Friday, April 5, 2019

52nd Annual Yakima Apple Cup Postponed



Via NSLMS Media

Wenatchee, Wash. (April 4, 2019)–Officials with Yakima Speedway have announced that the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup, scheduled for April 6-7, has been postponed to May 11-12 due impending weather.

“I do not want the racers and fans to come spend money and we’re not able to put on a great show,” said Yakima Speedway promoter, Doug Bettarel. “We could let everyone come and take their money but that’s not what I’m about as a promoter or a fan of racing.”

When Apple Cup weekend returns in May the events will still include Saturday’s Qualifying, Trophy Dashes and Heat Races. Sunday May 12 features main events in all classes concluding with the 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125. Ticket and other information can still be found at yakimaspeedway.us

The Northwest Super Late Model Series season-opening event will now be held April 27 with the running of the Leonard Evans 150 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in East Wenatchee, Wash.

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, Pacific Steel Structures LLC and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Southwest Tour Headlines All American Speedway Season Opener

(Chris Anderson Photo)

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (April 5, 2019) – Stock car racing returns to Roseville on Saturday night April 13, with SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The “JM Environmental 127 presented by 51FIFTY LTM” will bring more than 20 of the best Super Late Model competitors in the nation to the All American Speedway to kick off a busy 2019 campaign.

Twin 35-lap races for the NASCAR Late Models are also on tap, along with NASCAR competition for Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, and F4s. Drivers will be chasing national, state, and track championships along with season long bonuses and cash prizes. The region’s youngest drivers in Jr. Late Models, Bandoleros, and Mini Cups will also have their opportunity to compete this weekend.

The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour has not visited the one-third mile asphalt oval since 2012. The preliminary entry list only features one former winner – Carson City, Nev. Bobby Hodges - from the seven prior appearances at the track.

Among the entries are numerous drivers looking to defend their home track All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota from the touring series drivers. Roseville’s Eric Schmidt, a former SRL and track champion, leads the list in search of his first Roseville SRL win. Local drivers searching for their first career SRL series win include Granite Bay’s father-and-son duo of John and Cole Moore, Loomis’ Jack Wood, and Elk Grove’s Mike Hite. NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Dylan Lupton of Elk Grove will be making his first Super Late Model start at the venue as well.

Saturday’s races offer the first night of points paying competition for Late Models at the venue since 2013 as well. Many of the region’s most popular drivers are expected to be in competition. Limited Modifieds and Super Stocks will each stage 30 lap main events while the F4 main event is 20 laps in distance. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros for the youth drivers of the speedway also race for 20 laps.

“We’re excited to kick off the 2019 season and our first full season with Bill McAnally Racing promotions at All American Speedway,” Promoter Bill McAnally said. “Some of the best short track stock car racers in the country will be here. We have an exciting season planned with races for everyone.”

Weekend activities begin Friday with practice sessions limited to the race teams in competition. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. with practices beginning at noon. Time trials for the NASCAR and local divisions begin at 3:00 p.m. Grandstand gates will swing open at 4 p.m. and will be followed by SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour time trials. Trophy dashes will follow with opening ceremonies and feature events at 6 p.m.

General Admission is $20 for Adults, $15 for Military/First Responders/Seniors 65+, $12 for Kids (6-12), and kids five and under are free! Tickets will be available for purchase on the track website starting Friday, April 5th.

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, April 2, 2019

Round Two Of Madera MAVTV Late Model Action This Saturday



Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (April 2, 2019) – A pair of talented teenagers will try to defend their opening night victories when the MAVTV-televised Late Model divisions continue on Saturday at Madera Speedway. 15 year-old Dylan Zampa of Napa won his Nut Up Pro Late Model debut in March while Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif, 13, scored the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model series victory. Both victories were rain shortened affairs on the one-third mile asphalt oval, with drivers staring down full length action this weekend.

80 laps are scheduled for the Pro Late Models while the Jr. Late Models will be in action for 70 laps. They are joined by Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans for a full evening of motorsports entertainment.

Zampa’s triumph to open the year was a narrow one over his older brother Logan. They swapped the lead multiple times during a side-by-side battle that lasted more than ten laps. Dylan cleared Logan on lap 49 before the caution fell and the race ended prematurely due to weather.

