Thursday, July 20, 2017

Plenty Of Excitement As Racing Continues At Antioch Speedway Saturday Night, Orland Raceway News



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Plenty Of Excitement As Racing Continues 
At Antioch Speedway Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...In a mirror image of last week, Antioch Speedway will feature the same five divisions this Saturday night.  All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprints and DIRTcar Late Models will be featured along with the B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  We saw changes at the top of two point lists after motor problems led to early nights for two championship contenders.  The point races are heating up with the July weather.

Reigning Late Model champion Richard Papenhausen was having his typical night last week.  He picked up a heat race win to start things off.  Unfortunately, the two time champion blew his motor in the process.  This was not an opportunity that would go to waste for two time champion Jeff Decker.  Decker carried a slim advantage over Papenhausen in points going into the night, and he ended the show with his third win of the season.  Decker's lead is now 44 points over second place, and there is now a new driver occupying the runnerup spot.

Shawn DeForest won his heat race last week and survived an ugly Main Event to finish third.  When the points were added, DeForest found himself taking second from Papenhausen.  DeForest was the runnerup in points back in 2007, but he can't get too comfortable just yet.  He leads Papenhausen by five points and David Newquist by six points.  Suddenly, Joey Olschowka has become a contender.  Jeff picked up a season best second place finish last week, which moved him to within 16 points of DeForest.  The next time the fans see Papenhausen's #4p car, it's a good bet he'll be in the hunt for his second win of the season.  Kimo Oreta, Mike Hynes, Dennis Souza and Chester Kniss are others to watch for.

The point lead changed hands in the very competitive Hobby Stock division as last week had lots of drama.  Incoming point leader Chris Long blew his motor in his heat race, and suddenly he was on the outside looking in.  Billy Garner stepped up to offer Long the ride in the #76jr car.  Billy wanted to help Long keep his point lead, but All Star Series rules are clear.  You must start the Main Event in the car you started your heat race with to earn points.  Long watched from the sidelines as his point lead disappeared, and Garner had a career best fourth.  The next part of the Garner family tradition started by Billy's grandfather Jerry may come soon.  The Jr at the end of his number was put there until he proved himself, and Billy certainly made his father, Mark Garner, proud of him last week.  It may not be on the car for much longer.

Meanwhile, Cameron Swank has to be wondering what he needs to do to get a win.  He took the lead during the first half of last week's non stop Main Event and built a half lap lead by the time the white flag waved.  The problem was the flat right rear tire he had as he crossed the start/finish line.  Chris Sorensen, who has been dealing with his own mechanical issues in recent weeks, sped by for the lead and his third victory.  Swank settled for second, and rookie Brent Curran took the point lead with his third place finish.  Curran now leads Long by 23 points.  Mechanical issues are a part of racing, and it's who can overcome them the best who will prevail in the end.

Ricky Foster has been quietly enjoying a Top 10 season.  His season got off to a rocky start before the first week when he rolled his car at playday.  Last week, he took the lead from Garner and led one lap before being passed by Swank.  Foster ran in the Top 3 for several laps before heading for the pits with mechanical issues.  Meanwhile, Garner and rookie Chris Bennett finished fourth and fifth, respectively,  Bennett is currently third in points, but he can't get too comfortable.  Swank is just 15 points behind him, while Sorensen is 25 points back.  These hard chargers should all be there this week to race for the win, and Jordon Swank, Michael Cooper, Frank Furtado, Lindsey Buirch and Robert Niven are others to watch for.

Perhaps the most impressive drive last week was turned in by Mark Garner.  Much has been said about Mark's bid for the Limited Late Model championship, but he's also enjoying a Top 5 effort in the B Modifieds.  Mark was looking to make a statement, and last Saturday was his night to be heard.  It's one thing to make good laps while leading the pack, but it's another thing when you have the next four cars running right behind you, waiting for you to make a mistake.  In this pressure situation, Garner drove a flawless race and picked up his first ever B Modified win.  That finish puts him into fourth in points, just 10 behind Chuck Golden for third.

Reigning champion Trevor Clymens was the man chasing Garner most of the way, and nobody has more wins than him in this division in the last two seasons.  Clymens only gained a little ground on point leader K.C. Keller, who finished fourth.  Keller's lead is just 12 points.  Coming off of his recent Top 3 finish, Doff Cooksey finished third last week.  Doff has raced on the pavement of Altamont and Stockton in the past, but his first dirt win may be just around the corner.  Clymens has been working social media in an effort to recruit racers this week.  Past Marysville and Orland Stock Car champion Jerry Bartlett indicated that he'll be back if he can get his car fixed following his Turn 2 crash last week.  Garner's cousin Jimmy Ford is planning to come from Marysville, and Todd Gomez, Mike Mates and Megan Ponciano are others to watch for.

The Wingless Spec Sprint championship battle continues to be between Alan Miranda, Rick Panfili and rookie Robert Floyd.  Miranda was the only one of the three to get a Top 5 finish last week.  Panfili is dealing with a bent frame suffered in the previous race, and Floyd is still learning despite the fact that he impressed with his win at the previous race.  Miranda leads Panfili by 16 points and Floyd by 26.  Two drivers who have missed a race are climbing back into contention.  2014 Watsonville champion Bryan Grier is ten points behind Floyd, while Shannon Newton is 28 points back.  Both drivers earned Top 5 finishes last week.

Bob Newberry probably isn't talking about points at the moment.  He has had a history of doing well in points in multiple divisions at Antioch through the years.  In fact, he is a past Spec Sprint champion at both Antioch and Chico.  Last week, Bob made a late move around James East to grab the Main Event victory and become the first two time winner of the season.  Bob carries an experience advantage over most of the drivers in front of him, and he could get on a roll if he does start racing regularly.  Abigail Gonderman continues to gain more experience as she makes her laps.  It's quite a jump from Four Bangers to Spec Sprints, and she's doing okay out there.  Brandon Burd, Roy Fisher and Jeremy Newberry are other drivers to watch for.

What a difference a week makes.  Last week, Mike Corsaro was driving to his second Main Event win of the season.  His previous effort ended with a heat race rollover.  Somehow, Corsaro his managed to hold onto his Dwarf Car point lead by just 17 points over teammate Charlie Correia.  Correia has been supporting Dwarf Car racing since the mid 1990's and actually owns multiple cars.  For the past two weeks, Charlie has piloted the #10 car that David Corsaro has been driving.  This has enabled him to hold a slim 14 point advantage over teen racer Devan Kammermann in the battle for second.  Devan had a Top 5 finish last week and lurks just 31 points out of the lead.  The Quarter-Midget graduate was just looking to make a run at "Rookie Of The Year" honors, but a championship is within his reach.

The Rosa family knows a thing or two about championships.  Second generation racer David Michael Rosa recently had back to back second place feature finishes, and he's actually third right now, four points behind Correia and 21 behind Corsaro.  On his radar right now is his first career Main Event win.  Last year, his father David Rosa won his first Main Event in this class.  Main Event wins are nothing new to the elder Rosa, who has won over 50 of them in his storied career at Antioch Speedway.  At the moment, the two time Street Stock champion is fifth.  These five hard chargers should be there this week, along with Brandon Anderson, Chris Becker, Chuck Conover and Jenna Frazier.

This week's All Star Series show will be filled with lots of excitement from start to finish.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Langenderfer, Chilton, Whitson, Ross Win At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...July 15...Point leader Jeremy Langenderfer won another 20 lap Pure Stock Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway.  This was the fifth feature win of the season for Langenderfer.  Eight lap heat race wins went to Langenderfer and John Camper.  Camper charged out to the early Main Event lead ahead of Amanda Koop, and Langenderfer made a back stretch pass on Koop for second on lap three.  A low pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Langenderfer the lead from Camper as reigning champion Steve Martin had settled into third.  A lap nine caution flag slowed the pace.  Martin took second from Camper on the restart as Langenderfer continued to set the pace.  Contact sent Cody Bundy spinning from his Top 5 spot in Turn 2 on lap 13, and Shannon Collins raced past Martin for third.  A low move in Turn 2 of the 15th lap gained Collins second.  Collins provided Langenderfer with lots of pressure during the final laps, but Langenderfer would prevail at the checkered flag.  Martin settled for third ahead of Koop, Bundy and Camper.

Donovan Chilton won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event.  It was his second straight feature win.  Chilton raced into the lead from the start ahead of John Kirkpatrick.  Heat race winner Sean Perry settled into third on lap three.  A low move in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Perry second from Kirkpatrick.  Point leader and heat race winner Tom Davis made an inside pass on the back stretch of the eighth lap to take third from Kirkpatrick.  Chilton drove a flawless race up front and went on to victory ahead of Perry, Davis, Kirkpatrick and Seth Libbee.

Jackie Whitson Jr. won the 250 Micro Sprint Main Event.  This was the sixth win of the season for the current point leader.  Whitson led most of the way for the win, and Scott Holloway found himself playing catch up after spinning on the front stretch on lap two.  Dave McKinnon ran second ahead of James Barnes for much of the race as Holloway worked his way back into fourth.  Barnes retired at on lap eight, and Holloway took second from McKinnon on a lap 11 restart.  Holloway gave it a good effort at the end, but Whitson would not be denied the victory.  McKinnon settled for third ahead of Ronnie Heyer and Barnes. 

