Central Arizona Raceway
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Results from Central Arizona Raceway
by Race Author
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- The Bullistic Race Cars Barnett Harley Davidson Dirt Modified Tour closed it’s two night visit to Central Arizona Raceway and R C Whitwell scored the $1000 win for a second straight night. Whitwell closed the month of May with an incredible four $1000 wins as he had scored $1000 wins at both Manzanita Speedway and here going into the two nights of racing here in his JetMod. Tonight, Whitwell had to come from 10th starting in the feature after running second from the rear in his heat race. Whitwell also had a $500 win in Tucson last weekend sandwiched among his $1000 wins. He was second in the Barnett Haley Davidson Dirt Modified regional fight in 2005 and is chasing the entire tour schedule in 2006. Following up his solid third on Saturday night, California transplant Chris Olexiewicz got the $800 second place money in his new Bullett Chassis out of Clear Lake IA. He thanked Dale Mahulstedt for coming all the way from Iowa to help with setup on the new car as he has one of only five that were built. Olexiewicz won several championships in Susanville CA before relocating to Phoenix. Rapidly improving Gene Parvin got the $600 third after running sixth on Saturday night. Parvin won his heat race and started the A Main in fifth. Christy Georges had to come from deep in the pack to get fourth and Scott Logston from Las Cruces NM protected his tour point lead with a fifth place run. About a month ago, Casa Grande’s own Mike Tahtinen decided to park his dirt late model and dirt modified and return to fun racing in the super stocks. Tahtinen ran third in his heat race tonight and then raced to the feature win ahead of Brad Whitfield and 2005 track champion Perry Mallery. Mike Brigner ran fourth as Saturday night winner Tommy Hussak III settled for fifth. Mallery had run second to Hussak on Saturday.
After a 49 car turnout on Saturday, 37 returned for the second night action. The heat races were inverted off of the points earned on Saturday night. Kenny Wyman won the first heat ahead of Clint Fouts and Ricky Thornton. Veteran Mark Harrison raced to the heat 2 win in front of Terry Belcher Jr and New Mexico’s Jay Rosales. Jason Noll earned the third starting spot in the feature with a win in heat 3 over dirt late model star Adam Crippen and Olexiewicz. Ageless Tucson champion Carl Trimmer won heat 4 ahead of teenager Tony Steele and Logston. Parvin was chased to the heat 5 win by Whitwell and Albuquerque’s Richard Johnson. With just ten cars advancing from the heat race action, 14 more came from the B Main and the A Main grid was finished with the addition of two provisionals. Olexiewicz had run 1st and 2nd in the last two Canyon races before his 3rd and 2nd combination here. He won the B Main ahead of Manzanita Speedway star Anthony Madrid, Las Cruces veteran Anton Salopek, Thornton, Reeve Staley, Ricky Bogart, James Pautot and James Fleming. Wyman, M Harrison, Noll, Trimmer and Parvin earned the front five starting spots in the A Main with their heat race wins, but it was 10th starting Whitwell racing to the $1000 win. There was discussion of disqualifying him for a missing front brake caliper after the race, but it was determined that it was knocked off in the racing action. Noll climbed as high as 2nd before breaking a rear suspension component and spitting out a driveshaft. He spun to a stop, collecting Olexiewicz and Georges. Both Olexiewicz and Georges were restored to their positions and they chased Whitwell to the win. Olexiewicz ran second ahead of Parvin, Georges, Logston, Madrid, Steele, Sherm Barnett, Staley, Randy Harrison, Thornton, Pautot and M Harrison. With his big weekend, Whitwell has climbed into second in the tour points behind Logston and ahead of both Madrid and Georges. The tour takes their longest road trip this weekend as they journey to the far northwestern corner of New Mexico for two nights of racing during Fiesta Days at Aztec Speedway on June 2-3. With so many cars following the tour in 2006, it should be a great weekend of racing as Aztec is a hotbed of dirt modified racing itself.
Fourteen super stocks were on hand, but both Steve Ashcraft and Jody Haynes were sidelined before the feature action. It was the second straight night that ended early for Ashcraft. Buji Lacy won heat 1 over Mallery and Brigner. Steve Nelson returned to action and won heat 2 over Whitfield and Tahtinen. Young Hussak ran fourth in heat 2 following his Saturday night feature win. Tahtinen drove to the A Main win in front of Whitfield, Mallery, Brigner, Hussak, Nelson, B Lacy, E J Jones, Mike Harris and Michael Harrison.
The Southwest Dirt Late Models will headline the June 3 show and they will be joined by the pure stocks and dwarf cars. Dirt Late Model tour point leader Lonnie Parker Jr will be trying to extend an incredible 8 race winning streak in SWDRA events at this track.
Heat 1-Buji Lacy, Perry Mallery, Mike Brigner, Tim Harris.
Heat 2-Steve Nelson, Brad Whitfield, Mike Tahtinen, Tommy Hussak III.
Main-Tahtinen, Whitfield, Mallery, Brigner, Hussak, Nelson, Lacy, E J Jones, Mike Harris, Michael Harrison, T Harris, Gene Freeman.
Heat 1-Kenny Wyman, Clint Founts, Ricky Thornton.
Heat 2-Mark Harrison, Terry Belcher Jr, Jay Rosales.
Heat 3-Jason Noll, Adam Crippen, Chris Olexiewicz.
Heat 4-Carl Trimmer, Tony Steele, Scott Logston.
Heat 5-Gene Parvin, R C Whitwell, Richard Johnson.
B Main-Olexiewicz, Anthony Madrid, Anton Salopek, Thornton, Reeve Staley, Ricky Bogart, James Pautot, James Fleming, Richard Roper, Christy Georges.
A Main-Whitwell, Olexiewicz, Parvin, Georges, Logston, Madrid, Steele, Sherm Barnett, Staley, Randy Harrison, Thornton, Pautot, M Harrison, Troy Cooke, Salopek, Fouts, Steve West, Noll, Rosales, Carlos Ahumada, Trimmer, Crippen, Belcher Jr, Bogart, Art Lacy, Wyman.