Travis Petersen Racing Claims 2018 Nevada Pro Stock Association Title

(11/14/2018)

 

After a season long battle, the Travis Petersen Racing entry primarily piloted by Reno, Nevada hotshoe Jay Sears has claimed the prestigious Nevada Pro Stock Association title. All year long, the Petersen Racing ride and IMCA Modified star Robert Miller were locked in a heated competition to bring home the series crown. In the end, the team’s unmatched consistency and win total earned them the championship.

 

The year began with another one of Nevada’s most recognizable racers, Cory Sample, behind the wheel for the first race at Rattlesnake Raceway. Sample unsurprisingly had the car up front all night, just falling short in a spirited battle with Bill Pearson. From there, it was on to a 2 day weekend at Lovelock and Winnemucca, with Sears returning to the driver’s seat. The team struggled the first night despite having a fast car, finishing 9th after pulling off with 6 to go.

 

Night 2 would shift their attention to the Winnemucca Regional Raceway for their only trip to the track in 2018, and it could not have gone any better. The car was fast from the moment the team unloaded, dominating both the heat race and feature to claim the team’s first victory of the season. After a strong 3rd place run at Quincy, it was time for arguably the biggest race of the tour’s season, the Gordon Russell Sr Memorial race at Cedarville. Like the race at Winnemucca, Sears was able to sweep both the heat race and main event, but this time, Sears faced serious competition in the form Jeff Olschowska. Fortunately, Sears was able to hold off Olschowska’s challenges to claim the big victory.

 

The team would follow up their victory with 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes, the first with Richard Papenhausen piloting the car at American Valley Speedway in Quincy, followed by Sears returning the seat with another runner up finish at the first annual Al Miller Memorial at Lovelock. The next 3 weeks would help clinch the series title, as Sears was able to bookend a 4th place finish at Rattlesnake with two big wins at Fernley 95a Speedway. The strong stretch of finishes gave the Petersen Racing entry a commanding advantage going into the season finale, which turned into an insurmountable lead when the Travis White Racing entry didn’t show up to final race of the season, handing the Petersen team the series title.

 

When asked about 2018, team owner Travis Petersen had this to say: “As the 2018 comes to an end I couldn’t be more proud of our year! 4 wins & 2018 NPSA Champions!!! Teamwork makes the Dreamwork and that’s what TPR is all about. Season full of making great memories and watching Jay Sears and the team put on some amazing shows! Thank you to all that allow us to Live this Dream!! We are truly blessed! Looking forward to 2019!” The fact that the points battle was still as close as it was with the team’s dominance just further testifies to the war that Sears and Miller went through in pursuit of the series championship. If the team performs even close to this level in 2019, you may just see them repeat as champs. At this point, they have to be the heavy favorites going into next season.

 

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

NPSA
Reno Tahoe Auto Group
Rini Insurance Agency
Bruce Rayburn Racecars
Superior Machine
CSR 00
Eternal Image
#teamnorespect56
#beatitnerdakatucker
#f🐾ckcancer cocostrong
Vatos Locos Performance
Competition Carburetion

 

Season Stats:

 

Starts: 11

Wins: 4

Top 5’s: 9

Top 10’s: 11

Heat Race Wins: 8

Nevada Pro Stock Association Champion

 

Winnemucca:

May 20th: 1st (Sears)

 

Rattlesnake:

April 28th: 2nd (Sample)

August 25th: 4th (Sears)

October 6th: 7th (Sears)

 

Lovelock:

May 19th: 9th (Sears)

July 28th: 2nd (Sears) Miller Memorial

 

Fernley:

August 11th: 1st (Sears)

September 15th: 1st (Sears)

 

Cedarville:

June 23rd: 1st (Sears) Russell Memorial

 

American Valley:

June 2nd: 3rd

July 14th: 2nd (Papenhousen) Wainscott Memorial
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Mid-Season Shift Brings Success to Kaos Racing

(11/15/2018)

After a rough first half to 2018, the Northern California based Kaos Racing team decided to switch their Placerville Pure Stock program over to compete at Marysville Raceway in the Hobby Stock division. The change went far better than their expectations for the Van Roekel brothers, with both claiming their first Top 5’s of the year.

