Brody Roa stayed hot in 2019 when he notched a third-place finish at last Saturday’s Sokola Shootout at Perris Auto Speedway. The finish allowed him to maintain his lead in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship standings. This Saturday, April 20th, he will journey to the Arizona Speedway for the USAC Southwest Series Lealand McSpadden Classic.
Last Saturday’s race featured another tough 28-car field. While most of that field was assembling in the pit area, Roa returned to his roots to have some fun. He was competing with the So Cal Oval Karters at the SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway, which is located just outside of turn four of the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval. He contested and scored clean sweeps (recording six wins) in both the KT100 and Open Classes.
After dusting the field in the karts, Roa had business to do in the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. After four races in the series, the 28-year-old came into the night with a 14-point lead in the championship standings. Qualifying saw him time in with a lap of 17.137. That was the 10th quickest time in the field and placed him on the inside of the second row in the first heat race. The Garden Grove, California driver finished fourth in the 10-lapper to claim a spot in the 30-lap main event.
For the main, Roa and his popular bright green #91R sprint car started on the outside of the front row. From there, he fought off some persistent challenges and led the first 16-laps. A yellow flag on the 17th circuit slowed the action. For the restart, Roa had to come from third. He momentarily shot up to second, but a subsequent yellow negated that pass and once again he had to restart in the third spot.
For the final 14-laps of the race, the tall driver stayed in third. It was his seventh top-four finish in seven sprint car outings this year. The finish also saw him leave the track with a 12-point lead in the season-long championship standings.
“The car is so good,” Roa said to the crowd after the race. “We put one bad race car on the race track every time we go out for 30-laps. I think we have the car to beat. We will see if we can win in Arizona the next two weeks and then get it all turned up and come back here in a month. We are getting this place figured out and we are going to be good this year.”
This week’s trip sees the B.R.P. team headed to Arizona Speedway for a race that honors Arizona racing great Lealand McSpadden. Roa is tied for the point lead in the USAC Southwest Series going into the race. In four appearances at Arizona Speedway in 2018, Roa had three top 10 finishes. His best outings on the Phoenix area track were a second and a third on successive nights in September.
Beautiful Brody Roa t-shirts are available now at the track or via mail. If you cannot make it to a track and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product. You can see the design below.
Fans who would like to see Roa in action this week can find Arizona Speedway at 48700 N Ironwood Rd, San Tan Valley Arizona (85140). The Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race is at 7:00. The track website is www.arizonaspeedway.netand the office phone number is (480) 926-6688.
Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below. He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar. Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, and Coffman Racing Graphics. If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994.