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Allard's Last Turn Pass Gets Him Bradway Jr. Win


By Troy Hennig



(Chico, CA 5-09-09)...It's one of those things that words can not express. For the fans at Silver Dollar Speedway last night I think it's safe to say we will all remember this night of racing. The whole night had an electric charge in the air not only because it was one of the biggest nights of the year, the Dave Bradway Jr., but also Rod Tiner Racing turned back the clock and detailed his sprint car to mirror the 1986 Tri-C Machine #3c driven by Bradway Jr.


As fate would have it Tiner's driver, Brad Sweet, started on the front row and led the main event. In fact, Sweet didn't just lead the race, he led every lap of the race except the most important part, the last 100 feet. Going into turn three Sweet stuck to the bottom like he had done the previous 39 laps while Jonathan Allard decided to let it all hang out. Allard went to the top of the track and in his own words he “never lifted.” Allard said after the race, “I was either going to win or wear it out,” said Allard. “I'm not sure if I have driven a last turn harder in my career.”


Allard made the amazing move stick and drove by Sweet coming out of turn four. “He went for a Hail Mary and he got it,” said Sweet in his post race interview. Allard's momentum pushed him by Sweet and crossed the finish line first. While some people might have wanted the Tri-C car to win the race for sentimental reasons it was still a no-brainer to just be excited as a sprint car fan to have that kind of finish.



As a huge fan myself of Dave Bradway Jr., I know he was still smiling somewhere as he watched this race and was probably just as excited about the finish with or without his old car winning.


Somewhat lost in the amazing finish was the drive put on by Brett Miller. The Chico prodigy started on the outside of the front row, however, spun off the track going into turn one and brought out the yellow. Miller restarted the race in the 22nd spot. Throughout the rest of the race Miller passed cars, kept out of trouble and brought his Care Free Pools #1x back to a third place finish. “Even after the spin it turned out to be an amazing night,” said Miller.


This was the 19th running of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at Chico. Allard's win now gives him four Memorial wins that places him in a tie with Brent Kaeding for the most of all-time. While the Hirst family helped start the tradition the Durica family has helped keep this race not only alive but thriving. Each lap in the feature and semi-feature paid lap money to the top three. Allard's win earned him $4,000 off the top. Add in the $1200 in bonus money and it raises it to $5200. Earlier in the night Allard set fast time with an amazing lap of 11.119. The lap broke his old King of California qualifying record of old. That single lap earned him an extra $1500 because of the annual qualifying bonus for the Dave Bradway Jr. Allard and the Morrie and Katie Williams owned #0 took over $6700 out of Chico during this one night of racing. Sweet, while still probably feeling a little down, had to be happy to finish second. With all the laps led and the second place payday in a King of California race he won nearly $3500.


Adding extra money and parts to the Bradway was Fast Trak Wings. For the win Allard will receive a free HRP top wing. Fast Trak Wings also gave an HRP nose wing to the heat race winners and dash winner.


HoservilleCA played an important once again at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. For the sixth year in a row the Internet Message board fans of sprint car racing donated a right rear tire, sleeves of tear-offs and a plaque to each heat race winner. The heat race winners also stopped on the front stretch for an interview and to give a trophy to one young fan. This year that young fan was also taken to the front stretch to take a picture with the winner. The four heat race winners included Andy Forsberg, Sean Becker, Robert Stice and Kyle Hirst.



Many great fans throughout the night of racing came up to donate extra money to the racing program. Big Daddy's Race Center added $100 to the final finisher in the C main that turned out to be Jason Statler. Also adding money to the B main were racing fans Roger and Linda. Qualifying sponsors were in no particular order; NMI Industrial Contractors, F & F Racing, John's Racing Photos, GT Promotions, Graph X Designs, HoservilleCA, CarWash Mike and Stumble, GT Trends.com, The River Glenn, Dennis Thomas, ManCamp, Fry's Metal, and Chowchilla.



