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Feb
5
2015

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Invading Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Invading Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway on Oct. 17 for First Time in History CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 26, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make its inaugural appearance at historic Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway this season. The addition of Plymouth, and two other schedule adjustments, sets the tour for 2015. The Outlaws will invade Plymouth on Saturday, Oct. 17, with an event that will have an earlier than normal 5 p.m. start time. It will be the fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event in Indiana this season, joining races at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway. The track, 25 miles south of South Bend, Ind., is a 3/8-mile dirt oval that regularly features DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and sprint cars, among other events, throughout its season. In operation since 1952, the track is undergoing significant improvements for the upcoming year including a new racing surface and grandstands....

Jan
27
2015

Evernham Looks Back On Gordon’s Career

  (HHP/Alan Marler Photo) Article By:Aaron Burns MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Ray Evernham can still recall the first time he met the wiry kid from Pittsboro, Ind., who looked like he was 14 years old even after he’d already turned 19. Jeff Gordon always had a way of standing out beyond simply piloting a race car. Evernham – then known for his Modified racing success – was injured and looking for something to do. He’d seen Gordon on ESPN’s Saturday Night Thunder open-wheel telecasts, where the teenager was competing for trophies against legends like Rich Vogler. Evernham didn’t know what to think when, after Andy Petree suggested he work with Gordon and then-Busch Series car owner Hugh Connerty in 1990, he went to Charlotte, N.C. and met Gordon and his parents in a hotel room to plan out their strategy. Evernham had his briefcase. It contained what one...

Jan
20
2015

New SPARCO Driver Saftey Gear In Stock!

Pit Stop USA is pleased to announce Sparco as a featured brand for 2015! Sparco is one of the premier brands in motorsports today and offers innovative, high quality driver safety equipment .  In the coming weeks, we will be letting you know about all of the exciting new Sparco products for 2015 as they arrive in our warehouse. We know you will be as excited as we are about the all of the hot new Sparco products being introduced for this racing season. Since 1977, the world's top professional drivers choose Sparco more than any other brand. Top professional drivers in Formula One, NASCAR, Indy Car and other forms of motorsport demand Sparco for their safety needs. Sparco works closely with professional drivers to develop the safest, most technologically advanced products available.  Every Sparco product is tested in the world's most rigorous and demanding racing environments. Sophisticated production equipment, and fanatical attention to...

Jan
20
2015

Rico Abreu Wins the Chili Bowl

(Photo Credit: Mike Spivey) TULSA, Okla. (January 17, 2015) Saturday night at the Chili Bowl was one for the record books, as California's Rico Abreu raced to his first triumph in the finale of the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire, delivering car owner, Keith Kunz, his first Golden Driller since 2002. "I just tried to stay as patient as I could. You know the race is a not a long race, but it is a long race. For a few laps I just kind of got after it just to see where we were at and I hung with him [Bryan Clauson] pretty good," commented Abreu about his pass for the lead. "I don't know how hard he was racing, but when the time was right I pulled the trigger and gave him a slide job and was waiting for him to slide me back. We dragged raced each other into three and I came out with the lead." Gridding the Toyota / Abreu Vineyards No. 97 third, Abreu slipped back to fifth as Bryan Clauson jumped to the lead over Jerry...

Jan
12
2015

Outlaws Invading USA Raceway March 7

NAPA Wildcat Shootout presented by RideNow Powersports is lone Arizona event on 2015 schedule for ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 12, 2015 - The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns Saturday, March 7, to USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., for the NAPA Wildcat Shootout presented by RideNow Powersports. The track has proved to be one of the most competitive with five different winners in five events the Outlaws have run there since 2006. Brad Sweet took the victory last season after battling past Kerry Madsen and holding off Steve Kinser. "The World of Outlaws stop at USA Raceway is one of the most exciting events on our schedule," World Racing Group COO Tom Deery said. "We always look forward to bringing the series to Arizona and showcasing  The Greatest Show on Dirt ." Daryn Pittman's win at USA Raceway in 2013 helped to propel him to the championship that season. "It's one of my favorite tracks," Pittman said....

Dec
23
2014

New Alpinestars Products are In stock

  The Pit Stop USA team just returned from the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis and have found hundreds of new products that will be available in 2015. Some of the finest new driver safety equipment available in 2015 include these great products from Alpinestars.  These new Alpinestars products are now available, just in time for that last minute gift for the racer on your holiday shopping list! 2015 Tech 1-ZX Glove   Complying fully with FIA homologation standards, Alpinestars' Tech 1-ZX is an innovative Nomex® glove with minimal seam stitching and reduced material construction to offer superior levels of performance grip, cockpit comfort and sensitivity on the car's controls.   Certified to FIA 8856-2000 and SFI 3.3 (SFI 5) homologation standard.   2015 SP Shoe     Designed and constructed to offer excellent levels...

Dec
11
2014

Record 50 Events For WoO Late Models

  INDIANAPOLIS – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for a record number events in 2015 with 50 A-Mains featured on the national tour’s schedule released Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis. The country’s longest-running national dirt late model series has visits to 38 tracks in 20 states and Canada planned for its 12th season under the World Racing Group banner. The tour’s 2015 itinerary follows tradition in kicking off with a stretch of seven events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February. The Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., Feb. 6-7 will serve as the 2015 lid-lifter with a doubleheader weekend featuring 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win on both Friday and Saturday. Also part of the busy first month of WoO LMS action is the fourth annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The three-night...

Dec
3
2014

Kinser Confirmed For Winter Heat

  INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser will be among the drivers bringing in 2015 racing in southwest Arizona at the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. Kinser, who just completed his final full season with the World of Outlaws, will drive the Tony Stewart Racing No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance/J&J five times during the opening 10 days of 2015 this January. “We’re looking forward to being part of this first Winter Heat Showdown,” said Kinser. “In the past, we’ve went out and raced some shows in the southwest and had a great time. I’m excited about getting out there and competing. They’ve put together a good five-race deal with nice payouts. I’m sure they’ll have a good field of cars and we’re looking forward to getting back on the track.” The Bloomington, Ind., driver has...

Dec
2
2014

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Nov
25
2014

Helberg Dominates George Snider Classic at Kern Raceway

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (November 23, 2014) - Rohnert Park, CA's JoJo Helberg put a cap on the inaugural  King of the Wing Sprint Car championship by winning the season ending national championship race on Sunday evening at Kern County Raceway Park. Helberg's win at the lightning fast half-mile was his fourth win in the six race series for Winged Pavement Sprint Cars at speeds over 150 miles per hour. A hearty crowd of over 2000 braved cool temperatures to witness some of the fastest oval track racing in the history of Kern County. The event wrapped up the second season of racing for the speedway as well. The series organized by Davey Hamilton ran a three race swing across Southern California, with Helberg winning the Saturday night round at Irwindale. Helberg kicked off Sunday's round at KCRP with a blistering 14.296, 125.909 mile per hour lap in qualifying to set the all-time track record. Helberg started on pole after pulling a zero invert and paced the...

Nov
19
2014

Winged Warriors of The King of The Wing Hit Kern Raceway This Sunday

  BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (November 18, 2014) –  An all-star cast of the world's best Sprint Cars will hit Kern County Raceway Park this Sunday afternoon, in the highly anticipated inaugural King of the Wing "George Snider Classic".  Sunday's 2014 season finale for the brand-new asphalt oval in Bakersfield, CA will see 160 mile per action in a 40 lap feature for the first-ever national championship.  NASCAR Spec Modifieds and 911 Series will join the "open-wheel only" festivities with Zambelli Fireworks lighting up the sky after the show.   Korean War veteran and viral sensation Donald Lora, age 85 of Bakersfield, will present the national anthem.  A display of more than a dozen race cars, including vintage open wheel machines and some of the 2014 KCRP track champions, will line the concourse for fans to check out as well.   The series will compete at Madera Speedway on Friday November 21st, Irwindale Speedway on...

Nov
10
2014

Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana Score Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Quick-Time Awards

  CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 6, 2014 - Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana kicked off the opening night of the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte by scoring qualifying quick-time awards. Pittman out-qualified the 56-car World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series field by turning a lap of 12.579 in his No. 9 Great Clips car during the first qualifying session which set the field for Friday's event. It was the sixth quick-time award of the season for the Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb driver. Pittman credited his team as they work to end the season on a high note. "It just shows how hard the guys kept working - it doesn't matter if it's the last race, they put in the same effort for it as they do for the first," Pittman said. "Good to get quick time and we qualified really solid for the second night too. Hopefully that's a good sign for how our weekend will roll, and we'll just try to stay on top of the race track and get...

Nov
4
2014

Brad Sweet Bringing Outlaws to Placerville

  CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 4, 2014 - Brad Sweet and the World of Outlaws announced Tuesday they would partner to return the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Placerville (Calif.) Speedway during the 2015 season. The event, Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown, will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as part of a robust tour through the West Coast that will be announced later this fall. "Placerville Speedway has always been a special place for me," said Sweet, a native of nearby Grass Valley, Calif. "It is where I grew up competing and where my passion for sprint car racing developed. The opportunity to partner with the World of Outlaws in returning the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Placerville is exciting. I look forward to making the event a success for the fans and my fellow competitors." Sweet drives the No. 49 Surepoint Medical car for Kasey Kahne Racing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. This is...

Oct
15
2014

Christopher Bell Among Latest Short Track Nationals Entries!

(Photo Credit: Mike Spivey) Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 10, 2014) – He has been just one position short of the $15,000 winner’s share over each of the past two years. Now he is ready to take another swing at the big money in two weeks at I-30 Speedway’s 27th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell is among the latest batch of entries for the $15,000-to-win, $2,500-to-start event set for October 23-25 after the blockbuster week gets under way with the $2,000-to-win Short Track Nationals Open on Wednesday night, October 22. Now 19 years old, Bell virtually introduced himself to the Sprint Car racing world with an eye-opening runner-up finish to Paul McMahan atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval in 2012. Then last year, Bell backed up his maiden STN performance by racing from tenth to take runner-up honors once again, this time behind...

Oct
1
2014

Derek Hagar Prevails in Traffic for Victory in the Hockett/McMillin Memorial

(Photo Credit: Joe Orth) WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 27, 2014) - The fourth running of the Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial found a first time winner at the Lucas Oil Speedway as Derek Hagar grabbed the lead from Jeff Swindell in slower traffic for his second Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour victory of 2014. "This means a lot," commented Derek before taking a pause to gain his composure. "Me and Jesse were team mates the year that he passed away at Manzanita in the Silver Crown cars, and at Indianapolis at the mile. That was the only time I ever heard Jesse say he was scared of the racecar was at the Indy mile. I had to look at him twice like, ''Did you just say that Jesse?'' He goes, ''Man, you guys are rolling these things into the corner. I'm used to throwing her in there, not driving her straight in wide open" but I know Jesse will always be with me, we were pretty good buds, and I'm glad this trophy is going in the house on the...

Sep
17
2014

Seth Bergman Earns the Texas Motor Speedway Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship!

(Photo Credit: Casey Jones) FT. WORTH, Texas (September 13, 2014) - The Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship added a new name to the list of winners on Saturday night as Washington's Seth Bergman topped the field for his second Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win of the 2014 season. "We've been coming here the past three years looking at these things drooling on them and going back to the hot shop in the summer wishing we had one. I was talking with my crew guy Ryan, saying how cool it would be to get one these from y'all and bring it to the shop. I'm just so happy for people like you, doing things like this to give back to us racers. It means a lot," commented Seth as he was presented with his Port-a-Cool Cyclone 3000, along with Hat, Helmet, and $4,000 check. Working into the night's redraw through his Heat Race, Seth drew the sixth starting spot for the night's 30 lap feature event. Racing into fourth by lap five, the race for the lead was the...

Sep
10
2014

Seth Bergman Unfazed by Wing Damage at West Siloam

(Photo Credit: Richard Bales) W. SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. (September 7, 2014) Same track, different day for Seth Bergman who parked the Corridor Electric No. 23 in Victory Lane with the American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region on Sunday at the West Siloam Speedway. Seth's eighth overall win of the season, the victory is his second of the year with the Sooner Region at the track he won at on April 18. Working from sixth, Bergman avoided a flip on the start, moving quickly from there to snag the lead from Alex Sewell. Even with damage to the nose wing that rendered it useless, the Oil Field Equipment and Manufacturing No. 23 went unchallenged for the night's $2,000 prize. Alex Sewell crossed second with Kyle Clark third. Mickey Walker from eleventh snagged fourth with Kyle Bellm rounding out the top five. Chance Morton, Shawn Petersen, Brad Graham, Jamie Passmore, and Dustin Morgan completed the top ten. Morgan had run from last to fourth before having to...

Aug
12
2014

ASCS Frontier Headed Back to Gallatin and Billings

TULSA, Okla. (August 12, 2014) - The ASCS Frontier Region heads into their final eight nights of the season with two rounds of competition this weekend at the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. on Friday, August 15 and the Billings Motorsports Park just north of Billings, Mont. on Saturday, August 16. Joe Ramaker carries the field into the weekend double-header with a slim 11 point advantage over Canada's Kelly Miller. Sitting 58 markers back in third is Trever Kirkland with 2013 champion, Phil Dietz and Paxton Lambrecht making up the top-five in series standings. A weekend matchup on July 25 and 26, Trever Kirkland and Joe Ramaker split the weekend checkered flags with Kirkland scoring his first victory of the 2014 season, and Ramaker his fourth. Gallatin Speedway kicks off at 7:35 P.M. (MT) on Friday, August 15 with races presented by Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill and Taco Time. Tickets are available for $13. Discounts are in place for children. Support classes...

Aug
6
2014

Finally! Brian Brown Wins the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals

(Photo Credit: Serena Dalhamer) Bryan Hulbert / Bill Wright - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 2, 2014) A loud scream of satisfaction echoed across the grounds of the Knoxville Raceway as Brian Brown finally marked the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals off his bucket list in his fifteenth attempt at the $10,000 to win event. Brown's fifteenth 360cid Sprint Car victory at the Knoxville Raceway, the FVP No. 21 led start-to-finish in the 25 lap championship event. "Man this feels good. I'm just thankful for everybody on this team," said Brown. "I'm almost out of breath, but this one's pretty cool." Asked about having to change his line through traffic, Brown replied, "The car felt good up there the whole feature. Believe or not, I didn't want to lap anybody. I just didn't want to get off it. That Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps Scoreboard was pretty handy. I saw where Sam [Hafertepe] got by Sammy [Swindell] but didn't know where he was running once he got...

Jul
31
2014

Zack Lynskey Scores First Pit Stop USA Winged 360 Triumph

PETALUMA, CA – July 26 - Hot Petaluma temperatures led to a smooth sealed surface on Five Corners Automotive and Western Auto Body Night at Petaluma Speedway Saturday Night.  Sacra mento’s Billy Butler blazed a rapid lap of 12.456 as he collected fast time honors in the Pit Stop USA Winged 360 Division. Alissa Geving and Zack Lynskey were victorious in the pair of heat races.  Bradley Terrell got the better of Wayne Katen on the initial start of the 25-lap feature. Lynskey vaulted past Butler and Katen in the first two circuits from his fourth starting positon and set sight on Terrell.  Terrell in his familiar family owned #43 dueled with Lynskey on laps six and seven before Lynskey, working his favored high line, cleared the defending track champion on lap eight. Sixth starting Geving also got the better of Terrell on lap 11. On the move was current point leader Herman Klein as he entered the top five on lap 16.  Lap 19 saw Jake Haulot...

Jul
30
2014

Joshua Williams Again at T.I.R. with ASCS Southwest

(Photo Credit: George Levy) TUCSON, Ariz. (July 26, 2014) - For the second time in 2014, Joshua Williams found victory with the ASCS Southwest Region at the high speed Tucson International Raceway. Backing up his April 5 victory, Williams drew the pole but gave chase the first dozen laps as Ryan Linder jumped from outside of the front row to lead the way. Blowing a left-rear tire at the race's midpoint, Williams was able to assume the lead, and ultimately the win. Sixth starting Rick Ziehl crossed second with Colby Copeland making his first appearance of the season with the Southwest Region in third. Bob Ream, Jr. came to fourth from ninth for his seventh top-five finish in as many starts followed by twentieth starting Rickey Hood in fifth. Michael Bonneau was sixth with Lance Norick seventh. Kaylene Verville eighth followed by eighteenth starting James Aragon and twenty-first starting Chris Bonneau tenth. With the intense summer heat bearing down...

Jul
29
2014

Quick Look: Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals

  (Photo Credit: Bryan Hulbert) TULSA, Okla. (July 27, 2014) - One of the crown-jewels of the 360cid Sprint Car world is without a doubt the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals. The $10,000 to win event kicks off its 24th edition on Thursday, July 31 and runs through Saturday, August 2 as the start of the Southern Iowa Sprint Week. At the time of writing, the entry list of the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals includes 94 drivers representing 22 United States as well as Australia and Canada. Previous Champions entered number five with Terry McCarl (1996, 2001, and 2009), Jeff Swindell (2002), Danny Lasoski (1995), Billy Alley (2004 and 2005), and Wayne Johnson (2000 and 2008) looking for another title. The talk of the town is the fact that defending champion, Shane Stewart, will not be in attendance as he will be competing at the I-55 Speedway. So far, 16 rookies have entered the 24th Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville...

Jul
24
2014

ASCS Frontier Back at it in Belgrade and Billings

Andrew Kunas / Bryan Hulbert - RATHDRUM, Idaho - With a brand new points leader following the recent Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real events, the ASCS Frontier Region tour of the returns to action this weekend with races at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade on Friday, July 25 and Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 26. After a rough weekend for Idaho's Joe Ramaker, Alberta's Kelly Miller emerged from the the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour races as the new leader for the ASCS Frontier Region, holding an 11-point edge over Ramaker. Miller was the highest finishing Frontier Region regular in the July 12th National Tour race with a ninth place finish at Billings Motorsports Park, earning first place Frontier Region points while Ramaker was unable to start the B-Feature after suffering severe rear end damage in his car during his heat race earlier in the evening. Miller, who is still searching for his first ASCS Frontier Region victory of 2014, will...

Jul
22
2014

Walker Breaks Through with ASCS Sooner at Creek County Speedway

  SAPULPA, Okla. (July 18, 2014) - Good things come to those who are willing to put in the effort, and that effort finally cashed in for Mickey Walker at the Creek County Speedway on Friday night, winning for the first time against the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region. Chasing Howard Moore for 24 laps, Walker put the hammer down to steal the win exiting the final turn to become the 53rd winner with the ASCS Sooner Region. Moore crossed second with point leader, Dustin Morgan, taking the final step on the podium. Joe Wood, Jr. was fourth from tenth with Sean McClelland from twelfth making the top five. Kevin Ramey, Brandon Hanks, and Koby Barksdale made the top-eight. Kevin Cummings from twentieth crossed ninth with Tim Kent finishing tenth. The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region races next at the Lawton Speedway on Saturday, July 19. For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto  http://www.ascsracing.com ....

Jul
21
2014

It's "Full Blown Chaos" in Victory Lane at Lawton

  LAWTON, Okla. (July 19, 2014) - The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region made the trip to the Lawton Speedway on Saturday night with series point leader, Dustin Morgan, parking the Ark Wrecking of Oklahoma No. 93 in Victory Lane. Starting third, Morgan trailed at the start as pole sitter, Kevin Ramey, took off to the early lead. Surrendering the point on Lap 5, Alex Sewell led the way until Dustin Morgan raced by on Lap 9 where he proved unstoppable. Ramey raced to a second place finish with Sewell third. Joe Wood, Jr. grabbed fourth with Sean McClelland making the top-five. Eighteenth starting Koby Barksdale raced to sixth with Brandon Hanks seventh. Danny Jennings from fifteenth was eighth with Martin Edwards ninth and Michelle Decker tenth. The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region will see drivers making their way to the Arnold Motor Supply ASCS Knoxville Nationals happening July 31-August 2. The next official event will be on...

Jul
18
2014

ASCS Gulf South in action in Texas and Louisiana

  TULSA, Okla. (July 15, 2014) - Taking on tracks in Texas and Louisiana this coming weekend, the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region will hit the clay at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas on Friday, July 18 before their long awaited return to the Leesville 171 Speedway in Leesville, La. on Saturday, July 19. The season's final visit to the Golden Triangle Raceway Park, four previous trips has yielded just as many winners. Jon Agan grabbed his first ASCS victory on March 14. Tommy Bryant topped the field on May 2 with Johnny Herrera running to victory on May 25. Travis Rilat is the most recent winner with the series at the one-third mile oval on June 20. Friday, July 18 is scheduled to include EMSA Mini-Sprints, Jr. Mini, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, and Mod Lites. For more information, log onto  http://gtrpbmt.com . Last visited by the Gulf South Region on July 18, 2003, a night at the Leesville 171 Speedway was ruled...

May
7
2014

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series

  TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2014) - The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returned to competition this past weekend with events at the Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Okla. and Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. The weekend also included ASCS Regional competition in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. Overall, 154 drivers took part in ASCS sanctioned events over the weekend. To date, 30 races have been contested, accounting for 37 ASCS sanctioned events. The Winners: Friday, May 2, 2014 • Aaron Reutzel - The Clute, Texas driver proved that his win at I-30 Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real was no fluke. Stalking Jason Johnson most of Friday night at the Outlaw Motorsports Park, Reutzel utilized slower traffic to gain the edge for his second consecutive ASCS National triumph. • Tommy Bryant - The first win of the season for Tommy...

May
6
2014

Danny Jennings on top with ASCS Sooner Region at Lawton

  LAWTON, Okla. (May 3, 2014) - A short drive for Danny Jennings ended with $2,000 in his pocket, as the Norman, Okla. driver led flag-to-flag with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region at the Lawton Speedway on Saturday night. Sean McClelland crossed second with Dustin Morgan posting his third podium finish in as many races. Kolt Walker finished fourth from fourteenth with Joe Bob Lee completing the top five in his first start of the season with the Sooner Region. Alex Sewell climbed ten spots to finish sixth with Harli White seventh from thirteenth. Mike Goodman from nineteenth to eight followed by Joe Wood, Jr. and Brandon Long making up the top ten. The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region competes next at the Creek County Speedway on May 9. For continued updates, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com . American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Lawton Speedway - Lawton, Okla.  Saturday, May 3, 2014 Car Count: 28...

May
1
2014

ASCS Sooner Region joining National Tour before Lawton

TULSA, Okla. (April 29, 2014) - The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region is in action this weekend with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour on Friday, May 2 at the Outlaw Motorsports Park before venturing to a standalone event at the Lawton Speedway on Saturday, May 3. Rounds three and four in 2014, the series is currently led by Dustin Morgan who started his season off with a pair of podium finishes, a third at West Siloam Speedway and second at Springfield Raceway. Mike Goodman is currently second, trailing by 12 markers with Kyle Chady, Alex Sewell, and 2014 season opener winner, Seth Bergman, making up the top five. Events on Friday, May 2 will see spectator gates opening at 4:00 P.M. Races are scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. (CT). General Admission tickets are $15 with discounts for kids 8-12 years of age. Children seven years old and younger are admitted free into the grandstands. For more information on the Outlaw...

Apr
21
2014

Seth Bergman tops ASCS Sooner at West Siloam

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. (April 18, 2014) - Seth Bergman picked up his second ASCS Regional victory of the season, this time at the West Siloam Speedway in West Siloam Springs, Okla., and for the second straight year topped the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region's season opening event. Drawing the pole for the night $2,000 to win event, Bergman rode second to Morgan Turpen, who jumped to the lead from the outside of the front row. An extended red on Lap 16 gave Bergman the chance to tweak his Oil Field Equipment and Manufacturing No. 23, and was able to roll to the center line of the West Siloam Speedway on the restart to claim the lead. Morgan Turpen held on for second with Dustin Morgan making a late race charge to third with a last corner pass on Mike Goodman. Terry Gray completed the top five. Alex DeCamp crossed sixth with Arkansas's Zach Pringle seventh. Kyle Clark advanced to eighth from twelfth followed by Matt Ward, who was the...

Apr
15
2014

Aaron Reutzel Scores Emotional Lucas Oil ASCS Victory at I-30 Speedway

Aaron Reutzel Scores Emotional Lucas Oil ASCS Victory at I-30 Speedway LITTLE ROCK, Ark (April 12, 2014) - If you're going to win, make sure it's memorable. That's exactly what Aaron Reutzel did on Saturday night at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark, leading start-to-finish for his first Protect the Harvest A-Feature win with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real. "Unbelievable, I just want to cry. I've been trying for so long to win one of these things, and have come so close so many times. There are so many people that should be here tonight that aren't here. My dad traveled with for 16 years, he's not here. I wish he could've been here. Bob and Christy Miller, they do so much for us. All those guys deserve to be here," said a very overjoyed, and appreciate, Aaron Reutzel who became the twenty-eight different winner at the I-30 Speedway in Lucas Oil ASCS competition. Thanking sponsors, Aaron made a special point to...

Apr
8
2014

Lasoski Charges to Victory at I-80 Speedway

  GREENWOOD, Neb. (April 6, 2014) - Mounting a late race charge, Danny Lasoski powered the Mark and Parker Burch No. 1m to the top spot at the I-80 Speedway, claiming the $2,500 winner's check with the Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region. Lining up seventh for the start, Lasoski hung in the top five most of the race as pole sitter, Ian Madsen, jumped to the lead; surrendering the point in traffic on Lap 10 to the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82 of Kevin Swindell. Caution displayed with seven laps to run, the charge was on from Lasoski who worked past the battling due of Swindell and Madsen for the lead on Lap 23 in dramatic fashion. Lasoski was untouchable the final two rounds with Swindell holding onto second. Justin Henderson worked past Madsen in the closing laps to claim third. Madsen grabbed fourth with Lee Grosz making up the top five. Saturday night winner, Terry McCarl crossed sixth, followed by Jack Dover, Jake Martens, Jason Martin, and Jordan...

Apr
2
2014

Patrick Stasa Scores at the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals!

  MESQUITE, Texas (March 29, 2014) - For the second time in four races, a first time winner emerged with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real as Patrick Stasa led the distance to claim the title of Spring Nationals Champion at the Devil's Bowl Speedway. Asked if he could find the words to describe the win, Stasa replied, "Oh man, there's no way. Running against Christopher Bell; him on the high side there, I almost let him have it with the lapped cars." Thanking sponsors and crew, Stasa later added, "I haven't even won a regional race, so winning this national race is big for me." Earning the pole of the 30 lap, Protect the Harvest A-Feature, Stasa jumped to the lead over Christopher Bell, opening his advantage to over a second before the caution flew on Lap 2 for the stalled No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel. Back at speed, Stasa again began to pace away from the field with Matt Covington and John Carney II in pursuit of Bell...

Mar
13
2014

$30,000 purse on tap for West Texas ASCS 305 Region

  TULSA, Okla. (March 11, 2014) - A combined $30,000 in total prize money with a potential winner's share of $6,000 is on the line for the West Texas ASCS 305 Region presented by Mesilla Valley Transportation. Expecting some of the biggest names in ASCS competition, the El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas begins the weekend on Friday, March 14 with the 305 Smackdown. Saturday, March 15 will see events shift north to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. While the 2014 edition of the 305cid weekend is the first for El Paso, Lorne Wofford added his name to the list of winners in 2013 at the ASCS 305 Sprint Car Shootout in Las Cruces; joining his son Wes Wofford who topped the event in 2011. John Carney II is the only two-time winner of the New Mexico show, taking the inaugural event in 2010 and 2012. The El Paso Speedway Park is located 6.5 mile east of Loop 375 off Montana Ave. in El Paso, Texas. Events on Friday, March 14 are...

Jan
15
2014

Chili Bowl Drivers Spread Cheer To Children At Tulsa Hospital

Before some Chili Bowl drivers hit the dirt track at the RiverSpirit Expo Center, several of them visited the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis Tuesday morning. Chili Bowl drivers got away from the dirt track to spread a little cheer to children at Saint Francis. For more information on the Chili Bowl, click here . About a half dozen car drivers, from all different motorsports, visited several kids at the hospital. They took pictures, signed autographs. And they handed out shirts and sock animals that you can color with markers. Al Tschider has helped organize visits for years. Waiting for a heart transplant himself, he knows what it's like waiting in a hospital bed. "I just really believe in the family values of motorsports and what it does for kids. Especially a lot of kids that can't physically run or do a lot of that stuff," Tschider said. And it means a lot to the drivers too. Blake Hahn from Sapulpa was supposed to race in the Chili...

Nov
12
2013

Jason Johnson earns fourth Lucas Oil ASCS Title!

Bryan Hulbert - SOMERTON, Ariz. (November 9, 2013) The final night of competition for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real in 2013 was one for the record books as Jason Johnson completed the sweep of the four race Cocopah Cup Challenge to secure his fourth Lucas Oil ASCS National Title. A record in terms of a winner’s pay, the $5,000 bonus for the sweep brought Jason’s payday to $25,000 making the 2013 Season Finale the highest paying winner’s check ever doled out in Lucas Oil ASCS competition. Taking a combined $41,000 from the Cocopah Speedway with the four race sweep, Jason Johnson stood on cloud nine in Victory Lane with son Jaxx and wife Bobbi. “It just speaks volumes about this team and what they’ve accomplished,” commented Johnson of the victory. Gridding the MVT No. 41 fourth for the season’s final 30 lap Protect the Harvest feature event, Johnson ran third the first eight...

Sep
25
2013

Jack Dover snags $20,000 in Fall Brawl II

Bryan Hulbert - GREENWOOD, Neb. (September 21, 2013) The Team Dover Motorsports pocketbook got a shot into the black on Saturday night as Jack Dover led the distance in the Fall Brawl II finale at the I-80 Speedway, picking up the Durst Motorplex and Zoz Farms Double Down Back-to-Back Challenge $20,000 payday. Dover’s victory secured his fourth Speedway Motors Midwest Regional title. Brian Brown jumped from sixth to the runner up spot before a red flew for the flipped No. 13v of Seth Brahmer. Wayne Johnson, who started outside the front row did challenge briefly for the lead at the halfway point but slipped back one to take third as Brown re-took the runner up spot. Danny Lasoski and Billy Alley completed the top five. Don Droud, Jr., Lee Grosz, Davey Heskin, Jonathan Cornell, and Ryan Roberts made up the top ten. Speedway Motors Midwest Region Fall Brawl II - I-80 Speedway - Greenwood, Neb. Saturday, September 21, 2013 Car Count: 40 Heat 1 (8...

Sep
17
2013

Kevin Ramey dominates Lone Star/Sooner Showdown at Kennedale

Bryan Hulbert - KENNEDALE, Texas (September 14, 2013) Kevin Ramey posted his second victory of 2013 Saturday night at the Kennedale Speedway Park against the Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star and American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Regions with a dominating performance that saw the Print Place No. 7m lapping to seventh place in the 25 lap A-Feature. Drawing the pole for the night’s feature, Ramey jumped to the lead and never relinquished that spot. Johnny Herrera grabbed the runner up spot from fourteenth with Matt Covington charging from eighth to complete the podium to secure his second American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region title. Patrick Stasa crossed fourth from tenth with Blake Hahn completing the top five. New York’s Bobby Breen grabbed sixth with Channin Tankersley the final car on the lead lap in seventh. Joe Bob Lee, Mike Goodman, and Ryan Beechler completed the top ten. With the American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region 2013 season coming...

Sep
11
2013

Joe Ramaker triumphs at Belgrade

Bryan Hulbert - BELGRADE, Mont. (September 7, 2013) The ASCS Frontier Region made their final appearance of the season at the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. Saturday night with Joe Ramaker earning his third straight victory with the Montana based region. Coming from fifth, Ramaker raced to the lead on Lap 16 over Trever Kirkland with Phil Dietz following suit to claim second. Kirkland settled for third with David Hoiness and Kelly Miller making up the top five. The ASCS Frontier Region concludes the inaugural season on September 20 and 21 at the Billings Motorsports Park. Official news, results, and updates on the Frontier Region can be found at http://www.ascsracing.com ASCS Frontier Region Gallatin Speedway - Belgrade, Mont. Saturday, September 7, 2013 Car Count: 19 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 27DD-David Hoiness; 2. 98-Joe Ramaker; 3. 37-Trever Kirkland; 4. 1-Bill Boyce; 5. 1X-Vernon Hill; 6. 17J-Jerry Brey; 7. 21-Ryder Olson Heat 2 (8 Laps):...

Sep
10
2013

Danny Lasoski wins the Nebraska Cup

Bryan Hulbert - EAGLE, Neb. (September 8, 2013) Slide jobs was the word of the night at Eagle Raceway with the Speedway Motors Midwest Region on Sunday night with Danny Lasoski utilizing a green, white, checkered restart to get the pass on Jason Johnson for the $5,000 Nebraska Cup championship check.  The field chased Jack Dover at the start with Danny Lasoski jumping to the runner up spot to begin the night’s 30 lap feature. Finding slower traffic by Lap 8, Lasoski was quickly joined by Jason Johnson and Tony Bruce, Jr. as the trio chased down Dover. Going three wide for the lead on Lap 10 with the back markers, Dover held off the charging Lasoski with the caution waving on Lap 11. At speed, Lasoski and Dover proceeded to exchange slide jobs for the next two laps with Dover swapping the lead four times with the No. 1m before finally getting some breathing room. In the mix, Jason Johnson picked off the second spot on the fourteenth circuit....

Sep
9
2013

Dover edges out Droud at McCool Junction

Bryan Hulbert - MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (September 7, 2013) Jack Dover brought the masses to their feet Saturday night with the Speedway Motors Midwest Region, charging to the outside of Don Droud, Jr. in the final turns at the Junction Motor Speedway in slower traffic to win for the second night running. Charging from seventh, Dover grabbed the runner up spot following a Lap 16 restart. Closing on the back of the field with four laps to run, the Home Pride No. 53 closed a straight-a-way deficit as the white flag flew. Bottled up by slower cars entering turns three and four for the final time, Droud was forced low as Jack Dover sailed the cushion to victory. Droud crossed second with early leader Wyatt Burks settling for third. Seth Brahmer came from tenth to fourth with Tyler Drueke from eleventh to complete the top five. The Speedway Motors Midwest Region concludes the weekend at the Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. on Sunday, September 8 starting at 6:30 P.M. Pits will...

Sep
4
2013

Martens cashes in at Lubbock

Bryan Hulbert - LUBBOCK, Texas (September 1, 2013) The Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region ventured into the panhandle of Texas Sunday night with Oklahoma’s Jake Martens topping the 22 car field. Martens raced from third to win at the Texas oval with Matt Covington scored second. Aaron Reutzel crossed third with Patrick Stasa and Kolt Walker making up the top five. The Smiley's Racing Products Lone Star Region competes again at the Kennedale Speedway Park on September 14. Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region Lubbock Speedway - Lubbock, Texas Sunday, September 1, 2013 Car Count: 22 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19S-Patrick Stasa; 2. 12W-Dale Wester; 3. 74X-Joshua Hodges; 4. 74B-John Carney II; 5. 12M-Kolt Walker; 6. 58-Gary Floyd; 7. 16-Cory Riley; 8. 12G-James Granzow Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington; 2. 6-Ryan Beechler; 3. 17J-Josh Baughman; 4. 4J-John James; 5. 12-James Mosher; 6. 47-Tadd Baughman; 7. 0C-Brandon Black...

Sep
3
2013

Matt Covington on top at Abilene

Bryan Hulbert - ABILENE, Texas (August 31, 2013) Matt Covington started out front, and ended out front with the Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region at the Abilene Speedway for his first Lone Star triumph of the season. His fifth podium of the season, Covington led the distance in the night’s 25 lap affair. Patrick Stasa, Kolt Walker, Joshua Hodges, and Blake Hahn made up the top five with Jake Martens, Josh Baughman, Gary Floyd, Dale Wester and John James made up the top ten. The Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region heads to the Lubbock Speedway in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday, September 1. Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region Abilene Speedway - Abilene, Texas Saturday, August 31, 2013 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Blake Hahn; 2. 12W-Dale Wester; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 12M-Kolt Walker; 5. 17X-Josh Baughman; 6. 48-Jake Martens; 7. 4J-John James; 8. 58-Gary Floyd Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 4X-Shawn Petersen; 2. 19-Patrick Stasa;...

Aug
23
2013

Tim Crawley romps Lucas Oil ASCS at I-30 Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 22, 2013) For the seventeenth time in 2013, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real found a different winner with Tim Crawley working from fourth to pick up his forty-fourth career victory with the national arm of the ASCS Nation. Asked how sweet it was to get back in victory lane against the Lucas Oil ASCS, Crawley replied, “I wish we could pick up enough sponsorship to get back out here and run the whole deal cause it’s nice to be back in victory lane against the National Tour, especially here at home in Little Rock.” The three time Lucas Oil ASCS national champion found the lead with a high side pass on Cody Gardner on Lap 3 to score his first victory since 2011 with the Lucas Oil ASCS. Making his twenty-first Lucas Oil ASCS appearance, Cody Gardner held off the charging Jeff Swindell for his first podium finish against the National Tour. “I think we only...

Aug
22
2013

Final Point Race of Season; Tyler Wolf Remembered

  (Chico, CA 8-20-13)  This Friday night, we say goodbye to the 2013 Wells Fargo Friday night point seas ... on and we remember and celebrate the life of 2011 Silver Dollar Speedway sprint car champion Tyler Wolf. Five divisions will finish the weekly racing season led by the 410 winged sprint cars, street stocks, Perma-Zyme wingless sprints, mini stocks and dirt modifieds. Champions will be crowned in all five divisions during point race #17. As always, the Friday night front gate will open at 6 pm. Adult general admission is $13.00. Juniors and seniors are $11.00. We offer a Chico St., Butte College and Military discount. Pit gate will open at 4 pm. Racing is slated to start around 7 pm. Main event winners on this night will win the annual 6ft tall Pepsi night perpetual trophy. However, the sprint car drivers are in for a treat. Last year Tyler Wolf won this race. He was able to take home the lucrative trophy. Unfortunately, Wolf perished in a sprint...

Aug
20
2013

Swindell Hustles the Highbanks for Lucas Oil ASCS Score

Bryan Hulbert - SALINA, Okla. (August 17, 2013) The Salina Highbanks Speedway saw the return of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real on Saturday, August 17 with Jeff Swindell edging out Jason Johnson in slower traffic for his fourth Protect the Harvest A-Feature win of 2013. Driving under Johnson with ten laps to run entering turn three, Swindell’s pass came complete with splitting lapped traffic in the process for a three-for-one move. “I’ll tell you, he got caught sitting in the wrong spot,” commented Swindell of the pass on Jason Johnson. “When we got to traffic, a couple of them got him, and then the lapped car wanted to race us when we lapped him and run Jason into the wall there” Taking the lead on Lap 21, the caution flew on Lap 22. Underway again, it didn’t take long to catch the tail of the field, “I kept wanting to run the bottom there in one and two, but I was making a...

Aug
19
2013

Helberg Rules Xtreme Sprint Cars

ANDERSON, Ind. — Jo Jo Helberg captured Saturday night’s TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series 50-lap feature at Anderson Speedway. The win marked the third consecutive year Helberg has won the August MSRXSS event at Anderson. Helberg wasted no time getting to the front to challenge for the lead from his outside row two starting position. Helberg took command of the event on lap 15 and never looked back the rest of the race. “Lapped traffic was a little tough right at the beginning,” explained Helberg. “If second place caught me sleeping I would have been very disappointed in myself. With those restarts I tried to take full advantage of the clean track just to try and get as much of a cushion as possible that way I could get through lapped traffic.” Helberg was well aware of the success he has annually benefited from at Anderson Speedway with his third consecutive August MSRXSS victory. “I finally got...

Aug
15
2013

Jackson Nationals on Lucas Oil ASCS Horizon

Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (August 15, 2013) The 35th annual Jackson Nationals is fast approaching for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real. Presented by AtoZ Promotions in 2013, the event will encompass the National and Midwestern tours of the ASCS Nation. Slated for Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, at the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn. the Labor Day Weekend spectacular will mark the second time the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real has visited the Minnesota oval. First visited in 2011, Johnny Herrera (8/19/11) and Jason Johnson (8/20/11) split top honors at the half-mile, high banked oval. Sponsored by the State Bank of Fairmont, the Jackson Nationals will also include a challenge race between the top two eligible drivers in 360cid Sprint Car points from the Jackson Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, Lucas Oil ASCS, and Speedway Motors Midwest Region for from the Woodke Challenge Cup. The challenge...

Aug
14
2013

Steve Kinser Slides to His Second Victory of the Season

Steve Kinser Slides to His Second Victory of the Season ‘King’ tops World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars at McCool Junction   McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. - August 13, 2013 - Steve Kinser has returned to victory, bringing cheers from the crowd as the 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion climbed from his car at the end of the 30-lap feature at Junction Motor Speedway on Tuesday night. Kerry Madsen, who started on the pole, tightened the battle for the lead towards the end of the feature event, even leading lap 28. Madsen lost the lead on the next laps and settled for second. Donny Schatz, who is coming off his seventh FVP Knoxville Nationals title, rounded out the podium. Justin Henderson had a strong run early in the race, running second early and giving up third to Schatz late to finish fourth while Kings Royal winner Brad Sweet finished out the top five. Sweet's Kasey Kahne Racing teammate and World of Outlaws STP...

Aug
13
2013

Brian Brown Wins Wild Front Row Challenge

Bill Wright - OSKALOOSA, Ia. (August 5, 2013) Brian Brown emerged victorious in a wild feature event at the 17th Annual Musco Sports Lighting Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa Monday night.  The win came aboard the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 and paid the Grain Valley, Missouri driver $3,000. Tasker Phillips started on the pole of the 30-lapper after turning down the Front Row Challenge offered him for winning the “King of the Hill” Match race.  Runner-up Tony Bruce Jr. accepted the challenge after Terry McCarl agreed to pay him $85 per car passed. Kevin Swindell came to a stop before a lap could be completed in the main event, setting up a complete restart.  Phillips shot out to the early lead over Jonathan Cornell, Tony Shilling and Tony Stewart.  Cornell’s strong second place run went up in smoke on lap six, and Mike Houseman Jr. brought a yellow flag when he stopped with nine laps in...

Aug
12
2013

Lucas Oil ASCS season resumes in Oklahoma

Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (August 8, 2013) As the focus of the Sprint Car racing world begins to move out of Iowa, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real will begin turn their focus to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla. on Saturday, August 17. A part of the “Turn Tulsa Pink” initiative, Ark Wrecking Oklahoma will be the title sponsor of the Saturday night event. What will go down as the tenth visit by the national arm of the ASCS Nation to the nearly 30 degree clay oval just north of Tulsa, the most recent visit came on August 24, 2012 with Jason Johnson taking his second straight victory at the Highbanks; his first coming on June 22, 2012. Wayne Johnson leads the win total with three straight (5/5/01, 7/17/01, 4/27/12). Jason Johnson and Gary Wright stand tied at two each with Tim Crawley (5/15/99) and Paul White (5/9/98) all claiming victories at the Oklahoma oval. Originally scheduled to be the...

Jul
23
2013

Lucas Oil ASCS set for Willamette return

Bryan Hulbert - LEBANON, Ore. (July 22, 2013) The final appearance of 2013 for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real in the Northwest is set for Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. The series second appearance at the Willamette Speedway, Wayne Johnson swept the series debut weekend in 2012. Renovated just over a year ago, the Willamette Speedway is a three-eighths mile, progressively banked oval that sits 81 miles south of Portland, Ore. just east of I-5. Of the 55 Protect the Harvest A-Feature laps completed at the Willamette Speedway in 2012, three drivers were on point with Travis Rilat leading the lions share at 28 before a late race flip took the No. 39c out of contention on the second night of competition. Roger Crockett, who swept the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real return to Cottage Grove this past weekend, garnered 12 laps led at the Willamette oval with Wayne...

