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Regier wins fourth straight championship!!!
MADERA -- If you have ever seen Troy Regier race, you know just how well
he is able to find the smallest gap between two cars and then burst
He needed a little of that expertise Saturday during the Super Modified race at Madera Speedway.
Regier passed Darren Rusconi and Larry Dietz on lap 26 before going on to his fifth consecutive win and 15th of the season. He finished the year as the Super Modified Racing League points champion for the fourth straight year.
"If it wasn't for the 44 car bunching us up there in turn 1, I don't think we would be standing here in the winners circle tonight," Regier said. "I guess luck has just been on my side tonight as well as all season long.
"My car was actually not handling too well. I think it was because of the cooler weather that we were not ready for."
Rusconi finished second, followed by Eric Silsby, Ken Hamilton and Scott Schmidt, the 2001 Super Modified Racing League rookie of the year.
In the Grand American Modifiers, Barry Callouette of Martinez returned to Madera after a month-long absence with the same car, but it looked different.
Sporting a spoiler and no roof, his unique adjustments to his car proved effective as he collected a $1,500 paycheck after he won the 40-lap open competition event.
"Since this was an open competition show, I decided that having less weight on the roof of the car and a spoiler would benefit the handling of my car," Callouette said.
"Although it did knock a couple of tenths of a second off my lap times, the car was just really smooth and predictable tonight, which is what helped me out the most."
Jason Kerby of Galt, finished a surprising second after his only other time on the track came earlier in the day during a practice session.
Scott Winters of Tracy finished third and 2001 Madera track champion Mark Welch of Orangevale finished fourth.
In the Toyota Modifieds, Don Smith won the caution-free 25-lap race. Kris Terris was second followed by Mike Burgess, Chris Lewis and Doug Bridger.
EL CAJON - NEWS UPDATE
A very large and appreciative crowd watched Troy Regier win his fourth Supermodified Racing League feature in a row Saturday Night at El Cajon Speedway in Southern California. This was Regier's twelfth SRL win of the season with one race left in the 18 event schedule. Although the car count was down from the last several shows, The locals enjoyed the fast company presented by the 10 Supermodifieds and the Baisch Brothers Sprinter (Their big block Super is still suffering engine woes).
The show started with Colorado's Scott Schmidt having to go to the back-up car after a bout with the wall during the last practice session. Ken Hamilton in Son Davey's Supermodifed experienced a pronounced miss in the engine during the practice and the TRG crew rushed to change the magneto before the qualifying session.
Troy Regier was the third car on the clock and put up a very good time of 14.137 seconds on the nearly flat 3/8 oval. Mike Baisch in the Sprinter came out next and posted a very good 14.477. However, Eric Silsby eclipsed Regier's time with a lap of 14.089 to steal fast time from Troy. After Silsby and Regier, the remaining qualifiers posted times as follow: Scott Schmidt, 14.404; Mike Baisch, 14.477; Ken Hamilton (still with a sour engine), 14.485; Jim Birges, 14.737; Harry Stone, 15.040; Roger Galleano, 15.219; Bill Wilker, 15.308; Ron Burger, 15.823; and West Evans, 15.931.
The SRL lined up the eleven qualifiers in two 10 lap heat races. The first of these featured a line-up of Ron Burger and Roger Galleano on the front row with Jim Birges, Mike Baisch, and Troy Regier rounding out the field. At the start, Galleano jumped past Burger at the line and the entire outside line blew past with Birges stuck behind Burger. The first lap had Galleano leading, followed by Baisch, Regier, Birges, and Burger. Lap two saw Regier accomplish an outside pass on Baisch in turn two. He then pulled inside Galleano coming off four and took the lead in turn one of the third lap. Lap five saw Birges make a couple of nifty moves to go from fourth to second followed by Galleano, Baisch, and Burger. Baisch got around Galleano on lap seven and that set the final order. With a non-stop Green, White, Checkered run, the finish showed Regier as the winner, followed by Birges, Baisch, Galleano, and Burger.
