Schutte, Frost, Gallaher, Jones, and Mueller Take Home Victories on June 7th at Ocean Speedwayracepmg
Watsonville, CA – Rohnert Park’s Alex Schutte dominated the BCRA/WMR Midget main event to collect his first career victory at the track. Schutte traded the lead with Macdoel’s Maria Cofer in the opening laps, with Schutte getting the upper hand on lap three. While Schutte pulled away to a sizeable lead, Cofer and Fresno’s David Prickett would rage an entertaining battle for second. Despite running a comparably less powered Chevrolet Ecotec engine under the Western Midget rulebook, Prickett gave Cofer a great run for her money. The one and only caution came out on lap 12 for Clovis’ Jackson Dukes and Wahiawa, HI’s Larry Petersen, who collided in turn two. The restart would allow Maria Cofer and David Prickett a shot at Alex Schutte for the lead, but Schutte proved to be too strong. Schutte would again pull away while Cofer and David Prickett threw sliders as their fight for the runner-up spot continued. With three laps left in the feature, Cofer’s night would come to an end when she was forced to pull in the infield. Alex Schutte would go one to win over three seconds ahead of David Prickett, who took top honors in the Western Midget class. Third went to Madera’s Marvin Mitchell in a BCRA Midget, with two Western Midgets rounding out the top five in West Covina’s Joel Rayborne and Jackson Dukes. Schutte and Larry Petersen won the heat races.
Adriane Frost of Watsonville became the first repeat winner in the IMCA SportMods this season. Another former champion in the 4-Bangers, Justin McPherson of San Martin led early before a caution for Austin Williams of Gilroy and Prunedale’s Max Baggett on lap two. On the restart, Adriane Frost got a great run on the high side to take the lead down the backstretch. From there on, Frost would lead the rest of the way and win by two seconds over Justin McPherson. Atwater’s Jarrod Mounce, Antioch’s Guy Ahlwardt, and San Jose’s Randy Miller completed the top five. Adriane Frost and Chowchilla’s Tim Elias won the pair of heats.
San Jose’s Robert Gallaher continued his dominance in the Hobby Stock division, winning his fourth feature of the year. Gilroy’s Nick Triolo showed the way early on. Several early cautions kept the field tightly bunched. Meanwhile, Gallaher was on a charge after starting sixth on the grid. By the halfway point, Gallaher was up to second behind Triolo. On lap 14, Gallaher dove underneath Triolo down the backstretch, completing the pass going into turn three. Gallaher would run the next six laps cleanly, not giving Triolo a chance to retake the lead. Robert Gallaher would take the checkered flag one second ahead of Triolo, with Watsonville’s Jerry Skelton, Freedom’s Wally Kennedy, and Santa Cruz’s Ryan Muller completing the top five. This was Muller’s first career top five finish. DJ Keldsen and Joe Gallaher won the heat races.
San Jose’s Shawn Jones took home his first Dwarf Car feature win of the season Friday night, finally stopping Mark Biscardi’s reign of terror. Biscardi started on pole in the main event, but Santa Cruz’s Terre Rothweiler took the lead. Shawn Jones made his way up to third from his sixth place starting spot by lap nine, when a caution came out for Dublin’s Devan Kammermann. On the restart, Rothweiler continued to lead, but Jones was hot on his tail. On lap 18, Jones made his move for the lead. As the white flag flew, Rothweiler threw a slider in desperation in turn one, but Jones turned down under him to retake the lead down the backstretch. Jones would take the win by half a second in front of Rothweiler. Bay Point’s Danny Wagner, Ballico’s Scott Dahlgren, and Los Banos’ Gene Pires Jr. completed the top five. Hollister’s Ryan Ameln and Terre Rothweiler won the heat races.
Jesse Mueller of the CHP broke through for his first Police in Pursuit victory of the season in a thrilling main event. Steven Fernandes of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office led the first lap before relinquishing the lead to Roy Iler of the San Benito Sheriff’s Office. Justin Rhodes of the CHP kept touch with Iler, eventually taking the lead by driving around the outside of him on lap 14. As they crossed the line to take the white flag, Rhodes only had a car length’s lead over Iler and Jesse Mueller, who were side by side for second. Mueller had mechanical problems in the heat race which led him to start way back in ninth. Rhodes continued to lead down the back straight, but Mueller charged hard into the third turn, pulling alongside of Rhodes. As they came out of the last turn, Mueller was able to find enough traction to lurch ahead of Rhodes and take the win by about two feet, if not less. Iler, Fernandes, and Chris Murphy of the CHP rounded out the top five. John Hohmann of the Scotts Valley PD and Steven Fernandes won the heat races.
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Pits are scheduled to open at 2pm and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm. Pill draw will close at 4:30pm, with the driver’s meeting scheduled for 4:45pm. Pit passes are $40 for track and IMCA 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.