Street Stock racer John Schultz was in the right place midway through the oval main event Saturday night and it led to a victory in the season opener at Saugus Speedway.
The 30-year-old Valencia resident was running third when he received a break 13 laps into the feature race.
While Mike Price and Todd Conrad battled for the lead, Schultz slid past and pulled away to take the checkered flag.
"Conrad and Price got together and somehow I was able to get around," said Schultz, who finished fourth in the Street Stock points standings last year. "After that I was just trying to ride a good line."
Schultz was shadowed much of the final 12 laps by Greg Benner of Whittier, who finished second. Conrad wound up third, followed by Sun Valley's Edward Dazzo.
"I'm very happy," Schultz said. "It couldn't have been better. The car really came together."
Jim Warden of Anaheim won the 15-lap Mini Stock Racing Assn. main. Tim Mitchell of La Crescenta finished second.
Kenny Smith of El Monte won the 12-lap Pro Four Modified main event, moving past pole sitter Gregg Symonds of Agoura Hills seven laps into the race. Symonds held on for second.
Terry Limberopoulos of Bellflower held on for a victory in the 20-lap Mini Stock feature race.