Showing posts with label Super Six Late Model Challenge Series. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Moulton Wins Third Championship In A Row

#10 Mic Moulton and #2 David Henderson finished 1-2 in the points standings for the Mid-City Motor World Late Models (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Eureka, CA (October 18, 2018) – The 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway concluded in early September with the 26th Annual Fall Spectacular. Champions were decided in all six local divisions. For some, the season ended on the highest note possible. For others, the end of 2018 couldn’t have come soon enough.

Nick Ford’s 86-point victory in the championship over Tim Ratzlaff in the Compass Community Credit Union may have looked like a season-long cake walk but that definitely was not the case. Ford won six of the 16 main events but Ratzlaff won seven. In fact, Ratzlaff’s average finish in the division was an amazing 1.9 while Ford’s was 3.2. Ford’s greatest ally was his ability to start all of the roadrunner events in 2018 while Ratzlaff missed three starts early on in the season.

While Ford and Ratzlaff were the two focal points in the roadrunners, the division also saw new stars emerge. Lindsey Zito had a solid sophomore season and won her first main event on the May 12 race. Amanda Lohr placed fourth in the standings and was the highest finishing rookie in points. Lohr shared the car with Daniel Buell and he was able to win on June 9. Ronnie Crump placed fifth in the points and was a top five finisher all throughout the year.

2018 marked the debut of the Bandolero division at Redwood Acres Raceway. The new division brought young and new racers to RAR to the delight of fans. Lane Anderson dominated the division winning six times and taking the track championship in the division. Second place Aiden Kimberling came close but was unable to get to victory lane in 2018. Even so, his strong and consistent finishes allowed him to finish only 14 points behind Anderson and he will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in 2019. Kadence Mace placed third in the standings while Maleesa Miles was fourth. Miles victorious in the June 9 race. Trey Daniels took fifth in points and his May 27 win made him the only other driver to claim victory in the division in its inaugural season.

The car count in the North Coast Lighting & Electric Legends division really picked up near season’s end which will definitely make It tougher on Chris Lawrence who took the track championship. Lawrence won three times in 2018. Second place, Tyler Peach didn’t have the strength he had in 2017. Peach was the defending Legends champion and won the August 18 feature. Aiden Daniels placed third in points and will likely be a major threat in the future. Daniels’ best finish was second on July 21. Brent Mack placed fourth in points and showed real strength in the final races of the season. Kylie Daniels narrowly held on to fifth in the points and she too looked to have things figured out in the last few races.

For Jim Redd, it was a long time between championships. In 2008, Redd took the title in the real stock division. This year, Redd claimed the championship in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber class with only a single main event win in 2018. Wyatt Roach might be the favorite for the bomber title in 2019 as he was Redd’s equal all year long in terms of speed. Roach missed the season opener on May 5 and won three main events but fell victim to mechanical issues much of the year. Sam Brown was third in points and really proved himself at season’s end, in particular in the Fall Spectacular feature where he raced neck-and-neck with some of the best bomber drivers in the region. Ryan Walters finished fourth in points thanks in part to two early second place finishes at the start of the year. Bethany Rapp had a best finish of third on July 7 and was fifth in points.

The Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock track championship was a long time coming for Brian Murrell, Sr. The veteran racer had come close to winning a track title on several occasions over the years including in 2017 when he lost out to his son, Brett Murrell in the final few races. In 2018, Murrell, Sr. was able to utilize three main event wins to take his much deserved first championship. Eugene Palmer stalked Murrell, Sr. all season long and won twice during the year. Unfortunately for Palmer, mechanical issues and general bad luck seemed to strike in events where he was running at or near the front. Scott Taylor had a stellar second season and placed third in points in spite of missing the Fall Spectacular thanks to a major wreck in the August 18 Murrell “500” race. Trevor Eacret won his first main event ever on May 12 and was fourth in the standings. In comparison to 2017, 2018 was a disappointing season for Brett Murrell. However, in spite of missing the first two races of the year, Murrell place fifth in points with one feature win.

Mic Moulton was almost unbeatable in the Mid-City Motor World Late Model division. For the third straight season, Moulton was able to take the championship. It was Moulton’s sixth overall championship at Redwood Acres Raceway and his fourth in the past five seasons. Moulton’s first track championship came in the mini stocks in 1995. After several years of racing on the late model tour circuit throughout the region, Moulton focused on racing on the local scene and was the sportsman champion in 2010. Moulton was also track champion in the late models when the division started in 2014. Moulton won five times in 2018 while his two non-victories were third place finishes.

In any other season, David Henderson would have been a champion. Henderson placed in the top five in all seven races and won the biggest race of his career in the Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular race. The fact he only finished 11 points behind Moulton was a testament to how strong his season was. Dane Nissen came close to victory all year long but just didn’t have the exact combination. Nissen was third in points with three second place finishes and two thirds. Kenny Demello had fourth top five finished and was fourth in the standings. Scott Baker rounded out the top five in points.

Redwood Acres Raceway would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make 2018 such a fantastic season; Anderson Logging, Bay Area Music Connection, Bear River Casino & Resort, Bi-Coastal Media Clarion Hotel by Humboldt Bay, Compass Community Credit Union, DelReka Distributing, Eureka-Humboldt Fire Extinguishers, Fastenal, Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment Company, Fortuna Wheel & Brake, Harper Motors, Humboldt Hydroponics, Humboldt Lighting, Jim Redd Four-Star Realty, Mid-City Motor World, NorthCoast Lighting & Electric O’Reilly Auto Parts, Pacific Towing, Pepsi, Renner Petroleum, Root 101 Nursery, Spencer Electric and Wendt Construction. A big thank you to all of our officials and crew for the hard work they do every single race. Thank you to all the drivers and crew for participating in the races this season. A special thank you to all of the loyal fans who attended the races at Redwood Acres Raceway in 2018. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2019!

For full points standings run downs in all divisions and other news and information, visit www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com or #/RedwoodAcresRaceway/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

26th Annual Fall Spectacular Will Conclude RAR Season Saturday Night

#36 Luke Hall and #1 Craig Baker in the Mid-City Motor World late model division (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Eureka, CA (September 5, 2018) – The 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is set to conclude this Saturday with the 26th Annual Fall Spectacular presented by Mid-City Motor World. Championships in all of the Acres’ local divisions will be decided, including in the late model division in the Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular. The North State Modified Series won’t crown it’s champion Saturday night but they will also be partaking in the festivities for what will be their third visit to the 3/8-mile paved oval.

The most points that can be earned for the night for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners is 70. Essentially that means Nick Ford has clinched the 2018 track championship for the division going into this weekend as his advantage over Tim Ratzlaff is 81 points. Lindsey Zito holds down third in the standings with Amanda Lohr and Ronny Crump completing the top five.

Only ten points separate Bandolero points leader Lane Anderson and second place Aiden Kimberling. The previous event at the Acres on August 18 saw Kimberling part of a scary turn two incident that severely damaged his car but thankfully the youngster was unharmed in the wreck. Third place in the standings is very much up in the air as Kadence Mace and Malessa Miles will decide which drivers gets which position. Trey Daniels holds down fifth.

The NorthCoast Lighting & Electric Legends division title has been a season-long battle between Chris Lawrence and Tyler Peach. The margin between the two is 39 points with Lawrence only needing to start the main event for the championship to be his. Aiden Daniels has been the top rookie in the Legends and he leads veteran Brent Mack in fourth place by only 12 points. Katina Baker will likely be unable to advance higher than fifth in the final standings but she will have her hands full holding off fellow female competitors Kylie Daniels and MKinzy Uselton for the coveted position.

The bomber division season finale should be a very special event thanks to a boost in the purse from season-long sponsors Fortuna Wheel & Brake and Four-Star Realty. Starting the feature event will pay $75 with the winner taking $800. Second place will receive $400, third place $300, fourth place $200 and fifth place $100. Drivers that tow over 50-miles for the bomber division and attempt to qualify will get a $250 payout.

Jim Redd’s 46-point lead over Wyatt Roach in the bombers means he will have to have bad enough issues to not participate in Saturday night’s races. Sam Brown and Ryan Walters in third and fourth should end up in those same positions at the end of Saturday night’s race. Fifth place is up in the air as Bethany Rapp and Doug Way are tied for the position.

Either Brian Murrell, Sr. or Eugene Palmer will be the 2018 champion in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stocks. Murrell, Sr. has a 29-point advantage over Palmer which will be very difficult to overcome. Scott Taylor is locked in the third spot and had a vicious incident in the August 18 race that heavily damaged his machine which hopefully won’t prevent him from being on the track this weekend. Trevor Eacret is fourth and Brett Murrell fifth.

