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MARK SMITH, “THE CAROLINA KID” ERIC RIGGINS & URC’S EIGHT TIME CHAMPION CURT MICHAEL TO BATTLE FRIDAY NIGHT AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY

The Rislone URC Sprints will return to the Big Diamond Raceway this Friday night with racing action getting underway at 8 PM. Mark Smith of Tower City, PA won the Rislone URC event last Saturday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway, leading the entire twenty-five lap distance. Also planning to take part with URC is eighteen year old Eric Riggins, “The Carolina Kid” from Charlotte, NC. Riggins won the final two events on URC’s 2013 season and is one exciting driver to watch. Along with Mark Smith and Eric Riggins, you can count on URC’s eight time Champion and winner of forty-six URC events, Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE. Michael won his last feature at the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday night, October 1 and is always a strong performer at the Big Diamond Raceway.

In the URC 2013 season opener, Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, NJ was the winner in a dominating drive. Davie “No Panic” Franek also favors the Big Diamond Raceway and will be in the chase for the win along with URC’s Wild Child Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA.

Other URC entries include Boyertown, PA driver Randy West, Ed Aikin, Kevin Darling, Chad Trout, Dan Mazy, Jason Clauss and Troy Betts. Also, Nate Snyder of Halifax, PA will make his first URC start of the season driving the Tim Hogue owned #39.

Joining the Rislone URC Sprints will be the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Roadrunners. Race time is 8 PM.

The Big Diamond Raceway GPS Address is 392 Forest Lane Pottsville, PA The track phone number is 570 544 5200

 

 

 

MARK SMITH TAKES MACH 1 CHASSIS SPRINTER TO VICTORY LANE SATURDAY NIGHT AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY TO OPEN URC’S 67TH SEASON

SELINSGROVE, PA . . . . . . . .Mark Smith of Tower City, PA made short work of a thirty-one car field of 360 sprints cars as the Rislone URC Sprint Series opened their sixty-seventh season Saturday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, PA.

Smith led the entire twenty-five lap distance after receiving the pole position from Mike Walter in the “revenge redraw”. On lap seventeen, Burlington, NJ driver Robbie Stillwaggon took advantage of a caution flag to restart along-side Smith for a double-file restart. At the drop of the green, Smith dominated the restart and quickly opened an eight car length lead over Stillwaggon who started tenth. Smith took the win driving the Brian Scandle owned MACH1 sprinter and pocket the $2,500 first place prize. For Smith, it was his first URC win of the season and sixth career URC victory.

The three heat race events were won by Will Eggiman, Mike Walter and TJ Stutts as Jason Shultz won the “B” Main.

Mark Smith earned the pole starting position in URC’s very unique “revenge redraw”, where the top three drivers in the three heats drew for the top nine starting positions in the feature event. The only twist is with the “revenge redraw”, the number a driver draws, he must then give that number to anyone of the remaining eight drivers. In tonight’s case, it was Mike Wagner who drew the pole and handed it off to Mark Smith.

At the drop of the green flag to start the 25 lap feature, Smith immediately took control of the lead. Before the first lap was completed, the caution was displayed for Colby Womer who tangled with the backstretch wall.

On the restart, Smith took the lead and quickly checked out from the rest of the field. Josh Weller driving the Ken Eldreth sprinter followed in second with Ryan Kissinger in third. As Smith dominated the race at the front of the pack, all eyes were on Robbie Stillwaggon who started tenth and was on a mission to get to the front of the pack to challenge Smith.

Stillwaggon was a one man show racing in fifth on lap three and advancing to fourth by lap eight. On lap twelve, Stillwaggon was third and still digging for more.

As the field passed for the halfway sign, Smith had a commanding lead with Stillwaggon in second followed by Josh Weller, Ryan Kissinger and Davie “no panic” Franek.

The turning point of the race came on lap seventeen when Josh Weller spun in turn one, displaying the yellow flag. For URC’s restart procedure, between laps thirteen and twenty-three, and restarts are double-file with lap cars going to the rear. For this restart, Stillwaggon now pulled alongside of Mark Smith as the duo will charge out of turn four to take the green.

Smith had the jump but Stillwaggon dropped to the bottom of turn one and nosed ahead of Smith momentarily. Charging off turn two, Smith put his foot to the floor and quickly established a four to five car length lead. With five laps remaining, Smith, Stillwaggon and Kissinger made up the top three.

Stillwaggon made every attempt to reel in the leader, but the Mach1 Chassis of Mark Smith will not be challenged on this night.

With the checker flag waiving, Mark Smith took the win with ease and a well-deserved second place finish went to Robbie Stillwaggon. Ryan Kissinger finished third with Davie Franek fourth and Larry Kelleher fifth. Making up the top ten were Mike Walter, Derek Locke, Pat Cannon, Randy West and TJ Stutts.

HEAT Winners: Will Eggiman, Mike Walters, TJ Stutts B Main Winner: Jason Shultz Fred’s Trailer Parts Hard Charger: Andy Best (advanced 12 spots)

FEATURE FINISH: Mark Smith, Robbie Stillwaggon, Ryan Kissinger, Davie Franek, Larry Kelleher, Mike Walter, Derek Locke, Pat Cannon, Randy West, TJ Stutts, Andy Best, Jason Shultz, Mark Bitner, Kevin Darling, Duane Mausteller, Eric Riggins Jr., Josh Weller, Will Eggiman, Dan Mazy, Brian Carber, Curt Michael, Brock Zearfoss, Jason Clauss, Colby Womer. DNQ Troy Betts, Ed Aikin, Darek Steward, Scott Lutz, Jonathan Swanson, Brad Franks, Cody Keller.

 

 

RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES TO OFFICIALLY OPEN 2014 SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 19 AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY $2,500 TO WIN

The sixty-seventh season of the Rislone URC Sprint Series will officially kickoff on Saturday night, April 19 at the Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, PA.

$2,500 will go to the winner of URC’s first Super Series event of the season with a minimum of $200 to start the feature event. Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael will lead a list of URC talent to include Josh Weller, driving the Ken Eldreth owned sprint car, Brian Carber driving for Guy Howie, Ed Aikin, Andy Best, Troy Betts, Robbie Stillwaggon, Randy West, Dan Mazy, Chad Trout, Kevin Darling and Davie Franek to name a few.

This event will offer an open draw for heat race starting positions plus a revenge redraw to determine part of feature fine up. A minimum of twenty-four cars will start the feature event and for URC teams, this race will offer a flat seventy points. All sprint cars must weigh a minimum of 1,475 lbs with the driver after the race. Cars running with the vacuum oil pan will be required to weigh 1,525 with driver.

The event tire will be the URC2, MC2 or Selinsgrove track tire. Adjustable wings will be permitted and other wing rules include, 2” wickerbill on flat wings, 1” wicker bill on dish wing or, the Selinsgrove Top Wing rule will be allowed. The URC engine rule will be in place for all sprint cars and teching will be conducted both prior to the race as well as post-race.

For all the details on this event, please visit www.urcsprints.com and go to the competitors page to find the event sheet for the Selinsgrove Super Series event.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

 

URC Season officially opens Saturday night, April 19 at Selinsgrove Speedway. . . . . . LANCE MOSS IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO TAKE USCS/URC VICTORY SATURDAY NIGHT AT LANCASTER SPEEDWAY

LANCASTER, SC . . . . . . Lance Moss knows only too well about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Saturday night at the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC, he found himself in the right place at the right time. After dominating most of the 25 lap USCS/URC feature event, Eric Riggins came to a stop in turn one on lap nineteen, handing the lead over to Lance Moss. The race was far from over as Moss had to hold off the challenges from Friday nights feature winner Johnny Bridges for the final six laps with Lance Moss taking the victory.

Heat race winners were Morgan Turpen and URC’s Troy Betts.

