North State Modifieds run for $5000 to win Dale Baldwin Challenge in Eureka Sept. 25

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Scott Winters (24) and Kyle Tellstrom (5k) have each won three races in the North State Modified Series in 2021. They’ll both be racing at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka, California, on Saturday, September 25, 2021, for the $5,000 win. Courtesy photo.

EUREKA, Calif. — The North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, has partnered up with McMurray and Sons Roofing and Mark and Sharon Baldwin to offer the richest purse ever rendered to the NSMS drivers.

The event will be held at the Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka on Sept. 25.

The first running of the “Dale Baldwin Challenge” will award $5,000 to the winner of the 60-lap main event, with $2,500 going to second, $,1500 for third, $1,200 for fourth and $1,000 to the fifth place finisher.

The event is honoring long-time race enthusiast Dale Baldwin who passed away suddenly on July 3, 2020, at the age of 94.

Baldwin loved auto racing and attended the races all over the Western United States for over 50 years with his family.

He sponsored his son Mark Baldwin’s race car for many years, and was extremely proud of the success they had racing at many venues around the West Coast.

Ian Elliott (27) of Lakeport, California, is running second in North State Modified Series points behind Scott Winters. Courtesy photo.

The event will also remember North State Modified driver Steve Taylor of Cloverdale, who the day before he died raced with the North State Modified Series at Eureka one year ago.

During the main event, Taylor got a tiny tear in his aorta, was unable to finish the race and died the next day. According to his wife, Sage, he was surrounded by close friends and family and had perhaps the best weekend of his life.

A parade lap, with all the modified drivers carrying American flags during the national anthem, will honor both of these good men who very much loved their country.

The NSMS drivers will also be competing in the Hoosier Tire Qualifying laps and the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. Plus the top contenders in the 2021 points battle will be sharing a portion of Lucas Oil Tow Money.

The North State Modified Series would not be possible without the support of Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, McMurray & Sons Roofing, Mark and Sharon Baldwin, Economy Heating & Air, Sullivan Construction and Masonry, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Scribner Plastics, Frank’s Radios, Supercuts, Vogel’s RVs and Authority Heating & Air.

Keith Bloom (96) sits in third place in the North State Modified Series points standings. Courtesy photo.