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Farrer Finally Goes 1 Better

By Phil Michell Motorsport Media

After knocking on the door for the past few weeks Brenten Farrer finally broke through for is first 360ci Sprintcar All-stars main event win of the 2016/17 season as he claimed round 5 at the Heartland Raceway at Moama after a late race pass for the lead. Last weekend’s win was his second career All-stars victory and his second at the Moama venue and it came on the back of three runner-up results in his last four starts. In an added bonus for the Kilmore based racer the victory catapulted the defending series champion into the overall series lead with six rounds remaining.

“Overall we had a really good night. We timed ok better than we had been at the previous rounds. The track was a little tricky and I couldn't quite get a hold of it until feature race time” added Brenten following the feature event.

The night started off with Brenten setting the sixth fastest time in the 24-car field before finishing third and fifth in his two heat races. These results were enough to qualify the driver of the #34 Frijtek Industrial Refrigeration ART for the top six pole shuffle before ultimately being knocked out by former Australian Champion Tony Moule, therefore he started the 30 lap A-Main from position six.

“In the main we got a great start only taking 5 or so laps to pass Dan (Evans) and Chris (Soloman). Once I cleared Chris we were able to race to the back of Brayden Parr and Trigga (Gates) before the caution came out. But restart after restart Trigga was able to pull a handy lead over Parr so once I cleared the #77 I had the elbows up and set out after Trigga but he was rolling. I ran the top all feature, I had clear air and I felt really comfy up there. To win was a massive weight of my shoulders. I was stoked for the boys that put so much time and effort in to make my job easy” added Brenten in an appreciative manner.

With the All-stars taking a break Brenten will now turn his attention to the Victorian 360ci Title this weekend at Hamilton’s Western Speedway where he will be hoping to repeat his latest performance. Last Summer Brenten finished second in the State Title at the Avalon Raceway.

“Hopefully we can get it done this weekend. We have been having a good run so let’s hope that continues. I have won the Gold Cup at Hamilton before so it is a track I know well” added Brenten.

Brenten would like to thank the following corporate supporters for their involvement in the 2016/17 Sprintcar Season: Frijtek Industrial Refrigeration, B&G Clancy Farm Contracting, Remote Tree Services, Ayross racing, B.A.T Training and Assessments, BNR Race Engines, Kouda Signs, PRP Engineering, JB Speedway Spares and Phil Michell Motorsport Media.

 

 

 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP

ERIE, MI (December 7, 2016) – Baer Field Motorsports Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana, officials announced today that Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP will headline the inaugural race on the new 1/4 mile dirt track under construction within the infield of the track's current 3/8-mile pavement oval.

The 1/4 mile track adds numerous new possibilities to the existing 3/8 mile paved oval and 1/6 mile dirt track. A small, specials-only schedule will be announced in the coming weeks for the new track.

It takes a lot of work to construct and operate a new dirt track, but owner Jim Lipkey and promoter Dave Muzzillo are up to the task. They have the background and experience of track management and operation with the existing tracks; they also have knowledge of dirt track preparation with the 1/6 mile track.

Like any other land use, governmental agencies had to approve the project. One hurdle not encountered by most new tracks, though, is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance since Baer Field Motorsports Park borders Fort Wayne International Airport.

The race will give Northeastern Indiana race fans an opportunity to see the popular Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP series in their own area. The new Sprints On Dirt “beyond limits” format of no engine limits and no weight limits was impressive last year . Competitors and fans alike have embraced the exciting racing it has created. The top five drivers in 2016 points came from five different segments of sprint car racing the year before, showing the wide spread appeal of SOD.

For more information regarding 2017 schedules for all the tracks located at Baer Field Motorsports Park, visit the website www.baerfieldmotorpark.com and the Baer Field Motorsports Park Facebook page.

To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com. For more information about Sprints on Dirt, visit www.sprintsondirt.com and the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page.

 

 

Farr and Molly Join The Classic Party

Having achieved a career best Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic result at the 2016 edition of the storied event, the pilot of the East Coast Pipeline Q7 Cool Chassis, Robbie Farr, will return to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool from January 20 to 22 for yet another tilt at Classic glory.

The hard Charging Farr, has been the long standing hired gun for ECP Racing and with long time crew chief Nick Speed is again set to toil on the wrenches, the now Gold Coast based Farr will again be one of the genuine contenders.

Having based a majority of their racing in Sydney and Toowoomba of late, the ECP Team will make their annual pilgrimage south with the support of Hi-Tec Oils, Cool Chassis, Garden City Trucks, Vermeer and East Coast Pipeline.

As the nominations continue to roll in for January’s Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, Farr will be joined in the field by hard charging Victorian Darren Mollenoyux as the former Victorian Sprintcar Champion and multi-time Eureka Sprintcar Series Champion also throws his hat in the Classic ring.

Mollenoyux has been selective as to where the Warrnambool Crane Hire V52 has competed so far this season, however with Premier Speedway being his home track and having produced some strong performances there against all-comers in recent times, it wouldn’t surprise to see him thereabouts come Sunday’s Classic finale.

In 2016 the diminutive Mollenoyux showed all of his class as he progressed from the B-Main to an eventual 14th place finish in the A-Main.

Again for his 2017 Classic assault Mollenoyux will enjoy some fantastic local support amongst his list of sponsors including Warrnambool Crane Hire, Parr Motorsports, Truline Machinery, Cassign, MBO Financial Group and Valvoline.

Current World Series Sprintcars contracted driver Jason Pryde and South Australia’s Craig Vanderstelt are also amongst the latest batch of Classic entrants.

Pryde will as always be aboard his W14 MM Electrical, Sun City Plumbing, Miniquip, Ian Boettcher Race Parts, Delta Roofing Services, Allwest Racking backed entry as he aims to improve on his 2016 result which was 5th in C-Main 2.

Mt. Barker, South Australia’s Vanderstelt is no stranger to Sungold Stadium or the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

As always the sharply turned out S2 of Vanderstelt will command respect from all-comers especially if Lady Luck happens to shine upon he and his team.

For their visit to the 45th running of the Classic Vanderstelt will make the journey East with the support of Zenith Custom Creations, Direct Fuels, Paintech, Sprint Shack and Inglis racing Engines,

The Classic will again act as a qualifying event for the Speed Sport News World Challenge which will be held during the Knoxville Nationals next August.

The 2017 45th edition of the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Oval Express Magazine, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and GJ Gardner Homes.

Copies of the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2016 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au

Web: www.premierspeedway.com.au Twitter: @sungoldstadium Facebook: Premier Speedway Instagram: @premierspeedway

 

 

Brewer family purchases Brill’s Motor Speedway

Track will re-open as Red Dirt Raceway featuring non-wing sprints

By John Rittenoure, MEEKER, Okla. (December 7, 2016) - When State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City closed in 2010 it created a void in the sport that rippled throughout the state. For many the speedway was like a second home. And nothing that has come along since then has replaced those memories.
Choctaw, Oklahoma native Cody Brewer and his dad Ken Brewer hope to change that.
The Brewer’s have purchased Brill’s Motor Speedway from Mark Brill and will re-open the Meeker, Oklahoma track in March under the name of Red Dirt Raceway.
The Brill family has worked hard over the last decade to provide racers with a place to race and the Brewers look forward to continuing that mission.
Cody Brewer remembers watching his dad, Ken, race at the storied fairgrounds track. Friday nights drew racers in large numbers and crowds of 8,000 plus.
Racing has not been the same since the fairgrounds closed and the Brewers want to bring back that level of excitement at Red Dirt Raceway.
“With the fairgrounds closing down there has just been a lack of racing,” Cody Brewer said of the past years. “With Tulsa (Speedway) shutdown and no racing in Oklahoma City there is just a vacuum here for racing.
“My dad raced for 30 years and I have raced for 15 and I have seen what I think works and what I don’t like. I feel like if somebody does not step up we just might lose racing.”
Brewer wants to see fans excited to attend races again.
“Racing the way I see it (today) is a promoter putting on a show and not building the fan base,” Brewer said of the current state of racing. “What we have now are track operators that pay for everything out of the back gate. That means they are not really putting on a show. They have to run 10 different classes and they don’t pay much. They don’t do much promoting.
“If me, my wife and dad don’t step we might lose this deal. I want to try and do my best to stop that from happening.”
First on the agenda is making fan friendly improvements to the facility.
“We have some immediate structure improvements we are working on,” Brewer said. “We are looking at the bleachers on the public side. We are going to do some dirt work and adjust the track a little bit. We are going to work on the pits and improve some of the drainage. We want to get a lot more usable pit area.
“We are going to add a tailgate section in turns one and two. It is a pretty high elevation there and we will have 20 spots where you can pull a motorhome in, pull up to the fence and bring your own grill in. We are going to shorten the track a little bit to move the track away from it.
“I think that will bring back a fun family atmosphere. We want to make it fan friendly where people will want to spend Friday night out there.”
Weekly racing will move from Saturday to Friday nights.
“We will run on Friday nights starting at 7:30 April, May and June,” Brewer said. “The first race will be March 31. There won’t be any races in July or August. We will take those months off.
We are doing that because attendance drops off in July and August because it is hot and tempers flare. It gives the guys a chance to rejuvenate then come back in the fall and hit it hard again. It will give racers a chance to have a family vacation before school starts back up.”
Brewer is not new to promoting as he put on a successful midget racing event last year in Nebraska.
“I also took on promoting a USAC National midget show last year in Fairbury, Nebraska called Tuesday night Thunder,” explained Brewer. “That went really well and we are trying to expand that.
“We will come back in September and October and run every Friday night to finish out the year. We will have around 22 or 23 races through the course of the year.”
Fewer classes will run on the weekly show which will be headlined by non-wing sprint cars.
“We will run a non-wing sprint car class,” said Brewer. “We are still locking down the rules, but it will be pretty much “run-what-you-brung”. It will have a 1,500 pound weight rule and an ASCS Hoosier medium right rear tire or the racesaver right rear. That will be about the only rules.
“With a tighter track it should make for good racing whether you have a WOW motor, 2-barrel or ASCS motor. The WAR series in Missouri has done that the last couple of years and has had real good luck with that.”
Brewer would also like to get USAC involved if possible.
“I have spoke with USAC about sanctioning the non-wing class and they are all ears on that,” he said. “That would be cool to have that in Oklahoma.
“We are going to run sport mods and stock cars based off of Mark (Brill’s) existing pure stock motor rules. We will run mini stocks some and 600cc micros. That is one of the reasons we are shortening the track.”
And like the old days there will be less classes running and racing will not be a late night affair.
“There won’t ever be more then four classes running.” he said. “They all won’t be running every night. The sprint car deal is what we are going to hang our hat on, but it will be the class we drop when we run some special stuff. We will do some fireworks specials and try to get the fans involved.
“We have three 305 dates, one OCRS date and will run the POWRi midgets once and Mark’s (Sooner Series) late models three times.”
If Brewer has his way Red Dirt Raceway will be the place to go for an exciting night of racing and family entertainment.
“It is going to be a very fast paced show,”Brewer said. “My biggest thing that bugs me is the number of classes and dragging the show out. The goal is to be done by ten o’clock. It will be a two and one half hour show.”
The 2017 schedule should be released next week.
To view the schedule and learn more about Red Dirt Raceway visit the track web site at www.RedDirtRaceway.com.
Red Dirt Raceway is also on twitter at @RedDirtRaceway and Facebook.

 

 

Prentice Motorsports Group welcomes Laurel Belton as Secretary/ Treasurer for 2017 season

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – December 7, 2016…Prentice Motorsports Group would like to announce that long-time racing official Laurel Belton has assumed the position of Secretary/ Treasurer for the organization going into the 2017 season.

Belton has been involved and worked with groups such as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and the Northern Auto Racing Club in the past. Her & husband Dan have been common sights in the pit area throughout the years around Northern California.

This coming season she will handle all PMG driver & team payout, membership & driver info, be at the track each night to answer questions that may come up, as well as handle phone calls & emails throughout the year.

“We felt that moving forward having one person in charge of these duties was in the best interest of PMG and the race teams,” said Prentice Motorsports Group President John Prentice. “We realize that we needed to improve in these areas so that’s where Laurel Belton comes in. She has been involved in the sport for a long time and is a great person to handle the payout and work with the teams at the track to answer questions during the night, as well as be the person who will answer the phone, return calls and emails.”

Schedules for Prentice Motorsports Group will be out in the coming weeks, including the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, Ocean Speedway, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos and the IMCA West Coast Modified Series.

A number of exciting things will be taking place in 2017, with all of that being firmed up in time for the official launch of schedules.

Info on all things Prentice Motorsports Group can be found at www.racepmg.com

 

 

Fremont Speedway

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – The top 10 in points in all four divisions at Fremont Speedway and the two FAST Championship Series were honored at the traditional end-of-season banquet Saturday, Dec. 3 in front of a packed banquet hall at the Fremont Post of the American Legion.

Honored were Fremont champions Broc Martin (Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints); Nate Dussel (Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints); Keith Sorg (Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks): and John Brooks (McCullough Industries 602 Late Models). Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series champion Byron Reed and JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Championship Series champion Paul Weaver were also honored.

Fremont Speedway and FAST Promoter Rich Farmer addressed the crowd, noting the track lost a third of the events in 2016 to weather.

“Byron Reed was still able to win more money in 2017 than in the past 10 seasons and this is without what he will take home tonight. Our 305 teams have raced for more money this season than any season before. And once again the FAST series has a record payout. I want to thank all the marketing partners and everyone who made this possible,” Farmer said.

Farmer announced Kistler Racing Products, who have been the title sponsor of the 410 FAST series since its inception in 2008, will take on a different role with the series in 2017.

“Paul Kistler and Kistler Racing Products have been a huge part of the FAST series and for the 2017 season Paul and his company will continue to be a big part of the FAST series. Join me in welcoming Susie and Bob Williams of All Pro Cylinder Heads as the official title sponsor of the All Pro Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Sprint Series,” Farmer said, noting Bob and Susie were celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary.

Farmer also announced Jon Horn and his company, JLH General Contractor, is returning as the title sponsor for the JLH FAST 305 Sprint Series.

Farmer presented the Alex Burkett Business Award to JLH General Contractor and Willies Sales and Service. He also presented Distinguished Employee awards to Christina Roepke and Brian Liskai while thanking all the employees, push truck drivers and safety crew.

“I would also like to thank Jane and Randy Mapus as well as the others who volunteer in the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame. It’s hard to believe we will be inducting our 100th person into the hall of fame this season,” Farmer noted.

Mapus then announced the 2017 Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame induction class. Drivers to be inducted are Jeff Hoffman, Bobby Knoll, Gary Willey and Jack Kraylek; Pioneer inductees Kenny and Jerry Nemire; car owners Lamar Burkin and Ron McComas; builder/mechanics Mike Beechler, Doug Ford and Ken “Red” Root; and supporter/lifetime contributors Ken Smith and Eric Phillips.

As for what to look forward to in 2017, Farmer said Fremont Speedway will once again be a leader in developing a schedule that incorporates fun events for the race teams and fans. He said the FAST 410 sprint series will once again take part in the “North verses South” battle with the Ohio Sprint Car Series and will make their first trip to Waynesfield Raceway as part of the Bob Reynolds Memorial event. Farmer also pointed out the FAST 305 series will return to Limaland Motorsports Park, Waynesfield and Mercer Raceway Park in 2017.

“The FAST 410 series will have at least four $5,000 to win events and the 305s will have at least six events paying $1,000 to the winner,” Farmer said.

“I want to thank John (Bores) and Rex (LeJeune) at Attica Raceway Park for their cooperation and support of the FAST series,” he added.

Here’s a look at the Fremont Speedway 2016 top 10 in points in 2016:

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Champion – Broc Martin, Wooster, Ohio

Martin earned his first ever Fremont Speedway track championship by competing in 10 of the 15 A-mains (3 of those 15 were the non-wing BOSS shows). He recorded 7 top five finishes and 9 top 10 runs. He scored his second career Fremont win on May 21st and added a runner-up and a pair of third place finishes. In fact Martin didn’t finish worse than seventh through Sept. 16th. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.

2nd – Brian Lay, Genoa, Ohio

Lay competed in 11 of the 15 A-mains in 2016 (3 of those were the non-wing BOSS shows). He recorded 8 top 10 finishes and four top five runs including wins on Sept. 10 and Oct. 1 to push his career total to four at Fremont Speedway. Lay’s average A-main finishing position was 12th.

3rd – Byron Reed, Monclova, Ohio.

A six time Fremont champion, Reed competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains in 2016 (3 of the 15 were BOSS shows). He racked up eight top five finishes and recorded five wins (April 23, May 28, June 25, Aug. 6 and Sept. 16) to run his career total to 32 putting him in a three-way tie for 13th on the track’s all-time win list. Reed’s average A-main finishing position was a remarkable third.

4th – Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio

Fremont’s 2008, 2010 and 2011 305 sprint champion competed in 11 A-mains in 2016. Brubaker recorded 7 top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on July 9. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.

5th – Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio

Gunn competed in 12 of the 15 A-mains in 2016. He recorded six top 10 finishes with a season-best second on Aug. 6. Gunn’s average A-main finishing position was 12th.

6th – Duane Zablocki, Tiffin, Ohio

Zablocki competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains in 2016 (3 of the 15 were BOSS events). He posted three top 10 finishes including a season-best fifth on Sept. 10th. Zablocki’s average A-main finishing position was 13th.

7th – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio

Fremont’s 2014 dirt truck champion and a former 410 rookie of the year competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains in 2016 (3 of the 15 were BOSS events). He recorded three top 10 finishes including a season-best third on Oct. 1st. Valenti’s average A-main finishing position was 14th.

8th – Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio

Fremont’s 1996 305 champion and 1992 Fun Cars champion competed in 8 of the 15 A-mains in 2016. Keegan recorded five top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up on Sept. 10th. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.

9th – Brian Smith, Fremont, Ohio

The 2016 SOD champion and the 2004 Fremont 305 champion competed in 9 of the 15 A-mains in 2016. Smith posted 7 top 10 finishes including a season-best pair of fourth place runs. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.

10th – Jess Stiger, Nevada, Ohio

Stiger, Fremont’s 2016 rookie of the year, competed in six of the 15 A-mains in 2016. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes and his average A-main finishing position was 15th.

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Champion – Nate Dussel, Bradner, Ohio

Dussel, a two time 305 FAST champion, claimed his first Fremont Speedway track champion. He competed in all 14 A-mains in 2016, never finishing out of the top 10. He recorded 12 top five finishes including 4 wins (May 7, June 3, July 9 and Aug. 10) to run his career total to 21 at the track, placing him in a tie for 28th on Fremont Speedway’s all-time win list. Besides his wins, Dussel also recorded three runner-up finishes and three third place runs and never finished out of the top three in the last six races. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable third.

2nd – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio

Weaver, the Fremont 2005 and 2006 305 sprint champion, competed in all 14 A-mains in 2016 and finished in the top 10 in all but one event, a 12th place finish. He recorded 11 top five finishes including the last seven events. Weaver notched five wins at Fremont (May 28, May 29, Aug. 6, Aug. 23 and Oct. 1) to push his career total to 41 moving him into ninth on the track’s all-time win list. He also recorded a pair of runner-up finishes on route to an average feature finishing position of fourth.

3rd – Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio

Rando competed in all 14 A-mains at Fremont in 2016, recording 11 top 10 finishes and six top five runs. He picked up Fremont Speedway career win #9 on June 25 and also recorded a runner-up finish and a pair of third place performances. Rando’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.

4th – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio

Miller competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only the May 28th event. He racked up eight top 10 finishes and five top five runs. Miller scored his 12 career Fremont win on opening night and added a pair of runner-up finishes. Miller’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.

5th – Dustin Dinan, Fremont, Ohio

Dinan competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing the final two events. He posted 7 top 10 finishes and three top fives including a season-best fourth on Aug. 23. Dinan’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.

6th – Alvin Roepke, Elmore, Ohio

Roepke competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only the fair race. He recorded 10 top 10 finishes and four top five runs. He earned his sixth career Fremont win on June 3 and also racked up a pair of second place runs. Roepke’s average A-main finishing position was eighth.

7th – John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio

Fremont’s 2001, 2002 and 2004 410 track champion, 1994 and 2013 305 sprint champion and 2013 dirt truck champ, Ivy competed in all 14 A-mains in 2016. He posted 10 top 10 finishes and five top five runs. Ivy picked up wins on April 23 and Sept. 16 to run his career total at Fremont to 52, putting him sixth on the track’s all-time win list. Ivy’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.

8th – Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio

Schneider competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the final event of 2016. He scored four top 10 finishes including a season-best third on April 23rd. Schneider’s average A-main finishing position was 11th.

9th- Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio

Keckler competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only opening night. He racked up eight top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on the final night. Keckler’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.

10th – Matt Foos, Fremont, Ohio

Fremont’s 2016 305 sprint rookie of the year competed in 11 of the 14 A-mains in 2016. He posted seven top 10 finishes including a season-best second on Aug. 10. Foos’ average A-main finishing position was ninth.

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Champion: Keith Sorg, Fremont, Ohio

Sorg wrapped up his best career season with his first ever Fremont Speedway championship. He competed in all 10 A-mains in 2016, scoring his first ever win on April 23 followed by two more victories (May 7 and Aug. 6). He recorded six top five finishes and 10 top tens. Sorg’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.

2nd – Cory McCaughey, Toledo, Ohio

McCaughey competed in all 10 A-mains in 2016, recording six top five finishes including a pair of runner-up performances and three third place runs. He posted 9 top 10 finishes and his average A-main finishing position was sixth.

3rd – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio

Fremont’s 2014 dirt truck track champion and former 410 rookie of the year, Valenti competed in 9 of the 10 A-mains in 2016, missing only the May 7 event. He scored seven wins out of the 10 races in 2016 – including five in a row from May 21 through July 9 - running his career total at the track to 32 and moving him into a tie for 13th on the all-time win list. Valenti’s average A-main finishing position was second.

4th – Dustin Keegan, Fremont, Ohio

Keegan competed in all 10 A-mains in 2016, recording five top five finishes including a season-best second on Sept. 10. He also posted 9 top 10 finishes and had an average A-main finishing position of sixth.

5th – Jeff Ward, Sandusky, Ohio

Ward competed in all 10 A-mains in 2016, posting seven top 10 finishes and six top fives including a season-best runner-up on opening night. Ward’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.

6th – Brad Stuckey, Tiffin, Ohio

Stuckey had a break-out year, competing in all 10 A-mains. He posted seven top 10 finishes and four top four finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.

7th – Jim Holcomb, Tiffin, Ohio

The 2016 rookie of the year, Holcomb competed in all 10 of the A-mains racking up eight top 10 finishes including a season-best fifth on opening night. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.

8th – Dana Fry, Fremont, Ohio

Fry competed in nine of the 10 A-mains in 2016, missing only opening night. He posted seven top 10 finishes and five top five runs including a season-best third on June 11. Fry’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.

9th – Kent Brewer, Fostoria, Ohio

The defending Fremont Speedway dirt truck champion competed in nine of the 10 A-mains in 2016, missing only opening night. He recorded eight top 10 finishes and seven top five run. He posted six runner-up finishes. Brewer’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.

10th – Gene Potridge, Gibsonburg, Ohio

Potridge competed in nine of the 10 A-mains in 2016, missing only opening night. He scored six top 10 finishes including a seas-best pair of eighth place runs. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.

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Champion – John Brooks, Wayne, Ohio

Brooks competed in all 11 A-mains in 2016. Brooks scored 3 wins – April 16, June 3 and June 11 – to run his career total to 5 at Fremont Speedway. Brooks scored nine top fives on route to an average A-main finishing position of fourth.

2nd – Matt Shipley, Weston, Ohio

Shipley competed in all 11 A-mains in 2016, never finishing worse than 10th to finish just 3 points from the championship. He recorded nine top five finishes including a pair of runner-up finishes and five third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was fourth.

3rd – Chester Fitch, Tiffin, Ohio

Fitch competed in all 11 A-mains in 2016, recording nine top 10 finishes and seven top five runs. He scored three wins – April2 3, May 29 and July 9 – to run his career total to six at Fremont Speedway. Fitch’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.

4th – Steve Sabo, Fremont, Ohio

Sabo, Fremont’s 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2010 dirt truck champion, competed in all 11 A-mains this season. He never finished worse than ninth and posted five top five finishes. Sabo’s average A-main finishing position was sixth.

5th – Dustin Keegan, Fremont, Ohio

Keegan competed in all 11 A-mains in 2016, scoring 10 top 10 finishes and five top five finishes including a season-best second on June 3. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.

6th – Ky Harper, Delta, Ohio

Harper competed in 10 of the A-mains in 2016, missing only opening night. He posted seven top five finishes including four wins – May 7, May 21, June 25 and Aug. 6 – to run his career total to nine at Fremont Speedway. His average A-main finishing position was fourth.

7th – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio

Miller competed in all 11 A-mains in 2016, posting seven top 10 finishes including a season-best pair of runner up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.

8th – Tim Sabo, Toledo, Ohio

Sabo, an inductee into the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame and the track’s 1978 six cylinder champion, competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains, missing only the July 3 event. He posted nine top 10 finishes and seven top five runs. He picked up his 27th career Fremont win on Sept. 16 and now sits 18th on the track’s all-time win list. Sabo’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.

9th – Jeff Hites, Tiffin, Ohio

Hites competed in 10 of the 11 A-mains, missing only the season-ending event. He posted nine top 10 finishes including a season-best sixth on April 23. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.

10th – Kyle Dukeshire, Fremont, Ohio

Fremont’s 2016 Rookie of the year competed in 9 of the 11 A-mains, posting five top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on April 23. Dukeshire’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.

Here’s a look at the top 10 in points for the FAST 410 Sprints:

Champion – Byron Reed

Reed wrapped up his third FAST title by winning seven of the 12 series events. He pointed 10 top fives in those 12 events.

2nd – Craig Mintz

Mintz, a two-time FAST champion, scored a pair of FAST wins in 2016 and recorded seven top fives and nine top 10s in series competition.

3rd – Broc Martin

Martin posted seven top five runs in the 12 FAST events.

4th – Brian Lay

Lay earned a top five and seven top 10 finishes in the 12 FAST races.

5th – Stuart Brubaker

Brubaker scored a top five and five top 10 runs in FAST events.

6th – Chris Andrews

Andrews competed in 11 of the 12 FAST events, earning a win, four top five finishes and five top 10 finishes.

7th – Tyler Gunn

Gunn battled in all 12 FAST features, earning five top 10 finishes.

8th – Duane Zablocki

Zablocki competed in all 12 FAST events, recording one top 10 finish.

9th – DJ Foos

Foos competed in 11 of the 12 FAST events, recording a pair of top five runs and five top 10 finishes.

10th – Jody Keegan

Keegan competed in 11 of the 12 FAST events, recording a pair of top five finishes and four top 10 finishes.

Rookie of the Year – Jess Stiger. Stiger finished 12th in FAST points.

Here’s a look at the FAST 305 Series top 10 in points:

Champion – Paul Weaver

Weaver, who was the top ranked 305 sprint driver in the country in 2016, competed in all 11 FAST events, scoring three wins, eight top five finishes and 10 top 10 runs.

2nd – Nate Dussel

Dussel, a two-time FAST champion, posted seven top five finishes and nine top 10 runs in the 11 FAST events.

3rd – Dan McCarron

McCarron posted four top five finishes and eight top 10 runs in the 11 FAST A-mains.

4th – Alvin Roepke

Roepke earned a win, four top five finishes and seven top 10 runs in FAST events.

5th – Steve Rando

Rando had a pair of top five finishes and seven top 10 runs in FAST events.

6th – John Ivy

Ivy posted two FAST wins and had five top 10 finishes in FAST competition in 2016.

7th – Jason Keckler

Keckler earned a pair of top five finishes and five top 10 runs in the 11 FAST A-mains.

8th – Ricky Peterson

Peterson had a top five finish and five top 10 runs in the 11 FAST A-mains.

9th – Dustin Dinan

Dinan posted four top fives and five top 10 runs in FAST events

10th – Kyle Capodice

Capodice had three top five runs and five top 10 finishes in FAST events

Rookie of the year – Matt Foos. Foos finished 12th in the FAST points and posted a win along with a pair of top five finishes and three top 10 runs.

For more information on Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com. For more information on FAST go to www.fastondirt.com

 

 

JUSTIN GRANT AND SAM McGHEE MOTORSPORTS JOIN FORCES FOR RUN AT 2017 USAC SPRINT TITLE

Sam McGhee Motorsports is proud to announce that Ione, California’s Justin Grant will take the wheel of the team’s No. 11 full-time during the 2017 racing season, which includes a run at the entire USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.

“We partnered with Justin midway through August of 2016 and had outstanding success during the months that followed,” team owner Sam McGhee said. “Justin picked up SMM’s very first USAC National Car win during the ‘4-Crown Nationals’ at Eldora speedway, which we are very excited to build off as we aim for a series championship during the 2017 season.”

For 2017, the car will have a slightly new look as the team switches over from No. 17 to No. 11, which was Sam’s number when he raced in USAC’s Ford Focus Midget series from 2011-2013. In fact, Sam, now 17 years old, scored seven feature victories en route to the USAC Ford Focus Young Gun Midget series championship in 2011.

In the six USAC National Sprint Car starts Grant made with SMM in 2016, the team never once finished outside the top-8. Four of those finishes resulted in top-five finishes. In local Indiana sprint car competition, Grant took wins at Bloomington in his first ever start for SMM as well as the final sprint car race of 2016 in the state of Indiana at the “Kokomo Klash.”

The 26-year-old Grant owns four career USAC National Sprint Car victories and is the 2010 series “Rookie of the Year.”

“Racing for Sam the latter part of 2016 was a great opportunity for me to build my confidence again,” Grant said. “Sam gives me a great racecar to drive night-in and night-out and I couldn’t be happier having the chance to race the full 2017 schedule for him and the McGhee family.”

The car will be sponsored by Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Mike McGhee & Associates, Indy Race Parts and utilizing a Maxim Chassis with Foxco power.

 

 

Bacon-Marshall Motorsports Lifts Off in 2017!!

(Bill W) December 6, 2016 – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon is ready for a new venture in 2017. He is partnering with Richard Marshall of Priority Aviation to form Bacon/Marshall Motorsports. The team will be running a large winged sprint car schedule next season. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion will also be running the Frank Manafort Racing #76m midget and the Paul Martens #48 in USAC Silver Crown events in 2017.

Brady is hoping to expand on the success he had with his own wing car last season. “Richard Marshall of Priority Aviation is becoming a part of the team and we’ll create Bacon/Marshall Motorsports,” he says. “We’re going to run about fifty wing races. We’ll run with the World of Outlaws as much as we can, but we’ll be picking and choosing where we race.”

The biggest 410 events will be on the schedule. “We’re going to try and run all the major 410 events,” says Brady. “We’ll be at the Knoxville Nationals, the King’s Royal and the Williams Grove National Open. We’ll try to hit all the big races.”

Brady scored five top tens with the World of Outlaws last year, including a second place finish at Tri-State Speedway near Haubstadt, Indiana. He also finished second in the Badlands Motor Speedway Gold Cup event, and won with the MOWA series at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. “I felt this past year, running 30-35 races…we had the equipment that was fast enough to compete,” he says. “We just didn’t race enough to capitalize on that and stay sharp. I felt it was time to take the next step. I felt we were competitive.”

Enter Richard Marshall and Priority Aviation. “We just need to race a little more and fortunately, Richard decided to get involved with that,” says Brady. “I think with our combined resources, we can put together one of the best teams in the country in the near future.”

Richard is just as excited. “Please don’t tell my wife I am starting another race team, she will kill me……Seriously though, Bryan Clauson introduced us to Brady and Xia Xianna a few years ago,” he says. “Jennifer and I always considered a friend of Bryan’s to be a friend of ours. We enjoyed getting to know Brady as a racer and a family man and quickly became fans. Since travelling the WoO circuit as a teenager with my Uncle’s team and my Cousin Bobby Marshall driving, I acquired a keen appreciation for how challenging it is to “boot-strap” a team and be competitive against the best in the business. As we all know, that is hugely magnified with today’s technology and race budgets. With that, Jennifer and I are proud to partner with Brady, and see another driver-owner get a chance to continue pursuing his dream”.

Follow Brady on his Website, Twitter and Facebook!

Follow Brady at his website located at www.BradyBaconRacing.com! Also keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter (which also can be accessed at the website) at the following links…

Twitter Link – http://twitter.com/BradyBacon

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Bacon/Marshall Motorsports would like to thank the following sponsors for all their help: Priority Aviation, Fatheadz Eyewear, Triple X Race Co., Tel-Star Technologies, KTA Kiser’s Truck and Auto (formerly Sham’s Garage), Heath Clips Lawn Care, Factory Kahne, FK Indy, Lightning Wings, CP Carrillo, FK Rod Ends, Valvoline, Keizer Wheels, Smiley’s Racing Products, Sweet Mfg., Butlerbuilt Seats, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Proglide Coatings, Diversified Machine Inc., Wilwood, Allstar Performance, Simpson, Octane Ink, PAC Springs, Schroeder, Schroth Racing, Smith Titanium, King Racing Products and Schoenfeld Headers.

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Dub Publications & Media Announces Official Launch on Eve of PRI Show

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. (Dec. 7, 2016) – Dub Publications & Media recently launched its own driver and race team centered marketing and public relations website. Based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, DPM, as it’s being referred to, is owned and operated by Whitney Thomas.

Bringing a fresh outlook to the racing industry’s marketing and public relations opportunities, DPM aims to be an “anti-copy and paste” company, where originality is priority. “When doing research on what services to provide, most people voiced that their current PR wasn’t tailored enough to their personal style, and I want to change that. I think that’s what will set us apart from other companies,” said Mrs. Thomas.

DPM will offer personalized, professional marketing and promotional services such as press releases, web design and maintenance, social media campaigns, merchandise coordination, live race updates, sponsorship proposals, email campaigns, sponsor liaison, consulting, and more.

With various clients already on board, and several more pending, Whitney is beyond thrilled to get ready for the 2017 race season. When asked why she wanted to start this company Whitney responded, “I’ve already been doing most of these things on a freelance basis for other people and finally decided it was time to legitimize my vision. I really saw a need for affordable, skilled marketing efforts, and stepped out on faith that we will be able to accomplish the goals we have set for DPM.”

Contact: Whitney Thomas Owner Dub Publications & Media (901) 237-5652 Whitney@DubPubMedia.com www.dubpubmedia.com

DUB PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA – Dub Publications & Media concentrates on personalized marketing tools combined with social networking and well-versed commentary to create unique and engaging material to suit your needs. DPM is geared toward but not limited to motorsports drivers, race teams, series, events, and affiliates. We offer something for everyone.

For more information on becoming a DPM customer visit www.dubpubmedi.com, by email at Whitney@dubpubmedia.com, or by phone at 901-237-5652.

 

 

Dave Darland  "2017 Announcement"

It gives us great honor to announce that in 2017 USAC's All-Time National Sprint Car Feature Winner (59) "The People's Champ" Dave Darland will be back in the seat of the Steve (Snickers) & Carla Phillips Motorsports #71p Non-Wing Sprint Car. After an amazing 2013, 2014 & 2015 Campaign together that included 17 USAC Wins (3 Straight Kokomo Smackdown Titles, Budweiser Oval Nationals Title, Larry Rice Classic, & a Tony Hulman Classic Win) Just to list a few that we have decided to once again put this lethal duo back together for another run at a USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2017. We can't thank Jeff Walker and the Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage/Curb Records #11 team enough for a great 2016 season and we sincerely appreciate all the hard work and dedication from all the sponsors, crew members & supporters on the #11 enough. Thank You!

As of now, we are still finalizing some deals and sponsors to get the #71p back on the road to chase that much deserved Sprint Car Championship for Steve & Carla as well as everyone that has supported them thru the years. As always it takes a ton of help and support from a lot of people so if your looking to join a Winning, Respected & extremely appreciative team to help in 2017 we would greatly appreciate all the help and support we could get. Please message us or Carla on her facebook page to discuss any team information.

We can't tell you how excited we are to be once again associated with everyone involved with Phillips Motorsports! Steve & Carla are such hard working, dedicated and wonderful friends and we can't wait to continue the success in the future as we had together back in 13, 14 & 15. THANK YOU all for your sacrifices and dedication to DDR throughout the years. We have THE best fans in the entire world and we truly mean that. If it wasn't for you we wouldn't still be here today chasing our dreams. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We'll see everyone in Florida "back in black" in 2017! From our family to yours we hope you have a Wonderful and Safe Holiday Season with your family and friends. See YOU at the races!

On behalf of everyone at Dave Darland Racing🏁 (Dave, Brenda, Trenton, Tristiny, Destiny, Treyce, Brycen & Maxwell Darland)

 

 

Brent Marks will join World of Outlaws in 2017 Will compete for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award aboard his familiar No. 19M

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

MYERSTOWN, PA (December 6, 2016) - Since launching his open wheel career in 2009, the “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks has entertained the idea of hitting the road full-time; joining the world’s most elite sprint car competitors for a full-out campaign across much of the United States. That longing will soon become a reality as the Myerstown, Pennsylvania, native prepares to join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series for the 2017 season.

Brent Marks Racing, joined by mechanics Kevin Osmolski and Jesse Lentz, will chase Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors during their inaugural campaign with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. In addition, Marks hopes to represent his Central Pennsylvania fanbase, as well as his partners and supporters, at the highest level, ultimately earning a first-ever main event victory with the “Greatest Show On Dirt.”

“I am very excited for my rookie season and having the privilege to compete for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2017. It would be a huge honor to win that award,” Marks said. “It will be a huge honor to compete with the World of Outlaws and race with them for wins and a championship. I can't thank everyone enough, past and present, who has helped me get this far. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to this position without them.”

The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule will begin with DIRTcar Nationals competition at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida, on February 17-19. The season will continue with a trip through the south to the West Coast for a multi-week stand throughout areas of California. Full-time travelers will actually return to the Pacific Coast during a later segment of the season, but not before racing throughout much of the Midwest and Northeast during the heart of the summer. Marks’ first, full season with the World of Outlaws, a trek engulfed with nearly 100 events throughout a time period of almost ten months, will conclude officially with an early November visit to The Dirt Track at Charlotte near Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Joining the World of Outlaws tour has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Brent Marks explained. “I have worked very hard, especially during the last seven seasons, to get myself in a position to one day become a full-time race car driver. I've jumped over some big hurdles and I am very proud that I have been able to put together sponsors and a team that will support me on the World of Outlaws tour.”

Brent Marks Racing, partnered with M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, Wolfrun Landscapes, and KC Automotive for the 2017 season, will spend all of December and January making final preparations for their World of Outlaws rookie campaign. Additional news and updates will be posted in the near future.

“We have a lot to prepare for, but we are more than excited to get the year started.”

Fans can keep up with Brent Marks during his entire campaign right here at www.fullyinjected.com. Be sure to also visit the official online home of Brent Marks Racing at www.brentmarksracing.com. Fans are also encouraged to ‘follow’ Brent Marks on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brent_marks and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brentmarksracing

2016 Highlights: Earned back-to-back victories at Port Royal Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park on Saturday/Sunday, August 27-28. Earned Hard Charger award with Arctic Cat All Stars at Atomic Speedway on October 22.

Recent Highlights: N/A

2015 Wins: 3 2016 Wins: 4 (Port Royal Speedway x2, Trail-Way Speedway, Path Valley Speedway Park) 2017 Wins: N/A

Brent Marks and ‘BMR’ would like to thank all of their marketing partners including - Primary Sponsors: M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply. Secondary Sponsors: Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, Wolfrun Landscapes, KC Automotive. Product Sponsors: Maxim Chassis, Rider Racing Engines, Walker Performance Filtration, Diversified Machine Inc, Smith Precision Products, TQ Fiberglass, Highlands Powersports, Wings Unlimited, PAC Springs, Roadrunner Racing Fuels - VP, KSE Racing Products, ERK Steering, TiLube

 

COURTNEY LOOKING FOR A STRONG RUN AS INTERNATIONAL SEASON APPROACHES

Official release: Global Racing December 7, 2016

Courtney travelled to the southern NSW town of Moama for the Australian All Stars Sprintcar Series last Saturday night and despite coming away with a non-finish, a tonne of experience was had along with plenty of enjoyment.

Sadly, whilst running tenth, Courtney struck engine dramas and had to pull infield just four laps from home. It was a shame to not finish but Courtney still took plenty of positives from the weekend road trip.

“It was great to get the experience on another track and to try different set ups as we head into the busy time of the season,” she said.

“It was our last trip away till probably the Warrnambool Classic weekend as we will now focus on running in Sydney and putting in good performances. We have done plenty of miles to open the season, had some good times and met some incredible fans. It’s been great. Now it is time to focus on the international season in Sydney with some big names coming to race. It is an incredibly busy time for teams and fans and I don’t think anyone would want it any other way!”

Courtney’s first appointment is this Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway. A big car count is expected for the George Tatnell Challenge – a race to remember one of the most flamboyant competitors in the sport of Speedway. After this weekend, the team will take a well-earned week off before hitting Valvoline Raceway on Boxing Night against some of America’s best stars. A more detailed Christmas/New Year schedule will be released in the next week or two, so make sure you stay connected via the Courtney O’hehir Racing Facebook page.

A reminder that it isn’t too late to get your hands on some Courtney O’hehir merchandise. It would serve as an awesome Christmas present. Make sure you check it out at the track on Saturday night or online.

We are also excited to announce that a new website will be in development shortly. More news on that soon!

Courtney O’hehir Racing would like to thank the following for their wonderful support in season 2016/17: Global Utility Constructions Dial Before You Dig JoCo’s Hair Design Punch Love Base Course Management GP Racewear Leasecorp Finance Thermal Installations Total Transport Solutions ACC Plus 1 Group Controlled Contracting

 

 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: RULES & REGISTRATION MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 17

by Tommy Goudge (December 6, 2016) - Ohsweken, Ontario - Ohsweken Speedway will be holding rules and registration meetings for all five of the track’s weekly Friday night racing divisions on Saturday, December 17 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena located at 3201 Second Line in Hagersville, Ontario.

Ohsweken Speedway officials do not anticipate any major rule changes for 2017, but teams are welcome to bring their questions or concerns to this optional rules discussion.

Grandstand Season Passes, Pit Memberships, and Season Pit Passes for the 2017 Ohsweken Speedway season will be available for purchase at the meetings, and make great Christmas gifts for the racer or fan in your family - All prices will stay the same as 2016!

The $60 early bird membership price is available until May 12, 2017. Memberships are payable by cash, cheque, debit card, or credit card. Registration forms for drivers and crew are available at the following link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=1803 (found under found under Competitor Info > Membership Forms)

The schedule for the meetings is as follows:

12:00pm to 1:00pm – Registration 1:00pm to 2:00pm – Mini Stocks & Bombers Meeting 2:00pm to 3:00pm – Thunder Stocks Meeting 3:00pm to 4:00pm – 360 Sprint Cars & Crate Sprint Cars Meeting

Schedules and other plans for the 2017 Ohsweken Speedway season are well underway, with the 2017 schedule slated to be officially released early in the new year. Weekly Friday night racing action is again on tap for Ohsweken’s 22nd season, featuring the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers. Stay tuned to www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007. ‎ Website: www.OhswekenSpeedway.com‎ Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY Twitter: @OhswekenSpdway YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

 

 

Destiny Motorsports Names Shane Bowers Crew Chief

PETERSEN MEDIA: Continuing the offseason theme of making changes after a forgettable 2016 season, Destiny Motorsports is extremely excited to announce the team has named Shane Bowers as their new Crew Chief.

“I am extremely excited everything worked out and we were able to hire a good friend of mine in Shane Bowers,” Paul McMahan said. “We were able to work together at CJB Motorsports, and he is a guy that I have developed a nice friendship with, and I think he will help this team tremendously.”

With years of World of Outlaws experience under his belt, Bowers comes to Destiny Motorsports after two very successful seasons of running a ‘true outlaw’ schedule with Matt Wood Racing. Prior to his stint at MWR, Bowers worked with Paul McMahan at CJB Motorsports.

“We started to make some changes toward the end of last season, and Shane was a guy that Paul stated he would love to work with again if the opportunity presented itself,” car owner Rick Rogers said. “Things worked out, and we are all very excited to see what we can do in 2017.”

With the addition of Bowers, car chief Tyler Rhey will once again be back with the Destiny Motorsports team this upcoming season. Filling out the team will be another new addition to the crew, and that is Ben Kruse. Kruse will make his first adventure on the World of Outlaws trail after working with Bill Balog the last few seasons.

“I am thankful, and excited for this opportunity,” Shane Bowers said. “Paul McMahan and I have a great relationship and I am happy we get to work together again. I also have to thank Rick and Barb Rogers for having faith in me to do this job.”

Destiny Motorsports would like to thank MonDak Portables, Ft. Union Supply and Trading, Rick Rogers Construction, Boss Signs and Graphics, PPM Titanium Products, FK Rod Ends, KSE Racing Products, HRP, ButlerBuilt, Speedway Engines, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Factory Kahne, Simpson Race Products, Keizer Wheels, Willwood Brakes, Champion Oil, Petersen Media, My Race Passs, Classic Ink, and Hoosier Tire for their continued support.

2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-0, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.

ON TAP: the 2017 season will kick off in January when Paul McMahan pilots the Destiny Motorsports midget at the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Destiny Motorsports by connecting via social media, www.facebook.com/destinymotorsports, and on Twitter, @DestinyMS7. You can also check us out on the web at www.destinymotorsportsinc.com. To stay up to speed with Paul, you can follow him on Twitter @PaulMcMahan.

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Johnson Earns Five Wins and Many Big Moments During 2016 Season

Inside Line Promotions - PENNGROVE, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2016) - The 2016 season was a special year for Chase Johnson, who scored five feature victories during a campaign that focused on consistency.

"I felt like we were a contender at every race no matter what car I was driving or who I was driving for," he said. "I want to thank all of the sponsors, car owners and fans for supporting me. We had great success with every team. While we didn't get a win in the Shawn and Cyndi Thomas owned sprint car, we showed great improvement and had some strong performances."

Johnson posted a pair of podium finishes - including his first with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series - and four top fives while driving for Shawn and Cyndi Thomas at select 410ci winged sprint car events in the West. The team also ventured to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the Knoxville Nationals for the first time. Additionally, Johnson set a new track record at Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., during a King of the West event.

"Shawn and Cyndi gave me a great opportunity and I'm so grateful for their support," he said. "We made major improvements from 2015 to 2016 and I'm really excited to see how the progression will continue."

Three of Johnson's wins came in an outlaw kart for McClish Motorsports while the other two triumphs were in his family owned 360ci winged sprint car.

The two biggest moments of the season were the sprint car victories, which both came at Petaluma Speedway. The first was on May 14 when Johnson passed veteran Andy Forsberg for the lead coming to the white flag.

"That was our first win since the accident in 2013," Johnson said. "That was huge to get that win and have the feeling of going to Victory Lane again. It was a special moment for me and my family and it was certainly a step in the right direction."

Johnson returned to the Winner's Circle approximately five months later when he claimed his first career Adobe Cup.

"We led flag to flag, but it was a tough race," he said. "There were a ton of talented drivers there and the track conditions were tricky so we were on our toes until the checkered flag was waved. That was awesome to win such a big event and to back up our win earlier in the season.

"We had a great year. We were able to win some races and have some special moments. It feels good to be heading in the right direction. I can't wait for the 2017 season to get here."

SEASON STATS -

57 races, 5 wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s, 32 top 15s, 38 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.ChaseJohnsonRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChaseJohnson24

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chase.Johnson.Racing1

APPAREL -

Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - PitStopUSA.com

PitStopUSA.com is an online motor sports superstore that offers more than 40,000 different circle track parts, supplies, tools and accessories from more than 400 of the premier brands in the industry. PitStopUSA.com specializes in racing safety equipment and is proud to offer the widest assortment anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.PitStopUSA.com.

"We've been partnered together for the last few years and it's great to have their continued support," Johnson said. "All that they do really helps out and we couldn't do what we do without them. Make sure to check out their website and give them a call today. They have great products at great prices. Everyone at PitStopUSA is great and I couldn't be happier to represent such an amazing company."

Johnson would also like to thank Johnny Franklin's Mufflers, Newman Freeman Racing, Shifty Illusions, Napa Auto Parts, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS -

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com. For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

 

 

Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser plans finalized Will broadcast Chili Bowl during festivities

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, PA (December 6, 2016) - The Fifth Annual Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser will take shape on Saturday evening, January 14, at the UA Local 520 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Hall near Harrisburg from 6 pm to 11 pm. Those interested in attending can purchase advanced tickets through Brock Zearfoss or Kaitlyn Esh for $20. Each ticket will gain access to the fundraiser, complete with dinner, drinks, door prizes, raffles, and live entertainment, as well as act as a $10 voucher toward Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill in Jonestown, Pennsylvania.

Also on tap during the annual fundraiser will be the unveiling of the 2017 Brock Zearfoss Racing sprint car. New BZR merchandise will also debut during the weekend of the event, but will only be available to those who attend. On a special note, the Chili Bowl’s Saturday night finale will also be broadcast during the Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser.

“This is a perfect way for our team to celebrate the new year. We have an amazing fanbase and sponsor group who show their support each and every year. Our annual fundraiser is a perfect way to give back to our fans, as well as spend some extra time with those close to our team,” Brock Zearfoss explained. “It has been a success every year, so we’re excited to have everyone join us again and celebrate 2017.”

Brock Zearfoss completed a career year in 2016; earning two main event victories while also capping off a track championship chase second in the final standings. Zearfoss earned victories at Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; each career firsts.

“We had a great year in 2016. There are a lot of people who helped make that happen. Our goal is to come out of the trailer even more prepared than last year. We want to keep things going in the right direction,” Zearfoss said. “It’s going to be a fun year.”

Those seeking tickets should visit the official Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser page Here.

Fans can keep up with Brock Zearfoss during his entire campaign - right here at www.fullyinjected.com, or at www.brockzearfoss.com. Be sure ‘follow’ the ‘Jonestown Jet’ on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brock_zearfoss and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockzearfossracing

Recent Highlights: Earned second career 410 sprint car victory on Saturday night, August 20, at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA. Finished 2nd in final Port Royal Speedway 410 Sprint Car track championship.

2016 Wins: 2 (Williams Grove Speedway & Port Royal Speedway)

Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose's LZ Bar & Grill, Meckley’s Limestone, Central Builders Supply Co., Leach’s Automotive, Masters Mechanical Insulation, Comprehensive Test and Balance, Berkebile Oil Company, Invisible Glass, Walker Performance Filtration, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Smith Precision Products, GME Steering, Simpson Race Products, CR Graphics, G Force Gears, Precision Powder Coat, Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop, Tate and Sons Firewood, BAPS Auto Paint and Supplies

About Fully Injected Motorsports: Headquartered in Western Pennsylvania, Fully Injected Motorsports provides professional grade press releases to multiple short track teams from all areas of the country.

Contact: altmeyer119@gmail.com / info@fullyinjected.com / www.fullyinjected.com Twitter: @FI_Motorsports

 

 

ANDY JANKOWIAK LANDS TOP TQ MIDGET RIDE FOR INDOOR AUTO RACING THIS WEEKEND IN TRENTON

TRENTON, NJ December 6, 2016 . . . Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, NY has obtained a Three Quarter (TQ) Midget ride for the Indoor Auto Racing fueled by VP season opener this weekend at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ.

Jankowiak, the 2014 winner of the Battle of Trenton, is in the process of building his own TQ Midget for the series, but it won’t be finished for the opener. On Monday, he landed the ride in the potent Ken Sebring owned No. 21 which Bobby Holmes drove last season.

Holmes, a police officer by trade, was recently hired by his hometown of Lockport, NY. Holmes is slated to be sworn into the job on Thursday and begin his first duty on Friday.

Sebring, who worked on the Rick Kluth Modified that Jankowiak drove this past season, didn’t have to look far to find a replacement driver. After a phone call was placed, Jankowiak quick agreed and they’ll be on track Friday in Trenton, the first of the two day program.

With Jankowiak in the field, it sets up an interesting rivalry between himself and his former ride, the Trey Hoddick No. 49 which will be driven this season by Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. The driver known simply as “TC” has abandoned his own No. 13 this year to drive for Hoddick despite winning a series high 8 times in his own design chassis in which he partnered with long-time friend Donny Preece.

While Sebring’s deal with Jankowiak is just for Trenton, it’s unlikely that Holmes will also be able to get a free weekend from his new job when Round Two and Three of the series is held at Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center over New Year’s Eve weekend. Should Holmes not be able to get off work and Jankowiak’s new design car not yet be completed its likely Sebring again would look to Jankowiak to fill the seat.

The Friday night race program in Trenton, begins at 7:30 PM with 50-60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature events for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule.

On Saturday the "Battle Of Trenton" 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Tickets for Saturday's races are available starting at $22 for adults and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

Fans can avoid on-line ticketing fees by stopping by the Sun Center box office.

For more information on the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series visit www.indoorautoracing.com.

 

 

Scelzi Pumped for First Trip to Race in Australia for Wormall Motorsport

Inside Line Promotions - FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016) - Dominic Scelzi has an opportunity of a lifetime in front of him.

Scelzi is leaving this week to race a 410ci winged sprint car in Australia approximately 16 times for Wormall Motorsport this December and January.

"It's a dream come true to be able to race in Australia, especially for such a great team," he said. "I want to thank the Wormall Family, Wormall Motorsport and Wormall Civil for the amazing opportunity. I will learn a lot seeing new places and racing new drivers."

Scelzi's first race will be this Saturday at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach, Western Australia. He will also compete in the USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek and other select races before ending at the famed 45th annual Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on Jan. 20-22.

"I think my goal is to make every show and come away with top fives and top 10s," he said. "The No. 1 goal is to win races. That's the highest goal, to come home with a trophy."

Scelzi scored one feature victory during the 2016 season in the United States, where he has captured at least one win during four of his five seasons racing a winged sprint car.

Scelzi will also be in familiar company throughout his trip as his younger brother, Giovanni, will crew for the team and Brian Brown will be a teammate.

"I'm excited to have Giovanni there throughout the trip helping set the car up," Dominic Scelzi said. "I'm glad I can share this opportunity with my brother. It will also be great to be teammates with Brian Brown, who is one of the most accomplished drivers in the sport."

SEASON STATS -

73 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 20 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 43 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

VIDEO -

Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751

Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Roth Motorsports

Roth Motorsports is a premier sprint car organization formed in 1992 by Dennis and Teresa Roth. For more information, visit http://www.RothMotorsports83.com.

"I want to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth as well as the entire Roth team for their support," Scelzi said. "It's much appreciated and great to be associated with them."

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Panella Trucking, Fowler Packing, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Carlucci Transport, Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Todd Jorgensen, Schoenfeld Headers, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, Red Line Oil, Weld Wheels, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, Worldwide Bearings, Blast Tech, K&N Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Lincoln Auto Auction, Auto Meter, Allstar Performance, G&J Truck Sales, NAPA Auto Parts, DJS Safe Seats, Arctic Cat and Southern Pacific Farms for their continued support.

 

 

STSS and NSA Partner to Create Northwest Challenge Series in 2017

In a show of unity to grow winged sprint car racing in the Pacific Northwest and Central Montana, the Washington-based Summer Thunder Sprint Series has partnered with the Montana and Western Canada-based North-American Speed Association to create a special 11-race Northwest Challenge Series for teams in the Pacific Northwest, Central Montana and Western Canada.

The series will be comprised of select events from both STSS and NSA tours. Both series will have additional races outside of the Northwest Challenge Series as well.

"This will give the teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana and Edmonton (Canada) a chance to compete against the best of the best in the Northwest," STSS Owner Steve Beitler said. "The fans will also get to see the elite teams from different areas compete at their home tracks."

The circuit will pay a minimum of $2,000 to win and $300 to start all events with the Summer Nationals (July 28-29) at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., paying $1,500 on the preliminary night and $10,000 to win on the final night. A points fund will also be established for the 11-race series.

"I am happy to have these two great series racing together for our fans and teams," NSA Owner Mike Quigley said. "This will give all the teams more opportunities to race for increased purses and against tougher competition."

The circuit will kick off June 16-17 at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., before returning to Montana the following month for races on July 14 at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls and July 15 at Billings Motorsports Park.

The series visits Canada on July 21-22 during the renowned Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, before shifting to Drayton Valley Speedway in Drayton Valley, Alberta, on July 23.

Skagit Speedway will host a Northwest Challenge doubleheader on July 28-29 during its famed Summer Nationals before the series will conclude on Sept. 22-23 at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash.

Northwest Challenge Series Schedule:

June 16-17 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 14 Electric City Speedway Great Falls, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 15 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 21-22 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 23 Drayton Valley Speedway Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 28-29 Skagit Speedway Alger, Wash. STSS / NCS

Sept 22-23 Central Washington State Fair Raceway Yakima, Wash. STSS / NCS

 

 

Tickets on Sale for World of Outlaws Return to Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota on June 29

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — December 5, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota in 2017 on Thursday, June 29 for the Clash at the Creek. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series last competed at Deer Creek Speedway in 2015, with Brad Sweet picking up the win over eight-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz. Daryn Pittman, who is Sweet’s teammate at Kasey Kahne Racing, led the first two laps of the 35-lapper, before Sweet took command, holding off a late-race charge by Schatz.

Joey Saldana won the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series debut at the three-eights-mile in 2009 and repeated the following year. Steve Kinser, the 20-time Outlaws champ was victorious at the track in 2011, while home state driver Craig Dollansky won at Deer Creek in 2012. Ian Madsen scored his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win at Deer Creek in 2013, while Paul McMahan was victorious at the track in 2014.

The 2016 campaign was a historic one for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as Schatz won his third straight championship and eighth overall. In the process, the North Dakota native became the first driver in series history to win 20-plus A-Feature events in four consecutive seasons, finishing the year with 25 A-Feature triumphs.

Schatz continues to add to his ever-growing win total with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, which now stands at 229 A-Feature victories. Schatz is third on the all-time list, trailing only Hall of Famers Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell.

A total of 17 drivers won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2016, including full-time series drivers: Pittman, who finished second in points, David Gravel, who was third in the standings, Sweet, who was fourth in points, Saldana, who was fifth in the final tally, Shane Stewart, who was just behind Saldana, along with Jason Johnson, who was seventh in points, Logan Schuchart, who was eighth in the standings, Jason Sides, who was ninth and reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner Greg Wilson.

Tickets for the Clash at the Creek, featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Deer Creek Speedway on Thursday, June 29, 2017 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

Twitter: @SLS_Promotions

Facebook: SLS Promotions LLC

 

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP

ERIE, MI (December 5, 2016) - For the 38th year, the Crystal Motor Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP partnership will continue in 2017. SOD is proud to return to Crystal Motor Speedway on three dates. The SOD season opening race is scheduled for April 29th followed by July 15th, and September 2nd dates.

Crystal Motor Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP both hope that Mother Nature is much kinder to them in 2017 than she was in 2016. SOD suffered five rain outs, three of them at Crystal. The three SOD rain outs were just a piece of Crystal’s weather woes. All told, Crystal lost nine events in 2016, eight due to rain and one due to extreme heat.

Long one of the favorite stops each season for SOD competitors, SOD did manage to complete two shows in 2016, even with the three rain outs. Steve Irwin picked up the win on July 16th. SOD then finished the 2016 season in spectacular fashion at Crystal with the September 3rd Nitro Black Mike Olrich Memorial Race in support of RacingAwareness.com. Ryan Ruhl dominated the race with his 360 cubic inch motor in front of a full grandstand of enthusiastic fans.

For more information about Crystal Motor Speedway, click here to its Facebook page and go to the speedway website at www.crystalmotorspeedway.com.

For more information about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com. Follow Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP on the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page and at www.sprintsondirt.com.

 

 

HOFFMAN RACING ANNOUNCES MEAN GREEN RETURNS AS PRIMARY SPONSOR AND CHAD BOESPFLUG WILL DRIVE THE ICONIC #69 IN THE 2017 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES

Loveland, OH (Dec 5, 2016) – The one thing constant in life is change. Coming off a banner Year for Hoffman Racing (HAR), winning the Team’s unprecedented 11th USAC National Sprint Car Series Championship, winning Indiana Sprint Week for 2016, the first ever Little 500 win and reaching 100 National USAC Sprint Car wins, major changes are in store for 2017.

Staying the same are the return of our major sponsor, Mean Green Cleaner & Degreaser, associate sponsors Lykins Energy Solutions, XYZ, and the addition of EZR. HAR remains an Official Military Order of The Purple Heart Race Team.

What is changing? Of the five “core Team members” of HAR, only Richard Hoffman and Tim Waechter are remaining. Dan Launderville is moving on to a business opportunity, Rob Hoffman is retiring, after a lifetime of racing, to concentrate on family and his business career in banking. Brady will not be able to run the entire schedule due to other racing conflicts and will concentrate on wing sprint cars.

“The loss of Dan, Rob and Brady necessitated a restructuring of the Team. I want to wish Dan, Brady, and my son, Rob, the best. We had one heck of a Team, as evidenced by results. Without the backing of Mean Green, Lykins, XYZ, Hoosier Tire, and now EZR, it would have been difficult to continue. As it is we are excited to carry on our legacy with Chad. He will drive the 69 car. Chad’s career is taking off and with the addition of Davey Jones as the crew chief, that makes us a threat every night, and for our 12th USAC National Sprint Car Championship,” said Richard Hoffman, President of Hoffman Racing. The Team will be headquartered out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chad Boespflug commented “I am looking forward to working with Dynamics Inc. Hoffman Racing. With the help of EZR we will be chasing another championship in 2017. It’s a tall feat to follow in the footsteps of their accomplishments over the years, but also a huge honor to help carry on the Hoffman Racing legacy of excellence and championship. They have truly helped evolve the sport of racing."

Chad began racing micros in 1998 in his home state of California. He graduated to sprint cars in 2004. He won the SCRA championship in 2005 and made the big move to Indiana in 2007. He became the Lawrenceburg track champion in 2011. Chad began his own team with the help of Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow and ran the entire USAC National Sprint Car schedule. They racked up 6 USAC National wins in 2016.

“Mean Green is America’s #1 heavy duty, all purpose cleaner and degreaser that provides consumers with the toughest clean at a great value. Independent lab tests prove that Mean Green out cleans other brands on the tough grease and grime. It works better because it contains more cleaning ingredients than other brands. It’s the Toughness you can Trust, for when getting it clean matters most. Great for dirty jobs inside and out, from the kitchen countertop, tile and toilet, to outdoor furniture, greasy grills and engine parts. Visit www.MeanGreenDegreaser.com for more information.

Highlights of Hoffman Auto Racing's (HAR) history include: 1929-1960 - Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets. His drivers included Eddie Sachs and Don Branson. 1964 - Gus’s son, Richard, became co-owner of the Team. 1973-1984 - HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts. 1989 - HAR won the first of 11 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14,’16).

With 100 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 11 National Championships, HAR has won more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown wins and one USAC midget win, for a total of 108 USAC National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car owner's points 20 times since 1989.

Drivers from the past 87 years read like a who’s who of racing: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr., Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr., Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow, Shorty Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter, Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon. In all, approximately 131 drivers have competed in the Hoffman cars. Of those, there are four father/son combinations: Dick and Dickie Gaines, Jim and Tracy Hines, Kerry and Dave Norris and Clark and Shorty Templemen. Two brother combinations - Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny Parsons Jr. HAR also had a step grandfather and step grandson combination of Elmer George and Ed Carpenter.

Tim Waechter VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing twbigt69@gmail.com 513-284-1519

 

Cory Haas joins Trone Outdoor Motorsports for 60-65 race schedule in 2017

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

YORK, PA (December 2, 2016) - Cory Haas will join John Trone and Trone Outdoor Motorsports in 2017 for an intense Central Pennsylvania schedule consisting of 60-65 events, pushing most of their focus toward competition at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. The newly formed combination will also enter select events at Susquehanna Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; decisions to be made as the season progresses.

“I want to thank John Trone for this opportunity. I actually had a lot of people tell me to give John a call during the last few weeks. We spoke a few times and worked out a deal right away,” Cory Haas explained. “I’m really excited for this opportunity. We hope to race upwards of 65 times, but we’ll take things one week at a time and see what we can do.”

Cory Haas will enter the 2017 season with a recent pair of top-five finishes to his credit, each occurring during track championship chases in Central Pennsylvania. The York native, now backed by Eagle Steel, Trone Outdoor Advertising, Eagle Evergreens, Bricker’s, DMI, Bulldog Rear Ends, York PB Truss, Maxim Chassis, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, KSE, Wings Unlimited, QA1 Shocks, and Fully Injected Motorsports, finished fifth in the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway track championship hunt, also finishing fourth in the 2016 Lincoln Speedway track championship hunt. Haas earned 11 top-ten feature finishes at Lincoln alone, three of which inside the top-five.

“I think we have the potential to be successful in 2017,” Haas said. “It will take us a few weeks to get ourselves on the right track and get acclimated with each other, but I think once we are beyond that, we’ll be in great shape. I’m excited for the new year and what it has in store.”

Cory Haas and the Trone Outdoor Motorsports/No. 39 team will activate their 2017 season during the Lincoln Speedway Icebreaker 30 on Saturday, February 25. News regarding crew and other team details will be released in the near future.

Those seeking contact information should visit Cory Haas live on the Web at www.coryhaas.com. Other news and information will be posted regularly at www.fullyinjected.com. Fans can also stay tuned at www.troneoutdoormotorsports.com.

Cory Haas and John Trone would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Eagle Steel, Trone Outdoor Advertising, Eagle Evergreens, Bricker’s, DMI, Bulldog Rear Ends, York PB Truss, Maxim Chassis, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, KSE, Wings Unlimited, QA1 Shocks, and Fully Injected Motorsports.

Cory Haas on Youtube: Here!

Recent Highlights: Earned feature win at Williams Grove Speedway during “Billy Kimmel Memorial” on Sunday, September 6, 2015. Finished fourth in 2016 Lincoln Speedway track championship chase.

2017 Season Highlights: N/A

2015 Wins: 1 2016 Wins: N/A 2017 Wins: N/A

 

 

Stenhouse Added to Clauson-Marshall Chili Bowl Stable

Lonnie Wheatley, NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (December 2, 2016) – The stable of Chili Bowl drivers for the newly-formed Clauson-Marshall Racing team is halfway in place.

And it comes as little surprise that Olive Branch, MS, native Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., is the latest addition to the Clauson-Marshall Racing team that already includes World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and Tyler Courtney.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup star has raced for Bryan Clauson in recent renditions of the Chili Bowl and has raced into a pair of Saturday night championship features under the Clauson banner at the popular event in Tulsa, OK.

“I think it would be more of a surprise if we didn’t have Ricky as one of the drivers for BC’s Dream Team,” Tim Clauson commented. “Ricky and Bryan were more than just friends, they were like brothers.”

Earlier this summer, Stenhouse, Jr., took a brief break from the asphalt circles to play in the dirt with Sprint Car racing action.

“They got to fulfill a dream they had of going racing together old school in the Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford Sprint Cars in ASCS competition,” Tim Clauson explains. “This was something they had always talked about doing and this year they made it happen.”

It was a stretch of races that wrapped up at Stenhouse’s old stomping grounds, the storied Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis.

“I got to join up with them over Father’s Day weekend as I brought a Midget down for Ricky to race,” Tim Clauson recalls. “That weekend wound up being a memory I’ll always cherish, as looking back it defined who Bryan and Ricky are as racers and as friends.”

“Since Bryan’s passing, Ricky has taken it upon himself to be an ambassador for not only Bryan, but for our whole family,” Clauson says. “Watching and listening to him talk about his friend and the gift of Organ Donation has been a true Godsend to our entire family.”

The pairing for the upcoming Chili Bowl Nationals was never in doubt.

“I confided in Ricky pretty quickly that I knew Bryan would want me to ‘Race On’,” Tim Clauson comments. “Whether it was a six-car team or just one car out of my garage, Ricky and I would always run Chili Bowl together for Bryan.”

Richard and Jennifer Marshall first partnered with Stenhouse, Jr., on the track in 2014 after their initial meeting several years ago. “He instantly made us feel at home, introduced us to Bryan and the Clauson family, his family and then to many of our best friends to this day,” Marshall comments. “In doing so, he has become family to us and as one of Bryan’s best friends, we have also shared our sorrow in his loss.”

Marshall goes on to say, “He continues to be a class act on and off the track and just plain fun to watch race.”

Chili Bowl expectations are high, yet attainable.

“Not long ago, I text him a picture of my office credenza with just enough room cleared to place the Golden Driller trophy,” Marshall relates. The caption? “No pressure this year…but.”

“This Chili Bowl will be yet another poignant racing family gathering for us, minus one,” Marshall says. “We feel fortunate for the opportunity to ‘Race On’ this year with one of the best in the business.”

Embarking upon his 11th career Chili Bowl, Stenhouse, Jr., will be gunning for his fifth overall Saturday night feature start with the Clauson-Marshall Racing team.

“This will be a Chili Bowl that I am looking forward to probably the most out of any,” Stenhouse, Jr., comments. “To help represent Bryan’s dream of putting great cars on the track with a great team, I’m very fortunate to call the Clausons and Marshall family part of my own family.”

Stenhouse, Jr., recognizes that he represents the team not only on the track, but off the track as well.

“I want to do my best in representing Bryan not only at the Chili Bowl, but throughout the rest of my life and career,” Stenhouse, Jr., says. “We were great friends and as Tim said, I will cherish forever the week we had this summer going up and down the road in the motorhome, just racing and having fun and then having Father’s Day with our Dad’s was incredible.”

Additional information regarding the Clauson-Marshall Racing team and upcoming Chili Bowl plans will be available in the coming weeks.

 

 

DCRP Awards Banquet Set for January 28

Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (December 2, 2016) – With another banner season in the books at the picturesque Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas, all that remains is the annual awards banquet.

The top 2016 competitors in each division will receive their hardware and points fund money on Saturday night, January 28, 2017, at the Western Expo Center that is located adjacent to the track at the intersection of US 56 and US 283 on the south edge of Dodge City, KS.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.

Tickets to the event are just $25 per person and must be ordered by January 21, 2017, to determine an accurate headcount. Tickets may be ordered by calling Gina Wilson at 620-339-9873 or Tommie Estes, Jr., at 405-238-8485.

The top ten in points in all five divisions (Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks) that competed in at least 80% of the events will receive trophies and point fund money.

The 2016 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consisted of 16 nights of racing action with Taylor Velasquez (Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars), Nick Link (IMCA Modifieds), Kevin Tabor (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Michael Pepper (IMCA Stock Cars) and Matt O’Hair (IMCA Hobby Stocks) each capturing track championships.

Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.

 

 

BOB HILBERT SPORTSWEAR CHALLENGE OFFERS BIG MONEY OPPORTUNITY FOR INDOOR RACERS STARTING DEC. 9-10 WITH TRENTON INDOOR RACING EVENTS

TRENTON, NJ December 2, 2016 . . . With the start of the Indoor Auto Racing Season just a week away at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, the pressure just got turned up on all Three Quarter (TQ) Midget racers entered.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear of Boyertown, Pa. is sponsoring a unique $10,000 challenge. If one driver can win all four rounds of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP he’ll pocket a $10,000 check from the official sportswear supplier of the series.

To earn Bob’s Bonus, a TQ Midget car driver will have to be perfect! The driver will have to win Saturday’s Battle of Trenton A-Main on Saturday, December 10th. The driver will then have to win back-to-back nights in Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, December 30th and 31st. To make the sweep complete, the driver will have to win the NAPA Auto Parts Gambler’s Classic inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night, January 28th.

With over 50 TQ Midget race cars entered for each event, the task isn’t easy but it can be done. During the 2015-2016 Indoor Racing Series, Erick Rudolph won two of three events falling one race short of claiming the $10,000 bonus then sponsored by Vahlco Wheels.

As a consolation prize, if one driver wins three of the four races that driver will receive a contingency sponsorship from Bob Hilbert Sportswear.

Rudolph, the defending Series champion, is coming to Trenton after an unbelievable outdoor season that saw him win 22 dirt Modified events. Ted Christopher, whose eight Indoor Series victories leads all other drivers, is another top candidate to collect Bob Hilbert’s $10,000 challenge. The former NASCAR Modified Series champion from Plainville, CT enters the Trenton event driving for Trey Hoddick’s winning team for the first time.

Other candidates include 2016 Atlantic City winner Anthony Sesely, now driving for Lou Cicconi, Jimmy Blewett, Ryan Flores and over 50 others.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear, founded in 1972, provides the finest in quality screen printing, embroidery, promotional products and more. Equipped with in-house artists and customer service specialists, Bob Hilbert Sportswear has served businesses, schools, colleges, fire/rescue, organizations, events and reunions, along with the motorsports and performance industry, for more than 40 years.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear is located in Boyertown, PA. Look for their display at all three of this year’s locations. To learn more about Bob Hilbert Sportswear, visit www.bobhilbert.com, call 610.367.6186, e-mail info@bobhilbert.com, like “Bob Hilbert Sportswear” on Facebook or follow @BobHilbertSW on Twitter.

The TQ Midgets will headline both Friday's opening night and Saturday's "Battle Of Trenton" feature event finale. The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general admission tickets for Friday's Battle Of Trenton opening night have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

On Saturday the "Battle Of Trenton" 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J. Race time is 7 PM.

Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and photos free of charge.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at www.sunnationalbankcenter.com or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Fans can avoid on-line ticketing fees by stopping by the Sun Center box office daily from 9 to 5 and on race days.

More information is available at www. IndoorAutoRacing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

 

 

Motorsports Industry Honors Tony Stewart with Sizeable Charitable Donation On His Behalf to EB Research Partnership

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a devastating skin disorder affecting

1 in every 50,000 births with no known cure

Donations to EB Research Partnership funds advanced treatments that will ultimately find a cure, allowing children with EB to grow up and live full, pain-free lives

LAS VEGAS (Dec. 2, 2016) – To honor three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart as he retires from his 20-year NASCAR driving career, the motorsports industry came together in unprecedented fashion at the season-ending NASCAR Awards Banquet by making a $1.8 million contribution on Stewart’s behalf to the EB Research Partnership, the largest global non-profit dedicating to curing EB.

EB, or Epidermolysis Bullosa, is a devastating skin disorder. Those with EB lack critical proteins that bind the layers of skin together. Without these proteins, the skin can tear apart, blister and sheer off, leading to severe pain, disfigurement and wounds that never heal. EB can also affect the body internally, causing blisters in the eyes, mouth, esophagus and the fusing together of fingers and toes. EB affects one in every 50,000 births and is not specific to any ethnicity or gender, but because it only affects an estimated 25-30,000 people in the United States, advancing research to combat this disease relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations.

The industry initially targeted a $1.4 million donation to the EB Research Partnership as a subtle nod to Stewart’s No. 14 car number, which he drove to his third Sprint Cup title in 2011 and chose in honor of his hero and friend, the iconic A.J. Foyt who raced the No. 14 throughout his versatile career. However, widespread support for this initiative quickly gained momentum and the original $1.4 million target was easily surpassed.

“Tony wanted to have a very low-key sendoff during his final NASCAR season and he was pretty emphatic about it. He certainly earned a lot of recognition for all that he accomplished, and as an industry we felt it was important to honor him,” said Mike Helton, vice chairman, NASCAR. “People know how passionate he is about motorsports, but he’s equally passionate about helping others. On behalf of the entire motorsports industry, we felt this collective donation in Tony’s name was a fitting tribute to all that he’s accomplished during his NASCAR career.”

Well known for his accolades on the racetrack, which includes 12 driving championships and victories in nearly every American-based racing series, Stewart is also known for his philanthropy.

In 2003, he formed his own charitable foundation. Known simply as the Tony Stewart Foundation, the 501(c)(3) organization’s goal is to raise funds primarily distributed to serving three specific groups – chronically ill and physically disabled children, animals that are endangered or at-risk, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.5 million to assist charitable initiatives for more than 150 well-qualified organizations throughout the United States.

Stewart’s work on behalf of the foundation crossed paths with his love for music earlier this year when he met Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. The two discussed their work in racing and in music, respectively, before the conversation dovetailed into their mutual commitment to charity. It was here where Stewart learned about EB from an impassioned Vedder, who co-founded the EB Research Partnership.

“When I first heard about it, it was quite hard to grasp the intensity of the condition,” Vedder said. “It’s about the most insane skin disorder you could imagine. And when you realize it also affects the internal organs, you see it as diabolical. It’s very hard to describe until you meet the young folks with it, and they make you realize how much you take for granted. You also realize that these are some of the strongest, coolest, most admirable people on the face of the Earth.”

The tenacious and sometimes cantankerous demeanor Stewart carries at the racetrack vanishes when he is off the track and in the presence of children, especially those who face physical and mental challenges. Children fighting EB have a perseverance and strength that is unworldly, and it has resonated with Stewart.

“The pain these kids face is constant, and yet they still find ways to stay upbeat,” Stewart said. “You quickly realize that your idea of a bad day is nothing. It puts your life and the things you take for granted in perspective. But it also makes you mad, because this is a devastating disorder that no one should have to endure. Yet it exists, and after seeing it, you want to do anything you can to make it go away.”

Stewart’s $1.8 million donation to the EB Research Partnership will accelerate life-changing research and reduce the timeframe of getting results for children with EB, while ensuring treatments go to those in need as swiftly as possible.

This donation on Stewart’s behalf is an embodiment of all the philanthropic work Stewart has performed as a NASCAR driver. He never sought accolades for his work, but his charitable efforts have been noticed nonetheless.

Stewart was named “Most Caring Athlete” by USA Weekend in 2004 and in that same year was selected by The Sporting News as “NASCAR’s ‘Good Guy’” and received the NASCAR USG Person of the Year award. In 2008, NASCAR Illustrated bestowed upon Stewart its Person of the Year award, as Stewart’s Prelude To The Dream all-star dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, raised more than $4 million for charity during its eight-year run. In 2009, Stewart was nominated for the National Motorsports Press Association’s (NMPA) Humanitarian and Spirit awards, each of which recognizes philanthropy. In 2010, Stewart again was a finalist for the NMPA Humanitarian award, becoming the only person to ever be nominated in back-to-back years. Making the 2010 selection even more noteworthy was that Stewart won and earned $100,000 for his Foundation. And in 2013, Stewart earned the prestigious NMPA Myers Brothers award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing.

“Tony’s legacy on the track is known and respected, but his efforts off the track should be known as well, even though he’ll never be the one talking about them,” Helton said. “Tony Stewart is a true humanitarian, and this sport is better off thanks to him and all of his contributions. It’s only appropriate that we, as an industry, can contribute to Tony’s philanthropic endeavors.”

To learn more about the EB Research Partnership, please visit www.EBResearch.org or www.Facebook.com/EBResearch. And to learn more about the Tony Stewart Foundation, please visit www.TonyStewartFoundation.org or www.facebook.com/14TSF.

 

 

Save Our Racecars: The Road Ahead for the RPM Act Legislative and Legal Experts to Discuss the RPM Act during the 2016 PRI Show in Indianapolis

WHAT: Come hear SEMA’s legislative and legal experts discuss the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act” (RPM Act). The bill, if passed, will provide the motorsports industry and community with much-needed certainty by clarifying that it is legal to modify the emissions system of a motor vehicle that is converted for race-use only. The RPM Act also confirms that it is legal to manufacture, distribute, sell, and install race parts used to convert these vehicles for racing.

Hear firsthand from the experts as they explain why the racing industry is currently at risk and discuss the prospects for the RPM Act in the new Congress.

BACKGROUND: Congress never intended for race vehicles to be regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 1970. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule in 2015 stating it is illegal to convert a motor vehicle into a racecar if the vehicle’s emissions system no longer remains in its certified configuration. While the EPA formally removed this proposal from the final greenhouse gas rule, the agency still asserts authority under the CAA to regulate emissions modifications to vehicles used for competition. The agency alleges that while the CAA does not apply to purpose-built race vehicles (NASCAR, Formula One, sprint cars, etc.), motor vehicles converted for racing are subject to the law. EPA is also claiming authority to regulate any emissions-related parts produced, sold, and installed on motor vehicles converted for racing.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 8, 11:00 to 11:30 am EST

WHERE: PRI Trade Show Media Center Rooms 116–117, outside the Green Exhibit Hall

FURTHER INFORMATION: An RPM Act fact sheet is available here. For additional information, call or email the media contact listed below.

RSVP/MEDIA CONTACT: Della Domingo, 909-978-6723, dellad@sema.org

Visit www.sema.org/epa-news for more information.

 

 

ELDORA MAJOR EVENT TICKETS ON PUBLIC SALE AT 10 A.M. SATURDAY

Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, NASCAR Trucks & World 100 Will Be Available To Public

ROSSBURG, Ohio (December 2, 2016) – Tickets and campsites for Eldora Speedway’s 2017 Major Events will go on public sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. All Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and World 100 ticket orders can be placed online at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or in person at the speedway office.

“We want to remind fans to take advantage of the proven TicketForce-powered design for easy and quick purchasing,” said Tess Clark, ticket manager and the granddaughter of Eldora founders Earl and Berniece Baltes. “Our online ticketing has been available for several years and is extremely user-friendly. We know that some fans prefer to call in, so we will have a full staff of agents in-house and ready to answer the box office hotline of (937) 338-3815.”

The ticketing portion of www.EldoraSpeedway.com is capable of handling over 600 orders simultaneously and processes orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

A full bank of ticket agents capable of handling 25 callers at a time, plus walk-in orders, will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for phone orders at (937) 338-3815.

“Our renewals were the biggest in years, so our staff has been pretty busy since the season ended,” concluded Clark. “I think there are going to be a lot of stockings filled with Eldora tickets this Christmas.”

The 2017 event tickets feature victory lane images of Dennis Erb, Jr., Donny Schatz, Kyle Larson and Bobby Pierce, the winners of the Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby and World 100. While the event tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event feature a three-way battle between Larson, Pierce and 2015 winner Christopher Bell.

Tickets and campsites ordered by noon on December 16 will be mailed in time for Christmas delivery.

About Eldora Speedway: Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Eldora will celebrate its 64th consecutive season of racing in 2017 featuring the biggest events in short-track racing, including the: $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend on June 8th-9th-10th; the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend on July 13th-14th-15th; the Camping World Truck Series’ Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s only race on dirt on Wednesday, July 19th; the 47th Annual World 100 Weekend on September 7th-8th-9th; and the historic 4-Crown Nationals on September 22nd and 23rd. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 64th consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information will be posted at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Fans can get off-season access from Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and adding to over 4.8-million views of exclusive video on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedway.

 

 

NCRA Announces $15,000 to Win Sprint Car Season Opener!

Park City, Kansas – December 1, 2016 - Never one to rest on what he has promoted, National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products president and 81 Speedway track owner C Ray Hall announced Thursday the 7th annual “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” featuring the series 360-ci sprint car division slated for Friday and Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 will now pay $15,000 to win.

“I said when I started this race six years-ago I was going to keep raising the bar on this event each year and I believe that has been accomplished,” said Hall. “This will be the biggest paying race, of any kind, ever held at this track and we couldn’t be more excited.

Yet, there is a chance one lucky driver can “bank” even more winnings.

Once again on Thursday night (March 23) a special time trial session will be held and will have NO bearing on Friday and Saturday night’s program. The driver who sets quick time will earn $500 and if that driver can win Friday night’s feature finale, they will take home $1500. If that driver can go on and “sweep” the weekend, claiming Saturday night’s championship feature, he/she will take home a whopping $17,000. Friday night’s program will have nothing to do with Saturday night’s show.

Last year saw Marion, Arkansas driver Derek Hagar sweep the weekend, earning Friday and Saturday night’s championship features and $11,500 for his efforts.

Past winners of the “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” are: Danny Lasoski (2011, 2015); Jason Johnson (2012, 2013); Kevin Swindell (2014) and Hagar (2016).

Advanced tickets for this event, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car show slated for Saturday night, May 6th and all other 2017 events will go on sale on December 15, 2016, just in time for those stocking stuffers. Details on all advanced tickets will be released in the coming days.

 

Wednesdays with Wayne – Wayne and Wayne Reunited for Chili Bowl!

(Bill W) November 30, 2016 – After eight seasons, Wayne Johnson and Wayne Simmons are reuniting for a Chili Bowl run in January at the Tulsa Expo Center. The Oklahoma City driver will pilot the Wayne Simmons Twister Chassis, D&E Supply, Two-C Racing #2c. The Chili Bowl commences January 9-14.

Johnson and Simmons have paired up three times in Tulsa, making the finale twice. In 2006, Wayne stormed from the F main through sixth laps and five features all the way to the finale before suffering a DNF. “We had a brake rotor issue in the feature,” he says. “I believe we had set a Chili Bowl record for the most cars passed. We were up to eighth before we had to pull out.”

Incidentally, 2006 was Wayne’s first ride in a midget. The team made the finale again in 2007 and their last Chili Bowl was 2008.

Wayne is looking forward to getting back to the Chili Bowl. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the track there,” he says. “It’s been a few years, but we have a lot of excitement heading in. We know it’s going to be tough, but we’d like to get in that finale again and make some noise.”

Get Involved with the Chili Bowl Team!

The team is actively seeking partners for the Chili Bowl. If you’re interested, contact Wayne Simmons at 918 901-3462!

Follow Updates on Facebook!

Wayne will update as his race night commences at his Facebook page. Find it by searching for

Wayne Johnson Racing or clicking the following link…

http://www.facebook.com/#!/WayneJohnsonRacing

Outlaw Wings – “The Wing with an Attitude”

Check out the new “recessed rivet” design put out by Outlaw Wings. Talk to Wayne about purchasing Outlaw Wings for your car! Outlaw Wings – "The Wing with an Attitude"!

Wayne's Fast Facts

Wayne’s charge from the F in 2006 was the highlight of the night for many of the fans in attendance. It ended with mechanical problems while climbing to eighth in the A, and he was officially scored 23rd. Just a few of the folks he breezed by on the way up: Aaron Fiscus, Tony Elliott, Damion Gardner, Kevin Olson, Aaron Fike, Jimmy Sills, Jeremy Sherman, Justin Henderson, Ryan Durst, Mat Neely, Tracy Hines, Josh Richards, Brad Loyet, Paul McMahan, Davey Ray, Donnie Lehmann, Cole Whitt, Gary Wright and Wally Pankratz.

Partner of the Week – Butler Built Professional Seat Systems

No matter the form of motorsports, ButlerBuilt’s leadership makes it the most successful seat in the industry! Champions in Butler Built Seats span all forms of motorsports from NASCAR Sprint Cup to late models, and of course, the open wheel world! Whether you race a stock car locally, you are traveling with a national series or you’re in the seat of a Monster Truck, Butler Built has the custom seat for your needs!

Butler Built does not stop at seats either. They offer a wide variety of safety products including Seat Accessories, Seat Options and Mounting, Padding, Belts and Restraints, Steering Wheels, Open Wheel Products, Air Management Systems, Lateral Head Supports, ARAI helmets and much more. Your safety is #1 with Butler Built!

To learn more about the Butler Advantage or if you have questions about your race safety, visit www.ButlerBuilt.net or call 800 621-SEAT (7328) today! ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems www.butlerbuilt.net ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, based in Concord, NC, is the leader in the racing seat industry. From racing seats and neck restraints to aluminum steering ...

"Wednesday's with Wayne"

"Wednesday's with Wayne" is an up close look at the past, present and future of colorful and talented sprint car driver Wayne Johnson. You'll never know what to expect next with Wayne, so don't miss us on Wednesdays!

To receive "Wednesday's with Wayne", send an e-mail to sprntcar@hotmail.com with"Wayne" in the subject line.

Wayne Johnson Racing would like to thank partners, Todd Carlile, Outlaw Wings, City Vending and product sponsors The Oil Medics, Sebastian Sandblasting & Powdercoating, Rod End Supply, Astro Titanium, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson, Butlerbuilt, Xtreme Accu-Tach, Weld Wheels, Slade Shocks, Kustom Sprint Car Supplies, Fisher Racing Engines, Speedway Graphics and Canyon Apparel.

 

 

NASCAR RACING PERSONALITY JEFF HAMMOND, MONSTER TRUCKS ADDED TO PPB MOTORSPORTS 2017 SHOWCASE

OAKS, PA – December 1, 2016 . . . NASCAR racing personality Jeff Hammond and two wild Monster Trucks have joined an exciting line up for the 31st annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show.

The three day show, Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance, is set to take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on Friday January 20 thru Sunday January 22nd.

Headlining the show will be the appearance of seven time NASCAR Premier Cup Series champion Richard Petty on Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. Considered “The King” by many Petty will be on hand to visit with fans, do an interview session and sign his famed autograph that represents a piece of artwork. Two of Petty’s iconic No. 43 that he drove to victory in NASCAR Cup competition will be on display the entire weekend.

Former NASCAR crew chief Jeff Hammond, a member of the FoxSports TV staff, will return to the show and be signing autographs on Saturday.

Two Monster Trucks, Shockwave and BeAware, which compete on the Monster Jam circuit will also be on display. BeAware will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.

More than 200 racing vehicles will be on display during the three day show with many other top racers and motorsports personalities appearing at the show. As usual all autographs will be free during the show.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2017 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items that will fill the huge 250,000 square feet of space

A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

One of the most popular events during the three day show will be and has been the Ms. Motorsports Pageant that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

A few display spaces remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.

For more information on display space contact Danny Sammons at 609.888.3618.

To stay informed on show progress, new additions to the show lineup and more, check in at www.aarn.com (Motorsports link).

 

 

Champion Racing Oil Named Title Sponsor of the 2017 World of Outlaws Summer Nationals

(Clinton, MO / 12.01.16) Champion Oil, a recognized leader in racing and performance lubricants, will be the title sponsor of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on July 21-22 in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals is an event with more than 50 years of history that includes the biggest names in motorsports competing at half-mile Williams Grove Speedway, one of dirt racing’s legendary venues.

“Champion Racing Oil is proud to support Williams Grove Speedway and be the title sponsor of this year’s Summer Nationals,” stated Karl Dedolph, Director of Racing and Performance Products for Champion Oil. “It’s great to support our past and future winners at “The Grove” using Champion ‘Purpose Built’ lubricant technology that is formulated for ultimate protection and competitive performance.”

The World of Outlaws, an international racing tour with superstar drivers, features incredibly powerful and fast 410ci winged sprint cars. The Champion Racing Oil National Open is a key part of the series’ 2015 championship that includes 92 race nights at 52 different tracks across 24 states and three Canadian provinces.

A World of Outlaws sprint car is an open-wheel racecar that weighs at least 1,400 pounds, including the driver. The 410-cubic inch engine is fueled by methanol. The cars produce approximately 850 horsepower and have a large top wing with sideboards that face in the opposite direction and create a great amount of down force to plant the car on the track and help the car turn with maximum grip, in both the corners and on the straightaways. The cars also have smaller nose wings.

Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile automobile racetrack located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., about 10 miles south of the state capital of Harrisburg. It opened in 1939 and has been host to many championship races. Williams Grove continues a tradition of racing every Friday, and almost every Saturday, including many special events. The most prestigious of these special events is the Champion Racing Oil National Open.

Champion Racing Oils are built specifically to meet the lubrication demands of race car engines, especially those using flat tappet and roller cams operating at high RPMs and that require high-pressure valve springs. To meet these demands, Champion utilizes its premium ZDDP anti-wear protection package, which contains a unique balance of chemistry that includes high levels of zinc and phosphorus. In addition, all Champion Racing motor oils contain our exclusive TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) technology. This proprietary technology delivers unmatched film strength at high temperature, better piston ring seal for maximum compression, and increases the foot-pounds of torque in most engines.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion Brands, LLC also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Racing Motor Oils contact your nearest Champion distributor, or call Champion at 800-821-5693 or 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

MATT ROSELLI HEADS TO TRENTON INDOOR AUTO RACING EVENT DEC. 9 & 10

COMING OFF BIG OUTDOOR SEASON WIN

TRENTON, NJ – December 1, 2016 . . . Matt Roselli heads to Round One of the Indoor Auto

Racing Championship Series on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and

10th at Trenton, NJ's Sun National Bank Center with great momentum.

The Brodheadsville, PA driver is coming off a knock-out victory at the

TQ Midget race car outdoor season finale Turkey Derby held at NJ's

Wall Stadium.

“I’ve been good enough to win races but I just hadn’t been able

to get it done,” said Roselli who is seeking his first ever Indoor

Race Series victory.

“I’ll be driving the same Lafler TQ MIdget I raced indoors last

season and outside this year,” said Roselli who has high hopes of

defeating over 50 other entrants from seven different states in the

fourth annual Battle of Trenton.

The man Roselli and all others will have to work overtime to defeat is

Erick Rudolph.  The talented Ransomville. N.Y. driver who won 23

feature events already this year including the February of 2016 TQ 

Battle of Trenton and the 2015-2016 Indoor Auto Racing Championship

fueled by VP.

Other early TQ Midget favorites includes seven-time LSMP Indoor TQ

feature race winner Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., past ATQMRA

circuit champions Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa., and Ryan Tidman of

Holland, Pa., and perennial asphalt Modified standouts Jimmy Blewett

of Howell, N.J., Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Earl Paules of

Palmerton, Pa.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series,

general admission tickets for Friday's Battle Of Trenton opening night

have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday's opening night

and Saturday's "Battle Of Trenton" feature event finale.

The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of

60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete

program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on

the schedule. Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan

Zone located on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016

Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering

autographs and photos free of charge.

Ryan Flores, a member of Roger Penske's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team,

will be among those top TQ drivers who will be meeting and greeting

Fan Zone attendees for Friday's races.

On Saturday the "Battle Of Trenton" 40 lap feature event will be held

after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always

popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program

sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Oliver Communications in Bordentown,

N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Tickets for Saturday's races are available starting at $22 for adults

and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one

hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars

competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers

will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Len Sammons Motorsports

Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series. Other races are scheduled for

December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at www.sunnationalbankcenter.com

or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the

Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10

AM until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM

Event and promotional sponsorship information is available

atwww.indoorautoracing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

 

 

JAMIE MCDONALD WINS AUCKLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

New Zealander Picks Up Fifth Win of 2016

McKENZIE, Tenn. (Dec. 1, 2016) – New Zealand’s Jamie McDonald picked up his fifth win of the 2016 season at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland on Saturday, Nov. 26. Racing up to a third place finish in heat one, McDonald drove the No. 71 entry to a win in the second heat race. McDonald came away from the heat races as the high point qualifier and chose to start the feature event from the outside of the front row. Surviving two early cautions, McDonald took the lead on the second restart to set sail for the win. The J&J Auto Racing team member will return to action this coming weekend against Team USA as the New Zealand racing scene heats up.

J&J Auto Racing will be at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis, Ind., next week on Dec. 8 – 10 alongside Champion Oil. For those competitors and owners planning to attend the show, we invite you to stop by BOOTH 1455. For more information regarding the PRI Show, please visit http://www.performanceracing.com/.

 

 

Badlands Motor Speedway will immediately begin the process of searching for new owners and operators.

This one of a kind, turnkey racing and entertainment facility has been quoted as being one of the nicest, most modern and high tech dirt track in the United States with a 60+ year racing history. With a capacity of over 9,000 in the grandstands and 20,000 for concerts or festivals, BMS is much more than just a race track, it is a legendary gathering point.

Badlands Motor Speedway, formerly Huset’s Speedway, has just undergone an unprecedented Ten Million Dollar makeover and is completely new and renovated from the ground up.

Sitting on over 80 acres, the capacity for events of all kinds, in addition to the best racing in America, is simply staggering and the opportunity for the new owners group is limitless.

The reason for this dramatic move has nothing to do with Chuck Brennan's love for this facility, racing, drivers and fans.

On November 8th, 2016, the voters in South Dakota overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative to eliminate licensed short term lending from the state. Well, that is what we do and our flagship business in South Dakota, Dollar Loan Center, was given only 5 days as a result of the ballot initiative by the State of South Dakota to comply with this change of law. This move by the voters has left hundreds without jobs and tens of thousands without a safe and alternative financial option.

Mr. Brennan has invested and donated well over $100,000,000 in his home state of South Dakota and most of that investment within a mile of where he grew up at 8th Street and Covell Avenue in Sioux Falls.

Because of these recent events, Mr. Brennan is reevaluating his economic presence in South Dakota and will be selling several of his many properties and businesses in the State and diverting that business to the other markets that he currently operates in.

BMS not only comes with a turnkey facility that is completely race ready, but with a passionate staff that is the best in the business and able to hit the ground running this race season and continue on with all of the ground work that has been laid for the upcoming 2017 race season.

The facilities management and General Manager Tom Savage will remain in place and keep moving toward being 100% ready to go as planned for the season upon identifying new owners for the track.

The firm asking price for the Business, land, facility, vehicles, furnishings and everything you need to be race ready is $9,750,000 as one lump sum payment or an option of putting a $6,000,000 down payment and BMS financing a remaining $6,000,000 to be paid over a 6 year period at $1M per year for a grand total of $12,000,000 by going that route. As long as the payments are on time, that 6 year period would be interest free. In Addition:

We will not be having our race banquet this year as planned for January 14. Anyone who purchased tickets for this event will be fully refunded. Rather than having the drivers and race teams wait until then as in the past, we will be paying out all of the prize money for last season immediately. Race teams will be contacted by our staff to arrange getting them their funds, trophies and prizes.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to sell the track before race season, Badlands Motor Speedway is NOT planning to race in 2017. We will have the entire facility maintained and ready to go for a smooth transition when it happens.

For info regarding purchasing the track and the facility, please contact Dave Galyen at 702-493-0978.

 

 

2017 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SENIOR AND YOUNG GUN SPRINT CAR RULES!

(Perris, CA, November 30, 2016) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has released the rules for the 2017 PAS Senior Sprints and the Young Gun Sprint Car Series.’ The rules are the same as 2016 apart from an adjustment to the age limit in the Senior class. In the past, the minimum age for Senior Sprint Car drivers was 45-years-old. For 2017, the minimum age for Senior drivers has been lowered to 40-years-old.

Senior Sprint Cars

Driver Age – 40 years old and older

This is a Non-Sanctioned Open Class – Engine must be 360 cubic inches cast iron block, fuel injected or normally aspirated. No gaskets or restrictors needed. Engines exceeding 360 ci. with a maximum of 410 ci. except for Shwenke Spec. 377 will be required to run inlet Restrictors (installed at the top of the injectors) of 1 and 7/8 inch. This is “Old School” – “Run Watcha Brung” Sprint Car racing! No weight rule! No Tire Rule! Should the restricted 410 ci engine have a distinct advantage, PAS Management will institute either a weight rule or tire rule or both (for cars with a restricted 410) to insure all cars are competitive.

All cars will Pill Draw for starting positions in your Heat Race.

Heat Races will be 8 laps.

Main Event will be 20 Laps. The inversion for the Main Event will be decided by the winner of the first heat race spinning the inversion wheel. The inversion will be from straight up to a full field inversion.

This is a “TROPHY ONLY” Division! The top three will be awarded Trophies. Pit Passes are $50.00.

RADIOS:

1. In an effort to minimize yellow flag laps and thus speed the show up for the participants and more importantly the race fans, all drivers must have a one-way radio Raceceiver or radio set to the race/scoring frequency (464.5500).

2. The radios will be used strictly for line-ups and general information from the Scorer's and Race Director only.

3. Radios are to be provided by the Driver.

4. Drivers will not be permitted on the track without a radio and it must be on.

5. If a radio is found to have 2 way communications, the car and Driver will be suspended for two races and the Driver will be fined $250.00. The fine must be paid in full prior to participating in their next event.

6. Radios along with ear buds can be purchased from Andy Jones from the Oil Twins. You can find a link on our website under "PASSCAR RADIOS". Andy can also be reached at (909) 670-9328.

7. As a courtesy to visiting non-member Driver's, rental radios will be available. In order to reserve a radio please contact Andy Jones at (909) 670-9328.

Championship Points will be accumulated over the year and an Overall “Perris Auto Speedway Senior Sprint Car Champion” will receive a Championship Award! For more information call the office at (951) 940-0134

Young Gun Sprint Cars

Driver Age – 14-25 (with no prior sprint car experience)

This division is open to Drivers ages from 14 - 25 years old with the following requirements;

· 14 and 15-year old’s must submit a Racing Résumé detailing their racing experience to the Perris Auto Speedway for their review and approval. Upon initial approval those applicants must then demonstrate their ability on the racetrack during a four-hour Tune and Test Practice session in front of the Speedway Management and Race Officials. The cost of the Tune and Test Practice is $500. If the Speedway Management approves an applicant, their name and experience will be submitted to the Speedway's Insurance Company for their final approval. Should at any time, an applicant is deemed not ready for competition, that applicant cannot submit an application until the following race season. All decisions from the Speedway and Insurance Company will be final. There is no appeal process.

· 16-25-year old with NO Sprint Car experience must submit a Racing Résumé detailing their racing experience to the Perris Auto Speedway Management for their approval. All decisions by the Speedway will be final. There is no appeal process. Any Driver that is over 21 that dominates the competition will be asked to move up to the USAC/CRA Division.

· Should anyone be approved for competition no matter what their age and prove not to be race ready anytime during the season, the Speedway Management can have the option to revoke their ability to continue racing for the remainder of the season.

· Drivers in this Division may compete in the Oval Nationals at the end of their season and maintain the status for the next season. However, if a Driver decides to run any additional USAC/CRA events during any season, they will lose their status as a PAS Young Gun.

This is a Non-Sanctioned Class – The engine rules are as follows; 360 cubic inches cast iron block, fuel injected or normally aspirated. No gaskets, restrictors needed. Engines exceeding 360 ci. with a maximum of 410 ci. except for Shwenke Spec. 377 will be required to run inlet Restrictors of 1 and 7/8 inch (to be installed in the top of the injector). No weight rule. No Tire Rule. Full Containment Seats and Head and Neck Restraint are recommended. In addition, all normal safety rules apply.

All cars will Pill Draw for starting positions in their Heat Race.

Heat Races will be 6 laps.

Main Event will be 15 Laps. Starting positions will be a blind draw by the winner of the first heat race. The inversion will be from 0 to 8 positions.

This is a “TROPHY ONLY” Division! The top three will be awarded Trophies. Pit Passes are $50.00.

Championship Points will be accumulated over the year and the “Perris Auto Speedway Young Gun Sprint Car Champion” will receive a Championship Award!

If the car count for any event is 6 or less cars, the Young Gun Division will tag the back of the Senior Sprint Main. They will run a separate Heat Race.

RADIOS:

1. In an effort to minimize yellow flag laps and thus speed the show up for the participants and more importantly the race fans, all PASSCAR Drivers must have a one-way radio Raceceiver or radio set to the race/scoring frequency (464.5500).

2. The radios will be used strictly for line-ups and general information from the Scorer's and Race Director only.

3. Radios are to be provided by the Driver.

4. Drivers will not be permitted on the track without a radio and it must be on.

5. If a radio is found to have 2 way communications, the car and Driver will be suspended for two races and the Driver will be fined $250.00. The fine must be paid in full prior to participating in their next event.

6. Radios along with ear buds can be purchased from Andy Jones from the Oil Twins. You can find a link on our website under "PASSCAR RADIOS". Andy can also be reached at (909) 670-9328.

7. As a courtesy to visiting non-member Driver's, rental radios will be available. In order to reserve a radio please contact Andy Jones at (909) 670-9328.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINT SCHEDULE FOR EACH DIVISION

All Championship Points follow the Driver only.

FINISHING ORDER POINTS

1 60

2 57

3 54

4 51

5 48

6 45

7 42

8 39

9 36

10 33

11 31

12 29

13 27

14 25

15 23

16 21

17 19

18 17

19 15

20 13

The Heat Race winner will receive 5 bonus points, second place will receive 3 points and third place will receive 1 point.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, Brass and Bass Firearms and Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Imola Restaurant & Bar, Indiana Truck Salvage, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site LoudPedal Productions

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

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2016-2017 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

December 10th Winter Heat Challenge Series – Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

January 7th Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

January 21st Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

February 11th Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

February 12th Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

March 4th "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

March 11th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

March 18th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts “Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 1st "SO CAL SHOWDOWN” WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 22nd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

April 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 13th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and CDCRA Dwarf Cars

May 20th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION III - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 27th "SALUTE TO INDY " USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

June 3rd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

June 24th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

July 1st 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS

NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD IV Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

July 15th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

July 22rd USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns

July 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

August 19th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

August 26th "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

September 2rd NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD VI - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

September 9th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, Modifieds

September 23rd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 7th - 15th Southern California Fair

October 21st USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 28th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 8th Oval Nationals Practice

November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

Champion Racing Oil Sponsors the 2017 Great Race

(Indianapolis, IN / 12.01.16) Champion Oil, a recognized leader in purpose-built enthusiast lubricants, announced today the sponsorship of the 2017 Great Race and that the overall winner will receive $50,000 in prize money with a total purse over $150,000. The profession road rally is on June 24th thru July 2nd. http://www.greatrace.com/

The Great Race is the world’s premiere old car rally, and it has traveled many miles in its 34-year existence. It is a nine-day journey that covers nearly 2,500 miles in vehicles built in 1972 and earlier. And for 2017, it will offer scenic views and historic landmarks along the Dixie Highway. The Great Race route will visit nearly 20 city stops along the way traveling through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.

With $150,000 up for grabs, The Great Race, presented by Hemmings Motor News and Coker Tire, is an automotive competition based on precision driving and navigational skills in classic, antique and vintage automobiles. The competition, which was founded in 1983, contains numerous timed endurance rally stages. There are 100 entries this year in the competition.

“Champion Racing Oil is proud to support The Great Race, which combines the accuracy in calculation and rally skills with an appreciation of historic automobiles,” said Karl Dedolph, Director of Racing and Performance Products. “Being named the official motor oil is a great tribute to our “Purpose Built” lubricant technology formulated for protection and performance. “

“The Great Race isn’t actually a race but a timed/speed/distance rally on public roads to determine which driver and navigator team best adheres to the course instructions, while testing the endurance of both the cars and the people on board. Each rally segment must be driven in a set amount of time; arriving early is just as bad as arriving late, and points are deducted”, added Dedolph.

In addition to the cash payouts, Champion, a long time corporate sponsor of the race, will be presenting a Championship Belt and $1000 in racing oil to the highest finishing team overall using Champion lubricants.

Champion Racing Oils are built specifically to meet the lubrication demands of hot rod, street rod, classic and muscle car engines, especially those using flat tappet and roller cams operating at high RPMs and requiring high-pressure valve springs. To meet these demands, Champion utilizes its premium ZDDP anti-wear protection package, which contains a unique balance of chemistry that includes high levels of zinc and phosphorus.

All Champion Racing Motor Oils contain an exclusive TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) technology. This proprietary technology delivers unmatched film strength at high temperature, better piston ring seal for maximum compression, and increases horsepower and torque in most engines.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion Brands, LLC also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Racing Motor Oils contact your nearest Champion distributor, or call Champion at 800-821-5693 or 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

Sprints On Dirt

ERIE, MI (November 29, 2016) – Each year, Engine Pro recognizes the Sprints On Dirt Engine Builder of the Year. Gressman Powersports is the 2016 recipient of the award for its high level of craftsmanship and dedication to the Sprints On Dirt racing community. Scott Gressman was presented with the award at the 2016 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Awards Banquet by Engine Pro representative Dain Naida.

Gressman Powersports, located in Fremont, Ohio, provided Brian Smith with the power and durability to win the 2016 Sprints On Dirt championship.

Gressman Powersports is a full service engine shop specializing in cutting edge engine technology. It has the necessary resources to make your engine program competitive, and your racing season successful. Gressman Powersports builds a variety of engines in a wide range of cubic inches. Each engine is designed around the customer's specific needs, whether it's a strictly regulated class specific competition engine, or a warmed over street engine. SOD’s new, unlimited format opens up new possibilities and an expanded market for Gressman Powersports.

From its modest beginnings in 1998, founder and owner Scott Gressman has seen his business grow from a one man shop, to a high tech engine development facility with a full staff of very talented and dedicated employees. Each employee has their own area of expertise, and everyone works as a team to ensure that each engine meets the customer's expectations, as well as their project deadline.

Gressman Powersports understands the investment racers make, not only in your engine, but in their racing program as a whole. They design your engine to be the best value for your intended budget. As a Gressman Powersports customer, you will get the service you expect, and the quality you demand. Gressman Powersports takes great pride in every project that passes through its doors, and will settle for nothing less than optimum performance.

For more information about Gressman Powersports, go to the Gressman Powersports Facebook page and its website at http://www.gressmanpowersports.com/. For more information about Sprints on Dirt, go to the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page and www.sprintsondirt.com.

 

 

Ohio’s Dave Shullick Jr. Eyes Oswego Supermodified Track Championship with John Nicotra Racing

OSWEGO, NY (November 30, 2016) – For the first time in more than 20 years, a veteran Ohio Supermodified driver will contend for Oswego Speedway’s coveted Novelis Supermodified track championship as two-time and defending ISMA Supermodified champion Dave Shullick Jr. will join forces with John Nicotra Racing for a weekly assault on the ‘Steel Palace’ in 2017.

Hailing from North Ridgeville, Ohio, Shullick became the first Ohio driver to win the ISMA Supermodified championship in 2015 and backed it up in 2016 with six wins on tour including the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals at Oswego Speedway.

The son of Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame driver Dave Shullick Sr., who finished fifth in the Oswego Supermodified championship in 1985, Shullick Jr. has six career Supermodified wins at Oswego, but all of those wins have come sporting a top wing.

With consecutive ISMA championships now under his belt, Shullick believes the time is right to make a full-time run at Oswego non-wing victory lane, a space not occupied by an Ohio driver since Gene Lee Gibson in August of 1987.

“A non-wing victory is something I really want on my resume,” said Shullick. “It’s been a while since an Ohio driver has competed weekly or even won a non-wing race at Oswego, and it would mean a lot to get a Buckeye back to victory lane.”

Only one Ohio driver in history has won an Oswego track championship, dating back to 1968 and legend Todd Gibson, a statistic very familiar to Shullick who takes pride in bringing the storied history of Ohio Supermodified racing back to Oswego.

“I’m looking forward to running a full season at Oswego in 2017, it means a lot,” said Shullick. “At this point in my career it’s an opportunity that would be really hard to pass up. The plan will be to start out running for both the Oswego and ISMA championships. There really aren’t too many conflicting dates and if one doesn’t start out as we hoped, we have the flexibility to adjust. This is something I have always wanted to do.”

Shortly after pairing with Jim Bodnar in a return to full-time ISMA Supermodified competition, Shullick also partnered with Nicotra and lead driver Otto Sitterly at Oswego, beginning the part-time process that has led to this weekly realization.

Since 2013 Shullick has collected four top five finishes in Oswego non-wing action including back to back top five efforts in the Budweiser International Classic 200, which saw Shullick nearly reach Turning Stone Resort Casino victory lane in 2016.

After qualifying fourth on the grid for this year’s 200, Shullick took the lead from a fuel starved Keith Shampine with little more than 50 laps to go, before running out of fuel himself just one lap from the finish, allowing Jeff Abold to roar passed for his first career International Classic triumph.

Had Shullick pulled off the victory, he would have joined Bentley Warren, Doug Heveron, Joe Gosek, and Mike Ordway as Supermodified Triple Crown winners of the Sandusky, Oswego, and Star Classics.

“After our run at Classic this year John, Otto and I sat down and talked,” said Shullick. “We talked about putting a deal together that would give me an opportunity to not only compete for a championship but to make another serious run at the Classic. I’m happy to say, we’ve made it work.”

With Shullick emerging as one of the most decorated Supermodified drivers in recent years, team owner Nictora says he and Sitterly are prepared to help Shullick in every way possible.

“Otto and I are ready to give DJ what he needs to compete at the highest level,” said Nicotra. “We’re coming into the first race ready to compete weekly with two race cars and two drivers. We will have the No. 2 and the No. 7 in the commitment program and see how the season progresses. There is not an Oswego/ISMA race on the same date until mid-July, so we can let everything play out up until that point.”

Seven-time Oswego champion Sitterly, who not only drives but is the lead mechanic on the Nicotra fleet, says he is ready.

“Even though we are at a slow point in the off-season, we are working hard and gearing up,” said Sitterly. “We are ready and excited to run DJ full-time. With both of us driving the Hawk IFS design and with some good racing fortune, hopefully both the No. 2 and No. 7 can visit victory lane in 2017.”

The addition of ‘Shoe 2’ to the weekly Oswego Supermodified fold will be a welcome one, adding yet another quality driver and racecar to an already stellar lineup.

Oswego Speedway’s full 2017 racing schedule will be released in the coming days, with the Speedway’s 67th opening night tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

Ohio Contenders for Oswego Supermodified Championship (1962-Present): 1965: Todd Gibson- 2nd 1965: Bob Smith- 9th

1966: Bob Smith- 2nd

1966: Todd Gibson- 5th

1967: Todd Gibson- 2nd

1968: Todd Gibson- Track Champion

1968: Gordon Dukes- 7th

1972: Baldy Baker- 2nd

1973: Baldy Baker- 3rd

1975: Gary Allbritain- 3rd

1978: Gary Allbritain- 10th

1984: Gary Allbritain- 6th

1984: Dave Shullick Sr.- 5th

1985: Gary Allbritain- 5th

1993: Gary Allbritain- 10th

 

 

410 SPRINTCARS Satisfying Sydney Debut for Karpenko

Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway is regarded as one of the country’s most daunting speedway tracks; however, Chace Karpenko in last Saturday night’s sixth Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round managed to come away from his debut at the track with a satisfying performance.

The Darwin, Northern Territory-based racer, driving his NT # 21 Autosmart Australia / Bridge Toyota-backed Maxim driver, managed to exceed expectations by qualifying directly into the feature-race on the night and then went on to survive what was a bruising 30-lap journey to finish just outside the top 10 in a respectable 12th.

“I couldn’t have been happier with the night and to qualify into the feature race and then finish with a respectable result topped off the night,” expressed the 30-year-old racer, whose night, like many others, was sobered by a nasty crash on the final lap of the feature race that involved fellow Northern Territory-based driver Ben Atkinson.

“I certainly exceeded expectations for our first night out at the track, and the night was setup by being able to hit the ground running and post a solid qualifying lap and then make the top-five transfer out of my heat race.”

With no prior Valvoline Raceway experience to fall back on, Karpenko managed to set the 10th fastest lap in Group 1 qualifying time trials (19th overall out of 58 cars) and in his heat race he started from position five and went on to snare the fifth and final direct feature-race transfer from that race. Those performances saw him start the feature race from deep in the field: position 17.

Without the support of his team and valued sponsors, it wouldn’t be at all possible for Karpenko to fulfil the goals of taking on the country’s toughest competition at the country’s toughest track.

“Coming down from the Northern Territory is a massive team effort,” commented Karpenko, who provided the Valvoline Raceway track with four Autosmart prize packs to giveaway to the race fans on the night.

“My main sponsors in Autosmart Australia, Bridge Toyota and Maley’s Solicitors, along with all of my other sponsors, my supportive pit crew (Luke and Russ) and family, as well as Brad Mock for letting me base our car out of his workshop during our time down here, have all come together to support me in order to make all of this possible.”

The plan for Karpenko is to run every race meeting at Valvoline Raceway up until after the Australian 410 Sprintcar Title in late January, and it’s going to see the team based in Sydney and commute back and forth to Darwin between race meetings.

Karpenko will next be in action on the Saturday night of December 10 at Valvoline Raceway for what will be the seventh round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW.

Karpenko would like to thank his 2016-17 season supporters: Autosmart Australia, Bridge Toyota, Maley’s Solicitors, HB Concrete, Lubrimaxx, Norton, Autosmart NT, NT Motorcycle Centre, Bosch Service Centre, Speedflow, Total Diesel, Coonawarra Panel Works, Toyota Access, H&R Block Tax Accountants, MAF (Mick’s Ally Fab), Opposite Lock Darwin, and Sign City.

To find out more about Karpenko, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Chace Karpenko Racing.

 

 

Who will wear the crown?

The JSR King of the River final will decided Saturday night at Heartland Speedway, Moama and with 6 teams in contention to win the Crown and the $2000 it will be a thrilling way to finish the mini-series. Only 39 points separate the top 6 and with double points on offer for the final it really is anyone’s crown. 14 teams have contested all rounds the mini-series showing the popularity it has developed.

Paul Solomon’s V7 is currently holding a marginal lead on both the Championship and King of the River. Solomon took out the feature 2 weeks ago when the All Stars were at Moama and will be looking at continuing the trend. Current King of the River Brenten Farrer’s Frijtek V34 will be trying to get a win after finishing 2nd on the podium the last 2 shows.

Young gun Dan Evans has been fast all series picking up two Lucas Oil Hard Charger awards along the way but not locking in a feature win. Evans in the SA44 Evans Transport Maxim sits in second in the river run.

Also making the trek across the border from South Australia is SA5 Trigga Gates, SA75 & SA76 in the Bartlett’s Auto Centre team of Chris Solomon and Brayden Cooley. Cooley unfortunately missed last weekend with a family wedding to attend and is keen to get back behind the wheel. Other young South Aussie’s are Jarman Dalitz’s SA56. Dalitz has been showing consistency in his first season on Sprintcars and SA69 Cody Atkins, SA16 Jack Gartner.

Brayden Parr in the V77 machine took out RD1 and is making a return to the series for the night naturally wanting to repeat the same. New to the series is Courtney Ohehir in the Global Racing N71. Ohehir is a regular at Valvoline Raceway but is putting a 360 power plant in the car for the weekend.

Unfortunately after a heavy crash at Murray Bridge Speedway last Saturday Rusty Hickman will be sidelined for a while with his injuries. The Hickman Motorsport V40 Team will be missed by all of the All Star Teams and we wish Rusty a speedy recovery.

As the heavy hitters hit town for the second time in just two weeks make sure your apart of the action this Saturday night December 3rd at Heartland Raceway, Moama and be part of the adrenaline filled night.

 

 

Lucas Ashe Racing and Van Dyke Motorsports Team Up for 2017

PETERSEN MEDIA: With the 2016 season officially in the books, Lucas Ashe is pleased to announce that his Lucas Ashe Racing team has reached an agreement with Harley Van Dyke and Van Dyke Motorsports for the 2017 season.

“First and foremost I need to thank Brent Kaeding and everyone at Kaeding Performance for all they did for my family and I during the 2016 season,” Ashe said. “I learned so much racing with them, and look forward to putting that to use in 2017. We have another great opportunity in front of us, and I am excited to work with Harley Van Dyke this coming season.”

With Van Dyke Motorsports running Lucas Ashe Racing in 2017, the Cottonwood, CA driver will still be aboard the familiar LAR No. 33 machine that he piloted to a fifth place finish with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo in 2016.

With schedules still being finalized at this time, the tentative plan for the team will see the 16-year-old driver hit roughly 50 races along the West Coast competing with both the 360ci and 410ci power plant bolted into his machine, and running with various sanctioning bodies.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Ashe family,” long time car owner and crew chief, Harley Van Dyke said. “It is always fun to work with a young up and coming driver, and we are hoping we can continue to help him evolve in his second year in a full sized sprint car.”

While Van Dyke will oversee and run Lucas Ashe Racing in 2017, he still has plans to run his Van Dyke Motorpsorts No. 5h when the LAR team has scheduled off nights.

“Once schedules get finalized we will sit down and put together a schedule that the Ashe’s feel comfortable with, but until then we will continue to gear up for a very busy season,” Van Dyke added.

Lucas Ashe Racing would like to thank Lucas Oil, NAAKE Suspension, STL Tile, SALCO Inc., Crown Motors, Logo USA, and Justeson Farms for their continued support.

2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 0, Wins-0, Top-5’s-0, Top-10’s-0

ON TAP: The 2016 season has come to a close.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Lucas Ashe by following him on Twitter @lucas_ashe or liking https://www.facebook.com/lucasasheracing/ on facebook.

 

 

Tyler Clem Takes Two Win Weekend at Bubba Raceway Park

St. Petersburg, Florida (11/30/16) – 14-year-old, Tyler Clem entered three divisions on Sunday evening and came away with two wins during the 4th annual Left Over Classic/ Florida State Championships at Bubba Raceway Park.

The holiday weekend opened for Tyler on Saturday night as he made the trip to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) to compete with the Florida Late Models at the ½-mile oval. A wreck in his heat race left Clem starting at the tail of the feature. Despite starting at the back of the field, Tyler enjoyed a great run in the feature in his Rocket Chassis #14 Bubba Army Late Model as he advanced to a runner-up finish behind Shan Smith.

Competing in three separate divisions, Tyler Clem made the trip to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Sunday night for the Left Over Classic/ Florida State Championships. Competing in his Modified, Sprint Car, and Late Model, Clem registered a 2nd-place finish in his Larry Shaw Race Car #14 Modified which ended up being his worst finish of the night.

Capturing wins number eight and nine, Tyler topped the night’s feature action in both his Vahlco Wheels #14 Late Model and his K&N Filters #14 J&J Sprint Car.

“We had an awesome weekend of racing,” said an enthusiastic Clem. “To run four events and finish no worse than 2nd is pretty cool. I want to thank my dad, my team, my sponsors, and all my fans for their great support.”

Full results from the event are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com and www.VSPRacing.com .

The team is currently evaluating when their next event will be. Keep your browsers pointed to www.TylerClem.com for the latest team plans.

Tyler Clem and Clem Racing Inc. would like to thank all of their principle and associate sponsors including Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Rent ‘N Roll, WingHouse, Shooters World, Vahlco Wheels, Hedman Hedders, Stanton Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Fuels, Braille Battery, JE Pistons, Ferrea Valves, Whelen Engineering, 1-800-Ask-Gary, Tony Stewart Racing, Elder Ford, Leaf Race Wear, Winters Racing Products, Bell Helmets, Aurora, Dan Olson Racing Products, Impact, Race Optics, Redline Oil, Stepp’s Towing, BR Motorsports, AR Bodies, DB Plugs, Jones Racing Products, Ole NE Jewelers, Callies Performance Products, Willy’s Carburetors, Toyo Tires, Durst Motorsports, Gates Belts, Butlerbuilt Seat Systems, Zero Error Racing, Superior Bearing & Supply, AR Bodies, NGK Spark Plugs, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com .

 

 

Shouse sprints to seven feature wins, IMCA RaceSaver national championship

MUSTANG, Okla. – One of the best spokesmen for the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars is the division’s newest national champion.

Andy Shouse won seven features, along with the Sprint Series of Oklahoma and Allstar Performance Oklahoma State crowns in his first full season in the 305 class. He bookended those feature victories with strings of top five finishes at the start and the end of the 2016 campaign.

“We just wanted to race. We didn’t plan to chase national points but we looked up one night and saw that we were in the thick of it,” said Shouse. “We really enjoyed this season and had a lot of good finishes. The RaceSaver rules really equalize this division. It doesn’t take a lot of money to be competitive.”

Six different drivers from Texas occupied the top spot in the national point standings before Shouse moved in to stay in late July. From Mustang, he became the first driver from Oklahoma to win the Sprint Car crown since IMCA resumed sanctioning the division in 1989.

Shouse got help working on his Sprinter from Justin Mallory and Bobby Craft – who has a World of Outlaws championship on his own resume – but was usually half of a two-man team with his father Danny at the track.

Shouse had started his career in the winged class in 360 and 410 cars before teaming up with Michael Wade, who has remained on board as a sponsor for Shouse’s RaceSaver ride.

“He’d seen me race in Texas and I ran a mini sprint for him. He suggested buying a 305 sprint car that we could split seat time in,” recalled Shouse. “We found a used car, then bought a motor from Gerald Brand at Brand Racing Engines.”

Their first night out ended with a $1,000 feature win on a chilly night at Cowtown Speedway. The partnership continued to generate wins in and around Texas and Oklahoma before Shouse decided to devote more time to his growing Bishop Racing Components business.

His first sanctioned win came in 2014. The new Sprint Series of Oklahoma sanction gave Shouse the opportunity to pursue national as well as special series and state honors this season.

“I’d raced at Ardmore and Ada I can’t tell you how many times. Longdale and Wichita Falls were new to me and they were both challenging,” he said. “There are good series all over the country but Oklahoma and Texas have a very, very tough group of cars.”

“Look at the Sprint Car Nationals. John Carney won that last year and he’s one of the guys we race with a lot,” continued Shouse, fourth in this year’s main event at Eagle Raceway. “We had a lot of success at RPM Speedway (five wins) this season but I think you’ll see guys winning championships with fewer wins in the next couple years. That’s because there are just so many good drivers.”

His one Sprint Series of Oklahoma win came in the ninth of 12 events, at Brill’s Motor Speedway. Shouse then locked up the series and national championships with third, fourth and second-place finishes in the final three SSO features.

“These are definitely accomplishments I’m proud of. Our business is basically to sell race car parts. I’m always willing to do everything I can to help a fellow racer and this gives me more credibility when someone calls to ask what they should do with their car,” Shouse said. “Winning the national championship hasn’t changed me. I still want to go out and race like I did before. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, you’re doing the wrong thing.”

Starts-32 Wins-7 Additional Top Fives-15

HIS CREW: Father Danny, Justin Mallory and Bobby Craft.

HIS SPONSORS: Bishop Racing Components and Outlaw Wings, both of Oklahoma City; Brand Racing Engines of Wheatland; Fortified Structures and Michael Wade of Fort Worth, Texas; Triple X Racing Components of Seattle, Wash.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; FSR Racing Products of Memphis, Tenn.; Keizer Aluminum Wheels of Orange City, Iowa; Rod End Supply of Olathe, Kan.; and Allstar Performance of Watervliet, Mich.

 

 

Zemco Hires Dale Blaney To Pilot The Famous No.1 Sprinter In 2017

By: Joe Burrage

Tower City, PA – (November 29, 2016) – Dale Blaney and Zemco Headers Sprint Car Team have teamed up for the 2017 Season. The Zemco Headers Sprint Car Team owned by John and PeeWee Zemaitis has a rich history of hiring excellent drivers and winning races and hiring Dale Blaney is a perfect fit.

“It’s an honor to drive for John and PeeWee Zemaitis,” said Blaney. I have known John and crew chief Tommy Carl for a long time and they are one of the best teams and most respected teams out there and the team has a ton of history and I can’t wait to drive for them in Florida.”

The Zemco Team ran a limited schedule last season with Lucas Wolfe, but the No.1 sprinter was still very consistent and won a handful of races. The Zemco seat opened up earlier in the month when Lucas Wolfe was hired to drive the Mike Barshinger No. 11C. A similar situation also happened with Dale Blaney when he was notified that Big Game Treestands would not be sponsoring the team again in 2017 so it lead to Dale Blaney getting in touch with John Zemaitis.

“A lot of things were going on at the World Finals and it was a tough weekend for sure,” says Blaney. “I have known crew chief Tommy Carl for a long time and we spoke after Lucas Wolfe moved on and we just kept in touch. Then I talked with John Zemaitis and everything kind of just fell into place and we started to look at the racing calendar. We should have a very competitive schedule for 2017 starting in Florida.”

Blaney and the Zemco Team are planning to race between 50-60 races against the World of Outlaws, All Stars, PA Speedweek, Knoxville Nationals and the majority of the high profile races in Pennsylvania like the Weikert Memorial, Tuscarora with occasional runs at Williams Grove and Port Royal on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Racing for John Zemaitis and the Zemco Team is my top priority,” says Blaney. “I am very confident in this team, Tommy Carl is one of the best crew chiefs around. He’s been around for a while and knows what it takes to win races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, or anywhere they show up to race, so it will be fun. They always have great equipment and they want to win races just as bad as I do.”

Dale Blaney has a very attractive resume: he’s a 6 time All Star Circuit of Champions Champion, owns 127 All Star feature wins, won the 1998 Historical Big One, won the 2000 Kings Royal, and has 11 World of Outlaws Feature Wins. Already racing for 28 years, he is really looking forward to racing in Pennsylvania more in 2017.

“Sprint car racing in Central Pennsylvania is tough, there are some excellent drivers, teams and their fans are very passionate about the sport,” said Blaney. “The past couple of years we have raced here and there at Williams Grove and Port Royal and it’s tough, the Posse Drivers are good and they make you race for 30-Laps. I have learned a lot about racing in Ohio and getting the opportunity to race more in Central Pennsylvania will be great. Getting a change of scenery is a good thing, when an opportunity like this comes around you have to take it. I can’t thank everyone at Zemco enough for hiring me to drive the No.1 sprint car.”

 

 

Champion Racing Oil Announces 2017 “ELITE RACER” Program

(Clinton, MO / 11.30.16) Offering one of the most comprehensive racing programs in the motorsports industry, Champion Racing Oil has announced the details for their 2017 “ELITE RACER” Program, providing support for participants in almost every recognized sanctioned racing event in North America and Canada.

Karl Dedolph, Director of Racing & Performance Products for Champion Oil, announced today, “The Champion 2017 “ELITE RACER” Program in conjunction with Lane Automotive is an all-encompassing marketing program designed to link our racing and performance lubricants directly to regional and national racers for most sanctioned racing events in North America including the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), World of Outlaws (WoO), and the United States Auto Club (USAC).

“There are many other popular series such as MOWA, UMP, USCS, IRA, MLRA, MARA, NDHRA, USMTS, IMCA, ASCS, Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Luca Oil Late Model Series, Central PA, NHRDA, and MARS”, added Dedolph. “Champion Racing and Performance products are the choice of champions in racing events nationwide. Champion’s new 2017 “ELITE RACER Program supports race teams from dirt track to pavement, circle track to drag racing, tractor pull to diesel motorsports, etc. with special pricing, sponsor decals, product support and technical advice. Innovation and technical know-how are at the heart of Champion’s Racing and Performance Division”.

For more information regarding the 2017 Champion ‘ELITE RACER” Program the convenient on-line registration form can be found at https://form.jotform.com/60314582661150

Champion Oil is an industry leader in development of synthetic motor oils for gasoline and diesel racing. These multi-viscosity motor oils contain high zinc and phosphorous formulas designed to deliver the correct balance of chemistry to protect high performance engines, especially those using flat tappet roller cams operating at high RPM's and requiring high-pressure valve springs.

These “purpose-built” lubricant products contain Champion’s proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) which extends oil film capacity for better protection at high temperatures. The Champion oils also contain special lubricity modifiers to reduce friction, and unlock the full potential of any engine by providing increased compression, horsepower and torque.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Products or the “2017 ELITE RACER Program” contact your nearest Champion Distributor, or call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

Brady Bacon – Carving it Up with Larson on Turkey Night!

(Bill W) November 29, 2016 – As 2016 has evolved, Brady Bacon and the Frank Manafort Racing #76m have become a team to be reckoned with on the USAC National Midget Series trail. Turkey Night proved to be a battle between the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver and none other than Kyle Larson. The 98-lap battle ended with Larson winning by a mere .303 seconds over Brady. The second place run took place amongst a field of 54 midgets Thanksgiving night at Ventura Raceway in California. Brady finished the season third in USAC National Midget points. The team will now aim for the “Junior Knepper 55” at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin on December 17.

It was evident early on that Brady was going to be fast. “We were fastest in the first two practice sessions on practice night,” he says. “The last session we went ahead and filled the car with fuel, and we were still sixth quick overall.”

A lap of 12.277 seconds on race night was good enough for the Jason Leffler Fast Time trophy. “We were able to set quick time,” says Brady. “We had a good draw that helped us a little bit, but we obviously had a fast car. A couple guys made us nervous, but we were able to hold on. It’s really cool to win that. It’s a neat trophy and a great award. It’s one of the cooler awards I’ve ever won.”

Quick time locked Brady on the pole for the 98-lap finale. “We made some changes to the car for the length of the race,” he says. “But we didn’t quite have the car in the feature that we had all week. We were still really close and had a really good car. We just weren’t ready for the changes that occurred.”

He would lead the first 20 laps. “We started out in front and Kyle got by us there,” says Brady. “They worked the track before the feature and I knew that it would move eventually. He got to the top first and got around us. We were behind him for a while and got up beside him several times towards the end. We just couldn’t quite close the deal.”

Brady would settle for runner-up honors. “There was some lapped traffic late, and we just couldn’t maneuver the way we wanted,” he says. “We gave him all we had. We just came up a little short. He’s a tough guy to beat once he’s in front.”

At season’s end, the team was just 47 points behind USAC champ, Tanner Thorson. “I’m extremely proud of the team and the progress we’ve made this year,” says Brady. “We went from struggling at the beginning of the year, to being the team to beat at the end without any bad luck. I’m really looking forward to the races coming up at DuQuoin and the Chili Bowl. Also, I feel we have a great shot at the championship next year.”

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Partner of the Week – Tel-Star Communications

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The Hoffman/Dynamic, Inc. #69 sprinter is sponsored by Mean Green, Mopar, Triple X Race Components, Hoosier, DMI, Lykins, Engler Machine & Tool, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, KSE, MPD Racing, CSI Shocks, XYZ Machining, Saldana Racing Products, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, Fastener Specialty Motorsports, Wilwood Brakes, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Zemco Headers, Chalk Racing Products and Weld.

 

 

LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS, ALL STAR SPRINTS & SUPER DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD SERIES HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 AT SHARON; 4 DIVISIONS TO BE FEATURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WEEKLY "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" PROGRAM

 By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH November 29, 2016 While the 2017 racing season is still well over four months away, Sharon Speedway management has been busy making preparations for the 88th anniversary season. All of the major events scheduled in 2016 will return with some additional events in the works. The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program has been reduced from six divisions down to four for the 2017 season.

After the 2016 season is officially closed out with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 25 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom, all eyes will shift to 2017 with the season opener on Friday, April 21 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their inaugural visit to Sharon in a $10,000 to-win event. After much anticipation, the 2016 event was rained out.

Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have already been booked for two events. The 35th annual Ohio Speedweek will make a stop on Tuesday, June 20 for $5,000 to-win, and then the All Stars will return for the third consecutive year to sanction the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on Saturday, July 8.

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return once again on Thursday, July 20 for a $6,000 to-win event. A huge field of 51 ground-pounders invaded the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval this past season for the first time since 1983 on the old half-mile track. Jimmy Phelps will look to defend his 2016 victory.

Advanced tickets will go on sale soon for these events. Several other events with regional touring series and non-sanctioned Sprint Car events will also be held. The exact date of September's "Apple Festival Nationals" hasn't been set, and look for a reformatted event. Speaking of the "Apple Festival Nationals", the five rained out 2016 feature events will be made up throughout the spring of 2017 with the exact dates announced with the release of the 2017 schedule.

The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program will get underway on Saturday, April 29 and will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Due to declining car counts, the (E) Modifieds and Mini Stocks will not be part of the weekly program. The Modifieds are slated to make monthly appearances.

Keep an eye on social media and our website for 2016 banquet ticket sales, 2017 rules, special event advance ticket sales, season reserved pit parking spots, car registration, and more.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

 

 

News From The Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing Preserving America’s Motor Sports Heritage

Eastern Museum of Motor Racing Hosts Open House

York Springs, Pa. – The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will host a two-day Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4.

On Saturday, local drag racing historian Darwin Doll will present a day of drag racing history. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a roundtable discussion entitled “Our Heritage, Our Heroes.”

The roundtable will feature talk about drag racing heroes of the past including “Jungle Jim” Liberman, Ronnie Sox, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Jere Stahl, Dave Strickler, “Pee Wee” Wallace, Charlie Seabrook, Malcolm Durham, Ken Montgomery, and Jim and Alison Lee.

The Sunday open house will be a celebration of Gary Wolford’s life. Wolford passed away this past summer after a long battle with cancer. The driver from Brogue is one of Pennsylvania’s leading race winners. He captured victories at local tracks such as Silver Spring, Fredericksburg, Hagerstown, Reading, Penn National, and Susquehanna.

There will be a special decal made commemorating Wolford’s life. Those that attend on Sunday will receive a free decal.

Admission is free for both days. There will be food available. The museum’s gift shop will be open for any Christmas shopping.

EMMR is currently on a winter schedule. The museum is open on just Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is a non-profit organization founded in 1975, dedicated to the preservation of America’s great motor racing history. EMMR not only honors significant people and vehicles of racing’s past; but also, the historic speedways, fairgrounds, drag racing organizations, and the Gettysburg Region Antique Auto Club of America.

For more information contact us at www.emmr.org. The museum and Latimore Valley Fairground are located at 100 Baltimore Road, off Route 15 midway between Dillsburg and York Spring. The telephone number is 717 – 528 – 8279.

 

 

Knoxville Nationals Champion to Contest Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

The 2016 Knoxville Nationals Champion Jason Johnson will return to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic when the famed event celebrates its 45th running with thanks to Lucas Oil this coming January.

The native of Eunice, Louisiana who now resides in Rocky Mount, Missouri claimed a famous victory in August at the Knoxville Nationals when he dethroned defending champion and nine-time winner Donny Schatz after an epic 50 lap battle.

The return of Johnson to Australia and most notably the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is due in no small part to Western Australia’s Stephen Stathy and the Diamond Bay Motorsports team who will provide the ‘Ragin Cajun’ with all the equipment he needs aboard the competitive W26 entry.

Many Australian Speedway followers will recall Johnson being a stand-out competitor for car owners of the ilk of Darren Disbury and Alan Haynes.

During those visits to our shores, Johnson was very impressive, becoming a three time World Series Sprintcars Speedweek Champion, tasting victory in the summers of 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2010-11, showing just how accomplished he was behind the wheel.

These WSS Speedweek Triumphs came as a part of 24 career World Series Sprintcars A-Main victories, which amazingly is third in the all-time standings behind only Brooke Tatnell and Max Dumesny.

With regards to his record at the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, Johnson has an impressive resume despite having never stood atop the podium on the final night of competition.

In 2008 he finished second behind Kerry Madsen, while in 2011 he was again on the podium, this time in third place behind Steven Lines and Brooke Tatnell.

Amazingly, since his last visit to Australia, Johnson has made some major changes to his American Racing program.

Having compiled an impressive 247 career wins in Stock Cars, Mini-Sprints, Outlaw Winged Modifieds, 360 Sprintcars and more recently 410 Sprintcars, Johnson was regular with the ASCS 360 Sprintcar National Tour, competing in only selected 410 Sprintcar events during his previous visits to Australia.

His time spent in the ASCS competition was very successful with Johnson claiming five ASCS National Tour Drivers Championships as well as claiming a further four titles in the ASCS Owners Championship!

At the beginning of the 2015 American Sprintcar Season, Johnson his wife Bobbi and their long-time Sponsorship Partners decided to make the quantum leap into the ultra-competitive World of Outlaws 410 Sprintcar Series.

As the season kicked of the team quickly went about becoming competitive, only for a race Accident at California’s Placerville Speedway resulting in a serious injury to Jason, thus meaning he would revert to car-owner duties while the likes of two-time World of Outlaws Champion Jason Meyers, Australia’s own Jamie Veal and Sammy Swindell acted as substitute drivers for the number 41 entry.

Following a period of recuperation, Johnson was soon back behind the wheel and did enough to ensure that he would be acknowledged as the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year for 2015.

As for 2016, Johnson highlighted it with his emotional Nationals Victory at Knoxville in August, but he was also able to bury some demons by extracting revenge on Placerville Speedway when he claimed the win there en-route to four World of Outlaw A-Main wins on the season.

In total for 2016, Jason Johnson contested 92 races, for four victories and 24 top five’s to finish 7th in the overall Driver Point Standings for the World of Outlaws.

For Johnson there would be no better way to launch his 2017 season than with a successful run at the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, and with the support of Diamond Bay Enterprises, Bunbury Auto Group, Jeep, Autostyle Spray Painters and Mobili, there is no reason why he won’t be in contention to finally stand on the top step of the podium.

Joining Jason Johnson in the field at the Classic will be the up and coming Queenslander Mitchell Gee who impressed many with his final night effort at the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

On that occasion, Gee progressed from C-Main 2, through to an eventual 10th place finish in B-Main two aboard the Consol Racing Q41 machine. For his tilt at the 45th Anniversary Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, Gee has secured the ride in the popular Q36 Titan Racing entry for Reeve Kruck.

With some positive early season performances, Gee will be keen to again improve on his 2016 performance to provide maximum exposure for the teams sponsors that include Titan Garages and Sheds, Stickit Signs, Oven U, Bissells Paint and Panel, ARD Doors, Torco and XYZ.

The Classic will again act as a qualifying event for the Speed Sport News World Challenge which will be held during the Knoxville Nationals next August.

The 2017 45th edition of the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Oval Express Magazine, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and GJ Gardner Homes.

Copies of the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2016 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au

Web: www.premierspeedway.com.au Twitter: @sungoldstadium Facebook: Premier Speedway Instagram: @premierspeedway

 

 

Shipley Charges From Last to Second Before Running Out of Fuel During Copper Classic

Inside Line Promotions - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Nov. 28, 2016) - Joshua Shipley nearly completed the biggest comeback victory of his young sprint car career last weekend during the Copper Classic.

Shipley opened the two-day ASCS Southwest Region event at Arizona Speedway last Friday by qualifying sixth quickest in the Alan and Kaylene Verville owned ride. Shipley advanced a position to finish fourth in a heat race, which locked him into the 12th starting position for the 25-lap main event.

"We had a troubling start, but still had success," he said. "The front wing mounts broke during qualifying. Then on the second lap of the heat race the wicker bill got hit and broke off the back of the front wing and got stuck in the cockpit. It was fighting me and the steering wheel, but we did our best to move forward and straight into the A Main."

The misfortune continued in the main event as Shipley was running 10th when he spun out exiting turn four on Lap 2. That relegated him to the back of the 22-car field.

However, it didn't take long for Shipley to maneuver back toward the front half of the field. He cracked the top 10 only a few laps later and was up to fifth by the midpoint of the main event. Shipley advanced into second place when a caution came out with four laps remaining.

"I was making a move on Billy Chester (for second place) when the red flag came out for the leader," he said. "Had we not run out of gas I had full confidence we would have won that race. When we had the restart as soon as I hit the gas the engine stumbled and I knew we were in trouble. We lost a spot to Christopher Bell. We made it to the next restart and we lost power completely and we had to pull in. The tachometer said we did 76 laps including caution laps so the race was extremely long. On a bright note we proved in only my fourth race that we can compete with the national guys."

Shipley exited the track early and he was credited with a 13th-place finish.

The team returned to the track on Saturday for the season finale, which began with Shipley timing in eighth quickest during qualifying before again moving up one spot in a heat race to place third. This time he started the main event on the outside of the eighth row.

"I felt every bit as confident on Night 2 than I did the first night," he said. "The track conditions were more what we were used to. With a great number of cars entered to go straight to the main event was huge. That was a big feather in our cap."

Shipley maneuvered into 11th place within the first two laps of the feature before another driver collided with him exiting turn four on Lap 3. Unfortunately, a fellow competitor crashed into Shipley's stalled race car and he was unable to restart the race. Shipley finished 21st.

"We were running side by side and the other driver got loose and ran out of race track and shoved me into the wall," he said. "With me being mid-pack I got collected by another guy who had nowhere to go. Two unfortunate things happened in those main events both nights, but our finishes didn't show how well our performances were. Our confidence level is to the moon. We can't wait to get back going.

"We started out with nothing this year. I bought my own (non-wing) team and Alan and Kaylene gave me a great opportunity. Now here we are, a team that can run on a national level. There were national guys there last weekend we can compete with. Racing for Alan and Kaylene gives me a lot of confidence."

Shipley, who finished the season with three non-wing sprint car wins in limited action, said he will compete in a handful of starts with the NAPA Non-Wing Series in 2017 while the sprint car team goes after the ASCS Southwest Region championship.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 25 - Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 13 (12).

Nov. 26 - Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 21 (16).

SEASON STATS -

12 races, 3 wins, 6 top fives, 8 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 11 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.ShipleyRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShipleyRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Shipley-Racing-151739011703080

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Christie Grading & Paving

Christie Grading & Paving is a business located in Rainbow Valley, Ariz.

"I didn't have a trailer when I started the season and Bob Christie had enough faith in me to buy our non-wing team a trailer," Shipley said. "It really means a lot to have a sponsor come on board that has as much faith in our team as I do. Bob has become a great friend and we're actually putting on a go-kart race this weekend with all of the money raised being donated to the Arizona chapter of the national multiple sclerosis society."

