NASCAR returns to Shasta Speedway for the first time since 2015 for the Shasta 150 for the ARCA Menards, West Series on Saturday night, July 29. The 15th appearance on the West Coast’s oldest and most prestigious stock car tour is presented by Big Valley Sanitation and the West Coast Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Racing fans will experience 650-horsepower machines as they race the .375-mile circuit with veteran riders and rising stars competing.
Activities begin Friday evening with the Hauler Parade at 4 p.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Freeman and North streets in Anderson, heading east. The parade will then turn south on McMurry Drive, then west on Balls Ferry Road before ending at Shasta Speedway for Friday night practice.
The stands open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, in time for a one-hour practice session. Black Vinyl 45 live musical performances begin at 5 p.m. Qualifying for the General Tire Pole Award kicks off at 6 p.m. Shasta 150 waves at 8:30 p.m.
Attendees can save on tickets by purchasing them in advance, through July 27, at www.ShastaSpeedwayTix.com Pre-sale general admission tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-15. 12 and children 3 and under are free. Prices are $5 higher on race day.
1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, along with series champions and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famers Bill Sedgwick, Bill Schmitt, Rick Carelli, Jimmy Insolo and Jim Robinson are among the acclaimed list of past winners from the West Series to Shasta. Colorado’s Chris Eggleston won the 2015 edition on his way to the championship.
2023 championship points leader Landen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina is hoping to be the next driver to pass Anderson for a series title. The 17-year-old has victories at the half-mile Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield and the Portland International Raceway road course on his resume in 14 career starts.
Southern California teenager Sean Hingorani is second in the standings with two wins. Bradley Erickson of Phoenix, Ariz., drives Fords for Sacramento-based Naake-Klauer Motorsports and placed third. Tyler Reif of Las Vegas, who recently turned 16, won the season opener at Phoenix Raceway and is fourth in the championship ahead of multiple NASCAR California State champion Trevor Huddleston in fifth.
Tour veterans include Todd Souza of Watsonville with 114 career starts and Takuma Koga of Nagoya, Japan with 107 starts. Souza last won in 2008 as Koga is still looking for his first series triumph. Victoria, British Columbia Canada’s David Smith is the oldest recruit on the tour at 73.
2022 series champion Jake Drew of Fullerton, Calif., with four wins, returns to the series driving for Las Vegas-based Lowden-Jackson Motorsports.
Anderson’s Derek Copeland slides from crew chief to driver’s seat to defend his own turf in his series debut as well. Copeland won at Shasta in Super Late Models and fielded a successful Legends car development team for many years.
Kole Raz of Lake Oswego, Oregon, makes his series debut on July 29 in Jerry Pitts Racing’s No. 5 Ford. Tracy’s Ryan Philpott will also make his first oval start at the circuit since 2013.
Shasta Speedway is located at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson.
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