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North-state Late Model series visits All American Speedway for first time April 23

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Airport Auto Brokers Late Model Series will race at All American Speedway in Roseville for the first time Saturday night, April 23.

Described by speedway racing manager Steve Fensler as a spinoff of the old NASCAR Southwest Tour and current SRL series, which raced April 16 in Roseville as a prelim to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the series is based in the northern part of the state.

Six of 12 races in the series will be held at Ukiah Speedway, two at Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson, two at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka and two at All American. The other Roseville date is Aug. 27.

“This is the first time they’ve come this far south,” Fensler said Thursday. “It’s been a wonderful series for a lot of years. It filled a niche for a lot of guys that couldn’t travel.”

Mike Doss, who heads the series, met with Fensler during the promoters’ workshop in Reno and asked if Roseville would be interested in hosting the series.

“I said, ‘By all means,’” Fensler said. “It’s great for the series and great for our local fans. These are very talented drivers.”

Roseville’s Eric Schmidt did double duty last weekend at the track. He finished 11th in the SRL World’s Champion Hand Cleaner 140 and then placed fifth in the Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Care 150. Schmidt said afterward he planned to race Saturday night, April 23.

Fensler said Zane Lovelace of Roseville and John Moore of Granite Bay also plan to race. Also on the program are the Legends of the Pacific and WSRA Mini Cup classes.

ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
April 23 program:
Airport Auto Brokers Late Model Series, Legends of the Pacific, WSRA Mini Cup.
Tickets: General admission, $13; seniors ages 60 and over and juniors 6-15, $7; children 6 and under, free; family pass (two adults, three juniors), $35.
Parking: $5.
Address: 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville.
Information: (916) 786-2025 or www.allamericanspeedway.com.