Pascarella Proves his Worth with Second Win in Race One at Auto Club Speedway

NEWS March 28, 2010

Pascarella Proves his Worth with Second Win in Race One at Auto Club Speedway

After once again showing his skills and outright speed, LTD Yamaha Rider Joey Pascarella put on a clinic today to close out day one in the first of two weekend AMA Pro SuperSport races at Auto Club Speedway.  After delays for high winds, AMA Pro Officials lined up the SuperSport riders at 6:00 p.m. local time for their 17-lap race. 

Following the same procedures as the other two races, the riders had a 15-minute practice session to acquaint themselves with the track conditions.  After qualifying fourth, local rider Elena Myers, on her Richie Morris Racing Suzuki, posted the fastest time in the warm up.  Auto Club Pole-position and Daytona race two winner Pascarella shot ahead at the flag only to have Myers and another rider collide moments after the start, causing a red flag. 

Ms. Myers was checked out at the Auto Club Speedway infield medical facility and was seen sporting a sling on her left arm as she departed the track for a precautionary trip to Redlands Community Hospital with her parents.  Meanwhile another start was set up, and this time everyone got away clean.  Pascarella again just drove off into the distance as first his LTD Yamaha teammate Huntley Hash followed in second with Scott Gilbert on his Team Graves Yamaha in third. 

Nash held on gamely but Pascarella eventually pulled out as much as a ten-second lead, which grew to over thirteen seconds at the finish.  Nash and Gilbert provided the best action, with Gilbert getting by Nash on lap six and holding him off for a satisfying second place finish.  Rounding out the top ten was Top Gun entry Tyler O'Hara on his Yamaha in fourth, Eric Stump on his Honda fifth, local rider Chris Sromalla on his Lucas Oil Suzuki in sixth, Michael Corbino in seventh, Robert Tinagero in eighth, both on Yamaha's.  Ninth was Kawasaki rider Paul-Michael Patterson and tenth was Bruce Bleecker on his Yamaha.

Fighting off the discomfort of facial and hand abrasions suffered on his mountain bike earlier in the week, Joey said he just kept his head down and concentrated on winning the race.  Gilbert may have been the happiest rider today, he injured himself here last year and even though he has a large amount of experience at Auto Club Speedway, this finish may have been the sweetest after missing all of last year due to injury.

Race two for the Young Gun and local Top Gun AMA Pro Racing SuperSport riders is tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. local time and it will be interesting to see if anyone has anything for Pascarella as he continues his march to the Young Gun championship.
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