Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tellstrom Fights Hard For NSMS Win At Ukiah

Kyle Tellstrom (#5k) drove under Dustin DeRosier (#12) on a restart on his way to the front during the North State Modified Series race at Ukiah Speedway (Photo Courtesy Jenna Meyer)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

June 23, 2018 Ukiah, CA.... Local driver Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah battled leader Kris Price of Sacramento for 32 laps of the 60 lap feature until lapped traffic gave Tellstrom the opportunity he needed to take over the lead and drive to victory in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Ukiah Speedway Saturday night. Tellstrom collected the $1000 top prize plus the $250 bonus from Ward Land Management and Development (WLM&D.)

Tellstrom also clocked in fastest in the 20 car field with a 13.430 second lap, earning another $100 from WLM&D.

The starting grid for the main event saw a four-car invert placing Price on the outside of Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale in the front row. Defending NSMS champ, Darrin Knight of Kelseyville, driving for Terry Deal in the #01 modified, shared row two with Tellstrom. Madera Speedway winner Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa and Redwood Acres Raceway winner Jason Philpot of Sacramento started in row three.

DeRosier led the first round with Price up front on lap two. The race was slowed on three for a spin by Mike Neilson in the first turn. When racing resumed Price took control with Tellstrom diving under DeRosier for second. Three rounds later Knight snuck under DeRosier as Darrin Sullivan, Philpot and Oregon's Randy Houston were battling for position.

Lap 8 saw Donovan Cox's car on fire, and after the safety crew stopped the continued sparking in the engine compartment, Cox's #13 was towed to the pits.

Price continued to pull Tellstrom on the double-file restart as DeRosier and Knight jockeyed for position behind the leaders. Another yellow flag flew on lap 12 when Bryan Denton lost control and spun in turn four. At the same time Sal Lopez retired to the pits.

Price held off Tellstrom another19 circuits until they caught the back of the pack where Neilson and Rich Cobb were running side-by-side. Tellstrom drove low and Price chose the high side. Price attempted to squeeze through the slower cars when contact was made, cutting his tire. The yellow flew again allowing Price to pit, change the tire, and return to action at the back of the pack.

Three rounds later Houston pulled into the infield with mechanical problems. Lap 38 saw Sullivan's engine stop to slow the action again.

A lap 42 crash involved Denton, Eric Johnson and Neilson. Two rounds later, Kris Price was working his way through traffic, when he drove into turn one too hard and his car went off the track. Eric Price ended his run on lap 47, and Rick Avila drove to the pits on 52.

With only five laps to go, Kris Price was attempting to pass Bloom when the two cars made contract resulting in Bloom's car pushing up the track. Flagman Johnny Miskill stopped the action, and while under yellow both Bloom and Price were black-flagged for rough driving.

The final five went without incident with Tellstrom first across the Sunoco checkered flag followed closely by Knight, DeRosier, Philpot and Austin. Rounding out the top 12 were Young, Elliott, Denton, Cobb, Johnson, Strugnell and Neilson.

Philpot took over the NSMS points lead with two points over Kris Price. DeRosier moved into third place with Johnson fourth and Terry Deal fifth.

Johnson collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Eric Price taking home $50 for second. Young earned the Keyser Hard Charger award for passing the most cars. Elliott won the Naake Shocks certificate, and the Frank's Radios awards went to Tellstrom, Knight and DeRosier. The Scribner Plastics jugs went to Johnson and Eric Price.

Race #5 of the North State Modified Series “Driving Out Cancer Tour” will be on July 9 at All American Speedway at Roseville, CA.

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: Kyle Tellstrom (13.430), Darrin Knight (13.485), Kris Price (13.534), Dustin DeRosier (13.536), Cameron Austin (13.577), Jason Philpot (13.589); Randy Houston (13.595), Darrin Sullivan (13.626), Eric Price II (13.791), Mike Neilson (13.832), Ian Elliott (13.835), Eric Johnson (13.838), Keith Bloom (13.845), Sal Lopez (13.865), Guy Young (13.866), Bryan Denton (13.872), Rich Cobb (13.907), Donovan Cox (14.144), Adrianna Strugnell (14.143), Rick Avila (14.246).

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Eric Johnson, Eric Price II, Ian Elliott, Keith Bloom, Mike Neilson, Randy Houston.

