Thursday, September 22, 2016

Copeland And Dave Reed Racing Partner For West Coast Sportsman

ANDERSON, CALIFORNIA (September 22, 2016) – Dave Reed Racing will enter the inaugural race for the West Coast Sportsman, entering the #44 Approved Memory TOYOTA with Anderson, CA's Derek Copeland behind the wheel. 75 laps are scheduled for the West Coast Sportsman iPull-u-Pull Challenge at LoanMart Madera Speedway on Saturday October 1st. The non-points race unveils the series that is a team-driven initiative to utilize cars formerly used in the West Series.

Copeland, 25, comes to the series with extensive experience as both as a driver and a crew member, competing in Outlaw Karts, Legends cars and Late Models throughout his race career. He is a two-time Outlaw Kart champion, 2007 California State Legends champion and Legends of the Pacific champion, and multi-time Shasta Speedway Late Model main event winner.

He has crewed for teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West and Pacific Challenge Series among others, currently holding a role on the JD Motorsports team that leads the PCS standings.

"I think the series is a great idea," Copeland said. "There's a lot of cars out there sitting. I think that the series will bring good affordable racing and can be a good stepping stone into the West Series. My goals for this race are to put on a good race for the fans and compete for the win."

The West Coast Sportsman 75 will be a split feature, with 50 laps around the one-third mile Madera Speedway, followed by several other divisions running their main events, before the final 25 lap segment. Teams can make any adjustments they desire during the break but they must use the same set of American Racer Tires throughout the entire day's practice, qualifying, and race.

"We are really excited to have the opportunity to participate in a brand-new series," Reed said. "This is going to give a lot of people the chance to use existing equipment to give deserving drivers an affordable opportunity to compete. Derek fits that mold perfectly for us as a springboard to next year."

A full 2017 season is being planned for Dave Reed Racing and the West Coast Sportsman, pending the performance of the series in this debut race. All indications are for a strong first race with the support of Kenny Shepherd at Madera Speedway including the possibility of MAVTV television coverage as well.

Dave Reed Racing is presented by Approved Memory, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Ringer Gloves, Fluidyne High Performance. Race fans can follow the weekend's activities at Dave Reed Racing or Derek Copeland Racing on Facebook. Madera Speedway is located on the Madera Fairgrounds in central California. The event will be combined with a $3000 to win national Winged Sprint Car show for a very exciting night for the fans.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 At Meridian Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2016) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads back to Idaho’s Meridian Speedway Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208. Below is a look at the past performance of the series and selected driver highlights.

NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 Race Setup:
• This will be the series third visit to the track. It’s race last year marked the return to the quarter-mile track after a 43-year absence.
• Todd Gilliland holds a 13-point lead over Ryan Partridge in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship point standings.
• The series has only visited two other quarter-mile tracks: California’s Orange Show Speedway and fellow Idaho track, Stateline Speedway.

At Meridian Speedway:
• This will be the series third visit to Meridian Speedway.
• The K&N Pro Series West has had two winners at the quarter-mile oval – Ray Elder in 1972 and Noah Gragson last year.

• Both Meridian winners – Ray Elder and Noah Gragson – won the race from the pole.
• The most lead changes at the track occurred in last year’s NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 with 15.
• Last year’s race saw the most cautions with 11, while the inaugural race in 1972 saw the fewest with only one.
• Dodge and Ford are the only manufactures to record wins at Meridian with the K&N Pro Series West.

Meridian Data:
Race: #13 out of 14
Race Date: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. MT
Track Layout: Quarter-mile paved oval
Race Length: 208 laps (52 miles)

Meridian Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Noah Gragson
2015 Pole Sitter: Noah Gragson
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Noah Gragson, Ford, 13.017 seconds (69.140 mph), Sept. 5, 2015
208-Lap Race Record: Noah Gragson, Ford, 1 hour 19 minutes 16 seconds (39.361 mph), Sept. 5, 2015

Meridian Race Leaders:
Ray Elder … 1
Noah Gragson … 1

Ray Elder … 1
Noah Gragson … 1

Laps Completed:
Nine drivers … 208

Laps Led:
Noah Gragson … 176
Ray Elder … 100
James Bickford … 17
David Mayhew … 7
Ryan Partridge … 5
Brandon McReynolds … 3

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings with two wins, seven top fives and eight top 10s.
• Finished fourth at Meridian last year after starting fifth.
• At this year’s two quarter-mile ovals – California’s Orange Show Speedway and Idaho’s Stateline Speedway – he finished first and third, respectively.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Sits first in the championship standings headed into Meridian with five wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s.
• The NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 will be his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Meridian Speedway.
• At Orange Show and Idaho this season, he finished fourth and first, respectively.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford)
• Is ranked third in the standings with two wins, seven top fives and 11 top 10s.
• Is the defending NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 race winner.
• At the two other quarter-mile ovals this season, he’s finished third (Orange Show) and second (Stateline).
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Riley Herbst (No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Alternators & Starters Toyota)
• Is ranked fifth in the standings with seven top fives and 10 top 10s.
• This will be his Meridian debut with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• He finished 16th at Orange Show and seventh at Stateline this year.

