Cooper collects Marysville checkers

Todd Cooper led the last 18 of Saturday’s 20-lap feature for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods at Marysville Raceway. (Photo by Top Dawg Racing Photos)

By Ben Deatherage

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (April 10) – Former track champion Todd Cooper was back in victory lane following the second visit this season by Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods to Marysville Raceway.

Four stoppages took place in the 20-lap affair, all within the first two laps being completed.  Once racing got going, Cooper would take control of the first-place position. Cooper did get a little pressure from fellow Yuba City chauffeur Donnie Fortney but was able to keep his challenger in check. 

The 2019 track champion at Marysville, Cooper went on to lead the remaining 18 laps to earn his first Karl triumph of the new season and become the second different winner in as many events at Marysville.  

Jimmy Ford, another Yuba City runner, rallied to a second-place result while Sacramento’s Scott Savell placed third.  The House of Merritt comprised the rest of the top five finishers.  Damian, of Marysville, and Mike Merritt, from Yuba City, was fourth and fifth.