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PREVIEW: PACIFIC CHALLENGE SERIES TO CROWN CHAMPION SATURDAY AT UKIAH

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2015) – A hotly contested championship battle between two Northern California veteran Super Late Model drivers will be decided Saturday, when the Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com holds its championship finale at Ukiah Speedway. Granite Bay’s John Moore leads Salida’s Mike Beeler, the 2014 champion, into the highly anticipated tenth points race and 11th race overall for the series.

Saturday’s race marks the third appearance of California’s only Super Late Model series to the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Ukiah. Upperlake’s Jeremy Doss defended home turf with a victory in May while Folsom, CA rookie Hunter Corbitt won at Ukiah in July. Doss’ win was the springboard to an eventual three wins this year in a hugely successful part-time PCS campaign.

Beeler is trying to make history as the only repeat champion in the PCS series going back to 2008 under the former AABLM format.

Moore and Beeler each have one win, and each of those wins came at their home tracks with Moore winning the July round at Stockton while Beeler put himself squarely into the championship hunt with a win at the September Stockton race. The tides turned last week at Roseville when Moore took home a solid second place finish to retake the points lead with Beeler coming home seventh.

In ten starts, Moore has one win, six top-fives, and seven top-tens. Beeler’s resume is one win, four top-fives, and seven top-tens.

Moore leads Beeler by four points in the overall standings, but with a “throw-away” points system the lead increases to 12 points. Moore’s worst finish this season was a 17th at the June Roseville event while Beeler had a 13th place effort at the April Roseville race.

Beeler will need to steer his #6 Beeler Industries Chevrolet at least six positions ahead of Moore, in the #27 JM Environmental Camaro, to at least tie the points and move to a tie-breaker scenario.

The wild card in the points hunt may be Moore’s son Cole, in the #20 JM Environmental Camaro. Although 34 points out of first place after taking out the lowest score, Cole Moore could still play spoiler if he can hit a home run ball by getting his first career PCS win when it counts on Saturday.

Fourth through eighth in the points will be an equally entertaining duel with Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn, Grass Valley’s Don Swartz, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, Corbitt, and Eagle, ID’s Travis Milburn all mathematically in the hunt. Rounding out the top-ten in the order is Auburn’s Austin Gant and Doss.

This weekend’s PCS points finale begins Friday night with an optional practice session. Saturday’s races include a 75 lap PCS feature plus local racing with Modifieds, Legends, Bombers, and Jammers. The Ukiah Speedway is located at the Redwood Empire Fair & Event Center.

Following Ukiah, the Pacific Challenge Series teams will set their sights on the non-points season finale “October Classic 100” at All American Speedway on October 17th. The $3500 to win event is held during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West races at the one-third mile oval and has attracted 33 pre-entries. Entry information is available on the PCS website or by calling BMR at (916) 676-0010.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racerbling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners

April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*

April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch

May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss

May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss

June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn

July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore

July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt

August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss

September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway – Mike Beeler

September 26 All American Speedway – Kyle Gottula

Remaining dates:

October 3 Ukiah Speedway

October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*

 

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.

 

POS CAR DRIVER TOTAL THROWOUT
1 27 John Moore 356 18
2 6 Mike Beeler 352 26
3 20 Cole Moore 330 26
4 44 Ron Chunn 286 16
5 33 Don Swartz 278 18
6 70 Mike Hite 272 12
7 21/52c Hunter Corbitt 266  
8 18 Travis Milburn 254  
9 34 Austin Gant 216  
10 75 Jeremy Doss 192  

 

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9.26.15 RECAP: Round 10 | All American Speedway

GOTTULA GETS FIRST CAREER PCS WIN WHILE MOORE ASSUMES POINTS LEAD

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (September 27, 2015) – Modesto’s Kyle Gottula charged to his first career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com victory by taking the “Fall Classic 100” at All American Speedway on Saturday night. The Roseville, CA one-third mile saw 19 cars in action for the penultimate round of the championship. Gottula’s victory makes him the eighth different winner this year in the 10 events campaigned.

John Moore used a strong runner-up performance to take over the points lead from Mike Beeler by four points heading into Saturday’s season finale at Ukiah as well.

Beeler won the Sunoco Fuels Fast time but Idaho’s John Nesmith also took the $500 Dash for Cash victory. That dash win also set the starting lineup for the feature but Nesmith was quickly shuffled back to third. NASCAR K&N West rookie and multi-time USAC Western Midget winner Alex Schutte of Redding led the opening ten laps. Schutte was in action in preparation for the October Classic on October 17th.

Gottula assumed the lead on a lap 11 restart brought on by a spin for Auburn’s Mike Hite. Nesmith went around on the 13th lap of action and incoming points leader and Stockton winner Mike Beeler emerged in third. Eagle, ID’s Travis Milburn encountered trouble on lap 18 to fall from the top-five back to 14th position.

