Ryan McDaniel Takes Chowchilla IMCA Modified Main; Ryland Repeats in SportMods

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Ryan McDaniel (10) battled Steve Noland in route to victory in the Chowchilla special race during the IMCA West Coast Nationals.

Ryan McDaniel of Chico hit his marks lap after lap as he stayed a step ahead of Torrance’s Cody Laney to win the final modified feature event in the IMCA West Coast Nationals Sunday evening at Chowchilla Speedway. Fred Ryland of Brentwood made it two straight wining the IMCA SportMod half of the event.

“As fast as it was up there on the top of the track I wasn’t about to venture anywhere else,” McDaniel said in victory lane. “It was a racey track, but there was no way he (Laney) was going to get me from the bottom.”

Laney stayed at the bottom of the track, thwarting third placed finisher Paul Stone’s bid for second. Stone, of Winton, was the top local driver in the event.

Troy Foulger (49) broke on the second turn of the first lap, making a bid to pass Billy Wilker (71)

Troy Foulger (49) broke on the second turn of the first lap, making a bid to pass Billy Wilker (71)

“He showed me a nose, but I kept ahead,” 19 year old Laney said of Stone. “I just couldn’t catch McDaniel. I knew I had to try something, but nothing seemed to work.”

Stone tried his best to crack the top two.

“I pushed a hole right through the floorboard,” he laughed.

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Ryland was untouchable at both Merced and Chowchilla. His nemesis, Nick Spainhoward of Bakersfield tried in vain to catch Ryland.

“Our car was just perfect,” Ryland said in victory lane. “The crew set it up just right.”

Now the national points leader, Ryland was asked of his plans.

“The national title now needs to be considered,” he said of his 2015 schedule. “I just have to explain that to my wife.”

CORDER CONTINUES ON

Chis Corder won the "Four Banger"Mini Stock feature in a pavement car

Chis Corder won the “Four Banger”Mini Stock feature in a pavement car.

Mini-Stock Champion Chris Corder of Stockton continued his winning ways in taking the first feature of the young season.

“I didn’t have a dirt car ready, so I came with the care I usually run on pavement at Madera,” Corder said in victory lane. “It surprisingly had no trouble winning.”
The racing season continues with practice sessions at Antioch, Merced, and Chowchilla speedways scheduled for February. The local season begins on March 1 at Chowchilla Speedway.

 

Duane Cleveland and Fred Ryland Share IMCA West Coast Honors at Merced

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Duane Cleveland was all alone at the top as he won the IMCA WEST Coast Nationals at Merced Speedway.

Duane Cleveland of Chico opened his trailer this morning for the first time since racing in Las Vegas two months ago and unloaded the car that won the modified feature of IMCA West Coast Nationals at Merced Speedway. Cleveland shared the spotlight with Brentwood’s Fred Ryland, who brought home the Shannon Pump Company trophy for the IMCA SportMod division.

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Impressive run for a first-timer: Tom Berry, Jr. (11x) fought off Troy Foulger (49) .

“At 7 this morning, I decided to race today, and took the car out of its trailer and scaled it,” Cleveland said in victory lane. “I got to Merced just in time for the show.”

Cleveland took the lead early in the 30 lap feature after battling Tom Berry, Jr. of Oregon. Cleveland was never to be challenged for the rest of the feature. Berry, who never before raced at Merced, held off challenges from Kellen Chadwick of Oakley until the waning moments of the race. Chadwick took up the chase of Cleveland but time ran out before he could catch him.

“It was a good time out there – the track was great,” Cleveland said. “The last time I won here I beat Chris Shannon. This time I won the trophy he donated.”

Fred Ryland (7) passes Megan Ponciano.

Fred Ryland (7) passes Megan Ponciano.

Ryland proved untouchable in the SportMod 30 lap feature. After a lap one pileup eliminated several cars, Ryland worked his way to the lead on the tenth lap. Bakersfield’s Nick Spainhoward, who was in the middle of the pileup, managed to come back to gain second place – despite having a damaged car.

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Right after the pileup, racing resumed with Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson and Rick Diaz of Los Banos taking turns at running down ryland. Dotson and Diaz tangled in the fourth turn, leaving the path to victory lane clear for Ryland’s next 20 laps.

 

WILLOUGHBY IN HOBBY STOCKS

Joe Willoughby on the inside of Ty Shelton in the Hobby Stock main event.

Joe Willoughby on the inside of Ty Shelton in the Hobby Stock main event.

            The 22-car hobby stock main saw Joe Willoughby of Watsonville take the lead from Brentwood’s Brad Myers. Willoughby then entered into a side-by-side battle with Ty Shelton of Merced that lasted until the end of the 30-lap feature.

Racing continues Sunday with the “Let it Rain 50” – two 25-lap features for the IMCA modifieds and SportMods, plus “Four Bangers” and “Mini Stocks” at Chowchilla Speedway.

Chowchilla Speedway is located within the Chowchilla Madera County Fairgrounds in Chowchilla. Racing will begin at 3 p.m.

 

Foulger, Hoff Take first Half of IMCA West Coast Nationals

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Troy Foulger runs the high groove as he passes Kellen Chadwick in the IMCA West Coast Nationals.

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

Children were chosen to present Foulger with his trophy, which was sponsored by Delta Transmission.

Children were chosen to present Foulger with his trophy, which was sponsored by Delta Transmission.

A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

“I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

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Matt Mayo of Bakersfield was atop Alan Furuta in the “Big One” in the IMCA SportMod main event.

When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

“The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

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Richard Papenhausen (4) passes Jeff Decker in route to winning the DIRTcar main event.

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

“I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

 

 

 

            Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

            A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

            “I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

            Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

            When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

            “The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

            Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

            The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

            “I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”

Four-time track champ Troy Foulger of Martinez and Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis were victorious in the first half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals Friday night at Antioch Speedway.

Foulger out-dueled Kellen Chadwick of Oakley after a dogfight for the ages in the modified main event. Hoff fought off challenges from Bakersfield’s Wayne Dotson, then Brentwood’s Fred Ryland and Merced’s Bubba Nelson to claim the biggest win of his young career in the SportMod main event.

A huge victory lane celebration followed Foulger’s popular win. He caught Chadwick, beating him on the last restart, and took the high groove to victory lane. Chadwick lost second to Nick DeCarlo on the last lap.

“I watched Kellen for a few laps and figured how to take his line away,” said Foulger, who proved his nickname “Tricky” is no misnomer. “I ran the top and stayed above the ruts. This old girl (his car) is really running good.”

Foulger’s car owners, the Bowers family from Oakley, were brought to tears by the victory. Beverly Kniss, owner of Delta Transmission, chose children from the grandstand to present the large gold cups she donated for the winners.

When Hoff rolled up to the track with his dad Scotty, he saw what he wanted.

“The trophies were sitting there at the sign-in booth and I said I want one,” Hoff said. “My dad said you going to have to work hard.”

Hoff credited his dad, who normally races in his car, for taking the night off to help him and his girlfriend, Alisha Mares, who turned wrenches as crew chief for the car. A new sponsor, Hemm racing set the car up for the race.

The second half of the IMCA West Coast Nationals is Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Sunday, racing continues at Chowchilla Speedway.

PAPENHAUSEN WINS DIRTcar LATE MODEL INAUGURAL EVENT

            Richard Papenhausen of Chico chased down race leader Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill in the first DIRTcar Late Model main event of the new season.

“I was worried I made the wrong adjustments for the track conditions,” Papenhausen said. “I was hoping a caution would come out. Luckily, I didn’t need it. The car got faster as the race went on.”

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