Thursday, August 17, 2017

Antioch Speedway, Merced Speeway, Orland Raceway Weekend Previews

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Sprint Cars Back In Action At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...The Winged 360 Sprint Cars are back at Antioch Speedway for the first time in August.  This Saturday night's All Star Series racing program will include a nice variety of divisions as Limited Late Models, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, BCRA Midget Lites and California Hardtops are all on the card.

Melissa Polizzi continues to lead the Winged 360 Sprint Car championship battle after five races.   Antioch Speedway has never had a female champion in a division higher than Limited Late Models.  She's doing it through consistency with four Top 5 finishes.  Her lead is 26 points ahead of Aaron Miller.  Miller had a fifth place finish at the opener and is still looking for another Top 5 finish.  He's going to need it if he wants to keep second generation racer Burt Foland Jr. behind him.

Foland has two second place finishes and two thirds.  He's still looking for his first win, but if not for missing a race, he would probably be leading the points.  Foland is 23 points ahead of the man who has finished second in points for the past two seasons, Art McCarthy.  McCarthy failed to start the season opener and has been playing catch up ever since.  He has two fifth place finishes, but is still without a win.  Only rookie Kyle Offill has won twice this season as Tyler Seavey, Dustin Golobic and Colby Wiesz also have wins.

We get different drivers coming to town for a shot at a nice winner's payday each race, and you never know who will be there next.  it's usually younger drivers who are up from the Micro Sprint and Cage Kart divisions.  2016 "Rookie Of The Year" Jenna Frazier, teammate Jason Paniagua, Steve Jaquith and Jacob Tuttle are other drivers who have supported the effort on multiple occasions this year, and Frazier is just six points behind McCarthy in the battle for fourth.

Last week, Jim Freethy finally picked up his first Limited Late Model feature win of the season.  Freethy is tied with point leader Kimo Oreta with six Top 3 finishes.  Freethy's win came ahead of Oreta, who holds a 14 point lead in the championship battle.  Freethy and Mark Garner are tied for second, 12 points ahead of Mike Gustafson.  Any one of the four could win this championship, but Oreta isn't making it easy on them with two wins and four seconds.  All four of them now have feature wins.  Fifth ranked John Evans, Chad Hammer, Buddy Kniss and Jeff Kendrick are hoping they could be next.  Hammer had his best finish in fifth last time, and Evans is currently fifth in points.  Kniss will be missing the race this week due to a baseball tournament.

K.C. Keller is coming off of a B Modified race that he'd rather forget last week.  He spun out twice in his quest for a third win.  He ended up a disappointed third at the finish, but his lead is now 54 points ahead of Chuck Golden.  Trevor Clymens basically took himself out of title contention while running second, and second is where the battle is at the moment.  Mark Garner won his second Main Event last week and is now just two points behind Golden.  Past Petaluma IMCA Modified champion Nick Caughman Jr. made his division debut in his #21 car and finished second.  Caughman switched numbers to pay tribute to his cousin, Steven "The Hammer" Cunningam.  Cunningham died due to complications from an automobile accident last year.  Nick is dedicating his season to Cunningham.  Nick could be a threat to win this week, but Doff Cooksey, Todd Gomez and Kevin Brown are other drivers to watch for this week.

The Hobby Stock championship battle seems to be a wide open affair this season.  Nobody really entered the season with a big budget, and two of the top teams have been forced to miss a race due to motor issues.  Chris Long missed a race earlier this year to drop him out of the point lead.  Last week, Brent Curran missed a race because of motor problems he discovered while loading his car for the races that night.  Long lost a top 5 finish last week when he had to pit with a flat tire.  Long still moved into the point lead.  Four time winner Chris Sorensen used a fourth place finish last week to move into second in the standings.  Long now leads Sorensen by 22 points.  Curran fell 25 points out of the lead after missing the race.

Still lurking out there in championship contention is Cameron Swank.  Swank earned his fourth second place finish of the season.  Cameron is probably the driver most due for a feature win.  He did give Michael Cooper a good run last week before settling for second behind the two time winner.  Swank had a race well in hand earlier this year before a last lap flat tire wiped out a huge lead and forced him to settle for second.  Swank is just 3 points ahead of Chris Bennett.  Following his fifth place finish last week, two time Super Hobby Stock champion Gene Haney is 44 points behind Bennett in the race for fifth.  Two time champion Melissa Myers is a welcome late addition to this season's roster.  She has a win, two seconds and a third in the last five races.

The BCRA Midget Lites have been struggling a bit this year in the car count department.  Kyle Offill and Scott Males have moved up to Sprint Cars after Top 3 seasons last year, but reigning champion Craig Dillard is back this year and running away with the point lead once again.  He may be the driver to beat, but long time racer Scott Kinney and his son Hunter Kinney are both winners on the circuit this year who could present a challenge.  Emilee Lindgren currently has a pretty good lead over Dakota Albright in the race for second.  Albright had a strong second place finish last week behind Charlie Carracilo at Merced.  These five should be there this week, and others to watch for this week are Kayla Green, Terry Begstrom and Danika Jo Parker.

The last time Dave Mackey was here with his Bay Area Hardtop, he was winning the Main Event.  Mackey takes great pride in the red and white #1 Coupe, which be built as a tribute to the Dudley racing family.  Mackey leads the group into Antioch, and we are hearing of the debut of two new cars, driven by Ken Retzloff and Doug Braudrick.  Braudrick built is car in tribute to his father, Dick Braudrick.  Kimo Oreta will be back in the Sun Drop Racing #100 car as he goes for his second win.  Other drivers to watch for include Rob Waldrop, Dan Williams, Gene Haney and Steve Cloyes.

It's a nice mixture of open wheel and stock car racing this Saturday night that should be entertaining from start to finish.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.



IMCA Modified Classes Back At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...Fresh off of another great Legends Night, Merced Speedway has an exciting lineup of racing booked for this Saturday night.  It is D&L Pump Service night at the races, and IMCA Modifieds are back to headline the show along with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks.  It's getting late in the season, and there are some close championship battles to decide before the track wraps up its 68th season of continuous operation.

After six races for the IMCA Modifieds, reigning champion Randy Brown is the only driver with all Top 5 finishes.  Brown is a one time winner this season, and this has helped give him a 22 point lead in his battle with past Hanford champion Mike Villaneueva.  When last week's makeup race was ruled by IMCA not to be eligible for track points, Brown and M. Villanueva both took the night off, but Justin Villaneueva very nearly earned his first win.  He was holding off the serious pressure of four time champion Ramie Stone for several laps.  Stone settled for fourth, but fourth generation racer Ryan Porter raced past both of them for his first win of the season.  Villanueva still earned a career best second place finish.

In the point race, M. Villanueva holds a 19 point advantage over Bruce "Bubba" Nelson for second.  Nelson is still looking for his first IMCA sanctioned Modified win to go with an unsanctioned win earlier in the season in Chowchilla.  However, Nelson has two Hobby stock wins at Merced.  In fact, the two time Hobby Stock champion scored the biggest Hobby Stock win of his career two weeks ago in the 80 lap Mike Cecil Memorial race at Watsonville.  Can Bubba get his first IMCA Modified win this week?  He also has his hands full in the battle for third as Darrell Hughes II is seven points behind him in a tie with past champion Bill Egelston.  Porter should be back to try for two in a row, and other stars to watch for this week include Troy Stone, Jarod Fast and Ricky Thatcher.

Consistency is the name of the game for Fred Ryland in the IMCA Sport Modified battle.  The 2015 IMCA State champion leads the Merced race by 34 points over Rick Diaz.  Fred only has one finish in nine starts that is lower than a Top 5, and he also has a win.  Diaz missed a race this year, but the two time champion has an impressive five feature wins as he's managed to put 20 points between himself and third ranked Jeremy Hoff.  Hoff has five Top 5's, but he's still looking for his first win of the season. 

Rookie Chuck Weir is the only other Top 10 point competitor with a feature win so far this season.  Sixth ranked Tanner Thomas was doing all he could to get his first win last week, and he finished a career best second behind IMCA State point leader Shane DeVolder.  Tanner's older brother Chase Thomas holds down fourth in the standings, 14 points ahead of Tim Elias.  Merced Speedway has some fast competitors in this division, and other drivers to watch for this week include 2015 champion Josh Hensley, Paul Espino and Cody Parker.

Garrett Corn and Kodie Dean are friends off the track and rivals on the track this season.  Both have racked up three wins this season, but Corn's rough start had him trailing Dean by a wide margin until Dean was disqualified in the race previous to last week.  However, Corn got caught up in somebody else's spin to end a top 5 run last week.  Dean picked up his ninth Top 5 in ten starts, and this put him seven points into the lead over Corn.  Don't look now, but past Chowchilla Mini Stock champion Robbie Loquaci is only 21 points out of the lead despite some of the bad luck he's had this year.  Robbie is looking for his first win of the season, and that could happen this week.

Kristie Shearer has won several Main Events in her career, and she could strike at any time for her first win of the season.  Kristie is only 26 points out of the lead and nine ahead of 2015 Chowchilla point runnerup Austin Van Hoff.  2015 champion Kevin Joaquin is coming off of a second place finish last week.  Like reigning champion Michael Shearer, Joaquin is looking for his second win of the season, and he's been running strong lately.  There are some fast racers in the Merced Hobby Stock division, and other hard chargers to watch for this week include James Stockton, Mike Stockton, Dexter Long, John Hensley and Mike Germait.

