Pueblo San Felipe,
NM....Oct 2......Turning the tables on Friday night winner Charles
Davis Jr, Damion Gardner from Concord CA drove the Madera CA based
Chaffin mount back into the lead on lap 38 as he scored a $10,000
win in the 40 lap feature as the SCRA unwinged 410 sprint cars
closed both their point season and the Non Winged World Championship
Series Saturday night at Hollywood Hills Speedway. Both drivers had
been seeded into Saturday night's dash by virtue of their 1-2 finish
on Friday night. After Johnny Herrera led the first 9 laps, fourth
starter Gardner gained the lead on lap 10. Davis came from fifth
starting and he grabbed the top spot from Gardner on lap 24. Gardner
stormed back to retake the lead just 3 rounds from the finish for
the rich win. On Friday night, Davis Jr had passed Gardner three
laps from the checkered flag for that win. Davis Jr ran second ahead
of Herrera, SCRA champion Rickie Gaunt and Colorado's Rich Bubak.
Gaunt was crowned as champion of the NWWC series with his fourth
place run. After a third place run on Friday night, Curt Barnett
from El Paso TX won the $450 dirt late model feature ahead of Butch
Reid Sr and Friday night winner Eloy Romero. Albuquerque's Shaun
Dutcher won the street stock feature worth $400 ahead of Santa Fe's
own Joe Smithberger and Rick Boelter. Phil York won the hobby stock
main event in front of Ronnie Leathem Jr and double division racer
The top four from Friday night, Davis Jr, Gardner, Herrera and Alan
Ballard were seeded into Saturday night's Dash to determine the
front four rows for the 40 lapper without having to run time trials
or heat races. New Mexico youngster Kelly Denison turned quick time
for the 29 cars that turned in timed runs at 16.371. Steve Ostling
had a 16.396, Gaunt a 16.490 and Bo Baker a 16.491. Colorado's Bubak
was fifth and Oklahoma's Larry Neighbors ranked sixth ahead of
Washington transplant Gary Taylor and Indiana's Tony Elliott.
Despite the many flips on Friday night, Nick Rael was the only car
not to return on Sautrday night. The four prequalified cars were
joined by the top five from three heat races and five transfers from
the B Main. Mike Spencer won the opening heat with G Taylor battling
back from an early spin for second over Rick Ziehl. Ostling came
from 8th to win heat 2 over Elliott and Bubak. Gaunt captured heat 3
ahead of Seth Wilson and Ronnie Clark. Herrera earned the pole
position for the 40 lapper by winning the Dash fro Cash ahead of
Ostling, Ballard, Gardner, Davis Jr, Gaunt, Dennison and Bo Baker.
New Mexico's Dave Burns won the B Main over Lubbock TX invader
Leighton Crouch, Jeff Brumfield Jr, Friday night flip victim Paul
Whitehead and J C Powell Jr. Just missing the move up were Jody
Williams and Ted McAdams. Top runners Jeremy Sherman and Tom Ball
trailered before the B Main. The A Main saw three more drivers get
upsidedown as Neighbors flipped for the second straight night. Fast
timer Denison flipped and Wilson's car was destroyed in a hard flip.
Herrera led 9 laps from the pole before Gardner nosed ahead for 14.
Davis Jr then raced into the lead and appeared headed to a second
win in two nights only to get repassed by Gardner just three laps
from the finish. Davis Jr ran second ahead of Herrera, Gaunt, Bubak,
Spencer, Baker, G Taylor, Ostling and Ballard. Elliott ran 11th and
Yuma AZ charger Mike Martin was 12th.
