Rod Baronian battles brother for Central Valley mini stocks racing win

Mini-Stock driver Rod Baronian opened the 2018 Central Valley Mini Stock season with a 30-lap main event win Sunday afternoon (April 22) at Lemoore Raceway.

Baronian won the battle against his brother Greg Baronian late in the race as they were working lapped traffic. He gained the lead at that point and brought it home for a well-earned victory.

Rod Baronian was the 2017 runner-up in the championship standings and a feature winner along the way. He was surprised at the outcome of the race. "I didn't think I was going to get by him,” said Rod. "He just bobbled a bit, and I was able to get by. I was lucky."

For Greg Baronian, this was his first start with the group. After leading much of the race, he settled for second but later won the four-lap trophy dash. 'I'd like it to have turned out a little better," Greg admitted. "If I had to lose to anybody, I'd rather it be him."

Dan Myrick was a strong third ahead of Darren Wilson and Randy Brown Jr.  Chuck Doglione finished sixth, followed by Ben Davis, Ryan Blank, James Smith and Dick Adams. Ten-lap heat races were won by Rod Baronian, Greg Baronian, and Wilson. Greg Baronian won the trophy dash. Reigning champion Danny Myrick won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Ryan Doglione and Smith.

Central Valley Mini Stocks return to Lemoore Raceway for its second event on Sunday, May 6. For further information, go to or look them up on Facebook.

Article submitted by Don Martin II

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