Thursday, January 7, 2021

Antioch And Stockton New Years Results, More

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Pettit, Gomez, Robles, Johnson 
Win Antioch Speedway New Years Special 

Antioch, CA...January 2...Jim Pettit II won the 30 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. The first IMCA sanctioned event on the West Coast for 2021 paid Pettit $1,000. He recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with wife Veronica, who is the daughter of Antioch Speedway legend JD Willis. Pettit ranked second in points at Antioch, Watsonville and in the State last season.

Pettit had a pole position start for the feature race with Medford, Oregon star Dave Duste Jr lined up next to him. Pettit immediately bolted into the lead as reigning champion Troy Foulger and Bobby Hogge IV battled for second. Meanwhile, 17th starter Nick DeCarlo methodically worked his way through the pack. Pettit would lead all the way for the impressive victory, while DeCarlo made 15 passes to score an impressive second place finish. Foulger settled for third, followed by Kellen Chadwick, Hogge, Dylan Thornton, Michael Paul Jr, Buddy Kniss, Jesse Bailey and Bobby Motts Jr. Eight lap heat race wins were earned by Paul, Motts and Thornton, who made a last turn pass on Kniss to get his win.

Todd Gomez scored the victory in the 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. The win paid $500 to Gomez, who is a past Street Stock champion at the speedway. Three-time reigning champion Trevor Clymens started on the outside front row and bolted into the lead at the start. Clymens led until surrendering the position to Gomez on the 15th circuit. Gomez would go on to score the victory as Clymens settled for second, followed by Guy Ahlwardt, Watsonville champion Adriane Frost, Andrew Pearce, Chase Thomas, Todd Clymens, Tommy Clymens Jr, Jacob Mallet Jr and Matthew Elmore. The eight lap heat race wins went to Pearce, Frost and Trevor Clymens.

Jason Robles won the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Chowchilla's Tim Elias had the pole for the race with past Merced and Chowchilla champion Kevin Joaquin and Robles lining up in the second row. Travis Dutra started fifth. Robles would battle past Elias and score the win. Elias settled for second, followed by Dutra and Joaquin. Past IMCA Modified star Brad Coelho lined up 13th and charged to a fifth place finish, followed by Gavin Griffitts, Colton Haney, James Grassle, Gene Haney and Michaela Taylor. Eight lap heat race wins went to Gene Haney, Dutra and Robles.

Bakersfield's Cody Johnson won the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car Main Event. The first ever point race for the division at Antioch paid Johnson $500 and drew a six car field. The feature race saw a red flag when three-time Watsonville Hobby Stock champion Rob Gallaher rolled hard in Turn 2. He was uninjured, but his car was severely damaged. Renn Bane paced the first three circuits before surrendering the position to Johnson. Johnson was unstoppable on his way to victory as Watsonville Hobby Stock champion Joe Gallaher finished second, followed by Michael Shearer, Bane, eight lap heat race winner Austin Van Hoff and Rob Gallaher.

For information on coming events, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.



Foulger, Ryland, Shelby, Denman, Corder Win 
Stockton Dirt Track New Years Race 

Stockton, CA...January 1...Troy Foulger won the 25 lap Dirt Modified Main Event Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track. This was the Second Annual New Year's Bash, and the win for Foulger paid $1,000 aboard the Bowers Motorsports Modified.

Keno, Oregon's Jeffrey Hudson led one lap before Bakersfield star Robby Sawyer charged by on the backstretch to take over. Foulger slipped past Steve Noland for third on Lap 3 and made a low pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap to grab second from Hudson. Dylan Thornton quickly moved into third. Jake Dewsbury spun in Turn 3 for a Lap 16 yellow flag. Foulger challenged Sawyer for the lead on the restart and made an inside pass on the backstretch to take over. Following another quick yellow flag a lap later, Foulger led Sawyer and Thornton on the restart. A low pass in Turn 4 on lap 20 put reigning Susanville champion Ryan McDaniel into third. Foulger led the rest of the way to win ahead of Sawyer, McDaniel, Thornton, Petaluma champion Anthony Slaney, Noland, Jesse Bailey, Matthew Hagio, Dewsbury and Jeff Olschowka. The eight lap heat race wins went to McDaniel, Hudson and Thornton.

Fred Ryland one the 25 lap Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series Main Event. Ryland was wheeling the Jim Freethy owned car, and the win paid $1,000. The rapidly run race required no yellow flags. Robert Grace was making his first start with the group and paced the opening lap ahead of Santa Maria star Jerry Stewart. Susanville Promoter Jeff Olschowka moved into second on Lap 2 and made an outside backstretch pass on Lap 6 to take the lead from Grace. Ryland quickly moved into second on Lap 7, but Olschowka had a big lead by then. Olschowka appeared to briefly lose power going down the backstretch on Lap 18, enabling Ryland to catch him and make the pass for first. Ryland led the rest of the way for the victory with Olschowka settling for a $600 second. Reigning Western Pro Stock champion Devin Crockett finished third, followed by Grace, Stewart, Ryan Smith, Tyler Talkington, three-time Petaluma champion Mitch Machado, Matt Kile and Bill Hall III. Ryland and Olschowka won their respective eight lap heat races.

Philip Shelby won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event. The win paid $500 to the past Marysville Raceway champion. The race had to be restarted after Scott Foster did an easy roll in Turn 2. Following another restart, Shelby raced into the lead ahead of Marysville racer Mike Ficklin and Darren Thomas. Past Merced and Antioch champion Jeremy Hoff moved into third on a Lap 7 restart and took second from Ficklin on a restart on Lap 8 following a Buddy Olschowka spin. Thomas regained third on a Lap 13 restart as Bobby Hogge III was pressuring him for the position. Hogge moved by Thomas for third on a Lap 18 restart. Shelby led the rest of the way to win ahead of Hoff, Hogge, Phil Marino, Thomas, Joe Salvi, Jason Ferguson, Olschowka, Matt Pedroni and Theo Van De Sande. Ficklin and Van De Sande were the eight lap heat race winners.

Rich Denman won the 20 lap Bomber Main Event. Denman comes from the Hanford area and excels at Enduro racing. He was in Stockton to run the 200 lap Enduro on the pavement track the following day. Denman raced into the lead at the start ahead of DJ Keldsen and John Farrell. Following a Lap 4 yellow flag for Jake Mercieca, Keldsen made a big move to take the lead from Denman. Unfortunately, Keldsen got sideways in Turn 3 and surrendered the lead back to Denman before the lap was completed. Keldsen's motor let go on him on Lap 16 for the final yellow flag. Denman led the restart and the rest of the way to win ahead of Farrell, Paul Pendroncelli, Mercieca, Jacob Diaz and Keldsen. Eight lap heat race wins went to Denman and Keldsen. There were 11 competitors, but attrition claimed five cars before the feature race.

Chris Corder won the 20 lap Basically Four Cylinder Main Event. Corder is a three-time Merced Speedway champion, and he trailed Dakota Keldsen for two laps before motoring by for the lead. Austin Sprague was running third when a yellow flag flew on Lap 6 for Dylan Powell. Corder continued to lead as Sprague and Shawn DePriest moved into second and third. DePriest led Petaluma star Tom Brown past Sprague for the second and third positions on Lap 12. Corder held a commanding lead over DePriest by Lap 17, and Brown slipped past DePriest for second on Lap 18. Corder cruised to the victory ahead of Brown and DePriest. Ray Bunn finished fourth in his truck, followed by Roy Dearing, Powell, Keldsen, Sprague, Eddie Humphrey and CVMS star Jeff Durant. The six lap heat race wins went to DePriest and Corder.

Another race is scheduled for January 16th, featuring the Dirt Modifieds, B Modifieds, Bombers, Basically Four Cylinders and a fan race. For further information, go to www.stocktondirttrack.com.


News, Rumors And Observations

Some of you may know that this particular column was started by my friend Don O'Keefe Jr about 20 years ago. Don wanted to create a column that didn't necessarily take a long time to create. In it, he could talk about some of the things going on and comment on news and rumors that he'd heard. He always left it up to the reader to decide what was news and what was rumor. 

I encouraged him to keep doing this, because I liked seeing Don making a foray into Motorsports journalism. Don has a sharp mind when it comes to racing, so I'm always interested in his take. Granted, I had the advantage of having many long phone conversations with him through the years. In those conversations, Don told me that I could borrow his column if I wanted. In fact, he has encouraged me to do so.

I sort of flaked out on using his column late last year. I was trying to start a tradition of borrowing his column once a year during the off-season. I am currently contemplating the possibility of how we can move forward with this blog by creating content that doesn't take me so long to put together. Therefore, this could either be my annual borrowing of Don's column or the start of something new.

I'm adding observations to the title. Therefore, you'll see my observations along with news and rumors. The original rule that this column was founded upon still applies. It's up to you to decide what is news, rumor or observation.


Blue Valor Speedway in Idaho has added a Wingless Sprint Car division that will be using Wingless Spec Sprint rules in 2021.

2019 Stockton Delta Speedway Junior Sprint champion Lucas Mauldin won his division's Main Event at this year's Tulsa Shootout.

Silver Dollar Speedway will only run a limited schedule of races in 2021.

The contract has yet to be awarded to the next promoter of Lakeport Speedway.

An interested party would like to take over Lakeport Speedway and put dirt on it.

The price to purchase Worden Speedway in Southern Oregon has come down.

The Kern Raceway Dirt Track is looking at running some Speedway Bike programs on the infield track.

Keller Auto Speedway and Tulare Thunderbowl will continue their partnership with the King of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Car Series.

Despite the fact that several cars have been sold, the Kern County Hardtops, formerly Bakersfield Hardtops and Okie Bowl Hardtops, still intend to keep racing when dates become available.

There is an effort to build a new dirt track somewhere between San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Alameda County and Contra Costa County sometime in the next few years.

Petaluma Speedway would benefit from the addition of an IMCA Sport Modified division to their roster of divisions.

Race tracks will struggle to be able to have fan attendance through the first half of 2021, and there is a good possibility that most tracks will have a limit to their capacity.

There is an interested party looking to revive Altamont Raceway for racing starting in 2022.

With Madera Raceway running the Challenge Cup series with ARCA West rules, it would be a natural fit for the ARCA Series to give the track a date in the future.
 
With a wing on his car, Rich Denman won the Bomber Enduro race at Stockton 99 Speedway on January 2.

There is strong interest from as many as six different tracks in creating a Hobby Stock Series in California.

The Dave Bradway Jr Memorial race has been moved from Silver Dollar Speedway to Placerville Speedway. This is because the race sponsors for the last 30 years are walking away, and the new sponsor of the race wanted to move it to Placerville.

The Stockton Dirt Track has been a big booster of the Tri State Pro Stock Series, and they look to continue their support of fendered Stock Car racing with four Super Late Model races this year.

The Central Valley Mini Stock effort has grown so rapidly that they have decided to rebrand as the West Coast Sport Compacts this year with rules and schedule forthcoming.
 
 
Stockton Dirt Track Unofficial Race Results January 1. 2020
Dirt Modifieds

Troy Foulger
Robby Sawyer
Ryan McDaniel
Dylan Thorton
Anthony Slaney
Steve Noland
Jesse Bailey
Matthew Hagio
Jake Dewsbury
Jeff Olschowka
Tim Yaeger
Danny Malfatti
Steven Streeter
Jim Weiler
JC Elrod
Jeffrey Hudson
Justin Yaeger
Bobby Hogge IV
Dylan Schriner
Dave Duste

B Modifieds
Phillip Shelby
Jeremy Hoff
Bobby Hogge III
Phil Marino
Mike Ficklin
Joe Salvi
Jason Ferguson
Buddy Olschowka
Matt Pedroni
Theo Fandersandi
Scott Foster
Shawn Smith
Brian Lewis
Darrin Thomas

Pro Stocks
Fred Ryland
Jeff Olschowka
Justin Crockett
Robert Grace
Jerry Stewart
Ryan Smith
Tyson Talkington
Mitch Machado
Matt Kile
Bill Hall III
Chris Smith

Bombers
Rich Denman
John Farrell
Paul Pedroncelli
Jake Mercieca
Jacob Dias
DJ Keldsen

B 4
Chris Corder
Tom Brown
Shawn DePriest
Ray Bunn
Roy Dearing
Dylan Powell
Cody Keldsen
Austin Sprague
Eddie Humphrey
Jeff Durant
Steven Gallaher
Joe Flowers
Austin Lowden


Antioch Speedway Unofficial Race Results January 2, 2002
IMCA Modifieds

Jim Pettit II
Nick DeCarlo
Troy Foulger
Kellen Chadwick
Bobby Hogge II
Dylan Thornton
Michael Paul Jr
Buddy Kniss
Jesse Bailey
Bobby Motts
Matthew Hagio
Jeffrey Hudson
T.J. Etchinson III
Dave Duste Jr
Jake Dewsbury
Danny Malfatti
Stephen Streeter
Carl Berendsen II
Mickey Hill
Jeff Browne DNS
Dylan Schriner DNS

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Todd Gomez
Trevor Clymens
Guy Ahlwardt
Adriane Frost
Andrew Pearce
Chase Thomas
Todd Clymens
Tommy Clymens
Jacob Mallet Jr
Mathew Elmore
Scott Savell
Kevin Brown
Gavin Espino
Kodie Dean
Craig Nieman
Dwayne Short
Max Baggett
Hunter Merritt
Buddy Olschowka DNS
Jason Ryan Jr DNS

Hobby Stocks
Jason Robles
Tim Elias
Travis Dutra
Kevin Joaquin
Brad Coelho
Gavin Griffiths
Colton Haney
James Graessle
Gene Haney
Michaela Taylor
Misty Welborn
Breanna Troen
udy Arth
Ben Dobrich
Dennis Gilcrease
Larry McKinzie Jr
Angela Brown DNS

IMCA Stock Car

Cody Johnson
Joe Gallaher
Michael Shearer
Renn Bane
Austin VanHoff
Rob Gallaher 
 

The Editor's Viewpoint

I'm rewriting this column in the hopes of being more succinct than I was in my first attempt. We made it through 2020, and I know people are hoping for a much better 2021. I've never been through a year quite like this one. Much like a lot of people, I'm not making any grand predictions on how 2021 is going to be. I just want to see things change for the better this year and see people living free again. 

