Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Decker, Ryland Win Antioch Speedway Finale, Laney Wins At Tulare, Mayea Wins At Coos Bay, Petaluma, Orland More



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Decker, Ryland, Myers Win Fall Brawl At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...October 7...Jeff Decker won the 30 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  This was Decker's seventh win of the season and it wrapped up his third Antioch championship.  The Fall Brawl started with eight lap heat races, which were won by David Newquist and Shawn DeForest.  Decker had a front row start for the Main Event and sprinted out to lead at the drop of the green flag.  DeForest's race ended on lap two.  Richard Papenhausen came from the third row to take second from Newquist.  However, Decker set a blistering pace and wrapped up his championship season with a win ahead of Papenhausen, Newquist, Paul Guglielmoni and Kimo Oreta.

Fred Ryland returned and won the $1,000 prize in the 30 lap All Star Series B Modified Main Event.  Ryland is the 2015 champion, and he won this year's Merced Speedway championship.  His last Antioch win was in the New Years Bash in January.  2016 champion Trevor Clymens set the early pace ahead of new champion K.C. Keller.  A lap ten caution flag for Mark Garner had an impact on the race.  On the restart, Andrew Peckham and Keller made it a three wide battle for the lead, and Keller made a Turn 4 pass on Clymens to gain the position.  Peckham slipped underneath Clymens for second in Turn 4 on lap 12.  Keller was setting a rapid pace and caught slower traffic by lap 22.  Peckham made a Turn 4 pass for the lead.  Ryland was challenging for second when contact with a slower car sent Keller spinning in Turn 3 on lap 23.  Peckham had the lead on the restart.  Ryland pressured him for the lead until making the pass in Turn 4 on lap 28.  Ryland won ahead of Peckham, Clymens, Todd Gomez and Randy Brown.

The 23 B Modifieds ran four eight lap qualifying heat races, and Jimmy Ford, Clymens, Keller and Gomez scored the victories.  Ryland won the six lap Trophy Dash.  Anthony Giuliani won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Al Johnson and Peckham.

Melissa Myers collected the $850 first prize in the 30 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  This was the fourth win of the season for the two time division champion.  New champion Cameron Swank set the early pace ahead of Myers.  Myers found herself leading when Swank spun in Turn 3 for a lap nine caution flag.  Myers led the restart and paced the remaining laps for the impressive victory.  Swank charged back to third and battled fiercely with Chris Long for second.  When Swank nearly spun in Turn 4 late in the race, Long pulled ahead to finish second.  Swank settled for third ahead of Curran and Chris Bennett.

There were 23 Hobby Stocks for this race, and Myers, Swank, Frank Furtado and Chris Brown won the eight lap heat races.  Myers continued a clean sweep performance by winning the four lap Trophy Dash.  Joey Ridgeway led all 12 laps to win the B Main ahead of Jeremy Jennings and Bennett.

The November 18th Awards Banquet will honor all of the champions of the 2017 season.  In addition to the three champions mentioned above, Art McCarthy (Winged 360 Sprint Cars), Bryan Grier (Wingless Spec Sprints), Bobby Motts Jr. (A Modifieds), Kimo Oreta (Limited Late Models) and Mike Corsaro (Dwarf Cars) are the other champions.  Stay tuned for news on the upcoming 2018 season and other information at www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-David Newquist, Shawn DeForest.  Main Event (30 Laps)-Jeff Decker, Richard Papenhausen, David Newquist, Paul Guglielmoni, Kimo Oreta.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jimmy Ford, Trevor Clymens, Todd Gomez, K.C. Keller.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Fred Ryland.  B Main (12 Laps)-Anthony Giuliani, Al Johnson, Andrew Peckham.  Main Event (30 Laps)-Fred Ryland, Andrew Peckham, Trevor Clymens, Todd Gomez, Randy Brown.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Cameron Swank, Frank Furtado, Chris Brown.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Melissa Myers.  B Main (12 Laps)-Joey Ridgeway, Jeremy Jennings, Chris Bennett.  Main Event (30 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Chris Long, Cameron Swank, Brent Curran, Chris Bennett.


Mayea Wins Lucas Oil Open Show At Coos Bay Speedway

Coos Bay, Oregon...October 7...Rob Mayea scored the $3,000 win in the 50 lap Lucas Oil Open Show, presented by The Prather Family, Saturday night at Coos Bay Speedway.  Among Mayea's accomplishments are his three straight Willamete Speedway Late Model championships from 2014-2016.  He won his ten lap heat race and started eighth in the 17 car Late Model field.  2017 Willamete champion Collen Winebarger raced into the early lead ahead of Joey Tanner.  Mayea slipped past August Tidal Wave 50 winner Trent Elliott for third on lap eight, and Mayea took second from Tanner on a lap ten restart.  At the lap 25 mark, Winebarger was leading Mayea, Tanner, Jim Whistler and Elliott.  Mayea raced past Winebarger for the lead on lap 30.  A lap 41 caution flag slowed the place, and Winebarger's run in second ended as Whistler took up pursuit of Mayea.  However, Mayea drove a great race down the stretch for the big victory.  Whistler held off Tanner for second as Elliott settled for fourth.  Rookie Brody Montgomery was the highest local finisher in fifth as Brian Cronk, Blaine Taylor, Jason Johnson, B.J. Donofrio and Doug Elkins completed the Top 10.  Elliott held off Tanner to win his ten lap heat race.  Mayea won his heat in front of Winebarger and Elkins won his heat race ahead of Daniel Deibele.

Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock champion Kyle Yaeck won the $500 prize in the 30 lap Street Stock Main Event.  2017 point runnerup Ken Fox set the early pace ahead of 2016 champion Daniel Land.  Yaeck took second on a lap six restart, and he passed Fox for the lead a lap later.  Kevin Roberts and Steve Dubisar dropped Fox back to fourth on a lap 11 restart.  Yaeck had to contend with Roberts running closely behind him throughout the final 20 laps, but he made no mistakes and earned this win.  Roberts settled for second.  Donald Schott took third from Dubisar on lap 19, but Land took the position on lap 27.  Land finished third, and Dubisar and Fox dropped Schott back to sixth on the last lap.  Michael Hollingsworth, Brian Cronk, Andy Gardner and Troy Chamberlain made up the remainder of the Top 10.  Land won a ten lap heat race ahead of Cronk, while Roberts held off Yaeck to win the other heat race.

Two time Sportsman Late Model champion Wayne Butler won the $500 prize in the 30 lap Main Event.  Butler won the ten lap heat race ahead of Tom Yaeck.  Butler led all the way to win the Main Event with Yaeck not too far behind him.  Dyllan Siewell made a lap 13 pass on Max Augustine to earn the third place finish as Augustine and Deven Brown completed the finishing order.  Josh Kralicek was a Main Event scratch.

Ken Fox won his third 30 lap Mini Outlaw Main Event of the year.  Joe Maricle set the early pace ahead of Austin Henderson.  Fox raced past Henderson for second on a lap three restart, and he put the moves on Maricle for the lead on lap seven.  New champion Sam Talon took third from Henderson on lap 15, and he raced past Maricle for second on lap 23.  Talon made his presence known in second.  However, Fox stayed cool under pressure and won ahead of Talon, Maricle, Henderson, Matt Diller, Dan Daniels, Richard Thompson and Max Sanford.  Rob Lauver was a Main Event scratch.  Donald Briggs won a ten lap heat race ahead of Henderson, but he scracthed from the Main Event.  Talon won the other heat race in front of Fox.

Braden Fugate scored the $300 victory in the 30 lap Hornets Main Event.  This was his fourth win of the season.  Jacob Farness raced into the early lead ahead of Donald Briggs and Austin Henderson.  Farness and Briggs battled for the lead throughout the first half of the race until Briggs' race came to an end on a lap 16 caution flag.  Farness led Hannah Robison and 13th starter Fugate on the restart.  Farness saw his race end on a lap 22 caution flag.  Robison led Fugate and Henderson on the restart.  Fugate began pressuring Robison for the lead until making his winning pass on lap 28.  New champion Ryan Siewell started 17th and made a last lap pass on Robison as Fugate won ahead of Siewell, Robison, Henderson, Matt Diller, Joe Maricle, Max Sanford, April Warmack, David Pellum and Taylor Sayre.  Robison won her ten lap heat race ahead of Warmack.  Farness won his heat over Matt Butler and Pellam won his heat in front of Maricle.


Laney, Reichenbach, Nelson Win 
Tulare Thunberbowl Nationals

Tulare, CA...October 6-7...Cody Laney led all 30 laps to win the $2,000 prize in the IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Tulare Thunderbowl.  After winning the ten lap Trophy Dash ahead of Brad Pounds, Laney had the pole for the big money feature.  Laney jumped into the early lead ahead of Pounds and Robby Sawyer.  Sawyer took second from Pounds on lap eight, and Last Chance Qualifier winner Troy Foulger moved the Bowers Racing Modified into third on lap nine.  Foulger took second from Sawyer on lap 15, and Bobby Hogge IV gained third two laps later.  The battle was close for a while, but Laney pulled away in the waning laps to win ahead of Foulger, Hogge, Ryan McDaniel, Sawyer, Pounds, Brian Cass, Clay Daly, Chet Reeves and Randy McDaniel.  The drivers ran two eight lap heat races on Friday to earn spots in Saturday's Trophy Dash.  Sawyer and Ryan McDaniel won their two heat races as Laney and Pounds won the other heats.  Laney held off Pounds to win the ten lap Trophy Dash.  The non dash qualifiers ran a 12 lap Last Chance Qualifier, and Foulger won that race with Saturday night arrival Hogge passing third place finisher D.J. Shannon on lap nine to finish second.

Clint Reichenbach won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  The 2017 Santa Maria champion led all 20 laps to score the $1,500 victory.  Lee Jensen held of Reichenbach to win the ten lap Trophy Dash and earn the pole for the feature.  However, Reichenbach charged into the lead at the start ahead of Jensen.  Shane DeVolder took third on a lap six restart and passed Jensen for second on a lap seven restart.  Nick Spainhoward took third from Jensen on a lap nine restart, and the 2014 IMCA State champion Spainhoward passed the new IMCA State champion DeVolder for second on lap 11.  Spainhoward gave it a good run down the stretch, but Reichenbach held him off for the big win.  DeVolder settled for third ahead of Chris McKeller, Garrett Jernagen, Watsonville champion Matt Hagio, Tina Pounds, Matt Mayo Sr., Austin Manzella and Kelly Wilkinson.  Friday night heat races determined the six starters of Saturday's Trophy Dash based on points.  Jack Aguiar was the only winner of two eight lap heats as Pounds, Jensen, Reichenbach and DeVolder were the other heat winners.  Jensen won the dash ahead of Reichenbach.  The non dash qualifiers ran a Last Chance Qualifier with McKeller winning the 12 lap race ahead of DeVolder and Jernagen.

Bruce "Bubba" Nelson won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  The two time Merced Speedway champion drives one of the FND Motorsports cars, and the win paid $1,000.  Nelson won the ten lap Trophy Dash ahead of Matt Kile to earn a pole position start for the extra money race.  Nelson raced into the lead at the start ahead of Kile.  Nelson's teammate and 2016 Merced champion Michael Shearer took second from Kile on lap five.  The teammates battled for the lead all the way, and Nelson scored the win just ahead of Shearer.  Kile settled for third ahead of Gene Glover, longtime Street Stock racer Mike Calhoun, Katie Briggs, Dwayne Short, Garrett Corn and Michael Scruggs.  Bob Ellis was a Main Event scratch.  Dave Shuyler was a double eight lap heat race winner on Friday as Scruggs and Nelson each won a heat.  However, Schulyer suffered mechanical issues in the ten lap dash to end his night.  Nelson won that race ahead of Kile.  Calhoun won the 12 lap Last Chance Qualifier ahead of Corn and Short.

"The Dirt Dawg" Andy Boydstun won the $600 prize in the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event.  The race was led early by Shawn Schwartzenberger with Kelly Campanile leading a few laps before Schwartzenberger raced by on lap seven.  Boydstun took second from Campanile on lap ten.  Schwartzenberger was shuffled back to fourth on a lap 11 restart.  Boydstun looked good as he led the waning laps of the race for a much needed victory.  Campanile settled for second ahead of Matt Herod, S. Schwartzenberger, Clinton Massey, Kit Murphy, Jason Cook, Roy Atchison Jr., Bryant Desaire and Joshua Dysart.  Massey was the only double eight lap heat winner as Campanile, Herod, Boydstun and Craig Moody won the other heats.  Campanile outran S. Schwartzenberger to win the ten lap Trophy Dash and earn the pole for the feature.  Paul Schwartzenberger won the 12 lap Last Chance Qualifier by a wide margin ahead of Murphy and Kenneth Shurgarts.

Chad Johnson won the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car Main Event.  Johnson is the 2017 Bakersfield Speedway champion, and the win paid $750.  C. Johnson won the Trophy Dash to earn the pole for the feature, but Tyler Johnson raced into the lead at the start.  IMCA State champion Troy Patee was an early third.  C. Johnson slipped past T. Johnson for the lead on lap eight, and Steven Johnson took third from Patee on lap 12.  However, he surrendered the spot back to Patee on lap 16 as C. Johnson and T. Johnson had a close battle for the lead.  Steve Streeter took third from Patee on the last lap as C. Johnson won ahead of T. Johnson, Streeter, Patee, James Elliott, Renn Bane, S. Johnson, Jon Dias and Alan Mendes.  Patee and C. Johnson won Friday night eight lap heat races, and C. Johnson won Saturday's ten lap Trophy Dash ahead of T. Johnson.


