7/28/13

The Pacific Challenge Series drivers really rocked the Redwoods Saturday night. Such a great line up of drivers in the field, we knew it would be fun, and were not disappointed. A few of the Redwood Acres local late model drivers were on hand and showed their home track advantage with some fast practice times early on Saturday. The 05 of Eric Schmidt topped the qualifying charts winning the PRS $100 fast time award. All of our competitors seemed determined to put on a great show for the Redwood Acres fans. Heat 1 saw RAR local Roger Sanderson cruise to victory from his front row starting spot with Mic Moulton, another RAR local, on his heels. Heat 2 was an all-star line up with the top 4 in PCS points racing to the checkers with hard charging Randy Houston coming out on top. The 9 of Randy Houston also took the PCS$100 dash for cash win and looked strong going into the night’s main event.

With a deep invert draw the fast cars had their work cut out for them as the green flag dropped on the 75 lap main event. The race was moving along at a quick caution free pace when a spin in turn 3-4 on lap 44 had all the cars checking up to avoid getting involved. Unfortunately Eric Schmidt couldn’t get slowed in time and got into the rear of Myles Anderson taking out his radiator and his chances at another winning finish. Shortly after the re-start, Randy Houston exited with an engine problem.  With the 2 fastest cars out for the night the rest of the field set sail on a battle to the finish that had the stands on their feet.  Junior Roddy bested the field with a solid win over Howard Ford, Bobby Hirschbock and top finishing RAR driver Mic Moulton and Area favorite Jimmie Walker rounding out the top 5.  A special thanks to Rich and Linda Olson for a great weekend of racing at Redwood Acres. (Can’t wait to go back in Sept.)

Also thanks to Johnnie M. on another fantastic job on the flags. PCS appreciates your dedication to racing.

7/15/13

WOW!!!!  Another fantastic, wreck free, fast paced race in the books for the Pacific Challenge Series.

I continue to be amazed by what a great show our PCS drivers and crews are able to put on for our fans.  At this weekend’s 4th race of the PCS season we saw a number of new racers joining our series. .  Everyone knew the competition would be first rate with names like Ross Strmiska, Troy Ermish, Mike David, Eddy Secord and Allen Gibney making their first appearances in our series.  As expected, the first practice times showed that the cars and drivers were fast and ready for serious racing.

Series regular and current points leader Eric Schmidt was at the top of the charts all day – with JR. Roddy, Ross Strmiska (driving the #88 Naake motorsports entry) Mike David and Troy Ermish (driving for Bob Strandwold Racing) rounding out the top five on the time sheets.

Newcomer Danny Allen was quite impressive in his first late model outing  – driving double duty in his Legend of the Pacific car and his PCS late model.

Heat 1 saw Stockton regular Justin Philpott hold off a hard charging Jr. Roddy for the win. The 2nd heat was equally exciting with PCS series regular Bobby Hirschbock wheeling his I-5 Tire entry to the win over a determined Troy Ermish who was hot on his heels.

The trophy dash promised an exciting 4 laps of racing when Eric Schmidt, Mike David, JR. Roddy and Ross Strmiska all set to battle for the $100 Penney Racing dash for cash. The fans were not disappointed.  When the dust settled, Ross Strmiska took the cash and the win.

A top 10 invert put the fast guys deep in the field for the green of the 75 lap main event.  Although drivers were respectful of each other’s equipment all race long, racing luck was not.  Several cars fell out or were slowed with mechanical issues; including Jr. Roddy dropping out midway and Troy Ermish, who finished down on power, a problem his Strandwold Racing crew worked hard to repair all day.

Eric Schmidt took advantage of lap traffic midrace to put his bad fast RPM Norcal Chevrolet out front and finish the night with the win. Strmiska was running a strong 2nd but in the latter half of the race, but Mike David was able to overtake that spot and set his sights toward the lead. Unfortunately, with no yellow flags to be had he couldn’t quite close the gaps. Bobby Hirschbock had the best run of his season, bringing home the 4th spot points. Troy Ermish skillfully held on to the 5th spot running on 7 cylinders;  and Newcomer Danny Allen showed patience and skill well beyond his 14 years to finish an impressive 6th place in his first late model race –  without a scratch on the car (well done kid Cool)

Special thanks to Tony and Carol @ Stockton 99 Speedway and their staff and officials. They have all worked fantastically with us and been so generous when we come to their facility. We always feel very welcome and always look forward to coming back.

Another huge shout out goes tour flagman – Johnny Man for his great job (as usual) flagging for us. You do a great job of keeping lap traffic safe and moving.  I think you’re a big contributing factor to our wreck free racing!

The Pacific Challenge Series moves up north out of the heat in just 2 weeks for the 5th race of the series.  We will be making our first appearance at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka on 7/27.

We hope to see everyone there and even more new faces for what could be our most exciting race yet on the fast 1/2 mile.