Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Late Models, Modified Classes Highlight 
Antioch Speedway Program Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...Antioch Speedway has a five division program on tap for this Saturday night. The All Star Series B Modifieds are back after a month off. DIRTcar Late Models will be there for their fifth appearance of the season. The A Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks will make this a great night of Stock Car racing on the three-eighth mile clay oval.

The B Modified championship seems to be well in hand for Trevor Clymens. Clymens leads the division with five feature wins and holds a 200 point advantage over top rookie Ryan DeForest. DeForest won his first Main Event last time out with Clymens chasing him in second. The win moved DeForest 28 points ahead of Chuck Golden in a closer race for second. Golden is still looking for his first win of the season, but his third place position isn't in jeopardy at the moment. The next driver is 78 points back.

Kenny Shrader got off to a late start, but he has five Top 5 finishes in the last eight races, including a pair of third place finishes. He seems to be running well enough to win. After less than desired results at Watsonville last week, Shrader loaded up, came to Antioch, started in the fifth row and finished fifth in the A Modified Main Event. It's a bit closer in the race for fourth as Brent Curran is 14 points back and Tommy Fraser trails by 19 points. Curran has a win at Antioch, but he's been testing his skills at over ten different tracks and recently won at Quincy. The roster has some good drivers, and some who could make an appearance include Guy Ahlwardt, Todd Gomez, Aaron Crowell, Kevin Brown, reigning champion KC Keller and Matt Taylor.

The DIRTcar Late Model winner's board now finds three-time reigning champion Jeff Decker and Richard Papenhausen tied up at two wins each. Papenhausen has missed a race, but Decker is leading the standings by just 20 points over Marysville star Rod Oliver. Oliver has done it with consistency as he has one third and three fourth place finishes so far. Kimo Oreta is set to compete in two divisions Saturday night. Last year's "Rookie Of The Year" is 26 points behind Oliver in third and also has a third place feature finish. He's just four points ahead of Mike Hynes and six in front of Papenhausen.

Dennis Souza may be the best candidate to become the third different winner. He has a second this season. If he were to win, it would be his first win ever at Antioch. Past Modified champion Rob Norris is ready to go this week, and other drivers to watch for include David Newquist, Joey Olschowka and Paul Guglielmoni.

The battle for the championship in the A Modified division remains close. Four-time feature winner Nick DeCarlo had a rough night last week, while reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr. earned his sixth podium finish of the season in third. DeCarlo's lead over Motts is just ten points. Sean O'Gara has a tenuous hold on third in the standings, just 20 points ahead of four time winner Kellen Chadwick and 36 ahead of Bobby Montalvo. You never know when Chadwick is coming, but it could be this week.

Top rookie Buddy Kniss opted to get some experience in a big show environment last week, which dropped him from fifth to 26 points behind Montalvo. The stars of last week were two-time champion Carl Berendsen II and Anthony Slaney, who scored a 1-2 finish. This was the second win of the season for Berendsen, who made the decision to race at Antioch in order to race in front of his grandfather, who is moving out of the state. For Slaney, it was his second straight runnerup finish as he continues to run strong. Other drivers who might make an appearance this week include Trent Wentworth, David Zeiter, Raymond Lindeman and Shawn DeForest.

If you are a fan of close point races, you need look no further than the battle taking place in the Limited Late Model division. Mark Garner and Kimo Oreta are dead locked for the lead with Mike Walko just six points behind them. Garner and Oreta both have three wins after Garner's impressive drive to victory last week, but Oreta wins the tie breaker with two seconds to one for Garner. Walko, meanwhile, has been the most consistent of the three. He has two wins, and his one non Top 3 finish in ten races was a fourth place finish. This is a battle that may just go down to the final checkered flag.

Ryan Cherezian can see the three drivers ahead of him, but he needs some luck to go his way and a win or two. Cherezian is 40 points out of the lead and has one second and three thirds so far. He's had his moments, and the win may be just around the corner for him. You can never count out the division's all time win leader and two-time champion Mike Gustafson, who has one win this year. Other drivers to watch for include the steady John Evans, Chad Hammer and Jon Haney.

The big announcement this week was centered around an increased money race for the Hobby Stocks on September 8th. The 50 lap race will pay $1,000 to win and $125 to start based on 20 cars. The track's Big 3 may seem to be the favorites, but rules may allow for some big name visitors to come to town. When they get there, they will have to deal with Chris Sorensen. Sorensen is having an amazing season in the car he got this year from the shop of Fred Baker. Chris has six wins, five seconds and four thirds. He has only missed the Top 5 once in 17 starts. With those kinds of numbers, it's no big surprise to see him leading his closest challenger, Michael Cooper, by 100 points.

Cooper has four wins, but after scoring his fifth win of the season, reigning champion Cameron Swank is only 31 points out of second. Any of these three drivers could make a run at the money at the September race, and they go into Saturday as the drivers to beat. Two drivers knocking on the door to victory lately are rookies Breanna Troen and Anthony Wellborn. In recent races, Troen has notched two season best thirds, while Wellborn has six Top 5's in his last eight starts. A win could happen at any time for either one them. Billy Garner and top ranked rookie John Wacht would love to earn their second wins this week, and others to watch in the quest for victory include Josh Leach, Tom Cline, Haley Gomez and Ed Letterman. Long time racer Bob Brown finished second last week, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get a win if he keeps coming back.

Saturday night is a night that fans of Stock Car racing can get exited about. It's a great lineup of All Star Series divisions you won't want to miss. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Berendsen, Fatu, Garner Win Antioch Speedway Main Events

Antioch, CA...August 4...William Fatu won the 20 lap All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. In the past few seasons, Fatu has moved up from Mini Stocks to Wingless Spec Sprints and now into a 360 Sprint Car, and this was his first win in this division. Fatu shared the front row with David Dias and sprinted into the lead. Heat race winner Billy Aton's quest for his third win of the season ended when he spun on the back stretch on lap three with broken steering. After failing to finish the previous race, point leader Art McCarthy made a charge from the third row into second by lap seven. Fatu held a huge lead by then, but McCarthy steadily gained on him until catching him at the white flag. McCarthy made a run at him down the back stretch and into the final turn, but Fatu brought it home to a satisfying victory. McCarthy was a season-best second, followed by James Ringo, Jacob Tuttle and Matt DeMartini.

Carl Berendsen II earned the victory in the 20 lap A Modified Main Event. Berendsen is a two-time division champion, and this was also his second win of the season. He started back in eighth and quickly worked his way to the front of the pack. When he got there, he had to battle a determined Anthony Slaney, who was trying to get his first win of the season. However, Berendsen pulled ahead on lap six and collected the win, followed by Slaney, reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr., Chuck Golden and Kenny Shrader.

Mark Garner snapped out of his three-race slump and put his championship bid back on track with his third 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event win of the season. Garner shared the front row with Lori Brown and bolted into the lead at the start. Brown spun from second for the only yellow flag slow down of the race on lap five. Mike Walko moved into second and challenged Garner on the restart. However, Garner pulled away to a straightaway advantage, and even a pair of slower cars in the final five laps didn't stop his charge to the much-needed win. Walko collected his third runner-up finish of the season, followed by Ryan Cherezian, point leader, Kimo Oreta and Mike Gustafson.

Reigning Hobby Stock champion Cameron Swank collected his fifth 20 lap Main Event win of the season. Swank started back in the fourth row, and Bob Brown was the early leader. Swank made an inside pass on Breanna Troen in Turn 4 for second on lap 4 and beat Brown back to the line for the lead on lap six. From there, Swank set a blistering pace and held a half-lap lead at the checkered flag. Brown finished second, followed by a season-best third for Josh Leach, point leader Chris Sorensen and Anthony Wellborn.

David Michael Rosa earned his third 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event victory of the season. Rosa and point leader Mike Corsaro started mid-pack, and both drivers made a charge to the front. Corsaro is looking for his first win since the fifth race of the season, but Rosa made him settle for his fourth second place finish in the last six races. Street Stock legend David Rosa finished third ahead of Mario Marques and Jacob Williams.

All Star Series racing action resumes next Saturday night with the DIRTcar Late Models back along with the A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
All Star Series Antioch Speedway
Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Art McCarthy, Billy Aton. Main Event (20 Laps)-William Fatu, Art McCarthy, James Ringo, Jacob Tuttle, Matt DeMartini, Joey Ancona, David Dias, Tim Burcher, Billy Aton, Jeff Strole.

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Robbie Senn, Nick DeCarlo. Main Event (20 Laps)-Carl Berendsen II, Anthony Slaney, Bobby Motts Jr, Chuck Golden, Kenny Shrader, Eric Berendsen, David Zeiter, Bobby Montalvo, Nick DeCarlo, Josh Combs.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Kimo Oreta, Ryan Cherezian. Main Event (20 Laps)-Mark Garner, Mike Walko, Ryan Cherezian, Kimo Oreta, Mike Gustafson, Lori Brown, John Evans.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Cameron Swank, John Wacht. Main Event (20 Laps)-Cameron Swank, Bob Brown, Josh Leach, Chris Sorensen, Anthony Wellborn, Breanna Troen, Michael Cooper, Ed Letterman, Mike Matheson, John Wacht.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-David Michael Rosa, Mike Corsaro. Main Event (20 Laps)-David Michael Rosa, Mike Corsaro, David Rosa, Mario Marques, Jacob Williams, Tony Carmignani, Chris Becker, Jessie Pfeiffer, Chuck Conover, Giovanni Bortoli.


