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The Speedway At Willow Springs Media
April 26, 2017
PINNACLE PEAK STEAKHOUSE in San Dimas and Colton and PLATINUM JEWELRY AND LOAN
Hoopers Rear Ends “Elite Division” (Late Models, Trucks, Modifieds)
Platinum Jewelry & Loan “Street Stocks”
Sterile Pros “Hobby Stocks”
Swift Napa Auto Parts “So-Cal Enduro”
The Lucas Oil “Mini Stocks”
51Fifty Energy Drink “Sport Compacts”
Wayne & Dave’s Automotive “Mini Dwarfs”
Studio Equipment Rentals Skid Plates
FLAG POLE RACING!
Add to all that, fun events for the kids to enjoy this Saturday……
Kids Kandy Krush presented by “Parker Family Daycare”
Big Wheel Race presented by “Photo’s by Ms. Mary”
“The Tire Store” Tire Toss
AND MUCH MORE!!!
This Saturday April 29!
Heat Races 3:30pm
Main Events 6:00pm
IT’S RACE #2 FOR ALL OUR DIVISIONS!!!
The racers did not disappoint with some door banging stock car action from our first race on April 15th. It’s still very early in the season, but point battles are already hot going into this Saturday.
THE Swift Napa Auto Parts “Dual 25’s!”
Powered by Swift Napa Autoparts of Ridgecrest!
It’ll be 25 laps one direction, we reverse the field and 25 laps the other way as Danny Quinn’s So-Cal Enduro rolls into their 2nd event of the season. #58 Randy Hannah from Ridgecrest fought back and forth for the lead eventually winning the 50 lap all green flag event. But #6 Stan Youngblood from Victorville was hot on the tail of the #58 right at the checkers. Hannah is always strong in this event, but look for Youngblood to challenge again for the win this Saturday. The So-Cal Enduro continues to produce the wildest action on every race night. Not to be missed at Willow Springs this Saturday!!!
HOOPERS REAR ENDS “ELITE DIVISION”
#33 Logan Mainella from Palmdale took the win opening night but the #34 Tony Forfa IV from Redlands was super fast in qualifying by near a half second to his closest rival. Forfa couldn’t maintain that speed into the main event this time, but once he does, there won’t be much to keep him from the front.
#30 John Penning, #77 Alex Anderson returning from a tough 2016, and #05 Randy Wilkins were your top 5 from April 15th. Mainella and Forfa are tied for the point lead going into Event #2 this Saturday April 29th.Car counts grew throughout the 2016 season with more Modifieds and one Truck testing our Late Models in our combined Elite Class. What will 2017 bring? You will have to be there this Saturday to find out.
THE PLATINUM JEWELRY & LOAN “STREET STOCKS”
#25 Justin Good from Santa Clarita made a statement he intends to repeat as the Champion in The Platinum Jewelry and Loan Streets Stocks for the 2017 season taking the checkers on April 15th. #34 Tony Forfa IV from Redlands is running for the Championship in both Street Stocks and Elite, and Good will do everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen.
#27 Don Oatley from Santa Clarita returned to the Series and finished a solid third with #57 Jerry Baxter from Lancaster and #57x Ray Butler also from Lancaster your top 5.
#25 Good leads #34 Forfa by a scant 2 points going into Event #2. This one is just gettin’ going! Who will it be this week? You need to Be There!
THE “STERILE PROS” HOBBY STOCKS
We warmly welcome Sterile Pros as the newest sponsor to the Willow Springs family. They wanted the most popular division at our track, and they definitely received that!
After taking most of 2016 off, #88 Donny Oatley from Santa Clarita sent a message to defending champion #44 Johnny Troesch from Lancaster, 2017 will be another challenge. Last season it was #71 of Michael Williams battling Troesch right to the final event for the Championship. #71 Williams had a tough night ending up in 4th spot, but it’s still very early, so we could well see a three or four way battle for this Championship before long. #24k Hannah Blalock posted a solid 4th in her first race back with Willow Springs and Joseph Pablo from Rosamond had a very successful night in his return to a 3rd place finish.
We assure you Troesch is not going to let Oatley’s lead stand for long, with Williams, Pablo, and Blalock looking for their first wins of the season. This one is not to be missed this Saturday April 29th!
THE LUCAS OIL MINI STOCKS
Our Lucas Oil Mini Stock division is going to be another to watch closely in 2017. Defending Champion #19 Greg Didoha had the field covered this first race, but #13 Nate VanDeventer from Santa Clarita posted a solid 2nd in his first race in the division. A little more experience with these cars and we expect him to be challenging for wins before long.
#76 Richard Connors returned to the series after taking 2016 off to help behind the scenes here at Willow Springs. Well now he has two jobs trying to race and run our pit gate at the same time with wife Kristen. So far, so good! #42 Cary Cecil and #64 Chris Markin from Sun Valley posted top 5 finishes.
WAYNE & DAVES AUTOMOTIVE MINI DWARF’S
The first of our two new divisions for 2017 are the Wayne & Dave’s Automotive Mini-Dwarfs. The MD’s are broken down into Sr. and Jr. Don’t let these young kids fool you, they are doing lap times right up there with the big boys.
On the Jr. Mini Dwarfs side #43 Cameron Perryman from Bakersfield won the main event with #18 Eathan Giannetto in 2nd. On the Sr. Mini Dwarfs #7 Nathaniel Edwards, #44 Angelo Troesch from Lancaster, and #83 Sharlize Parker also from Lancaster were your top 3.
Going into race #2, Edwards leads Troesch by just 3 points. As father Johnny does in Hobby Stocks, we don’t expect Troesch to be 2nd for long!
51FIFTY ENERGY DRINK SPORT COMPACT
The second of our two new permanent divisions are the 51Fifty Energy 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.
#58 Randy Hannah of Ridgecrest took both the So-Cal Enduro and Sport Compact main events, so he had a very good night indeed. #13 Kris Clark had a terrific first run with us in 2nd spot with #0 Robert Kleisher and #06 Melissa Youngblood from Victorville your top 4 in the inaugural race for this division.
FLAG POLE RACING
And if all that isn’t enough, we have Flag Pole racing BACK for this Saturday. It’s a high speed traffic jam as competitors maneuver the flag poles at both ends of the track.
DON’T MISS IT!!
Here’s all you get for just $10 this weekend.
50 laps of So-Cal Enduro
40 laps Hoopers Rear Ends Elite Division
30 laps Wayne & Dave’s Automotive Hobby Stocks
30 laps Platinum Jewelry & Loan Street Stocks
25 laps Lucas Oil Mini Stocks
15 laps 51Fifty Energy Sport Compacts
12 laps Studio Equipment Rentals Skid Plates
15 laps The Wayne and Dave’s Automotive Mini Dwarfs
Flag Pole Racing
That, and MUCH MORE.
And you get all that for only $10 per person, ($10.00 optional tail gating). Bring your own food and drink to throw your own personal party! There isn’t a better bargain in the Antelope Valley this Saturday!!!
Heat Races 3:30pm
Green Flag for Main Events at 6-pm!
DON’T MISS IT!
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.
THE SPEEDWAY AT WILLOW SPRINGS
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.
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, Sterile Pros, 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, Adams Metalizing and Grinding, Angels Touch Towing, 10000 RPM Clutches and Flywheels, Deist Safety, Studio Equipment Rentals, and Linny White’s Race Shop.