The North State Modified Series’ third visit to the Acres in 2018 should be very interesting. Only three races remain on the schedule and the drivers should be itching to race as it’s been almost seven weeks since the modifieds previous race which coincidentally took place at RAR on July 21. The tour was lined up to visit Lakeport Speedway August 11 but the fires in the surrounding area forced the cancellation of that event. Kris Price leads the NSMS standings and won the July 21 race. It will be the first time since 2014 that modified racing will be part of the schedule for the Fall Spectacular.

The 2018 Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late model championship will either be in the hands of Mic Moulton or David Henderson. 15 points is the difference between the two going into Saturday’s Dennis Wendt Memorial race. Dane Nissen will be hoping to cap off the season with a victory as he will likely place third in the standings despite missing the June 9 event. Kenny Demello and Scott Baker complete the top five in points.

There will be an open practice Friday September 7 from Noon to 7:00 PM which will be followed by a barbecue. Saturday’s events will start earlier in the afternoon with the front gates opening at 4:00 PM and racing beginning at 5:00 PM. For more information on this weekend’s season finale visit www.RedwoodAcresRaceing.com or #/RedwoodAcresRaceway/

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Packed House For Driver Appreciation Night At The Acres

Drivers greet Redwood Acres Raceway fans before Saturday's races (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Eureka, CA (August 21, 2018) – After a near month-long summer break, racing returned to Redwood Acres Raceway. The grandstands were filled with excited fans of all ages for Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night at the Races. Before the action took place on the track, fans were able to meet their favorite drivers in all of the divisions at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Track officials also hosted a donation drive for victims of the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires. Nearly $1,500 was donated with those donating $10 receiving a complimentary ticket to the season ending Fall Spectacular on September 8th. The night proved to be a memorable one for many reasons.

For the first time this season, the Thunder Roadsters were in action for a full-slate of races. The race was a late addition to the event and was held in honor of Paul Peeples, Sr. who recently passed away. Peeples was a long-time participant at the raceway and served as crew chief for his son Paul Peeples, Jr.’s Thunder Roadster. A memorial lap in his honor was held before the trophy dash race. Alan Olson was the winner of the trophy dash and heat races. Jett Taylor was the leader of the first lap of the 25-lap main. Lap tow saw Olson gain the advantage before David Henderson was able to get under and past for the lead. Henderson’s time up front only lasted another circuit as Paul Peeples, Jr. was able to take the lead. The front trio of Peeples, Henderson and Olson ran nose-to-tail all race long with nobody seeming to have any advantage over the other. A late caution flag seemed to give Peeples the extra he needed to go on and take the victory over Henderson, Olson, Tommy Payne and Taylor.

The first main event for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners was initially run backwards. An early incident in turn three involving Allison McCarty brought out the red flag when she hit the water barrels. When racing resumed, Nick Ford and Tim Ratzlaff continued their season-long duel, battling for the race lead. Ford was able to prevail to take the checkered flag over Ratzlaff, Lindsey Zito, Jennifer Murrell and Steve Paiment. The second feature was a replay of the first with Ford and Ratzlaff fighting all race long for the lead. On the last lap, the two were neck-and-neck going into turns three and four while coming upon Murrell. Ratzlaff got into Murrell sending her into a spin. Although he crossed the line first, officials awarded Ford the win. Ratzlaff was scored second followed by Amanda Lohr, Steve Paiment and Murrell.

Malessa Miles was the winner of the Bandolero trophy dash while Ethan Imperatrice was the heat race winner. Lane Anderson held the lead the first two circuits. Going into turn one on lap three, Imperatrice made a move under Kimberling for position. The two appeared to get hooked together and both went into the turn two tire-barrier hard. Thankfully both drivers were unharmed. The rest of the race was a runaway for Anderson as he was able to win by well over 10 seconds. Miles finished second ahead of Trey Daniels and Kadence Mace while Kimberling was credited with fifth.

Bethany Rapp held on for the victory in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber trophy dash. Brandon White was subbing for Jim Redd for the evening and he took the heat race win. Rapp and Sam Brown traded the lead in the first two laps of the main event before White took over. On lap nine, Roach moved into the top spot. Roach and White fought tooth-and-nail for the lead for the remainder of the race. Roach was able to hold off White’s furious challenges to take the checkered flag. Brown placed third followed by Rapp and Doug Way.

The NorthCoast Lighting and Electric Legends division trophy dash was taken by Chris Lawrence. Former bomber division champion Leonard Ward made his debut in the Legends this season and took the win in the first heat race which featured a last lap wreck that took Tyler Krupa and Katina Baker out of action for the main event. Tyler Peach took the second heat win. Ward quickly moved to the lead of the main event and looked like a division veteran, leading in dominant fashion. Brent Mack and Tyler Peach battled hard for the second position all race long. Mack held the position until lap 10 when Peach moved to second. Ward had his hands full with both drivers in his mirror in the closing laps. Coming to the white flag, Ward got loose off turn four and spun into the infield. Peach took the lead and was able to hold off Mack’s late charge to win. Aiden Daniels finished third with Colby Furia and Kylie Daniels taking fourth and fifth.

The Fifth Annual Murrell 500 trophy for the Humboldt Hydroponics was on the line for the evening. Brett Murrell won the dash with heat race winners being Gary Kleintobe and Brett Murrell again. Trevor Eacret led lap one but Brian Murrell, Jr. took over on lap two. Murrell, Jr. had his mirror full with Eugene Palmer and Brett Murrell following right in his tracks. A caution flag flew when Rick Estes’ front bumper fell off on the front straight. Racing resumed and Brett Murrell was able to get second from Palmer. The two brothers staged a fantastic duel for the lead until lap 15 when Scott Taylor got high in turns one and two and ended up in the tire barrier. The incident, coupled with the other incidents in other divisions forced track officials to declare the race official giving Murrell, Jr. the win and the crown as Murrell 500 champion for the next year. Brett Murrell was second over Palmer, Eacret with Taylor taking fifth due to scoring reverting to the previous lap.

Dane Nissen was fast time for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late models with a 16.009. Luke Hall took the win in the first heat. Heat two was dominated by Mic Moulton but on the last lap his car began smoking heavily and leaking fluid on the track. His issue allowed David Henderson to slip past to take the win and earn pole position for the 60-lap feature. Henderson used pole position to his advantage as he jumped to the lead at the start of the NorthCoast Lighting and Electric main event. Thankfully only one caution slowed the race as the feature started right at the 11:00 PM curfew. The first 20 laps saw Henderson fight off Nissen for the lead while Shawn Andrews and Moulton raced for third. Moulton moved to third on lap 24 and slowly reeled in the two leaders.

As the race neared its conclusion, it appeared as though Henderson began to struggle more and more with his car, particularly off the fourth turn. With 10 laps remaining things really began to heat up. After a several lap back and fourth fight, Moulton maneuvered his way past Nissen to second. Moulton was all over Henderson in the final handful of laps with Henderson doing everything within his power to hold off Moulton’s charge. With two laps remaining, Moulton dove inside Henderson going into the first turn. The two drivers touched with Moulton racing to the lead. Henderson tried his best to catch up and return the favor in turns three and four but couldn’t pull it off. At the finish it was Moulton taking the win over Henderson, Nissen, Andrews and Kenny Demello.

Only one race remains on the 2018 schedule for Redwood Acres Raceway and that’s the Fall Spectacular Saturday September 8th. Championships will of course be decided on the night in all divisions. The Thunder Roadsters will return while the North State Modified Series will also be joining the action. The season will conclude with the annual Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular 100 for the late models. More information on the event and everything going on at Redwood Acres Raceway can be found on the track’s website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com or by visiting RAR on Facebook at #/RedwoodAcresRaceway/

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Two Weekends Of Racing Left At Redwood Acres Raceway

Brian Murrell, Sr., Brian Murrell, Jr. (left and center) and a host of mini stock racers will be looking to take Brett Murrell's Murrell 500 trophy Saturday night (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Eureka, CA (August 16, 2018) – After a near month long break racing returns to Redwood Acres Raceway this Saturday night. Anderson Logging will be presenting the annual Driver Appreciation night at the 3/8-mile paved oval. With the 2018 season quickly coming to an end and championships on the line, fans should not expect anything less in every race in all of the Acres’ divisions.

Saturday night will be bittersweet for many drivers, crew members and fans as it will be the first race at RAR since the passing of Paul Peeples, Sr. Peeples was a fixture on the track and in the pits at Redwood Acres Raceway for well over 40 years, going back to the days the speedway was a dirt track. In recent years, Peeples was crew chief of his son Paul Peeples, Jr.’s Thunder Roadster. In his honor, the roadsters will be racing this weekend for the first and only time in 2018. Prior to the start of Saturday night’s event, all drivers in the Thunder Roadster division will make a memorial lap in memory of Peeples.

