Friday Apr 02 2010
Home track racing opens season at All American Speedway
By: Staff Report
The action is not all on the track this week as the staff gears ups for the opening of the local weekly NASCAR season at the All American Speedway. Sanctioned by the Whelen All-American Series, the first local event at the Speedway will feature Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stock and Bombers bringing excitement to the 1/3-mile paved oval. “We are encouraged for the season with nearly 80 cars participating in our preseason practices,” said Dennis Gage, Speedway manager. “We are going to have a great night of racing with all four anchor divisions on the schedule.” The Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for short track racing. Home track racing is the foundation and the entry level for drivers eying the next step up into the K&N Pro Series, which raced at AAS for the West season opener last week. Plans for the season opener include checkered flags for the first 500 fans, balloon artists and face painters, Easter candy for kids who sign up for the Kids Club, opening remarks by Assemblyman Ted Gaines, and the national anthem will be sung by Karen McDonald who has performed for the Sacramento Kings and the River Cats. In the midway, the all-new Pit Lane Bar & Grill will be the new gathering place for both fans and race teams. In addition to the usual burger and hot dog grill items, there will be Mexican food, a BBQ stand and coffee drinks. Beer will be on tap this year rather than in bottles. A large flat screen TV will show the race action so fans will not need to miss a thing when they get food and beverages. Tickets are available online at www.allamericanspeedway.com, at the Placer County Fair office, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville, and at the gate. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. The racing season continues through mid-October.