Travis Petersen Racing Shows Promising Speed In First Start Of 2020

Susanville,CA (6/30/2020) After 9 months away from the track, Reno based Pro Stock team Travis Petersen Racing with driver Jay Sears finally made their first start of the season Saturday night at Susanville’s Diamond Mountain Speedway. 

The race marked the 4th event of the 2020 Tri State Pro Stock Challenge slate, a series the team has only competed with once in the past. 

With practically everything on the car being new, team owner Travis Petersen knew that Saturday’s event would probably feature a few hiccups along the way, so Petersen wasn’t too disappointed with the night ending early for a brake issue. 

The night kicked off with heat race action, where Sears rolled off last in the 7 car field. Sears quickly moved into 5th on the opening lap, but would slide back to 6th a lap later as he battled handling issues. 

Sears’s heat race would ultimately come to an early end as he spun to a stop in Turn 4. 

Starting 12th in the 17 car feature, Sears found himself in the Top 10 early after an impressive 3 car pass. 

Unfortunately for Sears, his strong run would come to an end just a couple laps later, as he pulled into the pits under caution for both a flat tire and a loss of brakes. 

The Petersen Racing team would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

NPSG Global
Reno Tahoe Auto Group
Rini Insurance Agency
Bruce Rayburn Racecars
Eternal Image
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#beatitnerdakatucker
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Vatos Locos Performance
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Keep It Dirty Apparel

Cory Sample Racing

Jonesy’s All American

With a Special thanks to the boys that make up TPR for 3 midnighters to make this happen. Jesse Gonzales for the motor this weekend and NPSG Global for the renovation and powder coating! 

 

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Johnson Sweeps Super Late Model Double Header, Lipke Grabs Modified Gambler

-Schmidt A Two Time Winner on Sunday

Coos Bay, OR (6/29/2020) With racing still mostly on hold across the State of Oregon, Coos Bay Speedway provided fans and competitors alike with an action packed doubleheader weekend this past Saturday and Sunday night on the NASCAR oval. 

Though the America’s Mattress Super Late Models saw a slight drop in car count this weekend, the racing remained just as intense as ever. Following up a strong 4th place showing his last time out, Gresham’s Jason Johnson found himself sweeping both nights of Super Late Model competition. 

Despite leading all 30 laps of Saturday’s feature, it certainly wasn’t a cakewalk for Johnson, who had to contend with rookie driver Braden Fugate knocking on the door lap after lap. Fugate would make one last attempt at getting around Johnson for the win on the last lap, but it would ultimately cost the Bandon racer as former track champ Brody Montgomery was able to capitalize on Fugate’s error to grab 2nd. Fugate, Doug Elkins and Mike Taylor would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s race proved to be much less stressful for Johnson. After quickly dispatching of early leader Dennis Souza, Johnson set sail, with Elkins and Montgomery in hot pursuit. Johnson would go on to win comfortably, ahead of Elkins, Montgomery, Fugate and Taylor. Pescadero, California’s Souza would be the last car scored, as last week’s winner BJ Donofrio wasn’t able to make the call for the feature. 

The IMCA Modifieds took to the track for their 2nd appearance Sunday, with Yreka, California’s Jimmy Lipke claiming the 35 lap feature. While Lipke led every lap from the pole position, a fierce battle waged behind in the form of Jon Debenedetti and Bricen James. Debenedetti, last Modified event’s winner, had his hands full with the Albany star. In the end, experience won out as Debenedetti held on for 2nd. James, Sam Potter and Paul Rea rounded out the Top 5. Debenedetti and James won the earlier heat races. 

Saturday’s Dwarf Car exhibition proved to be a wild event from the start. Though the race struggled to get going early, to the tune of 5 cautions in the opening 7 circuits. Once the race began to settle down, it was Eagle Point’s Brock Peters who paced the running order. Fellow Southern Oregon racer Ryan Smith proved to be Peters’s lone adversary, briefly swapping the lead back and forth in the early going before Peters pulled away. 

While that all happened up front, Josh King and John Chrisman were locked in a heated contest for 4th. Over the final 15 laps of the race, the duo would swap spots a total of 7 times, with King eventually coming out on top. In the end, Peters would pick up an impressive victory over Smith, Chad Cardoza, King and Chrisman. Peters, Camden Robustelli and Chris Kress won their respective heat races. 

The Street Stocks continued their strong car count from a week ago, with 16 competitors signing in Saturday and 10 making it back on Sunday. North Bend’s Ken Fox would grab the spotlight on Saturday, grabbing the lead from Dakota Godard at the midway point and never looking back. Godard should be commended for having another strong effort in just his 2nd weekend at the speedway. With the Top 2 pretty much gone, former Sportsman champ Dylan Siewell and Graig Osborne decided to put on a show of their own. For the race’s final 22 laps, these 2 drivers raced each other hard but clean, with the two finishing in a dead heat that saw Siewell grab 3rd by a nose. Phil Lovvorn would complete Saturday’s Top 5. 

Gresham native Kevin Roberts was the star of the show Sunday, driving up from 6th, methodically picking off cars one by one before taking the lead with 13 to go and opening up a huge lead back to Steve Dubisar. Dubisar, who struggled with mechanical issues Saturday night, rebounded strong with a 2nd place finish, ahead of Godard, Lovvorn and Fox. 

The Sportsman Late Models saw a nice boost this weekend by a few IMCA Sport Mods who wanted some extra seat time. Saturday’s event saw Jordan Henry pick up his first ever win, holding off a strong charge from Dave Schmidt. Doug Coffman would take 3rd in his first race since blowing a motor in a practice session earlier this year, while Corvallis visitor and Willamette regular Ryan Emry grabbed 4th. KC Scott would complete the Top 5. 

