Showing posts with label Randy Houston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Randy Houston. Show all posts

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Tellstrom Wins Lloyd Burton "Against The Wind" Modified Challenge

Kyle Tellstrom poses with the Burton family after winning the 4th annual Lloyd Burton “Against the Wind” Modified Challenge at Shasta Speedway. Left to right are Dan Burton, Mary Burton, Tellstrom, Christine Burton, Kaitlyn Tiner and Grace Bailey. (Photo Courtesy Nadine Strauss)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Anderson, CA..... October 5, 2019… Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah rocketed by race leader Darrin Knight of Ukiah on a lap-35 restart and stayed out in front the second half of the 60-lapper to win the 4th annual Lloyd Burton “Against the Wind” Modified Challenge at Shasta Speedway Saturday night.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Champions Crowned As Fall Spectacular Concludes 2019 Season At Redwood Acres Raceway

Mid City Motor World late model action featuring 2019 champion #2 David Miller, third place #6 Keith Nelson and runner up #22m David Miller (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (September 22, 2019) – Another year of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway came to an end Saturday night as the annual Fall Spectacular closed the 2019 season at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Blue Lake Casino and Sequoia Springs Senior Living presented all of the night’s action as champions were crowned in local divisions while the North State Modified Series potentially saw their championship determined in the series’ penultimate race of the season.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Knight Continues To Dominate North State Modified Series

Darrin Knight of Kelseyville won his third consecutive modified feature Saturday night.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Eureka, CA..... September 21, 2019… Coming back from his wins at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon on August 24 and Lakeport Speedway last weekend, Darrin Knight of Kelseyville did it again at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka Saturday night during race number 11 of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest. The three-time NSMS champion pocketed another $1000 for his impressive win over points leader Scott Winters of Tracy and Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon.

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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Houston Stops Miller’s Streak, Murrell, Sr. Wins Murrell “500”

Eventual Mid City Motor World late model feature winner #9 Randy Houston leads #22m David Miller, #26 Dane Nissen and #36 Luke Hall (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (September 12, 2019) – It was the penultimate race of the season Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway. The 3/8-mile paved oval played host to Fan Appreciation Night which was presented by Anderson Logging. Fans had the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers in all six divisions on the front stretch prior to the start of the racing action.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Knight Class Of Field At Roseburg

Douglas County Speedway flagman Josh Klein and NSMS flagman Johnny Miskill with the West Coast Modified Shootout winner Darrin Knight of Kelseyville. (Photo by Angela Pope, HourGlass Photography)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Roseburg, Oregon..... August 24, 2019... The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, made its maiden voyage out of state Saturday night to become part of the A & M Transport West Coast Modified Shootout at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon. With $2000 to win up for grabs, the field was full of heavy-hitters, but it was three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville that was the dominant force who led 60 of the 75 laps to claim his second season victory. Ukiah's Kyle Tellstrom collected $1000 for finishing second, and Scott Winters of Tracy took home $850 for third.

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.

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, June 23, 2019

Philpot Notches NSMS Victory At Shasta

Jason Philpot of Sacramento captured his first season victory in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Shasta Speedway Saturday night. Photo by Jenna Meyer and Don Bloom

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Anderson, CA... June 22, 2019.... Jason Philpot of Sacramento took the lead away from Oregon driver Rich Cobb on a lap 14 restart, and held off the challenges of Medford, Oregon’s Randy Houston the final 30 laps to capture his first season victory in the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Shasta Speedway Saturday night. Santa Rosa’s Cameron Austin finished a strong third, and with setting fast time over the 14 car field, regained the NSMS points lead from Robbie Knittel of Lodi.

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.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Miller Recovers From Early Race Incident For Two In A Row

#22m David Miller leads the field in the 75-lap Mid-City Motor World late model feature. Miller took his second straight win of the season.

