Showing posts with label Speedway Willow Springs. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For October 22nd



By Dave Grayson

The 2016 season is winding down at many tracks here in the western states area and , in many cases, the special shows such as champions nights and other special events are going to be the order of the racing weekend.

EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY. 5/8, 3/8 &1/5 MILE. MONROE, WA. www.evergreenspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

Here's one of those special post season events. The Evergreen Speedway will be presenting the Interstate Batteries Pumpkin Smash Enduro this Saturday. This event is a four hour, multi turn, rain or shine enduro that pays $500 to win. The event is open to cars from the Hornet, Bumble Bee, Stinger, Road Runner and Tuner divisions.

The spectator gates will open at 11 am with racing receiving the green flag at 12 pm. General admission tickets, age 13 and up, are $10 with kids age 12 and under admitted free.

GOOD TIMES QUARTER MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION. 1/20 MILE. MADERA, CA. www.goodtimesqm.com.SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

Good Times will be presenting their Regional Rumble/Pumpkin race this Saturday, from 9am to 5pm, featuring seven different classes of quarter midget racing divisions. This outstanding organization, sanctioned by Region 11 of the Quarter Midget association of America, promotes family themed racing events for boys and girls age 5 to 16. For more details regarding Saturday's event, contact Kim Avesdisian at 559 313 3982.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ. www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

Havasu 95 will present round two of their 2016 -2017 winter racing series this Saturday night featuring on track action from the Get It In Gear Street Stocks, the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks and the Flowers Assisted Living Team Factory Stocks. The race evening is being presented by Carquest Auto Parts and Big O Tires. The spectator gates will open at 4 pm followed by racing at 6 pm.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12 and $10 for seniors, military personnel and the handicapped. Tickets for kids, age six to 16, are $6 with kids age five and under admitted free. The speedway offers a budget friendly family package, priced at $25, which admits two adults and two kids. Tickets for the speedway's VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, are also available for $25.

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY BULLRING. 3/8 & 1/3 MILE OVALS. LAS VEGAS, NV. www.lvms/bullring. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST & 22ND.

Here's another one of those hot racing tickets from Las Vegas featuring their Senator's Cup Fall Classic this weekend. The highlight will be the 150 lap feature for Super Late Models that pays $15,000 to win. The winner's check will be presented by U.S. Senator Dean Heller, (R-Nevada), himself a former race driver at the Bullring.

On Friday the gates will open at 4 pm followed by qualifying at 430 pm and heat races at 6 pm. Also on Friday's schedule are main events from the USAC HPD Midgets-30 laps, the Southwest Tour/Pro Truck Series-50 laps and the USLCI Legends-25 laps.

On Saturday the gates will again open at 4 pm followed by heat races at 415 pm and B mains at 445 pm. The main events of the evening will follow the 6 pm opening ceremonies featuring the USLCI Bandoleros-20 laps, Bomber Stocks-30 laps, Super Stocks-50 laps, USLCI Legends-25 laps, USAC HPD Midgets-30 laps, Late Models-100 laps and the aforementioned 150 lap feature from the Super Late Models.

This special weekend comes with a variety of ticket options. Advance tickets can be obtained at the speedway's box office or by calling 702 644 4444. The tickets can also be obtained via the speedway's official website.

The Bullring's very budget friendly concession stand will be up and running this weekend featuring $2 hot dogs and Coca Cola products along with $3 Budweiser products. Anytime you can enjoy a hot dog and a beer for $5 while watching all of this racing is a good thing.

LOAN MART MADERA SPEEDWAY. 1/3 MILE. MADERA, CA. www.racemadera.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

The fastest one third mile in the west will be presenting their tenth annual Pumpkin Smash, Halloween Bash and Blow Up this Saturday night. This unique show includes a 250 lap enduro race that pays $2,000 to win, along , with the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a demolition derby, an off road truck race and a stunt show.

For the kids there will be a trick or treat through the pit area along with the kids participating in the annual on track pumpkin smash. All of this fun begins at 6pm.

General admission tickets are only $15 and $13 for seniors and military personnel. Youth tickets, age six to 12, are $7 with kids age five and under admitted free.

SPEEDWAY WILLOW SPRINGS. 1/4 MILE. ROSAMOND, CA. www.thespeedwaywillowsprings.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

The Speedway Willow will be presenting their 2016 finale in very grand fashion Saturday night by presenting a special show they're calling The Night of Champions and Destruction In The Desert. This special show is being presented by the Pinnacle Peak Steak House and Platinum Jewelry and Loan.
On the racing side of the program, the on track excitement will be provided by the speedway's Street Stock, Mini Stock, Elite, So Cal Enduro, Skid Plate and Bandolero divisions.

The Destruction In the Desert excitement will feature a figure 8 race, a mechanics race, demo cross and a trailer race of destruction.
The speedway hasn't overlooked their younger fans. For the kids there will be trick or treat goodie bags for kids age 13 and under, a Halloween costume contest, a kids candy toss, kids big wheel racing and the speedway's traditional on track pumpkin smash.

The day will begin with an open practice session at 1030 am followed by qualifying at 130 pm, heat races at 3 pm and main events going green at 6 pm.

Adult wrist band tickets are $10 with kids age eight and under admitted free. The wrist bands will allow fan access to all Willow Springs International Raceway tracks and events on both Saturday and Sunday. In the case of this weekend there will be sports car racing on Saturday and motorcycle racing on Sunday on the 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course.

UKIAH SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. UKIAH, CA.www.lakeportspeedway.com FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND -23D.

The Lakeport - Ukiah Speedway Challenge Series, presented by Furia Motorsports, will be located at Ukiah this weekend, the home of the 2016 Fall Classic. The weekend begins on Friday with an open practice session for all divisions. On Saturday and Sunday the spectator gates will open at 330 pm followed by qualifying at 5pm and racing to follow. The fully loaded racing schedule will be provided by the speedway's Bomber, Jammer, Legend, Modified, Pro 4 and Late Model divisions.

General admission tickets, age 12 plus, are $15 and $11 for seniors and students. Tickets for kids, age six through 11, are $8 with kids age six and under admitted free. Tickets for military personnel and 1st responders, with valid ID, are $8.

WASHINGTON QUARTER MIDGET ASSOCIATION. 1/8 MILE. MONROE, WA. www.wqma.com. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.

Here's another one of those wonderful organizations designed for kids beginning their driving career in quarter midget. The Washington Quarter Midget Association will be launching their winter racing season this Saturday, featuring their 16 racing divisions, with the track going hot following the 845 am mandatory pit meeting.

The association wants you to know that family, friends and other visitors are always welcome to watch their races and that's why spectator admission is free.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Speedway Willow Springs To Wrap Up 2016 With A Fully Loaded Season Finale


By Dave Grayson

The Speedway Willow Springs will wrap up their 2016 racing season this Saturday night with a special show they're calling "Night Of Champions and Destruction In The Desert." The evening will feature high energy racing from eight different racing divisions along with special racing and fan interactive events during the course of a show that can only be described as being "fully loaded." This very special evening is being presented by the Pinnacle Peak Steak House, with locations in Colton and San Dimas, as well as the Lancaster based Platinum Jewelry and Loan. This always challenging one quarter mile paved oval is located within the 600 plus acre Willow Springs International Raceway complex in the beautiful community of Rosamond, California.

The racing divisions providing the action entertainment will include street stocks, mini stocks, hobby stocks, the elite division, So-Cal enduros, skid plates, bandoleros and figure eights. Because this season finale is so fully loaded, the start time will be a little earlier than usual. The day begins with an open practice session at 1030 am, followed by qualifying at 130 pm, heat races at 3 pm, an on track driver meet and greet at 5pm followed by the main events of the evening.

First and foremost, the evening is going to be about resolving division championships. The one racing division that literally leaps off of the Speedway Willow Springs championship page is, without question, the Lucas Oil Products Mini Stocks. Going into Saturday night, driver Greg Didoha leads the standings, with 85 points, based on a highly consistent season of top five finishes.

However, he only holds a two point advantage over Bobby Dezarov who has more than proved that he's capable of winning a main event while behind the wheel of John Dunlap's Ford Mustang. Had it not been for a October 1st schedule conflict, that forced Dezarov to miss a race, he might have been the points leader going into Saturday night.

Also very much a factor, in the mini stock title profile, is the presence of Ryan Bragdon who is only four points away from first. Bragdon made his first appearance at Speedway Willow Springs for the third race in the season back in May. He made quick work in scoring three feature wins to become a major player for the series' championship. However, Bragdon also had a schedule conflict and had to miss the October 1st race. He was busy that night wrapping up a championship at the Irwindale Speedway, his home track.

Yet another factor, in this too close to call championship run, is the Speedway Willow Spring's unique bonus point program. In addition to main event championship points, drivers can also earn bonus points for qualifying, heat race finishes and even passing points during a main event. This unique system could become a major factor in the Lucas Oil Products Mini Stock championship.

The Hoopers Rear End Service Elite is a special racing group that allows super late models, late models, modifieds and trucks to race together under the auspices of a single rule book. The division has been the lynch pin of the Speedway Willow Spring's 2016 season and will treat the fans to a 40 lap main event Saturday night. The series' has been dominated by the presence of driver David Brandon whose four feature wins has him on top of the standings with 176 points. Feature winner John Penning holds down second in the standings with 132 points followed by multi track champion Chris Peedan with 113 points.

The Platinum Jewelry and Loan Street Stocks will be running a 30 lap main event Saturday night to resolve their championship run. A highly consistent, feature winning, Tony Forfa goes into Saturday night with 120 points. However, still active in this title run is Justin Good who is 14 points away from Forfa. A combination of good and bad racing luck, combined with the aforementioned bonus points, could impact the final result.

