Romero leads early, drives to Late Model victory at All American Speedway
Jason Romero took the lead on the 12th lap and led the rest of the way to win the 100-lap Late Model main event Saturday night at All American Speedway in Roseville.
Romero topped qualifying with a lap at 13.668 seconds around the one-third-mile oval in the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race this season. He was second-quickest in the first practice session and quickest in the second session. Romero even clocked a fast lap of 13.944 seconds on lap nine in the main event.
Juan Pitta placed second in the feature, followed by defending track champion Matt Scott and dash winner Gary Glenn. Only four of 13 cars in the main finished on the lead lap.
Romero started fourth and moved into second place on the third lap. Glenn led the first 11 laps before Romero took the lead. Scott passed Glenn for second on lap 35, and Pitta took second from Scott on lap 44. The top four finishers ran in that order over the final 57 laps.
Scott Winters won the 40-lap Modified main event. He took the lead from early pacesetter Nick Lyons on lap 13 and led the rest of the way.
Winters recorded the only 13-second qualifying time at 13.856, .177 of a second quicker than No. 2 Dan Jinkerson’s 14.033. Jinkerson ran second to Winters over the last 26 laps. Lyons passed Andy Field for third on lap 39.
Chris Lambert took the lead for good on lap five and won the 30-lap Street Stock feature. Top qualifier Mickey Owens (14.849) finished second and Dave Silva third.
Chris Paulson led 33 of 35 laps in the Bomber feature and beat a field of 14. Paulson qualified No. 1 at 15.851. Dana Kelly and Matt Camp finished second and third.
McAnally cars come up short in Utah
Moses Smith came up short at the checkered flag. Eric Holmes came up short on gas.
The Bill McAnally Racing drivers finished second and 13th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix on Saturday in Tooele, Utah.
Holmes, of Escalon, led twice for 21 total laps, including laps 46-58 on the 2.2-mile road course at Miller Motorsports Park. He and Greg Pursley of Newhall swapped the lead three times before Holmes, the three-time series champion, ran out of fuel on lap 59 and finished 13th.
Pursley went on to register his second victory this season, but he had to hold off Smith in a green-white-checkered finish. Pursley and Smith, of Tempe, Ariz., continue to run 1-2 in points.
Greg Rayl of Roseville finished 10th for his first top 10 in the series. He’s also 10th in points.
Thomas Martin of Auburn was involved in an accident and completed just 35 laps in the race. He finished 28th in the 34-car field.
Hershel McGriff of Bridal Veil, Ore., still racing at the age of 83, finished 16th. McGriff won the series championship in 1986 and has 37 career poles and 35 victories.
ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series — Late Model, Modified, Street Stock, Bomber.
When: Saturday, May 7
Where: All American Speedway, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville
Information: (916) 786-2025