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Motorsports: It's going to get crowded in Roseville

Mike David
Mike David Modesto Bee

Making bold predictions just isn't Mike David's style.

The defending champion of the NASCAR Grand National West Series -- now called the Camping World Series West -- said he hopes to pick up where he left off.

But the Modesto driver knows one thing for certain about today's NAPA Auto Care 150 season opener at Roseville's All-American Speedway.

"There's going to be a lot of beat-up cars and hurt feelings," David said.

All-American Speedway is a ª-mile track, but David said it feels even tighter than Stockton 99 Speedway's quarter-mile used to be. Wide on the back straightaway and narrow on the front coming out of turn 4, it will be a squeeze for the stock cars.

The return of 2006 champion Eric Holmes of Escalon adds excitement to the season. Holmes ran the first half of the Busch East Series last year but said personnel concerns prompted him to cut his season short.

He'll head the Bill McAnally Racing stable with veteran Austin Cameron and second-year driver Moses Smith, all in Toyotas. Manteca native Robert Strmiska is the crew chief for Jason Patison, son of Lucas Oil Products president Bob Patison.

In addition to the elite series, the Roseville track welcomes the Flashco SRL Southwest Tour with defending champ Dave Byrd returning in a car owned by Modesto's Bob Strandwold. For information, visit www.allamericanspeedway.com.

MADERA OPENING -- To kick off the 2008 season, Madera Speedway's annual Smokey Hanoian Classic features the first 100-lap Western Late Model event in the HotWood 750 Series. Also in action are the American Limited Stock Cars, 360 Super Modifieds, Modified Super Toyotas, Toyota Sedans and Hornets. A fireworks show caps the full card. Gates open at 3 p.m. Adult tickets are $20. For information, visit www.racemadera.com.

MEDLEN AUCTION -- A special set of gauges memorializing Oakdale drag racer Eric Medlen is on eBay auction through Monday at 4:55 p.m. The one-of-a-kind set, created by Classic Instruments, includes a speedometer, tachometer, fuel, oil, volt and temperature gauges with the Medlen No. 4 memorial logo. Proceeds from the sale benefit Racers for Christ, which was one of Medlen's favorite charities. By Friday afternoon, there were 41 bids, the last one for $2,025. For details, visit www.eBay.com and search for Eric Medlen Collectible Automotive Gauges.

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