Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1996 Taco Bell 100



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pacific Challenge Series Eyes Shasta Return Saturday



SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 3, 2017) - Drivers from across the western United States will flock to Anderson, CA's Shasta Speedway, with the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com coming to town for the "Shasta Spring Shootout 100". Saturday's event will mark the second race for the Super Late Model touring series in 2017.

The series opened March 18th at Madera Speedway where Carlos Vieira scored his first career touring stock car win in the 75 lap contest on the 1/3rd mile. Now teams will turn their attention to the largest track on the ten race circuit as Shasta boasts a 3/8ths mile oval located on the Shasta District Fairgrounds.

Tracy Bolin of Valley Springs won last year's Shasta jaunt in a knock out drag out duel with 2012 & 2016 PCS champion Jeremy Doss of Upperlake, CA. Doss lowered the track record to a blistering 15.449 second lap in time trials on a hot June afternoon as well. With temperatures forecasted to be as much as 30 degrees cooler this time around, the record may fall even lower.

Bolin led a trio of Shasta first-timers last year with 2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt finishing sixth while 2014 champion and 2015 & 2016 runner up Mike Beeler failing to finish.

Several PCS competitors venturing to Shasta have never raced in a PCS points race at the facility. Championship contender Jason Romero of Cameron Park finished second at Madera in March and set the Madera track record last August as well. He hopes to translate that success to the larger speedway this weekend.

Series rookies Alexander Mead of Watsonville, fresh off an eighth place finish at Madera, and Jack Wood of Loomis will both make their maiden Shasta starts. Series veterans Danny Malfatti and Travis Milburn are also among those expected to make their first PCS Shasta starts.

Both John and Cole Moore made their first PCS Shasta runs last year with 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore coming home third ahead of father John who was scored tenth in the final rundown.

Several Shasta area competitors are planning to join the competition this week including Jason Mitchell, Ryan Peeples, Derek Copeland, and Dana Bowers. Bowers leads the contingent with three career PCS starts including two top-tens at Shasta in 2013.

Roseville's Shannon Mansch has one career PCS win coming in April of 2015 at Roseville, but also has a Westcar Late Model Series touring win back in 2006 at Shasta Speedway on her resume. She parlayed that win into becoming the first female touring Late Model champion ever and looks to extend that legacy with a return to the track this weekend. Chris Scribner's lone Shasta touring start yielded a top-five in 2013 as well.

This weekend's racing will also include local Legends, Bombers, and Hornets for a busy night of action.

An open practice kicks off the weekend on Friday with an open practice. Pit gates open at noon with practice from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. The cost is $40 per pit pass. Saturday will be a $100 entry fee for drivers and their cars, and $40 pit passes for all crew. Gates open at noon with first practices at 2 p.m. and racing by 7 p.m. Adult tickets are just $10 with kids 12 and under free!

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Law Talk, 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.

2017 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
Subject to change

March 18th - Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) Winner: Carlos Vieira

April 15th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *POSTPONED | NEW DATE TBA*

May 6th - Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA)

May 20th - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)

June 17th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)

July 1st - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) Ron Strmiska Memorial

July 29th - Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)

August 12th - Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)

September 2nd - Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)

October 14th - All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *2017 Championship Finale* w/ North State Modified Series & NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West)

PCS Track Stats – Shasta

#05 Eric Schmidt
Starts: 5, Wins: 4, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 5

#75 Jeremy Doss
Starts: 4, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 3

#5 Ryan Peeples
Starts: 4, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#5 Todd Lands
Starts: 3, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 1

#55 Dana Bowers
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#77 Derek Copeland
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 1

#39m Jason Mitchell
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 0

#11 Tracy Bolin
Starts: 1, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#5 Chris Scribner
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#20 Cole Moore
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#37 JR Courage
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#1 Matt Wendt
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 1

#27 John Moore
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 1

#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 0

White wins Super 6 opener at the Acres



Eureka, California (April 30, 2017) – You couldn’t ask for a nicer afternoon this past Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway. A packed house enjoyed the first race of the season at the 3/8-mile paved oval in what proved to be a thrilling night of action across all six local divisions.

Rookie, Daniel Whitley set fast time for the Legends division presented by Nor-Cal Automotive with a 18.346. Unfortunately, Whitley’s night was cut short in the trophy dash when he spun in turn four and backed into the wall. Brent Mack took the trophy dash win then went on to take the heat race win.