Sunday’s event wasn’t as competitive, with Roseburg racer Dave Schmidt leading all 25 laps for his first of 2 wins on the night. Coffman would come home 2nd, holding off a stellar run from Emry over the last 10 laps. Henry and season opener winner Trace Fugate would round out the Top 5. 

Speaking of IMCA Sport Mods, Dave Schmidt would grab his 2nd win of the night over an 8 car field. Schmidt once again led all 30 laps from the front row. Doug Coffman would yet again finish 2nd, having his hands full with Aaron Bloom for the majority of the race. Jordan Henry and KC Scott would be your Top 5. 

The Mini Outlaws features were claimed by northern visitors again this week, with Portland’s Scott Beaudoin and Albany’s Tahlan Rogers both finding victory lane. Beaudoin actually looked to have the weekend sweep in the bag, but issues with 2 to go allowed Rogers to sneak by for the win. Jason Kellam and Beaudoin won the class’s heat race each night. 

The Hornet division provided the closest feature finish of the weekend Saturday night, with Issac Stere narrowly edging Hannah Robison for the top spot. Both drivers started near the back of the field, so fans were treated to an awesome show as they both climbed up the race standings. Roseburg’s Seth Christian would pick up a dominating victory Sunday, winning by over a straightaway ahead of Stere. Kevin Rockwell and Dan Briesacher would be Sunday’s only other finishers. 

Coos Bay Speedway returns to action Wednesday night for Hump Day Havoc. The Winged Sprints return to headline the card, while the Dwarf Cars, Street Stocks and Jr Stingers will also be in attendance. 

Coos Bay Speedway is located in Coos Bay, OR a short jump off Hwy 101 then two & a half miles east on Hwy 42. The facility currently houses a 3/8-mile NASCAR dirt track, 1/8 mile NHRA drag strip, and hosts yearly Mud Drag events. For breaking news and updates on the 2020 season, visit our website http://www.coosbayspeedway.us and like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coosbayspeedway

Rob Gallaher Captures 3rd Straight As Gallaher Racing Stays Perfect

Marysville, CA (6/26/2020)

For a first time Marysville starter, Rob Gallaher could have fooled anyone. A rare solo trip for the San Jose racer, Gallaher made the most of his first trip to the Nor-Cal ¼ mile oval, leading 16 of the 20 scheduled laps en route to a dominant victory.  

The heat race was a difficult one for Gallaher. Though just 8 laps in distance, Gallaher fell behind the 8 ball early. Thanks to a late race issue for two cars ahead of him, Gallaher was able to sneak in a 4th place finish. 

Luckily for Gallaher, 4th place would be just where he wanted to finish, as the invert lined him up 3rd in the 18 car field for the 20 lap feature. 

At the drop of the green flag, Gallaher wasted no time moving forward, as he grabbed 2nd just one turn into the race. 

After 4 laps of shadowing Rick Etcheson, Gallaher took advantage of Etcheson’s mistake in turn 2 to grab the top spot. Gallaher would lead the next 6 circuits uncontested before back to back cautions on Lap 10. 

Gallaher would once again open a commanding lead before one last caution waved on Lap 14. 

With just 6 laps remaining, Gallaher would hold off multiple charges by local veteran Jimmy Ford before pulling away one last time to clinch the victory. 

After the race,Gallaher had this to say regarding his night and Marysville as a whole: “The Marysville racers welcomed us with open arms. We loved the track and the promoter had a well ran operation. We would love to come back with a couple of cars again for a big show.” 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

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Fugate Grabs First Super Late Model Podium Finish In Season Opener

Coos Bay, OR (6/22/2020)

While the jump to the Super Late Model class has had its fair share of early difficulties, Saturday night had to be an encouraging sign for Braden Fugate and the entirety of the Fugate Racing team.

2 of Fugate’s first 3 starts had ended with a DNF, so Saturday night’s 3rd place finish definitely felt like the team’s most complete Super Late performance to date. Even with the team’s occasional early struggles, Braden has shown the poise and persistence of a veteran racer, putting his team in as best position to succeed as possible.

Fugate started off the night with a strong run in the heat race. After starting 5th, Braden quickly passed Nathan Augustine for 4th, before settling in behind Rob Campos. After shadowing Campos lap after lap, Fugate finally made his move on the last lap to steal 3rd at the line.

Unfortunately for Fugate, the invert did him no favors, as he’d line up 9th on the starting grid. Within three laps, Fugate found himself knocking on the door of the Top 5.

For the next 17 circuits, Fugate continued to run 6th, before problems for a fellow racer helped him gain 2 spots to grab 4th. Lying just ahead in 3rd was defending Madras champ Jason Johnson, who managed to keep Fugate at bay lap after lap, regardless of Fugate’s numerous attempts.

With just 2 laps remaining, Fugate wrestled 3rd away from Johnson, going on to finish 3rd to improve on his previous career best finish of 4th.

When asked about his night, Fugate said: “We had a pretty solid night last night! We started in the back of both the heat race and main and were able to move forward in both which was huge for me! We are making steps in the right direction. Just super thankful to be able to be back at the track and get some more laps under my belt in that car! Overall it was a great night!”

Braden would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters who make this possible, including:
Mike Redmon
Ken Ware Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC
Canaday Coffee
Troubles Construction LLC
Outdoor Living and Rental Center- Bandon, Oregon
Coos Curry Supply – Port Orford, Oregon
Napier Auto Body
API Coatings
WSK Machine – Jim Diemert Racing Engines

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Gallaher Racing Looks To Build Off Exceptional 2019 Campaign

San Jose, CA (3/03/2020) Coming into 2020 with heaps of expectations after a stellar season this past year, the two headed monster of Rob and Joe Gallaher are ready to crush expectations and their competition. The San Jose, California based Father and Son Hobby Stock team once again claimed the Ocean Speedway Hobby Stock track championship in 2019, with Rob winning his 3rd in the past 4 years, and 4th total title in the previous 6. 