The semi-feature was won by Mark Hall. His 12-lap win gave Hall an extra $600 because of the lap money. Evan Suggs finished in the second spot and will receive an extra $340. Willie Croft finished third and should get an extra $260. The final three transfer spots went to Shane Golobic, Wayne Johnson and Bud Kaeding. Even though he finished sixth, Kaeding roused the crowd with a last lap pass over Jason Solwold for the final transfer. Kaeding would go on to start dead last in the main event. Kaeding was able to use his experience and work his way into a seventh place finish. That was good enough to earn the Southern Pacific Farms hard charger award and an extra $500. Other event product sponsors were BR Motorsports, Scribner Plastics and NorCal Performance.



Bobby McMahan dominated the eight lap C main event. Pat Harvey finished second and joined McMahan in transferring into the semi-feature. Mike Stallings finished third.



The six-lap dash was won by Allard. The only glitch in Allard's night was his fourth place finish in the first heat race. As already documented, Allard was quick-time, won the dash and win the main event. Miller finished second while Tyler Walker ran third. Sweet finished in the fourth spot and Jason York rounded out the top five.



The original start saw Brett Miller spin off the track in turn one. Sweet moved into the outside front row and got the advantage over Allard on the next start. Sweet led the first ten laps until Willie Croft brought the yellow on lap ten. Seven laps later Andy Forsberg had issues and another yellow was needed. Up to this point the leaders were involved with some traffic but each caution allowed the track to clear in front of them. On the next restart Shane Golobic ended up on his lid in turn four. Colby Copeland's restart did not treat him well and he too flipped. During this red flag the teams were able to add fuel to cars so it would not be an issue later in the race.



The race resumed with the top three being Sweet, Allard and Tyler Walker. Kyle Hirst up to this point was moving through the field. He started 17th and ran up to the eighth spot. Up to this point he was the leading contender for the Hard Charger. But on lap 21 he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and spun off the track. The driver starting to move up the track just a bit in turns three and four was Tyler Walker. The always exciting driver started closing on Allard for second. At one point Walker ran sided by side with Allard through the third and fourth turns. On the next lap Walker went back to try the high side but he entered a little too high and he slid off the track.



At this point Allard then moved to the line Walker was running and tried it to see if it worked. Walker restarted in the rear and drove back up to finish in the fourth spot. The final caution waived on lap 31 when Andy Forsberg slowed on the front stretch and Hirst ran into the back of him. Both cars would not return to the race. It is important to note that on this yellow Allard once again used this opportunity to try the top of the track. It was something that would play a factor in the dramatic finish.



The final nine laps played out just had the previous 39. Sweet drove as hard as he could and never missed his driving line. The track was still so fast and while Allard tried to match Sweet's line he knew that the last lap he would have to try the outside to get any chance of a win. On lap 38 and as the leaders went through turns three and four Allard went to the top and at that moment he slid up the track and the looked to over correct just a bit. From my vantage point I thought that sealed his fate. Sweet took the white flag with a decent sized advantage. Down the back straight Sweet still seemed to have the win wrapped up. To Allard's credit he never gave up. Allard went to the top and never lifted. His car stuck and he never deviated from his plan. Allard caught Sweet and then proceeded to pass him coming out of turn four. With the crowd on their feet they were given probably the most dramatic Dave Bradway Jr. finish of all-time.



Allard got the amazing win to cap off a memorable night of racing. The lasting moment for me will be the winner's lane photo of Jonathan Allard with Rod Tiner by his side. Allard had just beat Tiner's car but there the two of them were celebrating as friends in what turned out to be a great finish. It is a race that years from now people will say, “I still remember that Bradway when Allard passed Sweet on the final turn.” When it was all said and done that's what makes this sport so popular. The fans were treated to seeing the Tri-C Machine #3c ride again. In the end they were also treated to unthinkable pass by Allard for the win. On nights like these it helps make sense to me why we dedicate so much of our lives to this sport. Long live the memory of “Junior” and hopefully this race can continue to get bigger and better. Congratulations to all the competitors here tonight. We were able to celebrate the past while preserving the future.



Full results are available at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

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Jonathan Allard sets new GSC track record & wins 4th career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial with exciting last lap pass at Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 9, 2009…After finishing runner-up on three separate occasions this year with the Golden State Challenge Series Chico's Jonathan Allard was poised to not let it happen again on Saturday and the two-time King of California did just that by executing a thrilling last turn pass to claim victory at the 19th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.