Tyler Peach took the lead at the start of the 25-lap feature and made a good account for himself in spite of his inexperience in a Legends car. Peach held off the more experienced Mack for the first 17 laps before a spin by Dominic Vogelsang bunched the field. The restart proved to be to Mack’s advantage and he was able to take over the lead. Mack was able to hold on the rest of the way to take the victory over Peach, Vogelsang, M’Kinzy Uselton and James McBride.

Qualifying was paced by Jim Redd in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. Redd’s time was 18.664. John Lally took the trophy dash win and was able to follow it up with a win in the heat race. The 25-lap main event was paced by Kolby Jackson in the opening stages. Redd took the lead away and had his hands full the rest of the race with Lally and Jackson filling his rear-view mirror. Lally made a late race charge on Redd but spun in turns three and four. Redd was able to hang on to take the victory. Lally recovered to place second followed by Jackson, Bethany Rapp and Kim Sorrels.

Fast time for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division was set by Brian Murrell, Sr. with a 19.136. Troy Lee took the trophy dash victory while heat race wins went to Rick Estes and Murrell. Estes led the first lap of the 25-lap main until he spun in turns one and two. Rookie driver, Scott Taylor inherited the lead and showed surprising speed in his first race as he led the majority of the way. On lap 15, Ed Robinson took the lead and appeared to be on his way to his first-ever main event victory before spinning out of the lead off turn four. Murrell took the lead from that point and was able to take the victory after holding off a late charge by Eugene Palmer. Tayler placed third followed by Troy Lee and Trevor Eacret.

Ronnie O’Neil set fast time in the Thunder Roadster division presented by Lone Star Junction with a 17.179. Tommy Payne was the winner of the four-lap trophy dash while Paul Peeples, Jr. took the heat race victory. Payne shot into the lead from the start of the 30-lap main. All race long the 2016 champion had his mirror full with either Peeples or O’Neil right on his bumper. O’Neil’s spin in turns one and two on lap 25 took him out of having a chance at the victory. Payne was able to withstand Peeples’ final charge to take the win. Chris Sarvinski was third while Aaron Byers and Chris Lawrence rounded out the top five finishers.

Daniel Buell was quick time in the California State And Federal Employees Credit Union roadrunner division. Buell’s time was 20.456. Tim Ratzlaff was the winner of the trophy dash while heat race honors went to Nick Ford. The first 10 laps of the 20-lap roadrunner main were ran in the familiar counter-clockwise format. Ford briefly held the lead before giving way to Ratzlaff. When the field was turned backwards in the clockwise format, Ratzlaff appeared to have the upper-hand. Ratzlaff was able to lead the final stages and take the victory over Ford, Buell, Jake Keeling and Natya Hanson.

The first leg Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series took place on the night. The Super 6 Series will feature four more races at Redwood Acres Raceway in 2017 and one at Ukiah Speedway on July 15th and is presented by Danielson Construction, Mid-City Motor World and North Coast Lighting & Electric.

Mic Moulton set quick time with a 15.854. In all, 16 cars qualified for the event. Leonard Ward III was not one of them however as he had an incident prior to qualifying which took him out for the night. The heat races determined the starting positions for the 75-lap main event. Riley Watson won the first heat which gave him the ninth starting spot. Eddie Kline took the second heat and pole position for the feature.

Home-town favorite, Brandon White took the lead from the start. It was a position he would never relinquish. The big story of the race was the trouble that drivers in second place encountered in the final stages of the main event. Marty Walsh was a strong second the majority of the night before he seemed to encounter issues which knocked him out of the spot. Tim Crenshaw moved to second before his car broke. Watson was having a strong run and took second after Crenshaw’s problems but he too succumbed to issues and was forced to the pits. Up front, White encountered no issues and was able to take the victory. Kenny Demello had a stellar run with a second place finish. Moulton placed third over Eric Gannon and Walsh.

The second race of the season on the pavement at the Acres takes place May 13th. On May 12th, the Acres will host the season-opening event for the outlaw karts. For more information regarding all the racing action at Redwood Acres Raceway, please visit the track’s official website www.RacingTheAcres.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Current Northwest Super Late Model Series Point Standings After Leonard Evans 150


Mitchell Scores Emotional Comeback Victory



Wenatchee, WA (April 30, 2017) It has been two years since Shane Mitchell was involved in a horrific accident at the Inaugural Leonard Evans 200. Mitchell’s back and ribs were broken after careening head on into the turn 1 retaining wall before his car burst into flames. Mitchell’s recovery kept him out the rest of the 2015 season.