Nelson, Hogge, Ryland Win Mike Cecil Memorial Race 
At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...August 4...Billy Nelson scored an impressive victory in the Mike Cecil Memorial American Stock Main Event Saturday night at Ocean Speedway. This was the 21st annual event that is held in memory of past Street Stock champion Mike Cecil, and all three divisions competed for an increased purse. About 100 race cars filled the pits to be a part of this event.

The American Stocks ran an 80 lap race for $1,000 to win, and for much of the distance JC Elrod led the way over point leader Matt Kile. Nelson started back in 13th, but he was part of the Top 5 battle by lap ten. By lap 57, Nelson had passed Rob Gallaher for the third position and set his sights on Kile. There was smoke coming from the Elrod car by lap 65, but he continued to race out front. Nelson made a move on the front stretch on lap 68 to take second from Kile, and he made an inside pass in Turn 2 a lap later to grab the lead from Elrod. Nelson started to pull away, but he had scary moments in traffic during the final five laps. However, he kept his cool for the big victory. Elrod settled for second, followed by Kile, Rob Gallaher, Kristie Shearer, Joe Gallaher, Mike Calhoun, Shannon Nelson, Jimmy Bowman in DJ Keldsen. The eight lap heat race wins were earned by Nelson, Elrod and Kile.

Bobby Hogge IV won the 30 lap IMCA Modified Main Event for a $1500 payday. It turned out to be another great night at the races for Hogge as he led all the way for his fifth win of the season. While Hogge was out front blazing a trail for others to follow, the bigger story was Clint Reichenbach. Reichenbach started in eighteenth and was up to seventh by the waving of a lap 17 yellow flag. Reichenbach made a few more passes and was fourth by the lap 24 caution flag that flew when Randy Brown's run in fifth ended. Hogge continued to lead on the restart, and Reichenbach made late passes on Alex Wilson and Ryan Porter for a strong second place finish. Wilson settled for third, followed by State Point leader Shane DeVolder, Austin Burke, track point leader Cody Burke, Porter, Andy Obertello, Brian Cass and Chris Sieweke.

There were 34 Modifieds in action. The eight lap heat race wins went to Brown, Wilson, Sieweke and Hogge. The final starting positions in the Main Event were determined by the two 12 lap B Mains. Justin Villanueva won the first one ahead of Tim Cecil, and Reichenbach picked up the win in the second one, followed by Robert Marsh.

Fred Ryland picked up the win in the 30 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. This was a $1,200 victory for the 2015 State champion. Ryland battled Austin Williams early on before moving ahead. The bigger story of the race was 2014 State champion Nick Spainhoward. Spainhoward had to win the second B Main to get into the show, and he made an impressive charge to the front of the pack. Unfortunately, as he and Ryland were working lapped traffic, a slower car got in his path and ended his race. Ryland went on to score the victory, followed by Matthew Mayo, Austin Williams, Aaron Crowell, point leader Jim DiGiovanni, Anthony Giuliani, Trevor Clymens, Chris McKellar, Justin McPherson and Guy Ahlwardt.

The 36 car field ran four eight lap heat races with Crowell, Giuliani, Ryland and Clymens earning the wins. They ran two 12 lap B Mains to fill out the remainder of the field, and Chris Falkenberg won the first one ahead of Cody Parker. Spainhoward outran KC Keller to win the second B Main.

Racing will return on Friday night with the Ocean Sprints, presented by Taco Bravo. The IMCA Modifieds, American Stocks and South Bay Dwarf Cars will complete the lineup. For further information, go to www.racepmg.com.


Legends Night Set For Saturday Night At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...After a two-week break, Merced Speedway roars back to life this Saturday night with another special event. It's Legends Night, and it pays tribute to nearly 70 years of racing tradition at the Merced County Fairgrounds racing facility. The Valley Sportsman division takes center stage this week along with the Hobby Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and BCRA Midget Lites.

Merced Speedway has been around for weekly racing action since 1950. During that time, they've had some big events. This has included of visit by what became the NASCAR Cup Series, The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and a $10,000 to win USAC Midget race. The fans have cheered on many great racers during that time.

This includes the man they called Mr. Dirt, Vern Wilhoite. Vern won his first championship back in the 1950s. He went on to win more Sportsman championships and in the 1990s had a race on the schedule in his honor. Vern raced wheel to wheel with four time Sportsman champion Dennis Moomjean back in those days. Vern has since passed away, but Dennis has been one of the regulars at Legends Night since it was started by then General Manager Doug Williams in 2013.

Several drivers who competed at the speedway in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s show up for Legends Night, and some of them get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Valley Sportsman cars and make a few pace laps before stopping on the front straightaway to be interviewed. Back in 2014, legendary speedway announcer Johnny Sass even showed up to do the interviews. Sass announced at the speedway from about the time it opened until Chuck Griffin had his final year as promoter in 2009.

The Sportsman division was the featured class at Merced and many other venues from the mid 1960s until 1980. Chuck Griffin was one of the drivers on the roster back in its final days. When he had an opportunity to bring the class back in 1999, he didn't hesitate. Working with Pure Stock champion Luis Miranda, Griffin put a nice set of rules together and brought the class back to life. This is the 20th consecutive season of Sportsman racing at the speedway. They have crowned a champion in all but one of those seasons.

The #25m car Chris Birdsong was built by his father, 2016 champion Kenny Birdsong. The car was a replica of a car wheeled by Kenny's hero in the early 1970s, Rod Poor. Poor was notable in winning more Main Events than anybody else in the final decade of the division's initial run. Chris has won two Main Events in his own car this year and piloted the 2017 championship car of Jeff Bristow to his most recent win. Bristow has played car owner this year and has two other wins to show for it with IMCA Sport Modified racer Chris Falkenberg behind the wheel.

With all of those wins accounted for, it is Watsonville Speedway Hall of Fame driver Jerry Cecil leading the standings. Jerry had been retired for several years, but Jeanne Canepa, lured him back behind the wheel again. Saturday night is a point event, and Cecil leads Rick Elliott by eight tallies in the standings. Birdsong is still in the hunt, 32 points back.

The car count may even reach into double digits on Saturday, and there are at least 14 known cars in the area. One car will be driven by two-time division champion Mike Friesen. Friesen was there when the division was brought back in 1999 and also raced back in the 1970s. He is a lover of vintage race cars and also owns a Hardtop painted in tribute of past Merced Speedway great Sam Huff as well as a Super Modified.

These are unique race cars in that the cars feature various different body styles, compared to some of today's race cars that often times look the same other than the paint jobs. Some of the racers anticipated for Legends Night include Eric Sealy, Jeff West, Gary Hildebrand, past champion Mark Odgers and Watsonville Speedway Hall of Famer Ray Johnson.

The popular Hobby Stock division will be racing on Saturday night. After ten events, reigning champion Kodie Dean has picked up seven Main Event victories. With those kinds of numbers, you would anticipate him holding a huge point lead. However, the consistent Shannon Nelson, who has notched eight Top 5 finishes of her own, is just eight points back. The wife of two-time division champion Bubba Nelson is still looking for her first Main Event wins since 2015. Likewise, teammate Kristy Shearer is searching for her first win in three seasons. She trails Dean by 34 points as she remains in contention.

A rough start has slowed the pace of Austin Van Hoff, but he is still on track for another Top 5 season following his season-best second place finish last time out. Robbie Loquaci has one win this year and leads Michael Shearer by just 34 points in the race for fifth. Drivers will need to bring their A Game to beat the flying Dean, and some of the racers hoping they can pull off the win included John Hensley, Kalob Shelton, Race Shelton, Mike Stockton, Donnie Shearer and Mike Germait.

It's a two-car championship battle in the Mini Late Model class. With two wins to his credit, Tim Crews leads Carson Guthrie by 16 points. Guthrie is still looking for his first win. Third ranked Riley Jeppesen has one victory and leads the steady Ian Shearer by just seven points in the battle for third. A terrible start has left five-time winner Jesse James Burks way off the pace, but he is closing in on Shearer and trails by just 20 points.

The BCRA Midget Lites round out the program. These cars tour several different venues in California and were recently down south in Santa Maria for a shootout race with the local Lightning Sprint group. Some of the drivers to watch for include hard charger Danika Joe Parker, Bradley Dillard, Dakota Albright, Terry Bergstrom and the father-and-son duo of Scott and Hunter Kenney. Hunter is the current point leader.