In the twenty-five lap USCS/URC feature event, Lance Moss jumped to an early lead with Eric Riggins following in second with Johnny Bridges in third. Moss held off a determined Riggins until lap seven when Riggins took the lead. Just off the pace was Bridges, Robbie Stillwaggon and Troy Betts. In the meantime, Riggins ran to hide from the rest of the field, opening up a huge lead.

At the halfway point of the race, Riggins, Moss, Bridges, Stillwaggon and Troy Betts made up the top five.

The turning point of the race came on lap nineteen when race leader Eric Riggins slowed at the start-finish line, the rolling to a stop in turn one. The yellow was displayed and Riggins was pushed to the infield with Moss the new leader. The mechanical problems that sent Riggins to the infield were unknown at the time and just before the race was ready to restart, the Riggins #47 360 sprint car returned to the speedway to continue the race.

With the drop of the green flag, the race resumed with Moss now in a battle with Bridges for the lead. URC’s Stillwaggon was also within striking distance. With just two laps remaining, Moss expanded his lead slightly, leaving Bridges to battle with Stillwaggon, and a battle it was. As Lance Moss easily took the victory, Bridges was doing everything he could to keep Stillwaggon in third. As the pair crossed the wire, Bridges took second with Stillwaggon third, Newark, DE’s Troy Betts finished fourth as female race Morgan Turpen finished fifth.

FEATURE FINISH: Lance Moss, Johnny Bridges, Robbie Stillwaggon, Troy Betts, Morgan Turpen, Terry Gray, Eric Riiggins, Terry Witherspoon, Brandon McLain, Brad Franks, Tim Perry, Joe Larkin, Jay Dunham, Bill Moore, Jason Troutman, Bob Auld. (Bold indicates URC drivers)

 

 

USCS/URC SPRINT CHALLENGE FALLS TO JOHNNY BRIDGES FRIDAY NIGHT, APRIL 11 AT CAROLINA SPEEDWAY

GASTONIA, NC . . . . . . Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC won the twenty-five lap USCS/URC Sprint Challenge event for 360 sprint cars Friday night at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC. Bridges made an exciting pass for the lead on lap eighteen, passing race leader Lance Moss. For the final seven laps, Bridges ran unchallenged to the victory.

A twenty car field of 360 sprint cars turned out for the event that saw heat race wins go the defending race winner Eric Riggins and URC driver Troy Betts.

At the start of the twenty-five lap feature, Lance Moss set the early pace. On lap three, the red flag was displayed for the “Carolina Kid” Eric Riggins, JR after he took a spectacular flip entering turn one and exiting the race track by clearing the first turn wall. Riggins walked away uninjured.

On the restart Lance Moss continued to set the pace as heat race winner Troy Betts now appeared to a threat for the win along with Terry Gray who trying to chase down the race leader. Gray moved into second and set his sights on Moss. The red flag was displayed again, this time on lap seven when Troy Betts hit a rough spot in the track and flipped in turn three. Betts walked away uninjured.

Moss continued to set the pace but now Terry Gray (looking for his first win of the season) was running in second with Johnny Bridges passing Robbie Stillwaggon for third. On lap nine, Bridges moved into second and set his sights on the leader. At the halfway point of the race, Moss remained the leader followed by Bridges, Gray, Stillwaggon and Morgan Turpen.

As the field passed on lap seventeen, Nicholas Snyder made hard contact with the homestretch wall and flipped on the homestretch. Snyder was not injured by the car was badly damaged.

When green flag racing resumed Johnny Bridges made the move of the race, passing Lance Moss to become the new race leader. Bridges maintained the lead through the closing laps that also included a caution on lap twenty-two. With the numerous caution flags, Series officials were concerned about the total number of laps and the cars possibly being at risk of running out of fuel.

For the final three laps Bridges set the pace and was never challenged, scoring his first USCS win since 2012. Lance Moss finished second as Terry Gray scored third after holding off Robbie Stillwaggon through most of the race. Female racer Morgan Turpen delivered a strong fifth place feature finish.

FEATURE FINISH: Johnny Bridges, Lance Moss, Terry Gray, Robbie Stillwaggon, Morgan Turpen, Terry Witherspoon, Jay Durham, Bob Auld, Jason Troutman, Tim Perry, Ray Bugg, Nicholas Snyder, Bill Moore, Brad Franks, Brandon McLain, Troy Betts, Matt Hope, Joe Larkin, Eric Riggins, Jr., George Blaney.

NEXT EVENT: SATURDAY, APRIL 12 LANCASTER SPEEDWAY, LANCASTER, SC

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

INSINGER FUELS RISLONE URC SEASON AS OFFICIAL FUEL SUPPLIER FOR 2014

Insinger Fuels has prepared a very attractive racing fuel program for the URC racers in the 2014 season. Insinger will provide top grade methanol to URC members for $149 per drum and can be picked up at these three convenient locations; Insinger Newark, DE, Snyder and Snyder Shamokin, PA and D & D Williamsport, MD.

In addition, Insinger is posting a $50 certificate for the winner of each URC feature provided they are using Insinger fuel and display the Insinger sticker on their wing.

In addition, Insinger will give away five drums of racing fuel at the year-end URC championship celebration. To be eligible, each team must purchase a minimum of two drums during the season. Insinger fuels can be reached at 570-924-4323.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

BRAD FRANKS JOINS URC ROOKIE ROSTER, FANTASY LEAGUE PLANNED FOR 2014, SEASON OPENER NEARS

The much anticipated 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series continues to gain momentum and some big news this week includes the announcement from eighteen year old Brad Franks of Collegeville, PA, that he will be joining several other rookie drivers on the URC driver roster. “I’m looking forward to race with URC because of the many different tracks where URC competes and the club atmosphere that exists”, said Franks. A diesel heavy equipment mechanic by trade, Franks goal for the coming season is to get as much seat time as possible. “The schedule, purse and double-file restarts are what attracted me to URC”, commented Franks.

Brad Franks will drive the TF Motorsports 12B that will carry sponsorship from Trans-Fleet Concrete, 5 Star Concrete Pumping and West Fabrication. Joining Franks on the URC rookie roster is Wes Irwin of Lebanon, PA, Chris Glandon of Milford, DE and Tony Fiore of Manheim, PA.

A new attraction for URC in the coming season that is sure to add fun for the fans and competitors alike is the URC 2014 Fantasy League. This is a joint effort with shorttrackin.com and it’s absolutely FREE to participate. To get started, please visit shorttrackin.com and register to play. After you register, you may select five drivers, one from each group. You may trade, add or drop drivers up to 10AM each race day. The year-end champion we earn a hefty $250! More to come in the very near future on this fan and competitor fun activity.

The 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series will open with two non-point race events, first on Friday night, April 11 at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC followed by a Saturday night, April 12 event at the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC. URC’s official season opener will take place on Saturday night, April 19 with the first of six events at the Selinsgrove Speedway, this show will be the first point race of 2014 for URC.

A host of special events are part of the Rislone URC Sprint Series including the Jack Gunn Memorial at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, May 10 paying $3,500 to the winner. On Saturday night, May 17 the Delaware International Speedway will host the Kramer Williamson Memorial with an additional $4,000 in prize money posted by a long list of sponsors. Each feature position will pay an additional $73 in memory of Kramer Williamson and, the eighth place finisher will pick up an additional $108 in memory of URC’s Midge Miller. Each feature lap will pay the race leader $73 and lap eight will pay $108 to the race leader. The halfway, lap 13 race leader will earn $528. Heats, the “B” Main, Fast Time and Hard Charger will also earn an additional $73. In additional, a paid provisional will be added to the starting field.