The second heat lined up with West Evans on the pole, followed by Bill Wilker, Harry Stone, Ken Hamilton, Scott Schmidt, and Eric Silsby. Again, the start saw the entire outside line advance on the first lap as it ended with Wilker leading Hamilton, Silsby, Evans and Stone. Lap two saw Stone move to fourth and Schmidt to fifth as Evans dropped back. On lap three, Silsby advanced from third to first with an outside pass of Hamilton in turn two and an inside move on Wilker when he pushed high in four. Hamilton disposed of Wilker for second during lap four and that was the extent of the passing. Final order was Silsby, Hamilton, Wilker, Stone, Schmidt and Burger. Once again, it was a caution free race.
With fast qualifier Eric Silsby drawing position six for the invert, the SRL 40 Lap Main Event lined up Jim Birges on the pole flanked by Ken Hamilton on the front row. The second row held Mike Baisch and Scott Schmidt. The fast guys were in row three with Regier inside of Silsby. The remainder of the field consisted of Stone, Galleano, Wilker, Burger, and Evans. Birges and Hamilton went nose to nose into one on the start with Birges pulling into the lead on the back straight as Hamilton was down on power. Schmidt and Silsby got around Baisch, and Regier was relegated to sixth at the end of lap one. Silsby passed Schmidt and Regier disposed of Baisch's Sprint Car on lap two. The order after lap three remained Birges, Hamilton, Silsby, Schmidt and Regier. The yellow came out on lap four as Silsby's right front wing transformed into track debris after contacting Hamilton's rear nerf bar. Meanwhile Regier had passed Schmidt for fourth. Regier was able to pass Silsby on the restart as Eric was tentative about the handling with the loss of the front downforce.
Through lap seven, the order remained Birges, Hamilton, Regier, Silsby, and Schmidt. Regier passed Hamilton on lap eight and set out after Birges who had pulled out a good lead after the restart. Troy took the lead on lap eleven and Silsby passed Hamilton on lap thirteen. At this juncture the order was Regier, Birges, Silsby, Hamilton, and Schmidt, as the leaders were getting into very heavy lapped traffic. Regier lapped fifth place runner Scott Schmidt on lap 28 and fifth place Hamilton five laps later.
Meanwhile, Birges's lead over Sislby accordioned in and out as they lapped cars with Birges pulling out on a clear track and Silsby reeling him in in traffic. On lap thirty-five, Birges caught Wilker and Schmidt running side by side (Wilker on the inside) just as Silsby caught Birges. Birges chose to follow Schmidt who should have been the faster of the two, leaving the inside to Silsby. The four ran in a tight formation until Scott pushed coming off of turn four on lap 36, allowing Wilker to clear him momentarily and Silsby to squirt by going inside of Birges and outside Wilker. Birges was then hung up behind Schmidt and could not pass to pursue the fast disappearing Silsby.
That ended the passing with Troy Regier winning his twelfth event of the year followed to the podium by Eric Silsby and Jim Birges. Ken Hamilton and Scott Schmidt rounded out the top five, both one lap down. The remaining finishers were Baisch, Stone, Burger, Galleano, Wilker, and Evans. Even with the lap four yellow, the 40 laps had taken less than thirteen minutes from Green to Checkered. It was another good, safe race with everyone loading up whole racecars to head home for a good two week rest before the finale at Madera.
Regier outdistanced the 11 car field in the Sids Auto Body Supermodified Racing League event. Such was Regiers domination that only three cars were on the lead lap at the conclusion of the 40-lapper, which was only slowed one time. Fast qualifier Eric Silsby ran second. He was over a quarter lap back at the stripe. Early leader Jim Birges took third. Kenny Hamilton was fourth. Scott Schmidt, who tagged the third turn wall in his Ford powered machine in hot laps, drove his backup car with a Chevy powerplant to fifth place; both Hamilton and Schmidt were one-lap in arrears. All eleven starters were running when the checkered fell.
and Silsby started in the third row of the Supermodified feature. Silsby had
been the fastest qualifier with Regier just a tick slower for number two. Each
came from last to first to win their heat race by nearly a half a lap. In fact
Silsby went from third to first in the second heat with first a great move on
the high side around Hamilton and then dipping low under Bill Wilker in turn two
on lap 3. The main event figured to be settled between the two whoever got
through traffic first would come home in front. But it didnt work quite that
way. Regier had other plans.
