Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hangtown 100 At Placerville To Pay Richest USAC Midget Purse Nov. 19-20

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (January 16, 2019).........The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets' first ever appearance at California's Placerville Speedway will pay the richest two-day purse in the history of the series with over $100,000 on the line when the series arrives at the quarter-mile dirt oval for two consecutive nights on November 19-20.

The inaugural Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100" featuring both the USAC National and Light Up the World Western States Midgets kicks off on Tuesday, November 19 and concludes on Wednesday, November 20 with a 100-lap feature, the first 100-lap race for the series since 2012.

"Midget racing is my true love," Elk Grove Ford's Matt Wood said. "I'm so excited to partner with Scott and Kami Arnold with Placerville Speedway, Mike Larson, and the entire USAC team to put on this event. The support even prior to this announcement has been unbelievable."

The "Hangtown 100" is one of nine new events that have been established on USAC's calendar this season. With the largest USAC National Midget schedule in over two decades, more big-paying races and the most different winning drivers seen in a season in several years, what better time to add an event of this caliber to the 2019 slate.

"USAC Midget racing is as thrilling right now as it's ever been and a huge event such as this just adds to that excitement," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It's an honor for us to be involved in this race and to bring another major USAC event to the west."

The format for the event emphasizes passing using a modified Trophy Cup format which will use a pill draw and a "draft," similar to the one utilized during December's "Junior Knepper 55" in Du Quoin, Ill. allowing drivers to choose their own starting sports for the heat races. Drivers will group qualify based on where they will line up in their heat race. The Tuesday, November 19 feature event will be 30 laps.

The Wednesday, November 20 "Hangtown 100" feature will pay a grand prize of $20,000 to the winner. An extra $20,000 will be up for grabs to the overall "Hangtown 100" champion who accumulates the most combined points between the two nights of racing. Both nights of racing will pay appearance points only to USAC-licensed teams and drivers toward the USAC Midget series championship standings. The rain date for the event, if needed, is Thursday, November 21. The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors will also be on the event card.

Drivers must be pre-registered by July 31 to qualify for a potential A-Main provisional starting spot. Pre-registration and reserved seating will be able available in the coming days at

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tentative Schedule Released And Other News Released From Fairgrounds Meeting For Redwood Acres Raceway

By Matthew J. Sullivan

*Please note this is not a press release from Redwood Acres Raceway or the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds

Eureka, CA (January 14, 2019) – Northern California race fans can breathe a little easier tonight as there is a tentative schedule has been released for the 2019 season. In addition, news of the new promoter(s) was detailed as well as a new director of competition.

Nine potential race dates are on the docket for 2019. The year is set to start off on April 27 and end on September 21. Tentative dates from the North State Modified Series have been made as well with the series potentially visiting RAR three times this season. None of the dates are on back-to-back weekends. It has also been determined that the Redwood Acres fair board will serve as the track’s promoter at least through 2019.

Also of note are the race dates for each division at the Acres. Dates for each division will be determined in the near future. It is possible that divisions will not race the full schedule but decisions regarding that will be forthcoming in rules meetings for each division. A “competition committee” will be created for each division. Drivers in each class will vote to have two to three drivers represent the class. Those drivers will then talk to officials for any issues or problems that may arise during the season. Former RAR driver Jaison Chand has been named as the director of competition, the highest ranking official.

As mentioned, the final schedule and rules for each division will be determined in upcoming meetings at the fairgrounds.

April 13 – Practice
April 27
May 11 – North State Modified Series
June 8
June 22 – Fair Races
July 6 – Fireworks
July 20 – North State Modified Series
August 10
September 6 – Practice
September 7
September 21 – North State Modified Series

Davey Hamilton, Jr. To Compete In Stadium Super Trucks In Mexico

Via Davey Hamilton, Jr PR

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (January 14, 2019) – Davey Hamilton, Jr. will kick off his 2019 international racing campaign this weekend during the Race of Champions at Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City. Hamilton will be competing alongside nine other competitors in Stadium Super Trucks, with head-to-head races supporting the Race of Champions.

The Foro Sol Stadium is located within the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Formula One circuit. INDYCAR, NASCAR, Le Mans, and Formula One champions from around the world will compete in each day’s Race of Champions, with Hamilton and the SST drivers hitting the same circuit to close the evening. A few modifications – including steel ramps – will help the 650 HP trucks reach their full potential during the exciting head-to-head shootout format.

