Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Redwood Acres Raceway Champions To Be Honored

Eureka, CA (January 1, 2018) – The 2017 season at Redwood Acres Raceway was a fantastic one to be sure. There were countless thrills to be had in all six local divisions and many memorable moments that brought the fans to their feet. 2017 champions will be honored on Saturday February 10th at the Bear River Casino And Resort.

Daniel Buell came out on top in the California State And Federal Employees’ Credit Union roadrunner division. Buell scored seven feature wins in the division in 2017 and beat Nick Ford for the title by only 13 points. Like Buell, Ford also won seven main events and the two drivers raced neck-and-neck for the championship all season long.

The championship race in the NorCal Automotive Legends division featured a battle between a division rookie and a sophomore racer. Tyler Peach claimed the championship in his first season after moving from the roadrunner class. Peach won twice in 2017. MKinzy Uselton was the only driver in the division who started every race as she managed to place second in the standings.

John Lally ran away from his competition in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. His three main event wins helped secure his first championship. Kolby Jackson was Lally’s closest finisher in the points. Jackson failed to register a victory but was a factor in nearly every race all year long.

The fight for the title in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division proved to be a season-long storyline involving two members of the Murrell family, Brett and Brian, Sr. In spite of missing the first race of the season, Brett was able to triumph over his father by only seven markers. The younger Murrell was a terror in the mini stock division in 2017 registering six main event victories to his father’s two.

The Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadster division featured “part two” of a battle between Ronnie O’Neil and Tommy Payne. In 2016, Payne triumphed in the championship over O’Neil. In 2017, the tables were turned with O’Neil edging out Payne by 10 points. Both drivers averaged a 2.6 finish on the year but it was O’Neil’s four main event wins to Payne’s one that helped secure the championship.

2017 proved to be a positive change for the Mid-City Motor World late models with the inaugural season of the Super Six Late Model Challenge Series. Mic Moulton took home another late model championship on the back of only one victory on the year. Brandon White won three times in 2017 including the Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular 100 but came up short to Moulton by 11 points.

As mentioned previously, drivers in all six divisions will be honored Saturday February 10th at the Bear River Casino And Resort. On Saturday January 20th, RAR officials will host a meeting for all drivers and crew members at the fairgrounds home economics building. Two-for-one memberships are also available for a limited time for $100.

Highlights of the 2018 schedule include the six Super Six Late Model Challenge Series races as well as three dates for the North State Modified Series. July 7th will feature the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 for the late models followed by the annual fireworks show. July 21st will be a hot ticket to be had as both the late models and North State Modifieds will be in action.

RAR will play host to tractor pulls during the annual fair events on June 23rd while August 3rd and 4th will see the return of the popular monster trucks. The 2018 season at the Acres will conclude with the Fall Spectacular on September 8th and 9th. The North State Modifieds will be featured on Saturday night while Sunday’s Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular 100 for the late models will conclude the season. With the release of the 2018 schedule of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway is also a change to the start time. The front gates will now open at 5:00 PM with racing beginning at 5:30 PM.

For more information please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website or visit the track’s Facebook page.