In case you missed it, here is the interview me and my brother did back in May on the Diggin' It with Fish and D Show.
Winter Racing 2014/2015
With the micro and Sprint Cars getting rebuilt for next season, for the first time I got to run an Outlaw Kart at the famed Red Bluff Indoor. Was a learning curve forsure. With 60 entries we qualified 58th. S9th in the heat and 8th in the D Main. On November 22nd, I had a better run. Qualified 46th of 48. Went from 9th to 6th in the heat and finished 10th in the C. Getting better and having a blast! Next race will be in December. Stay tuned for any dates on my next Red Bluff race!
2014 Season in Review
This season was a very trying season but we kept plugging along. From suffering a bent chassis from May to July, to struggling with a new motor from August to mid October we managed to plug in some good runs towards the end of the season. After surviving through the struggles, we qualified 4th quick of 50+ cars at fall Nationals and so close to a top 10 finishing 12th on saturday at Fall nationals. We finished off the sprint car season with 12th in the B at the new stockton 99 dirt track for the Civil War Series Finale to finish 10th in Civil War Points for the third year in a row. Which considering how this season has been, is very good. Ocean Speedway we finished 12th in the season finale with the Johnny Key being the worst run of the season with a DNS. Although the Key was a stab in the heart, we finished 8th in points. With the Sprint Car season at a close, we finished off the year in the micro with a 6th at Turkey Bowl with over 40 non wing entries and 6th at Turkey Night in Visalia with 40 cars as well. Stay tuned for any updates during the Winter Season!
Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway July 25th & 26th
Ocean Speedway Taco Bravo Series Round #10 was set to kick off with an added bonus being the 2nd Key Qualifier Race! 24 cars were on hand, we struggled in qualifying ending up 18th. Started 6th in the heat and finished 6th. Started 18th in the main and made a late charge on a restart on the cushion to take over 9th before 8th broke a shock and biked in
Ocean Speedway & Petaluma Speedway July 18th & 19th
With the new chassis and car put together ready to go there were 20 cars in attendance to take on the fast 1/4 mile. We group qualified 13th. Started 5th in the heat and finished 7th. Started 16th and finished 9th in the main event. Car ran well and handled like a dream compared to what I was dealt with the past few races. Petaluma we were back for another Local Series action in the Pit Stop USA 360 Series. 21 cars were on hand and we qualified 14th. Started 5th in the heat and finished 6th. Started 14th in the main and fell back as far as 17th before getting a move on through some cars. Raced up to 13th. A decent run but could've been better. Messed around with slower cars for too long. We will be back next week for another round of Taco Bravo Series Watsonville action! (Action Captured Photo)
Ocean Speedway & Placerville Speedway July 11th & 12th
Friday night was the first Civil War Vs Taco Bravo race since 2011. 34 cars showed up and we qualified 22nd. Didn't finish well in the heat and started 10th and finished 9th in the B. Saturday wasn't much better as we struggled with this car and got a DNF in the B Main in Placerville. Later in the week we found the chassis to be in a lot worse shape after the Marysville incident late May. We will put a new chassis together and be back next weekend in Watsonville! (Fast Four Media Photo)
Placerville Speedway & Petaluma Speedway July 4th & 5th
It was yet another rough weekend in the sprint car, with a weekend off it took it's toll. Qualified 28th of 30 cars. Didn't run well in the heat and ran 15th in the B to not transfer for the main in Placerville. Petaluma was another round of Civil War action and it went better than placerville. 30 cars showed up and we qualified 22nd. Started 7th in the heat and ran 9th. Started 10th in the B and with 2 to go got to the final transfer spot before losing it on the white flag lap. This would force us to be the alternate and unable to start the A Main. (Action Captured Photo)
Plaza Park Raceway - June 27th
After a decent run at the beginning of the month in the micro it was time for the Bud Cup Night #1 Event. 27 non wing cars were in attendance. Qualified a good 10th quick and finished 3rd in the heat. This locked us for 8th starting spot in the main. By mid way we found ourself in a tight battle running 4th with 2nd and 3rd in tow. We would get to 3rd almost 2nd before getting passed and ended up with a solid 4th place finish. Thanks to my pit crew for the night for all their help! (Bryan Lugo Photo)
Ocean Speedway & Petaluma Speedway - June 13th & 14th
Friday night racked in another 22 cars. Still not a single race below 20 cars. Qualified 10th again placing us pole for the heat. Didn't get the jump and settled for 2nd behind Golobic. Started 10th in the main and fell back to 18th with an error on my part. Got the top rolling with a good setup and raced back up to 12th being the first car a lap down battling with a couple guys in the top 10 being faster than them. Next night we ran as outsiders for the Put Stop USA 360 series in Petaluma. 16 cars were in attendance. Qualified 8th starting pole in the heat. Yet again didn't get the jump and settled for 2nd behind Herman Klein. Started 6th in the main drawing the 6 again in the redraw. Top didn't work very well on the start and fell back to 8th got up as high as 6th until a green white checkered restart set us up to get driven around by a local driver and Klein. We would finish 8th. Will have a weekend off and come back with the next race will be June 27th in the micro at Plaza Park.
Plaza Park Raceway & Placerville Speedway - June 6th & 7th
Plaza park drew in 25 non wing micros. Qualified a disappointing 15th. Starting us 5th in the heat. Off the start an electronically issue caused a lot of backfires fading quickly to 8th. Rebounded to get back up to 5th missing the transfer by 1. Started pole for the B and lead it until a last lap caution settled me to 2nd. Main event started 18th and did what I could to finish 14th. Fixed the electronic issue and will be back June 27th. Placerville was another struggle. Qualified 11th of 20 cars. Started pole finished 3rd in the heat. Started 12th in the main and fell back to 14th and ran there with the bottom being tacky and follow the leader. With 5 to go brakes failed resulting in another DNF. We will get this figured out and come back next week for another round of Ocean Speedway!
Ocean Speedway & Placerville - May 30th & 31st
Ocean speedway brought in yet another 24 cars Friday night. They implemented a new format with group qualifying. Qualified 10th placing us pole for the heat. Started there and finished with a win and a trip to the redraw. Drew the 6 placing us 6th starting in the main. We had a good car running inside the top 10 till half way when an ongoing vibration got worse and worse causing tons of drag and faded to 11th. Afterwards found out the rear end was about to be finished off with pinion teeth grounded to pieces. After getting it fixed we moved on to the next round for civil war in Placerville. Qualified an outstanding 2nd quick of a good 33 cars. Started 4th in the heat and finished 2nd. Drew 4 in the dash and spun resulting in a 8th place finish and start for the main. Track conditions changed drastically to dry slick. After falling back to 11th we found our way tucked in on the bottom running decently until a double file restart caused chaos collecting myself and 3 others. Restarted in the back and salvaged another 15th place finish. Next race is June 6 next Friday back in Visalia's Plaza Park. (Fast Four Media Photo)
Marysville & Silver Dollar Speedway May 24th & 25th
After a month since the last Civil War show, the war was back on for Memorial Day weekend. Night brought in 38 cars. Qualified a pleasing 11th. Started pole in the heat and finished 4th. Started 12th in the main and ran 15th till lap 16 when a draglink bolt failed sending me into the wall before a restart. A tough way to end a good run with a did not finish. The next day after getting the car repaired we ran a coil over right front to run the night after the torsion tube got broke off in the crash the night before. There were 46 cars and we qualified 33rd. Started 10th in the heat finished 9th. Started 2nd in the B and got the final transfer spot with 2nd. Started 18th in the B. avoided all the chaos and passed a few cars to finish 9th. Salvaged a decent finish even though we would've loved to have made the main. Next weekend is Watsonville and the next round for the civil war series in Placerville. (Fast Four Media Photo)
Ocean Speedway May 9th & Placerville May 10th
Round 3 of the Taco Bravo Series rounded up 22 good cars and drivers for the night. In qualifying a steering arm broke putting us behind the 8 ball with an 18th place time. Heat race after replacing the arm started 6th and finished 4th. Started 18th in the main and a lap one jam up caused the car behind me to not check up in time resulting in a cut RR tire and sending me to the work area. With no time given, we made a return 2 laps down. Track ended up taking rubber but passed 9 cars coming from 20th to 11th but unfortunately being 2 laps down was credited with a 16th place finish. Placerville was a better story. (Fast Four Media Photo)
May 2nd - Ocean Speedway & May 3rd - Placerville Speedway
Fast Four Media Photo
After a rainout for Round #2, 22 cars made the tow to Ocean Speedway for Round #3. Put forth a 9th place qualifying effort and started 2nd in the heat. Got a good start but fell in line for 2nd had two attempts at the lead but nipped the berm both times settling for 2nd and missing the redraw, a new format this season for lining up the first 4 rows for the main event.Started 11th once again and was running strong battling for 10th and 11th but a throttle malfunction causing a sticky throttle would cause me to blow the bottom and finish 16th. Saturday went a little better with 25 cars at Placerville and setting 8th quick lined us up 2nd in the heat but finished 3rd. Main event started 11th for the third race in a row but got caught up in an incident in the opening 3 laps. Came from 19th to finish 14th running the cushion. Next race is May 9th at Ocean Speedway once again.
