Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ryan Partridge Dominates for Orange Show Victory

Ryan Partridge celebrates following his K&N Pro Series West Sunrise Ford 150
victory at Orange Show Speedway on May 19, 2018 in San Bernardino, California
(Photo Courtesy Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Via NASCAR Media

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — He came, he saw, he conquered, he avenged.

Ryan Partridge, flexed his muscle, figuratively and literally, and dominated en route to the Sunrise Ford 150 victory on Saturday evening at Orange Show Speedway, his fifth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of his career and first this season.

He also avenged his frustrating 2016 loss at this track, where he led 137 laps from the pole to see a sure win fall out of his hands due to a mishap with a lapped car down the stretch.

This time, he made sure he’d claim his checkered flag. Starting from the pole, the Rancho Cucamonga, California, native led the first 37 circuits before Derek Kraus was able to take the top spot away as the caution flag flew. Shortly thereafter, Partridge re-took the lead and never looked back, leading all the way to the finish.

“We let him lead for a couple laps,” Partridge said of his battle with Kraus. “(Then my) spotter came over the radio and said ‘I think it’s time to go,’ so we were able to wedge right by him and take the lead again. Probably the most nerve-racking moment of the race was when the No. 6 (Derek Thorn) got into the second position. He’s a veteran driver, he knows what he’s doing, and when he got up into the second position I knew it was time to go. Pedal down.”

“Thank god we didn’t have a restart after that when we really would’ve had to duke it out and take our gloves off. But man our Sunrise Ford Fusion was hooked up.”

Having finishes of fifth (Kern County), third (Tucson) and second (Tucson), it was only a matter of time before the 2016 series runners-up would find Victory Lane.

His Sunrise Ford teammate and championship points leader entering Orange Show, Thorn, was able to get by Kraus with 24 laps to go. The Lakeport, California native and 2013 series champion tried to put the pressure on Partridge, but couldn’t seal the deal.

“I was kind of writing ourselves off mid portion (of the race),” Thorn said following his runner-up result. “Car got really, really tight on the long run. I was behind the No. 16 (Kraus) and the No. 99 (Rouse), and hats off to them for racing me clean. I raced them a little rougher than I probably should’ve there trying to get up through the field.”

Orange Show marks Thorn’s third second-place result this season (Kern County and Tucson race No. 2). But despite the solid runs, he’s getting a bit impatient and frustrated with not breaking through.

“I’m not a big fan of being a bridesmaid this many times this year,” Thorn said. “Hopefully with this consistency comes some results, some wins. But from a team aspect, couldn’t ask for a better night.”

Cole Rouse tied his season-best finish of third when the checkered flag flew, but admitted he wanted more.

“I’m not mad about it, I’m not happy about it, I’m just kind of in between,” Rouse said. “I’m tired of third- and second-place finishes. I’m ready to get a win. I think we’ll have some shots later in this year, we just gotta get these cars turning a little better on these short tracks.”

Rouse’s Bill McAnally Racing teammates and newly minted NASCAR Next drivers Hailie Deegan (career-best finish) and Derek Kraus rounded out the top five.

Trevor Huddleston, Kody Vanderwal, Todd Souza, Nick Joanides and Matt Levin completed the top 10.

Partridge now leads Thorn by three points and Kraus by 10, while Rouse (-12) and Vanderwal (-17) round out the top five.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will take one week off before heading to Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colorado, for the NAPA/Toyota 150 on Saturday, June 9.

The Sunrise Ford 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. ET.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Sunrise Ford 150 Presented by NAPA Auto Parts Results

Saturday
At Orange Show Speedway
San Bernardino, CA
Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 150 laps, 52.468 mph.
2. (5) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 150.
3. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 150.
4. (4) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 150.
5. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
6. (8) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 150.
7. (7) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 150.
8. (6) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 150.
9. (11) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, CA, Toyota, 150.
10. (9) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 149.
11. (12) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 149.
12. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
13. (14) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 148.
14. (16) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 144.
15. (15) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 143.
16. (10) Zachary St. Onge, Upland, CA, Chevrolet, 142.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds
Margin of Victory: .982 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Partridge (68.316 mph, 13.174 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 27 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Partridge 1-36; D. Kraus 37; R. Partridge 38; D. Kraus 39-58; R. Partridge 59-116; D. Kraus 117; R. Partridge 118-150.
Standings: 1. R. Partridge, 172; 2. D. Thorn, 169; 3. D. Kraus, 162; 4. C. Rouse, 160; 5. K. Vanderwal, 155; 6. H. Deegan, 149; 7. T. Huddleston, 148; 8. W. Rodgers, 133; 9. M. Levin, 131; 10. T. Souza, 122.

