Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., led all 30 laps Saturday night to win the U.S. Auto Club/California Racing Association feature in Hanford.
Damion Gardner of Concord wrapped up the California Sprint Week championship despite a 12th-place finish, thanks to a consistent start to the grueling series of six races in eight days for the wingless sprint cars powered by 410-cubic-inch engines.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia was third Saturday night on the three-eighths-mile Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds clay oval. His twin brother Jace was fifth with the best passing job of the race, up from 19th. Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton was sixth, Kyler Shaw of Fresno ninth and Koen Shaw of Fresno 11th.
Chad Boespflug, the Hanford native who regularly races in the Midwest, had a tough homecoming, losing his brakes during the race and falling back to 17th.
Other feature winners Saturday were Blake Robertson of Visalia (Western RaceSaver 305 winged sprints), Troy Patee of Hanford (stocks) and Chris Corder of Modesto (mini stocks).
Gold Cup Race of Champions – Rico Abreu of Rutherford won Northern California’s most prestigious race Saturday night in Chico, adding his name to a list of champions that includes the late Al Pombo of Fresno and Clovis sprint car star Jason Meyers.
The 63rd running of the Gold Cup, sanctioned by the national touring World of Outlaws series, saw Abreu lead the final 35 of 40 laps on the quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway clay oval for a $12,000 victory.
Australian Kerry Madsen jumped into a Fresno-based Roth Motorsports sprint car and finish eighth. DJ Netto of Hanford was 10th, Joey Saldana of Indiana in Roth’s World of Outlaws car 11th, Cory Eliason of Kingsburg 16th and Bud Kaeding of Campbell in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car 24th.
Saldana was second in Friday’s preliminary feature, Madsen eighth and Dominic Scelzi of Fresno 11th. Mechanical troubles sidelined Scelzi on Saturday, but he’s had a solid Western swing with the World of Outlaws and is 15th in season points.
The Gold Cup week started Wednesday night with Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford sweeping the Civil War 360 series qualifying and main event. Kyle Hirst of Paradise jumped into a Roth car and finished second.
Et cetera – Carson Macedo of Lemoore returned to the Midwest and his regular ride with Keith Kunz Motorsports and finished second in a USAC Indiana Midget feature Saturday. The result pushed Macedo into the season points lead.