Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Point Fund Announced For Northwest Super Late Model Series

WENATCHEE, WA (March 16, 2018)

As the season opener draws near, the Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Points Fund and Contingency Prizes to registered drivers. Series Director, Jarrod Goodwin, who has been working diligently during the off season, is excited that the series is able to offer something back to its drivers. “We pride ourselves on having some of the best drivers in the northwest compete with our series. Being able to let them know how much we appreciate them makes it even better,” Goodwin noted.

2018 Points Fund Payout
Points Fund Eligibility Rules:
*Driver must compete in 7 of the 8 scheduled races to be eligible for the point’s fund.

* All cars must run series provided contingency decals & patches on all main events to be eligible for any of the contingency awards. If you do not run the decal package on even one event it will make you ineligible for any contingency awards for the year.

Points Position
Points Fund Payout
Points Contingency Award
Championship Ring from Jostens, $1500 value, $150 Certificate from KRC, $200 Certificate from Wheel Chill.
$1,500 toward DRP Pull Down & Laser Alignment services with Racing Dynamics.
$750 MEP Gift Certificate.
$750 MEP Gift Certificate.
Custom SLM Car Wrap & design by Accelerated Graphics, $1000 Value.
AR or 5 Star re-skin kit, only one kit per body manufacturer, $1000.00+ Value, highest finisher in points chooses first.  You are responsible for tax and shipping.
AR or 5 Star re-skin kit, only one kit per body manufacturer, $1000.00+ Value, highest finisher in points chooses first. You are responsible for tax and shipping.
$500 Gift Certificate to Frank’s Radio Service for product or radio service work.
Rookie of the Year

(1) Day NASCAR K&N Test with Jefferson Pitts Racing, Will be decided based on best 7 of 8 races, must race all 8 races to be eligible for award. $5,000 Value.
Total Value of Contingency Awards $11,350.00

Individual Race Contingency Sponsors:
Longacre Racing Products
* $50 gift certificate for longest tow to the race that day.
* $50 gift certificate for “Move of the Race”

Hoosier Tires
* Starting at race one, three random drivers in the top ten in series points will receive one (1) tire per race at no charge.

Ti Company
* $100.00 cash and plaque for “The Hard Charger”. The driver who gains the most positions from their starting position. In the event of a tie it will be awarded to whoever started the furthest back in starting position.

Wheel Chill
* (1) $200 Certificate towards Wheel Chill to series Champion
* (8)/One for each race - $100 Wheel Chill Certificate to race pole position
* (8)/One for each race - $25 Certificate towards Driver Blowers, awarded to random draw for position 10-24 at each race.
* (8)/One for each race - $25 Certificate towards Grill Chill, awarded to random draw for position 10-24 at each race.

Joe’s Racing Products
* Hard Luck Award awarded to the driver with the worst luck of the night.
This Driver will receive Joe’s racing Products newest tire gauge.

More to be added at a later date!!!

Please note that all race contingency sponsor awards will be awarded at the following event from which it was won at during the drivers meeting.

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 partner 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).

Top Ten Finish For Austin Herzog In NASCAR West Debut

Photo Courtesy Don Thompson

Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (March 16, 2018) – 15 year-old Austin Herzog of Clovis, CA made the most of his maiden voyage in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West on Thursday night, taking home an eighth place finish at Kern County Raceway Park. Herzog drove the #77 LC Services / Superior Door & Building Materials Ford for Jefferson Pitts Racing at the half-mile speedway.

“Its crazy. We worked so hard to get into this race. Hopefully we can figure something out for the rest of the year,” Herzog said. “I would really like to drive for Jefferson Pitts Racing. They’re by far the best K&N team for me and my family. I feel ready and I can’t wait to get back in this car. It’s a whole another level. I think we’ll just settle in and get where everyone else is pretty soon.”

Herzog ran as high as sixth in the final practice session during the afternoon and qualified 11th fastest out of the 23 competitors on hand. The race’s youngest driver, Herzog got underway in the midst of heavy battling early in the race. By the 50th lap, he had moved past Rod Johnson, Jr. for 12th place before Johnson got back around him before the lap 65 break.

Adjustments led by crew chief Charlie Wilson freed up the car and allowed Herzog to engage in an entertaining duel with fellow Jr. Late Model graduate Hailie Deegan. Herzog went around Deegan on the outside for ninth before a caution flag. On the ensuing restart, the duo went toe to toe for another half dozen laps with Deegan getting the position on the outside herself.

Herzog was running 12th at the second and final scheduled break at lap 125 and elected not to pit. The restart proved strong for Herzog as he darted back into the top-ten and ran in a closely wound pack the rest of the way. Things began to tighten up on the final lap. An incident in front of Herzog allowed him to sneak through for an eighth place finish at the stripe. Herzog also managed to be the second highest finishing JPR entry as well.

“My crew chief gave me an awesome handling car. We got a little tight halfway through the race but that just goes along with tire wear. Without him giving us that perfect car we wouldn’t have been able to get through the field like we did."

Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Austin Herzog Motorsports at Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook.

Austin Herzog thanks LC Services, Superior Door & Building Materials, Sanger Concrete, Castech Pest Services, and Richard Herzog Construction & Solar for their support of his NASCAR K&N West Series debut.

