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Highlights from “A Tribute to Ed Parker” Special Event on Saturday, Aug. 18

More than 90 cars were in the pits at Merced Speedway Saturday  as California drivers paid a fitting tribute to the late Merced Speedway promoter Ed Parker. Merced Speedway regulars captured all four features.

Darrel Hughes of Manteca topped Bobby Hogge IV from Salinas n the IMCA modified feature. Nick Tucker of Delhi out-ran invader Nick Spainhoward from Bakersfield  in the IMCA SportMod division. In the Hobby Stock feature, Austin Van Hoff of Chowchilla held off Kevin Joaquin from Sonora. In the Mini-Stock feature it was Tyler Jackson of Sanger over Shawn DePriest of Dinuba.

Each of the winning drivers were given a commemorative door panel honoring Ed Parker.

IMCA Modified Point leader Darrell Hughes (28) takes the outside lane as he battles Ricky Thatcher and Jeff Streeter in a heat race. Photo Courtesy of Mike Adaskaveg. 

In victory lane, Hughes receives a commemorative door panel honoring Ed Parker. Photo by Joe Martinez L and J Racing Photos

 Nick Tucker takes the inside as he passes Brent Curran in the IMCA SportMod division. Photo courtesy of Mike Adaskaveg.

Nick Tucker in victory lane after the IMCA SportMod feature holding a door panel trophy inl tribute to Ed Parker. Photo by Joe Martinez L and J Racing Photos

 

Hobby Stock feature winner Austin Van Hoff (44) goes side by side with Danny Holcomb. Photo courtesy of Mike Adaskaveg

A very proud Austin Van Hoff in Victory Lane with the Ed Parker tribute door panel. Photo by Joe Martinez, L and J Racing Photos

Tyler Jackson (T77) races down the backstretch with Troy Tatum in the Mini-Stock division.  Photo Courtesy of Mike Adaskaveg.

An ecstatic Tyler Jackson in victory lane after winning Mini-Stock Feature. Photo by Joe Martinez, L and J Racing Photos