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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.

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.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fall Spectacular Will Conclude 2019 Season At Redwood Acres Raceway Saturday

#2 David Henderson of Fortuna, CA and #22m David Miller of Coquille, OR are the to lead title rivals in the Mid City Motor World late model division at Redwood Acres Raceway. The championship will be decided Saturday night in the 100-lap Fall Spectacular. (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (September 16, 2019) – Champions will be crowned Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway as the 2019 season will wrap up with the annual Fall Spectacular. The North State Modified Series will be joining the action in their penultimate race of 2019. Blue Lake Casino Hotel and Sequoia Pine Senior Living will be presenting what should be a thrilling night of action with championships in all divisions still undecided.

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 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.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day Celebration At All American Speedway In Roseville This Saturday

(Don Thompson photo)

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (July 4, 2019) – Roseville’s All American Speedway returns to action on Saturday July 6th with one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in track history. The racing action will include the inaugural Cherokee Truck Tires Big Rig Rumble and the only 2019 appearance by the traveling North State Modified Series. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series local divisions will be competing, highlighted by Twin 35 lap races for the NASCAR Late Models. This exciting night will be capped by a spectacular fireworks show and led by San Francisco 49er fullback Tom Rathman as the Grand Marshal.

Monday, July 1, 2019

North State Modifieds Are Back At All American Speedway With Championship Points On The Line

The North State Modifieds will be back at All American Speedway Saturday night

Via Gabrielle Stevenson/NSMS Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (July 1, 2019) – All American Speedway was the second stop ever in the history of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, when it began in 2014. The professional series features drivers from all over California or Oregon, battling for every point in the 12-event championship hunt.

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.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Knittel Takes Over NSMS Points Lead With Madera Win

Robbie Knittel (#24) passes Darrin Sullivan (#21) on his way to win his second North State Modified Series win. Photo by Jenna Meyer and Don Bloom

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Madera CA... June 15, 2019.... Coming off a victory at Stockton 99 Speedway two weeks ago, Robbie Knittel of Lodi drove the Ferrari Farms #24 modified to his second straight $1000 victory at Madera Speedway Saturday night as the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, completed race #5 of the 2019 Driving Out Cancer Awareness Tour. Knittel also set fast time of 15.117 seconds and took over the NSMS points lead by two points over Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa.

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.

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

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Knight Wins North State Modified Action At Stockton 99

Darrin Knight poses with NSMS flagman Johnny Miskill after his $1000 win at Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday night Photos by Don Bloom

Via Nadine Strauss/NSMS Media

Stockton, CA April 27 , 2019.... After a disappointing run at Madera Speedway on the season opener, Darrin Knight of Kelseyville re-configured his car and led wire-to-wire to capture race #2 of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday night. Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa followed Knight across the line for a second place finish. Sacramento's Jason Philpot finished third, Robbie Knittel of Lodi placed fourth, and Cloverdale's Dustin DeRosier drove his new car to a top five finish.

The Stockton 99 Speedway Hoosier Tire track record of 14.319 seconds was set by Lakeport's Ian Elliott in the Terry Deal #01 modified. Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville clocked in second fast at 14.336, Austin was third with a 14.354. Knight's fourth place qualifying effort was 14.374, placing him on the pole for the 60 lap feature.

Knight powered into the lead at the drop on the Johnny Miskill green flag with Austin and Elliot hot on his trail. Both Sullivan and Knittel drove under Elliott on lap two as Knight was pulling away from the field. By lap 10 Knight had a five-car length lead, and by lap 14 he caught the back-runners and began the lapping process.

Jason Philpot poked his nose under Elliott on 22 to make the pass for sixth. At the same time Knittel was trying everything he could to get around Sullivan, but Sullivan held his ground.

The first of three yellow flags flew on lap 26 when Keith Bloom's car touched Sal Lopez's mount resulting in Lopez spinning in turn two. When racing resumed Knight continued his forward motion, and at the Gone Fishin' Marine Half-Way Mark it was Knight, Austin, Sullivan, Knittel, Philpot, Elliott, DeRosier, Rich Cobb, Stockton veteran driver Buzz DeVore, Bloom, Rick Avila, Donovan Cox and Lopez.

DeVore cut down a tire and scraped the wall on lap 42 to slow the action a second time. The double-file restart saw Knight pull away again, leaving the other front runners in a tight pack where contact was made sending Sullivan against the turn three concrete. This moved Philpot up to third, DeRosier Fourth and Knittel fifth.

Knittel snuck under DeRosier four rounds later. The remaining laps went without incident with Knight the $1000 winner. Austin collected $700 for second. Philpot earned $600 for third, Knittel took home $500 for fourth, and DeRosier's fifth place finish was good for $400. Rounding out the top 10 were Elliott, Bloom, Sullivan, Cobb and Lopez.

With points leader Randy Houston absent, Cameron Austin took over the points lead by four points over Jason Philpot. Knight's win boosted up to third in points with Sullivan fourth and Elliott fifth.

Bloom collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Cobb earning $50 for second. Arce Racing Engines donated $50 each to third place DeRosier and fourth place Avila.

The Keyser Hard Charger award went to Philpot. John Baker picked up the Naake Shocks certificate, Bloom and Cobb took home the Scribner jugs, and the Frank's Radios gift cards went to Knight, Knittel and DeRosier.

The North State Modified Series moves North to the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka for race #3 on Saturday May 11, with a practice day on Friday, May 10.

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: Ian Elliott (14.319), Darrin Sullivan (14.336), Cameron Austin (14.354), Darrin Knight (14.357), Robbie Knittel (14.374), Jason Philpot (14.391), Rich Cobb (14.560), Dustin DeRosier (14.560), Keith Bloom Jr, (14.653), Sal Lopez (14.709), Rick Avila (14.736), Buzz DeVore (14.793), Donovan Cox (15.000), John Baker (15.603)

LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Keith Bloom Jr, Rich Cobb, Dustin DeRosier, Rick Avila, Donovan Cox, Buzz DeVore

SUNOCO / NAAKE SUSPENSION MAIN EVENT : Darrin Knight, Cameron Austin, Jason Philpot, Robbie Knittel, Dustin DeRosier, Ian Elliott, Keith Bloom Jr, Darrin Sullivan, Rich Cobb, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila, Donovan Cox, Buzz DeVore, John Baker (DNS)

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.