Thursday Sep 17 2009
Night of champions at All American Speedway
By: Chase Montgomery, Press Tribune Correspondent
Romero, Beddow, Lambert, Chapman take titles
Saturday was night to crown champions at The All American Speedway at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. After a big night of racing, Jason Romero (No. 8) of Cameron Park claimed the Late Model title, while Roseville’s Jarred Beddow (50) took the Modified crown. Loomis’ Christopher Lambert (50) claimed victory in the Street Stocks division, and Adam Chapman (01) of Citrus Heights was the top performer among the Bombers. Romero came into the night with a 70-point lead over his nearest competitor, Orangevale’s Gary Glenn (50). With a pair of Twin 44’s scheduled, there were approximately 80 points up for grabs, depending on car count. Drivers earned two points per car to take the green and five bonus points for a win in each race. In Twin 50 No. 1, 22 cars took the green, making it a 49-point race for the winner. As the fastest qualifier, Romero was inverted back to fourth, putting Sacramento’s Jonathan Mawhinney (17) on the pole with Pine Grove rookie Matt Scott (35) outside row one. Galt’s Juan Pitta (16) and Romero were on the second row, and row three included Carson City’s Bobby Hodges (88) and Glenn. Mawhinney led early and looked strong and looked to have his best shot at his first win of the season. Scott was watching everything go down from second before taking the lead on lap 11. Scott was just too good in clean air and went on to win his third feature in his rookie season. Scott is in a battle with Manteca’s Jake Gomes for Rookie of the Year. Mawhinney finished second to Scott in this first Twin 44. Glenn crossed the stripe third and picked up 20 points on Romero who finished 13th in this one. Glenn admittedly struggled in the beginning of the season but came on strong in the second half. However, Glenn would need 50 points in Twin No. 2 to win the championship. Bobby Hodges was fourth and Beddow, who was driving in three different divisions on the night, came home fifth. Time of Race: 14:55:943 Margin of Victory: 0.405 Fastest Lap of the Race: Matt Scott 14.058/ 76.825MPH (Lap 38) In Late Model qualifying, the top four drivers were in the 13-second bracket. Jason Romero was tops with a circuit of 13.844/ 78.012MPH. 2nd Jonathan Mawhinney (17) 13.906 3rd Matt Scott (35) 13.968 4th Juan Pitta (16) 13.985 All four fast qualifiers were matched up in the Divisional Trophy Dash where Mawhinney defeated Glenn (alternate), Romero, and Scott for the hardware. After the smoke had cleared from Twin No. 1, only 20 cars started Twin No. 2, so just 40 points were available and five for a win. Glenn would have to win and let the rest play out as it may. Mawhinney was the leader at the stripe on lap one, but he was not able to stay there. On lap 23, both Glenn and Scott went around Mawhinney after a spin. With brake rotors aglow, Glenn began to pull away from the field. Romero was coming but running out of laps. Romero was eighth on lap 30, seventh by lap 39, fourth on lap 42, and third on lap 43, but he was out of time. Glenn won, but Romero came home third. That result left Glenn 46 points short in the chase. Romero earned this Championship in just his sophomore campaign. His team has given him awesome equipment each week and he has matured as a driver. Salt Lake City’s Mike Self (84) had his best finish of the season, crossing the line second. Mawhinney completed the 44 laps fourth. Not the result he was looking for. It was a great run for Ken Benhamou (22). Ken came into the season at AAS late and in the final race of the season has earned the respect of his fellow drivers with this finish. Modifieds The Modifieds was the only division in which the champ, Roseville’s Beddow, was determined before the race even started. Beddow made a solid pass for the lead on lap 15, which would prove to be the move of the race. In a feature not without its share of cautions, a yellow/checker flag was thrown on lap 20, giving Beddow the win. Lindgren crossed second and Brunelli was third. She has opened a lot of eyes in her rookie campaign at AAS. After a win three weeks ago, Mikey Lehman crosses the stripe fourth. Visiting driver Redding’s Guy Young (7X), in his first appearance at AAS, rounded out the top five. Time of Race: 