Jesse Iwuji (No. 36 EXIDE Batteries/ Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked 10th in the standings with one top-10 finish.
• At Orange Show and Stateline this season he finished 10th and 18th, respectively.

Julia Landauer (No. 54 Curb Records Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the championship standings with five top fives and 11 top 10s.
• This will be her first K&N Pro Series West start at Meridian.
• She finished fifth at Orange Show and Stateline this season.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is second in the championship standings with two wins, nine top fives and 12 top 10s.
• Trails Gilliland by 13-points headed into the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208.
• He finished sixth at Orange Show and 10th at Stateline this year.

Blaine Perkins (No. 21 Four Star Fruit Chevrolet)
• Is ninth in the championship standings with one top five and eight top 10s.
• This year at Orange Show and Stateline he finished ninth and 11th, respectively.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Montana Tech Ford)
• Is ranked fourth in the standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s.
• This year at Orange Show and Stateline he finished second and fourth, respectively.

Cole Rouse (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Heads into the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 ranked eighth with three top fives and 10 top 10s.
• He finished 14th at Orange Show and sixth at Stateline this year.

Other Driver Notes:
• Nicole Behar will be making her third NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start of the year. In her two showings at Washington’s Evergreen Speedway and Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway, she finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 63rd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across eight states.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener at California’s Irwindale Speedway on March 19 after leading a total of 33 laps.
• Gilliland expanded his K&N Pro Series West streak to three after winning the second race of the season at California’s Kern County Raceway Park.
• Ryan Partridge collected his first win of the year at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway after leading 127 laps.
• Chris Eggleston, the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, picked up his first win of 2016 after gaining the lead with nine laps to go at California’s Orange Show Speedway.
• Eggleston made it two-for-two after leading 102 laps at his home track, Colorado National Speedway.
• Chase Elliott scored the first road course victory of the year at California’s Sonoma Raceway after passing Noah Gragson with two laps to go.
• Todd Gilliland scored his third win of the year at Idaho’s Stateline Speedway after crossing the finish line .004 seconds in front of Gragson.
• Todd Gilliland won the K&N Pro Series combination event at Iowa Speedway to make it two-for-two and collect his four win of the season.
• Gilliland continued his win streak at Washington’s Evergreen Speedway after dominating the field and leading all 150 laps.
• Ryan Partridge put an end to Gilliland’s win streak after winning the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway. He led a total of 36 laps to take home his second victory of the season.
• Noah Gragson swept the doubleheader weekend at Utah Motorsports Park after making late race passes in both events to record his first wins of the year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For September 23rd

By Dave Grayson

From the lower tip of southern California to the highest tip of the Pacific Northwest, there is a lot of racing this weekend. This is especially true of the paved ovals. Remember, we the fans need to support these programs. If we don't they go away and become memories of the good times we use to have sitting in their grandstands. Enjoy the racing at your favorite local track, it's fun for the whole family.


It's time once again for All American's annual Fall Classic highlighted by the presence of the always exciting Pacific Challenge Late Model Series. Also on the race agenda will be the NSCS Modifieds and the Street Stocks. The weekend begins on Friday night with an open practice sessions for all divisions. On Saturday race day the spectator gates will open at 4pm with the green flag falling on the Fall Classic at 6pm.
Adult tickets, age 16 to 59, are $10. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and kids, age 6 to 15, are $7. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a fan friendly family package, priced at $35 which admits 2 adults and 3 kids.


Evergreen will be hosting the Les Schwab Tires NASCAR Championship Night this Saturday night. The anticipated red hot track action will be provided by the Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Stock Figure Eights, Outlaw Figure Eights, Stinger Eights, Pro 4 Trucks, Hornets and Legends.
The spectator gates will open at 2pm followed by racing at 6pm. Adult tickets, age 16 plus, are $20 and $15 for seniors. Youth tickets, age 6 to 15, are $10. Kids under age 5 along with military personnel, with valid ID, will be admitted free.


