Wednesday Aug 13 2008
Harraka enjoys a big night
By: Chase Montgomery Special to The Press-Tribune
Paulie Harraka, in his BMR/ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse No.16 Toyota, won both of the Twin 50’s for the Toyota TRD Late Models last Saturday night at The All American Speedway in Roseville. 17-year-old Jonathon Mawhinney (17) was tops in qualifying with a lap of 13.754/ 87.246MPH. GSR’s Kristin Bumbera (00) clocked in second with a 13.827. Harraka was third at 13.838 with John Moore (27) fourth at 13.885. Those four drivers were matched up in the divisional trophy dash where fans saw Harraka defeat Moore, Bumbera, and Mawhinney for the hardware. In the first Twin 50, Nevada’s 18- year-old Mackena Bell (11) started from the pole with Wilton’s Laura Hayes (22) on the outside of row 1. Row 2 was filled with Harraka and Moore. Bell held on to the lead for two laps until she was overtaken by Moore on lap 3. Harraka got by Hayes on lap 5 for second while Roseville’s Shannon Mansch (61) who started sixth, got to third. Harraka would make the pass on Moore for the lead on lap 13 and never looked back. Harraka was smooth, hitting his marks and pulling away from the field until he eventually took the checkers for the win. Granite Bay’s John Moore crossed second with his GSR teammate Laura Hayes coming home third. Another of AAS’s talented young female drivers Bell recorded her first Top-5 finish of the season, coming in fourth. Shannon Mansch rounded out the top five. In the evening’s second Twin-50, Mansch started from P-1 with Bell on the outside of row 1. Hayes started third with Moore on the outside of row 2. Mansch led the first seventeen laps of the race until Moore got by her for the lead on the next lap. Harraka was patient riding around the oval in third, waiting for an opening. That opening came on lap 24 when he made the pass on Moore for the lead. Once again Harraka was smooth as silk, keeping Moore at bay on his way to victory. The win was his third in as many races giving him eight wins on the season and moving him up to second in points at The All American Speedway. Moore crossed second, Hayes got her second third-place finish of the evening and Mansch came home fourth with Bell getting her second Top-5 finish of the night at fifth. This Saturday will be Kid’s Night at AAS. All kids 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Kids will be treated to a free hot dog and soda and have a chance to win a new gasoline powered go-cart.