Also running a 30 lap main event will be the Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stocks. Johnny Troesch has been the hot shoe in this division with multiple feature wins that allowed him accumulate 131 championship points. However, during the second half of the season, driver Michael Williams hit a hot streak and elevated his points status to second place only eight points behind the leader. This is going to be another championship run to watch that could go either way by the end of the series' main event.

It simply wouldn't seem like Saturday night at Speedway Willow Springs without the So-Cal Enduro Series. This extremely popular series will be running twin main events. The first main, 25 laps in length, will be early in day, approximately 425 pm, and will have the starting line up running their traditional counter clockwise direction while negotiating their way around the large tractor tires placed on the two straightaways. However later in the evening, the enduro teams will be running a second 25 lap main under drastically different circumstances. First, there's going to be a change in direction. The drivers will be racing clock wise meaning turn four will become turn one. Making the event even more interesting will be the presence of large barrels of water the drivers will have to avoid. These double main events are being sponsored by the So-Cal Racers Swap Meet on Facebook along with Raw Motorsports and DRC Pump Systems.

Jake Basham leads the series' standings going into Saturday night and holds a 16 point advantage over Randy Hannah. However between twin main events and extreme obstacles on the track, a 16 point lead is not exactly a guaranteed championship. Yet another factor here is the series' healthy car counts. There were 19 cars at their October 1st race and there has been word that some new teams will be on hand Saturday night. This series alone is worth the price of admission.

Also popular with Speedway Willow Springs fans is the Tire Store Skid Plates. The teams remove the rear tires on the cars and replaces them with rims welded to quarter inch metal plates. Quite often, if a car comes off of a turn a little too hot, the results is multiple 360 spin outs. Jon Carter leads the series' standings with 71 points followed by Mike Howard-60 points and Daniel Chadwick-54 points. This is another series where literally anything can happen in a second's notice and that factor could possibly change the outcome of the championship run.

There will be a special guest appearance from the youngsters in their small, but very swift, Bandolero cars. These cars are occupied by the young future racing stars of tomorrow. Many prominent drivers, currently driving in regional late model series, got their start as early as six years old in this series. To see these young drivers crawl out of the top of these tiny cars for a victory lane interview is a major ooh and aah factor.

With main events and championships resolved it will be time for the Destruction In the Desert portion of the show. The line up includes a figure eight race, a mechanics race, a demo cross event with the track loaded with obstacles and a trailer race of destruction.

Being well known for family entertainment, the Speedway Willow Springs has plenty activities planned for their younger fans featuring trick or treat goodie bags for kids age 13 and under. There will also be a Halloween costume contest. the kids candy toss, kids big wheel racing and the speedway's annual pumpkin smash.

Put in all together and the fans of Speedway Willow Springs are going to be treated to a fully loaded, spectacular, show this Saturday night all for the bargain price of $10 with kids age eight and under admitted free. The $10, payable at the front gate of the complex, is good for all activities at all of the Willow Springs tracks on both Saturday and Sunday. For example, your spectator's wrist band will allow you to take in Saturday sports car racing, during Speed Ventures' Auto Track Day, on the Big Willow, the massive 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course. For you drag racing fans, there will be street legal drags on Big Willow's 1,000 foot front stretch on Saturday. On Sunday, you can take in motorcycle racing on Big Willow provided by the Let's Ride Motorcycle Track Day. That's a lot of racing for a $10 wrist band. It's also the reason why the Willow Springs complex is so fan friendly.

Saturday night is also an opportunity to say a huge thank you to the management and staff of Speedway Willows who volunteered their time and talent to create an outstanding 2016 racing season that was genuine fun for us, the fans.

Racing at Speedway Willow Springs is supported by a highly potent, and much appreciated, group of sponsors that includes: A To Z Signs, ABADAK, Adams Metalizing and Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products Inc, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House San Dimas and Colton, Platinum Jewelry and Loan of Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne and Dave's Automotive.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dave Graysons Hot Racing Tickets For October 1st



By Dave Grayson

EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY. 5/8, 3/8 1/5 MILE OVALS, 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP & FIGURE 8 TRACK. MONROE, WA. www.evergreenspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's going to get really interesting at Evergreen Saturday night when they host the October Fast - Krash Fest, presented by Dodge of Monroe. The on track action will feature the Super Stock Figure 8's, Stinger 8's, Hornets, V 8 Extremes, Boat Races, Trailer Races and Bus Races. Then the entire evening concludes with a fireworks spectacular. The spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by racing at 6pm.

Adult tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors. Youth tickets, age six to 15, are $10 with kids age five and under admitted free. Military personnel, with valid ID, will also be admitted free.

GOOD TIMES QUARTER MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION. 1/20 MILE. MADERA, CA www.goodtimesqm.com FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 2ND.

The Madera Chapter of the Good Times Quarter Midget Racing Association will be presenting the Jerry Mostek Classic this weekend. This event is part of leg #6 of the California Monza Series, considered to be the QMA's premiere race series. 17 different race classes, with an estimated 60 to 75 quarter midgets, are expected to be on hand to race on the 1/20 mile paved oval located in the pit area of the Madera Speedway.
The busy schedule begins on Friday night with a 6pm practice session for all divisions. Saturday action will feature another practice session, qualifying, heat races and lower division main events. Sunday's schedule will feature the A mains. The track will get hot on Saturday and Sunday immediately following the 845 am mandatory pit meeting.

The Quarter Midget Racing Association is a driver development, and family activity, designed for boys and girls age five to 16 years old. For more information about the organization, and this weekend's racing, contact Kim Avedisian at 559 313 3982.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ.www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Promoter Bill Rozhon will be opening his spectator gates this Saturday to begin his 11th season at the most scenic quarter mile in the southwest.
Providing the on track action will be the Get It In Gear Street Stocks, the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, the Office Cocktail Lounge Bandoleros and the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm. This evening of racing is being sponsored by Interstate Batteries and Get It In Gear Transmissions.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12.50 and $10.50 for seniors age 55 plus, military personnel and the handicapped. Kid's tickets, age six to 16, are priced at $6.50. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, priced at $25.50, which admits two adults and two kids age six to 16. Fans are invited to enjoy the special amenities of the speedway's VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, for $25.50.

IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER. 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP. IRWINDALE, CA. wwww.irwindalespeedway.com SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3D.

On Sunday, the IEC will host the annual Truckin' For Kids featuring drags from the powerful diesels that pulls the trailers down our freeways. The event also includes a show and shine.
Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags and Show & Shine is an exciting event that is held annually in Southern California. This annual fund raiser attracts a diverse crowd of people who are interested in everything from big rigs and drag racing to supporting children's charities or just plain old having a good time.

The goal of the Truckin' for Kids all volunteer crew and the truckers who participate in the Truck Drags is to raise money to provide various children's charities with funds to help kids in need. We support worthy charities that range from assistance to abused children to educational scholarships for kids with exceptional scholastic merit and financial need. Our wonderful volunteers, sponsors, vendors, participating truckers, and spectators come together year after year for a good time and so far we have raised over Half a Million for Kids in Need!

General admission tickets are $15 with kids 12 and under admitted free. There's also a $5 parking charge. For more information regarding this special day for a special cause dial up www.truckinforkids.org .

LOAN MART MADERA SPEEDWAY. 1/3 MILE. MADERA, CA. www.racemadera.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's going to be another fully loaded racing show this Saturday at Madera. The on track action will be provided by the $3,000 to win National Winged Sprint Car Challenge, the USAC HPD Midgets, the CSS/360 Modifieds, and the Legends of the Kearney Bowl. It's also champions night for Madera's MST and Toyota Series as well as the debut of the brand new West Coast Sprint Series.

The very busy Saturday begins with practice at 1245pm followed by qualifying at 3pm, heat races at 5pm and main events at 6pm. Adult tickets are $20 and $17 for seniors and military personnel. Youth tickets, age 6 to 12, are $10 while kids five and under will be admitted free.

MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. MERIDIAN, ID.www.meridianspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's Tates Rents Championship Night at Meridian and that means the action will get intense. The evening's racing will feature the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, the Peterson Super 6 Series, the Dominos Legends, the Kendall Ford Mini Stocks and the Tates Rents Hornets. The spectator gates will open at 4pm with the racing going green at 630pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $10.50, Tickets for seniors, age 62 plus, and military personnel are $8. Kid's tickets, age seven plus, are $6.50 with kids age six and under admitted free. The speedway also offers a family pass, priced at $30, which admits two adults and up to four kids age seven to 11.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAY. 1/4 MILE. WEST VALLEY, UT. www.rmrracing.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

It's championship night round one at Rocky Mountain this Saturday night. The first of two championship nights on the American First Credit Union Super Oval will feature the Maverik Modifieds, the K-1 Speed Super Stocks, the Mini Cups, the Pro 4 Bangers, the Junior Stingers and the Brandon Park Roofing Figure 8 Trains. The front gates will open at 4pm followed by qualifying at 5pm, heat races at 6pm and main events at 7pm.
Adults tickets are $15. Youth tickets, age five to 12, are $5 kids age four and under admitted free.

SPEEDWAY WILLOW SPRINGS. 1/4 MILE. ROSAMOND, CA. www.thespeedwaywillowsprings,com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Speedway Willow Springs will be featuring ten different racing divisions this Saturday in what promises to be a full evening of racing. Getting the track hot will be the Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, the So Cal Enduro Series, the Elite Division and the Skid Plates. Making a special guest appearance will be the Robertson's Solar Southwest Tour Trucks, the Mini Dwarf's Junior and Seniors divisions and the Bandoleros. This very full evening of racing is being presented by The Tire Store.

