Ocean Sprints Round 10, First Ever 305 Sprint Car Appearance Highlight this Friday’s Actionracepmg
Watsonville, CA – After a successful Howard Kaeding Classic last weekend, Ocean Speedway returns this Friday for another weekly point’s show, as well as a first for the speedway in its 59 year history. At last week’s Civil War vs. Ocean Sprints race, Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson grabbed his first career win at the track. The win came over Paradise’s Kyle Hirst after a great battle between the two. Justin Sanders of Aromas, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, and Penngrove’s Michael Kofoid completed the top five. Stockton’s Brad Furr had a rough Friday night, finding himself upside down and losing the point’s lead to Fresno’s Koen Shaw in the process. Shaw leads Furr by 3 points, with Justin Sanders and Salinas’ Jeremy Chisum tied for third, 87 points behind Shaw.
For the first time in the track’s history, the IMCA Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars will make their way to Ocean Speedway. Some of the names expected include Grant Duinkerken, Albert Pombo, Monty Ferriera, Vaughn Schott, and Kyle Rasmussen, among others. The RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also featured at this year’s Johnny Key Classic on August 25th.
The IMCA SportMods are back again after two rounds of racing at the Kaeding Classic. Last Friday, it was Bakersfield’s Austin Manzella collecting his second win in a row. Brentwood’s Fred Ryland, Gilroy’s Austin Williams, Bakersfield’s Kevin Johnson, and Grass Valley’s Andrew Peckham completed the top five. On Saturday, Andrew Peckham broke through for his first career IMCA SportMod win at Ocean Speedway. Fred Ryland came home second once again, with Tracy’s KC Keller, Oakley’s Aaron Crowell, and Peoria, Arizona’s Chase Alves rounding out the top five. With eight races left, Jim DiGiovanni of Morgan Hill looks to be in decent position to take his second career IMCA SportMod track championship. He leads fellow Morgan Hill competitor Anthony Giuliani by 28 points. Austin Williams sits third in points, 41 behind DiGiovanni.
The American Stocks are back once again this Friday. They have a whopping ten races left in their 2018 season. Last Friday, San Martin’s JC Elrod took his second win of the season over visitor Jacob Jones of Lompoc. Current championship leader Matt Kile of San Jose finished third, with Joe Gallaher and San Jose’s Mike Calhoun completed the top five. Robert Gallaher was set to gain several points on Kile in the championship chase, but it wasn’t meant to be as he broke a tie rod and was forced to pull off in the feature and was scored down in ninth. As a result, Kile’s point lead is now 7 over Gallaher and 36 over JC Elrod.
The Police in Pursuit for Special Olympics return for their fifth race of the year and their first time since June 8th. At their last race, Sand City PD’s Mike Mount won for the first time. Cliff Sloma of the Capitola PD charged through the field but ran out of time and had to settle for second, with Steven Fernandes of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office coming home third. The California Highway Patrol #720 of Jesse Mueller and Bryce Danehauer leads the point standing, but only by 1 over the Capitola PD #515 of Cliff Sloma and Jackie Yeung.
Advance tickets for both nights are available online here: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1154562&store=12231
Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm. Pit passes are $40 for track and IMCA members and $45 for non-members. All seating is general admission and tickets cost $17 for adults and $16 seniors. Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $8 and Kids 5 and under are free.
Photo credits to Joe Shivak.