It appears as though Nick Ford’s hold on the championship points lead in the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners is very firm. He leads second place Lindsey Zito by 68 points. Tim Ratzlaff has been Ford’s biggest competition all year long and is third in points. Misfortune prevented him from starting several races which has likely prevented him from being neck-and-neck with Ford in points. His 73-point deficit to the leader is likely insurmountable. Two rookies round out the top five in Amanda Lohr and Ronny Crump. Only one point separates the two but unfortunately, they are well out of the running for the track championship.

Only three points separate first and second in the Bandolero division. Lane Anderson holds the lead but Aiden Kimberling has been consistent all year long and is second. Kadence Mace is third in the standings, 47 points behind Anderson. Malessa Miles sits fourth and 15 points behind Mace. Fifth place is Trey Daniels.

Chris Lawrence has been on point since the 2018 season started at the Acres. His numerous victories and consistent up-front runs have garnered him a 48-point advantage over Tyler Peach. Aiden Daniels has been very impressive in his rookie effort and he is third in the points. Katina Baker is also new to the Legends division at RAR and she is fourth, 20-points behind Daniels. Brent Mack is fifth and only a point behind Baker.

Jim Redd has been the points leader in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division almost literally since the year started. Second place Wyatt Roach had a late start to his season and has done everything possible to chip away at Redd’s lead. The gap between the two going into this weekend is 48 points. Sam Brown has been able to settle into the bomber division this year and has a third place in the standings for his effort. Division veteran Ryan Walters holds the fourth slot with Chris Naughton in fifth.

The fight for the Humboldt Hydroponics Mini Stock title features an oddity in the standings. Brian Murrell, Sr. has a 32-point lead over Eugene Palmer, a gap that is almost unheard of in the highly competitive division. Scott Taylor is always one of the top drivers to beat in his second year in the division and even though he’s still looking for his first feature win, he still has an outside chance at the championship as he is 49 points behind Murrell, Sr. Trevor Eacret won his first main earlier this season and is fourth but out of the running for the title. Nick Ford has the fifth position in his possession. This weekend’s mini stock feature will be the Fifth Annual running of the Murrell 500. The winner of the 25-lap race will earn the perpetual Murrell 500 trophy. Brett Murrell is the current Murrell 500 champion having won the 2017 running of the event.

In spite of Mic Moulton’s dominance in the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late model division, his lead over second place David Henderson is a close 12 points. Dane Nissen as been a front-runner all season long. Unfortunately for Nissen, he was unable to compete in the June 9th event otherwise his 66-point deficit to Moulton would be much closer. Kenny Demello is 97 points behind Moulton in fourth. Marty Walsh is fifth, 101 points behind the leader.

Before the racing action starts on Saturday’s Driver Appreciation Night, fans will be able to make their way onto the front straight to meet their favorite drivers and get an up-close look at all of the race cars in all of the divisions. The grandstands will open at 5:00 PM with the meet and greet starting at the same time. Fans will have over an hour to interact with their local short-track heroes as racing will begin at 6:30 PM.

RAR will also be hosting a donation drive for those who have been affected by the devastating Carr and Mendocino Complex fires. Fans who make a $10 donation will receive a complimentary ticket good for admission to the season-ending Fall Spectacular on Saturday September 8th.

For more information on this weekend’s special event, please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com or find the track on Facebook #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Monday, July 23, 2018

Moulton Returns To Form While Price Cashes In

Mic Moulton scored his fourth victory of the five Super Six Late Model Challenge Series races that have been run thus far in 2018 (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (July 23, 2018) – The 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is rapidly coming to a close with this Saturday night’s Harper Motors Night at the Races marking four races left on the schedule. While the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners had the night off, the late models returned to action. In addition, the North State Modified Series made their second visit to the Acres this season.

Lane Anderson has been fast all season in the Bandolero division and continued that by setting the fastest time in qualifying at a 21.354. Ethan Imperatrice made his first start of the season and was able to win the trophy dash and the heat race. Trey Daniels took the lead at the start of the main event and had control of it for the first six circuits. Imperatrice moved to the lead on lap seven before Daniels retook the position. Two laps later, Daniels fell out of the race giving Imperatrice the lead but in another two laps, Imperatrice also fell out. Anderson took over the top spot and was able to lead the rest of the way and score the victory. Maleesa Miles finished second followed by Aiden Kimberling and Kadence Mace. Imperatrice was scored fifth.

Qualifying for the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bombers was led by Wyatt Roach with a 18.424. Roach took the dash win while Sam Brown was the heat race winner. Brown used the pole position to his advantage in the feature event as he was able to take over and lead until lap eight. That’s when Roach took over. He was able to hold on and take his first main event win of the season. Brown and Jim Redd finished second and third.

In the NorthCoast Lighting And Electric Legends division, Brad Curtice set fast time with an 18.121. Chris Lawrence was the trophy dash victor while Aiden Daniels and Curtice were the heat race winners. The opening lap of the feature was led by David Dunlap. Lap two saw Aiden Daniels move to the front. Curtice quickly sliced his way through the field and moved to the lead on lap eight. The field spread out and Curtice was able to gap Aiden Daniels. At the finish it was Curtice taking the victory by nearly two seconds. Aiden Daniels narrowly beat Lawrence to the line for third. Kylie Daniels finished a strong fourth with Zach Frazer rounding out the top five finishers.

The ever-competitive Humboldt Hydroponics mini stocks were paced by Brian Murrell, Sr. as he set a qualifying lap of 18.980. Eugene Palmer crossed the line first in the trophy dash and Brian Murrell, Jr. winning the heat race. Nick Ford held the lead for the first five laps but contact between he and Trevor Eacret allowed Brett Murrell to move to the position. The rest of the event came down to a battle between Brett Murrell, Palmer and Murrell, Sr. As the laps clicked off, Brett Murrell was able to stretch his lead. At the finish line it was Brett Murrell winning. Palmer held off Murrell, Sr. for second while Brian Murrell, Jr. and Scott Taylor finished out the top five drivers.

Darrin Sullivan narrowly took fast time for the North State Modified Series setting a 16.548. Herman Pulyer prevailed in the Lucas Oil Dash For Cash. The invert for the 60-lap main event was 10 which put Stuart Campbell on the pole. After falling back to the third position, Eric Johnson was able to move to the lead on lap 10. Kris Price moved his way to second after 15-laps and on lap 19 he took over the race lead. Price was able to slowly pull away from the rest of the pack.

Eric Price, Jr. was a favorite going into the event but fell out just before the halfway point. Terry Deal took second from Eric Johnson with 15-laps remaining but was well behind the leader. With three laps remaining, smoke poured from Sullivan’s car taking him out of action and necessitating a caution flag. The field bunched up for a sprint to the finish however Deal was not able to get by Eric Price. At the finish it was Price holding off Deal for the win. Johnson was second ahead of Randy Houston and Dustin DeRosier.

Less than 0.056 seconds separated the top three in qualifying for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Late Model Challenge Series with Mic Moulton setting the fastest lap. George Young was the winner of heat race number one while Luke Hall won heat number two and pole position for the NorthCoast Lighting & Electric main event.

Hall jumped to the lead at the start of the feature with Dane Nissen following him into second. David Henderson slotted into third while Moulton held fourth. With nary the sign of a caution flag, handling and tire wear proved to be more important than usual. The halfway point saw Hall still leading Nissen but third place was switched between Moulton and Henderson. The front three closed up on each other. On lap 40, Moulton maneuvered past Nissen and chased Hall for the lead. With 15 to go, Moulton took the lead from Hall. Moulton was able to slowly pull away as the rest proved to be caution-free. Moulton crossed the finish line first over Hall, Nissen and Henderson. Kenny Demello put in a solid fifth place effort.

Racing on the 3/8-mile paved oval at Redwood Acres Raceway will take a month-long break as August 18th is the next race on the schedule. Prior to that event, RAR will host the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour on August 3rd and 4th. Tuff trucks will also be in action as well as monster truck rides. Saturday night will be the second boat race at the Acres in 2018.

V.I.P. pre-sale tickets for the monster truck event are available to purchase at Redwood Acres Raceway’s website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com as well as the Redwood Acres Fair office and Fortuna Wheel & Brake. More information on everything going on at the Acres can also be found on Redwood Acres Raceway’s Facebook page #/RedwoodAcresRaceway/

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 Highlights Weekend At Redwood Acres Raceway

Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous

Via Redwood Acres Raceway Media

Eureka, CA (July 3, 2018) – Redwood Acres Raceway’s biggest race in the summer season is lined up for this Saturday night. The Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late models has become a yearly tradition at the Acres. Bi-Coastal Media and McMurray and Sons will be presenting the big event which will feature a thrilling fireworks display.

The points race in the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners is an absolute runaway. Nick Ford has a stranglehold over the field as his gap over second place Lindsey Zito is 71 points. Third place features a tie between Tim Ratzlaff and Ronny Crump. Amanda Lohr rounds out the top five as she is 129 points behind the leader.

