Bryant Gaining On Competition, Nearly Claiming First Top 5 As He Moves Into 5th In Points

(7/22/2019) (Photo Courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos)

 

As we head into the last weekend of July, Jesse Bryant is turning heads and riding a wave of momentum after back to back 6th place runs at Placerville Speedway. With his finish Saturday night, the teen Pure Stock driver also moved into 5th place in the division’s overall points standings. 

 

Bryant unfortunately struggled in heat race action early in the night, as he was unable to get into a steady rhythm, relegating him to a 6th place finish out of the 7 finishers. 

 

Once the Main Event began, however, you could see a noticeable difference in the way Bryant attacked the track. After starting 7th in the 8 car field, Bryant quickly took 6th as he settled in behind fellow Rookie of the Year contender Stephanie Hanson. 

 

Just as Hanson had begun to open a fairly sizeable advantage back to Bryant, a lap 10 caution brought the field back together for a restart. 

 

Bryant wouldn’t waste any time on the ensuing restart, as he took 5th and started pulling away from Hanson and the rest. As laps wound down, multi-time winner Kevin Jinkerson began reeling Bryant in for 5th. 

 

Bryant was able to hold him off for a few laps before Jinkerson finally made his move with 3 to go, forcing Bryant to once again settle for a 6th place finish. 

 

Though Bryant would have loved a Top 5, the finish served him well, as he moved into the Top 5 in points, while also gaining 10 more ever-important points in the Rookie of the Year battle with Hanson with just 4 events remaining.

 

Jesse will be back in action this Saturday night for the Mark Forni Classic. 

 

The Bryant Racing team would also like to send their best to veteran racer Mel Byers, who suffered a hard crash into the Turn 1 wall at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Byers was able to walk away from the incident with no major injuries. 

 

Jesse would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters, including:

 

Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating

 

DRP DeCarlo Racing Products

 

Chad Hammer Racing Engines

 

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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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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