Brown Grabs 5th Win of the Season in Susanville, Follows Win With Runner Up Finish at Quincy

(5/14/2019)

 

Coming in off his 4th win of the season last weekend at Quincy’s American Valley Speedway, Pittsburg racer Keith Brown Jr rode a big wave of momentum into this past weekend. That wave of momentum would carry him to another win on Friday night.  After Friday’s win at Susanville’s Diamond Valley Speedway, Brown has now won 4 races in the past 3 weeks.

 

Friday’s win was another hard fought race at Susanville, with Brown having to come from an 8th place starting position in the feature. It didn’t take Brown long to move forward, moving up four spots into 4th in the first 2 laps.

 

After a lengthy red flag delay on lap 3, Brown went to work on the restart, going from 4th to 2nd in one corner before a caution waved to negate the move. Once again Brown began making moves on the restart, quickly taking 3rd, then 2nd over a 3 lap span. Just a lap later yet another caution came out.

 

Brown was all over the leader on the restart but just couldn’t find the room to pass. The cautions just kept coming, and with 10 to go, Brown took the lead. Once Brown had the top spot under his control, there was no one who stood a chance at catching him. Even with 3 more late restarts to give the field a chance to pass him, Brown drove away from the field each time, ultimately walking away with an emphatic win.

 

Saturday at American Valley Speedway unfortunately didn’t bring Brown as much success. After having to come from the back twice, Brown would go on to finish 2nd in the lone heat race.

 

Brown’s heat race finish then lined him up 4th for the 20 lap feature. In the first turn, Brown went from 4th to 2nd. Within no time at all, Brown had pulled to the bumper of the leader, before the first caution came out. Unfortunately for Brown, a few laps into the restart, he would spin in turn 4 and heave to restart at the rear of the field.

 

Brown was determined to at least finish towards the front, as he climbed up to 3rd before a late caution. On the restart Brown took 2nd. While it looked as though Brown may have had something for the leader for a moment, the car wasn’t handling nearly as well as Brown would have licked, which cost him. At the end of it all, Brown would walk away with a 2nd place finish.

 

Keith would like to send a special thank you to Riley Simmons and the Simmons Family, as well as Ryan Svensson for their help this past weekend.

 

This weekend’s plans are currently tentative.

 

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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Curran Notches Top 5 in First Career A Mod Start

(5/6/2019)

 

Though there wasn’t a B Mod race scheduled at Antioch Speedway Saturday night, Antioch’s own Brent Curran needed to get some laps in to test out the car’s new rear end. With that in mind, the team headed to Antioch Speedway to compete with the track’s A Mod class.

 

Despite running against a faster class, Curran was fairly competitive. Since he was just trying to make sure the car was ready to go for next week he didn’t push it too hard. He was able to gain one spot to finish 5th, but he easily had the speed to finish in the Top 3.

 

At the drop of the green flag in the Main Event, Curran was on the move. Curran would move from 8th to 6th on the opening lap, and was knocking on the door of the Top 5. Just one lap later, Curran again moved up two spots, this time taking 4th.

 

Buddy Kniss wasn’t going to give up 5th easily, however, pulling back alongside Curran to run side by side multiple times over the next few laps. The lone caution of the race would wave 7 laps in, bunching the field back up and meaning Curran would have Kniss to his outside on the restart.

 

On the ensuing restart Kniss would regain 4th, as Curran had to fend off a new challenger in Brian Pearce. After a few laps Curran was able to break free and maintain 5th. A short time later, Curran would catch early leader Terry Kaiser and pass him to move back into 4th.

 

While Curran was able to keep pace with the Top 3, he wasn’t finding ways around the car ahead of him. Curran would ride out the last half of the race in 4th, putting up a strong showing against the division above what he normally runs.

 

After the race, Curran said: “It was a good night altogether. Worked out some bugs in the new rear end and was able to fine tune a bit and see how the car reacted. Didn’t want to take a chance on a points day for us and have an issue arise with something we missed. Finishing top 5 and being able to race side by side with some of my A mod hero’s was just a bonus. Hopefully I’m able to do it again sometime soon or maybe even try it out in a real A mod.”

