(April 16, 2005- Placerville, CA)...Darrell Hanestad of
Clayton powered his S & S Automotive Sprinter around Delta
Demolition's Bob Newberry to take the win at Placerville
Speedway on Saturday April 16. Hanestad made the pass in lapped
traffic, after challenging Newberry for about 20 laps of the
exciting 30 lap season opener, and was followed to the checkers by
Newberry, Tim Sherman of Citrus Heights, Rio Linda's Rick Eversult,
and Contra Costa Auto Parts' Keith Shipherd.
Seventeen Wingless Spec Sprints towed to the picturesque 1/4 mile
track as they celebrated a rain delayed 40th anniversary season
opening race. The Sprints were joined by the BCRA Midget Lites who
ran wingless for the event, the Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Teams
from several of the Northern California Wingless Sprint groups
supported the first of two '05 season visits to Placerville, and it
was great to see many teams who
had never met before competing together.
As the headliners, the Spec Sprints were able to qualify for
tonight's event which was a welcome occurrence, and Tim Sherman set
fast time with a 13.025, followed by Darrell Hanestad 13.204, Billy
Macedo 13.361, Keith Shipherd 13.407, and Patrick Timmons 13.524 in
the top five.
Two heat races ran accident free with a 6th invert lineup. Bob
Newberry took the win in the first one from a front row start,
followed by Auburn's Jimmy Steward, Billy Macedo, Rick Eversult, Tim
Sherman, Marysville's Jeremy Hawes, Ralph Cortez from Citrus
Heights, Lodi's Jake Serven, and Placerville's Patrick Timmons.
Kenny Bair of Woodland won heat two also from a front row start,
followed by Hanestad, Steve Stein of Davis, Shipherd, Patrick Russum,
Roseville's Steve Fletcher, Mark Orth from Sacramento, and Bobby
Nichols of Stockton who struggled all evening with unfortunate fuel
The 30 lap feature action began with Johnson's Manufacturing's Kenny
Bair taking the lead at the green and Newberry challenging for the
spot after the first lap. The momentum slowed on a lap five yellow
for Hawes, and a rough restart eliminated several cars including
Macedo with a flat tire, and Kenny Bair. Newberry launched off of
turn four like a rocket
for the lead on the restart, as he was chased by rookie driver
"Hot Rod" Patrick Russum and Darrell "The
Hammer" Hanestad. Hanestad closed in beside Newberry to
challenge several times as a good battle was going on behind with
Russum, Sherman, Eversult, and Shipherd. The leaders began lapping
traffic, and about lap 28 Hanestad made the pass to take the lead.
Newberry stayed right on his tail, and on the last lap Russum
tangled with a lapped car in turn 4 to end his night, and the yellow
checkered flew for Hanestad, Newberry, Sherman, Eversult, and
Shipherd in the top five.
The exciting Wingless Spec Sprints will return to Placerville
Speedway only once more this season, and many of the drivers had not
experienced racing on the challenging 1/4 mile track, but had fun
and plan to make the return trip on Saturday May 21.
Drive safe, have fun, and take care.