The association will be presenting round 6 of their club race schedule this Saturday. The Good Times Quarter Midget Racing Association is designed for the racing development of young drivers age 5 to 16. This diversity in the age of the drivers means a lot of racing action on their small track located in the pit area of the Madera Speedway. There's going to be 17 different race classes hitting the track Saturday morning following the mandatory pit meeting at 845am. For more information, regarding this outstanding race program for young drivers, call Kim Avedisian at 559 313 3982.


Once again the IEC will be turning a portion of their 1/2 mile oval into a 1/8 mile drag strip in order to present their NHRA Thursday Night Thunder program while proclaiming the very important message: race the strip and not the street. This program is open to all vehicles from professional race cars to street legal passenger cars. The spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by five hours of racing from 5 to 10pm.
The program is also very budget friendly. The entry fee, for the five hours of racing, is only $20 . General admission tickets are $10.


It's Jim Burke Ford Night At The Races at Kern County RWP this Saturday and the number one Ford dealer in Kern County will be presenting racing action from the NASCAR Late Models, the NASCAR Spec Mods, the NASCAR Mini Stocks, the INEX Bandoleros and the Racecar Factory Spec Late Models.
The front gates will open at at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm. General admission tickets start at $10 and are available online.


The Las Vegas Bullring is always going to be a hot ticket because, quite frankly, the words Las Vegas and stock car racing simply belongs in the same sentence.

Saturday is NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship Night. It will be the final points race for all NASCAR and USLCI teams that calls the Bullring their home track. This includes the NASCAR Super Late Models, the NASCAR Super Stocks, the Bombers and Grand American Modifieds. Also seeing action Saturday night will be the USLCI Legends, USLCI Bandoleros and the USLCI Thunder Roadsters along with the USAC HPD Midgets and the Skid Plate cars.

The spectator gates will open at 5pm with the racing going green at 7pm. Ticket purchases and information is available via the track's website or by calling 1 800 644 4444.


Now here's a hot ticket from a racing organization who specializes in hot tickets for their fans. Loan Mart Madera will be presenting race 7 of the MAV TV televised, $1,000 to win, Open Late Model Series who will be running twin 50 lap mains. There will also be round 7 of the 51 Fifty Junior Late Model Series who will be running twin 25 lap mains.
There's also going to be plenty of action from the Super Hobby Stocks, the MST, Toyota Sedans and the 4 Bangers. The Barrel Race Extreme Enduro Series will be running a 20 lap event followed by a 61 lap Enduro Sprint race.
The full day of racing will begin with a practice session from 1 to 4pm, heat races at 630pm and main events at 7pm.
Adult tickets are $15 and $13 for seniors and military personnel. Youth tickets, age 6 to 12, are $7 with kids age 5 and under admitted free.


It's championship night at Magic Valley and that means an extra layer of racing intensity. The on track intensity will be provided by the Royal Purple Modifieds, the National Guard Super Stocks, the Project Filter Street Stocks and the Quale's Electronics Junior Stingers. The grand finale of the night will be the Quales Trailer Race and Destruction.
The spectator gates will open at 5pm. Qualifying is scheduled for 630pm with racing to follow. Adult tickets, age 13 plus, are $15 and $10 for seniors age 62 plus. Kids tickets, age 6 to 12, are $3. Military personnel, with valid ID, are always free at this track.


Meridian also deserves a red hot tickets status because they will be hosting the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Saturday Night who will be running the Idaho 208. Five time series winner David Gilliland leads the points championship with only two races left in the season. However, he only holds a 11 point advantage over Ryan Patridge.
Also participating in the on track excitement will be the Pro Trucks, Project Filter Pro 4's and the CWI High School Tuners. The front gates will open at 4pm with the racing beginning at 630pm.
Tickets for adults, seniors, military personnel and kids age 7 plus are $35. Kids age 6 and under will be admitted free.


