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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

North State Modifieds At Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday

The North State Modified Series will be competing at the Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday night. (Photo Courtesy Angela Pope)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA…...The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, will make its final appearance of the season at the Redwood Acres Raceway this Saturday night. A Friday afternoon practice will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval from 4pm until 7pm. Redwood Acres Raceway is located at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street in Eureka, CA.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

North State Modifieds Return To Madera Speedway For Kids Night

(Don Bloom photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (July 30, 2019) – The third 2019 appearance of the North State Modified Series and another large field of Madera Late Models will highlight Saturday’s Children’s Hospital Kids Night at Madera Speedway. An action-packed night of stock car racing will also include the North State Hobby Stock Challenge, Toyota Sedans, Modified Super Toyotas, and a Jr. Late Model exhibition race.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cameron Austin, Charley Tour Among Winners On Wild Night At The Races

#7c Cameron Austin took the North State Modified Series McMurray And Sons 60 win (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (July 22, 2019) – It was a rough and rowdy night on the asphalt at Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday evening. There was plenty of exciting racing but several major incidents punctuated the event as well. McMurray And Sons presented the event which featured the North State Modified Series and the Upstate Bomber Series along with Bandoleros, roadrunners, mini stocks and Legends.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cameron Austin Back To Back Victories With North State Modifieds

Photo by Jenna Meyer and Don Bloom

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA…. July 20, 2019….. Coming back from his victory at All American Speedway two weeks ago, North State Modified Series points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa held off the challenges of veteran Lucas Oil Modified driver Scott Winters of Tracy for 40 laps to win his second NSMS season feature event at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night. Austin collected $1800 for his efforts which included $500 from McMurray & Sons Roofing, and a $300 cash bonus from North Coast Lighting and Electric. He also earned the $100 Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger award. The North State Modified Series is presented by Protect the Harvest.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

North State Modifieds And Upstate Bombers Return To RAR Saturday

7c Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa, CA and #24 Robbie Knittel of Lodi, CA will be two of the favorites Saturday night in the McMurray And Sons 60 for the North State Modified Series (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (July 16, 2019) – After a week off, the 2019 season resumes this Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway. Bandoleros, roadrunners, mini stocks and Legends will be in action while the late models will be off. Local bomber drivers will be joining the Upstate Bomber Series for their second and final visit to RAR this season while the North State Modified Series will also be returning for the second time in 2019. McMurray And Sons will present all the action as part of the celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

North State Modifieds At Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday

Cameron Austin (#7c) has a 13 point margin over Robbie Knittel (#24) in the North State Modified Series Championship points chase. Both drivers will be competing Saturday night at the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA…...The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, will make its second appearance this season at the Redwood Acres Raceway this Saturday night. A Friday afternoon practice will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval from 4pm until 8pm. Redwood Acres Raceway is located at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street in Eureka, CA.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cameron Austin Increases Points Lead With NSMS Victory

Cameron Austin poses with the 51FIFTY All American Speedway girls after his big NSMS win Saturday night (Photos by Jenna Meyer and Don Bloom)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Roseville, CA…. July 6, 2019…..The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, made their only appearance at All American Speedway in Roseville for the 2019 season with a fast-paced 60 lap main event. Kelseyville’s Donovan Cox won the Lucas Oil Dash for $100 and then led the field to green. Cox led the opening lap before three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight used the outside line to lead lap two. Roseville’s Terry Deal spun in turn two for a caution on lap four. Points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa used the yellow to sweep around Knight on the outside to lead lap five.

Doss And Romero Duel While Creed Wins Big Rig Rumble At Roseville

(Don Thompson photo)

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (July 7, 2019) – Jason Romero got the victory he savored while battling with some tough competition, outfoxing Jeremy Doss in lapped traffic to win the second half of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 35s at All American Speedway on Saturday. Another strong turnout of fans in Roseville witnessed a busy night that included the Cherokee Tires Big Rig Rumble, North State Modified Series, and two hotly contested Late Model features.

