PREVIEW: TRI-HOLIDAY #3 BRINGS PACIFIC CHALLENGE SERIES TO STOCKTON SATURDAY

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (August 31, 2017) – The Tri-Holiday #3 and eighth round of the 2017 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com hits Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.  The championship battle between 2015 champion John Moore and 2014 champion Mike Beeler continues as part of the ten race Super Late Model series.
Moore is one of seven different race winners in the seven PCS races so far this year.  His victory came during the prestigious Ron Strmiska Memorial 125 at Stockton in July.  His other PCS win at Stockton came during the 2015 July event.  In eight starts, Moore has seven top-five finishes.  He leads Beeler by 12 points in the title fight.
Jeff Bischofberger earned his first PCS win of his career when he won Tri-Holiday #1 in May.  Bischofberger drives for championship-winning JD Motorsports which won both the 2012 and 2016 titles with Jeremy Doss behind the wheel.
Beeler has a pair of wins at Stockton including the 2016 Ron Strmiska Memorial and the 2015 Tri-Holiday #3.  Beeler has finished in the top-two in the standings every season since 2014, finishing second to Moore in 2015 and to Jeremy Doss in 2016.  In 11 PCS starts at Stockton, the veteran drivers has a strong ten top-tens.
Third in the championship battle is Cole Moore, son of John Moore.  The 2015 PCS Rookie of the Year has fallen 48 points adrift of the championship but has had a strong campaign that included three consecutive fast-times and the June 17th victory at Roseville that was his first career Late Model win.  Stockton has been one of the strong points of the year with a pair of runner-up efforts.
2016 Rookie of the Year Matt Wendt returns to his home track where he was the Tri-Holiday champion in Super Stocks previously.  Wendt has a sixth place finish and a seventh place finish at Stockton this season.  He has accumulated a perfect record of five top-tens in five PCS starts at the historic quarter-mile.
2017’s leading rookie Jack Wood rounds out the top-five in the championship bolstered by running in the top-ten in all seven races so far.  He has run sixth and eighth in his only Stockton PCS appearances in his young career.  The sixth place run in July is also his series best finish.
Wood’s cousin Travis Milburn is the defending winner of Tri-Holiday #3 and is sixth in the standings.  Jason Romero finished third at Stockton in May and is seventh overall ahead of Tracy Bolin, Chris Scribner, and Mike Hite.
Former Stockton Late Model champion Matt Scott has worked his way up to 12th in the points and is expected to compete on Saturday night.  Scott has a career best finish of third in PCS races at the speedway.  Former Stockton feature winner in the 90s Greg Kamper is attempting a return to his home track as well after many years out of action.
Ross Strmiska aims to make his tenth career PCS start at his family’s home track, as the third generation driver still chases an elusive series win.  Justin Philpott is also expected to compete.
Racing action on the hot weekend gets started on Friday night with open practice.  Pit passes are $40 with pit gates opening at 2 p.m. and on track activity to follow.  On Saturday, pit gates open at 1 p.m. with practice at 3 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing to follow.  Stockton Late Models, Bombers, and Mini Cups make up a popular undercard for the action!
Tickets are Adult (16+) $20, Jr. (11-15), Sr. (60+) & Military with ID $15, Kids 10 & Under FREE, and a Family Pass (2 Adult, 2 Jr.) $55.
For more information on the Pacific Challenge Series, visit www.PacificChallengeSeries.com or follow them on Facebook or YouTube
The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media.  All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
2017 Pacific Challenge Series Schedule
Subject to change
March 18th – Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)  Winner: Carlos Vieira
May 6th – Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA)  Winner: Derek Copeland
May 20th – Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)  Winner: Jeff Bischofberger
June 17th – All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)  Winner: Cole Moore
July 1st – Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) Ron Strmiska Memorial  Winner: John Moore
July 29th – Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)  Winner: Randy Hedrick
August 12th – Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)  Winner: Jacob Gomes
September 2nd – Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA)
September 16th – All American Speedway (Roseville, CA)
October 14th – All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *2017 Championship Finale* w/ North State Modified Series & NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West)
PCS Track Stats – Stockton
#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 11, Wins: 2, Top-Fives: 6, Top-Tens: 10
#75 Jeremy Doss
Starts: 10, Wins: 3, Top-Fives: 5, Top-Tens: 6
#50 Justin Philpott
Starts: 9, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 4
#70 Mike Hite
Starts: 9, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 4
#90 Ross Strmiska
Starts: 9, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 5
#27 John Moore
Starts: 8, Wins: 2, Top-Fives: 7, Top-Tens: 7
#37 JR Courage
Starts: 8, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 4
#20 Cole Moore
Starts: 8, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 7
#16 Jacob Gomes
Starts: 7, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 5
#18 Travis Milburn
Starts: 7, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 3
#11J Tracy Bolin
Starts: 6, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 2
#1 Matt Wendt
Starts: 5, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 5
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