Huge Car Count; Brooks Wins Sprint Car Mainadmin
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Huge Car Count at Marysville Raceway
(Marysville, CA 5/20/23)…A staggering 85 drivers competed during the eighth point race of the season at Marysville Raceway Saturday night. Led by 29 individual Dwarf Cars, the rest of the car count broke down this way, 23 winged 360 sprints, 18 Hobby Stocks, and 15 Crate Sprints. With the large car counts, fans were treated to an exciting race. Credit should be given to the officials, track workers, push trucks, and all the infield workers for helping get the show in at a timely manner. Tonight was the largest car count of the season by far.
Landon Brooks picked up the exciting win during the 25-lap winged 360 sprint car main event. Brooks passed Brian McGahan Jr. on lap 13 and held on to win the thrilling event. Four cars were tangled on the first attempt at a start. The race was halted on lap two when Bradley Terrell hit the front straight wall after his steering was broken. On the restart, Bobby Butler took a wild ride and flipped violently in turn four. It took him awhile to emerge from the car but walked away under his own power. On lap seven Justin Henry was involved in a spin. Once the race restarted on lap seven, the event went 18 laps nonstop. Brooks was spectacular and navigated slower cars like a professional. McGahan Jr. had another impressive night but was just a bit slower than Brooks in the main event. Third place went to Chase Majdic who started in the 10th spot. Josh Wiesz has a career best fourth place finish tonight. Kao Crane continued to show speed and rounded out the top five. Brooks was the fastest qualifier. A total of 23 drivers entered tonight’s race.
The Dwarf Car main event was spectacular. There were three different leaders over the course of the 20-lap feature. Mike Grenert passed Mike Reeder on lap 18 in stunning fashion to win the main event. The pass was brilliant. Reeder held onto the second spot. What an amazing drive to the front by Shawn Whitney tonight. He started 17th and finished third. Ben Wiesz came from his ninth starting spot to finish fourth. Isaak Geil rounded out the top five. Only three cautions were needed over the course of the 20-lap main event. The overall racing was downright exhilarating. Dan Geil won the 12-lap B. A total of 29 drivers attended tonight’s race.
Misty Castleberry picked up her second consecutive win in the Crate Sprint division and third overall this season. Castleberry led all 20 laps in impressive style. She maneuvered her car perfectly around the high-speed quarter-mile clay oval. Second place officially went to Carl Droivold. Mike Ballentine scored an impressive third place finish. Matthew Kaiser finished second on the track but was disqualified after failing a post-race tech inspection. Jeff Macedo was also disqualified after the race for a rule’s infraction. Cameron Haney Jr. finished fourth. Jason Ballentine came home fifth. The Crate Sprints continue to impress. A solid turnout of 15 cars produced good racing.
Howard Law led all 20 laps in the Hobby Stock main event. It marked Law’s second win of the year. Kyle Cheney finished in the second spot. Jacob Johnson had passed Cheney for second place on lap four, but spun on lap nine, allowing Cheney to get back into second. Johnson slipped to 12th after the spin but rebounded to finish fourth. Joe Gillock was the story tonight. He ended up finishing third, but more importantly, was able to give his mom, who is dying from cancer, one last ride as the passenger in his car. The stands were filled with family and friends there to witness the beautiful send off for Joe’s mom. Robert Arruda passed Jacob Bright on the last lap to secure a fifth-place finish. Point leader Zach Lindgren had a rough night. On lap six he stopped on the front stretch. His car was not running right. He came back onto the track only to be involved in a lap 13 crash. He finished 13th.
Full results are located here: https://speedhive.com/Events/2216996