IMCA All-Stars head to Ocean Speedway Saturday – Mike Cecil Memorial Inforacepmg
By Sean Stanish
Three different drivers have found their way to victory lane in the debut season of the IMCA All-Star Modified Tour, and many others look to make it four this Saturday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA. Round 1 victor “Tricky” Troy Foulger of Martinez, on the otherhand, seeks to become the first repeat winner this season with the tour. The multi-time track champion at Antioch looks to get back into the points fight, as he sits third in the standings, 14 markers behind Olivehurst’s Ryan McDaniel. McDaniel is still searching for his first win in the tour, but consistency sees him leading the standings, seven points ahead of Susanville’s Riley Simmons. Simmons is also winless, but looks to this weekend in Watsonville as an opportunity to change that. This will be Simmons’ first appearance at the Santa Cruz County quarter-mile. Round 3 winner Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas has won at Ocean Speedway five times in weekly competition this year, but will have some stout competition when the tour comes to town this week. Prunedale’s Jim Pettit II is expected as well as Kaiser, Missouri’s William Heath. The race will pay $1,000 to win and $120 to start with a $20 entry fee.
The race is in memory of Mike Cecil, a long-time driver at Watsonville Speedway, who passed away in 1997 from cancer. Mike’s son, Tim, is expected to go after the victory in the IMCA Sport Mods, which will pay $1,000 to the winner and $50 to start with no entry fee, thanks to Twyzted Motorsports, Ryland Racing, and MyCars.com. Other Sport Mod drivers looking for a good run Saturday include Watsonville’s Adriane Frost, Hollister’s Dennis Simunovich, Turlock’s Chris Falkenberg, and the Rylands, Patti and Fred of Brentwood, among many other local and out-of-town drivers.
For the American Stocks, they have an 80-lap affair, paying $600 to win and $50 to start with no entry fee, thanks to 1 Hour Drain in San Jose. It’s unknown at this point if last year’s winner, Matt Hagio of Prunedale, will defend his title in the division. Countless local and Valley drivers are expected, including Ocean Speedway regulars Terry Campion of Santa Cruz, San Jose’s Robert Gallaher and his father, Joe, San Jose’s Katie Briggs, and others. Valley competitors expected include Catheys Valley’s Garrett Corn, Raul Rodriguez of Merced, and Chowchilla drivers Austin Van Hoff and Kodie Dean, among others. The night’s format will consist of heat races, a 4-lap “Dash for Cash,” a B-Main, if needed, and a straight 80-lap feature with no break. Caution laps will count in the first 50, with the final 30 run like a normal race night, with laps under yellow not counting.
Also featured Saturday night are the 4-Bangers and Police-N-Pursuit for Special Olympics, which will have a regular points race. All drivers in every division are automatically entered into the Driver’s Raffle, which has $2,000+ worth of prizes. Transponders are mandatory in all divisions, except Police-N-Pursuit, and are available for rent at the track for $20. Raceceivers are also mandatory, but are not available for rent. There may be some vendors at the track that will have some for purchase for approximately $100.
Pits open at 1:00pm and entry is $40 for IMCA and Ocean Speedway members and $45 for non-members. Grandstand admission is $17 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, and $15 for kids 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. The grandstands will open at 3:30pm Saturday afternoon. Jerry and Tim Cecil will have their cars on display at 3:00pm as well.