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Motts Wins Soares Memorial Top Dog Race 
At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...September 15...Bobby Motts Jr scored the win in the 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the Third Annual John Soares Sr Memorial Top Dog Race, which honors the track's founding promoter. Motts is the reigning track champion, and this was his first win of the season. He started on the front row and led all the way. However, during the latter stages of the race, point leader Nick DeCarlo took a few looks to the inside in an attempt to get by. Motts remained strong on the outside and fought off the pressure of DeCarlo for a well-earned victory. Kellen Chadwick finished a close third, followed by Terry DeCarlo Sr and Anthony Slaney.

Two-time DIRTcar Late Model champion Richard Papenhausen won his third 20 lap Main Event of the season. Papenhausen started on the front row and led the race from the start, followed by Shawn DeForest in the Dennis Souza car. As the previous winner, point leader Jeff Decker started back in the fourth row, and he made a Turn 2 pass on Chester for fourth moments before Rod Oliver came to a stop in Turn 2 while running third. As Papenhausen led the rest of the way, DeForest fought off Decker's every attempt to get by for what would be a season-best second place finish for Souza. Mike Hynes and Oliver rounded out the Top 5.

Reigning Limited Late Model champion Kimo Oreta used a front row start to win his fifth 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event of the season, but he still lost the point lead to heat race winner Mark Garner, who finished second. Oreta led from the start of the non-stop event with Mike Walko an early second. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the seventh lap gained Mark Garner second, but Oreta had a straightaway advantage by then. That never changed in the waning laps as Oreta won ahead of Garner, Walko, Ryan Cherezian and Mike Gustafson.

Rookie Josh Leach won his first career 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Michael Cooper sprinted out to the early lead ahead of point leader Chris Sorensen as Leach worked his way into third on lap three  At the midpoint of the race, Leach and Sorensen exchanged second a couple of times before Leach gained the position on lap 14. An inside pass in Turn 2 of the 15th lap gained Leach the lead. Sorensen moved into second on a lap 18 restart, but Leach brought it home to victory, 0followed by Sorensen, Cooper, Breanna Troen and Cameron Swank.

David Rosa won his first 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event of the season. Rosa now has almost 60 career Main Event wins at the speedway, mostly from his days in the Street Stocks where he was a two-time champion. Adam Teves led most of the race. David Rosa was running second with five laps to go and made his winning move on lap 18. Teves began to slow on the final lap as David Rosa won ahead of David Michael Rosa, 2010 champion Jerry Doty, Mario Marques and Teves.

The All Star Series racing action returns next week with Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks. For further information, go to

Unofficial Race Results
All Star Series Antioch Speedway
DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 laps)-Chester Kniss, Jeff Decker. Main Event (20 laps)-Richard Papenhausen, Shawn DeForest, Jeff Decker, Mike Hynes, Rod Oliver, Kimo Oreta, Chester Kniss, John M Soares.

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 laps)-Buddy Kniss, Bobby Motts Jr. Main Event (20 laps)- Bobby Motts Jr, Nick DeCarlo, Kellen Chadwick, Terry DeCarlo Sr, Anthony Slaney, Trevor Clymens, Doff Cooksey, Mike Salazar, Terry Kaiser, Buddy Kniss.

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

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Breanna Troen, Josh Leach. Main Event (20 Laps)-Josh Leach, Chris Sorensen, Michael Cooper, Brianna Troen, Cameron Swank, Ricky Foster, Angela Brown, Lindsay Buirch, Ed Letterman, Anthony Wellborn.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jerry Doty, David Rosa. Main Event (20 laps)-David Rosa, David Michael Rosa, Jerry Doty, Mario Marquez, Adam Teves, Troy Stevenson, Mike Corsaro, Troy Stevenson Sr, Chris Becker, Timmy Ryan.

20th Spec Sprint Season Continues At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...Just four races remain on the 2018 All Star Series racing schedule at Antioch Speedway. This Saturday night offers up another five division program that will include the return of the Wingless Spec Sprint division. Also back in action will be the DIRTcar Late Models, Limited Late Models, B Modifieds and Hobby Stocks. The racers are running out of time to make their moves in the standings.

The 20th season for the Wingless Spec Sprints only has two more races left to go. 2004 champion Bob Newberry can put himself in a nice position to win the title with a good performance this weekend. Newberry has won four Main Events this season with two second place finishes, but his last two starts have allowed Shannon Newton to cut his lead to 33 points. Newton has turned the pressure up on Newberry by scoring three of his four second place finishes in the last four races and one of his two wins. Without a little bit of bad luck for Newberry, it may not be enough in the end.

Past Chowchilla Speedway champion Brandon Burd is still looking for his first win of the season. With a pair of third place finishes in the last four races, Brandon has taken a pretty good hold of third in the standings and is 29 points behind Newton for second. The star of the most recent race was Alan Miranda, who drove to his third feature win of the season. Miranda has missed races and is not currently in the Top 5 in the standings. Fourth-ranked Roy Fisher has three season-high third place finishes and is still looking for his first win. He leads newcomer Scott Martin by 26 points in the race for fourth. Martin is another 20 points ahead of division original Rick Panfili in the battle for fifth. These drivers are anticipated this week along with rookie Mackenzie Newton and James East.

The closest battle at the track continues in the Limited Late Model division. Kimo Oreta tops the leader board in feature wins with five aboard the Sun Drop Racing Team #15 car. Despite getting his most recent win, however, Oreta lost the point lead to heat race winner Mark Garner by just two points. Garner has a knack for getting heat race wins, and this has certainly kept him running strong in the point race. Garner recorded his third second place finish last time out and also has three wins, but he can feel the pressure. He knows that he needs to continue to do well with a hard charger like the reigning champion Oreta still in the hunt.

Mike Walko continues to make his presence known in the battle. He has recorded four feature wins, four seconds and four thirds in 14 starts, but he finds himself 20 points behind Oreta with three point races remaining. He can still pull it off, but he needs some bad luck for his two rivals. Meanwhile, Ryan Cherezian continues his quest for his first win of the season. With a second place finish and four thirds, Ryan has a good hold on fourth in the standings. These four are anticipated this week, and other drivers to look for include two-time winner and two-time champion Mike Gustafson, John Evans, Chad Hammer and Lori Brown.

The good news for the DIRTcar Late Model competitors is that point leader Jeff Decker had his worst finish last week. The bad news is it was a third place finish. Decker has been the driver to beat in his quest for a fourth Antioch championship. He's recorded an impressive five wins and two seconds and has stretched his lead to 48 points over the consistent Rod Oliver. Oliver has all Top 5 finishes in his eight starts, but he's coming off of his two worst performances so far in fifth. With three-time winner Richard Papenhausen 16 points behind him in the race for second, Oliver may need a win to hold on to his position.

There's a battle going on for fourth between the last two "Rookie Of The Year" winners in this division. After recording three straight fourth place finishes, Mike Hynes has moved to within six points of Kimo Oreta. Oreta has had slightly better finishes this year with a pair of thirds in the Sun Drop Racing #03 car. These five drivers are anticipated this week, and others to watch for include Dennis Souza, Rob Norris, John M Soares and Paul Guglielmoni. Last week, Chester Kniss was doing well with a heat race win and running strong in the Main Event until suffering motor issues. Unfortunately, that may result in his last start in this class for the season.

The B Modified championship has already been locked up by 2016 champion Trevor Clymens. Any wins now are just icing on the cake. He had a division-leading seventh victory last time out. With the division not on the card last week, Trevor again ran with the A Modified class. Chuck Golden used his recent finish in fourth to take a 10 point lead over rookie Ryan DeForest in the battle for second. Ryan's father Shawn took the wheel of the #72 car last time out and finished fourth. While Ryan has won a Main Event this year, Golden has finished as high as third as he continues to battle for his first win of the season.

There's also a race for fourth in the standings, being led by newcomer Kenny Shrader by three points ahead of Tommy Fraser. Fraser got a new car recently and has enjoyed two of his best finishes so far with a win and a second. He would definitely have to be considered a threat to win again this week. You can never be sure who will show up on any given week, but other drivers to watch for include last season's top rookie, Todd Gomez, Kevin Brown, Matt Taylor, Randy Brown, one-time feature winner Brent Curran and recent R Charles Snyder Salute winner at Southern Oregon Speedway, Guy Ahlwardt.

Even after getting his new car this season from the shop of Baker Motorsports, Chris Sorensen couldn't have imagined the season he would have. The 2010 champion could clinch his second Antioch Speedway title with a decent performance this week. He's done just a bit better than decent with six feature wins so far and a division-leading nine seconds. This means that frequently to get the win, you have to go through Sorensen. That was the case for two of the recent first time winners, Anthony Wellborn and last week's victor, Josh Leach.

The top winner in the season so far with seven victories is Cameron Swank, but the reigning division champion finds himself chasing Michael Cooper in a good battle for second. With five victories to his credit so far, Cooper leads Swank by just four points. Some might think it is refreshing to see that the rookies Wellborn and Leach won the most recent two point events. However, the top rookie in the field right now is Breanna Troen. Breanna picked up a fourth place finish last time out to maintain a 77 point advantage over Leach and an 81 point lead over Wellborn. Unless she stumbles, she's in a good position to win the *Rookie Of The Year" honors. Other drivers to watch for this week include John Wacht, Haley Gomez, Joey Ridgeway, Ed Letterman, Syd Smyth and Lindsey Buirch.

Saturday night offers a good lineup of racing for the fans to enjoy. Antioch is where the Wingless Spec Sprint division got its start and it's the last Northern California track offering full Late Models for the fans. For further information, go to

Hughes, Ryland, Nelson Share Merced Speedway Spotlight

Merced, CA...September 15...Darrell Hughes II is closing in on the 2018 IMCA Modified championship at Merced Speedway following his division-leading fourth Main Event win of the season. Because he has the highest point average, Hughes found him self-starting back in the sixth row in the 21 car field. However, he rapidly worked his way to the front of the pack and maintained a fast pace all the way to the checkered flag. Ramie Stone battled Brian Pearce for several laps before claiming the second position with cousin Paul Stone also getting by Pearce for third. Vincent DePalma out of Glendale, Arizona finished fifth ahead of Troy Stone, Jarod Fast, Steve Streeter, Monty Tomlinson and Ray Mayer. Eight lap heat race victories went to Hughes, DePalma, Ramie Stone and Tim Cecil.

Reigning IMCA Sport Modified champion Fred Ryland returned and recorded his first 25 lap Main Event win of the season. The other story of the night was incoming point leader Bruce Nelson's disappointing finish back in 19th. This opened the door for a point lead change, and Danny Roe recorded his best finish of the year in second, followed by Jack Aguiar and Jeremy Hoff. Hoff emerged with a four point advantage over Roe heading into next week's point season finale. Kelly Wilkinson charged from 15th starting to finish fifth, followed by Patti Ryland, Cody Parker, Tim Ragsdale, Mark Squadrito and KC Keller. A big turnout of 26 cars required a 15 lap B Main to fill up the remainder of the feature, and Tim Elias won that race ahead of Neill Barcellos and Anthony Giuliani. Eight lap heat race wins went to Keller, Roe, Ragsdale and Patti Ryland.