People are going to feel the financial pinch of what we went through last year for a while, and businesses are suffering. Despite all of the limitations, several racing promoters found a way forward. However, I don't imagine many of them made much money. Because the guidelines were enforced differently depending on the state and county, some promoters made out better than others, and some races had a more inflated car count. The clever promoters were able to take advantage of the situation.

Many promoters in California have already released schedules, but there are more to go. There's much optimism that they will be able to have fans in the grandstands. However, we're not completely out of the woods yet. We will still be dealing with the lockdowns and mask mandates for at least a few months to come. We will also be dealing with contact tracing and the possibility of being locked out of certain activities without proof of your current shots. This is stuff that I have a lot to say about, but this isn't the place to talk about that. I only mention it in regards to how it may or may not affect racing going forward.

I don't know when tracks will be able to open without restrictions on fan attendance. I am assuming that restricted fan attendance could come in June or July, and there is hope that it may come earlier. I know that some tracks in California are hoping to get their season started in March, but I don't know that they have good odds of getting fan attendance. Making matters worse is that the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and other big Sprint Car events are being booked at some venues starting in March. What do you think the chances are of these shows taking place if there's a severe restriction in fan attendance?

I covered the struggle to get racing going again under these conditions last year. I suspect that I won't be doing the same this year. I was curious to see how it would all play out, and I'm happy that I was able to document that on this blog. I think I will be leaving the day-to-day and week-to-week coverage of that to other reporters. By November of last year, I was in a fairly grumpy mood. After what was going on at Antioch in their struggle to get fans in attendance, I finally decided to back away and try to get to work on my books. More on that further down. 

I was able to check out some of the Tulsa Shootout Micro Sprint event. This is how it all started with the indoor thing in Tulsa, and it branched out to the Chili Bowl Nationals for the Midgets that we will be seeing very soon. It's impressive to see over 1,000 competitors come to Tulsa in the various Micro Sprint classes to showcase their abilities on a bigger stage. Much like the Midgets, drivers are coming in from across the United States.

A thought struck me as I was watching the Wingless Micro class. The Bay Cities Racing Association should be looking at some of that talent to fill their own ranks. There are some capable drivers, and I know there are a few cars that don't make it out to the track these days. I wouldn't suggest just giving the drivers everything. They have to bring something to the table. My friend Don in Indiana is constantly bombarded by requests to drive one of his cars, but seldom does anybody want to bring either sponsorship or effort to work on those cars to get them ready. Surely there are drivers in California just chomping at the bit for their opportunity?

BCRA has released 11 dates for their dirt schedule. My hope is that the schedule stays there and they focus on building their ranks through the dirt, but I suspect there will be several pavement dates announced very soon. It's been over 20 years since the BCRA brought in the Mini Sprints and renamed them Midget Lites. My assumption was that this second tier division would be a feeder class for future stars in the Midgets, but look at the results over the past two decades. This has not been the case. Furthermore and much like the Midgets, the average car count for the Midget Lites is only a fraction of what it once was. I'd say the BCRA is on life support.

The Western Midget Racing group has built their roster of Ecotec Midgets over the past two years. Despite going through the pandemic last year, they were averaging car counts in the low double digits. Their schedule last year consisted of Watsonville, Ventura and Petaluma, but Ventura was one of those tracks that was never allowed to open thanks to the way things were handled down in Ventura County with the virus. All three tracks are scheduled again with Watsonville and Ventura getting eight dates each.

To me, the smart move would be to use strategic growth in building the ranks. A reasonable schedule that doesn't overdo it will lead to more cars coming. Unlike the regular Midget class, these Midgets are actually bringing drivers up from the 600 Micro Sprints. However, they added eight dates in Arizona this year. I don't regard that as a smart move unless they already have a half dozen or more of these Midgets in Arizona. In which case, I might be inclined to schedule them separately. I don't think I'd include them in what California is doing. We'll see how things go. If I were to add a visit to another California track, I might take a look at Micro Sprint tracks like Dixon or Stockton.

I don't know that we will be doing season recaps or season previews this year, but there was one thing Merced Speedway did last year that I liked. Actually, there was more than one thing that Doug Lockwood did that impressed me. It was announced right after the Al Miller Memorial race had run at Antioch for the Pro Stocks that it would be moved to Merced Speedway in April of this year and given to the IMCA Sport Modifieds. The second day of the two-day show would pay that class $5,000 to win.

Lockwood wasn't through there. The IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars will also be on that bill. There will also be the two-day Ed Parker Memorial event in June and the two-day John Fore Jr/Bob Smith Memorial in October. The three IMCA classes will be a part of that. They will keep a special point series going for that, and the champions in each class will automatically earn provisional starts in the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas this November. Doug was one of the first to release a 2021 schedule at Merced Speedway, and it hits all of the right notes. He's also put out the West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series schedule, and there is a lot of optimism there.

The first thing Doug did last year that got everybody's attention was California IMCA Speedweek. It has grown from six events to eight during a nine-day span this year. Participating tracks this year will be Bakersfield, Hanford, Tulare, Merced, Antioch, Petaluma, Placerville and Chico. The purse has already been announced as matching last year's purse and it can grow bigger with more sponsorship. The California IMCA Speedweek Facebook page will offer more details. I suspect that even if we're not doing week to week coverage this year, we will attempt to cover Speedweek again.

As for the other schedules, I would say go to the appropriate track pages and look them up. The announcement at Chico that a full schedule is not forthcoming should highlight that this whole virus shut down thing could ultimately cost us some race tracks. Dennis Gage isn't saying the place is closed, and he is also planning to have races at Marysville. I'm just saying that nobody should be surprised if we start hearing bad news on this front. The best antidote to all of this is being able to open the gates to full capacity, and then it becomes how many people have racing in their budgets, either as racers or spectators?

I would be tempted to jump into other topics as there have been things that caught my eye. However, the longer this column gets, the more of a pain in the ass it becomes to edit. I wish everybody the best of luck with what they have scheduled. I did notice that Blue Valor Speedway in Idaho has booked a class that seems to be using Wingless Spec Sprint rules. I have to admit that the news made me smile. It was back in August of 1998 when Don O'Keefe Jr and I put together the rules and started hyping this class up for John M Soares at Antioch. The idea that people still want to run a true Spec Sprint at their track in 2021 is very cool indeed.

It was inevitable that Antioch Speedway Promoter Chad Chadwick would choose to book something at the start of 2021. When he made the announcement back in November that he had initially been given permission to have 25% fan attendance in the stands, there was something he appeared to be wanting to tell everybody in regards to New Years. I know he wanted to have New Years Day to himself, but Tony Noceti at Stockton had already booked the date. Chad dropped hints, but he made no announcements.

Back in 2015, Promoter John M Soares booked an ambitious New Years plan that had two dates at Antioch, one at Merced and one at Chowchilla. He held New Years dates at Antioch in two of the next three years. 2019 didn't happen because John was in a fight to retain control of Antioch Speedway. 2020 didn't happen because John was in negotiations with Chadwick to sell. Chadwick actually wanted to book a New Years date that year, but Stockton had already swooped in with their own race.

What ended up happening this year was Stockton ran on New Years Day and Antioch, despite some early morning rains, held a race on January 2nd. The Antioch date was the first IMCA point race for Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars. Hobby Stocks were also included. I'm thinking that this negatively affected the car count in Stockton a little bit, despite the fact that Antioch and Stockton ran on different days. Some people were going to save their equipment for Antioch. Also, as fast as Stockton is, it has a reputation for being rough on equipment.

Make no mistake, people want to run on what is one of California's biggest dirt tracks. Stockton had around 70 total cars in the pits for the first of 11 dates that will include Dirt Modifieds, B Modifieds and Hobby Stocks this year. During the course of the year, those shows will also have appearances by the Pro Stocks, Super Late Models, Dwarf Cars and Mini Stocks, and I suspect that if the track can pull that off, they will crown champions. That was their intent last year as Tony is trying to establish a Stock Car presence. As I write this, I haven't seen an Antioch schedule yet, but I'm sure they will be just as busy as they were last year. 

Some of the car base that Stockton is searching for comes from Antioch, although they are hoping to draw cars from further in the valley and up north in the Sacramento area. I've said for a few years now that there is a Stock Car program. All Tony needs to do is go after it. They've established some marquee Sprint Car events, so this is the next step. The rumor of the Stockton Dirt Track's demise has been exaggerated, although I'm hearing some very interesting rumors on that front that I can't get into in this column. If anybody can do it, Tony's the man.

The magic bullet solution these days is slapping an IMCA sanction on your racing program. Tony might want to look at that possibility. Given the distance between Antioch and Stockton, we might have a similar situation as we had 20 years ago between Merced and Chowchilla. I don't know, and I won't speculate on IMCA's position. If it were available and Tony wanted to run certain IMCA type divisions, I think sanctioning those races would be a winner. I wouldn't be averse to going the NASCAR route if he pursued sanctioning and IMCA said no. Why should Coos Bay Speedway be the only dirt track in NASCAR on the West Coast when there's some pretty good point fund money at stake?

I don't want to get too deep into talking about Antioch and Stockton's races as there are articles covering them. I don't think the car count at either track quite hit the mark. Granted, both shows had 20 or more Dirt Modifieds and Sport Modifieds. The other classes under-performed. You had a golden opportunity to get the cars as the only shows happening. Was this a case of it being too early and nobody being ready, or is this a sign of things to come this year? I'll chalk it up to being too early, but some of us are bracing for impact in terms of lower car counts this year.

I do think Stockton could have a clear path to establishing a Pro Stock show of their own. I can easily see Antioch dropping their class if numbers don't pick up this year, and there are still people who want to run these types of cars. Tony seems to have a mind for that. One of the things that could push Pro Stocks out at Antioch is the IMCA Stock Car division. There were just six cars in Antioch for the New Year's race, none of which you could call Antioch guys. Again, people may not be ready yet, but I can say one thing for certain. The modern record for a division point racing debut at Antioch still belongs to the Wingless Spec Sprints in 1999 with 12 cars. Just saying... 

I'm looking to go back into nostalgia for my writing. It's not that I'm against covering the current situation in the sport, but it's become so much work for so little reward. It's obvious that tracks aren't interested in what I have to offer as an announcer or a writer, and I'm okay with that. Even though I don't know how much fuel I have left in the tank, I think I have a few years. However I'm not going to beg for a return. I've put in my time and proven what I can do. It doesn't mean I can't cover current things differently than I have in recent years.

Mike McCann brought it to my attention that there's a track out in Maine called Fantasy Speedway. It looks like they have nice scenery of trees surrounding the place, and they have special events with Hardtops and old time Modifieds. The Hardtops are running rules from the 1950s. I haven't investigated the history of some of the cars there, but I'm sure some of them ran back in the 50s and 60s either in Maine or in other states. They are running in the true spirit of the good old days, and it looks like they have decent support for what they have.

It's funny, because Mike and I have had this conversation a few times in recent years. The idea of building a track for this type of deal is appealing. It almost becomes a club for members only. I love the West Coast Hardtop movement, but there's something a little bit off about all of it. It attempts to be in the spirit of those old days, but there's been a touch more modernization than there probably should be. This will spark lots of debate, and I'd have critics telling me why I'm wrong. I also understand that the genie is already out of the bottle. So be it.

I'm not against the efforts taking place in the Bay Area or Sacramento area. On the contrary, I hope they continue to thrive. As much as I am not fond of the Sportsman division running with the Hardtops because you have two different styles of racing here, I understand why that happened at Antioch. It gave the nostalgia effort the shot in the arm it needed, and they never had less than 10 cars at their races last year. It was obviously a winner. The other cool thing is there are people building cars. The ranks will be growing, and that could include three cars from the shop of Mikey Slaney this year. Very cool indeed.

The other thing is, the Sportsman division only has four dates at Merced according to my count. This is disappointing to me, but it's not surprising. The one thing General Manager Doug Lockwood has done there that I oppose is removing some of the traditional stuff from the schedule that honors the track's legacy. This includes Legends Night, the Ted Stoffle Classic and the Matt and Glass Cancer Fundraiser event. I hate to see the Sportsman division not being a part of Merced Speedway or not having a championship season. Other than 2015, they've crowned champions every season since the late Chuck Griffin added the class in 1999.

I know that leadership has stepped forward to keep things afloat, and I think the modern effort's first champion, Mike Friesen, may be leading this charge. Friesen and his team brought as many as three cars to some events last year, and it was also nice to see the last two Merced Sportsman champions, Rick Elliott and Watsonville Hall of Famer Jerry Cecil, be a part of some of the races at Antioch. The Sportsman style will continue. It's also interesting to note that Antioch management has a love for the Sportsman cars. If a few locals either obtained some of the parked cars in the Merced area or built new ones, there's a future for them at Antioch in my opinion.

We'll be watching the nostalgia stuff for sure, but we'll be watching everything from the sidelines. It doesn't matter if we're covering it or not. I don't have a lot of incentive to do a dozen or more articles every week, and I'd like to focus on books. I started doing a little bit of editing on My Apologies, A Written Retraction. This is the follow-up to Just A Kid From The Grandstands. However, it is a jumbled mess that's going to take longer than I thought. It doesn't help that I'm just not as patient as I used to be when it comes to editing.

