HOCKETT CLAIMS SECOND PEDAL CAR TROPHY AND $10,000 AT LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY by Norm Bogan KANSAS CITY, KS, AUGUST 21, 2004 - Last year, Jesse Hockett from Warsaw, Missouri was a nineteen year old unknown to West Coast Sprint Racers, when he upended the travelers to claim the spoils at Lakeside Speedway's big $10,000 to win NWWC Tour Finale. In addition to the money is the coveted Pedal Car Trophy, which he gave to his car owners. The 2004 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AUTO TRADER MAGAZINE NON WING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR let the racers become familiar with Jesse once again, as he missed a $30,000 payday at Oskaloosa by about two feet.
While Jesse has primarily been a winged racer, he has certainly exhibited extraordinary skills without the wing. Not only did Jesse atone himself for the close call at Oskaloosa, but he also acquired a Pedal Car for himself. Hockett acknowledged his car owners, VKCC Motorsports for providing him with quality equipment and while the near future is not clear at this time, Jesse would like to try some more sprint racing without the upstairs tin. Hockett would like to take a shot at some of the late year big money shows out west, so a note to car owners; this guy is the real deal. Jesse started fifth in the twenty-five-car field and kept early leader, Tony Elliott in sight as they eventually wove their way through traffic.
Jesse was slicing and dicing, running high and low, catching Tony and challenging him for several laps before driving around to assume the lead. While Elliott fought back trying to regain the point, Jesse held him off and with two laps to go, had the crowd on their feet cheering the local boy on to the checkers.
The event started early for the competitors as Lakeside Promoter, Mark Olson and his crew served up their annual Barbeque for all the visiting racers. The Lakeside Speedway staff goes out of their way to accommodate the visiting racers. They take pride in the track preparation, giving the touring drivers two nights of excellent racing surface.
With the top four cars from Friday night locked into tonight's "A" Main, the remaining twenty-one cars on hand ran in three heats and then all were allowed to participate in the Feature. Dave Darland was the hard charger coming from nineteenth starting position to finish sixth. Tony Elliott looked strong in the first two-thirds of the race. Rickie Gaunt came from twelfth to claim the runner-up spot. Alan Ballard moved ahead ten positions, after suffering engine problems during qualifying.
The tour has taken the gypsies from the West Coast to New Mexico, on to Iowa, then to a new venue at Gas City, Indiana before returning west to Tulsa and ending with the two-day finale at Lakeside Speedway. Now the teams will return home and complete the SCRA season with several rescheduled shows. In retrospect, this tour was successful, since the car counts at most venues provided some quality racing for the fans. The crowd attendance was good at all the races and many of the existing, plus additional tracks want to enlist for the 2005 version of the NWWC Tour.
SCRA RACE #14 - LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS 8-21-04
Arizona Race Mart Time Trials 1. Bud Kaeding, 45 16.720 2. Levi Jones, 2B 16.750 3. Mike Spencer, 44 16.860 4. Aaron Berryhill, 97X 16.900 5. A.J. Felker, 56 17.000 6. Jimmy Crawford, 13 17.170 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8A 17.180 8. Rickie Gaunt, 2A 17.220 9. Chris Urish, 77U 17.340 10. Zach Chappell, 50Z 17.360 11. Matt Neely, 17N 17.370 12. Alex Pruett, 56AZ 17.460 13. Mike Martin, 57M 17.510 14. Chris Parkinson, 65 17.550 15. Dave Darland, 5G 17.570 16. Kim Kennedy, 1K 17.710 17. Ronnie Clark, 33 17.730 18. Seth Wilson, 17 17.870 19. Mike Boyer, 12 18.640 20. Alan Ballard, 97 18.720 21. Keith Fridlington, 21 18.820
SHAVER ENGINES HEAT 1 (10 Laps) 1. Zach Chappell, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Kim Kennedy, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Mike Martin, 6. Mike Boyer, 7. Aaron Berryhill. Time: 2:53:31.
STINGER CHASSIS HEAT 2 (10 Laps) 1. Alan Ballard, 2. Matt Neely, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Rickie Gaunt, 5. Ronnie Clark, 6. Chris Parkinson, 7. A.J. Felker. Time: 2:56:96.
SPIN TECH MUFFLERS HEAT 3 (10 Laps) 1. Seth Wilson, 2. Alex Pruett, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Jimmy Crawford., 5. Chris Urish, 6. Keith Fridlington, 7. Dave Darland. No Time
JE PISTONS DASH (6 Laps) 1. Tony Elliott, 2. Josh Wise, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Jesse Hockett, 6. Kevin Briscoe, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Jimmy Crawford. Time: 1:46:57
A -MAIN EVENT (40 Laps) 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Rickie Gaunt, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Kevin Briscoe, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bud Kaeding, 8. Josh Wise, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Aaron Berryhill, 11. Matt Neely, `12. Charles Davis Jr., 13. Kim Kennedy, 14. Alan Ballard, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Alex Pruett, 17. A.J. Felker, 18. Seth Wilson, 19. Ronnie Clark, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Mike Boyer, 22. Keith Fridlington, 23. Chris Urish, 24. Chris Parkinson, 25. Zach Chappell.
Laps Led: Elliott (Lap 1-30), Hockett (Lap 31-40). No Time.