Stock Cars – 1. Aaron Spangler; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Chanse Hollatz; 4. Jody York; 5. Leslie Grill; 6. Troy Jerovetz; 7. Cody Center; 8. J.C. Parmeley; 9. Tony Hill; 10. Andy Altenburg; 11. Loren DeArmond; 12. Gene Henrie; 13. Jake Smith; 14. Raymond Doyle; 15. Brock Hamilton; 16. Wayne Dotson; 17. Austin Daffern. After finishes ranging from a solid third to a not-so-sweet 16th in his first five outings at Somerton, Arneson drew the pole start and led all 25 times around the oval. Feature Results “It was good to be able to get that first win,” said Arneson, $1,000 richer and already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “We had a good car and everything worked out for us.” Fellow North Dakota driver and family friend Don Gumke, who’d raced with Arneson’s father “back in the day” was honored with the empty pole position during parade laps. And Cody Thompson sped from ninth at the green to first at the finish of a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main hotly contested by hard charger candidates. Aaron Spangler scored the Jan. 18 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 18) – Casey Arneson’s first IMCA Modified feature win in Arizona came on the final night of Cocopah Speedway’s Winter Nationals. Modifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Jake O’Neil; 3. Tim Ward; 4. Kollin Hibdon; 5. R.C. Whitwell; 6. Jason Noll; 7. Zane DeVilbiss; 8. Marlyn Seidler; 9. Alex Stanford; 10. Joey Price; 11. Mark Carrell; 12. John Parmeley; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Spencer Wilson; 15. Jeff Taylor; 16. Justen Yeager; 17. Michael Thing; 18. Russell Allen; 19. Tyson Evans; 20. Anthony Hofbauer; 21. Randy Havlik; 22. Tom Berry Jr.; 23. Austin Kiefer; 24. Bobby Horton; 25. Lance Mari. Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Joshua Cordova; 3. Brad King; 4. Jim Robinson; 5. Scott Tenney; 6. Jason Duggins; 7. Jason Beshears; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Oscar Duarte; 10. Francisco Cordova; 11. David Callis; 12. Jeffrey Callis. Aaron Spangler outran Winter Nationals titlist Steffan Carey to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers for his first Somerton victory. The second-row starters crossed the stripe ahead of Friday winner Chanse Hollatz, Jody York and Leslie Grill. Joshua Cordova, Brad King, Jim Robinson and Scott Tenney finished second through fifth, respectively. Casey Arneson got his IMCA Modified career first feature win in Arizona on the final night of Winter Nationals. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Completing the top five were Tim Ward, Kollin Hibdon and 16th starting R.C. Whitwell. The win by Arneson came in an El Dorado ride he and Riley Hatfield built. Thompson’s second Winter Nationals win came in front of eighth starting Ty Rogers, 12th starting and Winter Nationals king Chris Toth, Chase Alves and 11th starting Taylor Kuehl. A couple yellows kept Arneson out of lapped traffic. Jake O’Neil, in the hunt for a fourth straight Winter Nationals victory, started fifth and got to within a couple car lengths. Tim Gonska motored from the outside front row starting spot to a fourth Winter Nationals IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory and put the wraps on a Winter Nationals crown of his own. Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Ty Rogers; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Chase Alves; 5. Taylor Kuehl; 6. Miles Morris; 7. Bill Lundock; 8. Chris Theodore; 9. David Pitt; 10. Cody Daffern; 11. Justin Brierley; 12. Brock Rogers; 13. Manny Baldiviez; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Jimmy Davy; 16. Javier Navarro; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Kyle Sato; 19. Mike Wells; 20. Camron Spangler; 21. Shelby Frye; 22. Brian Carey; 23. Ron Schreiner.
Hong Kong a hit with Sydney and Melbourne Trade150 travel trade professionals were given the Hong Kong star treatment late last month when representatives from the destination rolled into the two cities to provide product updates.The Hong Kong Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific Airways and The Murray Hotel teamed up for the Sydney event which was held on 14 November at The Establishment. A Melbourne event then followed on 22 November, held at the Red Spice QV and in partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways.Updates at both events included Cathay Pacific Airways’ new A350 aircraft deployment into Sydney as well as developments at one of Hong Kong’s newest five star hotels, The Murray.Congratulations to the prize winners – Chris Bellmon from Travel Associates Rose Bay won two Cathay Pacific Airways economy return tickets to Hong Kong and three nights’ accommodation at The Murray at the Sydney event, and Felicity Moss from Jigsaw Travel won two economy return airfares to Hong Kong at the Melbourne event.HKTB’s trade marketing and business tourism manager, Lisa Lee said face-to-face contact with the Australian travel trade remains a vital element to the HKTB trade strategy.“Both events were fantastic opportunities to catch-up with our destination ambassadors and provide them with in-depth and informative product updates on all things Hong Kong, including our exciting new transportation links, Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge and Hong Kong’s High Speed Railway.”Source = Hong Kong Tourism Board