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Chet Thomson Memorial At Antioch Speedway 
This Saturday Night

Antioch, CA...There are just two point races and a big special event remaining on the calendar at Antioch Speedway.  This Saturday night, the Hardtops will be competing in the 17th Annual Chet Thomson Memorial race.  The A Modifieds are back along with a $750 to win B Modified race, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.  It all adds up to another exciting night of racing on the 3/8th mile clay oval.

In the early 1960s, there was a fast competitor by the name of "Charging" Chet Thomson.  Driving for Bob Thomas, he won the 1962 Hardtop championship at the old Vallejo Speedway.  He also came to Antioch Speedway on occasion and won there as well.  Sadly, Thomson was taken away from us too soon, and the racing community mourned the loss.  In 1967, the Chet Thomson Memorial was started, and it became a signature event at Vallejo Speedway until the track closed in 1979.  Chet's son Tommy Thomson, Dave Mackey and Ken Retzloff spoke with Antioch Promoter John M Soares about reviving the race, and it returned in 2016 to become one of the biggest Hardtop races on the West Coast.

California Hardtop star Jason Armstrong won the first two races of the revival, in both cases ahead of Retzloff.  Last season, it appeared as if Mackey might get the win in his Dudley Brothers Tribute Car, but he was eliminated in a Turn 4 crash.  Longtime Antioch racer and former Vallejo Hardtop competitor Terry DeCarlo picked up the win in the Harold Hardesty Throwback Car.  This car has the original body, rusted paint job and all, that Southern Oregon Hall Of Famer Hardesty ran at the old Ashland and Medford tracks.

The modern Hardtop revival in the Bay Area, which began over a decade ago, has a bit of a Vallejo flavor as there are cars with either a connection or that pay tribute to Vallejo Speedway and its stars.  Tommy Thomson's car still has the body from when he was a race winner at Vallejo Speedway in the 1970's.  Tommy and crew chief Gary Faw are working hard to make this car more competitive for the coming race.  Doug Braudrick's father was a racer and car owner at Vallejo Speedway, and Doug has built the #16 Junk Yard Dog as a tribute to one of those cars.  Doug has picked Late Model and Dirt Modified racer Joel Hannagan to drive this week.

Promoter John M Soares, whose father John P Soares was a two-time BCRA Hardtop champion, is piloting the #100 car as he seeks to keep his consecutive decade winning streak, which goes back to the 1960's, alive.  Two-time Super Hobby Stock champion Gene Haney and Steve Cloyes, himself piloting a car that's a replica of one his family owned at Contra Costa Speedway, are anticipated for this race.  There are also unconfirmed reports that Vallejo Speedway star Skip Brown could be competing in this race as well.

The standard bearer in Northern California Hardtop promoting is the California Hardtop Association.  It was established over a decade ago, and they compete at several tracks.  One of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Hardtop movement that you will find is "The Rocketman" Ken Clifford.  Clifford has said that he will be there for this and will probably be getting film footage of on track action via his Go Pro cameras.  Both Clifford and Ron Ruiz have competed in every CHA event so far this year, and Ruiz has multiple wins.  Others from the group to watch for include Joe Shenefield, Joe Hopp and Dave Reed.

Hardtops don't compete for points in either group, but the A Modifieds are close to wrapping up their 30th championship season at the speedway.  Third-generation racer Buddy Kniss was winning his battle with Dwarf Car champion Danny Wagner when Wagner pulled out of the competition two races ago.  Buddy has been fast this season with three wins out of his 12 Top 5 finishes.  Barring anything major, Kniss will write his name into the books as an Antioch Speedway champion.  Wagner has two wins out of his seven podium finishes, but he was unable to overcome a season altering crash when  contact put him into the Turn 1 exit wall four races ago.  He will still finish second in the standings.

It's been an unpredictable season in the A Modifieds with 10 different winners in the 16 races held so far.  In fact, there has been a different winner in each of the last six races.  2017 champion Bobby Motts Jr won the most recent race and is still in the hunt for third, which is currently held by three-time winner and reigning champion Nick DeCarlo.  DeCarlo is 40 points ahead of Sean O'Gara and 48 in front of Motts.  O'Gara has a second and two thirds, but he's still looking for his first win.  Late Model champion Jeff Decker and Brian Pearce are winners in recent weeks, and other divers to watch for this week include top rookie Frank Furtado, Gary Hetrick and Raymond Lindeman.

After winning his eighth Main Event last week, Tommy Fraser is headed for his first B Modified championship.  Tommy has been a force all season long.  Even starting 10th this week, he will be a threat to win the money.  The battle is for second in points between Kevin Brown and top rookie Cameron Swank.  Long time racer and two-time Limited Late Model champion Ron Brown has been active behind the scenes helping his brother Kevin have the best season of his career.  Kevin has 12 Top 5 finishes, including his first ever win.  Swank also has a win along with 12 Top 5 finishes.  Brown holds the edge in podium finishes with seven to four for Swank.  It's close enough that this position could still change hands.

We're hearing rumors out of the Clymens camp that there could be even more family members racing in 2020.  As it is, Two-time reigning champion Trevor Clymens is leading brother Tommy Clymens Jr by six points in the battle for fourth.  Trevor has a pair of victories and has been running well enough lately that he could be a threat to win again this week.  Tommy has finished as high as second and is a heat race winner this year, but he's looking for the Main Event glory this week.  There could be some fast racers in town to go for the money this week, and others to watch for include Todd Gomez, Mark Garner, Nick Caughman Jr and Tim Rolan.

Kimo Oreta is headed for his second Limited Late Model championship in the last three seasons after rival Jim Freethy abandoned his bid for a second title while still very much in the hunt.  Oreta leads the division with five wins, two seconds and four thirds.  If two-time winner Freethy chooses not to compete in the final two races, second in the standings could fall to either Chad Hammer or Michael Burch.  Hammer has one win and leads Burch by just five points in the battle for third.  Burch has finished third twice this year, but a poor showing last time out cost him third to Hammer.  He'll be hoping to rebound this week.

Though Oreta has been fast, the division has gotten very interesting lately with four different winners in the last six races.  It seems like anybody in the division could get a win, and Hammer, Chris Long, Jimmy Robbins and most recently Mike Walko have added their names to this year's winner's list.  Even the steady John Evans is in contention.  The fifth ranked driver earned a season best third two races ago.  It should be another good show for the division this week.

There are just two point races left in the Hobby Stock championship chase, and it's still close.  Point leader Chris Sorensen has been struggling just a bit in recent weeks, but he reminded everybody that he is the two-time reigning champion with an impressive drive to his seventh win last time out.  When things have been clicking, Sorensen is very tough to beat, and he has six second places finishes as well.  Breanna Troen seemed to struggle in the third turn last week and failed to earn a top 5 finish for only the second time this season.  As a result, she fell 32 points behind Sorensen.  The battle is between these two, but Troen will need to erase some of that lead going onto the October 5th finale if she is to truly have a shot at it.

Josh Leach may be watching his title hopes fade, but the third ranked driver still has five wins and is a threat to win again this week.  The next exciting battle to watch is for fourth place and top rookie honors between Ken Johns and Will Buirch.  Johns seems to have come out of nowhere, but his eight-straight Top 5 finishes have moved him 12 points ahead of Buirch.  Ken is looking for his first win, but he has two seconds and two thirds in his current streak. It should be another good show for the class this week. Some of the stars to watch for include Dalton Jewell, Jeff Bentancourt, Tyler Henrickson and Main Event winners Lori Brown, Jacob Mallett Jr and James Thomson.

Saturday's five division show should be good from start to finish.  It's also the last show of the month as the track goes dark next week and returns on October 5th for the Donna Soares Memorial/Hall Of Fame Night.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


DeForest, Fraser, Dahlgren Win At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...September 14...Shawn DeForest won the 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  DeForest was driving the Dennis Souza car, and his previous best finish in Souza's car was a second earlier this season.  Rick Coffey led a lap before spinning in Turn 4  This put DeForest in the lead, but he spun in Turn 4 for a lap six yellow flag.  Mike Hynes led the restart with Rod Oliver running close behind.  Kimo Oreta hit the Turn 3 wall for a lap 10 yellow flag.  DeForest was in third at that point, and he took the lead from Hynes on the restart.  Oliver gained second a lap later after Hynes hit the wall in Turn 1.  DeForest had Oliver running closely behind him the rest of the way, but he held on for the victory.  Coffey finished third ahead of Oreta and John Soares.

Tommy Fraser won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event.  This was the eighth win of the season for the current point leader.  After a complete restart for a spin in Turn 2, the race went non stop.  Top rookie Cameron Swank set the early pace ahead of Kevin Brown.  Reigning champion Trevor Clymens made a low pass in Turn 2 of the third lap to take second from Brown.  Swank had a scary moment a lap later when a slower car swerved into his path in Turn 4 as Fraser gained third.  The leaders came upon a spun car in Turn 4, and Clymens clipped the car and spun.  Everybody kept going without a yellow as Swank led Fraser.  A low pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap gained Fraser the lead.  Fraser would pull away to a straightaway advantage in victory as Swank won a close battle with Brown for second.  Trevor Clymens and Tommy Clymens Jr completed the Top 5.

Bob Newberry won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  This was the third win of the season  for the two-time champion.  Shannon Newton did not race, but he had already clinched the championship.  Newberry raced underneath Rick Panfili in Turn 4 to grab the lead before the first lap was completed.  Panfili and Mackenzie Newton got together on the back stretch as they worked the fourth lap, resulting in Newton flipping.  She was not injured, and both drivers were out of the race.  Newberry led Keith Calvino through one more yellow flag.  On the 15th lap, Calvino flipped in Turn 2.  The race was called for time with Newberry winning ahead of Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone and Marcus Smith.

Scott Dahlgren won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was the sixth win of the season for the new champion.  Dahlgren and teammate Devan Kammermann shared the front row, and Dahlgren charged into the lead at the start.  David Rosa settled into third as the first 15 laps went without a yellow flag.  Kammermann spun trying to lap a slower car on the front stretch for a lap 15 yellow flag.  Dahlgren continued to lead David Rosa and David Michael Rosa on the restart.  Dahlgren led the rest of the way to win by a comfortable margin.  David Michael Rosa made a low pass in Turn 4 on lap 18 to take second all the way to the checkered flag.  Mike Corsaro made a late pass for third as David Rosa and Kammermann completed the Top 5.

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Sorensen increased his point lead with his seventh win of the season as Breanna Troen spun late in her battle with Megan Ponciano.  Sorensen had a front row start and led Ponciano early on.  Troen struggled a bit in Turn 3 and spun on the opening lap without a yellow flag.  Ponciano and Jason Robles were having a side by side battle for second with Robles gaining the spot on lap six.  After the second yellow flag of the race on lap 10, Troen began her charge into the Top 5.  Sorensen continued to lead Robles, and Troen started challenging Ponciano for third on lap 15.  Troen spun in Turn 3, collecting Josh Leach for a lap 17 yellow flag.  Sorensen maintained command on the restart and brought it home to a satisfying win ahead on Robles, Ponciano, Ken Johns and Lori Brown.

Next week is the 17th Annual Chet Thomson Memorial Hardtop race.  The B Modifieds will be racing for $750 to win.  Also competing will be the A Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

All Star Series Antioch Speedway
Unofficial Race Results
Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Kyle Bakkie, Bob Newberry.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone, Marcus Smith, Jeff Scotto, Peter Carlotta, Richard Otterstom, Dan Gonderman, Mackenzie Newton.

DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Shawn DeForest, Rod Oliver, Rick Coffey, Kimo Oreta, John Soares, Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Trevor Clymens.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Cameron Swank, Kevin Brown, Trevor Clymens, Tommy Clymens Jr, Frank Cefaliello, Tim Rolan.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Jason Robles, Breanna Troen, Chris Sorensen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Jason Robles, Megan Ponciano, Ken Johns, Lori Brown, Will Buirch, Kimo Oreta, James Thomson, Jacob Mallett Jr, Breanna Troen.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, David Rosa.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Scott Dahlgren, David Michael Rosa, Mike Corsaro, David Rosa, Devan Kammermann, Giovanni Bertoli, Mario Marques, Roberto Monroy, Travis Day, Dennis Gilcrease.


Point Season Finale At Merced Speedway Saturday Night

Merced, CA...Though there is the big John Fore Jr Memorial Dirt Nationals event on October 25-26, this Saturday is the last point race of the season at Merced Speedway. The IMCA Sport Modifieds will be in action along with the Mini Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Valley Sportsman division.

As long as he is able to take the green flag in the Main Event, Fred Ryland appears to be safe in his quest to wrap up his second Merced Speedway championship. Ryland has been the most consistent driver in the field with seven Top 5 finishes in his nine starts, including one victory. He has been able to fend off the challenges of likely IMCA State champion Guy Ahlwardt. Ahlwardt recently pocketed $2,000 for the big Labor Day weekend victory, which was his second win of the season out of his five Top 5 efforts. He still has his hands full with two-time feature winner Kelly Wilkinson just two points behind him in third.

Patti Ryland has been a staunch supporter of the show this year, and as long as she's able to start the Main Event, her chances of holding onto fourth in the standings are pretty good. it would certainly help her cause if she could get her fourth Top 10 finish of the season as she leads third-generation racer Nick Tucker by just 10 points. These Top 5 competitors are anticipated this week along with Chuck Weir, KC Keller, reigning champion Jeremy Hoff, top rookie Kodie Dean and one-time winner Chris Falkenberg.

After 10 events, Lee Ragsdale is still leading the way in the Mini Stock championship battle. He earned his 10th Top 5 finish in 10 starts last time out, giving him a 33 point lead over Lucy Falkenberg. Both Ragsdale and Falkenberg have won a Main Event this year as has third ranked Jennifer Rodgers. Rodgers is 14 points behind Falkenberg and still has an outside shot at making a move there.

If not for missing a race, Shawn DePriest would surely be in the championship battle. He has won four Main Events out of his eight Top 5 finishes, putting him 25 points behind Rodgers despite his absence from one event. He's also just one point ahead of rookie Tyler Post in the race for fourth. Last time out, Post picked up his first career feature victory, meaning everybody in the Top 5 has scored at least one win during the season. All five drivers are anticipated this week, along with Jerry Tubbs, Austin Sprague, Shayla Gould end Gene Glover.

Timmy Crews appears to be headed for his second-straight California Sharp Mini Late Model championship. Last time out was a career night for him. Not only did he pick up his sixth Mini Late Model Main Event win, he also won the Hobby Stock feature later in the evening. He leads one-time winner Logan Clay by 34 points in the Mini Late Model standings. Both drivers are the only ones to get Top 5 finishes in all 10 of their starts. Clay leads two-time winner Riley Jeppesen by 24 points and is likely to hold onto second in the standings. Other drivers to watch for this week include Carson Guthrie, Kaylin Lopez and Ian Shearer.

Rick Elliott will wrap up his successful championship run in Sportsman competition this week.  Elliott had three feature wins in his nine starts to clinch the championship early.  Previous champion Jerry Cecil had two wins this season, and he will end up second in the standings.  The closest point battle is for third, where two-time champion Mike Friesen leads teammate Jeff West by 12 points.  Both drivers are still looking for their first wins of the season.  Fifth ranked Dwayne Short won his third Main Event of the season last week.  These five could be there this week, and others to watch for include Gary Hildebrand and Eric Seely.

This will be the final opportunity to watch championship racing at Merced Speedway this year and the last chance to see a race on the quarter-mile oval until late next month. With the lineup of divisions slated to compete, this is going to be a good show. For further information, go to www.mercedspeedway.net.