The list of sponsors for the Kramer Williamson Memorial include Henry Fenimore of B&F Towing, Joe Fiore, Nouse Signs, AARN, American Racer, ASI, Aquaflow, Betts Towing, Brad Penn Oil, Dr. Brooke Bowman, Buck Rubs Gentlemen's Club, Tom Deladvitch State Farm, Gaerte Racing Engines, Fran Hogue, IG Burton Chevrolet, J & J, Keizer Wheels, Fred Kennedy, Kent Construction, Scott McClaren, Tim Moran, Don Ott Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Phillips Garage, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Rider Racing Engines, Royal Publishing, Pete Sacks, Sprint and Midge Magazine, Todd Wise, Zemco.

Other special events include the Twin features night at Grandview Speedway on Sunday, May 25, URC will join USAC in a double-header wing and non-wing show at the Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 4, an event sponsored by MACH 1 Chassis. Friday night, August 1 will be the $4,000 to win Rislone Nationals at Williams Grove followed by the Kramer Cup at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, August 9. The “Big Daddy” event for URC is Saturday night, September 27 with the MACH 1 Chassis $8,000 to win event at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE, driving for car owner Bill Gallagher, will be chasing title number nine as Josh Weller and defending URC Owner Champion Ken Eldreth have joined forces to chase their first championship as a team. Other 2014 title contenders include Davie Franek, Ed Aikin, Robbie Stillwaggon, Brian Carber, Chad Trout, Kevin Darling, Eric Riggins, and Randy West just to name a few.

2014 RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

]FRED’S TRAILER PARTS TO CONTINUE URC HARD CHARGER AWARD, KENNEDY & WEST TO CHASE FEATURE WINS & CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2014

Long time URC sponsor Fred Kennedy and Fred’s Trailer Parts Center of Delran, NJ will again be sponsoring URC’s nightly Hard Charger bonus. In each URC feature event, a $50 bonus will go to the driver who advances the most positions in the feature event. “I like to recognize someone who was outstanding for that night and so they make a few extra bucks”, said Fred Kennedy. In addition to the Hard Charger bonus, Fred’s Trailer Parts Center will again be a key contributor to the Rislone URC season long point fund.

Kennedy has been a member of URC since 1981, when he started his sprint car career driving a former Dave Kelly sprint car. Kennedy went on to be a car owner, with drivers like Greg Coverdale and Becca Anderson at the wheel.

Prior to racing a sprint car, Kennedy also competed in the modifieds and took a run at truck racing, but his heart is really in the sprint cars. “Sprint cars are just more exciting to drive especially with their unique handling characteristics around the turns, they are just a thrill”, said Kennedy. “A sprint race is exactly that, a sprint, and there is no time to wait, you gotta go at the drop of the green flag”, added Kennedy.

Looking to the 2014 season, Fred Kennedy will be returning as one of URC’s most recognized car owners and his goal is to win a race or two and be competitive. Fred Kennedy will have Randy West of Boyertown, PA behind the wheel. West came to URC in 2003 and across the eleven year span, he won a total of six URC sprint car feature events. Randy’s nine year old son Cody has interest in racing as well, with plans of racing every Wednesday night in a quarter midget at Phoenixville. It’s a family thing for sure as Randy’s wife Jen is usually offering a helping hand in the pits.

Fred Kennedy and Team 56 do most of the mid-week prep work on the #56 and the crew includes Randy Wilbert, Ole Guy, John Griffis, Vern Grarozzo, Cody West and Jen West. Sponsorship support for the #56 include Delran Auto Body, Minicrete, Keizer Wheels and Simpson Race Products.

In addition to his role as a URC sprint car driver, Randy run a very successful business know as West Fabrication, Inc. They do repairs and modifications to everything from a ¼ midget to sprint cars. West Fabrication specializes in 270 micro-sprints from engines to chassis.

The 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series will open at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on Friday night April 11 followed by a stop at the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC on Saturday night, April 12. Both events are non-point races. The first URC point race will take place at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

TONY FIORE TO CHASE URC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE IN 2014

From Manheim, PA, twenty-three year old Tony Fiore will be in the chase for the Rislone URC Rookie of the Year honors. Their plan is to compete in all the URC sanctioned events in the coming season.

“My goal is to race hard, have fun and to continue making my name in sprint car racing as I did in Motocross”. Fiore continued to say, “ My racing mentality has always been simple and that is to take one race at a time, learn as much as possible and to capitalize on all given opportunities. It’s always been my basic formula for good results. And good results is what I want to give back to my brothers and all the people who keep the wheels turning on our #91 sprint car”.

Tony is the Assistant General Manager at their family owned business, Metro America Auto Sales. “We are just stoked to be a part of URC and the whole organization is made up of class act individuals. We run our race team just like our business and we are excited to racing with a series that operates in the same manner”, said Fiore.”

For Tony, URC’s double file restarts in the feature will offer a different twist. “I’m definitely excited about the double file restarts and I’m sure it will keep the fans on the edge of their seat”, said Fiore.

According to Fiore, he’s looking to the travel and the different race tracks visited by URC. “I’m really excited to travel to all the tracks, a lot of them I’ve never even heard of”. Fiore continued, “Most of all, I really like watching the races at the Grove. It has been a dream to someday race at Williams Grove. To me, the Grove is the Yankee Stadium of race tracks, and they always seem to draw the coolest race fans.”

URC’s purse and perks were a main attraction to bring Tony Fiore to the organization. “The purse is a lot better than what I ever received from the other sprint car divisions that I raced with”, said Tony. “I could never understand why other classes were reluctant of new things, I like that URC always seems to build on fresh ideas and URC is also very welcoming”.

“I’m really looking forward to URC’s opener so I can meet everyone and begin learning from them, both on and off the track. I understand there is a ton of talented teams in URC and I’m really looking forward to be part of it”, said Fiore.

Along with Tony Fiore, several other rookie drivers are on URC roster for 2014 to include Wes Irwin of Lebanon, PA, Brad Franks of Collegeville, PA, Chris Glandon of Milford, DE and expected to make several shows is Joe Trenca of Clay, NY.

Top contenders for the Rislone URC Sprint Series championship include eight time champion Curt Michael, Josh Weller driving the Ken Eldreth #25, Dan Mazy, Ed Aikin, Chad Trout, Kevin Darling, Brian Carber, Davie Franek, Scott Lutz, Eric Riggins and JR Berry just to name a few drivers who are planning to compete on the 2014 tour.

For additional information on URC, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

The attached 2014 URC Stat Sheet includes the driver roster and complete schedule.

 

 

RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES GEARING UP FOR BIG SEASON, ANDY BEST IS ALL ABOUT WINNING FEATURES

Andy Best of Dover, DE is busy preparing for the coming racing season which will include some Rislone URC Sprint Series events. An automotive painter by trade, Andy Best will once again have his 88b sprint car racing on the 360 sprint car circuit. Best is a one-time feature winner with URC and that first win came his way in April 2010 at the Delaware International Speedway.

Andy started his career in 1992 racing go-karts and it just happens that his racing career highlight came behind the wheel of his go-kart. “To this day, winning the world finals on dirt in Daytona in 1996, and in two of the three classes we ran that season, was my biggest accomplishment”, commented Best.

Best advanced to sprint cars in 2009 for his rookie year with URC and just one year later, scored that very first feature win. “Ted Baker and Ken Darling probably played the biggest part in helping me get into sprint cars”, said Best.

“A good night for us is a win and at this point a top five finish. The championship doesn’t interest our team and we don’t have the budget to do it, so for now, we’re going after wins”, said Best.

Andy also shared his view on winning races. “I believe if you’re planning on winning races you have to be willing to gamble on set-up”. Best continued to say, “On any given night in URC, there are eight to ten drivers that can win races”. In the coming year, the competition is expected to be very keen with drivers like Eric Riggins, Josh Weller, Curt Michael, Brian Carber, Ed Aikin, Kevin Darling, Davie Franek, Jonathan Swanson, Randy West and Robbie Stillwaggon.

URC’s season will open with a two race weekend in the Carolina’s on Friday, April 11 at the Carolina Speedway and on Saturday night, April 12 at the Lancaster Speedway. Both of these events are non-point races. URC’s first point race of the season will take place at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19 at the Selinsgrove Speedway. This will be the first of six race dates at Selinsgrove.

