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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES HONORED AT WCRAA ALL AMERICAN VINTAGE CLASSIC

WEST CAPITAL RACEWAY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Source — Jeannie Broussal
Date Posted — September 20, 2010
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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES HONORED AT WCRAA ALL AMERICAN VINTAGE CLASSIC
The 2010 West Capital Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees. Photo: Jeannie Broussal

ROSEVILLE, California — The West Capital Raceway Alumni Association put on a fantastic event this past weekend at All American Speedway, featuring the All American Vintage Classic car show, Vintage Racing, the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, BBQ, swap meet, and more.

One of the highlights of the event was the induction of seven people and one car into the West Capital Speedway Alumni Association's Hall of Fame. Veteran journalist Bill Sessa was the master of ceremonies at the induction ceremony, and introduced and presented plaques to all the inductees.

The 2010 West Capital Raceway Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees all played major roles at WCR.

Sherman Cleveland started his career in drag racing. He drove Hardtops, Midgets, and Sprint Cars, and was the West Capital Raceway's Rookie-of-the-Year in 1962. Cleveland has since passed after an accident in 1966 at Calistoga.

Cliff Compton owned Chet and Cliff's VW repair in Sacramento. After retiring from driving, he built cars for drivers like Jerry Graham, Roger Enos, Chuck Smith, Johnny Tiner and Joe Randone.

"I went to West Capital Raceway to watch a race and I thought I could do that, and three days later I had a car," Compton said. "I drove for about a year and I didn't do to well and the insurance company got on me, so I started building cars. I had a lot of good drivers."

Frank DeFuentes was tutored for his first racing laps by Jimmy Sills Sr. He raced at many tracks and broke track records and earned numerous heats and main events. Sessa talked about DeFuentes. "He's one of those guys who was there every Saturday night no matter what, Sessa said. “ He didn't need a tutor for very long. I think that test session [with Sills] lasted for a couple of hours if I'm not mistaken, and he's been off on his own ever since."

DeFuentes, also known as "Mister Magoo," wowed the crowd when he accepted his award. He thanked his family and his pit crew and the WCRAA for honoring him in the Hall of Fame. "This means a whole lot to me," he said.

Frank Henderson started racing in West Capital's Hobby division in 1965. He kept moving up and became a West Capital Raceway most improved driver in 1970. That same year he finished fifth in the Super Modified Division championship at WCR. He came very close to winning a track championship at AAS. "Racing at Roseville was really fun. It was fast and fun," Henderson said.

Bill King began his racing career on a motorcycle at 12 years old. The first racecar he drove was owned by Wade Oldham, his mentor. King drove most all types of cars that raced at WCR, including Hardtops, Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars, and was a consistent winner. He won the championship at AAS in 1970.

"I've got a lot of people to thank for this award, but there is one guy in particular that actually owns probably 90 percent of this award. He's not with us today, but it's Wade Oldham," King said, upon accepting his award. "He's one of those pioneers who put this whole thing [West Capital Raceway] together. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here. I've got to thank him, his son Earnie, and Roger Enos, and there is just tons of other people I'd like to thank. The list goes on and on."

Pat Ross Scalabrini was asked to be a trophy girl one night at WCR. After that one night, she was asked to be the Trophy Queen coordinator, which she did for 12 years at WCR, and at All American Speedway in Roseville as well. "Trophy Queens had to pass her test before they got out on the Speedway," Sessa said. "She was an entertainer."

Ross Scalabrini thanked all who came to the ceremony, and especially thanked Phoebe and Matt McGowen who ran the track, and who originally hired her to be the coordinator for the Trophy Queens. She said it was a great job. She thanked Gene Welch who introduced her to Walt Ross who owned a service station in Citrus Heights back in 1961. She became interested in car racing after meeting Ross, and that is how it all began for her at WCR.

"One of the things about the WCRAA event is that not only are the people voted into the Hall of Fame stars, but there are cars that are stars as well," Sessa said. Every year on the ballot, you will see a car that is nominated and voted in as part of the Hall of Fame. The No. 94 Super Modified car built by the Tiner Brothers was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. The car was hand-built, fast and beautiful, and at the time set a new standard for Super Modified cars.

