05/27/2012, by Speedway Staff - Every year on Memorial Day Weekend race fans gather at Skagit Speedway for the John Carroll Classic presented by Industrial Resources Incorporated of Clear Lake, WA.. An evening of racing in the name of former Skagit Speedway Sprint Car racer John Carroll. After opening ceremonies including memorial laps for fallen racers and in honor of Big John racing action was underway for the Sprint Cars , Outlaw Hornets and USAC Midgets.
Qualifying started the evening with fast time in the 410 Sprints going to Jason Solwold at 11.439 seconds and Kenny Rutz in the 360 Sprints at 12.072.
In 410 Sprint action the heat race winners were Kevin Smith and Trevor Turnbull. Eric Fisher came into the night as the point leader and left the night the same way by picking up the 25-lap main event win. Fisher celebrated his 27th birthday as well as the win. Jason Solwold and Trevor Turnbull rounded out the top 3 finishers.
For the 360 Sprints the heat race winners were Michael Harris and Trevor Turnbull. A few years back it was John Carroll who gave Travis Jacobson his first full time ride in a sprint car and Jacobson paid it back with tonights win as he led all 25 laps for the victory.
Sportsman Sprint heat race wins went to Clayton Sibley, Roger Oudman and Steve Parker. The main event took awhile to get underway as spins and collisions prevented a clean start the first few times. Once it got underway Steve Parker took off with rookies Skyler Pawlowicz and Zach McCabe in tow. Numerous yellows dotted the rest of the race but Parker held on for his first win of the season.
Outlaw Hornet heat race winners were Matt Ploeg and Freddie Vela. Starting from the front row with the invert of 4 Cliff Ballenger dominated the Outlaw Hornet 17-lap main event. Ballenger beat fast closing Tyler Ketchum and teammate Freddie Vela to the checkered flag.
Making their first visit of the 2012 season was the USAC Midgets. The USAC Midgets are the newest racing division at Skagit Speedway to be racing for a Season Champion. This was the first of four scheduled races on the season. Garrett Johnson won the heat. In the main event Jared Peterson held off a charging Johnson for the last 12 laps to claim the first ever USAC Midget main at Skagit Speedway. Peterson beat Johnson by less than a thousandth of a second at the finish line, side by side up against the fence at the stripe.
Next week at ASA Member Track Skagit Speedway all three divisions of Sprint Cars and Outlaw Hornets return for round 7 of the Foothills Toyota Tundra Racing Series. Grandstands open at 5:30pm with racing following opening ceremonies at 7:00pm.
Fast time Jason Solwold 11.439
Heat 1 Kevin Smith, Barry Martinez, Eric Fisher, Solwold, Jonathan Jorgenson
Heat 2 Trevor Turnbull, Travis Jacobson, Liam Ryan, Josh Edson, Daniel Anderson
Main Eric Fisher, Solwold, Turnbull, Martinez, Anderson, Jorgenson, Jacobson, Edson, Smith, Ryan
Lap leaders Eric Fisher 1-25
Hard Charger Daniel Anderson +5 positions gained
Fast time Kenny Rutz 12.072
Heat 1 Michael Harris, Devin Madonia, Rutz, Alan Munn, Steve James
Heat 2 Trevor Turnbull, Randy Price, Travis Jacobson, Bud Ashe, Mack Brown
Main Travis Jacobson, Madonia, Mack Brown, Rutz, Turnbull, Munn, Jorgenson, Ashe, James, Price, Jensen, Harris
Lap leaders Travis Jacobson 1-25
Hard Charger Mack Brown +7 positions gained
Heat 1 Clayton Sibley, Skyler Pawlowicz, Derek Roberts, Cale Brooke, James Bundy
Heat 2 Roger Oudman, Zach McCabe, Ben Gunderson, Bill Rude, Dylan Dunham
Heat 3 Steve Parker, Cory Swatzina, Rob Schroder, Dave Mead, Curtis Clarke
Main Steve Parker, Pawlowicz, McCabe, Roberts, Swatzina, Clark, Oudman, Bundy, Fox, Dunham, Sibley, Brooke, Hopkins, Lewellen, Tyra, Rude, Thibert, Schroder, Gunderson
Lap leaders Steve Parker 1-20
Hard Charger Curtis Clark +6 positions gained
Heat 1Matt Ploeg, Brian Michelson, Michael Powers, Bren Futrelle, Tyler Ketchum
Heat 2 Freddie Vela, Cliff Ballenger, Rick Young, Jon Gunderson, Jon Edwards
Main Cliff Ballenger, Ketchum, Vela, Young, Powers, Edwards, Vos, Berg, Graul, Thibert, Ploeg, Futrelle, Meins, Boudreau, Gunderson, Toth, Michelson
Lap leaders Cliff Ballenger 1-17
Hard Charger Tyler Ketchum +7 positions gained
Heat 1 Garrett Johnson, Chase Goetz, Jared Peterson, 3g, 91, 3s, 21, 3h
Main Jared Peterson, Johnson, Thomas, Goetz, Hartman, Lindquist
Lap leaders Jared Peterson 1-20
Hard Charger Garrett Thomas + 3 positions gained