I wrote 34 chapters of that book prior to leaving California in 2016, but it went on a shelf for a few years. The problem was I dictated those chapters into a crappy phone. What was heard and what was said were two different things, and that means it's a challenge to make sense of things. Cleaning up each chapter is a lengthier process as a result. Even after I get done with those 34 chapters, there's 34 more that I wrote up here. Cleaning them up is the first step, and then comes proofreading and more editing. This book won't be ready in the first quarter of this year, and I have no ETA for when it will be done.

What could end up happening with that book is I might add some personal photos to it and other pictures that might enhance some of the subject matter I discuss in those pages. I'll have time to think about it. If I get seriously motivated to attack the book, things can come together quickly. It wasn't too many years ago when that wouldn't be an issue. I would pull several late nights in a row to get something done. These days, I don't have the drive to attack it. I do want to finish this book and put my observational, autobiographical books regarding racing behind me.

I've mentioned two books that I have on the drawing board. One is Antioch-centric and the other would cover a multitude of tracks. Both books might not be as challenging to put together as the current book is, and therefore they could come together in short order. As I was staring at my computer screen in frustration over this book, an idea hit me. Is there something that I have at my disposal that's largely written and could be thrown together rapidly? After doing a little bit of digging through some of my archives, the answer is yes.

I'm flirting with the idea of doing a yearbook, and I have fixated on the year 2000 for the first book. Other books in that time period could be put together as quickly if I went this route. There wouldn't be a lot of editorializing in these books. It would primarily deal with racing recaps and full results that were either written by me or sent to me for the magazine during that time. They would also include photography by me and others. The 2000 book has at least 14 tracks that could be included. It could be interesting and less stressful to assemble that book. I also like the idea of showcasing so many of the great articles that Gary Jacob shared with me.

I was recently communicating with Kevin Beard, a past videographer of racing at Antioch Speedway. He shares my desire to see a book or series of books put together chronicling the history of Antioch Speedway. I can't do Antioch Speedway in one book. Although I love the work that Dennis Manish has done with his books covering Watsonville racing, San Jose racing, San Francisco racing and now racing in Fremont, one book wouldn't cover Antioch the way I want to do it.

I think I outlined it six years ago. I want to go decade by decade at Antioch. These books would include many photos, but also week by week breakdowns, finishes and recap articles. When I start attacking Antioch, it will either begin in the 1980s or 1990s, but we will eventually get to all decades with various volumes. I also have a mind to do something for Merced Speedway, Vallejo Speedway and Petaluma Speedway in that vein. Though Watsonville now has a book for it, I feel like a couple of decades from the track's past could be given the same treatment for a more in-depth look back. 

That's just an outline of where I'm looking to go with the books. Disengaging from weekly racing coverage might make it easier. When I get that spark of inspiration, I can get a lot done. I get drained easily when I cover the current scene the way I have in recent years. My Apologies is still the current book that's in front of me, but that could change. When there's something substantial to update, I will do so. In the meantime, I'll be doing what I do and watching the current racing scene from afar. We'll see what goes from there. 

Finally, I don't want to end this column without acknowledging the passing of two members of the racing community, Dennis Armstrong and Steve Mentch. Both passed away in December. Armstrong has been competing with the California Hardtop Association in recent years. Mentch is the grandfather of two-time Dixon Speedway Super Micro Sprint champion Kyle Mentch.

I didn't have many interactions with Armstrong, who was a Stock Car competitor at Placerville Speedway prior to getting into Hardtops. One of the joys he experienced in racing Hardtops was the fact that he competed against his son Jason. Both drivers won Main Events in Placerville in the Hardtops, and they played a role in helping get dates for the Hardtops there as their home track.

I knew Dennis wasn't doing so well, but it made me smile when I saw that he got one more opportunity to race at Placerville before hanging up his helmet last year. Another observation that I had was that he must have had a blast running side by side with Ken Clifford for as many laps as the two seemed to do in some of their recent races together. My condolences go out to the Armstrong family. 

I met Steve Mentch at Antioch Speedway in the early 1990s. He was the father of Dirt Modified competitor Eric Mentch. Steve was a nice guy, and I learned that he had competed in the Hardtops at Vallejo Speedway for many years. I heard many Hardtop stories from people through the years, but Steve's name didn't come up for some reason. He was actually one of the Top 10 all-time point earners of the 1960s at Vallejo Speedway. If you know how tough the competition was at the track back then, that's one heck of an accomplishment.

Steve was a car owner champion for Stan Cargo in the NCMA at Antioch in 1996, and he and son Eric nearly won a championship together in the Wingless Spec Sprints in 2000. Sometime in the 1990s, I ended up doing an article where Steve recalled some of the old days. He lent me his souvenir program collection from the 1950s and his photo albums so that I could do research. I always appreciated that gesture and I still have all of the copies of those pictures.

I always enjoyed my interactions with Steve. He was friendly towards me, even when I was standing up for a different way to do the carbureted Sprint Car thing and would eventually co-found the Wingless Spec Sprints. He treated me with respect, and I respected him as well. Though we hadn't spoken in several years, it makes me smile to know that he got to enjoy watching his grandson carry on the family tradition and win championships at Dixon Speedway. My condolences go out to the Mentch family.

On that note I will end this column. Until next time...

 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Marysvile Raceway, Antioch Speedway, Siskiyou Golden Speedway, Lemoore Raceway, More

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The Stock Car portion of the Stockton Dirt Track show will NOT be broadcast at the Tri State Pro Stock Series Facebook page as originally announced. We just learned this news as we went to press. The Gary Patterson Trbute for the Sprint Cars will still be on floracing.com as scheduled. Check the Stockton Dirt Track Facebook page for any information regarding a broadcast on Sunday.


Macedo Sweeps Tarlton Classic At Keller Auto Speedway

Hanford, CA...October 30...Carson Macedo won the 30 lap King of Thunder Winged 410 Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Keller Auto Speedway. The event was billed as the Tom Tarlton Classic and was the highest paying Sprint Car race on the West Coast. Macedo collected $21,000 for his winning effort aboard the Tarlton and Sons Incorporated Sprinter. Macedo is the 2015 King of the West Series champion, but he's been competing back east in recent seasons.

After winning the six lap Trophy Dash ahead of Dom Scelzi, the duo shared the front row for the Main Event. Macedo charged into the lead at the start ahead of Scelzi and World of Outlaws point leader Brad Sweet. Craig Stidham exploded a left rear tire going down the front straightaway for a Lap 1 yellow flag. Stidham retired, and Macedo continued to lead Scelzi and Sweet on the restart. After contact with Justyn Cox, Chase Majdic stalled in Turn 2 for a Lap 3 yellow flag. As Macedo continued to lead the restart, Sweet made an inside pass on the backstretch to take second from Scelzi. A high move in Turn 2 on Lap 7 gained Kyle Larson third. Macedo had pulled away from the pack and caught slower traffic by Lap 9, but a yellow flag waved on lap 11 for Colby Copeland on the back straightaway. Macedo continued to lead the way on the restart as Larson made a high pass in Turn 2 to grab second from Sweet. Macedo was again in slower traffic by Lap 17, and Majdic spun in Turn 4 for a Lap 21 yellow flag. Larson kept it a little closer on the restart. However he was still no match for Macedo, who brought it home for the big victory. Larson settled for a $5,000 second, and Sweet collected $2,500 for third. Scelzi was a $1,500 fourth, followed by Daryn Pittman, DJ Netto, Justin Sanders, Cox, Shane Golobic and Bud Kaeding.

There were 30 competitors for the extra money affair, and Aaron Reutzel set the fast time of 13.348, beating the 13.495 of Majdic. They ran three eight lap heat races with the wins going to Ryan Robinson, Scelzi and Sweet. They ran a 12 lap B Main with the Top 6 finishers making it into the show. Golobic led Kaeding all the way for the 1-2 finish. Chase Johnson was an early third, but he surrendered the position to Kyle Hirst on a Lap 5 restart and would settle for fourth, followed by Sean Becker and Faccinto.

Carson Macedo also won the 25 lap USAC Western States Midget Main Event. His win in this event also came aboard the Tarlton and Son Incorporated Midget. The win for this race paid Macedo $2,100. As it was with the Sprint Car class, Macedo was never seriously threatened as he led all the way in victory.

Macedo won the six lap Trophy Dash ahead of Ryan Bernal, putting the duo on the front row for the race. Macedo charged into the lead at the start ahead of Bernal and Scotty Farmer. Unfortunately for Farmer, he spun and rolled in Turn 2 for a Lap 2 red flag. Macedo continued to lead Bernal and Ben Worth on the restart, but Worth was receiving plenty of pressure from Brody Fuson. Fuson beat Worth back to the line for third on Lap 4, but Worth nudged ahead of him at the line a lap later. Fuson again made a backstretch pass on Lap 6 to regain third, and Worth fell back a few positions. Macedo held a straightaway advantage over Bernal when Brian Drollinger spun in Turn 2 on Lap 11. As Macedo continued to lead the restart, Fuson made a low pass in Turn 3 to briefly steal second from Bernal. Bernal made an outside pass on the backstretch a lap later to regain the position. Fuson nearly spun in Turn 2 on Lap 14 and fell back a few positions as Shannon McQueen gained third. Blake Bower had been contending for a Top 5 position when he retired on Lap 17. Fuson managed to work his way all the way back to fourth by then and tried to reel in McQueen. Nobody was stopping Macedo as he won the race by a straightaway ahead of Bernal, who collected $1,000 for his second place effort. McQueen was an $800 third with Fuson pocketing $700 for fourth. Robbie Josett finished fifth, followed by Jake Andreotti, David Prickett, Drollinger, Dylan Ito and Kyle Beilman.

Macedo was the fastest of 15 qualifiers with a lap of 16.238, beating the 16.300 of Bernal. The seven lap heat race wins went to Macedo and Bernal.

There's one more race on the schedule on November 14th, featuring The King Of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars and Mini Stocks. For further information, go to www.racekingspeedway.com or check out the Keller Auto Speedway Facebook page. 


Forsberg Wins Paul Hawes Memorial 
Sprint Car Spooktacular At Marysville Raceway

Marysville, CA...October 31...Andy Forsberg won the 20 lap Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Marysville Raceway. This was the annual Gold Fever Sprint Car Spooktacular, which has been renamed the Paul Hawes Memorial in honor of the late promoter. This was only the second win of the season for Forsberg, who nonetheless is the track champion this year. This was also his fourth win in the last six years in this particular race. 

The race got off to a rocky start when Ryan Robinson spun in front of the pack in Turn 2, collecting Kyle Offill, JJ Hickle, Michael Ing and Kaleb Montgomery in the incident. Nick Larsen had a front row start when the mess was cleared and set the early pace over Forsberg and Shane Hopkins. Blake Carrick moved past Hopkins for third on Lap 2. Moments later, a Turn 2 incident brought out a red flag as Ryan Robinson and sister Jodie Robinson got together with Ryan rolling on his side. Larsen continued to lead Forsberg and Carrick on the restart. A Lap 6 yellow flag waved when Jodie Robinson spun in Turn 2. Larsen continued to lead Forsberg and Blake Carrick on the restart, but an inside pass on the backstretch on Lap 9 put Forsberg into the lead. Hopkins went low in Turn 2 on Lap 12 to take third from Blake Carrick. A Turn 2 tangle between Tanner Carrick and Ryan Robinson on Lap 16 brought out a yellow flag. Forsberg led Larsen for one more lap before another yellow flag waved for Adam Walters in Turn 2. The first restart attempt was botched for a Michael Wasina crash in Turn 3 that turned into a red flag to check on him. Fortunately, he was okay. Forsberg continued to lead the restart with Hopkins moving around Larsen for second. Forsberg led the final laps for the impressive win. Hopkins wrapped up a strong night with a second place finish, followed by Larsen, Blake Carrick, Billy Wallace, Cole Macedo, Max Mittry, JJ Hickle, Alec Justeson and Tanner Carrick.

There were 33 Winged 360 Sprint Cars for this occasion, and Ryan Robinson set the fast time on the quarter-mile clay oval at 12.424. Forsberg was a close second at 12.429. They ran four eight lap heat races with wins going to Ryan Robinson, Forsberg, Dustin Freitas and Hopkins. Cole Macedo won the 12 lap B Main. Tanner Carrick led multi-time Marysville champion Colby Wiesz for the first ten laps. It was a lap 11 restart that gave Macedo the opening he needed to move around both Carrick and Wiesz to get the lead and victory. Carrick settled for second ahead of Wiesz, Steel Powell and Darren Johnson.

Shane Hopkins won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Hopkins has been running with the Winged 360 Sprint Cars this year, and he was piloting the Brian Sperry owned car on this occasion. Tim Sherman Jr jumped into the early lead ahead of Josh Young and Boy Moniz. A five-car crash in Turns 1 and 2 saw David Johnson roll for a Lap 2 red flag. Three-time Hunt Series champion Terry Schank Jr was involved in the incident as his race came to an end. Hopkins continued to lead Young and Sherman on the restart. A low pass in Turn 2 on Lap 6 gained Moniz third. The final yellow flag waved on Lap 12. Hopkins continued to lead the way over Young and Moniz, but it was a close three-car battle at the front of the pack from here on out. Young looked high and low for a way around Hopkins. As they entered the final turn, Young made a little bit of contact with Hopkins. Young backed off and Moniz went low down the front straightaway and beat Young back to the line. Hopkins was the happy winner ahead of Boy Moniz, Young, Sherman, Ron LaPlant, Ryan Owens, Court Marchuk, Scott Clough, Kaimi Moniz-Costa and Trey Walters. They ran two eight lap heat races with wins going to Hopkins and Sherman.