The battle of the Corder siblings continues this week when the Mini Stocks return to action.  Reigning champion Chris Corder is only leading his sister Jennifer Corder by three points.  Chris is a three time winner who has only missed the Top 5 once in his six starts.  Jennifer has a win out of four Top 5's.  The rapidly improving Lucy Falkenberg is lurking 38 points out of the lead in third.  She's finished as high as second but she has to be considered a threat to win her first Main Event.  Shawn DePriest ranks fourth with four Top 5's.  Fourth is where Destiny Carter ended up last season, and she's only 12 point behind DePriest as she prepares to debut her new car this week.  The division continues to gain new competitors, and other drivers to watch for this week include Jeremy Perry, Tyler Jackson and Jason Womack.

This week's lineup is what we call, the "core four" classes, and it's a lineup that usually produces one of the better shows for the fans.  For further information on D&L Pump Night and other happenings at the track, go to www.racemerced.com.


CASA Awareness Night, Full Racing Program 
At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...Orland Raceway will have another exciting program of racing this Saturday night.  It's CASA Awareness night.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and this is a great program that allows children to have a voice.  They are always searching for volunteers to help with that.  The exciting Pure Stocks are back along with Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Micro Sprints and Wingless Gas Sprints.  The fans are talking after last week's Thomas Schmitke Memorial Race, and its been positive.  People can see the improvements being made, and Promoter Rich Hood and his crew are working hard to build up a great racing program on the one-fifth mile clay oval.

Point leader Jeremy Langenderfer surprised everybody when he missed the last race to compete in the Clyde Cordell Memorial race in Hayfork.  Shannon Collins had already missed a race this year, so this makes the two even.  Collins won last week after a good battle with Nick Vidovich to make it two wins in a row.  In the process, Collins managed to cut Lagenderfer's lead to just 17 points.  Collins is also maintaining second in points at Chico.  Reigning champion Steve Martin has had his ups and downs since winning the season opener, but he's 19 points ahead of the steady Amanda Koop in the battle for third.  John Camper is closing in on Keith Ross for fifth in the standings.  Other drivers to watch for include Brad Ray, Cody Bundy and 2015 champion Paul Stevens.

Another close championship battle is happening in the Mini Stocks, where two time champion Tom Davis is leading Sean Perry by 18 points.  Davis came from the back for another win last week, but he had Perry on his back bumper in second.  Perry is a two time winner this season as is Donovan Chilton.  Reigning champion John Kirkpatrick is 29 points behind Perry for third, while the Pinto driven by rookie Jason Libbee now fourth in points.  Barbara Crane holds fifth in the points.  Barbara's husband Olin Crane has brought his Pinto back for the past two races and finished fourth last week.

Keith Ross is like the energize bunny of the Mini Trucks.  The point leader just keeps winning and winning.  Ross has won most of the Main Events this season to hold a 32 point lead over reigning champion Dan Webster.  Webster couldn't quite keep up with the lead battle last week and settled for third.  However, Olin Crane made Ross work for his win as he shadowed his every move in second.  It seems only a matter of time before Crane gets a feature win.  He had two of them last season.  Third ranked William Fogle, Zach Baker and Ross Vige are other drivers to watch for this week.

Jackie Whitson Jr. is in control of the Winged 250 Micro Sprint point lead.  The second generation racer now leads James Barnes by 42 points and has won seven Main Events.  However, Barnes happily evicted Witson from the winner's circle last week as he passed him for the victory.  Seth Libbee did a great job by leading several laps before finishing third.  The steady Ronnie Heyer is a solid third in the standings, while past NCMA Sprint Car star Scott Holloway and Dave McKinnon Jr. are tied for fourth, five points ahead of Jess Garland.  The 250 Micros have been pretty well supported this season.

The Winged 600 Micros and Wingless Gas Sprints have been struggling to get momentum this season.  Mark Michelet's team has been fielding two cars this year, and Rowdy McLennon won the most recent race.  Tony Alosi is another driver with a win this year.  The potential is there for a good turnout, but some of last year's stars have yet to appear this season.  Meanwhile, multi time Wingless Gas Sprint champion Josh Jacobo has been supporting that division's effort and winning most of their races.  The Jacobo team fields multiple cars.  Long time division supporter Rob Worthington and Josh Tucker were also part of their most recent race.

It should be another exciting night of racing.  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.

Orland Raceway Points
Pure Stocks

Jeremy Langenderfer 410
Shannon Collins    393
Steve Martin    334
Amanda Koop    315
Keith Ross     278
John Camper     268
Brad Ray    251
Cody Bundy     187
Frank Leonardo     174
Earl Adams     172

Mini Trucks
Keith Ross     482
Dan Webster     449
William Fogle    414
Olin Crain    290
Zachary Baker     289
Ross Vige     196
Jeremy Callen     125
Jake VanTol     48
Nate Skaggs     45

Mini Stocks
Tom Davis     473
Sean Perry     455
John Kirkpatrick 426
Jason Libbee     296
Barbara Crain     244
Donovon Chilton    202
Dustin Hills    187
Steven Spears    128
Olin Crain    96
Donny Fortney    87

250 Micros
Jackie Whitson Jr. 475
James Barnes    433
Ronnie Heyer     344
Scott Holloway    258
Dave McKinnon Jr. 258
Jess Garland     253
Seth Libbee     211
Jackie Whitson Sr. 156
Pax Gonzalez    126
Russel Hensley     98

600 Micros
Tyler Rockwell     105
Colby Greg     100
Kyra Michelet     94
Steve Harvey     89
Marty Plumb    83


All Star Series Winged Sprint Cars back At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...The All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Cars return to Antioch Speedway this Saturday night for their sixth race of the season.  The three-eighth mile clay oval continues to be a prime location for Sprint Car racing as the track has hosted two Sprint Car Challenge Series races and a King Of The West race this year, and the Wingless Spec Sprints are in their 19th season at the track.  The commitment has been made by Promoter John M. Soares to build this division

The track offers a $1,200 payday to the winner, and they see visitors come to town at every race to challenge the regulars.  Three of them have won Main Events.  Most recently, three time Marysville champion Colby Wiesz scored the victory.  Tyler Seavey and Dustin Golobic also have wins.  The other two wins belong to division rookie Kyle Offill.  After his Top 3 season with the BCRA Midget Lites last year, Kyle made the big move.  It didn't go so well in playday as he flipped the car, but he returned on opening day and scored a victory.  His next win came after a charge from the back of the pack.  Offill has taken himself out of the point battle to run special big events.

The championship battle has an interesting look to it.  It's just possible that somebody will be winning their first career Winged 360 Sprint Car championship, but who is the question.  The fastest among the group may be second generation racer Burt Foland Jr.  Burt missed the third race of the season.  However, his four starts have resulted in two seconds and two thirds.  He's now four points behind Aaron Miller.  Miller makes the trip from Grants Pass, Oregon to compete at Antioch.  After his fifth place finish in the opener, the second generation racer decided he wanted to come race for points. 

At the top of the point list is Marissa Polizzi.  Polizzi has been consistent this season with four fourths and one third place finish, and she is poised to break new ground for the lady racers at the speedway.  No woman has won a championship in a division higher than Limited Late Models at Antioch Speedway.  Last year, Jenna Frazier won the "Rookie Of The Year" award.  She is currently fifth behind the driver many people thought of as the man to beat, Art McCarthy.

McCarthy has been racing open wheel cars for many years, going back to Super Modifieds at San Jose Speedway.  He's a two time Petaluma Speedway champion, but he has been the biggest supporter of the Antioch effort, going back a decade when he won the championship there.  His last three seasons at Antioch include two seconds and a third.  Art has won five Main Events from 2015 to 2016, but he has thus far been shut out of the winner's column this season.  A mechanical issue kept him out of the season opener.  Even if he had started that race, he'd probably still be second to Polizzi.  What's interesting is that all of the Top 5 drivers have yet to win a Main Event this year, and Foland's two seconds are the best of the group.

A local teen joined the field three races ago and got everybody's attention.  He's Jacob Tuttle.  Tuttle comes up from the Cage Karts, and his first start saw him lead every lap but the last one.  It was Offill making the last lap pass and making Jacob settle for second that night.  There have been three late race lead changes in the Main Event this year as the division has been exciting to watch.  Frazier's car owner Jason Paniagua is fielding a car for himself and is currently seventh ahead of Chowchilla's Steve Jaquith.  Jaquith had his best finish ever in third earlier this season after winning his heat race.  This has him feeling pretty good about his chances of getting a first career win.

