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Jeff Decker captures victory at Petaluma Speedway
07/03/11 at 8:29pm
 
Petaluma Speedway
July 2, 2011
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Jeff Decker captures victory at Petaluma Speedway

by Harlan Osborne
PETALUMA, Calif. (July 2) — After his pit crew conquered a pesky handling problem that recently troubled their race car, Jeff Decker entered the 15-car, 25-lap Late Model feature brimming with confidence. His earlier heat race win, along with a victory in the six-lap trophy dash that earned him the pole position did nothing to diminish that feeling.    

Not long after the green flag dropped the biggest question was who’d finish second, as Decker opened a wide lead that was only diminished by the yellow flags, the last of which dropped with 10 laps to go. Despite a valiant effort by fast qualifier Anthony Restad, Decker was not to be beaten. Restad instead focused on holding off Rick Shafer, who gave up the spot to Restad on Lap 2 and spent the rest of the event unsuccessfully trying to recapture it.

Decker’s flag-to-flag triumph, his first of the season and 20th of his career at Petaluma Speedway, was more than three seconds faster than Restad. Third place went to Rick Shafer, followed by Paul Guglielmoni and Randy Shafer, who was lifted to fifth place after track officials bumped Dean DeVolder to sixth for rough driving.  

Fast time—Anthony Restad 14.945.

Heat 1—Rick Shafer; Paul Guglielmoni;  Steve Johnson; Dennis Souza; Michael Paul Sr.

Heat 2—Jeff Decker; Restad; Clarke Guglielmoni; Richard Papenhausen; Don Iverson.

Heat 3—Randy Shafer; Dean DeVolder; Rod Arnold; Shawn DeForest; Nick Perivolaris.

Dash—Decker; Rick Shafer; Randy Shafer; Restad; P. Guglielmoni.

Main—Decker; Restad; Rick Shafer; P. Guglielmoni; Randy Shafer; DeVolder; Perivolaris; Papenhausen; Johnson; Arnold; Iverson; Souza; DeForest; Paul; C. Guglielmoni.
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