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Trey Marcham adds Tulare Thunderbowl to Win List
#73 Trey Marcham wins at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Photo courtesy of USAC

Trey Marcham adds Tulare Thunderbowl to Win List

#73 Trey Marcham wins at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway.  Photo courtesy of USAC

#73 Trey Marcham wins at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway.
Photo courtesy of USAC

By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – JUNE 1, 2014… After winning his first Honda USAC Western Midget feature at Bakersfield, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma stormed to victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Using the outside line to gain momentum off the cushion, Marcham charged from ninth to grab the lead from Ronnie Gardner on lap 19 to earn his second consecutive victory. Fast qualifier Gardner, Nick Chivello, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, and Britton Bock followed Trey to the checkered flags.

Piloting the Keith Ford owned #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Trey Marcham qualified thirteenth out of the season high eighteen racers in attendance and ran third in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year left Tulare with a 29-point advantage in the dirt series and ranks second in the overall standings. Heading to Santa Maria on July 5th, Marcham has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

For the second race in a row, Norco’s Ronnie Gardner finished second to Marcham. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner took command from Ricky Shelton on lap five and maintained the top spot until the nineteenth circuit. Earlier in the program, the defending champion earned his second fast time award of the season and placed fifth in his heat race. Ronnie has climbed to second in dirt points and third in the overall standings with three top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led on the season.

Nick Chivello of Manteca claimed third after leading the second and third laps of the main event. Racing the family owned #27 Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts / Red Top Electric Spike, Chivello was fourth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is tied for thirteenth in the dirt standings and ranks seventh in the combined pavement and dirt points. Heading to the Madera pavement this Saturday with USAC and BCRA, Nic has two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Bakersfield’s “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis earned his first “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from eighteenth. Piloting the family owned #86 Sidewaze Designs / Young’s Commercial Trucking Spike, Ennis broke a u-joint in hotlaps and his crew was able to make repairs in time for the main event. After a long day, Chris left Tulare ranked seventh in the dirt points and tenth in the overall standings.

Starting tenth in the main event, Britton Bock of Angwin missed several tangles to claim fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #67 McNamara Electric / Orecart Napa Valley Spike, Bock qualified sixteenth overall and ran fifth in his heat race.

Galt’s Matt Streeter drove to victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Racing his #14JR T&T Trucking / Simpson Race Products Spike, Streeter was seventh fast in time trials and scored sixth in the feature.

Scott Pierovich of Alamo won the second 8-lap heat race at Thunderbowl Raceway. Piloting Mike Sala’s #19 Sala Construction / Weldway Inc. Spike, Pierovich qualified tenth overall and placed fourteenth in the main event after an early exit. Ranked tenth in dirt points and eighth in the overall standings, Scott has one top-10 finish on the year. The veteran driver is expected to race in Saturday’s “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Madera.

This Saturday, June 7th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will tackle the pavement of Madera Speedway for the annual “Pombo/Sargent Classic.” Located on the Madera County Fairgrounds in Madera, California, the co-sanctioned BCRA Midget showcase will also feature the Super Modified vs. Wing Sprints, USAC HPD Midgets, Modifieds, Vintage Super Modifieds, NCMA Spec Sprints, and BCRA Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.racemadera.com or call 559.673.RACE.

The Honda USAC Western Dirt Midgets will take a break in the schedule before returning to action on July 5th at Santa Maria Speedway. Leased by USAC, the “Party at the Coast” will also feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Mini Stocks. Located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California, more event information can be found at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. In addition, series officials would like to thank VanLare Steering Repair for sponsoring the return of USAC Midget racing to Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway.

For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET).
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HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS:
May 31, 2014 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.464; 2. Jake Swanson, 19W, Sala-16.486; 3. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-16.489; 4. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-16.552; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.574; 6. Ricky Shelton, 71, Full Circle-16.628; 7. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-16.891; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 19S, Sala-16.999; 9. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.123; 10. Scott Pierovich, 19, Sala-17.161; 11. Barry Pries Jr., 14, Pries-17.184; 12. Chad Nichols, 17, Nichols-17.192; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.211; 14. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-17.268; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, Hokanson-17.540; 16. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-17.791; 17. Terry Nichols, 45, Nichols-NT; 18. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Matt Streeter, 2. Sean Dodenhoff, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Alex Schutte, 7. Tyler Dolacki. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Scott Pierovich, 2. Ricky Shelton, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Nick Chivello, 5. Britton Bock, 6. Jarid Blondel, 7. Chad Nichols, 8. Richard Vander Weerd. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Trey Marcham (9th), 2. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 3. Nick Chivello (4th), 4. Chris Ennis (18th), 5. Britton Bock (10th), 6. Matt Streeter (1st), 7. Sean Dodenhoff (7th), 8. Shannon McQueen (3rd), 9. Tyler Dolacki (16th), 10. Jarid Blondel (15th), 11. Alex Schutte (11th), 12. Ricky Shelton (2nd), 13. Jake Swanson (5th), 14. Scott Pierovich (8th), 15. Richard Vander Weerd (12th), 16. Chad Nichols (14th). NT
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**Barry Pries Jr. flipped during qualifications.
**Terry Nichols (17th) & Barry Pries Jr. (13th) did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Ricky Shelton, Laps 2-3 Nick Chivello, Lap 4 Ricky Shelton, Laps 5-18 Ronnie Gardner, Laps 19-30 Trey Marcham.
HARD CHARGER: Chris Ennis (18th to 4th)

USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Trey Marcham-203, 2. Ronnie Gardner-174, 3. Alex Schutte-157, 4. Jarid Blondel-116, 5. Sean Dodenhoff-109, 6. Jake Swanson-97, 7. Chris Ennis-92, 8. Shannon McQueen-88, 9. Tyler Dolacki-80, 10. Scott Pierovich-72, 11. Chad Nichols-69, 12. Ricky Shelton-68, 13. Johnathon Henry-62, —.Nick Chivello-62, 15. Terry Goodwin-53, 16. Troy Rutherford-50, —. Steve Davis-50, 18. Terry Nichols-31, 19. Barry Pries Jr.-1.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Alex Schutte-210, 2. Trey Marcham-203, 3. Ronnie Gardner-174, 4. Jarid Blondel-166, 5. Jake Swanson-140, 6. Chad Nichols-139, 7. Nick Chivello-120, 8. Scott Pierovich-111, 9. Sean Dodenhoff-109, 10. Chris Ennis-92, 11. Shannon McQueen-88, 12. Tyler Dolacki-80, 13. Darin Snider-73, 14. Ricky Shelton-68, 15. Johnathon Henry-62, 16. Terry Goodwin-53, 17. Troy Rutherford-50, —. Steve Davis-50, 19. Terry Nichols-32, 20. Barry Pries Jr.-1.

2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

July 5: Santa Maria, CA – Santa Maria Speedway (Party At The Coast)
July 19: *Hanford, CA – Kings Speedway (Jim Evett Memorial)
August 9: *Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Speedway (John Soares Classic)
August 30: Calistoga, CA – Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
August 31: Calistoga, CA – Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: *Chico, CA – Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race Of Champions)
September 20: Bakersfield, CA – Bakersfield Speedway
September 27: Visalia, CA – Plaza Park Raceway
November 20: #Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 21: #Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 22: #Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 27: #Perris, CA Perris Auto Speedway (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

June 7: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
July 12: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Gerhardt Classic 100-laps)
September 13: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Harvest Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

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