The day begins with a practice session at 12pm followed by qualifying at 420pm, driver meet and greet at 510pm, the Skid Plate main event and heat races at 6pm followed by the main events at 6pm.

General admission wrist bands are $10. That wrist band allows fans direct access to all of the racing going on at the 600 plus acres of the Willow Springs International Raceway complex on both Saturday and Sunday. Kids age eight and under will be admitted free.

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE. TUCSON, AZ.www.tucsonspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

Tucson Speedway goes pink this Saturday while directly benefiting the American Cancer Society. This benefit is being enhanced by the on track action from the Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros along with a Great American Trailer race. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm.

A $20 VIP ticket purchase will result in a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society. It also allows the fans to enter the speedway through the VIP where food, beer samples and live music awaits them. VIP ticket holders will also receive special swag bags from the ACS. There are plenty of ticket options for this evening. You can dial up the speedway's official website for the details.

UKIAH SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. UKIAH, CA.www.lakeportspeedway.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.

The Lakeport - Ukiah Speedway Challenge Series, presented by Furia Motorsports, returns to Ukiah this Saturday featuring on track action from the Bandolero, Bomber, Jammer and Legend divisions. The spectator gates will open at 330pm. Qualifying will begin at 5pm with racing to follow.
General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and students with valid ID, are $9. Kid's tickets, age 5 to 11, and first responders with ID are $6. Infants and toddlers are admitted free. The speedway also offers a family package, value priced at $30, that admits two adults and three kids.

YAKIMA SPEEDWAY. YAKIMA, WA.www.yakimaspeeday.us FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 2ND.

Yakima will be hosting the 29th annual Fall Classic this weekend featuring on track action from the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, West Coast Late Models, Pro 4's, and the Mini Stocks.
The weekend begins on Friday with an open practice session from 11am until 6pm. The session is free to spectators. On Saturday the schedule calls for an opening practice session, qualifying dashes, the Nu Tread Mini Stocks A & B mains, Super Late Model knock out qualifying and the Super Seal Construction 75 lap feature.

Sunday's action with the Burger Ranch Super Stock 75 lap main event. There's also the Northwest Pro 4 feature-100 laps, the Super Seal twin 75 lap mains that pays $5,000 to win, and the 200 lap Super Late Model feature that pays $10,000 to win plus a $2,000 bonus for a first time Fall Classic winner.
There are a variety of ticket options for both single days as well as two day packages that will save fans money. This information, along with daily schedules, can be obtained from the speedway's website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Going To Be A Full Saturday Night Of Action At Speedway Willow Springs



By Dave Grayson

Speedway Willow Springs will be opening their gates to the fans for a very full night of racing this Saturday. The quarter mile paved oval is located within the massive Willow Springs International Speedway complex in the beautiful community of Rosamond, California.

The management and staff at Speedway Willow Springs has an outstanding reputation of going all out to provide their fans will full evenings of racing plus special events that provides family style entertainment for all age groups. They're going to prove that point again this Saturday night with on track action from ten different racing divisions.

The action packed racing schedule for Saturday night includes appearances from the Hooper Rear End Service Elite division, the Platinum Jewelry and Loan Street Stocks, Wayne and Dave's Automotive Hobby Stocks, Lucas Oil Products Mini Stocks, The Tire Store Skid Plates and the So-Cal Enduro Series.

On any given Saturday night, the Speedway Willow Spring's regular division are more than enough to produce exciting, door to door, racing action. It's a fact that has been proven many times in the past. However, this Saturday night the speedway has invited some special guest divisions highlighted by another appearance from the Robertson's Solar Southwest Tour Trucks. This regional touring series, for full sized racing trucks, has an outstanding reputation for exciting racing at every venue they visit. A case in point was their previous visit to Speedway Willow Springs this past March and the fans loved it.

Speedway fans will also be treated to a special guest visit from the Mini Dwarfs' Junior and Senior divisions and the Bandolero cars. The two series are racing development programs for youngsters with some of the drivers as young as six years old. They are often referred to, by race track promoters, as being the racing stars of tomorrow and the fans may very well be watching a future racing champion this Saturday night.

Speedway Willow Springs always makes it a point to entertain their young fans and this Saturday night they will be treating them to their popular kid's candy toss plus The Tire Store tire toss and the kid's big wheel race.

The Saturday night racing is being presented by The Tire Store, a true friend to local racing, with three locations in Lancaster, Rosamond and Tehachapi to serve you. The Tire Store motto is: "prices are born here and raised elsewhere."

The very full schedule begins with a practice session beginning at 12pm followed by qualifying at 420pm. The meet and greet session will line up on the track at 510pm allowing fans to get an up close look at the race cars while meeting the drivers. At 6pm the track gets hot with the Tire Store Skid main event and heat races from the other divisions followed by main events at 7pm.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults which gives them a wrist band that allows fans to watch the racing at all of the Willow Springs International Raceway's race tracks on Saturday and Sunday. Kids age eight and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. In many cases the weekend wrist bands allows access to the pit areas along with free parking, camping and bleacher seating.

Saturday action will feature Street Masters motorcycle racing on the Horse Thief Mile, a one mile road course with 11 turns featuring major elevation changes, tight turns and canyon like surroundings. On Saturday and Sunday fans can take in Eddie Mulder Flat Track Racing at the Walt James Stadium Oval, a three-eighths mile, high banked, dirt oval. There's also going to be two days of sports car action, from West Coast Racing, on Big Willow, the massive 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course. All of this racing, for $10, is just one of many reasons that makes Willow Springs so fan friendly.

The Speedway Willow Springs is supported by a highly potent, and much appreciated, sponsor program that includes: A To Z Graphics, ABADAK, Adams Metalizing and Grinding, Angel Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products Inc, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House, Platinum Jewelry & Loan, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne & Dave's Automotive.

For more information regarding the Speedway Willow Springs, dial up www.thespeedwaywillowsprings.com or their Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Speedway Willow Springs Returns To Action This Saturday



By Dave Grayson

Speedway Willow Springs will be turning on the lights this Saturday night to present round five of what has been a very competitive and entertaining 2016 season. The always challenging quarter mile paved oval is located within the massive Willow Springs International Raceway complex in the beautiful community of Rosamond. The evening will feature racing from six different divisions with the green flag waving over the first race at 6pm. The evening is being presented by Platinum Jewelry and Loan of Lancaster.

One of the major highlights of the evening will be the 40 lap main event from the Hooper's Rear End Service Elite Division. Driver David Brandon has been on fire this season and appears to be well on his way to a division championship. However, this doesn't mean his fellow drivers are going to lay back and hand him another trophy. This particular racing division is loaded with driving talent that includes speedway veterans, former track champions and main event winners such as Chris Peedan, Alex Anderson, John Penning and Randy Wilkins. This quartet of drivers will be on a mission Saturday night to figure out how to beat Brandon and be the first to pass under the checkers on lap 40.

Driver Tony Forfa is sitting on top of the championship points in the Platinum Jewelry and Loan standings, with three feature wins, and goes into Saturday night with a 15 point advantage over Justin Good whose feature win proves he can also get the job done. Not to be overlooked here is the presence of drivers Jerry Baxter , ageless wonder Bruce Secord and Dwight Kelly who are separated by three points in a fight for the third in the standings. The division's 35 lap main event is expected to be another lively affair as they have been all season long.

Driver Johnny Troesch has been formidable so far in the Wayne and Dave's Automotive Hobby Stock division with his four feature wins including three wins in a row. However, it was fellow competitor Michael Williams who broke that three win streak and lines up second in the championship standings only 12 markers behind Troesch. With only three races remaining in the season, that deficit could possibly be eradicated. These two drivers will be the pair to watch during the division's 30 lap main event.

The Lucas Oil Mini Stocks season has been highly interesting so far this season. It began with driver-team owner John Dunlap winning the first race of the season. He next turned the ride over to Willow Springs veteran Bobby Dezarov who won the second race of the season. Then, in the month of May, driver Ryan Bragdon got curious about Willow Springs racing and won three consecutive races. Another interesting aspect of this division is the presence of driver Greg Didoha whose consistent top five finishes has him second in the championship standings only four points behind Bragdon. However, Dezarov is only six points away from the top. This division could possibly turn out to be one of the best title runs of the 2016 season.

The always fun Tire Store Skid Plate division will be treating their fans to twin main events Saturday night. Driver Jon Carter leads the division's championship standings with 64 points. However, he only holds a six point advantage over drivers Mike Howard and Daniel Chadwick who are tied for second in the standings. All three drivers have scored feature wins this year.

Making a return appearance Saturday night, as a special guest division, will be those adorable youngsters in their mini dwarf cars. This division comes with a major ooh and aah factor especially when the drivers participate in a victory lane interview. Who knows? You may be watching the development of a great future racing champion.

One of the major factors during an evening at Speedway Willow Springs is their dedication to providing family fun. That includes entertaining the kids with special programs such as the Big Wheel trike races on the front stretch and the kids candy toss. From the children, their parents and grand parents, this program is all about family fun.

A weekend at the Willow Springs International Raceway complex is also extremely budget friendly for the race fans. The purchase of a $10 wrist band at the front gate will allow fan access to the racing programs at every one of their tracks on both Saturday and Sunday. By the way, kids age eight and under are admitted free. In the case of this weekend fans can take in high powered motorcycle racing on Saturday at the Streets of Willow Springs, a 1.6 mile road course. Next, you can return to the complex to watch the Los Angeles based Specialty Car Craft Auto Track Day featuring exotic custom sports cars being put through their paces on Big Willow, the mammoth 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course. Add all of this to the action from Speedway Willow Springs and you have the makings of a super racing weekend.

