By Ray Hamill — Racing made a welcome return to the Redwood Acres Raceway on Saturday, as the 2020 season finally got under way two months later than originally anticipated.
The local track, which was forced to cancel the first four race nights of the season because of COVID-19, featured action in all six divisions, with plenty of excitement and a relatively smooth day of racing.
There were no fans in attendance, just the competitors and their teams, with social distancing measures in place.
The action was streamed live online and after some early hiccups it appeared to go smooth for the remainder of the day.
The raceway’s new state-of-the-art scoreboard, just recently installed, also was on display, giving live updates of the top five drivers in each race as well as fast laps.
On the track, it was a successful start to the season for David Miller in the Late Models.
Miller came from behind to win the main event, with Dustin Walters finishing second and defending series champion David Henderson in third.
In the Bandoleros division, Kadence Mace took the main event, followed by Aiden Kimberling in second and Quinten Ikeya in third.
Brandon White won the season opener in the Bombers division, with Donnie Brown second and Bridget Steeves in third, while Chris Lawrence took first in the Legends, followed by Dane Nissen in second and Tyler Krupa in third.
In the Mini Stocks, Brett Murrell was first, with Jarrett Mayo second and Gary Klientobe in third.
And rounding out a packed day of action, Jeremiah Martin took first in the Road Runners division, with Bryan Brandt in second and JR Brandt in third.