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Fresh and Familiar Faces Find Victory Lane in Lemoore Opener

T-Zone Promotions Lemoore Raceway – Lemoore, Calif. (April 23, 2018)  — The 2018 Lemoore Raceway Micro Sprint season finally kicked off Saturday night highlighted by a national caliber Restricted Class.

Your most recent Clay Cup Champion, Colby Thronhill, and your most recent Tulsa Shootout Champion, Corey Day, would be on hand set to go to battle again. Just one night after the two went toe-to-toe at Plaza Park for 25 laps with Thornhill coming out on top; the stage would be set for them to do battle again at Lemoore Raceway. However a young lady out of Elk Grove would have other plans.

The night started off well for Thornhill as he came out and set a blistering 11.797 lap time in qualifying and captured quick time honors. The heat race would be where it all came unraveled. An early bobble set him back on a track tough to pass on and he would find himself in the B-Main. Meanwhile Day found his way up to second in his heat and landed directly into the main.

It seemed Thornhill had alleviated his issues by the B as he ran away with it, but he was already behind the eight-ball. Going into the feature your fast qualifier would roll off out of the 17th position. Meanwhile Day would start from eighth. As the green flag dropped it was apparent two drivers were ready to spoil the party.

Ashlyn Rodriguez started from the pole with Ryan Rocha to her inside and they took off to have a battle of their own. Rodriguez would begin to check out about three laps in. Multiple cautions would bring the field back together but with every restart Rodriguez was able to hold her ground. Rocha would maintain second for the majority of the race but Corey Day was on mission. In the closing stages of the race, Day was able to capture second and seemed to have his sights set on leader, Rodriguez.

A late race caution would bunch the field back up and eclipsed the almost second and a half gap Rodriguez had over second. This was Day’s chance to put a move on the leader. However it would not be his night. Rodriguez was able to take off nicely and open up another eight tenths of a second lead in three laps and take home the checkered flag. Day would come home second, with Ryan Rocha capturing a hard fought podium position and Thornhill was able to charge all the way to sixth on the night.

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Ashlyn Rodriguez held her ground and captured the Restricted Victory. PC – Bryan Lugo Photography

In your Super 600 class it all began with another winner from Friday starting off on the right foot, literally. Jake Andreotti was able to come out and set quick time being the only driver to get into the 10 second bracket on the night.

Yet when the main started it was all about the rocket.

Joey Ancona came out ready to race. He started from the outside front row – got out front early, and never looked back. Ancona was on rails in the first main event of the season. There was no real challenge for the rocket on this night as he built an astounding 3.4 second gap over second place Heath Duinkerken and third place Raio Salmon. After two podiums to kick off the King of California Series and now a win at the sight of round four, Ancona’s confidence is soaring. “I think about it a lot (King of California) I’m ready to go, we’ve got the car ready, and I think we’ve got these tracks dialed,” said Ancona, in Victory Lane.

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Joey Ancona claims the first Super 600 Victory of 2018 at Lemoore Raceway. PC- Bryan Lugo Photography

The Non-Wing class was another display of pure domination. Ben Worth in his Huckleberry Motorsports, Worth Harvesting number 10J, was able to check out on the field during the first feature of the year at Lemoore Raceway. Worth was able to jump out to an early lead from the outside front row and go wire to wire. This victory marks two in two weekends for Worth, one in the wing class at Delta Speedway, and his first of the year in non-wing car at Lemoore Raceway. Heading into King of California week Worth looks to continue this streak. Austin Stone brought his number 29 home second, and Friday night winner, Brody Fuson came home with another solid podium.

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Ben Worth went wire to wire en route to the Non Wing win. PC – Bryan Lugo Photography

The Jr. Sprint class has had no lack of drama up this point at the other tracks. At Lemoore Raceway, however, it would be a familiar face with a dominant performance. All the talk in the Jr Sprint class thus far has surrounded Jett Barnes. Barnes was able to capture his first career Jr. Sprint victory at Delta Speedway just one week prior to Lemoore, and on the one year anniversary of his first race. Barnes continued to roll at Plaza by picking up his second consecutive victory after a steadfast battle with Dalton Parriera.

On this night at Lemoore, Parriera would show the fans how he earned the nickname, “The Sheriff.” He came out for qualifying and set the pace. He qualified with quick time and then looked to translate that into a heat race win. The Sheriff was able to do exactly that and then the pressure was on to complete the sweep.

As the main event started Parriera lead the field to green from the pole. He had rival Caleb Debem just behind him in third and the hot hand of Barnes starting back in sixth. Parriera was able to set sail on the field and captured a mostly uncontested victory and his first of 2018. Debem was able to bring it home second and Barnes capped off yet another podium finish, marking his fifth-straight on the year.

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Lemoore Raceway turns the lights on again next Saturday, April 28, for the second race of the season and the highly anticipated Round 4 of the King of California Micro Sprint Season.

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Lemoore Raceway would also like to thank all of their track sponsors: Budweiser, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pacific Ag Rentals, Southern Pacific Farms, Galante Brothers Grading and Paving, Hanford Jewelry and Loan, West Hills Community College, Lawrence Tractor, Olam, Ag Seeds, Valley Acid, G.V Burrows Chevron, Valley Trenching, Wood Bros, Longmire Swaging, Simplot, Culligan Water, Windmill Propane, Lee’s Car Stereo, Dalena Farms, Huckleberry Motorsports, Mid Valley Disposal, Best Weigh Scale, Rent-a-Toilet, and Larry Davis Farms.

