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Manzanita Speedway

Indiana's James wins opener at Manzanita

November 9, 2007, 1:28 am
By M.J. Anderson
DirtonDirt.com correspondent
Scott James won $3,000. (C.C. Cillitto)
Scott James won $3,000. (C.C. Cillitto)

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 8) — A long trip to Arizona paid off for Scott James in the first night of the Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway. Driving a Salem, Ore.-based car as a teammate to Rick Wyatt, the Lawrenceburg, Ind., driver led all the way in a race shortened to 15 laps because of electrical problems with the track lights. Boen wins finale | Manzanita slideshow

The polesitting James earned $3,000 for the victory in the non-points Western Allstars Super Late Model Series event, the first of two during the weekend at Manzanita. A $5,000 winner's purse is up for grabs on Saturday night.

Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colo., was the only driver to pressure James but settled for second with A.J. Kirkpatrick of Watsonville, Calif., third. Karl Tipton of Gilbert, Ariz., was the top-finishing home-state driver in fourth while Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., driving for the California-based Bartels team, was fifth.

The race ran caution-free for 15 laps until a turn-one scramble saw Arizona driver Randy Carder flip his car. Carder wasn't injured. After the cleanup, the action was ready to resume when the track lights failed. After about a 20-minute delay, an electrician told track officials the repairs would take at least three hours, and the race was declared official.

The event, the first Late Model racing at Manzanita since 2004, drew 54 drivers from seven states including Bud I-5 Challenge champion Trevor Glaser of Tangent, Ore., and Southwest Dirt Racing Association champion Lonnie Parker Jr.

Kirkpatrick, James, Boen, Ron Bartels and Tipton won heat races. Parker and Mike Stadel of Rapid City, S.D., won consolation races. Among other drivers in attendance were John Anderson of Omaha, Neb., Dean Moore of Grand Junction, Colo., John Duty of Portland, Ore., and Kellen Chadwick of Oakley, Calif.

Western World Championships: (1) Scott James, (2) Kelly Boen, (3) A.J. Kirkpatrick, (4) Karl Tipton, (5) Mike Marlar, (6) Chris Shannon, (7) Brad Pounds, (8) Ron Bartels, (9) Kellen Chadwick, (10) Lonnie Parker Jr., (11) John Anderson, (12) Mike Balcaen, (13) Mike Stadel, (14) John Duty, (15) Keith Noyes, (16) Randy Carder, (17) Nick Bartels, (18) Jim Beamon, (19) Jeffrey Priddy, (20) Joey Moriarity, (21) Jimmy Whisler, (22), Art Lacy, (23) Lonnie Parker Sr., (24) Rob Sanders.

Nov. 8 time trials
1. Karl Tipton, Mesa, Ariz., 19.137
2. Kelly Boen, Henderson, Colo., 19.187
3. Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn., 19.341
4. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif., 19.417
5. Scott James, Lawrenceburg, Ind., 19.424
6. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif., 19.431
7. Nick Bartels, Hawthorne, Calif., 19.550
8. Joey Moriarty, Phoenix, Ariz., 19.608
9. Chris Shannon, Merced, Calif., 19.676
10. John Anderson, Omaha, Neb.,19.704
11. Ron Bartels, Hawthorne, Calif., 19.764
12. Lonnie Parker Jr., El Mirage, Ariz., 19.790
13. Mike Balcaen, Winnipeg, Manitoba,19.808
14. Chet Buckley, Lompoc, Calif., 19.985
15. Bill Pearson, Reno, Nev., 20.019
16. Art Lacy, Casa Grande, Ariz., 20.025
17. Mike Kirby, Torrance, Calif., 20.065
18. Dean Moore, Grand Junction, Colo., 20.106
19. Keith Noyes, Phoenix, Ariz., 20.130
20. Casey Vitale, Lebanon, Ore., 20.217
21. John Duty, Portland, Ore., 20.220
22. Zack Forster, Bakersfield, Calif., 20.279
23. Robert Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif., 20.374
24. A.J. Kirkpatrick, Watsonville, Calif., 20.378
25. Mike Stadel, Rapid City, S.D., 20.385
26. Jimmy Whisler, Portland, Ore., 20.387
27. Mike Tahtinen, Casa Grande, Ariz., 20.401
28. Shawn DeForest, Hayward, Calif., 20.428
29. John Lowrey, Bakersfield, Calif., 20.457
30. Jeffrey Priddy, Salinas, Calif., 20.460
31. John Kuchar, Henderson, Colo., 20.495
32. Jim Beaman, Brighton, Colo., 20.504
33. Brad Williams, Tucson, Ariz., 20.522
34. Jeff Dunham, Murrietta, Calif., 20.662
35. Randy Carder, Gilbert, Ariz., 20.710
36. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, Calif., 20.792
37. Rob Mayea, Bend, Ore., 20.982
38. Carla Laney, Torrance, Calif., 20.996
39. Bill Bartels, Marina Del Rey, Calif., 20.996
40. Wes Hall, Coolidge, Ariz., 21.177
41. Lonnie Parker Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., 21.228
42. John Hall, Tucson, Ariz., 21.282
43. Rick Wyatt, Salem, Ore., 21.366
44. Tommy Hussak III, Picacho Peak, Ariz., 21.396
45. Trevor Glaser, Tangent, Ore., 21.559
46. Dino Napier, Corona, Calif., 21.596
47. Bruce Duckett, Mesa, Ariz., 21.760
48. Curtis Odom, Casa Grande, Ariz., 21.799
49. Mark Carroll, Redmond, Ore., 22.275
50. Todd Seig, Slayton, Ore., 22.519
51. Phillip Priddy, Salinas, Calif., 22.747
52. Mike Hixson, Murrietta, Calif., 23.019
53. Chad Jones, Temecula, Calif., no time
54. Mark Fowler, Peoria, Ariz., no time
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