JOHN PADJEN MOTORSPORTS CALIFORNIA SPRINT CAR CIVIL WAR RACE SERIES SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1998 ROBINSON SCORES CIVIL WAR WIN IN ROUND 12 AT PLACERVILLE 1998 series to conclude in two weeks at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville Three weeks ago...
JOHN PADJEN MOTORSPORTS CALIFORNIA SPRINT CAR CIVIL WAR RACE SERIES SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1998
ROBINSON SCORES CIVIL WAR WIN IN ROUND 12 AT PLACERVILLE 1998 series to conclude in two weeks at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville
Three weeks ago he won the Pacific Sprint Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Last week he suffered an unavoidable crash in round eleven at Petaluma so this week Sacramento driver David Robinson Jr. was destined to turn his luck back around in the California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series as it returned to Placerville Speedway for the 13th round of competition. The 1998 Placerville track champion did just that, winning the 30-lap feature event.
"When I was on the way to the track tonight I told my fiancee that I really wanted to win this deal tonight," said Robinson. "This is our track it's where we raced all year long, it's where I won my championship this year and I just wanted to make a good showing for the fans. I couldn't have done any better starting where I did tonight..this is just awesome. I owe a lot of thanks to all my sponsors, my car owners Chuck (Wimer) and Sandy (Robinson) and my crew who has just done an awesome job all year long."
After finishing third in his heat race, Robinson transferred directly into the 30-lap A-feature where he started in the sixth position. When the green flag came out to the 20-car field, trouble broke out as early as the first lap when Sacramento's Herman Klein slid sideways in the fourth turn. The incident caused a multi-car melee which sent series point leader Roger Crockett of Rio Linda upside down after a collision with Andy Forseberg on the edge of the infield. Crockett was able to make repairs and return to the grid for the restart, Forseberg also made repairs but an ill-handling machine forced him to retire to the pits after just one lap.
When green flag racing resumed, Mark Tabor Sr. of Reno, Nevada took command of the field with polesitter Alan Bradway of Fair Oaks closely challenging and eventually taking the lead. While Tabor and Bradway continued to duel for the lead, Robinson worked his way into the third position and began setting his sights on the front position. After using the inside line to pass Tabor for second, Robinson overtook Bradway on the 14th lap for the lead while Mike Benson of Calistoga followed suit for the bridesmaid position. Shane Scott of Chico also moved in on the top three at the midway point as Bradway faded back to the fourth position.
Once in front of the field, Robinson distanced himself by several car lengths and began working his way into lapped traffic. On the white-flag lap, Benson closed in on the leader but a lack of laps and a crowded race track prevented him from setting up any type of successful pass. At the finish line it was Robinson earning his fourth overall win at Placerville for the season, Benson finished second followed by Scott, Bradway, Tabor and former 10-time Placerville track champion Brian Crockett of Rio Linda.
"We would have liked to get one before the year ended, we ran up here all year long," said Benson. "But second place is good considering where we started (10th). David's been running real good up here and he deserves to win it. We just ran our hardest and stayed out of trouble for the whole race."
In preliminary competition Saturday night, heat race victories were earned by Rick Frock, Ray Rust, Ricky Wondergem and Herman Klein. The red flag was a common sight in nearly every 10-lap heat as several cars went upside down. Roll-over victims during the evening's program included Billy Sellers, Chad Riolo, Justin Johnson and Mark Hall. All four drivers managed to make the necessary repairs to return to the program later in the evening.
A total of 46-cars entered Saturday's event requiring a 10-lap C-main, Rich Tiner took the early lead in this event but was passed by Dave Angus on the third lap. Both drivers transferred into the B-feature where they finished their night. Forseberg was the winner of the 12-lap B-feature and was followed across the line by Benson, Billy Wallace and Hall.
Saturday's Civil War event was accompanied by the third annual Placerville Legends race. In this event, former driver and current car owner Larry Wallace led all ten laps, holding off the challenges of Al Young. Additional entrants in this special event included legend drivers Gene Gillihan, Jim Whitlow, John Anderson and Johnny Tiner.
The 1998 Placerville Speedway season will conclude this Friday night with the fire breathing sprint cars of the Northern Auto Racing Club. This will be the final event of the season campaign for the NARC sprint cars as they compete in the "Salute to the Silver Crown." The California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series will conclude Saturday, October 17 at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville.
RACE SUMMARY CALIFORNIA SPRINT CAR CIVIL WAR RACE SERIES PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1998
Fast Qualifiers: Terry Cox 11:116; Andy Forseberg 11:269;Billy Sellers 11:342
Heat 1: Rick Frock; Alan Bradway; David Robinson Jr.; Scooter Lambert; Bob Sturgil.
Heat 2: Ray Rust; Mike Henry; Shane Scott; Stephen Allard; Mike Benson
Heat 3: Ricky Wondergem; Jeff Young; Brian Crockett; Roger Crockett; Dave Angus.
Heat 4: Herman Klein; Steve Watts; Mark Tabor Sr.; Tim Sherman; Matt Cole.
C-Main: Angus; Richard Tiner; Greg Sherman; Claudia Harvey.
B-Main: Andy Forseberg; Mike Benson; Billy Wallace; Mark Hall;Terry Cox.
A-Main: Robinson; Benson; Scott; Bradway; Tabor; B. Crockett; Roger Crockett; Henry; Allard; Young; Frock; Wallace; Wondergem; Hall; Rust; Watts; Klein; Lambert; Forseberg; T. Sherman.
NEXT CIVIL WAR RACE: Saturday, October 17: Twin Cities Speedway, Marysville, CA