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 Posted: Tuesday May 26th, 2009 07:15 PM
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Lucas Oil USAC/CRA 410 Sprints & Western States Modifieds on tap for Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway this Saturday night May 30

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 26, 2009…An exciting night of racing action is on deck this Saturday evening when the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway plays host to the Wingless 410 Sprint Cars of the USAC/CRA Series for just the second time ever. The event will also be only the second time since 2004 that wingless 410's have competed at the Tulare County Fairgrounds facility and will mark the seventh race of the season for the west's top non-winged sprint car tour.

The Lucas Oil USAC/CRA Series was formed in 2004 and often produces some of the most exciting competition anywhere, with the traditional wingless "back it in" style of racing that fans have loved for years. The series first competed at the Thunderbowl Raceway on Memorial Day weekend in '07, but last year's scheduled event was cancelled due to rain making this weekend's race extremely anticipated by a lot of people.

Saturday night will also mark the only tune-up prior to the running of the recently announced Pacific Coast Nationals, featuring the USAC National Sprint Car Series & USAC/CRA Series on November 14 & 15. "We're very happy to host the Pacific Coast Nationals at the Thunderbowl and this weekend should be a good warm-up for November," said promoter Steve Faria. "We were really disappointed after last year's rainout and are certainly looking forward to having non wing 410's back at our track this Saturday."

Defending USAC/CRA champion Mike Spencer of Temecula comes into the Thunderbowl Raceway sitting atop the points in his Ron Chaffin Motorsports, Arizona Race Mart No. 50. Spencer is now in his third season of driving the "Little Red Sucker," which has seen drivers such as Damion Gardner, Richard Griffin and Lealand McSpadden at the helm in the past. The former Oval Nationals prelim night winner has captured one main event victory this year and this weekend will look to improve upon his 20th place finish from the USAC/CRA event at Tulare in 2007.

Veteran driver Cory Kruseman of Ventura will look to defend his Thunderbowl Raceway USAC/CRA victory from two years ago on Saturday night. The talented competitor captured the series title in 2006 and has won the Oval Nationals twice in his career and has also claimed victory at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on two separate occasions, in addition to a number of other incredible accomplishments he has amassed over the years. Kruseman has won four main events in his Thunderbowl career and will look to make it five this weekend behind the wheel of his Kruseman Motorsports No. 21k.

"Dynamite" David Cardey finished sixth in the USAC/CRA points last season and has come back this year looking as strong as ever to place himself second in the current standings, just eight digits out of the lead. The Riverside racer picked up victory during the second night of the Oval Nationals last year aboard his ITI Performance No. 38 and began this season driving for Alexander Racing, but soon after stepped back into the Crossno Racing sprinter and has put himself in position to pick up his first career USAC/CRA title.

Thunderbowl Raceway track record holder Blake Miller of Yorba Linda comes into the weekend fresh off his victory last Saturday in Perris and currently sits third in the standings. The driver of the Gardner Motorsports No. 93 finished runner-up in USAC/CRA points last season and finds himself near the front of the pack once again this year. Miller finished fifth in May of '07 at the Thunderbowl and his lap of 15.679 in qualifying set the wingless 410 track record during the event.

"Showtime" Danny Sheridan currently ranks fourth in points and goes into this weekend following a pair of strong runs during Bandit 360 Series competition at the Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Kittle Motorsports No. 18 claimed victory at the 1/3 mile clay oval on April 11 and backed it up with a runner-up finish on May 16. The Santa Maria racer finished third in USAC/CRA points last year and picked up a strong third place finish when the series competed at Tulare in '07.

Other possibilities at the Thunderbowl Raceway this weekend will include Norco's Tony Jones & Tyler Brown, Clovis, CA's Peter Murphy, Visalia's Gregg Bragg & "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Manhattan Beach's Garrett Hansen, Torrance's Ricky Gaunt, Kerman's Davey Pombo, Roseville's Colby Copeland and more.

Note- The non-wing 360's will not be running as a separate class, but many are expected to be in competition Saturday night to make for a solid field of race cars.

