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Ryan Truex finished in the sixth position in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to claim the top-finished GR Supra position. Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing GR Supra drivers Ty Gibbs (12th) and Brandon Jones (14th) finished in the top-15 after sustaining damage in a caution-filled 250-mile event.

 

Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Texas Motor Speedway

Race 12 of 33 – 250.5 miles, 167 laps

 

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS

 

1st, Tyler Reddick*

2nd, William Byron*

3rd, Sam Mayer*

4th, Justin Allgaier*

5th, Austin Hill*

6th, RYAN TRUEX

12th, TY GIBBS

14th, BRANDON JONES

19th, JEFFREY EARNHARDT

27th, TIMMY HILL

*non-Toyota drive


 

TOYOTA QUOTES

RYAN TRUEX, No. 18 Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 6th

How was your race today?

“I felt like stage two we really hit our stride and we were really fast. I feel like us and the 7 (Justin Allgaier) were the two strongest cars. I don’t know what happened that last stage, I don’t know if it was the set of tires or what, but we just gave up track position and never got it back. Sixth isn’t bad, but probably should have been top-two. It’s just tough to pass here and dirty air is really hard. The crew did really good. I really needed a green flag run and unfortunately everybody kept wrecking so we never really had those. I’ll take it, solid day.”

 

TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 12th

How was your race overall?

“We finished 12th so not bad, but we got wrecked after the caution came out and got wrecked again. We never really got to show what we had it felt like. I felt like we were fast. Just with the traffic here. We made it to 17th really quick, but then everyone was all stretched out and this track is just tough because you’re riding around and hoping for another caution to get back together. Never really got back to where we needed to be or where we should have been. Just a chaotic event and a wreckfest.”

 

How challenging was it to come from the back of the field at the start of the race?

“It was challenging, but when we got wrecked after that caution came out and wrecked again, just ruins your day. Have to keep going, but I never gave up and my guys never gave up. Came home with a 12th place car and everyone around us looks better than us so that’s a good thing to say.”

 

BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Menards/Delta Faucets Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 14th

How was your car in the race even with the significant damage to the nose?

“The GR Supra doesn’t look as pretty as it did to start. I hate that we got damage there. I had pretty good track position all day. We got back a little bit early on, but started to make gains in the right direction. All in all, we just missed it a little bit. We will come back here stronger and we know have have another race here in Texas later in the year. This is a key one always to try some stuff for the Playoffs and see if we can’t hit on something, but I think we were definitely better than we were in the past. Still need a little bit of work.”

 

With the damage, were you surprised you were able to take the lead on the restart?

“I think so. I think clean air here is a really big deal. It would have been interesting if we would have stayed out. I see the 21 finished decent. Just maybe something we tried there to see if it would work for later in the year. I don’t think it did. We’ll rebound and continue to push. We’ve got some good tracks coming up.”

TRD PR

Despite having to restart at the back twice due to getting caught up in others’ messes, Trent Williams came back to finish 13th and roll his #51T back into the trailer after the USAC/CRA main event last Saturday at the Bakersfield Speedway.

The race was the first-ever for the Apple Valley, California racer on the 77-year-old 1/3 mile Kern County clay oval.  Despite that, “T-Dub” quickly adapted to the track and stopped the clocks at 13.587. That was the eighth quickest of the 22 cars that showed up on the pleasant spring evening.

After a seventh-place finish in his heat race, Williams was coming off the outside of the fifth row in the 30-lap main event.  With an ominous full moon hovering above, near-disaster struck at the end of the first circuit.  Chaos erupted just in front of him as he exited turn four. Williams did his best to steer through the mess, but he was nearly “Monster Trucked” from behind by another car trying to avoid the mayhem as well. 

Williams’ crew quickly got the car to the work area in the center of the track.  They looked it over and deemed it ready for the restart. Unfortunately, due to the tangle, he and the other cars involved had to go to the rear. 

Williams quickly worked his way up to 13th, but a restart with 12 laps to go bit him again.  Cars tangled going into turn one and once again things were unavoidable and the Williams #52V got caught up in the bedlam. It was the same story as before as the crew checked over the car and sent him back on his way for round three. 