Via Redwood Acres Raceway

Eureka, CA (June 10, 2019) – To say that it was a spectacular night of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway this past Saturday night would be an understatement. A fantastic crowd of Northern California race fans packed the stands for Pepsi Night and everyone at the 3/8-mile paved oval was graced by awesome racing on the track and remarkable late-spring weather.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tellstrom, Doss Come Up Big In North State And Upstate races

North State Modified Series feature winner, Kyle Tellstrom

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (May 14, 2019) – It was a tremendous afternoon for racing this past Saturday at Redwood Acres Raceway. O’Reilly Auto Parts presented all of the action which included local roadrunners, mini stocks and Legends. The late models had the week off while local bomber racers joined the brand-new Upstate Bomber Series which held its debut race on the night. In addition, the North State Modified Series visited the Acres for the first of three scheduled times this year.

The evening for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners belonged to Tim Ratzlaff. He was victorious in the heat race and dominated the feature. Ratzlaff’s closest competition came from Troy Lee and Dustin Peterson but neither driver was able to do anything to take away the lead. At the checkered flag it was Ratzlaff over Lee and Peterson.

There was a similar tone for Compass Community Credit Union mini stocks. Rick Estes took wins in both the trophy dash and heat races. Jarrett Mayo was able to knife his way to the race lead quickly followed by Brett Murrell who was driving his father Brian Murrell, Sr.’s car on the night. Murrell’s regular ride was severely damaged in the April 29 race thanks to a stuck throttle.

As in the previous main event in April, Mayo and Murrell waged a hard but clean duel for the lead. Estes took a bit longer to get to the front but once he entered third position, the two leaders knew they were going to have to work even harder for the win. With only a handful of laps remaining, Estes was able to get around Murrell for second. With three laps left, Estes got on the outside of Mayo and the two raced hard for the lead. Mayo did everything he could to hold off Estes but he didn’t have enough. Estes was able to secure the lead with two laps remaining. From there, Estes was able to pull away to take a long-awaited main event win, his first in quite a while. Mayo held off Brett Murrell for second while Brian Murrell, Jr. placed fourth and Gary Klinetobe finished fifth.

Chris Lawrence was the winner of the North Coast Lighting And Electric Legends trophy dash. Heat race one was won by Carlee Austin while Leonard Ward took the second. It didn’t take Lawrence long to get to the front and once he got there, he stayed there. A few minor incidents slowed the race and allowed the field to reform but Lawrence was able to pull away each time. Lawrence was able to reach the finish first. Katina Baker placed second followed by Tyler Peach, Brent Mack and Austin.

As noted, RAR’s Four-Star Realty bombers joined the Upstate Bomber Series for their first race ever. Many time late model touring series winner and champion Mike Doss was the trophy dash winner. The heat race results determined the starting positions for the 60-lap feature event. Mikey Lovell won the first heat with Brian King winning the second. A stellar field of 17 cars were led to the green flag by pole-sitter Wade Coleman and David Dillinger. Dillinger was able to take the lead on the first lap as the field spread out. Lovell looked as though he was going to be the driver to beat as he sliced through the field and was able to pass Dillinger for the lead on lap 14.

As Lovell pulled away from the pack, the action focused on the father/son duo of Mike Doss and Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series star Jeremy Doss. Jeremy made it to second on lap 18 while Mike got to third on the same lap. By that time though, Lovell looked to have a substantial and insurmountable lead. Things didn’t seem to change either when Lovell started to move through slower traffic. While second and third were able to gain some ground, neither was able to make enough up to mount a serious challenge on Lovell.

Everything changed on lap 40 when officials threw a caution flag due to fear of fluid being on the racing service after several laps of the air of rear end gear fluid filling the air. Originally officials believed that Jeremy Doss was the cause and he was sent to the pits. His car was found not to be the culprit so he was allowed to reposition in second.

The double-file restart was to the benefit of Mike Doss and the detriment of Lovell as Doss was able to take the lead. Jeremy Doss filed into second while Lovell fell to third. Jeremy Doss looked to have a car capable of competing with his father’s but as the laps ticked off, Mike Doss was able to pull away. On lap 50, Lovell moved to second but he just did not have enough to catch the leader. At the finish it was Mike Doss winning over Lovell and Jeremy Doss. King ran solidly in the top five all race and placed fourth while Donnie Hyman’s fifth place effort was the highest finish of all Redwood Acres Raceway bomber regulars.

