Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Remembering Ed Parker, Plus, Antioch Speedway, Merced Speedway, Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, More

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In Memory Of Ed Parker

I woke up this morning to the news of the untimely passing of Ed Parker. I'm deeply saddened by this. Ed was one of the good promoters out there doing right by the sport. He's somebody that we cannot really afford to lose at this time.

I think that Ed and I may have had a few interactions back in 2015 when I was down at Chowchilla and Merced, but he hadn't become the promoter yet. In fact, when I heard he was one of the people interested in buying out John at Merced Speedway, I didn't take him seriously. It didn't help that I had certain people saying to me that he wasn't somebody capable of doing it.

It's not something that he ever did before. He raced the Little Truck division, which is a division that has had such an impact on racing in Merced that it's still being felt to this day, and the division hasn't been around for 17 years. When Ed decided he was going after this race track, he began formulating his plan. He was very serious. He was in constant communication with John as they negotiated their deal.

In the meantime, I was in the process of losing my home and hoping some last minute miracle could save it. John had me writing down at Merced and doing some announcing there and at Chowchilla. We started to see signs of racers coming back to the track during the last few races. I know that got Ed's mind working as he thought about the things that he could do to make things really pop at the track.

When I lost my home and was staying at my aunt's house, Dale Falkenberg informed me of an offer he had for me to announce. I even named my price, and Ed Parker didn't flinch. He wanted me to announce, and Dale was there singing my praises. If not for the fact that I needed more money to keep me located in California at the time, I would have gone to Merced. I said that the biggest thing that could have made it happen was if Chowchilla Speedway were still running that first year and I could get a job there.

Even though I relocated, I still wanted to help Ed in his effort to really turn things around. This is the biggest reason I am doing race review articles for the track that are getting published in newspapers. They currently have nothing out there talking about the great show that Ed has put together, and I thought that needed to change.

What I most admired about Ed Parker was his love of the sport and his genuine desire to do good things for that track. He was constantly working on ideas, and he surrounded himself with people of like mind who understood this sport. This is the key to why things have done so well there. I think it's important for a promoter to like what they're doing, even if it is a business where you're ultimately trying to make money. You could tell Ed loved what he was doing.

I sort of pictured him as the guy walking down the grandstands at the end of the night when pretty much everybody was gone. He would be pinching himself to see if this was real. I know he felt like a lucky man to be able to do what he was doing to help the racing community, and he liked to let everybody know what was going on. Ed would go live from the track every so often to let people know what was happening. Not many promoters would keep people in the loop the way he did.

I've always believed in race track unity and promoters working together. Probably a pipe dream, but darned if Ed Parker wasn't somebody committed to doing just that. I remember him lamenting the fact that he had tried working with everybody on his schedule prior to the 2017 season. He talked about all the stress, and I had to comment and tell him he did a good job with what he did. The promoters who wanted to work with him did. And to this day, Ed's schedule stayed off of certain race track's dates in an effort to work with them.

Ed built up a reputation as a racer's promoter. People wanted to go down there and race for him. He treated them with respect. This isn't any more obvious than when the track had over 100 race cars in the pits for the first time in who knows how long last year. This year, they even shattered that record with some 140 cars in the pits. This doesn't happen by accident. This happens because you had a guy in charge guiding the ship in such a way that people wanted to be a part of it.

Ed was also a man of his word. He told me before that he would help me out and send some money my way for the DCRR Media effort. I just liked hearing that he appreciated what I was doing, but darned if he didn't follow through on that and recently send me a few bucks that I could definitely use for things. I'm happy that I got an article on the Merced County Times front page about Ed with his picture. He deserved that kind of recognition for what he had done.

Merced Speedway is about community. Race Director Doug Williams knew that when he came to work with John before, but Ed continued to follow up and build on that theme. So, in addition to the Ted Stofle Classic and Legends Night that were there, you got the John Fore Jr Memorial, the return of the Timmy Post Memorial and the big race for Bill Egleston. Ed knew that it was the community that made all of this happen. All of the racers who have come and gone through the years.

What I hate to see is the negativity that got thrown at him, but it's a part of the game. I can tell you stories about what I've witnessed up here, but this column is not about that. Ed took it with a grain of salt, but he did listen to his racers. He changed the track configuration this year after going to different racing promoters events. Ed tried everything to make it work, but in the end, he listened to the racers who wanted it changed back.

During the break leading up to the big Dwarf Car Nationals, Ed had a crew out there putting the banking back in. He even told them in a live broadcast that they wanted it, so he was giving it to them. "I listen to my racers, " Ed proudly said. And damn it, he did. He was one of the good ones.

I won't knock any promoter who's out there risking their own money to keep a race track going. They all have my respect. Ed was one of those who went above and beyond, and I so very much appreciated and respected what he was doing. It wasn't just about maybe getting some money back in his investment. It was about making Merced Speedway better and making bigger shows than the race track has seen in many years. I can tell you this. In his short time as promoter, Ed accomplished all of that and more.

If you were on social media today, you saw the outpouring of emotion and love for Ed Parker. Everybody saw what he was doing. Everybody approved of what he was doing. Him being gone leaves a big hole in the racing community in Merced. I'm not sure what the future will be, but I can tell you that Ed would want things to continue on. I'm not going to comment on any of that in this column.

I can just tell you that I am proud to have had interactions with Ed Parker through the years on social media. I let him know in no uncertain terms that I supported him and continued to try and spread the word about what he was doing. And you know what Ed did? Aside from sending me some money, there has been a standing invitation for me to come to Legends Night. He even offered to pay my way down there, which was something I was thinking about doing this year.

It should serve as a stark reminder to people. Never take any day for granted. Never take anybody for granted that you care about. You may be seeing them today, but who knows about tomorrow? Tomorrow is uncertain. If you've got a chance to do something, don't hesitate. And don't forget to tell the loved ones in your life how much you love them.

I can tell you that when Ed's son Cody graduated, he let the world know how proud he was of him. I remember Cody making his first starts in a Hobby Stock at Chowchilla back in 2015. But Cody would also help work on the race track when Ed got it. Merced Speedway was very much a Parker family endeavor. And all I can add in closing is that my thoughts and prayers go out to Ed's family and close friends in their time of mourning.

Thank you Ed for all that you did to help make Merced Speedway a better place to race. You will be missed.



Limited Late Models Are Part Of Five Division 
Antioch Speedway Show Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...The All Star Series Limited Late Models return to Antioch Speedway as part of a five division program this Saturday night. The popular B Modifieds will be there along with the Winged 360 Sprints, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. We're about at the halfway point of the season, but there's still plenty of racing to be seen on the John M Soares promoted 3/8 mile clay oval.

We pretty much expected the continuation of the battle between reigning champion, Kimo Oreta and Mark Garner for the Limited Late Model championship. To that extent, we certainly have not been disappointed. Both drivers have come out strong this season. Oreta became the first two-time winner of the season when he won the most recent race. His other starts have resulted in just one other Top 3 finish. Garner, meanwhile has done slightly better in preliminary action and has one first, one second and one third so far. He sits atop the point list by just eight points ahead of Oreta.

The driver in the middle of that battle is Mike Walko. Mike has all Top 3 finishes with one win, two seconds and two thirds. It's probably because his preliminary efforts haven't been so good that he trails Garner by eight points in the battle. Mike started his racing career at Antioch over 35 years ago. He has spent recent seasons competing at Marysville Raceway and was second in the standings last year. Also in the hunt is the fast pickup truck of Ryan Cherezian, who counts one second and one third as his best efforts so far. He is very much in the hunt for his first ever win in the division. Other drivers to watch for this week include Chad Hammer, John Evans, two-time champion Mike Gustafson and Jon Haney.

Last week, Trevor Clymens scored his fourth win in the last five races and fifth of the season. We've been saying that he has won more races at the speedway in the past three years than anybody else, and last week was his 20th B Modified win. Clymens holds a commanding lead in the championship battle with the race very much for second at this point. Rookie Ryan DeForest, who is a past Mini Truck competitor at the track, holds an 18 point lead over Tommy Fraser. Both are looking for their first wins.

Another driver looking to get his first Antioch victory is fourth place competitor Guy Ahlwardt. Guy won recently at Watsonville and is coming very close to getting a win at his home track. He trails DeForest by just 24 points in the battle for second. Another driver climbing the ladder very rapidly after a late start is Kenny Shrader. Shrader is 52 points out of second but still very much in the hunt. Other racers to watch for this week include Chuck Golden, Todd Gomez, Kevin Brown and past A Modified champion Aaron Crowell.

Art McCarthy has stepped into the Winged 360 Sprint point lead, but probably not the way he would have preferred. Two time winner Matt DeMartini missed the most recent race, and two-time reigning champion McCarthy is still looking for his first win of the season. It was Billy Aton winning last week in a short field of racers.

Tim Burcher is the unlikely second place competitor, but his lead over DeMartini is only four points with Aton six points back. Another driver who has just joined the battle at Antioch is Geoffrey Strole. Strole has been competing in Wingless competition with USAC in recent seasons, and he was the heat race winner last time out. The count was down noticeably last week, but it's hoped that such competitors as David Dias, Burt Foland Jr and Jacob Tuttle come back to race again this week.

