Pre Race Story – “The Bobby Wayne’s RV” American Stocks! 4 Days!

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Andy D’Addario
The Speedway At Willow Springs Media
September 4, 2018
Rosamond, Ca.

*Photos courtesy of Miss Mary Second


       We are all thrilled here at Willow Springs to announce our latest Partner joining the Racing Family is Bobby Waynes RV of Lancaster. Our good friends at Bobby Waynes picked one of our most popular and exciting divisions. Formerly the Hobby Stock class, this division consistently produces exciting racing from Green to Checkered.

       And it was no different on June 23rd as a large invert produced a spectacular race in the “Bobby Wayne’s RV” American Stocks.

       Lancaster’s #11 Rod Sproule started on the pole alongside Lancaster’s #55 James Barnhart outside as we came to green for the 30 lap Main Event. #11 Sproule led the very early going but Lancaster’s #39 Brandon Fisk challenged quickly for the lead. Coming off his first ever win earlier in the season, it was looking very good for Fisk right out of the gate leading the first half of the event.

       With our two point leaders starting at the back, so there was no time to waste as Lancaster’s #44 Johnny Troesch and Antelope Acres #25 Brady Mertz to begin slicing through the field. #25 Mertz, as the current point leader, knew what he needed to do, keep #44 Troesch behind him.

       Coming into Lap 13 #44 Troesch found his shot for the lead and passed #39 Fisk putting him into second. But the #25 of Mertz was right there coming through as well, now with his sights on the leader. The #39 of Fisk dropped to third in the exchange with Antelope Acres #72 Terry Williams charging up to 4thspot.

       Now with #44 Troesch leading the way, #25 Mertz and #39 Fisk would have good runs at our leader, but just wouldn’t come close enough to the #44 of Troesch to force a mistake. There were no mistakes, and this was just Troesch’s night claiming his 2ndbig win of the season. This also capped a big points night for Troesch winning the Heat Race earlier in the day as well, and gaining maximum points for the evening. The #72 of Williams posted his 2ndtop 5 and the #55 of Barnhart his 3rdtop 5 of 2018.

       1.) #44 Johnny Troesch

       2.) #25 Brady Mertz

       3.) #39 Brandon Fisk

       4.) #72 Terry Williams

       5.) #55 Jim Barnhart

       6.) #41 Corey Carter

       7.) #11 Rod Sproule

#25 Mertz maintains his points lead, but he’s now “hearing the footsteps” as multi-time Champion #44 Troesch knows exactly how use the momentum in his favor, now just 10 points back.

       Or, will the Dark Horse prevail and boot both of these leaders?  The #55 of Jim Barnhart, #11 of Rod Sproule, and #72 of Terry Williams are all hungry and looking for their first wins of the season. It’s going to be a wild one this Saturday September 8thas the rookie Mertz goes up against the vet Troesch for the points lead.

                 THE PRESSURE IS ON!

Andy Daddario
Promoter / Race Director
The Speedway At Willow Springs International Raceway
(661) 713-8534