(PETERSEN MEDIA-Placerville, CA)- Jake Morgan has become quite tough to beat when the Joe Hunt Wingless Series checks into Placerville Speedway. That remained true on Saturday night as Morgan wrestled the lead away from Braidon Moniz and went on to win the season opening event in convincing fashion .
Piloting a Snow Motorsports entry, Morgan was able to work his way forward by using the bottom of the Placerville Speedway surface. While he came forward from his fifth starting position, Moniz was in cruise control up front.
As Morgan broke into second, on the fourth lap of the race, he was able to power into the lead on the race’s fifth circuit.
While he was able to break away from the pack, Bradley Terrell, Geoff Ensign, and Shane Hopkins were doing a great job working their way forward after starting deep in the field.
Morgan was able to win the race convincingly despite a late yellow. Moniz was able to hang on to second, as Bradley Terrell was able to round out the podium after starting seventh.
13th starting Geoff Ensign had his elbows up as he charged to a fourth place finish, but the biggest mover and shaker of them all was Shane Hopkins who rode from dead last to finish fifth and earn the Santomaruo Racing Products Hard Charger award.
Bradley Terrell opened the night up by earning Ashely Van Den Berg Home Loans Fast Time Award, while Nick Robfogel won Benic Enterprises Heat Race No. 1, Matt Streeter won Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race No. 2, Moniz won Heat Race No. 3, and Tim Sherman Jr. won Santomauro Heat Race No. 4.
A total of 29 cars were on hand for the season opening event and a B Main was used which was won by Cameron Martin.
Other contingency awards handed out on Saturday night were the Benic Enterprises 1st Non Transfer Award that went to Scott Clough, and the TDS Hard Luck Award that went to Danile Whitley.
1. Jake Morgan #17
2. Braidon Moniz #22JR
3. Bradley Terrell #11BT
4. Geoff Ensign #3T
5. Shane Hopkins #51
6. Tim Sherman Jr. #1JR
7. Jarrett Soares #12
8. Matt Streeter #3F
9. Brent Steck #2STX
10.Shawn Arriaga #56
11.Nick Robfogel #3
12.Boy Moniz #22
13.Ka’imi Moniz-Costa #5
14.Tony Bernard #50
15.Jeffrey Scotto #92A
16.Cameron Martin #11
17.Shawn Jones #14
18.Cody Fendley #9
19.Bob Newberry #36
20.Daniel Whitley #6K
ON TAP: The next race for the series will be on April 17th at Petaluma Speedway.
WINNERS: Jake Morgan (April 3rd Placeville 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. 2021 the series will be in action on 13 occasions as they visit five different Northern California venues.