For three consecutive weeks at Saugus Speedway, the driver who started the Sportsman Division main event in the pole position had led all the way.
That pattern changed Saturday night in front of 3,528.
This time the pole-sitter, Tom Eurton of Valencia, couldn't finish the first lap, pulling into the infield.
Larry Woodside of Saugus, starting in the same row as Eurton on the outside, led the rest of the way for his first Sportsman main-event win at Saugus. Woodside, who entered the night 11th in the points standings, held off repeated charges from Dave Phipps of Simi Valley, who is third in points.
So, all it takes to win is having a choice starting position?
"Yeah, and experience," said Woodside, competing in his first full year at Saugus at the Sportsman level. "Plus Dave Phipps is a good enough driver that he wasn't going to push me out of the way. He could have several times."
Phipps finished second, followed by Keith Spangler of Northridge and John Cran of Reseda. Brian Kelly of Arleta, who is not among the points leaders, passed Arnold Fagan of Palmdale on Lap 10 and held on to win the 25-lap Street Stock main event.