Forsberg, Simpson, Bell Win Adobe Cup Races 
At Petaluma Speedway

Petaluma, CA...October 7...Andy Forsberg won the 30 lap Adobe Cup Main Event For the PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway.  The win paid Forsberg $5,200.  The rapidly run Main Event had two restarts.  The first occurred when Geoff Ensign got out of shape racing to the green flag and made contact with another car, resulting in Ensign stalling in Turn 1.  The first restart attempt saw Colby Copeland run over the right front of Chase Johnson's car with Copeland getting his rear end in the air and Johnson stalling in Turn 1.  Copeland raced into the early lead ahead of Forsberg and Kurt Nelson.  The lead five cars ran close in the early stages of the race, and Forsberg made a low pass in Turn 2 of the 11th lap to take the lead from Copeland as Simpson also got by for second.  The final caution flag flew on lap 14 for a Nicholas Ringo spin on the back stretch, and Foresberg continued to lead Simpson on the restart.  Michael "Buddy" Kofoid settled into fourth behind Copeland and gained third on lap 16.  Two laps later, Kofoid passed Simpson for second in Turn 4.  Foreberg went on to the rich win with Kofoid in close pursuit for a $2,000 second.  Copeland made a pass on Simpson at the line for a $1,000 third place finish.  Simpson settled for fourth ahead of Nelson, Cory Eliason, Bradley Terrell, Sean Becker, Ryan Bernal and Jonathan Allard.  Eliason came out 29th for qualifying and set the fast time of 12.263 to beat the 12.275 lap of Terrell.  $100 eight lap heat races were won by Simpson, Forsberg, Chase Johnson and Nelson.  Ensign won the six lap Trophy Dash to collect the $500 prize.  Colby Johnson won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Nicholas Ringo and Peter Paulson. 

Klint Simpson won the 20 lap PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  The 2016 Petaluma champion earned $1,200 for the win.  Three time Hunt Wingless Spec Sprint champion Terry Schank Jr. set the early pace in a close battle with Ensign and Simpson.  Ensign raced by Schank for the lead on lap eight, but he surrendered the lead to Simpson as the race went past the halfway point.  Schank quickly moved into second and kept it close, but Simpson made all the right moves for the big victory.  Schank settled for a $700 second with rookie William Fatu a $500 third.  Simpson settled for fourth ahead of Jimmy Christian, Nick Larsen, Sparky Howard, Marcus Smith, Troy DeGaton and Dan Gonderman.  Simpson set fast time with a 14.059 lap, beating the 14.166 effort of Larsen.  Simpson, Larsen and Ensign each won eight lap heat races.

Bakersfield star "Blazing" Brady Bell won the time limit shortened 26 lap Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stock Main Event.  The win in the Bob McCoy Memorial race paid Bell $2,000.  Chico Silver Dollar Speedway champion Phil Marino set the early pace ahead of Petaluma Speedway champion Matt While.  Bell was up to third on lap two.  The fourth caution flag flew on lap nine, and Marino led While and Mitch Machado on the restart.  Marino was still leading While on lap 20 as Bell moved back into third.  Bell raced past While on lap 22 with Marysville and Chico Sport Modified champion Phillip Shelby gaining third a lap later.  A lap 25 caution flag flew with the time limit approaching, and Marino's race was over.  Bell took the lead on the restart, and the race ended due to time at 26 laps.  Bell won ahead of Shelby, Dan Smith, Steve Studebaker and Mike Learn Jr.  There were 26 cars, and the two eight lap heat race wins went to Studebaker and Smith.


Golobic Wins King Of The West Sprint Car Race 
At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...October 6...Shane Golobic won the 30 lap King Of The West/NARC 410 Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway.  This was his second win of the season.  After finishing second in the six lap Trophy Dash to Michael "Buddy" Kofoid, D.J. Netto was looking for his second win of the season.  Kofoid fell back a few positions as the race went on, and Golobic and Dominic Scelzi moved up to battle for second.  The two exchanged the position before Golobic claimed it by lap 26.  Golobic got a run on Netto as they entered Turn 1 working what would have been the 29th lap.  There was contact, resulting in Netto flipping.  Netto's car caught fire, but he was not injured.  Golobic had the lead at that point and went on to score the $3,000 victory ahead of D. Scelzi, Justin Sanders, Kofoid, Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Kurt Nelson, Kyle Hirst, Gio Scelzi and Tim Kaeding.

There were 24 Sprint Cars for the second to last King Of The West Series race of the season.  Sanders set the fast time of 11.418, beating the 11.510 lap of Faccinto.  T. Kaeding won the first ten lap heat race ahead of Sanders.  Golobic beat Nelson to win the second heat, and Johnson won the third heat ahead of D. Scelzi.  Kofoid gained the pole for the Main Event by holding off Netto to win the six lap Trophy Dash.  Jarrett Soares won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Brent Kaeding and Brent Bjork.

Mark Hartman won his first 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Hartman had his hands full with Justin McPherson and point leader Matt Hagio in close pursuit, but he kept his cool and brought it home to a well earned victory.  Duane Bieser settled for fourth ahead of Billy Robertson, Mike Kofnovec Sr. and Charlie Hunter.  Igor Gradzuk was a Main Event scratch.  Hartman won the eight lap heat race ahead of Hagio.

Two time champion Terry Campion won the 20 lap American Stock Main Event.  Campion had a front row start and charged into the lead, leaving the battle for second.  Point leader Rob Gallaher battled J.C. Elrod before gaining the position.  By then, Campion had a huge lead, and he won by a half-lap lead ahead of Gallaher, Elrod, Chris McCabe, Mike Reist and Kyle Reeder.  Elrod won the eight lap heat race ahead of Campion.

Point leader Cameron Diatte backed up last week's win with another impressive 20 lap SBDCA Dwarf Car Main Event victory.  Diatte sprinted out to the lead at the start and won by over half a lap ahead of Gene "Punky" Pires.  Ryan Amlen was close behind in third as Zach Price, Joe Barkett, Doug Penny, Bill Belfield, Brian Barnhill, Chris Dorto and Trafton Chandler rounded out the Top 10.  Barkett won the first eight lap heat race ahead of Pires, and Diatte made a lap seven pass on Chandler and held him off to win the second heat race.


Jacobo, Clifford, Whitson Score Orland Raceway Feature Wins

Orland, CA...October 7...Multi time champion Josh Jacobo scored a $500 win in the 25 lap Wingless Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway.  Jacobo and Jeremy Wilson led the pack to the green flag.  Past champion Tony Richards settled into second behind Jacobo.  Working lap three, Richards slid underneath Jacobo for the lead in Turn 1, but he pushed in Turn 2 as Jacobo reclaimed the position.  Richards spun off the track in Turn 3 for a yellow flag.  Jacobo led Wilson and Josh Tucker on the restart.  Richards made a low pass in Turn 4 to take third from Tucker on lap six.  Richards was racing Wilson hard for the second spot before making an inside pass in Turn 2 on lap 14.  Lane Embrey spun in Turn 2 for a lap 17 caution flag.  Jacobo led the restart with Richards searching high and low for a way by.  Richards spun in Turn 3 and was clipped by Wilson, knocking the right rear wheel off of the Richards car for a lap 20 caution flag.  Jacobo led Wilson and Tucker on the restart, and they finished in that order.  Tanner Thomson and Ed Butterfield rounded out the Top 5.

Jason Clifford won he non stop 25 lap California Hardtop Main Event.  J. Clifford led father Ken Clifford for a lap before Dennis Armstrong took second with a Turn 1 pass.  J. Clifford had a straightaway lead by lap six as Dave Reed made a low pass in Turn 3 to take second.  Ken Retzloff made a Turn 4 pass on Armstrong for third on lap eight.  J. Clifford soon caught slower traffic, which allowed Reed and Retzloff to close in on him.  Ron Ruiz settled into fourth on lap 11.  J. Clifford set a good pace up front.  He never managed to pull away from Reed, but J. Clifford made all the right moves in traffic as he won ahead of Reed, Retzloff and Ron Ruiz.  Jason Armstrong was leading Roger MacShain in a close battle for fifth when his car slipped out of gear at the white flag.  MacShain passed him for fifth, and J. Armstrong settled for sixth, followed by K Clifford, Tom Grady, Joe Shenefield and D. Armstrong.

B.J. Martin won the 25 lap Wingless 600 Micro Sprint Main Event.  The 2002 Pure Stock champion took the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way for the win.  Colby Greg ran second for most of the race before Cody Gray took the spot on lap 23.  Greg settled for third, followed by Tony Alosi and Prather.

Justin Stretch finished last in the Wingless 600 Micro race, but he led flag to flag to win the 25 lap Winged race.  Two time champion Jeromie Crismon was a straightaway behind when he gained second on lap nine, but he caught Stretch by the checkered flag to finish a close second.  Martin chased down Alosi and passed him on lap 23 for a third place finish.  Gray and Alosi made up the remainder of the Top 5.

Track champion Jackie Whitson Jr. won the 30 lap 250 Micro Sprint Main Event.  Whitson Jr. started on the front row and led five laps before James Barnes surprised him by taking the lead on a lap six restart.  A lap 12 restart opened the door for Whitson, and he took the lead back.  Whitson Jr. led the rest of the way for the win.  Barnes pitted from second on lap 20, handing the position to Jackie Whitson Sr. as Jess Garland, Jarrid Carter and Ronnie Heyer rounded out the Top 5.

This Saturday night's Battle Of The Axels is offering a $1,000 prize to the Pure Stock Main Event winner.  New champion Jeremy Langenderfer won the point season finale two weeks ago ahead of his closest rival, Shannon Collins.  These two lead what should be a big field of stars, including 2016 champion Steve Martin, 2015 champion Paul Stevens and Brad Ray. 

The Mini Trucks and Mini Stocks will race for $500 to win.  2016 champion Dan Webster won the Mini Truck point finale two weeks ago, but he settled for second in points behind champion Keith Ross.  These two and Olin Crain should be among the favorites to win the big race.  Tom Davis wrapped up his Mini Stock championship season with a win two weeks ago, and he enters this race as the favorite to win.  However, Sean Perry, 2016 champion John Kirkpatrick, Barbara Crain and Donovan Chilton are among the other stars hoping to win the big money.

The show will end with an exciting $1,000 to win Destruction  Derby that is sure to have the crowd on the edges of their seats,  Gates open at 5 PM with the first race starting at 7 PM.  General Admission is $10.00 with Juniors (7-12) $5.00 and Children 6 and under free.  For further information , go to www.orlandraceway.com.


The Editor's Viewpoint

I'd already written most of this before getting up and doing some jogging in place, but then my mind started opening up.  This is actually the first Editor's Viewpoint article I've written in some time.  I'm loving the nostalgia thing happening in racing.  I don't see a lot on the Legend's Of Kearney Bowl Super Modified guys, but what I see I like.  Lots of cars, serious community involvement and a desire to honor racing's past.  I hear there is an offshoot of this group that wants to start racing, rather than exhibition racing.  It's not a bad idea, but I've already heard a few things that raise concerns from people I respect.  I'll just say that if certain people don't keep their egos in check, that effort will not make it very far.  Legend's Of Kearney Bowl works because people are doing it for the right reasons.

The Vintage Classic is coming to Roseville at the end of the month with those old Supers, Midgets, Sprint Cars, Hardtops and all of that.  This is an effort to honor West Capital Speedway greats.  I will just say this, Bonnie Chisholm does more for this sport than people may realize.  She has a passion for it, and I for one greatly appreciate what she does.  Sadly, she reported that this event will be the last.  I'm disappointed, but I totally understand.  People are getting older and the interest is waning.  Plus, Roseville has a new promoter with a different agenda.  It is my hope that an event of this type will continue some place else, but without somebody like Bonnie leading the charge, I'm not counting on it.

The California Hardtops had 11 cars at Orland Raceway last week for a non stop Main Event, won by Jason Clifford.  There were at least six Main Event winners, going from my memory, this season.  The CHA seems to be going through some leadership changes which I think could help them.  For the most part I like what I've heard from Jason Armstrong and Ken Clifford.  I anticipate that there will be dates at Orland and Placerville next year.  Now, here's the interesting part.  I count 24 real Hardtops off the top of my head that have raced these past two years.  That's not counting cars sitting right now or two cars that ran but really don't fit the rules.  The only thing lacking is direction.  Bakersfield averaged 10-12 cars this year in their championship season, showing that they are still going strong. 

My birthday this year marked the 15th anniversary of when Mike McCann brought Hardtops down from Banks, Oregon for a two race weekend at Sacramento and Orland.  That is what sparked the modern movement in California, but it was already thriving in Oregon and up north.  Oregon still has OTRO and PRA.  What I'm saying is Hardtops are alive and well.  At Antioch, Dave Mackey made a commitment to support anything John M. Soares booked, knowing that Soares was the first promoter in the Bay Area to book regular dates.  Oregon Promoter Chuck Prather gets credit for trying for a couple years after  McCann's initial visit to establish the Hardtops at Roseville and Sacramento before he headed back up to promote Coos Bay Speedway.  Soares liked the cars and booked the class about ten years ago.

I'm not getting into the politics of what went wrong.  Blame can be placed on all sides, but the Hardtops abandoned Antioch.  It was McCann who promoted a race in August of 2015 that boasted 14 cars.  McCann did all the leg work, and he was considering taking over the group or starting a new one before he got the Medford track.  That date showed what could be and saved Hardtops at Antioch.  A year later, Mackey and Tommy Thomson brought back the Chet Thomson Memorial to another 14 car field.  These two dates were still the biggest supported Hardtop races on the dirt over the past few years.  Mackey spearheaded the creation of the Bay Area Hardtops as a group supporting Antioch, but there was a problem.  Two cars were not ready, another one needed a motor, another one was going to miss the season due to health issues for Tommy Thomson.  Thankfully, he's okay and will have his car ready next year.  If Soares does book Hardtops, it will do better next year.

I've said this before, but I have hopes of big support for the Thomson race next year and the creation of a special CHA race at Placerville or Orland that gets similar support.  Having both groups in existance will only help expand the roster as long as a sensible schedule is booked for all involved.  The interest is clearly there, but it has lacked direction.  Really, they need to keep an eye on the rules and not approve cars that go outside the boundaries of what this division is.  I still say it might not be a bad thing to allow Sportsman cars to race with them as used to happen in the past.

