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Bud Kaeding works traffic to perfection for Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series victory at Ocean Speedway

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Watsonville, CA – August 8, 2009…Using a dominating drive in the main event at the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night Campbell, CA's Bud Kaeding became the fifth multi-time winner of the year with the Golden State Challenge Series during what was also the penultimate event of the season for the traveling 410 tour.

Kaeding had been one of the most consistent drivers over much of the summer whenever he's competed with the Golden State Challenge Series and Saturday's victory marked his second of the year to go along with his other triumph in Chico on July 4. "We haven't won a GSC race at this place in a few years so it feels really good to finally get another one at our home track," said a very excited Kaeding in victory lane. "We have some sponsors here tonight in attendance as well so I don't think we could have picked a better night to win."

The 30 lap Golden State Challenge Series main event began with 2004 King of California Jason Statler winning a side-by-side drag race between himself and Kaeding however, it was all for naught as the yellow lights flashed on before a lap could be completed for an incident involving Oregon's Zach Zimmerly and b-main winner Mark Barroso of Merced. When the green flag came out once again Statler wasted no time charging out into the top spot and would hold the field at bay until cautions appeared on lap four and lap six to slow the pace of the feature.

During the early stages Statler had been running the bottom side of the speedway with Kaeding riding the rim as the well prepared Ocean Speedway surface created multi-groove action on the quarter-mile bullring. When the racing got back underway the man on the move though was current GSC point leader Tyler Walker of Los Angeles, who got into a strong rhythm running the high-scary side of the track aboard the SC Motorsports, NMI Industrial Contractors No. 24. "T-dub" had restarted sixth on the grid, but blew by competitors utilizing the high-line to perfection and charged up into third by lap seven. Kaeding also stepped up his challenges at that same time and on lap eight would make a beautiful move off the second corner to claim the lead from Statler and put the BK Motorsports, Alviso Rock No. 29 into the top spot.

As the racing continued on Walker remained committed to the high-side and on lap 10 would slice his way past Statler to move into second and give chase after Kaeding for the lead. With the long green flag run the leaders soon moved into traffic and it gave Walker the chance to close right up to Kaeding's bumper as he looked for his ninth victory of the season to set a new all-time GSC record. Kaeding appeared to have other plans though and kicked it into another gear as he drove through traffic phenomenally and impressively pulled away from Walker, putting his machine on every inch of the Ocean Speedway surface to work the slower cars.

With Kaeding amassing a huge lead the final caution of the race came out on lap 25 and for the restart the 29 year-old driver had a four lapped car cushion between himself and Walker. When the green lights came on for the last time it was all about Kaeding up front as he pulled away from the field with ease to drive away and pick up his sixth career Golden State Challenge 410 Series victory, putting him into a tie for 15th on the all-time list with Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan and Bobby McMahan.

Walker would cross the line in second to solidify his Golden State Challenge point lead by scoring his sixth podium finish in the last seven series races and should take a more than 20-point lead into the finale at Placerville in two weeks. "We really want this championship and this is the kind of finishes we need to get that done," Walker said. "Bud did a great job tonight and this track is really awesome so I hope we put on a good show for you fans and everyone enjoyed it. I have to thank this team for giving me a great car again and the championship is definitely something we want bad and just can't wait for the last show in two weeks."

After leading the first eight laps of the main event Statler came home in third to tally another strong finish at the helm of the Statler Racing, DF Rios Construction No. 00. It was a solid rebound for the "Big Guy" after getting upside down on the final lap while fighting for the lead during the most recent GSC event at Ocean Speedway in late May. Statler was also the winner of the evening's dash as he held off Kaeding by about a foot in an exciting conclusion to the six lap contest.

Crossing the line in fourth was Easton's Tommy Tarlton, who scored his third top-five finish of the Golden State Challenge Series season aboard the Tachi Palace, Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21. The veteran driver spent much of the race locked in an intense battle with Statler and Chico's Jonathan Allard who came home in fifth at the checkered flag in the Williams Motorsports, K&N Filters No. 0. Statler, Tarlton and Allard ran nose-to-tail for much of the last half of the main event as they navigated through thick and heavy traffic. For Allard it was his series leading 16th top-five finish in 20 starts and to begin the night the two-time King of California also set a new all-time GSC track record at Ocean Speedway with a clocking of 11.496.  