 

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 Catches Tough Break Late, Just Misses Out on 3rd Straight Win

(5/6/2019)

 

What a start to the 2019 race season it’s been for Chris Sorensen. Through 4 races, Sorensen’s worst finish has been 2nd, with 2 wins and 2 runner up finishes. Sorensen again had shot at victory lane Saturday night, but the stars just wouldn’t align for Sorensen late in the race.

 

The night started off with heat race action, where Sorensen started on the front row. Coming into Saturday night, Sorensen was perfect in his Heats so far this season, going 3 for 3. This wouldn’t change Saturday, as Sorensen lead every lap from the front row to win his 4th consecutive Heat Race.

 

Since Sorensen had won the previous week, he’d be forced to start 10th in the 20 lap Main Event. While Sorensen was mired in the back early, he was still making moves, moving up 2 spots to 8th on the opening lap and claiming 6th just 2 laps later.

 

The lone caution of the race would fly about halfway through the event. With Sorensen restarting 5th, he still had plenty of time to get to the front. Within a lap he was up to 4th, and was all over the 2nd and 3rd place cars.

 

With a few laps left, Sorensen finally got up to 2nd, but in the time it took him to get there, leader Brad Myers had opened up a sizeable lead. In just 3 laps, Sorensen completely erased the 2 second gap Myers had over him, and was right on Myers’s tail.

 

The two leaders took the white flag side by side, with lapped traffic just ahead. Unfortunately for Sorensen, the lapped car went low to attempt to get out of the way, inadvertently blocking Sorensen and ending his chance to win the feature. Sorensen gave it one last gasp in turn 4, but Myers held on for the win.

 

Chris’s next race will be at Antioch Speedway May 11th.

 

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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Cooper Grabs First Win of 2019 at Bill Brownell Memorial

(5/5/2019)

 

While Yuba City’s Brian Cooper has certainly showed plenty of speed in the early portion of 2019, feature wins have just slipped out of his reach. Whether it’s been mechanical failures, or a terrible redraw not giving him enough time to get through the field, Cooper had been held winless. That all changed Friday night.

 

Friday night was the site of the annual Bill Brownell Memorial at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway, one of the most prestigious races in the state. Cooper would be slotted in to start 4th in his heat race, but he quickly found himself 2nd behind leader Phil Marino. Though Cooper felt he had a quicker car than Marino, he thought it wasn’t worth risking an incident, and followed Marino to the finish in 2nd.

 

For the main, Cooper would redraw a 6. In just 1 short lap, Cooper went from 6th to 2nd,moving like a hot knife through butter. Once Cooper settled into 2nd, he began following the tracks of leader Keith Brown Jr, waiting for Brown to make a mistake.

 

Multiple times, it looked as though Cooper had taken the lead, but a caution would come out and nullify the move, handing the lead back to Brown. Finally, with 10 laps to go, Cooper made the winning move, as he cleared Brown for the lead. It wouldn’t be a cakewalk, however, as both Brown and Micheli trailed closely behind.

 

With just a few laps left, a late caution would bunch up the field one last time. Cooper wouldn’t be fazed though, executing a perfect restart and pulling away with the win.

 

After the race, Brian said “This sport can be very humbling. With everybody in the class getting better which makes for better races and better competition the wins are harder to come by. So you have to be on top of your game each week and after trying a bunch of new stuff that didn’t quite work like we had wanted so far we went back to  basically having the same thing we had in the car last year. Started 4th in the heat and finished P2. Had the fastest car just didn’t want to push it and risk damage so just settled in and cruised. Started P6 in the feature and jumped to 2nd on the opening lap. Was rolling around the bottom and was waiting for the leader to make a mistake. Had the pass for the lead twice and the caution came out. 3rd time was a charm with around 10 to go. The car was really good but still have to make it better. Thanks to everybody that makes it possible for us to do what we love to do. It’s always special to win the memorial races.”