Hunter Merritt won the 20 lap Pepsi IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. This was his first win of the season. With his front row start, Jimmy Ford bolted into the early lead ahead of Merritt and former Wingless Spec Sprint driver Craig Swim. Todd Cooper was challenging for the third position when he spun in Turn 3 for a Lap 3 yellow flag. Ford continued to lead Merritt and Swim on the restart, but Merritt was giving him plenty of pressure. An inside pass on the backstretch on Lap 9 gained Merritt the lead. Willie Horn Jr spun in Turn 3 for a Lap 12 yellow flag. Merritt maintained the lead over Ford and Shawn Smith on this restart and a Lap 14 restart. Todd Cooper was back into fourth on Lap 15, and Scott Savell spun in Turn 3 for a Lap 15 yellow flag. The restart was botched when Swim and Bryce Campbell spun in Turn 1. Merritt led the next restart over Ford as Cooper moved into third. Merritt drove a great race and scored the victory ahead of Ford, Cooper, Smith, Savell, Swim, Campbell, Horn and Lisa Shelby. The eight lap heat race wins went to Ford and Cooper.

Tim Sherman Jr won the 15 lap Crate Sprint Main Event. Sherman got a ride in the Chad Thompson owned entry, and this was his second win in this particular event. Sherman led Keagan Medeiros on the opening lap, but third place Mike Ballantine spun in Turn 3 for a yellow flag. Sherman continued to lead Medeiros and Cameron Haney on the next restart, but Jason Ballantine spun in Turn 4 and was hit hard by Spencer Slocum. Slocum had severe front end damage as he rolled, but he was uninjured. Sherman led the next restart ahead of Medeiros and Haney, but Medeiros spun out of third after a close battle with Haney, who headed for the pits. Sherman led the next restart ahead of Cody Smith and new champion Brett Youngman, but Mike Ballantine had his second spin in Turn 4 to end his race. The next restart saw Sherman continue to lead Smith and Youngman, but Medeiros had his final spin in Turn 4 to end his race. Officials elected to give them five minutes or the final 10 laps at that point, whichever came first. Sherman led Smith and Youngman on the restart. Youngman spun in Turn 3 on Lap 13 for the final yellow flag and Smith headed for the pits. Sherman led the final restart and the rest of the way for the victory. David Sims finished second ahead of Youngman, Dusty Barton, Smith, Medeiros, Mike Ballantine, Haney, Jason Ballantine and Slocum. Youngman and Haney won their respective six lap heat races.

That wraps up the season at the track. For scheduling information and other news, go to www.marysvilleraceway.com or check out the Marysville Raceway Facebook page.


Brace Wins Al Miller Memorial Pro Stock Race 
At Antioch Speedway

Richard Brace Jr #401k won the Al Miller Memorial Pro Stock race. Photo by Paul Gould

Antioch, CA...October 31...Richard Brace Jr won 35 lap Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the Third Annual Al Miller Memorial race and the biggest Pro Stock event on the West Coast this year. The fourth win of the season for Brace paid $2,500.

Dave King Jr and Susanville Promoter Jeff Olschowka led the field to the green flag with Olschowka moving into the lead in a quest to get his third win of the season. After winning the 14 lap B Main, IMCA Sport Modified star Fred Ryland piloted the Jim Freethy car from the seventh row into third in rapid fashion. Ryland quickly got around King for second and battled fiercely with Olschowka. The duo exchanged the lead multiple times. A yellow flag waved on Lap 19 with Olschowka leading Ryland, Brace, Phil Marino and Matt Micheli. Olschowka continued to lead Ryland when the green flag waved. As they headed into Turn 1 on Lap 23, Ryland ducked beneath Olschowka. Olschowka got sideways and spun for a yellow flag. Officials deemed the Ryland move overly aggressive and put him to the back of the pack. This gave Brace the lead ahead of Micheli and reigning Western Pro Stock champion Justin Crockett. Brace motored ahead at the green flag, leaving the battle for second. Micheli pulled ahead of Crockett, and the resurgent Ryland would eventually get around Crockett. Brace was the happy winner ahead of Micheli, Ryland, Crockett, Olschowka, Marino, Kimo Oreta, Chad Hammer, Peter Coberley and Jay Bryant.

There were 29 cars for this show. The eight lap heat race winners were Crockett, Mike Gustafson, Marino and Oreta. A talent filled 14 lap B Main saw Ryland win the race from the pole. Jesse Gonzalez charged from the sixth row to finish second ahead of Learn, Hammer and Coberley.
 
Kellen Chadwick #83 won his fourth IMCA Modified feature of the season. Photo by Paul Gould

Kellen Chadwick won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event. This was the division leading fourth win of the season for the past Antioch champion. Chadwick had the pole for the race alongside Jim Pettit II with past Antioch champion Nick DeCarlo in the second row. The battle was between these three drivers, and Chadwick would come out the winner. Pettit settled for second ahead of DeCarlo, Josh Combs, Trevor Clymens, Brent Curran, Todd Gomez, Chase Thomas, Petaluma champion Michael Paul Jr and Guy Ahlwardt. Chadwick and Gomez were the eight lap heat race winners.
 
Todd Gomez #38a won his first IMCA Sport Modified Main Event of the season. Photo by Paul Gould

Todd Gomez won the 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Gomez is a past Street Stock champion at the speedway, and this was his first Antioch win in the Sport Modifieds in three years. Gomez had the pole for the feature race and bolted into the lead at the start. New champion Trevor Clymens moved into the second ahead of Tanner Thomas. However, Tommy Clymens Jr ran strong during the first half of the race and moved underneath Tanner Thomas in Turn 2 to grab third. As Gomez and Trevor Clymens pulled away, Tommy Clymens Jr found plenty of pressure from Chase Thomas, Brent Curran and Kevin Brown behind him. Unfortunately, Clymens faded during the waning laps as the trio all got around him. Nobody was stopping Gomez as he cruised to victory ahead of Trevor Clymens, Chase Thomas, Curran, Brown, Andrew Pearce, Tommy Clymens Jr, Jason Jennings, Chuck Golden and Darren Thomas. The eight lap heat race wins went to Gomez, Brown and Trevor Clymens.

Rookie Dylan Bloomfield #33 won his second Wingless Spec Sprint feature. Photo by Paul Gould

Dylan Bloomfield won the 25 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. The talented teen rookie had the pole position for the race and used that to motor to his second win of the season. It also enabled Bloomfield to wrap up an impressive runnerup season in the standings. Bloomfield would be pursued by past Hunt Series champion Shawn Jones, but he held him off to claim the victory. Ricky Brophy enjoyed his best finish in the class to date in third, followed by past Petaluma champion Ryon Siverling, Roy Fisher, Bob Newberry, new champion DJ Johnson, Cody Gray, Dan Gonderman Troy Ferry. Boomfield, Brophy and Jones won their respective eight lap heat races.
 
DJ Johnson is the 2020 Wingless Spec Sprint champion. Photo by Paul Gould

This wraps up 24 consecutive weekends of racing as Antioch has been the most active track on the West Coast since businesses started reopening after the covid-19 shutdown. There is an open wheel themed event scheduled for November 21st, featuring the Wingless Spec Sprints, Winged 360 Sprint Cars and 600 Micro Sprints. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com or check out the Antioch Speedway Facebook page.


Sanders, Borror, Robustelli Win Halloween Season Finale 
At Siskiyou Golden Speedway

Yreka, CA...October 31...Matt Sanders won the 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event Saturday night at Siskiyou Golden Speedway. This was the first win for Sanders at Yreka this year. The Halloween special included a candy giveaway to the kids out in the parking lot prior to the races, and the race also ran early and concluded by 6:00 p.m..
 
There were 14 IMCA Sport Modified competitors for this show, and they all ran the same 10 lap heat race, won by Parker Finley ahead of Sanders. However, Matt Sanders drew the pole for the feature race with Finley lined up alongside him. Sanders bolted into the lead as new track champion Mike Medel, Wyatt Westfall and Ryan Peery battled for second. Peery would eventually grab the spot, and sixth row starter Keith Foux rapidly worked his way to the front of the pack. At the checkered flag, it was Matt Sanders grabbing the win ahead of Peery Foux, Medel, Wyatt Westfall, Colt Boswell, Finley, Joby Shields, Dwayne Melvin and Jesse Merriman

Steve Borror won the 30 lap Outlaw Pro Stock Main Event. In the process, he became the only driver to win more than one Main Event this season as this was his second-straight triumph. Borror is the 2016 champion, and he had to work his way up from the back of the pack. In fact, Borror even made a pit stop and had to start in the back again. Rookie Darek Alford and Colby Hammond shared the front row, but it didn't take long for second row starter Johnny Cobb to charge into the lead in his quest for a second victory. Scott Flowers was battling his son James for second before grabbing the position. An outside pass in Turn 4 on Lap 12 gained Scott Flowers the lead from Cobb, and Cobb limped to the pits moments later. A Lap 16 yellow flag found Scott Flowers leading James Flowers as Borror had already worked his way up into third. Another yellow flag saw Alford stall on the front straightaway as James Flowers slowed and headed for the pits. On the next restart, Borror got a good run on the inside of Scott Flowers and passed him in Turn 4 as they raced by to complete the lap. Borror pulled away from Flowers for the impressive win. Scott Flowers clinched his second-straight championship with a second place finish, and Hammond outdueled Matt Harlow in a good race for third. Ginny Flowers was a solid fifth, followed by Jacob Klein, James Flowers, Johnny Cobb, Alford and Rich Cobb. The 10 lap heat race wins went to Borror and Harlow.

Camden Robustelli won the 20 lap Limited Sprint Main Event. The Southern Oregon Dwarf Car star was piloting the TJ Winningham Sprinter. Robustelli had the pole for the race, but he still had to hold off 2019 Cottage Grove Winged 360 Sprint Car champion Tyler Thompson, who settled for second. Pat Desbians finished third, followed by Brian Boswell, RJ McGahuey and James Taylor. Orland Raceway star RJ Baker was a Main Event scratch. Robustelli won the 10 lap heat race.

To find out about 2021 scheduling and other information, go to the Siskiyou Golden Speedway Facebook page.


Whitney Wins Todd Damron Memorial Race 
At Petaluma Speedway

Petaluma, CA...October 31...Shawn Whitney won the 25 lap General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Car Main Event Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. This event was hastily scheduled as the First Annual Todd Damron Memorial race, but a few of the racers had already left California to go to the funeral services for Damron, which were to take place on Sunday in Las Vegas. Whitney's biggest career triumph paid $525 and a case of Coors Light beer, which was Damron's beer of choice.

They ran a twin eight lap heat race format, which used finishing and passing points to determine the Top 6 drivers for qualifying. Those qualifying laps would set the first three rows of the Main Event. The first round of heat race wins went to Whitney over Sean Catucci, Joey Lingron over new Antioch champion Travis Day and five-time Antioch champion Ricardo Riveira over Justin Bingman. Riveira was headed for another win in the second heat when mechanical issues ended his night. South Bay star Eddy Claessen got that win ahead of Bingman. It was Whitney again beating Catucci to win their second heat race and Lingron again outrunning Day to win their second heat. Lingron turned the 3/8 mile adobe oval at 16.809, beating the 16.862 of Whitney for fast time.

Lingron had the pole for the Main Event and led a lap before a yellow flag waved. Lingron continued to lead Whitney and Catucci on the next restart. On the fourth lap, Whitney slipped past Lingron for the lead. A Lap 5 yellow flag waved for Shiloh Borland and Lingron. Though Lingron ended up losing a lap with a pit stop, he returned to finish the race. Whitney led the restart ahead of Catucci and Sam Borland. Borland briefly took the second position from Catucci a lap later, but Catucci was back in second on Lap 8 as Whitney began to pull away. Day put the moves on Sam Borland to take third on Lap 9. By the 11th lap, Whitney held a straightaway advantage ahead of Catucci. Whitney began catching slower traffic and put a lap on sixth place Kylee Johnson on Lap 19. The traffic enabled Catucci to close in on Whitney and cut his lead in half. They lapped Sam Borland on Lap 21. Whitney kept his cool in traffic and scored the well-earned victory ahead of Catucci, Day, Darren Fridolfs, Sam Borland, Johnson, Lingron, Shawn McCoy, Claessen and Vic Vaz

For information on scheduling and other track news, go to www.petaluma-speedway.com or check out the Petaluma Speedway Facebook page.


Sarale, Day Win California Cup Races At Lemoore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...October 31...Corey Day won the 40 lap Wingless 600 Micro Main Event Saturday night at Lemoore Raceway. This was the third night of the big California Cup event, and Day collected $6,000 for his victory. Over 170 drivers came to compete in the six-division, three-day event.

Tyler Smith and Corey Day shared the front row for the Main Event. Smith led just four laps before Day moved by for the lead. Mitchell Moles settled into third at the start as Michael Faccinto worked his way forward from the fourth row. Faccinto settled into fourth on Lap 11 and was soon challenging Moles for third. Faccinto briefly got by on Lap 25, but Moles regained the position a lap later. Day drove a flawless race and earned the big money victory ahead of Smith, Moles, Caden Sarale, Austin Torgerson, Ashton Torgerson, Faccinto, Cameron Paul, Brody Fuson and Tim Vaught.

IMCA Modified star Troy Morris III went flag to flag to win the 15 lap B Main ahead of Dawson Faria. Kaley Syra settled into third on Lap 3 and finished there, followed by Colton Jones and Kyle Clark. Sage Bordenave took the lead with three laps to go and won the 10 lap C Main ahead of early leader Drew Laeber and Josh Monroe.

On Friday night, Austin Stone took the lead from JJ Loss on Lap 16 and won the 25 lap Main Event ahead of Loss, Faccinto, Ashton Torgerson and Tyler Smith. Ashton Torgerson took the lead on the second lap and won Thursday's 25 lap Main Event. Mitchell Moles moved into second on Lap 18 and finished about a straightaway behind Torgerson as Day, Austin Torgerson and Fuson rounded out the Top 5.

Caden Sarale won the 40 lap Super 600 Main Event on Saturday night. He pocketed $6,000 for the win. Sarale led from the start to the finish. Caeden Steele moved into second at the start ahead of Jake Hagopian. The duo battled fiercely for second before Hagopian made the pass on Lap 26. Hagopian ran closely behind Sarale, but it was Sarale bagging the big bucks with his win. Steele settled for third, followed by Ricky Sanders, Corey Day, Mitchell Moles, Brody Fuson, Jake Smith, Gauge Garcia and Jade Avedisian.

