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Mayhem In The Mud Friday and Saturday at Lakeport Speedway

October 5th, 2016

Monster Trucks, Boat Races, Mudd Boggs and Jalopies will all be creating Mayhem in the mud at Lakeport Speedway this Friday and Saturday Night. Fans will be presented with 2 nights of Monster Trucks with the Trucks from Straight Up Racing taking the field both nights. Friday night will also be the final race in the 2016 Mudd Bogg Challenge with drivers competing for championship status. Jalopie Races will be happening on the infield Saturday along with the Monster Trucks and then at the end of the night, the finale of the Lakeport Speedway Asphalt Track will be the ever popular boat races!

Boat races normally happen on water but since there is no water at Lakeport Speedway, the boats are towed behind vehicles. The track is slick, the boats slide and the drivers run into their opponents boats while trying to protect their boat that they are towing. It is carnage and fun to the extreme. Fans decide who wins with a cheering vote at the end of the night so drivers really try to put on a show!

Racing Promoter David Furia enjoys putting on an end of the year tribute to the incredible support of the racing community. We have had a great year of motor action and I cannot thank the racers, their family, my crew and the fans enough for their parts in making this year such a success. I am proud to put on these shows right here at home and look forward to the fans coming out and having a great time at the races this weekend. Straight Up Racing puts on a really cool show and we are fortunate to have 2 nights of trucks, and truck rides. We are also bringing on some of our most popular racing activities with the Mudd Boggs, the boat races and the newest class of racers, Jalopies. I am really stoked to have this awesome night of racing action!

Straight up Racing features trucks like Rock Star, California Kid, Skeletor, Canadian Tough Guy and Identity Theft. They also present two ride on Monster Trucks, Western Warrior Ride Truck and Hot Stuff, a modified classic Fire Truck.

Single day tickets and discounted 2-day passes can be purchased ahead of time online at Brownpapertickets.com or the night of the show. Single day tickets are $15 for anyone 12 and over, $12 for ages 5-11 with 4 and under being free. Two-day passes can be purchased at $25 for 12 and up, or $20 ages 5-11.

The last race at Lakeport Asphalt Speedway will be an exciting one with Monster Trucks, Mudd Boggs, Jalopies and on the pavement boat racing this Friday and Saturday Night.

Lakeport Speedway Ukiah Challenged Winner Announced

September 25th, 2016

The final Lakeport race of the 2016 Lakeport Ukiah Challenge was an exciting, action packed night! Jammers, Taco Bell Bombers, Legends, and Modifieds battled for those last important points in their quest for championship.

It was a great night for the number 14 Pro Jammer of Brandi Robertson with wins in both the heat and the main events. Her wins brought her that much closer in points to points leader Elizabeth Ingalls. Ingalls leads with just an 88 point lead over second ranked Gene Odell Sr and Robertson holds third position with 250 points separating her from leader Ingalls. With two more Jammer races this season, the championship is really up for grabs!

In the Jr Jammer division, Raymond Taylor Jr finished first for the Jr Jammers in both races and Taylor Jr carries a hefty lead over second place points holder Steven Sprague.

Taco Bell Bombers driver Evan Smith took first place in his number 29 for the heat race and Josh Morrison won the main event in the 38X. Points leader Bob Mook was not racing Saturday night and second place points holder Roy Ingalls Jr closed the gap on the points between them. Bomber B division first place holder Bobby Gilbert
hung onto his steady lead.

Legends driver James Stillman won the heat race and second place points leader Jaden Fisher won the main.  1st place points holder Zach Frasier still maintained his lead in points despite the fact that only he maintains a 178 point lead over second place Fisher with Fisher and Bill Kistenmacher being separated by only 7 points.

In the last Modified race of the 2016 season, the action was intense up to the final checkered flag. Adrianna Strugnell won the first Modified heat race while Sierra Furia won the second heat race. Darrin Knight won an exciting first place in the main event. Darrin Sullivan maintained a lead over second place points holder Furia to take the 2016 Modified Championship.

Saturday night was the night to be at Lakeport Speedway

June 19th, 2016

The drivers made sure that there was no shortage of bumping, thumping, topsy turvy racing action!

The Bandoleros were dominated by the 48 of Raymond Taylor who won both the Heat and Main events.

The Sniders won the Heat races in the Taco BellBomber division with Darin Snider scoring a first place in his number 2T in the first heat and Lauren Snider driving her number 8 to victory in the second heat. But the main race was a different story with Kevin Bracket taking the checkered flag with his number 1 car.

Justin Moran, Danny Helm Sr, and Gene O’Dell Sr battled it out for first, second and third in the Jammer division with the trio finishing in first second and third respectively in both the Heat and Main events.

The Legend finishes were all over the board with James Stilman taking the 43 to victory in the first Heat Race and Bill Kistenmacher showing what his 74 could do in the second Heat Race.” Luis Tyrell was the first to cross the finish line in the Main Event steering his 74L to beat the competition.

The Jalopy Main Event was a bumper bumping dust spinning exciting race with
newcomer Valicia Bartlow taking her 81 to the win in her debut race.

Fan Favorites Race Night At Lakeport Speedway

April 27th, 2016

There will be crowd-pleasing chaotic race action Saturday at Lakeport Speedway for the 2 nd race of the 50th Anniversary season of Northern California Racing Association. The Taco Bell Bombers and Jammers will take the track and compete for awards and points. The Jalopies will run their figure eight course in the middle of the track. The Pro Drifters will thrill the fans with their drift racing and Boats will become moving targets on asphalt. This promises to be a night of racing that fans will talk about for weeks!

Normally boats on asphalt are a bad thing. But with a wet track and the not so careful towing of racecars, fans will be treated to a destructive messy event that has fast become a crowd favorite. Watch the boats get hit, dragged and smashed as the cars go around the track and then vote for your favorite driver out of the remaining cars when the race is done.

Another fun race is the Jalopies. These are low budget racing cars that race in the infield. Unless there is a safety concern, the race keeps going. Drivers bang into each other, slide, push each other all in their quest for first place. It is a muddy, messy good time that will keep fans on the edges of their seats.

For the Taco Bell Bombers and Jammer racing drivers, it is business as normal. They will be on the asphalt track racing for awards and points for the season. After racing April 16th, these drivers have had a week off to fine-tune their car so it should be a night of intense racing.

One of the highlights of the night will be the Pro Drifters. Drifting is a high-skill motor sport that calls for drivers to control a high-horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speeds. This is a sport where drivers are judged on style and execution rather than who finishes with the fastest time.

Racing promoter David Furia is excited to bring this fun packed night to Lake County. Part of what I love about promoting racing is bringing exciting, fun, family friendly events to Lake and Mendocino Counties. I love hearing the fans cheer and seeing the ear to ear grins on the drivers faces as they talk about their races. You can feel the excitement in the air and I love knowing that people are having a great time at the track. Racing is in my blood; my family has been involved in racing in one way or another for over 25 years. I love having the opportunity to share the excitement with the Lake County racing fans!

Saturday night all of this racing action will be found on the big asphalt track. Sunday morning the motorcycle engines will be revving up on the indoor track as the 2nd race of the 2016 Nor Cal Short Track Season takes place. With a huge 98 rider 1st round, drivers will be ready to defend their positions and rack up those points May 1st on the indoor track.

The next race of the 2016 Lakeport Ukiah Challenge will be an exciting night of racing featuring the Taco Bell Bombers, Boat Races, Jalopies, Jammers and Pro Drifters. Check out the schedule at www.lakeportspeedway.com or search for Lakeport Speedway on Facebook.

Lakeport Speedway Races Canceled Until Further Notice

August 7th, 2015

Due to the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Lakeport Speedway has announced that all Lakeport Speedway Races will be canceled until further notice.

Lake County Fairgrounds has become home to the multitude of fire crews and their equipment as they are battling the fire.

Racing Promoter David Furia states; “The whole Lakeport and Ukiah Speedway community would like to express our sincere appreciation for the job that these firefighters do. They put their lives on the line for us every day and we just cannot thank them enough for coming to our rescue. Furia adds, Please do your part to show your appreciation for these heroes. Check with our local Red Cross to see what supplies are needed or volunteer your time at the local shelters.

Racing action will continue in Ukiah.  There will be 4 nights of motorsports action at Ukiah Speedway this weekend during the Redwood Empire Fair. Then the paved racing action continues August 22nd with the T and T Bomber Bash where racers will compete for their share of $1000 worth of car parts.

Follow Ukiah Speedway and Lakeport Speedway on Facebook or visit

http://www.lakeportspeedway.com for more information and the latest up to date details.

The Midgets Where in Town

May 16th, 2012

The BCRA Midgets where back in town this weekend for a surprise appearance at Lakeport Speedway and they made for some high paced action on the track with two local drivers Darrin and Michael Snider both putting on one heck of a show for the locals. After a few in race incidents that left Darrin Snider stalled in turn number two he made some late race charges back to the front of the back throughout the night. At the checkers it was Kevin Morris taking the win followed by Michael Snider and Darrin Snider. The action continued to be exciting in the Jammer division with some new drivers making their way to the track this week, but at the end of the night it saw repeat winners from last weekend of Jason Hunter in the JR. Jammer Division and Wayne Young in the Pro Jammer Division. The Outlaw race was fun to watch for fans of full bodied stock cars, and was halted for a brief caution period that saw a car spin coming out of turn number two.

The action continued and saw last week’s winner Kyle Tellstrom slowing working his way through the field towards the lead. At the checkers it was Tellstrom, Sullivan, and Dutcher. The Rental solution Mini Stocks saw young driver James Stillman return in a new car after taking a hard crash during the last race that he was in and drove it to a respectable 3rd place finish, but the win went to a returning driver in the division Rich Schram Jr. The action was literally too hot for some cars to handle in the modified division. The action was intense at the start of the green flag which saw some early race contact between Kyle Tellstrom and Thomas Wright leaving Wrights Body crunched up from the contact. The action continued with the drivers making their way to the front. The action was halted by a midrace caution that saw the radiator of Steve Taylors car explode coming out of turn number four sending him hard into the front straight wall.

After a lengthy clean up the race resumed and saw Richie Potts jump out to the lead. Potts never looked back to take the checkers over Tellstrom and then Gary Collins. The Bandoleros were back in action this week and saw points leader Cobly Furia make a clean sweep of the nights events taking the Main, Trophy Dash, Fast Time, and the Heat race. At the conclusion of the race the car was impounded for a post-race inspection which did not find anything wrong with the car, so he was congratulated on his good night at the track. Just as everyone thought the action for the night was winding down the Taco Bell Bombers took to the track for their thirty lap main event. The cars raced hard to the green flag and the race was only halted by a few cautions from single car spins throughout the race. Sierra Furia after taking a hard crash the last time at the track was working up through the field making her way to second to be past with a few laps remaining by Mike Collins. At the checkers it was Charlie Collins, Mike Collins and then Furia, but after the car of Charlie Collins failed to come to post race inspection his was disqualified leaving the win to Mike Collins followed by Sierra Furia and then Brian Denton all of which passed post-race inspection.

The action at Lakeport Speedway continues on May 26th and May 27th with the Bully Dog Weekend two day event, with Legends, Extreme Outlaws, Taco Bell Bombers, Jammers, Rental Solution Mini Stocks, and Bandoleros all racing on Saturday. The action continues on Sunday with the Legend Cars, Coors Light Modifieds, Taco Bell Bombers, Jammers and Bandoleros along with the first Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat Race. This weekend May20th the racing continues at Delbert’s Memorial Speedway with the opening day of racing for the go-karts with the track being located behind Raul’s Garage by UCC Rentals on South Main Street. Gates open at 10:00 with racing starting at 1:00. Grandstand pricing will be as follows, Adults $8, seniors $6, Students 12-17 $4, Children 6 – 11 $2, Family pass of two adults and three kids $18, and kids under 6 free. Lakeport Speedway is your community based not for profit speedway, the place for family entertainment. Make sure to like us on Facebook for special event details and a chance to win tickets to the racetrack, and find all the current event information on our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com

Lakeport Gets their Opener In

April 25th, 2012

It was opening night at Lakeport Speedway and the stands where filled with excited race fans, and the pits where flowing with new cars all shined up for the new race season. Fans were treated to an exciting night of racing featuring six divisions of race cars from the Coors Light Modified, Taco Bell Bombers, the Jammers, Legend cars, Bandoleros and the Rental Solution Mini Stocks. The weather was nice and the action was exciting right out of the gate with the the action in the bandolero division where young driver Colby Furia of Cloverdale set the new track record for the bandolero division, and then went on to win the first main event of the year.

The Rental Solution Mini Stocks put on a very exciting show after some contact between veteran driver James Stillman and rookie driver Eddie Barnet sent Stillman into the turn three wall with him ending up on his lid coming out of turn number 4. After all the dust had settled Stillman was okay but the car was done for the night. The race continued with the main event win going to Jim Underwood taking his first main event win of the year. The action continued with the Coors Light Modifieds which saw Rookie Driver Kyle Tellstrom getting the luck of the inversion draw placing him on the pole of the race. When the green flag fell he stepped out to the lead never to look back for the rest of the race. At the checkers it was Tellstrom, Potts, and Wright with Potts leaving the weekend with the points lead. The Jammers saw eleven cars be able to start the main event with three cars being eliminated before the end of the first lap after a large pile up in turn number four. The action was very exciting but at the end of the race saw a rookie driver Scott Strugnell take the win for the pro jammers and second year driver Taylor Sullivan take the win in the Jr. Jammer Division.

The first Legend race of the season saw David Winchel set the fast time and go on to take the checkers over Fisher, and Sturgess. The best excitement was held for the last race of the night, in the Taco Bell Bomber division. With a field full of both veterans and rookies, it was an action packed race with very few cautions. The action was off to a fast pace with Mike Collins of Lucerne jumping out to the early lead, but Darrin Snider starting back in the field was slowly working his way to the front. During the closing laps of the race Darrin Snider made a move on Mike Collins for the lead never to take a look back. At the checker s it was Snider, Collins, Denton, Thorn and Smith rounding out the top five.
The action continues this weekend at Lakeport Speedway with the front gates opening at 3:30 and the racing starting at 5:00. Racing this weekend will be the Legend cars, the Bandolero’s, Taco Bell Bombers, the Extreme Asphalt Outlaws and the Jammers. The racing is just heating up for the largest season that Lakeport Speedway has ever seen.

For all event details visit our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com, and make sure to like us on facebook for the latest on event specials and some times special event give aways. Lakeport speedway is your community based not for profit speedway, your place for family entertainment.

Rock Crawlers Trump Boat Races

November 4th, 2011

It was another action packed weekend of fun and excitement at Lakeport speedway as the fans where on hand for the final event of the year, and they did not leave hungry or with a lack of excitement. The spooky haunted house handed out like of goodie bags to all the little kids as they made their way through the haunted house, those goodie bag where made donated by Sun Dental, Dr. Keith Long, Lakeside Health Center, Lake County Tribal Health, CHP, Head Start Child Development.

The fans saw returning driver to the 200 lap enduro and making the trip up again from Windsor Jay Cookson was the man to beat from the drop of the green flag and took the checkers ahead of Mike Sullivan, and Sam Cookson. The new event that was put on at the speedway for the first time appeared to be very big hit with the fans that where on hand to see the 4×4 Rock Sport Challenge race that took place in the infield. There were two different divisions that took place in this with guys competing in the stock division and the modified division. Even with a roll over going over the first rock pile, there was never a dull moment on the track, with the stock division being one by Aaron Davis of Lakeport.

The modified division put on a exciting side by side race for the final lap with the victory going to Alex Hardaway of Santa Rosa. Although the rock crawlers where done, the action rolled right over to the front straight away where the final truck derby took place for this year with lots of hard hitting action sending one truck almost over on its side, only to follow it up with the first red flag when a truck did end up on its side. That did not stop the driver that was on his side from saying roll me back over so we can get at it again, and after all the hard hits where done and not many trucks where even running the win went to Ed Riley out of Santa Rosa, with second taken by Ken Cornwell. Track crew went to make quick work of removing the destroyed trucks to the infield and getting the stage set for the final boat race which was the last event of the year for Lakeport Speedway and its fans. There where fourteen cars that started under the green flag, and when all was done and said there were only four running at the end.

As normal proof that you can’t let a shark out of the water for two long, the Shark Car took the victory of the boat race, but he could not conquer the rock obstical that was placed in the infield, but that did not stop him from getting stuck on it. The Batman took second in this show, not being able to chase down the Shark car and giving all the other drivers a ride home was Dale Preston giving a good show and a third place finish in his Limo.

Keep current on speedway information for the 2012 racing season by following us on Facebook and keeping an eye on our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com.

Travis Thorn Claim First Win at Classic

October 26th, 2011

The fans were treated to an action packed weekend at Lakeport Speedway, and after all the smoke had cleared on Saturday after the large fireworks show put on in the infield, that action was just getting set for new stars to shine during the main event during Sundays races.  With a total of nine different divisions racing throughout the weekend, along with fireworks and a destruction derby there was not lack of entertainment to be had by those in attendance.

The bomber took to the track first on Saturday with over twenty cars starting the race it was going to be a good show.  The drivers had raced for their positions in Sunday’s main based on their finish in the heat race on Saturday and that saw Roman Rose of Lakeport starting on the pole with Charlie Collins starting on the outside front row.  The duo battle back and forth, but rookie driver Travis Thorn was sitting in third spot waiting for one of the two front guys to slip up a little, because he had a fast race car and was waiting to make a move.  Colllins passed Rose for the lead on lap number 10 with Rose losing second spot to Thorn on lap number Twelve.  Now Collins had to deal with the pesky rookie pecking at his bumper all the way till lap twenty one when Thorn made the pass for the lead never to look back taking his first victory in one of the most prestigious races of the year, topping all the best bomber drivers on the north coast.  In the 2012 season Thorn is going to be the one to watch and see if he makes a run for the championship as he starts off the New Year.

The action did not stop with the bomber the mini stocks saw out of town driver Jason Shaha starting on the back row right next to 2011 track champion Sean Keown.  This set up the two guys that have always battled hard to battle their way from the rear of the field to the front to see who was going to take the grand prize over the weekend and the bragging right for the rest of the year of winning the October Classic.  It did not take the two drivers but three laps to make their way to the front of the field, but this time Keown got the first with Shaha on his bumper. Shaha tried looking low and high, bumping Keown letting him know he was still there, but at the checkers it was Keown over Shaha.

The Coors Light Modifieds saw a full field of cars take to the track, with Dustin Deroiser starting on the poll and Richie Potts starting on the outside of the front row.  The action was fast paced with Potts jumping out to the early lead followed by Thomas Wright.  The action was marred with an early caution as Kyle Tellstrom’s car blew a transmission and retired to the pits.  On the restart it saw Wright try to jump to the outside and make the pass stick.  The two veteran drivers battled side by side for many laps, with wright taking time to lay back and cool his tires off before charging hard again to try and make the pass.  The two put on one hell of a show of sportsmanship know of the two drivers, and with all the efforts that Wright put on his challenges came up a few feet short as the checkers fell it was Potts taking the win followed by Wright.

Winners in the other division saw Eddie Klien take the victory in the Clover Hydro Jammers, Kyle Tellstrom take the main event in the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, the street stock victory went to Frank Agierre of Roseville.  Racing action continues this Saturday night at the speedway for the 200 lap enduro, along with a truck derby, Boat race and for the first time at the speedway the 4×4 Sports Rock Challenge rock crawl race in the infield at Lakeport Speedway.  The gates open at 3:30 with racing starting at 5:00.  Lakeport Speedway is giving $3 dollars of you admission for every used car battery that is brought to the track to help clean up the environment.    All used batteries must be brought to the front gate so as the battery dealer can handle them properly.  For more information all the events visit our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com, visit us on face book or call our office at 707-279-9577.

One Last Bash for the October Classic at Lakeport

October 13th, 2011

Summer time is not over in Lake County yet, and the biggest event is ever is coming up this weekend at Lakeport Speedway for the KXBX October Classic this Saturday and Sunday.  There is a blasting full of excitement fireworks show put on at the 15th after the full night of racing including the Coors Light Modifieds, Rental Solution Mini Stocks, Bandoleros, Street Stocks, Midgets, V-Midgets, Clover hydro jammers, Demo Derby with the gates opening at 4:00 and racing starting at 5:30.  The show continues on the afternoon of the 16th with the Coors Light Modifieds, Rental Solution Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Clover Hydro Jammers, Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws with all this action starting with gates opening at 11:30 am and the racing starting at 1:00 pm.  Come out for all the exciting racing action of over this action packed weekend.  All the track champions are going to be on hand at the races to see if they can take this prestige’s race in addition to their season champion ship.  If you don’t have a seat yet make sure to pre-order you tickets prior to the 12th to save some money, but you can still reserve a seat right up to show time after the 12th but it will be at the retail price for the front gate ticket. For all current event information please visit our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Sweeney Wraps up Mod Championship

September 24th, 2011

Race fans were treated to an exciting weekend of racing at Lakeport Speedway for the 16th Annual Bomber Bash where the bombers this year ran Twin Bully Dog 50 Lap Main’s.  With over  thirty cars showing up for the bash, it saw the main event starting twenty three cars after some cars suffered mechanical problem throughout the weekend events.  Local driver Andrew Snider won the first leg of the Main event along with the $1000.00 Bully Dog certificate and the second main event was taken after a very good race by out of town veteran driver Erick Ray. All the driver s put on a very good show throughout the night of great racing and great sportsmanship with over $ 5000.00 in cash in prizes on the line.

The Coors Light Modifieds saw the conclusion of their final point race during this nights event and after having a long hard run at the championship with both veteran drivers and rookies chasing him all season it was Kelseyville’s own Sean Sweeney taking home the championship for the Coors Light Modifieds for the 2011 racing season.  2011 Rookie of the year in the Modifieds Charlie Collins brought  home the second place in the points followed by veteran driver Aaron Hick of Grass Valley.  The Modifieds will make their next appearance at the October Classic.

In other racing action at the speedway 2011 Jr. Jammer champion took home the honors and fast time win the Jammer race over the weekend and first time race winner in the Mini Stock division went to Jim Underwood of Ukiah ca. driving in the ride of the 2011 Points Champion Sean Keown.  The legends of the pacific made an appearance this weekend at the speedway and returning driver Luis Tyrell made it three in a row for the 2011 racing season at Lakeport  Speedway.

Our next event will be the 2011 KXBX October  Classic on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October with full racing events on both days with a special fireworks show on the 15th along with a destruction derby and the next boat race will be during our show on the 29th of October.  Presale tickets are on sale now at the speedway office until October 12th at a discounted rate.  For more information visit www.lakeportspeewday.com, visit us on facebook  or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Bomber Bash at the Lakeport Speedway

September 16th, 2011

This weekend at Lakeport Speedway fans will be treated to the largest Bomber Bash with a full field of 30 cars starting the main event at one time. The Bombers will be running twin 50 lap Bully Dog Main Events for the largest bomber bash purse of $3100.00 in cash and prizes if someone can win both main events and this is all taking place at the 9th Annual Marlene Baker Memorial King Royal Bomber Bash #16.

Also running on the card will be the Coors Light Modifieds where Sean Sweeney is gunning to win his first points championship in the Modifieds, but he has veteran driver Aaron Hicks right on his tail along with the red hot rookie of Charlie Collins right behind him. The Clover hydro jammers, The Legend Cars of the Pacific, and the Rental Solution Mini Stocks will also be running full shows throughout the night. Everyone needs to get out of the house and come on down to the Lakeport Speedway located at the Lake County Fair Grounds for the largest race. While at the races make sure to purchase your reserved presale tickets when they go on sale at the races this weekend for the KXBX October Classic fireworks show and races. The presale ticket will be on sale from September 17th to October 12th, make sure to get your favorite seat in the main grandstands, turn four bleachers, and the bleachers to the right of the main grandstand prior to the 12th of October.

Davis Tops Mods, 3rd Win For Wahwahsuck, Whitehead Reaches A Career First & Henery Continues Domination of Pure Stocks at HPT.Com Speedway

September 12th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Ninety-seven cars pulled in to HPT.Com Speedway on Saturday night. By the end of the night all the drivers that were in competition put on yet another great show for the fans.

In the Modified division Kerry Davis scored his 2nd win of the season. The early portion of the feature event was dominated by the yellow flag, but once the Modifieds got going it was one of the better races of the season. Davis jumped out to the early lead running the bottom of the race surface. The 2nd place car of Grant Junghans moved to the top side of the track. As the two cars went back and forth, Junghans would take the lead from Davis. As Junghans moved to the top spot, he also moved his line on the speedway. Instead of running the extreme high line, he moved down on the bottom of the track. He was hoping to that Davis would stay on the bottom as well. Unfortunately for Junghans, Davis didn’t stay on the bottom. Just as Junghans had done earlier in the night, Davis went up to the high side of the race track and found some bite. All night long the surface at HPT.Com Speedway was in great shape. Late in the race the high side had some moisture for any driver that wanted to test their will and driving ability on the very edge. Davis was up to the task.

Davis would go door-to-door with the leader, Junghans, and eventually make the pass. He would hold the lead to the finish of the race. Davis would hold off the final challenge of the night and come to the checkered flag for his 2nd win of the 2011
season. Finishing in 3rd was Tom Grist, Jay Bailey turned in his best effort of the season in 4th and Justin Johnson struggled through the night and managed to sneak out a top 5 finish in 5th. The storyline coming into the Factory Stock feature event had to do with the points battle between Steve Herrick and Dave Samuels. In the end it was Gerald Wahwahsuck stealing the show. At the drop of the green flag Lucas Conley sprinted out to the early lead. The lead would be short lived as Wahwahsuck put a power move on Conley to take over the lead. It was all Wahwahsuck from there as he would lead every lap once he pulled into the top spot. Several yellow flags couldn’t dethrone Wahwahsuck. Each time his lead would be wiped out, he would gain it right back after the restart. The win was his 3rd on the season.

The points battle in the Factory Stock division added an additional advantage to the leader Dave Samuels. Samuels came into the night with an 18 point advantage over Herrick. Samuels would finish 2nd in the feature, while Herrick came home in the 3rd
position. The finish would add a couple more points to the lead of Samuels. Jim Powell Jr. put together a good performance finishing in the 4th position and Lucas Conley, the early leader, held on to finish in the 5th position.

Dylan Whitehead has had a strong run in his rookie season at HPT.Com Speedway in the B Mod division. Coming into Saturday night, he has been very competitive and finished in the top 5 numerous times. The only thing missing on the season was a
trip to victory lane. He can now mark that off of his list. It was another yellow filled night in the B Mods. Whitehead would have to outlast everyone to take the win. Late in the race Brian Murphy, last year’s track champion, had taken the lead, but while under yellow it was discovered that Murphy had a left rear flat and was sent in to change it. This would hand the lead back to Whitehead. When the green flag flew on the restart, so did Whitehead. He stayed out in front of the field on the way to his 1st win in the B Mod division. Steven Goodman drove from the 21st starting spot to finish 2nd, Marty Grist was another big mover going from 13th to 3rd, finishing 4th was Rich Boyden and rounding out the top 5 was a hard charging Brandon Jones.

Zach Henery continued his domination of the Pure Stock class. Saturday night was Henery’s 5th consecutive win and 15th victory on the season. Every time the Pure Stocks come out for a feature event, Henery wins 75% of the time. Saturday night was no different than most. AJ Christian pulled out to the early lead. Henery would have to work his way through the traffic before getting to Christian. As the two met at the front of the field. Henery would work his way by the leader, Christian. Once at the top spot it was check out time for Henery. Henery would speed away from the field and take the win. The victory also padded his points lead in the class and with only two races to go on the season it looks as if his goal of a championship is firmly in hand.

Randy Kohn rebounded from some sub par performances to finish 2nd, 3rd was Tyler Hinrichs, Mitch Schroer turned in a fine performance in 4th and Darren Davenport rounded out the top 5.

The 20th race in the schedule for the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will be next Saturday night, Sept. 17. Only two races remain for points to be gained. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and the races go green at 7:00 p.m.

For more information log on to www.hpt.com.

Tellstrom Celebrates Victory On Return To Racing

September 8th, 2011

For all the fans that were on hand during the 2011 Lake County Fair they got to see the first race under the lights during a Fair at Lakeport Speedway. They were treated to the lawnmowers racing, along with the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws. The lawnmowers put on an great show in the middle of the infield, in between the action of the Outlaws. People may wonder when we saw mower, yes it is a regular riding lawn mower with the blade removed and people race them, now that is a very simple explanation of the class.

More information can be found on the mowers at www.pvmowerracing.com. There where 10 Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws that took the track, with eight of them starting the main event. Coming back off a absent due to an accident, Kyle Tellstrom was not rusty by any means and went on to win the Main Event over Sean Sweeney of Kelseyville. The 2011 points champion in the division Charlie Collins suffered an engine failure a few laps from the end of the race. If that action was not enough the Derby cars went at it on Friday night for a very hard hitting derby under the lights during the Fair. The action was intense in the two heat races, leaving some cars not able to make the main event. When all the smoke, dust and destruction cleared it was Tim Lapoint taking the win in the main followed by Wes Smock and Dale Ingham.

The speedways next event will be the Bomber Bash on September 17th for the twin Bully Dog 50 lap main event where there will be 30 bombers taking to the track at one time. For complete event details please visit www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Andrews Score 2nd Place Finish

August 27th, 2011

It was championship night at the race track for the Rental Solution Mini Stocks, The Taco Bell Bombers and the Clover Hydro Jammers. The speedway has seen a lot of new faces around the track this year and also broke the attendance record at the track during the 2011 Deake Lyndall Memorial race over the Fourth of July weekend. Repeating for a second year in a row the Rental Solution Mini Stocks saw Sean Keown get crowned the champion for the second year in a row, even after starting the night at a points deficit to the points leader and Rookie of the Year Mike Peterson who gave him a run for his money all year long in the very quickly growing Rental Solution Mini Stock Division. The Clover Hydro Pro Jammers saw the two top contenders Eddie Klien and Ellis Thornton tied in points at the end of the Annual Jammer Jam, but after calculating the tie breaker based on wins the division saw Ellis Thornton take home the championship honors again for the 2011 season. The Jr. Jammer division saw Jackson Long who dominated all year long take home the Championship in the division and Brandi Cubbage of Cobb take home the honors in the Jr. Jammer division for Rookie of the Year. The Taco Bell bomber division saw the veterans at the top of the field battling it out for the title, and at the end of the evening it saw the father and son team from Nice of Mike and Rich Swaney take away the title over a tie in second place of Charlie Collins and Andy Norton. The Rookie of year honors went to the one and only “Mr. Excitement” himself Rich Mills of Kelseyville Ca. with being to pull out a 5th place in points over all. The Coors Light Modifieds have one more race to go till their champion can be crowned and with Rookie of the Year Contender Charlie Collins turning up the heat in the last half of the season he is putting the pressure on the two guys in front of him the current points leader Sean Sweeney and the guy in the brides maid spot at the current moment Aaron Hicks. The last points race for the Coors Light Modifieds will be held on the Bomber Bash on September 17th 2011 along with the first ever time at Lakeport speedway we will be starting a 30 car main event for the Bomber bash, that is going to be a must watch show of the year.

The Rental Solution Mini Stocks saw the point leader going into the night battle all through hot laps to try and find some more speed out of his car to keep up with the lighting fast car of Sean Keown. It however was Keown that broke the current track record with a new on of 13.696. This lead to an action packed race that saw Keown have to work his way up through traffic to make his way to the front of the field for hopefully another win on the year, but more importantly try to pass Peterson so that he could claim his second champion ship in a row. He worked his way through the field one car at a time, having to face two restarts and work his way back up the leader’s board. It ended up with Keown battling with Marcus Hatfield for the lead and at the checkers it was Keown taking the win and the Championship.

Bad luck had followed Charlie Collins of Nice in the last couple weeks at Lakeport Speedway where incidents have caused him not to finish the last two main events. He is chasing Sean Sweeney and Aaron Hicks for the championship in the Coors Light Modifieds, after already wrapping up the first ever Championship in the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws. The race saw Collins set fast time and with his normal luck draw for a full inversion of the field seeing him starting on the last row. Chuck Pruett of Finely jumped out to the early lead as the cars in the rear of the field worked their way up through the field, it was on lap 14 that 2nd year driver Alex Andrews made a pass for the lead, but without his knowledge Charlie Collins was picking his was through traffic latching on to Andrews bumper by lap 18 making the pass for the lead and not looking back on lap 20 not looking back for the next 20 laps. At the checkers if was Collins followed by Andrews, Hicks and Sweeney, with this finish Collins is making his mark on the Modifieds, letting the guys that he is a contender that is going to be there not only this year but in the future, the last points race is going to be one to watch and see who wins the crown.

The taco bell bombers saw Rich Mills of Kelseyville start on the pole with Kevin Bracket of Ukiah Ca. starting on the outside of the front row. The pair battled for the first few laps until Bracket faded back giving up the second spot to Robert Byers of Ukiah. Byers and Mills battle back and forth for many laps as the driver on the move was Collins making his way up through the field moving into second on lap number 10. The first caution fell for contact on the back straight away just after Collins made his move for second, after a brief clean up and removal of the cars to the infield, the restart saw Collins on the outside of Mills. The two battle back and forth with Mills holding his ground against the 2011 Champion Collins with Collins finally able to take the lead for a final time, only to have to hold off a late challenge of Sean Keown piloting the 37 car for Furia Motor Sports to a second place finish. At the checkers it was Collins, followed by Keown, Thorn, and Byers.

The interesting race for then night to watch was the Jammer Jam, where the Clover Hydro Jammers run on both dirt coarse in the infield as well as some on the normal race surface. Some of the drivers look forward to this race all year long with some racers dreading this event because it could make or break a champion ship. At the drop of the green flag the little Geo Metro that on a straight asphalt race has nothing for the bigger cars, jumped out to the lead with Jason Hunter at the helm. The rest of the cars battle back and forth with Pro Jammer Ellis Thornton getting a flat tire on the first lap, but not stopping because the championship was on the line during this race, with pro jammer driver Wayne Young jumping out to the lead in that division. The race was stopped for a brief caution when Trevor “Buff” Kollenborn collide with a tire coming out of turn number one. At the restart Jason Hunter was still in the lead to only lose the lead to Young when he lost control of his car and it would not restart late in the race. At the conclusion of the race it was Wayne Young of Kelseyville taking the win for the pro jammers, and Hayley Bishop taking the win for the Jr. Jammers.

The boat racers took to the wet and muddy track at the conclusion of the Jammer jam that took place half on the track and half on the infield. The field was stacked with veteran boat races of “The Bat Man” Tim LaPoint, Sean Sweeney, and Steve Olveria. The field of eleven boats took to the race track and with the large Limo of Dale Preston taking to the track this show was bound to have some good action in it. Taking the field from a standing start on the front straight away it did not take more than a couple of turns for complete chaos to break out clogging the track on the back straight away. Once the limo got sideways down the back straight it was like a wreck in the fog on I-5 everyone was involved. Track staff scrambled to clear the wreck as quick as possible to allow the race to continue. LaPoint by the restart had jumped out to a very good lead over Sweeney and Olveria and not it was for the three to put on a show of the night, as most the other cars where wrecking and losing boats along the way. The 2011 Lakeport Speedway Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaw Champion Charlie Collins of Lakeport took his hand to a boat car again, only to try and squeeze his car and boat through a hole that was big enough for the car, but the whole closed and popped his boat off his car like a child would pop a cherry into their mouth off a steam, leaving him to demolish stuff laying around the track, which he put on a show doing. It came down to a last effort by LaPoint to finish off Sweeney, but he missed then Sweeney gave a sitting boat a old full throttle jump which in the long run ended his night with something coming to a halt in his car. At the checkers it was LaPoint, Sweeney, and Olveria, and after the fans voted for the best performer of the night they ended up with the same finishing order.

Speedway staff had extra staff on hand this weekend to help an raise funds by selling the Speedway Scratchers for the victims of a fire that claimed a house in Upper Lake last week. The volunteers that were on hand to help and raise money for the fire victims were able to raise $1000.36 for the family. Lakeport Speedway wants to send a big thank you to their very caring fans for lending another helping hand to someone in need and look forward to see all of them in the future events at the speedway. The speedways next event will be during the Lake County Fair on Thursday Sept 1st where the Lake County Extreme Asphalt Outlaws will be running a race during the fair, along with the Lawnmower racers going at it in front of the pack fair crowd. If that action is not going to be enough we are back the show up on Friday night with a Master of Destruction Derby on Friday night under the lights. All these show are included in your admission to the fair. For complete event details visit www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the office at 707-279-9577. For complete fair information visit the fair website at www.lakecountyfair.com or call the fair office at 707-263-6181.

Jodi Snider Claims First Bomber Main

August 13th, 2011

A night at Lakeport Speedway where racers and fans got together to help one of their own drivers by raising funds to help pay for his medical costs as a result of a freak accident that happened on the July 23 in the pit area that resulted in a Air Flight ride to the trauma center on hand. Kyle Tellstrom was on hand at Lakeport Speedway this weekend to see all the support that was being given to him, also he was presented his new ride for the 2012 racing season as he will be driving the 5K car for Furia Motor sports. During the night drivers contributed their purses and fans donated money to the total of around $5,500.00 for the cause. That car had a guest driver of local racing talent Derek Thorn who was making a guest appearance this weekend. With this all going on the large crowd that was on hand got to see the best racing program on the west coast. That action was intense in all the racing division, with Charlie Collins claiming the first championship in the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws followed, by Sean Sweeney, Justin Dutcher and Kyle Tellstrom.

The Coors Light Modifieds lead the night off with 15 cars starting the main event, with guest driver Derek Thorn piloting the 5k car for the night starting at the rear of the field. The fast time was claimed this evening by Richie Potts out of Petaluma, and after drawing the inversion pill which was a one, the field was set for a straight up start for the main event. This put Potts on the pole and Hicks on the outside, but mechanical problems forced Hicks to retire to the back of the field moving the entire outside row up. Before completing one lap the car of Chuck Pruett spilled fluid going into turn number three sending his car around collecting Thorn who collided with the wall with no where to go to avoid the wreck. Thorn’s car was retired to the infield with extensive damage and unable to continue. When the mess was cleaned up the filed was lined up and set for a complete restart. Potts jumped out to a commanding lead not looking back, followed by Gary Collins and Sean Sweeney. The leaders made fast work of catching the rear of the field, and mechanical problems become Gary Collins forcing him to retire to the infield. The race continuing with no yellows, saw Sweeney take the second position followed by Charlie Collins, all this taking place as the leaders are weaving their way in and out of lapped traffic. The action started to get intense as the lead pack caught a large group of the field that was fighting to stay on the lead lap. With eight laps to go Collins made the pass stick on Sweeney taking the second spot, now chasing down the leader of the pack. As Collins was making his way around the lapped car of Steve Olvera the two cars made contact coming out of turn number four sending Collins hard backwards into the front straight retaining wall. Upon coming to a rest he restarted his car and went looking to express his frustrations to the driver of the car that just made contact with him, in the process he was unaware that he had suffered major damage to his race car, and it started on fire. Upon coming to rest on the front straight the track safety crew made quick work of extinguishing the fire. With a green white checkered restart up anything could happen in three laps, it pitted Potts on the front followed by Sweeney. At the checkers it was Potts, Sweeney and Alex Andrews taking the checkers for the Coors Light Modified Main Event. Sean Sweeney is the current point leader in the Coors Light Modified Division followed by teammate Aaron Hicks in second and Charlie Collins in third. With two races left in the points season it is going to be some good racing to come in the next two nights in the hotly contest division.

The Rental Solution Mini Stocks took to the track next for their thirty lap main event with eleven cars starting the race with Sean Keown setting fast time he had a full field of cars to get through to see if he could claim the main event win this weekend. There were a lot of new faces in the cars this weekend, along with even some new cars in the Rental Solution Mini Stock Division. Keown being the veteran driver that he is did not take long to move his way through the field and took the lead from Thomas Esberg on lap number six. Right after taking the lead the 22x car of Marcus Hatfield lost control of his car on the high side of turn number three bring out the first yellow for the night. The restart saw Keown jump right back out into the lead over Esberg and Peterson. The field was slowed again on lap 15 by another short yellow, but at the checkers it was Keown, Esberg and Peterson in the top three spots. Peterson is the current points leader followed right behind by the 2010 track champion Sean Keown.

Saturday Night was the night that the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws were going to crown their first champion in the division, and with a strong points lead going into the night Charlie Collins had to just take the green flag in the main to claim the title, sounds easy enough correct. As with all racing things are not as easy as they seem and after unloading his car at the track the crew discovered some technical problems with the front suspension on his Outlaw putting into question if it would make the main event or not. Collins set fast time in the division but withdrew from the dash to conserve his car for the main. Collins made it to the start of the main with no issues in the heat race and now just had to make one lap to claim the title, but as the true competitor he is, he not only wanted the title but he wanted the win. The main saw two veteran drivers starting on the front row with David Jones on the pole and Chuck Pruett on the outside of the front row. Jones jumped out to the early lead with Pruett passing for the lead on lap number five, with Wade Coleman following Pruett. The two cars of Pruett and Coleman traded paint and battle hard for the first position until Coleman’s car faded on lap fifteen and then being passed by Mike Smithhart of Fair Oaks. This lead to the most interesting race of the night with two drivers who have over 75 years of racing experience between them battling for the win in the newest division at Lakeport Speedway, with Charlie Collins the new 2011 Champion following them in the third spot. The two swapped paint and traded lanes all around the tight quarter mile, even at one point Collins suck his nose in to make it three wide down the back straight only to be closed out by the two veterans as they went into turn number three. The battle between Pruett and Smithhart continued, with the two swapping paint at every point they got a chance, with one lap to go contact between the two veterans sent Pruett spinning into the infield where he collected his car up to continue the last lap and the win went to Smithhart, with Pruett finishing in the sixth spot. Collins was received the checkered flag and congratulations on the championship and proceeded to lay down a Nascar level burnout down the front straight away, leaving a cloud of spoke on hand that took a while to clear before the next race.