I've heard calls for the Sportsman class at Antioch.  On one level, yes, yes, yes.  However, you have no cars and building a new division from scratch at this time is not a good idea.  I'm only begrudgingly okay with bringing Four Bangers back, and I'm not wild about the idea.  Merced has Sportsman cars in the area, but the racers have to decide how badly they want this division.  It's time to bring those parked cars back.  If the division is going to happen, the effort should be at Merced where it was brought back almost 20 years ago.   If they get cars and the racers want to make special appearances, I'm all for it.  These are some of the neatest looking machines out there.

An intriguing idea was proposed by Larry Adams.  It's not a new concept.  He got it from what Medford did almost 20 years ago.  He suggests putting wings on Modifieds to give them a new look.  I'd add bigger tires, which is something I've discussed with Don O'Keefe and others through the years.  Back in 1990, Dave White put a Pinto body on his Modified and brought it to Antioch.  Sportsman fans got the significance of that, but management had no clue about the history of the track.  He was asked to put a "regular" body on his car.  I can just imagine what would have happened had we started seeing Pinto's and Vega's and then allowed wings on them.  I'll confess that the similarity to the Sportsman division was one of the biggest reasons I got behind Modifieds in the first place.

I would love a winged Modified class with bigger tires.  It would be unique and something different.  However, Antioch would be going it alone.  Most of the tracks are buying into the IMCA line of BS and will frown on this.  I'm not bashing the rules package of IMCA, but the sanctioning and what it offers leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion.  Going NASCAR might be better if sanctioning is a must.  If Antioch were to try this, they might benefit from calling a meeting to discuss rules for just this idea and who might run it.  I think a few of the teams with family ties to the Sportsman class might jump at the idea.  Now, what might work is a trial run.  Set up a few dates outside of the regular A Modified point race to see who is interested.  On one had, this might fail miserably.  On the other hand, what if it started a new trend that generated interest in the sport again?  What do we have to lose at this point?

With this post, we've pretty much wrapped up our 2017 effort to cover as much racing as we could.  The biggest reason I've done this much is probably to occupy my mind and bury the unpleasant thoughts.  I wasn't planning to do all that I did this season beyond the blogs, but Antioch Speedway roped me in again.  The track's Webmaster and Souvenir Program Publisher Mike Kord asked me for an article on Larry Damitz.  Of course I sent it because it's Larry Damitz and I happen to like Mike.  I wanted to help out the track even though I've been told I'm still not in good standing there.  As I haven't spoken to management to hear their thoughts and haven't expressed my thoughts to them yet, I'll leave it at just this one sentence.  I wanted to help out to the best of my ability from where I am, and I feel I have accomplished my goal.  

If not for a group of people that helped me out with information during the season, this wouldn't have been possible.  I had deadlines to get the coverage in at least ten newspapers that I know of.  In my Antioch effort, Mike Kord provided me with information.  My anonymous source, Chris Briggs, Larry Adams and Jim Thomson updated me during the races, which was very helpful.  Paul Gould sent me winner's photos all season long, just because he wanted to help get the track coverage.  He asked for nothing in return, which is a contrast to one photographer who asked for $25 per picture.  I never asked for a dime for my efforts, which probably makes me stupid given my status of being just one step above homeless.

There were six tracks and ten newspapers that printed at least one of my articles.  To my knowledge, Bill Choy at the Siskiyou Daily News was the only Sports Editor who saw to it that I got a byline.  To be clear, getting these articles in the paper so that we could get new fans in the stands was my motivating factor.  I've never made it about me, which maybe was a mistake when I look back on things.  However, I'm proud of my effort.  This effort was about getting coverage for tracks that had none, but two of those tracks weren't quick enough with results for articles and one of them closed. 

We lost Chowchilla Speedway and Rocky Hill Speedway this year.  Folks, running a race track is not easy.  Keep that in mind when you put down a race rack because everything didn't go your way.  Remember, it's not all about you.  That being said, sometimes tracks have reasons for the criticism they receive.  I'm covering tracks like Orland, Yreka and Hayfork that we are lucky to still have.  We're at a point at many tracks where we have to evaluate what we are doing and make decisions for the future.  These tracks are barely staying open, and because of that, the main goal is just opening the gates for a race.  They don't have the resources to start on a plan for the future.  Mark my words, though, we will start losing some of these tracks, and some of these losses will be painful to the racing community.  This is a time for racing fans to be involved in the sport and to not have rigid demands that become deal breakers when things go wrong.

The DCRR Turns 30 next year.  Who would have thought it would make it that far?  I'm proud of what we've been able to do to help the sport, but I suppose I will always struggle over the question of whether or not I'd do it again.  I applied for credentials to the RPM Workshop in Reno.  I'm not sure I can even afford to attend, but I'd like to know if what we do at The DCRR is worthy of media credentials for such an important event.  Promoters meet and make important decisions regarding the future of the sport.  Now more than ever, they need to be up on the game, and they need to forge partnerships that benefit all involved.  The more divided the sport becomes, the easier it is to  bring it all down.

In the long run, I'm not sure where my future is.  I know I need to make changes for my own peace of mind, but I also know that The DCRR will continue in 2018.  I'm not sure how far I will push The DCRR Media thing as a way to go the extra mile helping other race tracks.  While I don't ask for financial compensation, I've never been offered any from the race tracks I cover either.  The Tip Jar has been empty all year, and there are things that would help me personally and my writing effort in general if I had the finances to afford them.  I just do what I do otherwise.  I will continue writing about racing in 2018, but that's all I can say.  I will not knock myself out trying to meet deadlines for tracks that can't help me out in various ways.  They can hire a publicity director to do these things.  They aren't free, because what they do is work.  I've never been about the money, but I'll put my record up against anybody in the game.

I do want to thank Promoter Mike McCann for being the one who not only offered me a gig at Southern Oregon Speedway, he gave me a place to stay.  Though I'm not going to lie and say I'm a happy person  right now, I know how lucky I am.  We've had some memorable experiences trying to rebuild a racing program, and I've been challenged in ways I never expected.  I'm proud of what I've been able to bring to the table in what has at times been a frustrating situation.  We've worked hard for every accomplishment we've achieved, but we haven't been able to enjoy a lot of it.  It's one of the most interesting experiences in racing I have ever been a part of.  Now, if we can just get the racers to "buy into" what we are doing and recognize that we are not the people they've been upset with in recent years, the place might have a chance at some good years.  It's up to the racers.  While there are a few things we might be able to try, we've done a lot as it is.  It goes along with my belief that racers sometimes take things for granted.  Times have changed a lot too.

In the midst of the struggle, we successfully launched a Southern Oregon Racing Hall Of Fame, The R. Charles Snyder Salute and The Cascade Wingless 360 Sprint Car Challenge, which was the biggest Wingless Sprint race of the year in Oregon.  Hall Of Fame Night is important to me, but my still as yet unachieved dream is to have a Hall Of Fame Night at Antioch Speedway.  Love of that race track and the racers there is why The DCRR exists at all.  I'm planning to slowly work on a book during the offseason, possibly the sequel to Just A Kid From The Grandstands and/or a Racing Yearbook.  The content is largely complete for both books, though serious editing is required for the sequel.  I'm taking advantage of the fact that I don't have demanding deadlines now in order to relax a bit and slowly work on things.  I always get burned out at the end of the season, and I'm feeling it more this year in light of all the stress associated with this season's efforts.

This year has given the fans a lot to be proud of and things to look forward to.  We're lucky we still have a few good promoters in the game doing good things for the sport.  Like I always say, as long as the gates continue to open, there's a chance for good things to happen.  Thank you all for reading and stay tuned for more.

That's All For Now.  Thank you all for reading...
The Editor


Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results October 7, 2017
King Of The West/NARC Sprint Cars
A Main

Shane Golobic
Dominic Scelzi
Justin Sanders
Michael Kofoid
Chase Johnson
Mitchell Faccinto
Kurt Nelson
Kyle Hirst
Giovanni Scelzi
Tim Kaeding
Bobby McMahan
Jason Statler
Bud Kaeding
Brent Kaeding
Sean Watts
Dustin Golobic
Jeremy Chisum
Nathan Rolfe
Jarrett Soares
D.J. Netto
Brent Bjork
Richard Fajardo

B Main
Jarrett Soares
Brent Kaeding
Brent Bjork
Nathan Rolfe
Jason Statler
Jeremy Chisum
Richard Fajardo
Jenna Frazier
Cory Eliason DNS

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Mark Hartman
Justin McPherson
Matthew Hagio
Duane Bieser
Billy Robertson
Mike Kofnovec Sr.
Charlie Hunter
Igor Gandzuk DNS

American Stocks
Terry Campion
Rob Gallaher
JC Elrod
Chris McCabe
Mark Reist
Kyle Reeder

SBDCA Dwarf Cars

Camron Diatte
Punky Pires
Ryan Amlen
Zach Price
Joe Barket
Doug Penny
Bill Belfield
Brian Barnhill
Chris Dorto
Trafton Chandler
Brady Beck


Madera Raceway Race Results October 7, 2017
MavTV Late Models RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Open
A Main

Buddy Shepherd
Eric Holmes
Ross Strmiska
Austin Herzog
Trevor Huddleston
Ryan Phillpott
Glenn Cook
Kyle Gottula
Racin Vernon
Garland Tyler
Blaine Rocha
Ryan Hart
Jagger Jones
Kolby Berry
Matt Erickson
Kevin Thompson
Logan Zampa
Dillon Tucker
Hailie Deegan
Tyler Herzog
Jeremy Doss
Howard Holden
Mike David
Eric Nascimento
Lawless Alan
Rick Thompson

B Main
Geoff Morris
Henk Gaalswyk Jr.
Shelden Cooper
Robby Hornsby
Jarrett Gilmer
Dylan Garner
Loren Kutz
Ray Mayer
Trevor Schlundt
Lawless Alan
Racin Vernon
Ryan Hart
Kevin Thompson
Elliott Stjerne
Ben Lewis
William Martyn
Ryan Schartau
Del McIntosh

C Main
Robby Hornsby
Geoff Morris
Del McIntosh
Ray Mayer
Rodney Preacher
Quintin Harris
David Lewellen
Doyle Moen
Brett Wasson
Thomas Suarez
Kent Cam
Erik Woods
Lucy Carmona
Aaron Mullins

Lucas Oil Modifieds
Linny White
Taylor Miinch
Kyle Tellstrom
Wes Miller
Jim Mardis
Eric Hamilton
Shelby Stroebel
Michael Mitchell
Chris Cook
William Guevara
Mike Regelman
Mark Allison
Dave Arce
Dustin Tilbury
Cody Kay
Jeremy Kay
Eddie Secord
Michael Womack
Jason Irwin
Trevor Cristiani
Dylan Cappello
Scott Winters
Blake Rogers
P.J. Pedroncelli DNS

Jr. Late Models
Jesse Love
Kolby Berry
Austin Edwards
RJ Smotherman
Kabe McClenny
Jesse Burks
Lilly Mead
Adam Lemke
Tyler Reif
Kyle Keller
Eric Nascimento
Hailie Deegan
Anthony Guaimano
Tanner Reif

Mini Cups

Tyler Reif
Kale McClenny
Aaron Thomas
Avery Vivian
Aiden Phillips
Joseph Holiday
Kena Mitchell


Petaluma Speedway Race Results October 7, 2017
Adobe Cup
PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Winged Sprint Cars
A Main

Results are not official
1     #92 Andy Forsberg
2     #4s Michael Kofoid
3     #5v Colby Copeland
4     #101 Klint Simpson
5     #72w Kurt Nelson
6     #5h Cory Eliason
7     #43 Bradley Terrell   
8     #88n Sean Becker
9     #56 Ryan Bernal
10     #11d Jonathan Allard
11     #7h Jake Haulot
12     #9x Peter Paulson           
12     #38 Colby Johnson   
13     #83t Tanner Carrick   
14     #5c Trent Canales   
15     #52 David Lindt II
16     #57 Billy Butler
17     #73c Cody Fendley
18     #01 Jodie Robinson       
19     #49 Mike Monahan       
20     #9n Nicholas Ringo           
21     #63 Geoff Ensign       
22     #68 Chase Johnson

B Main

Results are not official
1     #38 Colby Johnson       
2     #9n Nicholas Ringo   
3     #9x Peter Paulson
4     #12j John Clark
5     #56j Shawn Arriaga
6     #7n Zack Lynskey
7     #9 Bret Barney
8     #99t Tanner Boul
9     #3 Ricky Brophy

PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints
Results are not official  
1     #32 Klint Simpson   
2     #1 Terry Schank
3     #42 William Fatu
4     #98 Geoff Ensign
5     #1c Jimmy Christian
6     #24n Nick Larsen   
7     #6 Sparky Howard
8     #28 Marcus Smith
9     #39t Troy DeGaton   
10     #87 Dan Gonderman
11     #77s Ryon Siverling   
12     #83 Danny Potts
13     #36 Bob Newberry       
14     #32b Eden McCormick   
15     #73x Keith Calvino   
16     #3r Bob Davis
17    #42 Adam Teves  
18     #11 Matthew Haulot   

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks

Results are not official
1     #54 Brady Bell           
2     #86 Phillip Shelby   
3     #04 Dan Smith
4     #46 Steve Studebaker
5     #3r Mike Learn   
6     #401k   
7     #49 Woody Woodward
8     #22m Mitch Machado   
9     #12 Ryan Cherezian
10     #4t Brent Lawrence   
11     #9n Darien Balestrini   
12     #28m Phil Marino           
13     #7 Chris Warner   
14     #3 Matt While           
15     #73 Gary Newman
16     #2a Donnie Richardson            
17     #8 Snazzy Duckworth   
18     #60 Shawn McCoy            
19     #25 Erick Veeniinga            
20     #07 Manny Avila            
21     #71 Ray Trimble           
22     #17 Jim Hall           
23     #12s Shane Brandon   


