NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP MAY 9, 1998 McMAHAN OUTFOXES TARLTON FOR GOLDEN STATE WIN AT BAKERSFIELD "Tiner leads Hannagan by single point in GSC standings" Oildale, CA (May 9) . . .
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP MAY 9, 1998
McMAHAN OUTFOXES TARLTON FOR GOLDEN STATE WIN AT BAKERSFIELD "Tiner leads Hannagan by single point in GSC standings"
Oildale, CA (May 9) . . . Bobby McMahan picked off race leader Tommy Tarlton on late race restart and went on to score top honors in Saturday's Budweiser Golden State Challenge King of California headliner at Bakersfield Speedway.
Although he started on the pole, McMahan only led the final two circuits of the 30-lap contest in Roy Bumgarner's potent TCR Performance sprinter. The popular $3,000 victory was the 16th Northern Auto Racing Club win of McMahan's career. Tarlton, a second year driver on the NARC-Budweiser campaign, appeared headed for his first ever NARC victory when the caution flag appeared on the 28th lap. McMahan made his winning move on the restart, as the pair barreled into the third turn. McMahan moved up into the high groove in the third corner and escaped with the lead and the eventual win as he powered out of the fourth. "Tommy (Tarlton) was protecting the bottom of the race track," explained McMahan after notching the three-car length victory. "I knew I had a shot to get around him on the top if I got the opportunity." Tarlton, who inherited the lead from Jimmy Sills on lap 19, locked horns with McMahan throughout the final 10 laps. The two drivers raced wheel to wheel in an exciting dogfight as they slithered in and out of lap traffic. Sills paced the first 18 laps in Dennis Johnson's Maxim before being sidelined with suspension problems.
"I am just glad I could get the first NARC win for TCR chassis," continued McMahan. "They build a good race car and with the help of my crew we got it done tonight."
Tarlton settled for second in his Suburban Propane/Baselite TCR, for the second consecutive night.
"Racing against these guys is tough," said Tarlton. "I had a perfect race car, but what I really needed was some more lap time here."
While McMahan and Tarlton stole most of the glory, Randy Hannagan may have gained the most in the event. He ran a solid third in his Icore Autosports/Carrera sprinter, pressuring McMahan for the runner-up position throughout of the contest.
However, combined with less than perfect nights by Randy Tiner and Brent Kaeding, Hannagan made up valuable ground in the point standings and now trails King of California point leader Tiner by a slim 148-147 margin. Kaeding is third with 134 points.
Thirteenth starter Todd Bammer posted a NARC career best fourth place finish in the Moeller Brothers Body Shop mount owned by Quinton Bammer. Eighth row starter Jason Statler rounded out the top five in the DF Rios Construction Maxim.
The second five included former World of Outlaw regular Lee Brewer, 20th starter Jason Lund, Australian Peter Murphy, Graydon Cross, and Kevin Pylant.
The feature was stopped twice for the upside down race cars of 16-year-old semi-winner Roger Crockett on lap seven and rookie Daniel Hood a lap later. Neither driver was injured.
The four 10-lap heats were claimed by Brewer, Bammer, and Hannagan. Steven Allard suffered a shoulder injury when he flipped in his heat race.
RACE RESULTS: FAST TIME: Randy Tiner - 11.147 seconds; FUEL SAFE FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Lee Brewer, Peter Murphy, Tommy Tarlton, Randy Tiner, David Fowler, Kevin Pylant, Jason Lund, Jason York; DONOVAN ENGINEERING SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Todd Bammer, Paul McMahan, Jimmy Sills, Graydon Cross, Brent Kaeding, Steve Kent, Brian Coelho, Daniel Hood; KAEDING PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Randy Hannagan, Jim Taves, Jason Statler, Jason Meyers, Bobby McMahan, Roger Crockett, Lynn Anderson, Steven Allard; SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Crockett, Kent, Pylant, Coelho, Lund, York, Anderson, Hood; 30-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: B. McMahan, Tarlton, Hannagan, Bammer, Statler, Brewer, Lund, Murphy, Cross, Pylant, P. McMahan, Taves, Meyers, Coelho, Sills, York, Tiner, Anderson, Kent, Fowler, Crockett, Hood, Kaeding.
LAP LEADERS: Sills 1-18, Tarlton 19-28, B. McMahan 29-30.
BUDWEISER GOLDEN STATE CHALLENGE "KING OF CALIFORNIA" POINTS STANDINGS 5-10-98 (AFTER THREE EVENTS IN 12-RACE SERIES) 1. Randy Tiner, Rio Linda 148 2. Randy Hannagan, San Jose 147 3. Brent Kaeding, Campbell 136 4. Bobby McMahan, Rio Linda 130 5. Graydon Cross, Clovis 127 6. Paul McMahan, Oroville 126 7. Peter Murphy, Sydney, AUST 124 8. Jason Meyers, Clovis 122 Jason Statler, San Jose 122 10. Jason Lund, Kingsburg 121 11. Kevin Pylant, Santa Cruz 120 12. Steve Kent, Fresno 113 13. Todd Bammer, Plesanton 108 14. Jim Taves, Reedley 107 15. Tommy Tarlton, Easton 106 16. Brad Furr, Dublin 88 17. Jason York, Chico 84 18. Tim Kaeding, Campbell 82 19. Lee Brewer, Torrance 80 20. David Fowler, Oroville (R) 67