Opening Night at Ukiah Speedway Was A “Blast”
UKIAH, CA — It was the end of three weeks of hard work that brought about the first event at Ukiah Speedway under the new Management of David Furia and it was an exciting evening at the speedway. The highlight of the night was the exciting fireworks show that was put on in the infield and was made possible by Taco Bell of Ukiah, Hydro Pacific Garden Supply and Coyote Valley Casino. By the end of the fireworks the crowd was standing on their feet and the action was just beginning because there were still main events to be run after the fireworks went off.
The action started off hot and heavy in the modified division seeing an early incident retire two cars for the night when contact sent Sean Keown hard into the outside retaining wall also collecting driver Alex Andrews in the process. The action continued with in the main event that saw Richie Potts who set the fast time and new track record. With a seven draw for the inversion it put Charlie Collins and Norm Boucher on the front row of the main. After a few laps Collins jumped out to the lead that he continued to grow till an early race caution brought out a yellow for a single car spin. Making his way from the back of the field local driver Kyle Tellstrom had worked his way up to fourth spot by the time of the restart and then by the second yellow just past the midway point in the race he was sitting in second. After a lengthy cleanup for an oil spill the restart say Tellstrom make the pass for the lead and not look back taking the first victory at the Ukiah Speedway for the 2012 racing season.
The Jammers took to the track and qualified for the first time at the track and after the inversion it put Amanda Smith on the pole with Gene O’Dell on the outside pole. At the drop of the green O’Dell jumped out to the lead increasing the distance on the rest of the cars. Only one single car spin halted the race when a mechanical problem occurred on the car of Trevor Abella. All the while Jessy Thurman was working his way up through the field followed by Michael Peterson, and at the checkers it was Jessy Thurman that took the checkers followed by Peterson.
In the bandolero Division the new track record was set by Frankie Pickrell of Ukiah with a 15.490 and he went on to win the Trophy dash after race contact between Berry and Furia caused the only yellow in the dash. In the Main event early problems came about for Furia who lost his breaks before the race even started after a mechanical failure occurred that forced him to retire to the pit area. At the restart is saw Pickrell make his way to the early lead not looking back taking his first victory this year at the Ukiah Speedway.
The Legends saw lady luck shine down on new track record holder Tony Mangini who set the fast time with a 14.265 and then on the inversion drew a number one pill which put him on the poll. The legends started the strong fourteen car field with Mangini leading them to the green where he jumped out to the lead not to look back over the rest of the field. At the checkers it was Mangini followed by Monier and Elliot.
With the large field of bomber drivers totaling 22 cars in all that would take the green in the main event, it left not much room wiggle room for mistakes to be made. The race was plagued with many attempts to get a start that would last more than one lap with many double car incidents that left cars spinning in the infield. After many attempts at double file restarts the track officials went to a single file restart that seemed was going to work well, but race contact coming out of turn number four sent the leader into the car on the outside sending them both into the wall ending the race for the night since the curfew had been met.
The racing action continues this Saturday night at Lakeport Speedway for the Legends of the Pacific, Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, The Taco Bell Bombers, The Jammers and the Bandoleros. Then the racing action continues the following day back again at Ukiah Speedway for the race at the fair which will host the Bombers, The Legend Cars, and the Bandoleros. For racing information on both speedways please visit either www.ukiahspeedway.com or www.lakeportspeedway.com.