Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hunter Schuerenberg Adds Perris Salute To Indy To Win List

#19 Hunter Schuerenberg (Lance Jennings Photo)

Via USAC Media

PERRIS, CA - MAY 25, 2019... After battling back and forth with Jake Swanson, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) took command on lap 7 and led the rest of the way to win the "Salute to Indy" at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood's #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Schuerenberg earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Matt McCarthy earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to ninth place run. Stevie Sussex claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner scored his 85th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.409 over the 25-car field.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to R.J. Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Richard Vander Weerd (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and "The Cadillac" Cody Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat). A.J. Bender topped the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main.

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be June 29th at Perris Auto Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "Salute to Indy"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.409; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.671; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.703; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.735; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.811; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.870; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.874; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.898; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.918; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.931; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.939; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.034; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.060; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.104; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5, Napier-17.144; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.228; 17. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-17.308; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.405; 19. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.520; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.544; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.592; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.699; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.840; 24. Blade Hildebrand, 5, Hildebrand-18.073; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.103.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Sussex, 9. Dyer. 2:54.96.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. T.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Stewart, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Rayborne, 8. Waitman. 2:56.73.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Mitchell, 5. Malcolm, 6. Martin, 7. Tafoya. 2:55.90.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stewart, 3. Malcolm, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sussex, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Martin, 10. Rayborne, 11. Dyer. 3:41.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (2), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (7), 6. Brody Roa (12), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 8. Chris Gansen (10), 9. Matt McCarthy (21), 10. Austin Williams (3), 11. Damion Gardner (6), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 13. Steve Sussex (18), 14. Mike Martin (20), 15. Verne Sweeney (13), 16. Cody Williams (9), 17. A.J. Bender (15), 18. Matt Stewart (16), 19. Jeff Dyer (22), 20. Joel Rayborne (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. Trent Williams (14). NT
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**Bender flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Lap 4 Schuerenberg, Laps 5-6 Swanson, Laps 7-30 Schuerenberg.

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (21st to 9th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Stevie Sussex

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-471, 2-Roa-459, 3-A.Williams-415, 4-Swanson-329, 5-Johnson-328, 6-Gansen-306, 7-Malcolm-266, 8-McCarthy-241, 9-R.Vander Weerd-235, 10-Bender-232.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 29 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California

Holmes Becomes Fourth Different Winner In Pro Late Models At Madera

#31 Eric Holmes won the Nut Up Pro Late Model feature (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 25, 2019) – Three-time Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes stood tall on Saturday night, leading all 80 laps for the Military Tribute Night victory at Madera Speedway. The MAVTV-televised win in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series paid $2,000 during a patriotic weekend at the one-third mile speedway.

Driving a car that Holmes described in victory lane as the “best he’s ever driven” for Nascimento Motorsports, Holmes became the fourth different winner of the year in the hotly contested series. He won time trials then drew the pole position after the top-ten redraw.

The initial start served as a precursor for the wild race as third starting Racin Vernon spun Ross Strmiska entering turn one. Both drivers had to restart at the back of the field. Incoming points leader Austin Herzog battled with Jason Aguirre for third while Carlos Vieira and Blaine Rocha battled for fifth behind them. An engine failure for Tyler Herzog slowed the action again on lap 11.

Aguirre and Rocha ended up tangling in turn two on lap 16 for another caution period. On the restart, Vieira used the first of several strong outside maneuvers to take third from Erickson. Vernon’s attempt to come back through the field ended when he had a hard crash in turn one. The incident involving Glen Cook damaged both ends of Vernon’s car to end his evening. Rocha pitted with issues under the caution as well. On a lap 34 caution, opening night winner Dylan Zampa pitted with a flat right rear tire to surrender fifth position.

Erickson answered back to Vieira on the restart, using the outside to re-take third. Ryan Hart charged from 15th to seventh throughout the series of early cautions. Hart ended up in the middle of a three-wide battle that brought out the caution when Ross Strmiska and Eric Nascimento, Jr. made contact. The field battled to the lap 50 MAVTV break with Holmes leading Herzog, Erickson, Vieira, and 13 year-old Tanner Reif.

The field only completed one lap before the caution fell again on lap 51. The following restart was a wild one, as Vieira got sideways down the backstretch. Hart was turned from behind into the backstretch wall, then hit hard by both Erik Woods and Tim Skoglund. Hart remarkably continued on after extensive repairs. The scrambling shuffled Herzog back to fifth.

Holmes had a strong restart from the outside of Erickson while Vieira drifted as low as seventh position. Hart was involved in another skirmish in turn three with Rick Thompson forcing a lap 60 caution. Toni Breidinger spun with contact that sent Howard Holden’s hood flying through the air for an additional caution flag.

Holmes again out dueled Erickson on a restart while Blaine Rocha emerged as a challenger. Vieira spun out in turn four but was able to continue. Vieira ended up in the path of Holmes which caused some grief for the leader over the final five laps. Holmes managed to get around Vieira in the closing stages to take a six-car length victory over Rocha, Dylan Zampa, Erickson, and Herzog.

Tanner Reif added to his remarkable season with his third victory in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series. The Las Vegas 13 year-old has now led 210 laps over the course of the four races and has recorded fast-time in all four events as well.

Reif followed his fast-time with drawing the pole position over the 16 car field. The initial start was tumultuous just like in the Pro Late Models. Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung ended up on top of Jake Bollman’s car in turn one. Both managed to continue after repairs. A caution on lap seven involved Braden Connor of Las Vegas and Washington’s Kasey Kleyn spinning.

The evening saw a series of back-and-forth action as the outside line suffered on each successive restart. Joey Iest restarted outside Reif but fell into the clutches of Bakersfield’s Seth Wise. They battled side-by-side for several laps for second before the next caution on lap 20 for Connor spun again in turn one. Wise and Iest continued their action for the second spot and had some brief contact that sent Wise sliding.

Kleyn had additional spins on lap 26 and 34 that ended his night prematurely. Iest, Wise, and Jay Juleson battled for second through lapped traffic before a lap 38 spin for Olivia Manke brought the lap 40 scheduled break two laps early.

With adjustments complete and MAVTV interviews recorded, racing continued with Tyler Reif beginning to enter the fold. Tanner Reif built up a 2.5 second lead that was erased for a caution when Kabe McClenny’s car littered turn two with debris. Wise and Iest continued battling for second with Wise sliding up the race track to yield third to Tyler Reif.

Tyler Reif then took over second from Iest before a lap 63 caution set up a seven lap sprint between the brothers. Tanner Reif started inside brother Tyler and charged away for the victory with Tyler narrowly defeating Iest for second. Wise and McClenny rounded out the top-five.

Bakersfield’s Hank Hall returned to the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros and won the Bandolero portion by leading 19 of the 20 laps of competition. Hall started fourth but quickly moved past opening winner Ethan Nascimento for the top spot. Round #2 winner Dylan Baptista challenged 2018 champion Riley Massey for second position before he spun on lap 14.

Massey chased Hall over the final six laps but couldn’t manage to get the lead. Hall led Massey and Nathaniel Edwards for an all-Bakersfield podium while Aiden Phillips of Atwater was the top Mini Cup finisher.

Sheldon Cooper climbed aboard former Toyota Sedan champion Jillaun Holden’s #14 car to take a narrow victory over Jason Lawton. The pair ran side-by-side for several laps before Cooper grabbed the lead for good on lap 23. Lawton finished second with Bakersfield’s Damien Leininger in third.

Ryan Reynolds topped a strong field for the Modified Super Toyota 25 lap victory. Patrick Geiger led the opening lap before Reynolds took over. A heated battle developed for second position between Geiger and Shaun Reynolds that lasted the duration of the event. Coming to the finish, the pair came together into turn three with Geiger spinning. Ryan Reynolds was victorious with rookie Kyle Labrie scored second while John McCullum overcame an early spin to finish third.

Up next for Madera Speedway is the MAVTV televised Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals with the Spears Southwest Tour and the Spears Modified Series, Madera Hobby Stocks, and Legends of Kearney Bowl

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MAVTV Late Models Return To Madera For Military Tribute Night

#43 Tanner Reif leads the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model points (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 21, 2019) – MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night during the coveted Military Tribute Night. The one-third mile asphalt oval will celebrate veterans and those who were lost fighting for our nation’s freedom. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing. All military get in for free for this patriotic night of racing.

