Fatu, Berendsen, Garner, Swank and Rosa post wins.
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Will Fatu won the 20 lap All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. In the past few seasons, Fatu has moved up from Mini Stocks to Wingless Spec Sprints and now into a 360 Sprint Car, and this was his first win in this division. Fatu shared the front row with David Dias and sprinted into the lead. Heat race winner Billy Aton’s quest for his third win of the season ended when he spun on the back stretch on lap three with broken steering. After failing to finish the previous race, point leader Art McCarthy made a charge from the third row into second by lap seven. Fatu held a huge lead by then, but McCarthy steadily gained on him until catching him at the white flag. McCarthy made a run at him down the back stretch and into the final turn, but Fatu brought it home to a satisfying victory. McCarthy was a season-best second, followed by James Ringo, Jacob Tuttle and Matt DeMartini.
Carl Berendsen II earned the victory in the 20 lap A Modified Main Event. Berendsen is a two-time division champion, and this was also his second win of the season. He started back in eighth and quickly worked his way to the front of the pack. When he got there, he had to battle a determined Anthony Slaney, who was trying to get his first win of the season. However, Berendsen pulled ahead on lap six and collected the win, followed by Slaney, reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr., Chuck Golden and Kenny Shrader.
Mark Garner snapped out of his three-race slump and put his championship bid back on track with his third 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event win of the season. Garner shared the front row with Lori Brown and bolted into the lead at the start. Brown spun from second for the only yellow flag slow down of the race on lap five. Mike Walko moved into second and challenged Garner on the restart. However, Garner pulled away to a straightaway advantage, and even a pair of slower cars in the final five laps didn’t stop his charge to the much needed win. Walko collected his third runner-up finish of the season, followed by Ryan Cherezian, point leader, Kimo Oreta and Mike Gustafson.
Reigning Hobby Stock champion Cameron Swank collected his fifth 20 lap Main Event win of the season. Swank started back in the fourth row. Bob Brown was the early leader. Swank made an inside pass on Breanna Troen in Turn 4 for second on lap 4 and beat Brown back to the line for the lead on lap six. From there, Swank set a blistering pace and held a half-lap lead at the checkered flag. Brown finished second, followed by a season-best third for Josh Leach, point leader Chris Sorensen and Anthony Welborn.
David Michael Rosa earned his third 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event victory of the season. Rosa and point leader Mike Corsaro started mid-pack, and both drivers made a charge to the front. Corsaro is looking for his first win since the fifth race of the season, but Rosa made him settle for his fourth second place finish in the last six races. Street Stock legend David Rosa finished third ahead of Mario Marques and Jacob Williams.