A trio of top contenders in 2019 were waiting in the wings when the race ended. Defending champion Matt Erickson, 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre, and six-time Jr. Late Model winner Austin Herzog will be among those trying to improve their fortunes to challenge the Zampas at the front of the pack. The Zampa brothers will look to add Saturday’s $2,000 feature to their recent haul of $16,500, including Logan’s win in last October’s Short Track Shootout.

The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old attracted a strong 20 car field for their opener. Early action was dominated by new drivers such as Riverside’s Cody Kiemele and Bakersfield’s Seth Wise.

Las Vegas’ Tanner Reif, who finished third in the 2018 championship, found his way to the front for the opening victory with Madera’s hometown driver Joey Iest running second. Both drivers have established themselves as championship favorites while Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny had a strong start with a fourth place finish. Wise led all rookies from third with fellow Bakersfield driver Kercie Jung finishing sixth.

Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will open their 2019 season on Saturday after they were unable to race on opening night. The Bandolero portion of the field has grown substantially to include a mix of Northern California and Southern California drivers. The Mini Cup side also features several rookie drivers. Madera’s youngest drivers race for 20 laps in a “race within a race” format where points and trophies are decided separately by class.

Both of Madera’s regular entry level divisions, the Modified Super Toyotas and Toyota Sedans have two points races in the books in 2019. Jason Lawton has claimed victory in both Sedan races so far by comfortable margins. Andrew Davidson and Greg Tyler round out the top-three in the points.

In Modified Super Toyotas, Shaun Reynolds has a win and a second place finish to lead the points over former track champions Ryan Reynolds and Bert Stephens. Both Toyota divisions will stage 25 lap features this weekend.

Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:00 a.m. Practices run from 1:15 – 2:55 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!
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, McAllister 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, when 2019 episodes will hit the airwaves.

Toni Breidinger Pursuing MAVTV Madera Pro Late Model Championship



Via Blakesley Sports Media

HILLSBOROUGH, CALIFORNIA (April 2, 2019) – Toni Breidinger’s quickly growing stock car schedule will include a full-time campaign in Madera Speedway’s MAVTV-televised Pro Late Models, the 19 year-old announced today. Breidinger will drive the #21 Chevrolet for Naake-Klauer Motorsports as USAC’s all-time winningest female continues to move up the stock car ranks.

Her 2019 season will see a combination of nine races on the West Coast for Naake-Klauer Motorsports and nearly a dozen races on the East Coast for GMS Racing. She is slated to be a 2020 member of Driver’s Edge Development as well. She will also compete in her family owned Midget for the POWRI/BCRA Series at Madera, also televised.

Breidinger holds her place in the USAC history books with 19 pavement victories. She was the runner-up in the 2014 and 2015 USAC Western US Midget Series pavement standings before winning the championship in 2016.

In 2018, she made three starts in the ARCA Menards Series with one top-ten finish. Breidinger added a mix of Midget, USAC Silver Crown, and Pro Late Model appearances on top of that. Her best Pro Late Model finish to date was a fourth place effort at Roseville’s All American Speedway in November. She was also a finalist for competition in the W Series as well.

Naake-Klauer Motorsports is one of the most successful programs in the Western United States, led by owner Mike Naake. Their resume includes two Jr. Late Model championships at Madera with nearly 10 Jr. Late Model wins. They also earned the Rookie of the Year in the Pro Late Model division in 2018.

“Competing with a championship-caliber team like Naake-Klauer Motorsports is a great opportunity for me,” Breidinger said. “Their preparation level is second to none and their success with working with young drivers is well documented. I feel like I have all the tools I need to improve and succeed this season.”

Major events at Madera include the $5,000 to win Summer Speed Fest in July and the $10,000 to Short Track Shootout in October. The series averages more than 30 entries per event with all nine races aired on a tape-delay basis on MAVTV.

