NASCAR & Auto Racing

Local motor sports notes: Three drivers to make K&N West debuts Saturday

Granite Bay stock car driver John Moore will pull rare double duty Saturday at Roseville’s All American Speedway.

Moore, who recently wrapped up his first Pacific Challenge Series title, will drive in the PCS open show and then quickly strap into another race car for the K&N Pro Series West Napa Auto Parts/Toyota 150.

Moore’s son, Cole, who finished third in the PCS points chase, will get a boost when he makes his K&N West debut for Bill McAnally Racing, but he’s not pulling double duty like his father.

McAnally’s two sponsored drivers – Chris Eggleston and Brandon McReynolds – will be racing. Eggleston is just two points behind Noah Gragson with one race remaining after Saturday, and McReynolds is sixth. The other two drivers making their K&N Pro Series West debuts for BMR are Eddie Cheever III and Blaine Perkins, 15.

“Five is the most teams we’ve ever had,” said McAnally, who will be even busier Saturday than John Moore. “And three of those five are first-timers in the K&N Series.”

Other drivers coming to Roseville include Harrison Burton, retired NASCAR driver Jeff Burton’s 15-year-old son. If Harrison Burton qualifies for the K&N Pro Series West race, he’ll be the youngest driver in K&N Pro Series history.

Other divisions adding to Saturday’s car count are the Legends and Mini-Cup cars.

“It’s going to be a big show,” McAnally said. “We raised more than $25,000 last year for the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation and we hope to do an even better job this year.”

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.BMRNAPA.com.

Beaubier wins Superbike title

Roseville’s Cameron Beaubier edged his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha teammate, four-time AMA champion Josh Hayes, to win the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Superbike Championship.

Baubier finished third in the standings last season after a hot start and won the AMA SportBike title in 2013.

Beaubier won eight of 18 races, two fewer than Hayes, but his consistency earned him a four-point (372-368) victory in the overall standings.

Beaubier is rumored to be looking for a European team to join for the 2016 season. Rider talent and depth is considered to be deeper in Europe.

Another Placer County resident, Gage McAllister, 20, of Lincoln, won the KTM RC Cup season championship. The RC Cup is for up-and-coming riders ages 14 to 22.

Beaubier and McAllister will receive the championship trophies in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday during the MotoAmerica “Night of Champions” awards ceremony.

USA vs. The World

Auburn speedway motorcycle rider Bart Bast helped lead a come-from-behind upset victory in the “USA vs. The World” race at Fast Fridays Speedway in Auburn last year. But the Europeans got revenge last Friday by dominating the Americans 63-48. The Americans won last year 55-53.

The 2015 World team was Martin Smolinski of Germany, Peter Karlsson, Mikael Max and Magnus Karlsson of Sweden and Mads Korneliussen of Denmark, all veteran speedway riders on the international circuit

Team USA team was led by 2015 AMA National Speedway champion Billy Janniro, Bast, Tommy Hedden, Bob Hicks, Charlie Venegas and Luke Becker.

The format grouped the riders in team pairs racing in six rounds, scoring three points for a win, two points for second, one point for third and no points for fourth.

The race concluded the 2015 season at the Gold Country Fairgrounds track.

McMahan is fastest sprinter

Elk Grove native and World of Outlaw Sprint car driver Paul McMahan became the fastest sprinter on dirt when he qualified for an Outlaw race Oct. 9 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Eldridge, N.Y.

McMahan recorded an average speed during qualifying of 145.527 mph, making him the fastest Outlaw ever and topping his record single-lap average speed of 143.209 mph, set at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida in 2011.

Mark Billingsley: editorwriter@att.net

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