Gallaher Racing Looks to go Above and Beyond 2018 Performance in 2019

(3/24/2019)

 

The father and son team of Joe and Robert Gallaher comes into the 2019 racing season looking to once again pile on the wins and podium finishes. Gallaher Racing was a force to be reckoned with last year, claiming 7 wins and over 20 total Top 10’s before Robert had to bow out of the points hunt late in the season.

 

While his father Joe didn’t find the same success in 2018, the team made a move in the offseason to switch Joe from a Camaro, over to a new metric Medieval Chassis built to the Ocean Speedway rule specs. Robert himself had switched to a metric chassis this past season, and with the immediate success he found, the move to transition Joe over to a metric was a no brainer for the team.

 

Joe has already been to 1 practice session and 1 race with new car. The team was happy with the 30 or so laps they got in at Antioch last week, which lead to hauling the car down to the KCRP dirt track this past Friday for some racing action. While the car felt extremely competitive, the team’s main goal was to just get some solid laps in, so Joe held back throughout the race to avoid any unnecessary repairs.

 

Though Joe has only run roughly 60 laps on the new chassis, he is already raving about the improved handling, saying “the new car is much smoother and more obedient to drive. It’s not a arm wrestling match like my old car, she turns much easier” and “smooth is fast”. When asked if he was happy about the change, Joe answered ““I will be happier if the better results are there this next year compared to last year.”

 

Though last year brought a bit of a learning curve with the new style of chassis, Robert Gallaher is confident that the team’s speed and consistency will be much better out the gate in 2019. “We learned so much last year on the metric chassis’ setup and I know this year we will be much faster and more consistent right out of the gate. I learned some things the hard way in 2018 that Joe won’t have to learn thus hopefully speeding up his learning curve on the metric chassis. We have a firmer grasp on the setup this time around and it will show from Night 1. My car will be the same as we finished the Pat Pettit with a huge win and second place with the best field in Northern California minus some improvements we made for consistency and reliability. We made changes for the Petit to test for 2019 and they worked, moving forward we are better, faster and smoother. It will be tough to beat us every week.” commented Robert.

 

The team’s main goals for this season are to pick up as many main event victories as possible, and hopefully couple those with 2 solid points finishes. If Gallaher Racing has anywhere near the speed they had in 2018, this should be an easily obtainable goal.

 

Gallaher Racing is set to make their season debut at Ocean Speedway this Friday night, weather permitting.

 

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

Brown Survives Wild Night at Marysville to Take Top 5

(3/19/2019) (Photo by Krazy KC Photography)

 

After last week’s win at Marysville Raceway, Pittsburg driver Keith Brown Jr decided to go back and attempt to win his 2nd straight race. Unfortunately for Brown, this past Saturday would go nothing like the previous event.

 

With an unlucky pill draw setting Brown up towards the back of his heat race, he knew he’d have plenty of work ahead of him to claim a solid finish. At the waving of the green flag, Brown was on the move, making quick work of his fellow competitors to win the heat race after a intense run through the field. Brown would win by just over 2 seconds ahead of Patti Ryland and Todd Cooper.

 

Despite his heat race victory, a less than preferable re-draw would line Brown up 8th in the 13 car field. Things appeared to be going well for Brown on the opening lap, as he made his way up to 5th before a caution came out. On the restart Brown again appeared to be moving forward, but would spin in turn 3 after contact with another driver, bringing out another yellow.

 

After restarting in the rear, Brown would quickly make his way back up towards the front, moving up to 6th within a few laps, before yet another caution. Brown would pick off 5th and 4th on the ensuing restart, before settling into a great side by side battle with Danny Roe for third. The two would race next to each other for multiple laps before one last caution came out. Brown would go on to finish 4th in the feature.

 

After Saturday’s finish, Brown now heads into Points Race #3 tied with Guy Ahlwardt for the points lead.

 

When Keith was asked about his night, he said: “Our night started off pretty decent picking up the heat race win , the main event was rough we started 8th. At one point I spun and had to start in the rear and was able to work my way back up to a 4th.”

 

Up next (if weather permits) for Keith Brown Jr  will be Silver Dollar Speedway Friday and Marysville Raceway Saturday.  If Chico rains out early we will head to Watsonville or Kcrp Friday then Marysville Saturday.

 

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

My wife

Ricky Childress jr

My dad

Tim Barlow

Joe Glade

Darrell Hughes  

Steel City Motorsports

JGE Motorsports

HRT Shock Service

Little J’s Burgers

Engine Quest

CTA Prints

Performance Bodies

Tire Demon

Competition Carburetors
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Cooper Takes Podium Finish at Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial

(3/11/19)

 

Yuba City’s Brian Cooper came into Saturday Night’s Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial looking to rebound from a disappointing finish in his previous outing at the Stockton Dirt Track, and he certainly did so. Cooper and the Automaxx Motorsports team put together a solid night that would culminate in a podium finish.

 

The night started off well for Cooper, with a good pill draw lining him up on the front row for his 6 car heat race. This would be bad news for his fellow competitors, because as soon as the green flag waved, Cooper was gone. Cooper would go on to win by over a straightaway.

 

Once again, Cooper’s redraw woes came back to bite him, as he’d be forced to start the main 9th after a less than preferable redraw. From the drop of the green flag, Cooper was on the move, quickly passing two cars to claim 7th before an early caution waved. As cautions littered the early portion of the race, Cooper continued his forward progress.

 

Cooper was up to 5th by lap 5, then settling into a short battle with his brother Todd for 4th. Once he was clear of Todd, he quickly dispatched of Jimmy Ford for 3rd. Though he had a quick car, Cooper was never quite able to reel in the top 2, ultimately finishing 3rd in the 15 car field.

 

When asked about his night, Cooper said: “We had a pretty good night. Track was very tricky to adjust for because it drizzled on and off all night, so this made it tough to make the right adjustments. We needed more drive in the feature and I was struggling to get a rhythm and hit my marks. All in all it was a solid night though. I gotta thank all my family, friends and sponsors for allowing me to do this.”

 

Brian would like to thank all of his sponsors, including:

Automaxx
Victory Circle Chassis
Five 1 seven designs

Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication

R&J Landscaping

Alpine Roofing

 

And Supporters:

David and Rena cooper

My wife Stacey Bartlett-Cooper

Crew guy and friend Michael Sevigny
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PC Krazy KC Photography

Brown Claims Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial for First Win in 2019

(3/10/19)

 

Keith Brown Jr’s patience has finally paid off. The Pittsburg racer had shown an abundance of speed in his first 11 starts of 2019, but one way or another, Brown had been taken out of contention in almost every race by mechanical gremlins or an incident with another racer. All of that changed this past Saturday night, as Brown led all but one lap en route to a Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial victory.

 

A total of 18 IMCA Sport Mods checked in for the night’s action, being split into three 6 car heat races. Keith Brown would roll off 4th in his heat race. Despite moving up to 2nd relatively quickly, Brown was unable to move any further forward, settling for 2nd behind Todd Cooper.

 

A great redraw lined Brown up on the outside of the front row, and at the drop of the green flag he was gone. Even with multiple early cautions, Brown would pull away on each ensuing restart. As the race went on, however, Guy Ahlwardt slowly began making his presence felt. With just 4 to go, Brown had issues with a lapped car, allowing Ahlwardt to get by for the race lead. This only appeared to light a fire under Brown, who drove right back by for the top spot with 2 to go. Brown would lead the final two laps to pick up his first win of 2019.