 

For Mike Stoeckle, 2018 was a year he’s hoping to put behind him. Despite Stoeckle fighting mechanical issues all season, he was able to claim 5 Top 10’s, including 3 against the Placerville Pure Stocks, a division that often reaches 15-20 cars a night. With the team shifting to Marysville, Stoeckle was forced to build a new car that met the track’s stricter rule set. Unfortunately for Stoeckle, the new car had issues every night out. The car finally began to show promise at the season ending Taxi Cab Open, but again, mechanical issues forced Stoeckle to retire from the race early. When asked about his thoughts on 2018, Stoeckle said: “We built a new car mid season to appease the rules for Marysville, the car fought with us the rest of the season from broken axles to broken distributors, and scattered differentials. The last night out we got it to handle well and until the distributor gave us fits it was working really well.”

 

Chris Van Roekel on the other hand, experienced a much improved season in 2018. Like Stoeckle, Chris Van Roekel was able to collect 3 Top 10’s in his 7 Placerville starts. Though Chris was running with an underpowered 283 motor, he knocked on the door of the Top 5 multiple times, highlighted by a 6th place run in his 2nd race of the season. After the July 4th, the team switched their attention to running Marysville, and the change brought some much needed success. The first 2 races didn’t go to plan, including a 2nd place DQ after being short on vacuum by half an inch. After the Dq, Chris came back the next race and showed that the previous race wasn’t a fluke, running 2nd yet again, this time passing tech. The next race he’d follow with another Top 10 claiming 8th. Though the year could have definitely went better, Chris remained positive when asked about 2018: “For changing seasons mid season we did exceptionally well, my little 283 hung with the best of them. Most enjoyable season I have had in a long time. Despite the breakdowns and weird stuff we had break we did really well!”

 

Jesse Van Roekel easily had the best season of the 3 car Van Roekel stable. In 10 races, Jesse only finished outside the Top 10 twice, including only once at Placerville in 5 tries against some of the toughest competition in the state. Though his season was already going pretty well, the mid season move to Marysville brought immediate success to Jesse Van Roekel. In his first race at the track, Jesse came up just short in the pursuit of his first career win, settling for a career best 2nd. The next few races didn’t go nearly as well, as he took 7th twice and had 1 DNF going into the last race of the season, the Taxi Cab Open. Though the car didn’t look very good in the heat race at all, things turned around in a big way in the main event.  In the 15 car main event, Jesse Van Roekel was able to work his way through the big field to take 4th.

 

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

Vans auto body and paint
Performance marine
Kilroys towing and auto repair
Quick response septic and portable toilets
Valley machine
Lennox muffler
Boutry’s engine shop

 

Chris Van Roekel would like to thank his personal sponsors and supporters, including:

Sinners 2 saints apparel

 

Mike Stoeckle would like to thank his personal sponsors and supporters including:

Sinners 2 saints apparel

 

Chris Van Roekel:

Starts: 11

Top 5’s: 1

Top 10’s: 5

Best Finish: 2nd (August 18th, Marysville)

Worst Finish: 14th (August 11th, Marysville)

 

Placerville:

April 21st: 13th

April 28th: 6th

May 5th: 8th

May 19th: 12th

June 2nd: 11th

June 9th: 9th

July 4th: 13th

 

Marysville:

July 14th: 12th

August 11th: 14th

August 18th: 2nd

September 1st: 8th

 

Jesse Van Roekel:

Starts: 10

Top 5’s: 2

Top 10’s: 8

Best Finish: 2nd (July 14th, Marysville)

Worst Finish 13th (September 1st, Marysville)

 

Placerville:

April 21st: 11th

April 28th: 10th

May 5th: 7th

June 2nd: 10th

June 9th: 7th

 

Marysville:

July 14th: 2nd

August 11th: 7th

August 18th:7th

September 1st: 13th

October 21st: 4th

 

Stoeckle:

Starts: 11

Top 10’s: 5

Best Finish: 7th (Placerville April 21st)

Worst Finish: 17th (Placerville April 28th)

 

Placerville:

April 21st: 7th

April 28th: 17th

May 5th: 10th

May 19th: 11th

June 2nd: 15th

June 9th: 11th

July 4th: 9th

 

Marysville:

August 11th: 10th

August 18th: 9th

September 1st: 9th

October 21st: 14th

Ralph Bailey’s Rookie Season Comes to a Close

(11/13/2018)

 

Though it was brief, Rio Linda native Ralph Bailey got a chance to get his feet wet with the Limited Modified division this season at Roseville’s All American Speedway. Bailey’s rookie season was limited to just 6 races due to the speedway getting a late start on the season.