Since that time, Mitchell has struggled to get back to the success he’s previous known. From the eighth starting position Saturday night for the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS), season opener, you’d have never known. He put the familiar orange and yellow flamed car in the lead on lap 23, and dominated all the way to the checkered flag for the 3rd Annual Leonard Evans 150.

“It’s just good to be back in the winner’s circle since the last bad wreck I had up here,” said a choked up Mitchell. “I haven’t had the greatest luck since then.” Mitchell debuted his new FURY Race Car that he hadn’t plan to race until Saturday morning. “We fired up the other car this morning and it dropped a piston,” noted Mitchell. “We rolled this one out with about 12 laps on it.” The new car had been put together over the winter with the intention of selling it. “Nobody wanted us to race it in the family.” With a huge smile on his face, he said “But look; brought it home with not a scratch on it and we won the race.”

When asked if he planned to take advantage of the guaranteed starting positions for Oxford 250, Mitchell wasn’t sure, but announced his retirement at the end of this year. “We’re going to retire, get rid of the cars, build some hot rods. Me and Dad have been doing this a long time.”

Backing up his 2nd place finish from last Fall, Joey Bird took the runner up position. Bird earned the 2nd guaranteed starting position for the Oxford 250. Qualifying 2nd quick, Bird started 9th in the 10-car inverted field, and drove up to the 2nd position, where he stayed for most of the race.

One of the more exciting battles of the night was between Braeden Havens and Brittney Zamora. Zamora had fallen as far back as 19th after a spin, but worked her way up to the 4th position. Havens knew where to keep his car to the advantage, as the two cars worked their way toward the finish line, with Havens taking the final podium spot.

In one of the major developments of the evening, Garrett Evans, 3-time defending NWSLMS champion, broke an upper link and track bar taking the green flag for his qualifying lap. Without time on the clock, Evans was forced to start at the rear of the 23-car field. By lap 75, Evans had taken over the 5th position, but was unable to advance further to one of the coveted guaranteed Oxford 250 starting positions. Evans will make the trip to Oxford for the second year in a row.

Fast time qualifier, Jeremy Doss, of Upper Lake, California showed a strong performance early in the race. After drawing the pill, Doss started from the 10th position for the invert. Doss quickly gained the 2nd position, and held it for a portion of the race, before pitting under yellow for a mechanical issue. Without losing a lap under caution, Doss was able to work his way back to the 8th position.

The race was slowed 9 times for caution, 6 of them in the first 50 laps, including a lengthy red flag after a chain reaction incident that retired several cars from the race.


Official Finish Pos. Car No. Name Hometown Laps
1 99 Shane Mitchell Orondo, WA 150
2 24 Joey Bird Spokane, WA 150
3 83 Braeden Havens Airway Heights, WA 150
4 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 150
5 64 Garrett Evans E. Wenatchee, WA 150
6 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA 150
7 64j Jan Evans E. Wenatchee, WA 150
8 75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake, CA 150
9 9 Josh Roberts Ephrata, WA 150
10 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 149
11 64s Stephanie Mitchell E. Wenatchee, WA 148
12 11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA 147
13 14 Brandon Carlson Victoria, BC, Canada 129
14 91 Alan Cress Stanton, OR 126
15 1r Christian Roeder Ephrata, WA 101
16 22 Bryon Goetz Okanogan, WA 88
17 31 Chad Holaday Wenatchee, WA 46
18 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA 45
19 81 Darrell Midgley Victoria, BC, Canada 45
20 33 Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA 42
21 66 Jeff Bishofberger Santa Cruz, CA 25
22 86 Tom Berrow Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 24
23 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 23
DNS 95 Buck Noel, Jr Yakima, WA

This week’s contingency prizes were awarded to the following drivers:

Hoosier Tire Award – Ed Thomsen, Glenn Knutson, Dave Garber
KRC Power Steering $50 Gift Certificate – Alan Cress
Longacre Racing Products Longest Tow - $50 Gift Certificate to Jeremy Doss
Longacre Racing Products Hard Charger - $50 Gift Certificate to Garrett Evans

Wheel Chill $100 Gift Certificate off Retail Set of Wheel Chills – Jeremy Doss
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Driver Cool Box – Chad Holaday
Wheel Chill $25 Gift Certificate off Retail Grill Chill – Glenn Knutson

Frank’s Radio Gift Certificate $25 – Joey Bird, Brittney Zamora, Garrett Evans

The Ti Company “Move of the Race” $100 & Plaque – Brittney Zamora

The next event for the NWSLMS is at Spokane Super Oval on May 20th. www.spokanesuperoval.com

In their fourth season, the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued marketing partner including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, KRC Power Steering, Franks Racing Radio, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Bassett Wheels, TI Company, Child Haven Learning Center, Pacific Steel Structures, LLC and Racing Dynamiks. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Social Media, Facebook (NWSLMS) or Twitter (@nw_latemodels).

