NASCAR & Auto Racing

Hirst pulls away from pack for Thunderbowl victory

The Roth Motorsports team displays the oversized $3,000 winner’s check after driver Kyle Hirst came home first Saturday night, May 20 in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway.
The Roth Motorsports team displays the oversized $3,000 winner’s check after driver Kyle Hirst came home first Saturday night, May 20 in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway. @RothMotorsports

Kyle Hirst emerged from a midrace duel for the lead and went on to win the King of the West-Northern Auto Racing Club sprint car feature Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

Other winners were Jared Faria of Tipton in the Western RaceSaver sprint cars and Ryan Bernal in the U.S. Auto Club West Coast sprint cars. Faria is a member of the track’s founding family honoring two of its members Saturday night in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.

Hirst, in an Easton-based Roth Motorsports car, started sixth and steadily moved up on a fast third-mile clay oval as early leader Cory Eliason of Kingsburg set a torrid pace. Once Eliason encountered traffic, challengers including Hirst, Shane Golobic and Carson Macedo of Lemoore in the Easton-based Tarlton Motorsports car began to reel him in.

Hirst took control over the final 10 laps to become the fifth different winner in five KWS races this year. Golobic, Macedo, Eliason, Bud Kaeding (in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car), Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford and Craig Stidham of Fresno followed.

Fifteen-year-old Giovanni Scelzi of Fresno, coming off a KWS victory May 13 at Placerville, dropped out of the race on lap 21. He climbed from his car clutching his left arm and was escorted to an ambulance. The NARC series later reported that Scelzi suffered a dislocated shoulder when the steering wheel violently jerked after his car hit a rut.

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