North State Modified Series points leader Cameron Austin’s time of 16.408 broke Darrin Knight’s track record 16.482 which was set in the series’ previous visit to the Acres on September 8. Ian Elliott was the winner in the Lucas Oil Dash For Cash. The invert for the 60-lap feature was six which put Dustin DeRosier and Randy Houston on the front row of the 20 car starting field. Houston got the jump at the start but the race was slowed on lap four when veteran racer Richie Potts spun in the fourth turn. Houston returned to the lead on the restart and it looked as though his car was dialed in.

A caution resulted due to a spin by Larry Knight off turn two and it ended up playing right into Kyle Tellstrom’s favor. Knight was driving for his son Darrin for championship points. Houston retained the lead once again when the green flew while Tellstrom was able to take second from Sullivan. The front two of Houston and Tellstrom raced nose-to-tail for several laps until Houston’s car moved up slightly off the bottom groove allowing Tellstrom to take the lead.

Two more cautions flew due to Knight spins which resulted in him having to pull into the pits for the night. On lap 38, Donovon Cox spun and Austin was able to break into second. A yellow flag with three laps remaining brought a single file restart and gave Austin his best and only chance to pressure Tellstrom. Unfortunately for Austin, Tellstrom did exactly what he needed to do to maintain the lead all the way to the finish. Robbie Knittel had a great run in third with Houston placing fourth and Elliott finishing fifth.

Racing at Redwood Acres Raceway will go on a bit of a spring break. Action at the track returns Saturday June 8. All local divisions will be in action including the Mid-City Motor World late models. For more information on the upcoming races at RAR and other information, visit www.RacinTheAcres.com or on Facebook #/RedwoodAcresRaceway2019/. You can also follow Redwood Acres Raceway on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.

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, May 6, 2019

North State Modified Series Moves North to Eureka

The #11L modified owned by Bob Strauss, will be at the Redwood Acres Raceway this weekend to offer a ride around the track to local media members. Later it will be driven in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 60 lap feature by Redwood Acres Raceway 2018 Late Model Champion Mic Moulton of Eureka.

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, moves north to Redwood Acres Raceway this Saturday night, May 11, for race #3 of the “Driving Out Cancer” awareness tour. A Friday afternoon practice will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval from 4pm until 7pm. Redwood Acres Raceway is located on the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street in Eureka, CA.

The O'Reilly Auto Parts Nor-Cal 60 lap feature will pay $1000 to win, $700 for second, and $600 for third. The Lucas Oil Dash for Cash contenders run for $100 to win and $50 for second place. In addition, the top 15 drivers in the NSMS points standings will share in the $2500 Lucas Oil Tow Money program.

The first NSMS tour race was held at Madera Speedway with Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon the winner. Houston missed race #2 at Stockton 99 Speedway, but plans to be back in action Saturday night at Eureka. Three-time NSMS driver Darrin Knight of Kelseyville was the big winner at Stockton and will challenge Houston and the other modified competitors at Redwood Acres this weekend. Also planning to join the show is Lucas Oil modified regular Kyle Tellstrom.

In addition to the other North State Modified drivers, Redwood Acres Raceway 2018 Late Model champion, Mic Moulton, will be piloting the #11L Bob Strauss 2-passenger modified in the main event. Moulton will also have the car at practice Friday afternoon to give members of the local press a ride around the track at full speed. Plus the car will be on display at the local O'Reilly Auto Parts store during the week.

The North State Modified Series will join the bombers, road runners, bandoleros, legends cars and mini stocks.

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.

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Houston Wins A North State Modified Series Thriller



Eureka, CA (July 23, 2017) – After a long three-week break, racing returned to Redwood Acres Raceway this past Saturday for Nor-Cal Automotive Night at the Races. It was a picture perfect day at the 3/8-mile paved oval as the North State Modified Series made their second of three visits to the Acres this season.