Shannon Nelson stayed in championship contention with her first 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event win since 2015. She had Austin Van Hoff and point leader Kodie Dean running closely behind her all the way as they finished in that order at the checkered flag. Dean holds a five point lead over Nelson heading into the final point race on Saturday. Chad Ragsdale finished fourth in only his second start of the season, followed by Brandon Pugh, John Hensley, Roy Hart Jr, Race Shelton, Kristie Shearer and Mike Germait. Dean and Nelson each won eight lap heat races.

Teen leadfoot Allen Neal emerged with his first career 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event win. He scored the win with Lee Ragsdale in close pursuit in second. It's still a close battle for the championship heading into the finale as Ragsdale leads Neal by just three points. Watsonville visitor Abigail Kennedy was a solid third, followed by Tyler Jackson, Jennifer Rodgers, Mark White, Dakota Keldsen, Shawn DePriest, Jerry Tubbs and Deanna Stockton. Eight lap heat race wins went to Keldsen and Rodgers.

Tim Crews collected his fourth 15 lap California Sharp Mini Late Model Main Event win of the season. In doing so, he assured himself that all he needs to do this week is take a green flag to secure the championship. Crews won the race by nearly a straightaway ahead of Carson Guthrie in his season best performance in second. Raulie Rodriguez, Riley Jeppesen and Ian Shearer rounded out the finishing order, all on the lead lap. Crews also won the eight lap heat race.

The point season ends this weekend with the special Matt & Glass Cancer Fundraiser event. This race honors long time Merced Speedway supporter Matt Van Hoecke, who passed away in 2014. IMCA Modifieds will be competing along with IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stock and California Sharp Mini Late Models. For further information, go to

Merced Speedway Remembers Another Member Of The Racing Family With Fundraising Event

Merced, CA...The championship season will come to a close at Merced Speedway this Saturday night. It's also a special event remembering Matt Van Hoecke. Matt ran the successful Matt & Glass Race Car Bodies company just down the street from the track and also was the track's official vendor for several years. When he passed away in 2014, they began running the Matt & Glass Cancer Fundraiser event. $2 on every adult admission will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The IMCA Modifieds will be competing along with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and California Sharp Mini Late Models.

It's fairly cut-and-dry in the IMCA Modified division. With his Main Event start, third generation racer Darrell Hughes II will be the champion. In fact, once Darrell takes a green flag in his heat race, he's guaranteed enough points to seal the deal. He could park and watch the Main Event, but it's likely he'll try to close the point season with another victory. Darrell charged from deep in the pack last week to record his division-leading fourth win of the season. He now has a division-leading 10 Top 5 finishes and a 32 point advantage over Brian Pearce.

Pearce, meanwhile, is playing defense as four-time champion Ramie Stone closes in on him in the race for second. While Stone finished second last week, Pearce was still driving to his fifth Top 5 finish of the year. It's now a seven point lead for Pearce over Stone. Stone has had multiple podium finishes in recent weeks and seems to be knocking on the door to his second win of the season. Cousin Paul Stone does have two wins and occupies fourth in the standings. These four drivers are anticipated this week along with Troy Stone, Justin Villanueva, Ryan Porter, Jarod Fast and Derek Nance.

The close championship battle in the IMCA Sport Modifieds took a turn for the worse last week for two-tme Hobby Stock champion Bruce "Bubba" Nelson. Nelson didn't finish the race and as a result slipped back from first to third in the standings. Jeremy Hoff used a fourth place finish to gain the lead, but he's clinging to a slim four point advantage over Danny Roe, who had a season-best second place finish. Past Antioch Speedway champion Hoff and Roe are still looking for their first wins of the season, but Hoff leads the class with seven Top 5 efforts. To think that Roe had a heart attack last year and is doing as well as he is with a shot at the championship is quite remarkable.

While the Top 3 drivers battle it out for the championship, the Thomas brothers compete for the fourth point position. Three-time winner Tanner Thomas leads brother Chase Thomas by just 11 points. Chase is a one-time winner this season, and his lead over two-time winner Kelly Wilkinson is just eight points in another close battle for fifth. Other drivers to watch for this week include Cody Parker, Mark Squadrito, Jared Mounce and one-time winners Chuck Weir and Nick Tucker.

The pressure is on in the Hobby Stock division. Despite winning eight times this year out of his 11 Top 5 finishes, reigning champion Kodie Dean comes into the point finale with a slim five point advantage over the tenacious Shannon Nelson. The wife of two-time champion Bubba Nelson finally recorded her first win of the season last week, and she too has 11 Top 5 efforts. Though she got the win, she was closely pursued by Austin Van Hoff and Dean at the end.

Van Hoff may be the hottest driver in the field in recent weeks. He scored his two wins in the last four races and now trails Kristie Shearer by just seven points in another close battle for third. Shearer had one of her worst finishes of the year further back in the Top 10 last week, but her 12 Top 10 finishes is second only to Nelson. John Hensley is quietly having his best season in fifth, and other drivers to watch for include Mike Germait, 2016 champion Michael Shearer, Robbie Loquaci, Race Shelton and Kalob Shelton.

Not to be forgotten in the mix is another close battle for the Mini Stock championship. This has been the best season yet for the entry-level division. With several new competitors joining the ranks, at times the count has reached into the twenties. There are three drivers still in championship contention heading into the final race. Teen competitor Allen Neal turned the heat up on point leader Lee Ragsdale by winning his first career Main Event last week. Though Ragsdale leads the division with eight Top 5 finishes, he still searches for his first win. As he clings to a slim three point advantage over Neal, Ragsdale may need that win this week. One time winner Tyler Jackson is 16 points out of the lead in third. Jennifer Rodgers holds a 12 point advantage over two-time winner Shawn DePriest in another close race for fourth. Other drivers to watch for this week include three-time winner and three-time champion Chris Corder, past Mini Truck champion Kevin Lockerby, Bryant Desaire, Jason Belton Jr and Joe Terry.

The California Sharp Mini Late Model division will crown its first champion ever at the speedway. The roster is filled mostly with teen competitors, and four-time winner Tim Crews leads Carson Guthrie by 21 points. Unless something bad happens, Crews should win the championship. Riley Jeppesen is a one-time winner with a slim seven point lead over the steady Ian Shearer in the race for third. These drivers should be there, and others to watch for include Logan Clay and five-time winner Jesse James Burks.

Saturday night brings the point season to a close, raises money for a good cause and honors one of the most well-respected and we'll liked men of the speedway. After the track goes dark for a week, there will be a purse of over $15,000 on the line in the annual John Fore Jr Memorial Race on October 5th and 6th.  For further information, go to

Sawyer Wins All Star Series IMCA Modified Race At Calistoga

Calistoga, CA...September 14...Robby Sawyer won the 20 lap All Star Series IMCA Modified Main Event Friday night at Calistoga Speedway. The IMCA Modifieds ran in support of the World of Outlaws event. Sawyer is currently second in points at Bakersfield Speedway and he had a front-row start for the race. With Troy Foulger starting in the second row, the win was anything but easy. Foulger was wheeling the Bowers Racing Modified, and he ran closely behind Sawyer as a constant threat throughout the race. When the checkered flag flew, Sawyer scored the victory just ahead of Foulger. Ryan McDaniel ran third just ahead of IMCA State point leader Shane DeVolder. Antioch Speedway point leader Nick DeCarlo finished fifth, followed by Tim Balding, Brian Cass, Petaluma Speedway champion Oreste Gonella, Ocean Speedway point leader Cody Burke and Duane Cleveland. Richard Papenhausen was the final lead lap finisher in 11th in the 22 car field.

25 drivers came to compete in this rare opportunity for the IMCA Modifieds to run the historic half-mile oval. Foulger won the first eight lap heat race ahead of Cass. DeVolder outran Raymond Keldsen to win the second heat. Austin Burke scored the win in the third heat ahead of Gonella and the final heat race win went to Sawyer in front of Balding. There was also an eight lap B Main to determine the final starting spots in the Main Event. Freddie Plourde III won that race ahead of Papenhausen, Bud Walberg, Oregon racer Preston Jones and James Hite.

Grady, Langenderfer Win On Fan Appreciation Night At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...September 15...Saturday night was Fan Appreciation night at Orland Raceway, and that meant the fans got an opportunity to meet their favorite racers up close before the races. It also meant a return of the popular California Hardtop Association along with the Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mini Trucks.

Tom Grady earned the victory in the 20 lap California Hardtop Main Event. Grady took the lead early on from Ken Clifford with Jason Armstrong and local ace Mario Romano also getting by. It was a good battle at the front of the pack. Grady came out just ahead of Armstrong and Romano for the victory. Ken Retzloff recovered from an early tangle to take fourth as Clifford settled for fifth.

Jeremy Langenderfer won another 20 lap Pure Stock Main Event. Langenderfer just recently wrapped up a championship season at Silver Dollar Speedway, and the defending track champion was hoping to make up some ground in the point battle here. Though he scored the win, point leader Paul Stevens was nipping at his heels in second as Thomas Pavlik rounded out the Top 3.

Tom Davis continued his quest to repeat as Mini Stock champion with another 20 lap Main Event victory. For much of the race, Davis had to contend with the fast Ford Pinto of Jason Libbee, who had earlier won his heat race. With two laps to go, Libbee's hood came up as the yellow flag waved. He was forced to restart at the back of the pack, and Davis won ahead of last starter Donovan Chilton. Libbee recovered for a third place finish.

Keith Ross continued his march towards another Mini Truck championship as he won the 20 lap Main Event. Olin Crain gave him a good run before settling for second ahead of 2016 champion Dan Webster. Second-ranked competitor William Fogle picked up his first heat race win.

Racing continues on September 29th with another full lineup that will include the Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, 600 Micros and Wingless Gas Sprints. This will wrap up the point season with two special shows scheduled for October. For further information, look for the Orland Raceway Facebook page.