Memorial Day Weekend is perhaps the most prestigious racing weekend on the planet and the large fields of Late Models at the speedway will be hungry for round #4 victories. $2,000 is on the line for the Nut Up Pro Late Model action for their 80 lap main event.

The third-generation drivers representing the Herzog family have had a tremendous start to the season. Austin Herzog, 16, leads the Pro Late Model championship with a win and third place finish on his resume. His cousin Tyler has a pair of top-tens in the series while also grabbing two wins and two second place finishes in the non-televised Madera Late Model Series.

Dylan Zampa, the 15 year-old winner of the $5,000 to win season opener, is second in the Pro standings. Two-time Pro series champion Matt Erickson ranks third and is still looking for his first Madera victory of 2019. Carlos Vieira’s first full-time effort in the series sees him running fourth overall ahead of 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre. Ross Strmiska, 2018 Short Track Shootout champion Logan Zampa, Tyler Herzog, Christian Roche, and Kolby Berry round out the top-ten in the standings.

Thirteen year-old Tanner Reif of Las Vegas, NV is the points leader in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old. The 2019 season has been one of the most competitive in series history with an average car count of 18 cars through the first three races. Reif is one of the veterans of the group that features nine drivers running their first full-season of competition. He leads the championship by 11 points on the strength of three fast-times, two wins, and a second place finish. His qualifying record shows seven consecutive quick-times since last July.

Sixteen year-old Joey Iest hails from Madera, CA and recently won his first career adult Late Model event when he won on Mother’s Day Weekend in the Madera Late Model division. Iest has hit the cycle at Madera thus far with a win, a second, and a third for his second place in the Jr. standings. The battle for third in the standings is a close one between Jay Juleson, Seth Wise, and Tyler Reif. Just 14 points separates the trio.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models race for 70 laps this weekend with a 40 lap opening segment and a 30 lap conclusion.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros rounds out the MAVTV-televised divisions that will be competing. Rookie Dylan Baptista swept the April 27th action with fast-time, winning his heat race, and taking the main event win in just his second ever Bandolero start. The Quarter Midget graduate leads 2018 champion Riley Massey and season opening winner Ethan Nascimento in the standings. Bakersfield’s Trenton Eurto and Nathaniel Edwards round out the top-five. Rookie driver Joey Kennealy leads the Mini Cup half of the field heading into Saturday’s 20 lap main event.

Jason Lawton has had a perfect season in the Toyota Sedans with six victories, twice defeating former champion Jillaun Holden for the honors. In Modified Super Toyotas Shawn Reynolds enjoys a five point advantage of Ryan Reynolds with prior champion Bert Stephens in third. Sedan graduate Kyle Labrie is having a great rookie season that included a win on Mother’s Day weekend to rank fourth in the series.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Practices run from 1:15 – 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. The first set of main events starts at 5:00 p.m. including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for this great night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free! All military will be admitted free of charge!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rainy Forecast Cancels Saturday's Races In Roseville



Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (May 15, 2019) – A rainy forecast has forced officials to cancel Saturday's NASCAR-sanctioned races at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

The scheduled Legends of the Pacific touring series will return as part of the August 31st races at the speedway. NASCAR action continues on June 15th during Father's Day Weekend and will include Steel Rodeo Freestyle Motorcross.

More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tellstrom, Doss Come Up Big In North State And Upstate races

North State Modified Series feature winner, Kyle Tellstrom

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (May 14, 2019) – It was a tremendous afternoon for racing this past Saturday at Redwood Acres Raceway. O’Reilly Auto Parts presented all of the action which included local roadrunners, mini stocks and Legends. The late models had the week off while local bomber racers joined the brand-new Upstate Bomber Series which held its debut race on the night. In addition, the North State Modified Series visited the Acres for the first of three scheduled times this year.

The evening for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners belonged to Tim Ratzlaff. He was victorious in the heat race and dominated the feature. Ratzlaff’s closest competition came from Troy Lee and Dustin Peterson but neither driver was able to do anything to take away the lead. At the checkered flag it was Ratzlaff over Lee and Peterson.

There was a similar tone for Compass Community Credit Union mini stocks. Rick Estes took wins in both the trophy dash and heat races. Jarrett Mayo was able to knife his way to the race lead quickly followed by Brett Murrell who was driving his father Brian Murrell, Sr.’s car on the night. Murrell’s regular ride was severely damaged in the April 29 race thanks to a stuck throttle.

As in the previous main event in April, Mayo and Murrell waged a hard but clean duel for the lead. Estes took a bit longer to get to the front but once he entered third position, the two leaders knew they were going to have to work even harder for the win. With only a handful of laps remaining, Estes was able to get around Murrell for second. With three laps left, Estes got on the outside of Mayo and the two raced hard for the lead. Mayo did everything he could to hold off Estes but he didn’t have enough. Estes was able to secure the lead with two laps remaining. From there, Estes was able to pull away to take a long-awaited main event win, his first in quite a while. Mayo held off Brett Murrell for second while Brian Murrell, Jr. placed fourth and Gary Klinetobe finished fifth.

Chris Lawrence was the winner of the North Coast Lighting And Electric Legends trophy dash. Heat race one was won by Carlee Austin while Leonard Ward took the second. It didn’t take Lawrence long to get to the front and once he got there, he stayed there. A few minor incidents slowed the race and allowed the field to reform but Lawrence was able to pull away each time. Lawrence was able to reach the finish first. Katina Baker placed second followed by Tyler Peach, Brent Mack and Austin.

As noted, RAR’s Four-Star Realty bombers joined the Upstate Bomber Series for their first race ever. Many time late model touring series winner and champion Mike Doss was the trophy dash winner. The heat race results determined the starting positions for the 60-lap feature event. Mikey Lovell won the first heat with Brian King winning the second. A stellar field of 17 cars were led to the green flag by pole-sitter Wade Coleman and David Dillinger. Dillinger was able to take the lead on the first lap as the field spread out. Lovell looked as though he was going to be the driver to beat as he sliced through the field and was able to pass Dillinger for the lead on lap 14.

As Lovell pulled away from the pack, the action focused on the father/son duo of Mike Doss and Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series star Jeremy Doss. Jeremy made it to second on lap 18 while Mike got to third on the same lap. By that time though, Lovell looked to have a substantial and insurmountable lead. Things didn’t seem to change either when Lovell started to move through slower traffic. While second and third were able to gain some ground, neither was able to make enough up to mount a serious challenge on Lovell.

Everything changed on lap 40 when officials threw a caution flag due to fear of fluid being on the racing service after several laps of the air of rear end gear fluid filling the air. Originally officials believed that Jeremy Doss was the cause and he was sent to the pits. His car was found not to be the culprit so he was allowed to reposition in second.

The double-file restart was to the benefit of Mike Doss and the detriment of Lovell as Doss was able to take the lead. Jeremy Doss filed into second while Lovell fell to third. Jeremy Doss looked to have a car capable of competing with his father’s but as the laps ticked off, Mike Doss was able to pull away. On lap 50, Lovell moved to second but he just did not have enough to catch the leader. At the finish it was Mike Doss winning over Lovell and Jeremy Doss. King ran solidly in the top five all race and placed fourth while Donnie Hyman’s fifth place effort was the highest finish of all Redwood Acres Raceway bomber regulars.

North State Modified Series points leader Cameron Austin’s time of 16.408 broke Darrin Knight’s track record 16.482 which was set in the series’ previous visit to the Acres on September 8. Ian Elliott was the winner in the Lucas Oil Dash For Cash. The invert for the 60-lap feature was six which put Dustin DeRosier and Randy Houston on the front row of the 20 car starting field. Houston got the jump at the start but the race was slowed on lap four when veteran racer Richie Potts spun in the fourth turn. Houston returned to the lead on the restart and it looked as though his car was dialed in.

A caution resulted due to a spin by Larry Knight off turn two and it ended up playing right into Kyle Tellstrom’s favor. Knight was driving for his son Darrin for championship points. Houston retained the lead once again when the green flew while Tellstrom was able to take second from Sullivan. The front two of Houston and Tellstrom raced nose-to-tail for several laps until Houston’s car moved up slightly off the bottom groove allowing Tellstrom to take the lead.