In the Hobby Stock division, reigning champion Cameron Swank is on a roll. Swank won his third race of the past four weeks, and the previous three weeks of that streak have been all second place finishes. That's the good news. The bad news is Swank is trailing point leader Chris Sorensen by nearly 100 points. Sorensen has been off to an impressive start and has four feature victories to show for it in his car that came from the shop of Baker Motorsports. Chris finished second last week despite a spin earlier in the race. Meanwhile, Michael Cooper continues to struggle with just one Top 5 finish in his past six starts. Cooper was battling for the lead last time when he had to pit with a flat. He leads Swank by just 17 points in the race for second.

Fourth generation racer Billy Garner continues to do well. Billy has notched three Top 5 finishes in the last four races with a season high third during that time. He's closing in on his first career win, and that could happen this week. Newcomer Anthony Wellborn has been making waves with back-to-back Top 5 finishes as well. These two drivers will be hoping to win, but you can expect good competition from others, such as Anthony Vigna, Tanis Rangel, Breanna Troen and Joey Ridgeway.

It's not surprising to see David Michael Rosa shoot back into the second position on the standings. Winning two straight Main Events will do that for you. He still trails reigning champion Mike Corsaro by 52 points. Corsaro was leading midway through the most recent race when he pitted with mechanical issues. Rosa has the hot hand right now, but can he make it three wins in a row?

It's a close race for third in the standings as Mario Marquez leads ageless veteran Charlie Correia by 14 tallies. Street Stock legend David Rosa holds down fifth, two points ahead of Chris Mello and four in front of Troy Stevenson. All five of these racers are still looking for their first wins of the season. It should be a great race this week as Dwarf Car veterans Jerry Doty and Tony Carmignani are part of a field that also includes such racers such as Lonnie Tekaat, Chris Becker and Timmy Ryan.

Saturday night's five division All Star Series event should be a good one from start to finish. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Hogge wins Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race 
At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...June 16...Bobby Hogge IV scored the victory in the 20 lap Jerry Hetrick Memorial A Modified race Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. The win was his 72nd at Antioch Speedway, putting him in a three-way tie with Scott Busby and JD Willis at the top of the All Time win list.

Kellen Chadwick started out strong in the race as he led Hogge and Nick DeCarlo early on through a pair of yellow flags during the first 10 laps. It was during the final five laps when things got interesting. The leaders caught slower traffic, and Hogge was running a fast high line. Hogge put his car up on the outside as he exited Turn 2 of the 18th lap and passed two slower cars while taking the lead from Chadwick. Once he got in front, Hogge led the final two tours of the three-eighth mile clay oval to collect the big win. Chadwick settled for second, followed by DeCarlo, Jeff Decker and Richard Papenhausen.

Trevor Clymens scored his 20th career All Star Series B Modified Main Event victory. The current point leader set the pace from the waving of the green flag. Meanwhile, rookie Brent Curran started 10th and steadily worked his way to the front. Curran took second from Kenny Shrader on a lap 16 restart and gave Clymens some pressure during the final laps. Clymens kept his cool and won ahead of Curran, Shrader, Chuck Golden and Kevin Brown.

Reigning Hobby Stock champion Cameron Swank won his third 20 lap Main Event. Joey Ridgeway set the early pace. Ridgeway got out of shape down the backstretch on lap 7, allowing Anthony Wellborn to race into the lead ahead of Michael Cooper. Cooper made a low pass in Turn 4 to take the lead from Wellborn on lap nine. Swank gained second on a lap 10 restart and made an inside pass on Cooper in Turn 4 a lap later to gain the lead. The two drivers exchanged the lead in Turn 4 during the next two laps, but Cooper ducked into the pits on lap 13 with a flat tire. Swank had the lead at that point and held off point leader Chris Sorensen the rest of the way for the victory. Ridgeway settled for third, followed by Wellborn and Billy Garner.

David Michael Rosa won his second straight Dwarf Car Main Event. Rosa had to start back in tenth as the previous winner. Mario Marquez was the early leader ahead of point leader Mike Corsaro. Corsaro took the lead on lap seven, but he slowed and retired from the race two laps later. This put Michael Curry into the lead ahead of Marquez. Rosa found his way into the Top 3 by lap 10 and made a pass on Marquez for second two laps later. Rosa passed Curry for the lead on lap 16 and pulled away from there to the victory. Curry settled for second, followed by Tony Carmignani, Chris Mello and Lonnie Tekaat

Billy Aton won the 20 lap Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event. The 2016 champion bested a short field with point leader Art McCarthy finishing second ahead of heat race winner Jeffrey Strole and Tim Burcher.

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

Unofficial Race Results
All Star Series
A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Brian Cass, Bobby Hogge IV, Kellen Chadwick. Main Event (25 Laps)-Bobby Hogge IV, Kellen Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo, Jeff Decker, Richard Papenhausen, Brian Cass, Buddy Kniss, Bobby Motts Jr, Bobby Montalvo, Trent Wentworth.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Brent Curran, Tommy Fraser. Main Event (20 Laps)-Trevor Clymens, Brent Curran, Kenny Shrader, Chuck Golden, Kevin Brown, Ron Brown, Nick Caughman Jr, Tommy Fraser, Joe Salvi, Ryan DeForest.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Billy Garner, Cameron Swank. Main Event (20 Laps)-Cameron Swank, Chris Sorensen, Joe Ridgeway Jr, Anthony Wellborn, Billy Garner, Syd Smith Jr, Anthony Vigna, Breanna Troen, Michael Cooper, Prestyn Corral.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, David Michael Rosa. Main Event (20 Laps)-David Michael Rosa, Michael Curry, Tony Carmignani, Chris Mello,  Lonnie Tekaat, Charlie Correia, Jerry Doty, Timmy Ryan, Chris Becker, Mario Marquez.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Geoffrey Strole.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Billy Aton, Art McCarthy, Geoffrey Strole, Tim Burcher.



Diatte, Kapaun Win Dwarf Car Nationals Events 
At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...June 16...Ryan Diatte picked up the big win in the Western States Dwarf Car Association 30 lap Main Event for the Pro Division. It capped a two win weekend as he also won the Preliminary Feature on Friday night to put him into the Fast Dash. Diatte won the Fast Dash ahead of Ryan Winter.

With a pole position start for the 30 lap race, Diatte led from the outset. However, it was Jonathan Henry keeping it very close at the checkered flag. Tony Steffensmeier was third, followed closely by Derren Brown and Winter. After winning the 15 lap B Main, Cameron Diatte charged to a sixth place finish ahead of Mac Marmon, Danny Wagner, Darren Brent and Dustin Loughton. Cameron Diatte outran Michael "Spanky" Grenert and Brent to win the 15 lap B Main. 10 lap heat race wins went to Cameron Diatte, and Grenert.

Steven Kapaun had an impressive night in the Veteran Dwarf Car division. The Arizona visitor picked up the win in the 10 lap Fast Dash, followed by Mark Biscardi. The two then had a good race up front in the 20 lap feature race with Kapaun finishing just ahead of Biscardi for the victory. Tim Fitzpatrick out-dueled Scott Dahlgren for the third position. Buddy Olschowka was a solid fifth, followed by Kevin Bender, Mike Reeder, Jack Haverty, Wade Ehrlich and Dennis Hively. Olschowka won the 10 lap heat race.

Shawn Whitney bested a short field of Sportsman Dwarf Car competitors. After winning the 10 lap Fast Dash, Whitney outran Oregon racer Joe Sanders for the 12 lap Main Event win. Mike Clark was a solid third ahead of Eddie Claesson and Mack Aceves.

Reigning Hobby Stock champion Kodie Dean continues to close in on the point lead after his 20 lap Main Event triumph. This was his fourth win, and he used a pole position start to lead all the way. Robbie Loquaci kept it close in second. Rick Diaz and two-time champion Bubba Nelson came from the fifth row to finish third and fourth, respectively. Austin Van Hoff settled for fifth, followed by Kristie Shearer, John Hensley, point leader Shannon Nelsen, Cody Smiley and Jeff Lacy. Dean and Hensley won eight lap heat races.

Jesse James Burks captured his third California Sharp Mini Late Model feature win of the season. Burks out-dueled point leader Tim Crews to get the win. Ian Shearer was a season best third in a good battle with Carson Guthrie as Riley Jeppesen rounded out the Top 5 in the 15 lap race. Burks also won the six lap heat race.

Chris Birdsong won his second 12 lap Valley Sportsman Main Event. Birdsong picked up the win with Watsonville Speedway Hall of Famer Ray Johnson a few car lengths behind in second. Reigning division championship Jeff Bristow won a photo finish with point leader Jerry Cecil for third as Rick Elliott rounded out the Top 5. Birdsong also won the heat race.

Merced Speedway will go dark this Saturday night before returning for the annual Timmy Post Memorial race. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and California Sharp Mini Late Models will be competing that night. For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.



Diatte, Dahlgren Win Night #1 Of WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...June 15...Ryan Diatte scored of the victory in the 20 lap Western States Dwarf Car Pro Main Event Friday night at Merced Speedway. Ryan Winter paced two laps before Diatte moved by for the lead. Jonathan Henry followed closely into second. Henry kept pace with Diatte, but Diatte would lead all the way to the checkered flag. Winter was a solid third, followed by Darren Brown, Danny Wagner, Tony Steffensmeier, Dustin Loughton, Mark Hanson, Mac Marmon and Chad Matthias.

The Pro division had 27 competitors for the first night of racing, and Zack Price won the first eight lap heat race ahead of Wagner. Winter won the second heat ahead of Brown and the third heat win went to Diatte in front of Henry. Steffensmeier had to win the 15 lap B Main to get into the feature, and he won the race ahead of Loughton, Gene "Punky" Pires, Darren Brent and Toby Brown.

