Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sprint Cars, IMCA Mods At Antioch, Merced Preview And Chowchilla Fair Race

First of all...

Don's California Racing Recollections:  Best Of The Blog And Beyond

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Just A Kid From The Grandstands:  My Time In Auto Racing

Available on Lulu in Paperback And Hard Cover

Also, what could be a series of informative books...

Short Track History Project at Gofundme

Additional info on the Short Track History Project  HERE

The Weekend Preview Edition Of The DCRR Racing Radio Show

A Few Interesting Links To Check Out

The Bakersfield Speedway part of the Bako Motorsports Power Hour can be viewed HERE

Mel Maupin's Birthday would have been on Wednesday...  The article I filed when we lost him back in May of 2000 is right HERE

The IMCA Modified Main Event From Petaluma Speedway can be viewed HERE

Tony Karis filed a report from Ocean Speedway, which can be read HERE

A brief article we filed right after the races at Antioch Speedway last week can be read HERE

A story about the Bradway Memorial race was filed at the Chico Newspaper HERE

Ron Rodda continues to write his always interesting and informative Fromm The Grandstand column, which you can view HERE

 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds At Antioch

You can take your pick of the three options offered up by Oval Motorsports this weekend.  At Antioch on Saturday night, there is the open wheel excitement of Winged 360 Sprint Cars and Wingless Spec Sprints.  Also on the card are the IMCA Sport Mods, Northern All Stars Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.  Merced has IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and a visit from the Dwarf Cars.  Chowchilla has the annual Chowchilla Fair, and the speedway will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars get their third visit to Antioch.  We've taken the liberty of calculating the points after the most recent race, since the official site has yet to be updated.  After his fifth place finish last time out, third generation racer Shawn Arriaga has taken over the lead by just six points over Jake Haulot.  While Arriaga is looking to add an Antioch championship trophy to the big Petaluma trophy sitting on his mantle, we're not sure what Haulot will be doing.  The second generation racer has also been supporting Petaluma this season and will have to make a decision.  He's not likely to be champion there, but if his third place finish at Antioch last time showed anything, it's that an Antioch title is not out of the question.

Chris Magoon is looking to wipe the bitter taste of DNF from his mouth.  Last time out, he crashed early in the event with his rival, Art McCarthy.  Both past Antioch champions watched the finish from the sidelines, and 2014 champion Magoon was back hot lapping his #77 car last week.  McCarthy already knows what he can do as a two time Petaluma champion and the winner of the season opener.  Like Magoon, he'll be looking to put an end to the 11 race streak of races in which no driver has repeated as a feature winner.  Magoon is only 12 points behind Arriaga, while McCarthy is 14 points back.

After his second last time out, Watsonville point leader Justin Sanders is fifth in points and could be at this show, but we aren't anticipating that.  This race is going to show where we are so far in the quest to establish a division at Antioch Speedway.  The consensus is that there are probably 12-16 cars in the area that are up for racing at Antioch, and we know two time Spec Sprint champion Dan Gonderman, Roy Fisher, Ryan Timmons, Rick Brophy and his son Ricky Brophy are among them.  Zack Lynsky has supported Antioch in recent years as well.  We anticipate 8-12 cars for this race, and it should be interesting to see who wins.

Interesting doesn't begin to describe the most recent Spec Sprint show.  Wild seems more fitting.  After a rollover ended his race early three races ago, Alan Miranda missed the next race making repairs.  Miranda came back strong and led for 19 and three quarters laps.  Seeing his chance, rookie Cody Fendly made an aggressive move in the last turn, and both cars ended up spinning.  Suddenly, Jimmy Perry III found himself winning.  Perry thought he probably had a third place car, but considering the struggles his team has had this season, he took what he got with a smile.  A champion of this division within the last decade, he's lost races the same way before.

That night, Kyle Bakkie found himself in the same position he was three races ago.  He had another DNF.  The two time winner's lead shank to 20 points over Rick Panfli after Panfili finished sixth, but he seems to have the car to beat of the three title contenders.  Bakkie was second in points last year, and he came into this season looking for a championship.  Though he has wins, Panfili has gone since the beginning of the Spec Sprint division in 1999 without a win.  He has finished as high as second this season.