Tulare Thuderbowl Raceway Race Results October 7, 2017
IMCA Modifieds

Results are not official
1     #5L Cody Laney           
2     #49 Troy Foulger
3     #2 bobby hogge iv
4     #10R Ryan McDaniel
5     #198 Robby Sawyer
6     #1P Brad Pounds
7     #55X Brian Cass
8     #81 Clay Daly   
9     #9xxx Chet Reeves   
10     #29H Randy McDaniel
11     #5 David Spriggs
12     #C9 Chad Reichenbach
13     #71 Bill Wilker
14     #81X Paul Stevens   
15     #32 DJ Shannon       
16     #17N Steven Noland   

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #7C Clint Reichenbach       
2     #40 nick spainhourard
3     #44S Shane DeVolder
4     #18C Chris McKellar   
5     #4 Garrett Jernagan
6     #14H Matthew Hagio
7     #32 TINA Pounds   
8     #13M Matt Mayo
9     #04M austin manzella
10     #96 Kelly Wilkinson
11     #AR15 Jack Aguiar   
12     #1ST Aaron Farrell
13     #88B Ryan Bledsaw           
14     #20S Lee Jensen           
15     #30 Donald Hampl   
16     #M13 Matthew Mayo Jr.      
17     #27T Tony Peffer   

IMCA Stock Cars
Results are not official
1     #111 Chad Johnson       
2     #76 Tyler Johnson   
3     #1JX Steve Streeter   
4     #45 Troy Patee
5     #2 James Elliott
6     #13 Renn Bane   
7     #26 Steven Johnson           
8     #99 Jon Dias           
9     #1 Alan Mendes   

Hobby Stocks
Results are not official
1     #4 Bubba Nelson           
2     #29T Mike Shearer
3     #44M Matt Kile
4     #9 Gene Glover
5     #55 Mike Calhoun    
6     #89 Katie Briggs   
7     #66 Dwayne Short           
8     #C29 Garrett Corn           
9     #91 Michael Scruggs

Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #6 Andrew Boydstun           
2     #2 Kelly Campanile
3     #77 Matt Herod
4     #15 Shawn Schwartzenberger   
5     #777 Clinton Massey
6     #00 kit murphy   
7     #32X Jason Cook   
8     #24 Roy Atchinson Jr.  
9     #91 Bryant Desaire   
10     #4 Joshua Dysart   
11     #313 Craig Moody
12     #27 Paul Schwartzenberger       
13     #11 Kenneth Shurgarts
14     #5T Teddy Caraveo Sr.          
15     #39 Steve Porter
16     #3T Blake Sousa           
17     #3 Carson Scheenstra           
18     #46 Steven Scott


Santa Maria Raceway Race Results October 7, 2017
USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Tristan Guardino
Max Adams
Austin Liggett
Danny Faria Jr.
Grant Anderson
Kyle Smith
Brandon Wiley
Tom Hendricks
Steve Hix
Dalton Hill
Ryan Timmons
Gary Nelson
Garrett Long
Jordan Linson
James Herrera
Trent Carter
Jay Irvine
Jake Swanson
Steve Demontt
Ben Catron
Ryan Stolz
Jimmy Thompson DNS

USAC Micros
Bryce Eames
Dex Morris
Jimmy Leal
Jacob Diamond
Troy Morris Jr.
Carson Myrick
Ethan Evans

Hobby Stocks
Taelor Janes
Eddie Williams
Matt McEwan
Pat Fausel
Aaron Bruce zincic
Markus Frazier
Mack McGeary
Dave Condon
Corey Brough
Scotty Preast DNS
Chris Whitford DNS

American Stocks
Jimmy Satlawa
Gary Rayburn Jr.
Taylor King
Sheldon Bailey
Kristina McGeary
Gregg Teller
Ed Wyand
Justin Teller
Jennifer Oseguera
Lindsey Love
Aaron Bollman
Nicholas Verbryke
Jon Shank
Hailey Wyand
Jon Waterfiled DNS
Jimmy Teixeira DNS
Joel Chavez DNS
Gary Rayburn DNS

Dwarf Cars

Jonathan Henry
Joe Barkett
Cameron Diatte
Stephen Brunn
Lonnie Tekart
Mike Keebler
James Billings
Ira Henry
James Price
Jessica Clark
Angel Figueroa
Brian Barnhill

NMRA TQ Midgets
Chuck West
Scott Niven
Jason Arnolde
Ace Kale
Kevin Kale
West Evans
Paul Sanders
Taelor Janes
Dave Lambert
Wes Cummings
Don Mosely

Sr. Mini Dwarf Cars
Zach Chavez
Tailor Morrison
Joshua Chambers
Dylan Cherry
Stephen Bazen

Jr. Midgets
Zach Chavez
Christian Bazen
Wyatt Moody
Elexa Herrera


Ventura Raceway Unofficial Race Results October 7, 2017
VRA Dwarf Cars

1 69 Johnny Conley
2 93 Jason Horton
3 14 Tommy Velasquez III
4 22s Gage Cheek
5 8 Tim Conley
6 16 Tom Stephens Jr.
7 64 Trevor Fitzgibbon
8 41 Nick Velasquez
10 88 Jeff Brink
11 45 Korey Cowan
12 4 Tommy Velasquez
13 55 Mike Long
14 6 David Conley

California Lightning Sprints 
A Main
1 21k Bobby Michnowicz
2 87 Charlie Caraccilo
3 31 Bruce Douglass
4 45 Cody Nigh
5 13pg Aiden Lange
6 35jr Dakota Albright
7 44 Brent Sexton
8 26 Steve Brown
9 03 Pat Kelly
10 29z Brad Dillard
11 37 Dominic Del Monte
12 83 Rob Pelmear
13 54 James Squire III
14 15 Jon Squire
15 17 Dale Garner
16 42 Jon Robertson
17 14 Jarret Kramer
18 29 A.J. Bender
19 1k Kevin Micnowicz
20 10 Dan Hellberg
21 72 Craig Dillard
22 25k Hunter Kinney

Semi
1 42 Jon Robertson
2 03 Pat Kelly
3 15 Jon Squire
4 83 Rob Pelmear
5 17f Dan Foster
6 17 Dale Garner
7 54 James Squire III
8 14e Emily Lindgren
9 2 Doug Nunes
10 11 Wayne Hanson
11 06 Gage Cheek
12 25 Scott Kinney DNS
13 7f Frank Ditmar DNS
14 4 Eric Greco DNS

Focus Midgets
1 33 Mike Leach
2 98 Kyle Bellman
3 59 Jet Davison
4 18k Zac Bogner
5 37 Jessica Valentine

Senior Sprints
1 15 Rick Hendrix
2 1k Danny Parrish
3 3g Greg Andrews
4 47 Ed Schwarz
5 53 Greg Foster
6 2 Wally Pankratz
7 66 Chris Meredith
8 4k Tyler Hatzikian
9 5k Eddie Williams
10 67 Russell Martin
11 Steve Brown DNS

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Grier, Freethy, Myers Win At Antioch Speedway, Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout Report, More



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Grier, Freethy, Myers, Chappa Share 
Antioch Speedway Spotlight

Antioch, CA...Bryan Grier won the 20 lap All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  This was his fourth win of the season.  Rick Panfili's championship hopes ended when contact put him into the Turn 1 wall.  Roy Fisher was collected in the incident.  Grier charged into the lead on the restart with Shannon Newton running a close second throughout the first half of the race.  Grier started to pull away in the waning laps on his way to the victory.  Bob Newberry made a lap 17 pass on Newton for the second place finish as Scott Martin and Abigail Gonderman finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jim Freethy won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event.  This was Freethy's third win of the season.  After winning a heat race, Freethy had a front row start for the Main Event and charged into the lead at the waving of the green flag.  New champion Kimo Oreta raced past John Evens for second on lap four, but a lap 11 caution flag changed the race.  A lapped car was put on the front row for the restart, and third place Mark Garner rode the outside line behind Freethy into second.  Freethy led the rest of the way and held off a smoking Garner for the win.  Oreta settled for third ahead of Mike Gustafson and Chad Hammer.

Melissa Myers won her third 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Championship hopeful Brent Curran set the early pace as Myers worked her way through the pack.  Myers was fourth when a lap six caution flag waved.  Myers followed Curran on the high side into second on the restart, and she made a move on the inside of Curran exiting Turn 4 a lap later to take the lead.  Merced visitors Mike Stockton and Craig Tatum both got past Curran on lap 12 for second and third.  Myers maintained her lead on a lap 17 restart and beat Stockton and Tatum for he win.  Curran won a late race battle with incoming point leader Cameron Swank for fourth, and that became a second place finish with the post race tech disqualification of Stockton and Tatum.  Swank settled for third ahead of Billy Garner and Chris Bennett.

Miranda Chappa scored an impressive flag to flag victory in the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  Chappa finished second in points at Petaluma Speedway last season and was a Main Event winner there, but this was her first Antioch win.   Chappa had David Michael Rosa chasing her as Rosa was looking for his first win.  Chappa forced Rosa to settle for his third second place finish as Trophy Dash winner Travis Hensley, new champion Mike Corsaro and David Rosa rounded out the Top 5.

The season ending Fall Brawl is coming up next Saturday night.  The DIRTcar Late Models will race for $1,500 to win, the B Modifieds will compete for $1,000 to win and the Hobby Stocks race for an $850 first prize.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Bryan Grier.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bryan Grier, Bob Newberry, Shannon Newton, Scott Martin, Abigail Gonderman.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Mark Garner, Jim Freethy.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Kimo Oreta.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Jim Freethy, Mark Garner, Kimo Oreta, Mike Gustafson, Chad Hammer.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Cameron Swank, Melissa Myers, Russell Shearer.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Frank Furtado.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Brent Curran, Cameron Swank, Billy Garner, Chris Bennett.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, David Rosa.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Travis Hensley.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Miranda Chappa, David Michael Rosa, Travis Hensley, Mike Corsaro, David Rosa.


Hogge, Ryland, Nelson Win Opening Night Features At 
Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...September 29...Bobby Hogge IV won the opening night of the IMCA Modified portion of the Seventh Annual Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout.  The win in the 33 lap Main Event paid $1,003 to Hogge aboard the Joe Glade Enterprises Modified.  Austin Burke set the early pace ahead of Anthony Slaney, but track championship contender Nick DeCarlo used a low pass in Turn 3 of the third lap to take second from Slaney.  All Star Series point leader Ryan McDaniel followed DeCarlo into third.  An inside move on the back stretch of he fifth lap gained DeCarlo the lead from A. Burke, and McDaniel made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the sixth lap gain second.  Brian Cass and Bill Egleston tangled in Turn 4 of the seventh for a yellow flag.  Hogge was in sixth at that point, but he raced into fourth behind DeCarlo, McDaniel and A. Burke on the restart.  Hogge made a high pass in Turn 2 of the tenth lap to take over third before a caution flag waved.  DeCarlo continued to lead the restart as Hogge made an outside pass on the front stretch to take second from McDaniel.  Hogge was pressuring DeCarlo for the lead on the outside when a lap 15 caution flag waved for Robert Marsh.  Hogge made a outside move around DeCarlo on the back stretch on the restart to take the lead.  Troy Foulger moved the Bowers Racing Modified into third on lap 17, but McDaniel made an outside pass on Foulger to regain the position a lap later.  Kellen Chadwick settled into fifth.  Contact between Foulger and McDaniel in Turn 4 resulted in a lap 22 caution flag for McDaniel.  Hogge led DeCarlo and Chadwick on the restart as Ethan Dotson moved the Brian Pearce car into fourth.  Dotson made an outside pass on Chadwick in Turn 4 to take third on lap 25.  DeCarlo had been giving Hogge constant pressure on the inside, but he fell back just a bit as Hogge scored the win.  DeCarlo held off Dotson for second.  Chadwick finished fourth ahead of Foulger, point leader Cody Burke, Joe Antonetti, Jeff Olschowka, Mitch Enos and Robert Miller.

The 44 IMCA Modifieds ran six eight lap qualifying heat races with the Top 2 finishers automatically making it into the Main Event.  Bobby Hogge III came out of retirement and won the first heat ahead of Robert Marsh.  Kyle Wilson won the second heat ahead of Nick DeCarlo.  Bobby Hogge IV won the third heat in front of Ryan McDaniel.  Anthony Slaney won the fourth heat ahead of David Spriggs, and Kellen Chadwick won the next heat in front of Cody Burke.  Austin Burke won the sixth ahead of Ryan Porter.  There were two 12 lap B Mains, and Joe Antonetti won the first one after taking the lead from early leader Ethan Dotson.  Dotson finished second ahead of Troy Foulger, Billy Wilker and Mitch Enos.  Brian Cass won the second B Main ahead of Carl Berendsen II, Jeff Olschowka, Robert Miller and Bill Egleston.

Fred Ryland scored the $503 win in the 23 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Todd Gomez led the opening lap, but a low pass in Turn 2 of the second lap gained IMCA State point leader Shane DeVolder the lead as Ryland made a low pass in Turn 4 to take third from Jack Aguiar.  Justin McPherson, Cody Parker and Mark Hartman tangled in Turn 4 for a lap five caution flag.  DeVolder chose the outside, only to lose the lead back to Gomez on the restart.  Aguiar spun for a lap six caution flag.  Gomez stayed with the inside, but Ryland raced around on the outside to take the lead on the restart.  An inside pass in Turn 4 of the eighth lap gained Matt Sotomayor third from DeVolder, and Sotomayor passed Gomez on the outside down the front stretch a lap later to take over second.  Nick Spainhoward spun on the opening lap, but he settled into third on a lap ten restart.  An inside pass in Turn 4 of the 14th lap gained Spainhoward second from Sotomayor.  Ryland drove a great race and led the rest of the way to win ahead of Spainhoward, Sotomayor, Jim DiGiovanni, Guy Ahlwardt, Cale Kanke, Trevor Clymens, DeVolder, point leader Matt Hagio and Mike Medel. 

