SAN BERNARDINO, California — Youth Sports Night will feature some grown-up games Saturday (August 28) at Orange Show Speedway.
Fittingly for a night when athletes under 18 of either sex and from all sports will get in free if they’re wearing their uniforms, jerseys or hats, the racing program at the ASA Member Track will spotlight battles between young and old and men and women.
There’s more than originally intended, too. The cancellation of the August 21 event due to problems created by the Rock the Bells hip-hop concert at the National Orange Show has resulted in the rescheduling of those races.
As a result, the JAM Sportswear Late Models and Budweiser Legends Cars have been added to an August 28 menu that already included the Super Late Models, Interstate Batteries Factory Fours, Dwarf Cars and Stock OHV Karts and the pit gate will open at noon to accommodate the added starters.
The other cancelled races, for the Pick-A-Part Street Stocks and M.C. Erectors Bandoleros, will be run September 4, and the Pro 4 race scheduled for this weekend was moved to September 11.
Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m. and the first race is 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.
This week, though, there is a coupon at www.BestintheWestRacing.com good for $3 off the price of any admission and tickets, passes and coupons from August 21 will be honored as well.
Parking is $5, with entry through Gate 4 off Mill Street.
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to call Saturday a crisis point for the racers involved in most of the classes that will be in action.
In the Super Late Model division, David Ross has a 32-point lead over reigning champion Mark Shackleford with three races left in the season and Shackleford, a disappointing 15th after mechanical problems August 14, needs a strong finish this week to keep his title hopes alive. As it is, the 21-year-old Ross needs to finish just sixth or better in the final three to claim his first crown.
The situation is slightly different for the JAM Sportswear Late Models. In that class, veteran Ron Daniel is clinging to a 7-point lead over 19-year-old Jeff Peterson, who has three wins and two seconds in the past five races. There are two prizes at stake, too.
The Late Model points leader on September 26 will be Best in the West Racing’s representative in the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship, where the reward is a test session with the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team. And the leader after the October 2 finale will get the $5,000 bonus offered by JAM Sportswear, A.J. Barile’s Chicago Pizza, Hot Rod City, Circle Track Performance and Craig and Sons Termite and Pest Control.
Dwayne Blay and Kim Marzullo are the protagonists in the long-running battle of the sexes in the Interstate Batteries Factory Fours class, with Blay holding a 6-point lead and three races to go. The two were tied going into their most recent event July 31, when Blay finished second and Marzullo fifth after an early-race incident.
The closest race is in the Stock OHV Kart class, where with three races to go 35-year-old Steven Larson has a 2-point lead over 12-year-old Nevada Chovan, who has won the past three events. One of those wins, on July 10, was awarded to Chovan after Larson was penalized from first to sixth for failing to report for post-race technical inspection. That cost Larson 10 points off his lead and Chovan made up 4 more with a win to Larson’s third on July 31.
The first season for the Dwarf Cars on the quarter-mile paved oval has been all Kyle Cline show. The Apple Valley driver has qualified first and finished first in all six races.
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.