WOODSIDE STILL ON TRACK; EX-SAUGUS SPEEDWAY STAR RACES TODAY AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY.Byline: Dave Desmond Daily News Staff Writer
Growing up in Saugus, Sean Woodside could stand in his front yard and almost hear the engines revving at nearby Saugus Speedway, where his father Larry raced late models and his mother Pam ran street stocks.
You might say Sean Woodside has 30-weight oil for blood. It was only natural that he would follow in his parents' burned-rubber tracks.
``I've always loved racing,'' Woodside said. ``I raced go-carts at Indian Dunes and made the progression all the way to Saugus.''
That ended in 1995, when track owners closed the speedway. While several drivers' careers ended when the track stopped running, Woodside - who was selected the track's rookie of the year Rookie of the Year may refer to:
Woodside, 26, now races in the NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla. Winston West Series and will drive for the prestigious Golden West Motor Sports team today in the Auto Club 200 at the California Speedway The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, similar to that of "sister track" Michigan International Speedway. It is located approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles on the site of the former Kaiser Steel mill. in Fontana. He qualified fifth with his top lap of 174.991 mph on Friday.
Woodside currently ranks third in points entering the seventh race of the 14-race series.
He replaced long-time friend Lance Hooper Lance Hooper (born June 1, 1967 in Palmdale, California) is a racecar driver in NASCAR as well as several touring divisions. Hooper attended his first race when he was just two weeks old, and also came from a long line of racing champions, including his uncle, father, and brother. - another Saugus Speedway alum - who moved to North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. to further his driving career after becoming the first rookie in 43 years to claim the Winston West Series points title in '96.
While Woodside has yet to win a Winston West race, he has done well in each of his starts.
``We've led the most laps, but we just haven't gotten the win,'' said Woodside, who has moved up from driving a 450-horsepower late model at Saugus to the 700-horsepower Winston car. ``We just need a little racing luck.''
Luck played a small role in Woodside winning a four-driver tryout for the opportunity to join the Van Nuys-based Golden West's team.
Woodside began his post-Saugus career racing at Mesa Marin in Bakersfield during the 1996 season and finished second in points.
Golden West Motor Sports team owner Ray Claridge elected to hold the tryouts earlier this year at the Bakersfield site, giving Woodside a sort of home-track advantage.
During the week, Woodside serves as a camera utility man and counts the MTV MTV
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Those experiences still don't compare to being a member of the defending Winston West championship team.
``This is the best ride you can get,'' he said. ``This crew is the best at what they do. All I have to do is show up and drive. It's an incredible experience.''
Still, Woodside's toughest drive is along Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road, past the Saugus Speedway, past the marquee that once promoted Saturday night racing but now only hypes Sunday swap meets and Christmas tree Christmas tree
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``It tears me up,'' Woodside said. ``That was my old stomping grounds. It just depresses me because I had so many great times there.''
Perhaps Woodside's best times are still ahead. Perhaps he will continue on to greatness like former Saugus drivers Ron Hornaday Ron Hornaday, Jr. (born in Palmdale, California on June 20, 1958) is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and the son of Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two time Winston West Champion. Jr., Bill Sedgwick and Hooper.