Jeffrey Pahule won the 15 lap B Main. He started on the pole and led all the way in victory. Jared Peterson worked his way from the third row to second on Lap 4, but his race ended on Lap 11. Bryant Bell took up pursuit of Pahule from there with Ryan Rocha finishing third, followed by Rees Moran and Colton Huelsmann.

The Friday night 25 lap Main Event was won by Steele. Bryant Bell led for two last before Rees Moran moved by for the lead. Bell held second until being passed by Steele on Lap 13. Steele put the moves on Moran to grab the lead on Lap 17 and led the rest of the way for the victory. Bell gained second on lap 18 and finished about straightaway behind Steele as Mitchell Moles, Corey Day and Moran rounded out the Top 5.

On Thursday night, Steele won the 25 lap Main Event. Huelsmann led two laps before being overtaken by Cameron Paul. Paul's race ended on Lap 5 as Huelsmann regained the lead. Steele made what proved to be his winning pass on Lap 7 and went on to win from there. Huelsmann surrendered second to Eli Bookout on Lap 16. Bookout held the position until being passed by Sarale on the white flag lap. Steele won by a straightaway over Sarale as Bookout settled for third, followed by Fuson and Avedisian.

Chance Crum won the 40 lap 1200 Mini Sprint Main Event. Crum pocketed $2,500 for the win. Crum started on the pole and led every lap, beating second place by over half a lap. Derek Holmwood ran second until being passed by Seth Hespe on the 26th lap. Haspe finished second ahead of Holmwood, Tyson Lemley, Aiden Lange, Dakota Drake, Chris Crowder, AJ Bender Jason Bloodgood and Shane Sexton. Jeremy Queener grabbed the lead from Brent Sexton on the third lap and went on to win the 15 lap B Main ahead of Sexton. Braden Chiaramonte finished third ahead of Trevor Ballou and Tanner Schoonover.

Shane Sexton won the Friday Night Main Event. Queener led the race for 11 laps with David Bezio in second until making the pass for the lead on Lap 12. Sexton settled into second on Lap 13 and began challenging Bezio. Sexton made his winning pass on Lap 21 and went on to victory ahead of Bezio, AJ Bender, Tyson Lemley and Bobby Michnowicz.

Crum won the Thursday night 25 lap Main Event. He grabbed the lead from Bender on the second lap and led the rest of the way for the win. Bender had second until being overtaken by Lange on Lap 16. Bender kept the pressure on Lange until making the pass for second on the final lap. Crum won ahead of Bender, Lange, Crowder and Seth Hespe.

Joshua Rogers won the 30 lap Stock 600 Main Event. The win was good enough for a $2,500 payday for Rogers, who gained the lead late..Wyatt Bookout had the pole for the race and led through 24 laps. Jarrett Rogers held second until having problems on the eighth lap. Brandt Twitty took up the chase on Lap 9 and held the position until being overtaken by Joshua Rogers on Lap 18. Joshua Rogers moved in to challenge Bookout and made the winning move on Lap 25. As Rogers went on to victory, Austin Torgerson made a Lap 28 pass on Bookout for second. Bookout settled for third, followed by Caleb Debem, Twitty, Rees Moran, Levi Kuntz, Xan Miller, Grant Schaadt and Evan Dixon.

On Friday night, Joshua Rogers scored the win in the 25 lap Main Event. Alex Gouy led four laps before Rogers took the lead with Corbin Rueschenberg getting around Gouy a lap later for second. The battle was reasonably close at the front of the pack. As Joshua Rogers prevailed at the checkered flag ahead of Rueschenberg, Jarrett Rogers settled for third, followed by Bryson Bettencourt and Gouy.

Austin Torgerson won the Thursday night 25 lap Main Event. Xan Miller led a lap before Rees Moran went motoring by. Brandt Twitty took the lead from Moran on Lap 7, but he surrendered the position to Torgerson on Lap 10. As Torgerson sped home to victory, Jarrett Rogers and Moran had an exciting battle going for second that went in favor of Rogers. Wyant Bookout and Joshua Rogers completed the Top 5.

Maverick Myrick won the 30 lap Restricted 600 Main Event. The win was worth $1,500. Myrick started on the pole and led every lap in victory. Colin Kirby was an early second until being passed by Austin Wood on Lap 7. Corbin Rueschenberg took third from Kirby on Lap 16 and moved around Wood for second on Lap 19. Myrick picked up the win ahead of Rueschenberg, Wood, Mattix Salmon, Kirby, Brandon Rivera, Matthew Tatoole, Jett Barnes, Drake Carter and Jayden Whitney.

Whitney won the 15 lap B Main by leading every lap. Teagan Moles was a race long second ahead of Tatoole, Isabel Barnes and Barrett Polhemus. Jesson Jacobson led all the way to won the 10 lap C Main by nearly a straightaway ahead of Carson Guffie, Hailey Boudakian, Kyle Fernandez and Matai Morris.

Corbin Rueschenberg won the Friday night 25 lap Main Event, beating Colton Key by about a straightaway. Jett Barnes, Dalton Parreira and Broedy Graham rounded out the Top 5 at the finish. Brandon Rivera won the Thursday night Main Event as he led every lap. Barnes was second until being passed on Lap 5 by eventual second place finisher Graham. Barnes held third until being passed by Maverick Maverick on Lap 15 as Colin Kirby and Rueschenberg made up the balance of the Top 5.

Nathan Ward won the 25 lap Junior Sprint Main Event on Saturday night. The win paid Ward $750. Ward had the pole and jumped into the early lead. However, Dixon champion Kyle Fernandez moved by to take over first on Lap 9. Fernandez held the position until the persistent Ward got back around on Lap 21. Ward went on to score the victory, and Kane Vansickle made a last lap pass on Fernandez for second. Fernandez settled for third ahead of Landon Jones, Braxton Vasconcellos, Ty Lovenburg, Blayden Graham, Hayden Stepps, Brooklyn Constance and Tyce Domingos.

Lucas Mauldin won the 20 lap Main Event on Friday night. The 2019 Stockton champion didn't get the lead until late in the race. Stepps led a pair of laps before Lovenburg got by. Mauldin moved into second on Lap 10 and gained the lead on Lap 15 after Lovenburg's race came to an end. Mauldin led the final five laps to win ahead of Ward, Vansickle, Graham and Fernandez.

Graham won the Thursday night 20 lap Main Event. Brantley Dovey led a lap before his race ended. Landon Jones led just one lap before Graham took the lead. As Graham led the rest of the way, second changed hands several times before Vansickle grabbed the position from Mauldin on the last lap. At the finish, it was Graham winning ahead of Vansickle, Fernandez, Ward and Mauldin.

For further information on what's happening at the track, go to www.lemoreraceway.com.
 

37th Annual Gary Patterson Tribute Race Weekend 
At The Stockton Dirt Track

Stockton, CA...After negotiating with County Health officials to get the track up and running since the virus shut down, Promoter Tony Noceti is excited to bring racing back to the Stockton Dirt Track this weekend. The occasion is the 37th Annual Gary Patterson Tribute race for the NARC/King of the West Fujitsu Winged 410 Sprint Cars on Saturday night. They will be supported by a non-point Sprint Car Challenge Tour show. There will be a practice on Friday night, and on Sunday they will run the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series, Dirt Modifieds, B Modifieds, Bombers and Basically Four Cylinder cars.

Gary Patterson was a legend to long time Sprint Car fans. Whether it was with wing or without, he ran at the front of the pack. Sprint Cars, Super Modifieds and Midgets. It wasn't just his ability on the track, Patterson was one of the more colorful individuals in the sport. People were always interested in what he had to say. He died tragically in a crash at Calistoga Speedway, and this race was created to remember him. The race has been held at a few different venues.

In line with his vision of the Stockton Dirt Track being the place that crowns champions, Noceti started hosting this big season finale event in 2013. The idea of hosting races on the former horse track seemed to be a long shot. When horse racing came to an end, the fairgrounds was open to doing something to generate revenue. The Stockton Dirt Track was born, and it has become a place that hosts some of the biggest Sprint Car and open wheel events in the state every year.
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The Stockton track proudly hosts the Gary Patterson Tribute, and a who's who of some of the best Winged 410 Sprint Car drivers comes to town to make a run for the money. This year, the pay is $3,000 to win as of press time, though sponsorship could always increase that a little bit more. Last season, Shane Golobic drove the Matt Wood Elk Grove Ford Sprinter to victory in front of Willie Croft, reigning King of the West champion DJ Netto, new Watsonville champion Mitchell Faccinto and Dominic Scelzi. Drivers who have won this race at Stockton since it came to the track include Rico Abreu (2018), Corey Eliason (2017), Tim Kaeding (2016), Jonathan Allard (2015), Golobic (2014) and Rico Abreu (2013).

For fans of the 60-year-old tradition of NARC/King of the West Winged 410 Sprint Car racing, 2020 has been an absolute nightmare. They've watched in sadness as race after race has been canceled due to the fact that race tracks can't open the grandstands for spectators. Given the purse required to bring the cars, this is an important issue. 

The Stockton Dirt Track is trying to negotiate through the situation, and this race was partially made possible due to Noceti"s ability to sell cold pit passes to people who can be in the pits prior to engine fire. In an effort to encourage social distancing, people with cold pit passes are encouraged to go to the grandstands when mud packing begins. Tony very nearly had a Labor Day weekend event scheduled for the group, but it fell apart due to difficulty coming to terms with the County Health officials.

As it is, NARC has technically run four Main Events. They had their first race back in June in Hanford, won by USAC atar Spencer Bayston ahead of past series champions Bud Kaeding and Tim Kaeding. Another past series champion, Kyle Hirst, won the Howard Kaeding Classic at Watsonville ahead of Justin Sanders and Bayston. Hanford hosted twin 20 lap races a few weeks ago. Hirst won the first race ahead of Mitchell Faccinto and Sean Becker. Dominic Scelzi won the next race ahead of Tim Kaeding and Ryan Robinson. Kaeding was the overall winner that night. Though they're not crowning a champion this year, a tabulation of the points after three events finds Tim Kaeding leading Mitchell Faccinto by five tallies, Hirst by nine, Blake Carrick by 17 and Bud Kaeding by 18 points.

A strong turnout is anticipated for what will be the final Winged 410 Sprint Car race of the year, and that could include Carson Macedo in the Tarlton Motorsports Sprinter. Macedo had a rocket ship in Hanford last Friday as he won the Tarlton Classic in both the Sprint Cars and the USAC Western Midgets. The win in the Sprint Car was worth a whopping $21,000, while his Midget triumph earned him $2,100. Other drivers to watch for include Sean Watts, Craig Stidham, Andy Forsberg and Kyle Offill.

While the NARC series was able to get some racing into the books, the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour, presented by Abreu Vineyards, was silenced this year. This event will be using their rules and paying $2,000 to win, $1,400 per second and $1,000 for third. It pays well throughout the field, and the car count should be big for this show. Initially, the inclusion of the Winged 360 Sprint Car division on Patterson Tribute weekend was under the Civil War Series banner. In 2017, Noceti switched to SCCT sanctioning.

Last season, Rico Abreu prevented Shane Golobic from having a double win evening as Carson Macedo, young gun Ryan Robinson and Willie Croft made up the balance of the Top 5. Golobic and Robinson were the winners of the two races held at Stockton this year. Other winners of SCCT sanctioned Patterson races include Golobic (2018) and Dominic Scelzi (2017). The last Civil War sanctioned race at Stockton was won by Jason Myers in 2016. 10 time Civil War champion Andy Forsberg won the year before, Abreu won in 2014 and Tim Kaeding won in 2013. 

The 2020 season has not been an easy one for the racers, but tracks throughout the state have had some good moments. A few drivers have risen above and done very well this year. Reigning King of Thunder Series champion DJ Netto has won at multiple venues this year as has Golobic. It's been a breakout year for brothers Blake Carrick and Tanner Carrick, who have won races at multiple venues as well. Mitchell Faccinto, a winner of the Johnny Key Classic at Watsonville this year, won that track's championship ahead of Bud Kaeding, and Andy Forsberg was the Marysville title winner.

There should be some top notch talent in the field to do battle for the glory. Reigning Chico champion Sean Becker is anticipated, and other drivers to watch for include Ryan Robinson, Justyn Cox, Shane Hopkins, Kaleb Montgomery, Justin Sanders and Colby Copeland. 

The Saturday action will definitely be exciting, and floracing.com will be the place to tune into it on internet pay-per-view. The Sunday portion of the event will be offered up as an internet pay-per-view on the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series Facebook page. The group is looking forward to making their third visit to Stockton this year. The previous two wins we're earned by Nevada's Jesse Gonzalez. However, the group has had some big events throughout the year that have paid no less than $1,000 to win. Last week, they delivered a stellar 28 car field for the Al Miller Memorial race at Antioch Speedway. Sprint Car racer Richard Brace Jr got his fourth win on the tour, and this one paid $2,500 to win as reigning Chico and Marysville champion Matt Micheli finished second ahead of Fred Ryland.

Jeff Olschowka has a pair of wins this year, but the Susanville promoter spun from the lead in some close racing with Ryland last week. He ended up fifth that night. Reigning Petaluma Speedway champion Mitch Machado also has two wins this year on the tour, while Ryan Smith has a win and Antioch champion Mike Walko won the Larry Damitz Memorial race at Antioch a few weeks ago. In California, they haven't delivered less than 16 cars for any of these events, and the series is breathing new life into this type of racing. Other drivers anticipated include reigning Series champion Mike Learn, Ryan Cherezian, Brent Lawrence, Chris Smith and Matt Kile.

