NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP HANNAGAN SWEEPS GOLDEN STATE CHALLENGE EVENT AT SAN JOSE "Kaeding charges from 20th to second in Tailgater Challenge " San Jose, CA (June 13) . . .
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES NORTHERN AUTO RACING CLUB RACE RECAP
HANNAGAN SWEEPS GOLDEN STATE CHALLENGE EVENT AT SAN JOSE "Kaeding charges from 20th to second in Tailgater Challenge "
San Jose, CA (June 13) . . . Randy Hannagan laid claim to his second consecutive clean sweep in Budweiser Golden State Challenge sprint car action, after claiming Saturday's 30-lap King of California NARC headliner at San Jose Speedway.
Hannagan's perfect night was completed after starting eighth in Terry Hannagan's ICORE Autosports/American Tool Manufacturing Hurricane sprinter. He pocketed $3,100 for his efforts.
Although Hannagan earned the headlines, runner-up Brent Kaeding was the show stealer. The defending series champion, who was looking to gain ground on Hannagan in the series points standings, took the Tailgater Challenge and started 20th in the grid.
Kaeding earned one additional point for every car he passed in the Al's Roofing/Melissa's Graduation Mudbone Maxim and actually scored 15 more points than the winner. As a result, Kaeding now trails Hannagan by a slim 261-257 margin, with six rounds remaining.
Hannagan methodically marched to the front of the pack and was running third on the eighth circuit. Two laps later he overhauled Bobby McMahan for second and set his sites on race leader Craig Dillard.
The two frontrunners dueled wheel to wheel until Hannagan made what turned out to be his winning move in the second corner. Hannagan survived four caution flags during the final 15 laps, as he watched the scoreboard and his points lead evaporate.
"I tried to get to the front early," explained Hannagan, after thanking his brother and pit crew. "But things turned out to be tougher than I thought. I couldn't believe it when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw Kaeding running in the top three with ten laps to go."
Hannagan ended up beating Kaeding to the checkered by eight car lengths.
Kaeding charged into 11th place after only seven laps, seventh by lap 10, and into the show position with 12 laps remaining. At that point, his efforts were stalled by the valiant effort of Dillard in the Weldway Racing sprinter. The duo sliced and diced, utilizing every groove on the race track in a great open wheel fight for second.
The action got faster and more furious with the white flag waving.
With Dillard's mount sputtering for fuel, Kaeding blew past him on the backchute. Paul McMahan stole the third spot from the slowing Dillard coming out of turn four. McMahan's podium finish came aboard John Sullivan's Tom Sierra Company Shaver-JB.
"We made a lot of crazy changes to our car at the last moment," said Kaeding. "We ended up with a perfect race car that earned us a lot of points. My crew chief Billy Albini deserves a ton of the credit."
Dillard's car was rammed from behind and was literally pushed across the finish line by the fifth place car of Lee Brewer.
The second five finishers included Randy Tiner, Graydon Cross, Kevin Pylant, Bobby McMahan, and Steve Kent.
Hannagan's 14.171 second quick qualifying effort was his fifth consecutive fast time award in NARC competition. His heat race victory completed his clean sweep. Other heat winners were Jason Meyers and Steve Kent.
FAST TIME: Randy Hannagan - 14.171 seconds;
OUTERWEAR PREFILTERS FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Hannagan, Steve Coelho, Johnny Rodriguez, Graydon Cross, Duane Bonini Jr., Johnny Rodriguez, Jason Lund, David Fowler, Mike Schriver, Troy Rozendahl
PERFORMANCE BUSHING SPECIALTIES SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Jason Meyers, Mark Monico, Bobby McMahan, Craig Dillard, Jim Taves, Todd Bammer, Tommy Tarlton, Daniel Hood, Sparky Howard;
RIVER CITY COPY & PRINT THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Steve Kent, Lee Brewer, Brent Kaeding, Kevin Pylant, Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan, Jason York, Jerry Bonemma, Ryan Riley;
SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Lund, P. McMahan, Tarlton, Fowler, Howard, Rodriguez, York, Bammer, Bonemma, Rozendahl, Schriver, Hood;
30-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Hannagan, Kaeding, P. McMahan, Dillard, Brewer, Tiner, Cross, Pylant, Bumgarner, Kent, Lund, Meyers, DeCaires, Tarlton, Fowler, Bonini, Monico, Coelho, Taves, Howard.
LAP LEADERS: Dillard 1-14, Hannagan 15-30 budweiser golden state challenge "king of california" point standings 6-14-98 (after five rounds in 11-race series) 1. Randy Hannagan 261 2. Brent Kaeding 257 3. Randy Tiner 223 4. Paul McMahan 222 5. Bobby McMahan 212 6. Jason Lund 207 7. Kevin Pylant 199 8. Jason Meyers 198 9. Steve Kent 190 10. Tommy Tarlton 188 11. Graydon Cross 176 12. Peter Murphy 174 13. Todd Bammer 169 14. Lee Brewer 168 15. Jason Statler 165 16. Greg DeCaires 142 17. Jim Taves 140 18. Brad Furr 137 19. Jason York 136 20. Ronnie Day 112