Howard Law Repeats as Track Champion
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Law Wins Hobby Stock Title; Johnson, McGahan Jr., Crane, and Edwards Win Main Events
(Marysville, CA 8/12/23)…It’s hard to keep a champion down. After winning the track title last season, Howard Law knew this year he would have a target on his back. Law once again rose to the occasion and won his second consecutive Hobby Stock track championship. Law finished tonight’s race in third, but he had done enough throughout the season to hold off Zach Lindgren by 28-points. Law earned six wins and 10 top five finishes. The race itself featured an epic finish. Jacob Johnson won the race in a photo finish with Kyle Cheney. Both drivers gave it their all as they raced side by side towards the checkered flag. The margin of victory was a mere 0.036 seconds. It was the closest finish all season. Fourth place went to Brian Horn, who rebounded about an early spin. Chris Van Roekel charged up to a fifth-place finish. Cheney finished third in the points. Joe Gillock finished fourth. Rounding out the top five was Brian Horn. Tonight, we sent off Sebastain David in grand fashion as he circled the Raceway with the American Flag during the National Anthem. Next week he leaves for the University Northwestern Ohio, High Performance Motorsports School.
Kenny Wanderstadt jumped out to the early lead of the 360-sprint car main event. Wanderstadt led until lap 10 when Brian McGahan Jr. took the top spot. From there it was McGahan Jr. going on to win his third race of the year and second in a row. Bobby Butler was on the charge but tangled with the right rear of Wanderstadt and crashed in turn four on lap eight. A lap later Peter Paulsen stopped in the turn three area. Seth Standley started ninth but by lap 12 he was second. He pressured McGahan Jr. until lap 17 when he spun. Carson Hall was collected also in the Standley spin. Jake Haulot moved into the second spot on lap 18 and challenged McGahan Jr. for the win but was never able to make the pass. He settled for second. Wanderstadt finished third. William Fielding returned in his own car and finished fourth. Nick Larsen finished fifth. Dawson Hammes earned the fastest lap in qualifying with a 12.630 second lap.
Koa Crane led all 20-laps to win the Crate Sprint main event. Crane ran a smooth and smart race to get the win. Mike Hall ran in the top three all night and ultimately finished second. Third went to point leader Carl Droivold. Fourth was Misty Castleberry. Jacob Johnson rounded out the top five. Gary Holsey won the first eight lap heat race. Hall earned the top spot in heat two. Droivold and Castleberry will return on August 26th to see who will win the track title.
Drake Edwards of Surprise, Ariz. earned his fourth points-paying Western Midget Racing win of 2023 when he captured Saturday’s action at Marysville Raceway after a 20-lap feature. Edwards became the third different WMR winner in the series’ three appearances at the speedway.
Full results are here: https://beta.speedhive.com/events/2345434