It marked Allard's fourth career win in the prestigious event held at Silver Dollar Speedway and tied him with Brent Kaeding for the most all-time victories in Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial history. "I was either going to win it or wear it out because I'm getting tired of these second place finishes," Allard said. "I don't think I've ever driven a last turn harder than that and I'm just glad it stuck so I could give this team a win. The Bradway is such a huge race and it means so much to me and it feels outstanding to win it for the fourth time."

Allard started from the pole in the 40 lap main event by way of winning the dash for the second time this season with the Golden State Challenge Series and at the waving of the green flag settled into second behind USAC National Sprint Car & Midget star Brad Sweet. Allard stalked Sweet for most of the event as he kept him within striking distance for virtually the entire running of the feature, but a number of stoppages kept drivers out of traffic for much of the running. With Sweet being mistake free out front Allard was forced to do everything possible to try and make something happen in the open track.

During a couple of the caution periods Allard then went up and tested the high side of turns three and four and looked have something in his arsenal if he were to stay close enough to Sweet over the final laps. With the race winding down it played out exactly how the 32 year-old driver wanted as he was able to stay right with Sweet and coming to the white flag looked to high line, but couldn't get the drive off turn four. He remained focused however, and stayed with it as he charged after Sweet heading down the back stretch and then gave it one last shot heading into the final corners. Allard rocketed to the high-scary side in turn three and proceeded to blast around Sweet coming off turn four to claim the ultra exciting victory.

Ironically the previous Golden State Challenge Series event had seen Allard lose a win on the last lap, but in the always interesting twist of racing was able to reverse his luck at the biggest event of the season for the traveling 410 club. "We've been right there each and every night so it really is great to get the monkey off our backs and finally get our first win of the year with Golden State," said the driver of the Williams Motorsports, K&N Filters, Platinum Powder Coating No. 0. "I just have to thank Morrie & Katie Williams, Ashley Smith and every member of this team because we had one heckuva car all night long."

The main event win wasn't the only highlight of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial for Allard though, as he also re-set the all-time Golden State Challenge Series track record at Silver Dollar Speedway, with a clocking of 11.119 around the quarter-mile bullring. For his fast time effort Allard also won a solid $1,520 due to extra money being put up by a number of gracious people. "I really want to thank all of the people who have donated money and stuff for this race because it really is an awesome thing everyone does to make the Bradway such a big night."

When adding up all the money won from qualifying, lap money in the A-main and the feature victory, Allard picked up $6,700 for the night, marking one of the highest paydays in Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial history. The Chico native was also presented during the night with his award for winning the 2008 Motorsports Press Association Northern California Open Wheel Oval Track Driver of the Year. "This award means a lot to me and the team and it's really cool to be recognized for last season," Allard said.

To view the last lap of the Bradway Memorial visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_UL06mO3A8&feature=player_embedded

Next up for Jonathan Allard and Williams Motorsports will be a double-header weekend beginning with a Feather Falls Casino point race on Friday evening at Silver Dollar Speedway. Then on Saturday it will be on down to the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway for the eighth event of the Golden State Challenge Series season.

For more information on two-time King of California Jonathan Allard please visit our website at http://www.allardmotorsports.com

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Jonathan Allard won his fourth career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, tying Brent Kaeding for most all-time wins in the history of the prestigious event.




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After winning the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Chico's Jonathan Allard will go into the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway this coming Saturday in a virtual dead heat with Los Angeles, CA's Tyler Walker for the top spot in the Golden State Challenge Sprint Car Series standings.




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In addition to winning the Bradway on Saturday Allard also set fast time and finished third in the main event on Friday evening at the Silver Dollar Speedway




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Brett Miller puts on strong charge from the back at Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial to score first career Golden State Challenge Series podium finish

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 9, 2009…Following an opening lap excursion off turn one in the main event on Saturday night Chico, CA's Brett Miller rebounded by putting on an entertaining charge from the rear of the field to score an impressive third place finish in the 19th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

The third place finish marked Miller's first career podium with the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series and continued his solid start to the '09 season. "I wish the first start of the race would have gone a little differently, but even with the spin it still turned out to be an amazing night for us," Miller said. "Brian Cannon and this team had this car on a rail tonight and it was a lot of fun to be able to charge through the pack like that."