Monday, June 17, 2019

North State Modifieds Go North To Shasta Speedway

North State Modifieds in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash at Shasta Speedway last season. They will be competing here again this Saturday night as part of the Shasta County Fair festivities. Photo by Chris Anderson

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Anderson, CA…..Ending their Southern California swing last week, which included races at both Stockton 99 Speedway and Madera Speedway, The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, will be moving north to Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA this Saturday night for race #6 of the 2019 Driving Out Cancer Awareness Tour. The event will be a part of the Shasta County Fair festivities, and will be the first of two appearances for NSMS at this three-eighth mile paved oval.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Knight, Sullivan $1,000 Winners At Lakeport Speedway

Darrin Knight (#20) passes early leader Ian Elliott (#27) on his way to a $1000 win in the modifieds Saturday night at Lakeport Speedway

Via NCRA/Lakeport Speedway Media

June 8, 2019…… Lakeport, CA….. NCRA Modified driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville and Taco Bell Bomber driver Mike Sullivan of Lakeport each took home $1000 after their respective win at the Lakeport Speedway auto races Saturday night. The purse money was donated in part by Richard Knight of Knight’s Auto Body, Medieval Motorsport, and Ian Elliott of Running Springs Heating and Air.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Knittel Captures First North State Modified Win

Robbie Knittel of Lodi is all smiles after his big North State Modified Series win at Stockton Speedway Saturday night. Photo by: Jessie's Fast Photos

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Stockton CA... June 1, 2019.... Robbie Knittel of Lodi drove the Ferrari Farms #24 modified to a $1000 victory at Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday night as the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, completed race #4 of the 2019 Driving Out Cancer Awareness Tour. Knittel led the event wire-to-wire, holding off the challenges of Kelseyville’s Darrin Knight the entire distance to take the win. Knight was the winner the first race at Stockton earlier this season.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tellstrom Wins NSMS Feature At Eureka

Kyle Tellstrom drove his #5K modified to victory at Redwood Acres Raceway in race number three of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA... May 11, 2019.... The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, ran the first of three events at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night with Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah the big $1000 winner over NSMS points leader Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa and Robbie Knittel of Lodi.

Austin was fastest over the 20 car field and set a new NSMS Hoosier Tire track record of 16.408 seconds. The previous record of 16.482 was set on September 8, 2018 by three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville.

Austin drew the #6 pill for the starting inversion in the “O'Reilly Auto Parts 60” feature event. This put Dustin DeRoiser and Houston in the front row, Darrin Sullivan and Tellstrom in row two, and Knittel and Austin in row three.

Houston shot out in front at the start with DeRosier in second, Sullivan third and Tellstrom fourth. The race was slowed on lap five when Keith Bloom Jr. and Richie Potts came together causing Potts to spin in turn four.

Houston motored into the lead again on the double-file restart, but DeRosier lost ground in the high groove, giving up positions to Sullivan, Tellstrom and Knittel. Austin swapped places with DeRosier on lap eight.

The lapping process began on lap 14 with Houston weaving high and low to gracefully pick off slower traffic. At the same time Austin got around Knittel for fourth.

Larry Knight, driving the #20 car while son Darrin Knight was vacationing in Ireland, looped the car in turn two to bring out the yellow flag for a second time. When racing resumed Tellstrom stole second away from Sullivan and set his sights on Houston.

Tellstrom caught Houston on lap 24 and began putting the pressure on until Houston's car drifted high. That was all that Tellstrom needed to drive under Houston's car and take over the number one spot. Tellstom began to put distance between himself and his fellow competitors until lap 30 when Knight spun into the infield for caution number three.

At The Gone Fishin' Half Way marker the running order was Tellstom, Houston, Sullivan, Austin, Knittel, Ian Elliott, DeRosier, Sierra Furia, Jason Philpot, Rich Cobb, Mike Neilson, Bloom, Stuart Campbell, Herman Pulyer, Donovan Cox, Potts, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Kylei Keown and Knight.

Two laps later Knight spun for a third time and was black-flagged according to the 3-spin rule. Lap 38 saw the yellow waving again when Cox lost control and looped his car on the front stretch. Austin drove under Houston for second on the restart and Knittel swapped places with Sullivan. Knittel continued his forward motion and drove under Houston for third on lap 44. Potts dropped out of the race on lap 51.

With only three laps remaining, Bloom and Keown made contact for the last caution. Tellstrom drove the final distance to lead the way to the Sunoco checkered flag. Austin was a close second followed by Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia and Bloom. DeRosier collected an additonal $50 for his seventh place finish from 707 Graphics in Fortuna.

