Thursday, July 12, 2018

Younger Riddle Poised for Montana 200 Victory

Via NSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (July 11, 2018) Most auto racers are a superstitious lot. They believe in bad luck, good luck, karma, patterns and signs. Tayler Riddle, (Naches, WA) for example, has finished the last three Montana 200’s in 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place positions. This pattern ends with a victory circle trophy and a big check. At least that’s what Tayler Riddle is aiming for in 2018. Tayler has won numerous “big races,” but the Montana 200 continues to elude him. This year’s Montana 200 is also a sanctioned Northwest Super Late Model Series (NWSLMS) event, which will bring a few new faces to the weekend.

Starting, like many drivers, in a quarter midget, Tayler moved up through the ranks and into the late model division when he was 19. An older chassis that was updated from big brother Owen was just what he had been waiting for to get his late model start. With his Dad, Owen and Jeff Jefferson doing the updates, it was sure to be a winner. Tayler has been very successful over the years. He has proven to be just as talented, better on occasion, winning races like the Chilly Willy, the Fall Classic and the 2016 Summer Showdown.

Inspired growing up by watching NASCAR on Sundays and seeing races at his favorite and most challenging track, Yakima Speedway on Saturday nights, Tayler insisted on attending the late model and NASCAR NW Tour events. Riddle’s parents, Don and Janelle, had to see the writing on the wall. Inspiration for Tayler now takes on a different form. Having won several of the “go-to” events, he enjoys the challenge of going to a new track, working harder to achieve a new goal, trying to win a new race.

Racing for years to come is still on the horizon for Riddle, including perhaps crossing off a bucket list item at the Winter Showdown. Goals sometimes change along the way, but as long as it’s fun and affordable, he’ll be racing. Working for the family excavating business or working on the racecars, Tayler doesn’t get much down time in the summer.

Tayler is thankful for many people who have helped him along the way: His parents who gave him this opportunity, Chuck Carruthers, who is always there for racing advice, sponsors: Jim’s Hay, Bowsnatcher, Don Riddle Excavating, Primary Electric, Yukon Trucking, Betterall Auto Sales, and most importantly his crew and friends who take the time away from their families to go racing with him.

Riddle will have some stiff competition in this year’s Montana 200, not only from last year’s winner Owen Riddle, but also SRL standout Jeremy Doss, and the most recent Summer Showdown winner Preston Peltier just to name a few. A field of close to 30 from the US and Canada are set to take on this year’s NWSLMS/Montana 200 event.

The action gets started on Thursday, July 19th for the optional practice day, with the featured 200 lap event on Saturday July 21st.

2018 Montana 200 Pre-Entry List

Car# First Last City State

1 Agni Howell Kalispell, MT
1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
04 Tim Kammer Moose Jaw SK, Canada
5 Jan Evans E Wenatchee, WA
8 Kelly Admiraal Edmonton, AB, Canada
09 Clint Habart Cranbrook, BC, Canada
9 Ian Admiraal Edmonton, AB, Canada
10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA
14 Don Staggs Marion, MT
15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA
20 Andy Sole Quincy, WA
26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
27 Tim Elliott Creston, BC, Canada
33 Brooke Schimmel Woodland, WA
36 Grant Brown Red Deer AB, Canada
48 Preston Peltier Fort Lupton, CO
52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA
53 Alex Lessor Kalispell, MT
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee WA
70 Trenton Seidel Saskatoon, SK, Canada
75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake CA
83 Braeden Havens Spokane, WA
88 Jack Chisholm Cranbrook, BC, Canada
90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID
92 Logan Jewell Prince George, BC, Canada
92 Bruce Quale Twin Falls, ID
93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA
95 Buck Noel Jr Yakima, WA

For additional information, please contact Jarrod Goodwin (509) 879-5082.

In their fifth 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 partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Franks Racing Radio, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Bassett Wheels, TI Company, Pacific Steel Structures, LLC, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store and Racing Dynamiks. For more information on the series visit or on Social Media, Facebook (NWSLMS) or Twitter (@nw_latemodels).

Monday, July 9, 2018

White Stops Moulton’s Streak, Wins Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100

Brandon White added another win in the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bailous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (July 9, 2018) – Redwood Acres Raceway was fortunate to have beautiful weather this past Saturday night for one of the biggest races of the 2018 season. Bi-Coastal Media Night at the Races which featured the late models in a 100-lap main event and a spectacular firework display which concluded the evening’s festivities. While the Bandolero and Legends divisions had the night off, roadrunners, bombers and mini stocks were the other divisions in action for the evening.

