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Settlemire, Cook, Atchison Win The Memorial Cup Features At Rocky Hill
04/17/16 at 12:52pm
Improvements to the facilities, working with neighboring Bakersfield Speedway, nice trophies for the winners.  I'm liking what I'm seeing at Rocky Hill.  I threw together a brief article to support the cause.

Settlemire, Cook, Atchison Win The Memorial Cup Features At Rocky Hill Speedway

Racing returned to Rocky Hill Speedway Saturday night with the first running of the Memorial Cup. When the checkered flag flew on the Hobby Stock 20 lap Main Event, it was Chris Settlemire picking up his first win of the season at the speedway in Porterville. Roy Atchison continued his domination in Mini 4's by winning their 20 lap Main Event, while Jason Cook also won his second straight Mini Stock Main Event. Dakota Brown came in from Bakersfield Speedway to win the American Stock 20 lap feature, while a good field of Mod Lites saw the win go to Roy Maynard Jr.

The Memorial Cup event was created to bring together the various Memorial races that have been held at the speedway in previous seasons under one race. New promoter Jerm Smith, who has been making many improvements to the racing facility this year, provided five beautiful cup trophies to the various feature winners. The race was also part of the Highway 65 Series between Porterville and Bakersfield involving the Hobby Stock, Mini Stock and American Stock divisions, and an increased turnout saw roughly 50 cars filling the pits.

The Hobby Stock division had a 10 car turn out, and the Noland family reign was temporarily interrupted by Chris Settlemire. Settlemire is a regular out at Bakersfield Speedway. The Noland family was shut out of the podium at this event as Colby Quinton picked up his best career finish in second, followed by Jake Peters. Karl Noland settled for a 4th Place finish ahead of Raymond Noland Jr. as second ranked Bakersfield competitor Michael Scruggs and Jared Plumlee followed. Plumlee was last season's Mini Stock division champion and has moved up to the Hobby Stock ranks. Kevin Collier made a somewhat rare appearance at his home track and finished eighth as Karl Noland Jr. and James Cornelius rounded out the top 10. It's been awhile since we seen Cornelius at the speedway, and he was a welcome return.

In the Mini Stock ranks, Cook continues to make a case that he is the man to beat in this year's championship battle, but it looks like we could have a good race up front. Cook happily collected the big trophy with his impressive victory, but once again, he was followed by Andy Boydstun, who grabbed his second consecutive second place finish. Clinton Massey returned to action to grab the final podium position as Zack Westlake and Shawn Schwartzenberger rounded out the top five. Steven Scott improved slightly over his season opening effort with a sixth place finish as Wade Moore, Shannon Treide, Candy Noland and Matt Herod rounded out the top 10. Lance Gonzalez suffered mechanical problems in preliminaries and scratched from the Main Event.

The American Stocks have been struggling to get a car count this year, but the influx of Bakersfield competitors allowed them to have their own 7 car Main Event. Dakota Brown, who is the point leader at Bakersfield Speedway, picked up the Main Event win and the big trophy.  As it is at Bakersfield Speedway, the Johnson family is usually up at the front of the pack in this division. In this case, it was Tyler Johnson finishing second and second ranked Bakersfield racer Nicholas Johnson finishing third. The other family that stars in this division out at Bakersfield, the Childress family, was represented by Brian Childress in 4th. Trevor Baker, Bob Ellis and Monty Ince rounded out the field.

The super 4's division continues to belong to long time Speedway competitor Roy Atchison.  Atchison led the way, with division hard charger Darren Estermann settling for second ahead of Russell Silva. Steve Golden ended up in 4th, while William Hughes, who was second in the season opener, dropped to a fifth place finish in this race. D.J. Hughes, Jake Daniels and Kit Murphy rounded out the finishing order.

The Mod Lites division is one of the up and coming divisions out at Bakersfield Speedway, and Rocky Hill Speedway has booked them for several dates. After an entertaining season opener, the Mod Lites were added for this event and produced a 10 car field. Roy Maynard Jr., who finished second in the season opener, bumped it up a notch with his Main Event win over Bakersfield point leader Zach Forrester. Season opening winner Brian Puckett grabbed the final podium position in third as Anthony Balcazar and James Brown made up the remainder of the top five. Kaden Cochrun was sixth in this one has Kyleigh Forster, Cheyenne Flippo, young up and comer J.D. Brown and Jerry Flippo made up the remainder of the field.

The facility continues to get an upgrade as bigger events are being contemplated for the future. Next weekend, there is a Monster Truck event on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. The next racing event is set for May 14th as the Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super 4's and American Stocks will be a part of this show.
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