Merced Speedway is proud of their heritage and their place within the community. This is the 69th continuous season of racing at the speedway. Long time fans of the track who may not have been around lately should mark this night on their calendar. It may be an opportunity to see somebody that you cheered on years ago.  For further information, go to www.racemerced.com


Langenderfer Wins Schmitke Memorial Race 
At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...August 4...Reigning champion Jeremy Langenderfer won the Thomas Schmitke Memorial 20 lap Pure Stock race Saturday night at Orland Raceway.  It was his fifth win of the season as he tries to keep pace with Paul Stevens in a close championship battle.  Marysville point leader Shannon Collins rebounded from a bad night last week with his season best second place finish.  Stevens had another solid effort as he finished third ahead of Thomas Pavlik and past champion Jerry Bartlett.  Bartlett and Langenderfer won their heat races.

Keith Ross continued his march towards another championship with his win in the 20 lap Mini Truck Main Event.   Ross and Tony Quinonez won their heat races, and Ross held off 2016 champion Dan Webster to win the Main Event.  Justin Vance finished third ahead of Willam Fogle and Kalvin Kvalik.

Reigning champion Tom Davis won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event.  Point leader Barbara Crain was going for her fifth Main Event win of the season, but she settled for fourth ahead of Pure Stock star Jeremy Langenderfer.  Davis had earlier won his heat race, and he held off Sean Perry for the feature win.  It was Perry's best finish of the sesaon as he remains in title contention in a close three driver battle.

Chico point leader Tony Richards won his third straight Wingless Gas Sprint Main Event and the heat race.  Point leader Tanner Thomson finished second, followed by RJ Baker and Kyle Pendergrass.  Point leader James Barnes won the 250 Micro Main Event ahead of Zack Webster.

Racing returns on August 18th with Kids Bike Night.  There will be bike giveaways and bike races for three different age groups.  The Pure Stocks will be racing along with the Mini Trucks, Wingless Gas Sprints and 250 and 600 Micro Sprints.  For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook Page.



Drivers Compete For Double Points At Lemoore Raceway 
On Sunday Afternoon

Lemoore, CA...The Central Valley Mini Stocks return to action on the 1/5 mile Lemoore Raceway dirt track this Sunday afternoon. The fifth event of the season has the added attraction of double points. Anybody looking to make a big move up the point ladder has a better chance of accomplishing their goal.

To do that, however, the drivers will have to beat the Baronian brothers. Greg Baronian has won most of the Main Events so far with brother Rod the only other winner on the list. Because of that, Greg holds a 34 point advantage over Rod in the battle for the championship.

Dan Myrick hopes to get his first local win this week. Just a few weeks ago, he made his first ever appearance at Merced Speedway and left with the Main Event winner's trophy. Dan only trails Rod Baronian by eight points in a still close battle for second. He isn't too far ahead of Ryan Doglione, who is five points behind him in fourth.

All of the competitors enjoy the opportunity anytime they can race on the little track. In fact, Chris Goldsmith stepped forward to repair a damaged Turn 4 fence after the most recent race to make sure things would be ready to go for next race. Some of the drivers hoping that Sunday will be their day for victory include Goldsmith, Jeff Durant, Ben Davis and Randy Brown. Merced stars Jennifer Corder and Shawn DePriest are two others anticipated on Sunday.

The Sunday show will feature time trials on the clock, a Trophy Dash, heat races, B Main (if needed) and Main Event. It will be a relaxing and fun afternoon for the family to enjoy. For further information, go to www.centralvalleyministocks.com.



Santa Maria Raceway Unofficial Race Results August 4, 2018
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Results are not official
1     #5m Max Adams    
2     #42 Danny Faria Jr
3     #91r Brody Roa
4     #21 AJ Bender
5     #4 Damion Gardner
6     #5 Logan Williams
7     #98 Verne Sweeney
8     #44 Cody Williams
9     #2 Austin Williams
10     #28m Matt McCarthy
11     #12b Joel Rayborne
12     #5J James Herrera
13     #4G Chris Gansen        
14     #5x Tom Malcom    
15     #92 Jake Swanson
16     #33B Brandon Wiley        
17     #51 Austin Ervine

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #15F Markus Frazier         
2     #88c Austin Ruskauff
3     #3 Dylan Potter
4     #7-7 Aaron Farrell
5     #96 Kelly Wilkinson
6     #04M Austin Manzella
7     #48 Mike Dean
8     #28 Paul Harris
9     #20S Kevin Johnson

American Stocks
Results are not official
1     #5 Sean Martin Sr
2     #98 Gary Rayburn Jr
3     #42 Kevin Pritchard
4     #49J Justin Jackson
5     #32 Jon Waterfield
6     #77 Chris Anderson
7     #46 Brian Childress    
8     #16 Ed Wyand   
9     #55K Kristina McGeary    
10     #84 Hailey Wyand        
11     #29 Bronson Cole Van Fleet    
12     #57 Gregg Teller        
13     #37 Jimmy Satlawa

Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #43P Jarod Pack        
2     #38 Justin Jackson
3     #43 Levi Burgett
4     #46 David Kavanagh
5     #5 Zach Chavez
6     #23c Chris McElreath
7     #89 Megan Burgett
8     #77 Aaron Calvert
9     #5M Jeff Kessinger    
10     #8 Justin Gangloff        
11     #10 Butch Headrick                
12     #43H Carolyn Headrick

NMRA TQ Midgets
Results are not official
1     #59 Scott Niven            
2     #07 Kevin Kale
3     #40 Parker Thomas
4     #55 Dave Lambert
5     #2P Jason Arnolde
6     #36 West Evans   
7     #77 Ace Kale
8     #20 Taelor Janes
9     #70 Donald Brasher


Ocean Speedway Unofficial Race Results August 4, 2018
21st Mike Cecil Memorial
IMCA Modifieds
A Main
Bobby Hogge IV
Clint Reichenbach
Alex Wilson
Shane DeVolder
Austin Burke
Cody Burke
Ryan Porter
Andy Obertello
Brian Cass
Chris Sieweke
Mitch Machado
Trent Wentworth
Robert Marsh
Derek Nance
Tim Yaeger
Harley Turner
Jeff McCoun
Raymond Lindeman
Justin Villaneuva
Randy Brown
Brian Pearce
Tim Cecil
Darrell Hughes II

B Main 1
Justin Villaneuva
Tim Cecil
Raymond Lindeman
Freddie Ploudre
David Spriggs
Gary Mars
Kyle Bryan   
Mike White DNS
Jeff Decker DNS

B Main 2
Clint Reichenbach
Robert Marsh
Cody Burke
Tim Balding
Raymond Keldsen
Monty Tomlinson
Todd Hermosillo
Derek Nance
Buddy Kniss

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Main
Fred Ryland
Matthew Mayo
Austin Williams
Aaron Crowell
Jim DiGiovanni
Anthony Giuliani
Trevor Clymens
Chris McKellar
Justin McPherson
Guy Ahlwardt
Matt Micheli
Chris Falkenberg
Adriane Frost
T.J. Etchinson III
Patti Ryland
Brent Curran
Cody Parker
Jack Aguiar
Nick Spainhoward
Tanner Thomas
Chase Thomas
KC Keller

B Main 1
Chris Falkenberg
Cody Parker
Brent Curran
Phillip Shelby
Chuck Weir
Bruce Nelson
Jeremy Hoff
Joe Salvi
Todd Carlock
Jeremy Phillips
Dwayne Short DNS

B Main 2
Nick Spainhoward
KC Keller
Patti Ryland
Kenny Shrader
Steven Allee
Tim Elias
Tim Ragsdale
Nick Tucker
Todd Gomez
Tony Peffer

American Stocks
Main Event
Billy Nelson
JC Elrod
Matt Kile
Rob Gallaher
Kristie Shearer
Joe Gallaher
Mike Calhoun
Shannon Nelson
Jimmy Bowman
DJ Keldsen
Michael Shearer
Terry Traub
Austin VanHoff
Ken Winland
Norm Ayers
Haley Gomez
Robbie Loquaci
George Silva
Chris McCabe
Tony Oliveira
Kodie Dean
Kevin Joaquin
Terry Campion
Craig Tatum DNS


Madera Speedway Unofficial Race Results August 4, 2018
Madera Late Models
Jason Aguirre
Tyler Herzog
Loren Kutz
Shelden Cooper
Will Martyn
Del McIntosh
Joseph Reichmuth
Eloy Bazan
Cody Jessop
Aaron Mullins
Kent Cam

Toyota Sedans
Greg Tyler
Jillaun Holden
Kyle Labrie
J.J Brandsen
John Tevis Jr
Manny Gonzales Jr
Mike Marley

Hobby Stocks
Steve Schermerhorn
Jesus Hernandez
Thomas Suarez
Ivan Scorsur
Dean Gould

MST
Shaun Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
Bert Stephens
Dave Lander
Dennis Brannon


The Editor's Viewpoint

Southern Oregon Speedway has been an interesting experience for me. I don't think I even fully appreciate what we have done here. The track was so far down when we got here that there was a lot that needed to be done. It remains a work on progress. We have a lot we can be proud of but so much more to be done.

