Matt Camp Honored With Phenomenal Racing Night!

Roseville, CA Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Rob LeRoy

After 5 weeks of the All American Raceway track being dark, the drivers came back and put on a show for the crowd in Roseville, CA.

The afternoon started off with a track record in the Legends class by #22 Jeremy Wood and a 14.987 qualifying lap.

4 classes were represented over the weekend, F4, Bombers, Legends and Street Stocks.

The big racing started in the trophy dashes. F4 winner Larry Alarcon in the #10 pulled it out by 00.524 seconds, with a finishing time of 2:10.572 over second place driver Justin Ritchie in the #8.

In the Bombers Trophy Dash, Erick Ray in the #77 slide by and won in a photo finish against Chris Lambert in the #9.

The Legends Trophy Dash was won by Robby Czub from Rocklin in the #0 taking it over #22 Jeremy Wood by 00.355 and an overall time of 1:03.054.

Final Trophy Dash in the Street Stocks Darrin Farrington driving #27 took the win in 1:01.551.

The main events showed some impressive racing.

Keith Hopkinson, Jr. in the #22 took the F4 main event with a 13:08.687 in 35 laps. Trophy Dash winner Larry Alarcon went off with car trouble in the 18th lap. A tight race for second ended up at a .074 difference as #9X Tim Walters edged out #5 Jess Yendes.

Erick Ray continued his dominant night also winning the Bombers main event in a shortened 18 laps. #3 Chris Paulson's right rear tire fell off in turn one as he was exiting the turn. His car slamming into the wall, then his tire behind him. 65 Sports was not able to determine is Chris was injured or if he had a rider with him, but they were treated at the track by paramedics and released. 

 

#52 driven by Mo Abhat in honor of Matt Camp and #24 Cody Pickard gave the crowd a smoking tires solute to their fellow competitor and friend Matt Camp on his honorary night.

In the Legends main event, Robby Czubb would take the checkered flag once again and in dominant fashion as he came from his 9th starting position, weaving in and out and taking the lead, then finishing 4.118 ahead of second place finisher #22 Jeremy Wood, who went off and back on during a yellow caution.


Finishing out the night the Street Stocks extended their racing from 35 laps to 52 in honor of Matt Camp. #32 Rich Lavallee completed the 52 in 20:13.677 ahead of #27 Dan Farrington.

All American Speedway will host their next race next Saturday, August 15th, 2015 for the First Responders night. Street Stocks, Bombers and F4 are on the schedule for the night.

Check http://www.allamericanspeedway.com/ for more details.

Racing at it's Finest Saturday at All American

 Street Stocks heading out for their heat race ( Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

Street Stocks heading out for their heat race (Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

By Jeremy McDonald

ROSEVILLE-- Under the warm, summer weather at All American Speedway Saturday night, 29 young racers between the ages of three and ten, took to the track for the kid's Powerwheel Race.

For Larry Alarcon, F -4 Modifieds racer, he thinks that it’s a great thing for the racetrack to put on.

“It’s awesome for the kids, great for the fans,” said Alacron.  “As you can see there’s a quite a bit more fans out here.  At least five times a year, I think that’ll be good.”

Alarcon’s four-year-old son raced in the 3-4 age group.

F-4 MODIFIEDS

Alacron proved dominant once again in the F-4 Modifieds race, leading all 25 laps after a late push by the 9x car of Tim Walters as Alarcon's tires began to wear late.

“That was a awesome race,” Alacron said.  “My tires started giving out there towards the end, I could tell that the car was getting a little hot.  That restart (on lap 6) killed me.

“Tim’s fast, I’m proud of him, he’s getting better.  He’s right there with me.”

NCMA 
Audra Sasseli was also strong and had the fast car in the second main event of the night.

The problem was however lap traffic.  By lap 12 of the 30 lap race, Sasseli weaved through traffic, slowing her pace and allowed Danny Burrell to catch up to her.

“I knew he was there, so when I caught lap traffic,” she said.  “I tried to watch the line they were running and I look where I catch them.

