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Rookie Runyan takes his first flag at Speedway

Paulson, Owens also capture the checkered flag
By: Staff Report
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ROSEVILLE _ All American Speedway gave the NASCAR Late Models the night off and ran the 10th points race for Street Stocks and Bombers, July 30. It was a Whelen All American Weekly Series Rain Date; eight championship races remain. Bombers _ Points leader Chris Paulson started in the No. 3 position, with Erick Ray in fourth, who stood just 37 points behind Paulson. Joe Rhodes took the early lead in the 6-lap heat, but Ray caught him on lap four and rolled to victory. Rhodes returned the favor in the trophy dash and overtook Ray to earn the No. 1 spot in that race. In the 35-lap main event Rhodes started in the lead, but Paulson caught him on lap four. Ray made a run to catch Paulson but was sent spinning when he and Matt Camp made contact. Camp then went by Cody Richard for the second spot, but couldn’t get by Paulson who took the checkered flag and his sixth Bomber win. Street Stock _ Points leader Mickey Owens captured all three practice runs to grab the pole position just ahead of Richard Poppert, Jr. Poppert trailed Owens by 15 points. Standing in seventh place for points, Spencer Emerson took the early lead in the 8-lap heat and held on for the win. He was followed by Byron Gonzales, with Poppert taking fourth, and Owens fifth. Dave Silva (fifth in points) crossed the finish line in first during the trophy dash. Poppert was on his rear wheels in second; Gonzales was third in the race. Owens waited in the wings in the man event and eventually gobbled up early leader Chris Lambert on lap 15. Owens then cruised to his fourth main-event victory nearly a full 2 ½ seconds ahead of the pack. Poppert then battled Lambert for the No. 2 spot, with Lambert coming out on top. Modifieds _ It was the first B Main of the year and All American Speedway officials gave the NASCAR twin 50s three practices sessions. Andy Field captured two and Scott Winters earned one. No heat race was held, but Winters did break the 14-second lap barrier with a time of 14.134 once around the oval. Jason Philpot returned to the track and garnered the 4-lap trophy dash for his first triumph of the year. Seven drivers lined up for the B Main with four advancing to the A. In all, 26 cars competed for the 50-lap final chapter of the night. Points leader Dan Jinkerson gained the early lead, but rookie driver Bobby Runyan soon passed him. Things ran smoothly for Runyan until lap 10 when Nick Lyons and Jim Miller sent each other spinning to bring out the yellow caution flag. Six laps later Mindy McCord and Miller did the same for another yellow. Runyan was putting some distance between his modified and the field when he was slowed by trailing traffic. Runyan was working his way through the lapped pack when Jason Bamberg spun to unfurl another yellow flag. As the laps remaining wound down to single digits, Winters was able to get Runyan in his sights. The two swapped rubber heading for the finish line with Runyan earning the black-and-white banner. It was Runyan’s first All American Speedway win and should help him move up from his seventh spot in the points standings. The Championship Points Race Series returns this Saturday, and also feature the Legends of the Pacific. The Placer County Fairgrounds administration office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ticket sales. Go online to www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com for details. E-mail Placer Herald and News Messenger Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com