18 Year Old Tommy Malcolm Wins @ Santa Maria Speedway

 

In the West Coast Late Model Shootout 40-lap Feature Event it was Jason Papich of Arroyo Grande who started on the pole based on his win in the 6-lap Trophy Dash that set the front of the field.  Papich led from the beginning with Mike Kirby of Torrance right behind him. A restart on lap 6 had Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill passing Kirby and on lap 15 Decker got by Papich for the lead. Decker, Papich and Kirby all had to deal with lapping traffic before a caution on lap 19 gave them a little room in front of them. On the restart Decker pulled out front and Tommy Malcolm of Corona got by Kirby to take over third. On lap 25 Papich had a problem and was passed by Malcolm and Kirby before Papich pulled into the pits. On lap 29 lapping traffic again came into play and Malcolm got around Kirby and then Decker to take the lead just before a yellow flag again closed the field on lap 30. The final 10 laps were all green and that was all Tommy Malcolm needed to take the victory. Jeff Decker finished second and Mike Kirby finished third which keeps him 1st in championship points with two West Coast Shootout point races to go. On another note, Jerry Stewart finished 9th in his final race as a regular Late Model driver. Stewart announced his retirement from racing this weekend.
Main Event Results:

1st 75 Tommy Malcolm
2nd 84 Jeff Decker
3rd 5K Mike Kirby
4th 7 Mike Johnson
5th 77 Bill Bartels
6th 10N Rob Sanders
7th 91t AJ Kirkpartick
8th 77c Johnny Cardoza
9th 4 Jerry Stewart
10th 11x Steve Drake
11th 29 Andy Orbertello
12th 91p Jason Papich
13th 32B Clay Daly
14th 53 David Spears
15th 8 John Lowery
16th 12 Nick Bartels
17th 18 John Crow
18th  47Chet Buckley
19th 111 Logan Drake
20th 5x Dino Napier

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