By Mark Sublett
03-30-19 – Placerville, CA….The “Bandit” Scott Kinney from Citrus Heights held off hometown hero Terry Bergstom to win the season opening 20 lap Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lite main event held at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. The former champion and longtime supporter of the BCRA Midget lite division wanted to thank, “Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell and his staff for their efforts to get the race in despite all the rain the area has received and for the support the track has shown the BCRA Midget Lite division over many years.” and offered “A big shout out to Rose from Baby Jane Racing for her support.”
At the start of the main event Ripon’s Jimmy Riddell took the lead until S. Kinney got by him on lap two. Hunter Kinney moved up to race second with Bergstom, Jeff Griffin and Riddell rounding out the top five early. Racing was fast and furious through lapped traffic when S. Kinney and son H. Kinney traded the lead. S. Kinney used a high side move to re-take the lead after a late race restart when H. Kinney touched wheels going into turn one resulting in H. Kinney taking a wild ride with several other cars involved. All drivers were unhurt but several had to call it a night. When racing got going again S. Kinney held off the challenges of Bergstrom to win it. Bergstrom finished a strong second with Oakdale’s Danika Jo Parker third. Former champ Griffin was scored fourth with Josef Ferolito from Ripon fifth. Newcomer Gus Carcione from nearby Eldorado Hills raced sixth. H. Kinney, Brandon Leedy, Riddell, Cody Shermantine, Tyler Chamorro and Craig Holsted did not finish.
Heat races were won by H. Kinney and Riddell. S. Kinney was fastest in qualifying with a 11.889 second lap around Placerville’s quarter mile red clay oval. Next race for the BCRA Midget Lites is April 20th at Placerville Speedway.
SUMMARY: 3-30-19 – BCRA Midget Lites – Placerville Speedway
20 lap Main Event: 1. Scott Kinney 2. Terry Bergstrom 3. Danika Jo Parker 4. Jeff Griffin 5. Josef Ferolito 6. Gus Carcione 7. Hunter Kinney 8. Brandon Leedy 9. Jimmy Riddell 10. Cody Shermantine 11. Tyler Chamorro 12. Craig Holsted
HEAT 1: 1. H. Kinney 2. S. Kinney 3. Bergstrom 4. Parker 5. Griffin 6. Chamorro
HEAT 2: 1. Riddell 2. Shermantine 3. Holsted 4. Carcione 5. Ferolito
Fast Time: Scott Kinney 11.889