Reno/Fernley Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 15
IMCA Modifieds
Chris Nieman
Paris Archie
Matt Murphy
Andy Strait
Scott Foreman
Shawn LaRocque
Alec Childs
Tim Turner
Glen Plake
Robert Robles
James Thibodeaux
Jerry Crowly
Malen Gonzalez
Barry Stone

Nevada Pro Stock Association
Jay Sears
Antonio Aragon
Travis White
Robert Mull
Robert Miller
Brent Lawrence
Bill Pearson
Brian Maehler
Jesse Gonzalez
Tyler Jones
Dale Tatum
Blane Hill
James Greenwalt
Mike McMordie

Hobby Stocks
Chris Christiano
Randy Boyd
Shayna Nieman
Rick Miller
Alex Kniestedt
Michael Burns
John Schilling
JT Stark
Cameron Knight
Cody Morris
Robert Miller

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Craig Nieman
Jimmy Ford
Ryan Svensson
Rusty McMillan
Jeff Tuttle

Merced Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 15
IMCA Modifieds
Darrell Hughes II
Ramie Stone
Paul Stone
Brian Pearce
Vincent DePalma
Troy Stone
Jarod Fast
Steve Streeter
Monty Tomlinson
Ray Mayer
Gary Marsh
Ricky Thatcher
Derek Nance
Justin Villaneuva
Danny Cavanagh
John Osgood III
Bob Williamson
Tim Cecil
Karl Rose
Mitch Enos
Randy Brown

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Main
Fred Ryland
Danny Roe
Jack Aguiar
Jeremy Hoff
Kelly Wilkinson
Patti Ryland
Cody Parker
Tim Ragsdale
Mark Squadrito
KC Keller
Nick Tucker
Tim Elias
Anthony Giuliani
Jarrod Mounce
Tanner Thomas
Tony Hornyack
Dave Smart
Chase Thomas
Bruce Nelson
Neill Barcellos
Travis Slayter

B Main
Tim Elias
Neill Barcellos
Anthony Giuliani
Tanner Thomas
Nick Tucker
Travis Slayter
Jason Pugh
Dale Grissom
Tony Peffer
Jason Womack
Kiely Ricardo DNS

Hobby Stocks
Shannon Nelson
Austin Van Hoff
Kodie Dean
Chad Ragsdale
Brandon Pugh
John Hensley
Roy Hart Jr
Race Shelton
Kristie Shearer
Mike Germait
Robbie Loquaci DNS
Kalob Shelton DNS

Mini Late Models
Tim Crews
Carson Guthrie
Raulie Rodriguez
Riley Jeppesen
Ian Shearer

Mini Stock
Allen Neal
Lee Ragsdale
Abigail Kennedy
Tyler Jackson
Jennifer Rodgers
Mark White
Dakota Keldsen
Shawn DePriest
Jerry Tubbs
Deanna Stockton

Madera Speedway Unofficial Results September 15, 2018
46th Annual Harvest Classic
360 Super Modified/Wing Sprint
Eric Humphries
Justin Kawahata
Kyle Vanderpool
Donnie Large Jr
Alan Beck
Jim Birges
Ed Rodriguez
Anthony Pombo
AJ Russell

BCRA Midgets
Jesse Love IV
Chad Nichols
Mark Maliepaard
Cody Jessop
David Goodwill
Cody Gerhardt
Jimmy Screeton
Toni Breindenger
Austin Carter
JR Williams

NCMA Sprints
David Burcett
Robb Hammond
Denny Burell

USAC Speed2 Midgets
Adam Lemke
Joey Iest
Toni Breindenger
Elvis Rankin
Bryant Bell
Johnny Nichols

Late Models
Results are not official
1     #42 Matt Erickson        
2     #1 Tyler Herzog
3     #45 Jason Aguirre
4     #88 T Dillon Tucker
5     #44 Mike Shapiro
6     #96 Loren Kutz
7     #43 Eloy Bazan
8     #14 Aaron Mullins
9     #17 Will Martyn
10     #75 M Matt Kutz
11     #55 Kent Cam
13     #2 Jarret Gilmer
14     #88 I Joey Iest
15     #16 L David Lewellen        
16     #26 Del McIntosh
17     #09 J Jay Julieson    

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

Results are not official
1     #23 Jason Lawton        
2     #06 Tim Curtis
3     #56 Kyle Fortney
4     #14 H Jillaun Holden
5     #9 Kyle Labrie    
6     #5 Mike Marley
7     #42 Manny Gonzales
8     #55 Kurt Davison    
9     #28 Michael Stearns    
10     #21 Joshua Dross

Legends Of Kearney Of Bowl
Qualifying (list is only for names who were there, not a contest)
Results are not official
1     #26 Gary Hildebrand    
2     #98 Tony Pereira
3     #33 Phil Moradian
4     #55 Curt Taylor
5     #45 Bob Hutton
6     #15 Jeff West    
7     #70 Dewayne Woodward
9     #96 Mike Friesen

Santa Maria Raceway
Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Jordan Linson
Matt Day
James Herrera
Trent Carter
Ryan Stolz
Patrick Frisco

Late Models
Jason Papich
Logan Drake
Tony Toste
Rob Sanders
Cory McDonald DNS

Mini Stocks
Aaron Calvert
Levi Burgett
Justin Jackson
Steven Ragsdale
David Kavanagh
Zach Chavez
Butch Headrick
Gary Anderson
Megan Burgett
James Herrera
Jarod Pack
David Waller

American Stocks
Kris Broucaret
Justin Jackson
Gary Rayburn Jr
Chris Anderson
Nick Verbryke
Joel Chavez
Hailey Wyand
Kristina McGeary
Sean Martin Sr
Jon Waterfield
Ed Wyand
Jimmy Satlawa
Brock Crawford

QRC Karts
Tim Randolph
John West
Scott West
Robert Gordon
Ryan Fruge
Tailer Morrison
Ron Smith

Ventura Raceway Unofficial Results September 15, 2018
1 69 Johnny Conley
2 18 Tom Morley
3 14 Tommy Velasquez III
4 5 Robert Peters
5 93 Jason Horton
6 41 Nick Velasquez
7 4 Tommy Velasquez II
8 55 Mike Long
9 25 Shane Linenberger
10 57 Jeff Hinz
11 48 Trent Morley
12 88 Jeff Brink
13 65 John Harris

1 28 Trevor Fitzgibbon
2 22 Dave Phipps
3 61 Donald Houghton
4 21 Austin Rodarte
5 72 Austin Grabowski
6 55jr Jack Parker
7 11 Andrew Greiman
8 48 Chuck Costabile
9 09 Luis Espinoza
10 34 Scott Olsen

1 27 Tyler Hatzikian
2 15 Rick Hendrix
3 66 Chris Meredith
4 5j Joey Bishop
5 16 Tom Stephens Sr
6 6 Bruce Hiroshima
7 54 Nate Robinson
8 1k Mike English
9 2k Paul Mircikv
10 21k Eddie Williams
11 2 Wally Pankratz

1 33 Mike Leach Jr
2 26 Chris Tramel
3 1 Randi Pankratz
4 12k Mike Mehl
5 11r Keoni Texeira
6 37 Mike Leach Sr

1. Ronnie Gardner
2. Michael Faccinto
3. Robby Josett
4. Robert Dalby
5. Shannon McQueen
6. Jake Swanson
7. C.J. Sarna
8. Tristan Guardino
9. David Prickett
10. Clayton Ruston
11. Daniel Anderson
12. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia
13. Mike Leach Jr
14. Kyle Beilman
15. Dylan Ito
16. Alex Schutte
17. Bruce Hiroshima
18. Bryan Drollinge
19. Tristan Thomas
20. Randi Pankratz
21. Keoni Texeira

The Editor's Viewpoint

There's drama at Antioch Speedway. What else is new, right? I suppose you can say that at most race tracks. Show me the race track where things run smoothly all the time and nobody is unhappy. I have yet to find Utopia Speedway. So, personnel has changed on the Fair Board, and it seems they want more money from the race track. That's the bottom line. They have it in their minds that they can get it too. We shall see about that.

This problem was created by John M Soares, and I'm not saying that in the way that you might think. I'm going to go back in time to the end of 1997 when the track was taking bids for the next promoter. Most people just assumed it would be businesses as usual. West Coast Speedways would get the track, right? Things were going well enough with their racing program. Car counts were doing okay. Attendance was acceptable. John wanted to be a promoter.

What do you do when you've had a successful racing career, you were born into the sport and you don't want to quit even when you're about done with your driving time? Well, if you were brought into the sport as the son of a legendary promoter, you get into the game yourself. That was the case with John. He was still managing Team USA in the successful USA vs Australia thing that was happening in Australia during our offseason.

As I understand it, John was looking around at another place. I know he took a look at Newman. Hills Ferry Speedway. Can you imagine a few to tweeks being made to that place and big cars racing there? A few people have discussed this possibility. In fact, years after John looked, it came very close to happening with the man I work with, Mike McCann. That's another story. Prior to coming to Antioch, John looked at Hills Ferry.

Nobody expected Antioch Speedway to go under new management. Sure, everybody expected somebody would take a shot at it, but the incumbent always wins, right? Well, John was interested. I remember hearing those words and getting really excited about it back in 1997. I was on board with John. Truthfully, I still am. The problem he had was that he would be heading out to Australia again and wouldn't be able to oversee everything in the process. But hey, your father is a promotional legend. He can oversee things just fine, right?

I've heard different stories about what happened. John was going to put up a nice bid to begin with. As he told me back at the time, you look at the facilities and see what you can offer that the current regime is not doing and then make your bid. John knew what he was going to do, and it was a nice proposal. What I've been told is that his dad was just a little bit worried about whether John was going to win or not, so the bid got raised just a little bit more. You might say they bet the ranch on this one.

Having a promoting legend as a father certainly doesn't hurt when you go into this process. Plus, we're talking a lot of money. The fairgrounds was getting mid five digits more with John than they got from the previous management in his early years. Of course, from the get-go John was not happy about how much he had to pay to keep this thing going. He was doing better numbers in the pits than the track had ever done before, and the grandstands were looking pretty good too. I was there in those days, and it was a heck of a run. Us against our detractors, but we showed them that the place wouldn't fall apart under John.

Since then, it's been a never ending negotiation for John. Numbers have gone down, numbers are going down at a lot of tracks. This isn't 1978. It's not 1988. It's not 1998 either. This is 2018, and you fight for everything you can get these days. You're dealing with people who have shorter attention spans these days, and I'm sure these handheld gadgets we carry with us contribute to that. You can have nights where things pop, but you have a lot of nights that aren't so good. The hope is that it all averages out at the end of the season, or you're paying the difference out of your own pocket. That's how it's been going for John. And if the fairgrounds is getting a tidy sum, but only the minimum due to lower numbers, you'll have Fair Board members who wonder how much more money is out there.

The thing about the fairgrounds management is they don't know what it takes to run one of these tracks. They don't know the trends in the sport. They don't know any of that. What they do know is the money that keeps coming in from the track that helps sustain the fairgrounds. So when the governor at the time took money out of the budget that went to the fairgrounds, it left them all scrapping to get what they could get to stay afloat. And, they get quite a bit of money out of Antioch Speedway. It's probably the most expensive fairgrounds in the state for racing. I'd certainly need to do some research on that, but I know it's definitely up there.

John is paying a big rent, and I'm sure he's only paying the minimum because of the way these things work out. If you're doing better, the fairgrounds gets an even bigger piece of the pie. I'm sure the numbers are such that they aren't often getting more than the minimum. John runs that place 30 times a year. Look at the other tracks in the immediate area. Most of them are running around 20 times. Look at the roster John has. He's rotating classes and for the most part giving classes the night off with two exceptions. But the purse money he is spending on his classes is high.