Foulger Wraps Up Championship With Sixth Feature Win 
At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...September 14...Troy Foulger won the 30 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Merced Speedway.  This was the sixth win of the season for Foulger in the Bowers Racing Modified.  Foulger came from 10th starting to grab the lead on the last lap.  Robby Jeppesen led the opening lap before Billy Wilker took over on a lap one restart.  Wilker pulled away from Jeppesen during the lengthy green flag run, and Foulger worked his way into third by lap 17.  Foulger was working the outside groove, and he went by Jeppesen on the front stretch as they completed the 22nd lap.  A lap 24 yellow flag erased Wilker's lead.  Wilker continued to lead as Foulger worked the outside line.  Foulger went back to the bottom on lap 28, but he decided to try the high line again as they took the white flag.  Foulger had momentum on the outside as they entered the final turn.  Wilker spun in Turn 3, and Foulger went on to victory.  Jeppesen finished second, followed by Mike Villanueva, Ricky Thatcher, Jim Pettit II, Wilker, Ray Mayer, Justin Hart, Bob Williamson and Ryan Porter.  Pettit, Wilker and Jesse Burks won the eight lap heat races.

Buddy Shepherd won the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  The was the first win for Shepherd, and he held off fellow Bakersfield visitor Nicholas Johnson for the win.  Timmy Crews set the early pace as he looked for his second-straight win.  However, it didn't take long before Shepherd took over.  Johnson and Watsonville point leader Rob Gallaher made things interesting up front, but they finished second and third, respectively.  Four-time champion Raul Rodriguez Sr finished fourth, followed by Austin Van Hoff, new champion Shannon Nelson, Donnie Shearer, Allen Neal, Race Shelton and Kristie Shearer.  Heat race winners were Johnson, Gallaher and Shepherd.

Mark Biscardi won the 20 lap South Bay Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was the fifth win of the season for the point leader.  Reigning champion Gene "Punky" Pires had the pole for the ace, but he fell out early.  Biscardi would win from his second row start, chased by Ryan Amlen and Eric Weisler.  Trafton Chandler settled for fourth ahead of Santa Maria Hobby Stock star Scotty Preast, Eddy Claessen, Jimmy Damron, Barry Waddell and Mike Farrell.  Eight lap heat races were won by Biscardi and Amlen.

Dwayne Short won the 20 lap Valley Sportsman Main Event.  This was the third win of the season for Short.  Short and Mike Friesen shared the front row of the feature race, and Short moved into the lead.  Point leader Rick Elliott settled into second and would chase Short to the finish.  Gary Hildebrand finished third ahead of Friesen, Jerry Cecil and Jeff West.  Elliott won the eight lap heat race.

Next Saturday night is the final point race of the season.  The IMCA Sport Modifieds will be competing along with the Mini Stocks, California Sharp Mini Late Models and the Valley Sportsman division.  For further inforation, go to www.mercedspeedway.net.


Petaluma Speedway Wraps Up 
Championship Point Racing Saturday Night

Petaluma, CA...It's been an exciting season at Petaluma Speedway the year. Promoter Rick Faeth has offered up many entertaining shows for the fans to enjoy. Though this Saturday will be the final point race, October will still have three events on the schedule with extra money on the line. This Saturday night, the PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints, Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks, Santa Rosa Auto Body 600 Micros and Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks will all take their turns on the 3/8 mile adobe oval

Angelique Bell appears to be headed for the Wingless Spec Sprint championship. Last time out, she enjoyed another Top 10 finish, giving her eight total in her nine starts. She also has four Top 5 finishes and one feature triumph.  This would be her second Spec Sprint championship as she was the Silver Dollar Speedway title winner a few seasons ago. There is still the possibility of a few positions changing hands. With Sparky Howard not having such a good night the last time out, Scott Chapeta closed in on him even more with his fourth place finish. 

Cody Fendley has scored two victories this season and was third at the most recent race. On that occasion, past Winged 360 Sprint Car champion Bradley Terrell was making history. Not only did he win the big PitStopUSA.com Shootout race for the Winged 360 Sprint Cars, pocketing $3,000 in the process, he also won his fourth Spec Sprint feature of the season. If Terrell shows up this week, he is certainly somebody to contend with. Some of the stars of the show to watch for this week include Top 5 ranked Boy Moniz, Keith Calvino, Bob Davis, long time Petaluma competitor Tony Bernard and Dennis Furia Jr.

Normally, when a division championship has been wrapped up, there may not be much excitement going into the next two races. However, it's different in the Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks. Reigning champion Mitch Machado is on the verge of history. He has won all 10 Main Events this year in the Baker Motorsports entry, giving him a commanding lead in the championship battle over past champion Steve Studebaker. If Machado wins this week, he will have won every point earning event of the season. If he is able to win the Adobe Cup/Bob McCoy Memorial big money race the following week, he will be the only driver in the history of the speedway to win every Main Event in this division for the entire season. This makes Machado a marked man going into the week.

Studebaker has been very consistent this season with nine top 5 finishes in his 10 starts. Last time out saw him earn his division leading fifth runner-up finish with his closest point rival, two-time champion Matt While, fishing third. While tops the division with four third place finishes to go with his one second place effort. There is still the possibility that While could pass Studebaker should Studebaker slip up.

Should While slip up, Gary Adams could seize the opportunity to move up a spot into third. Adams has matched While with four third place finishes of his own. Some of the other stars to watch for this week include Manny Avila, past champion Shawn McCoy, Tim O'Hara, Austin Ohlinger and Sid Hess.

There is a close battle taking place in the 600 Micro Sprints. Despite being rather dominant at times with four feature victories in his seven starts, Nick Robfogel is not leading the way. The very consistent Justin Adiego has a 15 point advantage. Adiego has all Top 5 finishes in his seven starts, including one win, one second and three third place efforts. It will be a challenge for Robfogel to get past Adiego in the standings even if he wins. Kyle Grissom has also picked up a feature win this season and holds third in the standings by 22 points ahead of Carroll Mendenhall. These four are anticipated this week along with Rob Brown, Sam Borland, Anton Gianini and Trevor Mendenhall.

The Mini Stock championship battle comes to a close with teammates Jeremy Tjensvold and Tom Brown enjoying a good battle. Both drivers have earned Top 5 finishes in each of their eight starts, but Tjensvold has five victories to three for Brown. Brown is the reigning champion and has a shot at becoming the first repeat champion in this class in more than a decade. Everybody else in the pack would just like to make a trip to the winner's circle.  However, beating the two leaders seems to be easier said than done.

Sophie Shelly is currently running third, 19 points in front of Darien Balestrini and 21 ahead of Roy Dearing. Dearing earned his second runner-up finish of the season last time out, but Balestrini has six Top 5 finishes to five for Dearing. It's possible there could be some changes in the order after this race. Others to watch for include Antonio Miramontez, Randy Miramontez, Jason Grover and Danny Manzoni.

Saturday's show wraps up the championship racing with another entertaining lineup of divisions. However, racing will continue in October with the Seventh Annual Adobe Cup/Bob McCoy open show on October 5th, featuring PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars and Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks. The following weekend will offer USAC Western 360 Sprint Cars and General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars and the season will close out a week after that with a $1,000 to win makeup race for the McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modifieds. The PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints, General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars and the Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks will also be there. For further information on what's happening at the track, go to www.petaluma-speedway.com.


Racing Returns With Five Division Program 
At Ocean Speedway This Friday

Watsonville, CA...After a month off, Ocean Speedway will roar to life with the sound of race cars once again this Friday night. It's a five division program that will feature the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds. Also competing will be the Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks and the Police N Pursuit cars.

With 12 races in the record books, the IMCA Modifieds are still having a close battle at the top of the standings. Only 13 points separate the Top 3 drivers as Austin Burke leads brother Cody Burke by four points and Jim Pettit II by 13. All three drivers have seven Top 5 finishes each. Reigning champion Cody Burke has picked up two victories, while Pettit has one. Austin Burke managed to gain the lead following the most recent race, where he earned a season best second place finish.

Meanwhile, Jeff Decker has a pretty good hold on fourth in the standings. Recently, Decker picked up his first feature win of the season out at Antioch Speedway, but he is still looking for a win at his home track. It's a competitive field that will likely include such hard chargers as past champions Robert Marsh and Nick DeCarlo, Anthony Copeland, Raymond Keldsen Jr and rookie Anthony Giuliani. Six-time champion Bobby Hogge IV leads the class with five feature victories, and it could be that he's here trying for a sixth win as he tunes up for the Pat & Jim Pettit Memorial Shootout race that is scheduled for next week.

The IMCA Sport Modified championship race is starting to tilt in the direction of second-generation racer Jarrod Mounce. The driver from Atwater now holds a 28 point advantage over Adrianne Frost as he has all Top 5 finishes in his 13 starts, including two victories. Frost is also a two-time winner and holds a 20 point lead over third ranked Justin McPherson. With three victories each, Kevin Johnson and Guy Ahlwardt hold the fourth and fifth positions. Ahlwardt leads Johnson by a wide margin in the IMCA State championship race.

The numbers have been up all season long in this division as several drivers have been coming to town for a night of racing on the fast quarter-mile clay oval. Some of the other stars to watch for this week include rookie Kelly Campanile, Charlie Hunter, Max Baggett, Randy Miller and Steven Allee.

The Western Midget division has done a good job of getting established in their first season at the speedway. They've averaged about a half dozen cars per race, and David Prickett has scored victories in three of the five events held so far. This gives him a 22 point advantage over Randi Pankratz. Like Prickett, Pankratz has scored four Top 5 finishes, and she's in no danger of losing second in the standings.

Greg Edenholm is currently third in points. The most recent winner was Keoni Texeira, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. Texeira has spent recent seasons running with the Northwest Focus Midget group up in Washington and Northern Oregon. There's been positive buzz for this division at both Watsonville and Ventura, which bodes well for the future.

In the Hobby Stock division, Rob Gallaher continues to lead the way over his father Joe Gallaher. Rob has picked up 11 Top 5 finishes in his 12 starts, which includes a division leading five victories. Joe has done an exceptional job as well with three wins of his own. The championship could still go either way between these two. DJ Keldsen maintains third in the standings by 39 points ahead of recent feature winner Jerry Skelton. These four are anticipated this week, and others to watch for include the father-son team of Bobby Huckaby Sr and Jr, past champion Wally Kennedy, Nick Triolo and Ryan Muller.

Rounding out the program is Championship Night for the Police N Pursuit division. The various representatives of different law enforcement agencies do a little bit of public outreach and also help raise money for the Special Olympics. With two victories to his credit, John Hohmann of the Scott's Valley Police Department has a 47 point lead over Roy Iler after seven races. Iler, who is from the San Benito Sheriff's Office, leads Stephen Fernandes of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office by just 10 points. Other stars of the group include two-time winners Dan Anderson and Jesse Mueller, Adam Rikalo, Justin Rhoades and Tony Weir.

There will be plenty of exciting action happening at the speedway this Friday night. The season is getting closer to ending, but there's still some opportunities for drivers to make their moves up the point ladder. For further information, go to www.racepmg.com.


Butterfield Makes Late Move For Sprint Car Win 
At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...September 14...Doug Butterfield scored a thrilling victory in the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway.  Butterfield is a past Mini Stock champion who has competed in several different divisions at the track through the years.  This was Fan Appreciation Night, which meant the fans got to meet the racers and check out the race cars before the show.

In his hopes over overttaking Denny McNary in the championship chase, Tony Richards set the early pace ahead of Butterfield and Tyler Rockwell.  Josh Tucker grabbed third just before a lap five yellow flag slowed the pace.  Butterfield surprised Richards by racing into the lead on the restart, but Richards made a low pass in Turn 2 a lap later to regain command.  Richards began to stretch his advantage to a straightaway over Butterfield and Tucker, who had a close battle going for second.  Richards was soon working slower traffic, but a spun car in Turn 3 forced a yellow flag with two laps remaining.  Butterfield surprised Richards again by taking the lead on the restart, and a thrilling four-car battle ensued on the final lap.  Butterfield led them to the checkered flag, and past champion Josh Jacobo made a last turn pass on the inside for a season best second.  Tucker beat Richards back to the line in a close race as Rockwell, Jeremy Langenderfer, McNary, RJ Baker, Jerry Douglas and James Taylor completed the Top 10.  Rockwell, Butterfield and Richards won the eight lap heat races.

Wes Smock won the 20 lap Pure Stock Main Event.  Despite having a front row start, this wasn't an easy win for Smock as Kevin Pendergrass made him work for it.  Smock led four laps before a yellow flag slowed the pace.  Pendergrass charged into the lead on the restart, but Smock continued working the high side and beat Pendergrass back to the line a lap later to regain the lead.  The two leaders ran several side-by-side laps, but it was Smock leading the all important final lap for the victory.  Pendergrass settled for second ahead of Phil Spencer, Thomas Pavlik, Maurice Merrill, John Camper, Zack Thornton, Rocky Wagner, Paul Stephens and Keith Ross.

Eight lap heat races were won by Smock, Stephens, Pendergrass and Pavlik.  Camper won the 15 lap B Main.  James Taylor led six laps before contact in Turn 2 sent him spinning into the infield.  Tony Quinones led one lap before Camper went racing by on the inside in Turn 3.  Thornton caught Camper late and made a challenge, but Camper prevailed at the checkered flag.  Quinones finished third.

Tom Davis won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event.  Davis has won all but two of the Main Events as he has clinched his third-straight championship with the win.  Davis charged into the lead at the start ahead of Rick Etchison.  A fire on the rear end of the Jason Libbee car forced a lap six red flag.  Davis continued to lead Etchsion on the restart, but Etchison spun in Turn 2 for a lap 13 yellow flag.  Davis led Dusty Hills on the restart as Barbara Crain settled into third.  Davis pulled away to the victory, and Hills held off a challenge from Crain for second.  John Kirkpatrick finished fourth, followed by Tammy Whicker, Etchison, Eric Hammond and Libbee.  Davis and Hills were the eight lap heat race winners.

Tyler Rockwell won the 20 lap 600 Micro Sprint Main Event.  Heat race winner Colby Greig led a lap before contact between he and Rockwell sent him spinning.  Greig retired and Rockwell led David Worley on the restart.  Krya Michelet was lapped, and Worley pitted from second with mechanical issues as a yellow flag waved.  Michelet unlapped herself as Rockwell slowed during the final three laps.  Rockwell still took the checkered flag to win ahead of Michelet.

The official finish of the Wingless 250 Micro Sprint Main Event was not official at press time.  Incoming point leader Mike McCarthy led the race from the start ahead of James Barnes.  Previous feature winner Ronnie Heyer moved past Barnes for second on lap seven, but a low pass in Turn 2 of the 12th lap regained Barnes second.  Barnes steadily reeled in McCarthy until catching him with two laps to go.  Coming out of the final turn, Barnes attempted an inside pass for the win, drifted up and there was contact.  McCarthy hit the front wall and flipped as the red flag was displayed seconds after the checkered flag.  Heyer and Lester Elsey had been running behind the two leaders in third and fourth, respectively.

September 28th is Championship Night at Orland Raceway.  The Pure Stocks are back along with the Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks, 600 Micro Sprints and California Hardtops.  For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.


Baronian Wins CVMS Mini Stock Race At Lemoore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...September 14...Greg Baronian won the 25 lap House Of JuJu Central Valley Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Lemoore Raceway.  Baronian took the lead at the start and drove impressively to win a race that had no yellow flags.  This was the first win of the season for the defending series champion.

Baronian had the pole for the 14 car Main Event and charged into the lead at the start ahead of point leader Dan Myrick.  2017 champion Danny Myrick slipped past Clinton Massey for third on the third lap.  Baronian was setting a rapid pace and soon found himself trailing a trio of cars that were running nose to tail on the bottom groove.  Dan Myrick seized the opportunity to close in on the bumper of Baronian before Baronian went low to lap one of the cars.  Myrick got caught on the outside by the time Baronian cleared the three cars and pulled away again.  Danny Myrick caught his son in traffic and made a backstretch pass for second on lap 18.  However, Dan Myrick went low in Turn 3 a lap later and regained third.  Dan Myrick closed in just a bit on Baronian in the waning laps, but Baronian would prevail at the checkered flag.  Ryan Blank and Brent Myrick both made late passes on Danny Myrick to finish third and fourth.  Danny Myrick settled for fifth, followed by Shawn DePriest, Jeff Durant, Ethan Griffieon, Tustin Griffioen and Gene Glover.

