Roseville, Calif. â€“ The Supermodified Racing Association will participate in a special exhibition this Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville, California.Â The exhibition will be a part of All Americanâ€™s Open Wheel Challenge, which includes USAC sprint cars headlining a number of other open-wheel divisions.
The exhibition will include a group of SMRA supermodifieds on display in the concession area before the supers hit the track for a couple rounds of practice. The display, which opens around 2 p.m., will gain the SMRA exposure to All Americanâ€™s fan base and open-wheel fans from all over the state.
But the more important part of the day will be the track time the supers gain because of some strict enforcements at the Roseville facility.
All American director of competition Frank Vincent spoke about the event.
â€œThe supers being (at Roseville) this Saturday serves a couple purposes.Â First, itâ€™s a great chance to promote the speed and excitement of supermodified racing to the fans.Â This is a chance to try to relight the fire for the supers at this track.
â€œBut we also have to meet some stringent sound requirements. We need to see if the supers clear the sound issues to gauge whether or not we could possibly have a supermodified race here in the future,â€ Vincent said.
So far, Jim Birgesâ€™ No. 32 is committed to be in attendance.Â SMRA officials are awaiting word from other teams.
Birges says heâ€™s excited to turn some fast laps around Rosevilleâ€™s three-eighths-mile oval.
â€œItâ€™ll be interesting to see what kind of lap times we run. I think there is potential for a really good supermodified show at Roseville. Itâ€™s more of a central location because the track is closer to the cars located further north, the Carson City group and the Idaho cars. If a race date could be established, I think it would draw a stronger car count.Â Not to mention, (Roseville) is a beautiful facility and they always have a strong front gate,â€ Birges said.
All American is welcoming the SMRA with open arms. Officials are offering supermodified teams complimentary passes for themselves as well as friends and family.
The 410 supermodifieds raced regularly at All American in the late 1970s, although the class hasnâ€™t competed at the Roseville track since.
***Press written by Keith Shampine. Contact Keith at 315-657-2207 or e-mail [email protected].