Monday, February 2, 2015

Racing set to return to the Acres in 2015

By Matthew J. Sullivan

The 2015 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is only a few months away and it promises to be another thrilling year of racing on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The 2014 season was in doubt at this time last year but in the end the year proved to be a rousing success thanks to the father/daughter promoting team of Blair and Jennifer Aiken. With more time to set this year’s schedule and get everything aligned for the season, it is highly likely that 2015 will manage to be even better.

A tentative schedule for 2015 has been released and features potentially 13 events for the upcoming season. Of course the five local divisions of bombers, roadrunners, mini stocks, Thunder Roadsters and late models will be featured nearly every week with a few exceptions during the year. In addition to the local classes, Redwood Acres Raceway will play host to several special events, some of which will be new attractions for the track.

Perhaps the biggest event of the year will be the return of the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series super late models on August 1st. The SRL Series previously visited the Acres in 2013 and the race attracted perhaps the largest crowd the track has had in recent memory. Redwood Acres Raceway will also have a special three-race Tri-Holiday Series late model championship on Memorial Day May 24th, Independence Day July 4th and Labor Day weekend September 6th.

The North State Challenge Series modifieds will return to Redwood Acres Raceway to join the late model events on May 24th and July 4th. 2015 marks the second season for the NSCS modifieds and the series is quickly growing in popularity in Northern California. Another series returning to RAR is the Northern California Pro-4 Modifieds. The NCPro-4s lasted visited the Acres in 2012 and always put on exciting and competitive races.

Other highlights in 2015 include opening night April 25th which coincides with the annual Rhododendron Parade in Eureka, boat races on July 18th, Driver Appreciation Night on August 22nd. The final points race will be on September 19th which will also be Fan Appreciation Night. The season will be capped off with the First Annual Roadrunner Jackpot Race and Bomber Bash however the date has not been finalized. Other events are likely to be added to the schedule and will be posted on when the schedule is official.

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