Only Two Weekends Left of Racing Season at Redwood Acres
Racing season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly coming to a close. There are only two weekends of left and the point races in all six divisions have yet to be decided.
In the California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union roadrunner division, Daniel Buell was able to open his points lead over Nick Ford in the last race on August 26. Buell won with a last-lap pass for the main event victory. Buell stretched his advantage to 12 markers over Ford. Third and fourth positions are filled by two Ratzlaffs, Tim and Bob. Jennifer Murrell rounds out the top five.
Tyler Peach is a rookie in the Nor-Cal Automotive Legends class and holds a narrow four point lead over MKinzy Uselton. It appears to be a two driver race for the championship as third place Dominic Vogelsang is 39 points behind Peach. Brent Mack holds fourth and Brad Curtice is fifth.
The Fortuna Wheel & Brake bomber division track championship holds the point championship with the largest margin for the leader. That driver is John Lally whose advantage over Kolby Jackson is 46 points. Bomber rookie Bethany Rapp is third in the standings, only two points behind Jackson. Jim Redd is fourth and fifth is Kimberly Sorrels who is only four points behind Redd.
The battle for the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock title continues to narrow as the season comes to a close. Brian Murrell, Sr. has held the lead since the start of the season but his advantage over second and third is only seven points. Eugene Palmer is six behind Murrell, Sr. and Brett Murrell is third. Scott Taylor has been consistent all season and the rookie is fourth in points. Troy Lee lies in the fifth position.
Ronnie O’Neil and Tommy Payne appear to be the two frontrunners for the Lone Star Junction Thunder Roadster division. O’Neil leads Payne by seven points. Paul Peeples, Jr. has missed the past two events but is still third in points. Chris Lawrence is fourth and in a tie with rookie driver Jason Mitchell.
The championship in the Mid-City Motor World Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series remains up in the air with the track title being decided during the Fall Spectacular on October 1. Other partner sponsors for the series include Anderson Logging, Danielson Construction and North Coast Lighting And Electric. Mic Moulton’s thrilling comeback in the last race proved to be a major turning point as he was able to slightly extend his lead to 13 points over Eric Gannon. Marty Walsh had an off night but still has an outside chance to win the championship as he is only three points behind Gannon.
Brandon White’s engine issues in practice for the June 10 event effectively ended his chances at winning the track title. White holds down fourth, 26 points behind Moulton thanks to two wins. Like David Henderson is the only other driver to win multiple races in 2017. Henderson is only one point behind White in fifth.
Besides being the final race in the battle for the late model track championship at the Acres, the Fall Spectacular event will be the first race of the two-race playoff for the overall Super 6 Series champion. The second and championship deciding race will be held at Ukiah Speedway on October 21 and 22. To have a chance at the overall title, a driver has had to win one of the series’ six point races in 2017 or finished in the top six in points. The six drivers who will be going for the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series thanks to wins are Brandon White, David Henderson, Mic Moulton and Eric Gannon. Marty Walsh and Ryun Leazer obtained enough points throughout the season to lock in their chances for the championship.
Along with the prestige of winning both season-ending events, there will also be a $10,000 bonus for the driver who wins both races in Eureka and Ukiah. To be eligible a driver must have raced all six races in the series in 2017 and must win both events.
The next and penultimate race at Redwood Acres Raceway will take place Saturday September 9. Joining the roadrunners, Legends, bombers, mini stocks and Thunder Roadsters will be the North State Modified Series which will be the third and final stop of the year. Grandstands open at 5 PM with racing beginning at 6 PM. For more information on everything going on at Redwood Acres Raceway, please visit the track’s official website