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Jones, Bender and Fendley Win Friday Night Dwarf Car Nationals; Ermolenko Wins Championship
by Troy Hennig


Marysville, CA (September 22, 2017) – The 22nd Annual Dwarf Car Nationals brought 90 drivers to compete on night number one of the two-night event. Action packed racing thrilled the crowd. Joining the Dwarf Cars were the winged economy sprints. A nice total of nine economy sprints put on a good show for the fans.

Cody Fendley dominated the sportsman dwarf car 20-lap main event. Fendley lapped up to fourth position during the race. Ryan Klein came home second. Rich Clark battled Klein all race long and finished third. Mike Affonzo was the only other car not a lap down. Affonzo finished fourth. Shawn Whitney rounded out the top five. Fendley also won the first heat race.

The Pro main event got off to a rough start when front row starting Ryan Winter spun on the opening lap and suffered too much damage to continue. Shawn Jones then asserted himself as the top driver to beat. David Taft closed in on a few occasions but was never able to pass Jones for the lead. Matt Sargent and Ryan Martinez had a good battle with each other and held down the third and fourth spots. About the half way point, Sargent moved into the second spot and closed in on Jones. A yellow for David Teves onlap 13 slowed the race. Taft jumped back around Sargent for second. Danny Wagner and Henry Corbin III each drove a great race. Dave Mosier made a late race charge and ended up passing Sargent for third. Martinez came home in the fifth spot.

Darren Brown won the 15-lap B main event. The C main event was scratched and 24 cars started this race. The other seven transfers included Marty Weisler, Gene Pires, Adam Teves, James Brinster, Mark Hanson, Matt Hagemann and Ryan Amblin.
Kevin Bender won the 20-lap Veteran Dwarf Car main event. Bender survived multiple yellow flags to get the popular win. Early leader Mike Reeder spun around on lap four. Scott Dahlgren ran up front most of the night and even led for a good amount of time. Dahlgren ended up fourth. Mark Biscardi got a taste of the lead also, and ended up second at the checkered flag. Kevin Miragilo came home in the third spot. Mike Corsaro finished fifth.

Jack Haverty dominated the Veterans Dwarf Cars B main event. Bryan Bender finished second. Other transfers included Mike Corsaro, Glenn Sciarani, Lonnie Tekaat, Dan Geil, Chuck Conover and Fred Hay.

Adam Ermolenko capped off his Championship night by winning the 15-lap feature event. Ermolenko passed Cameron Haney late in the race to get the win. Haney crossed the line in second. Jason Holt rebounded from an early spin to finish third. Ermolenko also came back from a spin. Jeff Macedo finished fourth and Cameron Haney Jr. was fifth.

Full results available at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Organizations/235674