Shipley would also like to thank The Race Shack, Aero Panache Aircraft Detailing, Smiley Crane Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Catalina Drywall, 488 Web Designs and Ti22 Performance for their continued support.

 

 

Johnson Captures Top Five During His First Turkey Night Grand Prix Before Winning Second Straight Outlaw Kart Event

Inside Line Promotions - LAKEPORT, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2016) - Chase Johnson capped the 2016 season with strong results last weekend.

Johnson started the busy holiday week last Wednesday by making his debut at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., during the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix.

"We went in there blindfolded," he said. "To be that competitive was pretty impressive. I'm glad that the weekend went like it did."

Johnson qualified second quickest in his group before he advanced from fourth to third place in a heat race to lock himself into the non-wing sprint car feature in the third starting spot.

"Most of the race we ran in third," he said. "The car was on our side and we held our own. At the end of the race our car started to fade and other guys were getting faster. We slipped back to fifth. All in all, a top five with those guys is not bad at all."

The fifth-place result locked Johnson into Saturday's feature redraw, where he plucked the No. 5 to start the feature fifth.

"We picked up a couple of positions in the beginning," he said. "We were sitting in third until the last 10 laps. Unfortunately, we got pretty much ran over and got up into the wall. His right rear tire went into our left rear and into the fence we went. I was able to save the car, but by then we were back outside the top 10. Then we were getting ran over left and right because everyone was everywhere.

"I think we could have had a top-five car if not a top-three car. Unfortunately there were other plans for us. We can't let that take away from how good it went overall given the circumstances of our first time there and not running that many non-wing shows."

Johnson ended with a 15th-place result.

He then ventured to Lakeport Speedway on Saturday to pilot an outlaw kart for McClish Motorsports. Johnson qualified sixth quickest before he won a heat race, which transferred him into the dash. A third-place result in the dash lined him up on the inside of the second row for the main event.

"They gave me a great car again," he said. "On the initial start we got turned around so that put us to the rear of the field. We slowly picked our way toward the front and were able to pull off the win. Most of the time it was keeping our nose clean and going where guys in front of us weren't. I think we took the lead with about seven laps remaining and led the rest of it."

Johnson's win was his second straight and third of the season with the team. Johnson said his sprint car season is finished and he will compete in a handful of outlaw kart races throughout the offseason.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 23 - Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 5 (3).

Nov. 24 - Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif. - Feature: 15 (5).

Nov. 26 - Lakeport Speedway in Lakeport, Calif. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 3 (2); Feature: 1 (3).

SEASON STATS -

57 races, 5 wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s, 32 top 15s, 38 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.ChaseJohnsonRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChaseJohnson24

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chase.Johnson.Racing1

APPAREL -

Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Newman Freeman Racing

During the 1976 auto racing season, actor Paul Newman became interested in forming a professional auto racing team and contacted Bill Freeman from Santa Barbara. Freeman is credited as the man who introduced Newman to professional auto racing management and their company specialized in Can-Am, Indy Cars and other high performance racing automobiles.

"The reason Paul Newman got into racing was because of a guy named Bill Freeman," Johnson said. "Bill hasn't really been involved in racing since Paul's death so we really appreciate his support and partnership."

Johnson would also like to thank Johnny Franklin's Mufflers, PitStopUSA.com, Shifty Illusions, Napa Auto Parts, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.

 

 

White Excited for Upcoming Opportunity to Race Sprint Cars in Australia

Inside Line Promotions - LINDSAY, Okla. (Nov. 28, 2016) - Harli White leaves this week to embark upon her first career trip to Australia.

White will compete in approximately a dozen winged 410ci sprint car races during December and January for Paul Stirton and the A-One Charge Air Coolers backed team.

"It's awesome to think people are watching from that far away," White said. "It's a blessing. They are really good people and are all about the safety aspect of racing. I think it will be a good partnership and I'm grateful for the opportunity."

White will begin her international campaign on Dec. 10 at Sydney Speedway, where she is scheduled to compete seven times. She will also race at the track that is a little bigger than a quarter mile on Dec. 26, Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Jan. 1, Jan. 13 and Jan. 14.

White is slated to venture to Premier Speedway on Dec. 17 as well as Jan. 20-22 for the 45th annual Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

She will also make a visit to Murray Bridge Speedway on Jan. 7.

"I've had great fan support," she said. "As far as performance-wise with going to new tracks and racing 410s when I haven't before it will be some pressure to do well, but I'm excited. I love being under pressure and learning new things and bettering myself."

While White said there is a bit of uncertainty racing a new car in a new country at new tracks, she is eager for the opportunity to better herself as a racer.

"I think driving a 410 will help me a lot when I come back to the United States for next season," she said. "I think I'll be able to handle it. Anything I've jumped into I've adapted pretty quickly. The track sizes are smaller (in Australia) so I think that will be an advantage because I've raced on a lot bullrings here."

White will have t-shirts ranging from youth small to 5xl for adults as well as hoodies sized adult small to 5xl for sale at each race in Australia. Any remaining merchandise will be sold in the United States when White returns at the end of January.

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.HarliWhiteRacing.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarliWhiteRacin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harli-White-Racing-116791735008839/?fref=ts

APPAREL -

White has various t-shirt designs ranging from youth small to adult 4XL available for purchase at her race trailer every time she competes and at http://www.harliwhiteracing.net/shopping/.

AUSTRALIAN PARTNERSHIP -

White is seeking additional marketing partners to help offset the costs of taking advantage of an opportunity to race in Australia throughout the offseason. To talk with her more, email HarliWhite17w@gmail.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc.

Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., is an oilfield truck hauling business located in Lindsay, Okla.

"Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., which is owned by my dad, has been going for 20-plus years," Harli White said. "My dad works very hard. He is my main sponsor so I can't thank Charlie's Trucking and Forklift, Inc., enough for the enormous support."

White would also like to thank The Mower Shop, The Body Works, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Golden Triangle Fire Protection, Lucas Oil Products, Inc., Sea Foam, Jerry Tucker Rhoustabout, LLC, PXP Racewear, RaceChic, Shiners Hospitals for Children and Superflow Testers for their continued support.

 

 

Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season

Inside Line Promotions - FRESNO, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2016) - Giovanni Scelzi powered to eight micro sprint feature victories and the California Speedweek title this season. However, the highlight of 2016 was the transition from micro sprint to sprint car, which Scelzi made as a 14-year-old.

"It was a big transition," he said. "It was an eye opener on how difficult it is. I would say it was a learning year. I think my driving came a long way from the beginning of the year."

Scelzi produced four podiums, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 winged sprint car races. He also claimed the King of Kings title, which served as the track championship for Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

"I can't thank Dennis and Theresa Roth and Todd Ventura enough for the opportunity to race a sprint car," he said. "We were really consistent driving for all the different teams. I think we only had a few races out of the top 10. We tried a few different tracks with a few different engines and chassis combos. I got my feet wet in a lot of situations."

Scelzi, who drove for three different sprint car teams, garnered a top-10 finish during all seven races with Roth Motorsports. He also earned a top 10 during his lone race with Van Dyke Motorsports and Scelzi scored two podiums and four top 10s piloting his family owned race car.

Scelzi's best finish of second place came twice, with the second occurrence serving as one of the biggest moments of his young career. Scelzi drove the Roth Motorsports entry from 12th to the runner-up result on Sept. 17 at Keller Auto Speedway. The strong finish helped propel him to the King of Kings championship.

"Coming from 12th to second at Hanford, I think there were 30 cars and a lot of good cars," he said. "There was no time to hang out. You had to go now and as hard as you could every lap. That was huge for us to be able to run up front after starting mid-pack."

Scelzi's success in the micro sprint was also outstanding as he picked up eight wins - four at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif., and two at both Delta Speedway in Stockton, Calif., and Lemoore Raceway in Lemoore, Calif.

Two of those victories came during the California Speedweek, when Scelzi finished in the top two in all four races to capture the crown.

"To keep the bear (trophy) at home was pretty cool," he said. "The Speedweek was really cool with how fast we were. That was a huge deal to win that. This year we were definitely on our game going into it.

"I want to thank everyone who helped work on and support our micro sprint team and sprint car opportunities. A special thanks goes to Brent Ventura for his hard work. This year was the best year of my career. Next year we are focusing on the sprint car and I can't wait to get that first sprint car win."

SEASON STATS -

38 races, 8 wins, 19 top fives, 24 top 10s, 26 top 15s, 31 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GioScelzi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Scelzi-Motorsports/225890834113599

VIDEO -

Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751

Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Whipple Superchargers

Based in Fresno, Calif., Whipple Superchargers manufactures superchargers for all types of cars. Whipple's dedication to innovative thinking, hard work, attention to detail and outstanding product performance has led to a better, American made product for the performance industry. For more information, visit http://www.WhippleSuperchargers.com.

"Art Whipple is a great guy," Scelzi said. "If we need anything he is there. He's a family friend who has helped out a ton."

Scelzi would also like to thank Fowler Packing, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Panella Trucking, Carlucci Transport, Roth Motorsports, Red Rose Transportation, Scelzi Enterprises, Metric Cycles Racing Engines, Panella Racing Engines, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, FK Rod Ends, K&N Filters, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, MicroBlue Bearings, KW Suspensions, Worldwide Bearings, Sweet Blast Tech, Todd Jorgensen, G&J Truck Sales, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Red Fuel, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Southern Pacific Farms, Auto Meter and Allstar Performance for their continued support.

 

 

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series

Belleville, IL - The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series is thrilled to announce that the Belle-Clair Speedway Meents Memorial Presented by Priority Aviation will be broadcast on MAVTV. The October 1st Belle-Clair Speedway event will be broadcast on MAVTV Thursday, December 1st at 8:30am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm eastern time.

The Meents Memorial Presented by Priority Aviation brought out National Midget drivers from all over the Mid-West. The broadcast will include driver interviews, in-car cameras, and various technical segments. MAVTV is available nationwide. Check your local listings for MAVTV channel numbers.

"MAVTV is growing the sport by broadcasting the action on mainstream TV. All of our drivers, sponsors, and fans greatly benefit from MAVTV's commitment to midget racing."

For the latest breaking news about the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, including the 2016 schedule, drivers, sponsors, and all information about the series, visit the official website at www.POWRi.com.

Follow the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/powri and https://twitter.com/POWRi_Racing.

 

 

JOEY SALDANA HIRED AS DRIVER OF NEWLY-FORMED STENHOUSE JR.- WOOD RACING

WILL RACE FULL WORLD OF OUTLAWS CRAFTSMAN SPRINT CAR TOUR IN 2017

BROWNSBURG, IND. (Nov. 28, 2016) - Sprint car veteran and 99-time World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series winner Joey Saldana has found a new home for the 2017 racing season. Saldana will drive the Elk Grove Ford/Roth Investments No. 17 for the newly-formed Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Racing team.

Owned by NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt Wood, Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Racing will compete full time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour in 2017. Saldana, who finished fifth in the World of Outlaws point standings in 2016, will be looking to improve that finish and earn his milestone 100th series victory.

"I'm amazed, blessed and honored. I honestly thought my career could be over. I didn't think an opportunity like this was going to come my way," Saldana said. "I'm grateful for Dennis Roth coming on board and being the final piece in the puzzle to make this team all come together. Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) and Matt (Wood) have put a great team together and I couldn't be more anxious to get to Florida in February."

Tyler Swank, who led the Keneric Team to a Kings Royal victory in 2014, has been named crew chief of the No. 17 team. Swank, 39, and crew members will Adam Clark and Chris Bowe will field the team out of Saldana's Brownsburg, Ind., race shop.

"We're all excited to have an experienced World of Outlaws crew chief in Tyler Swank on board," said co-owner Matt Wood. "This team came about through a lot of hard work by Joey (Saldana) and the support of our co-owner Ricky Stenhous Jr. and our partners at Elk Grove Ford, Roth Investments, and Priority Aviation. Joey and Tyler both bring a lot of knowledge and success with them and we're looking forward to many trips to victory lane with them next year."

Wood's No. 17W team started the 2016 with late driver Bryan Clauson. Clauson's life tragically ended while leading the Belleville Midget Nationals in Belleville, Kansas in August.

"A year ago Matt (Wood), Richard (Marshall of Priority Aviation) and I began forming a World of Outlaws team centered around Bryan Clauson driving. After Bryan's tragic crash we all kind of just laid low," said co-owner Stenhouse Jr. "A few weeks ago an opportunity came up to have a partnership with Matt, Dennis Roth, Richard and myself. With Joey driving the car, it was something I felt I couldn't pass up. With leadership from Tyler (Swank) and Joey's experience, everyone on this team is ready to compete. I have a lot of passion for sprint car racing and I miss driving, but I feel being an owner of this type of a World of Outlaws team will make me feel more a part of the sport."

Saldana, 44, a long-time fan of Clauson's, feels honor in driving the car once intended for the late driver.

"I know Bryan's dream was to run the full World of Outlaws tour," Saldana said. "My dream was watching Bryan race midgets, sprint cars, Silver Crown cars and the Indy 500. I thought he had the best job in the world. For me to drive this car is a huge honor. I hope I don't let him down. I want to make all the right decisions and have a successful season for him and everyone involved in this team."

Stenhouse Jr. - Wood Racing will begin its 2017 season in February at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park located in Barberville, Fla. For the team's full 2017 schedule and more information about the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, please visit www.woosprint.com.

 

 

Macedo Hard Charges at Turkey Night’s Battle at the Beach

PETERSEN MEDIA- With the USAC West Coast 360’s running alongside the USAC National Midgets on Wednesday and Thursday night in Ventura, CA as part of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, Carson Macedo took advantage of the twin billing and climbed aboard the potent Tarlton Motorsports No. 21x machine for one final time in 2016.

“We had a really good car both nights, and if we don’t have our issue at the start of the race, I truly think we battle for the win,” Macedo said. “We showed we had a good car as we charged from the back to finish fourth.”

Qualifying on Wednesday night, Macedo would time the Elite Landscape Construction/Tarlton and Son, Inc./Executive Auto Sales backed machine in 10th fastest in his qualifying flight before running second in his heat race.

After the race was completed, Macedo would in fact be scored the winner as the driver who initially won was penalized for jumping a start.

Moving into the feature event, the 2016 USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year would find himself back in the eighth row, and needing to finish inside the Top-Eight to lock into the Thursday night feature event.

In a very fast paced 20-lap feature event, Macedo did well on the tight confines of the Ventura Raceway. Methodically working his way forward, Macedo would take the checkered flag in the seventh spot and safely secure a spot in the Thursday night A Main event.

During the Saturday night redraw; Macedo would have lady luck on his side early in the night as the two-pill would put him on the front row of the feature event alongside Geoff Ensign.

When the race came to life, Macedo and Ensign would battle hard up front though Macedo would find himself in the second spot. A few laps into the race Macedo’s entry would let out a few puffs of smoke and would then develop a fire in the engine compartment, which forced Macedo to come to a stop.

With Macedo just fine and no apparent issues on the car, he would tag the back of the pack with his work cut out for him. A couple of timely cautions would allow Macedo to make up ground on restarts, and he was back up inside the Top-10 in no time at all.

Piloting a very strong Tarlton and Son entry, Macedo would race his way back up to finish in the fourth spot.

“I think we just had some cold oil ignite and it caused a little fire,” Macedo said. “It was kind of a bummer because we really had a strong racecar. I have to thank Paul Baines and the guys for their hard work, as well as Tom and Tommy Tarlton for evetything they do for me.”

Tarlton Racing would like to thank Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Corporate America Investments, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2016 season.

ON TAP: Tarlton Motorsports’ 2016 season has concluded.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Tarlton Motorsports by following @Tarlton_Racing on Twitter, or becoming a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/tarltonracing21

 

 

DJ Netto Ends 2016 Season in Victory Lane

PETERSEN MEDIA: Making a return trip to Arizona over the weekend to close out his 2016 campaign, DJ Netto and the Tri-C Motorsports team made the most of their trip as Netto scored the team’s first win together as he completed a clean sweep during Saturday night’s Copper Classic.

“My guys had this thing awesome all weekend,” Netto said. “We had a part go south on Friday night, but Saturday night everything went extremely well and we were able to earn the win.”

With the final race weekend of Netto’s season kicking off on Friday night, Netto would kick the Copper Classic off by timing the Tri-C Motorsports machine in second fastest in qualifying time trials.

Getting off to a great start in his heat, Netto would surge to the top spot, where he would stay, as he picked up the win and moved directly into the feature event.

Looking to keep his good night going, Netto would battle for the race’s top spot in the early goings of the event, only to see a part fail on the ninth lap and bring his race to an early end.

Looking to go end his season with an exclamation point, Netto would return to Arizona Speedway on Saturday night and get things started by setting the standard in qualifying time trials.

Racing his way to another heat race win, Netto would find himself in the third row for the 25-lap Copper Classic feature event.

On the immaculately prepared surface, Netto would take a liking to the high side of speedway as he made quick work of the field. Battling with John Carney, Netto would take command of the race.

Very strong out front, Netto would fend off Carney’s advances he completed the clean sweep of the Copper Classic and scored his first win aboard the Tri-C Motorsports entry.

“I think it is huge to come out and win the final race of the year,” Netto added. “We have been so close in the short time we were together, and I am really thankful to be standing in victory lane with my guys, as well as Clyde and Marion Lamar. Hopefully we are able to kick next year off the way we ended this year.”

ON TAP: Netto’s 2016 season has now ended.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJ_Netto88.

 

 

Champion Racing Oil to Display Unique Sprint Car Cut-A-Way at Performance Racing Trade Show

(Indianapolis, IN / 11.28.16) Champion Racing Oil, a globally recognized industry leader in performance lubricants for over 60 years, will display on Dec. 8thth thru the 10th at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis; a new sprint car cut-a-away built by Jack Elam of J & J Auto Racing. http://www.jandjautoracing.com

For nearly 40 years, Jack Elam has been manufacturing racecars. The dedication to quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and willingness to build exactly what his customers ask for have helped J&J Auto Racing be recognized as the 410 Sprint Car “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year”. Just ask - Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart, Arnie McDonald, Steve Kinser, Derek Hagar, Chad Kemenah, Danny Holtgraver, Tim Shaffer, Robbie Stillwaggon, Dave Blaney, Jake Beard-Miller, Eric Riggins, Jr., Wade Nygaard, Lee Grosz, Chad Ely, Daniel Pestka, Marshall Skinner, Carl Bowser, Jarod Zimbardi, Ed Lynch, Jr., Ben Atkinson, Joe Ramaker, Tony Grams, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Josh Schneiderman, and DJ Simmerman to name a few.

Jack Elam will be at the Champion Racing Oil Booth # 1455 all three days of the PRI show.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants forover 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engineadditives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, commercial and specialty markets. For more information about Champion contact your nearest Champion distributor, or call Champion at 800-821-5693 or 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

GAINING MOMENTUM EACH WEEK

Official release: Toby Bellbowen Motorsport November 28, 2015

Toby Bellbowen competed in the sixth round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship on Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway.

Despite there being plenty of action in the main event, Toby missed it all and brought the Hogs Breath Café number seven home in a great seventh place.

“I was surprised to see so many stoppages on a smooth track, early on and right at the end. I think maybe there was a bit more inexperience in the field this week compared to recent features so there was more of a spread in lap times which can lead to incidents,” Toby said.

“From my side I started further back than I have so far this season so I just wanted to move forward early without getting in an incident. We tried some stuff with the car because it seemed a good night to do so. It took me a few laps to feel the car out and once I knew where my limit was I started to pass cars.”

Early in the night, Toby set ninth quick in his qualifying group and made the transfer through his heat into the main event.

“Again, it's another week in the right direction. But with the time and effort that the team and I put in during the week, a seventh isn't what we turn up for. For sure some of what has happened in recent weeks is out of our control but I think with some luck, added with what we've been working on, we will be up the pointy end again very soon.”

The team now has a week off before returning on Saturday, December 10 for what is looking like a massive night of Sprintcar racing. A massive car count is expected.

“I'd love to be racing with the World Series Sprintcars at Toowoomba, but if not, then as always, we make the most of our week off. We have a few things we've been working on behind the scenes that we'll show everyone later next week so finishing things up with that is our priority.”

As Christmas is just around the corner, don’t forget to grab some merchandise. It can be the most ideal present for a friend or loved one. Merchandise is available at the track or by sending a message through the www.facebook.com/tobybellbowen page.

Toby Bellbowen Motorsport would like to thank the following for their great support in season 2016/2017;

Hogs Breath Cafe Rod Bowen's Prestige Smash Repairs Eagle Ignition Leads Murrell Distribution Valvoline Spies Hecker Mcgrath Lander Beesafe Travel B & B Graphics Pass Powdercoating Felsch Race Engines Duncan Foster Engine Reconditioning December Schedule – Toby Bellbowen Motorsport: December 10 - Valvoline Raceway, Granville December 26 - Valvoline Raceway, Granville December 28 - Valvoline Raceway, Granville December 30 - Valvoline Raceway, Granville

 

 

Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Track Premiership Points Are Tight!

After the opening two nights of Sprintcar action at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool the points battle in the 2016-17 Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Track Premiership is a hotly contested affair with three drivers currently sharing top spot.

Following 20 year-old South Australian Aidan Hall’s stunning Victorian Title winning performance on Saturday night, that saw him earn maximum points (154), a modest 30 points is all that separates the top ten, with Hall currently in 16th, having not been a part of the opening nights racing back on November 5.

Steven Lines, who captured the feature race win back on November 5, joins Corey McCullagh and Darren Mollenoyux as the joint leaders, with all three drivers having secured 268 points.

Sitting fourth is Mount Gambier’s Glen Sutherland whose fifth-place finish in Saturday’s Victorian Title garnished a very handy 140 point haul, to take his seasons tally to 256, just 12 points behind the trio of leaders.

Currently sitting in a tie for fifth place in the prestigious $10,000 to Win Parr Motorsports Track Premiership are Allansford’s Jake Smith and Two-Time Aussie Champ David Murcott. Both drivers have accrued 252 points from their two starts this season.

Jye O’Keeffe, Saturday night’s runner up, finds himself in seventh place in the points standings with 250 points, just ahead of the evergreen John Vogels (248 points) who continues to produce strong results night in night out.

The top ten is completed by Brett Milburn (240) and Tim Van Ginneken (238) with both drivers still well and truly in contention ahead of the Max’s Race on December 17, which should once again see an influx of drivers all keen for success.

From the opening two nights of competition, six drivers have now qualified for the USC Chase later in the season with Opening Night winner Steven Lines, now joined by Aidan Hall as well as Jamie Veal, Grant Anderson, Jye O’Keeffe and David Murcott all courtesy of their podium finishes.

With some big names set to again appear on December 17 and then again for World Series Sprintcars and The Classic in January, the points battle is sure to intensify as the season rolls on.

Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Track Premiership Points:

1. Steven Lines 268 Corey McCullagh 268 Darren Mollenoyux 268 4. Glen Sutherland 256 5. Jake Smith 252 David Murcott 252 7. Jye O’Keeffe 250 8. John Vogels 248 9. Brett Milburn 240 10. Tim Van Ginneken 238 11. Dion Bellman 220 12. Adam King 210 13. Dennis Jones 206 14. James Gardiner 198 15. Peter Doukas 190 16. Aidan Hall 154 17. Jamie Veal 146 James McFadden 146 19. Grant Anderson 142 20. Brooke Tatnell 140

 

 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: BROWN, MCDONALD, BAILEY, JANSSENS, & LONGBOAT HONOURED AS 2016 CHAMPIONS

by Tommy Goudge (November 18, 2016) - Ohsweken, Ontario - The 2016 Ohsweken Speedway season was celebrated on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen's Banquet Hall in Hamilton. Mitch Brown was honoured as the champion of the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Division, while Jesse McDonald was recognized as the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car champion, Dave Bailey was crowned Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stock champion, Brandon Janssens received HRW Automotive Mini Stock champion accolades, and Dustin Longboat was awarded his trophy as champion of the Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bomber division.

NOAH THOMAS MEMORIAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD Bob Munro

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Jake Brown, Mitch Brown, Dave Dykstra, Tyler Hendricks, Jim Huppunen, Steve Lyons, Dain Naida, Cory Turner, Jamie Turner, Ryan Turner, Dylan Westbrook, and Lee Winger

HARD CHARGER Dain Naida (passed 55 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK" John Burbridge Jr.

DEDICATION TO RACING Dain Naida

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR Ryan Turner

CREW OF THE YEAR Team 10 & 1-10 (Drivers - Mitch Brown & Jake Brown)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER Tyler Hendricks

SPORTSMANSHIP Jamie Turner

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Dylan Westbrook

DRIVER OF THE YEAR Dylan Westbrook

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP Mitch Brown

The Top 15 in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars were: 1st - Mitch Brown 2nd - Dylan Westbrook (R) 3rd - Dain Naida 4th - Jake Brown (R) 5th - Cory Turner 6th - Jim Huppunen 7th - Dave Dykstra 8th - Ryan Turner 9th - Jamie Turner 10th - Glenn Styres 11th - Tyler Hendricks 12th - Steve Lyons (R) 13th - Curtis Gartly 14th - Lee Winger 15th - Stan Zanchin

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Shone Evans, Brad Herron, Jerry Hill, Ryan Hunsinger, Jesse McDonald, Holly Porter, Josh Shantz, Mike Thorne, Aaron Turkey

HARD CHARGER Jesse McDonald (passed 54 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK" Ryan Hunsinger

DEDICATION TO RACING Josh Shantz

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR Shone Evans

CREW OF THE YEAR Team 68 & 88 (Drivers - Aaron Turkey & Jesse McDonald)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER Holly Porter

SPORTSMANSHIP Aaron Turkey

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Jesse McDonald

DRIVER OF THE YEAR Mack DeMan

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP Jesse McDonald

The Top 10 in the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars were: 1st - Jesse McDonald (R) 2nd - Holly Porter 3rd - Aaron Turkey 4th - Brad Herron 5th - Josh Shantz 6th - Ryan Hunsinger 7th - Mike Thorne 8th - Shone Evans (R) 9th - Hannah Ferrell (R) 10th - Jerry Hill (R)

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY THUNDER STOCKS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Dave Bailey, Trevor DeBoer, Chris Dickie, Ryan Dinning, Dale Gyokery, Steve Hess, Kacey Huffman, Jim Lampman, Dereck Lemyre, Derek Liverance, Nick Liverance, Jason Lungaro, Jeremy May, Melissa Miller, Jens Mortensen, Karl Sault, and Logan Shwedyk

HARD CHARGER Dave Bailey (passed 165 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK" Mike Klazinga

DEDICATION TO RACING Dave Bailey

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR Jim Lampman

CREW OF THE YEAR Team 8 & 25 (Drivers - Ryan Dinning & Ken Sargent)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER Trevor DeBoer

SPORTSMANSHIP Jim Lampman

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Jason Lungaro

DRIVER OF THE YEAR Dave Bailey

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY THUNDER STOCKS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP Dave Bailey

The Top 10 in the Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks were: 1st - Dave Bailey 2nd - Karl Sault 3rd - Ryan Dinning 4th - Jim Lampman 5th - Bryce Richardson 6th - Dereck Lemyre 7th - Trevor DeBoer 8th - Jason Lungaro (R) 9th - Steve Hess 10th - Chris Dickie

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Patrick Abrahamsson, Jonathan Ayrton, Mark Bazuin, Brian Crosgrove, Brandon Crumbie, Dusty Deboer, Tim Deboer, Chris French, Mike Giberson, Dave Goodacre, Gary Hodgson, Brandon Janssens, Jon Janssens, Adam Nigh, Matt Nuell, Kevin Pauls, Chris Ryckman, Martin Schroder, Mike Taylor, Rob Twitchett, and Trevor Young

HARD CHARGER Brandon Crumbie (passed 208 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK" Rob Twitchett

DEDICATION TO RACING Gary Hodgson

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR Chris Ryckman

CREW OF THE YEAR Team 60, 66, & 66x (Drivers - Martin Schroder, Jon Janssens, and Brandon Janssens)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER Jonathan Ayrton

SPORTSMANSHIP Trevor Young

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Brandon Crumbie

ART HILL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR Mark Bazuin

HRW AUTOMOTIVE MINI STOCKS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP Brandon Janssens

The Top 10 in the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks were: 1st - Brandon Janssens 2nd - Brandon Crumbie (R) 3rd - Chris Ryckman 4th - Mark Bazuin 5th - Jonathan Ayrton 6th - Martin Schroder 7th - Jon Janssens 8th - Tim DeBoer 9th - Matt Nuell 10th - Trevor Young

GALE'S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Jerry Burnham, Tristan Da Silva, Gillian Hils, Dustin Longboat, Paul Longboat, Alex Maas, Jake Maas, Wayde Thorne, and Joey Wilcox

HARD CHARGER Dustin Longboat (passed 100 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK" Paul Longboat

DEDICATION TO RACING Wayde Thorne

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR Tristan Da Silva

CREW OF THE YEAR Team 155 & 188 (Drivers - Dustin Longboat & Paul Longboat)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER Ashley Nelson

SPORTSMANSHIP Jerry Burnham

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Joey Wilcox

DRIVER OF THE YEAR Dustin Longboat

GALE'S AUTO AFTERMARKET BOMBERS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP Dustin Longboat

The Top 10 in the Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers were: 1st - Dustin Longboat 2nd - Jake Maas 3rd - Wayde Thorne 4th - Paul Longboat 5th - Jerry Burnham 6th - Gillian Hils 7th - Alex Maas 8th - Joey Wilcox (R) 9th - Tristan Da Silva (R) 10th - Ashley Nelson

The following sponsors were recognized for their help in presenting the 2016 season: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Pinty's Delicious Foods, Corr/Pak Merchandising, Case IH Agriculture, Renway Energy, Burger Barn, Strickland's GMC, EPIC Racewear, Hoosier Tire Canada, Ackland Insurance, O'Neil's Farm Equipment, Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club, Mobil 1, McDonald's of Brantford and Paris, HRW Automotive, Gale's Auto Aftermarket, Insta-Insulation, Jibs Action Sports, Lone Wolf Fireworks, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Klotz Canada Synthetic Lubricants, Ace 1 Construction, Bearpaw Convenience, Best Western Brant Park Inn, Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, Boyle Plumbing & Heating, Bradshaw Fuels, Brant County Ford, Brown Auto Service, Caledonia Auto Supply, CARSTAR Quality Collision Service, Cedar Springs Landscape Group, Clearshot Customs, Core-Mark, Durnin Motors, The Evers Financial Group, Gerrie Electric, Grand Environmental Recycling, Grand River Power Sports, Gra-Vil Electrical Trenching, Hutch's On The Beach, I&S Crafts & Supplies, Inside Track Motorsport News, Lubek Electric, MAC Tools, Metal Works Power Coating, Middleport Mechanical, Miska Trailer Factory, Petty Pest Control Services, Rondex, Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill, Six Nations Bingo, Steer Tech, Strode's BBQ & Deli, Tirecraft, TJSlideways.com, Townline Variety, Trackem, Transport Sales & Service, 21st Century Signs, Wilson's Heritage Homes, Woodstock Ford, J. Zanon Construction, KidsRace, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Canadian Warplane Heritage, ONDirt.ca Racing News, and ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs & Photos

Ohsweken Speedway would like to thank all the racers, fans, staff, sponsors, and everyone else who made 2016 our best season yet! Weekly Friday night racing action is again on tap for Ohsweken's 22nd season in 2017, featuring the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers. Stay tuned to www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.

 

 

SESELY AIMS TO KEEP ON WINNING INDOORS WITH NEW TQ MIDGET RIDE STARTING WITH THE BATTLE OF TRENTON, DECEMEBER 9-10.

TRENTON, NJ –November 25, 2016 . . . Anthony Sesely’s three wins in the NAPA Auto Parts Gamblers Classic in Atlantic City established him as a major player in Indoor racing. The 33-year old driver from Matawan, NJ, is hoping that a new ride driving for one of the true super stars of the sport will be the ticket to getting him back to the winners circle. Sesely swept to victory in the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Atlantic City features driving for his family owned team. At Trenton he'll debut in a Three Quarter (TQ)-Midget owned by Lou Cicconi, himself a four time winner of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels

“The car is one of Lou Cicconi’s.” Sesely said. “He completely redid it from what it was last year.”

The 2016-2017 Indoor series begins with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 events at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J.

Sesely, who won his three Indoor races in a chain-driven 600 Micro Sprint, will now be driving a more conventional 750 TQ Midget.

“It will be different,” Sesely said. “I drove a 750 indoors before I built the 600. It takes a completely different style of driving each kind of car.”

The man Sesely and all others will have to work overtime to defeat is Erick Rudolph.  Rudolph, of Ransomville. N.Y. won last year’s TQ Battle of Trenton and the 2015-2016 championship.

Other early TQ Midget entries have been filed by seven-time LSMP Indoor TQ feature race winner Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., past American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association circuit champions Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa., and Ryan Tidman of Holland, Pa., and perennial asphalt Modified standouts Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general admission tickets for Friday's Battle Of Trenton opening night have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra-quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday's opening night and Saturday's "Battle Of Trenton" feature event finale. The TQ Midgets are lightweight high-tech race cars powered by 750cc Motorcycle engines that achieve speeds upward of 75 mph when driven by professional race car drivers from eight states and Canada.

The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule. Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and photos free of charge. Ryan Flores, a member of Roger Penske's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will be among those top TQ drivers who will be meeting and greeting Fan Zone attendees for Friday's races.

On Saturday the "Battle Of Trenton" 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Tickets for Saturday's races are available starting at $17 for adults and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series. Other races are scheduled for December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at www.sunnationalbankcenter.com or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM

Event and promotional sponsorship information is available at www. aarn.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

 

 

Team ILP Captures 139 Feature Wins and 11 Championships in 2016

Inside Line Promotions - LEWISTOWN, Pa. (Nov. 23, 2016) - Inside Line Promotions drivers earned 139 feature victories and 11 championships during the 2016 season.

Derek Hagar led the way with 16 triumphs that guided him to the USCS Mid South title.

Jack Dover picked up 14 wins and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprints championship.

Trey Starks won a career-best 11 races at 11 different tracks along with his first-career Western Sprint Tour Speedweek title.

Danny Lasoski garnered nine trips to Victory Lane as well as his second straight National Sprint League championship and Knoxville Raceway (in Knoxville, Iowa) track title.

Dale Blaney produced eight triumphs, including seven with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Giovanni Scelzi recorded eight wins en route to his first California Speedweek micro sprint championship.

Seth Bergman scored seven victories, highlighted by a Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win.

Johnny Herrera claimed seven triumphs, including a career-best six with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

Sammy Swindell drove his way into the Winner's Circle seven times, including during the 360 Knoxville Nationals and Short Track Nationals.

Zac Taylor pocketed six triumphs as he also won the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Rookie of the Year Award.

Zach Blurton maneuvered to five feature wins and the United Rebel Sprint Series Colorado Region championship.

Channin Tankersley earned a career-best five sprint car victories and his second ASCS Gulf South Region title in the past three years.

Brandon Hanks claimed four wins, including his first with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, and his first career ASCS Red River Region championship.

Chase Johnson captured four triumphs, including the Adobe Cup for the first time.

Ray Allen Kulhanek won four races, highlighted by his second straight Texas Grand triumph.

Devin Kline produced a trio of victories at Knoxville Raceway.

Joshua Shipley earned three non-winged sprint car wins - all in the state of Arizona.

Jamie Ball scored a pair of victories, including during a preliminary night of the 360 Knoxville Nationals.

Josh Baughman recorded two wins - his first career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour triumph and his first career 410ci victory.

Ryan Bowers picked up two triumphs en route to his second straight Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series championship.

Patrick Dills won twice at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., where he garnered his second straight track title.

Jason Sides earned two trips into Victory Lane, highlighted by a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win.

Henry Van Dam was victorious twice with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series.

Tony Bruce Jr., Tommy Bryant, Kevin Mingus, Travis Rilat, Dominic Scelzi and Ryan Smith each recorded one win.

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TEAM ILP WINS IN 2016 -

Derek Hagar - 16 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on March 25 and March 26; Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on April 23; Duck River Raceway Park in Lewisburg, Tenn., on April 30; Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., on May 14, Oct. 1 and Nov. 12; Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on May 21; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on May 27; Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on May 28; East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala., on June 18; Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark., on July 3; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., on July 9; Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., on Aug. 27; I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 17 and Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on Oct. 8); Jack Dover - 14 (U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on June 10; Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, Neb., on June 18; Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on June 25, Aug. 27 and Sept. 17; Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., on July 1; Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., on July 9, July 23, Sept. 2 and Sept. 4; I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on July 21; Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, on July 22; Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice, Neb., on July 31 and Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Neb., on Oct. 14); Trey Starks - 11 (Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on April 2; Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, S.C., on April 9; Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on June 4; Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 11; Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 18; Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore., on July 9; Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on Aug. 20; Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 27; Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., on Sept. 30; Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., on Oct. 1 and The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., on Oct. 22); Danny Lasoski - 9 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 9; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 16, May 7, May 21, July 9 and Aug. 27; Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, on June 19 and Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10); Dale Blaney - 8 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 1; Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on April 15 and May 27; Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on April 23; Butler Speedway in Quincy, Mich., on June 11; Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio, on June 19; Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa., on July 29 and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., on Aug. 18); Giovanni Scelzi - 8 (Delta Speedway in Stockton, Calif., on April 30 and July 6; Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif., on May 20, June 24, July 2 and Nov. 19 and Lemoore Raceway in Lemoore, Calif., on July 9 and Aug. 6); Seth Bergman - 7 (Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., on Feb. 27; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on March 4; Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on April 8; Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on May 29 and Aug. 7; Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on Sept. 17 and Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Nov. 11); Johnny Herrera - 7 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on March 17; Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich., on June 3; Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on July 22 and July 23; Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 10; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Sept. 22 and Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Oct. 13); Sammy Swindell - 7 (Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on April 2; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25, July 1 and Aug. 6; Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., on Aug. 22 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5); Zac Taylor - 6 (Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on April 23; Lamar Speedway in Lamar, Colo., on May 13; Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., on June 10; Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colo., on Aug. 5 and El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo., on Aug. 13 and Sept. 10); Zach Blurton - 5 (WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan., on April 10; Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on June 25, July 30 and Sept. 17 and Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Neb., on July 9); Channin Tankersley - 5 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on May 6 and July 22; Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on May 7, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on July 23 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, on Sept. 2); Brandon Hanks - 4 (Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on March 25; Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on April 17; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on May 7 and Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., on July 9);Chase Johnson - 4 (Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., on May 14 and Oct. 8 and Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif., on Nov. 18); Ray Allen Kulhanek - 4 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on July 3; Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, on July 9; Texarkana 67 Speedway in Texarkana, Ark., on July 15 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, on Nov. 12); Devin Kline - 3 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6); Joshua Shipley - 3 (Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., on March 6 and Oct. 8 and Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz., on April 23); Jamie Ball - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25 and Aug. 4); Josh Baughman - 2 (Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas, on March 26 and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., on July 8);Ryan Bowers - 2 (North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., on June 18 and KRA Speedway in Willmar, Minn., on Aug. 25); Patrick Dills - 2 (Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 4 and June 11); Jason Sides - 2 (East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 18 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on April 26); Henry Van Dam - 2 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on May 7 and Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on Sept. 24); Tony Bruce Jr. - 1 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on May 28); Tommy Bryant - 1 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 10); Kevin Mingus - 1 (Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio, on July 16); Travis Rilat - 1 (Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia, on Feb. 13); Dominic Scelzi - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., on Sept. 30); and Ryan Smith - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Sept. 16).

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Hagar Ties Season-Best Mark With 16 Wins and Adds Championship in 2016

Inside Line Promotions - MARION, Ark. (Nov. 23, 2016) - Derek Hagar tied his season-high total of 16 feature wins in 2016 to give him double-digit victories during four straight seasons.

The numerous trips to Victory Lane also led to the USCS Mid South championship, which makes Hagar a title winner in all three USCS regions during his career.

"It feels pretty good because it puts our name in there as a three-championship winning team," he said. "We've won all three of them and are in that group with Terry Gray, Kenny Adams and several others. It's something to be proud of. I couldn't be happier for my guys and everyone who is associated with this team."

Hagar said the strong season got off to a great start in early March when he swept the $10,000-to-win Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout, which was the inaugural GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series event, at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

"I think it all goes back to sweeping the weekend in Kansas for our biggest payday since we started racing," he said. "That carried a lot of momentum into the year. We kept winning and we kept everything flowing the right way."

Hagar led the USCS Series with nine victories and he scored his second USCS Speedweek title in the last three years as he earned a podium finish during all five races.

In addition to Kansas, Hagar was victorious at a dozen other tracks in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama.

"I take pride in the 16 wins because we raced with the best of the best everywhere," he said. "To be able to win 16 times in a year not just racing one series or one track, that says a lot about the team."

Two of the special wins came during the Hooker Hood Classic and Ralph Henson Memorial - both held in his home state of Arkansas.

"We seem to do our best during the classic and memorial races," he said. "The Ralph Henson Memorial was a pretty big win for us. To bang wheels with Sammy Swindell and come out on top was a big night for us. To race close and hard with Sammy … he's one of the best in the sport. Any time you can beat him it's something to be proud of."

Hagar also produced his career-best result during the Short Track Nationals with an eighth-place finish and his final win of the year came during the season finale as he garnered a triumph during the Flip Flop 50.

"I want to thank everyone who has helped with this team," he said. "My family, crew, sponsors and fans are all part of making it such a successful season."

SEASON STATS -

55 races, 16 wins, 37 top fives, 42 top 10s, 45 top 15s, 48 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.DerekHagarRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HagarDerek

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - B&D Towing

Since 2002, B&D Towing and Recovery, which is located in Marion, Ark., has been the exclusive source for professional towing, recovery and transport by major Memphis truck dealerships, parcel delivery companies, nationwide trucking firms and more. For more information, visit http://www.BnDTowing.com.

"B&D Towing supports racing," Hagar said. "They can help anyone in the Memphis area. For anyone who needs a hand, B&D is recommended to save the day."

Hagar would also like to thank Dynotech Performance, DHR Suspension, J&J Auto Racing, Xtreme Race Graphics, Fragola Performance Systems, FSR Radiators, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Hinchman Racewear, Wings Unlimited, FK Rod Ends and Ti64 for their continued support.

 

 

Smith Grades 2016 Season a B+, Earns Chili Bowl Ride From NASCAR Driver

Inside Line Promotions - KUNKLETOWN, Pa. (Nov. 23, 2016) - While his win total wasn't what Ryan Smith had hoped for in 2016, he said this season was "one of the most consistent years" he has produced.

On the heels of the solid year Smith is excited to announce his opportunity to drive a midget at the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire Jan. 10-14 in Tulsa, Okla.

"When I was in Arizona (earlier this month) driving for Ryan Linder, he's friends with Mickey Meyers, the crew chief on (NASCAR driver) Alex Bowman's midget and we talked a little," Smith said. "Things just fell into place after that. This isn't a 'rent-a-ride' deal. It's a great team and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with these guys."

The 2017 Chili Bowl will mark the fifth time Smith has competed in the event.

"I haven't been there in like three years," he said. "And to be able to have this opportunity with a great team has me really pumped up."

As for his 2016 sprint car season, Smith recorded one win, which came at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He scored 17 top-five finishes and 34 top-10 runs out of the 70 total races. He graded the season as a B+.

"That win at Williams Grove is huge to me," he said. "I've been trying so hard over the past three years to get a win there. That was a huge hurdle for us to get over. In my book, with the competition that's there, that one win should count as three."

Smith said had just a few things gone the team's way more wins would have come.

"If there's luck in racing it really wasn't on our side this year," he added. "We had chances to get a few more wins. But it was one of the most consistent years I've had and consistency puts you in the hunt for wins.

"Other than the crash during the Kings Royal (at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio), we didn't tear up a lot of equipment and we didn't have one engine failure this year. It wasn't too costly of a year and that goes a long way with my owner and sponsors.

"I'm so appreciative of all the sponsors and partners that supported us this year. It's no exaggeration that we couldn't do this without each and every one of them."

As for 2017, Smith said he and team owner Rob Warko are still finalizing the details.

"We're putting together a game plan and we will wait and see what the track schedules look like," Smith said.

SEASON STATS -

70 races, 1 win, 17 top fives, 34 top 10s, 50 top 15s, 56 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.RyanSmithRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanSmithRacing

Twitter Race Updates: https://twitter.com/DeniseS_SS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSmith.TheKunkletownKid

Instagram: https://instagram.com/denises_ss

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Warko Group

Warko Group, which is based in Reading, Pa., focuses on general contracting including plumbing, electrical and HVAC.

"Rob and I teamed up three years ago and he has given me everything I need to do what I love," Smith said. "You can't ask for more than that. It's unbelievable what this team has accomplished in such a short period of time. I can't wait to see what the future holds."

Smith would also like to thank G.L.T. Electrical, CnB Chubby, Fighting Angels Foundation, S&S Speedways, Quality Roofing Supply, East Coast Helicopter Tours, Armbruster Racing Photos, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, HP Engines, X-1 Race Cars, Pancho's Racing Products, GME Steering and Vahlco Racing Wheels for their continued support.

 

 

Mingus Adds New Sponsor for 2017 Season

Inside Line Promotions - HURON, Ohio (Nov. 23, 2016) - Kevin Mingus turned a few heads in his rookie season racing a 305ci winged sprint car on dirt. So much so, he has already signed a new sponsor for next year.

"Jamie Neel and his son, Austin, are going to help us out for 2017," Mingus said. "Jamie is a friend of my dad and works with United Rental. He tried to get them to sponsor us, but their budget is allocated to Graham Rahal and the IndyCar team for 2017. Jamie reached into his own pocket and said he would help us out."

Mingus said Neal comes from the drag racing side of the sport and is excited about getting involved in dirt racing.

"He was always interested in dirt racing, particularly sprint cars," Mingus said. "I'm very humbled that someone thinks that highly of me to write us a check to help us out."

Mingus recently attended the final banquet for the Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio. The historic asphalt track has been sold to make room for development in the area. Mingus, in his first year behind the wheel of a full-bodied late model, finished sixth in the track's championship standings and earned the Rookie of the Year Award having posted a win in 2016.

"With Columbus closing, and plans for other series up in the air, I'm going to take a step back from the late model next year," he said. "The only place to race is on Sunday nights and logistically it's just too far for me to do and get home for work on Mondays. Brandon Oakley puts a lot of time and money into that car and it wouldn't be fair for him to only get it on the track a handful of times so I encouraged him to hire someone local so they can race more. I will miss those guys. They gave me a season I will never forget and we parted on very good terms."

That opens the door for Mingus to do more dirt track racing in the Huber Motorsports sprint car.

"We have upgraded the chassis by 26 years," he said. "Everything on the car, including the motor, will be updated or new for 2017. I will be pulling some parts off our asphalt sprint car that's just sitting in the garage so we can utilize them for the dirt car. I'm excited to get back out there next year with all the improvements we've been able to make."

Mingus added the team will race mostly Friday nights at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and Saturday nights at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.

"We for sure want to hit all the FAST Championship Series events and most of the weekly shows at those two tracks," he said.

SEASON STATS -

31 races, 1 win, 4 top fives, 14 top 10s, 16 top 15s, 18 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kevin-Mingus-Motorsports-149334941749104

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KevinMingus

Snapchat: Kevinoz10

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Jamie and Austin Neel

"We will work hard to build this relationship with Jamie and his son, Austin, and show them how loyal dirt track fans are and how it will benefit them and hopefully get the business they are associated with interested in dirt racing down the road," Mingus said.

Mingus would also like to thank Huber Machine Werx, Hillbilly Rod Shop, Brandon Oakley Racing, DB3 Imaging and Midwest Equipment Company Crane Rental.

 

 

Reutzel Looking for More after Cocopah Score

Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (November 23, 2016) – The 2016 season isn’t quite over for Aaron Reutzel. Not just yet.

After capturing his eighth overall win of 2016 in the November 12 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, the 2015 series champion looks for more Arizona gold in this weekend’s ASCS Southwest “Copper Classic” at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway.

The two-night “Copper Classic” offers up a $2,000 winner’s share in Friday’s preliminary before wrapping up with a $5,000-to-win tilt on Saturday.

It’s a track that the driver of the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car has seen once before, albeit without the wing overhead.

“It was nice and wide when we raced wingless there a couple of years ago, so hopefully it’ll be like that again this weekend,” Reutzel says.

Reutzel enters the weekend off a triumph in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Cocopah after a charge from 14th to third in the Friday, November 11, prelim aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry.

“We had our normal speed, we just finally had some luck to go with it,” Reutzel said of the strong Cocopah outing.

After rallying from eight to third in his Friday night heat race, a qualifying race issue put the Danny Sander Construction/ButlerBuilt deep in the feature field. “We were going good but then got pushed over the cushion and lost a couple of positions.”

That put Reutzel 14th in the starting grid for the 25-lapper. It proved not to be a problem.

“We were able to drive right through there up to third and that got us locked in,” Reutzel said of the non-stop feature.

Locked into the Saturday feature, Reutzel was able to play the role of observer for much of the night. And it paid off. “After the B’s, they started pushing the cushion up so we hurried back to tighten up the car even more.”

Starting the ASCS National Tour third aboard the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance Filtration Sprint Car, Reutzel ran third in the early going before the battle for the win was on with Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

“It took a couple of laps to get by (Jason) Solwold for second, and then we chased Sam down for the lead,” Reutzel says.

While Reutzel initially took command on the seventh round, keeping Hafertepe, Jr., at bay proved to be a tall task.

“Traffic wasn’t good to me at all, Sam got back by me a couple of times,” Reutzel recalls.

After trading the point several times along the way, Reutzel took over for keeps with six laps to go and went on to his eighth win of the season and another score at the track that offered up his first 410-ci Sprint Car win early in the 2015 season.

“We’re always good there for some reason,” Reutzel said. “Everything was working good and everything held together.”

Now, Reutzel looks for one more strong weekend in Arizona to finish out the 2016 season with this weekend’s Copper Classic.

2016 Quick Stats: 97 races, 8 wins, 32 top-fives, 49 top-tens.

Up Next: ASCS Southwest “Copper Classic” at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway on Friday and Saturday.

Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com.

If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

Bellm Closes Out another ASCS National Tour Top Ten Season

Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (November 23, 2016) – Kyle Bellm wrapped up his second season among the top ten in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points during last weekend’s season-ending double in Arizona aboard the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car.

While Bellm was unable to add his 12 top-fives and 16 top-tens on the season, another pair of feature starts at the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma were enough to secure ninth in ASCS National Tour points after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.

“We had the potential to have been good,” Bellm said of the November 11-12 season finale at Cocopah Speedway aboard the team aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision machine.

Lady Luck jumped into play right away in the Friday opener. “We went from sixth to third in the heat and then a power steering line burst,” Bellm relates.

The driver of the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions entry battled back though, racing from eighth to third in “B” Main action to capture a starting position in the main event.

Forced pitside early in Friday’s feature, Bellm found himself on the front row outside of a Saturday “B” Main after heat and qualifying race action and once again put the Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care entry into the feature field.

It wasn’t the finale Bellm had hoped for.

“We weren’t really going anywhere, so we pulled in,” Bellm says. “I think that we had some damage from Friday night, maybe a bad bar or something, the car just wouldn’t go.”

Bellm and the Schaeffer Oil/Prater Designs/Racinboys team are already looking ahead to the 2017 season with a schedule of events yet to be determined.

“I’m excited to get that new car from CSR Garage and start next year off on a good note,” Bellm says.

Another season of laps and experience on the road with prove beneficial to Bellm and crew.

“We have a lot to build on for next year with all that we’ve learned the past two seasons,” Bellm says. “We had an up and down year, we just have to work on being more consistent and the results will be there.”

2016 Quick Stats: 48 races, 1 win, 12 top-fives, 16 top-tens.

Up Next: TBA.

Keep Track: Keep track of Kyle Bellm’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.kylebellm.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyleBellmRacing?fref=ts or on Twitter at @kylebellmracing.

If you would like Kyle Bellm Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

Brent Marks will work to solidify 2017 plans during next two weeks

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

MYERSTOWN, PA (November 23, 2016) - In conjunction with the 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, the “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks hopes to solidify his plans for the upcoming year during the next two to three weeks. The Myerstown, Pennsylvania, native has been taking the necessary steps in narrowing down his campaign trail for the 2017 season, but hopes to release his final plan of attack just after PRI.

“Things have been going well during the last few weeks. I’m excited to get our plan narrowed down and released to our fans,” Brent Marks explained. “PRI will give us an opportunity to see most of our supporters and product sponsors. Most of the tracks and series will have their 2017 schedules finalized by then, so hopefully that will give us the final ‘go’ for next season. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us. We’ve been working hard.”

Brent Marks will enter the 2017 season with a combined seven victories during his last two seasons, five of which at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. The pilot of the M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Creekside Auto Sales, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, KC Automotive, No. 19M entry also owns victories at Trail-Way Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park.

Fans can keep up with Brent Marks during his entire campaign - right here at www.fullyinjected.com. Be sure to also visit the official online home of Brent Marks Racing at www.brentmarksracing.com. Fans are also encouraged to ‘follow’ Brent Marks on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brent_marks and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brentmarksracing

Recent Highlights: Earned back-to-back victories at Port Royal Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park on Saturday/Sunday, August 27-28. Earned Hard Charger award with Arctic Cat All Stars at Atomic Speedway on October 22.

2015 Wins: 3 2016 Wins: 4 (Port Royal Speedway x2, Trail-Way Speedway, Path Valley Speedway Park) 2017 Wins: N/A

Brent Marks and ‘BMR’ would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Creekside Auto Sales, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, KC Automotive, Wolfrun Landscapes, Roadrunner Race Fuels, Maxim Racing, Penske Racing Shocks, DMI Racing Products, Vahlco Racing Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration, Rider Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited, TiLUBE, Smith Precision Products

 

 

Freeman Returns to the Fold

Teaming up with car owner and good friend Grahame Allard after five seasons on the sidelines, Paul Freeman has made a return to Sprintcar racing in the 2016-17 season, and he’s loving every minute of it.

The ex-Litre Sprintcar racer has contested two race meetings so far this season aboard the ex-Jason Sides GF1 car, which is powered by an ex-Blake Skipper 410 Chev engine, and he is looking forward to once again taking to the track this Saturday night at his home track: Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

“I’m feeling really good about being back behind the wheel of a Sprintcar,” commented the NSW # 84 Lingmo International Voice to Voice Communications / Feenstra Painting & Decorating supported GFI driver.

“We’re just doing the races we can at this stage, so there’s no pressure. It’s all about trying to be competitive, while at the same time enjoying time with mates doing something that we all love.”

Following the tragic passing of his brother in law Scott Darley in October, 2008, Freeman stepped into 410 Sprintcars and went on to show promise when he ran his full season, being named NSW Rookie of the Year in the 2009-10 season; however, he decided not to continue in the class, only making select cameo speedway racing appearances in the Litre Sprintcars class during his five-year hiatus from regular competition.

Freeman’s next appearance at Valvoline Raceway is going to be for this Saturday night’s sixth Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round and he will then return to the track on the Saturday night of December 10 for round seven. Taking a break over the Christmas-New Year period to rebuild the team’s engine, Freeman will then return early in the New Year to contest the Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway on the Friday and Saturday night of January 13 and 14.

Freeman would like to thank the entire Allard Team Motorsport, along with the team’s sponsors, Lingmo International Voice to Voice Communications and Feenstra Painting & Decorating, for all of their valued 2016-17 season support.

 

 

3 States - 3 weekends

The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Stars head to Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge this Saturdays for Round 4 making this the third state in three weekends and series regulars are certainly clocking up the miles.

Incorporating round 4 of the JSR ‘King of the River’ points will start to tighten up for the $2000 mini-series which is based along the Murray River.

After locking in a Series win at Moama Paul Solomon will be looking for another good night and another podium to secure valuable points for both the Championship and the JSR King of the River. The FMG V7 Triple X has shown speed over the past 3 rounds and will have valuable confidence on his side and with only a 7 point lead in the ‘King of the River’ Cyclone will be one to watch.

Current SA360 Champ Dan Evans in the SA44 Evans Transport Maxim will have eyes on No1 at the Bridge. Evans has been fast and consistent and currently sits 2nd in the JSR ‘King of the River’.

Making a last minute decision to run is 360 Australia 1 Luke Dillon. Dillon took out the 2016 360 Australian Title at Mt.Gambier. Dillon has run with the All Stars several times and just adds another level of talent to the already star studded field.

Past All Star champs are also making a return for the night with SA22 Chad Ely and SA33 Mark Caruso lining up in the field. Both competitors have been running 410’s with Ely travelling the country earlier in the season chasing the USC Championship and Caruso following the local SA racing. Darwinite Jamie McInnes made the long haul down the Stuart Hwy. The NT 4 is a hard charger at his local Northline Speedway and will be hoping for a solid result. With a star studded field of All Star contracted teams - V40 Hickman, SA5 Trigga Gates, SA69 Cody Atkins, SA75 Chris Solomon and current series champ V34 Brenten Farrer it could turn out to be a battle between the All Stars versus SA chargers at their home track at the Bridge. Racing will be guaranteed to be hard and fast

On track action starts with Engine Starts at 4.50pm. So come and catch the action at Murray Bridge Speedway, November 26th.

 

 

White Lightning Motorsports Captures Five Wins During 2016 Season

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Nov. 23, 2016) - White Lightning Motorsports drivers Jamie Ball and Devin Kline combined to capture five wins this season at the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World.'

"As we wrap up the 2016 season we have a lot of good memories and accomplishments," Ball said.

Ball competed in the 360ci sprint car division at Knoxville Raceway. He also traveled to various races with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and tackled his first Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., this season.

"We traveled a lot with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and around the country and learned quite a bit that we cannot wait to build on for 2017," he said.

Ball earned his first win of the season at Knoxville Raceway midway through the season. He went on to capture a second victory at the half-mile oval in August during an Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals preliminary night, which helped advance him into a starting spot in the finale. Ball ended the weekend with a 13th-place finish - the best of his career during the 360 Knoxville Nationals.

"The top accomplishment, without a doubt, has to be our first-ever 360 Knoxville Nationals preliminary victory over some of the best in the business," Ball said. "We would also go onto lock into our third consecutive 360 Nationals A Main and finished with our best result in the event."

Kline also produced several spectacular moments while racing in the 305ci sprint car class at Knoxville Raceway along with a couple 360 races at various tracks. He captured three wins at the big track as well as 12 top fives.

Additionally, White Lightning Motorsports claimed various awards from Knoxville Raceway at the end of the season, including: second place in the 305 driver and owner standings, sixth place in the 360 driver standings and third place in the 360 owner points with special thanks to Seth Bergman.

Ball was also awarded the Knoxville Raceway 360 Sportsman of the Year Award.

"At the Knoxville Raceway banquet drivers were awarded with insurance and Simpson product vouchers from the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization," he said. "We really appreciate what the KRCO does for all of us drivers and our families.

"None of this would be possible without the support from my wife, Sadi, my mom and dad, Jody and Josh Hegwood, Devin Kline, Caleb Walker, Dwight LaFollette and Brandon Dunkerson. We will now go into preparation for the upcoming season with adding a second White Lightning Motorsports 360 sprint car with Devin behind the wheel."

Both Kline and Ball will compete in 360 action across the Midwest next season with Ball continuing to travel as often as possible.

SEASON STATS -

JAMIE BALL : 31 races, 2 wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 28 top 20s

DEVIN KLINE : 17 races, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s, 15 top 15s, 16 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com

Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com

Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j

Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j

APPAREL -

White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Timber Line Tree Service

Timber Line Tree Service of Des Moines, Iowa, has more than 20 years of experience in providing commercial and residential tree and shrub services of the highest quality. Since 1998, the business has been helping customers in achieving their goals. Whether it's a big or a small project, Timber Line Tree Service can handle it for you. With its indisputable reputation and commitment to excellence, Timber Line Tree Service guarantees your satisfaction. For more information, visit http://www.TreeServiceDesMoines.com.

"Brian and the Timber Line crew have been big supporters of ours since the beginning of my career," Ball said. "These guys do great work and they do it fast and at an affordable price. They are a fully insured tree removal business that services Des Moines, Iowa, and surrounding areas. Need trees or brush removed? Give Brian a call at 515-505-3043."

White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank Housby, JJ Kane Auctioneers, The Hearing Clinic, Wingdance Graphics, Iowa State Savings Bank, Ostrich Racing Engines, Sweet Manufacturing, FK Rod Ends, Hooker Harness, MyRacePass, Bell Helmets, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Fragola Performance Systems, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Sign Pro of Newton, Shell Shock, Maxim Chassis, Hinchman Racewear, Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) and Allen Construction for their continued support.

 

 

DEREK HAGAR & MORGAN TURPEN CLINCH TITLES

McDonald Wins In New Zealand

McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 23, 2016) – J&J Auto Racing drivers Morgan Turpen and Derek Hagar laid claim to two of three 2016 United Sprint Car Series (USCS) dirt championships to close out the season. Turpen, driving for owner Terry Gray, won six feature events en route to her second consecutive USCS National Series title. Turpen, who hails from Cordova, Tenn., made history to become the only women in sprint car and USCS Series history to win back-to-back national championships. Owner and fellow driver, Gray, also posted solid season stats as he finished second in both the USCS National division and the USCS Mid-South Thunder Series.

Hagar picked up the USCS Mid-South Thunder Series championship, winning 14 races behind the wheel of a J&J Auto Racing entry. The Arkansas native collected a total of 16 wins in 2016, tying his record for the most in a single season. In addition to the wins, Hagar collected 37 top-five finishes and 42 top-10 finishes in 55 races. His final win of the 2016 season came at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., on Nov. 12. Hagar has now won all three USCS division titles in his career.

New Zealand’s Jamie McDonald won his fourth winged sprint car event of the 2016 season at Baypark Family Speedway on Nov. 19. Pulling the seven-pill for the heat race line-up, McDonald came through the field in short order to finish third in his heat race. In the second heat of the night, McDonald started ninth and drove to third. Entering the feature event as the high point qualifier, McDonald chose the outside row one starting position and took the lead at the green flag. Leading from green to checkered, McDonald took the win in the No. 71 entry.

J&J Auto Racing will be at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis, Ind. On Dec. 8 – 10 alongside Champion Oil. For those competitors and owners planning to attend the show, we invite you to stop by BOOTH 1455. For more information regarding the PRI Show, please visit http://www.performanceracing.com/.

 

 

Kevin Swindell Finds New Passion in Ownership Side of Racing

Inside Line Promotions - GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Kevin Swindell has shifted into a different side of motor sports in 2016.

Swindell, who became the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature when he was 17-years-old and who is the only driver to record four straight Chili Bowl Nationals victories, became an owner this year.

It began in January at the Chili Bowl, where Kevin Thomas Jr. wheeled a midget owned by Swindell and Bernie Stuebgen of Indy Race Parts to an 11 th-place finish in the B Main of the marquee event that showcased a record 336 entries.

Swindell then spent most of the season as a crew chief helping younger drivers before an opportunity to own a winged sprint car team became available.

"I lived the right choices and the wrong choices of that process and to be able to help younger driver down the right direction has been important to me," he said. "I feel like I have been able to relay how to drive the car and what to do and I think it's easier for me being a younger guy … you never want to listen to your dad. I can relay it as someone who's been there and done it, but is still in that age range."

Swindell selected rising star Spencer Bayston for a handful of starts for the Swindell Speed Lab backed team toward the end of the season and the results were outstanding. Swindell and Bayston combined to produce three top fives, including a career-best second-place finish, and five top 10s in seven races.

"It wasn't something that was planned to happen as quick as it did," Swindell said. "I wanted to put something together to have. Spencer came along and all that worked out. By the season finale we were zoned in on what we needed and were getting closer to having the car where we needed it to be."

The plan for next season is for Bayston to race approximately two dozen times and Swindell said he is open to putting another driver in the car when Bayston is racing a midget elsewhere.

"We're going to run 20-to-30 races with Spencer around the USAC schedule he's going to do with Keith (Kunz)," Swindell said. "We're looking for the right opportunity to race as much as possible the rest of the time when he's busy with the midget. We're looking for possible help to add to what we have built."

Swindell is interested in adding a crew member to the team as well as marketing partners to help offset the costs of competing. Anyone interested in joining the team can email KSR391@gmail.com.

"I want to thank everyone who has helped build this team, including my parents, Charlie and Audrey Armstrong, Robert Brown, Will Kimmel Racing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Indy Race Parts, Landon Simon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Shane Fleetwood, McElhannon Racing, Howard Moore Racing, A.G. Rains and Dave Reedy at Penske to name a few," he said. "I really appreciate everyone who has continued to support me."

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.KevinSwindellRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KevinSwindell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinSwindellRacing

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Arai Helmets

Arai Helmets are a premier helmet manufacturer with distributers throughout the country. For more information, visit http://www.AraiAmericas.com.

"Arai Helmets are the best fitting helmet I've ever worn," Swindell said. "Visually and structurally it's the best thing I've ever put on my head."

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, Mike Curb and Curb Records, MPI Steering Wheels, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Racing Optics, Maxim Chassis, DMI, Super Shox, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sweet Manufacturing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kenny's Components, High Performance Lubricants and Swindell Speed Lab for their continued support.

 

 

Tankersley Drives to New Level With ASCS Gulf South Championship and Career-Best Five Wins

Inside Line Promotions - HIGHLANDS, Texas (Nov. 22, 2016) - Channin Tankersley produced the best season in his sprint car career in 2016.

Tankersley recorded his second ASCS Gulf South Region championship in the past three years and he earned a career-best five region wins during the strong season.

"It's so hard to stay consistent throughout a season," he said. "To win as many races as we did it's like icing on top of the cake. We reached our goals."

Tankersley swept a pair of ASCS Gulf South Region weekends with wins at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on May 6 and at Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on May 7, and victories at Heart O' Texas Speedway on July 22 and at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on July 23. His final region victory came during the season finale on Sept. 2 at Battleground Speedway in his hometown of Highlands, Texas.

"Sweeping two weekends is an accomplishment in itself," he said. "I think prior to this year it'd only been swept a few times before. To do it twice in one year is a solid accomplishment.

"It just shows that we are a contender every night. Last year we were in contention to win the championship, but I lost it in the final three or four races. I think we've been one of the top contenders the past three or four years. We're finally showing the success of putting the whole year together."

Tankersley led the region with the five triumphs as well as 10 top fives and 11 top 10s in 13 features.

He also posted his career-best Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour result with a second-place finish in June at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo.

"I want to thank everyone who has provided me with great opportunities, including the car owners, sponsors, fans and my family," he said. "I'm really looking forward to next season and topping our achievements from this year."

SEASON STATS -

21 races, 5 wins, 13 top fives, 14 top 10s, 16 top 15s, 18 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChanninTankersley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TankRacing

APPAREL -

Tankersley has t-shirts ranging from youth medium to XXL for sale at his race trailer.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - G3 Boats

G3 Boats is a Yamaha-owned boat company that manufactures more than 100 models of aluminum fishing boats and pontoons at its location in Lebanon, Mo. For more information, visit http://www.G3Boats.com.

"G3 Boats are the best aluminum boats out there," Tankersley said. "I had my eye on buying one long before they became a partner of mine."

Tankersley would also like to thank Watercraft Plus LLC, Challenger Drilling, Blackfoot Electric, Yamaha, Day Motorsports, Blazer Boats and Sea Chaser Boats for their continued support.

 

 

Hanks Scores First-Ever Championship and Career-Best Four Wins During Breakout Season

Inside Line Promotions - BURLISON, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Brandon Hanks enjoyed a breakout performance in 2016.

"It was a great year," he said. "I'm tickled to death how it played out. It's a big deal for our team. It's something we can build on. I know we're capable of a lot more. I need more experience and seat time to keep learning and getting better, but I feel good about how much we learned and how much we gained. The championship topped it all off."

Hanks captured his first career championship by winning the ASCS Red River Region title. He scored two wins with the region following his first career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour triumph in March at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, which was his first sprint car win since 2012.

"When we won at Cotton Bowl it was a relief," he said. "I can't quite describe what it felt like. I hadn't even won a regional race with ASCS before I won that national race. To go all that time without winning and then to win a national race, that was a pretty big deal. That's where the confidence went up and everything started rolling. I knew I could win races and go after a championship."

Hanks used the momentum and confidence from that national victory to propel him through the ASCS Red River Region season, which he finished by tying for the region lead with nine top fives.

Hanks also posted a triumph during his first visit to Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., in April during an ASCS Warrior Region event.

"The $5,000 at Sedalia was pretty big to me," he said. "I had never won that much money to race. Bryan Clauson was at that race. Bryan has been one of my heroes for a long time. I've been watching him for forever and he was one of my heroes. Of course Brian Brown was there and he's pretty dominant on half miles. To win that race felt pretty awesome. That was a big deal to me. It made me feel like Cotton Bowl wasn't a fluke."

The two ASCS Red River Region race wins came at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., in May and at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., in July.

"Lawton was one of the most fun races I had with Mickey (Walker) and John Carney II," he said. "You could have thrown a blanket over the three of us. That was a lot of fun.

"The whole season was a blast. I want to thank my family and my sponsors for all of the continued support and helping make some of my dreams come true."

SEASON STATS -

47 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s, 27 top 15s, 36 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.HanksMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brandon_K_Hanks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanks-Motorsports/135263046488177

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - R.E. Enterprises

Based in Memphis, Tenn., R.E. Enterprises is a one-stop solution for sprint car parts and racing supplies, racing and performance shock services, chassis repairs and fabrication, and custom welding or machining needs. For more information, visit http://www.RacingEclipse.com.

"R.E. Enterprises has been in my corner since I was racing mini sprints," Hanks said. "I can't thank them enough for their support in my racing endeavors as well as with my powder coating business."

Hanks would also like to thank D&B Farms, Performance Powder Coating, Penske Racing Shocks, Wesmar Racing Engines, Walls Paint and Body Shop, Acme Graphix, Hinchman Racewear, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and J-R1 for their continued support.

 

 

Herrera Captures Career-Best Six ASCS National Wins and Ties Best Points Finish

Inside Line Promotions - BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Johnny Herrera tied his career-best runner-up result in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings in 2016.

The second-place finish marked the sixth consecutive season that Herrera has placed in the top four of the standings. He ranked second in the series in wins (six), top fives (24) and top 10s (32).

"We had our best season with the ASCS National Tour," he said. "Sam Hafertepe Jr. just put together a few better runs. Congratulations to Sam and his team. Of course our goal was to win the championship, but we have a lot to be proud about in what turned out to be our best season on the tour."

Herrera's career-best six feature victories doubled his total from last season.

He won the season opener on March 17 at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, before claiming the series debut at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich., on June 3. Herrera swept a doubleheader at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on July 22 and July 23, and he won a preliminary night of the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Sept. 22 and a preliminary night of the Winter Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Oct. 13.

Herrera also captured an ASCS Red River Region triumph at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 10.

"We won a good number of races and some big events," he said. "It's special any time you can win at the Hockett/McMillin Memorial and winning during the Winter Nationals was huge as well."

Herrera, who hasn't competed in a 410ci winged sprint car very often during the past few years, also scored his first top 10 with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series since July 2009 with a 10th-place result at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., in October.

"We had some great achievements this year thanks to the help from our great marketing partners, my family and Chris, who is a huge asset for this team," he said. "We're excited to get 2017 started and go after the ASCS National Tour championship."

SEASON STATS -

63 races, 7 wins, 30 top fives, 39 top 10s, 43 top 15s, 46 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JohnnyHerreraRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHerrera2

APPAREL -

Herrera has t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer and at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com/shopping.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems

Based in Concord, N.C., ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems manufactures custom seats and distributes a variety of racing accessories, including seat mounts, padding, belts and restraints, steering wheels and helmets. For additional information, visit http://www.ButlerBuilt.net.

"I highly recommend everyone to use ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems," Herrera said. "Not only are they extremely safe, but also are very comfortable."

Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Competition Suspension Inc., Mesilla Valley Transportation, Champion Brands, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Simpson Race Products, Outlaw Wings, Weld Wheels, Finish Line Coatings, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Smiley's Racing Products and Heidbreder Foundation Services for their continued support.

 

 

Johnson Set for Turkey Night Grand Prix Debut Following Outlaw Kart Win

Inside Line Promotions - PENNGROVE, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Chase Johnson will wrap up his 2016 sprint car season this week when he makes his debut at the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Johnson is venturing to Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for the 360ci non-wing sprint car portion of the marquee event that runs this Wednesday and Thursday.