The Bandolero division will not be in action this weekend but is quickly becoming a crowd favorite as the youngsters in the division have put on tremendous racing in the first season for the division. Aiden Kimberling has been steady all year long and is the leader in the standings. Second place Lane Anderson has been the driver to beat on a weekly basis. Anderson is nine points behind Kimberling despite missing the May 27th race. Kadence Mace is third in the points standings but 45 behind Kimberling. Maleesa Miles is fourth in the standings and is the only driver other than Anderson to have a main event victory. Trey Daniels is 123 points behind in fifth.

The NorthCoast Lighting & Electric Legends division will also have the week of. This season has been dominated by Chris Lawrence. In spite of Lawrence’s control of the division, Tyler Peach is only 37 points behind. Aiden Daniels and Katina Baker are rookies in the Legends class and are third and fourth in the standings. Brent Mack is in the fifth position but is 113 points behind Lawrence.

Jim Redd leads the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. His closest competition is Ryan Walters who is 51 points behind Redd. Wyatt Roach has returned to racing at the Acres and is 53 points behind Redd. Sam Brown is 71 points being Redd while Doug Way is 79.

Going into this weekend’s race, only 11 points separate the two leaders in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division. Brian Murrell, Sr. holds down the lead followed by Eugene Palmer. Scott Taylor is in the third position in standings but is 35 points behind Murrell. Gary Klinetobe is 41 points behind Murrell and Trevor Eacret is in fifth, 59 points behind the leader.

Race number four for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late models will be the feature Saturday night. Mic Moulton has to be the heavy favorite going into this weekend’s Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 as he has won all three races this season. However, his advantage over second place David Henderson is 14 points. Marty Walsh is a surprising third in the standings in spite of having a season of bad luck. Veteran Dane Nissen is fourth with Kenny Demello finishing out the top five.

As always, gates open at 5:00 PM while racing will start at 5:30 PM. For more information on this weekend’s big race as well as the goings on for the 2018 season you can visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com or on Facebook #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Super Six Late Models Return For Race Three Of 2018

Late model drivers #2 David Henderson and #26 Dane Nissen (Photo Courtesy Sherie Bailous)

Eureka, CA (June 4, 2018) – After a week off, racing returns this Saturday June 9th for Renner Petroleum Night at The Races. The usual divisions of roadrunners, Bandoleros, bombers, mini stocks and Legends will return to the track for the fourth race of the season. It will be the third race of 2018 for the Super Six Late Model Challenge Series cars as their most recent race was May 12th.

The Compass Community Credit Union roadrunner division point standings are led by Nick Ford. He has a sizable advantage of 37 points over second place, Patrick Sproul. Lindsey Zito is third with Dylan Ford fourth and Amanda Lohr fifth in her rookie season.

Redwood Acres Raceway’s newest division, the Bandoleros has seen some exciting action thus far in 2018. Aiden Kimberling has been steady thus far and holds the lead for the track championship. Kadence Mace is second but only two points behind Kimberling. Lane Anderson has two main event wins in 2018 and is third in the standings. Trey Daniels and Malessa Miles round out the top five.

Jim Redd is running away with the Fortuna Wheel & Brakes bomber division. Redd has avoided disaster so far in 2018 and has a comfortable 54-point lead over Nick Green and Sam Brown who are tied for second in the standings. Ryan Walters is tied with Wyatt Roach for fourth in points.

Chris Lawrence has used his experience to lead in the NorthCoast Lighting and Electric Legends division. He has one main event win this year and leads Tyler Peach by 18 points. Tyler Krupa was involved in an incident in the main event on May 27th but still is third in the standings. Brent Mack is fourth, a point behind Krupa and rookie driver Aiden Daniels is fifth.

The battle for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock track championship is likely to come down to the last lap of the last race of the season. Eugene Palmer has won twice this season but only has an advantage of five points over Brian Murrell, Sr. Trevor Eacret is further back, 24 points behind Palmer while Scott Taylor is a point behind Eacret. Gary Klientobe is fifth and he is also a single point behind Taylor.

The Mid-City Motor World Super Six Late Model Challenge Series has been dominated by Mic Moulton. The late model veteran has won both races in 2018. However, second place Dane Nissen is still within striking distance. Nissen is 11 points behind Moulton. David Henderson is third and will be one of the favorites on Saturday night. Things haven’t gone the way Marty Walsh has hoped in 2018 but he has plenty of time to make up his 21-point deficit. Tim Crenshaw is fifth in the standings, 31 markers behind Moulton.

Front gates open for Renner Petroleum Night at the Races at 5:00 PM while racing starts at 5:30 PM. Full point standings, rules and more can be found at RAR’s website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com You can also visit #/RedwoodAcresRaceway for information on this Saturday’s events.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

First time winners, big crashes mark memorable night at RAR

Late model winner, Mic Moulton celebrates his second straight victory
(Photo Courtesy Sharie Bailous)

Eureka, CA (May 13, 2018) – It was a wild night of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway this past Saturday on Pepsi Night at the Races. Several major incidences slowed the competition in multiple divisions but there still was some thrilling racing all night long.

Unfortunately, the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division was not in action for the evening due to the car count. In the division championship, Nick Green holds the points lead by three over Ryan Walters. Jim Redd is another point behind Walters in third. Sam Brown is fourth and Kolby Jackson rounds out the top five.

Qualifying for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunner division was lead by Dylan Ford with a 20.334 time-in. Race one was a battle between brothers Dylan Ford and Nick Ford. Patrick Sproul was a big challenger in the early going but contact with lapped traffic cut his right front tire which sent him into the wall. The Fords continued their fight for the lead all race long but Nick was unable to get by Dylan. At the finish it was Dylan Ford winning over Nick Ford, Amanda Lohr, Lindsey Zito and Sprout.

The second main proved to be more chaotic. The Fords again were the front-runners but the 21-second rule played into the race several times. The rule is in place to ensure fair competition in the division and to keep costs down. Both Fords broke out three times and had to allow third-place Lindsey Zito into the lead. With both Fords trying to regain the lead on lap 15, Nick got into the grass while trying to pass Zito and Dylan. Nick lost control and lost control sending both he and his brother hard into the turn three wall. Both drivers were able to climb out of their cars safely. Zito inherited the lead and was able to go on to win her first-ever main event win. Ronnie Crump placed second, Amanda Lohr third. Dylan Ford was credited with fourth and Nick Ford fifth.

Lane Anderson continued his hot-streak in qualifying for the Bandoleros with fast time, a 21.617. Anderson followed up his trophy dash victory with a win in the heat race. The feature event saw more of the same as Anderson jumped to the lead and pulled away from the rest of the field. Anderson went on to win followed by Aiden Kimberling and Kadence Mace.

Chris Lawrence has made a successful transition from the Thunder Roadster division to the NorthCoast Lighting And Electric Legends division. His 18.167 was good enough to set fast time for the class. Aiden Daniels was the trophy dash winner while the heat went to Lawrence. Wyatt Hobart jumped to the lead initially before being overtaken by Tyler Peach. Lawrence moved to second and the front pair looked to be superior to the rest of the field. They pulled away as the rest of the field sorted out. On lap 10, Tyler Krupa’s left front wheel came off between turns one and two sending him into the wall and ending his night.

After that yellow, another caution flew when Brent Mack’s car broke. Lawrence used the restart to his advantage as he was able to get by Peach on lap 14. It was Lawrence’s race from then on as he took his first main event win in the Legends division. Peach was second followed by Aiden Daniels, Hobart and Brad Henderson.

Brian Murrell, Sr. was fast time for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock class with a 19.001. Murrell followed up with a victory in the dash. Scott Taylor pulled through to win heat race one while the second heat featured a little more excitement than some drivers wanted. Trevor Eacret and Murrell tangled on the front stretch sending Murrell into the wall. Eugene Palmer would take the victory in the race. Dylan Hagmann and C.J. Dalton led the field to the green with Dalton getting the initial lead. Just after the green, Hagmann, Brian Murrell, Jr. and Brian Murrell, Sr. all went into the pits. On lap four Dalton spun in turn four collecting Taylor.

The restart saw Jordan Paiment lead with Nick Ford in second place. Eugene Palmer’s truck lost power forcing him the pits for the duration of the race. The major turning point in the race occurred in turns one and two. Rick Estes was pulling his car into the pits. Behind him, R.C. Brown slowed just as the leaders were gaining at a high rate of speed. The result was Paiment slamming into Brown’s rear bumper. From that point on, Paiment’s car was not the same. On lap 10, Eacret took over as Paiment’s car was definitely off pace compared to earlier in the race. Gary Klinetobe did all he could as he got to within three to four car lengths on Eacret but it was not enough. At the finish it was Eacret winning his first feature over Klinetobe. Ford took third with Paiment placing fourth. Brown placed fifth.

