The 50th annual AAA of Southern California NHRA Finals featured cool very comfortable southern California blue skies on race day. These conditions brought out some spectacular on track performances throughout the event and drew some of the largest crowds seen in recent years to witness the crowning of champions in the four professional categories.
The 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals qualifying brought plenty of thundering excitement over the weekend, as the event marks the fifth of six events in the Countdown to the Championship. With championships looming in all three professional categories and a season championship to be claimed in another, all the race teams were putting all the chips on the table.
Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo, a resident of Oakdale in the off-season, got into a fight Tuesday, May 20, during a game in Salt Lake City while playing for the Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. Olivo is accused of biting off a part of Guerrero's ear during the melee.
After being sent down to AAA by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season's spring training, Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo is destroying minor league pitching in his attempt to make a Major League comeback.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
The 59th Annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Indianapolis witnessed some hot and humid weather on Friday, but it didn't deter much from the on-track action or spectator attendance.
It had been 25 races (16 months) since Will Power had won a race. Coming into the 2013 season, Power and his Verizon/Penske race team had high hopes to contend for the championship, after finishing 2nd each of the last two seasons. Unfortunately, this season has been nothing if not frustrating. Power and the team ran into more than their fair share of "bad luck" and found themselves almost mathematically eliminated from any championships hopes.
It's time to confess. I love predictions. For whatever reason, reading opinions on why a future outcome will happen based on convoluted thoughts fascinates me.
Brad 'Bad Brad' McDonald of Oakdale MMA continues his 6-1 professional fight career with an anticipated showdown with MMA veteran Sergio Quinones during a Tachi Palace fight card in Lemoore on Friday.
Sometimes it is good to be a mutt.
The seven different nationalities I carry some percentage of in my blood comes in handy once every four years.
This week Oakdale native Josh Crawford will head south for the world-renowned March Meet at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.
Back on May 28, 2007 Oakdale High senior Boone Whiting gave a brief glimpse on what was to come when the right-handed pitcher dominated the Bear River Bruins 12-0 for an Oakdale Sac-Joaquin Section Baseball Championship. Now, Whiting is helping the Santa Barbara Foresters defend their National Baseball Congress World Series title.
Transition is never easy, but when you're pushing a camera inside the hands of a man who has trouble typing you're begging for trouble; trouble that the Oakdale community is just going to have to deal with.
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