A challenge has come in. John was set as per his contract to be able to just reup for five more years, but a monkey wrench was thrown into this thing. Somebody expressed interest in bidding for the track, and the Fair Manager position has been replaced since then. The time was right for what just happened. Nothing has been set in stone yet, but the Fair Board is now pushing to put the track out for bid. What's interesting about that is I would bet that some major players will step into this once we know for sure whether or not the track can go out for bid. So, the people who initiated this challenge may not even come out the winners in the end.

John has a system that his enabled him to keep the thing going 30 times a year. He rotates divisions, has a high purse and by the end of the year, he's hoping it pencils out. If it doesn't, and sometimes it doesn't, he takes the money out of his own pocket to keep those gates open. You can say what you want about him, and people certainly will, but he has his own money really invested into it. Why? I know people will cite various theories, but it boils down to a love of the sport. If he didn't love it, he wouldn't be doing it. Plain and simple.

Now, I've heard some assumptions that have been said by the Fair Board, but I would hope they sit down and really look at things. A new promoter would definitely want to do things differently, and they would probably look at some of the divisions and start trimming the fat. That means you might not see Sprint Cars as a division under the track's umbrella. You might not see Late Models either. Modifieds would probably take on a more prominent role, but could you run them 30 times a year? No. So, I would love to know how somebody coming in there could cut the schedule back and still pay upwards of $90,000 or more. I don't see how that pencils out.

Do I blame the Board for exploring their options? No. But, you would hope that they're not looking at this thing through the eyes of somebody 30 years ago. That's not where we're at. I can tell you that a major change at a track when morale is low will initially see a bump in attendance and car count. Whether it's sustained or not remains to be seen. There's a honeymoon period for the people who are optimistic. Eventually, that ends

Now I've heard second hand what was being said, and I can't comment on that. The biggest reason why is I don't know what's rumor and what's true. I prefer to look at people on their own merits and decide for myself whether what they are offering would be right for the track. I just know what's happening now. I know the investment being made and the money being paid. I doubt that somebody coming in there will get the fairgrounds more money out of the track. I may be wrong about that. They would certainly take a look at the way things are done and start trimming the fat in their own budget. The fairgrounds will want more money, and a promoter is not doing this stuff for free. You want to get money out of it too. The next person will probably be coming at this from a little bit different perspective than John, who's not into this thing for the money. If he was, he would have quit 10 years ago.

I know John has a specific formula for getting them the money that he has paid them, and it's probably not the right way in other people's eyes. But I still believe in this day and age you need to rotate divisions and not put the burden on any one class. I also believe other promoters might look at purse money and decide whether it's worth the investment or not. By my way of looking at things, I'm not sure how they could get up to a 30 race schedule by removing certain divisions from the equation. The number 20, give or take a race, seems more reasonable.

Might they be able to make more money per race than is being done now on a schedule with less dates? Yes. I believe that's very possible. For one thing, when you have change, there's the curiosity factor that follows. You will likely see more fans coming out to watch. The core classes are likely to be A Modifieds, B Modifieds and Hobby Stocks. You might throw the Dwarf Cars in on that, and after that I'm not sure what stays, what goes and what could be added. But in that group of divisions, I'm sure car count could go up initially. How high? I couldn't speculate. But again, you still have to maintain those numbers every race, and it's not 1998.

I think I know where the numbers are in the grandstands, and I'm sure there's a thought that you can get the numbers much higher than that. I'm not convinced it's as easy as all of that. You can get an increase of some level, but what level that is I'm not sure. But, you're going to have to bust your ass to do that. One medium is not the only way to get the word out. In other words, radio, TV, neither of which is cheap, newspaper, internet, various guerilla marketing tactics. You're going to have to try all of that at various times. And here's the little diddy that will interest you. Just throwing money at it alone isn't going to get the job done.

I will point the finger at John with what I said at the start of this column. He helped make running this race track that much more expensive. But the style of promoting has also changed since the day he came in. He's not the instigator of it, but he certainly didn't fight those trends. You're using several divisions to get your car count on any given week. Before, the track had three core divisions and rotated a visiting division. But they could also book those three divisions about every week, or 22-24 times a season. Can car count hold up under that in 2018? In my opinion, no.

But with the old formula, you had the main class that got the bulk of the purse. That would be the A Modifieds. You had Street Stocks barely getting paid in the end. Many times, the fourth division that rotated paid their purse through the pit gates. When you counted car and driver and crew members, it usually paid for their purse, and the hope was they would bring a few fans to add to the overall numbers. This was pretty much Barky's old formula of 33% of the front gate gets paid for the purse. These days, that's out the window.

But the formula back then worked out just fine. Money was coming in in really nice numbers, and though John dwarfed what the previous regime was paying, the fairgrounds still made out pretty darn well. It was still one of the highest paid fairgrounds in the state. What he did was open them up to the possibility of more money. And once they got a taste of it, they wanted more. So whether it's John or somebody else, the fairgrounds is going to be looking for more money. John keeps fighting this battle out of a love for the sport. Maybe there's hope that the numbers are going to come around the way they were in the early days.

When somebody else comes in and starts losing money on a somewhat regular basis, will they want to keep doing this? That's the danger the fairgrounds gets into. So a question they're going to have to ask themselves is, will this person be able to afford this race track? Will they pay the bills to keep it going or will it shut down?

Like I mentioned earlier in this column, A wild-card is that if it is indeed determined that this track will go up for bid, other people will enter with different plans. It will be up to the fairgrounds to determine who to go with. Established promoters are likely to take a look, and at least one of them is likely to bid. And if John doesn't put up a competitive bid against them, chances are good that they will win it. It would be them against the unproven commodity of Jeremy Prince. I will admit Dixon Speedway seems to get by with their Micro Sprint program pretty well.

And the right person with the money and the experience might have a formula that will entice the fairgrounds to take a look. Go with what we're doing, and a whole different way of doing things, and you could see a bigger return overall. You'll see more people there per race, but we won't be racing 30 times a year either. What it really boils down to is if they really want John out, they're going to have to change their expectations and work with somebody. Any promoter that is constantly having to shell out more money than what they're taking in isn't likely to stick around for the long haul. You can't expect every promoter just to be in it for the love of the sport and not expecting to make a return on their investment. Promoting a race track is work, and it can wear you down

Let's be honest. People can rip on a promoter all day, and they will. But, promoters put a lot of time into what they do. So you're either going to have a promoter whose spending a lot of time at the race track to do it right and handling many details, or you'll have one doing that and maintaining a job during the week. I can guarantee you nobody wants to put that kind of energy out on something and not see a return. They might think they could do it, but if the numbers don't add up, they won't last. So what's going on at the fairgrounds right now is a risk.

John is looking for the door, but what he's hoping to do is be able to sell the operation to the next person and give them a blueprint to follow. Obviously, even somebody buying from him is going to want to change things around. Once they get an understanding for the numbers, an idea will form for a different way to do things. People can't help it. You may do it this way, but this will be the way I do it. Problem is, nobody has stepped forward with the money to buy out the operation just yet. And now, with the possibility that the track could go out for bid and John could lose, there's another thing to think about.

There's a lot of stuff at that race track that belongs to Oval Motorsports. In other words, there's a lot of stuff coming out of there if John loses the track. Do they have an understanding about how much stuff we're really talking about? Are they prepared for all of that stuff to be moved out if the next promoter is not willing to deal with John and buy it off of him? Will the loss of all of this stuff result in the track opening late or even losing a season? I can guarantee you it will make things a big challenge for the next guy.

I'm not surprised that the fairgrounds is entertaining change and thinking they can get more money. I question how much more money is really out there, and I doubt it's going to be as easy as people think. But, I also think that they better be paying close attention to what they're doing. They better be going over the numbers and getting a real understanding about what's at stake. The wrong move here could result in the track ultimately closing down. The right move keeps things going. The Fair Board is going to be looking at that, and anybody who is a newcomer to the game better be doing their homework. There's a lot of racers and fans out there who are counting on them to not blow it. Say what you will about John, and a lot of people do, the gates still open and racing still goes on. It's been that way for 20 years.

This isn't over just yet, and there are still some more chapters to be written in this story. But, the day is coming when we will see change. It's inevitable. It's just how all of that happens that is the big question. It's going to be more of a challenge than people realize for the next person to step in and take this thing over. And if it comes down to bumping John out of the picture and starting fresh, you better buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride. Hopefully, the destination will be to better days.

On that note, I'll end this column. Until next time...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Ryland Wins $1,000 Prize in Hobby Stock 50 Lapper 
At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...September 8...Fred Ryland returned to Antioch Speedway in a Hobby Stock built specifically for the special race and ended up winning the 50 lap Main Event. Ryland is a past Hobby Stock and B Modified champion at the track  The race paid $1,000 to win and was divided into two 25 lap segments.

Ryland worked his way from the sixth row into third by lap 13. On lap 15, Ryland made a strong inside pass in Turn 4 and took the lead from Jon Haney. Haney retired from second on lap 22 as Ryland led Cameron Swank and Brad Myers at the halfway break.

Ryland turned in a rather dominant performance during the second half and led by as much as a straightaway before caution flags erased the lead on multiple occasions. Myers took second from Swank on a lap 42 restart, but he was no match for the flying Ryland. Swank settled for third, followed by Dave Hill and Jimmy Robbins.

There were 25 Hobby Stocks for this show, which meant they would run a 12 lap B Main. Chris Long led all the way for the win. Jimmy Robbins came from last starting to finish second ahead of George Silva.

Kellen Chadwick scored his fifth 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event win of the season. Chadwick made the last minute decision to go racing after watching the IMCA Nationals online earlier in the afternoon. He started back in 10th and methodically worked his way to the front. He scored the victory with Raymond Lindeman a season-best second. Point leader Nick DeCarlo came from the fifth row to finish third ahead of Bobby Motts Jr and Josh Combs.

Point leader Jeff Decker scored his fifth DIRTcar Late Model 20 lap feature win of the season. Most of the race was led by two-time champion Richard Papenhausen. A lap 19 yellow flag gave the point leader Decker one more shot at Papenhausen. As they entered the final turn, Decker got a good run on the inside as Papenhausen went just a little bit high. There was contact exiting the final turn, and Decker beat Papenhausen to the checkered flag for the win. Kimo Oreta had a season-best third place finish, followed by Mike Hynes and Rod Oliver.

Mike Gustafson won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event. This was the second win of the season for The two-time division champion. Gustafson led from the start, and only a lap two yellow flag slowed the pace. Mike Walko ran a close second for much of the race as reigning champion Kimo Oreta battled Chad Hammer for third. Oreta finally gained the position on lap eight and reeled in the lead two cars as they were in traffic during the final three laps. However, Gustafson was just a bit quicker as he held off Walko and Oreta for the victory. Mark Garner recovered from an early crash to finish fourth, followed by John Evans.

