Monday Mar 08 2010
NASCAR season debut coming to All American Speedway
By: Staff Report
The first race under the K&N Pro Series' flag will be contested at the All American Speedway in Roseville. This year brings a new title sponsor of the former Camping World (Grand Nationals) series - K&N. The first K&N ProSeries - West race is scheduled for March 27 at the 1/3 mile oval track in Roseville. It is the second time in three years that NASCAR has scheduled the season opener of its premiere driver development touring series at the All American Speedway. K&N is not new to NASCAR, but traces its involvement with NASCAR back to the days of supplying parts for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the old Riverside Speedway. The Toyota/NAPA Bonus Challenge presented by A-All Mini Storage will be the opening race of the season, so drivers and crews will have had a chance to check out and fine-tune the cars after their winter hiatus. The March 27 event will also feature the Mo's Gold 125 presented by Ameripride Uniform Services 125-lap season opener for the SRL Southwest Tour Series late models and the inaugural race of the SRL Legends Tour. Bill McAnally, who produces the race, promises 150 laps of tight competition with a field of top-name drivers again this year. "The excitement is building for this caliber of race in Roseville and it is becoming a great tradition for us," McAnally said. "We're looking forward to having Joe Staley from the San Francisco 49ers as our grand marshal. No NASCAR team in the K&N Pro Series wants to sit out this race." The All American Speedway in Roseville is home track for the three Bill McAnally Racing teams who will compete this year. Eric Holmes took his second series Championship in 2008, and along with teammates Paulie Harraka and Moses Smith finished in the top seven for the season in 2009. Harraka, one of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity drivers, took the checkered flag in the season finale at the Speedway in September and the title of 2009 Rookie of the Year. "The first race often sets the tone for the season," Harraka said. "Winning the last race of the season also carries a lot of momentum in to the start of the new season. It would be great to win again. I'm looking forward to the race. I've had a lot of success at AAS. We always run good there. It's a good track. I'm looking to qualify on the pole and win the race." Along with the energy of NASCAR racing on the track comes the buzz of the midway, which will open at 3 p.m. Fans can spend the afternoon listening to live music, shopping with the memorabilia vendors, and visiting the major exhibits provided by Toyota and other sponsors. There will be a custom car show by the Roamin' Angels. There is no charge for the public to visit the midway activities. Tickets are now on sale, with no increase from last year. Adult general admission is $35, junior general admission age 6-11 is $15, and VIP Race and Hospitality packages are $70. Pit Passes (Friday qualifying and Saturday race) are available at $50 for general public and $45 for NASCAR members. Save $5 on adult tickets by purchasing in advance at www.billmcanallyracing.com. From 4-6 p.m. on March 24 at the Placer County Fairgrounds you can attend the Impact Teen Drivers Program with Bill McAnally Racing's NASCAR team involvement. The event promotes California Teen Safe Driving Week.