Clovis News

Clovis driver leads sprint car series

Clovis sprint car driver Jason Meyers posted one top-10 finish last weekend and extended his points lead in the World of Outlaws national series.

Meyers was 13th Friday at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and sixth Saturday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., in his bid for a first championship after three straight runner-up finishes.

Joey Saldana had taken over first place in the series standings after qualifying at Eldora, but crashed on the first lap of the main event and finished last. He was taken to a hospital for observation and didn't race the next night, but received 75 medical exemption points.

That opened the door for 20-time champion Steve Kinser, who moved into second, 50 points behind Meyers. Saldana trails Meyers by 85 points with seven races left.

The tour continues at the National Open on Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

USAC Silver Crown

Inexperience on dirt cost Kingsburg brothers Kody and Tanner Swanson in the U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown series race Saturday at Eldora.

Kody, who had moved up the points standings ladder to second, finished 12th in the 50-lap race on the high-banked half-mile and slipped to fourth in the points standings.

Tanner finished last in the 26-car field.

The series moves to the half-mile flat dirt track in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 9 before finishing the season Oct. 16 on the half-mile paved track in Toledo, Ohio.

Madera Speedway

M.K. Kanke led start to finish Saturday night to win the 125-lap Southwest Tour stock car race at Madera Speedway.

Jim Pettit put on the night's best passing performance in the 22-car field, rallying from midrace mechanical trouble to make it to fourth place by lap 108 before more mechanical trouble ended his night.

Local drivers Carlos Vieira and Justin Westmoreland were involved in an accident with each other on lap 53 that ended both of their nights.

Other winners Saturday were Matt Erickson (LunkerDaddy Late Models), Del McIntosh (Toyota Sedans), Kevin Thompson (MSTs), Chuck Aguirre (Hobby Stocks) and Cale Kanke (Legends).

McIntosh recovered from rolling his car down the frontstretch at the start of his 25-lap race, passing for the win when Jason Kerns and Jarred Tickle spun on the next-to-last lap.

Thunderbowl Raceway

Craig Stidham and Davey Pombo will duel for the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series championship Saturday at Groppetti Automotive Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway during a night of racing dubbed "Sprinting For The Cure."

The show, which also will feature the IMCA Modifieds and Vintage Super Modifieds, will raise funds and awareness for breast-cancer research. Time trials start at 6 p.m.

Stidham holds a 26-point lead on Pombo as he seeks his first non-wing points title. T.J. Smith, who has won four of the series' past six main events, is third in points, 77 back of Stidham.

Ocean Speedway

Sprint car drivers with Valley ties finished 1-2 Friday in the 360 class at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.

Defending track champion Tommy Tarlton of Easton won the 30-lap race to maintain his season points lead. Tim Kaeding of San Jose, driving for Fresno-based Roth Motorsports, finished second.

Kaeding, who won the prestigious Johnny Key Classic last month at Ocean, came back Saturday to win at Placerville Speedway.