Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Record 22 Drivers Will Be On The Spears Frequent Flyer Program At Vegas

Via SRL Media

For the first time in SPEARS Southwest Tour Series history, over twenty drivers will be eligible for the $1,000 to start “SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program”.

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

Drivers on the SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program for Las Vegas
(Receive a Minimum $1,000 to Start)

2 Craig Raudman
05 Eric Schmidt
7 Michael Sandoval
16 Jacob Gomes
18 Jack Wood
20 Cole Moore
21 Blaine Rocha
22 Buddy Shepherd
23 Dan Holtz
24 Scott Sanchez
27 John Moore
33 Cale Kanke
37 Keith Spangler
43 Derek Thorn
44 Bob Lyon
48 Ricky Schlick
51 Carlos Vieira
66 Jeff Bischofberger
71 Kyle Neveau
75 Jeremy Doss
89 Bobby Hodges
99 Linny White

If a driver does not miss an event, they will remain on the SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program for the entire 2018 season.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series next race is Saturday, May 5th at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the $10K to Win “Retro Custom Metals 150.”


About SPEARS MANUFACTURING: Spears Manufacturing is a world leader in plastic pipe products. SPEARS’ maintains over one million square feet of manufacturing facilities in four states and nine distribution centers across the USA for worldwide distribution. For more information go to

About the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series: Celebrating its eighteenth season in 2018, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.

First Double Header Race Weekend Of The Year At Kern County

Via KCRP Media

This Friday and Saturday night marks the first dirt and asphalt double header weekend at “Bakersfield’s Place to Race”, Kern County Raceway, with Friday night action at the Dirt Track and Saturday night on the big paved half-mile.

Friday Night, The Dirt Track at KCRP will feature the A-Mods, B-Mods, Mini Stocks, and Bakersfield Hard Tops.

Spectator gates will open at 6:00 pm Friday with the first green flag dropping at 7:30! Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 6 to 15, Active Military, and Seniors 65 and better are only seven dollars. Children 5 and under are FREE!

Saturday night Kern County Raceway will be right back at it, with two NASCAR half mile divisions highlight the night. The NASCAR Super Stocks will have their first twin main event night of the year. Drivers will be looking to make up some ground on points leader and winner of the opening night race, Paul Ebersbacher. The NASCAR Spec Mods will make their second appearance of the 2018 season, along with the exciting and fun skid plate races!!

Youth racing makes its season debut on Saturday night as The INEX Bandoleros and “The Future Stars of Racing”, The JR and SR Mini Dwarfs will be in action!

Spectator gates for Saturday Night will open at 4:30 pm, On Track Autograph session at 5:30 pm and opening ceremonies at 6:15 pm.

Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.

Please visit KCRP online at for tickets and information. Like us on Facebook at #/kernraceway and follow us on twitter at and Instagram at

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pacific Challenge Series Round #2 Saturday At Shasta

Photo Courtesy Dan Thompson

Via PCS Media

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (April 18, 2018) – Round #2 of the 2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by will hit the 3/8th mile Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA on Saturday night. The largest facility on the series’ calendar hosts the PCS twice in 2018, with local drivers aiming to challenge the touring stars of Northern California’s Super Late Model Series.

Saturday’s races take place during the “Kool April Nights” classic car event taking place throughout the area, making for a gearheads paradise in the north state.

Carlos Vieira won the 2018 season opener for the PCS at Madera Speedway in March. Vieira dominated the 75 lapper but faced company late in the race from hard-charging Randy Hedrick of Reno, NV. Hedrick settled for second place with 2015 series champion John Moore in third.

The 2017 visit to Shasta attracted an outstanding 18 car field and saw 2009 All American Speedway champion Jason Romero set fast-time and win the American Racer Tire dash before a flat tire knocked him from the lead on lap 18. Cole Moore also ran strong before he succumbed to mechanical problems late in the race.

Derek Copeland scored the hometown victory with John Moore coming home second and 2017 champion Mike Beeler finished fourth. Roseville’s Shannon Mansch and Galt’s Matt Wendt, both expected on Saturday night, finished fifth and sixth respectively. Other local Shasta drivers expected to compete include Ryan Peeples and Trevor Harrison. Willow’s Dane Nissen will make his return to the series as well. Nissen scored one top-five in last year’s Super 6 series that utilizes similar rules to the PCS. In 10 starts in the former North State Challenge Series, Nissen finished on the podium at Shasta twice.

Shasta is one of the few tracks where 14-time racing champion Dave Byrd has not yet visited victory lane. He came close in July 2007 – his last trip there – when he finished second in the SRL Southwest Tour series. June 2016 Shasta PCS winner Tracy Bolin finished third in that particular event as well.

Three-time All American Speedway champion Matt Scott will make his first start of the season, still searching for his first PCS victory.

Racing action on the 3/8ths mile will also include Bombers, Hornets, and Legends of the Pacific. Racing gets started on Friday with practice. Gates open at 1 p.m. with practice under the lights from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pit passes are $45. On Saturday, gates open at noon with a $45 pit pass fee and a $100 PCS entry fee. Practice, qualifying, and racing will follow.

Discount racer rate hotels are available at the Best Western Anderson Inn and Gaia Hotel. Mention Shasta Speedway for the rate.