The OSS will be treating their fans to a super hot ticket this Saturday highlighted by the Third Annual Open Late Model 100, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart and the Pinnacle Peak Steak House.
100 lap feature is loaded with financial incentives that includes $2,000 to win. Plus there's a $500 bonus to the highest finishing non series regular out of town car and a $500 bonus if a non regular, out of town car, wins race presented by West Coast Collision Center.. Other incentives include $100 to the fastest qualifier, $100 in tow money for teams travelling more than 200 miles one way and $100 for a heat race win. The race schedule calls for three, 25 lap, heats.
There's also going to be plenty of racing action from the speedway's 1 800 Loan Mart Street Stocks, the Extreme Exhibits Outlaw Figure Eights and the OSS Modifieds

The gates will open at 8am for a special practice session from 8am to 1145am. Entry fee is $50 per car to be paid in cash. A fire safety truck and crew will be on site.
The traditional standard practice session will begin at 1pm followed by qualifying at 315pm, heat races at 6pm and main events at 730pm.
General admission tickets are $12. Kids tickets, age 5 to 12, are $10.Kids under age five and active duty military personnel will be admitted free. There is also a $3 parking fee.
Again, this OSS show is expected to be red hot and well worth your ticket money and travel time.


It's championship night at South Sound and the night is going to be highlighted by a 100 lap main event from the Super Late Models. Also on the race agenda will be action from the Hobby Stocks, the Bumblebees, Legends and the WMRA Series. The green flag will wave at 630pm.
Adult tickets, age 18 plus, are $16. Tickets for teens, age 13 to 17, seniors, age 62 plus, and active duty military personnel, with valid ID, are $14. Kids tickets, age 6 to 12, are $7 with kids age 5 and under free.


The Lakeport - Ukiah Speedway Challenge Series, presented by Furia Motorsports, returns to Ukiah Speedway this Saturday. Providing the on track excitement will be the Bandolereo, Bomber, Hard Top, Jammer and Legend divisions. The spectator gates will open at 330pm. Qualifying will commence at 5pm followed by the actual racing.
General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and students with valid ID are $9. Kids tickets, age 5 to 11, along with first responders with valid ID are $6. Toddlers and infants will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family pack, priced at $30, which admits two adults and three kids.


The Wenatchee championships are also up for grabs. The Saturday Night racing fever will be elevated by the Jerry's Auto Supply Pro Late Models, the Pepsi Street Stocks, Dick's Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars along with the Hobby Cars and the Road Runners. The northwest's fastest one quarter mile oval will open its front gates at 5pm with the racing beginning at 630pm.
Adult tickets are $12 and $10 for students and seniors. Kids tickets, age 6 to 12, are $6. The speedway also offers a fan friendly family pack, priced at $30, which admits 2 adults and 4 kids.

Partridge's Championship Chase of Gilliland Heads To Meridian

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016) - With just two races left in the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, Ryan Partridge is running out of time to chase down championship leader Todd Gilliland. He will get his penultimate opportunity Saturday at Idaho's Meridian Speedway.

Gilliland, 16, from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, holds a 13-point lead over Partridge, 28, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, headed into the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208.

The two championship contenders have been dueling for the top spot all season long, swapping the lead only three times. Gilliland, a member of the 2016 NASCAR Next class, held the lead up until a misfortune at Sonoma opened the door for Partridge to take first in the standings. The veteran's held that spot for two events before Gilliland took it back with the first of three straight wins.

Partridge returned to Victory Lane at Oregon's Douglas County Speedway at the end of August to cut into Gilliland's lead, but the rookie scored back-to-back runner-up finishes on the Utah road-course to open up the gap again.

RACE: NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 24
TIME: 8:30 p.m. MT
TV SCHEDULE: NBCSN, Friday, Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. MT
2015 WINNER: Noah Gragson
2015 POLE WINNER: Noah Gragson
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens: 10 a.m.; Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Final Practice: 1:45-2:30 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting: 4:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 5 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 5:45 p.m.; Driver Introductions: 8 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208: 8:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: John Brown, Public Relations, (208) 888-2813
TRACK TWITTER: @meridianspeed
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142,

The Race: The NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 is the 13th race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It's the 10th of 11 ovals events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This will be the series' third visit to the Meridian, Idaho, facility since 1972.

The Procedure: The starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 18 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials with the remaining four spots being awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 208 laps covering 52 miles.

The Track: Meridian Speedway is a quarter-mile asphalt oval that has been in operation since 1951.

The Records: Qualifying: Noah Gragson, Ford, 13.017 seconds (69.140 mph), Sept. 5, 2015. 208-Lap Race Record: Noah Gragson, Ford, 1 hour 19 minutes 16 seconds (39.361 mph), Sept. 5, 2015.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Clinch: Todd Gilliland could clinch the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award this weekend at Meridian. The rookie currently holds at 15-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Riley Herbst (109-94). To walk away with the trophy, Gilliland has to leave Meridian with a 10-point lead over Herbst in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Gragson Looks To Keep Hot Streak Alive: Noah Gragson will look to keep his win streak alive this weekend at Meridian. The 17-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, won both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West doubleheader events at Utah Motorsports Park and followed it up with another road course win last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The NASCAR Next driver has the odds in his favor, he won last year's NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 after starting on the pole. The defending race winner, sits 37 points back of Gilliland in the championship standings. Gragson must remain within 48 points of Gilliland after Meridian to remain in contention.

