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Round five up next for Golden State Challenge Series this Saturday night April 24 at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville/ Note earlier start time

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – April 21, 2010…Following his third win of the season last weekend two-time King of California Jonathan Allard will bring a 12-point advantage at the top of the standings into the fifth round of competition for the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday night at Watsonville's Ocean Speedway.

Please note an earlier start time is scheduled for Saturday's event with the front grandstand gate opening up at 3:30pm. The pit board meeting will be held at 3:45 with track packing at 4, qualifying around 5:15 and racing scheduled to follow. A full program of qualifying time-trials, heat races, a dash and the 30-lap $3,000-to-win/ $400-to-start main event will be on tap this Saturday night.

Now in its fifth year of being promoted by John Prentice the Ocean Speedway has grown into one of the premier dirt track venues on the west coast and this weekend's event will be the first of two season stops for the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series to the track, with the other occurring on Saturday August 7. "We're excited to have the 410's come to our track this weekend," said Prentice. "They get around this place pretty quick and there are a lot of local drivers that run with GSC as well so it should be fun on Saturday."

Coming into the Ocean Speedway as the hottest sprint car driver in Northern California Allard will be in search of making it four wins in the first five Golden State Challenge races of 2010 on Saturday. The Chico driver has never won a 410 sprint car race at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds bullring however, he did come within one-lap of picking-up victory last April at the track, before Tyler Walker got by in traffic on the final circuit. Allard is also the current GSC track record holder at Ocean Speedway and has led every lap in the feature during each of his three victories so far this season aboard the Williams Motorsports, Red Line Oil No. 0.

Former two-time Ocean Speedway track champion Brent Kaeding will go into his home track sitting second in the Golden State Challenge Series standings and will look to chip away at Allard's lead. The Campbell driver ran second to Allard last weekend in Petaluma and has finished among the top-four in each GSC event so far this year, showing the type of consistency that has made him a 13-time King of California. "BK" last Friday also drove his Al's Roofing Supply, High Five Pizza No. 69 to a third place finish in Watsonville with the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo and will be looking for his first win of the season on Saturday.

After a fourth place finish last Saturday night Evan Suggs continues to rank third in the Golden State Challenge points and will look for his first career series victory this weekend at Ocean Speedway behind the wheel of the Suggs Racing, Riley Collins Body Shop No. 33e. The native of nearby Scotts Valley last season finished third in the Ocean Sprints standings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds facility and scored a trio of runner-up finishes with the weekly 360 series. The 23-year-old also set fast-time on six occasions at the track last year and is the current 360 track record holder.

Moving to fourth in the Golden State Challenge Series points after last week is Elk Grove's Kyle Larson, who has been one of the very best at Ocean Speedway over the last year and is coming off a strong runner-up effort last Friday at the track. The 17-year-old last Saturday charged to a third place finish in Petaluma aboard his Stadelhofer Construction, Peppermill Casino-Reno No. 99 and is just five-points behind Suggs for the third spot in the GSC standings. Last season Larson won both a GSC main event and a Civil War feature in Watsonville and also scored a third place finish at the Johnny Key Classic in August.

Rounding out the top-five in the Golden State Challenge Series standings is Elk Grove's Bobby McMahan, who brought home a sixth place finish during the main event last Saturday night in Petaluma aboard his Racing for the Troops, C&H Veteran Enterprises No. 26b. The veteran driver last season scored a solid fourth place finish in the feature during an Ocean Sprints vs. Civil War Series event at the Ocean Speedway in September, which saw 41-cars in attendance. McMahan will look for a strong outing this weekend as he sits just 13-digits out of third in the GSC points.

Grass Valley's Jason Statler will look to rebound after an accident in the main event at Petaluma last Saturday put him out of the race on the opening lap and left him with his first dnf of the year. "The Big Guy" always runs well at the Ocean Speedway and will be looking to get back into Golden State Challenge victory lane this weekend for the first time since June of 2008. Statler this past Friday night also had a strong run at the track with the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo, charging from 14th to fifth in the feature at the helm of his DF Rios Construction, Nevada City Auto No. 00.

