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Past Late Model Winners (2014-2022)
Redwood Acres Raceway Announces 2023 Schedule
INEX Memberships Required For Legends Racing At RA...
Past Late Model Winners (2014-2022)

Past Late Model Winners (2014-2022)

1/31/2023 -
Late model racing has always been a staple at Redwood Acres Raceway since the track started its first season on the pavement in 1988. While RAR had th
Redwood Acres Raceway Announces 2023 Schedule

Redwood Acres Raceway Announces 2023 Schedule

1/6/2023 -
A brand new year means that there will be a brand-new season of racing at Redwood Acres Raceway. 11 events are scheduled to occur on the 3/8-mile pave
INEX Memberships Required For Legends Racing At RA...

INEX Memberships Required For Legends Racing At RA...

1/3/2023 -
INEX sanctioning for Redwood Acres Raceway’s Legends division will return for the upcoming 2023 racing season. All drivers in the division will be req

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Past Late Model Winners (2014-2022)

Past Late Model Winners (2014-2022)

1/31/2023
Late model racing has always been a staple at Redwood Acres Raceway since the track started its first season on the pavement in 1988. While RAR had the local sportsman division for more than 20 years, the track didn’t have a true late model class until 2014. Since then,...more
Past Legends Winners (2016-2022)

Past Legends Winners (2016-2022)

1/23/2023
Redwood Acres Raceway’s Legends division is the track’s youngest division. 2022 was the seventh season that the Legends competed regularly on the 3/8-mile paved oval and there have been plenty of memorable moments since 2016. Thus far, there have been 15 different feature...more
Past Bomber Winners (2014-2022)

Past Bomber Winners (2014-2022)

1/16/2023
Redwood Acres Raceway’s bomber division started in 2014. Since then, there have been many exciting and sometimes too exciting moments that have occurred. Nearly 30 different drivers have taken home a main event trophy in the races the division has ran in the eight seasons...more
Past Mini Stock Winners (2014-2022)

Past Mini Stock Winners (2014-2022)

1/10/2023
It may surprise some that Redwood Acres Raceway’s mini stock division is the track’s longest-running of all five local classes. The mini stocks began racing at RAR in 1989 and through the years there have been many exciting races and numerous winners. The division went on...more
2020 Legend Season Review
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12/2/2020

12/2/2020

Redwood Acres Raceway


2020 Legend Season Review

The 2020 season for the Legends division at Redwood Acres Raceway was without a doubt the most competitive since the class joined the schedule in 2016. In spite of the delayed and shortened season due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, 24 drivers took to the track in the class this season and the weekly car count was strong for all five events. In the end, the driver who was crowned the Legends champion was not only a first-time titleholder but one who many probably didn’t expect to win.

James Nichols took the 2020 Legends crown in his second season in the division. Nichols had raced in the roadrunner division prior to moving to the Legends in 2019. While Nichols was unable to win in 2020, he was a contender every race and was both consistent and smart behind the wheel. Nichols was the only driver who finished in the top five in every feature event and his ability to avoid the numerous big incidents that happened throughout the year was a big reason why he claimed the 2020 championship.

Dane Nissen was runner-up in the standings. The veteran late model racer made the transition to the Legends car look easy as Nissen was one of the main drivers to beat every week. Nissen started off the season with a second-place finish on July 11, a win on August 1 and another second place on August 15. Nissen’s championship hopes dimmed on August 29 when he was unable to start the feature race and his fate was sealed in the season finale when his personal job took priority over racing.

Third place finisher, Tyler Krupa showed a lot of speed in 2020 and will be hoping to continue to improve going into next season. Krupa started off the year strong with a third and a second. A mid-season 13th place effort took him out of the championship running but Krupa was able to recover with two fifth place finishes to end the year.

Rookie driver Andy Thornton faced many challenges in his first season but still managed to place fourth in points. Thornton’s best finish was seventh which he managed to do twice in the first to races of the season. In spite of not finishing in the top five in any of the events in 2020, Thornton started every race which showed not only how important points are but just how much the work of the pit crew is.

Buddy Cox rounded out the top five finishers in points.

The main event wins for the division were taken by drivers who did not contend for points for the season. Derek Copeland was a force in the events he raced in 2020. He won the August 15 and August 29 feature events while also winning the heat races on both dates. Chris Lawrence was victorious in the July 11 opener and also had a second-place finish in the Fall Spectacular race. Brandon White was the winner of the Fall Spectacular feature and will be among the favorites to look for next season.


Submitted By: Matthew Sullivan

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