Hogge Sweeps West Coast Shootout at Calistoga Speedway

Bobby Hogge IV is no stranger to victory lane being one of the top active drivers in California. The Salinas native added another victory to the books on Saturday night as the West Coast Shootout Late Model Series made their return to the historical Calistoga Speedway. Hogge became the second driver to win a Super Late Model race at the scenic half mile and did it in convincing fashion sweeping the night.

Hogge was the sixth driver to take the track for qualifying and topped the charts with a lap time of 22.430. Lompoc’s “Ironman” Mike Johnson clocked in at 22.570 with Nick Bartels qualifying third at 22.590 seconds. The event was Bartels first West Coast Shootout race since returning home from the Hell Tour where he competed in 28 races in 31 days. The 24 year old made the feature event 14 times.

After qualifying fast time, Hogge walked away from the field in his heat race and dash setting him up with a pole position. Alongside him was Santa Maria’s Jason Papich who also picked up a heat race win. Hogge quickly jumped to the point on the initial start until the yellow flag came out for Steve Drake. Drake won last year’s inaugural event at Calistoga but wasn’t as fortunate this time around as he lost his left front tire in turn one and two. Drake parked his car for the remainder of the night.

On the second start Hogge jumped back to the front as Ryan McDaniel moved from his outside second row starting position to the bottom of the track getting by Papich for the second spot. Bartels quickly pressured Papich and pulled aside him going down the backstretch but was not able to make the pass. The field began to spread out with Mike Johnson completing the top five. Behind him series points’ leader Clay Daly moved within striking distance as lapped traffic approached. Bartels and Johnson capitalized with the slower traffic as they made a pass by Papich for third and fourth exiting turn two. Matt Micheli spun exiting turn four bringing out the second caution of the night. Following the restart a third caution was brought out for Hollister’s Andy Obertello as he came to a stop along the turn four wall ending his night. Obertello was running in seventh place.

Racing resumed with Daly getting underneath Papich in turn one and two making the pass for fifth place. Bartels applied heavy pressure to McDaniel for second but could not make the pass. Tom Sullivan brought out another caution as he hit the turn three wall with five laps to go. Johnson pulled off on the restart while running fourth due to engine problems. Daly went below Johnson at the start line to get past him while Rob Sanders of Bakersfield made a pass by Papich and Tony Toste for fifth. Toste was able to get back around Sanders to secure a top five finish. 

The white flag flew and Hogge went uncontested the entire thirty lap feature event with McDaniel, Nick Bartels, Daly, Toste, Sanders, Papich, Anthony Restad, Mike Kirby and Steve Johnson completing the top ten. 

The West Coast Shootout Late Model Series will return to Northern California on September 8th for the Maselli and Sons Classic at Petaluma Speedway. For more information visit www.WestCoastLateModels.com.

Chris Kearns Presents and the West Coast Shootout Late Models would like to thank Shannon Pump Company, Drake Farms Transportation, Toste Construction & Paving, Indiana Truck Salvage, Papich Construction, ProPower Engines, Integra Shocks, West Coast Boring, Pearsons Auto Wrecking, Victory Circle and RoadRunner Fabrication for their support this season.

 

West Coast Shootout Late Model Series
August 5, 2012
Contact: Stephanie Odom
(805) 268-1393
odom.stephanie@ymail.com



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