 

The race also served as the first race in the Pacific Sport Mods Nor Cal era. PSM Nor Cal is a club of racers who tally points for racing Chico, Marysville, Merced and Quincy to crown a club champion at the end of the season. With Brown’s victory, he now leads the club’s standings.

 

When Keith was asked about his thoughts on the night, he said: “We decided Saturday morning to go to marysville . Despite the bad weather, we headed out. After hot laps & me stuffing the car in the wall , I was kinda thinking it was a mistake. Thanks to Guy Ahlwardt who loaned me the A frame I needed to fix the car we stayed to race. Went out for our heat and made a good run at it . I felt we had a good car for the main. Just needed a good draw and we pulled the 2. Led most of the main till I made a mistake which  gave the lead to Guy. But with 2 to go I saw an opportunity to take back the lead and I did, And finally got this car in to victory lane.”

 

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

My wife

Ricky Childress jr

My dad

Tim Barlow

Joe Glade

Darrell Hughes  

Steel City Motorsports

JGE Motorsports

HRT Shock Service

Little J’s Burgers

Engine Quest

CTA Prints

Performance Bodies

Tire Demon

Competition Carburetors

 

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Another Exceptional Season Cements Braaten’s Status As Most Dominant Sport Mod Driver In Pacific Northwest

(3/1/2019)

 

It’s hard to understate just how dominant Jorddon Braaten has been in the Sport Mod class since the division made its way to the state of Oregon. The Central Point native has more than double the wins over 2nd place in the division’s existence in the state, racking up numerous track and state titles in the process.

 

Braaten’s dominance was on full display once again in 2018, putting together a 17 win campaign across a 30 race slate in Oregon and Northern California. Braaten’s high win totals and consistency helped rake in other accolades as well, including another state title, and a Top 10 placement in IMCA national standings.

 

The 2 time Southern Oregon Speedway Champ doubled his career number of championships in just 1 year. Braaten became the inaugural champ for the division at Willamette Speedway in 2018. Braaten took home 7 wins across the track’s 13 race schedule, 5 more than the next highest driver.

 

On top of his Willamette title, Braaten claimed the Cottage Grove Speedway championship in impressive fashion. After a rough early season run, Braaten went on a 7 race win streak to completely run away with the title. Braaten would wind up with 9 wins over the 13 race season, including an impressive weekend sweep of the Mark Howard Modified Nationals in late August.

 

Braaten kicked off his 2018 at the Arizona Mod Tour in Mid-February, and it was a big learning experience for the team. Facing some of the nation’s top talent in the Sport Mod division, Braaten made the feature on all but one night, finishing between 11th and 16th in the 6 features he started.

 

One accomplishment that Braaten couldn’t match in 2018 was repeating as the R Charles Snyder Salute winner. This past year’s edition saw over 50 cars enter, with Braaten coming up just short of a $2,000 payday, taking 2nd.

 

As we look to 2019, there’s no question that Braaten will once again be the favorite week in and week out wherever he decides to race. You can expect to see Jorddon Braaten in victory lane plenty again this season.

 

Jorddon Braaten Season Stats:

Starts: 37

Wins: 17

Top 5’s: 27

Top 10’s: 29

Best Finish: 1st (17 times)

Oregon IMCA Northern Sport Mod State Champion

10th in IMCA Northern Sport Mod National Points

Pacific Sport Mod Club Champion

 

Cottage Grove Speedway (Track Champion):

April 14th: 1st

May 5th: 2nd

May 19th: 14th

June 2nd: 1st

June 30th: 1st

July 4th: 1st

July 20th: 1st

July 21st: 1st

July 28th: 1st

August 4th: 1st

August 10th: 3rd

August 25th: 3rd

September 15th: 1st

 

Willamette Speedway (Track Champion):

April 21st: 1st

May 12th: 2nd

May 25th: 8th

May 26th: 1st

June 1st: 1st

June 16th: 3rd

June 23rd: 4th

July 6th: 1st

July 27th: 1st

August 11th: 1st

August 17th: 4th

August 18th: 2nd

September 22nd: 1st

 

Southern Oregon Speedway:

September 1st: 8th

September 2nd: 2nd

 

Siskiyou Motor Speedway:

April 14th: 1st

September 23rd: 2nd

 

Arizona Mod Tour:

February 9th: 12th

February 10th: 12th

February 11th: 11th

February 12th: 10th in B Main

February 15th: 16th

February 16th: 16th

February 17th: 15th

Brown Nabs Top 10 Points Finish Against Top Sport Mod Drivers in the Nation at Arizona Mod Tour

(2/23/19)

 

Even after a Top 10 finish in points in the annual Arizona Mod Tour, Pittsburg Sport Mod driver Keith Brown Jr will look back on this year’s tour as a week of “what ifs”. The veteran racer had 4 mechanical DNF’s in a 7 race span, heavily affecting what should have been a highly successful week for Brown.

 

The 2019 edition of the Arizona Mod Tour kicked off with a 2 day stop at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway.  After a solid 2nd place finish in his heat race, Brown was running comfortably in the Top 5 before getting put into the backstretch wall to end his strong Night 1 run. Night 2 didn’t start nearly as well, with a 6th place finish in the heat race forcing Brown to run a B main. This proved to not be a problem for Brown, however, as he easily won to advance to the feature. Unfortunately for Brown, his bad luck continued, as an early flat tire ended his night.

 

For the next two nights, the tour would head to Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Night 3 of the tour would see Brown finish the feature for the first time in 3 nights, taking home a nice 8th place finish in a race that went green to checkered. That change in fortune didn’t last long. After a good heat race that saw Brown transfer directly to the feature, Brown inadvertently hit his rev box while working on the car before the main, dropping it to 4200. Brown would attempt to fix the problem under an early caution, but a track rule prohibiting cars from exiting and re-entering the race ended his night in disappointing fashion.

 

After a rest night, the tour moved to Canyon Speedway Park for a 1 night event. Once again, Brown couldn’t shake the mechanical gremlins. Brown looked to be well on his way to a Top 5 finish when he suffered a flat left rear tire that would end his race.

 

From there the Arizona Mod Tour would run 2 final nights at the newly re-opened USA Raceway. These 2 nights would easily be the 2 best of the tour for Brown. The first night at USA Raceway was a great one for Brown. After transferring directly to the main, Brown moved to the front early, and though he wasn’t able to chase down the leader, Brown was very happy to take 2nd. For the final night of the tour Brown once again had a great showing. Though he started mid-pack, Brown was able to race his way forward throughout the race to take home another Top 5.

 

After all was said and done, Brown took 9th place in the overall points standings for the tour. When asked about his thoughts on the tour, Brown said: “Over all I think the tour was a success, I have no disappointments in going, we had a fast car all week, we qualified for every main, we end the tour with some good finishes 2nd & 5th ,a 9th in points. We will take everything we learned on the tour and carry this momentum throughout the rest of the racing season.”

