Willow Springs October 21st Pre-Race Report presented by BHE Renewables!

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The Speedway At Willow Springs Media
October 18, 2017
Rosamond, Ca.









A HUGE day and night of racing coming to YOU only at Willow Springs including………. 

* MINI VAN DESTRUCTION DERBY  (VAN – A –GEDDON) presented by Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Colton and San Dimas. Our first EVER!
* Hobby Stock Dual Track Challenge (Willow Springs vs. Bakersfield)
* Hoopers Rear Ends “Elite Division” (Late Models, Trucks, Modifieds)
* Platinum Jewelry & Loan “Street Stocks”
* K&N Filters “Hobby Stocks”
* Snap On Tools of Ridgecrest “So-Cal Enduro”
* The Lucas Oil “Mini Stocks”
* The Wayne and Dave’s Automotive “Mini Dwarfs”
* 51Fifty Energy Drink “Sport Compacts”
* Studio Equipment Rentals “Skid Plates”
* Open Hobby Stocks
* Open FIGURE 8!



“Kids Power Wheels Destruction Derby”

“Kids Costume Contest”

Kids Kandy Krush presented by “Parker Family Daycare”
Big Wheel Race presented by “Photo’s by Ms. Mary”
“The Tire Store” Tire Toss



This Saturday October 21st!


Please note the earlier start than normal.


Green Flag

Heats 3:15pm
Main Events 5pm



Champions Night 2017 !!!

Dramatic point battles right down to the Final Event will unfold Saturday night! Tony Forfa IV going for dual Championships in the Elite and Street Stock classes. In our Hoopers Rear Ends Elite Division 8 points separate Tony Forfa IV and Logan Mainella. Alex Anderson is within striking distance as well.

The Platinum Jewelry & Loan Streets Stocks see Forfa with a bit of a cushion and a 12 point advantage, but Justin Good will have one last shot at him this Saturday.

Michael Williams and Johnny Troesch battled the entire season from back in April with each leading in the points. With one race to go a mere 3 points are separating the two. Friends off the track but fierce competitors on the track saw the two wreck last race will leading. Will Williams play it conservative and ride his tiny points lead, and how will Troesch respond? Anything can and will happen this Saturday, nowhere else but Willow Springs!

In what was a far runaway in our Lucas Oil Products Mini Stocks, a run of bad luck for point leader Greg Didoha sees it down to a 8 point lead going into Saturday. Didoha did not make it to the main events in both the last two races opening the door for Cary Cecil to walk in. Will Cary take advantage and win his first Championship? Be there this Saturday to see it unfold!

Our new 51 Fifty Energy Drink Sport Compacts also see a battle for the first Championship with Ken Iannalfo Sr. leading by a razor thin 2 points over Keith Murphy. But long time racer Randy Hannah is hot on their heels.

One race to go, it’s anyone’s to take!




Open Comp Figure 8 returns for the rest of the 2017 Season sponsored by Mirror Image Audio. It will be an Open Competition event with just about any race car that wants to take part on our wild and fast Figure 8 course. It is said we have one of the best Figure 8 layouts in the Country, come see some crazy action in the Intersection this Saturday! ONLY at The Speedway at Willow Springs! 


We enjoyed our largest car count ever last race in the So-Cal Enduro. Brady Mertz raced hard but did not defend his last few wins with the $900 bounty and purse claimed by Daniel Hudson. We have a Championship TIED in this division between Stanley Youngblood and Ken Lukaszonas with one final race to decide it.

THIS CAN’T BE MISSED, only at Willow Springs this Saturday!

October 7th event your top 5 in So-Cal Enduro were….
1.) #17 Daniel Hudson
2.) #169 Ken Lukazonas
3.) #2 Daniel Dyer
4.) #44x Mike Miller
5.) 13x Mike Howard
The So-Cal Enduro continues to produce the craziest action on every race night. Not to be missed at Willow Springs this Saturday!!! 