“But they were kind of racing with each other when I caught up with them and I was boxed in.  I was trying to push them out.”

Some in race strategy would give her some advantage as Sasseli held on for the win.

 “Just trying to stay calm and not trying to get into a crash,” Sasseli said.  “I saw the 88 hook his nose on the outside and I thought, ‘if I can get to the turn first then I’ll be ok’.”

NOR CAL PRO-4 MODIFIEDS

Muddling through four lead changes emgered Roseville's own Jim Badeker victorious in the 30-lap main event.

“I got out in front and I kind of kept my lead about the same amount the whole race,” he said on the win.

Badeker admitted that he made the car loose and it affected him early on in the race, but after he got in front of Codi Barba in the 12 car on lap 9 following a restart, the rest was history.

“On a restart (on lap 7), Codi got by me and I had to work to get pass him.  But when I did pass him, I was gone,” Badeker described the restart.

BOMBERS

Terry Thomas Jr. started the Bomber race strong before dropping to fourth when a  caution was dropped on lap 15.

Thomas Jr. would exit the race on lap 16 after crashing into turn 1.  He did not return to the race.

A familiar name would sneak up through the field however and would take the checkered flag.

Erick Ray.

Ray found a way to battle through the traffic of the seven cars in front of him to pick up his seventh straight victory of the season after starting in the eighth position.

“The driving, we had to be patient,” said Ray.  “You have to be patient in the race car, wait for the opportunities and you got to be ready to take them.”

As for seven in a row.

“Seven in a row.  It’s a record," said Ray.  "We’re going out of town and race with some Northern California guys and see what Roseville guys are like.”

STREET STOCKS

It was racing at its best described Mark Gardiner on the Street Stock race.

“That’s how it suppose to be, when it’s close like that,” said Gardiner.  “I just got my tires hot, I lost all grip.  But it was fun.”

For the first half of the race, first 17 to be exact, had six cars on one another’s bumpers like a atomic bond from chemistry class.

“It’s indescribable, there’s no room for error,” said Andrew Peeler, who hovered in the top three to top five all night.  “You spin a tire and you’re done pretty much.  It was stepping on needles for sure.”

Eventually it came down to Dan Farrington, Peeler and Rich Lavallee in the final seven laps with Farrington In the lead.

Farrington would hold on for the win however.

“That was good hard fought racing right there,” said Farrngton.  “Everybody was so close.  Mark’s car was pushing, he kept getting higher.  (At) one point I helped him get higher, he got back in front of me; I felt bad but it all balanced out at the end.

Lavallee, who battled some car troubles during the day, finished third.  He described as racing with what you got.

“It’s like laying up in golf.  You don’t want to do it, but sometimes you have to for the better,” he said.  “Because if I would have pushed it, something could’ve let go.”

Weather and a Crazy Finish Highlight Saturday's AAS Race

By Jeremy McDonald

ROSEVILLE-- If the weather wasn't enough to handle Saturday at All American Speedway, the ending of the Street Stock race was just crazy.

During practice at 3pm, it was sunny and warm; and by the time qualifying was over at 5:30, it was cloudy and raining.

“Change is neat, but we can’t race with the track being wet,” said Bomber racer Tony Latimer.  “But it’s stopping now and we can go out there and dry it up.”

That was at 6:15, it took 20 minutes worth of cars driving on the track to dry it off.  But by 6:35, the night’s races proceeded.

F-4 MODIFIEDS
Keith Hopkinson Jr was the car to beat Saturday, easily taking the trophy dash earlier in the day to start a few spots off the lead en route to a main event victory.

But Hopkinson Jr credits it to luck to start the main event races.

“We had some good breaks,” he said.  “The car has always been good, but these cars as just as fast as I am.  The 5 car (of Jess Yendes),the 11 Car (of Ray Molina),  the 4 car (of Keith Hopkinson Sr.).  They had little problems and I didn’t, I got out there and was able to get it on.”

