ROSEVILLE, Calif. — With $10,000 on the line, some of the best late model racers in the West flocked to Roseville’s All American Speedway for the JM Environmental Highline 150 on Saturday.
In the end, it was 18-year-old Bakersfield driver Buddy Shepherd who came from behind to take home the huge purse.
The first half of the race featured a two-car battle between veteran drivers John Moore and Matt Erickson. Moore spun out of contention, however, leaving Erickson to pace the field. Shepherd, who had steadily made his way forward, took the lead from Erickson on lap 92. Erickson threw everything he had at young second-generation driver, but could not get the lead back and had to settle for second.
Cole Moore was victorious in the earlier trophy dash.
Corey Englehardt went to victory lane in the limited modified division for a third time this year, but it wasn’t without drama. With two laps to go, Nick Lyons bumped Englehardt to take the lead, but on the final lap, Lyons spun by himself to hand the win to Englehardt – who had won the trophy dash earlier.
The super stock A‘s featured close racing between Andrew Peeler and Byron Gonzales, but lapped traffic slowed Gonzales up enough for Peeler to pull away. In the super stock B’s, Chris Paulson took the lead early, and held off a late charge from Erick Ray to win.
The Mini Cup vs Bandoleros main event was closer than ever. Billy Ray and Jayce McCarthey traded the lead multiple times late in the race, with 13-year-old Ray pulling out the win.