PCS Rollin into Ukiah – Be There!
The Pacific Challenge Series will be thundering into Ukiah next weekend – 5/17. Its looking like we may have our best car count to date with a big field of returning regulars and a surprising number of racers new to our series getting signed up. Everyone is excited that we have Ukiah speedway back on our schedule .This event -sponsored by PenneyLawers.com – is the 2nd race of our season and is looking like the place to be to see some great late model racing. Make your plans to come out and cheer us on, Our racers love to put on a show for their fans. Go to pacificchallengeseries.com for Schedule, Rules, Entry forms, and payout info.
Largest Field Yet taken the green at Ukiah
The Pacific Challenge Series group showed up in force for the return of the PCS to Ukiah Speedway. The weather was perfect and the track and pits were spectacular. 14 cars were on hand for Fridays extended practice. Big thanks go out to David Furia and his staff from all the PCS racers , crews and staff for making this such a welcoming and exciting event. Saturday saw the highest PCS car count yet with 19 cars filling the newly paved pits.
This event drew cars from all over the north state area. David Miller from Oregon as well as cars from the Valley like Philpott, Beeler, Scribner, Hite, Allen, Gant, Hodges and Jones all came to race with the Ukiah area favorites of Roddy, Hirschbock ,Knight, Dalerio, Anderson, Yapelli, Cashada, Gibney and Nelson. The fans were in for a treat. Teams showed they were more than ready to put on a great show when the practice times started coming in showing a lot of speed and at least a dozen cars all within a tenth of each other. Junior Roddy put down the fastest qualifying lap winning the Sunoco Fuels fast time award. Justin Philpott, David Miller, Austin Gant, Allen Gibney, and Chris Scribner rounded out the top 6 on the speed charts and would set the 6 car 6 lap dash. Chris Scribner jumped out to an early lead in the sprint race and never looked back winning the Diverse Machine and Fab $100 dash for cash.
One of the coolest most notable parts of the weekend was the National Anthem that had the 6 Dash cars making a parade lap while proudly displaying American Flags from each car. It was quite a sight as all the crews came out to the infield for the singing of the anthem as the sun was setting. We had a video crew there that got a lot of the action from the pits and the race and will be posting on You Tube soon, Check it out!!
The PenneyLawyers.com 75 lap main event would kick off with an 8 car invert of the field. Fast timer Roddy would have his work cut out for him getting up through the close knit group. A full field of 19 cars was an awesome sight on the oval as the PCS racers all took the green flag and got the race under way. Allen Gibney fell out in the opening laps with ignition trouble unfortunately ending his night. Kieth Nelson , who started on point , would jump out to a commanding lead and looked to have the field covered until a broken axle sidelined his run at the win.The race ran fairly incident free as the PCS drivers all raced each other hard but clean. Mechanical problems seemed to be the downfall of several teams. Justin Philpott retired early after a hard charge in the front group and fast timer Junior Roddy dropped out after fighting with power steering failure. In the end Chris Scribner raced his way to the front and set sail on a strong run to the end, taking the checkers in his first PCS win and the $1500.00 payday. David Miller was on a great run, keeping out of trouble and bringing home a strong second place finish. Mike Beeler looked fast all weekend in his Mike David prepared car and finished in the third spot . Fourth spot was Bobby Hodges in a Naake Motorsports car and Bobby Hirschbock brought home fifth spot for the I-5 tire team.
All in all it was one of the most enjoyable race weekends ever with lots of cars, lots of fun and great racing. We can’t wait to get back there on September 6th and do it all again.
PCS SEASON OPENER AT STOCKTON
The first PCS race of the season is in the books. A nice 16 car field set the stage for another exciting night of racing. We were excited to see several new faces joining the PCS series for 2014 adding new competition for our returning hot shots as we hit the tracks again this year.
Our opening event at Stockton 99 was a great start to the PCS season. Friday practice showed that the cars were tuned and ready as the racers were laying down some fast laps. Saturdays qualifying saw Eric Schmidt in his Sierra Speed ride put down the fastest lap with a blistering 13.386, besting his last years PCS Stockton time by 2 tenths and winning the Sunoco race fuels $100 fast time award. Danny Allen and Dylan Hutchinson both racing with Naake prepared cars took the next two spots and Mike Beeler in a brand new car built at Mike David’s racing products,rounded out the top 4 and made up a great trophy dash. Danny Allen showed his speed by jumping to a quick paced lead and holding it for the 4 lap sprint, claiming the Diverse Machine and Fab dash for cash.