Elliott won $100 in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. DeRosier collected $50 for second. They both took home Lucas Oil products as well as the Scribner jugs.

The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Mike Neilson. Rick Avila picked up the Naake Shocks certificate, and the Frank's Radios gift cards went to Sullivan, Bloom and Cobb.

The North State Modified Series returns to Stockton 99 Speedway on June 1, and then heads south to Madera Speedway on June 15.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, schedule, entry forms and other information are available on the web site www.northstatemodifieds.com.

HOOSIER TIME TRIALS: Cameron Austin 16.408 (New Track Record), Robbie Knittel 16.493, Kyle Tellstrom 16.569, Darrin Sullivan 16.615, Randy Houston 16.625, Dustin DeRosier 16.715, Ian Elliott 16.730, Jason Philpot 16.763, Larry Knight 16.862, Sierra Furia 16.888, Keith Bloom 16.933, Richie Potts 16.947, Donovan Cox 17.010, Rich Cobb 17.017, Stuart Campbell 17.172, Herman Pulyer 17.197, Mike Neilson 17.244, Rick Avila 17.386, Sal Lopez 17.671, Kylei Keown

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Ian Elliott, Dustin DeRosier, Kyle Tellstrom, Randy Houston, Cameron Austin, Robbie Knittel

SUNOCO / O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MAIN EVENT : Tellstrom, Austin, Knittel, Houston, Elliott, Sullivan, DeRosier, Philpot, Furia, Bloom, Cobb, Neilson, Campbell, Lopez, Avila, Keown, Pulyer, Cox, Potts, Knight

Friday, May 10, 2019

North State Modifieds And UpState Bombers Highlight Saturday Night Races At The Acres

#7c Cameron Austin currently leads the North State Modified Series point standings

Eureka, CA (May 10, 2019) – Race two of the 2019 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is set for this Saturday May 11. All of the familiar local classes will be in action for the Mother’s Day weekend event presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts with the exception of the late models. In their stead will be the debut of the UpState Bomber Series which will be holding its first race ever on Saturday. In addition, the North State Modified Series will be making the first of three visits to RAR in 2019.

The UpState Bomber Series was conceived between officials at Redwood Acres Raceway, Shasta Speedway and Ukiah Speedway. All three tracks have had their own local bomber divisions but the rules between each track’s division have had dissimilarities. Over the off-season, the three tracks were able to line up a more united set of rules which helped initiate the touring series.

Saturday’s race will be the first race ever for the UpState Bombers and the first of a seven-race schedule between the three speedways. RAR has two dates scheduled for the series, the other being on July 20th. It is the first time that there has been a touring bomber series in Northern California and the inaugural race is likely to draw the very best bomber drivers in the region.

The North State Modified Series began in 2014 and has become Northern California’s senior touring series with the unfortunate demise of other late model sanctions. The NSMS has established a reputation of having some of the best racing and some of the best racers in the western region. The modifieds made it to the Acres three times in 2018 with Jason Philpot and Kris Price winning the first two races. Race three from last season featured a memorable duel between Price and Darrin Knight with contact occurring on the last lap. Darrin Sullivan was able to sneak through the carnage for the win. In the two races thus far in 2019, Randy Houston was victorious at Madera Speedway while Knight won the most recent race at Stockton 99 Speedway.

There is an open practice Friday afternoon between 4-8 PM. Saturday grandstands open at 4PM with racing beginning at 5PM. For more information on this weekend’s races at Redwood Acres Raceway, visit the track’s website www.RacinTheAcres.com or Facebook #/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/ or follow on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

Monday, April 22, 2019

North State Modifieds Return To Stockton 99 Speedway

Three-time North State Modified Champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville (#20) and 2018 defending champ Kris Price of Sacramento (#51x) battling it out at Madera Speedway last week. The series moves to Stockton Speedway this Saturday night for race #2 of the NSMS Driving Out Cancer Tour.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Stockton, CA......This Saturday night, April 27, the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, returns to Stockton 99 Speedway after a four-year absence from one of the oldest ¼ mile paved tracks in the state of California. Stockton 99 ran its first race in 1947, and is still operating today under the watchful eye of Tony Noceti of the Noceti Group Inc.

