NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK â€˜98 RACE RECAP JUNE 28, 1998 HANNAGAN SCORES SPEEDWEEK â€˜98 OPENER AT WATSONVILLE "It's his third NARC win of the season" Watsonville ,...
NARC-BUDWEISER SPRINT CAR SHOOT OUT SERIES SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 RACE RECAP JUNE 28, 1998
HANNAGAN SCORES SPEEDWEEK ‘98 OPENER AT WATSONVILLE "It's his third NARC win of the season"
Watsonville , CA (June 28) . . . Randy Hannagan passed race leader Brent Kaeding with only five laps remaining to score top honors in Sunday's exciting NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series Silver Legacy Speedweek ‘98 sprint car opener at Watsonville Speedway.
It was Hannagan's third win of the season in Terry Hannagan's ICORE Autosports/American Tool Manufacturing Gaerte-Hurricane and was worth the $2,500 and the initial Speedweek point lead. Hannagan's lead over Kaeding is a single point - 100-99.
With his Budweiser Dash for Cash victory, Kaeding started the 30-lap contest on the pole and took the lead on the initial green flag. He spent the entire race attempting to shag his front row counterpart Hannagan, in an entertaining highspeed game of cat and mouse. The two drivers were in a class of their own and were never separated by more than four car lengths.
Hannagan, who twice nosed ahead of Kaeding in slower traffic early in the event, mirrored the leaders every move as the two zigged and zagged through backmarkers. Hannagan would make his winning move on the backchute on the 26th circuit.
Kaeding, driving the Al's Roofing Shaver-Maxim, got sideways as he accelerated out of the second corner. Hannagan pounced on the miscue and immediately roared into the lead as the pair entered the third.
The two raced wheel to wheel for the next two laps, until Hannagan made some stellar moves in traffic to secure the 10th win of his Northern Auto Racing Club career. His margin of victory was four car lengths and a one lapped car buffer.
"Brent ran a great race and made only one mistake," explained a happy Hannagan afterwards. "I was just lucky enough to run with him and be in a position to take advantage of it."
"Kaeding should have a target on his car," continued Hannagan. "He is the guy that everybody is going to have to beat to win the Speedweek title. Just because I got by him tonight, doesn't mean he is going to go away."
Fast qualifier Ronnie Day had to take the scenic route to earn his third place feature finish. After suffering motor problems in his heat race, Day rebounded to win the consolation event and the 12-lap semi.
Day started Weldon Offill's Country Builders Construction sprinter ninth in the 22-car grid and passed Steve Kent and Peter Murphy during the final three laps to earn the show position.
Murphy held on to fourth in Morrie William's Mountain View Mortgage Brokers Maxim. The Suburban Propane TCR piloted by Tommy Tarlton rounded out the top five.
The second five finishers included Kent, 22nd starter Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan, Roger Crockett, and 21st starter Bud Kaeding. Tiner's effort was the best passing job of the feature, earning him the River City Copy & Graphics hardcharger award.
The heat races were won by DeCaires, Kent, Cross, and Coelho. Thirty-seven cars made qualifying attempts.
FAST TIME: Ronnie Day - 12.522 seconds;
FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Greg DeCaires, Roger Crockett, Bobby McMahan, Jason Meyers, Jason Statler, Randy Tiner, Sparky Howard, Peter Giminez, Day, Bud Kaeding;
SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Steve Kent, Kasey Kahne, Brent Kaeding, Kevin Pylant, Todd Bammer, Craig Dillard, Brad Furr, Ryan Riley, Daniel Hood;
THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Graydon Cross, Jim Taves, Peter Murphy, Randy Hannagan, Gary Willey, Jason Lund, Johnny Rodriguez, Kurt Sargent, Kurt Nelson;
FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): Brian Coelho, David Fowler, Paul McMahan, Tommy Tarlton, Lee Brewer, Jerry Bonemma, Mark Monico, Lynn Anderson, Joey Delisle, Matt Morelo;
BUDWEISER DASH FOR CASH (6 laps): Br. Kaeding, Hannagan, Tarlton, Kahne, P. McMahan, Murphy, Kent, DeCaires;
SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Day, Lund, Statler, Furr, Bu. Kaeding, Tiner, Bammer, Brewer, Riley, Monico, Dillard, Bonemma , Willey, Rodriguez, Howard, Sargent, Giminez, Anderson; 30-LAP
BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Hannagan, Br. Kaeding, Day, Murphy, Tarlton, Kent, Tiner, P. McMahan, Crockett, Bu. Kaeding, Statler, B. McMahan, Taves, Lund, Fowler, Meyers, Furr, Pylant, Coelho, Kahne, Cross, DeCaires.
LAP LEADERS: Br. Kaeding 1-24, Hannagan 25-30.
SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS - 6/29/98 (AFTER ONE EVENT IN SEVEN RACE SERIES) 1. Randy Hannagan 100 2. Brent Kaeding 99 3. Ronnie Day 91 4. Peter Murphy 89 5. Tommy Tarlton 87 6. Steve Kent 85 7. Randy Tiner 77 Paul McMahan 77 9. Roger Crockett 75 10. Jason Statler 67