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Speedway to dish out 10k to win Saturday

Highline 150 to draw top entries to local track
By: Bill Sullivan
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Since reviving the once ailing All American Speedway back in June, Roseville businessman and racing champion Bill McAnally has continued to make the facility and its events bigger and better every time another green flag waves this season. Saturday is no exception as racers will be competing for the richest winnings yet.

It’s bannered as the JM Environmental “Highline 150” Late Model event, and there is an impressive $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the feature event this Saturday, Sept. 8. This special race will headline racing action for the night along with seven additional divisions of racing competition.

The event is the biggest race so far this year, with a large field of entries anticipated and fierce competition vying for the big prize money to the winner. The amount up for grabs to win puts this event nearly equal in prestige to the annual NASCAR K&N West Series race that takes the green flag each October to benefit the fight against breast cancer in Placer County.

With the added winnings comes additional entries Saturday night. Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield is among those competing in Saturday’s race. The 18-year-old second-generation driver has won championships at his hometown track of Kern County Raceway Park and at Madera Speedway.

“I’m excited about returning to race at All American Speedway,” Shepherd said. “I really enjoy traveling to different tracks to compete.”

Shepherd’s last visit to Roseville was several years ago, when he raced in a Legends car. Since that time, the track has undergone vast improvements in amenities and management.

The entry list for Saturday also includes Randy Hedrick of Reno, Nevada. Hedrick is a former track champion at now-shuttered Silver State Raceway and scored a win last year in a Pacific Challenge Series late model race at Ukiah.

Matt Erickson of La Grange will be looking to defend his recent wins at All American against the stellar competition. Erickson has won two of the three Late Model events this year at All American Speedway and is expected to try for the big money and a third victory Saturday.

A local father-and-son team hopes to derail Erickson’s plan, however. Granite Bay’s John Moore – who won the second Late Model race of the year – and his son, Cole, aim to contend for the first-place prize money. Moore’s company, JM Environmental, is also the event sponsor as the local racer strives to support the racing community.

Other local drivers on the entry list include veteran competitor Chris Scribner of Loomis; along with Shane Butler, Elk Grove; Lance Halm, Sacramento; and Cameron LeGue, Roseville.

The 150-lap race will be run in two segments with a break near Lap 100. The event will be run based on Madera Speedway’s $10,000 to win rules, payout and Hoosier 970 tire.

Saturday’s program at All American Speedway will include all eight local divisions in competition. In addition to the big Late Model feature race, action will include the Limited Modifieds, Jr Late Models, Super Stocks A & B, F4s, and Bandoleros/Mini Cups.

Tech inspection and practice for the Late Model division will be on Friday. Qualifying will be Friday, or possibly Saturday – based on the number of entries.

The grandstands will open Saturday at 4 p.m., with feature events set to get underway at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for military, first responders and seniors over 65; and $7 for kids between the ages of 6-12. Kids under 5 get in free.

For rules, entry forms, or general information; go to www.allamericanspeedway.com. For additional questions about the speedway, call 916-786-2025.