Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo Round #11 Set for Friday Night

Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo Round #11 Set for Friday Night

Watsonville, CA – Fresh off the 57th Johnny Key Classic, the Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo had a short turn around in preparation for the eleventh round of racing in the 2017 season Friday night.  Last week, Penngrove’s Michael Kofoid was able to come out on top of the some of the best drivers in the region to take the $5,000 check.  This week, Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign will look for his first Ocean Sprints win and try to extend his lead in the point standings.  Consistency has been the key for Ensign, as he has finished in the top ten in all but one of the ten races thus far in 2017.  Stockton’s Brad Furr sits in second in the standings, 66 points behind Ensign.  Third in points and 67 out of the lead is Justin Sanders, who is still feeling the effects of a blown engine earlier in the season.  Sanders is looking for win number five of the year at the track and 51 in his career, fighting to get back into the hunt for the series championship.  Salinas’ Jeremy Chisum and Kurt Nelson of Gilroy are locked in a battle for fourth in the standings, 137 and 139 points behind Ensign, respectively.  Other drivers expected include Tracy’s Kyle Offill, Salinas’ Jason Chisum, Corralitos’ Jerry Bonnema, and Fresno’s Koen Shaw, among many others. 

                The IMCA Modifieds will also be in action Friday night.  Cody Burke of Salinas and Martinez’s Nick DeCarlo are tied atop the point standings.  Both drivers have one win this season, with Bobby Hogge IV having the most with 5.  However, Hogge has missed several races this year and is buried down in seventh in the standings.  Alex Wilson is third in points, 15 behind Burke and DeCarlo. 

                The American Stocks will wrap up a particularly busy stretch of their season this Friday, racing seven weeks in a row.  Last Saturday, San Jose’s Robert Gallaher brought out his wife’s car and won for the fourth time this season.  Gallaher has driven three different cars to victory lane this season and will look for his fifth win of the year Friday.  Gallaher comfortably leads the point standings, 72 ahead of Katie Briggs of San Jose and 97 in front of JC Elrod of San Martin.  Watsonville’s Tony Oliveira is in fourth, 99 points behind Gallaher.  

                The 4-Bangers return after a small break in their schedule.  Back on July 28th, Hollister’s Logan Doglione picked up his second feature win of the year and is undefeated when he makes an appearance at the track.  Watsonville’s Dakota Keldsen leads the point standing by 13 over Felton’s Bill Beardsley.  Keldsen has two wins this season, while Beardsley will look for his first victory this Friday.

Advance tickets are available here until noon Friday: http://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1121103&store=12231

                Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm.  Pit passes are $45 for non-members and $40 for track and IMCA members.  All seating is general admission and tickets cost $17 for adults and $16 for seniors.  New for 2017, Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $6.  As always, Kids 5 and under are free.  

Hollister’s Logan Doglione has been undefeated both times he paid Ocean Speedway a visit this season in the 4-Banger division.

Photo Credits to David Spencer.

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