Over the last seven laps, Williams worked his way up to 13th once again when the checkers ended the race.  While 13th was not where he wanted to end up, the bright side was he finished and rolled the car into the trailer.  Thus far in 2022, he has finished every main event that he has started.          

One of the highlights of the night was watching the #52T’s crew in action.  Comprised of his father Ron, girlfriend Seattle, and his brother Jake, when they were not busy checking Williams’ car after the tangles, they pitched in and helped several other teams change flat tires in the work area during the 30-lap main event.    

Williams would like to thank marketing partners Victory Boys Performance, Sorrento Homes, and JasonR.Photos for making it possible to race his Maxim Chassis/Shaver Engines #52V during the 2022 season.  He also wants to send a special thanks to Russell and Jean Martin for the use of their truck and trailer to get the #52V to the track last week.  If you or your business would like to be a partner of the Victory Boys racing endeavors, please call (760) 780-8782 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trent Williams PR

Making only his second appearance at the Bakersfield Speedway, Eddie Tafoya Jr. avoided the chaos and placed fifth in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series main event last Saturday night.  It was his third top-five finish in 2022.

For Tafoya, who makes his home in Chino Hills, California, not only was it his second appearance at the track that is billed as “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval,” but it was his first time there since 2019.  His result on Saturday bodes well for the series’ next appearance there on Labor Day weekend.

Twenty-two cars showed up for the race on the Kern County clay oval. When qualifying began, it was obvious that it was a “Cowboy Up” track.  Tafoya was the first car out to qualify in the “PBR-Looking” session.  His first lap saw him bounce around the edge of the cushion in turn four and ended up at 14.411.  On the second lap, he lived up to his “Mr. Smooth” nickname.  He kept all four tires on the ground and stopped the clocks over a half-second faster at 13.804.  That was right in the middle of the field at 11th fastest.

The Bakersfield crew did their magic on the track when time trials were over and it was much smoother throughout the remainder of the night.  Tafoya’s first opportunity to test the reworked surface came in the second 10-lap heat race.  The pretty #51T started on the inside of row two and ended up placing fifth.

For the 30-lap feature, Tafoya started on the inside of the sixth row in 11th.  By the time the race survived one red flag and the first two yellows on lap seven, the #51T was running in fifth. That was a good thing as throughout the race, the yellow flag halted the action several times and all that trouble was behind him.  Tafoya stayed in fifth for the duration and earned his second top-five finish in the last three races.

In two races at Bakersfield in his young career, Tafoya’s consistent driving style has yielded fifth and sixth-place finishes. 

Last week’s result allowed Tafoya to maintain his fifth-place standing in the USAC/CRA Series.  Going into the next race at Perris Auto Speedway on May 28th, he is only 23-points out of fourth.  Through the first nine races of the year, his finishing average is 8.88.  However, that included a three-race stretch in the middle portion of his schedule that saw him finish outside the top 10 (including one race at Perris when he was clobbered and had a car destroyed).  Take away those uncharacteristic outings and his finishing order in the other six races is an impressive 5.66. 

Tafoya and the #51T team would like to thank Specialty Fasteners, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Simpson Safety Products, Bell, Benic Enterprises, BR Motorsports, PSC Powder Coating, Magik Graphics, Gasper Transportation, Owen’s Insurance Services, and Weld Wheels for making the 2022 season possible.

If you or your company would like to be a part of the Specialty Fastener team’s 2022 season effort, please contact Eddie Tafoya Jr. via phone at (909) 393-3999 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He will be happy to talk to you and lay out the team’s 2022 plans.

Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51. The same contact point can be used to purchase his great-looking shirts via mail.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2022 Race Results

1-27  Cocopah Speedway          USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               7th   A Main   

1-28  Cocopah Speedway           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               9th A Main

1-29  Cocopah Speedway           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               2nd A Main

3-26  Perris Auto Speedway      USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               18th A Main

4-1    Keller Auto Speedway      USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               13th A Main

4-2    Thunderbowl Raceway     USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               15th A Main

4-23  Mohave Valley Raceway   USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               3rd A Main

4-30  Perris Auto Speedway      USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               8th A Main

5-14  Bakersfield Speedway      USAC/CRA Sprint Cars               5th A Main

Eddie Tafoya PR

Chandler Smith overcame an early issue on pit road to put the No. 18 iBUYPOWER Tundra TRD Pro in position to compete for the win as Friday night’s SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway went to overtime. Smith was running sixth when a two-truck accident set up a late dash for the cash. Smith elected to line up on the top of the fifth row for the two-lap shootout but got shuffled back as the field went through Turns 1 and 2 and would end the night with an eighth-place finish.
 
