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26 Thursday, June 26, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Speedway Drama by Geo Kres Gazette Staff Fans gathered at the Pahrump Valley Speedway Saturday evening m cheer on their favorite racers and indulge in the exciting crashes and high drama as drivers fought for the checkered flag, The race contained 37 cars and con- sisted of nine different races, including a youth's go kart race. While cars bumped each other on the track or spun out into the walls, fans in the stands enjoyed hamburgers and drinks, and occasionally, a beer. There were three different races fi)r each division of drivers. The first set of races were the IMCA division which included 14 diffe,'ent drivers. Each race has seven cars driving the track until the final main event race in which all t4 drivers participated. The first three LMCA races were won by Jim Perkins of Ft. Mohave, Ariz., Jason Pike and Jim Wulfenstein, both well known Pahrumpians. The main lap race was taken over by Perkins. He came back from an almost dead last position to take the checked flag To pump up the night even more, the kid's Go C, races, held after the IMCA division race' featured young drivers with big league aspirartions. These racers ranged between the ages of 8 -14 years old., Chris Kozocki, 12, from Whittier, Calif., took the win tbr the 11-14 age group. E.J. Salazar took the first place trophy for the 8 - I0 year age group, with D.J. Hoover in second. The Street Stock division, which had more cars than the IMCA races with 22 drivers, also had more accidents. The Street Stock cars also had three different races. Two of the races include seven drivers and the third race had eight. Tom Baird of Las Vegas, Steve Hamrick of Pahrump, and Tim Flessati of Las Vegas were the three winners of the Street Stock heats. A number of heart stopping collisions took place in the event. In one case, three cars had to be removed from the race after two of them spun out and crashed into a third, who then collided with the wall. The crash sent people running over to see if local racer Carl Allman, the driver of the number 55 car was okay. He had hit the wall and was injured so he hesitated in getting out of the car after the collision. Allman appeared to be OK as he walked away from the badly beaten up car. The Street Stock main event featured 18 drivers, all of whom finished without seri- ous incident. Robert Taylor of Logandale took the checkered flag af- ter pulling into the lead in the 18 ' lap. Michael Hildebrand of Pahrump took second and Alan Levinson of Las Vegas took third When it was allover, tro- phies were presented to the winners and the fans went home, generally feeling sat- isfied that they had seen a good night of racing in Pahr- ump. 4 n E-Mail haSto:been ! 00)p.To.Date . Commt u is the 1 World00 Life Force