20:28:432 Margin of Victory: 1.865 Fastest Lap of the Race: Beddow 14.319/ 75.424 (Lap 10) In qualifying, Jarred Beddow claimed Fast Time for the Division with a lap of 14.249/ 75.795MPH. Heat Race 1 Winner: Rick Anable (1) 2nd Sal Lopez (02) Heat Race 2 Winner: Luke Kaper (39) 2nd Nick Lyons (43) In the Trophy Dash, Luke Kaper crossed first to defeat Jessica Brunelli (3), Anable, and Lopez. Street Stocks Elverta’s Mickey Owens was the defending 2008 champion, and entered the night with a 15-point lead over Loomis’ Christopher Lambert (50) for this campaign. Lambert needed to finish the race at least eight positions ahead of Owens for any shot at the title. Eighteen cars took the green. With the invert, Owens started the 30-lap feature from the pole. Roseville’s Roy Smith started on his outside and Lambert started fifth. Smith got around Owens to lead the first lap, with Lambert in third and charging. On lap four, Owens off turn four was flying through the infield grass and came to a halt just before coming back onto the track in turn two and bringing out the caution. His night was over and so was any chance of repeating as champion. Lambert moved up to second, with Smith running up front. Galt’s Bryan Tomeraason (80) fell in behind Lambert as they chased the leader, Smith. Sacramento’s Kevin Owens (21) began to show hope of contending. Lap 17 saw Kevin Owens get around Tomeraason for the third spot. Orangevale’s Casey Cavender (03) would squeezedn past Emerson for the fifth spot on the last lap and that’s how this one would finish. Roy Smith played spoiler once again and chalked up another win. For running a limited schedule, his season results are unmatched. He wound up the season fifth in points having run less than half of the races. Lambert crossed the stripe second but in so doing, brought home his very first championship. Though sure he would have liked to have raced Owens down to the very lap, he had earned the title. Kevin Owens was third for his efforts on the night and on the season. He finished 69 points off the top. Bryan Tomeraason crosses the stripe fourth on the night. Tomeraason came on strong the second half of the season to finish sixth in points (-139). Casey Cavender finished fifth in the race and fourth in the season standings (-88). Time of Race: 16:20:976 Margin of Victory: 0.672 Fastest Lap of the Race: Roy Smith 15.123/ 71.414MPH (Lap 2) In qualifying, Galt’s Bryan Tomeraason (80) grabbed Fast Time laying down a lap of 15.167/ 71.207MPH. Heat Race 1 Winner: Roy Smith 2nd Kevin Owens (21) Heat Race 2 Winner: Casey Cavender 2nd Chris Lambert Trophy Dash Kevin Owens defeats Lambert, Cavender, and Smith. Bombers Citrus Heights’ Adam Chapman (01) led Roseville’s Erick Ray (77) by just three points coming into the final race of the season Roseville’s Richard Perez (50) and Cody Rickard (24) started from the front row with Chapman and Rocklin’s Eric Bocksberger (23) in row two. Erick Ray started fifth with David Thompson on his outside. Rickard grabbed the lead on the second circuit and kept it until Perez went back around on lap 5. Chapman was content to ride around in third for a while and watch the other two battle it out. Perez spun on lap 20, allowing Rickard and Chapman to move up a spot each. Perez was left to restart from the tail end of the longest line. Chapman passed Rickard in the 21st lap for the lead, with Ray getting by Bocksberger for third. With nine laps left, Chapman could taste it. Rickard gave him everything he had but it wasn’t enough on this night. Chapman took the victory and in so doing won the 2009 AAS Bomber championship. Rickard finished second, with Ray in third. He gave all to win the championship and came up just a little bit short (second/-7 points). Fourth was Bocksberger, who still managed to finish third in the points (-47) in spite of taking a couple of weekends off this year. Perez came from all the way in the back to finish fifth and ended the season fourth in points (-59). Time of Race: 10:19:291 Margin of Victory: 1.139 Fastest Lap of the Race: Cody Rickard 16.058/ 67.256MPH (Lap 7) In qualifying, Adam Chapman laid down Fast Time with a lap of 16.010/ 67.458MPH. Heat Race 1 Winner: Richard Perez 2nd Erick Ray Heat Race 2 Winner: David Thompson (37) 2nd Troy Clapham (5) Trophy Dash Erick Ray defeats Perez, Thompson, and Clapham.