Open show victories go to Petaluma's track champions
In racing, late-season open shows, or money shows as they're sometimes called, can be a great opportunity for racecar drivers to release the restraints demanded of points racing and just go for it. At Petaluma Speedway, on Saturday, a pair of hometown drivers who fought all season to earn track championships in their respective divisions put distinctive exclamation points on their recent success by dominating their main events and ended the season on a triumphant note.
Petaluma drivers, Steve Dempsey, in the Super Stocks, and Keith Benson, in Mini Stock, wrapped up the season by earning some extra cash, while the Sport Mod division, in its first-ever race at Petaluma drew a disappointing car count for the inaugural Sport Mod Shootout.
Although the entry-level Sport Mod class, a newcomer to northern
Chris Norris of
In the BRC Race Cars Super Stock open show Dempsey and season-long adversary Steve Studebaker of
Dempsey dominated the second half with a flawless performance, which he needed, as Studebaker stalked, ready to pounce on his slightest mistake. Byron took third place from Aguirre on Lap 27, and finished in that spot, which made the top three finishers identical to the All-Pro points race finish with Dempsey winning $500 for placing first, Studebaker coming in second, and Byron third. Fourth place went to Aguirre, and fifth to “Ironman” Shawn McCoy of
In the Aamco Transmissions Mini Stock open show Benson, who won five of eight main events during the points season, was never seriously challenged as he defeated a five-car field with a runaway performance that saw him defeat second place Josh Williams of Petaluma, the only other driver on the lead lap, by more than 14 seconds. Rounding out the finish was John Veeninga of El Sobrante, Sebastopol’s Snazzy Duckworth, and Chris Sieweke of
Results for October 1
Fast time—Steve Dempsey 18.775.
Heat 1—Kevin Aguirre; Rick Karnes; Dempsey; Michelle Byron; Shawn McCoy; Steve Studebaker.
Heat 2—Mark Ohlinger; Shawn Smith; Rich Levacque; Paul Hanley; Roger Miller.
Main—Dempsey; Studebaker; Byron; Aguirre; McCoy; Levacque; Smith; Karnes; Ohlinger; Hanley; Miller DNS.
Fast time—Chris Sieweke 21.163.
Heat 1—Sieweke; Josh Williams; Keith Benson; John Veeninga; Snazzy Duckworth; Eden McCormick.
Main—Benson; Williams; Veeninga; Duckworth; Sieweke; McCormick DNS.
Fast time—Ron Bolles 17.690.
Heat 1—Jeremy Hoff; Chris Norris; Shawn Bryant; Bolles.
Main—Bolles; Norris; Bryant; Hoff.