Miranda, Swank, Robbins and Leach are winners


Miranda, Swank, Robbins and Leach are winners

Miranda, Swank, Robbins and Leach are winners

By Don Martin II                                           Photography by Paul Gould

Alan Miranda won the 15 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. This was his first win of the season. After a flip in preliminaries, rookie Jeff Scotto was a Main Event scratch. Before one lap could be completed, there was a wild crash entering Turn 3. Dan Gonderman slowed down on the back straightaway as Rick Panfili was looking to the inside. With a bunch of momentum, incoming point leader Shannon Newton took evasive action into the infield, clipped a tractor tire and did a double cartwheel. He emerged from the wreckage unscathed, but his car suffered heavy damage. After Keith Calvino spun in Turn 2, Miranda charged into the lead ahead of 2015 champion Kyle Bakkie. Marcus Smith made a big move exiting Turn 2 of the third lap to get past both Mackenzie Newton and Panfili for the third position. A high pass in Turn 2 of the fifth lap put Smith into second, and he caught Miranda by the 10th lap. A fierce battle for the lead ensued. Smith bumped the rear wheel of Miranda entering Turn 1 as he attempted to get by on the 14th lap. Miranda managed to hold off Smith at the checkered flag as Bakkie, Panfili and Calvino completed the Top 5.

Cameron Swank won the 20 lap All Star Racing Series B Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Swank is the top rookie in the division so far this season, and this was his first win in the class. Swank charged into the lead at the start, followed by Kevin Brown and Nick Caughman Jr. Throughout the first half of the race, Swank built a comfortable lead as Caughman and Brown battled fiercely for the second position. On lap 15, Caughman spun in Turn 4, collecting Tommy Fraser and Mark Garner in the process. On the restart, Trevor Clymens charged into second behind Swank. Even with the two-time champion running behind him, Swank kept his cool and led the remaining laps for the impressive victory. Trevor Clymens settled for second, and Fraser beat Tommy Clymens Jr back to the checkered flag for third in a near photo finish. Ty Bickford finished fifth.

Jimmy Robbins won the 15 lap Limited Late Model Main Event. After winning his heat race, Robbins had the pole for the Main Event and led early ahead of John Evans. Robbins pulled away from Evans as point leader Kimo Oreta looked for a way around Evans. A low pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Oreta second, but Robbins held comfortable lead at that point. Oreta set a rapid pace and closed in on Robbins by lap 11. Oreta took a look to the inside of Robbins as they worked lap 12 and pulled even with him on the back straightaway as they worked the 14th lap. However, Robbins kept his poise and picked up the win ahead of Oreta, Evans and Michael Burch.

 

 

Josh Leach won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. This was the fifth win of the season for Leach as he remains in championship contention. Dalton Jewell set the early pace ahead of Lori Brown and Tyler Henrickson. Leach quickly moved up to make it a four-car battle and made a Turn 1 pass on lap six to gain third. A slower car veered into the path of Brown as it headed towards the Turn 1 exit on lap seven, slowing her pace as Leach moved by for second. Following a yellow flag on lap nine, Jewell and Leach began a battle for the lead. Jewell was doing well until he left the door open exiting Turn 4 of the 16th lap. Leach went by on the inside to gain the lead and went on to score the victory with Jewell still a career best second. Championship contender Breanna Troen was a solid third ahead of Ken Johns and Will Buirch.