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Fall Classic offers tough competition, fast track times

UKIAH, Calif. – It was a beautiful weekend for the 2013 Fall Classic Oct. 19-20 at Ukiah Speedway.

The racing was kicked off with an open practice session on Friday night along with a barbecue for all the racers and crews in attendance.

The action started with the Jammers racing for one of the few money shows on the year.

For the first time this season they took the track to qualify with the fast time, 15.708, set by Keith Hopkinson Jr. The heat race win went to Hopkinson.

In the main event the track promoter decided to put the Mini Stocks and Jammers together to give the fans a more exciting race.

For the Jammer division, Hopkinson and Wayne Young started in the front. Hopkinson took the early lead and never looked back to take the win, followed by Young and Keith Hopkinson Sr.

In the Modifieds the fast time was set by Richie Potts, with a 13.184. The heat race wins went to Potts and Andy Vanderveer, which put them on the front row for the main event on Sunday.

Potts took the early lead in the main event, retiring early in the race due to mechanical problems, which gave the lead to Vanderveer.

There was only one yellow during the entire 50 lap main event, with a solo spin of Sierra Furia on lap No. 10.

On the drop of the green flag Vanderveer pulled ahead of David Lyndall. At the drop of the checkers it was Vanderveer who took home the Eagle trophy, along with a special gift from out-of-town racing team sponsor Muerto Tequila.

In the Mini Stock division James Stillman dominated again, setting the fast time of 15.181. He also took home the heat race win and slid to an easy win, taking the eagle trophy home for the main event.

The Extreme Asphalt Outlaws only raced on Sunday, allowing for local driver Kyle Tellstrom to compete in a late model race at Madera Speedway, where he finished 10th.

The fast time went to Steve Taylor with a 13.619. Heat race was won by Sean Sweeney, putting him on the pole for the main event next to Tellstrom. On the drop of the green flag Tellstrom was fighting hard on the outside lane to take the lead away from Sweeney, but Sweeney was able to keep his lead.

The main event went without a caution, with Sweeney taking home the Eagle Trophy along with a special gift from Muerto Tequila.

The Pro-4 Modifieds took to the track for two complete race shows over the weekend.

On Saturday night the fast time went to Codi Barba with a 13.790. Heat Race wins went to Ken Gifford and Nick King. In the main event Timber Cookson took the pole with Nick King on the outside.

Cookson took the early lead but King fought hard to pass her. It did not take Barba long to get to the front from the back. By lap No. 8 he was up to second place.

Gifford followed him to the front but did not have quite enough time before the checkers fell with Barba taking the win followed by Gifford, Sorrels and King.

On Sunday afternoon it was Gifford who set the fast time with a 13.726. Heat race wins went to Ed Cudney and Jimmy Sorrels.

In the main event King and Curt Lewis were on the front row when the green flag flew. Lewis took the early lead over King. By lap 11 Barba was up to lead from the middle of the pack.

When the checkers fell it was Barba who came across first again to take home an Eagle trophy. He was followed by Gifford, Sorrels and Lewis.

The Bomber division also had two complete days of racing action.

On Saturday, Roseville driver of Erick Ray took the fast time with a 14.670. Heat race wins went to local drivers Denny Cashada and Ron Duke Sr., who earned spots on the front row of the main event.

Duke took the early lead but Cashada was not ready to give upjust yet. Cashada took the lead away from Duke on lap No. 7 with a yellow flag following. On the drop of the green Cashada kept his lead but tangled with Duke causing another yellow flag.

When the race resumed Gino Buchignani and Matt Manolis battled for the lead for more than 15 laps. At the drop of the checkers it was Ray who took the win followed by Manolis, Duke and Bob Mook.

On Sunday Denny Cashada set the fast time with 14.712. Heat race wins went to Cody Rickard and Ray.

In the main event Rickard and Ray set the pace for the rest of the field. At the drop of the green Ray took the early lead over Rickard.

The two battled the entire race but Rickard didn’t have enough to take the lead from Ray, who went on to win another Eagle trophy for the season. Following Ray was Rickard, Duke and Cashada.

In the Legend division Cameron Austin set the fast time with a 14.105. Heat race wins went to Austin and Cody Winchel, who went to the front row to set the pace for the field.

At the drop of the green flag Austin took the early lead with Barba following him. Barba did not have enough to give Austin a challenge as Austin took the win at the checkers, followed by Barba, Roger Fletcher and Ian Elliott.

Action continues on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lakeport Speedway for the Rock Crawlers, Jammers and boat races, which will be the final race for Lakeport Speedway's asphalt track for 2013.

For complete event details make sure to visit www.ukiahspeedway.com or like the track on Facebook.

 

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