A lap 20 restart saw Schutte get out of shape and spark a multi-car incident that brought the race to an extended stop. Schutte was relegated back to the ninth position. A lap 52 caution proved to be the final stoppage of the busy night and Gottula duked it out with Moore to the end.

Milburn, the June Roseville winner, charged back through the field to finish third with Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin and Schutte rounding out the top-five. Beeler fell back to seventh in the final running to surrender the series points lead.

The Pacific Challenge Series concludes its 2015 championship on October 3rd at Ukiah Speedway with John Moore, Mike Beeler, and Cole Moore all mathematically in the mix, whilst Ron Chunn, Don Swartz, Mike Hite, and Hunter Corbitt stand to battle it out for the fourth position as well.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racer Bling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners

April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*

April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch

May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss

May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss

June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn

July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore

July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt

August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss

September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway – Mike Beeler

September 26 All American Speedway – Kyle Gottula

Remaining dates:

October 3 Ukiah Speedway

October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.

9.26.15 RESULTS: Round 10 | All American Speedway

Pacific Challenge Series Round 10: All American Speedway

Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 53 Kyle Gottula Modesto, CA
2 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
3 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
4 20b Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
5 4 Alex Schutte Redding, CA
6 28 Allen Gibney Fort Bragg, CA Pacific Auto Body
7 6 Mike Beeler Salida, CA David’s Racing Products
8 70 Mike Hite Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
9 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
10 33 Don Swartz Grass Valley, CA Swartz Diesel
11 44 Ron Chunn Elk Grove, CA Snapple
12 2 Michael Wendt Lodi, CA Wendt Construction
13 13 Mike Roman Sacramento, CA
14 34 Austin Gant Grass Valley, CA Empire Steel Buildings
15 11 John Nesmith Meridian, ID
16 22n Troy Nagosek Roseville, CA USFD Racing
17 2c Adam Coonfield Modesto, CA All Pro Pest Control
18 38 Hollis Thackeray Gridley, CA Glen Haven Resort
19 5 Chris Scribner Loomis, CA Quick Quack Car Wash

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #6 Mike Beeler 13.368

American Racer Dash ($500 cash): #11 John Nesmith
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #70 Mike Hite (9 positions gained)

Lap leaders: #4 Alex Schutte 1-10, #53 Kyle Gottula 11-100

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PREVIEW: PENULTIMATE ROUND OF PCS TITLE HUNT ON TAP FOR ROSEVILLE

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 22, 2015) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com is embroiled in an exciting points duel between Mike Beeler and John Moore with the series’ ninth points race hitting the track this Saturday at All American Speedway. The Roseville, CA one-third mile asphalt oval will host the series for its third of four appearances in 2015.

Saturday’s action is being billed the “Fall Classic” with the North State Modified Series, Street Stocks, and Bombers also competing. The North State Modified race will be their championship race and that division also has a close battle with Darrin Knight and Tripp Gaylord tied for the lead.

Beeler, in the Beeler Industries #6 Chevy out of Salida, grabbed a critical victory in round eight at Stockton 99 Speedway on September 5th to take over the points lead by six points over Moore. Moore finished third in the JM Environmental #27 Camaro to win the Tri-Holiday Stockton points series.

Both drivers have experienced teams leading their efforts, with Beeler’s car prepared by former K&N West champion Mike David while Moore has teamed up with Ty Joiner who is a championship K&N West crew chief and has spent time in the Camping World Truck Series. The battle looks to go down to the wire with Roseville on Saturday and the season points finale the following week at Ukiah.

“Mike (David) said all we need to do is win a couple of races to win the championship,” Beeler said. “Its been a really good battle between a couple of old guys and we’re having fun with it.”

Moore’s full time effort in 2015 is somewhat of a comeback season after a few years off of the trail.

“Love this series; its the most fun I’ve had in race cars since I started 15 years ago. The competitors are challenging. Some great drivers, great equipment,” Moore said. “The rules in this division are very favorable and inviting to the racer.”

PCS uses a throwaway points system where the lowest points score at the end of the year is thrown out. Ironically both Beeler and Moore have recorded their worst finishes in Roseville events this season and Moore leads Beeler by two markers with the throwaways factored.

Considering the lack of success the pair has had at Roseville in 2015, third in points Cole Moore looks poised to pounce on any opportunity to take over the top spot. Cole Moore, a rookie to Late Model racing, trails Beeler by 18 points in the overall order.

The balance of the top-ten in points includes Folsom rookie Hunter Corbitt, Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn, Grass Valley’s Don Swartz, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, June Roseville winner Travis Milburn, Auburn’s Austin Gant, and four-time series winner Jeremy Doss. Doss is the only repeat race winner in the PCS this year.