Thus the 2010 West Capital Raceway Alumni Association Hall of Famers.

Two feature races were held Saturday night in Legends and NCMA Sprint Cars, along with exhibition racing in Hardtops, Roadsters, Midgets, Super Modifieds, and Sprint Cars.

In Legends racing, No. 22 Jeremy Wood got the win after battling with Donny Darter and Stanislov Osterlund throughout the race.

No. 74 Luis Tyrrell qualified on the pole, with Wood on the outside of row one. An invert of nine put Keith Clement starting first. Clement took the lead at the green flag and held it until lap seven when Darter took over. Darter and Osterlund began their battle with Osterlund taking the number one spot on lap 16, and then relinquished it back to Darter on lap 17.

The race was red flagged after a collision on the front stretch between No. 7 Tony Mangini, No. 76 Jason Anderline, and No. 71 Jim Mrozinski.

On lap 21, Wood took over second from Osterlund and then passed Darter for first on lap 26. On lap 31, Tyrrell passed Darter for second. The top-five finishing order was Wood, Tyrrell, Darter, Osterlund, and Doss.

After the race, Wood talked about how hot it was in the racecar due to the humidity, and how he got the job done. "It was tough. It was hot from the humidity from the rain that is coming," he said. "The best thing that happened to me tonight was the caution at the end of the race. The longer we went, the tighter my car got. That last caution let my tires cool off and at the end my car was really good. It was fun."

No. 3 David Goodwill won the 2010 NCMA Sprint Championship before he even started racing Saturday night. "Apparently we had enough points coming into tonight to wrap up the championship, but I didn't know that until we got here," Goodwill said.

Goodwill went on to win the feature race. "Our car was working really good at the beginning, but we lost some stagger in the rear about half way through, so it was pushing the front end a bit," he said.

With an invert of nine, Goodwill started seventh and picked off cars one-by-one to get to the front by lap seven. From there on out it was a pretty easy victory for the Napa resident. Goodwill was followed across the finish line by No. 76 Ed Amador, No. 77 David Burchett, No. u2 Thomas Leiby, and No. 17h Rob Hammond.

PHOTOS: (1) The 2010 West Capital Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees. Photo: Jeannie Broussal

(2) 2010 NCMA Sprint Car Champion David Goodwill and team in the Winner's Circle at All American Speedway in Roseville during the WCRAA event. Photo: Jeannie Broussal

(3) Legend car race winner Jeremy Wood. Photo: Jeannie Broussal

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Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at WCRAA All American Vintage Classic

Roseville, CA - (September 19, 2010) - The West Capital Raceway Alumni Association put on a fantastic event this past weekend at All American Speedway, featuring the All American Vintage Classic car show, Vintage Racing, the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, BBQ, swap meet, and more.

One of the highlights of the event was the induction of seven people and one car into the West Capital Speedway Alumni Association's Hall of Fame. Veteran journalist Bill Sessa was the master of ceremonies at the induction ceremony, and introduced and presented plaques to all the inductees.

The 2010 West Capital Raceway Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees all played major roles at WCR.

Sherman Cleveland started his career in drag racing. He drove Hardtops, Midgets, and Sprint Cars, and was the West Capital Raceway's Rookie-of-the-Year in 1962. Cleveland has since passed after an accident in 1966 at Calistoga.

Cliff Compton owned Chet and Cliff's VW repair in Sacramento. After retiring from driving, he built cars for drivers like Jerry Graham, Roger Enos, Chuck Smith, Johnny Tiner and Joe Randone.

"I went to West Capital Raceway to watch a race and I thought I could do that, and three days later I had a car," Compton said. "I drove for about a year and I didn't do to well and the insurance company got on me, so I started building cars. I had a lot of good drivers."

Frank DeFuentes was tutored for his first racing laps by Jimmy Sills Sr. He raced at many tracks and broke track records and earned numerous heats and main events. Sessa talked about DeFuentes. "He's one of those guys who was there every Saturday night no matter what, Sessa said. “ He didn't need a tutor for very long. I think that test session [with Sills] lasted for a couple of hours if I'm not mistaken, and he's been off on his own ever since."

DeFuentes, also known as "Mister Magoo," wowed the crowd when he accepted his award. He thanked his family and his pit crew and the WCRAA for honoring him in the Hall of Fame. "This means a whole lot to me," he said.