The 19th annual Dave Bradway Memorial saw a very strong 39 car field on hand to compete in the cornerstone event for the Golden State Challenge Series. Miller came out first in the qualifying order and ripped off a blazing fast 11.195 to become the first of a number of drivers to break the existing GSC track record at Silver Dollar Speedway. When all was said and done the Care Free Pools, Platinum Powder Coating, Jandy pools No. 1x was fourth quickest overall.

After carving his way from sixth to second in his heat race Miller then started from the third position in the evening's dash and got a great start to slide underneath Brad Sweet and move into second. The 19 year-old racer proceeded to hit his marks the rest of the way and bring home a runner-up finish to give himself a front row starting spot in the 40 lap Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial main event.

When the green lights came on Miller drag raced with pole sitter Jonathan Allard into turn one, but got over the edge of the track and spun to a stop forcing him to restart from the rear of the field. He didn't let that deter him however, as he began to immediately move forward when the green flag was waved once again. Miller was up on the wheel with the Silver Dollar Speedway being very hooked-up and quick yet again. As many drivers fought their machines on the track surface the former GSC Rookie of the Year was dicing it up and making some incredible moves on the quarter-mile bullring.

By the half way point Miller was already back up to the top five, having made passes of a number of drivers, including some hair raising ones where he was forced to split cars with extreme precision. The youngster was charging by veterans such as Paul McMahan, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding and Jason York as he moved into fourth with just under 15 laps remaining in the feature. Miller then closed in on third running Tyler Walker and got a great run down the backstretch to make the pass heading into turn three.

Walker would fight his way back, but would get over the edge of the track and spin to a stop. Finding himself in third now Miller ran the final laps mistake free and was able to cross the line behind Jonathan Allard and Brad Sweet to put a strong end to a great main event for the JP's Paint & Body, Simpson Race Products, Christopher Bean Coffee Company No. 1x sprinter. "I really have to thank my grandparents and all of our sponsors for supporting this team and giving us a chance to be out here," Miller commented.

Making the finish even more special and impressive was the fact that the other drivers who made up the top five included Jonathan Allard, Brad Sweet, Tyler Walker and Brent Kaeding. "To be able to run with guys like that is really a dream come true and to be able to finish this good at the Bradway is really awesome," the 19 year-old commented. "I really feel that we're getting faster every week and we're definitely going to get a win real soon if we keep running like this."

Brett Miller and the Care Free Pools Racing team will return to the Silver Dollar Speedway this coming Friday night for the sixth point race of the Feather Falls Casino season. Miller will look to put the No. 1x machine into victory lane for the first time this year, during what will be Moore Insurance Services night at the races.

More news and info on Chico, CA's Brett Miller can be found at the http://www.brettmillerracing.net

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Brett Miller joins winner Jonathan Allard and second place Brad Sweet on the podium at the 19th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in Chico. It marked Miller's best career finish with the Golden State Challenge Sprint Car Series.


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After a strong performance at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Chico's Brett Miller will look for his first win of the year this coming Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway




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Bud Kaeding moves forward in feature for 7th place finish at Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday & scores podium at Ocean Speedway Friday

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 11, 2009…After making a last turn pass for the final transfer spot in the b-main Campbell, CA's Bud Kaeding proceeded run a smart and veteran like feature, carving his way from dead last to seventh during the 19th Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday night at Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway.

The prestigious event saw a very stout field on hand to remember one of California's best sprint car drivers, who unfortunately lost his life in a crash at the Skagit Speedway Dirt Cup in 1987. Going into the evening Kaeding sat eighth in points on the heels of his first top five finish of the season with the Golden State Challenge Series during the most recent event held in Watsonville.

The night got off to a bit of a rough start for Kaeding however, as his fastest lap in qualifying was good enough for just 26th fastest overall in the 39 car field. He then started deep in the field for his heat race and brought home an eighth place finish to put the K&N Filters, Alviso Rock, Kaeding Performance No. 29 into the b-main. Lining up eleventh in the semi the 29 year-old had to get to the top six to transfer into the main event and he immediately got his elbows up trying to make that happen.

A very fast and hooked up track was put together and Kaeding found the high-scary side to his liking right from the get go. The Campbell driver got up to seventh after a couple of laps and would hound Washington driver Jason Solwold for the duration of the semi main. Kaeding looked high for much of the 12 lap race and with the white flag in the air gave it a hard run into turn one, but ducked to the low side off turn two and slid underneath Solwold to steal away the transfer spot in exciting fashion.

