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Modifieds Part Of Six Division Show At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...The motors were silenced last Saturday night at Antioch Speedway, which was a rare non weather related occurrence.  There was a break in the water line at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, and that effected the ability of track management to properly prepare the track.  Promoter John M. Soares is known for preparing a hooked up race track with little or no dust, and that wasn't possible last week.  It was decided to cancel that show while repairs were being made and come back with a loaded six division program this week.

The schedule was adjusted from the originally scheduled King Of The West Sprint Car program.  Soares and Tour leadership came to an agreement due to concerns over being able to offer fans the quality show that the ticket price commands.  Soares seized the opportunity to book a show that gave his regular divisions a makeup night for races lost earlier this season due to rain.  The six division program will feature All Star Series A Modifieds, Wingless Spec Sprints, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  If you are a racing fan looking for lots of cars and variety, Saturday night is the night to come to Antioch Speedway.

A Modifieds are seven races into their 28th season with four more races to go.  The battle for the championship is between Bobby Motts Jr., Sean O'Gara and Mike Salazar, and the winner will earn their first championship in this division.  All three are still looking for their first victory of the season.  Motts has been the most consistent with two seconds and two thirds.  His lead over second generation racer O'Gara is just 26 points.  O'Gara has one second and one third.  Just 27 points back is Salazar.  His season opening effort is a snapshot into the kind of season he's had.  Mike was headed for victory when he blew a motor on the last lap that night.  Despite the bad luck he's had this season.  Salazar has three Top 5 finishes and is very much in the championship hunt.

Rookie Eric Berendsen knows about bad luck.  He's blown a motor and rolled his car, and yet thanks to the support of many people, the long time Hobby Stock and Limited Late Model competitor is still 11 points ahead of speedway legend Scott Busby in the battle for fourth.  For Busby, points went out the window after a string of three bad nights following his season opening win.  However, he's on the verge of taking sole possession of the All Time win record at the speedway.  Busby is tied with J.D. Willis with 72 total wins in his illustrious career.  These five racers will lead the charge into Saturday night.

Another good battle is taking place in the 19th Wingless Spec Sprint championship season.  On the strength of his two second place finishes out of five Top 4's, Alan Miranda leads division mainstay Rick Panfili by 24 points.  While Miranda seems on the verge of his first win, Panfili has been struggling with a bent frame suffered two races ago.  In fact, 2014 Watsonville champion Bryan Grier and rookie Robert Floyd, both winners this season, are within ten points of him in the battle for second.  Grier missed a race, but his two wins and two third place finishes has put him back into contention.  As for handling pressure situations, Grier won his Watsonville championship by one point on the last night in a good battle with Brent Maggi.  The red hot Bob Newberry, Brandon Burd, Shannon Newton and Roy Fisher are other fast competitors to keep an eye on this week.

They say consistency wins championships, and right now we have a great battle in the B Modified division.  Reigning champion Trevor Clymens has four wins, a second and a third.  K.C. Keller has four seconds, a win and two thirds.  At the moment, that puts Keller six points ahead of Clymens.  Every point counts, and Keller's late race restart move from fourth to second gained him four additional points last time out.  These two aren't the only racers on the track, and we have a good battle for third between Chuck Golden and Mark Garner.  Golden leads Garner by just six points.  While Golden has finished as high as second, Garner recently won his first Main Event.  Both of these drivers will be in the mix this week.  Doff Cooksey is another driver with a second as he searches for his first win.  You also can't count out hard chargers like Randy Brown, Kevin Brown, Tim Hammett and Megan Ponciano.

Another good battle is taking place in the Limited Late Models, and it's anybody's guess who will win it.  With two wins and two seconds in the Sun Drop Racing #15 car, Kimo Oreta leads one time winner Mark Garner by just six points.  You certainly can't count out 2013 champion Jim Freethy.  He is only 12 points back and has yet to finish outside the Top 3.  Two time champion Mike Gustafson is 26 points out of the lead.  He won the opener and has won about 50 Main Events in this division.  With John Evans, Chad Hammer, Jeff Kendrick and Buddy Kniss among the field, it should be a great night of racing.