April 18th - Ocean Speedway
(Fast Four Media Photo)
Night started off with 24 cars in the pits for Opening Round of the 2014 Taco Bravo Series! Qualifying went well timing in 8th, heat race started pole and finished 4th behind three good drivers placing us to start 11th with the new format this year. Unfortunately track conditions changed dramatically causing us to fall into 14th on a bottom dry slick track. This is where we would finish. Next race will be the 25th at Ocean Speedway for Round #2.
April 12th-Placerville Speedway
After a couple weeks off from the sprint car, it was go time for Placerville. Night held 22 cars and with a new 4 invert instead of 6 for the heats, qualifying was crucial. We ended up 13th quick which we missed the invert by one. Ended up running 6th and having to run the B. We would start front row outside and run away with the B Main win. Feature time with a top 2 in the B we got our time back to start 13th. On the start after avoiding a couple incidences in the early running we found ourselves in 8th. We got to 7th and after a hard fought battle got to 6th but would fall back to 7th after difficulties getting by 5th. In the final 2 laps we jumped the cushion to end up 8th in a good battle for 7th. We will take this finish and head into Ocean Speedway's opener this Friday night to kick off the Taco Bravo Series Season!
Plaza Park Raceway - March 28th
It was yet another weekend off with the sprint car and a perfect opportunity to run the newly rebuilt micro at the new KE Promotions Plaza Park Raceway. The night was filled with many string cars and talented drivers with 21 non wing cars signed in for the season opener. The #1K timed in 4th quick within a tenth of a second of quicktime. This would place us 3rd starting spot for the heat. Ran third till three to go when finally completed the pass for second but an aggressive move from the car we passed would set us back to 4th still good enough to get our time back. The 4 inversion would place us 2nd after one car didn't get their time back. The start was pretty much even and ran side by side for a couple laps before falling in behind for 2nd. This was until missing the bottom getting passed for 2nd. With the closing laps, we were all over Smothermon for 2nd before coming to the checkered and leaving enough room for TJ Smith to sqeak by for 3rd giving us a 4th place finish. A good run considering the competition and what we had to deal with. Micro will be parked for a few months as sprint car season gears back up! Next weekend will be off for the Koen Shaw Motorsports stable. However, the debut of the 92 sprint car will be in action at Placerville!
Dixon Speedway - March 22nd
With a weekend off with the sprint car, we found it a good chance to head back up to Dixon. With success the last outing we had at Dixon, hopes were high to bring home another win. The night started off decent with a 6th place qualifying run of the 20 non wing cars that showed up. Heat race we started 3rd but the pole sitter didn't get a good start quickly fading us to 5th outside of a transfer! With no time to lose, we got to the top and railed around to finish 2nd with a last lap pass to transfer to the Dash. Dash inversion was a 6 and started us from the outside front row of teammate for the weekend, Logan Seavey. With a good start we would lead lap 1, only to be passed and finish 2nd for an outside pole starting spot for the main. On the initial start, we timed it right, but was called back after a spin. The second start wasn't as good as we didn't get the jump and ran 2nd for a few laps. Then on lap 5 we got our cage rattled with an outside pass for 2nd and got fed a wheel to fade to 5th. This is where we would finish after finding the top late and the race being called on lap 19. A decent run but was hoping for a better result. A good run in the newly rebuilt #1 micro, we will be back in action next Friday night at Plaza Park for the season opener.
Marysville Raceway Park- Civil War Series - March 15th
The first race of the year we went in cold turkey without any practice. However, the night started off well with qualifying 18th of 33 entries. Normally, this would put us on the front row of the heat. But with new rules for this season we would start 5th. The heat would go rough as the result was a 7th place run. The B Main would line us up 3rd with lineup would go back to qualifying times. The B would be filled with cautions and the new double file restarts would be put in play and unfortunately against our advantage. Every restart put us on the inside where the grease was in Turn 4. We missed the transfer by one spot thus ending our evening. We will get the first race bugs worked out and the next race is scheduled for March 28th at the Antioch Speedway!
Dixon Speedway - February 16th
The kickoff for the 2014 racing season took place this past Saturday night at Dixon Speedway for Koen Shaw Motorsports. The micro sprint #92 out of the Shaw stable was ran in the Multi Winged and Non Wing Classes. Qualifying resulted well for the 92 team with a 2nd quick of 16 cars in non wing and 3rd quick of 11 cars in Multi. Heat races resulted 2nd in both classes coming from 4th in non wing and 3rd in multi. This put us in both dashes for the classes. In non wing we started outside pole and got the jump running away with the trophy dash win. Multi started 3rd and got passed to finish 4th. That would be how we would start for the 30 lap mains. Non Wing we got off to a good lead with three cautions halting our lead for a moment. Youngster Danny Carrol (6DU) would give us a run but we were able to pull through for the win! Multi we would start 4th and get a run on the start but got out pulled. We would finish how we started resulting in 4th. Got to give the Dixon Crew an atta boy dealing with the weather conditions, a brief rain delay, and still keeping the program rolling along and done by 8:30! Also thanks to Garrett Long and Ethan Myatt for their help all night long working their butts off! Thanks to our sponsors and Kyler Shaw (Fast Four Media) for the ride for the weekend and the great pictures! Next race will be March 1st in Marysville for the Sherm Toller Memorial!
Dixon Speedway - November 23rd
After a up and down weekend the week before we decided to make a final trip to Dixon before the year end. Started the night qualifying 2nd of a stout 27 car field. Heat race ended up 2nd. After getting 2nd in the dash we were set to start 2nd in the main event, however the fuel issues had lingered from the week before. Ran 2nd for the most part before half way we fell back to 4th which is where we finished. A good run considering what we were dealing with. Thanks everyone for an excellent season looking forward to 2014!
Turkey Shootout - November 15th & 16th
The time has come for the Turkey Shootout. The prestige non wing event held annually at Visalia's Plaza Park Raceway. This year brought in 43 cars for the event with a special format. Night one went well qualifying 6th quick and ended up 2nd in the heat after leading the opening 6 laps. Unfortunately we struggled the rest of the week with a fuel issue but still managed to come from 10th to 6th in the main. Saturday didn't go as well as hoped with fuel issues getting worse. Qualified 12th and missed the heat race inversion placing us to start 5th in the heat. We got to 4th and ran there. Now normally 4th is good in a heat but not this weekend with heats only taking the top 3. This would put us in a B Main situation. Started 6th and got 3rd in the B. Main event came from 16th to 10th and ran there until the late going when the car in front of us missed the start and caused a jam up with a shuffle past the restart cone ending us in 13th place.