For more information on URC, please visit our website at; www.urcsprints.com

 

 

“THE SHERIFF” KEVIN DARLING LOOKING FOR BIG SEASON ON 2014 RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES

From his home town in Wyoming, DE, Kevin Darling has been a long time competitor on the Rislone URC Sprint Series tour, traveling to many if not all the tracks on the URC schedule. With the change in URC’s handicapping procedure in the coming year, Darling feels this will work to his advantage, and time will tell, and he’s ready!

Darling started go-kart racing at the young age of eight and in 1993, he helped as a crew member on the Jimmy Martin #7 URC sprint car. The following year, Kevin had the opportunity to drive one of the Martin back-up cars at a URC event. Without a doubt, he loved it and wanted to go further. In 1994, Kevin won his first URC heat race and also experienced his first flip after a tangle with another competitor while racing with URC in Canada.

Kevin prepared his own URC sprint car in 1995, competing on and off as he was on a very limited budget. “My best race back in the day was probably at Rolling Wheels where I won the heat race, the Cash Dash and finished second in the feature event, it was an awesome night for our team”. Kevin added, “ I remember there being so many cars that day that Greg Coverdale had to start in the back of the “E” Main after wrecking in his heat”.

For a short period time, Kevin ran a limited sprint at the Bridgeport Speedway and won the championship there in 2007. “In 2008, I came back to URC and used a Lou Eckrich motor for many of the races”, said Darling.

“2011 was when we started getting serious about URC racing”. Darling continued to say, “In 2012 we took it up a notch with the addition of Andy Anderson, Dave Parker and Kevin Scott as part of our team”. This was also the year Kevin Darling earned the name, “The Sheriff”, as a result of his sudden hold on URC. He was a contender on almost every race night, the new shining star and did it with style, usually racing high and wide and right up on the outside wall. “We finished every feature and ended up winning my first URC feature at the Big Diamond Raceway also ending the season fourth in point”, said Darling.

In 2013, Kevin Darling and his Ken Darling & Sons INC sprint car won a feature at the New Egypt Speedway, this win being the first victory for crew chief Dave Parker. Darling was again a threat during the season, but ran a limited schedule because of the work demands of the family business which is now forty-five years old.

The 2014 season is going to be a watch out season, that’s right, watch out for Kevin “The Sheriff” Darling because he’s coming with a very serious approach.

“We will have an HG Racing Engine which will give us some additional horsepower, which in my opinion, is the only thing we’ve been lacking at the track in the past”, said Darling. The plans for the 9D sprint car is to run the full URC season but as always, the business needs will have to come first.

Sponsors are important to every race team and for Kevin Darling, he would like to acknowledge Aqua-flo Pumps & Supply, Anderson Performance, Al Darling Appraisals, HG Race Engines, RB Baker & Sons, House of Hair, Bay to Beach Builders, Best Boarding Kennel, Delaware Propane and KL Vincent Welding.

And what about winning the URC Championship? “To win a championship, you need to run every race. You need to first finish races, then you need to try to be a consistent top five car”, Darling added. “If you can do that, the wins will come and eventually, so will a championship, but let’s remember, URC drivers are tough!”

“With URC, there are no easy nights, as you have to work hard for every position. We concentrate on being strong at the end, the last lap is the only one that counts”, said Darling. Kevin has just two feature drop outs in the last two years with URC and neither were from mechanical issues. Kevin was quick to add, “I credit that totally to the crew and all their hard work maintaining and preparing the car”.

“The luck of the draw handicapping should attract a few more cars, never-the-less, it’s gonna be tough to win races when you’re competing against drivers like Andy Best, Robbie Stillwaggon, Chad Trout, Art Liedl and Randy West”. Kevin added, “These guys are tough on the track but will help you out in the pits any way they can. I guess that’s the biggest difference racing with URC, everybody tries to get along, although there is still an occasional disagreement in the pits, but let’s face it, it’s racing, fueled by adrenaline”

The Rislone URC Sprint Series will open with a two race weekend in the Carolina’s followed by the first point race of the season at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19.

Please visit the URC website for additional information. www.urcsprints.com.

2014

RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule

Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)

Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)

Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway

Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)

Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win

Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway

Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway Kramer Williamson Memorial

Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)

Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series

Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series

Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway

Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway

Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway

Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway

Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway

Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win

Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup

Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway

Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway

Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway

Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win

Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC

Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC

Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

 

 

DAN MAZY IS COUNTING DAYS UNTIL RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES OPENER, KRAMER WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL RACE JOINS DELAWARE RACE DATE MAY 17

Dan Mazy of Lyons Station, PA is counting the days until the URC Rislone URC Sprint Series opener. Advancing from the Big Diamond Speedway Road Runner division to the modifieds, Dan was ready for the transition to the sprints. “I always wanted to race sprint cars and it seemed like the best way to get their was making the change from the modifieds to the URC Sprints”, said Mazy who is a Job Foreman at AGM Timber Service. In 2012, Mazy made his start with URC and today, he is a top contender for any event.

“In 2014 we plan to do a lot of racing and we currently have fifteen to twenty URC events on our schedule. We will race without the wing as much as possible this year and we do plan to compete in the Kings Royal and the Canadian Nationals,” added Mazy.

Sponsorship plays a key role with the Mazy X Race Team and includes sponsorship support from AGM Timber Service, Dead-A-Head Designs, Getz Service Station. Slick Racing Products, Champion Racing Oils, Wix Filters, and Camp Canada.

“When I’m on the track, I don’t really worry about the competitors but just focus on the cars that I need to pass”. Mazy continued to say, “I enjoy racing with all the guys and I feel there are very good racers in URC and for the most part, everybody respects one another and we all travel up and down the road together as a family”.

“I think to have multiple feature wins during the URC season just takes a little luck, a solid car and a confident driver”. Mazy added, “Last season we had guys hit hot streaks and rip off a few wins then struggle to finish races. It's a tough deal going to different tracks every week. At the same time that's what makes it fun”.

When asked about how to win a championship, Mazy was quick to say, “I think to win a championship you have to just try and win every time you hit the track. We chased a championship twice at New Egypt in a sportsman and when you become obsessed with that it hurts you. Racing is about reaction you can't afford to over think it. In my opinion the best thing to do it try to maximize every opportunity you have on the track and keep it fun.”

“We are a low dollar operation so my goals change week to week. When we head to races with 50 plus cars and the best guys are there with tons of experience, my goal is to qualify and gain experience racing with those guys and learn. When we head to places I have laps at and I am comfortable, I want to win. All and all, the most important goal is to have fun”. Mazy continued to say, “A guy asked me recently what I want out if my career in racing and I had to think for a minute. My reply was to make memories that will last my life time, never be afraid to go and try, never say to my self I wish I woulda' shoulda' coulda' and have fun doing it”.

On Saturday night, May 17 at the Delaware International Speedway, URC’s legendary driver Kramer Williamson will be remembered with the Kramer Williamson Memorial. As a tribute to Kramer Williamson, who lost his life in August of 2013 in a racing mishap at the Lincoln Speedway. This event will be presented in his honor. Johnny Zimmerman is running a campaign to collect $73 for each of the twenty-five laps and $73 for each feature starting position. Laps and positions for this event may be purchased by contacting Johnny Zimmerman at 302 423 2351 or by e-mail at zim19@aol.com.

URC’s opening day race is set for Friday night, April 11 with a non-point race at the Carolina Speedway followed by a Saturday night stop at the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC. The first point race of the Rislone URC Sprint Series will take place on Saturday night, April 19 at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

 

 

EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD CHARLOTTE, NC DRIVER ERIC RIGGINS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO COMPETE WITH URC IN 2014

In the Fall of 2013, eighteen year old Eric Riggins from Charlotte, NC scored a pair of victories by winning two co-sanctioned URC/USCS events taking place at the Carolina and the Cherokee Speedway’s. Riggins dominated both feature events making it one of his most memorable racing weekends of his racing career. Over the winter months, Eric and his dad gave much consideration around building their plans for 2014. “The URC sprints looked to be the smartest series we could follow and still get to run some select 410 shows and obviously, we’ll race against some stiff competition as well as racing at some very well-known tracks in central PA”, commented Riggins who has eight sprint car victories in just two and a half years of racing sprint cars.

