WS: Roseville: Jonathon Gomez preview

Gomez ready for a strong run for RTD Motorsports at Roseville North Highlands, Calif. -- Jonathon Gomez and Rob Dixon's RTD Motorsports, Inc. will hit the track this weekend at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA, in the NASCAR Camping World...

Gomez ready for a strong run for RTD Motorsports at Roseville

North Highlands, Calif. -- Jonathon Gomez and Rob Dixon's RTD Motorsports, Inc. will hit the track this weekend at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA, in the NASCAR Camping World Series West "NAPA / Toyota 150."

Gomez, the Magic Valley, ID driver who participates in the Drive for Diversity program, enters the event leading the NASCAR Camping World Series West rookie points. The 26 year-old Gomez is coming off of a eighth place finish in the March 14 event in Kyle, TX.

The past two weekends have seen Gomez running his Heritage Cattle Co. Western Late Model in local events at All American Speedway to gain track time. Gomez turned over 300 laps, and brought home a solid sixth place finish out of a 23 car field.

The tight and quick one-third mile features two different sets of corners that Gomez is hoping to be prepared for.

"At Roseville, the fastest way is around the bottom," Gomez said. "You kind of fly into turn three, where as in turn one it feels like you're coming to a stop to get into the turn."

His strategy for the weekend is to gain track position early.

"My goal is to get to the front and then save your stuff once you get there," Gomez said. "Once I'm up there then I will pace myself for the finish."

Friday, Gomez will appear on Sacramento's KCRA 3 TV morning show to promote this weekend's racing activities.

The RTD Motorsports, Inc. team will begin unloading on Friday before Saturday's practice, qualifying, and the 150 lap feature.

The event serves as the home race for the RTD Motorsports team, which is based just 15 minutes down the road in a state of the art shop in North Highlands.

RTD Motorsports crew chief Craig Raudman had success at the facility in the SRL Southwest Tour event last year, running in the top-five for much of the race. Raudman will be running the SRL event again this year, and Gomez hopes to absorb information from Raudman.

"(On Friday), maybe I can learn more about the track," Gomez said. "I'm sure there's more I can learn by listening to Craig's feedback on his car. I might learn a little bit about driver and crew communication at well."

RTD Motorsports crew member Joe Draper has raced both Modifieds and Late Models at the venue.

A strong run on Saturday at the one-third mile asphalt oval could prove vital, as the season ramps up with big races at Phoenix International Raceway on April 16 and at Madera Speedway on April 25.

-credit: rtdm

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Craig Raudman , Jonathon Gomez