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.