The jammer race went off without a single caution this race for a starting division these driver put on a show that was on the level of the higher end division. The lead swapped three times in the first five laps with the lead on lap five seeing Brandi Cubbage leading the way followed by Haley Bishop both of these young gals running in the Jr. Jammer Division, although it did not take long for Eddie Klein to make a pass for the lead on lap number seven never to look back putting the entire field one lap down during the race. The battle that was going on through the race was a bit further back in the pack as Bishop and Forsythe where battling for a spot, with Bishop finally getting the spot, then a few laps later had to retire to the infield due to a flat tire. At the checkers Eddie Klein claimed the Pro Jammer main with Jackson Long claiming another feature win in the Jr. Jammer Division.

With so much action going on at the speedway during the night, one would think that the drivers had nothing left to give, but that was not the case. The last race on the night turned out to be a very exciting race seeing some young ladies shine in a division that is dominated by males. The fast time for the night went to Jodi Snider of Kelseyville, topping the entire field of 15 cars. The main saw the front row set with Anthony Esberg on the pole with Rich Mills on the outside pole. Mills jumped out to take the early lead putting some distance between him and the rest of the field. The distance he put between him and the field was not enough though as he was putting distance on the field Snider and Tommila were working their way up from the back through the field. Snider took the lead on lap number eight followed by Tommila. As the two battled amongst themselves young driver Travis Thorn worked his way up from the back of the field to the third spot. The three battle back and forth as they weaved through lapped traffic and it look like Snider was on her way to her first victory when two cars spun coming out of turn two putting up a very large cloud of dust. The top of the field came down the front straight to a yellow flag conditions but upon entering turn number two vision was poor and lead to a large collision the collected points leader Swaney, Tommila and many other cars. After the wreck was cleared up the restart saw the battle for the win be between Snider and Thorn, with Snider taking the main event win in front of Thorn, followed by Mills.

For more of the most exciting racing action on the west coast come out to the next race at Lakeport Speedway on August 20th for the final point’s night for the Rental Solution Mini Stocks, The Taco Bell Bomber and The Clover Hydro Jammers. Also on the ticket will be a Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat Race at the conclusion of the evening. Right prior to that race the Clover Hydro Jammers will be running a Jammer Jam which is a race that runs half in the muddy infield and half on the race track. It will be an exciting evening of racing at the speedway and for complete event details visit the speedway website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Racers helping a Fellow Racer

August 4th, 2011

Racing resumes at Lakeport Speedway on August 6th 2011 with the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, The Coors Light Modifieds, The Taco Bell Bombers, The Rental Solution Mini Stocks, and the Clover Hydro Jammers.  The field is going to be packed with all the stars of Lakeport Speedway minus one, who is still recovering from a freak accident that occurred at the July 23rd race.  Over the years Lakeport Speedway has raised money for Make A Wish Foundation, ALS Association and many other local organizations.  This time around it is one of our own that the speedway will be raising fund for that is the young star Kyle Tellstrom who had to be air lifted out to the Trauma Center in Santa Rosa Ca. to help him and his family cover the high medical cost of that have occurred due to the accident. 

This event was thought up like many good events at the speedway over working on cars and preparing them for the next show.  Collins Racing, Smithart Racing, Taylor Motor Sports, and Furia Motorsport along with Lakeport Speedway are teaming up at this race to help raise money for Kyle.  All the racing teams listed above will be donating back all the winnings that they earn back to this very talented young race car drivers medical expense, as well as Lakeport Speedway will be donating %10 of all the money taken in from the front gate at this night events to the cause as well.  Also on sale will be Lakeport Speedway Scratchers to help raise additional fund for Kyle.  This is only that start of a list of a many teams that will end up contributing to this event to help one of their own stars and fellow competitors.  Come on out on August 6th to help support this great cause, and also see the best racing on the west coast at Lakeport Speedway.  Racing Starts at 6:30 with the gates opening at 5:30, and for complete event details please call the speedway office at 707-279-9577, visit us on www.facebook.com or our web site at www.lakeportspeeedway.com

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Snider Sets the Fastest Time At Lakeport Speedway

July 31st, 2011

The Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws started the off the night with eight cars getting ready to set to the track to try and get fast time, until a freak accident happened in the pit area involving the top young driver in the outlaw field Kyle Tellstrom. After losing a rear end in the final practice session and making a trip to Ukiah to get a spare set of gears and during the replacement of those gears a freak accident occurred. Upon changing the axle the car fell off of the rear jack stands landing on Kyle as he was under the car putting the set of gears back in the car. The car was quickly removed from Kyle and speedway staff jumped into action that they all train for, but never want to have to perform on such a young star or any other competitor at the speedway. They prepped him and stabilized his wounds until the ambulance arrived. After it was determined that he was going to be airlifted out to the trauma center in Santa Rosa, speedway officials prepped the infield for the air ambulance to land to pick up Kyle. With no news from the trauma center on his condition the racers when on with preparing their cars to race as Kyle would have wanted them to all do. The race started with some drivers placing the number 5k on the sides of their cars when they took the race track. On the inside pole was Justin Dutcher with Steve Taylor on the outside pole. Dutcher jumped out to the early lead with Lyndall on his tail with Sweeney making his way up through the field of cars. Sweeney jumped into the lead on lap number nine followed by Collins. The field ran nose to tail for the remainder of the race with the win going to Sweeney, followed by Collins, Dutcher and Lyndall.

The legends of the pacific made their second stop at Lakeport Speedway and on the front row of the main event it saw Luis Tyrrell starting on the outside row with Keith Clement starting on the inside row. Tyrrell jumped out to the early lead followed by Jessica Walker. Local driver Scott Sabol had mechanical problems with his car in the heat race, and stepped into drive the 37 car owned by Furia Motor Sports for the main event. Tyrrell had a strong lead and was forced to face a restart when a late caution came out on lap number twenty five for a spin in the turn number one. On the restart it saw Tyrrell jump back out to the lead, followed by Walker and at the Checkers it was Tyrrell, Walker, Mangini, and Bickford.

The lawn mower racers where back for their last race prior to the race during the Fair Weekend at Lakeport Speedway. The race started with the number one on the pole and number eighteen on the outside pole, after one trip around the track the number sixty four mower retired with engine problems, but this did not slow the race where the number eighteen jumped out to an early lead. The race continued and was halted for the single caution when the number eleven mower spun on the front stretch. The race restarted with the forty nine mower jumping out to the lead to take the win over the fifty one mower and eighteen took third.

The midgets put on one heck of a show at Lakeport Speedway this weekend, with 14 cars taking the green flag with Shannon McQueen sitting on the pole, it looked for sure she was going to be able to take the checkers in front of the whole field. McQueen jumped out to an early lead followed by the 17k of Kevin Morris. The race was flying buy with one brief caution for a spin on the front straight away of the number 1 car of Nick Foster. After the car was pushed off again the race was restarted with Morris not giving up the lead taking it all the way to the checkers followed by McQueen, Nichols and Foster. The midgets will be returning to the race track during the October Classic on Saturday Oct 15th.

As always the Taco Bell Bombers put on one heck of an exciting race this last weekend at Lakeport Speedway. It saw Jodi Snider of Kelseyville beat out all the guys by setting the fast time in the division, but her night was cut short after contact on the front straight with Don Cox as she was moving up from the rear of the field. The main started with Anthony Esberg, sitting on the pole of the race and “Mr. Excitement” Rich Mills on the outside of the front row. Mills blasted out to an early lead followed by Don Cox, until the first caution fell for the number 29 car of Evan Smith who retired to the infield. After a few more back to back caution the restart saw Collins on the outside of Mills, and to the average viewer it would be an easy guess at the end of the next lap who would have the demanding lead, Collins, but that was not the case this night at the speedway. Mills battled side by side with Collins putting on a very impressive show of “Give it all she has Scotty” as he battled Collins for the lead. Collins finally prevailed to take the lead followed by Swaney. At the Checkers it was Collins, Swaney, Mills and Norton. It is not going to be long before we are going to see “Mr. Excitement” Rich Mills in victory lane with more runs like he had this last weekend at Lakeport Speedway.

Racing resumes at Lakeport Speedway on August 6th with the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, the Coors Light Modifieds, The Rental Solution Mini Stocks, The Taco Bell Bombers, and the Clover Hydro Jammers. The gates open at 5:00 with racing starting at 6:30 for the full nights worth of auto racing excitement under the lights at Lakeport Speedway. For complete event details visit the speedway website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577. Lakeport Speedway is a community based not for profit speedway, your place for family entertainment.

The Full Moon was out at Lakeport Speedway

July 23rd, 2011

The fans that were on hand for the Kelseyville Lumber – Lake County Car Audio Fan Appreciation Night at Lakeport speedway really got a show put on for them by the drivers. They were treated to all the delights that come out when the moon is full and the drivers get their feathers all fluffed out like a bunch of old roosters. The action got off to a fast pace in the evening with the Taco Bell Bombers taking the track, where Travis Thorn picked up his first trophy dash. The main event for the bomber was slowed after the initial green with race contact between Evan Smith and Robert Taylor, breaking the rear axle on Smiths car sending him hard into the outside retaining wall. After the car made contact with the wall the fuel pump ignited into flames, sending the speedway safety crew into action to douse the flames and make sure both driver and passenger were okay. Everyone except Smith’s borrowed car came out of the wreck unscathed. The race restarted again with Anthony Esberg sitting on the pole, and veteran driver Andy Norton sitting on the outside of him. After the green fell Norton jumped out to the lead followed the next lap by Travis Thorn right on his rear bumper. On lap twelve Thorn got trapped passing for the lead by a lapped car, to be pushed back to fifth place before he could recover and pass the lapped car. That misfortune left the hole open for Mike Swaney of Nice to pass Norton for the lead never to look back taking the main event win as well as the points lead away from a very successful weekend.

The Clover Hydro Jammers always put on a very exciting show at Lakeport Speedway, as they did again this weekend. This weekend saw Hayley Bishop starting on the pole with Jason Hunter on the outside pole. At the green it was Hunter who faded, with Bishop pulling out to the lead to be challenged by Forsythe. It did not take long for the veterans to weave their way up through the field, but they had a challenge on their hand because the point’s leader for the Jr. Jammers Jackson Long had made a break away run and was putting distance on the veteran drivers. Weaving in and out of slower traffic Ellis Thornton was making his way up through the field of race cars, with Eddie Klein right on his tail. They were weaving in and out of traffic, when Klein at one point almost had Thornton pinned behind a slower car, but Thornton made a move through the infield to make the pass maintaining his lead in the Pro Jammer main. Long was passed for the lead on lap number fourteen, and at the checkers it was Thornton taking another win for the Pro Jammers, and Long taking another win for the Jr. Jammers.

The Lake County Extreme Asphalt Outlaws fast time was set by Charlie Collins of Lakeport and after pulling for the inversion, which turned out to be a straight up start, it saw Collins starting on the outside pole since he won the race last weekend, putting Kyle Tellstrom on the pole of the race. This was bound to be an interesting race from the start, and it left nothing on the table to be desired from the fans on hand to watch it. The pair battled sided by side for over 20 laps before the tires on the Collins car finally gave up forcing him to retire behind Tellstrom for second spot. The two drivers put on a very class act race were each took every bit of room there was, and left enough not to crash each other. At the flag it was Tellstrom, Collins, Sweeny and Mike Smithhart.

Being the last race of the night the Coor’s Light Modifieds were getting set to take the field. They also have the fast car draw for an inversion, which this week was a nine, sitting fast time setter Richie Potts in the ninth starting spot on the grid. Sitting on the pole of the race was the Tom Lyndall of Kelseyville, and Alex Andrews of Lakeport. They ran to the green flag, but after the flag person did not like the start that the two had given it was called back to only go again the next time by. It did not take long for the action to take place during this race, and any one that left early missed an exciting race. The next start was good and it saw Lyndall jump out to the lead after the first round, but the action was halted by contact between Potts and Collins on the front straight, sending Collins spinning, along with Justin Dutcher. The race restarted with all of those involved starting in the rear of the race, and on the pole again it was Lyndall, but on the outside it was Smithhart waiting his turn. Smithhart jumped out to the lead after the second lap of the race setting a face pace, but Aaron Hicks was moving his way up through the field, as well as Potts who this time had to start all the way at the rear of the race. The race continued at a very fast pace seeing Potts pass again for the lead on Lap eighteen as the pair of Potts and Hicks was catching the slower traffic of Collins and Olvera. Going into turn one contact was made between the car of Collins and Potts ending up with the wreck finishing with Collins hitting the wall hard coming out of turn three ending his night. Potts retired to the pits to make some repairs to return and start at the rear of the field again. This left Hicks in the lead followed by Smithhart who battled for a few laps, until Sweeney made his way up through traffic and was putting the challenge on Hicks. The two battled side by side for laps, their battle to be interrupted by contact between Keucker and Potts, sending Potts hard into the outside retaining wall collecting both Taylor and Lyndall ending the night for all three drivers. The race restarted single file with less than ten laps left in the race with Hicks in front of Sweeney. The two drivers battled back and forth leaving not very much room for each other, but enough not to crash, and the at the checkers it was Hicks, followed by Sweeney and Smithhart.

Crowd Explodes At Lakeport Speedway

July 9th, 2011

It was an explosive night at Lakeport Speedway over the Fourth of July weekend for the Kelseyville Lumber Deake Lyndall Memorial. Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino put on the first ever explosive fireworks show from the infield of the race track that left the explosive crowd of over 4,000 people wanting more, and they were in for more because after the fireworks the Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat races where up on tap. An all time attendance record was shattered this weekend at Lakeport Speedway with the attendance of many fans from all over, as well as it being the first time in the history of the Speedway that there where fireworks shot off from the infield. With the return of the Shark man to the pit area the action was tense even in the pit area prior to the race. With the crowd wondering what type of antics he would be up to this year after taking a break for a few races, to recover from his wounds. The race was a blast of excitement for the people that had never seen a show, with the hard hitting action going on for an extended period of time. After all the destruction was done with most of the competitors stranded in the infield it saw Tim LaPoint take the win, followed by the Sharkman, Trevor “I ran out of Gas” Kollenborn, and Evan Smith.

The fireworks might have top the show off with the boat race following that but over the two days of racing there was plenty of action on the speedway for all present. The Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws took the track on Saturday running two heat races which placed them in the position for the Mains on Sunday. With the high temp’s over the weekend the track was really slippery and with fast time setter Charlie Collins setting fast time it saw him starting pretty far back in the heat race. Contact between the cars of Collins and Coleman, sent Collins back to the rear, and Coleman retiring to the pits. The race concluded with Keucker taking the lead, Collins, and Nielson, setting up the inside row of the main. During the second heat race Sweeney took the early lead over the inside pole setter of Dutcher and he never looked back on the heat race taking the heat over Tellstrom, Denton, and Dutcher. This lead to Sweeney starting on the outside pole with Charlie Collins on inside pole after a driver swap in the Keucker car forced the car to start in the rear. After the green fell it saw Collins jump out to the lead never to look back to take the Main event win to start off the night.

The Coors Light Modifieds took the track with two heats also racing for their positions in the main event on Sunday. Alex Andrews lined up to the inside of Gary Collins to start off the first heat race seeing Andrews take the early lead. The lead was to only last for a little bit as Charlie Collins was working his way up through the field. Gary Collins passed Andrews with four laps remaining in the race, leaving the finish for the first race as Collins, Collins and Sweeney. The second race started with veteran racer Mike Smithhart on the inside row with David Lyndall on the outside row. Lyndall jumped out to the early lead never looking back to take the heat race win followed by Snider, Hicks and Smithhart. After the field was set for the 50 lap Coors Light Modified Main Event on Sunday the line up saw Lyndall taking the inside pole with Collins on the out side pole. Lyndall jumped out to the early lead followed by Snider, after racing hard for a few laps contact between Snider and Lyndall caused Lyndall to spin coming out of turn two sending both cars to the rear. After the restart Charlie Collins of Lakeport took the lead never to look back over the field. He concluded this fifty lap race by almost lapping the entire field of race cars. Collins collected the $200.00 bounty for winning two mains in a night a feat he has done twice this year, but a record he broke for winning two Lyndall Memorial Races in one year, something that has never been done before. He was now setting his sites on taking speedway promoter David Furia’s $1000.00 by winning the main event in the bomber division.

The Clover Hydro Jammers saw action both days with running a double header weekend at Lakeport Speedway. The Pro Jammers saw Eddie Klein take the Lyndall Memorial Eagle home on Sunday and Jr Jammer Driver Jackson Long take the Eagle home on Sunday as well after winning the main event on Saturday. The Pro Jammers saw Ellis Thornton edge Eddie Klein out for the win on Saturday to take another feature win for the year.

The Rental Solution Mini Stocks had their largest field of the year on hand for the race this weekend. It saw rookie of the year contender James Stillman have a rough weekend, but no matter what happened he kept trudging along making the best of what he could of the weekend. The Rental Solution Mini Stocks had a double header weekend during the two day show, with Sean Keown taking another main win on Saturday, starting the weekend off good, looking to back it up on Sunday with his first Deake Lyndall Memorial Race. For a guy that has won every race at Lakeport Speedway besides the memorial, it was hanging in his reach on Sunday until his motor expired with a few laps to go, leaving it one more time that he was not able to take the win on the most prestigious race of the year. The race win went to Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah after holding off the challenges of the entire field during the race.

A rookie driver in the Taco Bell Bombers claimed the checkers on Saturday night under the lights at Lakeport Speedway. Don Cox jumped to an early lead in the main event never to look back on the field for the remainder of the event. There was an early race caution after a violent hit to the outside retaining wall was made by Rich Mills of Kelseyville, which retired him for the evening. On the restart it saw Cox out in the lead followed by the veterans of, Roman Rose, Dylan Rose and Charlie Collins. On Sunday it was a new race and a different story. With a 1000.00 on the line Charlie Collins was collected in an early spin that sent him to the back of the field. As Collins was making his way back up through the field the two Rose Brothers where putting on a show of their own in the front of the field. Roman Rose had the lead with younger brother Dylan Rose battling him hard on every lap. Collins worked is way back to third, keeping his distance as to not be collected with the two Rose brothers if they crashed each other. The bro’s made it to the finish with Dylan Rose taking the win, followed by Roman in second. The last two laps the brothers had the huge crowd on their feet, leading right into the great fireworks show.

Making their second appearance at the speedway the Lawn Mower racers of Potter Valley put on one heck of a show this last Saturday night. The #10 mower of John Hovan latterly took his mower for a flip at Lakeport Speedway. They blazed around the larger infield track the speedway crew had prepared, and at the end of the main it saw Kevin Pierachini take the win followed by Wyatt Phillips, and Gary Gallo. They will make another appearance at the speedway on July 23.

The next races at the speedway are on July 16th with Fan Appreciation Night, where a legal load in a car gets into the races for $10 parking fee. Walk-in’s are welcome and are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors. For the latest information on the speedway visit our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Sweeney Takes the Double Crown

June 22nd, 2011

It was another exciting night under the lights at Lakeport Speedway. After the conclusion of a very successful Kulture Shock Car Show the fans at the race track were treated to a very exciting night of racing. There was not only action in the infield during the Wrecking Yard Rumble but also during all the races on the track. The night saw Sean Sweeney take the win in both the Coors Light Modified Division along with the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws with winning both these features he collected and extra $200 dollar bounty put up by speedway promoter David Furia. . Tim LaPoint was the victor in the Wrecking Yard Rumble after putting a hurting on the rest of the competition in the field. The Clover Hydro Jammers saw a new winner this week with Trevor Kollenborn taking the checkers after leading most of the race over point’s leader Jackson Long. The Taco Bell Bombers had an ill-fated night with motor woes claiming cars early in the night, but that did not lead to a boring race, and after all the smoke cleared the race win went to Charlie Collins of Lakeport.

The nights action started out extremely hot with the eventual main event winner Sean Sweeney catching on fire during hot laps, retiring him to the pits for the remainder of practice to repair all the fire damage. The start of the main saw Mike Smithhart staring on the pole with second year driver Alex Andrews of Lakeport starting on the outside pole. The pace was fast at the start, seeing Tom Lyndall move to the low grove in turn three in front of Steve Taylor of Clover dale, the action really got hot going into turn number one after making one complete lap, seeing driver David Lyndall stick his nose in between Smithhart and Andrews, but the room ran out going into turn one sending Andrews hard into the outside retaining wall, scattering the rest of the field leaving Lyndall sliding into the low grove where Steve Olvera of Little River collided with him sending Olvera’s car airborne over the top of Lyndall, bringing the field to a early race caution. Upon cleaning up the wreck the race was restarted and it saw Steve Taylor of Clover dale jump out to the lead, followed by Smithhart. The next yellow came out on lap number 10 when contact was made between Tom Lyndall of Kelseyville and Thomas Wright of Lakeport in turn number four. The race restarted with Taylor on the pole and Sean Sweeney on the outside pole. Sweeney jumped out to the lead never looked back for the remainder of the race taking the victory over Richie Potts , Aaron Hicks and Thomas Wright.

In the Clover Hydro Jammers Eddie Klein of Kelseyville jumped out to the early lead in the Pro jammers with Nolan Forsythe leading the Jr Jammers for the first part of the race. Trevor Kollenborn made the pass for the lead of the Jr. Jammers on lap number six never to look back for the remainder of the race. The battle in the Jr. Jammers ended up being between Forsythe and Bishop for the fourth position with the pair battle lap after lap to maintain their spots. In the end Bishop was able to make the pass on Forsythe for the fourth spot. The finish saw Eddie Klein take the Pro Jammer win follow by Ellis Thornton, and the Jr. Jammers win went to Trevor Kollenborn, followed by Brandi Cubbage.

The Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws main started seeing David Lyndall on the pole and Charlie Collins on the outside pole. Collins jumped out to the early lead with Lyndall falling back to second. Lyndall jumped out to the outside grove to challenge Collins for the front position. The pair battled back and forth for a large portion of the race with the field side by side behind them all battling for spots, with Sean Sweeny making a pass for second on lap number eleven. The first caution of the night came out on lap number nineteen when Mike Smithhart lost a radiator cap and leaked water around the track. After a short clean up the field restarted with Collins on the pole and Sweeney on the outside pole. On the restart it saw Sweeny jump out to the lead not looking back to take the checkers followed by Tellstrom.

The Taco Bell Bombers where making a run for the boarder, because all the drivers where hungry for a win over the veteran driver Charlie Collins. The race started with Anthony Esberg on the pole and Robert Taylor on the outside pole. This only lasted until they entered turn number one on the initial green flag, when Rich “Mr. Excitement” Mills tried to make a pass for the lead from the third starting spot, then losing control and a motor on the back straight away, retiring him for the evening. The race restarted and saw Andy Norton jump out to the lead, followed by Collins. Collins made the pass for the lead on lap 5, and maintained the lead after a caution on lap number eight. Collins claimed another victory in the Taco Bell Bombers, followed by Norton, Swaney, and Taylor.

The Wrecking Yard Rumble saw five cars take the field on a very muddy infield for the destruction derby. It did not take long for the eventual race winner to start putting a hurting on his rival Jason Ingham in the number eleven, with LaPoint pounding on him every chance he got. Tia Everrett from Cotati was the gal to watch and was putting a hurting on LaPoint, until her car got stuck in the front of the derby arena. Robert Foster from Colusa in the M80 set his sights also on Ingham, but got stuck early in the event up against the tires on the back side of the arena. After all the dust and steam cleared from the infield, it was LaPoint taking the win, followed by Everrett, Ingham and Robert Foster.

The next race will be a three day show over the Fourth of July holiday weekend where the speedway will be hosting an open practice for drivers on Friday Night followed by a BBQ for all paid pit passes. The grandstands will be open for this event free of charge to the fans that want to come and watch practice. The racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday with the Coors Light Modifieds, the Clover Hydro Jammers, The Taco Bell Bomber, The Rental Solution Mini Stocks, The Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws and the Vintage Super Modifieds running full shows for all division on both days. On Saturday the extra feature will be the second car demo derby for the season. Then for the grand finally of the weekend and for the first time in the history of Lakeport Speedway, and the Lake County Fair Grounds, Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino will be shooting off a full fireworks show from the infield of the race track. Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino has teamed up with Lakeport Speedway to make this first ever event take place at the speedway and without their participation this event would not be possible. The fireworks will be shot off prior to the Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat Races that will conclude the holiday weekend. For the latest event information, and the complete race schedule please visit www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Lakeport Demo Derby on June 18th

June 18th, 2011

Bring the family out to the events this weekend at Lakeport Speedway, located at the Lake County Fair Grounds. To start the day off in the morning with the 6th annual Kulture Shock car show kicks off at 8:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Any attendants of the car show will receive a $2.00 discounted coupon for entrance to the races at Lakeport Speedway.

The gates for the races open at 5:00 with the racing starting at 6:30. On the ticket for this weekend are the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, The Taco Bell Bombers, The Clover Hyrdo Jammers, The Coors Light Modifieds. The most exciting action is on hand at the end of the evening of the races with the Wrecking Yard Rumble, a 50’s Nastalgic Demo Derby.

The action is getting geared up on the track this weekend with the Kulture Shock Car Show and with the racing action starting on the track at 6:30. For complete information on the events visit www.lakeportspeedway.com or www.kultureshockcarshow.com , or call the Lakeport Speedway office at 707-279-9577.

Collins Come Close To Triple Crown.

June 5th, 2011

Saturday night might have been a bit wet at Lakeport Speedway causing the cancelling of the races for the 28th of May. On Sunday May 29th the track was dry, except for the very exciting Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat Races which left the crowd standing on their feet as the action was every so intense on the track. As anyone that is familiar with the sport of racing they know that running one car a night is a full time job for crew and driver. With the onset of the new Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaw class some drivers have been so interested in the division that they are driving in two classes a night and being competitive. Track promoter David Furia has put up an extra bounty purse to the drivers that are driving in more than one class a night, if they can win in both division they receive an extra two hundred dollars on top of their purse and if they run in three divisions as this weeks Iron man driver Charlie Collins does and they succeed in winning in all three divisions they will receive an extra thousand dollars. Charlie Collins this week was able to pull off two victories out of the three by winning in the Taco Bell Bomber Division as well as the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaw Division taking the claim to the extra two hundred dollars. He fell one car length short of making it a big payday by taking second in the Coors Light Modified Divisions, for with a win in this division he would have taken a cool grand for the Triple Crown on the weekend.

With the veteran Sean Keown getting a ride for the night in a Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaw, it left the mini stock division space for their rookies to shine through. The rookies did just that all throughout the night with rookie driver James Stillman taking the victory in the trophy dash in front of first time driver in the division of Jackson Long. Returning driver Billy Shaul took the main event win, but it was not an easy battle on his part to keep the top spot in the division. The race started seeing a pair of double deuces sitting on the front row of drivers Marcus Hatfield and Jay Strugnell. Hatfield jumped out to an early lead with the veteran driver driving off like it was going to be his race to win. However the mechanical bug bit him in lap number 6 which forced him to retire to the infield for the remainder of the race. In the meantime rookie driver James Stillman had worked his way up to second and took over the lead as a result of Hatfield’s mechanical problems, and he continued to stretch his lead over the field as Hatfield did before. Coming up all the way from his rear starting position Jackson Long had worked is way up to the second spot by lap number seven. He had taken naturally to the car and was working all over the rear bumper of Stillman’s car. Stillman started to acquire a push upon entering the turns, and the sly Jackson saw an opportunity starting to poke its head out. On lap number twelve coming down the front straight Long set up his car to make the pass going into turn number one. Upon entering the turn Long had the lower line, but the two cars Of Long and Stillman collided bring out the first yellow of the night. Upon the restart it was Jay Strugnell and Thomas Esberg leading the pack back to the green flag. During the remaining laps Long and Stillman worked their way back up through the field, seeing Long challenge the new leader Billy Shaul for the lead during the last six laps of the race. Making every effort to make the pass for the lead, Long was not able to pass Shaul, leading Shaul to his first victory during the 2011 racing season. Shaul won followed by Long, Strugnell and Stillman.

Sixteen Modifieds rolled out to take the green flag for the Coors Light Modified race under the lights at Lakeport Speedway on May 29th. The field was lead to the green flag by Steve Taylor and Darrin Snider seeing Taylor jump out to an early lead followed by Snider. The first caution came out as driver Steve Olvera brushed the back straight away wall. The restart saw Taylor have to hold off the charge of fast Charlie Collins, with Collins taking the lead going down the back shoot after the restart. Collins drew out an extended lead until another caution fell on lap number 13, which forced another restart pitting Collins against veteran driver Richie Potts. Collins jumped back out into the lead and held the lead until lap number 26 when mechanical problems forced Darrin Snider to retire to the infield. The next restart was going to be a battle of brothers with Charlie Collins on the pole and Gary Collins on the outside. These two drivers put on a display of very hard side by side racing for the next four laps until another caution fell for a single car incident on the back straight away. After reverting back to the last lap, the scoring had determined that Gary Collins had a nose on his brother at the line giving him the lead at the restart. Gary Collins jumped out to a commanding lead on the restart to race to his second victory of the year. Following Gary at the line was brother Charlie, Mike Smithhart and Thomas Wright. These modified drivers put on one heck of a show and are all very interested in coming back to their next race on June 11th for a repeat of the action.

The Clover Hydro Jammers took the field Sunday night with Jay Learn sitting on the inside pole and Tommy Mingori from Santa Rosa sitting on the outside pole. Trying something new this week the jammers took the green under a rolling start leading to some interesting action upon entering turn number one during the evening’s events. Mingori jumped out to an early lead to be passed on lap number three by Nolan Forsythe. Forsythe was passed for the lead on lap four by Ellis Thornton going down the back straight. On the next pass around the track Forsythe and Long got together on the back straight sending Long for a hard impact with the outside retaining wall retiring him from the night events and bringing out the first yellow for the night. The restart saw Pro Jammer drivers Eddie Klein and Ellis Thornton battle for the lead, with Eddie Klein taking the lead to lead to his second victory in that many weeks. Brandi Cubbage of Cobb took the win in the Jr. Jammer feature after having a flawless run throughout the event this evening.

The Taco Bell Bomber main event saw Jodi Snider of Kelseyville set fast time over all the guys in the field. She had a very fast car throughout the entire event. The race started with Eric Ogram taking the pole position with Rich Mills on the outside pole. Ogram jumped out to the early lead followed by the car of Mike Swaney from Nice CA. All the while the battle for the lead was brewing further back in the field with Charlie Collins working his way up through the field, followed by fast time setter Snider. Collins took the lead on lap number ten with Snider lurking behind in third. Snider made a pass for second place on lap number thirteen and was all over the back bumper of Collins for the remainder of the race. As the pair battled it out throughout the remainder of the event the car of Snider was sneaking up on the outside of Collins as the pair was approaching the last turn, and some lapped traffic. At the flag it was Collins followed by Snider, Smith and Denton.

By far one of the most entertaining races of the young season for the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws. For everyone that has watched and participated in full bodied high speed stock car races at Lakeport Speedway knows that trying to finish a race without crashing any cars is a feat of it own, let alone running nose to tail at over sixty miles an hour when the front car gets completely sides ways not only once, but twice and no body crashing at all. The race saw veteran driver David Jones staring on the pole with returning driver Dale Preston on the outside pole. Jones in his car jumped out to a very commanding lead leaving the field behind. An early yellow was thrown on lap number two from some debris that came off of one of the cars. Being an official yellow it was a single file restart with Jones jumping back out to a dominating lead over the remainder of the field. The remaining pack was racing hard nose to tail and side by side, when Preston started to suffer some mechanical problems with his car sending him into a sideways spin that showed the true driving ability of not only Preston but the rest of the field. This happened twice before Preston finally lost it coming off turn four shooting through the infield sending the infield crew scrambling to get out of the way of the car. The restart saw Jones on the pole with Charlie Collins on the outside pole. At the restart going into turn number one Collins jumped into the lead not to look back for the remainder of the race. After the checkers fell it was Collins followed by Jones, Smithhart, and Sweeney.

All the action was extremely exciting in all of the division the action did not stop with the normal side by side door to door racing that Lakeport Speedway Provides, the track was just getting warmed up and wetted down for the first Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino Boat Races. The action saw 9 cars taking the starting green after Trevor Buff had mechanical difficulties leaving him stranded at sea in the pit area. The action did not take long to start with the cars beating there way through boats going into turn number one. The action saw Mike Collins get marooned in the infield and stuck in turn number four. The action came down to Ian Jean, Evan Smith and John Moore battling for the win. After trying to impress the crowd the most all drivers where left stranded at some point around the track. The three winners where drug to the starting line for the crowd to judge. After a very loud crowd yelled for the driver the put the best show one it saw Ian Jean take the win, follow by John Moore and Evan Smith.

Racing action continues next week with a two hundred lap enduro and lawn mower races. Also for the first time at the speedway we will be having a shifter kart race. This weekend there will be a special fifty lap bomber shootout for five hundred dollars to win. The gates will open at 5:00 and the racing will begin at 6:30 with adult tickets being $10, seniors and students (12 -17) being $8, children (6 – 11) only $5, kids under 6 are free and a family pass with two adults and three kids for $28. For the latest information visit the website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or contact the office at 707-279-9577 for the latest event news and information.

Night of First Time Winners

May 27th, 2011

The Potter Valley Mower racers put on their first show this last weekend at Lakeport Speedway to a very delighted crowd. They raced hard on the track in the infield, with one of the racers losing control coming out of turn number four during the heat race and running into the make shift flag stand, catching the flagman Adam Smith off guard. The action was fierce during the two heat races with the action getting even more intense during the main, where it saw racers getting hampered by cones getting stuck under their mowers, as well as racers jocking for position and running off the edge of the track. 2010 Mini Stock track champion Sean Keown even took his hand at trying to drive a mower around the dirt track in the infield. After all the dust settled the victory to the lawn mower race ended up being Jake Green. It was an very exciting event for the fans and the mower racers themselves. The mowers racers will be back for their next show on June 4th 2011.

The action was not just limited to the infield for the nights events it continued on the track during the Taco Bell bombers where the starting field was lead to the green by Anthony Esberg and Richard Mills, but after introductions of the drivers and when the field was getting to roll off for the green the #10 car of Mills had a mechanical failure forcing him to retire to the infield and not being able to race. This set the starting grid to now be rookie Esberg on the inside row with second year driver Evan Smith on the outside row. The race saw Esberg jump out to an early lead follow by vetran driver Andy Norton on Finely. They ran nose to tail until a spin on the back straight away drew the first yellow, upon getting ready to restart the Esberg car suffered some mechanical difficulties and retired to the pit area. The restart saw Smith staring on the inside row with Travis Thorn on the out side row. Smith jumped into the lead. During Smith’s run in the lead Denton was moving up through the field looking to challenge for the lead. Smith held on through one more caution that came out for a single car spin in turn number one going on to take his first victory in the Taco Bell bomber division.

The bandolero’s put on a very exciting show with the youngsters putting on a very exciting show, with them racing almost as fast as the full sized bombers around the race track at Lakeport Speedway. Triston Mucci of nice was the man of the night taking away with a clean sweep through out the night by winning the dash, the heat race and a taking a very commanding win the main event.

Sean Keown drove to another victory in the Rental Solution Mini Stocks after holding of the challenge of rookie driver James Stillman through out the night, and after Stillman challenged the veteran and faded back after spinning in the infield coming out of turn number two, it pitted Keown against Kyle Tellstrom out of Ukiah. The two racers battled back and forth for the remainder of the race night with Keown finally pulling into the lead during the final laps to take the win.

The Clover Hydro Jammers saw trophy dash Winner Nolan Forsythe of Lucerne staring on the inside row with rookie driver Brandi Cubbage starting on the out side row. Taking the standing start in turn number four it saw Forsythe jump out to a commanding lead getting a good start out of the gate followed by Jason Long and Eddie Klein. Klein and Long made a pass around the leader Forsythe leading into turn number one make it three wide safely through the corner. The car of Forsythe suffered mechanical problem coming out of turn number 2 on lap number 9 forcing him to retire to the infield for the rest of the event. Eddie Klein took a commanding lead and continued to put cars laps down during the event. The car of Micheal Peterson made a pass for second on lap number 13 putting Jackson Long back to third place. At the checkers it saw Eddie Klein win the pro Clover Hydro jammer division, and Jackson Long wining the Jr. Clover Hydro Jammer division.

The Lake County Extreme Asphalt Outlaws took the track, and after drawing two car inversion, it would be Sean Sweeny and Charlie Collins leading the field down to the green flag. The start saw Collins lagging back a bit getting a good run on Sweeny coming to the strip. Sweeny got a good run going into turn number one, and Collins looked to close the door, but he found Sweeny in the hole already. Collins still held the lead for the next two laps, with Sweeny pulling ahead on lap number three with Collins right in two. The man on the move from the back of the field was Steve Taylor of Cloverdale as he was working his way quickly up through the field. The first yellow came out when the Outlaw of Kyle Tellstrom lost a transmission going down the back straight away and had to retire to the pit area. The restart again saw Sweeney on the inside with Collins on the high side. Sweeney regained the lead and Collins followed in second, getting passed on lap number 15 by David Lyndall of Kelseyville. A final caution came out when the car of Taylor retired to the infield after experience motor problems. As with the other top division at Lakeport Speedway with less then 10 laps to go it saw the cars line up for a single file restart. Leading the field to the last green for the evening Sweeney went on to take his first win in the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, he was followed by Lyndall, Collins and Keuker at the line.

The Lawn Mowers are Coming

May 19th, 2011

This weekend is the prelude to an exciting set of races getting set to take place over the next five weeks at Lakeport Speedway. This weekend the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws are going to be taking the race track for the second race of the season. Also running will be the Clover Hydro Jammers, the Rental Solution Mini Stocks, the Taco Bell Bombers and the Bandoleros. Also on tap for excitement this weekend is the Lawn Mower Racers making their first appearance at the speedway this weekend. It is the next big thing at the speedway, something that has never been seen, one has to come out and check out the exciting fun at the race track this weekend. These lawn mower racers are going to be taking the action to the infield of Lakeport Speedway for their main events, if one thinks the boat races are funny, then this event is a must see. The gates open at 5:00 with racing starting at 6:30. For the latest event details visit our website at www.lakeportspeedway.com, or contact our office at

Lakeport Speedway’s Annual Car Show

April 1st, 2011

Lakeport Speedway and Kelseyville Lumber are teaming for the second try at the 2nd annual car show on April 3rd at Kelseyville Lumber located at 3555 North Main Street in Kelseyville Ca. The car show will start at 11:30 and wrap up at 5:00. This car show will now following the opening day at the speedway that will be held on April 2nd for the testing and tune session for all cars.

The main grandstands is open and free for all to attend. The car show this year is going to be bigger and better then last year as the speedway gears up for the most exciting season ever at the race track. Making the first appearance this year will be the new division the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws with drivers showing off there new creations for this division, along with being on hand to sign autographs for fans. From some of the photos that are running around on the Speedway Face book page there are some very pretty cars that will be on hand.

There will also be drivers and cars on hand from the Coors Light Modifieds, the Taco Bell Bombers and the Rental Solution Mini Stocks showing off the new paint schemes for the year. Some new drivers and returning drivers from the Clover Hydro Jammers will be on hand with their cars along with shifter karts, custom cars. It will be the not to miss event for the weekend, there will also be a bounce house for the kids, track souvenirs for sale. There will be food supplied by Woody’s Bar and Grill along with a hot dog special being cooked up by Kelseyville Lions Club for the kids.

Jeremy Wood and Robby Czub Win the Legends Spring Nationals

June 4th, 2009

 Photo by Wendy McIntireLakeport CA,–The Lakeport Speedway celebrated Memorial Weekend with the “King of the Hill Challenge Series” #8 and #9 on both Saturday and Sunday. Racing featured the Legends Cars Series Spring Nationals, the
Jammers, Modifieds, Bombers, and Sunday night was topped off with a Boat Race.

 

Fiberglass 500 Boat Race
The first of the three “Fiberglass 500” Qualifier Boat Races was held on a water-cannon, edge sprinkler, fire hoses, and water truck soaked track. The first three races this season will qualify racers for the final “Promoter’s Invitational Fiberglass 500” to be held during the October Classic.

 

The fleet of 12 cars dragging boats sailed in formation for a couple of laps and then let loose on each other’s boats. Several
over-long tethers fell to the hungry prows of these pirates. Timber Cookson mercilessly crushed boats by turning them between her car and theirs.

 

Chris Johnson skillfully used the wall to shiver the fiberglass of many a skup. Cody Rickard wove in and out like a Welsh smuggler through a Spanish armada, spinning boats and cars into a track full of whirlpools.

 

However, most feared was the fast and nimble Shark driven by Thomas Humphrey. To the delight of the fans he cut through an orphaned boat right in front of the grandstands like a shark through a school of tuna. No boat, towed or not, was safe from this typhoon torpedo.

 

After a red flag to clear the worst of the front-stretch Sargasso, there was time for a green-white-checker. While others dove to the infield out of turn four to clear the reef of wrecks, the Shark saw only a boat between an outside car and the inside reef, and would have none of it. He went wide and cleaved his way through, up, and four-wheels-in-the-air over the boat, and the crowd went nuts. As the last lap was winding down, one of the largest boats was spun sideways in turn three while the Shark was on the backstretch. Everyone could hear the theme from “Jaws” as the Shark dug in and shot forward. He literally blew the much larger boat into two sets of swirling splinters.

 

When the storm winds finally subsided, the survivors made their way to the frontstretch to be judged by their fans. While there was huge support for the Shark of Humphrey, he had forgotten in his feuding-frenzy to protect his own boat, and was a fish without a fluke. Chris Johnson from Lakeport placed first, Cody Rickard from Roseville second, and Timber Cookson from Windsor third. However, the Sea Witch must always have her due for those that prove their favor, and Thomas Humphrey from Clearlake and his Shark were awarded the Most Aggressive Award.

 

The second “Fiberglass 500” Qualifier Boat Race will be held on July 18. Jammers Saturday was a special day for the Jammer class. Last Lakeport event, the first Jammer raffle was held, and the winner would get to drive an actual Jammer at the next Lakeport event. The raffle was won by Alisha Herron, age 14 from Kelseyville. Alisha says that she has been
coming to Lakeport Speedway races “since I was in my mom’s tummy” and has always longed to become a racer. She begged her mother to buy her a raffle ticket and couldn’t stop saying “Do you think I’ll win?” all night, and she did.

 

Friday, she was fitted with a firesuit and helmet, given the #67 Jammer, and spent some practice time on the track. Saturday, she qualified seventh in hot laps. However, she and the rest of the class were surprised when they were told as they were getting ready to got out onto the track that the main event would be run backwards – clockwise turning right.
She was cautious at the start, staying high out of the way as she figured out the car and track in this new direction. She had some trouble exiting turn four into three where she kept slipping on the loose stuff up high and scraping the turn three wall. However, she recovered on the backstretch every time, and learned quickly enough to bring her car down the track further with each lap. By the end of the race, she was racing comfortably with the pack and finished fifth.

 

The Lakeport Speedway Jammer raffle is being held at every Lakeport event that is before a Jammer race.
Legends Cars Series Jeremy Wood set the Legends Cars fast time of 13.662s. Twenty cars took the green for the Saturday main event. The first three laps were rough with three yellow flags in a row, but things quickly settled down with Phillip Morrisey in the lead. Johnny Morrisey took it from him in lap 13 only to lose it to Jeremy Wood two laps later. Wood crossed first followed by J. Morrisey, Dylan Albiani, P. Morrisey, and James Gilliland.

 

The Sunday main event started with J. Morrisey quickly taking the lead from Stanislov Osterland in lap four. James Gilliland worked on him for 10 laps, but Robby Czub finessed his way up past the both of them in lap 14. Lapped cars kept re-shuffling the pack, but no one could chase Czub down. A couple of last-lap spins created a mad scramble for the finish (they only race to the finish when a yellow is thrown on the last lap). Czub claimed the checkers, followed by Wood, Albiani, J. Morrisey, and Mackena Bell.

 

Modifieds
Defending champion Mark Marek from Lakeport set the Modified fast time of 12.661s. Chuck Pruett and Mike Smithhart battled for the 40 lap main event lead from the start, while Marek, Noel McCormack Jr. and Mike Sweeney jockeyed for third. Just as it seemed these two amous Lakeport veterans would settle this side-by-side ahead of all the youngsters, Smithhart’s rear-end blew with only seven laps to go. The groan of despair from the grandstands and pits was deafening.

 

Marek used his renowned restart acceleration to swing outside Pruett into the lead. McCormack managed a last-lap pass into second. Unfortunately, both Pruett and David Furia were disqualified for missing post-race technical inspection. Sweeney finished third followed by points leader Dustin DeRosier and Mike Sullivan.

 

Bombers
The Bomber fast time of 14.212s on Saturday and 14.299s on Sunday was set by Roman Rose from Lakeport. Drew Smith and Jimmy Shankles could not make the main event due to technical difficulties. Brenton Smith took the initial lead and Roman Rose followed around him in lap four. Mike Rose from Lakeport (driving for Dylan Rose) stayed tucked in behind him until, in lap 18, they were about to lap Andrew Snider (driving for Brad Laird) in turn two. Snider drifted high as R. Rose approached to pass high, and M. Rose dove low pinning R. Rose high behind Snider to take the lead to the end. Smith finished third followed by Keven Brackett (driving for Brandon Verde) and Snider.

 

Two early yellows that retired Drew Smith, damaged Jimmy Sorrels, and sent Brenton Smith and Kevin Brackett to the back allowed R. and D. Rose to restart up with leader Theresa Sorrels. R. Rose took the lead one lap later and things settled with D. Rose tucked in behind. When Chuck Hackbarth spun out in lap 18, R. Rose was slow to restart allowing D. Rose to take the lead by a full car length. Another yellow three laps later put them side-by-side, and this time R. Rose took off with the lead all the was to the checkers. Unfortunately, R. Rose was disqualified after an incident in the pits, placing D. Rose first followed by Gino Buchignani, Brenton Smith, Keven Brackett, and Snider.

 

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Ukiah Speedway this Saturday night May 30 featuring the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, the Pro-4 Modifieds, the Legends Cars Series, the Bandoleros, and the Motorhome Jump. King of the Hill classes include Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

 

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com”.

Brian Martella Dodges A Last Lap Leader Tangle For The Legends Win

June 1st, 2009

Darrin Knight wins the Modified main event.Ukiah CA–The Ukiah Speedway hosted the next “King of the Hill Challenge Series event last Saturday with a packed night of eight racing classes. Featured were the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, the Pro-4 Modifieds, the Legends Cars of the Pacific, and the Bandoleros. King of the Hill racing included the Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

 

Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Jeremy Hopkins set the Late Model fast time of 12.524s. Eric Graham led the 18 car field to the start of the 75-lap main event.  Chris Straka, Jeremy Hopkins, and Kevin Ostern quickly made their way up behind second place Corey James and and shuttled him on back by lap 25.

 

Ostern started his move after a lap 55 yellow, taking third in lap 57 and second in lap 66. However, no one had the ponies to overtake Graham. Ostern finished second followed by Straka, Hopkins, and Jim Stillman.

 

For more information about the Late Model races, browse to http://www.AirportAutoBrokersLateModels.com.

 

Pro-4 Modifieds
The Pro-4 Modified fast time of 13.399s was set by Ken Gifford who also won his heat race. Stan Bushman and Neo Nuno led the start of the main event. Nuno took the lead while Bushman was slow on the inside causing the pack to scramble to the outside around him. Codi Barba dove in front of Kevin Barba, around Marty Lewis, and eventually overtook Nuno for the lead.

 

Nuno hit the turn three dirt allowing John Barker, Jake Tillman, and Gifford by on the outside. Barker took the lead by pinning C. Barba low as they lapped Bushman. Tillman survived driving his left-front wheel over the right-rear wheel of C. Barba, but Curtis Lewis spun off turn three to bring out a yellow anyway, which set Barker back to second for the restart.

 

Barker took off with the lead again, but now Gifford was on the outside and right behind him. Gifford made the outside pass for the lead in lap eight. Two laps later, Tillman blew his engine, and four laps after that, C. Barba spun into the turn two infield for a yellow.

 

Gifford took the lead inside of Barker and kept it to the finish. Barker finished second followed by Lewis, Nuno, and K. Barba.

 

Legends Cars Series
Cody Martin from Ukiah set the Legends fast time of 14.790s, and also won the trophy dash. The first half of the race was a
side-by-side battle between Jared Martin and Randy Portlock, followed closely by Brian Martella. Martin finally completed the outside pass for the lead in lap 10.

 

Martin ran with the lead as Martella tried to find a way around Portlock. In the last lap, Martin spun in turn one winding up
sideways in turn two. Portlock dove low and Martella high. Portlock didn’t clear Martin and tore up his right-front wheel. Knowing you only race to the finish during a yellow on the last lap, Martella, from Ukiah, punched it to the checkers. Portlock managed to get back out of the infield and steer with that broken wheel to finish second just ahead of Dustin Knight and Joe Aiken. Martin placed fifth.

 

Modifieds
The Modified fast time of 13.155s was set by Darrin Knight from Kelseyville. Norman Boucher took the main event lead from poll-sitter Gary Lowblad. Dustin DeRosier worked on finding a way around Tommy Lyndall for third while Clay Caturegli waited to see who he could follow. Knight wove his way around Bob Strauss, Trevor Cristiani, to start an inside challenge on Caturegli. After several pink flags, a yellow was thrown to set Lyndall behind DeRosier for blocking.

 

Two restarts and two quick yellows retired Lyndall and Cristiani, and put Boucher and Knight in the front of the restart. Knight took the lead leaving Boucher to be chased by Terry McIntire, DeRosier, and Strauss. Despite a Caturegli spin, and DeRosier’s hard work on McIntire, that’s how they finished. Mini-Stocks

 

Jessica Aceves from Upper Lake set the Mini-Stock fast time of 17.458s. Points leader Kyle Tellstrom swept the rest. He immediately took the main event lead from Aceves. Aceves chased him for most of the race until she was pinned behind the lapped car of Jason Coyne by John Johnson. Tellstrom took the win, followed by Johnson, Aceves, Jason Pratt, and Coyne.

 

Street Stocks
The Street Stock fast time of 14.157s was set by Andy Vander Veer from Santa Rosa. Luke Nelson and Ron Duke Sr. led the main event start after Mikey Snider (racing now as the #6) chose to start in the back due to technical problems. Duke took the lead as Vander Veer, Scott Sabol, and Mike Martin shuttled Nelson on back.

 

Sabol continued outside past Vander Veer to battle Duke for three laps until a Nelson spin brought out a yellow. Sabol, from Lakeport, took off with the lead and kept it to the end. Duke crossed second followed by Vander Veer, Martin, and Nelson.
Bombers

 

Terry Pittman from Redwood Valley set the Bomber fast time of 14.789s. David Gatlin and Cindy Allen led the 18 car main eventstart. Allen took the lead as the field scrambled to pass outside the fading Gatlin. Kevin Brackett swung inside Allen for the lead followed by Jimmy Gard. In lap three, George Abella and Gatlin tangled and spun for a yellow.

 

Gard took the outside lead from Brackett followed by Jimmy Sorrels, Brenton Smith, Brandon Powers, and Bob Mook. Sorrels started smoking badly and finally slid up and over the turn two berm for a caution in lap six.

 

Two more yellows quickly followed when Brandon Verde and Pittman tangled and spun, as did Mike Bray and Dylan Rose. Gard and Brackett led the restart but Gard slipped loose in turn one and was passed by Gary Collins, Smith, and Powers.

 

Collins swung on by the inside of Brackett, and the rest followed. In lap 11, there was a set of three cautions. Clint Stanley and Allen spun in turn two. Powers broke loose, slid into Mike Rose (driving for Roman Rose) and the reaction spun Mook, Stanley, and Verde, and ripped the door skin of D. Rose off. Powers spun on the frontstretch stopping sideways, spinning Stanley and Verde to the infield.

 

The restart started a five lap duel between Gary Collins and Brenton Smith. Smith finally finished the outside pass for the leadin lap 16. One lap later, Gard and Powers spun in turn four for a caution.

 

Smith took the lead inside Collins followed by M. Rose, Abella, and D. Rose. One lap later, Collins failed to find space inside Smith in turn two and they both spun out for the last caution. The race was called for time, placing M. Rose from Lakeport in first followed by Abella, D. Rose, Mook, and Bray. Bandoleros

 

Darin Silva from Ukiah (age 14) set the Bandolero fast time of 15.336s. Hunter Larue won the trophy dash and the heat race. Chris Crow led the start of the main event as James Stillman faded back on the outside. Larue was passing Stillman on the outside when Tim Buzzard Jr. dove three-wide to the inside.

 

Larue was pushed back, but see-sawed around the inside to pass Stillman, Buzzard, and challenge Crow on the outside for the lead. Buzzard dove low for another three-wide pass, but this time both he and Crow spun in turn two. Larue spun out into the turn four fence and a yellow was thrown.

 

This left Stillman and Frankie Pickrell to lead the restart. Silva sailed by outside both of them for the lead, but the field closed upagain after another yellow when Trysten Mucci spun.

 

Silva took the lead followed by Crow and Stillman. Stillman overtook Crow for second on the backstretch in lap 15 and started chasing Silva. Silva went high to lap Mucci on the frontstretch and Stillman went low three-wide in turn one. Mucci and Stillman collided sending Stillman fish-tailing through the infield and back onto the track.

 

Silva finished first and Crow passed Stillman on the backstretch for second. Pickrell and Mucci finished fourth and fifth.

 

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night June 6 featuring the Demolition Truck Derby, the Nostalgic Car Club, and the Jammers, along with our own Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

 

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com.

 

by Curtis Clauson

Caturegli Wins Late Model Ahead Of Only Half The Field

May 23rd, 2009

The Ukiah Speedway hosted the “King of the Hill Challenge Series& #7 last Saturday night featuring the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, the Legends Car Series, and the Bandoleros. King of the Hill racing included Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

The Late Model fast time of 12.464s was set by Mike Lovell, who also won the trophy dash. The 75 lap main event started with a packed field of 19 cars. Clay Caturegli immediately took the lead from Jimmy Stillman who settled in third behind Berndt Akerstrom. The leaders started lapping cars in lap 14, and the yellows stared to fly in lap 32. Behind the leaders, these long and powerful stock cars started spinning, tangling, hitting the wall, and flying over the berms. When time finally ran out in lap 61, Caturegli finished first ahead of only eight cars. Stillman crossed second followed by Mike Lovell, Mike Doss, and Kevin Ostern.

David Winchel from Sebastopol set the Legends Cars fast time of 14.665s in hot lap sessions. Cody Martin, who started eighth, took the lead of the main event in lap four. He battled with James Gillaliland throughout the race until a yellow put Martin to the back in lap 26. Gillaliland from Santa Rosa finished first followed by Stamislov Osterlund, Martin, Bill Kistemmacher, and Steve McLean.

The Modified fast time of 13.193s was set by Darrin Knight from Kelseyville. Points leader Dustin DeRosier took the lead in lap two
from Mike Sweeney. Noel McCormack Jr. from Lakeport came up from seventh to take the lead in lap 11 and kept it ahead of Knight and DeRosier to the end. Terry McIntire and Caturegli finished fourth and fifth. McCormack becomes the fifth different winner after five races in this highly competitive class.

Andy Vander Veer from Santa Rosa set the Street Stock fast time of 14.286s in hot lap sessions. He quickly took the lead in the main event, and Ron Duke Sr. just couldn’t hold his grip on the track wellenough to overtake him. The real duel was between Jared Martin and Scott Sabol for third until lapped traffic set Sabol back to finish fourth ahead of Wade Coleman. This strong showing by the top three has brought Vander Veer within eight points of Mikey Snider.

The Bomber fast time of 14.821s was set by Terry Pittman from Redwood Valley (driving for Richard Page). The main event looked to be a repeat of last week, with the Smith brothers locked in an equal side-by-side battle ahead of the Roses while Casey Saunders led. However, Drew Smith succumbed to the technical issues that had plagued him all day. Just as it seemed Roman Rose and Mike Rose (driving for Dylan Rose) were on their way, a yellow flag sent them both to the back. M. Rose slowly made his way back up, but Roman kept getting the bad end of the yellows until lap 32 when a couple of yellows allowed him to leapfrog into third behind M. Rose. Brandon Powers led most of the race until his tire was popped in a tangle with Charlie Tour in lap 25. C. Tour crossed first but was not running for points due to tech issues. M. Rose from Lakeport won, followed by R. Rose, Brandon Verde, George Abella, and B. Smith.

Darin Silva from Ukiah (age 14) set the Bandolero fast time of 15.817s in hot lap sessions. He quickly took the main event lead in
lap three, but eventually fell to the steady pursuit of Hunter Larue in lap 14. Larue from Napa finished first followed by Silva, Tim
Buzzard Jr., Chris Crow, and JayCee McLean.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Memorial Day Weekend on both Saturday and Sunday nights featuring the Legends Cars series Spring Nationals and their Bandoleros, and along with our own Modifieds, Bombers, and Jammers.

Sunday night will be topped with the first “Fiberglass 500& Boat Race of the season. Demolition-style race cars dragging fiberglass boats around a water-cannon soaked track, taking out other boats while protecting their own. It’s Maritime mayhem on the high asphalt, and our way of racing green by helping the County Sheriff to dispose of all of those derelict boats from around the lake.

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com.

Kelsie Kennedy Wins Inaugural Jammer Event

May 6th, 2009

lakeport.jpg Lakeport Ukiah CA, -Lakeport Speedway hosted the “King of the Hill Challenge Series event #4 last Saturday with the annual Northern California Racing Association Founder’s Cup. Featured were the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, along with the Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers.

 

The event also featured the first race for the new Jammer class. The Jammers are inexpensive stock four-cylinder cars meant for new or inexperienced racers, or those stepping up from classes like the Karts. Jammers are far more stock than the Mini-Stocks, use street tires instead of racing tires, can race in either direction, do not use the yellow flag during races, and use rally-style standing starts. Cars have been, or are being built by new racers, family members of racers, and even by shop classes at the Kelseyville and Lakeport High Schools.

 

As always, the first appearance in the season for each class is marked with the Best Appearing Car contest as voted by the grandstand fans whoopin’ and hollerin’. George Abella had already won for the Bombers two weeks ago. The winners this time were: Rick Tommila’s Modified (28), Jessica Aceves’ (56) Mini-Stock, and Britney Tommila’s (15) Jammer.

 

A highlight of the night was when the Modified main event was about to start. The cars were stopped in turn four with Tommy Lyndall (2) on the poll. He was confused when the track officials directed him forward to the frontstretch and told him to get out as he was joined by members of his family. The whole family was surprised when it was announced that Deake Lyndall Sr. and Deake Lyndall Jr. had been inducted into the N.C.R.A. Hall of Fame for their racing careers, involvement with the N.C.R.A., and the effect their memory has had on Lake County racing and the racing community.

 

The Late Model track record was broken yet again when Eric Graham set the fast time of 11.767s. Ken Gifford led the 75 lap main event from the start, but was taken out in lap 45 by the turn four wall while lapping Myles Anderson. Kevin Ostern took over the lead followed by Mike Lovell and Jeremy Hopkins. In lap 64, Lovell suddenly started to fade back. Ostern took the checkers followed by Hopkins, Jimmy Stillman, Mike Doss, and Mike Lovell. More details and points can be found at www.AirportAutoBrokers.com.

 

Returning champion Mark Marek set a season best Modified fast time of 12.502s. There would have been 15 cars in the main event, but Terry McIntire and Noel McCormack Jr. opted out after they were both disqualified from their heat race for some after-checker bumping and banging. Tommy Lyndall held the lead from the start, but Marek made his traditional slow and steady climb from the back, avoiding a big mid-race tangle, and took the lead in lap 27 to the finish. Lyndall moves up to second in points behind DeRosier by 36.

 

The Mini-Stock fast time of 14.021s was set by points leader Robert Schmidt. It was a gremlin feast of Mini-Stocks as cars kept falling out of the main event field with a variety of technical problems. Even Schmidt broke on the frontstretch in lap 20. Out of the seven, only three cars finished the race. Kyle Tellstrom took the win, followed by Jay Strugnell and Jessica Aceves. John Johnson placed fourth and Robert Schmidt fifth. This brings Tellstrom within four points of leader Schmidt.

 

Terry Pittman (substituting for Richard Page) set the Bomber fast time of 14.001s. He was disqualified form a track record for bad compression. Roman Rose set a new track record of 14.134s, overturning his own from last year. The 13 car main event got off to a bad start with a lap four tangle as new driver Kenny Grinols was being passed. Dylan Rose was hit by both the wall and cars. He had to be medi-vac’d with shoulder pain. George Abella was black-flagged for rough driving. D. Rose suffered a cracked shoulder and will be in a sling for a few weeks, but is otherwise all right. Roman Rose took the lead from Brenton Smith at the restart after a mid-race tangle, and held it until the race was called for time in lap 20. Pittman finished second, followed by Smith, Jimmy Sorrels, and George Lovrin.

 

The stars of the night, however, were the kids in the Jammers. Kelsie Kennedy set the fast time of 16.209s. Their very first main event started with nine cars. Corey Crawford had the poll and Gary Judd quickly took the lead followed by Kennedy and Carl “The Goose”. With street tires and almost completely stock cars, there were a lot of spins, but no yellow flags (if there were a safety problem, a red flag would be thrown). Judd and Kennedy held it together best until they took the white flag. Kennedy managed one of those best-of-stock-car-racing nail-biting last lap passes to take the Founder’s Cup trophy. Judd crossed second, and Carl placed third followed by Casey Crawford and James Atkins. The next Jammer race is May 9th where even more cars are expected.

 

Coming Up

 

King of the Hill Challenge Series #5 will be held at the Ukiah Speedway this Saturday night May 2nd featuring the Ukiah Boat Race, the Legends Cars of the Pacific, and exhibition races by the historical NorCal Vintage Hardtops, and along with our own
Modifieds, Street Stocks, Bombers, and Bandoleros.

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com”.

Caturegli Wins, DeRosier Takes Modified Points Lead

April 23rd, 2009

Darrin Silva (9) wins the Bandolero main event.Ukiah CA, -The Ukiah Speedway hosted the “King of the Hill Challenge Series” last Saturday night featuring the Legends Cars Series and the Bandoleros, and all four of the King of the Hill classes: Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

 The Legends Cars fast time of 14.931s was set by Mike Martin, but it was Cody Martin who proved speed isn’t everything by winning all three races. He took and held the main event lead from the green flag. Randy Portlock came hunting from the back of the field and, when M. Martin and Chelsea Champagne got tangled in lap eight, took the lead from C. Martin on the restart. He held it for nine laps until, when Chelsea Champagne was lapped, C. Martin took it back just long enough
to claim the checkers.

Bob “Mighty Mouse” Strauss finally got his engine running right and his car hooked up to set the Modified fast time of 13.199s. He finished second just behind Terry McIntire in both the trophy dash and the heat race, and was looking stronger the longer he went. However, his Ukiah gremlins caught up to him in the main event when his exhaust overheated and caught fire. McIntire also fell out when his brake rotor shattered. Clay Caturegli took the lead from Codi Barba in lap two, won a five lap mid-race duel with Trevor Cristiani, and held off the rest all the way to the finish.

Two-year defending champion Robert Schmidt started the inaugural Mini-Stock event off in style. He set the fast time of 15.097s. Kyle Tellstrom managed to hold him off in the trophy dash, but he won the heat race and looked strong for the main event. However, at the start of the main event, he had to dive into the pits with a problem. Jason Pratt spun out in the next lap, so Schmidt was able to return only one lap down. He had a great restart, caught up to leader Tellstrom, and
passed him back onto the lead lap in lap 13. Then he got lucky as, two laps later, David Coyne blew a water hose for a yellow. This allowed Schmidt to come all the way around and restart at the back of the pack. Another great restart and a seven lap duel later, Schmidt took the lead to the finish.

Scott Sabol set the Street Stock fast time of 14.300s, only 14 one-hundredths ahead of Jared Martin, in his season debut. Ron Duke Sr. also came out to play and won the trophy dash, but he and Wade Coleman suffered problems and could not make the main event. Sabol took the main event lead from Charlie Tour in lap six. Andy Vander Veer and Martin did all they could to chase him down, but Sabol was too fast, too stable, and held them off for the win.

Gentleman” George Abella finally broke the Rose fast time streak with a time of 15.142s, only six one-thousandths of a second under Mike Rose (driving for Roman Rose). However, mechanical problems plagued almost everyone that night. Matt Gerjets won the trophy dash, Terry Pittman (driving for Richard Page) could only make, but won, the slow heat. Jimmy Sorrels won the middle heat, and Brandon Verde held off all of the top runners to win the fast heat. Everyone worked out what bugs they could and were set for the 18 car main event.

Dylan Rose took the lead from Sorrels after a lap one tangle. Drew Smith’s car died on the front stretch and accordioned Sorrels and Abella into the wall. Pittman was pinned in the back, but made a Darring dive under George Miller and Brandon Powers to freedom. He eventually made it into third behind M. Rose, but had trouble keeping traction for a pass. At one point he broke loose in turn two and fishtailed all the way through the backstretch and turn three before getting it back together. With only four laps to go, M. Rose was about to lap Sorrels on the outside when Sorrels drifted a little high. There was just enough room for Pittman to dive under both of them and finally take second just as Abella had caught up to them in fourth, and that’s how they followed D. Rose to the checkers.

The Bandolero fast time of 15.801s was set by Darrin Silva. James Stillman did win the trophy dash, but was not three times lucky. Silva took the lead in lap three of the main event and held it ahead of the various spinouts all the way to the finish.

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night April 25 featuring the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, along with our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers. This event will also debut the new Jammer class: a starter stock car class for new racers or those transitioning from Karts. Jammers feature rally-style standing starts and a minimum of flags.

 

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com”.

 

Late Models Smash Records; Robby Czub Legends Best Appearance, Best Time, And Best Finish

April 14th, 2009

Late Models main event winner Kevin Ostern (36).Lakeport CA,- Last Saturday night, Lakeport Speedway hosted the Lake County side Opening Night event of the “King of the Hill Challenge Series. Four classes raced including the Legends Cars of the Pacific and their Bandoleros, the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, and the Bombers.

 

Exhibition races were held by the NorCal Vintage Hardtops. Cars raced and exhibited behind the grandstands included a 1940 Chevy with a 234ci straight-8, a 1936 Ford 2-door sedan, and a 1935 DeSoto.

 

The traditional season start Best Appearing Car Contests were held for each class.

 

With excellent track conditions and new tires this year, nine Late Models qualified under the track record, and Jeremy Hopkins set the best at 11.781s. The 18 car main event was cut from 75 to 60 laps for time. Corey James led for 20 laps until he was passed by Jimmy Stillman. Stillman kept the lead for 18 laps, and then lost it to Jeremy Hopkins. Eight laps later, Kevin Ostern ran side-by-side outside Stillman for a lap before he finally took the lead on the backstretch of lap 46, which he kept to the checkers.

 

Out of the 19 Legends Cars, it was Robby Czub who pulled off a track record fast time of 13.527s, and won the trophy dash. The main event featured a couple of scary moments: a multi-car crash in turn one that launched Jack Stone four wheels into the air in front of the leaders Frankie Marks and Jeremy Wood, and a three-wide past the grandstands by Jack Humphrey, Jason Miller, and Philip Morrissey that caused an accordion in turn one in the middle of the pack. Through it all, Robby Czub steadily made his way up from twelfth to hound Wood in lap 27, lead by a wheel at the white flag, and claim the checkers.

 

The Bomber fast time of 14.30s was set by Dylan Rose. Second in points George Abella had mechanical problems all day, but looked like they were solved in the 14 car main event as he took and kept the lead for half the race. However, his car just up and quit in turn three forcing him to retire and taking Mike Neilson with him. George Lovrin, racing for Richard Page, had the restart poll, but Roman Rose had been advancing with speed, skill, and yellows to start next to him. Rose took the lead in a lap and kept that pace all the way to the finish.

 

The Bandolero fast time of 15.210s was set by Darrin Silva, who also won the trophy dash. Unfortunately, he threw a rod in the heat race and was unable to make the main event. Jaycee McLean started and led while others crashed or quit. McLean and James Stillman, who won last week by being the only legal car left on the track, were the only ones left at the white flag. As McLean entered turn one, Stillman spun behind him in turn four bringing out a yellow flag. As the yellow flew, McLean broke loose in turn two and pancaked the wall. There is no racing to the finish during a yellow, except on the last lap, and both Stillman and McLean remembered this. McLean got himself off of the wall and going just as a recovered Stillman passed him, but the damage was too sever as McLean’s car would not steer properly, and Stillman claimed another victory.

 

Coming Up
King of the Hill Challenge Series& racing returns to the Ukiah Speedway this Saturday night April 18 featuring the Legends
Cars and their Bandoleros, and the high-flying motorhome jump. Along with our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

 

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com.

 

Attached pictures by – Wendy McIntire

 

p1.jpg: Legends Cars Best Appearing, fast time, trophy dash, and
main event winner Robby Czub (05).

 

p2.jpg: Late Models main event winner Kevin Ostern (36).

 

p3.jpg: Bandolero main event winner James Stillman (43).

 

by Curtis Clauson

Estep Survives the Late Model Melee/The Roman/ Abella Bomber Battle is Back

April 7th, 2009

Darrin Knight won both the Modified trophy dash and best appearing car contest. Lakeport CA, The Lakeport and Ukiah Speedways have brought together the two racing communities to once again holdthe King of the Hill Challenge Series. The series started last Saturday night at the Ukiah Speedway with seven classes, and exhibition races by the vintage NorCal Hardtops.

Track conditions proved to be a real challenge. The day was warm during practice, and racers anticipated that the track would tighten as the temperature cooled. However, nightfall brought an arctic wind that plummeted temperatures and caused water to condense onto the track making it unexpectedly slippery. Darin Silva from Ukiah set the Bandolero fast time of 16.111s. Chris Crow, Frankie Pickrell, and Silva all took turns leading the main event, but Crow and Pickrell both tangled and spun out, and Silva lost his clutch late in the race. In the last lap, only two cars were left and Tim Buzzard Jr. crossed the finish first, but he was only racing for fun with no transponder. This left Crow (from Redwood Valley), who was racing for the first time in a Bandolero after two years of Go-Kart racing, as the only car left and the winner. When told of this in the pits, he blinked and said “That’s amazing!”.

The Pro-4 Modified fast time of 13.427s was set by Willie Leuzinger from Cobb. It only took four laps for Jake Tillman from Cobb to climb from last to pass Codi Barba for first in the main event, which he held all the way to the checkered flag.

Jared Martin from Ukiah ran a clean sweep of the Street Stocks, setting the fast time of 14.255s and winning all of the races, including the main event, which he ran from poll to checkers. Randy Portlock from Ukiah was dominant in his new Legend car, setting the fast time of 14.656s and winning the trophy dash and heat race. Unfortunately, his car died during the main event warm-up laps. Cody Martin held the lead for half the race, but when Brian Martella from Ukiah took over, he never looked back all the way to the finish.

The Modified fast time of 13.070s was set by Terry McIntire from Kelseyville beating out Bob Strauss by only 15 thousandths of a second. In one lap, McIntire followed Dustin DeRosier (out of Cloverdale) from sixth and seventh to second and third in the main event. Five laps later, they passed Jonathon Reynolds for first and second, and held that to the finish. McIntire’s second place finish in the heat race put him three points in the lead over DeRosier. Richard Page from Ukiah set the Bomber fast time with a screaming fast 14.899s. However, in the main event it was like no time at all had passed as the two top points contenders from the previous year battled side-by-side throughout the main event. Roman Rose from Lakeport finally completed an outside pass on Gentleman George Abella late in the race, and that’s how they finished followed closely by Page. This puts Rose one championship point ahead of Page.

The Late Model fast time of 12.509s was set by Ken Gifford from Cobb. Their main event was the final event of the night and was scheduled for 75 laps. Unfortunately, slippery track conditions and some erratic driving created eight yellows and, after 40 minutes of racing, only 23 laps were complete. Kevin Estep from Clearlake Oaks started on the poll, stayed ahead of the melee that took out most of the lead pack cars, and survived to claim the checkers when the race was called for time at 30 laps. More information about the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models can be found at http://www.AirportAutoBrokersLateModels.com”.

 

Coming Up
The Lakeport Speedway hosts their opening night for the King of the Hill Challenge Series Saturday April 11. Racing will feature the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, the Legends Car Series, and exhibitions by the Nostalgic Car Club, along with our own Bombers and the Bandoleros.

 

For more information, browse http://www.KingOfTheHillChallengeSeries.com”.

 

The Racing Champions of 2008 Are The Racing Challenges of 2009

March 26th, 2009

lakeport.jpg Lakeport CA, You can tell when it’s Spring in Lake County. You can see the paint on pick-up trucks, the Hawgs of Spring (those packs of motorcycles) are migrating back to the resorts, and every racing garage is filled with the sounds of hammering sheet metal, flushing Hollies, and the din of the pursuit of racing trim to prepare for the 2009 & King of the Hill Challenge Series.

 

 

The series starts off in Ukiah April 4th, but Lakeport racers will get a chance to Test & Tune their cars on Sunday April 5th
from 10am to 4pm. The new Lakeport Jammer class will have exclusive use of the track from 10am to 11am to allow these new drivers time to learn the track and their cars, and then the track will be open to all classes from 11am to 4pm. Technical inspection will be available all day.

 

 

Fans that want a sneak peek at the upcoming racers and cars are invited to the grandstands April 5th for free. And who is it that has the laid-back Saturday night racers all up in their grill? The champions of 2008, of course. With racing popularity increasing by leaps and bounds each year, and the tech-savvy of racers leap-frogging their competition, the top racers at tracks like the Lakeport Speedway have become all the more daunting. Last year, each of the Northern California Racing Association champions held their points lead for all, or all but one, event, although that lead was sometimes very slim. It is these racers that provide the new target of performance to all those who would claim that championship this year.

 

 

Modified Champion Mark Marek

 

 

Mark Marek started racing at the Lakeport Speedway as a teenager, and won the Mini-Stock championship in 1996. He moved up to Modifieds in 2000, and came in fifth in points in 2007. Marek started last season with no wins, but a high enough average to lead the championship by two points over Rick Rose. Throughout the season, Danny Bishop, Mike Sullivan, and Bob Strauss traded places as his closest pursuer.

 

 

 

Consistency was key to his season. Out of 15 main events, he won seven and only finished out of the top-five twice due to damage: once into the wall and another a collision into the infield. He started every race but one heat race, also due to damage. His high average finishes kept him increasingly ahead of his pursuers, right to the trophy.

 

 

Mini-Stocks Champion Robert Schmidt

 

 

Robert Schmidt, the son of Fast& Freddy Schmidt (Mini-Stock #37), has developed a lot of talented results in a short period of time.

 

 

He started racing Mini-Stocks at the Lakeport Speedway in 2006. In 2007, he dominated the King of the Hill Challenge Series to Mini-Stocks to win the championship.

 

 

His 2008 season started with a clean sweep putting him on top by five points, but Davey Coyne, Don Pressler, and Dale &The Man From Roseville & Bulmer kept that lead to a maximum of 22 points, and aminimum of three points.

 

 

At the end of the season, Pressler had two more wins and one more top-five finish than Schmidt, but Schmidt’s high time-trial average and strong heat race showing kept him 18 points ahead for the trophy.

 

 

Street Stock Champion Andy Vander Veer

 

 

 

Andy Vander Veer came to race at Lakeport Speedway in 2007 during the first King of the Hill Challenge Series in which he won the Bonus Bomber championship. In 2008, he came back to race the new Street Stock class. He started with a trophy dash and main event win that put him a scant one point behind Brian Smith.

 

 

From that point on it was domination. Out of nine races, he won four, and finished in the top-five in four others. His lead was so great that, when he missed the July 26th race, his lead only dropped to 21 points. He finished 50 points ahead of Mike Bray, the only driver to start all nine events.

 

 

The 2008 season marked the reorganization of the various Modified / Bonus Bomber classes into a single Street Stock class. Now that racers have had a year to adapt, and with the combination of cars from both the Lakeport and Ukiah tracks in the King of the Hill Challenge Series the field of cars is expected to be full and highly competitive.

 

 

Bomber Champion Roman Rose

 

 

Roman Rose is a new and young racer from an established and vibrant racing family. He is the son of Mike and Amber Rose, and the grandson of Ron and June Rose. The Rose family boasts many past and present N.C.R.A. racers, directors, and a president.

 

 

 

He started racing Bombers at Lakeport during the 2007 King of the Hill Challenge Series. He finished 15th, but only because he raced exclusively at Lakeport. He started 2008 by failing to make the time-trials, and finishing third in the slow heat race, and third in the main event, putting him in eighth place in the points.

 

 

But, then came the speed. He only won two main events and one heat race, but he dominated the time-trials, winning nine and placing second in three. Combined with an average main event finish barely below four, this barely kept him in the points lead all season.

 

 

His maximum lead was 39 points, but it was whittled away by Gentleman George Abella until Rose only led by two points coming into the final race of the season. In the time trials, Rose beat out Abella by about two tenths of a second, increasing his lead by four more points. However, Abella finished two places ahead of Rose in the heat race, gaining two of those points back. The main event decided it all, with Rose winning the race ahead of Abella, and winning the championship trophy by only six points.

 

Curtis Clauson
707-998-1336
press@LakeportSpeedway.com
Lakeport Speedway
P.O. Box 1411
Lakeport, CA 95453
707-279-9577

Lakeport and Ukiah Speedways to Host 2009 King of the Hill Challenge Series

February 11th, 2009

Lakeport CA, The Northern California Racing Association and the North State Racing Association have agreed to run a “King of the Hill Challenge Series” between the Lakeport and Ukiah speedways for the 2009 racing season.

Regular season points races will be run alternatively between the two tracks from April 4th through Labor Day weekend (September 6th). Championship points will be accumulated in the same manner at both tracks, and a “King of the Hill Challenge Series” champion will be awarded for each racing class at the end of the season.

This is an evolution of the wildly successful first “King of the Hill Challenge Series” run during the 2007 season. The series was originally created to help each speedway adapt to the rapidly changing economy that has devastated local racetracks nationwide.
Racers and fans are looking forward to a much higher car count with competitors from both racing communities. Last time, as many as 23 Modifieds showed up to race, and Bombers topped out at 30. This year, events will regularly include our local classes: Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers. Also appearing will be a variety of touring classes including the Late Models, Legends, B.C.R.A. Midgets and Vintage Midgets, and the sleek Thunder Roadsters.

Fans will be able to follow their favorite racers back-and-forth over the hill, joining together with fans and families from both racing communities, to see them compete at two vastly different tracks.

by Curtis Clauson

Foster Clinches Championship With Lakeport Classic Win

October 29th, 2008

Yes, that Modified is flying.Lakeport CA, – Last weekend, the Lakeport Speedway hosted the 19th annual KXBX October Classic featuring 104 race cars in seven classes. Time trials were held Friday and Saturday, trophy dashes and heat races Saturday, and the main events Sunday.

Engine failures and oil leaks plagued the track Friday. Drivers were strategizing whether it was better to qualify late Friday when cooler temperatures made the track faster but all of that grease sweep created slick spots, or early Saturday with a cleaner track but warmer temperatures.

 The racing Saturday and Sunday was exciting enough, but there were also some unexpected thrills. The #5 Bomber of Anthony McCoy wound up sideways in turn two causing the #8 of the 2008 Bomber Champion Roman Rose, with nowhere to go, to T-Bone him. The impact was so severe that McCoy’s helmet was forced off his head (loose chin-strap), cannoned through his window net, and deflected straight up 40 feet into the air. During the Mini-Stock main event, the #16 of Jay Learn got tossed in a turn one tangle and wound up sitting sideways on the driver side door.

The most amazing incident was during a Modified heat race. The #28 of Rick Tommila dodged outside one spinning car in turn four only to be pinched against the frontstretch wall by another. The hit launched his car into the air, over the wall, and into the catch fence. As his car fell back onto the wall, he was hit again in the rear, spinning his car off the wall and back onto the track.

Fortunately, through all of this, modern car and track safety equipment and personnel kept anyone from being hurt. Both Rose and Tommila, along with their crews, families, and friends, did a herculean job repairing their cars and both were back racing Sunday.

B.C.R.A. Midgets

The B.C.R.A. Midget fast time of 11.744s was set by Nick Foster Jr. from San Jose. The 40-lap main event started with a field of 12 cars and was led by Scott Nail and Dan Gundo. David Prickett took the lead from the second row for eight laps until his car stalled out. Nail took over the lead but found himself hounded by Foster for 13 laps. Foster gained the lead in lap 21 and held Nail off to the end. This win clinched the 2008 B.C.R.A. Midget overall Championship for Foster.

Pro-4 Modifieds

The Pro-4 Modified fast time of 12.886s was set by Andy Leuzinger. 13 cars took the green for the 40-lap main event led by Jake Tillman and Jarom Lewis. Tillman took the lead unchallenged for seven laps as the field shuffled behind. In lap eight, Leuzinger started a five lap challenge, but both were passed in lap 12 by Ken Gifford. Tillman fell back, but Leuzinger kept up the pressure. They dueled for the lead for 18 laps until Leuzinger took the lead with four laps to go and kept it to the checkers.

Airport Auto Brokers Late Models

The Late Model fast time of 12.235s was set by Mike Doss from Upper Lake. Jeremy Hopkins and Mike Lovell led the 20 car field to the start of the 50-lap main event. Hopkins ran strong in the lead for 14 laps until he was passed by Lovell. Hopkins pressed him hard for 16 laps, but then started to lose power until he was forced to pit in lap 33 during a yellow. Lovell, from Redwood Valley, kept the lead to claim the win.

