Golobic Storms Through Ocean Speedway


WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Dustin Golobic stormed to the win at the Ocean Speedway in the Bay Cities Racing Ass’n midget feature on Saturday, taking the lead on the fourth-lap from his outside second row starting berth.

Golobic powered by early leader Terre Rothweiler to take the lead aboard the Doug Bock Spike/Esslinger in turn one, as Rothweiler’s Chris Walker Spike/Esslinger settled into second-place, with Maria Cofer running third aboard her John Cofer Spike/Esslinger.

Greg Bragg moved the Thurston Spike/Esslinger into the fourth spot as eighth-starting Randi Pankratz tucked in to run fifth aboard her Edmunds/Fontana.

Seemingly from nowhere, Brian Gard began his climb forward, driving the Storcks Garage Ellis/Chevy, to take the sixth position by the 12th lap when the only caution flag was waved for a stalled Bragg at the end of the backstraight.

At the green, the aggressive Gard took fourth, then passed two cars for second as second-running Rothweiler succumbed to handling problems and began dropping positions. Gard began reeling in the flying leader and by the 24th round was in challenging position.

As the front-running duo exited turn-four on the 27th lap, Golobic made a sudden move to the outside as he encountered the lap car of Rothwediler, sending his car skirting toward the outside crashwall. This sudden move forced Gard to back off and while Golobic retained control, Gard lost valuable ground to the leader, finishing the 30-lapper nose-to-tail behind Golobic.

Pankratz crossed the line in third over Cofer and Taylor Simas.

The finish:

Dustin Golobic, Brian Gard, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Taylor Simas, Bobby Wilson, Floyd Alvis, Terre Rothweiler, Greg Bragg.