"I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "I haven't raced at Ventura and only have a handful of non-wing 360 starts. I'm feeling good and feeling confident, but we don't have too many expectations going in. I'm looking to put two good nights together."

Johnson said he hopes the quarter-mile track will work to his advantage.

"If anything that will play out in our favor because of how used to small tracks we are," he said. "I don't think that will be an issue at all. You'll just have to stay out of trouble with how small the track is.

"I want to thank Johnny Franklin's Mufflers, Newman Freeman Racing and PitStopUSA for helping us get down there to run such a historic event."

Johnson is coming off his fourth triumph of the season last Friday at Plaza Park Raceway, where he piloted an outlaw kart for McClish Motorsports.

Johnson maneuvered from fifth to win the first heat race and he powered from fourth to win the second heat. That made him the high-points earner and gave him the pole for the main event.

"We knew when we unloaded we had a fast hot rod," he said. "Every time we hit the track it was spot on. It made my job a lot easier. I had to focus on putting together smooth and consistent laps."

The win was the second for Johnson and the team this year.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 18 - Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif. - Heat race #1: 1 (5); Heat race #2: 1 (4); Feature: 1 (1).

SEASON STATS -

54 races, 4 wins, 13 top fives, 19 top 10s, 29 top 15s, 35 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Wednesday and Thursday at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for the Turkey Night Grand Prix

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.ChaseJohnsonRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChaseJohnson24

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chase.Johnson.Racing1

APPAREL -

Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Johnny Franklin's Mufflers

With California locations in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Johnny Franklin's Mufflers has been a leader in the service industry for mufflers, drivelines and hitches for more than 50 years.

"My great grandpa started Johnny Franklin's Mufflers in 1961 and it has been in the family ever since," Johnson said. "My family and everyone at Johnny Franklin's Mufflers have supported me through my entire racing career and are my biggest fans. I couldn't be happier to represent such a great company."

Johnson would also like to thank Newman Freeman Racing, PitStopUSA.com, Shifty Illusions, Napa Auto Parts, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.

 

 

Giovanni Scelzi Claims Turkey Night Win During Season Finale

Inside Line Promotions - VISALIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2016) - Giovanni Scelzi made the most of his final race of the season last Saturday at Plaza Park Raceway, where he captured his eighth micro sprint victory of the year.

Scelzi was efficient every time he hit the track as he piloted the CS9 house car to the Turkey Night triumph.

"I want to thank Ricky Bray and Rob Solomon for the opportunity," he said. "I got a text last Tuesday asking if I wanted to race. I went Friday and hung out when Michael Faccinto won (in the CS9 house car). We got the car working well. It was fun to hop in a car for the first time and win."

Scelzi kicked off the event on Saturday by winning the first heat race from the pole position. He then advanced from seventh to third place in the second heat race to be the high-points earner and garner the pole position for the main event.

"The track was really wide and racy," he said. "It was a lot of fun. It was good to run that strong and pass cars. I led the distance of the first heat race and on the second lap in the second heat the third-place driver slid for second and I passed four guys on the bottom."

Scelzi continued his strong performance as he led the distance of the main event.

"The track was really slick and wide," he said. "That's what we wanted. We pulled away early. I was about half a lap ahead, but there were a ton of reds and yellows late in the race. I never saw anyone's nose or had a slide job thrown on me so we felt good all race."

The win was Scelzi's fourth of the season at Plaza Park Raceway.

"I went into the night with no expectations," he said. "We were close when we started and pretty much had control all night. It was a great way to end the year."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 19 - Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif. - Heat race #1: 1 (1); Heat race #2: 3 (7); Feature: 1 (1).

SEASON STATS -

38 races, 8 wins, 19 top fives, 24 top 10s, 26 top 15s, 31 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GioScelzi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Scelzi-Motorsports/225890834113599

VIDEO -

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Red Rose Transportation

Red Rose Transportation, Inc., has been a leading non-asset third party logistics provider since 1996. Because it started as a carrier, Red Rose Transportation understands the complex and diverse needs of both the carriers and shippers, and it provides comprehensive solutions that satisfy both parties. The team of logistics professionals are responsible for moving and facilitating thousands of nationwide truckload freight shipments annual. For more information, visit http://www.RedRoseTransportation.com.

"My mom and uncle started the business in 1996," Scelzi said. "It's been a huge part of our race program since Day 1. Everyone there has been a big part of the team."

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Fowler Packing, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Panella Trucking, Carlucci Transport, Roth Motorsports, Scelzi Enterprises, Metric Cycles Racing Engines, Panella Racing Engines, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, FK Rod Ends, K&N Filters, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, MicroBlue Bearings, KW Suspensions, Worldwide Bearings, Sweet Blast Tech, Todd Jorgensen, G&J Truck Sales, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Red Fuel, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Southern Pacific Farms, Auto Meter and Allstar Performance for their continued support.

 

 

MyRacePass Produces Pro Platinum Package for Paul McMahan

Inside Line Promotions - LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 22, 2016) - MyRacePass has developed a new MRP Pro Platinum driver package for Paul McMahan.

The website - http://www.PaulMcMahanRacing.com - has pages showcasing his schedule and results, news, sponsors, biography, photos, merchandise and more.

McMahan, who resides near Nashville, Tenn., finished 10th in the 2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship standings. He has 26 career World of Outlaws wins and has placed in the top 10 of the championship standings for four straight seasons and seven times in the last 10 years.

UTILIZE THE POWER OF THE MYRACEPASS NETWORK -

MyRacePass (MRP), originally Driver Websites, contains much of the racing content people are looking for. Tens of thousands of drivers, more than a thousand race tracks and race series, and more than a million race fans are included in the MyRacePass network. When a track or series utilizes the power of the MRP Network, the driver's results, news, photos and videos are all updated automatically. There are communication tools, management tools and promotional tools available for anyone to use. Bottom line - they make promotion and management much easier!

DRIVERS CAN NOW MAKE MONEY ON GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS -

As an MRP Pro member (also available in the Essential Package for 2016), drivers now have the ability to very easily promote ticket sales for upcoming events. If you race at a track or with a series/sanction that offers MRP Tickets, be sure to have your schedule added to your site/profile. On each of those events will be little ticket icons. If a fan clicks on that ticket icon off your site/profile and buys a ticket, you - the driver - will get paid 50 cents on EVERY ticket! All you have to do is throw a little Facebook post or Tweet telling your fans where to get the tickets. Let MyRacePass handle the rest! Now, if you are with a track or series that does not offer online ticket sales, tell them you want to make money on the tickets and help promote their events! This program is free for the track or series if they use MyRacePass, so it is a no-brainer for all promoters!

MRP SINGLE-ORDER APPAREL FOR T-SHIRTS AND HOODIES -

Have you ever wanted to sell apparel, but didn't have the necessary funds to purchase the minimum order? Have you ever ran out of smalls or black XL's? How about hoodies or women's tank tops? If you are a driver, track promoter or racing series director, I am sure you have said 'yes' to at least one of those questions. With MRP's single-order apparel program all of those questions no longer become an issue. You can simply pay for the initial design and set-up, and then let MyRacePass handle the rest. The retail price for the design and set-up is only $150 (with a MRP Logo). The process for MRP Apparel is pretty simple. You purchase a design and set-up. We design you an awesome t-shirt. We set that design up on the MRP Network, including your site. A customer then purchases the shirt. WE print that shirt. WE then ship that shirt, and YOU collect your profits that are deposited directly into your bank account shortly after the 1st of every month.

WHY DO YOU NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MYRACEPASS -

TRACKS/SERIES - MyRacePass has multitudes of products that are engineered to help you as a promoter do many things to make your life easier and put more fans in the stands. You can start out with a 30-Day FREE Trial of the Pro Platinum package and that will get you an idea of the functionality of the system. Simply claim your track profile on the MyRacePass website, and you'll get your 30-Day FREE Trial. From there, the packages are put together to ease you into all the great tools MyRacePass offers the promoter and scorers of the events. Websites, Race Management Systems, Online Ticket Sales, Single-Order Apparel, Event Reports, Driver Management and Online Registration are just a few of the main products available with MyRacePass. There are many more in production, and with a team growing to 20 representatives and developers, MyRacePass is certainly on your side to make your life easier.

DRIVERS - There are so many aspects of running a successful race team outside of what you do on the track. It's what you do off the track that draws the attention you need to help with your team's recognition throughout the sport. A website is a very useful tool to keep your sponsors and marketing partners up to date with your racing. With our PRO website packages, you have the ability to track the impressions and clicks your sponsor logos receive while being on your website. You can use that as a tool to show your current marketing partners the benefits of being involved with your race team - solely on the website. You can also use those same tools to help generate new, long-lasting marketing partnerships. On top of that, a website is a great database for your career and with the power of your information gets spread throughout that entire fast-growing network of websites.

For more information about MyRacePass, be sure to check them out online at http://www.myracepass.com and for instant updates on products/promotions and contests, be sure to follow them on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/myracepass and on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/myracepass - #TeamMRP #PowerofMRP #GetRecognized

 

 

Dave Shullick Jr. Honored as Oswego Speedway’s Shea Concrete Super Series Champion at annual ISMA Awards Banquet

OSWEGO, NY (November 22, 2016) – For the first time in his illustrious Supermodified career, Dave Shullick Jr. was honored as Oswego Speedway’s Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series champion at the annual ISMA Supermodified awards banquet held at the Turning Stone Resort Casino this past Saturday.

Ohio veteran Shullick, the winner of the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals held at the Speedway during Budweiser International Classic Weekend, is the first driver in the four year history of the series to knock off Canadian Mike Lichty to earn the series championship, worth $2,000 behind the wheel of the Bodnar No. 95 machine.

Despite winning the series opener in May as the champion of the Jack Murphy Memorial, a DNF finish of 21st in the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals dropped Lichty from title contention, although he was able to hold on for a runner-up finish in the three race title fight, collecting $1,500.

Fellow Canadian Mark Sammut ended the three race series in the third position overall worth $1,000 while Ohio’s Tim Jedrzejek and Massachusetts racer Ben Seitz finished the top five positions, each collecting $750.

King of Wings champion Trent Stephens just missed the top five cut in the sixth position following Classic Weekend with Mike McVetta, Danny Shirey, Mike Ordway Jr., and Dan Bowes concluding the top ten in the series.

Shullick would go on to earn his second consecutive overall ISMA Supermodified series championship on top of the ‘Steel Palace’ series championship after collecting a series leading six victories on the season, defeating Lichty and Jedrzejek in the yearlong battle for the championship.

Planning is in the final stages for Oswego Speedway’s 2017 season schedule which will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

Shea Concrete Steel Palace ISMA Super Series Champions: 2013 – Mike Lichty 2014 – Mike Lichty 2015 – Mike Lichty 2016 – Dave Shullick Jr.

2016 Shea Concrete Steel Palace ISMA Super Series Standings (Top Ten): 1. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr.*: 306

2. 84 – Mike Lichty*: 283

3. 78 – Mark Sammut: 276

4. 97 – Tim Jedrzejek: 269

5. 17 – Ben Seitz: 258

6. 19 – Trent Stephens*: 250

7. 22 – Mike McVetta: 248

8. 49 – Danny Shirey: 241

9. 61 – Mike Ordway Jr.: 238

10. 25 – Dan Bowes: 228

 

 

RPM@INDY, TIMELY TOPICS, DAY-OF CREDENTIALS AVAILABLE

(Merrill, WI, November 22, 2016) The Fourth Annual RPM@Indy Promoters Workshops will revisit the timely topics featured at the recent RPM@Vegas Workshop when promoters gather in the Media Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, December 7. Late entries are welcome from promoters making last-minute plans. Reserve credentials online today, or get them day-of at the Workshop.

RPM@Indy will pickup where Vegas left off, discussing live streaming by fans, a topic troubling promoters, and the best practices for confiscation of unapproved parts, including altered tires. The tech discussion will feature attorney Don Anspaugh of the Isaac Wiles Law Firm, Columbus, OH, and Series operators MIke Vaughn of the NeSmith Series and Scott Schultz, co-promoter at Flat Rock (MI) and Toledo (OH) Speedways. Roger Hadan, Eagle (NE) Raceway, and Ron Drager, of ARCA’s Flat Rock, and Toledo Speedways, will anchor the live streaming discussion. Publicist and consultant Mike Lyskowski's “Why Your News Release Got Trashed,” a primer on working with today’s understaffed, overworked editors and newsrooms, will help promoters to maximize the effectiveness of their PR in 2017. Mike Bates, Senior Director of Safety and Security for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will talk with promoters about the challenges of hosting the public in today’s world of multiple threats. Anspaugh will summarize case law decisions made in courtrooms this year that could affect promoters, then he will answer attendees questions on a wide range of topics, including, litigation, risk management, waiver, and release, and racing business. A panel discussion analyzing the 2016 season will feature Dennis Gage, Silver Dollar (CA) Speedway and Steve Beitler, Skagit (WA) Speedway.

Track owners, promoters, racing officials, series and tour operators are encouraged to reserve credentials in advance; however, late entries are welcome December 7, beginning at 8:00 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served. The final, updated schedule of sessions and credential application can be found online.

The 44th Workshops Series concludes in February with the RPM@Daytona Workshop, convening at the Hilton Daytona Beach, February 19-21, 2017. Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, is published year-round with the support of K&K Insurance Group, Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire. The Workshops are produced with additional support from INEX, Chevrolet Performance, Moffett Productions, Simes Graphic Designs, Raceceiver, Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Advertising Edge, Firethorn Marketing, IMCA, FuelTix, MyRacePass, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

More information is available from RPM at 715-536-1067, or on the World Wide Web at www.racingpromotionmonthly.com.

 

 

Sam Hafertepe Jr. – A Year to Remember!

(Bill W) November 22, 2016 – Heading into 2016, Sam Hafertepe Jr. wasn’t sure of much. Indecision about when and where the Keith Dobbs #15H race team headlined the offseason. Convincing his car owner to run the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series proved to be a winner in more ways than one. In addition to his first championship with the series, he picked up ten wins, including historic runs at the Skagit Dirt Cup and the Fred Brownfield Memorial in Washington.

Sam talked about the team’s indecision early on. “We weren’t sure we were going to run. We thought we might run regionally, but I had it in my mind that I wanted to run the national tour. I just didn’t know if that was going to be possible. We tried Donald Trump style politics on the owner, and it worked. Once that happened, we didn’t really know how good we were going to be, until about May.”

That’s when the team scheduled a practice session at Lonestar Speedway near Kilgore, Texas. “We were already fast, but that really made us into a car that would win once in a while, to a car that would be consistently in front,” says Sam. “That was crucial for a number of reasons. Ryan (Beechler) and I had never worked together before. We needed that time to race not only the competition, but the track and ourselves. It helped us figure out where we needed to be with the car. That gave us the balance in the car, and we took off from there.”

The team loaded up for the dirt track at Texas Motor Speedway and success followed. “We had a baseline down really well, and we went out and won the first night,” says Sam. “We felt we should have won the second night too, but we second-guessed ourselves before the A. But we took a lot out of that and it propelled us into Speedweek.”

Sam picked up the ASCS Speedweek title with wins in Amarillo and Wheatland, Missouri, as well as consistency at the other tracks. “Even at tracks we don’t do well at, we were good at,” he says. “We had one hiccup at Sedalia, but after that, we just picked it up with a win Wheatland.”

The team pointed the rig towards the Pacific Northwest, and everyone else in the series was racing for second. He picked up the prestigious Skagit Dirt Cup and swept the Fred Brownfield Memorial weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. “I don’t think we could ask for much more,” says Sam. “To win the Dirt Cup and then sweep the weekend at Elma…that really showed where our program was at. We had to earn it on Friday night at Skagit to make the top four and lock ourselves in. At Elma, we started in the second row both nights. We took that momentum and kept rolling with it.”

Though he didn’t win the rest of the trip, he registered three seconds in four features. “We had a little motor issue in Belgrade (Montana),” says Sam. “That put us behind the 8-ball, and the second night, we just weren’t good enough. We had a little lull getting into Knoxville. We had some motor issues there in both the 360 and the 410. We had to get out of that funk.”

Following Knoxville, Sam was back on his game the next week in Missouri at Farmington at Sedalia. “We hadn’t won since early July and we were able to get a win in Farmington there in August,” he says. “That put us back where we needed to be, mentally especially. We were a contender with (Brian) Brown at Sedalia there early,” he says. “We started running out of fuel late and ended up fourth.

His consistency had him padding a point lead the second half of the season. “The biggest thing was, even if we didn’t think we were running as well as we should be, we were still in the top five,” says Sam. “There was only a few races where we were out of the top five. There was one at Badlands, at Sedalia during Speedweek, the DNF in Waco and a couple others. When you look back at the year, you really can’t complain about that.”

Sam’s confidence rose at tracks he hadn’t felt comfortable at in the past. “This year, places that hadn’t been good for us in the past…we improved on and did well,” he says. “All the struggles that I had at those places, most of them bullrings, we were strong at. Farmington is a tiny bullring and we won there. They have really good competition. We ran third during Speedweek at Creek County, which was like a win, and we won there on a Friday night at the end of the year. To do that, gives us a lot of confidence heading into next year. When you can’t really find a track that you can’t do well at on the schedule, that’s a good thing.”

Sam hopes to fill next year’s gaps in the schedule with more 410’s. “We’re going to try and do more 410 racing,” he says. “It was a stretch to just be able to do the ASCS National tour last year. Now, financially, the team is a little better off. We’re still trying to make some motor improvements. We’re trying to improve on what we have every day. Our game plan is to get more 410 races on the schedule. We want to go to Knoxville in August and be in contention like we have been in the past. We’ve ran well on some prelim nights there, and getting some more 410 shows will help us towards that.”

Next up will be January’s Chili Bowl. Sam will again be fielding his own midget. “We’re going to try and make it,” he says. “We’re putting a motor back together. It’s going to be getting to a point where we’ll be pressing to get it done, but we’ll try. Our focus, of course, is our sprint car team.”

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Sam would like to thank Highway 79 Collision Center, the Sparks Family, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Champion Oil, NAPA Auto Parts of Franklin and Sherwin Williams.

 

 

Swindell Records Seven Wins and Unique Feat During Strong 2016 Season

Inside Line Promotions – GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Sammy Swindell added to his already impressive racing résumé in 2016.

Swindell scored seven feature victories, including wins with the National Sprint League, Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series and the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, to give him at least one win each season for the past 46 years.

“It was mostly good,” he said. “I was able to do quite a few races and do some things I haven’t done before. We had some success at different levels. I tried to make the best of what I had and what I could do and I think we were able to do that.”

While Swindell captured National Sprint League triumphs at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, in June and July, and an All Star victory in August at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., it was a win during the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals in early August that stands out as the biggest highlight of the season.

Swindell became only the second driver to claim both the 410 and 360 editions of the Knoxville Nationals thanks to the trip to Victory Lane this year while driving for A.G. Rains.

“That was huge to go do that with this little team we have,” Swindell said. “Those guys haven’t done much of the other racing outside of Arkansas. To go to Knoxville and win, it was a huge deal.”

Swindell and Rains also swept the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., in October. It marked Swindell’s fourth Short Track Nationals title and third in the last six seasons.

The team won a GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series event at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., in March as well.

“To have the record we had, it wasn’t out of the picture of winning every race we went to,” Swindell said. “We had a car capable of winning every race. I’m grateful for A.G. and his team and the opportunity they provided.”

Swindell’s two NSL wins and his All Star victory were with CJB Motorsports.

“I had a good group of guys working on the CJB car that made it a lot more enjoyable,” he said. “We had some great times.

“I want to thank everyone that supported me and continues to support me. I’m blessed to still be able to compete at this level and I’m thankful for the opportunities that continue to come my way.”

Swindell said he is unsure of 2017 plans beyond competing at the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire next January in Tulsa, Okla.

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.SammySwindell1.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1sam91

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Inside Line Promotions

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com. For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

“Inside Line Promotions has kept my sponsors and fans updated by producing weekly professional press releases,” Swindell said. “ILP has exceeded my expectations of how PR should be handled. I'm proud to be a part of Team ILP.”

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, J. Davidson Scrap Metal Processors, High Performance Lubricants, FK Rod Ends, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Simpson Racing Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Acme Graphix & Design, Schoenfeld Headers and MyRacePass their continued support.

 

 

Chase Dietz and Troy Godfrey will chase Lincoln Speedway championship in 2017

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

YORK, PA. (November 21, 2016) - Despite the initial uncertainty, Chase Dietz’s upcoming season is looking brighter than ever, already planning to chase a 2017 Lincoln Speedway track championship with car owner Troy Godfrey aboard the Godfrey Racing Engines/No. 5G.

Although their time together has been short, the duo has shown success over the past two seasons; earning five 358ci sprint car victories in 2015 between two different Central Pennsylvania tracks, also clinching the 2015 Williams Grove Speedway 358 sprint car track championship. Dietz made select 410ci sprint car starts with Godfrey in 2016, but their 2017 plan to track down a championship will be a first-ever in the 410ci division.

“I can’t thank Troy Godfrey and the entire team enough for this opportunity. I wasn’t really sure what the plan was going to be for next year, but after talking with Troy again, he presented the idea to race the entire Lincoln Speedway schedule, so automatically I agreed,” Chase Dietz said. “2016 was kinda up and down for me. I split time between my own car and the Godfrey car, all after kicking off the year in the ‘44.’ Having a solid game plan entering the new year is a big relief. I’m excited to see what we can do. I think we have a ton of potential.”

Chase Dietz has earned two 410ci sprint car victories at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway over the course of his young career; his first in 2015 and his second in 2016.

“Lincoln Speedway has always been pretty good to me. I won my first two 410 sprint features at that track, so that’s pretty special,” Dietz explained. “I think with the experience that we have and the confidence that we have, we have the potential to be in the chase for a lot of wins next year. We have a long off-season ahead, so we’ll work as hard as we can to be a weekly threat at Lincoln.”

In addition to their plans to race the entire 2017 Lincoln Speedway schedule, Chase Dietz and Troy Godfrey will also make select visits to Williams Grove Speedway. Those select events will be determined during the next few months.

Race fans can keep up with Chase Dietz during his entire campaign at the official online home of Fully Injected Motorsports - www.FullyInjected.com. Follow Chase on all of the available social networks including Facebook: Chase Dietz Racing and Twitter: Chase Dietz Racing.

Recent Highlights: Earned first victory of 2016 on Saturday evening, July 16, at Lincoln Speedway

2015 Wins: 6 (4 “358” wins at Williams Grove (PA); 1 “358’ win at Susquehanna Speedway Park (PA); 1 “410” win - Lincoln Speedway - PA)

2016 Wins: 1 - Lincoln Speedway

2017 Wins: N/A

Catch Chase Dietz on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jbwFrNrbrN8

Chase Dietz would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Haas Shocks, Start To Finish Roll Off, LLC, Godfrey Racing Engines, Embee & Sons, Gardy Enterprises, Mark’s Automotive, Pancho’s Race Products, Keizer Wheels, Beer Hill Gang and Fully Injected Motorsports.

 

 

Bergman Garners Seven Wins With Seven Series Across the Country in 2016

Inside Line Promotions – SHAWNEE, Okla. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Seth Bergman was victorious in five different states during his 2016 campaign.

Bergman captured a pair of victories in both Mississippi and South Dakota as well as wins in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona.

His biggest triumph of the year came during the final weekend of the season when he claimed his lone Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win on Nov. 11 at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., which helped propel him to an eighth-place finish in the ASCS National Tour championship standings despite missing several races.

“That was a great way to end the season and send us into the offseason with momentum,” he said. “We had a lot of ups and downs this year. I set a really high goal of winning a lot of races and we didn’t accomplish that, but we have a lot of things we can be proud of.”

Bergman also won with the ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints, USCS Series, ASCS Red River Region, Midwest Sprint Touring Series, ASCS Warrior Region and ASCS Southwest Region.

“We feel like we can compete for the win at any 360ci event around the country,” he said. “We pride ourselves on winning at a lot of different tracks in different states. I think winning at six race tracks in five different states with seven different series shows our diversity.”

Bergman has earned 30 feature victories during the past three years.

“We didn’t get as many wins as I would have liked this year, but I know our team is on the right path,” he said. “I want to thank my family, sponsors and fans for their support. I’m excited for what next year has in store for us and I can’t wait to get 2017 underway.

SEASON STATS –

66 races, 7 wins, 25 top fives, 45 top 10s, 48 top 15s, 57 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.SethBergmanRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BergmanRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SethBergmanRacing

APPAREL –

Bergman has men’s and women’s t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer during events he competes in this season.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Corridor Electric

Corridor Electric is a full-service electrical contractor located in Snohomish, Wash. With a specialty in electricity, Corridor Electric was established in 1999 by Seth’s parents – Steve and Terri Bergman.

“Corridor Electric has been the backbone for my racing career,” Seth Bergman said. “It’s my parent’s business and I can’t thank them enough for the support throughout the years. I wouldn’t be able to chase my racing dreams without everything they have done for me.”

Bergman would also like to thank Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Young Tools, Eagle Motorsports, Speedy Auto Service, SpeedMart, Scott Baylor Racing Engines and CSI Shocks for their continued support.

 

 

Scelzi Enjoys Successful Season Thanks to Summer in the Midwest

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi pushed himself outside of his comfort zone in 2016 when Scelzi and his Roth Motorsports sponsored, family owned team left the familiar confines of California to compete in the Midwest throughout the summer.

“I knew it was going to be tough and the chances of winning were going to be slim, but it was a necessary step to get better as a racer,” he said. “My goal was to get better every night. I think the biggest thing was knowing this won’t be a deal where I’m going to set the world on fire. You have to take your lumps. We used it as a learning experience and it paid off before the season ended.”

Scelzi credits the long summer of racing at new tracks against the top competition in the country to helping him earn his lone win of the season on Sept. 30 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., where he drove for Van Dyke Motorsports.

“I felt like there were a handful of races I coulda, shoulda, woulda won, but for whatever reason it didn’t work out this year,” Scelzi said. “On that night it all came together. We qualified well and won the heat to make the dash. When we drew the No. 2 for the dash I thought I had a shot at it. I knew Kyle Hirst and Andy Forsberg would be tough in the main event, but as long as I stayed with them I’d have a shot. When Kyle got caught up in that crash with two laps to go I knew what I needed to do and where I needed to go. It was like it all paid off right there. My experience in the Midwest helped me.”

Scelzi used the top groove to his advantage on the green-white-checkered restart as he passed Forsberg on the final lap to claim the victory.

Scelzi also produced his career-best World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series result at the quarter-mile oval in March when he garnered a fourth-place finish during the Mini Gold Cup.

“Starting 12th and running fourth with the World of Outlaws was a dream come true,” he said. “We had an awesome race car. We didn’t qualify well, but we bounced back in the heat race and got stronger as the night went on. I was really proud of our team.”

The result was one of eight top fives for Scelzi, who ended the season with five top 10s in World of Outlaws action.

“I want to thank my family, sponsors and fans for the continuing support as well as the handful of car owners who provided me top-notch rides,” he said. “This year was a blast and it was a huge step in the right direction.”

SEASON STATS –

73 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 20 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 43 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

VIDEO –

Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751

Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Scelzi Enterprises

In 1979, brothers Mike, James and Gary Scelzi began manufacturing their line of flatbeds out of their company’s 4,500-square-foot facility in Fresno, Calif. They added truck service bodies and crane bodies to their line in 1990. Today, Scelzi Enterprises is the Valley’s largest manufacturer and supplier of truck bodies and parts. The operation includes 16 acres with more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities in Fresno alone. Scelzi Enterprises creates custom truck bodies for a wide range of customers, from single vehicles for individuals to entire fleets for some of California’s largest companies and utilities. For more information, visit http://www.SEInc.com.

“Scelzi Enterprises has been around long before my brother and I,” Scelzi said. “My dad and uncles have been involved in racing for years. They owned a sand dragster when my dad was young and started racing, and my uncle owned a very famous hard top years ago with many famous California drivers behind the wheel, including the one and only Al Pombo.”

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Panella Trucking, Fowler Packing, Roth Motorsports, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Carlucci Transport, Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Todd Jorgensen, Schoenfeld Headers, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, Red Line Oil, Weld Wheels, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, Worldwide Bearings, Blast Tech, K&N Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meridian Steel, Kenny’s Components, Lincoln Auto Auction, Auto Meter, Allstar Performance, G&J Truck Sales, NAPA Auto Parts, DJS Safe Seats, Arctic Cat and Southern Pacific Farms for their continued support.

 

 

White Tackling Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2017, Seeking Additional Crew Member

Inside Line Promotions – LINDSAY, Okla. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Harli White will go national racing in 2017.

White, who is set to embark upon her first career offseason trip to race in Australia, is planning on tackling the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour next season.

“I’m really excited to race full time with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour,” she said. “I want to test myself against the best competition and the best way to do that is to race around the country on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.”

White, who said she will focus on sprint car racing next season and will fill in open dates with other ASCS races, finished 14th in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings despite racing in only a handful of events this season. She also posted her career-best Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour result of sixth place in 2016.

Additionally, White is excited to announce that several marketing partners are returning next season.

“We’ve got commitments from Lucas Oil Products, The Mower Shop, Golden Triangle Fire Protection and Charlie’s Trucking and Forklift, Inc.,” she said. “We really appreciate their continued support as well as all of the help from our sponsors this season. Hopefully they will all return in 2017 and we can add others as we race full time on the road.”

White said the team is currently looking to hire a full-time crew member for the 2017 season as well.

“Our shop is located in Lindsay, Okla., but we’ll be on the road quite a bit,” she said. “Anyone interested must have a love and passion for sprint car racing like we do. We have put together a great team and are looking for another crew member to round out a winning team.”

Pay will be based on experience. Interested parties can email HarliWhite17w@gmail.com for more information.

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.HarliWhiteRacing.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarliWhiteRacin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harli-White-Racing-116791735008839/?fref=ts

APPAREL –

White has various t-shirt designs ranging from youth small to adult 4XL available for purchase at her race trailer every time she competes and at http://www.harliwhiteracing.net/shopping/.

AUSTRALIAN PARTNERSHIP –

White is seeking additional marketing partners to help offset the costs of taking advantage of an opportunity to race in Australia throughout the offseason. To talk with her more, email HarliWhite17w@gmail.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Lucas Oil Products, Inc.

Lucas Oil Products, Inc., has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry. Lucas is also one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace. Lucas also produces a heavy duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets. For more information, visit http://www.LucasOil.com.

“I love all Lucas Oil products,” White said. “They have supported us for a few years. Every product they have is awesome. We run their oil and use their tire and wheel cleaner. We use everything Lucas Oil based that we can.”

White would also like to thank The Mower Shop, The Body Works, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Golden Triangle Fire Protection, Charlie’s Trucking and Forklift, Inc., Sea Foam, Jerry Tucker Rhoustabout, LLC, PXP Racewear, RaceChic, Shiners Hospitals for Children and Superflow Testers for their continued support.

 

 

Zimbardi takes home nearly $10,000 at the Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

PST Media 607-237-6372|paul@patriotsprinttour.com

(Rochester, NY) The Patriot Sprint Tour awards banquet was held at the Staybridge Suites on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY this past Saturday where Jared Zimbardi took home nearly $10,000 cash for his banner season in 2016 scoring five American Series wins and three Canadian Series wins.

The series paid out an incredible $35,000 in cash to 23 different drivers thanking them for their support of yet another fantastic 2016 season.

Multiple special awards were also given away throughout the night. Steve Glover was honored for best appearing car. The team of Scott and Dave Just took home the Patriot of the year for their never give up attitude as well as the hard luck award. Paul Habeck took home the sportsmanship award, while Tony DiFonzo received the Mechanic of the year award. Kyle Drum was rewarded with a check and plaque for the just missed the points award finishing 13th in 2016 despite his two series wins on the tour.

Pete Richardson was the recipient of the ‘worst draw’ award where he had an average draw of 35.29 that was recorded during the entire 2016 season.

Dave Just was the Evingham Site Excavation Dash Series Champion, Jared Zimbardi took home the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger award along with the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap leader award.

Dan Bennett completed his first full time season with the Patriots earning the Newcomer award.

The dedication to Motorsports award went to Curtis Berleue for his extremely hard work and dedication in his first year as the series photographer and graphic designer for the 2016 season.

Patriot Sprint Tour President, Mike Emhof, ended the evening with a special thank you to all the marketing partners, sponsors, and teams who supported the series in 2016. Mike stated, “It is with the support of our wonderful marketing partners that continue to increase their contributions and make the series grow into one of the top run racing organizations in the region”.

He also called up his entire staff making it known that none of this would be possible without each and every one of them.

The series also paid tribute to Jerry Farrell, who is retiring from his duties as Pit Steward after ten years of excellent service.

Emhof ended the night with minor changes to the 2016 season that will be made and should be on the lookout for them during the off season for a possible big announcement for a huge race weekend at Race Tracks that the Patriot Sprint Tour have never been too.

The Patriot Sprint Tour would like to thank all the great facilities the organization they were able to visit in 2016: Merrittville Speedway, Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Outlaw Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway, Oshweken Speedway, Woodhull Raceway, Little Valley Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, Eriez Speedway, Raceway 7, Stateline Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

The Patriot Sprint Tour shares a heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the marketing partners that allow our series to grow. A-Verdi Storage Containers, Bonnell Collision Center , Evingham Site Excavation, Fine Touch Collision, Hoosier Racing Tire / Bicknell Race Products, Einstein Construction Group, Shuttleworth Seal Coating, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Stampede Steakhouse, Patriot Tank Lines, , Casey's Truck Salvage , Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc, Champion Power Equipment, and ASI Racewear.

The Patriot Sprint Tour also passes along a big thank you to our vendor product sponsor give-a-way program which they provided nearly $7,500 worth of parts to. Included in this program for 2016 was, Brodix, Crow, DHP, DMI, Eagle, FSR, GME, Insinger, Keizer, Maxim, MEM, Inc., M&W, Randy's Filters, Rod End Supply, Saldana, Ti22, Ti64, Top Flight, Wilwood, Winters, & Xtreme.

Be sure to log onto www.patriotsprinttour.com and to follow us on our Social media outlets of facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Dobson’s Hard-Fought WSS Podium Finish

To say that Shaun Dobson fought hard for his podium finish in last Saturday night’s second World Series Sprintcars Championship round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway would be quite the understatement.

The pilot of the ACT # 21 Essendon Ford / Quantum Quartz backed Cool ended up in third place on the podium at the completion of the feature race behind winner Jamie Veal and second-placed Robbie Farr.

As one would expect, Dobson was rapt to come away with his first podium finish of the 2016-17 season and also finally come away with a result to back up the speed he has shown throughout the early stages of this season.

“We’ve been fast so far this season, but we haven’t had any results to show for it – until now,” expressed Dobson, who had qualified third for the feature race after an impressive run from the Bronze to the Gold Shootout.

“Our night started off strongly with a good run in time trials, and we were just able to build on that and managed to come away with a pleasing result after a consistent and hard-fought run with some of the country’s best racers.”

Dobson was quick to heap praise on the efforts of the entire Dobson Motorsport team – especially crew chief Shane Finch.

“The whole team has been working hard all season, so it’s great to finally be able to reward them with a good result,” said the 23-year-old racer from Hobart in Tasmania.

“Shane has been a wonderful addition to our team, and to have a guy of his experience in our corner is certainly playing a part in helping us run towards the front of the field on a more consistent basis.”

Earlier in the night, Dobson had recorded the eighth fastest lap in time trials and then earned his spot into the Bronze Shootout by finishing his two heat races in seventh and third place respectively – both from towards the back of the field.

Dobson’s focus now is this Saturday night’s Victorian 410 Sprintcar Title at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway. With the team’s confidence high following their World Series podium finish, they’re aiming to contend for another podium finish.

The Dobson Motorsport team would like to thank their 2016-17 season sponsors: Essendon Ford, Quantum Quartz, Road & River Motorcycles, Albert Road Store - Hobart, Castrol Oil, and Cool Chassis.

To find out more about Dobson, or to purchase team merchandise, visit his website at www.shaundobson.com.au. You can also follow Dobson on social media via Facebook by searching Shaun Dobson Racing or follow him on Twitter by searching @DobsonShaun.

 

 

5-HOUR ENERGY® RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF THE 2017 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (Nov. 19, 2016) -- Following a successful 2016 entry into grassroots racing, 5-hour ENERGY® has announced they will return to sprint car racing's most prestigious race as the title sponsor of the 2017 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

The 57th running of the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores will be held August 9-12, 2017. The four-day event hosts more than 100 of sprint car racing's greatest drivers from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More than 20,000 fans converge upon the small town of Knoxville, Iowa, just 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines, for the annual event.

5-hour ENERGY®, distributed by Michigan-based Living Essentials, LLC, has been a mainstay in NASCAR for the past several years as a sponsor of teams, drivers, and tracks, supporting the various programs through national advertising and retail campaigns. In 2016, 5-hour ENERGY added dirt track racing, specifically the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, to their marketing efforts.

"Sprint car fans are our customers and we were so proud to be associated with the greatest sprint car event of the year in 2016," said Rise' Meguiar, Vice President of Sales for Living Essentials. "The racing is amazing, the fans are extremely loyal and the experience is memorable. Another key component for us is the partnership we have forged with Casey's General Stores. We did a lot of good things together our first year and I am looking forward to being even more creative in 2017."

Casey's General Stores, a long-standing partner with Knoxville Raceway, will continue as the presenting sponsor of the 5-hour ENERGY® Knoxville Nationals, creating a natural retail relationship.

"We truly value the race fans loyalty to brands that enjoy the sport as much as we do," said Mike Richardson, Vice President of Marketing for Casey's General Stores. "We look forward to another exciting Knoxville Nationals in 2017."

The 2016 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores saw one of the most thrilling battles between nine-time winner Donny Schatz and Jason Johnson. Johnson went on to win the event - the biggest win of his career - and stop Schatz's attempt at a 10th victory in just 11 years. "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser remains the winningest Knoxville Nationals driver with 12 victories.

The 5-hour ENERGY® Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores will again feature live music on select nights, the annual Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup fundraiser featuring Gordon, Stewart and other NASCAR drivers, the Knoxville Nationals parade and more.

The 2017 Knoxville Nationals preliminary night sponsors will be announced soon, as well as sponsors of major event entitlements for the 360 Nationals, Late Model Nationals and Capitani Classic.

Tickets for the four-day 5-hour ENERGY® Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores will be available to the public starting on Thursday, December 1. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the ticket office at 641-842-5431.

More information about Knoxville Raceway and the 5-hour ENERGY® Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores can be found at the aforementioned website, on Knoxville Raceway's Facebook page, @KnoxvilleRaces on Twitter and Knoxville Raceway on Instagram. The Knoxville Raceway app is also a free download for all Apple and Android phones. ABOUT KNOXVILLE RACEWAY: Located on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Raceway is a 1/2-mile dirt track that hosts winged 305, 360 and 410 sprint car racing every Saturday night from April to September. The "Sprint Car Capital of the World" also hosts the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores, sprint car racing's most prestigious event, as well as the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores and the 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. Knoxville Raceway is the third-largest outdoor stadium in Iowa with 24,612 seats and 32 luxury suites.

 

 

2017 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY WORLD OF OUTLAWS TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

(Perris, CA, November 18, 2016) Are you looking for a great Christmas gift for that special racing fan? If you are, tickets to the April 1st “So Cal Showdown” featuring the legendary World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway would make for a great surprise under the tree. Joining the world’s fastest sprint cars on the program will be the popular Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, PAS Senior Sprints and the Young Gun Sprint Cars.

The World of Outlaws famous four-wide salute to the fans at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

The race will mark the World of Outlaws only appearance in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas in 2017. Fans who wish to purchase tickets for the April 1st show at The PAS can do so 24 hours a day at the following link: https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=742&src=eventperformances\ Fans can also order tickets by phone by calling the following number: 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

Any fan who purchases a reserved seat in advance will get a free fan pit pass. In addition to seeing the great racing, the fan pit pass will offer fans a chance to meet the drivers, get autographs, take photos and see the cars up close during the heat of the action.

2017 will be the fourth consecutive year that the “World’s Fastest Dirt Track Sprint Cars,” have combined with USAC/CRA Series at the “So Cal Showdown.” It affords the fans the best of both world’s seeing the winged cars of the WoO Series and the traditional (non-wing) cars of USAC/CRA.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors. All Coast Construction, All Seasons Tree Repair, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Engine Pro, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Horizon Solar, Imola Restaurant & Bar, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pizza Factory, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

To keep up with all the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, please use the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site LoudPedal Productions

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

racesatthepas@aol.com is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

2016-2017 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

December 10th Winter Heat Challenge Series – Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

January 7th Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

January 21st Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

February 11th Winter Heat Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

February 12th Winter Heat Challenge Series –March 4th "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks

" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

March 11th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

March 18th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts “Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 1st "SO CAL SHOWDOWN" WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 22nd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

April 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 13th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and CDCRA Dwarf Cars

May 20th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION III - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 27th "SALUTE TO INDY " USAC/CRA Sprint Cars , PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

June 3rd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

June 24th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

July 1st 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS

NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD IV Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

July 15th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

July 22rd USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns

July 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

August 19th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

August 26th "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

September 2rd NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD VI - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

September 9th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, Modifieds

September 23rd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 7th - 15th Southern California Fair

October 21st USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 28th PASSCAR "Champions Night" - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 8th Oval Nationals Practice

November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

Steve Poirier Crowned Seven-Time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Champion.

Over $84,000 Handed out at Annual Awards Banquet!

VERNON, NY – Saturday night, November 12th, the luxurious Vernon Downs Casino Hotel hosted the annual awards banquet for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Steve Poirier was crowned now seven-time champion taking home $10,944 on the night including most of the hardware and special prizes

A record banquet crowd saw a total payout over $84,000 which included over $50,000 in cash. That was also the highest totals on the 34 year history of ESS.

For the Quebec native, it was a one of the most successful seasons in ESS history taking nine A-Main victories and also placing in the top ten on 21 of the 22 point events. Not only did he win the overall Lucas Oil ESS Championship but he was also crowned the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the US Champ, the Einstein Construction Group Tour of Canada Champ, the SUNY Canton Series Champ, the Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek Champ, he will the Northwood 2 Construction Quebec/Ontario Challenge Weekend title as well as the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader standings and the Insinger Performance Fuels Hard Charger points.

Jason Barney also had a season to remember as it took one of the best performances seen to top his effort. Barney took second in almost every point standing category where he collected just shy of $8,000 on the night.

Paul Kinney was third in overall points with his take just over $5,900, with Matt Tanner fourth with $4,900 going his way. Parker Evans was fifth but took home several special awards on the night which included the Pilat Graphic Design Most Improved Driver, the Cobra Coaches Dash Series Champ and the winning the 911 Restoration Point Title. He collected $5,440 on the night.

Many other special awards filled the evening as well, Chad Miller won the Lucas Oil Oustanding New Comer award and the $500 cash prize, Brandon Kidd won the Lane’s Yamaha Rookie of the Year which was worth $500, Lee Gurney was chosen as the Mach 1 Chassis Hard Luck team and he won a frame from Mark Smith at Mach 1. Kevin Loveys became the first second time winner as Mechanic of the Year.

The annual John Zentner Memorial Award in which produced a standing ovation went to ESS Photographer Randy Mallett. Randy’s son and ESS announcer Mike Mallett presented his father with the award in a very emotional moment.

The 2016 ESS Hall of Fame class consisted of Lance Yonge and Mike VanDusen which were two very popular choices. Yonge was a two-time ESS champion and has 39 career victories. Mal Lane who owned Yonge’s cars for a few seasons and also an ESS Hall of Famer sat at the table with young.

VanDusen had several runner-up finishes in the overall point standings (Ironically to Lane) as a driver and also as an owner with his son Jeff before taking home the coveted ESS Championship in 2003 with Mike Lutz as a driver. Mike’s son Jeff flew in from Florida for the ceremony while Lutz drove in from Ohio as a surprise to his former car owner.

Teams that attended every point show which included Dave Axton, Kinney, Doug Emery’s $33, Evans, Miller, Barney and Tanner were acknowledged as well as every A-Main winner during the 33rd Anniversary Tour.

The debut of ESS CNY Speedweek video done by Matt Thomas from Thomas Racing Videos kicked off the night. Special recognition to ESS sponsors and officials drew the night to a close before the DJ played past 2 AM.

The annual rules meeting preceded the banquet where only a tweak of the redraw cars was done. The Lucky Giveaway Program which saw nearly $15,000 in product given out was held during the meeting. Some of the big winners were a set of Brodix Heads to Jeff Cook, a 3000 watt Briggs and Stratton generator to Jason Barney, a set of pistons from JE Pistons went to Paul Kinney and Nouse Signs/K1 RaceGear Racing Suit to Chuck Hebing

The schedule for the 2017, 34th Anniversary Tour is next on the agenda and teams can expect a few new tracks to the schedule along with many of the high paying specials that filled the calendar this past year.

2016 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Banquet Totals

(Drivers/Teams that ran 2/3rds of point shows)

Steve Poirier - $10,944

Jason Barney – $7,952

Paul Kinney - $5,952

Matt Tanner - $4,916

Parker Evans - $5,440

Chuck Hebing - $4,987

Jeff Cook - $5,002

Shawn Donath - $3,687

Chad Miller - $4,265

Tim Axton - $2,887

Paulie Colagiovanni - $3,177

Brandon Kidd - $3,147

Dave Axton - $2,872

Mike Stelter - $2,567

Pete Richardson - $1,905

Lee Gurney - $4,652

(Other Drivers and Teams cash and prizes)

Danny Varin - $1,755

Bryan Howland - $1,005

Mark Smith - $930

Larry Wight - $855

Davie Franek - $730

Dale Gosselin - $555

Lucas Wolfe - $530

Yan Bilodeau - $500

Jordan Poirier - $430

Lee Ladouceur - $430

Aaron Ott - $400

Jason Shultz - $400

Dylan Swiernik - $380

Sammy Reakes IV - $330

Greg Hodnett - $300

Jordan Thomas - $200

Mike Mahaney - $100

Parker Price-Miller - $100

Chris Donnelly - $100

Jared Hortsman - $100

Coleman Gulick - $100

Cody Keller - $100

Lucky Giveaway Program

Brodix Cylinder Heads Set of Heads – Jeff Cook JE Pistons Set of Pistons – Paul Kinney

Briggs and Stratton 3000 Watt Generator – Jason Barney

Nouse Signs/K1 RaceGear Free Suit – Chuck Hebing

Simpson Safety Raceway Shark Helmet – Paulie Colagiovanni

Fastline Performance/Fox Shocks $800 Award – Shawn Donath

Panther Frameworx/M&W Alum. Front Axle Kit – Dave Axton

Keizer Wheels Front Hubs/Left Rear Wheel – Steve Poirier

Zamp Helmets/Highside Racewear Helmet – Chad Miller

Aero Wings/Panther Frameworx Dish Wing – Matt Tanner

Beyea Headers $500 Award – Pete Richardson

TI22 Performance Set of Parts – Brandon Kidd

Sam Reakes Snap-On Tools $500 of Tools – Tim Axton

Maxim Racing $500 Award – Jonathan Preston

Slade Shock Technology $500 Award – Lee Gurney

Adirondack Powder Coating Blast and Coating – Mike Stelter

ATL Fuel Cells 28 Gallon Shell – Parker Evans

Schoenfeld Headers Free Headers – Parker Evans, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jonathan Preston

Other Product Award Winners

Rod End Supply Set of Rod Ends – Mike Stelter

Design 500 Carbon X Underwear/AARN Simpson Racing Shoes – Pete Richardson

Graphics Girls $250 Award – Chad Miller

M&W Aluminum Products Wing Mount Kit – Chuck Hebing

Zemco Headers Set of Headers – Matt Tanner

Flach Performance Products Free Radiator – Parker Evans

XXX Race Products Carbon Fiber Pedal and Heel Risers – Dave Axton

DMI Engine Turn Wrench – Mike Stelter

Vahlco Wheels Front Wheel – Brandon Kidd

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX BY THE NUMBERS!

(Perris, CA, November 19, 2016) Twenty-two fast, fun numbers on the first 75 editions of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The 76th running of the longest running and most prestigious midget race in the world is this coming Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, at the Ventura Raceway.

PREVIOUS RUNNIGS: 75

FIRST RACE: 1934 at Gilmore Stadium (now the site of CBS Studios)

TRACKS: In the first 75 editions, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has been staged on nine different tracks.

APPEARANCES BY TRACK: Ascot Park (30), Gilmore Stadium (14), Irwindale Speedway (13), Gardena Stadium (5), Bakersfield Speedway (5), Perris Auto Speedway (5), Speedway 605 (1), Saugus Speedway (1), Ventura Raceway (1)

TIMES ON DIRT: 60

TIMES ON PAVEMENT: 15

FIRST TIME ON PAVEMENT: 1975 Speedway 605

LAST TIME ON PAVEMENT: 2011 Irwindale Speedway (ironically located across the freeway from the location of Speedway 605)

MOST MAIN EVENT LAPS: 150 (15 times at Gilmore Stadium)

LEAST MAIN EVENT LAPS: 75 (2 times at Gilmore Stadium)

TOTAL MAIN EVENT LAPS RUN: 8,506

WINNING DRIVERS: 51 different drivers have won the Turkey Night Grand Prix

MOST WINS: Ron Shuman – 8 (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1993)

MULTIPLE WINNING DRIVERS: 16 different drivers have won the Turkey Night Grand Prix more than one time. Only two drivers have won it more than two times. Ron Shuman won eight times (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1993) and Billy Boat won three times (1995, 1996, 1997). Other multiple winner with two victories each are: Bob Swanson (1934, 1938), Roy Russing (1940, 1941), Perry Grimm (1946, 1949), A.J. Foyt (1960, 1961), Mel Kenyon (1973, 1975), Parnelli Jones (1964, 1966), Gary Bettenhausen (1967, 1970), Bill Engelhart (1971, 1973), Chuck Gurney (1988, 1989), Stan Fox (1990, 1991), Jason Leffler (1999, 2005), Dave Steele (2001, 2003).

MOST SECOND-PLACE FINISHES: Four drivers have three second place finishes each. Sam Hanks (1936, 1937, 1938,), Johnnie Parsons (1947, 1956, 1957), Billy Vukovich (1966, 1968, 1971), Kasey Kahne (2000, 2002, 2007)

MOST THIRD-PLACE FINISHES: Mel Kenyon with four (1962, 1964, 1968, 1971)

MOST TOP FIVE FINISHES: 1. Ron Shuman (10), 2. Mel Kenyon (8), 3. Danny Oakes and Jason Leffler (7)

DRIVERS WHO HAVE WON TURKEY NIGHT ON DIRT AND PAVEMENT: Mel Kenyon (1963 Ascot and 1975 Speedway 605), Stan Fox (1990 Ascot and 1991 Saugus), Dave Darland (2007 Irwindale Speedway and 2013 Perris Auto Speedway)

DRIVERS WON ON MUTLIPE DIRT TRACKS: Billy Boat (Bakersfield Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway, Ventura Raceway) and Ron Shuman (Ascot, Bakersfield Speedway

DRIVERS WITH BACK TO BACK WINS: Ronney Householder (1936, 1937), Roy Russing (1940, 1941), A.J. Foyt (1960, 1961), Ron Shuman (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982), Chuck Gurney (1988, 1989), Ron Shuman (1992, 1993), Billy Boat (1995, 1996, 1997), Bryan Clauson (2009, 2010)

DRIVERS WHO WON TURKEY NIGHT AND THE INDIANAPOLIS 500: Johnnie Parsons 1950 Indianapolis 500 and Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1955. Bill Vukovich 1948 Indianapolis and 1953 & 54’ Turkey Night. A.J. Foyt Turkey Night 1960 and 61’ and Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. Parnelli Jones 1963 Indianapolis 500 and Turkey Night 1964 and 66.’

DRIVERS WHO WON TURKEY NIGHT AND THE DAYTONA 500: A.J. Foyt Turkey Night Grand Prix 1960 and 1961. Daytona 500 1972

This year’s 76th staging of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will take place on November 23rd and 24th and will feature the USAC National and Western Midgets along with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Wednesday will include qualifying heats and mains for the sprint cars and practice for the midgets. At intermission on Wednesday, there will be an autograph session. Thursday will feature qualifying, preliminary main events and the 98-lap main event for the midgets and B main and the A main for the sprint cars. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM each day, with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30. The pit gate will open at noon each day.

TRACK WEBSITE: http://venturaraceway.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura-Raceway-104668839570641/?fref=ts INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/venturaraceway/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VenturaRaceway

Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners

1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium

1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium

1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1941 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium

1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium

1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium

1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium

1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium

1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium

1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium

1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium

1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium

1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park

1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park

1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park

1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park

1969 George Benson – Ascot Park

1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park

1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park

1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605

1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park

1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park

1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park

1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park

1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park

1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park

1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park

1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway

1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway

1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway

1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway

1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway

1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway

1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway

2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway

2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway

2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway

2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway

2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway

2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway

2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway’

2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway

2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway

2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway

 

 

The river runs to Moama.

The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series is at Heartland Raceway, Moama tomorrow night for RD3 of the JSR King of the River. “so far we have crossed the Murray river at Mildura, Swan Hill and now at Moama. All 3 towns picturesque and special and we love visiting them. Especially when we have the chance to throw in a race meeting” Searle tells us. The River Run is over the first 5 shows which are all based along the Murray River and has $2000 to win purse.

Taking out the A Main last weekend young gun Rusty Hickman’s V40 J&J will be keen for another podium after placing 1st and 3rd for the past 2 weekends. Defending Series Champ Brenten Farrer’s V34 Frijtek ART will be looking for a better result after finishing the Main on the infield last weekend. Current SA 360 Champion SA44 Daniel Evans will want to step up one more position after running 2nd at Swan Hill. V7 Paul Solomon in the FMG Triple X has shown speed and loves the big banks of Heartland and will certainly be one to watch.

Other South Aussie’s making the long haul to Moama is Trigga Gates SA5, SA69 Cody Atkins, SA56 Jarman Dalitz & Team Bartletts 2 car team with Solomon & Cooley. Atkins locked in his first Pole Shootout last weekend and is showing talent. Gates loves the big Heartland track and is keen to do well. Another young gun on board this season is Jack Gartner in the SA16, this is Gartner’s2nd season in sprintcars after stepping out of Juniors and is putting in some very good laps.

With the usual All Star giveaways, posters, driver autograph signing it will be lots a family fun. On track action starts from 5.30pm. November 19th Heartland Raceway, Moama.

 

 

ALL NEW BJF-ENGINEERED THREE QUARTER MIDGET TO DEBUT AT BATTLE OF TRENTON INDOOR RACE EVENTS DEC. 9-10, 2017

TRENTON, NJ November 18, 2017 . . . A newly engineered Three Quarter (TQ) Midget built by BJF of West Valley, N.Y., wrenched by veteran TQ team owner Blu Metz and driven by Metz’s ace Geoffrey Sutton, is ready to take on the favored Mark Lafler-built cars that have dominated the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.

The LSMP Indoor Auto Racing Series starts with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 Sun National Bank Center events in Trenton, N.J.

The car, built by Jim Fleischman in western New York, is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

Dimension Design, the Brodheadsville, Pa., firm owned by Gary Mondschein, where Metz is employed, has run design models of the car and some of those ideas have been incorporated in the finished product.

“This is not a clean sheet of paper car,” Metz stressed. “There has been research and development that has been taken from some of the existing TQ chassis, including the Trey Hoddick car,” Metz said. “Some of my own ideas are part of the design.”

Sutton will drive the BJR TQ in its first competitive start at Wall Stadium's Turkey Derby over Thanksgiving Weekend.

The man Sutton and the new BJF car and all others will have to work overtime to defeat is Erick Rudolph.  Rudolph, of Ransomville. N.Y. won last year’s TQ Battle of Trenton and the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled By VP Racing series 2015-2016 championship.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general admission tickets for Friday’s opening night have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra-quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday’s opening night and Saturday’s “Battle Of Trenton” feature event finale as part of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels.

The TQ Midgets are lightweight high-tech race cars powered by 750cc Motorcycle engines that achieve speeds upward of 75 mph when driven by professional race car drivers from eight states and Canada.

The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule. Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located on the concourse.

Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and photos free of charge.

On Saturday the “Battle Of Trenton” 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Rudolph outraced a feature event field of 24 drivers to win the top prize last year. Sixty entrants will seek to stymie Rudolph’s repeat victory bid.

Tickets for Saturday’s races are available starting at $17 for adults and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Indoor Series. Other races are scheduled for December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at sunnationalbankcenter.com or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10am until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM

Event and promotional sponsorship information is available at www. aarn.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

 

 

TITLES TO BE DECIDED AND STARS CONVERGE AT 76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX IN VENTURA!

(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016) Fans who congregate at the Ventura Raceway for the 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix next Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, will have a chance to see a bevy of racing stars, including NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu, as well as two championships being decided. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30.

After closing out their NASCAR seasons this weekend in Miami, Larson, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in August, Bell, who is one of four drivers left in Friday’s championship showdown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Abreu, who is closing out his rookie season in the truck series, will head to Ventura for the prestigious midget race. Larson, a native of Elk Grove, California, engraved his name in the Turkey Night history books in 2012 when he won the 98-lap main event at Perris Auto Speedway. Bell, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris two years ago. Popular Rutherford, California’s Abreu almost joined his good friends on the TNGP victory ledger in 2015, but a flat left rear late in the race knocked him out of contention.

Kyle Larson on his way to the win in the 2012 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Like Larson, Bell and Abreu, several other stars will be jetting in for the high profile 98-lapper. Most notably will be the four drivers still in contention for the 2016 USAC National Midget championship. Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson carries a precarious 9-point margin over Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston going into the Thanksgiving night race. While those two have a distinct advantage heading into the finale, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon, who sewed up his second USAC National Sprint Car championship last week, and Phoenix, Arizona’s Chad Boat are tied for third and still have a mathematical chance of winning the crown. Boat’s father Billy won the Turkey Night Grand Prix the only other time the race was held in Ventura in 1997 and he is one of the Grand Marshal’s for this year’s race.

Rico Abreu’s flat left rear tire (shown in the photo above) deprived him of a chance of victory in the 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

While not quite as tight as the fight for the National Championship, the USAC Western Midget Series title could come down to next Thursday as well. Heading into this Saturday’s race at the Bakersfield Speedway, Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner is 121-points in front of Hanford, California Michael Faccinto. Gardner, the grandson of Ronnie Duman who finished sixth in the 1968 Indianapolis 500, can set a Western Midget record by winning his fourth straight title. He is currently tied with legendary Sleepy Tripp who won three in a row in the early 1990’s.

Another contender in the star-studded field will be Concord, California veteran Damion Gardner. Known affectionately to his fans as “The Demon,” the slender driver sewed up his fifth USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship last Saturday night when he won the Oval Nationals for the third time since 2009 at Perris. Gardner, who established the land speed record of 211.59 MPH for a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats two years ago, is no stranger to midget racing fans. In 2008 he won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three years ago, he had the Turkey Night Grand Prix in the bag when he lost a left rear wheel with five laps to go.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and main events. On Thursday, the sprint cars will come back with B-main events and a $3,000.00 to win finale.

The midgets will practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will qualify and run preliminary main events and the 98-Lap Turkey Night Grand Prix feature. There will be an autograph session at the track at intermission on Wednesday night.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling: 805-648-7223.

TRACK WEBSITE: http://venturaraceway.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura-Raceway-104668839570641/?fref=ts

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/venturaraceway/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VenturaRaceway

Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners

1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium

1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium

1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1941 Rou Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium

1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium

1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium

1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium

1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium

1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium

1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium

1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium

1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium

1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park

1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park

1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park

1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park

1969 George Benson – Ascot Park

1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park

1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park

1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605

1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park

1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park

1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park

1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park

1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park

1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park

1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park

1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway

1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway

1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway

1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway

1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway

1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway

1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway

2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway

2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway

2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway

2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway

2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway

2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway

2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway

2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway

2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway

2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway


 

THE FACTS ON THE 76TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX!

(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016)

EVENT: The 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix WHERE: Ventura Raceway. Located on the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001) TRACK: 1/5-mile dirt oval. TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MAIN: 98-laps in honor of the late J.C. Agajanian WHEN: Wednesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 24th SPECTATOR TIMES: Spectator gates open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30. PIT GATE: Opens at noon each day. PROMOTERS: Agajanian Promotions and the Ventura Raceway SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC) WHO: The USAC National and Western Midgets and the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. PROGRAM: Thursday, November 23: qualifying heats and main events for the sprint cars and practice for the midgets. Thursday, November 24: Qualifying for Midgets, B and A mains for the sprint cars, preliminary mains and 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix for the midgets. GRAND MARSHAL: 1997 Ventura Raceway Turkey Night Grand Prix winning driver and car owner Billy Boat and John Lawson SPONSORS: Amsoil, Hoosier, ProSource, KS, Benic Enterprises, Indy Race Parts, CSI, Wilwood Disc Brakes Defending Champion: Tanner Thorson MOST WINS: Ron Shuman won eight times from 1979 through 1993. ADVANCE TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 805-648-7223 PARKING: On the fairgrounds adjacent to the track AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Wednesday during intermission TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (805) 985-5433 TRACK WEBSITE: http://venturaraceway.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura-Raceway-104668839570641/?fref=ts INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/venturaraceway/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VenturaRaceway

 

VENTURA TURKEY GRAND PRIX EVENT SCHEDULE

TUESDAY
Noon – 6pm Pits Open for pit parking

WEDNESDAY (Midget practices, Sprint Car Qualifying, Heats and Possible Special Event)
11am – Pit sweep to clear pits prior to pit gate opening
(Normal race day format)
11:45am – Pit windows open
Noon – Pit gates open
Noon – 2:45 – Tech open/Pill picks
2:45 – Drivers Meeting
3:30 – Program starts

THURSDAY (Sprint Car Practice/Semis, Battle of the Beach Main Event, Midget Qualifying, Heats, Semis, Turkey Night Grand Prix Main)
11am – Pit sweep to clear pits prior to pit gate opening
(Normal race day format)
11:45am – Pit windows open
Noon – Pit gates open
Noon – 2:45 – Tech open/Pill picks
2:45 – Drivers Meeting
3:30 – Program starts

FRIDAY
By noon – all rigs must depart pit parking area

VENTURA TURKEY NIGHT USAC MIDGET & 360 SPRINT CAR APPROVED MUFFLER LIST

MIDGETS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

360 SPRINT CARS: B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet) Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA) Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535) Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.) Schoenfeld (14272735) Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series)

Please help to get to work out. Hopefully this will prevent any trouble on race night. Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

 

 

 

Bryan Clauson’s Third Annual Racers for Autism

TULSA, Okla. (November 17, 2016) – Quickly becoming a part of Chili Bowl Nationals week festivities is Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism event, and this January will be no exception.

The third edition of Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism hosted by Lauren Stewart takes place at the long-time Chili Bowl fan favorite Caravan located at 41st and Memorial (7901 E 41st St) in Tulsa, OK, just a few short minutes away from the Tulsa Expo Raceway.

The event brought to you by B&H Contractors and Dooling Machine is set for Monday night, January 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

All variety of racing collectibles and more will be up for bid via both live and silent auction with free beer, Bar-B-Que and a Tim Dugger concert to round out the festive evening.

All proceeds of the event go directly to the Autism Society of America.

The inaugural Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism in 2015 raised more than $40,000 with last year’s edition raising an astonishing $76,000 for the Autism Society of America.

The event originated after Clauson was inspired by close friend and high school classmate Ben Hodgin to host the event. Hodgin was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. His parents were given a bleak outlook for their son’s ability to develop communication skills and thrive as a young adult. However, Hodgin’s passion for racing aided him in developing at a young age and continues to play an important role in his life today.

Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism is an event that Lauren Stewart insisted continue on after the past Chili Bowl champion’s passing this past August.

“Bryan was incredibly passionate about our event and raising awareness for autism, I didn’t have to think twice about continuing the Racers for Autism event,” Stewart commented. “I’m really looking forward to January. A night with the racing family having fun for a great cause is exactly what Bryan would want us to do!”

Those interested in sponsorship or donating auction items may contact Lauren Stewart at lauren@bryanclauson.com.

The event following Monday’s Chili Bowl practice is open to all, with tickets available for $50 per person. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://www.wedoauctions.net/racersforautism.

 

 

Champion to Introduce New Micro Sprint Racing Oil in Indianapolis at PRI

(Clinton, MO / 11.17.16) Champion Oil, a globally recognized industry leader in performance lubricants, additives, chemicals and motor oils for over 60 years, will introduce new Micro Sprint Racing Oils this year at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI) in Booth #1455.

Champion’s Fully Synthetic Micro Sprint Racing Oils, are “Non-Street Legal –Race Only”, and are the first purpose-built engine oils specially formulated to provide unmatched protection and performance in wet-clutch Micro Sprint engines. With a robust formulation, including specially designed wet-clutch additives, and premium synthetic base stocks, Champion Fully Synthetic Micro Sprint Racing Oils deliver track-proven, race-winning performance.

The new oils display exceptional clutch performance due to perfectly balanced friction modification and superb protection against engine and valve-train wear. They resist thickening and sludging due to oxidation additives, plus provide excellent film strength under extreme racing conditions. The product also delivers unmatched control of contamination and combustion by-products, including designed oil flow characteristics by keeping oil galleys clear.

Champion recommends its Fully Synthetic Micro Sprint Racing Oils for Micro, Lightning Non-Winged and Winged Outlaw, “A” Class, Stock Non-winged, Restricted “A” Class, Jr. Sprint, 1200CC Winged and Non-Winged sprint engines. Available in SAE 20w-50 and 10w-40 viscosities.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about the new Micro Sprint Racing Oils contact your nearest Champion distributor, or call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

Bergman, Hagar and Kulhanek Record Wins for Team ILP

Inside Line Promotions - LEWISTOWN, Pa. (Nov. 17, 2016) - Inside Line Promotions drivers Seth Bergman, Derek Hagar and Ray Allen Kulhanek captured victories last weekend.

Bergman scored his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win of the season on Friday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., before he posted a fifth-place result on Saturday at the 3/8-mile oval.

Hagar won the first USCS Series Flip Flop 50 feature at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., on Saturday. That wrapped up the USCS Mid-South championship for him.

Kulhanek's return from being in a nasty fire in September yielded a win during the Texas Grand on Saturday at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas.

Other Team ILP competitors with a top-five finish include:

Channin Tankersley won a heat race and the dash before placing second at Battleground Speedway during the Texas Grand on Saturday.

Kevin Swindell's sprint car team, which was piloted by Spencer Bayston, finished second during the first Flip Flop 50 main event on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway.

Sammy Swindell picked up a third-place result on Saturday during the first Flip Flop 50 race at Riverside International Speedway.

Johnny Herrera garnered a fourth-place finish on Saturday at Cocopah Speedway.

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TEAM ILP WINS IN 2016 -

Derek Hagar - 16 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on March 25 and March 26; Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on April 23; Duck River Raceway Park in Lewisburg, Tenn., on April 30; Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., on May 14, Oct. 1 and Nov. 12; Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on May 21; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on May 27; Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on May 28; East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala., on June 18; Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark., on July 3; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., on July 9; Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., on Aug. 27; I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 17 and Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on Oct. 8); Jack Dover - 14 (U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on June 10; Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, Neb., on June 18; Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on June 25, Aug. 27 and Sept. 17; Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., on July 1; Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., on July 9, July 23, Sept. 2 and Sept. 4; I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on July 21; Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, on July 22; Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice, Neb., on July 31 and Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Neb., on Oct. 14); Trey Starks - 11 (Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on April 2; Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, S.C., on April 9; Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on June 4; Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 11; Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 18; Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore., on July 9; Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on Aug. 20; Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 27; Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., on Sept. 30; Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., on Oct. 1 and The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., on Oct. 22); Danny Lasoski - 9 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 9; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 16, May 7, May 21, July 9 and Aug. 27; Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, on June 19 and Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10); Dale Blaney - 8 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 1; Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on April 15 and May 27; Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on April 23; Butler Speedway in Quincy, Mich., on June 11; Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio, on June 19; Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa., on July 29 and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., on Aug. 18); Seth Bergman - 7 (Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., on Feb. 27; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on March 4; Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on April 8; Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on May 29 and Aug. 7; Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on Sept. 17 and Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Nov. 11); Johnny Herrera - 7 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on March 17; Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich., on June 3; Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on July 22 and July 23; Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 10; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Sept. 22 and Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Oct. 13); Giovanni Scelzi - 7 (Delta Speedway in Stockton, Calif., on April 30 and July 6; Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif., on May 20, June 24 and July 2 and Lemoore Raceway in Lemoore, Calif., on July 9 and Aug. 6); Sammy Swindell - 7 (Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on April 2; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25, July 1 and Aug. 6; Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., on Aug. 22 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5); Zac Taylor - 6 (Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on April 23; Lamar Speedway in Lamar, Colo., on May 13; Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., on June 10; Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colo., on Aug. 5 and El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo., on Aug. 13 and Sept. 10); Zach Blurton - 5 (WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan., on April 10; Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on June 25, July 30 and Sept. 17 and Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Neb., on July 9); Channin Tankersley - 5 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on May 6 and July 22; Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on May 7, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on July 23 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, on Sept. 2); Brandon Hanks - 4 (Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on March 25; Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on April 17; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on May 7 and Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., on July 9); Ray Allen Kulhanek - 4 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on July 3; Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, on July 9; Texarkana 67 Speedway in Texarkana, Ark., on July 15 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, on Nov. 12); Devin Kline - 3 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6); Jamie Ball - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25 and Aug. 4);Josh Baughman - 2 (Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas, on March 26 and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., on July 8); Patrick Dills - 2 (Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 4 and June 11); Chase Johnson - 2 (Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., on May 14 and Oct. 8); Jason Sides - 2 (East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 18 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on April 26); Henry Van Dam - 2 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on May 7 and Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on Sept. 24); Tony Bruce Jr. - 1 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on May 28); Tommy Bryant - 1 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 10); Kevin Mingus - 1 (Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio, on July 16); Travis Rilat - 1 (Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia, on Feb. 13); Dominic Scelzi - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., on Sept. 30); and Ryan Smith - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Sept. 16).

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Smith Holds Own in Arizona Against Top ASCS Competitors

Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 17, 2016) - Ryan Smith left the chilly confines of Pennsylvania last weekend and traveled to sunny Arizona to take on the best 360ci sprint car drivers in the country.

Smith forged a relationship with Ryan Linder last January when he drove for Linder's X-1 Race Cars team during the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway. Smith's Warko Group team purchased an X-1 chassis from Linder to use this past summer and Smith also hosted Linder a couple of weeks ago to help him make his 410ci sprint car debut.

Linder returned the favor by bringing Smith to Arizona last Friday and Saturday for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale at Cocopah Speedway to once again compete in the X-1 Race Cars house machine.

"It was a lot of fun hanging out with Ryan the past couple of weeks," Smith said. "It's a shame we had some minor motor issues when he came up to run Susky."

Smith said the races at Cocopah Speedway were used to begin the 2017 chassis design process.

"We used the races to try a different style of chassis," he said. "It was more of an R&D weekend. We worked on the setup all weekend and got better and better. The car was faster every time we went on the track."

On Friday Smith had great success in his heat race and qualifier - finishing second and fourth, respectively. However, he slid back a couple of positions in the feature to score a 13th-place finish.

Smith again had a strong performance in his heat race and qualifier during the Saturday finale, placing fourth in the heat before winning the qualifier. In the feature Smith started ninth and battled close to the top five throughout the main event before coming home sixth.

"All in all it was a great weekend," he said. "We competed against the best 360 racers in the country and made the show both nights. It's great to work with Ryan. He's a one-man band and we want to help him get his chassis business going.

"Ryan builds consistent stuff and builds it how you want it. He not only is a chassis builder, but he drives these things and that makes communication about what the car is doing a lot easier."

Smith said the Warko Group team plans to utilize the X-1 Race Car chassis in 2017.

"We have developed a great partnership and Ryan has become a good friend," he said. "I really wanted to get a win this year in one of his chassis. But we will try to build on this and hopefully sell some cars for him."

Linder would like to thank Speed Sports AZ, Linder Klauer, PLLC Accountants, 51 Media, Apartments Resurfacing, Keizer Aluminum Wheels and 87 Speed for support throughout the season and helping provide the opportunity for Smith to race last weekend.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 2 (4); Qualifier: 4 (4); Feature: 13 (11).

