Romero and Scott win Twin 44s at All American Speedway

By: Chase Montgomery, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Cameron Park’s Jason Romero, in his No. 8 Folsom Lake Asphalt Late Model won the first Twin and Pine Grove’s Matt Scott, driving his No. 35, won the second Twin 44 Saturday night at The All American Speedway in Roseville. Twin 44 No. 1 Twenty-two cars took the green flag for this one, with Manteca’s Jake Gomes (16X) and Jason Romero starting from the first row. Row two included Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn (44) and Carson City’s Bobby Hodges (88), while fast qualifier Matt Scott (35) started seventh with the invert with Granite Bay’s John Moore (27) on his outside. They mixed it up really well from the drop, as Romero slipped by Gomes for the lead on the first lap, while Hodges and Chunn went back and forth early. Jonathan Mawhinney (17) started fifth, but was moving up quickly. Gomes was solid and sitting second until lap15, when Hodges got by him for the spot, but Gomes fought back and retook that position three laps later. Scott was charging and moved past Mawhinney to take fourth on the 17th trip, all while Romero looked unbeatable up front. At the halfway mark it was Romero, Gomes, Hodges, Pitta and Scott in the top five. Hodges moved around Gomes for second during the 23rd lap, as the 16x seemed to be falling off a bit. Pitta also ran past him for third on lap 24 and Matt Scott passed on lap 27, dropping Gomes to fifth. The latter part of the race saw little change up front. Romero was just too strong, and he claimed the checkered flag in a dominant run. Without a doubt, he had the best car in race No. 1, and the points leader cushioned his lead with the big win. Hodges finished second behind Romero with another good run. Galt’s Juan Pitta, a consistent top-five finisher, was third. Matt Scott came home fourth with Ron Chunn fifth. 6th Jake Gomes 7th Jonathan Mawhinney 8th Julia Landauer (20) 9th Chris Scribner (51) 10th Shannon Mansch (61) 11th Gary Glenn 12th John Moore (one lap down) 13th David Hulsey (57) (43 laps) 14th Tyler Thomas (24) (43 laps) 15th Zach Reardon (12) (43 laps) 16th Brian Koski (5) (43 laps) 17th Doff Cooksey (57X) (43 laps) 18th Byron Gonzales (98) (42 laps) 19th Roger Davison (65) (42 laps) 20th Zane Lovelace (46) (41 laps) 21rst Jarred Beddow (50X) (18 laps) 22nd Jason Fensler (27X) (3 laps) Time of race: 24:25:037 Margin of victory: 2.408 Fastest lap of the race: Jason Romero 13.993/ 77.181MPH (lap 8) Twin 44 No. 2 With the invert, Matt Scott was on the pole for the second race, with Ron Chunn on his outside. Row two included Hodges and Pitta, whileMawhinney started fifth and Gomes sixth. Race No. 1 winner Jason Romero was scheduled to start sixth, but a mechanical issue took him off the track during a pre-race hot lap. He made it back out but started the race dead last. Chunn took the lead out of the chute, but Scott fought back to make the pass for the lead on lap four. Just when it looked as though Chunn would run away with this one, Scott made a great pass to take the lead on lap 36. Moore the moved around Chunn for second on lap 37. Matt Scott would hold on to win the second Twin 44. The win gives the 17-year-old two on the season. John Moore would cross the stripe second for his efforts in race two, but the night cost him some ground in the race for the championship. Moore started the day four points off of Romero’s lead but by the end of the night found himself minus 21. Ron Chunn bounced back to finish third after battling some issues the last few weeks, while Jake Gomes fought his way to a fourth-place finish. Gomes is in a battle with Scott in the race for Rookie of the Year. He needed a top five finish to stay close. Bill McAnally Racing’s Juan Pitta added a fifth-place finish to his third in the first race. Pitta is third in points