Orange County Speedway News
Big Bear’s Conklin holds off posse of pursuers to win Late Model feature at Orange Show Speedway
Apr 25, 2010 - updated Apr 25th, 2010 10:35am
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The mountain man came to the winner’s circle Saturday night.
Jim Conklin, a two-time JAM Sportswear Late Model champion from Big Bear City (Ca.), held off a posse of pursuers and won the 50-lap main event at Orange Show Speedway, an ASA Member Track.
Conklin, who started third, took the lead from Big Bear City neighbor Jeff Lawson on lap 10 and never was headed again. But holding on for those 40 laps tested all his skills and the preparation of his Chevrolet-powered Pontiac Grand Prix because Logan Mainella, of Palmdale (Ca.), made several attempts to pass.
Mainella twice got Conklin sideways, but each time demonstrated good sportsmanship and let his rival recover. That may have cost him at the finish, though, because Brandon Loverock roared by on the outside to steal second at the finish, with Mainella third, Ron Daniel fourth and Bakersfield (Ca.)’s Tim Smith fifth in his first race on the quarter-mile oval.
Rod Proctor, of Riverside, won the 25-lap season debut of the Pick-A-Part Outlaw Figure 8 cars, beating “Barefoot Billy” Ziemann, of Bloomington, and Steve Stewart, of Long Beach. Bryan Glidewell, the 2008 class champion, won the 25-lap race for the Pro 4 class, taking the lead when brother David Glidewell spun exiting Turn 4 with 4 laps to go.
Johnny Russo, the six-time and reigning Pick-A-Part Street Stock champion, got win No. 54 in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a wire-to-wire victory in that 35-lap main event, Darren Amidon made it four wins in five tries in the 35-lap Budweiser Legends Cars feature, and Ryan Cansdale won his second in a row in the 20-lap M.C. Erectors Bandoleros main event.
ORANGE SHOW SPEEDWAY
Saturday, April 24, 2010
JAM SPORTSWEAR LATE MODELS (50 laps) – 1. Jim Conklin, Big Bear City, Pontiac Grand Prix/Chevrolet; 2. Brandon Loverock, Highland, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 3. Logan Mainella, Palmdale, Dodge Intrepid/Chevrolet; 4. Ron Daniel, Mentone, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 5. Tim Smith, Bakersfield, Chevrolet Impala; 6. Jesse James Lawson, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 7. Ryan Daniel, Mentone, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 8. Brian Malone, Redlands, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 9. Toni McCray, Highland, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 10. Jeff Peterson, Riverside, Toyota Camry/Chevrolet; 11. Glen Cummings, Highland, Toyota Camry/Chevrolet; 12. Mark McGuire, Yucaipa, Dodge Intrepid/Chevrolet; 13. Jeff Lawson, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 14. Ben Mahan, Hesperia, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 15. Julian Singelakis, Pasadena, Pontiac Grand Prix/Chevrolet; 16. Robby Hornsby Jr., Yucaipa, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 17. Stan Chatwood, Bloomington, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 18. Matt Goodwin, Wildomar, Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Margin of victory – 0.424 seconds. Average speed – 50.957 mph. Trophy Dash winner – R. Daniel. Leading qualifier – Loverock, 13.456 seconds.
PICK-A-PART OUTLAW FIGURE 8s (25 laps) – 1. Rod Proctor, Riverside; 2. Billy Ziemann, Bloomington; 3. Steve Stewart, Long Beach; 4. Jeff Marguet, Norco; 5. Steve Tanner, Chino Hills; 6. Brad Peschek, San Bernardino; 7. Harry Kuenniger, Muscoy.
Margin of victory – 7.449 mph. Average speed – 46.957 mph. Trophy Dash winner -- Ziemann. Leading qualifier – Proctor, 17.927 seconds.
PICK-A-PART STREET STOCKS (35 laps) – 1. Johnny Russo, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 2. Steve Smith, San Bernardino, Chevrolet Nova; 3. Jay Henson, Oak Hills, Chevrolet Camaro; 4. Jesse James Lawson, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Camaro; 5. Cliff Conklin, Big Bear Lake, Chevrolet Camaro; 6. Tony Forfa III, Redlands, Chevrolet Camaro; 7. Kyle Meyer, Highland, Chevrolet Nova; 8. Jeff Marguet, Norco, Chevrolet Nova; 9. Billy Wormsbecker, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 10. Jerome Gipson, San Bernardino, Chevrolet Nova; 11. Mike Stone, Fontana, Chevrolet Camaro.
Margin of victory – 1.040 seconds. Average speed – 59.229 mph. Trophy Dash winner -- Smith. Leading qualifier – Conklin, 14.716 seconds.
BUDWEISER LEGENDS CARS (35 laps) – 1. Darren Amidon, Santee, ’34 Ford sedan; 2. Brent Scheidemantle, Alta Loma, ’34 Ford coupe; 3. Chad Schug, Oak Hills, ’37 Ford coupe; 4. Caleb Kanke, Granada Hills, ’34 Ford sedan; 5. Ryan O’Connor, Vista, ’37 Ford sedan; 6. Riley Sawyers, Gilbert, Ariz., ’34 Chevrolet coupe; 7. Fred Chavez, Alpine, ’37 Ford sedan; 8. Chancellor Tiscareno, Menifee, ’37 Chevrolet sedan; 9. Al Simpson, Camarillo, ’37 Chevrolet sedan; 10. Todd Hunsaker, Chino Hills, ’40 Ford coupe.
Margin of victory – 1.774 seconds. Average speed – 48.488 mph. Trophy Dash winner -- Scheidemantle. Leading qualifier – Amidon, 14.548 seconds.
PRO 4s (25 laps) – 1. Bryan Glidewell, Cerritos, Toyota Camry/Ford; 2. David Glidewell, Riverside, Chevrolet Impala/Ford; 3. John Soares, San Bernardino, Ford Fusion; 4. Jim Snow, Oak Hills, Ford Thunderbird; 5. Kyle Cooper, San Bernardino; 6. Josh Lawrence, San Bernardino; 7. Don Minut, Moreno Valley, Ford Fusion.
Margin of victory – 9.816 seconds. Average speed – 64.354 mph. Trophy Dash winner – B. Glidewell. Leading qualifier – D. Glidewell, 13.278 seconds.
M.C. ERECTORS BANDOLEROS (20 laps) – 1. Ryan Cansdale, Laguna Beach; 2. Parker Malone, Redlands; 3. Mikael Lovas, Menifee; 4. RJ Stearns, Rancho Cucamonga; 5. Brandon Weaver, Bakersfield; 6. Ivan Gudmestad, Crestline; 7. Ricky Schlick, Claremont; 8. 44, Evan Garvey, Lancaster; 9. Nic Fusco, Claremont.
Margin of victory – 4.346 seconds. Average speed – 58.095 mph. Trophy Dash winner -- Malone. Leading qualifier – Cansdale, 15.158 seconds.