Hunt not over the hill at 30 (victories)

Lincoln racer wins at All American Speedway, sets sights on 40 next
By: Jeannie Broussal
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Tony Hunt and a field of competitors put on a show with three-wide racing Saturday night at All American Speedway before the Lincoln racer recorded his 30th career USAC Sprint Car victory. “It’s exciting when you get to another milestone,” Hunt said. “I’ll move on and go for another 10 to get to 40. I love the fun and competitiveness of racing. A lot of hometown fans were there to see us win, and that’s always great.” Shauna Hogg led the field at the green, but in the early laps Hogg;s car wiggled and trophy dash winner Luis Ramos III got into her hard. Scott Pierovich moved up to second on lap five with Ramos sliding to third and Hunt moved up to second on lap seven. Hogg, Hunt and Ramos engaged in some thrilling three-wide racing at the front. Hunt moved to the inside of Hogg in turn one and took the lead on lap nine, and Pierovich moved into second. Hunt led Pierovich by five car-lengths with Ramos and Indianapolis 500 veteran Davey Hamilton nose to tail for third. Hogg’s racer sustained an oil leak on lap 17, which brought out the caution flag. It was a single-file restart, and the top five pulled away. Ramos, who was running in third, had Hamilton all over his back bumper and worked hard to keep his position. Pierovich narrowed Hunt’s lead while Hunt had to deal with traffic before fading in the end, giving Hunt a lead of 10 car-lengths. Hamilton took over third from Ramos on lap 47. “The first few laps were really challenging for the top six of us,” Hunt said. “Whoever got to the front first, it would be hard to get around them. We found a hole and got to the front. We were racing two, three wide.” Donny Darter won in the Legends of the Pacific feature, followed by Stanislov Osterlund, Jeremy Wood, Tony Mangini and Fred Clement. In the NCMA Sprint class, Ed Amador took the checkered flag, followed by David Goodwill, Rob Hammon, David Burchett and Bill Logan. Keegan Walmer won the Young Guns main, followed by Brandon White, Courtney Atkinson and Cody Thompson. Michael Lewis won the 30-lap Ford Focus feature race after taking the lead on lap 12. Garett Peterson, Walmer, Thompson and Cody Gerhardt followed him across the finish line. ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY What: Saturday’s program features the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, incluing Twin 44 Late Model main events with racing in the Street Stock and Modified classes. Tickets: $13 for adults 16-59 and $7 for seniors 60 and up and juniors ages 6-15. Children 5 and under are admitted for free. A family pass – two adults and three juniors – costs $35. Information: Call (916) 786-2025 or visit All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville.