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GLR Investments Series season closes out this Friday at Ocean Speedway with Tarlton and Kaeding just five points apart at top of standings

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – October 13, 2009…After an immensely competitive and exciting season of sprint car racing up to this point the 2009 GLR Investments 360 Series will come to an entertaining conclusion this Friday night at the Ocean Speedway with Easton's Tommy Tarlton clinging to a slim advantage over two-time and defending track champion Brent Kaeding of Campbell.

Last week's penultimate GLR Series event featured a stout 34-car field on hand and saw San Jose's Tim Kaeding claim victory from the 10th starting position, in what was also his first start of the year at the track. The driver of the Roth Motorsports, DTR Transport No. 83jr is using the final two GLR events of the season as a tune-up session for the upcoming Trophy Cup at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. "TK" this year has spent much of his time on the road, which has been highlighted by a World of Outlaws victory in April and a strong fourth place finish at the Knoxville Nationals in August.

All eyes going into this Friday's championship night will be focused on Tarlton and Kaeding as they fight it out for the GLR Series title. Coming into the night Tarlton maintains a scant five-point lead at the top of the standings as he searches for his first career Ocean Speedway championship. The driver of the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21 leads the GLR Series in victories this year with four triumphs in the 12 events held so far. Of those wins the biggest for Tarlton came on August 29 when he picked up the Johnny Key Classic for the first time and he will look for a strong night this Friday to put a cap on the title, during what has also been one of the finest seasons of his career.

While Tarlton has used victories to catapult him atop the GLR 360 Series standings Kaeding has been one of the most consistent drivers this season and it has given him a shot at a third straight Ocean Speedway title at the helm of his BK Racing, Al's Roofing Supply No. 69. "BK" hasn't won at the quarter-mile bullring since the opening round on April 3, but his seven podium finishes have helped put him just five digits back going into Friday and when the pressure is on, there is arguably no better driver around the area than the 13-time King of California and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member.

Continuing to maintain third in the GLR Investments Series point standings is Scotts Valley's Evan Suggs, who will be looking for his first win of the season on Friday. The wheel-man of the Suggs Racing, Riley Collins Body Shop No. 33e has finished runner-up on three different occasions this season at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds track and also leads the GLR Series with four-fast time efforts. After engine problems last Friday there was some doubt whether or not the 22-year-old would compete this week, but the team has acquired another 360 power-plant and will be in action.

Pleasanton's Brad Furr goes into Friday ranking fourth in the GLR standings and has been gaining momentum in recent weeks as he's started to pick back up the form that made him one of the top sprint car drivers in the country early in the decade. Last week saw Furr drive his Ray Scheidts Electric, Brad Furr Racing No. 2 sprinter to a season best finish of second at Ocean Speedway and he'll look to move up one more spot this Friday. The veteran competitor also recently scored a fifth place finish after starting 17th on the grid during his preliminary night at Silver Dollar Speedway's Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals.

Another driver gaining momentum as the season has gone on is former Golden State Challenge Series King of California Ronnie Day of Salinas, who rounds out the top-five in the GLR Investments Series standings. Competing in his first year aboard the Werbach Motorsports, Los Gatos Construction Company No. 20 the veteran driver is still searching for his first victory of the season, but recently tied his best finish of the year by driving to a third place result in the feature during the GLR vs. Civil War Series event on September 25.

Prunedale's Justin Sanders sits just four points back of Day and will look to break his way back into the top-five on Friday behind the wheel of his North County Plastering, STS Trucking No. 17 sprinter. The 16-year-old driver scored a victory with the GLR Series at Ocean Speedway on May 8 and recently made an impressive first ever visit to the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, where he brought home a ninth place finish on his prelim night at the Fall Nationals and then tallied a 14th place result on Saturday, at an event that saw 74 total drivers in competition.

Completing the top-10 in the GLR Investments Series standings going into the final event on Friday are Morgan Hill's Ricky Wright, Gilroy's Kurt Nelson, Salinas' Keith Day and San Jose's Jason Newton.

Campbell's Bud Kaeding is sure to be a top contender on Friday as he continues to look for his first GLR Investments Series win of the season aboard the Sala/Matherly Racing, M&M Powder Coater's No. 19 machine. The 29-year-old racer currently sits atop the K&N USAC Silver Crown Series standings by 71-points going into the Copper World Classic, which will be held on November 12 at the Phoenix International Raceway and also marks the final event of the season for the national tour. If he were to win the title Kaeding would join fellow Californian Jimmy Sills as the only drivers to win the Silver Crown championship on three occasions.