After a weekend off, Shaw Motorsports took a haul up to Dixon Speedway for the Lonnie Kaiser Memorial $1500 to win race. There were 30 cars in the pits and we qualified a pleasing 4th. Started 4th in the heat and got to 2nd to move on to the 10 car dash for the top 10 starting spots. Starting 4th once the green dropped got quickly to 2nd applying pressure on the leader. With time running out we settled for an outside front row starting spot for the 40 lap main. When the main event went out, track conditions became scarce. It was dry ice kind of slick and made for single file old fashioned berm hugging racing. With the race just past the 3/4 mark there was a restart. Going into one the leader left room on the bottom and went for it. That hole quickly closed causing the Shaw #88 to spin around ending any hopes for the win. After going to the back and passing 4 cars before getting spun out again it was a good run with another disappointing finish for the micro team. We will be hoping to regroup and have another strong run with a closing finish to the 2013 racing season. Next race is the Annual Turkey Shootout Non Wing Event at Plaza Park on November 15th and 16th!
October 17th, 18th, and 19th-Trophy Cup
Trophy Cup, the premier race in California for 360 sprint cars. Thursday night featured the non wings. of 29 entries qualified 19th placing us pole for the heat race. Lead all but the last 2 laps as Bud Kaeding completed a slider then Matt Mitchell and Kevin Swindell sneaked by placing us 4th. This placed us to start 19th in the Main. Avoiding a crash on lap one we were then collected in the lap 1 incident in turn 4. This ended our run in the first feature crediting us with 24th. We made repairs and made it out for the 2nd feature planning on doing a start and park to get start money. We started 21st but after lap 15 and we were running 13th we decided to stay out. We stayed in 13th in contention for a top 10 until lap 36 when a double slider was performed and didn't quite complete the car ahead of me sending him for a ride and collecting me in the process sending us in the fence hard. The car was tore up enough to where the 92JR was unable to compete in the rest of the weekend's events... Friday night was the premier night of the weekend. 81 entries and we were 62nd to take the track for time trials... Ended up 72nd quick putting us in the deep hole for the weekend. Started 5th and ended up 4th in our non qualifier heat race, Started 5th finished 4th in the D Main with the winner transferring thus ending our night. Saturday we were put straight into the D Main starting 6th with top 3 transferring. With 8 laps I made quick work to get into 4th by lap 3. We threw every move in the book at the 28B to get in a transfer without blatantly taking him out and came up a bit short.After asking officials twice if there were alternates...I got a No twice. Literally 5 minutes before the C Pushed off, they announced we were in the C. In a rush, we got ready and made the call with a 14th place starting position. Another short semi race of 15 laps, we managed to finish 7th, making it our best Trophy Cup Finish! Next year will hopefully finally be our year! A special thanks to "Heavy D" Darin Smith, Steve Hasebe, The Ringo Brothers, Greg Decaires (3,4, & 5), and mom and dad for busting their butts all weekend putting cars together and the huge help! Next race will be at Dixon Speedway for the Money Show on November 2nd!
October 11th-Ocean Speedway October 12th-Kings Speedway
Friday night was the finale for the Watsonville Ocean Speedway points season! Qualified a pleasing 5th quick of 24 entries. Started 3rd in the heat and wound up 4th. Started 4th in the main and ran there throughout the long green flag run until a restart with 8 to go when I decided to take the outside on a lap car and jumped the cushion. We held on for a 6th place finish and wound up 4th in the final standings! Saturday night was a return to non wing for the 12th annual Cotton Classic. 27 cars were in attendance and we wound up 12th quick in qualifying. Heat race started 3rd and ran 4th until getting passed by Kaeding and ended up 6th forcing us to run a B. With a 4th place transfer in the B this set us up to start 19th in the A. With some passes and good clean racing we wound up 15th. A good practice race before the Trophy Cup!
Ocean Speedway-October 4th Delta Speedway-October 5th
Friday night was a night to remember! Out of 25 entries qualified 9th quick. Started 2nd in the heat and ended up 3rd. With one driver missing the transfer ahead of us this placed us 8th and with perfect circumstances an 8 inversion was pulled placing us on the pole. When the green flag dropped I ran out with the lead. I lead 10 laps before a 4th restart was made allowing Bud Kaeding to get by. With multiple cautions another restart would be set up and I would get a run on Bud before spinning the tires off turn 2 allowing Jonathon Allard to get by for second. On lap 22 Justin Sanders would get by for third as Bud and Jonathon would make contact for the lead causing both t crash out. With a restart with 8 to go things would have to roll perfect and they nearly did as we would roll along to finish 2nd capturing our first career podium at Ocean Speedway! Ocean Speedway's Season Finale will be next Friday October 11th! Saturday Night was a mess. Started 5th and got held up by a slower car falling back to 7th. After moving him out of the way and finishing 5th, Delta Speedway officials ruled it as an "illegal" maneuver and put me back a spot. In the second heat I started 2nd and would rail it into 1 on the high scary side to take the lead. I would lead it wire to wire riding the ruts to win heat #2. This placed us 11th starting position for the 30 lap non wing main. Once the green flew just hung out in 11th/12th positions as cars already began to crash out. On a restart with a few laps in, began to make a move. By midway I was already up to 7th. On lap 22 I got around younger brother for 6th and in one quick maneuver ducked under neath 5th clearing the pass in turn 1. I was setting up 4th before getting tagged in the cage and spun around getting put on my head. No penalty was accessed to this driver. Our night was over with a broken front axle. We will regroup the micro program and prepare for the "Big Money Race" at Dixon Speedway on November 2nd.
September 25th - Placerville 27th-Ocean 28th-Chico Fall Nationals
After a rainout the week before it was time for the final Civil War Race of the year. Going into this race we were 1 point out of 10th. Started out excellent setting 4th quick of 28 entries! Then the track was one lane tacky and starts 6th finished 6th in the heat ran 5th in the B starting us 21st in the main. Did what we could with the track conditions given to us and ended up 15th 2 spots shy of finishing 10th in points. Overall with all the mishaps through this past season it was a great effort. Thanks to the whole team that made this year's Civil War Season for me possible! On to Friday night at Watsonville where another stellar night took place setting 11th quick of 19 cars. Won the heat race from the pole and starting 10th in the main. After a few crashes in front of us we got up as high as 3rd until getting into lap traffic allowing Bud Kaeding to get around us. Ended up finishing 4th after a yellow ended the race with one lap to go. A personal best and first top 5 finish at Watsonville! We currently sit 7th in points with 2 races remaining. The next night would cap off the "Mini" Speedweek with us rolling into Chico's Silver dollar Speedway for night 2 of the Fall National. Timed in 27th of 51 cars after drawing a late number for qualifying. Started 6th in the heat and battled for 5th a few times on the high scary side in Chico but ended up 6th. Started 7th in the B and unfortunately the track took rubber making it like a asphalt race. Did what we could and finished 6th 2 spots shy of a transfer spot. All in all it was a strong showing this past weekend. Hoping to have another strong showing this coming weekend with Ocean Speedway Friday and our return to the micros at Delta Speedway Saturday Night!
September 13th - Plaza Park & September 14th - Petaluma
Friday Night had 11 non wing micros at Plaza Park. Overall the night went well with us setting quicktime. Started 4th in the heat got shuffled to 5th but slid my way to 3rd for a transfer. Invert was a zero which helped and put us on the pole for the feature. We unfortunately didn't get the jump and ran second until 3 to go when traffic helped us out and was able to pull a slider on TJ for the lead! We would battle back and forth until getting the lead coming to the white flag. Would hold it until getting into 3 when TJ pulled a slider I was able to cross over but came up just a bit short! The picture is the finish from Friday night missing it by inches... Petaluma was another story, with 33 cars qualified 9th. Had to start 4th in the heat and got to 3rd but got hung up behind 2nd and fell to 5th, where I would finish. This forced us to run the B Main. Started 5th in that and was running 4th until a yellow would halt us. Track conditions were getting more and more hooked up and restarts were hurting us with the car getting tighter. A final yellow would setup a green white checkered. On the restart I went into turn one and 4th and 5th checked up so I did as well to keep from getting in the back of them and I got clobbered in the rear sending me in a bike but somehow keeping it upright. But unfortunately this ended our night and we missed the main. Points are close as we are in a logical fight for 9th - 11th which will come down to next Saturday night at Placerville for the Season Finale!
