The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series will return to a popular Northern California 1/3-mile oval this Saturday, April 13 for the first time since 2012. The “JM Environmental Inc. 127 presented by 51 FIFTY LTD.” will mark the series' eighth visit to All American Speedway (CA) after a hiatus of seven years.
Only six drivers on the current roster of 25 have started an SRL event at the facility. Two of the local drivers, who failed to make that list, are Granite Bay, California's father-son combo John and Cole Moore. Both are excited to have the facility back on the schedule.
“I am very excited to be racing at my home track," Cole told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “I feel like I have more laps there than everyone, besides my dad and Eric Schmidt. This should play in my favor. Also, the vibe of having a home crowd cheering for you always makes things better.”
“Having the tour at my home track will be an opportunity for lots of friends, family, and business associates to attend. BMR (Bill McAnally Racing) Promotions will do an excellent job of filling the stands to capacity,” Moore commented. “It will be exciting for all. Tour cars racing the 'Highline' will be the fastest race cars ever to do laps on the track. It will be the most exciting race of the year.”
All American Speedway in Roseville, California in now under the leadership of local businessman and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West multi-car team owner Bill McAnally. The track is making a big comeback this season after BMR Promotions secured the contract to operate the facility. The result is a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule and the return of the west coast's premiere Super Late Model Series to the state capitol's vicinity.
“We’re excited about returning to AAS after a six-year absence," the SPEARS Southwest Tour’s Brian Olsen commented. “Bill always does a great job of promoting his events, and we are looking forward to putting on a great show for a packed house.”
Although the series hasn’t visited All American Speedway in over six years, only eight drivers on the current entry have not visited the racing surface at AAS. Leading the series, in terms of experience at AAS, are two-time track champion Eric Schmidt, two-time Pacific Challenge Series Champion Mike Beeler, two-time Pacific Challenge Series Champion and defending SRL Champion Jeremy Doss, as well as the Moores.
Both Moores are eager to compete at their home track. In competition between the two at AAS, Cole has unquestionably had the advantage statistically. In his 10 PCS starts, he has scored two wins, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. John, in contrast, has only three top-five and seven top-10 finishes, in 13 PCS starts.
The elder Moore has been fast, but has struggled finishing races at the facility. It is in stark contrast to his 19 consecutive finishes in SPEARS Southwest Tour Series competition. John did, however, score a weekly Late Model victory last season to take home bragging honors in that category.
With his success at AAS, Cole has his opinion about racing on the 1/3-mile oval, as well as what it takes to win there.
“I like AAS mostly for the tight racing” Cole explained. “You can actually move somebody out of the way without wrecking them, which makes the racing very intense.
“They key to winning on the short track is simple: take no prisoners. Everyone will be running hard and AAS can be difficult to pass, which usually initiates contact. Everyone is going to have to be on their toes and ready to battle.”
John also has a feel for what it will take to win.
“I think it will take the same things that is always takes to win in a race car," John speculated. “It will always take a race car that is fast, it will take patience and it will take execution.”
When asked about what excites him about the event, John was succinct in his response.
“The Highline, baby! The Highline in front of a sold-out crowd.”
Cole is hungry for his first SRL win and is excited to think that it could come at All American Speedway. He is also very confident in his racing program, despite some early season setbacks and some less than desired results.
“My racing program is looking very good," Cole expressed. “Unfortunately, we had to rebuild our primary car after the Winter Showdown, which set us back. And then following up with a big wreck at Irwindale wasn’t our plan. All things considered, I have confidence we will bounce back and be a championship threat after the slow start.”
John is also looking forward to the season, after combining with the JD Motorsports Team, with Jeremy Doss and Jeff Bischofberger as teammates.
“I’m super excited about my first race with JD Motorsports in the Winter Showdown," Moore noted. “We almost got a top-five in that big event, coming home sixth. Our second race was at Irwindale, and it is not my best track, but I believe my best results thus far (11th). I try to surround myself with experienced and fun people. I just love the speed and beauty of racing."
