|Red-hot Joe Stornetta three-peats in Wingless Sprints||| Print ||
The victory was the most impressive yet for Stornetta, who was nearly perfect against a strong 16-car field and had to overcome the challenge of battling back from fourth place after owning the lead for the first two laps of the 25-lap event. His three-race winning streak is the second-longest since the wingless sprints began regular competition in 2007. Darrell Hanestad, who won seven consecutive races in 2008, is the division’s record-holder.
Front row starter Bill Cornwell grabbed the lead from Stornetta on Lap 3 but surrendered it to sixth-starting Bradley Terrell on Lap 6. When Terrell headed to the pits after 10 laps, Cornwell, Geoff Ensign, Stornetta, and Terry Schank Jr. all moved up. The veteran Cornwell, who was looking for his first-ever victory, led the charge with Ensign and Stornetta battling for second place until Lap 19 when Stornetta took the spot. The confident and aggressive Stornetta squeezed underneath Cornwell on the 21st lap to regain the lead, and five laps later scored the victory. Cornwell finished a career-best second place, followed by Ensign, Schank, and Nick Larson.
In winning his second straight Late Model feature, defending track champion Jeff “The Hitman” Decker of Morgan Hill got off to his best start since 2010 when the two-time champ won four straight to begin the season.
Decker dominated the event from start to finish and was never seriously challenged as he raced to his 23rd career victory at Petaluma Speedway over a nine-car field. The closest any driver came to him during the 25-lap event was when pole sitter John Silva of
In an anticipated battle between heat winners, Decker outdistanced Silva for the first 10 laps until sixth-starting Anthony Restad of
In the Carr Racing Chassis Dirt Modifieds double-duty driver Richard Papenahusen of
Third-row starter Gonella took over second place on Lap 12 and began to chip away at Papenhausen’s big lead. Despite getting into lapped traffic on the final lap Papenhausen beat Gonella to the checkered flag by just 1.566 seconds to claim the victory. Points leader Gonella finished second, Myers was third, followed by eighth-starting Brian Azevedo, defending champion Michael Paul Jr., Michelle Byron, David Lindt II, and Jeff Thomas.
First-time feature winner Carroll Mendenhall of
Front row starter Peters led the initial 10 laps as Mendenhall climbed from the second row to take the runner-up spot away from Travis Dutra four laps into he race. It turned into a two-car event with Peters holding a slight edge over the hard charging Mendenhall until Lap 11 when the two combatants switched places. Once in the lead Mendenhall pulled away from the rest of the 12-car field to win by nearly five seconds ahead of Peters, and more than 13 seconds over third finishing Adam Johnson. Fourth place went to Chris Sieweke, fifth to Richard Klinetobe, and sixth to Dutra.
In the BPT Carburetors Mini Stock/Hornets feature, in what is expected to become a season-long duel between defending track champ Keith Benson and ardent challenger John Veeninga, Benson fought back to regain the lead he had relinquished to Veeninga five laps into the race and held on to snap Veeninga’s two-race winning streak with his second triumph of the season.
The eight-car race developed into a two-car battle between the frontrunners. Finishing third, nearly 19 seconds behind the leader was Kimberly Ramirez. Former division champion Michael Drew finished fourth, hornet driver Megan Schroeder was fifth, and John Clark was sixth.
Results for May 12
WINGLESS SPRINT CARS
Fast time—Scotty Dupont 15.172.
Heat 1—Trevor Schmid; Geoff Ensign; Joe Stornetta; Nick Larson; Scott Hall; Bret Barney; Dustin Baxter; Dupont.
Heat 2—Bradley Terrell; Bill Cornwell; Terry Schank Jr.; Gary Paulson; Zack Lynskey; Jason McIntosh; Klint Simpson; Jeff Lee.
Main—Stornetta; Cornwell; Ensign; Schank; Larson; Hall; Simpson; Schmid; Barney; Lee; Baxter; Terrell; Paulson; McIntosh; Lynskey; Dupont.
Fast time—John Silva 16.044.
Heat 1—Silva; Steve Johnson; Dennis Silva; Dean DeVolder; Jimmy Gallagher.
Heat 2—Jeff Decker; Richard Papenhausen; Anthony Restad; Paul Guglielmoni.
Main—Decker; Restad; Silva; Papenhausen; DeVolder; Johnson; Guglielmoni; Gallagher; Souza.
Heat 1—Richard Papenhausen; Jeff Thomas; Joel Myers; Chris Norris; Paul Anderson; David Lindt II.
Heat 2—Oreste Gonella; Michelle Byron; Michael Paul Jr.; Brian Azevedo; Rick Rogers (Ltd.); Freddie Plourde.
Main—Papenhausen; Gonella; Myers; Azevedo; Paul; Byron; Joe Carr; Lindt; Thomas; Anderson; Rogers (Ltd.); Norris; Plourde.
Heat 1—Travis Dutra; Adam Johnson; Scooter Gomes; Richard Klinetobe; Danny Marsh; Kaitlyn Mendenhall.
Heat 2—John Peters; Carroll Mendenhall; Chris Sieweke; Tom Pendleton.
Main—C. Mendenhall; Peters; Johnson; Sieweke; Klinetobe; Dutra; Gomes; Marsh; K. Mendenhall; Pendleton.
Heat 1—John Veeninga; Keith Benson; Josh Williams; John Clark; Megan Schroeder (Hrnt); Manny
Main—Benson; Veeninga; Ramirez; Michael Drew; Schroeder (Hrnt); Clark; Williams;