The Antioch Speedway Winged 360 Sprint Car division is growing.  There are some good racers committed to the effort and top notch young talent showing up from week to week to battle for the $1,200 victory.  Saturday night's race should be a good show.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Point Standings
All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Marissa Polizzi 224
Aaron Miller 198
Burt Foland Jr. 194
Art McCarthy 171
Jenna Frazier 165
Kyle Offill 150
Jason Paniagua 142
Steve Jaquith 96
Jacob Tuttle 82
Emily Williams 72

All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Car Schedule
July 29
August 19
August 26
September 9
September 16
September  23

Past Champions
1998-Gary Geving
2007-Art McCarthy
2010-Craig Smith
2013-Chris Magoon
2014-Chris Magoon
2015-Shawn Arriaga
2016-Billy Aton

Recent Feature Winners
June 24, 2017:  Colby Wiesz
June 17, 2017:  Jonathan Allard
June 10, 2017:  Dustin Golobic
May 13, 2017:  Kyle Offill
May 6, 2017:  Tyler Seavey
April 22, 2017:  Kyle Offill
April 1, 2017:  Cory Eliason
September 31, 2016:  Billy Aton
September 17, 2016:  Colby Johnson
September 10, 2016:  Matt Barber
August 27, 2016;  Billy Aton
August 20, 2016:  Riley Matson
August 13, 2016: Art McCarthy
August 6, 2016:  Seth Nunes
July 30, 2016:  Art McCarthy
July 16, 2016:  Brayden McMahan
June 25, 2016:  Kaleb Montgomery
June 18, 2016:  Bobby McMahan
June 4, 2016: Shawn Conde
May 21, 2016: Koen Shaw
April 23, 2016: Billy Aton
April 2, 2016: Art McCarthy
August 29, 2015: Art McCarthy
August 8, 2015: Shawn Arriaga
July 11, 2015: Jake Haulot
June 20, 2915: Austin Liggett
June 6, 2015: Shawn Arriaga
May 16, 2015: Jake Haulot
April 25, 2015: Alissa Geving
March 7, 2015: Art McCarthy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Papenhausen, Grier Win At Antioch, Porter, DeVolder Win At Merced, Plus Orland, Watsonville

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Papenhausen Returns To Winner's Circle At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...August 12...Reigning DIRTcar Late Model champion Richard Papenhausen turned in a dominant performance in winning the 20 lap Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  This was the second win of the season for Papenhausen, who started his night off with an eight lap heat race win.  From the drop of the green flag, Papenhausen set a blistering pace and pulled ahead by a wide margin.  He was never seriously challenged on his way to the victory.  Shawn DeForest led a close three car battle for second for most of the race.  As they raced to the checkered flag, ninth starter Clay Daly pulled even with DeForest is a photo finish.  Official scorers ruled that DeForest finished second ahead of Daly, point leader Jeff Decker and David Newquist.

Point leader Bryan Grier won the 20 lap All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  This was the third win of the season for Grier, and it came after a good battle with Robert Floyd.  The race only had one yellow flag, and Grier raced into the lead at the start ahead of Floyd and Shannon Newton.  Floyd closed in on Grier after they completed the 16th lap, and he made an outside pass on the back stretch to gain the lead on lap 17.  As they exited Turn 2, Newton spun for the only yellow flag.  Scoring reverted back a lap, and Grier was put back into the lead.  Floyd gave it a valiant effort on the final lap, but Grier kept his cool for the win.  Previous winner Bob Newberry came from tenth starting to finish third, followed by Alan Miranda and Rick Panfili.

Jim Freethy won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event.  This was the first win of the season for the 2013 champion, and it should move him into second in the standings.  Freethy has been consistent all year with five Top 3 finishes.  On this occasion, he had to hold off point leader Kimo Oreta for the win.  Heat race winner Mike Gustafson finished third ahead of Mark Garner and a season best fifth for Chad Hammer.

After the Limited Late Model race, Mark Garner jumped into his B Modified and won that 20 lap Main Event.  This was Garner's second win, and it came after contact sent him spinning in the late stages of the race.  Heat winner Chuck Golden set the pace for four laps before Garner's inside pass in Turn 3 moved him ahead.  On a lap 14 restart, point leader K.C. Keller gained the lead from Garner, and contact sent Garner spinning in Turn 2 for a yellow flag.  Garner was quickly back into second on the restart, and he gained the lead with Keller's solo spin in Turn 4 on lap 16.  Keller made a last ditch attempt at the winning pass in the final turn, but he spun for the second time as Garner won ahead of Nick Caughman Jr.  Keller settled for third ahead of Golden and Kevin Brown.

Michael Cooper won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  This was Cooper's first win since opening day.  Fellow heat winner Melissa Myers ran second for the first 12 laps.  After contact put Jordan Swank into the front wall for a lap 12 yellow flag, both Myers and fourth place Chris Long pitted with flat tires.  Cooper led Cameron Swank on the restart.  Despite late pressure from C. Swank, Cooper brought it home to victory.  C. Swank settled for his fourth runnerup finish of the season as Myers, Chris Sorensen and Gene Haney rounded out the Top 5.

Kevin Miraglio won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was the first win for the defending champion since the season opener, and he also won his heat race.  The race had heavy attrition as David Rosa hit the Turn 4 wall early.  A stuck throttle in point leader Mike Corsaro's car resulted in a crash with Devan Kammermann that ended the race for both.  Miraglio avoided the tangles and took the checkered flag ahead of Mike Reeder.  However, Reeder was disqualified in post race tech.  Brian Gray had his best night of the year with a heat race win and a second place feature finish, followed by Mario Marquez and Chris Becker.

Racing resumes next Saturday night with another six division All Star Series program that will feature Winged 360 Sprint Cars, BCRA Midget Lights, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Hardtops.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
DIRTcar Late Model
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Richard Papenhausen, Jeff Decker.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Richard Papenhausen, Shawn DeForest, Clay Daly, Jeff Decker, David Newquist.

Wingless Spec Sprint
Heat Winners (20 Laps)-Shannon Newton, Bob Newberry.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bryan Grier, Robert Floyd, Bob Newberry, Alan Miranda, Rick Panfili.

Limited Late Model
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Mike Gustafson.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Jim Freethy, Kimo Oreta, Mike Gustafson, Mark Garner, Chad Hammer.

B Modified
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Chuck Golden.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mark Garner, Nick Caughman Jr., Chuck Golden, K.C. Keller, Kevin Brown.

Hobby Stock
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Michael Cooper.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Michael Cooper, Cameron Swank, Melissa Myers, Chris Sorensen, Gene Haney.

Dwarf Car
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Kevin Miraglio, Brian Gray.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Kevin Miraglio, Brian Gray, Mario Marquez, Chris Becker, Devan Kammermann.


Porter, DeVolder, Nelson, Birdsong Win On 
Legends Night At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...August 12...Ryan Porter won the 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Merced Speedway.  Other wins went to Shane DeVolder in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Bruce "Bubba" Nelson in Hobby Stocks and Chris Birdsong in the Valley Sportsman division.  It was Legends night, and several of the track's stars of the past were on hand.  Longtime racer and promoter Chuck Griffin and Johnny Sass, known as The Voice Of Merced Speedway, were both honored as Legends Of Merced Speedway.

Ryan Porter won his first 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event of the season.  Justin Villanueva set the early pace ahead of brothers Ramie Stone and Troy Stone.  R. Stone was working the outside groove and made several attempts to get around Villanueva.  Darrell Hughes II and Porter ran close in this five car battle up front.  Hughes managed to grab third on lap seven before a caution flag flew.  Porter was working the inside groove on the restart, and he took third from Hughes with a low pass in Turn 4 of the tenth lap.  Porter made a similar move on lap 13 to grab second from R. Stone.  Porter moved past Villanueva with an inside pass in Turn 2 of the 14th lap to grab the lead.  Once he had the lead, Porter went on to score the impressive victory.  J. Villanueva was a season best second as Jeff Streeter won a late race duel with R. Stone for third.  Hughes settled for fifth, followed by T. Stone, Ryan Larimer, Bill Egleston, Mitch Enos and Josh Gish.  Larimer and Porter won eight lap heat races.

IMCA Sport Modified State point leader Shane DeVolder won their 20 lap Main Event.  DeVolder and Chase Thomas started the night with eight lap heat race wins, but Cody Parker was the early star of the Main Event as he raced out front at the drop of the green flag.  A low move in Turn 4 of the third lap gained Josh Hensley second from Dwayne Short, and Tanner Thomas passed Short at the line to grab third on lap five.  Tim Ragsdale and DeVolder quickly moved into fourth and fifth.  DeVolder made a strong outside move on the back stretch to take second from Hensley on lap nine and took the lead from Porter with a similar move on lap ten.  T. Thomas made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 14th lap to take second from Parker.  As DeVolder pulled away, Ragsdale and Parker had a good battle for third.  Ragsdale went by Parker on the outside down the back stretch to take over third on lap 18.  Short spun on the back stretch on lap 18, but didn't draw a yellow flag.  The leaders received a white flag, and Short got going right in front of the leaders.  This caused Parker to lose a few spots in the final turn as DeVolder won ahead of T. Thomas, Ragsdale, Hensley, C. Thomas, Parker, Chuck Weir and Gary Tucker.

Bruce "Bubba" Nelson followed up his big Mike Cecil Memorial win at Watsonville with a 20 lap Hobby Stock victory at his home track.  Eight lap heat race wins put Dexter Long, Austin Van Hoff and Nelson in the first three starting positions, and Van Hoff led the first two laps.  Nelson raced by Van Hoff in Turn 4 to take the lead on lap three.  A low move in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Kodie Dean second from Van Hoff as Michael Shearer moved in to battle Van Hoff for third.  Dean set his sights on Nelson and made a high pass in turn 4 of the ninth lap to grab the lead.  Nelson went by on the inside in Turn 3 of the tenth lap to reclaim first.  M. Shearer had taken over third as Garrett Corn and Kevin Joaquin ran ran closely in the Top 5.  A yellow flag waved after 17 laps when Nelson spun, got clipped in the front end by Van Hoff and veered high and into the path of Corn in Turn 2.  Nelson continued to lead Dean and Joaquin on the restart.  As Nelson brought it home to victory, Joaquin just beat Dean back to the line for second.  Long finished fourth, followed by Tony Peffer, John Hensley, M. Shearer, Van Hoff, Kristie Shearer and Mike Germait.

Chris Birdsong scored an emotional win in the 15 lap Valley Sportsman Main Event.  Chris' father, Kenny Birdsong, recently lost his battle with Cancer, and Chris was driving his dad's Rod Poor Tribute car.  Birdsong won a close battle with Mark Odgers in the six lap heat race.  Odgers was piloting his Vern Willhoite Tribute car.  Birdsong and Odgers ran 1-2 at the start of the Main Event.  Jeff Bristow was an early third, but he spun in Turn 1 for a lap four caution flag.  Birdsong continued to lead Odgers and Mike Friesen on the restart.  A low move in Turn 4 of the sixth lap gained Jesse James Burks third from Friesen.  Friesen went by Burks on the inside in Turn 4 to regain third on lap eight.  Odgers was giving Birdsong a good battle for the lead and beat him back to the line on lap 13.  However, Birdsong raced underneath in Turn 2 of the 14th lap to regain the lead.  Birdsong held off Odgers for the the win.  Burks won his battle with Friesen for third as Bristow, Rick Elliot and Jeff West completed the finishing order.