Action begins on Friday night with an optional practice session from 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Satruday’s schedule sees pit gates open at noon with cars on the track beginning at 2 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. The All American Speedway is located at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, CA. Adult tickets are $15, with youth and seniors $7, and kids five and under are free!

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racerbling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners

April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*

April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch

May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss

May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss

June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn

July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore

July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt

August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss

September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway – Mike Beeler

Remaining dates:

September 26 All American Speedway

October 3 Ukiah Speedway

October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.

9.5.15 RESULTS: Round 9 | Stockton 99 Speedway

Pacific Challenge Series Round 9: Stockton 99 Speedway

Finish Car Driver Hometown Sponsors
1 6 Mike Beeler Salida, CA David’s Racing Products
2 2h Randy Hedrick Reno, NV Sierra Speed
3 27 John Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Environmental
4 16 Jacob Gomes  Manteca, CA Sunny Valley Smoked Meats
5 52c Hunter Corbitt Folsom, CA Proscapes Landscape & Design
6 20 Cole Moore Granite Bay, CA JM Racing
7 20b Tracy Bolin Valley Springs, CA Bolin Builders
8 44x Ron Chunn Elk Grove, CA Snapple
9 28 Myles Anderson Fort Bragg, CA Pacific Auto Body
10 52 Ryan Philpott Tracy, CA 51 Fifty Energy
11 18 Travis Milburn Eagle, ID Cooks Collision
12 70 Joe McDonald* Elk Grove, CA Storage for Less
13 34 Austin Gant Grass Valley, CA Empire Steel Buildings
14 55 Danny Malfatti Hayword, CA Malfatti Motorsports
15 75 Jeremy Doss Upperlake, CA I-5 Tire Factory
16 2 Michael Wendt Lodi, CA Wendt Construction
17 33 Don Swartz Grass Valley, CA Swartz Diesel
18 9 Larry Tankersley Stockton, CA Accurate Auto Glass
19 90 Ross Strmiska Manteca, CA Mainline Equipment
20 53 Kyle Gottula Modesto, CA

Sunoco Fuels Fast Time: #27 John Moore 13.476

American Racer Dash ($500 cash): #75x Jeremy Doss
Penney Racing Supply Hard Charger: #28 Myles Anderson (8 positions gained)

Lap leaders: #75x Jeremy Doss 1-81, #6 Mike Beeler 82-100

*= Substitute driver for #70 Mike Hite

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9.5.15 RECAP: Round 9 | Stockton 99 Speedway

BEELER GRABS FIRST PCS WIN OF 2015 AS TITLE TIGHTENS AT STOCKTON

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (September 6, 2015) – 2014 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com champion Mike Beeler scored his first win of the 2015 campaign to close within two points in the title race in Saturday’s 100 lap contest at Stockton 99 Speedway. Beeler’s win at his home track came in the eighth points paying race of the season and makes him the sixth different series winner this year.

Granite Bay’s John Moore weathered a difficult start to his race to finish third and to win the Tri-Holiday championship for the three race series at the quarter-mile oval. Moore maintained the overall PCS points lead as well.

Madera winner Jeremy Doss of Upperlake, CA won the $500 dash for cash to start on the pole over the 20 car starting field. Doss led the opening lap while Beeler fell backwards from the outside pole. Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin made several charges inside Beeler that ended when Bolin spun off of Beeler’s door in turn four. That lap four caution set up a restart that saw Doss rocket away once again with Jacob Gomes in tow. The caution came out again on lap eight for Eagle, ID’s Travis Milburn spun around in turn four as well.

Moore got into the back of Ross Strmiska on lap ten to bring out the race’s third caution, and send both Strmiska and Moore to the back. Racing action settled down from that point forward with Modesto’s Kyle Gottula emerging from the pack in third behind Doss and Gomes. Ryan Philpott made moves to advance as high as sixth as well.

Gottula ended up being the cause of the next caution, as the red flag came out on lap 29 when his Chevrolet erupted in a fuel line fire. He was uninjured but done for the evening. Reno, NV’s Randy Hedrick used that incident to emerge in the third position in his PCS debut. Ross Strmiska slowed and fell out of the race on lap 32 with mechanical problems.

At the halfway mark of the race, Moore had sprinted his way back to tenth while Doss continued to pace Gomes and Hedrick through lapped traffic. Business picked up on lap 52 when Gomes took Doss three-wide into turn three, with the duo making contact and Doss spinning from the lead. Gomes admitted fault over the radio, and PCS officials ruled to put Doss back into the lead while Gomes would restart from the back. Beeler assumed second for the ensuing restart behind Doss.

