By Don Martin II
Troy Foulger won the 30 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Merced Speedway.
This was the sixth win of the season for Foulger in the Bowers Racing Modified. Foulger came from 10th starting to grab the lead on the last lap. Robby Jeppesen led the opening lap before Billy Wilker took over on a lap one restart. Wilker pulled away from Jeppesen during the lengthy green flag run, and Foulger worked his way into third by lap 17. Foulger was working the outside groove, and he went by Jeppesen on the front stretch as they completed the 22nd lap. A lap 24 yellow flag erased Wilker’s lead. Wilker continued to lead as Foulger worked the outside line. Foulger went back to the bottom on lap 28, but he decided to try the high line again as they took the white flag.
Foulger had momentum on the outside as they entered the final turn. Wilker spun in Turn 3, and Foulger went on to victory. Jeppesen finished second, followed by Mike Villanueva, Ricky Thatcher, Jim Pettit II, Wilker, Ray Mayer, Justin Hart, Bob Williamson and Ryan Porter. Pettit, Wilker and Jesse Burks won the eight lap heat races.
Buddy Shepherd won the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.
The was the first win for Shepherd, and he held off fellow Bakersfield visitor Nicholas Johnson for the win. Timmy Crews set the early pace as he looked for his second-straight win. However, it didn’t take long before Shepherd took over. Johnson and Watsonville point leader Rob Gallaher made things interesting up front, but they finished second and third, respectively. Four-time champion Raul Rodriguez Sr finished fourth, followed by Austin Van Hoff, point leader Shannon Nelson, Donnie Shearer, Allen Neal, Race Shelton and Kristie Shearer. Heat race winners were Johnson, Gallaher and Shepherd.
Mark Biscardi won the 20 lap South Bay Dwarf Car Main Event. This was the fifth win of the season for the point leader. Reigning champion Gene “Punky” Pires had the pole for the ace, but he fell out early. Biscardi would win from his second row start, chased by Ryan Amlen and Eric Weisler. Trafton Chandler settled for fourth ahead of Santa Maria Hobby Stock star Scotty Preast, Eddy Claessen, Jimmy Damron, Barry Waddell and Mike Farrell. Eight lap heat races were won by Biscardi and Amlen.
Dwayne Short won the 20 lap Valley Sportsman Main Event. This was the third win of the season for Short. Short and Mike Friesen shared the front row of the feature race, and Short moved into the lead. Point leader Rick Elliott settled into second and would chase Short to the finish. Gary Hildebrand finished third ahead of Friesen, Jerry Cecil and Jeff West. Elliott won the eight lap heat race.
Next Saturday night is the final point race of the season. The IMCA Sport Modifieds will be competing along with the Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Valley Sportsman division. For further inforation, go to online to: mercedspeedway.net.