Lakeport CA,–The Lakeport Speedway hosted the next “King of the Hill Challenge Series” event last Saturday night with a “’50s and ’60s Nostalgia Night” after a day with the Kulture Shock Car Show in Lakeport. Kulture Shock exhibitions included some of the vintage cars and bikes, booths, and shows from the earlier show in the Lake County Fairgrounds. The B.C.R.A. Vintage Midgets were also on-hand to perform several exhibition races.
This special Kulture Shock night Jammer race was not run for points and included some veterans just racing for fun like Rick Tommila (Modified 28, Bomber 19) and Andy Norton (Bomber 69 before his daughter KC took over). The raffle winner from last week was Daniel Barrett from Kelseyville. A life-long race fan at Lakeport Speedway, he was outfitted and trained Friday for Saturday racing. Nolan Forsythe and Kevin Asman led the standing start. Carl Gronroos stalled and Darrel Lavier, showing typical Jammer sportsmanship, push-started him. While the pack shuffled and adjusted around the slow cars or those that missed a shift, Barrett took the high road and ran with the wall all the way around the track, passing the jumbled pack until he found himself in third behind the blue truck of R. Tommila chasing Asman. As Barrett passed R. Tommila low, Gary Judd passed both of them high to challenge Asman for the lead. However, Asman drifted high in turn four slowing them both and allowing Barrett to move up on the inside through the frontstretch.
In turn one, Asman came down too soon and caught himself on the nose of Barrett. Barrett slowed and moved up and around Asman as Asman turned sideways momentarily blocking Judd and the rest of the field. There are no yellow flags with Jammers and, when they had gotten themselves untangled, Barrett found himself, in lap seven of his very first race ever, in the lead by over half the track. The rest of the race saw Asman, James Adkins, Lavier, and Judd battling for position with each other while chasing Barrett. In the final lap, Judd, who had been side-by-side with Lavier, made the inside pass on both Lavier and Adkins. Asman lost grip in turn one and drifted high into R. Tommila sending him into the wall. Barrett claimed the checkers. With both Asman and Lavier down a lap, Judd finished second followed by Adkins, Hayley Bishop, and Norton.
Barrett says driving a Jammer is “Freakin’ Awesome” and immediately turned to series promoter David Furia and said “I gotta build me a Jammer!”. He credits his victory to all of the other drivers who helped train and advise him. “They told me to rev it up, keep it in low gear, and pass high in the corners. I took them
seriously and it worked.”
Barrett, age 23, said he’s never won anything before in his life, even when he was in 4H. The thing he most looks forward to now is taking his trophy home to, and showing this article to, his mother who did not attend to watch him: “… and then I won. Ha!”. B.C.R.A. Midgets
The Midget fast time of 11.869s was set by Tanner Swanson. Bill Lindsay and Floyd Alvis led the field to the start. Alvis and Nick
Foster Jr. touched tail-to-nose, slowing them and the upper line. Nick Chivello passed Lindsay low for the lead. Foster shot by inside Lindsey forcing Travis Berryhill to dodge high into Lindsey’s back bumper. Foster, John Sarale, Berryhill, and Swanson followed Chivello. Sarale leap-frogged Foster when he clipped the turn three infield apron. In lap 22, Sarale made the inside pass for the lead by Chivello. When the white flag fell, Chivello tried to nose under Sarale in turn two, but Sarale had already come down and clipped his nose slewing him sideways.
Sarale crossed the line first, followed by Berryhill, Swanson, Foster, and David Prickett while Chivello was left in turn two
beating his hands on his steering wheel in frustration.
For more details on the B.C.R.A. Midgets, Vintage Midgets, and their races, browse to “http://www.BCRARacing.com”.
Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Mike Doss from Nice set the Late Model fast time of 11.734s and won the 75 lap main event. Forrest Kuecker (in his snazzy new black 79) won the fast trophy dash. Jimmy Stillman held the lead first and lost it to Charlie Collins in lap six. Eric Graham and Mike Doss battled for second as Kevin Ostern made a long outside climb up to fourth.