Two more cautions flew due to Knight spins which resulted in him having to pull into the pits for the night. On lap 38, Donovon Cox spun and Austin was able to break into second. A yellow flag with three laps remaining brought a single file restart and gave Austin his best and only chance to pressure Tellstrom. Unfortunately for Austin, Tellstrom did exactly what he needed to do to maintain the lead all the way to the finish. Robbie Knittel had a great run in third with Houston placing fourth and Elliott finishing fifth.

Racing at Redwood Acres Raceway will go on a bit of a spring break. Action at the track returns Saturday June 8. All local divisions will be in action including the Mid-City Motor World late models. For more information on the upcoming races at RAR and other information, visit www.RacinTheAcres.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/. You can also follow Redwood Acres Raceway on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

Wet Forecast Cancels Saturday’s Humboldt Outlaw Kart Event



Eureka, CA (May 14, 2019) – The scheduled Humboldt Outlaw Kart races that were scheduled for this Saturday May 18 have been cancelled. A wet forecast through the rest of the week including the high probability of rain on Saturday and the likelihood of racers from out of the area attending forced HOK officials to make the unfortunate decision earlier in the week than usual.

The race was scheduled to be the second event of the season for the outlaw karts at the 1/8-mile Redwood Acres Fairground Bullring dirt track. The season opener was held earlier in the month on May 4. The 2019 season is the first that a season long points champion will be crowned in each division and the unfortunate loss of the race scheduled on Saturday cuts the number of points paying events down to five.

Aaliyah Mitchell leads the standings in the Champagne Attorney Service beginner box stock class over Adam Myer, Colin Wolfe and Raylan Ross. The Williamson Financial Group box stocks featured some high speed and ultra-competitive racing in the season opener. Grant Proctor leads Dylan Combest by four points with Janice Walters, Corbin Green and Jack Myer completing the top five.

Nick Ford is a seasoned veteran on the 3/8-paved oval and he will likely be the driver to beat every week in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake fart karts. Jeffrey Smith is only two points behind him though. The Miclette Family Motorsports pure stocks should have a very interesting points battle. Leonard Ward leads Chris Lawrence while Pete Miclette, Jordan Miclette and Michael Lawrence hold down the top five in the standings.

Dryver Dothage is not only a rising star in the Wes Green Landscaping 250cc division for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts, he is also one of the rising stars in the Northern California racing scene period. Dothage holds the advantage in the 250s over four young female racers, MKinzy Uselton, Maleesa Miles, Sonya Osborne and Lily Williamson. Tony Miles has a one point advantage over Dax Williamson in the Nor Cal Automotive 500cc outlaws.

The next race for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts is on Saturday, June 1. For more information including the full 2019 season schedule and up to date results and point standing information visit www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or go to Facebook www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlawKarts/

Monday, May 13, 2019

Evans wins second Apple Cup in last three starts


Via NWSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (May 12, 2019)–Garrett Evans showed that anyone who doubted his abilities to win races as he advances through his 60s would be shown the legend’s true colors. Running near the front early in the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup 125, Evans pounced at the chance for the lead at the drop of the green flag, then held of challenges from Trenton Moriarity, Chad Hinkle, Tayler Riddle and Mike Longton en route to his second Apple Cup victory in the race’s last three events.

When the dust cleared Hinkle came home with a runner-up finish followed by Riddle, Moriarity and Trevor Christiani.

Evans who ran up front in the early stages, kept Moriarity in check through the races quarter segment. Longton lurked just behind the pair, often challenging for the lead only to be denied by the leaders.

By lap 36 Hinkle had charged into the top-5 running order and continued to head to the front as he blew by Moriarity for third place at lap 45.

Evans built a half-track lead over Riddle and Hinkle as the field headed to the lap 75 break. Only able to make adjustments to the racecar and add fuel, tire management would be key in the closing 50-lap segment.

At the break Moriarity’s team worked on the power steering pump, sending the youngster back out for the 50-lap shootout not sure the team had corrected the problem.

Moriarity found that his car was just fine and settled into a groove chasing Evans for the lead. At lap 80 the former Evergreen Speedway star got by Evans for the top spot in the running order.

Evans, who had been the leader for the much of the first segment, showed that he and his Chevrolet Camaro were ready to work traffic and make a move to get back to the lead. That opportunity came at lap 105 as Evans took an inside line on Moriarity to grab the top spot.

As Evans and Moriarity battled for the lead, Hinkle continued to maintain his presence in third-place.

With ten laps to go the night’s final yellow flag flew giving Moriarity, Hinkle, and Riddle all keeping a watchful eye on Evans as the green flag came back out. Moriarity had his car sliding sideways in the corners to keep up with Evans, which opened the door for Hinkle to jump up a spot to second place and bring Riddle along for third. Cristiani got past Moriarity with three laps to go en route to fourth place.

Over the race’s final two laps Hinkle and Riddle gave Evans everything he could handle but the cagey veteran held the pair off at each challenge to nab his fifth career Apple Cup victory and second in the last three running’s of the prestigious race.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

• Alan Cress made the most of his second start of the season on the NWSLSM as the Oregon veteran brought home an 8th place finish. The run gives Cress two finishes inside the top-10 this season including a top-3 run in the season-opening event at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.
• With a pair of strong finishes to start the year, Moriarity is on track to challenge for the top spot in the chase for the 2019 series championship.
• Tristan Haider continues to impress in his quest for the Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year title. Posting two top-10 runs in his 2019 starts, the Western Washington youngster heads to South Sound Speedway in early June looking for his first career victory.
• Next up for the Northwest Super Late Model Series will be their annual stop at South Sound Speedway on June 1 for the a 125-lap affair.

NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Apple Cup 125
Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.
125 Laps 62.5 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 125 running
2. 38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA 125 running
3. 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 125 running
4. 12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA 125 running
5. 90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID 125 running
6. 17 Mike Longton Moxee, WA 125 running
7. 32 Mike Holden Clearview, WA 125 handling
8. 91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR 125 running
9. 24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA 125 running
10. 33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 124 running
11. 12f Chad Fitzpatrick Lake Stevens, WA 121 running
12. 24b Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA 121 running
13. 02 Todd Connell Yakima, WA 121 running
14. 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 118 running
15. 15f Jim Franklin, Kennewick, WA 109
16. 11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA 103
17. 65 Tyler Tanner Auburn, WA 86
18. 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA 74

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES
The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tellstrom Wins NSMS Feature At Eureka

Kyle Tellstrom drove his #5K modified to victory at Redwood Acres Raceway in race number three of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA... May 11, 2019.... The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, ran the first of three events at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night with Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah the big $1000 winner over NSMS points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa and Robbie Knittel of Lodi.

Austin was fastest over the 20 car field and set a new NSMS Hoosier Tire track record of 16.408 seconds. The previous record of 16.482 was set on September 8, 2018 by three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville.

Austin drew the #6 pill for the starting inversion in the “O'Reilly Auto Parts 60” feature event. This put Dustin DeRoiser and Houston in the front row, Darrin Sullivan and Tellstrom in row two, and Knittel and Austin in row three.

Houston shot out in front at the start with DeRosier in second, Sullivan third and Tellstrom fourth. The race was slowed on lap five when Keith Bloom Jr. and Richie Potts came together causing Potts to spin in turn four.

Houston motored into the lead again on the double-file restart, but DeRosier lost ground in the high groove, giving up positions to Sullivan, Tellstrom and Knittel. Austin swapped places with DeRosier on lap eight.

The lapping process began on lap 14 with Houston weaving high and low to gracefully pick off slower traffic. At the same time Austin got around Knittel for fourth.

Larry Knight, driving the #20 car while son Darrin Knight was vacationing in Ireland, looped the car in turn two to bring out the yellow flag for a second time. When racing resumed Tellstrom stole second away from Sullivan and set his sights on Houston.

Tellstrom caught Houston on lap 24 and began putting the pressure on until Houston's car drifted high. That was all that Tellstrom needed to drive under Houston's car and take over the number one spot. Tellstom began to put distance between himself and his fellow competitors until lap 30 when Knight spun into the infield for caution number three.