Series Performance At Quarter-Mile Ovals: The K&N Pro Series West has competed at two other quarter-mile ovals this season: California's Orange Show Speedway and fellow Idaho track, Stateline Speedway. At each race, Bill McAnally Racing was the team to beat with Chris Eggleston winning at Orange Show and Todd Gilliland taking the win at Stateline.

Newhouse Returns: Local Idaho favorite Hannah Newhouse will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Saturday at her home track with Jefferson Pitts Racing. Newhouse competed with the team this year at the season opener at California's Irwindale Speedway and finished seventh. Newhouse won Meridian's NAPA Big 5 Late Model Division 9 championship this year.

Penultimate Round Of 2016 PCS Championship Saturday At Roseville

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 20, 2016) - The 11th and penultimate race of the 2016 Pacific Challenge Series presented by hits the track Saturday at Roseville's All American Speedway. Saturday's races are the third and final points race of the year at the one-third mile asphalt oval, where Cameron Park's Jason Romero has swept both features this year. North State Modifieds and the inaugural Street Stock and Bomber stampede for $800 to win will encompass the "Fall Classic" program.

Saturday's races kick off three PCS events in four weeks, with Saturday's Roseville race and the October 1st Ukiah event to wrap up the championship followed by the 3rd Annual October Classic 100 non-points race on October 15th.

"I love Roseville. Roseville's a great track with a lot of racing room," Romero said. "A lot of good clean hard fast racing. You can run side-by-side a lot. It is one of the best places to go for good short track racing."

The championship picture for PCS came into focus after Tri Holiday Classic #3 on September 3rd, where Eagle, ID's Travis Milburn scored a $2500 victory in a close win over Manteca's Jacob Gomes. Points leader Jeremy Doss, the 2012 champion out of Upperlake, CA, suffered a slight misstep with a seventh place finish but was one better than 2014 champion Mike Beeler of Modesto, CA in a critical battle for the championship.

With the series championship taking into account the best nine finishes, and Doss accumulating eight top-fives including six top-twos, he is closing in on putting the championship away. Beeler, also with two wins this season, needs a "home run ball" over the last two races to have any chance at the championship. With drop races factored in, Doss currently enjoys a 14 point advantage over Beeler.

Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger and Manteca's JR Courage are in the midst of a great battle for third in the points. Courage leads Bischofberger by 34 points on total points earned but Bischofberger holds third by only four markers after drops. Bischofberger finished sixth in the Stockton event. Granite Bay's Cole Moore has leapt all the way to fifth in the points after drops despite a partial schedule. Despite only seven starts, a strong fourth place effort at Stockton has him squarely in contention for a top-five in the points.

"The track at Roseville is very meaningful for me. My brother's memorial is there for one," Moore said. "It is a really good track for racing. You can run the inside and the outside. It is super fun and I'm excited to get back there."

Rookie Matt Wendt will be the top contender with Moore for fifth in the standings, and after a strong start to the year is looking for his first top-five since the last Roseville event in June. Granite Bay's John Moore is also in the mix for fifth overall after third and fifth place finishes in his last two PCS starts.

The momentum from Valley Springs' Tracy Bolin's third place finish at Madera was nullified with a crash at Stockton. The incident came when race leader Jason Romero was spun by Ross Strmiska, with Bolin having nowhere to go as he made hard contact with Romero. Both drivers hope to recover strong at Roseville. Romero has been one of the biggest instant successes in PCS with fast-time awards at both Stockton and Madera along with sweeping both Roseville races.

Elk Grove's Mike Hite, Manteca's Jacob Gomes, Hayward's Danny Malfatti, Milburn, and Loomis' Chris Scribner are among those dueling for the final positions in the top-ten in the standings. Scribner has eight career Roseville PCS starts but is still looking for his first series win at the venue.