Modifieds

Thomas Wright from Kelseyville had almost everything right this weekend, only losing the trophy dash to Steve Taylor. He set the Modified fast time of 12.435s. Corey James and Wright led the 15 car field to the start of the 60-lap main event. From the green, it was only a question of who was chasing Wright. James for five laps, Rick Rose for 27, and Sean Sweeney to the finish.

Mini-Stocks

The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.526s was set by Matt Beardsley from Antelope. The 13 car field was led to the start of the 50-lap main event by Beardsley and Jimmy Silva. Beardsley took the lead followed by Silva, Robert Schmidt, and Dale Bulmer. Bulmer made his way to second in lap 15, and four laps later is when Jay Learn wound up on his side in turn one. Beardsley took off with the lead on the restart, but things went wrong with his car, and he was forced to retire in lap 23. Bulmer now had the lead but was being chased by the pick-em-up truck of Jason Shaha, and Kevin Barba. Bulmer, from Roseville, held them off through a couple more yellows to the finish.

Street Stocks

The Street Stock fast time of 13.401s was set by Jason Poppert from Rio Linda. However, the rest was all Casey Cavender from Roseville. The eight car field was led to the start of the 50 lap main event by Cavender and Ray Mood. Cavender took and kept the lead with no intention of letting it go, but Poppert had other ideas. He caught up to, pressed, and finally gained the lead from Cavender in lap 24. Cavender rallied, dueled, and finally reclaimed the lead in lap 31, keeping it to the finish.

Bombers

It was almost all Dylan Rose from Lakeport all weekend, only losing the trophy dash to George Abella. He set the Bomber fast time of 14.084s. D. Rose and Eric Bocksberger led the 19 car pack to the 50 lap main event green flag. It was torturous yellow for the infield crew as nine flags had to be thrown for cars that blew, leaked, crashed, and threw infield dirt and rocks onto the track, all of which had to be cleaned up. Through it all, Dylan Rose led, and 2008 Bomber Champion Roman Rose chased but never caught.

Curtis Clauson
707-998-1336
press@LakeportSpeedway.com

Lakeport Speedway
P.O. Box 1411
Lakeport, CA 95453
707-279-9577

The Bomber Bash Comes Up Roses

September 26th, 2008
Lakeport CA, 2008-09-20 **--* The Lakeport Speedway hosted the Marlene
Baker Memorial Bomber Bash #13 last Saturday night. The event featured
the Pro-4 Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Bombers, and a special invitational
for Super Modifieds. The main events were extended to 50 laps, and the
night ended with the grand finale "Fiberglass 500" Boat Race.

Ken Gifford set a new Lakeport Speedway Pro-4 Modified track record of
12.848s. The rest of the night was all Joe Sloan who won the trophy
dash, his heat race, and the main event.

A Super Modified is a normal Modified with slick tires and as many as
two giant wings mounted on top of the car. The tires provide better
traction, and the wings deliver a tremendous amount of downforce holding
the car to the track. This combination turns the normally fast Modifieds
into nimble rockets. The fast time of 12.288s was set by Gary Lowblad
from Upper Lake. Mike Sullivan both won the trophy dash, and the main
event after a 15-lap duel for the lead.

The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.754s was set by Dale Bulmer of Roseville.
He also won the trophy dash, and held the lead for the last 20 laps
despite being hard-pressed to win the main event.

No time trials were held for the Bombers as their starting positions
were determined by a random draw. Nothing could stop the 2008 Bomber
Champion Roman Rose from Lakeport as he quickly gained the lead and held
it against Dylan Rose and Mike Doss to win the Bomber Bash main event.

    The "Fiberglass 500" Boat Race

The grand finale "Fiberglass 500" Boat Race started with a field of 23
cars dragging boats. It was a faster track than usual, and they got
tangled up in turn one almost immediately. Michael Bishop in the "Six
Pack Jack" was impressive with both speed and power to nimbly whip his
bright purple boat when and where he wanted.

The armada was so tempest tossed that it was a challenge to find the
time to hunt down boats. Kyle Medina and Chelsea Moses got wound around
each other so tight that each was buried under the boat of the other.
John Moore found himself run aground upside the turn one wall, Jeremy
Prince started throwing gouts of smoke on the frontstretch, and Don Reid
got caught in a maelstrom between three other cars in turn two.

Like a stealth shark in a tuna run, Scott Sabol wove his black wagon
through almost all of the debris, but once found himself fetched up with
a boat cable wrapped around his right rear wheel. He made up for it
though when he gave Bishop's boat a broadside to the wall, spinning
Bishop into the frontstretch. Sabol paid for it though. When he cleared
Bishop's boat, he found himself run headlong into two other stalled
boats, spinning all three into the infield.

Everywhere you looked, it seemed there was the huge bright orange boat
of Gino Buchignani acting like a disaster buoy marking where he had spun
yet another victim. Bob Strauss was a favorite with his boat "Jaws"
sporting a Super-Modified giant wing. He lost his right-rear tire and
shot a St. Elmo's Fire fan of sparks as his rim ground against the asphalt.

However, Bishop was to lay claim to the most impressive kill. Tim
LaPoint had wound up turned sideways on the frontstretch during one of
the track-clearing red flags. When the green fell, he was too slow to
move. Bishop, with a full head of steam from turn three, rocked the
crowed by blowing straight through the side of LaPoint's boat in a
resounding explosion of fiberglass.

As always, after the checkered flag was thrown, all the cars with
surviving boats docked in front of the main grandstand and the crowd of
fans voted on the winners as loudly and riotously as they could.

By Curtis Clauson

George Abella Wins, Closes Within Two Points Of Championship Leader Roman Rose

August 15th, 2008

Fans and racers alike got to participate in a “who’s really got the horsepower” Burn-Out contest. Cars were stopped against a rail to hold them in place, and the drivers had 60 seconds to translate raw power into the biggest exhibition of noise, exhaust flame, and towering columns of smoke.

As always, it was the cheering and hollering of the fans that decided the outcome. “Cadillac” Pat Sperling from Lakeport, in that monster speedway Cadillac, came back from defeat to win for a second time this season. Andy “The Grinch” Norton from Lakeport came in second with his #69 Boat Racer, and Robert Taylor from Lakeport was third with a Trans-Am.

The Modified fast time of 12.507s was set by Bob “Mighty Mouse” Strauss from Lucerne. A mid-race yellow allowed David Furia from Kelseyville to close back up, take the lead from Rick Tommila, and carry it all the way to the finish of the main event.

The Mini-Stocks fast time of 13.990s was set by Robert Schmidt from Lucerne. The main event was led for the first half by Jay Strugnell, and then by Robert Schmidt. A late-race yellow allowed Don Presler to close back up and race Schmidt for the lead. When Schmidt spun-out on the backstretch in lap 27, Presler from Nice claimed the checkers.

The Street Stock fast time of 13.376s was set by Andy Vander Veer from Santa Rosa. Vander Veer had a solid lead in the main event, until Mike Bray blew a tire and collected him on the backstretch in lap 15. He was never quite able to catch back up to the eventual winner, Mike Rose from Lakeport.

The Bomber fast time of 14.452s was set by Terry Pittman. Richie Schwarm Jr. held the lead in the main event for the first half doggedly pursued by Roman Rose and George Abella. Rose was outside Schwarm in lap 17 when they split three-wide around the lapped car of Brad Laird on the backstretch. This put both in bad position and speed for turn three, and both broke loose and spun creating a big pile-up. This left Abella from Lakeport in the lead to fend off the pursuit of Jon Waner and Jimmy Sorrels, to claim victory.

As a result, George Abella now lags Roman Rose by only two points coming into the final points race, and Waner leads Dylan Rose for third by only one point.

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway Saturday night, August 23, with the final points race of the season. This will decide the championship ranks and awards for the Airport Auto Brokers Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers. Each class has positions that are too close to call, especially the Bombers.

The Nostalgic Race Car Group will be back with an exhibition of real hstorical race cars from the mid and later 20^th century kept in racin trim. Fans can get a close look at these cars behind the grandstands, and then watch them race in several exhibition races throughout the night.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Robert Byers Claims His First Bomber Main This Season

August 10th, 2008

The Late Model fast time of 12.258s was set by Rick Rose from Lakeport. Making that slow but steady climb from the back yet again, Noel McCormack Jr. won the main event.

The Modified fast time of 12.501s was set by Mark Marek from Lakeport.
In a seven lap nail-biter, Marek barely edged out Chuck Pruett in the last lap to win the main event.

The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.725s was set by Dale Balmer from Roseville. However, it wasn’t his night as he had to be taken to be checked out after a dramatic late race collision that took out four cars, two of them the leaders. After a second collision that spun out two more leaders, Mark Hatfield found himself in front with someone waving a checkered flag in his face and telling him he just won the main event.

The Bomber fast time of 14.435s was set by Dylan Rose from Lakeport. Weaving through spins and crashes, and holding his own on the outside against two different past winners, Robert Byers from Redwood Valley (substituting for George Abella) held on to win the main event.

Airport Auto Brokers Late Models

The 17 car Late Model field was led to the start of the 50 lap main event by Mike Bourbon and Jimmy Stillman. Stillman nosed into the outside lead as Forrest Kuecker followed closely in third. These three out-paced Steve Taylor inside Jarrod Beddow, and the rest of the pack behind them.

At the back, Eric Williamson was running alone since Chris Straka had faded back to the outside of Allen Gibney, pushing Miles Anderson behind him. In the second lap, Williamson broke loose in turn one sending him into the wall. He bounced back out down the track sideways just as Straka and Gibney caught up.

Gibney dodged to the inside, but Straka pegged Williamson in the left-rear. Behind him, Anderson cut to the inside, but Williamson was still traveling downhill and Anderson ran straight into his left-front. Mike Swaney, who was running behind Straka and Anderson, could not see the wreck and, when the cars in front swerved, found himself running into the rear of Straka. Williamson and Straka had to retire during the yellow. Anderson eventually rejoined the race.

Stillman and Bourbon led the single-file restart. Kuecker got inside Bourbon and took second in lap four. Steve Taylor set his sights on Bourbon and third place while Charlie Collins, Bill Binns, Noel McCormack Jr., and Rick Rose freight-trained Sean Caturegli, Kevin Ostern, Eric Graham, and Jarrod Beddow to the back.

Taylor got inside Bourbon to take third in lap nine, and now Bourbon took that long outside ride to the back. Collins did the same to Taylor in lap 11, but Taylor managed to drop back inside behind Rose in seventh place. While this jockeying was going on, Stillman and Kuecker had out-paced the field, but when they tried to lap Swaney in lap 18, it slowed them down so much that the pack caught back up.

In lap 20, Rose had just taken the inside groove from McCormack to challenge for fifth, when Taylor dove into the turn one infield to bring out another caution.

Stillman and Kuecker led them to the green and McCormack immediately took to the outside of fourth place Binns behind Collins. McCormack finished his pass in lap 24, and Rose followed him into fifth in lap 26 when they lapped Anderson which pushed Binns back.

McCormack and Rose were now free to run on the outside. McCormack leap-frogged Collins in lap 29 and started to chase down second place Kuecker. As McCormack tried the outside of Kuecker in lap 37, Rose got to the outside of Collins and again used the lapped car of Anderson to push Collins back and take fourth.

Meanwhile, Kuecker was having none of this outside pass business. He dug in and again pulled ahead of McCormack. McCormack waited until Kuecker moved a little too high and shouldered his way to the inside, taking second in lap 40. Kuecker tried to rally back, but Rose pinned him low as he tried to follow, and McCormack was free to stalk Stillman.

Two lap later, McCormack caught up to the rear of Stillman. In another two laps, Rose stole the inside groove from Kuecker and pulled into second, and McCormack swung to the outside of Stillman. At lap 46, Stillman was in the lead by less than his bumper. McCormack pulled out by half his car length on the backstretch, and Stillman drove into turn three for all he could trying to pull back ahead. However, in turn four, he broke loose and spun into the infield for the last caution.

McCormack and Rose restarted the field and held their positions to the checkers. McCormack finished first, followed by Rose, Kuecker, Collins,
and Binns. Swaney won the B dash, and Binns the trophy dash.

Modifieds

Sean Sweeney and Rick Rose led the 11 car Modified field to the start of their main event. Both stayed side-by-side for nine laps while Rick Tommila faded back on the outside pushing Bob Strauss, Mike Smithhart, and Ron Connor back with him.

In lap ten, Rose pulled out into a half-car lead as Danny Bishop swung to the outside of Chuck Pruett to challenge for fourth behind Mike Sullivan. Sweeney rallied back on the inside and again pulled up even with Rose. Bishop continued forward to the outside of Sullivan and David Furia followed to the outside of Pruett. Mark Marek settled inside of Smithhart in seventh and eighth, and Connor inside of Strauss behind them.

By lap 21, all five pairs were dead even around the track. One lap later, Smithhart broke loose in turn four and spun into the wall facing backward. Strauss had nowhere to go and wound up nose-to-nose with Smithhart for the first caution.

After one false start, Sweeney and Rose brought the field to the restart, but as they accelerate out of turn four, Sweeney and Rose make contact causing Sweeney to wobble and slow back into Sullivan. This causes Sullivan to push (lose front tire grip) in turn one and sends him to the outside so hard into Bishop that both of Bishop’s front tires lift off the track.

Bishop and Sullivan head straight for the turn one wall but, at the last instant, Sullivan catches some grip and pulls out. Bishop hits the wall hard. The reaction causes Strauss to spin through turn one, and Smithhart also fetches into the wall. Sweeney, Rose, Bishop, and Smithhart all had to retire during the caution.

Sullivan and Pruett are left to lead the restart ahead of Furia inside fast-time Marek. Pruett takes the outside lead as Marek makes the outside pass on Sullivan for second, and Furia follows for third. However, all eyes are on the front because Pruett is holding his own against the points leader Marek.

Marek doesn’t get to the outside of Pruert until lap 27, and then can not complete the pass. For two laps, Pruett pushes his nose back out front down the frontstretch. When the white flag dropped, they were dead even around the track and into turn four. Marek dug for all he was worth and crossed the line less than half his car ahead of Pruett. Furia crossed third, Sullivan fourth, and Connor fifth. Bishop won the trophy dash and his heat race, and Sweeney the other heat race.

Mini-Stocks

Jason Pratt and Micheal Adkins held the pole row for the start of the Mini-Stock main event. Adkins took the outside lead as Pratt fell back pushing the inside line of Jessica Aceves, David Coyne, Robert Schmidt, and Stevey Coyne behind him.

The outside line of Jay Strugnell, Marcus Hatfield, Dale Balmer, and Don Presler quickly freight-trained Adkins on back. Robert Schmidt, who had reeled out from being pushed back to just behind Presler, swung to the inside after passing Adkins and passed Presler for fourth.

Hatfield swung to the outside of Strugnell to challenge for the lead, but Balmer moved up to his inside and he faded back to the outside of Schmidt. In lap six, Balmer moved to the outside in turn one to challenge Strugnell, and Schmidt moved ahead behind Strugnell. Hatfield tried to move up as well on the outside behind Balmer, but broke loose and spun in turn two collecting Presler for a caution.

Strugnell and Balmer led the restart and Balmer took off on the outside. Schmidt swung outside behind Balmer and took second in lap seven. Balmer and Schmidt out-paced the field as Presler, now in the back, took to the outside and started the long climb up.

By lap 14, Presler had passed Aceves for fourth just behind Strugnell. Aceves was lapping D. Coyne on the inside in turn three when they touched left-rear to right-front, and Aceves spun through turn four stopping sideways blocking the track — just as the two leaders came hurtling through the turn.

Both Balmer and Schmidt T-boned Aceves on the driver side with brutal force. Parts and sheet metal were flying everywhere as Schmidt was stopped short and sideways in turn four, and Aceves and Pressler spun into the infield. Aceves stopped hard when the rear of her car hit the infield tires, and Balmer coasted around the tires to stop nose first into the other side.

Schmidt and Aceves were rattled but ok. Balmer was very shook up and had to be cut out of his car by the track emergency crew, and taken to be checked out. Schmidt and Aceves retired to the pits.

Strugnell and Hatfield led the restart, and Strugnell took the inside lead followed by Presler as Hatfield settled into third. Strugnell and Presler stretched their lead as Presler looked for any opening for the lead.

In lap 17, Presler was outside Strugnell on the backstretch when they had to lap Kasandra Norton who was low in turn three. They were three-wide when Strugnell and Presler got tangled. Strugnell’s car literally climbed up and across the left-front of Presler, locking them together as they slid toward the turn four wall. Presler managed to get loose and around the turn to cross the finish line as a yellow-checker was thrown for time.

Because of the crash that caused the last yellow, Hatfield found himself the winner, followed by D. Coyne, Presler, Strugnell, and Balmer. Presler won the trophy dash, and Aceves and Schmidt the heat races.

Bombers

The 11 car Bomber pack was led to the main event start by Brad Laird and Billy Stillman. Just after the start line, Jon Waner, starting just behind Laird on the inside, darts out inside the slower Laird three-wide and into the lead in front of Stillman. And it gets wilder from here.

The two leaders take off as Laird pushes the inside line of Andy Norton, Richie Schwarm Jr., Jimmy Sorrels, and Dylan Rose on back. Bob Mook is in third followed by Richard Bray, and Robert Byers (substituting for George Abella who lost an oil fitting after the trophy dash). Schwarm managed to dart out from behind Norton to follow Byers. In lap two, Norton spun out into the turn four infield for the first caution.

Waner and Stillman led the restart and took off side-by-side. Bray fell back on the outside pushing Schwarm back with him. In lap five, Waner got his nose out in front of Stillman on the backstretch and completed the pass in turn four, but they were both rubbing and banging down the frontstretch.

In turn one, Stillman gets loose and fishtails through turn two, sliding
sideways down the backstretch into turn three for another caution. Stillman had to retire, and Waner had to visit the pits to change a tire.

Mook and Byers led the restart and Byers nosed out into the outside lead, completing the pass in lap nine followed by Roman Rose. In lap 11, R. Rose managed to slip to the inside of Byers and was even with him on the backstretch but, in turn four, Schwarm was outside of D. Rose when they tangled turning Schwarm sideways and into D. Rose. This shot D. Rose to the inside and hard into Bray. D. Rose was bounced back to the outside forcing Schwarm to dodge low, and Norton behind him had nowhere to go but nose into D. Rose. D. Rose had to retire during the caution.

Byers and R. Rose brought them to the restart, after one false start, and they ran side-by-side. Behind them, the field strung out with Mook in third, followed by Norton, Schwarm, Waner, and Laird. In lap 14, R. Rose had finally nosed out into the lead when Waner and Schwarm tangled on the backstretch for another caution.

R. Rose and Byers started them up again, and R. Rose pulled out front. In lap 16, R. Rose suddenly fell back in turn two even with Byers, then behind him on the backstretch, and even further back around the turns. He had a rear-right tire going flat causing his under-carriage to drag sparks through the frontstretch. Finally, a yellow had to be thrown and R. Rose retired.

Byers and Waner started them for the last time. Byers took the inside lead and Schwarm moved up inside Waner. Waner spent the next seven laps desperately trying to find some grip out there, but could not advance. In lap 27, Mook spun into the turn four infield, and the yellow-checker was thrown for time. Byers finished first, followed by Schwarm, Waner, Norton, and Mook. Bray won the trophy dash, and Stillman his heat race.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night, August 9th, featuring a Burn-Out contest for racers and fans alike. Just sign up at the pit gate. Also, our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Fast-time Roman Rose Wins A Brutal Bomber Main

August 3rd, 2008

The Modified fast-time of 12.564s was set by Mark Marek from Lakeport. Marek barely avoided a last-lap tangle that took out the two leaders to win the main event.

The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.700s was set by Dale Balmer from Roseville. With only five laps left, Don Presler from Nice took and held the lead to win the Mini-Stock main event.

The Street Stock fast time of 13.720s was set by Mike Rose from Lakeport. Two cars wound up in two different walls when the checkered flag fell on the heat race: Chris Salmina with a broken steering column, and Wade Coleman with a broken axle. This left only three cars to run the 20 lap main event that was won by Mike Rose.

The Bomber fast time of 14.409s was set by Roman Rose from Lakeport. Massive collisions, damage, and fire couldn’t stop Rose from being in the right place at the right time to win the green-white-checker shootout finish of the main event.

Modifieds
The Modified 12 car field was led to the start of the main event by Mike
Sullivan and Charles Pruett. Pruett took the outside lead, but Sullivan rallied and took it back one lap later. Danny Bishop swung inside Pruett to challenge for second, followed by Mike Smithhart. Bob Strauss was inside David Furia fighting for fifth, followed by Mark Marek and Noel McCormack Jr.

In lap five, Pruett broke loose in turn two and lost position all the way back outside Strauss. Smithhart swung outside Bishop for second as Strauss, Marek, and McCormack reeled by inside Pruett with Furia trapped behind.

In lap 10, Smithhart continued outside Sullivan for the lead, and Bishop followed one lap later into second. Marek and McCormack passed Strauss on the outside for fourth and fifth, and set their sights on Sullivan.

As Smithhart and Bishop out-paced the pack, Marek took third from Sullivan on the outside in lap 16 and McCormack tried to follow. In lap 18, Sullivan broke loose in turn three trying to keep fourth, and spun out into the infield for the first caution.

Smithhart and Bishop led them to the restart and Smithhart took the inside lead. Marek followed inside Bishop into second as Furia got fourth inside McCormack, and Kevin Ostern got sixth inside Pruett. In lap 22, Sullivan spun in turn three and smacked hard sideways into the infield giant tires. He was transported by the track emergency crew to get checked out.

Smithhart and Bishop led the restart again and Bishop took the outside lead, but Smithhart took it back in the next lap. Marek moved up inside Bishop to challenge for second, followed by McCormack and Furia. Bishop settled into the outside groove and moved back up outside Smithhart. For four laps, Smithhart and Bishop see-sawed for the lead as McCormack got inside Marek to fight for third, and Furia followed looking for an opening.

When the white flag fell, Bishop had a fender lead outside Smithhart. In turn two, Smithhart pushed (his front tires lost grip) and slid up into the left-rear of Bishop. They slid through the backstretch with Bishop sideways on the nose of Smithhart, slowing back into McCormack who threw a rooster-tail of sparks trying to slow down.

Marek barely managed to dart through on the outside when they got to turn three and, locked together, Bishop and Smithhart spun to a stop on the inside groove. McCormack made it by them just before Furia and Pruett came through.

Ostern was fighting for seventh outside Strauss when the were faced with only one unblocked groove. Ostern hit the wall and stopped as Strauss somehow scraped through. Shelby Helm managed to come to a stop just behind Ostern.

Since the yellow fell on the white-flag lap, the race was over. Marek found himself the winner, followed by McCormack, Furia, Pruett, and Strauss. Strauss won the trophy dash, and Rick Tommila and Bishop the heat races.

Mini-Stocks
“Fast-Freddy” Schmidt and Jessica Aceves led the 13 car Mini-Stock pack to the start of their main event. Andy Norton blew up after qualifying seventh and did not make it. Aceves took the outside lead as F. Schmidt pushed the inside line back.

Davey Coyne took the outside lead past J. Aceves when she moved inside. David Aceves managed to jump to the outside from behind F. Schmidt and followed D. Coyne into second. Robert Schmidt and Alex Andrews passed outside J. Aceves for third and fourth.

In turn one of lap three, Marcus Hatfield was following outside J. Aceves, in front of Dale Balmer inside of Don Presler, when they made contact causing J. Aceves to slow suddenly. Balmer and Presler had to quickly split three-wide around Aceves through turn three, but everyone recovered.

By lap four, the field was already lapping cars. D. Coyne suddenly slowed and started throwing a trail of sparks behind his car as his muffler came loose and was dragging. D. Aceves took the lead as R. Schmidt, Andrews, Hatfield, Presler, and Balmer rolled on by D. Coyne.

R. Schmidt took the lead from D. Aceves on the outside, and Andrews, Hatfield, and Presler quickly followed suit. Passes had to be quick and sure because of the lapped traffic. In lap 11, second place Andrews suffered a close call when he was about to lap Stevey Coyne. Ahead of him, R. Schmidt had just lapped Kasandra Norton when S. Coyne broke loose and drifted high. Andrews dove to the inside only to find Norton now there. He barely made it three-wide safely between them. You could hear the entire grandstands let out a collective sigh of relief.

By lap 17, Andrews had caught up to R. Schmidt as Presler gained the inside groove on Hatfield. He and Balmer passed Hatfield for third and fourth.

In lap 20, R. Schmidt and Andrews had just lapped D. Aceves in turn two. Ahead of them, F. Schmidt, just ahead of the Volkswagen Beetle of Jason Pratt, swung outside of Norton as the leaders came rocketing up. F. Schmidt darted by Norton to the inside as the leaders hit the brakes. R. Schmidt and Andrews barely made it by F. Schmidt and Norton, but Presler found himself outside D. Aceves as the came up on Pratt. Only the fact that they were at the widening of the track at the start of the backstretch saved them from a three-wide disaster. Yet again, the sure-foot Mini-Stocks had come through unscathed, and the crowd was ecstatic.

It wasn’t to last. One lap later, Balmer and Hatfield were jockeying by more lapped traffic when they made contact on the backstretch, spinning Hatfield into the infield. Balmer retired to the pits during the yellow.

R. Schmidt and Andrews led the restart and R. Schmidt took the inside lead. Presler followed R. Schmidt into second, as Andrews settled into third, and D. Coyne and Hatfield wove through lapped traffic into fourth and fifth.

The top five ran single-file for three laps when, in turn three of lap 25, R. Schmidt suddenly slowed and Pressler darted into the lead. Schmidt immediately regained the pace in second just ahead of Andrews.

In turn three of the last lap, R. Schmidt again suddenly lost power and was passed by Andrews and D. Coyne. He finally spun out in turn four as the checkers were thrown for Presler. Andrews took second, followed by D. Coyne, Hatfield, and R. Schmidt. Andrews won the trophy dash, and D. Aceves and Hatfield the heat races.

Bombers
Keven Ostern (doing double-duty in a Modified and a Bomber) and Andy Norton led the 13 car Bomber main event field to the green flag, and not much further. As they accelerated in turn four, Norton spun his rear tires which turned and shot him to the inside into Ostern. They took that green flag with Norton sideways on the nose of Ostern, and everyone packing up behind them as they slid into turn one.

As Bob Mook dodged around them on the outside, they collected Richard Bray and Jon Waner from the inside. Robert Byers tried to fit through inside George Abella, but tagged the rear of Norton as he went by. George Lovrin managed to dodge into the infield, but Roman Rose tore up his right-front on the rear bumper of Dylan Rose. It all happened so fast that, by the time the yellow was thrown, they were almost all stopped. Bray, Lovrin, R. Rose, Byers, and Waner all had to visit the pits, and Norton had to retire.

A strange note to all of this: While Laird elected to start in the back because he lost first gear, Chuck Hackbarth had also done so because he “didn’t want to get in the way of the leaders”. When asked about this,
veterans of the Lakeport Speedway simply nodded their heads and said “Hackbarth always knows”. Scare-ry.

Mook and Abella led the restart ahead of D. Rose inside Gary Collins, Ostern inside Bray, Lovrin inside R. Rose, Byers inside Brad Laird, and Waner inside Hackbarth. Abella took the inside lead followed by Collins past Mook. D. Rose was looking outside Mook as R. Rose passed Bray on the outside for fifth, when Waner retired to the infield. One lap later, Hackbarth blew his engine in turn one for another caution.

After one false start, Abella and Collins brought them to the green and raced side-by-side for two laps followed closely by D. Rose as R. Rose challenged Mook for fourth on the outside. In turn one, Collins wiggled loose and lost position into third.

R. Rose made it by Mook into fourth as the three leaders out-paced the field. For 10 laps, Collins tried to regain position outside D. Rose, but kept wiggling loose and falling back. Lovrin and Byers both made it by Mook for fifth and sixth.

Finally, in lap 22, Collins claimed the inside groove just as Abella lapped Laird. Collins dove three-wide between D. Rose and Laird to keep his position. Two laps later, he completed the pass by D. Rose into second.

In turn three of lap 27, Collins swung to the outside of Abella, but wiggled loose again allowing D. Rose to move up on the inside beside him followed closely by R. Rose. In lap 28, Collins broke loose at the entrance of turn one which swung him about and shot him into D. Rose. Collins recovered, but this caused D. Rose to push through turn two back into Collins.

They banged front-and-rear through the backstretch, almost recovering at the entrance to turn three. However, this left Collins in bad position with too much speed. He snapped loose and spun, barely avoiding the wall, for the last caution. During the yellow, something caught fire underneath Collins’ car. He was stopped in turn two and it was put out by the track fire crew. Collins had to retire to the pits.

This set up a green-white-checker shootout led by Abella and R. Rose. Behind them, Ostern pushed the outside line back causing everyone to scramble for position. R. Rose was a fender behind Abella in the straights, but surged ahead at the turn exits.

In the final turn, Rose dug hard and beat out Abella at the line by less than half a fender. Lovrin finished third, followed by Byers and Mook. Collins won the trophy dash, and Ostern and Abella the heat races.

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night August 2nd
featuring the Airport Auto Broker Late Models and exhibition races of historical race cars by the Nostalgic Race Car Group, along with our own
Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Don Presler Wins The Mini-Stock Main With A Last Lap Pass

July 28th, 2008

The Modified fast-time of 12.542s was set by Rick Rose from Lakeport. Noel McCormack Jr. from Lakeport both won his heat race and held the lead from green to checker to win the main event.

The Mini-Stock fast-time of 13.817s was set by Dale Balmer from Santa Rosa. Don Pressler from Nice both won his heat race and took the lead on the white flag to win the main event.

Andy Vander Veer from Santa Rosa both set Street Stock fast-time of 13.346s, and led the last 10 laps to win his third main event this season.

The Demolition Derby was a roll-cage-match between nine masters of the mixed-metal-arts. The Hard Luck award went to Don Owens from Kelseyville when his entire car got booted over the border logs by Troy Tag where he remained stuck for the rest of the match. The Best Appearing award went to the snazzy blue and red 711 car of Dale Ingram from Lakeport. The Most Aggressive award went to the silver and black turret-mounted tank of Felix Mendoza from Woodland.

The contest boiled down to a one-on-one duel literally around the immobilized third place Dale Ingram. Troy Tag and the bright yellow 3.14 of Ed Jones from Navato dodged and darted around the 711, finally winding up in a nose-to-nose pushing contest. When they broke loose, Jones got his nose caught between the giant tires on the front edge, and Tag sent him flying with one last smash.

The Boat Race started with a full field of 16 cars and boats. After a dizzying display of destruction, only four cars survived to make it out of that Sargasso of fiberglass to the frontstretch. The fans voted with their cheers and hollerin’, and Chris Johnson won first, Mike Bishop second, and Tim LaPoint third.

The last Boat Race of the season will be held the night of the Bomber Bash, September 20th.

Modifieds
Noel McCormack Jr. and Bob Strauss led the 11 car Modified field to the start of the main event. McCormack took the inside lead followed by Mike Smithhart as Strauss settled back into third in front of Chuck Pruett.

The field strung out as Mark Marek started a long and steady climb on the outside from sixth past Sullivan, Pruett, Strauss, and finally Smithhart into second. The race ran without any cautions, and Marek simply ran out of laps before he could catch up to McCormack.

McCormack finished first, followed by Marek, Smithhart, Pruett, and Strauss. Smithhart won the other heat race, and Sullivan the trophy dash.

Mini-Stocks
The Mini-Stock 13 car main event field was led to the start by Jason Pratt and Fred Schmidt. Terry Shannon, David Aceves, and Michael Adkins were unable to make the field due to problems suffered in the heat races.

F. Schmidt fell back on the outside as Stevey Coyne darted inside him to run with Pratt for the lead. Davey Coyne and Robert Schmidt got caught behind F. Schmidt and were pushed almost to the back.

Buddy Silva and Dale Balmer had advanced to the leaders when they lapped Kasandra Norton three-wide to either side. This allowed Silva to take the lead, followed by S. Coyne, D. Coyne, Pratt, and Balmer.

By lap seven, D. Coyne and Balmer had made it past S. Coyne into second and third when the leader Silva was about to lap F. Schmidt on the outside coming out of turn four. D. Coyne tucked behind Silva, but Balmer swung down three-wide inside F. Schmidt to take second.

One lap later, D. Coyne got his nose inside Balmer, retook second, and continued on the inside past Silva in lap 10 for the lead. It didn’t last long. One lap later, D. Coyne went to the outside to follow Jessica Aceves who was outside Pratt, when Silva swung to the inside. As Pratt was lapped, Silva and D. Coyne locked together side-by-side in turn three and the two leaders turned straight into the wall for the first caution.

R. Schmidt and Jay Strugnell (a lap down) restarted the field. Strugnell faded back as Schmidt took off with the lead followed by Alex Andrews, Marcus Hatfield, and Don Presler. In lap 16, Hatfield broke loose in turn one and got turned into the infield. He quickly recovered and rejoined the race at the back of the pack.

Andrews and Presler had chased R. Schmidt down when, in lap 18, Schmidt wiggled loose in turn two allowing Andrews and Presler to dodge three-wide around either side of him for first and second. One lap later, Silva spun into the turn four infield for another caution.

Andrews and Presler led them to the green in front of R. Schmidt and D. Coyne. Andrews surged ahead on the inside and R. Schmidt followed and then swung outside to challenge for the lead. Presler dove inside when R. Schmidt pushed in turn four and settled into fourth behind D. Coyne.

Andrews was hard pressed by both Presler and D. Coyne when, in lap 23, he snapped loose coming out of turn two and spun into the backstretch infield for a caution. During the caution, D. Coyne’s car gave it up and he had to retire to the infield.

Presler and R. Schmidt led the last restart and Schmidt took off like a rocket. Presler gave chase leaving behind Hatfield and J. Aceves. Presler caught back up to and swung to the outside of R. Schmidt on the frontstretch at the start of lap 28.

In turn four, R. Schmidt pushed like he did earlier allowing Presler to take the lead at the white flag. At the finish, it was Presler, R. Schmidt, Hatfield, Andrews, and J. Aceves. Hatfield won the other heat race, Shannon the trophy dash, and J. Aceves the slow dash.

Street Stocks
The nine car Street Stock main event was led to the green by David Jones and Richard Bray. Jones, showing his greatly improved power and handling this season, held the lead as R. Bray wiggled loose in turn four and settled into second. Robert Byers pushed Eric Johnson and Chris Salmina back on the outside as Mike Bray, Mike Rose, and Andy Vander Veer advanced.

In lap five, Rose had passed M. Bray on the outside and was continuing on to challenge R. Bray for second. Vander Veer was following outside M. Bray ahead of Salmina outside of Johnson. Rose snapped loose at the exit of turn three and drifted back outside M. Bray. Vander Veer slowed on the outside while Salmina and Johnson tried to dodge inside. In turn four, Salmina got pin-balled, first into Johnson and then into Vander Veer knocking Vander Veer loose.

Everyone recovered and, on the frontstretch, it was M. Bray in third behind Jones and R. Bray, followed by Rose outside Johnson, and Salmina. Vander Veer recovered in the back. Everyone in the grandstands let out a huge sigh of relief.

Rose moved up outside R. Bray to fight for second, followed closely by Johnson. In lap seven, Rose and R. Bray tangled in turn four and spun for the first caution.

Jones and Johnson led them to the green and they stayed side-by-side. Vander Veer stayed with them, but M. Bray had a slow start and pushed the rest of the pack back. In lap 10, R. Bray had developed problems and a yellow was thrown to allow him to get to the pits before anything spilled onto the track.

Jones and Johnson again led the restart. One lap later, Johnson would lead his first lap by only a bumper, and lost the lead one lap later. Vander Veer kept to the inside of Johnson looking to take second.

Johnson tried to creep back up outside Jones, but Jones kept drifting into that outside lane and had to be shown the pink flag several time. A yellow was thrown the third time and Jones was put to the back. During the yellow, Salmina blew his engine and had to retire.

Vander Veer and Johnson led the single-file restart, but it was immediately called off when a line of oil was spotted on the track. A red flag was thrown to stop the race so the track crew could clean it up. The restart was stopped by another caution when Jones spun in turn two.

Vander Veer and Johnson led the double-file restart and Vander Veer took the outside lead. M. Bray had another slow start and pushed the outside line back leaving Rose and Byers in third and fourth.

Johnson tried all he could to pass Vander Veer on the outside but, in lap 27, he broke loose in turn four and lost ground to just ahead of Rose. At the white flag, fifth place M. Bray wiggled in turn one which sent him across the infield and allowed Jones to pass him.

At the line, it was Vander Veer, followed by Johnson, Rose, Byers, and Jones. Jones won the heat race, and Rose the trophy dash.

Coming Up Saturday July 26
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night July 26 featuring our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers. This will be the last FAN (Fan Appreciation Night) of the season with ticket prices reduced to $5 for Adult/Student/Senior and $3 for children.

This last FAN event of the season will be celebrated with Kids Rides. Bring your family out to ride in an actual race car around the track with your favorite drivers.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Record Turnout And Track Records For The Kelseyville Lumber 20th Annual Deake Lyndall Memorial

July 11th, 2008

Seven classes ran over two days for the most coveted trophy of the year in front of a record turnout crowd. Exhibitions included the Lyndall #3 Street Stock and Super-Modified, a commemorative paint-job on the #67 Modified of David Furia that is a modern interpretation of the historic Lyndall “Purple Thunder”, and two actual NASCAR Cup cars – that world famous black #3 once raced by Dale Earnhardt Sr., and an extremely rare orange #20 car raced by Tony Stewart during his rookie year. These historical cars were provided by their owner Andy Scopazzi.

This 20^th anniversary of this event heralded the start of a new tradition that follows the spirit of Deake Sr. and Jr. in their support of both the racing community and the community at large. The Lyndall family, with the cooperation of the RacinForACure.com NASCAR team, Kelseyville Lumber, and Lakeport Speedway promoter David Furia, hosted the first annual ALSA benefit to raise awareness of, and donations to fight, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

One of the headline features of the night was the return of Lakeport native Derek Thorn. After a career of Karts, Bombers, and Modifieds at the Lakeport Speedway, Thorn now drives the #80 NASCAR Camping World East car with his RacinForACure.com team for the Wisconsin chapter of the ALS Association. They have come to the Lakeport Speedway so that Thorn could race with his childhood heroes, and to participate with Scott Pfeiffer, his General Manager and ALS patient, in the ALSA benefit.

Thorn, Pfeiffer, and his team participated in the live KXBX radio broadcast from the Speedway, met the fans and signed autographs, and hosted PALS (Patients with ALS) who enjoyed the day as guests of the Lakeport Speedway thanks to our local Bay Area and Sacramento chapters of the ALS Association.
An additional surprise astonished racers and fans alike Saturday when
Scopazzi allowed his historical NASCAR Cup cars to participate in a dash
with Derek Thorn. Both Cup cars are in perfect condition and still in racing trim. Sterwart’s #20 car started on the pole followed closely by Earnhardt’s #3 and Thorn. Despite warnings about the #3 behind the #20 (they have a history), the race was clean and fast. There is, however, no substitute for home track experience as Thorn took advantage of the NASCAR habit of holding that apron line and used instead the newly refurbished bite of the outside groove to first pass the #3, and then the #20 in the last lap to claim the trophy. Does Stewart know about this possible precursor of things to come?

Time trials and heat races were held on Friday, with additional main events for the Thunder Roadsters and the Legends Car Series, and main events were held Saturday.

The Thunder Roadster track record fast time of 13.010s was set by Doug Pulver. In both the Friday and Saturday main events, Dave Henderson quickly made his way to the front and avoided mid-pack problems to win both races.

The Legends Car Series track record Friday fast time of 13.611s was set by Robby Czub, who also went on to win the Friday main event. Czub set the Saturday fast time of 13.682 as well, but it was Frankie Winchel who
gained the lead in lap 23, after the leader got tangled with a lapped car, and held on to win the main event.

The Bandoleros are a kit-class, like the Legends, but meant for training racers as young as eight years old. When the Legends come to play, so do their kids in the Bando’s. Brandon Osborn set the track record fast time of 14.009s, won the heat race, and became the first Bandoleros racer to win a Deake Lyndall Memorial main event trophy.

The Late Model class boasted both a full main event field of cars and the challenge of NASCAR driver Derek Thorn. Sure enough, with the help of his RacinForACure.com team, he set the Late Model fast time of 12.244s and won the heat race. However, power and speed do not necessarily win after 50 laps on the Lakeport Speedway track known as “The Equalizer” for its short straights and long curves that emphasizes handling over power.

Starting in seventh just ahead of Thorn, Mike Lovell from Upper Lake stayed with him as they climbed the ranks. However, when they came to pass the leader Bill Binns in lap 25, wily Lovell claimed a better position and snaked by both into first. Thorn tried every line he could for the remaining 25 laps, but was unable to overtake Lovell.

The Modified fast time of 12.451s was set by David Furia in that beautiful modern interpretation of the Lyndall “Purple Thunder” paint job, but fast paint can only do so much. Thomas Wright worked his way up to pass Danny Bishop for the lead in lap 24, and barely avoided a lap 47 tangle that took out the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh place cars. Three laps later, Wright held off Mike Smithhart to claim the checkers.

