Rookie Galedrige scores first career USAC Western Sprint win. Track record falls. – By Bobby Gerould – May 13, 2006 – Tracy, CA. …Bradley Galedrige used a lap 33 re-start to power around the outside of both Tim Barber, and Tony Hunt on his way to his first career sprint car win Saturday night at Altamont Motorsports Park. Driving the Davey Hamilton APEX Racing #21 Eagle, Galedrige’s 50-lap triumph came in just his third sprint car start.
The 2004 California Ford Focus North Midget driving champion watched from the cockpit as no less than three pilots in front of him held and then lost the lead on the ultra-fast half-mile paved oval.
to lead was
led Greg Anderson, and Mike Murgoitio, a tremendous battle erupted for fourth
place in the early going between Tony Hunt, Nick Green, and Galedrige. Green
blasted into third on lap eight with a deep drive into turn three underneath
Murgoitio. Three laps later
recaptured the lead on lap 14 moments before another caution period turned into
a red flag for fuel. As the field restarted on lap 15, McClish ‘lost the rear-end’
on cold tires, spinning into the infield. He continued the race from the rear
surrendering the lead to
Geiszler meanwhile was making his way back to the front. By lap 19 Geiszler was sixth, at the tail end of the lead pack that included Murgoitio, Anderson, Hunt, Galedrige, and Barber. On lap 21 Galedrige faded to sixth when he went too high in the South turn allowing Barber, and Geiszler to scoot by. The leaders hit traffic on lap 26 making for exciting moments with Murgoitio sliding the rear end of his leading sprinter while fending off the repeated challenges of Anderson, and Hunt.
Rescino Jr. and Matt DeMartini tangled on lap 29 in turn four forcing a
On the lap 31 restart Geiszler passed Galedrige to take fourth, and then Geiszler shot by Barber for third. Geiszler of Gresham, Oregon continued his charge with a risky low pass of Hunt at the end of the back chute one lap later. As the crowd anticipated Geiszler’s next daring maneuver, they didn’t have to wait long. On the next lap – in the same place – Geiszler tried to steal the lead from Murgoitio with a dive-bomb in turn three. It wasn’t close. Geiszler ran over the back of the #20 car and launched cage first into the concrete wall. The stunning, horrific looking wreck brought out a red flag and halted the proceeding for nearly a half-hour.
was transported via helicopter to
Officials ruled that Murgoitio was part of the accident and they relegated him to the rear of the pack for the restart. Hunt was leading with Barber in tow when Galedrige made his winning move. Barber and Hunt then dazzled the fans by trading second place three times in the final laps. At the checkered flag it was Galedrige, followed by Barber, Hunt, Jeff Gardner, and Murgoitio.
Rookie “Joe Joe” Helberg earned “Hard Charger” honors advancing to seventh place from the 20th starting position.
Green shattered the existing one-lap USAC track record previously held by Tony Stewart. Green circled the newly re-paved racetrack in 16.595 seconds. The old mark was 17.237. A total of 13 drivers were under the old standard. Rescino, Murgoitio, and Rusconi were heat race winners.
USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE
1. Nick Green, 114, Green-16.595; 2. Bradley Galedrige, 21, Hamilton-16.646; 3.
Tony Hunt, 4, Kaiser-16.697; 4. Kody Swanson, 75, KT-16.709; 5. Greg Anderson,
2, Anderson-16.737; 6. Mike Murgoitio, 20, Hamilton-16.837; 7.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rescino, 2.
Hopper, 3. Barber, 4. Hunt, 5. Geiszler, 6. Green, 7. Smith, 8.
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Murgoitio, 2. Galedrige, 3. McClish, 4. Swanson, 5. Worden, 6. Hogg, 7. Ebberts, 8. Pelk, 9. DeMartini. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rusconi, 2. Joe Helberg, 3. Cummins, 4. Kaiser, 5. Iacobitti, 6. Jessica Helberg, 7. Clough. NT
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Bradley Galedrige,
2. Tim Barber, 3. Tony Hunt, 4. Jeff Gardner, 5. Mike Murgoitio, 6. Shauna
Hogg, 7. Joe Helberg, 8. Jimmy Pelk, 9. Darren Rusconi, 10. Cowboy Smith, 11.
Ivan Worden, 12. Danny Ebberts, 13. Jim Kaiser, 14. Trevor Cummins, 15.
flipped on lap 32 of the feature, was transported to
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 McClish, Laps 11-12 Anderson, Laps 13-14 McClish, Laps 15-31 Murgoitio, Lap 32 Hunt, laps 33-50 Galedrige.
NEW WESTERN SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Hunt-193; 2-Murgoitio-175; 3-Galedrige-167; 4-Rescino-148; 5-Swanson-130; 6-Green-127; 7-Pelk-122; 8-DeMartini-118; 9-Gardner-115; 10-McClish-113.
NEXT WESTERN SPRINT CAR RACE: June 3 –