Keith Ross won the 20 lap Mini Truck Main Event.  The current point leader lost a good battle with reigning champion Dan Webster in the eight lap heat race.  Webster was going for a sweep and led two Main Event laps before a low move in Turn 2 of the third lap gained Ross the lead.  Ross led the rest of the way to win ahead of Webster, Olin Crane and William Fogle.

Racing resumes on July 29th with Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Micro Sprints and Wingless Gas Sprints all on the card.  Or further information, go to www.orlandraceway.org.


California Hardtops Return to Placerville Speedway

Placerville, CA...The California Hardtops return to their home dirt track, Placerville Speedway, this Saturday night.  Jason Armstrong has two of the most impressive wins of the season, one at Placerville and one ahead of the biggest field of the season so far at Petaluma.  The Armstrong family has raced at Placerville for several years.  Jason and father Dennis, who has also won Hardtop Main Events at Placerville in the past, should be there Saturday night.  Dennis finished second to Jason at the last Placerville race.

The Clifford Racing Team will be there with two race cars.  Father Ken Clifford and son Jason Clifford have enjoyed racing together during the past couple of seasons.  Jason has missed a couple of races this year due to the fact that he was building his father's new shop to work on the cars.  Both cars needed some work after the Chico race as Ken had steering problems and Jason had over heating issues.  Both cars are ready to go this week.

Ron Ruiz has been running pretty fast lately and was a recent heat race winner.  He's on the verge of his first feature win, and that could happen on Saturday.  Joe Hopp was a Main Event winner at Roseville this year, and he would have to be considered a contender this week.  Motor issues could keep Rob Waldrop out of action this week in the Bill McLaughlin car, but as a multi time winner this season, he would have to be considered a contender if he is there.  Other potential competitors this week include Dave Reed, Rhett Lang, Dan Whitney and Russ Kraft.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Garner, Sorensen Win At Antioch, Diaz, Dean Win At Merced, Watsonville, Yreka, More



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Garner, Sorensen Score Thrilling Victories 
At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...July 15...Mark Garner won the 20 lap All Star Series B Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  It was Garner's first victory in this division as he remains in the championship hunt in both B Modifieds and Limited Late Models.  Marysville ace Jerry Bartlett shared the front row with Garner for the Main Event, and Bartlett raced into the early lead.  Bartlett's lead was shirt lived as he pushed wide in Turn 2 and hit the wall for a caution flag on lap two.  Garner found himself leading the restart, and the race would not see another yellow flag.  With reigning champion Trevor Clymens and Doff Cooksey right on his bumper, Garner drove a flawless race and earned the victory ahead of Clymens, Cooksey, incoming point leader K.C. Keller and Marysville point leader Phillip Shelby.

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Sorensen was rebounding from another broken transmission for what would be his third win of the season.  The 2010 champion had a bit of luck on his side.  Billy Garner paced the early laps ahead of Ricky Foster.  Foster went by Garner on the back stretch to lead lap seven, but it was Cameron Swank motoring past Foster for the lead a lap later as Garner got a bit out of shape exiting Turn 2.  Sorensen took over second on lap nine, but Swank held a straightaway advantage over the slightly smoking Sorensen.  Swank held nearly a half lap lead as he took the white flag, but he had a right rear flat tire.  Sorensen raced by in the final turn for the unlikely win.  Swank was a disappointed second as heat winner Brent Curran, Garner and Chris Bennett made up the remainder of the Top 5.

Jeff Decker won the 20 lap DIRTCar Late Model Main Event.  The win was the third of the year for Decker, and he increased his point lead by quite a bit after heat winner Richard Papenhausen scratched from the Main Event with motor problems.  Decker charged very quickly from the back of the pack in a race that was filled with heavy attrition.  Decker brought it home to victory with Joey Olschowka a season best second ahead of heat winner Shawn DeForest, Dennis Souza and Kimo Oreta.

Bob Newberry won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  This was the second win of the season for Newberry, who is a past division champion and also a past Top 5 point competitor in both A Modifieds and Street Stocks at the speedway.  Newberry started back in the third row as James East set the early pace.  Alan Miranda was an early second ahead of Brian Grier, but Grier had second by lap six.  Newberry was third when a lap 11 caution flag flew.  Newberry began to make his move in the last five laps as he took second from Grier on lap 15.  Newberry pressured East pretty hard until making his winning pass on lap 17.  Newberry sped to the satisfying victory from there, followed by East, Grier, Miranda and Shannon Newton.

Mike Corsaro won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  The incoming point leader needed a good night following his heat race rollover last week that put an early end to his evening.  Corsaro shared the from row with surprise visitor Buddy Olschowka, who is usually racing up at Placerville and Marysville.  Olschowka gave it his usual great effort, but Corsaro was not to be denied his second win of the season.  Olschowka settled for second ahead of Jenna Frazier, David Rosa and Devan Kammermann.

Racing resumes next weekend with Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars all on the schedule.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Richard Papenhausen, Shawn DeForest.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Jeff Decker, Joey Olschowka, Shawn DeForest, Dennis Souza, Kimo Oreta.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Megan Ponciano, Chuck Golden.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mark Garner, Trevor Clymens, Doff Cooksey, K.C. Keller, Phillip Shelby.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Brent Curran, Michael Cooper.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Cameron Swank, Brent Curran, Billy Garner, Chris Bennett.

Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Shannon Newton, Bob Newberry.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, James East, Bryan Grier, Alan Miranda, Shannon Newton.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Chuck Conover, Kevin Miraglio.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, Buddy Olschowka, Jenna Frazier, David Rosa, Devan Kammermann.



Point Leaders Diaz, Dean Win Merced Speedway Features

Merced, CA...July 15...Rick Diaz impressed with his fifth IMCA Sport Modified Main Event win Saturday night at Merced Speedway.  The reigning champion started back in 11th with point leader and the night's B Main winner Fred Ryland lined up 13th in the 18 car field.  Second generation racer Andrew Odgers had the pole for the feature and raced into the early lead ahead of heat race winner Tim Ragsdale.  Jack Aguiar took second from Ragsdale on lap three, and the flying Diaz was already up to fifth behind Danny Roe on lap eight.  Roe slipped past Ragsdale for third on lap ten with Diaz grabbing fourth two laps later.  Roe raced by Aguiar for second on lap 13 just before the only yellow flag of the race.  Odgers led the restart, but Roe grabbed the lead on lap 15 as Diaz took over third.  Diaz sped past Odgers for second on lap 16.  Ryland moved into third on lap 17 as Diaz was pressuring Roe for the lead.  Diaz finally made his move past Roe on lap 18 with Ryland grabbing second on the white flag lap.  Diaz brought it home to an impressive victory ahead of Ryland, Roe, A. Odgers, Ragsdale, Aguiar, Jeremy Hoff, Chuck Weir, Jarred Tickel and heat race winner Anthony Giuliani.  Diaz and Jordan Hagar were the other heat race winners.  Ryland won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Tanner Thomas, 2015 champion Josh Hensley and Mark Odgers.

Point leader Kodie Dean won his fourth 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Dean had a front row start following his eight lap heat race victory, but he had fellow heat winner and reigning champion Michael Shearer starting next to him.  Dean raced into the early lead ahead of Shearer and heat winners Rob Gallaher and James Stockton.  Stockton spun from fourth in Turn 2 for a lap two caution flag.  Dean continued to lead, but he had his hands full with Shearer as Brett Barstow settled into third in a good battle with Gallaher and Garrett Corn.  Unfortunately, Barstow's impressive run in third ended on a lap 12 caution flag.  Corn raced past Gallaher for third on the restart as Dean continued to lead Shearer.  The lead four cars ran closely the rest of the way with Dean winning ahead of M. Shearer, Corn, R. Gallaher, J. Stockton, Kristie Shearer, Nick Lawrence, Joe Gallaher, John Hensley and Shannon Nelson. 

Tim Vaught returned to the winner's circle with his 15 lap California Sharp Mini Late Model Main Event win.  Tim Crews set the early Main Event pace ahead of heat race winner Bruce "Bubba" Nelson and Vaught.  Vaught and Nelson shuffled Crews back to third on lap five, and a lap six caution flag flew.  Nelson raced past Vaught for the lead, but a final caution flag flew on lap eight.  Vaught regained the lead on the restart, and he led the rest of the way for the win.  Nelson fell back late as Crews finished second ahead of Riley Jeppesen, Ian Shearer, Nelson and Raul Rodriguez Jr.

The Valley Sportsman field was down to two cars, and Watsonville Speedway Hall Of Famer Jerry Cecil won the eight lap Main Event after Jeff Bristow won the six lap heat race.

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Hirst Wins Civil War Sprint Car Race At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...July 14...Kyle Hirst made a rare Winged 360 Sprint Car appearance at Ocean Speedway and won the 30 lap Main Event Friday night.  The race was the first night of the Howard Kaeding Classic and this was a Civil War-Taco Bravo Sprint Car Shoot Out race.  Hirst started his night by winning a 10 lap heat race, but he settled for third behind D.J. Netto and Michael "Buddy" Kofoid in the six lap Trophy Dash.  Kofoid sprinted out to the early lead in the Main Event ahead of Netto and Hirst.  The lead trio remained the same on a lap four restart, but a lap nine caution flag shook things up a bit.  Hirst began pressuring Netto for second on the restart and put the moves on him to take over the spot on lap 11.  Hirst took up pursuit of Kofoid, and a final caution flag waved on lap 14.  On the restart, Kofoid slipped up, and Hirst led Netto and Cory Eliason into the Top 3 spots.  The determined Kofoid took third from Eliason on lap 25 and charged past Netto for second on lap 28.  However, there was no catching Hirst as he brought it home to his third win of the week after winning a pair of Northwest Speedweek races.  Kofoid settled for second, followed by Netto, Justin Sanders, Eliason, Shane Golobic, Bud Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Cole Macedo and Jerry Bonnema.

