Ocean Sprints Round #2 & Special Olympics Night at the Races Highlight April 19th’s Action

Ocean Sprints Round #2 & Special Olympics Night at the Races Highlight April 19th’s Action

Watsonville, CA – Ocean Speedway was finally able to get its 60th season of auto racing underway this past Friday.  19 Ocean Sprints signed in for battle, with Penngrove’s Chase Johnson taking home the checkered flag for his first career Winged 360 Sprint Car victory at the track.  His younger brother Colby finished second and last year’s Petaluma Speedway track champion Jake Haulot of Cotati was third.  Templeton’s Kaleb Montgomery and Jeremy Chisum of Salinas completed the top five.  Jason Chisum of Salinas, Gilroy’s Kurt and Chris Nelson, Morgan Hill’s JJ Ringo, and Fresno’s Koen Shaw are expected to be back in action.  Last year’s champion, Brad Furr of Stockton, is expected to return after being absent last week.  

The South Bay Dwarf Cars are on the card for their first race of the 2019 season.  Last year, Gene Pires Jr. of Los Banos and Zach Price of Gilroy each won three times, with Pires capturing the championship.  Santa Cruz’s Terre Rothweiler and San Jose’s Shawn Jones both won two times in 2018.  Jones is fresh off a big win over in Merced at the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals.

The Western Midgets will make their Ocean Speedway debut this Friday.  The series made their official debut down at Ventura last Saturday with Salina, Oklahoma’s Tyler Edwards taking the win.  Fresno’s David Prickett and Atascadero’s Randi Pankratz completed the podium.

The Police in Pursuit division will get their season underway Friday night.  The annual fundraising event for Northern California Special Olympics currently has 18 teams and drivers registered representing ten different agencies from around the area.  Jesse Mueller of the CHP won twice and picked up the championship last year.  The Task Force Racers team won once and was second in the final standings.  Capitola PD’s Cliff Sloma, Sand City PD’s Mike Mount, and Chris Murphy of the CHP also picked up wins last season.  At press time, the group is less than $2,000 away from their $40,000 goal.  Those wanting to donate are still able to do so HERE.

Advance tickets are available here: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1175925&store=12231

Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm.  Pill draw will close at 4:30pm.  Pit passes are $40 track members and $45 for non-members.  All seating is general admission and tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for seniors.  Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $9 and Kids 5 and under are free.

Photo Credits to David Spencer.

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