(March 26, 2005- Chowchilla, CA)...David Goodwill of
piloted his J.A.G. Construction, Lito Auto Body Special to a solid
victory in the 20 lap feature at Chowchilla Speedway on Saturday,
March 26. Goodwill took the early lead from a second row start and
was chased to the checkers by Merced’s Steven Williams, Ramos
Oil’s Gary Koster of Woodland, Modesto’s Ed Amador, and Contra
Costa Auto Parts’ Keith Shipherd of Pleasant Hill.
This was the first of six CSRA Wingless Sprint
club visits to Chowchilla Speedway, and the general feeling
expressed by many participating teams was one of gratitude that they
were able to race at all. Recent rain storms forced most
tracks to cancel races, and Chowchilla was one of just a few that
was racing. Kudos to track promoters Tom and Cindy Sagmiller and the
track crews that diligently worked to get the track ready. Puddle
hopping was the only way to navigate the pits on this Easter eve,
but the pits were filled with the upbeat anticipation and excitement
associated with any first season race.
The Wingless Sprints had two flag to flag heat
races, and young Steven Williams took the first win in his WW
Generators sprinter after making a bold pass on veteran driver Gary
Koster in turn three, followed by sophomore driver Rob Hammond of
, David Goodwill, Burt Siverling, and rookie driver Pat Higginbotham
of Orland. CSRA’s Keith Shipherd won heat two with a half lap lead
over Ed Amador, Elk Grove’s Scott Pierson, and George Terry.
’s Sam Fries scratched from his heat as he was fighting some first
race mechanical gremlins. Gary Koster nailed down his second ever
trophy dash win in a Wingless Sprint, and was followed closely to
the checkers by Shipherd, Amador, and Williams. Steven Williams also
did double duty as he piloted his injected Sprint for the evening,
competing with the new SCRA Wingless 360 group.
The 20 lap feature ran accident free and fast
on the well prepared tacky track. Pole starter Scott Pierson led the
first two circuits until he took turn one high and went off the
track for the first yellow. Goodwill took the point and checked out
with a healthy lead over Hammond and Siverling. Mid pack showed lots
of dicing for position between Koster, Shipherd, and Amador, and at
lap 18 Williams made the move on
for second, while Goodwill began to lap traffic. On the white flag
spun in turn four as yellow and checkered flags flew for Goodwill,
Williams, Koster, Amador, and Shipherd in the top five.
The CSRA teams donated candy and toys to fill
Easter baskets for children in the stands, who were also treated to
an Easter bunny visit. Many teams hung around after the races to
visit with friends and fans they hadn't seen over the winter, and it
was wonderful to see the cars all loaded on trailers undamaged.
Special thanks to driver Jimmy Lavell who was still finishing up
engine work on his car, as he loaded up his quad to come out and
help push his fellow drivers. Chowchilla's Rev. Ron got us all off
to a great safe season start with a prayer at the drivers meeting.
There is nothing that compares to experiencing the smell of methanol
fumes and the roar of engines as the 2005 CSRA season begins! The
next race for the CSRA Wingless Sprints will be at
on Friday, April 29. Drive safe. Have fun, and take care.