SPRINT CARS--Brad Noffsinger, with eight victories this season in the California Racing Assn., holds a substantial lead in the standings, and his teammate, Clark Drake, is a candidate for rookie of the year. Drake, 22, a graduate of Narbonne High in Harbor City, learned his racing as a mechanic for veterans Shane Carson and Sammy Swindell in the World of Outlaws before coming home to Ascot Park this season to drive in the CRA for Jack Gardner and Mike Curb. Noffsinger and Drake will be racing again Saturday night at Ascot where Walt Kennedy will debut a new Ford Cleaver engine in his car.
STOCK CARS--Modifieds will return to Saugus Speedway Saturday night to headline a program that will include an Ascot vs. Saugus destruction team match. . . . Ron Meyer, leader in the Curb Motorsports Pro Stock division, and defending champion Don Wright Jr., will resume their rivalry Sunday night at Ascot Park. Meyer, with 10 main event wins, leads Wright, 336 points to 268, with Marcus Mallett at 264.
MOTORCYCLES--The Choppers will conclude a four-man match race series next Wednesday night at San Bernardino's Inland Speedway as part of the weekly three division speedway program. . . . Speedway rider Mark Dwyer, surprise leader of the U.S. team in last week's 57-50 win over the World team at Ascot Park's South Bay Stadium, will return to the scene of his success tonight in an American Motorcyclist Assn. program. . . . John Houston, 18, one of Northern California's leading speedway riders, will make his Southland debut Friday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Houston's father, John Sr., is the promoter of a speedway track in Auburn, Calif. . . . The CMC will hold its weekly motocross Friday night at Ascot Park.
POWER BOATS--The 38th annual Eagle One Catalina water ski race, a 62-mile event from Long Beach to Catalina's Avalon Harbor and back, will be held Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. from Long Beach Harbor. More than 100 entrants are expected to compete in 16 classes, ranging from men's and women's open to veterans, novice and mixed doubles. Kurt Schoen set the record of 57 minutes 37 seconds last year while being pulled by Fred Miller. The women's record of 1:04:59 was set in 1980 by seven-time winner Joannie Martini.
NEWSWORTHY--Jack Williams, former president of the Kern County Racing Assn. and general manager of Sears Point Raceway, is the new vice president of Charlie Allen's Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix. . . . For anyone interested in becoming involved in off-road racing, Spencer Murray and James T. Crow have written a guide to equipment and techniques: Off-Roader's Handbook ($12.95, HPBooks, Inc.).