just -34 off the lead. 6th Bobby “Cup Cake” Hodges 7th Romero 8th Jonathan Mawhinney (17) 9th Gary Glenn 10th Chris Scribner (51) 11th David Hulsey (57) 12th Julia Landauer (20) 13th Zach Reardon (12) (one lap down) 14th Byron Gonzales (98) (43 laps) 15th Tyler Thomas (24) (43 laps) 16th Doff Cooksey (57X) (43 laps) 17th Roger Davison (65) (27 laps) 18th Jarred Beddow (50X) (5 laps) 19th Zane Lovelace (46) (4 laps) 20th Brian Koski (5) (0 laps) Time of race: 24:36:896 Margin of victory: 0.295 Fastest lap of the race: John Moore 14.192/ 76.099 (in lap 33) Earlier in the day in qualifying, Matt Scott grabbed fast time with a lap of 13.953/ 77.403MPH. 2nd John Moore 13.972 3rd Jonathan Mawhinney 13.992 4th Juan Pitta 13.996 In the Division’s Fast Dash, Juan Pitta defeated Moore, Scott, and Hodges (alternate). Here are the points… 1 8 Jason Romero 667 Leader 2 27 John Moore 646 -21 3 16 Juan Pitta 633 -34 4 17 Jonathan Mawhinney 622 -45 5 50 Gary Glenn 619 -48 Modifieds A couple of 16-year-olds - Hayward's Jessica Brunelli (3) and Nik Romano (21) would start this 40-lap feature from the pole. Orangevale’s Jarred Beddow (50), the season points leader, started sixth, but the real story was the visiting drivers - Sacramento’s Jason Philpot (15), Linden’s Scott Winters (2007 & 2008 AAS Champ) (24), and Wes Miller (57) up from Stockton. Brunelli grabbed the lead early but it didn’t last. Philpot jumped up to second by lap two with Miller third by lap six. Winters patiently ran sixth as things begin to sort themselves out, as Beddow sat fifth, just behind his closest points contender - Nick Lyons. By the halfway point, Philpot was running strong, looking almost unbeatable. He continued to lead Miller, Brunelli, Beddow and Winters. As Philpot began to pull away from the field there was a great battle going on between Winters and Beddow for third. They battled door-to-door for 13 laps until Winters finally got under him for third. Philpot would go on to win this battle of behemoths. He made it look easy as he won his heat race, the trophy dash and the main event. Miller outlasted Winters to claim second. Fourth place went to Beddow, who managed to finish ahead of his closest points challengers. Jessica Brunelli hangs on to bring home yet another top-five finish, adding to her season’s resume. 6th Nick Lyons (43) 7th Nik Romano (21) 8th Rick Anderson (11) 9th Buddy Anderson (33) (first car one lap down) 10th Josh Reaume (7) (39 laps) 11th Scott Heminover (9) (39 laps) 12th Rick “The Underdog” Anable (1) (39 laps) 13th Tuesday Sanderson (13) (38 laps) 14th Dave Silva (03) (30 laps) 15th Dwayne Anderson (96) (0 laps) Time of race: 9:40:178 Margin of victory: 0.423 Fastest lap of the race: Wes Miller 14.239/ 75.848MPH Heat Race 1 Winner: Jason Philpot 2nd Wes Miller Heat Race 2 Winner: Jarred Beddow 2nd Scott Winters In the division’s Trophy Dash, Jason Philpot defeated Winters, Beddow, and Miller. Street Stocks Phil Wilkins (99) returned to AAS, having run a limited schedule this season to win the 25-lap feature for the division. Twenty cars took the green for this one. Last Saturday night’s car count was the highest of the season so far. Roseville’s Spencer Emerson (6) started from the pole with Sacramento’s “Mighty” Mike Dickson (76) on his outside. Points leader Kevin Owens (21) would start third with Wilkins on his outside in row two. In an interesting turn of events, Mickey Owens (08) started the race, went off track on lap one, and did not return. Emerson led the field to the green but give up the lead to Kevin Owens on the second lap. A great early battle for position took place between Wilkins and Dickson for position. Orangevale’s Casey Cavender (03) gets into the mix moving up to fourth by lap seven. Loomis’ Christopher Lambert (50) was running fifth and coming fast. Kevin Owens led while Dickson looked strong for the first 15, before