row starters Birges and Hamilton paced the field through the first four rounds
of the main event. Silsby got the jump on Regier and was third after two laps
while Regier was stuck back to fifth. The fifth lap brought the only caution
flag of the event. Silsby lost his right front wing after bumping Hamilton while
trying to gain the second position. That may have cost him a the victory.
the race resumed, Regier went on the prowl. He drove hard into turn three and
powered past Silsby on the high side into third. On lap 8 he made a similar move
to take second from Hamilton. Birges managed to hold Regier at bay for only two
more circuits. On the eleventh round, Regier dove low into the first turn and
powered off turn two in front. Once in the number one position, Regier went
only close call came about lap 33 when he had to maneuver through five cars he
was lapping. He had put fifth place Schmidt down one lap on lap 29 and Hamilton
was included in the lap 33 pack. But Regier made short-order of those rivals and
cruised to the stripe. After ceding the top spot to Regier, Birges had his hands
full with Silsby. Silsby finally slipped past into second when they came up to
lap the five cars on lap 35.
marked Regiers 12th win of the season in 17 starts. Previous
victories came at Las Vegas, Nevada, Madera, California (3 times), Boise, Idaho,
Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dodge City, Kansas, Salt Lake City, Utah, Tracy,
California (2 times), and Wenatchee, Washington. He was only denied visits to
victory lane in Carson City, Nevada, Twin Falls, Idaho, one of two nights in
Boise, Idaho, and at Richland, Washington.
unbelievable, Regier said of 2001 season. And my car owner (Dave Biswell)
is having a birthday today and he said I had to win tonight (Dave was 56 years
young). I said it will be tough theres a lot of fast guys here tonight.
This one is for him. A big thanks to them. Theyve been great car owners. And
also to my crew. They work hard to make this thing fast.
thought it was pretty much over then (when Silsby got the jump on the green),
Regier continued. But we had forty laps and things just worked out. Everyone
was running good.
you just have to go in there and have faith that the thing will hold, Regier
replied when asked about his daring pass of Silsby on the high side.
.Sometimes you dont know. Its kind of fun doing it. These cars are
awesome to drive.
got in there ahead of them and thought I had them covered, Silsby said of
Regierss pass. All of a sudden he came around the outside of me. The car
was still pretty good (after losing the wing) but not enough to catch Troy.
Well keep chasing him as long as hes around.
ALTAMONT NEWS UPDATE
The Supermodified Racing League returned to Altamont Speedway with 17 racecars and a determination to put on a great show. They did put on a great show. Unfortunately, only the diehard open wheel fans were left to see it. Altamont Raceway Park managed once again to turn a race meet into a marathon.
Pit Gates opened at 8:00 AM with practice scheduled for an hour later. I left the track at 1:20 AM the next morning, twenty minutes after the Supermodified Main was over and all the crews were still loading up. There is no excuse for dragging out any racing program this long. The Program included 7 races for the Race Sponsor's Customers and Sales Reps in Altamont's ubiquitous rent-a-racers, Dashes, B-Mains, and 100 Lap Main Events for two Stock Car Divisions, 2 Heats and the 30 Lap Supermodified Main, and qualifications for all but the rent-a-racers.
Stock Car Yellow and Red Flag Fever did not speed up the program a bit. By the time the SRL 30 Lapper began at 47 minutes after midnight, everyone who came for the sponsor's involvement, most of the Stock Car fans, and anyone who had brought a pre-teen child to the show had departed for home and bed. This kept a lot of casual fans from even seeing the Supers in the best race of the day. The Supers practiced at 10:00 AM (temperature 70 and light wind), qualified at 2:30 PM (temperature 80 and winds light), started heat races at 7:00 PM (temperature 65 and wind 15 knots), and finally got to run the main at 12:47AM (temperature 55 and winds 25 knots and gusting).
Try setting up a racecar for that. In reality, it took longer to push off the cars and run enough laps to get heat into the engines and tires than it did to run the main. As if you can't tell, I'm still angry about the imposition on the teams, the fans, and myself. I love motorsports, but this type of track situation is inexcusable and if a spectator made this his first show, we (meaning all of motorsports) have lost him forever.