Fast time for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late models was Mic Moulton with a 15.780. Things got too exciting on the first lap of the heat race. Going into turn three, several cars got together resulting in major damage to Leonard Ward’s car. Fortunately, he was able to make the main event. The heat winner was Dane Nissen. The NorthCoast Lighting and Electric feature was led to the green by Dane Nissen and David Henderson. Things got too wild on the first lap going into the third turn when Tim Crenshaw and Kenny Demello got together. Both drivers hit the wall hard, seriously damaging both of their vehicles. Thankfully both drivers were able to walk away from their badly beaten cars.

Nissen took the lead off the restart. Marty Walsh looked to be Nissen’s main competition in the early going but the handling on his car appeared to fall off after the first 10 laps into the race. Henderson and Moulton were able to get under and past Walsh and the two tried to close in on Nissen. Both drivers were eventually able to close on Nissen and the three raced bumper-to-bumper for several laps. Henderson appeared to have the advantage handling-wise but Nissen was able to use his power down the straights to keep his lead. With 20-laps remaining, Moulton began to make a serious move to the lead. He was able to get by Henderson on lap 40. With 12 laps left, Moulton was able to get under and by Nissen. From that point on, Moulton was able to pull away. At the checkered flag it was Moulton winning over Nissen, Henderson, Marty Walsh and Ward.

Race three for the 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is set to be a big event. It’s a rare Sunday night race on Memorial Day weekend, May 27th The Super Six Challenge Series Late Models will have the night off but the ever-popular North State Modifieds will be making their first visit to the 3/8-mile paved oval for the series’ second race of the year. For more information including race results, points and division rules please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website, www.redwoodacresracing.com You can also find the track on Facebook, #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Remaining 2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Friday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Quick Turnaround For Acres Drivers



Eureka, CA (May 8, 2018) – With the first race of the season being pushed back a week due to rain, the early schedule of the 2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway was tightened up. Instead of a two week break, drivers, crew members and officials will have to make a quick turnaround for this Saturday as racing returns to the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Pepsi will be sponsoring this weekend’s action, Pepsi Night at the Races. The cola brand has a long-time history of supporting the races at Redwood Acres Raceway for many, many years and 2018 is a continuation of their valued support.

Coming off finishes of third and first, Nick Ford leads the standings in the Compass Community Credit Union. Ford won the second of the two feature events this past Saturday. Patrick Sproul has used two top finishes to hold down the second position. Ray Taylor, Jr. won the first main event and is third in the standings over his father, Ray Taylor, Sr. Dylan Ford rounds out the top five in the division standings.

The bandeleros made their highly anticipated debut this past Saturday. Lane Anderson won a thrilling main event over Malessa Miles. Kadence Mace and Aiden Kimberling also ran well in their first race in the new division while Donnie Murrell had trouble and wasn’t able to finish the feature event.
The main event for the NorthCoast Lighting And Electric Legends was a real thriller. Brad Curtice held off Chris Lawrence in close duel for the win. Defending division champion, Tyler Peach finished third and is in the same place in the standings. Brent Mack and Tyler Krupa are the other two divers in the top five.

Ryan Walters has established himself as the driver to beat every time he steps into a car in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. Unfortunately for Walters, he came in second place in the Four Star Realty main event to Nick Green. Third place in the standings is Acres veteran, Jim Redd while Sam Brown and Kolby Jackson complete the top five.

Eugene Palmer had to overcome several early caution flags to win the main event for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock main event. Perineal contender Brian Murrell, Sr. is six points behind in second. Gary Klientobe is tied for third with Scott Taylor while Dylan Hagmann fifth.

The Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series late models featured a memorable NorthCoast Lighting And Electric main event that ultimately was won by veteran racer, Mic Moulton. The man who finished second to Moulton in the standings in 2017, Brandon White is second. Two Oregon racers are third and fourth in David Miller and Brandon Ash. Ferndale’s Jim Walker lies fifth in the standings. While this previous race was 50-laps the upcoming races outside of the Firecracker 100 and the Fall Spectacular will be 60-laps.

All six divisions will be back in action this weekend for round two of the 2018 season. For more information including race results, points and division rules please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website, www.redwoodacresracing.com You can also find the track on Facebook, #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Remaining 2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule
Saturday May 12th – Pepsi Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Friday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Moulton Wins Season Opening Thriller At The Acres

#10 Mic Moulton leads #48 Jim Walker on Root 101 Nursery Night at the Races
(Photo Courtesy Sherie Bialous)

Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (May 6, 2018) – Mother Nature decided to be more cooperative this past Saturday night as Redwood Acres Raceway held the first race of the 2018 season. The year was set to begin the previous week on April 28th but rain prevented that from happening. All six divisions were in action on opening night presented by Root 101 Nursery.

Prior to the start of the races, Redwood Acres Raceway paid tribute to Kevin Williford with a moment of silence and Eugene Palmer taking a lap around the track in his honor. Williford had been an announcer at the Acres for the past several years.

The Compass Community Credit Union roadrunners started off the action with their first main event. Nick Ford set fast time with a 20.423. Bob Ratzlaff jumped to the lead on lap one. A three-wide battle ensued as Tim Ratzlaff and Nick Ford and Bob Ratzlaff. Tim Ratzlaff took over the lead. Ford was able to get by on lap two but two laps later Ray Taylor, Jr. jumped to the lead and never looked back. Tim Ratzlaff scrubbed the wall and was able to continue for a few more laps before dropping out with a flat tire. The best battle on the track was for second as Ford and Ray Taylor, Sr. fought for the spot. Nobody at anything for Taylor, Jr. as he was able to take the win by a sizeable margin. Taylor, Sr. was able to beat Nick Ford to the line for second. Patrick Sproul placed fourth with Dylan Ford finishing fifth.

For the second main, the roadrunners were turned backwards around the track. Dylan Ford jumped to the lead and looked like he was going to be a major player. Issues on lap three gave Nick Ford the lead and allowed Sproul into second. The rest of the race was a nip-and-tuck battle between Nick Ford and Sproul. In the final laps, Sproul tried his best to pressure Nick Ford into making a mistake but Ford never did. At the finish it was Nick Ford winning with Sproul taking second, Ray Taylor, Jr. third, Ray Taylor, Sr. fourth and Dylan Ford fifth.

The bandoleros made their debut at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Lane Anderson set the fastest time in qualifying with a 22.147. Maleesa Miles was the heat race winner. Kadence Mace led the field to the green flag. Aiden Kimberling took the lead on lap one but on lap two Miles took over at the front. Miles and Anderson had a fantastic duel for the race lead. On lap nine, both drivers spun in turns three and four allowing Mace to take over the lead. Anderson got a good restart and was able to quickly take the lead. Anderson led from that point on and at the drop of the checkered flag it was Anderson winning over Miles. Mace took third, Aiden Kimberling fourth and Donnie Murrell placing fifth after issues at the start prevented him from racing.

Fast time in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake/Four Star Realty bomber division was Nick Green. Ryan Walters was victorious in the heat race. Walters took the lead at the start of the race and looked to have a firm hold on the top position. Green chipped away at Walters’ lead and midway through the race, the two were racing hard for the lead. On lap 15, Green prevailed. Green was able to pull away from the field and at the finish it was Green winning. Walters took second over Jim Redd and Sam Brown.

In the NorthCoast Lighting & Electric Legends division, Brad Curtice set fast time with an 18.039. Curtice followed up his success in qualifying in the heat race with a victory. MKinzy Uselton and Katina Baker led the field to the green flag. The faster qualifiers quickly tried to maneuver their way to the front. Christ Lawrence took the lead on lap three and was able to hold it until lap 6 when Curtice took over. It appeared as though Curtice’s experience in the Legends cars was going to prevent Lawrence, a former Thunder Roadster driver from keeping up. However, Lawrence’s experience transferred smoothly from one car to another and the top two ran closely all race long. Late in the race, the two leaders caught slower traffic. It appeared as though Lawrence would be able to use both cars as a pick. Curtice was able to maneuver his car better though the traffic and held on to his lead. Curtice was able to take the checkered flag over Lawrence. Brent Mack took third while defending division champion, Tyler Peach placed fourth. Baker rounded out the top five.

In the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division, Brian Murrell, Sr. was the quickest in qualifying with an 18.286. Jordan Paiment won the first heat while the second heat was won by Eugene Palmer. The first six laps of the main event were caution plagued. Trevor Eacret’s spin in turn two brought out the yellow flag. Troy Lee and C.J. Dalton spun in turn two for another caution. After a jumped restart, Murrell and Dylan Hagmann has issues. A subsequent saw Scott Taylor take over the lead but spin bringing out the yellow and giving Palmer the lead. The last caution occurred when Murrell spun in turns three and four with Paiment hitting the wall. The rest of the race was clean as the field spread out and Palmer ran away. At the finish it was Palmer winning over Eacret, Taylor, Murrell and Gary Klinetobe.