The Hobby Stock division's championship battle did not change after their most recent race.  Three time winner Chris Long was absent with a blown motor, and two time winner Brent Curran was disqualified following a second place feature finish.  Curran's lead is still 23 points over Long, and both drivers are anticipated this week.  Long, who has never really had the budget, is doing all he can to make it to the end of the season.  Curran just recently became a father as he seeks to put a Hobby Stock championship trophy next to his Mini Stock trophy.  Chris Bennett lurks nine points behind Long and only 15 points ahead of Chris Sorensen.  23 points behind Bennett in the third place battle is Cameron Swank.  Sorensen is now a three time winner this season, while Swank has three career best seconds.  Bennett still seeks his first podium finish.  The Hobby Stock field may be the most competitive at the track, and other stars to watch for this week include Gene Haney, Billy Garner, Jordan Swank, Michael Cooper and Ricky Foster.

Mike Corsaro is hoping this will be his championship season.  He gave it a great effort last year before finishing second, but he has a 51 point lead over the Rosa Racing Team.  Corsaro's impressive numbers include two firsts, three seconds and two thirds.  David Michael Rosa and his father David Rosa are tied for second.  Both are looking for their first win of the season, and David Michael has finished second twice.  Ageless veteran Charlie Correia and young rookie Devan Kammermann are tied for fourth, two points out of second.  Though Correia has won his share of races through the years, he seeks his first win of the season.  Kammermann has four Top 5 finishes.  Other stars to keep an eye on this week include Chris Becker, Chuck Conover, David Corsaro and Brandon Anderson.  There have been five different winners in the nine races held so far.

Once the first green flag waves on this exciting six division program, it's going to be non stop action.  It kicks off an exciting month of weekly racing in August.  For further information, go to

Pit Stops

Majdic, Cooper Win At Marysville

Marysville Raceway packed the pits with nearly 90 cars on Saturday night.  The Winged Sprint Cars saw a car count increase into the high 20's as this was the only place to run Winged Sprint Cars in Northern California.  Chase Majdic won the 25 lap Main Event.  Three time track champion Colby Wiesz finished second, just ahead of Cole Macedo and Tyler Seavey.  Jake Haulot finished fifth ahead of point leader Jeremy Hawes.  Hawes, Seavey and Brad Bumgarner won eight lap heat races.  Adam Brenton won the 12 lap B Main, just ahead of Jimmy Steward and Eric Humphries.

The West Coast IMCA Sport Modified Tour race produced a nearly 30 car field with reigning State champion Brian Cooper holding off Bakersfield's Lee Jensen for the impressive 20 lap feature victory.  Track point leader Phillip Shelby grabbed a podium finish in third, followed by Bakersfield area racers Michael Johnson and Nick Spainhoward.  Spainhoward is the winner of the first Tour championship.  Eight lap heat race wins went to Shelby, Jensen, Jerry Bartlett and 2015 Marysville champion Howard Law.   Tyler Rodgers won the 12 lap B Main ahead of Damion Merritt and Raymond Benkowski.

The NCDCA Dwarf Cars brought a 20 car field to cap their two race weekend, and Danny Wagner was the class of the field in the 20 lap Main Event.  Wagner started back in the fifth row as Michael "Spanky" Grenert paced the first seven laps.  Wagner drove by for the lead and held off Kevin Bender in the waning laps to grab the victory.  Grenert settled for third ahead of reigning SODCA champion Brock Peters and Jeremy Blackshere.  Blackshere, Wagner and Scott Dahlgren won eight lap heat races.

Cody Spencer continued his march towards the Wingless Spec Sprint championship with his 15 lap feature victory.  Heat race winner Josh Viera held off Brett Youngman for second as Bruce Morrow and Leon Olschowka rounded out the Top 5.

Reigning champion James Castleberry maintained his Super Stock point lead with a 15 lap Main Event victory.  Castleberry would win by a straightaway in front of heat race winner and past champion George Magenheimer.  Title contender Mike Walko, Rod Oliver and Billy Knoop Jr. completed the Top 5.

After two weeks dark for the Yuba Sutter Fair and the Johnny Key Classic at Watsonville, racing returns on August 19th with an All Star Series IMCA Modified race.  Also on the card will be IMCA Sport Modifieds, Winged Economy Sprints and Super Stocks.  For further information, go to

Ensign, While Win At Petaluma Speedway

Geoff Ensign won the 25 lap USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway.  Danny Faria Jr. paced the first nine laps before being passed by Ensign for the lead.  Tristan Guardino took up pursuit of Ensign before settling for second.  Cory Elliott charged from eighth starting to third as Friday night Watsonville winner Austin Liggett and Ryan Timmons rounded out the Top 5 in the 22 car field.  Ensign, Guardino and Max Adams were the ten lap heat race winners.  Ensign's 13.728 lap in qualifying was a new track record as Adams was second quick at 13.838.