Enough of my tirade. The Supermodified Racing League brought cars from California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado to Altamont Raceway Park including the Baisch Brothers Winged Sprinter (Their Supermodified was still suffering engine problems from the last show, so they brought the Sprinter to race and garner as many points as possible). Incidentally, this particular 360 Sprinter has always been competitive in this company, so the Bros. weren't at that much of a disadvantage.
All 17 cars took their two timed laps. At the conclusion, it was no surprise that Troy Regier was fastest in the Biswell Motorsports Hyder. Top 5 qualifiers were Regier(10) at 15.379, Eric Silsby(98) at 15.398, Ken Hamilton(1) at 15.805, Tony Pierce(70) at 15.905, Rick Veenstra(91) at 15.915. Positions 6 through 10 were filled by Bob Bigioni(96) at 16.032, Darren Rusconi(66) at 16.061, Mike Baisch(25) at 16.110, Rich Castor, Jr.(2) at 16.216, Scott Schmidt(17) at 16.305, and Ira Castor(22) at 16.360.
The first heat race line-up had Ron Burger(89) and Bill Wilker(71) on the front row followed to the line by Dale Lamborn(48), Schmidt(17), Baisch(25), Bigioni(96), Pierce(70) and Silsby(98). At the Green, Wilker jumped into the lead from the outside in turn one to lead Burger, Lamborn, Schmidt and Bigioni back to the stripe. On lap two, Lamborn moved to second with Bigioni going to third, Burger dropping to fourth, and Silsby moving into the top five. Lap three saw Bigioni move past both Lamborn and Wilker with Burger still in fourth ahead of Silsby.
On lap four, Wilker dropped off the pace and headed to the pits with a leaking power steering line moving Lamborn to second. Baisch got around Silsby and Burger to third when Silsby got hung up behind the slowing Burger. Lap five saw Silsby return the favor moving to third followed by Baisch and Burger.The order remained Bigioni, Lamborne, Silsby, Baisch and Burger until Pierce moved past Burger into the top five on the ninth circuit. On the final lap, Lamborn went high in turn two dropping all the way to sixth with engine problems. The finish was Bigioni, Silsby, Baisch, Pierce, Schmidt Lamborn and Burger with Wilker in the pits.
The posted line-up for heat two was Kevin Woodward(86), Harry Stone(40), Jim Birges(32), Ira Castor(22), Rich Castor(2), Rusconi(66), Veenstra(91), Hamilton(1) and Regier(10). During warm up laps, Harry Stone pulled to the infield with engine woes and Woodward decided to be a wise rookie and start in the last row to work on his handling problems. This moved everyone up with Castor and Birges up front at the start. Birges stormed away at the green and led the first lap with the Colorado Castor Clan (Ira ahead of Rich) close behind, Regier moved from eighth to fourth on the first circuit and Rusconi filled out the top five.
Regier jumped to second on lap two and lit out after Birges who had a good 15 car length lead. Regier caught up with Birges in turn four of lap five and blew by into the lead in turn one. That was the extent of the passing with the ten lapper ending with Regier out front followed by Birges, Ira Castor, Rich Castor, Darren Rusconi, Veenstra and Hamilton.
When main event time finally rolled around (each of the stock car 100 lappers took over and hour and half to complete), the temperature had dropped into the fifties and the Supermodifieds had been sitting five hours since their heat races. Lane Saxton (flagman) gave the cars a long pre race caution to warm up the fluids.
Many of the cars were popping on start up as raw fuel ran into exhaust systems until the engines warmed enough to burn the excess. The collectors and mufflers on many of the cars were glowing cherry red until the engines leaned out and the remaining fuel was burned out of the exhaust systems.
Main Event Starting Positions were as follows: Row one, Mike Baisch and Darren Rusconi; Row two, Bob Bigioni and Rick Veenstra; Row three, Tony Pierce and Ken Hamilton; Row four, Eric Silsby and Troy Regier; Row five, Rich Castor,Jr. and Scott Schmidt; Row six, Ira Castor and Jim Birges; Row seven, Bill Wilker and Ron Burger; and Row eight, Kevin Woodward. Harry Stone and Dale Lamborn were scratched due to earlier engine problems.