The Western States Modifieds will share the bill for the evening as they compete in their third point race of the season. Leading the charge into the night will be the winners from the first two races of the season at the 1/3 mile clay oval, with those being Brad Pounds and Alex Stanford. Several contenders will be looking to knock them off however, and pick up the $1,200 top prize including Bobby Hogge IV, Paul Stone, Garrett Steitz, Ryan Mcdaniel, Greg Mancebo and many more.

The front gate will open up at 5 pm this Saturday evening with Reserved Grandstand tickets costing $18 and General Admission bleacher tickets costing just $15. To purchase tickets call (559) 688-0909. First race is scheduled for approximately 7pm. For a seating chart, directions, a list of hotels and more log onto http://www.tularethunderbowl.com

The Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare.





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Temecula's Mike Spencer, Riverside's David Cardey and Yorba Linda's Blake Miller are separated by just 10 points at the top of the USAC/CRA standings heading into the Thunderbowl Raceway this Saturday night.








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Santa Maria's "Showtime" Danny Sheridan has scored a victory and a runner-up in two Bandit Series events at the Thunderbowl this season and comes into Saturday's event sitting fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings




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Ocean Speedway on deck for Golden State Challenge Series Friday night

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Watsonville, CA – May 26, 2009…After running at the longest track of the season last weekend the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series will move back to the more usual California bullring style racing this week, beginning with an event on Friday evening at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.

Following last weekend's event in Calistoga there has been a change atop the Golden State Challenge Series standings as two-time & defending King of California Jonathan Allard has assumed the point lead heading into this Friday's race at the Ocean Speedway. Allard has been extremely consistent this season and is on a streak of six consecutive podium finishes in GSC competition.

The Chico native will take a 12 point lead into the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds track as he searches to become just the second driver in GSC history to possess three King of California titles. Allard drove his Williams Motorsports No. 0 to a runner-up finish during the first GSC visit of the season to Watsonville after leading all but the final lap in the feature. The 32 year-old veteran has also finished fourth or better in his last seven attempts at the Ocean Speedway with GSC.

Los Angeles, CA's Tyler Walker now finds himself sitting second in the Golden State Challenge Series standings and will look to close back in on Allard at the Ocean Speedway Friday. The driver of the SC Motorsports No. 24 claimed victory at the first season visit to the track and it came in exciting fashion as charged to the high-side of the speedway and executed a last lap pass of Allard for the win. Walker has won the past three GSC events at the Ocean Speedway and also won at the bullring in Civil War Series action last season. The 29 year-old racer put on an exciting charge from 13th to fourth last Sunday in Calistoga, as he attacked the cushion of the intimidating half-mile in typical "T-Dub" fashion.

Hot on Walker and Allard's heels however, is 13-time King of California Brent Kaeding who sits just one point behind Walker for second and 13 back of Allard for the lead. The driver of the Al's Roofing Supply No. 69 also currently ranks second in the Ocean Speedway weekly standings and will attempt to move his way forward in the GSC points at his home track this Friday. "BK" finished third during the series visit to the quarter-mile bullring in April and has won the last two track championships at the facility.

Youngster Kyle Larson from Elk Grove comes into Friday sitting fourth in the Golden State Challenge Series standings as he continues his rookie campaign with the traveling 410 sprint car tour. The 16 year-old drove his Vertullo Racing No. 83v to a fourth place finish at Ocean Speedway last month and will look to score his very first series win on Friday. Larson finished sixth last Saturday during his first night in a 410 at the Calistoga Speedway.

Current Ocean Speedway GLR point leader Evan Suggs goes into Friday's event at the track rounding out the top five in the Golden State Challenge Series standings. The driver of the Suggs Racing No. 33e finished sixth in the first GSC event at the track this year and has scored back-to-back runner-up finishes in weekly action at the Ocean Speedway to put him out front in the track standings. Suggs ran seventh in the main event at Calistoga last Sunday during his first weekend of racing at the half-mile.