Riggins will drive his familiar #47 that is owned by his father, Eric Riggins Sr. Sponsorship on his 360 sprinter will include Alpha Canvas Race Products, JRI Shocks, FK Rod ends, FSR Radiators, J&J Auto Racing, and Brown and Miller Racing Solutions.

By profession, the Riggins are owners of Alpha Canvas, specializing in custom race covers, banners, tents and awnings. For additional information, please visit: www.Alphacanvas.com

“I’m really excited to come and race with URC” and I know the guys to beat will be Curt Michael, JJ Grasso, Davie Franek and Robbie Stillwaggon, said an excited Riggins while announcing his plans. The full Rislone URC Sprint schedule is a priority for the Riggins Race Team in 2014 along with several Pennsylvania 410 Sprint shows and select USCS racing events.

The Rislone URC Sprint Series will offer several big paying shows in the coming season and Riggins is thrilled about that. “I like the high dollar events because they will bring in some bigger name drivers, and that will help us see where we stack up with those guys”, said Riggins.

Riggins is well aware of the talent in URC and what it will take to win features and even, win the championship. Riggins added, “ To win the title it will take consistency, as a driver, as well as the guy who is making calls on the race car, our goal is to be able to complete for the win night in and night out”.

The 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series is shaping up to be yet another competitive season as the organization begins its’ sixty-seventh season. Twenty-six race dates fill the schedule although the first two races of the season are non-point events.

Riggins is certainly an added plus to the URC roster that also includes URC’s eight time champion Curt Michael, Josh Weller, driving the Ken Eldreth sprinter, Davie Franek, Brian Carber in the Guy Howie sprinter, Ed Aikin, Kevin Darling and Dan Mazy to name a few.

Although not point race events, the first two URC shows of 2014 will be in the Carolina’s, offering Eric Riggins what should be a home track advantage.

 

 

ED AIKIN READIES FOR 2014 SPRINT CAR SEASON WITH AN EYE ON MULTIPLE WINS WITH URC

In 1987, Ed Aikin of Lincoln University, PA made the leap to begin his racing career, starting in the late model division and later moving into the 358 modifieds at Grandview Speedway. Ed was usually in the thick of the battle with every start at Grandview, but over time, he knew he wanted to do something different. “I was just tired of replacing bumpers and body panels on a modified”, said Aikin. The sprints seemed to be the way to go and in 2002, Ed made the move to the Rislone URC Sprint Series.

Just like his pervious racing efforts, Aikin adapted quickly to the sprints. In total, Ed Aikin has eight Rislone URC sprint wins including the biggest win of his career, a victory in the 2007 Rislone Nationals. A field of fifty-seven 360 sprints gathered at the historic Williams Grove Speedway and it was Ed Aikin who earned the win in URC’s most prestigious event of the year. Aikin’s name is among the best in sprint car racing with previous Rislone National winners like Mark Smith in 2013, NASCAR’s Tony Stewart in 2013, Lance Dewease, Daryn Pitman, Aaron Ott, Kenny Adams and the inaugural Rislone National winner Pat Cannon in 2006.

Looking to the 2014 season, Aikin plans to run most if not all of the Rislone URC events and take in some open 360 races as well as some 410 racing.

“There are fifteen cars that can win a URC event on any given night, but the guys who are going to be fast every week include Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Josh Weller, Randy West, Curt Michael and a couple others”, said Aikin. And what will it take to win multiple URC features this year? Aikin quickly replied, “A well prepared car in the shop”.

Along with winning features, there remains the goal of winning the Rislone URC sprint series title. What does it take to win the URC championship prize? “Consistency. . . .. .look it up in the dictionary and there is a picture of Curt Michael”, commented Aikin who was referencing URC’s only eight time champion who will be a regular on the URC roster in 2014. Winning a title is a nice to do, but at the end of the day for Ed Aikin, “the only thing that matters is winning features”.

What is a good night at the track for Ed Aikin? “We’re happen to have a top five finish and have fun with my crew”, answered Aikin. Ed and team have a strong drive for success, just watch them in the pits on any night.

In the coming year, expect to see the Aikin #7 carry the black, red and yellow colors with sponsorship support from CnB Mushrooms, Chip’s Auto Center, Bruce’s Speed Shop, SDS Web Creations, Precision Coatings, Kinsler Racing products and HP Engines.

 

 

INSINGER FUELS COME ABOARD AS URC OFFICIAL FUEL SPONSOR OF 2014

Insinger Performance & Racing Fuels announced today that they will join the URC family as their official fuel sponsor for the coming season.

The current price for fuel offered by Insinger Fuels is $149 per drum are there are some attractive incentives for those URC competitors who use this product. Each URC feature winner in 2014 will earn a $50 certificate from Insinger good towards a future purchase of a drum of fuel.

For race teams that purchase a minimum of two drums of Insinger Fuel during the season, they will be eligible to win racing fuel at URC’s end of the year Champions Celebration. At the event, Insinger will give away five drums of fuel. For more information, please contact Bruce Insinger by calling 570-924-4323 or you may reach Bruce through his e-mail address at: bruce@insingerperformance.com.

 

 

TWENTY-SIX RACE DATES AND SPECIAL EVENTS HIGHLIGHT RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE OF 2014

Twenty-six races fill the 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series with numerous special events including several high profile shows highlighted on the schedule. URC will visit five states over the course of the year with stops in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware.

Two high-dollar events of the new season include the 14th Annual MACH 1 Chassis National Open for 358-360 sprints at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, September 27. $10,000 will go to the feature winner with $2,550 for fifth, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to take the green flag in the feature event. TJ Stutts is the defending winner of the National Open. Another big event is the Rislone Nationals set for Friday night, August 1st at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. Mark Smith is the defending winner of this event and he’ll be shooting for the $4,000 first place prize in the ninth annual running of this Rislone Nationals. The Jack Gunn Memorial will return to the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, May 10. In 2013, JJ Grasso won this thriller that will again pay $3,500 to win.

One very special high-profile race for the Rislone URC Sprints will take place at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA. This is URC’s one and only visit to the “pigeon hills” of Pennsylvania. URC, our nation’s oldest traveling sprint car organization will share the Wednesday night, June 4 race card with the USAC Amsoil Non-wing 410 sprint cars. The URC 360 sprints and the Lincoln Speedway 358 sprints will compete for the twenty-four car starting field. Never before has URC and the USAC organization been on the same racing program at the Lincoln Speedway. So sprint car fans who like wing and non-wing racing, you’ll see them both on the same night in an event sponsored by MACH 1 Chassis. Talent will be plentiful and look for several drivers to do double-duty.

Selinsgrove Speedway will host the Kramer Cup event on Saturday night, August 9th. This race will be presented in honor of sprint car racing legend Kramer Williamson, who lost his life in a sprint car accident in 2013. In memory of the familiar “Pink Panther”, the Kramer Cup trophy will of course, be the color pink. More details on this event will be released in the near future.

Davie “No Panic” Franek, eight time defending champion Curt Michael, “The Wild Child” Josh Weller driving the Kenny Eldreth sprinter, 2013 sensation Brian Carber who will drive the Guy Howie sprint car, Kevin Darling, and Chad Trout are just a few of the drivers who will be chasing the 2014 Rislone URC Championship crown.

The 2014 season will open with a two race weekend with stops at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on Friday night, April 11 and a Saturday night stop on April 12 at the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC. Both events are non-point races and will provide URC competitors an opportunity to shakedown their new rides before the first point race of the season, set for the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19.

