Curran’s Run of Bad Luck Comes to a Close, Puts on Clinic at Antioch en route to Win

(4/22/2019)

 

Ever since Antioch’s own Brent Curran declared his intent to chase the Antioch Speedway B Mod title, his luck on the track had fallen off the rails. 2 consecutive DNF’s later and with doubts arising, he and the team decided to take one last shot on Saturday night to see if the title was worth chasing.

 

The night of course started off with his heat race, where Brent started 4th. After passing Mark Garner for 3rd, Curran went to work on Todd Gomez for 2nd. Unfortunately for Curran, he ran out of laps and had to settle for 3rd.

 

The inversion would help Curran tremendously, as he would slot in to start on the outside of the front row for the feature. At the drop of the green flag, Curran was gone. Within 2 laps, Curran had staked out an almost straightaway’s length lead back to 2nd place.

 

It only took Curran 4 laps to hit lapped traffic, and once he caught them, he began maneuvering through them like a hot knife through butter. Curran was making multiple lines work while the rest of the field predominantly ran the high side. As the laps clicked off, Curran began running into heavier traffic. Though 2nd and 3rd were slowly inching closer, they couldn’t reach Curran.

 

With 7 laps left, the lone caution of the race came out. This would give his closest challengers one chance to contend for the win. On the ensuing restart, 2nd place runner Fred Ryland was able to keep Curran within striking distance. Ryland would look inside multiple times over the next few laps, but just could not find a way past Curran.

 

Curran then began pulling away again. Curran would amass a big enough lead to go on to win the race comfortably, picking up his first win in 2019 in the process.

 

After the race, an excited, but relieved Curran said “On Saturday, we just wanted to go to the track and have a solid finish with a straight car at the end of the night. We didn’t want to have to make the decision to run somewhere else to lighten the load on our wallets. Having a home track minutes from your house to go to every week with a solid fan base is definitely way more ideal than traveling every week. To finally end the bad streak with a win though was that much more special and huge for keeping our points run alive. To see all the smiles on my crew and families faces that know what I’ve been going through the last couple weeks was very emotional and special for me. That monkey is finally off our back and hopefully we can just keep the momentum from here.”

 

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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PC: Katrina Kniss

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Cooper Takes 4th Despite Late Carb Troubles

(4/22/2019)

 

While Brian Cooper’s run of strong finishes continued Friday night at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway, his absolutely terrible redraw luck continued to rear its ugly head, leaving the Yuba City driver with more work than he’d envisioned.

 

Cooper started off the night’s action by drawing the pole for his 8 lap heat race. Over the course of the race, Cooper was never seriously challenged. Cooper would go on to win the race by just under 2 seconds. What followed was of course the low point of the night for Cooper, as he drew the dreaded 12 pill, meaning he’d be starting outside row 6 for the feature.

 

At the drop of the green, Cooper went to work. Taking advantage of a few incidents, and making a few passes, Cooper quickly found himself in 6th. It wasn’t long before Cooper was on the move again, taking 5th a few laps later.

 

Once Cooper made his way to 4th, he could tell there was something wrong with his car. The car just had 0 speed coming off the turns. The sudden carburetor issues would effectively end any hopes Cooper had of racing for the win. Despite the issues, Cooper would manage to hold on to 4th for the remainder of the race, taking his 2nd Top 5 this season.

 

Brian’s next race will be this Saturday at the Donnie Tilford Tribute at Placerville Speedway.

 

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 Notches Back to Back Top 10’s Against Stiff Competition in Merced

(4/15/2019)

 

After a solid showing in Bakersfield the previous weekend, Pittsburg Sport Mod driver Keith Brown Jr headed down to Merced this past Friday and Saturday to compete in a special weekend doubleheader.

 

The team’s goal was simple: run well and keep the car in one piece. Based on those goals, it’s easy to say that this past weekend was a success.

 

Brown started off the weekend fast with an exciting heat race win Friday night. After inheriting the race lead on a mid race caution, Brown was able to hold off a spirited charge from Kevin Johnson take the win.

 

Though he won his heat race, the redraw did Brown no favors, lining him up 8th for the feature.  Unfortunately for Brown, there wasn’t much passing to be made in Friday’s feature, ultimately settling for 9th.

 

After feeling the car was a bit off Friday, the team headed back home to make some adjustments to better attack the dry slick surface they encountered on night one. Those changes would ultimately put them behind the 8 ball in Saturday’s heat race, as the car struggled on a much heavier surface. Brown’s less than preferrable heat race run would result in him having to run a B Main if he wanted any chance of making the feature.

 

As soon as the green flag waved in the B Main, Brown was on the move. Brown would go from 8th to 4th on the opening lap, before eventually finishing 3rd and transferring to the main event.

 

Just like the B Main, Brown was on the move early and often in the feature. Brown quickly made his way into the Top 10 from his 15th place starting position. While Brown was steadily making progress, he started to encounter some slower cars as the laps went on, with those cars holding him back from what could have potentially been a Top 5 run. When all was said and done, Brown brought it home in 8th, his 2nd Top 10 in as many nights, and 3rd in the past 2 weekends.

 

Brown has another busy weekend planned this week, as he heads North to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway Friday night, before making the long trek down to Bakersfield Speedway on 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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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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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

 

Interested in having writeups like these done for your race team throughout the season? Contact Daren Ricks of DRC Motorsports Media here on Facebook, at darenricks999@gmail.com or at (530) 828-0112 to discuss a plan that fits your team’s needs.

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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