David Michael Rosa continued his breakout season with his fourth 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event victory. He and his father, two time Street Stock champion David Rosa, won heat races and started back in the fourth row. It turned out to be a battle of the Rosa's with David Michael just beating David back to the line for the win. Point leader Mike Corsaro continues his march towards a second straight championship as he finished third, followed by Mario Marques and 2010 champion Jerry Doty.

Next week is the John Soares Sr Memorial Top Dog Race, featuring the All Star Series A Modifieds, DIRTCar Late Models, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. The race pays tribute to the track's founding promoter, who ran the speedway for its first 20 seasons. For further informatio9n, go to

Unofficial Race Results
All Star Series Antioch Speedway
Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jon Haney, Fred Ryland, Dave Hill, Lonnie Leonard. B Main (12 Laps)-Chris Long, Jimmy Robbins, George Silva. Main Event (50 Laps)-Fred Ryland, Brad Myers, Cameron Swank, Dave Hill, Jimmy Robbins, Chris Sorensen, Michael Cooper, Chris Brown, Jim Brookshire, Anthony Wellborn.

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-David Zeiter, Nick DeCarlo. Main Event (20 Laps)-Kellen Chadwick, Raymond Lindeman, Nick DeCarlo, Bobby Motts Jr., Josh Combs, Sean O'Gara, Bobby Montalvo, Anthony Slaney, David Zeiter, Kyle Brown.

DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jeff Decker, Kimo Oreta. Main Event (20 Laps)-Jeff Decker, Richard Papenhausen, Kimo Oreta, Mike Hynes, Rod Oliver, Dennis Souza, John M Soares.

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

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-David Michael Rosa, David Rosa. Main Event (20 Laps)-David Michael Rosa, David Rosa, Mike Corsaro, Mario Marques, Jerry Doty, Troy Stevenson, Roberto Monroy, Chuck Conover, Giovanni Bertoli, Jesse Pfieffer.

Race Honoring Antioch Speedway Founder 
Set For Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...Antioch Speedway has a special night of racing planned this Saturday night. It's the Third Annual John Soares Sr Memorial Top Dog Race. The event honors the founding promoter of Antioch Speedway and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer. The father of current promoter John M Soares Jr opened the track for weekly racing in 1961 and continued to manage it until the end of the 1980 season.

The Top Dog moniker for the name comes from the big race that the elder Soares introduced to the Petaluma Speedway program in the 1990s. That race attracted more than 60 competitors on some occasions as one of the biggest Modified shows in California. The All Star Series A Modifieds will be featured this Saturday night along with the DIRTcar Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Limited Late Models and Dwarf Cars.

Soares Sr was the last promoter in Northern California to hold on to his Late Model division, and when the more recent Petaluma Speedway promoter Rick Faeth dropped the class in 2014, Soares Jr swooped in and brought the class to Antioch.

The driver who has won two of the last three Late Model championships is current point leader Jeff Decker. Decker has won five of the seven Main Events held so far, but his most recent win came with a bit of controversy. He made his move underneath race long leader Richard Papenhausen as they ran through the final turn. Decker saw the opening on the inside as Papenhausen went high. However, the two drivers made a bit of contact down the front straightaway as Decker beat Papenhausen back to the line for the win.

Decker's win gave him a 42 point advantage over Rod Oliver, who bears the distinction of being the only driver other than Decker to have all Top 5 finishes in the seven races held so far. Decker has not finished worse than second, while Oliver had his worst finish in fifth last time out. Papenhausen moved just a bit closer to Oliver with his second place finish and now trails by 24 points. However, Papenhausen would probably be further up the ladder had he not missed a race.

Last week, Kimo Oreta had his second third place finish of the season, and he is only 10 points behind Papenhausen in the race for third. These four are anticipated this week along with Mike Hynes, Dennis Souza, Rob Norris, Paul Guglielmoni and John M Soares.

Nick DeCarlo continues to close in on the A Modified championship. Following his division leading 12th Top 3 finish of the season, DeCarlo now holds a 46 point advantage over reigning champion Bobby Motts Jr. Motts has been running strong lately, DeCarlo has been just a bit faster and always manages to finish just ahead of him at the checkered flag. DeCarlo is closing in on the Antioch championship, which would place him in elite territory as the only Modified driver to win championships at Antioch, Watsonville and Petaluma.

Sean O'Gara has a solid hold on third in the standings, and Bobby Montalvo finds himself in a battle to hold on to fourth. With his fifth feature win of the season last time out, Kellen Chadwick has moved to within striking distance at 48 points behind Montalvo. Chadwick would be a threat, but whether he decides to run the rest of the season remains to be seen.

As more money is likely to be on the line, Kellen's appearance this week is a possibility. Closer to Montalvo in fifth is rookie David Zeiter. Zeiter is just four points behind Montalvo. A week after getting his first Top 5 finish, David won his first heat race last week. Raymond Lindeman had his best finish in second last time and will be somebody to watch in the battle for victory. Other drivers to watch for this week include Trent Wentworth, Danny Wagner, Anthony Slaney and Josh Combs. There's likely to be a few surprise visitors this week as well.

The Limited Late Model championship continues to be an intense battle at the top between reigning champion Kimo Oreta and Mark Garner. Last week, Garner got caught up in another driver's spin and spent the rest of the race playing catch up. It was two-time division champion Mike Gustafson snagging his second win of the season, but he had Mike Walko and Oreta close behind him at the finish line. Oreta used his effort to gain a two point lead over Garner. The pressure is definitely on. Though Walko has been very consistent this year, he finds himself 16 points behind Oreta.

Ryan Cherezian had a disappointing outing last time as he was eliminated early. He none-the-less has a solid hold on fourth in the standings. He has five Top 3 finishes in his El Camino and seems poised to get his first win at anytime. Other drivers to watch for this week include fifth-ranked John Evans, Chad Hammer and Lori Brown.

Chris Sorensen resumes his march towards his second Hobby Stock championship this week. Sorensen is a fixture in the Top 3 in the Main Event most weeks with a division-leading 17 Top 3 finishes to his credit. Six of those are wins, but he trails reigning champion Cameron Swank in that category as Swank has won seven times. Sorensen is 160 points in front of Swank and about ready to clinch the championship. Only eight points behind Swank is five-time winner Michael Cooper in a closer battle for second.

In fourth we find the battle for top rookie honors. Brianna Troen currently holds the position, 31 points ahead of Anthony Wellborn. Wellborn won the most recent point event. Troen has logged several laps in the lead in the Main Event, but so far her three third-place finishes are her best efforts. She counts herself at the head of the group knocking on the door to their first victories. Another driver to watch is Josh Leach, who has finished in the Top 3 in three of the last five point races. Other drivers to look for this week include John Wacht, Haley Gomez, Anthony Vigna and Syd Smyth Jr.

Though David Michael Rosa notched his fourth Main Event win of the season last time out in a good battle with his father David Rosa, reigning Dwarf Car champion Mike Corsaro holds a 102 point lead. The younger Rosa, who would certainly be a good pick for Most Improved Driver this year, leads Mario Marques by just 30 points in the battle for second in the standings. Two-time Street Stock champion David Rosa has now finished in the Top 3 in three of the last four races, but he's still looking for his first win of the season. Other drivers to watch for this week include Chris Becker, 2010 champion Jerry Doty, Troy Stevenson, Timmy Ryan and Chuck Conover.

The John Soares Sr Memorial Top Dog Race should be a good show from start to finish. It's likely that we'll see a few surprise visitors in the field this week to make things even more interesting. For further informatio9n, go to

 Fan Appreciation Night At Orland Raceway This Saturday

Orland, CA...The green light has been given by the Glenn County Fairgrounds, and that means that Orland Raceway will return to action this Saturday night. It will be a night the fans won't want to miss. In addition to the popular Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Micro Sprints and California Hardtops competing on the 1/5 mile dirt oval, it's also Fan Appreciation Night.

Promoter Rich Hood introduced this night back in 2016 as a way for the fans to get to mingle with their favorite drivers. The cars are all on display behind the main grandstands and fans get to hang out and get autographs and pictures of the drivers. It's one of the most popular events on the schedule.

There are just two point events remaining on the schedule, and 2015 Pure Stock champion Paul Stevens took a big step towards adding another big trophy to his mantle. Stephens won the most recent Main Event. He leads 2016 champion Steve Martin and reigning champion Jeremy Langenderfer in the battle. Langenderfer just notched his first Hobby Stock championship at Silver Dollar Speedway, while Orland Raceway 2017 runner-up Shannon Collins locked up the Marysville Raceway Hobby Stock title. All four of these drivers are anticipated in what should be a hotly-contested battle this Saturday night. Other drivers to watch for this week include Amanda McAbel, John Camper, Thomas Pavalik and Ben Matlock.

Despite winning four Main Events this season, the surprising Barbara Crain finds herself in a very close Mini Stock title chase with reigning champion Tom Davis and Sean Perry. Davis picked up his second feature win at the most recent race to stay within a few points of Crain. If Davis were to win this, it would be his third Orland championship. Perry will be out to beat his two rivals for his first win of the season, and other drivers to watch for include Jason Libbee, Scott Camper and two time champion John Kirkpatrick.

By contrast from the other two divisions, Keith Ross appears to be well on his way to repeating as the Mini Truck champion. This leaves the battle on the track to keep Ross from winning, and long-time Orland racer Olin Crain denied Ross those honors last time out with an impressive feature win. The Crain truck now has two wins with teammate Jeff Bennett winning the other race. 2016 champion Dan Webster has picked up a pair of victories this year but is not in title contention as he has missed races. William Fogle holds down second in the standings and is looking to get his first win. Other drivers to watch for include recent Hayfork feature winner Tony Quinonez, Kevin Kualick and Rocky Wagner.

Though both drivers are currently without a win, Tanner Thomson and RJ Baker continue to battle it out for the Wingless Gas Sprint championship. Both drivers have been staunch supporters of the program this year and have finished as high as second. The most recent win was earned by Jake Van Tol, who also picked up the win in the first Sport Modified visit to the track earlier this season. Chico champion Tony Richards has notched three victories so far, while Josh Tucker and multi-time champion Josh Jacobo are also two time winners.

The absence of James Barnes at the most recent event enabled Pax Gonzalez to move into the lead in the 250 Micro Sprint standings. Barnes, who has won multiple times this year, remains second as Ronnie Heyer and Michael McCarthy battle for third. Both divisions have been offering some great racing all season long.

A scheduling snafu resulted in the California Hardtop division not making it to their originally scheduled first visit. Many of the racers were disappointed as they enjoy coming to Orland. These beautiful race cars are a throwback to the days of the 1950s and 1960s when Ford and Chevy Coupes and Sedans ruled the raceways. Last season, Jason Armstrong and Jason Clifford took their turns leading the pack to victory. Both drivers could be making appearances this weak, and others to watch for include Ken Clifford, Ron Ruiz, Joe Shenefield, Mario Romano and Ken Retzloff

Fan Appreciation Night should be a great night from start to finish. You get to meet your favorite drivers and then watch them battle it out for position on the race track. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.

