NORTH STATE MODIFIEDS ARE BACK AT ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY WITH CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS ON THE LINEadmin
NORTH STATE MODIFIEDS ARE BACK AT ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY WITH CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS ON THE LINE
By Gabrielle Stevenson
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (July 1, 2019) – All American Speedway was the second stop ever in the history of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, when it began in 2014. The professional series features drivers from all over California or Oregon, battling for every point in the 12-event championship hunt.
The next stop on the schedule is a return to All American Speedway — July 6 — on a night that includes the first ever Cherokee Truck Tires Big Rig Rumble, NASCAR weekly racing, 49er Hall of Famer Tom Rathman as Grand Marshall and fireworks.
The owners of the series — racer and car owner Jeff Stephens of Rio Linda and long-time racing promoters Bob and Nadine Strauss of Lucerne — are thrilled to be racing at All American Speedway this weekend. It’s the only All American Speedway stop for the series in 2019.
The professional series began when local tracks started going away from the modified racing classes.
“Modified racing was real popular in our region and then for some reason, it just started to fall off and a lot of tracks dropped the class,” Nadine Strauss said. “That’s why we started the series. The racing is fun and exciting and we don’t have a lot of restrictions like local tracks might in a similar class, but the cars are open wheel so you have to be a pretty good driver to win in this series.”
Many of the current North State Modified racers are former champions of their local tracks. That kind of competitive environment can dial up the excitement.
“We don’t have a lot of rubbing and bumping like in stock cars,” Strauss said. “It takes a good professional-level racer to get the win in this series and we have a lot of them which is why our points are so close.”
Cameron Austin is currently leading the standings by a mere eight points over Robbie Knittel. There have been multiple points leaders this season because the competition is so close. There are championship points and $1,000 on the line this weekend at All American Speedway.
“We have great racers and an even better following because the racing is so exciting and close,” Strauss said. “Our points leaders have been within 10 points of each other before and after each race. We never know who is going to win or lead after each race.”
Bill McAnally Racing Promotions decided to bring the series back to All American Speedway because of that competitive racing. The series is also loaded with local track champions — people fans know and support.
“The series is run by three people who are very knowledgeable about racing and care about the racers,” McAnally said. “And the racers have won at other levels and put on a great show. These racers come from all over the region and they bring experience and a following that we really enjoy hosting at All American Speedway.”
Gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 for a full slate of NASCAR Whelen racing, Cherokee Truck Tires Big Rig Rumble racing, North State Modifieds and fireworks.