NASCAR & Auto Racing

Local motor sports: Michael Waltrip to headline Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 at Roseville’s All American Speedway

International drivers, a 16-year-old female racer, NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip competing once again and a local driver gunning for a championship. Those are just some of the story lines leading into the Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 on Oct. 11 at Roseville’s All American Speedway.

But perhaps the most important story line for promoter and K&N Pro Series West team owner Bill McAnally is the connection he has with the Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment, which will receive a large portion of the proceeds from the race.

“This being October and breast cancer awareness month, plus the fact that my mother-in-law is battling breast cancer, as have many of my family and friends, I’m proud to support the fight,” McAnally said. “We donated more than $20,000 to the Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment after last year’s race and hope to donate even more this year.”

It will be a full day of racing Oct. 11 with a 20-lap media/celebrity race that includes former 49er Dan Bunz; a 100-lap Pacific Coast Series Late Model race as well as the K&N Pro Series West 150-lap main event. McAnally said he’s close to getting rock star Sammy Hagar to race in the media/celebrity event. Hagar owns a restaurant in downtown Roseville.

French driver Anthony Arbarino has experience behind open-wheel race cars but is trying to become a NASCAR driver. Spokane, Wash., driver Nicole Behar, 16, just got her driver’s license but will be behind the wheel during the K&N Pro Series West race, as will Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner . Waltrip is currently appearing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Wilton’s Dylan Lupton is second in the K&N Pro Series West championship chase and a win on Oct. 11 could give him the points lead heading into the last race of the season in Phoenix.

Bill McAnally Racing driver Brandon McReynolds is in third and still has a shot at the title, which would give McAnally two titles in four years. McReynolds father, Larry McReynolds, is the grand marshal. The elder McReynolds is a former NASCAR crew chief and is a racing analyst on Fox Sports, TNT and is a columnist on Foxsports.com

“We’re also helping Peak Motor Oil Dream Challenge winner Christian PaHud get his career started,” McAnally said. “It’s going to be a great day of racing.”

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Gold Fever in Marysville – Marysville Raceway Park is hosting the Fifth Annual Toller Family Gold Fever Open on Saturday. The 410-cubic-inch winged sprint cars headline the show, which also features wingless 360-cubic-inch sprint cars.

Entrants for the 410 event include Roseville’s Sean Becker, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Korey Lovell (Yuba City) and Grass Valley residents Billy Wallace and Jeremy Burt. Burt won the first two Gold Fever Opens, while Becker is the defending race champion.

For more information, go to www.marysvilleracewaypark.com.

Classics in Sonoma – The Classic Sports Racing Group returns to Sonoma Raceway on Saturday and Sunday for the 11th CSRG Charity Challenge, benefiting the Sonoma Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities.

Local drivers include Sacramento’s Bruce Sevier driving a 1968 Lola T-140; Paul Richins (El Dorado Hills) in his 1971 Titan Mark 6; Richard Orme (Granite Bay) piloting his 1963 Corvette; Larry Savio (Folsom) driving his 1965 Corvette and West Sacramento’s Michael Summers behind the wheel of his 1963 Lotus 23b.

For more information, go to www.racesonoma.com.

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