The Selinsgrove Speedway date will mark the first of ten URC Super Series special events for URC. Recently added to the Rislone URC Schedule is a visit to the Hagerstown Speedway on Friday night, August 29. URC is pleased to be returning to the Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, August 23rd Big Diamond, Grandview, Bedford, Winchester, Potomac, Delaware International and the Cherokee Speedway’s also have dates on the URC schedule.

For more information on URC, please visit our website at www.urcsprints.com

RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

APRIL 11 Carolina/Gastonia, NC Non-Points

APRIL 12 Lancaster/Lancaster, SC Non-Points

APRIL 19 Selinsgrove Super Series

APRIL 25 Big Diamond

MAY 2 Big Diamond Rain Date

MAY 10 Selinsgrove Jack Gunn (SS) $3,500 To Win

MAY 16 Bedford

MAY 17 Delaware International

MAY 25 Grandview 2 Features

MAY 26 Grandview Rain Date

JUNE 4 Lincoln Super Series

JUNE 6 Williams Grove Super Series

JUNE 13 Potomac

JUNE 14 Winchester

JUNE 21 Grandview

JUNE 27 Bedford

JUNE 28 Selinsgrove Super Series

JULY 26 Selinsgrove Super Series

AUG 1 Williams Grove Rislone (SS) $4,000 to win

AUG 9 Selinsgrove Kramer Cup Super Series

AUG 22 Williams Grove Super Series

AUG 23 Port Royal

AUG 29 Hagerstown

AUG 30 Delaware International

SEPT 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 (SS) $8,000 to win

OCT 3 Carolina/Gastonia, NC

OCT 4 Cherokee, Gaffney, SC

OCT 18 Grandview Feature Only

OCT 19 Grandview Rain Date

 

 

DAVIE “NO PANIC” FRANEK SET TO CHASE 2014 RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

In 2011, Davie “No Panic” Franek of Wantage, NJ joined the ranks of URC for in his first season and he was immediately viewed as a title contender.

He scored his first win with URC in his inaugural year and was a threat on any given night to win the feature. Every year since 2011, Franek was in the hunt for the championship title. In 2012, Franek and Robbie Stillwaggon went head-to-head each weekend chasing points and it all went down to the last race of the season, with Stillwaggon earning the title over Franek who finished a well-earned second.

The 2013 URC campaign once again saw Franek in the spotlight as the potential champion.

A wild August crash at the Lincoln Speedway changed what might have been a different outcome. After starting fourteenth, Franek was as high as fourth on lap six when he and another car tangled in turn three, with Franek flipping violently, hanging his 360 sprint car on the third turn catch fence. Davie walked away uninjured, but this one night would be the turning point of the balance of the season. Franek did finish a very respectable third in the season long Rislone URC Sprint Series title chase, with the championship title going to JJ Grasso with Josh Weller a close second.

Like many current day sprint car drivers, Davie Franek started his driving career in 1995 racing go-karts. He later advanced to the micro-sprints before moving into the 358 sprints. His first race was at the Lincoln Speedway but he quickly made the Selinsgrove Speedway his weekly Saturday night stop. In total, Franek has more than a dozen feature wins with his biggest moments coming in 2005 and 2006 when he won both season finale’s in the 358 Championship events at the Trailway’s Speedway.

In 2011, Franek won his first URC feature, that victory coming at the Delaware International Speedway. The night before, he won the 358 sprint feature at the Williams Grove Speedway, making it a very popular double-win weekend.

“Preparation is key to being successful on race night”, commented Davie Franek. “We believe the prep work needs to happen during the week in the garage, if you’re doing the prep work at the track on race night, you’re already behind your competitors”. Davie’s dad is a key part of the team’s success. “He’s real good on chassis set-up and that’s something we work together on”. Davie continued to say, “Our results show that my Dad and I are on the same page, all we could use is some help during the week in the garage and some help on race night at the track”.

It comes as no surprise that the experience of Dave Franek comes from his own driving experiences, wheeling a modified at tracks like Middletown, Nazareth and 5 Mile Point, earlier in his racing career.

A few years back, URC made a controversial decision to go with double-file restarts in the feature event. Predictions of numerous accidents, rough riding and bad starts never did materialize. From Davie’s viewpoint, “The double-file restarts are no issue, let’s face it, if you’re good, you’re going to finish upfront regardless of single or double-file restarts”.

Some strong teams are in place with URC in 2014 including the Josh Weller and Ken Eldreth recently announced team. Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael and the Bill Gallagher #5G will be a title contender along with Brian Carber driving the Guy Howie sprinter, and now, . . . . . Davie Franek is planning another run to chase a URC Championship. In 2014, who will be Davie Franek’s biggest challenge? “Mainly ourselves, and as long as we come prepared, we plan to be in the running to win the championship”, said Franek.

The Dave Franek Auto Sales sponsored 360 sprinter will carry the familiar #28F with sponsorship support from Bobby Hearn and Winters Performance. Look for a new sprint car with a slightly different paint job to be in action at some of the big payday events in 2014.

A very attractive 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series schedule has been released. A two race Carolina weekend will open the season April 11 and 12. Both races are non-point shows. The first URC point race of the season will take place at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

 

 

CURT MICHAEL EYES A NINTH RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN 2014

Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE has accomplished something no other driver has, he is an eight time Rislone URC Sprint Series Champion. It’s quite an accomplishment, especially when you look at the roster of driving stars who competed with URC over the sixty-seven year history of the organization. “I’m very proud of this accomplishment”, said Curt Michael on a cold and windy winter night in January. “URC has such a long history and have had some great drivers over the years like Halaquist, Kelly, Fitzcharles Kramer and many, more. I would have been crazy to think I was going to do something these guys never did”, add Michael. In racing, when you are recognized by just a single name, you know you’ve made it. In URC, there is only one Curt.

For Curt, it all started in 1995 when he ran just four races in a car owned by his dad, Al Michael. At that time, they were running a 358 motor against the URC motors. Curt could be viewed as a URC regular, but there were years when he ran a limited URC schedule for various reasons, including wheeling a 410 sprint car, a big brother to a 360 sprinter. In years when Curt did compete in every show, the likelihood of him winning the URC Champion was very high. In that first year with URC, Curt was not thinking about winning a championship, but about how to stay out of trouble and make enough money for his Dad so he could to continue to race each week. That in itself, made Curt Michael the good racer that he is today. The first goal is to finish and remember, you can’t win if you’re not running at the end of the race. Curt starts a race with a plan to be running at the end of the race, and he usually is. As someone who has watched Curt race through all of his career, he also demonstrates an amazing ability to avoid trouble on the track. He usually avoids the crashes with an amazing ability to see them start and know exactly what to do to avoid it. Michael was rather modest stating, “I always look ahead instead of looking at my own front wing, I guess a lot of luck helps also”.

“Winning championships starts in the shop with a great race team. No one is going to win a championship if the car breaks every other week”, said Michael. In speaking with Curt, you quickly hear of his commitment to car owner Bill Gallagher. “It is Bill’s race team and I always try to do my best and at the same time, treat his equipment like I would my own”.

“Thankfully, I have and some great owners and I’m going into my seventh year driving for Bill Gallagher”, Michael continued to say, “This is the longest I have been racing with the same owner in my entire career. I love driving for Bill and we’ve become very close, in fact, we usually talk at least once a day”.

Curt’s first URC Championship came with car owner Mike Bostic in 1988. “That championship meant a lot to me because my Dad was the Crew Chief and we build that team from scratch”, said Curt. “In 2004, I won the championship for Frank Davis, another team we built from scratch and I had my close friend Steve Suchy as Crew Chief”. Michael continued to say, The third, fourth and fifth (2005, 2006, 2007) championships were with Pat and Kathy Palladino and the high point there was winning three championships in a row.

