Slipping past Nic Faas on lap six, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) claimed last Saturday’s season opener at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the $1,200 win after starting seventh was his twentieth career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory. Cory Elliott, Faas, Frankie Guerrini and Terry Nichols followed the four-time and defending champion to the checkered flags.
Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Pac Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Ronnie Gardner moves into fourth on the series win list behind Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, and Billy Boat. Gardner earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the twenty-three car roster and placed third in his heat race. Heading to Placerville on March 29th, Ronnie holds a three point lead over the competition.
Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night and finished second in front of his hometown fans. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified third overall and won the 8-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The 2015 Rookie of the Year heads to the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” ranked second in points.
After leading the first five laps, Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) settled for third in the Bakersfield main event. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 with a late surge over Randi Pankratz. The 2008 Champion and Rookie of the year left Bakersfield sitting third in the point chase.
Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini qualified eighteenth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former BCRA Champion heads to Placerville Speedway ranked fourth in the championship points.
“The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols had trouble in time trials, placing twenty-third and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year left Bakersfield sitting fifth in the chase for the championship.
Rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #33 Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel was nineteenth quick in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The micro sprint veteran ranks ninth in the point standings.
Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified seventh overall and placed eleventh in his heat race. The RMMRA feature winner heads to Placerville sitting eleventh in the point chase.
On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Placerville Speedway for the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California, the event also features the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.
The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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