Nick Ford set fast time for the California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union roadrunner division with a 20.461. Andy Savage led the opening lap of the first 20-lap main event which was run in normal fashion. On lap two, Ford moved to the lead, a position he would never relinquish. Jake Keeling and Tim Ratzlaff traded the second position until Daniel Buell took over the position. At the finish it was Ford taking the win over Buell, Keeling, Ratzlaff and Zito.

The second feature was run backward. Bob Ratzlaff led lap one but Tim Ratzlaff took over on lap two. The race was highlighted by a thrilling duel for the lead and the race win between Tim Ratzlaff and Buell. On the last lap, Buell made a charge for the lead going down the back stretch. In the final turn, Ratzlaff suffered tire issues and hit the wall. Buell was able to move past to take the lead and the win. Tim Ratzlaff held on for second followed by Ford, Ratzlaff and Keeling.

Fast time for the Nor-Cal Automotive Legends division was paced by Brad Curtice with a 18.121. Curtice took the trophy dash. He followed that up with a win in the heat which saw an unfortunate incident in turn four when Anissa Curtice hit the wall. Fortunately she was okay but done for the night. The opening five laps of the 25-lap main were led by Daniel Whitley. On lap six, Curtice took over and never looked back. Whitley did all he could to pressure Curtice but never could force a mistake. Curtice took the win followed by Whitley, Brent Mack, Tyler Peach and Mkinzy Uselton.

In the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division, visiting driver, Ron Duke, Jr. set fast time with a 18.651. John Lally won the trophy dash while the heat race was taken by Kolby Jackson. The 25-lap main featured several spectacular incidents. The first occurred in turn three on lap 14, Jim Redd got together with Duke in turn three bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart, Bethany Rapp got into Jackson sending Rapp’s car over the hood of Jackson. Up front, Lally was dominant leading the final 21 laps. At the finish it was Lally winning over Jackson who made a thrilling run through the field in the final handful of laps. Jimmy Sorrels was third followed by Chris Naughton and Kimberly Sorrels.

Brett Murrell was quickest in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division with a time of 18.848. Brian Murrell, Sr. won the dash while Brett Murrell claimed the heat race. The first three laps of the 25-lap feature were led by Scott Taylor. On lap four, Brett Murrell moved to the lead. A restart on lap eight allowed Murrell, Sr. to move to the lead. The father/son duo had a great duel for the win with Murrell, Sr. coming out on top. Brett Murrell took second while Eugene Palmer, Troy Lee and Taylor rounded out the top five finishers.

Qualifying for the Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadsters was led by Paul Peeples, Jr. with a 17.399. Peeples went on to win the trophy dash while Tommy Payne was the heat race winner. Ronnie O’Neil held the lead for the first three laps but the 30-lap feature was dominated by Peeples. He took the lead from O’Neil on lap four and was able to drive away from the field. At the checkered flag it was Peeples winning followed by Payne, O’Neil, Chris Lawrence and Mac Collado.

Charlie Collins was the fastest of the 19 North State Modified Series drivers with a time of 16.267. The winner of the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash was modified veteran, Richie Potts. The invert for the 60-lap feature was four which gave Randy Houston pole position. Darrin Knight briefly moved to the lead at the start from his outside front row position but Houston’s inside line prevailed. A cat-and-mouse game for the lead ensued between Houston and Knight. As the two moved through slower traffic, Houston was able to gain an advantage.

The lone caution flag flew on lap 48 when Orion Mosher spun off turn four. The restart gave Knight and the rest of the field another chance to challenge Houston. Nobody had anything for Houston on the night as he led wire-to-wire to score the victory. Knight held on for second over Collins, Kris Price and Darrin Sullivan.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Randy Houston Holds Off Knight For NSMS Win At Eureka

Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon is the big winner of race seven of the
North State modified Series at Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday night
(Photo Courtesy Carrie Lauenroth)

Via NSMS PR

July 22, 2017 Eureka, CA...... On his first outing this season, Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon, led all but one round of the 60 lap feature, and held off the challenges of points leader Darrin Knight of Kelseyville to capture Race #7 of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Eureka's Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday night.

