Jones, Bender and Fendley Win Friday Night Dwarf Car
Nationals; Ermolenko Wins Championship
by Troy Hennig
Marysville, CA (September 22, 2017) –
The 22nd Annual Dwarf Car Nationals brought 90 drivers
to compete on night number one of the two-night event.
Action packed racing thrilled the crowd. Joining the
Dwarf Cars were the winged economy sprints. A nice
total of nine economy sprints put on a good show for
Cody Fendley dominated the sportsman
dwarf car 20-lap main event. Fendley lapped up to
fourth position during the race. Ryan Klein came home
second. Rich Clark battled Klein all race long and
finished third. Mike Affonzo was the only other car
not a lap down. Affonzo finished fourth. Shawn Whitney
rounded out the top five. Fendley also won the first
The Pro main event got off to a
rough start when front row starting Ryan Winter spun
on the opening lap and suffered too much damage to
continue. Shawn Jones then asserted himself as the top
driver to beat. David Taft closed in on a few
occasions but was never able to pass Jones for the
lead. Matt Sargent and Ryan Martinez had a good battle
with each other and held down the third and fourth
spots. About the half way point, Sargent moved into
the second spot and closed in on Jones. A yellow for
David Teves onlap 13 slowed the race. Taft jumped back
around Sargent for second. Danny Wagner and Henry
Corbin III each drove a great race. Dave Mosier made a
late race charge and ended up passing Sargent for
third. Martinez came home in the fifth spot.
Darren Brown won the 15-lap B main event. The C main
event was scratched and 24 cars started this race. The
other seven transfers included Marty Weisler, Gene
Pires, Adam Teves, James Brinster, Mark Hanson, Matt
Hagemann and Ryan Amblin.
Kevin Bender won the
20-lap Veteran Dwarf Car main event. Bender survived
multiple yellow flags to get the popular win. Early
leader Mike Reeder spun around on lap four. Scott
Dahlgren ran up front most of the night and even led
for a good amount of time. Dahlgren ended up fourth.
Mark Biscardi got a taste of the lead also, and ended
up second at the checkered flag. Kevin Miragilo came
home in the third spot. Mike Corsaro finished fifth.
Jack Haverty dominated the Veterans Dwarf Cars
B main event. Bryan Bender finished second. Other
transfers included Mike Corsaro, Glenn Sciarani,
Lonnie Tekaat, Dan Geil, Chuck Conover and Fred Hay.
Adam Ermolenko capped off his Championship
night by winning the 15-lap feature event. Ermolenko
passed Cameron Haney late in the race to get the win.
Haney crossed the line in second. Jason Holt rebounded
from an early spin to finish third. Ermolenko also
came back from a spin. Jeff Macedo finished fourth and
Cameron Haney Jr. was fifth.