Both drivers are known to be clean competitors, and John’s ability to finish races is exhibited by his consecutive non-DNF streak in the SRL. If John finishes this weekend’s event, he will set a new series standard of 20 consecutive finishes to begin an SRL career. Ironically it would be his teammate, Jeremy Doss’ record, that he would break.
The elder Moore would put that streak in jeopardy, however, just to get a win this weekend. The same could be said of Cole, as a win in this event would be so special. In fact, each driver wouldn’t think twice about putting the bump-and-run on their family member.
“Yes, I would," Cole exclaimed. “I’m really eager to get my first win, and I know it would make it that much better at my home track, in front of all my family and friends. I would for sure give him the bump and run, and I know he would do the same to me. We have had some very entertaining battles up front at AAS, and I am willing to bet it will happen again. That’s our track.”
John was direct and to the point regarding his use of the chrome horn on his son for a win.
“Rubbing is racing, absolutely!”
John has additional incentive to come home with a victory Saturday night, as his company JM Environmental Inc. is the title sponsor of the event. The event also bears his number in the title, as his familiar number 27 is the featured 127 lap count. He has sponsored several other races in the past and felt this was a natural fit for him and his business.
“I have sponsored events all the way back to Stockton 99 Speedway in the early 2000's," Moore recalled. “I have also sponsored Shasta Speedway as well, so it seemed a natural to help with this event. I would really like to remember like to thank all the customers of JM Environmental Inc over the past 25 years. I also want to thank our sponsors YP ,THRYV, Berry Lumber and Berco Redwood.”
Cole was also appreciative of his sponsors.
“I would like to thank JM Environmental, Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, WileyX Sunglasses, Thryv, Motion Media Graphix and Fury Racecar Chassis.”
The battle between father and son will be just the tip of the spear, as 25 Super Late Model drivers are expected to compete for the victory.
- Two former SRL All American Speedway winners are entered this weekend. Derek Thorn is the all-time winningest driver at AAS with three victories, while Bobby Hodges scored his first career SRL victory at the facility in 2011.
- Justin Marks, a former NASCAR Xfinity Series winner, will be the only driver to make his first career SRL start this weekend.
- Among the drivers entered, Jeremy Doss has the most career Super Late Model wins at All American Speedway with six victories in the Pacific Challenge Series.
- Jace Hansen is making the “Tow in the Snow” as he travels from Greeley, Colorado to Roseville through a severe winter storm. Hansen will be making his second consecutive start after finishing seventh in the season opener.
- Scott “The Chez” Sanchez will be making his 90th career SRL start this weekend. It will be his fifth start at All American Speedway, were he has a best finish of ninth.
- Craig Raudman is the only driver entered to have competed at All American Speedway in both the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and the NASCAR Southwest Tour Series.
- Eric Schmidt is a multi-time champion at All American Speedway and the 2006 SRL Champion. He will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 19th-place finish at the opening event, after finding himself on the wrong end of a three-way battle.
- Entering the second event of the season, Preston Peltier leads the championship standings followed by Jeff Bischofberger, Craig Raudman, Jeremy Doss and Dylan Lupton.
- Get there early. Admission Gates for the event open at 4 p.m., with SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Qualifying at 4:15 p.m.. Trophy Dashes for the local divisions, as well as the Mini Cup / Bando Feature follow at 5:00 p.m.. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 6:00 p.m.. Main Events begin with the Late Model Twin 1 Feature, followed by the F4 Division, Super Stocks, Jr. Late Models, Limited Modifieds and the Late Model Twin 2 Feature. The “JM Environmental 127 presented by 51 FIFTY LTM” will fill out the full schedule of the evening’s activities at approximately 8:50 p.m.
-Story by: Kevin Peters, SRL
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Kyler Hope