        Redlands Tony Forfa IV #34 once again started from the rear of the field, and still came away with the win on October 7th adding a few more precious points to his lead. But Lancaster’s Logan Mainella #33 is still close enough 8 points back should Forfa falter in any way. Forfa is going for twin championships in both the Elite and Street Stock classes.

       Leona Valley’s Alex Anderson #77 lost a little ground in the battle for 2nd spot, but Lancaster’s Randy Wilkins had a solid event on October 7th winning the heat race and 3 valuable points and finishing 3rd in the Main closing on Anderson for 3rd spot in the standings.

Coming this Saturday it’s a Late Model vs. Modified for the 2017 Championship. Will we have our first ever Modfied Champion in the Hoopers Rear Ends Elite Division?

You can’t miss this one Saturday night!

October 7th Top 5 Results were….
1.) #34 Tony Forfa IV
2.) #33 Logan Mainella
3.) #05 Randy Wilkins
4.) #25 Justin Good
5.) #77 Alex Anderson



       Going for twin Championships this Saturday, Redland’s #34 Tony Forfa continued his winning streak and giving a little daylight over Santa Claritas #25 Justin Good. But this is far from over with a number of cars expected to return this weekend setting in motion the possibility for Good to have a big points night and a shot.
October 7th Results were….

1.) #34 Tony Forfa IV
2.) #25 Justin Good
3.) #57 Jerry Baxter
4.) #71 Tony Provenzano
5.) #81 Kasey Parker


       Friends off the track but fierce competitors on the track took on a whole new meaning as with both leaders were bumping, banging, and then tangled in turn 3 sending both cars to the pits and bringing out the Red Flag.

Coming back to green with 5 to go Bakersfields Brian Childress #195 led the way, but Lancaster’s Brady Mertz running his grandfathers #72 was not to be denied. Making the pass for his first ever win in the Hobby Stock class Brady Mertz made a statement he will be someone to contend with in 2018.

This sets the stage for the big finish this Saturday! 3 tiny points separate Quartz Hill’s Michael Williams #71 and Lancaster’s Johnny Troesch #44 to be the 2017 Champion.

Who is it going to be????



October 7th Top 5 Results were….

1.) #72 Brady Mertz
2.) #195 Brian Childress
3.) #246 Pat Arisman
4.) #79 Joseph Pablo
5.) #41 Corey Carter


#22 John Sereika again claimed the top spot in the Lucas Oil Mini Stock Event with fellow competitor #2 Joe Fernandez close behind. #15 Robert Waters continues to improve and we welcomed #32 Tony Caputo to the field and a returning #11 Nate VanDeventer.

But the season long championship battle continued to unfold with Cary Cecil finishing third and closing the gap to our leader Greg Didoha.

In what had been a cruise control defense of his 2016 Championship in the Lucas Oil Mini Stock division, is now anything but for Lancasters Greg Didoha #19. Cary Cecil #42 again took advantage and is now within 8 points of Didoha for the Championship. A solid 3rd place finish by Cecil closed the gap even more and another good luck night from Cecil will put him over the top!

Cecil or Didoha?
Don’t miss this Saturday!


October 7th Top 5 Results were….

1.) #22 John Sereika
2.) #2 Joe Fernandez  
3.) #42 Cary Cecil
4.) #15 Robert Waters
5.) #32 Tony Caputo



 The second of our two new permanent divisions are the 51Fifty Energy Drink Sport Compacts. We were looking for a middle step from So-Cal Enduro toward the upper divisions and the SC fits that bill perfectly. Still an extremely low budget division to run (cars complete can be built for right around $1,500), it’s a chance to run our full track without the chicane. We think it will be a quickly growing division with it’s higher speeds, yet still cost effective starting point for racers hitting the track for the first time.


And don’t forget….


Wayne and Dave’s Mini Dwarfs Return along with Studio Equipment Rentals Skid Plates!