The 32 IMCA Sport Modifieds ran six eight lap heat races and took the Top 2 into the Main Event.  Todd Gomez won the first heat ahead of Guy Ahlwardt.  Doff Cooksey won the second heat ahead of Rick Diaz.  Nick Spainhoward won the third heat in front of Jack Aguiar.  Matt Sotomayor grabbed the win in the fourth heat ahead of Matt Lewis.  Trevor Clymens won the fifth heat in front of Mike Medel, and Fred Ryland won the sixth heat as Shane DeVolder made a last lap pass on Mark Hartman for second.  Brian Cooper won the first 12 lap B Main ahead of Matt Hagio, Paul Mulder, Trevor Tiffee and Charlie Hunter.  Cale Kanke won the second B Main ahead of Jim DiGiovanni, Justin McPherson, Mark Hartman and Darren Thomas.

Three time champion Billy Nelson completed an impressive charge from the B Main to score the victory in the 23 lap American Stock Main Event.  The win paid $403.  The race had a pair of restarts before many time track champion Sam Kennedy led the opening lap.  Contact sent Kennedy spinning in Turn 4.  Merced star Garrett Corn had the lead on the restart ahead of Chris McCabe and Bruce "Bubba" Nelson.  An inside pass in Turn 2 of the fourth lap gained Bruce Nelson second from McCabe, and Billy Nelson was already in third.  A multi car tangle in Turn 4 caused a lap five caution flag, and Billy Nelson settled into second behind Corn on the restart.  Troy Foulger raced past Bruce Nelson for third on lap ten.  Billy Nelson made his move past Corn for the lead on lap 13, but the lead duo continued their battle to the checkered flag.  Corn made a strong inside move in the final turn, but a slower car blocked his way past Nelson.  Billy Nelson scored the well earned victory ahead of Corn, Foulger, Katie Briggs, Joe Gallaher, Kodie Dean, Austin Van Hoff, Bobby Huckaby Sr., S. Kennedy and Bruce Nelson.

The 35 American Stocks ran five eight lap qualifying heat races with the Top 3 earning Main Event starting spots.  Sam Kennedy made a lap six pass on eventual second place finisher Devon Sanders to win the first heat race.  Terry Campion won the second heat ahead of Vern Silva.  Matt Kyle scored the third heat victory in front of Chris McCabe.  J.C. Elrod won the fourth heat ahead of D.J. Keldsen, and Bruce Nelson beat Garrett Corn to win the fifth heat.  Bobby Huckaby Sr. won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Billy Nelson, Kevin Joaquin, Terry Traub and Wally Kennedy.

Point leader Cameron Diatte won the 20 lap SBDCA Dwarf Car Main Event.  Joe Barkett paced the first three laps ahead of Gene "Punky" Pires.  A strong outside pass on the front stretch on lap four gained Diatte the lead as Pires held onto second.  An inside pass in Turn 2 of the sixth lap moved Ryan Amlen into third.  Diatte set a rapid pace and led the rest of the way for the victory.  Pires settled for second ahead of Amlen, Zach Price, Mark Biscardi, Bill Belfield, Barkett, Brady Beck, Justin McKenna and Trafton Chandler.  Barkett made a last turn pass on Pires to win his heat race, and Biscardi won the other heat ahead of Price.


Dotson, Cooper, Corn Win Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout Races On Final Night At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...September 30...Ethan Dotson drove the Brian Pearce car to a $3,003 victory in 33 lap the IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Ocean Speedway.  It was the final night of the Seventh Annual Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout.  Brian Cooper pocketed $1,003 after his thrilling win in the 23 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Garrett Corn won $503 in the abbreviated nine lap American Stock Main Event.  That race was cut short after Tony Oliveira parked on the Turn 2 berm during a caution period with a serious medical emergency.  The paramedics tended to Oliveira for several minutes before safely transferring him to the hospital.  After the event, the American Stock racers drove a pace lap on the track and got out of their cars on the front stretch for a prayer for Tony.

Ethan Dotson raced into the lead at the start of the IMCA Modified Main Event with Troy Foulger in second.  Friday night winner Bobby Hogge IV made a low pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap to take third from Kellen Chadwick.  This was a track and All Star Series point race, and Series point leader Ryan McDaniel moved up to battle Chadwick for fourth by lap eight.  By the halfway point of the race, Hogge began battling Foulger for second, and Hogge used an outside pass on the front stretch of the 18th lap to take the position.  McDaniel had taken fourth from Chadwick, and track championship contender Nick DeCarlo gained fifth on a lap 19 restart.  DeCarlo slipped past Foulger for third on lap 22, and he started challenging Hogge for second.  Dotson led the rest of the way for an impressive win.  Hogge held off DeCarlo for second, and DeCarlo unofficially won the track championship.  McDaniel wrapped up the All Star Series Tour championship with a fourth place finish as a fast closing Robby Sawyer, Foulger, Chadwick, Bill Egleston, Cody Burke and Duane Cleveland rounded out the Top 10.

The 46 IMCA Modifieds ran six eight lap heat races with the Top 2 finishers earning Main Event starting spots.  Jeff Olschowka outdueled Ethan Dotson to win the first heat race, and Brian Cass held off Alex Wilson to win the second heat.  Troy Foulger grabbed the lead from second place finisher Bill Egleston on lap seven to win the third heat.  Kyle Wilson won another good battle with Kellen Chadwick to score the fourth heat victory.  Cody Burke outran Ryan McDaniel to win the fifth heat, and Bobby Hogge IV won the sixth heat ahead of Robby Sawyer.  Robert Miller made a low pass in Turn 2 around Bobby Motts Jr. on lap eight to win the first 12 lap B Main.  Anthony Slaney finished second ahead of Duane Cleveland, Carl Berendsen II and Motts.  Nick DeCarlo led Jim Pettit II all the way to win the second B Main as Ryan Porter, Austin Burke and Mike White rounded out the Top 5.  White gained fifth after Jeff Decker was penalized two positions for jumping a restart.

Anthony Giuliani led the opening lap of the IMCA Sport Modified Main Event before a caution flag.  A low move in Turn 2 on the restart lap gained Brian Cooper the lead as Andrew Peckham settled into third.  Todd Gomez led Peckham past Giuliani on lap four, but Giuliani passed Peckham a lap later.  Nick Spainhoward followed Giuliani into fourth and took third from Giuliani on lap six.  State point leader Shane DeVolder slowed with a flat tire for a lap 14 caution flag.  Spainhoward made a strong move on the outside to take the lead from Cooper on the restart.  Friday night winner Fred Ryland made a high pass in Turn 2 of the 17th lap to take third from Gomez.  Cooper made an inside pass on the back stretch on lap 18 to take the lead from Spainhoward, but their intense side by side battle continued to the end.  Spainhoward made a strong move on the outside on the back stretch on the final lap, but he climbed the back wall as Cooper maintained his lead.  Cooper brought it home to a hard fought victory ahead of Spainhoward, Ryland, track point leader Matt Hagio, Jeremy Hoff, Jim DiGiovanni, Cale Kanke, Gomez, Giuliani and Jack Aguiar.

The 33 IMCA Sport Modifieds ran six eight lap heat races with the Top 2 finishers earning Main Event starting spots.  Fred Ryland won the first heat ahead of Brian Cooper.  Todd Gomez won the second heat ahead of Matt Lewis, and Guy Ahlwardt won the third heat ahead of Chase Thomas.  Anthony Giuliani won the fourth heat in front of Trevor Clymens.  Shane DeVolder made a lap five pass on second place finisher Jeremy Hoff to win the fifth heat.  Jim DiGiovanni outran Andrew Peckham to win the sixth heat race.  After his third place finish in the first heat, Nick Spainhoward led all 12 laps to win the first B Main ahead of Jack Aguiar, Mark Hartman, Paul Mulder and Cale Kanke.  Matt Hagio took the lead from Mike Medel and went on to win the second B Main.  Justin McPherson made a move around Medel for second as Medel, Jason Ferguson and Al Johnson rounded out the Top 5.

Polesitter Sam Kennedy got out of shape on the back stretch, and Tony Oliveira led the opening lap of the American Stock feature, followed by Garrett Corn.  A lap one caution flag flew for Matt Kile in Turn 1.  Oliveira chose the outside, but he was shuffled back to fourth as Corn raced into the lead on the restart ahead of J.C. Elrod and Kennedy.  A lap two caution flag flew for Katie Briggs in Turn 3.  Corn led the next restart as Kennedy took second from Elrod.  A lap five caution flag flew for a Turn 4 tangle between point leader Rob Gallaher and Friday night winner Billy Nelson.  Corn led Kennedy and Elrod on the restart.  A low move in Turn 1 of the eighth lap gained Elrod second from Kennedy, and Troy Foulger brought out a lap eight caution flag.  Corn continued to lead Elrod and Kennedy on the restart.  Oliveira beat Bruce "Bubba" Nelson back to the line for fourth.  As they worked what would have been lap ten, Oliveira was shuffled back a couple spots, and he spun in Turn 4 for a caution flag.   During the caution period, Oliveira pulled up onto the berm in Turn 2, and it quickly became apparent that there was a problem.  The race was red flagged, and the EMT's tended to Oliveira.  The race was called at that point with Corn declared the winner ahead of Elrod, Kennedy, Bruce Nelson, Kodie Dean, Terry Campion, Chris McCabe, Kevin Joaquin, Joe Gallaher and Austin Van Hoff.

The 28 American Stock racers ran four eight lap heat races with the Top 4 finishers earning feature starting spots.  Billy Nelson won the first heat ahead of J.C. Elrod.  Chris McCabe outran Bruce Nelson to win the second heat, and Tony Oliveira won the third ahead of Sam Kennedy.  Garrett Corn won the fourth heat in front of Rob Gallaher.  Matt Kile got the lead after D.J. Keldsen spun and won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Bobby Huckaby Sr., John Farrell, Nick Lawrence and Kyle Reeder.


Fall Brawl To Bring 2017 Antioch Speedway Season To A Close

Antioch, CA...Oval Motorsports is wrapping up their 20th season of promoting Antioch Speedway.  Saturday night's program will feature a special night of racing for the DIRTcar Late Models, All Star Series B Modifieds and Hobby Stocks.  The Late Models are paying $1,500 to win, while the B Modifieds are offering a $1,000 first prize.  The Hobby Stocks are racing for $850 to win and have the added bonus of having the closest championship battle at the track.  It's possible that one of the two contenders could wrap up a championship season with an $850 victory.

Jeff Decker already knows he is the DIRTcar Late Model champion for the third time.  After he won the season opener and Richard Papenhausen didn't finish, Decker had the point lead.  He still seemed beatable with a third and a second in the next two races, but Decker has won five of the last six races.  Papenhausen blew a motor winning a heat race during that stretch and then missed a race to open the door for Shawn DeForest and David Newquist to battle for second.  As a six time winner, Decker has left little doubt who the champion is.

Only Decker, two time winner Papenhausen and Bobby Hogge IV are Main Event winners this season.  DeForest has two seconds and two thirds, while Newquist has a second and a third.  At the moment, DeForest is 12 points ahead of Newquist and 25 points ahead of Papenhausen in the battle for second in the standings.  Papenhausen is within 13 points of taking third from Newquist, so there could be some movement in the standings up front.  With four Top 5 finishes, including a season high second place finish, Kimo Oreta is 19 points ahead of Dennis Souza in the race for fifth.  Oreta is also the likely "Rookie Of The Year" this season.  Joey Olschowka, Mike Hynes, Rob Norris, Chester Kniss, Paul Guglielmoni and Terry Kunz are other drivers to look for in the race that will offer an increased purse.

The B Modified point race won't see much change.  If K.C. Keller, Mark Garner, Chuck Golden and Trevor Clymens start the $1,000 to win Main Event, they will finish in that order in points.  Keller has done a great job of leading the point race for most of the season.  His impressive numbers include four wins and four seconds, but a win here would be the biggest of his career.  Two of the top candidates in the race for the big victory are 2016 champion Clymens and second ranked Garner.  Clymens won for the sixth time of the season last time out.  Garner has three wins this year, and he's looking for #4 after losing a heart breaker in the Limited Late Models last week.

Past Street Stock champion Todd Gomez is a two time winner this year and the only other winner during the 15 race point season.  Two other drivers who figure into the battle for the big win are past Petaluma IMCA Modified champion Nick Caughman Jr. and last season's point runnerup, Al Johnson.  Johnson returned for his first start since the New Year's Bash and finished second last time.  Caughman has a pair of second place finishes, but a heavy smoking problem while leading late in the most recent race kept him from the win.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Golden, fifth ranked Kevin Brown, Randy Brown, Anthony Giuliani, Doff Cooksey and past A Modified champion Kenny Neu.

The Hobby Stocks are running their 19th and final point race this week, and the added bonus is the $850 to win Main Event.  When this event was moved to this week from last week, Chris Sorensen had to bow out of the championship race.  He and his wife Robbee had booked a vacation cruise.  Sorensen skipped last week as well.  With the #00 car out of the picture, Cameron Swank and Brent Curran continue their intense battle.  Curran earned his fourth straight second place finish, but Swank finished right behind him in third.  When the points were added, Swank's lead over Curran was just five points.  Every point matters, and that includes the heat races and possible Trophy Dash.

Rookie Chris Bennett used his seventh Top 5 finish last week to move to within nine points of Sorensen in the battle for third.  However, Bennett has company with two time winner Gene Haney just 22 points behind him.  The big win will certainly be on the radar of two time champion Melissa Myers, who won for the third time last week.  Another multi time Hobby Stock champion who could make a run for the money is Kimo Oreta.  The 2017 Limited Late Model champion won the Hobby Stock feature two weeks ago.  There are some good drivers in the field who are capable of winning the big finale, including two time winner Michael Cooper, three time winner Chris Long, Ken Rhoades, Jordan Swank, Frank Furtado and Billy Garner.

The Fall Brawl will be a great night of racing and the perfect way to wrap up what has been an exciting season.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


First Of Two Special Events Set For Orland Raceway 
This Saturday Night

Orland, CA...With point racing now over, Orland Raceway has the first of two special events set for this Saturday night.  It's The Battle Of The Axels, and this week's show features the Wingless Sprint Cars, 250 and 600 Micro Sprints and the California Hardtops.  Next week will be headlined by $1,000 to win Pure Stock and Destruction Derby events along with $500 to win Mini Stock and Mini Truck races.