 

The anticipation is building in the Gallaher camp as we grow closer to March 13th’s season opener at Ocean, and for good reason. The team was busy in the off-season building a completely new car for the patriarch of the Gallaher family, Joe. Pre-season testing this past Thursday at Merced Speedway couldn’t have gone much better, and the early results have the team ecstatic. 

 

Gallaher Racing’s main goal for 2020 is simple, add another title to the family’s incredible list of accomplishments. They believe that putting a concerted effort to focus almost entirely on the local points chase will go a long way in helping accomplish the feat. 

 

If 2019 is any indication, their fellow division racers will have trouble preventing another back to back title run for the Gallahers. Rob was phenomenally consistent in his latest championship winning season, finishing outside the Top 5 only twice across his 15 feature starts. While the consistency was certainly impressive, one could argue that his 7 main event wins were an even bigger achievement. 

 

By far, the biggest win for either driver in 2019 was Rob’s win at the illustrious Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout. The Shootout is highly regarded as the most prestigious event at their home track, and Rob’s night 1 win last year marked his 2nd triumph in the race’s 9 year history. 

 

Joe Gallaher wasn’t far from the track title himself this past year, but multiple early season mechanical gremlins ultimately wound up being the deciding factor in the title race. Even with the early season problems, only a 19 point gap separated the two after the final race.  On top of that, both Gallahers were consistent to the point that there was over a 100 point difference between championship runner up Joe Gallaher and 3rd place in points, truly showing their stranglehold on the division in 2019. 

 

In the midst of a stellar season, Joe also picked up career wins number 2 and 3 along the way in back to back races, including what has likely become their most infamous moment sharing the track. In late June, the two were racing intensely for the win in the late going, when Joe got a little aggressive and sent his son for a spin. Joe would hold off the competition for his 2nd win of the season. Joe acknowledged on the ride home that night that he “may have that one comin’ back around”. 

 

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming season, an excited Rob Gallaher had this to say: “We are fired up for the 2020 season. After Merced changed their hobby rules to exclude all the other hobby stocks in the state we decided to really focus on our home track in Watsonville. We have built a whole new car for my dad to maintain the competitive edge he had before damaging his frame at the McGowan race in Bakersfield last year. He has the pep in his step again that wasn’t there at the end of last year. Winning will be commonplace for both Gallaher cars again starting 2020.  We have made setup changes and drivetrain improvements to help us stay on top. We know our competition is getting better so we have to be making changes to be better too. I can’t wait to hit the dirt circle on Friday the 13th of March.”

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

 

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Curran Claims 6th Win In 12th 2019 Antioch Start Before Bowing Out Of Title Chase

(7/23/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Katrina Kniss)

 

Saturday night at Antioch Speedway was a bittersweet one for Antioch native Brent Curran. Curran looked to be in the midst of a close points battle with Tommy Fraser for the track’s B Mod title, but after buying a new car and evaluating their options, the team has decided it’s best to get the new car ready for 2020. 

 

The event also marked what Curran believes to be his last race at his home track in 2019, as the plan is to travel and chase a few of the bigger shows in the region. 

 

With their decision already made, Curran was determined to end his Antioch season on a high note. From the drop of the green flag in his heat, you could sense the focus and urgency Curran had behind the wheel. Curran would lead all 8 laps of his heat race to win in dominating fashion. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 3rd. After briefly falling back to 4th on the opening lap, Curran would go from 4th to the lead in just one corner as leader Les Friend got sideways in front of the field. 

 

With the race staying green, Curran was able to gain a nice cushion on the rest of the field as they had to check up to avoid Friend in Turn 4. As the laps began to click off in rapid succession, Curran’s lead only grew. 

 

By the time the lone caution of the race waved with just 4 laps left, Curran had amassed a straightaway’s length lead back to Fraser. 

 

On the restart, Curran again pulled away, hitting his marks as he went on to lead the final 4 laps and win by a healthy margin over Fraser and Kevin Brown. 

 

After the night was said and done, Curran said “This one was kinda bitter sweet. Earlier in the day my car owner and I had thrown around the idea of backing out of the points chase and putting our focus on getting the new car ready. As I went out for hot laps we both kinda looked at each other and agreed it was better just to let the points go and figure the new car out with all the bigger races coming up. Yeah it hurts being that my dad won his modified championship there in 2001 but I also realize I’m still young and have a lot more in me so I could come back and try it again when the time was right. The decision pretty much lit a fire under me for the rest of the night and I wanted to leave Antioch on a high note for the fans I do have there and all the support I’ve had this season. The heat race went exactly how I wanted it to and backed it up in the main. Another kind of emotional deal for me and once again very bitter sweet. As I said before, I can’t thank my supporters every week at Antioch enough and all the encouragement in the pits from the fans I do have to keep pushing when things got rough. My love for that track is so strong but for now I have to step back and look at the bigger picture. 6 wins half way through the season in only 12 races is something I made a goal but wasn’t expecting and I’ll hold my head high to that moving forward. Might not be able to get our championship this year but everyone knows I was there. I’ll be back!”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Bryant Gaining On Competition, Nearly Claiming First Top 5 As He Moves Into 5th In Points

(7/22/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos)

 

As we head into the last weekend of July, Jesse Bryant is turning heads and riding a wave of momentum after back to back 6th place runs at Placerville Speedway. With his finish Saturday night, the teen Pure Stock driver also moved into 5th place in the division’s overall points standings. 

 

Bryant unfortunately struggled in heat race action early in the night, as he was unable to get into a steady rhythm, relegating him to a 6th place finish out of the 7 finishers. 

