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Castleberry Wins Championship; Jones is Dwarf Car Winner
by Troy Hennig


Marysville, CA (September 23, 2017) – James Castleberry won the Super Stock track championship Saturday night. It was his second consecutive track title and his 11th career championship overall. Ryan McDaniel was credited with the main event win. McDaniel dominated the race. “It is nice to be so close to home and get the win,” said McDaniel. “We had a fuel issue that we figured out and the track was perfect tonight.” Joining Castleberry on the front stretch after the race ended were about 30 of his closest friends and family members. “I couldn’t do it without the help of all these people,” said Castleberry. There was even a championship banner unveiled. “I turned 44 this week and I am just happy to keep racing and having fun.” McDaniel also won the heat race tonight giving him the clean sweep. Second spot in the main event went Phillip Shelby. Mike Walko drove a great race and finished third. Castleberry came across the finish line in fourth. Walko finished second in points. Rod Oliver finished third in the overall point standings.

The Pro Division lived up to the hype as Shawn Jones won the 30-lap finale. Matt Sargent was the early leader but contact from behind sent him around on lap three. Ryan Winter was solid as usual. Winter started mid pack and soon drove his way up into the top five. Late in the race Winer moved into the second spot. Danny Wagner ran in the top five all night long. Wagner used his consistent driving style to score a third-place finish. Colby Wiesz was one of the highlights. Weisz started deep in the field and methodically charged his way to the front. Wiesz ultimately ended up fourth. John Isabella rebounded from an earlier spin to race his way back into a fifth-place finish. Yet, up front it was all about Jones. Once again Jones showed why he is one of the best drivers on the West Coast. Jones held off Winter the final few laps to record the popular win.

Adam Teves narrowly held off Darren Brown to win the Pro Division B main event. Mac Marmon won the C main event. Jessica Clark finished second. Matt Sargent won the Fast Dash. Brandon Ross earned the win in heat one. Darren Brown captured the win in heat two. Teves, the B main winner, grabbed the top spot in heat race three.

Cody Fendley clean swept the Sportsman division by winning the 15-lap main event. Fendley was also victorious the night before. While Fendley was the class of the field, two drivers impressed us all weekend. Finishing second was Ryan Klein. Third spot went to Rich Clark. These two were just a bit behind Fendley all weekend but should be proud of how competitive they were. Travis Hensley finished fourth and Sam Wren came home in fifth. Brandon Anderson won the lone heat race. Fendley won the Fast Dash.

The Veteran Dwarf Car main event was fun to watch. Kevin Bender led most of the 25-lap race. With five to go, Dave Mosier closed in. On the next lap Mosier made the pass for the win. Mosier went on to lead the final three laps to secure the win. While Bender didn’t get the win tonight, he should be proud of a solid overall weekend of racing. Kevin Miragilo was competitive all race. He battled Bender for the second spot but was never able to get by. Miragilio finished third. Buddy Olschowka jumped in a different car and still finished fourth. Mike Reeder rounded out the top five. Give Mosier credit, he won the B main event and then went on to win the main event. Bender won the Fast Dash. This gave him the right to start on the pole position of the feature event. Steve Kapaun won the first heat. Eric Weisler held off Bryan Bender to win the second heat. Joe Barket bear Fred Hay to win heat three.

Full results can be found at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Organizations/235674