The result was Smith’s sixth top-10 finish across nine starts this season and helped move him up one position to third in the regular season standings with seven races remaining before the start of the playoffs. The Georgia driver is 18 tallies behind his KBM teammate John Hunter Nemechek.
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Smith started Friday’s event from the seventh position after posting a lap of 29.980 seconds at 180.120 mph in the afternoon’s qualifying session.
·        The iBUYPOWER Tundra had a strong start to the race and in one lap Smith advance up to fifth.
·        The 19-year-old driver reported that his No. 18 Toyota was “really good” during the opening stanza and would cross the stripe in fifth to earn six stage points. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        During the stage break, Smith brought his Toyota to the attention of the over-the-wall crew who administered a four-tire and fuel stop. Smith was the fourth driver to exit pit road, but unfortunately the crew didn’t get all the lug nuts secured properly and he had to return to pit road.
·        When Stage Two went green on lap 41, the Georgia driver was scored in the 29th position.
·        Smith began powering his way back to the front, advancing to the top 15 nine laps later and would cross the stripe 13th when Stage Two ended on lap 70.
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Smith reported that his Toyota was sliding the rear tires before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, with an air pressure adjustment, and a full tank of fuel.
·        The iBUYPOWER Tundra TRD Pro would line up on the top of the fifth row when the Final Stage went green on lap 72. Smith was scored in the sixth position when the fourth caution of the night occurred on lap 86. Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman elected to keep his driver on the track, while two team ahead of them pitted, giving Smith the opportunity to line up on the inside of the second row when the race went back green on lap 92.
·        Smith would settle into the third position, right behind the top-two trucks. He was able to make a run to the inside of the second-place truck several times but was unable to complete the pass.
·        When the fifth caution slowed the field on lap 106, the Toyota Racing Development driver reported that he was “struggling with dirty air and the front end bounces a little too much and lose it.” Stockman ordered up another four-tire and fuel stop and then No. 18 Toyota exited pit road fourth but would line up behind four trucks that did not pit.
·        Smith would lose a few spots on the ensuing restart and then was battling side-by-side with Zane Smith when Smith’s truck got loose underneath him and washed up the race track. The iBUYPOWER Tundra would fall back to 11th when the sixth caution of the race occurred on lap 128.
·        The talented teenager elected to line up on the bottom of the fourth row when the field went back green with just under 15 laps remaining. He settled into the sixth position before the seventh and final caution of the event set up NASCAR overtime.
·        Smith elected to line up on the top of the fifth row for the two-lap shootout but got shuffled back as the field went through Turns 1 and 2 and would end the night with an eighth-place finish.
 
 
 
Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 iBUYPOWER TRD Pro for KBM:
 
How did your race go?
“We had an issue on pit road early on that put us back and made us have to drive through the field and lose stage points in Stage 2. Stage 2 we over adjusted a little bit, but we were still a top-five truck. If we could’ve got clean air, I felt like it would’ve been game over tonight, but we didn’t get that obviously. Wish it would’ve played out differently, but I’m proud of all the guys at KBM for bringing me a really fast iBUYPOWER Tundra TRD Pro.” 
 
 
SpeedyCash.com 220 Recap
 
  • Stewart Friesen picked up his first win of the season and third of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, Carson Hocevar and Ty Majeski rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were seven cautions for 36 laps and 17 lead changes among nine drivers.
 
 
How Chandler Smith's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished sixth.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished seventh.
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Smith gained one position and currently ranks third in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks series regular season standings. After nine events, he sits 18 tallies behind his KBM teammate John Hunter Nemechek.
 
