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Brown, Diaz, Corder Prevail At Merced Speedway


Merced, CA...August 26...Randy Brown won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Merced Speedway. This was the point leader's second feature win of the season as he attempts to repeat as champion. Ryan Porter raced into the early lead ahead of four time champion Ramie Stone. Brown found his way into second early on, and four time Antioch champion Troy Foulger followed quickly into third. The lead three ran closely, and another multi time Merced and Hanford champion, Paul Stone, made an outside pass on R. Stone for fourth on lap 11. A low move in Turn 2 of the 13th lap gained Brown the lead from Porter, and Foulger made an outside pass in Turn 4 two laps later to take second from Porter. P. Stone started challenging Porter for third and made a low pass in Turn 2 of the 23rd lap to gain the position. Brown held off the persistent challenge of Foulger for the impressive win. P. Stone was a strong third ahead of Porter, Mike Villanueva, R. Stone, Bruce "Bubba" Nelson, Bill Egleston, Joel Myers and Jarod Fast. There were 18 competitors and Nelson, Foulger and Egleston each won eight lap heat races.

Rick Diaz won the 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. This was the reigning champion's seventh win of the season, but point leader Fred Ryand kept the point damage to a minimum with a strong second place finish. Joe Salvi led the pack at the start, but a Turn 3 pileup forced a caution flag. Salvi led the restart, but a low move in Turn 1 of the second lap gained Diaz the lead. Past champion Matt Sotomayor settled into second on a lap four restart ahead of Patti Ryland and Fred Ryland. A low move in Turn 4 of the seventh lap gained F. Ryland third from his wife P. Ryland. F. Ryland went to work on Sotomayor, who was running strong on the outside. F. Ryland finally made a Turn 2 pass for second on lap 16. The battle was on between Diaz and F. Ryland, who was working the inside line. Sotomayor pushed off of Turn 2, allowing Jeremy Hoff to grab third on lap 20. F. Ryland gave it a great effort, but Diaz drove a brilliant race to win once again. Hoff finished third, followed by P. Ryland, Jack Agiuar, Sotomayor, Tim Ragsdale, Chuck Weir, Cody Parker and Savli. Ragsdale, Sotomayor and F. Ryland won eight lap heat races.

Chris Corder won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event. This was the fifth win of the season for the current point leader, but his sister Jennifer Corder kept things close with a second place finish. C. Corder and Jason Womack won eight lap heat races to earn front row starts, and C. Corder charged into the early lead over Womack and J. Corder. An inside move on the back stretch of the sixth lap gained J. Corder second as Destiny Carter battled Shawn DePriest for fourth. Carter finally gained that position, and she took over third on lap ten as Womack slowed on the back stretch. A yellow flag gave J. Corder one more shot at her brother, but C. Corder was as cool as ice as he led the Corder Racing podium sweep ahead of J. Corder and a career best third place finish for Carter. Lucy Falkenberg, DePriest, Jeremy Perry, Womack, David Richards, Helena Guzman and Troy Tatum completed the finishing order.

The California Sharp Mini Late Models were an added attraction for the night, and this division continues to gain momentum at the track. Tim Vaught won the 15 lap Main Event and six lap heat race. Vaught had his hands full with Troy Foulger in the Main Event, but he held him off for the win. Rick Diaz drove another of the Shearer Team cars and finished third, followed by Riley Jeppesen, Ian Shearer and Tim Crews.

The Valley Sportsman division produced just two cars with Jeff Bristow winning the six lap heat race ahead of Watsonville Speedway legend Jerry Cecil. Cecil scratched from the 15 lap Main Event as Bristow won.

After a break for Labor Day, the track returns on September 9th with the John Fore Jr. Memorial Sport Modified 50 lap race. This event was moved up from October, and it will not be a point race as it is happening on IMCA Boone Nationals Week. Joining the Sport Modifieds will be the Hobby Stocks. For further information, go to http://www.racemerced.com.



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