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A Family Passion
Ceres' Randy Smallwood Jr., 28, finished in fourth place in the Pro Arena Class Tuff Trucks competition at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday, July 15.

Ron Smallwood, Randy's grandfather, also participated. The 71-year-old took eighth.

Randy and Ron navigated a winding race track with jumps twice during time trials.

"We compete against each other all the time," Randy said. "We go all over the West Coast."

Randy made his debut at the County Fair when he was 17.

Ron competed for the first time in Turlock 16 years ago.

"When I turned 10, we built our first truck together," Randy said. "I got in my first truck at the age of 13 and have been competing ever since."

"He took to it like a duck in water," Ron added. "He always beats me now. He's a helluva welder."

Randy and Ron have a special relationship. They hang out with other family members at the Smallwood Racing Hobby shop in Ceres just about every day.

"I spend a lot of time with my grandfather," Randy said. " I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. He's like one of my best friends. If we're not at the shop, we'll have a beer together at the bar."

Added Ron: "It's been great. We spend a lot of time together. It's a family-orientated thing. When my wife (Jimmie) was alive, she traveled with me and the boys."

Randy's father (Randy Sr.) builds tracks for Tuff Truck shows throughout the world.

"That's how we got involved in the whole motorsports things," Randy Jr. said. "I never went down the wrong road like some of my friends because I always had racing to keep me occupied. I've gotten so much better over time."

Randy and Ron will compete at the Josephine County Fair in Grants Pass, Ore. later this month.

Ron doesn't plan on retiring from the sport any time soon.

"If I still enjoy doing it and can do it safely, I can't see any reason why I should stop," he said.

Leslie Wagoner and Brent Lott of Ceres took 10th and 11th, respectively, in the Tuff Truck Class at the Stanislaus County Fair.

Hughson's Jeff Garcia placed 15th.

Additional results

Quad Drags & Extreme Freestyle Motorcycles (July 17)


1. Mike Assali, Hughson

15 under

2. Kyler Oliver, Ceres

Truck & Tractor Pulls (July 16)

4x4 Local 5500 Street

4. Vince Dias, Hughson