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(PETERSEN MEDIA-Placerville, CA)- Jake Morgan has turned into the one to beat when the Hunt Series rolls into Placerville Speedway. Establishing himself as the track’s all-time winningest non-wing driver back in April, Morgan added to his lore on Saturday night after out dueling Shane Hopkins and Shawn Jones for his second win of the season.
When the 25-lap race came to life it was Hopkins jumping out to the early lead, while Morgan made a couple of swift moves to get into second. While Hopkins and Morgan ran one-two and used the low side of the speedway, behind them Shawn Jones was attacking the cushion and making headway.
As Jones moved into third, it turned into a high-speed chess match as Jones would lead lap seven as he powered around both Hopkins and Morgan, only to have Hopkins return the favor a lap later.
The lead trio continued to swap lanes and positions over the next two circuits, and on the 9th lap, Morgan made the top work and he surged into the lead.
Once out front, Morgan set a torrid pace as he carved through traffic with ease as Hopkins did all he could to keep pace. As traffic slowed the leaders pace, it allowed Hopkins and Jones to close back in on the Fair Oaks, CA driver at times, but Morgan would not be denied as he raced to the win over Hopkins, Jones, Josh Young, and Shawn Arriaga.
A total of 30-cars checked in at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, and it was Hopkins getting the night started by earning Dependable Crane Fast Time.
Nick Robfogel won Benic Ent Heat No.1, Josh Young won Brown and Miller Heat No. 2, Jake Morgan won King Racing Products Heat No. 3, and Dylan Newberry won Santomauro Race Products Heat No. 4.
After winning the ‘B’, Daniel Whitley charged to seventh in the ‘A’ and was the events Santomauro Hard Charger. Jordan Garretson was the Matt Streeter Racing/TW Race Photos Hard Luck Award Recipient, while Hopkins won the Arbo Tech Best Presenting Feature Car award.
By way of his daring three-wide pass for the lead, Jake Morgan took home the Vahlco Wheels Cool Move of the Night, and finishing 15th, Trey Walters earned the BR Motorsports P.15 Award.
1. Jake Morgan #7M
2. Shane Hopkins #51
3. Shawn Jones #14
4. Josh Young #7EJ
5. Shawn Arriaga #32
6. Jarrett Soares #12
7. Daniel Whitley #3T
8. Nick Robfogel #3
9. Grasen Ternora #17T
10. Nick Larson #24N
11. Dylan Newberry #63
12. Brent Steck #2STX
13. Heath Holdsclaw #33
14. Mark Hanson #79
15. Trey Walters #7
16. Nathan Johnson #16
17. Jerry Kobza #X
18. George Nielson #23
19. Scott Clough #60
20. Anthony Snow #17
ON TAP: The Hunt Series returns to action on August 20th at Petaluma Speedway.
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).
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.