Vieira Reaches Milestone at Kern’s October Classicadmin
The entire staff and ownership group of the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series would like to send out our congratulations to Carlos E. Vieira!! The 2020 season has been a challenge, due to the Covid-19 concerns in the state of California, but there have been several milestones set during the season. One landmark, that will be achieved at the October Classic at Kern County Raceway, is start #100 for long-time series supporter Carlos Vieira. The Livingston, CA driver will make that momentous start on October 25th, after beginning that journey on April 26th, 2008 at Irwindale Speedway. He will join Jacob Gomes and Scott Sanchez as the only drivers to achieve that mark.
“It’s hard to believe that this will be my 100th start” Vieira explained. “It’s even harder to believe that I am still looking for my first win in this series. I have won Late Model and Super Late Model races, but I have not been able to get it done in this series yet. We have come close many times, but luck has not been on my side in those situations. Either way, I have been having a blast. Besides having fun, like I talk about in my new book “Knockin’ Doorz Down”, racing has been good for me. It helps keep me out of trouble, and focused on the important things in life. Wins or no wins, I keep coming back because it’s something that I need and want to do for myself.”
Vieira continued, showing both his gratitude for his supporters, and his positivity looking forward, “I want to thank everyone that has helped and supported me over the years. Maybe this 100th start will be that win that I have been chasing, but if it’s not, life is still good, and I’m still blessed.”
Despite not having achieved his goal of winning in the series, he has accumulated 15 top-five and 48 top-10 efforts. The latter is good for sixth all-time. Vieira has also become one of the most consistent competitors over the years, having only failed to see the checkered flag twice over the last three seasons.
As he heads to Kern County Raceway this weekend, Vieira is heading to track at which he has had success. He has three top-five’s with a career best second place run, in 2016. Can he improve that one additional position and bring home his first win? It would certainly make a memorable 100th start in his 51 FIFTY LTM, Allied Packaging Camry.
The “JM ENVIRONMENTAL, INC. Wild West Shootout Round #3 – Boogie Man 127 presented by KHI Management Inc.” will pay $5,027 to win, thanks to the Winner’s Bonus from FLUIDYNE High Performance. $1,000 will be paid out to the leader on lap 27 from JM Environmental. $500 will be paid at the halfway mark, thanks to Kendall Peters with AKM Maintenance. The Performance Friction Brakes Zero Drag Fast Time Award will also payout another $500 with help from JM Environmental. The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be joined by the SPEARS Modified Series, ARCA Menards Pro Series West, Sigma Performance Services Pro Late Models and Super Stocks. The Pro Late Models and Super Stocks will compete on both Saturday and Sunday, with 60 and 40 lap features, respectively.
For those unable to attend, the event will be shown live at www.SpearsRacing.TV. The Spears Southwest Tour Series will be featured on the live broadcast, along with the Spears Modifieds, Pro Late Models and the Super Stocks. Saturday’s broadcast will begin at approximately 3:30 pm (PST) and capture the final practice sessions for the Spears Modifieds and Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series. The Super Stock and Sigma Performance Services Pro Late Model Features will follow. Sunday will capture the Spears SRL Southwest Tour, Spears Modified, Sigma Performance Services Pro Late Model and Super Stock Feature events.
The event will also be shown on MAVTV at a date to be announced later. It will be a part of the 2020 “Southwest Short Track Racing” series, which will air every other week on Sundays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm (PST).
Celebrating its twentieth season in 2020, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.