Elk Grove's Kyle Larson charged forward in the main event and very nearly got Allard over the final couple of laps, before settling for a sixth place finish after starting 15th aboard the Vertullo Racing No. 83v. Finishing seventh at the checkered was Placerville's Andy Gregg in the Guts Racing No. 16x and crossing the line in eighth was Ripon's Brandon Carey, who had an impressive run after starting the main event in 19th. Rounding out the top 10 in the feature were Fremont's Brent Bjork in the Bjork Construction No. 7b and Campbell's Brent Kaeding in the Al's Roofing Supply No. 69.

The full results will be available at http://www.goldenstatechallengeseries.com

Up next- The Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series will take this coming weekend off, before convening at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night August 22 for the season finale where the King of California will be crowned. With the week off in California current GSC point leader Tyler Walker and second place Jonathan Allard will both be running in the Midwest next week beginning with the Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Monday.

Both drivers will then take part in the 49th annual Knoxville Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway starting on Wednesday. Allard is scheduled to qualify on Wednesday night with Walker scheduled for Thursday. To keep up with their results log onto http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com and to listen to the action visit http://www.hosheadsradio.com

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Bud Kaeding dominates A-main at Ocean Speedway for second Golden State Challenge 410 Series victory of season

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – August 8, 2009…Rebounding from motor problems during his most recent Golden State Challenge appearance two weeks ago Campbell's Bud Kaeding proceeded to maneuver the BK Motorsports No. 29 sprinter to a dominating victory at the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night to score his second series win of the season.

The victory for Kaeding was also the sixth of his career with the Golden State Challenge King of California Series to put him in a tie with Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan and Bobby McMahan for 15th on the all-time win list. "We haven't won a GSC race at this place in a few years so it feels great to finally get back into victory lane here with the 410," said Kaeding, who last won a GSC event at the Ocean Speedway in 2006, while subbing for his father Brent Kaeding in the Al's Roofing Supply No. 69. 

Going into his home track Saturday Kaeding looked to regroup after a blown engine in hot laps ended his night prematurely during his most recent Golden State Challenge Series outing in Chico on July 25. A field of 26 sprint cars was on hand at the Ocean Speedway Saturday for the penultimate event of the GSC season and the 29 year-old opened the night by setting the fourth fastest lap in qualifying and then driving the Alviso Rock, K&N Filters, High Five Pizza Maxim to a dominating victory in the opening heat race.

Kaeding then got a solid draw for the dash to put him on the front row for the six lap contest and he would hound leader Jason Statler for the entire distance, until getting a strong run in the final corners to miss out on the win by about a foot at the stripe in an exciting finish. It put him on the outside front row for the 30 lap Golden State Challenge Series main event and during the initial start he would run side-by-side with Statler for a half a lap, before the yellow lights flashed on for a pair of spun cars in the second corner. The next start saw Kaeding settle into second as he tried to find the preferred groove to put his machine in with the Ocean Speedway surface being prepared to perfection with multiple lines able to be used.

The Campbell racer found the high-side to his liking and began to reel in Statler, but cautions on lap four and six slowed the flow early on. When the green came back out Kaeding got his elbows up as he raced hard after Statler and on lap eight he would move the Swift Metal Finishing, YAK Graphics, Kaeding Performance No. 29 into the top spot off turn two. Shortly after that current GSC point leader Tyler Walker carved his way into second and then closed in on Kaeding's rear bumper.

Walker was in search of becoming the first driver to win nine main events in a single GSC season, but Kaeding would not let that bother him as he looked as strong as he has all season long with traffic coming into play. With the track being very racy and wide Kaeding could put his machine anywhere on the surface and pulled away from the field, navigating his way through traffic like a magician. After gaining a huge lead the final caution of the race came out on lap 25 and for the restart Kaeding had a four lapped car cushion between himself and Walker.