Racing at the Speedway Willow Springs is presented by a large team of highly potent, and much appreciated, sponsors featuring A To Z Graphics, ABADAK, Adams Metalizing & Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products Inc, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House San Dimas & Colton, Platinum Jewelry & Loan Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne & Dave's Automotive.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Break Time Is Over, It's Time To Go Back Racing At Speedway Willow Springs



By Dave Grayson

Speedway Willow Springs is set to launch the second half of their 2016 racing season this Saturday night, August 13th. The one quarter mile paved oval is located within the massive, 600 acres plus, Willow Springs International Raceway in the beautiful community of Rosamond California.

Like many race tracks, located in the western states area, Speedway Willow Springs took a racing break during the month of July to beat the heat. Like many southern California desert communities, it's gets extremely hot in beautiful downtown Rosamond. However, here's the good news according to the National Weather Service regarding Saturday race day: the mid day high temperature will be 101 but, with a 6pm green flag start, the temperature should be dropping to the mid to upper 80's while turning into a nice evening to watch some red hot stock car racing.

The red hot stock car racing action will be presented by the Hooper's Rear End Elite Division. This is a special racing class that allows super late models, late models, modifieds and trucks to race together under the auspices of the same rule book. Also getting red hot on the Speedway Willow Springs will be the Platinum Loan & Jewelry Street Stocks. the Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stocks, the Lucas Oil Products Mini Stocks, the Tire Store Skid Plates and the So Cal Enduro Series whose racing this Saturday will be sponsored by A To Z Graphics of Ridgecrest and DRC Pump Systems of Lancaster.

David Brandon, in his bright red #96 late model, has totally dominated the Hooper's Rear End Service Elite division so far this year. He's also on top of the championship standings based of three main event wins and a second place finish. He goes into next Saturday's race with a 20 point advantage over speedway veteran and former division champion Chris Peedan.

The one thing that you can't help but notice while watching Brandon on the track is his remarkable abundance of driver patience. Regardless of his initial starting position in a main event, he spends the first half of a 40 lap main event making carefully calculated, one car at a time, maneuvers that creates an improvement in his track position. Before you know it, he's running second and somewhere between laps 25 to 30 he seems to find that race winning move he needs to collect another Speedway Willow Springs trophy.

Also of interest here is the fact that there's only a 17 point separation between positions two through five in the Elite division championship rankings. That group is led by Peedan with drivers Randy Wilkins, Alex Anderson and John Penning lined up behind him. From this group only Anderson has a feature win so far. The local Rosamond driver won the season opener last March.

The Platinum Loan & Jewelry Street Stocks currently has driver Tony Forfa IV as its resident hot shoe. The fourth generation driver of this well known racing family leads the division's points standings based on two feature wins and three top five finishes and a lead of 20 points going into next Saturday night's race. Drivers Justin Good and ageless wonder Bruce Secord are ranked second and third in the championship hunt. Both drivers have won main events during the first half of the season.

The Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stock division also has their own hot shoe. That would be Johnny Troesch whose three feature wins, along with four top five finishes, easily places him on top of the division's championship standings with 70 points. At a point in time when many wondered if anyone could step up and snap the Troesch win streak, it turned out to be Michael Williams who won the last race on June 4th. Williams is only 12 points behind Troesch and making up that deficit during the remaining series' races is doable. However, Williams will have to keep an eye out for the presence of Brandon Fisk in his rear view mirror. Fisk's consistent four top five finishes places him third in the hobby stock points only three makers away from second.

Of all of the division championship standings at Speedway Willow Springs, the Lucas Oil Products Mini Stocks so far has turned out to be the most intriguing due to special circumstances. John Dunlap, and his #68 Mustang, won the season opener in March and then Dunlap made an executive owner's decision when he turned the ride over to speedway veteran, and former champion, Bobby Dezarov who immediately responded with a feature win, along with a third place finish, in the division's April and May events. However, Dezarov had a commitment to another speedway and the team missed the race in June. Enter Ryan Bragdon, an Irwindale Speedway mini stock driver, who visited Speedway Willow Springs two times and went home with two trophies after winning the division's May and June main events.

So, who's in command of the Mini Stocks points standings? How about Greg Didoha who quietly drove his #19 Ford to three top five finishes and now leads the standings with 44 points. However, Dezarov is only three points behind the leader and has indicated that he will be available to drive the #68 for the remainder of the season. Bragdon is ranked third only six points away from first. It appears that mini stocks are not running at Irwindale this Saturday so it's highly possible that Bragdon will be making another visit to Speedway Willow Springs. This championship may not get resolved until the final night in October.

The Tire Store Skid Plates is a concept that has captured the fancy of the Speedway Willow Springs fans due to the unique racing format of the division. The rear tires of the cars are removed and replaced with metal plates welded to the rear hubs. This creates an extremely challenging handling situation for the drivers because these small cars will very easily slide their way into a 360 degree spin. Going into Saturday night's race, Jon Carter leads the series' points with 64 and has a ten point lead over drivers Mike Howard and Daniel Chadwick.

One of the true highlights, during any given Saturday night at Speedway Willow Springs, is the excitement generated by the So Cal Enduro Racing Series. This series races small sport compact sized race cars that is regarded as an extremely affordable entry level for newcomers to take on the sport of racing. It's also a very challenging racing series that employs the use of large tractor tires that turn the speedway's oval into a simulated road course.

The promoter of the series is Ridgecrest resident Danny Quinn who is very good at creating different racing configurations that challenges the drivers and entertains the fans. This Saturday night Quinn will have his teams racing in a trio of 20 lap segments. The line up for the first segment will be based on the traditional pill draw held during the driver's meeting. The segment two line up will line up by reverse order of the finish of segment one. Segment three will line up based on a combined average finish from both the first and second segments with the best average finish starting at the front of the line. Only the finishing order of segment three will be awarded prize money and season points. There will be multiple winners when the So Cal Enduro Racers completes their three segments of racing. The first is, of course, the driver that takes the checkered flag. The other winners are the fans who get to watch this form of racing excitement and fun.

The cost of all of this motor sports fun is a $10 wrist band available at the front gate of the Willow Springs complex. Bring the family, kids age ten and under are admitted free. These wrist bands will admit you to Saturday and Sunday's Willow Springs race programs at all of their tracks within the complex. In many cases, especially at the road course events, the wrist bands will grant fans direct access to the pit areas where you get an up close look at the race vehicles and talk to the drivers.

In the case of this upcoming weekend, fans can take in the Classic Motorcycle Track Day which will race on the massive 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course known as Big Willow all day Saturday from 8 am until 5 pm. Then at 5pm the Big Willow long front stretch will be converted into a one-eighth mile drag strip for an evening of grudge racing. Fans can catch an hours worth of straight line racing and then make a very short drive to the other side of the complex to take in the 6 pm stock car action at Speedway Willow Springs. On Saturday and Sunday there will be day long sports car racing provided by Extreme Track Events on the 1.6 mile road course known as the Streets of Willow Springs. That's what you'll get to see for $10. It's also what makes the Willow Springs International Raceway so fan friendly.

The Speedway Willow Springs racing program is presented by a highly potent, and much appreciated, list of track sponsors that includes: A To Z Signs, Abadak, Adams Metalizing & Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products Inc, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House San Dimas & Colton, Platinum Jewelry & Loan Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne & Dave's Automotive.

For additional information regarding the speedway's race programs, dial up their official website at www.thespeedwaywillowsprings.com

Thursday, July 14, 2016

So Cal Enduros Have Generated A Lot Of Excitement



By Dave Grayson

A field of 19 cars takes the green flag at Speedway Willow Springs, a very challenging one quarter mile paved oval located in Rosamond-California. The field exits turn two and then makes a sudden hard left turn around a large tractor tire strategically placed at the bottom of the back stretch. This move, in turn, sets up a rather tricky entrance into turn three. Next, the field roars off of turn four only to perform another meet and greet with another tractor tire located at the bottom of the front stretch. That tight left hand turn sets up a tricky approach to the start-finish line to complete the lap. So, exactly what is this unique form of racing? In this particular case it's the So Cal Enduros led by Promoter Danny Quinn. In less than two racing seasons Quinn's promotional efforts has turned his series into pure excitement that brings the Speedway Springs' fans to their feet. It has become a major staple to Saturday night racing at Speedway Willow Springs that sells a lot of tickets.

A native of Ridgecrest-California, Quinn's entry level into the world of racing came at the age of seven when he won a kart race at the former Pearsonville Speedway. With the support of his father, Ed Quinn, he made his stock car debut in the hobby stock class at Pearsonville in a 1974 Chevrolet Nova. Recalling his early racing years, Quinn said "in 1991 we began to get serious and ran the second half of the season in a street stock at Pearsonville. We won the final main event of the year while earning the Rookie of the Year title. The next six years began an adventure of epic proportion. My Dad and I traveled to more than 15 different race tracks, sometimes racing at two different tracks during the same weekend. racing against the best hobby and street stock talent on the west coast. There were many times that we felt we were out of our league but I was always learning while holding my own and winning quite a few races." In addition to success at Pearsonville, where he won the 1999 hobby stock championship, Quinn tasted success at the dirt tracks at Bakersfield and Victorville where he won the sport mod championship by a narrow one point margin.

In 2011 the Quinns took on the blessed role of parenthood when their beautiful daughter was born. Five years later a son joined the family. With a smile on his face, Quinn said "of course that put the brakes on the racing a bit."