September 6th & 7th - World of Outlaws - Gold Cup
It was great to run with the outlaws once again, we ran our 360 against the 410s. Highlight of the weekend was running 5th quick in hotlaps. Qualified 47th both nights of 55 cars. Heat race passed a car on both nights and finished 3rd in the D both nighs but came from 6th on Saturday night. Missed the transfer by one spot. Was good fun and a great practice run. Thanks to the Decaires family for the help, Paul Countryman for helping all weekend, Chris, and Dale Miller for his help on Saturday. Next race will be Plaza Park Friday and Petaluma Saturday!
September 5th - Silver Dollar Speedway - USAC
For the first time since last October, we got to take the wings off! It was a blast with 25 cars for the USAC Western Classic we timed in a decent 20th. Started 7th in the heat missing the heat race inversion by 2 spots. Hung tight in 7th after falling to 8th until third and forth got together causing a yellow. With one to go we would be sitting in 5th but coming off turn 4 coming to the checkered we would take the final transfer away with a pass on points leader Ryan Bernal. This would lock us into the main. We started 18th and would have a great run with a 11th place finish. It was definitely a blast and looking forward to doing it again soon! Special thanks to Darin Smith "Heavy D" for the setup help and tuning this beast in!
September 4th - Silver Dollar Speedway - Civil War
Gold Cup kicked off Wednesday night with the Civil War Round #12. 37 cars were in attendance and we timed in 18th quick. Started 2nd in our heat and was unable to beat the pole car to turn one. Got slid mid race by Kyle Hirst and finished 3rd. Started 16th in the main and was running the top got as high as top 10 before falling off the backstretch edge. Restarted in 19th found the rubber and rebounded to a 12th place finish. Still sitting 11th in points with 2 races remaining! Petaluma is the next stop next Saturday for the continuation of the Civil War Season.
August 23rd-Visalia Plaza Park & August 24th-Ocean Speedway
Had a decent showing this past weekend, it kicked off with the micro Friday night at Plaza Park. Started good with 5th quick with mixed track conditions. Started 2nd and won the heat race on a heavy track with the right rear tire going down. Main Event drew a 4 invert missing the inversion by one spot. Started 5th and hung out while it was becoming a "survival of the fittest" kind of race. Lap 8 started to apply pressure for 3rd until getting hit in the left rear spinning the car that hit us and allowing us to keep going. Little did I know this would seal our chances at victory. On the restart the car was running flat as if it was on 3 cylinders. Did what we could going 1/4 throttle and keeping it straight and smooth. Ended up finishing 3rd behind the Moles Twins. Congrats to them on their 1-2 finish! The next night was the 53rd annual Johnny Key Classic a tough format with some heavy hitters coming out! 34 cars were in attendance to race their way into the main with an additional 6 cars being locked in already. Qualifying was rough as we were the 29th car out and ended up a disappointing 31st quick. This put us 11th in our B Main with no where to go but forward. Got a decent start and passed 2 cars before the yellow would erase that. Past one of the two cars again until narrowly avoiding contact with cars spinning ahead of us. On the final restart we would be running 9th. Top 6 transferred to the main event. Gave it a hard run and got to 7th with 4 to go before making a mistake allowing the car to bike and push. Ended up one spot shy yet again... Was the alternate for the feature but no one had enough bad luck to not start the main... We will regroup and come out strong with the next race weekend being a big one at Silver Dollar Speedway's Gold Cup Race of Champions weekend event! We will be running all 4 nights and participating in the annually Kick It kickball Tournament supporting Children's Cancer. Come out and enjoy the fun, support the cause, and watch a great weekend of racing!
August 16th-Ocean Speedway & August 17th-Placerville
Friday night 28 cars showed up for the final Johnny Key Classic Qualifier Race! Qualified in 12th quick. Started pole in the heat and won it! Started 12th in the main and ran as high as 10th before fading back to a 13th place finish. Saturday timed in 14th, ran second in the heat to Greg Decaires then scratched in the main. Was set to start 12th. Feeling prepared for the Civil War finale at Placerville and ready for the Johnny Key next weekend!
August 9th-Plaza Park & August 10th-Placerville-Civil War #11
Friday night had 15 non wing micros in attendance, we qualified 7th. Started pole for the heat and won it. Started 6th in the main, tried to make the top work but to no avail. Fell back to 9th and finished 6th on a one lane bottom groove track. Saturday qualified 28th. Started 8th in the heat and finished 7th. Started 12th in the B and finished 9th. Had a strong car but not a good qualifying run. Will try again next week with Watsonville and what will be my final Placerville points show race!
August 3rd-Placerville Speedway
Night started off decent with a 16th qualifying run. Started pole for the heat and won it. Started 14th in the main and finished 13th running the cushion. Had a good side by side race with Kyler for a good 4 laps. Next Race is Visalia in the micro Friday and Sprint car Saturday in Placerville for Civil War Round #11!
Ocean Speedway July 26th and Placerville July 27th
The weekend kicked off great with a 7th place qualifying run of the 21 cars in attendance. Won the heat race from 2nd but felt a vibration in the rear of the car. After the heat we did a test session and the car kicked out of gear. Before the main the team and the Humphries Team changed out rear ends just in time for the feature. Started 6th in the main and ran to finish 8th. Placerville had 29 cars in attendance and in qualifying we ruined a rear end and chewed up a driveline. We will get it fixed and ready for August 3rd for another Placerville Points show for testing before the Civil War Show in the 10th!
Ocean Speedway July 19th and Placerville -July 20th
After having a week off it was back in the seat again! In Watsonville there was 24 cars and we timed in 15th. Started 5th in the heat and raced up to 3rd. Main event started 15th and quickly got to 11th in 3 laps after a mix up ahead of us allowing the 88 to squeak on through! At the mid way point we were running 8th and ran out of tear offs with 5 to go. Did all he could but ended up 10th. Still a good run! Saturday night qualified 14th started 2nd in the heat and would win by a half straight away. Main Event put us 13th starting spot and would battle with little brother for a while before he got upside down. Under the red flag officials thought we were involved in the crash so they sent us from our 10th place running spot to dead last on the restart. Did all we could and ended up finishing in 10th after coming from the back. Good Run and we will be back at it with another Watsonville Placerville weekend next Friday and Saturday!
Petaluma Speedway - Civil War #10 - July 6th
After a rough night in Placerville, it was time to make something happen. 33 cars showed up to Petaluma and we timed in 8th quick! Started 5th in the heat race with top 4 locking into the main and quickly got to 4th, but not without some pressure from local hot shoe Geoff Ensign. Had a caution and made good use of it with making a pass for 3rd, where we finished. A 6 inversion and with four drivers missing their transfer we started 3rd in the main. Got a good start but had three cautions in the opening two laps and two of them occurred right in front of us. After some restarts maintained 5th until mid way in the race when a "shattered dreams" moment happened with the Right front spindle snout sheering off going into Turn 3. This would end our night, however it was a strong run. One that we can hope to have again in the coming weeks. Thanks to Greg Decaires for coming out for Driving Coach. Paul Countryman for the help in the pits and Chief Mike Smith for giving us a competitive well handling car! Next race is July 19th for the 2nd Round of 4 in Johnny Key Qualifying Races.
Placerville Speedway - Civil War #9 - July 4th
The night started off with timing in 21st of a 37 car field. Started pole for our heat race and driver got jumpy and jumped the start...Got put back to row 4 and finished 7th. Had to run the B Main, started 8th got to the 6th and final transfer spot with 5 to go and held it until the last corner last lap when it was given up and ended our night one spot out of a transfer.