The Street Stock fast time of 13.355s was set by Andy Vander Veer from Santa Rosa. The main event ended with a 15-lap duel between Scott Sabol from Lakeport and Kyle Medina. With only four laps to go, Sabol pulled out ahead for the win.

Racing double-duty in both Street Stocks and Bombers, Scott Sabol from Lakeport, driving the #07 for George Abella, set the Bomber fast time of
14.520s. The main event threw off almost as many sparks as the Friday Library Park fireworks show. Early on, half the field, including Gary Collins from Nice driving as the #26 for Jon Waner, was involved in a huge tangle. However, Bombers are tough cars and racers and almost all returned to continue.

George Lovrin held the lead for half the 30-lap race when Collins and Sabol caught him. Collins took the lead in lap 26, but Sabol could not manage the pass into second until the white flag, leaving the checkers and the trophy to Collins.

Coming Up Saturday July 19

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway in two weeks, Saturday night July 19, for “The Night of Maritime Demolition”. Racing will feature our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers. However, for the first time ever, the night will be capped by not just one, but two special events.

First, drivers of destruction will again descend on Lakeport to face off in the second Demolition Derby. Ram-shackle wrecks (and we mean “ram”) beat and batter each other until there is only one. It’s the only time you’ll see the words “fun” and “multi-car collision” used in the same sentence.

Then it is time yet again to hoist the yards, batten the hatches, and sail the fury of Lakeport asphalt. The third “Fiberglass 500″ Boat Race will hunt the “Most Dangerous Catch”, each other. Cars drag boats around a water-cannon soaked track trying to crush the boats of others while preserving their own. It’s “Maritime Mayhem on the High Asphalt”, the Lakeport family-favorite event, and not to be missed.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Gary Lowblad Claims The Kulture Shock Main Event Prize

June 27th, 2008

It continued behind the grandstands with live music, and on the track with exhibition races by the B.C.R.A. Vintage Midgets and the Nostalgic Race Car Group, and by sponsoring the Modified main event with an $800 to-win
purse. The night was capped with the first of two Demolition Derbies this season.

The Late Model fast time of 12.081s was set by Mike Lovell from Upper Lake. He also won the trophy dash. Surviving eight cautions during the 50-lap main event, Noel McCormack Jr. from Lakeport pulled ahead in lap 44 to claim the win.

The Modified fast time of 12.526s was set by Mike Smithhart from Fair Oaks, his first fast time this season after weeks of constant improvement. Gary Lowblad from Upper Lake barely avoided a huge mid-race tangle to win the main event and claim the Kulture Shock $800 purse.

The Bomber track record fast time of 14.388s was set by Roman Rose from Lakeport. Dylan Rose from Lakeport pulled out of a late-race side-by-side duel to win the main event.

The night of the Kulture Shock Car Show and Race was capped with the first Demolition Derby of the season. Ten regular demolishers came to Lakeport with their best wrecks to let off each other’s steam until there was only one left rolling.

The event was held in the infield contained by giant tires and logs. The competitors were lined up in a “Virginia Reel” start — two lines of five cars nose-to-nose. When the green flag fell, some backed off to find a target, and some paused where they were and then gunned it after those that backed off.

Those that thought Demolition Derby was just mindless car-bashing got schooled. These are veteran competitors and it soon became obvious that there was a complex game of tactics being played. To hit a car with sufficient force, you need to find an open lane to get up some speed, and it is best to hit a car backed by a border tire or another car. The best is when you can time your hit with another, crushing the target between the two cars.

You also have to protect your own car. Hitting with the nose can smash your radiator, but hitting with the rear can break your axle. It is best to try to use the front or rear fenders like a boxer’s left or right-cross.

Sometimes they hit a car to damage, and sometime to clear a lane so they can maneuver to hit others. As the derby progressed, many cars were immobilized with blown radiators, tires, and one lost his driveshaft. One car drove too close to the log barrier and got stuck on top. In a aloud of burning tire smoke, he had almost freed himself when another car whacked him back up onto the log where he was stranded.

Then there were only four left: Lewie Bambauer, Dan Fossa, B.J. Martin, and Wes Smock. Fossa came to a stop blocking one lane used by the others. All three relentlessly beat his car out of the way so they could focus on each other. When they had traded a couple of blows, Fossa surged back from the dead to peg Martin and Smock.

Now only Bambauer and Fossa were moving. Each darted back-and-forth in two different lanes that did not cross. Fossa decided to sucker Bambauer, waiting until Bambauer rolled back to the other end to duck around behind the cars between the lanes. He intended to surge forward and ram Bambauer head-on before Bambauer got up much steam. However, Bambauer is a wiley veteran and saw what Fossa was up to. He stopped short and waited until he saw Fossa’s nose come around the car, then rocketed forward to impale his right-front fender into Fossa’s radiator. A classic “Shark Attack”.

Bambauer circled the arena, delivering shots to any cars that tried to move, and gave Fossa one more solid shot to keep him from yet again coming back from the dead. As the last wreck rolling, Bambauer was declared the champion.

The next Demolition Derby will be on July 19^th along with a Boat Race.

Late Models
Forrest Kuecker and Allen Gibney led the 16 car Late Model field to the 50-lap main event green flag. They traded the lead a few time for the first five laps until Kuecker fell in behind Gibney for second. Kevin Ostern had fallen back from behind Kuecker pushing the outside line behind him. On the inside, Bill Binns swung outside Kuecker and took second in lap six.

Kuecker seemed to have trouble with his car and was quickly shuffled back by Jimmy Stillman, Sean Caturegli, and Jeremy Hopkins. In lap 12, Binns finished his charge into the lead past Gibney. One lap later, Mike Swaney and Mike Bourbon tangled and spun in turn four for the first of many cautions. Charlie Collins made a pit stop and restarted at the back of the pack.

Binns and Gibney led the single-file restart. Stillman swung outside to challenge Gibney for second, Mike Lovell swung outside Kuecker to challenge for sixth, and Noel McCormack Jr. moved up inside him.

In lap 15, Swaney and Bourbon tangled and spun again in turn three at the back of the pack collecting Collins. This time they got stuck blocking the track as the leaders came up the backstretch. With yellow and red lights flashing, the lead pack accordioned as they tried to stop in time. Swaney and Bourbon got out of the way just in time, but several cars suffered damage. Collins, Eric Williamson, and Mike Lovell retired to the pits, Lovell with his hood back over his windshield.

Binns and Stillman got them started and outpaced the field. Caturegli swung outside of Gibney for third followed by Hopkins, McCormack, and Ostern, as Kuecker continued to fall back. In lap 23, Ostern had just taken fifth from McCormack when Hopkins blew a cloud of smoke on the frontstretch and retired to the pits during the caution.

Binns and Stillman led them to the green again. Caturegli drifted wide allowing Ostern and McCormack to take third and fourth. Ostern looked to
the inside of Stillman and, when Stillman held the inside, Ostern swung outside and took second. One lap later, Barent Ackerston spun on the
backstretch to the turn one infield to bring out the yellow flag.

Binns and Ostern now led the pack, but Ostern claimed the inside of Binns as McCormack swung outside Stillman. In two laps, Ostern had the lead and McCormack took third. Jarrod Beddow had made his way back up behind fifth place Caturegli when they touched and spun in turn one. Both had to visit the pits during the caution.

Ostern and Binns led the restart. McCormack swung outside Binns for second and Stillman tried to follow. Kuecker and Gibney fought side-by-side for fifth followed by Dan Knight. In lap 38, Ackerston and Beddow touched and spun in turn three at the back of the pack for a caution. Another was thrown four laps later when Kuecker spun on the backstretch.

When Ostern and McCormack restarted the field, McCormack got to the inside of Ostern in turn three and sailed into the lead on the frontstretch. Two laps later, Kuecker and Swaney bumped and spun in turn two for the last caution (that’s eight in 45 laps).

McCormack and Ostern surged ahead at the start. Caturegli swung outside fifth place Gibney but lost traction, drifted wide, and slowed in turn one. Beddow and Knight, side-by-side, passed inside Caturegli on the inside, but there wasn’t enough room coming into the backstretch and Beddow and Caturegli collided in a shower of sparks. Both recovered, but Caturegli wound up in eighth. At the checkers, it was McCormack, Ostern, Binns, Stillman, and Gibney.

Modifieds
The 13 car Modified field was led to the start of the 40-lap main event by Bob Strauss and Mike Sullivan. Strauss nosed into the lead and the pack ran tight for eight laps. Then Strauss started to lose his rear grip allowing Sullivan to rally for the lead in two laps.

Strauss continued to slow, pushing the inside line back, and Gary Lowblad, Richie Potts, Rick Rose, Mike Smithhart, and Mark Marek reeled past him. Lowblad swung outside Sullivan for the lead in lap 14, and Potts, Rose, and Marek followed. In lap 22, Sullivan broke loose in turn two right in front of Smithhart. They touched and Sullivan spun to the infield for the first caution.

After one false start, Lowblad and Potts got them started again, but Rick Tomilla spun in turn two bringing out the yellow. In turn two, one lap after the restart, Potts was in second outside Lowblad and in front of Marek, when Potts broke loose and slowed back into Marek. Marek backed off and Potts tried to recover when his rear slewed to the inside just as Rose was passing. The contact sent Rose into the turn three apron and Marek up onto the turn three wall.

Potts came to a stop at the turn three exit, and Smithhart avoided him on the inside, but ran smack into Rose on the turn four apron. Sean Sweeney ran hard into the rear of Potts as the rest of the field slowed and dodged to safety. Marek, Rose, and Smithhart all had to retire to the pits.

This put Lowblad and Bishop in the lead as they took the green. The field quickly settled single-file with Lowblad in the lead followed by Bishop, Sweeney, Noel McCormack Jr. (In the 67 car of David Furia), and Strauss. In lap 28, Tomilla spun out in turn two but recovered.

McCormack tried the inside and then outside of Sweeney to no avail. Sweeney was shown the pink flag several times for blocking. Potts made his way back up on the outside of Chuck Pruett and then Strauss. In the last lap, McCormack made one more challenge on Sweeney but was cut off on the backstretch.

Lowblad finished first and Bishop second. McCormack was placed in third as Sweeney was put back a position to fourth for blocking. Potts finished fifth. Marek won the trophy dash, and Tomilla and Bishop the
heat races.

Bombers
The poll row of the Bomber main event was held by Blake Disomma and Casey Saunders (substituting for Richard Bray). Saunders took the outside lead as Disomma quickly fell back, pushing the inside line behind him. Robert Byers (substituting for Richie Schwarm Jr.), Shawn Kennedy, Bob Mook, and Roman Rose cruised by into second through fifth.

Byers and Mook both swung outside, but were freight-trained back by Kennedy, R. Rose, George Abella, and Dylan Rose. In lap eight, Tomilla broke his left-front wheel on the frontstretch for the first yellow. The restart was called off when Jimmy Sorrels and Andy Norton tangled and spun in turn two.

Saunders and Kennedy led the restart, and the outside line passed outside Saunders. Kennedy took the lead followed by Abella, R. Rose, and D. Rose. By lap 12, R. Rose had nosed inside Abella to fight for second as Gary Collins advanced to the outside of Saunders in fifth.

In the next lap, R. Rose drifted to the outside and into Abella on the frontstretch, taking them both into the turn one wall. Collins and Saunders, still side-by-side, passed to the inside when Abella bounced back down hard into both of them. R. Rose and Abella had to retire to the pits, and Sorrels also retired with damage from the previous caution. Collins and Jon Waner both visited the pits and restarted in the back.

Kennedy and D. Rose started them up again and outpaced the field dead even for five laps. Byers was stranded on the outside and passed by Saunders, Mook, and Waner who dove in front of Collins before getting trapped behind Byers.

In lap 18, D. Rose finally made progress on the outside and finished the pass for the lead in lap 20. Mook passed Saunders on the outside followed by Waner, who then made the same pass on Saunders for third. However, Waner had been leaking a lot of fuel and was shown the technical black flag. A yellow was thrown after the third time to get him off the track and to clean up the spills.

D. Rose and Kennedy led the last restart. D. Rose took the lead as Saunders fell back on the outside. Mook moved into third followed by Byers and Collins. In lap 25, Collins swung outside and took fourth.

At the line, it was D. Rose, Kennedy, Mook, Collins, and Byers. Collins
won the trophy dash, and Collins and Abella the heat races.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway Fourth of July weekend on both Friday and Saturday with the 20^th annual Deake Lyndall Memorial. This year is a special event for Lake County marked by the return of NASCAR star Derek Thorn who is visiting home to race with his boyhood heroes and for a cause.

The primary sponsor of the Derek Thorn “Racin’ For A Cure” team is the ALS Association, and the event will also be a benefit to raise awareness and donations to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). All proceeds from donations and Thorn merchandise will go to the ALSA, and Lakeport Speedway will donate 10% of all front gate ticket sales to the ALSA.

Each ticket purchased is another donation made.

For more information, browse http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

NASCAR Driver Derek Thorn “Racin’ For A Cure” To Fight ALS

June 21st, 2008

Derek, raised in Lakeport by Rick and Carol Thorn, started racing Karts
at the Lakeport Speedway. He eventually advanced to a Bomber for a few
years, and finally a Modified. By 2006, 21 years of age, he was looking
for the next step up.

At the same time, Scott Pfeiffer, a 42 year-old Wisconsin resident,
life-long fan of racing, and a past Sprint and Midget racer himself, was
looking for a driver. His mother, who lives in Kelseyville and is a
friend of the Thorn family, introduced him to Derek. He proposed they
form an ASA Late Model team based in Wisconsin.

The two quickly became fast friends and everything seemed to go their
way. With Scott acting as Derek’s agent, the team came quickly together
and attracted some some excellent people. They were on-track for the
2007 season with the #44 ASA Late Model when, in July, everything changed.

The muscle and speech problems lately plaguing Scott were diagnosed as
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
This is a degenerative condition that attacks the nerves in the brain
and spine that control motor functions, like movement and speech. It is
progressive, the symptoms and rate of advancement are unique to each
person, and there is yet no cure.

Scott is known for his composure, but even he was daunted by this. Derek
and the team helped their friend deal with this as best they could while
continuing to run the 2007 season, but it became apparent that Scott’s
condition was advancing rapidly, quickly affecting his legs, arms,
hands, and speech.

The team also was suffering the same problems as other teams, with
projects and negotiations canceled and money harder to find. Toward the
end of the year, Scott decided a change was needed and he was going to
fight for himself and others.

Following an old racing axiom “You use what you got.”, Scott and Derek
redesigned the team concept to include Scott’s condition. They proposed
the “Racin’ For A Cure” team with the ALS Association as their primary
sponsor, to use the team to help current ALS patients, and to fight the
disease by raising awareness and funds for research.

Within 24 hours, representatives of the Wisconsin chapter of ALSA were
in a meeting with Scott’s team and friends to make this happen. Scott
turned to his friend and fellow race fan Shawn Keep, who had already
been considering becoming a team owner, and asked him if he’d like to
fund the project. Shawn’s answer was simple and direct: “Now we have a
reason to race.”.

For the 2008 season, the team expanded with a second car for Derek to
drive in the NASCAR Camping World East regional series. Each racing
event for them is also a fund raiser for the ALSA, and a chance to host
and meet other PALS (People with ALS) for a day of racing. Their goal is
to raise $1 million for the cause by the end of the year. All donations
and the proceeds from merchandise sales go to the ALSA, made more
effective since owner Shawn Keep provides all the merchandise at cost
through his promotional merchandising company: PromoGiant.

Derek states that “This is the learning year for our team that will
allow us to seriously establish ourselves in both series.”. Scott is the
General Manager, and they consider themselves lucky to have attracted
some excellent people: 32 year-old Chad Wood as Crew Chief, and 46
year-old John Klock as Car Chief.

The entire team will be here at the Lakeport Speedway for the Fourth of
July Deake Lyndall Memorial on both Friday and Saturday, to race with
the Late Models and to raise awareness and donations for the ALS cause.
The Lakeport Speedway is doing their part by donating 10% of the
front-gate tickets. Every ticket bought is another donation to fight ALS.

Derek is “Looking forward to seeing my family and friends, and to racing
with boyhood mentors like Mike Doss, David Furia, and Bill Binns.”.
Derek spends a lot of his time promoting the team cause in the national
spotlight on TV and radio, and is excited to meet his hometown fans.

Scott is “Looking forward to seeing my family, watching Derek race, and
educating people about ALS, how they can help, and how others who suffer
with this condition can cope.”. Despite the advanced state of his own
condition, he is still the active General Manager of his team and a
spokesman for the ALSA.

He is able to accomplish this because “The desire to fight for this
cause inspires me, and doing this with the sport and people that I love
makes each day a delight.”. His advice to anyone suffering from this or
any other debilitating condition is just that: “Use what you got, live
each day to its fullest, and never take anything for granted.”.

You can find out more about Derek, Scott, the whole Racin’ For A Cure
team, and make donations to ALSA on the web at “RacinForACure.com”.
Merchandise and donation envelopes will be available at the Lakeport
Speedway during the Fourth of July Deake Lyndall Memorial Friday and
Saturday event. For more about the event, browse “LakeportSpeedway.com”.

Three Classes, Three Track Records

June 14th, 2008

The Burn-Out contest used a special metal pad to hold the car in place while the wheels were spun to see who would create the most impressive cloud and show. Contestants included past champion Pat “Cadillac” Spurling, a motorcycle, and an old fashioned bar stool racer — literally a bar stool anchored to a four-wheel platform with an engine and handlebars.

There were impressive clouds by the Cadillac, the motorcycle, and Scott Sabol’s Grand Torino, but it was Kyle Medina in his boat racer that smoked the field with huge amounts of noise and flame from the exhaust headers sticking up through his front hood, a resounding boom as he blew out a rear tire, and the massive cloud of tire smoke that completely enveloped his car so all you could see was an eerie amber glow from his roof light.

The B.C.R.A. Midget track record fast time of 11.699s was set by Nick Foster. Shannon McQueen not only won the heat race, but cruised in front for two-thirds of the race to win the main event.

The Modified track record fast time of 12.423s was set by Rick Rose from Lakeport. Mark Marek from Lakeport also held the lead for two-thirds of the race, as the pack fought for position behind him, to win the main event.

The Bomber track record fast time of 14.420s was set by Roman Rose from
Lakeport. Mike Rose (substituting for Dylan Rose) fought a long side-by-side battle to finally claim the checkers in the main event.

B.C.R.A. Midgets
Scott Mail and Kyle Dickerson held the poll positions in the B.C.R.A. Midgets main event as they took off under the green flag. Mail quickly fell to the back as Dickerson took the lead followed by Shannon McQueen and Nick Foster. In lap eight, Mail stalled out on the frontstretch for a caution and had to retire.

Dickerson and McQueen led the restart and Dickerson held the inside lead, but for only two laps. McQueen made it past him for the lead followed by Foster for second.

The field strung out as Dickerson worked on Foster. He got his opportunity in lap 21 as Mike Donaldson was being lapped, he swung around Foster for second.

McQueen took the checkers, followed by Dickerson, Foster, Nick Chevello, and Floyd Avis. Avis won the slow dash, and Dickerson the trophy dash.

Modifieds
The Modified main field was led to the start by Bob Strauss and Danny Bishop. Richie Potts did not make the field due to mechanical issues, and Chuck Pruett opted to start in the back. Rick Rose, who set the track record fast time, had to visit the pits after the warm-up laps, and started in the back.

Strauss took the inside lead as Mark Marek quickly passed Mike Smithhart and Steve Taylor for third. David Furia followed Marek to challenge Taylor on the outside for fourth when a caution was thrown for debris. Smithhart had lost a piece of his muffler on the backstretch. Rose had to visit the pits again and restarted in the back.

Strauss and Bishop led the restart and Strauss took the lead again. Bishop was slow off the mark and was passed on the outside by Marek and Furia. Smithhart swung in front of Taylor for fifth as Rose quickly moved up behind Taylor for seventh. Strauss held a strong and steady inside line, but Marek was advancing by bumper widths on the outside each lap. In lap nine, Mike Sullivan (driving the 44 since his 05 was still down from a past wreck) spun in turn four bringing out the second caution.

Strauss and Marek brought them to the green flag, and Marek shot out into the lead. Furia swung into third as Smithhart and Rose passed Bishop for fourth and fifth. The field was strung out except for Smithhart and Rose who battled six laps for fourth, until Rose completed the pass in lap 18.

Rose now had his sights set on Furia as he slowly advanced on him for five laps. However, in lap 23, Furia started bellowing smoke and flame from under his car. He was quickly brought to a stop under a yellow flag into the backstretch infield where the emergency crew swarmed the car and got him out. It turned out that he had blown a transmission cooler fitting and some of it flared up on the hot exhaust pipes. Fortunately, it was all out by the time he was stopped. He retired to the infield and the track was cleaned up.

Marek and Strauss got them going for the last time and Marek took off with the lead. At the finish it was Marek, followed by Strauss, Rose, Smithhart, and Bishop. Sean Sweeney won the slow dash, Smithhart the trophy dash, and Sullivan and Bishop the heat races.

Bombers
Robert Byers (substituting with the 17 car for Richie Schwarm Jr.) and Andy Norton led the Bomber pack to the start of their main event. Jimmy Sorrels blew an engine in hot laps and Richie Schwarm Jr. substituted for him all day using the 30 car. Schwarm had some engine problems as the cars were lining up and had to start in the back. For five laps the pack stayed tight with Byers and Norton battling for the lead, Bob Mook and Eric Johnson (substituting for Jon Waner in the 26) for third, Richard Bray and George Abella for fifth, and Roman Rose and Mike Rose (substituting for Dylan Rose in the 48) for seventh.

In lap five, Norton drifted wide in turn two, scraping the wall, and was
passed by most of the field. As Byers cautiously passed low in front of Mook, Johnson saw his opportunity and swung past both of them on the outside for the lead.

Mook followed for second and, one lap later, Abella for third. Mook and Abella battled for second for two laps. Mook had been warned by the flagger Kelly Coburn to keep to his lane when, in lap nine, Norton spun in turn two. As the yellow flag was waved, Mook and Abella tangled and spun. Both suffered damage and had to retire to the pits. Johnson and Byers led them to the restart, and Johnson took the inside lead. M. Rose challenged Byers on the outside for second as R. Rose followed looking for who would advance. Five laps later, Byers wobbled on the inside allowing M. .Rose and R. Rose to take second and third. Two laps later, Bray passed Byers for fourth.

M. Rose and Johnson battled side-by-side for the lead for seven laps. Each lap, M. Rose advanced little-by-little until, in lap 23, he completed the pass. R. Rose followed two laps later into second. M. Rose finished first, followed by R. Rose, Johnson, Bray, and Norton. Schwarm won the slow dash, and Abella both the trophy dash and the heat race.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway in two weeks Saturday night June 21 featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets, along with our own Modifieds, and Bombers. The Kulture Shock Car Show will have exhibitions and events all throughout the evening, and the night will be capped by the first of two Demolition Derbies this season.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com .

Matt Scott Brings Home the Legends Checkers McCormack Sets a New Late Model Track Record

June 5th, 2008

The Legends fast time of 13.687s was set by Robby Czub who also won his heat race. However, robbed twice of passes for the lead by yellow flags, he could not overtake Matt Scott who both won the main event and the trophy dash.

The Bandolero event was a clean sweep for Brandon Osborne, who set the fast time of 14.352s and won all of the events.

Noel “AT&T” McCormack Jr. from Lakeport set a new Late Model track record of 12.012s, blowing away the old one by over three tenths of a second. He also patiently threaded through, hunted down, and fought fender-to-fender to win the 50 lap main event.

Bob Strauss from Lucerne set the Modified fast time of 12.635s and win his heat race. However, in the main event he blew his engine and the checkers were claimed by David Furia from Kelseyville.

Roman Rose from Lakeport set the Bomber fast time of 14.568s. Gary Collins from Lucerne both won his heat race and fought off last-lap challenges for the main event checkers.

Legends Car Series
The 15 car field for the Legend Car Series main event was led to the start by Keith Clement and David Winchell. A yellow was thrown one lap later when Greg Baxter and Jack Humphrey tangled on the frontstretch. Clement and Winchell led the restart and Winchell took the lead. David Fisher faded back on the outside and Clement, caught on the outside, was freight-trained back by Dylan Albiani, Matt Scott, Micah Parmer, Phillip Morresey, and Robby Czub.

When Czub cleared Clement, he swung outside and advanced several positions but, in lap five, the lapped car of Eddie Braun pushed him back behind Parmer. Czub tried again, but the lapped car of Kenny Crome pushed him back again in lap 12. One lap later, Robert Kuebler and Baxter spun into the turn four wall for a caution.

Winchell and Albiani led the restart, but Albiani was slow on the outside and was eventually passed by Scott, Parmer, and Czub to settle into fourth in front of Jessica Walker and Fisher. Czub tried to advance on the outside again, but Scott swung wide allowing Parmer to slide inside and fight for second. They would race dead-even for another seven laps until, in lap 20, Humphrey spun in turn four for another caution.

Winchell and Scott started them up again but Scott had a bad start. He rallied on the outside to catch up, but made contact with the right-rear of Winchell and wobbled through turn one. He recovered and dug into exiting turn two, but Parmer was dodging inside him. They made contact and now Parer scraped the backstretch apron allowing Czub to pass him on the outside for third. In lap 22, Clement spun on the frontstretch bringing out the caution.

It was Winchell and Scott again, side-by-side, followed by Czub, Parmer, Walker, and Albiani. Winchell advanced on the inside through the frontstretch followed by Czub, who swung to the outside on the backstretch and passed Winchell for the lead on the frontstretch of lap 24. However, Fisher spun in turn three causing a yellow that wiped-out Czub’s two car pass for the lead as the field was reset to the last lap.

Winchell and Scott again led them to the restart. Scott surged ahead on the outside and swung into the lead in turn four. Czub had a bad start and was passed by Parmer and Albiani to settle into fifth in front of Walker.

Czub was undaunted and started to yet again advance on the outside three positions into second. In lap 26, he swung inside as leader Scott went wide on the frontstretch, was even with Scott by turn three, and finally passed him for the lead on the frontstretch — just as Winchell and Parmer behind him tangled in turn three into the wall collecting Clement. Yet again, Czub lost a pass for the lead to a yellow flag reset to the previous lap.

Scott and Czub led the green-white-checker restart, but Czub was slow off the mark and Albiani dove inside him for second. In turn three, Humphrey, Baxter, and Braun tangled into the wall to end the race under a yellow-checker. Scott finished first, followed by Albiani, Czub, Walker, and Fisher. Morresey won the other heat race.

Late Models
Jimmy Stillman and Sean Caturegli brought the 16 car Late Model field to the start of their 50 lap main event. Stillman advanced on the inside as Dan Knight pushed the outside line of Forrest Kuecker, Mike Lovell, Noel McCormack Jr., and Charlie Collins on back. Caturegli settled into second ahead of Kevin Estep, Bill Binns, Jeremy Hopkins, Kevin Ostern, and Jarred Beddow.

Hopkins swung around Binns for fourth, and Ostern followed. In lap seven, Knight spun out in turn two for the first caution. Another caution immediately followed when Collins hit the frontstretch wall on the restart. Both had to retire. Stillman and Caturegli led the single-file restart. Two laps later,
Ostern swing outside Hopkins to fight for fourth when Hopkins pushed coming out of turn two into Ostern’s lane, leaving no room in turn three and sending them both into the turn four wall and collecting Binns. Stillman and Caturegli brought them to the green flag. In turn three, Caturegli went wide enough for Estep to dive inside for second. Stuck on the outside, Lovell, Beddow, McCormack, and Kuecker shuffled him on back. In lap 14, Estep would fall victim to the same move by Lovell. One lap later, Beddow tried to follow when he and Estep tangled in turn one for a caution. McCormack and Kuecker barely made it around both sides of the spinning Estep.

Stillman and Lovell led the restart as Lovell swung outside even with Stillman as McCormack did the same behind them outside of Beddow ahead of Kuecker. The front four ran dead even for five laps until Kuecker broke loose in turn one and spun through turn two for another caution.

Lovell led the start ahead of Stillman. In lap 26, McCormack got his nose inside Stillman when they touched causing Stillman to fishtail through turn two as McCormack and Beddow passed him. Just as he recovered, Caturegli trying to follow when they touched, wobbling Stillman all over again and allowing Caturegli and Binns to pass.

McCormack started the long chase for the leader Lovell as Kuecker tried to climb back up from the back. By lap 35, McCormack had caught Lovell and was looking for an opening. He found one when Lovell went wide in turn four. McCormack claimed the lead on the frontstretch and, when Lovell tried to rally in turn one, he broke loose and fell back.

McCormack claimed the checkers. Lovell came in second, followed by Beddow, Caturegli, and Stillman. Binns won the trophy dash.

Modifieds
Gary Lowblad and Bob Strauss held the poll positions of the 11 car Modified main event. Chuck Pruett had to visit the pits to fix a fluid lead and rejoined the field after the start at the back. Lowblad took the lead as Strauss drifted back into third behind Rick Rose. Mike Smithhart pushed the outside line back as Danny Bishop and Mark Marek took fourth and fifth.

As Marek swung around Bishop for fourth, Richie Potts tried to pass Smithhart on the inside, but broke loose in turn one and fishtailed back inside David Furia. Furia dodged and claimed sixth as Potts recovered. In lap 13, Strauss took to the outside to challenge Rose for second, but Marek slid inside and pinned him to the outside until he drifted back. For six laps Marek slowly overtook Rose on the outside until, in lap 20, he tried to finish the pass in turn three just as Rose tried to regain the inside. They collided and Marek was spun through turn four into the infield for a caution.

This put Strauss outside Lowblad for the restart. Strauss settled into second followed by Furia, Bishop, Mike Sullivan, and Shelby Helm (You read that right — Bomber Helm in a Modified, and advancing). In lap 22, Strauss blew his engine in turn one and was forced to retire to the infield as a yellow flag was thrown.

Lowblad and Furia led the restart and Furia took the lead on the backstretch. Bishop and Helm shuttled Sullivan back to battle Potts for fifth. Behind them, Rose and Marek desperately wanted by Smithhart and Pruett. In lap 24, when Pruett moved up on the outside, Rose followed outside Smithhart but, in turn four, they touched and spun Smithhart into the frontstretch. Marek dove inside and avoided the mess as a yellow was thrown.

Furia and Lowblad brought them to the green one last time. Furia took the inside lead as Marek made an outside run past Pruett and Sullivan, but the laps ran out outside of Potts. Furia crossed first, followed by Lowblad, Bishop, Helm, and Potts. Smithhart won the trophy dash, and Sullivan the other heat race.

Bombers
The Bomber main event started with 12 cars (Chuck Hackbarth could not make the main due to mechanical problems) and was led by Frank Chandler and Casey Saunders (substituting for Matt Gerjets). Chandler took the inside lead as Robert Byers (substituting for Richie Schwarm Jr.) slid inside of Saunders.
Andy Norton pushed the outside line back as Drew Smith battled for fourth outside of Jimmy Sorrels and ahead of Gary Collins. Chandler broke loose in turn three allowing Saunders to pass him for the lead in lap three. Chandler tried to rally through turn four, but could not recover and skidded into the frontstretch infield. By the time he re-entered turn one, he was all the way in the back.

The confusion allowed Byers to gain the outside of Saunders for the lead, and Collins to pass inside Smith and outside Sorrels and Saunders for second. As Collins set his sights on the lead outside Byers, Sorrels followed outside Saunders, and Roman Rose outside Smith. Richard Bray tried to hold onto seventh outside George Abella in front of Jon Waner and Dylan Rose. Collins gained and ran with the lead in lap eight. Sorrels took third from Saunders, but then lost it to R. Rose when he lost grip in turn one. R. Rose continued outside Byers into second and Sorrels tried to follow. Bray faded back on the outside allowing Waner and D. Rose to swing to the outside of, and pass, Abella who was caught behind Smith. Abella followed these two past Smith and then Saunders into seventh.

By lap 15, Collins and R. Rose were out-pacing the field. Sorrels had third outside Byers, and Waner had fifth outside D. Rose ahead of Abella. In lap 20, Chandler was being lapped by Sorrels, Waner, and D. Rose. Byers, caught on the inside, slowed back behind D. Rose to try to find a way outside. The two tangled as they slowed into turn three and Byers was spun into the infield for a caution. Collins and R. Rose led the restart and Collins took off with the lead. Sorrels had a slow start on the inside and was passed by Waner and Abella. Abella continued past Waner for third as D. Rose challenged Sorrels for fifth. In lap 27, Byers, Smith, and Bray spun at the back of the pack in turn three for the last caution.

Collins and R. Rose took the green with Collins in the lead. For two laps, R. Rose worked over the rear of Collins trying to find a way around. Abella held third inside Waner, and Sorrels and D. Rose were in a dead heat for fifth. At the checkers, it was Collins, R. Rose, Abella, Waner, and Sorrels by less than half a car-length. Waner won the trophy dash, and Sorrels the other heat race.

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night June 7
featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets and the Vintage Midgets, as will as our
own Modifieds, and Bombers.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.
Wendy McIntire, 707-279-9577 manager@LakeportSpeedway.com

Hopkins, McCormack, Marek, Balmer, Medina, and Abella All Memorial Weekend Winners

May 31st, 2008

Even afternoon thunder showers could not keep fans from packing the stands for a full show of Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers, and a full field of powerful Late Models. Cool temperatures Saturday made for a fast and tight track that sped up the field and to the point where track records were set by both Modifieds and Street Stocks. However, Sunday afternoon thunder showers washed all that rubber away making handling far more challenging.

For this special two-day event, additional trophy dashes were held on Saturday to allow the slowest qualifiers to duke it out. Heat race starting orders were determined by even and odd qualification times, and the main even starting order was determined by heat race finish order, and a coin flip by the fast heat winner to determine if the fast heat racers started in the inside or outside line.

Kevin Estep from Clearlake Oaks set the Late Model fast time of 12.116s. The ability of Jeremy Hopkins from Lakeport to indomitably move from the back to the front brought him victory in the Saturday main event. However, indomitability was no match for the “rKt spd” of Noel “AT&t” McCormack Jr. from Lakeport as he took the lead and never looked back to win the Sunday main event.

A new track record Modified fast time of 12.431s was set by David Furia from Kelseyville. Mark Marek from Lakeport won the Sunday main event.

The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.709s was set by Robert Schmidt from Lucerne. Schmidt also won his heat race. The trophy dash and the main event two-car duel were won by Dale Balmer.

Scott Sabol from Lakeport set a new track record Saturday with a time of 13.308s, and also won his heat race. Kyle Medina from Lakeport not only won both the trophy dash and his heat race, he chased for the first half and led for the second to win the main event.

The Bomber fast time of 14.601s was set by George Abella from Lakeport. “Gentleman” George not only won his heat race, he flew fast in the front of a green flag race to win the main event.

In a Sea of Yellow, Noel McCormack Jr. and Roman Rose Are Victorious

May 14th, 2008

Noel McCormack Jr. from Lakeport set the Late Model fast time of 12.078s, and also claimed the checkers in a collision-fraught main event.

Mark Marek from Lakeport set the Modified fast time of 12.503s. However, it was Bill Binns, who was doing double-duty tonight in both a Late Model and a Modified, who both won his heat race and the main event.

Andy Vander Veer continued his domination of the Street Stocks, setting the fast time of 13.487s and winning the main event.

In Bomber action, Roman Rose from Lakeport set the fast time of 14.606s, and survived a tidal wave of caution flags to win the main event

Late Models
A full field of 18 Late Models was led to the start by Forrest Kuecker and Kevin Ostern for a main event extended to 50 laps. Strap yourselves in, this one’s gonna be rough. The double-file start was too messy and called off. As the pack was slowing down, Jimmy Stillman got spun around backwards into the turn one wall and, with nowhere to escape, Mike Swaney crashed nose-first into him. Both exited to the pits.

After the cleanup, Stillman had enough time to rejoin the field. As Kuecker and Ostern led them to the restart, Eric Williamson retired to the infield with engine problems. Finally, the race was under way.

Ostern dropped back on the outside pushing Bill Binns, Derek Lovell, Jeremy Hopkins, Noel McCormack Jr., and Jarred Beddow back with him. From the inside, Kuecker, Mikey Lovell, Sean Caturegli, Mike Lovell, and Kevin Estep moved into the top five.

Mike Lovell swung to the outside of Caturegli and surged up the outside to run for second outside of Mikey Lovell. Estep looked to the outside of Caturegli, but Ostern found his wheels and slipped inside to challenge Estep for fifth, while Binns held station behind them in seventh.

In lap eight, second place Mikey Lovell was just ahead inside Mike Lovell when they entered turn one and made contact rear-to-nose, spinning Mike Lovell into the wall and Mikey Lovell into the infield. Caturegli, Ostern, and Binns dodged low, but Estep was trapped high and jacked the brakes to stop just short of Mike Lovell.

However, Mike Lovell rolled down the track and was clipped by Binns, spinning Lovell to stop sideways across the middle of the track. D. Lovell got turned up high and slammed into Estep. Hopkins got turned sideways in the middle, and the whole mass of Estep, D. Lovell, and Hopkins piled into the helpless Mike Lovell.

Charlie Collins, Beddow, McCormack, and Stillman dove low. Mike Bourbon tried to follow, but broke loose and slammed rear-to-nose into Hopkins. When the dust finally settled, no one was hurt, but Estep, Binns, D. Lovell, and Mike Lovell were forced to retire. After all this time, Swaney was able to re-join the field.

Kuecker and Caturegli led the field to the single-file restart, followed by Ostern, Collins, Beddow, and McCormack. McCormack powered up the outside past Collins for fourth. In lap 10, Hopkins spun in turn one for another caution.

The restart was led by Kuecker, Caturegli, and Ostern, but McCormack quickly passed outside Ostern for third as Caturegli was looking outside Kuecker. Collins lost fifth to Beddow ahead of Stillman and Steve McClean. In lap 14, Swaney rolled into the turn two infield with problems for another caution and had to retire.

Kuecker, Caturegli, and McCormack restarted the field. Caturegli drifted wide in turn three and McCormack got underneath him for second, and then swung wide to challenge Kuecker on the outside for the lead. For five laps, McCormack would try to get more than a nose in, but Kuecker always pulled away and slammed the door shut. In lap 19, Beddow broke loose and spun in turn four for another caution.

Kuecker, McCormack, and Caturegli got them started again and McCormack immediately claimed the groove outside Kuecker. They ran side-by-side but, now that McCormack could keep Kuecker pinned to just one groove, he powered through turn four into the lead.

As McCormack out-paced the field, third place Caturegli started having problems holding his line and, when he broke loose and fishtailed in turn two, was passed on the inside by Ostern. Behind them, Collins had reclaimed fifth from Beddow when Hopkins, on his second charge from the back, swung around them both followed by Mikey Lovell.

Ostern worked his way outside and around Kuecker for second as Hopkins tried the same with Caturegli, but was denied as Caturegli saw his chance to follow Ostern. Kuecker fought back on the inside trying to outrun Caturegli’s claim to the outside when, in lap 36, they made contact in turn three that sent Caturegli nose first into, and up onto, the turn four wall. He slid along the wall all through turn four and finally came down onto the frontstretch. Caturegli had to retire and Kuecker was sent to the back. This would be the last caution of the race.

McCormack, Ostern, and Hopkins brought them to the green. McCormack flew off with the lead while Hopkins moved high to challenge Ostern, but Mikey Lovell slid to the inside denying Hopkins the room to maneuver and Hopkins slipped back to fourth.

Collins finished an outside pass around Stillman for sixth, and Kuecker desperately wove his way through the pack up to eighth, but ran out of laps. At the finish, it was McCormack, Ostern, Mikey Lovell, Hopkins, and Beddow. Hopkins won the trophy dash.

Modifieds
The Modified main event was run with a special purse, and extended to 40 laps, courtesy of Burgess Lumber of Santa Rosa. Sean Sweeney and Bill Binns (that’s right, he drove both a Late Model and a Modified) brought the 12 car Modified field to the start.

Binns took off with the outside lead as Sweeney drifted a little loose in the turns in front of Gary Lowblad, Clay Caturegli, David Furia, and Mike Sullivan, slowing the field. Positions remained relatively stable until, in lap six, a caution was thrown for a loose fuel cap. It was found to belong to Mike Smithhart who visited the pits to fix it.

Binns and Sweeney led the restart. Sweeney drifted back on the outside taking Caturegli and Sullivan with him. Lowblad, Furia, and Bob Strauss moved up on the inside into second through fourth. Caturegli managed to dive inside into fifth in turn one, but it was so tight in front of Danny Bishop, Smithhart, and Rick Rose, that they crunched together nose-to-tail for a moment and then recovered.

Binns and Lowblad led the field, and Sweeney was still loose allowing Furia, Strauss, Caturegli, and Sullivan to catch up. Bishop drifted wide and Smithhart, Rose, and Mark Marek made it by. Marek swung around Rose to dog Smithhart for eighth.

Furia tried to capitalize when Sweeney drifted wide, but Sweeney came back down allowing Strauss to swing to the outside expecting to pin Furia behind Sweeney. Great plan, however, Sweeney drifted high again and Furia moved forward pinning Strauss behind Sweeney on the outside. Furia, Caturegli, Sullivan, Smithhart, and Marek all freight-trained Sweeney and Strauss to the back.

