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Stock Car - Race & Results - August 31, 2013

I arrive at tonight's circle track race three hours late thanks to an overturned concrete truck on the freeway that had traffic snarled up from Pearl City to Red Hill (an already notoriously slow section of the H1 Freeway. I'm releived to see that I'm not too seriously late as the heat races have yet to start. There's a small change to the schedule whereby the HulaCross division is running ahead of the circle track racing (you'll want to refer to the article in that section of the website for those results). My initial thoughts about the track are that it looks nice and tacky, but there are a few bumps that have appeared since the last event (these bumps are dealt with by the grader and roller later on throughout the evening).

Practice and hot laps are complete and the HulaCross heat races are run before first group of stock cars are brought up for the beginning of their heat races.

The Modified class is first. On the pole is the 7 and next to him the 27. On the 2nd row we have the 50 next to the 25 and behind them the 18 and the 85 with the (relatively) new driver Jeremy (Boy) Moniz in the white 07 trailing. At the start of the race the 50 of Kovaloff gets a good start and drives up to 2nd while the 7 of Larry Toro maintains the lead to the finish. The black #18 of Moniz is dropping back actually stopping after contact with another car before the checkered flag so we'll need to see if he can get everything repaired before the main. It's been mostly single file and the 50 gets 2nd with the 27 of Ron Peterson in 3rd.

It's a pretty calm evening and the track looks as though it's not too dusty (except maybe some of the off track areas where the Hula Cross races are run).

Next class to race is the Mini Modifieds. The line up has the 46 on the pole and next to him the 14 followed by the 43 & 6. On row three are the 11 and 24, row four has the 8 & 55. At the start the 14 of Richard Stewart is slow to react while Koa Grace in the 43 is quick to pounce and moves the 43 up to 2nd. On the next corner Grace hooks one of the tires demarking the inside edge of the track and comes to a stop with certain damage to the front end. The yellow comes out so the 43 can be retrieved. On the restart the 6 of Darrick Rodrigues is all over the 46, but goes pretty wide with the effort and is passed, in turn, by the 11 of Jimmy Joseph. Bulla Nelson manages to keep the 46 in the front all the way to the checkered flag while Joseph takes 2nd and Rodrigues back to 3rd.

In the Econo Sprint class there will be (as is usual) two heat races. On the start of the 1st heat it's the 22 on the pole next to the 7x followed by the 1 and the 63. On row three its the 11 and the 14. The race is relatively calm and, except for a few moments where the bumps and ruts cars to get a bit airborn and most of the cars runs single file with no positions changing before the checkers fly.

In the second heat it's the 43 on the pole and next to him the 8, then in the 2nd row we see the 48 and 18 and in the final row the 2 and the 74. At the wave of the green the 2 of Kilika Bell tries to pass down the inide of the 3rd place car and they touch wheels. The front end of Bell's car appears to buckle, causing a pretty violent roll ending in a cartwheel and the car landing heavily on it's roof. Fortunately the driver is unhurt, but the car is done, at least for tonight. The race finally gets restarted some time later due to an exhaustive cleanup and at the checkered it's Cy Thomas in the 43 followed by the 8 of Kala Keliinoi and Shane moniz in the 18 taking 3rd.

The Winged Sprints are up next and on the pole is the 10 next to him on the outside is the 1. On row two we see the 12 and 20 and on row three the 80 and the 24. On the final row are the 5 and the 24. The 12 0f Patrick Krob pulls off the track and (uncharacteristically) the 20 of James Chinen slows and leaves the track too. The race runs quickly then suddenly the 80 of Brian Torikawa gets a bit out of control due to deteriorating track conditions and spins to a stop between turns on and two. While they attend to the 80, Pontin takes the 24 off track and is back on a few moments later (possibly having the car looked at by his crew). On the ensuing restart Pontin is on the attack and gets the 24 up to 2nd place, although unable to catch the leader Sheldon Moniz. Finishing 3rd was the 10 of Ronald Joseph Jr.

In the Street Stock class it's another good field headed by the 02 next to the 33. On the second row its the 18 on the inside and the 83 followed by the 15 and 8 and in the final row the 21 and the 79. Brian Torres in the 83 has a problem with the car and needs to pull off the track. Joe Kovaloff in the 21 has a big moment where he hits a tire (his 1st of two big tire collisions tonight) in turn 2. The tire is relocated and the 21 is taken off the track, meanwhile the 83 is back on, but I think a few laps down. The 02 driven by Jon Perry takes the win followed by the 18 of Billy Pontin and the 33 of Angel Rodrigues.