At The Gone Fishin' Half Way marker the running order was Tellstom, Houston, Sullivan, Austin, Knittel, Ian Elliott, DeRosier, Sierra Furia, Jason Philpot, Rich Cobb, Mike Neilson, Bloom, Stuart Campbell, Herman Pulyer, Donovan Cox, Potts, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Kylei Keown and Knight.

Two laps later Knight spun for a third time and was black-flagged according to the 3-spin rule. Lap 38 saw the yellow waving again when Cox lost control and looped his car on the front stretch. Austin drove under Houston for second on the restart and Knittel swapped places with Sullivan. Knittel continued his forward motion and drove under Houston for third on lap 44. Potts dropped out of the race on lap 51.

With only three laps remaining, Bloom and Keown made contact for the last caution. Tellstrom drove the final distance to lead the way to the Sunoco checkered flag. Austin was a close second followed by Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia and Bloom. DeRosier collected an additonal $50 for his seventh place finish from 707 Graphics in Fortuna.

Elliott won $100 in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. DeRosier collected $50 for second. They both took home Lucas Oil products as well as the Scribner jugs.

The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Mike Neilson. Rick Avila picked up the Naake Shocks certificate, and the Frank's Radios gift cards went to Sullivan, Bloom and Cobb.

The North State Modified Series returns to Stockton 99 Speedway on June 1, and then heads south to Madera Speedway on June 15.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, schedule, entry forms and other information are available on the web site www.northstatemodifieds.com.

HOOSIER TIME TRIALS: Cameron Austin 16.408 (New Track Record), Robbie Knittel 16.493, Kyle Tellstrom 16.569, Darrin Sullivan 16.615, Randy Houston 16.625, Dustin DeRosier 16.715, Ian Elliott 16.730, Jason Philpot 16.763, Larry Knight 16.862, Sierra Furia 16.888, Keith Bloom 16.933, Richie Potts 16.947, Donovan Cox 17.010, Rich Cobb 17.017, Stuart Campbell 17.172, Herman Pulyer 17.197, Mike Neilson 17.244, Rick Avila 17.386, Sal Lopez 17.671, Kylei Keown

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Ian Elliott, Dustin DeRosier, Kyle Tellstrom, Randy Houston, Cameron Austin, Robbie Knittel

SUNOCO / O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MAIN EVENT : Tellstrom, Austin, Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia, Bloom, Cobb, Neilson, Campbell, Lopez, Avila, Keown, Pulyer, Cox, Potts, Knight

Derek Kraus Sweeps Tucson Twins in Dominating Fashion


Via NASCAR Media

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson was twice as nice for the Derek Kraus Saturday night.

The Stratford, Wisconsin, native swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s for his third and fourth K&N Pro Series victories of the season and first wins on the West coast.

Coming off a win in the second 100-lap championship race last week at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway — giving him two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins — Kraus and the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota established a goal to win both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races and take command of the championship standings coming into Arizona.

They did exactly that.

“That was the goal coming into this race,” said Kraus in Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway. “Now we got the points lead going into the next K&N West race. That was really good and we’ll look to stay consistent the rest of the season. We just had to stay patient and it paid off at the end.”

In the first Tucson race, Kraus took the lead from pole sitter Tanner Gray going into Turn 1 and never relinquished the top spot, leading all 100 laps.

Gray, Hailie Deegan, Jagger Jones and Brittney Zamora rounded out the top five finishers in Race No. 1. Matt Levin, Trevor Huddleston, Todd Souza, Dustin Ash and John Wood completed the top 10.

Race No. 2 was a different story for Kraus, who didn’t grab the lead until past the halfway point. But once he did, it was smooth sailing to another victory.

“This one we had to work a little harder on,” he said following his fourth win this season and ninth of his career. “We didn’t get the lead until Lap 60 or so, but it was definitely a little more challenging than the first race. We saved a little bit of tires and them guys jumped out and used a little bit too much of the tires, they wore them out. And at the end we took advantage of that when we had good tires left.”

Gray came home second for the second consecutive race, with Zamora finishing a career-best third after leading 26 laps from the pole.

Trevor Huddleston and Matt Levin completed the top five, with Jagger Jones, Dustin Ash, Travis Milburn, Takuma Koga and Bill Kann rounding out the top 10.

Hailie Deegan, who entered the night leading the points, finished 15th after contact with Huddleston going into Turn 2 that spun her around and forced her behind the wall for repairs.

Kody Vanderwal finished 11th and 12th, respectively in the twin 100s, after sweeping the twin races last season at the 0.375-mile track.

Kraus, who leads the K&N Pro East standings by four points, has an 18-point cushion over Sunrise Ford/Bruncati Racing teammates Huddleston and Jones. Deegan fell to fourth, another five points back.

Port of Tucson Twin Race 1 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 p.m., with No. 2 scheduled to be broadcast the same day at 7 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Colorado National Speedway.

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

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 60.838 mph.
2. (1) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
4. (4) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
5. (3) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
6. (11) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
7. (6) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
8. (10) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 100.
9. (7) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
10. (14) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 100.
11. (9) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 95.
12. (18) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Ford, 93.
13. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 92.
14. (15) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 89.
15. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 87.
16. (8) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 68, accident.
17. (12) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 65, overheating.
18. (17) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 36 minutes 59 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.433 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gray * (89.725 mph, 15.046 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 15 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 131; 2. H. Deegan, 127; 3. J. Jones, 123; 4. T. Huddleston, 121; 5. M. Levin, 109; 6. T. Souza, 108; 7. B. Zamora, 108; 8. K. Vanderwal, 99; 9. T. Milburn, 95; 10. T. Gray, 85.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 58.772 mph.
2. (7) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (1) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
4. (8) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
5. (6) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
6. (3) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
7. (10) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
8. (9) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 100.
9. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 100.
10. (15) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (11) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 100.
12. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
13. (14) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Chevrolet, 97.
14. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 96.
15. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 95.
16. (12) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 0, electrical.
17. (17) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Ford, 0, dns.
18. (18) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 38 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.612 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Zamora * (85.823 mph, 15.73 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Zamora 1-19; D. Ash 20-54; B. Zamora 55-61; D. Kraus 62-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 179; 2. T. Huddleston, 161; 3. J. Jones, 161; 4. H. Deegan, 156; 5. B. Zamora, 150; 6. M. Levin, 148; 7. T. Souza, 136; 8. K. Vanderwal, 131; 9. T. Milburn, 131; 10. T. Gray, 127.

Friday, May 10, 2019

North State Modifieds And UpState Bombers Highlight Saturday Night Races At The Acres

#7c Cameron Austin currently leads the North State Modified Series point standings

Eureka, CA (May 10, 2019) – Race two of the 2019 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is set for this Saturday May 11. All of the familiar local classes will be in action for the Mother’s Day weekend event presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts with the exception of the late models. In their stead will be the debut of the UpState Bomber Series which will be holding its first race ever on Saturday. In addition, the North State Modified Series will be making the first of three visits to RAR in 2019.

The UpState Bomber Series was conceived between officials at Redwood Acres Raceway, Shasta Speedway and Ukiah Speedway. All three tracks have had their own local bomber divisions but the rules between each track’s division have had dissimilarities. Over the off-season, the three tracks were able to line up a more united set of rules which helped initiate the touring series.

Saturday’s race will be the first race ever for the UpState Bombers and the first of a seven-race schedule between the three speedways. RAR has two dates scheduled for the series, the other being on July 20th. It is the first time that there has been a touring bomber series in Northern California and the inaugural race is likely to draw the very best bomber drivers in the region.

The North State Modified Series began in 2014 and has become Northern California’s senior touring series with the unfortunate demise of other late model sanctions. The NSMS has established a reputation of having some of the best racing and some of the best racers in the western region. The modifieds made it to the Acres three times in 2018 with Jason Philpot and Kris Price winning the first two races. Race three from last season featured a memorable duel between Price and Darrin Knight with contact occurring on the last lap. Darrin Sullivan was able to sneak through the carnage for the win. In the two races thus far in 2019, Randy Houston was victorious at Madera Speedway while Knight won the most recent race at Stockton 99 Speedway.

