Sunday, September 8, 2019

Auto Racing, Boat Racing Return To Lakeport Speedway Saturday Night

Eric Johnson (#57), Darrin Sullivan (#21), and Michael Snider (2K) will be competing for the NCRA modified championship at Lakeport Speedway Saturday night.

Via Nadine Strauss/NCRA Media

After a five week break to make way for the Lake County Fair, the auto races, sanctioned by Northern California Racing Association, will return to Lakeport Speedway for the 2019 grand finale’ this Saturday night at 6:00 pm.

In addition to the auto races, the ever-popular Fiberglass 500 boat race will once again thrill the crowd with boats being dragged around the wet race track, each driver trying to dislodge their competitor's boat. Prior to the boat race, the fans will judge which car and boat combo has the best nautical theme.

Saturday’s program includes a $750 to win feature event for the NCRA modifieds plus the inaugural D&P Pools “$300 to win Legends Cars Invitational.” These two classes as well as the Taco Bell bombers will be competing for the 2019 championship in their respective divisions.

The points battle in the NCRA modifieds is close with Eric Johnson (482 points) in front of Darrin Sullivan by only 24 points. Michael Snider sits in third place with 415 points. A driver can earn as many as 105 points in a night, so any of these three has a mathematical change of winning the 2019 championship in NCRA’s premiere division. Chris Salmina sits fourth in points with Richard Knight in fifth.

Lauren Snider leads the way in the Taco Bell bombers points battle, but Mike Sullivan is only 17 points behind. If either of these drivers has a bad night, the other could be celebrating a championship after Saturday night’s action. Rick Jelton is currently third, Davey Jones fourth and Trevor Abella fifth.

A Friday evening practice session beginning at 5:00 pm will give the drivers a chance to get their cars back in shape and ready for the season finale'.

Gates open Saturday at 5:00 pm with racing at 6:00 pm. General admission is only $10. Kids ages 6-11 are $5. Ages five and under get in free. A $30 family pass admits two adults and three kids.

NCRA races at Lakeport Speedway are presented by Hillside Honda, Anderson Logging, Taco Bell, D & P Pools, Lake County Tribal Health, Lake Parts, Carlton Tires, Don Anderson Law Firm, Clearlake Redi-Mix, Steve Taylor Construction, Detail Plus, , KXBX 98.3 FM, Lake County Welding, Perkins Pumps, Sheldon Signs, and 707 Graphics.