Baronian turned the one-fifth mile dirt oval with a lap of 15.154 to set the fast time, beating the 15.610 of Massey.  Massey won a photo finish with Baronian for the four lap Trophy Dash win.  Brent Myrick outran Baronian to win the first eight lap heat race.  Ryan Doglione outran Blank to win the second heat and Dan Myrick prevailed in the final heat in front of Ethan Griffioen.

The House of JuJu CVMS Mini Stocks will return to Lemoore Raceway for CC Biker Night on October 12th.  The VRA Dwarf Cars will also be competing.  For further information, go to www.centralvalleyministocks.com.


Lemoore Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
House Of JuJu Central Valley Mini Stocks
Greg Baronian
Dan Myrick
Ryan Blank
Brent Myrick
Danny Myrick
Shawn DePriest
Jeff Durant
Ethan Griffioen
Tustin Griffioen
Gean Glover
Ryan Doglione
Randy Brown
Clinton Massey
Darren Wilson


Merced Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
IMCA Modifieds
Troy Foulger
Robby Jeppesen
Mike Villanueva
Ricky Thatcher
Jim Pettit II
Billy Wilker
Ray Mayer
Justin Hart
Bob Williamson
Ryan Porter
Mitch Enos
JC Elrod
Jeff Streeter
Ramie Stone
Monty Tomlinson
Bryant Desaire
Gary Marsh
John Osgood III
Jesse Burks

SBDCA Dwarf
Mark Biscardi
Ryan Ameln
Eric Weisler
Trafton Chandler
Scotty Preast
Eddy Claessen
Jimmy Damron
Barry Waddell
Mike Farrell
Punky Pires

Hobby Stocks
Buddy Sheppard
Nicholas Johnson
Rob Gallaher
Raul Rodriguez Sr
Austin Van Hoff
Shannon Nelson
Donnie Shearer
Allen Neal
Race Shelton
Kristie Shearer
Domossie Scoggins
Randy Brown
Michael Shearer
Timmy Crews
Dexter Long
Dakota Keldsen
Devin Belton
Meghan Myers DNS

Valley Sportsman
Dwayne Short
Rick Elliott
Gary Hildebrand
Mike Freisen
Jerry Cecil
Jeff West


Bakersfield Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Gavyn Manning
Guy Ahlwardt
Ricky Childress Jr
Jason Nation
Michael Johnson
Brylon Holder
Chris McKellar
Austin Manzella
Daniel West
Kyle Wood
Jason Pugh
Billy Simkins
Corey McDonald

IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars
Grant Duinkerken
Grant Champlain
Micahel Pombo
Rob Soloman
Ryan Delisle
Brandon Emmett
Mike Schott
Gordon Rodgers
Lance Jackson
Mauro Simone
Rick Bray
Albert Pombo
Jacob Pacheco
Richard Weddle

Mod Lites
Kaden Cochrun
Roy Maynard
J.D. Brown
Jeff Thompson
Tim Varney
Kenny Cochrun
Zack Forster
Anthony Balcazar
Jakob Carey
Candi Varney

NMRA TQ Midgets
Bruce Hiroshima
Chuck West
Chris Thomas
West Evans
Scott Niven

American Stocks
Steve Johnson
Brandon Ratcliff
Brock Crawford
Dakota Brown
James Coots
Justin Jackson
Jr Daves
Nick Coffman
Josh Yadon
Brian Childress
Steven Amick
Robert Guess
Andrew Johnston
Caitlynn Guess
Tara Childress
Ryan Little
Clay Waters
Daryl Mealer

Sr. Mini Dwarf
Jett Yantis
Deegan Bledsaw
Carson Conway
Seth Hanson
Adam Nohl
Eric Vences
Mallory Meyers
Brooklyn Palmer

Jr. Mini Dwarf
Khloe Cotton
Bryson Martin
Wyatt Webb
Emma McKellar
Paityn Ruiz
Blake Watson
Paislee Hughes
Nathan Nohl
Jacob Chutuk
Jaden Mead


Madera Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
Harvest Classic Night #2
Super Modifieds/Sprint Cars
Jim Birges
Justin Segura
Austin Carter
Justin Kawahata
Audra Sasseli
Donnie Large Jr
Alan Beck
Mark Chaves
Kyle Vanderpool
Randy Woodward
Art McCarthy DNS
Mike Sargent DNS
Larry Hinz DNS

BCRA Midgets
Cody Gerhardt
Cody Jessop
David Goodwill
JR Williams
Robert Carson

Western Midgets
Joey Iest
Joseph Holiday
Johnny Nichols
Derek Loweree


Ventura Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
USAC Western Midgets
Robert Dalby
Cory Elliott
Ben Worth
Cody Swanson
Kyle Beilman
Jonathan Henry
Robbie Josett
Anthony Lopicollo
Randi Pankratz
C.J. Sarna
Jake Swanson
Dylan Ito
Josh Lakatos
Ron Hazelton
Mike Leach Jr
Bryan Drollinger
Tyler Slay
David Prickett
Marvin Mitchell
Shannon McQueen

IMCA Modifieds
Trevor Fitzgibbon
Jack Parker
Austin Rodarte
Dave Phipps
Andrew Greiman
Dave Clark
Terry Hershberger
Sam Garvin
Mark Joe

VRA Dwarf Cars
Trent Morley
Jason Horton
Jeff Brink
Nick Velasquez
Johnny Conley
Brad Curnel
Tom Morley
Tommy Velasquez III
Gage Cheek
Tim Morse
Tony Margott
Tony Pellegrino
Tommy Velasquez
Cameron Russell
Tim Conley
Bill Vint Jr.

Senior Sprints
Rick Hendrix
Tyler Hatzikian
Mike Cook
Wally Pankratz
Chris Meredith
Paul Mircik


Irwindale Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
Pick Your Part Late Models
Main Event #1
Trevor Huddleston
Jace Jones
Ryan Vargas
Christian McGhee
Dylan Garner
Dean Thompson
Blaine Perkins
Nick Joanides
Lucas McNeil
Rodney Peacher
Mark Allison
PJ Hernandez

Main Event #2
Trevor Huddleston
Dean Thompson
Blaine Perkins
Nick Joanides
Ryan Vargas
Jace Jones
Christian McGhee
Dylan Garner
Lucas McNeil
Rodney Peacher

Race Trucks/Spec Late Models
Giovanni Scelzi
Lucas McNeil
Jagger Jones
Andrew Porter
Jacob McNeil
L.J. Billings
Kenny Smith
Troy Andersen
John Watkinson
Ed Cutler
Dennis Arena
Takuya Okada
Stephen Lozano
Andy Partridge
Niko Mongenel

Progressive Paint Super Stocks
Rich DeLong III
Jason DeLong
Jerry Toporek
Rich DeLong
Bridgette Shaw
Harry Michaelian
James Swan
DJ Vergini Jr
Robby Harryman

Inex Legends
Jake Bollman
Jaron Giannini
Chad Schug
Ricky Leigh
Tyler Hicks
Todd Hamann
Darren Amidon
Brian Park
Ricky Schlick

Tucker Tire Enduro
Bory Molina
Kirk Kubik
Rodney Argo
Bobby Ozman
Robert Rice
Rick Conti
Ian Rotundo
Brad Stellman
Mike McIntyre
Joseph Bereiter
Robert Salcido
David Rowe
James Bolinas
Chris Voight
Cheryl Hyland
Mike Digregorio


Kern Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 14, 2019
Super Stocks
CHRIS DALTON
GREG PUSKARICH
ROGER HOLDER
RON CROSS
KENNY HARRISON
RON CHRISTY
MIKE PUSKARICH
PAUL EBERSBACHER
KYLE FIFE
ANTHONY MAINELLA

Modifieds
JIM COFFEY
BRADY MELO
ANTHONY BARKET
ERIC BRUST
JOHN COMPTON
ED COFFEY
BROCK MELO
RYLEY MILLARD
JACK PATTON

Super Moto Main #3 Unlimited, Vet 45, (9 Min)
ALBERTO MOSERITI
BRONSON PEARCE
CLAYTON WILLIAMS
CHARLES MATTOS
Jeffrey Greene
HADLEY MELTON
ERNIE LYLES
ZACK MITCHELL
GLENN FULLER
JACK PEACOCK
MANUEL DELCAMPO
JOHN LYLES

Super Moto Main #1VET 30/Sport(8 Min)
CHARLES MATTOS
Jeffrey Greene
GLENN FULLER
JAKE JACKSON

Hot Stocks
LLOYD WREN
SKIP SPILLER
RICK FIFE
JAMES BRADBURN
RICK CHILDRESS

Legend Cars
COLTON PAGE
EDDIE GARONE
JOSH AYERS
CHRISTIAN BAZEN
DAVID WILLEY

Bandoleros
HANK HALL
RILEY MASSEY
QUENTIN FRITZ
NATHANIEL EDWARDS
STEPHEN BAZEN
RYAN CHRISTY


Madera Raceway Unofficial race Results September 13, 2019
Harvest Classic Night #1
Late Models
Austin Herzog
Matt Erickson
Jake Bollman
Tyler Herzog
Jarret Gilmer
Mike Beeler
Trevor Schlundt
Elliott Stjerne
Del McIntosh
Joey Brasil
Aaron Mullins
Lily Mead
Grant Thompson
Donnie Large Jr
Zachary Cook
Jeff Mead
Henk Gaalswyk Jr
Loren Kutz
John McCullum Jr

Western Midgets
Joey Iest
Joseph Holiday
Derek Loweree
Johnny Nichols

MSTs
Kyle Labrie
Shaun Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
Patrick Geiger
Bert Stephens
Thomas Magray
Andrew Parr

Hobby Stocks
Steve Schermerhorn
Triston Hansen
Jesus Hernandez
Manny Gonzales Jr
Tyler Rogers


The Editor's Viewpoint

It's kind of hard to believe that the racing season has gone by as quickly as it has. I can't help but feel a bit relieved. Honestly, I put a lot of the pressure on myself when it comes to the media effort. I kept adding to it, and it was difficult for me to keep up the pace this year. Add to that a heavy load at Southern Oregon Speedway, and I was pretty much burning out by the time we got halfway through the season. What I've learned is that as much as I'd like to continue to do more, I need to lessen the load if I'm to continue doing any sort of motorsports media in the future.

We only have a little over a month before the last track that I've been featuring on the two blogs will run their final race of the season, and I will have honored the commitment I made to myself to cover them from start to finish. I admit I take a lot of pride in that. I'm not able to lay the magazines on the floor and admire the fact that I did about 35 different magazines during the course of the year. The magazine has long faded away.

I admit that was a source of pride, and maybe just a bit silly. We'd get to the end of a racing season, and I'd grab each of my personal copies and lay them on the floor and just stare at them. Yep, hours of work put into those pages that went out every week. It's not as easy to look at all of that when it's basically a bunch of text on a screen and you need to click a bunch of links to see it all. I've probably written more content this year than I wrote back in those days, and if not, it's pretty damn close. What was I proving? I suppose part of it was that you can do this and media outlets will be interested in articles about racing. I also proved what I knew when I walked away from racing in 2003. Promoters don't see much value in what I do.

I noticed last week that Daren Ricks Campbell announced the discontinuation of his media effort, and I have commented on that. I'm still disappointed. Yeah, this from a guy who when Daren would no longer be needed at Antioch Speedway, I wanted to tell him then to run far and fast from the sport. Then again, people would tell me the same thing years ago, and I didn't listen. Furthermore, I didn't want to discourage him. In the ideal situation, I would bring Daren in where I am and put him to work on social media and some writing with an eye towards taking over full responsibility of that within a couple of years.

It's not that I don't get all of the social media stuff. I understand it. There was a time in my non racing endeavors where I spent quite a bit of time on Twitter, and this is something that you do to get the word out on what you're doing. I don't have the time, nor the desire to spend hours on social media. Daren will engage in that sort of thing more than I do, and I've seen personally how this has helped a race get get more drivers. It really breaks my heart that he hasn't landed a publicity gig someplace. A guy like him has the passion for the sport, and I get that some tracks might have different philosophies. Fine, sit down and talk with the guy and tell him what you want. I'm pretty darn sure Daren can get the job done. As I said, I'd bring him in in a heartbeat if I could get him a gig that compensated him for his time.

This is where I always made my big mistake in the sport. I was always too willing to just give everything away, other than the magazine I created. If somebody wanted me to do something, I would generally do it for free. Management at Antioch back in the day would refer the new writers to me, because they knew I could tell them of the ins and outs and get them up to speed. Whatever the case, I would give, because I felt I had to. The problem is, you put yourself in a mindset where you feel like if you aren't giving it away for free, they won't want it from you anymore. You're only good when you give it to them. I marvel at those people 25 or 30 years ago who wouldn't do anything unless they were being paid, but I get it now. Problem was, from where I was coming from, had I not done it the way I did it, doors would never have opened for me. It's all in my first book, so no need to hash it out here.

I know what the reality is. I know how I feel about things. I know the value that I can bring to what I do, and I also know that chances are very good I'm still going to be involved in the sport next year. It's just that I'm not going to put as big a workload on myself this time. I will continue to write on the blogs, but if you're looking for the big overall picture that I've been presenting these past couple of years, you're probably going to be disappointed. On the other hand, if some of the entities involved wish to throw some support my way, a little compensation, I'll continue to do those things. No need to practically kill myself anymore otherwise. I've already proven my point.

What I'm trying to do is get my second wind so that I can complete one of my book projects for publication on Lulu during the off-season. The first likely candidate is the sequel to Just A Kid From The Grandstands, but there are a couple of other ideas brewing as well. It all depends on a couple of factors. How am I going to feel? What will be my plans for 2020 and beyond? It's all up in the air. I like books, because even four years after the fact, Just A Kid From The Grandstands still sells. I think that the next book, My Apologies, A Written Retraction, will tell the rest of the story I set out to tell in the first book. After that, I think more historical stuff needs to be created and less of my opinions and observations on things.

I'm sitting here writing this article, because it's my desire to get everything done as quickly as possible. On Wednesday, which might be the day I put this post up, I'm jumping on a train and heading to Martinez, California. I will be at Antioch Speedway for at least two of the last three races, and possibly the last one. My plans were based on the last one being held on October 11th and 12th, and that's been moved. Everybody knows that Chad Chadwick is promoting the big event, and some details have already been put out. So, I'm wanting to get as much stuff written and ready to go. After Saturday's race at Southern Oregon Speedway, I can wrap up a few things and head to that train. There is still more to be wrapped up, which I will do from California.

It's been interesting having a conversation with Mike McCann about how the season has gone. There's sort of a mixed bag in the numbers, but overall, the effort we've made to turn things around has been successful. Yep, we've got more fans and more racers coming to the speedway on any given night. Believe me, we've worked very hard to get there, and we know that our hold on that is tenuous. In other words, you need to keep working to make things better and keep the momentum going. I've been saying that all along. I don't care if we have a huge night to close the season, and it could be a good night, that means only what it means for that night. If you want that to continue in 2020, you must continue working on it.

Mike's not one to get bogged down on scheduling thoughts this early. We're not even done with the season until Saturday, and even then, after he does the things he needs to do to close things out, Mike's going to basically shut down for a little bit before getting back into scheduling mode. We've had some interesting conversations, and I hesitate to get too much into what has been said. I don't think you're going to see much change as far as what divisions are there, other than the discontinuation of the Hornets division. You might see a certain division there more often, and there is the possibility of something new being created, but who knows right now?