 

Once the Main Event began, however, you could see a noticeable difference in the way Bryant attacked the track. After starting 7th in the 8 car field, Bryant quickly took 6th as he settled in behind fellow Rookie of the Year contender Stephanie Hanson. 

 

Just as Hanson had begun to open a fairly sizeable advantage back to Bryant, a lap 10 caution brought the field back together for a restart. 

 

Bryant wouldn’t waste any time on the ensuing restart, as he took 5th and started pulling away from Hanson and the rest. As laps wound down, multi-time winner Kevin Jinkerson began reeling Bryant in for 5th. 

 

Bryant was able to hold him off for a few laps before Jinkerson finally made his move with 3 to go, forcing Bryant to once again settle for a 6th place finish. 

 

Though Bryant would have loved a Top 5, the finish served him well, as he moved into the Top 5 in points, while also gaining 10 more ever-important points in the Rookie of the Year battle with Hanson with just 4 events remaining.

 

Jesse will be back in action this Saturday night for the Mark Forni Classic. 

 

The Bryant Racing team would also like to send their best to veteran racer Mel Byers, who suffered a hard crash into the Turn 1 wall at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Byers was able to walk away from the incident with no major injuries. 

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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Curran Scores 5th Victory on Emotional Weekend For The Curran Family

(7/8/2019)

 

While every victory obviously means a lot to a racecar driver, Saturday night at Antioch Speedway meant so much more for B Mod winner Brent Curran. In the past 4 years, Curran has lost 3 extremely close family members, each passing on in the first week of July. With Curran unsure if he’d be able to race Saturday, he knew they’d want him out at the track doing what he loves, thus Curran made the decision to race Saturday night. 

 

The night kicked off with heat race action, with an unfortunate pill draw lining Curran up last in the 5 car race. In the first two laps Curran made 2 quick moves, passing last week’s winner Scott Savell and point leader Tommy Fraser to slide into 3rd position. Though he was able to catch 2nd place runner Les Friend, Curran would have to settle for 3rd in the heat. 

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 5th, but by the end of the opening lap, he was already up to 2nd. Just one lap later, Curran would capitalize on a mistake by race leader Kevin Brown to grab the top spot. 

 

While Brown was able to hang close to Curran for a couple of laps, Curran quickly began pulling away and opening a huge gap back to 2nd. By the time the first caution waved 7 laps in, Curran had amassed a full straightaway’s length lead over Brown and the rest of the field. 

 

Once the race got back underway it was right back to business for Curran, this time with a new challenger in Les Friend riding behind in 2nd. Just like before the caution, once a few laps had passed, Curran was once again ahead by a sizeable margin. 

 

When all was said and done, Curran would go on to win the feature by nearly half a lap. The feature netted Curran an increased $500 win winnings, as well as narrowing the points battle with Fraser to just 2 points. 

 

When asked for a comment about his night, Curran said “This last week has been a very tough week for me emotionally. I lost 3 family members very close to me within a few days of each other in the last 4 years. My Dena on 7/3/17, my Grandpa Barry on 7/5/17 and my Grandpa Jerry on 7/7/15… It was even up in the air that I was going to race Saturday with where my head was this week. They would’ve wanted me to race my heart out so I did. Had a solid heat race on one of the best track surfaces I’ve seen all year at Antioch. Car was solid and only needed to make a few minor adjustments for the main as the track dried out a bit. Went out with the intention in the main to take it easy the first few laps and keep the nose clean and go racing once everyone got sorted out. The car felt great the first few laps and within a couple laps found myself out front. Moved around a bit trying to see where the car felt the best but finally settled in on the bottom and never looked back. All in all another great week for points and an emotional win to top that.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear 

Velocita-USA

 

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Sorensen’s Dominant Streak Comes To a Close

(7/2/2019) (PC Katrina Kniss)

 

After completing the first 10 races of 2019 by either finishing either 1st or 2nd in Hobby Stock competition at Antioch Speedway, El Sobrante native and defending champ Chris Sorensen finally saw that streak come to an end Saturday night. Despite the rough outing, Sorensen still holds nearly a full race advantage in points back to 2nd place. 

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd for his heat race, but quickly found himself in 2nd on the opening lap. For the next 6 laps, Sorensen threw everything he had at race leader Will Buirch. As the leaders came to take the white flag, however, Sorensen’s right rear tire began going down, costing him a spot to fall to 3rd, where he’d ultimately finish the heat race. 

 

For the main event, Sorensen would roll off 7th, and after the 1st lap, he was already up to 5th. A lap later, Sorensen made his way to 4th after a brief battle with Josh Leach. Sorensen would continue to run in 4th for the next few laps as the 2nd and 3rd place cars blocked the track ahead. 

 

After a Lap 7 caution, the race restarted. Sorensen would immediately fall back to 5th as his car pushed up the race track hard in Turn 1. A couple of laps later, Sorensen would regain the spot by passing Trevor Clymens, before taking 3rd after dodging a spinning Will Buirch. 

 

With 8 to go, the 2nd caution would fly to once again bring the field back together. On the ensuing restart, Sorensen would use a strong run through Turns 1 and 2 to take 2nd from Leach. 

 

After following leader James Thomson for a couple of laps, Thomson would get loose in front of Sorensen and spin, collecting Sorensen to bring out one final yellow flag. With just limited laps remaining, Sorensen was only able to salvage a 6th place finish after having what looked to be race winning speed. 

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Brc Race Cars

GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

LRT Graphics

Lucky Dog Racing League

Hotshots Motorsports Photography

Montalvo Motorsports

 

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Joe Gallaher Back In Victory Lane After Last Lap Bump and Run

(7/2/2019)

 

Joe Gallaher made one thing clear this past Friday night at Ocean Speedway: This Hobby Stock points battle is far from over. While his son Rob had dominated the first half of the season, Joe is riding a big wave of momentum after visiting victory lane in back to back races. 

