California Speedway proves to be high-speed excitement for American Stockcar Challenge competitors. Sixteen ASC competitors showed up at California Speedway to race their stockcars on the fast Grand Am course on March 11th through the 13th.
California Speedway proves to be high-speed excitement for American Stockcar Challenge competitors.
Sixteen ASC competitors showed up at California Speedway to race their stockcars on the fast Grand Am course on March 11th through the 13th. The series regulars were joined by 2 ASC-X cars, (cars that do not meet the specifications of ASC), and 8 Protrucks, plus 3 historic Winston Cup cars, making a whopping 29 cars on the grid for the races. The course record for the series fell to Ken Stinnett, driving the # 43 Sundance Carpentry Chevy Monte Carlo during Sunday's race. The old track record of 1:46.341, held by Mike Carson, fell to Stinnett in the race. Ken bested the old time by 2.3 seconds, putting on a show running the fastest lap of 1:44.016, and consistent laps in between 1:44.1 and 1:44.2 for several laps.
Six of the competitors in Sunday's race broke the old track record, including 2 of the new ZZ4 Fast Burn motors, one Dodge, one Ford, and two of the original 355 hp ZZ4 motors. No one motor showed any advantage over the others on the high-speed oval or on the in-field section. Nelson Garrison in the # 4 ASC-X car posted the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:43.975, 0.041 seconds faster than Stinnett's ASC time.
Friday's test day saw several sessions, which was partly responsible for the fast times logged by everyone. Teams tested various set ups and gear selections, as well as, learning the track configurations and grip conditions. Friday was clear and warm.
Conditions on Saturday began with fog preventing the early sessions from practicing. The ASC qualifying session, however, was able to be held on time, in cloudy, cool weather. This contributed to several teams and competitors bettering their previous Friday lap times. The ASC pole was earned by Manuel Gil del Real, in the # 27 Symbolic Ford Taurus, at 1:46.193. He was followed by Kevin Culver, Ed Ochylski, Ken Stinnett, and Steve R. Carvajal for the fast five, all within 1.1 seconds. Garrison took the overall pole, being the only car on the grid faster than the top seven ASC cars. Nathan Swartzbaugh was the fastest of the Protrucks, posting a 1:47.476. Of the top fifteen fastest qualifiers, 10 were ASC cars, 2 were ASC-X cars, 2 were Protrucks, and 1 Historic Cup car. Ed Ochylski smacked the wall during qualifying and was unable to continue, despite a good qualifying time.