Schank Jr. 18th to the Win
SACRAMENTO, CA- (5-01-13) – Terry Schank Jr. did what most people thought was impossible, winning the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series main event after starting in the 18th position. The win is a testament to his talented team and his aggressive driving style that Schank showcased on a slick speedway. “I didn’t make any friends along the way,” said Schank in a post-race interview at the track with promoter Rick Faeth. “But I am on the front stretch and they are not.” Officially, 23 Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series drivers entered the third race of the season. Petaluma Speedway offers a great mix of non-wing sprint cars because of their strong local following of the Pit Stop USA wingless sprint series.
Napa’s hot shoe Joe Stornetta led the first couple of main event laps. On lap two, Colton Slack took advantage of a mistake by Stornetta and took the lead. A caution on lap four slowed the race. One of the drivers involved was point leader Scott Hall who was inside the top five at that point. Hall restarted deep in the field and was able to salvage a top ten finish once the race was over.
Slack began to extend his lead over the rest of the field. It was nice to see Slack showcase his driving talents as the leader. While this was happening up front, Schank began to make his charge. In fact, during one stretch, Schank passed roughly 12 cars in under six laps.
About the mid-way point of the race a caution bunched back up the field. Slack was the leader, however, Tommy LaLiberte was ready to challenge for the lead. On the restart, Slack bobbled a bit and LaLiberte took the lead. Yet, a few laps later, the right rear of LaLiberte went flat. The yellow was waived on lap 21. LaLiberte went to the pits. Schank was the new leader. It was an impressive charge to the front for the defending series champion. Whether you love him or hate him, Schank continues to be the most polarizing face in non-wing spec sprint car racing.
Slack held on to finish in the second spot. Former Silver Dollar Speedway champion Bob Newberry enjoyed a great third place finish. Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon enjoyed a good point night by finishing in the fourth spot. Early leader Stornetta rounded out the top five.
Stornetta beat Nick Larsen by 0.591 seconds to win heat race one. Jason McIntosh dominated the second heat race over Zack Lynskey and Bret Barney. Scott Hall won the third heat race by nearly one full second over Rowdy McClenon.
Stornetta won the right to start on the pole position by winning the six lap dash. Slack finished a close second.
The fourth round of racing for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series takes place at Alan Handy’s Placerville Speedway on June 22nd.
Results – Petaluma – Round #3
Fast Time – Colton Slack. : 15.239
Heat 1: Joe Stornetta, Nick Larsen, Slack, Tommy LaLiberte, Terry Schank Jr.,
Heat 2: Jason McIntosh, Zack Lynskey, Bret Barney, Bradley Clark, Sparky Howard
Heat 3: Scott Hall, Rowdy McClenon, Bob Newberry, Michael Drew, Jason Toft,
Dash: Stornetta, Slack, McIntosh, Hall, Clark, Newberry
A Main: Schank Jr., Slack, Newberry, McClenon, Stornetta, Larsen, Geoff Ensign, Hall, Barney, Howard, Jerry Cisco, Scotty Dupont, Keith Shipherd, Drew, Angelique Bell, Shawn Jones, Nic McMichael, LaLiberte, Toft, Clark, Lynskey, McIntosh, Craig Smith
SACRAMENTO, CA- (5-28-13) – After two successful events it is time for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series to embark on their third point race of the season this Saturday night, June 1st. The popular series will head back to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway for the second time in less than a month span. The series traveled to Petaluma back on May 4th where Geoff Ensign won at his home track. These wingless races at Petaluma are ultra-competitive because of the additional local talented drivers who compete weekly during the Pit Stop USA wingless sprint series events.
Rio Linda’s Scott Hall is leading the current point standings for the Joe Hunt Series. Hall has a win and a fourth-place finish in the first two races. The battle up top has been close; in fact, the top five are only separated by 10-points. Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon and Napa’s Joe Stornetta are tied for second place sit five points back. The top five in points is rounded out by hard charging Austin Leggitt and Sparky Howard. All five drivers are capable of winning this Saturday nights event. Defending series champion, Terry Schank Jr., is set to rebound from a slow start. Schank is in the sixth spot some 17-points behind the leader. Roseville’s Angelique Bell is the seventh driver in the points and she has entered both races so far in 2013. The Hunt Series drivers will once again have to contend with local favorites Ensign, Scott Dupont, and Jimmy Christian.