 
Next Race:

KBM PR

John Hunter Nemechek earned the Cometic Gasket pole award for the third straight week, laying down a lap time of 29.612 seconds in Friday’s one-lap qualifying session for the SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite earning the pole, the No. 4 team was forced to drop to the rear on the opening pace laps due to unapproved adjustments.
 
Nemechek drove through the field on two different occasions in Friday’s 149-lap event and earned a sixth-place finish, marking his sixth straight race of a sixth-place finish or better. With the finish and 13 stage points compiled throughout the race, Nemechek has taken over the lead in the Camping World Truck Series regular season point standings and sits four tallies ahead of reigning champion Ben Rhodes. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
 
·        Nemechek earned the pole for the third straight week with a lap time of 29.612 seconds in Friday’s qualifying session but was forced to drop to the rear prior to the green flag due to unapproved adjustments.
·        Just 20 laps into the 149-lap event, the talented wheelman made his way into the top 10 for the first time of the night.
·        With under five laps to go in the opening stanza, Nemechek communicated that his Tom Thumb/Albertsons Tundra TRD Pro was “tight off exit of turn 2”.
·        Nemechek continued his battle towards the front and took the green-and-white checkered flag in sixth to end Stage One. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Nemechek brought his No. 4 Tundra down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and a full load of Sunoco fuel at the stage break and would go back out on track lined up in fifth for the Stage Two restart.
·        The second-generation driver was able to get a good jump on the restart and made his way up to third early in the middle stanza.
·        Nemechek got within a second of race leader Ryan Preece but was unable to chase him down, eventually taking the green-and-white checkered flag in third, earning an additional eight stage points.
·        At the stage break, Nemechek communicated that he “needs to finish the corners a little bit better in Turns 1 and 2”.
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Nemechek brought his Tom Thumb/Albertsons Tundra down pit road under the stage break where the No. 4 team was able to execute a four-tire and fuel stop that sent him back out onto the track in the lead.
·        The 24-year-old driver elected the outside lane on the restart and raced side-by-side with the No. 17 of Preece through Turns 1 and 2 and down the backstretch until he was able to clear the No. 17 on entry into Turn 3.
·        The fourth caution of the night came out on lap 87 with Nemechek controlling the top position. Under caution, veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called for the No. 4 team to come down pit road for a fuel-only stop while the rest of the field stayed out on differing pit strategies.
·        After electing to pit and forfeit the lead, Nemechek would line up for the restart in 27th. The talented wheelman once again drove through the field and found himself in fifth with just five laps to go as the seventh and final caution of the night came out on lap 143, setting up NASCAR Overtime.
·        Nemechek lined up for the overtime restart from the third row on the outside lane but was unable to make his way to the front on the restart, taking the checkered flag in sixth. 
 
 
 
SpeedyCash.com 220 Recap
 
  • Stewart Friesen earned his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, Carson Hocevar, and Ty Majeski rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were seven cautions for 36 laps and 17 lead changes among seven drivers, including Nemechek who led once for 14 laps. 
 
 
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished seventh.   
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish eighth. 
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Nemechek moved into the top spot of the Camping World Truck Series regular season point standings and now holds a four-point lead over reigning series champion Ben Rhodes. 
 
 
Next Race
 
Nemechek and the No. 4 team will look to defend their 2021 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway next week in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 8:30pm ET.

KBM PR

Race Information:
 
Corey Heim lined up on the front row in second for the second consecutive week after putting down a lap time of 29.639 seconds in the one-lap qualifying session for Friday’s SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway. Heim dealt with handling issues throughout much of the first two stages but was still able to earn five stage points with 10th and seventh-place stage finishes, respectively.
 