The points will change just a bit at the top after incoming point leader Geoff Ensign's disappointing night.  Both Ensign and S. Golobic blistered the Tom Sagmiller prepared clay oval with laps of 11.670 to set the fast time, but Ensign's fifth place heat race finish left him in the 12 lap B Main.  He managed to follow B Main winner Marcus Dumesny for the 11-12 feature finish.  Dumesny won a talented filled 12 B Main by a straightaway ahead of reigning track champion Brad Furr, Bonnema, Jeremy Chisum and Ensign.  Nine time Civil War Series champion Andy Forsberg did not finish the B Main to bring an early end to his evening.  Willie Croft, Giovanni Scelzi and Sanders were the other 10 lap heat race winners.

The night was not a total disaster for Geoff Ensign as he won his first 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Ensign took the wheel of the Marty Burdine owned #79 car for the second time.  Andrew Peckham set the early pace in the Main Event, but a lap five caution flag opened the door for Ensign.  Ensign took the lead from Peckham on the restart as Justin McPherson ran third.  Point leader Matt Hagio was fourth on lap seven and grabbed third from McPherson a lap later.  Peckham and Ensign dueled fiercely for the lead during the next two laps, but Ensign settled the matter by lap ten.  A lap 13 restart opened the door for Hagio to take second from Peckham.  However, Ensign drove a great race and won ahead of Hagio, Peckham, McPherson, reigning champion Jim DiGiovanni, Andrew Odgers, Charlie Hunter, Vaughn Vondera, Dale Kutz and Duane Bieser.  Hagio and Ensign won eight lap heat races. 

Long time competitor Tony Oliveira joined reigning champion Rob Gallaher in the two time winner's club with his second 20 lap American Stock feature victory.  Oliveira raced into the Main Event lead from the start ahead of Bobby Huckaby Sr. and J.C. Elrod.  Reigning champion R. Gallaher led past champion Wally Kennedy into second and third on a lap six restart, but Galleher slipped back a few spots on lap 17.  A lap later, Kennedy had problems, handing second to John Farrell.   Oliveira mastered the oval with a good drive to victory.  Second and third were season best efforts for Farrell and Joe Gallaher.  Jerry Skelton settled for fourth ahead of Katie Briggs, J.C. Elrod, Kyle Reeder, R. Gallaher, Kennedy and D.J. Keldsen.  Vernon Silva and Kennedy were eight lap heat race winners.

Matt Sargent turned in a great performance in winning the 20 lap SBDCA Dwarf Car Main Event.  The past SBDCA champion Sargent chased Kyle Jones for one lap before taking the lead in the Main Event.  Cameron Diatte grabbed second on lap three.  However, Jones battled side by side with Diatte for a few laps, and Jones briefly gained second on lap seven.  Diatte reclaimed second a lap later and ran closely with Sargent down the stretch.  However, Sargent made no mistakes and earned this victory ahead of Diatte.  Past champion Shawn Jones had been stuck at the back of the pack, but he made an impressive late race rally.  S. Jones was fifth on lap 15 and lept past both K. Jones and Marty Weisler on a lap 16 restart.  S. Jones would finish third ahead of K. Jones, Weisler, Mark Biscardi, Gene "Punky" Pires, Bill Belfield, Trafton Chandler and Dan Zuger.  S. Jones and Diatte were eight lap heat race winners.


Dotson, Terry, Brown, Lemke Win At Kern County Raceway

Bakersfield, CA...July 14...Ethan Dotson won the 30 lap A Modified Main Event Friday night at the Kern County Raceway dirt track.  Dotson kicked off his night with an eight lap heat race win over Ryan Daves.  After that, Dotson chased Ricky Childress Jr. for just one lap in the Main Event before taking the lead.  After the only yellow flag on lap 18, Dotson continued to lead Childress, and they brought it home to a 1-2 finish at the checkered flag.  Roger Holder and Steve Noland battled all night.  It started with Holder winning their eight lap heat race just ahead of Noland.  Noland was an early third in the Main Event, but Holder took over the spot on lap four.  Noland raced by for third on lap 12, but Holder wasn't far behind.  The lap 18 yellow opened the door for Holder to regain third, and he would finish there ahead of Noland and Daves.

J.D. Brown won his first 20 lap Mod Lites Main Event.  Six lap heat race winner Jeff Thompson led Brown early in the Main Event.  Brown suddenly found himself in the lead as Thompson's race came to an end on lap 17.  Brown led heat race winner Roy Maynard on the restart.  Brown held off the challenges of Maynard and Jake Pike for the satisfying victory.  Jesse Burks was a solid fourth in the 16 car field, followed by Nicholas Johnson and heat race winner Cheyenne Flippo.

Bryan Terry won the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Terry set the feature pace from the start ahead of heat race winners Gary Brough and Marcus Frazier.  Frazier gained second on lap three before a caution flag flew.  Terry continued to lead the restart as Brough and Nick Spainhoward dropped Frazier back to fourth.  Mike Hill Jr. took over second on a lap eight restart with Spainhoward third.  Porterville star Raymond Noland Jr. and Charles Paul were in second and third when a lap 12 caution flag slowed the pace.  Terry continued to lead the way over Noland on the restart as Kyle Wood charged into third.  Wood and Noland were having a good battle, but it was a lap 20 restart that allowed Wood to race into second.  Terry made no mistakes and brought it home to victory with Wood close behind in second.  Paul and Frazier made a late move into third and fourth as Noland settled for fifth in the 12 car field.

Adam "The Shoe" Lemke won the 20 lap USAC Speed2 Midgets Main Event.  Annie Breidinger set the early Main Event pace with Lemke running second.  Lemke raced past Breidinger for the lead on lap five as heat race winner Ashley Hazelton settled into third.  Hazelton took second from Breidinger a lap later, and Overall USAC Western Series point leader Jesse Love IV was third on lap eight.  Lemke had a straightaway advantage by lap 17, and Love took second from Hazelton on lap 19.  However, there was no catching Lemke as he sped to victory ahead of Love, Hazelton and Max Guilford.  Heat race winner and USAC Western Dirt Series point leader Tom Patterson rounded out the Top 5.


Kofoid Wins Howard Kaeding Classic At Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...July 15...Michael "Buddy" Kofoid scored the biggest win of his career in the 30 lap Howard Kaeding Classic Saturday night at Ocean Speedway.  The King Of The West/NARC victory paid $5000 for Kofoid as all starters received a minimum $750.  Cory Eliason won the six lap Trophy Dash, and he had visions of a big payday as well.  Unfortunately, Eliason's Main Event run ended on lap 18.  Second place finisher Justin Sanders was there to make a challenge down the stretch, but Kofoid would prevail at the checkered flag.  Shane Golobic grabbed the final podium position in third as reigning champion Kyle Hirst and D.J. Netto rounded out the Top 5.  Gio Scelzi finished sixth, followed by Andy Forsberg, Jonathon Allard, Craig Stidham and Chase Johnson.

There were 28 410 Sprint Cars in action for the big race, and Kofoid's 12.245 beat the 12.254 lap of Eliason for fast time.  There were four ten lap heat races with wins going to Sanders, Willie Croft, Scelzi and Netto.  Sean Watts used his win in the 15 lap B Main to earn a starting spot in the feature.  Dustin Golobic finished second ahead of Johnson, Forsberg and Eric Rossi.

Duane Cleveland scored the victory in the 25 lap All Star Series IMCA Modified Main Event.  All 23 competitors started the talent filled Main Event.  Cleveland had to earn the victory.  Reigning series champion Ryan McDaniel made a charge from ninth starting to put some serious pressure on Cleveland in the waning laps.  It was a jubilant Cleveland winning in a photo finish over McDaniel.  Recent All Star Series feature winner Robby Sawyer finished third ahead of Troy Foulger, Cody Burke, Kellen Chadwick, Tim Balding, Jim Pettit II, Austin Burke and Alex Wilson.  McDaniel, Nick DeCarlo and A. Wilson won eight lap heat races.

Matt Hagio won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Hagio scored his sixth feature victory in rather dominant fashion.  Hagio charged from the third row to the lead and stretched his advantage to a straightaway over second by the waving of the checkered flag.  Justin McPherson finished second and Guy Ahlwardt was a solid third ahead of Matt Sotomayor, T.J. Etchison, Mark Hartman, Duane Bieser and Charlie Hunter.  Billy Robertson was a feature scratch.  McPherson and Etchison won eight lap heat races.


