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November 17, 2017 at 02:50:53 PM
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27 years ago today, the legendary Ascot Park held their final CRA Sprint Car race, the 13th Annual Don Peabody Classic.

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CALIFORNIA RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 17, 1990 – Ascot Park – Gardena, California – “13th Annual Don Peabody Classic”

TIME TRIALS: 1. Billy Boat, 2, Bromme-17.958 (New Track Record); 2. Bill Von Helmolt, 66, Von Helmolt-18.423; 3. Rip Williams, 91, Lewis-18.451; 4. Jerry Meyer, 28, Meyer-18.506; 5. Jac Haudenschild, 91X, Lewis-18.523; 6. Brad Noffsinger, 3, Gardner-18.530; 7. Cary Faas, 47, Gaffney-18.572; 8. Ron Shuman, 1, Morales-18.586; 9. Mike Kirby, 79, Bright-18.593; 10. Steve Ostling, 12, Pratt-18.640; 11. Mike Sweeney, 15, Fite/Madden-18.650; 12. Bob Meli, 71, Meli-18.664; 13. Tim Green, 11, Wilkerson-18.686; 14. Walt Kennedy, 48, Leonard-18.711; 15. Lealand McSpadden, 19, Pivovaroff-18.720; 16. Mike English, 17, Robertson-18.753; 17. Brent Kaeding, 69, Miller-18.785; 18. Rick Gaunt, 68, Gaunt-18.804; 19. Harlan Willis, 45, Willis-18.834; 20. Frank Baldozier, 74, Anderson-18.859; 21. Bubby Jones, 24, Henry-18.919; 22. Clark Drake, 68X, Gaunt-18.924; 23. Stan Atherton, 77, Acosta-18.929; 24. Gary W. Howard, 75, Kelly-19.011; 25. Verne Sweeney, 98, Sweeney-19.012; 26. Kim Craft, 72, Craft-19.055; 27. Ron Wolf, 89, Wolf-19.074; 28. Mark Sokola, 42, Robison-19.124; 29. Dennis Rodriguez, 20, Rodriguez-19.134; 30. Robbie Ferguson, 93, Ferguson-19.172; 31. Terry Singleton, 94, Singleton-19.172; 32. Keith Chrisco, 43, Fontana-19.194; 33. Ron DiDonato, 57, Acosta-19.205; 34. Ricky Williams, 65, Williams-19.290; 35. Mike Boat, 7OH, Bryon-19.361; 36. Ed Reed, 31, Lane-19.370; 37. John Redican, 55, Simpson/Noutary-19.431; 38. Kenny Cope, 95H, Hallett-19.433; 39. Gary Bland, 61, Bland-19.514; 40. Brian Campbell, 14, Campbell-19.659; 41. Tony Elliott, 39E, Elliott-19.698; 42. Sid Blandford, 119, Pivovaroff/Babbitt-19.711; 43. Joe Smith, 30, Smith-19.721; 44. Dan McLeod, 60, Ruth-19.792; 45. Scott Sloane, 95, Sloane-19.826; 46. Tom Downing, 90, Downing-19.897; 47. Steve Rogers, 50, Jones-19.975; 48. Frank Bucheit, 33, Bucheit-20.008; 49. Jim Giardina, 58, Giardina-20.024; 50. Dan Schuck, 80, Schuck-20.131; 51. Don Tucker, 32, Tucker-20.209; 52. Dave Twitchell, 18, Twitchell-22.316; 53. George Sacks, 85, Sacks-23.016; 54. D.J. Ruth, 25, Ruth-NT; 55. Dale Laakso, 39, Laakso-NT; 56. Billy Felts, 39F, Laakso-NT; 57. Scott Burns, 26, Burns-NT; 58. Alex Walker, 12W, Walker-NT.

TROPHY DASH: (3 laps) 1. Meyer, 2. B.Boat, 3. Rip.Williams, 4. Von Helmolt. 56.38

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. V.Sweeney, 2. Kaeding, 3, Green, 4. Kirby, 5. Rodriguez, 6. Haudenschild, 7. B.Boat, 8. Jones. 3:09.13

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Craft, 2. Gaunt, 3. Noffsinger, 4. Kennedy, 5. Ostling, 6. Von Helmolt, 7. Ferguson, 8. Drake. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wolf, 2. Willis, 3. McSpadden, 4. Rip.Williams, 5. Faas, 6. Singleton, 7. Redican (Fite/Madden 15), 8. Atherton. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chrisco, 2. Sokola, 3. Meyer, 4. Shuman, 5. Baldozier, 6. Howard, 7. Meli, 8. English. 3:34.30.

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. DiDonato, 2. Ricky.Williams, 3. Reed, 4. M.Boat, 5. Cope, 6. Elliott, 7. Bland, 8. Campbell. 3:13.07

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. B.Boat, 2. Von Helmolt, 3. Faas, 4. Meli, 5. Haudenschild, 6. Ostling, 7. Baldozier, 8. Jones, 9. English, 10. Howard, 11. Ricky.Williams, 12. Rodriguez, 13. DiDonato, 14. Atherton, 15. Ferguson, 16. Singleton. 3:46.15

FEATURE: (50 laps – With Starting Positons) 1. Ron Shuman (2nd), 2. Cary Faas (3rd), 3. Mike Kirby (1st), 4. Jerry Meyer (5th), 5. Rip Williams (6th), 6. Brad Noffsinger (4th), 7. Brent Kaeding (13th), 8. Tim Green (10th), 9. Bob Meli (9th), 10. Bill Von Helmolt (7th), 11. Rick Gaunt (14th), 12. Keith Chrisco (20th), 13. Ron Wolf (18th), 14. Harlan Willis (15th), 15. Mark Sokola (19th), 16. Verne Sweeney (16th), 17. Billy Boat (8th), 18. Walt Kennedy (11th), 19. Kim Craft (17th), 20. Lealand McSpadden (12th). NT
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HARD CHARGER: Keith Chrisco (20th to 12th)




toml24
November 17, 2017 at 03:44:27 PM
Joined: 12/03/2004
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I was there, as well as Turkey Night the following week. To be honest I don't remember anything from the sprints but from Turkey Night I did walk the track at about 1:00am, that was a surreal experience, but the most profound memory was after walking the track I was next to the Press Box door by the front gate and to see the expressions on the faces of the people leaving the Press Box for the last time----words cannot describe the visual sight-----Sorrow, sadness, finality and closure, from each and every person leaving the press Box. It was a moment I will never forget.



Tucson Osty
November 19, 2017 at 11:10:21 AM
Joined: 12/08/2004
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I remember the last CRA race well.  Spent the evening on Freddie Spencer's English bus overlooking the first turn.  I bribed my way onto the top of the bus with a couple of six packs of over priced concession beer but it was worth it.  Spent the evening with one of the legends of Indy car building - Lujie Lesovsky (sp?).  That alone was more than worth the price of the beer!  Wonder how much "juice" had been added to the fuel in the "Little Red Sucker" that night for Billy Boat to achieve the sub 18 second qualifying lap.  Believe Dean Thompson drove the pace car that evening which was most appropriate.  I picked up a small amount of clay from the track and formed it into a little square.  It resided in my chest of drawers for years before disappearing.  Lots of great memoriees from Ascot.





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