Yuba City, Ca.
On Saturday, March 21st, four of Northern California’s top racers for the last 40 years, will be coming to Yuba City to be inducted into the Northern California Sports Association’s 50th Annual “Hall of Fame/Scholarship” Dinner.
Leading the group will be Scott Pruett and Bill McANALLY. Scott Pruett recently retired from active racing, but has the most impressive record of racing accomplishments. Racing Go-Karts at the age of 8 he went on to win 10 professional karting championships. Following that Scott raced Indy cars in the CART Series for 12 years, and highlighted that career as the 1989 “Indianapolis 500” co-rookie of the year. He then moved to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for 7 years and raced on the Chip Ganassi team. Scott eventually won 11 American Sports Car Championships, with 3 Trans-Am Series Championships and 2 IMSA GTO Championships. He is still actively involved with the Lexus Motorsports Racing team. Scott and his wife Judy own a wine vineyard in Auburn and are both involved with a successful career in writing children’s book. Scott and Judy are donating a number of items to be auctioned off at the dinner.
Bill McAnally, who also attended Roseville High, is one of the most established racers and promoters to ever come out of Northern California. Crowned as the Open-Division NASCAR Racing Champion at Roseville Speedway for over 10 years, and now for over 20 years has directed the racing events at All-American Speedway in Roseville. Bill also owns a major NAPA Headquarters in Roseville, and runs the NASCAR BMR-NAPA Racing Team out of that location. The team has 4 of the youngest and most-promising racers on the present circuit.
Bill will be bringing one of the race cars to display outside the dinner hall or possibly one of their large traveling trailers to show a segment of their operation. Also, an auction item at the dinner will be a limo trip to join Bill on a tour of their race in Sonoma this June.
At the “Hall of Fame/Scholarship” Dinner 2 other racers will be honored. Jerry Bartlett who locally owns Valley Pump, will be inducted for his many championship years in racing, as well as Mel Hall(honored posthumously) for the many years of racing and promoting the Grass Valley Fairgrounds races and Marysville Raceway. His son Mark Hall will accept his dad’s award.
Other inductees include ex-professional baseball athletes Pat Clements, Darryl Stephens, Larry Prewitt, and Pat Gillick. An original Oroville native, Pat Gillick was also inducted into the real Cooperstown MLB Hall of Fame in 2011. The NFL Inductee will be Leon Donahue, who played in the NFL for 9 years for the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Posthumously honored, he will be represented by his family and friends.
Scholarships totaling $15,000 will be awarded to 6 high school students at the dinner.
The Northern California Sports Association “Hall of Fame/Scholarship” Dinner will be held on March 21st(Saturday) at the Veterans Memorial Community Building in Yuba City beginning at 5:00pm. Costs for tickets to the fundraiser will be $40 and can be acquired by calling either Joel Guthrie (530) 329-5851 or John Rice (916)296-1501. Or donations for the scholarship fund can be sent to NCSA, P.O. Box 447, Yuba City, CA. 95992