 

Results:

February 8th (Arizona Speedway): 18th DNF

February 9th (Arizona Speedway): 24th DNF

February 10th (Central Arizona Speedway): 8th

February 11th (Central Arizona Speedway): 22nd DNF

February 13th (Canyon Speedway Park):18th DNF

February 15th (USA Raceway): 2nd

February 16th (USA Raceway): 5th

 

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

My wife

Ricky Childress jr

My dad

Tim Barlow

Joe Glade

Darrell Hughes  

Steel City Motorsports

JGE Motorsports

HRT Shock Service

Little J’s Burgers

Engine Quest

CTA Prints

Performance Bodies

Tire Demon

Competition Carburetors
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McDaniel Adds to Impressive Career Accolades in 2018

(2/3/2019)

 

For 3rd generation Marysville racer Ryan McDaniel, success is rarely hard to find. The 21 year Modified driver has established himself as one of the state’s top competitors, so another season in which he won more than a quarter of his starts should come as no surprise.

 

The 3 time and defending IMCA All Star Modified Tour Champ came within 6 points of a 4th tour title in 2018. Unfortunately for McDaniel, despite ending the tour with 3 Top 5’s in 4 races, a rough race at Tulare early in the season would wind up being the difference in the title hunt.

 

McDaniel was again the man to beat at Placerville in his limited appearances this past season. In his 5 Late Model starts for car owner Matt Farnham, McDaniel picked up 3 wins, including the Tribute to Al Hinds, one 2nd place finish and a single DNF. Had McDaniel ran the full season, he was on pace to run away with the track title.

 

One thing that can’t be understated about this past season was McDaniel’s success in the state of Nevada. With the exception of the Duel, McDaniel took home 3 wins and 2 2nd place finishes in his 5 starts, including a weekend sweep at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days in late July. Though not in Nevada, McDaniel also ran extremely well up North at Siskiyou Motor Speedway, claiming one win and 3 Top 5’s in his 3 starts.

 

On top of those, McDaniel claimed Top 5’s in some of the state’s biggest races, including the Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout, Petaluma’s Top Dog Nationals, and California’s lone Wild West Modified Shootout date at Yreka’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway.

 

McDaniel also had somewhat successful runs at two of the biggest IMCA Modified races in the nation, the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, and the IMCA SuperNationals in Boone Iowa. At the SuperNationals in early September, McDaniel finished 2nd in both of the first two nights of heat races, but couldn’t put together strong enough finishes in either main to clinch a spot in Saturday’s show, forcing him to run in Saturday’s last chance show. McDaniel was able to win his Last Chance heat, but while running in the final transfer spot in the LCQ, McDaniel was wrecked to end his weekend. At the Duel, McDaniel had similar luck, having to run an LCQ on the final night to have a chance at the big show. McDaniel managed to drive from 6th to 2nd in that LCQ, but ultimately fell one spot short of the final transfer spot, ending his weekend and season.

 

When asked about his thoughts on 2018, McDaniel said: “2018 was a pretty successful season. Every race we went to we had good runs at. We made the best of the bad draws and took advantage of the good starting spots. I can’t thank all my crew enough for the hard work that they put into my racing. It’s definitely not possible without our amazing sponsors that we have. Without them, we literally cant race like we do. It’s truly a blessing to work with such great people. I do my best to represent them on and off the racetrack. 2019 is shaping up to be another spectacular season.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 26 (21 in Mod, 5 in Late Model)

Wins: 7 (4 in Mod, 3 in Late Model)

Top 5’s: 16

Top 10’s: 16

Best Finish: 1st ( times)

Worst Finish: 16th

 

Placerville (Late Model):

April 21st: 1st

May 19th: 2nd

July 4th: 13th

July 14th: 1st

August 18th: 1st

 

Lovelock:

July 27th: 1st

July 28th: 1st

 

Fernley:

April 8th: 2nd

May 12th: 2nd

July 21st: 1st

 

Yreka:

April 14th: 1st

May 27th: 2nd

June 22nd (Wild West Modified Shootout): 4th

 

Cocopah:

Missed Main each of 3 nights at Arizona Mod Tour by 1 or 2 spots

 

Ocean:

September 29th (Pat & Jim Pettit Shootout): 5th

 

Petaluma:

June 2nd: 2nd

 

Las Vegas (Duel in the Desert): Made qualifying feature on Thursday night. Started 28th and finished 16th. Started 6th in Saturday’s LCQ, drove up to 2nd and missed the transfer by 1

 

Boone: Ran 2nd in both Thursday and Friday’s heat races, finishing near Top 15 in both. Won Last Chance heat on Saturday, was running in final transfer spot in LCQ before getting wrecked with 4 to go.

 

Tulare:

May 5th: 12th

 

Calistoga:

September 14th: 3rd

September 15th: 2nd

 

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

Domco Plumbing
Jay’s Mobile Welding
McDaniel Motorsports
Farnham Farms
ICON Racing Pistons
Golden Empire Towing
Joe Carr Racing
Dirt Stars Racing Products
KMJ Performance
Victory Race Cars
NAAKE Suspension Specialists
JVAN Sports
Matteoli Brothers

Brennan and Jewett Associates
Walt Foster Pollination
Sweco
Matt Farnham Motorsports
N and S Tractor

Rocket Chassis

Speed Shift TV
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Kile Takes Track Title at Ocean to Cap Off Successful 2018

(2/1/2019)

 

After 4 year absence from full-time racing, San Jose native Matt Kile returned with a vengeance in 2018. The last time Kile had attempted a full season of racing was back in 2013 with an IMCA Sport Mod, and had since raced sporadically at various tracks across the state.

 

Though he hadn’t raced much in recent years, Kile returned to Ocean Speedway with high expectations, with his main goal being winning the track’s American Stock championship. Early in the season, you could see Kile was going to be a contender.

 

Kile would pick up his first win just 3 races into the season. Kile continued to win once every 3 weeks until he picked up his 4th win 11 races in to break the streak. Kile’s 5th and final win would come at one of the biggest races of the year, at the Johnny Key Classic in late August. Even when he wasn’t winning, Kile was impressively consistent, only finishing outside the Top 5 once all season. Kile’s 20 for 21 Top 5 rate would easily be the highest at the speedway in 2018.

 

Kile’s biggest challenge for the title would be 2 time defending champ Robert Gallaher. The two drivers stayed neck and neck for the championship for majority of the season, often only separated by only 10 points or less. While Kile began to pull away in the later months, Gallaher was forced to bow out of the title hunt with a few weeks left, all but ensuring Kile the track title.

 

When asked about his highly successful season, Matt said “In my first full year back, my intention all along was to win the track championship, and I’m very proud of my crew and myself for being able to run with the best drivers and equipment out there and come out on top.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 21

Wins: 5

Top 5’s: 20

Top 10’s: 21

Best Finish: 1st (5 times)

Worst Finish: 8th

 

Ocean Speedway:

March 30th: 3rd

April 13th: 8th

April 20th: 1st

April 27th: 4th

May 11th: 2nd

May 18th: 1st

June 1st: 3rd

June 8th: 3rd

June 15th: 1st

July 6th: 5th

July 13th: 1st

July 20th: 3rd

July 27th: 5th

August 4th (Mike Cecil Memorial): 4th

August 10th: 3rd

August 17th: 3rd

August 25th (Johnny Key Classic): 1st

September 7th: 3rd

September 21st: 2nd

September 28th (Pat & Jim Pettit Shootout): 3rd

September 29th (Pat & Jim Pettit Shootout): 4th

October 5th: 2nd

 

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

South Bay Driveline

Jennings Construction

Mead Performance

Boardroom Racing

Auto Solutions

Amsoil
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Cooper Brothers Kick Off 2019 Successfully

(1/28/19)

After a shorter than usual offseason, Brian Cooper and the AutoMaxx Racing team headed down to the Stockton Dirt Track to get in some early racing. The team originally didn’t plan to run, but Brian’s brother Todd, who had raced once since 2017, was presented an opportunity by fellow racer David Pierce to drive his new car at the event, so Brian got his car ready to race as well.