BOMBERS

It sounds like a broken record but Erick Ray wins once more in the Bombers Division.

After battling through some early traffic Ray manage to catch up with the 89 car of (name),  who was pretty dominant himself, and took the Bomber lead by lap 11.

“The car is on a rail, it always is,” described Ray with his car.  “We just get lucky with the set up.  We work on it a lot, we don’t let it sit in the garage or on the trailer, we actually put work in and do our homework and get this thing as good as good as we can.”


Despite spin-outs during the race that could've put a damper on Ray's lead, but no caution flags waved as Ray got his sixth straight win.

“Six in a row, its truly amazing,” said Ray.  “I couldn’t do it without my team and my family.  Everybody out here.  Kids, everyone that comes and shows up.  It’s just amazing.  It’s our year I guess.”

HARDTOPS
In the 15 lap main event, it came down to Bill McCoughlin and Jason Armstrong for the win.

McCoughlin looked as if he could win the event entering the final lap holding a slight advantage over Armstrong, but coming out turn four Armstrong's six-cylinder car got enough of a push for the win.

STREET STOCKS 
In the final race of the night, Mark Gardiner and Kody Szuh set the early pace in the Street Stock race with a sizable lead on the field entering lap 11.

Slowly but surely, Andrew Peeler made his way to the front and was in third by lap 12.

Patience proved to be the difference maker for Peeler, sitting third at the start of the 18th lap, Gardiner got into Szuh exiting turn one that brought out the yellow and gave Peeler the lead.

 “I didn’t need that at all,” said Peeler on the caution.  “I had this car rolling pretty good and I didn’t  know what it was going to do after the caution.”

Peeler slowly built a lead on the field after the green dropped on lap 18 however, but a two cautions late and smart driving by Gardiner through traffic following the lap 18 wreck set up the controversial ending as they sat one, two after a lap 30 caution.

At the end of lap 34, with Gardiner and Peeler neck and beck and with the white flag should have been waved, the wrong flag was waved.

“We were racing side-by-side and saw that they threw the white flag,” started Gardiener.  “So we came back around and I took the checkered flag.  People were still racing and I stayed in even longer, (so I) got back in it after I saw that everyone was still racing.”

What resulted was a default win to Gardiner who had a 0.006 second lead on Peeler when the mishap occurred.

“I’m half torn and half excited at the same time because I didn’t know if I won that,” said Peeler.  “They’re saying that I didn’t but I’m saying I did.  So I’m kind of mixed right now (about it).”


Small Track Importance In The Community

 The Street Stocks lining up for one of their races ( Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

The Street Stocks lining up for one of their races (Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

By Jeremy McDonald

Racing at the local track brings the community together.

But with local tracks taking a hit recently with dwindling numbers in attendance and in racers themselves, it’s causing these local small tracks to slowly fade away from existence and from their home communities’ minds.

As Tony Latimer, a Bomber racer at All American Speedway puts it; the track is here, all it needs is support from the community.

"A lot of people don't know that this is here," said Latimer.  "This is one of the prettiest tracks in California, it's a diamond in the rough. 

"Everyone who races here loves it, but for whatever reason people aren't bringing their cars out so their family and friends aren't coming out and we need more of that."

Latimer said it's slowly changing back to how it was, however.

Dixon's Rich Lavallee, a street stock racer at AAS, has been a vocal component to how important it is to tie the community back to the track. 

On the May 23 race, Lavallee gave an excited first-time fan his trophy dash plaque in hopes it'll leave a lasting impression of the track to the child.

“There was a family that came out here for the first time last week and they were totally excited by it,” said Lavallee. “You want to say that they’re nothing for kids to do, there’s nothing cheap; there’s nothing this.

“For 40 dollars you can bring a family of four up here to the races and watch a sport that takes dedication.  It takes heart, it takes all this other stuff besides money and medals.  You can get them involved in the local stuff here at the track.”

Vacaville's Mark Gardiner points out advertising and promotions as key to bring people out.

