LEMOORE, Calif. — Three features decided three champions during Saturday night’s conclusion to the fifth annual Hoosier Tire California Speedweek from Lemoore Raceway.
Tristan Guardino, Mitchel Moles, and Gauge Garcia stood at the top after four nights of competition where 125 different Micro Sprint drivers competed.
Non Wing’s championship fight had intrigue down to the final lap, as the night started with the top-four drivers within 24 points of each other. After qualifying and heat races had concluded, three-time champion T.J. Smith led Guardino by just six points entering the feature.
The 22-car, 30-lap feature for $1,000 started off with an exclamation point when Smith slid up high entering turn one, falling to 16th and yielding his championship lead to Guardino. Up front, Christian Hickman led the opening two laps of competition before Austin Stone took over. Hickman spun for a caution on lap four, however.
Smith was the focal point of exciting racing in the back half of the field as he tried to salvage the night. Contact led to trouble on the No. 14 car that brought the eight-time wooden bear winner to a halt at the end of the backstretch for a lap six caution.
Stone maintained the race lead with pressure from Mitchel Moles before Caden Sarale entered the picture. Sarale moved up into second with three laps to go while Moles, Guardino, and Ben Worth battled behind him. Guardino fended off Worth, then got by Moles on the final lap of the event to seal the deal.
Austin Stone grabbed his second career $1,000 Speedweek main event win, while Tristan Guardino was the $2,000 Hoosier Tire California Speedweek champion. Guardino got it done with two fast-times, a win at Delta Speedway, third place finishes at Lemoore and Dixon, and a sixth-place effort in Visalia. He topped Sarale, Moles, Smith, and Worth as the top-five in the championship.
Moles bid to steal Non Wing went along with his solid effort for the 2019 Super 600 championship. Moles was the mark of consistency throughout the week, finishing third on three different occasions along with the exciting victory at Delta Speedway.
Michael Faccinto won two out of the first three features along with a tough 22nd place DNF at Delta. Trying to dig out of the hole, Faccinto qualified fourth and then advanced from fourth to third in his heat race. The effort was enough to make the top-four redraw where Faccinto drew the pole position.
Faccinto never wavered from the pole throughout the 30-lap main event for $1,000 to win. Two of the future stars of the sport – Corey Day and Colby Thrornhill – battled for second behind Faccinto. A caution on lap 23 briefly bunched everyone up but Faccinto motored away. Faccinto won his third feature of the week and fifth career Speedweek triumph, while Day settled for his second consecutive second-place finish. Moles rounded up Thornhill for third with Jake Hagopian fifth.
Moles topped Faccinto by 27 points in the championship.
Gauge Garcia went out on top, twice, both winning the Restricted feature on Saturday night for $1,000 to win and hoisting the “Big Bear” championship trophy and $2,000 cash. Garcia’s victory in the 25-lap feature came against his close friend Dalton Parreira. Parreira won his heat race and drew the second position in the redraw.
Parreira took the lead from the outside of Jordi Meese. Garcia shot from fourth to second rather quickly as well. Meese was then passed by Jeffrey Pahule and Dawson Faria.
Garcia stayed glued to Parreira as they darted through lapped traffic. Garcia took the lead when Parriera got hung up sideways in traffic down the backstretch on lap 21.
Parreira drove to Garcia’s outside with two to go but fell short. Garcia topped Parreira, Pahule, Faria, and Logan Trevino as the top-five in the race. Garcia won the championship over Trevino by 55 points.