If this is going to be the year we crown a first time Spec Sprint champion, Marcus Smith wants everybody to know something.  The second generation racer and division rookie is also in the battle.  Marcus was riding along in sixth in the recent race, looking for fifth, when the spins happened in front of him.  By the time he came out of Turn 4, he had a career best second place finish.  In recent weeks, Smith has looked faster than Panfili, and he could be the one of the two to make it to the winner's circle first.

Because he missed a race, Miranda is a distant fourth and 22 points ahead of two time winner Roy Fisher.  Whether Fisher brings his Spec Sprinter, since the Winged 360 Sprint Cars are on the program, is the question.  For Miranda's part, he wants another shot at that win that slipped away.  Ryon Siverling is still reeling from being disqualified from a top 5 finish last time out, and he's 34 points behind Miranda.  We expect that he's still going to be a tough competitor and somebody to watch in the quest for a Main Event victory.

Jeremy Newberry had finished second two races ago and felt good about his chances last time.  Unfortunately, the NFL alumni crashed in Turn 2 last time out.  We're not sure if he'll make it or not, but he'll be fast if he's there.  Al Ghiorso made a nice season debut last time in third, but he's another competitor we're not sure if we'll be seeing.  There's also Perry, rookie Chase Wood Jr. and even Orland area visitor Bill Hopper.  We anticipate there could be 8-12 cars in the field, and it's anybody's guess who will win in this competitive field.

When Scott Busby shows up in the IMCA Modifieds, you always have to keep in mind that he can win.  Nobody has won more Main Events than him in this division at Antioch Speedway, and only J.D. Willis has more total wins than the four time champion.  Busby's second win of the season last time out gave him 60 career wins and it moved him to within a point of one time winner Bobby Motts Jr., who had a Top 5 finish that night.  Motts has a Street Stock championship in his career, and he's every bit as determined to win this championship in the car Nick Caughman Jr. won his Petaluma title with.

2014 champion Carl Berendsen II is fast, but he has to be a bit frustrated after spinning from his second place spot last time.  The man behind him again was Scott Busby, and it was the second race in a row in which this happened.  Carl has admitted that he's getting used to the way the former Aaron Crowell car handles, but he is fast enough to win on any given week.  At the moment, he ranks third in the standings, but four points ahead of Dustin Himes and 12 ahead of four time champion Troy Foulger and Terry Kaiser.  We're not sure if Foulger will be there, though we suspect he might.

With Antioch the only track running this division in the area, we suspect that we could see a good turnout once again.  Last time out, rookie Josh Combs impressed by leading ten laps in a car that didn't look like it was quite right.  The driver made it look good.  If he has another motor, former point runner up Jeff Thomas will be back to try again.  The same can be said for Sean O'Gara, who had a good run going last time.

We've also heard that Aaron Crowell is due to debut his Victory Circle Chassis, but the lure of the big race in Santa Maria next week might appeal to guys like Crowell, Nick DeCarlo and Kellen Chadwick, who could sit this one out.  Merced point leader Alex Wilson and his bother Kyle, who has won the last two races at Merced, could be in action, and we're anticipating 12-16 cars could be at Antioch for this race.  The competition is so close that there are several drivers you need to watch in the battle for victory.

Victory and Larry Damitz are synonymous in the Limited Late Model division.  Larry has won three of the last four championships at Antioch, finishing second the year he didn't win,  He's also won two Merced titles in recent years and has three feature wins in five races at Antioch.  Despite all of that, his lead over the tied Mark Garner and Mike Hynes is 18 points.  Because car count hasn't been great, every position you earn on the track is that much more important.

Garner was right on Damitz's back bumper last time out for a second place finish.  Then, he headed back to Merced and won his fourth Main Event there.  As one of the three winners at Antioch this season, you can't count Mark out Saturday night.  In fact, he's out there for a reason, to win a championship for his father, Jerry "The Maverick" Garner.  And, he's due for another win.  Hynes has been struggling lately after a good start, and this has all helped one time winner Mike Gustafson move to within six points of the battle for second.

These four drivers aren't the only ones you should be watching.  Jim Freethy debuted a new car last time out and finished third that night.  The 2013 champion is 18 points behind Gustafson in fifth,  After her late start, Lori Brown's two third place finishes helped move her to sixth in the standings.  These six drivers are anticipated.  At this point, we don't know who else will be there, tough we suspect John Evans may be there.  John Keith is putting a motor together, and we've heard Peggy Sue Jarred may be ready to go.  There are others still lurking with cars, but we're guessing 6-10 cars will be on hand for this race.

