Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golobic wins thriller

Speedway pic 5-18

WILD RIDE — Charlie Cagle, No. 6c, goes over the top of Mike Benson, No. 77, during a sprint car heat race at Speedway Saturday night. Photo by Donna Peter

From the very first flag of the night, Saturday’s races had its share of thrills, spills and action. Before the race program had reached the main events, four different drivers had gone upside down in the sprint car divisions.

One who dodged the misfortune/mayhem was Shane Golobic who drove his way to his third Speedway victory of his career, outwitting a talented field and putting an end to Placerville driver Andy Gregg’s win streak.

“I saw an opportunity tonight and was just in the right place to take advantage of it,” Golobic said. “Once I got up there it wasn’t easy. Watching him fly past me and Andy (Forsberg) at the start, I knew Gregg was fast and was right behind me and there was no room for any mistakes.”

For Golobic, a late mishap caused a severe vibration and affected the car’s handling after a restart took place when Camino’s Eric Hopkins drew a red flag after rolling over in the fourth turn.

“I don’t think I have ever had a headache this bad,” added Golobic. “That vibration was incredible those last few laps.”

From start to finish Golobic, Gregg, Forsberg and Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli raced in-and-out of traffic in a battle that was one of the most exciting races of the season. In the end Golobic was followed across the line by Gregg, Forsberg, Trulli and Mason Moore.

In the Limited Late Model division, Ryan McDaniel drove to his second win of the season in a battle with point-leader Matt Micheli.

For several laps, the two leaders raced side-by-side. After a yellow flag with four laps down, Micheli restarted the race single file in front of McDaniel who then stalked his prey to work his way into the lead on lap six.

Once McDaniel led, Micheli had his hands full with Jerry Bartlett while Bartlett had to defend against Tom Tilford. When the checkered flag waved, McDaniel claimed his second win of the year over Micheli, Bartlett, Tilford and Charlie Marrs.

“I didn’t think I was going to be able to get past him when we started racing tonight,” McDaniel said. “Luckily I was able to get down underneath him there when he went up a little too high. If that hadn’t happened I don’t think I was going to catch him tonight.”

In the Pure Stock division, Les Friend drove to his third win of the season over Chris Van Roekel, Scott Grunert, Jon Tilford and Placerville’s Chris Curtiss.

“Jon Tilford and I were really having a great race tonight, that’s what this is all about is putting on a show for the fans and we were definitely doing that,” Friend said.

The three track regulars were joined Saturday by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. In this division, Dakota Albright drove his way to the front followed by Scott Kinney, Craig Holsted, Bradley Dillar and Brian Corso.

“We love racing at this place, we love the track and the big crowd it’s awesome,” Albright said.

Placerville Speedway will go dark over the holiday weekend and will return on Saturday, June 1 with the BCRA Midgets for a huge night of racing. The event will feature the Hoosier Tires Civil War Race Series for the first time this season. For information visit


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