UKIAH, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2018) – Cole Moore led 72 laps and put together a masterful set of final restarts to prevail at Ukiah Speedway on Saturday night, charging to his second career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory. Moore conquered the challenging quarter-mile bullring in a race that was a tale of two acts.
Shasta Raceway Park winner Jason Romero won the Sunoco Fuels Fast Time Award for the second consecutive race, but had work to do when the field was fully inverted for the American Racer Tire Dash. Romero finished seventh to start seventh in the feature while Coquille, OR’s David Miller won the Dash for a set of tires and the pole position of the feature with Moore finishing second for the outside front row.
Moore used his outside starting position to challenge Miller from the outside from the drop of the green flag, taking the lead on lap three. Defending series champion Mike Beeler used the outside line to move forward and brought Romero with him, with the duo advancing to second and third respectively by lap 11.
Ukiah’s John Dalerio started tenth and immediately moved to the front, passing a quickly faltering Miller for fifth on lap 16. Romero aimed high and low on Beeler in an entertaining race for second place while Miller anchored a four car line of cars from sixth through ninth positions.
Romero took over second on lap 29 but had a half-lap deficit to make up on Cole Moore by that point. Moore started lapping cars, lapping fellow front row starter Miller on lap 35. Redwood Valley’s Kolby Berry used the leader as a pick to advance up into sixth position but was also put down a lap a few laps later.
Matt Wendt struggled with rear end issues and was tagged by race leader Cole Moore on lap 59, with Wendt limping to a stop in the infield for the first caution of the race. Wendt surrendered to the pits as had Miller by that point. Both did not return.
Romero seized the chance to challenge Moore for the lead after a 59 lap green flag run. After pacing behind Moore for several laps after the restart, Romero gave him a pair of taps into turn three to grab the lead at lap 66. Romero missed his marks into turn one, sailing up the hill and off the edge of the track in turn two. He slid into the dirt to surrender the lead and force a caution flag.
Moore reassumed the lead while Romero tried to mount a comeback from the rear of the pack with just nine laps remaining. John Moore tangled with John Dalerio twice, first on lap 70 and again on lap 73. Both restarts saw Cole Moore pick the inside line against Mike Beeler and both attempts saw Moore drive away in convincing fashion.
The final two lap shootout was a mad scramble, with Berry diving inside the pack down the backstretch to nearly show his nose to race leader Cole Moore. He ended up sliding in front of Beeler for second with one to go. Cole Moore took a five car length victory while Romero crossed over Berry at the line to take a narrow second place finish. Beeler ended up relegated to fourth with John Moore just a few feet behind in fifth as well.
Berry’s drive from ninth to third earned him the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger Award. The evening began with a tribute to Martin Disomma, the father of PCS official Blake Disomma. $100 was added to the winner’s purse for each division racing at Ukiah on Saturday, making Cole Moore’s win a $1600 victory.
The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com makes its second stop at Shasta Speedway on June 23rd as part of the Shasta District Fair for its fourth race of 2018!
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The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*
Pacific Challenge Series Round 3: Ukiah Speedway results
|1||20||Cole Moore||Granite Bay, CA||JM Environmental|
|2||8||Jason Romero||Cameron Park, CA||Folsom Lake Asphalt|
|3||88||Kolby Berry||Redwood Valley, CA||Redwood Valley RV|
|4||6||Mike Beeler||Modesto, CA||Beeler Industries|
|5||27||John Moore||Granite Bay, CA||JM Environmental|
|6||14||John Dalerio||Ukiah, CA||Auto Tech|
|7||3||Dave Byrd||French Camp, CA||Cherokee Mufflers|
|8||28||Myles Anderson||Fort Bragg, CA||Anderson Logging|
|9||1||Matt Wendt||Galt, CA||Wendt Construction|
|10||22M||David Miller||Coquille, OR|
Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #8 Jason Romero 12.814
American Racer Dash: #22M David Miller
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #88 Kolby Berry
Lap Leaders: 22M David Miller 1-2, 20 Cole Moore 3-65, Jason Romero 66, Moore 67-75