The dirt late model field improved to 11 cars with Albuquerque's
Richard Besaw debuting a beautiful new car and Tony Hill from Cortez
CO racing with the class in his super street stock. The improved
count allowed two heat races and Barnett won the first over Butch
Reid Sr and Hill. Ron Frazier Jr outraced Monte Neff and Marc
Herrera in heat 2. Barnett drove his Larry Shaw car to a feature win
ahead of Reid Sr, Friday night winner Romero, Ralph Dutcher, Neff
and Besaw. Steve Conrad Jr and Herrera got together coming off turn
2 and Herrera made heavy contact with the pit exit wall. Herrera had
to be transported to the hospital for a checkup, but he did not have
serious injuries. The third place duel between Neff and Dutcher
found them both spinning to a stop just before the flag allowing
Romero by for third. Dutcher salvaged fourth ahead of Neff. The
street stocks split 16 cars into two heat races and Saturday arrival
Danny Gross won the first heat over female racer Jennifer Zorn and
Kenny Smith Jr. Jay Pape won heat 2 over Andy Tanner and Smithberger.
Pape again had problems in the feature and Friday night winner
Frazier Jr fell out as S Dutcher won ahead of Smithberger, Boelter,
Ronnie Bell, Jeff Whyman and Henry Alvidres. Pape was 7th ahea dof
Zorn and Smith Jr. The hobby stocks had another solid turnout of 27
cars and 26 survived to start their feature. Frazier Jr won heat 1
over John Cruickshank and Ray Munoz. York outraced Curt Neff and
Boyd Ellis in heat 2 and it was Leathem Jr winning heat 3 over Dan
Harmon and Glenn Jaramillo. The main had a scary moment as Sandy
York caught fire and she raced a full lap with the flames shooting
from the car before it was stopped. York won the feature race ahead
of Leathem Jr, Boelter, Frazier Jr and Harmon.
October is a busy month for Hollywood Hills Speedway as the SCOA
winged 410 sprint cars are joined by the NMMRA unwinged sprint cars
and the Barnett's Harley Davidson dirt modifieds on Oct 9-10.
Heat 1-Ron Frazier Jr, John Cruickshank, Ray Munoz.
Heat 2-Phil York, Curt Neff, Boyd Ellis.
Heat 3-Ronnie Leathem Jr, Dan Harmon, Glenn Jaramillo.
Main-Phil York, Leathem Jr, Rick Boelter, Frazier Jr, Harmon.
Heat 1-Danny Gross, Jennifer Zorn, Kenny Smith Jr, James Tyrell,
Heat 2-Jay Pape, Andy Tanner, Joe Smithberger, Shaun Dutcher, Ronnie
Main-Dutcher, Smithberger, Boelter, Bell, Jeff Whyman, Alvidres,
Pape, Zorn, Smith, Dan Jimenez, Tyrell, Tanner, Gross, Donovan
O'Brien, Ron Frazier Jr, Antonio Cordova.
Dirt Late Models
Heat 1-Curt Barnett, Butch Reid Sr, Tony Hill, Ralph Dutcher, Eloy
Heat 2-Ron Frazier Jr, Monte Neff, Marc Herrera, Steve Conrad,
Main-Barnett, Reid Sr, Romero, Dutcher, Neff, Besaw, Frazier Jr,
Hill, Steve Suber, Herrera, Conrad.
Unwinged 410 Sprint Cars
Fast Time-Kelly Denison 16.371
Dash-Johnny Herrera, Steve Ostling, Alan Ballard, Damion Gardner,
Charles Davis Jr, Rickie Gaunt, Dennison, Bo Baker.
Heat 1-Mike Spencer, Gary Taylor, Rick Ziehl, Baker, Dennison.
Heat 2-Ostling, Tony Elliott, Rich Bubak, Mike Martin, Jon Taylor.
Heat 3-Gaunt, Seth Wilson, Ronnie Clark, Tim West, Larry Neighbors.
B Main-David Burns, Leighton Crouch, Jeff Brumfield Jr, Paul
Whitehead, J C Powell Jr, Jody Williams, Ted McAdams, Jerry
Johnston, Robert Jansson, Jimmy Scott.
A Main-Gardner, Davis Jr, Herrera, Gaunt, Bubak, Spencer, Baker, G
Taylor, Ostling, Ballard, Elliott, Martin, Clark, West, Ziehl,
Brumfield Jr, J Taylor, Burns, Crouch, Whitehead, Powell Jr,
Neighbors, Dennison, Wilson.