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Plumlee Remains Hot, Okie Bowl Hardtops Invade Rocky Hill Speedway
07/15/15 at 9:12pm

Guess I must be in Gary Jacob mode Smiley  Gary used to write the articles for the track, often with the notes of Don Low.  I love that this track is still having races, so I doing this to help support the cause.  As always, I am unofficial.  

A five division show entertained the fans Saturday night at Rocky Hill Speedway in Porterville.  In addition to the regular Mini Stock and Hobby Stock divisions, the track welcomed the Okie Bowl Hardtops and Central Valley Tanks, which run IMCA Stock Car rules.  When the checkered flag flew, it was the red hot Jared Plumlee winning the Mini Stock feature.  Carl Noland continues to be the man to beat as he won another Hobby Stock feature.  Roy Atchison won the Super 4 Mini Stock Main Event  The always exciting Okie Bowl Hardtops visited with James Bradburn winning their Main Event.  The Central Valley Tanks ran two Main Events with Troy Patee and Allen Mendes scoring the victories.

The Mini Stocks have pretty much been the go to division at Rocky Hill Speedway this season, and they continue to have a very competitive field.  However, Jared Plumlee is the point leader.  Plumlee isn't making it easy on the competition as he won for the seventh time in nine races.  Clinton Massey scored a season best second place finish.  Fresh off of a long tow to the Alameda County Fair to compete in a Rodeo Arena Figure 8, the consistent Andy Boydstun grabbed his fourth third place finish of the season.  Clifton Massey finished fourth ahead of Jason Cook, Justin Moore, Jake Daniels and Kathleen Craddock.

Six different drivers have grabbed the Main Event honors in the nine races held for Super 4 Mini Stocks so far this season.  Only three drivers have won twice, and it was Roy Atchison becoming the third two time winner of the season Saturday night.  William Hughes was going for his second win, but he settled for a runner up finish with two time winner Darren Estermann settling for third.  Division veteran Dudley Reed returned to action and finished fourth ahead of Kit Murphy, Larry Ramirez, defending champion and two time winner Adell Shelton and Russell Silva.

The Noland family remains a fixture in Porterville's Hobby Stock division, and the family has long supported this track through the years.  On Saturday night, point leader Karl Noland won for the fourth time this season.  Alvin Ince once raced regularly at this track, and he made an impressive return along with teammate Travis Avilla.  It was Ince finishing second ahead of Avilla.  American Stock racer Cale Hosfeldt was fourth ahead of Bob Ellis and Jason Ridenour.  Two time winner Raymond Noland Jr. suffered motor problems very early on and retired.

Two of the Top 3 IMCA Stock Car State competitors were in Porterville for the Central Valley Tanks Main Events, and the division now has four winners in four races.  The first feature saw the #2 State competitor, Troy Patee, winning ahead of the #3 driver, Ron Hurt.  Mini Stock graduate Allen Mendes finished third ahead of IMCA Stock Car booster Pat Biggs and Cory McDonald.  Unfortunately for McDonald, he had mechanical issues and retired from the next race.  In that feature, it was Mendes stepping it up for the victory.  Patee settled for second ahead of Hurt and Biggs.

The Okie Bowl Hardtops are a throwback to the old days of racing, and generally 10-14 cars are in action when they race.  They run mainly at Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Rocky Hill, and this was their first visit of the year to Porterville.  Ten cars competed, but half the field made it to the finish line.  At the checkered flag, it was recent Bakersfield winner James Brandburn grabbing the victory.  Chester Chapman enjoyed his best finish of the year in second as Josh Yodun matched his best effort of the year in third.  Josh Dugan and Hunter Christ rounded out the Top 5 as the rest of the pack watched the finish from the sidelines.  Rich Sousa was scored sixth ahead of IMCA Stock Car racer Dave Bauer, Justin Yodin, Steve Sorensen and Ethan Snow.

The Okie Bowl Hardtops will return to Rocky Hill Speedway on September 19 and October 24.  On July 25, the track is having the Fallen Drivers Memorial Race, featuring Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Super 4 Mini Stocks and American Stocks.
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Re: Plumlee Remains Hot, Okie Bowl Hardtops Invade Rocky Hill Speedway
Reply #1 - 07/16/15 at 7:37pm
Bravo,,, good read. Gary would be proud.
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