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If there’s a perfect place for Cole Moore to secure his maiden ARCA Menards Series West victory, it’s All American Speedway in Roseville, California.
The 25-year-old Moore is from nearby Granite Bay, California, a short 13-minute drive from All American. He’s also intimately familiar with the track, having captured the Late Model championship at the 0.333-mile paved oval in 2020.
That season saw Moore score a whopping seven victories at All American, far more than any other driver. It was that incredible season that helped propel him into the West Series, where he now races for All American Speedway promoter Bill McAnally.
On top of being a likely contender for victory Saturday in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Berco Redwood, Moore also will get to race for the first time in West Series competition against his father, John Moore.
The elder Moore is making his return to West Series competition for the first time since 2015 and will be piloting the No. 24 Chevrolet fielded by Bill McAnally Racing as a teammate to his son, who will pilot his usual No. 99 Chevrolet.
John Moore has plenty of experience at All American Speedway in a Late Model, winning the track championship as well as the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series California state championship last season.
Most of John Moore’s West Series experience has come at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, California, where he made five of his seven West Series starts and earned his best series finish of fifth in 2004. His last West Series start came at All American Speedway in 2015, when he started 19th and finished 17th.
Cole Moore had a chance to win at All American Speedway last season in West Series competition. He led a race-high 79 laps, but a late incident resulted in a fifth-place finish that wasn’t indicative of his strong performance that evening.
This year alone, Cole Moore has come agonizingly close to his first West Series victory. In the tour’s two trips to Irwindale Speedway this year, Moore finished second both times.
He also led a race-high 60 laps at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, during the West Series’ 1,000th race but faded late in the event to a fourth-place finish.
A return to All American Speedway is a return home for both members of the Moore family. With any luck, the younger Moore’s experience and past success at the track will help him turn the corner and earn his maiden West Series triumph.
P.J. Pedroncelli looking to repeat in Roseville
One year ago, P.J. Pedroncelli scored the biggest victory of his career at All American Speedway.
The driver from Sonoma, California, took the lead on the final lap following an overtime restart and held on to secure his maiden ARCA Menards Series West triumph at the 0.333-mile track.
The victory did a lot for Pedroncelli; it thrust him into the middle of the ARCA Menards Series West championship battle entering the season finale at Phoenix Raceway last season.
Pedroncelli wasn’t able to capitalize on that momentum and finished 18th at Phoenix, resulting in a fourth-place championship finish.
This year, he returns to All American Speedway in a different situation after opting to skip the two most recent events at Washington’s Evergreen Speedway and Oregon’s Portland International Raceway.
He’s not worried about racing for a championship; his only concern is leaving All American Speedway with a trophy.
The odds of that happening are stacked against him. There hasn’t been a repeat winner at All American Speedway in West Series competition since Eric Holmes won for the fourth time at the track in 2011.
Can Jake Drew equal or surpass Todd Gilliland?
In the last 10 years of ARCA Menards Series West competition, no champion has won more races during a single season than Todd Gilliland.
In his two championship years in 2016 and ’17, he won six races each season on his way to the West Series championship while driving for Bill McAnally Racing.
This year Jake Drew could equal — or even surpass — Gilliland if things go his way.
Through the first eight races of the season, Drew has won four times for a winning percentage of 50 percent. The only drivers to beat him this year have been Taylor Gray, Landen Lewis and his Sunrise Ford Racing teammate Tanner Reif.
So when was the last time a driver won more than six races in a single West Series season? You have to go all the way back to 1978, when Jimmy Insolo won nine races on his way to the West Series championship.
A sweep of the final three races could certainly put Drew in rarified air, but he has a lot of work to do before he can breath that air in.
- Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Berco Redwood will feature no scheduled pit stops for tires or fuel. All American Speedway’s track configuration, which requires teams to exit the track to make pit stops, does not lend itself to pitting except in an emergency. Thus, teams will only be allowed to change tires if approved by an ARCA Menards Series West official.
- After making his West Series debut earlier this year at Irwindale Speedway, Bradley Erickson is back for his second series start. He’ll look to better his 20th-place result at Irwindale, where he only completed 19 laps after a rear end failure ended his day early.
- Joey Iest fell one lap short of winning at All American Speedway last season. He led 21 laps but ultimately finished second to P.J. Pedroncelli. He’ll try to do one position better this Saturday night.