SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Cameron Park’s Jason Romero will try to close the deal on his first career Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com championship, when the series hits All American Speedway in Roseville, CA on Saturday night. The event is one part of one of the largest short track events in the western United States, anchored by a 200 lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race, the championship for the North State Modifieds, the 100 lap PCS championship, Super Stocks, and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros. All told over 400 laps with more than 80 race cars make up the ambitious evening.
In an encore to last season, the Pacific Challenge Series’ Super Late Model drivers conclude the evening for $2500 to win. Last year’s race saw John Moore spin into the front stretch wall to end his championship hopes and hand the title to Mike Beeler for his second career title. Jason Romero drag raced with Matt Wendt over the final stages of the event before narrowly missing out on victory.
Coming into 2018, Romero enjoys a 16 point advantage over Moore that represents eight positions on the race track. Traditionally a home race track for the series, Saturday is the only appearance at the one-third mile this year. Moore, of Granite Bay, also ranks Roseville as a home race track but has never won a touring stock car race there.
Beeler ranks third in the standings and has a win and at least four second place finishes at Roseville with the PCS. 2018 Ukiah winner Cole Moore won at Roseville in 2017 and is currently fourth in the championship. French Camp’s Dave Byrd has advanced to fifth in the standings in his maiden PCS season. The veteran driver has not competed at Roseville since 2012.
Matt Wendt ended 2017 with two consecutive victories. His 2018 season has been a complete 180 with six consecutive DNFs. Returning to the site of his most recent victory will hopefully bolster the performance for the driver out of Galt. Carlos Vieira, three-time track champion Matt Scott, Elk Grove’s Mike Hite, and Roseville’s Shannon Mansch round out the top-ten in the points.
Elk Grove’s Shane Butler and Del Oro High School student Jack Wood of nearby Loomis, CA are among those attempting series returns at Roseville. Wood was the 2017 PCS Rookie of the Year with a perfect season of all top-ten finishes. He has not competed with the series yet in 2018.
Activities begin Friday night with practices from 5 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. On Saturday pit gates open at 9 am with the first practice at 1:30 p.m. The final PCS practice at 3:25 p.m. serves as qualifying. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with a full night of racing for Mini Cups, Super Stocks, North State Modifieds, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West. The Pacific Challenge Series concludes the huge night at 9 p.m.
Tickets are available for pre-sale now at www.BMRNAPA.com
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The Pacific Challenge Series is presented by: Penney Racing Supply, Penney & Associates, American Racer Tires, Radio Law Talk, Compact-It, Northwest Compactors, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Fuels, Five Star Bodies, BrakeOMeter, Lefthander Chassis, ARP Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Competition Carburetion, Bassett Wheels, Frank’s Radio, WrapStar Pro, and Blakesley Sports Media. All PCS Super Late Models race ABC Bodies or Muscle Car bodies on American Racer Tires with Sunoco Racing Fuel.
2018 Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com Schedule
Subject to Change
March 31 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning w/ USAC & BCRA*
April 21 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Kool April Nights*
May 19 Ukiah Speedway (Ukiah, CA) *North State Challenge*
June 23 Shasta Speedway (Anderson, CA) *Shasta Fair*
July 21 Stockton 99 Speedway (Stockton, CA) *Summer Classic*
August 11 Madera Speedway (Madera, CA) *Thunder & Lightning II w/ USAC & 360 Supers*
October 13 All American Speedway (Roseville, CA) *October Classic 100*
-Pacific Challenge Series Press Release
-Photo Credit: Don Thompson