Baronian And Clark Win At Lemoore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...September 9...Greg Baronian took a big step towards the Central Valley Mini Stocks championship with another win in the 25 lap Main Event Sunday afternoon at Lemoore Raceway. Baronian has been unstoppable in winning all but one of the races held so far this season. Baronian led the race from the start, leaving the battle between Brent Myrick and Dan Myrick for second.

As Baronian pulled away just a little bit, Brent was holding off every attempt by Dan to get around for second. Baronian took the checkered flag nearly a straightaway ahead of Brent Myrick as Dan Myrick ran right behind in third. Ryan Doglione made a move around Chuck Doglione with three laps to go and ended up fourth. Scott Glenn and Ryan Blank were the final lead lap finishers in the Top 7. Jeff Durant, Lindsey Brown and Dick Adams took checkered flag as they made up the remainder of the Top 10.

Baronian got off to a strong start in qualifying as he beat a 15 car field with a lap of 14.898 on the 1/5 mile dirt oval. Randy Brown Sr was second quick at 15.631. Baronian continued his momentum by beating Brown by a straightaway to win the four lap Trophy Dash. However, Darren Wilson beat Baronian back to the line in their eight lap heat race to prevent a clean sweep. Brown won the second heat in front of Chuck Doglione, and Ryan Doglione outran Scott Glenn to win the final heat race.

Mikey Clark made history as the first driver to win a 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event at Lemoore Raceway. Clark made the trip all the way from Vancouver, Washington to race after being a part of the big Dwarf Car show in Chico the previous two nights. He led the race from the start with John Harris running closely with him during the first 10 laps. As the race went on, Clark stretched his lead to a straightaway over Harris. Becca Clark finished third, followed by Tailer Morrison and Steven Spears.

Mikey Clark was also the fast qualifier with a lap of 13.767, beating a 13.991 of Harris. Clark continued his clean-sweep effort by winning the ten lap heat race ahead of Harris.

The Central Valley Mini Stocks will run their final point event on Sunday, October 14th. The Dwarf Cars have been invited back to be a part of that show. For further information, go to

Roa Wins Sprint Car Speedweek Race At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...September 7...Brody Roa scored the victory in the 30 lap Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway. This was the fifth round of the Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week Series, and Roa used the win to take the lead in that series. He started on the pole for the Main Event and did an impressive job of leading all 30 laps for the win. Past Ocean Speedway Spec Sprint champion Ryan Bernal and Chase Johnson both moved up from the fourth row to challenge Roa in a close battle before settling for second and third, respectively. Max Adams finished fourth, followed by Austin Williams, Danny Faria Jr, Jake Swanson, Cody Williams, Damion Gardner and Logan Williams.

Austin Williams bested the 19 car field in qualifying with the only 12 second lap of 12.955. Gardner was second quick at 13.049. They ran three 10 lap heat races with wins recorded by RJ Johnson, Jake Swanson and Brody Roa.

Reigning American Stock champion Rob Gallaher drove to his fifth 20 lap Main Event win of the season. Gallaher had a front row start for this race, but he still had to deal with the late race pressure of point leader Matt Kile, who sped from 12th starting to finish a very close second. Jerry Skelton finished third, followed by Joe Gallaher, Adriane Frost, Chris McCabe, Terry Traub, DJ Keldsen, multi-time champion Sam Kennedy and Tony Oliveira. The second place finish for Kile kept him 44 points ahead of Gallaher, who only leads JC Elrod by three points in a closer race for second. Eight lap heat race wins went to Chris McCabe and Elrod.

Kate Beardsley won her second 15 lap Mini Stock Main Event. In the process, she won the track's closest championship battle by one point ahead of Abigail Kennedy and eight in front of Dakota Keldsen. Ray Bunn and Chuck Kessinger battled early, but it wasn't long before Kate Beardsley and Nicole Beardsley found their way into first and second. Kate drove a great race and held off Nicole for the win. Kessinger settled for 3rd, and Bunn was disqualified from fourth in post race tech, elevating Kennedy into fourth, followed by Tom Summers, Jake Gardiner, Keldsen, Amber Rendon and Bill Beardsley. Summers and Kate Beardsley won the eight lap heat races.

Representing the Task Force of California, Jason Kelly won his first 15 lap Police N Pursuit Main Event. This was only his second start of the season. Kelly had his hands full holding off the challenge of Jessie Mueller, who was representing the California Highway Patrol. Mueller gave it a good effort in his bid for his third win, but he came up just short at the checkered flag. Roy Iler was about a half-lap behind in third, followed by Cliff Sloma and John Hohmann. Six lap heat race wins went to Iler and Mueller.

The next race is on September 21st, and it will feature the Taco Bravo Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and American Stocks. For further information, go to

Pounds Wins SoCal Super Nationals At Kern Raceway

Bakersfield, CA...September 7...Brad Pounds drove to his third 25 lap A Modified Main Event win Friday night at Kern Raceway. This was the Second Annual SoCal Super Nationals, and the Bakersfield Speedway point leader led all 30 laps ahead of Robby Sawyer. Steve Noland finished third, trailed closely by Cody Burke and track point leader Shane DeVolder. DeVolder also leads the IMCA State of California point race. Troy Morris Jr settled for sixth, followed by Ryan Daves, Austin Burke, Michael Scruggs and Dex Morris. Daves and Pounds were the eight lap heat race winners.

Garrett Jernigan won the 25 lap B Modified Main Event. Jernigan set a rapid pace, and the only driver close to him was track point leader Gary Dutton, who settled for second. Kevin Johnson was a solid third, followed by Gavin Manning, Michael Johnson, Nick Spainhoward, Anthony Giuliani and Matt Mayo. Johnson and Spainhoward won their respective eight lap heat races.

Richard Souza won the 20 lap Bakersfield Hardtop Main Event. Souza had a close battle at the front of the pack with Matt McCaslin and James Bradburn as the three drivers ran within a second of each other. However, Souza prevailed ahead of McCaslin and Bradburn. Tyler Weeks was a solid fourth, followed by Tom Dugan, Jason Stanphill, Brandon Stanphill, Jesse Dobbins, Kelly Mason and Jason Denman. the Hardtops matched the A Modifieds with the high car count of the night at 12, and eight lap heat race wins were recorded by Mason and Matt McCaslin.

Nicholas Johnson won the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event by about half a straightaway ahead of Cody Johnson. Don Mead was nearly a half-lap behind the winner in third, followed closely by Justin Gonzalez. Tim Delcid finished fifth as Eric Cimental, Marcus Wankum, Matt Wankum and Nick Spainhoward completed the finishing order. Cimental and Nicholas Johnson were the eight lap heat race winners.

Adam Lemke continues to dominate the USAC Speed2 Midget division. Lemke won the 20 lap Main Event ahead of Ashley Heredia and Elvis Rankin. Tyler Slay finished fourth, followed by Joey Iest. Slay also won the eight lap heat race.

The final race of the year for the dirt track happens on October 6th with the return of the NARC/King of the West Fujitsu Winged Sprint Car Series. Also on the card that night will be American Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mod Lites. For further information, go to

Five Division Show At Merced Speedway Saturday Night

Merced, CA...After a two-week break, Merced Speedway is back for their final two point events of the season. This Saturday night, the IMCA Modifieds are headlining the show along with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and California Sharp Mini Late Models.

Darrell Hughes II has been on fire lately. After scoring back-to-back victories and increasing his advantage to 29 points over Brian Pearce, Hughes went to Medford, Oregon and scored a $2,500 second place finish in the R Charles Snyder Salute. The third generation racer is looking forward to finishing up a successful title run, but he knows he needs to stay focused for these final two races. Pearce is still looking for his first win, but his four Top 5 finishes have helped put him in second.

If not for missing a race, multi-time champion Ramie Stone could very well be in the heat of the battle. As it is, he has used five fifth place finishes and a win to move to within nine points of second place Pearce. Stone has looked good lately and is a threat to get the win this week. Two-time winner Paul Stone, Troy Stone, Ryan Porter, Justin Villanueva and Jeff Streeter are among the others to watch for this week.

Bruce "Bubba" Nelson leads the way in the IMCA Sport Modified division, but it's a little too close for comfort for the two-time Hobby Stock champion. Nelson has one feature win this year and leads six-time Top 5 finisher Jeremy Hoff by just five points in a tight race. Still within striking distance, 11 points out of the lead, is Danny Roe. The Thomas brothers, Tanner and Chase, make up the remainder of the Top 5. Both have won at Merced this year, and Tanner has done it three times. He looked impressive last week in Medford as he came from the back of the pack to finish seventh in the Main Event. Making the Top 10 on a roster of over 50 competitors was quite an achievement.

Kelly Wilkinson looked impressive last time out in getting his second win of the season. He'll be out to go for win #3 this week, and other drivers to watch for include Cody Parker, Mark Squadrito, Jarrod Mounce and Chuck Weir.

The Hobby Stock division also has a close battle for the championship. Reigning champion Kodie Dean has to be wondering what he has to do to break away from Shannon Nelson in the title chase. Dean has won eight of the 13 races, but both he and Nelson have earned 10 Top 5 finishes. Nelson is still looking for her first win since 2015. An equally close battle is taking place for third as Kristie Shearer leads Austin Van Hoff by 14 points. Van Hoff has won two of the last three races. Other drivers in the hunt for victory include John Hensley, 2016 champion Michael Shearer, Mike Germait, Robbie Loquaci and Kalob Shelton.

Lee Ragsdale gave it a great effort last time out before finishing second in the Main Event. With seven Top 5 finishes, he has moved into a four point lead over Allen Neal in the Mini Stock championship battle. Tyler Jackson is only 14 points out in third. Only Jackson has won a Main Event of these three competitors. Shawn DePriest was the winner the last time, and he'll be out to make it three for the season this week. Other drivers to watch for include Jennifer Rodgers, three-time champion Chris Corder, Kevin Lockerby and Jason Belton Jr.

The California Sharp Mini Late Models will be joining the other four divisions this week and next week as they crown their first champion. With three wins this year, Tim Crews now has a two point advantage over Carson Guthrie, who has yet to get a win. One-time winner Riley Jeppesen, Ian Shearer and five-time winner Jesse James Burks are other drivers to watch for this week.