At the start, the first five moved out in order but Regier moved from eight to sixth on lap one. A shuffle on lap 3 let Hamilton up into fourth with Regier moving to fifth and Veenstra dropping to sixth. Order was Baisch, Rusconi, Bigioni, Hamilton, Regier and Veenstra. By the end of 7 laps Regier had taken fourth from Hamilton and Rusconi got by Baisch for the lead at the line. Baisch washed up high lap eight letting Bigioni, Regier, and Hamilton around. Baisch dropped out of the top five when Veenstra moved around on lap 10. Running order at 1/3 distance was Rusconi, Bigioni, Regier, Hamilton, and Veenstra. The order remained static through nineteen except Baisch repassed Veenstra on lap twelve. Regier blew by Rusconi in lapped traffic on lap 20 and Veenstra and Baisch traded places at the same time.
Regier then began to check out and moved smartly through traffic. By lap 25, he had caught a group that consisted of Baisch in sixth, Schmidt, Pierce and Birges who were all desperately trying to stay on the lead lap. Baisch fell victim to even slower traffic as Schmidt and Birges got by on lap 28 with Regier then lapping the Sprint car and Tony Pierce. On the white flag lap, Birges went hard into three on the outside of Schmidt for a clean pass into sixth place when Schmidt contacted him in turn four. Birges spun into the dirt, losing a lap but managing to keep the engine running and crossing the start finish line only to have the rear radius rod (broken in the previous contact) allow the rear end to shift giving a big wiggle at the finish line.
Tony Pierce than took evasive action into the infield and contacted the wall on the infield ¼ mile track. However, the checkers had already flown, and Troy Regier had just completed a 30 lap main on a ½ mile track in 9 minutes and change. Finish order was Regier, Rusconi, Bigioni, Hamilton, Veenstra, and Schmidt on the lead lap. Baisch, Pierce, Rich Castor, and Birges rounded out the top ten. Regier averaged just over 16 seconds a lap in a race that had a lot of passing, some great driving and even a little drama at the end. Incidentally, there was not a single yellow flag thrown for the Supermods all day and night. An overall professional display. We'll see ya all from El Cajon next weekend.
Regier wins Trigueiro
The Fresno Bee
(Published August 4, 2001)
MADERA -- Dinuba peach farmer Troy Regier tasted the sweet nectar of victory in the inaugural Trigueiro Classic on Friday at Madera Speedway.
All week, the Trigueiro family got all the headlines for this Supermodified Racing League memorial race honoring Larry Trigueiro Sr., a Caruthers farmer who set the standard for supermodified and sprint-car owners locally and statewide.
"Not from my view," Regier said in the pits before the race. That's because Regier was the man to beat. He knew it, the field of 20 cars knew it, and so did the large crowd that turned out for this special event.
Trigueiro Sr. probably was looking down from above with a smile on his face. Regier is the type of driver he would have handed his keys to in an instant.
Regier has won three straight SRL championships and is headed for a fourth as leader of the pack again. Friday, though, was special to him, even though it was a routine win.
"The Trigueiro family gave me a ride when Davey Hamilton jumped to Indy cars," Regier said. "That's a special memory, and so is this one.
"My car was really set up well by Louie Gennuso and the crew. That made it easy for me."
Larry Trigueiro's No. 1 car, driven by Ken Hamilton while son Davey is hospitalized recovering from two broken legs sustained in a June accident, lost its brakes and finished fifth.
"I'd rather win, but if we didn't I'd rather see Troy get it," said Trigueiro Jr., crew chief for Davey Hamilton's team and one of the first to give Regier a bear hug in victory lane. "He should be the next Indy driver coming out of this area."
Eric Silsby of Carson City, Nev., placed a distant second; Rick Veenstra of Emmett, Idaho, was third; and Jeff Russell of Boise, Idaho, was fifth.
From the turnout, Trigueiro Jr. has hopes this Classic will catch on.
"We had a good car count," he said, "and we think we can make this a better race in years to come."
The night began with Campbell's Brent Kaeding, a 12-time Golden State Challenge champion, taking several solumn tribute laps to Trigueiro Sr. in a familiar orange No. 1 winged sprint car.
Donnie Large of Fresno romped to victory in an abbreviated 25-lap SRL Trucks main to open the featured races.
Large bolted to the lead from the start and maintained a comfortable advantage over Mendota's Chris Smith and Fresno's Marty Wagner in a five-truck field.
