Chase Johnson and Sparky Howard Prevail on Championship Night

With a fall crispness in the air and another smooth and blazingly fast adobe track served up it was apparent from the evenings start that Nor Cal Sand & Off Road Championship Night was going to be epic.  Coming into the last Pit Stop Winged 360 points race Sebastopol’s Bradley Terrell held a scant 6 point lead over Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.   Qualifying saw 17-year old Johnson rip off a blazingly fast 108 mph lap at 12.431 and [...]

Nelson, Restad, and Wear Hit the Right Mixture on BPT Carburetor Night

  By Rick Faeth Petaluma, CA   A busy Saturday Night September 22 featured the crowning of a pair of 2012 track champions, a first time winner and a repeat King of the Hill Dwarf Car victor.  With the points season winding down on BPT Carburetor Night the Pit Stop Spec Sprints saw their second to the last points race time in with 13 non-winged warriors.  Stockton’s stealthy Trevor Schmid tripped the timing lights on the fast, [...]

Forsburg Exhausts Competition on A1A Performance Night

By Rick Faeth Petaluma, CA The third and final California Civil War Sprint Car Series event of the 2012 season at Petaluma Speedway  was contested Saturday, September 15th on A1A Performance Night.  Thirty-seven winged warriors timed in on the smooth and ultra-hooked up adobe 3/8ths mile oval.  Qualifying times started off quick in the low to mid-13 seconds bracket and continued to plummet until Sean Becker timed in the thirty-fifth car out with a sizzling 12.870 to narrowly [...]

Decker, Schank Jr., and Peters Collect Maselli Hardware

Petaluma, CA … The 33rd Annual M. Maselli & Sons Classic West Coast Late Model Shootout resembled a vintage wild west showdown Saturday Night, September 8 at Petaluma Speedway as the traditionally hooked up black adobe clay was in picture perfect shape.  The night was started off by touring late model pilot Rob Sanders scorching the timing lights with a 14.452 effort to garner fast time over 15 other competitors.  First heat action saw a tremendous crowd pleasing [...]

Familiar Names Build Towards Championship on Ghilotti Construction Night

Old Petaluma Speedway track conditions prevailed Saturday Night as the black adobe clay was at its hooked up and tackiest on Team Ghiotti Night.  The Pit Stop Spec Sprint Series saw Billy Aton returning from a stint working at sea pick up fast time honors.  Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign and Santa Rosa’s Terry Schank Jr. won the heat races.  In the main event Clint Simpson took the initial green over Bret Barney and Bill Cornwell.  Pacing the first six circuits Simpson washed up [...]

Division leaders take top honors at Petaluma Speedway

  PETALUMA, CA , Aug.18—With the points racing season closing in on the final stretch it’s time for Petaluma Speedway drivers hoping to make a late push towards a track championship to make their moves. But from all indications by the very strong performances by three of the Speedway’s division points leaders on Saturday, that task may prove to be an uphill challenge. Among the victorious drivers who extended their points lead were Napa driver Joe Stornetta, in [...]

Henry, Bragg and Albright tops at Open Wheel Madness

  PETALUMA, CA, Aug. 11—It was time to turn back the calendar Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway, to an era when fenderless race cars ruled the sport of auto racing. The Speedway’s sixth annual Open Wheel Madness competition, featuring winged 360 Sprint Cars along with the Bay Cities Racing Association’s Midget and Midget Lite divisions provided the racing action, with plenty of timely reminders of the perils of open-wheel racing. Sacramento driver Mike Henry held off the charges of Bradley [...]

Terrell denies Henry’s last-ditch bid for win

PETALUMA, CA. July 28—Although he’s just 21-years-old Bradley Terrell is a veteran sprint car racer with one track championship under belt. Over the course of the past seven seasons he’s competed against the best drivers the division has to offer and has gained a reputation as hard charger. Saturday night, while gunning for his 15th career victory at Petaluma Speedway, the Sebastopol driver, in what possibly was his sternest test ever, climbed from ninth place to overtake race leader [...]

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 [...]