Anyone who has had the privilege of getting to know Danny Quinn is well aware of the fact that he's a very good driver and race car fabricator. Much to our surprise we would later discover that he's also a very good promoter. This was a case of that old saying "the acorn didn't fall far from the tree." His Dad, Ed Quinn, is regarded as being a successful businessman whose intense love of auto racing led him to participate in all aspects of the sport from driving to fabrication and promoting events. When it came to promoting racing, Danny Quinn was there to help his Dad and it was at this point in time when he honed his own promotional skills leading to the creation of the So Cal Enduro Series.

Recalling those days he said "my Dad spent over 20 years promoting racing, working at race tracks and just being involved in every aspect of motorsports at tracks all over southern California. I guess his interest in all of this rubbed off on me. I have promoted many types of events over the years and finally had an opportunity to promote full scale auto racing". Regarding the popularity and success of the So Cal Enduro series, he said "I find it very satisfying to know that people enjoy what I'm presenting to them. If the crowd is cheering I'm happy. I'm very proud of what the racing class has done so far and I can't wait to see what's to come in the future" he said adding "ultimately none of this would have been possible without the Speedway Willow Springs promoters and staff who took a chance on a hair brained idea that I presented."

Quinn also made quick work in signing sponsors for every race on his schedule this year. "We have enormous support from a bunch of great sponsors. Our sponsors are responsible for us being able to guarantee our winners portion of the purse. I think the fact that the racers can be certain that the $300 to win money is guaranteed regardless of our car count count, brings them to the racing class with some confidence," he said.

Quinn pointed out that a major part of his design for this racing series was based on good economics. "The So Cal Enduro Series is an economical low cost class," he said adding "the cars are limited to front wheel drive, 3 to 6 cylinder non performance stock vehicles. We have seen everything from Geo Metros to mini vans. But what we see most is affordable fun racing."

The economics associated with this series also makes a perfect entry level for newcomers to try their hand at racing. When asked how much someone could expect to spend to build and race an enduro car, Quinn said "someone with a little fabrication and welding skills can be pretty thrifty and do much of the fab work themselves. Realistically, I would say the average cost to build the car should be easily under $1,000 if the vehicle is purchased at the right price. I have seen cars purchased and built for less than $400. But that's buying a $150 running car and scrounging used parts and safety equipment. That's getting harder for sure. But it's still much easier and cheaper than finding a 1970 to 1980 V 8 car these days."

Regarding the mandatory safety equipment the cars are required to have a rollover cage, racing seat belts, a window net and a fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear a full faced helmet, fireproof driver uniform and gloves. Quinn is extremely safety minded when it comes to his racing series and said "as we go, the cars are getting faster and we can foresee more roll cage and other safety equipment in the future."

Whether he schedules twin main events or double heat races running in opposite directions at the same time, Quinn is always considering new ideas to make the enduro series a little more unique and fun for the fans. A case in point will be displayed this Saturday night, July 16th, when the series will get down and dirty by making their debut at the Bakersfield Speedway, a one-third mile, high banked, dirt track. Commenting on Saturday night's dirt debut, Quinn said "running on the wet clay should change things up a bit. The cars slipping and sliding around should keep the racing tight and keep it exciting. In addition, we are allowing the Bakersfield Speedway mini stock class to run with us as well. The big change there is they run rear wheel drive cars as well as front wheel drive. This will be the first time that we've allowed rear wheel drive cars and it's going to be experimental for the July 16th race. It should be interesting."

The schedule for the remainder of the 2016 season will have the series returning to their home base at Speedway Willow Springs on August 13th followed by a return visit to the Bakersfield Speedway on September 10th. The series will close out the season at the Speedway Willow Springs with double dates on October 1st and 22nd.

If you're looking for something unique at a race track then you need to check out the So Cal Enduro Series. When you combine unique race formats with a healthy car count fortified by Danny Quinn's promotional skills then you've got a sum total that is well worth the price of a ticket.

The So Cal Enduro Racers are supported by a highly potent, and much appreciated, group of sponsors that includes: DRC Pump Systems, Swift NAPA Auto Parts, A To Z Graphics, Snap On Tools of Ridgecrest, Motion Tire Motorsports, Sierra Auto Recycling, Casey's Steak House and Sauces, Rain Man Hobbies and Raceway and Team BBRL, Mienert's Industrial Supply, So Cal Racers Swap Meet on Facebook and Raw Motorsports, the Speedway Willow Springs and the Bakersfield Speedway.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For June 4th



By Dave Grayson

ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. ROSEVILLE, CA.www.allamericanspeedway.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

It's going to be a very special evening at the All American this Saturday. That's because it's Special Olympics Day At The Races. Young Special Olympic athletes from all over California have been invited to enjoy some awesome racing and to participate in a special on track autograph. The grit and determination of these young athletes are awe inspiring as they work past handicapped conditions to achieve their goals. A tip of the racing hat goes out to the All American Speedway for hosting this special. These young athletes certainly deserve it.

Regarding the aforementioned comment about awesome racing, that will be taken care of by the speedway's Street Stock, Bomber, F 4 and Limited Modified divisions. On Saturday race day the spectator gates will open at 4pm with the first green flag of the evening falling over the racing at 7pm.

General admission tickets for adults, age 16 to 59, are $10. Tickets for seniors, age 60 plus, and kids, age 6 to 15, are $7. Kids under 6 will be admitted free. The speedway also offers a family pack, priced at $35, which admits two adults and two kids.

KERN COUNTY RACEWAY PARK. 1/2, 1/4 & 1/8 MILE. BAKERSFIELD, CA. www.kernraceway.com SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

It's Pit Barrel Cooker Night at the races. Pit Barrel is the official cooker at Kern County RWP because of its unique and patented way to make great bar b que. That, of course translates into big smiles on the faces of hungry race fans.

Providing the on track action Saturday night will be the NASCAR Late Models who will be treating their fans to twin 35 lap main events. Also on the schedule will be the NASCAR Spec Mods, NASCAR Mini Stocks, INEX Legends and the Mini Dwarfs featuring the stars of tomorrow. The spectator gates will open at 5pm with racing set for 7pm.

General admission tickets, age 16 plus, are $10. Tickets for seniors, age 65 plus, military personnel and youth, age 6 to 15, are $7 with kids age 5 and under admitted free. Also available is a budget friendly family pack, for $25, that admits two adults and two kids.

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY BULLRING. 3/8 MILE. LAS VEGAS, NV. www.lvms.com/bullring SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

The Las Vegas Bullring will be hosting the annual Chris Trickle Classic this Saturday night. Sadly, this event is in memory of Chris Trickle who died in 1998 after being the victim of a senseless drive by shooting in 1997 that is still an unresolved case.

Providing the on track action Saturday night will be the NASCAR Super Late Models who will be running twin 35 lap main events. The Super Stocks will also be running two races on this night. Also on the Bullring race schedule will be the Bombers and the Grand American Modifieds, along with the USLCI Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5pm with the racing going green at 7pm.

General admission is a fan friendly $8 and can be ordered online or by calling 1 800 644 4444. Bring your appetite and a powerful because the Bullring's concession stand is also very fan friendly featuring $2 hot dogs and Coca Cola products along with $3 Budweiser products.

ORANGE SHOW SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. SAN BERNARDINO, CA. www.theorangeshowspeedway.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

The always exciting OSS with be treating their fans to a full evening of stock car racing featuring their Modified, Open Late Model, Street Stock, Mini Stock, Bandolero and Legend divisions plus an always fun barber pole race.

On race day morning, there will be a special practice session, open to all racing divisions, from 830am to 1145am at a cost of $50 per day. Later in the day, the track will be open for the standard practice session from 1 to 3pm. Qualifying will start at 315pm followed by heat races at 6pm with trophy dashes and main events going green at 7pm.

General admission tickets are $10. Tickets for seniors and kids are $8. Active duty military, with valid ID, and kids age 6 and under will be admitted free.

SHASTA SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE. ANDERSON, CA. www.shasta-speedway.biz SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

Shasta Speedway will be hosting the always exciting Pacific Challenge Series this Saturday night. A recent press release, from series Public Relations Director Steven Blakesley, stated: For the first time since 2013, the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com will hit the 3/8ths mile Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA on Saturday. A large field of local drivers and touring stars will go head-to-head in one of the premier races on the 2016 Super Late Model series' calendar. The last four previous Pacific Challenge Series champions will all be in action for one of the toughest fields so far this season.

Roseville, CA's Eric Schmidt is arguably the most accomplished driver at Shasta in the last 20 years with multiple fall Open Show wins and PCS wins at the venue. Schmidt swept all four PCS events at Shasta in 2013 en route to the series championship. The driver of the Sierra Speed #05 is fresh off of both the track record and win in last Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic at Stockton 99 Speedway as well.

Adding to the Shasta Saturday action will be their local Late Model, Legend, Hornet and Bomber divisions. The front gates will open at 5pm followed by racing at 7pm.

General admission tickets, age 13 plus, are a budget friendly $7.50 with pre sale general admission tickets going for $5 when purchased through the Shasta Fair Office. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free.

SPEEDWAY WILLOW SPRINGS. 1/4 MILE. ROSAMOND, CA. www.thespeedwaywillowsprings.com SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

The Speedway Willow will be turning on the Saturday night lights while presenting another one of their action packed racing shows that has garnered them a lot of attention and positive comments, both from their racing teams and especially their fans. The always challenging quarter mile paved oval is located within the 600 acre plus motorsports complex known as the Willow Springs International Raceway.

On the racing agenda for Saturday night is a scheduled 248 laps of short track action spread out among six different racing divisions plus two special event races The racing will be led by the speedway's Elite Division with some strong support from the Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Skid Plates and the So Cal Enduro division. The aforementioned special events features an always fun flag pole race as well as an open comp figure 8 race. The first green flag of the evening will fall on all of this action at 6pm.

