First Responder Appreciation Night Set for this Friday at Ocean Speedway

First Responder Appreciation Night Set for this Friday at Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA – This Friday, Ocean Speedway is pleased to host First Responder Appreciation Night, featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, American Stocks, and Race 3 of 2018 for the Police in Pursuit.  All First Responders that present their official badge will receive $5 off general admission, thanks to Matthew Jones Farmers Insurance Agency in Freedom, CA.  Also, bracelets featuring the “thin blue line” that honor those lost in the line of duty will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the Fallen Officer Foundation

The IMCA Modifieds return to track after a week off.  On May 4th, Cody Burke of Salinas grabbed his first win of the year, holding off Bobby Hogge IV to do so.  Kyle Wilson, Andy Obertello, and Todd Hermosillo completed the top five.  Four races into the year, Bobby Hogge IV leads the point standings by 4 over Cody Burke and 5 ahead of the other Burke brother, Austin. 

The IMCA SportMods are back for their fifth race of the year.  Last week, Tulare’s Jack Aguiar became the first driver to win twice in the division.  Austin Manzella came in second, with Jim DiGiovanni, Mike Dean, and Chase Thomas rounding out the top five.  Previous point leader Anthony Giuliani suffered engine troubles and relinquished the lead in the standings to Jack Aguiar, who leads Jim DiGiovanni by a mere two points.  Giuliani slipped to third, five points behind Aguiar. 

The American Stocks will have their sixth race of the year this Friday.  Last week, San Martin’s JC Elrod finally broke through to collect his first career feature win.  In doing so, he became the fifth different winner in the five races held thus far in 2018.  Elrod narrowly held off Matt Kile to take the win, with Robert Gallaher, Tony Oliveira, and Terry Traub completing the top five.  Without factoring in the two drop dates, Matt Kile leads JC Elrod by 19 points in the championship standings. 

The Police in Pursuit benefiting Special Olympics Northern California have their third race of 2018 this Friday.  On May 4th, Cliff Sloma from the Capitola Police Department grabbed his first win of the year.  Roy Iler of the San Benito Sheriff’s Office and John Hohmann from the Scotts Valley Police Department finished second and third.  The winner of the first race, Jesse Mueller of the California Highway Patrol, charged from his twelve-place starting position to come home fourth in the feature.  Cliff Sloma leads Jesse Mueller in the standings, but only by three points.

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 $6 and Kids 5 and under are free.   All First Responders that present their official badge at the ticket booth will receive $5 off their General Admission ticket. 

Photo Credits to David Spencer – TDS Shots.

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