Ocean Sprints Return after Several Weeks Off to Battle at Round 14 Friday Night

Ocean Sprints Return after Several Weeks Off to Battle at Round 14 Friday Night

Watsonville, CA – For the first time since the Johnny Key Classic on August 25th, the Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo are back in action this Friday night at Ocean Speedway.  At the Key, it was Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson wheeling the Tri-C Machine sprinter to victory lane.  Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford, and Selma’s Cory Eliason completed the top five in the 50-lap affair.  Stockton’s Brad Furr extended his point lead to 48 markers over Fresno’s Koen Shaw.  This is the penultimate race of 2018 for the division and a champion will be crowned on October 5th

                The IMCA Modifieds have one last chance to get prepared for the Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout next weekend.  Back on August 10th, Salinas’ Alex Wilson won for the second time this year and proposed to his girlfriend, former Micro 600 driver Ashley Schnorf, in victory lane, where she said, “Yes.”  Austin Burke and Jeff McCoun completed the podium.  Cody Burke’s lead in the standings sits at 14 points over his brother, Austin.  Alex Wilson is 24 points back in third.  There are three nights left for the Modifieds and a track champion will be determined at Night #2 of the Pettit Shootout, September 29th

                The IMCA SportMods are back in action as well.  Back on August 25th, Morgan Hill’s Anthony Giuliani broke through for his first win of the 2018 season.  Adriane Frost of Watsonville had a great run to come home second, with Gilroy’s Austin Williams, Prunedale’s Doug Hagio, and San Martin’s Justin McPherson rounding out the top five.  Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni leads the standings by 39 points over rookie Austin Williams.  The SportMods are on the card every race for the rest of the season.

                The American Stocks are on the card too.  On September 7th, San Martin’s JC Elrod won an entertaining feature, but was disqualified in post-race tech inspection for over compression.  This handed Robert Gallaher of San Jose the win, with championship leader Matt Kile, also of San Jose, promoted to second.  Jerry Skelton of Watsonville, Joe Gallaher, and Adriane Frost in her first American Stock race were the rest of the adjusted top five.  John Farrell of San Jose, who originally finished fourth, was also disqualified for over compression.  With four races left, Matt Kile has an 11-point lead over Robert Gallaher.

Advanced tickets are available here: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1156506&store=12231

                Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm.  Pit passes are $40 for IMCA and track members and $45 for non-members.  All seating is general admission and tickets cost $17 for adults and $16 for seniors.  Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $8 and Kids 5 and under are free. 

Photo Credits to Joe Shivak.

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