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Bad spark plug slows Speed down

Although Scott Speed picked up a season's best 25th place finish in last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, it was a bittersweet weekend for the Manteca native as he left his home track thinking that it could have been much better.

June 29, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Kokanee up for a good fight

Recently I've been learning more about fishing for kokanee in our local lakes. For years I've always wondered what those guys were doing trolling out in the middle of the lake during the summer months.

June 26, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Speed returns to NorCal

There will be plenty of old-fashioned hard nose rubbing and grinding when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Northern California wine country for 24th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

June 22, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Know before go camping

Recently my wife gave me the green light to reserve a campsite for an upcoming camping trip. Being that we have a newborn and a nine year old, choosing where we were going to go was tough. What I found even harder was choosing the right campsite.

June 15, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Nothing like Valley fishing

Back in 1989 my family moved to Manteca from San Jose. Before then, we would make the trip every weekend to fish mostly the Delta and Lake Amador. I was in my teens at the time, so I didn't mind the drive. Actually, I slept most of the way home but not the way there, I stayed awake for every mile.

June 12, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Holmes sputters in Vegas, looks to Sonoma

The 2012 frustrations of Escalon's Eric Holmes continued in last weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series Star Nursery "200" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

June 08, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Get in to get organized

Many of us spend a lot of time preparing our boats for our next fishing trip. What always frustrated me was that it seemed like once I was finally on the water, I ended up reorganizing everything that I had spent the day before finding the perfect spot for. This was especially true when fishing out of a smaller boat.

June 01, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Be prepared for holiday crowds

Memorial Day weekend is one of those weekends I plan on celebrating at home. There's sure to be a "Band of Brothers" marathon to keep me entertained and the weather forecast looks great for hanging around the pool.

May 25, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Holmes sits in fifth for K&N Pro Series West

Proving that you don't have to finish first to be a winner Dylan Kwasniewski, 16, of Las Vegas, picked up a victory in last Saturday's Graham Tire "150" NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & K&N Pro Series West combination race at Iowa Speedway.

May 25, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


You can never have enough fishing gear

At least once a year my family has a garage sale. We pull out the normal garage sale items like clothes, small appliances, tools, furniture, and anything else that's been taking up space. Usually, I set up a table with old fishing gear. This year I didn't have much time to prepare, so I left out my fishing gear. I did put out some old rain gear and a box full of plastic baits that I wanted to get rid of.

May 18, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Change of heart from angling to trolling

I've come to sort of a crossroad; I'm doing more trout fishing lately than bass fishing. There was a time not too long ago where I would toss back every fish I caught in my pursuit of catching bass. I've always known there was great trout and kokanee fishing around us but never quite had an interest. Call it old age or just being lazy, but sitting back while waiting for the fish to come to you is a whole lot easier than being pounded by the sun's rays while standing on a deck of a ...

May 11, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Valley driver looking forward to Stockton 99 homecoming

Three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon grew up watching his father Steve Holmes compete against local legends such as Ken Boyd, David Philpott, Ron Strmiska and Harry Belletto at Stockton's 99 Speedway so, naturally, the closure of the historic short-track at the end of the 2006 season was a very big disappointment to him.

May 04, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Small tick, big trouble

Recently I was able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful weather we've been having. Unfortunately it came with a cost, while showering over the weekend I discovered that I had been bitten by a tick. I've experienced ticks before so I got my tweezers and removed it. What was different about this one was that the area where I had been bitten was more swollen then I can remember previous tick bites being.

April 27, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Local motorsports action heats up

Following a one week delay due to the weather, the new Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season tonight with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 06, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


A man, his dog and a fishing boat

Last week I was able to get out fishing, it's been a while since I've been out. My partner became ill the night before, leaving me to fish by myself. I had my dog with me, but she wasn't much help lying on the bottom of the boat dead asleep most of the day. At one point I even heard her snoring!

March 30, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Best fishing of the year

From now until mid-May local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 28, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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