NCMA is excited to be celebrating the 30th season of competition this year. What began in 1987 as an affordable open wheel class that could travel to different tracks, has developed into a very competitive series that saw 5 different winners last season. While the speeds and quality of the equipment has increased each season, the focus on providing a cost effective platform with a dependable tire and engine package has never wavered.
This season NCMA will celebrating the drivers, crews and tracks that have played such an important role in the longevity of the series. Planning is under way to have some of the past champions and series drivers featured at key events throughout the year.
In the NEWS; long time NCMA friend and racer Bill Logan passed away on Sunday, July 30th. After a long fight with cancer Bill was called to the short track in the sky. Bill was a member of NCMA and also belonged to USAC and NARC and enjoyed open wheel racing on dirt and pavement. He was always fun to be around and had a smile on his face. He is going to be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. NCMA will be paying a special tribute to Bill at our last race of the season on October 14th at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, CA.
NCMA now has five races in the books and Rookie Charlie Huff continues to lead the points and the margin in narrowing. He is being chased by the veterans of Denny Burrell who has moved into second and Rob Hammond who has moved into third after David Burchett wasn’t able to get his car fixed after wrecking in Ukiah to make the show this past Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville. The season is shaping up to be an interesting one as we head into the last two races.
The NCMA Sprint Cars were at All American Speedway in Roseville this last Saturday on August 26th. This is the first and only time NCMA will be at All American Speedway this season and even though it wasn’t a full moon and number of gremlins at the 105 degree temps came out to plague the racers. Fast Qualifier Cody Jessop lost another engine at the end of qualifying and was done for the night. Second quick qualifier, Denny Burrell, won the heat race and was leading the feature when on lap #5 the center of the right front wheel broke. Charlie Huff was fighting a over heating problem and wasn’t able to make the feature. On the restart of the feature Rob Hammond and Jerry Kobza were the only two left standing and Jerry was able to come home with the win.
NCMA’s next race will be at Madera Speedway on September 16th. This will be an open wheel spectacular as part of the Harvest Classic which is a long time tradition at Madera Speedway to pay tribute to the farmers and ranchers of the Central Valley. Hope everyone comes out and enjoys the races. For more information go to www.racemadera.com.
Look for NCMA at Madera Speedway, All American Speedway, Lakeport Speedway, Ukiah Speedway and Stockton 99 Speedway in 2017.