A ten dollar bill, at the front gate of the Willow Springs complex, will buy you a wrist band that will allow you access to see all of the racing, at all of their tracks, on both Saturday and Sunday. Children age eight and under will be admitted free.

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE. TUCSON, AZ. www.tucsonspeedway.com SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

Now here's an honest to goodness hot ticket because the total number of laps, ran Saturday night. will be determined by Tucson's daytime high temperature. Those fun people at Tucson will be presenting Ice Breaker - Race The Temperature: 103 degrees equals 103 laps. The hot track action will be powered by the Super Late Model, Late Model, Hornet and Bomber divisions. The spectator gates will open at 5pm with racing at 7pm.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12. Tickets for seniors and military personnel are $10. Children's tickets, age 11 to 16, are $5. A family pack, for $25, is available and admits two adults and two kids.

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY RACE TICKETS

Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Can-Am 500, go on-sale Friday, June 3. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).

The popular fall race at PIR historically sells out in advance and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. The Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place on Sunday, Nov. 13. The event weekend also features the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 12 following the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Nov. 11.

Both the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will battle in the Chase format for the first time, with PIR being home to all the Series' elimination races.

Fans who buy early will be automatically entered to win special PIR racing swag. Simply purchase Can-Am 500 tickets by Saturday, June 11, at 11:59pm/pt, and fans will be entered to win exciting prizes.

GOOD TIMES QUARTER MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION RACE CANCELLED

For those of you who were planning to take in the quarter midget racing in Madera, this event was cancelled yesterday due to inclement weather in the area. A make up date has been set for Sunday, June 12th.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Speedway Willow Springs Is Ready To Light Up The Saturday Night Lights



By Dave Grayson

The Speedway Willow will be turning on the Saturday night lights while presenting another one of their action packed racing shows that has garnered them a lot of attention and positive comments, both from their racing teams and especially their fans. The always challenging quarter mile paved oval is located within the 600 acre plus motorsports complex known as the Willow Springs International Raceway.

Speedway Promoter Andy Daddario, and his staff, have once again created another full racing agenda that supports their mission of giving their fans more bang for their buck while maintaining an atmosphere of true entertainment for the entire family. On the racing agenda for Saturday night is a scheduled 248 laps of short track action spread out among six different racing divisions plus two special event races The racing will be led by the speedway's Elite Division with some strong support from the Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Skid Plates and the So Cal Enduro division. The aforementioned special events features an always fun flag pole race as well as an open comp figure 8 race. The first green flag of the evening will fall on all of this action at 6pm.

The Speedway Willow Springs employs a rather unique procedure for collecting championship points among its racing division. First, there are the traditional points made available from the finish order from a main event. However, under the system used by the speedway, there are a series of bonus points available based on driver's qualifying time, their finish at the conclusion of an eight lap heat race and there's even bonus points based on how many cars a driver passed during a main event feature. This system has two basic points scenarios. First, a highly consistent driver performance can create a comfortable lead in the championship ranking that will power the driver to a trophy at the end of the season. Secondly, a driver can use the bonus points to play catch up in the points and the division title run becomes too close to call heading into the final event of the season.

A perfect example of how this points system works can be found in the Hooper's Rear End Service Elite Division, a special Willow Springs division that allows Super Late Models, Late Models, Modifieds and trucks to race together under the auspice of one set of rules. In three starts so far this season, driver David Brandon has two, consecutive, feature wins, and a top five finish. Brandon's consistency in collecting the bonus points has him on top of the division standings with 70 points. Series veteran, and former track champion, Chris Peedan is ranked second with 48 points but collecting those bonus points could help eradicate Brandon's current lead. Rosamond driver Alex Anderson, who won the division's season opener back in March, is ranked third with 46 points.

In the Platinum Loan & Jewelry Street Stock standings driver Tony Forfa IV has been very busy keeping his family's racing legacy headed in the right direction. Forfa has a total of 76 points going into Saturday night's race based on two feature wins plus bonus points.

Fan favorite Bruce Secord, who won the season opener, is second in the standings with 50 points. Unfortunately, during last month's main event, Secord was caught up in a racing situation not of his making, that saw him take a hard hit into the retaining wall. Thankfully, the 71 year old driver didn't sustain any major injury except for the traditional soreness that often comes with a hard crash. The same could not said for his #35 Chevrolet which sustained major damage and will likely require a major rebuild situation. That situation, combined with a professional obligation at the Orange Show Speedway, means Secord will not be racing at Speedway Willow Springs this Saturday night. It also means that driver Justin Good, third in the standings with 38 points, will have an opportunity to move into second in the points.

The Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stocks championship run has raised an important question: who can stop driver Johnny Troesch? In three starts so far this season Troesch has three feature wins and 58 points. Brandon Fisk is ranked second with 41 points followed by Michael Williams with 35 points.

There's likely to be a change in leadership this Saturday night in the Lucas Oil Products Mini Stock points. John Dunlap, in his #68 Ford, won the season opener back in March and then turned the driving duties over to speedway veteran, and former track champion, Bobby Dezarov who responded with a main event in April and a top five finish in May which placed him at the top of the standings with 41 points.

However, due to a professional commitment to the Orange Show Speedway this Saturday, Dezarov will miss the race in Rosamond. In a recent Facebook post, Dunlap indicated that he and the car would also be missing the next race at Willow Springs. That could create an opportunity for driver Greg Didoha, second in the standings with 30 points, to take over the top spot.

It could also mean Ryan Bragdon could leap frog from third to first. The 2015 Irwindale Event Center Mini Stock champion made his debut appearance at Speedway Willow Springs and had a very big night for himself. He's a perfect example of how the speedway's bonus points program can work in a driver's favor. Because it was his 2016 debut, Bragdon began the evening at the bottom of the list with zero points. He left the speedway third in the standings with 24 points after winning the main event while collecting bonus points from every category available. It's not clear at this point what this driver's plans are regarding this coming Saturday night.

Dont over look the fact that Dezarov's calendar, after this Saturday night, will be free and clear to return to the #68 mini stock for the remainder of the season and he will be looking to return to the top of the championship standings.

In The Tire Store Skid Plates division Jon Carter, winner of the May 14th race, is the division's leader with 50 points. However Daniel Chadwick, a feature winner back on April 16th, is only eight behind in second. Mike Howard is third in the standings with 39 points.

One of the major highlights of Speedway Willow Springs' 2016 season has been the So Cal Enduro division. The division's car count has been extremely healthy, they have a rock solid sponsorship program and the racing action has kept the fans on their feet during their main events. Enduro racing this Saturday night is being sponsored by Meinerts Industrial and DRC Pump Systems.

Going into Saturday night Jake Basham, after winning the May 14th feature, is on top of the championship standings with 46 points. However, drivers Randy Hannah and Pete Chilbes, tied for second are only six points behind the leader. Michael Walters holds down fourth just ten points from the top of the standings.

This success of this program is a tribute to the vision and hard work from series Promoter Danny Quinn who has done an excellent job of creating and developing this exciting program over the past year and a half. Quinn employs a variety of formats for each of his races. This Saturday night he's planning a traditional old school race for his teams. The Enduro cars will be running twin six lap heat races that will determine the starting line up for the 40 lap feature race. If you're not familiar with this style of racing then treat yourself this Saturday night. It's well worth the trip to Rosamond and the price of admission.
Speaking of the price of admission, a ten dollar bill, at the front gate of the Willow Springs complex, will buy you a wrist band that will allow you access to see all of the racing, at all of their tracks, on both Saturday and Sunday. Children age eight and under will be admitted free.

A perfect example is the sports car racing you can see on the 2.5 mile, nine turn, road course known as Big Willow. The Lucky Dog Racing League will be presenting one of their famed endurance events. The Ultra Chiller Willow Springs Desert Dash will begin on Saturday, from 9am to 530pm, and conclude on Sunday from 9am to 3pm. You can use your wrist band on Saturday to take in some of this action and then, later in the day, make a very short drive to Speedway Willow Springs to enjoy some exciting stock car racing on the quarter mile paved oval. Plus, you still have the option of returning on Sunday to see more sports car action.

This is why the Willow Springs International Raceway is regarded as being one of the most fan friendly motor sports complexes in the country. It's also just one of many reasons why this facility is such a commercial success that dates back to 1953.

Racing at Speedway Willow Springs is presented by a highly potent, and much appreciated, group of sponsors that includes: A To Z Signs, Abadak, Adams Metalizing & Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products Inc, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House in Colton & San Dimas, Platinum Loan & Jewelry in Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne & Dave's Automotive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For May 14th



Compiled By Dave Grayson

ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. ROSEVILLE, CA. www.allamericanspeedway.com SATURDAY, MAY 14TH.

The All American will be presenting their five traditional racing divisions this Saturday night. Providing the jump to your feet action will be the the speedway's Street Stock, Bomber, Pro 4 Modified, F 4 divisions along with an appearance by the Legends of the Pacific. The gates will open at 4pm with the racing beginning at 6pm.

General admission tickets, age 16 to 59, are only $10. Tickets for senior fans, age 60 plus, and juniors, are 6 to 15, are $7. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free. The All American Speedway also offers a budget friendly family pack, priced at $35, that admits two adults and three juniors.

IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER. 1/2 & 1/3 MILE. IRWINDALE, CA. www.irwindalespeedway.com SATURDAY, MAY 14TH.

The IEC will be rolling out the NASCAR Whelen All American Series this Saturday. This fully loaded program will put the racing spotlight on the Siedner's Collision Centers Irwindale Race Trucks, the Pick Your Part Late Models, Legend Cars, Mini Stocks and the RACECAR Factory Spec Late Models. The spectator gates will open at 4pm with the green flag falling at 7pm.

