LARGE MODIFIED FIELD EXPECTED FOR NSMS RACE AT EUREKA
EUREKA, CA….. The first running of the “Dale Baldwin Challenge” for the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, is shaping up to be the largest attended event of the season for the traveling group with $5000 going to the winner of the 60 lap feature. The event will take place at the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka on September 25. It will honor long-time race enthusiast Dale Baldwin who recently passed away, and is sponsored by McMurray and Sons Roofing, Mark and Sharon Baldwin and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
“The entries just keep pouring in.” said NSMS co-promoter Nadine Strauss. “I just got an entry from Eddie Wilcox of Salida saying that popular driver Jeremy Doss will be piloting his number 75 modified.” Doss, a many time champion, has already won numerous races this season in both the Spears Modifieds and the Spears Pro Late Model Series. This will be Doss’ first time competing with the North State Modified Series.
Doss’ biggest competition will be 2019 NSMS champion and current points leader Scott Winters of Tracy and 2020NSMS champion Kyle Tellstrom of UKiah. Both of these heavy-hitters have won three races each in 2021.
Coming back for the second time this season will be three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville and Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa. Both Knight and Austin are multiple winners in past seasons with NSMS, and will also be gunning for that top prize. Lakeport’s Charlie Collins makes this third appearance this year as will Simi Tour of Potter Valley and Jason Philpot of Sacramento. Veteran driver Richie Potts also returns after a two-year absence. Any one of these drivers could also come out on top.
Other new drivers scheduled to compete are Chris Salmina and Jeremy Nowlin, both of Kelseyville, and Wade Coleman of Upper Lake. Plus Cole Brown of Ukiah will be piloting the late Steve Taylor’s number 5 entry. This will be Brown’s first race with NSMS. Another first-time driver will be Danny Helm of Healdburg in David Sullivan’s modified.
“This is the richest event ever held for our modifieds.”said Strauss. “Not only is the winner getting $5,000 but $2,500 is going to second, $,1500 going to third, $1,200 to fourth and $1,000 to the fifth place finisher. And it’s $200 just to take the green flag. Plus the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash is on tap as well as the Lucas Oil Tow Money program.”
All the regular competitors will be there including Ian Elliott of Lakeport, Keith Bloom of Anderson, Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale, Rich Cobb of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Sal Lopez of Sacramento, Kylei Keown of Ukiah, Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville, Cody Braund of Redding, Calvin Hegje of Sacramento and Randy Houston of Medford, Oregon.
The “Dale Baldwin Challenge” will be a part of Redwood Acres Raceway’s Fall Spectacular that also features $5,000 to win the 100 lap late model race.
The North State Modified Series would not be possible without the support of Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, McMurray & Sons Roofing, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Economy Heating & Air, Sullivan Construction and Masonry, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics, Frank’s Radios, Supercuts, Vogel’s RVs, and Authority Heating & Air.