There is an open practice Friday afternoon between 4-8 PM. Saturday grandstands open at 4PM with racing beginning at 5PM. For more information on this weekend’s races at Redwood Acres Raceway, visit the track’s website www.RacinTheAcres.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/ or follow on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Walker Excited To Be Racing Again


Via NWSLMS

Wenatchee, Wash. (May 8, 2019)–Scott Walker, returned to racing on April 27 in the Northwest Super Late Model Series Leonard Evans 150. Despite an early exit due to an engine failure, the driver of the No. 100 Ford Mustang was simply happy to be part of that evening’s activities.

Working through a lengthy layoff from competition, Walker wondered if getting behind the wheel again would ever happen. Working on the family farm and his concentrating on his health, the popular Prosser, Wash. native focused on needs unrelated to the sport he loved all while maintaining a continued interest in auto racing.

Walker is quick to point out that he tried other routes to peak his interest in the need for speed. The drive to be successful on the race track also fueled a desire to return to the series.

“I'd have to say that I missed the competition and the challenge of making a car faster than everyone else. There's so much time and money that goes into being fast that it becomes very rewarding when you’re able to put it all together and pull out the win. I've tried over the years to substitute the passion I have for racing whether it be riding Harley's, playing golf or other things but none of those would replace the adrenaline rush of being behind the wheel of a race car.”

The rush has been fulfilled in a union with 2015 Idaho 200 champion, JC Wofford. With both men balancing family and work commitments, a partnership was formed that benefits their competitive juices.

“I was talking with JC about how I missed racing and that I was ready to get back behind the wheel, although I thought it would be behind the wheel of a Northwest Ford Focus Midget,” Walker said. “Over the last couple of years, I’ve really come to admire sprint car racing on the dirt as the thrill of that seems to be unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I figured the Midget series would be a good place to learn how to race on the dirt.

“About a week after having this conversation with JC he called me up and offered me partial ownership in his team. I thought about it and decided I couldn't pass the deal up, as I've never had the opportunity to drive a racecar of that caliber. Neither one of us are points racers at this stage of our lives so splitting the seat time seemed like a good way to go.”

While the Leonard Evans 150 was short-lived for Walker and his team, running well in the Apple Cup 125, a race held at his home track, is his goal for this weekend.

“It would mean a lot to be able to compete for an Apple Cup win, especially after blowing up an engine in Wenatchee two weeks ago. Yakima Speedway is also considered a home track for myself, JC, and BJ Tidrick (crew chief) so when we can get a win at Yakima it always means a little more than winning else where. I was fortunate enough to have a decent amount of success back in the day, but it would feel more complete if I was able to add an Apple Cup or Fall Classic win to list of accomplishments.”

Getting his Ford to handle the tricky half-mile will be key, Walker added.

“I'd say the biggest key to success at Yakima is just about like any other track, rotate the center well and have good forward drive low off the corners.”

Yakima Speedway’s 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125 is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. With the event having been postponed from early April due to inclement weather, the weekend’s format has now been condensed to a one-day show.

The race marks the second points event on the 2019 season for NWSLMS teams and drivers. Ticket and other information can be found at yakimaspeedway.us

The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company, and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Dothage, Proctor Among Humboldt Outlaw Karts Opening Day Winners

250cc winner, Dryver Dothage

Eureka, CA (May 7, 2019) – Champagne Attorney Service presented the opening event Saturday afternoon for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts. As has been the case since the karts moved to the 1/8-mile dirt bullring, the on-track action was both intense and entertaining.

The newest division for the HOK is the stock lawn mowers. An exhibition race took place to give fans an idea of what to expect as the class develops in the coming season.

The day belonged to Aaliyah Mitchell in the Champagne Attorney Service beginner box stocks. She dominated both the heat race and feature events, taking the main event win by three laps. While the rest of her competition was comprised of first-time rookie drivers, Mitchell’s victory was no less impressive. Following Mitchell in the finish of the main event were Adam Myer, Colin Wolfe and Raylan Ross.

It was a fantastic field for the Williamson Financial Services box stock class with 13 drivers participating. Grant Williamson was the winner of the first heat race while Grant Proctor won the second. Initially the box stock main event was going to feature the full field of karts but race officials decided to run a B main event would provide a safer and better overall racing environment.

The B feature saw fantastic racing between Corbin Green and Austin Bartholomew. Coming to the checkered flag, Green was able to narrowly beat Bartholomew for the win. Both drivers advanced to the feature race. The story of the main event was the battle for the race lead and the victory between Proctor and Dylan Combest. Both drivers were evenly matched in terms of green flag speed which meant the battle for position on the restarts proved to be a major influence in determining positions.

Proctor led the early stages before a mid-race caution bunched the field with Combest getting the jump and the lead. It appeared as though Combest was going to take the victory but another caution forced another restart. Proctor was able to get the best of Combest to retake the lead. The rest of the race went caution-free with Proctor holding off Combest for the win. Bartholomew placed third with Janice Walters fourth and Chayce Smith fifth.

Amanda Harpe narrowly beat out Nick Ford in the heat race for the Fortuna Wheel & Brake fart karts. The main event saw Ford take the lead early and dominate the rest of the way. At the finish it was Ford beating Landon Green and Jeffrey Smith.

In heat race action for the Miclette Family Motorsports pure stocks, it was Leonard Ward taking the win. The feature race proved to be no different as Ward dominated and crossed the finish line with a 4.5 second advantage over second place Chris Lawrence. Pete Miclette, Jordan Miclette and Michael Lawrence rounded out the top five finishers.

Young Dryver Dothage has moved from driving a box stock outlaw to a Wes Green Landscaping 250cc kart. He looked very comfortable behind the wheel, winning the heat race. The caution flew several times in the feature but the slow downs did little to deter Dothage as he was able to control the race and take the victory. Maleesa Miles and MKinzy Uselton placed second and third and both showed great improvement behind the wheel since the end of the 2018 season. Two more female talents rounded out the top five in Sonya Osborne and Lily Williamson.

The Nor Cal Automotive 500cc heat race and main event wins went to Tony Miles. Dax Williamson placed second in both races.

Racing action for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts will return on Saturday May 18. For more information visit www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlawKarts.

Monday, May 6, 2019

North State Modified Series Moves North to Eureka

The #11L modified owned by Bob Strauss, will be at the Redwood Acres Raceway this weekend to offer a ride around the track to local media members. Later it will be driven in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 60 lap feature by Redwood Acres Raceway 2018 Late Model Champion Mic Moulton of Eureka.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, moves north to Redwood Acres Raceway this Saturday night, May 11, for race #3 of the “Driving Out Cancer” awareness tour. A Friday afternoon practice will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval from 4pm until 7pm. Redwood Acres Raceway is located on the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street in Eureka, CA.

The O'Reilly Auto Parts Nor-Cal 60 lap feature will pay $1000 to win, $700 for second, and $600 for third. The Lucas Oil Dash for Cash contenders run for $100 to win and $50 for second place. In addition, the top 15 drivers in the NSMS points standings will share in the $2500 Lucas Oil Tow Money program.

The first NSMS tour race was held at Madera Speedway with Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon the winner. Houston missed race #2 at Stockton 99 Speedway, but plans to be back in action Saturday night at Eureka. Three-time NSMS driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville was the big winner at Stockton and will challenge Houston and the other modified competitors at Redwood Acres this weekend. Also planning to join the show is Lucas Oil modified regular Kyle Tellstrom.

In addition to the other North State Modified drivers, Redwood Acres Raceway 2018 Late Model champion, Mic Moulton, will be piloting the #11L Bob Strauss 2-passenger modified in the main event. Moulton will also have the car at practice Friday afternoon to give members of the local press a ride around the track at full speed. Plus the car will be on display at the local O'Reilly Auto Parts store during the week.

The North State Modified Series will join the bombers, road runners, bandoleros, legends cars and mini stocks.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, schedule, entry forms and other information are available on the web site www.northstatemodifieds.com.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Englehardt And Lyons Split Wild NASCAR Modified Twins In Roseville

Corey Englehardt grabbed one of two Modified wins (Don Thompson Photos)

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (May 4, 2019) – The Riebe’s Auto Parts Trailer Bash was not the only racing to feature intensity and thrills on Saturday in Roseville, with Corey Englehardt and Nick Lyons each taking hard earned wins in the NASCAR Modified Twin 35 races at All American Speedway. A crowd of over 2,000 fans were on hand for the second night of action for five divisions of NASCAR racing.