Ocean Speedway - June 28th
Twenty cars showed up to Watsonville for the first of 4 qualifier races for the Johnny Key Classic. Started rough with a 17th place qualifying run. Started 6th in the heat and a lap one shuffle in the second row would cost us to finish last in the heat. Main Event started 17th and fell back to 19th but avoided some crashes that occurred in front of us. On the restart went to the top and started picking off some cars to finish 7th and get the DDNI Hard Charger Award, the second one this year. Next Race will be in Placerville for Civil War Round #9.
Placerville - June 22nd
After a great run in Chico, decided to run Placerville for a local show. Started off well again with a 14th place qualifying run. Started 2nd in the heat and got a good jump to win the heat race! Started 12th in the main again along side little brother. Got a good start and had a great car to charge through to a 8th place finish! Best finish at Placerville! Next race will be back at Ocean Speedway for Round #9 of the Taco Bravo Series!
Silver Dollar Speedway-Civil War #8-June 21st
After a rough run in hanford it was good to be back at Silver Dollar Speedway. But after our last run there it was time to redeem ourselves. Qualified a respective 12th. Started 3rd in the heat and didn't get a good start finished 6th. Started 2nd in the B Main and ended up 2nd. Main event time started 12th and had a great car! Was running as high as 9th at one point but lost a few spots to finish 11th! So close to the first civil war top 10.
Kings Speedway-Civil War #7-June 15th
Forty Three cars were in attendance for the Civil War Series event for the first time since 2003! Drew a second qualifying spot but unfortunately didn't qualify that well with a 28th place time. Heat race was even more of a disaster with a car spinning in front of me forcing a DNF with a bent Right nerf, radius rod and jacobs ladder. Got it back together for the Semi and came from 11th to battling for the final transfer spot before I got shuffled back to finish 10th... A bit of a disappointing run but we will get it sorted out and be prepared for June 21st in Chico for Round #8!
Plaza Park Raceway-Micro-June 14th
After 2 months out of the car, with a night off, I decided to head back to Plaza Park for some non wing action. 21 non wing cars showed up Friday night. Second quick was an excellent qualifying run with this many cars. Heat race also went well going from 4th to 2nd missing the heat win by half a car. Main event went rough with track conditions being as slick as its ever been 10 inversion pill didn't help matters either.Started 9th and finished 8th. Decent night overall, next race in the micro won't come until August...
Ocean Speedway-Taco Bravo Series-June 8th
Eighteen cars showed up Friday night, which started off well then turned sour. Qualified an excellent 6th place. Started 2nd and got to an early lead before getting eaten up off the corner by Bud Kaeding and Carson Macedo. Ended up 3rd in the heat. a 6 inversion placed us to start 3rd after one driver missed their transfer in the heat. Got a decent start but missed the bottom coming out of 4 and when i got to turn 1 someone was under neath me fighting for the same spot and ended up taking both of us out. Car was to heavily damaged to return to action that night and the next night for Placerville. Next race will be June 15th in Hanford.
Placerville Speedway - Civil War Round 6 - June 1st
After a rough last weekend with the Civil War Series, it was going to be a challenge at the track that is one of the toughest. Qualifying draw was once again a late number.. Was 33rd car to qualify. Some how managed to qualify 24th and make the heat race inversion by the skin of our teeth. Started pole for the heat race and once again got the jump and won the heat! Started 19th in the main and had a bit of patience and a good setup to finish 13th. A good comeback run. Will be back Friday night at Ocean Speedway for Taco Bravo round #8.
Ocean Speedway - Taco Bravo #7 - May 31st
Back at Ocean Speedway kicked off with us being the "Driver of the Week" and signing autographs at the main grandstand entrance interacting with the fans before getting to work. Night started with 22 cars and was going well with a 11th place qualifying run placing us to start pole for the heat race. On the warmup laps for the heat, we managed to hit a rut in turn 3 and upset the car in a huge way. On the start got the advantage and was running well over Veteran driver Andy Foresburg. With 2 to go hit the rut again and would lose the lead to Andy but finish 2nd in the heat. Little did we know, we ran the whole heat with a broken right rear shock. It had busted on the warmup lap. Started 10th in the main and finished off with a solid 12th place finish.
Marysville Speedway - Civil War Round 4 - May 25th
Chico Silver Dollar Speedway - Civil war Round 5- May 26th
After coming close to a top 5 finish in watsonville, it was back to touring with the Civil War Series. Night started off rough drawing a very late number and qualifying 28th missing the heat race inversion..Started 7th in the heat race and fell back to 8th but came back to finish 6th. B Main had to start in 12th and was only able to get to 8th place with the top 6 moving on. This would end our night. The next night in Chico was the same sinerio. Drew a late number and track conditions changed significantly and qualified a disappointing 39th of 45 cars. Started 10th in the heat and finished 9th. Started 7th in the C Main and fell back to 10th on the start but made a hard charge for it. With 2 to go a caution came out with us in 5th. Top 2 transfered. Got a good start and got around 4th on the highside of 1 and 2 just to give it up in 3 and 4. Ended up 5th and ending our night once again very early. Next weekend is back at Ocean Speedway on Friday and Civil War Round 6 at Placerville.
Ocean Speedway-May 17th
After a disappointing run the week before it was redemption time. Night started off with qualifying 10th of the 17 cars in the pit area. Started 5th in our heat and battled for 4th all race long but never completed a pass, finished 5th. Main event we started 9th. The setup was great Friday night thanks to Mike Smith. Came from 9th starting spot to pick up 6th place. A strong run compared to the previous couple of weeks. Will be back May 25th and 26th in Marysville and Chico for Civil War Series Action!
Ocean Speedway-May 10th
After a few strong runs, I guess we were destined to have a rough one eventually. This past Friday was one of them. Drew a late number for qualifying and of 27 cars timed in 20th. FInished 7th in our heat and ran 6th in the B Main. Started 19th in the main and finished 19th after going a lap down early. We will give it another try next Friday at Ocean Speedway.
Delta Speedway-May 4th
With a Saturday night off of Sprint car duties, it was a good play time session in Stockton for the Season opener. Night started off really dusty in hotlaps, but race conditions were decent in the heat race coming from 8th to win heat race 1! Started pole for the second heat and took the win again. An invert of 4 placed us 3rd starting spot. In the early running we quickly got to 2nd and would run there till 12 to go, when the leader got into a lapped car spinning the lap car. CHecked up to avoid it, and got clobbered in the Left Rear. Sending me to the back for the restart. Track was around the bottom and tought to pass but came from 16th to 11th. One of those nights where the results don't show for the run we were having...Next micro race is June 14th...
Ocean Speedway-Round #4-May 3rd
A strong performance came this past Friday night. Finally returning to Ocean Speedway after a two week break brought a good run. With 24 cars in the pits the competition level was up this week. Timed in a strong 8th. Started outside pole for the heat and apparently Ocean Speedway officials didn't like the start sending us back a row.Got a good start and ran 3rd until coming to the checkered, had a big buckin turn 3 and surrendered 3rd to finish 4th. Started 8th in the main event and ran 10th most of the race and ended up with a solid 9th place. Second top 10 in a row. Will see if the momentum will carry on to next Friday night!
Petaluma-Civil War #3 April 27th
After a week off in the sprint it was good to be back in the seat and back at Petaluma! 37 cars were in attendance and I was the 3rd to qualify. Track conditions were slightly greasy in some spots for us, but timed in a solid 17th. Heat race was almost follow the leader with me starting and finishing in 3rd, transferring me to the main event! Starting in 13t, I ran there for majority of the race. Then some carnage started to happen and with 10 to go found myself running 10th. This would be short lived with Colby Weisz and Billy Aton getting by finishing me in the 12th position. A solid (best career) run with the touring series and a good turn around we needed for the sprint car program! We will be back in Watsonville for the Taco Bravo Series May 3rd!