Here’s all you get for just $10 this weekend. There is NO better deal in the Antelope Valley for entertainment this Saturday!
Mini Van Destruction Derby!
15 laps Hobby Stock Dual Track Challenge  (Bakersfield vs. Willow Springs)
10 laps FIGURE 8
30 laps Open Hobby Stocks
38 laps Platinum Jewelry & Loan Street Stock
60 laps So-Cal Enduro
48 laps Hoopers Rear Ends Elite Division
38 laps K&N Filters Hobby Stocks
33 laps Lucas Oil Mini Stocks
23 laps 51Fifty Energy Sport Compacts
23 laps Wayne and Dave’s Automotive Mini Dwarfs
10 laps Studio Equipment Rentals Skid Plates

Kids Power Wheels Destruction Derby

Kids Costume Contest

Parker Family Day Care Candy Toss

That, and MUCH MORE.

And you get all that for only $10 per person,  Bring your own food and drink to throw your own personal party! There isn’t a better bargain in the Antelope Valley this Saturday!!!




This is a feature found at only a few race tracks in the entire Country. Throw your own personal party while watching the action at our ¼ mile for just $10 per vehicle. If you’d like a reserved Tail Gate spot for the season, they are only $120 for all 8 events. Arrive and leave when you please, the spot is yours on race days.


Have an RV? Stay the night for no extra charge (dry camp) and enjoy Sunday’s events as well. Hookups are available at the road course area for a small extra charge. Contact (661) 256-2471 for reservations.


Our 1/4 mile oval is part of the eight race tracks and 600 acres that make up Willow Springs International Raceway. Internationally recognized since 1953 as among the most prestigious in the World, and as of 1996, a California State Historical Landmark. Michael Andretti, Tommy Kendall, Derrick Cope, and Nigel Mansell all hold track records at the facility.  

Here is a little more detail on two terrific features you cannot get anywhere else. Once you are in the front gates, your ticket is good for the entire weekend of racing for the road course events on the grounds, in addition to our Saturday night event. The 2.5 mile Fastest Road in the West which features dramatic elevation changes, and the infamous Turn 9 with speeds approaching 200 mph. The Streets of Willow Springs, and The Horse Thief Mile, also have events just about every weekend through the year. Hangout in the pits, talk with the drivers, and get some terrific pictures. Also, there is the WSIR gift shop and full snack bar open every weekend. Take a drive up to the Budweiser Balcony and enjoy an incredible view of the Antelope Valley as well. 

The second feature of our 1/4 mile oval that you can not get just about anywhere else is Tail Gating. ($10 nominal charge per vehicle) Our guests can enjoy the action from the comfort of your car should you choose. Our prime spots are very limited, so get there early for the best locations. We also have a large amount of grandstand seating for the full experience as well with FREE parking.  

Our Saturday Night divisions will feature the best stock car drivers in the region as they compete for the 2017 Championship. Get ready for some old school side by side stock car racing like it used to be. Full inverts, Restart Cone side by side yellow flag restarts, (where the drivers can pick inside or outside line). We are gonna change it up and have some fun!

One low price $10 ticket buys you an entire weekend of AWESOME racing action. There is racing all over the facility every weekend. Come early and enjoy the road courses, then come on up to us at the ¼ mile (North end of the property) for a full night of door slamming stock car racing action on our ¼ mile. Even get yourself a tail gate spot for a nominal $10 more and enjoy the action right from your vehicle. It’s like an old school Drive in Movie! Bring your own food and drink and have a great time! Still haven’t had enough? Come back Sunday for even MORE.

A full weekend of racing for only $10! There is no better BARGAIN in the AV this weekend.
Adult admission $10, Kids 10 and under Free.


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Phone: (661) 713-8534




We would like to thank all our terrific sponsors for making our 2017 season possible!


Platinum Jewelry & Loan, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Hooper’s Rear Ends, Lucas Oil Products, A to Z Signs, Wayne and Dave’s Automotive, The Tire Store, O’Reilly Auto Parts, K&N Engineering, Adams Metalizing and Grinding, Petro-Lock Fuels, Angels Touch Towing, 10000 RPM Clutches and Flywheels, Deist Safety, Studio Equipment Rentals, and Linny White’s Race Shop.