Hogge IV, Gandzjuk, Gallaher, Corder take wins June 3rd at Ocean Speedwayracepmg
Bobby Hogge IV, Igor Gandzjuk, Robert Gallaher, and Chris Corder victorious Friday night
By Sean Stanish
Watsonville, CA – Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas pulled into victory lane once again in the IMCA Modifieds, coming out on top of Cody Burke. In the first of two heat races, it was Cody Burke with the win. Watsonville’s Kenny Nott, Chowchilla’s Alex Stanford, Stevinson’s Robert Dias, and Gilroy’s Stephen Hopf completed the top five. In heat two, Salinas’ Alex Wilson held off Bobby Hogge IV for the victory. Austin Burke and Robert Marsh, both of Salinas, and Santa Cruz’s Mike Vukelich rounded out the top five. In the 25-lap A-Main, Robert Dias led the first lap before
a yellow came out for Mike Vukelich, who spun in turn four. On the restart, Cody Burke took the top spot and pulled away as the field struggled to get passed Dias. On lap five, Hollister’s Andy Obertello and Kenny Nott both came to a halt on track to force another caution. Less than a lap after the restart, another yellow flew, this time for Capitola’s Kyle Bryan and Aromas’ Raymond Keldsen, who collided in turn four. On the next restart, third-place running Bobby Hogge IV made quick work of Robert Dias and set his sights on Cody Burke in the lead. The two stayed nose-to-tail, until lap 15, when Hogge dove to the inside of Cody Burke in turns three and four, eventually clearing him in turns one and two. Within a lap after the pass for the lead, the final caution came out for Robert Dias, who had spun in turn four. On the final restart, Bobby Hogge IV edged away from Cody Burke in the final ten laps and took his fourth win of the year. Half a second behind was Cody Burke, with Robert Marsh, Alex Wilson, and Alex Stanford the top five. The IMCA Modifieds are back this Friday.
Prunedale’s Igor Gandzjuk picked up his first career IMCA Sport Mod win in a green to checker rout of the field. In the lone heat race for the division, it was Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni who was victorious. Anthony Giuliani, also of Morgan Hill, Igor Gandzjuk, Atwater’s Josh Hensley, and Gilroy’s Michael Kofnovec Jr. followed him across the line. Only four of the six cars pulled on track for the main event. Kofnovec Jr. had mechanical woes once again and sat out the feature and Salinas’ Duane Bieser crashed into the tire barrier outside of turn one in the heat race. At the start of the race, Gandzjuk took off out front, while Jim DiGiovanni and Anthony Giuliani battled fiercely for the runner-up spot. This allowed Gandzjuk to pull out to a straightaway-length lead, with Anthony Giuliani attempting to track him down, now running second. However, Giuliani ran out of time and settled for second behind Igor Gandzjuk. Jim DiGiovanni and Josh Hensley rounded out the field of starters. Unfortunately, Anthony Giuliani was ultimately DQed for not going to tech. The IMCA Sport Mods return this Friday.
In the American Stocks, Robert Gallaher of San Jose became the first repeat winner of the year with his second victory of the season. Nick Triolo of Gilroy won qualifying for the division with a 17.450. Triolo also picked up the heat race win narrowly over Corralitos’ Ron Bonnema. Robert Gallaher, birthday boy Terry Campion of Santa Cruz, and Watsonville’s Tony Oliveira completed the top five. In the 20-lap A-Main, Terry Campion jumped out to the early lead. The first caution didn’t come out until lap ten, when San Jose’s Katie Briggs spun in turn two. Under the yellow, leader Terry Campion pulled off track and into his pit and didn’t return to the track. This gave the lead to Ron Bonnema for one lap before slowing in turn two and down the back straight. Katie Briggs tapped the back of Bonnema’s car and spun down the track. Watsonville’s George Fernandez then slammed into the front of Briggs’ car, knocking her front bumper off. Briggs was not credited with the yellow and was allowed to continue for the time being. Meanwhile, Bonnema’s misfortune gave the lead to Robert Gallaher, with Nick Triolo following in second. Katie Briggs’ night came to an end on lap 12, when she spun into the side of Ron Bonnema coming out of turn four. The contact knocked a body panel off of Bonnema’s car, but was able to continue. On the restart, Robert Gallaher led the last eight circuits and won by almost four seconds over Nick Triolo. San Jose’s John Farrell avoided the melee to take third with Ron Bonnema and George Fernandez the top five. The American Stocks will have a week off and return June 17th.
Chris Corder of Modesto made a one-off appearance in the 4-Bangers and battled his way to the victory. Corder also picked up the heat race win to sweep the evening. Aromas’ Paul Laoretti, San Ramon’s Kelly Campanile, and the Beardsleys, Bill and Kate, completed the top five. In the 20-lap main event, Kelly Campanile led the first nine laps of the race with Chris Corder hot on her tail. Corder then dove under Campanile and took the top spot. The one and only caution came out soon after when Prunedale’s DJ Keldsen and Bill Beardsley collided in turns one and two. Keldsen was able to continue, but Beardsley was forced to park with a broken steering column. On the restart, Chris Corder pulled away from Kelly Campanile, and went on to win by one and a half seconds. Paul Laoretti, Kate Beardsley, and DJ Keldsen completed the top five. The 4-Bangers are back this Friday.
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