When the green flag waved for the final time Kaeding rocketed away from the rest of the competitors to easily cross under the checkered for his first Ocean Speedway victory of the year. "I have to give big thanks to my guys because this thing was awesome tonight," said a jubilant Kaeding on the front stretch after the race. "Being this close to home we have some sponsors in attendance tonight so we couldn't have picked a better night to win."

Kaeding was also in action on Thursday with the USAC K&N Silver Crown Series at Oswego Speedway in New York where he qualified 13th fastest out of 26 cars and brought home a 10th place finish in the 100 lap feature to maintain his series lead. The two-time Silver Crown champ will bring a 60-point advantage over Tracy Hines into the next event, which will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 22.

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Jonathan Allard heads for Midwest after new GSC track record & top-five at Ocean Speedway

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Watsonville, CA – August 10, 2009…Making his last California start prior to the annual trek to the Midwest Chico's Jonathan Allard raced to a fifth place finish for the second weekend in a row with the Golden State Challenge Series and also managed to brake a GSC track record at the Ocean Speedway that had been held for 10 years.  

Going into the Ocean Speedway this past Saturday night Allard hoped to try and chip away at Tyler Walker's 16-point advantage in the GSC standings, during what was the penultimate event of the season for the traveling 410 sprint car series.

The two-time King of California began the evening in strong fashion by blistering the quarter-mile bullring in 11.496 seconds to set his series leading ninth fast-time of the season at the helm of the Williams Motorsports, Butler Built Performance No. 0 machine. The extremely quick lap also set a new Golden State Challenge Series track record at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds facility that had been held by good friend Peter Murphy since 1999.

Allard then brought home a third in his heat race and a seventh in the dash to put him in the fourth row for the 30 lap GSC main event. During the first handful of laps he would run in seventh, before making passes of Brad Furr and Andy Gregg to move into the top-five. The well prepared surface saw multiple racing lines and Allard spent the majority of the feature locked in a battle with Tommy Tarlton and Jason Statler as the long green flag run allowed for traffic to make things interesting.

The last caution of the main event came out on lap 25 and Allard spent the final laps holding off a strong challenge from youngster Kyle Larson to cross under the checkered in fifth to score his GSC leading 16th top-five finish in 20 starts. "We would have definitely wanted to finish a little higher in the order, but the guys up front did a great job through traffic and it was fun to be able to move around on the track tonight," Allard said.

Osky & Knoxville on tap this week:

Following the races the Williams Motorsports hauler headed out east hoping to be in Oskaloosa, Iowa in time for tonight's Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway. The 14th annual event has become one of the biggest and more fun races in all of 410 winged sprint car racing as it kicks off "Nationals Week" each season. A couple years ago Allard set fast-time at the Front Row Challenge and had charged up to third in the main event, until a flat tire caused problems that sidelined him for the remaining laps.

After the Front Row Challenge Allard and the Williams Motorsports crew will focus attention to the "Grand Daddy" of sprint car racing as the 49th annual Knoxville Nationals kicks off on Wednesday night at the Knoxville Raceway. Last season Allard finished 11th in the b-main and he will go into this year's running of the $150,000 to win event looking to break his way into the A-main on Saturday for the first time. "Our goal is definitely to try and get into that A-main on Saturday night," the 32 year-old said. "We'd be feeling pretty good if we could accomplish that."

Allard goes into this week with just a pair of starts on a half-mile track all season, with those coming at the Calistoga Speedway over Memorial Day weekend where he brought home finishes of second and third in the two main events. "We're going to go into the Nationals with a mindset of having fun and trying to be as relaxed as possible," Allard said. "Knoxville is a tough place with how big it is and it really makes set-up and getting the engine tuned-up a critical part of the outcome. We don't have the laps on the big tracks like many of the drivers back there, so we're going to try to learn as much as possible at Oskaloosa on Monday and then give it our best shot at Knoxville."

The two-time King of California is scheduled to qualify during opening night at the Knoxville Nationals on Wednesday and will look to gain as many points as possible towards Saturday's starting line-ups. "The biggest part of the Nationals starts with the qualifying pill draw, because you never know what the track is going to do and those qualifying laps are the two most important of the week," the Chico driver commented. "We're going to go into it with a good attitude though and just hope some luck will come our way and we should be alright."