The last time the Golden State Challenge Series visited Ocean Speedway it was Campbell's Bud Kaeding who scored the victory and the three-time & defending USAC Silver Crown champ will look to do it again on Saturday. The 30-year-old racer comes into the weekend with momentum following his victory during opening night with the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo last Friday. Kaeding this past Saturday also charged from 14th to seventh in the main event at Petaluma Speedway.

Defending Ocean Speedway 360 champion Tommy Tarlton will make his third Golden State Challenge Series start of the season this weekend at the helm of the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Corporate America Lending No. 21 machine. The Easton driver tallied four wins in Watsonville last season, including the Johnny Key Classic en route to his first Ocean Sprints title. Tarlton has put together a pair of top-five finishes in his first two GSC starts of the season and will look for his first series victory in a number of years this weekend.

Other possibilities this Saturday night will include West Linn, Oregon's Zach Zimmerly, Penngrove's Alissa Geving, Clovis' Peter Murphy, Roseville's Colby Copeland, Pleasanton's Brad Furr, American Canyon's Matthew Davis, Visalia's Cory Eliason, Gilroy's Kurt Nelson and Eric Rossi, Prunedale's Justin Sanders, San Martin's Craig Smith, Morgan Hill's Ricky Wright Jr., Corralitos' Jerry Bonnema, Fresno's Anthony Simone, Nevada City's Pat Harvey and more.

The front gate at the Ocean Speedway will open at 3:30 pm this Saturday April 24 with adult tickets costing $20, children 6 to 12 $14, seniors 65 and older $18 and kids five and under will be free. A family pack featuring two adults and two children will be available for $55. 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

For the full point standings, results and more information on the Golden State Challenge Series log onto
http://www.goldenstatechallengeseries.com

Coming up- Next Saturday night May 1 the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action during the second annual Doug Fort Memorial at the Santa Maria Speedway. After that the tour will then head for the 20th running of the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday May 8.

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Chico's Jonathan Allard will look to make it four wins in the first five Golden State Challenge Series races of the season this Saturday at the Ocean Speedway in his Morrie Williams owned No. 0 sprint car. Allard currently holds a 12-point advantage over Brent Kaeding at the top of the series standings going into the Watsonville, CA based quarter-mile clay oval, located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Photo by L&J Photography http://picasaweb.google.com/jmart16164?pli=1


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Thirteen-time King of California Brent Kaeding of Campbell will go into his home track of Ocean Speedway this Saturday looking for his first win of the season at the helm of his Al's Roofing Supply, Hive Five Pizza No. 69. Kaeding last Friday scored a third place finish in the feature at the track with the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo. Photo by Steve Lamothe of http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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For a few short videos from opening night of the Ocean Sprint Cars Series presented by Taco Bravo this past Friday please visit http://oceansprints.com/photos.html



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Gary, where was that picture of Brent Kaeding taken? That is just way to cool,



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Yea,I thought the same thing Skippy!  I`d like to see the cushion go a few feet up that bank!:P



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lol that is Placerville Speedway. It's basically cut out of a hill and when you watch from turns 3 and 4 you are looking down from the hill at the track. It's one of the coolest views in all of dirt track racing. One time Kevin Pylant made a pass by climbing the hill in turn 3 and somehow making it work. It's a SUPER high banked quarter-mile.

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Photo's by Steve Lamothe of http://www.stevesracingphotos.com

Strong night with Golden State Challenge Series at Petaluma Speedway ends prematurely for Zach Zimmerly in turn-two crash

By Gary Thomas

Petaluma, CA – April 21, 2010…Heading back to the site of his first ever sprint car win young Zach Zimmerly looked to be in position to have a career best night with the Golden State Challenge Series on Saturday evening, until an accident in the second corner just before the midway-point ended those chances at the Petaluma Speedway.

