By Ray Hamill — The final preparations have been taken care of and the weather looks set to cooperate, which is good news for local racing fans.
The new Redwood Acres Raceway season will get under way on Saturday evening, with the first of 10 race nights at the local track between now and the end of September.
And the night’s action will feature all five divisions, including the highly-anticipated inaugural Rhododendron 100 in the late models division.
Old Town Rotary has put up $20,000 in purse money for the big race, which is expected to feature at least 16 drivers.
And that’s just the first big race of the season, with all 10 nights of racing action over the next five months featuring specialized races that will attract drivers from throughout Northern California.
Among the new additions for the 2022 season, raceway officials have installed a new safety fence from turn one to turn two, which will allow for additional seating for pit crews, and raceway official Jim Redd described it as “an awesome place to watch the races.”
The raceway has also added a new Speedway Club for VIPs and sponsors, as well as big screens showing the racing action above the beer window and food line, as well as in the Speedway Club, which will allow fans to not miss a minute of the action.
Redd says they are also expecting decent turnouts in all divisions this season, with around 10 locals competing in the bomber division along with two or three out-of-the-area drivers at each event, as they try to build that class back up.
The Legends division is also expected to feature a large field of drivers after a very successful 2021.
Saturday’s action gets under way at 5:30 p.m., with the gates opening at 4.