The Super Six Challenge Series late models presented by Mid-City Motor World and NorthCoast Lighting and Electric held their first race of the season. Northern California racing legend, Jim Walker showed everyone how it’s done in qualifying with a fast time of 15.685. Scott Baker won the first heat which saw contact between Kenny Demello and Tim Crenshaw in turn four with Crenshaw hitting the wall. David Miller won heat two. Demello was unable to start the 50-lap feature which saw Miller jump out to the lead over Brandon Ash. On the fifth lap, Brandon White began to make his presence felt as he moved past Dane Nissen for third. White then began challenging for the second spot on the high side of Ash.

The first caution of the night came out at lap 10 when the two Oregon drivers of Ash and Miller appeared to come into contact. The result was White inheriting the lead over Mic Moulton and Marty Walsh. White appeared to have the car to beat early in the run but as the laps went by, Moulton was able to close the gap. Meanwhile, Walker was making his presence known as he maneuvered past Walsh for third on lap 20. The next 20 laps featured an amazing and clean three-way battle for the lead. White had his mirror full of Moulton while Walker closed in on Moulton’s bumper. Moulton tried to make a move under White several times but was unsuccessful. Moulton was able to get under and past White for the lead just as a caution flew for Scott Baker’s spun car in turns one and two.

With scoring reverted to the previous lap, White moved back to the lead. On the restart, Moulton was able to take advantage of what looked to be an ailing #19 car for White. Walker was able to move past White with five laps remaining just as White nearly hit the wall in turn three. The final handful of laps saw Walker making a hard charge on Moulton. With two laps remaining Walker had closed in on Moulton. Walker appeared to have the stronger car but unfortunately for him, time ran out. Moulton was able to hang on to the finish in what might already be the best race of the entire 2018 season. David Henderson had a solid night and placed third over Ash and Miller.

The April 28th rainout tightened up the 2018 racing schedule as racing will return to the Acres this upcoming weekend May 12th. It will be Pepsi Night At The Races, an annual tradition at Redwood Acres Raceway for many years. All six divisions will be back in action in what should be a very interesting second race of the season. For more information including race results, points and division rules please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website, www.redwoodacresracing.com You can also find the track on Facebook, #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

Remaining 2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule
Saturday May 12th – Pepsi Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Friday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Redwood Acres Raceway Season Starts This Saturday


Via RAR Media

Eureka, CA (April 30, 2018) – Rain delayed what was supposed to be the season-opening race on April 28th at Redwood Acres Raceway. Thankfully, it will be a quick turnaround for racers and fans as RAR officials were able to swiftly maneuver the first race of the year to this Saturday May 5th. As was originally scheduled, Root 101 Nursery is the title sponsor for the event.

As per usual, all six of the Acres’ divisions will be in action. Of particular note are the bandoleros which will be making their debut on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The Super 6 Late Model Series will also have its first race of the season. Teams in all of the divisions will have a quick turnaround with Pepsi Night at the Races on the docket for May 12th.

Please note that the races at Redwood Acres Raceway start earlier than in the past. Front gates open at 5:00PM while racing will begin at 5:30PM. Also, the open practice that was originally scheduled for April 27th will occur on May 4th. Pit gates open at 3:00PM with practice lasting between 4:00-8:00PM. For more information on this week’s upcoming races as well as the rest of the goings on of 2018 at Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.redwoodacresracing.com You can also find the track on Facebook, #/RedwoodAcresRaceway

2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule

Saturday May 5th – Root 101 Nursery Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Saturday May 12th – Pepsi Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Saturday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Season Opener Delayed For Redwood Acres Raceway


Via RAR PR

Eureka, CA (April 26, 2018) – With a high percentage rain in the forecast both Friday and Saturday, Redwood Acres Raceway officials have decided to delay the season-opening event. Thankfully fans and racers will only have a week to wait as Saturday May 5th will now be the track’s first race of 2018.

As was scheduled, Root 101 Nursery will be the lead sponsor for the night’s action. Roadrunners, Legends, bombers and mini stocks will be in competition as well as the Super 6 Challenge Series late models for a 50-lap race. The event will also feature Redwood Acres Raceway’s newest division, the bandoleros which are small cars driven by youngsters.

Anyone with complementary tickets for April 28th will still be able to use them but only for the May 5th event. For more information on the upcoming race and the rest of the 2018 season, please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.redwoodacresracing.com You can also fine the raceway on Facebook #/redwoodacresraceway/

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 season at Redwood Acres Raceway nears



Eureka, CA (April 17, 2018) – The first race of the 2018 racing season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly closing in. The season opening event on Saturday April 28th will be Root 101 Nursery Night at the Races and will be the start of what should be another thrilling year of racing on the 3/8-mile paved oval.

One of the unfortunate changes of 2018 is the loss of the Thunder Roadster division which had struggled with its car count the past several seasons. In its place is a brand-new division, the Bandoleros. These cars have a wheelbase of 70 inches with a 570CC Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engine powering the 550-pound machines. Due to the size of the race track, the engines will be restricted to allow safer competition. The Bandoleros are designed to be a stepping stone for young drivers who are looking to move on from quarter-midget or outlaw kart racing. Drivers as young as 8 and as old at sixteen will be competing in the new division.

The Northcoast Lighting And Electric Legends will return for their third year of racing at RAR. This division is another stepping stone for drivers who are looking to eventually make the transition to bombers or late models. 2017 champion Tyler Peach used his experience in the roadrunner class to claim his title. Going into 2018, Peach will be the favorite to repeat but doing so should be an even tougher task.

Daniel Buell and Nick Ford waged a spirited battle for the Compass Community Credit Union roadrunner division last year. Only 13 points separated champion Buell and runner-up Ford. The new season could bring new players into the fold. Both car and driver in the roadrunner class or similar divisions such as hornets, four bangers and jammers who are also members of the North Coast Racing Association will have free entry. Non-members will be required to purchase pit passes to race. Membership forms are available on the track’s website www.redwoodacresracing.com

Drivers in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division will have their hands full if they want to beat Brett Murrell in 2018. Murrell was an almost unstoppable force in 2017 as he won six times and finished second three times. His strong effort helped him take the division’s track championship in spite of him missing the first race of the season.

The Fortuna Wheel And Brake bomber division saw several different drivers in victory circle last year. John Lally took the championship with three victories and had a sizable margin in the point standings. Things should be much closer this season with Kolby Jackson and Bethany Rapp looking for their first wins while Jim Redd will also be one to watch every race.

It’s certain that the Mid-City Motor World Super 6 Late Models will provide a lot of action throughout the upcoming season. Mic Moulton only won once in 2017 but steady finishes earned him the championship for the series. Brandon White was a force with three wins including both big-time races the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 and the Dennis Wendt Memorial Mid-City Motor World 100. While both drivers will be favorites this season, they’ll also have to contend with David Henderson who won twice and Marty Walsh who surprisingly went winless in 2017.

2018 will feature a new start time for the opening of the grandstands and the start of the races. Grandstands will now open at 5:00PM while racing will begin at 5:30PM. All five divisions will be in action. For more information on the new season including rules, race and points results, visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.redwoodacresracing.com

2018 Redwood Acres Raceway Schedule
Saturday April 28th – Root 101 Nursery Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Saturday May 12th – Pepsi Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Sunday May 27th – O’Reilly Auto Parts Night At The Races (Featuring North State Modifieds, Late Models off)
Saturday June 9th – Renner Petroleum Night At The Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models)
Friday June 22nd – Fair Race (Featuring Demolition Derby and Boat Race, Late Models and Bombers off)
Saturday June 23rd – Tractor Pulls (VIP tickets available, no oval racing)
Saturday July 7th – Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 (Featuring fireworks, Bandoleros and Legends off)
Saturday July 21st – Harper Ford Night at the Races (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, North State Modifieds, Mustang car show, roadrunners off)
Friday/Saturday August 3rd and 4th – Monster Trucks
Saturday August 18th – Anderson Logging Driver Appreciation Night (Featuring Super 6 Late Models, Murrell 500)
Friday/Saturday September 7/8 – Mid-City Motor World Fall Spectacular (Featuring North State Modifieds on Friday, Super 6 Late Models on Friday and Saturday)

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Redwood Acres Raceway Champions To Be Honored



Eureka, CA (January 1, 2018) – The 2017 season at Redwood Acres Raceway was a fantastic one to be sure. There were countless thrills to be had in all six local divisions and many memorable moments that brought the fans to their feet. 2017 champions will be honored on Saturday February 10th at the Bear River Casino And Resort.

Daniel Buell came out on top in the California State And Federal Employees’ Credit Union roadrunner division. Buell scored seven feature wins in the division in 2017 and beat Nick Ford for the title by only 13 points. Like Buell, Ford also won seven main events and the two drivers raced neck-and-neck for the championship all season long.

The championship race in the NorCal Automotive Legends division featured a battle between a division rookie and a sophomore racer. Tyler Peach claimed the championship in his first season after moving from the roadrunner class. Peach won twice in 2017. MKinzy Uselton was the only driver in the division who started every race as she managed to place second in the standings.

