STOCKTON, Calif. – For the second time in his career, 15-year-old Caden Sarale swept both the Non Wing and Super 600 features at Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union.
The sweep came during Saturday’s Stockton Heat Night at the Races. Sarale last accomplished the rare double on Aug. 18, 2018. Saturday’s victories extend his points leads in both divisions on the seventh-mile dirt oval.
Mitchel Moles set the Super 600 quick-time but started fourth alongside Brad Hannum after the inversion. Hannum led lap one while pole sitter Blake Bower dropped out of the event on lap three. Sarale fell as low as third before taking the lead from Hannum on lap five.
Sarale paced Hannum by over a second at the finish of the 30-lap, $500-to-win feature while 2014 champion Travis Labat drove from sixth to finish third. Raio Salmon went tenth fourth and 2017 champion Jake Andreotti drove 17th to fifth. Sarale enjoys a 42-point advantage over Salmon, not counting the drop race, heading into the next round on July 27.
In Non-Wing, Sarale grabbed his second consecutive win in the division – also worth $500. Sarale started fourth while Ripon’s Brandon Carey led from the pole position. Carey led until lap 18 when Mitchel Moles took the top spot which he held for only one circuit before an incident ended his night. Sarale battled for the lead on the restart and eventually brought seventh starting Dalton Hill with him. Sarale cashed the big victory ahead of Hill, Carey, Dan Mognaga, and 18th starting Chad Laughton.
Devon Courtnier won his third consecutive Restricted feature in the $300 to win, 25-lap affair. Courtnier has established himself as chief championship contender for Logan Trevino, both using D1 Driven chassis in their efforts. The gap between the young drivers stands at just eight points after Saturday’s action.
Courtnier started fourth after leading qualifying and spinning a four inversion. Front row starter James Andrichuk had trouble at the start. Courtnier immediately jumped into the lead position with sixth starting Trevino into second immediately as well.
They went back-and-forth for the lead with Trevino taking over on lap 11 before Courtnier took it back on lap 14. Trevino led again until lap 18 before the decisive pass by Courtnier. Two-time 2019 winner Jade Avedisian finished third ahead of eighth starting Sage Bordenave and tenth starting Brody Petrie. Jeffrey Pahule Jr. drove from 16th to finish sixth.
Lucas Mauldin leading all 20 laps in the Jr Sprints with Jett Barnes hot on heels. The pair of drivers of No. 55 cars have held court as the only winners so far this season. Mauldin and Barnes each won heat races as well. Kyle Fernandez, Andy Hintz, and Brody Rubio rounded out the top-five.