What was interesting was our discussion about what was working and what wasn't. What divisions were needed on certain nights, and what divisions weren't. How well certain nights will work and how we can make them even better and more smoother flowing. What weekends are more of a challenge for us to make something happen and how we can make those weekends work better for us. Weekends that we weren't racing and possibly could. Just general thoughts. Overall, it was a positive. Rainouts didn't help us, obviously. You can't control the weather, but the weather we had probably helped the numbers on the nights we were running. Who can control the weather?

If a fifth year is in the cards for me at Southern Oregon Speedway, I'll reevaluate how I can do a better job in my capacity as the Publicity Director. I don't think there are certain things I've done as well as I could, but I also think part of the stressful situation I've dealt with this year was because I helped compensate in areas we needed help in. I've always been willing to jump in and do what I can. Perhaps the motivating factor has been I still don't know what is next in my life once I move on from here. I have more of a vested interest in seeing this be as successful as possible, but I know I'm also year to year.

If I am back, I would like to do a better job of reporting, interacting with the racers and getting more of the scoop. I would like to do more to try to get us better media coverage going into a racing weekend, which is something that has been lacking from our first day out here. I'm overall pleased with the web page that I created for the track with the understanding that most people don't even look at the web page unless they're directed to do so via Facebook. That's just part of the times we live in. However, I would like to do a better job in the history section of the page and chronicling the Posse Grounds and do a better job of presenting Hall of Fame Night and who is in the Hall of Fame.

I laid out a basic souvenir program design, and I've been happy with it overall. As far as the content, I think what I do with the souvenir programs compares very well to any of the programs that are out there. You get a dose of history, current news, rosters and lots of pictures. However, I'm looking at the program and considering a major overhaul. This would probably involve the way it's laid out and seeing if it can be more pleasing to the eye and maybe just a little bit better. Everything from the content presented within the pages to the cover itself is being considered.

Even though I was brought up here to do publicity, web page and social media, souvenir programs and all of that stuff, I've obviously expanded my duties far beyond that. Overall, considering I've had to focus on other things, I think I did okay. I think I compare pretty well to what was there before me, which wasn't much for the previous 5 to 10 years. I still think I can do better. So, if there is a 2020 season for me at Southern Oregon Speedway, I have certain goals in mind for how to make it better. Obviously, it's my hope that if I do better in these areas, this will help get us more people coming to the show and more racers wanting to be a part of it. As I said, you just never know. Trends change, attitudes change and you just have to adapt and do the best you can.

As I look back at four hard years of working to do my part with Mike McCann, there is certainly a bit of pride. I can tell you that more people are coming to the speedway. There's been some really good racing. Though we do have our critics, and we always will, the attitude towards this race track has changed 180 degrees from where it was when we got here. People see the effort that is being made as things are getting better, and they want to be a part of it. This is called progress. If I'm back for another year, my goal is to make it even better. If I'm not, at least I know I've done my part to help make it better.

What do you mean, if you're not back? I know people are asking that question. I'm honest when I say I am year to year. If the right circumstances presented themselves, I could see me walking away completely from the sport. No more weekly grind, and only writing the occasional blog article here or there. Maybe working on books. It's a necessity that I be involved in the sport, because even though money isn't necessarily coming my way, it's managed to keep a roof over my head for these past almost four years. I won't get into the reasons why it's not so easy to make a clean break given the life that I've lived, but it isn't. Therefore, since I am fortunate, maybe blessed, that I've been given the ability to help make a difference in this sport, I'm using whatever that ability is to help keep the sport going and me as well. That could change in any given year.

There's also rumors of me changing locations and still being involved in the sport. Is there any truth to that? Currently, there are no other offers for me to even entertain, so take that for what it is. The reason I'm going to Antioch this week is because I grew up in the area. Antioch Speedway will always have a special place in my heart, and I have taken on the task of creating the Hall of Fame there. Even in that endeavor, I want to lay the groundwork so that others can keep it going without my involvement, should I be unavailable. Yes, I look forward to the trip, seeing old friends, taking walks in familiar territory and being involved in helping in any way I can. That's about all I can say about that. Presently, there are no offers and I'm not so sure any offers will be forthcoming. Regardless, when that trip is over, there will be soul-searching as I wonder what's next for the following year and beyond.

I'm hopeful for a good show this weekend. You always want to leave everybody seeing the positive of what has been done and looking forward to next year. When we closed the season last year, it was undeniable. We had a really nice car count for that final race, and two of the divisions we featured had B Mains that night. I'm not so sure we'll hit that this year, but we should still be do pretty well. You never know until you get there. I'll do everything I can, as I always do.

I'm rambling, so I need to just shut my mouth. As unhappy as I am in life these days, I realize how lucky I am and how truly blessed I am to have what opportunities I do. True, it's not ideal to what I'd like, but the alternative I was facing in 2015 was the loss of everything I owned and homelessness. So, I'm better off than I could have been. At least I can make a visit back to Antioch again and have a roof over my head awaiting me when I get back.

This is probably not the smartest thing for me to do, adding anything more to this column. Reason being is I'd like to have the blog post up sometime on Tuesday and I will be on a train headed to California on Wednesday. I just had a few thoughts to add to this column before signing off from it for the week.

We had our season finale at Southern Oregon Speedway, and I thought it went pretty well. We had a good field of cars for a four division show, gave the fans plenty of racing and got done by 11. It's all stuff I like to see happen. The IMCA Modifieds continue to show why they are so important to the program with the great racing they do. When you get a good crowd like we had on Saturday, you try to deliver them the best show you can. That particular division certainly Isn't hindering anything. Actually, all four classes delivered, though the Dwarf Cars got just a bit rough. Give the fans a show, and leave them wanting more. I think we did that.

The Stockton Dirt Track ran a four division Stock Car oriented program. The Tri State Pro Stock division were the head liners as it seems as if the speedway and Promoter Tony Noceti are keenly interested in helping with this particular effort. I know Tony wants to have Stock Car racing, and it appears as if the B Modifieds figure into that as well. It also looks like they want to add the Bombers or Hobby Stocks to that equation as well as the Mini Stock class. This is all fine and good, but I think the track needs to put do a better job of putting information out there on the Stock Car side of things.

One potential point of contention that could arise over the track is them being so close to Antioch Speedway, running on Saturday and using the B Modifieds. I am sure there were racers who might have been at Antioch if Stockton wasn't an option. I'm also sure that racers will take their cars anywhere they damn well please, but I know how it gets sometimes with tracks in close proximity and people feeling certain divisions are theirs. Anyway, I don't think Tony is going away when it comes to doing Stock Car type things on the dirt track, but he helps his cause more by putting the word out there better. Then again, the pavement track is only doing marginally better in that endeavor.  I had thought of potentially doing a results article, but since I don't have most of the results, this isn't going to happen at this point.

One division that might be considered for a dirt track show at Stockton next year is the Central Valley Mini Stocks. Dan Myrick brought in the House of JuJu sponsorship out of Clovis and Morro Bay this year, and as a result his group is competing for $5,000 in point fund money. I don't know of any West Coast Mini Stock group on the dirt doing it any better than he is, and the only thing that I see that comes close overall is the Northwest Mini Stock group out of Washington. The CVMS has grown by leaps bounds this year, and it's been very evident at their Hanford visits with counts of 24 on average.

What really caught my eye was when Dan created this thing and started racing them on the 1/5 my dirt oval at Lemoore Raceway. It's a small track, known more for the Micro Sprint racing they do. However, for those of us who remember Delta Speedway in Stockton in the 1990s, Mini Stocks can do quite well on a small track. Back in those days, Delta even ran Dwarf Cars and 1200cc Mini Sprints. If you didn't see the shows back then, you missed out. Watching the Mini Stocks on that track is what led me to believe there was potential when Dan pitched the idea of doing this at Lemoore.

This last Saturday, they brought in 14 cars, and all of them started the Main Event. That's right on the edge of enough cars for a B Main on that track. What was cool to see was their 25 lap feature didn't need a yellow flag. The leaders did come up on slower track traffic, but it was okay. I didn't see anybody getting run over. I saw racers respecting each other and a good show. What Dan really needs is support for this effort. I know that he's taking money out of pocket to promote any races they have at Lemoore, which has also led to more of a desire to branch out to other venues. I would hate to see Lemoore fall off of the schedule in the future.

On the other hand, Dan wants support divisions out there, and at times it's been a struggle. The Mod Lites division from down in Bakersfield has made two visits and done a good job. The South Bay Dwarf Cars came to town this year and they had a Dwarf Car show last year as well. I'm really hoping that the Ventura Racing Association Dwarf Cars will bring a good field on October 12th. There are other divisions I think would work well there, such as the California Sharp Mini Late Models, who have thus far not been able to work out a date, even though they are welcome there.

I know one of the issues Dan considers when trying to book there is that having a second or even third division will help. It helps get fans interested in coming to watch when they know there's more divisions, and it also helps pay for the night of racing as the track doesn't come free. I have no doubt that the Central Valley Mini Stock effort will continue to grow stronger next year, but I would like to see Lemoore have a presence on the schedule. Dan isn't saying otherwise, but I know one thing that helps the cause is having support divisions. Or, if you just want to support through sponsorship, you can check them out and contact them via the Central Valley Mini Stock Facebook page. The other cool thing would be if maybe, just maybe, one of the Micro divisions might even support a show some night or the CVMS be welcome at one of their events.

I made a comment last week on my Facebook page regarding the Valley Sportsman division. Larry Peirini has been trying to sell a car for a couple of years, and it's a nice piece. I count anywhere from 16 to 20 cars in the area, although division founder Luis Miranda tells me he can only come up with 16. My point is, there are cars that were built for the modern effort that aren't racing these days, and I also heard there was an interest in having the Sportsman division visit Antioch Speedway sometime. The thing is, the Sportsman division at Merced is not an association, but runs there as a division at the track. I don't know how much organization you would get as far as drivers coming to Antioch. When they visited in 2000, they were an association and approached me about getting a race at Antioch. I facilitated this through John Soares, but unfortunately it didn't catch on after that visit.

There are still people in Antioch who know and love that division, and there was an interesting thread on the Antioch Speedway Days of Old Facebook page about four years ago with two or three old Sportsman drivers talking about building cars if the division was brought back. This never came to pass. What did happen on my thread this last week was I got contacted by one of the local racers via private message. Who, I won't say just yet. However, he is somebody who is very interested in the class and wanted to know what cars I knew were for sale. I know of Larry's car, but here's my thought. Those cars that are sitting parked might have price tags on them.

I don't propose this idea lightly or as a way to screw over Merced Speedway either. My belief is that if there were three or four running cars, maybe a half a dozen, and Antioch ran that class once a month, you would see an interest in it again. People with the know how would begin building cars, and something could happen. You would also have a unique looking division that has cars that generally don't look alike. The Sportsman division was always a neat class with personality, and I just think it could be a nice addition. So, the idea I proposed was a good way to get it started again. Buy a few cars that are either running or very close to running, put them on the track next year and make a go of it.

Nostalgia is a big thing right now. We've got a thriving Legends of Kearney Bowl Super Modified thing out of Madera. The Hardtop movement in the Northern California area has over 20 active cars and several more that are currently not being run. There's also various Vintage Midgets from the BCRA and other Vintage Sprints. People like the old cars and their character. The big show coming up at Antioch Speedway Saturday is the Chet Thomson Memorial, which was one of the biggest Hardtop races of the year at Vallejo Speedway throughout the 1970s.

My thing is I would like to see the Hardtop division continue to support Antioch, but I'd also like to see cars. I recognize there's a difference in philosophy between the Bay Area group and the existing California Hardtop Association, which would require too much space in this column for me to get into. Suffice it to say, I get it now. What I want is what will get the most cars anytime the Hardtops are booked at Antioch Speedway, nothing more.

I do see leadership in the California Hardtop Association trying to do the right thing for the class. With a group like this, you have to have leadership in constant touch with the racers to see how things are going and in constant touch with the promoters letting them know. I think it's a little bit different than your regular division at the race track, but that's my opinion. You've got to be organized.

I think the Chet Thomson Memorial race can continue to be a race at Antioch Speedway, and if things go the way I think they will this year, they certainly justify their continuation for next year. However, organization is still going to be needed to keep this thing going. You advertise a race as the show to watch, and you want to make sure the fans know cars are going to be there and they will see a show.

That's really why the organization behind the scenes has to be done to a point to keep that going. All it's going to take is one poor showing, and things could change very quickly. I don't want that to happen. This is just a basic comment, and like I said, I'm not looking to delve deeper into any particular organization when I say this. I really want to see Hardtops continue to have a presence at Antioch in some capacity.

Somebody raised the possibility of a vintage type of night at Antioch Speedway, such as what Roseville had before the promoter change. Personally, I like the idea. I think it could be a fun night where people get to look at some cool, vintage race cars. Could this happen at Antioch? I don't know. I can't speak for management or anybody when I say that, but I can say that vintage divisions could have a presence in one way or another as there are cars out there. Other than that, I'll just leave it at this. I'm looking forward to the Chet Thomson Memorial race on Saturday night.

On that note, I'll end this column. Until next time...

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Racing This Weekend At Antioch Speedway, 
Big October Event Announced

Antioch, CA...There are just three point racing events left on the All Star Racing Series schedule at Antioch Speedway. There is also a big event that was just announced for October 17th through 19th paying extra money. The fans will certainly have some exciting races to watch from now until the final checkered flag falls in October. This Saturday night, the Wingless Spec Sprints and the Dwarf Cars will be running their final point events of the season. Also competing will be the B Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and Hobby Stocks.

On Monday, a big announcement was made. The track will be hosting the West Coast Nationals, billed as a three-day event from October 17th through 19th. Long-time racer and race parts supplier Chad Chadwick is promoting this event that will pay $7,500 to win for the A Modified Main Event on Saturday, October 19th. Just to start that race, a driver is guaranteed $500. The B Modifieds will also have a special event that night that will pay $1,500 to win and $150 minimum to start.

The three-day spectacular begins on Thursday night with a practice session. There will also be live music, a barbecue and a cornhole tournament. On Friday night, the two divisions will run full programs. The Top 4 feature finishers in the A Modified division that night will automatically advance into the big show on Saturday. The basic flier was released on Monday, but further details on purse break down and format were to be released later during the week.

The Wingless Spec Sprint championship race seemed to be going Shannon Newton's way. With seven feature wins, it seemed a certainty that he would win. Two races ago, however, he took a nasty tumble into the infield while taking evasive actions to avoid a slower car. His car cartwheeled twice, doing extensive damage. At that point, Newton didn't appear to have a ride for the next two races. Though his lead was such that it was an extreme long shot that second place Rick Panfili would catch him, Newton had an insurance policy. Reigning division champion Bob Newberry loaned him his car. By finishing second in that race, Newton clinched the championship.

The battle this Saturday is for second. Division original Rick Panfili clings to a 14 point lead over second year racer Mackenzie Newton. Panfili has been just a bit better at earning Top 5 finishes with eight to his credit. Newton has six of them, but she has a season best two third place finishes to one for Panfili. The standings are close enough between these two that the position could change hands. For Panfili, second in points would be a career best effort, which he has already achieved once before. For Newton, however she's already in career best territory. She would love to increase the size of her trophy by making a move past Panfili in the finale.

Keith Calvino has finished as high as second in the Main Event on one occasion this year. Despite a late start, Calvino has moved 14 points ahead of top rookie Jeff Scotto for the fourth position in the standings. Scotto has certainly had a learning experience this season, but he's continued to come back and give it his best effort each week. Some of the other stars to watch for this week include two-time champion Dan Gonderman, recent winners Alan Miranda and Marcus Smith, Cameron Martin and Troy Ferry.

In the Dwarf Cars, the championship drama has pretty much been eliminated. Scott Dahlgren has nearly clinched the championship on the strength of his division leading five feature victories. He merely needs to take a green flag to wrap things up, but the lure of a sixth win will surely have him racing hard. Scott's teammate, Devan Kammermann, has been very impressive with five second place finishes and one third in his last six starts. He's going to be giving it his best effort to score a first career victory this week. As good as he's been running lately, it's definitely a possibility.