Cole Moore Returns To Victory Lane With Ukiah PCS Win



Via PCS Media

UKIAH, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2018) – Cole Moore led 72 laps and put together a masterful set of final restarts to prevail at Ukiah Speedway on Saturday night, charging to his second career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory. Moore conquered the challenging quarter-mile bullring in a race that was a tale of two acts.

Shasta Raceway Park winner Jason Romero won the Sunoco Fuels Fast Time Award for the second consecutive race, but had work to do when the field was fully inverted for the American Racer Tire Dash. Romero finished seventh to start seventh in the feature while Coquille, OR’s David Miller won the Dash for a set of tires and the pole position of the feature with Moore finishing second for the outside front row.

Moore used his outside starting position to challenge Miller from the outside from the drop of the green flag, taking the lead on lap three. Defending series champion Mike Beeler used the outside line to move forward and brought Romero with him, with the duo advancing to second and third respectively by lap 11.

Ukiah’s John Dalerio started tenth and immediately moved to the front, passing a quickly faltering Miller for fifth on lap 16. Romero aimed high and low on Beeler in an entertaining race for second place while Miller anchored a four car line of cars from sixth through ninth positions.

Romero took over second on lap 29 but had a half-lap deficit to make up on Cole Moore by that point. Moore started lapping cars, lapping fellow front row starter Miller on lap 35. Redwood Valley’s Kolby Berry used the leader as a pick to advance up into sixth position but was also put down a lap a few laps later.

Matt Wendt struggled with rear end issues and was tagged by race leader Cole Moore on lap 59, with Wendt limping to a stop in the infield for the first caution of the race. Wendt surrendered to the pits as had Miller by that point. Both did not return.

Romero seized the chance to challenge Moore for the lead after a 59 lap green flag run. After pacing behind Moore for several laps after the restart, Romero gave him a pair of taps into turn three to grab the lead at lap 66. Romero missed his marks into turn one, sailing up the hill and off the edge of the track in turn two. He slid into the dirt to surrender the lead and force a caution flag.

Moore reassumed the lead while Romero tried to mount a comeback from the rear of the pack with just nine laps remaining. John Moore tangled with John Dalerio twice, first on lap 70 and again on lap 73. Both restarts saw Cole Moore pick the inside line against Mike Beeler and both attempts saw Moore drive away in convincing fashion.

The final two lap shootout was a mad scramble, with Berry diving inside the pack down the backstretch to nearly show his nose to race leader Cole Moore. He ended up sliding in front of Beeler for second with one to go. Cole Moore took a five car length victory while Romero crossed over Berry at the line to take a narrow second place finish. Beeler ended up relegated to fourth with John Moore just a few feet behind in fifth as well.

Berry’s drive from ninth to third earned him the Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger Award. The evening began with a tribute to Martin Disomma, the father of PCS official Blake Disomma. $100 was added to the winner’s purse for each division racing at Ukiah on Saturday, making Cole Moore’s win a $1600 victory.

The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com makes its second stop at Shasta Speedway on June 23rd as part of the Shasta District Fair for its fourth race of 2018!

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com, 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, Radio 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.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

Pacific Challenge Series Round 3: Ukiah Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
2 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
3 88 Kolby Berry Redwood Valley, CA Redwood Valley RV
4 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
5 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
6 14 John Dalerio Ukiah, CA Auto Tech
7 3 Dave Byrd French Camp, CA Cherokee Mufflers
8 28 Myles Anderson Fort Bragg, CA Anderson Logging
9 1 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Wendt Construction
10 22M David Miller Coquille, OR

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #8 Jason Romero 12.814

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Big Double Header Weekend On Tap For Kern County Raceway



Via KCRP Media

Bakersfield, CA – This weekend it’s the second dirt and asphalt double header of 2018 at “Bakersfield’s Place to Race”, Kern County Raceway.