There are six of the Mini Trucks who will run in the next class tonight. On the pole is the 5 with the 43 to his right. Behind them are the 4 and the 50 and on the 3rd row are the 2 and a new truck; the 13. For the first few laps the front three trucks jostle for the lead using a variety of lines while Geoffrey Grace maintains a safe distance in 4th. The 43 of Brennon Nash tangles with the 4 of Jahrod Toguchi-Mason and this gives hope to Grace who is now up to 2nd. Truck #2 of Jon Tabangcura is sounding really rough and I'm wondering if it will survive the night. James Brock hangs on for the win followed by Geoffrey Grace and in 3rd; the 4j of Mason.

At the start of the Mini-Stock heat race #1 it'll be the 5 on the pole next to the 22 followed by 8 and 7 in row two, and the 58 alone in row three. Keahi Keliinoi in the 8 manages to work his way forward to the lead using the low line while Alan Tabangcura in the 5 and the 22 of Charleston Cummings battle it out side by side for a number of laps. At the line it was Keliinoi in 1st and Tabangcura in 2nd with the 22 of Cummings in 3rd.

Mini-Stock heat race number 2 has the 99 on the pole with the 18 to his right. On the 2nd row it's the 43 and the 4. The race starts and the cars fall in line somewhat. There are sparks coming from under the 4 of Koa Almeida and the problem causes him to pull off the track. Of the three cars remaining someone has a bad misfire and I think it's the 43 of Nahe Medeiros, but he tags a tire and comes to a stop and I don't get to hear him come around again. The car is towed off and race restarted. Medeiros gets his car back on the track to finish 3rd, Moniz gets the 22 to 2nd and its the 99 of Bobby Carrick gets the win.

The final heat race (before the HulaCross main event is run) is the Bruiser Cruiser class. On the pole is Shaun Bautista in the 08 with the 7 of Lonnie Baker Jr. to the outside and in row two; Lonnie Baker Sr. in the 77 next to the 13 of Nephi Young. On row three the 97 of Paul Perry III and Todd Schuler in the 57. At the start the 7 appears to be passing the leader 08, but the 77 tries it up the middle before having to back out. The leaders get tangled forcing Bautista to change lines in order to get free and this allows Baker Jr. to move to the front. The 77 spins to a stop after getting tagged by the 13 of Nephi Young in the middle of turns 1 & 2 eventually causing a flat for the 77 and forcing him off into the pits. The 7 maintains the lead all the way to the checkered flag with Todd Schuler in the 57 taking 2nd and the 13 of Young in 3rd.

We take a short break to run the HulaCross Division of Cars, Trucks and SUV's. The water truck is brought out to deal with the dry areas of their track which had caused a fair amount of dust during their heat races. The staff also take this as an opportunity to pass out purse's from the previous race.

We start off the main event races with the Modifieds. The line up has the 7 on the pole next to the 50 and in the 2nd row the 27 next to the 85. In row three is the 07 and the 25 and on the final row the 18. On the start Larry Toro in the 7 gets loose and the 50 of Brian Kovaloff gets around him. The 25 of Chris Muraoka does a half spin and stalls in turn two and the yellow comes out. Chad Moniz in the 18 comes to a stop also and needs a push off the track. Once the car is towed off the track the cars get lined up and they're off racing, but on lap six the 7 spins towards the inside and tags one of the light towers. Fortunately the light tower is not damaged, but Toro's car has to be towed off the track. Meanwhile as the yellow flag laps pass Kovaloff stops in front of the flagstand (we find out later he suffered from a rear end failure). The 85 driven by Crispen Tabangcura assumes the lead on the restart followed by the 27 of Ronald Peterson and the 07 of Boy Moniz who's become the benefactor of others misfortune. The 25 gomes back out on the track before the flags go green, meanwhile Peterson with steering problems gets towed off. Tabangcura gets the win followed by Boy Moniz in 2nd Chris Muraoka in 3rd as other cars didn't finish.

In the Mini-Modified main event we have seven cars that will be going at it tonight. On the pole is the 46 and next to him the 11 followed by the 6 and 24, 14 and 8 and then the 43 trailing the field after making repairs to his damaged front end from the earlier heat race. The green flag waves and some cars tangle at the back of the pack and we see the 8 of Keahi Keliinoi with what looks like a stuck throttle as he's tagging the outside wall and not appearing to lift through turns one and two. He comes to a stop off near the pit exit and the yellow is out for the cars retreival by track workers. On the restart the 11 of Jimmy Joseph makes a move to get under the 46 of Bulla Nelson and makes it stick for a few corners, but Nelson amazingly gets the position back through pure determination.