Because he has slumped just a little bit in recent races, Troy Stevenson Jr won't have a shot at Kammermann as long as Kammermann takes a Main Event green flag. However, all Stevenson needs to do is take a green flag to assure himself third in the standings. He has finished as high as third on two occasions, but Troy would love to get his first win of the season. The guy pursuing him in fourth is three-time winner Travis Dutra.

Dutra has missed races or he could have been a bigger threat in the championship race. Still, Travis would have to be considered a threat to win this week. Two-time reigning champion Mike Corsaro will be hoping to improve on the three season best third place finishes he's had so far. Other racers to watch for this week include Mario Marques, David Rosa, Travis Day, Timmy Ryan and Sean Catucci.

Two-time Antioch champion Richard Papenhausen holds a comfortable 50 point lead over Rod Oliver in the race to win the DIRTcar Late Model championship. With an impressive six wins in seven starts, it's no surprise to see him apparently heading for another championship. There is a close battle taking place for second, however. There are only two drivers who have not failed to finish in the Top 5 this year. Papenhausen is one of them, and Rod Oliver is the other. Oliver holds a share of second on the strength of a season best second place and a third place finish. However, Kimo Oreta bears the distinction of being the only other driver with a feature win in this class. He is tied with Oliver and looking to gain sole possession of second this week.

Mike Hynes is 22 points out of second as he counts a pair of third place finishes as his best results so far. Late starter Rick Coffey has moved to within a point of fifth ranked Rob Norris. Coffey is a past Santa Maria Speedway Late Model champion, and he's picked up one second and a pair of thirds this season. Norris is one of the seven different racers who has finished second in the seven races held. He'll be hoping to maintain his Top 5 status.

In the B Modified division, Tommy Fraser maintains a comfortable lead in his quest to win the championship. Last time out, the seven-time winner managed to go from 10th starting to fourth. His closest point rival, Kevin Brown, led some of the early laps before earning his fourth third place finish of the season. Brown is holding onto a 20 point lead over top rookie Cameron Swank in a closer race for second in the standings. There are just two point races remaining for this class, and this appears to be the battle. Both Brown and Swank have one feature win to their credit.

Two-time reigning champion Trevor Clymens led two laps at the start last week as he was searching for his third win of the season. Unfortunately, his race ended rather abruptly with mechanical issues. He leads brother Tommy by just two points in another good race for the fourth position. Brent Curran, meanwhile, was a welcome site back at the speedway after missing a few weeks. Brent was in a new car and managed to earn a second place finish behind the flying Les Friend. Curran is a six-time winner and could certainly contend for another victory before the season is over.

Friend became the seventh different winner of the season, and there have been six different winners in the last seven weeks with only Fraser repeating. Top 10 ranked Todd Gomez certainly looks like somebody who could add his name to the winner's column. He blew a motor while leading most of the race two weeks ago, but he did get another motor together to come back last week. Some of the others to watch for this week include Haley Gomez, Nick Caughman Jr and Jason Womack

The Hobby Stock division will be competing at all three point events, and they have the closest championship battle going. Six-time winner Chris Sorensen managed to pull out of his slump just a little bit last week by winning is heat race and finishing fourth in the Main Event. However, Breanna Troen is still on a bit of a roll lately. The third place finish she earned last week was her seventh Top 3 finish in the last eight races. Sorensen may need to earn his seventh win to hold onto what could be his third division championship. Following his fifth feature win of the season, Josh Leach managed to get to a fifth place finish last week in the rapidly run race. He is still within 36 points of Troen, and the championship is not completely out of reach for him either.

One of the interesting things to watch in the past half-dozen races is the fact that other drivers are emerging as stars and winners in this class. Last week, Lori Brown drove the Kimberly Myers Tribute Car to a flag to flag victory. She has won races in the Street Stock and Limited Late Model classes, but this was her first win in this division. We've also seen Jacob Mallet Jr and James Thomson get wins in recent weeks, while Dalton Jewell and Ken Johns are both knocking on the door with second place finishes.

The second place finish earned by Johns last week was his second of the season, and it enabled him to take a six point lead over Will Buirch in the battle for fourth in points and top rookie honors. This is another battle that could go to the final checkered flag. Some of the other stars to watch for this week include Jeff Bentancourt, Tyler Henrickson, Phillip Oreta and Judy Arth.

This Saturday night's five division All Star Racing Series offering should provide lots of excitement from start to finish. With the recent announcement of the West Coast Nationals and the big Chet Thomson Memorial and the Donna Soares Memorial/Hall of Fame night also remaining on the schedule, you won't want to miss a second of what Antioch Speedway has booked to close out the racing season. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.


Four New Winners At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...September 7...Bobby Motts Jr won the 20 lap All Star Racing Series A Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  This was the first win of the season for the 2017 champion, and the other three divisions also had drivers claiming their first wins of the season.  After the A Modified Main had a complete restart, there were no more yellow flags.  Motts charged into the lead at the start ahead of Brian Cass.  A low pass in Turn 2 of the third lap gained Terry Kaiser second, and Brian Pearce went low in Turn 4 of the fifth lap to take third from Cass.  Motts set a rapid pace and wasn't seriously threatened as he won ahead of Kaiser, Pearce, Cass and previous winner Jeff Decker.

Les Friend won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event.  This was his first win of the season, and he had to work for it after spinning from second on the first lap.  Trevor Clymens led two laps before he stalled in Turn 2 for a yellow flag.  Kevin Brown led the restart ahead of Brent Curran and Todd Gomez.  The final yellow flag flew on lap four for a spin in Turn 3.  Friend charged into second behind Brown on the restart, and the two engaged in a side by side battle for the next four laps.  Friend finally made a low pass in turn 4 of the eighth lap to grab the lead.  Curran made a similar move a lap later to gain second.  The lead two cars ran close in the remaining laps, but Friend prevailed ahead of Curran, Brown, point leader Tommy Fraser and Gomez.

Lori Brown won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Brown is a past Limited Late Model champion, but this was her first win aboard the Kimberly Myers 65 roses car.  Brown started on the outside front row and charged into the lead at the start ahead of Ken Johns and Chris Sorensen.  A yellow flag flew on lap nine.  This didn't stop Brown as she continued to lead Johns on the restart.  The battle was for third between point leader Sorensen and his closet rival in the standings, Breanna Troen.  Troen eventually made the pass for third as Brown won ahead of Johns, Troen, Sorensen and Josh Leach.

Mike Walko won the 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event.  This was the first win of the season for Walko.  He and heat winner Chad Hammer shared the front row of the Main Event.  Walko and Hammer battled early, but it was point leader Kimo Oreta moving into second and providing the pressure for Walko.  However, Walko would go on to become the sixth different winner of the season.  Oreta settled for second ahead of Hammer, Brian Zachary and John Evans.

Before the Main Events, a Memorial Lap was held for Tony Pato, who passed away last week.  Tony was a Late Model racer at the speedway in the 1980's and worked with Curl Racing to help build some of the first Dirt Modifieds that competed at the track in 1990.

Racing continues next Saturday night with the Wingless Spec Sprints and DIRTcar Late Models back in action along with the B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

All Star Series Antioch Speedway
Unofficial Race Results
A Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Eric Berendsen, Jeff Decker.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr, Terry Kaiser, Brian Pearce, Brian Cass, Jeff Decker, Sean O'Gara, Anthony Slaney, Buddy Kniss, Jake Dewsburuy, Eric Berendsen.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tommy Clymens Jr, Les Friend.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Les Friend, Brent Curran, Kevin Brown, Tommy Fraser, Todd Gomez, Tommy Clymens Jr, Tyler Bickford, Cameron Swank, Trevor Clymens, Hayley Gomez.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Will Buirch, James Thomson.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Lori Brown, Ken Johns, Breanna Troen, Chris Sorensen, Josh Leach, Phillip Oreta, Dalton Jewell, Tyler Henrickson, Jacob Mallett Jr, Will Buirch.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Chad Hammer.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Walko, Kimo Oreta, Chad Hammer, Brian Zachary, John Evans, Michael Burch, Jon Haney.


IMCA Modified Championship Night At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...There are just two point racing events remaining on the Merced Speedway schedule. Saturday night will be Championship Night for the IMCA Modifieds as they wrap up their 2019 point season. The Hobby Stocks will continue what has been a close championship battle. The South Bay Dwarf Cars will be paying the quarter-mile clay oval a visit this weekend, and the Valley Sportsman division will be there as well.

Bowers Racing set their sights on the Merced Speedway championship this season. With Troy Foulger behind the wheel, the team has been unbeatable at times. In 10 races, the man they call Tricky Troy has picked up all Top 5 finishes, including a division leading five feature victories. The championship has already been clinched for Foulger going into this race, but the lure of a sixth win will have him racing hard once again this week.

Fourth-generation racer Ryan Porter is second on the Top 5 finisher's list with seven of them out of his 10 starts. He holds a 29 point lead over four-time champion Ramie Stone. Porter is hoping to get his first win of the season. Stone has been at every race, but he is still searching for his first Top 5 finish. Just by starting the Main Event, however, he should manage to hold onto third in the standings ahead of Impressive rookie Jesse James Burks. Burks has three Top 5 finishes so far.

The Merced area was well represented in Boone, Iowa at the Nationals by two-time champion Randy Brown and DJ Shannon. Both drivers are anticipated this week. Brown has a feature win this season, while Shannon has picked up a pair of victories. Another one-time winner and multi-time track champion, Paul Stone, could also be there this week. Others to watch for include Watsonville point leader Austin Burke, reigning Watsonville champion Cody Burke, long time Merced racer Bob Williamson and Ryan Larimer.

With one race left to go in their battle, the Hobby Stock division has the closest championship race going at the speedway. Shannon Nelson leads teammate Michael Shearer by just one point after both drivers earned Top 5 finishes at the previous race. Nelson is hoping to join her husband Bruce as a division champion, while Shearer is looking to grab his second title in the class. Shearer has eight Top 5 finishes to six for Nelson. Nelson, however, has two wins, while Shearer has one.

Following his third Top 5 finish of the season, Austin Van Hoff has taken a one point lead over rookie Allen Neal in the race for third. This has not been the best of seasons for Van Hoff, but he's persevered through it all. Though he's won several features in the past few seasons, he is still looking for his first win this year. Neal is also hoping to get a win, but fellow rookie Timmy Crews had a double win night last week. The reigning Mini Late Model champion Crews won that division's feature and also picked up the win in the Hobby Stock class. He holds sixth, but odds don't look good for him overtaking Donnie Shearer for fifth. Others to watch for this week include Kristie Shearer, Race Shelton, Mike Germait and Domissie Scoggins.

The South Bay Dwarf Cars race mainly in Watsonville, but this is an opportunity to test their skills on a different racing surface. Mark Biscardi is likely to be leading the standings, but we haven't seen a current list. The past division champion has four victories to his credit, including the most recent Watsonville race. That night, he held off title contenders Ryan Amlen and Gene "Punky" Pires for the win. Pires is the reigning division champion, and Amlen is one of the winners this year. Another driver with three victories to his credit is past champion Shawn Jones. Some of the racers to watch for this week include Eric Wiesler, Eddy Claessen, Jimmy Damron, Mack Aceves and Trafton Chandler.

There are still two point events left for the Valley Sportsman division, but following his third win in the most recent race, it appears as if Rick Elliott is headed for the championship. Reigning champion and two-time feature winner Jerry Cecil has a good hold on second in the standings, leaving the battle for third. Two-time division champion Mike Friesen holds an eight point advantage over Jeff West. Friesen was a feature winner last season, but he still looking for a win this year. Fifth ranked Dwayne Short is a two-time winner, and other drivers to watch for include Eric Sealy, Gary Hildebrand and Chris Corder.

Saturday night has a nice lineup of racing as we bring down the curtain on the IMCA Modified championship battle. With Dwarf Cars making a rare appearance and a close Hobby Stock race for the title, this will be another exciting night at the speedway. For further information, go to www.mercedspeedway.net.


Liggett Wins CRA Sprint Week Race At Merced Speedway

Merced, CA...September 6...Austin Liggett won the 30 lap USAC/CRA Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Merced Speedway. Liggett is the reigning USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car champion, but this was his first win with the CRA Sprint Car Series. This was also the fourth round of the five race Sprint Week Series, and series point leader Danny Faria Jr finished second to Liggett in the feature race.

Sunday Calistoga winner Jake Swanson bolted into the lead at the start of the Main Event ahead of Brody Roa. The red flag flew on lap four for a Matt McCarthy flip. Swanson continued to lead Roa and Liggett on the restart and through another quick yellow flag on lap five. After a yellow flag waved on lap 10. Liggett and Faria raced into the first and second positions on the restart as the rest of the race went caution free. As the laps wore on, Liggett began to build a comfortable lead over Faria, and Faria also had a good hold on second. The battle was for the third position. Saturday Calistoga winner Austin Williams held third until Roa got by on lap 24. Roa held the position until Monday Petaluma winner Chase Johnson got by on lap 28. Liggett scored the victory ahead of Faria, Chase Johnson, Roa, Swanson, Williams, overall point leader Damian Gardner, Ryan Bernal, Charles Davis Jr and Colby Johnson.

There were 20 Sprint Car competitors in action, and Gardner turned the quarter-mile clay oval in a lap of 12.085 for the fastest time. Liggett was second quick at 12.219. The 10 lap heat race wins went to Gardner, Swanson and Williams.

Timmy Crews won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Crews is a rookie in this class, and this was his first win. Bakersfield visitor Kevin Irwin charged into the lead at the start and held off Michael Shearer. Irwin had built a straightaway lead by lap five as Crews got past Shearer for the second position. Austin Van Hoff settled into third on lap seven, and Irwin's run at the front ended on a lap 14 yellow flag. This put Crews into the lead, and he set the pace ahead of Van Hoff and top rookie Allen Neal on the restart. Crews ran smoothly down the stretch to pick up the victory. Van Hoff finished second, followed by Neal, Michael Shearer, Shannon Nelson, DJ Keldsen, Mike Germait, Race Shelton, Kristie Shearer and Irwin. Eight lap heat race wins went to Nelson and Keldsen.

Tyler Post won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event. This was the first career victory for Post. Eight lap heat race winners Shawn DePriest and Lee Ragsdale shared the front row of the Main Event. However, it was Post who would score the win in this race after starting in the second row. Once Post got the lead, he pulled away from the pack with only Austin Sprague anywhere close to him in second. Post went on to the impressive victory with Sprague a career best second. Lucy Falkenberg was about a straightaway behind the winner in third, followed by point leader Ragsdale, Jennifer Rodgers, Eddie Humphrey, DePriest, Jerry Tubbs, James McGranahan and Alex Widdowson.

Timmy Crews also won the 15 lap California Sharp Mini Late Model Main Event. This was the sixth win of the season for the current point leader. Crews also won the eight lap heat race. Crews had the outside front row starting position after Riley Jeppesen had problems for a restart. Cruz led all the way to win by nearly a straightaway in victory. Carson Guthrie held second until previous feature winner Logan Clay went racing by on the white flag lap. Crews won ahead of Clay, Guthrie, Ian Shearer and Billy Quinlan.

Racing continues next Saturday night with the point season finale for the IMCA Modifieds. The Hobby Stocks, South Bay Dwarf Cars and the Valley Sportsman division will also be in action. For further information, go to www.mercedspeedway.net.


Terrell A Double Main Event Winner At Petaluma Speedway

Petaluma, CA...September 7...Bradley Terell won the 30 lap Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. This was the second PitStopUSA.com Shootout race, and it paid $3,000 to the past division champion. Terrell had the pole position for the race and led all the way in victory. Tyler Brown took up pursuit in second for eight laps before surrendering the position to Colby Johnson on lap nine. Johnson held second until Shane Hopkins gained the position on lap 18. Hopkins chased Terrell, but Terrell took the checkered flag about a half-straightaway in first. Shawn Arriaga finished by a close third behind Hopkins as Tony Gualda, JJ Hickle, DJ Freitas, Johnson, Tyler Brown, Jason Toft and new champion John Clark rounded out the Top 10.
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Gualda turned the 3/8 mile adobe oval with a lap of 12.960 to set the quickest time. Jake Haulot was second fast at 13.008. The eight lap heat race winners were Johnson, Joel Myers Jr and Terrell.

