7th Annual Pat Pettit Shootout On Tap For This Weekend

7th Annual Pat Pettit Shootout On Tap For This Weekend

Watsonville, CA – The 7th edition of the Pat Pettit Shootout is for this weekend, with festivities kicking off Thursday night at Carmona’s BBQ with the annual car show and raffle.  On track action gets underway Friday featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, American Stocks, and Dwarf Cars.  Saturday, the IMCA All Star Modified Tour will crown a champion, and the IMCA SportMods and American Stocks return for a second night of battle.  Both days of the IMCA Modifieds and SportMods will be draw/redraw, and tentatively, the American Stocks will be as well. 

                Some of the best IMCA Modified drivers in the West will go after a $1,003 check Friday, with Saturday’s All Star show paying a healthy $3,003 to the winner.  Friday’s race will pay $103 to start, with Saturday’s paying $303 to take the green in the A-Main.  Track and IMCA points are up for grabs Friday and track, IMCA, and All Star Tour points will be for the taking Saturday.   Some of the drivers expected to be in attendance over the course of the weekend include Prunedale’s Jim Pettit II, Salinas’ Bobby Hogge IV, Austin and Cody Burke, Olivehurst’s Ryan and Randy McDaniel, Bakersfield’s Robby Sawyer, and past track champion, Robert Miller, now of Gardnerville, Nevada, among a host of others.  Cody Burke narrowly leads the track championship standings by 4 over Martinez’s Nick DeCarlo.  Ryan McDaniel leads Troy Foulger by 13 points in the IMCA All Star Tour standings. 

                The IMCA SportMods will also go after some big money this weekend, with Friday’s event paying $503 to the winner, and Saturday’s paying $1,003.  Friday is $53 to start and Saturday is $103.  Cecil Memorial victor Phillip Shelby of Yuba City will be one of many drivers in the running for one of the big checks this weekend.  Pacifica’s Shane DeVolder won at the track last Friday in weekly action and Prunedale’s Matt Hagio leads the track championship standings.  Other drivers expected include Meridian’s Jason Ferguson, Yreka’s Trevor Tiffee, Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward, Yuba City’s Todd and Brian Cooper, Discovery Bay’s Doff Cooksey, Antioch’s Todd Gomez, Brentwood’s Fred Ryland, and Hollister’s Mark Hartman, among many others.

                The American Stocks have extra money up for the taking as well, with $403 going to the winner Friday and $503 on Saturday.  Both days will pay $53 to start the main event.  Cecil Memorial winner Bubba Nelson of Merced is expected to return, as well as Ceres’ Nick Lawrence, who has visited the track the last couple weeks preparing for the event.  Locals Robert Gallaher and Katie Briggs of San Jose lead the point standings and will look to defend their home turf along with San Martin’s JC Elrod, Watsonville’s Tony Oliveira, and Gilroy’s Austin Williams.  Santa Cruz’s Terry Campion and Watsonville’s Billy Nelson are also expected to be in contention for the win, along with many other local and out of town drivers.

                New for the 2017 Pettit Shootout is a “2-day point’s fund.”  The top Modified driver in combined points for the weekend will receive an extra $503, decreasing by $100, with fifth place getting an extra $103.  The top three IMCA SportMod and American Stock driver will get an extra $153 each, decreasing by $50, with third place receiving $53.  

Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors: JP Auto Recyclers, Santa Cruz Boardroom, Gallaher & Associates, Dick’s Exxon, Dick’s Towing, Shannon Pump, and Merced Speedway.   

Advance tickets are available here: http://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?store=12231

                Pits will open Thursday for those who pre-bought pit stalls only.  No saving of pit stalls allowed.  Pits are scheduled to open at noon both days and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm Friday and 3:30pm Saturday.  Pit passes are $50 each day.  All seating is general admission and tickets cost $15 for adults and $14 for seniors on Friday and $17 for adults and $16 for seniors on Saturday.  Juniors 12-15 are $12 and Kids 6-11 are $6 both days.  Kids 5 and under are free both days.  

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