"Legends Cars are expected to have full fields at the Ukiah Speedway in 2011."
UKIAH, California — The 2011 auto racing schedule at Ukiah Speedway promises to be six months of non-stop action packed entertainment for our Lake and Mendocino County racing fans.
All five of the North State Racing Association classes – the Modifieds, Street Stocks, Legends Cars, Bombers, and Bandoleros – will be back either on a full-time or limited schedule, beginning April 2.
Coming to Ukiah Speedway six times this year are the ever-popular Airport Auto Brokers Late Models. This late model touring show has designated Ukiah as its home track with one-half of their points races being run at Ukiah. The AABLM group is also including a Legends Car series to their agenda which will also be a part of the speedway's 2011 schedule.
For the first time ever, the INEX Legends Cars Spring Nationals will be held at the Ukiah Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and May 29. This event will be a national qualifier for all Legends Cars. The California INEX Legends Car group, Legends of the Pacific, will then return on July 2 and 3^rd for their second holiday outing at Ukiah. Local Legends drivers will complete the field in these and all scheduled Legends Cars events. With several graduates from the Bandolero ranks to this class, full fields are expected at every date.
Back again in 2011, after a long absence, will be the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets and Vintage Midgets. BCRA has new plans for their asphalt racers this year in hopes of increasing their car counts at all of their venues. The big day for Midgets at Ukiah is May 14. Other vintage divisions running this season will be the Vintage Super Modifieds on August 13, and the Nor Cal Hard Tops on June 18, July 30 and September 10.
One of the most popular and fun cars to watch are the Pro-4 Modifieds. This locally-based traveling show will honor the speedway with their presence 10 times in 2011 with their first appearance being on April 16. The Pro-4 Modifieds will also be at every holiday weekend and will be part of the Tri-Holiday Series, as will the Thunder Roadsters.
Thunder Roadsters should bring back many memories for people who experienced first-hand open-wheel racing during the '50s and '60s. The open-cockpit car utilizes a sprint car-type roll cage to protect the driver, and wide side-pods have been included in the design foradditional safety. The Thunder Roadster also features a driver-friendly long wheelbase that will be a great asset for competing on asphalt ovals.
Another traveling series, The Tri-Track Challenge for Modifieds, is a new series that will run at Ukiah Speedway, Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson and Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka. Three of the six events will be run at Ukiah on April 23, June 25 and September 3-4. Modified drivers who like to travel should consider this series.
Three boat races are back on the schedule, two during spring carnival and fair-time activities, and one on Sunday night's portion of the Labor Day weekend.
The newest class scheduled to race on Ukiah Speedway's new figure-8 track will be the 4-Bangers. They will preview on April 23. This beginner class has been well-received in the racing community and promises to be a big hit. Rules for the 4-Bangers and all NSRA classes are on the web site at www.UkiahSpeedway.com
Post-season events include the Bomber Bash on September 10 and the “Bubba Silva Memorial” 2-day event on October 22-23.
Ukiah Speedway is located at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds on North State Street in Ukiah. For further information about the 2011 schedule call the speedway's Mendocino County office at 707-462-7242 or the Lake County office at 707-274-1354.