Zimmerly last September had won a California Sprint Car Civil War Series event at the Petaluma Speedway and despite not ending the night how he wanted this past Saturday he remained upbeat when taking the night in as a whole. "We were really fast all night in Petaluma and had a really awesome car," said the 15-year-old. "The feature didn't end how we wanted, but overall I feel it was a great night for the whole team and I can't thank my dad and Scott and Duke McMillen enough for helping me have a great racecar each and every week."

The West Linn, Oregon driver went into the night on Saturday fresh off a career best seventh place finish with the Golden State Challenge Series the previous week and opened-up the event in Petaluma by timing-in ninth fastest overall. Zimmerly then started on the front row of the heat race and easily checked out from the field to score the win by nearly a half-lap aboard the Christian Stover Foundation, Level One Concrete, McMillen Motorsports No. 94 sprinter. With one of the top-eight qualifiers being penalized due to qualifying out of order, it put Zimmerly into the dash for the second week in a row and he would draw the number four pill to give him a second row starting spot in the six-lap contest.

When the green flag came out in the dash Zimmerly settled into third and began to go after 13-time King of California Brent Kaeding for the runner-up position. The 15-year-old driver charged hard after Kaeding, but despite pulling up to his rear bumper on the final lap he couldn't get an opening and had to settle for third at the conclusion. "We were extremely fast in the heat race and in the dash I felt like I was faster than Brent, but the track was just too hard to pass on at that point," he said. "Being that good in the dash though definitely gave me some confidence heading into the feature."

Going from the second row in the 30-lap Golden State Challenge Series main event Zimmerly positioned himself into fourth during the early stages, before dropping a spot to a fast moving Kyle Larson on lap-nine. Just as traffic came into play and he attempted to close back up on the top-four though, Zimmerly had the front wheels come off the ground and caught a rut, which resulted in him flipping off the second corner with 12-laps complete. Zimmerly was checked out by the ambulance crew and was fortunately ok, but that wasn't the case for the car as damage was too severe to continue on and it put an end to the night.

"At the start of the main event we fell a couple spots and weren't quite as good as in the dash, but I think the car was going to come in with the race playing on," Zimmerly said. "Right after Kyle got by me I found a line where the car worked pretty well, but just when I was starting to catch the pack ahead of me the front-end rose up off turn-two, which wasn't too bad until I caught a rut. Once that happened all I saw was sky and noticed the car was facing the wall so I knew I was along for the ride. I didn't want the night to end like that, but if we continue to be as fast as we've been I have a feeling we'll be up there challenging for our first GSC win real soon."

Zimmerly will now head for two-night's of scheduled racing starting with the opener of the Silver Dollar Speedway Feather Falls Casino/Riebes Auto Parts 410 point season on Friday. Following that the Oregon racer will bring the Douglas Wheel Technologies, Miller&Zimmerly Holdings, Fire-Down Graphics No. 94 into the Ocean Speedway on Saturday for round number five of the Golden State Challenge Series. Zimmerly currently ranks seventh in the GSC standings and is just 11-points out of the top-five going into the Watsonville based quarter-mile clay oval this weekend.

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Next up for Zach Zimmerly and the Butler Built Performance, McMillen Motorsports No. 94 will be the scheduled Bill Brownell Memorial/Silver Dollar Speedway 410 opener this Friday night. The 15-year-old is pictured here 'hard on the gas' at the high-banked Chico, CA quarter-mile last season. Then on Saturday the team will be in action with the Golden State Challenge Series at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.


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This Friday's race at Silver Dollar Speedway has been cancelled due to the rain and wet conditions. Preliminary reports have the Bill Brownell Memorial being moved to Friday night June 4 to try and tie it into the GSC event at Placerville on June 5.

7-time Silver Dollar Speedway track champion "The Flyin Hawaiin" Shane Scott was expected to make his return to a sprint car this Friday so hopefully that will still be in the plans for June 4.