To keep up with Allard's progress this week log onto http://www.allardmotorsports.com and http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com

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After setting a track record and finishing fifth in the main event at the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night Chico's Jonathan Allard will look for a solid week of racing starting tonight at the Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Allard will then get set for the 49th annual Knoxville Nationals, where he'll qualify on Wednesday and look for as many points as possible to get into the A-main on Saturday night for the first time. Photo by http://www.graphxdesigns.com




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Brandon Davis wins at Placerville Speedway for third wingless victory of 2009

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – August 10, 2009…Competing at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night Rohnert Park, CA's Brandon Davis charged to his third overall victory of the season and first of the year at the red-clay quarter-mile bullring located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Going along with wingless sprint car victories at the Petaluma Speedway on June 6 and Silver Dollar Speedway on July 3 it continued Davis' solid season behind the wheel of the Dave Johnson owned No. 32 machine. "We had a great run tonight and I've got to thank my car owner Dave Johnson for giving me the opportunity to drive this car," Davis said after his third win of the year. "We've gotten it really fast lately and that's made it a lot fun to drive."

Running at the always action-packed Placerville Speedway on Saturday night Davis kicked-off the evening by finishing runner-up in the opening heat race aboard the Johnson Custom Machine, Hettrich Construction, Northbay Welding, Sparky's Collision Center No. 32 sprinter. It set him up to start from the second row in the main event and at the waving of the green flag he would settle into third behind early leader Matt Streeter and second place Mark Mackay.

The Placerville Speedway track prep crew put together a racy surface to make for the usual exciting action on the high-banked bullring and when Streeter had issues a handful of laps in, it bumped Davis up to second in the running order. The 19 year-old driver then found the high-side of the track to his liking and on lap 10 he would charge around Mackay to take over the top spot, which he would never relinquish as he drove away to pick up his first Placerville win of the year.

The Rohnert Park driver was very happy to score his third win of the season during what was also the final wingless event of the year at the Placerville Speedway. "This track can get pretty tricky sometimes when it gets a deep cushion like it did tonight, but I love coming to this place," Davis said. "There's just no where else quite like Placerville and it's a great track to race on."

As the season slows down and hits its final three month swing Davis will continue looking for more wins and remain consistent at the helm of the Dave Johnson No. 32 machine. "We've had a real strong year so far and I definitely think we can get some more wins," commented Davis. "We seem to be picking up steam as the season goes on and that's a good thing because most of the big races are still upcoming so hopefully we can get this car up front when those races come up on the schedule."

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Rohnert Park's Brandon Davis picked up his third wingless sprint car main event victory of the season on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway. Photo by http://www.graphxdesigns.com


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Mike Henry runs 6th at Calistoga Speedway to move up two spots in California Sprint Car Civil War Series standings

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Calistoga, CA – August 11, 2009…Continuing his Civil War 360 Series campaign in the Rudy & Bev Warrington owned No. 18 sprinter this past Saturday night Sacramento, CA's Mike Henry drove to a sixth place finish in the main event at the Calistoga Speedway half-mile.

The finish kept up the recent trend of strong runs that Henry has put together since joining the No. 18 team in early June and bumped him up to seventh in the Civil War standings. "It was a pretty tough track tonight so we'll take a sixth and go on from there," Henry said. "I have to thank my owners Rudy and Bev Warrington for giving me the chance to run this car and our crew guys Sammy and Gary for helping out as well."

The event at the historic Calistoga Speedway half-mile this most recent Saturday marked Round 11 for the California Sprint Car Civil War Series and Henry kicked-off the night by qualifying solidly in the 10th position out of the 35 cars on hand. The veteran driver then motored to a runner-up finish in his heat race to transfer into the main event and when the big 10-pill was drawn for the inversion, it put the Borrelo Racing Engines powered A.R.T. Chassis No. 18 machine on the inside of the third row.