Hamilton, the 2016 King of the Wing Sprint Car Champion, is competing full-time in both Stadium Super Trucks and the USAC Silver Crown Series in 2019. He is relishing the opportunity to race outside of the United States.

“I cannot wait to compete in such a prestigious event at such a historic venue,” Hamilton said. “This is a great chance to show the world what our form of racing is all about and share the pits with the best drivers on the planet!”

You can learn more about Davey Hamilton, Jr. on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. A complete 2019 schedule is expected to be released soon.

Friday, January 11, 2019

VIDEO: 2019 Winter Showdown Promo Video

2018 Championship Awards Banquet Set For January 26

Via PCS Media

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Pacific Challenge Series championship awards banquet on January 26 at Cattlemen's Restaurant in Roseville!

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a social hour before dinner begins being served at 6 p.m. Awards will follow. Dinner is $35 a plate and has a choice of ribs, steak, chicken, salmon, or pasta - with all the fixins. Competitors, sponsors, and fans are all welcome to attend. They may pre-register by calling 916-338-3434.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Redwood Acres Raceway Looking For A New Promoter

Eureka, CA (January 9, 2019) – After five seasons of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway, the Redwood Acres Fair board chose to part ways with promoter Blair Aiken. Aiken took over promotional duties at Eureka’s 3/8-mile paved oval. Prior to Aiken taking over the role as track promoter in 2014, Redwood Acres Raceway was led by Rich and Linda Olson. The Olsons promoted the speedway from 1988, when the track was converted from dirt to asphalt to 2013.

Under Aiken, Redwood Acres Raceway saw the bomber division replace the real stock division the late models replace the sportsman division. In that time, the Legends division was added to the schedule as well as the Bandolero cars in 2017.

It is not known currently who will fill the role of the track’s promoter. A schedule for the 2019 season has not been made although there are scheduled dates for the popular North State Modified Series on May 18, July 20 and September 7.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series presented by Lucas Oil 2019 Schedule Announced

Via SRL Media

Bakersfield, CA –The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series presented by Lucas Oil is proud to announce its schedule of events for 2019. The big news for 2019 is the record six nationally televised events on MAVTV.

“We had a record year for car count in 2018,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “With the addition of the increased television coverage by MAVTV, the quality race tracks that are hosting us this year and our new association with Lucas Oil, 2019 should be a great year for the series.”

The 2019 schedule starts in a big way with the $30,000 to win Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on February 1st and 2nd. The Winter Showdown will be a non-points event and will be the debut of the “Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil”, which was formerly the Lucas Oil Modifieds. The Winter Showdown weekend will also feature the Motor City Super Stock Showdown, whose main event will be part of 51FIFTY Opening Night.

The 2019 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series point’s championship will begin on March 23rd at Irwindale Speedway and end at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 23rd, both of these events will be nationally televised by MAVTV.

Other nationally televised events will include; both Madera events on June 8th and September 28th, the Winter Showdown and the June 29th race at Kern County Raceway. Six races total will be televised by MAVTV in 2019.

“With the support of our contingency sponsors, we’re able to continue the “Winner’s Bonus” for 2019, which pays a minimum of $5,000 to the winner of each race,” continued Collins.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will make two annual stops to all its host racetracks, except for one stop at All-American Speedway in Roseville, CA on April 13th. Irwindale Speedway will host the series on March 23rd and July 20th, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 4th and November 23rd, Madera Speedway on June 8th and September 28th and Kern County Raceway on June 29th and October 26th.

For the eighth consecutive year, Spears Manufacturing will support the “SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program” which awards teams a minimum of $1,000 for starting a SPEARS Southwest Tour Series main event after they have competed in three consecutive series races.

Celebrating its nineteenth championship season, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series presented by Lucas Oil will begin the 2019 season with the Winter Showdown on February 1st and 2nd and close out its championship at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 23rd.

For more information, go to

2019 Schedule of Events
February 1st & 2nd: Fifth Annual WINTER SHOWDOWN Kern County Raceway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23rd: Irwindale Speedway
April 13th: All-American Speedway
May 4th: The Bullring at Las Vegas
June 8th: Madera Speedway
June 29th: Kern County Raceway
July 20th: Irwindale Speedway
September 28th: Madera Speedway
October 26th: Kern County Raceway
November 23rd: The Bullring at Las Vegas

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2019 Schedule Announced

Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will kick off on the dirt of Las Vegas and culminate on the big stage in Phoenix, with a challenging mix of tracks in between that will test the top drivers and teams throughout the west.