Halfway through the race and the field was now strung out led by Binns, Lowblad, Furia, Caturegli, and Sullivan. Smithhart swung to the outside of Sullivan and Marek followed, but Smithhart got stuck there for five laps while Strauss moved to the inside of Marek. Smithhart did complete the pass once, and the faster Marek saw daylight, but then Smithhart broke loose in turn four and dropped right back outside Sullivan again.

In lap 26, the rear of Strauss suddenly snapped loose in turn three in front of Rose, dropping Strauss back a bit, but he recovered. In turn one, he suddenly lost traction on all four wheels, drifting high and slowing into the front end of Rose. They both recovered, but Strauss didn’t seem as sure on the track from that point on.

In lap 32, Smithhart finally made it around Sullivan again, and Marek was free. He surged past Sullivan and tried the same on Smithhart, but wily Mike has more than just ponies in that #63 and held Marek at bay.

Meanwhile, Furia had caught up to Lowblad in lap 33 and challenged him from the outside for second. They ran side-by-side for two laps before Furia finally edged him out. In the last lap, Marek made it inside Smithhart in the race for fourth, but barely came up short.

Binns crossed first, followed by Furia, Lowblad, Smithhart, and Marek. Danny Bishop won the trophy dash, and Strauss the other heat race.

Street Stocks
Mike Bray and Kevin Waycik led the Street Stocks to the start of their main event. Waycik took the outside lead followed by Andy Vander Veer and Scott Sabol, while Bray fell back on the inside pushing Wade Coleman and David Jones with him.

Vander Veer swung to the outside and took the lead in lap three. Sabol tried to follow, but Waycik fought back for three laps before he lost second. Ron DeKeyser had to retire to the infield in lap four with problems.

Coleman caught up to the outside of Waycik, but kept breaking loose in turns one and three. This went on for five laps until, in turn two he finally got his nose out front, held his line through three and four, and completed the pass in front of the grandstands.

By lap 11, Vander Veer had caught up to Bray and Jones who were racing for position side-by-side. This pinned Vander Veer in place allowing Sabol to catch up. When Jones drifted back a bit on the outside, Vander Veer and Sabol both threaded inside Jones and outside Bray.

Try as he might, Sabol just didn’t have enough to reign in Vander Veer. At the finish, it was Vander Veer, Sabol, Coleman, Waycik, and Bray. Waycik won the trophy dash.

Bombers
This was the first event in which the Bombers were racing for a purse. Billy Stillman and Andy Norton held the poll positions at the start of the 13 car Bomber main event little-knowing that there was a lot of yellow in their future. Norton nosed into the lead along the backstretch, but Stillman surged back through turn four and led by half-a-car on the frontstretch.

Robert Byers (driving for Richie Schwarm) moved inside Norton. They banged doors in turn two and Norton fell back further, pushing Richard Bray and Dylan Rose with him. In turn three, Byers broke loose, fished through turn four, and slide sideways into the frontstretch. Sorrels dodged high and Byers recovered and held his position.

However, this slowed Sorrels, Norton, and Jon Waner on the inside. Shawn Kennedy dove to the inside of Waner in turn one. The collision turned Waner toward the turn one wall. Norton and Bray scraped by high while Roman Rose, George Abella, and Matt Gerjets dodged low. D. Rose tried to dodge high, but got pegged by Waner into the wall. This brought out the first caution. Both Waner and D. Rose had to retire.

Stillman and Byers led the restart and Byers was slow to speed up on the
outside, pushing Norton, R. Rose, Gerjets, and Chuck Hackbarth back. Stillman took the lead, followed by Sorrels. Byers dropped down in front of Bray for third while a slow Norton kept pushing the outside back.

Abella was challenging Bray for fourth followed by Gary Collins, and Kennedy was door-to-door inside of Norton. In lap seven, Norton lost the rear in turn one and spun into the wall for another caution. Norton had to retire.

Stillman and Sorrels couldn’t stay together and the restart was called off (get used to this). They held it for the second time and Stillman took the lead, followed by Sorrels, Byers, and Abella inside Bray. One lap later, Sorrels and Stillman touched nose-to-tail in turn one wiggling both through turn two. Byers dodged low past Sorrels and continued inside of Stillman on the backstretch. However, when Stillman recovered, he came back low to find Byers there and they collided, sending Byers into the turn three infield gutter and bouncing him back up across the track. Byers avoided the wall, and everyone else actually avoided him, and a caution was thrown. Stillman was warned for blocking.

Since there was no actual spinout, the yellow was deemed an official’s yellow and the field restarted single-file. Stillman was in the lead, followed by Sorrels, Byers, Abella, Bray, Collins, R. Rose, and Kennedy.

Collins and Kennedy swing around Bray to challenge Byers. In lap 13, Kennedy was outside Bray and Gerjets in turn two, when they got together sending Kennedy and Bray into the wall. Kennedy dragged a rooster-tail of sparks into the infield with a destroyed right-front wheel, and Bray stopped on the backstretch with heavy right-side damage. Gerjets dodged low and escaped unscathed.

A red flag was thrown when it was discovered that the Bray’s passenger, Justin Dalario, suffered an arm injury. He was evacuated by ambulance as a precaution and was reported to be in good condition.

After yet another Stillman / Sorrels false start, Byers was slow to start again and held the inside line back. Collins capitalized by taking third on the inside as Sorrels held the outside through turn four and took the lead on the frontstretch. However, the yellow lights were on for another caution. It turned out the caution was unintentional but, since it did happen, Sorrels lost his pass for the lead as the field was reset to the last lap.

Stillman and Sorrels started them up again, and this time Stillman held his lead. Collins and R. Rose moved up on the inside into second and third, while Abella started to fade back. Collins swung to the outside between Stillman and R. Rose to start a fight for the lead. They ran fender-to-fender for two laps, none of them giving an inch. It couldn’t last, and it didn’t. Lap 20 in turn two, all three made contact and Collins was spun into Rose for a caution. Abella was lapped by Stillman at the start of that lap when he dove into the turn one infield.

Stillman and Sorrels led the restart and Stillman took the lead again. The slow start of Byers pushed the inside line back as Abella started an aggressive climb back through the field. In turn three, Collins and R. Rose made contact again for another yellow. Stillman was warned again for blocking.

Again, Stillman and Sorrels, Stillman led, and Byers started slow. Abella continued his climb into third. In only one lap, lap 22, another yellow was thrown by the flagger to put Stillman to the back for blocking. Ran outta’ piggy flags.

Sorrels led the single-file restart, followed by Byers, Abella, Gerjets, Collins, and R. Rose. Not even a lap this time as, in turn one, Stillman, Gerjets, and R. Rose tangle, sending R. Rose into the turn three infield for another caution. Gerjets visited the pits with a flat.

Sorrels and Byers led the restart. Sorrels took the lead and Byers was
freight-trained back on the outside by Abella, R. Rose, Stillman, and Collins. Abella swung outside Sorrels and passed him for the lead. At the white flag, R. Rose and Sorrels were neck-and-neck for second.

At the checkers, Abella crossed first, and R. Rose barely beat Sorrels for second. It was thought Abella had won, but review showed he’d been lapped back in lap 20. This put R. Rose in first, followed by Sorrels, Collins, Stillman, and Gerjets. Abella won the trophy dash, and Stillman and D. Rose the heat races. The final results are still under review by the officials.

Coming Up Memorial Day Weekend
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway Memorial Day Weekend with, on both Saturday and Sunday, our own Late Models, Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

The final broadside of the weekend will be delivered Sunday night with the second Fiberglass 500 Boat Race. Cars dragging boats around a water cannon soaked track, crushing other boats while preserving their own. It’s “Maritime Mayhem on the High Asphalt” you’ve got to see to believe.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Connor, Abella, and Sabol Get It Done

May 8th, 2008

For the second time in a row, Mark Marek from Lakeport brought in the fastest Modified time at 12.632s. However, in his first appearance this season, Ron Connor from Redwood Valley both won his heat race, and strung out his competition to win the main event.

Scott Sabol from Lakeport was back after sorting out his Street Stock mechanical problems to both set a track record fast time of 13.538s and win the main event.

The Bomber fast time of 14.517s was set for the third time in a row by speed demon Roman Rose from Lakeport. However, racing through the pack, it was George Abella from Lakeport who both won his heat race and the main event.

It is one of the oldest automotive challenges to prove who really has the horses. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. Contestants rolled onto a steel plate to anchor the car and had 60 seconds to spin their best burn-out.

There were some impressive smokers. Some from their tires, and some from their failing clutches. After each, the reaction of the grandstand fans was measured with a sound meter to find who was most impressive.

In the final round, it was a burn-off between Scott Sabol in a sleek white Grand Torino, and “Cadillac” Pat Spurling in his famous neon-decked Cadillac. While Sabol poured out a fast, loud, and dense burn-out, the sheer power of Spurling’s Caddie created a pillar of smoke so high it looked like an anvil-topped thunderhead that the crowd loved best.

There was one other burn-out of note: A driver, reputedly from Talladega, who called himself Ricky Bobby started a burn-out that looked like a sure thing, but was cut short as the driver leaped from his smoking car yelling that he was on fire with invisible flames. He rolled around on the grass and stripped off his fire-suit while slapping out flames that no one else could see. He was last seen, in nothing but his helmet and skivvies, running out the track gate chased by a fireman soaking him in foam. It was later determined that there never was an actual fire, and that Ricky might’ve indulged in one too many “Talladega Nights”.

Modifieds
Ron Connor and Justin Potter brought the Modifieds to the start of their main event. Connor took the inside lead as Potter faded back on the outside. Danny Bishop took second on the inside, while Gary Lowblad and Bill Binns passed Potter on the outside for third and fourth.

Mark Marek got past the inside of Bob Strauss for sixth, and Mike Sullivan followed him for seventh. By lap 13, Marek had just got by Potter for fifth when a caution was thrown for Sullivan who had been smoking pretty heavily in the turns. No leaks were found and he stayed out in the back.

Connor and Bishop led the restart and Connor took the inside lead. Bishop slowly lost ground on the outside and was passed by Lowblad and then Marek. Bishop had pushed Binns back outside of Chuck Pruett to battle for fifth, and Potter ran in seventh in front of Mike Doss and Bob Strauss. Neither could get past Potter who was using the whole track, and a yellow was thrown in lap 20 to send Potter to the back for blocking.

The restart was single-file, since the yellow was thrown for an official decision, and Connor ran with the lead and strung the field out. Doss got to the inside of Binns for sixth, and Strauss followed him for seventh. Sullivan had to retire to the infield in lap 24 when his car started smoking badly again.

Marek tried, lap after lap, to get outside of second-place Lowblad, but couldn’t seem to hold his speed to claim the groove. Finally, in lap 36,
he got enough of his nose to the outside of Lowblad to keep him low, slowing him down enough to make the pass for second one lap later.

At the checkers, it was Connor, Marek, Lowblad, Bishop, and Doss made it
by Pruett in the last lap. Pruett won the trophy dash, and Lowblad the
other heat race.

Street Stocks
The Street Stocks were led to the line by Robert Byers and Mike Bray. Bray quickly fell back taking Jerry Crapo and Scott Sabol with him. Wade Coleman and Andy Vander Veer went high to pass outside David Jones, but Kevin Waycik and Sabol came in under them and got Coleman a little loose.

Coleman held on and slowly passed Jones for second, followed by Vander Veer and Sabol, who beat Waycik to the outside. Coleman, Vander Veer, and Sabol quickly continued past Byers for the top three spots. In lap eight, a caution was thrown when Coleman started to leak fluid onto the track. It was dealt with and he was sent to the back. Jones retired from the race with problems.

Vander Veer and Sabol led the restart and raced side-by-side. One lap later, Coleman retired to the infield as his problems returned, and Vander Veer took the inside lead. In lap 10, a caution was thrown for debris in turn three.

Vander Veer and Sabol started them up again. Sabol surged out in turn one, but Vander Veer caught back up in the backstretch. Side-by-side, they entered turn four and Vander Veer broke loose on the exit and wiggled almost sideways through the frontstretch. Byers, Waycik, and Crapo all passed him on the outside in turn one before he recovered.

Vander Veer surged back, passing Crapo on the outside, swinging inside Waycik, and then outside Byers to reclaim second in lap 19. He then focused on chasing down Sabol. For 10 laps he tried to reel Sabol in as Sabol lapped Bray and Crapo, and Waycik was black flagged for smoke, but to no avail.

Sabol finished first, followed by Vander Veer, Byers, Crapo, and Bray. Vander Veer won both the trophy dash and the heat race.

Bombers
Robert Byers and Shawn Kennedy were on the poll for the Bomber main event. Byers was substituting for Jimmy Sorrels who was injured earlier while working on his car. Sorrels was treated and then returned to watch Byers race his number 66.

Byers and Kennedy raced side-by-side for two laps until Kennedy go loose in turn one and started to slowly fall back. Richie Schwarm and George Abella passed him on the inside for second and third. Bob Mook was racing for sixth outside Mike Rose, when he broke loose in turn one and fell back past Jon Waner to the outside of Roman Rose.

In lap six, Schwarm fishtailed coming out of turn four in front of the entire pack, but recovered in time to keep his second-place position. Kennedy kept having trouble keeping traction in turn one and was passed by M. Rose and Waner.

By lap 12, Abella made it outside Schwarm and passed him to challenge Byers for the lead. He had just nosed out front when a yellow was thrown in lap 13 for debris in turn three.

Abella and Byers restarted the field and Abella took off on the inside. M. Rose passed Byers on the outside for second and Waner took awhile to finally follow into third. R. Rose got past a flagging Schwarm in lap 20 for fifth, and Kennedy followed into sixth.

In lap 26, R. Rose was outside of Byers trying to take fourth when third-place Waner fishtailed in turn one pushing Byers back and allowing R. Rose to swing outside into third. Meanwhile, M. Rose was trying to chase down the leader Abella who was just about to lap Chuck Hackbarth.

In the last lap, M. Rose swung to the outside to try and pin Abella behind Hackbarth, but Hackbarth just wasn’t close enough. Abella crossed first, followed by M. Rose, R. Rose, Waner, and Byers. Waner won the trophy dash, and Byers the other heat race.

Coming Up
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night featuring, and along with our own Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

For more information, browse www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Mark Marek and Robert Schmidt Win Late Model and Mini-Stock Openers

May 3rd, 2008

As is the tradition for opening events, the Best Appearing Car Contest
was held before the racing. Winning for the Late Models was the 25x of
Eric Williamson from Redwood Valley. Stylin’ in her mean green #56
racin’ machine, Jessica Aceves from Upper Lake claimed the prize for the
Mini-Stocks.

Several Late Models made track records on the newly refurbished
speedway, but it was Noel McCormack Jr. from Lakeport who bested them
all with a fast time of 12.326s. The Main Event was extended to 50 laps
with a full field of 18 cars, and finished with only 10. It was Bill
Binns who claimed the title of top survivor.

Mark Marek from Lakeport continued his dominance of the Modified class
by both setting the fast time of 12.599s, and winning his second Main
Event in a controversial finish.

Robert Schmidt from Lucerne swept the Mini-Stock opener, setting the
fast time of 13.697s, winning the Trophy Dash, his Heat Race, and
running away with a Main Event completely under the green.

The Bomber fast time of 14.532s was set by Roman Rose from Lakeport. The
hotly contested Main Event that ended with a turn four tangle was won by
Jon Waner from Nice.

Late Models
The Late Model 50 lap Main Event started with a full field of 18 cars
led by Allen Gibney and Jarred Beddow in the poll row. Gibney held the
lead for only three laps before Beddow moved out front. Charlie Collins
held third ahead of Mike Lovell. Bill Binns and Kevin Estep battled for
fifth, followed by Forrest Kuecker, Sean Caturegli, and Mike Martin.

Lovell took third from Collins in lap five, Estep held fifth, and
Kuecker challenged Binns for sixth. In lap 11, Mikey Lovell hit the wall
in turn one and pulled a grind on top through turn two for the first
caution. The damage forced him to retire and consider skateboard
endorsements.

They say restarts spawn restarts, and the next five laps proved it.
Several yellows were thrown as cars got pinched, tangled, and spun,
collecting other cars as they went. By lap 16 we had lost Jeremy
Hopkins, Steve Taylor, Eric Williamson, Mike Martin, and Charlie Collins.

In lap 17, Beddow lost the lead to Estep, Binns held third and Caturegli
took fourth from Gibney, followed by Jimmy Stillman, Noel McCormack Jr.,
Kevin Ostern, and Forrest Kuecker. Binns tried to take second, but
Beddow denied him the room forcing the officials to throw a yellow in
lap 19 to put Beddow back to third for blocking.

Estep and Binns now started the field, and Estep took the inside lead.
Caturegli had fourth in front of Gibney and McCormack when he spun out
in turn three for another caution.

Estep and Binns restarted the field and Estep took off again. Beddow
held third but, in lap 26, suddenly lost four positions to McCormack,
Gibney, Ostern, and Stillman.

In lap 31, Binns finished his climb and passed Estep for the lead.
Beddow slowly started to climb, passing Stillman for sixth in four laps,
and Gibney for fifth in five laps. By this time, Mike Bourbon, Derek
Lovell, and Kuecker had all been lapped. In lap 44, a yellow was thrown
as Gibney started smoking, and both he and Kuecker retired.

Binns kept his lead from Estep at the restart all the way to the
checkers. McCormack managed a white-flag pass for second, followed by
Estep, Ostern, and Beddow. Estep won the Trophy Dash.

Modifieds
Sean Sweeney and Mike Sullivan led the 12 Modifieds to the Main Event
start. Sweeney took the inside lead and Bill Binns followed him for
second. Steve Taylor and Smithhart vied for fourth as Rick Rose passed
Chuck Pruett for sixth. In lap four, a yellow was thrown for Pruett who
had started leaking fluids and he was forced to retire.

Sweeney and Binns led the restart and, in one lap, Binns took the lead.
Smithhart rolled into fourth behind Sullivan as Taylor and Rose were
freight-trained to the back by Strauss, Justin Potter, Mark Marek,
Richie Potts, and Danny Bishop.

Marek started a long and steady climb, passing Potter in lap 10,
following Strauss past Smithhart in lap 14, and then past Strauss in lap
17, and past Sullivan for third in lap 22. Bishop also rallied from the
back into fifth ahead of Potts, Strauss, Smithhart, and Rose. In lap 26,
second place Sweeney blew his engine and spun in turn three for the last
caution.

This put Binns and Marek in front for the green-white-checker finish.
For one lap, five pairs of cars raced side-by-side, Bishop outside
Sullivan, Strauss outside Pots, Smithhart outside Rose, and Taylor
outside Potter.

In the last lap, Binns took Marek too high in turn two and through the
backstretch almost into the wall. The incident gained him the lead at
the checkers, but he was put back a position as a result. Marek is
placed first, followed by Binns, Bishop, Sullivan, and Strauss. Rose won
the Trophy Dash, and Sweeney and Pruett the heat races.

Mini-Stocks
Nine Mini-Stocks made it to the Main Event with Fred Schmidt and Jessica
Aceves on the poll row. Both quickly fell back taking Roy Funderburk
with them. Don Pressler had the lead for a lap but was overtaken by Dale
Balmer.

Tommy Gard found himself all the way up in third, but was quickly passed
by Davey Coyne and then Robert Schmidt. Coyne and R. Schmidt passed
Pressler for second and third and, in lap six, R. Schmidt took second
from Coyne.

In lap 10, Gard had to retire to the infield with problems. Rocky
Norton, F. Schmidt, Funderburk, and Aceves were being repeatedly lapped.
One lap later, R. Schmidt took the lead from Balmer.

With no cautions to bunch the field back up, they stretched out all the
way to the finish. R. Schmidt crossed first, followed by Palmer, Coyne,
Pressler, and Aceves. Funderburk won the other Heat Race.

Bombers
Rounding turn four, Chuck Hackbarth and Andy Norton led 12 Bombers to
the start of their Main Event. Hackbarth held the lead as Kevin Bracket
and Shawn Kennedy advanced around Norton for second and third.

It would only take three laps for all three leaders to be
freight-trained to the back by Matt Gerjets, Richie Schwarm, Jon Waner,
Richard Bray, Jimmy Sorrels, Dylan Rose, and Roman Rose who settled in
first through sixth.

Waner continued past Schwarm for second as both D. Rose and R. Rose got
past Sorrels for fifth and sixth. In lap 14, Norton blew a tire bringing
out the first caution. This would put Norton several laps down.

Gerjets and Waner led the restart and Waner surged out ahead. D. Rose
got past Bray for fourth behind Schwarm, In lap 21, Norton returned to
the race, and mid-pack confusion resulted in Bray falling all the way to
the back and D. Rose losing two position to Sorrels and R. Rose. In lap
24, R. Rose spun in turn one for the last caution.

Waner and Gerjets led the restart and Waner held the lead. However, now
the faster cars were freed from mid-pack. In one lap, Gerjets lost four
positions to Schwarm, D. Rose, Sorrels, and George Abella. Schwarm was
hunting Waner, and D. Rose and Sorrels were battling for third.

In the white-flag lap, Sorrels and D. Rose tapped into turn four and
Rose spun coming out as Waner took the yellow-checker followed closely
by Schwarm. Causing the yellow put Sorrels and D. Rose to the back in
the finishing order, which placed Abella third, followed by R. Rose, and
Shawn Kennedy. Sorrels won the Trophy Dash, and Schwarm and Gerjets the
Heat Races.

Coming Up May 3^rd
Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night with another
Fan Appreciation Night where admission prices are reduced to $5 adult,
$3 child, and $15 family.

Racing will feature our own Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers. In
addition, both racers and fans are invited to participate in a Burn-Out
Contest. Contestant cars will be brought to the frontstretch onto a
plate that holds the car still. Contestants have 60 seconds to create
their best burn-out. The winner will be awarded $200.00.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Cold Temps Bring a Track Record Number of Track Records

April 24th, 2008

A combination of fresh rubber laid on the track from the Opening Night event last week and the unseasonably cold temperatures improved track traction so much that track records were being passed like a street sweeper in the slow lane.

Six Modifieds in a row exceeded the old track record, but it was Steve Taylor of Cloverdale that topped the list with a fast time of 12.433s. The Main Event was fast and nimble with a solid outside groove that allowed a lot of passing. It was Mark Marek of Lakeport that finally claimed the checkers after also winning the Trophy Dash.

This was the start of the championship season for the Street Stocks, a technically proficient stock class that is run without a passenger. The
sapphire blue car of Scott Sabol from Lakeport won the “Best Appearing Car Contest”, and set the fast time of 13.550s. Unfortunately, Sabol lost his rear end in the Trophy Dash and was unable to continue for the rest of the night. Even getting stalled behind lapped traffic could not keep the silver #49 of Andy Vander Veer of Santa Rosa from claiming the Main Event win. Vander Veer also won the Trophy Dash. The fact that Brian Smith won the heat race and qualified one position ahead of Vander Veer has given him the championship lead by only one point.

Four Bombers broke the old track record, and the bright yellow #8 of Roman Rose from Lakeport topped the list with a fast time of 14.511s, and also won the Trophy Dash. A late race spin reshuffled the leaders in the Bomber Main Event and helped George Abella of Lakeport to power into his second win. Rose’s strong showing leap-frogged him by six position to lead the championship by two points in front of Abella.

Kevin Sabol Emerges From a Frigid Typhoon as the Boat Race Winner by Curtis Clauson

What else could bring the breakneck rush of a warm Spring to an icy halt but 15 Pirates of the Pavement in the first “Fiberglass 500″ Boat Race of the season? Not even below 40° temperatures or a soul-chilling arctic gale could move any of a thousand fans from their seats before the last survivor sailed back into harbor.

When the 360° water cannon started up, people were wondering if it would freeze in mid-air and pelt them with hail. But they all rose to their feet and cheered as the 15 cars dragging boats entered the water-soaked track.

Some highlights:
*Kyle Medina claimed first blood by slamming the gigantic McAtee boat into the turn one wall, spinning himself into turn two. Scott Sabol followed suit with the boat of Andy Norton.
*Kevin Sabol, the 10, and Serrano all spun out in turn four as Chris Johnson spun Roy Funderburk into the infield and joined the tangle. All but Funderburk, who was stuck in the grass, made it out.
*Joe Sloan pinned the boat of McAtee into the turn one wall leaving his own boat open to attack by Medina. This shredded Sloan’s boat and spun him into the infield.
*The Limo of Sisavich crushed the McAtee boat into the turn four wall, and kept it there through turn one. When he passed to the inside, Lovrin took his place and ground the McAtee boat through turn four.
*Medina caught Serrano in his tow cable on the frontstretch and spun him completely around into turn one.
*In turn four, the Limo had spun and stopped sideways allowing K. Sabol and Loen to drive right through his boat.
*Serrano got spun by Johnson in turn one, forcing McAtee up high, allowing K. Sabol to pin the boat of McAtee against the wall, which the K. Sabol boat open for Sloan to pin against the wall. This wall-grinding three-car three-boat mass would continue for an entire lap. When K. Sabol and Sloan finally broke away, Norton took the opportunity to smash the McAtee boat right back into the wall. That great lake cruiser of McAtee was getting smaller and
smaller.
*Lovrin, Medina, and Loen were snarled up in turn four. This spun Loen backwards high into the frontstretch wall right in front of the grandstands. McAtee was spun by the K. Sabol, and the whole mass slammed into the front-end of the backwards Loen. A red flag was thrown to check on the Loen team, who were all fine, and they were evacuated through the flagger’s stand to a standing ovation.
*In turn four, the Limo boat swung wide and Norton drover through half of it in a magnificent explosion of fiberglass and trim.
*On the frontstretch, the Shore Patrol police cruiser of David King (with working whoopee lights!) and Johnson spun and blocked the track. Serrano slowed to pass outside them when Medina drove up into Serrano boat. In turn one, they came to a stop as Serrano could not drag both, and Medina was stuck. As King finally started to move, McAtee caught his boat high and spun him, but paid for it as Sloan came right up and crushed his boat into the wall yet again.
*In turn one, Serrano and Medina were still stuck together and Medina was sending huge clouds of tire and fiberglass smoke into the air. As cars passed to the inside, their boats swung wide and crashed into the Medina boat, crushing both.
*In the last lap, Medina finally broke loose and drove away low while McAtee swung around high. However, that was exactly for what K. Sabol was waiting. He drove up the turn into the McAtee boat, literally folding it in half against the wall, and spun himself into the infield just as the checkers were thrown.

At the end of this frigid rogue wave of destruction, five Captains of Catastrophe survived to line up in front of the grandstands to be judged by their fans. Chris Johnson (2), Kevin “Ricky Bobby” Sabol (26), Joe Sloan (14), Kyle Medina (17), and McAtee (72).

The initial poll of cheering called for a sudden-death between Kevin Sabol and Kyle Medina. By the barest of margins, maybe the wild cheers on just one little girl amazed at that last lap sneak-attack turning a giant lake cruiser into origami, Kevin “Ricky Bobby” Sabol was hailed Pirate King of Boat Race #1.

The “Fiberglass 500″ Boat Race #2 is scheduled for Sunday May 25^th of the Memorial weekend 2-day event, when it is expected to be warmer, wetter, and way wilder.

Modifieds
The field of 12 Modifieds was led to the green flag by Mike Smithhart and Sean Sweeney. Smithhart took off with the lead as Sweeney fell back outside Bob Strauss. Mike Sullivan settled into third as Mark Marek passed Richie Potts and challenged the inside of Bill Binns for fifth followed by Mike Doss who had passed by the inside of both Danny Bishop and Potts.

An official’s yellow was thrown in lap six to deal with communication
problems with the flagger, and the race was restarted single file. Sweeney had a good start this time and swing to the outside of Smithhart to challenge for the lead followed by Strauss and Sullivan. Doss and Marek were neck-and-neck for fifth. In lap nine, Mike Linnell dove to the turn one infield with technical problems.

Smithhart and Sweeney continued their battle as Marek got out from inside Binns to the outside of Sullivan for fourth. In lap 13, Rick Rose retired to the turn one infield with problems and a caution was thrown so the officials could check the track.

Smithhart and Sweeney restarted the pack, but this time Smithhart broke loose coming out of turn four causing the pack to bunch up behind him as Sweeney sailed away with the lead. As Smithhart got back up to speed, Marek passed him on the outside for second, and Strauss and Sullivan were pushed back behind him allowing Binns to take fourth.

By lap 17, the pack settled into single file and Marek started to chase down Sweeney. Binns swung to the outside of Smithhart to start the battle for third followed closely by Strauss. Sullivan, Doss, and Bishop were strung out behind, and fast qualifier Steve Taylor was in the back with Potts suffering from problems that had plagued him all night.

In lap 20, Marek and Sweeney were side-by-side at the line and, one lap later, Marek powered away with the lead. Over the next seven laps, Binns ran even outside of Smithhart in a pitched battle for third.

At the line it was Marek, Sweeney, Binns, Smithhart, and Strauss. Smithhart and Potts won the Heat Races.

Street Stocks
Mike Bray and David Jones brought the six car pack to the line. Bray kept the lead as Jones quickly fell back on the outside with engine problems, pushing Waycik and Brian Smith back behind him.

In lap three, Jerry Crapo swung out around Bray for the lead. Andy Vander Veer quickly followed him, and Smith dove under Waycik and Jones to follow Vander Veer into third.

In lap six, Vander Veer made the outside pass on Crapo for the lead as Waycik swung around Crapo for fourth. In the next three laps, Smith would follow into second and Waycik challenged Crapo for third.

As Vander Veer ran away with the lead, Waycik fought hard outside Crapo but always seemed to wiggle outside in turn one and lose whatever he gained. After 10 laps of this, Waycik broke loose and drifted wide in turn four, but managed to recover just before the wall to chase down Crapo again.

By lap 24, Vander Veer had lapped Bray and came up short behind the side-by-side Waycik and Crapo battle for third. This allowed Smith to catch up to the tail of Vander Veer.

Before Smith could capitalize, Waycik lost ground on the outside, allowing Vander Veer to swing outside Crapo and surge on ahead, followed closely by Smith.

At the checkers, it was Vander Veer, Smith, Crapo, Waycik, and Bray.

Bombers
Ten Bombers were led to the start by Richie Schwarm Jr. and Jimmy Sorrels, a struggle for the lead that would span two-thirds of the race. Sorrels settled outside of Richard Bray, Gino Buchignani outside of Matt Gerjets followed by Shawn Kennedy, Roman Rose outside of Dylan Rose, and Jon Waner outside of George Abella.

Waner was having trouble holding the line outside Abella and, in lap two, broke loose in turn one. This turned his nose into the side of Abella, tangled his bumper up, and ripped it right off bringing out a caution.

Schwarm and Sorrels led the restart with Schwarm in the lead and Sorrels right outside him. Bray was in third inside of Buchignani in a battle that raged side-by-side for nine laps. In lap 12, Buchignani suddenly lost power into turn three, sending him back into Gerjets. Gerjets dove to the inside but got into the side of Abella. Buchignani took his powerless car wide into turn four as Waner, Kennedy, and R. Rose passed safely on the inside. Buchignani finally coasted to a halt on the frontstretch infield as a yellow was thrown. Neither Gerjets or Abella spun or stopped, so they did not get sent to the back.

Schwarm and Sorrels started them up again and stayed dead even. Bray kept third as Gerjets faded all the way back on the outside pushing Abella and R. Rose with him. D. Rose slipped into fourth, Waner swung to his outside, and Abella followed closely.

Suddenly, in lap 20, Sorrels could no longer hold the outside and started to fall back, taking Waner with him. Bray, D. Rose, Abella, and R. Rose stepped into second to fifth, and D. Rose swung to the outside of Bray to challenge for second.

In lap 23, D. Rose has almost cleared Bray in turn one when he came down a hair too soon and clipped the right-front of Bray with his left-rear, spinning him backwards in front of the pack. The racers reacted instantly as Bray, R. Rose, and Waner swung to the high side, and Abella and Sorrels swung low. All of them passed by safely as the yellow was thrown. Since D. Rose and Bray were both involved, they were sent to the back.

This put Abella next to Schwarm at the restart. Abella took the outside lead by half a car length over Schwarm followed bumper-to-bumper by the faster R. Rose. Waner passed to the inside of Sorrels for fourth, and Kennedy and Gerjets fell back side-by-side taking Bray and D. Rose with them.

The last six laps was a real nail-biter as R. Rose stayed on the bumper of Abella while Schwarm slowly fell back on the inside. All Rose needed was enough room to swing ahead of Schwarm, inside of Abella, and he could power into the lead.

He ran out of time with only inches to spare. Abella finished first, followed by R. Rose, Schwarm, Waner, and Sorrels. Schwarm and Buchignani won the Heat Races.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night with the annual N.C.R.A. Founders Cup that honors the founders of the Northern California Racing Association. Featured will be the Late Models, Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers. A “Best Appearing Car Contest” will be held for the Late Models and Mini-Stocks since this is the start of their championship season. Also, an exhibition race by the Nostalgic Car Club featuring real race cars from the past ages of racing.

For more information, browse www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Sabol and Abella Claim Opening Night Wins

April 16th, 2008

Fans were also treated to two popular touring classes: The Thunder Roadsters, the west coast chapter of the Legends Car Series called the Legends Cars of the Pacific, along with their Bandoleros.

Opening night started with the traditional “Best Appearing Car Contest”.
This year, the drivers got to vote for their favorites. The winners were:

Thunder Roadster #66 of Tom Payne.
Legends #5 of Bob Kueblee.
Bandolero #80 of Brandon Osborn
Modified #16 of Scott Sabol
Bomber #8 of Roman Rose

Thunder Roadsters is a new open-wheeled class that is lower, longer, and wider than the Legends, and reminiscent of roadster racing from the ’50s and ’60s. The fast time of 13.043s was set by Doug Pulver. Dave Henderson was a dominant force, winning the Trophy Dash, his Heat Race, and the Main Event.

The Legends Cars are 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR Modifieds. The fast time of 13.801s was set by Matt Scott. David Winchel won the Trophy Dash, and hung on to the lead he had gained in lap five to win the Main Event.

Bandoleros are small, fast, incredibly simple, and safe race cars meant as an entry-level series for racers as young as eight years old. Brandon Osborn both set the fast time of 14.324s and won the Main Event.

The Modifieds started their championship season with a track record fast time of 12.562s set by Mike Doss from Nice. The Main Event ran the full length without any crashes or tangles. Rick Rose from Lakeport took the lead in lap 18 and stayed ahead of all the jockeying to claim the checkers.

Bomber track records were set by both Ron Duke Sr. and Roman Rose, but were invalidated when they failed technical inspection. This made the time of 14.898s set by Jon Waner of Nice the fast time. The Bombers started their season in fierce style. George Abella from Lakeport not only won his Heat Race, but he took the lead in lap seven and fended off all challengers to win the Main Event.

Thunder Roadsters

The ten car Thunder Roadster field was led to the green by Chris Lawrance and Troy Combs. Behind them, both Bruce Ziener and Tom Payne quickly dropped back through the field leaving Dave Henderson in third, and allowing Doug Pulver to pass Mark Arroyo for fourth.

In lap eight, Lawrance and Combs were battling for the lead when Lawrance’s car lost power and he quickly dropped to the back. Chris Sarvinski passed Ziener for fifth.

In lap 11, Henderson passed Combs for the lead, and Pulver followed him into second. The only yellow of the race occurred in lap 17 when Bill Bradberry spun on his own. Payne took the opportunity to retire to the pits.

Henderson and Pulver restarted and outpaced the field. Arroyo made it past Combs for third, followed by Sarvinski, but also suffered problems and dropped back by lap 23. At the finish it was Henderson, followed by Pulver, Sarvinski, Combs, and Ziener. Combs won the other Heat Race.

Legends Car Series
Dylan Albiani and Jessie Walker brought 12 Legends Cars to the start. Albiani took off with the lead while Walker dropped back. David Winchel quickly passed Micah Parmar and David Fisher for second with Matt Scott following into third. Shane These moved up from tenth to sixth.

In lap five, Winchel passed Albiani for the lead. Two laps later, Scott followed into second. Parmer passed Fisher and Albiani for third, and Fisher followed into fourth.

Cars were now being lapped and, in lap 15, These brought out the only caution of the race when he spun in turn four.

Winchel claimed the checkers, followed by Scott, Parmer, Fisher, and Albiani. These and Fisher won the Heat Races.

Modifieds
Nine of the fastest 13 Modifieds were inverted as decided by a number randomly drawn by fast qualifier Mike Doss. This put Mike Smithhart and Scott Sabol in the front row for the start of the Main Event. After one restart, Smithhart took the lead.

In lap two, the flagger was hit by leaking fuel and threw a caution to check the car of Steve Taylor who had problems with a leaking gas cap earlier in the day. No leak was found and the racing continued with Rick Rose passing Sabol for second, and Bob Strauss, Danny Bishop, Terry McIntire, and Mark Marek from fourth on back. A caution was thrown in lap seven when Taylor’s fuel cap finally let go and he retired to the pits. This would be the last caution.

Smithhart and Rose restarted the field and Smithhart took the lead. Marek passed McIntire for sixth while Doss and Richie Potts battled for eighth. Strauss passed Sabol for third, Marek and Bishop were vieing for fifth, and Potts was now challenging McIntire for seventh.

In lap 18, Rose passed Smithhart for the lead, and Potts made it past McIntire. Marek made it past Bishop, and then quickly passed Sabol, Strauss, and Smithhart into second. McIntire lost eighth to Doss, and Potts passed Bishop and Sabol for fifth.

By lap 26, Strauss claimed third from Smithhart and Potts followed into fourth. Mike Linnell was lapped and Sabol got caught behind him losing
four positions.

Rose held on and finished first, followed by Marek, Strauss, Potts, and
Smithhart. Bishop won the Trophy Dash, and Smithhart and Strauss the Heat Races.

Bombers

Kevin Brackett and Andy Norton led the 12 car field to the Main Event start. Brackett took the lead while Norton dropped back on the outside, pushing Richie Schwarm, Dylan Rose, and Ron Duke Sr. back with him.

Richard Bray managed to dodge inside into third ahead of Matt Gerjets and behind George Abella. Jimmy Sorrels moved into fourth inside of Schwarm.

In lap seven, Abella took the lead from Brackett, Schwarm was rallying against Sorrels for fifth, and Roman Rose passed Jon Waner for seventh.

By lap 13, Schwarm had made it past Sorrels and then Gerjets for fourth,
R. Rose passed Sorrels for sixth, and D. Rose had passed Waner and was vieing with Sorrels for seventh. In lap 16, Gerjets got caught behind a lapped Chuck Hackbarth to the back, and the battle for seventh got so heated that a yellow was thrown to send D. Rose to the back for blocking.

Abella and Brackett led the restart and Abella forged out ahead. Bray followed in third, and R. Rose passed Schwarm for fourth. In lap 18, Gerjets brought out another caution when he spun.

Abella and Brackett started them up again. Abella kept the lead, but Brackett lost positions to Bray and Schwarm. Duke finally freed himself past Sorrels, and quickly moved up past R. Rose and Brackett into fourth, followed by a very aggressive D. Rose. Waner claimed eighth from Sorrels. A caution was thrown in lap 23 as D. Rose was yet again called for blocking and sent to the back.

Abella and Bray led them to the green with Abella in the lead on the inside. Duke passed Schwarm for third, and R. Rose beat Brackett for fifth. R. Rose continued past Duke for third as Waner moved past Sorrels and then Brackett for sixth.

At the line it was Abella, Bray, R. Rose, Duke, and Schwarm. Schwarm won the Trophy Dash, and Duke the other Heat Race.

Coming Up

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night featuring the first of three “Fiberglass 500″ Boat Races, along with our own Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers.

For more information, browse www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Lakeport Speedway Kicks off the 2008 Season with Fan Appreciation Night

April 10th, 2008

The modified division will be running for a $1500 championship. This year the modifieds purse has been raised to $600 to win and $125 to start the main with some nights being $1000 to win the main event. The main events will range in length this year from 30 to 50 laps for any normal night.

The April 12 season opener will be one of two Fan Appreciation nights with
tickets for adults at $5 and children at $3. Divisions will include the Modifieds, Bombers, INEX Legends, Bandoleros, and the Thunder Roadsters. In addition the annual “Best Appearing Car Contest” will take place prior to the regular racing program.

The 17th annual NCRA Founder’s Cup race will take place on April 26th with
Modifieds, Bombers, Late Models, Mini Stocks, and Nostalgia cars. Memorial Day weekend features two nights of action with Modifieds, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, and the Late Models. Sunday night features the “Fiberglass 500″ boat races along with the main events of all classes.

June 7 will feature the BCRA non-winged midgets and the BCRA vintage midgets. This will be the first of two appearances for these popular open-wheel race cars. Action returns on June 21st with the vintage midgets, Modifieds, Bomber, Late Models, Nostalgia cars and the first of two demolition derbies. The Kulture Shock Car Show will also be happening during the day. Other special events during the season include the 19th annual “Kelseyville Lumber Deake Lyndall Memorial” will be an action packed two day race on July 4 and 5 which includes the Legends, Modifieds, Bombers, Street Stocks, Late Models, Thunder Roadsters, Bandoleros. This weekend race will also be a fundraiser for the Lou Gehrig’s disease “Racin’ for a Cure” featuring Derrick Thorn racing in the Late Model Class. KXBX will also be onsite for this event.

After a week break, the action continues on July 19th with the “Night of Destruction” which includes Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, the third Boat race, the final Demolition Derby.

