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.


What an exciting weekend at Shasta Speedway!! The weather was awesome and the track was super fast! Randy Houston turned a blistering 15.545 lap for a new track record

Jr. Roddy won this week’s Dash for Cash, Heat #1 win went to Dennis Lowe of Roseville, and the Heat #2 win went to Bobby Hirschbock

It was great to have several new faces this weekend including Hayden Pederson (#16 Bill McAnally Racing/Napa Auto Parts), #21 Dennis Lowe of Roseville, #5 Chris Scribner out of Loomis, and #55 Dana Bowers from Medford, OR.

The Ideal weather and a packed house set the tone for our most exciting main event this season – The top guys were super fast and worked their way to the front early. Randy Houston, Eric Schmidt and Bobby Hirchsbock were on the fast track and racing hard! Unfortunately the race demons struck again as Houston exited the race with ignition troubles, allowing Eric Schmidt to jump out for a commanding lead. A late caution tightened the field back up for a battle to the end of the 75 lap main. Bobby Hirschbock, Chris Scribner, Jr Roddy and Hayden Pederson all had a great race going in the later half and had everyone on the edge of their seats. Eric Schmidt showed he still had plenty of muscle left in his Sierra Speed / RPM NORCAL Chevy to capture yet another checkered flag, as well as the $1500 winners check and holding on to the PCS points lead.

Special Thanks to Blair and all of the Shasta Speedway team for all their hard work in putting together another great show.

For our next event on 9/27/13 – we return to Redwood Acres raceway in Eureka


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.


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.


PCS Rockin it at Stockton!

Once again, hats off to our Pacific Challenge Series competitors for putting on an spectacular show for our fans despite a light field of cars. The 75 lap main was an action packed, wreck-free race with only one yellow when Eric Schmidt had the rare mishap of an engine failure while leading the race on lap 62 after being the fastest car in the field all day. This opened the door for a hard charging nose-to-tail battle between Jr. Roddy and Jessica Brunelli for the top spot. Jr. Roddy finished the night with the $1500 winners check and the big trophy.  Jessica Brunelli dug hard the whole race and brought home the second spot in her #88 Naake Motorsports ride.

Stockton regulars Kyle Gottula and Justin Philpott both drove a very determined race, finishing in the 3rd and 4th spots respectively in their first outing with the Pacific Challenge Series.

A special thanks to all competitors for an exciting but clean race.

We are excited to be back at Stockton 99 Speedway for our next race on July 13th. We look forward to having more of the Stockton and valley regulars join us for that event.


An Exciting Night of Racing at Shasta Speedway

This weekend’s PCS race was an action-packed show. I truly admire our racers for adapting to a format change and putting on an awesome show for the Shasta Speedway Fans.

In the interest of giving our fans more opportunity to see us on track, we went “Old School” and back to a full format of qualifying, trophy dash, heat race, and main event.

Randy Houston and Eric Schmidt were our top qualifiers.  Both put down some awesome qualifying laps.  Randy Houston came out on top by only a couple hundredths of a second.

Racing was clean and fun to watch.  Houston clearly had a fast race car and was in the lead when a mechanical issue caused him to start to fade.  Schmidt tracked him down and overtook the lead in the closing laps.  John Dalerio was also very fast and was working the lead group when a broken upper control arm finished his night.  A hard charging Tom Elam dug hard all race and came out in the 2nd spot even though he fought a loose race car all night and had a right rear tire going flat at the end.  We ended the night on a green, white, checker finish with Bill Binns doing a great job of keeping his car clean and bringing it home in the 3rd spot.  McCormack and Miller battled hard in the closing laps bringing home 4th and 5th spots.  Jessica Brunelli raced her way back to the 6th position from an earlier flat tire.  Junior Roddy’s crew did a great job repairing an ignition problem and getting the 41 car back on the track and posting an 8th spot finish.  Bratolli, Borden, Glaze and Jones ended their nights early with mechanical issues.

A big Thank You to all the PCS racers and crews for a spectacular race.


After analyzing transponder data from practice and our first race at Shasta we have concluded that the level of performance from the American Racer EC84 slick is an advantage for the higher horsepower cars. The feedback from the racers on the tire performance and durability throughout the event was very favorable so it has been decided that a larger weight break will be given to the crate motor cars.  The Chev 604 based motors will run at 2750#;  The Ford MP425 and D347 will run at 2800#;  All other engines will run at 2925#;  In addition ALL track widths will be 68″;  The 25# penalty for aluminum wheels will be removed until further notice.  See the current addendum and rule updates under the Competition tab.  These changes go into effect May 18th, back at Shasta Raceway Park.  Call (916) 338-3434 with any questions.