SUNOCO / WLM&D FEATURE EVENT: Kyle Tellstrom, Darrin Knight, Dustin DeRosier, Jason Philpot, Cameron Austin, Guy Young, Ian Elliott, Bryan Denton, Rich Cobb, Eric Johnson, Adrianna Strugnell, Mike Neilson, Keith Bloom, Kris Price, Rick Avila, Eric Price II, Darrin Sullivan, Randy Houston, Sal Lopez, Donovan Cox.

Jason Romero Goes Two In A Row At Shasta District Fair



Via PCS Media

ANDERSON, CALIFORNIA (June 23, 2018) – Cameron Park’s Jason Romero won his second consecutive Shasta Speedway victory, and seventh career in the PCS, taking Saturday’s 100 lapper during the Shasta District Fair in Anderson, CA. A strong crowd weathered 100 degree temperatures to watch 15 Super Late Models compete in the feature presented by PenneyLawyers.com

John Moore led the Sunoco Fuels qualifying while his son Cole Moore won the American Racer Tire Dash. Cole Moore started on the pole on the 3/8ths mile speedway alongside PCS debutant Michael Mitchell of Loomis, CA.

Cole Moore jumped out to the early lead while Coquille, OR’s David Miller fell backwards from the outside line. Mitchell drifted backwards as well when John Moore took over third on lap six. Mitchell found himself pinched outside and he fell back to seventh by lap eight.

Romero hounded Cole Moore much like he did at the Ukiah race in May. Romero took several looks inside Moore on both ends of the race track, and the duo went side-by-side as they lapped Dave Byrd in a three-wide move on lap 33.

The continual challenges paid off when Romero took the lead on lap 36. John Moore passed Cole a few laps later for second allowing the top-two in the points to hold the top-two on the race track.

Anderson’s Derek Copeland passed Napa’s James Bickford for fifth on lap 50 and Modesto’s Mike Beeler fell down a lap on lap 52. The race finally had its first caution in the grueling affair on lap 61 when Ryan Lentz spun in turn four. Matt Wendt escaped to the pits just before the caution and did not return.

Copeland and Mitchell used some sneaky maneuvers to knife up into third and fourth on the restart with Cole Moore relegated from third to seventh. Cole Moore tried to challenge James Bickford before Bickford’s night ended when he slowed for a caution on lap 74.

The ensuing restart was a wild one when Romero led the field to green and had contact with third place Copeland. Romero came to a stop in the infield and officials deemed it a false start. Romero was able to get a second chance inside John Moore and motored away while Moore and Copeland made contact that sent Moore up the hill in turn one.

Cole Moore tagged the wall on the front stretch and retired to the pits on lap 81, putting all eyes on the battle for second between Copeland and John Moore.

Jason Romero cruised home to victory to the appreciative crowd. The battle for second had a wild run to the finish side-by-side, bouncing off of each other, with John Moore narrowly nipping Copeland at the stripe. Miller and Hite rounded out the top-five.

Romero will enjoy a four point advantage on Moore in the standings when the series resumes on July 21st at Stockton 99 Speedway.

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, Competition Carburetion, 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 4: Shasta Speedway results
Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 8 Jason Romero Cameron Park, CA Folsom Lake Asphalt
2 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
3 24 Derek Copeland Anderson, CA SK Construction, Hen House
4 22 David Miller Coquille, OR
5 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Pimental Freight Lines
6 77 Michael Mitchell Loomis, CA Sinister Diesel
7 6 Mike Beeler Modesto, CA Beeler Industries
8 17 Trevor Harrison Redding, CA Horizon Construction
9 3 Dave Byrd French Camp, CA Cherokee Mufflers
10 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
11 35 James Bickford Napa, CA Slidebelts
12 1 Matt Wendt Galt, CA Wendt Construction
13 31 Ryan Lentz Cottonwood, CA Paul Baker Trucking
14 91 Brandon Williams Redding, CA Sunrise Excavating
15 88 Dustin Walters Ferndale, CA

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #27 John Moore
American Racer Dash: #20 Cole Moore
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #17 Trevor Harrison
Lap Leaders: 20 Cole Moore 1-35, 8 Jason Romero 36-100

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rodgers Holds Off Almirola For Another Road Course Victory

Will Rodgers celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy Nigel Kinrade)

Via NASCAR Media

Sonoma, Calif. - Will Rodgers has been the driver to beat in recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series roadcourse events. Rodgers continued that trend with a victory in the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway.

