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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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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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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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

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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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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