Last week's Wingless Gas Sprint program saw car count improve to six cars, and we had a new winner. Past Mini Truck champion Mario Romano grabbed the victory while multi time Sprint Car champion Josh Jacobo and Josh Tucker also had podium finishes.  Rob Worthington, Gregory Gebhardt and Audrey Webb were also in action.  Jacobo and Worthington were part of the original roster when the division was started at Orland 16 years ago.  Saturday's race features a $500 first prize and is open to any Wingless Sprint Car.  Car count is expected to increase, and other racers anticipated include David Johnson, Jeff Crossman, Jeremy Wilson and past Orland champion Tony Richards.

Jackie Whitson Jr. won the 250 Micro Sprint race again last week as James Barnes and Jess Garland also earned Top 3 finishes. Whitson is the champion as Barnes finished second in the standings.  Barnes is still the only driver to beat Whistson this season.  The increased purse is likely to bring a bigger car count, and among the regulars to look for this week are Ronnie Heyer, Seth Libbee, Dave McKinnon Jr., Greg Prather, Pax Gonzalez and Jackie Whitson Sr.

The California Hardtops made a visit back in August and had so much fun they waned to come back.  Jason Armstrong won impressively last time and has been a force on the Hardtop circuit this season.  Dave Reed and Ron Ruiz have both looked good this year and are feature winners.  Ken Clifford and Dennis Armstrong had a crowd pleasing battle for a third place finish last time.  Others to watch for this week include Jason Clifford and Joe Shenefield.

The Pure Stocks return next week for the $1,000 to win race, but it was Jeremy Langenderfer winning the Main Event and the championship last week as Shannon Collins finished second in both the Main Event and the point battle.  2015 champion Paul Stevens and Brad Ray both had Top 4 finishes, and these four are at the top of the list of drivers to watch next week.  It's not often that this division gets to run for $1,000, and the field should hit season high numbers.  2016 champion Steve Martin will be gunning for the win, and other hard chargers to watch for include Amanda Koop, Earl Adams, Nick Vidovich and Matt Magenheimer.

Dan Webster raced hard all year trying to beat Keith Ross for a Mini Truck feature victory, and he finally got that win last week.  Ross and Olin Crain also got Top 3 finishes in the ten truck field, and Ross wrapped up an impressive championship season.  The trucks have an opportunity to compete for $500 to win, which will bring trucks in from elsewhere.  Some of the top notch talent anticipated next week include past champion Ross Vige, William Fogle, Zach Baker, Nathan Skaggs and Jake Van Tol.

Tom Davis ended the point season with yet another feature win to wrap up his impressive Mini Stock championship last week.  Now comes the bragging rights of who can win the $500 payday next week.  Steven Spears and Dustin Hills also had Top 3 finishes last week and would love to get that big prize.  Sean Perry was a feature winner this year and ranked a strong second in points.  Perry would love to end his season on a high note.  Other hard chargers who should be vying for the bigger first prize include last year's champion John Kirkpatrick, Barbara Crain, Jason Libbee and two time feature winner Donovan Chilton.

These next two events should be exciting to watch.  This Saturday night, the gates open at 5:00 PM with the first race at 7:00 PM.  General Admission is $8.00 with Seniors and Juniors (7-12) $5.00 and children 6 and under free.  For further information, look up Orland Raceway on Facebook of go to www.orlandraceway.org.


Lucas Oil Open Show Wraps Up Season 
At Coos Bay Speedway

Coos Bay, Oregon...The NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series season has already wrapped up at Coos Bay Speedway.  However, there's a little tradition the Prather family established called the Lucas Oil Open Show.  This race isn't about points, but it is about bigger purses and bragging rights to the winners.  Super Late Models will headline this event along with Sportsman Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Outlaws and Hornets.  The evening's activities will end with a special fireworks show.

The Super Late Model race is the biggest of the season at $3,000 to win and a minimum of $200 start. Earlier in the season, the track hosted the Tidal Wave 50, and Trent Elliott swooped in for the $3,000 victory.  This was Elliott's second win of the season.  The extra money brought a few other visitors, and Jim Whistler finished second that night ahead of Trevor Glaser.  Top racers from throughout Oregon are anticipated for the extra money.

New champion Mike George settled for a lead lap fifth place finish at the Tidal Wave 50, right behind another Coos Bay regular, Jared Bemetz.  George won an impressive ten Main Events during the season to capture what could amount to a $6,000 track championship.  George beat 2015 champion Toby McIntyre by 36 points in what was a good season long battle.  McIntyre only managed one win this season, but he's hoping he can win on the biggest stage of the year Saturday night.

Thor Kristensen is expected this week as well.  Thor was the 2016 point runnerup, and he used five Top 5 finishes this season to rank fourth in points after a late start.  The steady Chris Ray wrapped up a respectable season in third in points.  2014 champion Trina Post is another driver anticipated this week along with Brody Montgomery and Kisty Grout.  This race should boast the biggest Late Model car count of the season.

The Sportsman Late Models will get a shot at $500 this week, and that could attract a few top Pro Stock and Limited Late Model teams from elsewhere.  Anybody who thinks it will be an easy road to victory will be in for a rude awakening when they meet Brody Montgomery on the race track.  Montgomery won 14 Main Events, and he needed every one of them to beat two time champion Wayne Butler for the championship.  Butler finished second several times this season, but he also won twice.  He'll have his eyes on the bigger prize this week.  Third ranked Dyllan Siewell will also be going for the victory.  Siewell was the only other track regular with a feature win this season.  Other locals to watch for include fourth ranked Charlie Withers, Jeff Krossman, Devan Brown, Troy Chamberlain and Stacy Robinson.

When a bigger prize was offered last month for a special Street Stock race, the field grew to 19 cars.  That field included some of Oregon's biggest stars, and it's possible a few of them will be back for this race.  At the big show that night, 2016 champion Daniel Land represented the local roster well with a fourth place finish.  Land won three Main Events to rank fourth, just ahead of Steve Dubisar.  Dubisar had a late start this year that kept him out of championship contention, but he led the field with eight Main Event victories.  He is probably the driver to beat this week.

Justin Krossman is the champion this year with five feature triumphs.  He didn't end the point season very well, and he will be hoping to claim the big prize this week.  Two time winner Jeff Thurman is another driver you have to consider a threat to win this race.  Thurman finished third in the final standings behind double division racer Ken Fox.  Fox is the only Top 5 point competitor without a feature win this season.  Other drivers to watch for his week include Josh Bearden, Dustin Hitner and Kelly McIntyre.

The Mini Outlaws will be back, and this could be a battle between this season's two biggest winners, Sam Talon and Rob Lauver.  Talon racked up eight wins on his way to his second championship in the last three seasons.  Lauver's VW Beetle was at times the fastest car on the track, but motor problems sidelined him for several races and ended a potential championship run.  Lauver won five times this year, and he will be one of the drivers to beat this week.  One time winner Jason Kallam ranked a solid third in the standings, and he joins two time winners John Henry and Ken Fox as drivers who would love to make a run at a win in the final race of the season.  Other drivers to watch for this week include the steady Dan Daniels, Jason Berrier and Alyssa Johnson.  Daniels finished second in the final standings.

The Hornets don't normally get to race for much money, and yet this is the division with the biggest car count on any given week.  It's the entry level into the world of racing at Coos Bay Speedway.  The odds on favorite to win this week is new champion Ryan Siewell.  Siewell won 12 Main Events during the season.  2016 champion Jeremiah Reiber and Braden Fugate each won three Main Events this season and seem like the biggest challengers for Siewell.  Tom Williams won two features this season.  Second ranked Sam Taylor and third ranked Hannah Robison have finished as high as second, but both are hoping to get their first win in the better paying race.  Other drivers to watch for include April Warmack, Patrick Nagel, Tim Young, Jeremy Beard, Matt Butler and David Pellum.

Not only will the Lucas Oil Open Show be a great night of racing, it's the final event of the season.  It will also end with a fireworks show.  For further information, go to www.coosbayspeedway.us.


This was submitted to DCRR Racing News by Madera Speedway Promoter Kenny Shepherd, and we're more than happy to share it here to help spread the word.

Fifth Short Track Shootout Brings 
Over 400 Laps Of Action To Madera Speedway

By Steven Blakesley

Madera, CA...October 3...The 5th annual – and largest to date – running of the Short Track Shootout at Madera Speedway will present racing fans with over 400 laps of competition at the fastest one-third mile in the West with over 100 race cars expected.

The crown jewel is the 150 lap, $10,000 to win feature for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series with nearly 60 pre-entries.  It also serves as the championship race for the series televised on MAVTV.  MAVTV cameras will also roll for the Lucas Oil Modified Series 75 and the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models 75 which is also a championship finale.  The Pro Late Model B Main will be a feature in of itself, paying $1,000 to the winner.   A Lucas Oil Modified B Main, a Pro Late Model C Main, and the young drivers in the Mini Cups round out the busy evening of racing.

Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd will try to close out his second championship season at Madera to go along with the 2016 Kern County Raceway Park championship as well.  Three consecutive Late Model track titles in the valley would be a huge accomplishment for the High School Senior, but fellow High Schooler Logan Zampa of Napa, CA would like to spoil that party.  The difference between the pair is just five points.

Shepherd is a perfect six-for-six in time trials this year while accumulating four wins.  Zampa has one win but a total of five podium finishes.  Modesto’s Garland Tyler, Madera’s all-time winningest Late Model driver Matt Erickson, and Dillon Tucker are virtually tied in their battle for third place but are not realistically in contention for the championship.  Clovis’ Austin Herzog has remained sixth in the standings despite moving back down to the Jr. Late Models in September where he won the feature.

The entry list for the Pro Late Model feature has attracted a host of Irwindale drivers including 2017 NASCAR national runner-up Trevor Huddleston and 2009 third in national points Nick Joanides.  Two-time Pacific Challenge Series champion Jeremy Doss is entered along with 2007 Altamont champion Ryan Philpott and current third in SRL points Blaine Rocha of Oakdale.  The inaugural Short Track Shootout winner Mike David and three-time and defending winner Eric Holmes are both ready to race as well.

Four-time 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model winner Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, CA has already officially clinched the championship in a dominating performance by the 12 year-old.  He took a small bump on the chin in September when he finished fifth.  His closest rival this year has been Redwood Valley’s Kolby Berry with five fast-times but still no wins.  Third in the points is Mentone’s Austin Edwards with Hailie Deegan and Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller rounding out the top-five.  The 10-16 year old drivers race for 75 laps over a 50 lap segment and a 25 lap final segment.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series makes its second run at Madera this year with Taylor Miinch leading former champion Dylan Cappello of Arizona in the points.  Cappello claimed the Sumertime Horsepower Nationals win in June at Madera.  Two-time track champion and former NASCAR regional champion Scott Winters will be chasing his third career series win at his home track.  Winters is currently sixth in the points standings.

Las Vegas’ Tyler Reif has put his stamp on his rookie Mini Cup campaign with four fast-times, three wins, and one second place finish this year to lead the division points.  The last main event was won by young female racer Avery Vivian, however, but Reif has a comfortable 36 point lead over Aiden Phillips.  The youngest drivers at Madera Speedway will run a 20 lap feature.

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday before a full day of action on Saturday.  Friday practice runs from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.  On Saturday, pit gates open at 9:00 a.m. with practice from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Qualifying will follow with C Mains and B Mains beginning at 4 p.m.  The Mini Cup main will also be during this time.  Opening ceremonies are officially at 5:30 p.m. with the 75 lap 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model championship race, 75 lap Lucas Oil Modified race, and the 150 lap Short Track Shootout for $10k to win for the RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Series to follow.

Tickets for Madera’s biggest race of the year are value priced at just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information about RPM Mortgage and to obtain loan information please visit www.rpmwins.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs every Thursday night.  Thursday October 5th will feature the July 29th Round #5 of the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Models.  The broadcast beings at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.  Madera Speedway racing is also available on the LucasOilRacing.TV app.


Danny Myrick Scores Second Win, 
Keeps Mini Stock Battle Close At Lemoore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...September 24...The last Sunday of September was the fifth of six events for the Central Valley Mini Stocks at Lemoore Raceway.  The new and fast growing group fielded 15 race cars.  When the checkered flag fell on the 30 lap Main Event, it was Danny Myrick staying in the championship battle with his second feature win.  Ben Davis enjoyed his best finish of the season as he held off Jeff Durant for second.  Fast qualifier and point leader Dan Myrick made a charge from 14h starting on the one-fifth mile dirt oval and finished fourth ahead of Chuck Doglione.

The battle of the Myrick's continues atop the point standings.  Because of his passing and qualifying effort, Dan Myrick maintained his one point lead at the end of the afternoon, 269-268.  Rod Baronian fell out of the race early and dropped to just five points ahead of Chris Goldsmith in another close battle for third, 229-224.  Durant holds fifth in the standings with 213 points.  The final race of the season is set for Sunday, October 29th.  For further information, go to www.centralvalleyministocks.com.


Pit Stops

I just put in for press credentials for the RPM Promoters Workshop in Reno.  I noticed that they were coming back to Reno this year.  The last two times I went to Reno for this event RPM acknowledged The DCRR as a media entity.  Somewhere in my stuff in California I still have the last press pass from there.  I was proud to know that my 18 years of publishing a magazine could get me in there cover things.  Don & Linda O'Keefe sponsored me going up there the previous three times.  When I was down and pretty much on my way out of the sport, Don tried to convince me to get my credentials and go up there again.  I was just so down on things, I couldn't even appreciate what I had worked hard to establish with The DCRR.  It was all negative to me.

What has been done with DCRR Racing Media these past two years has been dedicated in part to Gary Jacob.  He was somebody who helped me out and somebody I looked up to.  More importantly, Gary was a friend.  He covered every track that he could.  I've done what I could to get tracks coverage, even the ones that made it difficult to get even the most basic information.  Six of the tracks I covered got newspaper coverage this season.  That was a goal going in.  Some people say it doesn't matter.  I say it does.  We may be in a "brave new world" but that doesn't mean we have to abandon everything from the past.