The 23-year-old NASCAR Next driver dominated the race leading 35 laps from pole position. It was the fourth road course race win in a row for Rodgers between starts in both the NASCAR K&N East and West series.

Five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers entered the race yet they were unable to compete with Rodgers during the weekend. Besides winning the race and pole, Rodgers was also the fastest in practice.

“I knew we would have a great car prepared by Jefferson-Pitts Racing” Rodgers noted. “We had a great piece and made very minor adjustments, my crew chief Jeff (Jefferson) definitely had the right ideas in mind and it helped us obviously stay first in practice, get the pole and then here we are in Victory Lane.”

The first five-minute break on lap 21 saw Rodgers race leader over NASCAR Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola. Seven cars chose not to pit including Almirola who moved to the lead. Business picked up as the fastest cars in the field had to maneuver through traffic to retain their previous positions.

Rodgers and Suarez thrilled fans as both drivers were able to enter the top five after the restart. Suarez moved by Almirola on lap 39. The second break on lap 41 it was Suarez leading over Almirola, Rodgers, Erik Jones and Byron.

The restart saw Almirola take advantage of Suarez and move back to the lead. The race was decided on lap 50 when Rodgers was able to drive under Almirola in turn 11. Rodgers went the rest of the way unchallenged and at the finish his margin of victory was 4.420 seconds.

Almirola took second with Byron placing third. Suarez was fourth and Ryan Partridge fifth. Partridge's top five finish allowed him to take over the championship lead by a singl point over his teammate Derek Kraus who finished in the eighth position. Jones, Hailie Deegan, Derek Thorn, Cole Keatts and Derek Kraus finished out the top 10.

NBCSN will broadcast the Carneros 200 on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 PM EST.

It will be a quick turnaround for the series as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be racing Saturday, June 30 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore for the Clint Newell Toyota 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

NOTES:
The win marks eight straight road course wins for Jefferson-Pitts Racing.
After a career best qualifying effort of third, Hailie Deegan finished seventh.
Derek Thorn entered the race as the series points leader. He was able to recover from a late race incident to finish eighth.
After fighting for fourth with Suarez, Cole Rouse went around in turn 11 on lap 61. He finished 12th

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Carneros 200 Results
Saturday
At Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
Lap length: 1.99 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 64 laps, 58.482 mph.
2. (5) Aric Almirola, Tampa, Fla., Ford, 64.
3. (2) William Byron, Charlotte, N.C., Chevrolet, 64.
4. (6) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 64.
5. (4) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 64.
6. (13) Erik Jones, Byron, MI, Toyota, 64.
7. (3) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Toyota, 64.
8. (9) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 64.
9. (16) Cole Keatts, Lewiston, Idaho, Ford, 64.
10. (8) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wisc., Toyota, 64.
11. (11) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif, Chevrolet, 64.
12. (14) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 64.
13. (18) Tom Klauer, Reno, Nev., Chevrolet, 64.
14. (26) Rodd Kneeland, Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 63.
15. (20) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 63.
16. (24) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 63.
17. (10) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 56, engine.
18. (12) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 46, clutch.
19. (15) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 45, engine.
20. (25) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 44, electrical.
21. (17) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 39, electrical.
22. (19) Carlos Vieira, Atwater, Calif., Ford, 31, accident.
23. (23) Hollis Thackeray, Gridley, Calif., Toyota, 17, transmission.
24. (7) Alex Bowman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 10, engine.
25. (21) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 9, accident.
26. (22) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 1, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours 10 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.420 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: W.Rodgers (90.591 mph, 79.081 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: W. Rodgers 1-21; A. Almirola 22; C. Rouse 23; A. Almirola 24-39; D. Suarez 40-44; A. Almirola 45-50; W. Rodgers 51-64.
Standings: 1. R. Partridge, 254; 2. D. Thorn, 253; 3. D. Kraus, 237; 4. C. Rouse, 232; 5. H. Deegan, 225; 6. K. Vanderwal, 219; 7. T. Huddleston, 213; 8. M. Levin, 185; 9. W. Rodgers, 181; 10. T. Souza, 179.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Friday Night Is Fair Night At Redwood Acres Raceway

Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous

Eureka, CA (June 18, 2018) – One of the highlight races of Redwood Acres Raceway’s 2018 season is set for the end of the work week. It’s a special Friday night race at the 3/8-mile paved raceway. Four of Redwood Acres Raceway’s six divisions will be in action with the exception of the bombers and late models. The race is sponsored by Pepsi, Del Reka Distributing and Humboldt Lighting. In addition to the racing, RAR will be hosting the first boat race of 2018 just after racing concludes.