Reigning champion Matt While won the Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stock 20 lap Main Event.  Past champion Shawn McCoy earned a season best second place finish ahead of Steve Studebaker, Terry DeCarlo Jr. and Roger Miller.  Dan Smith and Paul Hanley were eight lap heat race winners.

Dave Mosier maintained his General Hydroponics Dwarf Car point lead with another 20 lap Main Event victory.  Matt Hagerman held off Travis Dutra to finish second as David Teves and Scooter Gomes rounded out the Top 5 in the 21 car field.  Hagerman, John Peters and Chad Matthias were the eight lap heat race winners.

Sean Hale outran Dave Spindell to win the 20 lap Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stock Main Event.  Point leader Austin Ohlinger finished third.  Heat race winner Mike "Squirrely" Curley and Jessica West made up the remainder of the Top 5.

After a week off, Petaluma Speedway returns with the Sixth Annual Johnny Soares Classic.  The Hunt Wingless Spec Sprint Series and the All Star IMCA Modified Series are on the card along with Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks and Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks.  For further information, go to

Trenchard Wins Shipwreck Nationals

In Grays Harbor Raceway in Washington it was time once again for the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals.  This Two Day Event attracts some of the best drivers from the Pacific Northwest.  Defending race champion Nick Trenchard won the big 40 lap race and pocketed $2,500 in the process.  Trenchard also won the $500 Race Of Champions on Friday.  Collin Winebarger chased Trenchard for a $1,250 second, just beating Mathew Drager, who won $1,000 for third.  Tom Sweatman and Layne Zurben rounded out the Top 5.   Sweatman had to win the 20 lap B Main to get into the feature.  Travis Peery finished second ahead of Jeremy Richey.  Rick Smith won the 20 lap C Main ahead of Aaron Sheeler and Bill Wild.

The PHRA Dwarf Cars had a huge field in support of the Modfieds.  Cory Estabon won a good battle with Ryan Martinez and Jonathan Henry to grab the 25 lap feature victory.  Jake Van Orquick and Leo Ward rounded out the Top 5 in the 26 car race.  Mike Clark won the first 15 lap B Main ahead of Clayton Parsons and Henry Corbin II.  James Brinster won the second B Main by a wide margin ahead of Jim Fisher and Troy Kunas.  They also ran a full program on Friday night with Martinez winning the 25 lap Main Event ahead of Henry, Brinster, Dennis Liebig and SBDCA point leader Cameron Diatte.  Liebig outran Jake Tupper and Clay Goben to win the first 12 lap B Main, while Teegan Fisher won the second B Main ahead of Dylan Chrisman and Corbin.

Golobic Wins Sprint Car Challenge Tour Race At Fernley

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour was at Fernley 95a Speedway in Nevada Saturday night for their first visit there.  Shane Golobic scored the victory in the 35 lap Main Event.  Michael "Buddy" Kofoid finished second ahead of point leader Kyle Hirst, Cory Eliason and Justyn Cox.  Golobic, Eliason, Kyle Offill and Willie Croft won the four eight lap heat races, and Kofoid held off Golobic to win the six lap Trophy Dash,  Mitchell Faccinto won the 15 lap B Main ahead of D.J. Netto and Tony Gualda.  The latest Sprint Car Challenge Tour information can be found at

Michael Faccinto was a double winner with the BCRA Midgets as he won the eight lap heat race and 15 lap Main Event.  Point leader Maria Cofer was a close second ahead of Floyd Alvis, Bobby Wilson and J.R. Williams.  For the latest BCRA news, go to

Marysville Raceway Race Results July 29, 2017

360 Sprints

A Main
Chase Majdic
Colby Wiesz
Cole Macedo
Tyler Seavey
Jake Haulot
Jeremy Hawes
Billy Wallace
Bradley Terrell
Peter Paulson
Billy Butler
Tanner Carrick
Justin Henry
Eric Humphries
Matt DeMartini
Adam Brenton
Jacob Tuttle
Shane Hopkins
Pat Harvey Jr.
Bobby Butler
Mike Monahan
Jimmy Steward
Brad Bumgarner