Terrell also won the 25 lap PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. This was his division leading fourth victory. Adam Christian led the first seven laps of the race. Terrell settled into second and made the pass on Christian for the lead on lap eight. Once in front, Terrell led the rest of the way for the victory as Christian settled for second. Cody Fendley took the third position from Scott Chapata on lap 19 and would finish there as Chapeta settled for fourth ahead of Bob Newberry, Bob Davis, point leader Angelique Bell, Dennis Furua Jr, Tony Bernard and Eden McCormick. Fendley had the fastest time of 14.649, and the eight lap heat race wins went to Fendley, Terrell and Sparky Howard.

Marcus Hardina won the 20 lap General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Car Main Event. After scoring five second place finishes throughout the season, this was the first win for Hardina. John Peters led two laps before third row starter Chad Matthias moved into the lead with fourth row starter Mark Hanson following into second. Hansen slipped past Matthias for the lead on lap 12 and seemed to be on his way to a victory. However, Hanson encountered problems on lap 17 as Hardina gained the lead. Hardina would hold off new champion Matthias for the win. Matt Hagermann finished third, followed by Garrett Brady, Scooter Gomes, Peters, Carroll Mendenhall, Danny Marsh, Mike Affonso and Jordan Souza. The eight lap heat race wins were earned by Hanson, Hardina, Kevin Miraglio and Matthias.

Mitch Machado won 20 lap Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stock Main Event. This was the 10th win of the season for point leader Machado in the Baker Motorsports entry. Steve Studebaker had the pole and led the first six laps before Machado went racing by. Studebaker kept it reasonably close, but Machado was not to be denied the victory. Matt While was a solid third, followed by Gary Adams, Shawn McCoy, Snazzy Duckworth and Sid Hess. Machado won the eight lap heat race.

The point season finale will happen on September 21st, featuring the PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints, Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks, Jake's Performance Hobbies Mini Stocks and Santa Rosa Auto Body 600 Micro Sprints. For further information, go to www.petaluma-speedway.com.


Fan Appreciation Night At Orland Raceway Saturday

Orland, CA...There are just two championship point races remaining on the Orland Raceway schedule. This Saturday night, one of the new traditions continues at the one-fifth mile dirt oval located at the Glenn County Fairgrounds. It's Fan Appreciation Night, which is an opportunity for the fans to meet their favorite drivers before the races. The Wingless Spec Sprints will be back in action along with the exciting Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and the 250 and 600 Micro Sprint classes.

The Wingless Spec Sprint division has been growing this year, and last week presented a 14 car field. Even with the increase in car count, the fans saw that familiar sight of Tony Richards picking up another victory. Richards has been very difficult to beat this season, and he led all the way in victory last time. He had a big opportunity to gain valuable points on Denny McNary after McNary spun from the third position. However, McNary made a charge that earned him a fourth place finish, meaning Richards still didn't gain too many points. If McNary continues his consistent ways, he could end up winning the championship even if Richards wins the remaining races.

RJ Baker continues to hold onto third in the standings and turned in another solid performance last race. Another driver looking good in fifth was the season's top rookie, Jeremy Langenderfer. Langenderfer got caught up in the same incident that involved McNary early in the race, but he still made a nice comeback. The racing has been close and competitive in this division, and other stars to watch for this week include Cassie Amore, Josh Jacobo, Ryan Owens, Cort Marchuk and Tyler Rockwell.

The Pure Stock championship battle remains close between Keith Ross and Phil Spencer. Both drivers have continued to run near the front of the pack in recent races, and it could come down to one of these drivers getting a feature win in these final two races to determine who wins it all. Wes Smock has been a powerhouse in this class with four feature wins. Though he's not in the championship battle, he will present a challenge to beat on any occasion he is there. Reigning champion Paul Stephens is another threat to win as he maintains a Top 5 point position along with past champion Steve Martin. The Pure Stocks generally deliver a good car count, and some of the stars to watch for this week include 2017 champion Jeremy Langenderfer, Maurice Merrill, John Camper, Kevin Pendergrass and James Taylor.

Last time out, likely champion Tom Davis picked up another Mini Stock feature win. This time, however, he was challenged throughout the first half of the race by Barbara Crain. Crain ended up spinning, but she charged back to get a season best second place finish ahead of third ranked John Kirkpatrick. Jason Libbee finished fifth. These four competitors are likely to be there again this week.

The Wingless 250 Micro class is a battle between Mike McCarthy, Lester Elsey and Ronnie Heyer. McCarthy has won most of the races so far and leads the championship chase by a slim margin. It was Heyer winning the three car battle that took place last time out.

Tony Alosi and Jeromie Crismon have a close battle going for the 600 Micro championship. Crismon is a past champion in this division. Meanwhile, Colby Grieg, Jessica McManus and Tyler Rockwell are also in the hunt. McManus and Grieg are feature winners in the class, and McManus has won twice.

Only two point races remain on the schedule as drivers look to improve their trophy status at the year end banquet. The opportunity to meet the racers and see the cars up close before the races makes this a special occasion. For further information, go to the Orland Raceway Facebook page.


Richards, Kvalvik, Davis Win At Orland Raceway

Orland, CA...August 31...Tony Richards won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Orland Raceway. This was the eighth win for Richards in the 10 races held so far, but he continues to chase the consistent Denny McNary in the standings after failing to start the season opener. Richards had a front row start and charged into the lead at the waving of the green flag. McNary settled into second. Tyler Rockwell settled into third on a lap five restart, and the yellow flag waved on lap eight when McNary spun in Turn 1, collecting Cort Marchuk and Jeremy Langenderfer. Richards continued to lead Rockwell and Crate Sprint Star Mike Sayre. They ran in that order throughout the second half of the race as McNary worked his way as far to the front of the 14 car field as he could get. By lap 15, McNary had managed to gain the fifth position, and he passed Ryan Owens for fourth two laps later. At the checkered flag, Richards won by a comfortable margin ahead of Rockwell, Sayre, McNary, Langenderfer and Owens.

Kalvin Kvalvik won the 20 lap Mini Truck Main Event. This was his third win of the season as he continues to increase his lead in the standings ahead of William Fogle. 2016 champion Dan Webster set the early pace with Kvalvik running closely behind him in second. Fogle was having a good battle with Tony Quinones for the third position. On a lap five restart, Kvalvik took the lead from Webster, but he briefly lost the lead to Webster on a lap 10 restart. Kvalvik passed Webster in Turn 2 of the 12th lap to regain the lead, and he held off the determined Webster to pick up the victory. As Quinones ran third, James Wooddell took fourth from Fogle on lap 12. Quinones pitted from third on lap 14. Kvalvik won ahead of Webster, Woodell, Fogle and Anthony Esquaville.

Tom Davis won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event. This was the eighth win of the season for the current point leader. Davis led at the start with Barbara Crain running closely behind him. Crain spun in Turn 2 for a lap eight yellow flag. Davis continued to lead John Kirkpatrick on the restart with Crain working her way back into the third position by lap 15. An inside pass on the front stretch on lap 18 gained Crain the second position, and Davis won ahead of Crain and Kirkpatrick.

Mike Sayre won the 20 lap Winged Crate Sprint Main Event. Sayre led the race from the drop of the green flag ahead of Chad Thompson. Thompson spun in Turn 2 for a lap one yellow flag, but he made an inside pass on the front stretch on lap three to regain second from Cameron Haney Jr. Haney spun for a lap eight yellow flag, but Sayre continued to lead Thompson. Haney ran closely behind Thompson but finished third, followed by Cassie Amore.

Ronnie Heyer won the Wingless 250 Micro Main Event. Mike McCarthy led the first 11 laps of the race before surrendering first to Lester Elsey with an inside pass on the backstretch on lap 12. Heyer made an outside pass on the back stretch on lap 13 to take second. Two laps later, Heyer made an outside pass on the front stretch to take the lead from Elsey. Heyer began to pull away to victory with Elsey settling for second ahead of McCarthy.

The next race is Fan Appreciation Night on September 14th. The Pure Stocks will be back in action along with the Wingless Spec Sprints, Mini Stocks, Wingless 250 Micros and the 600 Micros. For further information, go to Orland Raceway Facebook page.


Netto, Jernagan, Johnson Win Keller Speedway Features

Hanford, CA...September 7...DJ Netto won the 30 lap King of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway. This was the fourth win of the season for Netto as he maintains a 30 point lead over Grant Duinkerken. Netto had the pole position for the Main Event. Second row starter Craig Stidham advanced to second. In the waning laps, Netto built his advantage over Stidham to nearly a straightaway in victory. Duinkerken made a charge from the seventh row to finish a solid third, followed by Zane Blanchard, Jace Vanderweerd, Keith Day Jr, Tucker Worth, Jared Faria, Jake Hagopian and Brooklyn Holland.

Mitchell Faccinto was the quickest of 24 qualifiers with a lap of 13.802, beating the 14.083 of Duinkerken. They ran three eight lap heat races, and Netto Joey Ancona and Cole Macedo picked up the wins. Netto grabbed the pole for the Main Event by outrunning Macedo to win the six lap Trophy Dash.

Garrett Jernagan won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. This was the second win for Jernagan, who ended the four race series with a one point advantage over Jarrod Mounce. Mounce had the pole for the Main Event and led early as Jernagan worked his way up from the fourth row. Jernagan made the move into the lead and stretched his advantage to about half a lap ahead of Mounce at the checkered flag. Kelly Wilkinson finished third, followed by Dylan Potter, Donnie Hampl, Jason Pugh, Todd Carlock, Dan Bryant, Orion Messina and Jack Aguiar. Aguiar and Jernagan won their respective eight lap that heat races.

Chad Johnson won the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car Main Event. This was his fourth win of the season, and it enabled him to beat Cody Johnson by six points for the championship. Gary Rayburn Jr had the pole for the race and led early, but Chad Johnson and past champion Troy Patee both made their way past him. Ninth starter Cody Johnson came from the fifth row to take second from Patee, but he chased Chad Johnson across the finish line for a second place finish. Patee settled for third, followed by Rayburn, Renn Bane, Dave Lincoln, Rod Bane, Chris Broucaret, Larry Thompson and Brock Hamilton. The Johnson's won their respective eight lap heat races.

For more information on the happenings at the speedway, go to www.racekingsspeedway.com.


Central Valley Mini Stocks Return To Lemoore Raceway

Lemoore, CA...The House of JuJu Central Valley Mini Stocks return to the 1/5 mile dirt oval at Lemoore Raceway this Saturday night. This is their second appearance of the season as another scheduled race has been rained out. The talented racers of the group have taken their show on the road in recent weeks, but Lemoore Raceway is where it started for them two years ago.

Dan Myrick, who is a winner on the circuit with the group this year, carries a 79 point advantage over Darren Wilson coming into this race. Brown won the season opener at Lemoore and has managed to build a 30 point advantage over Jeff Durant in the race for second. With the drivers vying for $5,000 in point fund money from series sponsor House of JuJu of Clovis and Morro Bay, the numbers have gone up this year. In Hanford, the group has never produced less than 24 cars for any of their visits.

Dan Myrick has done such a good job in the four races held in Hanford so far that he is the only driver in the field with four Top 5 finishes. He also has a win there, giving him an 11 point lead in that track's championship race. The visits to Hanford have seen the group welcome two new members to the Central Valley Mini Stock Association. Gene Glover, who is third in points at Hanford, also hold down fifth in points with the CVMS. Only one point behind him is Clinton Massey. Both drivers have proven to be tough competitors at several different venues in recent years.

Glover and Massey both have hopes of moving further up the ladder. Holding the fourth position in the standings is the consistent Ryan Blank, and he's just two points in front of Glover, while trailing Durant by 22 points. Blank has been looking so good this year that there's been some speculation that he could get his first feature win sometime soon. Some of the stars to watch for this week include Top 10 ranked Brent Myrick, Greg Baronian, Ryan Doglione and Danny Myrick. Four-time Merced Speedway winner Shawn DePriest is also anticipated for the show.

Baronian is the reigning series champion, while Danny Myrick won the inaugural title in 2017. Baronian had taken on a new job and sold his car, but scheduling was such that he was able to return. He got a ride in one of the Dan Myrick cars to get back to the track and did some car hopping in the following races before securing his own ride once again. Ryan Doglione, meanwhile, has built cars for his father and brother to make it a three-car team this year.

Lemoore Raceway is known as a Micro Sprint track with some great racing, but the CVMS has proven during these past few years that the Mini Stocks put on a good show on that track as well. Saturday should be no different. For further information, go to www.centralvalleyministocks.com.


Bower, Wasina, Wood Score Dixon Speedway Victories

Dixon, CA...September 7...Blake Bower won the 25 lap Super 600 Micro Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Dixon Speedway. Bower had the pole for the race and led at the drop of the green flag with Darrell Busby in pursuit. Michael Wasina started fifth, and he battled Blaine Baxter for several laps in the race for third. Wasina finally took third on lap 22. When Busby had problems on lap 23, Wasina assumed the second position. However, Bower drove a flawless race and earned the victory ahead of Wasina, point leader Kyle Mentch, Cody Gray, Colby Greig, Baxter, Tony Alosi, Busby, Jason Chapman and Hayden Saich.

Wasina set the first time standard of 10.512 as Baxter was second quick at 10.687. The 10 lap heat race wins were earned by Bower and Gray. Bower made it a clean sweep with his six lap Trophy Dash win.

Michael Wasina won the 25 lap Wingless 600 Micro Sprint Main Event. Robbie Lewis had the pole and led a lap before Wasina went charging by. Lewis held second until being passed by Dylan Bloomfield on lap eight. Two laps later, Lewis saw his race come to an end. Wasina scored the victory with Bloomfield and Austin Stone close behind him in second and third. Austin Torgerson finished fourth, followed by Nate Wait, Ethan Lanfri, Justin Adiego, Jeremy Chapman, Fabian Fernandez and Taylor DeCarlo.

There were 25 Wingless competitors, and Wasina set the fastest time of 10.880 on the 1/5 mile dirt oval. Stone was second quick at 10.940. Wasina won his 10 lap heat race, but Lewis forced him to settle for second in the eight lap Trophy Dash. The other heat race wins went to Stone and Lanfri.

Austin Wood scored the victory in the 20 lap Restricted Micro Main Event. Wood had a pole position start and would lead all the way with Matthew Tatoole and point leader Ashton Torgerson running second and third throughout the entire race. Austin Taborski finished fourth, followed by Jeffrey Pahule, Sage Bordenave, Rilee Whitehouse, Bryant Bell, Colin Kirby and Isabel Barnes. Thomas Vo set the fast time of 12.276. Barnes and Hailey Wood were the 10 lap heat race winners, and Austin Wood picked up six lap Trophy Dash honors.

Brody Rubio won the 20 lap Junior Sprint Main Event. Rubio had the lead from the start, and Hayden Stepps settled into second early on. On the ninth lap, point leader Michaela Tatoole passed Stepps for the second position, but Rubio held a half-lap advantage over Tatoole by the time the checkered flag flew. Stepps settled for third, followed by Peyton Whitehouse, Ryder Byrd, Aubrey Patterson and Cynric Vo. Rubio had the fastest lap of 13.411, but Tatoole picked up the 10 lap heat race and four lap Trophy Dash wins.

Racing returns on September 28th with a full compliment of Micro Sprint action once again. For further information, go to www.dixonspeedway.net.


