Matt Erickson continued his dominance of the late model stock car class at Madera Speedway on Saturday night.
The driver from La Grange started 10th, worked his way up to second by the end of the first 50-lap segment and took the lead for good at the start of the second half. Erickson has won five of six open series races (which are taped for showing on MAVTV) at the third-mile paved oval this season and was second in the other start. He also has three wins in the regular late model series – and was disqualified from another start and serving a one-race suspension on the next date.
Ryan Philpott of Tracy was second and Ryan Hart of Dos Palos was third, the only drivers on the leader’s lap in the 22-car field. Rookie Dillon Tucker of Madera Ranchos was fourth and Jason Aguirre of Atwater fifth.
Other winners were Kevin Thompson (MSTs), Chuck Dozhier (Super Hobby Stocks), Erik Woods (Toyota Sedans), Adam Lemke (WSRA Mini Cups) and Dezel West (Jr. Late Models).
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King of the West – Shane Golobic of Fremont won an emotional 30-lap sprint car race Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway.
Golobic grew up with Bryan Clauson, an immensely popular driver who suffered fatal injuries this month in a racing crash. It was Golobic’s first win since Clauson’s death and Golobic was wearing a helmet painted like the one Clauson always wore.
Golobic started on the pole but lost the lead in the first turn to Cory Eliason of Kingsburg, who pushed his lead to as much as a straightaway on the three-eighths-mile clay oval before a lap 17 yellow. Eliason took the inside position on the double-file restart (he said later it was the wrong choice) and was passed by both Golobic and Bud Kaeding of Campbell in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car. Those three finished 1-2-3, with Eliason fending off fast-qualifier Chase Johnson of Penngrove by 0.02 seconds at the finish of the 30-lap race.
DJ Netto of Hanford, making his first start for Sacramento car owner Clyde Lamar, was fifth and season points leader Kyle Hirst of Paradise in the Easton-based Tarlton Racing car was sixth after starting 13th. Also, Sean Watts of Atwater was 11th, Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford 12th and Australian Toby Bellbowen in a car prepared by Clovis’ Peter Murphy 13th in a 21-car field.
On the undercard, Sanger’s Dustin Rhodes scored an exciting victory in the 600cc micro sprints 20-lap feature.
Et cetera – Dominic Scelzi of Fresno finished 15th in a World of Outlaws race Friday night in North Dakota. Joey Saldana of Indiana in the Fresno-based Roth Motorsports car was fifth. … Kyler Shaw of Fresno was manning the video camera Aug. 20 at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville; Friday night, he was back behind the wheel of his sprint car and finishing third in the main event. … A week after winning $60,000 in South Dakota, Hanford native Chad Boespflug returned to his new home state of Indiana and posted a second and fifth in weekend U.S. Auto Club sprint car features in Kokomo. … Carson Macedo of Lemoore, barnstorming the Midwest this year, jumped into a Keith Kunz Motorsports sprint car for the first time and finished 15th in an All-Star Circuit of Champions race in Indiana. This season, Macedo’s main ride is a Kunz midget.