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WAS at Merced Speedway - 10/2 Results
10/02/11 at 7:09pm
 
Western Allstars DIRTcar Series
Merced Speedway
October 2, 2011
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Decker Ducks Duo to Grab Western Allstars win at Merced Speedway



by Mike Adaskaveg
Merced, Calif. (October 2) - Jeff Decker of San Jose took advantage of Bobby Hogge IV’s flat tire with three laps to go and ducked underneath Richard Papenhasuen of Chico to score a surprise victory Sunday night at Merced Speedway. He collected $3,000 for winning the Western All Stars Late Model Stock Car half of the doubleheader Budweiser Fall Classic.

Hogge’s misfortune became Papenhausen’s problem as he checked up to avoid hitting him.

“Christmas came early,” Decker said in victory lane. “I was in the catbird seat all race long, trying to find that line.”

Hogge IV, of Salinas, battled a weekend of bad luck in the Budweiser Fall Classic races at Merced and Antioch Speedways. It looked like he was in route to upsetting Richard Papenhausen, who won the DIRTcar events at Antioch the night before and the previous week in Oregon. Leading most of the way, Hogge IV had Papenhausen chasing until the tire popped.

When Decker took advantage of the situation it was too late in the race for Papenhausen to make a comeback. A.J. Kirkpatrick brought home third place.

Chadwick returned from Iowa to take his first big win at Merced Speedway, chased by Hogge IV in the DIRTcar West modified main event.

“We made some changes that really woke this car up,” Chadwick said of his new modified. “The car was the fastest I’ve had it run so far.”

Hogge IV was pressuring Chadwick most of the main event. He lost some ground riding high on the back stretch with six laps to go, but gained it back to challenge Chadwick at the finish. Chadwick started from the front row to grab the $2,000 win.

“There is a disadvantage in starting in the first row - you don’t see how the other cars are reacting to the track,” Chadwick explained. “I just decided I would go as fast as I could until I could see someone.”

Hogge IV was close behind.

“I could hear him, but I couldn’t see him,” Chadwick added. “That was a good thing.”

Troy Foulger of Martinez was third, with Merced’s Robbie Jeppesen fourth and Chris Shannon coming back from a flat tire change to finish fifth.

A-Main
1 84 Jeff Decker Morgan Hill, CA $3,000
2 4P Richard Papenhausen Chico, CA
3 96X A.J. Kirkpatrick Watsonville, CA
4 4E Trent Elliott Live Pine, OR
5 22G Paul Guglielmoni Vacaville, CA
6 77C Johnny Cardoza Caruthers, CA
7 42 Mike Meazell Gilroy, CA
8 2 Bobby Hogge Salinas, CA
9 32B Clay Daly Bakersfield, CA
10 83 Dennis Souza Pescadero, CA
11 96M Matt Micheli Yuba City, CA
12 40 Tom Sullivan Citrus Heights, CA

Dash
1 4P Richard Papenhausen Chico, CA
2 32B Clay Daly Bakersfield, CA
3 2 Bobby Hogge Salinas, CA
4 84 Jeff Decker Morgan Hill, CA

Heat #1
1 84 Jeff Decker Morgan Hill, CA
2 32B Clay Daly Bakersfield, CA
3 4E Trent Elliott Live Pine, OR
4 22G Paul Guglielmoni Vacaville, CA
5 96M Matt Micheli Yuba City, CA
6 83 Dennis Souza Pescadero, CA

Heat #2
1 4P Richard Papenhausen Chico, CA
2 2 Bobby Hogge Salinas, CA
3 77C Johnny Cardoza Caruthers, CA
4 96X A.J. Kirkpatrick Watsonville, CA
5 40 Tom Sullivan Citrus Heights, CA
6 42 Mike Meazell Gilroy, CA
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Re: WAS at Merced Speedway - 10/2 Results
Reply #1 - 10/02/11 at 8:05pm
 
12 cars for 3k to win!! And 1 of those is from Oregon!?!?! I guess if there was any question about the feeling of DIRTcar, I guess they are answered now.
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Reply #2 - 10/02/11 at 9:28pm
 
Thiessen27 wrote on 10/02/11 at 8:05pm:
12 cars for 3k to win!! And 1 of those is from Oregon!?!?! I guess if there was any question about the feeling of DIRTcar, I guess they are answered now.  



4 hurt motors last night, 3 other cars with damage, that explains part of the shortage.
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Reply #3 - 10/02/11 at 9:29pm
 
Steve Curtis wrote on 10/02/11 at 9:28pm:
Thiessen27 wrote on 10/02/11 at 8:05pm:
12 cars for 3k to win!! And 1 of those is from Oregon!?!?! I guess if there was any question about the feeling of DIRTcar, I guess they are answered now.  



4 hurt motors last night, 3 other cars with damage, that explains part of the shortage.



Oh Thanks Steve.  I am not sure that 19 cars in much better but surely better than 12.
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Reply #4 - 10/02/11 at 10:22pm
 
Steve tell us how you feel about Merced. Saw you leave
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Reply #5 - 10/02/11 at 10:35pm
 
fan_of_4p wrote on 10/02/11 at 10:22pm:
Steve tell us how you feel about Merced. Saw you leave



Lets just say I will never step foot inside either there or Antioch again. Would have been nice to know about their "new" policy before I wasted a half tank of gas driving down there.
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Reply #6 - 10/03/11 at 4:59am
 
What policy is that?
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Reply #7 - 10/03/11 at 5:01am
 
Car count was pathetic, but the race up front was great!
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Reply #8 - 10/03/11 at 12:45pm
 
Who's the official in the picture?
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Reply #9 - 10/03/11 at 1:38pm
 
scottwhitley wrote on 10/03/11 at 12:45pm:
Who's the official in the picture?


Steve Sutherland, he works at both Antioch and Merced..
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