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Michael Faccinto Wins Thriller at Petaluma Speedway

July 26th, 2015

In one of the closest finishes in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, Michael Faccinto of Hanford, California emerged victorious at Petaluma Speedway. Racing past Ronnie Gardner in a late race surge to the checkered flag, Michael earned the BCRA co-sanctioned triumph. Shannon McQueen was third, Cory Elliott took fourth, and Nick Chivello stormed to fifth from fifteenth.

Looking for her first win of the year, polesitter Shannon McQueen led the first twelve circuits. The veteran racer jumped the turn-two cushion and Ronnie Gardner took advantage. Starting eighth, the two-time champion sailed to the lead and began to run away from the pack. In search of his fourteenth series victory, Gardner had extended his lead to over a straightaway. It would not last as a yellow flag would bunch the field. On the restart, Ronnie got an excellent jump and controlled the main event. Behind the leader, racers were battling hard for position, but another late race caution halted the action.

With two laps to go, Faccinto powered by Ronnie Gardner to grab the top spot. The determined drivers raced hard and exchanged the lead back and forth several times. With the checkered flag waving, the duo charged out of turn four with Faccinto on the outside and Gardner on the bottom. Getting a huge bite off the Petaluma clay, Gardner executed a huge wheelie down the front straightaway and past the finish line. However, the night belonged to Faccinto, who claimed the main event win by .105 seconds.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / 3 Girls Spike, Michael Faccinto earned his second victory of the campaign. Qualifying tenth out of the twenty-seven racers in the pit area, Michael also won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The second generation driver left Petaluma tied for sixth in the point chase with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner had to settle for second in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and placed third in his heat race. With the runner-up finish, Ronnie has taken over the point lead with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California took third at the checkered flags. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was ninth quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. The former champion has climbed to second in the point standings with five top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led on the season.

In his second start of the season, Bakersfield, California’s Cory Elliott sliced his way to fourth at Petaluma after starting twelfth. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified thirteenth overall and took fourth in his heat race. To date, Cory has recorded one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Nick Chivello of Manteca, California earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #27 Rodgers Trucking / America’s Tire Spike, Chivello had a penalty in qualifications for missing the scales and ran second to Taylor Simas in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year left Petaluma ranked eighth in the standings with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led in the campaign.

Bakersfield, California’s Sean Dodenhoff won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was eighth fast in time trials and scored seventh in the feature. To date, Sean sits tenth in the chase for the championship with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and one top-10 finish.

Taylor Simas of Orland, California claimed victory in the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Racing Doug Bock’s #62 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Simas qualified third overall, scored eighth in his heat race, and placed thirteenth in the feature after a late tangle erased a top-five run from sixteenth.

The Honda USAC Western Midgets will take a break in the schedule and will return to action at the famed Calistoga Speedway on September 5th and 6th. Also showcasing the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, the “8th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will open the “First Annual California Midget Week.” For more event information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer 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 lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Ronnie Gardner Sweeps Petaluma “Soares Classic”

August 16th, 2014

PETALUMA, CA – Grabbing the lead from Scott Pierovich on lap five, Corona’s Ronnie Gardner led the rest of the way to claim the “3rd Annual Soares Classic” at Petaluma Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association, the 50-lap feature win was Gardner’s second Honda USAC Western Midget victory of the campaign. Trey Marcham, Taylor Simas, Sean Dodenhoff, and Pierovich rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart Ronnie Gardner swept the program by earning his third VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Award, winning the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and claiming his second consecutive “Soares Classic.” The defending champion scored his eleventh career win, placing him in a tie for fourteenth overall with Josh Wise. Heading to Calistoga’s Vermeil Classic, Gardner is second in both the overall and dirt series points with one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 83 feature laps led.

For the second race in a row, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had to settle for second to Gardner. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham qualified tenth out of the twenty-five racers in the pit area and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last season’s Rookie of the Year sits atop the dirt and overall standings with two feature wins, two VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit.

Making his first start of the season, Orland’s Taylor Simas took third in the 50-lap “Soares Classic.” Racing Doug Bock’s #62 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Simas was third fast in time trials and ran second to Nick Chivello in his heat race.

Sean Dodenhoff of Bakersfield scored fourth in the Petaluma Speedway main event. Piloting his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff qualified seventeenth overall and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. Despite missing a few races, Sean ranks eighth in the dirt points and tenth in the combined series with three top-10 finishes and 18 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first four laps, Alamo’s Scott Pierovich scored fifth at the checkered flags. Driving the family owned #35 Mid-Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike, Pierovich was ninth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The veteran driver is currently fourth in the dirt series and sixth in combined points with one VanLare Steering Repair Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Nick Chivello of Manteca raced to victory in the Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #27 Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts / Red Top Electric Spike, Chivello qualified eleventh overall and scored twelfth in the main event. To date, Nick is ranked twelfth in the dirt series and eighth in the overall points with two heat race wins, three top-10 finishes, and two feature laps led to his credit.

Redding’s Alex Schutte won the 8-lap Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Aircraft Electrical Components / Ontario West Spike, Schutte was twelfth fast in time trials and placed eighth in the “Soares Classic.” The former champion sits fifth in both the dirt and overall points with four top-10 finishes on the season.

The Honda USAC Western Midgets will battle at the famed Calistoga Speedway on August 30th and 31st for the “7th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Located at the Napa County Fairgrounds, each night will pay $10,000-to-win and will also showcase the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. For more event information, visit www.louievermeilclassic.net, www.calistogaspeedway.org or call (916) 773-7225.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, and VanLare Steering Repair for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).

IMCA Modified point season starts April 6 at newly-sanctioned Petaluma Speedway

January 30th, 2013

PETALUMA, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds will have another familiar California venue to call home on Saturday nights.

Point races for the sanctioned division at Petaluma Speedway begin on April 6 and continue through Sept. 21.

“The one sanctioning body I see that has stood the test of time is IMCA. They’ve done everything they could to keep the sport affordable,” General Manager Rick Faeth said. “I can open the Speedway Motors catalog and build an IMCA Modified, minus the engine.”

In its 53 consecutive year of racing, and 45th under the direction of GLAD Enterprises, Petaluma had also sanctioned its Modified division with IMCA from 1991-1992 and 2004-2006.

“I’ve talked with other California tracks that are or will be IMCA this season. We could go with a rival sanctioning body or we could close ranks and run with the same one,” he added. “I believe in the due diligence of IMCA and the professionalism of their staff, like (regional director) Paul Vetter, when we do have a hiccup.”

Part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Petaluma is one of three tracks that will host sanctioned Nor-Cal Modified Series dates this season.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State, special series and local track points will be awarded for draw/redraw shows on April 27 and July 4 at Stockton 99 Speedway, May 11 and June 29 at Antioch Speedway, and June 1 and July 27 at Petaluma.

Petaluma requires RACEceivers and transponders for weekly and Modified series events.

A winged go-kart track is being built inside the 3/8-mile Petaluma clay oval.