SAN BERNARDINO, California — Summer vacation is over and it’s time for Orange Show Speedway’s Super Late Models drivers to go back to work.
It’s been a month since they’ve raced on the ASA Member Track’s banked quarter-mile oval, but their task is the same as it was when then – figuring out a way to beat David Ross.
Ross, 21, has made the class his personal playground this season, winning five of the six races to date and carrying a three-race winning streak into Saturday’s (July 17) 100-lap main event.
That race will be the final one of the night on a schedule that also includes the Team Too Pony Stocks, Interstate Batteries Factory Fours, Budweiser Legends Cars, M.C. Erectors Bandoleros and Tour Trucks.
Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m., with an on-track autograph session from 5:50 to 6:30 p.m. and the first race at 7 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors (60 and older), students 11 to 18 and military personnel with valid identification. Children 10 and under are admitted free. A Family Pack, which includes admission for four plus a hot dog and small soft drink for each person, is priced at $45.
Parking is $5, with entry through Gate 4 off Mill Street.
The Team Too Pony Stock division has its own dominating presence in Robby Hornsby Jr., the Yucaipa (Ca.) teenager who has won all six races this year and eight of the past nine overall. Hornsby holds a 30-point lead over Jeremy Perez and can win the title by finishing fourth in each of the five races remaining in the season.
With six races to go in the Super Late Models division, Ross has a 12-point lead over 2009 champion Mark Shackleford, who has one win. Riley Sawyers has a 104-point lead in the Budweiser Legends class with six races to go and Parker Malone is 18 points ahead of Ricky Schlick with five events left for the M.C. Erectors Bandoleros.
The most interesting competition at the moment is in the Interstate Batteries Factory Fours division, where San Bernardino High teacher Kim Marzullo and Riverside (Ca.) auto service writer Dwayne Blay are waging a close battle of the sexes.
Marzullo won the most recent outing June 26 and with four events remaining in the 10-race season she leads reigning champion Blay by 4 points. Blay took an early lead by winning on opening night (March 20), but Marzullo grabbed the top spot after the second race and was in the lead alone for three races. Blay’s runner-up finish June 12 created a tie at the top, but Marzullo regained control June 26 by winning while Blay finished third.
Both combatants drive Toyota mini-trucks in the entry-level class for near-stock vehicles with 4-cylinder engines.
Best in the West Racing’s promotions at Orange Show Speedway are sponsored by Lucas Oil Products, Budweiser, San Bernardino Pick-A-Part, Team Too Termite and Pest Control, JAM Sportswear, Interstate Batteries, MC Erectors, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Hoosier Tire West, KCAL 96.7 Rocks, Best Buy, Tri-City Towing, Pacific West Interiors (PWI), Luke’s Transmission, Print Depot, Riverside Mission Florist, Wayne’s Engine, Cal’s Towing, JP Striping, K1 Speed, Jerry’s Brake and Wheel, and Arrow Track GPS.com.
For information on sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact Best in the West Racing by telephone at 909-885-9000 or visit the new web site at www.BestInTheWestRacing.com.
For all other information, please contact Jim Short by telephone at 951-203-2649 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an American Speed Association (ASA)-sanctioned track, Orange Show Speedway is part of the ASA Member Track National Championship.
The goal of the ASA Short Track National Championship is to activate a measuring system which takes into account many variables – such as field size, inversion, wins and number of races in a season – and create a level playing field to determine who is the ‘best-of-the-best’ of the ASA Member Track Champions nationwide.
The ASA Joe Gibbs Driven National Member Track Champion Award was designed to give the National Champion exposure with one of the top teams in racing – Joe Gibbs Racing. Joe Gibbs Driven Oil, a division of Joe Gibbs Racing, sells the actual oil products developed and used by Joe Gibbs Racing to racers at all levels. More information can be found at www.joegibbdriven.com.
The ASA Member Track program is comprised of a network of short tracks around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the American Speed Association, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.