~~PETALUMA, CA, July 5—(PETERSEN MEDIA)
Taking advantage of a lap-five restart, Chico, CA driver, Mason Moore, jumped into the lead at the Petaluma Speedway, as he became the fifth different driver to win a race in five Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster events in 2014.
With Herman Klein, and Moore, leading the field to green, it was Klein getting the initial jump, and quickly jumping out to a hefty lead aboard the SportClips No. 42x machine. As Klein extended his lead, the battle behind him was exciting as Moore, Colby Copeland, Jamie Duff, and DJ Netto battled wheel-to-wheel. The caution flag slowed the pace of the race at lap five, and on the ensuing restart, Moore rocketed into the lead, as Netto followed suit, jumping into to the second spot. On the eighth lap, ninth starting, Matt Peterson worked his Miller Lite No. p37 machine into the second spot, while B Main winner, Keith Bloom, Jr made a couple of great moves to get into the fourth spot. Behind the lead pack, 19th starting Alissa Geving, and 20th starting, Sean Becker were making moves as they raced with each other as they both marched forward as they ran in the eighth and ninth spots when the caution flew on the 16th lap. The race would come back to life four a few circuits, before fourth running, Bloom, caught a nasty rut in turns one and two, and got upside down in the Brett Lay owned No. 24B, and his night would come to an end. Despite numerous double file restarts, Moore was flawless as he kept his Moore Insurance Services No. 22 machine in the lead, though the action behind him was heating up. The race’s last caution flew on the 25th lap, and the final five laps were very exciting, as Colby Copeland made a bold move on the restart to jump from fourth to second, and apply heavy pressure to Moore. With Copeland finding something to his liking up on the high-side, Moore was flawless on the bottom as he hit his marks, and fended off Copeland’s charge, as Peterson held on to the third spot, while Netto crossed the stripe in the fourth spot, and Jamie Duff scored a fifth place finish aboard Rod Tiner’s entry. With the win, Moore has also locked himself into the 2014 Johnny Key Classic that will take place in August at the Ocean Speedway. “We just had an awesome racecar,” Moore said in victory lane. “Richard Brown, and Kenny Allan worked well all night, and I can’t thank my parents enough for all of their support with this race team.” “Our night started out really good with quick time, and we missed it a little in the Dash,” Second finishing Colby Copeland said. “We got going pretty well in the feature, and at the end the top got cleaned up, and I gave it everything I could to get by Mason (Moore) but we ended up second. Congratulations to him and his team, and thanks to everyone on my team for giving me a great car.” Third finishing Matt Peterson was excited about his run on a track he hasn’t had success at in the past. “I can’t thank Lee Lindgren and the boys enough for the car they gave me,” he said. “I am pumped to be on the podium with the Civil War Series, and can’t wait to get to our next race.” 22nd starting Cory Eliason took advantage of the lap 20 and 25 restarts as he charged his way up to the sixth spot, while Geving worked to the seventh spot, Sean Becker finished in eighth, Klein came home ninth, while Prunedale, CA driver, Justin Sanders, rounded out the Top-10 from his 21st starting spot.
In B Main action, Keith Bloom, Jr led the way, and earned the win, as Jake Haulot ran in the second spot. Alissa Geving and Sean Becker put on quite the show as they charged from the back to finish in the third and fourth spot, while Justin Sanders ran fifth, and Cory Eliason rallied from a mid race issue to take the sixth and final transfer spot at the stripe.
Heat race wins went to Mason Moore, Jamie Duff, Herman Klein, and DJ Netto, while Mason Moore led all six laps of the Dash, and Colby Copeland opened the night up by timing in as the quick time qualifier.
In the companion Larsen Racing Products Dwarf Car Series 18 cars signed in with David Teves and point leader Dave Mosier netting the preliminary heat races. The 25-lap feature on the hooked up Adobe surface saw pole sitter Jack Haverty immediately spin exiting turn two on the initial start and end up stationary in the infield. On the complete restart it was defending track champion Travis Dutra assuming the lead over Dave Mosier and 14-year old Adam Teves. Teves dispatched with Mosier on lap two and then blasted by Dutra for the lead on the fourth circuit. Two spins by Chad Matthias ended his night by the sixth stanza. Lap 7 saw John Peters vault over the spinning #21 of Tom Brown but continue on. Mosier now had the measure of Teves and passed the youngster for the lead on the 8 lap. Buddy Olschowka took over second on lap 9 as Teves started to spew water from his potent #10. From his eighth starting position Carrol Mendenhall mounted his charge. As the final laps clicked by Dutra collected the #22n of Josh Miller causing his own mount to make wall contact. At the finish it was Mosier picking his second main event of the season over Olschowka, Peters, Mendenhall, and Scooter Gomes.
Petaluma Speedway returns to action Saturday Night, July 12th with Jake’s Performance Hobbies Night featuring the: Pit Stop USA Spec Sprints along with the Carr Racing Chassis Modifieds, Lumberjack Restaurant Super Stock, Larsen Racing Products Dwarf Cars, and the Jake’s Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks. For more information please go to www.petaluma-speedway.com.