 

With only 7 cars making it out to race Friday night, the Hobby Stocks would all race in the same heat race, with Joe starting 3rd while Rob rolled off in 5th. Over the course of the race, Rob would be the only Gallaher Racing driver to find any forward traction, moving up 2 spots to 3rd by the end of the race, while Joe would take 4th. 

 

Since Joe had won the previous race, he’d be forced to start last in the 7 car main event, as Rob started in 3rd. Joe wasn’t content to stay in the back long as he picked off two cars on the opening lap to take 5th. 

 

Before long, Joe would take 4th, before challenging his son Rob for 3rd. Rob would hold off the early challenge from his father, then shifted his attention back to the Top 2. After a Lap 5 restart, Rob went to work on the returning Matt Kile for 2nd. 

 

Kile and Rob Gallaher would race door to door for multiple laps, before Rob cleared for the spot. Just 1 lap later, Rob would inherit the lead as the leader lost their right rear wheel. Just before the caution, Joe had taken 2nd from Kile, meaning Gallaher Racing would restart 1st and 2nd. 

 

After the race restarted with 5 to go, Joe remained glued to Rob’s bumper for the following 4 laps. As the leaders took the white flag, Joe would get into the back of his son Rob, sending him around as the race stayed green. Joe would go on to win the race, while Rob had to settle for 6th. 

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:

Gallaher Company

1 Hour Drain

Tire Time 

Express Car Wash 

Yeti Coolers 

Coors 

Snap On

Built by the Captain

 

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Sorensen Does it Again, Now a 5 Time Winner in 2019

(6/24/2019)

 

What a start to the 2019 race season it’s been for El Sobrante native Chris Sorensen. The defending Antioch Speedway Hobby Stock champ has set a ridiculous pace so far, picking up 5 wins and 5 runner up finishes across his 1st 10 starts of the season. Sorensen’s 5th and most recent win came this past Saturday night, extending his points lead to 50 points heading into the final weekend of June.

 

Sorensen’s night kicked off with heat race action, where he’d roll off 3rd of the 3 cars that made the call. Sorensen immediately took 2nd on the start, than settled in behind race leader Trevor Clymens. Though he looked to the inside of Clymens multiple times over the next 7 laps, he couldn’t find the right spot to make a pass, taking 2nd in the heat race.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 9th in the 11 car field. Sorensen was a busy man early, making 5 passes in the opening 2 circuits, including dodging a car that was sideways directly in front of him.

 

A lap later Sorensen found himself in 3rd, and knocking on the door for 2nd. The 10 lap battle for 2nd eventually evolved into a 3 car battle for the lead as Sorensen and Clymens tracked down race leader Breanna Troen.

 

With 8 to go, Sorensen grabbed 2nd from Troen, leaving just Clymens ahead. Sorensen and Clymens would race door to door lap after lap, with Sorensen gaining the upper hand as the leaders came to 2 to go. Sorensen would get lucky on the last lap. As he got out of shape coming out of turn 2, so did Clymens in 2nd, allowing Sorensen to maintain his advantage and walk away victorious yet again at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

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Sorensen Once Again Victorious at Antioch, Picks Up 4th Win of 2019

(6/19/2019) PC: Katrina Kniss

 

For the 4th time already in 2019, Chris Sorensen is back in victory lane at Antioch Speedway. It’s been a dominant season for the defending Hobby Stock champ, who through 9 races still has not finished lower than 2nd. With his 4th win of the season Saturday night, Sorensen now holds a 48 point lead over closest competitor Josh Leach.

 

Sorensen would roll off 3rd in his heat. From the drop of the green flag, it quickly became clear that Sorensen and Luke Brignoli easily had the 2 quickest cars in the race, as Sorensen stayed glued to Brignoli’s rear bumper.

 

While Sorensen had multiple opportunities to pass for the lead, he just couldn’t find the grip to make a move stick, ultimately settling for 2nd in the heat.

 

For the feature, Sorensen would start 3rd. His race was nearly in danger on the opening lap as the leader got sideways in front of Sorensen, with Sorensen just sneaking by to take 2nd. After looking for a way past for 2 laps, Sorensen would grab the lead from Ken Johns on lap 4 after Johns drifted high and allowed Sorensen to slide past.

 

A couple laps later, the first and only caution of the race waved to bring the field back together. After a lengthy caution, the race restarted with Sorensen jumping out to a sizeable advantage. As he maneuvered his way through lapped traffic, Sorensen’s lead only grew as two new challengers began to emerge in Josh Leach and James Thomson.

 

After a particularly hard to pass lapped car, Sorensen’s big lead was completely wiped out, allowing Leach and Thomson to close in.

 

As the leaders continued to battle through a large number of lapped cars, Sorensen’s lead once again began to grow. Though Thomson threw one last shot at him, Sorensen held on to once again find victory lane at Antioch Speedway.

 

Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

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GET OUT OF TOWN! Professional Pet Care

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Joe Gallaher Finally Reaches the Top as Gallaher Racing Places 1-2

(6/17/2019)

 

After a frustrating span of a year and a half without reaching victory lane, veteran racer Joe Gallaher is back on top. Joe had come close on numerous occasions throughout the early portion of the season, but late race issues always seemed to derail his hopes. That all changed Friday night.

 

The night started off with Rob Gallaher starting 3rd in the first heat, while Joe started on the pole for the 2nd heat. At the start of his heat race, Rob made it 3-wide for the lead in the first turn. Rob couldn’t get the drive off the turn to make the pass stick and fell back to 3rd. With 3 to go, Rob would pass Bobby Huckaby Jr for 2nd, and would go on to finish there.