Nov. 12 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 4 (5); Qualifier: 1 (2); Feature: 6 (9).

SEASON STATS -

70 races, 1 win, 17 top fives, 34 top 10s, 50 top 15s, 56 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.RyanSmithRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanSmithRacing

Twitter Race Updates: https://twitter.com/DeniseS_SS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSmith.TheKunkletownKid

Instagram: https://instagram.com/denises_ss

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Visit http://www.RyanSmithRacing.com to view the latest apparel options, which include t-shirts and hoodies.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - X-1 Race Cars

"It's more than just buying a race car from Ryan," Smith said. "We work with him to make the cars better and better. I can't thank him enough for the opportunity, the great race cars and the friendship."

Smith would also like to thank Warko Group, G.L.T. Electrical, CnB Chubby, Fighting Angels Foundation, S&S Speedways, Quality Roofing Supply, East Coast Helicopter Tours, Armbruster Racing Photos, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, HP Engines, Pancho's Racing Products, GME Steering and Vahlco Racing Wheels for their continued support.

 

 

Wednesdays with Wayne – Curtain Closes on 2016 in Yuma!

(Bill W) November 16, 2016 – The 2016 season came to an end for Wayne Johnson and the Two-C Racing team last weekend at the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. The Oklahoma City driver finished third in the final Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car standings. The team is already making preparations for a prospective start in Florida in February.

Things started in Yuma on Friday. “We were pretty average the first night,” says Wayne. “We ran second in our heat (from third) and we started third in the Qualifier and finished second. That put us starting seventh in the feature.”

Wayne would checker seventh. “We weren’t bad, but we weren’t good either,” he says. “We were a seventh place car, and that’s where we ran. I’ve never been really good there. I can’t seem to get the car as good as it needs to be there in that sand. I just haven’t figured it out.”

Saturday served as the ASCS finale. “We drew back in the heat (seventh) and ran fifth,” says Wayne. “We were able to win the Qualifier from the pole. On the last two laps, I started getting a vibration. I thought I was losing a motor, but come to find out, I broke another u-joint. The boys had to change that for the feature.”

Dodging that bullet, he lined up outside row seven for the main event. “I think we finished thirteenth,” says Wayne. “Like I said, we were just average. We weren’t passing any cars, but we weren’t getting passed either. We were just kind of maintaining.”

If you are not set on kill, Wayne says Cocopah Speedway can be tricky. “It can be tough to pass there. It’s not always racy. The leaders can put on a show, but back in the pack in dirty air, and it’s hard to get your car to go forward there.”

Follow Updates on Facebook!

Wayne will update as his race night commences at his Facebook page. Find it by searching for

Wayne Johnson Racing or clicking the following link…

http://www.facebook.com/#!/WayneJohnsonRacing

Outlaw Wings – “The Wing with an Attitude”

Check out the new “recessed rivet” design put out by Outlaw Wings. Talk to Wayne about purchasing Outlaw Wings for your car! Outlaw Wings – "The Wing with an Attitude"!

Wayne's Fast Facts

Wayne’s nine wins in 2011 came at eight different tracks in six states and Canada. He won at the US36 Raceway near Cameron, Missouri (June 17), the Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls, Minnesota (July 7), the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, South Dakota (July 9), the Cottage Grove (OR) Speedway (July 13), the Placerville (CA) Speedway (July 29 and 30), with Miles Hill at the Brockville Ontario Speedway (August 27), with Byron Sebastian at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa (September 2) and at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway (October 21).

Partner of the Week – Butler Built Professional Seat Systems

No matter the form of motorsports, ButlerBuilt’s leadership makes it the most successful seat in the industry! Champions in Butler Built Seats span all forms of motorsports from NASCAR Sprint Cup to late models, and of course, the open wheel world! Whether you race a stock car locally, you are traveling with a national series or you’re in the seat of a Monster Truck, Butler Built has the custom seat for your needs!

Butler Built does not stop at seats either. They offer a wide variety of safety products including Seat Accessories, Seat Options and Mounting, Padding, Belts and Restraints, Steering Wheels, Open Wheel Products, Air Management Systems, Lateral Head Supports, ARAI helmets and much more. Your safety is #1 with Butler Built!

To learn more about the Butler Advantage or if you have questions about your race safety, visit www.ButlerBuilt.net or call 800 621-SEAT (7328) today!

"Wednesday's with Wayne"

"Wednesday's with Wayne" is an up close look at the past, present and future of colorful and talented sprint car driver Wayne Johnson. You'll never know what to expect next with Wayne, so don't miss us on Wednesdays!

To receive "Wednesday's with Wayne", send an e-mail to sprntcar@hotmail.com with"Wayne" in the subject line.

Wayne Johnson Racing would like to thank partners, Todd Carlile, Outlaw Wings, City Vending and product sponsors The Oil Medics, Sebastian Sandblasting & Powdercoating, Rod End Supply, Astro Titanium, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson, Butlerbuilt, Xtreme Accu-Tach, Weld Wheels, Slade Shocks, Kustom Sprint Car Supplies, Fisher Racing Engines, Speedway Graphics and Canyon Apparel.

 

 

Brady Bacon – Two-time AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion!

(Bill W) November 16, 2016 – Brady Bacon cemented his second AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series title in two years with some solid runs at the Perris Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway in California last weekend. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver charged from back in the pack to finish on the podium in Thursday and Friday prelims before checkering fifth in Saturday’s finale aboard the Hoffman Racing/Dynamics, Inc. #69. Brady will be in action in both midget and sprint car action Thanksgiving Night at the Annual “Turkey Night” at Ventura Raceway in California.

Brady timed in 12th quick on Thursday at Perris’s 3/8-mile oval. “We went out late in the order on Thursday,” he says. “That hurt us. We were able to win the heat (from fourth), but we had to start twelfth in the feature.”

He put on a charge from there. “We had a really good car in the feature,” says Brady. “We kind of picked around there and we were able to move around on the track and get up to third.”

Friday’s qualifying saw a similar result, 15th quick. “On Friday, we just weren’t very good in qualifying,” says Brady. “We were way too free. That set us back. It helped us in that we started fourth in the heat and were able to win, but it set us back in the feature.”

Starting 14th, Brady repeated his Thursday podium run, charging to third in the main event. In Saturday’s finale, he ran third in the Dash, setting himself up inside row two for the big show. “Unfortunately, the racetrack just wasn’t much to work with,” he says. “We were really excited going in, but the track was just kind of heavy around the bottom. It was never worked in, and it was greasy to start the feature. We all just kind of ran down there for 35 laps.”

The racetrack opened up a bit in the late stages. “With five laps to go, it started coming around,” says Brady. “(Chris) Windom and I started making some moves, and I kind of showed him the line. I was jammed up and he got back around me and up to second. He kind of took the lane I was looking for.”

Brady’s USAC championship is his second, and the eleventh in sprint car competition for the Hoffman’s. “It was good to end the year with some momentum,” he says. “We were fast the last five nights. That was encouraging for us. It was good to have the championship wrapped up and be able to race, unlike last time (2014) when we had the stress of the last one going into the last night.”

His finishes at Perris also nailed down the $5,000 “Mike Curb Super License” Award for his accomplishments with USAC in not only the sprint car, but the Frank Manafort Racing #76M midget and the Paul Martens #48 Silver Crown car. The award goes to the driver accumulating the most points in the three divisions, and it will be handed out at USAC’s banquet in December.

Follow Brady on his Website, Twitter and Facebook!

Follow Brady at his website located at www.BradyBaconRacing.com! Also keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter (which also can be accessed at the website) at the following links…

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Partner of the Week – Triple X Race Components

At Triple X Race Components, we don’t just build race parts – we race too. We know how expensive it is to race. That’s why we offer the most common Sprint Car, Midget, and 600 Mini Sprint parts. We keep our costs down by building thousands of each part. We build the parts that get damaged the most. With our discounted pricing, you can afford to race hard and race to win. All Triple X components are produced in our ISO 9001 certified factory. They are laboratory tested, race tested, and universally approved. Whether you are a new customer or a repeat customer, you can be assured that you’re buying race-proven products at great prices. We guarantee it. Triple X has established a large network of dealers coast to coast and internationally to serve your needs. Please stop by your local dealer and check out our newest products. Check Triple X Race Co. out on the web at www.XXXRaceCo.com!

Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Factory Kahne

Factory Kahne is quickly becoming the leader in shock technology. Based in Enumclaw, Washington, FK Shocks specializes in shocks for sprint cars, midgets, micros and Silver Crown cars. They also supply all the tools, accessories and tech support you need for your team! Check out what they have to offer by e-mailing info@FactoryKahne.com or calling 704 661-8621 today! Brady Bacon Racing would like the following sponsors for all their help: Fatheadz Eyewear, Viper Risk Management Group, Triple X Race Co., Tel-Star Technologies, PPM Titanium Products, KTA Kiser’s Truck and Auto (formerly Sham’s Garage), Heath Clips Lawn Care, Chubby from CnB Mushroom Farms, Lucas Oil Products, Factory Kahne, FK Indy, Lightning Wings, CP Carrillo, Keizer Wheels, Smiley’s Racing Products, Eaton Industrial Coatings, Sweet Mfg., Butlerbuilt Seats, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Proglide Coatings, Diversified Machine Inc., Fuel Safe, Allstar Performance, Simpson, Octane Ink, Schroth Racing, Wilwood, King Racing Products and Schoenfeld Headers.

The Hoffman/Dynamic, Inc. #69 sprinter is sponsored by Mean Green, Mopar, Triple X Race Components, Hoosier, DMI, Lykins, Engler Machine & Tool, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, KSE, MPD Racing, CSI Shocks, XYZ Machining, Saldana Racing Products, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, Fastener Specialty Motorsports, Wilwood Brakes, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Zemco Headers, Chalk Racing Products and Weld.

 

 

TITLES TO BE DECIDED AND STARS CONVERGE AT 76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX IN VENTURA!

(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016) Fans who congregate at the Ventura Raceway for the 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix next Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, will have a chance to see a bevy of racing stars, including NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu, as well as two championships being decided. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30.

After closing out their NASCAR seasons this weekend in Miami, Larson, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in August, Bell, who is one of four drivers left in Friday’s championship showdown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Abreu, who is closing out his rookie season in the truck series, will head to Ventura for the prestigious midget race. Larson, a native of Elk Grove, California, engraved his name in the Turkey Night history books in 2012 when he won the 98-lap main event at Perris Auto Speedway. Bell, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris two years ago. Popular Rutherford, California’s Abreu almost joined his good friends on the TNGP victory ledger in 2015, but a flat left rear late in the race knocked him out of contention.

Kyle Larson on his way to the win in the 2012 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Like Larson, Bell and Abreu, several other stars will be jetting in for the high profile 98-lapper. Most notably will be the four drivers still in contention for the 2016 USAC National Midget championship. Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson carries a precarious 9-point margin over Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston going into the Thanksgiving night race. While those two have a distinct advantage heading into the finale, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon, who sewed up his second USAC National Sprint Car championship last week, and Phoenix, Arizona’s Chad Boat are tied for third and still have a mathematical chance of winning the crown. Boat’s father Billy won the Turkey Night Grand Prix the only other time the race was held in Ventura in 1997 and he is one of the Grand Marshal’s for this year’s race.

Rico Abreu’s flat left rear tire (shown in the photo above) deprived him of a chance of victory in the 2015 Turkey Night Grand Prix. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

While not quite as tight as the fight for the National Championship, the USAC Western Midget Series title could come down to next Thursday as well. Heading into this Saturday’s race at the Bakersfield Speedway, Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner is 121-points in front of Hanford, California Michael Faccinto. Gardner, the grandson of Ronnie Duman who finished sixth in the 1968 Indianapolis 500, can set a Western Midget record by winning his fourth straight title. He is currently tied with legendary Sleepy Tripp who won three in a row in the early 1990’s.

Another contender in the star-studded field will be Concord, California veteran Damion Gardner. Known affectionately to his fans as “The Demon,” the slender driver sewed up his fifth USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship last Saturday night when he won the Oval Nationals for the third time since 2009 at Perris. Gardner, who established the land speed record of 211.59 MPH for a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats two years ago, is no stranger to midget racing fans. In 2008 he won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three years ago, he had the Turkey Night Grand Prix in the bag when he lost a left rear wheel with five laps to go.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and main events. On Thursday, the sprint cars will come back with B-main events and a $3,000.00 to win finale.

The midgets will practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will qualify and run preliminary main events and the 98-Lap Turkey Night Grand Prix feature. There will be an autograph session at the track at intermission on Wednesday night.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling: 805-648-7223.

TRACK WEBSITE: http://venturaraceway.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura-Raceway-104668839570641/?fref=ts

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/venturaraceway/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VenturaRaceway

Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners

1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium

1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium

1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1941 Rou Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium

1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium

1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium

1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium

1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium

1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium

1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium

1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium

1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium

1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park

1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park

1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park

1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park

1969 George Benson – Ascot Park

1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park

1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park

1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605

1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park

1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park

1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park

1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park

1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park

1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park

1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park

1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway

1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway

1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway

1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway

1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway

1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway

1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway

2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway

2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway

2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway

2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway

2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway

2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway

2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway

2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway

2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway

2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway

 

 

Trey Starks Wins 11 Races and a Championship with Champion Racing Oil

(Clinton, MO / 11.17.16) Champion Oil, a recognized leader in racing and enthusiast lubricants, announced today that sprint car driver Trey Starks jumped onto the national scene in 2016 with Champion Racing Oil by winning 11 races at 11 different tracks from coast to coast.

Starks was victorious in his home state of Washington as well as in South Carolina, Oregon, Montana, North Carolina and in Canada. He captured his first international win during the famed Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August with the NSA Shootout. He also garnered the inaugural World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

"We won a lot of cool races this year," Starks said. "We also had some good results racing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and out in Pennsylvania. It was definitely the best season of my career and hopefully I can keep topping myself year after year. I also have to thanks our sponsors and a special thanks to my friends at Champion. They make a fantastic racing oil” .

Champion draws on the success of its racing roots in producing a line of engine oils designed for high performance racing applications and are available in numerous synthetic blends and full synthetic viscosities.

Champion Racing Motor Oils contain a proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer), special lubricity modifiers, and a premium level of anti-wear additives which includes a high quantity of ZDDP. These additives are proven to meet the lubrication demands of competition engines, create a tough film strength, which controls wear and provides more horsepower and torque in Dynamometer testing.

Champion Racing Oils are suitable for use in all competition and race engines especially those using flat tappet and/or roller cams operating at high RPM’s and requiring high-pressure valve springs. These “purpose-built” racing oils are offered in a popular range of multi-viscosity SAE grades and formulated to meet the demands of most of today’s high performance race engines.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 300 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Racing Oils contact your nearest Champion Distributor, or call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

Trenca Earns Career-Best Marks in Top Fives and Top 10s in 2016

Inside Line Promotions - CLAY, N.Y. (Nov. 16, 2016) - Joe Trenca continued his progression through the sprint car ranks during the 2016 campaign.

The Mucci Motorsports driver posted career-best marks with five top fives and 10 top 10s, including a pair of podium finishes.

"There were a lot of good times this year," he said. "I don't know if there was one race that sticks out. I think the highlight was being consistent in the 360. That was the best part. We found a shock and bar package that seemed to help us hit our stride at the end of the year."

Trenca's season-best result of third place occurred twice - in June at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., and in September at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

The second result was part of the final stretch of the season when Trenca garnered three top fives and five top 10s during his final nine races.

Approximately one third of Trenca's 30 races this season came in the 410ci division.

"We didn't have the finishes we wanted, but it's a whole different venture for us," he said. "Not really seeing any type of tracks in Pennsylvania like we have at home, it's tough to go there and race. Plus, Pennsylvania is the toughest place in the country to run 410s. It was tough, but I know what we were lacking to be a little better."

Trenca said the Mucci Motorsports team is aiming for 25-to-30 shows in the 410 and 20-to-25 in the 360 next year.

"We're already way ahead preparing for next year," he said. "I've got two cars rebuilt and ready to go. We've changed a few things we think will help us. I'm excited. I wish the season started in a week or two.

"I want to thank my grandpa and family for their support as well as our sponsors and fans. We progressed a lot in 2016 and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store."

SEASON STATS -

30 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 10 top 10s, 16 top 15s, 21 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JoeTrencaRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeTrencaRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoeTrencaRacing

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - All Marketing Partners

"I want to give a giant thank you to all of our marketing partners for their support in 2016," Trenca said. "We have a great team of sponsors who helped us get from race to race and I'm very grateful for everyone's help."

Trenca would like to thank Mucci Motorsports, The Paladin Group, Mid Country Machinery, Stars and Stripes Tool Inc., Fast Axle, National Parts Peddler, Seals-It, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Wilwood Brakes, Weld Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Shute's Water Systems, FK Rod Ends, Total Seal Piston Rings, Shell Shock Helmets, GF1 Chassis, Ti22 Performance, MyRacePass, Inside Line Promotions, Don Ott Racing Engines and Hammerdown Photography for their continued support.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES -

Trenca is seeking additional marketing partners to get more experience by traveling and taking advantage of opportunities in the 410ci sprint car ranks. To learn more about options to team up with Mucci Motorsports, call Joe at 315-481-6080.

 

 

Starks Posts Career-Best Season With 11 Wins and Speedweek Championship

Inside Line Promotions - PUYALLUP, Wash. (Nov. 16, 2016) - Trey Starks topped his career-best season in 2016.

After last year's eight feature victories, which was nearly three times the number he'd ever previously earned in a single season, Starks jumped onto the national scene in 2016 in a big way by winning 11 races at 11 different tracks from coast to coast.

Starks was victorious in his home state of Washington as well as in South Carolina, Oregon, Montana, North Carolina and in Canada. He also won multiple races for three different teams.

"I think the best way to become a better racer is to always test yourself by racing at new tracks and with new series and by driving for different owners," he said. "We take a lot of pride that we won 11 races and they were all at different tracks."

Starks captured his first international win during the famed Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August with the NSA Shootout. He also garnered the inaugural World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

Starks drove to his first career Western Sprint Tour Speedweek feature victory in July at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore., which propelled him to his first career Speedweek title.

He also charged from 20th to win a USCS Series event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., in October and he claimed Summer Thunder Sprint Series victories in April at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., and in June at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash.

"We won a lot of cool races this year," he said. "We also had some good results racing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and out in Pennsylvania. It was definitely the best season of my career and hopefully I can keep topping myself year after year.

"I want to thank Jeff McCall, Doug Rutz and Scott Gobrecht for giving me great sprint cars to drive. I also want to say thanks to my sponsors for backing me and my family, friends and fans for the support. This was a really, really fun year and I hate to see it end, but I'm really looking forward to 2017."

SEASON STATS -

62 races, 11 wins, 18 top fives, 22 top 10s, 35 top 15s, 42 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Starks55Trey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreyStarksRacing?fref=ts

APPAREL -

Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Starks Timber Processing

Starks Timber Processing is a logging business owned by Trey's father, John, who is a third-generation logger. It has been based out of Washington for more than 15 years.

"Starks Timber Processing is what provides me the opportunity to race," Trey said. "It has played a huge role in my life, both on the track and away from it."

Starks would also like to thank Blue Dot Fabrications, SpeedMart, Security Race Products, King Racing Products and Masco Petroleum for their continued support.

 

 

Kevin Swindell and Spencer Bayston Produce Two Strong Results During Flip Flop 50

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Nov. 16, 2016) - The 2016 season concluded last weekend for Kevin Swindell's newly formed sprint car team.

Spencer Bayston drove the team to a pair of strong results during the USCS Series Flip Flop 50 at Riverside International Speedway, where the team garnered a career-best runner-up result in the first main event before charging from 22nd to eighth in the second feature.

"It was a good way to end the year," Swindell said. "Spencer got a lot of laps on a tricky track. We were close to winning the first one and had a good charge through the field in the second race despite the track taking rubber so we were pleased with the results. When he got to (Derek) Hagar both times we had traffic in bad spots to finish the pass or otherwise I think we were the better car. Overall that was good. Spencer made really good progress at the beginning of that second feature. We got stuck in a spot once or twice and backed us up. Then the rubber got so good nobody passed anybody from that point."

The action began last Friday when Bayston maneuvered from fourth to win a heat race. That locked him into the dash, where he ended fifth.

"That was a really good start to the weekend," he said. "I didn't want to waste any time in the heat race so I got the lead as quickly as I could. Then in the dash I tried to stay on the outside a little too long. I made a mistake and got passed a couple of times. When I moved down it was a really, really thin bottom and I wasn't prepared for it."

The team returned to the quarter-mile oval on Saturday for the twin features with Bayston starting the first 25-lap main event on the outside of the front row.

"It was a thin cushion on the wall and I got up there and was able to follow the leader until we got to traffic," he said. "We slid each other a few times. I never really had the advantage. I kept throwing stuff at him and he did a good job of getting back by me."

Bayston made a couple of moves for the lead, but was unable to hold the position. He got one final opportunity on the last lap.

"On the final lap, final corner we were side by side coming to the line," he said. "He threw a slider on lapped cars (in turns three and four) and I ran it in high and diamonded it off to the bottom. He had more drive than I did and beat me to the line by not even a car length."

The second-place finish lined Bayston up on the outside of the 11th row for the second feature, which was completely inverted.

"I had to pick my way through as many cars early as possible," he said. "The rubber got too thick on the track where you couldn't pass much."

Bayston maneuvered from 22nd to the eighth-place result to score the team's fifth top 10 in seven main events this season.

"I'd say overall the weekend went really well," he said. "I didn't have too many expectations because I hadn't run with that series. It was good going there and getting lots of laps. It was a really, really good final race to the season in the winged sprint car. We have a long offseason to make up more ground."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (4); Dash: 5 (2).

Nov. 12 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Feature #1: 2 (2); Feature #2: 8 (22).

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.KevinSwindellRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KevinSwindell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinSwindellRacing

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Racing Optics

Racing Optics is the world's largest manufacturer of laminated tearoffs for auto racing helmets, motorcycle racing helmets and helmet shield protectors. For more information, visit http://www.RacingOptics.com.

"I really appreciate all of the support from everyone at Racing Optics," Swindell said.

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, Mike Curb and Curb Records, MPI Steering Wheels, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Arai Helmets, Maxim Chassis, DMI, Super Shox, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sweet Manufacturing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kenny's Components, High Performance Lubricants and Swindell Speed Lab for their continued support.

 

 

DHR Suspension Clients Score Five Division Wins at Riverside International Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - MARION, Ark. (Nov. 16, 2016) - DHR Suspension clients dominated at Riverside International Speedway last weekend when they claimed wins in five out of the six divisions that were competing at the quarter-mile oval in West Memphis, Ark.

Derek Hagar captured the first USCS Series sprint car feature during the Flip Flop 50, which was his 16th victory of the season.

Jordon Mallett recorded the win in the second Flip Flop 50 main event.

Justin Glover took the checkered flag in the street stock feature.

Carl Thomas Jr. won the late model A Main.

Dusty Young visited Victory Lane in the 600cc mini sprint feature.

Teams, be sure to submit your feature wins each week to derekhagarracing@yahoo.com.

To join these drivers in Victory Lane message DHR Suspension at http://www.dhrsuspension.com/contact/ or call 901-268-5612.

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.DHRSuspension.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DHR-Suspension-1564755937106851/?fref=ts

DHR SUSPENSION -

DHR Suspension has quickly become one of the leaders in the shock industry. Although the company was established in 2015, founder Derek Hagar has been servicing shocks for eight years.

DHR Suspension has teams across the country and competing with various sprint car series, including the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, National Sprint League, Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and USCS Series to name a few. But the shocks services don't stop there. DHR Suspension also offers service for late models, modifieds, stock cars and mini sprints.

 

 

Chad Kemenah Wins the 2016 All Star Circuit of Champions Championship With Champion Racing Oil

(Clinton, MO / 11.16.16) Champion Oil, a recognized leader in racing and enthusiast lubricants, announced today that Chad Kemenah won the 2016 All Star Circuit of Champions Championship. Kemenah won his Fifth All Star Circuit of Champions Championship during the final race of the season at Atomic Speedway.

Kemenah had numerous other highlights during the 2016 Season, including the All Star Speedweek Title, which had some of the toughest sprint car competition anywhere in the country.

Champion draws on the success of its racing roots in producing a line of engine oils designed for high performance racing applications and are available in numerous synthetic blends and full synthetic viscosities.

Champion Racing Motor Oils contain a proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer), special lubricity modifiers, and a premium level of anti-wear additives which includes a high quantity of ZDDP. These additives are proven to meet the lubrication demands of competition engines, create a tough film strength, which controls wear and provides more horsepower and torque in Dynamometer testing.

Champion Racing Oils are suitable for use in all competition and race engines especially those using flat tappet and/or roller cams operating at high RPM’s and requiring high-pressure valve springs. These “purpose-built” racing oils are offered in a popular range of multi-viscosity SAE grades and formulated to meet the demands of most of today’s high performance race engines.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 300 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Racing Oils contact your nearest Champion Distributor, or call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

THE FACTS ON THE 76TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX!

(Perris, CA, November 16, 2016)

EVENT: The 76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
WHERE: Ventura Raceway. Located on the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001)
TRACK: 1/5-mile dirt oval.
TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MAIN: 98-laps in honor of the late J.C. Agajanian
WHEN: Wednesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 24th
SPECTATOR TIMES: Spectator gates open at 3:00 PM each day with qualifying at 3:30 and racing at 5:30.
PIT GATE: Opens at noon each day.
PROMOTERS: Agajanian Promotions and the Ventura Raceway
SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC)
WHO: The USAC National and Western Midgets and the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.
PROGRAM: Thursday, November 23: qualifying heats and main events for the sprint cars and practice for the midgets. Thursday, November 24: Qualifying for Midgets, B and A mains for the sprint cars, preliminary mains and 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix for the midgets.
GRAND MARSHAL: 1997 Ventura Raceway Turkey Night Grand Prix winning driver and car owner Billy Boat and John Lawson
SPONSORS: Amsoil, Hoosier, ProSource, KS, Benic Enterprises, Indy Race Parts, CSI, Wilwood Disc Brakes
Defending Champion: Tanner Thorson
MOST WINS: Ron Shuman won eight times from 1979 through 1993.
ADVANCE TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 805-648-7223
PARKING: On the fairgrounds adjacent to the track
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Wednesday during intermission
TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (805) 985-5433
TRACK WEBSITE: http://venturaraceway.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura-Raceway-104668839570641/?fref=ts
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/venturaraceway/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VenturaRaceway

Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners

1934 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1935 Ted Sizemore – Gilmore Stadium

1936 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1937 Ronney Householder – Gilmore Stadium

1938 Bob Swanson – Gilmore Stadium

1939 Mel Hansen – Gilmore Stadium

1940 Roy Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1941 Rou Russing – Gilmore Stadium

1945 Danny Oakes – Gilmore Stadium

1946 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1947 Johnny McDowell – Gilmore Stadium

1948 Bill Vukovich – Gilmore Stadium

1949 Perry Grimm – Gilmore Stadium

1950 Bill Zaring – Gilmore Stadium

1955 Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium

1956 Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium

1957 George Amick - Gardena Stadium

1958 Joe Garson - Gardena Stadium

1959 Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium

1960 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1961 A.J. Foyt – Ascot Park

1962 Bill Cantrell – Ascot Park

1963 Mel Kenyon – Ascot Park

1964 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1965 Dick Atkins – Ascot Park

1966 Parnelli Jones – Ascot Park

1967 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1968 Sam Sessions – Ascot Park

1969 George Benson – Ascot Park

1970 Gary Bettenhausen – Ascot Park

1971 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1972 Tony Simon – Ascot Park

1973 Bill Engelhart – Ascot Park

1974 Danny McKnight – Ascot Park

1975 Mel Kenyon – Speedway 605

1976 Bubby Jones – Ascot Park

1977 Gary Patterson – Ascot Park

1978 Rick Goudy – Ascot Park

1979 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1980 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1981 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1982 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1983 Kevin Olsen – Ascot Park

1984 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1985 Brent Kaeding – Ascot Park

1986 Warren Mockler – Ascot Park

1987 Ron Shuman – Ascot Park

1988 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1989 Chuck Gurney – Ascot Park

1990 Stan Fox – Ascot Park

1991 Stan Fox – Saugus Speedway

1992 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1993 Ron Shuman – Bakersfield Speedway

1994 Jordan Hermansador – Bakersfield Speedway

1995 Billy Boat – Bakersfield Speedway

1996 Billy Boat – Perris Auto Speedway

1997 Billy Boat – Ventura Raceway

1998 Jay Drake – Bakersfield Speedway

1999 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2000 Tony Stewart – Irwindale Speedway

2001 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2002 Michael Lewis – Irwindale Speedway

2003 Dave Steele – Irwindale Speedway

2004 Bobby East – Irwindale Speedway

2005 Jason Leffler – Irwindale Speedway

2006 Billy Wease – Irwindale Speedway

2007 Dave Darland – Irwindale Speedway

2008 Bobby Santos III – Irwindale Speedway

2009 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2010 Bryan Clauson – Irwindale Speedway

2011 Caleb Armstrong – Irwindale Speedway

2012 Kyle Larson – Perris Auto Speedway’

2013 Dave Darland – Perris Auto Speedway

2014 Christopher Bell – Perris Auto Speedway

2015 Tanner Thorson – Perris Auto Speedway

 

 

Sunshine Earns Chili Bowl Seat with Clauson-Marshall Racing

Lonnie Wheatley, NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (November 16, 2016) – Another piece of the Chili Bowl Nationals puzzle is now in place for Clauson-Marshall Racing as the team is excited to announce the addition of Tyler Courtney to its 2017 driver lineup.

This January’s event at the Tulsa Expo Raceway inside the River Spirit Expo Center will mark Courtney’s sixth Chili Bowl outing after earning Rookie of the Year honors at the event in his Chili Bowl maiden voyage under the Bryan Clauson Racing banner in 2011.

“To say I’m excited is an understatement,” Courtney said. “When Tim (Clauson) and Richard (Marshall) approached me with their plan for this year’s Chili Bowl, there was no way I could say no. To even be considered to be on their ‘super team’ that Bryan had talked about bringing down there is an honor.”

Affectionately tagged “Sunshine” by Bryan Clauson in 2010, Courtney is no stranger to the Clauson family and Clauson-Marshall Racing. It’s a relationship that began when Courtney showed up at the then Bryan Clauson Racing shop looking for any opportunity to go racing.

“Tyler came to us basically with nothing but a desire and a will to drive race cars,” Tim Clauson recalls. “We explained that he would need to work for an opportunity and if willing to put in the work, we would give him a shot at the end of the year in one of our Midgets.”

Courtney jumped at the opportunity.

“That summer I met a kid who grew into a young man and all the while worked his tail off for just one opportunity to drive a race car,” Tim Clauson continues.

The hard work paid off. Bryan and Tim decided “Sunshine” had earned his opportunity and readied a Bryan Clauson Racing Midget for his debut after the team had clinched its first USAC championship. And a slew of family, friends and essentially everyone Courtney knew showed up to cheer the young racer on.

It was a night full of anticipation.

“I remember it like it was yesterday. His instructions were simple, to go out and have fun, that he had nothing to prove. Go 80% and let’s make some laps,” Tim Clauson says. “I don’t think Sunshine knew at the time that we had already planned on taking him to the Chili Bowl as a driver; that was a surprise for later. That night was about a kid who worked all summer for a shot and here it was.”

That’s where the fairy tale came up short. Sunshine started to pick up the throttle as he came off of turn four, hustling into turn one only to spin and turn the car over. The car was done.

“I wasn’t sure who was more disappointed; Tyler and his throng of fans or Bryan,” Tim Clauson relates. “Bryan knew and appreciated the work that Tyler put in for his chance and knew if not for Tyler and the others on the team that year, that the success we had wouldn’t have been possible.”

Tim wondered if he would even see Sunshine again. But, when he rolled into the shop the next morning, there sitting on the curb in wait was Courtney.

“I asked him what he was doing there and he said something that I’ll never forget; ‘Tim, I figured if I could tear up your race car, then I can help tear down your race car’,” Tim Clauson recalls. “Just as he had proven all summer, he was there because he wanted to become a racer. Not a driver, but a racer, and he was willing to do whatever it took to do just that.”

Bryan and Tim went on with plans for Courtney and the 2011 Chili Bowl. It was a decision that resulted in Rookie of the Year honors for the team.

Courtney has since gone on to establish himself as a top contender in the Sprint Car and Midget ranks, all the while racing with the same respect and reverence that Bryan exemplified during his career.

“Sunshine becomes a part of about every conversation I have with young drivers about how to earn an opportunity,” Tim Clauson explains. “When we decided that we wanted to honor Bryan’s wishes by ‘bringing a badass team to the Chili Bowl’, there was no doubt that one of the seats would be filled by Sunshine, who has represented not only himself but Bryan and our family so well over the years.”

Courtney is appreciative of another opportunity.

“As most everyone knows, Bryan was a huge influence in not only my racing career, but my life,” Courtney explains. “I truly believe that without the help of Bryan and his whole family, I’m not who I am today and that quite literally without Bryan, I am not ‘Sunshine’.”

Team co-owner Richard Marshall is equally excited to welcome Courtney to the Clauson-Marshall Racing stable for the Chili Bowl Nationals.

“This race team is a labor of love by all involved. Tim and I want our drivers to share Bryan’s values on and off the track; a die-hard work ethic, team-driven results and a long-term view of the sport,” Marshall says. “Sunshine clearly embodies all of these. Jennifer and I are honored to have Sunshine in a CMR seat.”

Courtney goes on to say that, “Getting to be a part of Clauson-Marshall Racing that is going to embody everything that Bryan did and wanted to do for our sport of racing is simply awesome, that’s the only way to describe it.”

“What I have always loved about working with anything that involves the Clauson family is that it’s always done like a family and as a family, while still maintaining the professional aspect as well,” Courtney continues. “In the short amount of time I’ve been around Richard and Jennifer (Marshall), they have made me feel right at home and I can’t thank them enough as well for letting me be a part of this new journey in their life.”

Courtney wraps up with a popular sentiment among the racing world. “I can’t wait to get to Tulsa in January.”

Additional information regarding the Clauson-Marshall Racing team and upcoming Chili Bowl plans will be available in the coming weeks.

 

 

Sam Hafertepe Jr. Wins ASCS National Series With Champion Racing Oil

(Clinton, MO / 11.16.16) Champion Oil, a recognized leader in racing and enthusiast lubricants, announced today that Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the Keith Dobbs #15H Champion Racing Oil Team wrapped up a championship season with the ASCS National Series last weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. The Sunnyvale, Texas driver finished second in last Saturday’s finale to clinch his first title with the series. http://www.sam15.com/

Champion draws on the success of its racing roots in producing a line of engine oils designed for high performance racing applications and are available in numerous synthetic blends and full synthetic viscosities.

Champion Racing Motor Oils contain a proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer), special lubricity modifiers, and a premium level of anti-wear additives which includes a high quantity of ZDDP. These additives are proven to meet the lubrication demands of competition engines, create a tough film strength, which controls wear and provides more horsepower and torque in Dynamometer testing.

Champion Racing Oils are suitable for use in all competition and race engines especially those using flat tappet and/or roller cams operating at high RPM’s and requiring high-pressure valve springs. These “purpose-built” racing oils are offered in a popular range of multi-viscosity SAE grades and formulated to meet the demands of most of today’s high performance race engines.

About the company: Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 300 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information about Champion Racing Oils contact your nearest Champion Distributor, or call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, 64735 or go to http://www.championbrands.com

 

 

Oswego Speedway Partners Excited for 2017; Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Fair Haven Motel Join as Renewals Build

OSWEGO, NY (November 16, 2016) – Following an exciting 2016 campaign at Oswego Speedway, several Speedway partners have already set their sights on 2017 as the first wave of partner renewals has made its way to the Speedway offices on Nolan Swift Memorial Drive.

Longtime race night partners Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers, Davis Bros. Inc., A&P Auto Parts, and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts have already declared their intentions to continue sponsorship of their big race nights in 2017.

Oswego and Fulton’s Burke’s Do-It-Best- Home Centers, the official home center of Oswego Speedway, and A&P Auto Parts of Cicero will once again present the Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified Twin 35 main events which will again be contended during mid-June.

Davis Bros. Inc, located in Oswego providing the best in local food distribution, is the presenting sponsor for 2017’s 31st annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified championship in late July, while U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts in East Syracuse will again be a co-sponsor of the Speedway’s track championship night in late August.

Two new partners in 2017 include Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, located on Route 104 directly across from the Speedway in Oswego as well as the Fair Haven Motel, located on Route 104A in Fair Haven.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory, and salvage merchandise. Their 234 “semi-lovely” stores sell merchandise of all descriptions and some beyond description.

Ollie’s buyers will find real brands at real bargain prices in every department, from housewares to sporting goods to flooring and to food, and everything you buy at Ollie’s is covered by their 30-day “No Hard Time” guarantee. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund (with sales receipt).

The Fair Haven Motel features large spacious rooms, with air conditioning, a small microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The rooms also feature two Queen size beds, color TVs, and a great deck to relax on.

The Fair Haven Motel is handicap accessible.

Scriba Meats, DuFore’s for Diamonds, and Oswego County Stop DWI have also signed back on for the upcoming 2017 season, while Turning Stone Resort Casino and SUNOCO’s Insinger Performance Fuels will continue their multi-year partnerships as well.

“It is easy to get excited for the upcoming season when we have so many great partners already geared up for a new year,” said Oswego Speedway co-owner, John Torrese. “Oswego Speedway is a growing member of the central New York community and we look forward to working with all of our partners in the new year. We’ve been fortunate to build so many mutual relationships in the past six years, and we hope to be able to continue to grow and build even more.”

Oswego Speedway’s 2017 season schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

Visit Oswego Speedway’s 2017 partners at the following links:

A&P Auto Parts - www.apautoparts.com

Burke’s Home Centers - www.burkesdoitbest.com

Davis Bros. Inc. – Davis Bros., Inc. on Facebook

DuFore’s for Diamonds - www.duforesfordiamonds.com

Fair Haven Motel - www.fairhavenmotel.com

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet - www.ollies.us/home.html

Scriba Meats - www.scribameats.com

Oswego County Stop DWI - www.stopdwi.org/initiatives-Oswego

SUNOCO Insinger Performance Fuels - www.insingerperformance.com

Turning Stone Resort Casino - www.turningstone.com

U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts - www.upullusavecny.com

 

 

HAFERTEPE, JR., McMULLEN, HAGAR CLAIM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hagar, Hickman & Kulhanek Collect Late Season Wins

McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 16, 2016) – J&J Auto Racing teams continue to roll the competition, as the McKenzie, Tenn., based manufacturer saw drivers lay claim to three championships and three late season victories last week. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., sealed the deal on the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Division title, while Brandon McMullen was named as the Midwest Sprintcar Association (MSA) champion. American drivers Derek Hagar and Ray Allen Kulhanek earned victories in the United States, while Australian ace Rusty Hickman grabbed a win in the land down under. Hagar also doubled down, as he clinched the USCS Mid-South Series championship.

Hafertepe Jr. and the Keith Dobbs No. 15H team wrapped up a championship season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series last weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. The Sunnyvale, Texas driver finished fourth in the preliminary event and second in the Nov. 12 finale to clinch his first title with the series. McMullen, the third generation driver hailing from Wisconsin, won his second straight MSA Series championship. The No. 98 McMullen Racing Enterprises team was honored at the series’ championship banquet on Nov. 12 in Plymouth, Wis.

Australia’s Hickman, who is only 16 years old, won his first career A-main against a stout field of Mainline DynoLog Dynometers All Star Series competitors on Nov. 12 at Sonic Speedway in Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia. Driving the Hickman’s Tree Service No. V40, the teenager broke through for his maiden feature event win in the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers 360 All Star Series. Hickman and his father, Darren, celebrated with a wing dance duet after clearing the scales.

Kulhanek produced a storybook ending to the 2016 season when he returned early from a vicious fire to score a victory during the season finale last weekend. Kulhanek, who was severely burned during a sprint car race in late September, drove Randy Allen's 305ci winged sprint car to Victory Lane on Saturday during the Texas Grand event at Battleground Speedway on Nov. 12. The win was Kulhanek’s second straight Texas Grand triumph.

Hagar also found victory lane on Nov. 12, claiming another United Sprint Car Series (USCS) at Riverside International Speedway (RIS). The victory gave Hagar and the No. 9JR team the edge in the final championship standings in the USCS Mid-South division. Hagar has now won championships in all three USCS divisions. With 14 wins with J&J Auto Racing in 2016, Hagar tied his second-best season victory total again in 2016.

 

 

WESTERN PROMOTERS ALREADY LOOKING TO 2017

(Las Vegas, NV--November 15, 2016) With the 2016 season nearly in the books, promoters from the Pacific Coast, the Northwest U.S., and Western Canada, gathered at the RPM@Vegas Promoters Workshop, completed schedules, finished up plans for the 2017 season, and participated in two days of informative sessions and networking, during the confab produced by Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group and Hoosier Racing Tire.

Presenters included 40th Auto racing Promoter of the Year Gray Garrison, managing partner at Bowman Gray Stadium, NASCAR’s oldest short track. Garrison shared the secrets of 66 years of continuous success at the track that resides in a public football stadium. Alabamian Billy Thomas, East Alabama Motor Speedway, shared his ideas for increasing efficiency during multi-day race events, while publisher, announcer, and consultant, Mike Lysakowski, Motorsports Aspects, offered a refresher on effective PR. Los Angeles attorneys Cary Agajanian and Paul Tetreault, of the Agajanian Law Firm, brought promoters up-to-date on case law and 2016 court decisions that affect racing. Race official and Rockton Illinois police chief Steve Dickson outlined best practices for risk assessment, and incident prevention in a time terrorist acts and public disturbances. Zachary and Joe Skotnicki, of the Race of Champions Series, talked with promoters about teens and twenty-somethings entertainment preferences. Additional discussions covered best practices for policing and confiscation of unapproved parts, fans use of live streaming apps on mobile devices during race events, an appraisal of the 2016 season, and a “lightning round” discussing ideas for race night efficiencies.

The Workshops now move to the one-day, 4th Annual RPM@Indy Workshop, on December 7, in the Media Center on the grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Advanced RPM@Indy credentials remain available and a session schedule is available at RacingPromotionMonthly.Com. The 44th Workshops Series concludes in February with the RPM@Daytona National Workshop, convening at the Hilton Daytona Beach, February 19-21, 2017. The February Workshop will offer the same agenda as the Western Workshop. RPM@Indy offers an abbreviated “best of” from the RPM@Vegas Workshop.

Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, is published year-round with the support of K&K Insurance Group, Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire. The 44th Workshops Series this year is produced with a record number of supporting sponsors including: INEX, Chevrolet Performance, Moffett Productions, Simes Graphic Designs, Raceceiver, Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Advertising Edge, Firethorn Marketing, IMCA, FuelTix, MyRacePass, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

More information is available from RPM at 715-536-1067, or on the World Wide Web at www.racingpromotionmonthly.com.

 

 

Doukas Breaks Through for Maiden Win

The 2016-17 season for Peter Doukas took a turn for the better at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, where he claimed his maiden 410 Sprintcar feature-race win in last Saturday night’s third Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round.

Doukas was able to recover from a tough start in the feature race, where the 22-year-old racer from Warrnambool in the south-east region of Victoria had started from position four, and worked his way towards the pointy end of the field.

After settling into third by mid race, Doukas managed to find a sweet spot in the track, which was coupled with a good setup aboard his Vic # 98 Giblin Family Homes / Warrnambool Locksmiths backed Cool car, and just after the middle stages of the race he was able to move from third to the lead within a lap.

Once out in front, Doukas was able to remain out in front, along with surviving a late restart, by maintaining his consistent race lines and went on to greet the feature race chequered flag as a winner for the very first time.

It has been a mixed start to the current season for Doukas, but although Saturday night’s win came as a surprise, he felt that he has been building towards a result like this over his three seasons of Sprintcar racing.

“To pick up my maiden feature-race win is an amazing feeling and it just goes to show that persistence can pay off,” Doukas expressed, who had earlier in the night qualified fourth in the feature race after finishing his two heat races with a win and a fifth.

“Being able to enjoy Sprintcar racing wouldn’t be at all possible without the support of my sponsors, team and family – and this win is as much theirs as it is mine.

“Now with my maiden feature-race win out of the way, the goal is to now build on this result and hopefully I can start to run consistently up the front of the field for the remainder of the season. However, my team and I have to continue to work hard both on and off the track.”

This Saturday night at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway in South Australia, Doukas is going to contest the fourth Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round.

Doukas is proudly supported in the 2016-17 season by the following sponsors: Giblin Family Homes, Warrnambool Locksmiths, Lane Transport, AKC Kitchens, Peter Ward Electrical, Hec’s Screens & Services, Carter’s Tree Services, The Tyre Factory Warrnambool, Progress Transport Services, Southwest Powder Coating, and Nevcon Structural Steel. Special thanks must go to Mick and Dylan Jongebloed, Dallas (Dad), Sue (Mum), Ben (Brother), Madeline (Sister), Caitlin (Sister), Darryl Niddrie, Kevin Ryan and Mark ‘Freddy’ Walsh.

Doukas and his team are on the lookout for additional sponsorship support. For further information, contact Peter Doukas on 0423 053 670.

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Podium Moves Van Ginneken into Series Lead

Despite a difficult run last Saturday night at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, Tim Van Ginneken still managed to salvage a minor podium finish in the third Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round, launching himself into the series point standings lead in the process.

Qualifying on pole position for the feature race aboard the Harry Droste-owned Vic # 36 Lowes Auto Repairs supported XXX machine, Van Ginneken didn’t get the best start, wrestling with a tight setup and consequently dropping back through the pack to sixth. He managed to get going in the middle stages of the race, making his way up to third, a position he held on to for the remainder of the race.

“It was disappointing to go backwards after qualifying so well for the feature race, but at the same time, I’m happy we managed to fight back and come away with a podium result,” commented Van Ginneken.

“While we would have loved to have gone on and picked up the win, our podium result has given us the series point standings lead, and hopefully we can maintain our consistent start to the season and stay in the lead.”

Van Ginneken was in the wars during the earlier heat races. While attempting to avoid other cars in his opening heat race, which was packed full of carnage, Van Ginneken sustained significant front end damage but was able to come away with a third-place finish after starting from position eight. Starting on pole position in his second heat race, Van Ginneken held on to his lead to take the win, making him the highest point scorer for the night and putting him out of pole position for the feature race.

Van Ginneken now heads to Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway in South Australia for this Saturday night’s fourth Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round. The following Saturday night (November 26), he will travel to Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway to contest round five of the series, which will double as the running of the Victorian Title. The Saturday night of December 10 will see Van Ginneken pilot the Steve Crabbe-owned Vic # 86 TLC Contracting J&J at the Perth Motorplex, where he is aiming to defend his Western Australian Title.

Van Ginneken would like to give special thanks to Lindsay Trotter, who assisted the team due to a couple of his regular team members being unable to be there on the night, along with Harry, Dennis, Steve and Dionne Droste, his wife Brony, his kids Chase and Lexi, his dad Paul, and his crew Alex, Jimmy, and Trevor.

Van Ginneken would also like to thank the following sponsors for their valued support throughout the 2016-17 season: Lowes Auto Repairs, South West Conveyancing, GJE Transport, and Anderson Bobcat Services.

To find out more about Van Ginneken, LIKE him on Facebook by searching TVG Motorsport v36-v86-w56.

Latest Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Point Standings: 1: Tim Van Ginneken - 746 points 2: Jye O’Keeffe - 738 3: Glen Sutherland - 703 4: Jacob Smith - 615 5: Corey McCullagh - 597

 

 

Hickman Picks Up Surprise Win

With less than a dozen 360 Sprintcar race meetings to his name, Rusty Hickman impressively drove to his maiden feature-race win in last Saturday night’s second All Star 360 Sprintcar Series round at Swan Hill’s Sonic Speedway.

The 16-year-old racer from Bendigo in Victoria wasn’t hampered by his lack of experience and in the process he created All Star Series history by becoming the youngest ever series round winner.

After qualifying third for the 30-lap feature race, after he had finished second (he was fighting with defending All Star Series Champion Brenten Farrer for the lead up until contact with the pair resulted in him missing out on the win) and fifth (he had flipped over after due to contact earlier in the race with another car but he was able to restart) in his two heat races and qualifying second fastest in time trials, Hickman powered into second place from the drop of the green flag. From there, he maintained his consistency and then enjoyed a lucky break in the middle stages of the feature race, when the leader, Chris Solomon, crashed out after contact with a lapped car.

Following a stroke of luck, Hickman was able to make the most of his opportunity by inheriting the lead and then went on to hold on to it all the way through to the fall of the chequered flag aboard his Vic # 40 Hickman’s Tree Maintenance backed J&J car.

As one would expect, Hickman was overjoyed with his maiden feature race win in what is his first full season in 360 Sprintcars, following his maiden season being hampered by a broken leg that was sustained in an off-track incident.

“I can’t thank my family, in particular my dad (Darren), for all of their support and I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy Saturday night’s success without them,” expressed Rusty Hickman, whose dad is a former All Star Series Champion.

“My dad and I work hard on the car – both at the track and in the workshop between race meetings – and my dad’s experience has played a huge part in my success through his setup and driver guidance, and I can’t thank him enough.”

Hickman is proudly supported in the 2016-17 season by: Hickman’s Tree Maintenance, Beeps Auto Parts - Bendigo, Victory Lane Racegear, Tasco Petroleum, Mobile 1, Choice Graphics, Jackal Fencing, Peerless Products Pty Ltd, and Advanced Engine Dynamics. Special thanks must go out to Dad (Darren), Mum (Sandie), Olivia (Sister) and Frog.

The next outing for Hickman is this Saturday night at Heartland Raceway (Moama, NSW) for the third All Star Series round.

 

 

Tuesdays with TMAC – A Milestone Season!

(Bill W) November 15, 2016 – Few drivers will ever reach the 300-feature win mark in the sprint car ranks like Terry McCarl did in 2016. Far fewer can boast wins at 65 different tracks in 21 different states and two provinces in Australia. Terry McCarl has also won with nineteen different sanctions, including wins with the World of Outlaws at the “Big Three”, Knoxville Raceway, Eldora Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. The Altoona, Iowa driver nailed down ten wins in 2016, including his second “King of the 360’s” title at East Bay Raceway near Tampa, Florida, and another win against the Outlaws at Knoxville.

TMAC is proud of his 300-win milestone. “It’s a landmark that you look at,” he says. “I look at stats a lot, because I’m a historian. I think our stats hold up better than most, and I’m really proud of my career to this point.”

Of course, things started well with a prelim win and another in the $10,000 finale at East Bay in February. “We’ve always had a great setup there, and it’s one of my favorite tracks,” says TMAC. “It’s always racy there. We have so much fun going down there with all our friends there. This is one of the great events in the country, and for us to be lucky enough to win it twice now is a great honor. I love that Ronald Laney’s life is celebrated there. We ran really well again this year with Jaymie Moyle’s engines supplied by Don Long.”

TMAC came back to the Midwest and was adjusting to his new Maxim chassis. “We struggled for a while in finding a balance,” he says. “Dan (Musselman) and all the guys at Maxim have been great in helping us get comfortable. I think we found a good baseline in the car we have now. A lot of that we were trying to find early in the season.”

There was no doubt he was in rhythm with a $10,000 trouncing of the Kasey Kahne Dirt Classic NSL field at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska in May. “We flat kicked their butts that night,” says TMAC. “I think we started ninth and we were leading it by the fourth lap. With that competition…Dale Blaney was in town too…it was really a great accomplishment. I could run anywhere. We wanted to help them promote the Dirt Classic in September and I wanted to help those guys, because they are doing a good job of promoting around the country. That was a good win. It was a lot of fun going to Lincoln Speedway (in Pennsylvania) late in the year. I don’t think we’d been there for over twenty years.”

The following week saw TMAC run second in the first Annual Silver Shootout at Badlands Motor Speedway in South Dakota. Second paid $13,700 in silver bars. “My boys were a little disappointed that we were second, but I had to remind him that there aren’t many races in the world that pay that much for second,” he says. “That was a fun event that they’re going to continue.”

In June, he struck for another $10,000 win at Knoxville against the World of Outlaws. “To win an Outlaw show anywhere is hard, but to win one at Knoxville is really difficult,” says TMAC. “We were really proud of that. To beat Donny Schatz there, with him starting beside us was a big deal for us…kind of like Iowa beating Michigan last weekend. Doug (Rankin) and Steve Fitzpatrick had the car really comfortable for me, and the track was tricky. That win was really big for us.”

TMAC would win the Randy Droescher Memorial at Badlands as well as a NSL win at the Hancock County Speedway near Britt, Iowa. He was hoping to add a fifth Knoxville 360 Nationals trophy to his collection, but he still ran a strong fourth. “After you’ve won it, it was kind of disappointing to run fourth both nights,” he says. “But really, when you take a step back, it’s a great run for any team.”

With his promotions hat on, he, wife Lori, and the rest of the team did a great job at the Price Chopper Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa. “That was one of the best 410 races we’ve ever had there,” he says. “Kerry Madsen and Rico Abreu were making some crazy things happen out there. I’m really excited for next season.”

TMAC would honor his father, Lenard, who we lost in the spring with a replica #7x machine at the Knoxville Nationals. “I was great to honor him that way,” he says. “We had a good run. Finishing third on our qualifying night was great. I believe we had a good car on Saturday, but I really screwed up. We weren’t the fastest in hot laps and I panicked a little bit. I took some advice from a very knowledgeable man who’s helped us. That got me off my game plan, and I’ll always be mad at myself for that. We had a good starting spot, and I wish we would have used our standard setup.”

He again struck for victory at I-80 Speedway in October with the ASCS National Series and their “Fall Brawl”. “I-80 has become one of my favorite tracks,” says TMAC. “The Kosiski’s have really done a great job of getting the track right for sprint cars. There’s always a top and bottom, and I look forward to running there. I just wish there were more shows there. To beat the tough ASCS competition was another feather in our cap.”

Rather than points’ racing at a particular track, right now, TMAC is planning on more of an varied schedule for 2017. “I’m not sure what we’ll be doing,” he says. “It’s wide open right now. It all depends on our partners and where they want us to race. We’re kind of looking at a more open schedule, where we’re not chasing points anywhere. Right now, I’m looking forward to 2017, and getting to Australia. We’ll be driving for Ken Hutchings down there.”

He is also proud to have added Price Chopper and Hiland Dairy to the team in 2016. “To get Price Chopper and Hiland Dairy on board was huge for us,” says TMAC. “Not only with our team, but in sponsoring the Front Row Challenge. We were able to do an event at one of their stores in Des Moines, and that had a great turnout.”

Join TMAC Motorsports as a Partner!

TMAC Motorsports is always open to perspective partners, big and small. “Right now is a great time to get involved in the sport,” says TMAC. “We’re certainly open to partners coming aboard. Our partners are more than just sponsors to us. They’ve become lifelong friends more often than not.”

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This Year in TMAC History!

TMAC’s ten wins this year came at East Bay Raceway Park in Barberville, Florida (twice), with the Sprint Invaders at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, at the Dirt Classic with the NSL at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska, at Badlands Motor Speedway south of Brandon, South Dakota (one with the 410, two with the 360), at Knoxville Raceway with the World of Outlaws, at Hancock County Speedway near Britt, Iowa with the NSL and the “Fall Brawl” with ASCS at I-80 Speedway.

"Tuesdays with TMAC"!

"Tuesdays with TMAC" is an up close and personal look at colorful sprint car veteran Terry McCarl. To receive "Tuesdays with TMAC", send an e-mail to sprntcar@hotmail.com with "TMAC" in the subject line.

TMAC Motorsports would like to thank sponsors SnowPlow Snow Pushers – www.TheSnowPlow.com, Country Builders Construction, Rossie Feed and Grain, Bosma Poultry, Destiny Motorsports, Price Chopper, Hiland Dairy, Searsboro Telephone Company, Elk Grove Ford, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Berryhill Racing, Phil and Vivian, Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises, Vortex Racing, Hoosier Tire, Chris Spaulding – Attorney at Law, SuperFlow, Schoenfeld Headers, Rens Trucking, NutriShop – Maple Grove, MN, HRP, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Maxim Chassis, Bob and Beulah Elder, Engler Injection, Snap On Tools, Sposato Paint, Winters, Kilani Fender, Inc., DriverWebsites.com, CM Rock, Brown and Miller, Pro Shocks, Ben Cook, Bell Helmets, Burnett's Rock and Landscaping, Octane Ink, Morgan Strawberry Farms, Dynasty Stucco, Aurora Rod Ends, Crow Safety, KSE Steering, Snyder Lawn & Landscaping, Strange Performance, Saldana Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Waterman Fuel Pumps, Butlerbuilt and Mote Fasteners.

 

 

Hanks Happy to Find Strong Car Again During Flip Flop 50

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Brandon Hanks is pleased with the way his season ended after facing an ill-handling sprint car the past month.

Hanks posted results of 10th and 11th, respectively, during the Flip Flop 50 at Riverside International Speedway last weekend. More importantly, he found comfort in his race car.

"We still struggled a little on Friday," he said. "We completely hit the reset button on Saturday. We went over the whole thing and we finally got the car back. We had the car on point on Saturday. It was a lot better. The problem was we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole on Friday."

Hanks kicked off the USCS Series event on Friday by finishing fourth in a heat race after starting on the outside of the front row. That relegated him to a B Main, which opened the action on Saturday.

Hanks finished second in the consolation race to transfer into the twin main events. He started the first one on the outside of the eighth row.

"I could have played it a little smarter on Saturday," he said. "I started midpack and I wanted to go forward to see how far we could make it up there. I couldn't make myself stay back there and just ride so that I that I would start the second feature up front.

"The progress was pretty good. You either had to be around the tires creeping or on the wall hammering. The guys in front of me were content running the bottom. I wanted to get on the wall and I stayed up there. The track was starting to take rubber toward the end. Up until that point we made good progress. We passed some pretty good cars that run weekly there."

Hanks raced his way from 16th to 10th in the first main event. It was his 21st top 10 of the season. That lined him up on the outside of the seventh row for the second main event, which was completely inverted.

Unfortunately, the track was already rubbered down before the second main event. Hanks picked up three positions to finish 11th.

"It was very tough to pass," he said. "I'm just happy my car felt like my car again. I was real comfortable. I'm glad we ended on a good note."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (2).

Nov. 12 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - B Main: 2 (1); Feature #1: 10 (16); Feature #2: 11 (14).

SEASON STATS -

47 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s, 27 top 15s, 36 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.HanksMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brandon_K_Hanks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanks-Motorsports/135263046488177

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Penske Racing Shocks

Penske Racing Shocks was formed in 1988 when the need for a higher performing shock absorber was identified by the Penske Racing Indy Car team. The company has continued to expand ever since. For more information, visit http://www.PenskeShocks.com.

"I want to thank Dave Reedy and everyone at Penske Shocks for their hard work to give me the smoothest ride as possible," Hanks said.

Hanks would also like to thank D&B Farms, Performance Powder Coating, R.E. Enterprises, Wesmar Racing Engines, Walls Paint and Body Shop, Acme Graphix, Hinchman Racewear, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and J-R1 for their continued support.

 

 

News From The Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing Preserving America’s Motor Sports Heritage

Eastern Museum of Motor Racing Hosts Racing Roundtable

York Springs, Pa. – The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will host a racing roundtable on Sunday, November 20. The racing discussion will occur from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

This month the roundtable will feature racing veterans Donnie Kreitz Sr. and Donnie Kreitz Jr. Joining the duo will be noted racing mechanic Davey Brown.

The Kreitz family is established in local racing history. Donnie Kreitz Sr. first became known racing Sprint Cars, most notably with the United Racing Club. Later Kreitz gained fame when he competed in a Modified at the former Reading Fairground.

Donnie Kreitz Jr.’s pale-blue No. 69 Sprint car is one of the top machines in the Susquehanna Valley racing circuit. Kreitz drove the car to numerous victories. After giving up the driving, Kreitz gained success with veteran driver Lance Dewease.

Mechanic Davey Brown tuned many of the top race cars in the region. As a mechanic on several teams, Brown made each machine a front-running car.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing expansion continues at a rapid pace. Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg, is constructing the new research wing. With the cooperation of the weather, the new wing should be ready by the start 2017.

EMMR is currently on a winter schedule. The museum is open on just Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is a non-profit organization founded in 1975, dedicated to the preservation of America’s great motor racing history. EMMR not only honors significant people and vehicles of racing’s past; but also, the historic speedways, fairgrounds, drag racing organizations, and the Gettysburg Region Antique Auto Club of America.

For more information contact us at www.emmr.org. The museum and Latimore Valley Fairground are located at 100 Baltimore Road, off Route 15 midway between Dillsburg and York Spring. The telephone number is 717 – 528 – 8279.

 

 

Brady Bacon Secures USAC National Sprint Car Title With KSE Racing Products

PETERSEN MEDIA: With some big races going on out west to close out the USAC National Series campaign and the ASCS National Series campaign, it was drivers using KSE Racing Products enjoying the spoils of victory lane.

At the Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, CA, Chad Boespflug, Dave Darland, and Brady Bacon would all have reason to celebrate. During the two preliminary night feature events, Boespflug and Darland would show the field the best way around the track as the two USAC National stars picked up popular victories.

While Boespflug and Darland each enjoyed wins, Brady Bacon used a strong weekend to secure the USAC National Sprint Car Championship also using KSE Racing Products.

At the Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, AZ it was all about Seth Bergman and Aaron Reutzel. Bergman would use his KSE Racing Products to pick up a hard fought Friday night win, while Reutzel went 30-laps on the fence to pick up the ASCS National Tour season finale on Saturday night.

At the Riverside Speedway, Derek Hagar had his elbows up as he would use KSE Racing Products to score the win during the Flip Flop 50.

Steering The Best From East To West: KSE Racing Products continues to prove their steering performance all across the country. You want the best? Visit www.kse-racing.com to find a dealer in your area and get your hands on KSE’s new lightweight, Black Series Gen2 Power Steering Gear, Black Series HPD Power Steering Pump, and Stingray Wing Valve & Cylinder.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with all of KSE Racing Products happenings and new products by visiting www.kse-racing.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/KSE_Racing .

 

 

Moore Charges to Ninth at Cocopah Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA- Mason Moore made his presence felt with the ASCS National Series over the weekend in Yuma, AZ as he closed his season out with a ninth place finish after lining up in the 18th starting spot.

“Saturday night the track was really tricky, and I was able to figure out the bottom and get going,” Moore said. “Our car was really strong and to move through that field the way we did was pretty cool.”

Kicking Saturday night off with a tough draw, Moore would line up in the fourth row of his heat race and finish in the seventh spot. Moving into a qualifier, the Princeton, CA driver would again line up in the eighth spot but in this race he would move up to the fourth spot.

Not quote having enough points to move into the feature, Moore would be forced into the B Main where he would line up on the pole. Taking care of business from the front row, Moore would pick up the win and move into the 30-lap feature event.

Gridding the field from the 18th starting spot, Moore would quickly take a liking to the bottom of the speedway as most drivers were up on the cushion. Able to make the bottom work, Moore would be one of the few who was able to make up ground on this night.

Carving his way through a very stout field, Moore would bring his 2016 season to close with a charge up to the ninth spot.

Also in action with the ASCS National Series on Friday night, Moore would finish second in his heat race, before picking up a second place finish during his qualifier.

Sitting 10th in points, Moore would move into the 25-lap preliminary night feature event where he would take the green flag from the 10th starting position. On a very racy Cocopah Speedway, Moore showed that the F&F Racing machine was strong on this night as he quickly worked up to the seventh spot and began battling with Aaron Reutzel.

As the duo battled back and forth, Moore would loop his machine while trying to counter a move but was able to keep it under power. Able to reel the field back in, Moore would get back up to finish in the 12th spot.

“I can’t say enough about this F&F Racing team,” Moore said. “We were fast everywhere we went, and had a really nice showing in a National show to close out our year. We had some great partners support us this year, and hopefully we can have a good offseason and come out even better in 2017.”

Moore would like to thank Coors Light, Econo Lube and Tune, Geico Local Office, LRB Race Products, NAAKE Suspension, K&N, Selover Paint and Body, Lucas Oil, ITC Service Group, Saureel, and Moore Insurance Services for their support.

ON TAP: Moore’s 2016 season has completed.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-50, Wins-4, Top 5’s-23, Top 10’s-36.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Mason by following him on Twitter @MasonMooreRacin.

 

 

Jason Solwold Scores Pair of Podium Finishes With ASCS National Tour

PETERSEN MEDIA- Opting to take on the ASCS National Series during their final weekend of action, Jason Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team made the trip to Arizona and picked up a second and third place finish.

“It was a really good weekend for this team,” Jason Solwold said. “I thought we ran well against those guys, and it was great to end up on the podium both nights.”

Taking to the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ, Solwold would open the weekend up by charging from eighth to third during his heat race before picking up another third place finish during his qualifier.

Solidifying a spot in the feature event, Solwold would have some luck on his side, as the one pill would place him on the pole for the feature event. Getting off to a great start, Solwold looked very strong out front as Seth Bergman, Johnny Herrera, and Sam Hafertepe gave chase.

Quickly getting into lapped traffic, Solwold would see his healthy lead quickly evaporate as he navigated through slower cars. On the 12th lap, Seth Bergman was able to get by to take over the race lead, but Solwold was to get it back on the 15th lap.

With the battle not yet finished, Bergman would made the winning pass on lap 18, as Solwold then found himself in a battle for the second spot. Able to fend off Hafertepe in the closing laps, Solwold was able to finish second and lock into the Saturday night feature event.

Lining up on the front row of the Saturday night feature event, Solwold would slip back to the third spot when the action came to life as Aaron Reutzel and Sam Hafertepe would jump into first and second and waste no time getting away from the field.

As the lead duo got away, Sowold was able to hold down the third spot as he tried to track down the leaders down. Continuing to run in the final podium position, Solwold would unable to get close to the two as they gapped the field by over five seconds.

“It is great to end the year with some good runs in the 360 and last week in the 410,” Solwold said. “I have to thank this team and our sponsors for making it possible. We got to do some traveling this year and that makes it fun too.”

Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team would like to thank Scottie’s Plumbing, NW Team Excavating, KarMart Motorsports, Doyle Guffie’s Rayle Auto Sales, Pops Entertainment, Vic’s 66, Speedmart, After Hours Painting, Triple X Race Co., Al Parker Race Engines, Wings Unlimited, Slade Shocks, Rob Graham Trucking, Wings Unlimited, Meyer Sings, Vahlco Wheels, Fuel Safe, and Pro Signs for their continued support.

ON TAP: Shaylen Raye Motorsports’ 2016 season has come to a close.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 43, Wins- 6, Top 5’s- 25, Top 10’s- 29.

 

 

Swindell Posts Podium at Flip Flop 50 to Cap Season

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Sammy Swindell closed the season with a podium finish during the Flip Flop 50 last weekend at Riverside International Speedway.

Swindell, who drove for A.G. Rains, kicked off the USCS Series event on Friday by advancing from third to win a heat race before maneuvering from fifth to second place in the dash.

"We were running right around the tires," he said. "(Derek) Hagar started on the front and never made a big enough mistake for me to get under him. It was pretty much follow him for 12 laps."

Swindell started Saturday's first main event on the inside of the third row.

"I thought we were supposed to start second, but someone changed the lineup so they had me starting fifth," he said. "I was able to get to third right away. I got to Spencer (Bayston) and he got a little sideways so I had to check up. When we got to the other end a couple of guys slid me so I fell back to sixth."

Swindell rebounded back into third place before the checkered flag was waved.

"It was still probably good enough to win if we were up front, but it wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be," he said. "We made some good changes for the second feature."

Swindell lined up on the inside of the 11th row since the second main event was completed inverted.

"I kept picking through there," he said. "There were a lot of traffic jams with putting the slowest cars in the front. There was a lot of give and take there. You had to stay out of trouble. I kept passing cars until we got up to second. I ran the leader down and slid him off turn four once. He turned and got back by. It took me a few laps and then he started getting really tight. He had a pretty slow corner in turns three and four so I got a good run. I went to slide him in turns one and two and thought I had him cleared, but for some reason he went over my right rear. That turned me around the wrong way so I had to stop. We definitely had the fastest car for the second race and had an opportunity to win it. I thought what I did was a good move, but it didn't work out that way."

Swindell had charged into the runner-up position before the late-race incident. He finished with a 16th-place result, which was the first time Swindell didn't record a top five while driving for Rains.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (3); Dash: 2 (5).

Nov. 12 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Feature #1: 3 (5); Feature #2: 16 (21).

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SammySwindell1.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1sam91

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions

Brown & Miller Racing Solutions is a leader in lightweight hoses and fittings within the motor sports industry. For more information, visit http://www.BMRS.net.

"I've run Brown & Miller Racing Solutions products for quite a few years and they've always been first class," Swindell said. "They are always innovating and trying to make their products better."

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, J. Davidson Scrap Metal Processors, High Performance Lubricants, FK Rod Ends, Simpson Racing Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Acme Graphix & Design, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.

 

 

Sides Says Two Big Wins Highlight 2016 Season, Will Return to Outlaws in 2017

Inside Line Promotions - BARTLETT, Tenn. (Nov. 15, 2016) - A pair of feature victories highlighted the 2016 season for Jason Sides.

Sides scored a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in April at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., which is a short drive from his hometown.

"To get a win close to home would be the biggest highlight of the year," he said. "It just seemed like it fell into place, like we were supposed to win the race. It made it really big because the Outlaws hadn't been there in about 20 years. I happened to be there watching the last time the Outlaws were there when Mark Kinser won it. For us to win it it was pretty big."

Sides was also victorious in Florida at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., during a preliminary night of the Ronald Laney Memorial - an event close to Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., which is one of Sides' main sponsors.

"That one is always good, too," he said. "We've won a race down there on a preliminary night last year and this year. It's nice to go down there. It's a relaxing race with no pressure. With Kimball (Wetherington) being there and lots of friends and family, it's nice to get a win."

Outside of the two trips to Victory Lane, Sides produced 30 additional top 10s en route to a ninth-place finish in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

"It's such a long year it kinda all runs together," he said. "The biggest thing is you don't get back home as much. Without being able to go home it makes it tougher to be away from your family that long. However, it's a big family on the road. Even when we're home I'll talk to people out on the road. The offseason is like being away from your family, too."

Sides said he intends to run full time on the World of Outlaws circuit in 2017 thanks to help from his marketing partners.

"Without all of the sponsors we couldn't do it," he said. "It's important that they know that we couldn't make it up and down the road without them. I'm looking forward to what 2017 has in store for our team.

"Also, a big thanks to Paul and everyone who has lended a helping hand to our team. We have a great fan base, too. We really appreciate everyone's support."

SEASON STATS -

88 races, 2 wins, 6 top fives, 32 top 10s, 59 top 15s, 79 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SidesMotorsports.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SidesMotorsport

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sides-Motorsports/283833970847?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Clean Seal, Inc.

Clean Seal, Inc. has supplied extruded rubber products to the transportation industry since 1978. The company, which is based in South Bend, Ind., is a full-line, full-service source for standard and custom-designed seals and gaskets. For more information, visit http://www.CleanSeal.com.

"Clean Seal came on board last year and we're excited to have them as part of our program," Sides said. "I want to say thanks to Bill Dawson and the entire team at Clean Seal. We look forward to future success together."

Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., King Racing Products, R.E. Enterprises, VRP Shocks, BR Motorsports, FSR Radiators, Dancer Logistics, Inc., Jim Schuhknecht, East Coast Logistics, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.

 

 

Bergman Records First ASCS National Victory of Season During Final Event

Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Seth Bergman saved the best for last during a roller coaster 2016 season.

Bergman scored his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour feature victory of the year last weekend at Cocopah Speedway in the final doubleheader of the season.

"It's a great way to end the season and take momentum into the offseason," he said. "We have a lot of work to do this offseason to prepare for 2017 so it's great to be able to do that having a win fresh on our minds."

The doubleheader began on Friday when Bergman advanced from fifth to third place in a heat race before he won a qualifier. That ranked him third in overall points and lined him up on the inside of the second row for the main event.

