Hanford, CA- A racy surface greeted fans and racers on a balmy Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway at the Kings County Fairgrounds during the second round of the four-race ‘Battle For The Milk Can’ mini-series, and an excellent night of racing saw Mitchell Faccinto, Brad Pounds, and Nick Spainhoward score victories.
In the Duinkerken Farms King of Kings 360 race, it was Steven Tiner leading the field to green only to see the red flag fly for Dominic Scelzi who got his machine upside down. Scelzi was okay, but his night was over.
The ensuing restart saw Tiner jump into the lead, but he had company in the name of Mitchell Faccinto, who jumped into the lead of the second lap. As Faccinto led the way, Cory Eliason and DJ Netto worked their way forward with Eliason moving into the second spot on the third lap, before the caution flag again waived.
As the race came back to life, Netto would jump into the fourth spot as he chased after Heath Duinkerken for the third spot, only to see him slide off the track and take over the position just as the race reached the halfway point.
With Faccinto still out front and leading the way, Netto would make an impressive move around both Faccinto and Eliason on the high side of the speedway to take the lead on the 15th. A lap 21 restart would see Eliason move into the second spot as he and Netto would thrill the fans on hand as they raced side by side for six laps exchanging the top spot.
The complexion of the race would change on the 29th lap as a car slowed on the speedway. With the leaders coming up on him quick, Netto would get out of shape, and officials would put him to the back of the pack as it was deemed he did a ‘360’ spin, and any driver doing a ‘360’ is automatically sent to the rear.
Eliason would assume the race lead, and looked to be on his way to his second win of the season, but out of turn four, Mitchell Faccinto had other ideas as he got by Eliason coming to the checkered flag to grab the win in thrilling fashion.
For the second race in a row, it was all about Brad Pounds in the McAlister’s Auto IMCA Modified division. From his third row starting position, Pounds quickly moved into the second spot as he chased after early race leader, Robby Sawyer.
A lap seven restart saw series point leader, Bryan Burnes, shoot into the third spot as Pounds went to work on Sawyer and took command of the race on lap eight. Burnes would take over the second spot on the nine as Pounds broke away from the field.
As the race began to come to a close, Cody Laney would work into the second spot, and pressure Burnes. In the closing laps of the race, Pounds would feel pressure from Laney and Burnes but was able to fend them off as he picked up his second consecutive win with the series. At the finish line, Laney was able to nip Burnes for the second spot, as Sawyer would round out the Top-Four.
Nick Spainhowarddominated the RaceChic IMCA Sport Mods feature event. With the races getting off to a slow start as point leader, Ricky Childress, Jr had issues; Nick Spainhoward would work his way forward from his fourth row starting spot.
Getting into the second spot on the sixth lap, Spainhoward would chase after Gary Dutton before taking command of the top spot on the 10th. Once in front, Spainhoward would set sail on the field as he opened up a big time lead.
Behind Spainhoward, Tina Pounds would work into the second spot, but was unable to chase down Spainhourard who was able to pick up the win in convincing fashion. Pounds would finish in the second spot, Bryan Holder in third, and Dutton would round out the Top-Four.
ON TAP- The Keller Auto Speedway returns to action on Saturday June 27th as the USAC West Coast 360 series, the IMCA Stock Cars, and the Mini Stocks.
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