Race fans can follow Toni Breidinger online on their favorite social media platforms:
Instagram: @tonibreidinger (www.instagram.com/tonibreidinger)
Twitter: @tonibreidinger (www.twitter.com/tonibreidinger)
Facebook: @tonibreidingerracing (www.facebook.com/ToniBreidingerRacing)

2019 Schedule:
4/6 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
4/13 PRA Tour at Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, NC)
4/27 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
5/4 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
5/11 PRA Tour Caraway Speedway (Sophia, NC)
5/18 CARS Tour at Motor Mile Speedway (Dublin, VA)
5/25 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
6/1 CARS Tour at Bristol Speedway (Bristol, TN)
6/29 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
7/13 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
7/27 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
8/3 CARS Tour at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)
8/10 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
8/24 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
9/7 Speed 51 / USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
9/14 Midget at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
9/21 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
10/5 Pro Late Model at Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
10/22 PRA Tour at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)
11/2 CARS Tour at South Boston Speedway (Halifax County, VA)
11/9 North/South Shootout at Hickory Speedway (Hickory, NC)

Longton Aims for Apple Cup at Home Track



Via NSLMS Media

Wenatchee, Wash. (April 2, 2019) – For Mike Longton the chance to race played a major factor as to why he entered the 52nd Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup. For the last few years the Moxee Missile’s foray into Northwest Super Late Model Series racing has been few and far between.

“If I could I’d race every weekend but it’s getting tougher and tougher these days. Work has kept me so busy the last three or four years that we’ve only been able to get out to a few races a year,” he said. “Last year we got wadded up in the first race of the year we ran, and we didn’t have the time to fix the car, so we were done for the season."

Longton is excited to aim for a win, put on a show for the fans and support a longtime sponsor.

“It’s always cool to win at your home track in front of the home crowd. I haven’t run Yakima since Doug (Bettarel, Yakima’s new promoter) took over but I’ve heard nothing but good things. It will be nice to have (Bettarel) running the track because he’s someone that cares about racing and the racers. Doug has helped and supported so many racers, including myself back to my go-kart days when I was just 15-years old and then onto my very first late model. He will do great things there.”

With a schedule of limited racing the last few years, Longton explained that tire management is key to getting his No. 37 Ford to Victory Circle and the Apple Cup 125 trophy.

“The tires we run now aren’t the same as when I got started 20 years ago; that’s just what super late model racing has come to. We run single file for 180 laps at times (in the big 200-lap shootouts) with a lot of riding waiting to get to the end of the race then make our moves.

“You can’t really practice on old tires and learn anything like we used to be able to do. Some guys (still try) and sticker up for every practice and some use old tires. We’re kind of in the middle of the road with that (strategy). Yakima still has enough grip left in it that you’ll have to have a well-balanced car (to win the race). If you’re on the flip side (of not having a balanced race car) you’ll burn up the tires with too much power being put to the track.

Focused on the set-up of his own Ford, Longton still takes time to watch how his competitors approach the weekend, he added.

“Oh yeah you have to watch at the track and maybe learn something or see if they are doing something different than you are for set-ups.”

Apple Cup is the first of several big races offered in the Northwest that Longton has circled on his 2019 schedule. Earning a weekend victory adds to a few more races Longton would like to win in 2019.

“I’ve been going to the Montana 200 for so long in my career that it’s one that’s at the top of my list. The Evergreen (Speedway) Summer Showdown is also right up there with them.”

Apple Cup weekend events include Saturday’s Qualifying, Trophy Dashes and Heat Races. Sunday features main event in all classes concluding with the 52nd Annual Apple Cup 125. Ticket and other information can be found at www.yakimaspeedway.us

Expected Driver’s List
2019 Apple Cup, Yakima Speedway

Car# First Last City State
1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA
02 Todd Connell Yakima, WA
10 Wes Madder BC, Canada
11 Hand Car Yakima, WA
11 Ed Thomsen Kennewick, WA
12 Trenton Moriarity Monroe, WA
12 Chad Fitzpatrick Lake Stevens, WA
15 Jim Franklin Kennewick, WA
15 Tayler Riddle Naches, WA
18 Ian Graham Agassiz, BC, Canada
24 Tristan Haider Olympia, WA
24 Tim Babcock Kennewick, WA
33 Christopher Kalsch Hillsboro, OR
37 Mike Longton Moxee, WA
38 Chad Hinkle Yakima, WA
39 Pete Harding Langley, BC, Canada
40 Dylan Caldwell Boise, ID
64 Garrett Evans E Wenatchee, WA
65 Tyler Tanner Auburn, WA
89 Doni Wanat Woodinville, WA
90 Trevor Cristiani Boise, ID
91 Alan Cress Stayton, OR

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, Pacific Steel Structures LLC and Racing Dynamics. 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, March 31, 2019

Trevor Huddleston Earns First Victory at Home Track in Photo Finish



Via NASCAR Media

IRWINDALE, Calif. — Trevor Huddleston couldn’t have picked a more dramatic way to score his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win.