Saturday night should be an exciting show from start to finish. A week from Saturday, the point campaign will end with the Annual Matt & Glass Cancer Fundraiser event. For further information, go to

Santa Maria Unofficial Race Results September 8, 2018
Sprint Cars
Trent Carter
Brandon Wiley
Kalab Montgomery
Matt Day
James Herrera
Jordan Linson
Ryan Stolz

Dwarf Cars
Brandon Wylie
Kory Cowan
Kody Cowan
Trent Morley
Ira Henry
Mitch Caldwell
Tailer Morrison
Tom Morley
Brady Beck
Lonnie Tekaat
Jonathan Henry
Trevor Fitz
Jessica Clark DNS

Hobby Stock
Tom Grizincic
Jacob Jones
Taelor Janes
Seth Cannaday
Scotty Preast
Robby Cervantes
Eddie Williams
Mack McGeary
Aaron Bruce
Mike Keebler
Chris Whitford

American Stock
Gary Rayburn Jr
Justin Jackson
Ryan Taylor
Sean Martin Sr
Jimmy Satlawa
Nick Verbryke
Hailey Wyand
Chris Anderson
Kevin Pritchard
Ed Wyand
Kristina McGeary
Jon Waterfield
Gregg Teller

USAC Speed2 Midgets
Tyler Slay
Adam Lemke
Elvis Rankin

Lemoore Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 9, 2018
Central Valley Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #11 Greg Baronian    
2     #68 Brent Myrick
3     #18X Dan Myrick
4     #27 Ryan Doglione
5     #5X Chuck Doglione
6     #67 Scott Glenn
7     #56 Ryan Blank
8     #0 Jeff Durant    
9     #1 Lindsey Brown    
10     #73 Dick Adams
11     #17 Darren Wilson
12     #04 Destiny Carter            
13    #82 Randy Brown Sr
14     #ONE Rylee Schlessinger        

Dwarf Car
Results are not official
1     #4K Mikey Clark        
2     #65 John Harris
3     #9 Becca Clark    
4     #60 Tailer Morrison
5     #5E Steven Spears

All American Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 8, 2018
Late Models
JM Environmental Highline 150
Results are not official
1     #22 Buddy Shepherd       
2     #42 Matt Erickson
3     #8 Jason Romero
4     #71 Kyle Gottula
5     #77 Michael Mitchell
6     #18 Jack Wood
7     #52 Ryan Philpott
8     #14 Travis Milburn
9     #16L David Lewellyn
10     #61 Shannon Mansch
11     #6 Cameron Legue
12     #5 Chris Scribner    
13     #27 John Moore    
14     #97 Shane Butler    
15     #29 Randy Hedrick    
16     #51 Racin Vernon    
17     #26 James Vermillion        
18     #20 Cole Moore    

Limited Modified Feature
Results are not official
1     #05 Cory Englehardt    
2     #47 Josh Blackwood
3     #37 Sierra Furia
4     #34 Ralph Bailey
5     #04 Cole Brown
6     #65 Niles Strever
7     #43 Nick Lyons
8     #32 Tyler Mullican
9     #55c Tyler Caturegli

Super Stock A&B Feature
Results are not official
1     #59 Andrew Peeler    
2     #98 Byron Gonzales
3     #27 Dan Farrington
4     #3 Chris Paulson
5     #77 Erick Ray
6     #10 Tony Latimer
7     #9 Tony Ramazzotti
8     #16 Nathan Hickok
9     #99 Dave Deni
10     #22 James Shelton
11     #15x Hailey Liles
12     #28 Timm Williams
13     #15 Ericka Ray
14     #64 Blake Disoma        
15     #69 Wayne Hickok    

Mini Cup/Bandolero Feature
Results are not official
1     #04 Billy Ray        
2     #1 Jayce McArthey
3     #7 Kenna Mitchell
4     #07 Hannah Ray
5     #32 Sadie Krug

Kern Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2018
SoCal Super Nationals
A Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #15B Brad Pounds        
2     #198 Robby Sawyer
3     #17N Steve Noland
4     #20A Cody Burke
5     #44s Shane DeVolder
6     #07x Troy Morris Jr
7     #22D Ryan Daves
8     #25 Austin Burke
9     #91 Michael Scruggs
10     #07 Dex Morris
11     #72 Austin Grabowski 
12     #20 Austin Rodarte

B Modifieds
Results are not official
1     #4 Garret Jernagan
2     #G6 Gary Dutton
3     #20S Kevin Johnson
4     #51G Gavin Manning
5     #22C Michael Johnson    
6     #40 Nick Spainhoward
7     #15G Anthony Giuliani    
8     #M13 Matt Mayo

Results are not official
1     #7 Richard Souza    
2     #9 Matt McCaslin
3     #3 James Bradburn
4     #46X Tyler Weeks
5     #32 Tom Dugan
6     #14 Jason Stanphill
7     #63 Brandon Stanphill    
8     #66 Jesse Dobbins
9     #45 Kelly Mason
10     #00 Jason Denman        
11     #102 Darren Dadey    
12     #26 Anthony Moss

Hobby Stocks
Results are not official
1     #1N Nicholas Johnson    
2     #11 Cody Johnson
3     #99 Don Mead
4     #0 Justin Gonzales
5     #41 Tim Delsid
6     #99c Eric Cimental    
7     #91 Marcus Wankum        
8     #56 Matt Wankum        
9     #7 Nick Spainhoward    

USAC Speed2 Midgets
Results are not official
1     #41 ADAM LEMKE        
3     #54 Elvis Rankin
4     #15 Tyler Slay
5     #17 Joey Iest

Kings Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 8, 2018
IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars
Blake Robertson
Grant Duinkerken
Zane Blanchard
Brendan Warmerdam
Albert Pombo
Brooklyn Holland
Jared Faria
Grant Champlin
Rob Solomon
Michael Pombo
Kyle Rasmussen
Rick Bray
Vaughn Schott
Blaine Fagundes
Mauro Simone
Phil Heynen
Richard Weddle
mike schott
Lance Jackson
Benjamin Catron
Chris Ennis

1. Jace Vander Weerd
2. Damion Gardner
3. Danny Faria Jr.
4. Brody Roa
5. Jake Swanson
6. Austin Williams
7. Max Adams
8. Cody Williams
9. Chris Gansen
10. R.J. Johnson
11. Koen Shaw
12. Logan Williams
13. Cal Smith
14. Joel Rayborne
15. Shayna Sylvia
16. Ryan Bernal
17. Geoff Ensign
18. Chase Johnson
19. Austin Ervine

Final Speedweek Points

Ocean Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2018
American Stocks
Rob Gallaher
Matt Kile
Jerry Skelton
Joe Gallaher
Adriane Frost
Chris McCabe
Terry Traub
DJ Keldsen
Sam Kennedy
Tony Oliveira
Devon Sanders
Wally Kennedy
George Fernandez
JC Elrod DQ
John Farrell DQ

Four Bangers
Kate Beardsley
Nicole Beardsley
Chuck Kessinger
Abigail Kennedy
Tom Summers
Jay Gardner
Dakota Keldsen
Amber Rendon
Bill Beardsley]
Ray Bunn DQ

Police n Pursuit
Jason Kelly    Task Force, CA
Jesse Mueller    California Highway Patrol, CA
Roy Iler    San Benito SO, CA
Cliff Sloma    Capitola Police Department, CA
John Hohmann    Scotts Valley Police Department, CA
Steven Fernandes    Santa Clara County Sheriff, CA
Kyle Dorris    San Jose Police Department, CA
Chris Murphy    California Highway Patrol, CA
Scott Morasci    San Jose Police Department, CA
Darren Thompson    San Benito Sheriff's Office, CA
Derrick Boler    San Jose Police Department, CA

USAC/CRA 410 Sprints
Brody Roa
Ryan Bernal
Chase Johnson
Max Adams
Austin Williams
Danny Faria Jr
Jake Swanson
Cody Williams
Damion Gardner
Logan Williams
Billy Aton
Koen Shaw
Geoff Ensign
R.J. Johnson
Chris Gansen
Shayna Sylvia
Joel Rayborne
Austin Ervine
Austin Liggett

Ventura Raceway Unofficial Results September 8, 2018
VRA Sprint Cars
1 15 Rick Hendrix
2 27 Tyler Hatzikian
3 45 Joey Bishop
4 39E Kyle Edwards
5 98 Jeremy Ellertson
6 13 Bruce Douglass
7 55 Kyle Smith
8 81m Rick Haugh DNS

VRA Dwarf Cars
1 14 Tommy Velasquez III
2 41 Nick Velasquez
3 57 Jeff Hinz
4 93 Jason Horton
5 55 Mike Long
6 58 Tom Morse
7 6 Tom Conley
8 69 Johnny Conley
9 28 Tonny Pellegrino
10 25 Shane Linenberger

1 66 Chris Meredith
2 13 Bruce Douglass
3 27 Tyler Hatzikian
4 5k Eddie William
5 5j Joey Bishop
6 3g Greg Andrews
7 81m Rick Haugh
8 1 William Holmes
9 2 Wally Pankratz
10 16 Tom Spephens Sr

1 33 Mike Leach
2 5 Ashley Hazelton-Heredia
3 26 Tim Foy
4 37 Mike Leach Sr
5 1 Wally Pankratz 

1 52 Ricky Lewis
2 16 Tom Stephens Jr
3 7 Mike Stanford
4 31 Alyssa Smith
5 6 Heath Morton

The Editor's Viewpoint

There's no doubt about it. One of the go to divisions in racing these days is the Sprint Cars. It's kind of interesting to me to notice that there are still those people who are wings only and don't appreciate a good wingless race. It's made things frustrating up here as we have attempted to start a big Wingless Sprint Car event at the end of August. This year, even with $3,500 on the line, we only drew a 10 car field.

Part of the problem with that had to do with the fact that the locals don't want to take their wings off and give it a try. There's also a little bit of a political issue with the lone wingless group from the Northern Oregon area that seems to want to refuse to give us the time of day. There's a long story behind that. Southern Oregon Speedway promoter Mike McCann actually started the Wingless Sprint Car movement in Oregon when he began the Double Shot Series. When he moved on from that, it got really political, and a few people took issue with him. Despite overtures, they don't even want to book a date here. A few people from back in the day still come down for this race at our track.

I don't know what it is about the desire not to take a wing off your car. Maybe it's a crutch? You feel safer with the wing if you roll or something? I don't know. We had a nasty flip last year with Winged Sprint Car star Kyler Barraza. When he flipped, his car caught on fire. It really scared the heck out of him, and I can't blame him for that. We can talk about the fact that his car was towed off the track before that crash and he probably shouldn't have been sent back out by his crew to finish that race, but what's done is done. So, Kyler doesn't want to run wingless anymore, and his crash actually scared David Hibbard out of coming back again.

So, to make a long story short, it seems like our effort to start a Wingless Sprint Car movement in Southern Oregon has hit a roadblock. Despite that, our race sponsor, Herz Precision Parts, still wants to be a part of this thing in 2019. We've discussed the possibility of just starting a Wingless Sprint division up here, but the problem boils down to not enough people to run wingless to even give it a try. We're talking maybe 4-6 locals wanting to run wingless and we could do something once a month or so. They're not having it.

