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The SaveMart 350

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Martin Truex Jr held off Kyle Busch the last 20 or so laps of the 2019 SaveMart 350 at a sun splashed Sonoma Raceway.

It was Martin's second win in a row in Sonoma and his 4th of the 2019 season. Truex Jr. led a race high 59-laps of the SaveMart 350.

It is the 50th anniversary of Sonoma Raceway formerly known as Sears Point Raceway back in the day.

To help honor the track The Carousel, a long sweeping turn that can make or break a lap, was put back into the rotation. Martin handled it just fine.

Stage 1 of the 3 staged race went to William Byron who led every lap of the first stage and was second in laps led (21). Denny Hamlin was the best man in the second stage before Truex Jr took control of the 50 lap stage 3.

Kyle Busch did make a run at the checkered flag. Busch slapped on some fresh tires and dropped 7-seconds off a 8-second lead but Kyle could not catch Truex Jr in the end.

Ryan Blaney was 3rd and in perhaps the best drive of the day, Matt DiBenedetto finished a career high 4th.

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Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The Bay Area will be ground zero for vintage racing the next month as Sonoma Raceway and WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway open up their track to some of the prettiest cars that ever graced the roadway.

May 3-5 the Trans-Am Speed Fest heads down to beautiful Monterey and the Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway.

Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, Corvettes and Vipers will share the track with vintage muscle cars all supped up and in race trim.

The red of Ferrari follows the parade of muscle cars around Laguna Seca when the Ferrari Racing Days and Corse Clienti F1 takes it's turn racing thru the famous Corkscrew.

Highlighting the weekend will be F1 cars from Ferrari's stable that will come thru Monterey and run a few laps around the world famous circuit.

That goes down May 10-12 making it a busy start to the 2019 racing season

 

 

St. Mary's takes control of their own destiny

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Who knew that St. Mary's would sweep thru the WCC Tourney and soundly defeat the n #1 team in the nation, Gonzaga.

The Zags have been a thorn in the side of St. Mary's for a long time now.

The Gaels were also trying to erase the memory of the 94-46 thrashing the Zags handed St. Mary's the first time the two teams played this year.

St, Mary's was better the second time around at home in both teams regular season league finals losing 69-55.

In the WCC Final the Gaels turned a 27-24 halftime lead into a 60-47 win and the ticket to the Big Dance that comes with it. Head coach Randy Bennett coached one of the best games in his life against the Zags.

St. Mary's never let Gonzaga go on a run that every thought was coming in the WCC final. The Gaels lost to defending champs Villanova 61-57 in the first round. It was a tough out for as team that got better as the year went on.

High school sports impacted by the California wild fires

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

All across northern and southern California high school sports have been put on hold because of the devastating wildfires burning out of control in large parts of the state.

There are over 1,000 people missing and that number is sure to go up as the fires continue to burn.

The smoke from the "Camp Fire" in Butte county has descended over most of the San Francisco Bay Area causing very un healthy air.

It's so bad that most prep sporting events have been cancelled the past two weeks. Cross Country got it's section meets axed and runners moved onto state based on times they ran during the season.

Next weeks state meet in Fresno is a go at the moment. Hopefully the kids can run and it comes at a time when they can postpone it for a week if they have to.

The football state championships have been moved back. Schools are trying to move playoff games to areas the smoke has not caused havoc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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