Sorensen Picks Up Where He Left Off With Runner Up Finish

(4/1/2019)

 

After a season for the ages in 2018, veteran driver Chris Sorensen looks to find the same success in 2019. The El Sobrante native dominated the Hobby Stock division at Antioch Speedway this past season, racking up 8 wins and 24 Top 5 finishes across his 27 starts at the speedway, easily running away with the points title with weeks to spare.

 

Sorensen once again was fast out of the gate Saturday night. A 14 heat race winner a year ago, Sorensen used his front row starting position to pull away on the start and take a commanding lead. Sorensen would never face any sort of opposition in the 8 lap race, winning the heat by roughly a quarter of a lap.

 

Sorensen would roll off 2nd for the 20 lap main event, and while he was definitely fast, Sorensen could just not find a way past pole sitter Bre Troen. The two front row starters would engage in a close, hard fought battle for the majority of the early portion of the race.

 

After falling to 3rd on a mid race restart, Sorensen would claim the lead as the top 2 cars made contact in turn 4, leaving just a big enough gap for Sorensen to slip through before the yellow flag waved. Sorensen’s time at the front wouldn’t last long, however, as he made hard contact with the backstretch wall on the restart.

 

The contact would drop Sorensen to 3rd as both Josh Leach and Anthony Welborn made their way by. Sorensen would regain 2nd a lap later when Welborn and Leach made contact in turn 1, sending Welborn around. Sorensen would spend the remainder of the race in 2nd, taking home a solid finish on opening night.

 

Chris’s next race on the schedule is Antioch Speedway on April 13th (weather permitting)

 

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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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

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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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

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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Up and Down Weekend for Gallaher Racing Ends With 3rd Place Finish

(10/17/18)

 

With Ocean Speedway’s points season coming to an end, Gallaher racing decided to make the trek down to Bakersfield Speedway’s annual Budweiser Nationals for one last race this season. The team raced with the hobby stock class. The Hobby Stock class was the only division to run both nights, but not have 2 separate shows. This meant if you didn’t make the main through the qualifier on Night 1, it’d be much harder to make it on the 2nd night.

 

Night 1 would see both Joe and Rob Gallaher in the same 8 car heat, with Joe starting on the pole, while Rob started 5th. Only 3 transferred, so Rob would have to make some moves if he was going to make the main. After a spin on the original start, the race got back underway. On the restart, Joe got out of shape and almost spun, this would cause him to drop all the way to 7th, ending his hopes of making the qualifier.

 

Joe’s misfortune moved Rob to 4th, hot on the tail of Justin Dunn for 3rd. Those two would race side by side for multiple laps before Rob took the final transfer position with 3 to go. Rob would hold off Dunn’s challenges for the rest of the heat race to transfer into the qualifier. Joe, meanwhile, only managed to make it back to 6th before the end of the heat.

 

Rob then lined up 5th in the qualifier, but this wouldn’t go nearly as well as the heat race. Rob quickly fell to 6th on thee opening start, and began to try and make the top line around the racetrack work. He was having no luck, as he continued to slip back before a lap 3 yellow came out. Under caution Rob would leave the track, but returned 2 laps down to get some more laps on the track for the next night. When it was all said and done Rob finished 10th, which meant he’d be starting 10th in the main event the next night.

 

Since Joe did not make the qualifier the previous night, he was forced to run a B Main to try and make the feature. He rolled off 9th, and with 10 cars transferring, he had a great chance to make the main. Unfortunately those dreams were dashed on the opening lap, as he was spun into the infield, making hard contact with a tractor tire to end his night.

 

It was then finally time for the main event, with Rob rolling off 10th. After getting driven into the infield, but miraculously not wrecking on the 2nd lap, Rob made a few moves over the first few laps to move into 8th, and appeared to have a car that could get to the front. The field quickly spread out, meaning action like his 3 wide battle with Chris Fritz and Cody Johnson for 7th was few and far between.

 

A lap 13 yellow would bunch the field back up, with Rob restarting 6th. Rob then began to work on Brian Brown for 5th, but wasn’t having any luck. It appeared as though Rob  may be stuck in 6th for the rest of the race, but a late yellow for Jacob Jones blowing a motor on the back stretch changed Rob’s fortunes completely. Rob was able to go from 5th to 3rd on that final restart, and would go on to finish there to end the season with a podium finish. It was a great season overall for Gallaher racing, with Robert picking up 5 feature wins, while Joe showed improved speed as the season went along.
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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