Brian started on the front row of his heat, proceeding to take the lead at the drop of the green flag and never looking back, claiming the easy heat race win. Todd on the other hand had to start last in his heat. Since he was still getting adjusted to his new ride, Todd was only able to move up one spot to finish 4th.

Unfortunately for Brian, the redraw did him no favors as he had to start 10th in the feature. With Todd also starting 16th, both brother’s had plenty of work to do if they wanted a solid finish. Brian quickly went to work once the race began, moving into the Top 5 within the first 5 laps, where he settled into battles with the likes of Jason Nation and Tommy Fraser over the spot. Meanwhile, Todd was steadily moving forward, moving up to 10th by the halfway point in the race.

As the laps began to wind down, cautions began flying left and right, which helped Todd move further and further up the running order. Then, as the race went under yellow with 5 to go, Brian, who was running 5th at the time, had to pull off with a right front flat that would ultimately end his night. Over the final 5 laps, Todd was able to move from 8th up to 4th to take home a Top 5 in his return to dirt racing.

Todd was happy with his performance Saturday night, saying “It started out with a bad pill draw. Finished 4th in the heat, so that put us starting 16th in the main. Car was good. Was able to make it up to a 4th place finish. This all wouldn’t be possible without David Pierce asking me to wheel his badass hot rod. We had a blast racing together and am hoping to team up some more in the future.”

Brian remained positive despite the result, saying “Night started out with a good pill draw which had us starting P2 in heat 1 and checked out for the heat race win. Then drew the 10 for the redraw. Was up to 5th at one point and started having some carburetor issues with it loading up in the corners. Eventually got a right front flat ending our night. Was really happy with the car after we made wholesale changes in the front end. I want to thank all my sponsors, crew and my wife for allowing me to do what I do”

Brian would like to thank all of his sponsors, including:
Automaxx
Victory Circle Chassis
Five 1 seven designs
Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication
R&J Landscaping
Alpine Roofing

HRT Shock Service by Bobby Hogge

And Supporters:
David and Rena cooper
My wife Stacey Bartlett-Cooper
Crew guy and friend Michael Sevigny
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Hughes Caps Off Career Season With Merced Track Title

(1/21/19)

 

While Darrell Hughes has spent the past few seasons proving to be a serious contender wherever he raced, the Manteca native took it to a whole new level in 2018. The 3rd generation talent stayed closer to home this past season, dominating most of the season at Merced Speedway en route to his first track title.

 

To say Hughes had the competition covered all season at his home track may be an understatement. Aside from one DNF early in the season, Hughes never finished outside the Top 5 at Merced all season. Hughes made his big push to take the track championship late in the season, winning five of the last seven races, including both the Timmy Post Memorial and the Tribute to Ed Parker, to amass an insurmountable point lead over the last 2 months of the season.

 

Though it wasn’t as successful of a trip as the team would have liked, Hughes credits the long haul to Arizona for the Arizona Modified Tour in Mid-February as big reason for the team’s jump in performance. The differences showed the few times Hughes travelled in 2018. Hughes excelled at one track in particular in his 2018 travels, Southern Oregon Speedway. After a Top 5 run at the track’s speedweek race in late June, Hughes returned in September for the 2nd annual R Charles Snyder Salute. The team looked like a contender all weekend, eventually falling just short to Bobby Hogge IV and earning a nice $2,500 payday for his effort.

 

Like many modified drivers in the region, Hughes capped off his season at the annual Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas. This year’s Duel was Hughes’s finest showing yet. Hughes made the preliminary features on both of the first 2 nights, highlighted by a heat race win and Top 10 on night 1. On the final day, Hughes would have to win his LCQ to make the big show, but would ultimately miss the transfer by just two spots, ending his weekend and season.

 

When asked about 2018 and his plans for 2019, Darrell said: “Hopefully we can get some help with tires and fuel so we can make it to the Arizona mod tour next month. I think a lot of our success in 2018 can be accredited to some stuff that we learned last February at Cocopah speedway.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 23

Wins: 5

Top 5’s: 15

Top 10’s: 17

Best Finish: 1st (5 times)

Worst Finish: 25th

 

Cocopah Speedway:

February 16th: 11th in B Main

February 17th: 19th

 

Merced Speedway:

April 14th (Tribute to Bill Egleston) : 3rd

April 28th: 16th

May 5th (Ted Stofle Classic): 2nd

May 19th: 5th

June 6th: 3rd

June 30th (Timmy Post Memorial) : 1st

July 7th: 2nd

July 21st: 4th

August 18th (Tribute to Ed Parker) : 1st

August 25th: 1st

September 15th: 1st

September 22nd  (Championship Night) : 1st

October 5th: 5th

 

Southern Oregon Speedway:

June 23rd (Wild West Speedweek) : 4th

September 2nd (R Charles Snyder Salute) : 2nd

 

Siskiyou Motor Speedway:

June 22nd (Wild West Speedweek) : 12th

 

Coos Bay Speedway:

June 24th (Wild West Speedweek) : 18th

 

Ocean Speedway:

August 4th (Cecil Memorial) : DNF

Seotember 28th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout) : 5th

September 29th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout) : 10th

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track:

Duel Recap:

Night 1: Won heat, finished 9th in the feature.

Night 2: Came from the B main and finished 25th after starting 28th

Night 3: Finished 3rd in LCQ, missing transfer by two spots

 

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

Dad

Wife and Kids

Mike Enos

Gabby Knaus

Mike Degroot
California Materials,Aggregates and Trucking
HRT shock service
All Pro Coatings
Degroot Construction
Icon Pistons

Victory Circle Chassis
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Late Success has Drager Looking Forward to 2019

(1/21/19)

 

Though 2018 was an up and down season for Matthew Drager, the Albany based team showed substantial progress in the last few months of the season that has given Drager plenty of optimism heading into 2019.

 

The first couple of months were rough for Drager and his team. They battled a myriad of mechanical issues that limited the amount of races that Drager was able to run, even leading to Drager racing for multiple other car owners across the May and June months.

 

In late July Drager was back into his own car after replacing the rear clip on his chassis, and the change in performance was blatantly obvious. The first night back in his new car, Drager towed up to Gray’s Harbor Speedway. It looked like Drager was well on his way to a victory before late contact with a lapped car ended his chances at the win.

 

The following week Drager would return for the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals, with this race truly being a sign of things to come. Drager took home a 3rd place finish in the main event, kicking off a 5 week stretch where Drager would finish in the Top 3 at 3 big shows (Shipwreck Beads Mod Nationals, Logger’s Cup at Cottage Grove, and Willamette’s Modified Nationals).

