Sigman Sprints Away in Saugus Main Event

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Gary Sigman of Carson made short work of a short field of cars, coasting to an easy victory in the 40-lap Sportsman main event Saturday night at Saugus Speedway.

Starting third in an 11-car field, Sigman, the 1992 Sportsman points champion, moved into the lead on the third lap before pulling away for his first feature victory in seven starts.

Ron Daniels of San Bernardino was a distant second, followed closely by Sean Woodside of Saugus and Craig Rayburn of Santa Clarita.

In the 30-lap Grand American Modified feature race, three-time defending champion Dave Phipps capitalized on the misfortunes of several cars early in the race and won his third main event in four starts.

Thad Friday of Northridge finished second, with Dave Blankenship of Reseda and Gary Nazaroff of Covina third and fourth.

Brian Kelley of Arleta set the fastest Pro Stock qualifying time of the night and went on to win the 25-lap oval main event.

Points leader Scott Dinger of Simi Valley was a close second, followed by Sherman Oaks resident Richard Ocheltree.

The race was stalled by five caution flags and a restart caused by a nine-car pileup on the opening lap.

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