Hogge nips Drake, Kirby for victory at Chowchilla

 CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (April 10) — Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas, Calif., slipped under race-long leader Steve Drake of San Luis Obispo, Calif., on the 21st lap and survived a challenge from Mike Kirby of Torrance, Calif., for a West Coast Shootout victory at Chowchilla Speedway. Kirby followed Hogge past Drake and actually overtook Hogge in turn three on the 23rd lap, but a caution appeared as the frontrunners went through turn four, erasing Kirby’s pass and resetting the field with Hogge out front.

Kirby ended up second followed by Drake, Chris Shannon of Merced, Calif., and John Lowrey of Bakersfield, Calif., on a night when racers battled difficult track conditions on a heavy racing surface.

WCS @ Chowchilla (unofficial): (1) Bobby Hogge IV, (2) Mike Kirby, (3) Steve Drake, (4) Chris Shannon, (5) John Lowrey, (6) Richard Papenhausen, (7) Jason Selvidge, (8) Cody Barnett, (9) Andy Obertello, (10) Dino Napier, (11) Chris Barnett, (12) Robert Sanders, (13) Matt Michelli, (14) Johnny Cardoza, (15) Ron Bartels, (16) Bill Bartels, (17) Chet Buckley, (18) Nick Bartels, (19) Bobby Hogge III, (20) Clay Daly. Heat race winners (among 29 cars): Drake, Kirby, Daly, Hogge III. Dash winner: Drake. Consolation winner: Napier.

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