With the lower qualifying time however, Kaeding was forced to start from the 22nd position on the grid. The lightning fast surface created some action packed and intense racing on the quarter-mile bullring as cars fought very tight conditions for much of the feature. Kaeding would move forward quickly and do battle with father Brent for a good part of the main event, which was dragged on due to a number of stoppages. He was able to use his veteran experience to miss a number of the wrecks and do a nice job to hang on for seventh by the checkered and earn the $500 hard charger award, courtesy Southern Pacific Farms.

Kaeding also competed on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway where he was once again strong all evening aboard the Sala/Matherly Racing, M&M Powder Coating, Weldway Construction No. 19. The event marked the third point race of the season for the GLR Investments 360 weekly series and Kaeding went into the night sitting third in points, just five back of father Brent for the lead.

The 29 year-old racer kicked off the evening by timing in third fastest in the 25 car field and then bringing home victory in the third and final heat race. Kaeding lined-up fourth in the main event and battled right around the top five for the entire running of the 25 lap contest, before making up a couple of positions late in the gong to tally a third place finish. It marked his third podium in three starts this season with the GLR 360's and continued his consistency at the helm of the Sala/Matherly Racing, Kaeding Performance Maxim.

Up next for Bud Kaeding will be another double-header weekend beginning on Friday night with another GLR Investments 360 event at the Ocean Speedway. Fresh off his third place finish this past weekend the Campbell driver will go into the evening sitting second in the standings, just one digit behind Brent Kaeding for the top spot. Then on Saturday Kaeding will head for the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway to compete for the first time this season at the racy 1/3 mile clay oval. He'll bring the Hive Five Pizza, Swift Metal Finishing, MDR Machine No. 29 into the night ranking seventh in the current Golden State Challenge Series standings.

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After picking up his third podium finish in three starts with the GLR 360's Campbell's Bud Kaeding has moved to just one point behind his father Brent for the lead in the Ocean Speedway standings. Photo courtesy http://www.lnjphoto.com



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Mason Moore brings home first top five finish of Feather Falls point season at Silver Dollar Speedway/ Moore Insurance Night this Friday

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 11, 2009…Princeton's Mason Moore put together his strongest night so far this season at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday evening and capped the event by scoring his first top five finish of the Feather Falls point year behind the wheel of the Rolling Hills Casino, Moore Insurance Services No. 22.

Moore went into the evening sitting sixth in the Feather Falls standings and looked to make up ground in the points as he sat just 14 digits out of the lead. With the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial coming up the following night a very stacked field of 33 cars was present on Friday and Moore began the evening by cutting the fourth fastest lap of the night, which was his best qualifying effort of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway.

He then started from the sixth spot in the fourth heat race, but was collected in a chain reaction incident that started in front of him, which forced him to restart at the rear of the field. The lightning fast race track made passing chances extremely hard to come by and Moore fell in line at the waving of the green flag, but would get over the cushion on the fifth circuit sending him upside down off the first & second corners, putting an end to the heat.

With the strong qualifying effort "Primetime" lined-up on the front row of the semi main and when the green lights came on settled into second behind veteran driver Bobby McMahan. Moore kept pace with McMahan for the entire 12 laps of racing and brought home a runner-up finish to transfer the Rolling Hills Casino, Withrow's Motorsports, NOS Energy Drink No. 22 into the main event. The track continued to get faster as the night went on and made for very hooked-up conditions in the 25 lap feature, but the 18 year-old racer was able to do a nice job to move up a few spots from his fourth row starting position and score a fifth place finish at the checkered flag.  

On Saturday the decision was made to skip the scheduled Placerville Speedway point race and put the teams' 410 power-plant under the hood of the Friends & Family Racing No. x1 to compete in the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. The F&F team has sentimental connections with the event as co-owner Alan Bradway is the brother of the late Dave Bradway Jr. and fellow co-owner Steve Tuccelli is married to Karen Bradway, the sister of Alan and Dave.