Racing resumes next Saturday with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks all in action.  For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.


Collins, Ross, Davis Win Orland Raceway Main Events

Orland, CA...August 12...Saturday night was the Thomas Schmitke "Race For A Cure" event at Orland Raceway.  In addition to raising money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, there was a full program of racing on the one-fifth mile clay oval.  There were six Main Event winner's sharing the winner's circle at the end of the evening.

Shannon Collins gained valuable ground in the Pure Stock championship battle with his second straight 20 lap Main Event victory.  Collins started back in the sixth row and worked his way up as Jason Armstrong set the early pace ahead of reigning champion Steve Martin.  Nick Vidivich and Collins settled into second and third on a lap five restart, and a yellow flag for a crash involving Amanda Koop gave Vidovich his opportunity to take the lead from Armstrong on the restart.  Collins finally pulled ahead of Armstrong with an inside pass on lap 12 and began to pressure Vidovich for the lead.  Collins made an inside pass in Turn 2 to take the lead from Vidovich on lap 18, and it was Collins winning ahead of Vidovich, 2015 champion Paul Stevens, Armstrong and Brad Ray.

Point leader Tom Davis won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event.  Two time winner Donovan Chilton rebounded from his disappointing outing two weeks ago by racing into the lead at the start.  Sean Perry settled into second, and seventh starter Davis was third by lap seven.  On lap 12, Chilton got sideways exiting Turn 2, and Perry made contact with him.  Davis raced past both of them down the back stretch as Perry recovered in second.  Davis was smooth during the final eight laps and won his fifth Main Event with Perry chasing him in second.  Hunter Merritt spun in the final turn, handing third to Chilton ahead of Olin Crane and John Kirkpatrick.

Point leader Keith Ross won the 20 lap Mini Truck Main Event.  Reigning champion Dan Webster led three laps before surrendering the point to Ross.  Olin Crane slipped past Webster for second on lap five, and the battle was on for the lead.  Crane ran closely behind Ross, looking for him to make any mistake.  However, Ross drove a flawless race and won ahead of Crane, Webster and William Fogle.

Jason Armstrong did double duty as he won the 20 lap California Hardtops Main Event.  A half dozen vintage Chevy and Ford Coupes and Sedans competed, and Ken Clifford led the first two laps before Ron Ruiz went by on the front stretch for the lead.  A lap three caution flag flew for a two car crash in Turn 3.  J. Armstrong raced into the lead on the restart and set a blistering pace in winning the race.  Ruiz was a strong second, and K. Clifford beat Jason's father Dennis Armstrong back to the line in a close race for third.

James Barnes snapped point leader Jackie Whitson Jr's seven race win streak in the 250 Micro Sprint feature as Whitson settled for second ahead of Seth Libbee.  Rowdy McClennon won the 20 lap 600 Micro Sprint race.

Racing continues this Saturday night with CASA Introduction And Awareness Night.  Pure Stocks will be back along with Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Winged Micro 250's, Micro 600's and Wingless Gas Sprints.  For further information, go to www.orlandraceway.org.


Kofoid Wins Johnny Key Classic At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...August 12...Michael "Buddy" Kofoid won the Johnny Key Classic Saturday night at Ocean Speedway.  Kofoid won a big $5,000 payday for his win in the 50 lap race.  It followed up his King Of The West Series win in the Howard Kaeding Classic at Watsonville a month earlier.  The Civil War Series event drew 25 competitors.  Kofoid had to work for this one as nine time Civil War Series champion Andy Forsberg and D.J. Netto started up front with him.  Kofoid just beat Foreberg back to the line for the win as Netto was a close third    Justin Sanders won another close battle with reigning King Of The West Series champion Kyle Hirst for fourth.  Mitchell Faccinto finished sixth, followed by Zane Blanchard, Bud Kaeding, Geoff Ensign and Koen Shaw.  Ensign earned his Main Event start by winning the 12 lap B Main ahead of Collin Markle and Jarrett Soares.  Kofoid earned his pole position start for the Main Event by holding off Netto to win the six lap Trophy Dash.  Forsberg, Colby Copeland and Gio Scelzi won ten lap heat races.  Faccinto set the fast time of 11.801 as Sanders was second quick with a lap of 11.851.

Matt Hagio collected his eighth 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified feature win of the season as he continues to lead the championship battle.  Justin McPherson wasn't too far behind Hagio in second as heat winner Anthony Giuliani, Mark Hartman, Duane Bieser and Charlie Hunter completed the finishing order.

Point leader Rob Gallaher won his fourth 20 lap American Stock Main Event.  After 80 laps of racing last week, the field fell to nine cars, but Gallaher had to battle Tony Oliveira down the stretch before claiming the victory,  J.C. Elrod finished third, followed by Terry Traub, Wally Kennedy, Austin Williams, Katie Briggs and Tom Cline.  Briggs and Gallaher won eight lap heat races.

Camron Diatte won the 20 lap SBDCA Dwarf Car Main Event.  C. Diatte is the SBDCA point leader, and he had to battle Ryan Diatte for the win.  Visitor Buddy Waddell earned a third place finish ahead of Mark Biscardi, Doug Penney, Ryan Amlen, Zach Price, Brady Beck and Bill Belfield.  Amlen and C. Diatte were eight lap heat race winners, and Trafton Chandler scratched before the Main Event.


Petaluma Speedway Race Results August 12, 2017
Johnny Soares Classic
Hunt/PitStopUSA.com Shoot Out Wingless Spec Sprint (50 Laps)

Results are not official
1     #32 Klint Simpson   
2     #51 Austin Liggett
3     #83 Bradley Terrell
4     #11 Jake Haulot
5     #7ej Cody Spencer   
6     #1c Jimmy Christian   
7     #1 Terry Schank Jr.
8     #24n Nick Larsen
9     #84 Brent Steck
10     #38 Casey McClain   
11     #42 Will Fatu
12     #3r Bob Davis
13     #77s Ryon Siverling
14     #57n Dennis Furia Jr.
15     #73x Keith Calvino
16     #32b Eden McCormick       
17     #6 Sparky Howard           
18     #14 Barry Pries   

IMCA All Star Modified Series
Results are not official
1     #49 Troy Foulger   
2     #98 Alex Stanford
3     #17 Nick Decarlo
4     #88p Carl Berendsen II
5     #10 Ryan McDaniel
6     #2c Duane Cleveland
7     #25 Austin Burke
8     #20 Cody Burke
9     #10x Randy McDaniel   
10     #23 Oreste Gonnella
11     #23m Michelle Paul
12     #2 Jake Dewsbury
13     #01 Terry Kaiser
14     #1jr Jerry Roy Jr.
15     #b4 Bobby Montalvo   
16     #198 Robby Sawyer   
17     #89 Freddie Plourde
18     #27 Mike White
19     #16 Michael Paul Jr.
20     #5 David Spriggs       
21     #4x Anthony Slaney           
22     #34j Jeff Faulkner       
23     #1b Tim Balding

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Results are not official
1     #46 Steve Studebaker           
2     #3 Matt While
3     #49 Woody Woodward
4     #r22m Rich Denman
5     #60 Shawn McCoy
6     #07 Manny Avila
7     #93 Roger Miller   
8     #17 Terry Decarlo   
9     #04 Dan Smith   
10     #11c Sean Cook
11     #25 Erick Veeninga

Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #13 Dave Spindell   
2     #1a Austin Ohlinger   
3     #20 Ricky Coleman
4     #2 Jessica West
5     #17c Duane Croft
6     #7 Mike Cover
7     #81 Randy Miramontez   
8     #32 Sean Hale       
9     #07 Aiden Avila       
10     #4t Squirrely Curley


Santa Maria Raceway Race Results August 12, 2017
Bud Stanfield Memorial
USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Max Adams
Danny Faria Jr.
Tristan Guardino
Brandon Wiley
Cory Elliott
Ryan Stolz
Jake Swanson
Dalton Hill
Kyle Smith
Garrett Long
Steve Demott
Steve Hix
James Herrera
Austin Ervine
Joe Stornetta Jr.
Trent Carter
Jordan Linson
Jimmy Thompson
Gary Nelson Jr.
Ryan Timmons
Matt Day

IMCA Sport Mods
Clint Reichenbach
Dylan Thorton
Wayne Coffman
Parker Maccianti
Austin Ruskauff
Kyle Wood
Brooke Toste
Dale Kunz
Mike Dean

Hobby Stocks
Bryan Terry
Corey Brough
Michael Scruggs
Scotty Preas
Taelor Janes
Pat Fausel
Matt McEwan
Aaron Bruce
Gene Ross
David Bettencourt
Kyle Wood
Eddie Williams
Markus Frazier
Mack McGeary
Bob Ellis DNS

American Stocks
Jimmy Satlawa
Kristina McGeary
Sheldon Bailey
Taylor King
Jon Waterfiled
Cody Smith
Ed Wyand
Aaron Bollman
Martin Preciado
Gregg Teller
Gary Rayburn Jr.
Joel Chavez
Justin Teller
Raymond Shoemaker DNS
Dina Stanely DQ

