Race fever begins; NASCAR has rolled into Placer CountyBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
If one were to drive around various areas of Placer County Friday through Sunday, there is a pretty good chance they will spy the many sights of professional auto racing around town. NASCAR has officially rolled into town for a high-profile event this Saturday night at the All American Speedway in Roseville and area lodges, diners and other businesses are expected to reap the rewards from the abundance of teams and fans flocking to the area.
"This NASCAR event brings a massive amount of fans, racing teams, broadcast crew members, and vendors into our city and region,” said Roseville’s Scott Alvord. Alvord sees the benefits of this annual event from many perspectives. Currently, he sits on Roseville City Council but holds many roles in the community, including being a local business owner and a business professor at William Jessup University.
“These folks stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, buy gas at our stations, attend our attractions and use our services,” said Alvord. “These imported dollars create an economic boost for the region and the trickle-down effect ultimately helps everyone in some way."
Saturday’s event is the NAPA AutoCare- Roseville Toyota 200 at All American Speedway that is located @ the Grounds in Roseville. This will mark the 11th year that the event has taken place in Roseville and benefits the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation.
While Roseville race team and business owner Bill McAnally has leased the speedway for this sole event in years past, this 11th annual affair marks the first time it takes place since he has taken over full management of the speedway. It will be the first of two big events here in two weeks with a two-day monster truck event slated for next weekend.
“The success of this event is reflected in its popularity with the fans,” said McAnally “Everybody works very hard to put on the best show possible and it’s great to see the fans turn out to enjoy it and have such a good time.”
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will headline the event Saturday and will be joined by a trio of local racing divisions as well. It will be complete with a midway of family-friendly activity, fireworks and more. The NASCAR tour is competing in it’s 13th of 14 events. It will bring drivers from throughout the United States.
One driver many will be coming to see is 17-year-old Hailie Deegan from Temecula. Deegan is already in town for the event, fresh off a victory last week in Meridian where she became the first woman winner in NASCAR Series history. The daughter of X-Games star Brian Deegan is now a full-time driver for McAnally’s Roseville based team.
Practice will be taking place today and tonight at All American Speedway. On Saturday, the gates open at 4 p.m. for the nationally-televised event. For complete information, turn to pages 7 through 10 in today’s edition or visit www.bmrnaparacing.com.