Originally, Stockton was hoping to crown champions in the Pro Stocks and the other Stock Car classes. Noceti is trying to establish a presence with these classes as the track has already become known as a Sprint Car venue. The three races for these classes were all held before the covid-19 shut down, but the track was unable to host anymore races. Therefore, we're unaware of any plans to officially crown champions in these classes after their fourth and final race.

Past Marysville Modified champion Ryan McDaniel won the title at Susanville this year. He was leading the Stockton standings by two points over Antioch and IMCA State champion Troy Foulger and 20 over this year's California IMCA Speedweek champion Bobby Hogge IV. Jeffrey Faulkner and Dylan Thornton make up the balance of the Top 5 coming into the night. The New Year's race for the class featured a huge turnout, and Foulger won the race by a wide margin ahead of Thornton and McDaniel. Hogge won the next race in front of McDaniel and Darrell Hughes II, and the race late in February went to Hogge once again as Petaluma champion Anthony Slaney and McDaniel were in pursuit in second and third, respectively.

Looking at the B Modified points coming into the night, 2019 IMCA State champion Guy Ahlwardt held a 14 point advantage over Brent Curran with Jeremy Hoff 22 points back in third. Bakersfield star Jason Nation and Brian Lewis are also in the Top 5 coming into the night. As with the Dirt Modifieds, there was a huge turnout on New Year's with Andrew Peckham looking impressive in winning that race ahead of Ahlwardt and Hoff. Nation won the next race over IMCA California Speedweek champion Garrett Jernagan and Curran, and the last event in February was won once again by Nation ahead of Ahlwardt and Ryland.

The track was hoping to get some of the Stockton 99 Speedway pavement drivers to give the dirt a try, but the Bomber competitors haven't been as willing to go for it. Placerville star Clarence Holbrook led the standings after three races, six tallies ahead of past Antioch champion Melissa Myers. Watsonville star DJ Keldsen is 18 points out of the lead and eight in front of Orland star Rich Etchieson. Paul Pendroncelli is fifth coming into this race. On New Year's it was Holbrook winning ahead of Jay Bryant and Myers. Placerville star Les Friend won the next race ahead of Etchieson and Myers. The third show went to Friend once again as Keldsen was a very close second and Holbrook settled for third.

The track did get a few pavement drivers to support the Basically Four Cylinder show, and that included new Stockton 99 Speedway champion Joe Flowers, who leads Trevor Jolley by six tallies. Three-time Merced champion Chris Corder is 18 points out of the lead in third as Porterville star Andy Boydstun and Shawn DePriest make up the balance of the Top 5 coming into this event. Petaluma star Bob Davis won the New Year's race ahead of Central Valley Mini Stock star Gene Glover and Jason Womack. The next race went to Corder in front of DePriest and Flowers, and the final race of February was won by Corder over Flowers and Jolley.

There is plenty of exciting racing on tap at the Stockton Dirt Track this weekend. The 37th Annual Gary "The Preacher" Patterson Tribute is a special night for Sprint Car enthusiasts, and Saturday's show should be very entertaining. This will be a www.floracing.com broadcast. The Stock Car portion of the weekend on Sunday will be broadcast at the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series Facebook page. For further information, go to www.stocktondirttrack.com or check out the Stockton Dirt Track Facebook page.
 
 
Antioch Speedway Unofficial Race Results October 31, 2020
IMCA Modified

Kellen Chadwick
Jim Pettit II
Nick DeCarlo
Josh Combs
Trevor Clymens
Brent Curran
Todd Gomez
Chase Thomas
Michael Paul Jr
Guy Ahlwardt
Michelle Paul
Stephen Streeter
Tommy Clymens
Chester Kniss
Frank Furtado
Bobby Motts
Jake Dewsbury
Tanner Thomas

IMCA Sport Modifieds

Todd Gomez
Trevor Clymens
Chase Thomas
Brent Curran
Kevin Brown
Andrew Pearce
Tommy Clymens
Jason Jennings
Chuck Golden
Darren Thomas
Scott Foste
Kelly Campanile
Monty Tomlinson
Jacob Mallet Jr
Nicolas Zapatero
Dwayne Short
Vigna Anthony
Tanner Thomas

Tri State Pro Stocks
Main Event
Richard Brace Jr
Matt Micheli
Fred Ryland
Justin Crockett
Jeff Olschowka
Phil Marino
Kimo Oreta
Chad Hammer
Peter Coberley
Jay Bryant
Mike Learn
Jesse Gonzalez
Ryan Cherezian
David King Jr
Mike Gustafson
Kellen Chadwick
Mitch Machado
Chris Smith

B Main
Fred Ryland
Jesse Gonzalez
Mike Learn
Chad Hammer
Peter Coberley
Jay Bryant
Danneeka Garretson
Bill Hall
Royce Goetz
Jimmy Robbins
John Evans
Wayne Coffman
Brent Lawrence
Chris Long
Jeff Olschowka

Wingless Sprint
Dylan Bloomfield
Shawn Jones
Ricky Brophy
Ryon Siverling
Roy Fisher
Bob Newberry
D.J. Johnson
Cody Gray
Dan Gonderman
Troy Ferry
Marcus Smith
Jimmy Christian
Jeff Scotto
Tony Bernard
Steve Maionchi
Abigail Gonderman


Keller Auto Speedway  Unofficial Race Results October 30, 2020
Kings of Thunder 410 Sprint Cars
Main Event

Carson Macedo
Kyle Larson
Brad Sweet
Dominic Scelzi
Daryn Pittman
D.J. Netto
Justin Sanders
Justyn Cox
Shane Golobic
Bud Kaeding
Mitchell Faccinto
Aaron Reutzel
Rico Abreu
Chase Majdic
Kyle Hirst
Chase Johnson
JJ Ringo
Colby Copeland
Kalib Henry
Sean Becker
Craig Stidham

B Main
Shane Golobic
Bud Kaeding
Kyle Hirst
Chase Johnso
Sean Becker
Mitchell Faccinto
JJ Ring
Tim Estenson
Kyle Offill
Kurt Nelson
Tim Kaeding
Mark Barroso
Mauro Simone
Ben Worth
Joey Ancona

USAC Midgets

Carson Macedo
Ryan Bernal
Shannon McQueen
Brody Fuson
Robby Josett
Jake Andreotti
David Prickett
Bryan Drolling
Dylan Ito
Kyle Beilman
Ron Hazelton
Blake Bower
Britton Bock
Ben Worth
Scotty Farmer


Siskiyou Golden Speedway Unofficial Race Results October 31, 2020
IMCA Sport Modifieds

Matt Sanders
Ryan Peery
Keith Foux
Michael Medel
Wyatt Westfall
Colt Boswell
Parker Finley
Joby Shields
Dwayne Melvin
Jesse Merriman
Chance Gordan
Chad Wormington
Randy Wright
Isaac Sanders

Outlaw Pro Stocks
Steve Borror
Scott Flowers
Colby Hammond
Matt Harlow
Ginny Flowers
Jacob Kllein
James Flowers
Johnny Cobb
Darek Alford
Rich Cobb
Pablo Duran DNS

Sprint Cars
Camden Robustelli
Tyler Thompson
Pat Desbiens
Brian Boswell
RJ McGahney
James Taylor
R.J. Baker DNS


Marysville Raceway Unofficial Race Results October 31, 2020
Paul Hawes Memorial Sprint Spooktacular
360 Sprints
Main Event

Andy Forsberg
Shane Hopkins
Nick Larsen
Blake Carrick
Billy Wallace
Cole Mecedo
Max Mittry
J.J. Hickle
Alec Justeson
Tanner Carrick
Adam Walters
Sean Becker
Steel Powell
Darren Johnson
Dustin Freitas
Michael Wasina
Ryan Robinson
Colby Wiesz
Jodie Robinson
Kyle Offill
Kaleb Montgomery
Michael Ing

B Main
Cole Mecedo
Tanner Carrick
Colby Wiesz
Steel Powell
Darren Johnson
Adam Walters
Jayce Steinberg
Tim Estenson
Sheldon Moniz
John Sullivan
Bobby Butler
Jimmy Steward
Colby Thornhill
Josh Wiesz
Pat Harvey Jr  

Wingless Sprints
Shane Hopkins
Boy Moniz
Josh Young
Tim Sherman Jr
Ron Laplant
Ryan Owens
Cort Marchuck
Scott Clough
Kaimi Moniz-Costa
Trey Walters
Terry Schank Jr
Mike Hall
David Johnson

Crate Sprints

Tim Sherman Jr
David Sims
Brett Youngman
Dusty Barton
Cody Smith
Keagan Medeiros
Mike Ballantine
Cameron Haney
Jason Ballantine
Spencer Slocum

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Hunter Merritt
Jimmy Ford
Todd Copper
Shawn Smith
Scott Savell
Craig Swim
Bryce Campbell
Willlie Horn Jr
Lisa Shelby


Petaluma Speedway Unofficial Race Results October 31, 2020
Todd Damron Memorial
General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars

Results are not official
1     #15n Shawn Whitney
2     #43 Sean Catucci
3     #88dd Travis Day
4     #17f Darren Fridolfs
5     #12r Sam Borland
6     #2r Kylee Johnson
7     #16r Joey Lingron
8     #60r Shawn McCoy
9     #69 Eddy Claessen
10     #37r Vic Vaz
11     #81r Randy Miramontez             
12     #34r Shiloh Borland         
13     #12 Justin Bingman
DNS    #45 Ricardo Riveira
DNS    #11 Carroll Mendenhall


Lemoore Raceway Unofficial Race Results October 31, 2020
California Cup Finale
Non Wing 600
Main Event

Corey Day
Tyler Smith
Mitchel Moles
Caden Sarale
Austin Torgerson
Ashton Torgerson
Michael Faccinto
Cameron Paul
Brody Fuson
Tim Vaught
Austin Stone
JJ Loss
Dawson Faria
Colton Jones
Robbie Lewis
Garrett Twitty
Troy Morris III
Katey Syra
Brandon Carey
Trent Carter

B Main
Troy Morris III
Dawson Faria
Katey Syra
Colton Jones
Kyle Clark
Bryson Bettencourt
Brian Gilbert
Tyler Chamorro
Kaden Holm
Austin Taborski
Becca Clark
Dylan Resch
Parker Hadlock
Bryce Eames
Joe Silva
Drew Laeber
Cade Lewis
Stefan Sidur
Sage Bordenave

C Main
Sage Bordenave
Drew Laeber
Josh Monroe
Becca Clark
Paul Javaux
Dylan Schaadt
Michael Manhire

Super 600
Main Event

Caden Sarale
Jake Hagopian
Caeden Steele
Ricky Sanders
Corey Day
Mitchel Moles
Brody Fuson
Jake Smith
Gauge Garcia
Jade Avedisian
Evan Margeson
Ashton Torgerson
Austin Stone
Tanner Holm
Rees Moran
Raio Salmon
Ryan Rocha
Bryant Bell
Jeffery Pahule
Eli Bookout

B Main

Jeffery Pahule
Bryant Bell
Ryan Rocha
Rees Moran
Colton Huelsmann
Jesse Schlotfeldt
Kenseth McKay
Elizabeth Phillips
Colby DuBato
Paul Martin
Brett McColloch
Hayden Lusk
Jared Peterson

1200 Sprints
Main Event

Chance Crum
Seth Hespe
Derek Holmwood
Tyson Lemley
Aiden Lange
Dakota Drake
Chris Crowder
Alec A.J. Bender
Jason Bloodgood
Shane Sexton
Grant Sexton
Jeffrey Dyer
David Bezio
Braden Chiaramonte
Trevor Ballou
Brent Sexton
Jeremy Queener
Wink Schweitzer
Eric Greco Jr
Bobby Michnowicz

B Main
Jeremy Queener
Brent Sexton
Braden Chiaramonte
Trevor Ballou
Tanner Schoonover
Haylee Bloodgood
Josh Monroe
Wyatt Boczanowski
Jon Robertson
Tyler Gerdes
Terry Bergstrom

Restricted 600
Main Event

Maverick Myrick
Corbin Rueschenberg
Austin Wood
Mattix Salmon
Colin Kirby
Brandon Riveira
Matthew Tatoole
Jett Barnes
Drake Carter
Jayden Whitney
Cash Lovenburg
Taylor Mayhew
Colton Key
Elijah Gile
Teagan Moles
Broedy Graham
Isabel Barnes
Dalton Parreira
Destry Miller
Dominic Carter

B Main
Jayden Whitney
Teagan Moles
Matthew Tatoole
Isabel Barnes
Barrett Polhemus
Levi Hillier
Andi Jones
Reilee Phillips
JW Henderson
Otto Perreira
Kaden Weger
Hailey Boudakian
Levi Kuntz
Matai Morris
Jesson Jacobson
Braxton Weger
Carson Guffie
Madelyn Gjerness
Jayden Clay
Kyle Fernandez
Haley Constance
Caleb Grantham

C Main
Jesson Jacobson
Carson Guffie
Hailey Boudakian
Kyle Fernandez
Matai Morris
Braxton Weger
Cierra Wullenwaber

Stock 600
Joshua Rogers
Austin Torgerson
Wyatt Bookout
Caleb Debem
Brandt Twitty
Rees Moran
Levi Kuntz
Xan Miller
Grant Schaadt
Evan Dixon
Bryce Eames
Jarrett Rogers
Corbin Rueschenberg
Dawson Faria
Isabel Barnes
Alex Gouy
Mattix Salmon
Bryson Bettencourt

Junior Sprint

Nathan Ward
Kane Vansickle
Kyle Fernandez
Landon Jones
Braxon Vasconcellos
Ty Lovenburg
Blayden Graham
Hayden Stepps
Brooklyn Constance
Tyce Domingos
McKenna Morgan
Lucas Mauldin
Vito Cancilla
Brandtly Dovey
Austin Turner
Chase Whitney
Jacob Battle DNS


The Editor's Viewpoint

With this last weekend, we have just about made it through another year of covering several race track's championship battles. Saturday was the final point race for the Wingless Spec Sprints at Antioch Speedway and the last Outlaw Pro Stock point race at Siskiyou Golden Speedway. Racing isn't done as several tracks will be having at least one race in November, that is if the weather will allow it to happen. I'm sure some of those races will go on as scheduled, but you can definitely feel more of a chill in the air at some places.

