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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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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Coffman’s 2nd Year on Dirt Sees Vast Improvement

(11/13/2018)

 

After an up and down rookie season in 2017, Roseburg, Oregon’s Doug Coffman showed impressive improvement this year. Considering Coffman primarily raced at Cottage Grove Speedway this season, a track that averages almost 20 cars a night, having only 2 finishes outside the Top 10 seems like a big success for the 2nd year SportMod driver.

 

The biggest moment for Coffman this season easily had to be claiming his 1st career win in his last start of the season, late in September at Southern Oregon Speedway. Coffman had won his heat race earlier in the night, then set sail in the main event, beating two of Medford’s best in Rich McCoy and Justin McCreadie to seal the deal. Though he only made limited starts at the track in 2018, it appeared to be one of his most successful. Besides the season ending win, Coffman was also in the running for the win at the Speedweek race in June, before ultimately settling for third behind McCreadie and Brent Curran.

 

While his first career win was a big deal, almost equally as impressive was his 3rd place run in the Cottage Grove Speedway track points. To be able to say that you were the third best car out of a consistent 15-20 car field in only your second year, is a pretty significant accomplishment. While Coffman wasn’t able to win at his home track, his outstanding consistency kept him in the hunt for the track title for the majority of the year.

 

One more accomplishment to note was the fact that Coffman came home 4th in Oregon IMCA SportMod State Points. Had he been able to make a few more of the Willamette or Medford races, Coffman may have been in the running for a spot in the Top 3.

 

When asked about his thoughts on the 2018 season, Coffman said “A season full of many ups and downs that I will never forget #SENDINGITFORCINDY”  With the improvement we all saw out of Doug Coffman in 2018, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be up front contending for wins far more often in 2019. Look for Coffman to make a run at both the Cottage Grove track title and the Oregon state championship.

 

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

The Scoreboard Bar

Oakland Tavern

Ninety Nine Motorsports

Noble Roofing

Twin Peaks Off-Road

Twisted Trailer Services

FX Designs.

 

Doug Coffman Stats:

Starts: 21

Wins: 1

Top 5’s: 8

Top 10’s: 18

3rd in Cottage Grove Points

4th in Oregon IMCA SportMod State Points

Best Finish: 1st (Medford September 22nd)

Worst Finish: 19th (Cottage Grove May 5th)

 

Yreka:

June 9th:11th

 

Medford:

(Speedweek)June 23rd: 3rd

September 2nd: 8th

September 22nd: 1st

 

Willamette:

April 21st: 8th

May 12th: 6th

May 25th: 6th

May 26th: 7th

August 11th: 8th

 

Cottage Grove:

May 5th: 19th

May 19th: 4th

June 2nd: 2nd

June 30th: 3rd

July 4th: 11th

July 7th: 7th

July 20th: 8th

July 21st: 10th

July 28th: 10th

August 10th: 5th

August 25th: 2nd

September 15th: 5th
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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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