Granite Bay’s Englehardt won the season opener for the Modifieds and was fast-time on Saturday night as well. 12 Modifieds staged for the first 35 lap contest, with Englehardt starting ninth after the invert. Matt Manolis was part of a three-wide duel at the start to the take the lead while Englehardt ended up collecting the turn three cones to bring out an early caution.

With the cones removed from Englehardt’s nose, racing resumed. Lyons looked underneath Manolis and took the lead on lap nine. Michael Mitchell of Loomis followed into second as well. Drivers raced two-by-two for third behind them. Several cars went to the pits during a lap 15 caution flag including Manolis with transmission issues.

The exclamation point of the race arrived on lap 32 when Englehardt made contact with the rear of Lyons for the lead entering turn one. Lyons spun and Englehardt suffered terminal damage for the race. Lyons was protected as the leader by race officials and given his spot back. Lyons never looked back to take the win over Auburn’s Derrick Doering and Josh Blackwood.

The second 35 lap main event lined up inverted from the first race results. It allowed Englehardt to lead lap one after starting second. The race was all green until a lap 15 caution. An additional caution brought the race to its critical restart on lap 21. Englehardt got sideways on the front stretch on the restart with contact from Lyons. Each car on the inside row suffered damage, including Mitchell’s rear body work being peeled back. All the cars involved were able to continue and the race was fully restarted.

Englehardt maintained the lead and withstood an additional restart with six to go to score his second win of the season. Lyons was second ahead of dash winner Tyler Wentworth, Mitchell, and Doering.

The newly combined NASCAR Super Stock division had perhaps its most competitive race with Roseville’s Dan Farrington coming out on top. A nine-car inversion forced Farrington, the fast-time qualifier, to earn his way to the front. Former Bomber track champion Blake Disomma was the early race leader while Farrington was up to second place by lap 12. Farrington jumped outside Disomma to take the top position by the 14th lap.

A caution on lap 19 erased Farrington’s lead over Andrew Peeler of Sacramento. After brief side-by-side racing, Farrington pulled away for a comfortable win. Peeler finished second while dash winner Gary Eisenhour was third.

Ray Molina won his second consecutive F4 feature by only leading the final lap of competition. Roseville’s Hailey Woessner led the opening lap before Matthew Fuhs took over. Molina ran all over the back bumper of Fuhs for the entire duration of the main event. On the final lap, Fuhs went low and Molina went high to take a lapped car three-wide. The maneuver worked for Molina as he narrowly beat Fuhs to the finish line by .101 seconds. Woessner finished third for an all-Roseville driver podium.

Trey Daniels of Fort Bragg won both the dash and the 20-lap feature for the Bandoleros. The 10 year-old driver has had a perfect start to his All American Speedway career.

Daniels faced early pressure from fast-time qualifier Dylan Krug of Rocklin before Krug spun exiting turn four on lap three. Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell took the opportunity to challenge Daniels for much of the race. Daniels pulled away late in the running for a commanding six second victory ahead of Mitchell and Hannah Ray rounding out the podium.

Fort Bragg’s Aiden Daniels, age 14 and older brother to Trey Daniels, won a hotly contested Jr. Late Model main event. The event attracted the best field in its short tenure with five drivers ages 10-16 years old in action.

14 year-old Calvin Hegje of Orangevale won the dash and took the lead from the pole position. Daniels attempted to take over second from Smartsville’s Brody Armtrout but the two tangled into turn three. Both Brodie Reidman and Lane Anderson were gathered in the incident for a lap three caution. Armtrout and Daniels then had another incident into turn one as well, bringing out an additional caution flag.

Hegje slowed on the following restart with a flat tire which allowed Daniels to assume a lead he never relinquished. Armtrout finished second with Hegje returning to the race to finish third.

Alan Bridgeman won the 10-lap, $1000 to win Riebe’s Trailer Bash. He also won best theme for $250 while Fair Oaks’ Chase Moore won the $250 Master of Destruction prize.

NASCAR racing continues at the All American Speedway on Saturday night May 18th with Late Models, Modifieds, Jr. Late Models, Super Stocks, F4s, Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, and the touring Legends of the Pacific.

More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Herzog Adds California Challenge Cup At Madera To Schedule



Via Austin Herzog PR

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2019) – Austin Herzog, the 16 year-old points leader of the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series at Madera Speedway, will join the brand-new California Challenge Cup Series on Saturday night on MAVTV. Herzog will drive a #15 car for Wilson Motorsports and Crew Chief Charlie Wilson in the 100 lap debut of the series.

Herzog is in the midst of his career-best start to a season with a fast-time, a win, and finishes of third and seventh in the televised Pro Late Model series. Herzog also added a top-ten qualifying run in February’s Winter Showdown in Bakersfield and a non-televised Madera Late Model win this season. The driver out of Clovis landed in the runner-up spot in the Pro series points last year and previously is a six-time winner in the Madera Speedway 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series.

Drivers and teams from across the western United States will be battling in steel and composite bodied stock cars in the Challenge Cup series.

Saturday will mark Herzog’s third start in this style of equipment. His career has included an eighth place effort with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West at Kern County Raceway Park and a third place finish with the West Coast Sportsman Series at Madera. The West Coast Sportsman served as the precursor for the series that launches on Saturday.

Races are also scheduled on July 13th, August 10th, and September 14th. The championship finale on October 5th will share the card with the Nut Up Short Track Shootout for $10,000 to win for the Pro Late Models. All five races will be covered by MAVTV. Herzog will carry support from Richard Herzog Construction in the opener but is looking for additional support to run for the title.

Herzog’s string of success over the last year has been thanks in large part to working with crew chief Charlie Wilson. When an opportunity arose to drive for Wilson in this new division, Herzog jumped at the opportunity.

“Working with Charlie Wilson has really helped my entire racing program and improved my results,” Herzog said. “Testing has gone well and I feel optimistic that we can leave with a victory this weekend.”

Action gets underway Friday with open practice before Saturday’s practice, qualifying, and 100 green flag lap feature. All activities on Saturday will be staged on just one set of Hoosier Tires.

Austin would like to thank his sponsors Richard Herzog Construction, Wilson Motorsports, Stark Naked Designs, WDF Concrete, Superior Doors, and VanDoorn Racing for their support.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact info@austinherzog.com for more information.

For more information, check out Austin Herzog Motorsports at www.AustinHerzogMotorsports.com Austin Herzog Motorsports can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Northwest Super Late Model Series Apple Cup Pre-Race



Via NWSLMS Media

RACE FACTS:
WHAT: Apple Cup 125
Race No. 2 of 7

WHERE: Yakima Speedway, Yakima, Wash.

WHEN: May 11, 2019

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/62.5 Miles

SANCTION: Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. (NWSLMS)

PROMOTER: B&B Promotions, Inc.

CONTACTS: Randy Marshall Sr. Yakima Speedway (509) 248-0647
Jarrod Goodwin, NWSLMS Director (509) 879-5082

THE RACETRACK: Yakima Speedway is a slightly banked .500-mile paved oval.

2016 TOP-10 IN THE EVENT
1) 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA
2) 10 Owen Riddle Naches, WA
3) 5a Garret Archer Maple Valley, WA
4) 37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
5) 89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
6) 39 Pete Harding Surrey BC
7) 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
8) 33 Nicole Behar Otis Orchards, WA
9) 86 Tom Berrow Surrey BC
10) 20s Andy Sole Marysville, WA

2019 TOP-10 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
1) Gracin Raz
2) Brittney Zamora
3) Alan Cress
4) Jessie Jensen
5) Mitch Kleyn
6) Tristan Haider
7) Jeff Jefferson
8) Garrett Evans
9) Trevor Cristiani
10) Dave Garber

READY TO TAKE THE GREEN FLAG:
• The last time the NWSLMS was part of Yakima’s premier kick-off event (2016) the race was won by Garrett Evans. Owen Riddle scored the non-points 2017 Apple Cup and is the defending race winner.
• After a one-year hiatus, this will be the first Apple Cup run at Yakima Speedway under the operational leadership of Doug Bettarel. The track ran a limited schedule in 2018 culminating with the Fall Classic.
• Tyler Tanner will be attempting to join his father, two-time NASCAR title-holder Kelly Tanner, as an Apple Cup champion. The younger Tanner has made starts on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in addition to his successes at Evergreen Speedway running in the NASCAR Whelan All-American Series.
• The Moxee Missile, Mike Longton, makes his 2019 series debut in the Apple Cup 125. Longton is no stranger to success at Yakima Speedway where he’s amassed track championships and wins in the Apple Cup and Fall Classic respectively during his career.
• Mitch Kleyn continued his streak of top-5 points standings with a runner-up position in 2018. This season Kleyn is in the hunt again based off his fifth place run in the series first event, the Leonard Evans 150. Kleyn has finished inside the top-5 championship standings since the series inaugural 2015 season.

