Monday, September 26, 2016

Young guns sweep Placerville Speedway



A trio of Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) young guns swept the podium for the 30-lap feature at Placerville Speedway on Saturday September 24, 2016, as Bakersfield’s Cory Elliott claimed his first career BCRA victory over Anaheim’s Robert Dalby and Macdoel’s Maria Cofer rounded out the top three in BCRA’s final scheduled dirt track race for the 2016 season.

Fourteen midgets signed in and drew for starting positions for the two 8-lap heat races. Among the entries was Gridley’s Quintin Crye making his first BCRA start in several seasons with his Kevin Sharrah Designs sponsored Brayton-Ford powered machine.  Both Crye and Taylor Simas in the Doug Bock #62 suffered mechanical gremlins during warmups, but both teams were able to diagnose and remedy the problems in time to make their scheduled heat race starts.

In the first heat race, Shane Golobic in the Bock #26 went wire-to-wire from his pole starting position, chased across the finish line by Cory Elliott and Robert Dalby.  In the second heat race, Shane’s brother Dustin Golobic drove the Bock #25G to claim victory has he held on through two restarts over Sparky Howard and Maria Cofer.

The start of the feature was aligned “straight up” with the Golobic brothers scheduled for the front row, but Shane pulled off the track before the start with terminal engine problems that ended his evening. At the drop of the green, Dustin Golobic shot into the lead with Elliott in hot pursuit, and Dustin held the point until the leaders encountered lapped traffic. Elliott in his #11E made a nifty move in turn two to grab the lead and began to pull away as Golobic and Dalby staged a battle for the second position.

On lap 21, Dalby’s car slid high over the cushion in turn four and dropped back to fourth place but he battled back to resume his duel with Golobic, which was resolved when Dustin bobbled on the last circuit which dropped him to fourth behind Dalby and Cofer.  Further back in the field with his solid finish, Brian Gard of Kelseyville  in the Arata Racing midget claimed the BCRA 2016 season dirt driver’s championship in his final appearance as a driver.

The 2016 BCRA  racing season wraps up next Saturday October 1 at Madera Speedway “the fastest 1/3-mile in the West” as part of the $3,000 to win National Winged Sprint Car Challenge for the King of the Wing Sprint Cars, USAC HPD Midgets, CSS/360 Super Modifieds, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl.




Friday, September 23, 2016

A recent study of drivers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. 

Researchers found that drivers manipulating their cell phone (includes calling, texting or other uses), had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 out of the final six seconds leading up to a crash. The researchers also measured reaction times in rear-end crashes and found that drivers using a cell phone failed to react more than half of the time before the impact, meaning  they crashed without braking or steering.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts hopes to reduce the dangers of distracted driving with national support of the It Can Wait® campaign for the third consecutive year.  CARSTAR is teaming up with the National Auto Body Council and others in the collision industry to educate drivers about being smarter and safer in the car.

“At CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, we see firsthand the negative consequences of distracted driving and want to help people reduce their risk of being in an accident,” said Arlo Johnson, vice president of Insurance Relations for CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts and Distracted Driving Chairman for the National Auto Body Council. 

Johnson offers tips for drivers for reducing their driving distractions on the road:

• Check your directions before you put the car in gear
• Designate someone who isn’t driving to manage the GPS
• Install an app that silences incoming texts and notifications – and lets the sender know that the recipient is behind the wheel
• Put the phone in the glovebox or console while driving to eliminate the urge to check messages or answer calls

The “It Can Wait” movement is making a difference.  One in three people who’ve seen the texting while driving message say they’ve changed their driving habits. Together, advocates have raised the awareness of texting while driving to 97 percent or higher in every audience the campaign has polled.

Individuals can sign up at  to take the pledge and share their photo and commitment on social media. Aspiring to create a social stigma around this dangerous habit of texting while driving, the campaign focuses on getting individuals involved in taking the pledge to never text and drive while encouraging others in their community to do the same. 

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts-- a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands -- is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with nearly 500 locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces.

Information for this article provided by Debby Robinson - Victory Management Group PR

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The World’s Premier Racing Trade Show Will Deliver Top-Flight Events In 2016


PRI Show-related activities begin December 5 which will include safety and engine-building conferences, a tour of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a kickoff Breakfast featuring Rick Mears, and much more.

Dozens of workshops, seminars, and special events have been confirmed and finalized for the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, taking place December 8–10, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As the world’s premier event dedicated solely to the business of racing and all things motorsports, the PRI Show provides racing retailers, race engine builders, race car builders, warehouse distributors, racers and race teams with a bevy of new products and equipment, systems solutions, business strategies and innovative technologies to help further their businesses and racing programs.