August, 2015 was the last time NSMS ran at the privately-owned facility, and it was Cody Braund of Anderson who held off the challenges of many-time Stockton 99 champ Wes Miller of Turlock to capture his first NSMS win. The series will see a new face in the winner's circle this weekend as Braund has turned over his last ride to his brother Keith Bloom.

Points leader, and winner of the season opener at Madera, Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon would love to repeat his winner ways, but will be up against second in points Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville, veteran driver Jason Philpot of Sacramento (third in points), Santa Rosa's Cameron Austin and Brian Collins of Camino.

Three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville has been working on his car and expects to be up front at the end. And Stockton regular Robbie Knittel plans on showing the other competitors the quickest way around the track.

The North State Modifieds will join the Gun Slingers Wing Sprint Car Series, the Legends of Kearney Bowl, the BCRA Midgets, Focus Midgets & Vintage Midgets for an all open-wheel show.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Houston Sets Fast Time, Wins NSMS Opener At Madera

Randy Houston being interviewed by Madera Speedway announcer “Outback Andy” after his $2000 win at Madera Speedway. (Photo by Curt Agustinovich)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Madera, CA..... April 13, 2019.... After setting fast time of 15.072, Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon started 10th in the field and collected $2000 for his big win at Madera Speedway Saturday night in the season opener of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest.

Sacramento's Jason Philpot finished a strong season, and a race-long battle between Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa and Darrin Sullivan of Kelsyville saw Austin beat Sullivan to the Sunoco checkered flag for third with Sullivan settling for fourth. Brian Collins of Camino finished fifth.

Houston's fast time was close to the Hoosier Tire track record of 15.059 set by Eric Price II of Rio Linda on June 9, 2018. Sullivan clocked in second fast at 15.085. Robbie Knittel was third fastest with a 15.114 second lap, Philpot fourth (15.121) and Austin fifth (15.165.)

The 60 lap feature saw Dave Campbell and Oregon driver Rich Cobb in the front row with Collins and 3-time NSMS champ Darrin Knight in row two. 2018 champion Kris Price and Austin shared row three. Cobb powered to the lead at the drop of the green flag with both Knight and Collins passing Campbell for second and third. Collins got around Knight on lap seven just before the yellow flew when Campbell and Ian Elliott made contact causing Campbell to spin in turn one.

When racing resumed Cobb continued to show the way with Collins second, Austin third and Price fourth. Collins took over the lead on lap 12, and two rounds later Price made an inside pass on Collins and began to pull away from the field. Knittel got around Cobb for third on lap 18 and Philpot joined the front runners on 21.

Meanwhile Houston was picking off cars, and at the half-way mark it was Price, Knittel, Philpot, Houston, Austin, Collins, Sullivan, Cobb, Knight, Keith Bloom, Elliott, Campbell, Donovan Cox, Rick Avila and Sal Lopez.

After a long green-flag run, the race was slowed again when Lopez's car bobbled and he spun in turn two. The restart saw Price and Knittel side-by-side, but when they motored down the back stretch, the two cars touched with Knittel brushing the wall and Price's car hitting the wall hard, ending his run. Knittel pitted for a tire change and rejoined the field to finish the race.

This left Philpot and Houston side-by-side for the restart with Houston taking the next two laps to inch by Philpot and into the lead. The final yellow flew on lap 54 when Bloom and Cobb made contact with Cobb turning around in turn four.

Houston raced the remaining laps flawlessly to take the win over Philpot, Austin, Sullivan, Collins and Knight. Rounding out the top 10 were Elliott, Knittel, Cobb, Bloom and Campbell. The $1000 win was boosted to $2000 courtesy of Madera promoter Kenny Shepherd.

Kris Price collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Philpot earning $50 for second. Arce Racing Engines donated $50 each to third place Houston and fourth place Knittle.

The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Houston for passing the most cars. Donovan Cox picked up the Naake Shocks certificate, Price and Philpot earned the Scribner jugs, and the Frank's Radios gift cards went to Houston, Philpot and Austin.

