Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Matthew J. Sullivan
The highly anticipated 2016 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly approaching. The excitement of racing returning to the 3/8-mile paved oval is high. So too is the intrigue of the new racing season with new cars and drivers in each division as well as a new division to the Acres.
Acres fans are familiar with the local classes of roadrunners, mini stocks, bombers, Thunder Roadsters and late models. In addition to those five divisions, Redwood Acres Raceway will be featuring the Legends cars. 2016 will mark the first time ever that a Legend car has competed at the Acres and the division is likely to put on exciting events throughout the entire season.
There are 11 scheduled races for the 2016 season. Redwood Acres Raceway will have its annual Play Day on Saturday April 23rd from noon to 5:00PM. The 2016 campaign will officially start the next weekend, Saturday April 30th.
Some of the highlights of the 2016 schedule include the return of the North State Modified Series to the Acres twice, on Sunday May 29th and Saturday July 23rd. The late models will hold the Second Annual Firecracker 100 race on Saturday July 2nd which will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
The top super late model drivers on the west coast will be racing at the Acres on Saturday August 6th when the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series takes to the track. Saturday August 20th is Driver Appreciation Night and will feature the Second Annual Murrell 500. The year concludes on Saturday September 24th with Championship Night featuring the Roadrunner Big T Jackpot race and the popular boat race.
Besides the racing on the asphalt, Redwood Acres Raceway will host racing on its dirt infield in 2016 featuring the Outlaw Karts. There are six scheduled non-point events for the karts including an event scheduled during the Redwood Acres Best of Humboldt Fair on Friday June 24th. The new class is certain to draw new racers and experienced veterans from Northern California.
For more information regarding the 2016 schedule and/or rules packages, please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s official website, www.racingtheacres.com. You can also find the Acres on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redwoodacresraceway/ and on Twitter @RacingTheAcres.
Redwood Acres Raceway 2016 Schedule
April 23rd – Play Day – Pits open at 11AM, practice from noon-5PM
April 30th – Opening Night Points Race
May 14th – Points Race
May 28th – Open Practice
May 29th – Points Race featuring North State Modified Series (Late Models Off)
June 11th – Points Race
July 25th – Fair Race – TBD
July 1st – Open Practice
July 2nd – Points Race featuring late model Firecracker 100 and Fireworks Show
July 22nd – Open Practice
July 23rd – Points Race featuring North State Modified Series
August 5th – Spears SRL Practice
August 6th – Points Race featuring the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series (Late Models off)
August 20th – Points Race – Driver Appreciation Night featuring the Murrell 500
September 10th – Points Race – Final points event for late models
September 24th – Championship Night featuring Roadrunner Big T Jackpot and Boat Race (Late Models off)
Redwood Acres Raceway 2016 Outlaw Kart Schedule
May 7th – Open Practice
June 24th – Fair Race