APPLE CUP NOTE OF THE WEEK: HAIDER THE INVADER
• Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year candidate, Tristan Haider, will be making his first start in the Yakima Speedway Apple Cup. The Olympia, WA youngster recently tested his Chevrolet at Yakima in late April to prepare for the upcoming race. Haider came up through the ranks of quarter midgets and INEX Legends to make a limited amount of NWSLMS starts in 2018. Should Haider win ROTY honors at the end of the season, he will earn a NASCAR K&N Pro Series test session with Jefferson Pitts Racing.

LOOKING BACK TO THE LEONARD EVANS 150:
The following contingency prizes were earned in the season opening event, the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. Prizes will be presented at the Apple Cup 125. Winning drivers were required to run the contingency decal package provided by the series.

Hoosier Racing Tires (1 per driver): Alan Cress, Chad Hinkle and Robert Pressley

Ti Company Hard Charger Award: Mitch Kleyn, $100 cash and plaque

Penske Racing Shocks Awards:
Top Eligible Finisher- Brittney Zamora
2nd: Cress
3rd: Kleyn

AFCO/Longacre Racing Products Long Tow Award: Trevor Cristiani, $50 certificate
AFCO/Longacre Racing Products Hard Luck Award: Dylan Caldwell, $50 certificate

Wheel Chill Pole Position: Alan Cress, $100 certificate
Wheel Chill $25 Driver Cool Box: Trenton Moriarity
Wheel Chill $25 Grill Chill Certificate: Scott Walker

Frank’s Radio Top-3 Eligible Finishers: Zamora, $100 gift card
Cress, $75 gift card
Kleyn, $50 gift card

NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
South Sound Speedway hosts its lone NWSLMS event of the season on June 1. Offering some of the closest finishes in series history, the 125-lap feature is sure to attract the best drivers from across the region.

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, Racing Dynamics, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Uselton Has High Hopes For 2019


Eureka, CA (May 1, 2019) – The 2019 season is looking bright for young MKinzy Uselton. The teenage driver will be racing in her fifth season behind the wheel of a Legends car at Redwood Acres Raceway while also competing on the dirt in her 250cc outlaw kart with the Humboldt Outlaw Karts.

Uselton’s season has already started with the first race of the year at Redwood Acres Raceway on April 27. She had a very solid run in the feature event for the division with a sixth-place effort. Uselton will also be racing this Saturday May 4 in the first race of the season for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts.

Uselton would like to thank her sponsors for their support. They are Auntie Pam Motorsports, Farmer’s Insurance, Mandi Ross Agency, Four Star Realty, John’s Used Cars & Wreckers, Redwood Mechanical, Bay Side Realty, Howard’s Body Shop, Happy Donuts, Higgins Brothers, Joe’s Auto Glass, The Bus Sisters, Miclette Family Racing and Brent Mack.

MKinzy’s 2019 Race Schedule:
May 4 – Karts
May 11 - Legends
May 18 – Karts
June 1 – Karts
June 8 – Legends
June 22 - Legends
June 23 – Karts
July 6 – Legends
July 20 - Legends
August 3 – Karts
August 10 - Legends
August 17 – Karts
September 7 – Legends
September 21 - Legends
September 28 – Karts
October 12 - Karts

Humboldt Outlaw Kart Season Starts This Weekend


Via HOK Media

Eureka CA (May 1, 2019) – The first of eight scheduled races for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts is set for this weekend Saturday May 4. Steve’s Septic Service and Wes Green Landscaping will be presenting the events throughout 2019. The familiar six divisions will take to the track as well as a brand-new division.

This weekend will feature the debut of the Stock Lawn Mower class. Lawn Mower racing has been very popular over the years and it will be the first time that these machines will be regularly racing for points and a championship.

The Champagne Attorney Services beginner box stocks are the entry division for younger and inexperienced racers. The division always presents excitement as drivers begin to learn the ropes of what it takes to get around the track.

The Williamson Financial box stocks are the next step up from the beginner box stocks. The karts are essentially the same with the box stocks having more horsepower. There are more experienced drivers behind the wheel and the faster speeds provide exciting racing.

Fortuna Wheel And Brake presents the fart karts. The division is aimed at adults and a more relaxed feel compared to the other divisions. However, that doesn’t mean that the drivers in the fart karts don’t race less hard or the excitement is any less.

The Miclette Family Motorsports pure stocks are different from the HOK’s other kart divisions. These karts are cageless which helps provide fans the opportunity to see how the drivers react through the turns and track conditions.

The Wes Green Landscaping 250s are a jump in speed from the other karts. These karts are designed as the next step in the ladder from the box stocks. The speeds are higher and more noticeable as 250 drivers learn to handle karts with more horsepower.

HOK’s final division are the NorCal Automotive 500s. These karts are the premier division for racers from all over the United States. Perhaps the most interesting think about 500 karts is the varying ages of drivers. A young teenager can race an adult and be just as if not more competitive which is a rarity in sports.

There will be a test and tune on Friday May 3 at 4:00PM. Saturday’s events will be presented by Champagne Attorney Services. Gates open at 10:00AM with racing starting at 3:00PM. For more information visit www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/humboldtoutlawkarts/.

Miller Holds Off Henderson In Epic Late Model Duel


Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (May 1, 2019) – The 2019 season for Redwood Acres Raceway kicked off this past Saturday, April 27. Mid-City Motor World helped present the evening’s events which provided some great moments that will be remembered at the end of the season.

Unfortunately, the Anderson Logging Bandoleros were not in action for the night however the Compass Community Credit Union mini stocks were. Brett Murrell took the trophy dash victory with Nick Ford and Rick Estes took the wins in the heat races. The first ten laps of the feature saw a fantastic duel between Brett Murrell and Jarett Mayo. The two raced clean until Mayo was able to make a move under Murrell for the lead.

The next lap, the throttle stuck on Murrell’s car going into the third turn resulting in a very hard hit in the wall. Thankfully Murrell was able to walk out of his car unharmed. Mayo had his hands full with Estes the rest of the event but was able to hold the challenge off. At the finish it was Mayo winning over Estes, Gary Klinetobe, Tim Abeyta and Ford.

The Four-Star Realty bomber trophy dash went to Mike Sullivan. Sullivan followed up with a victory in the heat race. The bomber feature was now different as Sullivan maneuvered to the race lead early and never lost the position. Sullivan was able to take the win followed by Tyler Avelar, Sam Brown, Doug Way and Raquel Krupa.

Derek Copeland was victorious in the North Coast Lighting & Electric Legends division. In the heat race, it was Copeland again taking the win. Copeland was able to slice his way to the front quickly at the start of the main event as he led a majority of the laps. Chris Lawrence didn’t make Copeland’s race easy as he was on the leader’s bumper all race long. It appeared that Lawrence had the chance to maneuver under Copeland but it didn’t work out. Copeland fought off Lawrence to win. Leonard Ward placed third.

The first heat for the Mid-City Motor World late models was won by Keith Nelson. Marty Walsh won the second heat which gave him pole position in the main event. Lap one in the feature proved to be a disaster for several drivers. Coming off the second turn, several drivers slid in fluid that came from Shawn Andrews’ car. Luke Hall and Dennis DelBiaggio hit the wall and both suffered severe damage which ended their race prematurely. Mic Moulton also had major damage on the left side of his car but he was able to continue.