Durant Wins Mini Stock Feature At Lemore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...July 16...Jeff Durant had a little luck on his side in scoring his first 30 lap Central Valley Mini Stock Main Event Sunday afternoon at Lemoore Raceway.  Durant's win came with a season high 17 car field in action.  Durant charged into the lead at the start ahead of Clint Smothers and Rod Baronian.  A high move in Turn 3 of the second lap gained Baronian second, but Smothers made a pass in Turn 4 a lap later to regain the position.  In their close battle for second, Baronian got together with Smothers in Turn 4 with Smothers hitting the wall for a yellow flag.  Smothers was able to restart, and Baronian was charged with the yellow flag as Smothers was restored to second.  Durant maintained the lead on the restart ahead of Smothers and Dan Myrick.  Danny Myrick settled into fourth on lap nine.  Danny Myrick passed Dan Myrick for third in Turn 2 on lap 11 and took second from Smothers a lap later.  Danny Myrick closed in on Durant as they caught slower traffic on lap 14.  Contact saw Durant get sideways exiting Turn 4 as Danny Myrick raced by for the lead, but Durant moved by in traffic in Turn 3 a lap later.  Danny Myrick passed Durant for the lead on the back stretch on lap 18, and a caution flag flew a lap later as the Top 5 runs for Dan Myrick and Logan Doglione ended.  Danny Myrick led Durant and Smothers on the restart.  A low pass in Turn 3 of the 21st lap gained Randy Brown third from Smothers.  Danny Myrick started to pull away and seemed headed for victory.  As Danny Mryick crossbred the line on lap 25, he began to slow noticeably.  An inside pass in Turn 2 of the 26th lap gained Durant the lead.  Brown took second a lap later, and Smothers and Chris Goldsmith followed into third and fourth.  Durant brought it home to victory ahead of Brown, Smothers and Goldsmith.  Danny Myrick limped across the line in fifth.

The Mini Stocks ran two sets of ten lap heat races.  Ryan Doglione won his first heat race just ahead of Baronian.  Logan Doglione and Durant were the other Round 1 heat winners.  Baronian, Ben Davis and Dan Myrick were the Round 2 heat winners.  The next Central Valley Mini Stocks race at Lemoore Raceway will be on August 13th.  For further information, go to http://www.centralvalleyministocks.com/.


Cheffey, Lenz Continue To Roll At Siskiyou Speedway

Yreka, CA...July 15...Colton Cheffey won his third straight IMCA Sport Modified 20 lap Main Event Saturday night at Siskiyou Motor Speedway.  The win will move Cheffey up into second in the standings, but he still has much ground to make up on D.J. Bottoms after missing a race earlier this season.  As it turned out, Bottoms was battling with Cheffey for what could have been his third victory.  However, Cheffey was just a little bit quicker and took the checkered flag just ahead of Bottoms.  Jack Waldon III was a season best third, followed by Colter Boswell, Matt Sanders, Doug Franklin, reigning champion Jimmy Lipke and Donovan Rodgers.  Ryder Boswell won the four lap Trophy Dash, but his Main Event ended on the fourth lap in disappointment.  Lipke and Cheffey won their eight lap heat races.

Scott Lenz pocketed the $500 paycheck for his sixth win at Yreka and seventh on the Outlaw Pro Stock Association circuit.  Dr. Lenz has yet to lose a point paying Main Event this year.  Lenz had to come from the fifth row for the victory, but he grabbed the lead from Jeffrey Hudson on lap 18.  Once Lenz took the lead, he sped home to the victory.  Hudson settled for second, and James Flowers came back from a spin to finish third.  Early leader Scott Flowers and Jeff Haudenshild completed the Top 5 and lead lap finishers.  Lenz won the four lap Trophy Dash, but Johnny Cobb beat Lenz in a photo finish in their eight lap heat race to prevent a clean sweep.  J. Flowers won the other heat race.

Chris Jorgensen won the 20 lap McDonald's Mini Stock Main Event.  Chris was piloting the Aaron Jorgensen #85 car, and his win made him the sixth different winner of the season.  After a bout with the front wall ended his race last time before a lap was scored, 15 year old Ethan Killingsworth was back and looking for redemption.  Killingsworth won his fifth four lap Trophy Dash and battled C. Jorgensen fiercely for the Main Event lead.  However, C. Jorgensen won a close race with Killingsworth to the line for the win.  Mike Whitaker was a strong third, followed by point leader Marilyn Yawnick, Dennis Jorgensen and final lead lap finisher Terry Kendrick.  Kendrick and D. Jorgensen won eight lap heat races.

Camden Robustelli returned and won the 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event.  He became the third different winner in the club's three visits to Yreka, and he's won at three different tracks this season.  Robustelli had his hands full with two time champion Josh King.  King won the season opener at Yreka and was racing hard to do it again.  However, Robustelli prevailed at the checkered flag.  King settled for second, and Ryan Smith won a close battle with reigning champion Brock Peters for third.  Chad Cardoza finished fifth as Fred Hay, Rob Gergel and Randy Slater completed the lead lap finishing order.  Cardoza won the four lap A Dash, while Hay scored a popular victory in the four lap B Dash after a close battle with Gergel.  Eight lap heat wins went to Smith and Cardoza.

The IMCA Sport Modifieds and McDonald's Mini Stocks are back next week with Late Model Lites and IMCA Modifieds also on the schedule.  For further information, go to www.siskiyoumotorspeedway.com.


KCRP Bakersfield, CA Race Results July 14
A Mod Main 30 Laps

Ethan Dotson
Ricky Childress Jr
Roger Holder
Steve Noland
Ryan Daves
Scott Pounds
Jerry Flippo
Michael Scruggs

Mod Lite Main 20 Laps
JD Brown
Roy Maynard
Jake Pike
Jesse Burks
Nicholas Johnson
Cheyenne Flippo
Candie Varney
Kollin Hibdon
Tim Varney
Kaden Cochrun
Cayden McCaslin
Jeff Thompson
Anthony Balcazar
Josh Thompson
Kenny Cochrun
Seth Poncetta
Marc McCaslin DNS

Hobby Stock Main 25 Laps
Bryan Terry
Kyle Wood
Charles Paul
Markus Fraizer
Raymond Noland Jr.
Nick Spainhoward
Carson Puryear
Corey Brough
Mike Hill Jr
Tyler Blanchard
Wade Eurto
Gene Glover

USAC Speed2 Midgets Main 20 Laps
ADAM LEMKE
Jesse Love
ASHLEY HAZELTON HEREDIA
Max Guilford
TOM PATERSON
DAVID PRICKETT
JACKSON DUKES
ANNIE BREIDINGER


Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA  Race Results July 15, 2015
California Sprint Car Civil War Series/Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)

Kyle Hirst
Michael Kofoid
D.J. Netto
Justin Sanders
Cory Eliason
Shane Golobic
Bud Kaeding
Jonathan Allard
Cole Macedo
Jerry Bonnema
Marcus Dumesny
Geoff Ensign
Jeremy Chisum
Eric Rossi
Jason Chisum
Jarrett Soares
Josh Chisum
Burt Foland Jr
Cory Elliott
Brad Furr
Koen Shaw
Willie Croft

B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Marcus Dumesny
Brad Furr
Jerry Bonnema
Jason Chisum
Geoff Ensign
Burt Foland Jr
Josh Chisum
Bryan Grier
Anthony Simone
Richard Fajardo
Andy Forsberg
Kurt Nelson


IMCA Sport Mods
A Feature 1 (20 Laps)

Geoff Ensign
Matthew Hagio
Andrew Peckham
Justin McPherson
Jim DiGiovanni
Andrew Odgers
Charlie Hunter
Vaughn Vondera
Dale Kunz
Duane Bieser
Mike Kofnovec SR
Billy Robertson
Mark Hartman
Shane DeVolder DNS

American Stocks
A Feature 1 (20 Laps)

Tony Oliveira
John Farrell
Joe Gallaher
Jerry Skelton
Katie Briggs
JC Elrod
Kyle Reeder
Rob Gallaher
Wally Kennedy
DJ Keldsen
Larry Roberson
Bobby Huckaby SR
Austin Williams
Quintin Harris
Devon Sanders
Vernon Silva

A Feature 1 (20 Laps)
Matt Sargent
Camron Diatte
Shawn Jones
Kyle Jones
Marty Weisler
Mark Biscardi
Punky Pires
Bill Belfield
Trafton Chandler
Dan Zuger
Brady Beck
Ryan Amlen


Ocean Speedway Race Results July 15, 2017
IMCA Modified All Star Tour
A Feature 1 (25 Laps)

Duane Cleveland
Ryan McDaniel
Robby Sawyer
Troy Foulger
Cody Burke
Kellen Chadwick
Tim Balding
Jim Pettit II
Austin Burke
Alex Wilson
Nick Decarlo
Joe Antonetti
Chester Kniss
Todd Hermosillo
Freddie Ploudre
Raymond Keldsen Jr
Kyle Bryan
Ryan Porter
Carl Berendsen II
Randy McDaniel
Jeff Faulkner
Robert Montalvo
Michael Dalton

IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Feature 1 (20 Laps)
Matthew Hagio
Justin McPherson
Guy Ahlwardt
Matt Sotomayor
TJ Etchison
Mark Hartman
Duane Bieser
Charlie Hunter
Billy Robertson DNS

King of the West Sprints
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)

Buddy Kofoid
Justin Sanders
Shane Golobic
Kyle Hirst
D.J. Netto
Giovanni Scelzi
Andy Forsberg
Jonathan Allard
Craig Stidham
Chase Johnson
Bobby McMahan
Bud Kaeding
Willie Croft
Dustin Golobic
Sean Watts
Kurt Nelson
Jarrett Soares
Brent Bjork
Eric Rossi
Cory Eliason
Bill Foland
Brent Kaeding

B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Sean Watts
Dustin Golobic
Chase Johnson
Andy Forsberg
Eric Rossi
Bill Foland
Marcus Dumesny
Jeremy Chisum
Nathan Rolfe
Jason Chisum
Josh Chisum


