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Chunn, Scott win Late Model mains in Roseville

Memorial lap part of speedway tribute to hit-and-run victim
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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ROSEVILLE — There were plenty of trophies to go around at All American Speedway, with different winners in each main event Saturday night, the season opener for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Ron Chunn won the first of twin 40-lap Late Model races, and two-time track champion Matt Scott won the second. Dave Silva took the checkered flag in the Street Stock feature, and Richard Perez won the Bomber race.

Scott finished seventh in the first race and dominated the second, leading wire to wire. He led by two car-lengths most of the way.

“The first race was really rough on me,” Scott said. “Coming into this race, I knew I just had to keep the fenders on it and try to get it to the end of the race. Track position was the biggest difference between the first and second race. We got out in front, and this car has been fast all day.”

Mindy McCord placed second, followed by Chris Scribner.

There were several lead changes in the first Late Model main. Michael Roman took the lead early, and Chuck Glick and Bobby Butler led momentarily. Chunn made his big move on the 26th lap, finding an opening on the inside track.

Chunn’s win wasn’t easy, as a caution on the 36th lap bunched the racers and allowed Scribner to make a move. The cars were neck and neck until Chunn pulled ahead in the final two laps.

“I used the water on the track to my advantage,” Chunn said. “I put (Scribner) up into the groove and got him into the water, and then hit the drive off the corner.”

Rain throughout Thursday and Friday put the program in question, but a sunny Saturday dried the one-third-mile track.

In the 35-lap Bomber race, Perez took over on the 20th lap and held steady the rest of the way. Erick Ray was second, followed by Eric Bocksberger.

Four cautions slowed the Street Stock feature before Silva passed Kevin Owens on the final lap. Mickey Owens finished third.

Speedway honors hit-and-run victim, former fire crew member

All American Speedway paid tribute to David Robinson Jr. during Saturday night's program.

Robinson, 30, a tow truck driver, was struck and killed in a hit and run March 20 on Interstate 80 near Auburn. Robinson served on the fire crew at the speedway for several years, and his dad, David Robinson Sr., wore many hats at the Roseville facility, including track official.

The hood of Bobby Butler’s Late Model racer featured photos of Robinson, and Butler drove a memorial lap while holding a checkered flag with Robinson’s parents, family members and friends in the stands.

“They’re part of our family,” speedway host Ken Brooks said Monday, adding a celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday at the speedway and will start with a caravan of 125 tow trucks traveling on I-80 to the Placer County Fairgrounds

ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY

When: Saturday, Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville. Grandstands open at 3 p.m. Racing at 5 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series: Modified (twin 50-lap main events), Street Stock (50 laps), Bomber (35), F4 (25).

Ticket prices: $13 for ages 16-59, $7 for seniors 60 and up and juniors 6-15, free for children 5 and under, $35 for a family pass (two adults, three juniors). Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Information: (916) 786-2025 and www.allamericanspeedway.com.