Friday, June 17, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For June 18th

By Dave Grayson

For those of you who prefer your stock car racing on paved ovals, you'll be happy to hear that it's going to be another busy, and exciting, weekend for that genre of motorsports. Normally this column presents the race tracks in alphabetical order. However this weekend features a pair of events so hot you practically need oven mitts to hold on to the tickets. So if you don't mind a slight change in format, I'm going to take the letters "I" and "K" and move it to the top of the alphabet this week.


The IEC will treat its fans to Summer Motorsports Mayhem this Saturday night. The motorsports part of the program features the Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour who will be running the 51 FIFTY Energy Drink 100. That's 100 laps of bumper to bumper, door slamming, action from an organization that is regarded by many as being one of the best regional touring series in racing.

The mayhem portion of the IEC's program is a direct reference to a high energy Monster Truck show featuring such famed monster vehicles such as the Bounty Hunter, McGruff and the Iron Outlaw to name a few. There will also be an awe inspiring, take your breath away, performance from professional stuntman Doctor Danger who once wowed the judges from the popular television show "America's Got Talent". What would be on track mayhem without a meltdown? The IEC covered that question by bringing in the Raging Inferno monster fire truck which is more than capable of melting down anything that dares to get in its path.

To coin a phrase from those late night television infomercials: "wait, there's more." The more aspect, to Saturday night at the IEC, is the annual Justice Brothers Race For Autism. Ten celebrities will don racing suits and climb inside street stock race cars in order to bring awareness to autism. The starting line up for this special event includes:

1. Actress Leah Remini best known for her starring role, for several seasons, in the smash hit CBS Television series "King Of Queens."

2. Actor Frankie Munoz is best known as the star of the hit television comedy "Malcolm In The Middle." He may be a bit of a ringer in this race because, several years ago, he spent a season driving in the Indy Lights Series.

3. Actor Adrian Pasdar had a successful run in the television series "Profit" and is currently starring in "Colony" aired on the USA Network.

4. Actor Jason Ritter is the son of actors Nancy Morban and the late, legendary, John Ritter. His television credits include "Joan Of Arcadia," "The Event" and "Parenthood."

5. Jeff "Swampy" Marsh is the co-creator and voice of the popular Disney television series show "Phineas And Ferb" as well as the co-creator of the soon to be launched Disney XD series "Milo Murphy's Law."

6. Actress Beth Littleford is a veteran actress with a lengthy list of credits to her name. She recently finished a stint on the Comedy Central network's widely popular program "The Daily Show" and can currently be seen on the Disney Channel's Emmy nominated series "Dog With A Blog."

7. Actor Blake Michael is best known for his role in the Disney movie "Lemonade Mouth" and can also currently be seen in the Disney Channel Series' "Dog With A Blog."

8. Actress, voice artist and fashion model Kelly Hu's screen credits include a role on the popular daytime soap opera "Sunset Beach" as well as film roles in "The Scorpion King" and "Cradle 2-The Grave."

9. What would an event at the IEC be without Lug Nutzz? Gordon "Lug Nuttzz" Stewart is one of the major personalities and voices on any given Saturday night at the track. He spends his week days as a popular voice at the Los Angeles base radio station KLAA AM 830 in association with ESPN.

10. Mark Kriski will be making a return appearance to the Autism race this year. Kriski is the extremely popular, and award winning, weather man on the "KTLA News Morning Show" aired each weekday morning on Channel 5 in Los Angeles.

On Saturday race day the spectator gates will open at 4pm with racing receiving the initial green flag at 7pm. The speedway's popular on track autograph session will begin at 530pm allowing fans to meet the celebrities from the Autism race, get an up close and personal look at those mammoth monster trucks as well as collect hero cards from the SRL Southwest Tour drivers.

General admission tickets are $15, $5 for kids with kids age five and under admitted free. That's an incredible bargain for all of this special entertainment.


It's Wounded Heroes Fund Night at the Races, a night dedicated to the brave men and women who fight for our freedom. The Bakersfield based Wounded Heroes Fund, (WHF), is a local organization with the specific intent to assist veterans and their families affected by the war on terror in an effort to provide them with the support and appreciation they need for a healthy return to civilian life. Those looking for a way to repay the service of our military men and women can come together at the WHF banner Saturday night and contribute funds, time or their own unique skills and services. A portion of Saturday night's ticket sales as well as proceeds from a silent auction, raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing will also benefit the cause.

The on track racing action will be provided by the NASCAR Late Models, NASCAR Super Stocks, INEX Bandoleros, Mini Dwarfs and the 911 Racing Series. The initial green flag will fall on the racing at 7pm. General admission tickets, age 16 and up, are $10. Tickets for active duty military, seniors and kids age six to 15 are $7 with kids five and under admitted free. The raceway park also offers a budget friendly family four pack available at the box office and priced at $25 which admits two adults and two kids.


It's going to be another action packed Saturday at All American when they treat their fans to a full evening of racing from their Street Stock, Bomber, F 4, Pro 4 Modified and NCMA Sprint divisions. Plus, there's going to be special kids Power Wheel race. The spectator gates will open at 4pm. The green flag will fall on all of this quarter mile racing at 6pm.

General admission tickets for adults, age 16 to 59, are $10. Children's tickets, age 6 to 15, and seniors, age 60 plus, are $7. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free. The speedway also has a budget friendly family pass program, priced at $35, which admits two adults and three kids.


Loan Mart Madera is going to light up the fans with another one of their famous fully packed shows this Saturday night highlighted by the MAV TV televised Loan Mart Open Late Models who will be running twin 50 lap mains that pays $1,000 to win. Also on the racing agenda are the 51 FIFTY Energy Drink Junior Late Models running twin 25 lap features along with the Super Hobby Stock Series, the CSS/360 Super Modifieds, the Toyota Sedans, the Legends of the Pacific and the MST division. The very busy day starts with a practice session at 11am, qualifying at 130pm, heat races at 330pm and opening ceremonies at 430pm followed by main events for all divisions.

General admission tickets are $15 and $13 for seniors and military personnel. Youth tickets, age 6 to 12, are $7 with kids age five and under admitted free.


The OSS racing schedule will be fully loaded this Saturday night featuring the Open Late Models, 1 800 Loan Mart Street Stocks, Just Pawn It Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros, Figure 8's and the Barber Pole racers. Green flag time is 6pm. General admission tickets are $10.


Tucson will be presenting the Man Cave Summer Sizzle this Saturday night featuring racing from the speedway's Pro Stock, Late Model, Hornet, Legend and Bandolero divisions. The evening will conclude with an all American Demolition Derby that pays $150 just to start the main event and $500 to win it. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by qualifying at 515pm and racing at 7pm.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12 and $10 for seniors, age 55 plus, and military personnel. Kid's tickets, age 11 to 16, are $5 with kids age 10 and under admitted free. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family pack, priced at $30, that admits two adults and two kids.


Saturday night action at Ukiah will feature racing from their Bomber, Jammer, Modified, Pro 4 and Pro Drifter divisions. The spectator gates will open at 330pm followed by qualifying at 5pm with racing to follow.

General admission tickets are $12 and $9 for seniors, age 60 plus, and students with valid ID. Kid's tickets, age 5 to 11, and first responders with valid ID are $6. Toddlers and infants will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a family package, priced at $30, that admits two adults and three kids.