NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP MAY 24, 1998 - Contact: Jim Allen (916) 721-NARC HANNAGAN SWEEPS TRIBUTE TO GARY PATTERSON AT CALISTOGA "Takes over Golden State Challenge point lead" ...
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP MAY 24, 1998 - Contact: Jim Allen (916) 721-NARC
HANNAGAN SWEEPS TRIBUTE TO GARY PATTERSON AT CALISTOGA "Takes over Golden State Challenge point lead"
Calistoga, CA (May 24) . . . Randy Hannagan posted a clean sweep at Calistoga Speedway Sunday night, setting a new qualifying record, winning his heat and dominating the Budweiser Golden State Challenge Tribute to Gary Patterson 25-lap sprint car feature. His winning adventure came aboard his brother Terry Hannagan's ICORE Autosports-backed, Gaerte-powered Santomauro sprint car and was worth $3,000. More importantly, Hannagan gained the top spot in the "King of California" championship point standings. He now maintains a 204-187 point advantage over defending series champion Brent Kaeding after four rounds in the 12-race series. Kaeding, who started his Al's Roofing Maxim on the pole, paced the first 10 laps as the sixth starting Hannagan marched to the front. Hannagan powered past Peter Murphy, Brad Furr and Randy Tiner during the first five laps to slide into the show position. Two circuits later, runner-up Steve Kent fell victim to the attack, leaving a 10-car length margin between Hannagan and the leader. Hannagan out dragged Kaeding down the backchute on the 11th lap and was never seriously headed the remaining distance. His eighth Northern Auto Racing Club-sanctioned victory of his career was won by a solid 15 car lengths over Kaeding. "Everything finally went right for our team tonight," said Hannagan, sporting a million-dollar smile. "Bad luck had been beating on us all year, but I had a perfect race car to change that. I have to thank my brother, and all of my crew for not giving up." Kaeding had nothing but nice words to say about the winner. "Randy has been running strong here all weekend long," said Kaeding. "I'm just glad he let me lead the first 10 laps. After blowing a motor last night, I'm just glad to finish on the podium." Australian driver Peter Murphy and semi-winner Paul McMahan put on a wild show for third after a caution flag for Randy Tiner bunched up the field with only four laps to go. McMahan rocketed past Ronnie Day on the restart and dueled wheel to wheel with Murphy as the pair jockeyed for position. McMahan finally succeeded on the white flag lap, driving John Sullivan's US Rentals/Toms Sierra Shaver-powered JB. Murphy fourth place effort came aboard Morrie William's Maxim. The Country Builders Construction Hurricane piloted by Ronnie Day rounded out the top five finishers. The second five drivers to cross the stripe were Brad Furr, Jason Lund, Jason Statler, Lee Brewer, and Tommy Tarlton. The program was completed at 9:12 p.m. Tiner, who entered the event as the series point leader, was running in third place when his steering broke sending him into the wall. He finished 23rd in the final run down and dropped to third in the points chase. Earlier, Hannagan blasted through the timing lights in only 16.304 seconds to shatter his own one-lap NARC qualifying record. Thirty-two cars timed in. The four eight-lap heats were claimed by Hannagan, Todd Bammer, Murphy, and Greg DeCaires. Graydon Cross, McMahan, and rookie David Fowler and Ryan Riley were all red flag recipients in preliminary action. Nobody was injured.
RACE RESULTS: FAST TIME: Randy Hannagan - 16.304 seconds; ICORE AUTOSPORTS FIRST HEAT (8 laps): Hannagan, Ronnie Day, Kevin Pylant, Lee Brewer, Steve Kent, Shane Travioli, Jason York, Sparky Howard; JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SECOND HEAT (8 laps): Todd Bammer, Tommy Tarlton, Brad Furr, Brent Kaeding, Jimmy Trulli, Bud Kaeding, Ryan Riley, Graydon Cross; J & J AUTO RACING THIRD HEAT (8 laps): Peter Murphy, Johnny Rodriguez, Jason Meyers, Bobby McMahan, Brian Coelho, Dave Clarke, David Fowler, Paul McMahan; KAEDING PERFORMANCE CENTER FOURTH HEAT (8 laps): Greg DeCaires, Jason Statler, Duane Bonini Jr., Roger Crockett, Randy Tiner, Jason Lund, Mark Plourde; SEMI-MAIN EVENT (10 laps): P. McMahan, Lund, Bu. Kaeding, Travioli, Plourde, Clarke, Riley, York; 25-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Hannagan, Br. Kaeding, P. McMahan, Peter Murphy, Day, Furr, Lund, Statler, Brewer, Tarlton, B. McMahan, Crockett, DeCaires, Meyers, Pylant, Kent, Rodriguez, Bammer, Bonini, Trulli, Travioli, Coelho, Tiner, Bu. Kaeding.
LAP LEADERS: Br. Kaeding, 1-10, Hannagan 11-25.