Brody Roa claimed his first ever 410 Sprint Car Championship when he triumphed in the demanding “5th Annual California Sprint Week Series.” The series was comprised of six races on five different race tracks in the space of eight days.
The 27-year-old driver sewed up the title when he placed fourth in the main event at the last race in the series last Saturday at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. That finish gave Roa a 20-point advantage over his nearest competitor in the series. On his way to the title, he had one win, two second-place finishes and he finished fourth, fifth and six one time each.
Race #1, Calistoga Speedway, September 1st: Opening night saw the B.R. Performance Team and 25 other USAC/CRA Sprint Cars check into the Calistoga Speedway in California’s Wine Country. In group qualifying, Roa ended up an uncharacteristic 16th in the 26-car field. On a tire eating track surface, he led every inch of the way to win his heat race from the pole. Before the main events, track officials re-worked the surface and cut the main events to 25-laps. The re-worked surface served Roa well. Due to his disappointing qualifying performance, he had to start 16th in the main, but from the drop of the green flag until the checkered, he was moving forward and came all the way to finish sixth. It was the only time in the series he would finish out of the top five.
Race #2, Calistoga Speedway, September 2nd: The second night at the big half-mile saw Roa better right out of the box. Twenty-four cars signed in and when qualifying was done, the Garden Grove, California racer was second quick in time trials with a lap of 19.735. On track conditions that were much improved over the previous night, he started on the outside of row three in his heat. He rode the cushion the entire race and finished second. He then started inside the third row in the main and methodically worked his way forward. He was third on lap four and six laps later he was second. Roa mounted challenges for the lead and when the checkered flag brought the 30-lap race to a conclusion, he was on the winner’s rear end and took a hard-fought runner-up finish.
Race #3, Petaluma Speedway, September 3rd: After two nights of racing on the huge half-mile at Calistoga, the series switched to the tight Petaluma Speedway for round #3 on Labor Day. Twenty-one cars showed up to fight it out on the bullring and Roa timed in ninth quick at 14.530. After starting fourth in the third heat race, he took the lead on the second lap and proceeded to outdistance the field by nearly a half straightaway for the win. Due to his slower than usual qualifying time, Roa started on the inside of the fifth row for the main event. By the time the red flag flew on lap three, he was up to seventh. He advanced to sixth a few laps later and stayed there until late in the race when he moved up one spot and finished fifth.
Race #4, Silver Dollar Speedway, September 6th: After a couple of nights off in the middle of the week, the series picked up for its last three races at the 1/4 mile Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Twenty-four cars were on hand and Roa’s inexplicable qualifying woes continued when he could only time in 12th with a lap of 14.445. For his 10-lap heat race, he started and finished third. Once again, the qualifying time dictated a starting spot in the middle of the field in 12th for the 30-lapper. As usual, as soon as the green flag flew, the pretty green #91R began the march forward. He was up to 7th on the 10th go around. By the 17th lap he was up to fourth and broke into the top three with five laps to go. A yellow flag and restart with two laps to go worked to Roa’s advantage when the second-place car bobbled on the back straight on the last lap. Roa stormed inside and stole the spot to finish second. Not only was it his best finish to date in the series, but it also allowed him to take over the point lead.
Race #5, Ocean Speedway, September 7th: Twenty-four hours after the second-place finish in Chico and a drive south, the series settled into the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. Nineteen cars were present for the race and Roa’s qualifying woes continued as he was only ninth fast with a lap of 13.225. The tall driver picked up another heat race win. This time, the heat race win was accompanied by his first main event victory in the series. He was on the pole for the 30-lap race and that spelled disaster for the competition. The USAC/CRA point leader led every inch of the way for his first win of the week. After the race, he told the crowd, “We needed that at this point in the week. We qualified terrible the last two nights and we lucked out in the invert tonight. This thing is a rocket ship. My dad, my good buddy Zac and me, we put our heads together every night and we try to put the best thing on the track we can. I think we did tonight and I don’t think we could have done any better.”
Race #6, Keller Auto Speedway, September 8th: The final night of the exhausting week came at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. Roa came into the event with a slender nine-point advantage over the second-place driver. Nineteen cars appeared for the finale and Roa did better than the previous two nights in qualifying when he stopped the clocks at 15.673. That was good enough for seventh fast time. In his 10-lap heat, he started fourth, advanced forward to second before finishing third. He again started on the pole in the main event and led the first five laps, before sliding back to fourth at the finish, but it was still enough to earn him his first “California Sprint Week” title by 20-points over the second-place driver. The happy champion said, “We came in here (California Sprint Week) to do one thing and we got the job done. Sprint week is very tiring. These last three days it has been over four hours to the racetrack in the morning and then you have to service the cars when you get there. It is a lot work for everybody involved and everybody gives up a lot to come do this. I can’t thank my team enough. My dad, Zac, my wife Tailor, my mom, my grandparents who got us started in this and my buddy Joe back home who helps at Perris and in the shop. It is a team effort.”
In addition to winning the “California Sprint Week” title, Roa increased his lead from three-points in the year-long USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series to 51-points heading into the September 22nd race at Perris Auto Speedway.
Brody Roa t-shirts and caps will be available in the pits at next week’s Glenn Howard Memorial at Perris. They are also available from the team’s website at the following link http://www.brodyroa.com/. The cost is $20.00 plus shipping. You can see the shirt design below.
For fans who would like to watch replays of all of Roa’s USAC races can do so on LoudPedal Productions site: https://loudpedal.tv/
Roa is still looking for rides in the USAC National and West Coast Series’ when his USAC/CRA schedule permits. Car owners from those series interested in hiring Roa can call him at 714-932-7994.
The BR Performance team would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2018 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, Coffman Racing Graphics, hotpaint4u.com. If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s championship contending team, please call 714-932-7994.
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