Racing resumes for the North State Modified Series on April 27 at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Gone Racin' Marine, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, and Franks Radios.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, schedule, entry forms and other information are available on the web site www.northstatemodifieds.com.

HOOSIER TIME TRIALS: Randy Houston (15.072); Darrin Sullivan (15.085; Robbie Knittel (15.114); Jason Philpot (15.121); Cameron Austin (15.165); Kris Price (15.196); Darrin Knight (15.248); Brian Collins (15.314); Rich Cobb (15.382); Dave Campbell (15.486); Keith Bloom Jr (15.553); Ian Elliott (15.568); Sal Lopez (15.794); Donovan Cox (15.808); Rick Avila (N/T)

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Kris Price, Jason Philpot, Randy Houston, Robbie Knittel, Darrin Knight, Cameron Austin

SUNOCO / SHEPHERD MAIN EVENT: Randy Houston, Jason Philpot, Cameron Austin, Darrin Sullivan, Brian Collins, Darrin Knight, Ian Elliott, Robbie Knittel, Rich Cobb, Keith Bloom, Dave Campbell, Rick Avila, Donovan Cox, Kris Price, Sal Lopez

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Top 10 North State Modified Series Drivers Honored

The 2018 top 10 North State Modified Series drivers with awards:
Back Row - Left to Right – Eric Price II, Darrin Sullivan, Jason Philpot, Terry Deal, Ian Elliott.
Front Row – Left to Right – Dustin DeRosier, Cameron Austin, NSMS Champion Kris Price, Rick Avila, Eric Johnson

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Williams, CA. January 26, 2019....... The fifth annual awards banquet honoring the top ten drivers in the 2018 North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest (NSMS) was held Saturday night at Granzella's Banquet Facility in Williams, CA. Business Manager Nadine Strauss acted as master of ceremonies. Speakers were Rick Avila representing the “2018 Driving Out Cancer” tour, Shake Sulikyan from the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation Cancer Services, and series co-promoters Jeff Stephens and Bob Strauss.

Kris Price of Sacramento was crowned NSMS champion in his first full year of competition with the touring series. Price captured four feature wins in 2018 which included the season opener at Shasta Speedway and the July race at All American Speedway. He backed that up with a win at Redwood Acres Raceway, and then set fast time and took home the big “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge trophy at Shasta Speedway. His other accomplishments were one second, two thirds, and a fourth. Price took home $1200 in cash plus a $1000 Lucas Oil products certificate.

Second place honors went Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale. He finished in the top 10...8 out of 9 races this year. He was in the top 5 five times. DeRosier donated 10% of his winnings to the “Driving Out Cancer” fund at each race, and was the largest contributor to this worthy cause.

The other half of the Price Racing team, Eric Price II, finished third overall this year. Price jumped from fifth to third in points in the final NSMS event when he won the Hoosier NSMS October Classic at All American Speedway. He also chalked up two seconds, one third and a fourth during the season.

Fourth place went to Kelseyville's Eric Johnson who also finished in fourth place in 2017. This season, after his bad luck at Shasta, he finished a solid second at Madera. His 3 top five's included a second, a third and a fourth. Seven top 10's in all plus he earned money in 3 Lucas Oil Dashes for Cash.

The NSMS 2016 Rookie of the Year, Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville ended up in fifth place overall. He was the winner of the September race at Redwood Acres Raceway. He also had six top 10 finishes.

Finishing in sixth was Terry Deal of Roseville. Deal's season bests were a second place finish at both Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka and Ukiah Speedway. His stats saw him finish in the top 10 six times.

Seventh place went to Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa. Austin was the youngest driver in the series but drove like a veteran. He raced both a modified and a Legends Car during 2018 and showed he has real talent. Austin was the Winner of the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals at Madera Speedway on June 9. He placed in the top five 6 times which included one first.... 2 seconds, 1 third, a fourth and a fifth.

Jason Philpot of Sacramento, his family and crew, all attended the ceremonies for the first time in five years running and collected the eighth place trophy. This year Philpot won his first race ever at Redwood Acres Raceway in May. He was also the quickest car to qualify at Roseville's All American Speedway. Philpot never finished lower than eighth and had 4 top five finishes.