Despite the fact that certain drivers aren't showing up with their Hobby Stocks lately, the car count has hit double digits for two straight weeks.  This has been assisted by the return of Steven Rogers and the recent debut of Cameron Swank.  Meanwhile, two time defending champion Kimo Oreta won for the second time last week to go with his three seconds.  Oreta is in firm control of the point lead, making the battle for second at this point.

Danny Jones was a heat winner last week and finished second for the third time this season.  You have to believe that win is coming soon for the Stock Car racing veteran.  After his recent finish, Danny is now a career best second in points, 11 points ahead of Michael Cooper.  Cooper missed the races due to work last week to fall back to third, and he only has an 11 point lead over the steadily improving rookie Jordan Swank.  Swank picked up a career best fourth place finish last week.  Three time winner and two time champion Melissa Myers is nine points behind Swank, though it's questionable as to whether she will race this week or not.

If Myers doesn't show, Frank Furtado is ready to move by for what would be a career best fifth place point ranking.  Frank has been struggling in his new #81 car, but he's slowly figuring it out.  Frank may also be putting his old car back on the track soon with second generation racer Ray Deitrick behind the wheel.  While we are on the subject of career bests, Robert Niven's third place finish last week should be mentioned.  Niven got the help of Michael Burch and Jim Robbins during the week leading up to the race, and you could see the improvement in the way he looked in the orange #69z car.

Tony Jennings Jr. is scheduled to drive brother Jeremy's blue #42 car, and others we are looking for this week include Natalie Perry, Brian Zachary, Steven Rogers and Calvin Louis Jr.  Actually, we've heard that Calvin Louis Sr isn't far off from making his Limited Last Model debut.  We anticipate that there could be 8-12 cars again this week, but car count here could pop on any given week.  These drivers put on a good show, and we have no reason to expect anything different this week.

Hobby Stocks Take Center Stage At Merced Speedway

Merced is trying something different this week.  The IMCA Modfieds are off.  They will be in Antioch that night and in Chowchilla on Sunday.  The Sportsman division is off and Limited Late Models are also in Antioch.  In their place is the Dwarf Car division.  We haven't had confirmation on this, but we're guessing there could be drivers from at least one traveling group involved.  Who will be there is a big question for a couple reasons.

The Antioch regulars have run six races in a row there and may be taking a break.  Drivers like Charlie Correia, Mike Corsaro, David Teves, Adam Teves and Danny Wagner have been known to travel, but nobody has said that they are coming.  They are looking at the June 11th Fair that is paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start, so this race would offer a nice tune up opportunity.  Also, drivers were asked over a month ago about coming to Merced for some races.

The NCDCA Dwarf Car group is not booked to race that weekend.  However, the South Bay group, which has supported Merced in the past, is booked at Petaluma as part of a shoot out with that track's regulars.  So, the question remains, who will show for this race?  Last season, fields of 19 and 12 cars showed for the two races, and the wins went to Matt Sargent and Terre Rothweiler.  To say that this is a big question mark is an understatement.

We're hoping there were already some Antioch racers committed to this race, but our guess is anywhere from four to ten cars.  South Bay support has been important to this track in recent years.  Once upon a time, Merced helped launch Nor Cal as the premiere Dwarf Car group in the area.  There are a few drivers in the area who could be among the field this week, including Mike Drake.  We're hoping for the best, but a call to the Nor Cal group probably wouldn't have hurt this race.

When it comes to the regular three divisions, the Hobby Stocks are at the head of the field and a big question mark sits in front of the other two classes booked for Saturday.  Kevin Joaquin appears to be closer to settling things in the Hobby Stock championship battle.  This really looks like his year. Jennifer Corder probably only came into the season thinking she could win the "Rookie Of The Year" title.  At this point in the season, Kevin leads the 2014 Mini Stock point runner up by 66 points.

Kevin is the only driver with more than one feature win this season.  The two time winner has been hot on the trail of that third win, but for three straight weeks, he's been forced to settle for second.  Last week's second also included a heat race win, and Kevin increased his lead over Corder, who ended up a disappointed 10th.  Jennifer was third a week earlier, which was a season best for her.  Her season has had it's ups an down, but she's done pretty well for her first year in the division.

