Cody Jessop wins the final 2019 pavement race

By Kevin Triplett

Cody Jessop and his family-run CJR team have had a trying 2019 POWRi BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) season, as their Sugar Pine Smokehouse/La Quinta Inns & Suites/Genesis Racing Shocks – sponsored pavement midget suffered multiple engine failures, but in the final POWRi/BCRA pavement event of the season, it all came together as Cody won his heat and the feature event.

Cody and his blue & black #00 midget set quick time in qualifying, with a best lap of 13.223 seconds to edge out Dylan Nobile in the #80 midget with a lap of 13.247 seconds. Cody Gerhardt was the third fastest qualifier at 13.334 seconds, with David Goodwill fourth at 13.480 seconds.

WMRA (Washington Midget Racing Association) racer Tony Seidelman made the long haul down to race with the BCRA midgets and posted a 13.740 second lap in his father’s red and white #4 Hawk to claim fifth fastest honors. BCRA’s nine-time champion, Floyd Alvis, was the sixth fastest qualifier in his familiar green #18 followed by JR Williams who was seventh fastest in his red and gold #74 Fontana-powered midget. Leading Rookie of the Year and overall POWRi BCRA points leader Robert Carson did not post a qualifying time due to mechanical maladies with the Howard & Karen Segur #99 midget.

Seidelman charged into the lead from his outside front row starting spot to lead the first two laps of the first heat race until Jessop raced past and took the lead on the third lap with a nifty move in turn one. The finish of the first six-lap heat race was Jessop, Seidelman, Gerhardt and Williams. In the second heat race, Goodwill put his his outside front row starting position to good use and grabbed the lead. The flying black #G midget was never headed, and at the finish after six laps, David Goodwill led Nobile and Alvis across the finish line, as Carson and Williams did not finish.

The Trophy Dash run for four laps with the night’s four fastest qualifiers followed the second heat race. Goodwill from his second starting sport held on for four laps to win ahead of Gerhardt, Nobile and Jessop to claim the posted $100 cash prize offered by the club.

Following calculations of the points gained during qualifying and the passing points earned in the heat races, Cody Jessop started on the pole position with David Goodwill alongside on the front row. The second row was comprised of Nobile and Seidelman, as Gerhardt and Alvis shared the fourth row, ahead of Carson and Williams in the fifth and final row.

At the drop of the green flag, Jessop sailed into the lead into turn one with Goodwill, Nobile and Seidelman in hot pursuit. As the field started the fourth lap, Nobile began to pressure Goodwill for second place as Jessop stretched his lead. On lap seven, Nobile completed the pass of Goodwill and began to chase down leader Jessop. On lap 12, Cody Gerhardt dropped Goodwill to fourth place and he began to try to reel in the lead pair of Jessop and Nobile.

During the later laps of the race, Nobile made several attempts to challenge Jessop for the lead as the pair entered turn one, but he could not make the car stick on the bottom of the track and at the end of 25 laps, Jessop claimed his first win of the 2019 POWRI BCRA season ahead of Nobile, Gerhardt, Goodwill, Seidelman and Alvis. Williams and Carson failed to finish.

With his fourth-place finish in the series’ final pavement race of the season, David Goodwill claimed the 2019 POWRi BCRA pavement driver and car owner championships, a well-deserved honor for “Doc” and his hard-working team that are always smiling and always have the beautiful black #3G immaculately prepared.

Goodwill and his team will receive their championship hardware at the 2019 POWRi BCRA awards banquet on January 25, 2020 at the VFW Hall in Ripon California. The POWRi BCRA board of directors and officials wish to recognize and thank all the racers and fans that came out to support pavement racing during the 2019 season.

The BCRA general membership meeting will be held on October 27th at Round Table Pizza 150 North Wilma Avenue in Ripon, California.

Just one POWRi BCRA race remains on the 2019 season schedule, which celebrates BCRA’s 80th year of operation, at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield scheduled for November 9th.