Other than point leader Tarlton Grass Valley's Jason Statler continues to be the only other driver to have won multiple races with the GLR Investments 360 Series this season. After missing last week's event the driver of the Statler Racing, DF Rios Construction No. 00 is expected to return this Friday as he guns for his third win of the year at the Ocean Speedway. Other possibilities for Friday's championship night will include Visalia's Cory Eliason, San Martin's Craig Smith and Wes Gutierrez, Corralitos' Jerry Bonema, San Jose's Matt Sargent and more.

The front gate at the Ocean Speedway on Friday will open at 4:00 pm with adult tickets being $15, seniors $12, kids 6-12 $9 and five and under free. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 6. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. 

For more information on the GLR Investments Series and Ocean Speedway log onto http://www.oceansprints.com and http://www.oceanspeedway.com


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Easton's Tommy Tarlton and Campbell's Brent Kaeding will battle it out for the 2009 GLR Investments 360 Sprint Car Series championship this Friday night. Tarlton clings to a five-point advantage at the top of the standings as he searches for his first Ocean Speedway track title. Photo's by http://www.stevesracingphotos.com




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San Jose's Tim Kaeding won his first GLR Series main event of the season last Friday and will look to make it back-to-back victories this weekend at the helm of the Roth Motorsports, DTR Transport No. 83jr. Kaeding is pictured in victory lane last week with promoter John Prentice. Photo by http://www.lnjphoto.com/




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16th annual Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway fast approaching
By Gary Thomas


Tulare, CA – October 13, 2009…Whenever late-October comes about many sprint car fans from throughout California flock to the Central Valley for one of the most exciting racing events of the season and that time is nearly here with the 16th annual Trophy Cup getting ready to go green in just over a week at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.


A year after switching to a three-night format the Trophy Cup will be "back to tradition" this season and the prestigious 360 winged sprint car event will be held over two-nights on October 23 and 24. "With the way the economy has been we just decided that it would be best for our fans and competitors that we switch back to a two-night show this year," said Don Sharp of Thunderbowl Raceway. "We're really excited for it because the response has been all positive and we should be in for another great Trophy Cup."


A number of top drivers from all around California, Oregon, Washington and a few from the Midwest will be on hand at the Trophy Cup to fight it out for part of the $80,000 purse that is put up over the two-nights of racing. Former event champions set to be in action will be four-time winner Brent Kaeding of Campbell; two-time titlist Tim Kaeding from San Jose; as well as single-time champs Tommy Tarlton of Easton; Fresno 's Craig Stidham and Salinas, CA 's Ronnie Day.  


Among the drivers looking to breakthrough for their first Trophy Cup title will be 2009 Golden State Challenge Series King of California Tyler Walker of Los Angeles; two-time and current California Sprint Car Civil War Series champion Sean Becker of Oroville; two-time King of California Jonathan Allard of Chico; Loomis' Kyle Hirst; Bixby, Oklahoma's Shane Stewart; Warsaw, Missouri's Jesse Hockett; San Jose's Randy Hannagan; Medford, Oregon's Roger Crockett; Red Lion, PA's Cody Darrah and many more.


The Trophy Cup's unique format, coupled with the always the exciting Thunderbowl Raceway 1/3 mile clay oval make the event a can not miss for sprint car fans. Points are awarded every time a driver hits the track and everything leads up to the 50-lap main event on Saturday night that inverts the entire 24-car field based on points accumulated up till that part of the event.


The Tulare Microtel near Properity and Highway 99, located at 1500 Cherry Ct. is also offering a racer's rate for the nights of October 22, 23 and 24. The rate is available by mentioning Thunderbowl Raceway, Trophy Cup or Racer's Rate. The rates are, single $60, double $65, and suite $75. Call 559-685-8900 to make a reservation.

The racing program is scheduled to get underway around 6pm each night. Reserved grandstand tickets for Friday night will be $30 for adults and $15 for kids with general admission bleacher seats costing $25 for adults and $13 for kids. Saturday night reserved grandstands will be $35 for adults and $18 for kids with general admission bleacher tickets being $30 for adults and $15 for kids. To order tickets contact 559-688-0909 and for more info on the 16th annual Trophy Cup log onto
http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com and http://www.trophycup.org/ 

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Current Trophy Cup entry list with some of the drivers that have run nationally this year highlighted:


Kyle Hirst 6
Brett Miller 1X
Tommy Tarlton 21
Chad Groves 25C
Brent Kaeding 69
Mike Stallings 83M
Bud Kaeding 19
Jonathan Allard 0
Pat Harvey Jr. 15
Mike Henry 18
Craig Stidham 3
Cory Eliason 00
Andy Forsberg 92
Chad Comptom 69C
Tyler Walker 24
Ronnie Day 20
Brent Bjork 7B
Brock Lemley 40
Andy Ferris 4J
Randy Pierce  12P
Jim Richardson 8
Andy Gregg 53
Matt Barber 58

Geoff Ensign 5
Paul McMahan 83T
Justyn Cox 5H
Henry Van Dam 33V
Jason Statler 00
Randy Hannagan 1XX
Roger Crocket 11
Shane Golobic 121
Myles Bishop 7
Zach Zimmerly 94
Steve Dyer 9A
Shane Stewart 57
Bradley Terrell 43
Mason Moore X1
Jesse Hockett  35A

TBA 35B
(Harold Main owner)
TBA 83 (Dennis Roth owner)

Tim Kaeding 83JR

Steve Jaquith 82J
Ricky Wright 35
Matt Sargent 14
Brad Bumgarner 88
Shain Matthews 67
Davey Pombo 3P

Greg DeCaires 39
Kurt Nelson 72W
Craig Smith 39S
Mark Dobmeier 18
Danny Faria Jr. 17V
Ricky Eberhardt 4
Peter Murphy 13
Koen Shaw 4S
Cameron Mendez 29X
Sean Becker 2SB
Cody Darrah 29
Roberto Kirby 10X
Anthony Simone 10
Garrett Ishii 71G
Rusty Carlisle 51
TBA 35T
(John Taylor owner)

Stephen Allard 4A
Stan Yockey 7Y
Wes Gutierrez 7G
Jonathan Logan 32
Burt Foland Jr. 4F
Steven Tiner 94S
Brad Furr   2F
Kyle Larson 99



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"Carchief" Joey Batts ready for 4-Banger action this Friday night at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – October 14, 2009…BK Racing crew member Joey "Batts" Bataglia is locked and loaded to make his second career 4-Banger start this Friday night at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.

Batts has spent much of this season working on the Al's Roofing Supply No. 69 driven by 13-time King of California Brent Kaeding and he looks forward to getting back on the track Friday. "It's been a pretty fun year at the track and I'm excited to get the chance to race the 4-Banger again this weekend," Batts said.

To make things more interesting long-time racing associate and two-time Silver Crown Series champion Bud Kaeding will be riding along with Batts in the 4-Banger Friday. "I'm looking forward to riding co-passenger on Friday because when you get Joey Batts in the mix you never know what to expect," said Kaeding. "Joey will definitely be on the hammer so it's something fans won't want to miss and I'm sure I'll be getting a good show from the passenger seat."

Last season Batts made his first 4-Banger start on June 27 at the Ocean Speedway and will be looking to have some more fun on Friday. "Meeting new people and having a good time is what I love most about being at the track," said the 44-year-old San Jose resident. "I have to thank all my sponsors for helping out this Friday including Silva Racing, YAK Graphics, Taco Bravo, Kaeding Performance, 20x Racing, Martin Motorsports, Pacano Motorsports and everyone who's supporting me."

When Batts competed in the event last season a large crowd gathered at the track to take in the 4-Banger Racing and it's expected to be the same this year. "It was amazing to see all the teams leave their pits and go watch Joey," said Linda Suggs of Scotts Valley. "We're all excited to see him run the 4-Banger again on Friday and will be rooting him on."

Also in action during the night will be the season finale for the GLR Investments 360 Sprint Car Series, which sees the point battle coming down to the final event with Easton's Tommy Tarlton leading Campbell's Brent Kaeding by just five slim points. The front gate at the Ocean Speedway on Friday will open at 4:00 pm with adult tickets being $15, seniors $12, kids 6-12 $9 and five and under free. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 6. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. 

