Veenstra a giant at Redwood Acres in USAC Western Sprint – By Bobby Gerould –
The climax of the race occurred on a lap 28 restart when Hunt, who had been relentlessly pressuring Veenstra since lap 12, decided to try a high grove pass for the lead. Hunt steered the Alan Kaiser Construction #94 to the high-side of turn three after getting a big run on Veenstra down the back chute. “The grip in turn four just wasn’t there”, lamented Hunt following the race. “I was going for it.”
Although Hunt pulled even with Veenstra, the youngster held his ground, and Hunt drifted into the ‘marbles’, as Swanson, Michael Trimble, and Mike Murgoitio filled the hole in track position left by Hunt. When the 28th lap was completed Hunt slid from second to fifth.
Swanson immediately pulled up on the bumper of Venstra’s #07 but he could not find a way around in the closing laps. Swanson tried both high and low but admitted after the race, “I didn’t think I could get by him (Veenstra) cleanly so I thought I’d be happier with a clean second than if I moved him. Anyone can pass a guy by crashing him out of the way. I want to be known as a clean racer.” In four races in 2005 Swanson has been no worse than third in the feature (one win, two seconds, one third).
Trimble finished third and was clearly pleased with his progress of late. “The first two races of the season we were horrible. I’m getting more comfortable in this new Beast/Wes-Mar car, and it feels good. I need to be a better qualifier but I’m happy with our results tonight.”
held on for fourth and Hunt was fifth. Tim Barber finished sixth just ahead of
Robert Beck, and the race’s hard charger Destiney Hays who started 15th
and finished eighth. The top ten was completed by Shauna Hogg, and
was red-flagged on lap 28 after
Trimble and Rick Hendrix were heat race winners. Murgoitio notched quick-time at 14.625 seconds.
Western States Sprint Car series now prepares for a huge 100-lap event at
Stockton (CA.) 99
VALVOLINE USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR
SERIES RACE RESULTS:
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Murgoitio, 80,
Murgoitio-14.625; 2. Tony Hunt, 94, Kaiser-14.794; 3. Destiney Hays, 28,
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hendrix, 2. Swanson, 3. Hogg, 4. Murgoitio, 5. Beck, 6. Barber, 7. Geiszler, 8. Hays. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Trimble, 2. Petersen, 3. Bumgarner, 4. Veenstra, 5. Hunt, 6. McClish, 7. DuBois, 7. Gobel. NT
FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Cody Veenstra, 2.
Kody Swanson, 3. Michael Trimble, 4. Mike Murgoitio, 5. Tony Hunt, 6. Tim
Barber, 7. Robert Beck, 8. Destiney Hays, 9. Shauna Hogg, 10.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hogg, Laps 2-40 Veenstra.
NEW USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-255; 2-Hunt-236; 3-Barber-225; 4-Bumgarner-217; 5-Murgoitio-199; 6-Trimble-183; 7-Hogg-169; 8-Veenstra-160; 9-McClish-153; 10-Michael Lewis-122.
NEXT USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR RACE:
June 25 Stockton (CA) 99