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Lentz wins pro-stock

Fagundeses lead pulls

March 12, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — For Imperial Valley stock car racing fans, there is no bigger local race than the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta's stock car event.

Because of the turnout and significance of the race, those involved have called it their own Daytona 500.

The Imperial Valley Southwestern Racing Association had its ninth race of the season at the Imperial Valley Expo here Saturday, with Brawley resident Tony Lentz again getting the checkered flag in the factory pro-stock competition.

"It was a pretty good field with a few new guys out there," said Lentz. "The track was really good and our car was running as good as it has."

Lentz said he was surprised by the quality of the track considering the recent rainfall. Lentz figured earlier in the week that the race would be canceled because of the rain but he pressed forward with preparations.


"It takes a lot of work getting ready for a race. We put in 30 hours just on the car itself," said Lentz. "There's a lot of guys that don't do that. They just think of racing as something fun to do. We have fun with it, but we also want to win."

The "we" Lentz referred to is himself and his father, Vern Lentz. His father has over 30 years of racing experience, which has rubbed off and given the younger Lentz an edge against his competition.

Whatever Lentz has done has worked. This year Lentz has seven victories, including Saturday's win.

Winning Saturday in the other featured race was Ricky Hood from Arizona in the sprint division.

The action Sunday turned to the five-division tractor pull, sanctioned by the Pacific Tractor Pullers Association.

Winning the 5500 modified truck class was Larry Lopes of Oakdale, followed by Jim Masseti of Madera and Mitch Alvillar of San Luis Obispo.

Clarence Correira of Tulare won in the 7300-pound modified class with Turlock's Bob Gioletti taking second and San Luis Obispo's Tyson Jett finishing third.

The unlimited mini class was dominated by competitors from Hanford, with Ronnie Fagundes taking first and third. Larry Ponting finished second.

Donnie Fagundes of Hanford took the top two slots in the blown mini class with Correira finishing third.

Robbie Fagundes of Hanford placed first in the injected mini class followed by Tulare's Tony Ramos and Escondido's Nikki Weber.

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