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Schmitz, Law, Shelby Win on Easter Weekend
(Marysville, CA 4/8/23)…Chico’s Casey Schmitz and Corning’s Brian McGahan Jr. put on a great show Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway. Both drivers started in the front row and proceeded to battle it out over the course of 25 thrilling high speed laps around the quarter-mile dirt oval. McGahan Jr. jumped out to the early lead and held that spot until lap six. Schmitz was able to drive by for the lead and never looked back. However, the battle up front was never over. In the end, Schmitz beat McGahan Jr. at the checkered, by a little over one-second. Ninth place starting driver Dawson Hammes continues to impress. Throughout the event he charged towards the front. With just a few laps remaining, he passed Bobby Butler to secure third at the finish. Butler ran a solid race tonight. He never wavered outside the top five and the defending champ finished fourth. Brad Bumgarner had an interesting night. He started sixth. Moved into fifth but on lap 10 spun and restarted 12th. He rebounded to drive his way back into a fifth-place finish. Bumgarner was the fastest in qualifying. His fast lap was 12.622. Heat races were won by Schmitz and Koa Crane. A total of 16 winged 360 sprint cars competed on this night.
Defending track champion Howard Law returned to victory lane during the Hobby Stock 20-lap main event. Law started fourth and was running in the third spot for most of the first half of the race. On lap 12 he officially moved into second. With two laps remaining, Zach Lindgren spun and relinquished the lead. Up to that point, Lindgren was going for this third win in a row. Law went into the lead and held on to pick up his first win of the season. Starting ninth and following Law across the finish line was Brain Cooper. Law and Cooper once again provided quite the show those final four laps. In fact, Cooper was less than a half-second behind Law at the finish line. Kyle Cheney has been sneaky good this year and finished third. It would not be surprising to see him in victory lane soon. Devin Koranda had a strong show tonight. He started third, and finished fourth. Joe Gillock started second. On lap seven, led one official lap before dropping back to second and ultimately finished in the fifth spot. The three heat races were won by Lindgren, Gillock, and Koranda.
A total of 20 cars hit the track tonight.
The IMCA Sport Mod 20-lap feature was fantastic. Local racing hero Phillip Shelby started deep in the main event. He methodically worked his way through the field and by lap 16 passed Buddy Olschowka for second. The leader was Mark Garner who passed Jimmy Ford on lap eight to take the top spot. With two laps remaining, Shelby passed Garner and took the lead. Shelby went on to lead the final two laps and get the popular win. Garner finished second. Olschowka ran third. Ford, who led a few laps in the early stages, went on to finish fourth. Jason Clayton was as high as second at one point and as low as seventh on lap 15 but managed to secure a fifth-place finish. Clayton won the first eight lap heat race. Garner picked up the win in heat two. A total of 18 drivers started the 20-lap main event.
Full results located at https://speedhive.com/Events/2154632
Next up at Marysville Raceway in championship point race No. 4 featuring the winged 360 sprints, IMCA Sport Mods, Crate Sprints, and Vintage Hard Tops.
For more information and or to purchase tickets please visit www.marysvilleraceway.com