With the track conditions being very dry and rubber-down it made passing chances nearly non-existent and Henry ran the majority of the 20 lap contest in the fifth position, until a tire started to go down over the final circuits and allowed current Civil War point leader Sean Becker the chance to get by late in the race to put him back to sixth by the finish. "The track was definitely tough on tires tonight and we actually had a tire going flat in both the heat and the main event before the checkered," Henry said.

Despite missing the first three races of the season Henry finds himself seventh in the California Sprint Car Civil War Series standings going into the Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational, which will be held on Wednesday night September 9 at the Silver Dollar Speedway. "It's been a great season for us so far and has been a lot of fun to be able to run so strong ever since I joined the team," the former two-time Civil War champ said. "Being able to relax and not worry about points has paid off and I think it's shown in our results."

Henry, who spent last season traveling with the Golden State Challenge King of California 410 Sprint Car Series has made seven Civil War starts this year and has finished among the top-six in all but two. "Being able to drive for Steve Harris last year with Golden State was a big deal and the chance to run with guys like Tyler Walker, Jonathan Allard and Brent Kaeding was a great experience and it's paid off," Henry commented. "Every night I go into a race now I'm looking for one thing and that is to win, but on the other hand I'm not putting any added pressure on myself."

In those seven Civil War appearances this year Henry has also claimed four podium finishes, including a victory at the Petaluma Speedway on July 3, in what was just his second series start of the season. "It was really awesome to be able to win a race so soon after I started driving for Rudy and Bev," said the 2002 Placerville Speedway track champ. "Getting a win that early certainly helped my confidence and helped build some momentum."

Henry was also in position to pick up a victory during his very first Civil War start of the season on June 20, until a tire began to go down late in the main event at the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, which gave Sean Becker the chance to get by and steal the win away with just a couple of laps left, relegating him to a second place finish at the checkered.

Another impressive performance with Civil War for Henry this season came during Wild Winged Wednesday on July 22 at the Placerville Speedway, where he qualified 2nd fastest out of 37 cars and scored a third place finish in the main event behind national travelers Shane Stewart and Jesse Hockett. "Finishing behind those two was pretty cool when you look at all the things they've done across the country the last few years," said Henry. "You always read about them winning races all the time so to get on the podium with them was a good accomplishment for this team."

Henry's plans for the rest of the season will see him finishing out the remainder of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series schedule and also competing in the annual Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals in Chico, with the possibility of other races thrown in as well. "I just really would like to keep running strong and be in position to win races," he said. "I've never won the Wednesday night Civil War Invitational race during Gold Cup, but I think we've got a good shot to get it done this year and can't wait to hit the track next month."

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Sacramento's Mike Henry shown in action at the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday night where he brought home a sixth place finish in the Civil War Series main event aboard the Rudy & Bev Warrington No. 18


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When the Civil War season resumes on Wednesday September 9 at the Silver Dollar Speedway former two-time series champion Mike Henry will be looking for his first career Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational victory


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Trophy Cup update-

Cars or drivers entered

We have 28 cars entered as of Aug. 6, 2009

We are limiting entries (DUE TO CURFEW) to 55 to 65 if any driver wants to run the Trophy Cup enter before its to late. Many drivers an owners have called and said there entry is one the way. Yes there will be a 2 day pit pass available at the gate Friday at a cheaper rate than just a 1 day pass

We will also have the Fiesta night (sponsored by Taco Bravo) after Friday nights Main. Beer, soft drinks and water will be available.

Saturday: Spaghetti feed with Soft Drinks and water. Friday & Saturday events FREE with purchase of 2 day pass for pits or general addmission. Others will be asked for $5.00 donation to Make-a Wish.

Drivers & Owners More info at trophycity.com/

Ticket info at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Next update in 2 weeks

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Jimmy Pettit finishes close second on Miller Glass Night at Silver Dollar Speedway

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Chico, CA – August 11, 2009…Kicking off the final month of action at the Silver Dollar Speedway last Friday Chico, CA's Jimmy Pettit brought home a strong runner-up finish in an exciting wingless main event during a night of racing sponsored by Miller Glass Company.