Monday, May 1, 2017

North State Modified Series Invades Lakeport Speedway Saturday

Local driver, Eric Johnson (#57) of Kelseyville will be competing with Klamath
Falls, Oregon driver, Rich Cobb (#16) at Lakeport Speedway Saturday night with
the North State Modified Series (Photo Courtesy Chris Anderson)

The North State Modified Series (NSMS), presented by Protect the Harvest, returns to Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night, May 6, for race number two of it's 11 event schedule. The series did not visit the Lake County facility in 2016, and Saturday will be the only time this year the NSMS drivers will be competing on Lakeport's tight quarter-mile oval.

The NSMS season opener at All American Speedway last month produced 26 cars with local driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville the big $1000 winner. Knight is a two-time NSMS champion, winning the title in 2015 and 2016, and will be at Lakeport to defend his title and protect his points lead.

The North State Modified Series will join the Nor-Cal Pro-4 modifieds, plus the Lakeport Speedway bombers, bandoleros, Legends Cars and drifters. For more information on the NSMS series, visit the North State Modified Series Facebook page or NorthStateModifieds.com web site.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

NBCSN To Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

The broadcasts will continue with the unique two 100-lap features from Virginia’s historic South Boston Speedway, which will take place on Saturday, May 6 and air in two one-hour shows on Thursday, May 11.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway on Saturday, May 13, and NBCSN will air the race on Thursday, May 18.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour broadcast schedule starts with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend: the Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday, July 14, and the Nor’easter 100 on Saturday, July 15. The races will air on Thursday, July 20 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.

NBCSN will air the final eight races of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship season, culminating in the World Series of Asphalt Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 15. That season finale will air on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The championship for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will run at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29 and air on Friday, Oct. 6. The West champion will be crowned at California's Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday, Nov. 4 and air on Friday, Nov. 10.

To date, NBCSN has aired the first four races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races, as well as both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events.

2017 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule
Race Date
Series
Track
Telecast Date
Time (ET)
Sat., April 22
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Bristol
Thur., April 27
11 p.m.

Sat., May 6
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
South Boston
Thur., May 11
7 p.m.

Sat., May 6
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
South Boston
Thur., May 11
8 p.m.

Sat., May 13
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Spokane
Thur., May 18
1 a.m.

Wed., May 10
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Orange Show
Fri., May 26
8 p.m.

Sat., June 3
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Memphis
Thur., June 8
8 p.m.

Sat., June 10
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Colorado
Thur., June 15
7 p.m.

Sat., June 24
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Sonoma
Thur., June 29
11 p.m.

Sat., July 1
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Berlin
Fri., July 7
12:30 p.m.

Sat., July 8
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Thompson
Thur., July 13
7 p.m.

Fri., July 14
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
New Hampshire
Thur., July 20
4:30 p.m.

Sat., July 15
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
New Hampshire
Thur., July 20
7 p.m.

Sat., July 15
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
New Hampshire
Fri., July 2
7 p.m.

Fri., July 28
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Iowa
Thur., Aug. 3
7 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 4
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Watkins Glen
Wed., Aug. 9
7 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 12
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Evergreen
Thur., Aug. 17
1 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 9
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Thompson
Thur., Aug. 17
7 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 16
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Bristol
Sat., Aug. 26
3 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 26
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Douglas
Sat., Sept. 2
8:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 26
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Seekonk
Sat., Sept. 2
9:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 2
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Oswego
Thur., Sept. 7
7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 16
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Riverhead
Wed., Sept. 20
7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 16
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
New Jersey
Thur., Sept. 21
7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 23
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
New Hampshire
Thur., Sept. 28
7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 29
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Dover
Fri., Oct. 6
10:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 30
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Meridian
Sun., Oct. 8
11 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 1
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Stafford
Sat., Oct. 7
10 a.m.

Thu., Oct. 5
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Charlotte
Thur., Oct. 12
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 14
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
All American
Thur., Oct. 19
4 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 15
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Thompson
Thur., Oct. 19
7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 4
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Kern County
Fri., Nov. 10
3:30 p.m.


RACES AIR ON TAPE DELAY AND ARE  SUBJECT TO CHANGE