 

Drager followed those up with another strong showing at one of the state’s biggest modified races, the $5,000 to win R Charles Snyder Salute, running in the Top 10 early before fading late in the 50 lap feature. This didn’t faze Drager, as the team’s momentum carried into the final two points races at Willamette Speedway, taking finishes of 2nd and 3rd over the last two weeks. Drager’s season would end at the annual Duel in the Desert, where he had a nice showing, making one preliminary main, but just missing transferring into the big show by three spots on the final day.

 

When asked about his thoughts on 2018, Drager said “2018 was a challenging year but has us motivated for a strong 2019. It was rough in the fact that we got so tore up early and missed half of the year but when we got back in our equipment we had some really good runs and I’m optimistic for what the next year holds.”

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 15

Top 5’s: 6

Top 10’s: 8

Best Finish: 2nd (Twice)

Worst Finish: 18th

 

Willamette:

April 21st: 18th

May 26th: 10th

June 1st: 6th

June 2nd: 14th

June 16th: 5th

August 17th: 17th

August 18th (Mod Nationals) : 2nd

September 15th: 2nd

September 22nd: 3rd

 

Cottage Grove:

August 10th: 11th

August 11th (Logger’s Cup) : 3rd

 

Southern Oregon:

September 2nd (R Charles Snyder Salute) : 15th

 

Grays Harbor:

July 21st: 15th (Lead first 19 laps before contact with lapped car)

July 28th (Shipwreck Beads Mod Nationals) : 3rd

 

Las Vegas:

Day 1: DNF in heat due to debris, drove from the back to 8th in the B Main before contact ended night.

Day 2: Finished 3rd in heat, finished 2nd in B Main to transfer to A, finished 18th in feature after starting 29th  

Day 3: Started 5th in LCQ but finished 4th, 3 spots out of transfer spot

 

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

Drager Performance

GRT Race Cars

Stumbling J Livestock

Young Brothers Construction

Myerz Media

Ohlins by JDR

Big Sky Landscaping

Powers Transport

Aamco of Corvallis and Lebanon

Grandma
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Brown Wraps up Action Packed 2018

(1/2/2019)

 

With the 2018 season finished, 3rd generation Sport Mod racer Keith Brown Jr continued his outlaw style schedule, racing at 14 different tracks across his 23 starts on the year. The Pittsburg native travelled to 4 different states in 2018, collecting Top 5’s in 3 of the 4 states, while winning in both California and Oregon.

 

Brown’s two wins came over the span of 3 days in late June while following the Wild West Modified Shootout, picking up victories at both Yreka’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway and Coos Bay Speedway. The race at Yreka was a particularly exciting one, as he battled with local driver Matt Sanders for the entirety of the 20 lap feature, eventually holding off Sanders in a drag race to the finish line.

 

The Coos Bay event was interesting to say the least, as the 3 Sport Mods who made the trip up were combined with the local Sportsman Late Model class for the night. From the drop of the green flag in the heat race it quickly became apparent that Brown was easily the class of the field. Brown would lead every lap of his heat race, trophy dash, and main event for a clean sweep of the evening.

 

For Brown, the majority of his success in 2018 came when he travelled North, as all of his Top 5’s came North of the California state capitol. That isn’t saying the Brown didn’t do well running down South, however, as he picked up multiple Top 10’s at the two Bakersfield area tracks against some of the toughest local racers in the state.

 

In addition to racing all across the West Coast, Brown also made successful appearances at the two biggest Sport Mod races in the country: the IMCA Supernationals in Boone, Iowa, and the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas. Though night one at the Supernationals was rough for Brown, he rebounded on the 2nd night with a heat race win that automatically locked him into the night’s preliminary main, with a chance to lock into the big show. Brown was running up front before a driver spun in front of him, causing him to make contact and lead to a black flag for questionable driving. The last chance qualifiers would be rained out on the final night to end Brown’s chances of making the race.

 

The Duel in the Desert was a much more successful trip for Brown. Despite having to transfer from the B Main, Brown would take home a solid 15th on the opening night. Just like Boone, Brown would win his heat race on Night 2. Brown was running in the Top 10 before he was spun from behind. Brown would spend the rest of the race charging from 30th to again finish 15th. Since he was unable to lock himself in the feature the first two nights, Brown would be forced to run a last chance qualifier to have one last shot at making the Duel. Unfortunately Brown’s weekend would come to an end early in the LCQ after contact with another driver. Brown had been running 3rd, just one spot out of the final transfer spot.

 

When asked about his opinion on the 2018 season, Brown said: “In 2018 we did a lot of testing ending the year with a really fast racecar, looking forward to a very successful 2019.”

 

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

Steel City Motorsports

JGE Motorsports

HRT Shock Service

Engine Quest

Little J’s Burgers

Performance Bodies

89 Designs

Competition Carburetors

Tire Demon by Love Tap .

Special thanks to
My wife Amber, my dad Keith Brown Sr., Tim Barlow, Jason Jennings, Marty Burdine, Brent Curran, Brandon Baughman, Austin Brown, Conner England and Sean Wilson.

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 23

Wins: 2

Top 5’s: 4

Top 10’s: 14

Best Finish: 1st (Twice)

Worst Finish 22nd (Bakersfield)

 

Silver Dollar Speedway:

May 5th: 13th

June 8th: 3rd

July 4th: 6th

 

Marysville Raceway:

June 9th: 10th

July 3rd: 10th

 

Kern County Raceway Park:

July 13th: 10th

 

Bakersfield Speedway:

May 26th: 22nd

July 14th: 9th

 

Santa Maria Raceway:

May 26th: DNS

 

Ocean Speedway:

September 29th: 13th

 

American Valley Speedway:

May 5th: 7th

July 28th: 7th

July 29th: 10th

 

Placerville Speedway:

May 19th: 6th

 

Siskiyou Motor Speedway:

June 16th: 8th

June 22nd: 1st

 

Southern Oregon Speedway:

June 23rd: 18th

 

Coos Bay Speedway:

June 24th: 1st

 

Boone Speedway:

IMCA Super Nationals:

Heat Race Win, Running up front in qualifier before incidental contact. Last Chance races on final night rained out

 

Las Vegas Dirt Track:

Duel in the Desert:

Night 1: Transferred from B Main to finish 15th

Night 2: Won heat, running 7th before getting spun, finished 15th

Night 3: Wrecked while running in 3rd in LCQ to end weekend

 

Fernley 95A Speedway:

July 21st: 2nd
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Curran Just Misses Ringing in New Year With a Win

(1/2/2019)

 

After a highly successful rookie season in the Sport Mod class for Brent Curran, the Antioch native looks to build off an already impressive list of accomplishments heading into the 2019 season.

 

Curran and team would kick off the 2019 season on New Year’s Day at the Stockton Dirt Track, as some of the top drivers from across the state flocked to the 4/10ths mile oval to ring in the new year. A nice pill draw would set Curran up with a front row starting spot, and as soon as the green flag waved, he was gone. 2nd and 3rd place did all they could to reel Curran back in over the 8 lap heat race, but weren’t able to make any inroads, leading to an easy heat race win for Curran.

 

Curran’s pill draw luck would continue into the redraw, as Brent drew the pole position for the main event. From the drop of the green it again looked to be Brent’s race to lose. Despite a multitude of early cautions, Brent would pull away on each ensuing restart. Once the race finally settled down, Curran settled into a groove, setting the quickest lap of the race while holding a steady advantage over 2nd place runner Jason Nation.

