(PETERSEN MEDIA-Placerville, CA)- Over the Labor Day Weekend the Hunt Series was in action at Placerville Speedway for the track’s Nor*Cal Posse Shootout. Saturday night Jake Morgan picked up yet another win on the famed ¼ mile and on Sunday night it was Shane Hopkins taking home top honors as he picked up his first career series win at the track on a night that also celebrated the 75th Anniversary of series title sponsor Joe Hunt Magnetos.
Saturday night’s feature event came to life with Hopkins jumping out to the early lead over his father, Eric Hopkins, but that would be short lived as E. Hopkins retired to the infield with engine issues.
While S. Hopkins continued to lead the way as he cruised the bottom, Morgan moved into second and pounded the cushion and soon powered by Hopkins and took command of the race.
As Morgan and Hopkins ran first and second as they have done so many times at Placerville Speedway over the last two seasons, behind them Shawn Jones was beating down the cushion and putting on a show as he worked his way forward.
A late yellow would give Jones one final shot to steal the show, but he would trip on the cushion and allow Morgan and Hopkins to get away.
Up front, Morgan was able to race to another win with the series as he bested Hopkins, Jones, Brent Steck and Jimmy Christian.
Sunday night the finale was again another battle between Hopkins and Morgan, as Hopkins sat on the pole after defeating Morgan in the Pole Shuffle earlier in the night.
On a very slick racing surface, Hopkins would take a liking to the bottom groove and Morgan settled in down low as well as Hopkins opened up a comfortable lead.
A stretch of yellows during the middle of the race gave Morgan a couple of opportunities to get by Hopkins on the tricky track surface, but Hopkins was having none of it.
So smooth on the bottom, Hopkins would not be denied this night as he powered his way to his first Hunt win at Placerville Speedway and earned the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout title over Morgan, Daniel Whitley, Shawn Jones, and Jarret Soares.
Heat race wins on Saturday night went to Whitley (Benic Heat 1), Jacob Tuttle (Brown and Miller Heat 2), Eric Hopkins (King Heat 3), and Brent Steck (Santomauro Heat 4).
Sunday night heat winners were Hopkins, Whitley, Dylan Newberry, and Jones.
Saturday night’s weekend opener had 34 cars in attendance as Shawn Arriaga earned Dependable Crane Fast Time, before Hopkins bested the 31 car field to earn the honor on Sunday night.
Santomauro Hard Chargers were Josh Young on Saturday and Shawn Arriaga on Sunday.
Sunday night also saw the first ever Pole Shuffle in Hunt Series action, and the final match up saw Shane Hopkins defeat Jake Morgan.
ON TAP: The Hunt Series will be right back in action tomorrow night in Chico, CA to open the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
WINNERS: Bradley Terrell (March 26th Petaluma Speedway), Jake Morgan (April 2nd Placerville Speedway), Daniel Whitley (May 21st Merced Speedway), Daniel Whitley May 28th Stockton Dirt Track), DJ Johnson (June 18th Marysville Raceway), Jake Morgan (July 16th Placerville Speedway), Bradley Terrell (August 20th Petaluma Speedway) Jake Morgan (Sept. 3rd Placerville Speedway) Shane Hopkins (Sept. 4th Placerville Speedway).
JOE HUNT MAGNETOS WINGLESS SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleeson brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. After running under the leadership of Prentice Motorsports Group and Glad Enterprises from 2016-2018, 2019 saw Gleeson come back aboard. 2022 the series will be in action on 12 occasions as they visit five different Northern California venues.