The weekend will start on The Dirt Track at KCRP Friday Night, May 18th with a great line up! The A-Mods, B-Mods, Mini Stocks, and The Western U.S. Midgets will compete in a full show that will include heat races and main events.

Tickets for Friday Night are just $10. With Kids 6 to 15, Active Military, and Seniors 65 and better only 7 bucks. Children 5 and under are FREE.

Gates open at 6:00 pm, with opening ceremonies at 7:30 pm at the Dirt Track on Friday.

Then on Saturday Night May 19th, it’s Golden State Peterbilt Night at the Races on the asphalt side. This amazing night will feature NASCAR Racing, some JoRonCo Rentals MAYHEM, and Golden Empire Supermoto. NASCAR Super Stock Twin Main events highlight the show, along with the NASCAR Spec Mods, and INEX Bandoleros. On the mayhem and destruction side, fans will see two Skid Plate Car races and the fan favorite, The RV Waterless Boat Race of Destruction!!

Capping off the night will be bar banging motorcycle action with 3 main events for Golden Empire Supermoto Series.

Spectator gates for Saturday will open at 5:30 pm and opening ceremonies will commence at 7:00 pm.

Tickets for Saturday Night are just $10. With Kids 6 to 15, Active Military, and Seniors 65 and better only 7 bucks. Children 5 and under are FREE.

Kern County Raceway is also bringing back “Happy Hours” all night! ALL BEERS, ALL NIGHT, BOTH NIGHTS…Just $5 dollars!

Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.

Please visit KCRP online at kernraceway.com for tickets and information. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/kernraceway and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/kernraceway and Instagram at instagram.com/kernraceway

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Travels North To Ukiah On Saturday

John Moore and Shannon Mansch are the top-two in the PCS in 2018
(Photo Courtesy Don Thompson)

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 16, 2018) – Round #3 of the 2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com will tackle the challenging Ukiah Speedway with Super Late Model action on the quarter-mile oval. Saturday’s race will be the only Ukiah stop out of the eight race touring stock car series.

2015 Pacific Challenge Series champion John Moore of Granite Bay holds that same title in 2018, after a narrow runner-up finish in the 2017 championship. Moore comes into Ukiah fresh off an American Racer Tire dash victory at Shasta in April that he parlayed into a come-from-behind fourth place finish. Moore also finished third in the season opener at Madera in March. His record at Ukiah includes four top-fives including a fourth place finish in 2015 on the championship finale.

2015 Roseville Pacific Challenge Series winner and 2006 Westcar Late Model Series champion Shannon Mansch has rocketed up to second in the points. Her second place finish at Shasta breaks her tie for second in the standings with 2014 and 2017 champion Mike Beeler. Mansch has just one PCS start at Ukiah that yielded an eighth place finish in 2015.

Beeler has been one of the most successful drivers at Ukiah in series history, amassing nine starts, seven top-fives, and one win. Beeler and Mansch trail Moore by a narrow two point margin and will try to close that gap on Saturday.

Jason Romero’s sixth career PCS win at Shasta has moved him up to fourth in the standings, just four points out of first. Tracy Bolin’s fourth place outing at Madera has him fifth in the championship.

A trio of drivers find themselves deeper in the standings than they would have liked going into the year, with all of them aiming to turn their fortunes around at Ukiah. 14-time stock car champion Dave Byrd is sixth in the standings ahead of former Rookie of the Year drivers Cole Moore and Matt Wendt. Both have had race winning speed in previous Ukiah attempts, with Wendt coming close to victory last July at Ukiah. Combined across four starts each, the duo has only tallied three top-fives collectively at the bullring.

Madera opening night winner Carlos Vieira and last July’s Ukiah winner Randy Hedrick round out the top-ten in the standings. Redwood Valley’s Kolby Berry aims for his PCS debut after a productive career in Junior Late Models, and will be joined by Ukiah’s John Dalerio as some of the drivers looking to defend their home turf.