Plaza Park Raceway April 26th
With another Friday off, decided to go see if we can make it back 2 back. 12 cars signed in and I timed in better than the week before with a 4th. Heat race I couldn't get by a car quicker than I needed to and ended up at the line 3rd with a photo finish for 2nd, but turned out 2nd was too light. Crediting me with 2nd in the heat. Main Event I would start 3rd. I got shuffled to 5th but got up to 3rd, where I would run most of the race. Late in the race I pulled up to 2nd getting a huge run off the bottom of turn 2 and tagged his rear end down the back stretch forcing him to the bottom and me railing the cushion in 3 & 4. Unfortunately it would go to waste with a lapped car coming up into me in the next corner and I would lose 2nd. Then in 3 & 4 in traffic I went to the bottom and showed my nose, just to have it chopped sending me into the infield down the frontstretch. Saved it and held on to finish 3rd. But what a crazy race...
Plaza Park Raceway April 19th
With a weekend off of the sprint car, I decided to make a trip to Visalia and give the micro a shot. Deciding to run double duty in one car was a challenge and something I haven't done since 2010. Qualifying was a struggle with5th (non wing) and 16th (Winged). Heat races went well with winning both heats. The non wing came with a last corner last lap pass for the win. Main event time placed us in 2nd (non wing) and 11th (winged) starting positions. Non wing I would challenge side by side for the lead trying the high side with the little cushion that was available. This would continue for 18 laps before finally lap traffic would play a factor. Getting through traffic well I would take the lead and the victory! Winged was a bit of a struggle the car was loose but was slowly coming in with getting heat in the tires. Unfortunately our night ended in the winged car on lap 14 with a chain rolling off the sprocket.Still a good nigh, better than we have been having lately. Will try again next Friday night in the non wing 600 and Saturday will be back in the winged 360 for Round #3 of the Civil War Series!
Ocean Speedway April 12th
After destroying a car in qualifying the week before we thrashed all week to piece together another car for this past weekend. Started out rough drawingto be the first qualifier and qualifying 16th of 20 cars. Heat race we had a Left Front hub bearing lock up. After swapping front axles, we started P18 for the main. It wasn't pretty, with the car being illhandling leaning over on the right rear and having the nose wing tore off. COme to find out the cause of it leaning on the right rear hard was due to a Torsion bar going dead. But we came home 9th and was the DDNI Hard Charger! We will take it and hopefully carry this momentum at the next sprint car race April 27th in Petaluma for Civil War #3!
Ocean Speedway April 5th
With my motor hurt, I was fortunate enough to drive my brother's car for round 2 of the Taco Bravo Series. But once again it was short lived... The car didn't handle good chassi wise. Made small adjustments for Qualifying and gave it a shot. First lap was below par to say the least. Second lap was making up for it and the car got bucking and went for a ride. Tore up the car on the first night. Felt bad for the team for putting hard work all week to get the car ready... We will put a back up car together and be back for redemption at Round 3 of the Taco Bravo Series.
Antioch Speedway March 30th
Making my debut at the Antioch Speedway was unfortunately a disappointing one. Hotlaps went well and qualified 17th of a 30 car field. Heat race I started outside front row once again and got out to a good sized lead. Unfortunately that would end with a motor expiring with 3 to go in the heat race. Definitely not the start I wanted for the Civil War Series. We will get it together for sure. With Tony Borello building some excellent engines!
Ocean Speedway March 29th
After a rough weekend in the micro, that is definitely one to forget. It was great to be back in the sprint car. Started off well with 18 cars in attendance for the Taco Bravo Series Opener in Ocean Speedway, we qualified a stout 6th. Won our heat race from the outside front row placing us to start 6th. On the start it would be a mess for us. Got the jump to get to 5th and the car running 4th at the time got loose in front of us causing an 88 car sandwich. We then went to the work area where we were given no time.. A yellow came out 2 laps later sending us out 2 laps down. Restarting 18th, avoiding trouble and passing a few cars we managed a 11th place finish.
Marysville Raceway Park...March 16th
Normally when a race gets canceled its due to rain or very wet track conditions...This past Saturday was a night to forget. The Civil War Series Opener was set to kick off the 2013 season. However a freak race incident caused by part failure turned tragically wrong. This incident claimed the lives of Dale Wondergem (car owner of the #91) and young Marcus Johnson (a 14 year old Outlaw Kart Racer). After a meeting with all the drivers after the cancelation everyone agreed it would be right to donate all the back gate money to the families affected. Prayers and thoughts to the Wondergem and Johnson families. Next scheduled race will be March 23rd in Lemoore...
Sherm Toller Memorial Race
The first race of the season went ok with 29 cars entering the pit area. We timed in at a solid 18th. Started on the pole for the heat race and it was a bad start that was let go. I barely held on to the final transfer spot and made the A Main starting in 18th. Track conditions were very hooked up and a bit bouncy. Wheels were definitely up! After a long race we ended up in a decent 13th place finish. A good way to start out the season for Shaw Motorsports.
This year's shootout didn't go as well as we had hoped. Non Wing Outlaw came from 6th to 2nd in the heat. Finished 2nd in the qualifier to lock us in for 12th starting spot for the A Main. Stock Non Wing started 8th and finished 4th in the heat. Came from 10th to 5th in the qualifier to put us pole in a B Main. Stock Winged won the heat from the pole and finished 8th in the qualifier to start us 4th in the B Main. Was able to transfer in the second and final transfer spot to move onto the LCQ where they took top 8 and was forced to come from 14th. Unfortunately came up 2 spots short and ending our attempt to make all 4 A Mains. Outlaw winged came from 9th to 6th in the heat race and missed the qualifier. Came from 8th to finish 2nd in the B Main moving us onto the LCQ where again top 8 transfered but coming from 15th we rallied to finish 11th. Strong run but again not enough... Stock Non Wing went out for the warm up lap and kissed the right rear on the fence resulting in a flat Right Rear and missing the start of the race. A huge heartbreak... outlaw non wing started 12th and fell back to 16th. Got to thank everyone that helped make the 2012 season happen! PMS Investments, Shaws Structures Unlimited, Pro Signs, Stan Yockey Motorsports, Seros Racing Technologies, Borello racing Engines, Kent Performance (KPC Chassis), Ethan Myatt, my girlfriend, and everyone that supports the team and I. Without anyone of these people this racing season wouldn't have happened. Thank You and see everyone for the 2013 racing season!
Turkey Bowl XII
After being absent from this race for the past 5 years. We made our return to Delta Speedway for the annual Turkey Bowl. A blown engine would hurt our hopes in the heat race forcing us to a backup motor. Started 4th for the B Main with top 4 moving to the feature. We would win this B Main in excellent fashion. Starting 17th we would end up with a decent 8th place result. We also started scratch in the Multi Class running a stock motor. Starting dead last after the completion of lap 1, we were one spot out of a transfer. On the restart we made our move and finished 3rd in the B. This would line us up 23rd for the 50 lap A Main. Avoiding trouble as well as making moves, we came from the back to finish 3rd in the prestigious event!Strong run to end our California Micro Season!