Trevor Huddleston has been knocking on the door of his first career victory for some time, and he earned it, barely, at his home track of Irwindale Speedway in a photo finish over Tanner Gray in the ENEOS NAPA Auto 150.

“I’m still in shock,” Huddleston said. “That was absolutely insane. Me and him were bouncing off each other, we were bouncing off the wall, I mean I didn’t know if we won. I hit the wall and got the freakin’ wind knocked out of me and I was like ‘did we win?’ and we won. Unbelievable.”

Huddleston battled a hit-or-miss transmission for the final 100 laps, forcing him to drive for most of the race with one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the shifter.

Huddleston and Gray banged doors off Turn 4 to the start/finish line and the Augora Hills, California native was able to inch his No. 9 Sunrise Ford ahead of Gray’s No. 15 DGR Crosley Toyota. After claiming the checkered flag, Huddleston hit the wall and was unable to drive his machine back to Victory Lane.

Huddleston’s three Late Model track championships at Irwindale Speedway gave him a “one up on the field” leading into the 150-lapper. This event has been circled on his calendar for some time and to win his first race at the facility his father, Tim, operates made it that much sweeter.

“We’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time. I know this track hopefully better than anybody,” said Trevor Huddleston. “I’ve been raised here. To get this win means so much. To win in the K&N Pro Series is unbelievable. it’s got a stacked field. And to win like that, even better.”

In only his second career series start, Gray almost put it in Victory Lane. Coming from a drag racing background, he knew immediately he didn’t beat the No. 9 to the line but did all he could leading up to that.

“It was just really good racing between me, the No. 9 and the No. 16 (Derek Kraus),” Gray said. “This race track produces really good racing, Them putting PJ1 down on the bottom really helped. That was a lot of run. I feel like I was the only one who was really able to get down there and be as fast as I was. The deal we had coming to the line was unfortunate, but it was just both drivers coming using up all the race track trying to get there first. It wasn’t intentional; it’s racing.”

Kraus came home third after leading a handful of laps, but he lost brakes with around 30 laps to go, allowing Huddleston and Gray to get by. Jagger Jones and polesitter Hailie Deegan rounded out the top five finishers.

Cole Cabrera, Matt Levin, Brittney Zamora, Dylan Garner and Jack Wood completed the top 10.

The ENEOS NAPA Auto 150 is scheduled to be broadcasted on NBCSN Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Tucson Speedway.

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

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST- ENEOS NAPA Auto 150 Results
Saturday
At Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, Calif.
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 150 laps, 65.139 mph.
2. (3) Tanner Gray, Artesia, N.M., Toyota, 150.
3. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
4. (5) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford, 150.
5. (1) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif, Toyota, 150.
6. (8) Cole Cabrera, Exeter, Calif., Ford, 150.
7. (12) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (11) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, Wash., Toyota, 150.
9. (6) Dylan Garner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Toyota, 150.
10. (7) Jack Wood, Loomis, Calif., Ford, 150.
11. (9) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 150.
12. (15) Armani Williams, Detroit, Michigan, Ford, 149.
13. (14) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Ford, 149.
14. (22) Austin Thom, Dundee, Ore., Chevrolet, 149.
15. (16) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 148.
16. (10) Joey Tanner, Portland, Ore., Ford, 148.
17. (18) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, Calif, Toyota, 146.
18. (13) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 146.
19. (17) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 145.
20. (19) Ron Jay, Eagle, Idaho, Ford, 144.
21. (20) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 69, electrical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: .030 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: H.Deegan (98.994 mph, 18.183 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 12 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-25; T. Gray 26-77; D. Kraus 78-143; T. Huddleston 144-150.
Standings: 1. H. Deegan, 86; 2. T. Huddleston, 84; 3. J. Jones, 83; 4. D. Kraus, 83; 5. T. Souza, 72; 6. M. Levin, 71; 7. J. Tanner, 69; 8. B. Zamora, 69; 9. T. Milburn, 67; 10. K. Vanderwal, 66.