For more info on the Ocean Speedway log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com

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Joey Batts will be making his second 4-Banger start this Friday night at the Ocean Speedway. Pictured is the mount Batts is scheduled to compete in. Photo by http://www.lnjphoto.com/


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Ocean Speedway Is the Place to Be This Friday; Drivers Ready For GLR Finale

By Gary Costa

Watsonville, CA – October 15, 2009…This is it; the talking is over, as this Friday night, the war between Tommy Tarlton and Brent Kaeding will continue and the two will duke it out for the 2009 GLR Investments Series Championship. Tarlton and Kaeding have been battling tooth-and-nail all season long, not giving an inch of racing room to one another.

Ocean Speedway currently ranks atop the list as having one of the strongest group of Sprint Car drivers found anywhere in the country. You never know who's going to drop in - that was never more evident than during last Friday's show, as World of Outlaws traveler Tim Kaeding waged war on the ¼-mile clay oval winning from his tenth starting spot.

Passing hasn't been an issue with Ocean Speedway this season, and the facility has been given rave reviews by drivers and fans throughout California. Promoter John Prentice has worked tirelessly on making Ocean Speedway one of the premier facilities in the country, and his goal is fast becoming a reality.

Ocean Speedway and the GLR Investments 360 Sprint Car Series have kept the fans on their feet all season long, and look for more of the same during this Friday's finale. The battle is far from over, and look for things to continue to be shaken up throughout the course of the stress - filled evening.

It was evident that at the start of the season the drivers in the series would battle it out over the course of the 13-race series, as drivers, as well as the fans, have been treated to two and three groove high-speed Winged Sprint Car action during each and every race.

The series has quickly grown in stature and drivers know that when they pull through the Ocean Speedway pit gate that they can't just rely on a good setup to get them to the front; they better be prepared to get their elbows up high, as a driver can't afford to make a mistake in this series, or you will end up getting passed.

It has been a great year for the series, and this Friday's finale will without a doubt keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a true "fight to the finish," a can't miss event!

In addition to the fight for the championship, it will also be a sad night for the racing community, as we will be bidding goodbye to one of the nicest guys in all of Sprint Car racing, Jason Newton. Newton has been a huge supporter of racing at Ocean Speedway over the years. He was one of the guys that worked behind the scenes in reviving the Johnny Key Classic. Be sure to stop by his hauler after the races, and give him your well wishes. Newton currently sits tenth in the standings and will be hard on the gas, getting everything out of the Newton Motorsports No. 31.

"I'm proud to have been a part of the series. It does suck that I'm hanging it up, but it comes with my head held high, and knowing that I had the opportunity to live out a childhood dream," said the 2007 Ocean Speedway Rookie of the Year. "I will still be a part of sprint car racing one way or another in the future!"

Top-10 in GLR Investments Sprint Car Points

1. Tommy Tarlton 618
2. Brent Kaeding 613
3. Evan Suggs 583
4. Brad Furr 564
5. Ronnie Day 552
6. Justin Sanders 548
7. Ricky Wright, Jr. 501
8. Kurt Nelson 434
9. Keith Day 427
10. Jason Newton 425


2009 GLR Investments Season Recap

April 3 – 1. Brent Kaeding 2. Jason Statler 3. Bud Kaeding
April 17 – 1. Jason Statler 2. Bud Kaeding 3. Brent Kaeding
May 8 – 1. Justin Sanders 2. Evan Suggs 3. Bud Kaeding
May 15 – 1. Tommy Tarlton 2. Evan Suggs 3. Craig Smith
June 5 – 1. Ricky Wright, Jr. 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Ronnie Day
June 26 – 1. Tommy Tarlton 2. Justin Sanders 3. Brad Furr
July 17 – 1. Kyle Larson 2. Tommy Tarlton 3. Brent Kaeding
July 31 – 1. Jason Statler 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Tommy Tarlton
August 14 – 1. Tommy Tarlton 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Ronnie Day
August 29 - 1. Tommy Tarlton 2. Bud Kaeding 3. Kyle Larson
September 25 – 1. Mike Henry 2. Evan Suggs 3. Ronnie Day
October 9 – 1.Tim Kaeding 2. Brad Furr 3. Brent Kaeding
October 16 - ?


Pit gate opens at 1:00 with the front gate opening at 4:00. Racing starts at 6. Adults are $15, kids 6-12 $9, all kids under 5 free. Family $40 (2 Adults and 2 Children), Senior $12 with I.D. (65 yrs+). For more information please log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com or call the speedway at (831) 476-9466

The speedway is located at 2601 East Lake Ave in Watsonville, CA



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