What we have up here is a Limited Sprint division. We started things off in 2016 with an open set of rules that allowed as much as 410 Sprint Cars, if somebody was so inclined to come run for $700 to win. This wasn't going to happen, but some of the 360 guys pitched a fit. Mainly, they were pitching a fit because we weren't offering $1,000 to win. All we ask is that you take a look at the grandstands and tell us where we can afford to pay $1,000 to win in any division as a regular occurrence. Things were run so far down on the racing program here that the money isn't there because the crowd isn't there. Even three years into this deal, we struggle sometimes to bring the crowd back.

The Sprint Car division in our first year was something that forced us to go into Tom Cruise mode from Jerry Maguire. You know, when he was getting fired. "Who's coming with me? Come on, who's coming with me?" We would basically have to beg people to come race just to get four or five cars. I know I didn't want to go through that in 2017, and neither did Mike.

David Hibbard pitched the idea of going to the Limited Sprint rules, which upset a couple of the people who did support us in the first season. I don't blame the people for getting upset because they supported, but we didn't get more support. To save Winged Sprint Car racing, we tried something else.

Here's the problem. With it came the request for $1,000 to win. For a while there, David was willing to sponsor us. He did so behind the scenes, not even asking for acknowledgement. Like any promoter would be concerned, what happens when your sponsor leaves and people expect $1,000 to win? Well, for the last few races, this division has gone unsponsored, and it still pays the hefty price tag. Look at the grandstands. Does this division warrant $1,000 to win? That's the problem.

It's sort of like what I was telling everybody that first year. When we can get the crowd up, purse can be adjusted. It takes a lot of money to run a race track, as anybody who has promoted can tell you. It's not cheap. So, you have to pay accordingly to what you're getting in attendance.

Here's the problem we have with our Sprint Car division. We are getting better. I don't think we've dropped under 10 cars for any race this year. The problem is, we still pay a high purse, and the drivers we have in this class are mostly new names. It's nice to have new drivers moving up, because I think it gives hope for the future of Sprint Car racing in Oregon, which really needs it. Problem is, the money is not really there for this.

When John Skinner ran this race track, it was all about Modifieds. The world revolved around Modifieds. Any of the regular classes out there knew that if there was a big race, the money generally went to the Modifieds. There was a Sprint Car class that existed, but it certainly wasn't something that was pushed by Skinner. And as a result, it never took off. This was at a time when you had some names that were familiar with racing fans and the class could have been cultivated. Skinner made it all about the Modifieds. He never had a regular Late Model class or Street Stocks when he opened the place, and that's another bone of contention I have. But that's for another subject.

We found ourselves trying to establish a Sprint Car effort with a better movement than the track has ever had before. Problem is, the only time the fans have really responded to Sprint Car racing up here is when it's been a big race, especially when the World of Outlaws come to town. Believe me, we tried to get an Outlaw date, but there was none available. We've looked at other avenues, but the price tag is much higher than we can afford. The Speedweek Sprint Car Series up here is a shadow of its former self and we took a bath when we ran it in our first year. So, this is what we have. Our regular Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Series.

The problem is we have to shell out $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start for this class. We pay this to drivers the fans aren't as familiar with, and people aren't flocking to watch. This leaves a hard decision to be made, and I know what I'd do. I don't think I could pay these guys this money given the lack of fan support we get. The money simply is not there. We put the money up in part because we hoped the drivers from Cottage Grove would come down, and we get a myriad of complaints from the prima donnas up there as to why they can't come race. Truthfully, I don't think they want to travel here. That's just my opinion.

They pay $500 to win at Cottage Grove and they aren't budging even when they get 20 cars. So, who's the idiot here? Us for paying as much as we are or Cottage Grove? Cottage Grove is the Sprint Car Mecca of Oregon, and Mike McCann is the promoter who made it happen. He's trying to do the same thing at Southern Oregon Speedway, but it's been a struggle. And he's actually heard this little ditty from a few people. They have much more fun going to Cottage Grove to race for $500 to win than $1,000 to win at Southern Oregon Speedway. Yeah, they said that. To me, it's time to give them a pay cut. Until you prove yourself, $500 to win. It's what they do at Cottage Grove.

We struggle up here in part because of the fact that it's all about the Modifieds. If it's a big IMCA Modified race, they come. But if it's a regular IMCA Modified race, it could be 50/50. We can't just run big Modified races every week of the season, so what now? We start establishing a Sprint Car class and a Late Model class, but this is a process. We have to get the fans used to this stuff, and that takes time. How much time do we need? The turnaround is three years into it, and we're definitely seeing progress, though we're not where we should be. In a couple of years, maybe we'll be there? But is a $1,000 to win Winged Sprint Car show going to get us there?

Don't misunderstand me, I do see the value in this division. Because of the youth movement, it has a real chance to be big. But, you also have to book it accordingly. You can't run them 15 or 18 times a year. Just like the IMCA Modifieds, much more than a dozen times and your car count will suffer. So you have to rotate nights where it's about the IMCA Modifieds or it's about the Sprint Cars.

As the Late Models grow, they can become a part of the discussion. The good part about IMCA Modifieds and Late Models is they are at $500 to win now. I think that's where the Sprint Car division needs to be. If we were popping a big crowd when we had Sprint Cars, it would be different. Otherwise, that big purse comes out of the promoter's pocket, not the attendance from the fans. You can't keep doing that. I wouldn't.

Sprint Cars are big. There's no getting around that. Back in 1999, Antioch Speedway started Wingless Spec Sprints. It's now in its 20th season. I remember it well, because Don O'Keefe Jr and myself were the ones doing the legwork and guiding this class from the moment it was decided to be a part of the roster through the first full season. It's because of that effort that I believe it got the fighting chance it needed and took off at other places as well as Antioch. And it's nice to know that Antioch still has it on the roster as a means to get new drivers into Sprint Car racing.

With a class like the Spec Sprints, which runs a 360 cubic inch cast iron motor and is self starting, you can pay $500 to win no problem. You get a good car count, and you see a return at the gate. Well, it was bigger back then than it is now. Racing is suffering all around, but Spec Sprints still have their seat at the table via the C&H Veteran's Services Hunt Series, which is capable of bringing 20 plus cars to the track.

There's another argument that has been made in Northern California, and I've been paying attention. I think it's a pretty good idea. It's better than what they pulled at Chico, which was the put wings on the Spec Sprints, and call them Econo Sprints. All that did was divide the Spec Sprint car count, and that forced the promoter at the two tracks to drop Spec Sprints from one of the shows in favor of Econo Sprints and drop the Econos at the other track in favor of Spec Sprints. Not a smart move, and he has a history of not smart moves at both tracks in the past few years, in my opinion.

Wingless 360 Sprint Car races have started popping up in Northern California sporadically. It's about time. The division does pretty well in Southern California, and there's no reason it couldn't do well in Northern California. The resourceful promoter or driver organization could cobble together an 8 to 10 race series pretty easily and begin a serious movement for this class. I know that Ricky Brophy and Shawn Arriaga were working on something. One of their concerns was that most of the tracks, other than Antioch, have let their Spec Sprint division get out of hand. Why not just go with a Wingless 360 class? I don't think it would be difficult to get Watsonville, Petaluma, Placerville and maybe even Antioch on board for some dates, and there you go. The only thing I would caution is that we don't let this destroy the Spec Sprint division, because it's still here. But then again, racing always goes in cycles. About a 15 to 20 year run and we change divisions. The only oddball in that scenario is the Modifieds, and they have cycled down to Sport Modifieds with E Modifieds waiting in the wings.

There's no doubt that Sprint Cars have a seat at the table. They are one of the most reliable classes in the game right now. Them and the Modifieds are the two divisions that usually get the big shows. We keep hoping for something out of the Late Models, but it only exists because a few promoters aren't giving up on it just yet, including Antioch. Street Stocks evolved into Super Stocks or Limited Late Models, and their numbers have seen better days. Hobby Stocks are still doing decently, and I'm surprised nobody has really taken a look at the IMCA Stock Car, even if doing it without an IMCA sanctioning. The problem would be that you couldn't run the Camaros and Firebirds that are still left against these metric cars, but eventually it will get to a point where those cars are gone. We can't afford to exclude cars from the field these days. We need every car we can get.

It's kind of a challenge as a promoter to figure out what you're going to run and when. That's why it's good that we have so many divisions at Southern Oregon Speedway to shuffle around and keep the numbers up in the pits while giving divisions the night off. Antioch does pretty much the same thing, though I wish they would put some thought into it. That is to say, don't book on top of big shows when you can avoid it and don't book Hobby Stocks or B Modifieds to death as tends to happen there.

The problem John has at Antioch is the purse doesn't come cheap for him either. In fact, I think he's paying a lot more than we are because he has Winged 360 Sprint Cars and full-on Late Models, and the Modifieds and Spec Sprints aren't super cheap either. He's doing this because the price to get in as a fan means you need to give them something special too. While Oregon has tracks that will run both the Winged Sprint Cars and Late Models on the same night at times, I think Antioch and Placerville may be the only two doing it in California. Placerville has their own Crate Late Model class that is doing slightly better than Antioch in car count.

Only two more weeks left and the Southern Oregon Speedway season is done. I'm sure to have a few things to say about that when we bring down the curtain, but I'm gathering my thoughts. They may just go into the book I'm working on, but a few might trickle into this column in the future. The trip will take me down to Orland and eventually Antioch Speedway. I'm looking forward to being at both places, although my concerns for Antioch have me interested in going all the way down there in the beginning. My train ticket goes all the way to Martinez, but I'm getting off at Chico. Plans can change if I think it's necessary to do so.

The plans right now call for something very special at Antioch Speedway on the night of Fall Brawl 2018. I've been working on this idea for the last couple of months. Truthfully, it's been on my mind for over 20 years, and I just feel it's time to start it now. I don't want to make this about me. I have witnessed some idiot on Facebook, whose name I will leave out, making another track's effort all about himself. I don't want this to be about me. I just have to start it to get it going, but it's my hope that others are going to join in and this will be a committee effort in the future. It just takes one person to step up and get started and get other people going. That's the way these things are done.

What the hell am I talking about? I'm talking about the Hall of Fame. Through the years, Antioch Speedway has had some great racers. They've also had some great car owners, officials and people behind the scenes who have made the place so special. Isn't it time we start honoring and acknowledging them? That's what this is all about. I've made a list and have nine inductees going in this year as of now. I'm going to make more announcements later, but at least I can tell you this much. The Hall of Fame at Antioch Speedway is about to begin. I have always said that I would like to see this happen before I ever walk away. The time is now to get it started.

There's a lot of drama regarding Antioch Speedway that I can't get into right now. Things are going to happen this week, and questions will be answered as to the future. I'll have more to say on that at a time in the not-too-distant future. For now, I'm just keeping an eye on things. The most important thing that matters is that the bills continue to get paid and that the track continues to hold races. Everything else is just chatter at this point.

And I guess this column is just chatter as well. So on that note, I'll end this. Until next time...