By Laura Kassik
If a buddy asks you to bet on the Get It In Gear Street Stocks race Saturday at Havasu 95 Speedway, don’t take the bet. The only thing predictable about that division this is season is that it’s been totally unpredictable.
The competition has been so even there have been four different winners in four races this season and 18 points separate the top five drivers. The division could get a shake-up Saturday, Jan. 21 when a larger field is expected for Twin 40s, which will feature a larger payout.
Joining the Street Stocks on Snowbird Appreciation Day will be the Office Cocktail Lounge Bandoleros, the Flowers Assisted Living Team Factory, and the Sam Nichols Factory Stocks - on dirt.
Gates open at Noon, and racing, sponsored by Campbell Redi-Mix, starts at 2 p.m. There will be Happy Hour, from Noon - 1:30 p.m., during which the Beer Garden will be serving $2 draft beers. All snowbirds will receive $2 off their admission to this race.
Tyler Savage continues to sit atop the Street Stocks standings as the schedule is approaching the halfway mark. He has a five-point gap (197-192) over Garrett Reinoso (192). Bobby Keirns (184), Gavin Bucy (181), and William Guevara (179) round-out the top five in points. All but Reinoso has taken the checked flag this season – the last being Bucy on Nov. 12.
Racing fans will notice a change in Bucy’s car. Over the break, he and his crew put on a new body with eye-catching graphics by BP Concepts.
“The Street Stocks have been really good this season,” said track promoter Bill Rozhon. “We’re doing our job. They’re very competitive. I’m guessing we will have 20 cars for this race.”
Jeff Prieur picked-up another five points on his competition Jan. 7 to extend his points lead in the Factory Stocks. Prieur, who finished second to Jose Guevara, is the only driver in the Factory Stocks who has won the division’s limit of two races.
Now, Prieur must be as strategic as he is fast to stay in the mix without taking the checkers. Prieur leads with 303 points, followed by Chris Blackwell (281), Jose Guevara (277), Jeremy Orozco (249), and Tom Gray (220) rounding out the top five.
The Factory Stocks will have their turn ‘on dirt’ by taking a couple turns in the infield before re-entering the quarter-mile asphalt oval.
Prieur is also helping his team, No. 321 Ewwwwweeeee Racing lead the Team Factory standings. Team Factory Stocks return to the track for their third race – first since Nov. 26. Ewwwwweeeeee Racing has won both main events and has a 13-point cushion (108-95) over No. 17 Take and Bake and No. 56 Vista Cruisers. No. 29XAsphalt Junkies is one-point back in fourth, and fifth is No. 55 No Sheep Racing with 46 points.
The Bandoleros got a little shake-up Jan.7, according to Rozhon, after two new winners raced into victory lane in the Twin 20s. Cody Kiemele and Olivia Manke each collected their first feature wins at Havasu 95. The class will again run two main events Saturday.
In the points race, Madison Gay opened her lead to six (240-234) over Brock Rogers. Kiemele (228), Alexis Beebe (206), and Manke (182) round-out the top five.