 

Joe’s heat was much more of a breeze. After starting on the pole, Joe would lead all 8 laps to win by a healthy margin over Wally Kennedy, the driver he’s been battling for 2nd in points.

 

For the feature, Joe would roll off 3rd, while Rob had start last in 11th after winning the previous race. While Joe fell to 4th on the opening lap, Rob quickly passed two cars to take 9th.

 

Just 2 laps later, Joe would make a big move on the inside to pass both 2nd and 3rd, with a caution quickly waving after as the 3rd place car went around. For the restart, Joe would restart 2nd, while Rob had moved into 7th.

 

On the restart Rob was on the move, taking 6th and 5th in quick succession. All the while, Joe was all over race leader Bobby Huckaby Jr for the top spot. 2 short laps later, Rob was once again moving forward, this time claiming 4th.

 

After 6 laps of trailing, Joe finally took the lead on lap 7, using a big run on the high side to motor past Huckaby. Just after crossing the line as the leader, the 2nd and final caution of the race waved.

 

As he had done all night, Rob made quick work of his competition and swiped 3rd on the restart. While Rob began to work on Huckaby for 2nd, Joe began to pull away.

 

Once Rob took 2nd, he did everything he could to reel in Joe, but he just couldn’t find the speed as Joe finally overcame all the bad luck from the early portion of the season to find victory lane. Rob would ultimately finish 2nd to complete a stellar night of racing for Gallaher Racing.

 

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Curran Returns to Victory Lane in Dramatic Fashion at Antioch Speedway

(6/17/2019) (PC Katrina Kniss)

 

In a wild finish that you’ll see discussed across social media over the next few days, Antioch native Brent Curran once again found victory lane at Antioch Speedway this past Saturday night. Curran’s last lap pass has already been a big point of discussion across Facebook the past two days, drawing loud responses from fans and friends on either side of the story.

 

Saturday night as always kicked off with heat race action, where Curran would start 2nd. Though pole sitter Tommy Fraser stayed side by side with Curran for the majority of the opening lap, Curran quickly found himself pulling away from the pack. Curran would hold a consistent four car-lengths lead for the remainder of the race, going on to win ahead of Fraser and Cameron Swank.

 

For the feature, Curran would roll off 5th. With the high line being the preferred line around the track Saturday night, Curran would fall back to 6th on the first circuit, before regaining 5th on Lap 2. A few seconds later, the first and only caution of the race would fly for a crash in turn 4.

 

Curran was on a mission on the ensuing restart, flying from 5th to 2nd in a matter of two turns. This left race leader Chris Sieweke as the only driver ahead of Curran. Once he had taken 2nd, Curran looked underneath Sieweke a few times before realizing there was little to no grip on the bottom, eventually settling in behind Sieweke.

 

While Curran practically traced Sieweke’s tire tracks for much of the next 16 laps, he began looking for a spot to make his move, trying to maybe find a weakness in the line Sieweke was running.

 

Curran would again look to the inside of Sieweke multiple times as the laps wound down, at one point pulling up to his door as the two battled through lapped traffic before having to back out to avoid a collision.

 

With one lap left, Curran had to make his move. Curran would carry a great run through Turns 1 and 2 as he sped down the backstretch. As both drivers drove into Turn 3, Sieweke left the bottom open, giving Curran the chance to dive to his inside. Curran would get just far enough ahead of Sieweke to complete the pass, and went on to take the win in one of the most thrilling finishes of 2019.

 

After the race, Curran said: “Well Saturday was definitely exciting to say the least. Already could tell in the heat that the car had speed and if the track was racey enough the fans were in for a good one to make up for the week before. Our invert draw set us back a bit but was confident enough in our long run speed that we could still get to the front. Had a great time racing the 74 car the whole race and sucks that the finish ended up the way it did but no racer shows up to finish second. I admit there was contact and rubbing involved but after asking officials and fellow racers I’m content moving forward. I’d expect the same hard racing from anyone when it comes to a win on the last lap. That’s what the sports about and it attracts fans one way or another. Everyone has their opinion and I respect all of them. Can’t make everyone happy. On to next week for 2 days in Oregon.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

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Curran Perseveres Through Challenging Track Conditions to Take 2 Top 10’s at Merced and Antioch

(6/10/2019)

 

Though the team’s primary focus is on winning the Antioch Speedway B Mod title, Curran headed down to Merced Speedway this past Wednesday to compete in their annual Fair Race. The team wanted a chance to test their dry slick setup, and with the track’s water truck breaking down early on a hot night, Curran got a bit drier of a surface than he had been expecting.

 

Due to IMCA point average lineups, Curran would start last in his 9 car heat. With only 3 cars transferring to the feature he would have plenty of work to do if he wanted to transfer directly from the heat race. Despite being in a stacked heat race, Curran would climb up to 5th to set himself up with a solid starting position in the B Main.

 

Though Curran rolled off 4th in the B Main, he quickly found his way to the front. Once Curran took the lead, there wasn’t anyone even close to being able to catch him, as he lead the remainder of the race to win by nearly 5 seconds.

 

Curran’s B Main win would start him towards the back for the feature as he started 14th. Over the course of the 25 lap feature, Curran carefully picked his spots, moving into the Top 10 in the early going. As the laps wound down, however, Curran just couldn’t find the room to move much further forward, and would ultimately come home with an 8th place finish.

 

Saturday night at Antioch started much better for Curran, who drew the pole for his heat race. Curran would go on to lead all 8 laps, leading by nearly a straightaway, as he picked up the heat race win in dominating fashion.  

 

Since Curran had won the previous race, he would be forced to start 10th for the main event. With track conditions drier than many had ever seen at the speedway, the thick cloud of dust made it difficult to make moves in traffic.