“What needs to be done personally is promotions,” he said.  “If you promote, whether it’s newspaper, radio, website anything you got to put forth you got to be proactive in the promotion, promoting something like this.”

Gardiner points out an example from personal experience of advertising at a track he use to race at and the track had brought in 1,605 people and he compared it to All American in Roseville.

“The type of racing that I did before this, the very first race that we had, we had 1,605 people through the gates at ten bucks a head,” he said.  “Unheard of and that’s not the pits and the racers.

“Just by advertising and going about it the right way.  They don’t have anything here, right here the bottom that said, ‘Saturday nights April through September’, that’s the only advertising that gets done.”

Lavallee added that the little publicity can cripple small tracks like All American, so himself and Gardiener had an idea to draw racers and people in the stands by tossing their own money into the ‘winning purse’.

 “(We’re) trying to get the word out on how fun it is,” said Lavallee.  “(Gardiener) is my biggest competitor and I’m his biggest competitor and we have great race cars out here from Dan Farrington to (Andrew) Peeler who’s heart and soul is in racing.”

Gardiener agrees with Lavallee on the issue.

“We’re so close together, it doesn’t matter,” Gardiener said. “Last week, top five cars not that they were close together, they all qualify below a 15 second lap time. 

“Anything in the 14’s is spectacular and they were five cars that qualify below a 15, so it’s a close, tight field.  Anyone of these cars can win at any given time.”

Lavallee hopes the little they’re doing in house will spread to the local business around the track.

“A little goes a long way, you hear that saying a lot and you have local places, there’s so much stuff that we can do to save and better this track and we’re taking small steps right now to do it. 

“I mean that’s what we’re doing trying to help out. We have some great sponsors on board.  We’re trying to get out here, you may not see the stuff right off the bat, but if you’re in for the long haul, this is a great place to advertise.”

Sponsors like Barebones, OMG Yogurt, Lavallee’s personal business Buckhorn Bar and Grill, Gardiener’s personal business G & G Construction have peaked their ways into pit road.

During May 24th’s race, some racers jumped on board and tossed their own money into the purse winnings in the pits as well, the crowd even pitched in a few dollars for the F-4 Modifieds racers.

F-4 racers typically don’t get a winner’s purse.

The main thing that Lavallee, Gardiener and Latimer all have said about the track; once It’s gone, it’s gone for good.

So come out to the races.  Even if it’s a one time deal.  If it turns into a family tradition to go every week or every so often, great; if it turns into a few extra racers on the track as well, that’s great too.

The important thing is that short track racing, like the third-mile oval in Roseville, is good for the family, friends and the community.

“Short tracks are good for the community,” said Lavallee.  “It’s good as a family-wholesome sport, you can’t be out here drinking and driving.  You can’t be out here using and doing everything else.  It takes dedication and a lot of kids nowadays don’t have that. 

“So as far as the short track coming and going, I think it’s important that the track stays because it is wholesome family fun and that’s just bottom line.”

For more information about All-American Speedway, check out their website at http://www.allamericanspeedway.com/ .

Follow 65 Sports on Twitter @PC65Sports, like us on Facebook or email us story ideas at now@65sports.com!

 

 

Wild And Strong Finishes at All American Speedway

 A look down pit road during practice ( jeremy mcdonald- 65 sports)

A look down pit road during practice (jeremy mcdonald- 65 sports)

By Jeremy McDonald

Memorial Day weekend wouldn't be complete without some racing at All American Speedway on Saturday night.

With just the Bombers, Street Stocks and F-4 Modifieds racing; the Bombers and competed in two 25-race main events segments, the Street Stocks in a 40 lap main event and the F-4's added ten laps to their usual 25-lap main event to have some more racing fun this weekend.

STREET STOCKS
For the first half of the street stocks race, Dan Farrington was a dominance force on the oval, boxing out Andrew Peeler and driving through lap traffic like it was a Sunday stroll.

That was, until around lap 25 when Rich Lavallee came up from the rear to the rear bumper of Farrington’s after an car problem during practice earlier in the day.

