All American Speedway

After BMR, we traveled all morning to arrive at Roseville, California, and AAS, a high-banked asphalt track located within the local fair grounds. I’ve been here before way back in the early 2000s and always liked this asphalt track. The banking is such that there is good speed and the transitions are tricky so that you have to have it figured out setup wise to do very well.

AAS is one of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks and is 1/3-mile in length. The track is managed by Ken Brooks and the announcer was none other than Outback Andy, an Aussie sounding dynamo who did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained and informed. It’s always important to employ a good announcer. It adds so much to the event.

The track runs five divisions on a regular basis, the Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Bombers, and the Mini-Cup cars. The Modifieds and the Late Models really put on a great show here and we were not disappointed.

On this night, the final races for the 2013 season were being held and the points for the Late Model division were tight. Only one point separated first and second place. Young 15-year-old James Bickford, in only his rookie season in Late Models, needed to win this one and he did his job well.

I watched closely as James came from fifth place once the field settled in after the green flag waved. He carefully made his way up and along the way was being blocked by a slower car. Each time he dove into turn one trying to get under the car ahead, he would lose momentum coming off Turn 2 and not be able to make the pass.

He then got smart. After three laps of frustration, he went high into Turn 1, crossed over to come off low in Turn 2 and motored away for the win and the track championship. I talked to him after the races were over when he came to our motorhome. He could recall every lap, told me how he could hear what the other cars were doing, and how he worked out how to get by them in detail.

I don’t usually do coverage per se of any racer. There are plenty of young talents out there, but something about James Bickford stood out. It wasn’t the last name, if you’re paying attention, it was him. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from this up and coming driver in the next few years.

Everything about our visit to AAS went very well. We were put up right in the pits where we were furnished with our very own golf cart to get around in and the racers were all great to talk to and be around.

This track has been in trouble in the recent past with rumors of closure, but from what I saw with the racers participation as well as the large crowd that was in attendance, I think AAS will be here for some time to come.

Next Up

Wow, this year’s Tour is going fast. Our next stop is a week on the Monterey Bay in Moss Landing and then a visit to Ocean Speedway. The next weekend it’s on to Madera Speedway and after that, the new Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California. In between we’ll be hosting our friends from Myrtle Beach at Yosemite National Park were we get to take a much needed break from all of this traveling. There’s a lot more to report, so stay tuned.

This track has been in trouble in the recent past with rumors of closure, but from what I saw with the racers participation as well as the large crowd that was in attendance, I think AAS will be here for some time to come.


Don't forget to check out the rest of our series on The 2013 AMSOIL Great American CT Tour!
Atomic Motor And Rocky Mountain Raceways
Meridian And Stateline Speedways
Wenatchee and South Sound Speedways
Skagit and Deming Speedways
Evergreen, Douglas County, and Coos Bay Speedways
Southern Oregon, Calistoga, and Silver Dollar Speedways
Petaluma, All American, and Battle Mountain

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