Sweeps in Street Stock, Mini Cup at speedway
Richard Poppert Jr. and Tommy McCarthy recorded sweeps in the Street Stock and Mini Cup divisions, and Dan Jinkerson led wire to wire in the Modified main event to highlight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Saturday night at All American Speedway.
Poppert set the pace in qualifying at 15.049 seconds around the one-third-mile track, won his heat and the dash and then took the checkered flag in the 35-lap main event.
Mickey Owens, who won the other heat, almost spoiled Poppert’s sweep.
Owens started fifth in the main and Poppert seventh. They quickly moved through the field and were running second and fourth by lap eight. Owens took the lead from Byron Gonzales on lap 11, and Poppert moved into second on lap 12.
Poppert then led from laps 19-33 before Owens took the lead on lap 34, but Poppert regained first on the white-flag lap and beat Owens to the checkered flag by .193 of a second. Dave Silva finished third.
McCarthy topped Mini Cup qualifying with a lap at 16.891 seconds. He also won the dash and beat Bryce Napier by .244 of a second in the 25-lap feature.
McCarthy started sixth in the seven-car field and moved into second on lap five behind Andrew Vanderpool, who led laps 2-24. McCarthy and Napier passed Vanderpool on the last lap.
Jinkerson started on the pole for the Modified main and led all 40 laps. Dash winner Cody Thompson placed second, and No. 1 qualifier Steve Cote (14.391) was third.
Chris Paulson captured the 35-lap Bomber main by 1.744 seconds over Richard Perez. Paulson started fifth, took the lead on lap four and led the rest of the way.
Matt Camp won a heat and the dash. Eric Ray won the other heat, and Cody Rickard led qualifying at 15.851.
Five BMR entries in top 10 in Montana
Bill McAnally Racing of Antelope beefed up its team to five cars for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race Saturday night, and all five finished in the top 10 in the Toyota/TTC 150 at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell.
Cameron Hayley of Calgary, Alberta, signed on with BMR and placed second in his series debut to winner Dylan Kwasniewski of Las Vegas. Hayley just turned 15 years old and broke the series record as the youngest driver to start a race.
Kwasniewski held the old record for four months. He was 15 years, 10 months when he started the Toyota/NAPA Auto Care 150 in April at All American Speedway.
Three-time series champion and defending race winner Eric Holmes finished third in a BMR racer. BMR drivers Michael Waltrip, Ben Kennedy and Moses Smith came in seventh, eighth and 10th. Waltrip has won the Daytona 500 twice. Kennedy is a great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.
Smith and Holmes remained second and fourth in series points to runaway leader Greg Pursley. Kwasniewski led the final 99 laps after Pursley, his Gene Price Motorsports teammate, led the first 51.
Kwasniewski had one record broken, but he holds another as the youngest driver to win a Pro Series race. Kwasniewski, who turned 16 in May, won at Colorado National Speedway on Aug. 6, then made it back-to-back victories with the checkered flag in Montana. He won by 4.301 seconds.
Greg Rayl of Roseville finished 15th.
The Toyota/TTC 150 will be televised on the SPEED channel at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.
ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
What: Fan Night
When: Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing at 6.
Divisions: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (Late Model, Modified, Street Stock, Bomber).
Tickets: $13 for adults ages 16-59, $7 for Seniors 60 and up and juniors 6-15, free for kids 5 and under, $35 for a family pass (two adults, three juniors). Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Address: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville.
Information: (916) 786-2025, www.allamericanspeedway.com.