Derek Kraus Drops The Hammer In Bakersfield

Via NASCAR Media

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Kern County Raceway Park is in Kevin Harvick’s hometown, but the track is clearly Derek Kraus’s kingdom.

Kraus solidified his claim to the throne by use of force en route to his second straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Kern County Raceway Park in the Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

Battling Harvick for the lead on the final restart, Kraus’ Toyota pushed Harvick up the track in Turn 4 and knocked the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series out of contention.

Harvick slide back to ninth, while Kraus’ teammate, Cole Rouse, took the lead in that melee. But Rouse eventually ceded it to Kraus in lapped traffic on Lap 159.

“That was really fun,” Kraus said. “Going into 3 and 4 inside of Kevin, I really didn’t mean to get into him. I thought we were three ride and I entered a little higher than I normally would with a guy inside of me. I hate it for him, but that’s short track racing so you’ve got to get through that.”

Harvick spent the past week championing grass roots, short track racing and his entry in the Bakersfield 175 helped pack the grandstands Thursday night. And all signs pointed to a happy Harvick homecoming as he started from the pole and led the first 132 laps.

When asked if he was surprised about the final restart, Harvick said he “was surprised I got run over” but thanked the fans who came out for the 2018 K&N Pro Series West season opener.

For Kraus, he started his 2018 right where he left off last year: In Victory Lane at Kern. The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin, capped his 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign with his first career series’ win in the finale, and looked ready to assume the mantle of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Kraus moved into the ride vacated by two-time series champion Todd Gilliland, who has moved up to the national series.

Derek Thorn finished second, followed by Rouse. Without a caution in the closing laps to close the field, Harvick was only able to get back to fourth at the finish. Ryan Partridge rounded out the top five, setting the stage for what looks like a year-long battle between Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford team with Thorn and Partridge, and the Bill McAnally Racing stable that saw Kraus and Rouse running up front.

In fact, Bruncati’s third car of Trevor Huddleston finished sixth, while BMR’s Hailie Deegan was seventh in her series debut. Fellow rookies Austin Herzog, Rod Johnson Jr. and Reid Lanpher followed to round out the top 10.

Fans can watch all of the action at 11 p.m. ET, March 20 on NBCSN.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the track on Saturday, May 5 with twin 100-lap features at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts Results
At Kern County Raceway Park
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 175 laps, 64.762 mph.
2. (12) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 175.
3. (2) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
4. (1) Kevin Harvick, Charlotte, NC, Ford, 175.
5. (5) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
6. (9) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 175.
7. (8) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif, Toyota, 175.
8. (11) Austin Herzog, Clovis, Calif., Ford, 175.
9. (14) Rod Johnson Jr., Canyon Country, Calif., Ford, 175.
10. (10) Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine, Ford, 175.
11. (13) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
12. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 174.
13. (16) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
14. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
15. (18) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 174.
16. (4) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 174.
17. (23) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 160.
18. (21) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 155.
19. (22) Andrew Tuttle, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 155.
20. (20) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 132.
21. (7) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 128, overheating.
22. (15) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 89, accident.
23. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 78.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 21 minutes 4 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.154 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: K.Harvick (99.124 mph, 18.159 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-132; C. Rouse 133-158; D. Kraus 159-175.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 47; 2. D. Thorn, 42; 3. C. Rouse, 42; 4. K. Harvick, 42; 5. R. Partridge, 39; 6. T. Huddleston, 38; 7. H. Deegan, 37; 8. A. Herzog, 36; 9. R. Johnson,Jr., 35; 10. R. Lanpher, 34.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Season Opener Postponed Due To Rain

Via PCS Media

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (March 15, 2018) – The season opener for the Pacific Challenge Series presented by set for Saturday at Madera Speedway has been postponed due to weather. Rainy conditions forced cancellation of Friday practice and unsettled weather on Saturday was also a factor.

A reschedule date will be announced at a later date. The Pacific Challenge Series is set for eight races in 2018 across four different race tracks, with the next scheduled race on April 21 at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by, visit 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 Schedule
Subject to Change
March 17 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *POSTPONED*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Return to Roseville*
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*

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winter Series Racing Concludes Friday At BKE

Prepared by Blakesley Sports Media

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (March 14, 2018) – The final event of the 2017-18 Winter Series at Bakersfield Karting Experience is this Friday with racing for Open and Stock Appearing Dirt Flat Karts. Pits open at 2pm with racing at 7pm The BKE rental karts will also be available throughout the program giving fans the chance to be in the racing program!

2017-18 Winter Series CHAMPIONS
SR. MINI DWARFS: Jett Yantis
JR. MINI DWARFS: Bryson Martin
JR. JR. MINI DWARFS: Emma McKellar

NASCAR STARS Ryan Reed of Bakersfield and Ryan Truex are both expected to be a part of Wednesday's League Night! Don't miss it!

SATURDAY'S SX PARTY begins at 5 p.m. and includes drink specials for St. Patrick's Day!

Bakersfield Karting Experience is a state of the art, complete entertainment venue! RC car racing, oval dirt kart racing, golf simulator, arcade games, and food and drink specials. BKE is open to the public 6 days a week with karts available for rent for a single race or for group outings. Birthday parties and private room rentals round out the extensive options for a night out or for a great get together.

For more information, you can visit Bakersfield Karting Experience online at or on Facebook

Sponsorship and media inquiries can be directed to Jeff Thielscher at (661) 428-0911