Ukiah Speedway promoter Blair Aiken has once again made Labor Day weekend the biggest race weekend of the season at Ukiah Speedway. This year, the racing has been expanded to three nights and seven different divisions will battle for over $30,000 in prize money beginning on Friday night, August 29. Headlining the racing card will be a 100 lap feature for the Super Late Models on Sunday night paying $3,000 to win. Redding's Roger Gannon has already won the two previous Super Late Model specials at the track in 2003, collecting $2500 for his Memorial Day win and $2,000 on July 12. Last weekend, Gannon collected his fourth straight $1000 win at his home track Shasta Speedway in Anderson.
The super late models alone will be racing for over $15,000 with second paying $1500, third $1250 and fourth $1000. Last year's Labor Day $2750 winner Mike Doss will be making just his second 2003 appearance at the track as he has been following SRL Late Model Series in Central California this season. Last year's top five included Oregon's Rick Spencer in second ahead of Howard Ford, Jimmy Walker and Randy Houston.
The modified division will race a 60 lap feature on Sunday night paying $1500 to win, $800 for second and $600 for third. Defending race champion is Norm Boucher from Cloverdale and Boucher won last Saturday night's main event at the track to tune up for the big weekend. Scott Feil and Bryan Denton were 2-3 in 2002 and Denton got this season's big race on July 12. This race will also close the 2003 point season for the modifieds and Boucher is 90 points back of point leader Ken Bush. The always exciting Bomber division will race 50 laps on Sunday night for $800 to win and $400 for second. This will also serve as the point season finale and Cloverdale's Sean Caturegli holds just a 22 point lead on defending division champion Mike Silva. In 2002, Rod Skidmore, Bill Shura and Joe Sloan finished 1-2-3 in this special. None of them have raced at the track in 2003. The final division racing their main event on Sunday night will be the new Pure Stock class racing a 40 lapper. Ron Duke Jr won his sixth main event on Saturday night to wrap up the championship in that class. Last year, Eureka invader Shawn Craig beat Richie Hoven in the Labor Day special.
The racing action starts on Friday night August 29 and the new Lady Bomber division will race their entire show that night capped by a 35 lap feature. Theresa Bloyd is the Lady Bomber champion and division runnerup Peggy Hawthorne won last Saturday night. Also added to the Labor Day weekend card are the mini stocks and the I-4 Modifieds. They will qualify and run their dash and heat events on Friday night with their 35 main events at the beginning of the Saturday night card. The four headline classes practice on Friday night, qualify and run 20 lap heat races on Saturday night, then return Sunday night for the big dollars. Fans who purchase a two-night ticket for Saturday and Sunday on Friday will be admitted free that night.
Large fields are expected as the paved tracks in Lakeport, Eureka, Anderson and Roseburg OR are all dark for the holiday weekend giving their top teams the opportunity to chase the money in Ukiah.