Several cautions slowed the first 2/3 of the main event. Walsh looked to have the car to beat but he was forced to the pits under the caution flag which essentially ended his race. The last 1/3 of the race was clean to the finish. David Henderson led David Miller as the race restarted. Miller took to the high side of Henderson and the two ran side-by-side for several laps. Miller was able to get the upper hand but wasn’t able to pull away from Henderson. With the laps ticking off and the tires warmed, it was clear that Miller’s handling was going away while Henderson’s car was dialed in. As the finish loomed, Miller did all he could to hold off Henderson while Henderson did all he could to find a way under Miller. Henderson was driving his car in the high line going into the third turn while coming off turn four at the bottom. At several points it looked as if Henderson was going to get the run he needed to pass Miller. Unfortunately for Henderson, time ran out. At the checkered flag it was Miller taking the victory over Henderson. Dustin Walters, Chris Sarvinski and Nelson rounded out the top five.

The next race on the docket is Saturday May 11. The late models will not be in action but the highly competitive North State Modified Series will be visiting for the first time of three this season. The Upstate Bomber Series will also be in action for its debut. The event will be a non-points race for the local bombers. All other local divisions will be in action as well. For more information visit www.RacinTheAcres.com. You can also find Redwood Acres Raceway on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/ or Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vukovich Classic Midgets And Challenge Cup Stock Cars At Madera

Madera Pro Late Model winners Matt Erickson, Austin Herzog, and Buddy Shepherd will be in the Challenge Cup on Saturday (Jason Wedehase photos)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 30, 2019) – Two brand-new MAVTV-televised series will get underway on Saturday night at Madera Speedway, with the POWRi/BCRA Midgets and California Challenge Cup stock cars set to compete on the one-third mile oval. Some of the best young talent in the nation will get an opportunity to shine in two very traditional forms of motorsports but under new platforms in 2019.

For the California Challenge Cup stock cars, their 100 lap debut is the culmination of a multi-year project by promoter Kenny Shepherd to introduce drivers to heavy, truck arm racing in an affordable way. The Challenge Cup will utilize mostly existing inventory of race cars paired with a one set of tires rule that has attracted some strong competition.

Previous Madera Nut Up Pro Late Model champions Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield and La Grange’s Matt Erickson, along with current 16 year-old Pro LM points leader Austin Herzog, are all expected in action. All three have steel bodied experience including Shepherd’s pair of top-fives in the K&N West division.

“We are exited to launch the new California Challenge Cup Series that will provide a path upwards for our stars,” Shepherd said. “This will start small but I expect it to become one of the biggest series in the western United States over the next 12 months.”

The Vukovich Classic for the POWRi/BCRA Midgets will be a 50 lap contest honoring the Fresno-based family that included Billy Vukovich Sr. and Billy Vukovich III. Both started in Midget racing in the central valley before moving to the highest levels of the sport including the Indianapolis 500. Several of the young drivers in the POWRi/BCRA Midgets have the same hopes and a victory on Saturday night before the MAVTV cameras is a great opportunity for an open wheel resurgence.

Madera Speedway will present an outstanding undercard as well. For stock car fans, the Southwest Tour Trucks will make their first of two appearances of the year. On the open wheel side, the future stars in the USAC Western US Midgets will be competing in their Ford-powered entries. California Hard Tops and Legends of Kearney Bowl will help connect the Vukovich Classic past to present. The always exciting Legends of the Pacific for INEX Legends cars rounds out the evening’s entertainment.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at noon. Practices run from 1:30 – 3:20 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. with over 250 laps of scheduled racing to follow.

Tickets for the Vukovich Classic featuring the debut of the California Challenge Cup are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!

For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.

Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. 2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Gracin Raz Powers to First Career NWSLMS Victory



Via NWSLMS Media

Wenatchee, WA (April 28, 2019) – Gracin Raz held off a furious challenge from Brittney Zamora and Alan Cress during the closing laps of the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval en route to his first career victory on the Northwest Super Late Model Series.

Jessie Jensen and Mitch Kleyn rounded out the top-5 running order.

Cress captured his first fast time award of the season with a lap of 12.643-seconds, then drew the pole in the series new top-8 invert qualifying procedure.

The Oregon native held the point for the event’s first 47 circuits before yielding to Raz entering turn No. 1. Past NASCAR champion, Jeff Jefferson, driving for his younger brother Jason, wheeled into third place just behind Cress and began to apply pressure to the top-2.

Jefferson tucked behind Raz after a double-file restart on lap 45 and the pair put distance on Cress who had his hands full keeping Trevor Cristiani, Trenton Moriarity and Jensen at bay.

Over the next 10 laps Cristiani would clear Cress and mount a challenge to Jefferson and Raz.

At lap 70 Zamora began to make her charge to the front as she got past Moriarity for fifth place and by lap 83 had cleared Cress to challenge Cristiani for third place.

As the pair battled for the position, Cristiani lost the handle on his Chevrolet, which opened the door for Zamora and Cress to clear the Idaho native in the top-4 running order.

Cress got around Zamora on lap 87 to take over third place with his sights set on catching Jefferson and Raz in the closing laps.

A yellow on lap 99 bunched the field on the ensuing double-file restart, which opened the door for Cress and Zamora to move past Jefferson. Over the next 20 laps Jensen continued his patient approach to the race and moved past Jefferson to nab fourth place.

The night’s final yellow flew at lap 137 setting up a shootout between Raz, Cress and Zamora with Jensen waiting to pounce. Cress was slow to get up to speed as the green flag came out, allowing Zamora to clear for second place. Jensen was unable to stay with Zamora’s move and gave room to Cress to fall in behind the leaders.

Raz was steady in the closing laps, hitting the marks just right to keep Zamora in his rear-view mirror. Over the final handful of laps Zamora drove her Toyota hard through the corners in pursuit of the leader but fell just short at the checkered flag. Cress was able to get his Chevrolet up to speed and moved out to a sizable advantage over Jensen over the waning stages of the race.

The win mark’s Raz’s best finish in a super late model event. A prodigy of Jeff Jefferson, Raz also has a win on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (2015) as a driver for Jefferson Pitts Racing.

RAZ HUMBLE IN VICTORY LANE:

“I just can’t believe that we were able to get this win. This is an awesome series to race on with the best drivers out here. It’s hard to believe I was able to win over guys like Jeff Jefferson, Garrett Evans and everyone who was here tonight. I have to thank my crew, my brother Kole and my parents for all they’ve done to make this happen.”

NOTES OF INTEREST:

• Garrett Evans, who has never won the race named for his father Leonard, rallied from a poor qualifying effort to bring home an eighth-place finish, advancing 10 positions on the night.

• Mitch Kleyn was the biggest mover of the race, going from his 16th starting position to fifth place over the 150-lap race.

• While it seemed that Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year candidate, Tristan Haider, did not advance forward from his sixth place starting position, the Olympia youngster put on quite the show moving to the front of the field after running outside the top-10 for part of the evening. Haider, who made limited starts in 2018 while preparing for his debut season, was the highest finishing rookie of the race.

• Boise, ID driver Dylan Caldwell was involved in a practice accident and was unable to make repairs in time for the event’s qualifying session.

• The race drew competitors from Oregon, Idaho and Washington in addition to the Canadian province of British Columbia.

• Next up for the Northwest Super Late Model Series will be the Yakima Speedway Apple Cup 125 on May 11.

NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Leonard Evans 150
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval
150 Laps 37.5 Miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 27 Gracin Raz Lake Oswego, OR 150 running
2. 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 150 running
3. 91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR 150 running
4. 31 Jessie Jensen Snohomish, WA 150 running
5. 1k Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 150 running
6. 24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA 150 running
7. 42 Jeff Jefferson Naches, WA 150 running
8. 64 Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 150 running
9. 90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID 150 running
10. 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA 150 running
11. 38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA 149 running
12. 12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA 149 running
13. 33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR 148 running
14. 14 Brandon Carlson Victoria, BC 134 engine
15. 32 Mike Holden Clearview, WA 121 handling
16. 81 Darrell Midgely Sidney, BC 87 engine
17. 17 Robert Presley Olympia, WA 48 accident
18. 15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA 45 engine
19. 100 Scott Walker West Richland, WA 43 engine
DNQ - Dylan Caldwell, Boise, ID accident

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES
The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, Racing Dynamics, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Jostens, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing, Leonard Evans Used Car Super Store, The Ti Company and Pacific Steel Structures LLC. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com