Orland Raceway hosted a successful practice day for the racers Saturday afternoon under sunny skies. The previous attempt two weeks earlier was rained out, and over 30 racers took advantage of the opportunity to make practice laps on the 1/5 mile dirt oval.
Drivers with Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Wingless Sprints and Micro Sprints all took their turns testing their cars. With special B Modified races scheduled on May 17 and July 20, Zac Potts even showed up to turn some laps.
The 2017 Pure Stock champion Jeremy Langenderfer and that year’s point runner-up, Shannon Collins, took advantage of the opportunity to dial the bugs out of their race cars. Langenderfer picked up the championship at Silver Dollar Speedway last season, while Collins went to Marysville and won the title there.
Reigning Mini Truck champion Keith Ross was making laps in his new Camaro. Cody Bundy and newcomers Toby Merrifield and Danny LaBonte we’re among the other Pure Stock drivers putting their cars through their paces. Langenderfer also had a Mini Stock and was at one point enjoying some side by side laps with past Mini Stock champion John Kirkpatrick. Reigning champion Tom Davis, Scott Camper, Dan Webster and Jason Libbee were among the other drivers on hand for practice. Mini Truck participants included William Fogle, Zach Webster and Dan Libbee.
Several Wingless Sprint and Micro Sprint competitors jumped at the chance to test their race cars, and this included Hunt Wingless Sprint Car champion Shawn Jones and one of last season’s top local stars, Josh Tucker. Micro Sprint champion Pax Gonzalez and Jess Garland were also making laps.
Rich Hood has put together an exciting schedule. The Pure Stock racer turned promoter is at the helm of the speedway for his fourth season, and it promises to be an exciting year for the fans. Marquee events continue to be the Glenn County Fair race on May 17, the Thomas Schmitke Race For A Cure on June 8, the popular Fan Appreciation Night on Sept. 14 and the big Battle Of The Axles open show on Oct. 12.
The track’s core divisions won’t be the only ones featured throughout the season. There will be three visits for the California Hardtops, two visits each for the Winged Crate Sprints and B Modifieds and one Dwarf Car appearance. The season kicks off on March 30th with a lineup featuring Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, Wingless Sprints and 600 Micro Sprints. More information can be found at the Orland Raceway Facebook page.