Ninth place overall went to Ian Elliott of Lakeport. It was his first full season running with NSMS, and he did well enough to earn the 2018 North State Modified Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Rick Avila of Pleasanton rounded out the 2018 top 10 NSMS drivers. Avila was the key player in the Driving Our Cancer awareness program that continued throughout the season. Through his weekly presentations, and with the help of collections chairman Sheri Knight, the drivers, crews and race fans, a total of $5,570.38 was awarded to Shake Sulikyan for the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation Cancer Services.

Keith Bloom of Redding received the 2018 NSMS Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award.

The top four were awarded Lucas Oil Products certificates, and fifth on back collected gifts from Five Star Bodies, Scribner Plastics, and Lucas Oil.

Recognition went to all the NSMS officials as well as the series sponsors Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Race Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, and Frank's Radios.

Friday, October 5, 2018

North State Modified Series Championship Race To Be Decided At All American Speedway

NSMS points leader Kris Price of Sacramento (51x) and 2nd place runner Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale (#12) will be battling it out for the North State Modified Series championship Saturday night at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Roseville, CA.....The final event in the 2018 championship race for the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, will be held Saturday night, October 13, at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. The Hoosier NSMS October Classic will feature a six-car six-lap Lucas Oil Dash for Cash along with a 60 lap feature event.

At the end of the competition the 2018 North State Modified Series (NSMS) champion will be revealed. Currently Kris Price of Sacramento has a healthy 66 point lead over Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale. It is possible to earn as many as 85 points at each event. Therefore Price will only have to start the main event to clinch his first NSMS championship. Price and DeRosier are the only ones who have a mathematical chance to win the title.

Third place contender Eric Johnson of Kelseyville trails DeRosier by only 22 points. Next in line, 11 points be behind Johnson, is another Kelseyville driver, Darrin Sullivan. Eric Price II, Kris Price's brother, sits in fifth, only three points behind Sullivan.

The North State Modifieds are running in conjunction with the NASCAR K & N Pro Series, the Pacific Challenge Late Model Series, the local Bandolero/Mini Cup cars, and the local A & B Super Stocks.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios.

Friday, September 21, 2018

North State Modified Series Returns To Shasta Speedway

Jason Philpot of Sacramento (#15a) and Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville (#21) were the previous winners of the “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge.” The third annual event will be held this Saturday night (September 29) at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA. (Photo Courtesy Jenna Meyer)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, returns to Shasta Speedway in Anderson, California Saturday night, September 29 for the third annual “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge” with $1500 to win and $300 to start the 60 lap feature race.

Burton, a long-time supporter of auto racing in the Redding-Chico area, was the head official at Shasta Speedway when the facility was promoted by Bob Carrel in the 1990s.He was a native of Shasta County, was involved in racing and promoting his entire adult life, and officiated at several tracks in northern California. He was also the founder of the Northern California Auto Racing Alumni (NCARA.)

Burton's brother-in-law, Mort Houston, along with other family members, friends, NCARA, Strauss Promotions and NSMS, have added over $5000 to the purse to make it a special event. Burton's nephew and past Shasta Speedway track champion, Randy Houston, will be piloting his #9 NSMS modified in this event in memory of his uncle.

This memorial event first ran in 2016 with Jason Philpot of Sacramento the winner. In 2017 Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville took home the first place money and the trophy. Both these driver's names were engraved on the four foot tall hand-caved perpetual trophy and resides in the North State Modified Series office in Lucerne, California.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Ward Land Management & Development, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics and Frank's Radios.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sullivan Inherits North State Modified Win At Eureka

Darrin Sullivan on his qualifying lap. Sullivan timed in second fast at 16.588 (Photo Courtesy Carrie Lauenroth)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

September 8, 2018 Eureka, CA.... Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville was declared the winner at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night in the Protect the Harvest North State Modified Series 60 lap feature after front runners NSMS points leader Kris Price of Sacramento and defending NSMS champ Darrin Knight of Kelseyville made contact and both spun on the final lap. Knight regrouped and drove to the finish line first but was penalized for his part in the incident, handing the win to Sullivan.

Sullivan collected $1000 for his win plus the $250 bonus from Ward Land Management and Development (WLM&D.) Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa finished second for a $850 pay day, and Eric Price II of Rio Linda placed third earning $700.

