Duane Cleveland and Fred Ryland Share IMCA West Coast Honors at Merced

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Duane Cleveland was all alone at the top as he won the IMCA WEST Coast Nationals at Merced Speedway.

Duane Cleveland of Chico opened his trailer this morning for the first time since racing in Las Vegas two months ago and unloaded the car that won the modified feature of IMCA West Coast Nationals at Merced Speedway. Cleveland shared the spotlight with Brentwood’s Fred Ryland, who brought home the Shannon Pump Company trophy for the IMCA SportMod division.

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Impressive run for a first-timer: Tom Berry, Jr. (11x) fought off Troy Foulger (49) .

“At 7 this morning, I decided to race today, and took the car out of its trailer and scaled it,” Cleveland said in victory lane. “I got to Merced just in time for the show.”

Cleveland took the lead early in the 30 lap feature after battling Tom Berry, Jr. of Oregon. Cleveland was never to be challenged for the rest of the feature. Berry, who never before raced at Merced, held off challenges from Kellen Chadwick of Oakley until the waning moments of the race. Chadwick took up the chase of Cleveland but time ran out before he could catch him.

“It was a good time out there – the track was great,” Cleveland said. “The last time I won here I beat Chris Shannon. This time I won the trophy he donated.”

Fred Ryland (7) passes Megan Ponciano.

Fred Ryland (7) passes Megan Ponciano.

Ryland proved untouchable in the SportMod 30 lap feature. After a lap one pileup eliminated several cars, Ryland worked his way to the lead on the tenth lap. Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward, who was in the middle of the pileup, managed to come back to gain second place – despite having a damaged car.

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Right after the pileup, racing resumed with Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson and Rick Diaz of Los Banos taking turns at running down ryland. Dotson and Diaz tangled in the fourth turn, leaving the path to victory lane clear for Ryland’s next 20 laps.

 

WILLOUGHBY IN HOBBY STOCKS

Joe Willoughby on the inside of Ty Shelton in the Hobby Stock main event.

Joe Willoughby on the inside of Ty Shelton in the Hobby Stock main event.

            The 22-car hobby stock main saw Joe Willoughby of Watsonville take the lead from Brentwood’s Brad Myers. Willoughby then entered into a side-by-side battle with Ty Shelton of Merced that lasted until the end of the 30-lap feature.

Racing continues Sunday with the “Let it Rain 50” – two 25-lap features for the IMCA modifieds and SportMods, plus “Four Bangers” and “Mini Stocks” at Chowchilla Speedway.

Chowchilla Speedway is located within the Chowchilla Madera County Fairgrounds in Chowchilla. Racing will begin at 3 p.m.

 

Foulger, Hoff Take first Half of IMCA West Coast Nationals

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Troy Foulger runs the high groove as he passes Kellen Chadwick in the IMCA West Coast Nationals.

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

Children were chosen to present Foulger with his trophy, which was sponsored by Delta Transmission.

Children were chosen to present Foulger with his trophy, which was sponsored by Delta Transmission.

A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

“I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

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Matt Mayo of Bakersfield was atop Alan Furuta in the “Big One” in the IMCA SportMod main event.

When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

“The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

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Richard Papenhausen (4) passes Jeff Decker in route to winning the DIRTcar main event.

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

“I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

 

 

 

            Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

            A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

            “I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

            Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

            When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

            “The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

            Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

            The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

            “I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

“I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

“The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

“I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”

Kellen Chadwick Takes Mod Preliminary, Bubba Nelson Scores SportMod Win At Antioch Speedway New Year’s Day

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Kellen Chadwick (83) passes Tom Berry, Jr. of Oregon in route to victory.

Merced’s Bubba Nelson won an IMCA SportMod thriller and Oakley’s Kellen Chadwick was unstoppable in the IMCA Modified division New Years Night at Antioch Speedway. Both Nelson and Chadwick advanced to Friday night’s IMCA West Coast Nationals at Antioch Speedway.

“That was the idea – qualify for tomorrow’s race tonight,” Chadwick said in victory lane. He was challenged late in the race by Troy Foulger of Martinez.

“It’s hard to pass Kellen – but coming from twelth to finish second – I can’t complain,” Foulger said. “I almost had him but I jumped the cushion and almost tore down the wall.”

Also qualifying for the Antioch West Coast Nationals Modified event were Nick DeCarlo of Martinez, Michael Paul, Jr. of Petaluma, and Les Friend of Galt.

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Bubba Nelson (4) had Spainhoward (40) on his tail until the last lap.

Qualifying for the Merced West Coast Nationals Event were Foulger, Collen Weinbarger of Corbett, Oregon, and Chris Clark of Jackson, Wyoming and John McDougall of Antioch.

Nelson was being challenged by Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward on the last lap when the two tangled while passing lapped traffic. Spainhoward broke a spindle, and Nelson charged to the finish line.

“It’s my first win here ever,” said a happy Nelson in victory lane. “I’m happy to be back tomorrow.”

Also winning a guaranteed spot in the Antioch West Coast Nationals SportMod event were Keith Brown, Jr. of Pittsburg, Wayne Dotson of Bakersfield, and Megan Ponciano of Oakley.

Going to the Merced West Coast Nationals SportMod event are Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis, Nick Spainhoward, Richard Mueller of Jackson, Wyoming, and Michael Shearer of Atwater.

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Larry Damitz of Vallejo started his 62nd racing season in the way he is famous for – winning the Limited Late Model main event after battling with Mike Hynes of Susuin.
“I was terrible in the heat race, but we got it right for the feature,” said Damitz.

Hynes, who was side by side with Damitz, congratulated him in victory lane.

“We bumped a couple of times, but Larry keeps his line,” Hynes said. “It’s fun to race with him.”

The IMCA West Coast Nationals for modifieds and SportMods contines Friday night at Antioch and Saturday night at Merced Speedway. The DIRTcar late models join the show on Friday. Hobby Stocks join the show at Merced.

 

 

 

 

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