The championship for Modifieds, Bombers, Street Stocks and Late Models will
conclude on August 23. September 20 is the date for the Marlene Baker Memorial Bomber Bash #13. It will run prior to the Asphalt Boat Nationals. The Marlene Baker Memorial Bomber Bash #12 consists of Bomber Street Stock, Mini Stock, and Pro 4 Modified divisions.

Lakeport’s 19th annual KXBX October Classic is slated for October 17, 18, & 19
and will feature Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stocks, Bombers, Street Stock,
BCRA Midgets and Pro-4 Modifieds. This three-day happening is the “Daytona
500″ of short-track racing for many competitors in the area, and will be the final event of the season.

Lakeport Speedway is located at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Martin Street
in Lakeport. Gates open on race day at 5:00 pm with racing at 6:30 pm. The pits
open at 10 am. For further information on the 2008 racing season, or to receive
rules, send an email to lakeportspeedway@mchsi.com, call the speedway office
at (707) 279-9577 or visit the web site at www.lakeportspeedway.com

Eight Race Classes Gear Up For 2008

April 8th, 2008

Modifieds are high-performance open-wheel cars. In the this class last year, Terry McIntire was an unstoppable force with a combination of three wins, and consistent fast qualifying times and top-5 finishes. Drivers spent the day working on their times and handling to meet his challenge this year. Former speedway promoter and champion Bob Strauss was now free to devote all of his time to tuning his car with the help of former promoter Nadine Strauss working on all those smoking wires.

Bombers are big stock cars, little different from street cars, that are run with a passenger. This fan-favorite class is all up-in-the-air this year with a lot of new and changed cars and drivers. Top championship contenders like Jimmy Sorrels and Jon Waner were testing cars that showed improved handling from last year.

Mini-Stocks are small Bomber-like stock cars with four cylinder engines. This class has been re-organized and re-vitalized back to a more stock and raceable class. 2007 champion Robert Schmidt was dialing in his #69 along with contenders like Davey Coyne and brand-new rookies like Kasandra Norton. This class will see racers from Lakeport, Ukiah, and Roseville this year.

Street Stocks are souped-up stock street racers. Among those testing was defending champion Andy Vander Veer in his silver #49. Out of 18 races last year, he won four and finished in the top-5 17 times. After a day of testing, his car was strong and fast, and he seemed confident about his chances defending his title this year.

Late Models are high-performance stock cars built from the ground up for racing. Finishing in the top-5 for 11 races out of 12, and winning four, is what made Forrest Kuecker champion last year, and his black and red #79 looked just as strong while testing Saturday.

Also testing were two touring classes that will be featured in the season opener next week.

Legends Cars are a 5/8 scale full-fendered version of the famed NASCAR Modified. A light fiberglass body powered by a 122 horsepower engine make these cars fast and quick.

Thunder Roadsters are a lower, longer, and wider version of a Sprint car reminiscent of Roadsters from the ’50s and ’60s. Not just light and fast, the stable wheelbase makes these cars surprisingly nimble.

A real treat for racers and fans was that some of the Nostalgic Cars spent the day testing. These car are real vintage race cars that are still raced today. They will be seen racing at the Lakeport Speedway several times this year.

Coming Up Saturday April 12

The Lakeport season opener will feature the long and sleek Thunder Roadsters, the Legends Car Series, and the Bandoleros. The local championship season will start with the powerful Modifieds and the popular Bombers.

The new management of the Lakeport Speedway has designated this opening night as a “Fan Appreciation Night”. Tickets have been reduced for this event to $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $15 for families (up to 2 adults and 3 children). Along with the traditional RACEO, additional family and kid games and contests are planned.

For more information, browse www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Nadine and Bob Strauss Step Down as Lakeport Speedway Promoters After 23 Years

October 25th, 2007

After 12 years working with the N.C.R.A. board, the Strauss’s became the Lakeport Speedway promoters. Since then, their love for the sport and the community, and their meticulous attention to detail, has made the last surviving non-profit racing association a sporting and financial success. They made the perfect team with Nadine running the business and race operations, and Bob evolving the classes, their rules, and maintaining the Lakeport Speedway track and pits at a level not seen anywhere else.

Among the numerous awards they have received are:
* Western Region Track of the Year by North American Racing Insurance for 1990, 1993, and 1997
* Outstanding Workshops at the year-end RPM (Racing Promoters Monthly) events for 1995
* 2003 RPM Regional (10 states) Promoters of the Year
* 2003 RPM Promoters of the Year
* In 2006, Bob Strauss was inducted into the N.C.R.A. Hall of Fame Nadine trained the officials, managed the racer issues, and liaisoned with the N.C.R.A. board. She has been actively involved with the RPM workshops for over 20 years, and is a primary source of advice and scheduling for the community of racing promoters.

Bob Strauss, who has raced and won at just about every west coast race track and has driven every racing car there is, has been crowned champion at the Lakeport Speedway 11 times: six for Super Stocks and five for Modifieds. He is also the only three-time October Classic winner. Known as “Dr. Bob” to anyone who needed help with their race car at any track he attended, Bob became known as the “Father of the Modifieds” when he brought a new class of race car back from the east coast called a “Modified” and showed it off up and down the west coast.

Bob has been a major influence on the evolution of the N.C.R.A. classes and their rules, and has developed both the L.A. Cruiser and the Slider (sliding plates instead of rear wheels) classes.

The Strauss’s were honored by the racing community at their final promoted event, the October Classic. Nadine Strauss said:

“Lakeport Speedway has been our lives for the past 35 years. We created the ‘October Classic’ in 1990 and have watched it grow for 18 years. I guess it’s like when your kids turn 18 and leave home. You know you’ll still see them and be involved in their lives, but it still leaves a void in your heart that nothing else will ever be able to fill.”

The N.C.R.A. has contracted Danny and Wendy McIntire, and David Furia as the new Lakeport Speedway promoters. Both their families have been long-time Lakeport Speedway racers, and all three have been involved with the N.C.R.A. for many years.

For the 2008 racing season, they will be continuing the “King of the Hill Challenge Series” developed and successfully run this year by the Strauss’s. Nadine Strauss has been contracted to be the Racing Director at both the Lakeport and Ukiah Speedways to run the race events.

Bob Strauss will continue to race in the Modified class, and is now “allowed to grouse at the officials like any other racer”.

Kuecker Crowned Late Model “King of the Hill” Champion

October 25th, 2007

The Pro-4 Modified 30 lap main event finished with four of the 11 cars on the lead lap, and was won by Andy Leuzinger of Lakeport. Greg VanCleave of Cotati set the fast time of 13.002s.

The Airport Auto Broker Late Model 50 lap main event was a close race between the top three until the trailing two spun out in lap 37 leaving Kevin Estep of Clearlake Oaks to claim the checkers. The fast time of 12.438s was set by Jeremy Hopkins of Lakeport.

A full field of 22 Modifieds started the 60 lap main event. Thomas Wright of Kelseyville inherited the lead in lap 16 when the leader blew his engine, and stayed ahead of a combative pack that caused seven cautions, to finish first. “King of the Hill” champion Terry McIntire of Kelseyville set the fast time of 12.565s.

15 Mini-Stocks showed up to play, and 13 started the 50 lap main event. Matt Beardslee of Antelope, who had also set the fast time of 13.513s, slalomed through lapped traffic to finish first.

The Street Stock 50 lap main event finished with only four cars on the lead lap, and was won by Darrin Knight of Kelseyville. Roger Ward Jr. of Lodi set the fast time of 13.516s but suffered damage in his heat race.

22 Guy Strohmeier Auto Center Bonus Bombers came out to race and 19 made it into the 50 lap main event. Scott Sabol of Lakeport rode a rocket that both set the fast time of 13.675s and was untouchable all the way to the main event finish.

This season, Jon Waner of Nice had five top-5 Guy Strohmeier Auto Center Bomber main event finishes but only three heat race wins. With the help of Po-Dunk racing and his friends, he steadily improved his car and his finishes. Roman Rose of Lakeport set the fast time of 14.886s, but it was Waner who took the 50 lap main event lead in lap three and kept it all the way to his first main event win.

For race details and more information, browse www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

LAKEPORT SPEEDWAY HOSTS 18TH OCTOBER CLASSIC

October 19th, 2007

Highlighting the event will be the modified division running for $2000 to win the 60 lap feature event. Four-time Lakeport Speedway champion Terry McIntire of Kelseyville will have his hands full with the many visiting modified drivers including past winner Willie Thompson, and Randy Houston, both from Salem, Oregon.

Late model drivers will be racing for $1000 to win as well as the “King of the Hill Challange Series” championship. Several All American Speedway regulars are pre-registered in this division.

The winners of the bomber, bonus bomber, street stock and mini stock 50 lap features will each take home $500. Also on the racing card are pro-4 modifieds as well as a special exhibition race with the Nostalgic Race Car Group on Sunday afternoon.

The event begins with a Friday afternoon practice from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm followed by first round qualifying. Saturday night’s show will include second round qualifying with trophy dashes and 20 lap qualifying races beginning at 6:30 pm. Gates open at 4:00 pm.

Sunday will see feature events only in all seven divisions. Gates open at 11:00 am with afternoon racing at 1:00 pm. Admission prices each day are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and students (12-17), and $6 for kids (6-11). A special adult 2-day ticket is available for $20. Call the speedway office at 707-274-2844 for more information about this special event.

Collins and Sabol Claim Top Prize at the Bomber Bash

September 21st, 2007

The night was capped off with this season’s Asphalt Boat Race Nationals.
30 cars towing boats lined up on a water cannon soaked track to thrill
the crowd with maritime mayhem on the high asphalt.

Gary Collins of Nice used lapped traffic to gain the lead and kept
himself ahead of the battles to win the Bonus Bomber main event. He also
won his heat race. Four Bomber drivers: Robert Byers, Ronald Portlock,
Mike Bray, and Richard Bray tried their hand for the first time as Bonus
Bombers.

Scott Sabol of Lakeport, driving the 23K for Manya Tenney, wove through
traffic like a bike-messenger through Market Street to win the Bomber
main event.

For anyone who thought that Sliders were just a Friday practice
amusement for only a couple of cars — get this: 13 Sliders showed up
for the main event. Right from the start there were cars spinning
everywhere as they tried to manage turning with no rear wheels (Sliders
spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere — right?). While Bob
Strauss showed off his experience, and Modified “King of the Hill”
champion Terry McIntire exhibited his skill, it was first-timer Rick
Dickerson who finished the most laps in the alloted time to win the main
event.

Buddy Silva Top Sea Dog in Boat Race Nationals

“Give me the smell of asphalt in the evening, grip for my tires, and a tall ship to steer into.” – Pavement Pirate

It’s the autumn of the season and time for all of those Boat Race
qualifiers to come together, get serious, and lay into some fiberglass.
The Asphalt Boat Race Nationals were held at the Lakeport Speedway last
Saturday as part of the Marlene Baker Memorial Bomber Bash #12.

The field boasted 30 cars towing boats of all sizes and shapes. Even
some of the Sliders made a quick rear end conversion and grabbed a boat.
The track was doused in water from the wall sprinklers and the 360°
infield water cannon. The asphalt armada held it in for two parade laps,
Johnny Miskill threw the green flag, and dove for his life behind the
breakwater.

The object of this demolition style novelty race is to drag and protect
your own boat around a slick water-soaked track while hunting and
destroying any other boat. As long as you’ve got your boat, or have
picked another one up by pushing it, you’re in the hunt.

Some highlights:

First blood on the water was claimed by Terry DeCarlo crushing the Quien Sabe of Bill Coleman against the wall in turn three.

Darrel Sullivan got his boat turned across the backstretch when Rick Bryant came hurtling through and literally cut the barge in half.

Bryant continued into turn three trying to snap the tether of the boat of Garrett McAtee, but turned too soon and the boat sailed up and over his car.

Dustin Caldwell had freed himself from the turn four tangle and backed his boat to the infireld to turn, just as DeCarlo came through, whipping the gallies, and tore a car-sized hole through the middle of DeCarlo’s boat.

Kyle Medina drove up onto the boat of Sara Schramm trying to snap the tether, but she slid it back on out, flatter, but intact.

Schramm gave no thought to her close call and immediately crushed the boat of Jeremy Prince against the wall in turn four.

Prince tried to repay Schramm later when Schramm was slow up high on the backstretch. Prince came in wide and swung his boat up into hers. However, he did not count on Ian James torpedoing up behind him and destroying his boat by crushing it against Schramm’s.

Mark Anderson got turned nose into the wall on the frontstretch in front of the grandstands. There was a lost boat against the wall just after turn four. Kevin Sabol swung inside to avoid this boat and Anderson, but Cheyenne Bishop was right behind him on the outside. She hit and pushed the boat down the frontstretch.

Sabol’s boat kept the derelict against the wall, and the whole mess was crushed against Anderson. Sabol drove off clear, Anderson spun into the middle of the frontstretch, and Bishop sailed through the outside. But even sitting still, Anderson was still a threat as another car dodged outside swinging his boat squarely into Anderson’s rear and ripping the boat in half.

Cecil Caldwell lost his boat to earlier action, but gamely tried to salvage one in turn two. However, he drove up into it and promptly ran aground, spinning tires, throwing smoke, and contemplating a career as a slalom obstacle.

It seemed everywhere you looked either Buddy Silva was running over, or Kevin Sabol was using the wall, to crush someone’s boat. These terrifying tarmen fought a long and continuous feud with each other destroying no one knows how many boats between them.

Eddie Driskell survived just such an encounter with both Silva and Sabol, and then found the boat of Eric Wheaton squarely in his sights against the turn four wall. When the dust cleared, Wheaton was well scuppered but still in it.

The race had a tremendous finish. When the white flag was thrown,Silva tried running onto Sabol’s boat one last time. A car stalled just after the finish line. Sabol dodged to the inside of this car and Silva dodged inside Sabol. However, both their boats swung wide and smashed broadside into the stalled car with a teeth rattling crash.

As always, any car with any part of a boat left in tow tried to make it
to the frontstretch. After several cars were eliminated for too little
boat left, the grandstand fans got to vote by whooping and hollering for
the pavement pirate that most impressed them.

For his gale storm feud with Sabol and his daring in running up onto and
over boats, Buddy Silva was the clear winner, with Kevin Sabol a close
call in second over Eddie Driskell in third, and Eric Wheaton in fourth.

Bonus Bombers

The Bonus Bomber main event 11 car field was led to the start by Gary
Collins and Eric Johnson. They ran side-by-side while Robert Byers
battled Mike Bray for third and Sean Keown and Bill Mucci vied for fifth.

Johnson finally pulled ahead on the backstretch and finished the pass in
turn four. Mucci fell back to the outside of Manuel Antonio as Andy
Vander Veer and George Mavrakis closed the gap.

Byers broke loose in turn two, scraped the wall, and fell back outside
Antonio, pushing Mucci back outside Vander Veer. One lap later, Keown
did almost the same thing in turn two, falling back outside Antonio and
pushing Byers back outside Vander Veer.

Collins was still trying to get outside Johnson, Bray was well behind in
third, Keown passed Antonio for fourth, and Vander Veer and Mavrakis
were waiting for an opening. Keown continued to advance outside Bray to
take third.

Bray was shuffled back as Vander Veer and Mavrakis passed Antonio and
joined Keown in chasing down the leaders. Collins alternately tried high
and low lines to get past Johnson to no avail as Johnson held a strong line.

With no yellows, the leaders started to lap cars. Ron Portlock was
quickly shuffled back by the top five. Vander Veer swung outside Keown,
passing him for third, and took to the inside of Collins as Collins came
back down from another attempt on Johnson. This sent Vander Veer into
the turn two infield. He recovered but fell back into fifth behind Mavrakis.

Vander Veer quickly passed both Mavrakis and Keown for third with
Mavrakis following in fourth. Johnson’s lead evaporated as he slowed
behind Bray and Byers running side-by-side. Johnson was right behind
Bray on the inside when Byers advanced. Before Johnson could swing
outside, Collins pounced on the groove, trapping Johnson behind Bray and
took the lead.

Mavrakis tried to follow but Johnson beat him to it and passed Bray in
second. The three leaders ran nose-to-tail as Vander Veer got trapped
behind Byers. Mavrakis swung to the outside of Johnson, passed him for
second, and set his sights on Collins.

He started to pass Collins on the outside when they again caught up to
Portlock. Portlock went wide to let the leaders pass, but Mavrakis dove
three-wide between Collins and Portlock and tangled with Portlock. This
spun Portlock into the backstretch wall and eventually sent Mavrakis
into the turn four wall for the only caution of the race.

Collins and Vander Veer led the restart. Collins took the inside lead
and the top three ran nose-to-tail up to the white flag. Vander Veer
made one last attempt to pass Collins on the outside coming out of turn
four, but Collins slammed the door on him and finished first. Johnson
came in third followed by Keown and Antonio. Mavrakis and Keown won the
two trophy dashes, and Vander Veer his heat race.

Bombers

Ron Duke Jr. and Scott Sabol led the 14 car Bomber field to the start.
Mike Carlson was slow on the outside and pushed the line back. Sabol
took off with the lead. Shelby Helm and George Abella battled for second
after passing Duke. Jimmy Sorrels was outside Duke in fourth followed by
Roman Rose and Richard Bray.

Abella finally passed S. Helm for second, Sorrels passed Duke, and R.
Rose followed into fifth. Bray got loose and fell back behind Danny Helm
and Jon Waner. Andy Norton tried to take the inside line from Dylan Rose
in turn four, they tangled on the frontstretch, and spun into turn one
for a caution.

Sabol and Abella led the restart ahead of S. Helm and the lapped car of
Tommy Nugent. After one false start, the slow Nugent pushed the outside
line back. R. Rose dove inside him ahead of Duke, and D. Helm was pushed
back behind Waner.

Sabol had the lead with S. Helm following inside Abella. Sorrels had
fourth followed by R. Rose, Duke, and Waner. On the backstretch,
something broke in D. Rose’s car sending him into the turn three wall
for another caution.

Sabol and Abella led the restart. Sabol took the lead as S. Helm and
Abella ran side-by-side. R. Rose and Sorrels fought for fourth followed
closely by Waner. Duke was very slow and was shuffled back.

Abella broke loose in turn one and recovered behind R. Rose followed by
Sorrels and Waner. He swung outside R. Rose to take back his position
and Waner, who had passed Sorrels, moved up inside him. The leaders
started lapping cars on the inside which pushed Abella back to fall in
behind Sorrels.

More cars were being lapped which stretched out the leaders as they
slalomed their way through. At the checkers it was Sabol, followed by S.
Helm, R. Rose, Waner, and Abella who beat out Sorrels by the width of a
bumper. Abella and Sorrels won the two trophy dashes, R. Rose and
Richard Bray the heat races, and D. Helm the B-Main.

Coming Up

During the weekend of October 20 & 21, Lakeport Speedway will host the
annual premiere end-of-season racing blowout: The 18^th Annual KXBX
October Classic. This huge open event attracts cars from all up and down
the west coast and even Canada. Classes include the Pro-4 Modified, Late
Models, Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

BOMBER AND BOAT RACES RETURNS TO SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

September 11th, 2007

The bomber bash is a tribute to Marlene Baker who lost her life in a ladies’ powder puff race at the speedway in August of 2003. The event supports a 50 lap feature race for bombers and bonus bombers with $500 going to the winner of each event. King of the Hill drivers, coming from both the Lakeport Speedway and the Ukiah Speedway, will be on hand for this special event.

Following the bomber races will be the Lakeport Speedway slider cars. Slider cars have steel plates instead of rear wheels and tires. These cars have a mind of their own, and only the masters-of-the track can control the slider cars and make complete laps without the car spinning out.

The boat races will follow the sliders. This rolling destruction derby has race cars towing boats around a wet race track while trying to dislodge the other guy’s boat. They can bump, ram or even drive through a competitor’s boat. This year’s event will be running heat races prior to the “Asphalt Boat Nationals” main event.

Gates open at for this event at 5:00 pm with racing at 6:00 pm. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and students (12-17), and $5 for kids. Call the speedway office at 707-274-2844 for more information.

– The final
Speedway Saturday night

Robert Schmidt Claims the Mini-Stock “King of the Hill” Championship With His Seventh Win

September 2nd, 2007

In the last Mini Stock points race of the season, the leader Robert Schmidt of Lucerne faced a daunting challenge in a re-vitalized field of 15 cars. He aced out the two leaders in the last five laps of the race to claim both the checkers and the Hill championship. Kevin Barba of Windsor set the fast time of 14.217s.

Andrew Snider of Lakeport also passed two leaders in one late race move to win the Late Model main event, as well as setting the fast time of 12.692s.

In the Modified main event, Noel McCormack Jr. of Lakeport took half the race to charge up to the front from mid-pack and the second half to leave the others fighting for second. He also won the trophy dash and his heat race. Terry McIntire of Kelseyville set the fast time of 12.695s.

Eric Johnson of Kelseyville was literally given the Bonus Bomber main event lead halfway through the race when the two leaders spun themselves out, and then spent the other half defending it against all comers. He also won the trophy dash. Andy Vander Veer set the fast time of 14.187s.

Halfway through the Bomber main event, the two front runners took themselves out (have you noticed this pattern tonight?) allowing George Abella of Lakeport to claim and run away with the win. Roman Rose of Lakeport set the fast time of 15.049s.

Late Models
The Late Model main event started with six cars led by Kevin Estep and Charlie Collins. Collins took the outside lead as Andrew Snider and Forrest Kuecker passed the slower Mike Bourbon. In lap three, Bourbon and David Furia (driving double-duty tonight in both his Late Model and Modified) spun on the frontstretch for an early caution.

Collins and Estep led the restart and Collins rolled out into the lead. Estep, stuck on the outside, was quickly passed by the field and, in lap five, spun in the back on turn three for the final caution of the race. Collins and Snider brought them to the green. Collins took the inside lead and Forrest Kuecker followed into second. Collins and Kuecker launched an 11 lap battle for the lead with Snider biding his time waiting for any opportunity.

In lap 19, that opportunity came as Snider was able to pass by both Kuecker and Collins for the lead. Their battle for second kept either of them from challenging Snider for the lead. At the finish it was Snider, Kuecker, Collins, and Furia. Estep placed fifth. Bourbon won the trophy dash and Collins the heat race.

Modifieds
Codi Barba and Drew Foster led the 12 car Modified field to the start of the main event. Barba took the lead as Bob Strauss, Derrick Crayford, and Noel McCormack Jr. shuffled Foster on back. In lap seven, McCormack took third from Crayford as David Furia took fifth from Jeremy Nowlin. McCormack continued his charge into second as Crayford and Furia battled for fourth followed by Terry McIntire who had passed Nowlin for sixth.

McCormack was unrelenting in his pursuit of Barba and, in lap 17, gained the lead. Furia finally put Crayford behind him and quickly shuffled Strauss between them. McIntire followed by Crayford but was slowed by Strauss for four more laps. In lap 28, Furia took second from Barba, leaving him to the tender
mercies of McIntire, and Strauss was passed on back by Thomas Wright and
Mark Marek.

Furia just did not have enough laps left to overcome McCormack. McCormack finished first, followed by Furia. McIntire made the last-lap pass by Barba for third, and Wright finished fifth. Marek won his heat race.

Mini-Stocks
Thanks to the leadership of Mini-Stock driver Davey Coyne, a newly re-organized Mini-Stock class brought 15 cars to the show. Don Presler and James Devries started the field and Presler nosed into the lead in turns one and two, but Devries caught back up on the backstretch. Coyne took to the infield with technical problems suffered in the earlier races, and Andy Norton retired to the pits for the same reason. Presler pulled ahead into the lead. Jessica Aceves got under Devries for second, and Bobby Partida the rest of the inner line sent Devries on back.

Robert Schmidt held fifth on the outside between Brad Laird and Kevin Barba. Joe Stanisloo spun in the back but recovered and became an early lapped car. As Stanisloo was being lapped, J. Aceves suffered the same fate as Devries. Partida and Barba tried to go three-wide around Stanisloo, touched, wobbled, recovered with Barba in second and free to chase down Presler.

Schmidt held fourth while Laird and Jonathon Reynolds battled for fifth. In only two laps, Barba caught up to and ran outside Presler while Schmidt swing outside Partida, and Reynolds nosed ahead of Laird. In lap 11, Jay Strugnell was being lapped by Barba then Partida went three-wide between them squirting out ahead of Barba. As Partida swung back low, Barba powered ahead on the outside and re-took second.

In lap 13, as J. Aceves was being lapped, Stanisloo spun in turn two causing Marcus Hatfield to go sideways into the turn two infield kicking up a huge cloud of dust onto the track. A yellow was thrown but the drivers racing into the cloud could not see it. Partida wound up spinning out of the cloud, and Reynolds and Laird had to retire to the pits with damage. Presler and Barba led the restart as John Johnson joined the field. Presler started with a slight inside lead as Schmidt, Devries, Strugnell, and Partida had to dive inside a slow J. Aceves. Stanisloo stalled in turn two and, as the leaders scrambled to make it safely around, Barba gained the lead.

In lap 18, Schmidt tried to swing outside Presler on the backstretch but Presler drifted wide in turn three forcing Schmidt to back off. As the leaders were about to lap Hatfield, Presler, inside of Barba, took advantage of Barba’s hesitation and dove to the outside between them, lapping Hatfield and taking the lead. In lap 24 as Presler and Barba are about to lap David Aceves, Barba swung to the outside trying to pin Presler behind D. Aceves. Presler
reacted quickly and dove in front of Barba. This was all Schmidt needed as he powered by both of them on the inside and swung outside past D. Aceves for the lead.

As Schmidt pulled out ahead, Presler whipped the horses to run him down but could not hold the line and fell back in front of Barba. At the checkers it was Schmidt followed by Presler, Barba, and Partida who was the last car on the lead lap. Devries finished fifth a lap down. Presler and Laird won the heat races.

Bonus Bombers
The Bonus Bomber 10 car field was led to the start of the main event by David Jones and Kevin Waycik. Jones took the lead as the slower Waycik and Todd Armstrong pushed Eric Johnson and George Mavrakis back on the outside. Eric Williamson, Manuel Antonio, and Andy Vander Veer moved up on the inside into second through fourth. As Williamson took the lead, Bill Mucci got inside around the fading Waycik and was followed by Mavrakis and Johnson.

In lap five, Williamson lost the lead and four positions to wind up back with Mucci. This gave Vander Veer the opportunity to pass Antonio and then Jones for the lead. In lap seven, Williamson and Mucci tangled and spun of the backstretch for the first caution. Vander Veer and Jones restarted the field, but Jones was freight-trained on the outside to the back as Vander Veer took the lead. Johnson ducked under Antonio for second and Mavrakis followed for third.

In lap 12, contact in the pack sent Ron DeKeyser wide in turn two, into and up onto the wall. A red flag was thrown stopping the race so the car could be untangled and towed off. Vander Veer and Johnson led the restart. Vander Veer took the inside lead and Mavrakis followed under Johnson. In lap 14, Vander Veer and Mavrakis made contact and spun in turn four for another caution, putting these two leaders to the back.

Johnson and Mucci led them to the green and Johnson took the lead. It only took five laps for Mavrakis to make it from the back by Antonio for third, with Vander Veer close behind in fifth. By lap 22, Mavrakis made it by Mucci for second and started to work on Johnson for the lead. Vander Veer made it by Mucci for third, but then the lapped car of Armstrong made challenges difficult to maintain for the remaining laps.

Johnson held onto the lead to bring home the win. Mavrakis came in second followed by Vander Veer, Mucci, and Antonio. Jones won the heat race.

Bombers
Tony Ramazzotti and Anthony McCoy led the full Bomber field of 18 cars to the green flag. Ronald Portlock and Danny Helm transferred in from the B-Main. McCoy held a slight lead that was taken by Ramazzotti who finished the pass four laps later. Shelby Helm had claimed third inside of Mike Bray. Manya Tenney, Robert Byers, and Simi Tour advanced inside Nickolie Rhodes to fifth through seventh. By lap seven, Rhodes had faded on the outside pushing Jon Waner behind him. They were passed by George Abella, Jimmy Sorrels, Run Duke
Jr., and Randy Portlock before Waner could dive back inside of Rhodes. In lap nine, Abella had just swung past Tour and advanced outside of Byers to challenge for sixth when Danny Helm and Roman Rose got together in the back and Rose spun on the frontstretch to wind up facing backwards causing a caution.

Ramazzotti and McCoy led the restart and raced side-by-side. Bray was slow on the outside and pushed Byers, Tour, and Duke back behind him as he was passed by S. Helm, Tenney, and Abella. Duke and Richie Hoven tangled behind Tour in turn two which spun Duke into the turn three infield where he stalled out. No yellow was thrown as he was safely out of the way. By lap 13, Ramazzotti had the lead, and Sorrels, Randy Portlock, and Tour finally got by Bray for sixth through eighth. In turn one, McCoy got under Ramazzotti but they both drifted wide. S. Helm tried to dive three-wide under both of them as Ramazzotti tried to recover the lead and Ramazzotti broke loose coming out of turn two. He fish-tailed down the backstretch and recovered, but the pack behind him was thrown into confusion which caused a yellow.

Tour, Waner, and Rose all suffered damage. Byers did not see the yellow in time and launched himself into the air over the rear end of Ramazzotti in front of Tour. Duke got going again from the infield, but he was now three laps down. This all put McCoy and Sorrels up front for the restart ahead of Abella and Randy Portlock. Sorrels nosed into the lead in turn one and tried to finish it in turn two, but he and McCoy collided and got sideways in front of the pack. They recovered, but the reaction behind them sent Rhodes hard into the backstretch wall. The race was red-flagged while the mess was cleaned up. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

McCoy and Sorrels led the restart again since they had recovered without
spinning and had not made contact with anyone else. This time, McCoy took the inside lead with Abella close behind. Tenney battled inside Randy Portlock for fourth, and D. Helm and Rick Tommila for sixth. Sorrels lost ground on the outside and, in lap 16, Abella swung out in front of him to challenge McCoy for the lead. As they ran side-by-side, Tenney passed inside Sorrels for third, Randy Portlock swung inside behind her for fourth, and Duke climbed into the battle for sixth but he was still three laps down so Tommila still held it ahead of D. Helm.

In lap 22, Abella finally pulled out ahead of McCoy finishing the pass. D. Helm broke loose outside Duke and lost four positions. Abella stretched his lead as the top seven cars ran single file. Simi Tour pulled outside Hoven, nosed ahead in lap 26, and continued outside Tommila, completing the pass in lap 29. At the checkers it was Abella by two car lengths followed by McCoy,
Tenney, Randy Portlock, and Sorrels. Randy Portlock won the trophy dash, and Dylan Rose, Shawn Kennedy, and Jon Waner the heat races.

A special trophy dash was also held for drivers whose time trials did not qualify them for the A-Main event. Shawn Kennedy, Ronald Portlock, Kevin Brackett, and Tommy Nugent ran the four lap dash and Nugent brought home the trophy.

Coming Up

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Labor Day weekend on both Saturday and Sunday September 1 & 2 at the Ukiah Speedway featuring the Legends Cars of the Pacific and with the Late Models, Modifieds, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers. This will be the last points race of the 2007 season for the Modifieds. The season finale will be held Saturday September 8 at the Ukiah Speedway featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets. The “King of the Hill Challenge
Series” champions will be decided for the Late Models, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers. They, as well as the Modified and Mini-Stock champions, will be crowned at the end of the night.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com.

Mike Doss, Steven Cantrell, and Codi Barba Win the Touring Events Gary Collins and Roman Rose Claim Their First Hill Events

August 16th, 2007

Defending N.S.C.S. champion and currently third in points Mike Doss of Nice set up a wicked-fast car that made the fast time of 12.262s by only 0.009s, and used his skill with the Lakeport outside groove to take the lead in lap 32 and carry it all the way to the checkers of the 75 lap main event. For further details of this race, see the N.S.C.S. article “http://www.NorthStateChallengeSeries.com”.

Steven Cantrell inherited the lead of the Legends Cars of the Pacific main event in lap 19 when the car of Fred Clement broke a tie-rod on the backstretch and flew apart in turn three losing body pieces and a wheel
over the wall. Cantrell out-paced the field to win the event. Zachery Kavert set the fast time of 12.949s. For more Legends Cars race information, browse “http://www.600racing.com”.

In the Pro-4 Modified main event, Codi Barba won after surviving the challenges of both Andy and Willie Leuzinger who each succumbed to a smoking car a lap after they passed Barba. Andy Leuzinger set a Lakeport track record with a fast time of 12.973s besting the 12.983s record of Ken Gifford set 2005-06-25.

Gary Collins of Nice took the lead of the Bonus Bomber main event in lap nine and ran like a rum-runner all the way to the finish for his first win of the season in only his second outing. He also won the trophy dash. Andy Vander Veer set the fast time of 14.046s.

The Bomber of Roman Rose of Lakeport was unstoppable as he weaved his way from 15^th , passing Ron Duke Sr. and Anthony McCoy in the last two laps, to win his first main event of the season. He also set the fast time of 14.915s.

Pro-4 Modifieds
Sarah Figueroa and Scott DeLeon led the nine car Pro-4 Modified field to the green flag. Figueroa was slow and pushed the inside line of Jake Tillman, Devin La Horgue, and Joe Sloan all the way back as the outside line of DeLeon, Codi Barba, Willie Leuzinger, and Andy Leuzinger settled into first through fourth.

As the others made their way around Figueroa, Barba took the lead from DeLeon and A. Leuzinger took third from W. Leuzinger. DeLeon was shuffled back and A. Leuzinger passed Barba for the lead in lap eight. However, A. Leuzinger’s car started smoking badly, a yellow was thrown, and he had to retire to the pits.

Barba led the single-file restart followed hotly by W. Leuzinger and Sloan. Leuzinger tried every line he could to pass Barba but could not hold it, especially with Sloan trying to capitalize on any mistake. In lap 18, Sloan spun on the frontstretch into the turn one infield for a caution.

Barba and Leuzinger restarted the field. Barba nosed into the lead but Leuzinger had a better start in the outside groove. Barba got loose in turn two and Leuzinger capitalized taking the lead in the frontstretch. However, W. Leuzinger’s car started to smoke badly, a yellow was thrown, and he had to also retire to the pits.

This put Barba, yet again, out in front of the single-file restart ahead of Johnathon Reynolds and Devin La Horgue. Barba ran away with the lead as Sloan steadily made his way past La Horgue and Reynolds for second. Sloan tried to continue on the outside past Barba, but slipped loose in the last lap and fill back into second. Barba took the win followed by Sloan, Reynolds, La Horgue, and DeLeon. La Horgue won the trophy dash and Sloan the heat race.

Bonus Bombers
The 12 car Bonus Bomber main event field was led to the start by Galdino Guevara and David Jones. Guevara took the inside lead as a slow Jones pushed the outside line back. Kevin Waycik and Bill Mucci settled into second and third as Manuel Antonio made a daring move inside Jones to take fourth.

As Todd Armstrong, George Mavrakis, and Erik Johnson were making their way around Jones, Waycik took to the outside of Guevara but got loose and he was freight-trained on back. In lap five, Mucci got under Guevara as Antonio had third outside of Collins. Guevara could not hold the outside and quickly faded back taking Antonio with him. As Antonio dropped back inside behind Johnson,
Guevara and Jerry Crapo touched, fish-tailed wildly, but recovered. In lap eight, Collins started an outside pass on Mucci and, by the next lap, had the lead. Vander Veer followed two laps later and Mavrakis tried but almost spun when he and Johnson touched. In lap 13, Jodi Snider spun in turn two for another caution.

Collins and Vander Veer led the restart and Collins took the inside lead. Mucci was slow and pushed Johnson back, while Mavrakis passed Mucci on the outside and dove inside Vander Veer for second. A spin by the lapped car of Guevara allowed the front two to stretch their lead. While Mavrakis tried to take to the outside of Collins, Vander Veer was pouring on the horses to catch up, and Johnson and Antonio were working their way past Mucci.

Vander Veer finally caught up to Mavrakis by lap 26, but neither of them could hold the outside groove. Collins claimed the checkers followed by Mavrakis, Vander Veer, Johnson, and Antonio. Mavrakis and Antonio won the heat races.

Bombers
The Bomber main event featured a full field of 18 cars, with Andy Norton and Tim Buzzard transferring from the B-Main. Ronald Portlock and Anthony McCoy led the pack to the start. They stayed tight around the turns with Portlock in the lead on the inside of McCoy by a nose, followed by Chris Gamble and Jon Waner.

On the frontstretch, Portlock and Gamble touched and spun in front of the entire pack and, miraculously, no one hit anyone.

McCoy and Waner restarted the field in front of Kevin Bracket inside of Dylan Rose, Mike Bray inside of Robert Byers, and Shelby Helm inside of Jimmy Sorrels. McCoy took a half-car lead inside Waner with Brackett close behind in third. D. Rose got loose and slowed causing Bray and Byers to dive three-wide to avoid him. Bray cleared Rose but Rose recovered forcing Byers back behind him and into Sorrels. Their bumpers locked together for an entire lap while cars dove around them until Byers broke loose and spun into the turn four infield for a caution.

McCoy and Waner restarted the field in front of Brackett inside of Bray, and Helm inside of D. Rose. There would be no more cautions for the rest of this race. McCoy took the inside lead as Bray dove to the inside ahead of a slow Brackett and past Waner for second.

In lap 11, Helm was outside of D. Rose in fifth when he got loose and slowed allowing Ron Duke Sr., Roman Rose, and Tony Ramazzotti to pass him and George Abella on the inside. In lap 13, Duke got inside D. Rose and quickly advanced to the outside of fourth place Brackett while R. Rose and Ramazzotti followed.

In lap 15, Brackett got hung up in the apron dirt and lost position to both Duke and R. Rose. Duke reeled in third place Waner and got inside him while R. Rose followed. While Duke took second, Waner and R. Rose touched, got wobbly on the backstretch, and recovered, keeping their positions but losing distance from the front three.

By lap 22, R. Rose had passed Bray for third and he and Duke were stoking the coals to catch McCoy. Bray held fourth in front of Waner, Ramazzotti, Helm, and Sorrels.

In lap 28, Duke reached the rear bumper of McCoy and, with two laps to go, R. Rose swung outside of Duke. McCoy got wicked loose in turn two and slowed in front of Duke allowing Rose to nose into the outside lead. Duke swung outside McCoy to follow but got a little loose allowing McCoy time to recover.

In the last lap, R. Rose swung in front of McCoy for the lead as Duke and McCoy raced side-by-side for second. R. Rose sailed in first, McCoy out-dug Duke in the last turn to take second, Bray followed them in fourth, and Ramazzotti claimed fifth. Manya Tenney won the trophy dash, and Portlock, McCoy, and Byers the heat races.

Coming Up

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night
August 18 at the Ukiah Speedway with the Late Models, Modifieds, Bonus
Bombers, Bombers, and Bandoleros.

Racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway August 25 with the Late Models,
Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers.

For more information, browse http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Marek and Armstrong Score Their First Season Wins

July 27th, 2007

The Modified main event was won by Mark Marek of Lakeport who gained an early lead and stayed ahead of “the big wreck”. The fast time of 12.774s was set by Terry McIntire of Kelseyville.

The Mini-Stock main event, delayed by an injury crash and REACH medivac, was won by Todd Armstrong of Lakeport. Robert Schmidt of Lucerne set the fast time of 14.125s.

The Bonus Bomber main event, full of 3-wide racing, was won by Eric Johnson of Kelseyville. The fast time of 14.080s was set by Andy Vander Veer.

The Bomber main event was especially brutal with eight cautions that cut a full field of 18 cars down to only seven. Last year’s Bomber champion George Abella of Lakeport won his third main event this season. Roman Rose of Lakeport set the fast time of 15.002s.

Bill Coleman Wins the Second “Fiberglass 500″ Boat Race

25 cars towing and destroying boats on a water cannon soaked race track.
Here are some highlights:
*The stretch Limousine of Bruce Sisevich claimed first blood in turn one by spinning both a boat and its car into the infield.
*Andy Norton ran up onto the “The Rubber Duck” of Melody Funderburk and spent most of the race being towed around the track.
*Bob Strauss got turned backwards on the frontstretch when Ken Moeller drove through and shattered his “Summer Fun” with enough force to yank that Cadillac back half its length.
*Norman Rogers was turned into the infield by “Russ Wheeler” where is “1960 Scott McCulluck” was shredded in half by George Lovrin.
*In turn one, a big jam of cars included Funderburk/Norton, the Sisevich Limo, Wheeler, Strauss, and the police cruiser of David King. When the Sisevich Limo finally pushed the Funderburk/Norton pair out, he found his bumper locked with Norton’s and, for a few laps, there was a three car/boat train trundling around the track.
*Despite Wheeler’s hood being open, he somehow threaded the carnage to hit both the “’67 Biscain” of Moeller and “The Rubber Duck” of Funderburk at the same time on the backstretch. While he then hunted the boat of Timber Cookson, Moeller got even by crushing his boat against the wall.
*The police cruiser of David King was stuck in the turn one jam and could not escape. So he turned on his whirly-lights and siren and called for backup. Unfortunately for him, backup was a lot smarter than that.
*The Sisevich Limo had lost its boat, but picked up another one and pushed it around the track. Strauss sideswiped the boat and stripped it away.
*Cookson lost his rear tire and got stuck next to a disabled Moeller on the backstretch. Cookson’s efforts to free himself kicked up a huge wall of dust blinding turn two. He and his boat paid dearly for this as they were both hit by a blinded Andy Norton and then the Sisevich Limo.