The race was shortened by five laps because of the small field and pre-mains festivities that lengthened the evening.
Kearney Bowl alumni shared stories of their glory days with the crowd after the heat races.
A full field of 15 Legends kept retro night going as a prelude to the featured SRL main.
There's no other way to described these scaled-down, early-model coups than simply toy cars. They buzz around powered by Yamaha motorcycle engines.
"They're a blast," Oakdale's Ryan Foster said.
The 20-year-old has dominated in his '34 Ford Coup replica and won for the 10th time in 13 races this season in the 30-lap main.
Foster passed Randy Raduechel, another Oakdale driver, on lap 13 and pulled away for an easy victory.
Foster also drives a NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour car.
"I'll drive anything, but I'd rather drive the coup than the Southwest Tour," said Foster, who has qualified for the Oct. 25 nationals in Las Vegas.
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Regier won his fifth straight SRL event as he increased his lead in the
season series points battle.
"I knew pretty much all day that I had a fast car," Regier said.
"When the chemistry is right between me and my crew chief (Louie Gennuso)
and the communication is well. I have a great crew.
"I hope they don't do anything to slow me down because I'm doing it by
the book. They had a couple of rule changes a couple of years ago when I had my
other car, but we just have been doing everything right and the crew has been
doing everything right. Nothing is overlooked and details are taken care
Regier (Dinuba, Calif.) showed his car was dominant to the other SRL entries
as he won the feature by three seconds, the trophy dash by two seconds and
shattered the DCRP record for a qualifying lap with a 12.55-second run.
Not bad considering he hadn't been on the track until the hot laps period
before the race.
"I never looked at the track all week," Regier said. "Most of
the guys came out here and looked at it, but I'd rather come out here 'cold
turkey' and feel my way around it. The first time out felt great. On the first
lap and I got a good feel for the track right away."
Ken Hamilton (Boise, Idaho) had the second best car on the track. He finished
second in the feature and the trophy race, and his 13.02 time during the
qualifying laps was also second only to Regier.
Rick Veenstra (Emmett, Idaho) opened the feature race on the pole and led the
first seven laps. But engine trouble forced him to relinquish the lead to Regier.
Veenstra battled back to finish third.
Fourth place went to Scott Schmidt (Fort Lupton, Colo.) while fifth place was
Stephanie Gallegos (Castle Rock, Colo.). They were the only cars to finish on
the lead lap.
Mike Padget battled through the hornets division to pick up his first feature
win by six lengths. Larry Grady Jr. finished second, while Olivia Day was third,
Don Gilbert was fourth and Trevor Roth was fifth. All of the drivers were from
Dodge City. Gilbert won the six-lap trophy race.
Joe Koch (Larned) won both the feature and the trophy dash in the stocks
He won the feature by 1 1/2-lengths ahead of Larry Grady (Dodge City). Scott
Messino (Dodge City) finished third, Robert James Jr. (Dodge City) was fourth
and Justin Weil (Dodge City) was fifth.
More racing at DCRP will continue this weekend as the modifieds, ARTS
Heartland trucks, hornets and stocks will compete on the tracks.
Regier won his fifth straight SRL event as he increased his lead in the season series points battle.
"I knew pretty much all day that I had a fast car," Regier said. "When the chemistry is right between me and my crew chief (Louie Gennuso) and the communication is well. I have a great crew.
"I hope they don't do anything to slow me down because I'm doing it by the book. They had a couple of rule changes a couple of years ago when I had my other car, but we just have been doing everything right and the crew has been doing everything right. Nothing is overlooked and details are taken care of."
Regier (Dinuba, Calif.) showed his car was dominant to the other SRL entries as he won the feature by three seconds, the trophy dash by two seconds and shattered the DCRP record for a qualifying lap with a 12.55-second run.
Not bad considering he hadn't been on the track until the hot laps period before the race.
"I never looked at the track all week," Regier said. "Most of the guys came out here and looked at it, but I'd rather come out here 'cold turkey' and feel my way around it. The first time out felt great. On the first lap and I got a good feel for the track right away."
Ken Hamilton (Boise, Idaho) had the second best car on the track. He finished second in the feature and the trophy race, and his 13.02 time during the qualifying laps was also second only to Regier.
