NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP RONNIE DAY WINS CHAMPIONS OF NARC HEADLINER AT CALISTOGA "Hannagan charges from back to finish second" Calistoga, CA (May 23). . . Ronnie Day became the...
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP
RONNIE DAY WINS CHAMPIONS OF NARC HEADLINER AT CALISTOGA "Hannagan charges from back to finish second"
Calistoga, CA (May 23). . . Ronnie Day became the sixth different NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series feature winner of the season, claiming top honors in Saturday's thrilling Walter T. Ross - Champions of NARC headliner at Calistoga Speedway. Day's eighth NARC feature victory of his career came aboard Weldon Offill's potent Country Builders Construction/Sunnyvale Lumber Hurricane sprint car. He started fifth in the stellar 22-car grid. Fast qualifier Randy Hannagan outgunned polesitter Brent Kaeding on the initial start and threatened to steal the show, running at a frantic pace that had no peer. Only two miles into the 25-lapper, the former San Jose track champion had established a 10-car lead, and by lap eight, a full straightaway. However, lady luck was looking in Day's direction when Hannagan was forced to stop on a lap 10 caution with a shredded right rear tire. Day inherited the lead on the restart, only to face an open wheel attack by Paul McMahan. McMahan, who started seventh in the JB Enterprises house car, charged past runner-up Lee Brewer and three lapped cars in the first mile after the restart. Riding the highest line on the racetrack, McMahan quickly reeled in the leader and was tailgating Day on lap 15. The two frontrunners battled side by side in an exciting duel, until McMahan dove into the lead in the first turn on lap 18. Day returned the favor coming out of the second corner and immediately stepped up his effort a couple of notches. McMahan's challenges ended the next time around when a rock speared his oil filter. Day's next opponent was the same driver he had trailed earlier in the race. Hannagan restarted at the back of the pack after making a tire change and methodically sliced and diced his way to fifth in only 10 laps. At that point, due to the amount of laps run under caution conditions, NARC officials were forced to stop the action for a fuel-only pit stop. When racing resumed, Hannagan had his sights set on the leader. He picked off Bobby McMahan for fourth on lap 21, and shot by Brad Furr and Kevin Pylant for the runner-up spot with only a mile remaining. However, Hannagan ran out of laps and was forced to settle for second, only five car-lengths behind Day at the checkered. "Paul (McMahan) gave me a wake up call when he passed me," said Day in victory lane. "That's all I needed to get my butt in gear to win this race." "My car developed a fuel pick up problems late in the race," continued the winner. "My car would sputter going into the first turn and almost die halfway through it. I was just holding on at the end when I knew Hannagan was coming." Hannagan's impressive second place effort came aboard Terry Hannagan's ICORE Autosports/Carrera Shocks Gaerte powered machine. Kevin Pylant posted his best finish of the season in his U.S. Print Maxim, after winning a fierce duel with Brad Furr. Furr's fourth place outing was a NARC career best in the Furr Family Sanmina Eagle. B. McMahan rounded out the top five in Roy Bumgarner's Stickley Motorsports TCR. The second five finishers included semi-transfer Steve Kent, Tommy Tarlton, Todd Bammer, 18th starter Roger Crockett, and Jason Statler. Hannagan's time of 16.736 seconds around the half-mile oval was the best of the 33-car field. Australian Peter Murphy captured the 12-lap semi. Heat races were won by Graydon Cross, Crockett, Johnny Rodriguez, and Sparky Howard. NARC point leader Randy Tiner, Steve Kent, Jason York, and Mike Monahan all flipped in a wild four car crash in the second heat. Luckily nobody was injured. RACE RESULTS: FAST TIME: Randy Hannagan - 16.736 seconds; CARRERA SHOCKS FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Graydon Cross, Brent Kaeding, Hannagan, Ronnie Day, Brian Coelho, Jason Meyers, Duane Bonini Jr., Shane Travioli, Creg Weiss; DONOVAN ENGINEERING SECOND HEAT (4 laps): Roger Crockett, Mark Plourde, Tommy Tarlton, Lee Brewer; FUEL SAFE THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Johnny Rodriguez, Bobby McMahan, Todd Bammer, Paul McMahan, Peter Murphy, Ryan Riley, David Fowler, Keith Collins; HAMMERDOWN! RACE GEAR FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): Sparky Howard, Jason Lund, Jason Statler, Kevin Pylant, Brad Furr, Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Trulli, Dave CLarke; BUDWEISER DASH FOR CASH (6 laps): Kaeding, Hannagan, Pylant, Brewer, Day, Statler, P. McMahan, Bammer; SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Murphy, Tiner, Kent, Furr, DeCaires, Meyers, Coelho, Bonini, Fowler, Trulli, Travioli, Riley, Weiss, Clarke, Collins; 25-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Day, Hannagan, Pylant, Furr, B. McMahan, Kent, Tarlton, Bammer, Crockett, Statler, Meyers, Brewer, DeCaires, Rodriguez, P. McMahan, Tiner, Lund, Plourde, Howard, Kaeding, Murphy, Cross.
LAP LEADERS: Hannagan 1-11, Day 12-25.
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