he gave up the second spot to Wilkins on lap 16. Lambert made a sudden charge, and got by Wilkins for second on lap 17. The great action up front continued as Roseville’s Roy Smith (7) jumped to fourth with Dickson falling back. Owens and Wilkins battled it out as the laps wound down. Either driver could have won this race, but in the end, Wilkins was slightly better and brought home the checkers and the victory. It was a great finish, as Kevin Owens finished second to Wilkins to keep his points lead. Lambert would bring home a third place finish. Roy Smith crossed fourth and Dickson rounded out the top five. 6th Casey Cavender 7th Dan Patton (69) 8th Mel Wilson (2) 9th Gary Campora (16) 10th Mark Blanton (22) 11th Spencer Emerson (6) 12th Earl Lee (48) 13th Joseph Colorado (66) 14th Frank Agguire (00) 15th Ray Mood (77) (24 Laps) 16th Mario Rios-Davis (20) (19 Laps) 17th Bill Thompson (70) (0 Laps) 18th Evan Perry (22X) (16 Laps) 19th Travis Henry (07) (13 Laps) 20th Bryan Tomerrasson (80) (7 Laps) 21rst Mickey Owens (08) (0 Laps) Time of race: 28:22: 570 Margin of victory: 0.262 Fastest lap of the race: Roy Smith 15.282/ 70.671MPH In qualifying, Christopher Lambert topped the speed charts with a lap of 15.169/ 71.198MPH. Heat Race 1 Winner: Christopher Lambert 2nd Mark Blanton (22) Heat Race #2 Winner: Dan Patton (69) 2nd Mel Wilson (2) The first and second place finishers from each of the heat races are matched up in the division’s Trophy Dash where Lambert defeated Patton, Wilson, and Blanton. Bombers Just 11 cars took the green for this 30-lap feature. With the invert, Sacramento’s Kenny Beaumont (15) landed on the pole, the first of his career at AAS. He’ll have Rancho Cordova’s Donald Dickson (76) on his outside. Erick Ray (77) will start third with Roger Ward Jr. (97) on the outside of row two. During the first lap, Rancho Cordova’s Donald Dickson (76) got by Beaumont for the lead. By lap two, Roger Ward Jr. was taking his turn at the point and then Erick Ray took the lead on lap three. Charging from the sixth spot and getting to third was Eric Bocksberger (23). He would then get by Ward Jr. for second and was challenging Ray for the lead on the eighth circuit. Richard Perez (50) moved up to second as the race continued, and Bocksberger faded. At the halfway mark your top five was Ray, Perez, Adam Chapman (01), Bocksberger, and Ward Jr. Chapman was the aggressor and he was charging. After restarting 10th, he had climbed his way back to second by lap 17. However, a spin sent him back to the end of the longest line (sixth) again. In the end, no one could catch Erick Ray on this night. With a chance to win his first race, he just plain wanted it more. He would go on to win leading 27 of the 30 laps. The victory moves him into second place in the points, just 23 behind Chapman. Chapman finished second in spite of being sent to the back twice. Bocksberger was third with Ward Jr. fourth in one of his best efforts of the season. Harry Lambert (73), filling in for Gary Eisenhour, had one of his best finishes, coming home fifth. 6th Walter Silva (89) 7th Ray Stafford (55) (24 Laps) 8th Richard Perez (23 Laps) 9th Donald Dickson (23 Laps) 10th John Holt (6X) (22 Laps) 11th Kenny Beaumont (4 Laps) 12th Cody Rickard (24) (0 Laps) Time of Race: 24:05:490 Margin of Victory: 0.273 Fastest Lap of the Race: Adam Chapman 15.933/ 67.784MPH (in Lap 29) Cody Rickard nailed Fast Time with a lap of 15.979/ 67.589MPH. Heat Race 1 Winner: Richard Perez 2nd Erick Ray Heat Race 2 Winner: Adam Chapman 2nd Eric Bocksberger Again, the first and second place finishers from each of the Heat Races are matched up in the Division’s Trophy Dash. In the Bomber Dash, Perez defeated Chapman, Ray, and Bocksberger. Bomber Points 1 01 Adam Chapman 270 Leader 2 77 Erick Ray 247 -23 3 50 Richard Perez 234 -36 4 04 Dana Kelly 225 -45 5 23 Eric Bocksberger 224 -46