Wednesday Aug 27 2008
Nine is fine for Paulie Harraka
By: Chase Montgomery Special to The Press-Tribune
Paulie Harraka, in his Bill McAnally/ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse No. 16 Toyota won the Berco Redwood 50 for the Toyota TRD Late Models last Saturday night at The All American Speedway. The victory gives Harraka nine wins on the season and moves him to within eight points of leader John Moore (27) for the AAS Championship. Earlier in the day in qualifying, Moore laid down the fast time for the division with a lap of 13.849/ 86.648 mph. Second quick to Moore was Harraka at 13.952. Seventeen-year-old Jonathon Mawhinney (17) clocked in third at 13.965. Beau DeBard (18), who had been absent from the track for over a month, was back in fine form qualifying fourth at 13.968. The above four drivers were matched up in the divisional trophy dash where fans saw DeBard bring home the hardware. In the Main, an invert of five put Katie Hagar (10) on the pole with DeBard on the outside of row one. Mawhinney started third from row two with Harraka on his outside. Moore started fifth as fast qualifier. DeBard grabbed the lead on lap two with Harraka getting to third. Moore moved up to third passing Harraka on lap six. Moore got by Hagar for second on Lap seven. Harraka would pass Hagar for third on lap eight. DeBard and Moore battled it out for the next 10 laps until Moore took the point on lap 16. Harraka would eventually get by DeBard for second on lap 27. That move set up a battle of the Top-Two point’s leaders and the race was on. Harraka got by Moore on lap 40, but Moore roughed him up the very next lap to retake the lead. On the last lap, Harraka attempted to make a clean pass on Moore on the outside down the backstretch, when Moore got into him again. This time the front left side of Moore’s car drove up onto the driver’s side window net of Harraka’s car. Moore was slowed up but Harraka was able to somehow save and regain control of his car and cross the stripe as the winner. “I can’t believe Moore drove me like that” Harraka said after the race. “If he wants to race that way, we can too. I really want to give the credit to my BMR Team for giving me such a great car tonight. The guys at the shop deserve the credit for this win. They do such a great job week after week.” Roseville’s Shannon Mansch (61), last-week’s winner, fought her way to a second-place finish. Another great run for that team. DeBard hung on for one of his best finishes of the season crossing third. Galt’s Juan Pitta (33) returned to his Top-Five ways, bringing his car home fourth. Jonathon Mawhinney battled to a fifth-place finish.