Despite nearest point rival Jay Youngman picking up the win in the main event, Pettit remains atop the Hunt Magentos/Feather Falls Casino standings by 21 markers with just three races left in the season. "It was a fun race tonight and the track was really good and widened out so that made it pretty racy," Pettit said. "I saw those two guys battling hard up there for the lead and thought we might have a shot to get by, but just couldn't get the opening to get by Jay."

This past Friday's Miller Glass Night marked the 18th overall point race in the Feather Falls Casino championship series at the Silver Dollar Speedway and the "Love-shack" opened up the event by scoring a runner-up finish in the second heat race at the helm of the Kevin Sharrah Designs, Esplanade Taco Bell, Skyway Tool Center No. 24p.

Pettit then lined-up on the inside of the third row for the 20 lap wingless sprint car main event and when the green flag waved he would dice it up among the top-five cars on the speedway. Unlike recent weeks when the track had become very narrow for the main event, the track surface on this night had widened out and created much more room to race for the wingless competitors.

With the laps winding down the Chico racer placed the Ing. Excavation, Pep Boys, GT Promotions No. 24p machine solidly in the third position and when the white flag waved leader Scott Hall and second place Youngman would race each other wheel-to-wheel, until contact in the second corner knocked Hall off the track and caused Youngman to get sideways. This allowed Pettit to steal second and close in on Youngman in the final corner, but couldn't get the bite he wanted and settled for second at the checkered flag.

Despite not getting the win Pettit was happy with the run and result in the feature. "I have to thank "Captain Ron" and the whole team because the car was really good in the main event," he said. "We've been stuck on that one win for quite a while now and we really want to get back into victory lane so hopefully in these last few races we can accomplish that."

The "Love-shack" Motorsports team will be idle this Friday as the wingless division has the week off, before returning to action on August 21 to start the final three point races of the season.

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Andy Gregg finishes 7th in GSC competition at Ocean Speedway with ASCS racing on deck this weekend in Oregon

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – August 12, 2009…Returning to action after taking the previous week off Placerville, CA's Andy Gregg rebounded late in the main event at the Ocean Speedway Saturday night to move forward and score a seventh place finish with the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series.

So far this season the Ocean Speedway has had the reputation of being one of the raciest tracks on tour and that was certainly the case this past Saturday as the surface slicked off and created multi-groove racing for much of the feature.

The former GSC Rookie of the Year started off the evening by showing speed right from the get-go as he was the fastest driver in warm-ups and then clocked the sixth fastest lap in qualifying out of the 26 cars on hand. Gregg then drove the Guts Racing, Dale Miller Plumbing, RPS Performance No. 16x to a second place finish in the final heat race and a sixth place result in the dash to give himself a third row starting spot for the main event.

Lining-up from sixth Gregg settled into the fifth spot over the first handful of laps, before sliding back and fighting for position on the tricky and slick surface. The Placerville driver would lose the eighth spot to Kyle Larson on lap seven and then drop back to around 10th at one point, before regrouping late in the going and fighting his way back forward to cross the stripe in seventh after 30 laps of racing. It marked his sixth top-10 finish in seven starts with the Golden State Challenge Series this season.

The main event featured a long green flag run that went from lap six to 25 caution free, which made for some hectic action through lapped traffic. "The racing in the main event was pretty good and the track crew did a great job as always," said Gregg. "We ran in the top-five early and then fell back, but late in the race the car really came in and we went forward so that was definitely nice. It was pretty tough with all the lapped cars stacked in there, but I just drove it as hard as I could over the last number of laps and thankfully we were able to pick up some positions."

This weekend will find Gregg heading to Oregon for two night's of racing with the ASCS Northwest Region aboard the Bret Ervin owned Bullet Racing, LRB Manufacturing, M&M Structures No. 53 sprinter. On tap Friday night will be a return visit to the Cottage Grove Speedway, followed by an evening of competition at the Coos Bay Raceway on Saturday. "I'm looking forward to going back up to Oregon this weekend," Gregg commented. "Our last trip up there a couple weeks ago didn't go how we wanted so I definitely would like to give these guys a win this weekend."

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Placerville's Andy Gregg will return to the seat of the Bullet Racing No. 53 machine for ASCS NW Region events in Cottage Grove and Coos Bay this weekend. Photo by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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