Activities get underway Friday with practice beginning at 3:30 p.m. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 1 p.m. with practices at 2 p.m., qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are just $15 with Children (6-15) $7.00, Seniors (60+) $7.00, and Children under 6 are FREE. A Family Pass for two Adults and three Kids is just $35.00

For more information on All American Speedway located on the Placer County Fairgrounds, visit

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at or on Facebook and YouTube.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Tech2U, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2016 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
(Subject To Change)

March 19 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart* - Winner: Jacob Gomes

April 16 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) Winner: Jason Romero

May 8 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) Winner: Jeremy Doss
May 28 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #1 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Eric Schmidt

June 4 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) Winner: Tracy Bolin
June 25 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series* Winner: Jason Romero

July 2 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #2 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Mike Beeler
July 16 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) Winner: Mike Beeler

August 13 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Televised on MAVTV, presented by Loanmart* Winner: Jeremy Doss

September 3 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Round #3 of Tri-Holiday Series* Winner: Travis Milburn
September 24 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ North State Modified Series*

October 1 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *2016 Championship Race*
October 15 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *w/ K&N West, Non-Points*

PCS Track Stats - Roseville
(includes 2 non points races)

#75 Jeremy Doss
Starts: 10, Wins: 6, Top-Fives: 8, Top-Tens: 10

#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 9, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 6, Top-Tens: 8

#5 Chris Scribner
Starts: 8, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 4 - Best Finish 3rd

#18 Travis Milburn:
Starts: 7, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 5, Top-Tens: 5

#05 Eric Schmidt
Starts: 7, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 5 - Best Finish 2nd

#27 John Moore
Starts: 7, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 4

#61 Shannon Mansch
Starts: 6, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 2

#35 Matt Scott
Starts: 5, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 4, - Best Finish 2nd

#37 JR Courage
Starts: 5, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#20 Cole Moore
Starts 5, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 3

#8 Jason Romero
Starts: 2, Wins: 2, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 2

Monday, September 19, 2016

North State Modified Series winds down 2016 racing season

North State Modifeds line up for the 60-lap feature event (Photo Courtesy Carrie Lauenroth)

By Nadine Strauss, (707) 274-1662

With only 2 events left in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, the points battle is tightening up. Defending champion and current points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville has a healthy 87 point lead over second place Charlie Collins of Lakeport. However Collins is only 11 points ahead of Kelseyville's Darrin Sullivan. Mike Collins of Lakeport trails Sullivan by a mere 14 points. Codi Barba of Cobb sits in fifth, 68 points behind Mike Collins.

Sierra Furia of Lakeport moved up in the standings after her ninth place finish at Ukiah Speedway last month and currently sits in sixth place overall. Sacramento driver Jason Philpot is 15 points behind Furia. Oregon's Rich Cobb is eighth followed by Richie Potts of Petaluma. Another Kelseyville driver, Bryan Denton rounds out the top 10 contenders.

The final two points races for the North State Modified Series will be back-to-back – September 24th at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA, and October 1st at Shasta Speedway in Anderson. The Roseville race will be with the Pacific Challenge Series Late Models during the AAS annual Fall Classic. Also on the racing card are the Roseville street stocks. Friday practice begins at 3:00 pm.

The October 1 Shasta event will be the “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Challenge” with $1500 to win and $300 to start. Burton, a long-time supporter of auto racing in the Redding-Chico area, was the head official at Shasta Speedway when the facility was promoted by Bob Carrel in the 1990s. He was also the founder of the Northern California Auto Racing Alumni (NCARA.) Burton's brother-in-law, Mort Houston, along with other family members, friends, NCARA, Strauss Promotions and NSMS have added $5000 to the purse to make it a special event. It will also be the championship event for the North State Modified Series.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Swartz Diesel, Lucas Oil, Sinister Diesel, Penney Racing Supply, American Racer Tires, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Wrap Star Pro, Wenteq, Scribner Plastics, DJ Safety, and the Buckhorn Bar & Grill.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Champions to be determined this weekend at the Acres

Mini stock points leader #39 Gary Klinetobe hopes to hold on to his lead

By Matthew J. Sullivan

The 2016 track championships at Redwood Acres Raceway in five of the six divisions are set to be decided this Saturday September 24th. While the late model championship was determined on September 10th, champions in the roadrunners, bombers, mini stocks, Legends, Thunder Roadsters will be decided on what is Maxwell’s Custom Automobiles Night at the Races.

The most points that can be earned in all five divisions on the night is 43. Any driver within a 43 point margin of the leader is mathematically still alive in the title hunt though of course the odds of making that much ground up are very low and would require the leader to miss an entire night’s worth of action on Saturday.

