Hockett was one of 39 competitors in
competition at the famed half-mile track in the heart of the
Saturday’s win was the third
consecutive win for the Flachman team and the second straight Civil War
victory. Just three weeks ago the team clinched a victory in the second leg of
the series at Silver Dollar Speedway in
“I have to thank the Flachman’s for
the opportunity to come out here and drive for them tonight,” said 22-year-old
Hockett, who flew in Saturday morning after racing in
In heat racing, Hockett finished
third to lock a starting spot in the 20-lap feature event. With the number four
drawn for the inversion, Hockett started on the pole of the feature event.
Garrett Ishi of Caruthers started on the outside of the front row with Shain
Matthews of Marysville and series point leader Andy Forsberg of
With an impressive group of spectators estimated near the 1500 mark cheering in anticipation, the green flag waved and Hockett took command of the event from the opening lap of an event that saw only one caution flag during its entire run. Powering ahead of Ishi in the opening turn, Hockett drove his own race until jut past the halfway point of the event when lapped traffic forced the Midwest ASCS star to pace himself and permitted Ishi to close in on the leader.
After running in fourth for the first half of the event, Forsberg overtook Matthews for third place near the 13 lap mark and set his sights on Ishi for the bridesmaid position. Three laps later it was evident Forsberg had the horsepower to contend for the event when he overtook Ishi and began closing in on Hockett for the lead.
On the 18th lap, Forsberg
was within striking distance of Hockett and poise to take the lead, but it was
the draw of a yellow flag at that moment that ended Forsberg’s hopes of
becoming just the second
With the restart, Hockett was well
aware of Forsberg’s presence as he accelerated to a healthy lead and maintained
it for the final two circuits. Forsberg gave it his all in an effort to catch
the leader while holding off
“When I got caught up in the lapped traffic I knew they were closing in on me, “ said Hockett. “I did my best to pick up the pace but I felt I was pretty safe because the track went away to a point there was really one groove there at the end.”
Although Hockett had never raced at
the famed Calistoga Speedway, he has had his share of large track experience
within the 72 races he has won prior to Saturday night. He compared the
characteristics of Calistoga Speedway to that of
“When you fly into a race at a track you have never been at before you have to compare it to one that you know more about,” said Hockett. “Even through there are a lot of differences this track is very similar to Sedalia so to started off driving as if I were there and you just adjust you line and driving to fit the differences.”
Sunday morning Hockett flew back to
“Tonight we weren’t racing back home so it worked out really good,” he said. “I definitely like coming out here and hope to come back again one day, maybe to this track. Tomorrow I will arrive back home just in time for qualifying but I can do that at a track I have been on before. We couldn’t have done that here, I needed some hot laps around this place tonight.”
“I really wanted to win this one
tonight in memory of
Murphy, who is the new full time driver for the Kumar 1K was also smiling after his third place finish. Both Murphy and the team have been dialing in their operation this season, working together to find their way to victory lane.
“I know a lot of drivers wanted this race to be more than 20 laps,” said Murphy. “It wouldn’t have mattered if we raced 20 laps or 40 laps tonight, nobody was going to catch those two guys. They drove a great race tonight. We’re happy being here in third, we’ve had our troubles this year and most of the time its been those little things that have cost us a top finish or a win. But we are getting there.”
In preliminary racing on Saturday, the B feature was won by Murphy who finished ahead of Chad Riolo, Andy Ferris, Roger Crockett and Chuck Gurney Jr. The C feature was claimed by Brad Bumgarner who finished and of Jason Botsford and Pat Harvey. Heat races for the night were won by Jeff Parady, Jim Richardson, Rick Fowzer and former series Rookie of the Year Brett Rollag.
This Saturday the Civil War Series will return to the action packed Placerville Speedway for the fourth event of the season. The series returns to Calistoga Speedway on August 12th for the second and final visit of the year.
For complete results of Saturday’s race and information on any of the upcoming Civil War Series events and complete point standings, log on to www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com, the official website for the Civil War Series.