All your official info can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

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Kaeding Performance to raffle off MAXIM Frame Kit at end of Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo season

By Gary Thomas

Campbell, CA – April 21, 2010…After raffling off a chassis at the end of last year the good people at Kaeding Performance have decided to do it again in 2010 and at the conclusion of the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo season they will be giving away a new MAXIM Frame Kit.

The final top-20 in the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo standings will be involved in the drawing and for the owner to be eligible they must have a Kaeding Performance sticker on the left side of the top wing or front wing at every Ocean Sprint Car Series event. "We're happy to be doing this again this year and want to congratulate Jerry Bonnema, who won the drawing for the MAXIM Frame Kit last season," said the famous "BF" Bill Foland of Kaeding Performance.

Along with the chassis giveaway Kaeding Performance will also be handling a strong contingency program for the series and sticker packages will be available at the next Ocean Sprint Cars presented by Taco Bravo event. "The weekly field at Ocean Speedway has become extremely strong and it's been great to see the support from so many teams," Foland said. "We always like to have new cars so we hope everyone from around Northern California can make it to some of the shows this year to see all the great work that everyone has done with this place."

Kaeding Performance would also like to thank the following companies for supporting California Sprint Car Racing: BMRS Lightweight Hose, CRV Racing Products, Dirt Solution Mud Remover, F&K Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Kaeding Performance, Kirkey Racing Seats, KSE Racing Products, LRB Manufacturing, MAXIM, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products and Weld Wheels.

Visit Kaeding Performance on the web at http://www.kaedings.com

The Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo will return to action next Friday night April 30 as part of the second annual Doug Fort Memorial at the Santa Maria Speedway 1/3 mile clay oval. Leading the charge will be current point leader Bud Kaeding of Campbell, who captured last Friday's opener aboard the Sala/Matherly Racing No. 19 sprinter. Rounding out the top-five in points going into the second race of the season for the series are 17-year-old's Justin Sanders of Prunedale and Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, 13-time King of California Brent Kaeding of Campbell and former Mini Gold Cup/Johnny Key Classic winner Eric Rossi of Gilroy.

More information on the Ocean Sprint Car Series presented by Taco Bravo can be found at http://www.oceansprints.com and http://www.oceanspeedway.com


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Veteran Jerry Bonnema was the winner of the Kaeding Performance MAXIM Frame Kit drawing with the Ocean Sprints at the end of this past season. The Corralitos driver last Friday held off defending Ocean Sprint Car champion Tommy Tarlton to win the night's second heat race behind the wheel of his familiar No. 58 sprint car. Photo by http://picasaweb.google.com/jmart16164?pli=1




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Kaeding Performance stepping up contingency program for Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series
 
Campbell, CA - April 21, 2010...Kaeding Performance is excited to announce the 2010 contingency program for the Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series.
 
For the car owner to be eligible, they must have a Kaeding Performance sticker on the left side of the top wing or front wing at every Golden State Challenge Series event. "We're definitley excited to be stepping up the contingency program with GSC," said Bill Foland of Kaeding Performance. "This series still has some of the best drivers around and is one of the toughest to run in the west, so hopefully the teams that put in all the hard effort will enjoy getting the contingency awards."
 
Sticker packages for the contingency program will be available at the next Golden State Challenge Series race.
 
Kaeding Performance would also like to thank the following companies for supporting the Golden State Sprint Car Series. BMRS Lightweight Hose, CRV Racing Products, Dirt Solution Mud Remover, F&K Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Kaeding Performance, Kirkey Racing Seats, KSE Racing Products, LRB Manufacturing, MAXIM, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products and Weld Wheels. For all your Sprint Car needs, call 1-800-KAEDING or visit our online catalog at http://WWW.KAEDINGS.COM
 
The Golden State Challenge Series will be in action this Saturday night at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. More info can be found at http://www.goldenstatechallengeseries.com

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