John Lally ran away from his competition in the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division. His three main event wins helped secure his first championship. Kolby Jackson was Lally’s closest finisher in the points. Jackson failed to register a victory but was a factor in nearly every race all year long.

The fight for the title in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division proved to be a season-long storyline involving two members of the Murrell family, Brett and Brian, Sr. In spite of missing the first race of the season, Brett was able to triumph over his father by only seven markers. The younger Murrell was a terror in the mini stock division in 2017 registering six main event victories to his father’s two.

The Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadster division featured “part two” of a battle between Ronnie O’Neil and Tommy Payne. In 2016, Payne triumphed in the championship over O’Neil. In 2017, the tables were turned with O’Neil edging out Payne by 10 points. Both drivers averaged a 2.6 finish on the year but it was O’Neil’s four main event wins to Payne’s one that helped secure the championship.

2017 proved to be a positive change for the Mid-City Motor World late models with the inaugural season of the Super Six Late Model Challenge Series. Mic Moulton took home another late model championship on the back of only one victory on the year. Brandon White won three times in 2017 including the Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular 100 but came up short to Moulton by 11 points.

As mentioned previously, drivers in all six divisions will be honored Saturday February 10th at the Bear River Casino And Resort. On Saturday January 20th, RAR officials will host a meeting for all drivers and crew members at the fairgrounds home economics building. Two-for-one memberships are also available for a limited time for $100.

Highlights of the 2018 schedule include the six Super Six Late Model Challenge Series races as well as three dates for the North State Modified Series. July 7th will feature the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 for the late models followed by the annual fireworks show. July 21st will be a hot ticket to be had as both the late models and North State Modifieds will be in action.

RAR will play host to tractor pulls during the annual fair events on June 23rd while August 3rd and 4th will see the return of the popular monster trucks. The 2018 season at the Acres will conclude with the Fall Spectacular on September 8th and 9th. The North State Modifieds will be featured on Saturday night while Sunday’s Dennis Wendt Memorial Fall Spectacular 100 for the late models will conclude the season. With the release of the 2018 schedule of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway is also a change to the start time. The front gates will now open at 5:00 PM with racing beginning at 5:30 PM.

For more information please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.redwoodacresracing.com or visit the track’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

White Holds Off Late Race Charge From Henderson, Wins Dennis Wendt Memorial

Brandon White, winner of the Mid-City Motor World/Dennis Wendt 100
(Photo Courtesy Redwood Acres Raceway)

Via RAR PR

Eureka, CA (October 1, 2017) – The 25th annual Fall Spectacular took place at Redwood Acres Raceway this past Saturday and Sunday. In addition, it was the first annual Dennis Wendt Memorial race. Beautiful weather graced the track on Saturday and Sunday while Friday’s open practice was halted for a time due to rain. The weekend’s action was presented by Mid-City Motor World and it was a memorable two days of racing at the 3/8-mile paved track.

Dave Rogers set fast time in the California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union roadrunner division with a 19.811. The first 10 laps of the first feature saw Bob Ratzlaff and Nick Ford exchange the lead several times. On lap 11 Ford took over. Rogers made a charge in the late going but was unable to catch Ford. At the line it was Ford taking the win followed by Rogers, Daniel Buell, Ratzlaff and Lindsey Zito.

Race two featured a spectacular incident in the late stages. The field ran the track in reverse for this race. Going into the first turn, Rogers got sideways collecting Buell. Rogers’ car rolled over once before landing on its wheels. Thankfully Rogers was okay. The incident allowed Ford to take the lead and sweep both races for the night. Buell was credited with second while Rogers was scored third, Andy Savage fourth and Ken Eastburn fifth.

Only one main event for the division took place on Sunday. Rogers returned from his incident the previous night to dominate the race. It only took him two laps to go from the back of the field to the front. Rogers went unchallenged the rest of the way to take the victory. Michelle O’Dell finished second while Buell narrowly beat Ford to the finish line for third. Lindsey Zito rounded out the top five. Buell was crowned track champion for the roadrunner division.

Qualifying for the Nor-Cal Automotive Legends was led by Daniel Whitley with a 17.982. Brian Kamisky took trophy dash honors and earned pole position for Sunday’s feature by winning the heat race. The 40-lap main event was dominated by Kamisky. All race long he was pressured by Brad Curtice. With five laps remaining, Curtice was able to take the low line under Kamisky to take the lead. Curtice was able to hold on from that point to take the win and the $500 purse for the victor. Kamisky placed second over Buddy Cox, Tyler Peach and Tyler Krupa. Peach locked up the track championship for the Legends by starting the feature event.

Brett Murrell’s 18.167 time in qualifying for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division was good enough to earn fast time. Jordon Paiment was the trophy dash winner while Brett Murrell took the win in the heat race. Brett Murrell used pole position to lead the early portion of the 40-lap feature. Contact on lap 13 between he and his father Brian Murrell, Sr. forced both drivers to restart at the tail of the field. Eugene Palmer took over and pulled out what looked to be an insurmountable lead. Unfortunately for him, a caution with 15 laps to go bunched the field.

On the restart, Murrell, Sr. took over the lead and was able to hang on until lap 35 when Brett Murrell regained the top spot. Brett Murrell was able to hold on from there to take the main event win and seal the track championship for the mini stocks. Murrell, Sr. took second with Scott Taylor, Palmer and Trevor Eacret completing the top five. Brett Murrell’s victory earned him $500.

The Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadsters had the usual trophy dash, heat race and main event both days. Paul Peeples, Jr. set fast time on night one with a 17.206. Tommy Payne took the dash win while Peeples scored in the heat. Payne held the age on the opening lap of the 30-lap feature but gave way to Peeples on lap two. Nobody had anything for Peeples on the night as he was able to run away from the rest of the pack to take the win. Allen Olson finished second followed by Ronnie O’Neil, Paul Baker and Craig Baker.

Allen Olson set quick time in Sunday’s qualifying with a 17.378. Olson followed that up with wins in the trophy dash and heat race. O’Neil led the first two laps of the main but on lap three Olson took over. Olson and Peeples had a nip and tuck duel for the race lead. On lap 16, Peeples maneuvered under Olson to take the lead. Olson maintained a close position on Peeples the rest of the way but didn’t have the strength to mount a serious charge. At the finish it was Peeples winning. Olson, O’Neil, Payne and Paul Baker completed the top five runners. O’Neil was the division champion, taking the title by starting the main event.

Mike Sullivan took both bomber main event wins and earned $4,000 in the process
(Photo Courtesy Redwood Acres Raceway)

Big money was on the line for the Fortuna Wheel & Brake bombers thanks to Four Star Realty and Lally Motorsports. The winner of each twin 50-lap main events was given $1,000. An additional $1,000 went to the driver with the best average finish in both features while another $1,000 would be awarded to a driver who was able to win both races.

Loren Powers, Sr. was fast time for the bombers with an 18.262. Mike Sullivan took the trophy dash win. Heat race one was won by Jim Redd while Sullivan’s win in heat two earned him pole position for the first 50-lapper. Sullivan dominated race one, leading from start to finish however he was challenged all race long. Brian King was Sullivan’s biggest competitor and the two raced nose-to-tail for the majority of the race. At the finish, Sullivan’s win was less than half a second over King. Nick Green finished third over Powers, Sr and Ryan Walters.

While taking his trophy, Sullivan pulled the number eight pill which was the inversion for the second feature event. This gave Sam Brown pole position. Walters used the outside front row position to take the lead at the start. On lap five, King took over the lead. Sullivan methodically worked his way through the field, finally moving into the second position with 14 laps to go. The front two were cat-and-mouse the rest of the way. With two laps remaining, Sullivan moved to the outside of King. On the white flag lap, Sullivan found enough grip to get by King. Coming off the fourth turn, the two drivers were side-by-side with Sullivan hanging on to sweep both races earning $4,000 for the day. King placed second followed by Walters, Powers, Sr. and Richard Knight. John Lally took track champion honors for the bombers.

It was the final point race for the Mid-City Motor World late models but the first leg of the two-race Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series playoffs presented by Anderson Logging, Danielson Construction and North Coast Lighting And Electric. Brandon White’s fast time of 15.828 was quickest of the 21 cars that qualified and earned him $100. The winner of each of the qualifying heat races also earned $100. Eddie Klein won the first heat while Marty Walsh took the second. David Miller’s win in the third heat race gave him pole position for Sunday’s Mid-City Motor World/Dennis Wendt Memorial 100.

Miller used his first place starting spot to his advantage at the start to take the lead. After a few caution flags in the first 20 laps, White took over the lead on lap 21. Lap 29 proved to be a tough lap for several competitors as several caution flags flew. The most notable was a wreck by Steven Gannon coming off the second turn. Gannon was struggling throughout the race and the incident prevented him from winning the track championship.

