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Watsonville, CA – Ocean Speedway roars back to life this Friday after a weekend off in observance of Memorial Day. Friday night will feature a packed night of racing, with five divisions on the schedule. At the last race on May 18th, Alex Wilson of Salinas finally broke through to grab his first career IMCA Modified feature win at Ocean Speedway. Although Wilson had won before elsewhere, this was his first at his home track. Cody Burke, also of Salinas, gave him a run for his money, but came up one spot short. Livermore’s Brian Cass, Raymond Keldsen of Aromas, and Watsonville’s Todd Hermosillo completed the top five. Cody Burke leads Alex Wilson and Austin Burke by 8 points in the standings.
Last year’s IMCA SportMod champion, Matthew Hagio of Prunedale, went to victory lane for the first time in 2018 at the last race in dominating fashion. Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni, Watsonville’s Adriane Frost, San Martin’s Justin McPherson, and Anthony Giuliani of Morgan Hill rounded out the top five. Consistency has paid off well for Jim DiGiovanni, who finds himself leading the point standings after five races by 6 markers over Anthony Giuliani and 9 ahead of Jack Aguiar of Tulare.
Matt Kile of San Jose became the first repeat winner of the season in the American Stocks at their last race after an entertaining battle with Robert Gallaher, also of San Jose, and Santa Cruz’s Terry Campion. Watsonville’s Joe Willoughby was also in contention for the win, but settled for fourth and San Martin’s JC Elrod completed the top five after starting last. Not factoring in the two drop dates, Matt Kile leads JC Elrod by 28 points and Robert Gallaher by 42 points.
In the Four Bangers, back on May 11th, San Ramon’s Kelly Campanile crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified in post-race tech and handed the win to Kate Beardsley of Felton. Beardsley made a daring pass on Watsonville’s Dakota Keldsen in the final set of turns, which turned out to be the move for the win. The disqualification moved Keldsen to second, with Abigail Kennedy of Watsonville, and the other Beardsleys, Nicole and Bill, rounding out the top five. Dakota Keldsen has an 11 point advantage over Kate Beardsley in the point standings.
The South Bay Dwarf Cars return to action this Friday after over a month off. Back on April 27th, Los Banos’ Gene “Punky” Pires Jr. went 2-for-2 in his 2018 campaign, with Gilroy’s Zach Price finishing second once again. Justin Yanez and Mark Biscardi, both of San Jose, and Morgan Hill’s Doug Penny completed the top five.
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.