The tight racing amongst the top four is pulling them out to a good lead and it's back a number of car lengths where Koa Grace manages to get the 43 past Richard Stewart's 14 to 5th place, but it's cost him time and he may be suffering from the damage from the heat race. The leaders are gobbling up the back of the field in their fast paced racing. Darrick Rodrigues has been hounding Jimmy Joseph and finally resorts to tapping his rear bumper to move him out of the way for 2nd and with the laps dwindling we are wondering if he'll catch Nelson for the lead, but there ends up not being enough time. Bulla Nelso brings the 46 home in 1st place with Darrick Rodrigues in 2nd and the ll of Jimmy Joseph in 3rd place.

Econo Sprints up next and qualifying (based on the finishing order of the two heat races) has the 22 on the pole next to the 43. On the 2nd row it's the 7X and 8, then a row back are the 1 and 18. On row four are the 63 and the 48 and in the final row the 74 inside of the 11. At the start the 8K of Kala Keliinoi has a problem and drops some positions. The track has developed a few humps and dips during the evening that are really challenging the faster cars and where getting the rhythm wrong is challenging most of the drivers. The 8K appears to be a victim of this and almost high-sides the car before regaining control and stopping in turn two after what might have been damage to the front end of the car. On the ensuing restart the racing gets intense with the 18 working the outside and is making forward progress.

Jeremy Moniz in the 7x manages to get around the 43 for 2nd place, but the 22 is solidly in the lead. Jeremy gets a bit wide and the 43 of Cy Thomas is able to get through as do the 1 & 18. Then within the same lap there's contact between the same two cars and one of them car jumps up in the air. Meanwhile it looks as though the 18 has gotten through and now working on the 43 of Thomas. The 1 of Sheldon Moniz spins to a stop in front of the flagstand with a broken front end as does the 18 and racing on the track is brought to a stop with a red flag. Jeremy Moniz in the 7X and Paul Belford in the 63 both take their cars off the track under the red as does the 11 of Ikaika Obrien. All the remaining cars stop at the start finish line and it's pretty obvious that Sheldon is not happy with Cy Thomas driver of the 43 although none of us in the tower could recall what had caused the reaction. The broken cars having been removed from the track now allowed for the remaining cars to get lined up and the 22 of Boy Moniz is still in front followed by Cy Thomas in the 43, the 11 of Jimmy Joseph and the 74 of Justin baker. There are only a few laps left and the cars finish in the same order of the restart.

Up next are the Winged Sprints for their main event and on the pole is the 1 with the 24 next to him to his right. On row 2 we see the 20 inside the 80 followed by the 12 in row three. At the start the 80 of Brian Torikawa gets inside James Chinen's 20 and appears to be catching the 24 of Jimmy Pontin for 2nd as Pontin slips back a bit from the leader. Chinen's car is dropping back a bit at the back of the pack and the 12 of Patrick Krob gets around him on the outside. Pontin settles in to a good rhythm and starts making inroads on the leader; the 1 of Sheldon Moniz. Krob now makes a move on the 80 of Torikawa and gets around him on the outside. Krob's car is working well on the outside line which appears much less bumpy then the normally preferred inside line. At the finish it's close between the 24 and the 1 with Pontin bunting Moniz in the rear a few times and had there been a few laps we might have seen a pass for the lead, but as it ended ; Sheldon Moniz was able to hold on for the win with Jimmy Pontin in 2nd and I see the final scoring has Brian Torikawa taking 3rd.