"We had an awesome battle for the lead throughout the entire race," he said. "I got the lead, but then had an issue where I went through the cushion and gave it back. We bounced back and reclaimed it. It was pretty exciting from inside the car."

Bergman took the lead on Lap 13 before the miscue on Lap 17. However, he powered back into the top spot on Lap 18 en route to the triumph.

The win locked him into the feature redraw for Saturday's main event, which Bergman started fourth.

"Johnny Herrera, Jason Solwold and I had a great battle for third through fifth place for most of the race," he said. "Aaron Reutzel and Sam Hafertepe Jr. had a good advantage over us, especially after the final restart. Johnny, Jason and I were all right there for the final spot on the podium."

Bergman finished fifth, which marked his 25th top five of the season. He ended the season ranked eighth in the ASCS National Tour championship standings despite missing several races.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 3 (5); Qualifier: 1 (2); Feature: 1 (3).

Nov. 12 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Feature: 5 (4).

SEASON STATS -

66 races, 7 wins, 25 top fives, 45 top 10s, 48 top 15s, 57 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SethBergmanRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BergmanRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SethBergmanRacing

APPAREL -

Bergman has men's and women's t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer during events he competes in this season.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing

Based in Shawnee, Okla., Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing is a business within the oil industry.

"Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing builds anchors for oil wells and they are pretty much at the top of the industry quality-wise," Bergman said. "They take pride in being made in America and in building quality parts."

Bergman would also like to thank Corridor Electric, Young Tools, Eagle Motorsports, Speedy Auto Service, SpeedMart, Scott Baylor Racing Engines and CSI Shocks for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS -

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com. For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

 

 

Herrera Produces Strong Finish to Season During ASCS Doubleheader at Cocopah

Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Johnny Herrera closed the 2016 campaign with a strong outing during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's season finale last weekend at Cocopah Speedway.

"Overall it was ok," he said. "Of course we wanted to get another win or two, but you can't win every night. We always try to finish with podiums or top fives when we don't win."

Herrera opened the two-day show on Friday by winning a heat race from third before he advanced from sixth to fourth place in a qualifier. That ranked him fourth in overall points and lined him up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

"We were really good the first night early, but we weren't good late," he said. "We got to second at one point in the race. I was rolling really good. Usually we ride the first 10 laps and start rolling better toward the end. It was the opposite for us. We tried something a little different setup-wise. We were good the first 10 or 12 laps. As the track slowed down and was slicker we got too tight and faded toward the end. The last five laps we were holding on."

Herrera ran inside one of the four lock-in positions to Saturday's main event until the closing laps when he dropped to a sixth-place result.

The team returned to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday for the final race of the year. Herrera powered from sixth to second place during both a heat race and a qualifier to be the top point earner. That started him fifth - behind the four locked-in drivers - in the main event.

"We were good out of the box," he said. "We made some changes on a bar combination. I think every time we hit the track we had the fastest lap time in the heats and qualifiers. The changes that we made made a big difference.

"In the feature Aaron (Reutzel) and Sam (Hafertepe Jr.) were a little better than the rest of us. (Jason) Solwold and myself and (Seth) Bergman were all about the same speed right there."

Herrera duked it out for the final spot on the podium before he recorded a fourth-place finish, which was his 30th top five of the season. He finished the season ranked second in the ASCS National Tour championship standings.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 1 (3); Qualifier: 4 (6); Feature: 6 (4).

Nov. 12 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 2 (6); Qualifier: 2 (6); Feature: 4 (5).

SEASON STATS -

63 races, 7 wins, 30 top fives, 39 top 10s, 43 top 15s, 46 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JohnnyHerreraRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHerrera2

APPAREL -

Herrera has t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer and at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com/shopping.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Champion Brands

Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for more than 58 years. Champion also produces and blends more than 300 products including fuel, oil and engine additives and lubricants for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural and specialty markets. For more information, visit http://www.ChampionBrands.com.

"I've been with Champion for several years and they have been one of my biggest supporters," Herrera said. "They are great people to work with and their products are second to none."

Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Competition Suspension Inc., Mesilla Valley Transportation, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Simpson Race Products, Outlaw Wings, Weld Wheels, Finish Line Coatings, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Smiley's Racing Products and Heidbreder Foundation Services for their continued support.

 

 

Hagar Wins USCS Mid-South Championship After Flip Flop 50 Victory at Riverside International Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Derek Hagar claimed another USCS championship and he tied his record for wins in a season thanks to a trip to Victory Lane last weekend at Riverside International Speedway.

Hagar opened the Flip Flop 50 event on Friday when he won his heat race and the dash.

"We started fourth in the heat race and won it," he said. "That gave us the high-point spot. They did a pole scramble dash, which we started on the pole of and won."

His good start to the weekend helped set up his victorious Saturday night.

"Going into Saturday we were sitting on the pole of the first feature and we led every lap," he said. "We had some good racing with Spencer Bayston in lapped traffic and held on to get the win in the first feature of the night."

The entire field was inverted for the second main event, which Hagar started in the 24th position.

"We were moving up through the field pretty well," he said. "The track started laying a little rubber, so I kind of had to fall in line and settle for what we could get. We ended up finishing sixth in the second feature."

With his feature win, Hagar claimed the USCS Mid-South title. He has now won all three USCS divisions during his career. The victory also allowed him to tie his best record for season wins, which is 16.

"All in all it was a pretty good weekend for us at home," he said.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (4); Dash: 1 (1).

Nov. 12 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Feature #1: 1 (1); Feature #2: 6 (24).

SEASON STATS -

55 races, 16 wins, 37 top fives, 42 top 10s, 45 top 15s, 48 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.DerekHagarRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HagarDerek

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - FSR Radiators

Located in Gallaway, Tenn., FSR Radiators has been supplying high-performance, all-aluminum radiators to the racing community for many years. For more information, visit http://www.FSRProducts.com.

"FSR Radiators make the best radiators to keep your motor as cool as it possibly can be," Hagar said. "I'd definitely recommend them to any racer."

Hagar would also like to thank B&D Towing, Dynotech Performance, DHR Suspension, J&J Auto Racing, Xtreme Race Graphics, Fragola Performance Systems, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Hinchman Racewear, Wings Unlimited, FK Rod Ends and Ti64 for their continued support.

 

 

Tankersley Wins Heat Race and Dash Before Second-Place Finish at Texas Grand

Inside Line Promotions - HIGHLANDS, Texas (Nov. 15, 2016) - Channin Tankersley nearly swept his final race of the season last weekend.

Tankersley piloted a 305ci sprint car for Kyle Turner during the Texas Grand at Battleground Speedway, where the action began on Friday with Tankersley advancing from second to win both a heat race and the dash.

"We started on the front row of a heat race and the track suited my driving style," he said. "It was slick everywhere with a good cushion. I got a good start and held my own. Then in the dash we got a pretty good start and got rolling. That put us in a good position for Saturday night."

Tankersley returned to the track on Saturday when started the main event on the pole.

"We just missed it a little in the A Main on Saturday and Ray Allen (Kulhanek) was on his game," he said. "I felt like we had the car really tight. We were a little too snug to move around. On a fast track like that track position does matter. He got a little better start. I was within five car lengths of him the whole race. We got in traffic one time and I caught him, but that was when the caution came out so we never got into thick traffic."

Tankersley finished in the runner-up position to score his 12th top five of the season.

"I want to thank Kyle for the opportunity," he said. "We didn't sweep the weekend by winning the main event, but we had a good performance every time we hit the track."

This weekend Tankersley will attend the ASCS Gulf South Region banquet where he will accept his second series championship in the last three years.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas - Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 1 (2).

Nov. 12 - Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas - Feature: 2 (1).

SEASON STATS -

20 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s, 15 top 15s, 17 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChanninTankersley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TankRacing

APPAREL -

Tankersley has t-shirts ranging from youth medium to XXL for sale at his race trailer.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Watercraft Plus, LLC

Watercraft Plus, LLC is a marine sales and service shop located in Beaumont, Texas. It has been in business for more than 20 years and has been a leader in boat service in Southeast Texas for more than 18 years. For more information, visit http://www.WatercraftPlusLLC.com.

"Eric from Watercraft Plus, LLC came on board last season and has been a huge support," Tankersley said. "I really appreciate all of his help and I look forward to our future success."

Tankersley would also like to thank G3 Boats, Challenger Drilling, Blackfoot Electric, Yamaha, Day Motorsports, Blazer Boats and Sea Chaser Boats for their continued support.

 

 

Taylor Preparing for Turkey Night Grand Prix

Inside Line Promotions - GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (Nov. 15, 2016) - Zac Taylor is excited to showcase what he has learned in his two years of driving a midget race car as the 17-year-old will compete in one of the sport's crown jewel events later this month.

Taylor will tackle the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., on Nov. 24 as the 2016 season is winding down.

"My dad told me no matter what we were able to raise in sponsorship we were going to Turkey Night so I'm really pumped," he said. "Unfortunately we're still up in the air for the Chili Bowl (Jan. 10-14 in Tulsa, Okla). It all comes down to sponsorship help for the Cory Kruseman No. 12k."

Taylor said he is ecstatic to return to Ventura Raceway for the marquee midget event.

"I raced there about this time last year with the midget and I've raced on Ventura in a 360 sprint car," he said. "I like the track and can't wait to get back."

While Taylor said he has talked to a handful of potential sponsors for Turkey Night and the Chili Bowl, he acknowledged it's tough for a teen to secure the necessary business support.

"Last year I wanted to approach sponsors on my own," he said. "I remember the first company I walked in and asked if I could talk to the person in charge of marketing. They basically told me they weren't interested and I could understand. Here's this 16-year-old asking for help. It's getting easier and once they see my accomplishments they show a real interest.

"When the World of Outlaws were in Calhan (Colorado) I asked Donny Schatz how he got sponsorship. He told me most of it comes about because of Tony Stewart and businesses wanting to be associated with him. But he also gave me great advice. He told me I would have 1,000 no's before I get 10 yes's and I should keep working hard."

Taylor has taken that advice to heart. He's shown he can compete in a midget, earning a second-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) championship standings this year aboard the Todd Henry owned machine.

With a strong mindset and great success behind the wheel Taylor is seeking the right partners to propel him onto the national scene, which he said may include another race in 2016 - an indoor event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill, on Dec. 17.

"I'm excited about the big races coming up and I hope we are able to show what we can do on each stage," he said.

SEASON STATS -

33 races, 6 wins, 18 top fives, 26 top 10s, 27 top 15s, 29 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Nov. 24 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for the Turkey Night Grand Prix

MEDIA LINKS -

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zac-Taylor-Racing/176561235888527

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zac86taylor

Website: http://www.zactaylorracing.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1su-PDXOb8wWUoLAw_POQ/videos SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - H&H Resurfacing in Englewood, Colo. "We have been SO close to getting Todd the win," Taylor said. "It's coming. I'm so confident. When I get in that car … he gives me so much information and so much confidence. For a young driver like me you couldn't ask for a better owner, mechanic, friend."

Taylor would also like to thank USA Performance Engines, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, the Kaiser Family, Pro Shocks, Triple X Racing Company and Hoosier Racing Tires for their continued support.

 

 

Brock Zearfoss Announces 2017 BZR Fundraiser

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, PA (November 15, 2016) - Like years prior, the “Jonestown Jet” Brock Zearfoss will ignite his upcoming racing season officially with the Fifth Annual Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser, a pre-season celebration featuring raffles, door prizes, giveaways, food, musical entertainment, and the unveiling of the 2017 race car. Zearfoss, the 2016 Port Royal Speedway track championship runner-up and two-time Central Pennsylvania main event winner, will use the annual fundraiser as a perfect opportunity to reconvene with family and fans, as well as give back to those who support his race team.

“We look forward to the fundraiser every year. It gives us a perfect opportunity to reconnect with all of our fans and supporters. I certainly appreciate what they do for my race team. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their dedication and support,” Brock Zearfoss said. “It’s always nice to see everyone. The season gets pretty busy. We don’t have a lot of time to reach out to everyone like we’d like to. This gives us a chance to spend time with all of those who are a part of this race team and give back to them. We have some special door prizes and raffles in mind. It’s definitely a great time and it keeps getting bigger every year. I’m excited for it.”

The Fifth Annual Brock Zearfoss Racing Fundraiser will take shape on Saturday evening, January 14, from 6pm to 11pm. A destination will be determined in the near future. Stay tuned on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437585599602238/

Brock Zearfoss conducted a career year in 2016; earning two main event victories, each occurring at different facilities, while also capping off a track championship chase second in the final standings. Zearfoss earned victories at Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; each career firsts.

Fans can keep up with Brock Zearfoss during his entire campaign - right here at www.fullyinjected.com, or at www.brockzearfoss.com. Be sure ‘follow’ the ‘Jonestown Jet’ on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brock_zearfoss and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockzearfossracing

Recent Highlights: Earned second career 410 sprint car victory on Saturday night, August 20, at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA. Finished 2nd in final Port Royal Speedway 410 Sprint Car track championship.

2016 Wins: 2 (Williams Grove Speedway & Port Royal Speedway)

Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose's LZ Bar & Grill, Meckley’s Limestone, Central Builders Supply Co., Leach’s Automotive, Masters Mechanical Insulation, Comprehensive Test and Balance, Berkebile Oil Company, Invisible Glass, Walker Performance Filtration, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Smith Precision Products, GME Steering, Simpson Race Products, CR Graphics, G Force Gears, Precision Powder Coat, Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop, Tate and Sons Firewood, BAPS Auto Paint and Supplies

 

 

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY RELEASES 2017 SCHEDULE

(Perris, CA, November 15, 2016) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has released the 2017 regular season schedule. The regular season will open on March 14th with the “Sokola Shootout” and end with the final night of the 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals.

2017

EVENT SCHEDULE

March 4th "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

March 11th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

March 18th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts “Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 1st "SO CAL SHOWDOWN" WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

April 22nd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

April 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 13th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and CDCRA Dwarf Cars

May 20th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION III - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

May 27th "SALUTE TO INDY " USAC/CRA Sprint Cars , PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Guns "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

June 3rd PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

June 24th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

July 1st 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS

NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD IV Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society

July 15th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

July 22rd USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns

July 29th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

August 19th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

August 26th "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

September 2rd NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD VI - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing, Figure 8 Chain Racing, Spectator Racing, Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

September 9th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks, Modifieds

September 23rd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 7th - 15th Southern California Fair

October 21st USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 28th PASSCAR "Champions Night" - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 8th Oval Nationals Practice

November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors. All Coast Construction, All Seasons Tree Repair, Amsoil, Archibald’s Restaurants, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Engine Pro, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Horizon Solar, Imola Restaurant & Bar, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pizza Factory, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

To keep up with all the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, please use the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

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Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site LoudPedal Productions

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

racesatthepas@aol.com is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

 

 

Must See Racing Growing With Exciting Changes For 2017

By Jacob Seelman

HOLLY, Mich. – Following successful owners and drivers meetings in the Midwest and Southeast, the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series is moving into final preparations for its 2017 season.

Included in the upcoming year will be several high-profile changes designed for the betterment of asphalt sprint car racing as the series looks to continue its positive growth from this past year.

For the first time, Must See Racing will have both a North and a South division, as the sanctioning body expands its total slate of race events to 20 for the upcoming season.

The two series will be independent of each other, with both divisions offering separate purses, points funds and championships, as well as multiple contingency and cash bonuses for competing drivers.

The North division is preparing for a 12-race schedule in 2017, with South drivers gearing up for eight races split between the spring and fall. Specific race dates will be announced in the near future.

Slight differences will be on offer for the South division next year, with slight rules tweaks put into place to better level the competition between northern 410ci sprint cars that elect to compete in the south and the southern 360ci entries, as well as feature bonuses for 305ci cars and competing Carolina No Bull Sprint drivers.

The Must See Racing South division will carry a working partnership with the Carolina No Bull Sprint Series in 2017. Both the North and South division's officiating crews will be led by race director Brent Seelman.

In addition, Must See Racing will offer heat race payouts to the top three positions in every heat race, for both North and South divisions, during the course of the season – becoming the first asphalt sprint car series in the country to offer heat race payouts at its events.

Both series will also offer a new-for-2017 fast time bonus of $100 for the top qualifier at every event.

Must See Racing is in the final stages of completing its new television package for the 2017 season as well, with specific details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

With all of the new features on hand for the upcoming season, MSR Founder and President Jim Hanks is optimistic that 2017 will be the biggest year yet for the series as it enters its eighth full year.

“We’ve added a lot of things for next year, all of which are coming to benefit our racers and make our series that much stronger,” Hanks said. “We’re excited to expand our commitment to the Southeastern sprint car field and give them a full series to race in 2017, as well as to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence with the Must See Racing North division. Both series, combined with our new bonuses and expanded race schedule, set us up for a strong year of exciting action as we move into the new year.”

Jimmy McCune is the two-time defending champion of the Must See Racing North division and will attempt to claim his record third straight title in 2017.

Visit mustseeracing.com for updates and news about the upcoming 2017 season.

 

 

IRCO RETURNS FOR THE TENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR THE ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW

The dates for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show have been confirmed for 2017 and the hard-working staff and the many historical groups and speedways are putting all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey beginning on Sunday, March 5th and will run through March 11th. The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event for the local Tri-State area. Quaker Steak and Lube has taken on the lead sponsor role fir the third consecutive season.

For the tenth consecutive year, IRCO Community Federal Credit Union will once again lend their solid support to the popular show. IRCO was formed in 1966 and has grown in leaps and bounds to it's present state today. IRCO serves over 8,000 members with assets exceeding $63,000,000. IRCO remains a locally-owned and staffed community financial institution. Greg Collins, vice president at the Phillipsburg, New Jersey based IRCO Community Federal Credit Union as well as the noted historian of the Harmony Speedway remarked, "We are overjoyed to once again play an integral part in the Dirt Track Heroes Show. For me, since day one of the very first show, it is living the dream as the cars and the stars who come out for the show are and remain my heroes and we are proud to be associated with this great show." Collins further noted, "It is hard to believe this is the tenth year for the show as the years have gone past so quickly. We are looking forward to another great show."

The schedule of events for the tenth edition of the Dirt Track Heroes Show will be released shortly and this great local event will remain focused on the past, present and future of the sport with special recognition to the many legendary stars all of the racing fans cheered on from the grandstands to the new wave of stars and the future stars who are now cutting their teeth in the entry levels of racing in quarter midget, go kart or junior slingshot ranks and determined to be the next driving stars in the sport..

The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer many varieties of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show's run. The nine previous shows have brought out race cars from all divisions of motorsports filling the Mall space as the past, present and future of racing have been highlighted in a week long show celebrating the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the sport. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming tenth edition of the show. This event is truly a Mall favorite and one of the leading attractions, continuously drawing outstanding crowds and successful events promoter Bob Miller and his wife Donna spearhead the hard working staff of individuals responsible for the continued success of the show.

The restored race cars represent racing's past or what many race fans refer to as the "Golden Era" of auto racing. The great spirit of the event takes the great fan base of racing back to a special time in their lives when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement and spectacle of a night at the races. Some of the cars in attendance will be original works, some of the race cars are replicars of famous cars re-created to look much like the racers the legendary drivers drove to glory at one of the many speedways that hosted racing events. The great cars and the preserved memories gain far more impact when the fans have the opportunity to chat with many of the legendary drivers who will be making special appearances at the Mall during the week long event. All historical racing groups including Tri State, Flemington, Nazareth, Dorney Park, Harmony and Reading will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.

Current day race cars are displayed by race teams to gain fan exposure and interest for themselves and their sponsors and create the "buzz" for the mall walkers to visit a race track in their immediate area. The cars are displayed to also exhibit the new and changing technology associated with racing and with the many restored race cars on site, depicts the evolution of the many eras of racing ingenuity. The fans can visit the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show and on any given night, meet the guys and gal drivers who pilot these four-wheel high-powered race cars. Many race tracks participate in this event as a way to distribute their yearly racing schedules for the upcoming season and to meet and greet their loyal fans and hopefully win over some new fans to attend racing events at their respective facilities. The show remains free to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall ten years ago.

In previous events, cars on display included big block and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord, New Egypt, Action Track USA and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2017 edition of the show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many of the youngsters will be giving their first ever interviews to a large crowd.

For the tenth consecutive year, former Gasoline Alley show hosts Ed and Steve Pados will host the nightly events and interviews along with longtime racing personality Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek Speedway co-announcer Justin Beltrame. Snydersville Speedway Announcer Alex Greezweig has also signed on for the event.

The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great tribute keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443- 513-4456, via e-mail at: TOTHILL98@aol.com or at their website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com. or contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: steveswp@ptd.net

 

 

Hall of Fame Legend Series Apparel Sets Available for Limited Time; Speedway Novelty Ready for the Holidays

OSWEGO, NY (November 15, 2016) – Oswego Speedway’s Hall of Fame Legend Series t-shirts will be packaged in a special three piece set for a limited time only starting Monday, November 28 featuring Speedway legends Nolan Swift, Jim Shampine, and Gioia Racing.

Serving as a ‘Black Friday’ special, fans will be able to purchase all three shirts in a packaged set for only $50 from November 28-30, providing a savings of $10.

To purchase fans can come directly into the Speedway box office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during those three days, or order over the phone at (315) 342-0646.

The Speedway’s full line of remaining novelty is also available in the box office through the winter months, with the Christmas season quickly approaching.

From hats, to t-shirts and hoodies, seat cushions, koozies, coolers and more – the ‘Steel Palace’ has a host of Oswego Speedway branded materials for the upcoming gift giving season.

Sizes and availability of Speedway merchandise is limited, please call the Speedway office to verify.

Oswego Speedway’s 2017 season schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

 

 

Chelsea Blevins Has Incredible 360 Sprint Debut Season; Fourth In Cottage Grove Points

By Ben Deatherage

Anderson, California- 2016 would be an incredible season for Chelsea Blevins. The Anderson, California teenager would make regular appearances at Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway as well as make her long awaited debut in her native state. The BC Motorsports/Ron Peters Cabinets #1B team would also travel to several new tracks during Speedweek Northwest as well several Golden State facilities in the fall.

“Chelsea did such an amazing job for her first year in the 360s,” said Lori Blevins, who is the Team Manager and Chelsea’s mom, “she was really able to put up some very good runs and impressed everybody.”

Blevins would run 360 Sprints fulltime versus last year when she would exclusively compete in the Limited division. She ended the campaign at Cottage Grove fourth in 360 points, managing to win three trophy dashes, and missed out for Rookie of the Year honors by just a few markers. Chelsea also recorded a second place finish in the Interstate Sprint Car Series Triple Crown miniseries while also ending the year’s Speedweek Northwest thirteenth in the final table.

Once all of the action had concluded in the Pacific Northwest the team would compete on home turf for once. Visits to Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway and Petaluma Speedway would produce back to back thirteenth place finishes. `

She would return with the California Civil War Series on November 5th at the Stockton Dirt Track. Not only was it the biggest track she’d ever visited she would make the appearance on her sixteenth birthday. Although she did not produce the results she would have like she did manage to gain some extremely valuable big track experience.

“She was the only female driver of the whole field. Early on I could tell she was pretty nervous which is unlike her. Brian Crockett came over and really helped her out before the C Main and it made big difference.”

With the ending of 2016 and 2017 just around the bend Chelsea Blevins is looking forward to what next year will bring. The initial plan is to not really run anywhere for points and focus on track time. She does plan to make several races at Cottage Grove Speedway, including the Marvin Smith Memorial Grove Classic, as well as much as she can with the California Civil War Series. For the latest news and updates be sure and visit Blevins Racing on Facebook.

“Now that she’s sixteen the doors are wide open for where she can race. We’re just excited to see what the future holds because Chelsea absolutely loves racing.”

2016 SPONSORS

BC Motorsports

Ron Peters Cabinets

 

 

NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY HANDS OUT 2016 DRIVER AWARDS AT BANQUET

Orrville, Ohio

By Mike Swanger

The annual awards banquet for NAPA Wayne County Speedway took place Saturday night, November 12, 2016 at the Pine's Golf Course's Banquet room with 250 guests in attendance to honor the Champions and top drivers for their achievements this past season.

Danny Mumaw claimed his 1st Fisher Performance Sprint Championship with 7 top ten finishes with 499 points as he posted two feature wins along with 2 second place finishes to get the title. It is his 5th straight top ten points finish. Mitch Harble was just 15 points behind Mumaw to finish second in the points as his 9 top ten finishes included 2 feature wins and a third, fourth and fifth place runs. Taking third place with 473 points was Nick Patterson as 3 third place runs highlighted his 8 top tens as he placed in the top ten in points for the 5th straight year. A feature win and 3 second place runs along with 2 thirds in his 8 top ten finishes got Jordan Ryan 4th in the standings with 436 markers. Jason Dolick filled out the top five in the points race as he posted 6 top tens with a 4th place finish his best for 394 points. Troy Kingan was sixth with 376 points and his 3rd straight top ten points finish. In his first year of dirt racing, Tyler Dunn captured 7th place with 368 points. Shawn Hubler was 8th in the points with 349 tallies for his 5th straight top ten. Clay Riney made it 2 years in a row in the top 10 with 303 points netting him ninth. Kris Davis missed the opening two weeks of the season but claimed tenth with 267 points.

Winning track championships in 1979, 1982, 1983 and 1986 at NAPA Wayne County Speedway, it took Brad Malcuit 30 years to collect his fifth crown in the Harriger Towing Super Late Models. Nine top 5's propelled Malcuit to this years title as those include one win, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, 2 fourths and a fifth for a total of 541 points. Ryan Markham, another 5 time champ, was the runner up this year as he scored 523 points with 2 wins highlighting his 10 top tens that also included 4 seconds, 3 thirds and a fourth place. With their five championships, Malcuit and Markham trail 6 time winner Jim Gentry. Although he had 7 feature wins, but missing three nights of action, Doug Drown placed third with 506 points. In his last season of racing, Rick Bond ended 4th in the points with 504 as he scored 10 top tens with a third, 2 fourths and fifths his best runs. During the evening, a slide show of Bond's career was shown and he was presented a 1/24 scale model of his #007 race car. He thanked his family for allowing him to race for 47 years and thanked all the people that had helped him over those years and to all the fans that supported and cheered him on. Larry Bellman rounded out the top five with 489 markers with a second place finish topping his 10 top tens. Securing the top ten in points were Jerry Aber with 421 points as JR Gentry was 7th with 386 tally's. Kirk Baker ended the year in 8th with 283 points while three time champion Blaine Aber was ninth with 262. Jim Nicely wrapped up the the top ten with 258 points.

Winning the opening three nights of racing shot Tyler Thompson into the early points lead and he would never look back to claim his 1st Action Auto Body Super Stock Championship. Adding two more wins plus 3 seconds during the season that would headline his 12 top tens and a total 654 points, Thompson also pocketed 7 heat wins which were the most by anyone in any class. Tyler Nicely posted 2 seconds, 3 thirds and 3 fourths in his 12 top tens to finish second with 605 points. Paul Holmes missed the first two weeks but collected 5 checkered flags in his 11 top tens to garner third place with 581 points. Team cars of Gary Hensel Jr. (555) and Jordan James (509)would finish 4th and 5th as Hensel Jr. picked up a feature win and 2 seconds in his 10 top tens for 4th as James had 1 third and fourth places. Rounding out the top ten were Todd Sherwin with 485 points followed by 1st year driver Tod Bevilacqua at 478 points. Eighth place was Chris Albright at 459 as Cliff Staley took ninth with 438 points. 2012 track champion Brandon Craver scored 419 markers for tenth.

Justin Chance finished all 11 races in the top ten to collect his 1st Kar Connection Rush Late Models Championship. Opening night was Chance's only feature win but a second and 5 third place runs along with 2 fourths gave him 555 points. Last years champion, Charlie Duncan finished second with 536 points as he had 10 top tens with two wins, 3 seconds 2 fourths a and a fifth. Matt Aber was another driver that got a late start on the season but finished with 9 top tens that included a win, a second and a third plus 2 fourths and 3 fifths for 472 points. Alan Dellinger took 4th with 449 points on the strength of a win, 2 seconds and 3 fourths in his 8 top tens. Picking up his 1st ever feature win on season championship night, Jamie Wrightsman finished 5th in the points as he collected 6 top tens. As members of the RUSH Series, NAPA Wayne County Speedway drivers will receive $4,855 in prizes and contingencys from the Rush Series at their banquet in January. Those drivers are Charlie Duncan, Matt Aber, Alan Dellinger, Jamie Wrightsman, Jim Nicely and Eric Wilson.

Six feature wins in 8 of his top ten runs, secured his second WQKT Sports Country 104.5 Mini Stock in three years for Brad Hensel with 521 points. He was the champion in 2014 and was runner up last season. Finishing second with 462 points was Wes Staley as he collected 7 top ten finishes with a second place in feature action his best finish. After finishing 4th in the points the previous two seasons, Stephen Crowe moved up a notch to third this year with 443 markers with 9 top ten runs with a 4th his best feature finish. Last years track champion, Doug Hensel dropped to 4th with 441 points as his 6 top tens were highlighted by 2 second place runs. Chris Priebe filled out the top five with 439 points as his 7 top tens had a feature win and 2 seconds and 3 thirds. Mitch Reichard was 6th with 405 points followed by Michael Workman at 375. grabbing 8th in the points was Brian Tomblin and his 368 points, while Braden Wert and Jess Hensel tied for ninth at 353 points a piece.

Summer Series awards were also handed out with Justin Chance taking the Kar Connection Rush Late Model followed by Charlie Duncan and Matt Aber. The Action Auto Body Super Stock 'Summer Series' winner was Paul Holmes with Brandon Craver and Tyler Nicely taking second and third. Brad Hensel claimed the WQKT Sports Country 104.5 Mini Stock 'Summer Series crown with Chris Priebe and Doug Hensel following.

Also receiving acknowledgment were the drivers finishing in the top ten of the Attica Raceway Park/ NAPA Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series as Ryan Markham won his second ARP/WCS Series, Rick Bond was the runner up followed by Matt Irey in third. Brad Malcuit took fourth while Larry Bellman ended up fifth. Doug Drown, Jerry Aber, Larry Kingseed, Mike Bores and Dave Hornikel rounded out the top ten.

Contingency Connection Racer Rewards were awarded to the NAPA Wayne County Speedway drivers with Tyler Thompson winning the Elgin Power Package Engine Bonus. Brad Hensel won both the Aeromotive Phantom Fuel System and the Painless Performance Circuit Challenge. the JE Pistons Sportsman of the Year went to Nick Patterson. The K & N Superior Performance n by Paul Holmes while Justin Chance collected the Holley Brands Grass Roots Racing Bonus. The Scorpion Super Star Bonus went to Tyler Nicely and Brad Malcuit was the winner of the Stage 8 Fasteners World's Best Bonus. Danny Mumaw won the RJS Racing Equipment Championship Challenge. Paul Holmes and Brandon Craver each won a Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Mid Season Bonus.

Thanks to Fisher Performance and Rick Susong, the Sprint Cars will run for $2,000 on a regular night in 2017 at NAPA Wayne County Speedway. Tony Stewart's Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will be on the schedule for at least three racing dates. Returning for the 1st time in several years, the World of Outlaw Late Models will be back to NAPA Wayne County Speedway on the Saturday of Memorial Day week end.

Keep watching the website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com for the latest news about the track and the 2017 racing season.

 

 

Consignments/Booth Space for Annual Kansas Trade Show Available!

Geary, Oklahoma – November 14, 2016 - For the past 29 years, Greg Deatherage and his 4-Speed Promotions has opened his Midwest Winter Race Show in Wichita, Kansas and the 2016-2017 versions is no different as dates have been announced for the 30th annual Kansas Racers/High Performance Auction, Trade Show and Swap Meet. For the fourth year in a row this two-day event will be held inside the climate controlled Century 2 Convention Center on Friday and Saturday night, December 30-31, 2016. As an added-bonus once again for this show, the second annual Kansas Racers Reunion will take place on the Saturday show. Come meet and mingle with your favorite “racer from the past” and view vintage memorabilia as well. Consignments are wanted and you must call early for pre-consignment lot numbers as this show will sell out early. Also, trade show exhibit and swap meet space are available now for reservation and you will want to obtain your booth now before it is too late. Friday the 30th from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM are the setup times for consignments and vendors. Everything including Sprint Cars*Drag Cars*Trailers*Engines*Tow Rigs*Go-Karts*New & Used Parts*Race Cars*Tools*Shop Equipment*, etc. will be represented to the public during this show, which will be held on Saturday the 30th from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

4 Speed Promotions is also offering FREE booths, complete with table and two chairs and backdrop to all Kansas track promoters. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to have available your 2017 track rules, schedules, registrations, etc. and a chance to talk with the drivers but your fellow-promoters as well.

An on-sight graphics company will also be on hand and available for you drivers who need graphics made at that time.

Please note there will be NO Buyers PREMIUM AT ALL SALES EXCEPT CREDIT CARD SALES.

Also, this year for those of you vendors or patrons coming from out of state and needing lodging information, two hotels are recommended. They are the Holiday Inn and Suites at 221 E. Kellogg (316) 269-2090 and the Hyatt Hotels on 400 W. Waterman (316) 613-6267.

To find out more information on the 30th annual Kansas Racers/High Performance Trade Show, Swap Meet and Auction check out their website www.raceshow.net. There you will find all you need to know for this annual event, as well as other 4 Speed Promotions shows at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Wichita Falls, Texas.

To reserve your booth space, consignment lot numbers and “promoters row” call (940) 723-7241.

 

 

Scelzi Earns Two Eighth-Place Finishes at Cocopah During ASCS National Finale

Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 14, 2016) - Dominic Scelzi capped an exciting 2016 season with a stout performance in the desert last weekend when Scelzi led his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team to a pair of eighth-place results at Cocopah Speedway during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season finale.

"I think it was probably the best weekend all year," he said. "Winning would have been better than running eighth, but we went there with a goal to try some new stuff to get me more comfortable and find stuff we've been looking for. Everything we tried to get we got. I couldn't be more happy."

The action began on Friday with Scelzi placing sixth in a heat race before he advanced from 10th to seventh in a qualifier. That relegated him to a B Main, which he won to transfer into the back of the main event at the 3/8-mile oval.

"We were a little tight early," he said. "We made a couple of small changes, changes we would have never thought of doing and it worked big.

"In the feature I was running the top really well. The top was a little bit faster, but there were a couple of times I had to run the bottom or the middle. Whenever I'd have to do that I was better than the guys around me. I could run right up to a guy's bumper, pull off the cushion and get him set up to pass him. I never had to race anyone. To pass that many cars in a green-to-checkered race said a lot about how good we were. That was a huge confidence booster going into Saturday."

Scelzi charged from 17th to the eighth-place finish in a non-stop race. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/Bxl8iEtQNn0.

The team took momentum into the finale on Saturday, when the competition started with Scelzi powering from eighth to third place in a heat race and from sixth to third place in a qualifier. That ranked him second in overall points and lined him up sixth (behind the four locked-in drivers from Friday's event) for the feature.

"In the main event we did a couple of things to tighten up, but we didn't go all the way," he said. "It helped us when the cushion got to the fence, but I think it hurt us when we had to pull down into the slick. If the yellow didn't come out with nine laps to go we had a shot at running in the top five."

Scelzi battled for a top five throughout the feature before dropping a pair of positions on a late-race restart to end eighth. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/h5hrHyLrGUE.

"My brother, Gio, was the crew chief all weekend and we worked really well together," he said. "Gio made a lot of good calls. I want to thank Eric Prutzman for coming out and helping us as well. I appreciate his hard work as well as my brother's."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 6 (5); Qualifier: 7 (10); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 8 (17).

Nov. 12 - Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. - Heat race: 3 (8); Qualifier: 3 (6); Feature: 8 (6).

SEASON STATS -

73 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 20 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 43 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Arctic Cat

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"Arctic Cat is one of the most recognizable brands in dirt track racing," Scelzi said. "We appreciate their support of our team and of racing."

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Panella Trucking, Fowler Packing, Roth Motorsports, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Carlucci Transport, Scelzi Enterprises, Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Todd Jorgensen, Schoenfeld Headers, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, Red Line Oil, Weld Wheels, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, Worldwide Bearings, Blast Tech, K&N Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Lincoln Auto Auction, Auto Meter, Allstar Performance, G&J Truck Sales, NAPA Auto Parts, DJS Safe Seats and Southern Pacific Farms for their continued support.

 

 

Sam Hafertepe Jr. – 2016 ASCS Champion!

(Bill W) November 14, 2016 – Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the Keith Dobbs #15H team wrapped up a championship season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series last weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. The Sunnyvale, Texas driver finished fourth in the prelim and second in Saturday’s finale to clinch his first title with the series.

In Friday’s preliminary, Sam went from seventh to third in his heat, and sixth to third in his Qualifier to give him a starting spot outside row one for the feature. “The first night, we didn’t get our car where it needed to be,” he says. “I say that, but we still ran fourth. We just never had a dominating racecar. We were good in the heat and the Qualifier there, but we were kind of off. We were still good enough to finish fourth in the feature though.”

One issue may have been the stagger. “We had a left rear bleeder go bad,” says Sam. “That was our biggest issue, and that hurt us. The left rear went up to nine pounds in the feature. Even with that, we were able to almost get back to the lead at the midway point of the race. We still gave ourselves an opportunity to win. We just fell short.”

Finishing fourth locked Sam into Saturday’s finale. “I tried quite a few different things in the practice session on Saturday,” he says. “I wanted to see how the car would respond. We got a pretty good handle on going in the right direction, but the lack of laps going into Saturday night hampered us a little bit. We’ve never been really good at Yuma, and this was the first time we’ve went there in which I felt we had an idea of where we needed to be.”

This time, he would draw the pole for the finale, and he ran second to Aaron Reutzel at the checkers. “We were really close,” says Sam. “If we had just one more time on the track Saturday, I think we could have nailed it. Between Reutzel and us, we were quite a ways out on everyone else. The third-place car was about six seconds behind us when we had a yellow with nine laps to go. He finished on top. We were just a little short.”

Sam wanted to go out with a win. “I was a little dejected getting out of the car Saturday, just because I really wanted to go down there and win the final race of the year,” he says. “I wasn’t mad, I just set the goal of winning and we didn’t do it. We made the win total this year that we were looking for at the beginning, but I was just hoping to go out with an exclamation point. We fell one spot short.”

He feels confident moving forward, knowing that he has succeeded at many venues that he has struggled with in the past. That includes Yuma. “I feel good leaving Yuma, and a lot of the other tracks we ran at this year,” says Sam. “That was one of the tracks that I haven’t felt good at in the past, but going back, we have a handle on it. It’s the same at a lot of others. We’ve learned so much about what the car needs, and I’ve been able to relay that from the driver’s seat. Next year, I think we’ll be even better in those places that we’ve had struggles.”

Sam Online

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TKS Motorsports – Austin McCarl Will Pilot the #2KS in 2017!

(Bill W) November 14, 2016 – The TKS Motorsports #2KS team and owners Troy and Tammy Renfro are happy to announce Altoona, Iowa’s Austin McCarl as their driver for the 2017 season. The team will compete weekly at Knoxville Raceway as well as other big shows in the Midwest, including those at Badlands Motor Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota and Jackson Speedway in Minnesota.

The TKS Motorsports team took their time in selecting a driver after a very successful year in 2016. “We sat down with our partners and decided on Austin,” says Troy. “We’re looking forward to adding him to our team. We’re really happy, and glad we took our time making a decision. We had to make a choice that is best for our partners and for our team.”

Of course, Troy is very familiar with his new driver. “I remember the day he was born, which makes me feel really old,” he says. “I think this will be a great opportunity for him. We’re looking at definitely running Knoxville and the bigger shows at Badlands and Jackson. The other events, we’ll fill in between.”

“I’m really fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to drive for the Renfro family,” says Austin. “I couldn’t be more excited to take this next step in my career. Troy is a great mechanic and I will go in knowing I’ll have good racecars with good engines and great support from Casey's General Stores, Des Moines Industrial Products (DMIP) and all of our other great partners.”

Austin ran with the National Sprint League in 2015, and was at Badlands most Saturday nights in 2016 in his own car. He’s looking forward to returning to weekly competition at Knoxville, where he was one of the youngest to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals championship event back in 2011. “I’m excited to be coming back to Knoxville weekly and competing for a championship,” he says. “It should be a lot of fun. It will be awesome to show up at these shows with a great mechanic in my corner. I’m super-excited.”

Partnering with TKS Motorsports

TKS Motorsports is always open to new perspective partners! Whether you’d like to partner with the team for the full season, or put your company’s name on the nose wing for a night of your choice, contact Troy at tsrenfro8725@gmail.com!

TKS Motorsports would like to thank Casey's General Stores, Des Moines Industrial Products (DMIP), 1 Way Technologies, AL Driveline, AO Designs, All Star Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Fibreworks Composites, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier, Indy Race Parts, KSE Racing Products, Mag Tech Ignition, Maxim Racing Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Tony Moro Collision Center, Tony Moro Powdercoating & Sandblasting, Vahlco Wheels, Webb Family Farms, Wilwood, Winters Performance Products and Gail Dielman

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Cory Eliason Ends 2016 in Yuma, AZ

PETERSEN MEDIA: Getting one final weekend of racing in to close out the 2016 season, Cory Eliason and the Van Dyke Motorsports team made the trip to Yuma, AZ to take on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

“It wasn’t the kind of weekend we wanted to end the season on, but we had a good car and it has us looking forward to 2017,” Eliason said.

With things getting started on Friday night, Eliason would line the Van Dyke Motorsports machine up in the fourth row of his heat race. Able to pick up valuable passing points, the Kingsburg, CA driver would work his way up to finish in the fourth spot.

Lining up on the front row of his qualifier, Eliason did all he could do as he picked up the win and moved into the 25-lap feature event where he would line up in the fifth spot.

Going wheel-to-wheel with some of the best drivers in the country, Eliason would battle inside the Top-10 during the duration of the feature event. Running just outside the Top-Five, Eliason’s header would break and he would lose some power in the race’s closing laps.

Doing what he could not to lose too much track position, Eliason would still manage to finish in the Top-10 as he slipped back to the 10th spot.

Lining up on the pole of his Saturday night heat race, Eliason would finish in the second spot before a third place finish in his qualifier. Sitting 12th in points after heats and qualifiers, Eliason would transfer directly into the feature event though would grid the field from the 16th starting position.

When the green flag flew on the feature event, Eliason was able to get off to a nice start on a very racy Cocopah Speedway. Eliason’s good start would soon go south as something in his suspension would fail and his machine would be tough to maneuver.

Losing those initial spots he gained, Eliason would make the best of his tough situation as he took the checkered flag with a 16th place finish.

“Our results really don’t tell the entire story of our weekend,” Eliason said. “We had a really good racecar, but things just did not go our way. 2016 was an amazing year for my personally and I really owe it to Harley Van Dyke for taking a chance on me when I got overlooked so many times. It was a fun season, and I am already looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store.”

The Van Dyke Motorsports team would like to thank Lucas Oil, Hansen Machine, NAAKE Suspension, Maxim Chassis, and Moyle Racing Engines for their support during the year.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 47, Wins-7, Top-5’s-19, Top-10’s-27

ON TAP: The 2016 season has come to a close.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Cory Eliason by following him on Twitter @Cory_Eliason.

 

 

DJ Netto 11th in Yuma, AZ With ASCS National Series

PETERSEN MEDIA: With the California season coming to an end last weekend, DJ Netto and the Tri-C Motorsports team made the trip to Yuma, AZ to take on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Cocopah Speedway where Netto would finish in the 11th spot.

“We were really good all weekend and I was really comfortable in our car,” Netto said. “Friday night we got going and had a bolt break which ended our night, and Saturday night I made a late mistake that cost us a Top-10.”

Kicking the two-day extravaganza off on Friday night, Netto would find himself on the front row of his heat race where he would pick up the important win and move on to a qualifier.

Starting and finishing fourth in his qualifier, Netto would sit ninth in points on this night, which would line him up in the fifth row for the 25-lap feature event. Taking a liking to the top of the speedway, Netto would start working his way forward until trouble struck on the 11th circuit and his night came to an end.

Back at it on Saturday night, Netto would get off to another good start as he worked from fifth to finish third in his heat race before tallying another third place finish during his qualifier.

Lining up 11th in the 30-lap ‘A’ Main, Netto would work on the cushion that had built up right on the Cocopah Speedway wall as he climbed his way inside the Top-10. With passing a little tricky on this night with most guys using the cushion, Netto would work his way up to the seventh spot before a late race caution bunched the field back up.

The restart would not be kind to Netto as he would lose a few spots and bring his night to an end with an 11th place finish.

“It was kind of a bummer to have bad luck on Friday night, but it was nice to get a couple more races under our belt,” Netto said. “We got together with the Tri-C Motorsports team late in August and really clicked and had some fun the last few months. I have to thank everyone who made this possible, and I am looking forward to our first race next year.”

ON TAP: Netto is hoping to take part in the upcoming Turkey Night Grand Prix.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJ_Netto88.

 

 

Vander Weerd Third at Oval Nationals

PETERSEN MEDIA- In arguably his toughest race weekend of the year, Richard Vander Weerd shined as he finished third during the 2016 Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway.

“Our weekend went way better than I thought it would,’ Vander Weerd admitted. “We knew we had car that was certainly capable of finishing in the Top-10, and knew it was going to be tough to get a Top-Five, but we were really on our game all weekend.”

Getting things opened up on Thursday night at the Southern California facility, Vander Weerd would time his machine in 16th fastest in qualifying time trials before racing to a fourth place finish during his heat race.

Lining up 15th in the opening night feature event, Vander Weerd would pick up some valuable Oval Nationals points, as he was able to get his machine moving forward. Working his way inside the Top-10, Vander Weerd would take the checkered flag with a ninth place finish.

Timing in 10th fastest on Friday night, the Visalia, CA wheelman would finish third in his heat race and punch his ticket into the Friday night ‘A’ Main.

Gridding the field from the ninth starting spot, Vander Weerd would take a liking to the bottom of the speedway, as he wasted no time working his way to the front.

Up to fifth by lap six, Vander Weerd would continue to work the bottom to perfection as he soon found himself in the third spot and chasing after Dave Darland and Chad Boespflug.

With second running Boespflug getting over with six to go, the restart would set up a dramatic six-lap shootout. With Darland committed to the top, Vander Weerd showed he was good enough to run either line as he continued to pressure Darland for the race win.

On the final lap, Vander Weerd would run the bottom in turns three and four, and a slight bobble with allow Darland the breathing room he needed as Vander Weerd finished in the second spot.

Sitting fifth in points after two nights of action, Vander Weerd would be one of just six entrants locked into the Saturday night 40-lap Oval Nationals feature event. Finishing fourth in the “Super-6” Dash, Vander Weerd would line up in the second row for the final ‘A’ Main of his 2016 season.

Quickly working his way into the second spot, Vander Weerd would begin chasing after fellow USAC/CRA competitor, Damion Gardner, who led the way out front.

Giving Gardner all he could handle, Vander Weerd would actually grab the lead on lap 28, but Gardner was able to get back by and remain out front. A couple of late cautions would play to Damion Gardner’s favor as it would give the leader open track in the closing laps.

In the race’s final green-flag run, Garder would get away from Vander Weerd, and Chris Windom would sneak by Vander Weerd at the finish line giving Vander Weerd a third place finish at the Oval Nationals.

“We had a shot there, but those late cautions hurt us I feel,” Vander Weerd said “To come out here and get two podium finishes is really specials. To lock into the feature, and then finish third is awesome. It was a great year for us, and we will look to do even better next year. Thanks to my family, and everyone that continues to support this race team.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Factory Kahne Shocks, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Racewear and K&N for their support in 2016.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-39, Wins-3, Top 5’s-19, Top 10’s-30.

ON TAP: Richard Vander Weerd’s 2016 season has come to a close.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Vander Weerd Racing by ‘Liking’ them on facebook at www.facebook.com/VanderWeerdRacing.

 

 

Brian Brown – A Strong Finish to 2016!

(Bill W) November 14, 2016 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team didn’t let a disappointing Knoxville Nationals finish on the track deter them from finishing the 2016 season strong. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver feels the team learned more in the last couple of months than they had in the past two seasons combined. A pair of wins and some strong finished with the World of Outlaws capped the 2016 campaign.

To say you had a tough Nationals this year is probably an understatement.

The Knoxville Nationals obviously didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. To look back and try to dissect it now, it just wasn’t meant to be. We drew a bad number, but qualified well. We drew the toughest heat and didn’t make it through, and the B was tough on us too. We drew 89 out of 89 on the “knockout night”, and we were lucky enough to time in third quick. We won the heat from fourth, but got crashed out by a lapped car in the feature. It was kind of par for the course.

What are some things that you could build on from that week?

I think the thing that came out of it was it made us look in the mirror as a team and realize we have some holes in our program that need to be addressed. We realized when we have track conditions that are hard to pass, we need to get better. We decided from that point on, we needed to work on that, and the last two or three months of the season, I feel we learned more than we had the previous two and a half years. Having a bad Knoxville Nationals definitely made us stronger. Even though we didn’t have the best week on the track, off the track it was great with all of our fans and partners. FVP had four to five hundred customers and employees there on Saturday. We had a nice hospitality event with a Q&A for them.

You bounced back the next week and won the Hi-Roller Classic in Sedalia.

We were lucky enough that Matt Wood loaned us an engine after we lost ours at the 360 Nationals. I have him to thank for that win. To go into Sedalia and win a $15,000 race after the biggest disappointment of our year definitely helped everyone’s confidence in getting back on track. It gave us the motivation to keep working hard.

You went on to win the prelim at the Jackson Nationals in September.

To win the prelim at the Jackson Nationals was great. We probably didn’t have the fastest car that night, but we were able to outsmart them a little bit and we found the rubber before they did. We ran third in the finale, which was good too. We also ran fourth at the Queen’s Royale in Farmington (Missouri). That’s a track that I’ve never been good at, and we came from back in the pack. So we were happy with that.

The last couple of weekends you spent competing with the World of Outlaws at some big shows.

We had an unscheduled trip to Pennsylvania and finished eleventh at the Williams Grove National Open. We turned around and went to Port Royal and went from tenth to sixth. We were in the top five most of the night on a track we hadn’t seen. At Lakeside (Kansas City), we were inside the top five when we got together with another car. At the World Finals (Charlotte), we finished the year running sixth amongst one of the toughest fields you’ll see.

How do you feel looking towards 2017?

Maybe overall, we didn’t get that win late in the year, but with our finishes, I feel we’re better as a team than we’ve ever been. Chad (Morgan) has been my crew chief for eight years, and Michael (Williams) will be coming back with us next year. Our engine program is second to none. All our manufacturers, from Maxim Chassis to FK Shocks, Vortex Wings, Weld Wheels, Champion Oil, and the list goes on…I feel we have the best in the business. All of our partners believe in us and are working towards the same goal. If we could race tomorrow, we would. We can’t wait to get 2017 started with our U.S. campaign.

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Bruce Jr. Enjoys Fun Season While Driving for Multiple Teams

Inside Line Promotions - OWASSO, Okla. (Nov. 14, 2016) - Tony Bruce Jr. wanted to have fun in 2016 and he did exactly that.

Bruce Jr. moved away from the ownership side of sprint car racing last year and he transitioned into a hired driver. That alleviated an enormous amount of pressure to allow him to enjoy his passion for the sport.

"Being able to still get to go race and enjoy it now rather than having to make sure everything is done perfectly right has been great," he said. "If I take anything out of this year it's been about going out and having fun."

Bruce Jr. opened the year by earning his career-best result during the Chili Bowl Nationals, where he drove a Wheeler Metals sponsored midget into the B Main on the final night of the prestigious event.

He then split time driving winged sprint cars for the Smith Family and Danny King.

"Overall I thought it was a pretty good year," Bruce Jr. said. "We definitely had some good runs.

"Winning is definitely a highlight. Being able to give Danny King a feature victory again was awesome. You never know when you're going to win your last race. To go out there, win a race for him, especially in Wichita where his family has had a lot of success, it was memorable to see the smile on his face."

Bruce Jr. captured an NCRA victory in May at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., while piloting a sprint car for King. The duo combined for four other top 10s, including a runner-up result during the preliminary night of the Steve King Memorial.

Bruce Jr.'s best finish with the Smith Family team was a second-place result at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., in July. He also produced a fourth-place finish at the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., and a sixth-place result at the Winter Nationals hosted by Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - both Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour events.

The team closed the year with a top five during Short Track Nationals competition.

"I feel like we showed a lot of speed and we have something to build on," Bruce Jr. said. "Whenever you don't have results and the car is slow it can make for an uphill battle. To know we have speed and have been competitive that's a huge bonus and something to build on for next season. For the lack of racing and just starting with someone new, I felt like we gelled really well."

Bruce Jr. will pilot the Wheeler Metals midget on Dec. 17 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., for the Junior Knepper 55 with the USAC Midget Racing Series and next January during the Chili Bowl Nationals before he said he and the Smith Family will compete in approximately 40 winged sprint car races in 2017.

SEASON STATS -

27 races, 1 win, 9 top fives, 15 top 10s, 23 top 15s, 23 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Dec. 17 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., for the Junior Knepper 55 with the USAC Midget Racing Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TonyBruceJr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyBruceJr

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"When looking for safety and innovation, look no further than Hinchman Racewear," Bruce Jr. said. "With great customer service and a passion for keeping drivers protected, it's no wonder why they are the leaders in the custom suit industry. I choose Hinchman to keep me safe and I encourage all drivers to do the same."

Bruce Jr. would also like to thank Briley Trucking, Wheeler Metals, Lubbock Wrecker Service, The Oil Medics, Eagle Motorsports, Smiley's Racing Products, SWE, Maxwell Industries, Moss Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Factory Kahne Shocks, DriverWebsites.com, RacinBoys.com, Wilwood, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Racing Tires, HRP, Kaeding Performance, Schaeffer Oil, Fuel Safe, Bell Helmets, Four Seasons Radiator, Southern Trailer Works, KSE, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Weld Wheels, ISC Racers Tape, Pressure Tek, Tiger Towing (Dave and Paula Debates), Sorrels Auto and Truck Parts (Mitchell Sorrels), Melvin Plumbing (Billy Melvin), Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Maxim Chassis, Wulff Pumps, Miller Auto Supply and Jeff Smith Racing Engines for their continued support.

 

 

Big Game Treestands and Muddy Brands Back Teams That Win 25 Races in 2016

Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 14, 2016) - The Big Game Treestands and Muddy brands visited Victory Lane 25 times across the country in 2016 along with finishing on the championship podium in three of the top sprint car series.

The two brands served as major sponsors for Big Game Motorsports, CJB Motorsports and CH Motorsports as the teams traveled from coast to coast and tackled the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and National Sprint League championship battles.

David Gravel, who pilots a car for CJB Motorsports, finished a career-best third in the World of Outlaws championship standings thanks to nine feature victories, 46 top fives and 68 top 10s on the tour.

CH Motorsports driver Dale Blaney recorded eight wins en route to a runner-up result in the All Star championship standings. He also picked up 36 top fives and 51 top 10s during the season.

Danny Lasoski captured six triumphs, 23 top fives and 34 top 10s as he won the National Sprint League championship and Knoxville Raceway (in Knoxville, Iowa) track title - both for the second season in a row.

Sammy Swindell picked up a pair of wins as well as 16 top fives and 21 top 10s while driving for CJB Motorsports.

The Big Game Treestands and Muddy brands would like to congratulate all of the teams and drivers for a successful season and wish the best of luck to everyone in 2017.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Game-Treestands/251832101535076?fref=ts

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For over 30 years, it has been our goal and our philosophy to provide the most innovative and practical treestands and hunting accessories in the field. As tradition continues, we are Exceeding Limitations and once again providing new models that challenge Mother Nature. In 2012 Big Game extended the line into Trail Cameras known for the easy to set, great picture quality, and over all great camera. Eyecon Trail Cameras® exceeds the expectations of consumers. Big Game Treestands® and Eyecon Trail Cameras® offers undeniable quality on time-tested favorites as well as new innovations for 2016.

For more information on Big Game Treestands®, visit http://www.BigGameTreestands.com.

 

 

Kulhanek Wins Texas Grand During His First Race Back From Fire

Inside Line Promotions - HIGHLANDS, Texas (Nov. 14, 2016) - Ray Allen Kulhanek produced a storybook ending to the 2016 season when he returned early from a vicious fire to score a victory during the season finale last weekend.

Kulhanek, who was severely burned during a sprint car race in late September, drove Randy Allen's 305ci winged sprint car to Victory Lane on Saturday during the Texas Grand event at Battleground Speedway.

"The original prediction for everything was not until March," he said of when doctors originally thought he'd be able to race again. "After I went to my first appointment after I got back from Missouri they told me to start getting out, moving around and doing things. My first question was, 'When can I go back to racing?' I went above and beyond expectations of what the doctors predicted so I was cleared."

Kulhanek, who will have to wear compression sleeves for the next six months, put in hard work during the last month and a half to gain clearance from his doctor to climb back into a race car.

"Every day that goes by I'm getting a little better," he said. "I can squat all the way down like a catcher does. It's still a little bit tight. The biggest issue is I'm really weak. I lost a lot of strength by sitting stagnant for a month a half. I have a little muscle pain in my knees.

"I decided last weekend I was wanting to get back in because all I think about and all anybody talks to me about is what happened. I didn't want to be sitting the rest of the winter with that being the last memory. Sitting in the staging lane I'd feel a little weird, but sure enough they'd shove me off, throw the green flag and I'd get on the gas and everything would fade away."

Kulhanek kicked off the event on Friday by advancing from fourth to second place in a heat race. That locked him into the dash, in which he finished second after starting on the pole.

"(Channin) Tankersley put a pretty good whooping on me Friday night," he said. "We set there a good hour and a half talking about what should have been done and what needed to be done. When Saturday rolled around the game plan changed throughout the night because of how much the track had changed."

Kulhanek started Saturday's feature on the outside of the front row.

"I got a good start," he said. "I wanted to make sure I stayed with him on the start. I knew my only shot to win was to be the first one to turn one and we got a good start and got there with just an edge. The good thing then was to be on the outside so I could keep the car a little straighter and take the air off his nose getting in. Pretty much after that it was don't make mistakes and try not to burn the tires off."

Kulhanek led the distance to score his fourth win of the season and earn his second straight Texas Grand title.

"As the weekend progressed I was more comfortable and got back to normal," he said. "I wasn't really expecting everything to go as good as it did, but after the first night was over I knew that if we got the car right and I got the start we needed we would have a shot at winning.

"I can't thank Randy Allen enough for the opportunity. He wanted to win so bad so I was thrilled we could get it done in our first race back. Also, thanks to Bruce Griffith for his continuing support and to my family and fans for helping so much throughout this comeback."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 11 - Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas - Heat race: 2 (4); Dash: 2 (1).

Nov. 12 - Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas - Feature: 1 (2).

SEASON STATS -

35 races, 4 wins, 9 top fives, 14 top 10s, 20 top 15s, 25 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.RayAllenKulhanek.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kulhanek_Ray

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RayAllenKulhanek/?fref=ts

APPAREL -

Kulhanek will have apparel available for sale at his race trailer throughout the season. For a list of his scheduled events, visit http://www.RayAllenKulhanek.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Big Bass Tour

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"I want to thank Keith Odom and Mark Jones, a.k.a. Jonesy, who are partners in Big Bass Tour," Kulhanek said. "I look forward to working with them for several years to come. I'm excited to build a new relationship focused on mutual success in both of our ventures."

Kulhanek would also like to thank Texas Rotating Equipment, Alcon Construction, GoPro, Griffith Truck & Equipment, J&J Auto Racing, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Miller's RV Park, ASI Racing Engines, Frazier & Son, Smiley's Racing Products, 41 Shocks, Engler Machine & Tool, Outlaw Wings, Hoosier Racing Tire Southwest, Penske Racing Shocks, C4 Graphics, Simpson Race Products and Marvin and Peggy Pearson for their support.

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Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet set for this Saturday

(Rochester, NY) A lot of hardware and cash awards will be distributed this coming Saturday at the Staybridge Suites at the University of Rochester for the annual Patriot Sprint Tour awards banquet.

Bradford, Pennsylvania’s Jared Zimbardi will be crowned as the series grand champion for year 2016 scoring both the American and Canadian Series points championships. Zimbardi returned to victory lane this season at tracks including Brockville, Cornwall, Outlaw, Ohsweken, Ransomville, while scoring first career wins at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and the Woodhull Raceway. Along with Zimbardi’s success, he now moves into second all-time in PST history with 32 career wins just trailing Chuck Hebing who has 43 career wins.

Aside from Zimbardi’s success, 22 other drivers will be recognized for their great efforts throughout the seson. This Saturday Nov. 19th we will be recognizing our top 10 Canadian Series point drivers and the top 12 for the American Series. The top three drivers from the Evingham Site Excavation Four laps of fame Dash Series, the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader, and the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger awards will also be handed out to the respective drivers.

Special Awards include Best Appearing Car, Patriot of the Year, Mechanic of the Year, Hard Luck of the year, Dedication to Motorsports, Sportsmanship Award, Newcomer of the Year, and the Worst Drawer of the year award.

Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner set to start at 7:00 p.m., the awards portion of the night will follow with the night concluding entertainment provided by A and J Sounds of Newark, NY for after party dancing until midnight.

The GPS Address for the Staybridge Suites is 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611.

For more information, please be sure to visit patriotsprinttour.com and to visit our social media outlets on facebook, twitter and Instagram.

The Patriot Sprint Tour is a traveling 360 Sprint Car Series that travels to tracks in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.

 

 

Budweiser International Classic Champion Jeff Abold to Appear at Pole Position Raceway Live in Destiny USA on Tuesday

OSWEGO, NY (November 14, 2016) – Pole Position Raceway is once again putting on its Pole Position Raceway LIVE 5-week racing series at their Destiny USA location in Syracuse, Marketplace Mall in Rochester, as well as the Walden Galleria in Buffalo with live streaming radio and podcasts available each week.

Longtime racing voice Paul Szmal will host an hour long motorsports radio show with live streaming through Finger Lakes News Radio at select events through the series. The show will feature the latest news from the motorsports world, live play-by-play of the night’s main event, and iconic guests from the motorsports world.

Szmal will be live on location at Destiny USA for round three of the series on Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. with Oswego Speedway’s 2016 Budweiser International Classic champion Jeff Abold.

Abold, who won his first career Novelis Supermodified main event at Oswego Speedway in June of this year, made a dramatic last lap pass on a fuel starved Dave Shullick Jr. to win the International Classic 200 on Labor Day Weekend, worth over $15,000.

Abold would go on to finish fifth in the overall Novelis Supermodified driver’s championship this season behind the wheel of his Team Abold Racing No. 05, and is one of several drivers eyeing a 2017 series championship.

For more information on Pole Position Raceway and Pole Position Raceway LIVE be sure to visit online at www.polepositionraceway.com and take time to visit your nearest location including the Destiny USA track located at 9090 Destiny USA Drive.

The full 2017 Oswego Speedway event schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

Full Speedway ticket information and questions can be directed to the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

 

 

Reutzel Set for ASCS Finale after another STN Feature

Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (November 11, 2016) – Coming off the heels of his third career Short Track Nationals championship feature start at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team finish off the 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ.

It’s a site that Reutzel has enjoyed past success at, including his first 410-ci Sprint Car triumph early last year.

“We have always been fast there, whether it’s in a 360 or a 410,” Reutzel says. “Hopefully we can keep things going this weekend.”

Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team come off a three-night weekend of racing action in Little Rock, AR. After a fifth-place finish in Thursday’s Short Track Nationals preliminary action, Reutzel raced his way into Saturday’s $15,000-to-win, 20-car feature field among a rugged field of 64 competitors and ultimately was credited with a 16th-place finish after exiting the track just a few laps shy of the checkered flag.

“It was a little rough for us this year, we just weren’t in the right place at the right time,” Reutzel said after entering the event with high hopes. “It just wasn’t our year.”

“Still, we put it in the show and made a little money,” Reutzel said of the $2,000-to-start STN finale. “And we didn’t tear stuff up, that’s always a positive.”

Reutzel ran near the front aboard the Danny Sander Construction/ButlerBuilt mount throughout all of Thursday night’s feature.

“I just couldn’t get by Zach (Pringle) to save my life,” Reutzel says. “I had one shot at him, then Jason (Johnson) got a run off the bottom and I about got sandwiched into the wall. We just couldn’t quite get going enough.”

With a fifth-place Thursday finish putting Reutzel in good points position, Friday proved challenging.

“Friday night was just awful for us,” Reutzel says. “I hadn’t seen that track get that slick, we needed to get a little crazier with tightening the car up.”

Reutzel bounced back on Saturday night with an STN Showdown win to earn the 11th starting position for the STN championship feature event in the Wright Way Logistics/Walker Performance Filtration entry.

And he was on the move in the early going.

“I got by Shane (Stewart) and then made one mistake that basically put us out of the race,” Reutzel said of an excursion off the top of turn three in the early portion of the 40-lapper. Reutzel ultimately pulled pitside and was credited with a 16th place finish in his third career Short Track Nationals championship feature start.

“We had a good car on Saturday, one little mistake is all it takes to let that race get away,” Reutzel relates.

Now, Reutzel and crew look to finish off the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour campaign on a strong note in Arizona this weekend.

“Hopefully we’re fast out of the box on night one and get the win,” Reutzel says. “If we can do that, then we’re in position to win on the second night.”

2016 Quick Stats: 95 races, 7 wins, 30 top-fives, 47 top-tens.

Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ, on Friday and Saturday.

Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com.

If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

Bellm Takes Momentum into Season Finale

Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (November 11, 2016) – A second full year on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour comes to a conclusion this weekend for Kyle Bellm.

And Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team take some momentum into this weekend’s season-ending double at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway after a sixth-place finish in last weekend’s Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway.

“I feel like we’re getting back to where we should be with the car,” the Nixa, MO, racer says. “We’re taking some momentum into this weekend, hopefully we can finish strong.”

Last weekend’s action at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa got off to a rough start for the driver of the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision machine.

“Several guys got tangled up right in front of us and we had nowhere to go,” Bellm said of a qualifying race incident that resulted in getting upside down in Friday’s action.

“We pieced enough together to take a provisional to start and park in the feature,” Bellm relates.

Saturday was strong for the driver that posted a runner-up finish at Creek County Speedway during Speedweek earlier in the year.

“We went from third to second in the heat and then won the qualifier from fourth,” the driver of VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions entry said.

That put the Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care entry ninth in the feature grid, and Bellm wasted little time working his way forward.

“We were up to fourth, then something went wrong with the bleeder in the right rear,” Bellm says.

Even with the faulty bleeder, Bellm brought the Schaeffer Oil/Prater Designs/Racinboys entry across the stripe in sixth.

“If that bleeder doesn’t stick and the right rear gains two pounds of air, we would have been third,” Bellm says. “It was still a good night though, we have things going the right direction.”

It’s a direction Bellm plans to continue in this weekend’s series finale in Arizona.

2016 Quick Stats: 46 races, 1 win, 12 top-fives, 16 top-tens.

Up Next: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ, on Friday and Saturday.

Keep Track: Keep track of Kyle Bellm’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.kylebellm.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyleBellmRacing?fref=ts or on Twitter at @kylebellmracing.

If you would like Kyle Bellm Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events. For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

All Stars move down the River

The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series is at Sonic Speedway, Swan Hill tomorrow night. This also incorporates RD2 of the JSR ‘King of the River’. The River Run is over the first 5 shows which are all based along the Murray River and has $2000 to win purse.

Brenten Farrer’s #V34 Frijtek ART was on the podium last weekend but will be wanting one better to secure more points in both the championship and the River Run. Young gun Rusty Hickman driving the Hickman’s Tree Maintenance #V40 J&J took out the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award as well as a podium last Saturday. The team have picked up several shows during the off season and the additional experience is certainly starting to show.

Brothers Paul and Chris Solomon are both making a return to Sonic Speedway only this season they are competing in different camps with Chris driving the Bartlett Racing Team SA75 Cool. Bartlett is renowned for his car set up and the speed his cars have. Trigga Gates SA5 is just one of the teams making the drive over from South Australia and hopefully will be rewarded with a podium. Rookies Brayden Cooley also driving for Bartlett in the SA76 Cool and Jarman Dalitz’s SA56 both showed talent at RD1 and are keen to hit the big banks at Swan Hill. Through in hard charger& SA360 Champion Daniel Evans SA44 and Phil Locks V4 and the talent continues to grow. Locks team have stripped, straightened and rebuilt his car after destroying it last weekend at Mildura.

Holding another display on Saturday morning the All Star teams are keen to promote themselves to the locals of Swan Hill. Also at night the All Stars have giveaways, posters and driver autograph signing to ensure lots a family fun. On track action starts from 5.30pm. November 12th Sonic Speedway, Swan Hill

 

 

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP

ERIE, MI (November 10, 2016) - The Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2016 Awards Banquet took place at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, November 5.  A night packed with light-hearted fun and heavy-weight awards capped off a great 2016 season with the crowning of Brian Smith as champion.

The drivers honored at the banquet will forever be remembered as those who made the new, unlimited Sprints On Dirt one of the most memorable changes in sprint car racing history.

 SOD president John Naida served as event host and emcee and opened the festivities by recognizing SOD promoter partners Butler Speedway, Crystal Motor Speedway, Hartford Speedway, I-96 Speedway, Merritt Speedway, Thunderbird Raceway, and Winston Speedway.  Lexi Adgate, a competitor in a handful of 2016 SOD events herself, then began the presentation of trophies and awards.

 Special Awards

Award

Recipient

Category

Appreciation

Dan McCarron

Sprints On Dirt marketing services

Appreciation

Motor City Racing Promotions

Professional event officials and management services

Appreciation

Steve Smith

Enhanced payout contributions

Appreciation

Robert Flannigan

Enhanced payout contributions

XYZ Machining Sportsman of the Year

Mark Aldrich

Excellence in performance

RockAuto.com Sprint Car Rookie of the Year

Justin Ward

Excellence in performance

RockAuto.com SOD Series Rookie of the Year

Brian Smith

Excellence in performance

XYZ Machining Crew Chief of the Year

Nathan Whitney

Excellence in performance

Dedication to SOD

Roger & Pat Holzinger

12 years as SOD officials

Appreciation

Engine Pro

Long-time professional partnership & support

Appreciation

Hoosier Racing Tire

Long-time professional partnership & support

 

Each year, Engine Pro recognizes the Engine Builder of the Year award for its high level of craftsmanship and dedication to the Sprints On Dirt racing community.  The 2016 recipient is Gressman Powersports from Fremont, Ohio.  Gressman is the engine builder for SOD Champion Brian Smith.

Rod End Supply and Keizer Aluminum Wheels recognized Brian Smith, Steve Irwin, Mark Aldrich, John Gall, Justin Ward, and Eric Smith for participation in every 2016 SOD event.

 The Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge, formerly the MAHLE/Clevite Short Track Challenge, had a very different look for 2016.

The five-race 2016 MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge mini-series gave SOD competitors an opportunity to compete for a separate point fund within the full SOD season series.  The final standings for the BLC Championship are:


 

Car #

Driver

Total

Amount

1

2+

Brian Smith

677

 $  1,000.00

2

0

Steve Irwin

663

 $      600.00

3

1A

Mark Aldrich

601

 $      400.00

4

81

John Gall

539

 $      300.00

5

10S

Jay Steinebach

509

 $      200.00

6

1

Eric Smith

496

 $      150.00

7

8

Justin Ward

494

 $      100.00

 

The top twelve SOD competitor members in points were introduced and presented with trophies and awards by Lexi Adgate.