Third is quite a ways back, but there are six drivers within 42 points of the always entertaining George Silva.  His closest rivals are Dexter Long, who is two points behind him, and Shannon Nelson, who is ten points back.  Nelson is one of the nine feature winners this season, as is Kristie Shearer, who finished third last week.  Shearer is only 25 points behind.  Ty Shelton is 28 points out of third while Austin Van Hoff is 42 points behind in eighth.

Gary Hildebrand is a feature winner this year, but he is coming off of back to back bad nights at Merced and Chowchilla.  Andrew Krumm rebounded nicely from his DNF of a week earlier to finish fourth last week, and that moved the past Merced Hobby Stock champion into tenth in the standings.  As fast as Krumm is, he could very well become the tenth different winner if he races this week.

Over 50 drivers have competed this season, and Chris Mayer made an impressive season debut last week with a feature victory.  New drivers seem to be showing up every week, and car count popped just a bit last week with 16 cars showing up to race.  It seems likely that we can hit that number again this week, but we project 10-14 cars will show this week.  You should get a good show from the Merced Speedway Hobby Stocks as they have been entertaining all season long.

By the way, if you are keeping track, Joaquin, Shearer, Nelson, Hildebrand, Mayer, Darren Miguel, Kodie Dean, Marc Key and Joe Joe Willoughby are your feature winners this season with Joaquin doing it twice.  Among those to knock on the door with second place finishes are Travis Avila, Ty Shelton, Austin Van Hoff and Watsonville visitors Jill Merlin and William Kennedy.  Joaquin had his fourth second place finish of the season last week, and Avila finished fifth in that race.  We also saw the return of 2014 champion Raul Rodriquez, who was impressive in winning his heat race.

The Sport Mod drivers have not been happy, and most people know that.  The result has been an up and down season and a championship that has been handed to the one driver who wants to support the track every race, rookie Josh Hensley.  The bad part is the fans just don't know who will show up from week to week, and some might start wondering what the future will be for this division if this trend continues.  The reality is that over 40 cars have competed so far this season, and that includes another new driver who debuted last week, Roy Worthy.

Only five drivers showed last week, including the competitive Jeremy Hoff and two time track champion Shawn Bryant.  It was 2013 Antioch champion Hoff winning that race ahead of Bryant.  We'd like to say that Hoff will be back this week, but we just don't know.  As is the case with 2014 champion Rick Diaz, Bruce Nelson and Neill Barcellos, Hoff will show up when he feels like it.  We do believe seventh ranked Mark Odgers will be back, but points have nothing to do it.  The Odgers team pretty much races every weekend, and that includes the Enduro racing they did at Madera last week.

Fred Ryland needs to keep racing and will be in action this Saturday night some place.  Because of the car count concern and the need of quality (10 car minimum) feature wins, Ryland may be tempted to return to Marysville, where he won earlier this season.  If only five cars are at Merced this week, even if he and wife Patti are there, joined by Keith Brown Jr., that still means only eight cars.  So, where will Fred be this week may be the question.  He wanted to support Merced when he could, but car count may force his hand.

This is a topic we have danced around for a while, but one of the things that led to the current situation was the GM shakeup at the end of 2014.  Some were unhappy with that, and nothing was really attempted to diffuse the situation, such as meetings with the racers.  The problem is the lack of support is not helpful to the track in the long run.  Last week saw IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks save the day, but the show will be depending on this class to come through with the kind of car count that they are capable of delivering.

Hopefully, racers like feature winner Gary Tucker, D.C. Brown, Top 5 ranked Dwayne Short and Tim Cecil will be there this week and things will rebound nicely.  A look deeper into the stats finds that Ryland leads the winner's list with four victories, while Diaz and Hoff have two each and Nick Spainhoward and Tucker also have wins.  K. Brown has two seconds, while Nelson, Odgers and D.C. Brown also have runner up finishes.   We really think that it will be at least a little better than last week, but we'll stay with our 8-12 car prediction and see what happens.  These drivers have put on some good shows, so we are hoping for the best.  Perhaps the Chowchilla Fair race will have a positive effect on this car count.

The Mini Stocks have hit an all time low.  Three cars were there last week, including point leader Chris Corder and his closest rival, Darren Miguel.  After Miguel won for the fifth time last week, Corder's lead slipped to just four points.  Corder has yet to win a Main Event at Merced this season, and he fielded a Hobby Stock for the first time last week.  With championships on the line at Merced and Chowchilla this year, it's doubtful that Chris will make the jump just yet, but this appears to be his last season in the class.