Knight clocked in fastest of the 15 car field with a 16.482 second lap earning $100 from Ward Land Management and Development. Sullivan ran second at 16.588, Austin third with a 16.636, and Kris Price fourth (16.641.) Knight pulled the number four pill for the line-up inversion placing Price and Austin in the front row and Sullivan and Knight starting in row two.

The start of the race was called back for an uneven start, and lap two was yellow-flagged when Randy Houston and Terry Deal came together resulting in both spinning in turn two. The restart saw Austin run side-by-side with Price, leading the next few rounds until he lost ground on the high side allowing Price to pull ahead on lap five.

Knight drove around Austin for second on lap seven and set his sights on Price. Meanwhile Eric Price II was looking under fourth place runner Sullivan, and made the pass for fourth on the 25th circuit. Dustin DeRosier was battling Ian Elliot for sixth when the leaders began lapping the slower cars.

Knight caught and tapped the back of Price's car several times, but Price kept his cool and continued his forward motion. Deal was working his way back to the front and made it all the way to ninth by mid race. The running order at the half way marker was Kris Price, Knight, Austin, Eric Price, Sullivan, DeRosier, Elliott, Eric Johnson, Jake Andreotti, Deal, Houston, Stuart Campbell, Richie Potts, Herman Pulyer and Rick Avila. Potts was driving the Bob Strauss #11L two-passenger modified.

The long green-flag run saw the leaders gracefully weave through slower traffic with Knight gaining and losing ground on Price. Houston dropped out on 41, and with only 10 laps to go Sullivan was able to steal fourth place back from Eric Price. Just as it seemed to be another win for Kris Price, Knight's final attempt for a winning pass resulted in both Price and Knight losing control and driving into the infield dust in turn three.

With no yellow to slow the action, the lapped cars of Deal, Elliott and Andreotti raced to the line, picking up their lost laps. Knight got back on the track and raced to the checkered flag first. Sullivan passed Austin in the melee and followed Knight to the checkers. Austin crossed third, Eric Price fourth and Kris Price collected it up and raced back to fifth. As the final cars were coming around, Avila and Campbell stopped in turn three and were collected by Deal and Elliot. Deal limped around to finish the race while Elliott had to be towed to the pits.

After Knight was penalized to the back of the lead lap, Sullivan was announced the winner. The final Sunoco checkered flag finishing order was Sullivan, Austin, Eric Price, Kris Price, DeRosier, Johnson, Andreotti, Deal, Knight, Elliott, Campbell, Potts, Pulyer, Avila and Houston.

Additional money was added to the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash from Redwood Acres Raceway and Bob and Carol Rosenthal. DeRosier collected $200 for his win, $100 went to Eric Price for second, and Kris Price earned $50 for third. Both DeRosier and Eric Price received the Scribner Plastics jugs, and DeRosier was also the recipient of the Naake shocks certificate. Frank's Radios awards were given to Potts, Avila and Houston. The Keyser Hard Charger for the night was Andreotti.

Earlier on both Friday and Saturday, retired veteran driver Mark Baldwin of Eureka piloted Strauss' #11L modified, giving rides to anyone brave enough to go 100 mph on the 3/8 mile oval. Strauss donated the $250 that Redwood Acres Raceway promoter Blair Aiken gave him for Pott's 12th place finish to the “NSMS Driving Out Cancer fund.” After this event's donations the fund stands at $4,655.07.

Shasta Speedway is the next stop on the North State Modified Series “Driving Out Cancer Tour” on September 29. The 3rd annual Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge will offer the largest purse ever in NSMS history with $1500 to win and $300 to start the 60 lap main event.