Lavallee credits his team for the fix and for that push.

“We could’ve tucked in as a team and called it a day,” said Lavallee on the day.  “But they were right there and they’re the ones right there who get the car going.  If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have half of this.  So it was a team effort tonight.”

By lap 27, Lavallee took the lead from Farrington by going outside and never looked back, taking the 40 lap main event by a good distance.

It turned out that Farrington's car was tight going into the turns and loose coming out.

“My car is usually pretty good,” said Farrignton.  “Towards the start (of the race) is what I’ve had.  The problem I’m having is that it’s tight going in and it’s loose when I hit on the gas.  So I’m fighting around that. 

“We’ve had it figured out last week, it ran great.  It’s the same car this week, so I’m a little baffled. 

BOMBERS
The first 25 laps went from a dominance of one driver to a bumper to bumper finish.

After a strong start by Terry Thomas Jr, the help of lapped traffic allowed the 77 car of Erick Ray and the 3 of Chris Paulson to pass him.

A lap 23 caution set up a wild finish as Ray, sitting in second on the restart, took the outside route and Paulson in the inside found themselves neck and neck exiting turn four as Ray manage to stick his bumper out just far enough for the win.

 “Paulson got their car faster,” said Ray on the finish.  “We just got a good run on them on the outside and we were able to hang on.”

The second 25 lap main event, there was two lead changes before Ray's car kicked it into another gear, taking the lead once more for his fifth win on the season on lap 15.

“We had some fast rides out there Joe Rhodes Jr got his car hooked up and gave me a good run, had Paulson again on the back of us, it was really good,” said Ray. 

“It’s five in a row for us.  It’s amazing right now.  Words can’t describe it.”

F-4 MODIFIEDS

For three restarts, the F-4 Modifieds had an unique way to restart the race.

Going three-way from the drop of the green flag.

“A lot better now, last race it was giving out on me so I changed a few things and I got the power back,” “But there’s fast cars out there so we got to keep doing what we’re doing every week.”

But Larry Alarcon's number 10 car proved to strong at the end, leading the final 28 laps of the race for the win.

TROPHY DASH WINNERS
STREET STOCKS- Dan Farrington 
BOMBERS- Erick Ray 
F-4 MODIFIEDS- Keith Hopkinson Jr.

The Next Race at All American Speedway will be Saturday, June 6th when the Bombers, Street Stocks and F-4 Modifieds welcome the Hardtops racers!

Follow 65 Sports on Twitter @PC65Sports, like us on Facebook or email us story ideas at now@65sports.com!

Kids Powerwheel at AAS June 13

By Jeremy McDonald

Looking for something to do with the kids on June 13? 

For kids between the ages of three and 10, All American Speedway in Roseville is putting on a fun little race on the track of the track following the opening ceremonies and before the night's races.

"Dane Lyons of H & L Towing came up with the idea," said Speedway Manager Rick Poppert.  "It's just a fun kids thing to bring out there  little plastic cars with the plastic wheels on them and have a little race out there on winners circle or on the front straightaway.

"It's just a fun thing to do to get the kids involved in fun little thing to do."

It's no cost for participants said Poppert, just show up on race day with the car in hand.  

For more information or questions, contact Rick Poppert at rick@placercountyfair.org.

For the Love of the Races

 Eric Ray After the Bombers Race ( Jeremy McDonald-65 Sports)

Eric Ray After the Bombers Race (Jeremy McDonald-65 Sports)

By Jeremy McDonald

Rich Lavalle and Mark Gardiner decided to spice things up in the Street Stock races Saturday night by tossing in a hundred dollars each of their own money into the winnings of the main event payout.

All in part to bring people either in the stands for the first time or to get into stock car racing.

“What it’s trying to do is to get cars out here,” said Lavalle.  “The way we feel is that this is a beautiful facility, but if no one comes to it and no one enjoys it, it’s going to go away. 