 

Though the team struggled to find speed on the opening weekend, they came back strong at the next race. Bailey decided to run with the North State Modified Series to get some extra seat time, which turned out to be a great decision. Bailey was able to survive carnage all night to take home 10th in the 20 car field.

 

While the next race, August 18th ‘s Quick Quack 60 was another low point, Bailey would bounce back stronger than  ever. As soon as he rolled off the trailer September 8th, Bailey was showing much more speed than he had the entire year. After a Top 5 qualifying run, Bailey ran a strong feature to finish 4th.

 

That would unfortunately be the best moment of the season, as the speed appeared to vanish the next race, taking 7th of 8 cars at the Monster Truck Madness event. That left one race left in 2018, the November 3rd Trailer Bash. A solid qualifying run placed him just outside the Top 10 in the huge 20 car field. Unfortunately for Bailey, his race would end at the drop of the green, as he was involved in a massive 10 car crash on the start that resulted in Bailey going up and over on his roof. It was an unfortunate end to a rough rookie season.

 

When asked about his opinion on how his 2018 went, Bailey said: “I Can’t Believe how much I have learned in such a short season.” If Bailey is able to build off the flashes of speed he showed this season, there’s no doubt that next season will go far better.

 

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

Foothills Tow
Foothills Appraisal
All Quality Graphics.
Can’t Believe how much I have learned in such a short season.

 

Season Stats:

 

June 16th: 10th

July 7th: 10th (With North State Modifieds)

August 18th: 10th

September 8th: 4th

October 20th: 7th

November 3rd: 18th

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Peckham Wraps up Stellar 2018 Campaign

(11/13/2018)

 

As a whole, 2018 was a season that Grass Valley’s Andrew Peckham will never forget. The SportMod driver had an incredible number of wins and Top 5’s, along the way to a runner up spot in the IMCA SportMod State Standings.

 

Peckham’s accomplishments are all the more impressive when you take into consideration that 2018 was Peckham’s first full season behind the wheel. 5 wins, and 20 Top 5’s are stellar numbers when you also take into account the amount of travelling Peckham did this season.

 

Peckham made multiple trips as far North as Chico, and as far South as Merced. Finding success at every track he travelled to in California, he claimed at least 1 Top 5 at every track he travelled to in the state. Peckham and crew found the majority of his success up North, claiming 2 wins apiece at both Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway and Marysville Raceway. Despite missing a race at Chico, Peckham still took home 3rd in the standings. Had he made every race, he would have been in the hunt for the track championship.

 

Along with all the travelling he did in state, Peckham also made two trips out of state this season to compete in the 2 biggest SportMod races on the West Coast. On Labor Day weekend, the team headed up to Oregon for Southern Oregon Speedway’s 2nd annual R Charles Snyder Salute. The trip didn’t go nearly as well as they hoped, missing the qualifier main Saturday night, the missing the final transfer into the big show by 1 spot Sunday.

 

Then in early November, Peckham headed down to Las Vegas for the most prestigious Modified race in the west, the Duel in the Desert. This trip went much better. After starting 10th in his heat on the opening night, he scratched and clawed his way all the way up to 2nd to make the first qualifier. The 2nd night didn’t go nearly as well, as he missed the qualifier. That left Peckham one last chance to make the big show. In his last chance qualifier, he was able to finish in the Top 3 to make it to the Main Event. Peckham then rolled off 22nd in the feature. Over the course of the race, Peckham was able to make a few passes and stay out of trouble to claim 15th out of almost 100 SportMods at the event.

 

Peckham had this to say on his 2018 performance: “For being back in it full time for this first year if I can repeat what I’ve done I think you’ve done pretty good.” With this strong of a first season in a SportMod, it’s safe to say that Peckham is primed for another successful year in 2019.  