A light turn out of Sportsman Dwarf Cars saw them combined with the Veteran Dwarf Car class. Scott Dahlgren won a good battle up front for the 20 lap feature win. Arizona racer Steven Kapaun set the early pace, but he surrendered the lead to Dahlgren on lap nine. A lap 15 restart allowed Mark Biscardi to charge into second ahead of Kevin Bender. Dahlgren led the rest of the way to win ahead of the Biscardi, Bender, Kapaun, Tim Fitzpatrick, Buddy Olschowka, Kevin Miraglio, Mike Reeder, Eric Weisler and Wade Ehrlich. Eight lap heat race wins went to Bender and Kapaun.

Shawn Whitney won the six lap Sportsman Dwarf Car heat race and then won the Main Event ahead of Mac Aceves, Eddie Claessen and Joe Sanders.

The Friday night preliminary races at the Nationals put the Top 10 finishers of the feature races automatically into Saturday's Fast Heat for the respective classes. That determines the first five rows of the Main Event. With 27 Dwarf Cars in the Pro class, Friday's Preliminary Feature is a pretty important race.


Terrell Wins Hunt Spec Sprint Series Race 
At Petaluma Speedway

Petaluma, CA...June 16...Bradley Terrell won the sixth round of the C&H Veteran Enterprises Hunt Wingless Spec Sprint Series Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Terrell is a past Winged 360 Sprint Car champion at the speedway. Despite a late caution in the 25 lap event, Terrell held off Scott Hall for the win. The track's reigning Winged Sprint Car champion, Geoff Ensign, finished third, followed by Shawn Jones, three-time series champion Terry Schank Jr, Cody Spencer, Nick Larson, Trey Walters, Troy DeGaton and Alan Miranda.

The Hunt Spec Sprint Series brought 25 cars, and Ensign set the fast time at 14.639, beating the 15.063 of Spencer. Shayna Sylvia scored a popular victory ahead of Terrell in the six lap Trophy Dash. Dennis Furia Jr made it into the Main Event by winning the eight lap B Main, just ahead of Keith Calvino and Kaimi Moniz-Costa.

Tim Yeager scored his first win in the 25 lap McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modified Main Event. Many time champion Michael Paul Jr won a battle with point leader Jeff Faulkner to finish second. Reigning champion Oreste Gonella settled for fourth ahead of Mitch Machado, Anthony Slaney, Joel Myers, Ray Trimble, Chris Seweike and Justin Yeager. Tim Yeager and Paul won eight lap heat races.

Mitch Machado continued to roll in The Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stock division as he won his fourth 20 lap Main Event. Reigning division champion Matt While finished a strong second, followed by Steve Studebaker, Shawn McCoy, Sean Cook, Jim "Woody" Woodward, Austin Ohlinger, Sid Hess, Tim O'Hara and Snazzy Duckworth. Machado and Woodward were the eight lap heat races winners.

Dave Spindell won the 20 lap Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stock Main Event. Sean Hale was a strong second, followed by Richard Sklarski, Danny Manzoni and Tom Brown. Spindell and Randy Miramontez were the six lap heat race winners.

The next race will be part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Sunday as PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints, Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks and Santa Rosa Auto Body 600 Micros will be competing. For further information, go to you www.petaluma-speedway.com.



Point leader Shaw Wins Sprint Car Main At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...June 15...Point leader Koen Shaw scored the victory in the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway. It was the first win of the season for Shaw. Shaw led a pair of laps in the Main Event before DJ Netto went racing by on lap three. Justin Sanders gained second on lap six. Soon, Sanders began putting pressure on Netto for the lead, and he made the move into the top position on lap 22. It got a little bit too close for comfort moments later as the two leaders tangled on the backstretch, ending the race for both of them and putting Shaw into the lead. Two time Wingless Spec Sprint champion Ryan Bernal was second at that point, and he began to pressure Shaw for the lead in the waning laps. However, Shaw kept his cool and scored the victory ahead of Bernal, Kyle Offill, Tommy Tarlton, Cole Macedo, Brad Furr, Zane Blanchard, Von Schott, Jeremy Chisum and Jason Chisum.

Shaw started his night right by setting the fast time of 11.898 in the 20 car field. Tarlton had an 11.918 lap for second quick. Bernal, Netto and Sanders each won eight lap heat races. Tarlton outran Shaw to win the six lap Trophy Dash.

Incoming point leader Matt Kile won his third 20 lap American Stock Main Event. Kile led from the outset ahead of JC Elrod. Last starter Rob Gallaher made it up to 4th when the only caution flag of the race flew on lap 10. On the restart, Gallaher charged into second. However, Kile stayed smooth down the stretch and scored the victory ahead of Rob Gallaher, Joe Gallaher, Tony Oliveira, DJ Keldsen, Wally Kennedy, Elrod, Terry Traub and John Farrell. Eight lap heat wins went to Elrod and Rob Gallaher. The division had a rare opportunity to qualify on the clock, and Rob Gallaher set the fast time of 17.680.

Abigail Kennedy won her first 15 lap 4 Banger Main Event. Kennedy trailed incoming point leader Dakota Keldsen for four laps before taking the lead as Keldsen had problems. Keldsen began to make a charge back to the front down the stretch, and he gained second on lap 12. However, Kennedy had a big lead by the checkered flag. Nicole Beardsley made a last lap pass on Gary Smith for third. Bill Beardsley finished fifth, followed by Kate Beardsley, Ray Bunn and Justin Williams. Bunn and Smith each won six lap heat races.

Next week is the Pombo/Sargent Classic for the King of the West Sprint Cars. Also on the card will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and South Bay Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.racepmg.com.


Langenderfer Wins Again At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...June 16...Reigning Pure Stock champion Jeremy Langenderfer won the 20 lap Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway. This was the third win of the season for Langenderfer as he is making a strong bid to repeat as champion. 2015 champion Paul Stevens took up pursuit of Langenderfer and caught a break when a yellow flag flew with five laps to go. However. Langenderfer resumed his rapid pace and took the checkered flag about six car-lengths ahead of Stevens. Jason Matlock was a strong third. Thomas Pavlick won a  close three car battle for fourth ahead of Earl Adams and Cody Bundy.

Reigning Mini Stock champion Tom Davis was rather dominant in winning a majority of his division's Main Events last season, but he had been kept out of the winner's circle up until Saturday. He finally won his first 20 lap feature of the season, while Sean Perry and Paul Stevens won heat races.

Past Orland Wingless Sprint champion Tony Richards made his triumphant return with a win in the 20 lap Wingless Gas Sprint Main Event. He becomes the third different winner in the class this year. 2016 Mini Truck champion Dan Webster grabbed the victory in the 20 lap feature. James Barnes won the 20 lap 250 Micro Main Event.

The California Hardtops make their first appearance of the season at the next race on June 30th. Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, 600 Micros and 250 Micros will also be competing. Find Orland Raceway on Facebook for further information.


Brown, Scruggs, Rayburn Win At Kern County Raceway

Bakersfield, CA...June 15...JD Brown picked up the win in the 20 lap Mod Lite Main Event Friday night at Kern County Raceway. Brown set a good pace out front, but Caden Cochrun kept it close as a race long second. Kenny Cochrun was the final lead lap finisher as Kyleigh Forster, Tristan Kanthack, Evan Berger and Zach Forster completed the finishing order. Zach Forster won the eight lap heat race but fell out early in the Main Event.

Evan Scruggs collected the victory in the 20 lap Hobby Stock feature. Scruggs took the checkered flag ahead of Cody Johnson. Tim Delsid picked up a third place finish ahead of Nicholas Johnson, Trevor Baker, Eric Cimental, Don Mead and Scotty Preast. Nicholas Johnson won the eight lap heat race.

Santa Maria Speedway regular Gary Rayburn Jr won the 25 lap American Stock Main Event. Dakota Brown was a strong second ahead of Brock Crawford, Jimmy Satlawa, Justin Jackson, Matthew Crawford, Michael Crawford, Teena Johnson, Wayne Dotson and Daryl Mealer. Eight lap heat race wins went to Michael Crawford and Dotson.

Tyler Blankenship won the 15 lap Sr Mini Dwarf Car Main Event. Trenton Eurto and Nathan Edwards had a good battle for second with Edwards coming out ahead of Eurto. Logan Miller and Connor Karsten completed the finishing order. Blankenship won the six lap heat race.

Adam Nohl won the Jr Mini Dwarf Car 15 lap Main Event. Nohl set the pace from the start, leaving a good three car battle behind him for second. Tristan Harrington held the spot for several laps, but Seth Hansen and Bransyn Speer both got by for second and third, respectively. Harrington settled for fourth ahead of Hayden Joplin and Ethan Johnson. Nohl won the six lap heat race.

Cade Lewis won the 20 lap Mini Mod Main Event. Tyler Blankenship led for three laps before mechanical issues ended his race and gave Lewis the lead. Lewis led the rest of the race with Cole Forster a close second and Nathaniel Edwards finishing third.

Racing returns to the dirt oval on July 13th with A Modifieds back in action along with B Modifieds, Pro Stocks, American Stocks and USAC Speed2 Midgets. For further information, go to www.kernraceway.com.