Racing in the Bandolero division has been very exciting in its debut season. Leading in the standings is Aiden Kimberling who has been steady and consistent so far this season. Lane Anderson has been one of the top drivers to beat in 2018 and he’s second, 20 points behind Kimberling. Kadence Mace is third but 44 points behind Kimberling. Maleesa Miles won the most recent race on June 9th but is 75 points behind the leader. Trey Daniels rounds out the top five.

The race for the track championship in the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners looks to be in Nick Ford’s hands. Ford has a substantial 65-point lead over second place Amanda Lohr and Lindsey Zito who are tied. Ronny Crump sits fourth, 10 points behind the duo in second and Tim Ratzlaff is fifth.

The championship battle in the NorthCoast Lighting & Electric Legends division is similar to the roadrunner class as Chris Lawrence has a lead of 31-points over second place Tyler Peach. Aiden Daniels is third, 52-points behind the leader. Katina Baker and Tyler Krupa are fourth and fifth in the standings.

Jim Redd has a firm grasp in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. He leads Ryan Walters by 51 markers. Wyatt Roach is 53 points behind Redd in third. Sam Brown is fourth but 71 points behind Redd. Doug Way currently is placed fifth, eight points behind Brown. The bombers will return for the July 7th event.

The tightest championship battle this season is in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock class. Only two points separate first and second with Brian Murrell, Sr. having the edge on Eugene Palmer. Scott Taylor’s consistency from last year has transferred to this year. He is third in the standings. Trevor Eacret won his first main event this season and he is fourth. Gary Klientobe finishes out the top five point leaders.

Mic Moulton has won all three NorthCoast Lighting & Electric feature events for the Mid-City Motor World late model division. In spite of that, Moulton’s lead over David Henderson in second place is only 14 points. 2018 has been a very difficult year thus far for Marty Walsh but in spite of his bad luck, Walsh is third in the standings. Dane Nissen is fourth in points and Kenny Demello is fifth. The late models will be in action on July 7th for the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100.

As always, front gates on Friday will open at 5:00 PM while racing starts at 5:30 PM. Motor sports at Redwood Acres Raceway won’t end Friday evening. On Saturday June 23rd, RAR will host a special Tractor Pull event. Pre-sale tickets are available at www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com/tickets which includes entrance to the fair and grandstands, a chance to do a meet and greet, VIP entry into the grandstands and VIP seating.

For more information of everything going on this weekend and for the rest of the 2018 season, visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com or check out the track’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Humboldt Outlaw Karts Part of the 2018 Redwood Acres Fair



Via Humboldt Outlaw Karts Media

Eureka, CA (June 19, 2018) – The biggest race of the 2018 season for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts is set for this upcoming Thursday July 21st. The karts will be part of the opening night of the 2018 Redwood Acres Fair. Entry to the kart race will be free for fans of all ages and the number of karts racing in the six divisions is expected to be high. The kart races will be presented by Automotive Workshop & Fabrication.

Thursday’s races will also have an added incentive as the total purse for the night is over $1,000. In addition, a special Dash 4 The Cash race will be an additional feature highlight. The top four finishers of each division’s main event will have the chance to win an additional $100 if they win the six-lap trophy dash. It’s certain to be a can’t-miss event for motorsports enthusiasts of all ages on the North Coast.

Humboldt Outlaw Karts would like to thank their partners for the 2018 season, Champagne Attorney Service for the beginner box stocks, Williamson Financial Group for the box stocks, Wes Green Landscaping for the 125/250cc karts, NorCal Automotive for the 500cc/open karts, Fortuna Wheel & Brake for the old fart karts and Michlette Family Racing for the pure stocks.

For more information on this Thursday’s races, visit Humboldt Outlaw Karts’ website, www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlaw Karts