Al Miller Memorial At Stockton Dirt Track Saturday Night

Stockton, CA...Things have been happening at the Stockton Dirt Track this year. 10 years ago, they might have thought it impossible that there would actually be auto racing at the facility that was once reserved just for horse racing. However, Tony Noceti saw to it that this came to pass, and the track has been the sight of some of the biggest Sprint Car events for various touring groups. This Saturday night is part of Noceti's plan to make the Stockton Dirt Track a place for Stock Car type events as well.

To that end, Noceti has booked several Stock Car events during the season, some of which have featured the B Modified division, and a pair of them that have featured the new Tri State Challenge Pro Stock Series. Saturday night will be the second big Pro Stock event, and it's a special occasion. This is the Al Miller Memorial, remembering the father of long time Late Model and IMCA Modified racer Robert Miller. This race will pay $2,000 to win, making it one of the biggest paying events for Pro Stock/Super Stock racing on the West Coast. Joining the Pro Stocks for this occasion will be the B Modifieds, Bombers and Basically 4 Cylinder cars. The latter two divisions are being imported from neighboring Stockton 99 Speedway. These drivers normally run on the payment, but this will be a point race for the two divisions.

The Tri State Pro Stock Challenge was the brain child of Oregon Pro Stock racer Roy Bain, Nevada Pro Stock racer Gordon Russell Jr and California racer Jerry Bartlett. Bartlett helped open the door for the group at Stockton with Promoter Tony Noceti, and Noceti is already talking with the group about how to make things bigger and better for them next year. There is quite a bit of excitement surrounding this race, which is expected to bring drivers from Oregon, Nevada and Northern and Southern California.

There have been four events held so far, and the wins at Cedarville and Yreka were both earned by Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stock Point leader Dr Scott Lenz. The first Stockton victory went to Dave King Jr, and Bill Pearson picked up the win at Reno-Fernley, Nevada Raceway. It is hoped that they can draw a field of cars into the twenties, and the bigger the car count gets, the bigger the purse will get. After four events, Mike Learn holds a 13 point lead over King. Pearson is 35 points behind King in the third position, 53 points ahead of Lenz. Another Oregon Pro Stock star, Scott Flowers, holds fifth in points. Stockton is a fast track, and it's anybody's guess who will bring home the victory this week.

The B Modifieds have held a half-dozen races at the speedway so far, and drivers have turned out from all over California for these events, which are paying better than your average Sport Modified race. Getting results for some of the recent races has been a bit of a challenge, but we know that Jason Nation, Kevin Johnson and Fred Ryland are three of the winners this season. It's hoped that with Merced Speedway not running a race for this division, there might be a few drivers coming from there as well as the Bay Area. Who might show up is anybody's guess, but some potential visitors include Brent Curran, Mark Garner, Kenny Shrader and Doff Cooksey. It will be interesting to see who shows up.

It's likely that you'll see a mixture of Stockton 99 Speedway Bomber stars and a few dirt track racers who will be taking advantage of running on a bigger dirt track. At 99 Speedway, Harrison Stone holds a slim two point advantage over Mikayla Stearns. Some of the other stars of the pavement track include Barrett Sugden, Tony Walz, Robert Oliver, Allen Rider III, Joey Stearns and Ben Lewis.

Likewise, the Basically Four Cylinder stars from the pavement track should be joined by a few dirt track racers from other venues. The point battle at 99 Speedway is as close in this class as it is in the Bombers. Joe Flowers holds just a 10 point advantage over Joshua Cross. Andy Rumsey leads Dave Kong by just 24 points in another close race for third. Matthew Richardson, Ethan Rumsey, Joshua Brown, Bryon Bishop and Kathy Bishop are some of the other stars in the class.

It's difficult to guess who might show up in the various divisions. Noceti's venture into promoting bigger Stock Car shows on the dirt track is just getting started as he tries to establish a base of cars. However, the Pro Stock side of things should deliver a good turnout. For further information, go to www.stocktondirttrack.com.


Merecd Speedway Unofficial Race Resukts September 7, 2019
USAC/CRA Sprints
1. Austin Liggett
2. Danny Faria Jr
3. Chase Johnson
4. Brody Roa
5. Jake Swanson
6. Austin Williams
7. Damion Gardner
8. Ryan Bernal
9. Charles Davis Jr
10. Colby Johnson
11. Eddie Tafoya Jr
12. Mike Martin
13. Koen Shaw
14. Steve Hix
15. Chris Gansen
16. Sean Watts
17. Mark Barroso
18. Matt McCarthy
19. Austin Ervine

Hobby Stocks
Timmy Crews
Austin Van Hoff
Allen Neal
Michael Shearer
Shannon Nelson
DJ Keldsen
Mike Germait
Race Shelton
Kristie Shearer
Kevin Irwin
Mitch Enos
Dexter Long
Meghan Myers
Devin Belton
Donnie Shearer
Cody Smiley
Andrew Shelton DNS

Mini Late Models
Timmy Crews
Logan Clay
Carson Guthrie
Ian Shearer
Billy Quinlan
Riley Jeppesen

Mini Stock
Tyler Post
Austin Sprague
Lucy Falkenberg
Lee Ragsdale
Jennifer Rodgers
Eddie Humphrey III
Shawn DePriest
Jerry Tubbs
James McGranahan
Alex Widdowson


Dixon Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2019
Super 600
Blake Bower
Michael Wasina
Kyle Mentch
Cody Gray
Colby Greig
Blaine Baxter
Tony Alosi
Darrell Busby
Jason Chapman
Hayden Saich
Kyler Shaw
Koen Shaw DNS
Christian Harris DNS

Wingless 600
Michael Wasina
Dylan Bloomfieid
Austin Stone
Austin Torgerson
Nate Wait
Eathan Lanfri
Justin Adiego
Jeremy Chapman
Fabian Fernandez
Taylor DeCarlo
Angelina Dempsey
Harlee Aguilera
Randy Sims
Ryan Holden
Jackie Whiteson Jr
Chuck Patterson
Don McLeister
Louie Laspina
Kyler Shaw
Robbie Lewis
Norman Harley Rose
Isak Johnson

Restricted 600
Austin Wood
Matthew Tatoole
Ashton Torgerson
Austin Taborski
Jeffrey Pahule
Sage Bordenave
Rylee Whitehouse 
Colin Kirby
Isabel Barnes
Hailey Wood
Brandon Riveira
Thomas Vo

Jr Sprints
Brody Rubio
Makayla Tatoole
Hayden Stepps
Peyton Whitehouse
Ryder Byrd
Aubry Patterson
Cynric Vo DNS


Stockton 99 Speedway Unofficial Results September 7, 2019
Late Models
Eric Nacimento Jr
Justin Philpott
Larry Tankersley
Ty Carlson
Chad Holman
Dennis Byers
Kimberly Rouse
Aaron Shankle
Greg Potts
Joe Hylton
Greg Uffins
Danny Devore
Johnny Cardoza Jr
Brandon Jones
Gary Shafer Jr
Jeremy Tucker
Guy Guibor
Garland Powell

Bombers
Rodney Tripp
Joey Streans
Joey Serafin
Rodney Oliver
Mikala Streans
Brandon Diede
Harrison Stone
Barrett Sugden
Allen Rider
Jeana Ramos
Jerry Crawford
Perry Reeder
Joe Morgenstern
Robert Oliver
Justin Scantlin

Basically 4 Cylinders
Josh Cross
Joe Flowers
Brian Cobb
Ethan Rumsey
David Locke
Mathew Richardson
Andy Rumsey
Mark Hunt
Frank Brown
Jeff Harris
Zach Williams
Joshua Brown
Cathy Bishop
Andrea Rumsey

Mini Cups/Bandoleros
Wyatt Sansom
Colton Nelson
Rebecca Dubie
Evan Laires
Bella Thomsen
Molly Laires
Coupe Allen DQ


Petaluma Speedway Race Results September 7, 2019
PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Bradley Terrell
Shane Hopkins
Shawn Arriaga
Tony Gualda
JJ Hickle
DJ Freitas
Colby Johnson
Tyler Brown
Jason Toft
John Clark
Joel Myers Jr
Bret Barney
Norm Johns
Jake Haulot
Glenn Bryan
Peter Paulsen
Ricky Brophy
Brent Bjork

PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints
Bradley Terrell
Adam Christian
Cody Fendley
Scott Chapeta
Bob Newberry
Bob Davis
Angelique Bell
Dennis Furia Jr
Tony Bernard
Eden McCormick
Bruno Bianchi
Keith Calvino
Sparky Howard
Ryon Siverling
Jessica Walker
Doc Brophy

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Mitch Machado
Steve Studebaker
Matt While
Gary Adams
Shawn McCoy
Snazzy Duckworth
Sid Hess

General Hydroponics Redwood Dwarf Cars
Marcus Hardina
Chad Matthias
Matt Hagemann
Garrett Brady
Scooter Gomes
John Peters
Carroll Mendenhall
Danny Marsh
Mike Affonso
Jordan Souza
Mike Dahle
Kylee Johnson
Adam Freitas
Travis Day
Robert Kocinzki
Mark Hanson
Kevin Miraglio
Sam Borland
Roberto Monroy
Vic Vaz
Shiloh Borland
Travis Hensley
Michael Williams


Ventura Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2019
Senior Sprints
Wally Pankratz
Rick Hendrix
Chris Meredith
Mike Cook

California Lightning Sprints
Main Event #1
Dominic Del Monte
Doug Nunes
James Turnbull
Aiden Lange
Cody Nigh
Jarrett Kramer
A. J. Bender
Wink Schweitzer
Eric Greco
Bruce Douglass
Jason Arnolde
Jon Robertson

Main Event #2
Jarrett Kramer
Cody Nigh
A. J. Bender
Aiden Lange
Doug Nunes
Dominic Del Monte
James Turnbull
Eric Greco
Bruce Douglass
Wink Schweitzer
Jon Robertson
Jason Arnolde


Petaluma Speedway Unofficial Race Results September 2, 2019
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
1. Chase Johnson
2. Colby Johnson
3. Austin Williams
4. Shawn Arriaga
5. Brody Roa
6. Danny Faria Jr
7. Eddie Tafoya Jr
8. Charles Davis Jr
9. Steve Hix
10. Chris Gansen
11. Norm Johns
12. Ricky Brophy
13. Damion Gardner
14. Jake Swanson
15. Geoff Ensign
16. Jason McDougal
17. Matt McCarthy
18. Mike Martin

McLea's Tire Service IMCA Modifieds
Tim Yaeger
Oreste Gonnella
Michael Paul Jr
Jake Dewsbury
Ray Trimble
Justin Yaeger
Jeff Faulkner
David Spriggs
Jeff Thomas
Trevor Brady
Anthony Slaney
Gary Zwicker
Mitch Machado
Jay Learn

Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Mitch Machado
Sid Hess
Gary Adams
Steve Studebaker
Tim O'Hara
Ryan Cherezian
Dave Spindell
Matt While
Manny Avila
Shawn McCoy


Santa Maria Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2019
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Results are not official
1     #4 Damion Gardner    
2     #92 Austin Williams
3     #34AZ Jake Swanson
4     #42x Max Adams
5     #50 Charles Davis Jr
6     #73 Ryan Bernal
7     #44 Cody Williams
8     #68 Chase Johnson
9     #4G Chris Gansen
10     #57 Steve Hix
11     #51T Eddie Tafoya Jr
12     #98 Verne Sweeny
13     #11 Troy Rutherford
14     #5J James Herrera
15     #42 Danny Faria Jr    
16     #91R Brody Roa    
17     #16 Mike Martin        
18     #33B Brandon Wiley    
19     #51 Austin Ervine

Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1     #14 Tommy Velasquez        
2     #41 Nick Velasquez
3     #6B Brian Barnhill
4     #92N Jessica Swanson
5     #4 Mitch Caldwell
6     #4x Thomas Velasquez
7     #28 Tony Pellegrino
8     #2x Tony Margott
9     #88 Jeff Brink
10     #19K Kobe Kerns

American Stocks
Results are not official
1     #4J Justin Jackson        
2     #37 Jimmy Satlawa
3     #51 Nicholas Verbryke        
4     #16 Ed Wyand        
5     #212 Ron Tansom

Mini Stocks
Results are not official
1     #43P Jarod Pack            
2     #35 Bill Barnhill
3     #38T Ally Thornton
4     #10 Butch Headrick
5     #89 Megan Burgett
6     #74 Justin Gangolff    
7     #5S Sonya Hererra
8     #5 Zach Chavez        
9     #81 Arturo Carmona
10     #43 Levi Burgett

NMRA TQ Midgets
Results are not official
1     #5 Bruce Hiroshima        
2     #40 Chris Thomas
3     #59 Scott Niven
4     #75 West Evans        
5     #18 Scott Dobson        
6     #36 Mike Griffiths


Keller Auto Raceway Unofficial Race Results September 7, 2019
King Of Thunder Winged 360 Sprints
D.J. Netto
Craig Stidham
Grant Duinkerken
Zane Blanchard
Jace VanderWeerd
Keith Day Jr
Tucker Worth
Jared Faria
Jake Hagopian
Brooklyn Holland
Brendan Warmerdam
Tanner Boul
Travis Coelho
Joey Ancona
Steve Jaquith
Cole Macedo
Mitchell Faccinto
Burt Foland Jr
Geoffrey Strole
Vaughn Schott
Chris Ennis
Kaleb Montgomery
Landon Hurst

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Garrett Jernagan
Jarrod Mounce
Kelly Wilkinson
Dylan Potter
Donnie Hampl
Jason Pugh
Todd Carlock
Dan Bryant
Orion Messina
Jack Aguiar
Travis Slayter

IMCA Stock Cars
Chad Johnson
Cody Johnson
Troy Patee
Gary Rayburn Jr
Renn Bane
Dave Lincoln
Rod Bane
Kris Broucaret
Larry Thompson
Brock Hamilton
Tanner Lorenzo
Nicholas Johnson


The Editor's Viewpoint

I've been following the saga of Movieland Speedpark in Chandler, Indiana with great interest. This is the race track that apparently got bought by Reno Fontana. Fontana is an Elvis impersonator who made a splash when he laid claim to owning one of the old homes of Elvis Presley. You can find quite a colorful history on this man if you look him up. He also claimed a connection with the race track in Chandler, which is where he supposedly grew up. Reno Fontana is not his real name.

Earlier this year, the bankruptcy that Reno attempted to file to keep the race track was thrown out. It was determined that he didn't have a legal deed on the track, which was still owned by Harold Baker. Once that happened, it wasn't long before Reno started canceling races. There had only been a handful of races, which weren't a huge success. Reno might claim victory in that he actually opened the track and promoted a few races, but after the first race, the numbers went steadily down. After the bankruptcy was thrown out, he gave up on the season.

When it was announced that the track would again go up for auction on September 10th, Reno defiantly said there would never be an auction, which he said the first time he got it cancelled. He went on a local broadcast and said the same thing, adding that he would like to get one of those auction signs that is posted in front of the facility to put in his museum. Reno seemed to be enjoying the attention, even if it was a bit negative.

Though he has tried to shut down sites that give you a different perspective on what's going on, there is a Facebook site called Movieland Updates that lets you know more of the story than what Reno is telling you. Reno loves to work social media and give people updates, and frequently it's just about him, rather than what's actually going to happen that's going to make the race track a success.

Last week, it appeared as if Reno's days were numbered. Original property owner Harold Baker filed papers in court saying that the sale that he supposedly made to Reno in December was not being honored by Reno. Money Reno was supposedly going to give him never got paid. It appeared as if there was trouble in Paradise between these two individuals and that Reno might be on the way out after all. Reno made a couple of very interesting posts on social media during the weekend. One showed him and Baker standing where one of the auction signs was missing. It showed the two being chummy. But wait, weren't there court papers filed last week?

On Sunday, he posted that the investor he thought he had that would help bail him out had backed out because one of the people owed money didn't want to work within their time frame. It almost sounded hopeless. This being one of his Sunday posts and Reno claiming to be a Christian, it turned into a post where commenters were sending their prayers for the guy who they think is actually fighting the good fight to save racing in Chandler. However, we shouldn't forget what Reno has said all along. There will never be an auction.