Once again the series will pay a $1,000 to win each main event with $130.00 to start the main. There will be a $3,000 point fund to the top 10 finishers in the points at the end of the season. In addition, Joe Hunt Magnetos will pay an additional $600.00 in bonuses to the top three running Joe Hunt Magnetos product. On June 22nd the series makes its only trip of the year to Placerville Speedway. For the first time, the series will highlight the racing at Silver Dollar Speedway on July 4th. Two weeks later the series will make its first ever trip to Orland Speedway on July 20th. Final three shows of the year include August 10th at Petaluma, September 4th and conclude September 21st at Petaluma Speedway. All of the events at Petaluma will coincide with the Pit Stop USA Spec Sprint Series.
Front gate will open at 4pm and racing is slated to start at 6:30 pm. Please visit our Facebook page for more information or call 916-635-5387. Information about Petaluma Speedway can be found here atwww.petaluma-speedway.com/
Déjà vu for Ensign at Petaluma
By Troy Hennig
SACRAMENTO, CA- (5-04-13) – There is something magic about Petaluma Speedway and round #2 of the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series for Sebastopol driver Geoff Ensign. For the second year in a row, Ensign captured the win at Petaluma during the second round of the Hunt Series racing. Last year, Ensign led all 25-laps to get the win on June 9th. This year, he patiently chose his spots to capitalize on other peoples mistakes. The driver known as “the human highlight reel” was all smiles in victory lane as he picked up the $1,000 winner’s check. A total of 22 non wing spec sprint cars lined up for the main event. Tonight’s race coincided with the Pit Stop USA wingless sprint series at Petaluma Speedway.
Defending series champion Terry Schank Jr. had the Joe Hunt Magneto’s #1 on the pole and ready to win the main event. He and Austin Liggett started on the front row of the feature event by virtue of finishing first and second in the dash. While they battled for the lead during the first lap it was fifth place starting Ensign making the most progress. Ensign drove under Joe Stornetta for the third spot just before a yellow came out on lap four.
The race completely changed on the restart when Liggett preformed a slide job underneath Schank for the lead. In return, Schank then diamonded the track back underneath Liggett for the lead. Both drivers then raced for the same piece of real estate on the track. This doomed each driver as both of them banged wheels that resulted in each other flipping upside down. Drivers were uninjured but done for the night.
Ensign was the new leader. He was being seriously challenged by Joe Stornetta. Unfortunately for Stornetta, something broke in the right front area that almost sent him into the wall. The mechanical problem ended his night. Santa Rosa’s Jason McIntosh assumed the second position. The race was marred by a few more caution flags. Ensign was able pull away from McIntosh time after time. Disaster struck McIntosh on lap 17 when it was reported his car popped out of gear.
Ensign continued to cruise and led the final few laps to pick up the win at his home track. Ensign piloted the Johnson Custom Machine #32. The hard charger of the night was Santa Rosa’s Sparky Howard. Howard had to start the main event in the 20th spot because his car did not self-start. Even though it was bad luck at the time, Howard thrilled the crowd as he charged from 20th to a well-deserved second place finish. Howard drove the wheels off the Collision Center #5d. Petaluma’s Jason Toft drove the Barsotti’s Body and Fender #56j to a third place finish. Rio Linda’s Scott Hall in the HBR / Konnected Clothing / JKB Financial #56 was fourth after starting in the ninth spot. Scotty Dupont drove his heart out to finish fifth. The Santa Rosa driver also failed to start the main event without an assist from a push vehicle so he had to start 19th. Great run by him in the American Auctioneering / ALC Machine Shop #3x.
Schank turned the fastest lap in qualifying. Nick Larsen, Joe Stornetta and Jason Toft were all heat race winners.
The third round for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Shootout Series takes place back at Petaluma Speedway on June 1st.
Results – Petaluma – Round #2
Fast Time – Terry Schank Jr. : 14.714
Heat 1: Nick Larsen, Schank, Scott Hall, Bradley Clark, Rowdy McClenon
Heat 2: Joe Stornetta, Geoff Ensign, Zack Lynskey, Bret Barney, Nic McMichael
Heat 3: Jason Toft, Sparky Howard, Austin Liggett, Jerry Cisco, Bob Newberry
Dash: Schank, Liggett, Stornetta, Larsen, Ensign, Toft
A Main: Ensign, Howard, Toft, Hall, Scotty Dupont, Barney, Clark, McClenon, Shawn Jones, Lynskey, Raymond Benkowski, Angelique Bell, Newberry, McIntosh, Stornetta
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Angelique Bell inside Joe Stronetta at Silver Dollar Speedway
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