Jul
16
2013

Cottage Grove on deck for Lucas Oil ASCS

Bryan Hulbert - COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 14, 2013) From the sweeping three-eighths mile of Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash.  to the tight quarter-mile of Cottage Grove, Ore. the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real squares off on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at the Cottage Grove Speedway. Returning from a 2012 absence, the Cottage Grove Speedway has hosted the national arm of the American Sprint Car Series six times with Jason Johnson branding his name on the winner’s check four times, first on July 25, 2009 then July 23, 2010. The 2011 visit saw the MVT No. 41 sweep the July weekend. Reassuming the points lead by a mere three markers over Johnny Herrera following his sixth victory of 2013 at the Grays Harbor Raceway, if history is any indication, Johnson will be tough to beat at the Oregon oval. Calm as ever, Herrera’s record for 2013 speaks for itself with his first two wins of 2013 coming on short...

Jun
24
2013

Bell wins Gulf South thriller at Baytown

Bryan Hulbert - BAYTOWN, Texas (June 22, 2013) Christopher Bell parked the Baytown Ford No. 31b in victory lane Saturday night at the Royal Purple Raceway after trading the lead six times at the line with Aaron Reutzel over the course of 30 laps. Leading the first eight rounds, Reutzel surrendered the point on Lap 9 only to regain it on Lap 10. Bell again advanced to the point on Lap 12, only to see the Wren Motorsports No, 87 bolt by on Lap 13. Reutzel showed the next fifteen laps as Bell and series points’ leader Ray Allen Kulhanek traded the runner up spot with Bell pulling back to second on Lap 23 after surrendering it on Lap 17. From there, the Norman, Okla. driver jumped back to the lead on Lap 28 and led the final rounds for the night’s $3,000 score. Aaron Reutzel claimed second with Ray Allen Kulhanek third. Travis Elliot and Michael Lang completed the top five. Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region Royal Purple Raceway...

Jun
24
2013

Cornell scores Lucas Oil ASCS victory at Wheatland

Bryan Hulbert - WHEATLAND, Mo. (June 22, 2013) For the second year running, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real capped off the Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. and in just as many years a first time National Tour winner was crowned as Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell charged from eighteenth to win the Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps Speedweek Finale at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” “This is incredible” were the words of a jubilant Cornell in victory lane who became the season’s twelfth different winner and 117th overall with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real. Commenting on having to come from eighteenth, Cornell said simply, “I had to live with it, running the B-Main. Starting that far back, you know, they tore the track up and I thought it was going to take rubber sooner so I was just hanging on.” Capturing the...

May
21
2013

MCKNIGHT, HELBERG CLAIM XTREME SPEED CHALLENGE VICTORIES

May 19, 2013 – Winchester, IN – Dave McKnight and Jo Jo Helberg each claimed victories in Sunday’s Must See Racing Xtreme Speed Challenge at Winchester Speedway. The 2nd annual event was greeted by warm weather and a good crowd.   McKnight’s victory in the 30-lap Engine Pro Must See Racing Super Modified Series (MSRSMS) presented by Oliver Racing Parts feature was redemption of sorts. McKnight crashed during practice for last year’s Xtreme Speed Challenge and was unable to participate. McKnight, who started in the twelfth position, explained how important patience played in the outcome. “I can’t say enough about car owner Gary Morton” explained McKnight.” Gary told me to be patient. He had run here before and I had never run here. So this was a whole new world for me. He just told me you got a great car and be patient. Stay high and just give it time. Even when I got to the leaders and they were jostling, I just...

May
14
2013

Sooner Region Muskogee bound before Lone Star matchup

  Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (May 14, 2013) A battle within the ASCS Nation is brewing as the American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region heads to the Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, Okla. on Friday, May 17 before squaring off at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Saturday, May 18 with the Smiley’s Racing Products Lone Star Region. The historic half-mile Thunderbird Speedway saw the American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region return after a ten year ASCS absence on November 6, 2010 with Tulsa’s Sean McClelland earning the winner’s payout. Ten years previous was with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real in which Wayne Johnson reached victory lane on June 9, 2000. Saturday’s showdown between the Sooner and Lone Star Regions at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been an ongoing battle between the rivaling regions. In the region’s last matchup on June 2, 2012, Forney, Texas driver Travis Rilat...

Apr
30
2013

Ryan Cansdale Wins SRL S2 Event at Irwindale

Bakersfield, CA – Fourteen-year-old Ryan Cansdale of Laguna Beach, became the youngest driver ever to win on the Irwindale half-mile, with his victory Saturday night in the ‘SRL S2 Tour Series’ main event.  It was Irwindale Speedway’s second event since it’s reopening on April 6 th .  Cansdale held off the late race charge of Trevor Huddleston to win by .8 seconds.  Anthony Giannone of Colorado Springs, CO finished third, Uli Perez was fourth and Cory Elliott of Bakersfield rounded out the top five.   Cansdale, who was at the top of the charts following both practice sessions, just beat Huddleston for quick time in qualifying by .123 seconds with a time of 20.132 seconds (89.410 mph average).    In the 30-lap ‘SRL S2 Tour Series’ main event, Bill Waters led the first two laps from the pole. Kenny Smith charged into the lead on lap 3, but slid up into the turn 4 wall, which...

Mar
25
2013

Rain and Engine Woes Not Enough to Keep Helberg from Must See Racing Win

Reigning Series Champ Dominates Southern Shootout at Mobile International Speedway Irvington, AL - March 24, 2013 - They say that champions are made by never giv ing up and always finding a way to overcome adversity. Reigning TruFuel Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) Champion JoJo Helberg of Rohnert Park, CA overcame a rainout and early morning adversity to lead all 30 laps and take the $3,000 pay day in the Royal Oak Southern Shootout at Mobile International Speedway Sunday afternoon. Helberg, who had to switch to a backup car after blowing an engine just prior to time trials, endured multiple restarts in what turned out to be an uncharacteristically length race, but won in commanding fashion over Brian Gerster and Brian Olson. "I'm going to have to use the money for the win tonight to pay for the repairs to the primary engine," Helberg said. "I just want to thank Royal Oak Charcoal, TruFuel, Mobile International Speedway and all these great fans for the...

Feb
28
2013

Pit Stop USA continues support of the King of the West

Pit Stop USA continues support of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Hard Charger Award in 2013 By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – February 28, 2013…The thrill of watching drivers charge through the field is one of the most intense aspects of sprint car racing and in 2013 King of the West Sprint Car Series competitors will have more incentive to do so once again, with the announcement of the PitStopUSA.com Hard Charger Award returning to the tour this season. Overall the King of the West Sprint Car Series schedule features 28-events at 12 different tracks and Pit Stop USA will award the hard charger each night with a $200 product certificate. The award has been a very popular one among teams that compete with KWS and we’re happy to have the support of Pit Stop USA once again. In April of 2000, Pit Stop USA became one of the first companies ever to open a circle track online store. Since that time the company has grown very rapidly and 2013 is looking...

Feb
22
2013

Big Package For 2013 SPEARS Southwest Tour

Bakersfield, CA -- There is a record number of drivers in the 2013 rookie class of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series, and the driver who claims the rookie title in 2013 will be rewarded in a big way.  “It’s always a great battle for the Rookie-of-the-Year title, and this year we wanted to create a big award package worthy of the efforts of our 2013 rookie titlist,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen.  “With the help of six of our series sponsors, Hoosier Tire West, SUNOCO Race Fuels, DJ Safety, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, AmeriPride Services and ANplumbing.com, our Rookie-of-the-Year will be presented with over $5,000 in racing merchandise.” At the 2013 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Championship Awards Banquet, the Rookie-of-the-Year will be presented with the following; four Hoosier Tires, a 55-gallon drum of SUNOCO Race Fuel, $500 product certificate from Five Star RaceCar Bodies, a new driver’s suit, shoes and gloves from DJ...

Feb
8
2013

The 10 Outlaws Milestones That Might Be Reached in 2013

The 10 Outlaws Milestones That Might Be Reached in 2013 The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season debuts a week from today   CONCORD, N.C. - Feb. 8, 2013 - The highly anticipated 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series campaign pushes off in a week, embarking on its most ambitious season since 2005. As the series has 89 races at 57 tracks in 25 states and three Canadian provinces on the current schedule, several milestones will likely be reached on the most prestigious sprint car tour in the world. Here are 10 of the top milestones that could potentially highlight 2013: Donny Schatz Claims Win No. 125 The five-time and reigning champion enters the season one victory away from reaching a feat accomplished by only three other drivers - 125 feature wins. Steve Kinser surpassed the number in 1984, Sammy Swindell in 1987 and Mark Kinser was the last in 2000. Craig Dollansky Reaches the Top 10 Coming...

Jan
29
2013

Forsberg Ranked 6th in the Nation

When the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame released the rankings for the 2012 360 sprint car driver of the year, Auburn CA driver Andy Forsberg was ranked number 6th in the nation. The voting panel for the Hall of Fame consists of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers across the nation.  Andy is no stranger to the top 20 list over the past seasons, but for a local or regional driver to compete with national traveling drivers in the top 10 is quite an accomplishment. The top 5 drivers were all national drivers.  American Sprint Car Series Champion Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana, Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma, two time "Driver of the Year" Shane Stewart of Oklahoma, Brady Bacon of Oklahoma and United Sprint Car Series Champion and 2002 "Driver of the Year" Tim Crawley of Arkansas. "I always hope to crack the top 10 each year, but to be 6th behind those caliber of drivers is very exciting and an honor, especially for a Californian. I think we kind...

Jan
25
2013

Helberg To Be Crowned 2012 Champion at MSRXSS Banquet

HOLLY, Mich. (Jan. 23, 2013) – 2012 TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) champion Jo Jo Helberg will be officially crowned champion at the awards ceremony February 9, 2013 in Coldwater, Mich. The top twenty in the 2012 MSRXSS point standings will be honored at the awards ceremony. Helberg, who hails from Rohnert Park, Calif., had a phenomenal 2012 season en-route to his first MSRXSS championship. Helberg captured two victories and seven fast time awards in thirteen MSRXSS events that were contested. Helberg is only the second champion the series has known in its three-year history. Helberg hadn't competed in winged asphalt competition prior to his MSRXSS debut in 2011. Helberg has quickly emerged as one of the top drivers in the series in a relatively short time. Helberg recently moved his racing operation to Brownsburg, Ind. with a goal of defending his championship. MSRXSS has become one of the most competitive series in all of motorsports....

Jan
25
2013

Unique Gator Trophy Serves More Than One Purpose

Unique Gator Trophy Serves More Than One Purpose Swindell uses UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit award for protection   BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Jan. 24, 2013 - If it wasn't bronzed, the gator, which stands three feet long and weighs a little more than eight pounds, would appear lifelike. To say that the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment has a unique trophy is an understatement. It certainly catches attention, including that of last season's winner - Sammy Swindell. "I've had a bunch of different things, but that was my first gator," he said of his trophy collection. "It's sitting on the floor in my shop so it scares a few people and about every dog that walks in." Swindell claimed the 41 st edition of the prestigious speedweek at Volusia Speedway Park, which kicks off this season on Feb. 13 with two days of UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions competition followed by the season-opening, three-day event for...

Jan
23
2013

Outlaws Improve Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Format

Outlaws Improve Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Format Best average feature finish among eligible drivers will determine the winner each season   CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 21, 2013 - The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is excited to announce a change to the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by ButlerBuilt. Drivers will not have to compete in every event for eligibility, which will be based on several factors. A rookie will be categorized as a driver who has never completed a full season with the series and who has not won five or more feature races during his or her career. At the start of each season, drivers must declare their intent - with a maximum of three attempts - which will be endorsed by a seven-person panel by either the 15 th race of the season or April 15. "We are adapting the selection process, recognizing the challenges participants face on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series," World Racing...

Jan
18
2013

Kern County Raceway Park to Host

Kern County Raceway Park to Host the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series in 2013 BAKERSFIELD, CA – This morning at a 7am meeting, James Vernon of Kern County Raceway Park and Larry Collins of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series met and signed contracts for a September 7, 2013 race date.             “James and everyone involved are so busy working to get the track ready for the upcoming season that we just didn’t have the opportunity to meet to finalize the contracts until this morning,” stated Collins.  “The new half-mile at Kern County Raceway Park was designed with Tour cars in mind, and the first race for our series at the new track is going to be something that no one will want to miss.”             With the signing of the September 7th race at Kern County Raceway Park, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series now fills its...

Jan
16
2013

Kasey Kahne Racing’s Pittman to Debut at Volusia Speedway Park

Kasey Kahne Racing’s Pittman to Debut at Volusia Speedway Park World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars start at UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit   BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Jan. 11, 2013 - It's been a long, eventful offseason for Daryn Pittman. There's the annual Chili Bowl, where Pittman races his own midget each January to start the year, and a flight to Australia for some competition against the Aussies. Oh, and then there's that ride change that happened. Pittman now drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, which he will debut in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season-opening event - the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 12-23. Pittman and the rest of the sprint car drivers have a practice night on Tuesday, Feb. 12, before five straight nights of racing on the fast half mile. "It's a long year, a lot of races," he said. "You want to start off strong and...

Nov
5
2012

Swindell Snags Win at Sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World Finals Presented by NAPA

Swindell Snags Win at Sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World Finals Presented by NAPA His 13th World of Outlaws feature victory secures the winningest driver title this season   CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 2, 2012 - Sammy Swindell rated his feature performance slightly higher than his postrace celebration at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. However, both his late-race pass and postrace donuts in turn four provoked the spectators in the packed grandstands to their feet on a brisk Friday evening at the Sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts. Swindell earned his 13 th feature victory to wrap up the title as the winningest driver this season on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series when he dove under Brian Brown in turns three and four coming to the white flag. The move allowed Swindell to pull away after the duo battled side by side for the previous two laps. "I just tried to stay calm and stay patient, just...

Nov
5
2012

Schatz Crowned at the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Banquet on Sunday

Schatz Crowned at the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Banquet on Sunday His fifth championship nets a prize of $150,000 as top four earn more than $325,000   CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 4, 2012 - Donny Schatz was crowned the 2012 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion at the season-ending banquet Sunday evening at the Great Wolf Lodge Convention Center. He received a check for the $150,000-to-win championship - his fifth since 2006 - at the event, which honored the 11 full-time Outlaws as well as the marketing partners for the World of Outlaws. "The fact that we ran second a lot and third a lot, and that's what wins championships - is what you do on the nights when you can't win," Schatz said. "This ranks up there as one of the hardest fought ones. We had some of the lowest lows and the highest highs." Craig Dollansky finished second in the standings, which was his best result since 2006. Sammy Swindell, who led the series with 13 feature...

Oct
3
2012

Johnson and Stornetta Capture Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Championships

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 29, 2012:  The final race of the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series became a shootout between former Petaluma Speedway Champion Bradley Terrell and 17-year old Chase Johnson with Terrell holding a scant 6 point lead in the standings coming into the event. The Petaluma Speedway adobe surface was at its smooth and tacky best for qualifying and saw 17-year old Johnson a sizzling 108 mph lap at 12.431 seconds nipping Billy Butler for fast time.  The heat races would prove to be pivotal with the extremely tight championship point battle between Terrell and Johnson.  Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahon, making his first appearance with the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series, won the first heat over Kenny Drew with Johnson picking up one point for third place. Terrell was closing on leader Trevor Schmidt in the second heat when he could not avoid contact when Schmidt flipped in turn two relegating Terrell to the back with two laps...

Sep
24
2012

History meets history as Tiner wins 9th Tribute to Al Hinds Civil War Finale

PLACERVILLE, CA (9-22-12) - The grandstands at Placerville Speedway were packed full on Saturday night as the speedway officially closed its 2012 racing season by honoring its late managing promoter with the Thompsons' Auto Center Tribute to Al Hinds featuring the competitive Civil War Sprint Car Series in its championship finale along with the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. Elverta's Steven Tiner took home the exaggerated winnings in the 9th Annual Tribute to Al Hinds. Tiner shared in the final celebration of the year with Midget Lite winner Cameron Beard of Turlock and Andy Forsberg of Auburn who claimed his seventh Civil War Series Championship at the end of the night. Scott Kinney of Citrus Heights claimed the season championship for the traveling BCRA Midget Lites at the end of the night. Al Hinds was the second promoter of Placerville Speedway. He took operation of the track from its founder, Bruno...

Sep
18
2012

Johnson Joins 300 Club with Texas Motor Speedway Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Ft. Worth, Texas (September 15, 2012) In his 300th career Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV feature start, Jason Johnson cruised to victory in the Port-a-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championships at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Gridding the A-Feature sixth, Johnson rolled the high line early; jumping into third by lap three behind Travis Rilat and early leader Wayne Johnson. Grabbing the runner up spot the following lap, the Fisher Auto Body No. 41 began stalking Wayne Johnson as the pair began working into slower traffic. Restart on lap ten following a caution for Kevin Swindell who suffered a flat Left Rear, Jason Johnson would grab away the lead on the thirteenth round with a high side pass on the Missile Motorsports No. 77x. Running into slower traffic, Wayne Johnson would see his disadvantage range from just under a second to as much as three seconds as the battle on the track saw Logan Forler in...

Sep
18
2012

McCutcheon Close Season with Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Las Cruces, New Mexico (September 15, 2012) Kyle McCutcheon ended his season with the ASCS 305 Division victory this past Saturday at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Drawing the pole in the night’s 25 lap feature event, the A-Rock Material No. 12m never gave up the point. Lapping to tenth over the course of the feature, McCutcheon survived a  pair of reds and three cautions on the way to victory. Rickey Hood and Lorne Wofford made up the podium with Derek Drown, and Kyle Sager making up the top five. John Carney II crossed the line sixth, securing the 2012 ASCS 305 Championship with Royal Jones, Cesar Fuentes, Brandon Schure, and Robert Herrera completing the top ten. ASCS 305 Division Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, New Mexico September 15, 2012 Car Count: 28 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 224-John Carney II; 2. 74B-Derek Drown; 3. 45X-Derek Demartino; 4. 9-Robert Herrera; 5. 186-J.R....

Sep
18
2012

Forsberg Outguns Abreu in Civil War Shootout at Petaluma

Forsberg Outguns Abreu in Civil War Shootout at Petaluma   PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 15, 2012:   Expectations were high for an exciting shootout between the Civil War Series and Petaluma Speedways Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series regulars for the third and final California Civil War Sprint Cars Series event Saturday night and the crowd was treated one of the most exciting races of the year.   Thirty-seven of the best winged 360 sprint cars and drivers in the west were on hand to compete on the ultra-fast and hooked adobe 3/8 mile speedway.  Many of the Civil War Series top competitors drew early qualifying spots to set up much of the drama that played out later in the evening as the track surface came in and qualifying times began to plummet midway through the order.  Sean Becker, fresh off his first World of Outlaws win last week, turned his thirty-fifth qualifying order into a scorching 12.870 qualifying lap to nip Rico...

Sep
18
2012

Steve Poirier Grabs Third Canadian Sprint Nationals Triumph

Bob Buffenbarger - Ohsweken, ON (September 15, 2012) Steve Poirier became the first three time winner of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Saturday night at Ohsweken Speedway.  Poirier battled back and forth for the lead with Dustin Daggett and pulled away for the victory. After a false start sent the original front row starters back one row Jeff Cook would start on the pole of the 35-Lap feature with Poirer alongside. Poirer jumped out front and led the initial circuit quickly stretching his lead as the third row duo of Dustin Daggett and Shane Stewart engaged in an early race battle for third as Shawn Donath held second. On lap eight Stewart slid high on the track allowing Daggett to move into second just before the caution flew for a spin by  Thomas Kennedy in turn two. When the green came out again Poirer set sail but Daggett stayed in the hunt maintain second place. Slower cars now were playing a role as Poirer, Daggett and 3rd place Stewart...

Sep
12
2012

Davis Charges to Canyon Region Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Apache Junction, Arizona (September 8, 2012) - Charles Davis Jr. continued his dominance of the American Sprint Car Series lone non-wing division this past Saturday night, picking up his fifth win of the 2012 season with the ASCS Canyon Region.  Pushing off from the eighth spot at Apache Junction's Arizona Speedway, Davis raced past Bruce St. James late in the night’s 30 lap A-Feature for the win. James would hold onto finish second with R.J. Johnson claiming third. Josh Pelkey made the drive of the night coming from twenty-second to fourth with Chris Bonneau rounding out the top five. Mike Martin, Rick Ziehl, Michael Bonneau, Bob Ream Jr., and Mike Rux Jr. completed the top ten. ASCS Canyon Region Arizona Speedway - Apache Junction, Arizona September 8, 2012 Car Count: 23 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Shon Deskins; 2. 78-Chris Bonneau; 3. 29-Michael Bonneau; 4. 41W-Rick Ziehl; 5. 80-Preston (Bugs) Norbury; 6. 22-Mike Rux Jr; 7....

Sep
11
2012

Larson Dominates Second Straight Gold Cup Race of Champions

Larson Dominates Second Straight Gold Cup Race of Champions The Californian laps up to seventh place in his second career World of Outlaws win   CHICO, Calif. - Sept. 8, 2012 - Kyle Larson climbed onto his top wing, set his feet and shot his arms toward the sky as confetti blanketed his sprint car. A chorus of cheers reverberated around Silver Dollar Speedway during the celebration, which Larson structured well. After all, the California native had plenty of time to orchestrate it while cruising to his second consecutive Gold Cup Race of Champions victory on a warm Saturday evening. Larson lapped up to seventh place and beat World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship leader Donny Schatz by nearly seven seconds to pocket the $20,000 prize in the 59 th edition of the prestigious event. "I don't know if we could have been any better at all," Larson said. "We could really maneuver around the bottom or the top and get through traffic pretty...

Sep
11
2012

Schatz Sails to Ninth World of Outlaws Win at Scenic Calistoga

Schatz Sails to Ninth World of Outlaws Win at Scenic Calistoga The four-time champion now leads the points race by a season-high 50 points   CALISTOGA, Calif. - Sept. 9, 2012 - It shouldn't be a surprise that Donny Schatz parked in Victory Lane on Sunday at Calistoga Speedway. Schatz continued his recent tear in dominating fashion, leading all 25 laps to record his ninth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season and his second at the scenic half mile. The victory was the latest highlight in a hot streak that dates back to late July. Schatz has recorded six wins and 15 top fives in the last 17 points races, including a current streak of six consecutive top-five finishes. The success has also built a 50-point advantage in the championship standings, which is the largest difference between first place and second all season. "We're on attack mode," Schatz said. "These guys definitely got their game face on. They've got an...

Sep
11
2012

Kaeding Claims Antioch Thriller With Last-Lap Slider on Schatz

Kaeding Claims Antioch Thriller With Last-Lap Slider on Schatz Schatz’s seventh straight top five pushes his Outlaws championship lead to 72 points   ANTIOCH, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2012 - Looking for some good entertainment? Just watch Tim Kaeding. In perhaps the pass of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season, Kaeding slid championship points leader Donny Schatz in turn four on the final lap to earn his fourth Outlaws win of the season on Monday at Antioch Speedway. The packed grandstands erupted for the San Jose native, who reciprocated the affection. He egged them on by popping a wheelie down the frontstretch after taking the checkered flag. And if his last-lap pass and wheelie weren't enough, Kaeding was as entertaining in his postrace interview. "Truthfully, it was a slide for life," Kaeding said. "I was either going to wear me out, him out or both of us at the same time. It was no holds barred, short track racing. This is what...

Sep
10
2012

Becker Golden on Night 2 of the Gold Cup Race of Champions

Becker Golden on Night 2 of the Gold Cup Race of Champions The Californian nabs his first career World of Outlaws victory at Silver Dollar Speedway   CHICO, Calif. - Sept. 7, 2012 - As he climbed out of his sprint car and listened to the roar of the crowd, Sean Becker raised his hands in the air and let out a half yell. With confetti raining down on Victory Lane, Becker was emotional and seemingly stunned after he recorded his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway. The win came on the second night of the 59 th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions and it helped lock him into Saturday's $20,000-to-win feature. "I grew up watching my dad race at this track in the late '80s, early '90s," Becker said. "(I) grew up watching Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser, all these guys. It's a huge accomplishment for me. There's no greater moment right now." While Becker nabbed the win it came at...

Sep
10
2012

Schatz Survives Opening Night at Gold Cup Race of Champions

Schatz Survives Opening Night at Gold Cup Race of Champions Dollansky and Swindell endure issues to slow World of Outlaws championship hopes   CHICO, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2012 - Well, that just shook up the points. A pair of drivers in contention for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship took a major hit on Thursday while a four-time champion survived a treacherous track on the opening night of the 59 th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway. Donny Schatz slid by polesitter Kyle Larson exiting turn two on lap 20 en route to his eighth World of Outlaws victory of the season. The win, combined with some misfortune to a couple of fellow championship contenders, moved Schatz into the points lead for the first time in the last 21 races. "It was fun," he said. "(Larson) was really good on the top and we had a decent car on the bottom. It just was really tricky to run. It took me five or six laps to figure out how...

Sep
6
2012

Larson Starts off Gold Cup with Two Wins

CHICO, CA (9-5-12) - "We better enjoy this kid while we can because pretty soon we will all be watching him on Sunday's," said second place finisher Andy Forsberg. Of course Forsberg was referring to Elk Grove's Kyle Larson. Larson put on quite a show for the fans at Silver Dollar Speedway tonight. The defending Gold Cup Champion won both the USAC Western Classic Racing Series and Civil War main events tonight. "I had two good cars tonight," said Larson. "I have to thank both the Ford family and the Finley family for giving me the chance to race tonight." Larson added, "The bottom of the track was good tonight and I just kept trying to hit my marks. I mean I missed the line a few times but all in all I kept it stuck in there pretty well." Forsberg was the bridesmaid in both features tonight. "The big problem I had tonight is that Kyle Larson's too good and I'm not," said Forsberg when asked about his runner up finishes. Sacramento's...

Sep
5
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance Silver Dollar Speedway, Calistoga Speedway, Antioch Speedway   CHICO, Calif. - Sept. 4, 2012 - With the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season winding down, championship points leader Craig Dollansky leads the Outlaws into the Golden State for a unique California Outlaw Speedweek this weekend. The Outlaws will compete in five races in as many days, beginning with the 59 th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway Thursday through Saturday. The first two nights will be complete shows that will set up Saturday's $20,000-to-win feature. On Sunday, the World of Outlaws return to Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga for a race that was postponed in March because of inclement weather. Four out of the top five drivers in the championship standings have claimed at least one victory at the half-mile track. The Speedweek wraps up on Monday at Antioch Speedway in Antioch, where Steve...

Sep
5
2012

Jacobson Wins One for the Locals at Rowdy Skagit Speedway

Jacobson Wins One for the Locals at Rowdy Skagit Speedway He leads all 35 laps to claim his first career World of Outlaws feature victory   ALGER, Wash. - Sept. 1, 2012 - As confetti littered the frontstretch and the crowd roared, hugs and high fives were distributed around a grinning Travis Jacobson like he just won the Showcase Showdown on "The Price is Right." In a way, he did. Jacobson led all 35 laps to claim the $12,000 prize in his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory on a brisk Saturday night at Skagit Speedway, where the wild celebration began once the Lake Stevens, Wash., native crossed beneath the checkered flags. "I'm just in awe," he said wearing an ear-to-earn smile. "I grew up watching guys like Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser. To be able to compete with those guys is more than a dream come true. Racing has been my passion since I could turn a car, so it's very, very special to me." Jacobson has...

Sep
5
2012

Madsen Claims Inaugural World of Outlaws Race at Willamette Speedway

Madsen Claims Inaugural World of Outlaws Race at Willamette Speedway He leads all 30 laps for his second victory in the last three races and fifth this season   LEBANON, Ore. - Sept. 3, 2012 - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi! For the second time in the last three World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events, Australian Kerry Madsen emerged in Victory Lane with a big smile on his face. On Monday, Madsen led all 30 laps to claim the inaugural Outlaws race at Willamette Speedway. "We're definitely clicking and we're taking advantage of our opportunities," he said. "We've had some great draws. It looks easy when guys do that, but it's hard. You have to have everything right and get the opportunity, and then when the opportunity presents itself you have to seize it. It's hard to do with the World of Outlaws." In the only World of Outlaws event this season in Oregon, Madsen outlasted Donny Schatz in a race that featured only two cautions, tough...

Sep
5
2012

Forsberg holds back Allard to secure fourth Placerville championship

PLACERVILLE, CA (9-1-12) - It's almost as if Auburn's Andy Forsberg works best under pressure as Saturday night he had more pressure than ever before in his quest for his fourth Placerville Track Championship. In the end, Forsberg did what everyone has been booing him for in recent weeks….he won the 2012 Placerville Speedway track championship title. "It feels good to finally get this championship, its been pretty crazy the last few weeks and it was mine to lose tonight," said Forsberg. "To win four of these is pretty cool. There isn't one of them that stands out more than the other one. Your first one is always special and the the others tend to equal that. I just can't thank this whole team and all the sponsors enough for everything. This is an incredible team to drive for and they deserve this championship, they've worked hard for this." Over the past month, Forsberg has been booed, criticized and commended in a mix...

Aug
30
2012

Swindell Sails to Win No. 11 with Dominant Performance at Grays Harbor

Swindell Sails to Win No. 11 with Dominant Performance at Grays Harbor Dollansky finishes second to maintain World of Outlaws championship points lead   ELMA, Wash. - Aug. 29, 2012 - Things are getting back to normal for Sammy Swindell. He found himself in Victory Lane for the second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event and the third time in the last five races on Wednesday night at the scenic Grays Harbor Raceway, which hosted its first Outlaws race since 2008. It was his series-leading 11 th victory of the season and moved him to a tie for second place in the championship standings - only 39 points behind leader Craig Dollansky. "This is the best we've got so hopefully it just carries on through the rest of the year," said Swindell, who hadn't won at Grays Harbor Raceway since 1997. "We did have maybe six, eight weeks there where we weren't where we needed to be and was struggling some. We found out the...

Aug
28
2012

World of Outlaws Return to Calistoga Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 9

World of Outlaws Return to Calistoga Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 9 The rain-delayed sprint car event is part of the five-race California Outlaw Speedweek   CALISTOGA, Calif. - Aug. 28, 2012 - It's been a long rain delay, but the patient California sprint car fans are in for a treat in early September. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Golden State with a unique California Outlaw Speedweek, featuring five races in as many days. Sandwiched in the middle of the weekend is the lone event at Calistoga Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 9. The race, which was originally scheduled for March 31, succumbed to heavy rain. "We rained out earlier there this year and to go back and make that show up should be great for the fans out there and it'll be good for all of us to get in there and get some racing done," said Craig Dollansky, who won at Calistoga Speedway in 2006. The 59 th annual Gold Cup kicks off the Speedweek...

Aug
28
2012

Schank Dominates For Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Win

PETALUMA, CA – AUGUST 25, 2012:  The Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series was back in action Saturday night, enjoying classic Petaluma Speedway track conditions the adobe clay was at its hooked up and tackiest best. The Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Car Series witnessed Klint Simpson stormed to the front at the start with Bret Barney and Bill Cornwell and a Terry Schank Jr. in tow.  After packing pacing the first six circuits Simpson pushed up the racetrack exiting turn two opening the door for a fast closing Schank to displace him for the lead.  Geoff Ensign moved up from quickly from his mid-pack starting spot passing Barney and then Cornwell and set sights on Trevor Schmid.  Simpson drove an impressive race throughout and held on for an impressive runner-up finish over Schmid, Ensign, and Cornwell.   Billy Aton had a very strong run early in the feature until motor problems ended his night.  This was the first race in several...

Aug
27
2012

Forsberg takes the heat with jeering fans after fifth Placerville win

PLACERVILLE, CA (8-25-12) - Auburn's Andy Forsberg led every lap of Saturday's feature event at Placerville Speedway to post his fifth victory of the 2012 racing season and maintain his season long point lead in the 2012 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires-Coors Light Championship event of the season. Although the victory makes him the winningest driver of the season thus far, the battle for the sprint car championship is far from over at the quarter-mile clay oval. In fact, it's hotter than ever and the title won't be determined by one's success over a 12 race period, it's going to come down to one single race next Saturday night. Forsberg may have won the battle Saturday night, but Cameron Park's Stephen Allard let it be known the war is on in these final two weeks as he put the pressure on Forsberg for the entire night Saturday with an amazing charge to the front of the field, which resulted in a second place finish and a frenzy of...

Aug
27
2012

Carney Cashes in at the Devil’s Bowl

Bryan Hulbert - Mesquite, Texas (August 25, 2012) After a disappointing performance at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway Friday night, John Carney II was set for redemption Saturday in the combined regional event between the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South and Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Regions at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Starting off the night’s feature with a red for the No. 45 of Martin Edwards, the night’s 25 lap A-Main rolled green until lap eleven when a slide job gone bad saw Matt Covington making contact with Shawn Petersen. The No. 11c would retire for the evening with Petersen’s No. 4x returning. Having taken the lead on lap seven, John Carney II would nearly see his night take a wrong turn in slower traffic after making contact with J.P. Baily on lap seventeen. Baily would spin causing the caution to fly. The caution lights would again blink on a lap later as early race leader Brandon Berryman suffered a broken...

Aug
22
2012

Stornetta Pads Point Lead With Fourth Victory in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series

Stornetta Pads Point Lead With Fourth Victory in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series. PETALUMA, CA. - August 18, 2012:  Napa driver Joe Stornetta won Saturday nights Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series feature for wingless sprint cars at Petaluma Speedway.  Current points leader Stornetta captured his fourth win of the season as he quickly grabbed the lead from the pole position and never looked back in perhaps his best performance of the season.  In addition to winning the feature, Stornetta was the night’s fast qualifier.  Stornetta caught lapped traffic nine laps into the 25-lap race. Stornetta was never seriously challenged for the lead with all of the action behind him for the runner up spot as Bret Barney, Geoff Ensign, Taylor Simas and Klint Simpson fought hard for the first 19 laps. Ensign dove to the bottom to capture second place on Lap 20.  Simas, Simpson Trevor Schmid all managed to get by the Barney at the finish.  Heat race...

Aug
22
2012

Schatz Magical in Front of Hometown Fans at Nodak Speedway

Schatz Magical in Front of Hometown Fans at Nodak Speedway The Minot native records his fourth win in the last seven Outlaws points events   MINOT, N.D. - Aug. 19, 2012 - After arguably the loudest cheer he has heard all season, Donny Schatz had a rare - and brief - emotional moment in Victory Lane on Sunday. In front of a packed facility in the town where he grew up, Schatz picked up his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory in the Magic City Showdown Presented by Gerdau, Sleep Inn & Suites, Minot Visitors Bureau and Magic City Implement at Nodak Speedway. "This is where it all started for me," he said. "This is where I made my first laps in a car and my family is from. To be here a few times and come close to winning, tonight we get to taste that victory. It's as special as the Knoxville Nationals. To hear the crowds' reaction and to get that trophy in front of that grandstands means everything to me." It continued a...

Aug
20
2012

Stewart Smokes the Field at Plymouth

T.J. Buffenbarger - Plymouth, IN (August 18, 2012) Tony Stewart won Saturday night’s Engine Pro Battle at the Bullring presented by Hastings  Manufacturing,Mahle/Clevite,and Melling Engine Parts with the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP at Plymouth Speedway. Stewart led all 30-laps of the feature event on his way to victory,but the last five laps were side by side swapping lines with Ryan Grubaugh.  On the final lap Stewart protected the bottom while Grubaugh motored to the top, shooting off the end of the track onto the larger paved oval.  Grubaugh salvaged a fourth place finish. “I was a little worried I gave that one away,” said Stewart in victory lane.  “I could see (Grubaugh) down there and was getting a little worried I opened up the door for him.” Steve Irwin and Stewart started on the front row of the 30 lap main event.  Stewart took the lead from the start while current ASCS SOD...

Aug
20
2012

Dramatic Turn of Events sees Wayne Johnson Victorious at Lawton

Bryan Hulbert - Lawton, Oklahoma (August 18, 2012) In a stunning turn of events following Friday’s Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV feature event at Lawton Speedway, Jason Johnson was disqualified after it was revealed that the left side muffler was missing after the night’s 30 lap feature event. Credited with the win, Wayne Johnson humbly commented on the situation with, “I would hate to have been in Jason’s shoes on that deal. To win the race and get disqualified for a muffler falling off but it is in the rules. It sucks for those guys because he had the best car but you know what the shoe could have very easily been on the other foot. It could have easily been me winning the race and having a muffler fall off.” Drawing the number eight starting spot, Johnson shot to third in the opening laps as Mike Goodman took the early advantage. Slowing for a caution on lap four, the field re-stacked with Tony Bruce Jr. having to restart at...

Aug
17
2012

Kevin Swindell Scores First Lucas Oil ASCS Victory in Kansas

Bryan Hulbert - Salina, Kansas (August 16, 2012) Becoming the eighteenth different winner in 2012, Kevin Swindell was the class of the field in Kansas, taking a thrilling victory at the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV’s inaugural visit to the Salina Speedway. After a complete restart for the spun No. 2 of Dustin Morgan, the three time Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Champion would roll off sixth as the early advantage went to Seth Bergman. Taking the Superior Marine No. 23 to a six car length advantage, the early battle for second would see Don Droud Jr. taking the position away from J.D. Johnson. Holding third for the first six laps, the Alternative Pest Management No. 98 would see the MVT No. 41 of Jason Johnson making the pass with Kevin Swindell on tow. Slowing for a caution on lap nine the field would restack single file. Back in the throttle, Swindell would see the doors swing wide for the runner up spot.  Cutting down the track...

Aug
14
2012

Historic Night for Andy Forsberg at Chico

CHICO, CA (8-10-12) - It was a night that Auburn's Andy Forsberg will never forget. The 36-year-old has enjoyed a Hall of Fame sprint car career. There have been the championships; 6 Civil Wars, 3 Placerville Speedway and 2 at Chico. Forsberg has won main events at 11 different tracks. Coming into this race he had 98 career main event wins. He was the 2007 Motorsports Press Association Open Wheel Driver of the Year. However, tonight, he accomplished something he had never done in his 20 year sprint car career by winning two winged sprint car main events in the same night. With the wins he was able to reach an exclusive goal of 100 career sprint car main event wins. "We had talked about the possibility of winning both races tonight to get me to the 100th win," said Forsberg in victory lane. "Let me tell you that this was a lot of work to get two cars on the track in one night. I have to thank my guys for working their butts off in this...

Aug
13
2012

Rilat is Royal in Baytown

Bryan Hulbert - Baytown, Texas (August 11, 2012) Jumping back behind the wheel of the Shop the Boss.com No. 29, Travis Rilat lined his pockets to the tune of $3,000 at Royal Purple Raceway this past Saturday, taking the 6th annual Southeast Texas Shootout victory with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region. Taking the field in the eight position Rilat wasted little time getting to the front. Surviving a caution on lap four followed by a red on lap six involving front runners Bruce Crockett and Logan Bledsoe, the Forney, Texas driver threaded the needle on lap ten between Brandon Berryman and a lapped car to gain the race lead. From there Rilat was on top as the No. 29 raced to the checkered flag. Brandon Berryman settled for second with Ray Allen Kulhanek rounding out the podium. Tommy Bryant and Travis Elliot made up the drivers in the top five. Michael McNeil took sixth with Michael Lang charging from twenty-second to claim seventh. J.J....

Aug
13
2012

Meyers One Step Closer after Night 2 Win at Knoxville Nationals

Meyers One Step Closer after Night 2 Win at Knoxville Nationals Stevie Smith and Outlaws points leader Craig Dollansky are Saturday’s front-row starters   KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Aug. 9, 2012 - Like a wrinkled grocery list after a day at the store, Jason Meyers scratched off his racing goals one by one over the last decade. The two-time defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion had accomplished nearly everything and anything he set his sights on before hanging up his racing suit in the offseason, choosing to focus on his family rather than chasing sprint car races across the country. Every goal was met and crossed off except one - a Goodyear Knoxville Nationals title. "Out of all the goals we've set in sprint car racing, we've achieved them all except for winning the Knoxville Nationals," he said. Meyers is one step closer to that dream after he recorded an emphatic victory on Thursday on the second qualifying night of...

Aug
9
2012

Larson Capitalizes On Night 1 of Goodyear Knoxville Nationals

Larson Capitalizes On Night 1 of Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Severe afternoon storm leads to a late night for World of Outlaws at Knoxville Raceway   KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Aug. 8, 2012 - He's done it again. Kyle Larson, the phenom who wins in anything and everything he races, claimed the opening night of the 52 nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals on a stormy Wednesday at Knoxville Raceway in his first attempt in the prestigious event. "Getting a win at Knoxville is so big, but it's only a prelim night," Larson said after winning the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event. "It's going to be tough for sure, but tonight gave me a lot of confidence going into Saturday." Larson took the checkered flags for the first time at the famed half mile around 1 a.m. to complete the weather-delayed opener in the biggest weekend in sprint car racing. Night Two of qualifying is Thursday with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m. On Wednesday, a...

Aug
6
2012

It’s all Shane Stewart in Knoxville

Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright - Knoxville, Iowa (August 4, 2012) The first four time champion has been crowned as the Kick It for Cancer/Jeff Gordon Foundation No. 57 of Shane Stewart went uncontested in Saturday night’s 25 lap Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals feature event. “That car in the A-Main was just flawless” commented Stewart in Victory Lane. “I’m not even worried about the other nationals right now I’m just going to celebrate these nationals.” Called back on a false start, Stewart was able still able to get the jump into the top spot. Racing to a straight-a-way advantage in the three laps as Roger Crockett gave chase with Kevin Swindell and Brady Bacon moving in to battle for the runner up spot. With the preferred line quickly moving up the racing surface, lapped traffic would force Stewart to utilize the slide job. Even so, the Bixby native pulled to a 2.435 second advantage by lap fifteen with the...

Aug
6
2012

Grubaugh Scores Tri City Debut

Mike Strevel / Bryan Hulbert - Auburn, Michigan (August 3, 2012) In front of a standing room only crowd in Auburn, Michigan driver Ryan Grubaugh of St. Johns, Michigan captured his first checkered flag of the 2012 season in the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP debut at Tri City Motor Speedway.  Bringing twenty-five cars to the debut event, tenth starting Grubaugh took advantage of a wide surface; making use of the high side of the oval to make the pass for the lead and eventual victory on lap eighteen. The 2010 SOD Champion took the lead from Ryan Ruhl who six laps earlier had captured the top spot from Chris Jones. “We had the car set up for the high side all  night and it obviously paid off, I have to thank my family, crew and fine sponsors for making this all possible.” Ryan Ruhl crossed second with, Gregg Dalman, Brett Mann, and Robert Huisken who started 17th making up the top five.. Engine Pro ASCS Sprints...

Aug
6
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance 52nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals   KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Aug. 6, 2012 - The biggest weekend of the season is finally here as all eyes in the sprint car world shift to Knoxville Raceway. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series four-day, 52 nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals begins on Wednesday and culminates with the $150,000-to-win main event at the famed half mile on Saturday. Tony Stewart Racing teammates and World of Outlaws veterans Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have combined to win 17 titles, with Kinser claiming an event-best 12 wins and Schatz winning in five of the last six years. Fellow Outlaws Sammy Swindell and Kraig Kinser have also picked up a Goodyear Knoxville Nationals victory. WHEN Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 8-11, at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the 52 nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. The front gate is scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m....

Aug
2
2012

Stewart Returns to Victory Lane at Ohsweken – Again

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Stewart Returns to Victory Lane at Ohsweken – Again The NASCAR star earns his second World of Outlaws win this month and third overall   OHSWEKEN, Ontario - July 31, 2012 - Tony Stewart, Ohsweken Speedway and Victory Lane are beginning to become synonymous. The NASCAR driver led all 30 laps on Tuesday to claim his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory and his second in a row at the 3/8-mile oval. Counting Monday's win in Corr/Pak Sprints action, he has ended his last three events at Ohsweken Speedway a top the podium. "Last year we won the thing running through the middle and tonight we were really good right on the top edge of the race track," Stewart said. "It wasn't really anything consistent between the nights. It's just a neat, little race track. It's a lot of fun. You can race all over the place....

