Thursday, April 7, 2016

Havasu 95 Speedway Resolves Two More Championships

By Dave Grayson

The Havasu 95 Speedway, the quarter mile paved oval located in Lake Havasu City-Arizona, crowned two more champions this past Saturday night under the typical exciting circumstances that this facility is famous for. This time there was a final resolution in the title run for the Get It In Gear Street Stocks and the Maintenance Solutions Team Factory Stocks.

When the Havasu 95 Speedway's 2015 - 2016 winter racing season began, Street Stock driver Gavin Bucy put on a driving clinic that immediately caught the attention of his competition, the fans and the officials. During a period that spanned from October 3d until January 16th, Bucy ran up a string of six consecutive main event wins. However, there was an a set of circumstances that didn't guarantee a championship trophy. That was due to the presence of speedway veteran, and former track champion, Bobby Keirns who collected six consecutive second place finishes that kept him within striking distance in the points standings.

However Keirns soon figured out the fast way around his season rival and, on February 6th, scored his first win of the season and then followed that up with two more consecutive wins. The two title contenders were now tied in the points going into last Saturday night's final Street Stock races of the season. Making this title run more exciting was the fact that the division was scheduled to run twin, 25 lap, mains. Once again, Keirns rose to the occasion and won the first race while Bucy finished third. Main event number two saw Keirns win his fifth consecutive race with Bucy finishing second. After Bucy's domination of the first six races of the season, Keirns wound up taking the division championship by six points.

The Maintenance Solutions Team Factory Stocks is the creation of Havasu 95 Speedway Promoter Bill Rozhon. The concept calls for three rotating drivers with at least one of them having to be a lady. Congrats goes out to Team Take and Bake and team drivers Jose Guevara along with Christine and Chris Weiss who wrapped up the division title this past Saturday night by a four point margin over the Asphalt Junkies and their trio of drivers comprised of Brandon Preston, Stacy Cherico and Tom Gray. EWWWWEEEE Racing placed third, only six points from first. The team was represented by Jeff Prieur, Nicki Prieur and William Guevara backed by a late season assist from Shelly Keirns and Robyn Gallaty.

Other championships already resolved includes Trevor Huddleston who won the Late Model title based on three consecutive feature wins and seven top five finishes. Bobby Keirns, who has been really busy this year, and Jeff Peterson tied for second in the rankings. Both drivers scored a main event win and six top five finishes.

Congrats to young Adam Hommerding who claimed the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts championship based on seven wins, including four in a row, and a consistent 12 top five finishes. Brody Wake and Korbin Mitchell followed the new champion by finishing second and third.

The Havasu 95 Speedway will wrap up their final two division championships during their winter season finale race set for April 16th. Still to be settled on this night are the Bandolero and Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stock titles.

Orange Show Speedway Opener Postponed

By Dave Grayson

WEATHER ALERT: Sorry to note that Saturday night's highly anticipated 2016 opener at the Orange Show Speedway, in San Bernardino, has been postponed due heavy race in that area. The race has been rescheduled for April 23rd and will feature the Open Late Models, 1 800 Loan Mart Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros, Extreme Exhibits Outlaw Figure 8's, Legends and the Barber Pole race.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Second Race Date Confirmed at Irwindale Speedway

Via Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series Media

Bakersfield, CA – Today, the contract was signed for a second race date for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series at Irwindale Speedway in 2016. The second date is Saturday, June 18th.

“Irwindale was not planning a race on June 18th, so we’re leasing the facility to put on the event,” stated Brian Olsen of the SRL. “Irwindale is a great track for our series and no one’s sure how long the track is going to be here, so a second date was important to us.”

The 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series season started with the “Winter Showdown”, a non-points race on February 28th. With the addition of the second Irwindale Speedway date, the 2016 championship season will now feature nine points paying events, beginning this weekend at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will visit six tracks in 2016, including; two appearances at the Bullring on April 9th and November 19th, two dates at Irwindale Speedway on April 30th and June 18th, two at Kern County Raceway on May 21st and October 29th, one stop at Madera Speedway on July 16th, once at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka, California on August 6th and once at the series newest venue, Tucson Speedway on September 17th.

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Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For April 8th And April 10th

By Dave Grayson


Saturday, April 9th. It's going to be a great night at Tucson Speedway led by the always exciting Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart, who will be running a 75 lap feature. Also on the schedule, on a full night of racing, will be the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Hornets, Legends & Bandoleros. The gates will open at 5pm with racing getting the green flag at 7pm.

