After three weeks off, racing returns to Redwood Acres this weekend (Photo by Sherie Bialous)
Racing returns to Redwood Acres on Saturday
After a three-week hiatus, Redwood Acres Raceway will resume their season this weekend highlighted by the North State Modified Series and Upstate Modified Series competing in the 60-lap Dave McMurray Sr. Memorial feature.
The event marks the beginning of the 10th season of racing for the North State Series after the original scheduled opener at Shasta Speedway was canceled in April due to rain. This year is the inaugural season of the Upstate Modified Series, which held its first race last week in Ukiah. Joining those events is the usual slate of late models, legends, bombers, mini stocks and roadrunners.
Tickets for Saturday night’s races can be purchased at Automasters in Eureka, Don’s Rent-All in Eureka, McKinleyville Barbershop and JC Auto in Fortuna. Tickets can also be purchased on RacinTheAcres.com or at the gate on race day. Fans that are unable to attend this weekend’s races in person have the option to view them via live stream by visiting RacinTheAcres.tv or SpeedSport.tv.
Redwoods announces benefit for athletics
College of the Redwoods announced plans for the annual dinner and auction event for the school’s Intercollegiate Athletics Program. The event is sponsored by Blue Lake Casino and will take place on Aug. 10 in the CR gym.
The highlight of the event will be Redwoods honoring the 25th anniversary of its 1998-99 basketball team that won the Golden Valley Conference championship. In addition to the success on the court, that Corsairs team gained notoriety as it featured the first father and son teammates on a collegiate basketball team, Frank and Isaac Gildea. In 2007, their story was scheduled to be produced as a feature film for Walden Media with the script being developed by the same team that had produced Invincible, a film starring Mark Wahlberg as a 30-year-old teacher and bartender who defied odds to join the Philadelphia Eagles. Later production efforts in 2010 tried to recruit Dennis Quaid, Liam Hemsworth and Taylor Swift to star in the film, but ultimately never materialized.
The college is asking for donations of both silent and live auction items/packages. A benefits package is available to donors. All the funds raised by this event will directly benefit the athletics department and donors have the opportunity to designate their items to support either the overall Athletic Program or specific sports teams.
The CR Dinner & Auction is the college’s largest fundraising event, typically seeing hundreds of attendees. Tickets are available at https://www.redwoods.edu/Foundation-Home/Auction at $90 for an individual, $175 for a couple, $650 for a table of eight and $750 for a table of ten.
Cal Poly Humboldt opens nominations for 2023 Hall of Fame
The Cal Poly Humboldt athletics department announced that it is accepting nominations for the university’s Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
According to a news release, the university’s selection committee is seeking nominees who have demonstrated exceptional athletic achievements, displayed strong leadership qualities, and made notable contributions to the Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics community. Nominations are open for former student-athletes, coaches, administrators or other individuals who have significantly influenced the success of Lumberjack athletics.
Nominations can be submitted through an online form and will remain open for the entire month of June. The Hall of Fame selection committee will then evaluate each nominated candidate based on their accomplishments and contributions to their respective program with the final selections announced at a later date. Selected individuals will have their legacies enshrined in the Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jake Matson can be reached at 707-441-0526.