Schmidt wins again at All American Speedway

By: Jeannie Broussal, Special to The Press Tribune
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Late Model driver Eric Schmidt was unstoppable this past Saturday night in Roseville, winning his third race in a row.


He qualified on the pole with a 13.842 lap, and with an invert of five, Shannon Mansch started on the pole with Ron Chunn on the outside of row one.


Chunn followed leader Mansch around the first lap, and then got into the rear of Mansch between turns three and four getting Mansch sideways. On the next lap Mansch got in to Chunn coming out of turn two and they both spun, sending them both to the rear. Mansch exited the track for good on lap 11.


Jonathan Mawhinney led laps two through 13 and then Schmidt took over the lead. Schmidt, Mawhinney and Tim Smith raced close for a while, but then Schmidt roared ahead and it was an all-Schmidt show after that.


Mawhinney ended up a half lap or more behind Schmidt. Schmidt lapped the field and then some. Zane Lovelace Jr. and Matt Scott had a great battle going during the race. Scott ended up finishing fourth. When all was said and done, only Schmidt, Mawhinney and Smith were on the lead lap.


"I had a good crew and a good car and a lot of effort was put in to winning this race," Schmidt said. "We can't afford to run every week, so when we run, we want to run good. The car was great. My car was easy to drive tonight.”


Schmidt went on to say that he owes his win to his crew and crew chief Eric Snider.


"He's the brains behind this team,” Schmidt said. “I just have to turn the steering wheel. It was a great night."


In the Modified race Scott Winters seemed unbeatable. Nik Romano started from the pole with Gary Glenn on the outside. At the green flag Glenn led the field. On lap two, Jason Philpot took over the lead and ran away by five car lengths.


Glenn stole the lead back on lap six. Glenn and Winters put on a great show racing side-by-side for a number of laps. A caution flew after Romano checked up and the No. 43 of Nick Lyons spun. Winters took took over and pulled away from the field, taking the checkered flag followed by Philpot, Ostrowski, Glenn. Josh Brock came in fifth.


It was Winters second win of the season.


"The car was strong, we just had to be patient," Winters said. "The 15 car has been really strong this year and he got out front tonight. I knew we had a fast car, so we just needed to take our time and let the laps click off and look for a shot to pass him, and we did."


Winters also said he's got a great team that worked really hard over the past week to get the car dialed in. Winters finished third last week and said he needed a little bit more to beat the No. 15 car this week and that they found what they needed.


"We've got two wins, a second and a third,” Winters said. “So far, we are starting out with a good record.”


Chris Paulson, driving the No. 3 Jim McGinnis owned car won the Bomber main event after starting fourth.


Jill Schmidt started on the pole, with Eric Bocksberger on the outside of row one. Bocksberger took the lead on lap one, with Schmidt falling to second and Paulson in third. The top three cars then raced nose to tail.


A red flag came out on lap 26 after  Schmidt lost a tire on the backstretch and oil started leaking from the car of Denise Lambert.


On the restart Bocksberger tried to pass Paulson between turns three and four, but got loose and Paulson retained the lead to take the checkered flag. Bocksberger finished second, with the Richard Perez-owned car being driven by Rick Anable in third, David Thompson fourth, and Kenny Beaumont rounded out the top five.


"The race was great," Paulson said. "Everybody drove a clean race. It was a pretty good night for us. I haven't won in a long time, so it was really great to win."


The No. 33 of Robbie Roy got the victory in Baby Grand racing.  Jarret Kelly started from the pole with Roy on the outside. Jarret led lap one followed by Roy.


On lap four Roy passed Jarret for the lead and maintained it for the win. Kelly came in second, Michael Ray third, William Camara fourth and Patrick Hill was fifth. It is Roy's first win in a Baby Grand.


"It was a fun race," Roy said. "The car started overheating towards the end, but we were able to hold on and win. The competition was really great tonight."


In the 20-lap Mini-Cup main event, Lincoln's No. 24 Danny Allen was on the pole and No. 33 Tommy McCarthy started from the outside. Allen took the lead at the green flag and led the field around the track.


He was followed by McCarthy, Bryce Napier, Adrian Wilson, and Kyle Winninger.  The top five drivers held their positions until the checkered flag flew.


After his win Allen said, "It was fun. I want to thank all my sponsors, especially Johnny Walker for this great car."


This is Allen's second year racing Mini-Cup, and his fifth year racing overall.


Next Saturday, All American Speedway will feature Late Model, Modified, Bomber, Street Stock and NCMA Sprint Cars. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. and main events begin at 6 p.m.



1. No. 05 Eric Schmidt

2. No. 17 Jonathan Mawhinney

3. No. 12 Tim Smith

4. No. 35 Matt Scott

5. No. 50 Gary Glenn

6. No. 46 Zane Lovelace, Jr.

7. No. 20 Bobby Grewohl

8. No. 51 Chris Scribner

9. No. 31 Justin Henry

10. No. 02 Michael Wendt

11. No. 44 Ron Chunn

12. No. 5 Carlos Vieira

13. No. 15 Brian Koski

14. No. 3 Juan Pitta

15. No. 57 David Hulsey

16. No. 52 Ryan Philpott

17. No. 61 Shannon Mansch

18. No. 22 Cameron Millard



1. No. 24 Scott Winters

2. No. 15 Jason Philpot

3. No. 77 Michael Ostrowski

4. No. 50 Gary Glenn

5. No. 21 Josh Brock

6. No. 43 Nick Lyons

7. No. 7 Nik Romano

8. No. 11 Rick Andersen

9. No. 39 Luke Kaper

10. No. 12 David Crouch

11. No. 83 Donny Lehman



1. No. 3 Jim McGinnis

2. No. 23 Eric Bocksberger

3. No. 50 Richard Perez

4. No. 37 David Thompson

5. No. 15 Kenny Beaumont

6. No. 52 Matt Camp

7. No. 77 Erick Ray

8. No. 73 Gary Eisenhour

9. No. 22 Keith Hopkinson

10. No. 30 Steve Runkle

11. No. 89 Walter Silva

12. No. 13 Michael Smith

13. No. 05 Jill Schmidt

14. No. 12 Denise Lambert

15. No. 92 Mark Anderson

16. No. 39 Luke Kaper



1. No. 33 Robbie Roy

2. No. 6 Jarret Kelly

3. No. 46 Michael Ray

4. No. 20 William Camara

5. No. 07 Patrick Hill

6. No. 29 David Napier

7. No. 3 Chili Denison

8. No. 14 Chase Grigsby



1. No. 24 Danny Allen

2. No. 23 Tommy McCarthy

3. No. 03 Bryce Napier

4. No. 33 Adrian Wilson

5. No. 5 Zackary Case

6. No. 15 Jackson Ezell

7. No. 10 Kyle Winninger

8. No. 88 Cameron Winninger

9. No. 48 Jared Cronk