Owens, Jinkerson claim titles at All American Speedway
All American Speedway crowned its third and fourth champions in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Sept. 17, as Mickey Owens and Dan Jinkerson claimed the Street Stock and Modified titles.
Richard Poppert Jr. did his part in trying to wrest the Street Stock crown from Owens by taking the lead on lap 12 and winning the 35-lap main event by 1.349 seconds, but Owens locked up the crown by finishing eighth in the 18-car field.
Owens went into the feature needing only to avoid finishing last. He started third in the main and immediately suffered a motor problem. Owens fell to 16th before making a charge in the final 12 laps.
Owens performed a smoke-fest around the track in celebration of his second Street Stock championship.
Poppert topped qualifying with a lap at 15.048 seconds around the one-third-mile track.
Frank Aguirre won the first heat race, and Gary Campora grabbed the second heat and the trophy dash.
Jinkerson’s Modified title also was his second at All American. He finished fourth in the 35-lap main and earlier won the second heat and the trophy dash. Mikey Lehman won the first heat.
Cody Thompson, 18, the top qualifier by one-thousandth of a second at 14.214, passed Gary Glenn for the lead on lap 24 and drove to his second checkered flag of the season.
Matt Scott, having already clinched his second consecutive Late Model track championship, set the pace in qualifying at 13.087 seconds and took the lead from Dylan Hutchison on lap 45 en route to winning the 50-lap main. Hutchison, 16, led 38 laps before Scott bumped his way by.
It was the sixth victory of the season for Scott, 19, who will make his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Oct. 15 at All American.
Glen Cook captured his first trophy dash win at the speedway.
Like Scott, Chris Paulson went into the last night of Bomber racing with his second consecutive points championship already around his belt.
He took fast time in qualifying at 15.977 seconds but finished eighth in the 10-car main after spinning out on worn tires along the front straight on lap 27. He finished a lap down to first-time Bomber winner Dana Kelly, who passed Keith Hopkinson for the lead on lap 16 and led the final 20 laps.
ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
Remaining races in 2011
Today: All American Vintage Classic with Legends of the Pacific, Ford Focus Midgets and Young Guns.
Friday, Oct. 14: Late Model and Modified program put on by Bill McAnally Racing.
Saturday, Oct. 15: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150, SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series Thunder Valley Casino Resort 135, Legends of the Pacific, WSRA Mini Cup.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Annual Pumpkin Smash Enduro.
Information: (916) 786-2025 or www.allamericanspeedway.com.