B Main
Adam Brenton
Jimmy Steward
Eric Humphries
Jacob Tuttle
Matt DeMartini
Pat Harvey Jr.
Shane Hopkins
Kyle Standley
Steve Jaquith
Kenny Allen

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Brian Cooper
Lee Jensen
Phillip Shelby
Michael Johnson
Nick Spainhoward
Tyler Rodgers
Jerry Bartlett
Todd Gomez
Shane Devolder
Keith Brown
Raymond Benkowski
Scott Grunert
Andrew Peckham
Alan Furuta
Jordan Hagar
Howard Law
Fred Ryland
Damian Merritt
Guy Ahlwardt
Patti Ryland
Mike Smith
Todd Cooper

B Main
Tyler Rodgers
Damian Merritt
Raymond Benkowski
Shane Devolder
Guy Ahlwardt
Patti Ryland
Jim Waller
Mike Merritt
Anthony Doubledee
Danny Roe
Willlie Horn Jr.

NCDCA Dwarf Cars
Danny Wagner
Kevin Bender
Mike Grenert
Brock Peters
Jeremy Blackshere
Josh King
Colby Wiesz
Jeff Fitch
Ben Wiesz
Dan Geil
Mike Reeder
Sam Wren
Justin Winter
Robert Johnson
Ron Jones
Josh Wiesz
Clark Droivold
Scott Dahlgren
Aaron Rupley
Devan Kammermann

Wingless Spec Sprints
Cody Spencer
Josh Vieira
Brett Youngman
Bruce Morrow
Leon Olschowka
Troy DeGaton

Super Stocks
James Castleberry
George Magenheimer
Mike Walko
Rod Oliver
Billy Knoop Jr.
Ryan Peter
Jason Embree

Petaluma Speedway Race Results July 29.2017

USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars

Results are not official
1     #44 Geoff Ensign
2     #15t Tristan Guardino
3     #11e Cory Elliott
4     #83 Austin Liggett
5     #29t Ryan Timmons
6     #17v Danny Faria Jr.
7     #5m Max Adams
8     #56 Shawn Arriaga
9     #7 Shannon McQueen
10     #24n Nick Larsen
11     #63 Ryan Stolz
12     #3r Bob Davis
13     #1k Hobie Conway       
14     #12 Jake Swanson
15     #42 Will Fatu   
16     #33b Brandon Wiley           
17     #8 Joe Stornetta
18     #58 Steven Garris
19     #4 Benjamin Catron   
20     #51 Austin Ervine       
21     #57 Steve Hix   
22     #3 Bill Cornwell   

General Hydroponics Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1     #23 Dave Mosier
2     #0hr Matt Hagemann
3     #22 Travis Dutra
4     #08 David Teves
5     #66 Scooter Gomes
6     #9xxx Chad Matthias
7     #33 Mark Mendenhall
8     #15x Zack Price
9     #15 Carroll Mendenhall
10     #10 Adam Teves   
11     #12 Brandon Gentry   
12     #9n Chad Matthias           
13     #88n Adam Freitas
14     #21x Marcus Hardina       
15     #22z Zack Albers   
16     #34 Brian Cook   
17     #27 Danny Marsh       
18     #43w Michael Williams
19     #79 Mark Hanson       
20     #71 John Peters       
21     #74 David Taylor

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Results are not official
1     #3 Matt While       
2     #60 Shawn McCoy
3     #46 Steve Studebaker
4     #17 Terry DeCarlo
5     #93 Roger Miller
6     #00 Gary Adams
7     #92 Dean Stocker
8     #9n Darien Balestrini
9     #07 Brian Azevedo
10     #11c Sean Cook
11     #06 Robert Sharp
12     #27 Tim O'Hara
13     #22 Paul Hanley       
14     #49 Woody Woodward       
15     #22m Mitch Machado
16     #04 Dan Smith   
17     #0a Sid Hess

Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stock

Results are not official
1     #32 Sean Hale   
2     #13 Dave Spindell
3     #1a Austin Ohlinger
4     #4t Squirrely Curley
5     #2 Jessica West
6     #7 Mike Cover
7     #07 Aiden Primrose
8     #17c Duane Croft       
9     #20 Ricky Coleman

Grays Harborn Speedway Elma, WA Race Results July 29, 2017
Shipwreck Beads Mod Nationals Night #2