Placerville Speedway Race Results July 15, 2015
360 Sprint Cars
A Main

Steven Tiner
Kalib Henry
Sean Becker
D.J. Freitas
Greg DeCaires
Tony Gualda
Cody Lamar
Chase Majdic
Mike Benson
Justin Johnson
Kirt Organ
Jake Morgan
Cole Macedo
Jimmy Trulli
Cody Fendley
Shawn Conde
C.J. Humphreys
Michael Cunningham
Colby Wiesz
Billy Wallace

B Main
Justin Johnson
Cole Macedo
Kirt Organ
Cody Fendley
Michael Cunningham
Bobby Butler
Mike Cook

NCDCA Dwarf Cars
Shawn Jones
Danny Wagner
Matt Sargent
Mike Grenert
Ryan Winter
Ben Wiesz
Kevin Bender
Mike Reeder
Scott Dahlgren
Dan Geil
Josh Wiesz
Aaron Rupley
Glenn Sciaran
Justin Winter
Robert Johnson
Sam Wren
Danny Zuger
Carl Droivold
Brian Quilty
Colby Wiesz
Jeff Fitch

Limited Late Models
Matt Michelli
Mike Lightfoot
Wayne Trimble
Matt Davis
Tyler Lightfoot
Ray Trimble
Ken Michelli
Dennis Ahart
Eddie Gardner
Rod Oliver

Pure Stocks
Orville Owens
Jason Palmer
Nick Baldwin
Scott Grunert
Dan Jinkerson
Jeff Sly
Russ Murphy
Chris Van Roenkel
Dan Farrington
Lonnie Leonard
Rick Grunert
Ken Bernstein
Mike Stoeckle

Mini Trucks Ted Ahart
Austin Struthers
John Littlejohn
Robby Northam
Corey Eaton


Ukiah Speedway Race Results July 15, 2015
Late Models

Eric Gannon
Marty Walsh
Dave Henderson
Luke Hall
Dustin Walters
Mic Moulton
Brandon White
Myles Anderson
Ryun Leazer
Kenny DeMello
Ryan Walters
Dane Nissen
Scott Baker
Mike Bourbon

Limited Modifieds
Erick Ray
TJ Buzzard
Tyler Caturegli
Jackson Long
Cole Brown

Bombers
Bob Mook
RJ Randall
Dave Land
Ron Duke Jr
Robert Byers
Ron Portlock
Rick Dickerson

Jammers (Jr/Pro)
Dave Rogers
Raymond Taylor Jr
Bo Robertson
Dennis Anderson
Gene O'Dell Sr
Tony Beano
Michael Louch
Robert Brackett


Douglas County Speedway Race Results July 15, 2017
Mini Stock

Karl Smith
Dale Roth
Chuck Jacobs
Dan Colton
Danny Elder
Kieri Smith

Pro 4/Late Model
Rich McCoy
Dustin Knight
Brandon Ash
Kyle Pope
Karl Smith
Rikki Knight
Ryan Johnson
Jeff Proudy
Casey Osuna

Banger
Danny Elder
Chris Russell
Ryan Watson


Stockton 99 Speedway Race Results July 15, 2017
Late Models
Feature

Joey Stearns
Justin Philpott
Seth Holman
Pete Anderson
Larry Tankersley
Brandon Jones
Dennis Byers
Jeremy Tucker
David Blair
Roberto Magana
Wes Beuving
Chad Holman
Aaron Shankel
Blaine Rocha
Guy Guibor
Guido Bindi
John Cardoza
Justin Lovelace
Robby Knittel
Ty Carlson

B Main
David Blair
Wes Beuving
Roberto Magana
John Cardoza
Teddy Haflich jr
Lance Butler
Steven Cabral
Dominic Lopez
John Perrras

PCS

John Moore
Cole Moore
Jeremy Doss
Travis Milburn
Tracy Bolin
Jack Wood
Matt Wendt
Mike Beeler
Jonathan Hale
Jason Romero
Colby Potts
Matt Scott
Ross Strmiska
JR Courage
Jacob Gomes
Justin Philpott
Michael Sandoval

Bombers
Ben Lewis II
Roy Luft
Ben Lewis
Dustin Lovelace
Kelly Finsler
Justin Scantlen
Darin Adler
Mikala Stearns
Jake Pitt
Joey Sarafin
Joe Morgenstern
John Medina
Dave Anderson
Dave Kaedy
Rick Roberts
Robert Magana
Hunter Medina
Kimberly Rouse
Kannai Scantlen
Troy Walz
Roy Worthy

Basically 4 Cylinder
David Cong
Andrew Rumsey
Josh Cross
Ethan Rumsey
Jaya Nelson
Justin McGehee


Madera Speedway
Southwest Tour

Buddy Shepherd
Craig Raudman
Eric Schmidt
Christian McGhee
Keith Spangler
Colby Potts
Donny St. Ours
Jack Wood
Blaine Rocha
Justin Westmoreland
Scott Sanchez
Micheal Sandoval
Tracy Bolin
Bobby Hodges
Derek Thorn
Jacob Gomes
Carlos Vieira
Dennis Furden
Ricky Schlick
Bob Lyon

Madera Late Models
Eric Nascimento
Matt Erickson
Jarrett Gilmer
Tyler Herzog
Dillion Tucker
Howard Holden
Mike Shapiro
Thomas Suarez
Henk Gaalswyk Jr
Lucy Carmona
Brian Liles
Zachary Cook
Kent Cam
Eloy Bazan
Loren Kutz

Jr. Late ModelsTanner Reif
Tyler Reif
Anthony Guaimano
Calvin Hegie
Brodie Riedman
Kyle Keller

Legends

Luis Tyrrell
Josh Flemings
Braden Rogers
Rob (Nasty) Nascimento
Michael Ray
John Bowman
Pete Soto
Keith Clement
Carlee Austin
Eddie Garone
Chad Nascimento

MST
Bert Stephens
Dave Lander
Patrick Geiger
Ryan Reynolds
Zachary Cook
Dennis Brannon
DJ Lander
Shaun Reynolds

Toyota Sedans

Dean Gould
Jason Lawton
Mike Marley
Thomas Magray
Sheldon Cooper
J.J Brandsen
Manny Gonzales Jr


Petaluma Speedway Race Results July 15, 2017
PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars

Ronnie Gardner
Geoff Ensign
Klint Simpson
Jake Haulot
Bret Barney
Cory Elliott
Peter Paulson
Billy Butler
Britton Bock
David Lindt II
Bill Cornwell

BCRA/USAC Midgets
Michael Faccinto
Frankie Guerrini
Alex Schutte
Shannon McQueen
Danny Carroll
Ronnie Gardner
Cory Elliott
Maria Cofer
Randi Pankratz
Floyd Alvis
CJ Sarna
JR Williams
Courtney Crone
Terry Nichols
Robert Dalby
Tyler Dolacki
David Prickett
Britton Bock
Kyle Beilman
Sparky Howard
Geoff Ensign
Mason Daniel

General Hydroponics Dwarf Cars
Adam Teves
Dave Mosier
Chad Matthias
Travis Dutra
Zack Albers
Carroll Mendenhall
John Peters
Barry Waddell
Matt Hagemann
Mark Hanson
Mike Affonso
Trevor Mendenhall
Mark Mendenhall
Adam Freitas
David Teves
Scooter Gomes

Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stock
Austin Ohlinger
Dave Spindell
Sean Hale
Tom Brown
Squirrely Curley
Tom Deering
Manny Avila
Randy Miramontez
Antonio Miramontez


Ventura Raceway Race Results July 15, 2017
VRA Sprint Cars

1 55 Kyle Smith
2 0K Kenny Perkins
3 24 Guy Woodward
4 96 Charlie Butcher
5 39 Kyle Edwards
6 15 Rick Hendrix
7 98 Jeremy Ellertson
8 2k Max Guilford
9 93 Redd Broschart
10 9 Johnny Shelton Jr.
11 3g Greg Andrews DNS

VRA Dwarf Cars
1 69 Johnny Conley
2 8 Tim Conley
3 14 Tommy Velasquez III
4 16 Tom Stephens Jr
5 22s Gage Cheek
6 48 Trent Morley
7 91 Kody Cowan
8 41 Nick Velasquez
9 4 Tommy Velasquez II
10 44x Zach Curnel
11 6 David Conley
12 18 Tom Morley
13 45 Korey Cowan
14 12 Chase Lippert
15 0 Brad Curnel
16 64 Trevor Fitzgibbon
17 93 Jason Horton

IMCA Modifieds
1 14j Justin Dunn
2 09 Luis Espinoza
3 22 Dave Phipps
4 27 Loren DeAmond
5 48 Chuc Costabile
6 55jr Jack Parker
7 20 Aaron Rodarte
8 21 Austin Rodarte
9 34 Scott Olsen

Focus Midgets
1 28 Daniel Anderson
2 44 Jess Love IV
3 41 Adam Lemke
4 98 Max Guilford
5 9 Tom Patterson
6 33 Mike Leach
7 15 Annie Breidinger
8 5 Ashley Hazelton
9 40 Cody Gerhardt
10 37 Jessica Valentine
11 20w Tyler Slay
12 59 Jet Davison
13 6 Jackson Dukes

VRA Hobby Stocks
1 28 Gary Curtis
2 7 Mike Stanford
3 44 Gary Garvin
4 45 Christina Garvin
5 43 Sam Garvin

VRA Senior Sprints
1 2 Wally Pankratz
2 66 Chris Meredith
3 47 Ed Schwarz
4 27 Steve Brown
5 3g Greg Andrews
6 4k Tyler Hatzikian
7 3k Eddy Williams

Friday, July 14, 2017

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Antioch, CA...The action is heating up with the July weather at Antioch Speedway.  A wide open All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint battle has four winners in four races.  They are back to see if they can make it five this week.  The high powered DIRTcar Late Models also take their turn along with B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  It's going to be a great night of racing on the fast three-eight mile clay oval.

