RUMBLE OF NASCAR RETURNS TO ROSEVILLE ROSEVILLE, CA. April 4 will mark the return of the NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWS) racing to the All American Speedway in Roseville. NCWS, NASCAR's premiere West Coast driver development series, debuted...
RUMBLE OF NASCAR RETURNS TO ROSEVILLE
ROSEVILLE, CA. April 4 will mark the return of the NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWS) racing to the All American Speedway in Roseville. NCWS, NASCAR's premiere West Coast driver development series, debuted on the local track in 2008 with both the season opener and championship race. The sell-out crowds convinced NASCAR officials that the Sacramento market will support more upper-level NASCAR stockcar racing.
The Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 will be the second race of the NASCAR Camping World Series West, so drivers will have had a chance to check out and fine-tune the cars after their winter hiatus. The April 4 event will also feature the 125-lap season opener for the SRL Southwest Tour Series late models and the up-and-coming youth who race in the WSRA (Western Scale Racing Association). And fans of local home-town racing will appreciate seeing their favorite drivers in the TMS Modified 50-lap race.
Bill McAnally, who produces the NCWS races, promises 150 laps of tight competition with a field of top-name drivers again this year. "There was no question after the tremendous success we had at the All American Speedway in 2008 that we would bring the NASCAR Camping World Series back to Roseville in 2009. We are going to have a great race line up for our fans with the season opener for the SRL Southwest Tour, with the Baby Grands and Mini-Cups from the WSRA and local Modified drivers, it will be an incredible evening of racing for the fans in Northern California. We had the first national television live broadcast from this track in '08, and we're exited that Speed Network has signed again to cover the race."
NCWS-West Champion, Eric Holmes clinched his 2008 title in Roseville last October, his second in three years, and is ready to defend his title in 2009. Holmes is ready for the season to get started and is looking forward to his third win in Roseville. "I'm definitely ready to go racing! Driving the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry to a championship last year for Bill McAnally Racing was the highlight of my career. We have a great car and a great team coming back and we always strive to do better since you can't stand still in racing! Running in the Toyota All-Star Showdown in January, against other NASCAR regional champions, let us get a handle on the car and make some adjustments to be ready for the new season."
Holmes drives the No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry and races out of the BMR shop in Antelope. Rival Jason Bowles, second in the 2008 standings, is also ready to roll in 2009, racing out of Irwindale in the Sunrise Ford Ford. The two traded pole positions throughout the '08 season and will have NASCAR fans on their feet again this year. Paulie Harraka and Moses Smith, BMR teammates, kept both Holmes and Bowles on their toes and will be in contention for some podium space in the April 4 event as well.
The SRL Southwest Tour Series fields an exciting group of drivers, including Jim Petit II, the SRL 2004, 2005 and 2008 Champ, voted one of NASCAR's Short Track Drivers of all time and David Byrd, 2007 Champ, holding 12 track championships as well as being twice-named Motorsports Press Driver of the Year. SRL fans will keep an eye on veteran Craig Raudman, SRL Champ in 2001, who returned to the driver's seat in 2008 after putting in two years as crew chief for Brian Ickler. "Being part of this great event that Bill McAnally brings together at Roseville is a perfect way for the SRL Southwest Tour Series to start our season," says Larry Collins, SRL owner. "The race fans are going to get the absolute best drivers in the western U.S. competing in the April 4th event at Roseville, and the SRL is proud to be part of it."
Along with the energy of NASCAR racing on the track comes the buzz of the midway which will open at 3:00. Fans can spend the afternoon listening to live music, shopping with the memorabilia vendors, and visiting the major exhibits provided by Toyota and other sponsors.
Tickets are now on sale, with no increase over 2008. Adult general admission is $35, Junior general admission age 6-11 is $15, and VIP Race and Hospitality packages are $70. Two-day Pit Passes (Friday qualifying and Saturday race) are available at $100 for general public and $90 for NASCAR members. Call 916 676-0256 to purchase tickets by credit card or for more race information.