By Laura Kassik
Only three races into the season, and the Get It In Gear Street Stocks is shaping-up to be the division to watch at Havasu 95 Speedway.
There’s no way to even predict a winner for Saturday’s race as three different drivers have taken their turns into victory lane and only nine points separate the top four cars.
Joining the Street Stocks on Nov. 12 will be the Arizona Vintage Sprints & Midgets, SouthWest Tour Truck Series, Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, and Sam Nichols Factory Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing, sponsored by Mohave State Bank, is at 6 p.m.
Tyler Savage won the season-opening race last month and was on his way to taking the checkers again during the last race on Oct. 29.
“He missed the corner and Bobby went around him and won the race,” track promoter Bill Rozhon said about Street Stocks defending track champion Bobby Keirns.
Savage and Keirns each have one win, one second, and one third place apiece, but Savage has one extra point from a trophy dash to give him a one-point edge (149-148) over Keirns in the points standings. This is the first year trophy dashes are being run for points.
Garrett Reinoso is six points back of Savage (143), and in fourth is the Oct. 22 main event winner, William Guevara with 140 points. Gavin Bucy is fifth with 129 points.
Another points race that could get interesting is the Factory Stocks. Jeff Prieur has a nine-point cushion over Chris Blackwell (151-142) after winning the last two races, but track officials this season reinstated the rule in the Factory Stocks that drivers can only win twice.
“He’ll have to use some strategy now,” Rozhon said. “No one’s complained about the rule. The reason we brought it back was because one car was so dominating last year.”
Rounding out the top five in Factory Stocks points are Jose Guevara (132) in third, Jeremiah Tix (125) fourth, and Jeremy Orozco (123) in fifth.
Taylor Whitefield and Korbin Mitchell have traded victories and runner-up finishes in the Outlaw Karts Stock Class. Whitefield has a four-point edge over Mitchell 292-288, but Mitchell has three wins under his belt – one more than Whitefield. Aiden McCorkle is third in points (272).
In the Animal Outlaws, which uses a higher horsepower engine, defending Outlaw track champion Adam Hommerding has won the last four of six races for a 16-point lead over Brody Wake (296-280). Whitefield is third with 276 points.
The Outlaw Karts, which run on a small dirt oval in the speedway’s infield, run two races for points each outing. This is the second year of the division and the first running the Animal Class. Over the off-season, Rozhon and his crew improved the surface of the kart track.
“We didn’t have one spin-out last race,” Rozhon said of the karts. “The track is better, and the kids are getting better.”
The SouthWest Tour Truck Series returns to Havasu 95 after five years and series organizers have told Rozhon to expect at least 12 trucks Saturday.
Former Havasu 95 Bandolero track champion Zack St. Onge has a healthy points lead after winning the Oct. 22 race at The Bullring in Las Vegas. St. Onge is on top of second place Dan Coburn 528-431 points.
Arizona Vintage Racing Association will bring its Sprints & Midgets, which always entertain the crowd.