 

Brian’s next race will be May 25th and 26th at Marysville Raceway.

 

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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Brown Puts Together Dominant Weekend; Sweeps Nor Cal Doubleheader

(4/29/2019) Image by Krazy KC Photography

 

While the previous weekend was one Keith Brown Jr would rather forget, the Pittsburg native turned things around in a big way this past Friday and Saturday. Since Brown is chasing IMCA state points, the team made the nearly 5 hour trek to race at Diamond Valley Speedway in Susanville Friday, before heading to Quincy’s American Valley Speedway.

 

Friday night started off pretty well for Brown. After starting 5th in the heat race, he quickly found himself running 2nd. Unfortunately for Brown, Craig Nieman would pass him on a late restart to reclaim 2nd, relegating Brown to 3rd where he’d ultimately finish.

 

Brown would roll off 9th in Friday night’s feature, but with the adjustments he made after the heat, he was confident he could make a charge to the front. Within the first lap, Brown had made his way up to 7th, before the first of what could only be described as a multitude of cautions waved.

 

On the restart Brown was on the move again, picking off 6th and 5th before the 2nd caution came out less than a lap into the restart. Once again Brown claimed two spots on the ensuing restart, moving into 3rd before yet another caution came out.

 

After a lengthy delay, Brown would wind up as the leader on the next restart. As soon as Brown was in the lead, it quickly became clear that there was not a car on track that could hang with him. Despite a few more cautions in the late stages of the race, Brown would go on to win convincingly. After the race, Brown was awarded with the Competition Carburetors fastest lap award. On top of the cash prize he earned that night, he was also entered into the year end drawing for a $500 grand prize.

 

Saturday Night, Brown would visit the scenic American Valley Speedway in Quincy to close out the weekend. The car was a rocket from the moment it was unloaded from the trailer. Brown made quick work of his heat race, going from 3rd to 1st in the blink of an eye. Brown would go on to win the heat race by a large margin.

 

Brown’s speed would then carry over into the main event. After starting on the outside front row, Brown quickly staked himself out to a commanding lead. Lap after lap, Brown’s lead would continue to grow. Though there was a mid-race caution, Brown would once again pull away on the restart. Brown was in a league of his own Saturday night and it was on full display in the feature. Brown would again go on to win the feature in dominant fashion, sweeping the weekend and picking up his 2nd and 3rd wins on the season.

 

When asked about the weekend, Keith said “This last weekend on Friday we climbed the mountain to go try our luck at Jeff and Kim Olschowka’s Diamond mountain speedway in Susanville ,Ca. Awesome facility.  After several early cautious and a few good moves we end up out front and we were able to get the win. We were also awarded the Competition Carburetors fastest lap award for the main event. On Saturday we made the drive over to American valley speedway,  in Quincy, Ca. Started 3rd in the heat and got the win, pulled the outside front row for the main and even with a very tight race car we were able to keep it out front and put ourselves in the winner’s circle for the second night in a row. Special thanks goes to Riley Simmons and his family for letting us use their shop to get the car cleaned up and ready for 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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Curran Backs up Previous Week’s Win With 2nd Place Run

(4/28/2019)

 

After weeks of frustrating finishes and circumstances, Brent Curran’s season appears to done a complete 180 after 2 consecutive great finishes. The Antioch native won last week’s $500 to win race at Antioch Speedway, and was in the running for the $1,000 prize Saturday night.

 

At the drop of the green flag for his heat race, Curran was gone. Though a caution came out and caused a full restart, Curran once again used his front row starting spot to his advantage and jumped out to a big lead. For the next 8 laps, Curran’s lead would grow, before ultimately winning the heat race by a full straightaway’s length margin.

 

Since Curran had won the previous week, Curran would be forced to start the feature in 8th. Curran remained patient in the early portion of the race, only moving forward 1 spot in the opening 5 circuits. That’s when Curran began to go to work.