Moore started off the night by qualifying strong once again, but he was deemed to have exceeded the state mandated sound level and was forced to re-qualify. Moore's one lap at the end of the session was good enough for just 32nd quick, which was a tough beginning to the evening considering he would have been top 10 in qualifying had the sound rule not come into play. He was then forced to charge from deep in his heat race and the youngster was able to do a great job as he rode the high side all the way up to fourth, which transferred him directly into the feature.

Scoring a transfer in the heat race was very important since he would have been stuck way back in the b-main had he not got up to the top four. Moore started 20th on the grid and despite a broken shock was able to run a smart 40 laps of competition as he dodged many of the wrecks that plagued much of the feature. The 18 year-old hung on and crossed the stripe in 10th at the checkered, in what was his first Golden State Challenge Sprint Car Series start of the season. The main event was eventually won by two-time GSC champ Jonathan Allard who passed USAC National Sprint & Midget racer Brad Sweet on the final corner.

Moore Insurance & Financial Services Night this Friday-

The next scheduled event for "Primetime" Mason Moore will be this coming Friday's sixth Feather Falls Casino point race at Silver Dollar Speedway, which happens to be sponsored by Moore Insurance Services. The youngster will go into the night sitting fifth in the standings, just 13 points out of the lead and will look to put the No. 22 machine into victory lane on his family's sponsor night. Then on Saturday Moore will get back behind the wheel of the F&F Racing No. x1 for a weekly 360 show at the Placerville Speedway.

The front gate will open at 6pm on Friday for Moore Insurance Services Night at the Silver Dollar Speedway with qualifying expected to get underway around 7. More info on the event can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

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Princeton, CA's Mason Moore drove the F&F Racing, Levin's Auto Supply, Roseville Precision, A.R.T. Enterprise sprinter to a 10th place finish in Saturday's 19th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial




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Jimmy Pettit runs 4th during exciting wingless feature at Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 12, 2009…Competing as part of Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial weekend at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night, Chico's Jimmy Pettit brought home another top five finish in one most exciting wingless main events at the track in recent memory.

This past Friday's event marked the fifth Feather Falls Casino point race of the season, but in reality was the third race of the year due to a pair of rainouts. During the first two Friday night shows Pettit scored a win and a third place finish and brought the wingless point lead into this most recent Friday, which was sponsored by Fauver Race Ready Rentals.

The Silver Dollar Speedway surface was very wet to begin the night and it made for a very fast surface. Pettit started from the fifth spot in his heat race and immediately shot into third aboard the Skyway Tool Center, Esplanade Taco Bell, Hunt Magnetos No. 24p. Veteran Bill Wallace was able to get by though and Pettit spent the rest of the heat race hounding his rear bumper, but couldn't find a way by and settled for fourth at the finish.

"The Love-shack" lined-up from the inside of the fourth row in the main event and ran smoothly over the first half of the race as everyone was locked down on the lightning fast bullring. As the laps wound down Pettit moved into fourth and the top five cars began to bunch up and make for an exciting finish right down to the wire. The driver of the Ing Excavation, Pep Boys, Kevin Sharrah Designs sprinter looked to poke his nose into third a couple of times, while having pressure on his bumper as well, but was able to hang tough and crossed the checkered flag in fourth to score his third top five in three starts.

Next up for Jimmy Pettit and the No. 24p team will be this Friday's sixth Feather Falls Casino point race, which is sponsored by Moore Insurance & Financial Services. Going into the night the "Love-shack" will bring a 13 point lead in the Silver Dollar Speedway wingless standings as he continues to search for his first career track title at the Chico quarter-mile.

Hot on Pettit's heels are former wingless champ Brandon Davis, who is second in points, as well as Taylor Simas & Jay Youngman who are both 14 back of the lead in third. "We just have to keep doing what we're doing," Pettit said. "Ron Kalpakoff has had this car hooked up and we've been right in the thick of things each and every night so that's really all we can ask for. The track's been racy this year so that's been a lot of fun and we'll be trying hard to get back into victory lane on Friday."

The front gate will open at 6pm this Friday for Moore Insurance Services Night, with qualifying scheduled for 7 and racing at 7:30. More info at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

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Chico's Jimmy Pettit will bring a 13 point lead in the Feather Falls Casino/Hunt Magnetos wingless standings into this Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Photo by http://www.graphxdesigns.com





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