Erickson was disqualified after the July 2 main event and suspended from Saturday’s race, all stemming from using an illegal rev limiter. Garland Tyler of Modesto also was disqualified and suspended from Saturday’s race after he went into the Erickson pit area.
With two top drivers on the sideline, it was Zampa’s night to shine. The 15-year-old won a midrace duel with July 2 winner Jason Aguirre of Atwater, who finished second. Dillon Tucker of Madera Ranchos was third, Rick Thompson of Fresno fourth and Trevor Schlundt of Clovis fifth.
Season points leader Derek Thorn of Lakeport dominated the companion feature, 125 laps for the Southwest Tour stock cars, taking the lead on lap 2 and never relinquishing it.
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The top five settled in by lap 34 and never changed. Bobby Hodges of Carson City was second, Jacob Gomes of Manteca third, 17-year-old rookie Christian McGhee of Claremont fourth and veteran Craig Raudman of Cottonwood fifth.
Carlos Vieira of Livingston, CEO of the 51FIFTY energy drink company, was sixth and last year’s Madera Late Model champion, 16-year-old Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield, was eighth.
Other winners were Jeremy Woods (Legends), Rian Bowman (MSTs), Jillian Holden (Toyota Sedans), Joseph Reichmuth (Hobby Stocks) and Kyle Keller (Jr. Late Model exhibition).
King of the West sprint cars – Season points leader Kyle Hirst of Paradise in the Easton-based Tarlton Racing car successfully defended his Howard Kaeding Classic championship Saturday night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.
Hirst started sixth but rocketed to the lead by lap 10 of the 30-lap feature on the quarter-mile clay oval.
Shane Golobic of Fremont, who raced a Fresno-based Roth Motorsports car July 9 at Hanford, was back in his regular ride and finished second. The Kaeding family was represented by Bud Kaeding of San Jose – Howard’s grandson – in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car third and Brent Kaeding – Howard’s son – in sixth.
Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford was fast qualifier and started on the pole but slid back to 10th. Cole Macedo of Lemoore, making his first King of the West start in a Tarlton car, was 17th. Cole’s older brother, Carson, won last year’s King of the West championship in the car now campaigned by Hirst. This year, Carson is barnstorming the Midwest, most recently picking up a third place in a midget race Saturday night in Illinois.
July 10 at Stockton, Cory Eliason of Kingsburg completed a weekend sweep (he also won at Hanford) in the King of the West series, winning a battle with Hirst. Eliason is barnstorming the Midwest, too, starting with a seventh-place finish (after starting 17th) Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
World of Outlaws – Seven-time series champion Donny Schatz won the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, worth $50,000. Schatz’s car owner, NASCAR star Tony Stewart, also owns the track.
Rico Abreu of Napa was second.
Joey Saldana of Indiana in the Roth Outlaws car was ninth and stands sixth in the season points standings. Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, like Macedo and Eliason barnstorming the Midwest, was 18th in the last-chance qualifier. Scelzi has risen to 19th in the season points standings.