8th Annual Pettit Shootout Set for this Weekend at Ocean Speedwayracepmg
Watsonville, CA – The 8th Annual Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout takes place this Friday and Saturday at Ocean Speedway. Previously known as the Pat Pettit Shootout, the renamed event adds the name of Jim Pettit Sr., who passed away in July. Jim Pettit’s son, Jim Pettit II, will be in action looking to add his name to the list of previous winners. The Pettit Shootout has been dominated by Salinas’ Bobby Hogge IV, who has won 8 of the 12 A-Mains contested as part of the event. Last year, Hogge picked up the win Friday night, with Bakersfield’s Ethan Dotson, driving a car he borrowed from Brian Pearce, picking up the win on Saturday. At last Friday’s weekly event, Santa Rosa’s Chris Sieweke made the best of the tune-up opportunity and arrived in victory lane, leading all 25 laps. Austin and Cody Burke, IMCA State points leader Shane DeVolder of Pacifica, and Alex Wilson of Salinas completed the top five. Saturday’s $3,003-to-win race is also an IMCA All Star Modified show, which will surely attract some of California’s best. Cody Burke leads the point standings at the track and Bakersfield’s Robby Sawyer leads in the All Star Tour. Champions for both will be crowned Saturday night.
The IMCA SportMods are on the card for both nights. Last year, Fred Ryland of Brentwood and Yuba City’s Brian Cooper grabbed the feature wins at the Pettit. Fred Ryland will surely be a shoe-in for the win after winning this year’s Cecil Memorial, but other contenders will include Tracy’s KC Keller, Brentwood’s Trevor Clymens, Medford, Oregon’s Mike Medel, Grass Valley’s Andrew Peckham, Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward, locals Austin Williams of Gilroy, Morgan Hill’s Anthony Giuliani, and Watsonville’s Adriane Frost and countless others from all around the region. At last week’s weekly show, Justin McPherson of San Martin controversially picked up his first win of the season. KC Keller, who crossed the finish line first, was called for rough driving as he made contact with Prunedale’s Igor Gandzjuk on the final lap, sending him spinning to the infield. Giuliani, Peckham, Frost, and Williams completed the top five. Gandzjuk was scored eighth and Keller was credited for ninth. Both will surely be looking for redemption at the Pettit this weekend. Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni leads the track standings.
The classic Local versus Valley battle will be at the forefront this weekend in the American Stock division. Last year, the locals and visitors split the wins, with multi-time track champion Billy Nelson of Watsonville and Catheys Valley’s Garrett Corn each grabbing a feature. Saturday’s feature was shortened to just 9 laps after an incident involving local legend, Tony Oliveira. Oliveira suffered a cardiac event in the feature and had to be rushed to a local hospital. Thankfully, he has since made a full recovery and has returned to racing. At last week’s race, San Martin’s JC Elrod found victory lane for the fourth time this season. San Jose’s Matt Kile, Joe Gallaher, Sam Kennedy and DJ Keldsen, both of Watsonville, completed the top five. Matt Kile has an 18 point lead over Robert Gallaher.
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Pits are tentatively scheduled to open at noon both days and Grandstands will open at 4:30pm on Friday and 3:30pm on Saturday. Pit passes are $50 each day. 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 $8 and Kids 5 and under are free.
Photo Credits to David Spencer.