Adult tickets are $10 if ordered pre sale. Otherwise, tickets at the gate on Saturday race day are $15. The pre sale tickets can be obtained via online or by visiting the speedway office. Children's tickets are $5.

But wait there's more, On Thursday night, May 12th, the back half of the IEC's 1/2 mile oval will be transformed into a 1/8 mile drag strip and become the home of NHRA Thursday Night Thunder. This program proclaims the all important message race the strip and not the streets and is open to all vehicles including street legal cars. The gates will open at 4pm with the racing getting the green light from 5 to 10pm. Entry fee to race all night is $20. General admission tickets are $10, $5 for kids age 6 to 12 with kids 5 and under admitted free.

But wait there's still more. While the drag racing is running on the back half of the IEC on Thursday night, the front half of the main oval will be transformed into the home of Formula Drift who will host the IEC's Thursday Night Drift program. The slide ways action will run from 5 to 9pm. Entry fees for drivers is $75 and $10 for spectators.

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY BULLRING. 3/8 MILE. LAS VEGAS, NV. www.lvms/bullring. SATURDAY, MAY 14TH.

There's no question that the city of Las Vegas is loaded with special promotions that attracts the attention of visiting tourists. That concept is currently being used by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway who, once again, has presented another impressive marketing idea for this Saturday night. It's Gaming Industry Night at the Bullring. All gaming industry and hotel property employees will be admitted free, with valid ID, to enjoy an evening of racing and will be allowed to bring family members, up to four people, free of charge.

The Bullring has scheduled another one of their great shows for this evening featuring the NASCAR Super Late Models who will run twin 35 lap main events. Also on the racing agenda will be the Grand American Modifieds, Bombers, USLCI Legends also running twin mains, the Bandoleros, Thunder Cars and the Skid Plates. The spectator gates will open at 5pm followed by qualifying at 515pm and racing at 7pm.

By the way, a special Las Vegas style promotion includes $8 general admission ticket prices. The track is also the home of $2 hot dogs and Coca Cola products and $3 Budweisers.

SPEEDWAY WILLOW SPRINGS. 1/4 MILE. ROSAMOND, CA. www.thespeedwaywillowsprings.com SATURDAY, MAY 14TH.

This quarter mile paved oval is going to light up the Saturday night lights with racing from eight different divisions. The on track action will be provided by their Elite, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, Street Stock, Skid Plate and So Cal Enduro divisions. Plus, there's going to be special guest appearances from the Mini Dwarfs and the So Cal Motorized Bicycles. The racing will start at 6pm.

Admission is a $10 wrist band, at the main gate, with kids eight and under admitted free. These wrist bands are good for all racing at the Willow Springs' 600 plus acre complex on both Saturday and Sunday. In the case of this weekend, there's going to be exciting sports car action on the Willow Springs' 2.5 and 1.6 mile road courses for the fans to enjoy all day long. Then later in the evening you can take the short ride to the Speedway Willow Springs for some great stock car action.

STOCKTON 99 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. STOCKTON, CA. www.stocktonspeedway.com SATURDAY, MAY 14TH.

Stockton will be treating their fans to an old school racing line up this Saturday night featuring their Stockton Late Models, Bombers, Mini Cup and Grand American Modifieds. The spectator gates will open at 5pm with the green flag falling on the racing at 6pm. The Stockton weekend will begin with a Friday night open test and tune session for all racing divisions, from 4 to 7pm. Pit pass entry fees for race teams and spectators are $40.

General admission tickets for adults, age 16 to 59, are $15. Tickets for Juniors, age 11 to 15, and seniors, age 60 plus, are priced at $10. Kids age 10 and under will be admitted free.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Eight Different Divisions To Highlight Speedway Willow Springs Action This Saturday



By Dave Grayson

It's going to be Saturday night lights and the roar of engines from eight different racing classes when Speedway Willow Springs drops the green flag on round 3 of their 2016 season. Providing the on track action will be the speedway's Elite, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, Street Stock, Skid Plate and So Cal Enduro divisions. Plus, there will be a special guest appearance from the Mini Dwarfs and Motorized Bikes.

The quarter mile asphalt oval is located within the massive Willow Springs International Raceway complex in Rosamond. With improvements in the community's over night weather forecasts, the speedway will launch their night time race schedule beginning this Saturday night. Green flag time will be 6pm.

The Hooper's Rear End Service Elite Division is a unique concept created by the speedway management that allows super late models, late models, modifieds and trucks to race together under the auspices of a single rule book. David Brandon, the winner of last month's main event, is currently on top of the championship points standings and has a 14 point advantage over Rosamond's Alex Anderson, who won the division's season opener back in March.

Brandon's points lead is primarily based on his excellent job of collecting bonus points. Speedway Willow Springs employs the use of a unique points system that awards a bonus in the areas of qualifying, heat race finishes and passing points. That's how there's a 14 points gap between two drivers who are main event winners.

Driver Johnny Troesch has been the hot shoe in the Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stock division and leads the championship points based on two, consecutive, main event wins. However, Brandon Fisk is only four points out of first and will be looking for his first feature win Saturday night and take over the top spot in the standings. Also of interest here is a close battle for third in the standings where drivers Michael Williams and Corey Carter are separated by a single point.

The Platinum Loan and Jewelry Street Stock's current championship profile is a case of a young, but experienced, driver versus a true veteran who is young at heart. Tony Forfa IV, the winner of the division's round two main event in April, goes into Saturday night with a four point advantage over 71 year old Bruce Secord who won the season opener following a very exciting final lap battle with Forfa. Secord has proven that age in nothing more than a number to be listed on an official document and has become very popular with the Speedway Willow Springs fans. Expect to see more excitement this Saturday night when these two drivers line up for their main event.

The Lucas Oil Mini Stocks has raised the question who can beat the #68 Ford? In the round one season opener, team owner John Dunlap made easy work of winning the main event. When it was time to run last month's round two, Dunlap put speedway veteran Bobby Dezarov behind the wheel who parked the car in victory lane for the second race in a row. Going into this Saturday night, Dezarov leads the division's points standings with a four point advantage over Greg Didoha.

Also on the Speedway Willow Springs racing agenda will be the very popular The Tire Store Skid Plate cars. With their rear tires replaced with flat metal plates welded to the wheel hubs, this division creates a very unique and fun form of racing. With the speedway switching to their night time format this Saturday night, those metal plates are going to create a shower of multi colored sparks. Brady Mertz and Daniel Chadwick have been the big main event winners so far. Mertz leads the current points standings with a five point advantage over Jon Carter.

Without question, the So Cal Enduro Racers has emerged as one of the most popular racing divisions at the speedway and that is based on the high quality of their shows which are often 50 lap features and, in the case of their April event, sometimes 100 laps. Making their feature races even more interesting are the presence of two large tractor tires that placed just outside of the speedway's two straightaways. When the field comes off of turns four or two, they crank their steering wheels to the left and drive around the large tires. That makes the racing line entering turns one and three most interesting. Another aspect to this racing division is the relatively low cost of building and maintaining these enduro cars. The division is largely comprised of sport compact vehicles which can be constructed for around $1,000.

The competition in this series can get quite fierce. Going into Saturday night's race, Nate Van Deventer leads the points standings. However, that lead is only a single point over Jake Basham. Driver's Pete Chilbes, Randy Hannah and Michael Walters are lined up third through fifth in the standings. The points separation between the top five drivers is a mere seven points.

Danny Quinn, the creator and promoter of this series, has done an excellent job of putting this program together, including securing sponsorships. The So Cal Enduro Racers' race this Saturday night will be sponsored by Swift NAPA Auto Parts and their four locations in Ridgecrest, Mojave, Tehachapi and Lake Isabella along with DRC Pump Systems.

By the way, Quinn placed a very interesting post on the series' Facebook page, back on April 27th, that read as follows: "rumor has it that La Policia, Willow's most famous mini van, will be running the next enduro on May 14th. You won't want to miss that."

Making a special guest appearance at Speedway Willow Springs will be the Mini Dwarfs. These tiny race cars are popular at race track all over the country and are driven by youngsters often referred to by promoters as the future stars of tomorrow. The racing is usually ran in two classes: drivers 5 to 8 years old and age group 9 to 13. When these youngsters climb out of these tiny cars for a victory lane interview it turns into a major ooh and ahh moments from the fans.

The body width of these cars are 42 inches with an open wheel base of 57.5 inches. The weight of the cars are 300 and 325 pounds for the two respective classes. The Honda GX 200 or the Honda GX 160 are the engines of choice for the series.

Also making a special guest appearance will be So Cal Motor Bicycle Racing. This highly unique form of racing features standard bikes, from small BMX to larger, standard size, equipped with small gas tanks and engines that range from 50cc to 160cc engines. They are the only racing group of its kind in the entire southwest. They frequently visit the Willow Springs International Raceway to race on the facility's kart track and have graciously agreed to present an exhibition race on the quarter mile oval Saturday night. By the way, fans can visit the speedway's website, www.thespeedwayatwillowsprings.com, and see a selection of videos to get an idea of how exciting this form of racing is.

For the nominal fee of $10, fans will receive a wrist band at the front gate that will allows them to take in all of this short track racing action. Children 8 years old and under are admitted. But, wait, there's more. Those wrist bands will allow the fans to visit the other tracks within the complex, on both Saturday and Sunday, to watch the racing there. In the case of this weekend, you can take in some sports car action, provided by the Porsche Owner's Club, at Big Willow, the massive 2.5 mile, 9 turn, road course. There's even more weekend action to see at the Streets of Willow Springs, a 1.6 mile road course, where the sports cars from the famed Speed Ventures Auto Track Day will be racing. That's two days of racing for the price of a $10 wrist band. It's also one of the many why Willow Springs International Raceway is regarded as being one of the most fan friendly racing complexes in the country.

