Over 70 Race Cars Thrill Fans on Saturday Nightadmin
Ing Back to Victory Lane in Marysville
(Maryville, CA 3-30-19) … Saturday night at Marysville Raceway was the place to be. Over 70 race cars jammed the pit area amongst the four racing divisions in attendance. The high car count was led by the Hobby Stocks with 28 in being present. The winged 360 sprint cars weren’t far behind with 22. Add in 12 Super Stocks and 11 Crate Sprints and the fans got more than their money’s worth of entertaining racing.
The winged 360 sprint car main event was one for the ages. Twenty cars lined up to take the green flag for the thrilling 25-lap main event. Opening lap saw outside front row starter Jake Haulot spin heading into turn one. Collected in the accident was Chris Nelson. Once the race restarted it was second year driver Alec Justeson who led the first 11 laps. Lemoore, CA driver Cole Macedo made a rare appearance driving the famed Tarlton Motorsports No. 21x and was a great addition to the racing action tonight. Macedo passed Justeson on the 12th circuit for the lead. On lap 15, Michael Ing passed Justeson for second. This would set up one of the best finishes we have ever seen at Marysville Raceway. By lap 20, Ing had closed in on Macedo. As Macedo did his best to navigate slower traffic it was still hard to put any distance between himself and Ing.
On lap 23 the race climaxed as Ing passed Macedo for the lead. Yet, coming down to receive the white flag, Macedo took back the lead. As the two raced into turn one side-by-side, Ing somehow found enough room between Macedo and the infield berm to squeeze his car back into the lead. Macedo tried to rebound while also dealing with a slower car to his outside. The crowd stood and cheered for both drivers as they made one last gallant charge through to turns three and four. Ing powered off turn four and was the first to the checkered flag. Macedo finished second but had nothing to be ashamed about. It was one heck of a race. For Ing, it was his second consecutive main event win at Marysville. Justeson rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. John Clark was solid tonight and scored a fourth-place finish. Korey Lovell rounded out the top five. Jake Haulot turned the fastest lap of the night at 12.706.
An extra $240 dollars cash was handed out to the Hobby Stock division. $100 cash prize from Big Dawgz Burger in Yuba City to the main event winner. $50 each to the 12th and 19th place finisher from T-Time Racing and Ferguson Racing. $20 extra from Casey Lee photography for the 13th place a main finisher and $20 to the first non-transfer in the B main courtesy of Ferguson Racing.
The 20-lap Hobby Stock main event was led by one man the entire distance. Yet, with the said, the race for the lead was never over until the final lap. Kyle Allen jumped up front and never looked back. Behind him was a hard charging Brian Compton. Numerous times Allen couldn’t keep his car pinned down on the bottom going through the turns. Compton would enter a bit higher and diamond through the center and coming out of the turn he would be side by side with Allen. However, Allen would have the momentum and keep the lead going into the next turn. Late in the race Kyle Cheney began to close on the top two. On the final lap Cheney drove to the inside of Compton. The result was contact that sent Compton around. Cheney kept going but by this time was too far behind Allen. Even though the battle for the lead was thrilling, behind the top two, the rest of the field battled all night long for positions. Jesse Van Roekel skyrocketed from a 13th starting spot to finish third. Eleventh place starting Devin Ryan finished fourth. Yet, the hardest charger was defending track champion Shannon Collins. Collins had to come out of the B main event. Starting 17th, Collins grinded his way up to a fifth-place finish. Overall, it was a fantastic night for the Hobby Stocks.
With 28 Hobby Stocks in attendance, a B main event was needed. Tim McHenry and Collins raced side by side for what seemed like all 12 laps. McHenry got the win while Collins was second. Mike Stoeckle and Davey Stone were the two final transfers.
For the third time in a row, Darren Johnson won the Crate Sprint Car main event. Johnson led all 20-laps. Brett Youngman closed on Johnson during the final few laps and only finished 0.873 behind him at the checkered flag. Nick Larson came home in the third spot. Mike Sayre narrowly beat Jeff Macedo to the line for fourth. Sayre did a good job rebounding from a lap one spin in turn one.
In the end the records will show Ryan McDaniel picking up another Super Stock feature event win. In fact, he won the race by over two seconds. However, it was closer than that for most of the race. Matt Micheli was all over McDaniel for most of the race. Micheli was the lone driver that had anything for McDaniel tonight. Rod Oliver did well tonight and finished third. Richard Vander Ploeg was the final car to finish on the lead lap in fourth. James Castleberry rounded out the top five.