Baronian Scores Central Valley Mini Stock Win
At Lemoore Raceway
Lemoore, CA...August 13...Rod Baronian won with 30 lap Central Valley Mini Stock Main Event Sunday afternoon at Lemoore Raceway. Baronian started mid pack in the race and worked his way to the front, where he enjoyed a close battle with Danny Myrick before collecting the victory. This was the fourth race of the six race championship series, and there is an intense battle at the top between Dan Myrick and Danny Myrick. Dan Myrick started in the last row after setting fast time (15.528) and made a late pass on Danny Myrick to finish second.
Baronian started the Main Event on the fourth row outside, but Dan Myrick had an even bigger challenge starting back in the seventh row. Heat race winners Danny Myrick and Randy Brown settled into first and second on lap two as Ryan Doglione ran third. The flying Baronian made it a three car battle for second, and he made a low pass in Turn 1 of the fourth lap to take the spot from Brown. Doglione followed him into third. Trophy Dash winner Ben Davis fell out on lap eight, and the first yellow flag waved on lap 12. Danny Myrick continued to lead on the restart, but Baronian began to pressure him for the spot. R. Doglione was third ahead of Brown and Chris Goldsmith. R. Doglione pitted off the back stretch on lap 14 to hand Brown third as Danny Myrick passed Goldsmith at the line for fourth. Goldsmith slowed and stalled in Turn 1 for a yellow flag, wiping out a big lead for the dueling Danny Myrick and Baronian.
Danny Myrick and Baronian continued to battle for the lead on the restart as Brown had his hands full with Dan Myrick and Jeff Durant. An inside move in Turn 3 of the 19th lap gained Baronian the lead. Dan Myrick and Danny Myrick had a little contact on the back stretch a lap later with Dan Myrick gaining second from Danny Myrick. Brown made this a three car battle for second and raced past both for the position on lap 21. A lap 22 yellow flag flew for debris on the track. Baronian continued his rapid pace up front on the restart as Brown led Danny Myrick and Dan Myrick in the battle for second. An outside move on the back stretch of the 24th lap gained Danny Myrick second from Brown as Dan Myrick followed into third. Dan Myrick made a low pass in Turn 1 of the 27th lap to take second from Danny Myrick. Baronian had pulled away to a straightaway advantage and scored the impressive victory. Dan Myrick's charge from the last row ended with a strong second place finish. Danny Myrick settled for third, followed by Brown and Chuck Doglione.
A look at the point totals after four races finds Dan Myrick leading Danny Myrick by just a point, 213-212. Baronian is still in the hunt in third with 194 points as Goldsmith (188) and Durant (157) make up the Top 5 with two races remaining. The next race on the schedule is September 24th with the finale scheduled for October 29th. For further information, go to http://www.centralvalleyministocks.com.