The 19th All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint championship battle is still very much up in the air as the division is in the midst of a busy four race month.  After four races, 2014 Watsonville champion Bryan Grier, past Antioch and Chico champion Bob Newberry, past Chowchilla champion Brandon Burd and rookie Robert Floyd are the Main Event winners.  Alan Miranda is the point leader.  He's finished second in the last two races, but he's still in search of his first win.  Two of the drivers he was battling in points, Burd and Roy Fisher, skipped the most recent race to further shake up the standings. 

Ten points out of the lead is a man who has been supporting Spec Sprint racing since it started at Antioch in 1999, Rick Panfili.  Rick is also in search of his first win.  His fourth place finish last week has kept him within striking distance of the lead.  Floyd is the driver who has everybody talking.  Driving the old Jimmy Lavell car, Robert was running second last week when he made a late move and snatched the victory away from Miranda.  Coupled with his heat race victory. Floyd earned enough points to move to within eight of Panfili and 18 of Miranda.

Because there is so much racing left to do, Grier, Burd and Shannon Newton can not be counted out of the championship battle.  After finishing third last week, Grier is only 22 points behind Floyd.  Just 24 points out of third is Burd, while Newton, who has a pair of third place finishes, is 28 points out.  The other thing about the Spec Sprints is there is no clear favorite to win.   Most of the drivers out there have a legitimate shot at winning, and other drivers to keep an eye on this week include Jeremy Newberry, James East, Jeff Lee and rookie Abigail Gonderman.

The DIRTcar Late Model point battle finds the familiar sight of Jeff Decker battling Richard Papenhausen for the lead.  Decker won his second Main Event last time out to stretch his advantage to six points ahead of Papenhausen.  Papenhausen got a bit of a surprise last time when Kimo Oreta held him off for a career best second place finish.  Oreta is racing for "Rookie Of The Year" honors this season, and he won his first heat race in this division last time as well.  A Top 5 point season in the Sun Drop Racing #03 car isn't out of the question for the three time Hobby Stock champion. 

He trails Chester Kniss by 25 points in that battle for fifth, and he's poised to make his move this week as Kniss will not be racing.  However, Oreta isn't alone in the battle to take fifth from Kniss.  Ten points behind Kniss is Marysville competitor Joey Olschowka and 20 points back is 2016 "Rookie Of The Year" Mike Hynes.  Hynes had a fifth place finish in the opener, but his luck since then hasn't been good.  The Olschowka family has been burning up the racing scene in Northern California for years, and Joey is enjoying the Late Model competition in Antioch.  He'll be hoping to get a Top 5 finish next time out.

Actually, Kniss is in a battle with David Newquist and Shawn DeForest for third in the standings.  These three are the top candidates in the "who other than Decker and Papenhausen might win a feature" category.  DeForest has a second place finish this season, while Newquist has a third and a fourth.  Kniss leads the three with three Top 5's in four starts with a season best third.  The way the points stack up, Newquist holds just a six point advantage over DeForest and an eight point lead over Kniss.   Other drivers to watch for this week include Dennis Souza and Rob Norris.

The last time the B Modifieds raced, K.C. Keller was earning his sixth straight podium finish in third.  With a win, three seconds and a third, Keller maintains a 16 point advantage over reigning champion Trevor Clymens.  Clymens has three wins so far, but he's flirting with a move up to the A Modified division.  Though he's in a B Modified, Trevor has been earning respectable finishes with the faster division.  The championship battle appears to be between these two at the moment, but Chuck Golden still lurks within 34 points of the lead.  Golden was fourth last time out as he has one second among his five Top 5 finishes so far this season.  Golden is on the verge of his first win.

Golden can't get too comfortable in third.  Following his fifth place finish last time, Mark Garner is only 16 points behind him.  Randy Brown is 28 points back in fifth and hoping to improve on his season best fourth place finish.  Randy is also a multi time heat race winner this year.  Last time out, it was past Street Stock champion Todd Gomez winning his second Main Event of the season.  Gomez has raced Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks and Limited Late Models at the track, but he's in his rookie season in the B Modified division.  Since he's raced elsewhere, Todd is not in the point battle at Antioch, but he's certainly a threat to win when he's there.  Doff Cooksey may be back to see if he can improve on his second place finish from last time, and other racers to watch for include, Kevin Brown, Megan Ponciano and Mike Mates.

Last week, Hobby Stock point leader Chris Long came back to earth just a little bit as he DNF'ed the Main Event.  The good news for the driver with three wins and eight Top 3 finishes was that attrition was such that he still ended up ninth at the finish.  The bad news is that two time winner Brent Curran used a second place finish that night to move to within 24 points of the lead.  Curran is already leading the rookie battle by a good margin, but he's also very much in the championship hunt.  He hasn't won since the third point event of the season, and the talented second generation racer is looking to change that this week.

A win is very much on the radar of rookie Chris Bennett.  While some of the drivers near the top of the points are having their ups and downs, Bennett has been getting the Bob Hansen Tribute Car to the finish line consistently.  His fourth place finish last week was his best finish yet, and it keeps him 19 points ahead of Cameron Swank in the battle for third.  Bennett might need some breaks to go his way to catch Curran, who is 62 points ahead of him, but you never know what can happen between now and the end of the season.  Swank, meanwhile, has finished as high as second and is also a threat to get his first win.  Following more transmission woes last week, two time feature winner and 2010 champion Chris Sorensen is 16 points behind Swank in the race for fifth.

The Hobby Stocks have been bringing the car count, and they could see some B Mains this season if this trend continues.  Last time out, Robert Niven had his orange #69 car up near the front of the pack with an impressive third place finish.  This follows the second place effort he had at the previous race.  When you speak of who could win a Main Event next, you have to include Niven.  In the history of the Hobby Stock division, the husband and wife team of Brad and Melissa Myers has combined for over two dozen wins.  Melissa returned last week and added another win to her totals.  She is a two time Hobby Stock and one time Street Stock champion with 18 wins in the various classes in which she has competed through the years.  Whenever she races, you know she's a threat to win.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Jordan Swank, Frank Furtado, Lindsey Buirch, Russell Shearer, Billy Garner and two time Super Hobby Stock champion Gene Haney.

Dwarf Car racing is generally pretty exciting and is anything but boring.  Last week, there were two rollovers in one heat.  The controversial heat saw the end of the night for incoming point leader Mike Corsaro and Chris Becker and a black flag for eventual Main Event winner Danny Wagner.  It was a big hit to the point lead of Corsaro, who has one win, three seconds and a third this season.  With only five show up points added to Corsaro's totals, his lead shrank to just 17 points over his teammate and longtime Dwarf Car competitor Charlie Correia.  It's been a while since Charlie has won a Main Event, but he will need a win to improve on his championship chances.

David Michael Rosa is knocking on the door to that victory.  After his second runnerup finish in a row last week, Rosa is just four points behind Correia and 21 behind Corsaro.  Devan Kammermann is also in the hunt as the rookie trails Corsaro by 31 points.  This year is definitely a wide open battle in the Dwarf Car division, and other drivers to watch in the battle for wins are two time Street Stock champion David Rosa, Brandon Anderson, Chuck Conover and Brian Gray.  Anderson is coming off of back to back third place finishes, and Conover has three Top 3 finishes so far.

Saturday night's five division show at Antioch Speedway should provide plenty of excitement for the fans.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks Back in Action 
At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...The IMCA Sport Modifieds are in the middle of another great season of racing at Merced Speedway.  Saturday night marks their ninth race of the season.  Joining them this week will be the Hobby Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Valley Sportsman division.

Five drivers have won IMCA Sport Modified Main Events so far this year, but there are some good drivers knocking on the door to their first wins.  Third ranked Jeremy Hoff has won at the speedway in previous seasons, and he was fifth in the big Timmy Post Memorial Race.  Hoff is still within 14 points of second place Rick Diaz, who has won the lion's share of the races so far.  Diaz has four wins.  The only repeat winner so far this year trails the consistent one time winner Fred Ryland by 35 points as he has missed a race this season.

Another driver looking for his first win of the season is Tim Elias.  Tim is only six points behind Hoff, and he's also had some Top 5 success this year.  The Thomas brothers, Chase and Tanner, are fifth and sixth, respectively, in points.  Earlier this year, Tanner had an impressive run in third and looked like he might win that race.  Brother Chase was a feature winner last year, and either one of them could win soon, perhaps even this Saturday night.  Getting a win at Merced Speedway is certainly an achievement this year as the track has one of the most competitive Sport Mod shows anywhere in the state.  Other drivers to watch for this week include Chuck Weir, Paul Espino, Cody Parker and T.J. Etchison.  Etchison, Weir and State point leader Shane DeVolder are also Main Event winners this year.