I know people are wondering what's going to happen with the shutdowns. There are lots of reports in the news about cases going up. Cases people, not deaths. Lots of talk about masks, shutdowns into next year and all that fun stuff. How is this going to affect the sport going into next year? All of those thoughts are leading people to the election this week. I know people are going to be keeping their eyes glued to the TV set. Everybody's got their beliefs about what's going to happen based on who wins the election. I don't know what to think, but I do know that we can't keep living the way we have been lately in this country or this won't be the country that we know and love. I can't help but think the founding fathers are rolling in their graves to see the way people are acting right now.

I really didn't have anything major to discuss in this column, and honestly I was fine with that. I want to put up a post as quickly as possible. However, Merced Speedway General Manager Doug Lockwood alluded to the fact that he had an announcement that he was going to make on Monday morning, and he had 5,000 reasons why we needed to stay tuned. In all honesty, I had a post put together by Sunday evening, but I know better than to ignore Doug. It seems like every time he says he has a big announcement to make this year, he doesn't disappoint. I decided to wait and see what Doug had to say.

Doug made the early Monday morning announcement that the Al Miller Memorial race will be going to Merced Speedway in 2021. The dates booked are April 15th through the 17th. Thursday will be an open practice. Friday and Saturday will feature point racing for the IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. They're kicking things off big, and I mean big. The Al Miller Memorial race will be for the IMCA Sport Modifieds, and it's $5,000 to win. The Saturday night race will also guarantee $200 minimum to start. Has there ever been a bigger paying Sport Modified race on the West Coast? This is huge.

It seems like the Miller brothers, Robert and Randy, are continuing the model of running this race in memory of their father at a different track every year. Merced is the perfect choice because of its central location. This is what we used to say when Chowchilla Speedway would have a big race back in the day, but I've always felt like this track was a palace with its big grandstands and just being the clean facility that it is. I know there are going to be some big announcements from Doug in the days ahead. It seems like his mind is always working on more good things to do for the sport.

I did mention the grandstands, didn't I? We're pretty much going through what remains of the season with participant only events. Grandstand tickets are not being sold in these cases, although a couple of places, Stockton and Hanford, are allowing people to buy pit passes and funneling them up to the grandstands. Technically, we don't refer to the people doing that as spectators, but, well, you know. I've been saying we can't really go on this way, but I can't imagine more tracks not attempting what Stockton and Hanford are doing if this is the situation they are dealing with next year.

I'm hopeful that the people will not put up with this much longer. I think people have had enough time going through this deal to see what's really going on. Therefore, I am going to try to be optimistic that when this date comes around at Merced, fans are going to be able to come out and watch and it's going to be huge. I think Doug is looking at it the same way. People have been cooped up and wanting to get their racing fix, and what better way to give them what they want than to get things started in early 2021 with the Al Miller Memorial race?

I'm adding this little bit on Monday morning. Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series Director Roy Bain gave a brief live update on Facebook to thank the sponsors and the participants for making the Third Annual Al Miller Memorial such a success at Antioch Speedway. This was one hell of a show. I get into that a little bit more elsewhere, but I wanted to hit on something that Roy said. I feel it's very important to point out that Stockton 99 Speedway and Stockton Dirt Track Promoter Tony Noceti is going full speed ahead for this weekend's big show at the dirt track and is planning a 2021 season there as well.

I'm still not sure how the reports got out there the way they did a few weeks ago. These are the reports that suggested that the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds would be turned into some sort of homeless encampment. A couple of unknown sites reported this as if it was going to happen, and they even went so far as quoting Tony. However, the Stockton Record had a report a week ago that pretty much denied any of these things were happening. It was a different meeting that got blown out of proportion when they were just talking about Stockton water and the homeless problem.

That's where this report is currently. People were spreading rumors suggesting that the days are numbered for the fairgrounds, but the fact is there have been no official announcements made for any such change. Some fairgrounds do try to help the homeless during certain times of the year, and that could be happening at Stockton. However, no big plans are currently being put into motion. The Stockton Dirt Track will continue into 2021, and Tony is hoping to have a more normal season where he gives the fans the big races that they have come to expect from the track.

For Roy's part, he reported that the track is still going ahead with their New Year's Bash. This means that the first race of 2021 will include the Dirt Modifieds, B Modifieds, Bombers, Basically Four Cylinders and the first race of the year for the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series. Purse money will be announced. In fact, Roy reports that Tony will probably be releasing a schedule for the track within the next few weeks. We just have to pay attention to the Stockton Dirt Track Facebook page for any forthcoming announcements.

Another tidbit Roy gave everybody in his update was that Peter Murphy will be at Stockton this weekend. Roy is hoping to have a conversation with the Hanford promoter about getting a Tri State Series race there. I think it would be a positive move as this would give the Bakersfield and Santa Maria area Pro Stock drivers a race closer to home. To my knowledge, Roy hasn't been able to strike up a dialogue with Bakersfield Promoter Scott Schweitzer as of yet, but that is another track I think would work well for the series. Roy also let it slip that he has racers asking him about a date at Merced Speedway, but he hasn't had a chance to be introduced to Doug Lockwood yet.

I don't think Doug is a difficult guy to talk to. If it's a good idea that he thinks will make a good show, he's booked it at Merced. His record has more than proven that. I think the Merced location would also be conducive to a good Pro Stock race as Bakersfield racers in recent seasons have shown more of a willingness to travel there. That would likely mean a few Pro Stock drivers who haven't gone to any of the Tri State races yet this year. I wouldn't be surprised if Doug was heading to Stockton this weekend as well, but he's also not a hard guy to find on Facebook. My interactions with Doug through the years have always been positive, and I'd bet something could be put together for the series to make a visit in 2021. Anything is possible.
 
On Sunday morning, I saw a very interesting post on the official NCMA Sprint Car Facebook page. It's interesting because my name and Scott Holloway's name were both mentioned. They're having a meeting this weekend to discuss their future, so they're looking for all the input that they can get. The only reason I can think of for Scott or me to be mentioned is because the NCMA has softened their stance on dirt racing and are interested in getting back into it again. Let me see if I can cover this without taking up too much space. 

The time is right for them to move into dirt, and my view is that they don't have to give up the pavement to do it. As they've only been booking six or eight races on the pavement in recent years, there's no reason why they couldn't continue doing that for the people who have cars for that. The problem is the group has become stagnant. When they run pavement, you're not talking about a big car count. If they get eight cars for any of those shows, it's huge. The reason is you're not going to get any of the Spec Sprint drivers from the other groups to give the pavement a try. Nobody's interested outside of the core group they've already got. I don't think there's a future there, but I would never discourage the group from trying.

Because there is an obvious movement to evolve Spec Sprints into Wingless 360 Sprints, my view is that the NCMA can be the group for the budget-minded racer. Keeping the rules reasonable so people on a budget can still enjoy carbureted Sprint Cars with a 360 cast iron motor ought to be the goal. The principles that made this class great need to be embraced. There are people interested in running an injected 360 class, but my view is still that they should start a new class. Don't turn the Spec Sprints into that, because you'll destroy the class and run a bunch of drivers out eventually.

Given the car counts we get at race tracks these days, if you're a group that can deliver a dozen or more cars, promoters will listen to you. If you've got a good set of rules, those numbers can grow with the right promotional effort behind it. The Spec Sprint rules have stood the test of time for the last 20 years without too much tweaking. Gradually, we've gotten into things like roller cams and allowing push starts, which are things that I'm not overly fond of. They're starting to talk about injectors, and that's where it ceases to be a Spec Sprint class. You're not going to convince me otherwise.

It comes down to this. Can the NCMA get races at dirt tracks? In my view, yes. If you're going to continue to pursue pavement race dates, you don't want to book dirt on top of that. Therefore, you're only talking about six to ten dates at most, which is what they should look at. You don't want to go in with both guns blazing. The question becomes, are there enough drivers interested in such a thing? There are a few people left in the Spec Sprints who have a tie with the old NCMA. If you can get them, you have something. There are stragglers out there who are not regular supporters of the Hunt or Antioch efforts. You could easily build up a base if this is what you wanted to do.

The group could easily piggyback with other groups. Orland is a track I've had my eye on, and the NCMA made some of their first visits outside of Antioch to Orland back in 1989 and 1990. Don't dismiss Orland. It's worthy of a date or two. Marysville and Chico continue to flirt with Spec Sprints without doing something in house, and I think a date or two could be possible there. The point is, you could probably pursue dates and get them, but you might also be looking at different venues. How far would you be willing to travel if a truck was interested? Would Kern Raceway be too far? Yreka? Hayfork? Fernley? You have to establish yourself somewhere and build up a base. You do that right and other doors are going to open for you.

I think one of the reasons why I advocated for this was because the NCMA has the heritage. This group has existed for over 30 years and weathered the storm. They admittedly haven't had the best of times in recent years, but they still persevere. As long as there are people willing to hang up a banner and say that this group is something they believe in, it will exist. I like that they're entertaining dirt racing as a possibility again. I don't know where I stand as far as my involvement is concerned, but I might be persuaded to pick up a pen and help this group with some publicity or even create a potential book looking at their history. 

I can't tell you where Scott stands on this. I did reach out to him a couple of years ago, but those messages were ignored. Roy Greer is the only other person I've conversed with on this subject. I believe Eric Mentch was interested and his dad Steve still a car. The only thing I can say is I hope that interested parties see the invitation to the meeting and there's enough dirt representation there to warrant a pursuit of race dates going forward. It will be interesting to see what happens here, but I believe another voice advocating for true Wingless Spec Sprint racing needs to step forward. Why not the group that was there when the movement really got started?

I wasn't delighted by the racing I witnessed on Flo Racing at Keller Auto Speedway on Friday night. They pulled in 30 Winged 410 Sprint Cars for a $21,000 to win race. They also had 15 USAC Western States Midgets for $2,100 to win. I don't think Peter Murphy could have pulled off the big event without the sponsorship that he had as well as bringing in the floracing.com cameras. However, the Tom Tarlton Classic went on as scheduled. This was the biggest paying Winged Sprint Car show anywhere on the West Coast this year. I give the track credit for that, because this would have been a year that they could have said it wasn't happening.

My frustration with Winged Sprint Car racing is that what frequently happens is the guy who wins the Trophy Dash or finishes second in that race wins the Main Event and leads all the way in doing so. It's just the way it goes. It seems like the racing you get with the Winged Sprint Cars versus those without the wings is different, and I do tend to lean more towards the wingless action. With Winged Sprint Cars, one of the selling points is that when the leaders get into slower traffic, things really get interesting. The yellow flag seemed to unfurl every time they started to get in traffic, so that action never really materialized.

What you're left with at that point is watching some very fast cars go around the track. While that can be impressive as there is no faster dirt track race car than a 410 Sprint Car, it left a lot to be desired in my book. One thing I can say is the track seemed to be in excellent shape, and Carson Macedo drove flawless races in winning both the Sprint Car and Midget Main Events. It's interesting that he was driving for Tarlton Motorsports, which is the team that pretty much launched his career. Carson lives not far away from the track, but he's been racing back east more in recent years.

Open wheel racing will certainly take center stage in November, and it starts this weekend. Tony Noceti was able to schedule the 37th Annual Gary Patterson Tribute race at the Stockton Dirt Track this weekend. After the Friday night practice, they will have the NARC/King of The West Winged 410 Sprint Cars and a Winged 360 Sprint Car show on Saturday night. That one will be broadcast on floracing.com. I'm happy to see that race continue. The more I've heard about Gary Patterson in recent years, the more I realize what a legend he truly was. He was probably one of the most colorful people in the sport, and it's people like him who had the fans coming back for more.

I know people were excited about the possibility of racing this Friday night in Watsonville. Because of the whole covid-19 thing, that has left John Prentice scrambling to get dates where he can. The weather was looking like it would be cold, but not wet. However, Sunday morning offered an announcement that the race featuring the Winged 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Four Bangers has been canceled. I know there will be some disappointed people with this news. I saw racing history book author Dennis Mattish express his disappointment as he was hoping to debut his Baylands Raceway book there on Friday. Maybe he'll head to Stockton instead.

The real problem is what sort of car count will you get in the IMCA classes with the Duel In The Desert just around the corner? Given the support that the Winged 360 Sprint Car drivers have been showing the place, I wouldn't have been surprised to see them do okay there, but there's the tug of Stockton on Saturday night. Some drivers might have saved their cars for that occasion instead. Also, I understand track prep guru Tom Sagmiller is a little bit banged up right now. In the end, it was decided to call this a season and come back again next year when they hopefully can have fans in the grandstands.

It was announced that they are going to be honoring their champions and other top point competitors virtually this year. It looks like Mitchell Faccinto will eke out the Sprint Car championship, but I am disappointed that they didn't have the final race as something could have changed. Cody Burke and Adriane Frost are already IMCA champions in the Modified and Sport Modifieds, respectively. Joe Gallaher kept the Hobby Stock title in the family and Ryan McClelland wraps up a pretty dominant Four Banger season. 

It's very interesting that Burke is listed as the IMCA Modified champion. Immediately following the Pat And Jim Pettit Memorial Dirt Track Shootout, Pettit was listed as the point leader. He got into the Saturday Main Event that weekend due to a Promoter's Option as he didn't initially qualify for the Main Event. Burke did. All Pettit did was shadow Burke to the checkered flag, which would have netted him the championship. I'm not privy to what the official ruling was here and whether it might have been a protest or just management changing things due to the way they let Pettit start the final race. In either case, Burke will be the one honored as champion this year. As for what announcements may be on the horizon, you can go to the Ocean Speedway Facebook page.