The speedway is offering a two day package for $22 that includes the Friday Lucas Oil Modifieds and Speedway divisions practice session and pit party and the Saturday night racing. The two day package is a website only purchase. Individual tickets for the Friday practice and pit party are $5. Saturday night ticket prices are: adults-$22, seniors & military personnel-$15, kids age 11 to 16-$12 and kids age 10 and under free accompanied by a paid adult.


The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will kick off its 2016 points season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The popular California-based series' top stars - including reigning champion Jacob Gomes - will compete in the "Blackjack 121" feature that will anchor the night's racing slate. The first 100 fans through the gates will receive an autographed Gomes driver profile.

NASCAR Bombers drivers will have two chances to make it to the Winner's Circle thanks to a pair of twin 25s, and NASCAR Super Stocks also will be in action with a 30-lap feature. USLCI Bandoleros Outlaws and Bandits, Thunder Cars and Legends complete the night's eight-race schedule.

This weekend's event is the second of 11 points races for the 2016 Bullring season for the track's eight major classes, and the season continues through championship night on Saturday, Sept. 24. A great entertainment option for families, The Bullring offers $2 hot dogs and Coca-Cola products, $3 Budweiser beer and frequently features prize giveaways during the season. For more information or to order tickets, log on to The Bullring page at or call 1-800-644-4444.

The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by qualifying at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies and main events will start at 7pm.


Saturday, April 9th. The long awaited season opener at the OSS, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart, is finally here and they're starting historic season number 68 on a strong note with racing from their Legend Cars running a 30 lap main, the Open Late Models-50 laps, Street Stocks-30 laps, Mini Stocks & Bandoleros-25 laps each, the always fun Barber Pole race-15 laps and the always exciting Outlaw Figure 8's-20 laps.

The gates will open at 8am followed by a special single car test and tune session from 8:30am to 11:45am. The single car practice will be run in five minute sessions and the driver can return to the track as many times as they want. Entry fee is $50 cash only. The teams must clear the itp aera at 12pm to allow credential officials to begin their jobs. This special test and tune is an excellent shake down run for drivers and crew chiefs to determine what their prior to the racing later in the night. Later in the day, from 1 to 3pm, there will be a practice session, open to all cars and divisions.

At 3:15pm qualifying begins followed by heat races at 6pm, the playing of the "National Anthem" and trophy dashes at 6:55pm. the Bandolero main event at 7:25pm and main events at 7:50pm. There are two basic reason for this very intricate time schedule. First off, OSS officials are expecting approximately 100 cars Saturday night and staying on schedule has become very important. The other reason is the OSS policy of giving their fans a full racing show that doesn't run extremely late. This consideration is especially aimed at fans who have young children that they need to get home to bed.

The OSS is also keeping their ticket prices on a budget friendly basis. General admission tickets, age 13 and up, are only $8. Tickets for seniors and kids, age 6 to 12 are $ 6 while kids five and under along with active duty miltary personnel, with valid ID, will be admitted free.


Saturday, April 9th. The long awaited opening day at All American has finally arrived. Saturday night's racing action will be provided by the speedway's Street Stock, Bomber, F 4, Limited Modified and Pro 4 Modified divisions. The spectator gates will open at 4pm with racing set for 6pm. General admission tickets, age 16 to 59, are $10. Children's tickets age six to 15 and seniors, age 60 plus, are $7. Kids five and under will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family pass that admits two adults and three kids for $35.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Performance P-1 Motorsports Media April 2, 2016 Race Re-cap

Via Performance P-1 Motorsports Media

Juan Garcia running the #77 PP1M Stoughton Printing Jan's Towing, Ron's Rear Ends, Wallace Signs K&N Chevrolet Impala SS in race # 2 at Kern County Raceway. Juan had a good run going into the late stages of the 150 lap race moving up as high as 8th position. A series of late lap crashes and cautions put out debris on the track and Juan picked up something on his left rear tire that cause a flat and late lap pit stop. Juan Esteban Garcia Duarte was able to salvage a hard fought 15th place finish.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Nick Joanides was able to pick-up his second victory of the year driving the #77 King Taco, Stoughton Printing, Jan's Towing, Eiback Springs, Wallace Signs, Ron's Rear Ends Impala SS. Nick qualified 4th and finished third in the first 30 lapper and then was able to to win the second race.