Tyler Peach currently leads the standings in the California State and Federal Employees Credit Union roadrunner division. Steve Paiment is second and was the early season leader in the standings but late season misfortune has cost him dearly as he is 25 points behind Peach. Dominic Vogelsang and Bethany Rapp are 40 and 42 points behind. Rookie, Patrick Sproul is fifth in standings and 45 markers behind Peach.

The title in the Fortuna Wheel and Brake bomber class was decided in the most recent event on September 10th. James Moore left that race with a 112 point lead, more than enough to clinch the 2016 championship in the class. The battle for second is a tight one as a single point separates Ryan Ahrens and John Lally. Kimberly Sorrels is secured in fourth while Tyler Avelar is fifth in the standings.

The Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division is a three-man race with only six points separating the top three drivers. Gary Klinetobe currently holds a five point edge over Jarrett Mayo while Eugene Palmer is a point behind Mayo. Rick Estes is fourth in the standings and has been on a tear as of late in spite of missing a couple early season races. Daniel Buell is fifth and has had a strong rookie campaign in 2016.

In the Legends division, Robert Miller has a strong 29 point lead over Brad Curtice in second place. As long as Miller starts the main event, the inaugural RAR Legends championship will be his. Anissa Curtice is third in points with Brent Mack and M’Kinzy Uselton rounding out the top five in the division standings.

Tommy Payne’s lead in the Thunder Roadster division is seven points over Ronnie O’Neil. The two have raced hard all season long and often have finished near each other which will make O’Neil’s path to the title very difficult. Aaron Byers and Donnie Brown are tied for third but are 38 points in arrears to Payne. LeRoy Marsh, Jr. is fifth but well out of championship contention.

Mic Moulton wrapped up the 2016 Mid City Motor World late model track championship on September 10th thanks in part to David Henderson who subbed for Moulton in the final point race. Moulton was forced to miss the event due to an injury. Henderson was able to finish second in the main event to secure Moulton’s second late model championship at the Acres. The final point margin in the late models was 15 markers.

Second place in the standings was Marty Walsh who had a strong 2016 season. Perhaps the biggest factor as to what cost Walsh this year’s championship was a blown engine on the July 2nd Firecracker 100 event. Walsh was unable to start the feature event which resulted in no points on the night. Had Walsh been able to just start and park that race, he would have earned 16 points, 1 point more than Moulton in the final standings. Richard Knight placed third in the late model points just beating out Kenny Demello for the position. Rookie driver, Eddie Klein had several impressive runs in his rookie campaign and was fifth in the standings.

As mentioned, racing at Redwood Acres Raceway returns this Saturday September 24th for the final points race of the season presented by Maxwell’s Custom Automobiles. In addition to the championships being decided in the local divisions, the second boat race of the season will take place at the end of the night. Grandstands open at 5:00 PM while racing begins at 6:30 PM.

2016 at the Acres concludes October 7th, 8th, and 9th with the return of the Fall Spectacular. Late models and modifieds highlight the event while roadrunners, bombers, mini stocks, Legends and Thunder Roadsters will also be in action. For more information about the Fall Spectacular including entry forms and purse payout please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website,

Gerhardt And Nichols Snare 45th Harvest Classic At Madera

Cody Gerhardt won the Harvest Classic for the Madera Western Winged Sprint Cars
(Photo Courtesy Outback Andy Foster)

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2016) - The 45th Harvest Classic at the LoanMart Madera Speedway brought out a complete night of open wheel horsepower combined with multi-engine tractor pulls and vintage Super Modifieds on Saturday night. Cody Gerhardt took over the Madera Western Winged Sprint points with a big victory while Chad Nichols dominated for a strong BCRA Midget win.

Rookie Dylan Nobile took quick time in qualifying over his teammate Gerhardt, and they occupied the third row of the 30 lap feature televised on MAVTV. Justin Kawahata of Clovis took the lead on the opening lap from the outside of incoming points leader Tom Baker of Carmichael. Chowchilla's Eric Humphries fell backwards to sixth from the third starting position allowing Winton's Gordon Rogers to snake into third. Gerhardt jumped inside Rogers to challenge for third and ended up going two for one when Baker swung wide in turn four.

With Gerhardt up into second on only the fifth lap, he turned his attention to Kawahata. He reeled in the rookie and took over the top spot on lap 12. Nobile followed suit to take second on lap 14. On the 15th lap, car #15 of Humphries fell out of the race with mechanical problems.

Kawahata and Rogers staged a nice battle for third with a 26 year-old and a 62 year-old dueling. Gerhardt managed to maintain a solid lead on Nobile across the finish line in the six minute, 31 second main with Kawahata taking a well deserved third-place finish over Rogers and Baker.