 

Despite the dust, Curran was on the move early, moving up to 7th before a Lap 5 caution. A few laps later, Curran would grab 6th after a fellow competitor spun ahead of him.

 

On the restart, Curran would quickly grab 5th from Chris Sieweke, and was all over the back of Kevin Brown for 4th. Though it looked like Curran easily had the speed to get around Brown, there just wasn’t room on the track to make a move stick. Curran would go on to run the remainder of the race in 5th, where he’d ultimately finish.

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear

Velocita-USA

 

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Bryant Posts Season Best Finish of 6th at Placerville

(6/10/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos)

 

As we head into mid-June, Jesse Bryant is steadily gaining steam in the race for the Placerville Speedway Pure Stock Rookie of the Year award. Over the past two weeks, the 13 year old racer has opened what was a 10 point lead into a 23 point margin, with 8 races left to decide the winner.

 

In the overall standings, Bryant sits a solid 7th. If it wasn’t for an early season race where he flipped and didn’t start the feature, however, Bryant would be comfortably sitting in the Top 5.

 

Bryant’s Saturday night started off with heat race action, with the young driver starting last in the 5 car race. Unfortunately for Bryant, he wasn’t able to gain any ground on his fellow competitors, finishing the 8 lap heat in 5th.

 

For the feature, Bryant would roll off last in the 10 car field. Over the course of the opening few laps, Bryant showed his great awareness by avoiding multiple spinning cars, all the while moving up in the running order.

 

Bryant wasn’t able to miss them all, however, as he collided with Stephanie Hanson to bring out a Lap 5 caution.

 

After all the early race carnage was complete, Bryant was all the way up to 6th. Though the rookie driver still hasn’t found the consistent speed to hang with the fastest Pure Stock drivers in the west, the next 15 laps provided a valuable learning experience for Bryant.

 

This time behind the leaders allowed him to watch exactly how these drivers ran their lines and hopefully picking up important lessons on how to tackle the tricky Placerville Speedway. When all was said and done, Bryant came home with a stellar 6th place finish, establishing a new season high for himself.

 

Jesse will return to action June 22nd at Placerville Speedway.

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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Rob Gallaher Posts 2nd Consecutive Win, Joe Gallaher Loses Top 3 Run Late

(6/9/2019)

 

We’re just 6 races into the 2019 season for Gallaher Racing, and Rob Gallaher is staking his claim atop the Ocean Speedway Hobby Stock division. While his father Joe has followed close behind, the San Jose native has claimed 4 wins in his first 6 starts, heading into the 3rd weekend of June with a commanding 31 point lead over Joe.

 

Joe has been in a rather close points battle of his own, with just 10 points separating he and Wally Kennedy for the runner up spot in the standings. If not for a few late mishaps, Joe would be right there challenging for the points lead.

 

Friday night kicked off at Ocean Speedway with heat race action, slotting Rob to start 4th in the first heat, while Joe sat on the pole for heat two. Over the course of his 8 lap heat race, Rob was only able to pass two cars and settle for 2nd after winning a close battle with Nick Triolo in the closing laps of the race.

 

Joe’s heat was far less competitive. Joe would lead all 8 laps from the pole to win by nearly a quarter of a lap when it was all said and done. Since Rob had won the previous race, he would have to start 8th in the feature (Though a car dropping back would move him to 6th), while the invert had Joe starting 3rd.

 

Three laps into the race, the first caution would wave as Joe and DJ Keldsen got together and looped around in Turn 2. The incident would force Joe to restart 7th, while Rob was moved up to 3rd thanks to those two restarting in the rear.

 

On the ensuing restart, 2 cars would get together to bring out another yellow, which moved Joe up two spots into 5th. Just after Rob finally cleared Jerry Skelton for 2nd, another mid race caution waved to bunch up the field.

 

Once the race got back underway, Joe was also able to pass Skelton for 3rd, as both Gallaher Racing cars began hounding race leader Nick Triolo for the top spot. With just a few laps left, Rob used a strong run on the high side to pull a quick dive under Triolo for the lead. Joe would attempt to follow suit, but with just 4 laps left, he would spin, taking himself out of contention.

 

As the final laps clicked off, Rob would be able to hold off a hard charging Triolo to pick up yet another victory. After his spin, Joe was only able to climb back up to 6th, falling just short in a drag race to the finish line for 5th.

 

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Snap On

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Bryant Survives Wild Night at Placerville, Gains in Rookie of the Year Race

(6/4/2019) (PC: Jason Tucker Photos)

 

Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway brought many challenges to young Pure Stock driver Jesse Bryant. With constantly changing weather conditions causing many drivers to lose a handle on their cars, the 13 year old racer had a tough test ahead of him in his hunt for the Placerville Speedway Pure Stock Rookie of the Year award.

 

Bryant would start 4th in his heat race. Unfortunately for Bryant, his car was set up a bit too tight for the track’s dry surface, leaving him wrestling the car for the entirety of the 8 lap heat race, where he’d finish 7th out of 8 starters.

 

Just as the drivers were getting set for the main event, a brief rain shower hit, completely changing the track surface. Bryant would roll off 16th in the 16 car main event, leaving him with nowhere to go but forward.

 

Though Bryant wasn’t able to move forward much in the early portion of the race, the aforementioned track surface changes came into play in the middle portion of the race, as multiple drivers lost control of their cars and wrecked out of the race.

 

Through all the chaos and carnage, Bryant was able to avoid it all and move up to 12th. One of the drivers who exited early was Bryant’s biggest hurdle in the Rookie of the Year standings, so he would be guaranteed to at least gain a few points.

