Civil War Series of the 360 sprint cars Saturday night

Larry F. Douglas - Contributor

American Valley Speedway

June 15, 2011 – The Civil War Series of the 360 sprint cars will be in points competition Saturday night, June 18, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy. The Dwarf cars will be competing for points after the rain-out of the last race. Chase Nieman will be entering his second season as the big man in the Dwarf car with the dollar sign on its backside. He just graduated from Quincy High on June 10. Father Curt took time off work to prepare for the big event. The Go-Karts will also be racing in their miniature sprint cars with the next generation of drivers.

The Friday night warm-ups June 17 will be the thundering Jim Richardson Open Show of sprint cars with the IMSA Modifieds competing for points. Richardson is a veteran of sprint cars who is still in active service to the sport. Many thanks for his years of contributions to the American Valley Speedway. Chris Nieman has also graduated into an IMSA Modified from the pro stock of last year.

The Friday and Saturday night races are one of the highlights of this year’s racing schedule. The ticket prices are $18/$15/$10 each night. The PIT gate opens at 3 p.m. and the grandstands at 5 p.m. both days. Be prepared for weather changes and thunder of engines. Ear plugs are advised.

The 2011 racing is one of change and experimentation. The hobby stock class that was created as an economy class to replace the pro stock class has yet to have a race. Cars are in production. A couple of the hobby stock class drivers also have kids running Go-Karts and are devoting time to their kids at the expense of their toys. Veteran B.J. Pearson is successfully running his pro stock in Fernley.

The first races have taken their toll in both the IMSA Modifieds and the pure minis. In the second race, five of the IMSA Modified suffered damages. Billy Pearson’s car may be totaled. The third race was rained out. Three of the four mini stocks are down right now. As usual, the races will produce winners and losers, but that is the name of the game.

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