Heartbreak for Brody Roa at Santa Maria

What looked like it was going to be Brody Roa’s 14th top-three finish of 2019, instead ended in heartbreak at the Santa Maria Raceway last Saturday night when mechanical ills forced him to the sidelines while running second late in the race.

Making only his third start in the USAC West Coast Series this year and his first-ever appearance in the Jim Richardson owned #8 sprint car, Roa qualified fifth in the 15-car field with a lap of 14.080.  He then placed second in his 10-lap heat race.

For the main on the track where he has three wins in the USAC/CRA Series the past three seasons, Roa started on the inside of the second row.  When the green flag started the 30-lap feature, the 28-year-old driver from Garden Grove, California slipped back to fourth.  He moved into the top three on lap-12 just before a yellow slowed the action. 

Beginning in third on the restart with 19-laps to go, Roa immediately advanced to second and he ran in the runner up spot for 10-laps.  What looked like a for sure second-place finish disappeared when he coasted silently to a stop in turn two. Moments later he was pushed back to the pit area with a frustrating ninth-place finish. 

Roa’s next scheduled appearance will be in Tanner Grau’s #34 in the USAC Southwest Series at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande on October 26th. He will carry a nine-point lead in the series championship standings into that race.  In three appearances in Grau’s car this year, Roa has wins at Las Vegas and Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park.  He also took the car to a fourth-place finish in another race at Las Vegas in February.

After the Southwest Series race in Casa Grande, Roa will return to action in the Dwight Cheney #42 for the final two CRA/Southwest Series co-sanctioned events of the season.  First off will be the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  He will close the season the following weekend at the 52nd Annual Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Roa would like to thank car owner Cheney for letting him drive the Racing Optics, Wilson Racing, STEELCO USA, Curb Records, Golden Harvest #42.  In addition, he wants to thank his personal sponsors HD Industries, Burris Racing. “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Shaver Specialties and Sander Engineering.

Great looking 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 the photo below.

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/