June begins with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Due to the late spring rains, we had to cancel the Historic Race Car Festival in the Sonoma Plaza. In spite of the weather not cooperating, the activities at the track turned out to be buzzing. Also going on over the weekend was the 3rd annual Celebrate Sonoma Day.

Now onto NASCAR!

Kicking off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend is the Children’s Champions Grand Marshall’s Banquet on Friday, June 24 at Cline Cellars. This year’s Grand Marshall is actor John “Cliff Clavin” Ratzenberger. In addition, the evening will include NASCAR legends Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett as well as current drivers. Funds from the banquet will be divided between Speedway Children’s Charities and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. On Sunday, the 9th annual KFOX Race-n-Rock Charity Auction will take place in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. Items up for auction include a Dale Earnhardt Jr signed fire suit, Tony Stewart signed helmet, and signed Jeff Gordon sheet metal. SCC will also generate funds over the weekend from fans purchasing raffle tickets for a Tao Tao scooter.

Following NASCAR is the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event weekend, July 29-31. Thursday, July 28 marks the 5th annual Autotrader.com Eric Medlen Nitro Night at the Stone Tree Golf Club in Novato. The event is named in memory of drag racer Eric Medlen who succumbed to injuries sustained from a testing accident in 2007. We also plan to have another fund raiser on Saturday, July 30, that will include special screening of the movie, “Heart like a Wheel” and will feature a Q&A session with legendary drag racers, Shirley Muldowney and Don Garlits. SCC will also be the recipient of funds donated at the Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social, which takes place on Sunday at the conclusion of the races.

Think that brings you up to date for now.

Denise Silver
Infineon Raceway