One of the things that keeps me grounded is the fact that when we pull a night off successfully, there's so much negativity associated with that success that you merely make a note of it, learn from it and move on to next week. You can't get over confident or complacent. Also, we get the back handed compliment a lot. People can see the changes. However, you hear a lot of, "You guys are doing good, but... "

My book will talk about a lot of things I may have hinted at here. Our third year has been an adventure for both Mike and myself. We've been tested in many ways. I think a frustration I have is the "clay" we had donated this year. When somebody makes an offer for free clay, most dirt track promoters will accept it. As a promoter, you take advantage of every free or cheap opportunity you can get. It costs a lot to be a promoter, which is something you can't fully grasp until you are there.

The clay came from somebody involved in racing for years, and it has had a negative impact on our season. There are many reasons why, but the fact that it has hurt our efforts to provide the type of track we prefer is a big reason. It's led to us starting and finishing later and has impacted the racing. Everything flows from that racing surface. If it's not what you are shooting for, it can hurt your efforts. Jim Rodgers has worked very hard to make the best of this situation.

We're coming up on a stretch of races that are important to me. One of the things I think helps a race track is having special events that fans can look forward to. It's not just about the money the racers will be competing for, but also the fact that the races have special sentimental value to the people who have been around that race track for years. I have lobbied certain other race tracks to add more of this type of stuff to their schedules, and looking at what Merced Speedway has been doing in recent years makes me smile.

I think part of the strategy in seeing more racers and fans coming back to the track goes hand-in-hand with special races. We have special winged and wingless Sprint Car races coming up this month. Mike is a Sprint car a guy, and you can't argue with the success he has had when it comes to either adding a Sprint Car program or building one up at his tracks. The Wingless Sprint Car race that we have at the end of August, sponsored by Herz Precision Parts, will pay $3,500 to win.

The two races I pushed for the hardest are coming up. First, there is Hall of Fame night. I know that Medford has had a long history of racing, and I've endeavored to learn some of that going back to the few months before I knew I was coming up here for sure. We had our first Hall of Fame Night last year, and it was a success. The second one happens on a August 18th. We have a great lineup of racing divisions, but there will also be several Medford racing Legends in the stands to watch some of their peers be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The September 1st and 2nd show is the R Charles Snyder Salute. I pretty much knew when I arrived up here that this race needed to happen, but finding the time to make it happen and was a challenge. Mike was interested, and when the opportunity arose, he added it to the 2017 schedule. It's a tribute to the long time voice of Southern Oregon racing. He was on the radio for some 40 years and also helped promote some big rock concerts through the years. He was very beloved by the community, which I could tell from articles that I had read before. I'm very proud of the R Charles Snyder Salute and Hall of Fame night. I'm equally proud of the Press Box I'm currently writing this article in, which is been named after Snyder.

When we complete the third season up here, I will know that we have left things better than they were when we got here. I'm not sure if a fourth-year up here is in my future or whether I will be somewhere else or even not involved in the sport at all. I'm honest when I say I'm looking for a change away from the sport, and I'm not certain that I can find what I'm really looking for in Oregon. I am sure that I will put myself in the best position to continue to get by, so I'm not sure what that means. I am sure that wherever I'm at, I will give 100%. If it's here for another year, I will do my best.

In my desire for change, I have to say that it's not because of some of the nice people that I've met here. There are some truly good people who get what we're trying to do. They understand the situation as it was before we got here. They know that while we may not be perfect, we certainly tried a lot harder to make things better. Mike is a no-nonsense, stick to the basics type of promoter. It has served him well in his long career as promoter. Sometimes, that rubs people the wrong way because he's not somebody who glad hands or even seeks praise. Just show up and support the races and know that you're going to get what he'll give you consistently every week. If he says he's going to do it, he will. You can set your watch by.

I keep looking down south to Doom and Gloom mentality at a couple of places I like. I sincerely hope that Merced Speedway people don't lose sight of the vision that Ed Parker put in place. Ed may not be here now, but anybody willing to follow his example can continue on his legacy. It's not that difficult to do. Just keep doing the things he did and give a damn about that race track. Ed didn't fake it. You knew he believed in what he was doing. It was out there for all to see every time he jumped on Facebook to give people updates. It doesn't have to be over folks. Just give a damn and don't give up.

Antioch Speedway has so many people out there bashing it that it gets very frustrating for me. I have never hid the fact that the only reason I ever got involved in doing what I was doing was because of that race track and the people involved. And so, I want what's best for the place. There are times I wish I could be there right now helping guide it. When thinking about the future of racing, that track is always at the forefront of my mind. I never thought that I would still be involved in the sport and not have anything to do at least in person with that race track.

I honestly don't see me continuing for any sort of lengthy career in the sport and not being back there. That is, if I continue. For the type of effort that I make, I've come to understand it takes me throwing myself into it 100%. I know no other way, but it's also burning me out. If I were in familiar surroundings or at least in places where I could get around and do other things once in a while, I could at least take a day every so often to get away. But racing surrounds me here and there is no escape. It's one of the reasons I need change. I need a personal life, and I need me time. That can happen in the sport, but I question whether it can happen where I currently am.

Petaluma Speedway is doing the Johnny Soares Classic in late August. I think it was Jim Soares who started this race to pay tribute to his father. I love the fact that it happens. I also love the fact that it is featuring the Wingless Spec Sprint division, the very division that myself and Don O'Keefe made all of that effort for back in 1998 and 1999 to start for John Soares Jr at Antioch. To see all the tracks that added it, the Hunt Series and this big race is a source of pride for me. The Hunt Spec Sprint Series gets this race and the extra prize money that it offers.

I think it's really neat that the California Hardtops are featured on this night. It's a natural fit when you consider that John ran Hardtops for a few seasons and was a two-time BCRA Hardtop champion. I wish the Hardtop leadership would understand that if they could plug themselves into these big nostalgia events, they could build their group around them. It doesn't matter about quantity of races. It does matter about quality of races. If the leadership would concentrate on a schedule that racers could more easily support and focus on getting as many drivers to the races as possible, they would be successful. The Hardtop racers happened to rank Petaluma high on their list of favorite tracks. Probably due to the fact that it's cool down there, but also, they have a nice racing surface. There should be a good turnout for this race, and I'm also hopeful that the Bay Area Hardtop race at Antioch Speedway, the annual Chet Thomson Memorial, will be big.

That's about all I have to say for now. I'm here on a Saturday afternoon getting ready for the second night of Dwarf Car racing. Another one of those big races. I'm not sure what the future has for this race, but regardless, it was a good idea that has worked well for many years. Signing off now. Until next time...



Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Chadwick Unstoppable At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...July 28...Kellen Chadwick scored another 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event win Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the fourth win of the season for Chadwick. Shawn DeForest set the early pace ahead of point leader Nick DeCarlo. DeCarlo made a move around DeForest for the lead as they worked lap 5, only to see DeForest restored to the lead as there's no racing to the yellow flag. DeForest led two more laps before DeCarlo made an inside pass in Turn 2 of the seventh lap for the lead. Chadwick followed into second and made an inside move in Turn 4 of the 10th lap to take the lead from DeCarlo. Chadwick begin to stretch his advantage to nearly a straightaway by the checkered flag. Anthony Slaney made a charge from sixth on lap 11 to second on lap 14 and would finish there, followed by Carl Berendsen II, DeCarlo and DeForest.

Billy Aton was the winner of the 20 lap Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event. This was the second win of the season for the 2016 champion. Aton and Nick Larson won their respective heat races to grab front row starts for the Main Event. Aton raced into the lead, and the battle was for second. Jacob Tuttle was enjoying a good race with championship contender Matt DeMartini. In the end, Aton grabbed the checkered flag ahead of Tuttle, DeMartini, Larson and Jeff Strole

Shannon Newton scored his second 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event win of the season. He also won his heat race earlier in the evening. With incoming point leader Bob Newberry falling out before the finish, Newton gained several points in his bid to overtake Newberry in the championship chase. Hoping to shake off his early-season bad luck, Rick Panfili charged into the lead at the start. Panfili led the first seven laps before being overtaken by Newton. A three-wide racing moment in Turn 3 of the 16th lap resulted in a Brandon Burd spin, which collected Newberry. Newberry retired from the race at that moment. Newton led the restart and the remaining laps for the victory. Panfili matched his career-best effort in second, followed by Roy Fisher, Burd and Scott Martin.

Chris Sorensen picked up the win in the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. This was the sixth win of the season for the current point leader. Front row starter Breanna Troen set the early pace while Sorensen worked his way up from eighth starting. Sorensen was second by the halfway point of the race and set his sights on Troen. With six laps to go, Sorensen made his winning move. Michael Cooper also made a late pass around Troen as Sorensen won ahead of Cooper, Troen, Anthony Wellborn and Tom Cline.