The Curt and Bill team came together in 2008 and Curt won his sixth URC title. This one was especially memorable as it was Bill’s first champion along with crew chief Todd Rittenhouse who also won his first championship. In 2010 and 2011, the Curt and Bill show were at their peak, joined by Curt’s brother Sean, who was the crew chief for the team. There was that point in URC history when one would wonder if anyone else was ever going to win a URC championship.

In all these years and hundreds of races, one would ask, what was Curt’s greatest memory in racing? “Being the first driver to win five URC championships in a row along with winning the most URC championships in my highlight”. Curt went on to say, “Winning the URC sprint feature on the mile at Syracuse was a big day along with topping a seventy-one car field with a last lap pass to win a URC/ESS Challenge event at the Rolling Wheels Raceway”. It goes without saying, Curt is especially proud of his 410 sprint car victories as well.

Looking to 2014, one can only guess that Curt’s goal is to win a ninth championship. This year, Brandon Weibly will join the team as crew chief, a very welcome addition to the Curt and Bill Show. Curt was quick to say, “I don’t worry about the competition. Winning a championship is all about what you do as a team and not what the other teams do or don’t do”. Competition has never been a concern with Curt Michael and it’s no different in the coming season. Michael is happy with the URC Super Series events feeling strongly that you get better as a driver and a team when you race against tough competition.

The familiar green #5G carried a touch of pink in 2013. In March of 2013, Curt’s wife Jenn (A former Ms. Motorsports title winner) was diagnosed with early breast cancer. After a double mastectomy in late April, Jenn is recovering and doing very well. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Curt and team surprised Jenn with the added pink to the paint job. And there is still another gal in Curt’s life, his three year old daughter, Madison, who you will see attending most of the races. The entire experience with Jenn was scary for Curt. “Thankfully, Jenn was very strong throughout everything and Bill was very supportive with the race team as well”, said Curt. “Having Madison and what we went through with Jenn showed me that there is more to life than just racing. I can have a bad night at the races and when I see Madison, I kinda forget about it all for a while”.

Sponsors play a key role with any race team and for the Curt and Bill Show, they find support from GEI Ent., Valley Forge, Lelands.com, K&N Air Filters, Kruger Trailers, Triple X Race Co., Butlerbuilt and Simpson.

So, it’s all but time to start the 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series season. For Curt, he likes every track but does have a fondness for racing close to home at both Delaware International and the Georgetown Speedways. As for his competition in the coming season, I asked Curt who he expected to be his biggest challengers, and spoken as a true eight time URC Champion he replied, “I’ve done this for a long time and have raced for wins and championships against some really good guys. It seems like you never know who might be fast”.

The Rislone URC 2014 season will get underway on Friday night, April 11 at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC followed by a visit to the Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC on Saturday night, April 12. These two event will be non-point races. The first point race of the 2014 URC season will take place at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, April 19.

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2014

RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule

Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)

Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)

Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway

Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)

Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win

Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway

Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway

Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)

Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series

Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series

Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway

Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway

Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway

Friday, June 27 Bedford Speedway

Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway

Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win

Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup

Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway

Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway

Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway

Saturday, Sept 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win

Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC

Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC

Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

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URC’s BRIAN CARBER EARNS NATIONAL 360 SPRINT CAR DRIVER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS. . . .
LOOK FOR URC AT THE DIRT TRACKIN’ SHOW AT THE YORK EXPO CENTER JANUARY 24-25-26

URC’s Brian Carber of Pipersville, PA earned the prestigious 2013 North American 360 Sprint Rookie of the Year honor. The announcement was made on Thursday night in Knoxville, Iowa. Carber, who competed with the Rislone URC Sprint Series Sprints in 2013, was nothing short of sensational. After leading the URC point chase for several weeks, Carber did score his first URC career win and ended his rookie season fifth in the overall Rislone URC Sprint point chase. Carber will be returning to URC in 2014, driving the Guy Howie owned sprinter. The Carber/Howie Team are expected to be top contenders in chase of the 2014 URC Championship.

After a successful Pioneer Pole Building Motorsports weekend, the United Racing Company will take part in the Dirt Trackin’ Race Car Show at the York Expo Center in York, PA. The show opens on Friday, January 24 at 10 AM and continues through Sunday, January 26.

URC driver Chad Trout will proudly display his 360 sprint car in the URC booth throughout the busy weekend. Trout scored his first URC victory in 2013, earning the win at the Lincoln Speedway. URC schedules will be available throughout the weekend along with a URC Fact Sheet, that answers many questions for competitors who are considering to complete with URC.

For more information, please visit our website at: www.urcsprints.com

(please note the date change for Bedford Speedway)
2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series Schedule
APRIL 11 Carolina/Gastonia, NC Non-Points
APRIL 12 Lancaster/Lancaster, SC Non-Points
APRIL 19 Selinsgrove Super Series
APRIL 25 Big Diamond
MAY 2 Big Diamond Rain Date
MAY 10 Selinsgrove Jack Gunn (SS) $3,500 To Win
MAY 16 Bedford
MAY 17 Delaware International
MAY 25 Grandview 2 Features
MAY 26 Grandview Rain Date
JUNE 4 Lincoln Super Series
JUNE 6 Williams Grove Super Series
JUNE 13 Potomac
JUNE 14 Winchester
JUNE 21 Grandview
JUNE 27 Bedford
JUNE 28 Selinsgrove Super Series
JULY 26 Selinsgrove Super Series
AUG 1 Williams Grove Rislone (SS) $4,000 to win
AUG 9 Selinsgrove Kramer Cup Super Series
AUG 22 Williams Grove Super Series
AUG 23 Port Royal
AUG 29 Hagerstown
AUG 30 Delaware International
SEPT 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 (SS) $8,000 to win
OCT 3 Carolina/Gastonia, NC
OCT 4 Cherokee, Gaffney, SC
OCT 18 Grandview Feature Only
OCT 19 Grandview Rain Date

 

 

URC ATTRACTS STONG ATTENDANCE AT COMPETITORS MEETING HELD SATURDAY AT THE PPB MOTORSPORTS EVENT

On Saturday, at 1:15 PM, the United Racing Company conducted a URC Competitors Meeting at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center in Oaks, PA during the PPB Motorsport event. Nearly sixty people attended the meeting with over twenty potential URC race teams present, including four rookie teams.

URC Owners, John and Cher Zimmerman and Bob Miller reviewed changes planned for 2014 along with the official announcement of a twenty-six race URC Rislone Sprint Series schedule. The schedule also includes the recently added Hagerstown Speedway date on Friday night, August 29. Fred Woodward of Lias/American Racer Tires also fielded questions on the 2014 American Race Tire program.

Howard Swanson, representing the URC Tech Committee also reviewed changes to the 2014 URC car specifications. It was announced at the meeting that no major changes were made to the car specs rules, but the committee devoted much effort to updating and clarifying existing specifications. The new 2014 URC Rule Book will be posted on the website shortly and include the clarification on the top wing and finalize the tire compounds for the coming season.

The URC handicapping will be replaced with an open pill draw for heats and a redraw for the feature. At the URC Super Series events, URC will utilize the Revenge Redraw for the each feature event. URC will also offer race teams two provisional for 2014. URC regular shows will start twenty-two cars in the 25 lap feature and offer $250 to start the main event. For the URC Super Series events, a minimum of twenty-four cars will start the feature. The payoff and feature lap distance for the Super Series events will vary and event sheets for all these events will soon be posted on the Competitors Page of the URC website.

More details to be released shortly. Please visit our website for more updates.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Friday, June 20 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

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BRIAN CARBER & GUY HOWIE JOIN FORCES TO CHASE RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Brian Carber of Pipersville, PA will be returning to compete with the 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series. Carber, who will turn twenty in February, joined URC in 2013 for his first season of 360 sprint car racing, earning one feature win (New Egypt Speedway) and finishing a solid fifth in the overall URC point chase. It was an impressive first season for Carber who previously competed in both 305 sprints and 600 micros. For the youthful Carber, the coming season offers a huge opportunity, driving for Guy Howie. “Guy has talent and experience behind him and he is just the person to take our deal to the next level”, said Carber.