“If we can get everyone here and off the couch, get them here to watch racing for the first time.  Come on a weekly basis, or once in a great while, as long we get people to come and enjoy door-to-door racing, this place is going to stay open.”

Lavalle, ironically, would go on to get the 550 dollar payout following taking the lead from Kody Szuh on lap four never look back and had a several car length lead on Gardiner by lap 31.after he started fifth on the racing grid.

But he said that it’s all a part of the ‘lucky move’ on the track.

“You have five cars that are within a tenth of a second (of each other),” described Lavalle.  “That’s (Dan) Farrington’s car, this car, Mark (Gardiner’s) car, Jill (Schmidt’s), (Kody Szuh’s), (Niles Strever), they’re all fast.

“Where you go in your main event, if you get that lucky move, you’re golden and tonight I got the lucky move.”

As for the money he won.

“I’m going to roll it over, it’s going to be 400 next week,” “So it’s going to roll over, plus the 400 so it’s going to be 800 dollars to win next week.  (It’s) because we need to get cars out here and we need to get people in the stands and that’s the bottom line.”

Legends of the Pacific
Jeremy Wood had a fast car all day at All American Speedway entering the third race of the night.

“I could never say that a car’s perfect, but it was definitely close to it,” said Wood on his car.  “All day long since we got it out of the trailer, we’ve been on top of the board and it goes to show that a lot of effort and hard work goes into producing a racecar that’s this fast.”


By lap 12, Wood held a four-car length lead on the 0 car of Robby Czub and had two lapped cars in between him and Czub before a wreck in turn four brought the cars in for a restart on lap 25.

There were some concerns for Wood however.

 “Two weeks ago at Stockton 99,” he started.  “I was leading, we had a caution with six to go and the zero car was riding second was second on that race as well and he restarted on the outside of me, he took the lead from me and went on to win the race.”

That didn't matter this time as Wood exploded out on the restart as he sailed to a 35-lap main event victory as four cars finished on the lead lap at races end.

NCMA

In the opening race of the night, the 93 car of Folsom’s Jerry Kobza was dominant in his performance on the asphalt third mile, lapping the majority of the field en route to a half lap victory in the 35-lap main event; overcoming slick conditions on the track that included standing water in turn four.

“(The Car) was pretty dominated tonight,” said Kobza on his car before talking about the course.  “The ability to miss the water was and hit your marks at the right time every time, it was the biggest challenged today,”

Bombers
The 3 car of Chris Paulson lead most of the Bomber race and looked to be in control of the race until he was passed by the 77 car of Erick Ray in the final five laps to steal the victory in the Bomber race.

The next race at All American Speedway is May 23.  That race will feature the Bombers, Street Stocks and F-4 Modifieds.

TROPHY DASH WINNERS

NCMA-Audra Sasselli

LEGENDS-Cody Winchel

BOMBERS- Terry Thomas Jr.

STREET STOCKS- Rich Lavalle


WSCA Mini's Came To AAS

By Jeremy McDonald

The night before Mother’s Day brought the WSCA Mini Cars to All-American Speedway in Roseville to join the Bombers, Street Stocks and Pro 4 Modifieds this past Saturday.

Andrew Payne won the WSCA Mini Car race soundly with a 12.4 second lead over Cameron LeGue.

Erick Ray squeaked by Eric Bocksherge by a 0.421 fractional win in the 35 main event for the Bombers in the second main event race of the night.

Ray’s victory was followed by Jim Badeker taking the Pro 4 Modifieds as Chris Straka, Codi Barba, Ian Elliott and Ron Barba rounded up the Top  5.

The night rounded by with the rivalry in the Street Stocks main event between Dan “Snoop Dogg” Farrington and Rich Lavallee.  Farrington would take the win by 0.380 seconds as Mark Gardiener finished third 2.4 seconds off the lead.

Trophy Dash Winners

WSRA- Andrew Payne

BOMBERS- Terry Thomas, Jr.

PRO 4 MODIFIEDS­­- Chris Straka

STREET STOCKS- Dan Farrington