The 14-race schedule will visit 13 different tracks in nine states from February to November. It will include two combination races with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three companion races with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“This is one of the most dynamic and diverse schedules we’ve had, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for fans of the series to watch their favorite drivers compete at a variety of venues,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “You have a tremendous mix of a dirt track, road course, historic bullrings and speedways that is sure to produce an exciting season.”

The 66th season of the series, which traces its roots back to the Pacific Coast Late Model Series, will kickoff with a distinct old school feel: racing stock cars on dirt. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Star Nursery 100 on Thursday, Feb. 28, as part of the track’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR race weekend.

The inaugural Star Nursery 100 was won by eventual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Sheldon Creed and was the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race on a dirt track since 1979.

The 2019 titlist will be crowned in a much-anticipated return to ISM Raceway as part of the track’s NASCAR Playoff weekend in November. The 1-mile track recently completed a $178 million renovation project and hosts the penultimate round of the NASCAR national series playoffs.

The K&N Pro Series West last ran in Phoenix in 2015, when Todd Gilliland scored his first career NASCAR win as a prelude to back-to-back West title campaigns. The track was also the site of 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano’s first NASCAR win in 2007 as well as Ryan Blaney’s first NASCAR win in 2011.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will also return to another popular stop: Irwindale Speedway, on Saturday, March 30. The graduated banking on the half-mile speedway outside of Los Angeles has produced thrilling racing since it first opened in 1999; it has hosted 26 events between 1999-2011, and from 2014-17.

Other schedule highlights include:

Tucson Speedway in Arizona will again host twin 100-lap features, on Saturday, May 11. Kody Vanderwal scored the underdog sweep in the inaugural 2018 event.
The series will race on the road course at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, June 22, as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend. Will Rodgers scored the win over a trio of Cup drivers in 2018.

Twice the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will go head-to-head with its East counterparts. The first is the annual stop at Iowa Speedway, on Friday, July 26, and the second as part of a doubleheader with the INDYCAR Series on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gateway Motorsports Park, just outside of St. Louis.

The series will make its traditional summer visits to Colorado National Speedway (Saturday, June 8), Washington's Evergreen Speedway (Saturday, Aug. 17) and Oregon's Douglas County Speedway. Colorado has hosted the West series each of the last 12 seasons. Evergreen has held 56 races since 1965, including the last eight seasons. Douglas has held 16 West races, bringing the series to the fairgrounds each of the last three years.

Idaho's Meridian Speedway will bring the series back for the fifth consecutive year on Sept. 28, a run that included Hailie Deegan's historic first NASCAR win in 2018. It's followed by back-to-back California dates - first at the tight quarter-mile of All American Speedway in Roseville on Saturday, Oct. 12, and then the high-speed half-mile of Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield on Saturday, Oct. 26. All American has been part of the West series every season since 2008, while Kern will be hosting its 10th race since it opened in 2013.

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

2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Schedule
Date, Track, Location, Laps
Thurs., Feb. 28 Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nev. 100
Sat., March 30 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, Calif. 150
Sat., May 11 Tucson Speedway *Tucson, Ariz. 100s*
Sat, June 8 Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo. 175
Sat, June 22 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. 64
Sat, June 29 Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, Ore. 150
Fri., July 26 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 150
Sat., Aug. 17 Evergreen Speedway Monroe, Wash. 175
Sat., Aug. 24 Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Ill. 120
Sat., Sept. 28 Meridian Speedway Meridian, Idaho 208
Sat., Oct. 12 All American Speedway Roseville, Calif. 150
Sat., Oct. 26 Kern County Raceway Park Bakersfield, Calif. 175
Sat., Nov. 9 ISM Raceway Avondale, Ariz. 100

* Twin 100-lap championship points races
Schedule subject to change

Monday, January 7, 2019

Kern County Raceway Set For Big 2019 Season

Via KCRP Media

Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Raceway Park is proud to announce its schedule of events for 2019. Kern County Raceway Park is a state-of-the-art multi-use facility located at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 43 west of Bakersfield. Completed by the late Charlie Beard in 2013, the 120-acre venue includes Kern County Raceway, a high-banked paved half-mile oval, a third mile clay oval known as the Dirt Track at KCRP, and KCRP MX, a four-acre motocross facility.