Frank Henderson started racing in West Capital's Hobby division in 1965. He kept moving up and became a West Capital Raceway most improved driver in 1970. That same year he finished fifth in the Super Modified Division championship at WCR. He came very close to winning a track championship at AAS. "Racing at Roseville was really fun. It was fast and fun," Henderson said.

Bill King began his racing career on a motorcycle at 12 years old. The first racecar he drove was owned by Wade Oldham, his mentor. King drove most all types of cars that raced at WCR, including Hardtops, Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars, and was a consistent winner. He won the championship at AAS in 1970.

"I've got a lot of people to thank for this award, but there is one guy in particular that actually owns probably 90 percent of this award. He's not with us today, but it's Wade Oldham," King said, upon accepting his award. "He's one of those pioneers who put this whole thing [West Capital Raceway] together. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here. I've got to thank him, his son Earnie, and Roger Enos, and there is just tons of other people I'd like to thank. The list goes on and on."

Pat Ross Scalabrini was asked to be a trophy girl one night at WCR. After that one night, she was asked to be the Trophy Queen coordinator, which she did for 12 years at WCR, and at All American Speedway in Roseville as well. "Trophy Queens had to pass her test before they got out on the Speedway," Sessa said. "She was an entertainer."

Ross Scalabrini thanked all who came to the ceremony, and especially thanked Phoebe and Matt McGowen who ran the track, and who originally hired her to be the coordinator for the Trophy Queens. She said it was a great job. She thanked Gene Welch who introduced her to Walt Ross who owned a service station in Citrus Heights back in 1961. She became interested in car racing after meeting Ross, and that is how it all began for her at WCR.

"One of the things about the WCRAA event is that not only are the people voted into the Hall of Fame stars, but there are cars that are stars as well," Sessa said. Every year on the ballot, you will see a car that is nominated and voted in as part of the Hall of Fame. The No. 94 Super Modified car built by the Tiner Brothers was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. The car was hand-built, fast and beautiful, and at the time set a new standard for Super Modified cars.

Thus the 2010 West Capital Raceway Alumni Association Hall of Famers.

Two feature races were held Saturday night in Legends and NCMA Sprint Cars, along with exhibition racing in Hardtops, Roadsters, Midgets, Super Modifieds, and Sprint Cars.

In Legends racing, No. 22 Jeremy Wood got the win after battling with Donny Darter and Stanislov Osterlund throughout the race.

No. 74 Luis Tyrrell qualified on the pole, with Wood on the outside of row one. An invert of nine put Keith Clement starting first. Clement took the lead at the green flag and held it until lap seven when Darter took over. Darter and Osterlund began their battle with Osterlund taking the number one spot on lap 16, and then relinquished it back to Darter on lap 17.

The race was red flagged after a collision on the front stretch between No. 7 Tony Mangini, No. 76 Jason Anderline, and No. 71 Jim Mrozinski.

On lap 21, Wood took over second from Osterlund and then passed Darter for first on lap 26. On lap 31, Tyrrell passed Darter for second. The top-five finishing order was Wood, Tyrrell, Darter, Osterlund, and Doss.

After the race, Wood talked about how hot it was in the racecar due to the humidity, and how he got the job done. "It was tough. It was hot from the humidity from the rain that is coming," he said. "The best thing that happened to me tonight was the caution at the end of the race. The longer we went, the tighter my car got. That last caution let my tires cool off and at the end my car was really good. It was fun."

No. 3 David Goodwill won the 2010 NCMA Sprint Championship before he even started racing Saturday night. "Apparently we had enough points coming into tonight to wrap up the championship, but I didn't know that until we got here," Goodwill said.

Goodwill went on to win the feature race. "Our car was working really good at the beginning, but we lost some stagger in the rear about half way through, so it was pushing the front end a bit," he said.

With an invert of nine, Goodwill started seventh and picked off cars one-by-one to get to the front by lap seven. From there on out it was a pretty easy victory for the Napa resident. Goodwill was followed across the finish line by No. 76 Ed Amador, No. 77 David Burchett, No. u2 Thomas Leiby, and No. 17h Rob Hammond.

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