Jul
31
2012

Terrell Holds Off Henry for Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Win

Terrell Holds Off Henry for Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Win PETALUMA, CA. - July 28, 2012: The Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series continued its recent series of incredible finishes Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Bradley Terrell lived up to his nickname “The BT Express” by charging his way up from his ninth place starting position to win the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series main event in dramatic fashion at Petaluma Speedway. The 21-year-old Sebastopol driver once again showed his tenacious driving style in earning his fifteenth feature win at the 3/8 mile track.  Terrell aggressively stormed through the pack and took the lead from former two-time Civil War Series Champion Mike Henry on lap 17 when Henry got hung up with lapped traffic.  Fast qualifier Henry charged back to challenge Terrell on the final corner and the two crossed the finish line together in a dead heat with the transponder showing Terrell the winner by .027 seconds....

Jul
31
2012

Chase Johnson Snags First Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Win

PETALUMA, CA. - July 21, 2012:  Seventeen-year-old Chase Johnson took full advantage of his front row starting position by finding his way to victory lane for the first time this season in the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series at Petaluma Speedway.   Starting from row two, Richard Bailey pursued Johnson until a lap 10 spin moved Lindt to the second spot.  Johnson had plenty of competition to contend with as five time track champion David Lindt Jr. would pressure him throughout the race, including a daring final lap attempt for the win. Johnson, a fourth generation racer, was cool throughout the feature and consistently hit his marks to capture his second feature win ever on the fast 3/8 mile adobe track.  Johnson completed the flag-to-flag feature win followed by Lindt with his third straight runner up finish, fast qualifier Kirk Simpson, Geoff Ensign, and Art McCarthy.  Richard Bailey worked his way back to third with Bradley Terrell,...

Jul
25
2012

Sager Shines in Southern New Mexico

Lonnie Wheatley - LAS CRUCES, N.M. (July 21, 2012) – Kyle Sager picked off his first ASCS 305-ci Sprint Car feature win by charging to victory lane in Saturday night’s 25-lap main event at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Sager took the lead away from Derek Drown on the tenth round and then withstood a late bid from Lorne Wofford to become the series’ fifth different winner of the year. After the initial start was waved off for Billy Briley’s venture off the top of turn four, outside front row starter Derek Drown outgunned Joe Alvarado for the initial lead with sixth-starting Sager up to second in the initial five laps. With traffic a factor by the sixth round, Sager pounced on the top spot on the tenth round and held the point over Drown, Cesar Fuentes and Wofford until a lap 14 caution for J.R. Patton and Dylan Harris in turn two. With Sager setting the pace, Wofford made quick work of Fuentes and Drown to take over second by the...

Jul
24
2012

Victory Belongs to Wayne Johnson in Washington

Bryan Hulbert - Elma, Washington (July 21, 2012) Round two of a double feature Saturday night at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington would be an emotional one as Wayne Johnson held off the late race charge of Shane Stewart to re-capture the points lead with his seventh win of the 2012 season. Almost seeing his racing career coming to an end just two years ago in a crash that saw Johnson nearly losing half his leg, crossing the line first laid to rest a very tumultuous chapter in Wayne’s life. With a humble tone and great appreciation, Johnson spoke with emotion in victory lane, “You know I was a little choked up with the TV broadcast down there. I know my wife and daughter are listening back home and you know to get a win here. This racetrack tried to end my career, you know I actually thought it was done but we worked hard and you know to race Shane Stewart for the win like that couldn’t have been any better.” Drawing the number...

Jul
24
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at a Glance Autodrome Granby, Autodrome Drummond, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway   GRANBY, Quebec - July 23, 2012 - In the middle of a tight championship battle and the heat of the "Month of Money," the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is set to make its first Canada visit of the season during the next week. The Outlaws open a four-race, five-day swing on Friday at Autodrome Granby, where the series has never competed. On Saturday, the World of Outlaws return to Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec, which has hosted a race each of the past two seasons. Cornwall Motor Speedway in Cornwall, Ontario, will hold its first-ever Outlaws event on Sunday before the Canada trip wraps up on Tuesday, July 31, at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario. WHEN Friday, July 27,...

Jul
24
2012

Craig Stidham gets 1st KWS win in Antioch Saturday

Photos by Paul Gould Craig Stidham rises up to post long overdue first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night By Gary Thomas Antioch, CA – July 21, 2012…Throughout his career Fresno, California’s Craig Stidham has won a number of championships in the Central Valley and is even a former winner of the famed Trophy Cup. The one thing that he had not accomplished though in the past is a 410 Sprint Car victory and when he returned to the KWS series in 2012 that was his number one goal. Keeping that in mind the 2002 Golden State Rookie of the Year debuted a new car at the Antioch Speedway on Saturday night and raced to an impressive victory with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear, adding a 410 Sprint Car win to his resume. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me and our whole team,” said an exuberant Stidham in victory lane. “This is my first ever 410 win and...

Jul
18
2012

Stewart Dominates Southern Oregon

Bryan Hulbert - Medford, Oregon (July 16, 2012) Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart left little to the imagination in round three of the 2012 Bully Dog ASCS Northwest Speedweek presented by Contingency Connection Drawing the pole after winning his heat the Finley Farms No. 77f wired the field at Medford, Oregon’s Southern Oregon Speedway. Surviving five caution periods and a pair of red flags, one for fuel on lap 27, Stewart was chased across the line by eighth starting Mitch Olson. Dan Menne would finish where he started with Cole Wood climbing from tenth to take fourth. Vern Wheeler, who race his way in through the night’s second B-Feature would charge from eighteenth to round out the top five. D.J. Netto, Jesse Whitney, John Michael Bunch, Roger Crockett, and Travis Rilat completed the top ten. ASCS Northwest Region Southern Oregon Speedway - Medford, Oregon July 16, 2012 - Bully Dog ASCS Northwest Speedweek presented by Contingency...

Jul
18
2012

Johnson sweeps Willamette Weekend

Bryan Hulbert - Lebanon, Oregon (July 14,2012) After taking the preliminary night victory on Friday, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson backed up his performance by sweeping the Lucas Oil ASCS Willamette double header. Taking the green from the fourth starting position, the City Vending No. 77x would ride into third before the red flag waved on lap eight for the 99d of Shawn Wright. Taking the lead from the green, Travis Rilat would begin pulling away to a straight-a-way advantage as the battle for the runner up spot saw Mitch Olson and Wayne Johnson begin their run into slower traffic. With the pursuit slicing in and out of the back of the field, Johnson would take over the runner up spot on lap fourteen. Running down Rilat with less than ten laps to run, the Missile Motorsports No. 77x would pick up car lengths per lap on the No. 39c. Taking the white flag with a full head of steam, the City Vending No. 77x would dive for the slide job on Rilat’s...

Jul
18
2012

Covington Wires Texarkana Field

Bryan Hulbert - Texarkana, Arkansas (July 13, 2012) Glenpool, Oklahoma’s Matt Covington utilized the pole position to lead every lap of Friday night’s Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star feature at Texarkana 67 Speedway. With action slowing only four times during the course of the feature event, the defending Lone Star Champion crossed the stripe ahead of Martin Edwards, Aaron Reutzel, Blake Hahn, and Ray Allen Kulhanek. Kolt Walker finished sixth from tenth with Evan Pardo seventh while Justin Melton, Kevin Ramey, and Brian Bell rounded out the top ten. Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Texarkana 67 Speedway - Texarkana, Arkansas July 13, 2012 Car Count: 25 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 25-Blake Hahn; 3. 74E-Claud Estes III; 4. 16-Cody Adams; 5. 30-Brandon Corn; 6. 22K-Kevin Barksdale; 7. 11m-Michele Melton Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Justin Melton; 2. 11c-Matt Covington; 3. 7m-Kevin Ramey; 4. 14B-Robert Byrom; DNF 4x-Shawn...

Jul
17
2012

It’s Gharst in Midwest/Warrior Showdown

Bryan Hulbert - Cameron, Missouri (July 13, 2012) In the battle between the drivers of the Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest and Warrior Regions it was Kaley Gharst to who topped the 21 car field at U.S. 36 Raceway this past Friday the thirteenth. Running second for much of the early goings, Gharts chased Jason Danley form the drop of the green. Stopping for a red on lap three involving Cody Baker, the No. 6 of Danley would hold the top spot until slipping out the groove on lap thirteen; allowing Gharst to take over the race lead. Working on lap fourteen, the field would be halted for a second time as Jonathan Cornell flipped following contact the right rear on Jordan Boston’s Select Auto No. 4. Restarting on the last completed lap, Gharst would go uncontested to the checkered flag with Jason Danley second. Running fourth at the white flag, Jack Dover would sneak by for third over Stu Snyder with Kyle Bellm rounding out the top five. Don Droud Jr.,...

Jul
17
2012

Wayne Johnson take Lucas Oil ASCS opener at Willamette

Bryan Hulbert - Lebanon, Oregon (July 13, 2012) After a week that Wayne Johnson would rather forget, the Oklahoma native roared back to life in the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV debut at the recently re-built Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon on night one the July double header. “You know what I was here 3 or 4 years ago and my hats off to these guys who spent all this money on this racetrack.” Commented Johnson. Asked about the pass for the lead, Johnson replied, “That was awesome. We just got into traffic and he [Roger Crockett] pulled off the curb and that was the place you needed to be and my car was still good enough to slide from the middle to the top and still catch enough grip and get off the corner.” Lining up forth on the night’s 25 lap feature event, the Missile Motorsports No. 77x spent the first seven laps where he started as Crockett assumed the race lead. Catching slower traffic on lap six, the SKS Racing...

Jul
16
2012

Ensign gets Wingless 3-Peat in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series

  Ensign gets Wingless 3-Peat in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series   Geoff Ensign continued his winning ways by capturing his third straight win in the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series with another outstanding performance on a very well prepared and racy Petaluma Speedway.  Ensign has shown that he can find victory lane with or without a wing on the fast 3/8 mile adobe surface this year.   Zack Lynskey looked to have a great shot at capturing the main event, leading the first 12 laps with Ensign and Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series point leader Joe Stornetta in pursuit. But lap 13 proved to be unlucky for Lynskey when he took the high groove to lap Bill Hopper entering turn one opening the door for Ensign and Stornetta to power by on the bottom.    Ensign never looked back and led all of the remaining laps with Stornetta and Lynskey battling hard for the second position. Lynsky made a great last lap move to sneak by...

Jul
16
2012

Forsberg wins second consecutive Mark Forni Classic worth 5k

PLACERVILLE, CA (7-14-12) - Saturday was a special night at Placerville Speedway as the evening paid tribute to the late friend of the speedway, Mark Forni. At the end of this much anticipated night of competition. This night is the richest race of the year annually at the 47 year old dirt track at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds that is known today as the "Bullring." Saturday night the track lived up to its name with plenty of charging competitors firghting for the $5000 win. When the checkered flag flew on Saturday's 25 lap winged sprint car feature, defending track champion and current point leader Andy Forsberg of Auburn became a two time winner of the Mark Forni Classic. Forsberg charged his way up for the fourth place starting position and brought the spectators at Placerville to their feet with an electrifying takeover of the lead from Chico's Jonathan Allard in the closing lap of the race. "This is really special to...

Jul
16
2012

Saldana Feasts at the Knight Before the Kings Royal

ROSSBURG, Ohio - July 13, 2012 - Eldora Speedway has turned into a feast-or-famine facility for Joey Saldana. A year ago, his season was derailed after a vicious accident during the Kings Royal kept him out of his sprint car for approximately two months. However, Saldana powered to a special victory in his return to Eldora Speedway last fall. On an overcast Friday, Saldana recaptured that magic and feasted en route to the Knight Before the Kings Royal win - his 11 th with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the famed half-mile oval. "Tonight we needed it," he said. "The last two months we've been struggling. "It definitely makes you feel confident, but you still got to come out here and run all 40 laps and be leading at the end." Saldana - a two-time Kings Royal champion - enters Saturday's 29 th annual Kings Royal, which pays $50,000 to win and will be taped by SPEED for a delayed broadcast, as a...

Jul
12
2012

Lemley takes Lucas Oil ASCS Montana Debut

Bryan Hulbert - Great Falls, Montana (July 11, 2012) In their Montana debut Bellingham, Washington’s Brock Lemley bested the field of 22 cars to take his first Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV feature win at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana. “This is unbelievable. Once I saw him [Jason Johnson] go by me in the rubber I thought it was all over” commented by Lemley in his post-race interview. "This has got to be my biggest win.” Drawing the outside of the front row in the 30-lap feature event the Halftime Sports Bar No. 23n jumped to the early lead with pole sitting Johnny Herrera battling for the runner up spot with Seth Bergman. Racing into the night’s feature via the B-Main, the City Vending No. 77x of Wayne Johnson was on the move; cracking into the top five in the first six laps. Keeping pace from eighth, the MVT No. 41 of Jason Johnson would find the first hints of rubber. Running into the runner up spot...

Jul
12
2012

Lucas Oil ASCS set for Western Run

Bryan Hulbert - Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 9, 2012) In a season unlike any other experienced with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV, rounds 28 through 30 in the championship hunt would have in years past revolved around a season gone by. In fact the 28th, 29th, and 30th races held in 2011 consisted of the season ending Western World but in 2012 these nights on the calendar represent new tracks, new states, and new drivers in a season still shy of its halfway point. Joining the list as the 123rd different track to feature the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV, Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana will see racing on Wednesday July 11th and carries the distinction as the first Montana oval to host the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV. Listed as track No. 124 on the list, Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon prepares for a double header on Friday July 13th and Saturday July 14th. Swapping the points lead six times since the start of...

Jul
10
2012

Stephen Allard and Geoff Ensign Post Civil War / Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Victories

PETALUMA, CA – JULY 7, 2012 – Petaluma Speedway hosted their second California Civil War Series event of the season Saturday night, which also was a point race for the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series.  Thirty-two Winged 360 Sprint Cars were on hand at the 3/8 mile adobe track to battle it out in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Stephen Allard of Cameron Park headed into Saturday’s event ranking third in the Civil War Series point standings knowing he had a great opportunity to close in on series point leader Andy Forsberg in the Pit Stop USA sponsored x1 of F&F Racing with second place driver Kyle Hirst away running the KWS Series event at Watsonville.  Allard took full advantage of the opportunity and led wire-to-wire in dominating fashion to secure the victory.  David Lindt, Jr. brought out the evenings only red flag when the #52 Heavy Metal Racing entry flipped in turn 4.  After the restart, Allard had a brief...

Jul
9
2012

Allard & Golobic put on a show at HK Classic

By Gary Thomas Watsonville, CA – July 7, 2012…Of all the previous King of the West 410 Series & Golden State victories that two-time California state champion Jonathan Allard has scored in his career, none had come at the Ocean Speedway. That all changed on Saturday night however, as the Chico driver captured a thrilling “Howard Kaeding Classic” main event, following a back & forth battle with track point leader Shane Golobic. For Allard it was his fourth Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear win of the season, tying Tim Kaeding for the most wins on tour this year. It also marked his 32nd career victory in combined KWS & Golden State 410 events, which is third all-time behind Brent and Tim Kaeding. “I couldn’t be happier to win tonight since the last couple weeks haven’t gone like we wanted and it’s pretty special to get our first victory here with the 410 at Ocean during the HK Classic,”...

Jul
9
2012

Reutzel Rallies to Gulf South Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Chatham, Louisiana (July 7, 2012) With plenty of good track to operate on Clute, Texas racer Aaron Reutzel sailed to a $2,000 payday at Jones Motor Speedway in Chatham, Louisiana this past Saturday night with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region. Taking the top spot following a red for Ray Allen Kulhanek on lap fifteen, the Griffith Truck and Equipment No. 87 survived the final ten circuits with Brandon Berryman taking second after taking away the spot on lap twenty. Channin Tankersley rounded out the podium after starting the night’s feature tenth. Greg Rilat and Tommy Bryant rounded out the top five with Brian Bell setting for sixth after leading the better portion of the night’s feature. Michael McNeil, Gary Watson, Beau Smith, and Larry Howery completed the top ten. Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region Jones Motor Speedway - Chatham, Louisiana July 7, 2012 Car Count: 23 Heat 1 (8...

Jul
9
2012

Bell Tops Night One at Jones Motor Speedway

Bryan Hubert - Chatham, Louisiana (July 6, 2012) Drawing the inside of the third row, Cordova, Tennessee’s Brian Bell lead the greater portion of Friday night’s 25 lap feature event on rout to victory with the Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Region at Jones Motor Speedway in Chatham, Louisiana. Taking the lead on lap five, Bell went uncontested to the checkered flag with Ray Allen Kulhanek earning the Weld Wheel Hard Charger Award; climbing seven spots to finish second. Rounding out the podium was tenth starting Aaron Reutzel. Pole sitter, and early leader, Brandon Berryman would fade to fourth with Greg Rilat rounding out the top five. Chris Sweeney, Travis Elliot, Wes Miller, Tommy Bryant, and Beau Smith completed the top ten. Racing for the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region continues Saturday with night No. 2 at Jones Motor Speedway. Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region Jones Motor Speedway -...

Jul
9
2012

Johnson Takes Third Straight with Rapid Speedway Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Rock Rapids, Iowa (July 6, 2012) Forty drivers were on hand for this past Friday night $4,000 to win affair at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa with Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason Johnson taking the check and the nearly nine foot tall trophy home in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV’s inaugural visit to the 3/8 mile clay oval. Drawing the outside of the second row, Johnson would dive into the runner up spot on the opening lap before a caution for a stalled car forced a complete restart. Again jumping into second, Johnson would begin his pursuit of early leader Stu Snyder. Sliding into the lead on lap four, Johnson would hold off a pair of challenges from the Pepsi No. 23s as the caution flew the Champion Brands No. 45x of Johnny Herrera followed by a spin by the Fab Tech No. 6g of Gossel to force a second single file restart.  Following suit on Snyder, the Oil Medics No. 18 of Tony Bruce Jr. would...

Jul
6
2012

Wiesz takes home $4000 with July Fourth win in Inaugural Tiner Classic

PLACERVILLE, CA (7-4-12) - A capacity crowd packed the grandstands of Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the annual July Fourth Spectacular and the Inaugural Tiner Family Classic featuring the sprint cars of the Hoosier Tires Civil War Series in the highest paying Independence Day event in the 47 year history of the local speedway. When the final checkered flag waved, Colby Wiesz of Colfax took home a $4000 payday and the prestige of winning before the large July Fourth crowd. "It's always special to come here and race on the Fourth of July with this big crowd," said Wiesz. "I really have to thank the Tiner family for putting this race together and hopefully its something that will continue every year. The track was tricky tonight but it was a good track to race on in the end. I got lucky whenever we came up on lapped traffic we got a caution and a clean restart because I know they were closing in on me." A total of 44...

Jul
5
2012

Shaffer Sails to Waynesfield S.O.D Victory

Mike Stevel / Bryan Hulbert - Waynesfield, Ohio (July 3, 2012) In the inaugural Bob Reynolds Memorial race at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield Ohio it was veteran racer Tim Shaffer  taking the $6,000 first place prize in front of one of the largest crowds in the history of the Ohio oval. Pole sitter and early leader Dustin Daggett was fast during the first 10 laps of the night’s feature event before fourth starting Shaffer made his move on Daggett and took the lead on lap thirteen. Falling back, it was later discovered a failing right rear was to blame as Shaffer raced on to victory. The very happy racer thanked promoter Ron Hammons, his hard working crew and all the incredible fans that came out to support this new 360 Sprint Car special. Engine Pro ASCS S.O.D presented by ARP Waynesfield Motorsports Park - Waynesfield, OH July 3, 2012 Car Count: 46 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7K-Kyle Sauder; 2. 27-Beau Stewart; 3. 22H-Randy Hannagan;...

Jul
5
2012

Johnson Battles to U.S. 36 Nationals Triumph

Bryan Hulbert - Cameron, Missouri (July 3, 2012) The inaugural U.S. 36 Nationals presented by Racinboys.com and TBJ Promotions was one for the record books as Jason Johnson notched his seventh win of the 2012 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV. Starting ninth, Johnson would have ground to make up as the race began with the Superior Marine No. 23 of Seth Bergman led the field to the green only to see the red fly as Jonathan Cornell met the front straight-a-way wall. Pulling to the restart, the battle for the lead would go wheel to wheel for the first three laps as Bergman worked to hold off local favorite Jack Dover. Settling at the front of the field, the P.P.M No. 23 would work to a ten car length advantage as the fight for second saw the Oil Medics No. 77x of Wayne Johnson going wheel to wheel with Dover for a moment before the Certified Transmission No. 53 marched to the highline to hold the runner up spot. Chasing...

Jul
5
2012

Last Lap Nets Pettit Madera Win

  BAKERSFIELD, CA – Two-time and defending SPEARS Southwest Tour Series champion, Jim Pettit II often prides himself on the fact that he and his team “never give up”, and Saturday night at Madera Speedway, when Pettit lost the lead late in the race to Derek Thorn, Pettit didn’t give up and the net result was his first win of 2012.   With just seven laps remaining in the “Motor Racing Outreach 125”, Thorn jumped to the outside of Pettit to try to take away the lead that Pettit had held for the previous 92 laps.  The two raced side-by-side for the lead until Thorn cleared the Moeller Bros./HUR Engines #18 on lap 120.  With just two laps to go, Thorn began to catch the tail end of the field as he closed in on numerous cars all racing for position in the final stage of the race.   On the final flag lap Thorn drifted high in turn 2 attempting to move pass a group of...

Jul
3
2012

Outlaws Eye Lernerville for Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Outlaws Eye Lernerville for Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup The high-banked track hosts the 21st annual twin-feature event on Tuesday, July 17   SARVER, Pa. - July 3, 2012 - All eyes will be on the famed Lernerville Speedway in two weeks. On Tuesday, July 17, the high-banked, 4/10-mile track hosts the 21 st annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup - a unique event with a pair of $10,000-to-win, 30-lap features in honor of longtime track owner Don Martin. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event will also be filmed to air on SPEED later this summer. Since 2009, the special event showcases two features. The show runs like a usual World of Outlaws event until after the checkered flag is waved on the initial 30-lap feature. After a short intermission, the second 30-lap feature is lined up based on an invert of cars on the lead...

Jul
3
2012

Terrell Pulls Off A Thriller In Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Action

PETALUMA, CA – JUNE 30, 2012:  Former Petaluma Speedway Champion and current point leader Bradley Terrell made a strong statement that he will be a force to be reckoned with for the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series championship with a thrilling last lap pass for the win in the Winged 360 Sprint Cars Saturday night. It was clear from the start of qualifying that the strong eighteen car field would have an outstanding racing surface to compete on for round #6 of the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series. Many track veterans commented that it was the best track conditions at the 3/8 mile facility they had seen in many years. Napa’s Richard Bailey set a blistering pace in qualifying with 12.568 second lap followed by former Champion Dave Lindt, Jr., Ryan Rusconi and defending Petaluma Speedway Champion Alissa Geving who made her first Winged 360 Sprint Car appearance of the year in the F&F Racing x1 Pit Stop USA sponsored sprinter normally...

Jul
2
2012

McCutcheon at the Line in White Sands 305’s!

Lonnie Wheatley - ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (June 30, 2012) – Kyle McCutcheon led little more than a handful of feet, but he held the lead when it mattered by taking the $2,000 ASCS 305 Sprint Car victory at White Sands Speedway. Rallying forward from the 12th starting position on the top side of the track, McCutcheon used a lapped car as a pick to nip Rickey Hood at the line as the checkered flag flew on the 25-lapper. Working a similar high line after a lap 12 red flag stoppage that included Billy Briley and David Burns, who got upside down, Hood surged from sixth at the midpoint into the top spot ahead of Carney II on the 21st round. McCutcheon, who as eighth at the midway red flag that race leader Carney II narrowly avoided, followed Hood around Carney II on the 22nd lap and then slipped by exiting the final corner to take his first series win of the year after coming up just short at Abilene last month. Hood settled for runner-up honors for the second...

Jul
2
2012

Mike Bonneau Sizzles at Canyon Speedway Park

Bryan Hulbert - Peoria, Arizona (June 30, 2012) The 2nd annual Summer Sizzle at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park lived up to its name in more ways than one. With afternoon temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, thirty-one drivers checked -in to do battle with the ASCS Canyon Region. Taking the early lead, front row starter Charles Davis Jr. would find himself tangled in the first of the three cautions during the feature event. Swapping the led between Shon Deskins and eighth starting Mike Bonneau, it was Bonneau who crossed the stripe ahead of tenth starting R.J. Johnson with Shon Deskins fading to third in the closing laps. Josh Pelkey utilized a wide selection of racing grooves to advanced ten positions to claim fourth with Thomas Olge rounding out the top five. Mike Martin, who started twelfth, would advance to sixth with Rick Ziehl seventh. Andrew Reinbold, Josh Shipley, and Justin Quinn filled out the rest of the top ten....

Jul
2
2012

Johnson Holds on to Victory at I-30 Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - Little Rock, Arkansas (June 30, 2012) Drawing the pole of the night’s thirty lap non-stop feature event, the MVT/Roush Yates Ford No. 41 of Jason Johnson captured his sixth victory of the 2012 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. “I wasn’t sure who was lapped cars out there. I didn’t know if I was in first or third” commented an excited yet exhausted Jason Johnson. “I just couldn’t get to the bottom all weekend so I just kept hammering the top and when I seen G’Dub [Gary Wright] on the bottom and I knew he wasn’t a lapped car. To cross the line in front of Gary Wright in Little Rock, Arkansas that’s pretty good.” Getting the lead from the drop of the green, Johnson would pull to a ten car length advantage over third starting Wayne Johnson. Catching the tail end of the field inside the first six laps, the...

Jul
2
2012

Horstman Dominates at Mt Pleasant

Mike Strevel - Mt. Pleasant, MI (June 29, 2012) On a hot, humid evening in Mt Pleasant Michigan, Cloverdale, Ohio driver Jared Horstman took the victory in the only appearance this season at the fast 3/8 mile oval. Renegade Racing Fuels and Miles Petroleum Group presented the action at the northern Michigan oval and the great crowd was not disappointed, a total of 28 cars checked into the pits. Horstman started in fourth position for the twenty five lap main event. A total of two yellow flags slowed the action, however the feature winner was able to capture his second Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP of the season in dominating fashion by taking the lead on lap two and holding the lead the rest of the 25 lap feature distance. The feature winning driver stated: “I have to thank my Dad and my hard working crew; we are really on to something right now and hope that it continues”. The top five finishers following Horstman were Dustin...

Jul
2
2012

McClelland takes Sooner loot at Creek County Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - Sapulpa, Oklahoma (June 29, 2012) Sean McClelland took his second with of the season with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region; topping Friday night’s action at Creek Count Speedway. After chasing early leader Kyle Clark, the Lawton Auto Parts No. 1 of McClelland slid into the race lead on the fourteenth circuit. Joe Wood Jr. would take runner up honors after utilizing a restart with five laps to go with Matt Covington racing from eighth to round out the podium. Robert Sellers raced to fourth with Danny Smith rounding out the top five. Kyle Clark, Brian McClelland, Jamie Passmore, Blake Hahn, and Ken Walker completed the top ten. American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Creek County Speedway June 29, 2012 Car Count: 28 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 2. 5$-Danny Smith; 3. 65L-Nicholas Lucito; 4. 87-Brian McClelland; 5. 27x-Jesse Frazier; 6. 77-Colton Brewer; 7. 7-Michelle Decker Heat 2 (8...

Jul
2
2012

Bruce Hammers Down at Hammer Hill

Bryan Hulbert - Little Rock, Arkansas (June 29, 2012) Fortune shined on Tony Bruce Jr. at I-30 Speedway as the Oil Medics/Pro Auto No. 18 wired the field after the redraw put the Liberal, Kansas driver on the pole of the preliminary night’s twenty-five lap feature event. “Everything came together tonight” commented a content Tony Bruce Jr. just moments before a heat soaked engine forced a coolant hose to rupture on the front straight-a-way. “We’ll get that fixed and see what we can do tomorrow” Getting the jump into the lead, Bruce would pull to a comfortable advantage. Batting into the runner up spot on the opening laps, Jason Johnson would position his MVT/Roush Yates Ford No. 41 on the high side of the quarter-mile oval to being gaining on Tony Bruce Jr. Slowing for the spun No. 23b of Brian Bell on lap eleven, Bruce would again begin to pull away as Johnson had to contend with the No. 26m of Marshall Skinner. Fight into...

Jul
2
2012

Kaeding returns to KWS victory lane

By Gary Thomas Placerville, CA – June 30, 2012…Going into this past weekend California racing legend Brent Kaeding hadn’t won a Golden State or King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event since July of 2009, which was the longest dry spell he’d experienced in his entire 30-plus year career. The man simply known as “BK” had been knocking on the door this season and at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally came. Starting from 13th in the feature the Campbell, CA veteran methodically carved his way forward and took the lead on lap 20 from Kyle Hirst, before holding him off to claim a thrilling victory in front of a huge crowd on hand. “This is pretty great to come out here and finally get another win for this team,” said a pumped up Kaeding in victory lane. “We finally got the monkey off our back and hopefully this will lead to more wins. We’ve been good...

Jun
29
2012

Lucas Oil ASCS head for I-30 Double Header

Bryan Hulbert - Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 26, 2012) After Mother Nature cut short the 2012 season’s first visit to I-30 Speedway in May, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV is set to return to Little Rock, Arkansas this Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30th. Representing rounds twenty-three and twenty-four in the $60,000 championship hunt, this weekend’s competition at I-30 Speedway also marks the fifty-seventh and fifty-eighth time since 1993 that the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV has graced the Little Rock quarter mile.  Finishing outside the top ten for the first time this past Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, Lucas Oil ASCS point’s leader Wayne Johnson has precious little breathing room as the City Vending/Oil Medics No. 77x has only a twelve point advantage over Jason Johnson. Finishing an average of three positions apart in almost every race contested this...

Jun
26
2012

Tankersley Tops Gulf South Thriller at Royal Purple

Cody Morris, Baytown, Texas (6-23-2012) - In front of an estimated 8,000 race fans, the Griffith Truck & Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region delivered a classic at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas (Craig Johnson Photo). After scoring the first ASCS victory of his young career nearly 8 weeks ago, Michael McNeil led the 24 car field to the start of the 30 lap main event, a spot the Killeen, Texas native held until Missouri City native Brandon Berryman shot by on the 12th circuit. Berryman’s lead was short lived as his power plant erupted in smoke on the 17th lap. Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel assumed command and a thriller developed in the final laps as Reutzel fought hard to defend against a Ray Allen Kulhanek charge. The fight for the $3,000 winner’s share seemed between Reutzel and Kulhanek as the two continued their showdown on the 28th lap. However, Channin Tankersley had other plans. In the fifth spot with two laps remaining,...

Jun
26
2012

Baker Shines at Lucas Oil Speedway

Bryan Hulbert - Wheatland, Missouri (June 23, 2012) Cody Baker represented the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region well Saturday night at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks, taking his first Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series feature victory. Starting third for the night’s thirty lap A-Feature at the Lucas Oil Speedway, the XXX/Hall Performance No. 38 shot into the runner up spot on the start with pole sitter Josh Fisher taking the lead.  Slowing for a caution on lap two, Fisher would pull the field on the restart only to see the yellow displayed again on lap four. Taking off to a half-straight advantage, the No. 86x of Fisher would give up the lead on lap nine after slipping off the inside groove. With all four tires in the rubber, Baker would take over the lead while Fisher worked to hold off the Legends BBQ No. 50z of Zach Chappell. With tires becoming less and less effective, Fisher would drop to fourth as Chappell raced by with the FVP/Casey’s...

Jun
26
2012

Kulhanek Continues Hot Streak with GTRP win

Cody Morris, Beaumont, Texas (6-22-2012) - The Griffith Truck & Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region opened a two day weekend with a night one stand at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas that marked the halfway point of the 26 race ASCS Gulf South campaign (Craig Johnson Photo). Three time and defending Gulf South champ Ray Allen Kulhanek is playing on all chords of familiar success. The Conroe, Texas native raced to his second Gulf South victory of the season and increased his point lead to a sizeable 114 points over fellow Gulf South champ Brandon Berryman. Tommy Bryant led the field to the initial green of the 25 lap main event and held on to that spot until Kulhanek blasted by upon a lap three restart of the events’ first caution. A pair of red flags slowed the blistering pace as Logan Bledsoe’s discovery of a sizeable hole in turn one led to a hard end over end flip for the young Richmond, Texas native. Bruce Crockett joined...

Jun
25
2012

Dover Makes it Two in a Row with Midwest Victory at Junction

Cody Morris, McCool Junction, Nebraska (6-22-2012) - Two time and defending ASCS Midwest champion Jack Dover has found his groove (IBRacin/Brad Brown photo). The Springfield, Nebraska native snared his second consecutive Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region victory at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. Starting eighth in the initial lineup, Dover powered up to the second spot while embroiled in a sensational four car battle with Ryan Roberts, Trevor Grossenbacher, and North Dakota native Lee Grosz. Grosz began the 25 lap main event with the early lead before Don Droud Jr. shot by for the lap 3 lead. Droud set the pace throughout the event, with Dover at times reaching the leader only to suffer the same complications with lapped traffic as the leader. Droud circled Junction’s 3/8 mile oval with nearly a straightaway advantage when disaster struck as the rear end gave out with three laps remaining. Dover assumed command and rode...

Jun
25
2012

Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown ‘The King’ picks up career Outlaws win No. 573 at Dodge City Raceway Park   DODGE CITY, Kan. - June 22, 2012 - The spin seemed like it was in slow motion. Polesitter Jason Sides, who led the first 12 laps on a gusty Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown on Friday at Dodge City Raceway Park, looped it in turn one just prior to the midway point. As Sides kept his car under power, Steve Kinser dodged the melee to capture the lead and eventually the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory, which was career No. 573. "I was pretty sure we were going to drive by him," said a grinning Kinser, who also won the first-ever Outlaws event at Dodge City Raceway Park in 2004. "He did get a little sideways. It made it a little bit easier." For Sides, it was the latest...

Jun
25
2012

Hall of Famer’s to collide once again as Allard sits atop points

Antioch Speedway on tap this Saturday for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear – Hall of Famer’s to collide once again as Allard sits atop points By Gary Thomas Antioch, CA – June 20, 2012…Two-time Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, California will lead the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear into the always entertaining Antioch Speedway on Saturday night, for what will be the 12th round of action in the 2012 season. Allard is currently in his eighth season driving for Oakhurst, CA based car owners’ Morrie & Katie Williams and has raced to three victories so far this year at the helm of the familiar No. 0 sprinter. The five-time “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” winner comes into the weekend holding a 23-point advantage at the top of the standings. The season-opener for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints was held at Antioch Speedway on April 7 and Allard drove to a runner up...

Jun
25
2012

Jason Johnson Powers to Highbanks Victory

Bryan Hulbert - Salina, Oklahoma (June 22, 2012) Jason Johnson was in the right place at the right time as the Law Office of Richard Strunks No. 41 sailed to his fifth Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV triumph of the 2012 season. Drawing the pole of the night’s thirty lap feature event, Johnson would settle into second entering turn one as Johnny Herrera wheeled his MVT/Maxim No. 45x into the race lead before action was stopped for an accident on lap two after Brady Bacon spun in the middle of turns one and two; collecting the Lucas Oil No. 29 of Brandon Hahn. Back underway, Johnson would go for the lead on the restart but Herrera would power back to the inside line and begin to pull away with Wayne Johnson and tenth starting Brian Brown closing in. Utilizing a caution on lap four, the Casey’s General Store No. 21 of Brian Brown would take away the show position while Jason Johnson worked on taking the lead. Going for another slide job on Herrera,...

Jun
25
2012

Wayne Johnson takes Lawton Speedweek Win

Bryan Hulbert - Lawton, Oklahoma (June 20, 2012) Taking his fourth win of the 2012 season, Oklahoma City’s Wayne Johnson utilized patience and lapped traffic to sneak by Seth Bergman in the final third of the night’s thirty lap affair. Drawing out the fourth starting spot, Johnson settled into third with the P.P.M./Eagle No. 23 of Seth Bergman beating out the Penske No. 1 of Sean McClelland for the top spot before the caution waved with four laps completed for the spun No. 99 of Brady Bacon. Retaking the green, lap five would provide another caution as Dale Wester and Andy Shouse came together, ultimately sending both machines pit side. Going back to the last fully completed lap, the race resumed with twenty five laps to run and Seth Bergman continuing the show the way. Taking over the runner up spot for a moment, the Vacuworx No. 05 of Brad Loyet would try for the lead but to no avail as Wayne Johnson took over the runner up spot. Holding a sizable...

Jun
25
2012

Bacon Scores Speedweek win at Diamond Park

Bryan Hulbert - Murfreesboro, Arkansas (June 19, 2012) Lapped traffic was Brady Bacon’s savior, enabling the Fatheadz Eyewear/XXX Chassis No. 99 to capture his fourth win of the 2012 season and become the fourth different winner with the Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek. Drawing the outside of the second row, Bacon dashed to the inside line on the start to take over third. Pursuing Danny Lasoski for the runner up spot as Loyet showed the way, the No. 99 stayed tucked to the inside line with slower traffic starting to intertwine with the front of the field. Taking the runner up spot away from the Engler Machine/Wolf Weld Chassis No. 1m of Lasoski on lap thirteen, Bacon would begin his pursuit of the Vacuworx International No. 05 of Brad Loyet. Watching the lanes of slower traffic, Bacon waited as Loyet was forced off the bottom of the speedway. With the lead in sight, Bacon shot under Loyet on lap sixteen. Dropping Loyet to second the fight...

Jun
19
2012

Johnson takes Speedweek win in Louisiana

Bryan Hulbert - Chatham, Louisiana (June 18, 2012) Jumping to the lead from the word go, the Racediecast.com/MVT No. 41 of Jason Johnson took his fourth win of the 2012 season at the high banked quarter mile Jones Motor Speedway in Chatham, Louisiana. “I tell you the Stenhouse Jr. Racing team is doing an excellent job. It’s a lot of fun when you got a race track like that where you can run top and bottom and I tell you lapped traffic there at the end was hairy” commented Johnson on the front straight-a-way. “I didn’t know where to go anymore. I didn’t know if I should be around the top or not. I didn’t want to leave the bottom open for a slide job but it just worked out in the end. Thank goodness.” Getting the advantage over fellow front row starter Danny Wood after the initial start was called back, Johnson dashed to a straight-a-way advantage; leaving the Oil Medics No. 77x of Wayne Johnson and the Fatheadz Eye Heads No....

Jun
19
2012

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear kicks off “Road to Dirt Cup”

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear kicks off “Road to Dirt Cup” this Friday & Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway & Southern Oregon Speedway By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – June 6, 2012…Always one of the most anticipated weekend’s of the season is set for this Friday and Saturday as the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear fires off the “Road to Dirt Cup” at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday and Medford’s Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday. The opener on Friday will be the 10 th race of the season for the series and the second time KWS has competed at the famed quarter-mile bullring. The first appearance of the year at Silver Dollar Speedway produced some great racing and is expected to be just as good this time around. Saturday’s event at the Southern Oregon Speedway is also expected to be a big night at a track that has become a fun stop each season. Former winners of...

Jun
19
2012

Second Chico win puts defending champ Forsberg in series point lead

Second Chico win puts defending champ Forsberg in series point lead By Bill Sullivan/ Civil War Sprint Car Series       CHICO, CA (6-14-12) - The Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series rolled into action last weekend with two big nights of racing at two different tracks at the far north end of the state. Friday night, the traveling campaign for winged 360 sprint cars rolled into Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico for the second consecutive visit there and in the end saw a repeat winner as defending six time champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn took home the hardware. For Forsberg, Friday's victory came with a heavy heart as the race paid tribute to a fallen colleague, David Tarter who was tragically killed one week earlier while inflating a tire in the pit area at Silver Dollar Speedway. Like everyone on Saturday night, Forsberg dedicated his evening to Tarter and paid tribute to his family in the form of victory at the popular...

Jun
18
2012

Chester Chisels Southwest at CSP

Cody Morris, Peoria, Arizona (6-16-2012) - The ASCS Southwest Region fired into action with their sixth showing of the 2012 season and first since the beginning of April (Terry Shaw Photo / TKA Photography). Saturday’s one night stand marked the second Southwest visit to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park this season, with a solo outing in October being a prelude to the Western World Southwest finale at CSP. Lance Norick led the field to the start of the 25 lap main event, with the only caution of the event negating that start as five time and reigning Southwest champion Rick Ziehl spun to a stop in turn one. With the Southwest champ and point leader relegated to the tail of the field, Norick settled into the lead until Phoenix native Billy Chester battled past at the halfway point of the 25 lap affair. Chester led the field with five rounds left and as hometown favorite Dalten Gabbard began to make his move for the top spot. Just weeks...

Jun
12
2012

Geoff Ensign Gets 3-Peat in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series

Geoff Ensign Gets 3-Peat in Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Versus Joe Hunt Magnetos Shootout Series PETALUMA, CA – JUNE 9, 2012: Geoff Ensign made it three straight sprint car wins at Petaluma Speedway, this time in the Pit Stop USA Wingle ... ss Sprint Car Series against the top drivers from the traveling Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Shootout Series.  The 22 year-old Sebastopol, California driver has been on a roll at the 3/8 mile adobe oval in recent weeks showing he can get it done with or without a wing. Ensign piloted the beautifully prepared #5V VanLare Steering Repair Maxim to a flawless performance leading all 25 laps on his way to victory lane on the smooth and dry-slick race track. Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Shootout Series point leader Terry Schank Jr. mounted a late race challenge after getting by Scott Hall on lap 17, but Ensign was not to be denied his third straight Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series victory.  The final 18 laps were run under...

Jun
11
2012

Hood Sweeps Canyon Weekend with SNM Victory

Cody Morris, Las Cruces, New Mexico (6-9-2012) - On the heels of his first Canyon score one night earlier in inaugural ASCS action at El Paso Speedway Park, Phoenix, Arizona’s Rickey Hood repeated the effort to sweep the double dose of non winged ASCS Canyon Region action along the I-10 corridor. Hood’s Saturday night score at the inaugural ASCS Canyon event at Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Southern New Mexico Speedway made the accomplished veteran only the second racer to capture more than one Canyon win through 10 events this season. Hood took the score following a hell of a 30 lap battle with current Canyon point leader and former two time Canyon champ Charles Davis Jr. Starting fourth in the initial starting lineup of the main event, Davis powered to an early lead and fought off assaults from Hood, Jeff Swindell, and Josh Hodges. Swindell had briefly taken the point at the halfway mark only to have Davis sneak back by. Swindell made another move on...

Jun
11
2012

Walker Walks Away with Lone Star Loot at Abilene

Cody Morris, Abilene, Texas (6-9-2012) - Following a Friday night rainout at Boyd Raceway, the Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region salvaged the planned weekend double with a Saturday night stand at Abilene Speedway. The only penned event at Abilene’s ¼ mle bullring, Kolt Walker was all over it from the drop of the green. Walker blasted the field in a wire to wire effort, leading all 25 main event laps to snare is first Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region victory of the 2012 season. The Kermit, Texas native had company in defending Lone Star Champ and current Lone Star leader Matt Covington, but the Print Place / Kolt Walker Racing no. 45k had the affair in order, never receiving immediately challenge in the 25 lap Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region feature event. Covington settled for a runner up finish that enhanced his Lone Star point lead as the series’ nears the halfway point of the season. El Paso’s John Carney II earned show position honors...