Mini Stocks
Craig Moody
Thomas Mederios
Jaryd Padgett
Peter Orradre
Joel Chavez
Justin Jackson
Shaun Jones
Megan Burgett
Levi Burgett
Dane Mclaughlin
Aaron Calvert DNS
Mike Ibison DNS
Jesse McCauley DNS
Wyatt Kenyon DNS
Anthony Magarachi DNS
David Kavanagh DNS


Madera Speedway Race Results August 12, 2017
PCS Late Models

Jacob Gomes
John Moore
Mike Beeler
Travis Milburn
Eric Nascimento
Austin Gant
Austin Herzog
John Dalerio
Michael Sandoval
Jack Wood
Cole Moore
Tracy Bolin
Matt Wendt
Carlos Vieira
Matt Scott
Ross Strmiska
Michael Hite
Justin Westmoreland
Alexander Mead

MST
Bert Stephens
Zachary Cook
Dave Lander
Patrick Geiger
Nick Thompson
Ryan Reynolds
DJ Lander
Rian Bowman

USAC Speed2 Midgets
Toni Breidinger
Adam Lemke
Jesse Love
Tom Patterson
Annie Breidinger
Kristen Hickman
Cody Jessop
Blake Brannon
Johnny Nichals

Hobby Stock
Howard Holden
Jon Schlundt
Steve Schermerhorn
Verg Beatty
Jesus Hernandez

360 Super Modifieds
Donnie Large
Eric Humphries
Lance Jackson

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Antioch Speedway Preview, Merced Speedway Legends Night Preview

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Antioch, CA...The battles are heating up at Antioch Speedway as we have hit the hot month of August.  Several championship battles remain very close and are looking like they could head to the final checkered flag to determine the ultimate winners.  On Saturday night, the All Star Series lineup includes Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.

In the most recent Wingless Spec Sprint race, incoming point leader Alan Miranda rolled onto the track for the Main Event.  He was making his pace laps when a mechanical issue sent him to the pits.  He failed to start the race and vacated the lead. The question was, who would be the next point leader?  Division mainstay Rick Panfili came into the night ranked second and drove to his fourth Top 5 finish in fifth.  He did pass Miranda, but it was only good enough for him to hold on for second in points.  Bryan Grier had an even better night as he finished second.  The 2014 Watsonville champion now has two wins, a second and two thirds, which now gives him a slim four point lead over Panfili.  He missed a race, or that lead would be bigger.

Panfili's lead over Miranda is now nine points.  Miranda suffered a setback last week, but he can still get his campaign back on the right track with a good finish this week.  Ten points behind Pafili is rookie Robert Floyd.  Floyd won his heat race last time and seemed headed for a third place finish before mechanical issues sidelined him a few laps from the finish.  It's been such a wide open battle this year, and any of these four could still leave the season as the champion.  Shannon Newton is 18 points behind Floyd and 12 ahead of Bob Newberry.  Newberry is the only three time winner of the group, and he's had three straight Top 3 finishes.  Other stars to watch for this week include Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd, James East and rookie Abigail Gonderman.

Jeff Decker seems to be on his way to his third DIRTcar Late Model championship.  He's won three Main Events in a row and four this year.  Decker now leads David Newquist by 46 points.  He knows he can't get too comfortable.  Two time champion Richard Papenhausen's point effort was derailed with a blown motor suffered in a heat race win, so Decker knows it could happen to him too.  At the moment, the battle is for second between Newquist and Shawn DeForest.  Newquist leads DeForest by just six points.  Both drivers have finished as high as second once this year and may be the best hope of beating Decker for a win.  The steady Joey Olschowka joins these two as a feature runnerup finisher this year and is 20 points behind DeForest

Hopefully, Papenhausen returns this week after skipping a race to run a special A Modified event in Quincy.  Papenhausen has won several Late Model races at Antioch in the past three seasons and has a win and a second this year.  Papenhausen is only 14 points behind fifth ranked Kimo Oreta.  Oreta has a pair of Top 5 finishes and is only 13 points behind Olschowka in the rookie race.  Seven points behind Oreta is Dennis Souza.  Souza also has a pair of Top 5 finishes in the six races held so far.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Chester Kniss, Mike Hynes, Rob Norris and Paul Guglielmoni.

K.C. Keller took advantage of the absence of reigning champion Trevor Clymens last week to increase his point lead.  The B Modifieds ran with the A Modifieds, and Keller finished second in the combined race, while Mark Garner finished fourth.  Keller's lead is now 58 points over Chuck Golden.  Golden has his hands full in the battle for second.  Four points behind him is four time winner Clymens and Garner.  Golden is the only one of the four without a win, though he has one second.  Past Street Stock champion and two time winner Todd Gomez moved into fifth in points last week, but his lead over Randy Brown is just eight points.  Brown had a medical emergency take him out of the action, but he's been recovering.  We hope to see him back soon along with Doff Cooksey, Kevin Brown and Megan Ponciano.

Kimo Oreta and Mark Garner are both doing double duties this week.  Oreta has been doing a great job behind the wheel of the Sun Drop Racing #15 Limited Late Model.  Two time champion Mike Gustafson added a second win to his win totals last week, but Oreta grabbed his third second place finish to go with two wins.  Oreta's lead over Mark Garner increased to 12 points after last week.  Garner picked up a third place finish to keep things close.  He has two thirds and two seconds to go with his one win, but he's in need of another victory.  Jim Freethy is only 14 points out of the lead despite the fact that he has yet to win this season.  Freethy finished fourth last week, and that's his only non Top 3 finish so far this year.  He's trailed by Gustafson by just 14 points.  Rookie Buddy Kniss had his best finish in fifth last time, and he'll be out to improve on that.  Other drivers to watch for this week include the steady John Evans, Chad Hammer and Jeff Kendrick.

Brent Curran scraped by for another Top 5 Hobby Stock finish in fifth last week.  Chris Long finished third, so the Curran lead over Long is just 17 points.  2010 champion Chris Sorensen moved back into third in points on the strength of his division leading fourth feature victory.  Sorensen drove a flawless race last time, but now he has to overcome a pair of bad weeks that were plagued with transmission issues.  He's 41 points out of the lead and 24 behind Long for second place.  Rookie Chris Bennett had a Top 3 run going last time before his luck nose dived.  However, Cameron Swank had a bad night as well.  Bennett is seven points behind Sorensen and 15 ahead of Swank in the battle for fourth.  These five should be there battling for the win this week along with Gene Haney, Billy Garner, Jordan Swank, Ricky Foster and Michael Cooper.

Mike Corsaro drove the "Meat Wagon" to his third Dwarf Car feature win in his last five starts as his point lead continues to increase.  His lead over rookie Devan Kammermann is now 58 points.  Corsaro's impressive totals also include three seconds and two thirds.  Kammermann, meanwhile, earned his best finish yet in third last time, just ahead of David Michael Rosa.  This gives him a slim two point lead over Rosa in the battle for second.  David Rosa won his heat last week to help him stay within ten points of Kammermann and four ahead of ageless veteran Charlie Correia in a good battle within the Top 5.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Chris Becker, Chuck Conover, Brandon Anderson, David Corsaro and recent heat winner Brian Gray.

There is plenty of excitement on tap at Antioch Speedway this week.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Legend's Night Is Back At Merced Speedway 
 This Saturday Night

Merced, CA...Race Director Doug Williams established a special night on the Merced Speedway schedule a few years ago.  It was called Legends Night.  This is the time of year when the racing community looks back on the nearly 70 year history of this race track.  You will see many legends in the stands that night.  This has included four time Sportsman champion Dennis Moomjean, another past Sportsman champ Jerry Holzer, long time promoter and Sportsman racer Chuck Griffin, long time announcer Johnny Sass and perennial title contender and top Sportsman feature winner (from 1968-1979), Rod Poor.  This year's Legends Night is presented by Merced Elk's Bingo.

What makes a legend?  Is it because that driver won races and championships?  Is it because of the way they conducted themselves at the track?  Perhaps it was because that person took the time to talk with their fans and were heroes to those young fans who became life long racing fans.  We just lost a legend.  Kenny Birdsong was a fan who loved watching racers like his hero, Rod Poor.  He even built his 2016 championship Sportsman as a tribute to Poor and got a chance to let him drive the car.   In his brief time as a racer at Merced, Kenny made an impression on young fans and did what he could to promote the Sportsman class.  His absence will be felt this Saturday night as his car will be at the track.

Eventually, the track will have a Hall Of Fame, and there are so many who are deserving of the honor.  If there was a "Mount Rushmore" of Legends overlooking the Speedway, it would be hard to dispute Dennis Moomjean's inclusion.  He is certainly a first ballot inductee.  Dennis just celebrated his birthday and is anticipated this week.  Likewise, "Mr. Dirt" Vern Willhoite would belong there.  He was winning Merced championships in the 1950's.  Nearly 20 years later, he was a champion in the Sportsman class.  Ted Stofle is probably the greatest Stock Car driver of the 1970's and maybe all time.  He won six championships in a row at Merced.  There's also three time Sportsman champion George Steitz.  After all of the winning he did, he eventually became the promoter of the most popular open show in the state.  It's a no brainer that "The Voice Of Merced Speedway" Johnny Sass belongs.

The Sportsman division is a featured class on Legends Night.  Last year, they delivered 10 race cars, and there should be a good turnout this year.  It's likely that two time champion Mike Friesen will come as well as past champion Mark Odgers in his Vern Willhoite Tribute Car.  The Birdsong car should be there along with the Jeanne Canepa-Reveal car, which has been driven by four time Watsonville Sportsman champion and Hall Of Famer Jerry Cecil.  Eric Sealy, Jeff Bristow, Jeff West and Shannon Fry are others anticipated.  From the mid 1960's to the end of the 1970's, Sportsman racing was king at Merced Speedway.