The Fall Nationals was a great experience. Friday night started off with a 6th place qualifying time in, over 44 of the best 360 drivers in the state! Finished off 4th in our heat missing the dash, and an ill-handling race car would result in a 15th place finish in the main. Saturday looked a little more promising, with a 16th place qualifying lap making the inversion and starting on the pole for the heat race and winning it over Brad Furr, and the eventual winner of both nights Sean Becker. I made my first Dash in a sprint car and finished 9th, starting us 9th in the main event. I ran 8th majority of the race until a late restart would bunch everyone up. On the restart I got my nose wing knocked off, giving me a wild uncontrollable racecar. Finished off 16th but had a good showing, not a good result. Watsonville went ok. Finished off 15th after running 13th and having a car spin in front of me on a late race restart. Saturday the 6th we didn't race and took the night off. October 12th we raced at Plaza Park for the points finale. Just one car with a stock motor, I ran both classes. Decent qualifying times, and a top 4 in both heats had me start pole for the multi main and 4th for the stock main. Multi main was single file and I didn't get a good enough jump on the start to hold the lead. I ran second and didn't have enough laps to capitalize in lap traffic. Stock main I was elbows up and quickly got to second until lap 14 when a right rear wheel center shattered ending my "Cinderella Night Return". Hanford we were outpowered running agains the 410 King of the West Sprint Cars. But we hung tough coming from 9th to 5th missing the main event by one spot in our heat race. Semi Main the competition was stiff and missed the transfer by 3 to the finale. But this would give me confidence going into the Trophy Cup the following weekend. Being that I hadn't ran a track bigger than a 1/4 mile in over 3 months! Trophy Cup debuted a non wing race Thursday night before the trophy cup. My dad and I put together my brothers sprint car, also known as the "Pumpkin Car"a and would make my return to non wing sprint cars in over one and a half years. It would quickly be rough as a steering box gone bad would hurt my efforts. But if you know me, I didn't quit. I wrestled the car without powersteering for the whole night missing the transfer to the A Main by one spot. Friday a late pea pill sealed our fate. Was the 82nd car to qualify and track conditions quickly changed. I qualified 70th of 85 cars. In the Non Qualifier heat 5th place is where i would finis. That was just for points. In the D Main I finished 6th and Saturday's D Main I finished 5th missing the transfer by two spots. But there is always next year. Driver wasn't the problem, but hopefully "Luck of the Draw" will be on our side next year.
After a hard dissapointing run at the Johnny Key Classic missing the transfer by one spot in their unusual format of not running heats and just a Semi Main, it was a challenge going into the first weekend of September with the Gold Cup Race of Champions. The event kicked off Wednesday night with the Civil War Race with 3 race remaining. We qualified 21st of a 34 car field putting us on the pole for the heat. Transfering through with a 3rd place finish locked us for a 19th starting spot in the feature. Part failure kicked off the main event with a brake pad pin coming undone giving the #88 no brakes for the whole feature. We would scavage a 19th place finish limping through the 30 laps. The rest of the weekend consisted of racing with the outlaws in their 410 division against our small 360 motor. We were out powered of course but gained experience. Missing the transfer to the B Main by 2 spots on Thursday and 1 spot on Friday. We were one of 3 360 powered cars and was the highest finishing all three nights.
August Update (August 20th)
The return to plaza park on the 3rd was a decent run with a 7th place finish in the stock class. Saturday the 4th we ran the famed Calistoga 1/2 mile with the Civil War Series. Lee Phillips and Stan Yockey were helping spin wrenches this night. With a 20th time in we started pole and won the heat race. Started 18th and was quickly up to 13th battling for 12th when going into turn 1 the left rear portion of the rear axkle snapped in half sending me into the wall. The chassis had front end damage forcing a long week of thrashing to race the following Saturday. After a long week with help from Ethan Myatt, Trent Carter, and my dad we got the backup car ready in top racing condition! Petaluma Speedway was the next stop with 19 cars in the pit area the Pitstop USA 360 class was going to be very competitive. Marcus Hardina was Co-Crew Chief and helped out with an 8th place time in placing us 4th starting for the heat. On the start the two front row starters played games and caused a jam up falling back to 6th..with a green white checkered restart it was elbows up and on last lap last corner completed the pass for the final transfer. That put us 6th starting for the main. Quickly on the 2nd start moved into 4th where we would finish. Couldn't have done it without my family and friends and sponsors that made this comeback possible! Friday the 17th was back in the 600 for Plaza's Friday night weekly show. Qualifying was just about the only part that went well with a 4th place qualifying lap. Started 5th in the heat and would stay there after a failed slide job for 4th. With a 8 inversion pill we would start 6th. On the start 4th place starter missed a shifter making an instant fade back to 10th. We would run there until lap 6 when the motor finally expired, ending our night. Saturday was a different story as we ran with the Pacific Sprint 360's in Placerville Speedway. 23 cars were on hand and a 12th place qulifying result would be very pleasing for this night. Heat race I missed the setup with the car being tight on entry and lacking forward drive on exit of the corners. I ran 5th (final transfer) until lap 6 of 8 when 4th spun in front of me. Avoiding the spinning car I got hit from behind and without knowing, the car was hooked onto me. But I drug him across the finish line giving me the final transfer. Main event I started 10th and quickly fell back with an ill handling car with the tack changing dramatically. After getting ran off the track, avoiding a spinning car, and getting side bashed, I regained composure and used patience to finish 10th coming back from 18th. Next race will be August 25th in Watsonville's Ocean Speedway for the 52nd running of the Johnny Key Classic, my debut for this race!
May- July Update (July 31st)
Appologies for not staying up to date on our website! For quick up to date results check out on the lower right column on our twitter page we update live and if you have a twitter follow us @koenshaw. Things have been running well in the #88 camp whether its in the 360 injected sprint or the micro. During our downtime with the series we are touring with this year we had made some stops in Placerville where we learned quite a bit. Finishing 16th the first time and coming from 22nd to 13th the second run. We currently sit 13th in civil war standings with our recent finished being 6th in the B Main in Placerville after starting 16th and having to come from the C Main. Then finishing 14th in Petaluma after starting 17th. In May we finished 17th (Marysville) and 14th (Chico). We went for our second round in Chico on the 15th of June to miss the feature by one spot after a mechanical failure in the heat. Then to have the next night blow another motor after winning our heat race. This weekend we will be running Calistoga for Round #10 of the Civil War Series. As for the Micro, we had a win in the bag in the stock 600 class just to suffer a bitter defeat when the sprocket hub shattered with 8 laps to go. The multi class had been an up and down adventure with a couple top 5's and some ill performing runs. We now focus on the stock 600 class and no longer run the multi 600 class in Visalia to better our racing opporation. The best run in the micro comes from out of state thus far. We ran Deming Speedway's Clay Cup Nationals with 51 of the best drivers on the Western Part of the United States with 16 California Drivers making the long haul. Thursday night was rough with a bad time in and we almost raced our way out of it coming from 7th to 5th in the heat and 13th to 5th in the B Main. Friday made up for it tho when we qualified 6th got 3rd in our heat placing us 3rd overal points for the night and placing us in the 16th starting spot (Top 18 inverted by points) Friday we faught rain storms all day and tried to get the race in and on lap 18 the feature was called just after we passed for the 6th position. This locked us into the feature and put us in the 6th starting spot. The 40 lap feature was filled with action as we would fade back to 8th on the early running of the race, but managed to rally back mid race to finish an outstanding 5th place! This weekend we run Friday Night at Plaza Park Raceway hoping to keep our hotstreak running. Keep up to date here and for more results on how we are doing click on the schedule/results page! Thanks for the support and checking out Koen Shaw Motorsports!