Jun
11
2012

Bacon Dominates with Eagle Nationals Sweep

Eagle, Nebraska (June 9, 2012) After making it back to back wins with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV on night one of the Eagle Nationals, Brady Bacon took his streak to three in a row with the weekend sweep of the Hinchman Racewear Eagle Nationals; putting the No. 99 within five markers of the series points lead.  “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect race track” commented Bacon in victory lane. “The bottom was really good but it was also really hard to run but if you could hit it just right you could get all kinds of drive.” Drawing the outside of the front row, Bacon would battle wheel to wheel with Jack Dover before the red for the No. 6 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. brought the field to a stop with one lap in the books. Getting the jump on the restart, the Certified Transmission No. 53 of Jack Dover pulled to a sizable lead as the race approached slower traffic. Pulling to back bumper of Dover, the...

Jun
7
2012

Kinser Finds Victory Lane in World of Outlaws Return to Kokomo

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Kinser Finds Victory Lane in World of Outlaws Return to Kokomo The Indiana native picks up his first win of the season at the Kasey Kahne Challenge   KOKOMO, Ind. - June 5, 2012 - A fired-up Kraig Kinser reveled on the infield stage as confetti showered his celebration. Kinser snapped a 39-race winless streak with the World of Outlaws in impressive fashion on Tuesday at Kokomo Speedway in the third round of the Kasey Kahne Challenge. He led all but the first lap to secure his 12 th career Outlaws win in front of a near capacity crowd. As meaningful as it was to get the monkey off his back, the Indiana native was just as enthused to find his way to Victory Lane at a track that has historic significance to his family. "I love running in my home state of Indiana," he said. "This track has a lot of history with my family, so...

Jun
7
2012

Andy Forsberg gets third Placerville points race victory in Pit Stop USA sponsored F&F Racing x1

Andy Forsberg gets third Placerville points race victory in Pit Stop USA sponsored F&F Racing x1

JUNE 2, 2012: Three time and defending Placerville Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg got his third feature win of the season at Placerville Speedway Saturday night driving the Pit Stop USA sponsored F&F Racing #X1 sprint car. Forsberg started on the pole and led flag-to-flag surviving a late race challenge from sixth place starter Kyle Hirst.


Jun
7
2012

Rumble Round Two Belongs to Rilat!

Cody Morris, Mesquite, Texas (6-2-2012) - The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region and Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Regions collided for the second round of the Inaugural Red River Rumble Saturday night at Devils Bowl Speedway (Michael Jackson Photo / Thriller Photography). Located in Mesquite, Texas; the famed ½ mile oval delivered their second installment of Sooner vs. Lone Star action following a May 19th Rumble won by defending Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region champion Matt Covington. A Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour veteran and nearby Forney, Texas native Travis Rilat took command sixteen circuits into the 25 lap affair to snare his first ASCS victory of the season aboard the Shark powered ShopTheBoss.com no. 29 XXX. The most recent ASCS Sooner Region winner in Lawton Speedway action and a former 2001 ASCS Sooner titlist, Danny Jennings maintained an early lead with Mustang, Oklahoma’s Andy Shouse closing in fast. A lap seven red flag for a...

Jun
7
2012

Clark Seizes Canyon Score at Arizona Speedway!

Cody Morris, Apache Junction, Arizona (6-2-2012) - The only non-winged sprint car studs of the American Sprint Car Series, the ASCS Canyon Region, made their way to Apache Junction’s Arizona Speedway for the third time of the 2012 season (Terry Shaw Photo / TKA Photography). Tucson, Arizona’s Ronnie Clark took advantage of good fortune late in the 30 lap main event to take his first ASCS Canyon Region win of the season aboard the RCM no. 6. Polesitter Brian Hosford took immediate command of a main event that went absolutely sideways in the latter half of the 30 lapper. With the 3/8 mile oval taking rubber in the beginning stages, a high speed battlefield ensued until a lap 18 caution for the first blown tire began to betray the reality of the rubber down racing surface. A two time ASCS Canyon Region champion and Canyon point leader entering Saturday night’s solo outing at ET-Motopark’s Arizona Speedway, Charles Davis Jr. was the first victim...

Jun
7
2012

Lucas Oil ASCS ready for Eagle Nationals

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 4, 2012) Working on completing the first fifth of the 2012 lineup, a week off after the Steve King Memorial will find the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV back at the track for the 28th running of the Eagle Nationals at the world’s fastest third mile; Eagle Raceway just east of Lincoln, Nebraska. Presented by TBJ Promotions for the third year, event promoter Tony Bruce Jr. holds Eagle Raceway in high regards, “Eagle is probably one of the coolest places we get to go to. The fans are great and very appreciative to have such a great facility.” Featuring a $3,000 winner’s purse on June 8th and a $5,000 check on June 9th, the Eagle Nationals stands as one of the most respected open wheel events in the mid-west and for local favorite and reigning champion, Jack Dover, the Eagle Nationals bears even greater meaning.  “It’s awesome being this close to home and having your local crowd...

Jun
7
2012

Inaugural Interstate 10 Battle Looming for ASCS Canyon Region

Cody Morris, Tulsa, Oklahoma (6-4-2012) - In their sixth season of competition under the ASCS banner, the wingless sprint car stars of the ASCS Canyon Region enter un-chartered waters this coming weekend as a pair of border tracks receive their inaugural dosage of the thrilling non winged ASCS Canyon Region (Terry Shaw photo / TKA Photography). The Canyon competitors will mark a first of many statistical varieties Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park. Friday night’s weekend opener will feature the first ASCS event at the El Paso, Texas semi-banked 3/8 mile oval. It will also mark the inaugural wingless ASCS Canyon Region venture into the Lone Star State. The Canyon combatants then shift 70 miles northwest for their first ever race at Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Southern New Mexico Speedway. Having hosted several Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour events in the past few seasons, Saturday night’s ASCS Canyon Region event will showcase the first ASCS Regional...

Jun
7
2012

West Texas Two Step for ASCS Lone Star Region!

Cody Morris, Tulsa, Oklahoma (6-4-2012) The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region prepares for their annual trip west of the I-35 corridor this coming weekend (Michael Jackson photo / Thriller Photography). Entering into only their fourth season of competition since their 2009 inception, the Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region will make their fourth ever visit to Boyd Raceway’s racy, semi-banked ¼ mile oval on Friday night. Saturday night the Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star pilots head further west for an Abilene Speedway outing that will mark just the second ASCS event at Abilene and conclude a weekend of winged ASCS racing on semi-banked ¼ mile bullrings. The western-most events of a 2012 Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star schedule slated for 14 nights of action, Saturday night’s weekend finale will mark the halfway point of the Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star campaign. Reigning Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region champion and Glenpool, Oklahoma resident Matt...

Jun
5
2012

JoJo Helberg pilots Pit Stop USA sponsored #7 to Auto Value Super Sprint feature at Kalamazoo Speedway

JoJo Helberg pilots Pit Stop USA sponsored #7 to Auto Value Super Sprint feature at Kalamazoo Speedway

Kalamazoo, MI — (June 2, 2012) — JoJo Helberg won the Auto Value Super Sprint feature Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway. Jason Cox Troy DeCaire, Bill Tyler, and Ryan Litt rounded out the top five. 


Jun
5
2012

Geoff Ensign Captures Second Straight Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Victory

Geoff Ensign Captures Second Straight Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Victory   JUNE 2, 2012 – PETALUMA, CA:  On a breezy June evening that found the Petaluma Speedway 3/8 mile adobe oval tacky and fast, Geoff Ensign captured his second straight Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series victory Saturday night. The first 9 laps of the feature were some of the most exciting in recent memory as Ensign, Billy Butler and Bradley Terrell fought hard for the top spot.  After several laps of two and three wide racing with Butler leading, Terrell stormed to the front and looked like he had the car to beat until he came to a stop in turn two on lap number 10 handing the lead to back to Butler. Ensign continued to pressure Butler for the lead, and then managed a pass on Lap 12.  Ensign worked lapped traffic perfectly while a lightning fast Dave Lindt Jr. climbed from the seventh-starting position to third then passed Butler on Lap 19.  Ensign, whose first...

May
30
2012

Great Civil War Series Weekend for Andy Forsberg in the Pit Stop USA x1

PETALUMA, CA – MARCH 29, 2012: Andy Forsberg had a very successful Memorial Day weekend aboard the Pit Stop USA sponsored F&F Racing X1.  Saturday night at Marysville CA for a California Civil War Series race.  Forsberg was 8th quick out of 39 cars, finished 3rd in his heat race and would line up 6th in the A main event.  At the start of the race Andy quickly made his moves and by lap 10 was battling for the lead with Colby Wiesz.  As Forsberg and Wiesz battled the 3rd place car of Kyle Hirst moved into the mix and the three front runners were changing positions lap after lap moving through lapped traffic at the same time.  Hirst would eventually prevail at the checkered flag over Forsberg with third going to Steven Tiner.  The race was one of the most exciting races of the year.        Sunday May 27th the California Civil War Series in action at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.  Forsberg...

May
25
2012

Hunt Captures 64th Pay Less Little 500 Pole; Helberg and Pierce Complete Front Row

By Ken de la Bastide (May 24, 2012) – It has been 52 years since a driver from California has started from the pole position for the Pay Less Little 500, but Tony Hunt accomplished the feat on Thursday at Anderson Speedway. Fifteen drivers locked themselves into the starting field for the 64th running of the annual classic at Anderson Speedway. With clear skies and warmer temperatures than a year ago, no one got close to the record time set in 2011 by Muncie’s Aaron Pierce. Hunt turned the four-laps in 45.013-seconds with a fast single lap of 11.207-seconds. A.J. Shepherd from California won the pole position in 1960. Hunt didn’t realize he was the second driver from California to earn the pole position, but did know no driver from that state has won the Pay Less Little 500. “We didn’t expect to get the pole,” Hunt said. “The practice speeds didn’t indicate that at all. I made some changes and tweaked the car a...

May
22
2012

Forsberg drives to second season victory in fifth Placerville points race

PLACERVILLE, CA (5-19-12) - Defending three time Placerville Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn lived up to his Mr. Excitement likeness Saturday night during the fifth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light championship points race of the Fast and Furious Championship racing series at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Forsberg lead flag to flag to post his second season victory and shared in celebration with Pure Stock winner Matt Tilford and Ken Micheli of Live Oak, who won the the Late Model feature race. In the sprint car feature, the 25-lap event started off with fast qualifier CJ Humphreys on the pole position until Forsberg powered out of his second place starting spot to take the lead in the first and second turn. Once in front, Forsberg distanced himself and when undaunted for the entire race while the battle for second place heated up with several drivers challenging Humphreys. While Forsberg played in...

May
22
2012

Paller & DeCaire Win Winchester

Winchester, IN - May 20, 2012 - The inagural ' Xtreme Speed Challenge ' was a heated affair both on and off the track. With temperatures in the high 80's, a good crowd was on hand to witness the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and BIOBASED.US Must See Racing Super Modified Series. The Supermodifieds were making their first appearance at Winchester in nearly twenty-two years. Mexico, New York driver, Michael Barnes lead the way in MSRSMS time trials with a lp of 14.027 seconds to capture the $1000 bonus courtesy of BIOBASED.US. Kyle Edwards used a front row starting spot to grab the lead and led the majority of the 30-lap event. Quick qualifier Michael Barnes,who had been on top of the speed charts all weekened,saw his race come to and end when his race came to an end when he made contact with Larry Lehnert on the backstretch early in the race. Paller began his charge to the front and was all over race leader Edwards. Paller made the pass on Edwads just as...

May
21
2012

Trevor Schmid Captures First Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Car Series Victory.

MAY 19, 2012 - PETALUMA, CA: Stockton's Trevor Schmid came up with the right combination to break Joe Stornetta's three race winning streak to capture his first ever main event win in the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Schmid started out the evening on a high note by setting fast time for the sixteen car wingless sprint car field. After starting in the sixth position, Schmid quickly found himself in second position only three laps into the race. A great battle raged for several laps with Zack Lynskey surrendering the lead to Schmid on lap 8. Klint Simpson and Joe Stornetta both found their way to the front before the two got together coming out of turn 4 and sending both drivers to the rear of the field handing the lead back to Schmid on lap 16. Schmid set the pace for the final 11 laps while Stornetta stormed all the way from the back to finish second. Sparky Howard methodically gained positions from his 12th starting position to third...

May
15
2012

A Saturday night Battleground for Gulf South!

Cody Morris, Tulsa, Oklahoma (5-14-2012) - Following a three week layoff, the 2012 Griffith Truck & Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region fires continues the campaign this weekend with a Saturday night outing at Battleground Speedway. It will be only the fourth ASCS Gulf South visit to the high banked 3/8 mile oval, but the second American Sprint Car Series visit to the Highlands, Texas based venue following the inaugural Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by MavTV visit to Battleground Speedway on Aprlil 14th. Danbury, Texas native and reigning Griffith Truck & Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region champion Ray Allen Kulhanek has maintained a strong effort in his title defense. Thru eight events of Gulf South action, Kulhanek has been kept out of victory lane, but consistent finishes have Kulhanek at the top of the early season point standings. On the strength of a pair of top five runs at the end of March and three consecutive top ten finishes, Kulhanek leads...

May
14
2012

Stornetta Gets 3-Peat in Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Car Series

Joe Stornetta continued his winning streak Saturday MAY 12, 2012 - PETALUMA, CA: Joe Stornetta looked a lot more like a seasoned veteran than a 17-year-old driver as he captured his third straight Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Car Series victory Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. The Napa, California teenager drove to his most convincing victory yet against a very competitive field and increased his point lead in the process.   Stornetta led the first two circuits before surrendering the lead to Bill Cornwell on lap 3 then fell to fourth when the hard charging Bradley Terrell began his impressive march to the front. Terrell, making his first start of the season in the Pit Stop USA Wingless Sprint Cars, grabbed the lead from Cornwell on lap 6 and looked to be the car to beat until a mechanical failure sidelined him on lap 10 handing the lead back to Cornwell.   Geoff Ensign, Terry Schank Jr. and Stornetta battled behind Cornwell who...

May
9
2012

Canyon Campaign resumes Saturday at Arizona Speedway

Cody Morris, Tulsa, Oklahoma (5-7-2012) - The non winged stars of the ASCS Canyon Region will showcase their third event in as many weeks this Saturday, May 12th at Apache Junction’s Arizona Speedway Buckeye, Arizona’s Chargin’ Charles Davis Jr. is off to an excellent start chasing his third career ASCS Canyon Region title following season crowns in 2008 and 2009. Davis has propelled the Massey Motorsports no. 50 into victory lane in three of four early contests. Davis nabbed season opening honors at Canyon Speedway Park, as well as inaugural ASCS Canyon events at Arizona Speedway and Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway. Davis’ earned inaugural Canyon bragging rights at Arizona Speedway in electrifying fashion, streaking past fellow Canyon veteran RJ Johnson on the last lap to nab the first ever ASCS Canyon competition held at Apache Junction’s high banked 3/8 mile oval. Phoenix, Arizona’s RJ Johnson enters the Arizona Speedway...

May
9
2012

Lucas Oil ASCS heads for Double Header at I-30 Speedway

Tulsa, OK (May 7, 2012) - Affectionately known as “Hammer Hill” I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas is set to host the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV this Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th. This weekend’s double-header marks rounds ten and eleven in the 2012 championship hunt which took a dramatic turn coming out of competition at the Salina Highbanks and Riverside International Speedway two weeks ago. Taking the points lead after his second national tour win of 2012 at the Salina Highbanks Speedway, Oklahoma native Wayne Johnson was able to stretch his advantage from three to thirty markers over Jason Johnson after the MVT 41 was forced to use his second provisional of the season when a failed ignition switch in his qualifying heat put Johnson deep in a B-Feature. Continuing a season of unmatched consistency, Wayne Johnson’s Missile Motorsports 77x has yet to finish outside the top five; even holding onto a fifth place finish at...

May
9
2012

Geoff Ensign Scores First Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Victory

Geoff Ensign Scores First Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Victory MAY 5, 2012 - PETALUMA, CA: Defending USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series Champion Geoff Ensign mastered a unusually dry slick 3/8 mile Petaluma Speedway to capture his first ever winged sprint car victory on Saturday night. Ensign, who has 4 career non-winged sprint car feature wins, made the best of the opportunity to climb aboard Brett Lay’s number 24B Maxim in the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series. Ensign, the 22 year old Sebastopol, California driver, started on the pole and led the 18 car field flag-to-flag with Sacramento’s Billy Butler hot on his rear bumper throughout the feature. “I knew the only place on the track with any bite, was the bottom,” commented Ensign. Ensign was tenacious in protecting the bottom groove throughout the race keeping the hard charging Butler at bay. There was a spectacular battle going on behind the top two finishers with Bradley Terrell...

May
9
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Hagerstown

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Hagerstown The Maryland track hosts Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge on Sunday, May 20   HAGERSTOWN, Md. - May 8, 2012 - There is one driver in particular who has his sight set on the upcoming Ollie's Bargain Outlet presents the Kasey Kahne Challenge brought to you by O'Neill Race Gear event. Cody Darrah, who drives for the NASCAR star, grew up watching races at Hagerstown Speedway - site for Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge on Sunday, May 20, with the World of Outlaws. "Hagerstown is pretty special to me and to our family," Darrah said. "Ever since I was little, we'd go there and watch my uncle on the late model side. I grew up with a different background, not too much in sprint cars, but in late models. That's a track that I've got to stand on the frontstretch with my uncle and also with Kasey two years ago. So it's a pretty special race track to me and I'm pretty excited to go there with...

May
7
2012

Kemenah Dodges the Carnage to Claim Victory at Eldora

Kemenah Dodges the Carnage to Claim Victory at Eldora The Ohio native picks up his first World of Outlaws win since 2009   ROSSBURG, Ohio - May 4, 2012 - There had to be a full moon hiding behind the incoming storm Friday night at Eldora Speedway. A variety of issues plagued drivers running in the top five and a wild crash eliminated four competitors in the top 10 with seven laps remaining on Night 1 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear. It all worked in favor of Ohio native Chad Kemenah, who survived the melee to record his first World of Outlaws victory since 2009. "We got lucky there," he said after an emotional appearance in Victory Lane. "You don't want to win like that, but we've given some away so I'm not complaining. A win is a win and they pay the same. "When you're this close to home it makes it that much better. It's only an hour and a half to home, so this is kinda like home to me." As lightning loomed in the...

May
3
2012

Rollag Captures First California Civil War Series Victory At Petaluma Speedway

Rollag Captures First California Civil War Series Victory At Petaluma Speedway APRIL 28, 2012 - PETALUMA, CA: Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series regular Brett Rollag had the packed house on the edge of their seats as he drove to a convincing Civil War Series Victory on the lightning fast 3/8 mile Petaluma Speedway Saturday night. In addition to the victory Rollag comes away from Saturday night's action as the new point leader in the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series at Petaluma Speedway. Elk Grove’s Kyle Hirst was in hot pursuit waiting for any kind of mistake to snatch the first career Civil War Series victory away but in the end Rollag did a masterful job working lapped traffic to secure the victory. Richard Bailey finished third followed by Justin Sanders, Stephen Allard, Chase Johnson, Sean Becker, Colby Wiesz, and Greg DeCaires. The race ended a lap early when defending Civil War Champion Andy Forsberg hit the turn four wall when a pitman arm broke and left the...

May
3
2012

Campbell Wins Wild 7 Up 100

Campbell Wins Wild 7 Up 100   Toledo, OH (April 29, 2012) - On a cool day at Toledo Speedway the sun shined bright and the ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers put on a wild show that featured hard racing up front with Brian Campbell and Johnny VanDoorn racing for the lead for over 80 laps for the 7 Up 100. Behind them things were more traumatic with numerous cautions and a red flag for a ten car pileup that ended with a driver on his top on the 89th lap, with no one injured.   VanDoorn was the fastest in practice nearly eclipsing his own track record of 15.437 seconds by turning a lap of 15.446. Brian Campbell in a glimpse of what was to come was a close second, setting up a battle that was to rage between the friends all day to be the fastest on the track.   Campbell set a new track record to take the EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of 15.370 seconds, Chad Finley was second at 15.646 seconds with VanDoorn third, Eddie Van...

May
3
2012

Bradway Memorial at a Glance

Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info Silver Dollar Speedway – Saturday May 5 “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” What: The 22 nd annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial is on tap this Saturday for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. The event is always one of the biggest each season and packs special awards and extra money on the line all night. The evening will be capped with a 40-lap main event that will pay a minimum of $3,500 with the added money kicked in from Butler Built Performance. Dave and Diane Durica have once again collected lap money for the night. Each lap of the A-main and Last Chance Qualifier will pay $100 to be distributed among the top three each lap. The leader of the lap gets $50, second $30 and third $20. Sponsoring the heat races for the 10th consecutive season will be the fan group known as Hoserville. Each heat race...

May
2
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance Eldora Speedway   ROSSBURG, Ohio - April 30, 2012 - The World of Outlaws make its first of two trips to the famed Eldora Speedway this weekend. The high-banked, half-mile oval has hosted 137 events since the World of Outlaws inception in 1978 with a doubleheader scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. Twenty-time Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, who is fourth in the current championship standings, has claimed a series-best 35 victories. Sammy Swindell, who leads the standings, has picked up 18 wins at Eldora Speedway. Donny Schatz, who trails Swindell by seven points, has won four races and Joey Saldana - third in the standings, 25 points behind Swindell - has been victorious in eight of the last 28 World of Outlaws events at Eldora Speedway. WHEN Friday and Saturday,...

May
2
2012

Schatz Slips through Melee in World of Outlaws Victory at Farmer City

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Schatz Slips through Melee in World of Outlaws Victory at Farmer City He regains the points lead as Swindell is caught in a crash that wipes out the top four   FARMER CITY, Ill. - April 25, 2012 - There were nearly a half-dozen drivers within striking distance of the lead eight laps into the World of Outlaws feature at Farmer City Raceway on Wednesday. As the competitors banged wheels and narrowly negotiated lapped traffic, the packed stands took advantage of the first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval since 2003. "When we got to lapped traffic the first go-around, there were four or five guys that could have got the lead at any point," four-time Outlaws champion Donny Schatz said. "It was like a hornets nest. We needed to stay out of that situation and that we did. When the race...

Apr
23
2012

Allard wins KWS thriller at MRP

Photo by Tarvin Images Jonathan Allard holds off late charge from Tim Kaeding to win thrilling KWS main event at Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday By Gary Thomas Marysville, CA – April 21, 2012…Lightning fast 410 Sprint Cars and hooked up bullrings have been synonymous with each other in Northern California over the years and on Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway Park, that was seen front and center by the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear. When everything was said and done Chico’s Jonathan Allard stood in victory lane after a thrilling duel with veterans Bobby McMahan and Jimmy Sills, before fending off a late challenge from defending KWS champ Tim Kaeding. The triumph was Allard’s 29th career win in combined King of the West and Golden State Challenge main events, which breaks a tie with Steve Kent for third on the all-time list. It was also Allard’s first ever 410 win at Marysville Raceway Park and gives him the...

Apr
23
2012

Dollansky Survives Action-Packed Feature in Haubstadt

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   Dollansky Survives Action-Packed Feature in Haubstadt Swindell extends World of Outlaws championship lead to 36 points   HAUBSTADT, Ind. - April 21, 2012 - Nope, no full moon. That didn't stop the World of Outlaws drivers from taking part in a feast-or-famine feature on Saturday at Tri-City Speedway - arguably the smallest track the series has competed on this season. Craig Dollansky survived a couple of run-ins and a heavy dose of thick lapped traffic to pick up his second Outlaws victory of the season and the $10,000 prize. It also extended his streak of claiming each World of Outlaws feature at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval during even years since 2006. "I don't know what there is to that," he said. "It takes a team to win races and a great team, especially on this tour. It's not easily done. "At...

Apr
23
2012

Forsberg drives to first season win; Tilford, Micheli repeat in stock cars

Forsberg drives to first season win; Tilford, Micheli repeat in stock cars   by Bill Sullivan/HRP Media Release   PLACERVILLE, CA – Clear skies and warm temperatures brought both a packed grandstand and packed pit area Saturday afternoon at Placerville Speedway for the second Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires-Coors Light-Pepsi Cola point race of the 2012 Fast and Furious Championship Racing Season. When the final checkered flag of the night waved defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn celebrated his first victory of the season in the winged Sprint Car division.   Forsberg was joined in celebration by two repeat winners in Placerville's stock car divisions. Matt Tilford of Orangevale muscled his way to victory in the Pure Stock division. Matt Micheli of Live Oak became a repeat winner in the Limited Late Model Class. The three track regulars were joined Saturday night by the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars in which...

Apr
16
2012

ARCA CRA Super Series

Reaid Takes First at Anderson 125   Anderson, IN (April 15, 2012) – TJ Reaid made the most of his first trip to Anderson Speedway. The Acworth, Georgia native set fast time, lead 90 laps of the feature and took home the victory in the ARCA CRA Super Series Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals Savings Magazine. Kenny Tweedy took the early lead, but could not hold it as Reaid came around the outside on a restart on the 35 th lap to take a lead he would not give up. Fellow Georgian Bubba Pollard, also at Anderson Speedway for the first time, qualified second and worked his was to the front to finish second. Scott Hantz came in third, Eddie Van Meter fourth and Kenny Tweedy fifth.   "I like the track. It is good to be back in Victory Lane." Reaid commented. "I will definitely be back."   After a Friday night open practice that saw 27 late models on the track, The Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals Savings Magazine was...

Apr
16
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance: Missouri State Fair Speedway, Tri-State Speedway

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance Missouri State Fair Speedway, Tri-State Speedway   SEDALIA, Mo. - April 16, 2012 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make its season debut at a pair of historical facilities in the Midwest this weekend. The Outlaws return to Missouri State Fair Speedway on Friday for the first time since 2010 and this time it's under the banner of the Kasey Kahne Challenge - a four-race series in conjunction with SLS Promotions. On Saturday, the World of Outlaws will compete at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., where Craig Dollansky has won in every even year since 2006. Sammy Swindell, who has five World of Outlaws wins at Tri-State Speedway - including last season - is the current points leader. Joey Saldana, who won the Outlaws last event, is only five points back with Donny Schatz in third - 12 points out of the lead. WHEN Friday, April 20, at Missouri State Fair Speedway in...

Apr
11
2012

Aton and Johnson capture inaugural Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series feature wins

Aton and Johnson capture inaugural Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series feature wins PETALUMA, CA – The Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series kicked off its inaugural season at Petaluma Speedway in dramatic fashion on Saturday night with two first-time feature winners celebrating victory at the 3/8 mile oval. With a very strong field and a rapidly changing racing surface, the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series Winged 360 Sprint Car division premier feature was anything but predictable. Brett Rollag started off the evening by capturing fast time. Heat race wins went to Billy Aton, Bradley Terrell and Geoff Ensign. Then it was Benicia’s Billy Aton who had the dialed-in the right setup for the hooked-up track and went on to win the 25 lap Pit Stop USA Winged 360 Sprint Car Series feature. Aton started the feature in the third position and grabbed the lead on lap 12 when leader Richard Bailey, driving a brand new and beautifully prepared A.R.T. chassis got into the wall trying...

Apr
10
2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance

Contact: Shawn Miller World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR 704-467-7803 | smiller@dirtcar.com   World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance Paducah International Raceway, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55   PADUCAH, Ky. - April 9, 2012 - Following a month on the West Coast, where three of the last five races were rained out, the World of Outlaws head to Kentucky and Missouri for a doubleheader this weekend. On Friday, Paducah International Raceway will host Kentucky's lone race, while Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., is the site for Saturday's event. Sammy Swindell is riding his first win of the season, which catapulted him into the World of Outlaws points lead. With a top-five finish in four of the eight races this season, Donny Schatz and Jason Sides are within six and eight points, respectively. Joey Saldana - a three-time winner at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 since 2007 -...

Apr
10
2012

Decaires, Tilford and Micheli charge to victory in Placerville opener

PLACERVILLE, CA (4-7-12) – After a weather cancellation one week ago, hundreds of eager race fans packed into Placerville Speedway Saturday on the eve of Easter Sunday to witness the opening round of the 2012 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires-Coors Light championship series opener. When the checkered flag waved on the chilly opening night, three drivers gathered in victory lane with a jump on the 2012 championship. Elk Grove's Greg DeCaires, a former Placerville, Chico and Civil War Series Champion, bested the field in the winged Sprint Car division. In the Limited Late Model class, Live Oak stock car ace Matt Micheli muscled his way to victory lane. In the Pure Stock division, Orangevale's Matt Tilford was the victor. In the winged sprint car feature event, DeCaires took to the track in the fourth position for the 25-lap feature event, starting on the outside of row two behind Dennis Harvey of Orangevale, Nicole Miller of Elk Grove and Sean Becker of Antelope. At...

Apr
10
2012

TK Express rolls to KWS victory

Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear season opens in familiar fashion with the “TK Express” rolling to victory lane By Gary Thomas Antioch, CA – April 7, 2012…A packed house of rabid and vocal race fans filled the Antioch Speedway Saturday night and witnessed reigning Cancen Oil KWS Series champion Tim Kaeding charge to victory in the famed Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine. Kaeding has already had a tremendous start to the year by winning a pair of World of Outlaws main events and it was only fitting that he would kick-off the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear season in that same fashion. “I have to thank all these guys that work on this car because it was a rocket ship out here tonight,” said Kaeding, who has now won the last two KWS events at the Antioch Speedway. “I also have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth for giving me such a great opportunity and all you fans for coming out...

Mar
15
2012

SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is Big at the Bullring in 2012

SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is Big at the Bullring in 2012   Bakersfield, CA – The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will return to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway three times in 2012, including the season finale on November 17 th .     May 12 th will be the first stop of the year for the SRL at The Bullring for the “GoLiveStream.TV ‘Blackjack’ 121”.  “Jeff Thielscher of GoLiveStream.TV has been associated with us since our days at Mesa Marin Raceway,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen.  “Jeff has a real passion for our sport and has been a big supporter in many ways over the years.”  The “GoLiveStream.TV ‘Blackjack’ 121” will be the third race of the 2012 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series championship season.   “GoLiveStream see's the value in advertising with the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series,” commented...

Mar
13
2012

ASCS Canyon Region set to kick off 2012 season

Bryan Hulbert - Tulsa, OK (March 12, 2012) - After hosting the 2012 season opening races for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MavTv, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona prepares to kick off yet another chase for glory as the ASCS Canyon Region headlines the track’s season opener on Saturday March 17th. With 21 confirmed dates, plus an addition trio of to be determined dates, making up the 2012 ASCS Canyon Region schedule, the 2012 season marks the sixth season of competition for the American Sprint Car Series’ lone non-wing division. In 2012 the ASCS Canyon Region will see races in Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. The bulk of the dates will be held in the “Grand Canyon State” with single night events in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Going into the 2012 season Jeremy Sherman and Charles Davis Jr. are the undisputed kings of Arizona non-wing racing as the only two drivers to have earned championships in...

Mar
12
2012

Last Lap Pass Propels Danny Wood to Lucas Oil ASCS Triumph

Bryan Hulbert - Yuma, AZ (March 10, 2012) - Jason Johnson may have shown the way on lap twenty-nine but the only lap worth leading is the last lap and Danny Wood was the man leading when the checkered flag flew on lap thirty at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona. “I seen  him [Johnson] up there in traffic and I could see it was holding him up a little bit” commented Danny Wood in victory lane. “I was trying to be patient and not get held up by anybody, you know stay out of trouble and just run a smooth race. It’s better to be able to run second in these situations” Starting the feature from outside the front row, the 81 of Wood would settle into the runner up spot as Johnny Herrera took off into the race lead only to see the caution wave for a three car tangle on the opening lap. On the restart Herrera would again take off into the race lead as Wood was left to contend with the hard charging Jason Johnson. Wasting no time, the Roush...

Mar
9
2012

Kaeding Victorious Under Bright Lights of Vegas

LAS VEGAS — March 8, 2012 — The way Tim Kaeding celebrated, it was as if he hit the jackpot. In a way, he did. The Californian outlasted a furious battle with Jason Sides and an onslaught of cautions to claim the $10,000 World of Outlaws victory at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on a windy Thursday night. It was his seventh career World of Outlaws feature win and his first since April 24, 2009, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. And Kaeding celebrated in style. With fists pumping and several shouts, Kaeding drew a loud cheer from the packed crowd when he hopped out of his car on the fronstretch, hugged almost anyone in sight and climbed on the back of the high-powered race car with his arms held high. “We weren’t even expecting to come here,” the reigning King of California said. “About a week and a half ago we made the decision to come. “It’s a hard-fought battle when you can start...

Mar
8
2012

Pit Stop USA partners with KWS once again

By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – March 6, 2012…The upcoming season is shaping up to be a great one for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear and we are pleased to announce that PitStopUSA.com will return as the hard charger sponsor once again. In April of 2000, Pit Stop USA became one of the first companies ever to open a circle track online store. Since that time the company has grown very rapidly and 2012 is looking to be another great year for the Petaluma, California based company. Pit Stop USA has become a leading retailer of circle track parts and accessories and currently offers over 40,000 parts and accessories from over 400 manufacturers. Pit Stop USA’s goal is provide a one-stop shopping environment featuring the widest assortment of circle track racing products available at low everyday prices. “We are excited to partner with the KWS Series again this year as a sponsor of the...

Feb
29
2012

Koch charges to top 20 in Nationwide Daytona opener

DAYTONA BEACH, FL  (2-24-12) –  Starting his second full season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a strong new team and title sponsor, Florida native Blake Koch returned to his home state in successful fashion Saturday afternoon in the season opening  Drive4COPD 300  at the famed Daytona International Speedway. In his first event behind the wheel of the Rick Ware Racing #41  Rise Up and Register  Ford Mustang, Koch concluded his weekend with a 17th place finish on one of the tour's most intimidating tracks.                 "It's so exciting for me to come to Daytona and have a strong finish like this," said Koch. "This is a really great team and I am blessed to be part of it for 2012. This is a great way to start the season. Both of the RWR cars were fast and it's awesome to give Rise Up and Register a top 20 finish in our first NASCAR Nationwide race together."...

Feb
20
2012

Lucas Oil ASCS welcomes Pit Stop USA as 2012 contingency sponsor

Bryan Hulbert - Tulsa, Okla (February 13, 2012) - The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series is pleased to announce the inclusion of Pit Stop USA in its list of contingency sponsors for the 2012 national schedule with the formation of the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award. “We are proud to be associated with such an outstanding group of Sprint Car drivers and teams.” commented Ed Coughenour President of Pit Stop USA. Coughenour continued by saying,” The Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award is a great way to reward the driver who gains the most positions in the ASCS feature at each event. All of us at PitStopUSA.com are looking forward to a long a mutually rewarding relationship with the ASCS” Pit Stop USA is “The Online Motorsports Superstore!” PitStopUSA.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Sales and Marketing Inc. The company is based in the beautiful Sonoma County wine country city of Petaluma, California. The 2012 season marks...

Jan
23
2012

Evan Suggs keeps climbing the ladder in points

By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – January 23, 2012…Continuing to climb the ladder in California 410 Sprint Car racing, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs experienced a career best season in 2011, highlighted by his very first King of the West victory and a second place finish in the series standings. In fact since 2008 Suggs has improved one position in the Golden State 410 points each year, with a fifth place effort seen in ’08, followed by a fourth in ’09, third in ’10 and now second in ’11. “We had a great season and to finish second in the points and get a win was a really cool accomplishment for our team,” said Suggs, who concluded his fifth year of competition in a winged sprint car. “It was a fun year with the King of the West Series and probably the toughest fields we’ve had since I got into the winged ranks.” On the King of the West 410 Series season Suggs had the second most Grant’s...

Jan
20
2012

Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Tentative 2012 Schedule

Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Tentative 2012 Schedule Saturday April 7: Antioch Speedway Saturday April 14: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial) Saturday April 21: Marysville Raceway Park Saturday April 28: Placerville Speedway Saturday May 5: Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA (Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial) Saturday May 12: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Pombo/Sargent Classic) Saturday May 26: Calistoga Speedway (Salute to Walter T Ross) Sunday May 27: Calistoga Speedway (Tribute to Gary Patterson) Saturday June 2: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (John Anthony Sharp Memorial) Friday June 8: Silver Dollar Speedway (Road to Dirt Cup) Saturday June 9: Southern Oregon Speedway Medford, OR (Road to Dirt Cup) Saturday June 23: Antioch Speedway Saturday June 30: Placerville Speedway Friday July 6: Merced Speedway Saturday July 7: Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA (Howard Kaeding Classic) Saturday July 14: Kings Speedway Hanford,...

Jan
17
2012

Pit Stop USA 2012 Sprint Car Open Wheel Parts and Accessories Catalog is Here

Keeping pace with the burgeoning popularity of open wheel racing, Pit Stop USA has completed our latest 2012 Sprint Car / Open Wheel Catalog. Many new open wheel related product lines have been added, enlarging this latest catalog to 280 pages, all in full color. With the popularity of open wheel racing is growing stronger every season, from junior sprints to all out 410 sprinters, whether winged or non-winged, asphalt or dirt, our 2012 Sprint Car / Open Wheel Catalog offers a complete selection of the highly specialized components needed to build an open wheel race car and keep it competitive. Using the new Pit Stop USA Sprint Car / Open Wheel Catalog, racers have, at their fingertips, just about everything needed to build a winning open wheel racer.

 

To Order the catalog please click this link Open Wheel Catalog or you can find a link at the top of the home page


Dec
27
2011

East Coast flavor represented in 2011 with King of the West 410 Series

By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – December 22, 2011…Often times in racing there can be unique stories everywhere you look and during the 2011 season, East Coast native Eli Deshaies certainly filled that role with the Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. Originally from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Deshaies first came to California for work related reasons in 2004, but just recently entered into the venture of racing in the Golden State. Even more compelling about Deshaies is the fact that he drives the 2008 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame giveaway car. “We had a really enjoyable year with the King of the West Series and there are a lot of great people that we race with,” said Deshaies. “At the start of the year I was a little nervous if I made the right choice, but as the season went on I got more and more comfortable and everyone made me feel as if I were at home.” Some of Deshaies best moments came during the...

Nov
14
2011

Loudpedal Productions: 2011 Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway

Here is the lastest video from Loudpedal Productions of the 2011 Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway

 

Loudpedal Productions is the official video of the Ventura Racing Association. They also work in conjunction with Raceway Video at Perris Auto Speedway and shoot specialty events at Santa Maria Speedway, Tulare Thunderbowl, Giant Chevolet Speedway, Victorville Raceway Park, Calistoga Speedway and a number of racetracks all over the United States.


Nov
7
2011

King of the West 410 Series prepared to give out upwards of $300,000 at championship awards banquet in January

To put in perspective, last year’s total cash point fund with the Golden State 410 Series was $47,000 and the champion took home roughly the same as this seasons fourth place finisher will in the King of the West standings. A new twist this year with KWS was that to qualify for point money a driver/team must not have missed more than two races. At the end of the season 15 teams made the cut to earn a part in the largest cash point fund for sprint car racing on the West Coast. Those 15 teams are labeled as “members in good standing,” exemplifying their strong loyalty during the inaugural campaign of racing under the leadership of Rio Vista resident and racer Dan Simpson. King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding and Roth Motorsports will get the biggest chunk of the point fund, taking home $20,000 for their very strong year, which included a series-high six victories in 2011. The electrifying driver from San Jose dominated the point chase this year, due...

Oct
31
2011

Evan Suggs climbs the standings to earn 2nd in KWS points

By Gary Thomas Scotts Valley, CA – October 27, 2011…Continuing to climb the ladder in Northern California 410 sprint car racing, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs experienced a career best season in 2011, highlighted by his very first King of the West victory and a second place result in the series standings. In fact since 2008 Suggs has improved one position in the Golden State 410 points each year, with a fifth place effort seen in ’08, followed by a fourth in ’09, third in ’10 and now second in ’11. Ultimately there’s just one more spot to move up next season, but for now he is celebrating the strong campaign put together this year. “We had a great season and to finish second in the points and get a win was a really cool accomplishment for our team,” said Suggs, who concluded his fifth year of competition in a winged sprint car. “It was a fun year with the King of the West Series and probably the toughest fields...

Oct
20
2011

Sunoco Driven Challenge Offers Unique Nationwide Competition For Drivers

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 14, 2011) - The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series announces its partnership with Sunoco and Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2012 Sunoco Driven Challenge.   Sunoco and Joe Gibbs Racing have partnered to develop the Sunoco Driven Challenge where drivers across the country have a chance to compete for a unique opportunity to test with one of NASCAR’s top teams.    “We are really proud that Sunoco and Joe Gibbs Racing recognized the high level of talent we have in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, and one of our drivers will have a shot at a great opportunity to further their career through this new program,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins.  “The Sunoco Driven Challenge brings together the five top short track series in the nation to compete in a national point structure.  It will be interesting to see how the points play out during the race season, and hopefully we’ll have one of our...

Oct
20
2011

Jurkovic Comes Back from Two Laps Down

Winchester, IN (October 18, 2011) –  A tire problem put Boris Jurkovic two laps down in the 40 th Annual Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway Sunday afternoon,  undeterred his crew kept him cool, and after he spun he came in changed his tire and with a couple of Lucky Dogs found himself back on the lead lap and in contention.    With only five laps to go, Jurkovic was in third behind both Chase Elliott, the defending Winchester 400 winner and Derrick Griffin.  When a late spin brought out a caution and bunched up the field, Elliott went in for tires.  On the restart Jurkovic took the lead with Elliott moving from fifth (last car on the lead lap) to third.  As Jurkovic came down the back stretch into the third turn looking for the white flag a spin in the second turn brought out the final caution.    Griffin went in for his final set of tires, coming back onto the track, Griffin charged back to the front on the...

Oct
20
2011

20-grand awaits Trophy Cup winner this weekend

By Gary Thomas Tulare, CA – October 18, 2011…For many fans in California the one race they look forward to more than any other each season is the annual Trophy Cup and this weekend the Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway will play host to the 18th edition of the famed Winged Sprint Car event. A talented 80-car field is set to do battle at the Tulare County Fairgrounds facility, racing for an overall payout that will be nearly $90,000 for the two-nights of competition. The high-point driver for the event will take home a guaranteed $20,000. With its unique format the Trophy Cup regularly produces some of the best racing seen all season. Each time a driver hits the raceway for competitive racing action there are points awarded, with it all being a lead-up to the 50-lap feature on Saturday night that is completely inverted based on points accumulated up to that part of the event. Fresh off his big victory last Saturday at the Cotton Classic, defending Trophy Cup...

Oct
17
2011

Jon Allard wins race/ TK claims KWS title at Cotton Classic

By Gary Thomas Hanford, CA – October 15, 2011…Two of the very best sprint car drivers on the west coast celebrated on the front stretch Saturday night in Hanford, as Chico’s Jonathan Allard brought home his fourth King of the West 410 victory of the year and San Jose’s Tim Kaeding became the inaugural KWS champion. “It’s just a great feeling to bring home the first California title for Dennis and Teresa Roth,” said Kaeding after the race. “This was a great year with the King of the West Series and I owe it all to my guys. Todd, Bonzai and our whole crew busted their tails every week and gave me a great car at every race.” The 2002 Golden State 410 champion ended the year with a King of the West Series-high six victories aboard the HR Cattle, Roth Motorsports No. 83 Maxim. He also led the tour in top-five finishes, having only finished outside of the top-five on two occasions, showing the type of consistency needed to...