 

Trophy Presentations

 

Car #

Driver

Trophy sponsor

1

2+

Brian Smith

Merritt Speedway

2

0

Steve Irwin

Pat & Roger Holzinger

3

1A

Mark Aldrich

Rock-N Promotions

4

81

John Gall

Crystal Motor Speedway

5

8

Justin Ward

Noizee 1 Motorsports

6

1

Eric Smith

Strpko Engineering

7

19

Brett Mann

Butler Speedway

8

4T

Josh Turner

Lane Automotive

9

10S

Jay Steinebach

Hartford Speedway

10

46

Don Wisniewski for Robert Huisken

Sprints On Dirt

11

71H/27

Robert Flannigan for Brad Lamberson

Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing & Heating

12

6

Tyler Bearden

John & Kathie Naida

 

Contingency Awards

Recipient

Sponsor

Brian Smith

MAHLE/Clevite

Hoosier Racing Tire

RockAuto.com

J&J Auto Racing

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Steve Irwin

MAHLE/Clevite

Hepner Racing Products

XYZ Machining

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Mark Aldrich

MAHLE/Clevite

XYZ Machining

Schoenfeld Headers

Maxim Racing

Hoosier Racing Tire

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

John Gall

MAHLE/Clevite

XYZ Machining

Simpson Racing Products

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Justin Ward

MAHLE/Clevite

RockAuto.com

Hoosier Racing Tire

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Eric Smith

MAHLE/Clevite

Simpson Racing Products

Maxim Racing

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Brett Mann

Maxim Racing

Racing Optics

Kistler Racing Products

Allstar Performance/SOD

Josh Turner

Racing Optics

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Jay Steinebach

MAHLE/Clevite

Racing Optics

Allstar Performance/SOD

Robert Huisken

Maxim Racing

Rod End Supply

Allstar Performance/SOD

Tyler Bearden

Maxim Racing

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Allstar Performance/SOD

 

Hoosier Racing Tire awarded jackets to Champion Brian Smith, RockAuto.com Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Justin Ward, XYZ Machining Sportsman of the Year Mark Aldrich, and XYZ Machining Crew Chief of the Year Nathan Whitney.

Maxim Racing provided Mark Aldrich, Brett Mann, Eric Smith, Robert Huisken, and Tyler Bearden with contingency awards.  In addition, birthday boy Josh Turner was presented with a birthday cake during his introduction.

 

SOD recognized RacingAwareness.com for its efforts RacingAwareness.com and Racing Awareness Inc. are two separate entities that were created with the sole intent of providing children and their families from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, of West Michigan, who are experiencing or have experienced an illness or injury of a child, a diversion from the healthcare process utilizing the sport of auto racing.  Banquet trophies and awards presenter Lexi Adgate was one of the original kids that Racing Awareness "adopted."

 

Attendees were presented with a few facts about the 2016 season.  There were five rain outs and threatening weather on five other dates, but the first season under the new unlimited format was still a great success.  Car counts were equal to 2015 in spite of several no-shows due to weather. The on-track product was exceptional with only one spin out for every 986 laps run.  Seven drivers, Brian Smith (3), Ryan Ruhl (2), Chad Blonde, Stuart Brubaker, Steve Irwin, Max Stambaugh, and Doug Zimmerman, won features.

 

In spite of only ten events completed, competitors were well rewarded.  Brian Smith was awarded $6,440 in cash and awards.  $1,295 in cash and awards was the least amount awarded to the member drivers present.  Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP awarded competitors $41,110 above and beyond purse payouts in 2016.

 

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP would like to thank everyone whose extra effort made the banquet a perfect close to the 2016 season. Thank you to Motor City Racing Promotions Scott Menlen and Laura Tucker for set-up and tear-down.  Thank you to Pat Holzinger and Kathie Naida for handling registration.  Thank you to Wendy Rominger and the staff of the Battle Creek Holiday Inn for their superb facilty and services.  Thank you to Thomas Michael for photographing the banquet.  A very special thank you also goes out to Lexi Adgate for her hard work in distributing the cash and contingency awards.

 

To see two great photo albums of the historic banquet, click here and here.

 

2016 race event sponsor partners were Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Engine Pro (Lucky Dog Sponsor), Lane Automotive (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (SOD Series Rookie of the Year Sponsor & SOD Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Sportsman of the Year Sponsor & Crew Chief of the Year Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor).  In addition, SOD event contingency sponsors included: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, License 2 Play, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, and Ti22 Performance.

 

 

Swindell and Hanks Lead Team ILP to Successful Weekend

Inside Line Promotions - LEWISTOWN, Pa. (Nov. 10, 2016) - Inside Line Promotions drivers Sammy Swindell and Brandon Hanks enjoyed a big weekend.

Swindell swept both his preliminary night and the finale of the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. That gives him four titles during the marquee event, including three in the last six years.

Hanks wrapped up his first career sprint car championship during the ASCS Red River Region finale at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.

Other Team ILP competitors with at least one top-five finish include:

Seth Bergman recorded third-place results on Friday and Saturday during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway.

Tony Bruce Jr. earned a fourth-place finish on Friday at I-30 Speedway during the Short Track Nationals.

Dominic Scelzi posted a fourth-place result on Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., with the Civil War Sprint Car Series.

Johnny Herrera placed fifth on both Friday and Saturday at Creek County Speedway during the Fall Fling.

Derek Hagar rallied for a fifth-place finish on Friday during the Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway.

Ryan Smith garnered a fifth-place result on Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pa.

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TEAM ILP WINS IN 2016 -

Derek Hagar - 15 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on March 25 and March 26; Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on April 23; Duck River Raceway Park in Lewisburg, Tenn., on April 30; Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., on May 14 and Oct. 1; Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on May 21; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on May 27; Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on May 28; East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala., on June 18; Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Ark., on July 3; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., on July 9; Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., on Aug. 27; I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 17 and Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on Oct. 8); Jack Dover - 14 (U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on June 10; Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, Neb., on June 18; Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on June 25, Aug. 27 and Sept. 17; Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., on July 1; Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., on July 9, July 23, Sept. 2 and Sept. 4; I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on July 21; Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, on July 22; Beatrice Speedway in Beatrice, Neb., on July 31 and Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Neb., on Oct. 14); Trey Starks - 11 (Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on April 2; Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, S.C., on April 9; Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on June 4; Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 11; Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 18; Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, Ore., on July 9; Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on Aug. 20; Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 27; Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., on Sept. 30; Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., on Oct. 1 and The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., on Oct. 22); Danny Lasoski - 9 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 9; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 16, May 7, May 21, July 9 and Aug. 27; Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, on June 19 and Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10); Dale Blaney - 8 (Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., on Jan. 1; Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on April 15 and May 27; Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on April 23; Butler Speedway in Quincy, Mich., on June 11; Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio, on June 19; Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa., on July 29 and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., on Aug. 18); Johnny Herrera - 7 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on March 17; Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich., on June 3; Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on July 22 and July 23; Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 10; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Sept. 22 and Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Oct. 13); Giovanni Scelzi - 7 (Delta Speedway in Stockton, Calif., on April 30 and July 6; Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif., on May 20, June 24 and July 2 and Lemoore Raceway in Lemoore, Calif., on July 9 and Aug. 6); Sammy Swindell - 7 (Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on April 2; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25, July 1 and Aug. 6; Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., on Aug. 22 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5); Seth Bergman - 6 (Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., on Feb. 27; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on March 4; Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on April 8; Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on May 29 and Aug. 7 and Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on Sept. 17); Zac Taylor - 6 (Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on April 23; Lamar Speedway in Lamar, Colo., on May 13; Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., on June 10; Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colo., on Aug. 5 and El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo., on Aug. 13 and Sept. 10); Zach Blurton - 5 (WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan., on April 10; Colorado Motorsports Park in Byers, Colo., on June 25, July 30 and Sept. 17 and Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Neb., on July 9); Channin Tankersley - 5 (Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas, on May 6 and July 22; Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on May 7, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on July 23 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, on Sept. 2); Brandon Hanks - 4 (Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on March 25; Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on April 17; Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on May 7 and Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., on July 9); Devin Kline - 3 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6); Ray Allen Kulhanek - 3 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on July 3; Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, on July 9 and Texarkana 67 Speedway in Texarkana, Ark., on July 15); Jamie Ball - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25 and Aug. 4);Josh Baughman - 2 (Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas, on March 26 and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., on July 8); Patrick Dills - 2 (Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 4 and June 11); Chase Johnson - 2 (Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., on May 14 and Oct. 8); Jason Sides - 2 (East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 18 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on April 26); Henry Van Dam - 2 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on May 7 and Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., on Sept. 24); Tony Bruce Jr. - 1 (81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on May 28); Tommy Bryant - 1 (Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 10); Kevin Mingus - 1 (Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio, on July 16); Travis Rilat - 1 (Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia, on Feb. 13); Dominic Scelzi - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., on Sept. 30); and Ryan Smith - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Sept. 16).

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INDOOR THREE QUARTER MIDGET ACE RYAN FLORES READY FOR INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTING WITH BATTLE OF TRENTON, DEC. 9-10

TRENTON, NJ NOVEMBER 10, 2016 . . . Ryan Flores figures he has a score to settle.

A contender for victory in each of the past three years, Flores missed a shot at the 2015-2016 Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels championship because he was unable to race in Trenton.

Flores this time will be able to run all three events of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels, starting with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 Sun National Bank Center events.

“I’m excited to be able to contend for the championship this year,” Flores said. “Last year, I had to miss the Trenton race because I was in Atlanta.”

Flores’ full time job is with Penske Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup side. He works in the fabrication shop during the week and is a right side tire changer for Ryan Blaney’s No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford on race days.

Flores is confident in his Lafler chassis, Pippard engined Three Quarter Midget (TQ heading into the Battle Of Trenton weekend of December 9-10. “I think we will be in good shape for Trenton and the other two races,” Flores summed.

The man Flores and all others will have to work overtime to defeat is Erick Rudolph.  Rudolph, of Ransomville. N.Y. won last year’s TQ Battle of Trenton and the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled By VP Racing series 2015-2016 championship.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general admission tickets for Friday's opening night have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra-quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday's opening night and Saturday's "Battle Of Trenton" feature event finale as part of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels. The TQ Midgets are lightweight high-tech race cars powered by 750cc Motorcycle engines that achieve speeds upward of 75 mph when driven by professional race car drivers from eight states and Canada.

The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule. Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and photos free of charge. Flores will be among those top TQ drivers who will be meeting and greeting Fan Zone attendees.

On Saturday the "Battle Of Trenton" 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville. N.Y. won last year’s TQ ‘Battle Of Trenton’, outracing a feature event field of 24 drivers to win the top prize. Sixty entrants will seek to stymie Rudolph’s repeat victory bid.

Tickets for Saturday's races are available starting at $17 for adults and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Indoor Series. Other races are scheduled for December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at www.sunnationalbankcenter.com or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10am until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM

Event and promotional sponsorship information is available at www.aarn.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

 

 

Wednesdays with Wayne – Second and Fourth at Creek Set up Cocopah Finale!

(Bill W) November 9, 2016 – Wayne Johnson and the Two-C Racing team continue to have a good racecar. After finishing second and fourth last weekend at Creek County Speedway near Sapulpa, Oklahoma with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series, the Oklahoma City driver points the truck west to the series’ finale at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona this weekend.

Lately, Wayne has felt good in the car. “We went to practice night Thursday, and by the end of the night, we had the fastest car,” he says. “We just kept working on it and we were fast all weekend.”

Things started well in Friday’s prelim. “We were able to start up front and win the heat race,” says Wayne. “That put us in the second row of a Qualifier and we ran up to second. That got us second in points and on the front row for the feature.”

Starting second, Wayne took the lead in the middle stages and held it until a bit of a controversial pass relegated him to second. “We pretty much led the whole race other than the first few laps and the last few,” he says. “Sam (Hafertepe) passed us with four tires in the infield and we ended up second. I felt like we got taken advantage of by the officials a little bit there on that one. I felt like we got one stolen there, but we were locked in for Saturday.”

He would draw a starting spot outside row one for Saturday’s finale. “We were good, but we had some brake issues,” says Wayne. “On the last restart, we were able to get up beside Hafertepe and (John) Carney for the lead. I was working on them, but my brakes would only work about three laps. At that point, I had to pump them. I just couldn’t get in a good enough rhythm doing that over and over and we ended up fourth.”

Wayne is not only looking forward to his season finale this weekend, but getting everything set for 2017. “The car is working really well right now,” he says. “We’ve been fast. Everything’s been good, we just need a little luck to go our way. We should be fine at Cocopah, but honestly, I’m looking forward to next year already. It’s no fun to know you are 400 points out of first going into this weekend (third place). We’re just ready to start building for next year. We’re really looking forward to that.”

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Outlaw Wings – “The Wing with an Attitude”

Check out the new “recessed rivet” design put out by Outlaw Wings. Talk to Wayne about purchasing Outlaw Wings for your car! Outlaw Wings – "The Wing with an Attitude"!

Wayne's Fast Facts

Wayne competed at the World Finals at Lowe’s in 2008. He timed 6th in round one, and 21st in round two in Miles Hill’s #77x. After blowing his motor in the prelim, he put in “Old Lucy”, won the B and finished 10th in the feature. In the finale, he drove from 21st to 11th.

Partner of the Week – Simpson Performance Products

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"Wednesday's with Wayne"

"Wednesday's with Wayne" is an up close look at the past, present and future of colorful and talented sprint car driver Wayne Johnson. You'll never know what to expect next with Wayne, so don't miss us on Wednesdays!

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Wayne Johnson Racing would like to thank partners, Todd Carlile, Outlaw Wings, City Vending and product sponsors The Oil Medics, Sebastian Sandblasting & Powdercoating, Rod End Supply, Astro Titanium, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson, Butlerbuilt, Xtreme Accu-Tach, Weld Wheels, Slade Shocks, Kustom Sprint Car Supplies, Fisher Racing Engines, Speedway Graphics and Canyon Apparel.

 

 

Brian Brown – Looking Back at a Fast Start in 2016!

(Bill W) November 9, 2016 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team broke out of the gates well in the 2016 season. After seeing an opening win with the World of Outlaws derailed by an infield tire, the team rebounded for a solid west coast trip. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver would not slow down when he returned to the Midwest, posting wins and a top five run at the King’s Royal along the way. This week’s focus is on the first half of the team’s season. We’ll cap it off next week.

You traveled to the Winter Heat series in Yuma to get your year started off early.

The Winter Heat series kind of felt like 2015 continued. We took a car that had been from that season. We had one good night and four average ones.

You picked up the World of Outlaws schedule in Las Vegas in March and stayed with them on the West Coast.

We started the year at Vegas with the Outlaws and in my opinion, we had the car to beat there. We were leading and hit an infield tire with eight or ten laps to go. That would have been a cool way to start the season, but it wasn’t meant to be. The rest of our trip went well. We finished fourth the next night, had quick time at Queen Creek (Arizona), led for a while at Stockton, and we felt like the swing went well…not only on the track, but off the track with FVP presenting the races at Las Vegas and Stockton. It was probably our best west coast trip ever.

I believe when you came back to the Midwest, you ripped off fourteen top fives in fifteen races.

I think at one point we finished in the top three eleven out of twelve nights when we came back to the Midwest. That shows how hard Chad (Morgan), Michael (Williams) and we had Wyatt (Burks) at the time…it showed how strong we worked all winter long to build our program.

You racked up an ASCS National win close to home at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, and won at Knoxville as well.

It was cool to win close to home here, and we had a win in Sedalia too. In the box score at the end of the year, we didn’t have the number of wins we’ve had in the past, but I felt we were better with our consistency all year long.

You had a very successful trip to Eldora and the King’s Royal in July.

Thursday we didn’t qualify well, but we fought back. We were able to go from sixth in the heat to the Dash, and went sixth to second in the Dash. We ended up running third or fourth that night, and we came back Friday and crashed. We were able to win the heat in the King’s Royal on Saturday. We started on the front row and led the first eight or ten laps. We had our hood blowing apart for a while and dropped back to seventh or eighth. We had a red, we were able to fix it, and then charged back up to finish with a top five. To lead laps at a big event like that that is not your home turf just proved that we can go anywhere and be competitive.

That propelled you to a big win at Knoxville before the 360 Nationals.

We were able to come back and win that NSL show at Knoxville. We were second on our prelim night at the 360 Nationals, and we were running second on the final night. We had an engine issue. We were going to finish second, and we may have had a shot at Sammy (Swindell) late.

You also racked up third place finishes at the Capitani Classic at Knoxville and the Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa.

Those races are always so tough, but to come out with a pair of podium finishes really gave us some confidence heading into the Nationals.

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Cody Lamar Brings Banner Year to a Close

PETERSEN MEDIA- Not ending the season how he would have liked, Cody Lamar and still look back and be proud of his 2016 campaign.

“We ended our season on Saturday night in Stockton, CA and it sure could have gone better,” Lamar said. “It was my first time visiting the place and it was fun, I just wish our night would have lasted longer.”

With 49 cars checked into the facility for the finale Civil War Series event of the year, Lamar would get his night started off by timing in 18th fastest in his qualifying flight.

Lining up at the tail end of his heat race, Lamar would get collected in a mess on the front stretch that would see him get over and bring his night to a very early end.

Though his season would come to an end in spectacular fashion, Lamar was proud of the year he put together as he was able to score three feature event wins and pick up the Marysville Raceway track title.

“I was looking forward to getting some expeiernce on a big track, but stuff happens in racing,” Lamar said. “It was a great year for our team, and I have to thank my family and everyone that has helped us all year; we certainly could not have done it with their help. We are ready for the offseason and I am looking forward to the 2017 season.

Cody and his team would like to thank A1 Septic, Joe Hunt Magnetos, and NAAKE Suspension for their continued support.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-25, Wins-3, Top 5’s- 9, Top 10’s-10

ON TAP: Cody’s 2016 season has come to a close.

 

 

Ball Makes Preliminary Feature During Short Track Nationals Debut

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 9, 2016) - Jamie Ball wrapped up the 2016 season last weekend at the 29th running of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway.

"Our first Short Track Nationals was a roller coaster of success and learning experiences," he said.

Ball and White Lightning Motorsports opened the weekend with a fast car last Thursday, finishing second in a heat race before winning a qualifier to lock into the 10th starting position for the main event.

"We were consistently fast, even when the results didn't show that," he said. "We did manage to win a qualifier and to be able to do that being our first time at STN was very satisfying."

Ball bicycled early in the main event and unfortunately collected another competitor, resulting in wing damage. Ball restarted at the back of the field and he rebounded to 16th by the time the checkered flag waved.

"Short track racing is very tricky and takes some getting used to for me," he said. "Ricky Logan helped us on the setup and driver coaching. He really is a great guy to have on your team."

On Friday, Ball started on the front row of a heat race for the second night in a row. He finished fifth, but was still high enough in points to make the qualifier, which he ended in 10th. That relegated the team toward the back of a B Main. Ball picked up a couple of positions to place ninth, which was shy of scoring a transfer.

Ball's preliminary points throughout the weekend lined him up fifth in a heat race on Saturday. Unfortunately, an eighth-place finish in the heat race sent the team to the back of a B Main and Ball was unable to drive into a transfer position.

"Overall, our results were a bit disappointing, but we learned a lot, rolled the car into the trailer, and had fun," he said. "Our 2016 season is now officially over and we will begin to prepare for 2017. We can't wait to build off what we have learned and return to STN in 2017 with a great base setup and mental focus."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (1); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 16 (10).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (2); Qualifier: 9 (9); B Main: 9 (11).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 8 (5); B Main: 15 (12).

SEASON STATS -

41 races, 2 wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 29 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com

Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com

Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j

Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j

APPAREL -

White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Sweet Manufacturing

Sweet Manufacturing was incorporated in 1978 with the basic concept of providing racers with steering products that would offer a competitive advantage. All of it products have been designed and built using the experience and knowledge gained from Randy Sweet's 46 years of racing competition, plus continuous input from the nation's top drivers, engineers, and chassis builders. For more information, visit http://www.SweetMFG.biz.

"Since I started racing sprint cars we choose to have Sweet Manufacturing 'turn our wheels,'" Ball said. "Their products are the most durable products on the market. Their craftsmanship and customer service is also top notch. It has been a privilege to put Sweet Manufacturing in Victory Lane multiple times at Knoxville Raceway."

White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank Housby, JJ Kane Auctioneers, Timber Line Tree Service, The Hearing Clinic, Wingdance Graphics, Iowa State Savings Bank, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hooker Harness, MyRacePass, Bell Helmets, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Fragola Performance Systems, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Sign Pro of Newton, Shell Shock, Maxim Chassis, Hinchman Racewear, Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) and Allen Construction for their continued support.

 

 

Baughman's First 410 Win and First ASCS National Triumph Highlight Strong Season

Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 9, 2016) - Josh Baughman produced his most successful season in a sprint car during the 2016 campaign.

Baughman recorded a pair of feature victories, including his first career 410ci winged sprint car triumph and his first ever with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"Those were definitely highlights," he said. "To win races against some of the best drivers in the country gives our team a lot of confidence. We left some wins on the table, but we had some good wins."

Baughman's first trip to Victory Lane during a 410 race came in July during a visit to Western Pennsylvania, where he snagged the win at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver.

"Having a lot of my dad's friends and family there and going to a place I haven't been since I was 9-years-old and watching the World of Outlaws race was really special," he said. "That meant a lot to not only get to race in front of my family out there, but to win the race as well."

Baughman also had a big winning moment in March when he captured an ASCS National Tour victory at Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas.

"That was huge," he said. "I made a mistake the night before racing for the win. Going into that night we had our heads down and felt like we gave up a win, but our team never quit. To fight back and get a win, especially of that magnitude, was a big boost for our team."

Baughman ended the season with 15 top fives and 23 top 10s. He will also finish in the top 10 in the ASCS National Tour championship standings despite missing several races.

"I think we had a pretty good season," he said. "The wins were great moments and we learned a lot this year. I'm so grateful to my guys for their hard work and our sponsors for their support. I'm really looking forward to next season."

Baughman said he will likely open the season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series after the Florida event in February.

"I'll probably do the first 25 races with the Outlaws after Florida," he said. "I want to have fun with it. We won't be predominantly a 360 team or a 410 team. We've geared up to where we can race anywhere we want to race."

SEASON STATS -

62 races, 2 wins, 15 top fives, 23 top 10s, 31 top 15s, 35 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JoshBaughman.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Josh_Baughman17

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoshBaughmanRacing

APPAREL -

Baughman will have t-shirts and hoodies available for sale at his apparel trailer throughout the season.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - EE Systems

EE Systems, Inc. was founded in 2014 to deliver solutions to the gas compression, power generation and fabrication markets. The EES team brings together a management team with more than 125 years of experience in the market. Based in Stafford, Texas, the company packages gas compressors, power generators and fabricates steel products at its facility there and in Midland, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.EE-SystemsInc.com.

"EE Systems has been on board the last couple of years," Baughman said. "They help me out quite a bit and I really appreciate their support."

Baughman would also like to thank Fischer Body Shop, Compression Generation Services, Hollywood Blasting and Coating, CCC Greg and Tammy, Beard Equipment, B&H Industrial Supplies, Octane Ink, FK Midwest, FK Rod Ends, Walker Performance Filtration, Smith Titanium, Hinchman Racewear, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, KSE, Dirt Collective, System 1, Weld Wheels, Ti22 Performance, Car & Fleet and Moss Racing Engines for their support.

 

 

Kevin Swindell and Spencer Bayston Cap Short Track Nationals With Top 10

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 9, 2016) - The 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires provided a great platform of learning for the new sprint car team of Kevin Swindell and Spencer Bayston.

"We learned a lot for both of us," Swindell said. "It was something different that he hadn't experienced. As many places as we can expose Spencer to now and let it soak in over the winter the better it will be going forward. We learned some things we were doing with the 410 that didn't work with the 360 with the pace being down and the speed being down. It took a minute to get where we needed to be on the short track side of things, but we got better every time we got out there."

The Swindell Speed Lab backed team made its 360ci debut during the marquee event at I-30 Speedway last Thursday, when the action began with Bayston driving from fifth to fourth place in a heat race, from ninth to sixth place in a qualifier and from fourth to win a B Main. That locked the team into the main event, which resulted in Bayston picking up a trio of positions to finish 12th.

"Racing with guys that had raced there many years, the competition was stiffer than I was expecting," Bayston said. "I felt like we improved lap by lap."

The team returned to the quarter-mile oval on Friday for Round 2, which began with Bayston placing third in a heat race, sixth in a qualifier and third in a B Main to again make the main event. This time he ended 19th in the feature.

The weekend concluded on Saturday as Bayston maneuvered from sixth to second place in a heat race before finishing second in a B Main to lock the team into the 40-lap main event, which was a feat in itself with approximately 60 competitors vying for only 20 starting positions.

"We made some big changes throughout the weekend to get me comfortable," he said. "It helped getting more seat time. We ran almost every lap we could each night. Never being there before it's different than the ordinary quarter mile. It has some weird bends and shapes to it. It was definitely helpful having all those laps on the first couple of nights for the final night."

The seat time paid off in the main event as Bayston charged from 18th to capture a 10th-place result, which also earned the team the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars. Bayston placed third among rookies at the event.

"Between him figuring some things out and us getting better we were one more night away from being really good," Swindell said. "We both improved and got the car better and he was more comfortable. It showed by the end of the weekend."

The team will wrap up the sprint car season this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (5); Qualifier: 6 (9); B Main: 1 (4); Feature: 12 (15).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (3); Qualifier: 6 (7); B Main: 3 (5); Feature: 19 (20).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (6); B Main: 2 (1); Feature: 10 (18).

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.KevinSwindellRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KevinSwindell

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems

Based in Concord, N.C., ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems manufactures custom seats and distributes a variety of racing accessories, including seat mounts, padding, belts and restraints, steering wheels and helmets. For additional information, visit http://www.ButlerBuilt.net.

"ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems has some of the safest and most comfortable safety equipment available," Swindell said. "I encourage everyone to give the ButlerBuilt team a call to learn more about being safe and comfortable in a race car."

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, Mike Curb and Curb Records, MPI Steering Wheels, Arai Helmets, Racing Optics, Maxim Chassis, DMI, Super Shox, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sweet Manufacturing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kenny's Components, High Performance Lubricants and Swindell Speed Lab for their continued support.

 

 

Smith Wraps Up 410 Season With Top Five as Arizona Trip Looms

Inside Line Promotions - YORK HAVEN, Pa. (Nov. 9, 2016) - Ryan Smith wrapped up his 410ci winged sprint car season with a fifth-place finish last Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway.

It was a shot in the arm the Warko Group team needed to carry momentum into 2017.

Smith started the night by setting fast time during qualifying followed by a third-place finish in his heat race. That locked the team into the dash, in which Smith finished sixth to start the main event on the outside of the third row.

"We were fast all night," he said. "It was just a matter of staying out of trouble. This car just seems to work well at Susky. Track position was key. We battled inside the top five throughout the race, but if we would have been fortunate to start on the front row I think we would have been in contention for a win. However, it was a great way to end the season for the Warko Group car."

Smith, who posted a fifth-place result, will conclude his season this Friday and Saturday when he will pilot a 360ci winged sprint car for Ryan Linder at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

After hosting Linder this past weekend at Susquehanna Speedway for Linder's first 410 sprint car start, Linder will return the favor at a track the duo partnered up at earlier this season.

Smith drove for the X-1 Race Cars team in January at Cocopah Speedway during the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. His best finish during the event was an eighth-place result.

"It was a blast having Ryan with us at Susky for his first 410 race," Smith said. "Ryan has become a good friend and I'm looking forward to competing against the best 360 racers in the country and giving him a solid performance."

Linder would like to thank Speed Sports AZ, Linder Klauer, PLLC Accountants, 51 Media, Apartments Resurfacing, Keizer Aluminum Wheels and 87 Speed for support throughout the season and helping provide the opportunity for Smith to venture west this weekend.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 5 - Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pa. - Qualifying: 1; Heat: 3 (4); Dash: 6 (5); Feature: 5 (6).

SEASON STATS -

68 races, 1 win, 17 top fives, 33 top 10s, 48 top 15s, 54 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS -

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - X-1 Race Cars

"Ryan builds a really good race car and we've had some pretty good results using it the last month," Smith said. "I can't thank him enough for the opportunity to go to Cocopah."

Smith would also like to thank Warko Group, G.L.T. Electrical, CnB Chubby, Fighting Angels Foundation, S&S Speedways, Quality Roofing Supply, East Coast Helicopter Tours, Armbruster Racing Photos, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, HP Engines, Pancho's Racing Products, GME Steering and Vahlco Racing Wheels for their continued support.

 

 

BAPS Paint & Supply joins Brock Zearfoss Racing for 2017

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, PA. (November 9, 2016) - Brock Zearfoss Racing is pleased to welcome BAPS Paint & Supply as a major partner for the 2017 racing season. BAPS has been a major contributor to open wheel competition throughout Central Pennsylvania for a the last several seasons and will now join forces with Brock Zearfoss Racing for a full-on campaign across much of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.

“We are all really excited to have BAPS be a part of our program next season. They have a love for racing that stretches back as far as I can remember. For our team to be connected with a sponsor like that is really special. This is a great opportunity,” Brock Zearfoss explained. “I’ll do my best to represent BAPS at the highest level possible. We had a great year in 2016 and I’m certain 2017 will be even bigger with BAPS on board.”

As a family owned and faith-based company, BAPS’ mission is to provide customer service to the coatings industry through integrity, knowledge and quality of products, while supporting the community and developing its employees to their greatest potential.

“Lucky for us, we have a long list of supporters who do an amazing job with keeping us race-ready and competitive,” Brock Zearfoss explained. “We’re pumped to add BAPS to that list and continue our successes.”

BAPS is now a third generation, family- owned company with over 50 years of serving the community. With the fourth generation actively being developed as the future leadership & with strategic plans to continuously expand locations, products & services, BAPS is sure to be here to service you for many years to come. Please visit bapspaint.com for more information.

Brock Zearfoss conducted a career year in 2016; earning two main event victories, each occurring at different facilities, while also capping off a track championship chase second in the final standings. Zearfoss earned victories at Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; each career firsts.

Fans can keep up with Brock Zearfoss during his entire campaign - right here at www.fullyinjected.com, or at www.brockzearfoss.com. Be sure ‘follow’ the ‘Jonestown Jet’ on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brock_zearfoss and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockzearfossracing

Recent Highlights: Earned second career 410 sprint car victory on Saturday night, August 20, at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA. Finished 2nd in final Port Royal Speedway 410 Sprint Car track championship.

2016 Wins: 2 (Williams Grove Speedway & Port Royal Speedway)

Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose's LZ Bar & Grill, Meckley’s Limestone, Central Builders Supply Co., Leach’s Automotive, Masters Mechanical Insulation, Comprehensive Test and Balance, Berkebile Oil Company, Invisible Glass, Walker Performance Filtration, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Smith Precision Products, GME Steering, Simpson Race Products, CR Graphics, G Force Gears, Precision Powder Coat, Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop, Tate and Sons Firewood, BAPS Auto Paint and Supplies

 

 

SMITH NAMED SPRINTS ON DIRT CHAMPION, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Hafertepe, Jr., and Wolfe Claim November Victories

McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2016) – As the days of 2016 continue to wind down, all J&J Auto Racing seems to do is win, win, win. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Lucas Wolfe drove to victories with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Series and United Racing Club (URC) series, respectively over the weekend while Brian Smith claimed both Sprints on Dirt (SOD) series championship and rookie of the year honors for the McKenzie, Tenn., based chassis manufacturer.

Using a late race caution to his advantage, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. bounced his way around the infield berm to pick up his eighth victory of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National series at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Fall Fling event preliminary. The victory aided Hafertepe in widening the lead in the ASCS National Sprint Car Series point standings, which he continues to lead heading into the final events of the season. Hafertepe’s Friday night victory was his 10th of 2016 and saw him locked into the Fall Fling finale, in which he drove the No. 15H to a second place finish.

Lucas Wolfe made the most of a rare URC series appearance on Saturday, Nov. 6, in winning the First Annual Big Track Classic feature event at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway. Standing up against a stout 25 car field, Wolfe won the third heat race and dominated the feature event to gain the victory in the URC co-sanctioned event. The victory marked Wolfe’s third in the No. 5w for J&J Auto Racing this season.

Smith, who was competing in his first full season with the SOD series, not only claimed Rookie of the Year honors, but drove to the top of the championship standings when the final checkered flag of the 2016 fell at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway. The Ohio native scored three victories in 2016 en route to the SOD title. He was honored by the series at its annual banquet on Nov. 6.

 

 

Tuesdays with TMAC – Short Trackin’!

(Bill W) November 8, 2016 – The season wrapped up for Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team with last weekend’s Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway near Little Rock, Arkansas. After a slow start Thursday, the Altoona, Iowa driver locked himself into Saturday night’s finale with a podium run on Friday. He would ultimately be sidelined in a battle for fifth, but it was a strong end to a successful 2016.

On Friday, TMAC drew a big number for his heat and could not find his way forward in a non-stop event on a fast track. “We didn’t have the car driving forward in the heat,” he says. “It was wet and rough, and I didn’t want the car tight entering the corners. It was kind of a godsend in that we knew we were behind the 8-ball. We thought about loading up, but we used the rest of the night as a practice session.”

It proved to be the right decision. “We threw something at the car that we’d been wanting to try, and it worked well,” says TMAC. “We were able to win the C from fourth by taking our time getting to the front. Then, we were able to move up about five spots in the B. We needed a yellow. I think we had a car capable of getting up into a transfer. Shane (Stewart) and I had both caught the group of cars in front of us. We were glad we raced it, because it was good for our confidence. We knew we had a car that was in the game for Friday.”

The draw didn’t go much better, but the night did. “We drew 128 the first night, and 119 the second night,” says TMAC. “We kind of laughed it off. We went down there to relax and have some fun. My Dad always told me if you’re fast, you’re fast. We were able to start sixth in the heat and won it. The track was slicker on Friday. Then we finished third in the Qualifier after starting sixth. That made us highest in points, which was awesome.”

With a starting spot on the pole of the feature, a podium finish would lock TMAC into Saturday’s finale. “I watched the second B and it looked like it was laying rubber then,” he says. “I went and changed my car a bit. It really didn’t hurt us, but starting on the bottom was tough. Tim (Shaffer) had a good run. I tried my best to hold him back, but I couldn’t. I think if I win that start, it’s a different story. I was loose the first few laps. Once the rubber came, we were very good. I could have pushed the issue on the last lap and probably got second, but there was no use crashing us both because we were locked in.”

The Dash draw on Saturday saw him start fourth. “The track kind of tricked me in the Dash,” says TMAC. “I thought we had our setup down, but we were loose. It’s a funny track. I was just a little free. Again, it was a good test session, and we ran fifth.”

TMAC would run sixth in most of the 40-lap finale, but his car came on late. “It got slick on both ends going in,” he says. “Coming off of two and four, especially four, there was a ton of moisture. So what do you do? Do you loosen it for that? It was a heck of a guessing game. I saw Jason Johnson was working up top, so I tried that. It worked well, but Chad Kemenah stuck his nose under me. He’s such a great driver down there. I had to get back down there. I was all over the guy in front of me (Brian Bell).”

He made a move on Brian Bell for fifth. “I went to the top in one and two and got into those ruts,” says TMAC. “That upset the car a little bit, but it was a good run. The next lap, I went to the middle of one and two through the rough stuff. It was a good run and I had him passed. I drove in on his right rear heading into three. He got into the moisture and got kind of sideways. That stuck us in the fence coming down the front straight. We tore the car up pretty good. He got his right rear into the cockpit. It could have been worse, but it ticked me off that the car was torn up. We were helpless going across the front straight in front of everyone, and I’m thankful that we had some good drivers behind us to avoid that.”

TMAC was happy to show speed at both the Trophy Cup and Short Track Nationals to finish the season. “It was an unfortunate to end the year that way when we were headed for a top five finish,” he says. “To finish with a third and fifth there is great. Tracks like that aren’t my forte and it was a neat experience. Racing in front of fans that don’t get to see us often or at all is always fun. My Uncle Ivan, who is my Dad’s brother died a few years ago, but his son, grandson and great grandson were all there watching us Friday night and that was neat. I don’t get to see them very often. To go from competing for a win in California to doing the same at the Short Track Nationals makes me proud as an owner. Doug (Rankin) does a great job and we had Brandon Ikenberry there too, doing a great job.”

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This Month in TMAC History!

TMAC teamed with Al Vanderwoude in his #2V to compete at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The year was 1989, and the United Sprint Association (USA) series was the sanctioning body. Things didn’t go the best over the weekend for the team in races that saw Sammy Swindell and Jack Hewitt take weekend feature events. The Vanderwoude car was put into the 1987 Knoxville Nationals finale by Danny Thoman.

"Tuesdays with TMAC"!

"Tuesdays with TMAC" is an up close and personal look at colorful sprint car veteran Terry McCarl. To receive "Tuesdays with TMAC", send an e-mail to sprntcar@hotmail.com with "TMAC" in the subject line.

TMAC Motorsports would like to thank sponsors SnowPlow Snow Pushers – www.TheSnowPlow.com, Country Builders Construction, Rossie Feed and Grain, Bosma Poultry, Destiny Motorsports, Price Chopper, Hiland Dairy, Searsboro Telephone Company, Elk Grove Ford, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Berryhill Racing, Phil and Vivian, Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises, Vortex Racing, Hoosier Tire, Chris Spaulding – Attorney at Law, SuperFlow, Schoenfeld Headers, Rens Trucking, NutriShop – Maple Grove, MN, HRP, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Maxim Chassis, Bob and Beulah Elder, Engler Injection, Snap On Tools, Sposato Paint, Winters, Kilani Fender, Inc., DriverWebsites.com, CM Rock, Brown and Miller, Pro Shocks, Ben Cook, Bell Helmets, Burnett's Rock and Landscaping, Octane Ink, Morgan Strawberry Farms, Dynasty Stucco, Aurora Rod Ends, Crow Safety, KSE Steering, Snyder Lawn & Landscaping, Strange Performance, Saldana Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Waterman Fuel Pumps, Butlerbuilt and Mote Fasteners.

 

 

Colby Copeland 15th During Civil War Finale

PETERSEN MEDIA- In action for one final weekend in 2016 with the Antaya Motorsports team, Colby Copeland would pick up a 15th place finish with the Civil War Series on a very tricky Stockton Dirt Track.

“The track was pretty tough all night long, and passing really wasn’t happening,” Copeland said. “The 360 car was pretty good all night long, and after time trials we seemed to struggle a little with the 410 car.”

Competing with both the King of the West Series and the Civil War Series, Copeland would get things started by timing the Antaya Motorsports machine in seventh fastest in his qualifying flight in the 360 program.

Finishing fourth in his heat race, the Roseville, CA driver would transfer into the feature event where he would grid the field from the seventh row.

On a surface that was slick and abrasive, the racing groove was extremely narrow and created single file racing. Getting in line, Copeland would find himself back in the 15th spot as he chased after Mason Moore and Greg DeCaires.

Unable to get going on a run, Copeland would close the team’s 360 season with a 15th place finish.

Also competing with the King of the West 410’s, Copeland would get his night started off very well as he timed in third quickest in qualifying time trials.

Finishing fifth in his heat race, Copeland would be forced into the 12-lap ‘B’ Main event. Running second to Kyle Hirst, Copeland would safely move into the team’s final feature event of the season.

Taking the green flag from the ninth starting spot, Copeland would not get off to a good start as he would get shuffled back when the action got under way. With the track continuing to worsen, Copeland would call it a night on the 12th lap as he headed back to the pit area.

“I have to thank Larry Antaya and this team for everything,” Copeland added. “This came together late in the year and it has been fun getting things started. We would have liked to end the year on a little better note, but it wasn’t meant to me. Thanks to everyone who stepped up and made this deal possible.”

Antaya Motorsports would like to thank Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, Fire Protection Management, Inc., TW Performance, Kaeding Performance, Cardinal Paint and Powder, Tool World, and Shiro’s Collision Center for their support in 2016.

ON TAP: Antaya Motorsports’ 2016 has come to a close.

STAY CONNECTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow us on Twitter @AntayaTeam20 or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AntayaTeam20/. Also follow along with Good Guys Rod and Custom Association on Twitter @GoodGuys and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/goodguysrodandcustom/.

 

 

Forsberg and Hirst Claim California Gold With KSE Racing Products

PETERSEN MEDIA: As the season comes to a close in the United States, KSE Racing Products is pleased to see so many teams hoist championship hardware from coast to coast.

Saturday night the winged sprint car season came to a close in California, and when the dust settled it was a pair of drivers claiming series championships. For the ninth time in his career, Andy Forsberg was able to the claim the Civil War Series title, and for the third time in his career, Kyle Hirst was crowned King of the West.

While those two celebrated a season long accomplishment, the two feature events at the Stockton Dirt Track went to drivers using KSE Racing Products, as Jason Meyers scored his first career Civil War Series win, and Tim Kaeding won a thrilling King of the West feature.

Chris Windom was simply dominant at the Western World Championships. Windom used his KSE Racing Products to sweep the opening night event with the 360 and 410, and backed it up by winning the 410 finale on Saturday night while Brady Bacon took 360ci honors.

Perhaps the biggest story of all came from the East Coast over the weekend. With the World of Outlaws season wrapped up, Jacob Allen made the most of his visit to the Susquehanna Speedway as he was able to claim his first ever 410ci feature event win.

In ASCS action, Sam Hafertepe and John Carney won at Creek County, Curt Michael won at Bridgeport, and Tim Shaffer was able to pocket a Short Track Nationals preliminary night win.

Steering The Best From East To West: KSE Racing Products continues to prove their steering performance all across the country. You want the best? Visit www.kse-racing.com to find a dealer in your area and get your hands on KSE’s new lightweight, Black Series Gen2 Power Steering Gear, Black Series HPD Power Steering Pump, and Stingray Wing Valve & Cylinder.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with all of KSE Racing Products happenings and new products by visiting www.kse-racing.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/KSE_Racing .

 

 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: AWARDS BANQUET TICKET DEADLINE EXTENDED

by Tommy Goudge (November 8, 2016) – Ohsweken, Ontario – The deadline to buy tickets for the 2016 Ohsweken Speedway Awards Banquet has been extended to Saturday, November 12.

The annual event will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Don't miss your change to celebrate the achievements of drivers and teams in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car, Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stock, HRW Automotive Mini Stock, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bomber divisions!

PLEASE NOTE - All drivers who finished in the top 10 in their championship points standings in 2016 are required to attend the banquet to receive their award and payment.

Only a couple of full tables remain available, while emaining seats will be available in small groups to fill space at other tables. Large groups cannot be guaranteed to be seated together.

Please see below for more details and ticket information:

WHAT: -2016 Ohsweken Speedway Awards Banquet

WHEN: -Friday, November 18, 2016 -Doors Open @ 5:00pm -Dinner @ 6:30pm -Awards Ceremony @ 8:00pm -Dance @ 9:30pm featuring live band!

WHERE: Carmen’s Banquet Centre 1520 Stone Church Rd E Hamilton ON L8W 3P9 www.Carmens.com

TICKETS: -$40 per person – Tickets are now available at Styres Gas Bar or by calling Mary Wilkinson at 519-717-0023. *NOTE - The deadline to purchase tickets is Saturday, November 12th, 2016*

About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights, and has been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007. ‎ Website: www.OhswekenSpeedway.com‎ Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY Twitter: @OhswekenSpdway YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/OhswekenSpdway

Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Mobil 1, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Affordable Towing & Recovery, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.

 

 

ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: IN THE WORDS OF ROBERT BALLOU

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

At this time one year ago, Robert Ballou was headed out west preparing for the final events of his historic 2015 season.

It was a magical season in which the Rocklin, California driver would tally 13 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories on his way to his first USAC National title.

Fast-forward to exactly one year later and the setting has drastically changed for Robert. A repeat dream season has been anything but.

You won't see Robert's name listed as a driver on this coming weekend's "Oval Nationals" entry list - an event in which he won the first two nights of last November. For Robert is currently recovering from injuries sustained on the opening night of the "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. Injuries that have sidelined him from the racetrack as time ticks away and his body endures the healing process.

It was a crash that Robert was lucky to survive; a crash he was amazingly able to walk away from, at first.

"It was just one of those deals," Robert said bluntly. "I was running second and chasing the leader. The lap before, I was four-tenths of a second faster and I felt like I was catching him. Then, suddenly, I went into (turn) one and it just dug in and I started flipping. The fence held me in, but I fell about 15 to 18 feet from the sky onto the cage. There's not a frame in the world that can hold up to that. It was just a freak accident. They said the left rear shock gave out and may have caused it."

The crash appeared serious to all onlookers from those at the racetrack to those watching on the live stream. After several, agonizing minutes, a sigh of relief swept across the nation as Robert popped out of his car and was able to exit under his own power. But, first appearances aren't always as they seem.

"I walked to the ambulance," Robert recalled. "I then went to one hospital to get checked out, then went to another hospital before I was air-flighted to the hospital in Stanford. The doctors told me my pain was due to whiplash, but the truth is that when the back corner of the cage hit the track, my head hit the dirt. Nothing is going to withstand your head hitting the dirt."

"In the end, I was told I needed to wear a neck brace for eight weeks, then I'd be fine and could go back to racing," Robert added. "That sounded almost too good to be true to me. I was released to my parents' house where I slept for a week. At the end of that week, I felt as good as I was going to be, but I was still in a lot of pain."

"I went to see Dr. David Schwartz at OrthoIndy and he thought that surgery should have been performed six weeks earlier. I didn't have surgery until seven weeks after the crash. That meant I had to start all over again. Now, I'm going to be in a cervical spine brace for the next nine weeks."

In the moments following the impact with the ground, the pain was immediate for Robert. In fact, his pinky and ring fingers went numb and he lost 80 percent of the strength in his hands. Strength that after two months still hasn't returned to his hands.

"I was diagnosed with a C2 fracture in my neck," Robert states. "I had a burst fracture of the C7. The bone actually exploded! The doctors had to use cadaver bone to create a new C7 vertebrae. On top of that, I had a compression fracture of the T8 vertebrae."

The road to recovery is not an easy one away from the race track. There isn't much fanfare, celebration or the adrenaline rush of an Eldora slide job; it's pretty much filled with small steps and milestones, which most of us take for granted, with the ultimate goal of returning to a sense of normality.

"Every day I feel like I get a little better," Robert acknowledges. "These things are just part of the game. It's not the end of the world, but it's tough not having any income right now. I had just bought a house a couple of weeks prior to the accident and, on top of owning my own team, it's just the worst timing. I'm a truck driver 60 hours per week, but I'm not allowed to drive for eight to nine weeks."

Though he paints a bleak picture at the moment, Robert has his mind set on his eventual return to the seat of a sprint car.

"It will be between eight and 12 months before I can return to racing," Robert estimates. "It will be anywhere from June to September of 2017 when I come back, possibly for "Eastern Storm," but the doctors want to make sure everything with me is 100 percent before they release me to race. Since I can't run for points in any series next year, I'm going to run a little bit of everything - USAC, wing races, anywhere and everywhere."

Donations for Robert's recovery fund may be sent to: Robert Ballou c/o USAC 4910 W. 16th Street Speedway, IN 46224

 

 

Hagar Enjoys Career-Best Weekend at Short Track Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Derek Hagar put together a career-best performance last weekend at I-30 Speedway, which hosted the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

The event began in Thursday when a third-place finish in a heat race wasn't enough to get Hagar into the inversion for a qualifier, making it a challenging remainder to the evening.

"We started fourth and finished third in the heat," he said. "That put us right outside of the inversion bubble for the qualifier. We started seventh in the qualifier and finished eighth. That put us in the B Main and we didn't transfer out of it, ending our night."

The team rebounded on Friday night when Hagar's pill draw was 140 out of 150. However, that didn't hurt him as he was able to advance forward in both a heat race and qualifier to lock himself into the ninth starting position for the main event.

"With my good pill draw skills, I drew a big number on Friday night and started in the back of the heat race and passed a car or two," Hagar said. "The track was good early, but there really wasn't a whole lot of passing. We started eighth in the qualifier and finished third.

"That started me ninth in the A Main. I passed a couple of good cars and got up to fifth. The track laid a little rubber and fifth is where we finished. We were faster than the car in front of us, but just couldn't get around him."

Hagar ranked sixth in preliminary points behind the locked-in drivers. The format took the preliminary night points and had a redraw for the heat races to open the finale on Saturday. Hagar's bad pill drawing skills made another appearance as he drew 149 out of 150.

That lined him up last in a heat race, but Hagar quickly maneuvered from 10th to third place to earn enough points to lock into the 40-lap main event.

"Because of the great number I drew I started in the back of the heat again and finished third," he said. "That gave us enough points to be locked into the feature so we didn't have to run the B Main. We started ninth and fell back to 10th. The race track was right around the bottom again, no passing. A car ahead of me got knocked out and we ended up finishing eighth."

While Hagar was hoping to grab the win in front of his home crowd, his eighth-place result was his best ever during the marquee event.

"We didn't tear anything up and it could have been a lot worse," he said. "We made some money and got to bring it home in one piece."

Next up, Hagar looks to wrap up the USCS Mid South championship this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (4); Qualifier: 8 (7); B Main: 7 (9).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 5 (7); Qualifier: 3 (8); Feature: 5 (9).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (10); Feature: 8 (9).

SEASON STATS -

53 races, 15 wins, 36 top fives, 40 top 10s, 43 top 15s, 46 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.DerekHagarRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HagarDerek

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - J&J Auto Racing

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"They've been in the family since J&J Auto Racing started building cars," Hagar said. "My stepdad's dad owned race cars back in the Riverside days. They are good, safe, dependable race cars and great people to deal with."

Hagar would also like to thank B&D Towing, Dynotech Performance, DHR Suspension, Xtreme Race Graphics, Fragola Performance Systems, FSR Radiators, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Hinchman Racewear, Wings Unlimited, FK Rod Ends and Ti64 for their continued support.

 

 

Back-to-Back Podiums for Johnston

The solid start to the 2016-17 season continued for Max Johnston last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, where he mirrored his second-place finish from a fortnight ago in the fourth Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round.

Johnston started the 30-lap feature race from position seven and made an early charge, consistently moving his way up through the field and into third by lap 10. By lap 24, the 23-year-old racer had moved into second place, which he managed to hold on to for the remainder of the race, scoring his second runner-up finish within the space of a fortnight.

“We were close to the win, but once again we fell short by one spot,” expressed the NSW # 38 Airplant Services / Odell Bros Farming supported XXX driver.

“I didn’t qualify the best and that had me starting further down in the feature race order than I would’ve liked, and against such tough competition, it’s not easy coming from further back in the field.

“Once again, I can’t thank my team (Jessi, James, Paul and Neil) and all of my sponsors enough, because they’re the main reason I’m enjoying a great start to the season, and it’s pleasing to be able to continue to be bringing home consistent results for them.”

Earlier in the night, Johnston qualified 18th in qualifying time trials and then placed second in his heat race (after a pole-position start), which put him out of position seven for the feature race.

Johnston will have this weekend off, before returning to Valvoline Raceway on the Saturday night of November 19 for the second World Series Sprintcars Championship round.

“I’m really looking forward to World Series coming to Sydney, and I couldn’t have asked for better form to carry into it,” said Johnston.

“World Series runs a different format and also includes some of Australia’s best drivers, so I’m hoping to be able to continue to enjoy my current form.”

Johnston would like to thank the following sponsors for their 2016-17 season support: Airplant Services Odell Bros Farming Railway Possession Australia Simmons Civil Premier One Products The Kartworks JMT Civil LKI Off Axis Paint Active Vac Camden Signs

To find out more about Johnston and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Max Johnston Racing.

 

 

Herrera Posts Two Top Fives During Fall Fling at Creek County

Inside Line Promotions - SAPULPA, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Johnny Herrera is rolling as the 2016 season is coming to an end this weekend.

Herrera recorded two top-five finishes last weekend during the Fall Fling to give him 10 top 10s in his last 11 races, including seven top fives during that stretch.

The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour doubleheader at Creek County Speedway began on Friday with Herrera maneuvering from fifth to win a heat race. He then placed seventh in a qualifier, which ranked him 10th in overall points.

"We were rolling really good, but the qualifier got us behind a little bit," he said. "We were a little too free in the qualifier. Plus, we were racing with some guys who don't know how to race very well. We got run into a couple of times."

Herrera continued to move forward in the main event as he advanced from his 10th starting position to place fifth, which was only one spot out of locking into Saturday's feature redraw.

"There were some guys who passed, but it was hard to pass," he said. "The further you get to the front the harder it gets. We got to fourth on a restart toward the end, but I gave it back up the next corner and settled for fifth. A few of us were all right there. It was one big glob of cars right there except for Sam (Hafertepe Jr.), who got away once he got the lead."

Herrera's strong performance continued on Saturday as he again won a heat race before picking up a position to finish fourth in a qualifier. That ranked him fifth in overall points and lined him up ninth in the feature behind the locked-in cars.

"We were decent again," he said. "I think if we could have started on the front row, if we didn't win we'd run second. We ran sixth most of the race and snuck by Kyle Bellm on the last lap coming to the checkered."

Herrera's fifth-place finish was his 29th top five of the season.

The team will head to Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., for the ASCS National Tour season finale this Friday and Saturday.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 4 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 1 (5); Qualifier: 7 (6); Feature: 5 (10).

Nov. 5 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 1 (3); Qualifier: 4 (5); Feature: 5 (9).

SEASON STATS -

61 races, 7 wins, 29 top fives, 37 top 10s, 41 top 15s, 44 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JohnnyHerreraRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHerrera2

APPAREL -

Herrera has t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer and at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com/shopping.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transportation is one of the largest transportation providers in Western Texas and New Mexico. The company specializes in time-sensitive service between major manufacturing areas in the United States and Canada and the borders of Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.M-V-T.com.

"Royal Jones (who owns Mesilla Valley Transportation) has been a big supporter of mine for many years," Herrera said. "He's a great person and Mesilla Valley Transportation is a great company. Royal has been a huge supporter of not only me, but of a lot of racers. He's a genuinely wonderful guy."

Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Competition Suspension Inc., Champion Brands, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Simpson Race Products, Outlaw Wings, Weld Wheels, Finish Line Coatings, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Smiley's Racing Products and Heidbreder Foundation Services for their continued support.

 

 

FIVE PAST WINNERS ARE ENTERED IN OVAL NATIONALS FIELD!

(Perris, CA, November 8, 2016) Five past winners are among the 48-cars pre-entered for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s 21st Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. All three shows will be complete nights of racing with qualifying, heat races, preliminary and A main events.

Heading the list of past winners is the current hottest sprint car driver in the nation, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois. The St. Louis Blues fan has won the last three USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series mains in row. His victory skein started at the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Terre Haute, Indiana on October 15th. Last week, the 2010 Oval Nationals champion swept both ends of the 410 portion of the 49th Annual Western World Champonships at the Arizona Speedway. In addition to sweeping the 410 portion of the Western World, he won the Friday 360 main event and took second to Brady Bacon in Saturday’s 360 finale. His win at the 2010 Ovals, while driving for three-time car owner winner Jeff Walker, was the most convincing win in the 20-year history of the race. In addition to his wins at Terre Haute and Arizona, Windom also has a victory this year at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania and is currently 5th in National points.

In the first 20-years of the Ovals, only two drivers have managed to win it three times. Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland, who won in 2005, 2006 and 2013, and Campbell, California racer Bud Kaeding, who stood on the top step of the podium in 2001, 2002 and 2007.

Like Windom’s win, Darland’s first two victories in the Ovals came in cars owned by Jeff Walker. In 2013 he got his third Ovals trophy in the Steve and Carla Phillips #71P. A couple of weeks after that win he came back to The PAS and won the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix. For the 2016 Ovals, “The People’s Champ,” will be back driving for Walker. Darland, 50, has scored one win for Walker this year. That came at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway the first weekend in April. The 1999 USAC National Series champion enters the Oval Nationals fourth in National points.

Dave Darland and Bryan Clauson fighting for the lead late in the race at the 2013 Oval Nationals that Darland eventually won. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Thirty-six-year-old Kaeding is a third-generation racer who became the first driver in history to win the Oval Nationals in back to back years by getting to the checkered flag first in 2001 and 2002. His narrow win over Tony Jones in 2001 still ranks as one of the most exciting Oval Nationals of all-time. In 2002, he took home the first-place trophy the only time the race was contested over 100-laps. The three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champ won the Ovals for the third time in another thriller over Casey Shuman in 2007. Kaeding has been a regular in the “King of the West” series the past few seasons and finished second in KSW points in 2016.

Heading the list of entries from the USAC/CRA Series is two time Oval Nationals Champion Damion Gardner. The Concord, California based racer won the Ovals in 2009 and 2011 while he was still a regular in the USAC National Series. Since returning to the west coast to race in 2013, Gardner and his car owner Mark Alexander have dominated the USAC/CRA Series with three straight championships. He can make that four in a row and tie Mike Spencer for the all-time lead with five championships, before reaching this Saturday’s finale. Thus far in 2016, Gardner has posted four wins including two at The PAS. Gardner finished second to Windom at both of last week’s races in Arizona.

Two-time Oval Nationals champion Damion Gardner running hard in the 2015 edition of the prestigious race. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

The other driver in the field with an Oval Nationals triumph is popular Cal Poly Pomona engineering graduate Mike Spencer of Temecula. Spencer’s win in 2012 edition of the competition was so popular even many in the press box were openly cheering at the checkered flag. Hard as it is to believe, that victory, in the famous Ron Chaffin owned #50, was the last win for the 5-time series champion at The PAS. It was also the last win for Chaffin. 2016 has been a different kind of season for the 35-year-old driver. Car owner Chaffin passed away last winter and Spencer drove three different cars early in the season before settling into the Gansen Engineering #4S on Memorial Day weekend. He is currently sixth in USAC/CRA points. In a related note, 2016 will be the first time in the 21-year history of the Ovals that the Chaffin owned #50 will not be in the race.

Mike Spencer, the 2012 Oval Nationals Champion, on the inside of Austin Williams and Richard Vander Weerd at last year’s race. Photo is from the final appearance of the Chaffin owned car in the Ovals. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

The Oval Nationals will take place next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th. Gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday and Friday with racing at 7:00. For Saturday’s finale, gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 7:30. In addition, there will be a practice session for Oval Nationals entered cars at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 9th. The practice is free for fans in the grandstands and there will be $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

2016 Budweiser Oval Nationals Pre-Entered Cars

# Driver Residence Car Owner

1 Kevin Thomas Cullman, Al 4J Motorsports

2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

3F Colton Slack Brentwood, CA Ted Finkbinder

4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander

4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Engineering

4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering

4D TBA Gansen Engineering

5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers

5 Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams

5X Tom Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier

10 Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

11 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Jeff Walker Racing

12 Ronnie Gardner Corona, CA Robbie & Gaye Allen

12A Josh Pelkey Phoenix, AZ Robbie & Gaye Allen

17 Josh Hodges Tijeras, NM Jack Hodges/Sam McGhee

17X Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Danny Faria Jr.

17GP Aaron Farney Brookston, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports

21 Alex Bander Ramona, CA Richard, Vander Weerd

21AZ Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ Michael Burkhart

21A Matt Mitchell Newport Beach, CA Michael Burkhart

30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary

32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon

36 Anthony Lopiccolo Yorba Linda, CA John Springstead

39E Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards

42 Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Dwight Cheney

42X Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Joshua Bates

44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory

51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin

51T Eddie Tafoya Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya

56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Michael Phulps

52 Isaac Chapple New Castle, IN Isaac Chapple

64 Parker Colston Lake Elsinore, CA Richard Gore/Paul Colston

69 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman

69 Bud Kaeding Campbell, CA Alan Kaiser

69 Brady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK Dynamics Inc.

81 Jon Stanbrough Brownsburg, IN Jon Stanbrough

81X Cody Majors Simi Valley, CA Steve Watt

83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Austin Liggett

88V Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

91R Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance

92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Moose Racing

92M TBA Moose Racing

97 Brett Mellenberndt Sioux Falls, SD Brett Mellenberndt

98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson

98V Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracy

98JR Andrew Sweeney Torrance, CA Ken Tracy

98E Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA NineEight/EZR

 

 

Blaney Grades 2016 Season a 'B' After Year Filled With Ups and Downs

Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Dale Blaney has perspective following a season filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

Blaney won eight races, including his first of the year, and the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team was in a tight battle for Blaney's seventh Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title until the final lap of the season finale.

"We started our year really good," he said. "We won our first race of the year in January at Cocopah Speedway (during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown). I've had a superstition that if you win the first race of the year the rest of the year doesn't go that well, but we had a really good year. We were really fast all year. We were consistent all year except for a month between the middle of June to the middle of July."

Blaney captured the opening race of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown on Jan. 1 at Cocopah Speedway before he ended the five-race series ranked second in the championship standings.

"Cocopah was big, the first race of the year and winning against a great field of cars," he said. "We ran good the whole series. We competed and ran really, really good. (Crew Chief) George (Fisher) had never seen that place and I felt like we were good every night. That was one of the highlights."

Blaney and the team recorded seven All Star feature wins, including the inaugural Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on April 23.

"I won by about six seconds," he said. "That was pretty neat. That was probably the other highlight of the year."

Unfortunately, the season was met with tragedy as Fisher passed away in October following a battle with cancer.

"He's somebody you could count on every day," Blaney said. "He was going to give you 100 percent of whatever he had, whether it's the shop or the race track or anywhere. We thought a lot alike and we acted a lot alike. We got along like brothers. We won probably 100 races in those 15 years together. He was my guy. There's no other words to say than he was my guy. It's going to be hard to go on and do what we do without him."

Blaney capped the season by leading 23 laps during a 30-lap World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series main event at the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals hosted by The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., last month. He finished fourth, which marked his

36th top five of the season.

"I didn't meet some of the goals that we wanted, but that's life," he said. "Overall I thought the season was pretty good. I'd grade it a B."

Additionally, the 2016 season concluded the partnership between Mainstream Holdings, Inc. and CH Motorsports.

"We would like to thank the entire CH Motorsports team for an outstanding two years together," Mainstream Holdings, Inc. Chief Financial Officer Luke Lundt said. "We appreciate everything Janet, Dale and George did during our time together. They were first class in everything they did. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the team and their families during this difficult time and we thank them all for everything they've done."

SEASON STATS -

69 races, 8 wins, 36 top fives, 51 top 10s, 57 top 15s, 62 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

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Hanks Crowned ASCS Red River Champion for First Time in Career

Inside Line Promotions - SAPULPA, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Brandon Hanks is a sprint car champion for the first time in his young career.

Hanks wrapped up the ASCS Red River Region championship last weekend during the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway, where the doubleheader was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"I guess it hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "We put such a good year together. It's pretty awesome. That's been the goal all year long. I'm proud to call ourselves champions."

While the ultimate goal was reached, the weekend was frustrating for Hanks and his team as they battled handling issues at the quarter-mile oval.

"I've been using the same 360 car all year," he said. "We were doing really good and had fast cars. Ever since the race at Timberline Speedway (last month) things have fallen off. When the tracks start changing and getting slick the car has no forward drive, no side bit, no anything. We were changing shocks and bars. I felt like we changed everything but the numbers. At Creek County we finally shed some light on what our problem has been."

It wasn't without a few dramatic changes throughout the weekend, which began on Friday with Hanks advancing from sixth to fourth place in a heat race before he won a qualifier. That locked him into the eighth starting position for the main event.

"I was about ninth or 10th for about 12 laps," he said. "I was able to hold my own on the top for a while. The longer the race went the worse I got. I couldn't run the bottom."

Hanks faded to a 20th-place result.

The trouble continued on Saturday as Hanks placed eighth in a heat race and was relegated to starting at the back of a B Main.

"The car was just awful," he said. "(J-R1 Founder) Jerry Russell was at Creek County and saw what I had been talking about. He waved his magic wand before the B Main and it worked. We finally got the right help with some experience. We started figuring things out at the end of Saturday night. I think it was multiple problems that were adding up to a big problem. We kept finding out little by little as the night went on."

Hanks rallied to finish sixth in the consolation race. That forced him to use a provisional to tag the back of the field in the main event. Hanks maneuvered from 24th into ninth place by the midpoint of the race before he ended 14th.

He is slated to wrap up his season this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 4 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 4 (6); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 20 (8).

Nov. 5 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 8 (8); B Main: 6 (12); Feature: 14 (24).

SEASON STATS -

45 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s, 25 top 15s, 34 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.HanksMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brandon_K_Hanks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanks-Motorsports/135263046488177

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Walls Paint and Body Shop

Walls Paint and Body Shop is an auto repair and paint business located in Covington, Tenn.

"They've been good friends of ours since I was a kid," Hanks said. "I want to thank them for everything they have done and for making the cars look incredible every year."

Hanks would also like to thank D&B Farms, Performance Powder Coating, R.E. Enterprises, Wesmar Racing Engines, Penske Racing Shocks, Acme Graphix, Hinchman Racewear, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and J-R1 for their continued support.

 

 

Scelzi Closing Season at Cocopah After Top Five During Tribute to Gary Patterson

Inside Line Promotions - STOCKTON, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Dominic Scelzi is entering his season finale this weekend riding momentum from his eighth top five of the year.

Scelzi will drive for his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team this Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"I'm really excited to get back to Cocopah Speedway this weekend and hopefully we can contend for a win or two," he said. "We were down there for the Winter Heat event in January to start the season and I can't think of a better place to end our season in the United States."

Scelzi made his final appearance of the season in his home state last Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track, where he piloted a 410ci sprint car for the Van Lare Family during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series portion of the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson and a 360ci sprint car for Nick McColloch during the Civil War Sprint Car Series action.

Scelzi qualified 13th quickest with the King of the West before he placed third in a heat race to lock into the 13th starting position for the main event.

"I was running around ninth or 10th the entire race," he said. "We were off a little and we searched around the track. There wasn't a lot of passing going on. I made a couple of moves that got me into ninth and then we faded a bit at the end."

Scelzi was scored 13th. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/LccNe30e2Og.

The Civil War Sprint Car Series competition fared better for Scelzi, who qualified fourth quickest before maneuvering from third to win a heat race. That locked him into the dash, in which he advanced a position to finish sixth.

"We were extremely strong," he said. "In the dash the outside row started better so we fell to eighth and drove up to sixth. In the feature we ran sixth the majority of the race. Late in the race I moved to the top and got rolling. I got to fifth and was right on the cars in second, third and fourth. I made a mistake in turns three and four and that cost me a lot of ground. We were able to get one more spot after that."

Scelzi ended with a fourth-place finish. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/05MYzn0DUbo.

"I was happy with the night," he said. "In the McColloch car we made strides again and in the Van Lare car we found a couple of things that had been hurting us the last couple of weeks. I'm very grateful for both teams giving me the opportunity."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 5 - Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. (410 sprint car) - Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 3 (1); Feature: 13 (13).

Nov. 5 - Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. (360 sprint car) - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 1 (3); Dash: 6 (7); Feature: 4 (6).

SEASON STATS -

71 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 18 top 10s, 32 top 15s, 41 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

VIDEO -

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Red Line Oil

Since 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation has grown to manufacture more than 100 quality products, including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives, and its popular WaterWetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine, and industrial markets. Based in Benicia, Calif., Red Line has a reputation with racers and enthusiasts alike for creating products that perform and protect better than any on the market regardless of price. For more information, visit http://www.RedLineOil.com.

"Red Line Oil makes the best racing oil on the market," Scelzi said. "They've supported us from Day 1 in our racing ventures and it shows with our performance on the race track."

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Panella Trucking, Fowler Packing, Roth Motorsports, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Carlucci Transport, Scelzi Enterprises, Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Todd Jorgensen, Schoenfeld Headers, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, Worldwide Bearings, Blast Tech, K&N Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Lincoln Auto Auction, Auto Meter, Allstar Performance, G&J Truck Sales, NAPA Auto Parts, DJS Safe Seats, Southern Pacific Farms and Arctic Cat for their continued support.

 

 

Johnson Strong at Stockton for Most of 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson

Inside Line Promotions - STOCKTON, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Chase Johnson had a strong performance during most of the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson last Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

Johnson opened his winged sprint car season finale by qualifying 10th quickest, which lined the Shawn and Cyndi Thomas owned team up on the outside of the front row for a heat race.

"We put in a great qualifying effort and the car was great all night," Johnson said. "In the heat race I didn't get the jump at the start and fell back a bit. We had a caution a couple of laps in and on the restart I got a great run on the outside and got around the leader and led the rest. I got another chance and took advantage."

The heat race win locked Johnson into the dash.

"The dash went good," he said. "We were faster than the sixth-place car, but just couldn't get around him. There's not much that will happen in a dash with that good of competition."

Johnson finished where he started - seventh. That lined him up on the inside of the fourth row for the main event.

"The car was great," he said. "We picked off a guy or two on the start so we were fifth or sixth.

On the second lap in turns three and four I got out of shape and up and over the cushion. The car was sideways and pointed down the hill. When that happened we got clipped by another car and that wiped out the car.

"It was very disappointing. I feel bad for my guys. The incident was 100 percent my fault. We had such a strong night going and looking to have a strong finish. I'm really grateful to Shawn and Cyndi for the opportunity they gave me this year."

Johnson was unable to finish the race.

He is slated to return to action Nov. 24 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for the Turkey Night Grand Prix in his family owned non-wing sprint car.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 5 - Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. - Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 7 (7); Feature: 21 (7).

SEASON STATS -

53 races, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s, 28 top 15s, 34 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Nov. 24 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for the Turkey Night Grand Prix

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.ChaseJohnsonRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChaseJohnson24

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chase.Johnson.Racing1

APPAREL -

Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Shifty Illusions

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"I can't thank Shifty Illusions enough for giving me a great looking helmet that is a tribute to Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem," Johnson said. "I'm really thankful for all that he's helped us with. Shifty Illusions isn't expensive and makes everything look great. He's very talented."

Johnson would also like to thank Johnny Franklin's Mufflers, Newman Freeman Racing, PitStopUSA.com, Napa Auto Parts, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.

 

 

Bergman Bags Pair of Podiums During Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - SAPULPA, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Seth Bergman is riding a wave of momentum into his season finale this weekend.

Bergman will wrap up the 2016 campaign this Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour following a pair of podium finishes last weekend during the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway.

The action began on Friday when Bergman maneuvered from sixth to third place in a heat race before advancing from fifth to third in a qualifier. That ranked him fourth in overall points out of more than 40 competitors and lined him up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the race through strong performances in the heat race and qualifier," he said. "We weren't perfect in the main event and didn't catch a break like we would have needed to win, but it was great to battle up front all race and get ourselves locked into Saturday's show."

Bergman competed for a podium position throughout Friday's main event before he posted a third-place result, which locked him into the feature redraw for the finale on Saturday.

"We drew the No. 3 to start the race third," he said. "I moved around the track throughout the feature trying to find an edge, but the guys up front ran good laps and I had to settle for third. It was a big accomplishment to come back out here on the road after taking a month off and to finish with two podiums."

Bergman placed third for the second straight night to give him nine top fives with the ASCS National Tour this season. That's tied for fifth most in the series.

He is hopeful that momentum will continue this weekend at Cocopah Speedway.

"We've had some good runs there, but haven't posted a win yet," he said. "Our goal for this weekend is to win. I can't think of a better way to cap the year."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 4 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 3 (6); Qualifier: 3 (5); Feature: 3 (4).

Nov. 5 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Feature: 3 (3).

SEASON STATS -

64 races, 6 wins, 23 top fives, 43 top 10s, 46 top 15s, 55 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SethBergmanRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BergmanRacing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SethBergmanRacing

APPAREL -

Bergman has men's and women's t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer during events he competes in this season.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Young Tools

Young Tools is a company within the oil industry that is located in Drumright, Okla.

"I'm glad to be associated with Tim and have him and everyone from Young Tools on board," Bergman said. "He's a great guy and is passionate about racing. He's a good friend of mine and it's nice to have him as part of the race team."

Bergman would also like to thank Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Corridor Electric, Eagle Motorsports, Speedy Auto Service, SpeedMart, Scott Baylor Racing Engines and CSI Shocks for their continued support.

 

 

Rilat Highlights Season With Win in Australia and Podiums in Three Countries

Inside Line Promotions - FORNEY, Texas (Nov. 8, 2016) - Travis Rilat's biggest highlight of the 2016 season came in his first race of the year.

Rilat maneuvered to his third straight victory at the Tyson Perez Memorial, which is an event held in Australia each February that honors his longtime friend who passed away in 2010.

"It's a long trip over there for one race each year, but it's certainly worth it when you can compete for the win," he said. "We've won three years in a row and I want to keep that streak going as long as we can."

Rilat added six podium finishes throughout the 2016 season, including a runner-up result on May 6 at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas.

"Races are getting harder and harder to win each year," he said. "Everyone has the best equipment and drivers are running more races so in order to keep up you need to be racing every weekend. With the success of my business and the time I want to spend with my family I don't run as many races each year as I have in the past. I would have liked to pick up a few more wins this year, but it wasn't in the cards."