Alec Martinez driving the #88 Pick your Part, Back in the Day Classics, King Taco Impala SS had two top ten finishes 8th and 9th in the two 30 lap features. Alec continues to make steady progress in our program and we look forward to seeing him in victory lane real soon.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Gilliland Runs Historic Unbeaten Streak To Four

Via NASCAR Media

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Todd Gilliland's unbeaten streak has reached historic proportions.

The 15-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, driver went from third to first following a late-race restart at Kern County Raceway Park en route to capturing Saturday night's NAPA Auto Parts 150. It was Gilliland's second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in as many starts this season. More impressively, it was Gilliland's fourth win in his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts.

With the win, Gilliland matched the record set by International Motorsports Hall of Famer Dan Gurney. Gurney won the first four NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model Series races he entered -- combination races with the then-Grand National Series at California's old Riverside Speedway. The Pacific Coast Late Model, which began in 1954, has evolved into the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Gilliland's win streak, which started at Phoenix in the K&N Pro West finale last November, also includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway in February and the K&N Pro Series West opener at California's Irwindale Speedway earlier this month. Gilliland, Gurney, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock (two straight) and 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano (two straight) are the only drivers in the history of the K&N Pro Series to win at least their first two career series starts.

The latest win may have been the toughest.

Gilliland's No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota lost the lead to Ryan Partridge following a Lap 132 restart, in which the caution flag came out for a wreck behind the leaders immediately after the green flag flew. Before the yellow, though, Gilliland not only lost the top spot, but also second place to Partridge's teammate Cole Rouse.

Following a lengthy red flag for cleanup, Gilliland quickly dispatched of Rouse, and then tracked down Partridge to make the pass and lead the final nine laps.

Partridge settled for his second runner-up finish of the season, while rookies Rouse and Riley Herbst, and defending series champion, Chris Eggleston, rounded out the top five.

Gilliland was fastest in practice, won his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light of the K&N Pro Series West season. He then went on to lead three times for a race-high 54 laps on the three-year-old high-speed-half-mile.

David Mayhew, making his 100th career K&N Pro West start, led 31 laps and appeared to be in position to spoil Gilliland's streak. However, the series veteran cut a tire shortly after the halfway break and fell out of contention.

Mayhew came back to finished sixth, followed by Gracin Raz, Noah Gragson, Johnny Borneman and Julia Landauer.

The NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park will air on NBCSN on Friday, April 8 at 11 p.m. EST.

Todd Gilliland will continue to chase history on April 16 as he's entered in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action May 7 at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

At Kern County Raceway Park
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150 laps, 58.708 mph.
2. (14) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 150.
3. (4) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 150.
4. (3) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.
5. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150.
6. (7) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 150.
7. (11) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 150.
8. (13) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 150.
9. (5) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, CA, Ford, 150.
10. (6) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 150.
11. (15) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 150.
12. (19) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 149.
13. (20) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 149.
14. (23) Jesse Iwuji, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet, 146.
15. (17) Juan Esteban Garcia, Bogota, Colombia, Chevrolet, 144, tire.
16. (9) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 135.
17. (16) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 132, accident.
18. (8) Parker Stephens, Olympia, Wash., Chevrolet, 125, accident.
19. (12) Buddy Shepherd, Bakersfield, CA, Ford, 122.
20. (21) Colton Nelson, Meridian, Idaho, Ford, 95, accident.
21. (22) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, CA, Chevrolet, 41, accident.
22. (10) Blaine Rocha, Oakdale, Calif., Chevrolet, 9, radiator.
23. (18) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 5, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 16 minutes 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.287 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland * (100.161 mph, 17.971 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 40 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-26; D. Mayhew 27-29; J. Borneman 30-49; D. Mayhew 50-57; R. Partridge 58-60; D. Mayhew 61-80; R. Partridge 81-112; T. Gilliland 113-131; R. Partridge 132-141; T. Gilliland 142-150.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 95; 2. R. Partridge, 86; 3. C. Eggleston, 81; 4. R. Herbst, 78; 5. C. Rouse, 76; 6. N. Gragson, 76; 7. J. Borneman, 75; 8. J. Landauer, 70; 9. G. Raz, 69; 10. R. Norman, 64.