Racing at the Speedway Willow Springs is powered by a highly potent, and much appreciated, group of sponsors that includes: A To Z Signs, Abadak, Adams Metalizing & Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products INC, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse-San Dimas & Colton, Platinum Loan & Jewelry-Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne & Dave's Automotive.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Speedway Willow Springs Officials Adjust So Cal Enduro Finish Order



By Dave Grayson

17 cars, racing in the So Cal Enduro Racer main event, lined up last Saturday night to run the Motion Tire Motorsports 100. At the conclusion of the event it was driver Pete Chilbes who parked his car in victory lane to receive the winner's trophy.

At least that's the way it appeared from the victory lane celebration. Later that night it was determined that some of transponders were either not working properly or were not properly installed by the race teams. Both series and speedway rules states that the drivers will not be credited with their official finishes without the proper data from these transponders. In all fairness, many of the series' teams were working with transponders for the first time.

The adjusted race run down credited Jake Basham with the win followed by Randy Hannah, Nate Van DeVenter, Pete Chilbes with Justin Glass rounding out the top five.

The series will return to action at Speedway Willow Springs on May 14th. In a remarkable short amount of time, So Cal Enduro Racers has grown in popularity with the fans and has become the lynch pin of the racing program there.

Another Day Of Racing Fun At Speedway Willow Springs


By Dave Grayson

Under an abundance of Saturday afternoon sunshine, and a huge break from the 60 MPH winds that plagued California's Antelope Valley the day before, six racing divisions responded to the green flag in what would turn out to be another day of racing fun at the Speedway Willow Springs. The quarter mile paved oval is located within the 600 acre complex known as Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California.

In the 40 lap Hooper's Rear End Service Elite Division main event, David Brandon picked up his first win of the still young season in rather dominant fashion. Speedway veteran Randy Wilkins led the field to the initial green flag and paced the event for the first eight circuits before Brandon was able to make an inside move, going into turn three to become the new race leader. It turned out to be the race winning move. At one point in the event Brandon held a full straightaway lead over Anthony Mainella. Late in the race Mainella picked up a few ticks on the stop watch and reduced Brandon's lead to one half of a straightaway. However, despite being the fastest car on the track, time and laps ran out and Mainella had to settle for the runner up finish. The margin of victory was 3.715 seconds. After the race Brandon lit up his tires and performed a victory lane burnout that completely engulfed his car in smoke much to the delight of the fans.

Speedway veteran, and past track champion, Chris Peedan crossed under the checkers to take third and was followed by Tony Forfa, Alex Anderson, Rich Wilson and Randy Wilkins. Earlier in the day Peedan set the fast time in qualifying with a hot lap of 15.376 seconds. Mainella won the division's heat race.

In Platinum Loan & Jewelry Street Stock action, Dwight Kelly roared out of his front row outside starting position to take the lead. Throughout the majority of the 35 lap main event, the top four drivers lined up bumper to bumper while displaying the meaning of an old stock car racing term known as the freight train shuffle. It was almost like the drivers in positions two through five were waiting for that special moment in time that would allow them to eradicate Kelly's lead and steal the win. That moment in time appeared on lap 28 when Kelly's car inched towards the high side while he was negotiating turn two. That left Tony Forfa IV just enough room, on the turn's low groove, to work his way into the race lead. At this point Forfa, to coin another old racing term, literally checked out of the hotel and won the race with a 8.289 second margin of victory.

Bruce Secord, the winner of the speedway's season opener, drove under the checkers to take second and was followed by Jerry Baxter, Kelly, Ray Butler and Justin Good. Earlier in the day, Secord set the fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.257 seconds. Justin Good was the winner of the division's eight lap heat race.

In the Wayne & Dave's Automotive Hobby Stock 35 lap main event Johnny Troesch came out of the front row, at the initial green flag, and turned in a formidable performance and led all of the event's laps to score a flag to flag win as well as his second, consecutive, division win. His margin of victory was a whopping 18.170 seconds. Brandon Fisk came across the line in second followed by Corey Carter, Michael Williams and Rod Sproule. In preliminary action Fisk set fast time in qualifying with a hot lap of 16.751 seconds. Williams won the division's eight lap heat race.

In the Lucas Oil Mini Stocks main it was a case of the same car, a Ford Mustang, winning for the second time in a row but with a different driver sitting in the seat. John Dunlap drove the car to victory during the March 26th season opener while speedway veteran and former track champion Bobby Dezarov parked the Mustang in victory lane this past Saturday. Following the waving of the initial green flag to start the race, Dezarov came out of his pole position starting berth and jumped into the lead. He led all 20 lap of the race to score the win. His margin of victory over runner up Greg Didoha was 2.559 second. Jeremy Queener came across the line in third and was followed by Randy Hannah, Danny Quinn, Matt Peterson, Nick Higginson and Tim Ogdon. Dezarov's excellent day at Speedway Willow Springs included hitting the trifecta by setting the fast time in qualifying, 16.479 seconds, and winning the eight lap heat race.

Skid Plate racing is a popular form of racing that has swept southern California in recent years. The concept calls for the rear tires, of a small sport compact type race car, to be removed and replaced with a pair of steel hub welded to flat steel plates. These plates slide across the track surface showering sparks.The other result is a challenge for the driver of these cars to maintain control due to the fact that the rear end of the vehicles slide around. Spin outs, as well as fender bender situations, are quite common because these vehicles totally redefines the racing term loose race car.

To no real surprise, the Tire Store Skid Plate division has become very popular with the fans at Speedway Willow Springs. During last Saturday's 12 lap main event there were more cases of race cars doing 360 degree spins than could be counted. On lap ten of the race two car hooked bumpers with the result being fender benders and more spins from the drivers behind them trying to avoid the melee. The red flag came out for track clean up and that's when the speedway's Race Director called the event two laps prior to completion. Daniel Chadwick was declared the winner. He noted that this was only his second ever race. The first was at Speedway Springs on March 26 when hard luck created a major learning curve for the young driver. However, it was lessons well learned because they helped Chadwick take home the winner's trophy.

One of the extremely popular events at Speedway Willow Springs is the So Cal Enduro Racers. Created and promoted by Ridgecrest resident Danny Quinn, these sport compacts run lengthy events under very unusual conditions such as driving around huge tractor tires located at the edge of the speedway's two straightaways. Last Saturday's race was billed as the Motion Tire Motorsports 100 which was divided into twin 50 lap segments.

During the first segment, Michael Walters led the opening laps until Joe David took the point on lap 12. Unfortunately, bad racing luck hit David, on lap 37, when he suffered a flat tire. Nate Van De Venter became the new front man and guided the field to the end of the first 50 lap segment. The twin segment was utilized due to the fact that the transponders, an electronic device on the cars that sends track position data to a computer located in the speedway's race control tower, required reactivating. The teams were also given seven minutes to work on the cars with many of them electing to change tires.

During this intermission something rather bizarre happened. Two race vehicles, a full size truck and a large bomber stocker, came out on the track towing boats. The tow chains were released from the boats and the two vehicles circled the track while repeatedly running into the boats. The result was a case of maritime murder and the boats were soon reduced to piles of debris. It turns out that the management of Speedway Willow Springs likes to stage a little destruction now and then while sharing the moment with their fans.

Following track clean up, it was time for the Enduro teams to line up for the start of segment two of the Motion Tire Motorsports 100. Nate Van DeVenter picked up the pace, where he left off in the first segment, and began putting asphalt between himself and his closest competitor. It appeared that he was well on his way to collecting the $400 winner's check. Unfortunately, with the race three quarters complete, the tell tale signs of heavy white smoke began to drift from the back of his car. This was followed by a rarely seen event when the battery came flying out of the window of one of the cars and landed on the track. The result was a red flag condition to allow clean up followed by a standing still restart. That restart came very quickly and Van DeVenter's car was slow to respond and, by the time he recovered, five cars passed him. To his credit, Van DeVenter did find a way to drive his ailing car to a fifth place finish despite all of the white smoke streaming out the back of it.

Meanwhile Pete Chilbes became the new race leader and made quick work of running out the waning laps to claim the win. Unofficial results, pending a complete review of the lap charts by the speedway's scoring team, showed Jake Basham and Randy Hannah following the race winner under the checkers. There's a lot of excitement attached to the So Cal Enduro Racers and it's very easy to see why they've become so popular with the fans. This is a top shelf, well run, racing program that has unlimited potential for a very bright future.

Racing returns to the Speedway Willow Springs on May 14th featuring the same six divisions. With the late spring, early summer, expected to be in place in the Antelope Valley area, the speedway will begin its night racing schedule meaning the first race will begin at 6pm.

The Speedway Willow Springs is greatly enhanced, and blessed, with a large group of track sponsors that includes: A To Z Signs, Abadak, Adams Metalizing and Grinding, Angel's Touch Towing, Benz Sanitation, Deist Safety, Dezarov's Mobile Auto Service, Dominguez Mexican Restaurant, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Frank's Radios, High Desert Cellars, Hooper's Rear End Service, KGG Electric, K&N Performance Filters, Linny White's Race Shop, Lucas Oil Products, Misfit Motorsports, Pinnacle Peak Steak House-Colton and San Dimas locations, Platinum Jewelry and Loan-Lancaster, Scramblez, Street Customs, Studio Equipment Rentals, 10,000 RPM, The Tire Store and Wayne and Dave's Automotive.