“The 2016 PRI Show is on track to be the best ever,” said PRI General Manager Bill Miller. “With great conferences, 1,100 plus exhibiting companies and thousands of buyers, Indianapolis is the place to be the second week of December.”

The 2016 PRI Show is scheduled to include more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, and attracts tens of thousands of motorsports professionals. As a trade event, proof of industry affiliation is required to attend. To secure credentials and learn more about the events and activities at PRI 2016, visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 18-24, 2016 
Child Passenger Safety Week

Child safety seats are designed to protect children during an accident, but do you know how to ensure that car seat is safe AFTER the accident?  CARSTAR the auto body repair expert reminds us that even low speed crashes can cause car seat damage, which may reduce protection and performance in future crashes.

While most drivers immediately plan to repair or replace the vehicle after the crash, they don’t always consider that the forces that damaged their car also put a significant strain on the car seat, likely damaging or weakening the structure.  In most accident cases other than a minor crash, the National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends replacing a car seat after an accident, even though damage to the seat might not be visible.

NHTSA recommends that drivers NEVER use a car seat that has been involved in a moderate to severe crash which NHTSA defines as any of the following:

 The vehicle was not able to be driven away from the crash
The vehicle door nearest the car seat was damaged
One or more passengers in the vehicle sustained injuries
Any of the air bags deployed during the crash

If any of these occurred - REPLACE YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY SEAT

"CARSTAR is committed to repairing accident damage and getting families back on the road in a safe vehicle, and the child safety seat is a major part of that vehicle’s safety system,” said Dean Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.  “Any time you’re replacing sheet metal, bumpers, air bags and other safety systems, you’ve been in a crash hard enough to damage the child safety seat.  It’s a cost that many insurance policies cover, so it’s always smart to replace the car seat and ensure your child is safe and protected on the road.”

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service with more than 430 locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair, and they will send a tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For information and store locations, more tips on driving and collision repair, visit

Information for this article was provided by Debby Robinson of the Victory Management Group

Monday, September 19, 2016

A confusing 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible
photo by the author

Recently the author toured the Pack Automatable Museum owned by Dallas Texas mega-car dealer Sam H. Pack  The museum contained many beautiful cars that included sports cars, hot rods, customs, muscle car race cars, and cars of the fifties. There was one car which left the author puzzled - this black 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that sported replica Indianapolis '500' Pace Car graphics- except it is black.

The car was purchased by Mr. Pack at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in 2011, and the information card with the cars stated “this tribute car was commissioned by the Indianapolis 500 Festival Race Committee to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the small block Chevrolet V8. The car was restored to exact specification of the track-ready cars built in 1955 with one great exception, the track cars were painted two-tone cream and red whereas this car is painted black and is stunning.”
Charles Keating and Anton 'Tony' Hulman in a posed shot with the pace car.
Note the unique Firestone "500" tires
photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway collection
 in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Studies
The Chevrolet Pace Car heads the field before the start of the 1955 '500'
photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway collection
 in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Studies
The original “track cars” were not cream and red but were painted Gypsy Red and India Ivory, For years the author has heard stories of an original turquoise and white 1955 ‘500’ Pace Car but this is the first time he has seen one in black.  It appeared to be a very nicely restored car, with the “Official Pace Car” graphics on the rear quarter panel changed from black to white and the lower slogan “500 mile race” in red. Pack’s car also sported rear fender skirts which with the pace car driven by Chevrolet Sales Manager, Thomas Keating, was not equipped.

The author has been unable to confirm that this car was, as claimed, commissioned by the ‘500’ Festival Inc. in 2005 - can any readers clear up this mystery?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Autoweek journalist Al Pearce honored

Each year, the membership of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) selects quarterly recipients as well as an overall winner of the Spirit Award sponsored by Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Veteran journalist Al Pearce of Autoweek magazine has been named the third quarter recipient of the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award.  Pearce raised more than $13,000 through the sale at auction. of a helmet bearing the signatures of the 20 living World Driving Champions as well as those of Phil Hill and Sir Jack Brabham prior their passing. The project took Pearce nearly four years to complete and the auction proceeds went to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Pearce, who is currently working on another autographed helmet program to collect 18 NHRA Top Fuel champion signatures, joins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Chris Osborne and artist Jeanne Barnes as quarterly recipients for 2016.