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Rocklin’s Eclipse Racing debuts at All American Speedway

Development teams takes two firsts
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Northern California’s new driver developmental team Eclipse Racing based in Rocklin debuted at All American Speedway last weekend and picked up a couple first-place finishes.

Established by auto racing buff Jason Bamberg, the facility began to develop when semi-retired driver Jason Houghtaling joined the team as crew chief. Houghtaling decided 24 years on the track was enough for him but felt his experience could now help others.

“I lived my dream and I wanted to get these kids to live their dream,” said Houghtaling.

But Eclipse racing isn’t just about kids. Although two drivers, Sheldon Didinger and Spencer Hill are just teenagers, three of their drivers are in their 30s and 40s; Bamberg among them.

Bamberg drove his Modified to first in qualifying last weekend. Eclipse Racing also had a fourth (Jay Linstroth), an eighth (Hill), ninth (Didinger) and 14th with Michael Mitchell at the wheel.

In the main event, Linstroth picked up a win, Bamberg a third, Didinger placed fifth and Mitchell earned a 10th-place finish.

“I’m very excited with the way things have turned out thus far … and the way the race shop has come together,” Houghtaling wrote in a press release.

Eclipse Racing is a NASCAR Whelen All American Series team and helps potential drivers develop their careers for Late Models, Modifieds and USAC Midgets. More on the organization can be found online at Eclipse-Racing.com.