During the Stage Two break, Heim suffered right front damage after making contact with the No. 16 while exiting his pit stall. The damage forced the No. 51 team to make unscheduled pit stops and restart the final stanza from 29th. Despite the damage, Heim was able to drive through the field in the Final Stage and come home with a seventh-place finish. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Heim started Friday’s SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway from the front row in second after clocking a lap time of 29.639 seconds in the qualifying session earlier in the day.
·        Heim fell back on the initial restart and came over the radio on lap four saying that his JBL Tundra was “wrecking loose”.
·        The 19-year-old driver continued to battle with handling issues throughout the opening stanza as he took the green-and-white checkered flag in 10th.
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Heim brought his No. 51 JBL Tundra TRD Pro down pit road at the stage break for four tires and fuel and a major wedge adjustment to compensate for the handling issues he experienced in Stage One.
·        The Georgia native continued his run within the top-10 for the entirety of the middle stanza, crossing the stripe scored in 7th as the green-and-white checkered flag came out.
·        Heim came over the radio at the stage break and said that his JBL Tundra was “still way too free.”
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        At the stage break, Heim brought his JBL Tundra down pit road for a routine pit stop but made contact with the No. 16 while exiting his pit stall, causing damage to the right front.
·        The damage from the incident forced the No. 51 team to make two more unscheduled pit stops during the stage break, sending Heim back out to restart the final stage in 29th.
·        As the final stage progressed, Heim communicated that the damage made his JBL Tundra a “parachute down the straightaways”. Crew chief Mardy Lindley assured his driver that despite the damage, they were still posting top-five lap times with just under 50 laps remaining.
·        Heim continued to work his way through the field and was scored in ninth when the caution flag flew with just five laps remaining.
·        The talented teenager lined up for the overtime restart on the inside of the fourth row and was able to gain two spots on the restart, taking the checkered flag in seventh. 
 
 
 
 
 
Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 JBL Tundra TRD Pro for KBM
 
How did your race go?
“It was a long day for sure, I think we had a really good qualifying effort in our No. 51 Tundra TRD Pro. We really just had an up and down day. We made it up to fourth after we had some issues then we had the pit road incident and went all the way to the back then just shoved our way through the field there at the very end and ended up seventh, which is a lot better than I thought we were going to be at the time of the incident. Really proud to bring home a top 10, the Tundras are built in Texas so really proud to honor that as well.”
 
 
SpeedyCash.com 220 Recap
 
  • Stewart Friesen earned his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, Carson Hocevar, and Ty Majeski rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were seven cautions for 36 laps and 17 lead changes among seven drivers, including Heim who led once for one lap.  
 
 
How Corey Heim's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished sixth.  
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished eighth. 
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
The No. 51 team gained two spots in the Owner’s Championship standings and now sit in ninth, 80 points behind the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 team in first. 
 
 
Next Race
 
Owner-driver Kyle Busch will be back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Safelite Tundra next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his fourth of five scheduled starts in 2022. Live coverage of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

KBM PR

Tyler Ankrum was on his way to a season-best finish when late-race adversity struck and relegated him to a 33rd-place finish. The driver of the No. 16 Toyota Tsusho Toyota Tundra TRD Pro suffered a spin with less than 20 laps remaining as a result of contact from another competitor and ultimately succumbed to overheating issues eight laps shy of the scheduled distance. After nine races, Ankrum resides 14th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.
 
Ankrum posted the 18th-fastest lap in qualifying on Friday afternoon and took the green flag from the outside of row nine for the 149-lap event. The raw race pace that Ankrum displayed in practice was on full display from the outset, despite a free handling condition. Ankrum successfully combated dirty air to climb to 12th at the end of Stage 1 on lap 35.
 
The Toyota Tsusho team ripped off a terrific four tire stop under the stage caution, netting Ankrum five positions which moved him to seventh. Ankrum chose the outside lane for the lap 43 restart in sixth and held serve inside the top-10 for the entirety of Stage 2. The San Bernardino, Calif. driver collected one point in 10th position at lap 70 and came to the attention of crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the HRE team for another set of fresh tires and minor adjustments.
 
Upon exiting pit road, Ankrum was hit in the driver’s side door by another competitor which caused visible damage to his Toyota Tsusho Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Despite the damage, Ankrum lined up sixth for the lap 92 restart and stayed in the top five until a caution on lap 106. Zipadelli and company gave Ankrum the final set of fresh tires under a lap 106 caution and lined up sixth on lap 112. A jumbled restart bogged Ankrum down to 16th, but he quickly recovered to take the eighth position on lap 121. On lap 128, contact from the No. 23 truck forced Ankrum up the track in Turn 2 and into a spin, relegating him to 26th. On the ensuing lap 134 restart, grass was kicked up into Ankrum’s grille which caused the water and oil temperatures to skyrocket. The rising temperatures forced a premature end to Ankrum’s night and a 33rd-place result.
 