Fast timer, Eric Schmidt, drew the ball for a ten invert setting up a challenge for the fast guys to work their way up through the field.
The 75 lap Main event saw Keith Nelson in the 6n car, with help from Mike and Jeremy Doss, start on the pole and jump out to an early lead looking very solid. A very determined Stockton 99 regular Justin Philpott was on the move and eventually took over the lead spot and looked like he was going to be the car to beat. As the laps were winding down Eric Schmidt had skillfully worked his way up towards the front and was hunting Philpott. After a great cat and mouse battle Schmidt took over the lead fighting off a couple of late race restart challenges to take the checkered flag with Philpott, Hutchinson,and Allen rolling strong right behind him.
A big thanks goes out to our PCS competitors for putting on a great race for our fans and making the whole weekend a fun event.
We are looking forward to our next race on May 17th that brings us back into Ukiah Speedway. We anticipate a great car count there as well as several of our guys are still finishing their cars
ANOTHER RACE DATE ADDED!
We are excited to announce that we have added OCT 11 at All American Speedway as our season ending championship points race. This event will be an exciting finish to our season. Big Thanks goes out to Bill McAnnally Racing for their help in facilitating a PCS race on this Nascar K&N race weekend at AAS. This event will be a great opportunity to showcase our high energy racing and talented drivers to a huge crowd of fans, spectators, and media. There will be increased payouts and bonuses that will be announced in the weeks to come that will make this a “must attend” event for Late Model Racers and fans throughout the region.
FINALLY! A 2014 Schedule is available
After lots of work and waiting we have most of the PCS schedule approved by our partner tracks. There are still a couple dates we are trying to work out – these will be posted when AND IF they are confirmed. Thanks to everyone for your patience.
04/12/14 Stockton 99 Speedway
05/17/14 Ukiah Speedway
06/07/14 Stockton 99 Speedway
06/21/14 All American Speedway
08/09/14 Stockton 99 Speedway
09/06/14 Ukiah Speedway
09/27/14 All American Speedway
Shasta Open Show – Many have said it was the best 3 days of racing that Northern California has seen in years. With a PCS season record high car count of 22 late models traveling to Shasta Raceway Park from all over California, Oregon and even Washington. As the final points race in what has been a very exciting and close PCS season. The stakes were high and the PCS competitors all brought their “A” games. The 3 day format gave all the teams plenty of time to tune on their race cars and the practice times showed. The weather was perfect mild sunshine and just right for an awesome weekend of racing. With several other divisions racing with good car counts as well the pits were bustling. It was nice to see such a big turnout for Shasta. Thanks go out to Blair, Bob, Nadine and staff for putting on a great end of the year show.
Saturday’s heat race and trophy dash format gave the fans a great taste of what Sunday was to bring. The heat races saw the Hirschbock brothers shine as new comer to the series, Randy, would win Heat 1 and series regular Bobby would win heat 2.
Danny Allen won the PRS $100 trophy dash for cash in his second race with the PCS group. The 15 year old from Roseville, Ca. Looked fast for his first time at Shasta Raceway Park.
Eric Schmidt topped the qualifying charts to collect the $100 bonus for top spot.
With a perfect sunny Sunday on tap the late model group was fired up and ready to race. The 100 lap main event proved to be nothing but spectacular racing with Randy Houston and Eric Schmidt battling side by side through a couple of edge of your seat end of the race re starts. Schmidt crossed the checkers first for the win with Houston on his bumper cover followed by Junior Roddy in close 3rd , 2013 Stockton 99 champion Matt Scott in 4th in his first 10” tire outing and Dash winner Danny Allen rounding out the top 5.
The final finishing order for the season brought the well-deserved Pacific Challenge Series season championship to Eric Schmidt and team with Junior Roddy in 2nd just a bit ahead of Bobby Hirschbock and his I-5 Tire Factory Team in 3rd after a tough points battle all season.
Congratulations and appreciation goes out to all for an amazing weekend and season of racing.