The 2019 schedule will have a total of 28 events combined, between the Kern County Raceway paved high-banked half-mile and the third mile clay oval of the Dirt Track at KCRP, featuring 27 different divisions of competition. Additional events at KCRP in 2019 include; the MuscleKingz Car Show and Concert on April 13th, the All-Star Monster Truck Tour on May 18th and 19th, and the grand re-opening of KCRP MX.

2019 will kick off in a big way on February 1st and 2nd with the “Richest Short Track Race in the Nation”, the Fifth Annual Winter Showdown, featuring the top drivers from around the country competing for nearly $200,000 in prize money. Past winners of the Winter Showdown include; Georgia’s Bubba Pollard, Bakersfield’s Derek Thorn and last year’s winner, Kyle Busch.

This year’s Winter Showdown will feature three divisions of competition, including Super Late Models, the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil and NASCAR Super Stocks.

The weekend of March 15th and 16th will be first double header of the year, with racing at both the Dirt Track and Kern County Raceway. Friday night March 15th will be the first dirt track race of 2019, featuring 360 Non-wing Sprint Cars, Western Midgets and Bakersfield Hard Tops.

On Saturday, March 16th, Kern County Raceway will open its gates to start the 2019 NASCAR Championship Season, with a record 8 divisions. Race divisions at Kern County Raceway will run numerous types of race formats in 2019, including; twin main event nights, the ‘Old School’ trophy dash-heat race-main event format, and segment races.

The race season will take a summer break during the months of July and August, then return strong when for the first time in KCRP history, on September 7th, race fans will experience racing on the paved half-mile and the Dirt Track on the same night for one admission price. On September 14th the 2019 champions will be crowned at NASCAR Championship Night. Three weeks later, the “KWS NARC 410 Sprint Car Series” will make their second appearance of the year at the Dirt Track. Then it’s the 30th annual “October Classic” featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series, on October 26th.

The final event of 2019 will be the two-day George ‘Ziggy’ Snider Classic, featuring top open wheel drivers on both the dirt and pavement in one big weekend of competition at Kern County Raceway Park, November 9th and 10th.

For more information about anything KCRP, please go to

Friday, January 4, 2019

51FIFTY Energy Drink Returns To Sponsor Winter Showdown Opening Night

Via SRL Media

Bakersfield, CA – For the fifth straight year, 51FIFTY Energy Drink will present opening night of the $150,000 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway. The Friday, February 1st “51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” will feature a full night of racing to kick off the first day of competition at the 5th Annual Winter Showdown, the “Nation’s Richest Short Track Race.”

“The brand 51FIFTY has been part of racing since the beginning. It seems only right to be part of the largest short track race on the west coast. I look forward to not only being part of the weekend as a sponsor, but also as a racer. This race brings the best racers together in the country, which always creates some exciting racing for the driver and for the fans.” commented 51FIFTY Energy Drink
CEO, Carlos Vieira.

“51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” will feature single car qualifying for the Super Late Models starting at 6:30pm with the “Winter Showdown 300 Qualifying Controlled by Traffic Management, Inc.” Racing will start at 7:30pm with the “Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil All Star Race” featuring the top modified drivers of 2018, the “Motor City GMC Super Stock Showdown” and the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race”.

“51FIFTY Energy Drink has been a sponsor of the Winter Showdown from the very beginning. We’re appreciative of their continued support and utilizing the Winter Showdown to expose race fans to their products.” stated the Winter Showdown’s Brian Olsen. “51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night is always an exciting night of racing because it’s really the first night of racing for the entire season on the West Coast.” concluded Olsen. 51 FIFTY Energy Drink will be back again on Saturday to sponsor the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series “51FIFTY Energy Drink Showdown 75”, which will play opening act to the $30,000 to Win “Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown 300”.

Friday, February 1st, it’s the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night of the 5th Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway. Gates open 5:30pm, Qualifying at 6:30pm and racing begins at 7:30pm. For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at The 5th Annual Winter Showdown tickets now on sale at or by calling the Kern County Raceway office at 661-835-1264.