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2010 SEASON LOOMS AT THE ACRES

REDWOOD ACRES
Source — Redwood Acres Public Relations
Date Posted — April 09, 2010
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2010 SEASON LOOMS AT THE ACRES

EUREKA, California — The 2010 racing season at Eureka, California’s Redwood Acres Raceway begins in just a few short weeks. It will be the 23rd year of racing on the pavement at the 3/8 mile facility. The track was converted from dirt to asphalt between late 1987 and early 1988. Many folks may be surprised to know that Redwood Acres Raceway is among the oldest race tracks not only in California, but on the west coast. The track’s first races were held in 1947 on dirt, a year after Merced Fairgrounds Speedway came to be and around the same time that Stockton 99 Speedway began holding events. In 1956 and 1957, the track was known as Eureka Speedway and was converted to a 5/8 mile track and hosted two NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) events. Herb Thomas won the ’56 race while Lloyd Dane won in ’57. The facility also hosted the Pacific Coast Late Model series/Winston West in its dirt days. Bill Amick won in 1964, Harold Hardesty in 1968 and legendary driver, Hershel McGriff won in 1972.

After years of success on the dirt, the cost to keep up and maintain the track became too much to handle and it was decided to pave the track. Along with NASCAR’s sanctioning, Redwood Acres Raceway “reopened” in 1988. Between 1988 and 1995, the Acres hosted 7 NASCAR Southwest Tour events and 2 Winston West races. Mike Chase won the inaugural tour event in July of 1988. The next season, Bill Sedgwick won the West race while Chase won the tour race yet again. In 1990, Troy Beebe took the tour race while Sedgwick won the final West race at the Acres. Ron Hornaday, Jr. won the ’91 event over Rick Carelli who won the ’92 event. Hornaday won the 1993 race and after a year away from the raceway, M.K. Kanke won the final tour event in 1995.

Since the track was paved, Redwood Acres Raceway has produced several well-known drivers. Though Jim Walker and Randy Olson had established themselves prior to the 1988 season, they both honed their skills at the Acres for several years and are a huge part of the track’s pavement history. 1997 NASCAR Southwest Tour champion, Bryan Germone ran at the Acres to prepare himself for the tour. Rusty Olson moved from the Acres to win numerous late model events and a truck title. Paul Peeples, Jr. drove in the mini stock class before winning the 1994 NASCAR Pacific Coast Region title. Current well-known alumni include late model touring champion, Howard Ford, late model racer, Mic Moulton and Luke Hall who has raced in two ARCA events.

The 2010 season at the Acres officially begins April 24th but there is an open practice this Saturday, April 10th. Local classes include the sportsman (late model) division, Thunder Roadsters, real stocks, mini stocks, roadrunners and limited street stocks. The AABLM series is scheduled to race May 22nd, July 31 and September 25th for the Fall Spectacular while the Northern California Pro-4 Modifieds are scheduled for June 5th, August 28th and September 25th. These events are subject to change if the car count is lacking.

Redwood Acres Raceway 2010 Schedule

  • April 10th - Practice
  • April 24th
  • May 1st
  • May 8th
  • May 22nd – AABLM series
  • June 5th – Pro-4 Modifieds
  • June 19th
  • June 25th & 26th - Fair Races
  • July 10th
  • July 31st – AABLM series
  • August 7th
  • August 28th – Pro-4 Modifieds
  • September 11th
  • September 25th – Fall Spectacular featuring AABLM series and Pro-4 Modifieds

Past Track Champions at Redwood Acres Raceway

1988

  • Super Stock – Jim Walker
  • Street Stock – Tim Standifer

1989

  • Super Stock – Jim Walker
  • Street Stock – Rusty Olson
  • Mini Stock – Doug Pulver

1990

  • Super Stock – Randy Olson
  • Street Stock – Glenn Shewry
  • Mini Stock – Doug Pulver

1991

  • Sportsman – Randy Olson
  • Mini Stock – Matt Kunkler/Jerry McCurtain

1992

  • Sportsman – Randy Olson
  • Mini Stock – Tony Pulver

1993

  • Sportsman – Steve Moulton
  • Mini Stock – Ron Borges

1994

  • Sportsman – Rusty Olson
  • Mini Stock – Bert Guthridge

1995

  • Sportsman – Glenn Shewry
  • Mini Stock – Mic Moulton
  • Pure Stock – Ray Rapp

1996

  • Sportsman – Glenn Shewry
  • Mini Stock – Bernard Burns
  • Pure Stock – Ray Rapp

1997

  • Sportsman – Tim McCracken
  • Mini Stock – Bernard Burns
  • Pure Stock – Otis Stabler

1998

  • Sportsman – Larry Pries
  • Mini Stock – Bernard Burns
  • Pure Stock – Craig Johnson

1999

  • Sportsman – Otis Stabler
  • Mini Stock – Phil Wood
  • Pure Stock – Craig Johnson

2000

  • Sportsman – Angelo Marcelli
  • Mini Stock – Jason Shaha
  • Real Stock – Rusty Turner
  • Pure Stock – Jeff Broderson

2001

  • Sportsman – Shawn Andrews
  • Mini Stock – Phil Wood
  • Real Stock – Rusty Turner
  • Pure Stock – Jeff Broderson

2002

  • Sportsman – Angelo Marcelli
  • Mini Stock – Phil Wood
  • Real Stock – Rick Fox

2003

  • Sportsman – Roger Sanderson
  • Mini Stock – Jaison Chand
  • Real Stock – Aaron Byers
  • Limited Street Stocks – Lee Branstetter

2004

  • Sportsman – Angelo Marcelli
  • Mini Stock – Jerry Peterson
  • Real Stock – Cecil Arispe
  • Limited Street Stock – Ron Brown

2005

  • Sportsman – Geoff Brandon
  • Mini Stock – Jaison Chand
  • Real Stock – Trevor Miller
  • Limited Street Stock – Duane Mayo

2006

  • Sportsman – Marty Walsh
  • Mini Stock – Chad Grammer
  • Real Stock – Bill Bradbury
  • Limited Street Stock – Adrien Betournay
  • Thunder Roadsters – David Henderson

2007

  • Sportsman – Brandon Barnwell
  • Mini Stock – Byron McIntosh
  • Real Stock – Bill Middleton
  • Limited Street Stock – Scott Lyons
  • Thunder Roadsters – Paul Peeples, Jr.

2008

  • Sportsman – Brandon Barnwell
  • Mini Stock – Craig Baker
  • Real Stock – Jim Redd
  • Limited Street Stock – Fergy Ferguson
  • Thunder Roadsters – Paul Peeples, Jr.

2009

  • Sportsman – Dennis DelBiaggio
  • Mini Stock – Craig Baker
  • Real Stock – Ryan Walters
  • Limited Street Stock – Kenny Demello
  • Thunder Roadsters – David Henderson
  • Roadrunners – Charlie Anderson
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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on April 09, 2010. http://www.racingwest.com

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