Tony Carmignani won his first 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event of the season. Heat race winners David Michael Rosa and his father David Rosa had the front row for the feature, and the younger Rosa led for three laps before heading for the pits. Carmignani gained the lead at that point. Carmignani spun in Turn 3, but the yellow flag had already flown for the for a Giovanni Bortoli spin. Carmignani was restored to his spot in the lead and paced the remaining 15 laps for the win, followed by Travis Hensley, Mike Corsaro, Mario Marques and David Rosa.

Racing continues next Saturday night with All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Cars, A Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
Antioch Speedway All Star Series
Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Billy Aton, Nick Larson. Main Event (20 Laps)-Billy Aton, Jacob Tuttle, Matt DeMartini, Nick Larson, Jeff Strole, David Dias, Joey Acona, Tim Burcher, Art McCarthy.

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Carl Berendsen II, Buddy Kniss. Lone Wolf Tournament-Nick DeCarlo. Main Event (20 Laps)-Kellen Chadwick, Anthony Slaney, Carl Berendsen II, Nick DeCarlo, Shawn DeForest, Bobby Montalvo, Mikey Slaney, Buddy Kniss, Chuck Golden, Kenny Shrader.

Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Brandon Burd, Shannon Newton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Shannon Newton, Rick Panfili, Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd, Scott Martin, Mackenzie Newton, Bob Newberry.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Cameron Swank. Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Michael Cooper, Breanna Troen, Anthony Wellborn, Tom Cline, Ed Letterman, Lori Brown, Mike Matheson, Jake Fletcher, Frank Furtado.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-David Rosa, David Michael Rosa. Main Event (20 Laps)-Tony Carmignani, Travis Hensley, Mike Corsaro,  Mario Marques, David Rosa, Chris Becker, Jessie Pfeiffer, Giovanni Bortoli, David Michael Rosa, Chuck Conover.


Limited Late Model Championship Battle Continues 
At Antioch Speedway Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...When racing resumes at Antioch Speedway this Saturday night, the fans will get another look at the closest All Star Series championship battle currently happening at the speedway. Limited Late Models will be back in action. Also on the card will be the Winged 360 Sprint Cars and A Modifieds, both of which have close battles at the top of the point list as well. Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks round out an exciting program.

Kimo Oreta learned a long time ago that it's not easy holding your spot at the top of the point list. However, he has won three Hobby Stock championships and is the reigning Limited Late Model champ behind the wheel of the Sundrop Racing #15 car. Oreta has picked up a three feature wins so far this year, but his lead is only two points ahead of Mark Garner and eight in front of Mike Walko. Oreta has also scored a pair of seconds and  earned his second third place finish at the most recent race, giving him a slight advantage in the standings.

Since winning his second Main Event of the season four races ago, Mark Garner has experienced a myriad of problems that have derailed his attempt at winning #3. Last time out, Garner was turning in a rather dominant performance and could see second place ahead of him eight laps into the race. It wasn't long after that when he broke a rear axle. Remarkably, he managed to get to lap 17 before being overtaken by Walko and he retired moments later. Walko has been the most consistent driver of the bunch with a pair of wins and a season-worst finish of fourth in nine starts. While Garner and Oreta figured to be the two battling it out for the championship, Walko has served a reminder to everybody. He's been racing for quite some time, and he is not to be taken lightly.

Ryan Cherezian is hanging in there, though he needs a little bit of luck to move him further to the front. He has finished as high as second this year, and he's 34 points behind Walko for third. The next battle in line is between the steady John Evans and Chad Hammer for the fifth position. Evans leads by one point while two-time champion Mike Gustafson is 31 points out of fifth. Saturday night should be a good show for the division that is now in its 19th season at the speedway.

Art McCarthy has somehow managed to lead the Winged 360 Sprint Car standings after six events. He's done this despite a last place finish at the most recent race and no feature wins so far. Art is clinging to a 10 point advantage over two-time winner Matt DeMartini following the third place finish DeMartini had last time out. The steady Tim Burcher is 18 points behind DeMartini and only 24 ahead of 2016 champion Billy Aton. Aton drove a flawless race last time out to score his second win of the season.

Meanwhile, last season's top rookie, Jacob Tuttle, matched his career-best effort with another second-place finish last time out. This keeps Tuttle just five points behind David Dias in the race for fifth in the standings. Tuttle shows a lot of potential, and he's definitely capable of gaining the 29 points needed to overtake Burcher for third in the standings. The Winged 360 Sprint Cars are an entertaining show, and you never know who will come to town from week-to-week to make a run at the money.

Nick DeCarlo might be hearing the call of the money race this week, which would leave him with a decision to make. The four time feature winner has already won championships at Petaluma Speedway and Ocean Speedway, but Antioch Speedway has been elusive so far. However, he finds himself leading reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr by 22 points. The prize money being offered at Watsonville on Saturday night might tempt DeCarlo, and it will certainly have him wondering if he could afford to skip the race and not hurt his championship effort too much.

The problem comes from the fact that Motts has gotten some good finishes this season. Despite the fact that he has yet to get a feature win this year, Motts has been a consistent Top 5 finisher with three season-high second place finishes. If DeCarlo were absent this week, Motts would surly to take the point lead.

Kellen Chadwick is another driver who might have an easier choice to make considering the fact that he's not in championship contention. Kellen dominated another Main Event for his fourth victory of the season last week, and he only trails Sean O'Gara by 20 points in the race for third in the standings. However, Chadwick is running strong enough to go to many different places and compete for the bigger prize money. The question is, what will he do?

There are some good racers just chomping at the bit to get their first feature wins of the season. O'Gara is one for such driver. He has finished as high as third so far this year. Rookie Buddy Kniss has been looking faster behind the wheel as he's gotten more comfortable, and the fifth-ranked competitor is certainly a threat. Other drivers to watch out for include Bobby Montalvo, Shawn DeForest, David Zeiter and Raymond Lindeman. Anthony Slaney impressed last time out as he scored a season-high second place finish.

At this stage of the season, the point race doesn't have a lot of drama in the Hobby Stock division. With six feature wins to his credit, 2010 champion Chris Sorensen leads Michael Cooper by nearly 100 points. Cooper has notched four wins so far this year, while reigning champion and third-ranked competitor Cameron Swank is also a four-time winner. Unless these drivers decide to take a break, their positions in the Top 3 are not in doubt.

The bigger question is who might be next in line to get their first career win. It's tough with the Top 3 drivers out there, but Billy Garner and rookie John Wacht have both managed to get their first wins. Last time out, rookie Breanna Troen did an exceptional job of leading most of the Main Event before settling for third behind Sorensen and Cooper. Anthony Wellborn, Haley Gomez, Anthony Vigna and Joey Ridgeway are others who seem poised for victory.

The Dwarf Car championship seems to be in the familiar hands of reigning champion Mike Corsaro so far. Corsaro started things off strong as he won four of the first five Main Events for the class this year. His advantage is now 82 points over two-time winner David Michael Rosa. Corsaro has been shut out of the winner's column for the last six races, but he has three second place finishes to show for it

Mario Marques is hanging in there in the battle to overtake Rosa for second. As a one-time winner, Mario is only 12 points back, and he's 58 points ahead of the older Rosa, Street Stock legend David Rosa. It's a competitive group of Dwarf Car drivers, and seven different drivers have claimed victories after 11 events. Tony Carmignani was the most recent winner. Other drivers to watch for this week include Chris Becker, Troy Stevenson, ageless veteran Charlie Correia and 2010 champion Jerry Doty.

Saturday night's racing program should be a good one from start to finish. There's also further good news that due to popular demand, the B Modifieds will return to the schedule, starting with the August 11th event. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Jinkerson, Shelby, Crain Win Orland Raceway Main Events

Orland, CA...July 28...Dan Jinkerson scored the victory in the Pure Stock Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway. This was the reigning Placerville Speedway champion's first visit to the speedway this year. Jinkerson won his heat race earlier in the evening and then held off point leader Paul Stevens for the feature win. Reigning track champion Jeremy Langenderfer rebounded from motor issues a night earlier in Chico to get a third place finish, followed by Thomas Pavlik and Shannon Collins. The other heat race win went to Steve Martin.

The popular Sport Modifieds made their final appearance at the speedway, and reigning Chico and Marysville champion Philip Shelby brought home the victory. Shelby was in close pursuit of Jimmy Ford for the first 10 laps before making his move In Turn 2 to claim the lead. Shelby went on to win with Ford closely following in second as Mike Merritt, Tyler Rogers and Jeremy Phillips completed the Top 5. Rogers and Chris Sieweke won heat races.

Barbara Crain continued her Cinderella Season with another Mini Stock feature triumph. She served notice to the competition that she intends to win this championship with her fourth Main Event victory of the season. Reigning champion Tom Davis found himself in a familiar position, chasing Crain across the finish line in second. Sean Perry, Dustin Hills and Jason Libbee rounded out the Top 5 at the checkered flag. Davis and Crain were the heat race winners.

Keith Ross continued his bid for a repeat Mini Truck championship by winning the Main Event. Ross was chased across the line by previous winner Dan Webster, Justin Vance, William R and William Fogle. Vance and Ross were the heat race winners.