Carber’s Lawn Care and the Allamuchy Garage will be the lead sponsors for the team that will compete with HP Engines and a Maximum Chassis. Support sponsors include Chubby and CnB Mushrooms as well as ButlerBuilt seats. The Howie/Carber ride will carry the familiar #8C.

“The kid is 110% into racing, it’s just something he shows the desire to do and in racing today, you need to give 110% to be competitive”, commented Guy Howie as he talked about his new driver for the coming season. The team will concentrate on chasing the Rislone URC Sprint Series championship and they will maintain multiple cars to include one new sprinter for the start of the season. Guy Howie also has a 410 motor and they plan to do some central Pennsylvania sprint car racing when there is no conflict with URC. Guy Howie has been in the sport a long time and was a very successful modified driver in his day.

“I’m excited about the new season and I would really like to win a championship title, I really need one before I stop doing this racing stuff”, said Howie.
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For Brian Carber, his entire life has been racing. “I’ve been around racing my whole life and if you want to be good, you need learn all aspects of racing”. Carber continued to say, “ On the track, you just have to keep working and you must force yourself to go somewhere else, find another lane or make a new one. I can’t win by following someone”.

Looking at the 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series, Carber is happy with the strong schedule and the variety of different race tracks. “I like that the 358 sprints can run with us as well as the central Pennsylvania 360 sprint drivers, I want to run with the best and some nights, URC has it all”, added Carber.

Car set-up is also key and Carber feels he learns a lot by working on the car. “I’m learning new stuff, things I’ve never seen before”. A lot of the inspiration behind Brian comes from his father, Ed. “My dad has pushed me since I was five years old, I feel like I was born in a race car. My Dad would push me to better, he is a silent pusher and he has always been there for me ”, said Carber.

“As for 2014, we can be a strong team to win the URC Championship. I’ve got everything I need to be confident and I know Guy will give me a car to win races and get the job done”.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Friday, June 20 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Friday, August 29 Hagerstown Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

(NP) Non-Point Races

 

 

JOSH WELLER EYES 2014 RISLONE URC CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CAR OWNER KEN ELDRETH

At age twenty-eight, Josh Weller will start his eleventh season of sprint car racing and he’s more excited about 2014 then any prior season.

“The Wild Child” from Mertztown, PA has firmly landed in the seat of the Eldreth Construction 360 sprint car, the 2013 Rislone URC Sprint Series championship winning ride owned by Kenny Eldreth. “We’re excited about the team and our goal is to go out and win races and hopefully, the championship will follow”. Weller added, “I really what to get Kenny back-to-back URC Owner titles”. Weller has been racing a long time, starting in quarter midgets in 1994, he earned the name, “The Wild Child” on his way to some eighty-six victories. He advanced into micro-sprints where he enjoyed success and in 2003, moved into the 360 sprint cars with URC. That year, Josh Wellers was URC’s Rookie of the Year.

Josh has six URC 360 sprint victories and his talent was further demonstrated by winning 360 sprint features with ASCS and the USCS sprint car racing series.

“The deal with Kenny Eldreth came to be fairly quick. We knew Kenny and well, he’s a good person with high integrity and honestly, I just want to win races for this guy”, commented Weller. Josh is a quiet, a rather reserve kind of guy, but when you get him talking about Kenny Eldreth and the coming Rislone URC Series, he begins turning more RPM’s then his 360 sprint car motor. With this energy and excitement, they very well will be the team to beat.

For Weller, this is also a lot about family. His wife (Tina) and daughter (Aubrey) are with him at all the races. His parents, Rick and Kim are a big part of the team as well. Josh’s dad Rick, the long-time chief mechanic for the team, will again be the set-up man for the Eldreth Construction KramerKraft #25 sprint car. Joining Eldreth Construction as team sponsors is Assured Automation, a New Jersey based business that handles automated valves and equipment.

The Rislone URC Sprint Series schedule holds twenty-five race dates with many show in Central Pennsylvania, at the race tracks all sprint car driver want to compete at. Williams Grove, Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedway’s are all firmly planted in the URC schedule. A change for URC in the coming season is the move to an open draw verses handicapping off of points. “I’m all for the open draw and fans should expect this to mix up the racing action especially in the final stages of the race”, added Weller.

“My favorite track is Grandview, it’s a drivers’ race track and you can make or break your own night”. Weller continued to say, “You don’t always need the best equipment, but at Grandview, you need to have it running at the end of the race”.

Weller is known for his come from behind style. No matter how far back he starts, he somehow makes his way to the front by the end of race. In 2013, he earned the most hard charger bonus awards and one night, between the heat and the feature, he actually passed a total of forty cars. “We set our car up for the end of the race and let the track come to the car. As for the driver, I need to be strong the entire race, up on the wheel and you must just keep digging your way to the front, something I learned from racing the 410 sprints”, said Weller.

URC has several Super Series events on the schedule, facing off with some of the best sprint car drivers in Central Pennsylvania. “For the Super Series races, we have to step up our program, it’s tough and we need to be on our game and they need to be off”. Weller added, “the competition at these shows are guys like Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Chuck Hebing, Pat Cannon, Mark Smith and Blane Heimbach.

So out of the gate, at the first green flag, the team of Weller and Eldreth plan to be a dominant force and they are very optimistic about 2014.

 

 

RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES TO BE PART OF PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS SHOW JANUARY 10-11-12

The Rislone URC Sprint Series is looking forward to the exciting PPB Motorsports Show opening on Friday, January 10 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The popular off season activity will continue through Sunday, January 12.

Defending Owner Champion Ken Eldreth will have his URC sprint car on display at the URC booth the entire weekend, joined by his driver Josh Weller, “The Wild Child” from Mertztown, PA. The merging of Eldreth and Josh Weller could just be the right combination for Eldreth to secure a second championship as Josh Weller eyes his first URC title. No doubt that this team will be a top contender as they chase the 2014 Rislone URC Sprint Series Championship.

URC will also have their 2014 schedules available, license applications and a very interesting fact sheet on frequently asked questions about URC, with the goal to attract new competitors. On Saturday afternoon, from 1:15 to 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 2, inside the Expo Center, URC will invite “all” drivers and car owners to a Q&A forum. The new deal of URC is geared to share the many advantages of running with this 360 sprint car organization. A new open draw will replace the previous handicapping system based off points and appearances. In addition, URC will pay $2,000 to win and $250 to start the twenty-two car starting field. Many more changes to make URC an organization open to all, will be discussed on Saturday.

John and Cher Zimmerman and Bob Miller, the owners of the United Racing Company will field questions on URC’s “new deal”, race procedures and the 2014 schedule. URC’s Tech Committee Coordinator Rick Weller will also be on hand to review car specifications and changes for 2014.

2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, April 11 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC (NP)
Saturday, April 12 Lancaster Speedway/Lancaster, SC (NP)
Saturday, April 19 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, April 25 Big Diamond Raceway
Friday, May 2 Big Diamond Raceway (Rain Date)
Saturday, May 10 Selinsgrove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial $3,500 To Win
Friday, May 16 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, May 17 Delaware International Speedway
Sunday, May 25 Grandview Speedway (2 Features)
Monday, May 26 Grandview Speedway (Rain Date)
Wednesday, June 4 Lincoln Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 6 Williams Grove Speedway MACH 1 Super Series
Friday, June 13 Potomac Speedway
Saturday, June 14 Winchester VA Speedway
Friday, June 20 Bedford Speedway
Saturday, June 21 Grandview Speedway
Saturday, June 28 Selinsgrove Speedway
Saturday, July 26 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1 Williams Grove Speedway Rislone Nationals $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9 Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23 Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30 Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27 Selinsgrove MACH 1 $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3 Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4 Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18 Grandview Speedway Feature Only

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