 

As Curran closed in on lapped traffic, Nation slowly began closing in. Though Nation was starting to reel him in, Curran looked like he had a big enough advantage to hold on for the win, but that would all change in the last few laps. With just 2 laps to go, Curran caught up to the back of 2 lapped cars racing side by side. This slowed Curran enough for Nation to pull up to Curran’s bumper as they took the white flag. The two cars running side by side finally ran single file but Curran was left nowhere to go as Nation had pulled to his outside heading into turns 1 and 2. The two raced side by side as they headed down the backstretch, but Curran was still stuck behind lapped traffic, giving Nation the space needed to make a last lap pass for the win and forcing Curran to settle for 2nd in a race that he easily had the speed to win.

 

A disappointed Curran had this to say after the race: “Bitter sweet night tonight for the first race of 2019. Day started of great taking the win in the heat race. Started pole and lead the whole main till the last lap and got boxed in by a lap car. Ended up p2. I could sit here all night and think of plenty of excuses or scenarios that could’ve changed the way things turned out but bottom line is it’s racing and sometimes the cards don’t play out. Either way good start to the 2019 season and even better to spend the day with family and friends. Can’t thank the team enough for giving me a bad fast car and my sponsors for making everything possible. On to the next one.”

 

Brent would like to thank all of his 2019 Sponsors and Supporters, including:

Steadfast Constitution (Randy Cotton)
Steel City Motorsports (Keith and Amber Brown)
GRT Race Cars (Zach Wehlage)
All Flow Muffler and Auto Repair (Danny Larson and Jeffrey Erickson)
89 Design
Lunati
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Sieweke Looks to Carry Late Season Momentum Into 2019

(12/18/2018)

Despite a short season in 2018, Santa Rosa wheelman Chris Sieweke heads into 2019 with plenty of reasons for optimism. The veteran driver enjoyed a breakout performance over the last 3 months of the season, picking up 3 wins in his last 7 starts.

Looking at Sieweke’s season from a statistical perspective doesn’t do justice to just how consistent Sieweke was during 2018. While it’s true that Sieweke finished outside the Top 5 8 times across his 14 starts this year, the numbers won’t tell you that 6 of those races he didn’t finish due to either an incident, or a mechanical failure.

Most will say that a 14th place finish isn’t something to be proud of, but just making the Pat and Jim Pettit Memorial feature was a huge accomplishment for Sieweke. Sieweke was able to hold his own against 50 of the West Coast’s best Modified drivers all weekend long, an impressive feat for just about anyone.

The biggest story for Sieweke would easily be his late season success. Chris took home 3 wins at 3 separate race tracks from August to October. While the wins at Petaluma and Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway were certainly impressive, his biggest win of the season would be the Fall Brawl at Antioch Speedway. Against a full field of stout Sport Mods, Sieweke pulled off the unexpected win, easily one of the biggest of his career.

Even though he runs on a shoestring budget and doesn’t have any sponsors besides his father Mike Karinen, Sieweke managed to put together the best season of his career, and has given people plenty to talk about as we get closer to the 2019 race season. While it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to repeat this performance next year, there’s no doubt that he has firmly entrenched himself as a contender each and every night out.

Season Stats:

Starts: 16

Wins: 3 (At 3 different tracks)

Top 5’s: 8

Top 10’s: 12

Best Finish: 1st (3 Times)

Worst Finish: 14th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout)

Petaluma:

April 21st: 9th
May 12th: 5th
May 19th: 8th
June 16th: 9th
August 11th: 1st
September 3rd: 11th

Antioch:

May 5th: 8th
June 30th: 13th (Sport Mod)
July 21st: 4th
August 25th: 2nd (Sport Mod)
October 13th: 1st (Sport Mod)

Ocean:

September 21st: 1st
September 29th: 14th (Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout)

Orland:

June 2nd: 3rd
July 28th: 3rd

Merced:

September 22nd: 13th

Schroeder Wraps Up Superb 2018

(11/24/2018)

 

2018 was a another great year for Montevideo, Minnesota’s Rick Schroeder. The 18 year veteran put together an outstandingly consistent season, only finishing outside the Top 5 three times in his 22 starts. It’s even more impressive when you realize it took 11 starts before Schroeder slumped to a 7th place finish.

 

Instead of starting a run of poor finishes, that 7th place finish ignited a light in Schroeder. Rick would go on to claim wins in 2 of the first 3 weeks of July at Fergus Falls’ I-94 Speedway and Alexandria’s Viking Speedway. Those 2 victories would go in the books as career wins numbers 11 and 12.

 

Schroeder looked to be a contender early in the year at Viking, taking 3 runner up spots in the first 4 races. Despite finishing in the Top 4 in all but 2 races, points leader Ben Wolden was able to pull away late in the season. Schroeder would have had a better chance at running down Wolden if multiple races weren’t rained out towards the end of the season, which lead to Schroeder’s decision to forgo the final points race of the year, choosing instead to race a couple more tracks before the season ended.

 

One of the stats that stood out for Schroeder in 2018 showcased just how consistently he ran up front. In 22 starts, Schroeder finished on the podium (Top 3) 11 times. Schroeder was in contention for wins time and time again throughout the year, so it was no surprise to see him run competitively at every track he visited. If Schroeder runs at or near this level again in 2019, there’s no doubt that he’ll be in victory lane again a few times next year.

 

While he still plans on running the Limited Late Model again next season, Schroeder made a big move this offseason to acquire a Sprint Car, something he had hoped to do before he quit racing. When asked of his opinion on how 2018 went, Rick said: “I think my team and I had a pretty good 2018 race season. I am proud of the fact that we only finished outside the top 5 three times all year and only had one DNF. We are looking forward to see what 2019 brings with continuing to run the late model but also getting our feet wet with the sprint car!”

 

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

Matt’s Motor Worx- Engine builder and Dad. He does it all from engines, trannys, rear ends the whole 9 yards.
True Precision Machining
Olson Repair
Truform Race Products
J&J Concrete and Masonry
The Hair Chateau

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 22

Wins: 2

Top 5’s: 19

Top 10’s: 22

Best Finish: 1st (Twice)

Worst Finish: 7th (3 Times)

 

I-94 Speedway:

May 25th: 3rd

June 1st: 3rd

June 8th: 2nd

June 15th: 3rd

June 22nd: 7th

July 6th: 1st

July 13th: 4th

 

Viking Speedway:

May 5th: 4th

May 12th: 2nd

May 19th: 2nd

May 26th: 2nd

May 27th: 3rd

June 16th: 4th

June 23rd: 3rd

July 7th: 7th

July 14th: 4th

July 21st: 1st

July 28th: 3rd

August 4th: 7th

 

Madison Speedway:

August 11th: 2nd

August 18th: 4th

 

Granite City Speedway:

September 9th: 5th
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Garner Claims First Antioch Track Title

(11/24/2018)

 

Following in the footsteps of his father, the Maverick Jerry Garner, 3rd generation driver Mark Garner took home his first track championship at his home track, Antioch Speedway. The Antioch native has been outspoken in recent years about his goal to win the track title in memory of his father.