 

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

Largest Metal Fabrication

Andrew’s Paving & Excavating

Les Schwab Tire

HRT shocks

Darrell Hughes Racing Technology

Art Sotomayor

Sunny

Justin

Amy

Beaver

Ricky

Reg

Steve

Mark

Susan

Nancy

 

Season Stats:

 

Starts: 31

Wins: 5

Top 5’s: 20

Top 10’s: 25

Best Finish: 1st (5 times)

Worst Finish: 17th (Chico August 24th)

2nd in California IMCA SportMod State Points

 

Ocean Speedway

April 13th: 14th

June 1st: 7th

July 20th: 5th

July 21st: 1st

September 21st: 3rd

(Pettit) September 29th: 4th

 

Silver Dollar Speedway

March 30th: 1st

April 20th: 2nd

May 4th: 8th

May 5th: 4th

May 11th: 1st

June 8th: 2nd

June 15th: 3rd

June 29th: 2nd

July 4th: 12th

August 3rd: 6th

August 24th: 17th

 

Marysville Raceway

March 24th: 3rd

May 12th: 1st

May 26th: 4th

June 9th: 1st

June 16th: 9th

 

Merced Speedway

April 14th: 9th

June 30th: 5th

August 18th: 11th

September 22nd: 5th

October 5th: 5th

October 6th: 2nd

 

Las Vegas Speedway

Duel in the Desert Main Event: 15th

 

Placerville Speedway

May 19th: 11th

August 25th: 3rd
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Coffman’s 2nd Year on Dirt Sees Vast Improvement

(11/13/2018)

 

After an up and down rookie season in 2017, Roseburg, Oregon’s Doug Coffman showed impressive improvement this year. Considering Coffman primarily raced at Cottage Grove Speedway this season, a track that averages almost 20 cars a night, having only 2 finishes outside the Top 10 seems like a big success for the 2nd year SportMod driver.

 

The biggest moment for Coffman this season easily had to be claiming his 1st career win in his last start of the season, late in September at Southern Oregon Speedway. Coffman had won his heat race earlier in the night, then set sail in the main event, beating two of Medford’s best in Rich McCoy and Justin McCreadie to seal the deal. Though he only made limited starts at the track in 2018, it appeared to be one of his most successful. Besides the season ending win, Coffman was also in the running for the win at the Speedweek race in June, before ultimately settling for third behind McCreadie and Brent Curran.

 

While his first career win was a big deal, almost equally as impressive was his 3rd place run in the Cottage Grove Speedway track points. To be able to say that you were the third best car out of a consistent 15-20 car field in only your second year, is a pretty significant accomplishment. While Coffman wasn’t able to win at his home track, his outstanding consistency kept him in the hunt for the track title for the majority of the year.

 

One more accomplishment to note was the fact that Coffman came home 4th in Oregon IMCA SportMod State Points. Had he been able to make a few more of the Willamette or Medford races, Coffman may have been in the running for a spot in the Top 3.

 

When asked about his thoughts on the 2018 season, Coffman said “A season full of many ups and downs that I will never forget #SENDINGITFORCINDY”  With the improvement we all saw out of Doug Coffman in 2018, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be up front contending for wins far more often in 2019. Look for Coffman to make a run at both the Cottage Grove track title and the Oregon state championship.

 

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

The Scoreboard Bar

Oakland Tavern

Ninety Nine Motorsports

Noble Roofing

Twin Peaks Off-Road

Twisted Trailer Services

FX Designs.

 

Doug Coffman Stats:

Starts: 21

Wins: 1

Top 5’s: 8

Top 10’s: 18

3rd in Cottage Grove Points

4th in Oregon IMCA SportMod State Points

Best Finish: 1st (Medford September 22nd)

Worst Finish: 19th (Cottage Grove May 5th)

 

Yreka:

June 9th:11th

 

Medford:

(Speedweek)June 23rd: 3rd

September 2nd: 8th

September 22nd: 1st

 

Willamette:

April 21st: 8th

May 12th: 6th

May 25th: 6th

May 26th: 7th

August 11th: 8th

 

Cottage Grove:

May 5th: 19th

May 19th: 4th

June 2nd: 2nd

June 30th: 3rd

July 4th: 11th

July 7th: 7th

July 20th: 8th

July 21st: 10th

July 28th: 10th

August 10th: 5th

August 25th: 2nd

September 15th: 5th
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Impressive 2018 season wraps up for Sayre

(11/12/2018)

 

2018 was a career year for Chico native Michael Sayre. The big story in the offseason for Sayre’s racing program was the switch from a division on the brink of extinction, the Economy Sprints, to a new, more cost effective Crate Sprint Car class. The aim of the division change was to provide closer racing at a lower cost, allowing some who had never had the money to race a sprint car the opportunity to do so.