 

Over the next lap and a half, Curran would slice and dice his way to 5th. With a group of 3 cars ahead, Curran started to use the bottom part of the race track, the part that most of the field was avoiding, to make his passes. Curran had made his way to 4th when minor contact with another competitor dropped him back to 5th, right before a Lap 9 caution.

 

The upcoming restart didn’t last very long, however, as another driver spun on the backstretch to immediately bring the yellow flag back out. On the ensuing restart, Curran quickly moved into 2nd place. Curran then began what could simply be called an amazing battle with race leader Tommy Fraser, and that may be understating it.

 

Over the next 9 laps, Curran and Fraser remained side by side for the majority of each lap, with Curran just coming up short of clearing Fraser multiple times. The entire time the two drivers raced door to door, they were able to do so without touching once, truly a testament to the skill of both drivers.

 

Just as it looked as though Curran was possibly starting to gain an advantage, one last caution waved with 3 laps left. Curran would throw everything he had left at Fraser on the restart, but it just wasn’t enough, ultimately settling for a 2nd place finish.

 

When asked about his thoughts on the race, Curran said “It was another solid points night for us and the car went on the trailer in one piece again. That race though was by far the most exciting race I’ve ran in a modified. To run door to door for 8-10 laps without even the slightest wheel rub was amazing. Better yet the whole top 3 ran super clean and put on a show for the fans. It’s always a good night when the officials and the fans can come in the pits and thank you for the show you put on. Antioch is a tough track to pass on or even just run side by side. The track modifications really made the racing a lot better and opened up multiple grooves to work with. Made the ability to come from the rear of the field possible. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to hold and hopefully keep our points run alive!”

 

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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Rob Gallaher Claims First Win of 2019 / Joe Gallaher Recovers From Late Problems to Salvage 4th

(4/27/2019)

 

Entering the season, Gallaher Racing’s stated goal was to run for as many wins as possible. Friday night at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway would provide the team’s first win of the season, but still left the team wondering what could have been.

 

The night as always started off with heat race action, with Joe and Rob Gallaher starting 2nd and 6th in the first 8 lap heat. At the drop of the green flag, Joe Gallaher took the lead, while Rob quickly moved to 4th on the opening lap. As Rob began working on DJ Keldsen for 3rd, Joe had his hands full with 2nd place runner Jerry Skelton.

 

As the laps ticked off, Joe started inching away. Behind him, Rob had settled into a 3 car battle for 2nd with Skelton and Keldsen, racing side by side with Keldsen for a couple laps before eventually completing the pass. Joe would go on to win the heat race by a comfortable margin, with Rob finishing 3rd.

 

The main event inversion would then line Rob up 2nd for the feature, while Joe would have to charge from 6th. Rob would use his front row starting position to immediately grab the lead as the race began. His father Joe wasn’t far behind, moving up to 3rd in the first 5 laps.

 

While the early portion of the race was littered with cautions, Rob maintained his steady pace up front. Under a lap 9 caution, 2nd place runner Jerry Skelton left the track, meaning Rob and Joe would be restarting 1st and 2nd. On the ensuing restart, Joe stayed right along side Rob, as the father and son duo raced side by side for a brief 2 laps before another caution waved.

 

This caution would bring an end to Joe’s chances at a win, as a flat tire forced him to restart 8th. While Rob would go on to easily win the main event, Joe was busy mounting a charge from the back. Though he ran out of laps, Joe was able to climb from 8th to 4th over the last few laps, settling for 4th as a consolation prize on a night where he very possibly could have won.

 

When asked about the night, Rob said “We tried something on the X car and it paid off but was very risky, we only weighed 3 pounds over the minimum. We will have to reassess that for next race and play it safer. Joe probably was better all around, he pulled up next to me for the lead, I got worried. If it wasn’t for his flat tire he might of won that race. Hopefully there is be many more 1-2 racing action for the Gallaher team this year. Both cars were fast!”

 

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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