Doss gained the outside of Collins in lap 18 and passed him for the lead, followed by Graham and, eight laps later, Ostern. The pack settled into a long green-flag session during which Ostern made it past Collins on the outside in turn four into third.
After a lap 40 yellow, Ostern gained the outside of Graham, passed him for second in lap 45, and continued past Doss in lap 48 for the lead. After a yellow for a Joey Aiken spin, the leaders were battling in pairs: Doss chasing Ostern for the lead, Graham and Jeremy Hopkins for third, and Collins and Kuecker for fifth. In lap 60, Doss swung outside Ostern on the backstretch and
re-took the lead on the frontstretch. One lap later, Collins was trying to fend off Kuecker’s outside pass when he spun out into the frontstretch infield. Nine laps later, Doss finished victorious, followed by Ostern, Graham, Hopkins, and Kuecker. For more details on the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models and this race, browse to http://www.AirportAutoBrokersLateModels.com.
The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.842s was set by Kyle Tellstrom. The track record for Mini-Stocks was reset this week since the old record was made without a restrictor plate, so this time now stands as the new track record. The rest was all Robert Schmidt from Lucerne, winning the trophy dash, his heat race, and the main event.
The bright blue station-wagon of Jay Strugnell took the main event lead as the slower “Fast” Freddy Schmidt pushed the inside line back. After avoiding a fish-tailing Mark Zimmerschied in turn four, and a few cautions, Jessica Aceves took the lead in lap ten followed by R. Schmidt when Don Presler got trapped behind Strugnell.
However, in turn three, Aceves lost grip and spun out inside R. Schmidt. R. Schmidt took the lead and points leader Kyle Tellstrom
chased for the rest of the race. At the white flag, Aceves and Jason Pratt finished a nine-lap side-by-side battle by spinning out sending Aceves nose-first into the backstretch wall.
R. Schmidt finished first followed by Tellstrom, Presler, Marcus Hatfield, and John Johnson.
Mike Rose from Lakeport (driving for Roman Rose) set a track record fast time of 14.115s. Chuck Hackbarth and Jimmy Shankles
(driving for Theresa Sorrels who broke during time-trials) led the start. Shankles drifted back, pushing the outside line of Scott
Griffin, Mike Bray, Brenton Smith, and Gary Collins with him. Rick Tommila swung outside Hackbarth but could not keep up. Jimmy
Sorrels swung under and then outside Hackbarth. George Lovrin. M. Rose, D. Rose, Collins, and Smith tucked behind him expecting a quick pass, but Sorrels stayed even with Hackbarth for 12 laps. In lap 15, a caution was thrown for debris in turn three. Because it was an official’s yellow, the restart was single-file with Hackbarth followed by Sorrels, Dylan Rose, Lovrin, Collins, M. Rose, and Smith. It was called off when Sorrels was put back a position for jumping the start.
Sorrels got stuck behind Hackbarth when D. Rose swung outside followed by Lovrin, Collins, M. Rose, and Smith. Behind D. Rose,
Collins was inside Lovrin when they came up to lap KC Norton. Norton was a little high in turn four, so Lovrin went high and Collins low. As Norton came back down on the frontstretch, Collins dove to the apron and made the pass cleanly before turn one.
This put Collins behind Lovrin. In lap 28, he had swung outside when they came up on Norton again. This time, Lovrin dove low on the frontstretch apron as Collins passed high. However, Lovrin did not have enough time to finish the pass before turn one, and he and Norton slewed sideways barely missing M. Rose and Smith who passed along the outside wall.
Lovrin suffered a flat tire and retired. While under the yellow, a huge cloud of smoke suddenly billowed from under the car of Collins. When he was stopped it was discovered he’d blown a seal and was leaking oil. This forced Collins to retire.
After the final green-white-checker, it was D. Rose who won, followed by M. Rose, Smith, Sorrels, and Bray.
King of the Hill Challenge Series racing returns to the Ukiah Speedway this Saturday night June 27 for “Things That Go Bump In The Night”. Featured will be the Pro-4 Modifies, the Legends Cars Series, and the Bandoleros. King of the Hill racing includes Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers.
For more information, browsehttp://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com.