 

Over the last few laps, Bryant would briefly challenge for 11th, but would ultimately settle for a 12th place finish. It was overall a solid night for the rookie racer, surviving everything thrown his way over the duration of the night, and bringing the car home in one piece.

 

Jesse will return to action next Saturday night at Placerville Speedway.

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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Curran Returns to Victory Lane at Antioch Speedway For the 3rd Time in 2019

(6/2/2019) (PC Katrina Kniss)

 

As we head into the month of June, Antioch’s Brent Curran has found himself right where he wants to be, tied for the Antioch Speedway B Mod points lead. It’s been a strong run of finishes as of late for Curran, including 3 wins in his past 5 starts. If Curran is able to continue to ride this wave of momentum, he could very well find himself as the track champ at the end of the season.

 

Curran would start 4th in his heat race, before moving to 3rd on the opening lap. Curran then went to work on Tommy Fraser for 2nd, but as he looked inside, he clipped an inside tire, bending a few suspension pieces in the process. Noticeably slower for the rest of the race, Curran would limp across the finish line in 4th.

 

With plenty of work to do for the main, Curran and his crew went to work, getting the car as close to where it had been as possible. The team’s hard work would be worth it as the inversion gave Curran the pole for the feature.

 

From the drop of the green flag, Curran was gone. Curran had managed to open a nearly 4 second lead before the lone caution of the race waved 7 laps into the event.

 

On the restart, 2nd place runner Kenny Shrader gave Curran a good run for his money, but Curran would again begin to pull away after a couple laps, leaving Shrader and Todd Gomez to battle over 2nd. From there it was smooth sailing for Curran, who would lead all 20 laps en route to his 3rd win of the season, and 8th of his B Mod career.

 

After the race, Curran said: “This weekend was probably the most laid back I’ve felt at the track in awhile. Walked in the gate with no pressure on my shoulders, was just excited to be there and drive my racecar. Car felt good in the heat just made a rookie mistake running the bottom and clipped the infield tire. Bent a few things in the front end but we were able to get it back in working condition in the main. Still had a couple bent parts but it was drivable. For the main we made some changes on the car that we weren’t really sure of with the rear end still being a bit new to us. Starting on the pole I knew if I could get the start I needed I could get out front and hopefully get some clean laps with the setup changes we made and see how the car reacted. First few laps I could tell that the car was now doing what I needed it to through the dry and it was our race to lose at that point and was able to pull off another win. 3 wins this year is obviously pretty cool but still a long way from our long term goal of a championship this year. We still have some work to do and still need some solid finishes but I’m just glad the last few races have been much better than our first 2. The whole team has needed the runs we’ve had lately.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

Steel City Motorsports

Steadfast Construction

GRT Race Cars Inc.

Empire RC

89 Design

All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair

Jeff Fields (Brandit Designs)

Red Six RaceGear

Velocita-USA

 

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Gallaher Racing Sweeps Top 2 Spots at Ocean Speedway

(6/2/2019)

 

Through the first 5 events of the season, it’s beginning to look like a two horse race for the Ocean Speedway Hobby Stock championship, as the father and son team of Joe and Robert Gallaher have begun to distance themselves from the rest of the field. One of this season’s more pleasant surprises so far has been the improvement of the elder Gallaher, Joe, who has put a rough 2018 behind him with a strong start to the 2019 campaign.

 

Joe has been impressive to say the least, posting 3 Top 5’s in his first 5 starts. The lone 2 finishes outside the Top 5 were both no fault of his own, as he suffered tire failures to take him out of contention. Friday night, Joe again looked to have a shot at the win, but one mistake on a late race restart would shuffle him back to 3rd.

 

Friday night started off with both Gallaher Racing cars in the 1st of the division’s 2 heat races, with Rob starting 3rd and Joe starting 7th. Joe was noticeably fast from the start, moving up 3 spots to 4th behind Rob in the first 2 laps. Both drivers would move up another spot a lap later to take 2nd and 3rd respectively. Though Joe was able to reel in Rob with 3 to go, he wouldn’t be able to complete the pass, as Rob and Joe finished 2nd and 3rd.

 

For the feature, Rob would roll off 3rd, while Joe started 5th. After the initial start was called back, Rob would be moved up to the front row for the next attempt. Rob would briefly hold the lead for the first lap, but a big shove up the track allowed DJ Keldsen to move to his inside and take the lead.

 

While Rob had his hands full with Keldsen, Joe had moved into 3rd in the opening 2 laps, and was quickly pulling in the Top 2. After a lap 4 caution, Joe used this opportunity to pull to the inside of Rob to challenge for 2nd. The two would remain side by side for the next 4 laps, before Joe was finally able to clear Rob and set his sights on Keldsen.

 

Though Joe was running quicker lap times than the leader, he just couldn’t find a way around until another caution waved with 8 to go. On the restart, however, Joe slightly over drove the first turn, dropping him back to 6th as a result. Meanwhile up front, Rob found his way around Keldsen for the lead with 6 to go. While Rob did all he could to hold off Keldsen, Joe had quickly sliced his way back up to 3rd.

 

Joe was able to get back to the bumper of the front 2 drivers but just ran out of time, as Rob picked up his 3rd win of the season to extend his points lead over Joe.

 

After the race, Rob had this to say: “The last restart helped me big time, because Keldsen and my dad had started to pull away a little, causing me to panic and over drive the car a bit. I wasn’t the fastest car on the track, (Joe was putting down laps 2/10ths faster than my car) but I was able to get In to the right lane at the right time and block a hard charging Keldsen. I felt him a few times but knew he would have to wreck me or go on the outside of me to beat me. I knew if I could just stay down on the bottom I would be able to fend him off until the checkers came out.”

 

Gallaher Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, including:
Gallaher Company
1 Hour Drain
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Yeti Coolers
Coors
Snap On
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