As the race passed the halfway point, Walsh began to make himself noticed as he took second place on lap 50. Lap 60 saw what was the most controversial incident of the race. Going into turn one while racing for second, Mic Moulton and Walsh made contact sending both cars spinning. Tim Crenshaw had nowhere to go and was collected in the melee. Walsh’s car rolled over on its top necessitating a red flag. Thankfully none of the drivers were injured in the crash.

Following the incident, the race calmed down as there weren’t any serious incidents the rest of the way. In the final 20 circuits, David Henderson moved to the second spot after having to overcome two flat tires. Henderson got right on White’s bumper. A caution in the final 10 laps proved to be to White’s advantage as it allowed him to cool his tires. Henderson couldn’t muster enough strength to get to White’s bumper in the closing stages. At the finish it was White taking the victory and $2,000. Henderson’s second place earned him $1,500. Derek Copeland had a top five car all race long and came home with $1,000 for third. Miller took fourth and $800 and Luke Hall fifth with $750. In spite of not being able to make it to the finish, Moulton was able to take the track championship for the late models for the second year in a row.

With his win White leads the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series point standings going into the Fall Classic at Ukiah Speedway, the final race of the series in 2017. His advantage is only two points over Henderson. The other drivers eligible for the championship in the playoffs are Moulton, Walsh, Gannon and Ryun Leazer. Moulton is 15 points behind White. Walsh is another two points behind Moulton. Gannon is 22 points behind the points leader while Leazer is 28 in arrears.

Redwood Acres Raceway would like to thank all of its sponsors for a successful 2017 season. A special thank you to all of the race fans who supported the Acres as well. For full points and season race results in all divisions, please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

25th Fall Spectacular Set To Close 2017 Season At The Acres



Eureka, CA (September 25, 2017) – The 2017 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is coming to a close this weekend. Championships in all six divisions are on the line for what will be the 25th running of the Acres’ season-closing weekend tradition which will now be dedicated yearly to the recently passed Dennis Wendt. Mid-City Motor World will be presenting the annual two-day event.

The California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union roadrunners will be running three 20-lap main events this weekend, two on Saturday night and one on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Buell extended his point lead in the most recent race on September 2nd. His lead over Nick Ford is 18 points. In third is Tim Ratzlaff who has a mathematical chance at the track championship but likely won’t be able to advance his position in the standings. There is only a one point difference between the fourth and fifth place drivers, Jennifer Murrell and Bob Ratzlaff.

Tyler Peach has a nearly insurmountable lead for the Nor-Cal Automotive Legends. Peach has a 37 point lead over MKinzy Uselton. Going into the September 2nd event, Uselton was within five points of Peach but a heat race incident in the most recent race has more or less extinguished her hopes for the championship. The top five in the standings are Brad Curtice, Dominic Vogelsang and Brett Mack. None of those drivers are in the running for the track title in the division.

The second Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber bash will be a featured attraction for the Fall Spectacular. Duel 50-lap main events are set for the Sunday show. John Lally’s 52 point lead over Kolby Jackson might look like a sizable advantage but with two main events, anything can change. Bethany Rapp is third, one point behind Jackson. Although he is 89 points behind Lally, Jim Redd still has a chance at the championship although his chances are long. Fifth place features a tie between father and daughter, Jimmy Sorrels and Kimberly Sorrels.

After playing catch-up all season long, Brett Murrell has the points lead in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division. He still has his hands full as his father Brian Murrell, Jr. is one point behind in second. Eugene Palmer is third and is right in the thick of the running only six points behind Murrell. The top five is rounded out by two drivers who have had very impressive rookie seasons. Scott Taylor is 23 points behind the leader and still has a chance at the mini stock title. Trevor Eacret is fifth but is 41 points behind Taylor.

The Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadsters is the only division that will be running a full slate of trophy dashes, heat races and main events on both Saturday and Sunday. Nine points is the margin between first and second Ronnie O’Neil and Tommy Payne. Chris Lawrence is third and will likely finish the season in that position barring major issues for O’Neil and Payne. Mac Collado is a veteran racer at the Acres but is a roadster rookie. He sits fourth in the standings. Paul Peeples, Jr. completes the top five.

Mic Moulton holds the points lead for the Mid-City Motor World late models. 13 points behind in second is Eric Gannon. Marty Walsh is three points behind Gannon in third. Brandon White in fourth is 26 points behind Moulton while fifth place David Henderson is another point behind White. They are the only drivers in the division who have a chance at the track championship.

While this weekend’s 100-lap late model event will crown the track champion for the division at Redwood Acres Raceway, it will also be the first race of the two-race playoff for the overall champion of the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series. The championship deciding race will be held at Ukiah Speedway on October 21st and 22nd. To qualify a driver had to attempt to start all six previous races in 2017, had to win a race, or had to qualify through earning the most points of non-winners. Moulton, Gannon, White and Henderson were able to solidify their positions with wins while Marty Walsh and Ryun Leazer earned their chance through points.

Mid-City Motor World Championship Weekend will get started Friday with practice from 2:00-7:00 PM. Saturday, gates open at 5:00 PM with racing getting started at 6:00 PM. On Sunday, gates open at 11:00 AM while the season-ending races will begin at noon. For more information on this weekend’s Fall Spectacular/Dennis Wendt Memorial, please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website, www.RedwoodAcresRacing.com

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Championships Heat Up At Redwood Acres Raceway



Eureka, CA (September 3, 2017) – Racing season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly coming to a close. There are only two weekends of left and the point races in all six divisions have yet to be decided.

In the California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union roadrunner division, Daniel Buell was able to open his points lead over Nick Ford in the last race on August 26. Buell won with a last-lap pass for the main event victory. Buell stretched his advantage to 12 markers over Ford. Third and fourth positions are filled by two Ratzlaffs, Tim and Bob. Jennifer Murrell rounds out the top five.

Tyler Peach is a rookie in the Nor-Cal Automotive Legends class and holds a narrow four point lead over MKinzy Uselton. It appears to be a two driver race for the championship as third place Dominic Vogelsang is 39 points behind Peach. Brent Mack holds fourth and Brad Curtice is fifth.

The Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division track championship holds the point championship with the largest margin for the leader. That driver is John Lally whose advantage over Kolby Jackson is 46 points. Bomber rookie Bethany Rapp is third in the standings, only two points behind Jackson. Jim Redd is fourth and fifth is Kimberly Sorrels who is only four points behind Redd.

The battle for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock title continues to narrow as the season comes to a close. Brian Murrell, Sr. has held the lead since the start of the season but his advantage over second and third is only seven points. Eugene Palmer is six behind Murrell, Sr. and Brett Murrell is third. Scott Taylor has been consistent all season and the rookie is fourth in points. Troy Lee lies in the fifth position.

Ronnie O’Neil and Tommy Payne appear to be the two frontrunners for the Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadster division. O’Neil leads Payne by seven points. Paul Peeples, Jr. has missed the past two events but is still third in points. Chris Lawrence is fourth and in a tie with rookie driver Jason Mitchell.

The championship in the Mid-City Motor World Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series remains up in the air with the track title being decided during the Fall Spectacular on October 1. Other partner sponsors for the series include Anderson Logging, Danielson Construction and North Coast Lighting And Electric. Mic Moulton’s thrilling comeback in the last race proved to be a major turning point as he was able to slightly extend his lead to 13 points over Eric Gannon. Marty Walsh had an off night but still has an outside chance to win the championship as he is only three points behind Gannon.

Brandon White’s engine issues in practice for the June 10 event effectively ended his chances at winning the track title. White holds down fourth, 26 points behind Moulton thanks to two wins. Like David Henderson is the only other driver to win multiple races in 2017. Henderson is only one point behind White in fifth.

Besides being the final race in the battle for the late model track championship at the Acres, the Fall Spectacular event will be the first race of the two-race playoff for the overall Super 6 Series champion. The second and championship deciding race will be held at Ukiah Speedway on October 21 and 22. To have a chance at the overall title, a driver has had to win one of the series’ six point races in 2017 or finished in the top six in points. The six drivers who will be going for the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series thanks to wins are Brandon White, David Henderson, Mic Moulton and Eric Gannon. Marty Walsh and Ryun Leazer obtained enough points throughout the season to lock in their chances for the championship.

Along with the prestige of winning both season-ending events, there will also be a $10,000 bonus for the driver who wins both races in Eureka and Ukiah. To be eligible a driver must have raced all six races in the series in 2017 and must win both events.

The next and penultimate race at Redwood Acres Raceway will take place Saturday September 9. Joining the roadrunners, Legends, bombers, mini stocks and Thunder Roadsters will be the North State Modified Series which will be the third and final stop of the year. Grandstands open at 5 PM with racing beginning at 6 PM. For more information on everything going on at Redwood Acres Raceway, please visit the track’s official website www.redwoodacresracing.com