Charlie Collins of Upper Lake clocked in quickest over the 19 car field with a 16.267 second lap, earning the Penney Racing Supply/Sunoco Fast Time Award. Kris Price of Rio Linda set second quick time (16.344), Knight was third (16.393) and Houston fourth (16.411.)

Collins drew the number 4 for the invert putting Houston and Knight in the front row. Knight powered to the lead at the start and held that position for a lap and a half, but Houston stayed right by his side and finally pulled ahead and into the lead. Knight dropped back in line followed by Collins, Kris Price, Darrin Sullivan, Eric Price and Dustin DeRosier.

The pack ran nose-to-tail the first 10 rounds, and on lap 11 Houston ran high and Knight poked his nose in the hold. Houston shut the door to maintain his lead. At the same time Sal Lopez retired his car to the pits. Houston's car got loose on lap 14, giving Knight another opportunity, but Houston regrouped and stayed out front. Lap 18 saw Darrin Sullivan steal fourth away from Kris Price.

The lapping process began on lap 20 with Orion Mosher going down a lap, and the leaders caught and passed Adrianna Strugnell on 22. Dave Campbell drove to the pits with a flat tire on 29, missing five laps before returning to action.

At the Buckhorn Bar & Grill half-way point the running order was Houston, Knight, Collins, Sullivan, Kris Price, Eric Price, DeRosier, Eric Johnson, Richie Potts, Sierra Furia, Keith Bloom Jr., Cody Braund, Andy Vanderveer, Tom Ford, Simi Tour, Strugnell and Mosher.

The only yellow flag in the 60 lapper was on the 47th circuit when Mosher spun on the back stretch. Houston powered ahead again on the restart and drove the distance for the $1350 victory. Knight finished a strong second, inches ahead of Collins. Kris Price passed Sullivan in the final laps to finish fourth and Sullivan was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Eric Price, Eric Johnson, DeRosier, Furia and Potts.

Potts collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Kris Price getting $50 for second. Andy Vanderveer passed the most car for the Keyser Hard Charger Award, Cody Braund received the Naake Suspension Award, the DJ Safety Certificate went to Sullivan, and Simi Tour got the Racer Bling Award. Scribner Plastic jugs went to Potts and K Price.

The next race for the North State Modified Series will be at Ukiah Speedway on August 19.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: 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, and the Buckhorn Bar & Grill.

NSMS modified rules, procedures, and schedules are available at www.northstatemodifieds.com.

SUNOCO/PENNEY RACING SUPPLY TIME TRIALS: Charlie Collins (16.267), Kris Price (16.344) Darrin Knight (16.393), Randy Houston (16.411), Darrin Sullivan (16.488), Richie Potts (16.510), Eric Price Jr. (16.515), Eric Johnson (16.539), Dustin DeRosier (16.570), Cody Braund (16.573), Sierra Furia (16.659), Dave Campbell (16.684), Tom Ford (16.699), Keith Bloom Jr. (16.715), Simi Tour (16.730), Andy Vanderveer (16.822), Adrianna Strugnell (16.828), Orion Mosher (17.236), Sal Lopez (17.619).

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Richie Potts, Kris Price, Eric Price Jr., Dave Campbell, Randy Houston, Eric Johnson

NORTH STATE MODIFIED FEATURE: Randy Houston, Darrin Knight, Charlie Collins, Kris Price, Darrin Sullivan, Eric Price Jr., Eric Johnson, Dustin DeRosier, Sierra Furia, Richie Potts, Andy Vanderveer, Cody Braund, Tom Ford, Keith Bloom Jr., Simi Tour, Adrianna Strugnell, Orion Mosher, Dave Campbell, Sal Lopez