Jennifer Murrell was fast time for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners with a time of 21.766. Nick Ford took the race lead at the start of the first feature event. His biggest rival in the 2018 season has been Tim Ratzlaff and the two engaged in a race-long dual for the lead. The lead changed four times between both drivers. With two laps remaining, Ratzlaff gained the upper-hand and was able to fend off Ford for the win. Murrell, Lindsey Zito and Amanda Lohr rounded out the top five.

Zito jumped into the lead on the second main event which was run backward. Zito led the first five laps until Ratzlaff took over. On lap nine, Zito’s left front tire began to spark as the cords in her tires started to fail. As she entered turn two, her tire went flat and she lost control. Zito ended up hitting the rear-end of Ford’s car and both drivers were out of the race. Ratzlaff went unopposed the rest of the race as he won by over eight seconds. Lohr placed second with Allison McCarty and Murrell third and fourth. Zito was credited with a fifth-place effort.

The Fortuna Wheel & Brake/Four Star Realty bomber division qualifications were paced by Wyatt Roach with an 18.117. Ryan Walters took the trophy dash victory. Sam Brown led the first five laps of the feature event but was overtaken by R.J. Randall on lap six. Randall began to pull away as the other drivers tried to sort things out. With 10-laps remaining there appeared to be contact between Brown and Walters with both drivers hitting the wall between turns one and two. Brown was unable to continue while Walters tried to continue the race but was unable to due to the severe damage he sustained. Randall continued to lead in the subsequent restart and was able to maintain a comfortable gap over the rest of the field. At the checkered flag it was Randall winning over Jim Redd, Bethany Rapp, Roach and Chris Naughton.

Qualifying for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division was paced by Brian Murrell, Sr. with a 19.039. The mini stock trophy dash win was taken by Brett Murrell. Nick Ford let the opening lap of the main event but was passed by Brian Murrell, Jr. on lap two. Murrell, Jr. gapped the rest of the field with his lead being nearly a straight-away over second place. Eugene Palmer moved to second with Murrell, Sr. running third. On lap 15, Murrell, Sr. took second and tried to catch his son. Lap 20 proved to be the turning point for the race. Murrell, Jr. spun out of the lead off turn two moving Murrell, Sr. to the point. Just moments later, a major wreck took place in turns three and four with Brett Murrell, Rick Estes and Ken McCarty all sustaining major damage.

Murrell, Sr. led the Palmer and the rest of the field to the restart. Palmer’s vehicle began to have issues which moved him out of the second position and struggling to finish the race. The final few laps came down to the father/son duo of Murrell, Sr. and Murrell, Jr. With two laps to go, Murrell, Jr. was right on his father’s bumper. Murrell, Sr. was able to withstand his son’s late run and was first at the finish line. Scott Taylor was second followed by Nick Ford and Trevor Eacret.

Brandon White’s 15.802 time set the standard in the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late model division. The heat race finishes determined the starting positions in the main event. The first heat was won by Dane Nissen. The second heat got off to a bad start as an incident took place down the backstretch which damaged the cars of Luke Hall and Marty Walsh. The incident dealt Walsh another bad blow for 2018 as he was unable to fix his car for the feature. Hall was more fortunate as his damage was repairable. Alan Cress earned pole position in the 100-lap feature with the win in the second heat race.

Cress used his front row start to take the lead on the first lap of the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 presented by NorthCoast Lighting and Electric. Cress held the lead until lap 10 when White was able to get under and by for the top position. The race was slowed as incidents involving Dustin Walters, David Miller, Scott Baker and Chris Sarvinski all ran into trouble. White was able to maintain his lead after every restart and looked to have the best handle all race long. The second position swapped hands on lap 50 as Dane Nissen took over the spot from Cress. White had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field in the final few laps. Mic Moulton moved by Cress into third and he and Nissen battled with three laps remaining. At the finish it was White taking his fourth-straight Firecracker 100 victory. Nissen held off Moulton for second. Cress placed fourth with David Henderson finishing fifth.