There's also the Lonnie Kaiser Memorial race at Dixon Speedway on Friday and Saturday night. This is the biggest Micro Sprint oriented program at the track. The Saturday portion of the event features some greatly increased purse money, and that will probably attract some top teams from Stockton and Lemoore. Both the Wingless and Super 600 classes will be paying $1,200 to win and $500 per second, while the Restricted 600s pay $1,000 to win and $500 for second. I didn't see an announcement regarding an internet pay-per-view for this race, although Fast Four Media has been known to come in for these big events. Dixon has also been running a scoring app at Race Monitor for people to keep tuned in that way. You can go to the Dixon Speedway Facebook page for further information 

Stockton moved the Stock Car oriented program that was going to happen the next week to Sunday, November 8th. This will be an event featuring the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series, Dirt Modifieds, B Modifieds Bombers and Basically Four Cylinders. Because they do have the Duel In The Desert IMCA event in Las Vegas the following week, it's anybody's guess what they will get for $1,000 to win for the Dirt Modifieds and $500 to win for the B Modifieds. Then again, everybody's not going to Las Vegas, so who knows? 

I do know that the Tri State Pro Stock Challenge Series race will pay $1,000 to win, and they will be running the internet pay-per-view from their Facebook page. Cory Penfold of Moxie Media and Promotions will be handling the announcing duties on that one. When it comes to Stockton, you can find more announcements at the Stockton Dirt Track Facebook page.

October has been a month of big special events at Antioch Speedway, and Halloween night also wrapped up a run of 24 consecutive weekends of racing at the quarter-mile clay oval. Nobody on the West Coast has held more racing events this year since the virus shut down than Antioch Speedway. Promoter Chad Chadwick rolled the dice. From a racing standpoint, he came out a winner. There's been plenty of great racing at Antioch this year, it's just that the fans have not been able to sit up in the stands and spectate.

I was watching somebody doing a Facebook live post from the pit bleachers, and you could see quite a few people in the pits. As the cars go down the front straightaway, you see nobody in the grandstands. That's because of the stupid guidelines that are in place. I don't know how they came up with some of these guidelines. You can pack them into the pits. Sure, put a muzzle on their faces, but otherwise they can be there. And yet, no use of the grandstands, where you could socially distance people. I haven't changed my opinion on that since all of this nonsense started. It still sucks.

What doesn't suck is seeing the track have over 70 competitors across four divisions. I think this is the latest a championship season has ever gone at Antioch. Saturday was the final point race for the Wingless Spec Sprints. It still brings a smile to my face to know that a division that I co-created has had 22 consecutive championship seasons at my old home track. DJ Johnson won that deal, but it was teen sensation Dylan Bloomfield winning on this occasion. That kid has done a good job, and I'm glad this division is still here for drivers like him to make their first move into Sprint Cars.

The Pro Stocks took center stage for this event. The tireless efforts of Series Director Roy Bain paid off with 29 cars showing up for this event. This one was held to remember the father of Robert Miller. It's actually the Third Annual Al Miller Memorial race, which has been held at three different tracks. At $2,500 to win and $200 minimum to start, this was the biggest paying Pro Stock race of the year. Actually, it's the biggest paying Pro Stock race that I can think of in recent memory. When Antioch ran Late Models that were similar to these cars almost 30 years ago, the biggest payout I remember them receiving was $1,000 to win. Everybody wanted a piece of the action on Saturday night.

The talk was about the tangle that happened just past the halfway point between leader Jeff Olschowka and Fred Ryland. Olschowka spun in Turn 1, Ryland was assigned the blame and penalized. This opened the door for Richard Brace Jr to make this race his fourth win of the season, but I'm not so sure the right call was made. Ryland clearly had a run on the inside of Olschowka, who was coming around. Ryland did not tap the rear end of Olschowka's car. In fact, I'm sure Fred figured they would go side by side through the turn. When Olschowka spun, Ryland did make a little bit of contact with his front end, but he wasn't the reason that Jeff spun

When you're an official on the the infield making the call, you have to make that decision in a moment's notice. It's easy to look at it from a video view. When I witnessed it at the time it happened, it still felt like it wasn't Fred's fault. I'm sorry, but that one was obvious to me. What you have is a situation where two people are battling for the lead and one driver spins. At worst, Ryland was being overly aggressive, if you want to say that. However, he did not cause Olschowka to spun. He just happened to be right there with him when he spun, and therefore it was easy for him to get the blame. That's the way I see it. Not surprisingly, emotions were high at that moment.

As for the race itself, it was very exciting to watch. There were drivers from Nevada, Southern California, Northern California and the Bay Area. They brought together some of the best of the best, which is befitting of a race of this magnitude. The IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds also had a good night, and this was the perfect way to end October. After a couple of weeks off, the track will come back with an open wheel special on November 21st, featuring Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Wingless Spec Sprints and 600 Micros Sprints. I find the booking interesting as the two big Sprint Car classes are actually booked on the 27th as well, but we'll see how that goes.

Rumors are beginning to circulate that Antioch is taking a look at jumping in with a New Year's race again next year. We were speculating on this a few weeks ago, but our sources tell us that conversations have actually begun. Nothing has been officially said, and obviously nothing is official until it's announced. However, I find it interesting that there are these discussions in light of the fact that the Stockton Dirt Track has already booked that date. Then again, Antioch can offer something that Stockton can't, IMCA sanctioning. They could go straight IMCA with this and run Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars and do okay. As to what will happen, I would suggest you check out the Antioch Speedway Facebook page for whatever announcements might be forthcoming.

Marysville Raceway held the annual Gold Fever Sprint Car Spooktacular race on Halloween night. From now forward, the race is being renamed the Paul Hawes Memorial Sprint Car Spooktacular. Paul was the promoter at Marysville for several years, and unfortunately he lost his battle with Cancer earlier this year. During the pre-race ceremonies, a plaque was unveiled in the infield on one of the light poles commemorating Paul. I have to say that Dennis Gage and the crew did a good job with this show.

The Winged 360 Sprint Cars were going to have a good car count, and they delivered 33 for the show. In four of the five previous Sprint Car Spooktacular races, they had enough cars for a B Main. Andy Forsberg has done very well in this event in the past, and he started up front. He had to chase down the impressive Nick Larsen, who ultimately finished third. Once Andy got the lead, the only thing that could have stopped him was traffic. It very nearly did as it veered into his path in Turns 1 and 2. However, he got the win. It's a nice way for him to wrap up a year that saw him win the championship at the track.

I wasn't sure what the Winged Crate Sprints or Wingless Spec Sprints might deliver for this one. This Spec Sprint show was going head-to-head with the point finale at Antioch. When you see the Crate Sprint division deliver 10 cars, they're basically giving you their best. Would they do it this time? The answer is yes. That race was a little bit rough to watch. Some of their races this year haven't been pretty to look at. I'm not sure why that is. Tim Sherman Jr grabbed the win in Chad Thompson's car, and it was his second win in the Sprint Car Spooktacular. 

Sherman didn't do as well in the Wingless Spec Sprint portion as he finished fifth. That race had its rough moments from the start as an early wreck eliminated three-time Hunt Series champion Terry Schank Jr. The race had quite the finish as Shane Hopkins piloted the Brian Sperry car to victory with Boy Moniz and Josh Young in very close pursuit. For Hopkins, it was part of an impressive night that also saw him finish second in the Winged 360 Sprint car race.

When I watched this show, a thought occurred to me that Marysville ought to consider jumping back into the Spec Sprint business, regardless of what they do with the Crate Sprints. You can still have both. Since Dennis Gage actually promotes both Marysville and Chico, he could easily create a circuit between the two tracks to encourage drivers to go back and forth. Even if it's only 8 or 10 races total, it's still something. I don't know what Dennis has a mind to do, but I do know that there is still interest in Spec Sprint racing in Marysville. Their season is done, but we'll be monitoring the Marysville Raceway Facebook page for any other news that might be forthcoming.

Petaluma Speedway threw together a Dwarf Car race in memory of the late Todd Damron. At stake was $525 to win and a case of Coors Light beer. That happened to be the beer of choice for Damron. With the funeral for Todd in Vegas on Sunday, there were some racers who opted not to compete, and there were only 15 drivers total. There was no official broadcast, although announcer Ron Lingron did go live on Facebook to try to include people in on what was happening. This was more about giving the racers something and establishing this particular event as a marquee Dwarf Car show for the track for years to come.

They ran the 15 cars in three heat races with two sets of heat races determining the Top 6 point earners for qualifying. The qualifying would set the first three rows for the feature race. It was obvious that NorCal racer Shawn Whitney and Petaluma rookie Joey Lingron had the fastest cars, although Antioch representatives Sean Catucci and new champion Travis Day looked pretty good as well. Whitney has a rocket ship, but he is still somewhat new and learning. Every time he seems to be in contention, something happens. Not this time. He negotiated traffic very well late in the race and earned the victory.

Petaluma Speedway is done for the year, and so is Siskiyou Golden Speedway. Promoter Kevin Barba decided to do a special Trunk or Treat candy giveaway for the kids and encouraged all the drivers to support it. The cars were parked out in the parking lot before the races. This was not just some occasion where the kids of the racers and crew members could be a part of it. Any kid from the community could come see the race cars up close and get some candy. The track made sure to meet all of the covid-19 guidelines to make this happen, and I thought it was very classy of them to do this.

They started the racing in the early afternoon, and the final checkered flag flew before sundown. There were 14 IMCA Sport Modifieds and 11 Outlaw Pro Stocks. What I find interesting is we were told there were 10 Limited Sprints committed to this race, but seven showed up. I find it interesting that one of the biggest boosters of getting Yreka to run races for this class, Medford's David Marble, was a no-show again. As I said before, the track should have kept the IMCA Modifieds on the schedule with the caveat that the purse would be based upon car count. Racers who wanted to run would have shown up, and I still think consistency in booking this class is what's going to make it grow in the long run.

Yreka has to build things that are in house. I don't think you're going to see a plethora of Winged 360 Sprint Car or Limited Sprint races at this track in the future due to the cost of the purse. Maybe they can have the occasional race or two. However, the track has a long history of IMCA Modified racing. It has struggled in recent years because of inconsistency in booking and purse. I just feel like they could have made a statement and kept the class. Even if there were only five or six cars, it still would have been something. People will understand if the purse goes down a little bit based on the fact that you can't have fans. 

This isn't a knock against the Limited Sprints as Camden Robustelli drove TJ Winningham's car to victory over Cottage Grove star Tyler Thompson. It's just that if you're making a choice between two classes, pick the class that has the local support.

The IMCA Sport Modifieds went out on a high note with Matt Sanders picking up his first win of the year at the track. The Outlaw Pro Stock championship was left to be decided, and it looked like it would be a battle between father Scott Flowers and son James Flowers for the Main Event win. However, 2016 champion Steve Borror got around both of them and picked up his second win of the season. Steve is the only driver with more than one win with the group this year, but Scott Flowers notched his second division championship. I have to say, the Outlaw Pro Stocks have been exciting to watch this year, because you really never knew who could win on any given week.

Nitpicks aside, I give Barba and his crew credit for keeping the dream alive. They've had to negotiate through the covid-19 rules that have put them at a disadvantage. It probably would have been easy for them to give up and come back next year, but they didn't do that. Furthermore, they had point racing this year and will be crowning champions. Not the ideal situation for Kevin to promote the track for his second season, but all things considered, it could have been worse. We'll be looking forward to seeing what they announce at the Siskiyou Golden Speedway Facebook page.

We'll be paying attention to what happens at Dixon Speedway this weekend, but we weren't watching the live scoring loop for the California Cup at Lemoore Raceway last weekend. We probably should have been as they delivered over 170 cars for this event. I was completely oblivious to what was going on, but the track was paying some pretty damn good money. The Wingless 600 and Super 600 classes paid $6,000 to win each Main Event. They ran the 1200 Mini Sprints and paid $2,500 to win that race, the same as the Restricted 600s. Pretty damn good money. The track is booked for a couple of point events in November as they are having a championship season. By the way, Caden Sarale won the Super 600 race, while Corey Day was the winner of the Wingless 600 show.

I'm trying to not be too wordy this week as I want to wrap things up and have an easier week. Like many of you, I'm very curious about how the election is going to go on Tuesday, and I'd like to be paying closer attention to that and not worrying about doing racing articles. I'm trying to go over my notes for books as I want to edit the one that I've finished and start putting things together for potentially two other books that will keep me busy. As there doesn't appear to be much on the horizon in regards to my involvement at any particular race track next year, we might transition into nostalgia mode a little bit more here. That's the way it's looking now.

The problem with the way we've done the blog for the last six years is there is an incredible amount of work that goes into it. It takes many hours to put one of those posts together. Sometimes it doesn't feel like much work. When I'm really into it, I'm enjoying myself so much that I'm not really paying attention to how many hours it's taken. These days, I get motivated to work for a while and burn out quickly. Last week was a perfect example of that. We posted on Thursday, and it should have been up by Tuesday. As a writer, I want to start tackling other things that aren't racing oriented, but the way I do this blog has prevented that. By the time I'm done with it, I don't even want to think about anything else, and then it's time for the next racing weekend. I'm not a very good multitasker. I'm better at focusing on something and doing my best with it. 

In any event, this wraps up what has been a somewhat frustrating racing season through the end of October. It's been a very difficult year financially, which I know others can relate to. We've had to tighten our belt and really not take care of most of the things that we need to. I do want to thank Roy Bain and David for their support last week. This came at just the right time. I'm dealing with more issues with laptops and hoping that doesn't get worse. Financially, I'm not going to be able to deal with that if it gets worse. We'll just have to wait and see what happens, but at least we made it to the end of the championship season.

That's all for now. Until next time...