John Moore has a simple rule for his 18-year-old son, Cole: keep up the grades in college and earn the firesuit. Dropping grades earns a HazMat suit and spot next dear old dad while he clears out hazardous waste such as black mold and asbestos from buildings around the Sacramento region.
So far, Cole Moore has kept up his end of the bargain and has worn his firesuit while earning the third spot in the Pacific Challenge Series championship points chase for late model stock cars. Cole graduated from Granite Bay High School with a 4.1 grade-point average, his dad said, and is a freshman business major at Sacramento State.
John Moore is first in points entering this Saturday’s third-to-last points race at Stockton 99 Speedway. He said he’d love to see Cole, a rookie, win the title. But he wants to win it, too.
“Whatever the race car spirits have in store is fine by us,” John Moore said. “We were tied for first place at the halfway point of the season five races in and were told that was the first time in recent stock car history that a father and son have been tied for the lead in an elite traveling series.”
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The Granite Bay residents have a healthy rivalry. It’s taken John Moore, 52, 15 years to get into position for a series title while it’s taken his son about six months to get into contention. Just 14 points separate the Moore’s, with Salida’s Mike Beeler six points in back of John Moore. Grass Valley's Don Swartz is fourth in the points standings, while Hunter Corbitt of Folsom, a rookie, rounds out the top five. Elk Grove drivers Ron Chunn and Mike Hite are sixth and seventh in points, respectively.
“Cole won multiple (amateur) championships in motocross and he’s been amazing in the race car,” said Moore, who finished 26th last season. “Before March, he’d never been in a stock car. He tested for us three weeks before the season began and after the first practice, he was turning laps faster than most the (Pacific Challenge Series) drivers.”
John Moore said his son has made a name for himself so quickly that Bill McAnally Racing has offered him a ride during the Napa/Toyota 150 K&N Pro Series West race Oct. 17 at Roseville’s All American Speedway.
For more information about the PCS, go to pacificchallengeseries.com.
Forsberg scores huge win
Auburn sprint car driver Andy Forsberg raced to the biggest victory of his career last Saturday when he won the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. Forsberg took home $6,500 for the win and led the 50-lap feature from green to checkered.
“I can’t believe this,” Andy Forsberg said in release. “Back before the Internet, I would read Racing Wheels, and always read about this race and always wanted to win it. To come out, and lead all 50-laps is very cool, and I am very happy to do this for my team.”
Governor’s Cup set for Sept. 12
The 46th annual Governor’s Cup drag racing championships take place Sept. 12 at the Sacramento Raceway Park. The last major drag racing event of the season features two jet dragsters, “Incinerator” vs. “Devastator,” and more than five other classes including drag motorcycles.
For more information, go to sacramentoraceway.com.
Gold Cup runneth over
Perhaps the best sprint car lineup of the year returns to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway Sept. 9-12 for the annual Gold Cup Race of Champions. The Civil War Series starts the jam-packed racing schedule on Sept. 9, the USAC and Bay Cities Racing Association take over the track Sept. 10 and the last visit from the World of Outlaws takes place Sept. 11-12.
Several locals have great chances of taking on the Outlaws and winning, including 2014 Gold Cup champ Jonathan Allard of Chico and Roseville’s Sean Becker, who just secured his fourth consecutive Silver Dollar Speedway track title.
For more information, go to silverdollarspeedway.com.
Mark Billingsley covers local motor sports for The Bee. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @editorwriter001.