March 28, 1986 |
Many factors determine a winner, but Saturday night's opening race of the new NASCAR Southwest Tour at Saugus Speedway should come down to just one: experience. Knowledge of the Saugus track--the West's oldest auto racing facility--will be the key to victory, according to Reseda's Jim Robinson, who was the track champion in 1977. Also entered in Saturday's Saugus 100 are 1983 track champion Roman Calczynski of Sepulveda and track veteran John Covan of Simi Valley.
January 20, 1987 |
You've come to greater Los Angeles for the Super Bowl and its attendant festivities. You've come from Denver, or New Jersey, or Pocatello, Ida. You've heard wild stories about the people and life style of Los Angeles. I can explain everything. This is not written in defense of the city and its citizens, because they don't need defending, except in cases where formal charges have been filed. This is written toward better understanding of the city. Take surfing, for instance.
June 11, 1987 |
Bobby Schwartz, a Los Angeles beach boy whose dad called him Boogaloo, spent eight years in England, fine-tuning his speedway motorcycling career against the best riders in the world before coming home last year to win the United States Speedway championship. Now, at 30, he'd like to go back to Europe to show his old friends and foes how well he looks with the No. 1 plate on his bike.
June 15, 1989 |
When Dan Press found a road race on the stock car schedule of the NASCAR Southwest Tour, he enrolled in Bob Bondurant's high-performance driving school at Sears Point Raceway--the site of what was to be the first road race in Press' long career. "I needed someone to show me the line," Press said. "I didn't have the foggiest notion of how you got around a track where you had to turn both directions." Press, 40, learned well. He qualified fourth and finished fourth in last Saturday's Sears Point 200, increasing his lead to 157 points over Chuck Pittenger in the All-American Challenge series for late model cars.
October 27, 1988
Saugus Speedway's "Race for PRIDE" (Personal Responsibility in Drug Encounters), originally scheduled for Saturday night, has been rescheduled for Nov. 12. Twelve Winston Cup drivers--Geoff Bodine, Rodney Combs, Derrick Cope, Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Sterling Marlin, Phil Parsons, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace, Michael Waltrip and Rick Wilson--will join several entertainment celebrities in a benefit for "Say No to Drugs" charities. Celebrity drivers have not yet been announced.
March 31, 1991
Mark Miller of Chatsworth held off Shannon Flavin to win the Hobby Stock main event before a season-opening crowd estimated at 3,500 at Saugus Speedway on Saturday. Mike McAntee was third. John Fleming of Simi Valley won the Jalopy main event after earlier winning the Jalopy trophy dash. No races were held in the Sportsman or Street Stock divisions, which will make their debut April 6, the track's official opening night.
May 20, 1990 |
For the second consecutive week, John Cran of Reseda started from the front and was never headed en route to a Sportsman Division main event win at Saugus Speedway on Saturday. Last week, Cran was challenged by points leader Will Harper of Tarzana for the last 28 laps, but Saturday, in front of a crowd of 3,170, Harper was unable to get around John Covan of Simi Valley, who finished second as Cran cruised to a quarter-lap win. The win was Cran's second career main-event victory.
June 19, 1999 |
If a race track could talk, Saugus Speedway would have plenty to say about the Irwindale 250 NASCAR Winston West race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. "Irwindale Speedway?" the old track might muse. "Isn't that the place my promoter, Ray Wilkings, built after my owners closed me? Wilkings was general manager here for 11 years, and I go back another 26 years with his family. "You say Ron Hornaday Jr., Bill Sedgwick, Butch Gilliland and Sean Woodside are all entered? I remember them all.
August 2, 1996 |
When Saugus Speedway abruptly closed just over a year ago, Sean Woodside found himself in a peculiar situation. He no longer had a home to showcase his talents. Woodside was leading the Super Late Model division at Saugus when the speedway closed in July of 1995. Like many other dislocated drivers, he was forced to scramble and find a new racing venue. The answer for Woodside, who lives in Saugus, is 100 miles north at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield.
May 30, 1993 |
Michael Ayers and Dave Blankenship probably figured they would never see victory lane again. But both Saugus Speedway veterans enjoyed long overdue main-event victories Saturday night before a crowd of 4,263. Ayers, 29, the track's Sportsman division champion in 1986, led wire to wire to win his first 40-lap Sportsman main event since 1990.