Another group committed to honoring the past is the Legends Of Kearney Bowl.  The Vintage Super Modified movement has grown through the years, and drivers are still building cars.  The roster of known cars reaches into the 40's, and they are a welcome addition to the show wherever they go.  These really are some nice looking race cars.  The owners take a lot of pride in these cars, and they show them off at car shows quite often.  Recently, they inducted the legendary Everett Edlund into the Kearney Bowl Hall Of Fame.  The Master Of Ceremonies that night was long time announcer Kenny Takeuchi, who was recently inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame.  Kenny is considered by many to be one of the greatest announcers of all time, and it would be a real coup for the track to get microphones in the hands of Takeuchi and Sass if they are in attendance, even for a few minutes.  When those old Super Modifieds get on the race track, you are in for a treat.

Promoter Ed Parker made a decision within the last week to add the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds to the schedule due to the fact that he had to cancel the races on July 22nd due to the fire fighting crews using the fairgrounds as a base when they were fighting area fires.  However, after consulting with IMCA officials in Iowa, it was decided that Merced could not have track points due to the fact that the race was added too close to the actual date.  It was decided that it could be a State and Regional point race, though the Merced area racers aren't really competing for either this year.  However, because Parker and his crew have done such a great job with the track these past two seasons, it's likely that there will be strong support in both divisions.

Mike Villanueva will have to wait another week to see if he can get any closer than the 22 points he trails reigning champion Randy Brown in this season's IMCA Modified championship chase.  However, the past Hanford champion is still hoping to get his first win of the season.  Mike has two Top 5's, while Brown has six, including a victory.  Fresh off of his Mike Cecil Memorial win in Michael Shearer's Hobby Stock, third ranked Bruce "Bubba" Nelson is still looking for his first Merced IMCA Modified win.  Like Villanueva, he does have two seconds.  Paul Stone is a multi time champion with two feature wins this year, but hard chargers like Darrell Hughes II, Ryan Porter, Jarod Fast, Troy Stone, Ricky Thatcher and Ramie Stone are still looking for their first wins.

We'll have to wait and see if there's enough time for two time reigning champion Rick Diaz to overtake Fred Ryland in the IMCA Sport Modified championship battle.  Diaz missed a race, but even if he had been there, the Ryland-Diaz battle would be close.  Consistency has led to eight Top 5 finishes for Ryland in nine starts, though he has just one victory.  The red hot Diaz has five wins and is 34 points out of the lead.  Rookie Chuck Weir is the only other Top 10 racer with a victory this season.  Merced has an all star caliber lineup of drivers, and Top 5 ranked Jeremy Hoff, Chase Thomas and Tim Elias lead a group of racers capable of winning a Main Event at any time.   Paul Espino, Cody Parker, Anthony Giuliani, Tanner Thomas and Josh Hensley are other drivers to watch for this week.

Hobby Stocks and BCRA Midget Lites will be there as well.  In the Hobby Stocks, Garrett Corn and Kodie Dean are having amazing seasons so far with three feature wins each.  Dean had an apparent fourth win last time out before being disqualified in post race tech, which also cost him the point lead.  Corn leads Dean by just 2 points.  These two drivers have been enjoying their battles on the track, but there will be others racing them hard this week.  In fact, Robby Loquaci's four Top 5 finishes have him 13 points out of the lead, while Kristie Shearer is only 22 points back in this wide open race.  Both are looking for their first wins of the season.  Other drivers on the verge of victory include Austin Van Hoff, Shannon Nelson, James Stockton, Mike Stockton and Darren Miguel.  2015 champion Kevin Joaquin and reigning champion Michael Shearer do have wins, and they are looking to do it again.  Hobby Stocks are always a highlight on the program as their battles up front are usually close.

Reigning champion Craig Dillard is well on his way to another championship, while Emilee Lindgren and Dakota Albright are battling for second in the BCRA Midget Lites point race.  The division has struggled a bit this season as a few drivers have moved up to other classes and others are getting cars together.  Other drivers to watch for include Scott Kinney, Hunter Kinney, Terry Begstrom and Charlie Carracilo.

History matters in racing.  It shows the great tradition of racing that has led us to this moment.  These are the people who made us want to come watch the races through the years and inspired a whole new generation of racers and racing fans.  What Promoter Ed Parker and Williams are doing at Merced with Legend's Night is something every race track that has been around for a while should be doing.  It will be a fun night at Merced Speedway.  For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Newberry, Motts, Gustafson Win At Antioch Speedway, Nelson Wins Mike Cecil Memorial At Ocean Speedway



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Newberry, Motts, Gustafson Win At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...August 5...Bob Newberry won the 20 lap All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  He now has two wins and a second in the last three races.  Shannon Newton was looking like a serious threat for his first win as he paced the first eight laps of the race.  Unfortunately, steering issues led to a crash at the end of the front straightaway, handing the lead to Newberry.  Title contender Bryan Grier took second from heat race winner Robert Floyd on the restart.  Newberry led the rest of the way to win ahead of Grier.  Mechanical issues on lap 17 ended Floyd's Top 3 run as Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd and Rick Panfili rounded out the Top 5.  Incoming point leader Alan Miranda's point effort took a hit when he pitted with mechanical issues prior to the start of the race.

Point leader Bobby Motts Jr. won the 20 lap A Modified Main Event, while point leader K.C Keller won the B Modified feature.  The two divisions ran a combined race, which the track has done on rare occasions.  In 2013, they ran Super Hobby Stocks and Limited Late Models together a few times, and there were a couple of occasions in which they ran the Sportsman class ran with the Stock Cars back in 1981.  Motts took a big step towards his first A Modified championship as he won his first Main Event of the season, and Keller was a surprise second as the top B Modified finisher, which allowed him to add several points to his lead.  Terry Kaiser was third in his A Modified, followed by the B Modified of Mark Garner and the A Modified of long time racer Mitch Enos.

Mike Gustafson won the 20 lap Limited Late Model feature.  This was his his first win since the season opener.  Gustafson was able to get the lead early, while point leader Kimo Oreta came from the back for a second place finish in the Sun Drop Racing #15 car.  Mark Garner forced heat winner Jim Freethy to settle for his first non Top 3 finish of the season.  After a few bad weeks with mechanical issues, rookie Buddy Kniss had his best finish in fifth.

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  This was the fourth win of the year for the 2010 champion.  Billy Garner led four laps ahead of Chris Bennett.  When Garner slowed, Bennett paced a lap before pushing high.  This opened the door for Sorensen and Chris Long to race into the first two positions.  Melissa Myers made her way from tenth to third by lap 12, and she took second from Long on a lap 17 restart.  However, Sorensen was not going to be denied the win.  Chris and Robbee Sorensen were celebrating their 17th Wedding Anniversary.  Myers was a strong second ahead of Long, Ken Rhoades and point leader Brent Curran.

Point leader Mike Corsaro won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was his third win in the last five races as Corsaro continues to increase his point lead.  He started back in the fifth row as teammate Charlie Correia led early before giving way to Travis Hensley.  However, Corsaro proved to be too fast for Hensley as he made his move into the lead and scored the win.  Hensley settled for second with rookie Devan Kammermann a career best third.  David Michael Rosa and Jenna Frazier rounded out the Top 5.

Racing returns next week with a lineup of All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, Limited Late Models, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Robert Floyd, Shannon Newton.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, Bryan Grier, Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd, Rick Panfili, James East, Abigail Gonderman, Robert Floyd, Shannon Newton, Alan Miranda (DNS).

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr., Anthony Slaney.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr., Terry Kaiser, Mitch Enos, Gary Hetrick, Sean O'Gara, Bobby Montalvo, Justin Yaeger, Gregg McElhaney, Anthony Slaney, Eric Berendsen.

B Modifieds
Heat Winner (6 Laps)-K.C. Keller.  Main Event (20 Laps)-K.C. Keller, Mark Garner, Todd Gomez, Chuck Golden, Megan Ponciano (DNS).

Limited Late Models
Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Jim Freethy.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Gustafson, Kimo Oreta, Mark Garner, Jim Freethy, Buddy Kniss, John Evans, Chad Hammer.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Chris Long.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Melissa Myers, Chris Long, Ken Rhoades, Brent Curran, Gene Haney, Cameron Swank, Ed Hammer, Billy Garner, Dan McCown.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-David Rosa, Brian Gray.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, Travis Hensley, Devan Kammermann, David Michael Rosa, Jenna Frazier, Mario Marquez, Brandon Anderson, Charlie Correia, Chris Becker, David Rosa.


Nelson, Foulger, Shelby Win Mike Cecil Memorial Races

Watsonville, CA...August 5...Over 120 race cars filled the pits for the 20th Annual Mike Cecil Memorial Saturday night at Ocean Speedway.  Mike Cecil ran Street Stocks at the track for several seasons.  He was the 1995 champion and won the annual 100 lap Main Event in 1995 and 1996.  When he lost his battle with Cancer, track management named the 100 lap race after him, and the Mike Cecil Memorial Race began in 1998.  The Hobby Stocks were given the 80 lap race, sponsored by 1 Hour Drain, and Bruce "Bubba" Nelson won.  Troy Foulger won the All Star Series IMCA Modified race, and Phillip Shelby claimed the victory in the IMCA Sport Modified race.  All three winners won $1,500 as www.mycars.com put up an additional $500 for each winner.

