This Week In Motorsports

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This Week In Motorsports

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Motorsports News by David Vodden

Thunderhill Park was a beehive of activity past weekend with over 506 vehicles in action on Saturday alone. The NASA races on the 3 mile were huge, action packed and filled with good racing. The 2 mile track events were fun for all. The skid pad was a “Drifters delight”. La Cascada restaurant owners were on site selling their awesome Mexican food to those in attendance at Thunderhill West. Talk about helping the local restaurants! It was non-stop Easter weekend fun! Every hotel room from Williams to Orland was booked. I love it!

NASCAR resumes this weekend at the short track in Bristol Tenn. After a week off, the stars of the Monster Energy Series are ready for a fight. Will there be a seventh different winner? Will Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Ryan Newman, or Brad Keselowski win again? The only way to find out is to watch on Fox Sports TV on Sunday. Eight races down, eighteen to go, before the ten race playoffs begin. This is good sports drama with a litany of back stories. Check it out.

During the off weekend, Northern California’s favorite NASCAR driver, Kyle Larson, won in winged sprint car competition at nearby Placerville Raceway. Winning helps the mindset and creates winning expectations that Larson may be able to take to his second victory of the season at the small Bristol oval that measures .533 of a mile and is the fourth largest sports venue in America boasting 162,000 seats. It will have a large crowd this Sunday but it will look half-empty. That is the way it is in 2017 for all NASCAR races.

Formula One’s third round of racing saw Ferrari score with driver Sebastian Vettel. It was their second win in three races. Lewis Hamilton, reigning champion and the only other winner so far in 2017, finished second. Vettel and Hamilton are the big show at the top of the twenty-car F-1 field. They entered the race in a tie for the top spot in points. Now Vettel is seven points up on the Brit – Hamilton. The F1 show is off this week allowing open wheel race fans to focus on the Indy cars set to go at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Sebastian Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe have won so far as this twenty-car show moves closer to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. The entry of Spaniard Fernando Alonzo in this year’s 500 remains the hottest topic in the sport. Now there is talk that Indy car owner, Chip Ganassi may put Kyle Larsen in an Indy car for the 500. Now that he has made the NASCAR playoffs through the “win you’re in” provision, Target Stores, who left Indy car racing to focus on Larsen and NASCAR, is reported to support the idea. Larsen, Alonzo and thirty-one more top Indy car drivers would make this year’s 500 the stuff of history. There are more surprises on the horizon so be sure to set your D.V.R system to record the greatest spectacle in racing on Memorial weekend, Sunday.

Cycle Land will stage their second Saturday night show of 2017 tonight. Angelo Cornet of Willows is expected to be back in action after destroying his car in a wild crash last weekend. This local family race team needs a $500 per race sponsor to keep going. Check out the new/used chassis that grandpa Carl has acquired to keep Angelo in the hunt in the 500cc class. If you would like to be a part of the fun and competition as a sponsor of the #55 race entry at Cycle Land, give me a call. Any amount will help. Call 934-5588 ext. 101 to be part of the Cornet family race-team.

Silver Dollar Speedway is back on line with Friday weekly night shows. If you would like a free ticket to the Friday night, May 5th Thunderhill Oil Recycling Rocks, Silver Dollar Speedway show send me a postcard or a note to PO Box 966, Willows CA 95988. Include your email address and mailing address and your ticket will be in the mail. We will all be there so plan now to come join us. You will love the races, I do!

Shelby Club appears this weekend at Thunderhill for all you FORD lovers. Come on out. The gate admission is FREE again. Action on track starts at 9am and ends about 4:30pm. Come for the food, buy a Thunderhill Park jacket, tee shirt or ladies wear and stay to see the Cobra GT’s and other exotic Ford racers in action.

The following week the California Sports Racing Group [CSRG] will be on track for two days of racing action using really-old, vintage-spectacular, race cars. These are the good people that provide a $5,000 sponsorship to the local hospital each year. This helps us all. They do it because they want to help our community and help make Thunderhill Park a valued community asset. They get thanks in return and say, “that is quite enough!” Come see what they do and what they bring to the track and thank them face to face, for what they do for our hospital! They will be greatly appreciative. I know that I am.


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