When the storm had passed and the Krakens went for a beer, there were only six predators of this inland sea who managed to cross the finish line with even a shred of a boat still in tow. As always, the fans in the grandstands have the final say as to which most impressed them with their daring, their doing, and their du’h-ing.

AUTO RACES / BOAT RACES AT SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

July 18th, 2007

Prior to the auto racing will be the annual parade lap with the vintage cars from the No Name Car Club at 6:35 pm . And mixed into the auto racing program will be the vintage race cars with the Nostalgic Race Car Group, bringing race fans young and old alike a bit of excitement.

The “Eve of Destruction” boat race features race cars dragging boats around the race track. The idea is for Cruisers, bombers, destruction derby-type cars, or other race cars to try to dislodge the other guy’s boat. They can bump, ram or even drive through a competitor’s boat. And to make it even more exciting, they’ll be competing on a wet race tack. It’s known as a rolling destruction derby, and the winner will be declared when the last car is left with a boat in tow. If more than one car is left with boat, the race fans will choose the winner based on the level of excitement he or she has generated.

King of the Hill Challenge series divisions running will be the Guy Strohmeier Auto Center bombers and bonus bombers, the NCRA mini stocks, and the modifieds. The boat race is a qualifying event for the Asphalt Boat Nationals that will be held at Lakeport Speedway on September 15.

Gates open for this special event at 5:00 pm with racing at 7:00 pm. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and students (12-17), and $6 for kids. Call the speedway office at 707-274-2844 for more information

LYNDALL MEMORIAL RACE SET FOR SATURDAY, JULY 7

July 5th, 2007

The special event is a tribute to the father-son team who lost their lives in an airplane crash on their way back from a racing event in May of 1989. Past Lyndall Memorial winners will participate in a parade laps prior to the racing activities. Race fans are encouraged to wear purple, the team color of the Lyndalls.

A special treat for race fans will be the running of the purple #3 super modified and stock car which were driven by the Lyndall’s at Lakeport Speedway years ago.

The purses for all six divisions have been increased courtesy of Patti Lyndall of Kelseyville, wife and mother of the late Deake Lyndall Senior and Junior. The Lyndall grandsons, David, Deake Jacob and Brandon, will present trophies to the divisional feature winners.

Gates open for this tribute race at 5:00 pm with racing at 7:00 pm. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children ages 6-11, and kids five and under get in free. A special $30 family pass admits two adults and three children (ages 6-11). For further information, call the speedway office at 707-274-2844.

Charlie Collins Claims His First Late Model Win Andy Vander Veer Sets a Bonus Bomber Track Record

July 3rd, 2007

Charlie Collins of Nice held off a green-white-checker challenge to win his first Airport Auto Brokers Late Model main event this season. The fast time of 15.528s was set by Mike Lovell of Upper Lake. Andy Vander Veer of Santa Rosa beat a last-lap challenge to win the Guy Strohmeier Auto Center Bonus Bomber main event, and also set a new Lakeport Speedway track record of 13.940s.

The Legends Cars of the Pacific main event was won by 16 year old Derek
Copeland of Cottonwood. The fast time of 13.866s was set by 17 year old
Zachery Kavert of Redding.

The Mini-Stock main event was won for the sixth time by Robert Schmidt of Lucerne who also set the fast time of 14.006s and won the heat race. Ron Duke of Redwood Valley won the Guy Strohmeier Auto Center Bomber
main event for the sixth time and also set the fast time of 14.864s.

Legends Cars of the Pacific

The Legends Cars main event featured 18 cars and was started by Steven Cantrell and David Fisher. Cantrell took the early lead as McKenna Bell,
Derek Copeland, Matt Scott, and Zachery Kavert shuffled Fisher on back.
The only caution of the race came in lap 7 when Keith Clement spun in the back of the pack and collected Steve Brown. Brown had to retire to the pits with damage. Cantrell and Copeland restarted the race, but Cantrell could not hold off the outside challenge of Copeland and Copeland took the lead. For 14 laps the top seven tried to create opportunities to pass one another but all that horsepower could not hold onto the outside groove.

In lap 21, Copeland, Cantrell, and Bell lapped David Allen, then Trevor Cristiani and Jack Humphrey in quick succession. This allowed Scott,
Frankie Marks, and Jake Jackson to pass Kavert for fourth through sixth.
Kavert wasn’t done yet, fought back, and passed Jackson in the last lap. Copeland finished first, followed by Cantrell, Bell, Scott, and Marks.
Marks won the trophy dash, and Humphrey and Clement the other two heat races.

Late Models

Nine cars made the Late Model main event. John Dalerio and Charlie Collins brought them to the green flag and Collins took the outside lead. Blair Aiken had third outside of David Furia as Mike Lovell passed Mikey Lovell and Forrest Kuecker for fourth. In lap four, Michael Swaney spun into the turn one infield for a caution. Collins and Dalerio restarted the field and Collins took the inside lead with Aiken looking to follow. In lap 12, Lovell and Kuecker passed inside of Furia for fourth and fifth. Swaney retired to the infield.

In lap 13, Dalerio got wicked loose in turn three, was passed by Aiken, Mike Lovell, and Kuecker, and finally settled back to the inside ahead of Salmina who had just passed Furia. For seven laps, Mike Lovell rode the outside rail until he finally passed Aiken for second in turn four. Furia had passed Salmina and was working on Dalerio for fifth. Mike Lovell chased down and worked on Collins for the lead.

Kuecker took to the outside of Aiken to battle for third while Dalerio moved up to Aiken’s bumper. Kuecker made the pass in lap 28 and, when Dalerio tried to follow on the outside, Furia passed Dalerio on the inside for fifth as Aiken dug in and regained third. Everything was brought to a halt for a yellow when Mikey Lovell spun in turn one.

This set up a green-white-checker shootout with Collins and Mike Lovell
leading Aiken and Kuecker. Collins had the inside lead when he and Lovell touched on the backstretch slowing Lovell and pushing Kuecker back on the outside. Aiken, Furia, and Dalerio passed on the inside for second through fourth and that’s how they finished with Mike Lovell in fifth. Furia won the trophy dash, and Dalerio the heat race.

Mini-Stock

Jessica Aceves and Jim Keown started the six car Mini-Stock main event ahead of Davey Coyne and Todd Armstrong. Aceves took the inside lead as Coyne and Robert Schmidt passed Keown on the inside. In lap four, Aceves was a full car-length ahead when she suddenly slowed and stopped on the turn one infield causing a yellow. Aceves headed into the pits for repairs. Coyne and Schmidt restarted the field and Schmidt took the lead from the
outside. In lap nine, Mitch Preston got inside Coyne on turn one and passed him for second on the backstretch. Aceves rejoined the race in lap 16.

Preston worked his car hard to chase down Schmidt and managed to catch him in lap 18 to battle for the lead. However, in lap 20, he touched the back end of Schmidt and spun himself into the turn two infield for another yellow. Schmidt and Coyne restarted the field and Schmidt took off with the lead
while Armstrong, Keown, and Preston followed inside of Coyne for second
through fourth. Preston took to the outside of Keown to battle for third.

In lap 28, with two laps to go, Keown broke loose in turn one inside of and into the rear half of Preston. They both headed into the wall where the front end of Preston dug in and stopped the car. The momentum of Keown’s car sent it up and onto Preston’s, then onto the wall where it tipped and rolled over back onto the track. Upside-down, Keown kept rolling down the banked turn back onto his wheels. Both Preston and Keown were all right, though Preston’s car suffered severe front end damage and Keown’s car had rollover crumples from door to roof to door. The race was called at that point and Schmidt finished first followed by
Armstrong, Coyne, Keown, and Preston. Keown won the trophy dash.

Bonus Bombers

Ten cars started the Bonus Bomber main event with Jodi Snider and David Jones in the poll row. After one false start, Jones slowed on the outside pushing Mike Sullivan behind him as Manuel Antonio, Sean Keown, Bill Mucci, and Andy Vander Veer passed him for second through fifth. Mucci got inside Keown and Keown was also shuffled to the back. Vander Veer had just passed Mucci on the outside for third in lap four when Antonio suddenly slowed on the frontstretch in front of him and retired into the infield. Vander Veer got around, but Mucci had to slow which slowed Sullivan and allowed Eric Johnson and George Mavrakis to pass Sullivan.

By lap 11, Mavrakis had passed Johnson on the inside for fourth and Sullivan followed, but as Johnson settled back to the inside they touched and spun in turn four causing a caution. Snider and Vander Veer restarted the race and Vander Veer took the outside lead. Snider broke loose and spun in turn two for another yellow. She and Keown would spin again causing another caution in lap
19. In lap 26, Sullivan would be black-flagged for a sever tire rub.

Vander Veer and Mavrakis restarted the field and, for the rest of the race, Mavrakis would try every line he could think of to pass Vander Veer while Johnson tried to take second. On the last lap, Mavrakis made it to the inside of Vander Veer in turn three, but cutting the dirt slowed him and Vander Veer surged ahead on the frontstretch for the win. Johnson finished third followed by Keown and Mucci. Johnson won the trophy dash and a heat race, and Antonio won the other heat race.

Bombers

The Bomber main event started with a full field of 18 cars, with Jon Waner and Andy Norton transferring from the B-Main. Chris Gamble and Tim Buzzard brought them to the green ahead of Mike Bray and Jimmy Sorrels — then it all went wrong. Buzzard and Bray got loose in turn three which spun the nose of Bray
into the wall blocking the track in front of the entire pack. Sorrels, Richie Schwarm, and Wendy Ray Pierce were immediately collected into the wall while Shelby Helm and Scott Sabol (driving the 07 for George Abella) dove through the infield. When it was all over, Bray, Sorrels, Schwarm, Pierce, Richie Hoven, and Roman Rose had to retire.

Helm and Gamble restarted a field now cut down by a full third to 12 cars. Sabol and Tony Ramazzotti claimed third and fourth as Jerry Crapo was shuffled back by Randy Portlock, Manya Tenney, and Ron Duke. As Duke started to power through the field, Gamble and Sabol battled side-by-side for second. In lap 8, a caution was thrown when Sabol and Gamble tangled in turn four, spinning Sabol as Duke dodged to the outside.

Helm and Duke restarted the field followed by Ramazzotti and Portlock. Duke shot by Helm for the lead and ran away with it for the rest of the race. Helm and Portlock battled for second while Sabol started a steady climb up from the back to battle Ramazzotti and Tenney for fourth which Sabol claimed in lap 22
At the checkers it was Duke followed by Helm, Portlock, Sabol, and Ramazzotti. Tenney won the trophy dash, and Portlock, Byers, and Helm the heat races.

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night July 7 at the Lakeport Speedway with the Deake Lyndall Memorial featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets and with the Late Models, Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers. For more information, www.LakeportSpeedway.com

14 Year Old Dylan Rose Wins His First Bomber Main

June 21st, 2007

Point leader Ron Duke Jr. from Redwood Valley set the Guy Strohmeier Auto Center Bomber fast time of 14.964s. Dylan Rose from Lakeport, a 14 year old driver who had yet to place in the top five this season, won his first main event.

Jake Tillman from Cobb set the Pro-4 Modified fast time of 13.105s. Jonathon Reynolds from Lakeport held off Tillman in the final laps to win the main event.

In Airport Auto Brokers Late Model action, Mike Doss from Nice both set the fast time of 12.746s and led the final three-lap shootout to win the main event.

Codi Barba from Cobb set the Modified fast time of 12.742s. Jeremy Nowlin from Kelseyville won his second main event in a row.

The Mini-Stock fast time was set by Robert Schmidt from Lucerne. He also won his fifth main event this season.

Pro-4 Modifieds

The seven car Pro-4 Modified main event pack was led to the start by John Barker and Jonathon Reynolds. Barker took the early while Reynolds dueled Greg VanCleave for second. After six laps, VanCleave claimed second and Joe Sloan snuck into third ahead of Reynolds. In lap eight, VanCleave and Sloan spun in turn two for the first yellow. Barker and Reynolds restarted the field ahead of Jake Tillman and Devin La Horgue. Reynolds took the outside lead with Tillman following in lap 11 for second. In lap 17, La Horgue and Sloan spun for another caution. Reynolds and Tillman led the restart and Reynolds took the inside lead ahead of Barker and La Horgue as Kevin Barba, who had given up the poll position because of mechanical problems, fell back. In lap 20, Sloan
suddenly got loose, went wide in turn four, and then retired into the turn one infield. In lap 24, Barker’s hood flew open, blocking his view, and a yellow was thrown. Reynolds and Tillman restarted the field with Tillman taking the outside lead, but Reynolds reclaimed it after a few lap. While Tillman fought to hold the outside of Reynolds, VanCleave challenged outside of Barker for
third. At the finish, Reynolds held his lead over Tillman, and Barker held third ahead of VanCleave with Barba in fifth. La Horgue won the trophy dash.

Late Models

Six Late Models made it into the main event with Michael Swaney and Blair Aiken in the poll row. Swaney fell back on the inside, pushing Charlie Collins and Forrest Kuecker behind him, as Mike Doss and John Dalerio took second and third from the outside. In lap 13, Kuecker passed Dalerio for third. In lap 25, as Swaney was being lapped, Kuecker managed to pass Doss for second. However, in lap 29, Kuecker and leader Blair tangled and spun for the only caution of the race. Doss and Dalerio led the green-white-checker shootout, and Doss kept the inside lead for the win. Dalerio finished in second followed by Kuecker, Aiken, and Collins. Collins won the trophy dash and Aiken the heat race.

Modifieds

Andrew Snider and Jeremy Nowlin led the 13 car Modified field to the main event start after one bad start and a caution for Codi Barba leaking brake fluid after losing a brake caliper. Nowlin took the outside lead and Derrick Crayford held third outside of Mike Smithhart. Mike Linnell fell back on the outside pushing Kevin Estep and Terry McIntire behind him. By lap seven, Crayford made the outside pass on Snider for second. As Terry McIntire passed Estep, Mark Marek, and David Furia on the outside, Mike Smithhart gradually lost ground on the inside and was passed in turn by Thomas Wright, McIntire, Furia, Estep, and Marek. In lap 22, Linnell was lapped by Nowlin and Wright was looking to the outside of Snider for third. Wright completed the pass in lap 26 as McIntire moved to the outside of Snider. In lap 29, Snider and McIntire touched sending McIntire into the frontstretch wall where he fell back behind Furia. Nowlin crossed the finish first, followed by Crayford, Wright, Snider, and Furia. Furia won the trophy dash, and Snider and Estep the heat races.

Mini-Stocks

The Mini-Stock main event was fielded by six cars, but Brad Laird had to retire to the infield with technical problems. Jessica Aceves and Sean Keown brought the field to the start. Aceves faded back on the inside pushing Todd Armstrong and Davey Coyne behind her as Robert Schmidt challenged Keown for the lead. They ran side-by-side until lap 20, when Schmidt trapped Keown behind the lapped car of Aceves and took the lead. Keown dug into turn one deep to try to catch up, but broke loose in turn two allowing Armstrong to
pass for second.Schmidt claimed his fifth win, followed by Armstrong, Keown, Coyne, and Aceves. Keown won the trophy dash and Armstrong the heat race.

Bombers

The Bomber main event started with a full field of 18 cars. Tony Ramazzotti, Robert Byers, and Wendy Ray Pierce transferred in from the B-Main, but Ramazzotti and Pierce were not running for points or position this night.
Dylan Rose and Rick Tommila started the field ahead of Nickolie Rhodes and Tim Buzzard. Byers retired into the turn three infield with technical problems. Buzzard fell back on the outside pushing Shelby Helm, Simi Tour, Roman Rose, and Manya Tenney behind him. Jimmy Sorrels managed to get under Buzzard and slipped into fifth behind Mike Bray. By lap seven, Tommila had also fallen back on the outside. D. Rose held the lead followed by Rhodes. Bray was inside of Sorrels in third, and Richie Hoven was inside of Randy Portlock in fifth. One lap later, Ron Duke Jr. and the fading Tommila tangled in the backstretch for the first caution. The restart was stopped when R. Rose and Tour also spun on the backstretch. D. Rose and Rhodes led the restart but Rhodes could not hold the outside line and was freight-trained to the back by the inside field, pushing Sorrels and Portlock behind him. Bray, Jon Waner, Hoven, and Tenney held second through fifth. Pierce took to the outside of Tenney and showed
how effective strong outside handling can be by passing Tenney and Hoven
to challenge Waner for third. In lap 20, R. Rose and Tour tangled in turn one for a caution. Another caution immediately followed with Waner blew a tire in turn two and spun into the field, collecting Helm, Portlock, Tenney, and Tommila. The next restart was stopped as Tour and Buzzard collided sending Buzzard into the frontstretch wall. D. Rose and Bray finally got things going again ahead of Pierce and Hoven. Bray cannot hold the outside and is passed on the inside by D. Rose, Pierce, and Abella, trapping Hoven and Ramazzotti behind him. Hoven and Ramazzotti touch and fall back on the outside to the back.

By lap 25, D. Rose was leading but was challenged on the outside by Pierce ahead of Abella. Bray finally managed to slip back to the inside ahead of Sorrels, but Duke Jr. passed both of them on the outside. At the checkers, 14 year old Dylan Rose held off the advances of Wendy Ray Pierce to win his first Bomber main. Pierce was not running for points or position this night, so Abella placed second followed by Duke Jr., Bray, and Sorrels. R. Rose won the trophy dash, and Portlock and Helm the other two heat races.

Local Lakeport Racer Mostin Wins the B.C.R.A. Midget Challenge

June 6th, 2007

Shane Golobic from Fremont set the fast time of 12.202s. However, despite qualifying seventh fastest, Eric Mostin from Lakeport not only won the heat race, he threaded through and fended off the pack to win the main event.

Mostin came into this challenge eighth in point behind Justin Grant. The
B.C.R.A. Midgets will race again next week at the Ukiah Speedway as part of the next “King of the Hill Challenge Series” event.

Late Models, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers competed last Saturday night in the “King of the Hill Challenge Series” event at the Lakeport Speedway. This was the first time this season that the powerful Late Models raced the Lakeport “Equalizer”.

The Late Model fast time of 12.494s was set by Mike Doss of Nice, who also made a late race pass and avoided a fiery finish to win the main event.

All 20 Bombers started the main event which, while hard run and contentious, only suffered three cautions. Ron Duke Sr. of Redwood Valley, who set the fast time of 14.947s, overcame Jimmy Sorrels in a final three-lap shootout to win. This was enough for the Dukes (Sr. and Jr. share driving the #7 car between the Lakeport and Ukiah Speedways) to take the points lead for the first time this season.

Robert Schmidt from Lucerne set the Mini-Stock fast time of 13.990s. However, Schmidt’s domination of the Mini-Stock class this season came to an abrupt end as Dale Preston from Kelseyville swept the trophy dash, heat race, and main event.

Late Models

The Bonus Bomber main event field of 11 cars was led to the start by Jeremy Nowlin and Sean Caturegli. Caturegli immediately fell back on the outside trapping Forrest Kuecker behind him as Jeremy Donahoo, John Dalerio, and Charlie Collins advanced on the inside to second through fourth.

For 12 laps Donahoo looked for Nowlin to make a mistake and give him an inside opening, but it was not to be. In lap 13 Dalerio finally advanced from outside Collins to a better line outside Donahoo. Two laps later he passed both for the lead, and Mike Doss quietly followed him to battle Nowlin for second.

Nowlin tried to hold off the outside challenge of Doss by taking some of his groove, but took too much to often and a yellow was thrown in lap 20 so the flagman Johnny Miskill could talk to him.

This gave Doss second behind Dalerio for the restart. It only took two laps for Doss to take the lead from the outside as both Collins and Donahoo passed Nowlin for third and fourth. The race was on to catch Doss when, in the last lap, Donahoo spun into the turn three wall in front of Chris Salmina and Caturegli. Caturegli had no time to react as his car literally drove up and over Salmina’s, stripping sheet metal from the car as it went.

Track officials were immediately on the scene checking on both drivers when they noticed a strong smell of fuel. Just as they were calling for the fire crew and warning the drivers, a spray of fuel from a broken line under Salmina’s car burst into flame that engulfed a strip from the apron, up the track, and over the front of Salmina’s car.

The fire crew, already called up, had the fire doused within seconds. No one was hurt in the fire although Salmina was somewhat shaken up by the initial crash.

The race was called at that point giving Doss the win followed by Dalerio, Collins, Kuecker, and Nowlin. Salmina won the trophy dash, and Estep and Dalerio the heat races.

Mini-Stocks

Jim Keown and Davey Coyne led the start of the seven car Mini-Stock field. Dale Preston and Robert Schmidt quickly made their way to the from and took the lead in lap seven. Schmidt gamely tried to chase down Preston as Davey Coyne and Brad Laird put on a pitched battle for third.

At the finish it was Preston, followed by Schmidt, Coyne, Laird, and John Johnson.

Bombers

All 20 Bombers started the main event, and Andy Norton and Robert Byers led them to the green. Byers got wide in turn one and lost second to Randy Portlock, but recovered, fell in behind Portlock, and retook second on the inside as Portlock looked to the outside of Norton.

Ronald Portlock fell back on the outside pushing Jon Waner and Shelby Helm back and giving Kevin Brackett, Richie Schwarm, George Abella, and Jimmy Sorrels fourth through seventh. In lap six, Roman Rose and Manya Tenney made contact and spun to bring out the first caution.

Norton and Byers restarted the field in front of Randy Portlock and Brackett. Brackett suddenly slowed during the restart and everyone accordioned into each other and the wall around him. Byers and Schwarm spun to the infield. Byers recovered and rejoined the race, but Schwarm suffered a flat tire. Everyone else recovered and no yellow was thrown.

Norton now led Randy Portlock inside Sorrels, Mike Bray inside of Cory Carlson, and Abella inside of Ron Duke Sr. In lap 12, Norton came up on
lapped traffic. Tenney held her speed ahead of him, but Tommy Nugent was
quickly passed forcing Randy Portlock and Sorrels to go three-wide inside him.

Sorrels advanced to challenge Norton on the outside for the lead. Duke held a strong outside line, passed Abella and Carlson, and then Bray three laps later. In lap 16, Sorrels pinned Norton behind the lapped car of Chris Gamble to take the lead, but Gamble suffered a flat bringing out a caution and negating that pass.

Norton and Sorrels restarted the field as Bray fell back behind Duke and Carlson. It took Sorrels until lap 21 to finally get around Norton, and Duke followed him. For six laps, Sorrels ran side-by-side inside Duke for the lead. In lap 27, R. Rose and Ronald Portlock tangled to bring out the last caution.

Sorrels and Duke restarted the three lap shoot-out. The rest of the pack jockeyed hard for position with Norton loosing two positions when he got
wicked loose in turn one, and Tony Ramazzotti, Richie Schwarm and Robert
Byers going three-wide resulting in Schwarm spinning to the infield.

Duke finally overpowered Sorrels from the outside in lap 28 and Carlson tried to follow but could not hold the line. At the checkers is was Duke followed by Sorrels, Carlson, Abella, and Helm. R. Rose won the trophy dash, and Wendy Ray Pierce, Randy Portlock, and Helm the heat races.

Coming Up

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night June 9 at the Ukiah Speedway with the B.C.R.A. Midgets, Modifieds, Bonus Bombers, Bombers, and Bandoleros, and then returns to the Lakeport Speedway June 16 with Late Models, Pro-4 Modifieds, Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers.

This Friday and Saturday June 8-9, Lakeport Speedway will host the Monster Truck Mud Bog Rally. Side-by-side trucks attempt to survive the deep mud drag. In addition, the Lakeport Sliders: Front-wheel drive cars with skid plates instead of rear wheels. Also featured is the Ski Car Stuntman.

For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com

Marks, Winchel, and Parmer Legends Cars Spring National Winners

May 31st, 2007

Zachery Kavert set the fast time on both Friday (13.952s) and Saturday 13.960s, and Friday’s main event was won by Frankie Marks. David Winchel took the early lead in Saturday’s main event, held it throughout the race, and fended off the late challenges by Kavert to win.

In Sunday’s main event, Micah Parmer stayed ahead of a big lap 20 pile-up, steadily making his way past leaders Fred Clement and Austin Murphy, to claim the win.

Estep Fifth Different Modified Winner Mavrakis Takes Both Bonus Bomber Mains.

The fifth Modified race of the season saw the fifth different driver, Kevin Estep of Clearlake Oaks, bring home the main event trophy. Mark Marek of Lakeport set the fast time of 12.797s.

George Mavrakis of Cloverdale won both Bonus Bomber main events, and points leader Andy Vander Veer set the fast time on both Saturday (14.056s) and Sunday (14.076s).

Ron Duke Jr. of Redwood Valley, who has been sharing the #7 car with his
father Ron Duke Sr., drove Lakeport for the first time this season and not only set fast times both Saturday (14.946s) and Sunday (15.024s), but also won the Sunday main event passing Jimmy Sorrels on the last lap. Andy Norton of Ukiah won his first main event this season on Saturday.

Saturday was all Jake Tillman, the points leader of The Pro-4 Modifieds, as he both set the fast time of 13.115s and won the main event. However, on Sunday it was Codi Barba who held the early lead to win the main event. The fast time of 13.436s was set by Joe Sloan.

Bryant Best Buccaneer in the Fiberglass 500

When the sun sets and the tide comes in, fans know it is time for racers to pump the bilge and polish their gunwales as they take to the high asphalt for the “Fiberglass 500″ boat race.

The Lakeport buggy led 19 cars towing boats around the track now inundated with water from a perimeter sprinkler pipe and that awesome infield water cannon. The field included a BMW and a big black stretch limousine. When the green flag fell, the hunt was on.

The object of a boat race is to tow your boat around the track and take out as many other boats as you can while protecting your own. Seasoned salts have devised many skills over the last two years to deal with this.

Rowdy Burns, towing the “Hammertime”, demonstrated the direct approach by driving over and through the “S.S. Minnow” of Ian James cutting short a three-hour tour.

Rick Bryant used his great white Lincoln to pin and then crush boats against the wall. That “Ol’ Pirate” Bob Strauss used speed and handling to push Chris Johnson’s “Can’t Touch This #2″ boat around the outside of Johnson’s car and crushed it between them.

Bill Coleman lost his “Quien Sabe’” early to Russ Wheeler and “The No”, but refused to furl his colors. He took a quick turn around the track and pushed his boat instead.

The X car of Andrew Snider seemed a sure winner towing “The Beige Pearl”
as he showed skill and tenacity, taking out many boats by driving through their tethers. One boat proves tougher than he thought, as a piece of it was trapped under his front end. This slowed him down and a surprised Richie Hoven found himself trapped atop of the Pearl and dragged around the track for many laps. This proved too much for Snider’s X car and he was eventually run aground against Rowdy Burns.

The stretch limousine of Bruce Sisevich towing the “Water Wetter” got pinned down in the turn two infield with a car sitting atop his tether between car and boat. It took awhile, but the power of the limo eventually pulled him free.

When the seas calmed and saner minds threw the red flag, only four of our inland corsairs could make it with their boats to the frontstretch. As always, it was now up to the fans to cheer for the racer who most impressed them. It was the car-and-wall boat-crushing tactic of Rick Bryant that won the trophy this night.

The next boat race is the “Asphalt Boat Nationals Qualifier” scheduled for July 21.

Coming Up

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night at the Lakeport Speedway with the “B.C.R.A. Midget Challenge” featuring the B.C.R.A. Midgets and Vintage Midgets, Late Models, Mini-Stocks, and Bombers

McIntire and Bray Claim the Championship Lead in Modifieds and Bombers

May 16th, 2007

The Modified were quick and relentless as Terry McIntire both set the fast time of 12.615s and won the main event. This launched him into the championship points lead by 22 points.

The Bombers made a strong showing with 28 cars. Ron Duke Sr. of Redwood
Valley set a track record fast time of 14.789s and won both his heat race and the main event. Mike Bray of Redwood Valley finished second in the main event, but accumulated enough points to gain the championship lead by only one point.

The Bonus Bomber field was 10 cars strong. Andy Vander Veer of Santa Rosa set the fast time of 14.072s, and Eric Johnson of Kelseyville won the main event. The Mini-Stocks were swept by Robert Schmidt of Lucerne who set the fast time of 14.006s and won all the events.

Something Old and Something New — The Nostalgic Race Car Group and the Cub Scout 500

The Lakeport Speedway Founder’s Cup also featured races of a different type. The second annual “Cub Scout 500″ was held with Lakeport pack 142 and Kelseyville pack 145. These “midget” racers ran a foot-rally on the infield clothed in cardboard race cars.

Their challenge was to race a lap and perform a pit stop three times. Each pit stop was different. They had to refuel the driver (water), change the tires (shoes), and clean the windshield (faces). A great time was had by all and the racers and fans look forward to seeing them every year.

Lakeport Speedway Inaugurates the “King of the Hill Challenge Series

May 1st, 2007

This combined series is especially challenging given the different skills needed for each track: the D-shaped Lakeport “Equalizer” Speedway emphasizes turning and handling skills, while the longer straightaways of the Ukiah Speedway require critical power and brake management.

The Modifieds put on a spirited and close show, with Jonathon Reynolds from Lakeport winning fast time (12.637s) by only five thousandths of a second. Starting second, Derrick Crayford from Santa Rosa fought to stay in the top three until he took over the lead for the last 10 laps to win the main event.

Robert Schmidt of Lucerne made a clean sweep of the Mini-Stock division, setting the fast time of 13.897s and winning all of the events. The Bonus Bomber fast time of 14.265s was set by Andy Van Der Veer. However, it was the slowest qualifier, Manuel Antonio, who took all of the races. Unfortunately, because he failed to attend post-race tech, he was disqualified from the main event giving the win to Andy Van Der Veer.

Bomber fans have long-anticipated this combined Lakeport and Ukiah event, and they were not disappointed as 23 Bombers showed-up to race. The competition was fierce with 13 cars qualifying within ½ of a second. The fast time of 15.222s was set by Manya Tenney from Kelseyville. The main event featured fierce shoulder-to-shoulder racing from start to finish, but it was Richard Schwarm from Ukiah who made his way from 13^th to claim the first checkers of the season.

The Pro-4 Modifieds made their first appearance this season with nine cars. Jake Tillman from Cobb set the fast time of 13.057s and held off a determined hunt through lapped traffic to win the main event.

The Best Appearing Cars
The traditional “Best Appearing Car Contest” was held during the Lakeport Speedway season opener. Cars from each division strutted their stuff in front of the fans with new body work and gleaming paint jobs. The fans hooted and hollered for their favorites and the awards went to the loudest response.

There was a lot to cheer for this year. Even the most banged-up of race cars sported some awesome paint. Fans saw brilliant colors, inventive sponsors, crazy characters, and a spectacular assortment of flame jobs.

The Modified winner was Codi Barba (90) and had to be decided by a tie-breaker with Bob Strauss (11L). The Mini-Stock was also a tie-breaker, won by David Coyne (42).

The Pro-4 Modified award went to Kevin Barba (IB90), and the Bonus Bomber award went to Andy Van Der Veer (49).

The Bomber division featured some of the best efforts, was hotly contested, and suffered an unexpected interruption. In the middle of it all, Mike McBride pulled out a ring, dropped to one knee, and proposed to Manya Tenney (23K) who accepted and became the best appearing bride-to-be. The award was finally won by Jimmy “Captain Nemo” Sorrels (66).

Pro-4 Modifieds
The Pro-4 main event saw all nine cars start as Kevin Barba solved a carburetor problem that kept him from the heat race. Willie Leuzinger and John Barker brought the field to the green flag. Jake Tillman and Ken Gifford immediately started a fast climb through the ranks. Barker held the outside for a lap before Leuzinger powered out front. Joe Sloan advanced to second while the rest of the field fell behind.

In lap four, Gifford got shuffled to the back while Corey Atkins was being lapped, but quickly started to advance again. By lap nine, Tillman cleared Greg VanCleve for third and started after the front two. Gifford did the same for fourth in lap 14.

Tillman maneuvered around Sloan in lap 15, advanced to the outside of the leader Leuzinger, and used lapped traffic to complete the pass in lap 18. Gifford cleared Leuzinger in lap 20 and started to chase down Tillman. K. Barba was forced to retire to the infield with mechanical problems. Codi Barba would soon join him with his own problems.

For 10 laps Gifford slowly closed the distance with Tillman, gaining a good piece when Tillman was slowed by lapped traffic, but he ran out of laps and Tillman crossed the finish three car lengths ahead. Gifford finished second followed by Leuzinger, Sloan, VanCleave, Barker, Atkins, C. Barba, and K. Barba.

Codi Barba won the trophy dash, and Greg VanCleve the heat race.

Modifieds
The Modifieds had already shown a lot of fiery intensity in the heat races and brought even more into the main event. Corey James and Derrick Crayford led the 11 car field to the start and Ron Connor powered on the inside to take second.

Jonathon Reynolds and Bob Strauss touched in lap three, just behind an advancing Terry McIntire, bringing out the first yellow. James and Connor restarted the field. Mike Smithhart and McIntire quickly claimed fourth and fifth as Codi Barba was shuffled back.

Strauss and Reynolds made their way back up to sixth and seventh, but in lap 11 they and Reynolds tangled in turn four causing another caution and sending Reynolds to the pits. James and Connor again restarted the field.

The racing got very tight as Crayford and Jeremy Nowlin worked their way past McIntire. In lap 15, Crayford claimed second from Connor and had just started to work on James when Connor and McIntire touch wheels sending McIntire to the infield in turn two bringing out another caution.

James and Crayford led the restart and Crayford immediately took the lead. Strauss worked his way up past Barba to Nowlin for fourth. In lap 24, McIntire and Connor tangle again in turn one for a caution.

Crayford and James restarted the field ahead of Nowlin, Strauss, and Barba. In the remaining seven laps, James got shuffled back as Barba made the pass on Strauss.

Crayford claimed the checkers ahead of Nowlin, followed by Barba, Strauss, James, McIntire, Darin Snider, Smithhart, Connor, Mike Linnell, and Reynolds. Strauss won the trophy dash, and James and Barba the heat races.

Mini-Stocks
The Mini-Stock main event saw six cars led to the start by David Coyne and Robert Schmidt. Schmidt dominated the race, making the pass by Coyne for the lead in lap three and never looking back.

Todd Armstrong and Jay Strugnell maintained a chase for Coyne while Brad Laird and Jay Rosenthal became lapped traffic.

Schmidt easily finished first, followed by Coyne, Armstrong, Strugnell, Laird, and Rosenthal.

Bonus Bombers
Bonus Bomber comprise Lakeport Modified Bombers and the more advanced Ukiah Bombers. Six cars showed up to race, but Wade Coleman and David Jones suffered engine failures early in the day. Manuel Antonio and Keith Nelson started the field.

Andy Van Der Veer quickly took second in lap three and stayed nose-to-tail with Antonio. In lap 16, he got a little too close and spun into the infield.

Antonio and Nelson restarted the field, and Van Der Veer quickly reclaimed second to work on Antonio. Try as he might, he just could not maintain the outside to make the pass.

Antonio finished first, followed by Van Der Veer, Nelson, and Bill Mucci. However, Antonio is disqualified after failing to attend post-race tech and the win is given to Van Der Veer.

Bombers
Bomber main event action was wild and contentious with 23 cars comprising Lakeport Bombers and Ukiah Pure-Stocks. Seven Bombers raced a B Main which advanced Danny Helm and Rich Tommilia to the A Main.

Dylan Rose and Ron Portlock led the charge to the green but did not get far. Portlock took the outside lead as Anthony McCoy followed and tangled with D. Rose in turn two when he tried to complete the pass for second.

This spun both in front of the whole field causing a big pile-up and the first yellow. Collected were Branden Powers, Robert Byers, George Abella, Roman Rose, D. Helm, Andy Norton, and Richard Hoven. This put Jimmy Sorrels and Shelby Helm up front for the restart.

The next 11 laps were a series of yellows and restarts as cars touch and spin while jockeying in the tight packs. Sorrels and S. Helm maintained a lead in front of Jon Waner, Mike Bray, and Richard Schwarm.

Abella spun in lap two, R. Rose was turned into the infield and McCoy spun in three, Abella again in 10, D. Helm broke a tie-rod and was sent into the wall in 11, and Norton spun in 12. Norton had a particularly tough night as he was accordioned at the start, caught in three-wide traffic three times, and pushed to the outside twice, yet he still managed to finish the race.

By the lap 12 yellow, Sorrels and S. Helm were in a vicious duel for the lead. They tried three times to restart the field, but were stopped by Sorrels’ early charge and the lagging of S. Helms. Finally, they were put back one rank and the field was restarted by Waner and Schwarm. While Schwarm furiously worried the rear of Waner, Sorrels and S. Helm continued their duel as Bray and Byers tried to work their way around it. This gave Schwarm time to work Waner and, in lap 23, Waner got loose enough for Schwarm to shoot through inside. By the time Waner came back down, S. Helm, Bray, Sorrels, and Byers had gained second through fifth.

Schwarm keeps his lead while the pack behind him battled. Abella made a last lap pass on Waner for sixth. Schwarm claimed the checkers, followed by S. Helm, Bray, Sorrels, Byers, Abella, Waner, R. Rose, Ron Portlock, Hoven, Manya Tenney, Norton, Randy Portlock, McCoy, and Tommila. Powers placed 16^th followed by D. Helm, and D. Rose.

Coming Up
The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” continues this Saturday night at the Ukiah Speedway, and then returns to the Lakeport Speedway Saturday night May 12^th with the N.C.R.A. Founders Cup featuring the Modifieds, Mini-Stocks, Bonus Bombers, and Bombers. For more information, browse “http://www.LakeportSpeedway.com “.

LAKEPORT SPEEDWAY NEWS

April 19th, 2007

The April 28 season opener will include the modifieds, mini stocks, bombers, bonus bombers and the pro-4 modifieds. In addition the annual “Best Appearing Car Contest” will take place prior to the regular racing program. The next event will be the 16th annual NCRA Founder’s Cup race on May 12.

Memorial day weekend features two nights of action with the INEX Legends
Cars Spring Nationals qualifying races on Saturday, May 26. Also running
that night will be the modifieds, bombers, bonus bombers and pro-4 mods.
Sunday night features the “Fiberglass 500″ boat races as well as the feature events for the INEX nationals.

June 2 will feature the BCRA non-winged midgets and the BCRA vintage midgets. This will be the first of two appearances for these popular open-wheel race cars.

The first-ever summer sizzler monster truck race and mud-bog show will
take place on June 8 and June 9. And as a special bonus, a special
demonstration with the Ski Car Stuntman will thrill the crowd with his
aerial jumps. Plus the debut of the Saturday night slider cars will be
on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Other special events during the season include the 18th annual “Kelseyville Lumber Deake Lyndall Memorial” on July 7 which includes the BCRA midgets, the modifieds, mini stocks, bombers, bonus bombers and late models. Also in July will be the second boat race, the Asphalt Boat Nationals qualifier on July 21. The winner of this event will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Asphalt Boat Nationals on September 15.

After a two week break, the action continues on August 11 with the only
appearance of the NSCS late models in the North State Challenge Series”. These high-dollar sophisticated race cars have become a favorite of many late models fans throughout the North-western states.

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” for modifieds, mini stocks, bombers, bonus bombers and late models will conclude its Lakeport schedule on August 25 and will continue at the Ukiah Speedway until September 8..

September 15 is the date for the Marlene Baker Memorial Bomber Bash #12. It will run prior to the Asphalt Boat Nationals. The Marlene Baker Memorial bomber Bash #12 will offer $500 to win to both the bomber and the bonus bomber divisions.

Lakeport’s 18th annual October Classic is slated for October 19, 20 & 21
and will feature modifieds, late models, mini stocks, bombers, bonus bomber and pro-4 modifieds. This three-day happening is the “Daytona 500″ of short-track racing for many competitors in the area, and will be the final event of the season.

Lakeport Speedway is located at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Martin Street in Lakeport. Gates open on race day at 5:00 pm with racing at 7:00 pm. The pits open at 12:00 noon. For further information on the 2007 racing season, the “King of the Hill Challenge Series”, or to receive rules, call the speedway office at (707) 274-2844 or visit the web site at www.lakeportspeedway.com

Ukiah, Lakeport Speedways Unite to Bring “King of the Hill Challenge Series”

March 15th, 2007

The “King of the Hill Challenge Series” will include the modifieds, mini stocks, bombers, bonus bombers, and the Airport Auto Brokers late models. It will run one weekend in Lakeport and the next in Ukiah. There are no conflicting schedules as have been the past 12 years.

“The drivers will race at both race tracks like they did back in the sixties and seventies,” said Lakeport Speedway manager Nadine Strauss. “Because the tracks are so different in shape, our drivers and theirs will have to learn a brand new style of driving.”

Strauss and her husband, Bob, a modified driver as well as co-promoter at Lakeport, and Ukiah promoter Blair Aiken, have been working hard on all the details of the merger, including a common set of rules for all five divisions, common officials to work at both race tracks, a common points system, and the same purse payout.

“I will be working as director of competition at both race tracks. I’ve done it for 23 year
at Lakeport and hope to make the transition at Ukiah as easy as possible for both the drivers and the officials,” Strauss said.