Rookie Cole Moore restarted fourth but tagged the wall and slipped back to the seventh position. The most exciting battle of the night might have been Gomes and Bolin battling it out from ninth place. Gomes cleared Bolin as the caution came out for Don Swartz and Philpott coming together on lap 81. Under the caution period, Doss slowed from the lead with a rack and pinion issue and thrust Beeler into the lead position.

Beeler charged away from Hedrick over the final 18 lap green flag run for a .877 second win with John Moore driving all the way to third at the stripe and Gomes advancing to fourth at the finish. Folsom rookie Hunter Corbitt ran fifth ahead of Cole Moore. Myles Anderson finished ninth after starting 17th to win the Hard Charger for the night.

The Pacific Challenge Series will continue its 2015 championship chase with the ninth points race and tenth race overall on Saturday September 26th at Roseville’s All American Speedway. The penultimate race of the championship will also serve as the prelude to October Classic 100 coming up on October 17th and should be a hotly contested race.

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racerbling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.

2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners

April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*

April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch

May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss

May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss

June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn

July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore

July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt

August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss

September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway – Mike Beeler

Remaining dates:

September 26 All American Speedway

October 3 Ukiah Speedway

October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.

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DOSS AND GOMES READY TO BATTLE AT STOCKTON

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 2, 2015) – The Pacific Challenge Series is excited to confirm that our top-two finishers from Madera Speedway, Jeremy Doss & Jacob Gomes, will both be in action for Saturday’s 100 lap race at Stockton 99 Speedway.

Doss is the only repeat winner this year in PCS with three wins, while Gomes is coming off of a win in the SRL event at Stockton two weeks ago.

They join Ross Strmiska, Kyle Gottula, Michael Wendt, John Moore, Mike Beeler, Cole Moore, Don Swartz, Hunter Corbitt, Ron Chunn, Mike Hite, Travis Milburn, Austin Gant, Danny Malfatti and many many more that will be in action.

Racing will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with Super Stocks, Legends of the Pacific, Bombers, and Mini Cups also scheduled.

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PREVIEW: PACIFIC CHALLENGE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP ROLLS TO STOCKTON 99

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2015) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com invades Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night for third round of the Tri-Holiday Series and the eighth race for the 2015 championship. Granite Bay’s John Moore leads Salida’s Mike Beeler by only six markers in the hotly contested championship.

Beeler won the American Racer Tire dash for a set of tires at the August 15th race at Madera Speedway and ultimately finished third in the #6 David’s Racing Products Chevrolet. Moore drove through the field in the #27 JM Environmental Camaro to finish seventh. His son Cole Moore is third in series standings and was the Naake Suspension Hard Charger at Madera after gaining 14 positions to finish fifth.

Moore won the “Ron Strmiska Firecracker 100” at Stockton on July 4th in round two of the three races at the historic quarter-mile asphalt oval. Moore also ran second in the Memorial Day weekend race at Stockton while Beeler has not finished in the top-five in either Stockton event this year.

The balance of the top-five in points includes Grass Valley’s Don Swartz and rookie Hunter Corbitt of Folsom. Corbit has one win this season at Ukiah but failed to finish Madera with mechanical problems. Sixth in the standings is Elk Grove’s Ron Chunn ahead of fellow Elk Grove pilot Mike Hite. Moraga’s Travis Milburn, originally from Eagle, ID, ran fourth at Madera to leap into eighth in the points followed by Madera winner Jeremy Doss and Austin Gant.

With a rich history of Late Model racing, the Stockton Pacific Challenge Series races have always attracted strong local competition. Ross Strmiska is one of those drivers leading the charge. Strmiska is still in search of his first touring series stock car win, despite many years of success for the third generation racer. Strmiska has nearly ten top-fives in touring races at Stockton including a pair of thirds in PCS action at the facility.

A busy card of racing is scheduled with the Legends of the Pacific, the resurgent Super Stocks, the fan-favorite Bombers, and the youth racers in the California Mini Cups racing on Saturday night. Activities get underway Friday night with practice from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 1 p.m. with first practices beginning at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with first races at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $20, with youth, senior, and military w/ ID $15, and kids 10 and under are free!

The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Maita Chevrolet, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, KB Fabrication, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, Racerbling, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel

2015 Pacific Challenge Series schedule & race winners

April 11 Irwindale Speedway – Derek Thorn *non-points*

April 18 All American Speedway – Shannon Mansch

May 9 Ukiah Speedway – Jeremy Doss

May 23 Stockton 99 Speedway – Jeremy Doss

June 27 All American Speedway – Travis Milburn

July 4 Stockton 99 Speedway – John Moore

July 18 Ukiah Speedway – Hunter Corbitt

August 15 Madera Speedway – Jeremy Doss

Remaining dates:

September 5 Stockton 99 Speedway

September 26 All American Speedway

October 3 Ukiah Speedway

October 17 All American Speedway *non-points*

For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit them online at www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or on Facebook.