Bruce "Bubba" Nelson scored the biggest win of his career in the 80 lap Mike Cecil Memorial.  The two time Merced Speedway Hobby Stock champion took the wheel of teammate Michael Shearer's #67j car and promptly stumbled out of the gate with a disappointing sixth place finish in his eight lap heat race.  This meant Nelson had to run the B Main to earn his feature start.  After cruising to victory in the 12 lap B Main, Nelson started back in 17th place in the big race.  Past Watsonville champion Nick Silva was also flying around the Tom Sagmiller prepared quarter-mile clay and battled Nelson at the front of the pack down the stretch.  Silva even had the fastest lap of 16.944.  However, Nelson made his move into the lead and managed to hold off the persistent Silva, who settled for a close second.  Bobby Huckaby was not far behind in third, and six time champion Sam Kennedy dug his car out of mothballs and finished fourth.  Joe Gallaher was the only driver a lap down in fifth as 2015 Merced champion Kevin Joaquin, Chris McCabe, Katie Briggs, Kyle Reeder and three time champion Billy Nelson rounded out the Top 10.

The American Stock division was reportedly in danger heading into the season, but a season high 32 competitors supported the big race.  J.C. Elrod won his eight lap heat race ahead of Tony Oliveira.  Point leader Rob Gallaher won his heat in a good battle with Billy Nelson.  Katie Briggs won the third heat ahead of Kevin Joaquin, and Wally Kennedy held off Merced star Garrett Corn to win the last heat.  Bruce Nelson won the 12 lap B Main by a straightaway with Chris McCabe finishing second ahead of Joe Gallaher, Kyle Reeder and John Farrell.

Troy Foulger scored an impressive victory in the 30 lap All Star Series IMCA Modified Main Event.  Foulger had struggled a bit in the early portion of the season, but he's been running strong with a series of recent victories aboard the Bill Bowers Modified.  Foulger started back in ninth as reigning champion Bobby Hogge IV, Watsonville point leader Cody Burke and Merced racer Ryan Porter battled for the lead.  Hogge managed to gain the lead, but he slipped back a few positions.  Foulger soon found his way to the point as Hogge made a serious attempt to regain the lead.  However, Foulger prevailed at the waving of the checkered flag.  Hogge settled for second with Robby Sawyer a close third.  Nick DeCarlo and Merced point leader Randy Brown finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Porter settled for sixth and ahead of Burke, Tim Balding, All Star Series point leader Ryan McDanield and Joe Antonetti.

A season high 54 IMCA Modifieds flooded the pits, and Randy Brown kicked things off by winning the first eight lap heat, just ahead of Troy Foulger.  Bobby Hogge IV prevailed in the second heat ahead of Ryan Porter.  Cody Burke outdueled Joe Antonetti in a good battle in the third heat.   Tim Balding won a photo finish victory over Alex Wilson in the fourth heat race.  Duane Cleveland won the fifth heat by a wide margin ahead of Jeff Faulkner, and Andy Obertello won the sixth head ahead of Mike White.  The format called for two 12 lap B Mains to fill the remainder of the field.  DeCarlo won the first one in a close race with Susanville's Riley Simmons.  Trent Wentworth held off Austin Burke and Carl Berendsen II to finish third.  Before earning his third place feature finish, Robby Sawyer won the second B Main by nearly a straightaway ahead of Derek Nance, Randy McDaiel, Kyle Wilson and Ryan McDaniel.

Phillip Shelby scored one of the biggest wins of his career in the 30 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Shelby leads the point standings at Chico and Marysville this season and is a three time Stock Car champion at Marysville.  He had a front row start in the race, but his two closest contenders down the stretch started deep in the pack.  Merced point leader Fred Ryland started back in 11th and worked his way into second.  However, Shelby would hold off Ryland for the big win.  Reigning Chico champion Todd Cooper finished second in his B Main to earn the 16th starting spot in the feature.  He steadily worked his way through the pack and outran reigning Merced champion Rick Diaz for a third place feature finish.  Mark Hartman helped his championship hopes with a fifth place finish ahead of Anthony Giuliani, Chase Thomas, Justin McPherson, Tanner Thomas and reigning Antioch champion Trevor Clymens.

There were 39 IMCA Sport Modifieds in action, and they ran six eight lap heat races.  Dylan Cooper won the first heat ahead of Merced racer Gary Tucker.  Mike Kofnovec held off T.J. Etchison to win the second heat.  Phillip Shelby grabbed the third heat race win ahead of State point leader Shane DeVolder.  Fred Ryland beat Mark Hartman by a wide margin to win the fourth heat.  Andrew Peckham won a close battle with West Coast Sport Mod Tour champion Nick Spainhoward in the fifth heat, and Rick Diaz prevailed in the sixth heat ahead of Justin McPherson.  Six time IMCA Modified champion Kenny Nott jumped into the #96m car of Clay Daly and Jim DiGiovanni and won the first 12 lap B Main ahead of Tanner Thomas.  Geoff Ensign wheeled the Marty Burdine car to a third place finish, followed by Anthony Giuliani and Chuck Weir.  Reigning Antioch Hobby Stock champion Guy Ahlwardt held off Todd Cooper to win the second B Main as point leader Matt Hagio, Chase Thomas and Trevor Clymens rounded out the Top 5.


Hirst, Rodgers, Longacre Win At Silver Dollar Speedway

Chico, CA...August 4...Kyle Hirst returned to Silver Dollar Speedway Friday night and won the 30 lap Winged 410 Sprint Car Main Event.  Hirst is the reigning King Of The West Series champion and the current Sprint Car Challenge Tour point leader.  Hirst started his night by winning an eight lap heat race ahead of Sean Watts.  Bud Kaeding held off D.J. Netto to win their heat race.  Reigning Chico champion Sean Becker clocked in with the fast time of 11.802 on the quarter clay mile oval, just beating Netto's 11.813 lap.  Hirst battled Becker for his Main Event victory.  Another good battle for third found Kaeding holding off Chico point leader Andy Forsberg and Netto to earn the position.  Mitchell Faccinto finished sixth, followed by Michael Ing, Kofoid, Kalib Henry and Watts.

Tyler Rodgers won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  It was the first win of the season for Rodgers and it came with IMCA State point leader Shane DeVolder a close second.  Point leader Phillip Shelby won his eight lap heat race with past Placerville Pure Stock champion Scott Grunert driving the Marty Burdine car to a second place finish.  Shelby was a solid third in the Main Event, followed by Grunert.  Mark Abouzeid won a close battle with Rodgers to win their heat race.  Abouzeid would finish fifth in the Main Event as Mike Helwig, Zach Potts, Jake Van Tol and Jeff Fear rounded out the finishing order.

Richard Longacre made a surprise visit and won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Longacre is a multi time Susanville Strictly Stock champion.  Championship contender Shannon Collins gave it a good effort, but he couldn't quite make a move on Longacre.  He still finished second, just ahead of previous winner Nick Vidovich.  James West was a solid fourth ahead of Mike Chase, Callen Myers and Rick Higby.  Orland point leader Jeremy Langenderfer was penalized for a pair of jump starts and ultimately retired on lap 10 to end up eighth.  Collin Ferguson tangled with Myers in Turn 2 on a lap three restart and was out of the race as incoming point leader Kyle Allen ended a disappointing night in last.  Vidovich and Lagenderfer won their eight lap heat races.

Steve Hammett won the 20 lap Street Stock Main Event.  Hammett had a perfect night as he also won the eight lap heat race.  Point leader Phil Marino spun for a lap ten caution flag, but he came back and lost a photo finish to Hammett at the checkered flag.  Long time Stock Car competitor and championship contender Gary Newman battled Richard Workman to grab a third place finish.  Brett Lawrence and Mike Slingtom completed the finishing order.


Schmitke Memorial Race For A Cure Comes To 
Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...Orland Raceway will be hosting a special event this Saturday night.  It's the second Annual Thomas Schmitke Memorial Race For A Cure event.  Thomas was a beloved member of the community who lost his battle with Cancer at 23 years old in 2010.  His family started having Schmitke Memorial events as a way to raise funds for his daughter Lexi, who was two years old at the time he died.  They have also raised money for the community.  Money raised this year will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital.  There will be a full racing program on the one-fifth mile dirt oval.  Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks, Micro Sprints and California Hardtops will all be competing.

The last time out, Shannon Collins snapped Pure Stock point leader Jeremy Langenderfer's winning streak.  Collins has been enjoying a great racing season so far as he ranks second at both Orland and Chico.  Collins is keeping a busy schedule that has him competing just about every weekend this season.  He hopes to race at Chico on Friday and Orland on Saturday if all goes well.  Collins has won at both tracks this year, but Langenderfer has been difficult to beat at Orland.  Collins beat Earl Adams and Amanda Koop in the most recent Orland race, and he'll be out to repeat that this week.  Reigning champion Steve Martin won on Schmitke Memorial Night last year, and he will be out to do it again this year.

Keith Ross is proving to be nearly impossible to beat as he continues to lead the Mini Truck standings.  Ross won the most recent race, but reigning champion Dan Webster finished second.  Webster remains in contention for the championship, but he needs to get back in the winner's circle.  Hard chargers like Olin Crane, William Fogle and Zach Baker will be gunning for their first wins of the year.

Point leader Tom Davis won the most recent Mini Stock Main Event and is approaching ten wins between Orland and Susanville this season.  Sean Perry remains a close second in the standings.  Last time, Perry spun late in the race, but he came back to win a photo finish with reigning champion John Kirkpatrick for second.  Kirkpatrick has a solid hold on third in the standings, but he's hoping to get his first win this week.  Donovan Chilton is now a two time winner, but he was out of the most recent race early along with the Ford Pinto of Jason Libbee.  After a late start, Libbee is battling Barbara Crane for fourth in points.