Action gets underway on Friday with practice from 6pm-9pm. On Saturday, grandstands open at 3:30pm with racing at 5pm. Adults are just $12, Senior/Student $9, Children 6-11 $6, and kids 5 and under are free! The family pack for 2 adults and 3 kids is $30. Ukiah Speedway is located at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. Bandoleros, Bombers, Legends, Jalopies, Jammers, and Pro 4’s will also be competing.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com, 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, Radio 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.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

PCS Track Stats – Ukiah
#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 9, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 7, Top-Tens: 9

#70 Mike Hite
Starts: 4, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#1 Matthew Wendt
Starts: 4, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens, 4

#20 Cole Moore
Starts 4, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 2

#27 John Moore
Starts: 4, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 4

#29 Randy Hedrick
Starts: 1, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#61 Shannon Mansch
Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 1

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NASCAR Next Class of 2018 Unveiled



Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2018) – The nine drivers who comprise the 2018 NASCAR Next class are no strangers to accolades. This year’s group of emerging stars includes the Rookies of the Year in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well the ARCA Rookie of the Year, a former USAC Midget Champion and Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Now in its eighth year, NASCAR Next spotlights the best and brightest young stars in racing. Alumni of the program include current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Gray Gaulding, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

“NASCAR Next highlights emerging talent who have shown the talent and intangibles it takes to achieve success at the highest levels or our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president & chief marketing officer. “Alumni of the program are currently making their marks across NASCAR’s three national series and we believe members of this year’s class have potential to do the same.”

The NASCAR Next selection process includes input from industry executives, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Council and media members. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, aspire to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and show potential – on and off the track – to reach that goal.

The following drivers have been chosen for the 2018 NASCAR Next class:

Anthony Alfredo (@anthonyfalfredo), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Driving full-time this year for MDM Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Alfredo is also a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The 19-year-old Ridgefield, Connecticut, native recently competed in various late model divisions across the country, driving for JR Motorsports.

Hailie Deegan (@HailieDeegan), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The 16-year-old Temecula, California, native returns to Next for a second year, driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The daughter of FMX legend and Monster Energy athlete Brian Deegan, Hailie was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Riley Herbst (@rileyherbst), ARCA Racing Series – Returning to Next for a second year, Herbst is running full-time for Joe Gibs Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, where he won Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. The 19-year-old Las Vegas native captured his first big-track win last June at Pocono, along with six top fives and 10 top 10s.

Derek Kraus (@derek9kraus), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year, Kraus claimed his first win and a pole award, along with nine top fives and 10 top 10s in 2017. Driving full-time for Bill McAnally Racing, the 16-year-old Stratford, Wisconsin, native has already captured a fourth-place finish at New Smyrna and a win at Kern County this year.

Chase Purdy (@chasepurdy12), ARCA Racing Series – Purdy returns to Next for a second year after capturing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. The 18-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, finished fourth in the standings last year, tallying five top fives and eight top 10s. This year, Purdy is racing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for MDM Motorsports.

Will Rodgers (@willrodgers65), NASCAR K&N Pro Series – The 23-year-old Maui, Hawaii, native made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2017 and won them both. Starting on the pole at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma, he finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick. Running all 14 races out west, Rodgers notched nine top fives and 12 top 10s, finishing fifth overall.

Zane Smith (@zanesmith41), ARCA Racing Series – Back for a second year in Next, Smith, 18, from Huntington Beach, California, has captured his first two career ARCA victories early in 2018 (Nashville and Talladega). Smith finished ninth in the ARCA standings a year ago, posting two poles, seven top fives and 11 top 10s. In his initial foray in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Smith ran twice in the East, posting top-10 and top-five finishes, and once in the West, scoring another top-five showing.

Tanner Thorson (@Tanner_Thorson), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – A former USAC Midget Champion, the 22-year-old Thorson brings his dirt racing experience to Next as he prepares to run various Touring Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races throughout the year. The Minden, Nevada, native also ran two ARCA races in 2017, claiming a top-10 finish in just his second series appearance.

Ryan Vargas (@The_Rhino23), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Hailing from La Mirada, California, Vargas is competing full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for REV Racing. The 17-year-old finished third overall in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for California in 2017, racking up two wins, 15 top fives and 23 top 10s. Vargas is also a 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class member.

Since its inception in 2011, 39 of the 51 drivers who have been selected for the program have progressed to compete in one of NASCAR’s three national series, while a quarter have gone on to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year are NASCAR Next alumni, as are top contenders for the award this year: William Byron and Darrell Wallace, Jr. The last five Sunoco Rookies of the Year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and four of the last five Sunoco Rookies of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are also alumni of the NASCAR Next program.

For more information, visit NASCAR.com/Next and make sure to follow the drivers on Twitter and on the track. Join the social conversation by using #NASCARnext.