Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rose, Diaz Win Merced Speedway Fairtime Races

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The Summer Nationals at Antioch Speedway

The buzz probably hasn't been out there about the late June Summer Nationals races at Antioch Speedway, but here's what is on the schedule:

June 26 (Friday):

Antioch – Summer Nationals –  IMCA Modifieds,  Limited Late Models, IMCA Sport Mods (no    track points but there will be national, regional, and state points), Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars.

June 27 (Saturday):

Antioch – Summer Nationals – DIRTcar Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods.  

NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace will be driving a Modified and a Late Model that weekend and is willing to drive any other race car made available to him.  He'll compete in every class he can.  The track traditionally runs a big race on the weekend of the Sears Point NASCAR race, and this is no exception.

Questions were asked to this reporter about the purse, and this is the word we got from John Soares Jr. at Antioch Speedway.  The Friday night IMCA Modified race will pay $1500 to win and a minimum of $125 to start, which could end up being $150.  The Sport Mods will race for $500 to win.  Expectations are for good car counts in both classes, and we are already hearing rumors of cars coming down from Oregon for this event.

The Saturday night IMCA Modified feature will pay $2500 to win and will pay the same to start as mentioned aboveSport Mods get $750 to win.  The Late Models get a minimum of $1500 to win and $150 to start regardless of car count.  John would like to pay $2000 to win if he can get 20 cars, and I'm thinking that will include an increase in the start money, though I didn't get clarification on that part.  However, these two races should be big.

For more information, go to the official Oval Motorsports Website.

 Big $1000 To Win Hobby Stock Races At Hayfork Speedway

I had this note passed across my desk as we were going live with our previous audio show.  Hayfork Speedway, which features Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and Enduro Cars this year, wants Hobby Stock drivers to come on up and race.  How badly do they want them?  They are offering $1000 to win on July 11th and August 8th.

Mike Rydman, who is a past Top 5 Hobby Stock racer at Antioch Speedway, recently spoke with Hayfork Speedway promoter Dwayne Brown.  They are hoping the extra money will attract racers from Orland, Chico, Placerville and maybe even further south.  Hayfork Speedway is in its fourth season, and they have already had a few big money Hobby Stock and Mini Stock races in their short history.

Hayfork Speedway has a Facebook Page for updates and in case you may have questions.  You can find it HERE.

The DCRR Racing Radio Show

Weekend Preview Edition

Footage from the Winged 360 Sprint Cars at Petaluma Speedway can be found HERE

Footage from the Wingless Spec Sprints at Petaluma Speedway can be found HERE

Footage from the IMCA Modifieds at Petaluma Speedway can be found HERE

Footage from the Dwarf Cars at Petaluma Speedway can be found HERE

Footage from the Mini Stocks at Petaluma Speedway can be found HERE (Not Up Yet)

Here's some in car footage from last week's IMCA Modified Main Event at Antioch Speedway HERE

Footage from last week's IMCA Sport Mod Main Event at Ocean Speedway right HERE

Footage from IMCA Modified at Ventura Raceway.  You get a good view of these cars on that track, and you can watch it HERE

Here's an interesting article about some of the Super Modified drivers and the Legends Of Kearney Bowl, which can be found HERE

Rose, Diaz Win Merced Speedway Fairtime Races

If you missed The DCRR Weekend Preview article, you can find it HERE

Karl Rose won the 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Wednesday night at Merced Speedway.  The special race was part of the annual Merced County Fair.  This was the first win of the season for Rose, who had to hold off Kyle Wilson down the stretch.  Rick Diaz grabbed the lead from Bruce Nelson on lap 14 and went on to win his third 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event of the season.

The IMCA Modifieds had two heat races with Kyle Wilson winning his heat race by a wide margin in front of Karl Rose.  Ricky Thatcher won the other heat race ahead of point leader John MacDougall.  Thatcher had the outside front row for the Main Event and charged into the lead at the start ahead of Karl Rose and Bob Williamson.    Kyle Wilson took third from Williamson on lap three.  An infield excursion off the back stretch cost Thatcher the lead to Rose, and Wilson made a high move in Turn 2 of the 14th lap to take second from Thatcher.  Moments later, Bill Egleston spun on the back stretch for a caution flag.  Rose chose the outside on the restart and continued to lead Wilson.  MacDougall tried to ride the high side into second but got too high exiting Turn 2 as Thatcher maintained third.  Despite pressure from K. Wilson late, Rose kept his cool and collected his first win of the season.  K. Wilson settled for second ahead of Thatcher, MacDougall, Robby Jeppesen, Alex Wilson, Egleston, Williamson, Paul Stone and Michael Shearer.

The IMCA Sport Modifieds ran three heat races with Jeremy Hoff winning the first heat by a wide margin ahead of Anthony Giuliani.   Bruce Nelson won his heat race ahead of last week’s Watsonville feature winner Dennis Simunovich and another recent Watsonville winner, Matt Hagio, won the final heat ahead of Nick Tucker.  Pole sitter Tucker led the opening lap of the feature ahead of Josh Hensley and Nelson, but Hensley spun exiting Turn 2 for a caution flag.  Tucker chose the inside on the restart, only to watch as Nelson raced by on the outside to take the lead.  Hoff was second a lap later with a low pass in Turn 3.  An inside pass on the back stretch of the fifth lap put Rick Diaz into third.  As Nelson lapped slower traffic, Diaz made an inside pass on the front stretch to take second from Hoff on lap nine.  Debris on the back stretch forced a lap ten caution flag.  Nelson picked the outside on the leader’s restart option and continued to lead, but Hagio spun from third exiting Turn 2 for a lap 11 caution flag.  Nelson led Diaz and Hoff on the single file restart, and it became a three car battle for the lead.  Diaz made an inside pass in Turn 4 to take the lead from Nelson on lap 14, and John Fore Jr. spun for a caution flag.  Diaz led the final restart and pulled away to a decent lead at the checkered flag.   Nelson out dueled Hoff for second as Simunovich and Keith Brown Jr. rounded out the Top 5.  Tucker finished sixth ahead of D.C. Brown, Dwayne Short, Chase Thomas and Justin McPherson.

Saturday night racing returns to Merced Speedway on June 20th with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Northern All Stars Hobby Stocks and the Valley Sportsman division.  For further information, check the official Oval Motorsports Website.