Granite Bay’s Moore extends point lead with PCS winBy: Telegraph Staff
The Pacific Challenge Late Model entertained a strong crowd at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday, July 1 with Granite Bay resident John Moore of Granite Bay extending his 2017 points lead with the Ron Strmiska Memorial 125 victory. Moore led the final 42 laps of the feature at the historic quarter-mile oval as the fifth different leader of the race.
Moore's son Cole Moore led qualifying with a 13.142 second lap but it was former Roseville champions Matt Scott and Jason Romero drawing the front row for the American Racer Tire Dash for a set of tires. Scott won the dash which earned him the pole position alongside Tracy Bolin of Valley Springs. Bolin took the lead from the get go and led the first 21 laps of the feature. 2016 PCS Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt of Galt went around in turn two for the first caution of the race. Scott capitalized to take over the lead on lap 22 before the next incident on lap 37 that involved second and third generation drivers Colby Potts and Ross Strmiska. Bolin captured the lead back from Scott on the ensuing restart with Doss, Cole Moore, and Romero also working their way past Scott. Romero cleared Scott on lap 52.
A more significant incident on lap 72 saw both Ross Strmiska and JR Courage into the turn four wall to end their evenings, and Scott retired to the pits with a broken valve to end his night under that caution. Johnathan Hale spun one lap after the restart as two-time champion Jeremy Doss led the 72nd lap of the race. Cole Moore wrestled the lead away from Doss with Doss falling backwards with a flat tire that forced a lap 81 caution flag.
Cole Moore led his father John and SRL champion Jacob Gomes as the race resumed on lap 82 with John able to snatch the top spot away at the conclusion of lap 83 to win over Cole Moore, Doss, Travis Milburn, and Bolin rounding out the top-five
The Pacific Challenge Series continues July 29th at Ukiah Speedway in Ukiah, CA