Pounds Dominates Night One Of The Nationals @ Santa Maria Speedway

by Stephanie Odom
SANTA Maria, CA (May 25) – The West Coast Late Model Shootout kicked off “The Nationals Presented by Coors Light” on Saturday night at Santa Maria Speedway. Twenty-three cars were on hand for the $2,000 to win and $300 to start event with Bakersfield’s Brad Pounds dominating the first night of action.

Known as “The Dominator” to many, Pounds started the night off strong qualifying first within his group and winning his heat race. He started the feature event second alongside defending West Coast Late Model Shootout Champion Clay Daly.

Pounds got the jump when the green flag dropped for thirty laps of action. Daly settled in to second while the battle was heated for third between Mike Johnson and Tucson, Arizona’s RC Whitwell. Johnson took the position with current series’ points leader Nick Bartels getting by Whitwell for fourth. The only caution came out on lap two for Dennis Souza and Carla Laney.

Racing resumed with Mike Johnson challenging and overtaking Daly for second place and Bobby Hogge battling Whitwell for fifth. While Pounds pulled away from the field, Whitwell moved from the preferred bottom lane to the middle and top groove passing Bartels for fourth place. With five laps remaining Pounds methodically moved his way through lapped traffic and took the checkered flag with Johnson, Daly, Whitwell, Hogge, Bartels, Tommy Malcolm, Tony Toste, Steve Drake and Rob Sanders completing the top ten.

The West Coast Late Model Shootout will return to action tonight at Santa Maria Speedway for night two of “The Nationals Presented by Coors Light,” for a $3,000 to win and $300 to start feature event. For more information visit www.WestCoastLateModels.com or www.RaceSantaMariaSpeedway.com.

The West Coast Late Model Shootout and Chris Kearns Presents would like to thank the following for their support this season: Taffera Jewelers, RoadRunner Fabrication, Pearsons Auto Wrecking, Drake Farms Transportation, Toste Construction, Toste Grading and Paving, Papich Construction, Victory Circle Chassis, Victory Circle Custom Fabrication and Machining, West Coast Boring, Hoosier Tires, Five Star Grafix, VP Racing Fuel, A-1 Spring & Supply and Holders Air Conditioning and Heating

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