Tyler Ankrum Quote:
“We had a really fast Toyota Tsusho Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. We had a big group of folks from Toyota and Toyota Tsusho with us tonight, so it was great to run in the top-five for them. Unfortunately we got tangled up with the No. 23 with about 20 laps to go and that put us at the tail of the field. That put us behind and then the grille got clogged with grass when somebody kicked it up on the frontstretch. It’s a disappointing result, definitely not what we wanted, but we had a ton of speed tonight and that’s encouraging going to Charlotte next week.”
 
HRE PR
Chase Purdy collected a 21st-place finish on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in his third appearance at “No Limits, Texas”. The driver of the No. 61 BAMA Buggies Toyota Tundra TRD Pro led his first laps of the season and sits 19th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.
 
The Meridian, Miss. driver posted the 19th-fastest lap in qualifying and started from the inside of row 10. Purdy immediately went forward on the initial start, advancing as high as 14th, but began to fight a tight condition in both of TMS’s high speed corners. The tight condition grew exponentially during the opening run and relegated Purdy to 23rd at the end of Stage 1 on lap 35.
 
Crew chief Matt Lucas and the HRE team armed Purdy with wholesale adjustments in an effort to combat the tight condition under the stage break, including wedge, air pressure, spring rubber, and track bar changes in addition to four fresh tires. After restarting 19th on lap 43, Purdy still dealt with a tight condition, but to a lesser extent, and was scored 24th at the end of Stage 2 on lap 70.
 
Purdy pitted for another batch of adjustments and fresh tires under the second stage caution and restarted 15th on lap 78. The pesky tight balance persisted, and Lucas employed a shrewd strategic tactic under the lap 86 caution. Since Purdy was within the fuel window to make it to the finish, Lucas brought him to pit road for their last set of fresh tires and fuel. A caution on lap 106 foiled Purdy’s plans to have the race run green to the end but stayed on track to lead his first laps of the season. As all but four lead lap trucks had fresh tires, Purdy fell in line in 17th by lap 119 and took the checkered flag in 21st after an overtime restart.
 
Chase Purdy Quote:
“We were really tight for most of the night, but the guys never stopped trying to tune on our BAMA Buggies Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. I think we had the right strategy to get a top-10 or even a top-five had it run green to the end, but unfortunately those cautions took away the fuel advantage that we were going to have. We’ll learn from tonight, keep working hard and move on to Charlotte next week.”
 
HRE PR

Following a pair of runner-up finishes in 2021 and a string of fast-times and dash wins, 17-year-old Joey Ancona of Concord finally tasted victory in the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo with his first win Friday night in Watsonville. Six different divisions were in action at Ocean Speedway, located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

Ancona drove around the outside of dash winner Jake Haulot of Cotati to lead the second lap of the 30-lap feature. Dirt.Travel fast-time winner Justin Sanders advanced from his fourth starting position to challenge Ancona in lapped traffic. The winner of nearly 50 Ocean Sprints features pulled alongside Ancona in turns three and four on lap 10, but his move was blocked by a slower car on the inside. Ancona maintained an advantage over Sanders until a caution fell on lap 23. Justin Sanders’ younger brother Rickey and Haulot crashed for third in turn four.

Ancona restarted with Justin Sanders and over 20-time winner Bud Kaeding in his trail. He was undeterred as he pulled away on the green flag. Two-time 2022 winner Tanner Carrick of Lincoln slowed on the restart with a flat right rear tire.

The lead for Ancona stretched to a few car lengths over the final two laps with Ancona topping Sanders, Kaeding, eighth-starting JJ Ringo, and 11th starting Chase Johnson of Penngrove. 16-year-old Max Mittry of Redding won the B-Main then finished tenth in the feature.