2016 champion Jess Garland won the 250 Micro Sprint Main Event. Mike Gonzalez provided the closest competition in second and Ronnie Heyer, Pax Gonzalez and point leader James Barnes rounded out the Top 5. Barnes was the heat race winner.

During the evening, the track took up a collection for the victims of the Carr Fire. Various supplies were donated throughout the night. Racing resumes next Saturday night with the Annual Thomas Schmitke Race For A Cure event. The Pure Stocks will be back in action along with the Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks, Wingless Gas Sprints and 250 Micro Sprints. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.


Schmitke Memorial Race At Orland Raceway Saturday Night

Orland, CA...It's time for one of the more special events of the season at Orland Raceway. It's the annual Thomas Schmitke Memorial Race For A Cure event. Schmitke was the father of a two-year-old daughter when he lost his battle with Cancer in 2010. His family began doing fundraising events as a way to raise money for his daughter and has since used this effort to raise money for various charities that fight cancer. This is yet another commitment promoter Rich Hood has made to use the race track as a positive within the community.

Divisions scheduled to compete this Saturday night will include the Wingless Gas Sprints, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks and 250 Micro Sprints.

The Wingless Gas Sprint championship battle has become a three-car race between multi-time champion Josh Jacobo, Tanner Thomson and RJ Baker. Jacobo has been leading, but there's only about 20 points separating the three drivers. Jacobo won the first two races of the season, but he's been shut out of the win column over the last four events. Thomson has yet to win, but he has finished as high as second on multiple occasions. Josh Tucker sits fourth in the standings with a pair of wins, and past champion Tony Richards has only recently joined the battle with a pair of feature wins in the most recent races. The Wingless Sprint Car division has had a presence on the Orland schedule since 2001.

Thomas Pavlik is out to get his first win on the race track. It turns out the Pure Stock competitor got a win two races ago after the Top 2 drivers were disqualified after the race. He's been running strong lately and finished fourth at the checkered flag last Saturday night. The two drivers having a hotly-contested championship battle so far are 2015 champion Paul Stevens and reigning champion Jeremy Langenderfer. Stephens grabbed yet another second place finish last week while Langenderfer settled for third. Jeremy leads the division with four wins, but his two bad nights have him playing catch up with Stevens. Stevens has finished in the Top 3 in almost every race.

Another driver in a battle for position is 2016 champion Steve Martin. Martin has his hands full fighting off Amanda McAbel, who finished sixth in the most recent race as he finished further back in the lineup. McAbel had a post checkered flag tangle with fifth place point competitor John Camper last week. Some of the racing got a little bit too close for comfort last week, but the drivers will be an out to show what they can really do this Saturday night.

After pretty much dominating the Mini Stock division last year enroute to a second division championship, Tom Davis finds him in the position of playing catch-up. That's because Barbara Crain has been on a roll. The wife of long time Orland Raceway competitor Olin Crain won her fourth Main Event of the season last week, and all Davis could do was chase her across the line in second. With his third place finish, Sean Perry is keeping this three-car championship battle relatively close as the season enters its final two-month stretch. Jason Libbee did well in finishing fifth last week as he has his sights set on a win. Other drivers to watch for include past champion John Kirkpatrick, Scott Camper and Paul Stevens.

The Mini Truck division seems to be falling more into the hands of reigning champion Keith Ross. Ross drove a great race last week and ended up with another feature win ahead of past champion Dan Webster. Because Webster has missed a race, he's further back in the standings as the steady William Fogle, Justin Vance and Kevin Kvalick battle for second. The trucks have seen an increase in count this year, which has led to some great racing all season long.

Likewise, James Barnes and Pax Gonzales have a good race going for the 250 Micro championship. Both drivers missed the Top 3 last week as past champion Jess Garland scored the victory ahead of Mike Gonzalez. Ronnie Heyer also had a good night in third as he tries to work his way up to a Top 3 position in the standings.

The Thomas Schmitke Memorial Race is a good opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. The racing has been exciting on 1/5 mile dirt oval all season long, and this five division program promises more of the same for the fans. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook Page.


Forsberg, Terrell Win At Petaluma Speedway

Petaluma, CA...July 28...Andy Forsberg claimed the victory in the 30 lap PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Forsberg collected $3,000 for his win as this was the second PitStopUSA.com Challenge race. Bradley Terrell had his sights set on a double win after picking up the victory in the Wingless Spec Sprint race. Terrell charged into the lead at the start of the Main Event, followed by Forsberg. Klint Simpson settled into third on lap eight and began a fierce battle with Forsberg for second.  Simpson motored around Forsberg for second on lap 19, and the duo soon caught Terrell in traffic. Forsberg raced underneath Simpson for second down the backstretch of the 22nd lap. Working lap 24, Simpson made a move around Terrell for the lead down the backstretch. Moments later, Simpson and Terrell tangled in Turn 3, ending the night for Terrell. Forsberg led the restart and paced the remaining seven laps for the big victory. Kalib Henry finished second, followed by Geoff Ensign, David Lindt II, Scott Parker, Brett Barney, Chase Majdic, Simpson, Brett Rollag and Jake Haulot.

It was Butler Auto Glass Night at the races, and Forsberg set the quick time with a lap of 12.597. Henry was second quick at 12.632. Majdic held off Parker to win the first eight lap heat race, and Terrell picked up the second heat race win ahead of Simpson.

Bradley Terrell scored the victory in the 25 lap PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Shayna Sylvia was the early leader, but Casey McClain took over on the fourth lap. Terrell settled into third on a lap seven restart and took second from Sylvia on lap nine. The lead duo ran and closely, and the yellow flag flew on lap 16. McLain led the restart, but Terrell went charging by for the lead on lap 18. Terrell led the rest of the way to grab the win. McLain settled for second, followed by Sylvia, Ryon Siverling, Keith Calvino, Eden McCormick, Matthew Haulot, Bob Davis, Dan Younce and Chet Wilson. Terrell set the fast time of 14.325 and Sylvia was second quick with a lap of 14.495. Eight lap heat race wins were scored by Terrell and Sylvia.

Michael Paul Jr won the 25 lap McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modified Main Event. Paul led from the third lap with Mitch Machado running second through the first 13 laps. A lap 14 restart allowed reigning champion Oreste Gonella to move into second and take up pursuit of Paul. However, Paul begin to pull away, only to have his pace slowed one more time by a lap 22 caution flag. That would not stop Paul as he resumed command on the restart and brought it home to victory, followed by Gonella, point leader Jeffrey Faulkner, Tim Yeager Jr, Ray Trimble, Tony Bernard, Justin Yeager, Machado and Anthony Restad. Machado and Paul picked up the wins in their eight lap heat races.

Miranda Chappa won the General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Car Main Event. The race was scheduled to go 25 laps, but time restraints became a factor after the seventh caution flag as the race was ended at 22 laps. Chappa led the race through every slow down, and the early ending may have been a blessing as she finished the race on a flat right rear tire. Reigning champion Dave Mosier had worked his way up to second by lap 10, but his bid for the win ended a lap later as Matt Hagermann took up pursuit of the flying Chappa. When the yellow and checkered flags waved on lap 22, Chappa was still leading Hagermann, and John Peters. Adam Teves finished fourth followed, by Scooter Gomes, Carroll Mendenhall, Brandon Gentry, Adam Johnson, Mark Hanson and Danny Marsh. The eight lap heat races were won Marcus Hardina, Scooter Gomes and Zack Albers.

Racing resumes on August 11th with a four division program that will feature PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars, McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modifieds, Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks and General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.petaluma-speedway.com.


Sanders, Robertson Score Sprint Car Wins At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...July 27...Justin Sanders put on an impressive display of driving in scoring the victory in the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway. It was the fourth win of the season for the 2015 champion, and it keeps him in title contention as he is third in the standings. It was Koen Shaw grabbing the Main Event pole position as he outran Sanders to win the six lap Trophy Dash. However, Sanders motored ahead at the start of the Main Event ahead of Shaw and Brad Furr. The order remained the same through three caution periods, but Furr moved by Shaw for the second position on lap 16. Sanders was doing a masterful job of negotiating slower traffic, leaving the battle for second. On lap 25, Ryan Bernal slipped past both Furr and Shaw to take second. However, Sanders held a straightaway advantage ahead of Bernal by the time the checkered flag waved. Furr settled for third ahead of Shaw, Tanner Carrick, Cole Macedo, Matthew Moles, Blake Carrick, Kurt Nelson and Jerry Bonnema.

There were 21 Winged 360 Sprint Cars on hand, and Furr set the fastest time of 11.852, barely beating the 11.897 of Tanner Carrick. Kyle Offill, Shaw and Jason Chisum were the winners of the eight lap heat races, and Shaw won the six lap Trophy Dash. By the end of the night, Furr held a two point advantage over Shaw and a 79 point lead over Sanders in a close championship battle.

