Flock fast in blazing Bakersfield
run – By Bobby Gerould – June 24, 2006 – Oildale,
CA. …Robby Flock put his Mike Sala owned,
“It was a really nice run”, said the happy winner (in 90 degree conditions at ) to track announcer Mike Moshier. “The restarts all went well.”
Flock endured three such restarts, following caution periods, on the way to his 52nd career USAC Western Midget series win.
At the drop
of the green flag, two-time 2006 winner, Chris Rahe hopped into the lead on the
dry 1/3-mile high banked dirt track. The high temperature in
Quick qualifier Garrett Hanson suffered a mechanical failure and pulled into the infield on lap two at the same time that Brown wrestled the lead from Rahe. Flock was in hot-pursuit of Brown and passed him by diving low in turn one on lap six. Flock, and Brown pulled away from Rahe, and Greg Bragg by lap eleven but their lead was erased when rookie Alfred Galedrige stopped on the front chute to bring out the first caution flag.
the low groove in turn one and turn two, and the high-side at the other end of
the track, to maintain his lead over Brown in the middle stages of the race. By
lap 21 the top-six cars of Flock, Brown, Rahe, Bragg, Jerome Rodela, and
Brown was two-car lengths behind Flock at the checkered flag. Rahe finished third followed Bragg, Rodela, and Randi Pankratz. Gard earned the ‘hard charger’ of the race award by gaining seven positions from his 14th starting spot. Shannon McQueen, Michelle Decker, and Rick Hendrix completed the top-ten finishers.
Brown, Rodela, and Rahe won heat races.
Bobby Michnowicz dominated the companion USAC Ford Focus California Dirt series feature. He won the 25-lap event over Keith Janca, 18 year-old rookie Quinton Crye, Nic Faas, and Chris Veach. Veach was impressive after an early spin on lap five sent him to the back of the pack in 16th place. He rebounded supremely to earn his ‘top-five’ finish. Nick Carlson was leading the feature at lap ten but ended with a DNF due to a mechanical failure. Sixth through tenth place fell to Bobby Owens, Thomas Gray, Jenna Frazier, Cameron Veach, and Joey Fabozzi.
USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
1. Garrett Hansen, 70, Hansen-13.481; 2. Robby Flock, 19, Sala-13.511; 3. Chase
Barber, 91, Barber-13.581; 4. Tyler Brown, 34, Brown-13.682; 5. Jerome Rodela,
71, Pedregon-13.892; 6. Chris Rahe, 3, Rahe-13.901; 7. Steve Davis, 2,
Davis-13.969; 8. Alfred Galedrige, 26, Galedrige-14.092; 9. Stephen Graves, 86,
Graves-14.095; 10. Greg Bragg, 05, Walker-14.126; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7,
McQueen-14.134; 12. Alex Harris, 54, Harris-14.136; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8,
Pankratz-14.153; 14. Steven Koster Jr., 01, Koster-14.193; 15. Rick Hendrix,
12, Hendrix-14.477; 16. Michelle Decker, 7m, McQueen, 17. Frank Pedregon, 50,
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brown, 2. Bragg,
3. Hansen, 4. Decker, 5. Pankratz, 6.
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rodela, 2. Flock,
3. McQueen, 4.
THIRD HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Rahe, 2. Gard, 3.
Harris, 4. Hendrix, 5. Barber, 6.
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robby Flock, 2.
Tyler Brown, 3. Chris Rahe, 4. Greg Bragg, 5. Jerome Rodela, 6. Randi Pankratz,
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Rahe, Laps 2-5 Brown, Laps 6-30 Flock.
NEW WESTERN MIDGET CAR STANDINGS: 1-Rodela-500; 2-Brown-491; 3-Barber-400; 4-Rahe-371; 5-Bragg-364; 6-Hansen-339; 7-Matt Mitchell-303; 8-McQueen-292; 9-Pankratz-247; 10-Flock-241.
NEXT WESTERN MIDGET CAR RACE: July 1 –
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ricky Kirkbride (#87 Van Meter), 2. Chris Veach (#63 Veach), 3. Keith Janca (#67 Janca), 4. Keith Iaia (#26 Iaia), 5. Thomas Gray (#30 Gray), 6. Jenna Frazier (#29 Frazier), 7. Charlie Holmes (#80 Holmes). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bobby Michnowicz (#21 Michnowicz), 2. Bobby Owens (#7 Owens), 3. Gordy Edwards (#19 Edwards), 4. Joseph Fabozzi (#84 Fabozzi), 5. J.R. Williams (#74 Williams), 6. James Fryslie (#36 Gallion), 7. Dennis Howell (#62 Howell),
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Veach (#53 Veach), 2. Brett Engstrom (#5 Engstrom), 3. Nick Carlson (#44 Carlson), 4. John Nickel (#10 Nickel), 5. Nic Faas, (#17 Faas), 6. Quinton Crye (#15 Crye). NT
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Bobby Michnowicz, 2. Keith Janca, 3. Quinton Crye, 4. Nic Faas, 5. Chris Veach, 6. Bobby Owens, 7. Thomas Gray, 8. Jenna Frazier, 9. Cameron Veach, 10. Joe Fabozzi, 11. Brett Engstrom, 12. James Fryslie, 13. J.R. Williams, 14. Keith Iaia, 15. John Nickel, 16. Nick Carlson, 17. Gordy Edwards, 18. Ricky Kirkbride. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Carlson, Laps 11-25 Michnowicz.
NEW CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS DIRT STANDINGS: 1-Michnowicz-425; 2-Janca-403; 3-Chris Veach-397; 4-Engstrom-336; 5-Crye-326; 6-Cameron Veach-323; 7-Frazier-275; 8-Fabozzi-220; 9-Carlson-219; 10-Faas-215.