Racing at Redwood Acres Raceway returns Saturday July 21st with Harper Motors Night at the Race Featuring the 2nd Annual Mustang Show & Shine. It will be a special weekend as the late models and North State Modifieds will both be in action. For more information on the upcoming races and the rest of the season, visit the track’s website or Facebook page #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kris Price Scores Second Win In North State Modified Series

Kris Price raises his hands to the crowd at All American Speedway after his win in the North State Modified Series (Photo Courtesy Carrie Lauenroth)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

July 7, 2018 Roseville, CA.... The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, held its fifth race of 2018 at the All American Speedway in Roseville, CA Saturday night, and it was Kris Price of Sacramento who led all but six laps to claim his second season victory, and move back into the NSMS points lead with a three point margin over Jason Philpot.

Price collected $1000 for his win plus the $250 bonus from Ward Land Management and Development (WLM&D.) Price's brother, Eric Price II of Rio Linda finished second, taking home a total of $850. Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale was third, Santa Rosa's Cameron Austin crossed the line in fourth, and Darrin Sullivan from Kelseyville finished fifth.

Philpot, who was two points ahead of Price going into the night's action, set fast time of 14.289 seconds over the 20 car field. Austin clocked in second fast at 14.327. Eric Price was third at 14.350, Kris Price turned a 14.356 second lap, and Terry Deal was fifth quick at 14.358.

An eight-car inversion put Jake Andreotti and Sullivan in the first row, DeRosier and Deal in row two, the Price brothers in row three, and Austin and Philpot in row four. Sullivan forged at the start , but Andreotti ran the high side, challenging for the lead at each pass until the race was slowed on lap four when Aaron Coonfield, Guy Young and Rich Cobb were involved in a crash. Both Young and Cobb's cars sustained enough damage to end their runs.

Sullivan took control again at the double-file restart with both K. Price and DeRosier driving under Andreotti for second and third. The yellow flag flew again two more times in the early laps, the first when Terry Deal hit the wall on the front-stretch, and the second when Sal Lopez drove hard into the turn one concrete.

This time K. Price shot out in front on the restart, and both E. Price and Philpot moved ahead of DeRosier. E. Price swapped places with Sullivan on lap 15 just before the race was slowed again for a Terry Shannon spin.

A long green-flag run saw K. Price, E. Price and Philpot gain distance on the rest of the pack until lap 28 when Philpot drove in too hard, hit E. Price resulting in Price spinning around. At the same time Andreotti pitted with a flat tire.

K. Price continued his domination with DeRosier, Sullivan, Austin, Keith Bloom, Ian Elliot, Deal and Eric Johnson next in line at the half-way mark. E. Price and Philpot were working their ways back to the front, and with only 10 laps to go E. Price was back to third.

The final caution came on lap 55 when Bloom's car broke loose and spun on the back-stretch. Time restraints created a green-white-checkered situation with K. Price crossing the Sunoco checkered flag first followed by E. Price, DeRosier, Austin and Sullivan. Philpot rebounded to finish sixth with Deal, Elliot, Johnson and Ralph Bailey rounding out the top ten.

Guy Young collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Rich Cobb taking home $50 for second. The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Kris Price. Bloom won the Naake Shocks certificate, and the Frank's Radios awards went to Sullivan, Deal and Elliott. Young and Cobb took home the Scribner Plastic jugs.

Race #6 of the North State Modified Series “Driving Out Cancer Tour” will be on July 21 at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios. #####

WLM&D TIME TRIALS: Jason Philpot (14.289), Cameron Austin (14.327), Eric Price II (14.350), Kris Price (14.356), Terry Deal (14.358), Dustin DeRosier (14.386), Darrin Sullivan (14.423), Jake Andreotti (14.446), Ian Elliott (14.459), Eric Johnson (14.535), Aaron Coonfield (14.559), Adam Coonfield (14.568), Rich Cobb (14.570), Guy Young (14.579), Keith Bloom (14.653), Sal Lopez (14.702), Rick Avila (14.810), Terry Shannon (15.120), Ralph Bailey (N/T), Dale Didoha (N/T)

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Guy Young, Rich Cobb, Keith Bloom, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Terry Shannon

SUNOCO / WLM&D FEATURE EVENT: Kris Price, Eric Price II, Dustin De Rosier, Cameron Austin, Darrin Sullivan, Jason Philpot, Terry Deal, Ian Elliott, Eric Johnson, Ralph Bailey, Keith Bloom, Terry Shannon, Adam Coonfield, Aaron Coonfield, Rick Avila, Sal Lopez, Guy Young, Rich Cobb, Dale Didoha (dns).