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Race Day Fun in the Pits at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/12/2014

Jay Linstroth's Highly Modified Racecar on the Track
At All American Speedway, the Pits are directly across the track from the grand stands behind a tall red and white safety wall. This is where cars and crews ready their machines for the evening’s race. Driver rules for the contest are reviewed, and most importantly, the cars are inspected in the Pits.
Photo courtesy Doug Day

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Have you ever wondered what and where the Pits are? Everyone talks about them; race cars come on the track from the Pits and exit off the track into them. Occasionally the announcer tells everyone there’s a conflict in the Pits, or a driver and his car are sent to the Pits if they’ve broken the rules. At All American Speedway, the Pits are directly across the track from the grand stands behind a tall red and white safety wall. This is where cars and crews ready their machines for the evening’s race. Driver rules for the contest are reviewed, and most importantly, the cars are inspected in the Pits. The common term for this around the race track is tecking.

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Hash Oil Explosions in Sacramento County

Posted: 8/12/2014

A Mushroom Cloud of Blazing Flame Spells Catastrophe
The most popular production method is BHO, or Butane Hash Oil, which utilizes the highly volatile solvent, butane. The butane vapors evaporate during the process, but are heavier than air and often congregate in a low lying highly flammable cloud.
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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Homemade manufacturing of hash oil is widespread in Sacramento County. It causes explosions and fires in our neighborhoods and puts the safety of our residents at risk. Also known as wax, shatter, honey oil, hash, BHO, earwax, oil, concentrated cannabis, and dabs, hash oil is a highly concentrated form of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. It is highly popular among both recreational and medical marijuana users.

The most popular production method is BHO, or Butane Hash Oil, which utilizes the highly volatile solvent, butane. The butane vapors evaporate during the process, but are heavier than air and often congregate in a low lying highly flammable cloud. A pilot light, static electricity, overhead light switch, or an automatic switch such as that found in a refrigerator or air conditioning unit is enough to ignite the cloud. The result is a sudden, powerful explosion and ensuing fire.

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Drum and Bugle Corps Marches to New Home

Posted: 6/5/2014

Tall Feathers on Stylish Hats a File of Drummers March and Play
This event, the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On June 22, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., Drum and Bugle Corps from around the country will gather at Hughes Stadium (at Sacramento City College) to compete in the 35th Annual Moonlight Classic, presented by Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (S.O.M.E.). The audience is expected to number in the thousands.

For the uninitiated, this event, the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

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Our Region Has Long Been a Popular Racing Venue

Three Local Team Drivers Chosen to NASCAR NEXT Program

By Linda Harper
Posted: 6/5/2014

Brandon McReynolds in his Racecar
NEXT Driver Brandon McReynolds in the BMR (Bill McAnally Racing) #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota.
Photos courtesy Bill McAnally Racing, Roseville

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento region has long been a popular racing venue, showcasing tracks like the All American Speedway in Roseville who host NASCAR’s Whelen All – American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Sacramento Raceway where fans cheer on their favorite NHRA drag racers, Big Time Motocross Raceway and All Star Karting in Rancho Cordova. Over the last few years, our Capital City and surrounding areas has exploded from its “sleeper” status, into a highly respected and recognized racing Mecca that attracts events, teams and individual participants from all over the nation. Like other celebrated racing cities, the Sacramento area proudly fosters young drivers, bringing them up the ranks, preparing them for careers in Stock Car, Sprint, Formula, Karting and Motorcycle sports.

On April 25th, at Richmond International Speedway, NASCAR named 12 promising young drivers to its NEXT program, an action taken by the industry giant for the last four years, designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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B-29 Superfortress 'Fifi' is the Star of the Show
The CAF AirPower History Tour will bring B-29 FIFI and other rare World War II aircraft to Sacramento.
All photos courtesy of Commemorative Air Force

World’s Only Flying B-29 Headed to Sacramento

Posted: 5/30/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Residents of Sacramento will experience hands-on history next week when the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Sacramento Mather Airport accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. It will be FIFI’s first visit to Sacramento in many years. The airplanes will be on display at Mather Jet Center, 10510 Superfortress Drive in Sacramento from Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th. Visitors will be able to tour the bomber cockpit and also purchase rides in all of the visiting aircraft.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.

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Motocross Racers Packed Together in a Turn, Dirt Flying From Their Tires
450 class motocross holeshot.
Photo courtesy Hangtown Motocross Classic

World’s Best Motocross Racers Coming to Rancho Cordova

Posted: 5/9/20014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - No race is like it in California. The 46th Annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park Thursday, May 29th– Saturday, May 31st, with the pros racing on Saturday.

It‘s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the most coveted trophies on the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. As host to professional motocross racing since 1968, the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club (DDNMC) has developed the Hangtown Classic as the crown jewel of the series, hosting the largest crowds of the season year in and year out.

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Governor Brown Declares Wildfire Awareness Week

Posted: 5/9/20014

California Fireman Fights Blaze

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity, and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 4-10, 2014 Wildfire Awareness Week. CAL FIRE is reminding residents during Wildfire Awareness Week of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them.

“Fire Season really never ended last year in many parts of California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “We continue to have very dry conditions and experience unusually early fire behavior that is extreme for this time of year.”

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Extreme Close-Up of Mosquito
In 2013, a total of 372 human cases of West Nile virus were reported throughout the state including 14 deaths.

Fight the Bite

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/7/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - With the warm spring weather upon us and the hot summer months ahead, the buzzing of mosquitoes is everywhere. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but they can also transmit serious diseases like West Nile virus.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is the local agency in charge of protecting public health by providing year-round mosquito and vector control services to over 1.25 million residents in Sacramento and Yolo counties. The two counties are comprised of 2,013 square miles of urban, commercial and agricultural land that include a variety of mosquito habitats for the 20 different mosquito species found in our area.

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It’s River Cats Season!

Posted: 4/11/2014


SMUD Unveils Electric Vehicle Fast-Charge Station

Pilot Project Enables EV Drivers to Recharge in 30 Minutes or Less

Posted: 4/10/2014


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