Gallaher Racing Looks To Build Off Exceptional 2019 Campaign

San Jose, CA (3/03/2020) Coming into 2020 with heaps of expectations after a stellar season this past year, the two headed monster of Rob and Joe Gallaher are ready to crush expectations and their competition. The San Jose, California based Father and Son Hobby Stock team once again claimed the Ocean Speedway Hobby Stock track championship in 2019, with Rob winning his 3rd in the past 4 years, and 4th total title in the previous 6. 

 

The anticipation is building in the Gallaher camp as we grow closer to March 13th’s season opener at Ocean, and for good reason. The team was busy in the off-season building a completely new car for the patriarch of the Gallaher family, Joe. Pre-season testing this past Thursday at Merced Speedway couldn’t have gone much better, and the early results have the team ecstatic. 

 

Gallaher Racing’s main goal for 2020 is simple, add another title to the family’s incredible list of accomplishments. They believe that putting a concerted effort to focus almost entirely on the local points chase will go a long way in helping accomplish the feat. 

 

If 2019 is any indication, their fellow division racers will have trouble preventing another back to back title run for the Gallahers. Rob was phenomenally consistent in his latest championship winning season, finishing outside the Top 5 only twice across his 15 feature starts. While the consistency was certainly impressive, one could argue that his 7 main event wins were an even bigger achievement. 

 

By far, the biggest win for either driver in 2019 was Rob’s win at the illustrious Pat and Jim Pettit Shootout. The Shootout is highly regarded as the most prestigious event at their home track, and Rob’s night 1 win last year marked his 2nd triumph in the race’s 9 year history. 

 

Joe Gallaher wasn’t far from the track title himself this past year, but multiple early season mechanical gremlins ultimately wound up being the deciding factor in the title race. Even with the early season problems, only a 19 point gap separated the two after the final race.  On top of that, both Gallahers were consistent to the point that there was over a 100 point difference between championship runner up Joe Gallaher and 3rd place in points, truly showing their stranglehold on the division in 2019. 

 

In the midst of a stellar season, Joe also picked up career wins number 2 and 3 along the way in back to back races, including what has likely become their most infamous moment sharing the track. In late June, the two were racing intensely for the win in the late going, when Joe got a little aggressive and sent his son for a spin. Joe would hold off the competition for his 2nd win of the season. Joe acknowledged on the ride home that night that he “may have that one comin’ back around”. 

 

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming season, an excited Rob Gallaher had this to say: “We are fired up for the 2020 season. After Merced changed their hobby rules to exclude all the other hobby stocks in the state we decided to really focus on our home track in Watsonville. We have built a whole new car for my dad to maintain the competitive edge he had before damaging his frame at the McGowan race in Bakersfield last year. He has the pep in his step again that wasn’t there at the end of last year. Winning will be commonplace for both Gallaher cars again starting 2020.  We have made setup changes and drivetrain improvements to help us stay on top. We know our competition is getting better so we have to be making changes to be better too. I can’t wait to hit the dirt circle on Friday the 13th of March.”

 

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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Curran Scores Biggest Win of Young Career at Pettit Shootout

(10/1/18)

 

After last week’s shakedown at Merced, rookie Sport Mod driver Brent Curran headed into Ocean Speedway’s Pat & Jim Pettit Shootout with some uncertainty after only racing once in the previous month. That uncertainty quickly went away, as Curran had his best weekend as a Sport Mod driver yet.

 

Friday didn’t start well for Curran, who’s poor heat race landed him in a B main. With his car not taking well to the wet and heavy surface, Curran was unsure if he’d even be able to transfer to the main. Luckily, the team made the right adjustments, and Curran was just able to squeak in to the last transfer spot.

 

By virtue of being the last car in, Curran would have to line up in 24th out of the 24 car field, with plenty of work to do to salvage a decent finish. With a few minor tweaks, the car was much better for the main event. That, along with a few breaks along the way helped Curran climb all the way up to 12th with a few laps left. In the last 2 laps, Curran was able to pass two cars ahead of him to take home a Top 10 in a race that had very few cautions.

 

Saturday rolled around and from the get-go, you could tell that this night would go much better than the previous.

 

Getting to start on the pole for his heat certainly didn’t hurt. While Chris Falkenberg was able to take the lead on the start, Curran stayed right behind him for all 8 laps, with his 2nd place finish giving him an automatic transfer to the main event.

 

Curran would redraw a 6 for the main event, lining him up on the outside of the third row for the 26 lap feature. It would only take Curran 5 laps to go from 6th to the lead, and he immediately went to work on growing his lead. While he was smooth sailing up front, a challenger was emerging in 18th place starter Kevin Johnson. As the laps clicked off, Johnson drew closer and closer to Curran. Curran sensed this, however, and changed his line take Johnson’s momentum away.

 

Johnson continued to throw everything he had at Curran. Then, after taking the white flag, Johnson appeared to take the lead from Curran, but a caution would nullify the pass. The yellow would lead to one final 2 lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Curran pulled away to an insurmountable lead, and would go on to win the big $1,006 prize, by far the biggest win of his career.

 

Curran had this to say on this huge win: “It’s just so unreal. I’ve asked everyone to pinch me thousands of times and have to go to bed and stare at my check on the wall to convince myself it happened. I just can’t thank my family, friends and sponsors enough for the support and the awesome pep talks before the race. I just can’t believe we went down there and beat the best of the best on a smaller budget than most and it’s just huge for all of us. Never experienced such a huge reaction either.”
Brent would like to thank all of his sponsors including:
Steel City Motorsports
Loyd Engineering
Lunati
89 Design
Steadfast Construction
All Flow Muffler and Auto Repair
DRC Motorsports Media
His Wife Janelle
Father in law/Car owner Tim
Keith Brown Jr
Keith and Martie Steinmetz
Rest of the crew and family

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