In the back of my mind, I sort of decided I would believe it when I saw it. On Tuesday, Reno managed to file another bankruptcy to get the auction called off yet again. This time, it sounds like it's a personal bankruptcy. He only needed to file papers himself and didn't need a lawyer in this case. I'm sure the plan is to try and get it where the debts will be paid back in a longer stretch of time, but I feel that it's unlikely that this will happen. Therefore, the bankruptcy filing is only another means to delay.

One might ask why the delay tactics, but it's real simple. Reno is a guy who plays the long game. Some people would call him a con man, and I don't know that I would disagree with that terminology either. What he's thinking is that if he's given a little bit of time, he'll come across somebody with more money than they know what to do with. They'll give him money just because they buy into his line of BS. Then, he can reopen the track for business once again, only this time he'll actually have money behind him to do something rather than open the gates with no money whatsoever as he did this year.

When you have no money and you want to play the game, time is your friend. Time gives you the opportunity to try to secure the money, and if you're confident in your line of BS, you think you can get it done. There's no guarantee that Reno can pull this off, and ultimately the track may go up for auction. The biggest concern racing fans in Chandler have is that all of this mess is going to make it where any potential buyer won't have an interest in making it a race track again. They will look at it as a property to develop condos or whatever else. It's a sad state of affairs, but in the meantime the rest of this racing season is canceled and the future of the track is in doubt. Don't expect Reno to go away until he has played every card in his deck.

Antioch Speedway has just announced the big West Coast Nationals event on October 17th through 19th. It's interesting that they chose that name, but considering Chad Chadwick is the one promoting it, I'm not surprised. The West Coast Nationals has significance to him. The car that won the first West Coast Nationals promoted by Brynda Bockover in 1993 was driven by Mark Welch. Chadwick bought that car from Welch to make his return to the sport after a decade long absence. It's as good a name as any, and this event will be huge.

Initially, when John Soares put the big money date on his schedule, it was October 11th and 12th and would pay $12,000 to win. I know John has had people in his ear advising him not to do this, and I'll just leave it at that. I know that John had Chad in his ear telling him that this was the wrong date. Bakersfield Speedway has had a 30 plus year tradition known as the Budweiser Nationals that happens on that weekend, and Chad felt that Antioch should stay away from the show and work with Bakersfield instead. It appears as if Chad ultimately won this debate. The big event has been moved back a week, and it's still pretty big.

Thursday will feature a practice, barbecue, cornhole tournament and live band. It's sort of a get-together type of deal, which isn't necessarily a bad idea. Friday will be a full show, and the Top 4 finishers in the A Modified portion of the program will lock themselves into the $7,500 to win race on Saturday. Saturday's race is so rich that it's paying $500 just to take the green flag in the feature. The B Modifieds will be competing for a cool $1,500 to win and $150 to start minimum. The money is good.

There are already many people asking questions about the format, payout and all of that. As I write this, I understand that those details could drop at anytime. Chad had a poster ready to put out there on Monday morning, and he felt that this information needed to get out as soon as possible. Obviously, he's right. You're making an announcement of a race that will be paying really good money, but it's going to happen a month and a week from now. You're already making the announcement rather late, and it's a big risk.

I see it as rolling the dice and taking a big risk. Then again, any promoter that puts up a substantial purse for a race is taking a risk. You have to have that money set aside, because if the money doesn't come in through the gates to pay for the purse, it comes out of your pocket. I've done the math on just the Main Event purses alone for both classes, and it's not cheap. There's a question about whether you can make the money through the gates just to pay that portion, not to mention the B Mains and so on that you'll also have to pay.

The other concern you have is that, to put it mildly, this has not been a good year at Antioch Speedway in terms of the numbers. Attendance has not been looking so good, and even the car count hasn't been that great. What your banking on is everybody's going to show up, and you have just over a month to convince them to do so. When you're putting up the kind of money that's being offered on this occasion, you definitely need to do everything you can to get the people to show up. It's a gamble, and it can pay off or it can fail miserably.

Through the years, John has had a knack for putting up $5,000 to win A Modified races with a good purse all the way through. However, he hasn't been doing that so much since the B Modifieds have come along. This is because when he would put this kind of money up, he was getting between 50 and 60 cars minimum to show up, and it was not a loser on his end. The money being offered by Chad for this particular show looks to be bigger than what John had paid before, but are there 50 to 60 Modified racers willing to come run this race? That's the gamble. The cars are out there, but will they come?

Obviously, there were people coming in with nitpicks and that sort of thing, and I have commented on this before. It seems to be more of a habit these days for racers not to say, "Where do I sign up? I want to go race," but rather to nitpick when a big race is announced. The format is wrong, maybe the purse is not exactly the way they want it or whatever. The track is taking a risk to give you this show. The thing you need to do is support it. If you want your track to be a player in the game when it comes to running a big show, just support it and help make it a success. In the case of this big Antioch Speedway show, some of the details weren't out initially, but they will be. I think it'll be fine.

There are still some questions to be answered at Antioch Speedway, and I'm going to do a little tap dance around that at this time. Everybody knows the elephant in the room, and there's been some question about the future. A lot of rumors have been circulating behind the scenes, and I heard a few come all the way up to Medford for the big R Charles Snyder Salute race we just had two weeks ago. I can only guess what it is. However, I won't be guessing here. The answers may be forthcoming at the West Coast Nationals, but who knows?

My only concern for that track right now is that things are put into place to help make it more successful. I've been doing my own voluntary media effort to try and help the cause, and I'm not opposed to being on the scene on a regular basis to help the cause down there in any way that I can. One thing I do know, however, is a person on the scene is very much needed at any venue to help make it a success. Some tracks balk at hiring a publicity person, but in this day and age, it's well worth the investment to do such. How a promoter can see that as somebody they can't afford to pay is beyond me. If they do their job right, you're not only going to make the money back that you pay them every week, you're going to make more money. If you don't have that sort of job being done, that just translates to more people you won't be seeing coming through the gates, in my opinion.

So, I would love to see Antioch Speedway hire a person for that job. Maybe that could be a person that announces and handles publicity, as there are good people out there who can do the job. I think that's part of what will help make things more successful in the long run, although at this point, the effort will be non-stop and will be hard work. It won't come easy. If I were the one in the role, just as I've done the role up here in Medford, I would never promise instant results. I would promise an increase over time through hard work, and I would do everything that I could within my ability while I was there.

The track needs somebody, and I've heard rumors of somebody coming on board, at least for the West Coast Nationals. I won't comment further on that, but this person has worked in this capacity at the track in the past. If that happens to be the case again in the future, I would simply step out of the way and let them handle going to the media outlets as I have been doing for the last four years for free. I will never stop writing about Antioch Speedway on my blog, regardless of whether I'm there, not there, retired or what have you. If I write about racing, you're sure the read my thoughts about Antioch Speedway past and present on this blog.

This last weekend at Southern Oregon Speedway, we had a rapidly run event. We've been seeing some good numbers in the pits and the stands, but how do you follow up the biggest Modified show (until Antioch's race next month) on the West Coast? Medford has had this problem after the Labor Day event for years. Whether it is the increase in admission fee or what have you, the fans don't come in so big of numbers the following week. You also can't run any IMCA sanctioned divisions because of the big Boone, Iowa Nationals.

I look at a week like this and wonder if the track should be open at all that night. Or, if it must be, should the high purse divisions be featured when you're dealing with the struggle to get fans to come attend? We had a similar debate about the race we run in July against the Fair, and we went with the mid card and lower classes. Turns out that was a winning decision, and I wonder if maybe something like that could be tried again? We featured Pro Stocks on that occasion, and I think they would fit along with the Dwarf Cars on this particular night. In fact, maybe both divisions could be run that week and left off of the big show the week before?

The show has to go on, even if you're facing tough odds in getting a car count and a crowd count. Every track, I don't care where you are, struggles with nights like this. It wasn't the biggest car count, but the 40 racers we had actually put on a good show. Jim Rodgers had the track whipped into good shape. It was fast and hooked up. Juxtaposed to the Sunday before where we ran much later than we wanted to, the racing started at 7:00, and I think the final checkered flag flew around 9:30. This was a two-and-a-half-hour program.

I remember coming back to the sport in 2015 and having many conversations with John Soares at Antioch about the state of the sport and what not. One of the many observations he made to me was that the fans want to see a show go quickly, like two and a half hours or three tops. I tend to agree with him. Now, the hardcore fans will stay as late as it takes. If you're running at one in the morning, those fans are still there. But, you can't sustain your business model based purely on hardcore fans. You have to get the casual fans that show up a couple of times a month or whatever, and those fans want to see an entertaining and well run show

Look at it this way. We have lots of different things competing for your entertainment dollars. Somebody wants to go out for an evening, and they're looking at 3 to 4 hours of time for their evening. They may go grab a bite and go check out a movie. They may go to a concert, or whatever. But the bottom line is they want to be entertained and not have to deal with delays and that sort of thing. When you give them a racing program that has cars on the track most of the time and runs for three hours or so, you're giving them what they wanted to see. When they feel like they were entertained that night, they're more likely to consider coming back again.

We obviously can't control some of the things that happen during the course of a night. There could be a crash that takes longer to clear up. The ambulance may be needed for something. Track conditions may be a little bit rougher. The racers may have a rough time of it or whatever, and it adds another half an hour or an hour to your program. You're trying not to have those things happen, but they do come up. The ultimate goal at any race track should be to give the fans a quick, enjoyable show and leave them wanting more.

Up here, we're not married to the 11:00 curfew, although we endeavor to get done closer to 10. Some of the tracks in California have to get done at 10, and a few even have to get done a little bit earlier whenever possible. So they are aiming for the three hour program. It's something that we need to take into consideration when we're planning out a schedule and trying to get fans to come out to the show. You want to give them a decent car count where they feel they have good competition to enjoy, and even that can be a challenge.

Up here, we rotate 10 different divisions during the course of the season, seven of which are divisions we honor at the banquet. You would call them in house divisions. Antioch Speedway has eight divisions that they rotate. The reason for this many divisions is it enables you to rotate divisions so the same ones aren't being run every week. I'm sure we'll be making adjustments up here in the future, and I know I've been hearing about adjustments that could be made at Antioch in the future. My point right now is not to speculate on what those adjustments are, but rather to comment on the fact that having so many divisions to rotate is a necessity.

You could do it with three or four divisions if you've got a good car count in those classes, but often times you don't. When you only have three or four divisions and try to fill 16 or 20 dates with them, it could still lead to driver fatigue and nights where there is a really poor car count. This has become a science. I detest the idea of Divisionitis, which means too many divisions. In 2019, this has become a necessary thing. You keep your car counts up a little bit better when you rotate classes, but even with the divisions running maybe 12 races during the course the season, you still get that driver fatigue at the end. It's not perfect, but it's the way we manage to get by.

Down in Yreka, they still have that problem with divisions. Only two regular divisions will be earning championship points at the track this year, and they have other traveling divisions coming to town. The problem is the IMCA Sport Modified and Mini Stock classes carry the heavy workload, and the numbers have not been big in either class. It is certainly going to necessitate the track adding other divisions in the future to make sure the fans get enough of a show. The problem they have in attracting fans these days is they already know they're not going to get too many cars between these two classes, and the only other division they can add on that is in house is the Jefferson State Jalopies. If the Dwarf Cars or the Pro Stocks aren't on the schedule or it's not a big Modified show, fans know they may not see big numbers, and therefore fans aren't as quick to put their money down to come watch a show.

I couldn't speculate on what the track is going to do to alleviate this situation, and they may think it's smooth sailing ahead for all I know. What I do know is they were coming back from a two-week break with plans for the two regular classes and the Jalopies when the fires started hitting in the area. The fairgrounds is now being used as a firefighter base of operations. Management was forced to make the decision to cancel on Monday for this Saturday, and there are people wondering if the following week will happen. It so happens that September 21st is one of the biggest events of the season, the Rod Restad Memorial race. On top of your IMCA Sport Modifieds and Mini Stocks, there's a 50 lap IMCA Modified race and the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks.

I know the track would like to get that race in, and it could be that if the fires wipe that night out, it will just happen on the 28th, provided rains don't start hitting. It's been a funny season up here, one where we haven't seen any 100 degree weather nights on any of our race nights and we have seen rain in August. So, who's to say? I know management is counting on running into October, and my guess is they'll be able to pull some of that off. But if the window shuts on them in September, nothing in October will be for IMCA points. They're watching the fires in the area with great interest and hoping that they will be in a place where they can have racing on September 21st. I hope so too.

The Stockton Dirt Track happens to be holding a Stock Car oriented program this weekend that will feature the Tri State Challenge Pro Stocks and the Al Miller Memorial race. This event will pay $2,000 to win. When it was announced, Robert Miller was hoping to line up $5,000 for the winner, but a few sponsors fell through. Still, $2,000 is on a par with the best paying races for the class. I think Petaluma Speedway and the Adobe Cup/Bob McCoy Memorial also pays $2,000, but I can't think of anywhere else. What I'm hearing is there will be racers coming from as far south at Santa Maria, and also there will be racers from Nevada and Oregon. I think a car count in the twenties may be possible for this one.

I attempted to do a preview for the race this weekend, but it's very difficult. I know a little bit about what's going on with the Pro Stocks, but the B Modifieds are a mystery, and I'm not even sure who will show up in the Bomber or Basically 4 Cylinder classes. The way they've worked these dirt track shows, the latter two divisions are running for points from the Stockton 99 Speedway pavement track, meaning some of those drivers will do it. Racers are saying that Tony Noceti pays pretty darn well, but sometimes it's not so easy to find out what the money is. It's been enough that the B Modified racers are willing to support, but they have a choice to make this weekend. It turns out that this race is being booked on top of a rather nice event at Marysville. This two-day event is called the Peach Tree Nationals, and they're paying $1,550 to win on Saturday. So, where will the drivers in this class go?

Tony seems to have an interest in building some Stock Car events at his track. He already knows that the big Sprint Car shows are winners for the most part. The racers show up and the fans want to see them. The biggest challenge he has on those occasions is making sure the track conditions are to the racer's liking, but I've been hearing things are looking better lately in that regard. So, Tony is left to figure out what divisions he can get for Stock Car type programs. The Pro Stocks seem to have gotten his interest, and my sources tell me that he's helping the group out by helping them with sponsorship, and my guess is that he would have an interest in more than the two dates he gave them this year. It will be interesting to see how this event goes this weekend and what it leads to in the future.

Speaking of trying to do things for the future, the Vintage Duels promotion group will have their Dwarf Car event at Grass Valley on October 4th. This is a Friday night. Patrick Weger is the one who put this together, and he has the blessing of the NorCal Dwarf Car Association, which pretty much runs the territory up there. My guess is that NorCal leadership envisions the time when they will actually be able to have races on a track there in the future. This track is being built inside of the Rodeo Arena, and as I understand it, they will have a one-on-one elimination style tournament until they get to one driver left. It's an interesting concept, and we'll see how this goes. Since he's working in such tight confines, I notified Patrick of what's going on with Hornet race cars these days with Arena races. I'm thinking something like that would fit there, but I'm not sure if this is something he will entertain in the future.

What I do know is Weger demonstrated to the fairgrounds people how quickly they can set up and take out a race track, which was important. For those people wondering how this affects the grounds, seeing a crew in action doing their thing certainly can help alleviate the concerns of the Fair Board. Now, if you are showing how quickly you can set up and take down a little track and your race goes successfully, it could lead to other things. Maybe you're setting up and taking out a bigger track capable of hosting a more traditional racing program? I know the goal is to have more racing at this track, and even if it couldn't be a regular season, four to six races a year would be a possibility. How things go on October 4th will go a long way towards determining what else can happen in the future.

There's probably more I can say, but I'm going to end this for now. Until next time...