PETALUMA, CA – Aug 23
Smooth, ultra-fast, and hooked up would adequately describe the surface and warm and breezy the weather at Northern California’s fastest 3/8ths mile dirt oval Saturday Night. Driven Raceway Night embarked with Morgan Hill’s Tommy Laliberte outshining the 16-car Joe Hunt Wingless Series vs Pit Stop USA Spec Sprint field with a swift 14.275 effort. Stockton’s Trevor Schmid and Brentwood’s Colton Slack copped wins in the pair of 8-lap heat races. Slack validated his heat race with a win in the 6-lap dash that determines the starting spots for the first three rows of the feature. The 25-lap finale paired Slack and Laliberte up front with Slack wining the drag race into the first turn. On the move were Klint Simpson, Jason McIntosh, and Terry Schank Jr. from his 12th starting spot. Making a start in the Finkenbinder #3F was Geoff Ensign as he quickly was nipping on the heels of the top-five. On lap 5 with Slack leading contact between Bob Newberry and Ensign necessitated a caution with Newberry retiring. Ensign rose to fourth as he had a see-saw battle between Schank, Simpson, and McIntosh. On the 20th circuit Ensign rocked to a shaky stop in turn one with a broken cam. The final five laps saw Slack masterfully guide his sharp #17 into victory lane over Laliberte, Simpson, Schank, and Schmid.
Petaluma Speedway returns to action Saturday Night, September 6th featuring the Pit Stop USA Winged 360’s and Spec Sprints, Lumberjack Restaurant Super Stocks, and Jake’s Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks. For more information please go to www.petaluma-speedway.com.