KENNEDY: California Coast


LOS ANGELES — Scott Burns’ Dirt Entertainment, LLC ran its second race June 1 at the clay-covered Orange Show Stadium semi-banked quarter-mile in San Bernardino.

Racing was multi-groove with passing plentiful. The dirt track opened in 1947 and has run races for 66 consecutive seasons. It was an asphalt track from 1964 through 2012. URA unlimited sprint cars and limited (Ford Focus) midgets, IMCA super stocks, and CDCRA dwarf cars ran heat races and main events for an estimated 1,000 fans. Car counts were: 24 sprints, nine midgets, eight super stocks and 24 dwarf cars.

URA sprints point leader David Cardey reset his own 14.526-second one-lap track record from April 27, when OSS ran its first dirt event since 1963. As 13th qualifier, Cardey ran a 13.797 in the Sertich No. 92. Eight drivers beat the old record. The sensational 30-lap, 20-car feature contained 15 410 and five 360 engines. There were three race leaders and a thrilling three-way dogfight for victory to the finish line.

Don Gansen led the first 13 laps from pole in a 360. Damion Gardner paced laps 14-22. Sixth-starter Cardey made an outside pass leaving turn four and led laps 23-30 despite intense pressure from Gardner and his teammate Nic Faas. He won $2,500 and the first Don Blair Cup, a large trophy named for the late, long-time sprint car owner.

The 20-lap FF midget main was a race-long duel between Clayton Rushton, 12, in a Spike, and Cory Elliott, 13, aboard a TCR. Rushton won by a mere length with the seven finishers on the same straight. Gary Dutton won the super stock 15-lap main over Nevada’s Jason Pike. The 24-dwarf car feature had seven cautions and concluded racing at 11:25 pm. San Diego’s Darren Brent (replica 1934 Ford panel truck) led every lap.

Spectators praised the OSS track surface and racing after the addition of more clay since April 27. The promoter plans to add more clay from the Gardena site used by Ascot Park until it closed after the 1990 season. The new clay should be in place before the next OSS race on June 29 featuring URA sprints, FF midgets and motorcycle-engine powered CLS winged sprints.

Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan was a telephone guest on a Los Angeles 570 AM radio sports talk show Tuesday, May 28 from 1:20-1:29 pm. Hosts Pat O’Brien and Steve Hartman asked pertinent questions. Affable Kanaan was an excellent representative for racing.

Round four of 2013 twice a month oval racing at Irwindale featured five divisions and a salute to military veterans on May 25 with 3,500 spectators present. Winners were: Rip Michels (super late models), Race Liberante (trucks), Zack Green (super stocks), Darren Amidon (legends) and Sean Brennan (skid plate cars). June race dates are the 15th and 22nd.

Kern County Raceway Park week two on May 25 had a reported 2,500 fans present. David Mayhew won a pair of NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model 35-lap features over Eric Richardson. Donny St. Ours won a 35-lap legend car main and Tyler Bannister took the 30-lap bandolero race.

KCRP week three on June 1 had twin 35-lap late model mains won by Richardson and Mayhew. Chris Dalton (spec modifieds) and Johnny Wood (mini stocks) won 35-lap mains.

Week four at KCRP (June 8) winners were: Mayhew (late model 50 laps), Neil Conrad (SW Tour Truck 40 laps), D. St. Ours (legend 35 laps) and Bannister (bandolero 30 laps).

Industry Speedway started year 10of speedway motorcycle racing on Wednesday, May 29 from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Industry Hills Expo Center indoor Grand Arena dirt track. Past world champion Billy Hamill won the 500cc Division I feature. About 2,500 spectators attended, an increase of 500 from the track’s 2012 season opener. Hamill repeated as week two winner on June 5. There are 14 Wednesday and two Saturday race dates at Industry this year.