Dale Baldwin Challenge Winner To Receive $ 5,000 – Lake County Record-Bee
EUREKA – The first edition of the Dale Baldwin Challenge for the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, is shaping up to be the busiest event of the 2021 season, and with a record $ 5,000 for the winner of the 60-lap feature on September 25 at the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka.
The event honors Dale Baldwin, a longtime racing enthusiast who passed away recently, and is sponsored by McMurray & Sons Roofing, Mark and Sharon Baldwin and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
“Applications keep coming,” said NSMS co-promoter Nadine Strauss. “I just got an entry from Eddie Wilcox of Salida saying that popular rider Jeremy Doss will be riding his modified number 75.”
Doss, a multi-time champion, has already won numerous races this season in the Spears Modifieds and the Spears Pro Late Model Series. This will be Doss’ first time competing in the North State Modified Series.
Doss’ biggest competition numbers will come from 2019 NSMS champion and current points leader Scott Winters of Tracy and 2020 NSMS champion Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah. These two heavyweights won three races each in 2021.
Three-time NSMS champion Darrin Knight of Kelseyville and Cameron Austin of Santa Rosa are also expected to be in the mix for the $ 5,000 top prize. Knight and Austin are both multiple winners in recent seasons with NSMS. Charlie Collins of Lakeport is making his third appearance this year, as are Simi Tour of Potter Valley and Jason Philpot of Sacramento. Veteran driver Richie Potts is also returning after a two-year absence.
Other new riders planned are Chris Salmina and Jeremy Nowlin, both of Kelseyville, and Wade Coleman of Upper Lake. Ukiah’s Cole Brown will pilot the late Steve Taylor’s # 5 entry. This is Brown’s first race with NSMS. Another first-time pilot is Danny Helm of Healdsburg in the edited version of David Sullivan.
“This is the richest event ever for our mods,” Strauss said. “Not only does the winner get $ 5,000, $ 2,500 goes to the second, $ 1,500 to the third, $ 1,200 to the fourth and $ 1,000 to the fifth. And it’s $ 200 just to take the green flag.
NCRA regulars Ian Elliott of Lakeport, Keith Bloom of Anderson, Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale, Rich Cobb of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Sal Lopez of Sacramento, Kylei Keown of Ukiah, Darrin Sullivan of Kelseyville, Cody Braund of Redding, Calvin Hegje from Sacramento and Randy Houston from Medford, Oregon.
The Dale Baldwin Challenge is part of Redwood Acres Raceway’s Fall Spectacular which also features a payout of $ 5,000 to the winner of the late 100-lap model race.
The North State Modified Series wouldn’t be possible without the support of Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, McMurray & Sons Roofing, Mark and Sharon Baldwin, Economy Heating & Air, Sullivan Construction and Masonry, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension , Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics, Frank’s Radios, Supercuts, Vogel’s RVs and Authority Heating & Air.
– Submitted by Nadine Strauss