West Coast Shootout: Daly wins
32nd "M. Maselli & Sons Classic" at Petaluma
PETALUMA, Cal. - Sept. 17. In a race loaded with veteran drivers
- many of them with racing resumes' reaching back to long before Clay Daly's birth - the
Watsonville driver combined a good
car, talent, and a bit of luck Saturday at Petaluma Speedway with a dazzling wire-to-wire victory in the
32nd annual "M. Maselli & Sons Late Model Classic".
"We always try to come here with a great car and tonight we seem to
have hit the set-up right from the start. We didn't make any changes all night. I have the best car owner
there is," said a smiling Daly, after collecting the $2000 winner’s share, and giving credit to car owner
Pete Van Iderstine.
Drivers belonging to the West Coast Shootout Late Model Series joined
with Petaluma Speedway regulars to bolster the 29 car turn-out for the premier event, which is the longest
running late model race on the West Coast.
The only bit of luck Daly needed all night came during the pill draw
for the trophy dash when Daly joined heat winners John Silva, Steve Drake, and Nick Bartels along with
second-place finishers Bobby Hogge IV, Bill Bartles, and Robert Sanders. Daly drew the pole slot for the dash
and from that point on he led every lap.
After winning the dash, Daly earned the pole position in the 20 car,
35-lap feature in which West Coast Shootout points leader Drake was a late scratch. Hogge, Silva, and Nick
Bartles kept pace with Daly until the he reached lapped traffic after 12 laps. Bartles and Hogge tangled on
lap 15, which sent Bartels to the rear on the restart.
A three-car crash on lap 17 then eliminated five-time Maselli winner
Silva, who, in qualifying, broke Daly’s one-year-old track-record. Two laps later, second-running Hogge
drifted high in turn two, allowing Petaluma track champion Jeff Decker and Santa Rosa’s Anthony
Restad to move up. Decker closed in the leader in the closing laps but the masterful Daly rebuked the
challenge and notched the victory.
“If we’d have stayed in lapped traffic, I could've got him,” said
Decker, who picked up $1000 for finishing second over Restad, Hogge, and Kirby.
Sept. 17 - Petaluma Speedway West Coast Shootout
1) Clay Daly, 2) Jeff Decker, 3)
Anthony Restad, 4) Bobby Hogge, 5) Mike Kirby, 6) Nick Bartels, 7) Rick Shafer, 8)
Bill Bartels, 9) Jason Papich, 10) Shawn DeForest, 11) Paul Guglielmoni, 12) Johnny
Cardoza, 13) Richard Papenhausen, 14) Andy Obertello, 15) John Silva, 16) Randy
Larsen, 17) Tony Toste, 18) Robert Sanders, 19) Trent Elliott, 20) Carla
Heat winners (29 entries): Silva, Bartels, Drake, Daly; B-Main