Hogge, DiGiovanni, and Corder victorious June 10th at Ocean Speedwayracepmg
Bobby Hogge IV still undefeated, Jim DiGiovanni wins for the first time in 2016, Chris Corder now 2 for 2!
By Sean Stanish
Watsonville, CA – Bobby Hogge IV is still batting a thousand this year in the IMCA Modifieds after another dominating performance Friday night. In the first of two heat races, Salinas’ Alex Wilson, driving an old Bobby Hogge car, took the win. Robert Marsh, also of Salinas, Stevinson’s Robert Dias, Livermore’s Brian Cass, and Chowchilla’s Jeff Streeter completed the top five. In the second heat, Bobby Hogge IV took the win over the Burke brothers, Austin and Cody. Former track champions, Kenny Nott of Watsonville and Morgan Hill’s Jeff Decker finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 25-lap A-Main, Austin Burke led the first circuit before issues arose for his brother Cody, who stopped on the back straightaway. On the restart, short track racing’s version of the “Big One” occurred, when leader Austin Burke spun in front of the field. Those also involved included Kenny Nott, Brian Cass, Jeff Streeter, Robert Dias, Watsonville’s Todd Hermosillo, Robert Marsh, and Santa Cruz’s Mike Vukelich. Kenny Nott only suffered minor right side damage and was handed the race lead after a lengthy cleanup effort took place. On the restart, Kenny Nott led the way for several laps before Bobby Hogge IV took the lead on lap six. The next and final yellow flag came out on lap eight for Capitola’s Kyle Bryan, who spun in turn two. Over the next 17 laps, Bobby Hogge IV gapped the field while the others battled for the runner-up spot. Hogge pulled out an astounding eight second margin at the finish over Alex Wilson. Jeff Decker finished third, with crash victims Kenny Nott and Brian Cass coming in fourth and fifth. With five races in the books, Bobby Hogge IV leads Alex Wilson by 21 points. The IMCA Modifieds will have nearly a month off and return July 8th.
In the IMCA Sport Mods, Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni took his first win of the 2016 campaign over Adriane Frost of Watsonville. Hollister’s Dennis Simunovich captured the heat race win over Turlock’s Danny Roe, Adriane Frost, Pleasanton’s Paul Mulder, and San Martin’s Justin McPherson. In the 20-lap feature, Adriane Frost led the first couple laps before a caution came out for Paul Mulder. Frost continued to lead until she looped it around in turn two on lap five. This gave the lead to Matt Hagio, who briefly held the top spot before spinning out himself and collecting Danny Roe, who spun to avoid. This gave the lead to Justin McPherson for a couple laps before Jim DiGiovanni grabbed the lead on lap 11. Another caution came out on lap 12, when last week’s winner Igor Gandzjuk of Prunedale turned it around. DiGiovanni continued to lead, but one more caution on lap 17, again for Gandzjuk, set up the field for a three lap shootout. Jim DiGiovanni held the low line around track and fended off Adriane Frost, who trailed just over a second at the line. Danny Roe in his season debut finished third, with Justin McPherson in fourth, and Paul Mulder in fifth. The IMCA Sport Mods are back on track this Friday.
In the 4-Bangers, Modesto’s Chris Corder doubled up on last week’s victory and is undefeated in main event and heat race action in his two starts this year. In the aforementioned heat race, Corder started deep after a bad pill draw, but made quick work of the field and won the eight-lap race. Aromas’ Paul Laoretti, San Ramon’s Kelly Campanile, Watsonville’s Samantha Roberson, and Felton’s Kate Beardsley completed the top five. The beginning of the 20-lap A-Main didn’t start off well, with Paul Laoretti, Chris Corder, and Turlock’s Lucy Falkenberg getting collected in turns three and four before one lap was complete. On the complete restart, DJ Keldsen of Prunedale darted out front and pulled away, while the rest of the field beat and banged behind. Meanwhile, Chris Corder quietly started gaining positions, even with his damaged front end as a result of the crash at the start. Second place running Kelly Campanile pulled into the infield with overheating issues on lap 14, handing the position to Chris Corder. Corder then started to reel in DJ Keldsen at the front. With two laps to go, Corder closed the gap entirely and dove deep into turn three and stole the win from DJ Keldsen. The margin of victory was a scant half second. Keldsen settled for second, with Kate Beardsley, Samantha Roberson, and Bill Beardsley the top five. The next 4-Banger race takes place this Friday.
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