Redwood Acres – The Pacific Challenge Series rolled back into Redwood acres raceway for the 2nd time this year. After our first high energy visit to RAR there were many new racers that were anxious to get in on the action. Being that this was also RAR’s end of the year open show, an additional bonus was added to the regular PCS purse to entice more cars to come out and join in the fun. With a strong field of 15 cars we were ready for another rock and roll weekend in the Redwoods. Again Eric Schmidt showed his muscle by topping the speed charts. Howard Ford, Junior Roddy, David Miller and local favorite Jimmie Walker were all fast with barely a tenth between them all.
With gray skies looming the evening was put into high gear to make sure we would get the racing in before the rain appeared. The 100 lap main event rolled off a bit earlier than scheduled with all the drivers aiming at getting to the front and expecting a rain shortened race .Newcomer to the series, Chris Scribner was off to an early lead from his front row starting spot and looked to be on a rail. Junior Roddy, David Miller, Eric Schmidt, Randy Houston, Jimmy Walker, Mic Moulton and Bobby Hirschbock were all racing hard and trying to work forward as well. With the racing action going hot and heavy a very light drizzle started to descend on the track at about lap 40. A caution was thrown but the cars stayed out and kept circling the track. A short few caution laps later the conditions had cleared enough to get racing under way again and the race was on. Junior Roddy had a fast car and worked his way up and was racing for the lead in just a few laps after the re start. A few laps later another light mist rolled across the track and again the yellow flag was out, but again it quickly cleared and racing would resume. As this next re start got under way many cars were starting to jockey around for position and the 5 of Chris Scribner and 41 of Junior Roddy got together on the back stretch heading into turn 3 and gathered each other up and unfortunately ended both of their nights. After a lengthy clean up the field was re set to run to the finish and the race was on. Eric Schmidt, who had been working his way forward the whole night quickly moved into the lead where he stayed until the next rain shower rolled onto the speedway drawing the yellow again. This time there was enough moisture to make the race track go slick and the race was checkered at lap 69. The unfortunate early end to this race had Eric Schmidt of Roseville at the front to take his first win at Redwood Acres Raceway. A personal goal he and his team were happy to achieve after his disappointing finish in the previous RAR race. David Miller ended with his best PCS finish yet in 2nd and Randy Houston breaking his bad luck with a strong 3rd place finish. And again a great showing by local drivers Mic Moulton and Jimmy Walker coming home in 4th and 5th.
Thanks again from all the PCS racers and staff to Rich and Linda Olsen for their great hospitality and an awesome Friday night BBQ for the racers.
** REMINDER ** For racers planning on racing the Redwood Acres Fall Spectacular – Please be sure to have a working transponder. They are not provided and there will not be any available.
See you all this weekend!
PCS Schedule Change – The Oct 12th race at All American Speedway will no longer be a PCS point race. Due to the promoters’ concern regarding car count, they have decided to make the late model support event an 8” tire Roseville/Stockton late model rules event. PCS cars are still welcome and eligible to run, but must run the 8” slick, and must adhere to the weight penalties. With consideration for these major changes, we have decided to move our final points event to the following weekend, Oct 19th, at Shasta, which is their open show event. I am working with Blair to get a bigger purse worked out for that show.
On another note… the Sept. 28th race at Redwood Acres is also their “Fall Spectacular Open Show”. PCS rules and points will apply for this event. This will be a Saturday-only, 100 lap race with a purse of $2000 to win and other increases all the way through. See attached entry form and flyer for details. There will be an optional Friday practice from 3 to 6. Following practice on Friday, Rich and Linda will be hosting a free BBQ. $100 Pre-Entry is available now. After 9/19/13, the fee with increase to $150. Click here for entry form.
PCS Rules Change – In the interest of achieving higher car counts and enticing more cars to join our series, the decision has been made to change the overall weight and left side requirements for the last 2 shows of our 2013 season. Click here for revised Rules Packet.
Effective Sept 1st, all applicable weight requirements will increase by 50# in each category. Stock stub perimeter (steering box) cars will be 58% left and straight rail steering rack cars will be 57% left. These changes are being implemented to attract more cars so that we may continue to grow our series.
I appreciate everyone’s support and enthusiasm and look forward to an exciting finish to our season so we can start looking forward to next year.
Please call Jeff at 916 338 3434 with any questions.