Oct
6
2011

Spaghetti feed to be held for breast cancer awareness at Cotton Classic

By Gary Thomas Hanford, CA – October 3, 2011….The 2011 season for the Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will conclude in a big way on Saturday October 15 at the Cotton Classic in Hanford and will feature some special activities during the weekend.   The Cotton Classic will mark the 16 th and final event of the year for the Golden State King of the West Series and wraps up the inaugural season under the leadership of Rio Vista resident Dan Simpson. The weekend will kick off on Thursday night October 13 with the Downtown Hanford Farmers Market from 6pm to 9pm. Live bands and fun will be had by all so stop on by the Farmers Market and enjoy the festivities. On Friday night October 14 the “Race for the Cure” will then be held at the Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia with adult tickets $8, students $3 and kids six and under free. On Saturday afternoon a spaghetti feed will be offered in the patio area of the grandstands at Giant...

Oct
3
2011

Brian Gerster captured the inaugural TruFuel Xtreme Speed Classic Saturday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway

Gerster earlier in the day set a new track record when he posted a lap of 12.742 seconds. The new Bristol track record is also a new World's record for a half-mile speedway. The new mark breaks the existing mark of 13.245 seconds previously established by Jason Blonde in March during the " Speed Trials " promotion. Eight drivers were under the new record during time trials. The average speed was 150.585 mph and was worth an additional $1,000 for Gerster.   A blind draw was held for the top eight qualifiers and Gerster drew the pole position. The win was anything but a cake walk as Gerster was challenged several times early in the race by first Todd Fayard and then Travis Miniea.   Gerster got the jump and lead the first two circuits before Fayard dove low going down the main straightaway in an attempt to get under Gerster. Fayard momentarily lost control and was forced to let off the gas to straighten the car up. Fayard then slipped to third...

Sep
29
2011

Koch to resume heated Rookie title run with 30th career start in Dover

By Bill Sullivan, Blake Koch Inc. Media DOVER, DE  – After a week off from competition, the battle resumes this Saturday afternoon in Dover Delaware as Blake Koch returns to the track aboard the Daystar Television Network #81 Dodge to continue his quest for the coveted 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year title. Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway will mark the 30 th career start for Koch in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.               “I did enjoy having a week off and spending time with my wife Shannon but now I am ready to get back in the Daystar #81,” said Koch. “In our earlier race at Dover the car was really fast going into the race and I don’t see any reason why we won’t be quick again. The key will be staying out of trouble earlier in the race. That last race here was my first DNF in the Nationwide...

Sep
19
2011

Kyle Larson fends off Brad Loyet, takes 2nd victory in POWRi National Midgets in Tom Knowles Memorial

Larson led all 30 laps in the Tom Knowles Memorial on the fast, high-banked 3/8 th -mile track, but Loyet ran less than a foot behind him for most it. On the 24 th lap, Loyet got his Spike-Esslinger nearly side-by-side with Larson’s Toyota-powered and –sponsored Bullet on the inside exiting Turn Two, but wasn’t able to complete the pass. On the next lap, Loyet was halfway alongside Larson on the outside in the same place when a caution came out.   “I could hear him coming, but I didn’t know he was there until he showed his nose off Turn Two,” Larson said. “He was definitely faster than we were. I had been trying to save my tires and I had to get up on the wheel.”   Loyet had started next to Larson on the front row. Larson, on the outside, took the lead on the start in Turn One.   “That was pretty much the race when Larson got out front at the start,” Loyet said. “We had...

Sep
16
2011

Video: Driver Goes For Wild Ride At BMS

JoJo Helberg has played the videos, watched the television coverage and heard the stories. Thursday morning, the wide-eyed 21-year-old native of Santa Rosa , Calif. , finally experienced the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in person. Helberg was one of three drivers from the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series participating in a tire test in preparation for the Oct. 1 TruFuel “Xtreme Speed Classic” at BMS. On March 20, sprint car driver Jason Blonde created a stir across the motorsports world with a flawless lap of 144.871 mph at 13.245 seconds during at a BMS event dubbed World’s Fastest Half-Mile Speed Trials. Sammy Swindell established the old track record at 138.442 in 13.860 seconds during the 2000 World of Outlaws event on dirt. Before rain washed out the afternoon schedule Thursday, speeds were approaching 140 mph. And Helberg was enjoying minute of it. “I’ve always wanted to race at this place,” Helberg...

Sep
15
2011

XTREME SPEED CLASSIC BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

     HOLLY, Mich. – A robust field of more than 30 entries is taking shape for the TruFuel  “Xtreme Speed Classic,” set for Saturday, Oct. 1 on the famed high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. The inaugural event will feature the powerful winged sprint cars sanctioned by the BioBased.US Xtreme Sprint Series.             Open wheel racing legend Dave Steele will return to the cockpit for Bristol, joining a host of racers from around the U.S. who will take on a strong contingent of Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series regulars. Among the XSS top-10 in series points who have filed entries include Canadian Ryan Litt, JoJo Helberg of California, Jason Cox of Illinois; Aaron Pierce and Hank Lower from Indiana; Michigan’s Jeff Bloom, Jason Blonde, and Kyle Flint; and Ohio’s Jimmy McCune.             Other official entries...

Sep
15
2011

Northern California 410 drivers show well with World of Outlaws

By Gary Thomas September 12, 20ll...With the World of Outlaws invading the Golden State for three nights of racing this past week, Northern California 410 sprint car drivers were up to the challenge and put together a great showing during each event of the swing. Golden State King of the West Series point leader Tim Kaeding & 2010 Golden State 410 champion Kyle Larson had impressive efforts to finish on the podium Monday night in Antioch with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser. Larson tallied the KSE hard charger award by carving his way from 14th to 2nd in the main event on Monday. It was the second race in row that the 19-year-old reigning Golden State champ had a strong run with WOO, after claiming the Gold Cup this past Saturday in Chico. The Elk Grove native led all 40-laps at Silver Dollar Speedway to pick up his biggest career victory at the quarter-mile bullring, while driving the Stadelhofer Construction No. 99 mount. We’d like to...

Sep
7
2011

Jacob Patton confident of contending in POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micros at Wayne County, Coles County Friday and Saturday

Patton has been a serious threat in the past five POWRi Micro features. He won at Washington, Mo., on Aug. 6, was passed for the lead on the final lap by Joe B. Miller at Belleville, Ill., on Aug. 10 and finished second to Andrew Felker at Macon on July 23. Patton led the opening 19 laps and had a 10-car length lead on the 20 th and final lap at Lincoln, Ill., in the most recent event on Aug. 20 when a mechanical failure stopped him and he finished 15 th . Patton was running second on the previous night at Macon when the same problem, a broken chain, took him out and he finished 22 nd .   “We had an awesome car,” Patton said at Lincoln. “Our master link on the chain broke for the second night in a row. We’ll find a new supplier and get that part fixed. We’ve found the setup and with the way our car is handling, we’ll be in victory circle a couple of more times this season. We’ve got things rolling.”  ...

Sep
1
2011

CRA to Take on the High Banks of Winchester Speedway in the Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival

Salem, IN (August 31, 2011) – Champion Racing Association will be taking on the famous High Banks of historic Winchester Speedway this weekend with the  famous Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival, one of the biggest stock car events held each year in Central Indiana. The weekend will feature exciting racing action from the CRA Super Series, USA Modifieds, Sullivan RV CRA Late Model Sportsman, EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks and the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts. Camping will be available all weekend and there will also be the annual Sunday night party in the pavilion featuring live music.   The CRA Super Series has had 31 events to date at Winchester Speedway. Scott Hantz, a three time winner at Winchester and current series point’s leader, is currently tied with Bull Baker and Brian Ross with the most series victories at Winchester with three apiece, he heads the list of entries for Monday’s Winchester 100. Other...

Aug
29
2011

Goal accomplished; Alissa Geving takes third Petaluma Speedway title

By Bill Sullivan on Aug 28, 2011 PETALUMA, CA (8-23-11) – There’s an age old saying in the sport of racing; “the race isn’t over until the final checkered flag waves.” However, Penngrove’s Alissa Geving has always been what you call an overachiever since she was a young child. Therefore, in this case the race for the 2011 Petaluma Speedway sprint car championship is over long before the final checkered flag will wave. Yes, Geving has garnered her third home track championship nearly one month before the season is even completed. “When we decided what our plans were this season I set a goal for myself to win a third Petaluma Speedway Championship,” said Geving. “I remained focused on that goal all season long and we accomplished it with one event still left on the season schedule. I’m really happy about this one. Petaluma Speedway has been a part of my family forever. My grandfather won here, then my Dad won here...

Aug
25
2011

PETTIT WINS WILD STOCKTON 99

Bakersfield, CA – Jim Pettit II picked up his first SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series win of 2011, Saturday night at Stockton 99 Speedway.  Pettit, the winningest driver in SRL history, took over the lead on lap 107 and held off a late race challenge by Keith Spangler to win the “Jackson Rancheria 135”.   “We didn’t have the fastest car tonight, but that’s not always the case to get the win,” stated Pettit from the Stockton 99 winner’s circle.  “It’s an emotional win for us tonight, as it’s the first win since my Mom’s passing, so this will be a win we will cherish forever. We struggled all weekend but we weren’t as fast as we wanted to be. We didn’t have the best racecar, but we won the race, for which I am very thankful. But we won it because of certain situations that occurred on the track.”   “For the first time in my racing career, the officials...

Aug
22
2011

Bryan Clauson wins POWRi Midgets, Trent Beckinger takes 2nd straight in Outlaw Micros at Lincoln

  LINCOLN, Ill. (Aug. 20, 2011)—Bryan Clauson led all 30 laps to win the feature in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Trent Beckinger led only the final lap for his second straight victory in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.   It was the second triumph in five starts this season in POWRi events for Clauson, the National Midget Driver of the Year the past two years. The 22-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., was driving for the first time on Lincoln’s ¼-mile track.   “We had the advantage of starting on the pole,” Clauson said. “Jerry (Coons Jr.) made some runs at me and I moved my line and went up top. The top seemed like the place to be. It seems like lately just getting to the last laps has been the biggest challenge for us. Luck runs in cycles and we’ve had our share of bad luck lately, but tonight we ran 30.”  ...

Aug
22
2011

HELBERG SCORES ANDERSON XTREME SPRINT SERIES VICTORY

SALEM, Ind. – JoJo Helberg scored his second consecutive win in Xtreme Sprint Series competition on Saturday night, capturing the “MustSeeRacing 60” at Anderson Speedway. The victory allowed Helberg to retain his place atop the series point standings.  Jimmy McCune led in the opening laps from the pole position, trailed by Ryan Litt and Aaron Pierce. As the leaders caught lapped traffic on lap 10 Pierce suddenly slowed when a power steering hose failed, eliminating him from competition. Helberg took advantage of Pierce’s misfortune to move into third.  On lap 24 Helberg slipped past Litt to take second, and six laps later McCune suddenly slowed when his car lost oil pressure. That left Helberg out front, and the caution waved one lap later for Tom Tolbert’s spin in turn two.  Throughout the second half of the race Helberg managed to keep Litt at bay, although in the waning laps Litt found some additional speed and...

Aug
18
2011

The Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge Continues at Dixie Motor Speedway Friday

Salem, IN (August 16, 2011) – The third event with the Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge for the CRA Super Series will take place this Friday with the Dixie by Draper 125 at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan. That event will be the first ever CRA Super Series event held at Dixie Motor Speedway. The Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge is a performance award program based upon five selected CRA Super Series point’s events during the 2011 season.   Kenny Tweedy, the 1997 CRA Super Series Champion, comes into Friday’s event as the leader in the Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge points after two events with 186 points earned in those two events. Tweedy got a fourth place finish in the first race of the Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge at Columbus Motor Speedway on May 30 th . Tweedy followed that up with an eighth place finish at the second event in the Scott Performance Wire Five Race Challenge at...

Aug
18
2011

Knepper holds 80-point lead in POWRi Midgeets heading into Macon Aug. 17

Nick Knepper holds 80-point lead in POWRi Midgets heading into Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Aug. 19   POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series leader Nick Knepper holds an 80-point lead over Brad Loyet going into the eighth annual Dana Godfrey Memorial on Friday (Aug. 19) at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.   POWRi’s Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series also race on Friday at Macon and both series are at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday (Aug. 20). Trent Beckinger has a 520-point lead over Andrew Felker for the championship in the Micros.   Macon and Lincoln are the start of the stretch run for POWRi, which has six events scheduled to run in the Midgets and Micros. Knepper, a 24-year-old from Belleville, Ill., has led the points the entire season. He has 11 top-fives in 17 events including a hometown win at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville on July 1. Knepper was third in the previous POWRi Midget race this season at Macon on July...

Aug
18
2011

Season review, Knoxville Nationals recap & Gold Cup preview on KWS Tonight

With the Golden State King of the West Sprints having some time off “KWS Tonight” returns this Thursday at 7pm with an update & review of the season, as well as a recap of the Knoxville Nationals and a preview of the 58 th Gold Cup Race of Champions at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Gary Thomas and George Hague will discuss how the KWS season has gone from the series operations standpoint, where the tour is at during its inaugural year and the challenges of trying to put on “shows” rather than standard racing events. We will also give an update on the year-end awards banquet and talk about the many lucrative prizes that KWS full-time drivers will have a chance at winning, or have already won this season. A full rundown of the week at the 51 st annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals will also be given, with Thomas sharing his experiences during the week of racing that also included the Challenges at Oskaloosa. Finally, we will preview the last...

Aug
10
2011

NASCAR Approves New Sport II HANS Device

For Immediate Release Atlanta, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2011) – The Sport II HANS Device has been approved for use in competition by NASCAR. The Sport II is the latest safety innovation from HANS Performance Products, inventors of the head and neck restraint. The new HANS Device provides the same protection enjoyed by champions in major series around the world at a reasonable price. Featuring a lower rounded collar, the Sport II’s new design makes fitting easier for drivers. The lightest device in the Sport Series, the Sport II delivers industry-leading performance. It has  also been approved for competition under the criteria established by SFI and the FIA. “We take pride in our innovative efforts to make the HANS Device not only cost-effective but user friendly for all racers without sacrificing our award-winning performance,” said Gary Milgrom, vice president of HANS Performance Products. "We receive testimonials on a weekly basis about the...

Aug
9
2011

HELBERG WINS AT SALEM

SALEM, Ind. – JoJo Helberg scored an emotional and exciting breakthrough win at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, surviving a late-race challenge to capture the 52nd annual Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial. The event was the first career Xtreme Sprint Series (XSS) victory for the 21-year-old driver. Helberg, hailing from Santa Rosa, Calif., roared from the fifth starting position to chase down race leader Mike Larrison in the early stages of the 30-lap feature, taking the lead when he caught Larrison in dense traffic. Helberg began to pull away from the field when Larrison cut a tire and spun on lap 13, triggering a multi-car melee that left Jimmy McCune parked on his side. McCune was okay but unable to rejoin the field.   Brian Gerster, seeking to score his third consecutive XSS victory, began closing on Helberg in the waning laps. The race was interrupted by a caution with less than 10 laps remaining for Jerry Caryer’s stalled machine, and on...

Aug
8
2011

Forsberg earns second Calistoga Cup victory and first for F&F Racing

CALISTOGA, CA (8-6-11) - To win a race at Calistoga Speedway is an honor for any driver, in fact it is something that most California sprint car drivers dream of one day accomplishing in their career. Some do, some don't and then there are others who have the golden opportunity to do it more than once in their lifetime. Saturday night, Auburn's Andy Forsberg joined the elite list of repeat winners at Calistoga Speedway as he scored his second Calistoga Cup victory of his racing career. This win was by far more meaningful then the first victory was as Forsberg took his F&F Racing team owned by Steve Tuscola and Alan Bradway to their first ever Calistoga win. Calistoga Speedway was always a favorite track to the late Dave Bradway Jr. during his short career and bringing the Bradway family back to victory lane at the famed half mile dirt track definitely will be long remembered by many. "This is really a special place and this is a very special night for everyone,"...

Aug
8
2011

“TK Express” continues to roll on with weekend sweep of Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events at Ocean Speedway and Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway

By Gary Thomas Hanford, CA – August 6, 2011…Drivers and teams always strive to get stronger as the season goes on and that has certainly been the case for San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, after completing a two-night sweep to make it three consecutive wins with the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series. The victories at Ocean Speedway and Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway this past weekend marked Kaeding’s 53 rd and 54 th career Golden State 410 wins and rolled his total up to a KWS leading six in 2011 aboard the Roth Motorsports, HR Cattle No. 83 Maxim. “I really have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and my whole team for giving me such a great car as always,” commented Kaeding. “We are doing what we need to build some momentum with Knoxville coming up next week and we are definitely looking forward to getting back there. I also want to thank all you fans for coming out and supporting 410 sprint car racing because we really...

Aug
8
2011

Patton takes 2nd POWRi 600cc Micros victory of season at Washington Town and Country Fair

WASHINGTON, Mo. (Aug. 6, 2011)—Jacob Patton drove from eighth starting position into the lead halfway through the feature Saturday and went on to take a runaway victory in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros Series at the Washington Town and Country Fair Motor Sports Arena.   Patton’s win was his second of the season and fourth of his POWRi career. The 20-year-old from Bethalto, Ill., gained ground in two bursts, eighth to third on the opening lap and third to first on a restart on lap 13 of 30 on the 1/5-mile track.   “I started on the outside (of the fourth row) and everybody went inside,” Patton said. “I never lifted in the first two corners and I went sailing around.”   Leader Paul Nienhiser and Dereck King were in front of Patton for the decisive restart. Nienhiser missed a shift and forced King to slow. Patton’s Suzuki-powered Brodrix darted inside and streaked past both into the...

Jul
27
2011

Golobic scores victory in Petaluma Civil War; Forsberg maintains point lead

PETALUMA, CA (7-23-11) - Fremont's Shane Golobic grabbed the lead from Steven Tiner of Elverta with just three laps remaining, in a race that began with a series of crashes before developing into a thrilling high-speed charge to the finish, and held on for the victory in last Saturday's 30-lap California Sprint Car Civil War Series feature at Petaluma Speedway. Golobic's $2000 victory marked the third and final appearance of the season for the premier traveling sprint car series and the second straight year the talented 19-year-old has prevailed against some of the best sprint car drivers in Northern California. Twenty-nine Civil War Series drivers competed for the 22 spots in the feature, with Tiner, second-ranked in the point standings, earning a front row start next to eighth-ranked Herman Klein of Sacramento. Golobic started third and five-time series champion and current points leader Andy Forsberg, of Auburn, who was gunning for his third straight series win at...

Jul
27
2011

GOMES ON ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH AFTER THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON

Bakersfield, CA – Manteca’s Jacob Gomes reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead with his win Saturday night in the “Century Boatland 115” in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.    Gomes, started outside of the front row, after fast qualifier Derek Thorn drew a seven-car invert, but that did not mean it was an easy drive to victory for last year’s SRL Rookie-of-the-Year.   After the 2010 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series champion Jonathon Gomez gave the command of “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and John Gomez dropped the green flag to start the 115 lap race, Brennan Newberry jumped to the early lead from the pole position, followed closely by Gomes, Joe Farre’, David Ross and Ross Strmiska.   By the time the field began to sort itself out on lap 10 on the high banked 3/8 mile, Newberry still led with Farre’...

Jul
19
2011

TK passes BK to score 4th King of the West victory of the season and Video

By Gary Thomas Antioch, CA – July 16, 2011…Whenever you have Tim and Brent Kaeding fighting for the lead of a race it almost guarantees to make for an incredible show. That was evident once again on Saturday night at the Antioch Speedway, as the younger Kaeding got the best of the battle to claim his fourth Golden State King of the West victory of the year. “TK” stalked the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 sprint car for a number of laps while riding the high scary side, before scooping up the lead on lap 12 en route to his 52nd career Golden State 410 triumph, in front of a packed and very vocal house at the Antioch Speedway. “I’m really excited to finally get another win with the King of the West, because it seems like it’s been a while,” said a pumped up T. Kaeding, whose last KWS win came in Calistoga over Memorial Day weekend. “We were only running on seven cylinders there at the end and I think...

Jul
19
2011

Indy Car driver Tomas Scheckter slings some dirt at KWS test facility

Photo by KWS Production Unit Tomas Scheckter gets first-hand feel of sprint car racing at KWS test facility on Sunday By Gary Thomas Rio Vista, CA – July 18, 2011…Many young short track drivers dream about competing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds can reach upwards of 225 mph and has a history as rich as any in all of motorsports. For Indy Car veteran Tomas Scheckter however, he had been looking to go in a slightly different direction. The driver who finished eighth at this year’s Indy 500 had been wanting to get into a 900hp fire-breathing 410 Sprint Car and on Sunday that became a reality for the South African. After watching the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series event at the Antioch Speedway on Saturday night, Scheckter suited up on Sunday and got his first laps in a Winged 410 Sprint Car, which took place at the KWS test facility in Rio Vista, California. Sitting behind the wheel of...

Jul
15
2011

Despite late race collision Self and the GGRT enter top three of NASCAR West standings at Evergreen

MONROE, WA   (7-17-11)  Despite a late race collision that cost them a handful of positions, Utah's Michael Self and the Richard Childress Racing Driver Development supported Golden Gate Racing Team still managed to classify their return to Evergreen Speedway a success in round eight of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last weekend. After salvaging an 11 th place finish in the Evergreen 200, the popular San Francisco based team has emerged into the top three of the series point standings.                 "We were on our way to a top three finish in this one and some bad luck took it away late in the race," said Jim Offenbach , owner of the Golden Gate Racing Team. "In the end we still moved ahead in the point standings. I'm proud of this whole team; they have had their share of tough luck this season and have fought their way back into the hunt."...

Jul
13
2011

Blake Koch brings hot Rookie of the Year race to the New Hampshire "Magic Mile"

By Bill Sullivan for Blake Koch Inc./Daystar Racing Media   LOUDON, NH (7-16-11) –  Since the beginning of the season Blake Koch has had his sights set on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Rookie of the Year title. Now, the 25-year-old Florida native is turning heads in the NASCAR Community as he has closed the battle for the title to single digits in the point standings. This Saturday, Koch could very well pull another rabbit out of his hat in the form of a top rookie performance aboard the Daystar Television Network  #81 Dodge as he competes on  "The Magic Mile" at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.               "It's been an up and down season for us for sure," said Koch. "I'd really like to make a few strong runs in a row for Daystar and all of the guys at the shop that work so hard on this team. This weekend we're in a good position to do that."  ...

Jul
13
2011

Two top fives in two days advances Geving three spots in Civil War Series

By Bill Sullivan/ Sullivan Images Media   PETALUMA, CA (7-9-11 ) –  A skill that any professional athlete must posses if they are serious about their career is the ability to put a set back behind them and do whatever it takes to get back into the game. Penngrove's Alissa Geving clearly illustrated she possess such abilities this weekend as she rallied back to championship form in the Hoosier Racing Tires California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series.             Behind the wheel of her Chicko Motorsports #3x ART sprint car that carries the title sponsorship of Tillett Tool, A1A Performance Muffler and Pit Stop USA, Geving drove her way to two top five finishes in as many days at two different race tracks. The stellar performances launched Geving back into the top five of the series point standings in one weekend alone after slipping back to the seventh position following a tough...

Jul
12
2011

CRA Super Series to Join Local Divisions in Nashville's All-American 400 Weekend

(Salem, IN & Nashville, TN) - Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway officials announced today the CRA Super Series Late Models will be joining local divisions as part of the legendary All-American 400 Weekend in Nashville.  The Super Late Models of CRA will run a 200-lap feature on Sunday, October 30th. In addition to the CRA Super Late Models, local divisions will be included in the weekend's activities, ensuring that racers from the Nashville area and other parts of the country play a big part in one of short track racing's most signature events. Complete details about the event will be announced at a later date, but officials from the track and series wanted to make sure this initial news was released immediately.  Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway promoter Bobby Hamilton Jr. noted, "We wanted the teams and fans alike to be sure to get this date on their schedule as soon as possible and make plans to come to Nashville for great...

Jul
11
2011

Tim Kaeding drives to victory in Taco Bravo vs. Civil War rumble at Ocean

By Bill Sullivan /Civil War Series Media Relations WATSONVILLE, CA (7-8-11) – The Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series launched two consecutive days of competition at two different tracks in two different coastal regions on Friday night. When the checkered flag waved at Ocean Speedway a new face was added to the 2010 Civil War Series list of victors as San Jose's Tim Kaeding charged to victory in the 30-lap feature that slated the Taco Bravo Sprint Car Series up against the Civil War Winged Warriors at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.             A total of 36 cars formed the field Friday night, the first of two season visits at the quarter-mile dirt oval in Watsonville. Throughout the evening the Taco Bravo regulars that compete on a weekly basis at the popular track held the upper hand against the Civil War travelers....

Jul
11
2011

Jonathan Allard races to 3rd KWS victory of the season at Doug Fort Memorial

Photo by Paul Trevino of http://www.paultrevinoracingphotos.com By Gary Thomas Santa Maria, CA – July 9, 2011…After making a thrilling move to get around Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan on lap-10 in the main event, former two-time Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard proceeded to put on a clinic and dominate the final 20-circuits to tally his third King of the West Sprint Car Series victory of the season. The triumph ties Allard with San Jose’s Tim Kaeding for the most wins this season in Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series competition. It was also Allard’s 27 th career Golden State 410 victory, putting him just one shy of tying fellow two-time champion Steve Kent on the all-time win list. “I really have to thank my guys for giving me such a great car tonight and it’s nice to finally get a win here in Santa Maria,” Allard commented....

Jul
7
2011

Santa Maria Speedway Doug Fort Memorial preview

By Gary Thomas Santa Maria, CA – July 6, 2011…Following an entertaining double-header of racing over 4 th of July weekend the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series will continue its trek around California this Saturday July 9 with the third annual “Doug Fort Memorial” at the Santa Maria Speedway. The event will mark the 12 th round of action for KWS and including this weekend, eight races remain in the fight to see who will become the first “King of the West.” Doug Fort built the Santa Maria Speedway in 1964 and helped mold it into one of the top dirt tracks in the country as the owner/promoter until his passing in 1999. The one-third mile clay oval has been named "Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi" on two separate occasions and is nestled in a semi amphitheater of natural terrain, sheltered by dense eucalyptus trees at the top and to the back of the bleacher area. So far this season there...

Jul
6
2011

Track Conditions At Terre Haute Cause Big Crash And Postpone Event

Jeff Swindell coming out of turn two in qualifying with an impressive dust tail. The Terre Haute Action Track was scheduled to host USAC’s Traxxas Silver Crown Series on Sunday July the 3 rd for the First Financial Bank “Sumar Classic 100”.  At first it looked unlikely the track would be able to even start the race after heavy rains on Sunday morning, but the track crew worked hard and got the track prepped for practice and qualifying after a two hour delay. The back straight after lap one. Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson, each behind the wheel of a Tony Stewart racing silver crown entry led the field to the green flag.  After the field entered turn one Levi Jones led Clauson, with Shane Hollingsworth on the outside of Kyle Larson, after that, however, not even the racers know.  All the cars made it through one and two safely, though many were at no more than an idle. Then on the back stretch after the cloud of brown...

Jul
5
2011

Evan Suggs scores 1st career KWS 410 Series win at HK Classic

By Gary Thomas Watsonville, CA – July 2, 2011…At the end of last year one of the hottest drivers on tour with the Golden State 410 Series was Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, which has carried over into this season with the Golden State King of the West Sprints. Despite running up front all year long and ranking 2 nd in the series standings going into the weekend however, Suggs had been unable to find victory lane. That all changed on Saturday night though when the 24-year-old put on a thrilling display to pass both Tim Kaeding and Tommy Tarlton over the final half of the race to become the inaugural winner of the “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The only thing keeping Suggs from a clean sweep for the night was the fact that he qualified second fastest, before winning his heat race, the dash and then the 30-lap feature. Suggs also became the seventh different winner in 11 KWS events so far this season and kept up the streak of...

Jun
28
2011

Thorn sets new track record at Madera and then wins

Bakersfield, CA – Derek Thorn set a new track record in qualifying at Madera Speedway on Saturday night, and then lined up sixth on the grid to win the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Children’s Hunger Fund 125”.  It was Thorn’s second SRL win of 2011.   When inside front row starter Joe Farre’ spun his tires at the drop of the green, it was Eric Holmes who jumped to the lead.  Holmes, who competed at Infineon Raceway earlier in the day, made it to Madera Speedway just in time to qualify the Moeller Bros. Chevrolet in fifth position.   The first caution of the race came at the end of lap 1, when Farre’ slipped up in turn 3, and the field took evasive action to miss the Sigma Engineering #54, resulting in the second fastest qualifier on the day, Jared Vorse spinning and having to restart at the rear.   On lap 12, Thorn displaced Ross Strmiska for second, the top five was now Holmes, Thorn,...

Jun
27
2011

Bell Takes Home $10,000 For POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Micro Win

The richest POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Sprint race of the year was held at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion over the weekend and saw 113 drivers show up for a chance at the $10,000 payday.  The drivers were thinned down to 24 of the best micro sprint drivers in the country for the A-Main which payed $500 just to start.  The 40 lap feature saw Trent Beckinger of Evansville, Indiana jump out to an early lead from his front row starting spot and lead the first 30 laps.  Christopher Bell was charging hard from his sixth place starting spot as he was in third by the end of the first lap and moved around Ryan Guyett for second on lap 15. Christopher Bell #21 Battles Trent Beckinger #75 For The Win (Photo Source: POWRi Racing ) Bell set his sights on Beckinger and  got to him on lap 28 where the two drivers would swap the spot back and forth several times over the next three laps with Bell finally taking the spot for good on lap...

Jun
27
2011

Patton takes POWRi Micros victory at SIR, ready to race for $10,000 in 66 Mike Phillips Memorial grand finale

Patton takes POWRi Micros victory at SIR, ready to race for $10,000 in 66 Mike Phillips Memorial grand finale MARION, Ill. (June 24, 2011)—Jacob Patton drove to the third POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature victory of his career Friday in the opening round of the 66 Mike Phillips Memorial at Southern Illinois Raceway. “It’s definitely the biggest win of my career. I’m still shaking if that’s any indication,” Patton said 20 minutes after the race. “Words can’t describe it. Excited just doesn’t do it.” Patton’s victory, his first in POWRi this season, secured a top-six starting position for Saturday’s Phillips Memorial grand finale, a 40-lap race that will pay $10,000 to the winner. It’s the largest winner’s share in a Micro Sprint race in the United States this year. “It takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders not to have to run the heats and...

Jun
27
2011

Ocean Speedway Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2 “Howard Kaeding Classic”

What: The Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series will get set for a big double-header weekend coming up on July 1 and 2 at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The event will be billed as the “Howard Kaeding Classic” paying honor to the legendary racer from the San Jose area. “HK” was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the “Campbell Comet” claimed over 300 main event victories in his career. When: On Friday July 1 the front grandstand gate will open at 4:30pm with racing scheduled to start around 6. On Saturday July 2 there will be an earlier start with the front grandstand gate opening at 3:30pm, wheel packing at 4, qualifying around 4:45 and racing to follow. Where: The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of...

Jun
24
2011

SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Children’s Hunger Fund 125” at

SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Children’s Hunger Fund 125”   Madera Speedway   Saturday, June 25th, 2011   This Saturday’s SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Children’s Hunger Fund 125” at Madera Speedway is the half-way point of the ten-race SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series 2011 championship season.  Saturday’s race line up at Madera Speedway will also feature a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, and Stunt Show, the SRL Legends Tour, Late Models, and more.   SRL NOTES OF INTEREST FOR MADERA SPEEDWAY :   CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE:  Just 100 points separate the top five drivers in the current 2011 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship standings; Jacob Gomes (676), M.K. Kanke (670), Jim Pettit (632), Ross Strmiska (616) and Eric Holmes...

Jun
24
2011

The Top Ten Tips For Buying A Used Dirt Car

1. Pick a Class Where are you going to race? What are the popular tracks in your area? What classes do they run? Before you can buy a used race car, you need to put some serious thought into what you are looking for and what you will do with it once you make a purchase. It sounds trivial, but there are plenty of racers that buy a car only to find out that the class is being phased out or that it was actually raced at a track several hundred miles away and that the owner just moved into the area. image credit: Steven Gibson When picking a class, consider your skill level. If you’ve never raced before, a Super Late Model or a 410 Sprint Car probably aren’t the cars you should pick to get your feet wet in. Don’t pick a class based on the class or event’s purse. Dirt racing has not been known to be a highly profitable venture at any level. Never assume that a division will be “easy”...

Jun
23
2011

Iron Man Challenge Racing With USMTS Mods Thursday and Friday

The USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods roll toward the weekend with two scheduled events where the USMTS Modified Touring Series join the program. On Thursday, June 23, USRA Stock Cars and B-Mods join the USMTS Modified road warriors at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota. The following night, June 24, they follow up with another night of combined USRA and USMTS events on the same card at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. These tracks are both first time stops for the Iron Man Challenge as the tough-as-nails tour begins it’s summer grind for the Iron Man Challenge Title. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and races begin at 7:30 both days. The Park Jefferson Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked clay oval located just north of Sioux City off of I-29 at exit 4, then 2 blocks east to SR 105, then 1.8 miles north. For more information, call 515-832-7944....

Jun
21
2011

King of the West 410 drivers Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding finish one-two at the 40th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup

By Gary Thomas Alger, Washington – June 20, 2011…The Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series would like to give congratulations to Chico’s Jonathan Allard and San Jose’s Tim Kaeding for finishing first and second at the 40th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup this past weekend. The prestigious event at the Skagit Speedway paid $40,000-to-win and saw Allard lead all 40-laps on Saturday night, holding off Oklahoma's Shane Stewart and then a late-race challenge from KWS point leader T. Kaeding. The two-time Golden State 410 champion never faltered and crossed the checkered flag to score his third career Dirt Cup victory aboard the Morrie & Katie Williams No. 0 sprint car. Allard came into the night second in points and took full advantage of his front row starting spot to claim the huge payday. "It's unbelievable to win another Dirt Cup,” said Allard. “I want to thank my car owners Katie and Morrie...

Jun
20
2011

USMTS Driver Zack Vanderbeek “Goes Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness

(Photo Source: Zack VanderBeek Racing ) During the USMTS Summer Speedweeks fans may be surprised by the new paint scheme on Zack Vanderbeek’s Casey’s General Store Skyrocket Chassis #33Z modified.  For the entire Speedweeks tour Vanderbeek has went pink in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to help fight and find a cure for breast cancer.  The pink and black “Tour for a Cure ” modified made its debut at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota on June 7th and will make its last appearance on the track at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minnesota on June 25th for the finale of Summer Speedweeks.  Over the last several years Chris Brown from Minneapolis has led the special-edition car effort for the USMTS.  Mark Noble pinked his car out for Susan G. Komen in 2009 and then in 2010 Vanderbeek put on a special scheme for the Victory Junction children’s camp.  Now, in 2011 Vanderbeek...

Jun
16
2011

Geving maintains top five in Civil War ranks heading into American Valley

By Bill Sullivan/ Sullivan Images Media PENNGROVE, CA 6-18-11 ) –  After surviving a crash filled “Wild Winged Wednesday” in round five at Placerville Speedway, Penngrove sprint car driver Alissa Geving and her Chicko Motorsports race team are locked and loaded and ready to continue their quest towards the 2011 Civil War Sprint Car Series Championship this Saturday in the mountain town of Quincy. The event is round six of the 14 race series and takes place at the scenic American Valley Speedway.             “It’s always a pleasure to go up and race at Quincy,” said Geving. “It’s really unique track and we only get to get there once a year so I’m looking forward to it again. We’ve done pretty well there in the past.”             Entering the sixth round of the...

Jun
15
2011

Jonathan Allard wins 2nd KWS main event of 2011 on Saturday

By Gary Thomas Medford, OR – June 13, 2011…Despite various tough finishes recently Chico, California's Jonathan Allard put that all behind him on Saturday night at the Southern Oregon Speedway and scored his second Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series victory of the season in front of an overflowing crowd of 4,000 people. Allard was able to make a beautiful move to get under San Jose's Tim Kaeding with just eight-laps left in the race and tally his first ever Southern Oregon Speedway 410 sprint car win. It was a nice rebound for Allard, who had led the first 19-laps in the feature the night before at Silver Dollar Speedway, until contact took him out of the top-spot. "Lately we haven't been having the greatest luck so to come out here tonight and win in Medford is pretty special," said Allard in victory lane. "I have to really thank my car owners Morrie & Katie Williams and this whole team for sticking with me. We...

Jun
14
2011

Peter Murphy claims huge victory with KWS at Tribute to GP/ Bradway Memorial

Photo's courtesy Steven Cox of http://www.sprintcarphotos.com By Gary Thomas Chico, CA – June 12, 2011…Whenever you mix in 410 sprint cars, a tight quarter-mile bullring and tons of money on the line it will make things interesting and on Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway that certainly came true. With the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series sanctioning the “Tribute to Gary Patterson/ Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” the action continued to be intense for the tour and in the end it was the "Awesome Aussi" Peter Murphy bringing home the checkered flag for victory. “This is just so amazing I don’t know what to say and I’m almost tearing up a bit,” said an emotional Murphy in victory lane. “I’ve never had a bigger win in my career and to come out on top with the King of the West Series is a great feeling.” A very strong field of 38-sprint cars...

Jun
13
2011

Landers Sets 14.922 Track Record for Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora

Ninety-one cars made the trek from every corner of the country to head to the Midwest to run one of the most prestigious races in dirt track racing, the Dirt Late Model Dream. This year marks the seventeenth annual event at the Big E. Among those 91 drivers was the man with the most wins in the Dream, Scott Bloomquist, who is seeking his sixth win in the event. Last year’s main event winner Billy Moyer was also looking to secure the win and become a back-to-back Dream winner. Ohio native, Matt Miller, most recent winner at the speedway in the Johnny Appleseed Classic, has already turned some laps at the track this season, that he hopes will lead him to a victory in the esteemed race. Ten different drivers have won the main event and have added their names to the history books, so who will it be this year? Image Credit: Jim Boyer Photography If you ask the drivers in any series of late model racing what their biggest...

Jun
13
2011

Drake Makes History with Calistoga Speedway Victory

Opening their doors in 1937 Calistoga Speedway is a track full of history promoting open wheeled racing on the fairground’s horse track. This past Saturday night San Luis Obispo’s Steve Drake added his name to Calistoga Speedway’s history book winning the first ever Super Late Model feature event on the big scenic half-mile. The West Coast Shootout Late Model Series joined forces with the DIRTcar Western All-Star Series and All Pro Series to turn what was once talk of Late Models hitting the track into reality. Salinas’ Bobby Hogge IV and Torrance’s Mike Kirby led the field to the green flag for thirty laps of continuous action. Hogge jumped to the point with Kirby, Drake and Clay Daly filling in the top four. Corona’s Tommy Malcolm made a move past Nick Bartels to complete the top but wouldn’t hold the spot for long. Charging forward was Lompoc’s Mike Johnson moving past modified winner Richard Papenhausen...

Jun
9
2011

Bowyer Wins Seventh Annual Prelude to the Dream

The seventh annual Prelude to the Dream Wednesday night was one of the first events of the season at Eldora Speedway that went off without the threat of bad weather. A beautiful day with temperatures in the high nineties set the stage for drivers and fans as the Big E filled up to capacity with more than 20,000 people coming out to see some of NASCAR’s, NHRA’s and IndyCar’s best battle it out on the high banked half mile. When asked about the hype of the event and what it means to them, drivers had very similar things to say. Image Credit: Katie Boyer Photo “It’s just a great opportunity for all of us to get away from the big time of NASCAR and just get back to where we all came from,” said Carl Edwards. “Up until 2001, dirt is all I’d ever raced on. Winning this race before only makes me want to win it again even more.” Image Credit: Katie Boyer Photo “It’s awesome...

Jun
8
2011

KWS Tonight at PitStopUSA this Thursday evening

 

“King of the West Tonight” for this Thursday evening June 9 will feature the KWS crew going off-site to Pit Stop USA in Petaluma, California for a special edition previewing the upcoming 410 sprint car "Western Swing."

Guests for the show will include owner Ed Coughenour, as well as sprint car drivers Alissa Geving of Penngrove and Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley.

Geving is the reigning Golden State 410 Sprints Rookie of the Year and is a two-time Petaluma Speedway track champion. Suggs this season has had a strong start to the campaign and ranks second in the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series standings.

PitStopUSA.com is the "Official Online Motorsports Superstore" for the Golden State King of the West Sprints and is also sponsoring the nightly hard charger award for the series in 2011.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com/webcast at 7pm pst this Thursday night June 9.


Jun
8
2011

Neighbors Threaten Legal Action Against California’s Ocean Speedway

Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California has been in operation since 1957. Since that time the speedway has given race fans a place to see great action and raised a great deal of money for local charities.  Recently the track on the grounds of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has come under fire by a select group of neighbors. This group of about twenty people led by Mr. Max Kelley calls itself the Community Alliance for Fairgrounds Accountability and is seeking to silence racing and other events at the fairgrounds. Kelley’s home where he has lived for over a decade lies only a few hundred yards from the racetrack and he says that he will take legal action against the Speedway if they are unable to cut the noise levels down as he suggests environmental damage is taking place.   image credit: Ocean Speedway Photo Page We all know that a racetrack is loud but that is just part of the experience you get when you see a race. The only...

Jun
8
2011

Video: Mod-Lite Flips 8 Times In Violent Crash At Brewerton Speedway

There’s a reason why Brewerton Speedway in Brewerton, New York has been nicknamed “the D-Shaped Dirt Demon”. The track always produces great racing for the fans, and because of this it is a favorite of fans in the North East. For Mod-Lite driver Josh Prentice, his opinion of the D-Shaped Dirt Demon might have changed a little bit. During the 2nd heat race for the Mod-Lite Division, Prentice was coming to the green flag starting 2nd row outside. Unfortunately, he would become victim to a “racing deal” and flip his mod lite 8 times before it was all over. When Prentice was taking the green, a driver behind him tried to make it three wide coming to the green and the hole closed before the driver could in Josh’s line of vision. Prentice didn’t even have time to step out of the gas before the car entered into the flips. You can hear the announcer say it best “……..Wow.” This is another...

Jun
7
2011

Casey Riggs Scores His 1st Sprint Car Win Ever at Tri-State Speedway

Casey Riggs Celebrates His First Sprint Car Feature Win (Photo Source: Midwest Sprint Car Series The Midwest Sprint Car Series always puts on a good show for the fans and that was certainly the case at Tri-State Speedway over the weekend.  Some of the best non-wing sprint car drivers in the Midwest lined up for the 25-lap feature event with Seth Parker leading them to the green flag.  Parker would look strong early as he led the first 15 laps of the event while the contenders sorted themselves out behind him.  Parker was dealing with some heavy lap traffic when he had problems and nearly spun out in turn two and then more problems in turn four as the car got way sideways on him.  This opened the door for Casey Riggs to grab the lead from Parker who would fade to a fourth place finish.  Riggs would hold off runner-up Brady Short and third place Critter Malone to claim the $3,000 payday. The win for the 22-year-old Riggs...

Jun
6
2011

Video: Lights Go Out During A-Feature At The Belleville High Banks

This past weekend the sprint car fans of Kansas got to feed their addiction when the World of Outlaw Sprint Car series visited the Belleville High Banks of Belleville, Kansas. A support series was on hand also, the United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS). The 19 cars in the A-main were putting on a show for the fans, when all of a sudden the entire track went completely black. We’ve found the video and it is pretty scary. You can watch the video below. The drivers did an absolute amazing job, no drivers made contact and the race was resumed once the track was well lit again. Eventual 2nd place finisher Zach Blurton told the speedway after the race, “When the lights went out, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Blurton said. “I just tried to get it slowed down as fast as I could and kinda go towards the bottom.” Apparently, what happened according to the poster of the video was the town of Belleville experienced...