(April 28th weekend update)
With taking a weekend off, running Kings the week one week later placing 7th after winning our heat race over defending 2 Time World of Outlaw Champion Jason Meyers. Plaza Park Raceway finaly overcame a 3 week cancelation due to unsafe race surfaces, Rainouts, and sprinkler malfunctions. But rough start would describe the evening last friday night in Plaza Park. Qualified a disapointing 15th in Multi and a mediocre 7th in Stock placing us to start 2nd (multi) and 4th (stock) in our heats. On the start of the stock heat the outside pole started missed a shift causing me to run up the Left Rear of his car and bounce around before landing on all fours bending my Tie Rod. Held on for a 5th place finish causing me to lose my time and start 13th imstead of 7th for the main. Multi heat we jumped out to take the lead just to lose it on lap 7 but held on for 2nd impoving my starting spot for the main to 12th. Stock heat after slide job, and paciently consistantly running the bottom came up to finish 7th in the feature. Multi did just about the same and on the final lap was running 9th going for 8th when we got in a jam causing a bang up in turn 3 but somehow held on for a 10th place finish. We will work on our mistakes for next week. Saturday night was Night #1 for the Civil War Series Winged 360 Division, our main focus for the 2012 season. The first stop on the year was Petaluma Speedway, a first for KSM. We were the 2nd car of 34 to take the clocks and timed in 20th. Started 2nd in the heat and got the jump on the start...TWICE! Lead uptil lap 4 when the Left side muffler had a factory malfunction and broke off. Sending us to the pit area forcing us to run the B-Main event. Starting position was 7th and 6 cars would move on to the main event. A mid race yellow was braught out and an error by officials placed a car in front of me that had never past me to begin with. Restarted 8th. White flag flew we found ourselves in 7th one spot out. But coming off of turn 4 coming to the checkers a bonzai move around the top would give us the final transfer by a wheel! Main event we started 22nd and finished 17th with the 8th fastest lap of the race. We will get them next time. Next race will be Friday at Plaza Park in the micros and Saturday at Kings Speedway as we return to our local series.
(April 6th weekend update)
After winning opening night in non wing at Lemoore Raceway and coming from 14th to 6th in Stock 600 class in Lemoore. This weekend we ran Plaza Park Raceway's openning night. Qualified 6th in Stock and 4th in Super 600s won the Stock Heat from 4th and Came from 5th to 3rd in Super 600s Heat. Main Event for Stock we started 6th and came through to finish 2nd passing Mike Schott in traffic and reeling in Tucker Worth, who became the race winner. Super 600s started outside front row and ran second until lap 3 when I took the lead. I lead uptill Lap 18 when I hit the Turn one rut wrong and the car bounced alowing Mitchell Faccinto to pass for the victory sending me home with Two Second Place finishes. Saturday in Hanford Qualified 6th and got 4th in the heat when during the warmup lap we had spun a rod bearing in our motor. Doing a motor change to get ready for this Saturday's race at Kings Speedway.
In Memory of a fellow friend and racer, Donnie Ray Crawford
Donnie Ray Crawford was one of the fiercest competitors and definately a role model to me and most of the other drivers. He won numerous Tulsa Shootouts and even won two of the three main events he raced in one shootout. The third he had finished 2nd. Donnie was definately one of the "ones to beat" at every shootout. He will be missed and definately the Tulsa Shootout won't be the same this coming year. Just like most others I dedicate my 2012 Racing season to one of the best wheelmens on the planet. RIP DRC.
Koen Shaw's 2011 Year in Review:
It was an awesome race season to say the least! Running a full schedule in 3 divisions at Lemoore paid off achieving all of my goals and having consistently good runs after mishaps in the first 3 races of the year. There were nights that were frustrating but ones that also boosted confidence. This year I learned even more to carry on for the 2012 season. With 11 wins this season and numerous top 5s and 5 DNFs in the 360, of a more lengthy season compared to those past, this was more of an up season than a downer. Winning 2 heat races in the 360 this season at Ocean Speedway was a feature win in its own. There were races where we had a strong run but not the results that wouldve showed for it. Qualifying in the top 5 one night this season at Ocean was a big boost in my confidence for the Sprint Car. This year's Tulsa Shootout was one of the greatest and most mixed emotional Tulsa Shootout races I had run. Making three of the four A Main classes and missing the fourth by a mere ONE spot. Was tough to get over but we will do it in the "2013" Shootout. Coming from 8th to slide jobbing for 2nd before jumping the cushion but still finishing 5th was a big accomplishment this year, being all but one other defending shootout Champion missed the A Main, and me being the highest finishing defending champion. This year had many other memories and highlights. Can't wait to see what 2012 has to offer! This season I will be putting more effort into keeping this website updated with results and hopefully more photos. Check back often and thanks for supporting Koen Shaw Motorports. Check out our Facebook page under Koen Shaw Motorsports! Thanks!
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Finishing 2010 with a HUGE Exclamation point and kicking off 2011 with a BIG BANG! Victorious at the Tulsa Shootout capturing the 2011 Tulsa Shootout Non Wing Stock Championship!
Tulsa Shootout Update(January 2nd)
The "Drive to get 5 Shaw Cars in the Features" came to a slow close Saturday night at the Tulsa Expo Center. With the Stock Winged and Stock Non Wing cars locked into the night's main events, the Multi class cars were the main focus on the day with both Multi non wing and winged cars starting on the pole for the 10 lap B-Main. The non wing multi took victory with ease and the Multi winged car got a good jump on the field on the bottom and slowly pulled away but a slip off the bottom in Turn 4 would cost me the win in the B-Main but held on to the 2nd and final transfer to the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs). The LCQ went pass-less in the Multi Non Wing with a one lane on the bottom type of track but held on to 5th, with the top 8 moving onto the main event. Winged Multi I had my work cut-out for me with a 11th place starting spot and top 8 cars moving on. Off the start the car in front of me got ancy and ran up the car in front of him causing a jam up. With the race going caution free I managed to rally back from 15th to finish 11th in a last run effort but fell short. Came up 3 spots short of having all 4 Koen Shaw cars in the Features and 5 Shaw Motorsports cars in the main event. Multi Non Wing with a stock motor was a bit of a challenge. Being down on power compared to the Multi motors. Non the less we had a great run and had a decent 17th place finish in Multi Non Wing. Stock non wing found me on the outside front row for the 25 lap main event. Taking the lead on Lap 2 from the bottom quickly checked out on the field but constant yellows would bunch us back up for restarts. 2010 Chili Bowl Champion Kevin Swindell was on my back bumper, but by changing my line to run the top we were able to RAIL everyone on the top. The car was a rocketship, but one slip up cost me the lead to Matt Ward on lap 12. But back on the top the next turn I was able to get back by him and hold on for the WIN! My first Tulsa Shootout Golden Driller after 4 years of trying! Stock WInged was the final run of competition of the weekend for the KSM team and had a great top 10 going running 7th, until I found a rut in turns 1 & 2 causing the car to hop multiple times. I was able to save it but a wing malfunction would cause the car to be too tight and quickly fell back. Finishing a dissapointing 20th. None-the-less the ride home was much smoother with that Golden Driller finally in hand. Wouldn't have been possible without my loving and supporting Mom and Dad, my crew man Ethan Myatt, Shaw's Structures Unlimited, PM$ Investments, Gordon Seros Racing Engines, PMP Chassis, and all the new and longtime Fans that have supported me all this time, as well as the new ones that we gained in Oklahoma! Thank You all soo much and hope to have another successfull season in 2011!
Tulsa Shootout update(December 31st)
With the conclusion of heat races and qualifier races the KSM team was pretty stout. With Multi non wing finishing with a heat race win from the pole and a 5th place finish from the 6th spot in the qualifier I am on the pole for the B Main of the Non Wing Multi race. For the Multi winged event from the 8th place starting spot in the heat rocketed to a 2nd place finish being a "foto finish". Qualifier started 3rd but fell to 5th. Will start pole for the Multi Winged B-Main. Stock Winged event started 7th in the heat and finished 2nd. Qualifier started 3rd and finished 2nd. Starting in the 9th position of tomorrow night's feature. Non WIng Stock started 8th in the heat and came out with a 3rd place run and after post race inspection the winner was disqualified after having on-board shock adjustments. Started 3rd in the qualifier and finished 2nd! PLacing me front row outside for the A-Main event.
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Quick Results:(Starting Position) Finish Position
Heat Race: (8th) 2nd
Starting Position: 1st-BMain
Multi Non Wing:
Heat Race: (1st) 1st
Qualifier: (6th) 5th
Starting Position: 1st-BMain
Heat Race: (7th) 2nd
Qualifier: (3rd) 2nd
Starting Position: 9th-A Main
Non Wing Stock:
Heat Race: (8th) 2nd
Qualifier: (3rd) 2nd
Starting Position: 2nd-AMain