MOTOR SPORTS REPORT: Weaver makes road bike debut as racing season opens
Charles “C.J.” Weaver made his amateur motorcycle road race debut Saturday at Buttonwillow Raceway Park near Bakersfield and the 17-year-old Nevada County native took fifth place in a pair of races on a 250 Kawasaki Ninja.
Starting on row 13 in the 250 Production class, Weaver wound up in fourth place by the first turn and ran up front through most of the event. But on the final lap, Weaver lost position after behind cut off by a lapped bike and finished up in fifth.
In race two, the 250 Superbike class, Weaver started from the back of the pack but flashed to the front in fourth position after one turn. He remained in front of most of the field for another fifth-place performance. Weaver won two trophies for being the first novice to cross the finish line in each race.
But more important to Weaver than the trophy hardware was the improvement he made from his initial testing through the weekend. His first lap was clocked at 2 minutes, 34.39 seconds. By the end of the weekend, his fastest lap stood at 2:14.62.
Weaver, who rented the bike to compete, now leads the AFM Novice Championship points race. He looks forward to his first professional Supermoto race on April 17-18 in Stockton.
All American Speedway
Moses Smith, driver of the No. 16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry is ready to start the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. The veteran driver from Bill McAnally Racing and the No.16 Hasa team will be making their fifth visit to the team’s home track in Roseville on March 27.
Smith will be looking to put the No. 16 Hasa Pool Products Toyota Camry on the pole in the main event, the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge. In four previous starts at All American Speedway, Smith recorded three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
“I’m excited that our first race is at All American Speedway,” said Smith. “We always run well there, so hopefully we will come away from there with good momentum for the season.”
The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge West race will be on March 27 at All American Speedway in Roseville. Information on tickets for the race, which will be televised on SPEED Channel on April 8, are available at http://www.allamericanspeedway.com.
– Dorothy Talan-Quaid, Special to The Union
Marysville Raceway Park
With the preseason on the shelf, the championship point season at Marysville Raceway Park starts in earnest on Saturday, April 3.
The mighty Winged Outlaw 360 Sprint Cars will headline the program. The MRP Wingless Warrior Sprint Cars will also be featured with their “sling it sideways” brand of thrills and spills.
The MRP Super Stocks and the MRP Mini Stocks will also be in action.
Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., with spectator gates will opening at 5 p.m. and with practice at starting at 5 p.m. The first race is to start after hot laps.
– Bob Burbach, Special to The Union
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