Chad Nichols of Colma had no trouble motoring away for one of the most substantial winning margins of the year in the BCRA Midget 30 lap feature. His margin of victory was 9.7 seconds at nearly 2/3rds of a lap. Antioch's Nick Foster, Jr. led the opening three laps of the race but the three-time BCRA champion was quickly passed by fourth starting Nichols.

Foster, Dr. David Goodwill, and Redding's Alex Schutte, who entered the race five-for-five in BCRA dirt Midget races this year, had an intense competition for second all race long. Nichols, Foster, Goodwill, Schutte, and Bobby Wilson were the top-five finishers after a 6:55 race for BCRA.

Folsom's Jerry Kobza got a big come from behind win in the NCMA Sprint Cars to unofficially take the overall division championship for 2016 as well. Kobza overcame an incident in his heat race to come from shotgun on the field to win the 30 lap feature. Kobza was the third different leader of a busy main event.

Jeff Burrows started the race from the pole with Madera's Cody Jessop shooting up into second place from sixth starting position early on. Burrows' car owner Dan Ariaz spun in turn four to bring out the first caution on lap five. Jessop used that caution period to get past Burrows for the lead position.

Jessop pulled away while a great battle developed with Kobza taking over second from Burrows. Jessop had the race in hand before he lost a left rear wheel entering turn one to end his evening on lap 20.

Kobza assumed the top position and fended off points rival Denny Burrell of Ripon in a thrilling ten lap shootout down to the wire. Rocklin's John Mamula held on for third ahead of Ariaz the final of the finishing cars.

The CSS 360 Super Modifieds had one of their best programs of 2016 and it was a race about being in the right place at the right time. Clovis' AJ Russell took over the lead on the initial start from the 18 car of Lance Jackson who fell back to fourth early on.

Russell had a sizeable lead on the rest of the field while Bakersfield's Justin Tuey and the fast-time qualifier Chowchilla's Eric Humphries staged a great duel for second. That duel ended up being the duel for the lead when Russell blew his engine as he came to the conclusion of lap 15.

Tuey assumed the top position with Humphries in tow while Russell came to a stop about 30 feet inside turn one in the infield. The caution was waved on lap 20 when an incident in the infield between an official and a crew member caused additional attention. After the incident was resolved, the racing resumed hot and heavy up front with Tuey proving strong enough to get the victory head of Humphries, Jackson, Carl Mott, and Clovis' Austin Carter.

San Martin's Tom Patterson, 16 years old and known affectionately as "Mr. T.", earned his first USAC HPD Midget victory at LoanMart Madera Speedway leading all 30 laps. Patterson maintained a three-to-four car length advantage throughout the contest while double-duty racer Cody Jessop held off a furious pack including Jesse Love IV and the Briedinger sisters of Annie and Toni. Young rookie Joey Iest of Madera also kept his nose in the battle.

Love made numerous attempts to get around Jessop in a wildly entertaining battle. A spin on lap 20 involving Annie Breidinger gave the rest of the field another shot at Patterson, but he proved too strong en route to the five car length win. Jessop did a great job to get second ahead of the hard charging Love with Toni Briedinger and Iest the top-five.

The Twisted Tea Modifieds crowned their champion with Pleasanton's Rick Avila earning his first Madera championship.

The Harvest Classic opened on Friday night with the first champions of the season crowned. Matt Erickson fended off a tremendous 21 car field for the "local" Madera race, not part of the eight race LoanMart Open Late Model televised series. Rick Thompson, the 2015 Madera overall Late Model champion, finished sixth and it was enough to get the local track championship for the non-televised races of 2016. Erickson won Friday's 30 lap feature ahead of Modesto drivers Kyle Gottula and Aaron Coonfield, who were both making their Madera Late Model debuts for the year.

Clovis' Thomas Suarez had a third place effort in Hobby Stocks that was enough to earn him the local Madera Hobby Stock points championship as well. Multi-time track champion Howard Holden, also of Clovis, won Friday's main event ahead of Jesus Hernandez.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday September 24th with Race #7 of the MAVTV televised $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50's)! Also in action will be Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 50 laps (split 25's), Race # 7 of the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, Barrel Race Extreme Enduro Series 40 lap Sprint race & an Enduro Sprint Race (40 laps)

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Round #6 of the LoanMart Late Models airs this week on MAVTV and also on the LucasOilRacing.TV app.

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