Blake Robertson won the 30 lap IMCA Western RaceSaver Sprint Car Main Event as the group made their first of two scheduled appearances at the speedway. Robertson set the pace at the start ahead of Brooklyn Holland and point leader Grant Duinkerken. Duinkerken made the move around Holland for second on lap 11 with Kyle Rasmussen following quickly into third. Following a lap 17 caution flag, Robertson had Duinkerken in close pursuit in the waning laps. Duinkerken gave him a good challenge as they ran to the checkered flag, but Robertson prevailed in the end. Rasmussen settled for third, followed by Holland, Robert Solomon, Albert Pombo, Rick Bray, Mouro Simone, Michael Pombo and Doug Gandy. Robertson set the fast time of 12.311, and eight lap heat races were won by Michael Pombo and Rasmussen.

Austin Manzella scored the victory in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Manzella is the current IMCA State point leader, and this was his third win at the speedway this season. Manzella led from the start with Anthony Giuliani in pursuit. The lead two positions remained the same all the way to the checkered flag as the event had just two yellow flag slowdowns. However, Giuliani was disqualified in post race tech. Austin Williams made the pass around Justin McPherson on the 18th lap for what would be a second place finish. Point leader Jim DiGiovanni finished fourth followed by Adrian Frost, Jack Aguilar, John Farrell, Jarrod Mounce and Charlie Hunter. Giuliani and McPherson each scored wins in the eight lap heat races.

Norm Ayers collected the victory in the 20 lap American Stock Main Event. It was his first win of the season as he becomes the seventh different winner so far. Ayers raced into the lead at the start, followed by Tony Oliveira. Oliveira's run in second came to an end on the fifth lap with Merced Speedway visitor Nick Lawrence taking up pursuit of Ayers on the restart. The lead three cars of Ayers, Lawrence and JC Elrod ran closely at the front of the pack in the waning laps. Elrod made a lap 19 pass around Lawrence for second, but Lawrence regained the position at the checkered flag. Ayers was the happy winner. Joe Gallaher finished fourth, followed by point leader in Matt Kile, Rob Gallaher, Chris McCabe, Tom Cline, DJ Keldsen and Oliveira. Johnson and Rob Gallaher were the eight lap heat race winners.

Rob Buchanan picked up the victory in the 15 lap Police N Pursuit Main Event. It was the first win of the season for Buchanan, who represents the Task Force Racers Team. Buchanan set the early pace ahead of Roy Iler. Jesse Mueller raced into the lead on lap five, but his run up front ended on lap 11 as Buchanan regained the point. Buchanan had his hands full with the California Highway Patrol Team car of Chris Murphy running a close second, but he prevailed at the checkered flag. Jared Johnson finished third, followed by John Hohmann and Kyle Dorris. Six lap race wins were recorded by Mueller and Murphy.

Stock Car racing takes center stage at Ocean Speedway next Saturday night with the 21st running of the Mike Cecil Memorial. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and American Stocks will all be on the card, and each division will be racing for $1,000 to win. The American Stocks will run an 80 lap Main Event. For further information, go to www.racepmg.com.


Ocean Speedway Unofficial Race Results July 27, 2018
Taco Bravo Sprint Cars
Justin Sanders
Ryan Bernal
Brad Furr
Koen Shaw
Tanner Carrick
Cole Macedo
Mathew Moles
Blake Carrick
Kurt Nelson
Jerry Bonnema
Jeremy Chisum
Anthony Simone
Bryan Grier
Tanner Boul
Vaughn Schott
Bud Kaeding
Jason Chisum
Richard Fajardo
Kyle Offill
Chris Nelson

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars
Blake Robertson
Grant Duinkerken
Kyle Rasmussen
Brooklyn Holland
Robert Solomon
Albert Pombo
Rick Bray
Mauro Simone
Michael Pombo
Doug Gandy
Ben Catron
Brendan Warmerdam
Jacob Pacheco

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Austin Manzella
Austin Williams
Justin McPherson
Jim DiGiovanni
Adriane Frost
Jack Aguiar
John Ferro
Jarrod Mounce
Charlie Hunter DNS
Anthony Giuliani  DQ

American Stocks
Norm Ayers
Nick Lawrence
JC Elrod
Joe Gallaher
Matt Kile
Rob Gallaher
Chris McCabe
Tom Cline
DJ Keldsen
Tony Oliveira
Sam Kennedy
Dakota Keldsen

Police N Pursuit
Rob Buchanan
Chris Murphy
Jared Johnson
John Hohmann
Kyle Dorris
Scott Morasci
Steven Fernandes
Jesse Mueller
James Cooper
Tony Weir
Josh McKim
Mike Mount
Roy Iler
Derrick Boler DNS


Petaluma Speedway Unofficial Race Results July 28, 2018
PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Results are not official
1     #x1 Andy Forsberg        
2     #93 Kalib Henry
3     #3f Geoff Ensign
4     #52 David Lindt II
5     #12p Scott Parker
6     #88 Bret Barney
7     #9n Chase Majdic
8     #101 Klint Simpson
9     #27 Brett Rollag
10     #7h Jake Haulot
11     #6 Will Fatu
12     #43 Bradley Terrell        
13     #38 Colby Johnson
14     #3t Nicholas Ringo        

PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints
Results are not official
1     #11 Bradley Terrell        
2     #38x Casey McClain
3     #9 Shayna Sylvia
4     #77s Ryon Siverling
5     #73x Keith Calvino
6     #32b Eden McCormick
7     #11h Matthew Haulot
8     #3r Bob Davis
9     #17 Dan Younce
10     #5150 Chet Wilson
11     #57n Dennis Furia Jr.
12     #28 Doc Brophy            
13     #92z Scott Chapeta         
14     #84 Brent Steck        
15     #98 Geoff Ensign

McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #50 Michael Paul Jr.
2     #23 Oreste Gonnella
3     #34j Jeff Faulkner
4     #17y Tim Yaeger
5     #37 Ray Trimble
6     #42b Tony Bernard
7     #2y Justin Yaeger        
8     #22m Mitch Machado        
9     #23x Anthony Restad

General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1     #81 Miranda Chappa
2     #59r Matt Hagemann
3     #71r John Peters
4     #42r Adam Teves
5     #66r Scooter Gomes
6     #11r Carroll Mendenhall
7     #31r Brandon Gentry
8     #15r Adam Johnson
9     #79r Mark Hanson
10     #27r Danny Marsh
11     #34r Sam Borland
12     #2j Jenna Perkins
13     #08r Adam Freitas
14     #43r Michael Williams
15     #16z Jordan Souza
16     #2r Kylee Johnson
17     #21r Marcus Hardina    
18     #22r Zack Albers
19     #23r Dave Mosier        
20     #13r Trevor Mendenhall
21     #03r Mike Affonso        
22     #9r Chad Matthias    


Madera Speedway Unofficial Race Results July 28, 2018
Late Model Race #6 on MAVTV $5000.00 to win
Main Event
Results are not official
1     #22 s Buddy Shepherd        
2     #11 H Austin Herzog
3     #42 Matt Erickson
4     #98 L Adam Lemke
5     #88 T Dillion Tucker
6     #73 Garland Tyler
7     #21 E Nick Grossi
8     #84 Cole Moore
9     #51 V Racin Vernon
10     #09 Kayla Eshleman
11     #41 Howard Holden
12     #18 W Jack Wood
13     #38 Ryan Hart
14     #45 Jason Aguirre        
15     #51 Carlos Vieira
16     #92 Logan Zampa            
17     #89 Shelden Cooper        
18     #99 Christian Roche        
19     #28 g Henk Gaalswyk Jr
20     #88 B Kolby Berry        
21     #52 Ryan Phillpott        
22     #21 H Eric Nascimento    

B-Main
Results are not official
1     #14 Travis Milburn
2     #77 Rick Thompson
3     #25 H Quintin Harris
4     #96 Loren Kutz
5     #27 Kevin Thompson
6     #41 Howard Holden        
7     #88 T Dillion Tucker
8     #89 Shelden Cooper
9     #38 Ryan Hart
10     #18 W Jack Wood
11     #21 H Eric Nascimento

Jr. Late Models
Results are not official
1     #7 Tyler Reif        
2     #43 Tanner Reif
3     #92 Dylan Zampa
4     #09 Kayla Eshleman
5     #48 Calvin Hegje
6     #88I Joey Iest
7     #15 Hailey Liles
8     #5 Olivia Manke
9     #84 Jody Moen
10     #69 Kyler Berry    
11     #05 Kabe McClenny            
12     #16 Lilly Mead        
13     #30 Zachary Ginn        
14     #18 Austin Edwards            
15     #38 Jesse Love IV       

Mini Cups/Bandoleros
Results are not official
1     #04 Riley Massey        
2     #07 Kale McClenny
3     #62 Aaron Thomas
4     #45 Aiden Phillips
5     #04 N Ethan Nascimento
6     #1 Jayce McArthey    
7     #57 Hank Hall
8     #88 Zachary Ginn
9     #7 Kenna Mitchell
10     #47 Joseph Holiday
11     #52 Jacen Soiseth    

MST
Results are not official
1     #10 Shaun Reynolds        
2     #40 s Bert Stephens
3     #24 Dave Lander
4     #21 Patrick Geiger
5     #11 Dennis Brannon
6     #33 Ryan Reynolds


The Editor's Viewpoint

It's been nice to be able to slow down my pace for a few days. As we're having a one-week break due to the Country Music Festival in the area, I haven't been trying to work my schedule around anybody else's. More importantly, I've been able to get some rest for a change. It's not uncommon for me to go into two race weekends and only have maybe six hours of total sleep between the two nights. I'm enjoying the pace this week.

