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WEST COAST SPORT MOD TOUR CONTINUES TO GROW
03/05/17 at 10:03am
 
Sorry this is a little late. Wrote this a month or so ago but just got on this forum.
WEST COAST SPORT MOD TOUR CONTINUES TO GROW

Just over a month away from the tour’s inaugural event at Silver Dollar Speedway’s Mini Gold Cup, the newly formed West Coast Sport Mod Tour continues to gain support and registered drivers. As of the time I write this article, they already have a whopping 32(!) drivers signed up who plan to run the 8 race schedule, which goes as north as Chico and as south as Merced. They’ve also raised a huge amount of sponsorship money, with over $20,000 to be spread between the overall points fund and single race payouts.

This tour would not be possible without two key people.  Brian Cooper and Jerry Bartlett have been instrumental in making this whole thing come together. They had been looking for a way to get a lot of great drivers together that wouldn’t normally have the chance to race together, and thus, The West Coast Sport Mod Tour was born. As I mentioned earlier, the support this tour has gained in it’s short existence is incredible, with many businesses eager to hop on board with an exponentially growing tour. The drivers signing up aren’t just from the Chico/Marysville area, which is where the tour is based. You have drivers from up north near Yreka, down south near Merced, and even as far as Bakersfield. This group of drivers are no joke, with drivers such as Brian and Todd Cooper, Jerry Bartlett, Phillip Shelby, Fred and Patti Ryland, Chris Falkenberg, Jordan Hagar, Les Friend, Todd Gomez, and more. This tour is full of proven winners and highly competitive drivers.

The new tour kicks off its inaugural season March 4th at Silver Dollar Speedway as the support division for the King of the West Series. Three weeks later the group travels south to Merced Speedway for Merced’s opening night. April 8th Petaluma Speedway holds its first ever sport mod race, and we’ll have to see how these drivers adapt to the unique adobe clay surface Petaluma is known for. The tour goes back to Merced May 6th for the Ted Stofle Memorial for their second of two visits. The following week the tour travels North for their first stop at Marysville Raceway.  Just over a Month later, Stockton Dirt Track hosts its first ever sport mod show during their fair race on June 17th. The tour finishes off with two races in two nights, with Silver Dollar Speedway hosting the tour again on July 28th, with Marysville Raceway holding the final round of the inaugural West Coast Sport Mod Tour. There will be a tour appreciation barbecue for all tour members that evening.

This tour may just be scratching the surface of its potential, and that has to be an exciting sign for racing fans throughout the state. With a B Main every night, this tour guarantees exciting racing and an opportunity for a lot of guys to race where they normally may not, while also not overlapping any of Chico, Marysville, or Merced’s sport mod races, making it possible to support your local track while also running the tour. Overall this is going to be an exciting season for sport mod racing, and I truly hope the best for this series.

FULL SCHEDULE:
March 4th: Silver Dollar Speedway

March 25th: Merced Speedway

April 8th: Petaluma Speedway

May 6th: Merced Speedway

May 13th: Marysville Raceway

June 17th: Stockton Dirt Track

July 28th: Silver Dollar Speedway

July 29th: Marysville Raceway
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