Brody Roa scored a third-place finish in the wild USAC/CRA – USAC Southwest Series “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” 30-lap main event last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. The run allowed Roa to increase his lead in the Southwest Series championship standings. It also allowed him to whittle nearly 50% of the CRA points leaders advantage going into the latter portion of the season.
Thirty-cars jammed the pits on Saturday and one of the largest crowds of the year packed the grandstands of the famous track located an hour east of Los Angeles. Roa had his elbows up for the big money night of racing and ended up the third fastest in qualifying to earn a coveted position in the “Junior Kurtz No Bozo’s Trophy Dash.” Comprised of four, three-lap races for the four fastest qualifiers, Roa managed a couple second-place finishes in the dash and ended up fourth overall.
After starting sixth in his 10-lap heat race, Roa sliced his way to the front and took the lead on lap four. Once out front, the 28-year old from Garden Grove, California ran away from the competition to win by more than a full straightaway.
For the 30-lap main event that featured over $6,000.00 in lap money, Roa was starting outside row #2 and he fired off at the start and found himself up to second at the end of the first lap. In a thrilling see-saw battle, he would slip back to fourth before beginning a methodic drive towards the front. He marched forward picking off one car at a time until taking the lead on lap 15. From there, the green #91R built a good lead that he maintained until the 23rd circuit when one of his best friends in racing, Jake Swanson, snuck by. From that point on Roa bobbed and weaved his way through the lapped traffic to record a hard-fought for third-place finish.
“God knows we needed that,” Roa said after the main event. “It is getting tough and we have got to go up north and spend a week up there starting at Calistoga. This definitely helps and it is good timing. We could not do it without all of the people who put this all together and we could not do it without the fans. I hope they all enjoyed the show.”
The impressive finish paid dividends in the championship standings for Roa in each division. Heading into the race, his lead in the Southwest Series standings was only nine-points. He increased that advantage to 32 points heading into the next race at Canyon Speedway Park on September 14th.
On the USAC/CRA side of the coin, Roa came into the night second in points and he was 49 points behind the leader. He knocked 19 points off that deficit and goes into “California Sprint Week” only 30-points behind.
This week and next, the team is hard at work in the shop as it prepares to head to Northern California to begin defense of the “California Sprint Week” championship.
Colorful Brody Roa t-shirts are available now at the track or via mail. If you cannot make it to a race and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product. You can see the design in one of the photos attached to this release.
Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below. He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar. Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, The Golden-Vibe Boutique, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, Coffman Racing Graphics and Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky. If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994.