Jackie Whitson Jr. continues to dominate the 250 Micro Sprints.  The division went back to running wings on their cars last time, and Whitson set a blistering pace in winning once again.  Nobody has beat him yet, and Scott Holloway seems to be the best hope of accomplishing that goal.  The long time open wheel racer now has four second place finishes in his four starts, but all seven wins belong to Whitson.  Holloway may be leading the charge, but past champion Jess Garland, James Barnes and Ronnie Heyer are other drivers to keep an eye on this week.

Back in the 1950's and 1960's, the Hardtops were a popular form of racing in California and all around the country.  This Saturday night, the California Hardtop Association pays Orland a special visit with their old style Coupe and Sedan race cars.  Leading the charge will be Jason Armstrong, who has wins in Petaluma and his home track of Placerville this year.  Armstrong won a Pure Stock Main Event in Orland last season.  His father, Dennis Armstrong, is anticipated this week along with the father-son duo of Ken and Jason Clifford, Ron Ruiz and Dan Whitney.

The Thomas Schmitke Memorial will raise money for a good cause, while giving the fans an exciting racing program.  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.

Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results August 5, 2017
Mike Cecil Memorial

American Stocks
A Feature 1 (80 Laps)
Bruce Nelson
Nick Silva
Bobby Huckaby Sr.
Sam Kennedy
Joe Gallaher
Kevin Joaquin
Chris McCabe
Katie Briggs
Kyle Reeder
Billy Nelson
John Farrell
Jerry Skelton
Kodie Dean
JC Elrod
Rob Gallaher
Robbie Loquaci
Wally Kennedy
Michael Shearer
Garrett Corn
John Prentice
Tony Oliveira
Terry Traub

B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Bruce Nelson
Chris McCabe
Joe Gallaher
Kyle Reeder
John Farrell-
Jerry Skelton
Vernon Silva
Ken Winland
Tony Peffer
Tom Cline
Josh Caton
DJ Keldsen
James Stockton
Mike Germait
Devon Sanders
Mark Reist

IMCA All Star Modified Series
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)
Troy Foulger
Bobby Hogge IV
Robby Sawyer
Nick DeCarlo
Randy Brown
Ryan Porter
Cody Burke
Tim Balding
Ryan McDaniel
Joe Antonetti
Austin Burke
Derek Nance
Tim Cecil
Andy Obertello
Alex Wilson
Carl Berendsen II
Trent Wentworth
Kyle Wilson
Riley Simmons
Jeff Faulkner
Duane Cleveland
Randy McDaniel
Mike White

B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Nick DeCarlo
Riley Simmons
Austin Burke
Trent Wentworth
Carl Berendsen II
Raymond Keldsen Jr.
Josh Combs
Todd Hermosillo
David Spriggs
Darrell Hughes II
Justin Villaneuva
Mike Villanueva
Troy Stone
Jim Pettit II

B Feature 2 (12 Laps)
198-Robby Sawyer
Derek Nance
Randy McDaniel
Kyle Wilson
Ryan McDaniel
Brian Pearce
Steven Hopf
Anthony Copeland
Robert Dias
Jarod Fast
Stephen Streeter
Tim Cecil
Bill Egleston
Jeff Decker DNS

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)
Phillip Shelby
Fred Ryland
Todd Cooper
Rick Diaz
Mark Hartman
Anthony Giuliani
Chase Thomas
Justin McPherson
Tanner Thomas
Trevor Clymens
Guy Ahlwardt
Nick Spainhoward
Andrew Peckham
Kenny Nott
Gary Tucker
Shane DeVolder
Geoff Ensign
Chuck Weir
Matthew Hagio
Dylan Cooper
Mike Kofnovec Sr
TJ Etchison

B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Kenny Nott
Tanner Thomas
Geoff Ensign
Anthony Giuliani
Chuck Weir
Josh Hensley
Tim Ragsdale
Kevin Brown
Gavin Espino
Cody Parker
Mike Kofnovec Jr.
Joe Salvi
Brian Cooper
Tim Elias

B Feature 2 (12 Laps)
Guy Ahlwardt
Todd Cooper
Matthew Hagio
Chase Thomas
Trevor Clymens
Dwayne Short
Charlie Hunter
Shawn Bryant
Duane Bieser
John Ferro
Tim Hammett
Tony Hornyack
Bud Aiassa DNS


Ventura Raceway Race Results August 2, 2017

IMCA Modifieds
Cody Laney
Jack Parker
Chris Crompe
Aaron Rodarte
Danny Lauer
Nick Bartels
Luis Espinoza
Austin Rodarte
Dave Phipps
Mitchell Aslup
Chuck Costabile
Steve Boucher

VRA Dwarf Cars
A Main
Darren Brown
Johnny Conley
Trevor Fitzgibbon
David Conley
Tom Stephens Jr.
Trent Morley
Tommy Velasquez III
Tommy Velasquez
Tom Morley
April Banuelos
Chase Lippert
Kody Cowan
Nick Velasquez
Korey Cowan
Tim Conley
Cody Black
Gage Cheek
Jason Horton

B Main
Trevor Fitzgibbon
Cody Black
Korey Cowan
Chase Lippert
Tom Stephens Jr
Kody Cowan
Todd Atkins
Jeff Brink
Troy Robinson
D. J. Lebow
James Price
Jeff Hinz

Focus Midgets
Jess Love IV
Daniel Anderson
Adam Lemke
Kyle Beilman
Tom Patterson
Jackson Dukes
Jet Davison
Bruce Hiroshima
Mike Leach
Davey Marcotte
Blake Brannon

CA Lightning Sprints
Bobby Michnowicz
Charlie Caraccilo
Chris Dickey
Robert Dalby
Aiden Lange
James Turnbull II
Jarrett Kramer
Pat Kelly
Brent Sexton
Dominic Del Monte
Jackson Dukes
Jon Robertson
Dale Gamer
John Nelson
Jeffrey Dyer
Wyatt Downing
Bruce Douglass
Robb Pelmear
Eric Greco
Gage Cheek

Madera Speedway Race Results August 5, 2017
Children's Hospital Kids Night by JBT

Madera Late Models
Matt Erickson
Dillion Tucker
Jason Aguirre
Adam Lemke
Howard Holden
Henk Gaalswyk Jr
Mike Shapiro
Ray Mayer
Lucy Carmona
Jodie Robinson
Eloy Bazan
Jon Schlundt
Kayla Eshleman
Aaron Mullins
David Lewellen
Kent Cam

JR Late Models
Dillion Zampa
Kayla Eshleman
Calvin Hegie
Hailey Liles

Toyota Sedans
Mike Marley
Jason Kerns
J.J. Brandsen
Jillaun Holden
Manny Gonzales, Jr
Jerry Cantrell
Thomas Magary
Kyle Fortney
Jason Lawton DQ
Dean Gould DQ

MST
Dave Lander
Zachary Cook
Bert Stephens
Ryan Reynolds
Dennis Brannon
John McCullum Jr
DJ Lander
Rian Bowman
Shaun Reynolds
Patrick Geiger

Santa Maria Raceway Race Results August 5, 2017

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Brody Roa
Jake Swanson
Mike Spencer
Ryan Bernal
Cody Williams
Austin Williams
Max Adams
Logan Williams
Damion Gardner
A.J. Bender
Gary Nelson Jr.
Shannon McQueen
Matt McCarthy
Ryan Stolz
Chris Gansen
James Herrera
Klint Simpson
Steve Demott
Jeremy Ellertson

IMCA Modifieds
Chris Crompe Jr.
Danny Lauer
Troy Morris Jr.
Justin Crockett
Ryan Lauer
Logan Drake
Steve Boucher
Ryan Daves
Chet Reeves
Kenny Kirkpatrick
Mitchell Alsup
Jason Shipman

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Dylan Thonrton
Parker Maccianti
Austin Ruskauff
Mike Dean
Dale Kunz
Clint Reichenbach
Austin Frye

Dwarf Cars
Trevor Fitzgibbon
Jonathan Henry
Tom Stephens Jr.
Jessica Clark
Gage Cheek
Mike Keebler
James Price
Zack Price
Brian Barnhill
Brady Beck
Joe Barkett
Brandon Wylie
Jeff Brink
Ira Henry
Jason Horton

Jr Midgets
Zach Chavez
Wyatt Moody
Christian Bazen
Elexa Herrera

Sr Mini Dwarfs
Zach Chavez
Dylan Cherry
Tailor Morrison
Corben Kuma
Joshua Chambers
Adam Nohl

Stockton 99 Speedway Race Results August 5, 2017

Late-Models
Jarrod Irvan
Robby Knittel
Sammy Solari
Nick Belleto
Mike Regelman
Tim Spurgon
Jeremy Tucker
Larry Tankersley
Aaron Shankel
Brandon Jones
Pete Anderson
Dominic Lopez
Chris Lyon
Seth Holman
Justin Philpott
Ty Carlson
David Blair
Guido Bindi
Justin Lovelace
Lance Ward
Carl Pearce
Chad Holman
Wes Beuving
Steven Cabral

BCRA Midgets Tom Manning Memorial
Chad Nichols
David Goodwill
Cody Gerhardt
Alex Schutte
Mark Muliepard
Davey Hamilton jr.
Maria Cofer
Floyd Alvis
Randi Pankratz
JR Williams

Bombers
Ben Lewis II
Kelly Finsler
Ben Lewis
Kimberly Rouse
Mikala Stearns
John Medina
Kyle Singleton
Darin Adler
Justin Scantlen
Dave Kaedy
Dustin Lovelace
Joe Morgenster
David Anderson
Hunter Medina
Troy Walz
Roy Worthy
Roy Luft DQ

Basic 4 Cylinder
Andrew Rumsey
Bryon Bishop
Josh Cross
Billy Rodriques
Justin McGehee
Jaya Nelson
Justin Terry
Ethan Rumsey
David Cong