Merced Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 15, 2018
Pro Dwarf Car
A Main
Ryan Diatte
Johnathon Henry
Ryan Winter
Darren Brown
Danny Wagner
Tony Steffensmeier
Dustin Loughton
Mark Hanson
Mac Marmon
Chad Matthias
Zach Price
Michael Grenert
Toby Brown
Brady Beck
Justin Yanez
Adam Teves
Jessica Clark
Camron Diatte
Darren Brent
Matt Sargent
Shane Youngren
Punky Pires
Anthony Pope
Mikie Clark

B Main
Tony Steffensmeier
Dustin Loughton
Punky Pires
Darren Brent
Toby Brown
Mark Hanson
Michael Grenert
Justin Yanez
Chad Matthias
Mikie Clark
Jessica Clark
Brady Beck
Chris Kress
Zack Albers
Devan Kammermann DNS

Sportsman Dwarf Car
Shawn Whitney
Mac Aceves
Eddy Claessen
Joe Sanders

Veteran Dwarf Car
Scott Dahlgren
Mark Biscardi
Kevin Bender
Steven Kapaun
Tim Fitzpatrick
Buddy Olschowka
Kevin Miragilo
Mike Reeder
Eric Weisler
Wade Ehrlich
Dennis Hively DNS


Ocean Speedway Unofficial Race Results June15, 2018
Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo
Koen Shaw
Ryan Bernal
Kyle Offill
Tommy Tarlton Jr.
Cole Macedo
Brad Furr
Zane Blanchard
Vaughn Schott
Jeremy Chisum
Jason Chisum
Richard Fajardo
Jerry Bonnema
Glenn Bryan
Justin Sanders
D.J. Netto
Collin Markle
Gary Nelson Jr.
Bryan Grier
Kurt Nelson
Chris Nelson

American Stocks
Matt Kile
Rob Gallaher
Joe Gallaher
Tony Oliveira
DJ Keldsen
Wally Kennedy
JC Elrod
Terry Traub
John Farrell
Ken Winland DNS

Four Bangers
Abigail Kennedy
Dakota Keldsen
Nicole Beardsley
Gary Smith
Bill Beardsley
Kate Beardsley
Ray Bunn
Justin Williams



Kern County Raceway Unofficial Race Results June 16,2018
Mod Lites
JD Brown
Kaden Cochrun
Kenny Cochrun
Kyleigh Forester
Tristan Kanthack
Evan Burger
Zach Forester

Hobby Stocks
Michael Scruggs
Cody Johnson
Tim Delsid
Nicholas Johnson
Trevor Baker
Eric Cimental
Don Mead
Scotty Preast

American Stocks
Gary Rayburn Jr
Dakota Brown
Brock Crawford
Jimmy Satlawa
Justin Jackson
Matthew Crawford
Michael Crawford
Teena Johnson
Wayne Dodson
Daryl Mealer
Kris Broucaret
Miranda Scott
James Coots
JR Garcia

Sr Dwarf Cars
TYLER BLANKENSHIP
NATHAN EDWARDS
TRENTON EURTO
LOGAN MILLER
Conner Karsten

Jr Dwarf Car
Adam Nohl
SETH HANSON
BRANSYN SPEER
Tristen Harrington
Hayden Joplin
ETHAN JOHNSON

Mini Mods
Cade Lewis
Cole Forster
Nathaniel Edwards
Tyler Blankenship


Petaluma Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 16, 2018
C And H Veteran's Services Hunt Wingless Spec Sprints
A Main
Results are not official
1     #11 Bradley Terrell        
2     #56 Scott Hall
3     #98 Geoff Ensign
4     #24 Shawn Jones
5     #1 Terry Schank Jr.
6     #7ej Cody Spencer
7     #24n Nick Larson
8     #1w Trey Walters
9     #39 Troy DeGaton
10     #11b Alan Miranda
11     #77s Ryon Siverling
12     #51 Greg DeCaires IV
13     #57n Dennis Furia Jr.
14     #32b Eden McCormic
15     #5 Kaimi Moniz-Costa        
16     #2 Kevin Box
17     #38 Casey McClain
18     #84 Brent Steck        
19     #9 Shayna Sylvia        
20     #92z Scott Chapeta    
21     #5150 Chet Wilson

B Main
Results are not official
1     #57n Dennis Furia Jr.
2     #73x Keith Calvino
3     #5 Kaimi Moniz-Costa
4     #77s Ryon Siverling
5     #11b Alan Miranda
6     #5150 Chet Wilson
7     #3r Bob Davis        
8     #17 Dan Younce
9     #02 Robert Floyd

McLea's Tires IMCA Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #17y Tim Yaeger        
2     #50 Michael Paul Jr.
3     #34j Jeff Faulkner
4     #23 Oreste Gonnella
5     #22m Mitch Machado
6     #4x Anthony Slaney
7     #18j Joel Myers
8     #37 Ray Trimble
9     #74s Chris Sieweke 
10     #2y Justin Yaeger
11     #01 Terry Kaiser            
12     #42b Tony Bernard

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Results are not official
1     #22m Mitch Machado        
2     #3 Matt While
3     #46 Steve Studebaker
4     #60 Shawn McCoy
5     #11c Sean Cook
6     #49 Woody Woodward
7     #85 Austin Ohlinger
8     #51d Sid Hess
9     #27 Tim O'Hara            
10     #18 Snazzy Duckworth    

Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #13 Dave Spindell        
2     #32 Sean Hale
3     #999 Richard Sklarski
4     #m1a Danny Manzoni
5     #3r Tom Brown
6     #22z Sophie Shelley    
7     #81 Randy Miramontez
8     #88 Antonio Miramontez            
9     #25c Roberta Broze
10     #c4 Roy Dearing


Kings Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 16, 2018
SCCT Sprint Cars
A Main
DJ Netto
Justyn Cox
Colby Copeland
Ryan Bernal
Buddy Kofoid
Sean Becker
Collin Markle
Mitchell Faccinto
Kyle Offill
Tim Kaeding
Jace Vanderweerd
Justin Sanders
Cole Macedo
Steven Kent
Craig Stidham
Shane Hopkins
Landon Hurst
Tommy Tarlton
Chase Johnson
Vaughn Schott
Kyle Hirst 
Matt Dumesny
Willie Croft
andy forsberg

B Main
Justin Sanders
Shane Hopkins
Cole Macedo
Craig Stidham
Andy Gregg
Tony Gualda
Mathew Moles
Grant Duinkerken
Tucker Worth
Travis Coelho
Cole Danell
Zane Blanchard
Jared Faria
Ben Worth

C Main
Andy Gregg
Mathew Moles
Dustin Freitas
Albert Pombo
Tanner Boul
Klint Simpson
Jodi Robinson
Anthony Simone
Colby Johnson
Ryan Robinson DNS
Ryan Souza DNS

IMCA Stock Cars
Larry Thompson
Chett Reeves
Steve Streeter
Brock Hamilton
Ron Hurt
Chad Johnson
Preston Martin
Troy Patee
Alan Mendes
Shawn Schwartzenberger
Rod Bane
James Elliott
Renn Bane
Josh Nichols

Mini Stocks
Jason Cook
andrew boydstun
Paul Schwartzenberger
Gene Glover
kit murphy
Joshua Dysart
Helder Santos
Kristina Cole
Steve Porter
Garrett Spurgeon
James Smith DNS


Madera Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 16,2016
Late Models
Buddy Shepherd
Jason Aguirre
Dillon Tucker
Austin Herzog
Henk Gaalswyk Jr
Tyler Herzog
Mike Shapiro
Howard Holden
Joseph Reichmuth
Dean Gould
Eloy Bazan
Kent Cam
Zachary Cook
Matt Kutz
Aaron Mullins

Southwest Tour Trucks
Dustin Vandermooren
Jeremiah Wagner
Ronnie Davis
Ed Cutler
Barry Kelperis
Mike Kelperis
Derek Robertson
George Perret
Steve Reeves

Hobby Stocks
Jesus Hernandez
Chuck Dozhier
Jon Schlundt
Steve Schermerhorn
Verg Beatty
Thomas Suarez

Toyotas
Jillaun Holden
Jason Kerns
Mike Marley
J.J Brandsen
Thomas Magray
Manny Gonzales Jr
Wyatt Cantrell

MST
Shaun Reynolds
Patrick Geiger
Dave Lander
Bert Stephens
Ryan Reynolds
Dennis Brannon

Legends
Braden Rogers
Robert Czub
Cody Winchel
Chad Nascimento
Eddie Garone
Michael Ray
Keith Clement
Pete Soto
Matt Winfrey
Rob Nascimento
Kevin Travels
Mike Marley

Jr.Late Models Exhibition
Kabe McClenny
Calvin Hegje
Zachary Ginn


Stockton 99 Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 16, 2016
Tom Manning Memorial
BCRA Midgets
Chad Nichols
Jesse Love IV
Mark Maliepaard
David Goodwill
Maria Cofer
Cody Jessup
JR Williams

Gun Slingers Sprint Cars
Justin Kawahata
AJ Russell
Jerry Kobza
Chad Nichols
Gordon Rodgers
Alan Beck
Austin Carter
Audra Sasselli
Eric Humphries

USAC Speed2 Midgets
Adam Lemke
Cody Jessop
Joey Iest
Jonny Nichols

NCMA Sprint Cars
Denny Burrell
Rob Hammond
David Burchett
Andy Gleason 


Merced Speedway Unofficial Race Results June 16, 2016
WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals
Pro Dwarf Cars
A Main
Results are not official
1     #57B Ryan Diatte    
2     #63X Johnathon Henry
3     #3C Tony Steffensmeier
4     #11 Darren Brown
5     #4N Ryan Winter
6     #63 Camron Diatte
7     #17M Mac Marmon
8     #11DN Danny Wagner
9     #57T Darren Brent 
10     #22D Dustin Loughton
11     #74B Punky Pires
12     #69 Zach Price    
13     #2B Justin Yanez
14     #79R Mark Hanson    
15     #22R Zack Albers
16     #92N Jessica Clark
17     #28N Justin Winter    
18     #23R Matt Sargent
19     #12N Michael Grenert
20     #4B Allen Heeney
21     #5B Brady Beck        
22     #9R Chad Matthias
23     #42R Adam Teves        
24     #18O Shane Youngren