Jun
3
2011

Brake failure mars top ten run for Geving in Chico; Placerville up next

By Bill Sullivan/ Sullivan Images Media   PENNGROVE, CA (5-21-11 ) –  Penngrove’s Alissa Geving returned to one of her favorite tracks over the Memorial Day weekend as Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California played host to the competitive Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series. The event was round four of the 14 race tour and Geving was well on her way to a top ten finish in the 30-lap feature event until brake failure forced her to retire the Tillet Tool- A1A Performance-Pit Stop USA from the race far too early.             “There’s some things that can go wrong with the car and you are able to continue until the checkered flag fairly well, the loss of brakes in a race like this wasn’t one of them,” said Geving. “The car was great all night, we did ok in qualifying considering the number of entries and being...

Jun
2
2011

Video Highlights Of Johnny Appleseed Classic At Eldora

Sunday night the battle was on at Eldora Speedway as the track hosted it’s annual Johnny Appleseed Classic, with four series ready to battle on the high banked half mile. This video is directly from the Big E, with Dustin Jarrett breaking down the night of racing action. In the ALMS race, Ohio native Matt Miller dominated the event, leading from the green to the checkers. Miller hopes to use that momentum and what he learned from this trip to the Big E to give him an advantage at the Dream next week. Video Courtesy of Big E Broadcasting In the NRA Sprint Invaders feature event, it was Butch Schroeder who took the top spot, again trying to use his Eldora win as a tool to prepare him for July when the series will be back for a doubleheader as they run with the World of Outlaws for the Kings Royal. In the UMP Modified feature, Brian Ruhlman, who pulled double duty with both the late model class and the UMP series, was able to...

Jun
1
2011

Tim Kaeding wins KWS feature at Calistoga Speedway Sunday night

By Gary Thomas Calistoga, CA – May 29, 2011…Current Golden State King of the West Sprint Car point leader Tim Kaeding of San Jose was able to add to his advantage in the series standings on Sunday night, racing to his third victory of the season in the annual Salute to Walt Ross at the famed Calistoga Speedway. Kaeding’s win came during a curfew shortened race, as the 11pm state mandated curfew forced the feature to a conclusion with 13-laps down. An excessive amount of reds and yellows were seen in the main event, which took multiple attempts to get a lap completed at the start.   “We’ve been having a pretty good season and I have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth, ‘Bonzai’ Bruns, Todd Ventura and this whole team,” Kaeding said in victory lane. “We’re fortunate to be standing up here right now, because Kyle Larson was coming fast and I was doing everything I could to hold him back.”   The scheduled...

Jun
1
2011

Memorial Day Weekend Roundup

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series The Dirt Track at Charlotte – May 28 The fans at Charlotte were treated to some great dirt racing action as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series put on a great show for all the fans in town for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.  Rain once again pushed the show back a day but the race ended with Paul McMahan taking his first race win of 2011.  Sammy Swindell started on the pole of the feature and led the first 14 laps of green flag action.  Then after a yellow bunched the field back up it was fast qualifier McMahan who grabbed the top spot after a tough wheel to wheel battle with Swindell.  A few laps later a flat left rear tire sent Swindell pitside and erased his great run.  The top-five on the night were rounded out by Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, Jason Meyers, and Lucas Wolfe. Jason Sides Celebrates His I-96 Outlaws Victory Photo Source: http://www.woosprint.com I-96...

Jun
1
2011

Fuller Ends Winless Streak at Rolling Wheels

The Super DIRTcar series invaded Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, NY to kick off their 2011 season with the third annual DIRTcar All-Star Weekend on Sunday. It was the first race of the season, but it was a night of redemption for one driver who had went the entire 2010 season without a win.  image credit: TimFullerRacingInc.com The track known to the racing community as “The Fast Track” featured a night jam-packed with racing action. The Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds took to the track to put on a show for fans. In addition, the track also hosted two unique events, the Pro Stock/Stock Car Challenge and the Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Safety-Kleen Shootout. The 21a of Peter Britten led the field to the green in the Super DIRTcar Series season opening 60-lap feature event. Britten did not hold onto the lead over the 30-car field for long before Chuck Bower took the...

May
26
2011

The Hell Tour 2011: The Most Grueling Month In Dirt Track Racing

I have to admit, anyone who wants to drive a 800 horsepower dirt late model, has to be a little bit crazy. I mean I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to drive it, but I know I’m crazy.  The drivers that contend in the U.M.P. Summer Nationals have to be borderline psychotic. There’s a reason why the shorter name of the U.M.P. Summer Nationals is “The Hell Tour”. To show you just how crazy the Hell Tour is, let’s first take a look at another popular dirt late model series. image credit: The Hell Tour The World of Outlaw Late Model schedule is considered to be very grueling. And make no bones about it; it is a very tough schedule. 45 races or events over 52 weeks. But let’s break it down further. There are 45 A-mains scheduled from when the season kicks off on February 17th through November 5th at the World Finals. This means they will race 45 A-mains in 261 days. Now let’s...

May
24
2011

Outlaws Kick Off Speed Week with Showdown at the Dirt Track

By Katie Boyer As Speed Week hits the Charlotte, NC area this week, the World of Outlaws will kick off the Coca Cola 600 with the Circle K Nos Energy Outlaw Showdown on Friday night. The Outlaws will be bringing their A game as the series takes on the four-tenths mile clay oval in the heart of Racing City USA. Last year’s winner and past champion of the series Donny Schatz will be among the stars of the series who will be out battling for the win in front of a big crowd of fans gearing up for a weekend jam packed with racing action. Image Credit: Katie Boyer Photo   Second place finisher in last year’s event and current points leader Joey Saldana is another WoO frontrunner who plans on adding another W to the win column, hoping to tie Steve Kinser for the most wins so far this season with four. Drivers from the Kasey Kahne Racing camp and the Tony Stewart Racing group will be featured around the city, participating in Speed...

May
24
2011

Geving powers to her second top three finish of the year at Petaluma

By Bill Sullivan/ Sullivan Images Media PENNGROVE, CA (5-21-11 ) –  Penngrove’s Alissa Geving returned to her home track of Petaluma Speedway Saturday night to continue her quest towards a third championship title in the competitive All Pro Sprint Car Series at the 3/8 mile track on the Sonoma Marin County Fairgrounds. After some trying moments early in the night, Geving rallied to an impressive third place finish in the second point race of the season. “It was a good night for the Chicko Motorsports Team,” said Geving. “ We had some trouble before the night really got started and everybody pitched in to get the car ready in time for qualifying. This new car and the great teamwork we have this season is really making us strong early in the season, I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going.” When Geving refers to trouble before the night began, it was the type of trouble that many drivers would...

May
23
2011

Andy Gregg scores first career Golden State King of the West win

By Gary Thomas Santa Maria, CA – May 21, 2011…Placerville’s Andy Gregg has been trying hard for years to win a traveling 410 sprint car series main event. On two separate occasions in the past he had led until the final lap of a Golden State 410 feature, but each time it ended in disappointment. Having come that close before it made him even hungrier entering the 2011 season full-time with KWS and on Saturday night in Santa Maria, Gregg accomplished that goal by racing to his first ever Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series victory. “It’s awesome to come out here and win our first KWS race tonight and just being up here with guys like Tim Kaeding and Jonathan Allard is an honor,” said an emotional Gregg in victory lane. “I have about a million people to thank for helping me get to this point, but have to definitely give big thanks to Bret Ervin and this whole team.” When the 30-lapper...

May
20
2011

Jack Hewitt Gives Tomas Scheckter Ride of Lifetime in 2 Seat Sprint

  Ken Schrader, Tomas Scheckter, and Jack Hewitt (Photo Source: Ken Schrader Racing) Many dirt racing legends from the past and present gathered at The Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Hoosier Hundred Media Day.  Dirt legends Jack Hewitt and Ken Schrader were joined by Bryan Clauson and Tomas Scheckter to turn some laps in some race cars and speak with the media.  NASCAR and dirt racing veteran Ken Schrader brought his UMP modified to turn some laps around the Indy Mile. After Schrader was finished he gave INDYCAR driver Tomas Scheckter some pointers and let him take his modified out for a few laps around the track. Scheckter then got into the two-seat sprint car with Jack Hewitt behind the wheel and got a ride that he won’t soon forget.  In pure Jack Hewitt style he held nothing back and gave that two-seat sprint all it could handle around the track.  When it was all over Tomas Scheckter posted a series of messages on...

May
17
2011

Shark Attack in Chico; Becker backs recent Civil War point lead with win

By Bill Sullivan /Civil War Series Media Relations     Photo by Stevem Cox {sprintcarphotos.com}   CHICO, CA (5-13-11) - The fire breathing sprint cars of the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series made their first appearance of 2011 Friday night at the famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. The event marked round three of the 14 race series that visits six California tracks and when the final checkered flag flew of the night The Shark, Sean Becker of Antelope had claimed his first victory of the season. "This series has gotten so tough this past year, it's hard to win one of these races," said Becker, a former Silver Dollar Speedway Champion and a two time Civil War Series Champion. "Everyone has stepped it up and is competitive so it's not a deal where anyone can come out here and dominate this deal anymore. Scott Miller and the crew gave me a great track tonight and I can't thank them enough."...

May
17
2011

Tommy Tarlton gets first KWS win of season at Pombo/Sargent Classic

By Gary Thomas Photo by Steven Cox of http://www.sprintcarphotos.com Tommy Tarlton becomes a three-time Pombo/Sargent Classic champ with Golden State King of the West 410 victory at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway Saturday By Gary Thomas Tulare, CA – May 14, 2011…Already a two-time winner of the Pombo/Sargent Classic in his career Easton, California’s Tommy Tarlton added his name to the prestigious list one more time on Saturday night, picking up an entertaining Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series feature event at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. Tarlton was part of a back and forth battle with Sacramento’s Willie Croft early in the main event, before grabbing the lead for good halfway through and then cruising to his eighth career Golden State 410 Series win. It now puts him into a tie with Jason Statler and Bud Kaeding for 11 th on the all-time list. “It has been a long time since I won a 410 race in...

May
17
2011

Geving takes home second top five of the season in Chico Civil War #3

By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports   CHICO, CA (5-13-11 ) –  Two time Petaluma Speedway champion and former Civil War Series Rookie of the Year Alissa Geving of Penngrove, California continued her quest towards the 2011 Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Series Championship last Friday night with stellar run in the third round of 14 race series. The battle field was one of Geving’s favorite tracks on the tour, the famed quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico where she has had several top runs in both 410 cubic inch and 360 cubic inch sprint cars in her racing career. Friday night, Geving added another notch in the successful run at Chico column as she powered her #3x Chicko Motorsports/A.R.T Sprint car to a top five finish among Northern Calfornia’s best 360 drivers. “I love racing at Chico whenever I can and I love being back with the Civil War Series, when I get both of them together it makes for a really good...

May
17
2011

Doug Esh Flips Into the Spectator Bridge at Williams Grove

by Chris McWilliams on May 17, 2011 The Remains of Doug Esh's Sprint Car (Photo Source: World of Outlaws )   There are not many tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule with as much history as Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.  The Outlaws versus Pennsylvania Posse battle at Williams Grove are always some of the best races of the season as drivers put on a great show for the fans.  Last Friday was another great race where Posse driver Daryn Pittman took home the win.  Part of the great history and character of Williams Grove is the big blue pedestrian bridge on the back stretch.  However, the bridge has a low clearance for the winged sprint cars as the fly underneath it. The Damage Sustained by the Williams Grove Bridge (Photo Source: Williams Grove Speedway )   In the Outlaws A-Main on Friday night Steve Kinser made contact with Doug Esh on the backstretch which sent Esh into a wild series of flips ending...

May
17
2011

Bobby Kimbrough: Inversions Are A Three Sided Topic

by Bobby Kimbrough on May 17, 2011 We’ve all been there, a fast car that sets a fast lap or wins a heat race gets moved to the back, or at least several rows behind the pole. This happens routinely in dirt track racing. You don’t usually see inversions in asphalt circle track or road racing. You don’t even see it in the off road stuff. It’s pretty much a dirt track phenomenon. Whether it’s fair to take the fastest qualifier or heat race winner and move them to the back or not is a matter of opinion. You can look at it from three different sides, each with a perspective of what’s good for them. I promise you, the driver doesn’t see things exactly the same way as the promoter or the fans. Sometimes the fans don’t see things the same way as the promoter does. Having said that, let’s examine each one of these groups and how they feel about race inversions. The Driver and Crew Are we punishing drivers by...

May
17
2011

Bubba Raceway Park Opens With Inaugural Mike Peters Open

by Bobby Kimbrough on May 16, 2011 Track owner Bubba Clem checking the track surface. (All photos courtesy of R.E. Wing Photos)    Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem opened the newly renamed Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, with a race that he plans on making an annual event. The Mike Peters Open was named after the previous owner of the track, then named Ocala Speedway, in honor of the innovations Peters brought to the track during his ownership. Peters, a former racer at Ocala Speedway, purchased the track in order to keep the racetrack operating during a difficult time. Wanting to see the racetrack continue as part of the Florida racing scene, Peters made the move to cover the track’s surface with dirt and hold dirt track racing. Peters proved to be a very good promoter with fans filling the stands every race weekend. “I try to stick to the basics, don’t live out of the drivers wallets,  and try my best to keep...

May
17
2011

Brett “The Corporate Jet” Hearn Closes In On Major Milestone

by Bobby Kimbrough  on May 14, 2011 There’s not much that can be said about Big Block Modified racer Brett Hearn that hasn’t been said already, but you can expect that a lot more will be said in the near future when Hearn passes the 800 career wins mark. Hearn’s career record currently stands at 793 wins (as of 5/13/2011) which can change daily with races schedule tonight at Accord and Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Very few get the chance to rewrite history every time they go to the track but Hearn is clearly comfortable redefining what greatness is. In a sport where many racer’s goals are to win just one race, Hearn has accomplished that feat 793 times with 467 wins in Big Block Modifieds, 325 in Small Block Modifieds and 2 wins in Sprint Cars. Looking at the numbers there is no clear favorite condition or track that has helped build this impressive number of victories. Hearn simply wins everywhere, on any track...

May
17
2011

Pittman Wins For Pennsylvania Posse At The Grove

by Katie Boyer on May 14, 2011 As people make their way into the Williams Grove Speedway, they are greeted by hundreds of fans tailgating in the parking lot. But the first thing they notice is the signs, the Posse shirts and the evidence that it is indeed “Posse Nation.” One of the biggest rivalries in dirt track racing is on display as the World of Outlaws, in this case outsiders, come in to challenge the Pennsylvania Posse in their own back yard. There was a lot of momentum going into the night of racing. Saldana had just come off a win last Friday night at Eldora Speedway. Fred Rahmer holds the most wins at the Grove. Drivers like Brian Leppo and Lance Dewease are always front runners at the half mile. Donny Schatz had also experienced some success in his career at the speedway. However, it was a night of surprises for some, but the racing itself was intense! Image Credit: Katie Boyer Photo In hot laps, the fastest drivers of the...

May
13
2011

USAC Joins Indycar For “IndyCar Open Wheel Weekly” On VERSUS

by Katie Boyer on May 13, 2011 Image Credit: POWRi Racing   USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson, will make his Indy Lights debut May 27 in the “Freedom 100″ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, Clauson was also a guest on the new VERSUS show, “IndyCar Open Wheel Weekly,” that was hosted by Kevin Lee with broadcasters Robin Miller and Lindy Thackston, on May 3rd. The show is live at 4pm EST every Tuesday and then rebroadcasts at 11pm EST. The show is produced in an hour-long format, including in-depth coverage of IndyCar open wheel racing activities each week. The USAC series is scheduled to be featured weekly on the new show which will air during the next 30 weeks. Also included will be weekly updates, highlights and driver interviews covering USAC’s Traxxas Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Mopar National Midget series, plus USAC’s Mopar .25 Midget series. The show is presented in a...

May
13
2011

Kahne To Run Roth Motorsports #83 At Lincoln Speedway On Sunday

by Katie Boyer on May 12, 2011

Image Credit: Eutechnyx forums

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne released yesterday via Twitter that he will be piloting the number 83 Roth Motorsports sprint car this Sunday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. Lincoln Speedway which usually races on Saturday Nights, will move the action to Sunday night May 15th. The Sunday event is dubbed The Sprint Car Spectacular Night in conjunction with the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) Benefit race, featuring the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints and Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints.

In addition to Kahne, World of Outlaws young guns, and Pennsylvania natives Cody Darrah and Lucas Wolfe will be in attendance, and 2010 Knoxville Nationals Champion Tim Shaffer will also be competing in the Sprint Car Spectacular. For more information on the race, visit www.lincolnspeedway.com.

http://www.onedirt.com/news/kahne-to-run-roth-motorsports-83-at-lincoln-speedway-on-sunday/


May
12
2011

Monster Energy Sprint Series Adds Four Races After Successful Opener

by Chris McWilliamson May 12, 2011 The Monster Energy Sprint Series had a very successful opening with its first race at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.  Now they are proud to announce that they have added four races to their 2011 schedule.  The series has added dates at Tri-City Speedway, St. Francois County Raceway, Macon Speedway, and a co-sanctioned race with the IRA Sprints at LaSalle Speedway. On Friday, June 17, the series will hit the Tri-City Speedway. The always entertaining 3/8 mile oval in Pontoon Beach, Illinois will play host to a feature paying $2,000 to the winner. The following night completes an exciting weekend, as the best of the Monster Energy series will take on the regulars at the St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, Missouri.  On Saturday, July 30, a “Bullring Weekend” will be underway when the Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois will join the already scheduled event on Sunday, July 31, at Shepp’s Speedway in...

May
12
2011

Outlaws and Posse Set To Battle At The Grove

by Katie Boyer on May 12, 2011 Image Credit: The Pennsylvania Dirt Report   This Friday and Saturday, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway will once again bring one of the longest rivalries in racing history face to face as the World of Outlaws takes on the Pennsylvania Posse. This year’s event will be different than those of the past. Saturday night’s will be topped off with the Morgan Cup Challenge. The challenge is a new race where the competitors are the top-five finishing Pennsylvania Posse racers from last fall’s National Open against the top-five finishing World of Outlaws finishers from that event in a 12-lap dash. The Posse will line up in one row, the Outlaws in the other. The winner of the A-main on Saturday night will determine lane choice. Of course, there’s cash at stake, $11,000 is on the line, but this event is more about the bragging rights and claiming the inaugural sterling silver...

May
12
2011

Breaking News: Chili Bowl Winner Swindell To Fill-in For ill Bayne

by Katie Boyeron May 11, 2011

According to a Twitter posting this afternoon, Trevor Bayne will be replaced this weekend by back-to-back champion of the Chili Bowl Kevin Swindell. Son of World of Outlaws driver Sammy Swindell, Kevin will be in the Roush-Fenway number 16 for this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway.

An announcement is expected by Roush Fenway executives on Wednesday, and the official entry list will be updated once the official announcement has been made. It is speculated that Bayne will be back in action for next weekend’s Nationwide Series race.

Bayne was originally hospitalized on April 10 in Charlotte, N.C., for what was suspected reaction to an insect bite. He has recently gone through numerous tests at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for symptoms that included fatigue, numbness in his arm and double vision. He returned to North Carolina last Thursday. Chris Buescher has been the pilot of Bayne’s car in the last two Nationwide Series races.

Bayne opened the season with a win in the Wood Brothers Racing Sprint Cup Ford in the Daytona 500. He is still scheduled to drive for them in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.


May
12
2011

Chris Wall Grabs $3,000 Win Then Donates Winnings to Tornado Victims

by Chris McWilliams on May 10, 2011 Chris Wall Gives Winnings to the Morris Family and is Joined by Other Drivers who Donated Their Winnings (Photo Source: Cleveland Speedway ) The “Tennessee Spring Fling” late model race at Cleveland Speedway was originally scheduled for April 30 but after a series of tornadoes ravaged the area promoters postponed the race until May 7.  When the dust settled it was “The Intimagator” Chris Wall in victory lane earning a $3,000 payday for his efforts.  Wall then stunned the crowd as he turned around and donated the entire $3,000 that he had just won to a local family who lost everything in one of the tornadoes that hit the Cleveland area.  Before the feature the drivers also passed their helmets around the grandstands for donations to raise a total of $6,800 as fellow drivers Brian Reese, Michael Arp, and Daniel Burnett joined Wall in donating their winnings. At the drop of the green flag...

May
9
2011

Georgia Double-Header: World Of Outlaws Late Model Weekend Recap

by Chris McWilliams  on May 9, 2011 The World of Outlaws Late Model Series was in action for a Georgia double-header this weekend.  On Saturday, May 7 th they were at the Swainsboro Raceway and on Sunday, May 8 th they hit the Needmore Speedway. Rick Eckert Celebrates his Victory at Swainsboro Raceway (Photo Source: World of Outlaws Late Model Series ) Swainsboro Raceway On Saturday night it was Rick Eckert who won in dominating fashion as he led from start to finish picking up the win in the “Pine Tree 50” at Swainsboro Raceway a month after a tornado rolled through the area and caused some significant damage to the track.  The veteran from York, Pa, Eckert had to miss his daughter’s college graduation ceremony on Saturday but was able to give her a memorable present.  The $10,775 win was the first of the year for Eckert behind the wheel of his #24 Team Zero by Bloomquist late...

May
9
2011

Saldana Gets Redemption From September Crash: Wins At Eldora

by Katie Boyer on May 6, 2011 Image Credit: Katie Boyer After a crash at Eldora in the series’ last visit to the high banks in 2010, Joey Saldana came in to Friday night’s Outlaw Thunder event with a vengeance. The crash in turn three last season sent Saldana to the hospital, giving him a concussion and keeping him from competing in the following night’s event. The sit out took Saldana out of championship contention, finishing the season with  a fourth place finish when the championship was just within reach.   But that wasn’t the case Friday night at Eldora Speedway. In hot laps, the top five runners were the 63 of Chad Kemenah, the 11 of Steve Kinser, the 83 of Paul McMahan, the 15H of Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the 14 of Jason Meyers. In time trials, Kemenah set the pace once again, laying down a lap of 13.138. Saldana was second fast with a lap of 13.307. The remaining top five qualifiers were Jason Meyers with a...

May
9
2011

Dove's can fly with broken wings; Geving scores feature win in Petaluma opener

  By Bill Sullivan/ Sullivan Images Media Photo by Ken Stanfel PENNGROVE, CA (5-7-11 ) –  Two- time Petaluma Speedway champion Alissa Geving of Penngrove, California returned to the title bearing track she calls home Saturday night in spectacular fashion. Despite a close call in the opening laps of the race, Geving returned to her winning ways aboard her Tillett Tool, Pit Stop USA, Matt Cordeiro Enterprises  #3x sprint car. “It’s always great to come back to this place where my Dad and my Grandfather raced successfully,” said 19-year-old Geving. “It’s even better when we are able to come back and get a win, especially this early in the year. I really want to thank all my sponsors and my crew for all their hard work. They put together this brand new A.R.T sprint car and I love it. This was a real team effort tonight.” In qualifying, Geving scored the fastest lap of the night with a 12:912 on the...

May
5
2011

Double Header This Weekend For World Of Outlaws Late Model Series

by Stephanie Odom  on May 5, 2011   The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will take on Georgia’s Swainsboro Raceway and Needmore Speedway for a double header beginning this Friday. Originally the series was going to invade Fayetteville Motor Speedway in North Carolina on May 6th. Unfortunately World of Outlaws Officials had to cancel the event leaving Sainsboro on the May 7th and Needmore on May 8th. “We were looking forward to racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway for the fourth year in a row but unfortunately have had to remove the event from our schedule,” stated WoO LMS director Tim Christman . “I have tried to reach Larry Norris for the last two weeks to talk about the event but haven’t received a response. As a result, with the date approaching and so much uncertainty about the status of the event still running through the local racing community, we felt it was in the best interests of the race teams and...

May
5
2011

Carson McCarl Becomes Youngest Sprint Car Winner Ever at Knoxville

by Chris McWilliams  on May 5, 2011 Carson McCarl Celebrates his Win at Knoxville (Photo Source: CarsonMcCarl.com ) Carson McCarl made his father Terry McCarl very proud on Saturday night when he made history by becoming the youngest driver to win a sprint car feature at Knoxville Raceway at just 16 years old.  The young gun from Altoona, Iowa picked up the win in the 305 feature at Knoxville in his first ever race there which is an impressive feat in itself.  Before the race there had been some very bold predictions made as Friday’s practice night at Knoxville approached. Carson said, “I had been saying I was going to win.  Really, I was just saying it as a joke. I never thought it was going to happen. In fact, Steve (Fitzpatrick) laughed in my face one day last week in the shop when I said it.”  Carson’s dad Terry has had a great deal of success at Knoxville and Carson had some good help on his side. ...

May
5
2011

Outlaws Set To Invade The Big E This Weekend

by Katie Boyer on May 5, 2011 Steve Kinser looks to add another win to his impressive 35 victories at Eldora. (Photo Source: Paul Arch Photo ) As the World of Outlaws teams set their sites on the famed Eldora Speedway, some drivers come in hotter than ever. Craig Dollansky is coming off a win just this past Tuesday night at Salina Highbanks Speedway, while Sammy Swindell took the win last Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Oklahoma. However, the Big E holds a special place in the hearts of drivers like Steve Kinser, who leads the ranks of the all-time WoO win list at Eldora, winning 35 times at the half-mile in a 34 year racing career. Not only does Kinser hold the most wins, he also holds the most recent, coveted sprint car event win, the 2010 Kings Royal. Swindell is also up there in the rankings, with 18 wins in his career, with the last one coming in 2006. But no one comes in with more to prove then Kasey Kahne Racing driver Joey Saldana,...

May
4
2011

Stephen Allard overtakes Tiner to steal big Civil War win at Placerville

Photo by Donna Peter PLACERVILLE, CA (4-30-11) - The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season began to live up to its name Saturday night at Placerville Speedway in a very big way. Last night brought the biggest race of the season to the 46 year old quarter mile dirt track and along with it came its largest crowd, one which was standing room only early into the night. When the checkered flag waved, veteran driver Stephen Allard of Chico took home a hard earned $2000 victory Saturday night in a race that kept the fans back and forth from being on the edge of their seats or on their feet from start to finish. Allard was aboard the #77f Sprint Car fielded by Finely Farms for Saturday's event. He shared the glory in victory lane with Mason Myers of Browns Valley, winner of the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Division. "I can't thank this team enough for giving me the opportunity to drive for them," said Allard. "We're not really sure what the future plans are...

May
4
2011

Heat win and 13th place finish at Placerville keep Geving Civil War strong

Former series Rookie of the Year and 2-time Petaluma champ enjoying fulltime return to series   By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports PENNGROVE, CA (4-9 -11 ) –  Two time Petaluma Speedway champion and former Civil War Series Rookie of the Year Alissa Geving of Penngrove, California returned to battle in the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Race Series last Saturday night at one of the tour’s toughest tracks to tame, the fast and furious bullring at Placerville Speedway. Saturday’s event marked the second round of the traveling Civil War Sprint Car Series that competes in a total of 14 events between the months of March and October for over $250,000 and a championship title worth $10,000 alone this year. With two events in the history book, Geving is already among the top five contenders in the chase for the coveted series championship. “It’s great to be back with the Civil War Series, I love racing with this group...

May
4
2011

Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Presented By K&N set for Rock’N Roll 50

by Stephanie Odom  on May 4, 2011 Tim Crawley has gone undefeated when it comes to the Rock 'N Roll 50 and will look to break through for his first win of the seasont his weekend. (Photo Source: AMCPlumbing.com) The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by K&N Filters will take the track this weekend for the Third Annual Rock ‘N Roll 50 at Riverside Speedway’s ¼-mile clay oval. It will be the only stop at the West Memphis, Arkansas track this season as well as the only fifty-lap feature event on the schedule. The previous two Rock ‘N Roll 50 races are the only two in the history of ASCS Racing (614 races) that have gone the distance of fifty laps. With those two races came the same winner, Tim Crawley. Crawley will be one of numerous fierce competitors that will take the track. Four out of forty-two series victories have come at Riverside Speedway for Crawley. He’ll be looking to carry momentum from his season high...

May
4
2011

Breaking News: Jerry Coons Jr. Replaced at Hoffman Auto Racing

by Chris McWilliams on May 3, 2011

The Famous Hoffman Auto Racing #69 With Jerry Coons Jr. Behind the Wheel (Image Credit: R.E. Wing)

 

The Hoffman Auto Racing team has announced that Daron Clayton will be the new driver of the Hoffman Mean Green MOPAR Machine effective immediately at the USAC National Sprint Car event at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana on May 7, 2011.  This means that their current driver Jerry Coons Jr. is out of a ride for the time being.  Coons had won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship with the Hoffman team in 2008 and picked up 13 USAC National wins for the team.  “The Modern Day Cowboy” Daron Clayton comes into the Hoffman ride with an impressive resume of his own.  Clayton has claimed several USAC National Sprint Car wins and recently spent a year with the All-Star Circuit of Champions winning the 2009 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Award.

http://www.onedirt.com/news/breaking-news-jerry-coons-jr-replaced-at-hoffman-auto-racing/


May
4
2011

Smith Back In Victory Lane After Breaking Back Less Than A Year Ago

by Katie Boyer on May 3, 2011 Image Credit: Rasmithphoto Danny Smith came into Saturday night’s event at KC Raceway in Chillicothe, OH with a win under his belt from Attica on Friday night. But it was a bittersweet return for Smith, an Indiana native who now resides in Chillicothe, after missing the biggest part of last season due to a back injury he sustained racing at Attica last June. It was a welcome home like no other at KC the following night. After a tenth place qualifying run out of a 30-car field, Smith dominated heat one, clenching the win. The feature went much the same. Smith started outside the fifth row, making his way quickly toward the front of the field. Rob Chaney was leading the field, quickly setting the pace and checking out. However, a caution mid-race brought the field back nose to tail for a 15 lap shoot-out to the finish. Within only a handful of laps after the restart, Smith took his #4 machine and made his move under Chaney in...

May
4
2011

Josh Hodges Picks Up First Career Win, And Maintains 4.0 GPA To Race

by John Gibson   on May 3, 2011 High school is always tough for teenagers. Never mind the fact that if you love to race, things get a little more complicated. Racing usually takes young drivers away from their school work. But for Josh Hodges of New Mexico, he has a set of parents that won’t allow that to happen. Josh’s family understands how important a good education is for their son and have given him the permission to drive as long as he maintains a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. Before you make any judgments, he’s maintained it! “I get all my schoolwork done before I go work on the car, and I have to talk with my teachers often to get work for when I’m gone on Fridays and some Thursdays for racing. When you put all this work into it, though, and you do have a good run, it makes it that much sweeter,” Hodges said. “I think it is important to get a good education so I will be able to race in the...

May
4
2011

Bobby Hogge IV Claims West Coast Shootout Late Model Victory

by Stephanie Odom on May 2, 2011 Photo by Steve Curtis of RaceImages.net Bobby Hogge IV celebrated his Saturday night in Bakersfield Speedway’s Victory Lane after a pass by San Luis Obispo’s Steve Drake for the West Coast Shootout Late Model season opener in California. Eighteen cars started the feature event with Torrance’s Mike Kirby and Steve Drake leading the field to green. Kirby jumped to the front when the green flag dropped with Drake filing into second place. Corona’s Tommy Malcolm moved into fifth place after starting eleventh on the first lap. Approaching lapped traffic on the sixth lap the battles throughout the field were heated. Lompoc’s Mike Johnson raced door to door with Bakersfield’s Rob Sanders for third place while Watsonville’s Clay Daly challenged Malcolm for fifth place. Cody Barnett brought out the first caution of the night on lap twelve after losing control and spinning out on the front...

May
2
2011

Sammy Swindell Rolls to WoO Victory at Tri-State Speedway

by Chris McWilliams on May 1, 2011 Sammy Swindell Celebrates his Win (Image Credit: Mark Funderburk) Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky have dominated the last six World of Outlaws races at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN as they have each picked up three victories at the 1/4 bullring.  On Saturday night Sammy Swindell ended their streak and put his Big Game Treestands #1 sprinter into victory lane.  From the drop of the green Joey Saldana jumped to the lead and pulled away.  A great battle between Sammy Swindell and Paul McMahan raged on for the second spot as they each swapped the spot back and forth.  Jason Sides brought out the red flag early when he flipped violently at the end of the front stretch but he emerged from the wreckage okay. The field was reset for a double-file restart and Saldana chose the outside line with Swindell lining up to the inside. Saldana charged out front. By Lap 15 he was in heavy traffic with Swindell...

May
2
2011

Willie Croft scores big victory with KWS at Marysville Raceway Park

By Gary Thomas Photo courtesy Steven Cox of http://www.sprintcarphotos.com Marysville, CA – April 30, 2011…After opening the night with a bang on Saturday at the Marysville Raceway Park Willie Croft ended the evening in that same fashion, making a pass of Jonathan Allard early in the feature and then cruising to his first Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series victory of 2011. Previously in his career Croft had picked up Golden State 410 wins at Chico’s Mini Gold Cup in 2004 and at the American Valley Speedway in Quincy during the ’07 year. On Saturday the Sacramento gasser also set a new track record in qualifying at Marysville Raceway Park aboard his Holey Smokes BBQ, AIC Powder Coating, MRO Inc. No. 29 mount. “Wow it’s just great to come here and put this car in victory lane at Marysville tonight,” Croft commented. “We’ve always ran pretty good here and I have to thank everyone that helps...

Apr
28
2011

King of Motocross Racing This Saturday Night At Ventura Raceway

by Stephanie Odom  on April 28, 2011 (Photo Source: AlpineStarsInc.com) Ventura Raceway plays host to Cory Kruseman’s driving school that had a student last season that drew quite a bit of attention. Metal Mulisha star Brian Deegan ventured into the dirt track scene piloting a 360 sprint car and midget around the “Best Little Dirt Track in America” in a practice session before entering the Chili Bowl. Deegan getting a few pointers at his practice session at Ventura Raceway last season. (Phot source: Cory Kruseman)    This weekend Ventura Raceway fans will get to see Deegan in action in a Kruseman Racing VRA Midget entry. Deegan was the first rider to successfully do a 360 backflip in competition, the “Mulisha Twist,” as he calls it. He has won three gold and seven bronze medals in X-Games competition. His professional career began in 1997 at the LA Coliseum. In 2009 he entered the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series...

Apr
28
2011

Eldora Speedway Founder, Earl Baltes, Celebrates 90th Birthday

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 27, 2011 Earl Baltes. “If I sell one more hotdog I might break even” - Earl Baltes. What can be said about Earl Baltes that hasn’t been said in the past 90 years? Born April 27, 1921, Baltes had the ability to re-invent himself and work in some self promotion to become a master at the art of promoting races. Working as a local bandleader at the end of the ballroom dance era, Baltes switched hats and became a race promoter with no previous racing experience to his credit. Seemingly taking notes from another promoting expert, Bill Veeck, who once owned the Ohio based Cleveland Indians baseball team and was known for his outlandish promotions, Baltes tried his own wild promotional deals. Building Eldora Speedway in 1943, Baltes claimed that he had “stumbled onto a race at New Bremen Speedway and was impressed by the big, enthusiastic crowd.” He decided to build his own track. Earl was no...

Apr
28
2011

West Coast Late Models Invade Bakersfield this Saturday Night!

by Stephanie Odom on April 27, 2011 Watsonville's Clay Daly at USA Racweay in February. (Photo by Steve Curtis of RaceImages.Net) The West Coast Shootout Late Model Series is set to return to action this Saturday night, April 30th, at Bakersfield Speedway. Also on the scorecard will be Mini Stocks, California Lightning Sprints and the Youth Racing Series. The West Coast Shootout opened their season in February at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway for the Copper on Dirt battling against the competitive Total Seal Late Model Series. California was represented well bringing home five out of six podium finishes during the two nights of racing. “I am excited that the series will begin here in California,” stated series promoter Chris Kearns,”The talent that runs within the West Coast Shootout produced great racing in Arizona against a tough field, I expect the same here.” Bakersfield Speedway and the West Coast Shootout have come...

Apr
26
2011

AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series Ready For IN Tripleheader

by John Gibson  on April 26, 2011 After being rained out last weekend the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series is ready for a return to the historic speedway’s in Indiana this coming weekend. Indiana sprint car fans will be treated to some of the best open wheel racing in the country when the national tour invades three great speedways over this weekend. image credit kokomospeedway.net The action will kick off on Friday, April 29th at Gas City Speedway in Gas City, Indiana. The tour will then make the drive to Lawrenceburg speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana for its event on Saturday April 30th. The series will close out its Indiana weekend on Sunday May 1st with a event at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana. The racing action will play a huge impact on the early points battle as Damion Gardner currently only leads Levi Jones by 21 points in the hunt for the 2011 championship. Fans should expect some great racing as these three tracks held...

Apr
26
2011

Tim Kaeding blazes to 50th career Golden State 410 victory with King of the West Sprints on Saturday night at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas Photo from Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA – April 23, 2011…Milestone victories only come around every so often and on Saturday night San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding accomplished a special one at the Ocean Speedway with the Golden State King of the West Sprints. The man simply known as “TK” made an early pass of father Brent Kaeding and then held off a fast-moving and hard-charging Justin Sanders to score his 50 th career Golden State 410 Series win. The 32-year-old wheel-man becomes just the second driver to reach that mark in series history. “It’s an awesome feeling to get that 50 th win and I can’t say enough about Dennis & Teresa Roth and my whole team, because Bonzai and the guys gave me an awesome car,” said Kaeding. “That was some great racing right there and Justin Sanders did a heck of a job to finish second so I want to congratulate him as well.” Tim...

Apr
26
2011

Placerville hosts Civil War and Wingless Sprint thriller Saturday

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 25, 2011 MEDIA CONTACT: bsullivan@handyracingpromotions.com         WEBSITE:www.placervillespeedway.com / www.civilwarsprints.com   Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions PLACERVILLE, CA -   It's undoubtedly one of the most thrilling racing campaigns in the region and it is finally set to put the fans on the edge of their seats at Northern California's most exciting dirt track. War has been declared in El Dorado County and the battle field is the quarter-mile bullring known as Placerville Speedway this Saturday, April 30 th . The 2011 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing season resumes with a long awaited visit by the  Hoosier Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series. When it comes to speed thrills in the sport of sprint car racing locally, the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Series will never let an open wheel race fan down...

Apr
25
2011

CBS Sports To Cover Dirt Late Model Racing From The Dart Show Me 100

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 25, 2011 2010 Show-Me 100 Winner Ray Cook (Image Credit: Thomas Hendrickson) Last year history was made when the Dart Show Me 100 moved from West Plains Motor Speedway to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. The Show Me 100 has long been one of the Late Model series prized events, and the list of winners is a who’s who of dirt late model racing. With a list that includes five time winner Scott Bloomquist, defending champion and two time winner Ray Cook, Three time champion Wendell Wallace and winner of the first two Show Me events, Billy Moyer, it is little wonder that CBS TV selected to show this race on tape delay. The 19th annual Dart Show Me 100 will be held over May 27th-28th, 2011. CBS has picked up the rights to air the tape delayed broadcast on Sunday, June 19, 2011. The broadcast schedule for CBS Sports lists only one dirt circle track race this season, with the Show Me 100 being the single event. The...

Apr
21
2011

Skagit Speedway’s 57th Season Opener This Weekend

by John Gibson on April 21, 2011 Racefans in Washington have been ready for the 2011 season to kick off all winter. The 57th season for Skagit Speedway will be kicking off this week for dirt track fans in or near Alger, Washington. Even this week the track reported that Monday morning they saw snow on the track, and snowflakes falling that were the size of silver dollars. But the weather looks great for this coming weekend. “I will be ready for some dry warm weather as soon as it gets here” said promoter Steve Beitler, “Every so often we get a late and cold spring, this year is our year. But the forecast looks pretty good for the next few weeks. I know The whole team up here is ready to hear the roar of the engines. Several new teams are ready to go so I am excited to get things started!” The season opener will feature numerous divisions for fans. Headlined by the Outlaw 410 Sprint’s, fans will have a lot to look forward to....

Apr
19
2011

Thorn Wins SRL Roseville Event

Bakersfield, CA – Derek Thorn won Saturday night’s SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series WORLD’S CHAMPION HAND CLEANER 140 at All-American Speedway in Roseville.  “It was one of the best turning cars I have ever driven,” Thorn said after the race.  “Junior (Joiner) lost his Grandmother last week, so we were racing in her honor, so it was really cool to get the win tonight.  I have to thank my sponsors SP Crankshaft, Sigma Engineering and Joiner Motorsports.” The afternoon began with Jacob Gomes setting the best lap in qualifying with a time of 13.26 seconds.  Following qualifying, Gomes drew a seven for the invert which set the field for the WORLD’S CHAMPION HAND CLEANER 140 presented by AmeriPride Uniform Services. Starting inside row two for the 140-lap event, Thorn followed early leader Zane Lovelace, until moving by for the lead on lap 13 and never looked back as his competitors battled hard for the...

Apr
19
2011

Tim Kaeding Wins King of the West at the Thunderbowl

by Stephanie Odom on April 19, 2011 Tim Kaeding in victory lane at the Thunderbowl with car owner Dennis Roth. (Photo by Paul Trevino Racing Photos)    Tim Kaeding has an impressive resume when taking the high banked track at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The San Jose native made an early pass by Tommy Tarlton for the lead and held off last week’s winner Jonathan Allard winning the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial this past Saturday night. Kaeding is a favorite for this years King of the West Championship aboard his Roth Motorsports, HR Cattle No. 83. The win was his 49th in series competition. “I just love racing at this place and it was fun there for a while racing with Tommy and then Jonathan came out nowhere too,” stated “TK”. “We’re racing back home this year with the King of the West Series and I have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth for giving me the opportunity and my whole team for...

Apr
19
2011

Historic Night: Crocker Wins at Carolina, Females Take Top 2 Spots

by John Gibson on April 18, 2011 You would think after a certain point that we would stop being impressed by Erin Crocker. She has proven time and time again that she can get the job done in a Sprint Car. She added to her resume this past weekend by winning the United Sprint Car Series event at Carolina Speedway. She would take the lead with under ten to go from another female driver Morgan Turpen who would eventually finish second. It would mark the first time that a woman would ever win a USCS event. Details are still coming in about what happened after the checkered flag though. Erin would take the checkered flag and then would run into a lapped car and would flip outside of the track. This is why her car is not featured in the winner’s circle photos. But what could be a interesting story is who she was passing. Erin's winning ride from Carolina Speedway. Image Credit: Erin Crocker's twitter page Let me explain, last week we published a news...

Apr
15
2011

Bubba The Love Sponge Buys Ocala Speedway

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 15, 2011 Todd "Bubba the Love Sponge" Clem. (Photo from orbitcast.com) Longtime dirt track racing fanatic and driver, Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem, and a group of investors closed a deal on the purchase of “Florida’s oldest track.” Ocala Speedway opened in 1952 as a clay/dirt oval and ran for 45 as a dirt track venue. The track was converted to asphalt for a brief 10 year period before it was returned to the clay surface in 2008. USAC, World of Outlaws, ASCS and UDLMS are a few of the sanctioning bodies that routinely make stops at the track annually. After the Monster truck show scheduled for this weekend, the track will shut down for some minor changes and relaunch with a grand opening. The first race will be a $5,000 to win late model race named for the shock jock’s following; The First Annual Bubba Army Open. “I obviously bought this place as an investment, but also want to give...