Rilat was still competitive nearly every time he hit the track. In addition to his seven total podiums, Rilat scored his first top 10 with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in four years in September while driving for Richard Saumure at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.

"I want to thank Frenchie for the opportunity to race for him again this year," Rilat said. "We are both very competitive and want to win every race. Although we didn't get to Victory Lane we put together some great races. I also want to thank all of our great sponsors and partners for supporting our teams."

Rilat finished the season with at least one podium in three different countries for three different teams as he won in Australia driving for George Smetona with Phil Seymour serving as the crew chief, placed third - twice during the famed Gold Cup - in Canada driving for Saumure and added multiple top threes in the United States while piloting his own sprint car.

Rilat is slated to open the 2017 season next February in Australia, where he is looking to score his fourth consecutive triumph during the Tyson Perez Memorial.

SEASON STATS -

33 races, 1 win, 9 top fives, 18 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 29 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TravisRilat.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TravisRilat29

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Shop the BOSS

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"Shop the BOSS was created by Richard Bell, who has been a really good friend," Rilat said. "He's got a pretty unique deal going on. As his business has grown and expanded, he's been able to do a lot more with the team."

Rilat would also like to thank Worfe Chevrolet, MDS Boring & Drilling, Shark Racing Engines, Weld Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, HRP Wings, Goodrich, Penske Racing Shocks and All Star Auto Reconditioning.

 

 

Peterson Closes Tough 2016 Season at Stockton Dirt Track

PETERSEN MEDIA- Having nothing bad luck keep him off the track for most of the 2016 season, Matt Peterson would bring the year to a close in a welcomed uneventful night at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night.

“After the year we had it was nice to have a mellow Saturday night,” Peterson said with a smile. “We had some really good speed, and I was happy to have a decent night to bring it to an end.”

After an extremely tough Trophy Cup a couple of weeks back, Peterson and company returned to action to compete with the Civil War Series on Saturday night.

With 49 cars checked into the pit area, Peterson would time his No. p37 entry in sixth fastest in his qualifying flight. Racing to a second place finish during his heat race, the Wilton, CA product would safely move into the final feature event of the season.

On a very slick Stockton Dirt Track, Peterson would find himself in the 11th starting spot for the 30-lap feature event. Following a couple of early stoppages, the race would rip of 23 consecutive green flag laps.

Battling for a Top-10 position, Peterson would find himself racing with Greg DeCaires and Bradley Terrell in the race’s closing laps.

Slipping back to the 12th spot, Peterson would take the checkered flag to close out his rough 2016 season.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the love and support they showed to my team and my family this year,” Peterson added. “It was hard on us, but the relationships made it easier. Now we have a long off season ahead where we look to regroup, and put this season behind us ASAP.”

Matt and his team would like to thank, Miller Lite, Inventory Sales Company, Bear Trucking, Transportation Services, Future Energy Savers, Hoskins Mechanical Resources, Vahlco Wheels, JhdDesings, Shell Shock, MTFX Graphics, and V&H Fresh for their support in 2016.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS- Races-14, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-4

ON TAP: The 2016 season has come to an end.

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Bernal Hard Charges During Western World Weekend

PETERSEN MEDIA- Traveling to Arizona over the weekend to battle with the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the USAC Southwest Sprints, Ryan Bernal would do his fair share of passing as he earned hard charger honors in three of four feature events.

“We seemed to struggle early in the night in both cars on Friday and Saturday, but the guys worked hard and really gave me a car that raced really well in the features,” Ryan Bernal said.

Kicking things off on Friday night in the 360ci class, Bernal would pick up a fifth place finish during his heat race, which placed him in the seventh row for the feature event.

On a surface that was extremely hooked due to overnight rain, Bernal was able to flex his muscle, as he was able to keep his vision, a feat a few drivers admittedly failed to do, and carve his way through the field.

Able to manhandle his machine around the hammer down surface, Bernal would show patience as he worked his way up to finish in the fifth spot.

Saturday night’s 360ci event would see the Hollister, CA driver pick up a second place finish in his heat race and move him to the front row of the feature event. When the race came to life, Bernal would lead the first three circuits until Brady Bacon was able to get by him.

With Bacon now out in front, Bernal would not go away as he stalked him for the next seven laps until reclaiming the lead on the 11th lap. As the duo continued to battle, Bacon was able to answer the call and officially lead lap 12 as Bernal slipped to second.

Over the final 18 laps, Bernal would battle with RJ Johnson and Chris Windom as he slipped back to finish in the fourth spot.

In USAC National Sprint Car action, Bernal opened the weekend up by timing in 22nd fastest in qualifying time trials. Picking up the heat race win, Bernal would find himself in the 10th row of the feature event on that extremely hooked up Arizona Speedway surface.

Earning hard charger in the 360ci car on this night, Bernal would match that effort in the 410ci machine as he would charge from 20th to finish 14th.

Saturday nights’ USAC National finale would see Bernal get things underway by timing in 20th quickest in time trials before again picking up the heat race win.

On a track that saw most use the high side of the speedway in the feature event, Bernal too would take a liking to it from his 18th starting spot. Able to move around a little more than he was on Friday night, Bernal again was able to pass cars at will.

Working his way forward during the 30-lap feature event, Bernal would again earn hard charger honors as he closed his weekend out with a fifth place finish.

“We passed some cars, and that is always good,” Bernal said. “We have a big weekend ahead and hopefully we can be really strong each time we hit the track.”

Bernal and the Mike Phulps Motorsports team would like to thank Keizer Wheels, DMI, S&S Automotive, King Racing Products, Metal Works, Hoosier Racing Tires, Core Power, ART Chassis, Tri-L Mandarin Ranch, Tel-Tac, Willwood, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Permatex, Alan Kaiser Construction, Outlaw Graphics, BR Motorsports, FK Rod Ends, STIDA, Rockwell Security, ButlerBuilt, GoScope, 4 Alarm Promotions, and Dean Dealy Motorsports for their support during the 2016 season.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-30, Wins-3, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-22.

ON TAP: The Mike Phulps Motorsports team and Ryan Bernal are now set for the Oval Nationals that go green on Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: To stay updated on Ryan Bernal and the team, make sure to follow @bernal_ryan on Twitter.

 

 

Richard Vander Weerd Sixth at Western World Championships

PETERSEN MEDIA- Meeting up with the USAC National Series to take part in the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway, Richard Vander Weerd would have a good showing during the Saturday night feature event that saw him score a sixth place finish.

“The track was kind of polar opposite during both nights,” Vander Weerd said. “Friday night after some rain Thursday it was hooked up and right around the bottom, and on Saturday it was really fast around the top so it made it hard to catch guys.”

The two-day event got underway on Friday night and a lightning fast surface would greet competitors. Timing in 18th quickest during time trials, the Visalia, CA driver would finish second in his heat race and move into the feature event.

Finding himself in the 16th starting spot, Vander Weerd would have his work cut out for him on the hammer down surface. When the race got underway, Vander Weerd would lose a couple of spots initially but he would soon get going in the right direction.

Working his way toward the Top-10, Vander Weerd would find himself in the 11th spot when the white flag flew. Chasing after Jake Swanson and Brody Roa in the final laps, Vander Weerd could not find a way around either driver and settled with an 11th place finish.

On a surface that was a bit more wide at times on Saturday night, Vander Weerd would get off to a much better start as he was able to time in 11th fastest on this night.

Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Vander Weerd would finish in the third spot and punch his ticket into the Western World feature event.

Gridding the field from the sixth row, Vander Weerd would quickly go to the top of the speedway and start to work his way forward. With much of the field using the high side of the speedway, passing would prove tough at times but Vander Weerd stayed poised to move forward.

Able to gain a hard fought five positions during the course of the A-Main, Vander Weerd would pocket a sixth place finish.

“Overall it was a decent weekend for our team,” Vander Weerd said. “We had some good speed and we were able to move forward in a tough field. This week we have the Oval Nationals and it would be a very cool race to win.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Factory Kahne Shocks, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Racewear and K&N for their support in 2016.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-36, Wins-3, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-27.

ON TAP: Richard and company are now set fort the Oval Nationals that get underway Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Vander Weerd Racing by ‘Liking’ them on facebook at www.facebook.com/VanderWeerdRacing.

 

 

DJ Netto Second With Civil War Series

PETERSEN MEDIA: DJ Netto continued to his recent hot streak during Saturday night’s Civil War Series/King of the West Series season finale. Finishing second with the Civil War Series, Netto was doing a fantastic job of working his way through the King of the West field until his engine let go with just three laps remaining.

“I keep repeating myself, but these guys really have my car comfortable to drive,” Netto said. “We ran both divisions and had my personal car out and the Tri-C car out and they were both awesome all night long.”

In Civil War Series action, Netto would kick things off by timing in second fastest in his qualifying flight. Running third in his heat race, Netto would move into the six-lap dash where a fourth place finish placed him in the second row for the 30-lap feature event.

With the track extremely slick and abrasive on Saturday night, Netto was able to hold his own against some of the region’s top drivers including Rico Abreu, Jason Meyers, Sean Becker, and Andy Forsberg.

Running inside the Top-Five, Netto would soon get by Forsberg to take over the fourth spot before getting by Abreu to take over third as the laps wound down.

Closing in on Sean Becker with 10-to-go, Netto would get the spot as issues forced Becker into the infield. In the second spot, Netto would have nothing for Meyers who had opened up a very healthy lead. Fending off Abreu in the final few laps, Netto would pick up a second place finish.

Having issues during time trials with the King of the West Series, Netto would not record a time and find himself in the back of the pack for the remained of the night. A very strong showing in his heat race saw the Hanford, CA driver pick up a third place finish and transfer him into the feature event.

Gridding the field from the 18th starting spot, Netto was one of the few who was able to make up track position on a surface that was not conducive to passing. Simply putting his Tri-C Motorsports machine anywhere he needed to on the Stockton Dirt Track surface, Netto would find himself in the seventh spot with just five laps to go and he was looking for more.

On the 27th lap however, trouble would strike as his power plant would expire and his night would come to a close.

“It was a blast to get moving like we did in the King of the West feature, it was just dissapoitning we could not finish the job,” Netto added. “I have a ton of confidence right now and am looking forward to racing in AZ this weekend. I have to thank Clyde and Marion Lamar for putting me in this position these last few months and I would love nothing more than to grab a win this weekend.”

ON TAP: Netto at the Tri-C Motorsports team will travel to Yuma, AZ to compete at Cocopah Speedway this weekend.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-62, Wins-0, Top 5’s-18, Top 10’s-35

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJ_Netto88.

 

 

Eliason Solid During Double Duty Outing in Stockton, CA

PETERSEN MEDIA: With just one final race left in California taking place Saturday night, Cory Eliason would compete with both the Civil War Series and King of the West Series and score Top-10 finishes in both divisions.

‘The race track was tough all night long, but fortunately we were able to put both cars in good starting spots and have a pretty good night.”

Piloting the Van Dyke Motorsports No. 5h with the Civil War Series, Eliason would time in sixth fastest in his qualifying flight before recording a second place finish during his heat race.

Missing out on a Dash birth, Eliason would find himself on the outside of the sixth row for the 30-lap feature event. With the track extremely slick and abrasive, there was not a lot of moving around the race track as the field was single file for the most part.

Able to use his patience, Eliason would pick up a few spots and bring the Van Dyke entry home with a seventh place finish.

Aboard his own No. 00jr machine with the King of the West, Eliason would time in good enough to start on the front row of a heat race. Timing in 12th fastest, the Kingsburg, CA pilot would race his way to a heat race win and earn a spot in the all-important Dash.

Finishing sixth in the Dash, Eliason grid the field from the field from the third row for the 30-lap KWS season finale.

With the track tough to maneuver on just as it was in the 360ci race, Eliason would actually fall back early in the goings as he tried to search around as light work was done prior to the green.

Finding himself back in the 10th spot, Eliason would then get into line and slowly work his way back through the field as he battled with the likes of Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, and Bud Kaeding.

Eliason would cap his night off with a fourth place finish.

“It would have been a little better if there was more track to race on, but we all had to deal with it,” Eliason said. “It’s great to run well in both cars, and hopefully we can keep the 5h going well this weekend in AZ.”

The Van Dyke Motorsports team would like to thank Lucas Oil, Hansen Machine, NAAKE Suspension, Maxim Chassis, and Moyle Racing Engines for their support during the year.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 45, Wins-7, Top-5’s-19, Top-10’s-26

ON TAP: The Van Dyke Motorsports No. 5h and Cory Eliason will be in action this Friday and Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, AZ.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Cory Eliason by following him on Twitter @Cory_Eliason.

 

 

Mason Moore Caps of Career Year With Civil War Series

PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading into the 2016 Civil War Series season finale very much alive in the championship hunt, Mason Moore would come up just short of his goal but would still cap off a career year with the series with his second place finish in the final standings.

“It is a little disappointing to come up short of our goals, but it was a fun battle with Andy Forsberg all year,” Moore said. “Both of our teams were really good all year long, and I congratulate them on another title.”

Checking in at the Stockton Dirt Track just 16 points out of the top spot, Moore would open his night up by timing in ninth fastest in his qualifying flight.

On a tricky track during heat race action, the Princeton, CA driver pick up a fourth place finish and punch his ticket into the 30-lap Civil War Series season finale. With split qualifying being used on this night, Moore would find himself in the ninth row for the final feature event.

Following some brief track prep, things would come to life for one final time. With Forsberg in the third row, Moore knew things would have to his way to pull off the title but he was giving it all he had.

Though the track was narrow for most of the race, Moore was able to get a couple of spots in the early stages of the race. Running in 15th when the first caution flew, Moore would try to use the next two restarts to gain positions but he was unable to do so as he continued to run 15th.

Able to get another position before the race came to a close, Moore would end his night with a 14th place finish.

“Saturday night wasn’t how we hoped to end the Civil War season, but it is how it goes sometimes,” Moore added. “We still have another weekend to race, so we are hoping to have a good showing in AZ.”

Moore would like to thank Coors Light, Econo Lube and Tune, Geico Local Office, LRB Race Products, NAAKE Suspension, K&N, Selover Paint and Body, Lucas Oil, ITC Service Group, Saureel, and Moore Insurance Services for their support.

ON TAP: Moore and the F&F Racing team will travel to Yuma, AZ to compete at Cocopah Speedway this weekend.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-48, Wins-4, Top 5’s-23, Top 10’s-35.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Mason by following him on Twitter @MasonMooreRacin.

 

 

T.J. Michael ends season with Short Track Nationals B-main start

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

FREMONT, Ohio (November 8, 2016) - The “Texas Traveler” T.J. Michael concluded his 2016 campaign with a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, on November 2-5; battling over 60 of the best 360 sprint car drivers in North America during the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway. When the dust settled on Saturday night, Michael found himself inside the top-ten of one of two “B” features, just a few spots shy of an A-main qualifying position.

“We had a great time at I-30 Speedway. I have to thank Mike Melton for making this experience possible. Hopefully we have an opportunity to go back in the future,” T.J. Michael said. “I think we showed some speed all weekend. We were about a day late our entire trip because we didn’t get to race the first two nights. All in all, we enjoyed the trip.”

Michael’s Short Track Nationals visit officially concluded his 2016 season, ending a near-ten month campaign across portions of the south, as well as much of the Northeast and the Midwest. The Plano, Texas, native spent the vast majority of his 2016 season on the road with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, finishing seventh in the final championship standings out of 13 full-time competitors, earning seven top-ten finishes and four hard charger awards in the process. On a special note, it was Michael’s first-ever campaign with a major touring series.

“We had a great season. The entire experience of working and racing on the road was more than rewarding,” T.J. Michael explained. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and support. I say it every week, but if it wasn’t for my family, my crew and my sponsors, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are the behind-the-scenes effort that make a full season on the road possible. We’ve learned a lot and we’ll put it to good use next year when we hopefully do it again. We have a short off-season ahead. I’m pumped to get things moving.”

T.J. Michael will begin preparations for 2017 almost immediately. More news and updates will be published in the near future.

Keep up with T.J. Michael during his entire campaign - right here at the official online home of Fully Injected Motorsports - www.FullyInjected.com. Be sure to follow Michael on all of the available social networks including Twitter: @TJMichael8

Recent Highlights: Earned a pair of top-ten finishes on June 10/11 with FAST Series and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Michael finished fifth with FAST on Friday, June 10, at Attica Raceway Park, followed by a sixth place finish at Butler Speedway in Butler, Michigan, with Arctic Cat All Stars on Saturday, June 11.

2015 Wins: 3 (305ci) (1 Gator Motorplex - Texas; 1 Attica Raceway Park - Ohio; 1 Fremont Speedway - Ohio)

2016 Wins: N/A

T.J. Michael and Michael Motorsports would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Advanced Cast Stone, Fremont Fence Company, Kear’s Speed Shop, Shell Shock, Hinchman Suits, Snap-On, Kistler Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing , MJ Webb Enterprises, Roy Hardin Masonry, Wood Air Conditioning, Pro Tech Service Company and Fully Injected Motorsports.

 

 

Chase Dietz concludes sophomore season at Susquehanna

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

YORK, PA (November 7, 2016) - Third generation racer Chase Dietz concluded his sophomore season behind the wheel of a 410ci sprint car on Saturday afternoon, November 5, during the Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway near York Haven, Pennsylvania. Dietz finished 11th during his final appearance of the 2016 season, ultimately fighting for a top-ten position after racing through the consolation B-main and starting 22nd on the main event grid.

Unfortunately for Dietz, involvement in an on-track incident with just ten circuits remaining halted any further progress for the Troy Godfrey-owned/Godfrey Racing Engines/No. 5 entry. The team was able to recover quickly and still finish 11th.

“It wasn’t a bad way to end a year. I think we were definitely a top-ten race car, but we got caught up in a wreck which kept us from any additional progress,” Dietz explained. “Lucky for me, my guys were able to get things cleaned up which got me back on track. We had a lot of speed on Saturday, but we just didn’t have enough time to show it. I’m happy with how the afternoon went. We’ll take those results and begin building for next season.”

Chase Dietz will enter the winter months with one main event victory on the season, that occurring on Saturday, July 16, at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. The win in the “Pigeon Hills” was the second of his career.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support this season. I had a great year and I am thrilled to be associated with the people that I am,” Chase Dietz said. “I had the privilege to pilot a few different cars in 2016. I can’t thank all of those people enough for the opportunity, especially my family and Troy Godfrey. We are already looking ahead to next year. I’m sure things will be bigger and better than ever.”

Race fans can keep up with Chase Dietz during his entire campaign at the official online home of Fully Injected Motorsports - www.FullyInjected.com. Follow Chase on all of the available social networks including Facebook: Chase Dietz Racing and Twitter: Chase Dietz Racing.

Recent Highlights: Earned first victory of 2016 on Saturday evening, July 16, at Lincoln Speedway

2015 Wins: 6 (4 “358” wins at Williams Grove (PA); 1 “358’ win at Susquehanna Speedway Park (PA); 1 “410” win - Lincoln Speedway - PA)

2016 Wins: 1 - Lincoln Speedway

Catch Chase Dietz on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jbwFrNrbrN8

Chase Dietz would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Haas Shocks, Start To Finish Roll Off, LLC, Godfrey Racing Engines, Embee & Sons, Gardy Enterprises, Mark’s Automotive, Pancho’s Race Products, Keizer Wheels, Beer Hill Gang and Fully Injected Motorsports.

 

 

Danny Dietrich looks ahead despite disappointing end to 2016

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, PA (November 7, 2016) - Despite a disappointing end to his 2016 campaign, disqualified at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5, after a controversial late call to the staging area by speedway officials, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will enter his “off-season” with a full load of momentum, already beginning preparations for his upcoming campaign.

Dietrich’s momentum boost was made possible by nine separate trips to victory lane in 2016, also earning a first-ever Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek championship.

“We have a lot to be proud of this season. We didn’t match our win total from 2015, but we accomplished more and I’m more excited about that,” Dietrich explained. “Obviously, we are disappointed that our season ended like it did. I didn’t see eye-to-eye with the call that I was late to the staging lane, and I definitely was against starting at the tail of the field as a penalty for being late, so we were disqualified. Hopefully those things can be worked out in the future and kept from happening again. We’ll put that behind us and start preparing for next season.”

Also included amongst his list of 2016 accomplishments includes earning victories against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. His most recent victory, the largest of his career, earned the Gettysburg native $25,000; the Champion Racing Oil National Open against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars at Williams Grove Speedway.

In addition to Williams Grove Speedway, Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing earned victories at Lincoln Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway, Susquehanna Speedway, and Port Royal Speedway during their 2016 campaign. “Double-D” visited victory lane at each of those facilities twice, with the exception of Port Royal Speedway where he won once.

“The National Open was definitely our biggest accomplishment, not just this year, but ever. I still find myself reliving that moment in my head over and over again. A total team effort. I can’t thank my entire crew enough. They made that $25,000 win possible,” Dietrich said. “Earning a PA Speedweek championship was also a huge accomplishment, as was beating the All Stars at Selinsgrove early in the year. We’re going to take all of that momentum and use it to our advantage this off-season. I think we have the potential to do even more.”

Danny Dietrich will release plans for his 2017 season during the coming weeks.

Keep up with Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing during their entire campaign - right here at the official online home of Fully Injected Motorsports - www.FullyInjected.com. Be sure to also follow Danny Dietrich online at www.dannydietrich.com, as well as on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannydietrich and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GKRracing/

Recent Highlights: Earned two victories during PA Sprint Speedweek (Mitch Smith Memorial and Selinsgrove Speedway Finale), as well as the overall PA Sprint Speedweek championship. Earned $25,000 National Open victory against the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway.

2015 Wins: 16

2016 Wins: 9 (Lincoln Speedway x2, Williams Grove Speedway x2, Selinsgrove Speedway x2, Susquehanna Speedway x2, Port Royal Speedway)

Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Hickory Run Orchards, Weikert’s Livestock, Carlisle Auto Salvage, CATS Used Truck Parts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Bowman Block & Head Repair, Graver’s Garage, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, B&C Auto Menders, Bear Mountain Orchards, El Vista Orchards, Moritz Machine & Repair, Bream Orchard

 

 

Brent Marks ends year with top-five during Susquehanna’s Sprint Showdown

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

MYERSTOWN, PA (November 7, 2016) - Brent Marks ended his 2016 season inside the top-five; finishing fourth during the $5,000-to-win Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5. The “Myerstown Missile” flirted with a podium finish during the entire main event, sliding back to fourth with a few circuits remaining after missing a last chance effort to take control of the top spot.

“We had a really good run yesterday. I am happy with our performance,” Brent Marks explained. “I raced inside the top-five most of the race and found myself just behind the leaders with less than five laps left. We had a late restart with four to go, so I figured if I was going to win this thing, I would have to go for it now. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick and we ended up drifting back to fourth. Regardless, we had a strong car all day. Daytime conditions can make things difficult. We’re happy.”

With his 2016 campaign officially in the books, Brent Marks will move ahead and begin the rebuilding process for next season. The pilot of the Brent Marks Racing, M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Creekside Auto Sales, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, KC Automotive, No. 19M program will enter the 2016/2017 winter months with four recent victories, two of which at the Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.

“We’re happy with our season. We spent some extra time on the road and had the opportunity to race at a few new tracks, as well as race in new areas of the country like Texas. That’s what we’ll remember the most,” Brent Marks explained. “I can’t thank my team, my family, my sponsors; they all play a huge part in everything I do. I’m excited to be a part of this team. We have some potentially big things lined up for 2017. The off-season goes by quickly. We’ll start working right away.”

Brent Marks will release upcoming plans during the coming weeks.

Fans can keep up with Brent Marks during his entire campaign - right here at www.fullyinjected.com. Be sure to also visit the official online home of Brent Marks Racing at www.brentmarksracing.com. Fans are also encouraged to ‘follow’ Brent Marks on all of the available social networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brent_marks and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brentmarksracing

Recent Highlights: Earned back-to-back victories at Port Royal Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park on Saturday/Sunday, August 27-28. Earned Hard Charger award with Arctic Cat All Stars at Atomic Speedway on October 22.

2015 Wins: 3 2016 Wins: 4 (Port Royal Speedway x2, Trail-Way Speedway, Path Valley Speedway Park)

Brent Marks and ‘BMR’ would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: M&M Painting & Construction, BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Creekside Auto Sales, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Russell Heller Builders, KC Automotive, Wolfrun Landscapes, Roadrunner Race Fuels, Maxim Racing, Penske Racing Shocks, DMI Racing Products, Vahlco Racing Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration, Rider Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited, TiLUBE, Smith Precision Products

 

 

POWRi Partners with WAR Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Comes Aboard as Title Sponsor

Belleville, IL – Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc. (POWRi) has officially expanded the brand into the non-wing sprint car circuit by partnering with the Kansas City, Missouri-based Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Sprint Car Series to form the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series. This partnership was formed with drivers and their teams in mind to continue to develop sprint car racing in the Midwest.

"We are very excited about the opportunities and doors that have opened for WAR this off season now that this partnership is finalized," said Casey Shuman. "When we entered into discussions with POWRi about this partnership, Brooke and I were concerned about keeping the authenticity of our series intact while holding true to our core values. We were very happy to find that Jason McCord and the whole POWRi team shared our concerns and goals. Therefore, the decision to move forward with the partnership was simple. This allows us to explore options such as increasing the point fund, national television opportunities, and expanding into new regions of the country. We are working on the 2017 schedule and it will be released around the same time as the rest of the POWRi series."

"POWRi has had their eye on non-wing sprint car racing for quite some time," said Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition. "Casey [Shuman] and the WAR series are the perfect partner for POWRi to expand the brand into the sprint car scene. Casey brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with his successful series. He will continue to run the newly formed Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series as the director. We want to continue the success that Casey has had and build on that."

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding the 2017 season at www.Powri.com or www.WARSprints.com.

Lucas Oil is the title sponsor for the POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series. For further information about Lucas Oil products, visit www.lucasoil.com.

 

 

WISCONSIN CAR OWNER COVETS OVAL NATIONALS WIN OVER OTHERS!

(Perris, CA, November 6, 2016) When it comes to open wheel racing, Greenfield, Wisconsin’s Fred Zirzow has just about seen it all in his 46-years. The biggest races, the top stars and the famous cars have been a part of his life since he was three-months old. Now, as a car owner, there is one win he wants more than any other. It is a victory at this week’s Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Zirzow’s father began taking him to many of the biggest races in the sport when he was still in diapers. The exposure made a him a lifelong fan who began prowling the Midwest for big races. He swam at hotel pools with a young Jeff Gordon and played video games alongside Tony Stewart long before their NASCAR days. Now Zirzow travels from one end of the country to the other and he has not missed a USAC National Sprint Car Series race in 2016.

One young racer Zirzow met and who is partially responsible for him getting into the ownership end of the sport was the late Bryan Clauson.

“I started talking to Bryan when he was he was about 13 or 14,” said Zirzow who is a bartender when he is not at the track. “I got to know him really well and as things progressed I used to always joke with him, ‘If I ever get involved with a sprint car team, I want you to drive.’ He would joke back, ‘if you find one and get it going, if I can make it happen, I will drive for you.’ It was like an ongoing joke between us.”

The ongoing joke got serious three years ago. Zirzow, who is a bowler, had a friend he knew from bowling who used to race modifieds named Chuck Eberhardt. Zirzow took Eberhard to a couple races in Indiana and one night at Terre Haute during Indiana Sprint Week, he introduced him to Clauson. On the ride home after, Eberhard stated he wished he could do something in racing with Clauson because he seemed like a nice kid.

Eberhardt started talking to Zirzow and Clauson about putting a motor together. Zirzow saw a power plant that belonged to Coleman Gullick for sale. He spoke to Clauson who said he had a car in his shop they could put the motor in. As soon as he told Eberhardt about the engine, Eberhardt purchased it, they put it in Clauson’s car and they won the last race of the year at Gas City, Indiana.

“The next year we ran the full year at Kokomo,” Zirzow said. “We won the track championship and we were able to pay off the car with what we won. I then bought a second car so we could have a backup car for Bryan. But, at the end of the year Bryan quit TSR (Tony Stewart Racing for whom Clauson drove in the USAC National series). He planned to go and stick most of the time with wing racing.”

That left Zirzow and Eberhardt looking for a driver. They hired Clauson’s friend Tyler Courtney in 2015. They had fun and did well, but Courtney got a deal to go wing racing as well. That brought Hanford, California native Chad Boespflug into the picture.

Boespflug, now 28, moved from his native California to Indiana about 10 years ago as soon as he graduated from high school. He moved there for one reason. To race sprint cars. And, the driver known as the “Hanford Hornet” did quite well. However, this year after teaming with Zirzow and Eberhardt to form NineEight/EZ Racing, Boespflug and his two co-owners are having a year they never even dreamed about when they teamed up. Heading into this week’s Oval Nationals, they have won five USAC National Series main events and are sixth in the championship point standings. The only driver in the series with more wins this year is Clauson who had racked up seven victories prior to his passing in August.

Two of Boespflug’s wins came in August at the “Rock and Roll Gold Cup” at Badland’s Motor Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. The wins came on back to back nights paying $10,000.00 to win the first night and $50,000.00 to win the second night. That is a cool $60,000.00 in a little more than 24 hours and in the sprint car racing world, that is a ton of money.

A recent text message from Zirzow indicated how much winning the Oval Nationals would mean to him. When queried over the phone, he replied.

“I would take an Oval Nationals win over the Badland’s wins,” Zirzow said. “Winning at Eldora was really cool with all of the history that is there. Winning at Badlands was cool and it was a lot of money, but it is new and you do not know if it is going to happen again. This will be the 21st straight year for the Oval Nationals. I have been coming out west for the Oval Nationals since the early 2000’s. I have been to every one since except for one year when I came to Turkey Night instead. The years I have been going to Perris and the fact that it is one of my favorite tracks makes the Oval Nationals very special. Perris is a very special place for me. I travel year after year after year to the west coast and it is mostly to come to Perris. In addition, this year having Chad being from California, crew chief Davey Jones ties to Perris (he helped build the track along with his father Bubby) and crew member Brian Stanfill, who is from California, I think it would mean the world to win the Oval Nationals.”

Of course, there is one more reason Zirzow would like to win the Oval Nationals as well. He is a very talented bowler and something about the Oval Nationals reminds him of bowling.

“When you bowl and you win a National Bowling Tournament, you get an eagle,” he laughed. “Obviously when you win the Oval Nationals you win an eagle trophy as well. That was kind the pinnacle thing for me to get. An eagle when I bowled. I see the Oval Nationals trophy and it reminds me of that, too.”

The Oval Nationals will take place next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th. Gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday and Friday with racing at 7:00. For Saturday’s finale, gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 7:30. In addition, there will be a practice session for Oval Nationals entered cars at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 9th. The practice is free for fans in the grandstands and there will be $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

2016 Budweiser Oval Nationals Pre-Entered Cars

# Driver Residence Car Owner

1 Kevin Thomas Cullman, Al 4J Motorsports

2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

3F Colton Slack Brentwood, CA Ted Finkbinder

4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander

4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Engineering

4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering

4D TBA Gansen Engineering

5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers

5 Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams

5X Tom Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier

10 Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

11 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Jeff Walker Racing

12 Ronnie Gardner Corona, CA Robbie & Gaye Allen

12A Josh Pelkey Phoenix, AZ Robbie & Gaye Allen

17 Josh Hodges Tijeras, NM Jack Hodges/Sam McGhee

17X Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Danny Faria Jr.

17GP Aaron Farney Brookston, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports

21 Alex Bander Ramona, CA Richard, Vander Weerd

21AZ Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ Michael Burkhart

21A Matt Mitchell Newport Beach, CA Michael Burkhart

30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary

32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon

36 Anthony Lopiccolo Yorba Linda, CA John Springstead

39E Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards

42 Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Dwight Cheney

42X Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Joshua Bates

44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory

51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin

51T Eddie Tafoya Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya

56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Michael Phulps

52 Isaac Chapple New Castle, IN Isaac Chapple

64 Parker Colston Lake Elsinore, CA Richard Gore/Paul Colston

69 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman

69 Bud Kaeding Campbell, CA Alan Kaiser

69 Brady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK Dynamics Inc.

81 Jon Stanbrough Brownsburg, IN Jon Stanbrough

81X Cody Majors Simi Valley, CA Steve Watt

83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Austin Liggett

88V Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

91R Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance

92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Moose Racing

92M TBA Moose Racing

97 Brett Mellenberndt Sioux Falls, SD Brett Mellenberndt

98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson

98V Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracy

98JR Andrew Sweeney Torrance, CA Ken Tracy

98E Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA NineEight/EZR

Oval Nationals Champions

1996 Jimmy Sills

1997 Rip Williams

1998 Rodney Argo

1999 Rickie Gaunt

2000 Tony Jones

2001 Bud Kaeding

2002 Bud Kaeding

2003 Cory Kruseman

2004 Cory Kruseman

2005 Dave Darland

2006 Dave Darland

2007 Bud Kaeding

2008 Jesse Hockett

2009 Damion Gardner

2010 Chris Windom

2011 Damion Gardner

2012 Mike Spencer

2013 Dave Darland

2014 Robert Ballou

2015 Bryan Clauson

First place in the Oval Nationals will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale. Saturday’s main event will pay $1,000.00 to start. The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.

Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 21st Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/forms/16ovalform.html

Advanced tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale now at: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

Camping, which is $25.00 per night, will be available on the fairgrounds beginning on Wednesday, November 9th, at noon.

The complete 2016 Perris Auto Speedway schedule is at the end of this release.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors. All Coast Construction, All Seasons Tree Repair, Amsoil, Archibald’s Restaurants, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Engine Pro, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Horizon Solar, Imola Restaurant & Bar, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pizza Factory, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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November 9th Oval Nationals Practice

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 12th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

 

 

Lasoski Hungry for Opportunity to Win Races During 2017 Season

Inside Line Promotions - OCALA, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Danny Lasoski is on the hunt for an opportunity in 2017.

Lasoski, who is one of the most accomplished winged sprint car drivers in the history of the sport, said he is open to any and all opportunities across the country.

"I have a lot of knowledge and the drive and the experience that can be an asset to a winning team or help a team grow into a winning team," he said. "Right now I'm all ears."

Lasoski has won the previous two National Sprint League championships as well as the Knoxville Raceway (in Knoxville, Iowa) track title each of the past two seasons, giving him a record 11 titles at the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World.' He is a four-time Knoxville Nationals champion and the only driver to reach 100 feature wins at Knoxville Raceway.

Additionally, Lasoski has earned 90 career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature victories as well as the 2001 World of Outlaws championship. He claimed the 2006 National Sprint Tour title and has recorded more than 400 feature victories across the country.

"I've won just about everything a driver could want to win, but I want to do it again," he said. "I'm more passionate and more physically fit than I've ever been. I have the knowledge and experience to win races and championships. I believe with the right team we can win any race or track/series championship in the country."

Lasoski also owns an Outlaws-caliber team that is based in the Midwest.

"We have everything to race with," he said. "We've got the cars and the parts. We just need partnership to get rolling. Essentially, we have a team, just not the financial resources.

"I'm open to driving for someone and I'm open to adding sponsors on the team so we can race. The bottom line is I have a lot of wins and championships left in me."

Lasoski earned nine feature victories, 37 top fives and 53 top 10s this season.

SEASON STATS -

73 races, 9 wins, 37 top fives, 53 top 10s, 62 top 15s, 69 top 20s

 

 

Swindell Sweeps Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway for Fourth Title

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Sammy Swindell was a man on a mission last weekend during the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

Swindell, who was driving for A.G. Rains during the $15,000-to-win event at I-30 Speedway, captured the opening preliminary night before recording his fourth career triumph during the prestigious event. He also won in 2013, 2011 and 1990.

"It just shows a lot," Swindell said. "The car has never missed a beat. We never had a problem. It always runs well. We can make changes and everything responds. When we need to do something different because the track changes it responds. A lot of cars I've driven you have to be dead on or you're terrible. This one here seems like just get it close and it's fine."

Swindell was better than close all weekend. He opened the action on Thursday by winning a heat race after starting on the outside of the second row. Swindell then picked up two positions to place fourth in a qualifier. That ranked him second in points out of more than 60 drivers.

"That put us in a good position to start up front," he said. "Usually the inside is better to start there and that was true again. I was able to stay with (Tim) Crawley. I ran right there with him for a few laps and maybe showed him a thing or two. He changed what he was doing some. We got to traffic and he ran a different line and that gave me the opportunity to pass him for the lead."

Swindell took the lead on Lap 12 and cruised to the victory, which locked him into Saturday's dash.

"It was huge because we knew we're going to be in the first three rows no matter what," he said.

Swindell started the dash fifth after a fellow competitor gave him the No. 5 card during the revenge draw.

"With six cars it wasn't going to be make or break where we started in the dash," Swindell said. "I guess it's a compliment that as soon as a high card is drawn they give it to me. It's happened to me at Knoxville. It happens at the Chili Bowl. We've been able to overcome it quite a few times. We went from fifth right up to third in the first lap or so."

Swindell advanced from fifth to third in the dash to start the 40-lap feature on the inside of the second row.

"I was wanting the car to be tight enough because the track was going to get slicker," he said. "I knew if we'd be really good at the start that we were going to get looser toward the end. Our car was a bit tight, but we were able to stay with the guys. We got to second pretty early. (Tim) Shaffer had the best line and that gave me an opportunity to try things just like on Thursday where I could see what worked and didn't work."

Swindell advanced to second place in the first couple of laps before he spent approximately a dozen laps stalking Shaffer for the lead. Swindell took over the top spot on Lap 15 and never looked back as he claimed his third crown in the last six years.

"A.G. and the guys gave me a great car," he said. "Sometimes even if you have the best car you don't win and this time we were able to pull it off."

Swindell will wrap his season up this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., where he will tackle the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series while driving for Rains.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (4); Qualifier: 4 (6); Feature: 1 (2).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Dash: 3 (5); Feature: 1 (3).

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SammySwindell1.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1sam91

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Acme Graphix & Design

Acme Graphix & Design is a graphic and design company owned by sprint car driver A.G. Rains. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Acmegraphixanddesign/.

"Acme Graphix has been doing all my graphic stuff, decals, banners for the trailers, etc., for a long time," Swindell said. "A.G. has race cars and knows how things should go together. I can call him up and say I need something and he gets it done."

Swindell would also like to thank John Christner Trucking, J. Davidson Scrap Metal Processors, High Performance Lubricants, FK Rod Ends, Simpson Racing Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass and Inside Line Promotions for their continued support.

 

 

Sides Survives Numerous Incidents at Short Track Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Jason Sides had to dodge quite a few near wrecks last weekend during the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

"I felt like this year we had a target on our back," he joked. "Every time we went out we were almost crashed or into some melee. It was wacky."

The action began at I-30 Speedway last Thursday when Sides was nearly involved in multiple crashes during the first lap of the opening heat race.

"We went from third to first to fifth in one lap," he said. "It didn't go as planned."

Sides rebounded to finish third before he maneuvered from eighth to fourth place in a qualifier. That locked him into the 14th starting position for the main event.

"The first night the track was kind of wet and rough," he said. "We made some passes. I felt pretty good about it. In the feature we just didn't get going as well as we wanted."

Sides picked up a handful of positions and he battled for a top 10 before finishing 11th.

He returned to the quarter-mile oval on Friday for Round 2 of the event. Sides powered from seventh to third place in a heat race before he placed fifth in a qualifier. That relegated him to a B Main, which Sides won to lock into the 15th starting position in the A Main.

"They tilled the track to help it out," he said. "They thought it may keep it from getting rubbered up. We ended up tightening the car up a lot. We got going pretty early before the rubber. Then we really struggled because you tightened the car up to make it work on the slick track and now you have a really, really tight car in the rubber."

Sides held on for a 12th-place result.

The weekend concluded on Saturday with Sides winning a heat race from the pole position. He then finished second in a B Main to lock into the 17 th starting position for the main event.

"We had moved forward and I think we were up to 10th or 11th," he said. "I lost brakes so I rode around. I was hoping for a red flag to give us a chance to fix it. I got lapped. Without brakes and being a lap down I didn't want to take a chance of tearing up my equipment or anyone else's so I pulled off early."

Sides was credited with an 18th-place finish.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (3); Qualifier: 4 (8); Feature: 11 (14).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (7); Qualifier: 5 (5); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 12 (15).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (1); B Main: 2 (2); Feature: 18 (17).

SEASON STATS -

88 races, 2 wins, 6 top fives, 32 top 10s, 59 top 15s, 79 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.SidesMotorsports.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SidesMotorsport

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sides-Motorsports/283833970847?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - R.E. Enterprises

Based in Memphis, Tenn., R.E. Enterprises is a one-stop solution for sprint car parts and racing supplies, racing and performance shock services, chassis repairs and fabrication, and custom welding or machining needs. For more information, visit http://www.RacingEclipse.com.

"R.E. Enterprises does a lot for us and we really appreciate their support," Sides said. "Chris and everybody over there are just as good of friends as they are partners."

Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., King Racing Products, Clean Seal, Inc., VRP Shocks, BR Motorsports, FSR Radiators, Dancer Logistics, Inc., Jim Schuhknecht, East Coast Logistics, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.

 

 

Bruce Jr. Scores Top Five During Short Track Nationals Preliminary Night

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Tony Bruce Jr. produced a solid outing last weekend during the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway.

However, Bruce Jr. and the Smith Family owned team opened the action at the quarter-mile oval last Thursday on a rough note.

"Our weekend started off bad because I got upside down in the heat race," Bruce Jr. said. "It was one of those racing deals. You have to erase it from your memory and move on to the task at hand."

Bruce Jr., who was in a three-way battle for second place on the opening lap, was unable to restart the race after making contact in turn four. The flip relegated him to the back of a C Main, in which Bruce Jr. rallied from 11th to finish fourth - only one spot shy of a transfer to the back of a B Main.

Night 2 of the event was a different story for the team, which kicked off Friday's race by winning a heat race before maneuvering from fourth to second place during a qualifier. That ranked Bruce Jr. fourth out of nearly 60 competitors and locked the team into the fourth starting position for the main event.

"Our car was rolling really nice," he said. "We were able to advance into a good starting spot for the feature. I felt like we had a car that could get us in a top-three spot and locked into Saturday's feature, but unfortunately the track took rubber early. Once the rubber came we were single file on the bottom."

Bruce Jr. maintained fourth position throughout the feature. It marked his ninth top five of the season.

The event wrapped up on Saturday with Bruce Jr. advancing from eighth to fifth place in a heat race. That locked him into the 13th starting position for the 40-lap feature.

"It was a little disappointing because in the heat race we weren't as good as we had been all week," he said. "For some reason we weren't very good. We were able to squeak in and make the show. Then in the A Main we weren't as good as we had been all week either. We didn't end how we wanted to, but to be as fast and as competitive as we were, I definitely feel like the weekend was a success. I want to thank the Smith Family for the opportunity."

Bruce Jr. ended with a 12th-place result.

He will return to action on Dec. 17 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., for the Junior Knepper 55 with the USAC Midget Racing Series.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: DNF (3); C Main: 4 (11).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (2); Qualifier: 2 (4); Feature: 4 (4).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 5 (8); Feature: 12 (13).

SEASON STATS -

27 races, 1 win, 9 top fives, 15 top 10s, 23 top 15s, 23 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Dec. 17 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., for the Junior Knepper 55 with the USAC Midget Racing Series

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TonyBruceJr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyBruceJr

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - The Oil Medics

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, The Oil Medics services diesel trucks and distributes racing oil for sprint car engines and rear ends. For more information, visit http://www.TheOilMedics.com.

"Bill and the entire Jewell family have been more than just a great sponsor, but also great friends," Bruce Jr. said. "They specialize in truck maintenance and fuel economy, which has saved us hundreds of dollars the past few years in diesel fuel."

Bruce Jr. would also like to thank Briley Trucking, Wheeler Metals, Lubbock Wrecker Service, Hinchman Racewear, Eagle Motorsports, Smiley's Racing Products, SWE, Maxwell Industries, Moss Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Factory Kahne Shocks, DriverWebsites.com, RacinBoys.com, Wilwood, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Racing Tires, HRP, Kaeding Performance, Schaeffer Oil, Fuel Safe, Bell Helmets, Four Seasons Radiator, Southern Trailer Works, KSE, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Weld Wheels, ISC Racers Tape, Pressure Tek, Tiger Towing (Dave and Paula Debates), Sorrels Auto and Truck Parts (Mitchell Sorrels), Melvin Plumbing (Billy Melvin), Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Maxim Chassis, Wulff Pumps, Miller Auto Supply and Jeff Smith Racing Engines for their continued support.

 

 

MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES GIVES HOPE TO 305 SPRINT CAR TEAMS IN TRI-STATE AREA

By Erika Palmai Wagner Allentown, NJ

Fourty-seven people hoping for answers and news on the future of the regional Racesaver 305 Sprint Car division gathered in Allentown, NJ on Sunday afternoon to learn that a new series was going to be put into place for 2017.

Eddie Wagner and Jeff Geiges, two racers of the former Tri-State Racesaver Sprint Series, announced that they were going to be the head of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series after being approved by French Grimes, IMCA and Racesaver late last month after TSRS was shutdown on October 20th.

“When Joe Grandinetti sent that email stating he was closing down TSRS, Eddie and I scrambled to find a way to keep the Racesaver 305 division alive in our area,” Geiges stated. “We contacted IMCA, Racesaver, French Grimes, and also kept in touch with Joe to see what the next steps were going to be in order to see what needed to be done in order to keep Racesaver in our region. It was assumed by many that we were already the "series take over", so we took advantage of this and continued to do so”.

“Jeff and I did not want to see Racesaver disappear in our area, or fall into the hands of someone who may have ill intentions for the series, because we, like so many of you, love to race and would like to continue on doing so without going broke,” Wagner, the Regional Director of of MAS explained. “We are going to be doing things similar to how TSRS was run, but we also are hoping to adjust and add some things that we feel could make things better.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is now owned by Eddie Wagner and Jeff Geiges. Wagner is taking on the title as Regional Director, and Geiges will be the General Manager. With taking on these new positions however, the two longtime competitors will continue to compete weekly in the division, with Matthew Stellfox taking on the role as a Series Track Official to keep everything running smoothly on race day. Stellfox worked closely with TSRS officials previously, and has plenty of knowledge on what goes on at the track on race day and he has a strong view on how to keep things fair and unbiased. Robert Burd is the acting Treasurer for the series and will be in charge of building a simple accounting system for MAS, and will distribute monthly reports for members to see.

Erika Wagner and Lindsey Geiges will be actively campaigning for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, acting as head of the PR and Marketing department.

“This is a very important piece to our puzzle that we believe needs to be priority,” stated Geiges. “Along with Erika and Lindsey, there have been so many others that have been sharing their ideas on how to promote MAS using effective, affordable and simple outlets. Our goal is to heavily promote the series, sponsors, drivers and most importantly the tracks that we race at”.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is still actively seeking out a few more volunteers is fill track official positions and track volunteers to help with race day operations. If interested, please contact Jeff or Eddie.

On Sunday, topics such as policies, handicapping, purse structure and scheduling races were talked about, but not everything was determined that day.

“This first meeting was mainly purposed to see how much support and interest we had, to see if we should move forward with things,” explained Wagner. “Now that we have the support, we can go ahead and book races to get a solid schedule together for 2017. Our goal is to race 18-20 times a year, with one week off a month. We are hoping to have two big races this season, which is something that we haven’t had since New Egypt Speedway offered a few years ago”.

“We are working hard to get a purse that is going to attract cars, while also sticking to the Racesaver guidelines,” Geiges mentioned. “$300 to win and $150 to start is our goal, but we are also hoping to get a series sponsor to help add incentives for guys to come out and race. Contingency sponsors are also in the works, and an end of the year payout has also been discussed as well. We want to give back to our racers who support us every week, and we want to attract the guys coming from the outside so that our shows will be exciting and well worth the tow”.

A winter meeting will be announced at a later date, so that members can sign up, and a handicapping structure will be put into place. Eddie and Jeff will also finalize some other policies as well.

“We have thirty teams that have offered their support to us so far, and that is more than what we ever expected,” continued Geiges. “We are very excited for what this season has to bring, and with all the hard work we have been putting into this so far, I’m sure opening day will be amazing.”

“We just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this movement, we are hoping to create something that is going to appeal to everyone. We would like to thank Nandi from Palmco Motorsports for allowing us to use his shop for our first meeting as well.”

For more upcoming news and details on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, visit our Facebook page @MidAtlanticSprintSeries or email MidAtlanticSprintSeries@gmail.com with questions and concerns.

 

 

Starks Caps Short Track Nationals Debut With Charge to Top 10

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Trey Starks progressed throughout his debut at I-30 Speedway last weekend during the 29 th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

Not only did he improve his result during each night at the tripleheader, Starks and the Jeff McCall owned team capped the event with a top-10 finish out of approximately 60 competitors.

"It ended up being a pretty good weekend," Starks said. "We started out pretty slow, but we progressed over the weekend and adapted to the track more and more. We kept moving forward and plugging away. Each night we got better. I would say it was a successful weekend."

The action began on Thursday with Starks finishing where he started - eighth - in a heat race. That relegated him to a C Main, where he advanced to place fourth and miss a transfer by only one spot.

"We had high draws all weekend," he said. "With the track conditions being really wet on Thursday we couldn't get by anyone. It was our first night on a short track with the No. 23 car so we were trying to adapt."

The team showed improvement the following night as Starks maneuvered from sixth to second place in a heat race. He ended sixth in a qualifier, which relegated the team to a B Main. Starks won the consolation race to transfer to the main event, in which he picked up a trio of positions before the track took rubber.

"We ran good in our heat, which put us fourth in points," he said. "The qualifier was tough for us. We were working on cars, but when the dust settled we ended up in our starting spot. We had to fight from a B Main.

"In the A Main the track took rubber way early so it made it tough to pass. We picked off a couple of cars early and then pulled in line in 13th and that's where we ended up."

The event concluded on Saturday. Starks powered from seventh to third in a heat race before he again won a B Main to lock himself into the 16th starting position for the 40-lap main event.

"I picked off as many cars as I could on restarts," he said. "The track became one lane around the bottom. At least the second half of the race every car was on the bottom and there wasn't much ground we could make up. We got a decent top-10 finish with a stout field. I would say we made the most of it."

Starks charged from 16th to post a ninth-place finish, which was his 22nd top 10 of the season. He finished second best out of the rookies there.

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 8 (8); C Main: 4 (7).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (6); Qualifier: 6 (6); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 13 (16).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (7); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 9 (16).

SEASON STATS -

62 races, 11 wins, 18 top fives, 22 top 10s, 35 top 15s, 42 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Starks55Trey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreyStarksRacing?fref=ts

APPAREL -

Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - SpeedMart

Established in 2004, SpeedMart has developed into a leading supplier of sprint car and racing products in the Northwest. For more information, visit http://www.SpeedMartInc.com.

"SpeedMart really benefits us because they are right next to our home," Starks said. "Even though we are traveling a lot, I know SpeedMart will always have anything we need."

Starks would also like to thank Starks Timber Processing, Blue Dot Fabrications, Security Race Products, King Racing Products and Masco Petroleum for their continued support.

 

 

Mark Burch Motorsports Nets Two Wins and Eight Top Fives During 2016 Season

Inside Line Promotions - LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Mark Burch Motorsports produced several stout moments during a short 2016 campaign.

The team got off to a late start after having to essentially rebuild the program following a devastating storm toward the end of the 2015 season. Owner Mark Burch had a new trailer built, but once the team hit the track the results were the same as usual.

Danny Lasoski drove to a pair of victories, eight top fives and a dozen top 10s in only 14 races.

"It was a short season, but a very gratifying one," he said. "We want to win every race and I think that's why Mark and I get along so well. Every time we go out we're in contention for the win. It's an honor for me to drive his race car. He's not only a great car owner, he's a great friend."

The team ended the season by sweeping the Dan Laber Memorial at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., which was a two-day event with the NSA Shootout in September.

"Sweeping it was pretty cool, especially because we had to drive so far to race," Lasoski said. "That was a great way to end the year and give ourselves momentum heading into 2017. Another big moment this year was finishing on the podium at the 360 Knoxville Nationals. Mark's goal is to win the 360 Knoxville Nationals and we came up one spot short, but hopefully we can achieve that goal next year."

Mark Burch Motorsports finished a career-best second place during the marquee event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, in August. The team earned six top-six finishes, including four podiums, during seven 360ci races following that event.

"I want to thank Danny for his hard work as well as our sponsors for their continued support," Burch said. "We pride ourselves on learning and improving each season and I look forward to what 2017 brings."

Additionally, Mark Burch Motorsports would like to thank everyone who supported the Team Jack Foundation by purchasing a unique t-shirt. All sales of the apparel went to the Team Jack Foundation.

SEASON STATS -

14 races, 2 wins, 8 top fives, 12 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.MarkBurchMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbmotorspt

TEAM JACK APPAREL -

Mark Burch Motorsports will have unique Team Jack Foundation t-shirts for sale at the race trailer throughout this season with 100 percent of the money received going to the Team Jack Foundation.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Team Jack Foundation

The Team Jack Foundation was established to raise money to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research and to create national awareness for the disease. The Team Jack Foundation got its start when Jack Hoffman, who is a 10-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. Hoffman battled life-threatening surgeries and debilitating seizures as doctors scrambled to save his life.

During that time his family reached out to the University of Nebraska in hopes that Hoffman could meet Rex Burkhead, who was the star running back for the football team. They met in September 2011 and a friendship was born, which was also featured on ESPN. Burkhead's support earned him the Rare Disease Champion Award presented by Uplifting Athletes.

As of January 2014, the Team Jack movement has raised $2.5 million and counting for pediatric brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives.

"We are extremely happy to support the Team Jack Foundation and its mission," Burch said. "The Team Jack Foundation is something that is special to me. We want to do all we can within the grass roots level of dirt racing where we are known to promote the awareness of pediatric cancer and hopefully help raise additional funds for research to cure the disease."

Mark Burch Motorsports would also like to thank Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Wolfweld Chassis, AFCO Gas Shocks by Speedway Motors, King Racing Products, Hot Dot Inc., Weld Wheels, Speedway Motors, Speedway Shock Service, Huggins Cams, Total Seal Piston Rings, Schoenfeld Headers, Joe Gibbs Driven Race Oil, Gessford Machine, Dyer's Top Rods, Wireless Amber Alerts, Hoosier Tire, Arrow Truck Sales, Donovan Blocks, Rod End Supply, Diamond Pistons, Saldana Racing Products, MSD Ignition, Vortex Wings, S & S Welding, Inc., Sweet Manufacturing, DMI Bulldog Rears, Wulff Pumps, Red Devil Brakes, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Harris Decals and Lincoln Auto Auction for their continued support.

 

 

Giovanni Scelzi Charges to Top-10 Finish During Season Finale

Inside Line Promotions - STOCKTON, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Giovanni Scelzi capped his first season in a sprint car by earning a top-10 finish and the Hard Charger Award last Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track during the Civil War Sprint Car Series portion of the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was definitely the fastest place I've been to. The track was glass slick from the beginning of the night. We were good in hot laps, but we fought some tuning issues with gearing."

Scelzi opened the event, which was his first at the track and which featured approximately 50 drivers, by qualifying 10th quickest in his group. That lined him up on the inside of the third row for a heat race. Scelzi picked up a position to finish fourth and lock himself into the 18th starting position for the main event.

"The track was starting to take rubber in the heat races," he said. "They tilled it up and it didn't widen out in my feature. Everyone that tried to move around got passed. I took my time and was patient. It was a fight for who could run the bottom the best. With about 10 laps to go everyone got spread out and we rode around the rest of the race in 10th."

Scelzi's charge from 18th to 10th earned him his 23rd top 10 of the season. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/0zieHXIWLLE.

"It was a new car, new engine and new race track for me," he said. "It was good to roll out and be that strong with a 50-car field. If you look at the big picture it was a good weekend.

"I want to thank Larry Moles and Southern Pacific Farms for loaning us an engine as well as everyone who helped the team. It was a great ending to the season."

QUICK RESULTS -

Nov. 5 - Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. - Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 10 (18).

SEASON STATS -

37 races, 7 wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s, 25 top 15s, 30 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GioScelzi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Scelzi-Motorsports/225890834113599

VIDEO -

Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751

Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Fuel Delivery Services, Inc.

Based in Stockton, Calif., Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., is a premier bulk transporter of refined petroleum products. For more information, visit http://www.FuelDeliveryServices.net.

"Mike with Fuel Delivery Services is a great guy who wants to see us do well and make it in racing," Scelzi said. "We really appreciate his support and look forward to the continued success with Fuel Delivery Services."

Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Fowler Packing, Red Rose Transportation, Panella Trucking, Carlucci Transport, Roth Motorsports, Scelzi Enterprises, Metric Cycles Racing Engines, Panella Racing Engines, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, FK Rod Ends, K&N Filters, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, MicroBlue Bearings, KW Suspensions, Worldwide Bearings, Sweet Blast Tech, Todd Jorgensen, G&J Truck Sales, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Red Fuel, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Southern Pacific Farms, Auto Meter and Allstar Performance for their continued support.

 

 

Andy Forsberg and C&M Motorsports Repeat as Civil War Series Champions

PETERSEN MEDIA- An extremely successful 2016 season came to a close on Saturday night for Andy Forsberg and the C&M Motorsports team as they celebrated their second consecutive Civil War Series Championship together and the ninth series crown for Forsberg.

“It is very cool to come out here and get another Civil War Series Championship,” Andy Forsberg said. “This C&M Motorsports car was a blast to drive all year and this is a great way to end our season.”

Heading into the night with a slim 16 point lead over Mason Moore, things would get a little tense early for Forsberg and team as their rig would break down on the way to the track.

Getting a little antsy, things would work out as the car would arrive at the speedway with time to spare and Forsberg and company could focus on racing.

With 49 360’s checked into the newly renovated Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night, Forsberg would do all the right things as he was able to claim his ninth career Civil War Series title.

Timing the C&M Motorsports No. 7c machine in fourth fastest overall in his qualifying flight, the Auburn, CA driver would pick up more valuable points as he was able to race from the second row of his heat race to capture the win.

Focusing on one race at a time, Forsberg would line up scratch on the field in the Dash, and his fifth place finish would put him in the third row of the 30-lap finale.

On an extremely slick and abrasive Stockton Dirt Track, Forsberg was able to stay inside the Top-Five during the duration of the feature event as he battled with the likes of Sean Becker, DJ Netto, and Dominic Scelzi.

Running fourth late in the race, Forsberg and Sceliz would hook up in a battle for the final two markers that would result in Forsberg finishing in the fifth spot.

By way of his finish, Forsberg would pull into victory lane and celebrate his second consecutive series triumph with the C&M Motorsports team.

“It was a great night to celebrate a title,” Forsberg added. “The crowd was packed, and everyone was able to have a good time. Thanks to this team for all of their hard work this year.”

The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank PitStopUSA, Autism Awareness, Pacific Highway Rentals, PT Shocks, Swartz Diesel, and Velocity Race Gear and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.

ON TAP: The C&M Motorsports team has concluded their 2016 season.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-36, Wins-12, Top 5’s-28, Top 10’s-31.

STAY CONNECTED: For at the track updates, follow Andy Forsberg on Twitter @AForsberg92.

 

 

Bowers Teaming Up with Ozzie Motorsports for Full-Time IRA Series Ride

Inside Line Promotions - HAM LAKE, Minn. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Ryan Bowers is excited to announce that he is partnering with Ozzie Motorsports to tackle the IRA Sprint Car Series in 2017.

It will be the first time for both Bowers and Ozzie Motorsports to run with the 410ci winged sprint car series on a full-time basis and the goals are lofty.

"The first goal is to earn the Rookie of the Year Award," Bowers said. "We're also aiming to finish in the top five in the standings."

Bowers has a pair of 410 starts under his belt as he hopped in the Ozzie Motorsports race car twice in 2016. The first time ended with a 21st -place result with the most recent race providing a 12th-place finish.

"I got Ryan in the car last year and he did a super job," said Ozzie Wesener, who has operated Ozzie Motorsports for the past five years. "We're fired up about him and hopefully everything works out. Our goal is a top five (in the standings) with a few wins out of that and hopefully Rookie of the Year. That's what we're shooting for next year."

Bowers said he will also compete in several events in a 360ci winged sprint car owned by Mastell Brothers Racing. The team has recorded 11 feature victories during the last three seasons and has won the past two Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series championships.

"For anyone that wants to race sprint cars, 410 is the highest stepping stone," Bowers said. "It definitely gives me confidence having run twice. It takes everything to make the car go fast and being able to get a couple of races under our belt will be a huge advantage. I'm excited about the opportunity.

"Mastell Brothers Racing will also be a big part of Ozzie Motorsports. I'm so grateful for their continued support and excited to see if we can produce similar results in the 410 ranks that we have in 360 action the last few years."

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.RyanBowers.us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BowersMotorsports199/

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Mastell Brothers Trailer Service

Mastell Brothers Trailer Service, Inc., which is based in Columbus, Minn., has become the upper Midwest's largest and most respected sales, service and rental provider of all types of trailers to multiple industries. The company sells a comprehensive line of trailers and parts (new and used) from the Industry's most respected brands as well as its own unique designs and offerings. For more information, visit http://www.MastellBrothers.com.

"They are a full-service semi trailer shop and sales department," Bowers said. "Without them none of my opportunities in racing would be possible. They let me chase my dream and I'll forever be thankful to them for that." Bowers would also like to thank Farmers Insurance Jeffrey Greene Agency, Hilltop Trailer Sales, Con-Tek Machine, Jeff Westall Outdoors, GRP Motorsports, Fastsigns Brooklyn Center, K1 Racegear, Champion Helmets, Speedwerx, Racecoatings, JAG, Elevated Health Center, Liquid Nitro, Walker Performance Filtration, R&M Race Trailers and Octane Ink for their continued support.

 

 

Cox Third in KWS Points and Named KWS Rookie of the Year

PETERSEN MEDIA: Though far from a rookie to sprint car racing, Justyn Cox capped off his first full season with the King of the West 410ci Sprint Car Series on Saturday night by finishing third in the overall point standings and earning Rookie of the Year honors.

“It was a great season for our team running weekly with the KWS,” Cox said. “We really came alive toward the end of the season and it has us all anxious for 2017.”

With 30 cars on hand for the final series event of the season, Cox would open his night up by timing in 15th fastest on a track that was extremely slick and tricky early in the night.

Finishing second in his heat race, the Clarksburg, CA driver would move into the 30-lap feature event where he would grid the field form the seventh row. With a car getting over on the start of the race, Cox would get a bit of the action, as he would pick up damage to his car’s nose wing.

Opting to stay on the speedway, Cox would get going in the early stages of the race as he would work his way up to the seventh spot in an extended green flag run. As the rack continued to go away as the race went on, Cox would fade a bit as he would slip back to the 10th position.

A couple of late restarts gave Cox a couple of chances to make some moves, but with his tires pretty burned off, he would hang on to finish in the 10th spot.

Also competing with the Civil War Series on this night, Cox would time in 11th fastest in his qualifying flight. Lining up sixth in his heat race, Cox would work his way up to the fourth spot before some incidental contact would cause his machine to spin around.

Finishing sixth in the heat, Cox would take a trip to the ‘B’ main where a sixth place finish would put him in the 30-lap feature event.

Lining up at the tail end of the field, Cox would feel contact from another competitor on a restart and it would result into his machine getting into the wall and going over, thus bringing his feature to an early end.

“Though our stats aren’t where we had hoped they would be, I felt like we had a really fast car night in and night out,” Cox added. “Now we will go to work on our cars for next year and wait for schedules to come out before we put our schedule together. Thanks to our fans for the support, and our partners for continuing to back us.”

The Cox Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Trex, PM Truck Repair, LRB, Konnected, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, College Cyclery, JRD Endeavors, VSR, ART, K&N Performance, Justice Brothers, Cheetah IV Racing, E-ST Garage, Worton Designs, Manzer Motorsports, Swimming Pool Perfections, and Tim’s Hot Rod Shop for their support in 2016!

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-54, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-26

ON TAP: Cox’s 2016 season has come to a close.

 

 

Solwold Third During Stockton Dirt Track Debut

PETERSEN MEDIA- With the season wrapped up in the pacific northwest, Jason Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team made the trip to Stockton, CA where Solwold would pick up a third place finish with the King of the West Series.

“I was really happy with how we ran all night,” Solwold said. “It was our first time to the place and I really liked it.”

With 30 410’s checked into the pit area for the final KWS race of the season, the Burlington, WA driver showed speed early by way of his fourth quick effort in time trials.

With the track extremely slick early on in the night, passing was tough each time cars hit the recently reconfigured speedway. Finishing fourth in heat race action, Solwold would transfer to both the Dash, and the 30-lap feature event.

Pocketing a fourth place finish during the six-lap Dash, Solwold would find his machine in the second row for the 30-lap feature event. With track crews doing some minor work to the surface before the race went green, Solwold would work his way into third as the race came to life.

Chasing down Rico Abreu, Solwold would soon find his way around his fierce competitor as he took over the second spot and chased after Tim Kaeding during the rapid fire event.

A 27-lap green flag run would see Solwold sit in the second spot when the caution flew, but he didn’t have much tire left with the way the surface was. The ensuing restart would see Abreu get back by Solwold, though he was able to maintain the third spot with Cory Eliason and Bud Kaeding behind him.

With the race’s final restart coming on the 29th lap, Solwold was able to hold down the third spot when the checkered flag flew on the feature event.

“The car was fast all night long, I just used up my tires chasing after TK,” Solwold added. “It was a good time, and it was really cool to see that many cars and that many fans in once place.”

Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team would like to thank Scottie’s Plumbing, NW Team Excavating, KarMart Motorsports, Doyle Guffie’s Rayle Auto Sales, Pops Entertainment, Vic’s 66, Speedmart, After Hours Painting, Triple X Race Co., Al Parker Race Engines, Wings Unlimited, Slade Shocks, Rob Graham Trucking, Wings Unlimited, Meyer Sings, Vahlco Wheels, Fuel Safe, and Pro Signs for their continued support.

ON TAP: Shaylen Raye Motorsports will travel to Arizona this weekend where they will return to Cocopah Speedway to close out their season at the same venue they opened it at.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 41, Wins- 6, Top 5’s- 22, Top 10’s- 27.

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TK Wins Stockton Thriller

PETERSEN MEDIA- Not having the best luck since climbing aboard the Roth Motorsports entry to close his season out, Tim Kaeding made his last race of 2016 count as he out dueled Rico Abreu to capture the King of the West season finale Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track.

“I sure hope you all like that, because that was fun,” Tim Kaeding exclaimed to the large crowd on hand. “Rico Abreu is a bad man, and to race with him like that those final two laps was simply awesome.”

Like the rest of the field, Kaeding was getting his first look at the recently reconfigured Stockton Dirt Track. The larger configuring seemed to fit TK’s style well as the San Jose, CA wheelman opened the night up by timing in fifth fastest.

Running fourth in his heat race, TK would move into the night’s Dash, where a second place finish would put him on the front row of the 30-lap affair alongside Bobby McMahan.

After a red on the race’s opening lap, Kaeding would jump out to the early lead once the race came to life, and simply wasted no time opening up a sizeable lead. On an abrasive track that didn’t allow for much passing, Kaeding was untouchable until a couple of stoppages came with just three laps to go.

With Jason Solwold on his tail during a lap 27 restart, Kaeding would again get away form the field until the final caution flew on the 29th lap. Now with Rico Abreu on his tail, things got interesting. As the field raced into turns one and two, Abreu used a full head of steam to get by Kaeding off of turn two as the crowd came to their feet.

Taking the white flag in the second spot, Kaeding returned the favor in the same corner on the race’s final lap. With the duo racing side by side, Kaeding would get the advantage off of turn four and pick up the win.

“The Roth family has treated me well, and it’s great to get another win for them,” Kaeding said after his customary victory donuts. “To win with my son here for the first time means so much to me, I really couldn’t ask for a better night.”

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2016.

ON TAP: The 2016 season has come to a close.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their website, www.rothmotorsports83.com.

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Hirst Scores Third Career KWS Title; Tarlton Motorsports Makes It Two-In-A-Row

PETERSEN MEDIA- When a long night at Stockton Dirt Track came to a close Saturday night, Kyle Hirst emerged from the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21x as the 2016 King of the West Champion. For Hirst it marked his third career title, and for the team it marked their second consecutive series championship.

“I can’t say enough about everyone that made this season possible,” Kyle Hirst said. “It was a true team effort and I am just so proud to win my third King of the West Championship.”

With a huge car count on hand for the duel season finale program at the reconfigured Stockton Dirt Track, track conditions were less than ideal and it turned into a long night for Hirst and company.

Timing in sixth fastest, Hirst would be collected in an opening lap incident during his heat race. With damage to extensive to get repaired in the work area, Hirst and company would make a stop in the night’s B Main.

Able to pick up the win during the ‘B’, Hirst would transfer into the feature event where he would roll of from the 10th starting position. With the track extremely slick and abrasive when the feature event rolled off, passing would be tough.

With a little bit of a point cushion heading into the feature event, Hirst would still need to turn in a strong performance and be mindful of where the No. 0 of Bud Kaeding was running.

Keeping Kaeding in his sights during the duration of the feature event, the Paradise, CA driver would finish in the eighth spot and successfully claim another King of the West title for himself and Tarlton Motorsports.

“We had a great year together, and this is the perfect way to close out 2016,” Hirst added. “We won some big races together, and it is always great to win a Championship. Again, I really have to thank the Tarlton and Roth’s for their support, and my guys for busting their tails all year long.”

Kyle Hirst and the Tarlton Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Motorsports, Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Corporate America Investments, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2016 season.

ON TAP: The 2016 season has come to a close.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-19, Wins-6, Top 5’s-13, Top 10’s-17

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Brady Bacon – First, Second, Third and Fourth at Western World!

(Bill W) November 7, 2016 – Brady Bacon competed in four features last Friday and Saturday night at the Western World at Arizona Speedway near Queen Creek, and recorded a win as well as second, third and fourth place finishes along the way. The win came in USAC Southwest Series competition aboard Josh Ford’s #73. A third and fourth place finish in USAC National Sprint Car Series action has the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver poised for his second championship heading into this weekend’s finale at the Perris Oval Nationals in California. The title would also be the eleventh for the Hoffman Racing/Dynamics, Inc. #69 team.

Friday’s preliminary in the USAC Southwest event saw Brady go from seventh to third in his heat before lining up inside row three for the feature. “In the 360 feature, we started fifth,” he says. “We were able to get to the lead, but I ran out of tear-offs with about five to go. It was greasy on the bottom and we were in some lapped traffic. I think (winner Chris Windom) ran out too, but it wasn’t a good position to be in.”

His second place run preceded his feature in the #69. He had qualified second quick, and ran from sixth to third in the heat. He would post sixth in the main event. “It seemed like things were slicking off in the 360 feature, and we went out in the 410 way too tight,” says Brady. “We fell back to eighth on the start. Finally, with about ten to go, it slicked off. The track got a bit more technical, and we were able to get back up to fourth. If we had been a little freer at the beginning, I feel we could have been up front with them at the end.”

Brady’s win came in Saturday’s USAC Southwest feature and was worth $5,000. After running fourth to second in his heat, he lined up on the pole. “We battled with (Ryan) Bernal for about ten laps, back and forth,” he says. “When the track slicked off a little more, we were able to pull away a little bit. The track got more maneuverable and we worked in lapped traffic really well. We were able to win that one.”

In USAC National competition, Brady again timed in well with third quick. After going from sixth to second in his heat, he lined up fourth for the finale. “We had a motor problem from the start,” he says. “We were actually down a cylinder the whole race. Still, we were able to hold onto and finish third. We were in a bad spot with the motor, because you don’t want to get too aggressive. You don’t know what will happen. We probably had a chassis good enough to win, but it’s hard to race like that when you don’t know what’s going to happen when you slam the cushion and things like that.”

It was a solid point night for the team. “That’s the way it goes sometimes,” says Brady. “We have had some motor problems lately, but we were happy that we had our speed back in qualifying. We had a couple of solid nights.”

With a 257 point lead heading into Perris, Brady and the team can focus on a win and not so much the points. “We’d like to definitely win the Oval Nationals,” he says. “There’s a good chunk of money up for grabs ($25,000 to win). It helps to be at a big race and hang it all out there not worrying about points.”

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