 

Garner went all in on 2018, even selling his Sport Mod to put all the team’s focus on winning the Limited Late Model championship. For the 2nd consecutive season, Garner kicked off the year by winning the 2nd annual Larry Damitz Memorial. Garner’s win ensured that he is still the only winner in the history of the race. Though it would be 2 months before Garner picked up his 2nd win of the season, he stayed consistent, only finishing outside of the Top 5 once before his 2nd win in late June.

 

After Garner followed his 2nd win of the season with another 6th place finish, Garner went on a tear of consistency over the last 11 races, finishing no worse than 5th. Despite Garner’s stretch of great runs, the title picture was still up in the air. Garner, Kimo Oreta and Mike Walko were all still in the hunt as the season shifted into August.

 

As the season wound down, Walko fell out of contention, leaving Oreta and Garner to battle for the division crown. It wasn’t looking good for Garner going into the final 3 races, but Garner pulled off a miracle, taking 2 wins and 1 2nd place finish over the last 3 events to claim the championship. The title was made even more special by the fact that many of Garner’s family members were in attendance to witness the emotional victory. When asked about 2018, Garner said: “How my season went was like this: We won the Larry Damitz for the 2nd time we won both of them last year and this year. We were always in the hunt just had some bad nights like everyone has. We overcame it and keep pushing through the season.

 

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

Central Exterminators

Rebello Racing

Motor by Chris Heihn

Studio 71 Tattoos

Delta Transmission

Yoes Racing Heads

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication

Sabrina’s Pizza

Aerial Control

Unique Breedz

Judge Me Clothing

Mac Tools

Pro Motorsports

Crew Chief badass Billy Garner

 

Garner Season Stats:

Starts: 18

Wins: 5

Top 5’s: 16

Top 10’s: 18

Best Finish: 1st (5 Times)

Worst Finish: 6th (Twice)

1st in Antioch Speedway Limited Late Model Points

 

Antioch:

April 14th: 1st

April 21st: 2nd

May 5th: 6th

May 12th: 3rd

June 2nd: 4th

June 23rd: 1st

June 30th: 6th

July 7th: 5th

July 21st: 5th

August 4th: 1st

August 11th: 3rd

August 18th: 2nd

September 8th: 4th

September 15th: 2nd

September 22nd: 3rd

October 6th: 1st

October 13th: 2nd

October 20th: 1st

 

Vegas:

5th in heat races first 2 nights

15th to 7th in B Main final night
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Cooper Takes Chico Title After Dominant Season

(11/20/2018)

 

Despite a laid back schedule this year, Yuba City’s Brian Cooper showed that he hadn’t lost a step after a nearly perfect season. When you look at Cooper’s stats this year, one big thing stands out. In the 20 races he ran this year, Cooper only finished worse than 3rd three times, all of which were races he didn’t complete due to an incident.

 

Cooper’s biggest accomplishment in 2018 had to be his domination at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on his way to the Sport Mod track championship. Cooper collected 4 wins at the track, as well as 11 finishes of 3rd or better in 12 starts. Cooper firmly entrenched himself as the favorite early, with unmatchable consistency giving him a commanding points lead by early June. From there, Cooper didn’t let off the gas pedal, winning 3 of the last 6 races to clinch the track title. The title was his first at the famous Northern California track, while he has also won 1 track title at Placerville Speedway, and 3 at Marysville Raceway.

 

Though Cooper didn’t race nearly as much in 2018, he still continued to travel across the state and even into Oregon. Cooper’s lone trip to Oregon was the Roger Haudenschild Memorial at Southern Oregon Speedway in June. Cooper looked to have another Top 5 run in the bag, but a mid race wreck destroyed the radiator and ended his night. By far the biggest race Cooper attended this season was the annual Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. After winning his heat race on Night One, Cooper was running 2nd in the main when he caught a rut in turn 2, almost flipping the car. Then on a restart with 6 to go, Cooper lost a transmission. Ending his great run. Night Two, Cooper would again win his heat race. An unfortunate redraw meant that Cooper would be starting deep in the field. Over the course of the race, Cooper scratched and clawed his way forward to claim 3rd out of the 40 plus Sport Mods that showed up to race.

 

Next season, Cooper plans to run more of a “Bounty Hunter” schedule, trying to make most if not all of the big Sport Mod races on the West Coast, as opposed to running for points. Brian had this to say on a very successful 2018: “The 2018 season went well for us. Didn’t race as many big shows as we would’ve liked to but had some great runs with the new Victory Circle Chassis. Im very happy with the car.  Now that I’ve got my Silver Dollar Speedway Championship no more points racing for me. I really enjoy the sport mod class and for the most part there’s a lot of good guys to race with. Hoping to have some fun and do some traveling with them next year.”

 

Brian would like to thank all of his sponsors, including:

Automaxx
Victory Circle Chassis
Five 1 seven designs

 

And Supporters:

David and Rena cooper

My wife Stacey Bartlett-Cooper

Crew guy and friend Michael Sevigny

My Uncle William Fielding

 

Season Stats:

Starts: 20

Wins: 4

Top 5’s: 17

Top 10’s: 17

Best Finish: 1st (4 times)

Worst Finish: 18th (Pat Pettit Night 1)

 

Chico:

March 30th: 2nd

April 20th: 1st

May 4th: 2nd

May 5th: 3rd

May 11th: 3rd

June 8th: 14th

June 15th: 1st

June 29th: 1st

July 4th: 3rd

July 13th: 2nd

August 3rd: 1st

August 24th: 3rd

 

Marysville:

March 24th: 2nd

 

Placerville:

May 19th: 3rd

 

Watsonville:

Pettit Night 1: DNF after near flip

Pettit Night 2: 3rd

 

Yreka:

May 27th: 2nd

September 23rd: 3rd

 

Medford:

June 2nd: 15th

 

Stockton:

April 14th: 2nd
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Yaeger Shows Consistent Growth in 2nd Season Despite Constant Mechanical Gremlins

(11/18/2018)

 

Though it may have been a rough season overall, San Francisco’s Justin Yaeger showed flashes of potential numerous times throughout. 2018 was Yaeger’s first full season racing, following in the footsteps of his father, successful driver Tim Yaeger Jr.

 

While starting his career in the high powered IMCA Modifieds, Yaeger has began to adjust quickly. Multiple times throughout the season, Yaeger ran in or near the Top 5, just for a mechanical failure to beset a quality run, so Yaeger’s finishes aren’t completely indicative of his performance in 2018. In the final points race of the season at Petaluma, Yaeger battled throttle issues that limited him to ¼ throttle power, but finished the race to gain as many points as possible. Even with those issues, Yaeger was still able to take home 3rd in the Petaluma Speedway points standings.

 

Part of the learning curve in racing is testing yourself against top competition. Yaeger did this multiple times during the year, including the prestigious Pat Pettit Shootout at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, as well as a 2 day All Star Modified Tour event at the illustrious Calistoga Half Mile. The trip to Calistoga was Yaeger’s first time racing on high speed half mile track, and though he ran well for his first time there, he missed the main event both nights against some of the state’s top talent. Yaeger’s performance at the Pettit looked to be going much better on the first night, before a broken differential ended his night. The 2nd night, Yaeger’s hopes of making the biggest modified race came down to a 12 lap B Main. Yaeger was running well and close to a transfer position, but unfortunately he would pull off late, ending his weekend.

 

If Yaeger is able to build off the flashes we saw in 2018, there’s no doubt that he could be contending for wins next season. When asked about his first full season, Yaeger said “I was happy to be successful even fighting through the amount of bad luck that came my way, and learned enough to go into next season with complete confidence.”

