Chowchilla’s 6th Annual Open Wheel Roundup
by Debbie Shipherd
(Chowchilla , CA October 27-28, 2006 )...Stephens Motorsports' young Kent Stephens of Modesto took the thirty lap feature win on Saturday, October 28 at Chowchilla Speedway's 6th Annual Open Wheel Roundup. Stephens started in the sixth spot but moved up quickly when a turn one incident on the lead lap shuffled the top spots. RJB Engines' Jerry Cisco led the restart and Stephens was in third behind DES 's David Hayes by lap five. On lap twenty four Stephens made the pass for the lead and took home the win. Rancho Cordova 's Jerry Cisco, Gary Lewis, Brian Gray, and Tim Sherman Jr. of Rocklin rounded out the top five finishers in the final feature.
Chowchilla Speedway promoters Tom and Cindy Sagmiller hosted the last Spec Sprint open show of the 2006 season and rolled out the red carpet for the twenty four Spec Sprints and over forty Dwarf cars attending. Thursday the track was open for early practice sessions. Friday consisted of heat races lined up by pill draw, a trophy dash, and a preliminary A main for the Spec Sprints. The top five finishers from the heats would then transfer to the A main with the remaining cars racing a B main on Saturday.
Rio Vista's Dan Simpson won the first heat race followed closely by Rocklin's Tim Sherman Jr. and Gary Lewis of Cameron Park. The heat two victory went to Sparky Howard who was chased to the checkers by T & T Trucking's Matt Streeter and RJB Engines' Jerry Cisco. David Goodwill took the third heat win over Modesto 's Kent Stephens and Rankin Performance Machine's Troy Caraway. Stephens took the honors in the six lap trophy dash.
A pill draw among the top 15 heat finishers determined the lineup for Friday's Preliminary A main. Veteran driver Brian Gray and Rio Vista's David Hayes drew the front row positions, and Gray took the lead at the green. A lap later it was Tim Sherman Jr. at the point followed by Goodwill, Dan Simpson, and Jerry Cisco. Goodwill made the pass on Sherman on lap five with Hayes and Simpson close on his tail. The fast paced action was slowed only once for a spun car on lap twelve. On the restart it was Goodwill leading Hayes, Tony Richards, and Cisco. Hayes overtook Goodwill and then Richards slipped into the second spot. A lap later, Richards charged into the lead and took home the win. David Hayes, Jerry Cisco, Matt Streeter and Goodwill rounded out the top five spots.
Friday night featured a Chili Feed for everyone in the pits which was sponsored by the B.A.D. Association and Chowchilla Speedway. Teams camping in the pits circled the wagons and gathered around roaring campfires as the mysterious "Roundup Bandit" made his annual trip streaking through the pits wearing a cape and riding on a quad.
Saturday morning as the Chowchilla Speedway crew groomed, watered and prepped the 1/3 mile track, many teams made repairs and tuned up their cars. The Sherman team replaced a torque tube and the Shipherd team tackled electrical problems. Davis' Steve Stein and Pat Goodwill of Shingle Springs joined the Spec Sprint roster and several more dwarf cars arrived for Saturday's races. Gary Costa, the awesome Interrogation writer was a welcome sight, and we enjoyed the company of last year's Spec Sprint Roundup winner and friend Sam Fries, as well.
The fifteen lap B main began with Antioch 's Roy Fisher and Anthony Ryan on the front row. At the green, Fisher took the lead with Contra Costa Auto Parts' Keith Shipherd on his tail. The dry slick track sent everyone to the bottom hugging the inside, and at the checkers, it was Fisher, Shipherd, Ryan, Stein, and Butterfield in the top five transfer spots.
After all the dwarf car mains ran, the thirty lap Spec Sprint feature began with Tony Richards and David Hayes grid on the front row, followed by Jerry Cisco and Matt Streeter in row two. At the start the lead cars were shuffled when two made contact. On the restart, RJB Engines' "Cisco Kid " Jerry Cisco was in the lead followed by David Goodwill, Hayes, and Dan Simpson. Several spins on the dusty dry slick reshuffled the field once again and by lap five it was Cisco, Hayes, Stephens, Lewis and Gray in a single lane, tight formation. Track officials utilized the black flag for incidents involving rough driving which sent two cars to the rear of the field. By lap ten Hayes led with young Kent Stephens nipping at his tail. Richards and Streeter tangled for another yellow, and then Shipherd pitted safely with brake failure. Kent Stephens charged into the lead on lap twenty four and held the point at the lap thirty checkers. A happy Jerry Cisco finished second followed by Gary Lewis, Brian Gray, and a hard charging Tim Sherman, Jr.
A spaghetti dinner followed the evening's races and many teams hung around to celebrate and visit. We thank the Chowchilla Speedway staff for their hospitality and wish all of our fellow race teams, fans, and sponsors a healthy and happy holiday season. See you at the swap meets. Drive safe, have fun and take care.
Chowchilla's 6th Annual Open Wheel Roundup Summary:
(top 5 transfer to prelim.A main)
Heat 1: Dan Simpson, Tim Sherman, Jr., Gary Lewis, Brian Gray, David Engstrom, Roy Fisher, Danielle Simpson, Doug Butterfield
Heat 2: Sparky Howard, Matt Streeter, Jerry Cisco, David Hayes, Scott Holloway, Anthony Ryan, Eric Humphries
Heat 3: David Goodwill, Kent Stephens, Troy Caraway, Tony Richards, Dave Press, Keith Shipherd, Bobby Nichols
Trophy Dash: K.Stephens, S.Howard, D.Goodwill, T.Sherman, Dan Simpson, M.Streeter
Preliminary A Main: Tony Richards, David Hayes, Jerry Cisco, Matt Streeter, David Goodwill, Kent Stephens, David Engstrom, Dan Simpson, Brian Gray, Gary Lewis, Dave Press, Scott Holloway, Tim Sherman, Jr., Troy Caraway, Sparky Howard
B Main: (top 5 transfer) Roy Fisher, Keith Shipherd, Anthony Ryan, Steve Stein, Doug Butterfield, Pat Goodwill, Eric Humphries, Danielle Simpson, Bobby Nichols
A Main: Kent Stephens, Jerry Cisco, Gary Lewis, Brian Gray, Tim Sherman, Jr., Dave Press, Steve Stein, Tony Richards, David Engstrom, Anthony Ryan, David Goodwill, Troy Caraway, Roy Fisher, Sparky Howard, David Hayes, Scott Holloway, Doug Butterfield, Dan Simpson, Matt Streeter, Keith Shipherd