Run What You Brung At Merced
MERCED, Calif. — Sunday’s “Run What You Brung” program brought the final curtain to the 2011 season at Merced Speedway. Troy Foulger, Larry Damitz and Brad Myers souped up their cars to become victors in the three main events of the evening.
The rules were wide open for the modified stock car, supper stock and hobby stock divisions. Damitz arrived to the speedway with a giant sprint car wing on top of his super stock. He flew away from the rest of the flock in the super stock main event.
“I imagine the wing helped a little bit,” Damitz smiled in victory lane.
Steven Hannah, who borrowed a four-barrel carburetor to mount on his super stock engine, chased him. Third-place John Murrieta said he wasn’t going to race but came out with pink ribbons on his car to help breast cancer awareness and a free ad on the side of his car to publicize “Stepping Stone Recovery Options.”
“I’m lucky to have a race car,” he said. “Since it is the last race of the year, I decided to race to bring awareness to two good causes.”
Foulger sported a sail panel on the left side of his modified.
“It helped me dig in, but it lifted up the left front of the car,” he said.
Chester Kniss, who got by him on a few restarts, challenged Foulger. Kniss was sporting big tires on his modified.
“I put late model tires on the modified,” he said. “It was good, but I had a little too much bite.”
Syd Fin was ecstatic as his third place was the best he’s ever done.
“It’s the first time I finished a modified feature,” he said. “Every time I came out to race the car broke down.”
Antioch Speedway hobby stock champ Brad Myers dominated the Merced Hobby Stock main event. He dedicated the race to fiancé Melissa Hansen’s granddad Bob and engine builder George Santos, who both recently passed away.
Melissa Hansen, who runs in the limited late model class at Antioch Speedway, helped Myers prepare his hobby stock for “Run What you Brung.” Myers topped the largest field of the year in the hobby stock division, as 18 cars started the main event.
“I gave him a few go-fast goodies,” she laughed in victory lane.