It's interesting to me that Pete Paulsen made the comment after I verified that a sixth track, Merced Speedway, did get newspaper coverage from my effort, that we need to bring back Racing Wheels.  John M. Soares owns it.  I know this.  I was offered the editor's post of the racing publication in 2010.  I wrote about that in my book, Just A Kid From The Grandstands.  I declined.  In 2015, John and I spoke of bringing it back in some capacity.  John has lost all of that stuff due to a fire, but I could recreate it and even have a section in it looking back at old articles from the past.  It would be a lot of work.  I do a lot of work now.  If the situation were right, after discussions with John, I could see doing something with Racing Wheels.  On the other hand, I like DCRR Racing News.  The DCRR name will turn 30 next year.

Why go to Reno?  The cynical among us say nothing new is learned there and most of the deals are already done beforehand.  People just meet over drinks and finalize their deals.  Events like this are very important to the sport.  I would go further and favor an alliance of promoters working together to strengthen the sport, make rules sets in all classes that favor car count growth for all and book dates where everybody can benefit.  It's just me dreaming again.  Given the egos involved, this is a tough sell.

What Reno offers the promoters is a big picture of what is happening nationwide in our sport.  Tracks are struggling.  Tracks are closing.  Some tracks are prospering.  So, you get a mixture of stories about what has worked for the successful tracks.  You learn what didn't work for the struggling and closing tracks.  You learn what the current trends are that can help and hurt our sport.  There is a lot to learn if you go into one of these events with an open mind.  It doesn't mean that what they say there will help you at your track, but it might.

I've watched the state of racing in Oregon and California this year.  A few tracks are really popping.  A few are barely getting by, and most tracks are hit and miss.  The hits are hopefully good enough to cover the losses of the misses.  In Oregon, Cottage Grove is held up as the beacon of all that is right in the sport, but most tracks here are like Coos Bay Speedway, Douglas County Speedway and St. Helens Speedway.  We're damn lucky to have promoters opening these gates and fighting the good right.  Long time fans look at car counts at these tracks and shake their heads.  Where are the cars?  We're damn lucky to get what we get.  Occasionally, they get a car count that reminds you of the glory days.

California has a few tracks that seem to rise above.  Bakersfield Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway and Placerville Speedway come to mind.  But you also have tracks struggling to get by.  The gates at Chowchilla Speedway and Rocky Hill Speedway shut again, and a few tracks are knocking on that door.  A few tracks aren't doing that bad, but outside threats are there waiting to take them down.  This is another reason for a united promoters group.  If a threat comes up against a track, they can pull whatever resources they have towards keeping that track alive.  However, what we'll have is a few promoters waiting for those tracks to close so they can gain those cars.  That's naive.  Most of those racers will simply quit.

I talk "Promoter Of The Year" when I mention names like Ed Parker, Scott Schweitzer and Scott Russell, because these guys maintain strong shows at their respective tracks.  I want to mention another promoter, though his numbers aren't spectacular.  He's Rich Hood at Orland Raceway.  Orland Raceway was left for dead by Adam Zachary when he bailed on the track a couple months before the 2016 season.  The track was struggling.  Rich was a Pure Stock racer, and I'm sure he'd rather race.  However, somebody had to come in and do what needed to be done to keep racing alive.  He didn't have a lot to work with, but he still had a few racers who wanted to race.  There were sill a few fans who wanted to watch.  I think Hood and his whole crew have done a great job.  It's a work in progress.

Everybody thinks a promoter is getting rich.  There are nights when they do make good money.  There are nights when they lose their asses.  There are nights in which they are lucky to break even.  They hope that what they do pencils out at the end of the year and maybe they make it into the black.  Promoters have to deal with things now that they didn't face back in the glory days.  Technology is  a big thing.  There's also the shrinking entertainment budget of the fans you need to get to the track.  Old technology used for the current race cars and the inability to create the "next big division" given the way the automobile industry is now.  Promoters have to get a car count anyway they can, and it's a weekly struggle getting fans and racers to come, even with a lighter schedule than we had years ago.  Times have changed that much.

Attitudes haven't changed towards promoters.  We have a few that are loved, a few who are tollerated and a few who are hated.  Many promoters will ultimately leave the sport with people thinking the worst of them.  It's the nature of the beast.  You'd better love what you do and have some thick skin.  The negativity will beat you down if you let it.  Many of the critics have no idea what promoters go through.  They have their own problems, and everything is just there when they roll through the gates.  If a call goes against them, some will take it to mean they were signaled out.  To the promoter, that incident was only one thing in a series of things they had to deal with to make the night happen.  It wasn't personal.

These promoters meetings are fascinating to me.  You would think some things could get done in the interest of track unity and every track having a piece of the pie, but very little seems to happen.  I'm encouraged by the genuine efforts being made by Merced's Ed Parker and Watsonville's John Prentice to work together.  Rick Faeth seems to be working with Prentice as well.  We need more of that with another promoter or two involved, but it's also up to those promoters to come to the table with a genuine willingness to work together.  Tracks within a couple hours of each other should try not step on each others big shows as much as possible.  Each track has it's own set of circumstances and needs, but it's possible to play nice with your closest neighbors.

The promoter with the longest tenure in the Northern California/Bay Area is Antioch Speedway's John M. Soares.  It's been 20 seasons now.  It's hard to believe we were getting the All Star/Pro Series started there in 1998.  There were some good seasons back then too.  Where does the time go?  John has devoted his life to the sport.  There are some things that make me sad.  I know how hard he has worked, but I know the mood out there towards him.  Things are going to need to change next year, and I'm sure this will include the way the official news is delivered from there.  While I would love to be the one overseeing that for John, I just want to see things handled differently, even if not by me.  It's needed.  Whether I am ultimately back next year, or somebody else is, you can rest assured that DCRR Racing Media will still be here in some capacity. 

While we have highlighted the Antioch Speedway Fall Brawl and the Lucas Oil Open Show at Coos Bay Speedway in other columns, we didn't talk about The Adobe Cup at Petaluma Speedway.  PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars and Wingless Spec Sprints have nice paydays lined up this Saturday night.  It's $5,200 to win the Winged Sprint Cars race.  This is also a big race for Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks at $2,000 to win, in memory of Bob McCoy.  The Super Stocks have established a nice program, and this division has a heritage at the track that dates back over 40 years.  Shawn McCoy has been around for over 35 of those seasons.  You can't help but smile when you see long time Petaluma competitors like Mitch Machado, Jim "Woody" Woodward and Steve Studebaker still racing with the likes of two time champion Matt While, Gary Adams and Roger Miller.  Saturday night at Petaluma is a show open wheel and Stock Car fans can enjoy.

A lot has been made of the purses offered at Antioch Speedway for this week's Fall Brawl.  All three divisions must meet a minimum car count to get the full purse.  I am personally against that because it becomes an excuse for a racer not to support the show.  It's not really fair to the racers who do support it since they can only control if their car is there or not.  A better way of handling it would be to announce what the purse is and what it could be if there are more cars.  This is just an observation, and I'm certainly not trying to put down the effort.  I hope car count does well.  I've seen worse things happen.  I know of one promoter who didn't advertise that there was a car count minimum and this led to a confrontation at the end of the night.  Nobody said it was easy being a promoter.

I think Prayer helps.  Tony Oliveira had a serious episode in his race car at The Pat Pettit Memorial Shootout last week, and we could have lost the long time Watsonville racer.  I'm happy to report that he is doing better and on the long road to recovery.  Keep Tony in your thoughts and prayers.  My condolences go out to Bakersfield Speedway Promoter Scott Schweitzer on the loss of his daughter Bailey Schweitzer in the senseless shooting in Las Vegas.  Medford announcer Bryce Burner was also at the music festival, but he and his wife made it out safely.  Part of me wants to be announcing again if I am going to continue being actively involved in the sport, but I have enjoyed working with Bryce and providing him with information each week.  He's a genuinely good guy.

As I still have a functioning laptop, I may be working on another racing book during the offseason.  I had one largely written before coming to Oregon, and I may finish that one up or do another Best Of The Blog Book highlighting the last three years.  I admit that after going all out on this stuff since March, I'm enjoying a little down time.  There are still a few special shows to go, but most of what we set out to do this year will be accomplished after the next Antioch Speedway article is finished.

This week's column is taking on more of an Editor's Viewpoint tone.  By the way, that column may return at least occasionally next year.  I want to thank some people for helping me.  My anonymous source gets me information quickly at Antioch, which helps tremendously.  Mike Kord keeps me straight on this stuff.  I probably would not have done the extra that I did for Antioch this year if not for Mike.  Also, Paul Gould.  His awesome photos open doors for us in the printed media.  A lot of people stepped up at times with information when requested, including Chris Briggs, Larry Adams and Jim Thomson.  That's just Antioch.  There are so many at other track's and some great editors at newspapers and news sites.  It's all appreciated.  This season would not have been possible if not for the team effort of everybody involved.


Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results September 29, 2017
Pat Pettit Memorial Shoot Out Day 1
IMCA Modifieds
A Feature 1

Bobby Hogge IV
Nick Decarlo
Ethan Dotson
Kellen Chadwick
Troy Foulger
Cody Burke
Joe Antonetti
Jeff Olschowka
Mitch Enos
Robert Miller
Anthony Slaney
Ryan McDaniel
Jim Pettit II
David Spriggs
Austin Burke
Bill Wilker
Robert Marsh
Kyle Wilson
Bill Egleston
Ryan Porter
Brian Cass
Bobby Hogge III
Carl Berendsen

B Feature 1
Joe Antonetti
Ethan Dotson
Troy Foulger
Bill Wilker
Mitch Enos
Tim Balding
Jerry Movrich
Tim Yaeger
Chester Kniss
Raymond Keldsen Jr.
Robert Montalvo
Stephen Hopf
Freddie Plourde
James Alaga
Jim Pettit II
Clay Daly DNS

B Feature 2

Brian Cass
Carl Berendsen
Jeff Olschowka
Robert Miller
Bill Egleston
Todd Hermosillo
Mike White
Mike Vukelich
Jake Dewsbury
Alex Wilson
Danny Wagner
Cody Eskew
Trent Wentworth
Raymond Lindeman
Mike Salazar
Bobby Motts

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Feature 1

Fred Ryland
Nick Spainhoward
Matt Sotomayor
Jim DiGiovanni
Guy Ahlwardt
Cale Kanke
Trevor Clymens
Shane DeVolder
Matthew Hagio
Michael Medel
Justin McPherson
Trevor Tiffee
Mark Hartman
Cody Parker
Charlie Hunter
Paul Mulder
Darren Thomas
Todd Gomez
Brian Cooper
Jack Aguiar
Matthew Lewis
Rick Diaz
Doff Cooksey

B Feature 1

Brian Cooper
Matthew Hagio
Paul Mulder
Trevor Tiffee
Charlie Hunter
Dwayne Short
Jason Ferguson
Al Johnson
Duane Bieser
Bobby Huckaby Jr.

B Feature 2

Cale Kanke
Jim DiGiovanni
Justin McPherson
Mark Hartman
Darren Thomas
Cody Parker
Michael Smith
Billy Robertson
John Ferro
Joe Salvi

American Stocks
A Feature 1

Billy Nelson
Garrett Corn
Troy Foulger
JC Elrod
Joe Gallaher
Kodie Dean
Austin VanHoff
Bobby Huckaby Sr.
Sam Kennedy
Bruce Nelson
Mark Reist
Katie Briggs
Terry Traub
Kevin Joaquin
Chris McCabe
Tony Oliveira
Terry Campion
Nick Lawrence
Wally Kennedy
Matt Kile
Devon Sanders
DJ Keldsen
Vernon Silva

B Feature 1
Bobby Huckaby Sr.
Billy Nelson
Kevin Joaquin
Terry Traub
Wally Kennedy
Joe Gallaher
Austin VanHoff
Michael Shearer
Josh Hensley
Quintin Harris
Mark Reist
Cody Lesch
John Farrell
Jerry Skelton
Kyle Reeder
Ken Winland
Rob Gallaher
Chris Sorensen DNS
Austin Williams DNS
John Prentice DNS

SODCA Dwarf Cars (20 Laps)
Camron Diatte
Punky Pires
Ryan Amlen
Zach Price
Mark Biscardi
Bill Belfield
Joe Barket
Brady Beck
Justin McKenna
Trafton Chandler


Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results September 30, 2017
7th Annual Pat Pettit Shootout Night #2
All Star Series IMCA Modifieds
A Main

Ethan Dotson
Bobby Hogge IV
Nick Decarlo
Ryan McDaniel
Robby Sawyer
Troy Foulger
Kellen Chadwick
Jim Pettit II
Bill Egleston
Cody Burke
Duane Cleveland
Kyle Wilson
Alex Wilson
Jeff Olschowka
Ryan Porter
Carl Berendsen II
Mike White
Bobby Motts Jr.
Robert Miller
Austin Burke
Anthony Slaney
Brian Cass

B Main #1

Robert Miller
Anthony Slaney
Duane Cleveland
Carl Berendsen II
Bobby Motts Jr.
Robert Marsh
Randy McDaniel
Mike Salazar
Bill Wilker
Freddie Plourde
Chester Kniss
Robert Montalvo
Raymond Lindeman
Raymond Keldsen
Tim Balding
Mike Vukelich DNS

B Main #2
Nick Decarlo
Jim Pettit II
Ryan Porter
Austin Burke
Mike White
Todd Hermosillo
Jeff Decker
James Alaga
Jerry Roy Jr.
Cody Eskew
Jake Dewsbury
Stephen Hopf
Trent Wentworth
Tim Yaeger
Buddy Kniss
Danny Wagner

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Main

Brian Cooper
Nick Spainhoward
Fred Ryland
Matthew Hagio
Jeremy Hoff
Jim DiGiovanni
Cale Kanke
Todd Gomez
Anthony Giuliani
Jack Aguiar
Michael Medel
Matthew Lewis
Al Johnson
Justin McPherson
Guy Ahlwardt
Chase Thomas
Mark Hartman
Jason Ferguson
Paul Mulder
Shane DeVolder
Andrew Peckham
Trevor Clymens

