Petaluma Speedway

Chase Johnson very cool in 360 Sprint Car win

  PETALUMA, CA. July 21—No one could blame Chase Johnson if he was a bit nervous as he lined up in the front row at the start of Saturday’s Pit Stop USA 360 Sprint Car feature at Petaluma Speedway. Just one row behind him in the 13-car field was five-time track champion David Lindt Jr. and two rows further back was two-time champion Art McCarthy Jr. Championships aside, the two veteran racers hold a combined Petaluma Speedway total of 84 [...]

Speedway winning streaks stay alive

  Next to winning a race or capturing a track championship one of the most difficult obstacles in racing is to mount a multi-race winning streak, which has no formula available other than rigorous preparation and a solid dose of good luck. Currently, there are two red-hot drivers at Petaluma Speedway riding the crest of notable winning streaks, Mike Learn, who has won four consecutive main events in the Lumberjack Restaurants Super Stock division, and Geoff Ensign, a three-peat feature [...]

Dialed-in Stephen Allard charges to Civil War victory

  PETALUMA, CA. July 7—Veteran sprint car racer Stephen Allard, who had never finished higher than third place at Petaluma Speedway, looked like he was the man to beat as he commanded the lead for all but one of the initial 11 laps of the 30-lap Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Series A-main event on Saturday night, but when the Cameron Park driver hit a wet spot that aimed his winged sprint car towards the Turn 1 crash wall allowing [...]

Terrell, DeCarlo, & Learn Pick Up Tabs on Lumberjack Restaurant Night

PETALUMA, CA, June30— It took 24 and 7/8’s laps for Bradley Terrell to forge to the lead in round #6 of the Pit Stop USA.com Winged 360 Series Event Saturday Night, but his perseverance was well received by the full grandstand crowd.  Eighteen Winged Warriors timed in on what was described by many as the best Petaluma track surface in years.  Terrell the young, veteran, Sebastopol native had his familiar family owned #43 sprinter dialed in on both the [...]

Motorcycles are a hit at Petaluma Speedway

PETALUMA, CA, June 16—A perfectly groomed hard and smooth race track, made to order for the second annual visit by Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series, proved to be the formula for success as 91 entries from California, Nevada and Utah fiercely competed in a five-division program to the delight of a grandstand packed with enthusiastic motorcycle racing fans on an unusually warm Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Twelve Sonoma County riders were on hand to compete, with [...]

Gene Romero Flat Track Series Returns to Petaluma Speedway

Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series returns with its rolling thunder show to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday, June 16, for round three of the West Coast Flat Track Series. Spectator gates open at 4:0pm with racing starting at 6:30pm. Last year the flattrack motorcycles took on the clay 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway to a packed grandstand of race fans showcasing the traditional and uniquely American style of motorcycle racing that combines speed and agility as racers battle handlebar to handlebar, [...]

Geoff Ensign is tops in Wingless Sprint Car showdown

  As one of the best young racers at Petaluma Speedway, Geoff Ensign seems to possess a competitive drive that steadfastly refuses to settle for second best, he wants to win. That drive, and a seat in a top-notch wingless sprint car, was on display Saturday night as the 22-year-old Sebastopol driver topped a stellar 21-car field that combined the best of the Speedway’s Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Cars together with the traveling Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Shootout Series.   The [...]

Superb race track produces thrilling results

  PETALUMA, CA, June 2—Smooth, fast and tacky are three words that resonate deeply and are music to the ears of nearly every driver who races at Petaluma Speedway. They’re the words that describe the condition of the three-eighths-mile adobe race track that opens the door for greater speed and more passing. Saturday’s track, perfectly groomed by promoter Jim “Dr. Dirt” Soares, had a wide multi-groove smooth surface that offered plenty of passing opportunities resulting in four of five of [...]

Speedway winning streaks rise and fall

  PETALUMA, CA, May 19—Winning and losing, hot and cold, lucky or jinxed, they’re all just segments of racing that every driver encounters during the season. Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway a pair of three-race winning streaks were halted, another was extended, and a repeat winner and a first-time winner are hoping that good fortune continues to ride with them. At the conclusion of the five-division race card, second-year driver Trevor Schmid was standing tall in Pit Stop USA’s Wingless Sprint [...]

Red-hot Joe Stornetta three-peats in Wingless Sprints

  PETALUMA, CA, May12—As one of the youngest drivers competing in the Wingless Sprint Cars at Petaluma Speedway 17-year-old Joe Stornetta acknowledges he has a lot to learn about dirt track racing. But following his third straight win Saturday night the Napa teenager has jumped to the head of the class and first place in the PitStopUSA Wingless Sprint Car championship point standings. The victory was the most impressive yet for Stornetta, who was nearly perfect against a strong 16-car field [...]