Hobby Stock racing at Merced Speedway has a similar storyline as they enter their ninth race of the season.  Several fast racers are looking to visit the winner's circle this year.  It's actually a bit surprising that past Chowchilla Mini Stock champion Robbie Loquaci hasn't won yet this year.  He's been fast, and one night earlier this season saw him running in contention when his engine caught fire.   Despite a bit of bad luck, Loquaci is three points behind three time winner Garrett Corn in the race for second.  Robbie is also 40 points out of the lead, which is currently held by three time winner Kodie Dean.

Austin Van Hoff has won Main Events at Merced in the past, but he's been shut out so far this year.  As with Loquaci, who he trails by 14 points, Van Hoff could be a winner on any given week.  Saturday could be the night for past point runnerup Kristie Shearer.  Kristie was a three time winner in 2015, but that win has eluded her so far this season.  Shearer's teammate, Shannon Nelson, one time winner and 2015 champion Kevin Joaquin, James Stockton, Mike Stockton, Darren Miguel and Tony Peffer are other drivers to watch for this week.  Last time out, two time champion Bruce "Bubba" Nelson won the Main Event, and he would certainly be a threat to win again if he races this week.

The Valley Sportsman division has been hurting just a bit for cars this year.  Last time out, we saw a pair of legends in the field as Watsonville Hall Of Famer Jerry Cecil and Johnny Brazil competed.  Jeff Bristow won the Main Event that night.  It's unknown who might be racing, but others who may be there include somebody in Kenny Birdsong's car, Eric Sealy, Shannon Fry and two time champion Mike Friesen.  This is the final tuneup race for this division before Legend's Night on August 12th.

The California Sharp Mini Late Models are getting their break in the state at Merced Speedway.  Michael Shearer is the car dealer, and he's fielding the first cars in this division.  Last week featured a good battle between eventual winner Tommy Bostic and Raul Rodriguez Jr., won by Bostic.  Tim Vaught and Riley Jeppesen are feature winners this year, and both are anticipated along with Tim Crews and Ian Shearer.  Ian got a chance to race against his father, Michael, and he held him off for a third place finish last week.  These cars get around the track petty well, and there is lots of potential for this division as car count grows.

With IMCA Sport Modifieds and Hobby Stocks back in action, this should be a great night of racing.  For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.


Pit Stops

The idea of Bay Area Hardtops at Antioch Speedway was an easy one.  This is the track that gave the modern era of the Northern California Hardtop effort their first Bay Area dates about a decade ago.  The movement itself was launched back in 2002 when Mike McCann, Chuck Prather and their group from Banks, Oregon made a weekend visit in September to Orland and Sacramento Raceway.  Interestingly enough, Steve Lemley won both races in a black #4 car that is now part of the Clifford Racing Team.  That particular car helped launch OTRO in Roseburg back in 1988.  Prather began running Sacramento and Roseville races for a couple of years before bringing his Hardtops to Coos Bay when be bought that track, but the Hardtop fire in California was ignited.

John M. Soares ran an occasional Hardtop race in the 1960s, and his father was a two time BCRA Hardtop champion and BCRA Hall Of Famer.  When he was approached by a few racers wanting dates, he opened his gates to them.  That early roster included Conrad Cavallero, twin brother Carmen Cavallero, Mike McClure, Tommy Thomson and Dan Williams.  The Cavallero brothers raced Stock Cars and Sportsman cars for years, and there was also a Vallejo Speedway connection early on.  Conrad fielded a replica car of the great Johnny Franklin, while McClure's car was a replica of Leroy Geving.

It gets even better.  Tommy Thomson was fielding the car that he actually ran at Vallejo Speedway and won races with in the 1970's.  He and another past Vallejo Speedway Hardtop racer, Terry DeCarlo Sr., shared the driving duties.  Dan Williams, a star of Mini Stock and Dwarf Car racing, like Tommy, is still a part of the Bay Area movement.  The California Hardtop Association has had it's changes through the years.  It's developed more of a Roseville-Placerville flavor to it as more drivers hail from that area, and it's still going strong.  As time has passed by, the drivers in the group have had a preference for racing up north with occasional visits to the Bay Area.

However, the Bay Area drivers want more dates locally, and Soares has been willing to give them those dates.  Dave Mackey is a Hardtop fanatic.  He fondly recalls watching the division compete at Vallejo Speedway and watching his heroes, such as Larry Damitz, Phil Pedlar and Gene Dudley.  Mackey's car is a replica of one of the Dudley cars.  He's gone so far as to buy a hauler and paint it the same colors as the Hardtop.  He enlisted Sprint Car ace Sparky Howard for that.  In fact, word is that Sparky may join the ranks of the Hardtop division in the next year or so.  Howard just recently won a Wingless Spec Sprint race at Petaluma.

Mackey was hearing from other racers who wanted to have more races in Antioch, so he began communicating with Soares on the matter.  He got five dates, but there was a problem.  The cars weren't ready.  Dave's #1 car was ready, and the #100 car driven by Larry Damitz in the past was also ready with Kimo Oreta now driving.  Thomson had heart surgery before the season.  Thankfully, he's on the road to recovery and slowly getting the #39 ready to go.  Doug Braudrick is still putting the finishing touches on a car that is a tribute to one of the cars owned by his father.  Ken Retzloff continues work on his #17 car, and Gene Haney is still putting a motor in the #37 car that he purchased from Bill McLaughlin prior to the season.  But, there is a Bay Area contingent of Hardtops and this includes cars owned by Williams, Steve Cloyes and Spenser Nice.

Really, the Bay Area Hardtop group is about strengthening the car base in the Bay Area in a way that the California Hardtop Association has done in the Sacramento-Placerville area with so many good racers like Jason Armstrong, Dennis Armstrong, Ken Clifford, Jason Clifford, Joe Shenefield, Joe Hopp, Russ Kraft, Ron Ruiz, Dan Whitney and John Turner.  It's encouraging drivers to come out and compete.  There are certainly discussions that will be had in the future, such as what should be considered a Hardtop, but keeping this movement going is what is really important. 

There are some key dates coming up.  The California Hardtop group loves racing at Placerville Speedway, and there's a big date coming on July 22nd.  They also have the annual trek to Calistoga on Labor Day weekend.  The next date at Antioch is August 19th, but the big date is the Chet Thomson Memorial on September 9th.  This was a race that had its beginnings at Vallejo Speedway and honored the late Chet Thomson.  The past Hardtop champion is the father of Tommy Thomson.  Mackey and T. Thomson decided to bring this race back, and a 14 car field supported the first one last year.

It's all about preserving the heritage of a style of racing that was prevalent in the 1950's through the 1960's.  They ran these cars at Vallejo all the way to 1978.  The racers take a lot of pride in their cars and they way they are presented.  Mackey is very proud of his #1 car and he should be.  It's a show piece car.  The Braudrick car will be the same, and we hope to see it soon.  Seeing Thomson wheel the #39 car that he raced at Vallejo is a real treat.  Bay Area Hardtops live on.  Antioch Speedway has been a proud supporter of this revival since day one, and there are other division boosters.

Mikey Slaney, whose family goes back to the old Vallejo Speedway, stepped up to help support Hardtop racing at the most recent Antioch Speedway event.  Everybody who ran a sticker for his business, Extreme Scaffolding & Swing Stage Inc., received a $25 bonus to start.  Mikey didn't even make a big deal out of it.  He just casually announced it in a Bay Area Hardtops Facebook thread because he wanted to support the group.  Mackey won the most recent race, but that really wasn't what Dave was focused on.  He was happy that the six racers were there, and he was greatly appreciative of the support of the Armstrong team and Ron Ruiz for showing up.  J. Armstrong declined a ride in a Pure Stock at his home track in Placerville just because he committed to Antioch after the Petaluma race, which he won.

An era of cooperation when possible between both groups will be a good thing to the overall health of both groups.  Most of the competitors bring a good attitude to the race track, such as Ken Clifford.  Ken is constantly sharing videos of the races with everybody on Facebook and keeping the buzz going.  It's about having fun and giving the fans a show.  Having California Hardtops and Bay Area Hardtops is a good thing as it promotes one of the neatest types of race cars ever.  Here's to bigger and better things for Hardtops in the future.

We never did get confirmation as to what the purse was for Antioch Speedway's Jerry Hetrick Memorial A Modified race.  There was a rumor floating around a few days prior that the pay was $2,000 to win, and the fact that Bobby Hogge IV showed up to support the race would seem to confirm the purse was good.  Antioch had a DIRTcar Late Model race scheduled initially, but Promoter John M. Soares called his racers during the week to cancel.  It might not have been a bad idea to give the guys that extra week to regroup, but there was also a possibility that Hogge might have brought his Late Model to put on a show for the fans.  The good thing is that Antioch even has a Late Model show as this form of racing has seen its better days.

Hogge reached a milestone.  We couldn't tell you how many wins the third generation leadfoot has racked up through the years.  Championships aren't even on his radar these days.  Hogge is a bounty hunter, out to win the big purse money, and the competition knows they are in for a battle anytime that #2 car is there.  We do know that Bobby has won 70 Main Events between Late Models and A Modifieds at Antioch, and he's a three time Antioch champion.  The Hogge team may not even think about the impact they have at these race tracks or where their win totals at each race track rank among the others.  Bobby reached his 70th win at Antioch last week.  To put it into perspective, only three drivers have won at least 70.  The other two, J.D. Willis and Scott Busby, are tied at 72.  It seems likely that Hogge will eventually pass the other two, and the time frame in which this might happen is dependent upon when he chooses to come back.