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

WLM&D TIME TRIALS: Darrin Knight (16.482), Darrin Sullivan (16.588), Cameron Austin (16.636), Kris Price (16.641), Terry Deal (16.745), Eric Price Jr. (16.752), Dustin DeRosier (16.828), Randy Houston (16.888), Eric Johnson (16.924), Ian Elliott (16.931), Jake Andreotti (16.956), Stuart Campbell (17.166), Herman Pulyer (17.499), Rick Avila (17.603), Richie Potts (17.722)

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Dustin DeRosier, Eric Price Jr, Kris Price, Terry Deal, Cameron Austin, Darrin Knight,

SUNOCO / WLM&D FEATURE EVENT: Sullivan, Austin, Eric Price Jr, Kris Price, DeRosier, Johnson, Andreotti, Deal, Knight, Elliott, Campbell, Potts, Pulyer, Avila, Houston

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Top 10 North State Modifed Drivers Honored

The top 10 drivers were honored at the North State Modified Series awards celebration
Saturday night. From left to right: Adrianna Strugnell, Darrin Sullivan, Eric Johnson,
Sierra Furia, Cody Braund, Dustin DeRosier. Front row: NSMS 3-time champion Darrin Knight

Via NSMS PR

Williams, CA. January 27, 2018....... The fourth annual awards banquet honoring the top ten drivers in the 2017 North State Modified Series (NSMS) was held Saturday night at Granzella's Banquet Facility in Williams, CA. Business Manager Nadine Strauss acted as master of ceremonies. Speakers included Mort Houston, founder of the Lloyd Burton Challenge, Chris Scribner, series sponsor and owner of both Scribner Plastics and Racer Bling, and series co-promoters Jeff Stephens and Bob Strauss.

Darrin Knight of Kelseyville was crowned NSMS champion for the third consecutive time. Knight won the second annual Sinister Diesel Gene Welch Classic at All American Speedway in April and followed that up with a big win at Lakeport Speedway in May. He suffered a win-less streak until September 9 at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka where he set fast time and captured his third season main event.

Second place honors went to Charlie Collins of Upper Lake for the straight second year. Collins won the Sunoco/Penney Racing Supply fast time award on opening night at All American Speedway. Ten of his 11 races in 2017 were top-10 finishes. His solo win came on July 8 in Ukiah.

Last year's NSMS Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville, finished third overall again this year. Sullivan was on fire in 2017, capturing two feature wins.... the O'Reilly Nor-Cal 60 at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka, and the “Lloyd Burton Against the Wind Modified Challenge” at Shasta Speedway in September.

Fourth place went to Kelseyville's Eric Johnson. Out of the 11 races scheduled, Johnson finished in the top ten 10 times. His best finish was a second at Lakeport Speedway.

Sierra Furia of Lakeport, our top female driver, ended the season in fifth with NSMS. She never missed a race and ran up front at each event. Furia finished a very impressive third at Redwood Acres Raceway at the Memorial Day Modified Classic. She also qualified third fast that same day.

Finishing in sixth was Cloverdale's Dustin DeRosier. The DeRosier team had good intentions of racing with NSMS from year one, but different circumstances dictated that they could not. He was at the track at every race in 2017 capturing seven top 10 finishes.

Jason Philpot of Sacramento won more races than any other NSMS driver in 2016. The competition was stiffer this year, and although he never won a main event, he finished second twice, third 3 times and fourth twice, earning seventh place overall.

Eighth place went to veteran driver Richie Potts from Petaluma. Potts missed a few races this season, but was always there trying to make his car faster. He was the winner of 2 Lucas Oil Dashes for Cash, had 4 top 10 finishes, and enjoyed watching his #83 modified finish 2nd at Eureka with Kyle Tellstrom behind the wheel.

Adrianna Strugnell of Kelseyville, our other female driver, finishing in ninth place in her first full season with NSMS. The highlight of her year came on July 18 at Ukiah Speedway when she won the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. She also enjoyed two top 10 finishes.

Tenth place finisher, Cody Braund of Redding, left his #18 home this season to drive the Bob Lehman #82 modified. It was a frustrating year for Braund with many mechanical problems, but he hung in there to finish in the top 10.

The 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors went to Simi Tour of Potter Valley. Tour was vacationing in Mexico and was not in attendance.

Special $1000 Lucas Oil products certificates were awarded to Knight, Sullivan and Johnson. Strugnell, Braund and Eric Price Jr. each got a $600 Lucas Oil certificate. DeRosier received the an $800 ASI Racerwear bonus, and Furia collected the Five Star body nose piece.

Recognition went to all the NSMS officials as well as the series sponsors Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Sinister Diesel, Ward Ranches, Penney Racing Supply, American Racer Tires, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Race Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, DJ Safety, the Buckhorn Bar & Grill, Economy Heating & Air and Mort Houston.