What Corder and Miguel both want is more cars to race against.  Chris kept his second car at home last week, and there were several other parked cars as well.  Kevin Lockerby has decided to go racing at Madera, and Dennis Copus was unable to show up and pass him in the points last week, though he wanted to.  Copus has put everything has can into his new car, but he's in need of sponsorship to get out there and race.  Alex Odishoo is announcing at Merced, so he saves his racing for Chowchilla.  Top 5 ranked Joy Alger has been absent in recent weeks.
Steve Johnson, Natalie Waldrop, Dan McCabe, Kelly Campanile, Mike Congdon, Mike Germait and Mat Shlessinger are among the drivers who have helped put this division into double digit car count this year at times, and it is hoped that at least some of them will return this week.  McCabe and Robert Alger (in Corder's second car) have won features this season, and Campanile has finished second once.  These drivers are capable of putting on a good race if they show up.  Our guess is maybe 6-10 cars, and we certainly hope at least that many drivers show up this week. 

Fair Time Racing At Chowchilla

One of the great traditions in racing takes place during the County Fair.  Madera County actually has two fairgrounds facilities, which many people probably don't realize.  It was that hidden gem of a facility in Chowchilla that helped change the landscape of racing in Northern California.  Nobody saw it coming when Tom Sagmiller opened the place up 15 years ago for the 2000 racing season.

Oval Motorsports is trying to keep that tradition alive and would like to do some big things in the future.  We've already seen one of them in the huge race in January that paid big money to the IMCA Modified and Sport Modified divisions.  Those two divisions take center stage this Sunday night along with Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks.

It appears as if Josh Vogt has hit his stride in the IMCA Modified division.  The 2014 champion missed the January blowout race, which may have been good news to the competition.  Since then, the 2014 Ventura champion has rolled to three straight Main Event victories and now has a 16 point lead over Danny Luukkonen.  Luukkonen is a past Modified Mini Stock champion, but the points may look closer than this battle truly is.

We're not really sure who will show for this race, but there's something about a Fair Time race that entices the racers to come out and play.  Being that this is an evening show, the track may be a little more to the racer's liking.  We're thinking past Chowchilla champion Randy Brown may be back after his rollover two weeks ago.  He finished second at Merced last week.  Michael Shearer, Karl Rose, John Osgood III, Billy Wilker and Ray Mayer are others to watch for.  We'll keep the number in the 8-12 car range, but you never know who will show up at Chowchilla.  That's the way it's been for years.

In the IMCA Sport Mod division, Fred Ryland won for the third time in four races last time.  The recent win moved him to 11 points ahead of the other feature winner, Keith Brown Jr.  We anticipate that both divers will be there this week.  Patti Ryland was second last time.  Though she's not running for points, it's possible that she will be there to support the cause and get more seat time.  Third ranked Josh Gish was third in his most recent start.  He and Merced point leader Josh Hensley could be there for this race as well.

Natasha Dodd and 2011 Top 3 racer Marissa Odgers are two others we anticipate for this show.  Actually, Chowchilla's John Fore Jr. and 2012 Chowchilla Hobby Stock champion Chris Falkenberg may be others to watch for.  This one feels like a race that could see car count pop, and it should be better than last time.  Our guess is the standard 8-12 racers, and if one of those drivers is Rick Diaz or 2014 State champion Nick Spainhoward, which is a good possibility, things will get very interesting.

Kevin Joaquin is on his way to a Chowchilla Hobby Stock championship.  Kevin has two wins in three starts, and only Austin Van Hoff is anywhere near him in the point race, trailing by 36 points.  Van Hoff's night last time was disappointing, but his sixth place feature finish and second in his heat race last week at Merced would seem to indicate that the car is running better. Another Chowchilla based racer, 2014 point runner up Kodie Dean, will probably have his car back together for the Fair Race.  Last time out, he suffered front end damage when he hit a spun Travis Avila.

We're thinking the Fair activities will get more cars out to the track, and Gary Hildebrand could be one of them.  Gary's last start was disappointing, but he was second to Joaquin the time before that.  Jennifer Corder, Dexter Long, Nick Lawrence and Kristie Shearer are others we'll be watching for.  Again, we think there could be 8-12 cars, but this could be another instance where car count could pop.