Apr
15
2011

Former VMS Track Champ Austin Hubbard Ready for “Commonwealth 100″

by Chris McWilliams on April 15, 2011   Austin Hubbard Hard on the Gas (Image Credit: thesportswire.net) Austin Hubbard is preparing for what will be a homecoming of sorts this weekend, April 15-16, as he prepares to take his best shot at conquering the 2nd Annual NAPA of King William Commonwealth 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway.  Austin, who was the 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Rookie of the Year, spent many of the early years of his young career competing on the 1/2 mile oval at Virginia Motor Speedway, he is a former track champion, and multi-time feature winner. Given his history at the track, it’s obviously a sentimental favorite for him, so it’s no secret that he would like nothing more than to claim the biggest win of his career at the facility in the upcoming weekend’s 2nd Annual NAPA of King William Commonwealth 100. In addition to chasing the big win, Hubbard will be looking to reclaim the points lead in the World of...

Apr
15
2011

What to Watch This Weekend: April 15-17

by Chris McWilliams on April 14, 2011 It’s always a tough decision on where to watch a race on any given weekend. Our great country is so saturated with dirt tracks that you can basically show up at any one of them and be guaranteed a great race. This coming weekend has some big events across the country as well. The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series has two Midwest races on tap and World of Outlaws Late Model Series has the “Commonwealth 100” at Virginia Motor Speedway.  The USAC Sprint Cars have an Indiana triple-header this weekend that should prove to be very exciting as well. Weather looks like it could possibly be an issue on the east coast as a storm front is expected to drop rain throughout the east coast. The One to Watch :  If I could attend only one event this weekend (not to mention had the gas money and time) it would be the World of Outlaws Late Model Series “Commonwealth 100” at Virginia Motor Speedway. ...

Apr
15
2011

Ray Evernham And Erin Crocker To Race USCS Doubleheader This Weekend

by John Gibson on April 14, 2011 This coming weekend April15-16 is a double header for the United Sprint Car Series . The action will kick off April 15th at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia N.C. and then continue the following day at Traveler’s Rest Speedway near Greenville, SC. We have just learned that Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker will be competing at both events this weekend. The team was on hand last weekend according to Carolina Speedway testing both sprinters to get ready for the event on Friday night. You might remember a few years back that Erin Crocker became the first and still the only woman ever to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-main event. She bested the World of Outlaws regulars in 2004, when she won at Thunderbowl Raceway. There’s no denying the competition she outran on that day, the top 5 were: Crocker, Paul McMahan, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Kinser, Brian Paulus, and Donny Schatz would come home 6th. There’s no denying...

Apr
13
2011

Geving rounds up a top five finish in Hoosier Tires Civil War at Petaluma

Two time Petaluma Speedway champion urges fans to join with her in the upcoming MS Walk   By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports PENNGROVE, CA (4-9 -11 ) –  Two time Petaluma Speedway champion and former Civil War Series Rookie of the Year Alissa Geving of Penngrove, California began her quest for the 2011 Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Series Championship this past weekend at the track she calls home,  Petaluma Speedway.  When the final checkered flag  flew on the grand opening of the competitive series, Geving capped her first race of the series with a top five finish and a strong start to the 14 race series that competes at six different tracks. "It was great to come back and race at home again with the Civil War Series," said Geving, driver of the Chicko Motorsports #3x sprint car that carries the support of Tillett Tool, Pit Stop USA and Matt Cordeiro Enterprises. "I've always loved racing with this series and we worked...

Apr
13
2011

Austin Rettig Scores Emotional First Win at Riverside Speedway

by Chris McWilliams on April 13, 2011 Austin Rettig Celebrates His First Win With His Father Alan (Image Credit: Woody Hampton) The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series saw a first time winner for the second night in a row on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas.  The young gun, 16 year-old, Austin Rettig of Sikeston, Missouri just edged Billy Moyer Jr. by 0.040 seconds to grab an emotional $2,000 win.  This victory was made special to Rettig as it came exactly seven years to the day after he lost his older brother, Nathan Rettig, who was only 13 years old to a tragic four wheeler accident.  So, he raced with a heavy heart on Saturday with his brother at his side as he narrowly won his first Super Late Model win.  In victory lane Rettig remembered his brother, “I just know that Nathan was just there with me the whole way, and this win is for him.  Dad told me yesterday that I was going to win on Saturday...

Apr
13
2011

How To Maximize “Street Tire” Grip on Dirt

  No matter what type of racing you are involved in, tires play a huge role in the overall handling of the car. The tread of the tire is the only part of the car that touches the track. Tires act as part of the suspension and absorb many irregularities that the typical dirt track has to offer. They are relied upon to keep the car traveling in the direction it is pointed and are the only means to transfer power to the track. Anyone who finds victory lane has understood how important it is to maximize the amount of grip they get from their tires. A lot of assumptions are made about tires, but are they really true? At the beginning of the 2010 season I was in search of a new “race” tire. The tire I had been using was discontinued in 2009 and I needed a replacement. My friends at Rubidoux Tire made a recommendation and after a little research I decided it was a good choice. I have been using the MasterCraft Avenger GT ever since and I am satisfied...

Apr
13
2011

Forsberg wrangles first Civil War victory over the Petaluma Posse

Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions Inc.   Photo by Steve La Mothe   PETALUMA, CA (4-9-11) - The long awaited opener for the traveling Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series became reality in California's North Bay Saturday night. It was the Petaluma Posse up against the Winged Warriors of the Civil War brigade and when the dust settled on the battle field it was veteran solider Andy Forsberg of Auburn who emerged as the victor at the lighting fast Petaluma Speedway. Even in tough economic times, the Civil War Series proved it is still very much alive and well as 37 cars packed the pit area of Jim Soares' 3.8 mile oval on the Sonoma Marin County Fairgrounds nestled within the California wine country and the scenic Northern California coast. Despite a weekend offering numerous forms of entertainment in then area, it was a successful night for the facility in its 50th year of operation and the traveling series alike. In...

Apr
12
2011

Big Block Modifieds Race For Big Paydays In DIRTcar NorthEast Series

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 12, 2011 Racers in Super DIRTcar Series will be rewarded with big purses for the season point fund in the four DIRTcar Northeast Region Touring Series with the Mr. DIRTcar weekly racing program also receiving a boost in prize fund for the season as well. The high profile Big Block Super DIRTcar series competes for the heftiest purses with the season Champion earning $35K in cash with $3K in fuel rewards from VP Racing Fuel as a kicker.  In order to be eligible for the season awards, drivers must compete in 75% of the events at DIRTcar sanctioned facilities to obtain the minimum bonus points to qualify. The DIRTcar 358 Modified Series drivers will be competing for $10K while the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be racing for $3,500. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Champion will take home $2K. For more information concerning DIRTcar huge point fund for the 2011 season, see the official press release below. DIRTcar...

Apr
12
2011

Jonathan Allard kicks off King of the West season in victory lane

Back and forth Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series opener goes to Jonathan Allard at Antioch Speedway on Saturday By Gary Thomas   Photo by http://www.mmracingphotos.com Antioch, CA – April 9, 2011…There was no shortage of excitement during Saturday’s season opener for the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series and when all was said and done it was Chico’s Jonathan Allard standing in victory lane at the Antioch Speedway. A huge crowd was on hand to witness the inaugural King of the West Series event and they also saw a bit more history, as the triumph marked Allard’s 25 th career Golden State 410 win, making him the fourth driver to reach that mark. “It’s great to come out here and win the first King of the West race tonight and I just can’t thank my guys enough,” said Allard, who joins Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding & Steve Kent as drivers who have won at least 25 races with...

Apr
11
2011

Lernerville Speedway’s 4th Try For Opening Night This Friday

by John Gibson on April 11, 2011

Has there been any track out there that has been more affected by the weather then Lernerville Speedway in 2011? For three consecutive weekends fans have been disappointed as mother nature has forced the cancellation of each “opening night” race. Originally scheduled for March 25th, three straight weekend storms have pushed back the opening night racing to it’s fourth attempt on April 15th. But look at it this way, after all the taxes are filed you have something to look forward to!

image credit: JNJ photos

Based on their track record of weather in 2011, I shouldn’t even publish this story until the green flag drops on April 15th. But I am hopeful that the weather will cooperate this time for the Lernerville Speedway fans. But as always make sure you check out the weather before heading to the track this weekend, as rain is in the forecast for this weekend.

For more information on Lernerville speedway visit their home on the web at Lernerville.com

 http://www.onedirt.com/news/lernerville-speedways-4th-try-for-opening-night-this-friday/


Apr
11
2011

Bloomquist Dominates Indiana Icebreaker For $10,000 Payday

by John Gibson on April 10, 2011 image credit KRCracing.com    The early season success of Scott Bloomquist continued Saturday night with a dominating performance at the Indiana Icebreaker. Scott Bloomquist would capture the lead from Scott Francis on lap 8 in front of the packed crowd at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana and would lead the remainder of the 42 laps capturing his second straight win the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series . It would be Bloomquist’s third win of 2011 in the series. “The car was superb out there tonight, you could run anywhere. We went with the Chevrolet powered Roush-Yates engine tonight and it didn’t miss a beat, and this was a brand new car. We’ve always enjoyed coming up here to race, and with all the rain they had I didn’t know how it would turn out, but it was racy all night. We had a good race there with Francis for a while, and I was hoping there wouldn’t be any cautions...

Apr
11
2011

Legendary Modified Driver Rex Merritt Shares His Driving Secrets

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 8, 2011 Dirt Modifieds are one of the most popular classes in weekly dirt track racing series, largely due to the relatively low expense. Many drivers move into this class after a season or two in the bomber stock classes as a stepping stone to dirt late models or sprint cars. Other racers either move into or begin their racing career in dirt modifieds with no intention of racing in another class for the rest of their career. What attracts most of these weekly racers to the dirt modified classes is not only the affordability but the fact that these cars generate more power than the tires can handle. A driver must master car control in order to do well in dirt modified racing. One of the most prolific dirt modified racers, Rex Merritt, has spent over 30 years in racing, many of them in dirt modifieds. Merritt was instrumental in helping develop several of the dirt modified chassis manufactured by Dirt Works Race Cars over the years. With...

Apr
8
2011

Geving comes home 14th in World of Outlaws feature at Calistoga

By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports PENNGROVE, CA (4-2-11 ) –  Two time Petaluma Speedway champion Alissa Geving of Penngrove, California began her 2011 racing season with a pair of events this past weekend spanning the North State to the scenic Napa Wine Country.  With the 360 cubic inch sprint car season still on hold due to the recent rains, Geving took to the track for two different events featuring 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars.             On Friday night, Geving returned to one of her favorite area tracks when she took to the track aboard her Tilllet Tool, Pit Stop USA, Matt Cordiero Enterprises #3x sprint car at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. The event was a last minute decision by the team following the cancellation of the Petaluma Speedway opener that was due to take place the same night.             "We were ready to...

Apr
8
2011

Joe Helberg kicks off the 2011 Season with Pit Stop USA

April 8, 2011 - Petaluma, CA.

Joe Helberg in the Pit Stop USA, ADTS sponsored Beast

Joe Helberg in the Pit Stop USA, ADTS, Allstar Performance sponsored Beast testing at Indiana's Salem Speedway.

Joe Helberg kicked off the 2011 season last weekend in Anderson, Indiana and will be running a full schedule of the Must See Extreme Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Sprint Car Series.  Joe was the 2007 California Asphalt Sprint Car Association Champion, 2008 USAC Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Champion, 2007 USAC Sprint Car Most Improved Driver, 2008 USAC Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Champion, 2009 Payless Little 500 Rockie Of The Year, and 2010 USAC National Asphalt Sprint Car Rookie Of The Year. Joe will pilot the Pit Stop USA, ADTS, Allstar Performance sponsored Beast number 7 Sprint Car throughout the 2011 season.


Apr
8
2011

King of the West Invades Antioch for Season Opener Saturday Night

by Stephanie Odom on April 8, 2011 Tim Kaeding piloting his Roth Motorsports No. 83JR earlier this season. (Photo by RaceImages.net) This weekend the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series will open up their much anticipated season at Antioch Speedway. The series underwent a lot of changes during the off season with Dan Simpson taking over. Race format, purse structure and contingency awards are just a few of the many upgrades. Some of California’s biggest names will be in competition on the one-third mile clay oval including 2010 King of California Champion Kyle Larson. The Elk Grove native will make scattered appearances with the rejuvenated series after landing a ride with Columbus, Indiana based Keith Kunz Motorsports piloting the Toyota Racing Development Mopar USAC National Midget.   Jonathan "JA" Allard will be looking to be crowned the King of California in 2011. (Photo source: ascsracing.com) While the eighteen year old...

Apr
8
2011

What to Watch This Weekend: April 8-10

by Chris McWilliams on April 7, 2011 It’s always a tough decision on where to watch a race on any given weekend. Our great country is so saturated with dirt tracks that you can basically show up at any one of them and be guaranteed a great race. This coming weekend has some big events across the country as well. Both the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series have the weekend off, so you can bet that a lot of the big names will be at the Indiana Ice Breaker and the USAC National Sprint Car event at Eldora. The One to Watch :  If I could attend only one event this weekend (not to mention had the gas money and time) I would be at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH to catch the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars in action. They always put on a good show and are really exciting to watch on the high banks of Eldora.  The wheel to wheel action is only multiplied when you add in the speed that these non-wing sprints reach at Eldora. It should be...

Apr
7
2011

California Spring Break Ends; Midwest Up Next for World of Outlaws

by Stephanie Odom on April 7, 2011 Craig Dollansky in victory lane after winning Mini Gold Cup at Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway. (Photo by Steves Racing Photos)   The World of Outlaws Western swing came to a conclusion this past weekend at historical Calistoga Speedway. The California Spring Break tour didn’t exactly have the ideal Golden State weather with wet conditions leading to a rain out at Giant Chevrolet Speedway. However, the rain did not take away from the excitement with four different drivers claiming a California victory. Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway started things off with the Mini Gold Cup and would see Elk River, Minnesota’s Craig Dollansky standing in victory lane. Dollansky had his share of opportunities at the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida but came up short. He currently leads the series with the most laps led at 89. The following weekend the Outlaws made their return to Hanford’s Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway....

Apr
7
2011

“Commonwealth 100″ Promoter Bill Sawyer Extends Great Deal for Fans

by Chris McWilliams on April 6, 2011 There are many reasons why Virginia Motor Speedway’s owner, Bill Sawyer was selected as the 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Promoter of the Year.  First of all, his racetrack is a showplace ½ mile oval that he has built into one of the best short-track facilities in the country.  Then there is Sawyer’s creation of the Commonwealth 100, a $25,000 to win WoO LMS race that he launched in 2010 and now returns in 2011 for a 2 nd annual race on April 15-16.  Finally, there is the enormous dedication to the fans which he possesses.  Sawyer offers fans a track with unmatched amenities and fantastic ticket deals like the one he has created for this year’s Commonwealth 100. Virginia Motor Speedway Owner/Promoter Bill Sawyer (Image Credit: Barry Lenhart)   With Sawyer’s direction Virginia Motor Speedway and the Commonwealth 100 have made their mark on the dirt Late...

Apr
7
2011

“The Reaper” Scores Fifth USMTS Victory at I-35 Speedway

by Stephanie Odom on April 5, 2011 Photo credit: www.usmts.com This past weekend the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Store powered by Swan Energy returned to Winston, Montana’s I-35 Speedway for the first time since 2003. Sixty-four cars were in attendance with twenty year old “The Reaper” Ryan Gustin piloting his machine into victory lane around the high-banked 1/3 mile oval. Mark Dotson set the pace for the forty lap feature event grabbing the lead when the green flag dropped. Dotson remained in control the first half of the race until Gustin and Jason Hughes began their march to the front. Approaching lapped traffic Gustin and Hughes applied heavy pressure until a group of cars brought out the yellow flag on lap twenty-one. Former USMTS Series Champion Hughes was able to move through without making contact as well as Dotson. Gustin wasn’t as fortunate however took back his second place starting position on the restart....

Apr
7
2011

Santa Maria Nationals To Pay $1,500 To Win for IMCA Modified Winners

by Bobby Kimbrough on April 5, 2011 Santa Maria Speedway is turning into a hotbed of IMCA Modified racers with the likes of Brad Pounds, Larry Hood, Doug Thornton, Mike Kirby and Bobby Hogge all turning laps on the third mile oval last year. Promoter Chris Kearns knows when he has a good thing going on, so to increase the car count, draw the best Modified drivers from the surrounding area and reward the drivers with much needed cash, Kearns is posting a $1,500 to win the features during the Santa Maria Nationals on May 28th and 29th. In addition to the purse, the races are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. For more information on the Santa Maria Nationals, please see the Official Press Release below. Official Press Release: Santa Maria Nationals pay $1,500 to Modified winners SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Two $1,500 to win features for IMCA Modifieds are planned for Santa Maria Speedway’s Saturday and Sunday,...

Apr
7
2011

Bloomquist Wins Inaugural Lucas Oil Late Model Event at Lonestar

by Stephanie Odom on April 5, 2011 Scott Bloomquist standing in victory lane at Lonestar Speedway. It was the series first event in Texas and Bloomquist's first feature event in the state as well. Photo source: www.lucasdirt.com The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series ventured to Lonestar Speedway on Saturday night. It was the series first ever visit to Texas with two-time and defending series champion Scott Bloomquist took home the top spot and $20,000. Bloomquist started the feature event in tenth and moved into the lead with nine laps to go picking up his second series win of the season. Carpentersville, Illinois’ Dennis Erb Jr. finished in second place coming from seventeenth place with pole-sitter Don O’Neal rounding out the top three. Photo by Jeff Huneycutt Shannon Babb took the lead on the eighth lap and pulled away from the field until a caution was brought out on lap eighteen. Bloomquist was able to pass O’Neal for second place...

Apr
4
2011

John Gibson: Is Sponsorship Still Attainable For The Local Racer?

by John Gibson on April 4, 2011 Throughout the last three to four years we have seen an economic downfall that hasn’t been seen since the great depression, some have been without jobs for years. I believe it is safe to say that there is not a family that has not been affected by the economy in some way. Companies have been affected also; you know things are getting tough when Jeff Gordon is having problems finding sponsorship. But what is the status of sponsorship for the local dirt racer? Is it even still attainable? I might be in the minority, but I truly believe that for the local Saturday night racer, the opportunity for sponsorship has never been greater. Before you comment or send me an email saying otherwise, let me make my point. Ken Schrader one year at PRI said it best, “Racers will find a way to race,” that has never been more true then now. Things are tough right now, but some tracks are still knocking it out of the park when it comes to...

Apr
4
2011

Video: Larson’s Incredible Run From 21st to 3rd at Calistoga

by John Gibson on April 4, 2011 image credit: KyleLarsonRacing.com    A young and determined Kyle Larson made an incredible run to the front this past weekend at the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the legendary Calistoga Speedway. Larson would start the A-main in 21st and would charge through the field throughout the event and finish 3rd. Everyone in racing knows it takes a little luck to finish good in the highly competitive series, and Larson wasn’t without his fair share of close calls. However you can watch the video and watch Larson pull amazing passes on “The King” Steve Kinser, and Joey Saldana. “If I could ever qualify, I might have a shot at winning one of these things,” Said the 18 year old Larson. “I think I get hard charger every-time I’m out here. This is the greatest feeling I have ever had, to finish on the podium with these World of Outlaw guys.” The race would also have...

Apr
4
2011

Spencer Remains on top with Perris Auto Speedway Victory

by Stephanie Odom on April 4, 2011 Mike Spencer won Saturday's AMSOIL USAC/CRA race remaining undefeated this season with three victories. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars returned to Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night for their third round of competition with the California Lightning Sprints on the score card as well. Going into the event Temecula’s Mike Spencer was undefeated in the 410 non-winged series winning the Sokola Shootout at Perris earlier in the season and the inaugural race last weekend at Victorville Raceway Park. The twenty-nine year old engineer and three time series champion started off the night on the right foot qualifying second to Gavilan Hills David Cardey. Cardey set a lap time of 16.791 around the Southern California half mile. In heat race action “The Cadillac” Cody Williams held off a charging Cardey, who came from a sixth place starting position to finish second. While one Williams finished strong Rip Williams...

Apr
4
2011

One on One Interview With 2010 WoO Sprint Car Champion Jason Meyers

by John Gibson on April 1, 2011

Recently Kyle Leutters of the World of Outlaws got to sit down with 2010 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Jason Meyers. Meyers currently sits 3rd in the 2011 point standings with 3 top fives and 7 top tens. He has yet to pick up his first win of 2011 but he has been in contention almost every race. The World of Outlaws pick up their 2011 campaign tonight at the very fast Merced Speedway in Merced, California.

Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana are currently tied atop the standings as they head in to tonight’s race. For more information check out the World of Outlaws home on the web by visiting www.woosprint.com

One on One with Jason Meyers from World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Vimeo.

http://www.onedirt.com/news/one-on-one-interview-with-2010-woo-sprint-car-champion-jason-meyers/


Apr
4
2011

Would You Gamble Your Winnings?

by John Gibson on March 31, 2011 The IMCA modifieds are invading the desert this weekend, when they visit Arizona’s Canyon Speedway. Canyon Speedway recently went through a management change and a new track configuration. The track is now expecting to see 3 and 4 wide racing easily. But what I found more interesting then that is what they are doing to entice drivers: The winner of the IMCA, Pro Stock, and Bomber classes will have the opportunity to forfeit the winner’s cash and return at the next event for a chance at tripling their money. Let me make this clear, the track is not forcing the drivers or teams that win to do this. But if the winner wants to they can leave with just the trophy and a smile this weekend, then return on April 16th, and if they take home the checkered flag the speedway will triple the $777 winners check. Which would put them leaving with a cool $2331 check. Is it worth it? Would you do it? Regardless of whether you would do it...

Mar
31
2011

Big Weekend On The West Coast For DIRTcar West UMP Mods

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 31, 2011 Merced Speedway will open the weekend's DIRTcar UMP West Modified action. (Photo by Mike Adaskaveg) Armed with a new Technical Director, the DIRTcar UMP West Modifieds roll into Merced Speedway with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars for the opening day of a big weekend in California. The DIRTcar Western UMP Modified series gets underway on April Fool’s day when the Modifieds visit the quarter mile oval, where warm temperatures and golden California sunshine will greet the spectators. On Saturday, April 2nd, the Modifieds travel to Calistoga Speedway for a $1000 to win (based on a 20 car A main event ).  Once again the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will team up with the World of Outlaws Sprint cars in the warm California sun for race fans in the region. This will mark the first appearance of the national sprint car tour in California’s Napa Valley in four years and the return of an annual tradition that dates back...

Mar
31
2011

WoO Late Model Series “Illini 100″ Falls Victim to More Bad Weather

by Chris McWilliams on March 30, 2011 A bad weather forecast for the weekend has claimed another race.  With rain, snow, and cold temperatures in the forecast the organizers of the 4 th Annual World of Outlaws Late Model Series “Illini 100” at LaSalle Speedway have been forced to cancel this weekend’s action.  The “Illini 100” had been a collaborative effort between Tru-Speed Enterprises promoter Don Hammer, the World Racing Group, and the Izzo family who owns the ¼ mile LaSalle Speedway which was to take place March 31 st – April 2 nd and offered a big $20,000 payday to the winner of the 100 lap A-Main.  The 2011 edition of the “Illini 100” was to be the first time that the race was held at LaSalle Speedway after the first three races were held at Farmer City Raceway. For more information of the WoO Late Models fans can check out http://woolms.com/ and fans can visit LaSalle Speedway at...

Mar
29
2011

Geving invites race fans to join the movement as she prepares for MS Walk

By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports Photo by Steve Lamothe PENNGROVE, CA (3-26-11 ) –  Typically, Alissa Geving strives to get ahead of the pack and be the first to the finish line in every event in which she competes. However, on April 17 th Geving will join thousands of individuals in Northern California for one united cause, to bring awareness and funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On this upcoming Sunday morning in the spring, Geving will participate in the Walk MS 2011 in Santa Rosa. The event is a 5K route with a one mile option that begins at Howarth Park. Walk MS is the rallying point of the MS movement, a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Everyone who participates in Walk MS moves the National Multiple Sclerosis Society one step closer to a world free of MS. "Life isn't always about competition and finishing first," said Geving. "When it comes to a common cause...

Mar
29
2011

King of the West Tonight debuts this Wednesday at 7pm with guests Dan Simpson and Evan Suggs

Closing in on the season opener for the Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series a new internet video web show known as “King of the West Tonight” will debut this Wednesday March 30 at 7pm West Coast time. The show will be hosted by Gary Thomas and George Hague and will air on Wednesday night’s at 7 throughout the season at http://www.kwssprints.com/webcast   Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series Managing Director Dan Simpson will be the first guest on “King of the West Tonight” and will be discussing his plans for the series and the various special promotions that are going on for the season. After Simpson we will bring in Scotts Valley, California driver Evan Suggs, who finished third in the Golden State 410 Series standings last season and will be searching for his first career victory with the tour this year. Suggs is a former preliminary night winner at the Dirt Cup and an engineering graduate from San Jose...

Mar
29
2011

“No Way Out 40″ Kicks Off Indiana’s Non-Wing Sprint Season April 2nd

by Chris McWilliams on March 29, 2011 Casey Shuman #4 and Hunter Schuerenberg #2C at Last Year's "No Way Out 40" (Image Credit: racephoto1) The racing will get underway on Friday night April 1 st as the sprints and late models will compete for $1,500 to win in each division and will also be joined by super stocks and hornets.  Then on Saturday, April 2 nd the sprints will return for the “No Way Out 40” which will pay a whopping $6,000 to the winner.  Also, in competition on Saturday will be the super stocks, pure stocks, and mini stocks. 2010 "No Way Out 40" Champ the Late Jesse Hockett (Image Credit: racephoto1) This year’s “No Way Out 40” will be a tribute to the 2010 winner Jesse “The Rocket” Hockett who lost his life last season in a tragic home accident.  The best of the best non-wing drivers should be on hand as the USAC Sprints do not have a conflicting date with this race.  Fans...

Mar
29
2011

Seth Wilson out for 3 months due to injury sustained at Victorville

by John Gibson on March 28, 2011 image credit: Lance Jennings This past weekend the USAC/CRA sprints were in action at Victorville Raceway Park in Victorville, California. Unlike some of the other California tracks, the rains held off and it made for a very competitive race. However in qualifying two cars would find out how dangerous the track really could be. The first was Danny Sheridan who would walk away from the accident however wouldn’t continue in the event due to the accident. However according to a track official, Las Vegas’s Seth Wilson would hook the cushion and flip violently. Wilson who is always a threat to win, would lay on the track for 15 minutes before being taken out of the track by ambulance and transferred to his local Las Vegas Hospital. What’s incredible is even with the accident Wilson’s first lap was fast enough for 5th out of the 30 car field. The accident has left Wilson with a broken kneecap that has required...

Mar
29
2011

Lucas Oil Late Models Ready For “Indiana Icebreaker” on April 9th

by Chris McWilliams on March 25, 2011 For the sixth consecutive year, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction the $10,000 to win 14th Annual Indiana Icebreaker originally scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at the Brownstown (IN) Speedway. However the event like many others across the country had to be rescheduled due to very cold conditions. The event was going to mark the first stop after the DART Winternationals on the Sunoco Race Fuels Road to Wheatland in 2011 as 15 drivers with perfect attendance will be eligible for the $700 winners circle money once again as they make their way across America, heading to the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. For more information on the Brownstown Speedway and the Indiana Icebreaker, go to www.brownstownspeedway.com .  For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com . There will be a complete show for the Lucas Oil Late Model...

Mar
24
2011

Mother Nature and Bud Kaeding Win USAC West Coast 360 Season Openers

by Stephanie Odom on March 24, 2011 Top three finishers from Saturday's West Coast 360 Sprint Car action at Tulare's Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl. (L-R) Ryan Bernal (2nd), Bud Kaeding (1st), Greg Alexander (3rd). (Photo by Paul Trevino Racing Photos) The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car series kicked off their third season this past weekend with a double header at Hanford’s Giant Chevrolet Speedway and Tulare’s Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl. However, with threatening weather conditions both shows were rushed along to run a full race program. Friday night’s action got underway with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding picking up the first heat race victory aboard his Buster and Ziggy Enterprises/Kaeding Performance No. 29. The veteran driver started the eight lap heat race in eighth slicing and dicing his way into the lead with a slide job past T.J. Smith and “Hollywood” Dan Faria in turns three and four. In the second heat race...

Mar
24
2011

National Speed Sport News Ceases Publication

by John Gibson on March 22, 2011 Sad news out of Harrisbug, North Carolina today: National Speed Sport News (NSSN) will be printing their last issue on March 23, 2011. The 76 year old publication will remain alive online via its website to provide fans of every type of racing with the latest news and rumors. image credit NationalSpeedSportNews.com   The once wildly popular newspaper cited the state of the economy for the reason and the Publisher Corinne Economaki was quoted as saying “This is one of the saddest days of my life,” said Corinne. “The sluggish economy has made it too difficult to continue publication and no matter how I try to make the numbers work — and believe me I have tried — it is just not feasible to keep the business going.”NSSN was brought into the households of motorsports fans by Chris Economaki. Economaki literally sold the first issues in 1934 at Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway in northern New...

Mar
24
2011

Bobby Kimbrough: What’s In A Name?

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 22, 2011 Perris Auto Speedway recently opened their racing season with the Sokola Shootout. When you look at the track’s racing schedule, there are a couple of other races that are named after people. It struck me that these races were honoring our dirt track heritage those that came before us and left a mark on the sport. At the same time I remembered that one of the publications covering NASCAR did an informal poll on the current crop of racers in “the Cup” series. According to the poll, very few of the drivers knew who Rex White was. Rex White driving a Modified Sportsman race in 1958. White was NASCAR's Grand National Champion in 1960. For the record, White was the 1960 NASCAR Champion with an impressive resume of accomplishments to boot. From 1959 through 1963, Rex White won more races than any other driver, including Lee and Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, “Fireball” Roberts, Junior Johnson,...

Mar
22
2011

Records Set at Bristol Motor Speedway Not Even Close to Volusia

by John Gibson on March 22, 2011 Bryan Clauson lapped the half-mile Bristol at 13.672, but does that make Bristol Motor Speedway the fastest half-mile in the world? Photo Courtesy of TonyStewartRacing.com This past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, drivers attempted to break the Bristol track record that had stood since 2000 when Sammy Swindell lapped the half-mile in 13.860 at 138 mph. Three drivers were able to break the record: Bryan Clauson took his Tony Stewart Racing USAC pavement sprint car and lapped the track at 13.672. Jason Blonde and Mike Lichty were both able to go faster then that with both drivers lapping the high banks at 13.2 seconds in their modifieds, with Blonde taking the new record at 13.245 at 144.871 mph. Which makes Bristol Motor Speedway the fastest 1/2 mile paved speedway in the world. Unless I am forgetting a track, it should barely edge out tracks like Salem Speedway and Winchester Speedway which see USAC and winged sprint cars...

Mar
22
2011

2011 Pennsylvania Posse Sprint Car Season Preview

by Chris McWilliams on March 21, 2011 Brian Montieth After His Season Opening Win At Lincoln Speedway (Image Credit: paposseracing.com)    The “Icebreaker 30” at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania marked the beginning of another exciting season of winged 410 sprint car racing with the Pennsylvania Posse.  The season opener at Lincoln was dominated by Brian Montieth who started on the pole and led every lap of the feature in dominating fashion.  This was just the first of many sprint car shows in Pennsylvania which is home to some of the toughest local competitors that touring drivers with the World of Outlaws will face all season.  There aren’t many places where local drivers have a legitimate chance to beat the Outlaws but Pennsylvania is one of those place as the Posse drivers always show up to win.  Weekly shows at Williams Grove, Lincoln, Port Royal, and Selinsgrove regularly get 20+ sprint cars every...

Mar
18
2011

Lance Jennings Named USAC/CRA PR Director

by Stephanie Odom on March 18, 2011 Lance Jennings is one of the most involved individuals in Sprint Car racing on the West Coast. He is the founder of scrafan.com, a popular message board for the latest news and gossip involving non-winged traditional sprint cars and maintains various other websites for tracks and drivers. In 2010 he was appointed as the publicist for the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series lead by Chris Kearns. With Chris Kearns being named the USAC/CRA Series Coordinator not long ago, he brought Lance Jennings on as the publicist for the 410 series. “Chris is great to work with and I thank him for the opportunity with USAC/CRA,” says Lance. “I have a lot of friends with the series and want to do a good job for them.” For more information on the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, please visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on facebook. Official Release: Lance Jennings of Carson, Calif....

Mar
18
2011

Pat Doar to Challenge for 2011 WoO Late Model Rookie of the Year

by Chris McWilliams on March 18, 2011 Pat Doar #11 in Action (Image Credit: Pat Doar's Facebook Page) When last month’s DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH began, Pat Doar was thinking about submitting an application for Rookie of the Year status on the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series.  By the time he left Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, however, the veteran driver from New Richmond, Wis., hadn’t merely been approved as a rookie contender. He was talking openly about the prospect of an exciting season on the road and looking like a favorite to capture the national tour’s top-newcomer honor. The 47-year-old Doar has spent nearly two decades primarily racing dirt Late Models under the more restrictive rules package of the Upper Midwest’s WISSOTA circuit.  He now feels the time is right to expand his horizons into the full-fender division’s open-competition realm with an assault on the WoO LMS.  Doar is excited...

Mar
17
2011

Kentucky’s Soggy Bottom Speedway Gets New Owner and Name for 2011

by Chris McWilliams on March 17, 2011 A new name and owner is now in place for the former Soggy Bottom Raceway in Morgantown, KY. The track was purchased by Caneyville, KY’s Richard Ashby along with Suburban Carpets.  The first step to a fresh new start for the 3/8 mile speedway is a brand new name. The track will now be known as Cedar Ridge Speedway. The new ownership feels that the new name will help ease some minds and let everyone know that this is a new beginning for the speedway. For information on sponsorship opportunities people can contact: Billy Egeler at suitcase_94@yahoo.com or call 270-302-8882. UMP Modified Action At Cedar Ridge Speedway (Image Credit: Kohl's Racing Photos) Johnny Hines will be on board continuing the track prep for the 2011 season which will see action slated to start on Saturday night, April 2nd.  Classes that are on the weekly agenda for the Cedar Ridge Speedway are as follows: UMP Modifieds, UMP...

Mar
17
2011

The Midwest Sprint Car Series Releases 12 Race 2011 Schedule

by Chris McWilliams on March 16, 2011 The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will offer a full schedule of twelve non-wing 410 sprint car races beginning with the series opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday , May 14 th .  The 2011 MSCS schedule will include stops at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Tri-State Speedway, Paragon Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway, and Bloomington Speedway.  All the tracks involved are located in Indiana. Fans get find more information on the MSCS Sprint Car Series at www.mscssprints.com . 2010 MSCS Champ Blake Fitzpatrick #10 Battles Damion Gardner #71 (Image Credit: Manvel Motorsports) This season’s MSCS appearance at Paragon Speedway will be for the running of the second annual Chuck Amati Classic 68 on Saturday, June 18 th .  The 68 lap distance makes this feature the longest sprint car race of the season for the series and it will pay $3,000 to win.  Racing for MSCS at Tri-State Speedway on May...

Mar
15
2011

USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series To Kickoff Friday March 18th

By  John Gibson  March 15, 2011 O n the west coast sprint car racing is king, You can show up at almost any track and watch some amazing racing from the sprinters. This coming weekend the USAC West Coast 360 sprints will be kicking off their 2011 campaign at Hanford’s Giant King Speedway, and then the following night at Tulare’s Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway. You can read the official release below. For more information on the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series, please visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com , www.usacracing.com , www.racesantamariaspeedway.com , or follow the series on facebook. Photo Courtesy of USACRacing.com Official Release This Friday, March 18th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series will kickoff their 2011 campaign at Hanford’s Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway. The following night, the traditional 360 sprints will travel to Tulare’s Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway. Joining...

Mar
15
2011

Dollansky Dominates at Silver Dollar Speedway

by Stephanie Odom on March 15, 2011 Craig Dollansky in victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway. (Photo by Steven Cox)    Craig Dollansky picked up his first World of Outlaw victory of 2011 at Chico, California’s Silver Dollar Speedway for the Mini Gold Cup on Saturday night. Dollansky led all thirty-five laps aboard his Big Game Treestands/Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim. With heavy rain in the area the track benefited those with patience on the high banked quarter-mile oval. Dollansky previously led the most lap in two main events however fell up short at the finish line. “We had a few of them get away from us in Florida at the DIRTcar Nationals but we were able to put together the whole deal here tonight,” said Dollansky. Donny Schatz was awarded the pole position after an impressive dash victory in his STP/Armor All/Chevrolet/J&J No. 15. With the crowd on their feet Dollansky leaped ahead of his competition from the outside...

Mar
15
2011

WoO Late Model Cash Cow 100 Hits the ‘Baddest Bullring in the South’

by Chris McWilliams on March 14, 2011 The Inaugural Cash Cow 100 featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Columbus Speedway should be an action packed event that fans will remember for some time.  The high-banked 1/3 mile tack in Columbus, Mississippi is indeed a bullring as it has gained quite a reputation among fans. Former racer and current Columbus promoter Johnny Stokes summed up the racetrack in his own words saying, “It’s very wild.  It’s high-banked, intense, right-rear-up-against-the-wall, sparks-flying, hammer-down racing.  They don’t call it the ‘Baddest Bullring in the South’ for nothing.  I didn’t give it that name. The fans did.”  Dirt late model veteran Shane Clanton summed up the action at Columbus in one word when asked, “Fierce.” For more information on the Cash Cow 100 fans can visit www.woolms.com and www.columbusspeedway.net . That unique,...

Mar
14
2011

2011 Sokola Shootout: Winning…Duh!

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 13, 2011 What was Mike Spencer doing on March 13 at the Sokola Shootout in Perris, California? WINNING, DUH. We caught up to the young engineer in the pit area prior to the race where he explained that their goal this year “was to win as many races this season as we can, and take our fourth USAC/CRA Championship. Anything less will be disappointing.” Spencer wasn’t disappointed at the end of the evening. The Sokola Shootout opened up the racing season at Perris Auto Speedway and the AMSOIL USAC/CRA season. Named for longtime president of the CRA, Gary Sokola, the shootout represents what is right with short track racing on dirt. Promoter Don Kazarian acknowledged the passion that dirt track racers and fans have with the sport’s past. “The Sokola Shootout actually started years ago at Manzanita Speedway, and when they could no longer hold the event, I was asked if we could host the event. It was a “no...

Mar
14
2011

Beatrice Speedway Gearing up for 2011 Spring Nationals

by John Gibson on March 11, 2011 The Spring Nationals will kick off March 17th at the Nebraska track (image credit: BeatriceSpeedway.com)    Each track has it’s marquee event to kick off the season, For the Nebraska based Beatrice Speedway it is the 18th annual Spring Nationals. The Spring Nationals are set to kick off on Mach 17th with practice and run through March 19th. Friday, March 18th will see the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and the  IMCA Sport Compacts compete for the first day of the two day show. Racing will continue on Saturday, March 19th with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and the IMCA Factory Stocks finishing out two days of racing. Official release: Early entries from more than 90 drivers are in hand and track prep is well under way for the March 18-19 Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway. IMCA Modifieds headline Friday and Saturday night programs, running in...

Mar
14
2011

Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway Ceases Operations For 2011 Season

by Chris McWilliams on March 11, 2011

Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri has announced that it will be ceasing operations for the 2011 racing season.  G&G Ozark Motorsports Inc. released a statement saying that, “After much consideration, analysis and heartfelt deliberation, we have decided to cease operations at the dirt track at Lake Ozark Speedway, effective March 1, 2011.”

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Mar
10
2011

Tony Stewart Brings Sprint Car To Bristol For Speed Record Attempt

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 10, 2011 Bristol Motor Speedway (image credit: NASCAR.com) We know that this is not your typical dirt track news story but with familiar dirt track names like Tony Stewart, Bryan Clauson and Sammy Swindell being tossed around, this story is too good to pass up. In an all out assault on the half-mile closed course record, several drivers are geared up to attack Bristol’s high banks. Among those attempting to break the records is Tony Stewart’s sprint car driver Bryan Clauson in one of the Stewart Team pavement sprint cars. Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary by inviting several motorsports champions to set half-mile closed course records in several classes. Said Bristol Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell, “For the first time in years, fans will witness an all-out attack for speed. This challenge ignites new creativity in the racing world to stretch speed boundaries in...

Mar
9
2011

Bryan Clauson Scheduled to Return Home for John Padjen Classic

by Stephanie Odom on March 9, 2011 Bryan Clauson aborad his No. 39 machine at Gas Cities I-69 Speedway in Indiana. (Photo by Dave Heithaus) Bryan Clauson will be piloting his NOS Energy Drink/Curb Records/Corey Tucker Racing/Spike/Esslinger Midget #39 around the famed Silver Dollar Speedway on March 11th for the John Padjen Classic. The twenty-one year old has never raced on the quarter-mile and will be in competition in both the USAC Western Classic Racing Series as well as the USAC/BCRA Midget Series. While Bryan hasn’t had the opportunity to race at Chico in the past he has many memories of the Northern California track watching his father compete. “Bryan grew up in the grandstands at Chico, Placerville and Grass Valley,” said Tim Clauson. “When we moved back to Indiana Bryan was too young to race in California and it’s always been one of his dreams to race at Chico.” Clauson concluded stating, “I’ve known John...

Mar
9
2011

Dr. Jamie Meyer: The Heart Doctor of GM Performance Parts

by Robert Kibbe on March 9, 2011 Dr. Jamie Meyer could be considered the heart and soul of GM Performance Parts. His tireless effort to promote and develop new speed parts direct from GM are done out of a far greater desire than just that of a paycheck; this guy actually loves cars! That being said, calling him the “heart and soul” of GM Performance Parts is not all that far off base. His Doctoral degree is actually a medical one, meaning Dr. Jamie is actually a doctor! He earned a Ph.D. with honors in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the SUNY Upstate Medical University, the medical school in Syracuse, NY. His doctoral thesis there was titled “The Anatomical and Biochemical Analysis of NADPH Oxidase in Human Endothelial Cells: Possible Therapeutic Target for Atherosclerosis.”We can’t say we entirely understand what that means either, but it does not take a lot of brains to deduce that Jamie is a smart guy, indeed. After completing...

Mar
9
2011

CT525 Crate Engine Banned From COMP Cams SMP Tour This Year

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 9, 2011 According to the official press release circulating yesterday, Officials of the COMP Cams Southern Modified Promotions (SMP) Series Presented by Racing Head Service will not allow the GM CT525 crate engine during either of the two scheduled speedweeks. According to officials of the series, the decision to not allow the CT525 engine was based on the ability to tech these engines during the events. Lack of expertise and specialized tools were cited as being the key issues in making the decision. Series officials told us that the sanctioning body will evaluate allowing the CT-525 crate engines again at the beginning of next season for the 2012 SMP Speedweek events. For more information on the COMP Cams SMP Series presented by Racing Head Service, see the official press release below. OFFICIAL COMP CAMS SMP PRESS RELEASE: COMP Cams SMP Tour to Not Allow CT525 Engine Sparta, Tennessee (03/08/11) – With...

Mar
9
2011

Faas’ First Outing In The Silver Bullet This Saturday

by Bobby Kimbrough on March 8, 2011 Nic Faas steps into the legendary #4 Silver Bullet this Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Replacing a Champion and fan favorite driver can be daunting, but Southern California boy Nic Faas is looking forward to stepping into the hot shoes of Tony Jones. Affectionately known by his legion of fans, “The open wheel Cowboy” Tony Jones is rumored to be taking the year off. Jones is coming off a difficult year where bad luck seemed to be lurking around every corner on the track. In addition to wrecking three different chassis within a four race period, Jones lost a very close friend and longtime racecar sponsor last December when Bob Davidson passed away.  No one could fault the Cowboy for taking a year off to regroup. This opened the door for a talented young driver to join the Alexander brothers crew and drive the famed #4 Silver Bullet Sprinter. Enter 21 year old Nic Faas whose resume already includes the USAC...

