KENNEDY: California Coast


Stock car divisions and IMCA modified dates will be Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, 27-29. Sprint cars (410s-360s) and limited midgets will race at OSS Nov. 9. Route 66 Motorplex in Victorville race dates have been consolidated into the OSS schedule as URA management works to resolve issues at the Victorville three-eighths-mile clay track.

Nic Faas, 23, dominated Sept. 14 USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series race at Perris Auto Speedway. He set fast time in a 26-car field and won a competitive 30-lap main by 35 yards over five-time series champion Mike Spencer.

It was Faas’ third feature triumph this season and all have come at PAS aboard the Alexander Racing No. 4 Spike. Faas ranks second in driver points and trails his teammate Gardner by 99 points with four races remaining in the 22-race season. Eleven drivers have won the 18 main events this season.

Other series PAS feature winners Sept. 14 were: Jimmy Crawford (age 45+ senior sprints), teen Bradley Morris (Young Gun sprint cars for drivers ages 14-21), and Bobby Michnowicz (CLS winged sprints with motorcycle engines).

Speedway motorcycle racing September feature winners were: Billy Janniro at Costa Mesa (9/14), Billy Hamill at San Bernardino (9/13), Aaron Fox at San Bernardino (9/6) and Charlie “the Edge” Venegas at Industry (8/28) in the California State Championship event. On September 6 at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn Dillon Ruml, 14, won the AMA Youth 250cc National Championship and Sebastian Palmese, 10, won the Youth 150cc National Championship.

Kyle Larson, 21, started 13th and finished fifth in NASCAR’s Nationwide Atlanta 300 Aug. 31. He flew to California and raced the next night at the Calistoga Fairgrounds half-mile clay track in the Napa Valley. He won both the USAC midgets 25-lap and USAC-CRA sprint car 30-lap features driving a Keith Kunz midget and Keith Ford sprinter.

On Sept. 3-4, Larson raced Paul Silva’s winged sprint car with the World of Outlaws in Oregon. On Tuesday in Lebanon, Kyle placed seventh in a 30-lap main. The next night he finished second in a 40-lap feature at Cottage Grove. He then raced in the Sept. 6 NNS Richmond 250 and flew back to California where he won the WoO winged sprint car feature Sept. 8 at Antioch Speedway.

The versatile Californian has 14 top-10 finishes this season in 25 NNS races through Sept. 10 and ranks ninth in points.

Tabbed to race the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 42 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, Larson’s busy short-track schedule may be reduced. He won 22 of his 90 feature starts in 2011 and 30 of 123 main events in 2012. He has 12 feature triumphs this year.