The Mini Stocks put on maybe the most entertaining race last time.  At the checkered flag, it was Chris Corder for his second win in four starts.  Corder has things pretty well in hand in the point battle, leading his closest rival Alex Odishoo by 66 points with Mike Congdon 76 points out in third.  Odishoo was challenging for the win last time when his motor started having problems.  He settled for fifth.  After a rough start last time, Congdon ended up with a third place finish.

Jadon Harrington was Top 3 in points at Madera last season, and he's been fast in the last two races.  Harrington has driven his orange #80 car to back to back second place finishes and could be in line for a win this week.  One time Chowchilla winner Darren Miguel could make a surprise visit, and other drivers to watch for may include Brian Widdowson, one time winner Brent Curran (or somebody else in that car), and Natalie Waldrop.  We'll put the car count at 6-10 cars and see what we get. There were eight cars last time.

Once again, Antioch Speedway will feature Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Wingless Spec Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Northern All Stars Limited Late Models and Hobby StocksMerced Speedway has IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and a visit from the Dwarf Cars Chowchilla has the annual Chowchilla Fair, and the speedway will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modified, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks.  For more information, check out the official Oval Motorsports Website.

And furthermore....

Petaluma Speedway is back in action this Saturday night with the Winged 360 Sprint Cars and Wingless Spec Sprints, along with the Lumberjack Restaurant Super Stocks and Larsen Racing Products Dwarf Cars.  South Bay Dwarf Cars are coming for a little shoot out with locals, and this should be a good show all around.  There were 19 Super Stocks last time.  Last Saturday, Bud Kaeding (King Of The West Sprint Cars), Nick DeCarlo (IMCA Modifieds) and Danny Potts (600 Mini Sprints) were the feature winners.

Placerville Speedway features a four division show Saturday night that is headlined by the popular 360 Sprint Cars.  That show had a B Main last week and is one of the strongest 360 Sprint Car classes in the state.  Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and BCRA Midget Lites are also on the card.  Last week, Jimmy Truli (360 Sprints), Ryan McDaniel (Limited Late Models), Tim Mack (Pure Stocks) and Ryan Winter (Nor Cal Dwarf Cars) were the feature winners.

Continuing with the Northern tracks, Marysville Raceway is back with their own Winged 360 Sprint Car show along with IMCA Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Mini StocksJustin Sanders (360 Sprint Cars), Johnny Burns (Wingless Spec Sprints), James Castleberry (Street Stocks), Tim Mclaughlin (Pro 4 Sprints) and Corey Hall (Mini Stocks) were the feature winners last week.

Two other tracks up North with racing programs this week are Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka and Sacramento Valley Speedway in OrlandSiskiyou has IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, McDonalds Mini Stocks and Super Socks on Saturday nightThe Orland track is running a Friday night race as part of the Glenn County Fair as Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Hobby Stocks and 600 Mini Sprints will compete.  We've seen no results online from the two races at Orland, but we can tell you the Siskiyou point leaders so far are Nick Trenchard (IMCA Modifieds) Doug Franklin (Sport Mods) and David Steele (Mini Stocks).

The only other Friday night race we have this week is Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.  As usual, the Winged 360 Sprint Cars will be joined by IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, American Stocks and Four Bangers.  Last week, Justin Sanders impressed by passing Brent Kaeding to win the Sprint Car feature.  Terry Campion made a last lap pass to win the American Stock race, Fred Ryland won the Sport Mod Main Event and Sean Markley was the Mini Stock winner.

Bakersfield Speedway has IMCA Modifieds headlining with Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, American Stocks and NMRA TQ Midgets on the card.  The Sport Mods had a huge turnout last week with Levi Kiefer winning the Main Event,  They actually needed a B Main as well.  Late Model car count was a bit down, but Tony Toste won the feature, while Tina Bell won the Mini Stock Main Event.

Ventura Raceway roared to life with 59 Sprint Cars last week and needed A, B and C Main EventsRichard Vaderweerd won the Main Event.  Among the lineup this week will be the Sprint Cars and Senior SprintsThe Pro Dwarfs are having a shoot out with the CDCRA group.  IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks are part of the card as well as Focus Midgets, Jr. Sprints and the Mini Dwarf Car classes.

Pavement racing options include a show headlined by the BCRA Midgets at Lakeport Speedway and the Stock Car program at All American Speedway in Roseville. The NCMA Sprint Cars will also be at Roseville.  And, this isn't all of it.  There's lots of racing on tap in California for the fans to chose from this weekend.