Golden State Challenge Series rookie driver Brandon Carey of Ripon ranks sixth in the standings coming into the Ocean Speedway. The youngster picked up a ninth place finish in Watsonville last month in his Carey Racing No. 55 and is coming off a solid showing at Calistoga last Sunday where he qualified third fastest in the field, ran third in the dash and ninth in the feature, in what was his first weekend of action at the track as well.

Grass Valley's Jason Statler always runs strong at the Ocean Speedway and will look for his first victory of the GSC season on Friday behind the wheel of his DF Rios Construction No. 00. "The Big Guy" currently sits seventh in the series standings and is coming off a good weekend in Calistoga that saw him finish fourth and sixth in the two main events. Statler was running in the top five during the GSC visit to Watsonville last month, until contact left him with a flat tire, which forced him to the rear of the field late in the feature.

Two-time USAC Silver Crown champion Bud Kaeding is also coming off a solid weekend in Calistoga where he tallied finishes of third and fifth in his BK Motorsports No. 29. The Campbell driver sits eighth in the Golden State Challenge Series standings and brought home a fifth place finish last month with the tour at Ocean Speedway. Kaeding also currently ranks fifth in the GLR Investments track standings, but is coming off an event at the quarter-mile bullring where he lost an engine after qualifying, which cost him valuable points and dropped him from second to his current fifth place ranking.

Other drivers expected on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway will include Easton's Tommy Tarlton, Placerville's Andy Gregg, Clovis' Peter Murphy, Fremont's Brent Bjork, Morgan Hill's Ricky Wright, San Martin's Craig Smith, Gilroy's Jon Maiwald & Ken Fredenburg, Fresno's Mike Stallings and more.

The front gate at the Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm on Friday with adult tickets costing $20, children 6 to 12 will be $12, seniors 65 and older $18 and kids five and under will be free. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. For more info on the track visit http://www.oceanspeedway.com

Up next- Following Friday's event at the Ocean Speedway the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series will make its way to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the second season visit to the high-banked, red clay bullring. More information on the series can be found at http://www.goldenstatechallengeseries.com

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Two-time & defending King of California Jonathan Allard will lead the Golden State Challenge Series into the Ocean Speedway this Friday night. The Chico native is in search of his third career GSC title, which would make him just the second driver to reach at least three King of California championships. Allard is currently tied with Fresno's Steve Kent for the second most career title's in GSC history.



 



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Los Angeles, CA competitor Tyler Walker sits 12 points behind Allard for the top spot in the Golden State Challenge Series standings and will look to close the gap on Friday at the Ocean Speedway. Walker has won the past three main events with the series at the Watsonville based track and also leads the series this season with four feature victories




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Continuing to lurk back in third is 13-time King of California Brent Kaeding, who sits just 13 digits out of the Golden State Challenge Series point lead. The Campbell driver has won the past two Ocean Speedway title's and currently ranks second in the track standings this year going into Friday night




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Current Ocean Speedway GLR Investments 360 point leader Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley is still searching for his first career Golden State Challenge Series victory and will look to make it happen at his home track on Friday. The 22 year-old has scored two straight runner-up finishes in weekly competition at the quarter-mile bullring




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Andy Gregg races to first victory of season/ Going 410 racing this weekend

By Gary Thomas

Marysville, CA – May 27, 2009…After putting together a number of solid runs to begin the season Placerville, CA's Andy Gregg was finally able to break into the win column this past weekend during a visit to the Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday night.

The event was Gregg's third start of the season at the newly configured quarter-mile and he was able to pass and then hold off many-time track champ Colby Wiesz in the feature. "They've done some great things with this place and to get a win is pretty nice," said the driver of the Teams Guts Racing, Dale Miller Plumbing, Myers & Sons Drywall No. 16x. "Colby's a great driver and has always been the man at Marysville so it makes it even better to be able to get around him and hang on for our first win of the year."