2020 IMCA Sport Mod champion Adrianne Frost won a popular victory in Friday’s Sport Mod feature. Oakley’s Jacob Mallet, Jr. leapt ahead from the pole position. His lead was short lived, however, when he spun in turn two requiring a caution on lap four. Fourth-starting Jonathan Hagio of Prunedale inherited the top spot. The caution flew again on lap nine when Markus Frazier from Santa Maria stopped on the backstretch.

Frost used the restart to show her nose inside of Hagio. Frost moved to the inside in turn two on lap 13 to drive into the lead on lap 14, with a caution flying a lap later for Cody Bryan spinning out. Oakley’s Andrew Pearce drove from his ninth starting position up into second on the restart, then challenged Frost. Pearce went to the outside of Frost but came up short. Forst topped Pearce, Hagio, Mallet, and Tracy’s KC Keller for the win.

San Jose’s Shawn Jones drove from 13th to the winner’s circle in the 20-lap South Bay Dwarf Car feature. Sean Catucci of Brentwood led the first three laps before seven-time 2022 winner Danny Wagner of Baypoint grabbed the point on lap four. Eric Weisler of Campbell spun for a caution on lap five. Jones advanced through the field quickly and emerged in third on the restart. Terre Rothweiler charged to third from the shotgun position on the field as well.

Jones took over the lead on lap 14 for the exciting victory, topping Wagner, Catucci, Marty Weisler, and San Jose’s Mark Biscardi.

The 15-lap Four Banger event opened with a duel between Scotts Valley’s Sean McClelland and Felton’s Nicole Beardsley. Beardsley knifed underneath McClelland to take the lead on lap nine, but the move was nullified when 14-year-old Amaya Flowers of Watsonville and Ryan Bowers of Brookdale collided in turn four to bring out the caution flag.

Beardsley made the maneuver on the restart to grab the lead on lap ten. Jason Lazzerini of Moss Landing entered the picture in the closing laps. Lazzerini moved inside Beardsley exiting turn four on the final lap. The leaders collided, sending Lazzerini sideways across the finish line for the win. Beardsley finished second ahead of McClelland, Kate Beardsley, and Travis VanGilder of Felton.

Chad Ragsdale of Merced topped Jerry Skelton of Watsonville in the Hobby Stock feature. Racing in memory of his wife Renee, Skelton led the first four laps side-by-side with Ragsdale. Ragsdale cleared Skelton for the top spot on lap five.

Joe Gallaher slowed on the front stretch with a flat right rear tire to bring out the yellow flag on lap nine. Ragsdale held off Skelton in a narrow battle to the finish. Wally Kennedy of Freedom, Brady Muller of Santa Cruz, and Gallaher rounded out the top-five.

Kevin Elliott of Scotts Valley PD dominated the 12-lap feature for the Police-in-Pursuit, leading wire-to-wire for the win. Hunter Gaither from Santa Cruz Corrections finished second while John Hohmann of Scotts Valley PD finished third.

Ocean Speedway will be dark on May 27 with racing returning on June 3. Action will include the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Four Bangers, and South Bay Dwarf Cars.

Ocean Sprints Presented by Taco Bravo Feature – May 20, 2022 (30 Laps)

  1. 88A-Joey Ancona[2]; 2. 2X-Justin Sanders[4]; 3. 69-Bud Kaeding[5]; 4. 2K-JJ Ringo[8]; 5. 28-Chase Johnson[11]; 6. 37-Steven Kent[7]; 7. 21X-Gauge Garcia[16]; 8. 2L-Logan Forler[12]; 9. 72W-Kurt Nelson[15]; 10. 2XM-Max Mittry[13]; 11. 3M-Adam Kaeding[14]; 12. 25Z-Jason Chisum[19]; 13. 61-Travis Labat[18]; 14. 5-Mark Chaves Jr[20]; 15. 46J-Geoffrey Grimm[22]; 16. 83T-Tanner Carrick[10]; 17. 7H-Jake Haulot[1]; 18. 17-Rickey Sanders[3]; 19. 38B-Blake Carrick[6]; 20. 41-Corey Day[9]; 21. 72S-Bradley Dillard[17]; 22. 6D-Josh Chisum[21]

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