The Hogge family is at the top of the list of families with Main Event wins at Antioch Speedway.  It's easy to forget just how good his father was when you watch Bobby race.  Bobby Hogge III could have continued to add to his win totals, but when Bobby IV turned 16, the elder Hogge stepped aside and became a crew chief.  To have the talent the younger Hogge has and the words of wisdom and expertise offered by his father and grandfather, he was starting out ahead of most rookies.  Big Bobby won 40 Late Model Main Events at Antioch alone along with two track championships there and a hard fought NASCAR Regional crown.  To watch Bobby III thread the needle on his way to the front, you knew you were in the presence of greatness.

The Main Event win lists in each regular division this year at Antioch have no less than three different names.  The Late Models and B Modifieds are both at three.  The other six classes have at least four different winners.  This means that as we are just past the halfway point of the season, there are over 30 different feature winners in the regular classes.  All of the divisions are pretty competitive, and that means you never know who might win from week to week.  The Late Model class might be the most difficult division for the regulars to get a win in, because it's usually two time champions Jeff Decker and Richard Papenhausen or somebody coming in for a visit.  Any regular who can beat these two will know that they earned it.

A Modifieds had a double digit win list last season, and they check in with five winners so far this year.  It's not surprising to see the names of Hogge, Busby (two), Nick DeCarlo (two) and Kellen Chadwick (two) on that list.  Chester Kniss is also a winner this year.  Hobby Stocks have two time winners in Chris Sorensen and Brent Curran as well as three time winner Chris Long.  Add Michael Cooper and two time champion Melissa Myers and you have five winners.  With 16-18 cars showing up each race, you have some good drivers still looking for their first win.  B Modifieds have three winners in point leader K.C. Keller, reigning champion Trevor Clymens (three) and Todd Gomez (two).  It will be interesting to see who might join them.  Mark Garner will be hoping he's next.  He's already on the Limited Late Model winner's list along with two time champion Mike Gustafson and reigning Petaluma champion Matt While.  Only two time winner Kimo Oreta is a multi time winner so far, while title hopeful Jim Freethy searches for his first.

The lure of a $1,200 payday has four different Winged 360 Sprint Car winners in five races.  There's two time winner Kyle Offill along with Dustin Golobic, Tyler Seavey and multi time Marysville champion Colby Wiesz.  Dwarf Cars now have five winners.  Two time champion Danny Wagner and Adam Teves check in with two each.  Reigning champion Kevin Miraglio, 2015 champion David Teves and point leader Mike Corsaro each have one.  There is a group of eager drivers closing in on their first win in this exciting class.

We remain very pleased to see Wingless Spec Sprints still hanging tough at Antioch Speedway in their 19th season.  This is the track at which it started, and there's been an effort in recent years to keep the costs down in order to encourage more support.  The division is in the midst of a four race month, and the four races so far have been won by Bryan Grier, Brandon Burd, Bob Newberry and rookie Robert Floyd.  The competition has been close this year, and there are some drivers hot on the trail of their first wins.  You have to watch out for division original Rick Panfili, Alan Miranda and Shannon Newton.  Their time in the winner's circle could come soon.

At Merced Speedway, there are a pair of races to go in July before the track comes up on a two week summer break.  IMCA Sport Modifieds and Hobby Stocks are racing this week along with California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Sportsman class.  The Sport Mods and Hobbys are back a week later along with IMCA Modifieds and a big double point Mini Stock race.  Merced can get pretty hot, and promoter Ed Parker had already picked out the last week of July to take a break.  He had a race on the first week of August of 2016, but he was asked by racers if he could cancel so that they could support the Mike Cecil Memorial race in Watsonville.  Watsonville is normally a Friday night venue, but they run this big race on Saturday.  Rather than compete with the other track, Parker went dark last year and will do so again this year.  He's also going dark later this year to allow racers to support the Pat Pettit Memorial Shoot Out in Watsonville.

It's been 20 years since we lost Mike Cecil.  Cecil was the son of Watsonville Speedway Hall Of Fame member (yes, they have one) Jerry Cecil.  Mike was one of the top Street Stock racers and a winner of the big 100 lap race.  He loved running the big long distance race, so when he died, this race was dedicated to him.  It ran as a 100 lapper for over a decade.  The Cecil family has worked to make this a big night at the track, and American Stocks are featured as this is the closest class to what Mike raced.  IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds are also on the card, and they all run for more money.  The IMCA Modified race is also a big All Star Series race.  The Cecil's are working on bringing in fan giveaways, contingency prizes for the racers and all of that.  Ryland Racing is raffling off a chassis, and proceeds go to the race.  The Mike Cecil Memorial happens at Watsonville on August 5th.  This one will be the biggest one yet.

While we're on the subject of special big races, there's also the Sixth Annual Johnny Soares Classic at Petaluma Speedway on August 12th.  The featured division is the Wingless Spec Sprints, and it happens to be the third race of the PitStopUSA.com Shoot Out Series and a C&H Hunt Series race as well.  Winning the race named after the legendary long time Petaluma promoter will be a career highlight.  As if that's not enough, an All Star Series IMCA Modified race is also on the schedule along with Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks and Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks.

When Merced comes back on August 12th, it will be Legend's Night.  Since Doug Williams brought this event to the schedule in 2014, it's been very important.  It's gotten bigger each year.  Last year saw the inclusion of a Legend's Breakfast the Friday morning before race day.  All accounts were that this was a big success, and hints were given that a Hall Of Fame might begin in the future.  No official announcement has been made in that regard.  Last year they honored Jerry Holzer as the legend that he is, and it was hinted at that we could refer to people like Dennis Moomjean, Vern Willhoite, Ted Stofle and George Steitz as future Hall Of Famers.  It's this writer's hope that the future is this year for these four deserving racers, and you can add he voice of Merced Speedway, Johnny Sass, while you're at it.

The Sportsman division becomes a featured class on Legend's Night.  Car count has struggled for the class that was brought back by long time Merced Promoter and future Hall Of Famer Chuck Griffin.  The year was 1999, and the class has held at least one race at the track each year since.  Jeff Bristow and Kenny Birdsong have had their cars at the track this year.  It's been a difficult year for reigning champion Birdsong with what he's going through with his health, but we all send our thoughts and prayers to him.  Kenny is still sending his Rod Poor Tribute Car to the track, and we expect that will probably be the case again for this race.  We anticipate a big turnout for the class as past champions Mike Friesen and Mark Odgers, Shannon Fry, Jeff West and Eric Sealy should be among the other drivers there.  Traditionally, legends get behind the wheel of these cars and drive a couple of laps before parking on the front stretch to be interviewed by the announcer. 

Legend's Night is just one of the special night's still planned for Merced Speedway this year.  Also on the schedule on September 23rd is a race that long time Merced competitors will not want to miss.  It's the Matt Von Hoecke Race For A Cure Fundraiser.  Matt's business, Matt & Glass, was where the racers went to get their parts, their fuel and their race car bodies.  He was a long time supporter of the race track.  As a side note, he's the one who made it possible for this writer to start announcing at Merced Speedway with Johnny Sass.  When he died, the community mourned.  Racers still proudly run a Matt & Glass sticker on their cars to this day.  IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and a double point race for Hobby Stocks are all on the schedule that night.

Merced Speedway will close the season on October 7th with one of the biggest Sport Modified races anywhere on the West Coast, the Second Annual John Fore Jr. Memorial Race.  Bob Smith Truck Repair is sponsoring the night.  Smith sponsored some amazing trophies for the Timmy Post Memorial Race on July 1st this year as he had done last year.  In addition to the Sport Mods, this race will also feature Hobby Stocks and draw a curtain on what has been a great 68th season of racing at Merced Speedway.

It's a whole crew of people who make racing so special at Merced Speedway, but at the top is Promoter Ed Parker.  Parker has continued the push started by Doug Williams, who is still Race Director, to honor the great tradition and heritage of this race track.  These special nights of racing make the Merced County Fairgrounds racing facility a destination place for fans and drivers, and Parker is constantly looking at ways to make things better and keep it going strong.

In a final note, the Alameda County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena roared with the sound of car motors last week.  This included six four cylinder motors as Mini Stock racers towed all the way from Porterville to run the small track Figure 8 races there for three nights in a row.  Racers like the Schwartzenberger brothers, Andy Boydstun, Kit Murphy, Steven Scott and Chris Rutledge supported this event.  Races like this one and the big Agri-Race in the Salinas Rodeo Arena might make people wonder about the feasibility of a Rodeo Arena Figure 8 or Agri-Race (depending on arena size) tour of the various venues.  The fans received this third annual event pretty well, and there are several fairs, such as Los Banos, Sonora, Turlock, Mariposa, Woodland, Calaveras and others that could host similar events. 

An enterprising promoter might start negotiating with fair managers about doing similar events.  Because of the size of the area, more than six cars becomes a bit crowded, meaning you have the beginnings of a show at six cars.  A group of 12 or so willing competitors could headline an event, and if you had drivers who came to race in the spirit of what this is, it could become a regular added attraction for the fair.  There's always money budgeted for such entertainment.  The trick is negotiating and finding out what you can get from fair management to make it happen.  It's an interesting idea.  All it will take is the right person to come along and see what they can do.  There are racers willing to support such a show, and the Hornet/Mini Stock is the least expensive type of Stock Car to prepare.