Official Results: Restricted

1 #87 Ashlyn Rodriguez
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:31.819 2 00:12.511
2 #41 Corey Day
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:32.654 6 00:12.714 0.835 0.835
3 #5R Ryan Rocha
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:34.524 1 00:12.721 2.705 1.870
4 #121 Caeden Steele
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:35.388 5 00:12.890 3.569 0.864
5 #15B Bryson Bettencourt
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:35.720 6 00:12.816 3.901 0.332
6 #19 Colby Thornhill
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:36.315 19 00:12.849 4.496 0.595
7 #2 Caden Stoll
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:36.930 3 00:12.899 5.111 0.615
8 #28 Jake Smith
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:37.365 11 00:13.050 5.546 0.435
9 #4B Brandt Twitty
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:37.780 15 00:13.003 5.961 0.415
10 #02 Tyler Martin
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:38.661 18 00:13.106 6.842 0.881
11 #61 Eli Bookout
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:38.983 10 00:13.102 7.164 0.322
12 #49 Jarrett Rogers
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:39.674 24 00:13.110 7.855 0.691
13 #17 Joshua Rogers
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:40.646 20 00:12.896 8.827 0.972
14 #14J Jade Avedisian
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:40.787 13 00:13.089 8.968 0.141
15 #7T Logan Trevino
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
25 10:41.355 11 00:13.161 9.536 0.568
16 #4G Brian Gilbert
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 05:58.621 3 00:12.855
17 #5X Mattix Salmon
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
15 06:00.110 9 00:13.369 1.489
18 #21 Gauge Garcia
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
13 05:30.685 4 00:12.987
19 #33 Dylan Bloomfield
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
11 02:22.897 3 00:12.648

 

Official Results: Super 600


#88A Joey Ancona
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:10.205 2 00:11.776
2 #79 Heath Duinkerken
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:13.548 2 00:12.014 3.343 3.343
3 #21 Raio Morgan
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:14.826 1 00:11.648 4.621 1.278
4 #7P Jake Andreotti
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:15.910 2 00:11.880 5.705 1.084
5 #71 Drake Galante
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:16.403 10 00:12.168 6.198 0.493
6 #57 Austin Warmerdam
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:16.931 11 00:12.151 6.726 0.528
7 #22 Keith Day Jr.
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:18.421 13 00:12.283 8.216 1.490
8 #44 Ben Worth
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:19.041 16 00:12.223 8.836 0.620
9 #14 Jake Hagopian
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:20.295 27 00:12.324 10.090 1.254
10 #4 Garrett Twitty
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 06:22.343 3 00:12.424 12.138 2.048
11 #12 Cody Christensen
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
29 06:11.440 22 00:12.512 1.235
12 #15H Dayna Hill
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
29 06:12.745 7 00:12.400 2.540 1.305
13 #33 Cooper Worth
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
29 06:21.784 7 00:12.525 11.579 9.03

Official Results:  Non-Wing


#10J Ben Worth
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:18.110 1 00:12.588
2 #29 Austin Stone
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:20.002 26 00:13.048 1.892 1.892
3 #51 Brody Fuson
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:22.544 3 00:13.105 4.434 2.542
4 #9 Colton Jones
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:24.333 2 00:13.201 6.223 1.789
5 #8H Justyne Hamblin
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:24.636 27 00:13.051 6.526 0.303
6 #88 Joey Ancona
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:26.263 30 00:13.279 8.153 1.627
7 #0 A.J. Burgin
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:26.426 13 00:13.271 8.316 0.163
8 #81T Andrew Tamariz
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:26.779 22 00:13.247 8.669 0.353
9 #07X Troy Morris
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:27.957 2 00:13.118 9.847 1.178
10 #97W Christian Hickman
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:28.930 7 00:13.361 10.820 0.973
11 #20E Ethan Evans
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:29.996 12 00:13.405 11.886 1.066
12 #4R Alexandria Raiskup
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:30.812 22 00:13.479 12.702 0.816
13 #18 Austin Mero
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
30 09:31.313 19 00:13.384 13.203 0.501
14 #44M Carson Myrick
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
29 09:18.595 5 00:13.436 0.485

 

Official Results: Jr Sprint

1 #51 Dalton Parreria
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
20 21:01.361 2 00:13.628
2 #3D Caleb Debem
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
20 21:01.804 5 00:13.647 0.443 0.443
3 #55 Jett Barnes
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
20 21:05.001 12 00:13.971 3.640 3.197
4 #4 Teagan Moles
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
20 21:13.993 3 00:14.450 12.632 8.992
5 #21 Cash Lovenburg
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
19 21:02.697 11 00:14.157 1.336
6 #7A Andi Jones
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
16 20:12.978 9 00:14.353
7 #63 Colton Key
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
7 13:38.096 4 00:14.578
8 #01T Ty Lovenburg
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 13:38.069 5 00:17.448
9 #79 Dash Dunkerkin
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
2 05:43.690 2 00:15.066
10 #4K Kinser Ferguson
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:03.098 0 00:00.000

 

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JJ Cox -
Lead Contributor of Sprint Car Insider.
Sole Proprietor of Prodigy Race Promotions.
Current Freelance Announcer with educated broadcast experience.
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Fresno State Bulldog - Broadcasting and Public Relations.
Grew up going to 50+ Sprint Car races a year and Raced Motocross for 10 years.
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