B Main
Results are not official
1     #63 Camron Diatte        
2     #12N Michael Grenert
3     #57T Darren Brent
4     #74B Punky Pires
5     #23R Matt Sargent
6     #18O Shane Youngren
7     #2B Justin Yanez
8     #28N Justin Winter
9     #22R Zack Albersn
10     #69 Zach Price
11     #92N Jessica Clark
12     #5B Brady Beck
13     #4B Allen Heeney
14     #75N Toby Brown
15     #20 James Price
16     #6 Chris Kress    
17     #22K Anthony Pope        
18     #18N Deven Kammermann

Veteran Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1     #47A Steven Kapaun        
2     #66B Mark Biscardi
3     #14D Tim Fitzpatrick
4     #21N Scott Dahlgren
5     #63N Buddy Olschowka
6     #9N Kevin Bender
7     #72N Mike Reeder
8     #2J Jack Haverty
9     #53N Wade Ehlrich
10     #56N Dennis Hively     
11     #64B Eric Weisler    

Sportsman Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1     #15N Sean Whitney            
2     #4S Joe Sanders
3     #4K Mike Clark
4     #12B Eddy Claessen
5     #23B Mack Aceves    

Hobby Stocks
Kodie Dean
Robbie Loquaci
Rick Diaz
Bruce Nelson
Austin VanHoff
Kristie Shearer
John Hensley
Shannon Nelson
Cody Smiley
Jeff Lacy
Race Shelton

Mini Late Model
Jesse Burks
Tim Crews
Ian Shearer
Carson Guthrie
Riley Jeppesen

Valley Sportsman
Vintage Modifieds
Chris Birdsong
Ray Johnson
Jeff Bristow
Jerry Cecil
Rick Elliot


The Editor's Viewpoint

I had the revelation this morning. The DCRR Media effort finds me writing as much content as I did back when I had the printed racing magazine. The only thing lacking now is the magazine, but I don't see how I could pull anything like that off without people working with me.

The biggest challenge is not enough time during the week to get it done. It can be challenging to do what I am getting accomplished given the fact that I'm on the road more going to the race track. Part of me would love to see a printed magazine in circulation. Though I don't really know how much longer I will continue the media effort, the idea of possibly getting something up and running intrigues me.

I can't really get into the story of the challenges that we face doing the race track up here. Generally speaking, things start getting put into place during the first year. You figure out the trouble spots and start dealing with them. The second year, you start adding some touches to your program. I can say, we did just that both years, and I am proud of what we have done so far. The second year didn't go easier. It was more challenging, but it pales in comparison to the things we've had to deal with this year.

I'd love to tell you some stories about all of that. I hesitate to do so at the moment. What I can say is that myself and Promoter Mike McCann have found ourselves doing a little bit more on race night than we have in the past. Things come up, and you need to jump in there and deal with them before they become problems. We work really hard to keep this all together.

Not only am I finding myself unable to enjoy the fact that we've had some good turnouts that have been well earned, I get very frustrated at some of the negativity thrown at us. It snaps you back into reality. "No happy moment for you, " I tell myself. "Get back to work." The whole idea for me is to help leave things better than they were when I got there. But I also understand something pretty clearly.

I have done a lot in the media effort here that really was never done up here before. I do not see somebody coming in after me and doing even half of what it is that I do. It's just too much work, and there aren't too many people who want to do what I do. And I can tell you, I don't blame them one damn bit. When it becomes work, people expect compensation. When there is no compensation, they will be less eager to jump in and do those things.

It all can get very frustrating at times, and it's hard to look back and see the accomplishments that have been made. There's just so much going on that isn't so great that you don't get to pat yourself on the back for the good things at all. The frustrating part is when you look and wonder if people realize how much work has been done and see the positive changes. Some people do. We get the comments. And believe me, for those trouble spots, the ones that people want to point out relentlessly, we know.

You want to do it seamlessly. There's a problem, you get in there and fix it, then you move on. Sometimes we do that, and other times it's not as easy as that. All aspects become a challenge. From what goes on in the booth to what's going on in the pits and on the race track to the concessions. There are stories that I can tell. It's all being logged and remembered for the book in the future.

Sometimes I want to start explaining things to people, but you can't sit down and engage everybody every time they have a criticism. And as Mike would say, everybody isn't expected to know all of the things that went on. They don't know what work went into it. All they know is the races are happening and they are there. It's not their job to know all of this. It's their job to be entertained.

I wonder though, how many armchair promoters would last very long dealing with what we're dealing with here? It's not an easy thing to run a race track in 2018. There are so many challenges that we face. It's not just the threats to the race tracks in some places, it's the work that needs to be done. It's managing numerous different situations and prioritizing what is most important in all of that.

And sometimes, it seems like the track is a bucket with a hole in it. Make that multiple holes. The water is the money, and the holes are the ways that that money disappears on you. For a promoter, that can get very challenging. You're not in this business to lose money. You might have a love of the sport, but you're not putting all the hours into this to lose money relentlessly.

So, you work on patching up as many of those holes as you can. Hopefully, you can get it to a point where more water is going into the bucket than is escaping. It's a never ending battle, and some weeks, that bucket will have less water than you started with. Water being money.

The writing is what I enjoy the most. I would much prefer to be writing articles and announcing races and doing that stuff. Even managing a website or doing souvenir programs isn't a problem. This is what I was brought up here for. Because of all of the other things that go on, I'm going beyond those duties. And the challenge is, those duties are expected of me. If the things that take my time away from that make it challenging, I have to find the time to get the other stuff done. Where does that leave my me time? What me time?

I never really minded giving up all of my personal time for the sport years ago, but I had the realization that I didn't necessarily want to keep doing that when I walked away in 2003. The fact is, I wasn't coming back. I was quite comfortable watching things from the sidelines when I felt like it and just living my life. I knew the work and the hours it took to maintain the media effort. Now, it's a whole new level. There is no me time. There is no personal life.

If you're going to do this, you have to be willing to make sacrifices. The biggest reason I sacrifice is I still have no home of my own, nearly three years after losing my home. I'm not even living near where I want to live. I'm not even in the same state. And all I can do is take what's in front of me and make the best of it. This is all I have done.

Being involved in the creative process is what keeps me going. I love writing. Although I would like to write about things other than racing too, I enjoy using my mind in that way to tell stories. Those are the moments I enjoy the most. I also enjoy announcing, which I unfortunately only get to do at the Outlaw Kart Track. There are reasons that I'm not announcing at the big track. It's not because I'm not good enough to do it, but rather it's because I'm needed at different places at different times. I know we've got a good announcer with Bryce, so I'm not worried about it.

For the next gig that I get, if it's not time for me to completely depart, I want to announce and write. I'm not even sure that the opportunity will come to me or that I will even search for it. I did say that prior to the season this would probably be my last. That is the goal, but I have racing projects on the agenda for the future regardless. There are books I want to release, but I have to make sure that I have a place to stay and the things needed to do what I want to do.

And this is the biggest reason I ended up at Southern Oregon Speedway. There were rumors going around that I snubbed other race tracks. That is a falsehood. The only offer I had back in California was an announcing gig at Merced Speedway that I was unable to accept due to the fact that I needed more money coming in. The other offer I had hoped for was not offered, and I know there are hard feelings there. When you don't know where you're going to live and you have an offer, even out-of-state, you do what you have to do.

I've often said since coming up here that had I known everything, I wouldn't have come. But how can you know those things? I say that while pointing out that we have good people here. The only thing left is to look at the situation and see how you can best help it. This is what I've done. We're just about halfway through the season, and the biggest goal in my mind is to see how we can maintain the bump in numbers that we've had so far. It's to figure out how we can patch up some of the issues and make things go smoother down the stretch.

I am delighted that Uncle Rich has come back. He has been so important to what we did during the first two years. His hours put in at that race track have made a difference. His presence on the pit board has made a difference. Just being my friend has been a difference maker for me. We have him back as we go into this weekend. It's Friday as I write this, but I am feeling pretty good about Saturday. I think things are going to be okay. I'll do my best to handle whatever is thrown my way.

I was leaving it open to add more to this column. I had something else to say. In light of the news of Ed Parker, I'll end it here. Until next time...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Antioch Speedway, Merced Speedway, Orland Raceway Previews, More

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Sprint Cars, A Modifieds Headline Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...Antioch Speedway will be having their Third Annual Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race this Saturday night. The event pays tribute to the man who raced in the Sportsman division throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. Jerry was known as somebody who could do more with less equipment than most others on the track, and he was always willing to help his fellow racers.

The lineup of divisions this Saturday night includes the Winged 360 Sprint Cars, A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. The championship battles are in full swing in all divisions, and this promises to be another exciting race.

Last week, Matt DeMartini picked up his second Winged 360 Sprint Car win of the season in front of Burt Foland Jr. He used it to take over the point lead as two-time reigning champion Art McCarthy remains not too far behind him in second. McCarthy finished third that night, but he's still in search of his first feature win of the season. Despite some difficult luck, Tim Burcher remains in the Top 5 in the standings, but he will be in fourth as David Dias used a fifth place finish in the recent race to move into third. As is the case with these races, you never know who might show up for a run at the money this week.

