Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 winding down at the Acres

2012 winding down at the Acres

By Matthew J. Sullivan

With summer at its midpoint and the month of August in its early days, the 2012 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly drawing to a close. There are only five weekends of racing left on the 3/8-mile paved oval in Eureka, California, six including the season ending Fall Spectacular. The points races in two of the local divisions are close while in two others, it appears as though it will take a drastic issue to overthrow the current points leader.

Donnie Hyman has a substantial 78 point lead in the real stock points race over rookie driver, William Sand. Unfortunately for Hyman, he suffered engine woes in the most recent race on July 21st. Nick Green sits in third only three points behind sand while Casey Mitchell is fourth two behind Green despite not attending all the events this season. The team of Jim Redd and Matt Simon are in fifth, 13 points behind Mitchell.

The points race in the roadrunner division will likely come down to the final lap of the final main event. Without question the roadrunners are Redwood Acres Raceway’s most competitive division. Michael Lawrence is the current points leader but by only a single point. Second place is a tie between two cars that have a team of drivers. The #98 team of Ray Rapp, Jerry Toledo and Ron Macklin are locked in battle with the #52 team of Ryan Ahrens and Thomas Halvorsen. Brett Murrell is fourth in the points, seven behind points leader Lawrence while Tim Abeyta is in fifth but out of the running for the division crown.

Paul Peeples, Jr. has been a dominant force in the thunder roadster class and the points in the division reflect that. Peeples leads two-time defending division champion, Thomas Payne by 51 markers. Bruce Ziemer is third but only by eight points over fourth place, Lonnie Tamboury. David Henderson is fifth in points despite missing an event this season.
The title race in the sportsman division is a two-man race between Brandon Barnwell and Dennis DelBiaggio. Barnwell holds a six-point advantage over DelBiaggio in the standings. Veteran driver, Angelo Marcelli is firmly in third position while Kenny Demello is fourth and Jeremy Yarberry is in fifth.

Racing resumes this Saturday evening, August 4th. In addition to the racing, Redwood Acres Raceway will be celebrating California Truckers Association Appreciation Night.

Redwood Acres Raceway Points Standings (Total Points In Parenthesis)
Real Stocks: Donnie Hyman (495), William Sand (417), Nick Green (414), Casey Mitchell (412), Jim Redd/Matt Simon (399), Dax Kinsey (385), Tyler Avelar (379), Harvey Holms 218), Chris Naughton (213), Steve Kimberling/Brian Murrell, Jr. (180), Ryan Walters (142), Dustin Walters (88), Lynard Ward (62), Wyatt Roach (58), Bob Lima (56), Ronnie O'Neil (55), Doug Way (53)

Roadrunners: Michael Lawrence (476), Jerry Toledo/Ron Macklin/Ray Rapp (475), Ryan Ahrens/Thomas Halvorsen (475), Brett Murrell (469), Tim Abeyta (433), Ken Barrett (405), Jordan Paiment (398), Steve Paiment/Erik Hoffmeister (334), Johnnie Daniels (313), Brian Murrell, Sr./Brian Murrell, Jr. (310), Kayla Foster (236), Gray Etheridge (230), Josh Hanson (219), Jarrett Mayo (214), Kolby Jackson/Wyatt Roach (206), Greg Mattox (194), Ken Lawrence (130), Gary Klinetob (121), Lynard Ward (90), Erik Hoffmeister (83), Jennifer Barrett (76), Timmy Tanno (60), Tony Miles (51), Ronnie O'Neil (46), Chris Ghidinelli (44), Ryun Leazer (38), Andrew McKaughan (10)

Thunder Roadsters: Paul Peeples, Jr. (571), Thomas Payne (520), Bruce Ziemer (459), Lonnie Tamboury (451), Dave Henderson (433), Chris Sarvinski (402), Fergy Ferguson (385), Belinda Ward (376), Mike Ward (374), Jim Rich (353), Allen Olson (319), Lance Martin (211), Rob Nelson (160), Robbie Nelson (105), Bernard Burns (99), Leroy Marsh, Jr. (45), Chris Lawrence (43), Willy Timbrook (42)

Sportsman: Brandon Barnwell (524), Dennis DelBiaggio (518), Angelo Marcelli (487), Kenny Demello (452), Jeremy Yarberry (273), Kevin Estep (220), Jerry Peterson (187), Roger Sanderson (176), Ken Hallis (167), Al Acuna (128), Craig Baker (102)

Remaining 2012 Schedule For Redwood Acres Raceway:
August 4th - California Truckers' Association Appreciation Night
August 25th – Back-To-School Night Featuring The Northern California Pro-4 Modifieds
September 8th - $5 Fan Appreciation Night
September 15th - Larry Pries Memorial Night
September 29th & 30th – Fall Spectacular Featuring The AABLM Tour Cars And The Northern California Pro-4 Modifieds.

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