 

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

Yaeger Dental Supply
Jim Weiler Racing
Beaverstate Dental Systems
Superior Body Shop
Hair Techniques
Jim Breen – State Farm
Allen Ortiz Photography
DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Yaeger Season Stats:

 

Starts: 17

Top 10’s: 9

Best Finish: 7th (6 times)

Worst Finish: 16th (Antioch April 14th)

 

Petaluma:

April 21st: 7th

May 12th: 7th

May 19th: 7th

June 2nd: 14th

June 16th: 10th

July 28th: 7th

August 11th: 7th

September 3rd: 8th

 

Antioch:

April 14th: 16th

May 5th: 12th

June 30th: 7th

August 25th: 9th

October 13th: 15th

 

Calistoga:

September 13th: Missed main

September 14th: Missed main

 

Ocean:

September 28th: Broke differential

September 29th: Running well in B Main before pulling off late
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Hectic 2018 Concludes for Jimmy Ford

(11/17/2018)

 

2018 was another successful for veteran Sport Mod driver Jimmy Ford. The Yuba City native picked up 4 wins in his travels, winning races as far north as Lebanon, Oregon’s Willamette Speedway, and as far south as Marysville Raceway. Ford also collected victories at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway and Yreka’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway along the way.

 

Ford’s travels across the Northern half of California rewarded him in a big way in the IMCA state standings as well, with his 22 starts in the state earning him a strong placing of 5th. Of all the tracks he raced at, Marysville Raceway easily had to be his best, only placing outside the Top 3 once in 7 starts, which also included a win and two runner up finishes.

 

In the midst of 2018, Ford made a couple of stops at tracks that had not raced the division before this season. Ford made appearances at the inaugural Sport Mod races at both Orland Raceway and Fernley 95a Speedway in Nevada. Fans in Orland were treated to a fierce battle between Ford and Olivehurst gasser Phillip Shelby for the entirety of the race, with Ford falling just short in the end. Ford would also finish 2nd at the first ever Sport Mod race at Fernley.

 

Ford would make appearances at 2 of the most prestigious Sport Mod races on the West Coast in 2018, the R Charles Snyder Memorial in Medford, Oregon, and the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas. The trip north to Southern Oregon Speedway proved to be an immensely successful one for Ford. Piloting Marty Burdine’s number 79, Ford drove up to a 2nd place finish on night 1, then followed that with a B Main win and a charge through the field to claim 6th in the Main Event. After a couple of okay nights at the Duel in the Desert, Ford went into the final night with one final chance to make the big show. After starting 8th in his last chance qualifier, Ford drove through the field and into a transfer spot. But with 3 laps to go, tragedy struck, as Ford’s car broke a rear gear, ending Ford’s weekend.

 

After a busy 2018, Ford has big plans for 2019, saying “We plan on running races in Oregon, Nevada, California of course, Arizona and if I can get some sponsorship the Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa.” Ford had this to say on 2018 as a whole: “The year was amazing, we raced in three states won in two of them and a second in the other. How many drivers can say I won 4 races at 4 different tracks and 2 states?”

 

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

T-Time racing  

Midtown Grill

Ace Hood Cleaning

Sitter Marine

Road Trip Bar and Grill

My Generation Lanes

Trik koncepts

 

Ford Season Stats:

Starts: 30

Wins: 4

Top 5’s: 18

Top 10’s: 26

Best Finish: 1st (4 times)

Worst Finish: 12th (Twice)

5th in California IMCA Sport Mod Standings

 

Chico:

March 30th: 3rd

April 21st: 9th

May 5th: 2nd

June 8th: 6th

June 15th: 12th

June 29th: 7th

July 4th: 5th

July 13th: 4th

August 3rd: 11th

August 24th: 1st

 

Marysville:

May 12th: 2nd

May 19th: 3rd

May 26th: 3rd

June 9th: 2nd

June 16th: 1st

July 3rd: 9th

July 14th: 3rd

 

Yreka:

April 21st: 7th

July 21st: 1st

 

Antioch:

June 30th: 10th

October 13th: 12th

 

Medford:

June 2nd: 2nd

September 1st: 2nd

September 2nd: 6th

 

Fernley:

September 15th: 2nd

 

Vegas:

Running in a spot to transfer to big show, but lost rear end late

 

Cottage Grove:

August 10th: 9th

 

Willamette:

August 11th: 5th

August 17th: 1st

 

Orland:

July 25th: 2nd
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Constant Mechanical Bugs Keep Swank From Title Contention

(11/15/2018)

 

With numbers like 7 wins and 17 Top 5’s, most would expect to be in the hunt for a championship, if not a champion. This was not the case for Cameron Swank. The Swank team battled mechanical gremlins all season that would take Cameron out of contention for the Antioch Speedway Hobby Stock Championship.

 

Most nights that Swank was able to bring his car out to the track in 2018, he had a Top 3 car, evidenced by his 15 podium finishes on the season. The year started out extremely strong for Swank, finishing 1st or 2nd in 5 of the first 7 races, with a 3rd and 1 DNF to go along with those. It was looking like Swank was emerging as a candidate to repeat as track champ before he missed a race early in the year, allowing his brother Morgan to pilot the car.

 

Swank then went on another tear from late May to early July, taking 4 wins in a 7 week stretch. Along the way Swank picked up a win in the Fair Race Trophy Dash, which has become one of his favorite plaques. Swank wasn’t done there. The month of August would bring one of the most dominant months the speedway has seen in recent times, as Swank won 3 of the 4 races held in the month. The only race he didn’t win in August would see Swank take 5th, giving him plenty of momentum heading into the big $1,000 to win 50 lap money run on September 8th.

 

The big money and open rules brought some of the fastest Hobby Stocks from across the state, but Swank was able to hold his own, claiming 3rd out of 25 cars. Swank would only make 2 more starts after the big show, taking home 2 more Top 5’s before his season ended. In the hobby stock that is. In the season finale, Swank brought out his new B Mod. Unfortunately for Swank, the night didn’t go well at all. After starting in the rear to let points chasers race each other and stay out of their way, he had to pull off early after losing his brakes. Swank will have a whole offseason to get the new car dialed in to hopefully run up front like he has the past few seasons.

 

Swank had this to say about 2018: “2018 was a breakout season for me in the hobby stock division. It was a year when you had to bring your A game every week to run with an entire field of fast cars . Special thanks to my mom and my crew chief mike costa for your endless support.”

 

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

Hot Shots Photography

Max’s backhoe

 

Season Stats:

 

Starts: 24

Wins: 7

Heat Race Wins: 12

Top 5’s: 17

Top 10’s: 20

 

March 31st: 2nd

April 14th: 3rd

April 28th: 10th

May 5th: 2nd

May 12th: 2nd

May 19th: 2nd

May 26th: 1st

June 2nd: 14th

June 9th: 1st

June 16th: 1st

June 23rd: 9th

June 30th: 6th

July 7th: 1st

July 21st: 3rd

July 28th: 11th

August 4th: 1st

August 11th: 5th

August 18th: 1st

August 25th: 1st

September 1st: 15th

September 8th: 3rd

September 15th: 5th

October 13th: 2nd

October 20th (B Mod): 12th
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