Chadwick, Cornet, Fraser, Sorensen and Miraglio win May 25th.
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Angelo Cornet scored the victory in the 20 lap All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event. Cornet is a young up-and-coming driver from the Outlaw Kart ranks, and he’s been racing at Petaluma Speedway this year. This was his first career feature victory and it came with two of the speedway’s best in close pursuit. Cornet shared the front row of the Main Event with 2017 champion Art McCarthy, while 2016 title winner Billy Aton lined up in the third row. The three drivers would battle at the front of the pack, but it was Cornett making the right moves to pick up the impressive victory. Aton battled his way past McCarthy for the second place finish as McCarthy settled for third. Emily Williams came from 10th starting to finish fourth as Roberto Kirby completed the Top 5.
Kellen Chadwick turned in an impressive performance in winning the 20 lap A Modified Main Event. In doing so, he becomes the fifth different winner in six races. Chadwick had a good battle early on with Petaluma star Michael Paul Jr. Paul led the first two laps, Chadwick passed him on lap three, Paul regained the first position a lap later and Chadwick appeared to gain the lead as they worked lap six. Unfortunately, a yellow flag negated the pass. Paul led the restart and would pull away just a little bit in the next few laps. When Paul caught slower traffic, Chadwick pulled right behind him on lap 12. An inside move in Turn 2 of the 13th lap put Chadwick into the lead. Chadwick led the remaining seven laps with Jeff Decker gaining second on a lap 15 restart to finish there. Danny Wagner made a last lap pass on Oreste Gonella to finish third as Paul settled for fifth.
Tommy Fraser picked up his third 20 lap B Modified feature win of the season. The drivers did an outstanding job in this race, which ran without a yellow flag. From his front row starting position, Fraser jumped into the lead at the waving of the green flag and would lead every lap. The battle was for second between Watsonville point leader Austin Williams and Todd Gomez, who weren’t too far behind Fraser. Williams finished second, followed by Gomez, Cameron Swank and Brent Curran.
Point leader Chris Sorensen won his third 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event of the season. Most of the race was a great battle between leader Breanna Troen and Sorensen with only one yellow flag on lap 10 slowing the pace. On the restart, Josh Leach joined the battle for the lead. As they went through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 18, Leach got a run on the outside of Sorensen, while Sorensen moved underneath Troen. Sorensen and Troen ran closely down the straightaway and through Turns 3 and 4 with Sorensen pulling ahead. Sorensen led the rest of the way for the victory with Leach making a lap 19 pass to finish second. Troen settled for third ahead of John Wacht and Will Buirch.
Kevin Miraglo won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event. Miraglio is the 2016 track champion. He started back in eighth as Devan Kammermann led some early laps from the pole. Miraglio and point leader Scott Dahlgren both made their move around Kammermann for the 1-2 finish. Kammermann settled for third, followed by Travis Dutra and Chuck Conover.