Two-time Petaluma Speedway champion Nick DeCarlo drove a great race to pick up his third A Modified Main Event win of the season last week. DeCarlo is keeping the pressure on reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr. Motts won his heat race and came from the last row to finish second last time out. The battle remains close between these two.

With his third place finish last time out, Sean O'Gara strengthened his advantage in the race for third in the standings. Rookie Buddy Kniss used his sixth place finish to move up into the Top 5 in points. Both drivers will be looking for better results this week, and other racers to watch for include Raymond Lindeman, Trent Wentworth, Bobby Montalvo, Mike Salazar and Gary Hetrick.

B Modified point leader Trevor Clymens had his work cut out for him last time out. Having won three races in a row, he was starting back in tenth in the Main Event. He made his way up to battle for the lead, but nobody was stopping Merced visitor Tanner Thomas from winning. This included a great effort by Aaron Crowell to move by on the inside. Clymens picked up good points for his finish and stretched his lead to over 100 points ahead of Guy Ahlwardt. Ahlwardt came out the victim in a race for second that left him with body damage that he needed to make a pit stop to repair. Though he has a win at Watsonville, Guy is hoping to get one at Antioch.

They competition level in the B Modified division at Antioch has risen so much that it becomes perhaps the most entertaining race of the night when the stars all choose to come out in support of the show. Some of these great competitors include rookie Brent Curran, Ryan DeForest, Todd Gomez, reigning champion KC Keller, Kenny Neu and Chuck Golden. Work is proceeding on the Nick Caughman Jr car as he should make an appearance soon.

Hobby Stock point leader Chris Sorensen was forced to settle for second last week as reigning champion Cameron Swank won for the second time this season. However, Sorensen still stretched his lead over Michael Cooper, who received a black flag after a contact incident resulted in leader Billy Garner spinning. Garner has been getting faster with each race and seems poised for his first career feature win. He battled back to finish fourth at the checkered flag.

Another driver looking good last week with his second straight third place finish was Anthony Vigna. Anthony is off to a late start, but If he can continue this pace, a move into the Top 5 in the standings is within his grasp. Tanis Rangel was looking good in his heat race win, and it could be that he's the next rookie, following John Wacht, to get his first feature win. Other drivers to watch for include Breanna Troen, Chris Bennett and Josh Leach.

David Michael Rosa had been on the verge of his first career Dwarf Car Main Event win with several second place finishes. Last week, he finally got it done. To get the win he had to hold off point leader and four time winner Mike Corsaro. At this stage of the season, a second is fine for Corsaro, who has enough of a point lead to miss a race and still be leading.

Recently, 2010 champion Jerry Doty returned. Jerry raced Stock Cars back to the 1980s. He finished fifth this time. Another Top 5 star going back to the previous decade is Tony Carmignani. He finished third last week, and he is certainly somebody to watch in the battle for victory. Other drivers to watch for include David Rosa, Charlie Correia, Mario Marquez and Lonnie Tekaat.

Saturday night is an opportunity for Antioch Speedway to pay tribute to one of the great racers of the past. The Jerry Hetrick Memorial is a race that long time racers want to be a part of. It should be a great night of racing. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Dwarf Cars To Invade Merced Speedway This Weekend

Merced, CA...It's time for the return appearance of the Western States Dwarf Car Association Nationals event at Merced Speedway. The event, hosted by the South Bay Dwarf Car Association, pits some of the best Dwarf Car racers on the West Coast against each other in the spirit of great competition. Saturday's event will also include the Hobby Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Valley Sportsman division.

Drivers start showing up on Thursday night, and the first race is on Friday night. They break the Dwarf Car groups into three with a Pro division, a Veteran division for the older competitors and a Sportsman division for the newcomers. Drivers who finish in the Top 10 on Friday night earn starting spots in the Fast Heat on Saturday to determine the first five rows of the Main Event. This becomes very important in the Pro division, which is expected to have enough cars for a B Main again this year. Last season, roughly 70 total competitors signed in for the two day show.

The records show that the Pro division 30 lap Main Event was won last season by Matt Sargent. Matt is a past South Bay champion who has been racing with the Sin City Dwarf Car group in Las Vegas. Reigning NorCal Dwarf Car champion Danny Wagner finished second and Oregon PHRA competitor Jake Van Ortwick ran third. Past NorCal champion Ryan Winter and St Helens, Oregon racer James Brinster completed the Top 5 as 24 drivers started the Main Event.

You might think that the Pro division is the main attraction, but the Veteran division offers some of the closest racing on Nationals weekend. NorCal competitors dominated the Top 5 at last year's race with Kevin Bender winning ahead of Mike Reeder, Kevin Miraglio, Scott Dahlgren and Buddy Olschowka. PHRA Dwarf Car racer Jake Tupper won the Sportsman Main Event ahead of NorCal racer Josh Wiesz and NorCal competitor Devin Kammermann.

The Dwarf Cars put on such a great show that they themselves are worth coming out to watch, but they will be joined by the track's Hobby Stock division on Saturday night. Through the consistency of being the only driver with six Top 5 finishes in six starts, Shannon Nelsen holds a 13 point lead over reigning champion and three-time winner Kodie Dean. Nelson is searching for her first feature win since 2015 and has come very close. Her teammate, Kristie Shearer, is 25 points out of the lead and 12 behind Dean. These three have been running strong all season long, but other drivers to watch include Mike Germait, 2016 champion Michael Shearer, Austin Van Hoff and Robbie Loquaci.

The California Sharp Mini Late Model division has a close three-car battle for the point lead. After picking up a win at the recent event, second generation racer Riley Jeppesen is only four points behind one time winner Tim Crews. Riley's father Robby is a past Street Stock champion at the speedway. Not to be forgotten in the mix is Carson Guthrie, who sits third and is only nine points out of the lead. Jesse Burks is a two-time winner, but a bad start in his season opening race leaves him 39 points out so far. These four along with Ian Shearer are anticipated this week.

The Valley Sportsman division has a rather interesting battle taking place. At the top of the list you will find Watsonville Speedway Hall Of Famer and four time Sportsman champion Jerry Cecil. Cecil leads newcomer Rick Elliott by five points, but both drivers are still looking for their first wins of the season. Reigning Champion Jeff Bristow has put Chris Falkenberg behind the wheel of his car, resulting in a pair of victories for Falkenberg. He leads one time winner Chris Birdsong by one point in the battle for third while rookie Chris Corder is only seven points out. The last time out, the division saw another Watsonville Hall Of Famer, Ray Johnson, make his debut. So far, there have been nine different racers, and there's at least a half a dozen others out there that could be a part of this show.

Dwarf Car Nationals weekend is a chance for fans of this style of racing to come and see the very best that Dwarf Cars have to offer. The fact that Saturday night will also include the other three divisions will make it even more enticing to the fans. For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.


Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks Return For Five Division Program Saturday At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...The fifth round of championship racing at Orland Raceway takes place this Saturday night. The fans are still talking after the race on June 2nd where the B Modified division made their debut at the track. They are asking for more, and they'll get their wish with the division's return on July 28th. This Saturday night, Mini Stocks and Mini Trucks return to the program along with the Pure Stocks, Wingless Gas Sprints and 250 Micros.

The Mini Truck division has been putting on some crowd pleasing shows so far this year. Reigning champion Keith Ross has picked up a pair of victories, while Jeff Bennett has also made it to the Winner's Circle. Truck count has improved into double-digits thanks to the addition of several newcomers. 2016 champion Dan Webster has a new truck this year and is hoping to add his name to the win column. The steady William Fogle, who ranked third in the standings last season, will be out to do the same. Newcomers like Kevin Kvalick, Tony Quinonez, Rocky Wagner and Justin Vance are making things interesting and giving the fans lots of excitement to watch on the track.

After picking up back-to-back wins to start the season, Barbara Crain finally met her match in long-time racer Paul Stevens. It seems as if Stevens has driven everything in his career, so a Mini Stock was the next choice for the 2015 Pure Stock champion. Two-time reigning champion Tom Davis is still looking for his first win as is another past champion, John Kirkpatrick. Car count has improved noticeably in this class as Dustin Hills and Sean Perry have been joined by such newcomers as Cindy Wagner, Les Fernandez and Scott Camper.

It was 2017 Battle Of The Axles winner Paul Stevens getting the win in the most recent Pure Stock race. He joins Richard Vanderploog and reigning champion Jeremy Langenderfer on the Winner's List so far this year. Langenderfer has won twice. Shannon Collins is still searching for his first win of the season here, but he picked up a win in the most recent race at Marysville. The competition level is top notch in this division with past champion Steve Martin, John Camper, Amanda McAbel and Bill Matlock in the field.

After four Wingless Gas Sprint races, the wins have been divided up equally between many time champion Josh Jacobo and Josh Tucker. Tucker has won the last two races. Can somebody new join the winner's list this week? RJ Baker, Taylor Thomson, David Johnson and Rob Worthington will be other drivers to watch.

It should be a great night of racing at Orland Raceway this Saturday night. For further information, go to www.orlandraceway.org or look the track up on Facebook.


All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Cars Back 
At Antioch Speedway Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...The fourth round of the All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car schedule takes place at Antioch Speedway this Saturday night as part of the Jerry Hetrick Memorial event. So far, Matt DeMartini is leading the standings on the strength of his victories in the season opener and the most recent race. He leads reigning champion Art McCarthy by 18 points.