Street Stock main event has the 02 on the pole next to the 18, followed by the 33 and the 8. In row three the 79 is to the inside of the 83. In row four the 83 is lined up to the inside of the 15 an the final row has the 21 next to the 79 (an El Camino beleive it or not!). At the start Jon Perry in the 02 gets passed by the 18 of William Pontin on the outside. David Rodrigues gets a good start in the 8 and gets around 3rd up to 2nd place while the 18 of Pontin finds himself now in the lead. There's a tight battle going on for 1st thru 4th and another battle a bit back for 5th thru 8th until the 21 of Brian Kovaloff suddenly cleans out one of the big corner tires punting it 30 feet forward and coming to a stop. It was a huge hit and concerned workers rush towards the car to check on the driver as the red flag waves and all cars are stopped on the track. The driver climbs out unassisted and may have had the wind knocked out of him as it took a little while to extricate him and then remove the damaged car to the pits. On the restart the 33 of Angel Rodrigues gets to the inside of Perry's 02 and they may have touched and with some help of the ruts Perry spins to the outside. The 02 leaves the track and we see David Rodrigue's trying hard to get the lead (even tagging Moniz's 18 in the rear) in an attempt to dislodge him from the lead at the restart, but to no avail. At the finish it's the 18 of Pontin with the win followed by David Rodrigues' 8 in 2nd and Angel Rodrigues in the 33 coming in 3rd.

In the Mini Truck Main the 5 of James Brock on the pole next to Geoffrey Grace in the 50. In row two the 4J Jared Taguchi-Mason is inside the 43 of Brennon Nash. In row tree it's the 13 of Cliff Poteet is to the left of the 2 driven by John Tabangcura. At the wave of the green Geoffrey Grace starts working the outside of James Brock and makes a space for the 4j to get under him. They split the 5 and Grace comes out on top with Taguchi-Mason settling in to 2nd while Brock continues to drop back with the 43 of Nash getting by too. The 4J and the 50 are having a good battle for the lead until the yellow comes out for a spin by Brock in the middle of turns 1 & 2. At the restart it appears that the 50 has a flat tire and is forced to pull off and then the 13 of Poteet comes to a stop in turn 4 with a broken front end and also needs to be towed off. On the restart the 4j struggles a little allowing the 43 of Nash to get by for the lead and eventual victory. In 2nd place was the 4j of Taguchi-Mason and 3rd to the 2 of Jon Tabangcura.

We see eight cars lined up for tonight's Mini Stock main event. On the pole is the 8 and next to him the 99. On row two it's the 5 and the 18 followed by the 22 and 4. Row four is the 58 inside the 8. At the start Braedon Moniz has a problem with the 18 as it pops out of gear and he looses all kinds of positions while Keahi Keliinoi pulls the 8 out to a good lead. We see the 22 of Charleston Cummings get out of control and nearly hits the (now famous due to Kovaloff's experience) turn 1 tire, but he stops just short of hitting it. The yellow comes out and the field is reset and Moniz has the 18 back up to 5th, but for some reason needs to pull off the track. The race restarts and there's a lot of jostling mid-pack before we see the 4 of Koa Almeida getting turned around by what looks like the 7 of Dayton Kawashima and then do a slow roll all the way back onto all four wheels. Kawashima recieves the black flag for the avoidable contact between the 7 and the 4 and pulls off the track and meanwhile the 18 of Moniz returns. The carnage cleared up the track goes back to racing when we see the 58 of Bryson Felisi with a spin in turn 2 although he was able to restart himself and there's no flag however the 22 of Cummings slows and pulls off the track. The 99 of Carrick is all over the 8 for the lead, but is unable to pass prior to the checkered flag. Finishing order of the top three was: Keahi Keliinoi in the 8 in 1st followed by the 99 of Bobby Carrick in 2nd and 3rd place to the 5 of Allan Tabangcura.

So we are now at the final race of the evening. It's the Bomber (Cruiser Bruiser) class and it should prove to be exciting. It's the 7 & 57 on the front row and behind them on the inside is the 13 with the 94 next to him. On row three the 77 to the inside of the 08. The flag is held red for a moment while they clean up some debris from the track surface. We see the 13 of Nephi Young to the inside for a pass on the 57 and around the 7 on the outside for the lead, then the 7 seems to retaliate with a move to the inside of Young who gets tagged and spins to a stop in turn 2. There's no flag thrown even though the driver's door of the 13 is facing oncoming traffic and the 08 of Shaun Bautista takes advantage of the situation moving up to 3rd. The 57 of Todd Schuler is running rough and getting passed by the field when the 7 of Lonnie Baker Jr. spins and the red finally comes out to take the vulnerable 13 of Young off the track. The 94 of Paul Perry III is lined up at the front for the restart and the 77 of Lonnie Baker Sr. has a really slow start allowing Bautista to move up to 2nd place and challenge for the lead while Baker Jr. comes to a stop at the flagstand. At the checkered the 94 of Parry III gets the win with Bautista bringing the 08 in 2nd and 3rd to the ailing 77 of Lonnie Baker Sr.

See you at the next event!

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