Gregg lined-up on the inside of the second row in the main event and quickly moved into the runner-up spot at the waving of the green flag. The 29 year-old racer stayed close to leader Wiesz and set him up over the first few laps until blowing to the cushion in turns three and four on lap five. With Wiesz stuck to the bottom Gregg rocketed around the outside of him to take over the lead. After this he had his way with things and didn't make any mistakes the rest of the way to drive off and claim his first checkered flag of the season.

On Sunday Gregg then traveled to the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico to compete in his first California Sprint Car Civil War Series event of the season. For the night of racing he sat aboard the Bullet Racing, Ervin Sales, M&M Structures No. 53 sprinter and he kicked off the evening by qualifying second fastest in the 48 car field. Issues in his heat race though forced him into the b-main, which he would eventually win and transfer into the feature. Starting 11th on the tricky surface Gregg would go on and finish 10th after 30 laps of racing the Silver Dollar bullring.

This weekend will find Gregg throwing the 410 power-plant back under the hood of the Guts Racing No. 16x sprinter to compete with the Golden State Challenge King of California Sprint Car Series. On Friday night he hopes to make the tow to the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville for the 11th race of the GSC season. Last year at this event Gregg qualified ninth quick and ran ninth in the feature at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds track.

On Saturday Gregg will be in action at his home track of Placerville Speedway as the touring 410 sprint car series makes its way to the bullring for the second time this season. During the first GSC stop of the year in Placerville the "Hurricane" brought home a third place finish in the main event, which marked his first career podium with the series. So far this year Gregg has made three 410 starts and has finished fourth or better in each of them.

Following this weekend's action Gregg will be right back at it next Wednesday evening June 3 with a special event at the Placerville Speedway billed as Wild Winged Wednesday. The night of racing will be a make up show for the Civil War Series and he'll look for a good showing as the 360 tour makes its first visit of the season to the red-clay quarter-mile located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.

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Andy Gregg brought home a third place finish during the first Golden State Challenge visit of the season to the Placerville Speedway and on Saturday night he'll look to break-through for his first series win in front of the home town crowd. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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Mason Myers brings home runner-up at 7th Marysville Raceway Park Point Race

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Marysville, CA – May 26, 2009…The Myers Brothers Racing Team continued their assault towards the Browns Valley RV Wingless Sprint Car Series title at the Marysville Raceway Park this past Saturday and ended the night with Mason Myers scoring a strong runner-up finish in the main event.

Coming into the night both drivers sat in the top five of points in the Browns Valley RV Wingless class and each looked for their first win of the season over the Memorial Day weekend.

The main event saw Mason Myers line-up from the outside of the front row and when the green flag was unveiled he jumped into the lead aboard the Aces Heavy Transport, Franks Backhoe, Cal West Concrete, Matco Tools No. 3m. He would hold the field at bay until lap five when Billy Aton was able to get by for the lead. Myers stayed stuck to Aton however, as he ran the high-scary side of the Marysville Raceway Park bullring.

A yellow flag on the eighth lap then created a restart and when the green lights came back on Myers blew to the cushion and charged around Aton to reclaim the top spot. The youngster would sit out front until late in the race when he drove to the bottom of the speedway, which allowed Aton the high-side and that's all he needed to drive by and steal away the win. Myers would have a closing laps battle with Tony Richards, but was able to hang on and cross the stripe in second.

Cody Myers went into the night sitting third in the point standings and looked to close in on the leaders, but issues early on left him with a seventh place finish in his heat race. It then forced him to start from deep in the field in the feature and the driver of the Don's Landscaping, Leaf Away, Browns Valley Truck & RV No. 9 proceeded to carve his way forward to score a ninth place finish.

The Browns Valley RV Wingless Sprints will now take a couple of weekend's off to allow for special events at the Marysville Raceway Park, before resuming action on Saturday June 13. Going into the event Cody Myers sits third in points with brother Mason right behind in fourth.

More news, pictures and info on the Myers Brothers Racing Team can be found at http://www.mbracingteam.com/index.html

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Mason Myers brought home a runner-up finish at the Marysville Raceway Park this past Saturday night after leading a number of laps in the main event.




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