DeMartini won the season opener ahead Billy Aton and Burt Foland Jr. He finished fourth in the next race as two-time Watsonville champion Brad Furr picked up the victory. Last season's top rookie, Jacob Tuttle, made his season debut with a second place finish ahead of McCarthy. McCarthy again had a third place finish last week as DeMartini won ahead of Foland.

It's shaping up to be a battle between DeMartini and McCarthy for the championship while a couple of newer drivers, David Dias and Tim Burcher, are battling for third. Dias picked up a fifth place finish behind Tuttle last week to take a two point lead over Burcher in that battle. Tuttle's fourth place finish kept him within one point of fifth place Burt Foland Jr in the standings.

McCarthy may not be off to the best of starts this season, but he's still doing better than he did last year when he was unable to start the season opener due to mechanical issues. At one time, he found himself trailing by 60 points in the championship chase. However, he picked up three feature victories and had a strong late-season run to catapult him into the lead.

Nobody has won more Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Events at Antioch Speedway than McCarthy has, and it's generally known that to win the championship you need to get through him. He has been a fixture in the Top 3 in the standings since the division started having championship point racing again in 2014.

DeMartini has been traveling to various different tracks in recent seasons, but his decision to race more often at Antioch Speedway seems to be paying off. He may just be the driver to beat this week, but one driver looking to do it is Foland.  Foland has five second place finishes and three thirds in the last two seasons, but he's still looking for his first win. Could that come this Saturday night?

Antioch Speedway has had some interesting results in this division in recent seasons as there have been a variety of drivers, some of them just getting started in the class, who have come to town and laid claim to the winner's prize money. It should be another exciting race this Saturday night. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.



The Editor's Viewpoint

So here we are on the edge of Spring with Summer just a little over a week away as I write this. Before you know it, the year is going to be done. I'm not exactly sure how much fun I'm really having, but time does seem to be flying. I think it's been a little bit more stressful and busy for me this year, but things are getting done.

The media effort continues. It seems to me that some tracks are ignoring this, but I think it would serve them better to make some kind of effort. To the tracks that at least put the results up and the point standings, thank you. At least that's something. Do consider finding somebody out there to write. Having somebody put up at least the basic articles talking about the next race and doing race review articles can only help you. Also, it wouldn't hurt to do driver profile articles sometimes too. Anything to get the fans interested.

I think you can even benefit by using Facebook and other social media to keep people posted on what's happening. This doesn't mean you necessarily need to put a blow-by-blow update as a few places do on who is winning the races that night. People should be out there at the race track checking it out for themselves. But, leading up to the races, putting things out there couldn't hurt. And, be consistent about it.

I think it might be discouraging for people if they do make more of an effort in getting writing out there and working social media and they're not seeing results quickly. The goal is more fans in the stands and more drivers competing. It's going to take time. This isn't the only answer to the problem of getting more interest in the sport. But, it is a part of how you do it. Make the effort. Add some color to the statistics that are out there. It won't hurt.

There are undoubtedly young and eager fans out there who would love to help out in that way. Getting them into the races every week and perhaps throwing a few bucks at them is a worthy investment. And, you can tell them what it is that you would like to see written and give them a little guidance.

I've done the DCRR Racing Media thing, and it has encompassed many of the things that one of the links above my posts on the blog describes. About the only thing I'm not doing is individual racer publicity releases. This has become quite the thing as social media has gotten bigger. Drivers have somebody write a little bit about how their night went. How does this benefit the racer? You keep your fans and sponsors and friends updated. When you have sponsors, having them get thanked in each article shows them that they're getting something for their money. I recommend racers contact Daren Ricks Campbell on Facebook and hire him for this. He does good work.

When I saw that Petaluma Speedway had nothing out there in the newspaper I was a little bit surprised. They get little articles here and there, but nothing consistent. Rick Faeth does a great job with that track. I couldn't even begin to get into all that he's doing to keep things afloat. And, this is one of the tracks that is under threat of being closed. So, I can see where he's been stretched to a point where maybe a few things aren't being covered. Hopefully it's not a case of the track thinking it doesn't matter.

When Pops Soares ran the place, he was very keen on making sure publicity was handled. This guy usually had two or three writers on his staff at times. You had a guy doing racing magazine articles and a guy doing newspaper articles. You also had somebody announcing who was capable of writing if needed and had done so in the past. Basically, he knew that there was some value in having a little color out there about what's going on. He ran the track right up to the point where the internet had really become established.

I know Harlan Osborne wrote for a number of years and was of great value to that track. If and when Rick were to decide he wanted to do a Hall Of Fame for that place, which I would advise him to consider, Harlan is exactly the guy I would call for some information. He kept records and wrote articles for years. He got them in the newspapers and various magazines.

But I noticed that the newspaper recently didn't have much. They just had two big races that didn't have anybody out there covering them. I didn't want to let that one go, so I took the statistics that went out there and wrote something. Depending on Race Monitor for statistics is a bit shaky. It is unofficial, and Petaluma seems to get a few more glitches on that than other places. Unfortunately, they are slower than most tracks with the My Lap updates and there currently are no point standings updated. Hopefully things can improve in that area, because it wasn't quite this way a couple years ago. More information was there.

This racing media effort that I do is designed to make sure places are getting information out there. At least ways, letting the fans know in other media outlets that there is racing happening and here is some of what's going. It's a good thing. So, when I saw statistics available and some video footage, I put the article out about a week and a half ago for the Top Dog Nationals IMCA Modified race. I'm happy to report that at least one newspaper ran with it.

What was interesting was I got an email from IMCA through the track email up here asking about the fact that Petaluma had a break between 20 lap segments and ran other divisions during that time. I told them it did happen to give the drivers a chance to refuel and all of that, and they thought it was the weirdest thing. I've seen this happen before, but usually we're talking about bigger segments than that.

Anyway, I decided at the very last minute to put something together for them this time. Nothing was out there on Sunday night when I was trying to write an article. I cobbled together a little bit of information on Monday afternoon, though a couple of divisions were lacking information that I could have used. I had a few things to say about them and more on the Sprint Cars and Midgets. I sent it, and I'm happy to report that it got used in at least one media outlet too. This is what we do here.

I don't know how much newspapers would have reacted to what I'm doing 20 years ago. In fact, many more of these outlets would have had their own writers that they would pay to do it. But, the internet has affected papers so much that times have changed. Maybe the staffs aren't as big or something? I don't know. They use a combination of printed media and internet to stay afloat. They still look for contenent, and if you're consistent about it, they take it.

This is a lesson I learned when I was handling media for Chowchilla Speedway for two years. Send it to them consistently, and even if they ignore you for a while, they'll start using it. They'll take pieces of it. Whatever, at least they use some of it. So, this is what I do for these tracks. They will take the information, even if they're not offering any compensation. Many of them don't even offer a byline, but at least the story is getting out there. I love Petaluma Speedway, though it's been years since I've been there. I'm glad to be able to help them too.

In searching for information on Medford racing history, I found other tracks in other newspapers. There was a treasure trove of Petaluma Speedway out there, and I've gathered a bunch of it. I am greatly considering using some stuff to start a Petaluma Speedway Days Of Old page on Facebook. I think it's time. I don't know how much people are aware of the history that that race track had prior to the 1980s. But, there are some really interesting facts about that place. When you start a Facebook page, people start to come out of the woodwork and share their pictures and newspaper clippings. This could be the path that leads to a Hall Of Fame there, and at the very least, it can lead to people learning more about a great racing facility.

When you have people who don't understand the history of a race track, you get what happened at Antioch Speedway. There is a Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race, and it happens because promoter John M Soares raced against the guy and had respect for him. Jerry was a Sportsman division competitor throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. Top 10 and sometimes Top 5 in points, a feature winner and also a track record holder at one time. He did it on a low budget. He did it with class and the respect of his fellow racers. He was a guy who would help others when he could too.

You have an announcer out there trying very hard to help. I've seen Wade put up videos sometimes telling people what happened last week and creating events to get people excited about the next race. So, Wade's working it. Problem is, he said that last week was Jerry's race when it's this week. Whoops. I'm not entirely sure that Wade knows much about Jerry and will tell the fans. I'm not sure he's going to ask anybody, but I doubt anybody is going to tell him either. This is a shame.

When I heard that John was doing the race for his dad a few years ago, I wanted very badly to be at the track. I wanted the microphone so I could tell people just some of the great things that the man had done in the sport throughout his amazing career. Again, I'm not sure how much was conveyed by Wade to the fans. When you have a memorial race, whether it's for Jerry, Pops Soares or Larry Damitz, talk about the person you're memorializing. That's why we're here, even if we're racing on a Saturday night, this night is special. So, make it that way.

In this column, I do speculate a little bit about Antioch, and will probably continue to do that in the future. I've heard John and Donna say that they thought that they might be the last promoters of that race track. This was back when I was working for them some 20 years ago. I said to myself, no way. You'll be a link in the chain, and a good link at that. But, somebody else will take the reigns one day and keep it going. That is my hope for Antioch Speedway.

I have a vision in my mind that maybe is lofty. Maybe I'll never get to see this happen or be a part of making it happen. I have a vision that includes having a Hall Of Fame there and honoring history. I'm sitting on a lot of it right now, waiting for the time to really share it and put things out there. There are people out there as keen as I am about this. There are people who want to have a Hall of Fame.

I believe both John and his father belong in there. I believe that this annual tradition will be an important part of the track. When I speculate about who's going to run the track in the future or the idea that there will be another promoter in the future, it's with hope that when John is ready to walk away, the track remains in good hands.