Rick Veenstra (Emmett, Idaho) opened the feature race on the pole and led the first seven laps. But engine trouble forced him to relinquish the lead to Regier. Veenstra battled back to finish third.
Fourth place went to Scott Schmidt (Fort Lupton, Colo.) while fifth place was Stephanie Gallegos (Castle Rock, Colo.). They were the only cars to finish on the lead lap.
Mike Padget battled through the hornets division to pick up his first feature win by six lengths. Larry Grady Jr. finished second, while Olivia Day was third, Don Gilbert was fourth and Trevor Roth was fifth. All of the drivers were from Dodge City. Gilbert won the six-lap trophy race.
Joe Koch (Larned) won both the feature and the trophy dash in the stocks division exhibition.
He won the feature by 1 1/2-lengths ahead of Larry Grady (Dodge City). Scott Messino (Dodge City) finished third, Robert James Jr. (Dodge City) was fourth and Justin Weil (Dodge City) was fifth.
More racing at DCRP will continue this weekend as the modifieds, ARTS Heartland trucks, hornets and stocks will compete on the tracks.
The Fresno Bee
(Published June 7, 2001)
The fruits of Troy Regier's labors are about to pay off for the Supermodified Racing League's premier driver.
"I'm hoping by July 1 to have an Indy Car," the 32-year-old Dinuba peach and nectarine farmer says.
Regier is expecting a call soon from an undisclosed Texan who is putting together an Indy Racing League team. If that comes through, all he needs is to complete the final phase of his Indy driving test.
"This was my goal all along," Regier said Wednesday by phone as he sold his fruit in Santa Monica. "I've been doing it the hard way. Trying to do it on talent."
Regier beat Indy driver Tony Stewart two consecutive years at the SRL Copper World, and he got the best of Indy driver Davey Hamilton on the way to six Vukovich Classic victories at Madera Speedway.
"Beating the best has helped with my Indy contacts," Regier said. "It looks like it might get done."
Regier, the defending SRL champion, leads the standings this year with three victories in five outings.
The SRL to no avail, he said, tried to slow him down two years ago by changing rules to decrease horsepower.
"I bought a standard, older car to comply, then kicked everyone's butt," Regier said. "I've got a good crew chief Louie Gennuso, and I communicate well with him."
Regier won the Diamond Cup in Meridian, Idaho, last weekend. He placed fifth Friday and won Saturday's race to capture the overall title.
The only other race he didn't win came at the Copper World, which he led until blowing an engine. That allowed Hamilton to prevail.
Saturday, Regier took the lead from local favorite Kirk Wartman on lap 23 and held it to the checkered flag.
"I slipped low, and Wartman left the door open for me," Regier said.
While Regier waits for that Indy car call, he will embark next Thursday on a 10-day swing of races in Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Idaho.
"That's a long time to be out," he says. "I don't know who will sell my fruit."
In this case, to the victor may go the spoils.
Rick Ellison of Selma hit pay dirt when he won his third consecutive Baja 500 last weekend.
Ellison earned $9,000 driving the 484-mile loop of sand, dirt and bumps in 111/2 hours.
"Patience is the name of the game," said Ellison, who almost quit racing in November when his father, Ron, was killed in an accident.
"We had transmission problems in the Laughlin Desert Challenge while leading that race. But we're back on track."
So much so that Ellison says he plans to hire a full-time chief to prepare his car and set up a race shop in San Diego.
Fresno's Gary Scelzi recorded his highest finish this year, placing second at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., last weekend and moving into fifth place.
John Weaver of Hanford is sixth in the NHRA Federal-Mogul Funny Cars.
Tulare's Matt Crafton finished ninth in the NASCAR Trucks race at Dover Downs International Speedway in Delaware. He's 10th in the standings and third in rookie of the year points.
Nathan Tucker tries for his third consecutive win in the SRL Wild West series at Madera Speedway on Saturday.
Tucker leads Ken Boyd by 50 points.
Rebel Cup leader Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton will try to expand his 14-point lead over Fresno's Craig Stidham at Kings Speedway on Saturday.
Hanford's Jerome Warmerdam leads the Bandits vs. Santa Maria series. And Joe Chapman, the new IMCA modifieds leader, holds a one-point advantage on Eddie Stewart.
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