 

For Sayre, the division change couldn’t have gone better. Throughout the 2018 season, Sayre showed incredible consistency. Sayre did not finish out of the Top 5 despite most nights having 8 or 9 cars, including 2 runner up finishes in the first four races, and 4 third place finishes over the 9 race slate. Sayre also collected two Heat Race wins late in the season.  

 

As the season went on, Sayre found himself in a fierce battle with Cameron Haney Sr. for the track championship. Haney, like Sayre himself, is one of the biggest proponents of expansion for the division, even making multiple trips to Nevada in an attempt to get the division going in the state.

 

Going into the final points race, Sayre, Haney, and Jaylon Deas all went into the night with a mathematical chance to take home the crown. Unfortunately for Sayre, it was one of his very few off nights this season, taking home 4th, while Haney won the race, and the championship.  

 

Asked about the 2018 season, Sayre had this to say: “This was my third year in a Sprint car and I made huge improvement in my driving. Finally found the ” feel I’ve been looking for.” Big shout out to my good friends and fellow racers R.C. Smith and Brandon Powell. They coached me and dialed the car in for me so I was comfortable.”

 

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

Scott Netto Trucking

Mountain Mike’s pizza

Pettersen Motorsports

Nor Cal performance

Tiner Hirst Enterprise

Mathews Ready Mix

 

Season Stats:

 

2nd in Points

Starts: 9

Top 5’s: 9

Heat wins: 2

March 31st: 3rd

April 21st: 2nd

May 12th: 3rd

June 9th: 2nd

June 16th: 5th

July 3rd: 3rd

August 18th: 3rd

September 1st: 4th

October 27th: 4th

Best finish: 2nd twice

Worst finish: 5th (June 16th)
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Historic 2018 Comes to a Close for Sorensen

8 Main event wins, 24 Top 5’s, 14 heat race wins. These are numbers that many drivers won’t reach in the entirety of their career, but El Sobrante’s Chris Sorensen accomplished this all in one season at Antioch Speedway.

2018 was a career year for the veteran driver, and one he knows he may never be able to recreate. Sorensen came out firing early and often in 2018, amassing an over 100 point lead over 2nd place heading into the month of June, asserting that he’d be the man to beat for the Antioch Speedway Hobby Stock Championship.

As the season wore on, Sorensen continued his stranglehold over the division, racking up 6 wins and a 200 point lead heading into the month of August. August, however, would be the lone month of the season he wouldn’t win, but even when he wasn’t winning, his incredible consistency continued to carry him towards the title. In fact, in 27 starts this season, Sorensen’s worst finish of the year was 6th. 6th! In a division that averaged around 12 cars a night, including the 25 car open rules race, Sorensen still found a way to run up front week in and week out.

 

Sorensen’s consistency would be unmatched all season, with the final points tally seeing him win the Championship by over 350 points. If Sorensen returns next season to defend his Hobby Stock title, his fellow competitors will have to step up in a big way to keep Sorensen from repeating as Champion.

2018 Season Stats:

 

Main event wins: 8
Top 5’s: 24
Top 10’s: 27
Starts: 27

Heat race wins: 14
Best finish: 1st (8 times)
Worst finish: 6th (3 times)
March 31st: 3rd
April 14th: 1st
April 21st: 2nd
April 28th: 1st
May 5th: 4th
May 12th: 1st
May 19th: 3rd

 

May 26th: 6th
June 2nd: 1st
June 9th: 2nd
June 16th: 2nd
June 23rd: 3rd
June 30th: 1st
July 7th: 2nd
July 21st: 2nd

 

July 28th: 1st
August 4th: 4th
August 11th: 2nd
August 18th: 2nd
August 25th: 6th
September 1st: 2nd
September 8th: 6th
September 15th: 2nd
September 22nd: 1st
October 6th: 3rd

 

October 13th: 1st
October 20th: 3rd

 

Chris would like to thank 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
JFC Construction

 

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