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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Top 10 North State Modifed Drivers Honored

The 2019 top 10 North State Modified Series drivers with awards: Back Row - Left to Right – Rich Cobb, Rick Avila, Sal Lopez, Terry Deal, Steve Thomas (for Keith Bloom) Front Row – Left to Right – Robbie Knittel, Cameron Austin, Darrin Knight, Ian Elliott (Photo Courtesy Nadine Strauss)

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Williams, CA. February 1, 2020....... The sixth annual awards banquet honoring the top ten drivers in the 2019 North State Modified Series (NSMS), presented by Protect the Harvest 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 “2018-19 Driving Out Cancer” tour, Shasta Speedway promoter Dave Twyman, and NASCAR official Butch Schafer. Series promoters Jeff Stephens and Bob Strauss talked about the future of modified racing, the 2020 rules, and racing schedule.

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.

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

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

NSMS Honors Top 10 of 2016

Darrin Knight, family and crew at the North State Modified Series banquet
(Photo By Carrie Lauenroth)

Williams, CA. January 14, 2017 - The third annual awards banquet honoring the top ten drivers in the 2016 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 and speeches were given by series co-promoters Jeff Stephens and Bob Strauss.

Darrin Knight of Kelseyville was crowned NSMS champion for the second consecutive time. Knight was the Wenteq hard charger twice, the fast qualifier 3 times, and laid claim to 3 main event victories during the season. He followed that up with five other top-5 finishes.

Second place honors went to Charlie Collins of Upper Lake. Collins captured back-to-back events at Ukiah Speedway and All American Speedway. He was a three-time recipient of the Sunoco/Penney Racing Supply Fast Qualifier award. Other than his 2 wins he had 3 -2nd place finishes and 2 other top 5's.

Third overall was Darrin Sullivan of Kelselyville. He was also the winner of the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Mike Collins of Nice chalked up fourth place. Collins will be taking a break from racing next year to help out on Sullivan's pit crew.

Fifth place went to Codi Barba of Cobb. Barba supported both an NSMS modified and a Nor-Cal Pro-4 modified last year. Sacramento's Jason Philpot finished sixth and was noted as the “winningest” driver with four NSMS victories in 2016.

Sierra Furia of Lakeport finished in seventh place and earned the Most Improved Driver award. She finished in the top 10 six of the 8 races that she ran. Veteran driver Richie Potts of Petaluma was eighth.

Rich Cobb of Klamath Falls, Oregon was the ninth place finisher, and tenth went to Nick Lyons of Loomis.

Recognition went to the series sponsors including Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Sinister Diesel, Wenteq High Performance Race Car Parts, Swartz Diesel, Penney Racing Supply, American Race Tires, WrapStar Pro, 5-Star Bodies, DJ Safety, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, Scribner Plastics and Renner Petroleum.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

North State Mods To Take To The Acres

2015 North State Modified Champion, Darrin Knight of Kelseyville (#20) and
2015 Lakeport Speedway modified champion, Mike Collins of Lakeport (#24)
will be competing at Redwood Acres Raceway Sunday night May 29th.

Via Nadine Strauss/North State Modified Series PR

The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, moves north to Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka this Memorial Day weekend for a full program of auto racing Sunday night, May 29. A Saturday afternoon practice will be held on the 3/8 mile paved oval from 1pm until 6pm. Redwood Acres Raceway is located on the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street.

This event, featuring The Swartz Diesel Nor-Cal 60 and the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash will be the second race for this touring series. The May 7 event at Shasta Speedway in Anderson was rained out.

The NSMS season opener at All American Speedway produced 24 cars with Jason Philpot of Sacramento the big $1000 winner in the inaugural Sinister Diesel Gene Welch Classic. Philpot was followed across the finish line by Oregon driver Rich Cobb, 2015 Lakeport Speedway champion Mike Collins, Rich Lindgren of Rio Linda, and Keegan Walmer of Charlotte, NC.

Philpot's win places him on top of the NSMS points standings with Cobb second. Collins and Lindgren are tied for third place, with Mitchell and Walmer tied for fifth.

New procedures will be in effect at this event included a restart rule limiting double-file starts to be used for the first 30 laps or three yellow-flag incidents, whichever comes first. In addition the “Lucky Dog” will be a part of the program whereby under any yellow the first car down one lap will drop to the rear of the field and be put back on the lead lap. These procedures were implemented to improve the entertainment value and close competition of the series.

The North State Modified Series will join the local bombers, road runners, thunder roadsters legends cars and mini stocks. For more information visit the North State Modified Series Facebook page or call the NSMS business office at 707-2724-1662.

The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Swartz Diesel, Lucas Oil, Sinister Diesel, Penney Racing Supply, American Racer Tires, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Wrap Star Pro, Wenteq, Scribner Plastics, Renner Petroleum, DJ Safety, and Buckhorn Bar & Grill.