SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (June 27, 2017) – The Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com reaches the halfway point of the season with arguably its most coveted race, as the touring Super Late Model division hits Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday for the “Ron Strmiska Memorial 125”. The race also serves as the second Tri-Holiday event at the historic paved quarter-mile oval and is the longest lap count of 2017.
The race honors Ron Strmiska, Sr., otherwise known as the Manteca Missile, who was a big time racer in the San Joaquin Valley for many years before he passed away last year. The second annual running of this race has attracted a very stout entry list of drivers vying for the prestigious win.
Ron’s grandson Ross will carry the family name while still looking for his first Stockton touring series win in several attempts across PCS and SRL. He drives a hot pink #90 Dodge Charger in PCS action.
Joining Strmiska in the list of Stockton-area favorites will be 2015 SRL Southwest Tour champion Jacob Gomes of Manteca. Gomes has a pair of second place finishes and a pair of fourth place finishes in his PCS career at the speedway with the most recent runner-up finish coming last September. Gomes challenged 2014 series champion Mike Beeler of Modesto down to the wire in the inaugural Strmiska Memorial, with Beeler coming out on top.
Beeler is another driver that ranks Stockton as his home track and the PCS veteran is working on his fourth consecutive “top-two” season with the series. Beeler won the 2014 championship before runner up efforts in 2015 and 2016. He is currently tied with 2015 July Stockton winner John Moore of Granite Bay at the top of the series standings. Moore parlayed his 2015 Stockton win into a championship and both drivers would like to do the same thing in 2017.
Tracy’s Justin Philpott and Stockton’s Colby Potts are another pair of second generation Stockton regulars expected on Saturday night and both are expected with muscle car bodies on their entries. 2013 Stockton 99 Speedway Late Model champion Matt Scott ran third in his 2017 PCS debut at Roseville and will carry that momentum into Stockton.
The 2017 Pacific Challenge Series has not yet had a repeat winner with all four races claimed by first-time series winners. Carlos Vieira scored in Madera while Derek Copeland won at his home track at Shasta Speedway in May. Jeff Bischofberger won at his home Stockton 99 Speedway on May 20th in a late race shootout while 2015 Rookie of the Year Cole Moore won at his home track All American Speedway in Roseville, CA on June 17th.
Moore is the only full-time competitor with a win this year and ranks fourth in the standings before 2009 Roseville champion Jason Romero who is third in the standings. 2016 PCS Rookie of the Year and Stockton Super Stock standout Matt Wendt of Galt rounds out the 2017 top-five in the points.
2017 leading rookie Jack Wood of Loomis is sixth followed by his cousin Travis Milburn of Eagle, ID, Valley Springs’ Tracy Bolin, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, and Loomis’ Chris Scribner. Manteca’s JR Courage and Hayward’s Danny Malfatti are also expected to compete.
Activities get underway on Friday with practice. Gates open at noon with cars on the track at 3 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the first practices at 3 p.m. The grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $40 per day for members but two-day passes will be at the member price for $80.
Grandstand tickets are $20 for Adults 16+, while Jr. 11-15, Military with ID, and Seniors 60+ are $15. Kids 10 and under are free. A family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Jr. is $55. The popular Stockton Late Models, Stockton Bombers, and Stockton B4s will also be competing!
Stockton 99 Speedway is located off Wilson Way and Highway 99. For more information, visit www.Stockton99.com
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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
April 15th – All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *POSTPONED*
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
July 29th – Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA)
August 12th – Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
September 2nd – Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, 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
#75 Jeremy Doss
Starts: 10, Wins: 3, Top-Fives: 5, Top-Tens: 6
#6 Mike Beeler
Starts: 10, Wins: 2, Top-Fives: 6, Top-Tens: 9
#70 Mike Hite
Starts: 9, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 1, Top-Tens: 4
#90 Ross Strmiska
Starts: 8, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 5
#37 JR Courage
Starts: 7, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 4
#27 John Moore
Starts: 7, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 6, Top-Tens: 6
#20 Cole Moore
Starts: 7, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 3, Top-Tens: 6
#16 Jacob Gomes
Starts: 6, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 4, Top-Tens: 5
#18 Travis Milburn
Starts: 6, Wins: 1, Top-Fives: 2, Top-Tens: 2
#55 Danny Malfatti
Starts: 5, Wins: 0, Top-Fives: 0, Top-Tens: 0