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Marysville, CA (August 24, 2019) –A large car count of 63 competitors once again entertained the fans at Maryville Raceway Saturday night. The winged 360 sprints, IMCA Pepsi Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks each had 17 competitors while the Crate Sprints brought nine.
Caden Sarale led the winged 360 sprint car field to the green flag start. The main event ran clean and green until lap 17 when Kyle Standley came to a stop. Sarale continued as the leader but now had Andy Forsberg right behind him. Sarale should be commended for great patience when dealing with slower traffic. He seems to already be a veteran even at his young age. Sarale led the field to the white flag, however, going into turn three he drifted wide. This allowed Forsberg a chance to dive below him. Coming out of turn four it was a drag race to the finish line. By the slightest of margins, .019, Forsberg got the win. Sarale came home second. Korey Lovell drove a great race to finish third. Michael Ing was in the fourth spot. Bobby Butler rounded out the top five. Bobby Butler led all eight laps to win heat one. Michael Ing led all eight laps to win heat two. Andy Forsberg turned the fastest lap in qualifying.
Darren Johnson drove around Nick Larson on the opening lap to lead the beginning stages of the 20-lap Crate Sprint feature. The first yellow occurred on lap 11 when Mike Ballentine and Mike Sayre crashed in turn one. The race continued with Johnson up front and Larson all over him. Johnson was never able to break away from Larson. Brett Youngman was about three car lengths behind the top two for most of the event. Johnson went on to win his fourth feature of the year. Johnson had missed the last three months of racing sprint cars due to a broken collar bone he suffered in a motocross accident. Larson was second and Youngman third. Jeff Macedo came home fourth. Kiely Ricardo was fifth. Nick Larson led all eight laps to win the lone Crate Sprint heat race.
Jason Ferguson led the IMCA Sport Mod field to the green flag start of the 20-lap main event. Ferguson led the first four laps until Todd Cooper emerged as the driver to beat. Cooper started deep in the field and by lap five was the leader. Phillip Shelby started almost dead last but by lap six he was running second. On the next lap, something happened because he drifted back. Shelby pulled off the track on lap nine. Andrew Peckham now moved into the second spot. The fifth caution waved on lap nine when three cars got together in turn four. Once the field thinned out the race continued mistake free. Cooper had built up a sizable lead over Peckham. Cooper was flawless in traffic and won the race and won in his brothers car. Peckham was second. Ferguson was third. Damian Merritt did a great job to race his way back to a fourth-place finish. Timothy Allerdings came home fifth. Sport Mod heat one goes to Todd Cooper who took the lead on lap three. Andrew Peckham started last but took the lead on the final lap to win the second and final heat race.
Robert Warf led the opening lap of the Hobby Stock feature. Unfortunately, coming out of turn two he got loose, and Devin Ryan had nowhere to go and hit Warf from behind. Warf spun around and stopped. Ryan continued as the leader with front end damage. Shannon Collins lined up in the second spot on the restart. On the second lap, Collins spun around and the yellow was needed. A plethora of yellows slowed the race. Behind Ryan were the Van Roekel’s. The final ten laps were a blast. Jesse led a few laps. The Chris took the lead. Ryan stayed in the middle of those two. Chris held true to his line and drove a fantastic race to win the event. Ryan was second. Jesse was third. Collins battled back to finish fourth. Zach Lindgren finished fifth. Mike Stoekle won the first heat race for the Hobby Stocks.
*Update – Chris Van Roekel failed a post-race inspection and was disqualified. Second place finisher Devin Ryan was credited with the win.