Shane Golobic Conquers Ocean Sprinters

D.J. Netto (3c) leads Shane Golobic earlier this year in California. (Joe Shivak photo)

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Shane Golobic has a favorable relationship with Ocean Speedway and that continued at the King of the West 410 sprint car event on Friday night.

That win however wasn’t without some controversy. Leader D. J. Netto and Golobic tangled going into the first turn with just two laps remaining in the 30-lap feature, sending Netto car flipping off the banking and Golobic holding on for the win.

When asked about the wreck in the post race victory lane interview Golobic said,” I guess we were fighting for the same real estate. He ( Netto ) tried shutting the door, but I was right there. If I had to do it over again, I’d do the same exact thing.”

Netto’s No. 3c Tri-C Motorsports car did a series of hard flips and ended up off the turn 2 banking and then erupted in a huge fireball. The Hanford, California young gun however escaped what looked like a very scary crash. The lap-28 stoppage was the only serious accident in the main event, which nearly ran incident free.

Netto and Buddy Kofoid brought the 22-car starting field to the green flag but before a single lap could be completed, the yellow caution lights came on for Jarrett Soares who suffered a flat left rear tire. He pitted and quickly returned to the tail of the field for a complete restart.

Unlike the initial start, this time Netto got the jump going into the first turn. He would lead Kofoid until lap 12 when the running order changed drastically as Kofoid went from running second falling back to the fifth spot.

Golobic would catch the high-flying Netto in traffic on lap 20. Two laps later the races’ second caution flag would come out for a spin by Brent Bjork. The slow down would bunch the field and put Dominic Scelzi into the mix.

Scelzi would try the high groove around Golobic but couldn’t muster a pass. Justin Sanders had made his way around both Chase Johnson and Kofoid.

Just as the two leaders crossed the line to complete lap 28, Golobic dove to the inside of Netto going into turn one. It appeared Netto was wanting the same line and the two cars touched wheels sending Netto into a series of flips, ending his race.

Golobic held on to the top spot on the restart, taking the checkered flag by five car lengths over Scelzi and Sanders.

The finish:

Shane Golobic, Dominic Scelzi, Justin Sanders, Buddy Kofoid, Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Kurt Nelson, Kyle Hirst, Gio Scelzi, Tim Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Jason Statler, Bud Kaeding, Brent Kaeding, Sean Watts, Dustin Golobic, Jeremy Chisum, Nathan Rolfe, Jarrett Soares, D.J. Netto, Brent Bjork, Richard Fajardo