A Main

Nick Trenchard
Collen Wineburger
Mathew Drager
Tom Sweatman
Layne Zurben
Jesse Williamson
Kyler Moore
Lawrence O'Conner
Blair Shoemaker
Zack Simpson
Kevin Williamson
Riley Simmons
Clark Tenney
Graham Cook
Brian Harding
Jeremy Richey
Jeremy Martin
Kevin Smith
Rick Smith
Tiana Berkley
Tyson Blood
Craig Moore
Don Martin
Austin Kerrigan
Travis Peery

B Main
Tom Sweatman
Travis Peery
Riley Simmons
Jeremy Richey
Zack Simpson
Rick Smith
Tiana Berkley
Don Martin
John Gamell
Jeremy Olhe
James Wolfard
Shane Kerrigan
Bill Rowe
Steve Signal
Tyson Blood
Scott Milller
Aaron Sheelar
Bill Wild

C Main
Rick Smith
Aaron Sheelar
Bill Wild
James Wolfard
Kristi Summers
Melvin Decker
Dave Howard
Corey Sweatman
Don West
Mark Hill
Tim Phillips

PHRA Dwarf Cars
A Main
Cory Estabon
Ryan Martinez
Jonathan Henry
Jake Vanorquick
Leo Ward
Dennis Liebig
James Brinster
Doug McVae
Chuck Jones
Henry Corbin III
Mike Clark
Rich Holbert
Ken Provolt
Henry Corbin II
Troy Kunas
Jim Pavel
Shane Youngren
Andy Lemmons
Dylan Chrisman
Jake Tupper
Chris McCleary
Jeremiah Hester
Brian Lee
Cameron Diatte
Clayton Parson

B Main 1

Mike Clark
Clayton Parson
Henry Corbin II
Chuck Jones
Brandon Ross
Brian Taylor
Dale Knutson
Andrew Wright
Steve Taylor
Keith Steenslid
Josh Rodgers
Drew Andexlev

B Main 2
James Brinster
Jim Fisher
Troy Kunas
Rich Holber
Mike Hester
Mike Burnham
Noel Jackson
Drew Andexlev
Gordon Kraus
George Fisher
Andrew Wright DNS

Ukiah Speedway Race Results July 29, 2017

PCS Late Models

Randy Hendrick
Mike Beeler
Matt Wendt
John Moore
Myles Anderson
Austin Gant
Cole Moore
Jack Wood
Chris Scribner
John Dalerio
Sierra Furia

RJ Randall
Bob Mook
David Thompson
Dustin Kuhl
Dave Land
Dave Rogers
Raymond Taylor Sr.
Jeff French
Raymond Rosales
Ron Portlock
George Abella
Tim McCann

Limited Modifieds
Erick Ray
Trystan Mucci
Ian Elliott
Michael Gorham
Cole Brown
Jackson Long
Donovan Cox
Steve Taylor
TJ Buzzard

Pro 4 Modifieds
Marty Lewis
Mike Peterson
Sami Nuno

Madera Speedway Race Results July 29, 2017

MavTV Late Models

Main Event
Buddy Shepherd
Garland Tyler
Logan Zampa
Matt Erickson
Dillion Tucker
Howard Holden
Jarrett Gilmer
Austin Herzog
Shelden Cooper
Kyle Gottula
Shane Butler
Lucy Carmona
Henk Gaalswyk Jr.
Glenn Cook
Kevin Thompson
Quintin Harris
Del McIntosh
Tyler Herzog
William Martyn
Aaron Mullins
Rick Thompson
Racin Vernon
Loren Kutz
Thomas Suarez
Mark Squadrito
Eric Nascimento

David Lewellen
Doyle Moen
Patrick Geiger
Thomas Suarez
Lucy Carmona
Mark Squadrito
Aaron Mullins
Kent Cam

JR Late Model
Eric Nascimento
Kabe McClenny
Anthony Guaimano
Austin Edwards
Hailie Deegan
Kyle Keller
Tanner Reif
Kolby Berry
Jesse Love
RJ Smotherman
Jesse Burks
Peyton Lanphear
Madison Gay
Allison Gay
Zachary Telford
Lilly Mead
Jaden Rocha DQ

Toyota Sedans
Tim Skogland
Mike Marley
Jason Lawton
Jason Kerns
Tim Curtis
Kyle Fourtney
Thomas Magray
Justin McGehee
Manny Gonzales, Jr

WSRA Mini Cups
Tyler Reif
JoJo Stearns
Aiden Phillips
Kale McClenny
Joseph Holiday
Avery Vivian