B Main #1

Nick Spainhoward
Jack Aguiar
Mark Hartman
Paul Mulder
Cale Kanke
Chuck Weir
Tanner Thomas
Trevor Tiffee
Cody Parker
Dwayne Short
Joe Salvi DNS

B Main #2
Matthew Hagio
Justin McPherson
Michael Medel
Jason Ferguson
Al Johnson
John Ferro
Duane Bieser
Michael Smith
Billy Robertson
Charlie Hunter

Hobby Stocks
A Main

Garrett Corn
JC Elrod
Sam Kennedy
Bruce Nelson
Kodie Dean
Terry Campion
Chris McCabe
Kevin Joaquin
Joe Gallaher
Austin VanHoff
Josh Hensley
John Farrell
Billy Nelson
DJ Keldsen
Matt Kile
Wally Kennedy
Rob Gallaher
Kyle Reeder
Nick Lawrence
Tony Oliveira
Troy Foulger
Katie Briggs

B Main

Matt Kile
Josh Hensley
John Farrell
Nick Lawrence
Kyle Reeder
DJ Keldsen
Quentin Harris






Chico Silver Silver Dollar Speedway Race Results September 29, 2017
25th Fall Nationals Night #1
360 Sprints
A Main

Justin Sanders
Shane Golobic
Andy Forsberg
Carson Macedo
Dominic Scelzi
Michael Kofoid
Sean Becker
Kyle Hirst
Bud Kaeding
Gio Scelzi
Jonathan Allard
D.J. Netto
Cory Eliason
Chase Majdic
Geoff Ensign
Rowdy McClenon
Willie Croft
Nathan Rolfe
Cody Lamar
Scott Parker
Colby Johnson
Andy Gregg
Kalib Henry
Justyn Cox

B Main
Chase Majdic
Colby Johnson
Andy Gregg
Kyle Hirst
Michael Ing
Greg DeCaires
Dustin Golobic
Cody Hodgson
Mark Tabor Jr.
Jake Haulot
Peter Paulson
Mike Monahan
Kaleb Montgomery
Shawn Conde

C Main
Kaleb Montgomery
Mason Moore
Dustin Freitas
Ryan Bernal
Kyle Offill
Shane Hopkins
Jason Statler
Justin Henry
Bobby Butler
Billy Butler
Tyler Seavey
Jimmy Steward
Korey Lovell
Heath Hall
Jim Richardson
Koen Shaw

D Main
Koen Shaw
Korey Lovell
Stephen Ingraham
Chelsea Blevins
John Clark
Brandon Powell
Pat Harvey Jr.
Jeremy Wilson
Brett Barney

Focus Midgets
A Main

Chance Crum
Shane Golobic
Evan Margenson
Tristin Thomas
Nick Evans
Ryan Bernal
Jonathan Jorgenson
Michael Vollbrecht
David Prickett
Shane Smith
Colton Heath
Hannah Lindquist
Nik Larson
Nate Vaughn
Matt Loving
Greg Thornhill
Ryan Cully
Tyler Thompson
Chris Bullock
Otto Jorgenson

B Main
David Prickett
Nik Larson
Shane Smith
Tyler Thompson
Sawyer Lind
Lance Hallmark
Jesse Conway
Brian Hayes
Ray Stebbins
Jeremiah Franklin
Riey Viallant
Garrett Thomas
Thomas Walker
Dave Mead

Wingless Spec Sprints

Kalib Henry
Brett Youngman
Terry Schank Jr.
Sparky Howard
Brent Steck
Tony Richards
Josh Vieira
Troy DeGaton DQ


Chico Silver Dollar Speedway Race Results September 30, 2017
25th Fall Nationals Night #2
360 Sprints
A Main

Shane Golobic
Cory Eliason
Bud Kaeding
Andy Forsberg
D.J. Netto
Jonathan Allard
Sean Becker
Willie Croft
Michael Kofoid
Dominic Scelzi
Gio Scelzi
Mason Moore
Justin Sanders
Carson Macedo
Justyn Cox
Geoff Ensign
Kyle Offill
Michael Ing
Tyler Seavey
Kalib Henry
Cody Hodgson
Ryan Bernal
Nathan Rolfe
Scott Parker

B Main

Geoff Ensign
Scott Parker
Tyler Seavey
Cody Hodgson
Greg DeCaires
Matt Peterson
Kaleb Montgomery
Jason Statler
Andy Gregg
Rowdy McClenon
Mark Tabor Jr.
Mike Monahan
Dustin Freitas
Billy Wallace
Jake Haulot
Kyle Hirst

C Main
Jason Statler
Billy Wallace
Shane Hopkins
Shawn Conde
Brett Barney
John Clark
Stephen Ingraham
Raquel Hall
Jim Richardson
Mallorie McGahan
Bobby Butler
Korey Lovell
Billy Butler
Chase Majdic
Chelsea Blevins
Brandon Powell
Cody Lamar

Focus Midgets
A Main

Colton Heath
Ryan Bernal
Evan Margenson
Chris Bullock
Tristin Thomas
Nate Vaughn
Eric Turner
Chance Crum
Shane Golobic
Nik Larson
Nick Evans
Hannah Lindquist
Ryan Cully
Michael Vollbrecht
Sawyer Lind
Thomas Walker
Matt Loving
Jonathan Jorgenson
Jeremiah Franklin
Shane Smith

B Main
Shane Smith
Matt Loving
Thomas Walker
Jeremiah Franklin
Tyler Thompson
Greg Thornhill
Riey Viallant
Jesse Conway
Brian Hayes
Ray Stebbins
Dave Mead
Lance Hallmark
Garrett Thomas

Wingless Sprints 

Kalib Henry
Terry Schank Jr.
Troy DeGaton
Brent Steck
Trey Walters
Brett Youngman
Paul Vandenberg
Sparky Howard
Tony Richards


Placerville Speedway Race Results September 30, 2017
Tilford Tribute Race
Limited Late Models

Results are not official
1     #15J Jay Norton            
2     #37 Ray Trimble
3     #55 Matt Davis
4     #92 Tom Tilford
5     #196 Joey Olschawka
6     #3 Eddie Gardner
7     #37X Orville Owens    
8     #23JR Tyler Lightfoot    
9     #2 Ryan Peter    
10     #15 Dennis Ahart        
11     #96K Kiely Ricardo        
12     #16 Scott Woessner    

Pure Stocks
Results are not official
1     #25 Orville Owens            
2     #14 Scott Grunert
3     #44 Jarred Beddow    
4     #29 Dan Jinkerson
5     #30 Kevin Jinkerson
6     #92 Jay Bryant
7     #64 Tim Mack
8     #X86 Dave Silva    
9     #7C Shayna Nieman    
10     #80 Dennis Armstrong
11     #1X Lonnie Leonard    
12     #O1 Travis Emery            
13     #68E John Ewing     
14     #51 Dwight Bolton            
15     #43 Ken Berstein            
16     #10 Jared Mize
17     #22K Jason Palmer            
18     #17 Nick Baldwin    
19     #14SR Rick Grunert
20     #1 Ted Ahart 

Mini Trucks

Results are not official
1     #38 Corey Eaton        
2     #77 Aaron Rupley
3     #47 Russ Murphy
4     #16 Zak Bezak
5     #5 Chris Schaaf
6     #1 Ted Ahart            
7     #86 John Littlejohn    

Sport Modifieds

Results are not official
1     #92 Jay Bryant            
2     #8 Matt Sanders
3     #22M Damian Merritt


Santa Maria Raceway Race Results September 30, 2017
Late Models

Rob Sanders
Logan Drake
Jason Papich
Andy Obertello
Rick Coffey
Dylan Thornton
Tony Toste
Chad Weber
Clay Daly
Devon Crockett
Mike Chambers

Pro Stocks
Justin Crockett
Doug Thornton
Chris Clinton
Devon Crockett
Dave King
Bobby Menley
Clay Daly
Chris Smith

American Stocks
Gary Rayburn Jr.
Taylor King
Jimmy Teixeira
Aaron Bollman
Kristina McGeary
Jon Waterfiled
Hailey Wyand
Justin Teller
Jon Shank
Jimmy Satlawa
Gregg Teller
Ed Wyand
Kevin Pritchard
Sheldon Bailey

Mini Stocks
Jaryd Padgett
Thomas Mederios
Justin Jackson
Aaron Calvert
Joel Chavez
Mike Weigel
David Kavanagh
Megan Burgett
Ken Hackett
Giovanni Reyes

Dwarf Cars
Angel Figueroa
Jonathan Henry
Cameron Diatte
Joe Barkett
Brian Barnhill
Ryan OConner
Tom Stephens Jr.
Jessica Clark
Gage Cheek
Jeff Brink
Rich Clark
James Billings
Ira Henry
John Harris
Brandon Wiley
Trevor Fitz
Mike Keebler
Lonnie Tekart
Jeff Hinz DNS

Jr. Mini Dwarf Cars

Adam Nohl
Landon King
Corbin Kuma
Bransyn Speer DNS
Addison Varela DNS

Ukiah Speedway Race Results September 30, 2017
Bombers
Main Event

Results are not official
1     #96 RJ Randall        
2     #77 Erick Ray
3     #9 Tony Ramazzotti    
4     #1 Kevin Bracket
5     #6K Lauren Snider    
6     #63 David Jones
7     #11 Raymond Rosales
8     #8 Josh Stutsman
9     #6 Matt Page            
10     #3 Dave Land    

Limited Modifieds
Main Event

Results are not official
1     #55 Clay Caturegli            
2     #19 Jackson Lon
3     #77 Erick Ray    
4     #04 Cole Brown
5     #25 Gene O'Dell Jr.
6     #40 Bradley Brackett            
7     #5 Steve Taylor    

Madera Speedway Race Results September 30, 2017
BCRA Midgets

Cody Gerhardt
Mark Maliepaard
Scott Pierovich
DJ Hamilton
Maria Cofer
Floyd Alvis
JR Williams
Chad Nichols
David Goodwill
Nick Foster

USAC Speed2 Midgets

Toni Breidinger
Tom Patterson
Adam Lemke
Jesse Love IV
Annie Breidinger
Tyler Slay
Johnny Nichals
Joey Iest

Legends

Cameron Austin
Josh Flemings
Braden Rogers
Chad Nascimento
Pete Pierce
John Bowman
Keith Clement
Carlee Austin
Heather Hadley
Michael Ray
Rob Nascimento
Eddie Garone

Hobby Stocks
Howard Holden
Chuck Dozhier
Jon Schlundt
Mike Nicks
Shelden Cooper

360 Super Modifieds

AJ Russell
Lance Jackson
Mike Funkhouser


Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, Oregon September 23, 2017
Late Models
Riley Watson
Brandon Ash
Wade Koens
Sheldon Campbell
Tom Durant

Modifieds
Andrew Koens
Riley Wattson
James Smith
Travis Tomlinson
Andy Nelson

Hardtops
Harlem Cox
Matt Klass
Kyran Greene
Greg Hickman
Brian Leniahn
Donnie Fain
Tyler Cox

Street Stocks
Jeff Solberg
Kevin Ballard
John Dumire
Kyle Brown
Pete Lemon
Neil Pecor

Mini Stocks

Chuck Jacobs
Dale Roth
Dan Colton
Gimry Roth
Danny Elder
Gary Carnes

Hornets
Ron Johnson
Pete Lemon
Bob Vancil
Jeremy Simms
David Beals
Dylan Grichar
Cherish Wilson
Valerie West
Rachel Mason
Bryan Bock
Bart Pulse


Redwood Acres Raceway Eureka, CA Race Results September 30, October 1, 2017
25th Annual Fall Spectacular
Late Models

Brandon White
David Henderson
Derek Copeland
David Miller
Luke Hall
Scott Baker
Ryan Walters
Shayne Demello
Eddie Klien
John Lally
Kenny Demello
Marty Walsh
Mic Moulton
Tim Crenshaw
Jimmy Walker
Eric Gannon
Dustin Walters
Anthony Pope
Ryan Leazer
Chris Sarvinski
Darrin Sullivan

Bombers
Main #1

Mike Sullivan
Brian King
Nick Green
Lauren Powers Sr.
Ryan Walters
Jim Redd
Kolby Jackson
Sam Brown
Bethany Rapp
Kim Sorrels
Richard Knight
John Lally
Donovan Cox
Jeff French
Jimmy Sorrels

Main #2
Mike Sullivan
Brian King
Ryan Walters
Lauren Powers Sr.
Richard Knight
Donnie Brown
Nick Green
Sam Brown
Jimmy Sorrels
John Lally
Bethany Rapp
Daniel Pinne
Kolby Jackson
Jeff French

Mini Stocks

Brett Murrell
Brian Murrell Sr.
Scott Taylor
Eugene Palmer
Trevor Eacret
Mike Peterson Jr.
Troy Lee
Jordon Paiment
Cole Peterson
Brain Murrell
Jon Zagg

Thunder Roadsters

Paul Peoples Jr.
Alan Olsen
Tommy Payne
Ronnie O'Neill
Paul Baker
Max Cardello

Roadrunners

Dave Rogers
Michelle Odell
Daniel Buell
Nick Ford
Lindsey Zito
Jennifer Murrell
Tim Ratzloff
Ken Eastbuen
Bob Ratzloff

Legends
Brad Curtice
Brian Kamnisky
Buddy Cox
Tyler Peach
Tyler Krupa
Brian King
MKinzy Uselton
Paul Venza
Daniel Whitley

September 30
Roadrunners

Main #1
Nick Ford
Dave Rogers
Daniel Burell
Bob Ratzloff
Linsay Zito
Jennifer Murrell
Dlyan Ford
Steve Paiment
Ken Eastburn
Andy Savage
Jake Keeling

Main #2

Nick Ford
Daniel Burell
Dave Rogers
Andy Savage
Ken Eastburn
Bob Ratzloff
Linsay Zito
Jennifer Murrell

Thunder Roadsters

Paul Peeples Jr.
Alan Olsen
Ronnie O'Neill
Paul Baker
Craig Baker
Mac Collado
Tommy Payne