NASCAR tracks in Roseville, Stockton join forces
The days of competing for car counts and fans are over. Officials at area racetracks now are working together.
“It’s instrumental we need to share these racers and share these cars,” Jeff Munro said this week. “There aren’t as many to go around now.”
Munro is the new manager at All American Speedway in Roseville. He started racing there just out of high school, “long ago,” he said. He’s been a track official and has seen good times and bad, most recently dwindling car counts because of a continuing recession.
During the offseason, Munro teamed up with Carol and Tony Noceti, who reopened Stockton 99 Speedway in 2009, and assembled a schedule this season that has no conflicting dates for Late Model races, starting with today’s season opener in Roseville.
Ken Brooks, who’s beginning his eighth season as All American Speedway host, said there were between eight and 10 Late Model racers on some nights late last season. The hope this year is for enough cars to have B main events.
As the only NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks in California, All American and Stockton 99 have made the Modified division the Tier 1 premier class for the Whelen All American Series, which runs for state and national points.
“We have a really good chance of getting a state champ out of either racetrack, as well as a possible national champion,” Brooks said, pointing to Modified lead foot Scott Winters and two-time reigning All American Late Model champ Matt Scott as drivers who will compete at both tracks this season.
Munro is the general manager at Sacramento’s Penney Racing Supply, the major nationwide distributor of Goodyear racing tires for all dirt and asphalt short tracks in the United States, expanding into England and Australia. He said the recent relationship between All American, Stockton 99 and officials at other Northern California tracks like Ukiah and Lakeport was good “for the first time in forever.” It wasn’t always that way with other regimes.
“Promoters are all type-1 personalities,” Munro quipped.
But they agreed to agree on what it would take to stabilize and grow short-track racing in the area.
“No more staunch competitors,” Munro said. “It’s grown to the point where you do need to work with your neighbor. We’re only 40, 50 minutes apart. It was a mutual thing to align the two tracks. (The Nocetis) were instrumental as well.”
ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
Opening day: Racing in the Late Model (75-lap main event), Modified (60), Street Stock (35) and Bomber (35) divisions.
Times: Pit gates open at noon, the front grandstand opens at 3 p.m., and racing begins at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices: $13 general admission, $7 for seniors ages 60 and up and juniors ages 6-15, free for children ages 5 and under, $35 for a family pass (two adults, three juniors). Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Information: Visit www.allamericanspeedway.com or call (916) 786-2025.