I'm not naming names, and I'm not trying to be sly about that. I know of interested parties in the place, but now isn't the time to put names out there. Now isn't the time for that, because it's not going to serve to be helpful. It won't help the current management and it won't help the future management to go speculating about which specific person is doing it and what they specifically want to do. So, I do generalizations here. When I hear more things, it will continue to be this way unless interested parties say otherwise.

But, I can speculate about something I'd like to see happen or at least I think might be interesting to see. Everybody it seems is gaga over the IMCA. IMCA sort of took over California gradually when NASCAR took a lower profile. I won't bash IMCA too badly since I know people know I'm not high on the sanctioning body. They have a good set of rules, but not much money at the end of the rainbow. Some states are just dots on the map to that association in my opinion. But, at least it's out there.

I'm almost of the opinion that you don't need a sanctioning body at a race track these days. Have a good set of rules and do things right, and the racers will support you anyway. When John took over Antioch, he pulled out of NASCAR. People raised holy hell over that, because of the feeling they got from being involved with NASCAR. I did look at the numbers and what was being taken out versus what was being put back and I didn't disagree with John's decision in the least. What he told me he was going to do is exactly what he did do. Increased purses, bigger point funds and all of that. The first three or four years were pretty damn good. Better than most tracks in the area.

I'm not sure what NASCAR even wants to do anymore, but I still believe that if they started to go back to the grassroots, it could only benefit them. This might include putting a couple of tracks back on the circuit that they took off. Tracks that had heritage and mattered. This might include them looking at whether The Chase is a viable thing to continue or weather going back to the older ways might serve them better. This might include looking at a way to get individual car teams back into this thing again. But that's just one factor.

The late Bill France would tell you that all of the short tracks across the country mattered to him too. If they didn't, he certainly wouldn't have been negotiating with Bob Barkhimer back in the 1950s to bring the California Stock Car Racing Association into NASCAR. He did that, because he saw the value in weekly racing and how it went hand-in-hand with the big NASCAR show that eventually was on TV. As NASCAR evolved, the third generation of the France family lost sight of that. Now we have a rumor of a sale of this organization.

And people need to realize something. What NASCAR does on the big level does have an impact on what we're doing here. You're seeing lower attendance on TV now when they have their various races. Well, I have a news flash. Attendance isn't doing much better on the lower level, and it's making it even harder for these tracks to stay afloat. Somebody in NASCAR would probably do good to realize that maybe the path to building things back up also includes bringing small tracks that want to be a part of NASCAR back into the fold. Reestablishing State, Regional and National points. It's not good enough to have the NASCAR West and East Series. You need the Weekly Short Track Racing Series too.

I still believe there is value to watching somebody build their name up at their local track for a few years and then going up to the West or East Series and getting some place. Seems to me that the path has been going through Go Kart racing with some money behind you and getting on TV. A lot of people don't necessarily identify with that. But, even if rising trough the ranks isn't something that may necessarily happen anymore, there's still value in a Weekly Racing Series and having a NASCAR license just like the guy on TV.

Last season, Coos Bay Speedway took a leap of faith. Drake Nelson and NASCAR made a deal. With that came some things that NASCAR and the Whelen All American Series does for these tracks. It also included the point funds being offered to at least four of the divisions on the card. I'd have to consult the information, but I do know there are funds offered to the Top 10 drivers in those classes and the premier class champion gets $3,000. There is also State money involved.

You put NASCAR on a race track, and people will take notice. But, people are looking around wondering who the first track is going to be. Unfortunately for Coos Bay, they were just a sprinkle in the bucket. Not much of a ripple came from there. Jerry Schram and his tracks continued on as they do. Nobody is jumping in with Coos Bay in Oregon, and I hear no rumors of anything being considered. So, another track with a bigger profile needs to take a look at this. Who might that be?

I return to the Barky Legacy tracks where it all started on the West Coast. One of the last to leave was Antioch Speedway. Antioch has a racing program ideal for NASCAR. Petaluma Speedway and Ocean Speedway currently do an Open Wheel thing and go with IMCA for some classes. Merced Speedway is so entrenched in IMCA that I don't see them taking this leap of faith initially. In fact, Ed Parker would be a fool to change this. Even though he looks at trends and is willing to try stuff, he isn't stupid. Merced racers would react negatively if he was the first to do this.

Down south, I look at Kern Raceway. They already have a NASCAR pavement program, so I wonder how it would be if they put NASCAR on the dirt track too. You have the two Modified classes and Hobby Stocks there. How would their racers react to that? They support it as an Outlaw track on Friday nights now. I'm intrigued at the possibility of them taking that chance.

But in the Bay Area, I look at Antioch Speedway. What a splash it would make if they raised a NASCAR Banner. What's interesting is that they gave John a proposal and he looked it over. John didn't bite on it, because I think he concluded that they were just recycling his money back to the track again. I think that's how he put it. But, I think there is a perception with NASCAR that might still ring of bell. You put NASCAR racing on your advertisement and then add the logo to your website. You have NASCAR colors at the race track and that banner. Could that help get fans excited again?

Of course with Antioch, you have eight divisions. The Late Models run a UMP DIRTcar sanctioning. They compete for Regional monies, though I don't know that the drivers fared very well last season in the restructuring of that. A change of sanctioning to NASCAR could make the Late Model championship worth $3,000. Would that entice more drivers to come to Antioch? Do you stay with UMP for that class and give it to the A Modifieds? I favor NASCAR on the Late Models, but I don't know. Would it be allowed by NASCAR to do UMP for Late Models and NASCAR for A Modifieds? NASCAR is a Stock Car organization, so I can see them leaning towards Late Models.

The second division could certainly be A Modifieds with a $1,000 prize at the end. This is where it gets fuzzy, because I know the fourth division gets $500 for their championship among the point find monies. Third is either $500 or $750, and the B Modifieds are the natural choice. Then, you leave Hobby Stocks and Limited Late Models to fight over what's left. Or, maybe there is a fifth division getting something out of it and both of these classes would do okay. All you have to do now is join NASCAR as a racer.

The negative to all of this is the NASCAR license. Unless you can switch your car over to the pavement and go down south to Kern or north to Coos Bay Speedway on the dirt, what other track can you visit for NASCAR points? It's about being able to compete for the Track and State points. The State championship in the number one class is worth $2,000. Rookie Of The Year for a driver in the top class who has never held a NASCAR license is $1,000. So, there is money to compete for.

The visitation factor is another thing to consider. You have to have a NASCAR license to race at that track. Most of the drivers are either going to have an IMCA license or no particular association license at all. They could buy a temporary license, which is either $25 or $50 for a night. I have to look that up, but that's what they would have to do. That is where Drake has a challenge trying to entice people to come race his Late Model class at Coos Bay. I don't think it's working out for Drake exactly like he'd hoped, but I don't necessarily think that Coos Bay was the best test case that could have been tried.

There is a reason you have tracks looking at NASCAR and not doing anything right now. They don't want to be the first. They look at the positives, but they look at the negatives too. They're waiting to see if anybody else is going to do it. If they approached John about this, I can pretty much guarantee you others were approached back then as well. Nobody took the bait. What would happen if Antioch Speedway jumped in and made it a NASCAR track again?

20 years ago, John was vilified for taking Antioch out of NASCAR. I know. I was there. It was ugly. Drivers went to San Jose Speedway because of it. Fans were even circulating petitions to get John removed. That's what NASCAR meant to the people then. Would it mean that much to them 20 years later?

This is all just speculation. I think it would be worth it for a track to give this a shot, but I also know it's a risk. I don't expect John to ever take this leap of faith. The next promoter? Not very likely either. In fact, I could see them going back to IMCA very easily.

It's all just speculation, and I've said enough. Until next time...The Editor's Viewpoint


Stockton 99 Speedway Race Results June 2, 2018
Late Model
Christian Roche
Ross Strmiska
Adam Coonfield
Sam Solari
Chris Lyon
Seth Holman
Larry Tankersley
Teddy Haflich
Dennis Byers
Gary Schafer
Steve Cabral
Dominic Lopez
Arron Shankel
Ben Lewis
Justin Philpott

Bombers
Ben Lewis
Rick Roberts
Joey Sarafin
Mikala Stearns
Kyle Singleton
Justin Scantlen
Jo Jo Stearns
Troy Walz
Rob Dueck
John Medina
jeana Ramos
Roy Worthy 

NCDCA Dwarf Cars
Mike Reeder
Mike Grenert
Ryan Winter
Justin Winter
Devin Kammermann
Ryan Plexico
Kevin Miraglio
Kevin Bender
Buddy Olschowka
Wade Ehlrich
Toby Brown
Dan Zuger
Scott Dahlgren
Danny Wagner
Jack Haverty
Shawn Whitney
Vic Guerrero
Jeff Fitch
Robert Kosinski

Legend Cars
Cody Winchel
Camerron Austin
Braden Rogers
Chad Nacimento
Matt Winfrey
Kieth Clement
Pete Soto
Heather Hadley
Carlee Austin 
Paul Dorrity
Brendan Ruzbarsky
Rob Nascimento
Johnny Morrisey
Kevin Travels
Phillip Morrissey
Michael Ray

Mini Cups
Arron Thomas
Aiden Phillips
Jayce McArthy
kash holman
Wyatt Sansom
Kenna Mitchell
Chase Lopez

B4's
Barrett Sogden
Andy Rumsey
Billy Rodrigues
Andrea Rumsey