Southern Oregon Speedway is coming up on the final eight racing weekends of the year. Because of the crappy weather we have up here, we don't get as long of a racing season as the tracks in California. Actually, the weather is so nice up here in late September and early October that we could get away with running two or three more races. The problem you encounter in that scenario is the fact that it's hunting season. People tend to take their hunting very seriously up here.

In any case, we have six two race weekends scheduled for the last eight racing weekends. The one monkey wrench that can be thrown into all of this is either the terrible smoke we're getting up here due to fires or the fact that it might get too hot. Therefore, Mike could make the decision to cancel a race or two. We won't know until the time comes. I'm hoping not. Like I said, racing season isn't long enough here as it is.

My intent was to release fliers for the two big races that we have coming up, the Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge at the end of August and the R Charles Snyder Salute at the beginning of September. I held off on the latter because somebody is trying to make a pitch to adjust something on the schedule. I was authorized to release the flier, but I'm waiting to see what Mike has to say on the subject. I also wanted to double-check on something with the Sprint Cars. This means those two fliers will go out probably mid-week as I write this. They may be released before this blog post is put up.

It goes without saying that the R Charles Snyder Salute and the Hall of Fame Night are two very important races to me. Before coming up here, I had done some research on who Snyder was, and I came to the realization that he deserved a special race. I was lobbying for that from the moment I got here. He was the voice of Southern Oregon Racing for many years and a popular local DJ. Hall of Fame night is just a natural thing to do. I'm for having a Hall of Fame at any racing venue that's been around for a long time. Though Southern Oregon Speedway has only been around for 23 seasons, it follows on the heels of Medford Raceway, which goes back to the 1950s. It was long overdue that this happened, and we'll be having our second Hall of Fame class this year. I couldn't tell you who will get inducted. We have people discussing that very topic as I speak. Mike and I will offer our observations afterwards, but here's the thing. It will be up to the people who have been around the scene for a while to carry on the tradition of this particular event. I'm not sure how much longer I will be here, but it would be nice to know that the racing community believed in the Hall of Fame enough to keep it going.

I'm coming back to California this year for a visit. It's a visit right now, but who knows what could come of it? I have no idea. Will I be doing this racing stuff next year? If I am, where will I be? Or am I moving on? My own future is very much in doubt, but while I'm involved in the sport, I want to help make a positive difference. It's all I've ever wanted to do. So, I have ideas very much in mind when I go back down there. I'll be making my first visit to Orland Raceway when I visit my family on September 29th. Then, two weeks in the Antioch area as I watch the final two races of the season there.

Orland Raceway is an interesting track. This little one-fifth mile dirt oval has been on my radar for about 30 years since my friends in the NCMA got some races there. Then, the management back in 2001 made that track the second place to run Wingless Spec Sprints after we started them at Antioch Speedway. So, they've earned a special place in my heart. I have tried to study the history of Orland racing, and I know it goes back even further than the track they run on now.

They sit in the shadows of Silver Dollar Speedway, but Silver Dollar Speedway has even seen its better days. Orland is actually experiencing a little bit of an upturn. Now, I'm not going to tell you that they are setting the racing world on fire, but more people are attending the races there this year from what I can see when I get peaks at grandstand shots. This is a track whose nucleus of divisions consists of Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and the longest-running Mini Truck division on the West Coast. They don't try to be some huge racing facility, but they have their moments.

September 29th will afford me the opportunity to go meet some people, including Promoter Rich Hood. I've been an admirer of his work for a few reasons. First of all, racing seemed dead in Orland in 2016. When the previous promoter abruptly left a couple of months before the season was scheduled to start, it left everything it doubt. Not only did Rich and his people step in and get the contract, they made the place operational within two months, and this was with a County Fair in the middle of all that. They were not allowed to touch the track during the Fair. Yeah, he saved the program.

Gradually, they've been gaining some momentum and have been able to try a few things to give the fans a little bit more to look at. It seems to be working. The track has had a revolving door of promoters since the Turner's left, and Hood is approaching the longest run since the Turner's. I think the place is in good hands. I also think there are a few areas that would help the track if there was some improvement.

I speak of the way it's presented to the fans. They have newspapers in the area that are willing to give them ink. From what I can see, there are at least three or four that have used material that I have sent them. Obviously, if they bring somebody on board in Orland and have them handling publicity and social media, it will only benefit them. I also know that printed media doesn't mean what it once did, but it still does matter. A person running publicity for the track would need to keep their eyes open for every opportunity they can come up with to get the track more exposure. Printed media matters.

Though I think they've done some good things with social media, I think they can ramp up their presentation more. Also, the track needs a whole new web page. Fans go to social media by default, but after that, there's the web page. I wouldn't object to being an adviser in helping them put this together as I'm holding on to some things that might be of use on a future web page. Also, and this is very important, they need to put race results out there in a timely manner and point standings as well. If you want the fans to be engaged in what you're doing, you have to let them know what you're doing.

So, I do look forward to my trip down to California and my stop at Orland. Plus, I get to visit my cousin, whom I grew up with, and make the trip with him back to the Antioch area. I'll be taking notes and bringing my camera for a few shots here and there. Speaking of photography, Christina Meeds does the photography at Orland Raceway and even at Silver Dollar Speedway. She really does an exceptional job with her work. These photos help preserve the memories years later, when you're looking back and remembering a moment you witnessed. What I'm saying is buy her photos and support Christina in her work.

The same holds true for my friend Paul Gould at Antioch Speedway. Paul has assisted the media effort that I've made for the past three years with his photos. They help open doors and get us into printed media and on various web sites as well. Antioch Speedway needs all the exposure it can get, and I'm certainly doing when I can from a distance. However, the track needs more then what I'm able to do from afar. Whether it's me in 2019 or somebody else, This is very important.

I think the job of Publicity Director is more of a challenge in 2018. You can't just use the printed media and call it good. People are wrongly ignoring the printed media and calling it obsolete. The newspapers and magazines are probably catering to an older market, but have you looked at the demographics of racing? That's our market. You send stuff to any media outlet, and you constantly look to see if there's anywhere else you can send it. This is just part of the strategy.

Antioch Speedway Is handled by two people who are on opposite ends. My friend Mike Kord has been doing the webpage and souvenir program now for several years from Southern California, and I'm up here doing the printed and internet media. What the track needs now is somebody located there and engaged in the process of putting the word out about what is happening. I've been saying this all along, but this is the effort that will help put butts back in the seats. It won't happen overnight, but the quicker you get started, the quicker you can see results.

I'm only too willing to help the track as much as I have been, and it's doubtful that I would stop my writing efforts even if they hired somebody else. I'd just retreat back to the blog, and people interested in that could to go there to read my stuff. But you're never going to get rid of me from Antioch Speedway as long as I'm paying attention to auto racing. It's in my blood and it's in my heart. This is why when I realized I could make two races at the end of the season, I knew I had to make plans. It could have been three, and if I was told I was needed down there, my plans could still change to include the third weekend.

I Look to have conversations with my friends, and that includes John. I'm interested in seeing where things are. I of course would understand if he sold the place and walked away at the end of the year. He has nothing left to prove as he's accomplished about everything he set out to do in racing. But, if he were to continue on for another five year stint, I think he could benefit from the help that I would bring. Not just that, but I have a mind to possibly do something with printed racing media again. He does own the title to Racing Wheels Magazine, so that could be a possibility. Or, this blog could go back to print again in some form too. It's in the thought process right now, and I'm not saying something is definitely going to happen.

I am definitely going down for a visit. I do have an idea in mind that I've been floating around privately to a few people. It's something that's been on my mind for 20 some odd years. You probably understand where it is I'm going with this, although I will be just a bit cryptic for a while longer. In any event, there were a couple of things that needed to be handled for this to be a possibility, and it looks like they may have been handled. So, I may have some surprises in store upon my return.

Exactly what I'm up to, I will reveal In the days ahead. The main thing is I think people should support their race track, whether that happens to be Antioch or somewhere else. If you're a racer with a car or a fan who enjoys racing, then get to the track. That's how you help the cause. You might want to see change happen, but change will never happen if everybody abandons ship and the place closes. Change only happens when people who care enough and have the ways and means to do so step in and bring about that change.

Anyway, I'm going to keep this brief. Still working on my media effort here on a Sunday and have several news outlets waiting for their stories. Until next time...