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series presented by, visit or follow them on Facebook or YouTube

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank's Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
September 8 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *Back to School*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*

PCS Track Stats – Shasta

#05 Eric Schmidt
Starts: 5, Wins: 4, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 5

#75 Jeremy Doss
Starts: 4, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 3

#5 Ryan Peeples
Starts: 5, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#24 Derek Copeland
Starts: 3, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 2

#39m Jason Mitchell
Starts: 3, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 0

#11 Tracy Bolin
Starts: 2, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#20 Cole Moore
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

#1 Matt Wendt
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 2

#27 John Moore
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 2

#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 2, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 1

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway nears

Eureka, CA (April 17, 2018) – The first race of the 2018 racing season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly closing in. The season opening event on Saturday April 28th will be Root 101 Nursery Night at the Races and will be the start of what should be another thrilling year of racing on the 3/8-mile paved oval.

One of the unfortunate changes of 2018 is the loss of the Thunder Roadster division which had struggled with its car count the past several seasons. In its place is a brand-new division, the Bandoleros. These cars have a wheelbase of 70 inches with a 570CC Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engine powering the 550-pound machines. Due to the size of the race track, the engines will be restricted to allow safer competition. The Bandoleros are designed to be a stepping stone for young drivers who are looking to move on from quarter-midget or outlaw kart racing. Drivers as young as 8 and as old at sixteen will be competing in the new division.

The Northcoast Lighting And Electric Legends will return for their third year of racing at RAR. This division is another stepping stone for drivers who are looking to eventually make the transition to bombers or late models. 2017 champion Tyler Peach used his experience in the roadrunner class to claim his title. Going into 2018, Peach will be the favorite to repeat but doing so should be an even tougher task.

Daniel Buell and Nick Ford waged a spirited battle for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunner division last year. Only 13 points separated champion Buell and runner-up Ford. The new season could bring new players into the fold. Both car and driver in the roadrunner class or similar divisions such as hornets, four bangers and jammers who are also members of the North Coast Racing Association will have free entry. Non-members will be required to purchase pit passes to race. Membership forms are available on the track’s website

Drivers in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division will have their hands full if they want to beat Brett Murrell in 2018. Murrell was an almost unstoppable force in 2017 as he won six times and finished second three times. His strong effort helped him take the division’s track championship in spite of him missing the first race of the season.

The Fortuna Wheel And Brake bomber division saw several different drivers in victory circle last year. John Lally took the championship with three victories and had a sizable margin in the point standings. Things should be much closer this season with Kolby Jackson and Bethany Rapp looking for their first wins while Jim Redd will also be one to watch every race.

It’s certain that the Mid-City Motor World Super 6 Late Models will provide a lot of action throughout the upcoming season. Mic Moulton only won once in 2017 but steady finishes earned him the championship for the series. Brandon White was a force with three wins including both big-time races the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 and the Dennis Wendt Memorial Mid-City Motor World 100. While both drivers will be favorites this season, they’ll also have to contend with David Henderson who won twice and Marty Walsh who surprisingly went winless in 2017.

2018 will feature a new start time for the opening of the grandstands and the start of the races. Grandstands will now open at 5:00PM while racing will begin at 5:30PM. All five divisions will be in action. For more information on the new season including rules, race and points results, visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website

2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule
Saturday April 28th – Root 101 Nursery Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Saturday May 12th – Pepsi Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Friday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

North State Modifieds "Driving Out Cancer" Tour

Rick Avila will be competing in his zebra-themed modified this season
in the North State Modified 2018 "Driving Out Cancer" Tour

Via NSMS Media

The North State Modified Series (NSMS), presented by Protect the Harvest, will be dedicating its 2018 racing season to cancer awareness and research. The 2018 “Driving Out Cancer Tour” was inspired by NSMS competitor Rick Avila, 55, of Pleasanton, CA.

Avila first noticed abdominal symptoms of a Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET) at the age of 42. He dismissed and ignored the pain for 11 years before going back to the doctor. Three days later he was rushed to surgery to remove tumors in his small intestine. Avila still has many Stage 4 cancer NETs in his liver which are not surgically removal.

Avila receives Octreotide injections every 28 days to prevent spreading and growth of the NETs. Because of the treatment, some of his tumors have been reduced in size 10% to 50%.

Avila, along the NSMS, want to educate and bring awareness to the race fans about cancer and cancer prevention. The cancer ribbon for NETs is zebra stripes. Avila will be piloting a zebra-themed #42o modified in the tour this season. He will be spreading the word about his situation as well as other facts about “Driving Out Cancer.”

Race fans will be offered special decals, and North State Modified “Driving Out Cancer” Tee-shirts will be on sale at each race track on the tour. Donations for this profound matter will be accepted during the races, or at Several drivers, including 3-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville, and Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale, have already pledged to donate 10% of their winnings to the cause.

The season opener for NSMS is at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA on May 12.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, and Scribner Plastics.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Uselton looking to improve upon a successful 2017

Eureka, CA (April 14, 2018) – With only two weeks left before the start of the 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway, MKinzy Uselton and her number 29 team enter the year with excitement and higher expectations. It will be her third year of racing on RAR’s pavement in the Legends division.

In 2017, Uselton greatly improved on her rookie season which was her first time ever behind the wheel of any racecar. Last year, Uselton came up a bit short of winning the track championship with a second-place finish in the standings. Her best finish was a second on the July 10th race. She also scored her first victory of any kind in the May 13th heat race.

2018 also marks the return to outlaw kart racing for the young driver. It will be her second year on the dirt as she will once again be racing in the 250 class. The first race of the year for the Humboldt Outlaw Karts is this coming weekend, Saturday April 21st at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds.

The Uselton race team would like to thank their partners whose support is greatly appreciated; Jim Redd Four Star Realty, John’s Used Cars & Wreckers, Site Master West, Joe’s Auto Glass, Higgins Brothers, Bayside Realty, Howard’s Body Shop, The Bud Sisters Salve, Happy Donuts Express Asian Food, Redwood Mechanical and Eureka Payments.