The grandstands were full on Saturday for the first of two days of racing with the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models and IMCA Modifieds being featured and championships in Real Stock, Roadrunner and Thunder Roadster to be decided.
REAL STOCK: Nick Green won the Trophy Dash. Eleven cars were at the track and Shawn Craig was the fast qualifier with a time of 19.250. Tyler Avelar took the lead in the Heat race but Harvey Holm and Jim Redd got together and the yellow flew on the first lap. Avelar held the lead with Green, Dax Kinsey and Casey Mitchell in tow. Green got past Avelar on lap 7 with Mitchell passing Kinsey and Avelar. Green took the win with Mitchell in second and Kinsey nipped Avelar coming to the checker. Avelar took the lead in the Main Event and stretched it. Shawn Craig was on the move from the back of the pack and got past everyone to run in second. Holm and Redd had contact and the yellow was out. Kinsey who was in fourth at the restart spun coming out of turn 3 for another yellow. Craig got under Avelar for the lead after the restart with Green getting past Donnie Hyman and then Avelar. At the checker it was Craig, Green, Avelar and Hyman.
ROADRUNNER: Ryan Ahrens won the Trophy Dash. Nineteen cars showed up to race with Michael Lawrence the fast qualifier with a time of 21.423. In the first of two Heat races, Brett Murrell Jr. led from start to finish with the others racing for positions. Ryun Leazer finished in second and Gray Ethridge was third. In the second Heat race for the faster cars, Jerry Toledo hit the wall coming out of turn 3 on the first lap and was towed to the pits. Ken Barrett took the lead and the win with Jarrett Mayo in second and it looked like Leonard Ward, driving Tim Abeyta's car, was third with Ahrens in fourth in a very close finish. At the start of the B Main Event, Murrell Jr. took the lead but Leazer got past him with Kyla Foster, driving Brett Murrell's car as she had rolled her car in the afternoon practice, getting past Ward. Foster got past Murrell Jr. Leazer won, Foster was second, Murrell Jr. third and Ward fourth. A spin at the start of the A Main brought out the yellow. Thomas Halvorsen took the lead with Mayo getting past Ethridge and Barrett. Halvorsen faded and his car went up in smoke and he went to the pits. Mayo held the lead with Barrett now in second and Ethridge in third. Johnnie Daniels had moved into third and Michael Lawrence fourth. Kolby Jackson got past Lawrence and then Ahrens got by him too. Jackson passed Daniels. Barrett was closing on Mayo when Lawrence and Jackson spun coming of turn 3 with no yellow flag coming out. At the checker it was Mayo, Barrett and it looked like Daniels took third over Ward.
THUNDER ROADSTER: Allen Olson won the Trophy Dash. Thirteen cars timed in and David Henderson the fast qualifier with a time of 17.114. Belinda Ward took the lead in the first Heat race holding off her husband, Mike Ward, Tommy Payne and Bruce Ziemer. The yellow came out when Mike Ward spun Belinda coming into turn 2. At the restart Payne took the lead with Ziemer, Fergy Ferguson and Mike Ward getting past Jim Rich. At the checker it was Payne, Ziemer, Mike Ward and Ferguson. In the second Heat for the faster cars, Olson got past Bernard Burns to take the lead with Paul Peeples Jr. tagging along to run in second. Chris Sarvinski spun and the yellow was out. Peeples car was making a loud roar and he went to the pits. David Henderson had moved into second spot and got under Olson near the end of the race to take the win with Olson in second, Lonnie Tamboury third and Burns in fourth.
IMCA MODIFIEDS: Guy Young won the Trophy Dash. Thirteen cars came in for the race with Darrin Knight the fast qualifier with a time of 16.205. In the first of two Heat races, Rick Anderson took the lead with Rich Schramm in second, Alex Andrews third and Tom Ford in fourth. Schramm got past Anderson and stretched his lead. Ford got past Andrews and then passed Anderson. At the checker it was Schramm taking the win, Ford in second, and Anderson in third. Rich Potts took the lead in the second Heat with Riley Watson, Devin LaHorgue and Andy Vanderveer in tow. Darrin Knight had moved through the pack and got past Vanderveer and then LaHorgue. At the checker it was Potts, Watson, Knight and LaHorgue.
LATE MODELS: Randy Houston won the Trophy Dash. Seventeen cars timed in with Jeremy Doss the fast qualifier with a time of 15413. In the first of two Heat races, Roger Sanderson and another car had contact and Sanderson's throttle stuck causing him to hit the wall coming out of turn 3 for a yellow flag. At the restart Dennis DelBiaggio got past Kenny Demello with Keith Nelson and Alan Cress tagging along. DelBiaggio spun coming out of turn 3 and Demello spun to avoid hitting him. Cress took the lead followed by Alan Gibney, Bobby Hirschbock, Mic Moulton and DelBiaggio. Moulton got under Hirschbock to run in third. Cress stretched his lead to take the win, Gibney was second, Moulton third and Hirschbock fourth. At the start of the second Heat race for the faster cars, it was announced that it was Brandon White's 16th birthday today. White took the lead from the front row with Forrest Kuecker and Dylan Hutchison in tow. Hutchison spun Kuecker and the yellow flew. At the restart it was White, Junior Roddy, and Jeremy Doss. Doss got past Roddy to chase after White but White took the checker and the win with Doss in second and Roddy in third.
Note: Due to space limitations, coverage of Sept. 30 races will appear in the next edition of the Humboldt Beacon.