Mar
8
2011

WoO champ Jason Meyers Takes Flight With The U.S. Navy Blue Angels

by Chris McWilliams on March 8, 2011 Jason Meyers and Lt. Dave Tickle (Image Credit: U.S. Blue Angels) Jason Meyers fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2010 when he clinched his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship by dominating the World Finals in Charlotte.  Last week in a southern desert in his native California, Meyers turned another dream into reality by taking flight with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.  Following a briefing by crew chief David Pascual, pilot Lt. Dave Tickle took Meyers through a series of maneuvers at unimaginable speed during a 45-minute flight in an F/A-18 Hornet above Naval Air Facility El Centro, the winter training home for the Blue Angels. They shot nearly straight up in the air at takeoff, performed a number of rolls, flew threw a canyon and made turns that generated nearly 7.5 G’s. For more information on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels check out their website at http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ and fans can...

Mar
7
2011

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars in the Wild West!

by Stephanie Odom on March 7, 2011 King of California Kyle Larson celebrating his first ASCS Victory aboard Jason Johnson Racing and Finley Farms No. 41 at Giant Chevrolet Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Steve Curtis at RaceImages.net) The ASCS National Tour invaded California for the first time not long ago and prolonged their visit to the West Coast for the 5th Annual Copper on Dirt at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. With California drivers Tim Kaeding and Kyle Larson defending their home court they left their competition with nothing more to enjoy than the California weather. Johnny Herrera scored a preliminary win for the Copper on Dirt with Shane Stewart bringing home the $6,000 on the final night of racing. The first four races saw fifty-six drivers with sixteen checking in every night. The stage is set for the 20th season of ASCS racing with action resuming on March 25th for the Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX. Official Release...

Mar
7
2011

$20,000 to win Illini 100 and Cash Cow 100 tickets available online

by John Gibson on March 6, 2011 The World of Outlaw Late Model Series always draws an outstanding car count to its events. The series is one of the most popular Late Model series in the country, and because of this at certain events tickets can be hard to come by. So I wanted to make all of the visitors to this site aware that tickets to two of the big events coming up on the schedule. Tickets are available online for the Illini 100 and the Cash Cow 100. For more information on the World of Outlaw Late Models visit their homepage at woolms.com Up first is the inaugural Cash Cow 100 at Columbus Speedway in Columbus Mississippi on March 18-19. The event will mark the series first return to the bullring in Mississippi since March of 2007. Fans will watch the best drivers in Late Model racing battle for the $20,000 winners check. image credit woolms.com The Illini 100 was previously held the last three years at Farmer City Raceway, for 2011 it will...

Mar
5
2011

“The Real Deal” Don O’Neal Looks Tough After Strong 2011 Speedweeks

by Chris McWilliams on March 4, 2011 Don O'Neal After a 2010 Victory (Image Credit: Rick Schwallie) Martinsville, Indiana’s Don O’Neal returned back to the Hoosier State recently following a very successful “Speedweeks 2011″ in Florida from February 7-19.  Don was behind the wheel of the Magnaflow Exhaust Products #71 MasterSbilt House Car at the East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida and the Moring Motorsports #1 MasterSbilt by Stuckey at the Ocala Speedway in Ocala, Florida and the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.  In all, Don accumulated two victories, seven Top Five finishes, and eleven Top Ten performances in the thirteen “Speedweeks” races that he entered. Don O’Neal has also launched a new website at www.dononeal71.com .  The new website has all of the latest news and information concerning the #71 team and will be kept maintained all year long with schedule changes, results,...

Mar
5
2011

Saldana and Kinser Score World of Outlaws Victories in Vegas

by Stephanie Odom on March 4, 2011 Steve Kinser would take home the victory on Thursday night, and Saldana (not shown here) would capture his first victory of 2011 with a win Wednesday night. (image credit woosprint.com) Joey Saldana held off former series champion Jason Meyers and Donny Schatz Wednesday night for his first victory in World of Outlaws Sprint Car action this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track. Not only was it Saldana’s first win of the new season, it was also his first victory with new crew chief Kale Kahne and sponsor Red Bull. Saldana started the feature event outside second row with teammate Cody Darrah inside. In front of them was pole sitter Terry McCarl and outside pole sitter and four time champion Donny Schatz. Joey Saldana in victory lane Wednesday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Dirt Track. Action will resume tonight. (Photo by Marc Sanchez) When the green flag dropped it was Darrah who...

Mar
3
2011

Holley offers options for IMCA award recipients

by John Gibson on March 3, 2011 Based on recent changes for engine options for IMCA drivers, have resulted in new contingency award programs from Holley Performance. The top three eligible drivers in each of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car region will receive either a 350 or 500 cfm carburetor from Holley. The fourth and fifth place finishers will receive product certificates in the amount of $100 and the sixth through tenth finishers will receive $50 product certificates. For more information on Holley visit their homepage at Holley.com , and for more news on the IMCA check out their home on the web at IMCA.com IMCA drivers will have more reasons to race now thanks to Holley. (image credit: IMCA.com)   The new rules were outlined in the official release – Stock Car drivers can run an unlimited cubic inch engine with a 350 Holley or a limited cubic engine with a 500 Holley beginning this season. The crate engine option that has been in place...

Mar
3
2011

Ventura Sprint Car Season Opener this Saturday

by Stephanie Odom on March 3, 2011 Troy Rutherford aboard his #11 Trench Shoring / State Ready Mix VRA Sprint Car. Rutherford won the 2010 title and will be in action this weekend. (Photo by surfnsprint.com) Ojai’s Troy Rutherford was crowned the King of the VRA Sprints in 2010 at Ventura Raceway. This weekend Rutherford will return and look to defend his title as the series hits “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” for the first time in 2011. Rutherford held off Camarillo’s No. 73 of Josh Ford.  While Ford did not take home the VRA title, he did however win the All Coast Construction 360 Challenge and two feature events. Rutherford ended the season with five feature victories and eighteen top five finishes. Accompanying the VRA Sprints will be IMCA Modifeds, Dwarf Cars, Mod Lites, Mod Lite Juniors, Junior Midgets and Mini Dwarf Cars. For those that cannot make it to Jim Naylor’s Central California track can tune into Ventura...

Mar
2
2011

Tony Stewart to Swap Rides With Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton

by Chris McWilliams on March 2, 2011 Tony Sewart (Image Credit: Nick Laham) Later this year NASCAR star and dirt track legend Tony Stewart will swap rides with 2008 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.  “Smoke” is no stranger to Indy cars as he was the 1996 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year, 1997 Indy Racing League Points Champion, and has competed in five Indy 500’s with one pole and a best finish of 5 th .  This announcement comes on the heals of the IZOD IndyCar Series posting a whopping $5,000,000 to any driver who can come in and beat the IndyCar regulars at their 2011 series finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  This huge payday has sent rumors swirling that drivers like Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, and A.J. Allmendinger may show up in Las Vegas to take a shot at the win.   Lewis Hamilton (Image Credit: Paul Gilham) Stewart’s car swapping exhibition with Lewis Hamilton is being put on my...

Mar
2
2011

2011 UFo Race Champioship Late Models Hit the Track March 26th

by Chris McWilliams on March 2, 2011 The UFo “Chiller Thriller” on March 26 at Mercer Raceway Park will kick off the 2011 Super Late Model special event season for the region.  The UFo Super Late Models will compete for an increased payoff of $3,000 to win, $300 to start and $150 guaranteed tow money.  This will be the first event of the 23-race UFo 2011 tour, with over $450,000 in real cash payoffs.  This race will not only be the first race on the 2011 UFo tour, it will also be the first major Super Late Model event in the entire PA-OH-NY-WV 4-state region.  With most every other area tracks not yet in operation for the season, a strong field of UFo Super Late Models is expected as well as the other divisions.  As Mercer features Super Late Models on a limited basis, the 3/8 mile will serve as the perfect neutral arena for the opening round of the UFo invasion.  The UFo “Chiller Thriller” will be the 1st high-power...

Mar
1
2011

Terry Phillips Conquers all at USRA Winter Meltdown

by Stephanie Odom on March 1, 2011 Tommy Weder Jr. set the pace Sunday afternoon for the USRA Modified Winter Meltdown at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Fifty laps was the distance with $20,000 on the line. Weder won the first night of competition aboard his No. 02 machine and was runner up the second night. Aside he was Tommy Myer who took the lead when the green flag dropped. With Myer in control, Weder battled with Jason Krohn for the second place position door to door gaining ground on Myer. Myer controlled the bottom with Weder and Krohn working above him. While the three battled back and forth, they left the top of the track open for Terry Phillips who moved his No. 75 GRT Chassis into a second place position passing Krohn and Myer. Phillips eventually hunted down Weder and began to pull away. The rest was history from there. Phillips moved through lapped traffic flawlessly and went uncontested for the win. The battle behind him was heated however with...

Mar
1
2011

Western All Star DIRTcar Late Model Series set to make a Big Bang

by Stephanie Odom on February 28, 2011 The Western All Stars created a new revolution of Late Model racing on the West Coast years ago. With the series changing promoters multiple times it eventually came to an end and was absent for the 2010 season. However, for 2011 DIRTcar will be making it’s return to the West Coast along with the Western All Star DIRTcar Late Model Series.  The series will make it’s first appearance for 2011 on April 16th at Antioch Speedway. They are scheduled to run fifteen races throughout California and Nevada with a two day finale at Chowchilla Speedway. Official Release: Western All Star DIRTcar Late Model Series set to make a Big Bang Everything’s bigger in the West, and that will be apparent from the very beginning of the Western All Star DIRTcar Late Model Series. Actually, legendary will be the operative word during the first two weekends of the season with renowned racer turned promoter John...

Feb
28
2011

Nic Faas Finds New Ride For 2011 In The #4 “Silver Bullet” Sprint

by Chris McWilliams on February 28, 2011 Nic Faas (Image Credit: John's Racing Photos) Nic Faas, the 21-year-old sprint car phenom from Huntington Beach, California has found a new ride for the 2011 season with the Alexander Racing Team.  Faas will also receive help from Ken Goecke at Scott Sales Company and plans to make a run at the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship. Faas will have some big shoes to fill as he takes over the ride which has been driven by “The Cowboy” Tony Jones.  Jones is the son of Hall of Fame driver Bubby Jones and joined the team in 2006 and found success quickly as he won the USAC/CRA title the next year in 2007.  Tony scored twenty main event victories in the #4 “Silver Bullet”, including two USAC National preliminaries at the Perris Oval Nationals. Other drivers who include “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Mike Kirby, and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman have also won features in the...

Feb
28
2011

Darrell Lanigan’s Health Issues Force Him to Miss WoO Season Opener

by Chris McWilliams on February 26, 2011 Darrell Lanigan in Action (Image Credit: Barry Lenhart) Darrell Lanigan missed out on the 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model title by a slim margin of four points and now he faces a tough time in 2011 as he seeks to regain the title in the series that crowned him their 2008 champion.  Lanigan was plagued by health issues that caused the 40-year-old late model veteran to miss the 2011 season opener on Thursday, February 17 th at the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park. As a result Lanigan found himself in an immediate points hole that he knows will be a challenge to overcome. For more information on Darrell Lanigan fans can check out his website at www.laniganautosports.com and for more on the World of Outlaws Late Model series check out http://woolms.com . Lanigan had showed up in Volusia on February 14 th with his new hauler but was forced to leave the track by...

Feb
28
2011

USMTS unveils record points fund, Champion walks away with $20,000

by John Gibson on February 25, 2011 Last week the season kicked off for the 2011 United States Modified Touring Series, Ryan Gustin won the opener over Jason Hughes. 72 cars were in attendance for the opener at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown Texas. Just before the event the USMTS announced their new point fund purse that would reward the USMTS National Champion with a $20k payday. “We are extremely excited and proud to announce that our overall points funds for 2011 will nearly double that of last year’s amount,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “First and foremost, this would not be possible without the tremendous support that the fans and sponsors have shown for the series and the talented drivers and crewmembers that fill the pits.” For more information on the USMTS visit them on the web at USMTS.com Ryan Gustin took home the checkered flag at the 2011 season opener. (Image credit: Mike Roth) Drivers will compete in...

Feb
24
2011

IMCA Racing Bans Modified Drivers From Southern SportMods

by Bobby Kimbrough on February 24, 2011 Taking a note from NASCAR, who decided to have their drivers declare which series they would compete for a championship, IMCA Racing has banned Modified drivers from racing in the Southern SportMod series. Previously, Modified drivers were able to race in the Southern SportMod series and “Cherry-pick” the higher paying SportMod events.  IMCA’s latest rule would prevent drivers from a different series taking prize money away from the regulars in the SportMod series. While it may appear that IMCA Racing followed NASCAR’s lead, and went them one better, IMCA Racing actually planned and announced a rule change over a year ago. Drivers were told last January that they would not be able to compete in both divisions. This gave the racers a chance to evaluate which division they wanted to participate in, and get their racing program ready for the season.  For more information on this rule, see...

Feb
24
2011

Late Model Ace Ray Cook to Lease Tri-County Race Track for 2011

by Chris McWilliams  on February 24, 2011 Ray Cook After His 2010 Show-Me 100 Victory (Image Credit: Rick Schwallie) Dirt Late Model veteran Ray Cook already has a busy 2011 season on the horizon as he plans to run with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and promote the successful Southern Nationals Series.  However, his 2011 just got a lot busier as he has announced that he will be leasing the Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina for the 2011 season. There was a chance that the historic 1/4-mile, dirt oval may not open this season and with the help of a lot of other people, Ray and crew will do their best to keep the track going.  Ray Cook had this to say of his new venture, “I grew up going to Tri-County every Friday night when I was about ten years old and ran my first race there when I was fifteen in a Pony car.  There are a lot of racers in this area that need Tri-County to thrive in order to have somewhere to race and hone...

Feb
24
2011

Larry Shaw Race Cars Dominate Open Wheel Modified Florida Speedweeks

by John Gibson on February 23, 2011 Clint Bowyer notched three wins and the overall modified championship in his Larry Shaw race chassis at the Winternationals at Volusia. (Image Credit: DIRTcarNationals.com Some people would be content with having 13 wins in an entire season. Well with almost 2 months gone in 2011 Larry Shaw Race Cars have already notched more then 20 victories. During the Florida Speedweeks the Larry Shaw open wheel modified chassis’ were almost unbeatable, winning 13 of the 16 events at four different tracks. Jeff Mathews kicked off the impressive performance by winning both events at Lake City Florida on January 28-29. For more information on Larry Shaw Race Cars visit their homepage at larryshaw.com . Also make sure you check out MidSouthRacing.com for news and results. The domination really took place though at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The Larry Shaw race cars would capture the wins at 8 events...

Feb
23
2011

Shane Clanton Starts 2011 Season With New Capital Race Cars Chassis

by Chris McWilliams on February 23, 2011 Shane Clanton (Image Credit: Danny Serrano) When Shane Clanton arrives at Volusia Speedway Park for the start of the dirt Late Model portion of the DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio, he’ll be thinking only about chasing checkered flags and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.  Compared to his mindset heading into the 2010 edition of the mid-winter racing extravaganza, it’s a welcomed relief.  “Last year it was kind of scary for me about this time,” Clanton said last week while preparing for six straight nights of Florida full-fender action that features the season-opening WoO LMS events. “I was in the hospital and I didn’t even know if I’d be able to get to Volusia.” The 35 year old Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., made it to the half-mile oval last year, but without his familiar RSD Enterprises No. 25. Unable to race...

Feb
22
2011

Lucas Oil POWRi Midget Series Releases Exciting 2011 Schedule

by Chris McWilliams on February 22, 2011 The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series presented by Speedway Motors unveiled its 2011 schedule which includes 26 dates throughout the Midwest including IL, IN, KS, MO, NE and WI. The season kicks off with its annual Dean King Memorial at the Southern Illinois Centers Mini Magic Mile in Duquoin, IL.  The outdoor season kicks off at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL and Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on April 22 nd and 23 rd .  Jacksonville will host two POWRi events this season.  Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO will host the POWRi midgets this year on Friday April 29 th as a prelim to the “Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals” to be held on Saturday April 30 th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO and will be co-sanctioned with the ASCS Midget Series.  Valley Speedway and Lucas Oil last held POWRi events in 2008.  POWRi and ASCS will also match up for an event on Saturday...

Feb
21
2011

Trevor Bayne Becomes Youngest Daytona 500 Winner

by Ed Coughenour, Pit Pass Racing News, February 21, 2011 (AP Photo/David Graham) Trevor Bayne proved to the racing world why he got the nod to drive the Wood Brothers Motorcraft Ford in 2011, and collected himself quite a nice birthday gift along the way: A victory at the Daytona 500. Bayne held off a hard charging Carl Edwards by 0.118 seconds and became the youngest winner in the history of the Daytona 500, just a day after his 20th birthday. Quite an accomplishment considering it was Bayne's second NASCAR Sprint Cup race giving NASCAR pioneers Leonard and Glen Wood an end to their 10-year long drought from visiting Victory Lane as car owners. While the race was thought by most racing insiders to lack the excitement typical of most restrictor plate races due to changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars and the ultra smooth new pavement at Daytona International Speedway, the event did produce a record 74 lead changes among 22 drivers. The new two car...

Feb
21
2011

MSRA Honors Champions and Becomes COMP Cams Super Dirt Series for 2011

by Chris McWilliams on February 21, 2011 The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series held its 2010 Night of Champions banquet on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The night was full of special honors as well as big announcements.  The biggest announcement of the evening involved the renaming of the tour from the COMP Cams MSRA to the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series. Memphis, Tennessee-based COMP Cams has increased their involvement with the tour for 2011 and beyond, and with the new name comes a new era for the tour.  Series CEO, Chris Ellis, addressed the crowd in regards to the big announcement by commenting, “the series is honored to have such a well-respected and quality company, such as COMP Cams, making the decision to increase their involvement with our tour.  This is a mutually-benefitting partnership, and as a series we couldn’t be more excited and determined to properly represent the COMP Cams...

Feb
21
2011

Damion Gardner wins USAC opener for 2nd straight year

by John Gibson on February 18, 2011 Damion Gardner would steal the victory in the closing laps of the USAC 2011 Season Opener. (Image Credit: R.E. Wing Photo) Thursday night kicked off the 2011 season for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series, and it did not disappoint. Damion Gardner and Jon Stanbrough would put on an amazing race for the Ocala fans, with Gardner eventually ending up on top. Lapped cars proved to be the deciding factor as Gardner was able to use the slower cars to his advantage. This was the 2nd year in a row for Gardner to win the season opener. For more information on the USAC Amsoin National Sprint Car Series visit their homepage at usacracing.com, also visit OcalaSpeedway.com for the remaining Winter Nationals schedule. The fans had a perfect night for racing, and the Ocala track crew did a fantastic job providing the USAC drivers with a smooth racing surface. Qualifying saw Hunter Schuerenberg end up on the pole with a time of...

Feb
18
2011

USAC “Night Before the 500″ Midget Race Offers Record $20,000 Payday

by Chris McWilliams on February 18, 2011 A $20,000 paycheck awaits the winner of the May 29 “Night Before the 500” USAC Mopar Midget race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The prize is the second-largest single race payday in Midget racing history and is a result of an endowment left by long-time Midget racing scribe and historian Crocky Wright, who passed away in December of 2009 at age 90.  The “Night Before the 500” Classic, was among beneficiaries of Mr. Wright’s last will and testament and the winner’s share matches the $20,000 claimed by Jason Leffler for his victory at the 1999 “Summer Sizzle” at Indianapolis’ 16th Street Speedway. Tracy Hines claimed the largest single-race winner’s prize of $25,000 when he captured the 25th anniversary “4-Crown Nationals” Midget race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in 2006. This race will create the largest single-race winners purse for pavement...

Feb
17
2011

Mars Gets His Revenge At The DIRTcar Nationals

by John Gibson on February 17, 2011 (image credit: DIRTcarNationals.com) Tuesday’s night of competition at the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals saw Don O’neal make a incredible last lap charge from third place to steal the win from Jimmy Mars on the final turn. However Wednesday night Jimmy Mars got his revenge capturing the checkered flag and the $7,000 winner’s check. “Last night we gave one up on the restart (with three laps remaining), so I was sure hoping we wouldn’t have another one (late in the race),” said Mars. “But the car was just stuck like suction cups out there. I’m telling you, this thing was unbelievable.” For more information on the remaining schedule of the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com Mars would take the lead from Jason Feger on Lap 16 and never look back. Rounding out the top 5 would be Jason Feger, Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, and Jonathan Davenport. Full results...

Feb
17
2011

USAC West Coast 360 Sprints Add Race to Busy 2011 Schedule

by Chris McWilliams on February 17, 2011 Series Promoter Chris Kearns has announced an addition to the 2011 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Schedule. On October 8th, the traditional 360 sprints will compete at Tulare’s Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway. The winged ASCS Southern California Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, and IMCA Stocks are also featured that night.  The addition brings the schedule to eighteen events, including the non-point Cotton Classic at Scott Woodhouse’s Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford on October 15th. For more information on the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series check out their website at  westcoastsprintcars.com . 2010 Series Champ Craig Stidham (Image Credit: CaliforniaOnDirt.com) The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will kickoff their season at Hanford on Friday, March 18th. The following night, March 19th, the group will battle at Tulare’s lightning fast clay oval. As previously...

Feb
17
2011

Fresh Off ASCS Win Kyle Larson Ready For USAC National Midget Series

by Chris McWilliams on February 17, 2011 Kyle Larson After His ASCS Win at Kings Speedway (Image Credit: Paul Trevino) California young gun Kyle Larson just picked up the Lucas Oil ASCS win on Saturday at Kings Speedway in Hanford, California.  There he bested a field of the best 360 Winged Sprint Car drivers in the country including Shane Stewart and Tim Kaeding.  Larson will now make his first run at a national championship in 2011 as the 18 year old from Elk Grove will contest the entire Mopar USAC Midget National Series for Toyota Racing Development sponsored Keith Kunz Motorsports.  The Columbus, Indiana based team will join together with the 2010 winged 410 sprint car King of California champion for their first race at the midget portion of the Copper on Dirt at USA Raceway Park in Tucson, Arizona on February 18 and 19. For more information and news on Kyle Larson please visit www.kylelarsonracing.net . The Keith Kunz...

Feb
17
2011

RCR's Dillon heads west to return to the GGRT stable in Phoenix

By Bill Sullivan, GGRT Media Relations     Ty Dillon returns to the Golden Gate Racing Team #31 in Phoenix next week – Photo by Pat Brandon AVONDALE, AZ  (2-17-11) – The San Francisco based Golden Gate Racing Team is proud to announce the return of North Carolina's Ty Dillon to its competitive team for the opening of the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season next week. Dillon will strap into the seat of GGRT-RCR #31 Chevrolet at the Phoenix International Raceway on February 24 th for the 3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100 "We are really excited to have Ty Dillon back with our team for the opening race in Phoenix," said Patricia Offenbach, owner of the #31 that will carry the lead sponsorship of Bay Bio Diesel and the Golden Gate Meat Company in conjunction with Richard Childress Racing and the Hill Meat Company completing the package. "In the last race of the season Ty drove us to a great second place finish and we are looking...

Feb
16
2011

Bowyer Takes Overall UMP Modified DIRTcar Nationals Championship

by John Gibson on February 16, 2011 Clint Bowyer pulled off the Overall UMP Modified DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH championship on Tuesday by finishing 2nd to Austin Dillon. (Image Credit: DIRTcarNationals.com) On a night that saw three modified feature winners, Clint Bowyer came out on top after finishing second to Austin Dillon in the Triple 25 Feature #1. Bowyer wrapped up the eight nights of competition with three victories and three other top 5 finishes, including finishing 2nd to Ty Dillon in the UMP Gator Championship on Monday. For the remaining Schedule of the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com The last night of competition saw three winners pull into victory lane at Volusia Speedway Park. First was Austin Dillon who dominated the first 25 lap feature. “I really feel like we had the team to beat this week,” said Dillon, of Welcome, N.C.  “Things just got away from us earlier in the week after we blew an...

Feb
16
2011

Dirt Track Veterans Having A Very Successful Speedweeks

by John Gibson on February 15, 2011 Don O'Neal took home the checkered flag at Ocala Speedway on Sunday. Image Credit: R.E. Wing Photo The races during the Florida Speedweeks bring out the best dirt track racers in the country, and huge car counts! Yesterday’s dirt late model event at Volusia speedway Park had over 70 entries! East Bay Speedway recorded car counts over 60, and Ocala’s “Battle Between the Coasts” event on Sunday which was won by Don O’Neal had 35 entries. All of these entries make it even more impressive that so many dirt late model veterans are capturing wins in 2011. Late model veterans like Moyer, Bloomquist, and O’Neal have already taken home a checkered flag in 2011. for more information on the remaining schedules for Florida speedweeks make sure you visit each track’s website. Ocala Speedway , Volusia Speedway Park , and East Bay Raceway Park . Billy Moyer bested a 71 car field...

Feb
16
2011

Top Young Drivers Win K&N Filters Sponsorships in Shoot-Out

by Chris McWilliams on February 15, 2011 The national talent search conducted by Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle has concluded with 14 talented drivers being awarded spots in the NASCAR focused driver development program along with sponsorships from K&N Filters to assist their 2011 racing efforts.  The Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle (RSWC) annual Shoot-Out is designed to identify talented, young up-and-coming drivers from across the United States, and worldwide, with the potential and commitment to achieve a driving career in NASCAR. Following an application process in which 933 hopefuls submitted their racing resumes, 163 proven winners and champions were interviewed, prior to the top 40 racers being selected to take part in the 2010 Shoot-Out.  Recent RSWC accomplishments include Jessica Brunelli earning her way into NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, then winning two NASCAR Rookie of the year honors, and Joey Licata Jr. testing and...

Feb
15
2011

“The Real Deal” Triumphs On A Tough Ocala Track

by Bobby Kimbrough on February 14, 2011 Don O’Neal’s contact with John Lobb just over halfway through the 50 lap main event left “the Real Deal” with a flat tire and a lot of ground to make up. Showing some “Real Deal” racing, O’Neal re-started from the back and worked his way into fourth when the flat tire syndrome hit when two of the top contenders experienced flats on lap 46. Austin Hibbard hit the backstretch wall while leading the race when his tire went down, and Josh Richards lost a right rear at the same time. When Shane Clanton and Bub McCool pulled into the pits under yellow, O’Neal found himself back in the lead. With less than a handful of laps left, O’Neal took the green and held the lead for the win with Bloomquist taking second, Jonathan Davenport, Ryan Urzicker and Josh Richards rounded out the top five. For more information on Ocala Speedway ‘s “Battle Between the Coasts”, see the...

Feb
14
2011

World of Outlaws Late Models Return to Michigan After 3 Year Absence

by Chris McWilliams on February 14, 2011 Clint Smith #44, Rick Eckert #24, and Chub Frank #1 (Image Credit: stockcarracing.com) Michigan will once again be a hotbed for World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing in 2011.  Ending a three-season absence from the Wolverine State, the national tour is set to contest three big events there this season. The full-fender World of Outlaws stars will invade for a springtime date at Hartford Motor Speedway on Fri., April 29, and return for a late-summer doubleheader at Winston Speedway in Rothbury on Fri., Aug. 19, and Merritt Speedway in Lake City on Sat., Aug. 20.  Each track will host the WoO LMS for the first time – and each 50-lap, $10,000-to-win program will represent the richest dirt Late Model race ever held at the three speedways.  “We’re excited to have the opportunity to once again showcase the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in front of Michigan’s race fans,” said...

Feb
14
2011

Jeff Swindell Heads for “Copper on Dirt” With Help From Carl Edwards

by Chris McWilliams on February 12, 2011 Jeff Swindell's 2011 ASCS Sprint Car (Image Credit: usaraceway.net) Jeff Swindell has had a very successful and storied sprint car racing career that has lasted for more than 30 years and he shows no signs of slowing down.  He has just turned 50 years old and will hit the road once again to show everyone he still has what it takes.  This is a sort of second coming for Swindell who has enjoyed many great racing moments and is about to be reinvented to the benefit of race fans all over. He will soon head out on the road to go on tour against some of the best Wing Sprint car racers in the country with one of the first stops being the 5th Annual Copper on Dirt at Tucson’s USA Raceway. For more information on the “Copper on Dirt” visit  www.usaraceway.net . Jeff Swindell is certainly excited about his opportunity as he said, “I’ve been racing around home for the last few years...

Feb
11
2011

Big Names Dominate the Early Days of the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals

by Adam Wall on February 11, 2011 Austin Dillon was able to capture the checkered flag on the opening night of the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals. (image credit: dirtcarnationals.com) The DIRTcar Nationals kicked off Tuesday with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. Austin Dillon, grandson of the famed Richard Childress, topped the 73 entries in Tuesday night’s competition in Barberville, FL. Dillon was able to top the other big names of Clint Bowyer, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, and younger brother Ty Dillon. For more information on the remainder of the DIRTcar Nationals visit  http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com Clint Bowyer has made it back to back wins, by winning on Wednesday and Thursday night of the 2011 DIRTcar Nationals. (image credit: Dirtcarnationals.com) The following night it was Bowyer’s turn. Starting on the outside pole, he was able to hold off the rest of the field in DIRTcar UMP Modified feature on the second night of action. Wednesday...

Feb
10
2011

The California Kid Shocks East Bay. Reddick Earns First Win

by Bobby Kimbrough on February 10, 2011 An unlikely victor emerged from East Bay Raceway Park on Wednesday night as the California Kid Tyler Reddick finished the last eight laps of the feature in front of the biggest names in dirt late model racing.  Reddick, at 15 years of age, isn’t even old enough to legally drive a car on the street.  He surely doesn’t have the experience of Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens or any of the others racers on the track that evening, yet he wrestled the lead from Dan Schlieper and held off the Bloomquist and O’Neal for the win. Reddick and Bloomquist after the race. (All photos by R.E. Wing) The official Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Press release below details Reddick’s victory: Tyler Reddick Takes First Career Win on Wednesday Night at East Bay by James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, jessex@lucasdirt.com TAMPA, FL (February 9, 2011)-The “California Kid”,...

Feb
10
2011

USAC National Sprint Car Series Returns to Missouri in 2011

by Chris McWilliams on February 10, 2011 On August 14 th the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series will hit the track at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.  This will be the first appearance of the USAC Sprint Cars in Missouri since 2006 and the first appearance in the Kansas City area since 2001 when two races were held at Lakeside Speedway which were won by Tony Elliott and J.J. Yeley.  In 2009, the USAC/SMRS Midget Series made a visit to the one-third mile dirt oval in Grain Valley where Brad Loyet took home the victory.  However, the last time the USAC National Sprints saw action in Missouri was five years ago at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. For more information on the United States Auto Club (USAC) check out their homepage at www.usacracing.com 2010 USAC National Sprint Car Champion Levi Jones (Image Credit: Chris Pedersen) Missouri sprint car fans will get their chance to see the exciting...

Feb
9
2011

Kenny “The Hermanator” Wallace Grabs First Ever Win at East Bay

by Chris McWilliams on February 9, 2011 Kenny “The Hermanator” Wallace enjoyed a long and successful career in NASCAR that included 9 wins and 157 top-tens in the Nationwide Series but his win at East Bay Raceway Park in his open wheel modified on Friday may have topped them all in his book. The win was Wallace’s long-awaited first win on at East Bay Raceway Park and he had plenty to say about it afterwards. “When I was a kid growing up in St. Louis, I used to read about the guys that run here and I always wanted to accomplish a convincing win on dirt. This is just my sixth year of dirt track racing and I have been watching all the fun Kenny Schrader has doing this. I decided to get this Impressive Race Car chassis and have some of that fun, too,” Kenny told the crowd as he struck every possible victory pose with his trophy as the photographers captured every moment. For more information on East Bay Raceway Park’s Winternationals visit...

Feb
8
2011

Alissa Geving welcomes Golden Gate Meat Company as newest sponsor

Photo by Steve Lamothe By Bill Sullivan for Chicko Motorsports PENNGROVE, CA (2-3-11 ) –  Alissa Geving and her Chicko Motorsports Sprint Car Team are proud to welcome new members to their family of proud sponsors for the 2011 racing season. The famed Golden Gate Meat Company is the newest marketing partner to show their support for the third generation lady driver of the North Bay. "We have had a great group of sponsors over the past few seasons and the Golden Gate Meat Company is a perfect addition to our racing family as an associate sponsor," said Geving. "They are a very well respected, family owned company and I'm excited that they will be joining us for the upcoming racing season." The Golden Gate Meat Company was established in 1977 by James and Patricia Offenbach as a continuation of the Offenbach's rich family history in the restaurant and food supply industry. The Golden Gate Meat Company has long been located in San Francisco and...

Feb
8
2011

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Season to Fire Off Friday February 11th

by John Gibson The off-season was short for reigning champ of the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series Jason Myers, after he claimed the 2010 season championship at the Dirt Track in Charlotte last November. The 2011 season opener is only four days away! The season opener will kick off on Friday February 11th at Volusia Speedway Park, all of which is a part of the DIRTCar Nationals which feature 12 straight days of racing. For more information on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series please visit www.woosprint.com The 2011 World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series will kick off this friday at Volusia Speedway Park. (photo courtesy of World of Outlaws) Myers ended last year on a high note sweeping the World Finals at Charlotte and being the first California native to win the series championship. His 2010 run seems even more impressive when you consider that his team is a single car operation. But will Myers be able to find the magic that enabled him to capture 12...

Feb
8
2011

The NCRA Releases 2011 Schedules For Their Five Touring Divisions

by Chris McWilliams The National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) is proud to announce the 2011 schedules for their five touring series.  Late Models and Sprints will once again headline the series. The Modified North Series returns but will be known under the name of modifieds, as the North designation has been dropped. The Modified South Series has been dropped for the 2011 season. The Southern Modified Series also returns and will be called NCRA Sport Mods in 2011.  New for 2011 is the Great Plains Late Model Series. This is a regional late model series under the NCRA banner that will run a limited number of shows for smaller purses. For more information on the National Championship Racing Association and to view the full schedules for all five of their divisions visit their website at www.ncraracing.org . 2010 NCRA 360 Sprint Series Champion Jeremy Campbell (Image Credit: hutchnews.com) The NCRA 360 Sprints will kick off their 17 race 2011...

Feb
8
2011

Want to Win An Official Camaro Pace Car?

by Lauren Hargrove Normally when a sponsorship program gives away a car, it is to the winner of the series, not a fan. PRNewswire released information regarding the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and ApplianceZone.com sponsorship geared toward fans. One lucky fan will win a special 2011 Chevy RS Camaro and an all expenses paid trip to the season finale of the ApplianceZone.com Dirt Track World Championship. ApplianceZone.com signed on as the “Official Appliance Parts Retailer” for the next three years of the series.  Fans can enter to win the 2011 Chevy RS Camaro (which will also serve as the official pace car for the series) through the AppiianceZone website with no purchase necessary for the initial entry starting on February 7, 2011. Additional entries for the giveaway will be awarded to those making purchases through ApplianceZone.com. This Camaro will serve as the official pace car for the series this year and will be on display to fans...

Feb
7
2011

ASCS Sprints to Make First Ever Visit to California on February 9th

by Chris McWilliams on February 4, 2011 The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters will make their first appearance ever in the state of California on Wednesday February 9, 2011 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.  The ASCS will push off for their 20 th season after their 2010 tour averaged about 60 sprint cars a race and saw a total of 19 different drivers in victory lane. The points fund for the 2011 ASCS season is a staggering $250,000 with the series champion taking home $60,000 for their efforts.  The race at the Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway will be the first of the season for the ASCS and is expected to bring out a strong field of racers including several Californian drivers.  San Jose’s Tim Kaeding will be a strong favorite at Thunderbowl Raceway along with Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson and Easton’s Tommy Tarlton who have all seen a lot of laps at the track. For more information on the American Sprint...

Feb
7
2011

Kyle Larson to sign autographs from 6pm to 9pm in King of the West Sprints booth at Sacramento Autorama this Friday night February 11

By Gary Thomas Sacramento, CA – February 7, 2011…Reigning Golden State 410 Series champion Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, CA will be on hand signing autographs at the King of the West Sprints booth this Friday night during the annual Sacramento Autorama. The Golden State KWS booth will be located in Building C at the 61 st Sacramento Autorama and Larson will be signing autographs from 6pm to 9pm on Friday night. The series show car will be located in the booth and fans are invited to sit in the car and take pictures if wanted. The KWS booth will be part of a Northern California motorsports display that also includes Calistoga Speedway, which will feature the famed Walt Ross No. 56 Special on hand. In addition to that, USAC will also have a booth as part of the display and will have Tony Hunt’s Western States championship winning car in attendance. The Sacramento Autorama runs this Friday through Sunday February 11-13, with the Golden State King of the...

Feb
7
2011

Mesilla Valley Transportation Delivers for USMTS drivers

by John Gibson on February 4, 2011 In the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) drivers will now have even more incentive to work their way to the front. Mesilla Valley Transportation, one of the largest locally-owned transportation providers in Western Texas and Southern New Mexico, has signed on as a sponsor of the Hard Charger award for 2011. The driver that passes the most cars during the A main at every USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour event will receive a $100 bonus for being the hard charger. But it doesn’t stop there.. For more information on Mesilla Valley Transportation visit their homepage, also check out the home of the USMTS at www.usmts.com/ The 2011 season will kick off on February 17th in Baytown Texas. (photo courtesy of USMTS.com) There will also be a season championship bonus, drivers will rack up points throughout the season by passing as many cars as possible. For every position gained from their starting spot,...

Feb
7
2011

Al Hejna Joins Koster Racing To Attack 2011 USMTS Championship

by Chris McWilliams on February 5, 2011 - www.onedirt.com Dirt Modified veteran Al Hejna of Clear Lake, Iowa, has announced that he will be behind the wheel of a new Big Cock Chassis for Koster Racing in 2011. Hejna joins fellow competitor and friend Corey Dripps of Waterloo, Iowa, and 2010 WISSOTA Midwest Modified National Champion Brandon Davis of Medford, Minn., on the 2011 Koster Racing roster. Dripps has owned and operated Big Cock Chassis since its inception in 2004. “Koster Racing is proud to have somebody with the experience and talent of Al behind the wheel of one of our cars,” said Jon Koster. “Al and Corey work very well together and have already been traveling together, so it made a lot of sense. We can’t wait to get on the track in 2011.” Al Hejna in Victory Lane (Image Credit: Cody Papke) For more information on Al Hejna visit www.alhejna.com Hejna brings 28 years of motorsports experience and an impressive career...

Feb
7
2011

New B.O.S.S. Series Brings Non-Wing Sprint Car Action to Ohio

by Chris McWilliams on February 7, 2011 - www.onedirt.com New for the 2011 racing season, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) brings traditional non wing sprint car racing in and around Ohio. Drivers from 4 states and a few races have been confirmed with an official schedule to be released soon. The idea behind the series is to provide competitive racing for fans and promoters, with excellent purses for the drivers brave enough to run without the wing. The series will be “outlaw” without membership fees or a specific brand tire rule. For more information on the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series make sure you visit their home on the web at www.buckeyesprints.com . 2011 BOSS Series Driver Michael Fischesser Teams can choose to run any tires that they want as long as they are commercially available to the public. The only tire rule is that drivers must run the same right rear tire in the heat and feature. The BOSS series will be the only group in the...

Jan
17
2011

PitStopUSA.com Signs on to Support CRA Super Series Racers Again in 2011

Glenn Luckett Jan.17.2011 Salem, IN – PitStopUSA.com has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the CRA Super Series for the upcoming 2011 race season. This will be the tenth season in a row that PitStopUSA.com has been a sponsor with the series. PitStopUSA.com will award each race winner, third place and fifth place finishers at each event with the CRA Super Series and the CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour with Product Certificates. In addition, PitStopUSA.com will award the 2011 CRA Super Series Champion, the 2011 CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour Champion, the 2011 Perfect Circle Racecars Rookie of the Year, and the third and fifth place finishers in final CRA Super Series points with Year End Product Certificates.  “We are very proud of our association with the CRA Super Series for the past nine years,” remarked PitStopUSA.com President Ed Coughenour.  “We have always been impressed by the level of competition in the CRA Super Series and look...

Dec
20
2010

Understanding Ratings for Auto Racing Suits

There are basically two types of auto racing suits: single-layer and multi-layer. In addition, you have one or two piece auto racing suits. We recommend that drivers wear one-piece suits, and crewmen can choose from from either type depending upon their responsibities. While racing suits are most commonly identified by their SFI or FIA ratings, the TPP rating is the best measure of a particular racing suits protection level.  TPP ratings are an indication of how long a suit will protect you before you would incur a second degree burn. The TPP rating is divided in half to determine the number of seconds until the human tissue reaches a second-degree burn. For example, if a particular fabric has a TPP rating of 35, it takes 17.5 seconds until a second-degree burn occurs in a flashover situation. The TPP rating is calculated from a mathematical formula that relates the heat transferred through the garment material to the amount of energy that would be required...

Dec
16
2010

2010 Performance Racing Industry Show a Big Hit

The 2010 PRI Show drew big crowds PRI 2011 returns December 1-3, 2011 to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  The 2010 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show attracted 39,000 racing industry buyers and racing retailers from all 50 states, as well as over 60 countries. The PRI Trade Show also attracts race engine builders, WDs, chassis builders, motorsport engineers, professional race teams and more. Attendees shopped the latest product lines of more than 1,000 companies displaying in 3000 booths and represented all genres of motorsport—stock car, sprint car, drag racing, dirt late models, off-road, modifieds, road racing, open wheel, and more.  PRI 2010 attendees shopped for the latest products from 1,000 companies displaying in 3000 booths   “The PRI Trade Show remains the busiest professional race marketplace in the United States, and the world. It remains the...

Dec
11
2010

IMIS 2010 Proves Indy Is Racing

  IMIS 2010 saw dramatic growth in both exhibitors and attendees. We came away from our visit to the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis very impressed; especially considering this was only the second year.  It is apparent that the IMIS is rapidly becoming the show of choice, especially for the circle track racing community. With racing superstar Tony Stewart leading the way, IMIS 2010 showed impressive growth over last year with 579 exhibitors, covering double the 2009 floor space and thousands more attendees. The slogan Indy is Racing ™ was prominently displayed everywhere from the new Indianapolis International Airport, to every venue in downtown Indianapolis. The show included a major focus on racing safety with including the inaugural IMIS Youth Safety Conference. The IMIS Safety & Technical Conference featured several of...

Dec
9
2010

Simpson Performance Products Acquires Safety Solutions

New Braunfels, TX, December 7, 2010 Simpson Performance Products, the industry dominant brand in racing safety for more than 50 years and Safety Solutions, Inc., backed by 18 years of restraint engineering knowledge have joined forces. United by the common mission of making the sport of racing safer, the acquisition of Safety Solutions gives Simpson Performance Products a broader racing safety portfolio and enhances opportunities for future growth and development within the industry. Trevor Ashline, President of Safety Solutions commented, “I am excited about the growth and opportunities that are ahead. I look forward to working with the Simpson team, pooling our resources and experience to continue bringing innovative safety technology and product choice to the sport of racing. Safety Solutions’ customers will continue to be able to get the same great product technology they are accustomed to, and more." “Simpson has worked closely with...

Dec
7
2010

Simpson Introduces Snell SA2010 Helmets

In addition to the all new Simpson SA2010 Helmet Lineup, there are several new Simpson Racing Suits and Gloves for the 2011 season. December 7, 2010 - Simpson Race Products recently introduced their all new Snell SA2010 helmet lineup and again raises the bar for outstanding safety innovation and product improvements for the 2011 season. The new Simpson Snell SA2010 helmet lineup features improved helmet fit, improved shield fit, a newly designed shield pivot system and a new shield latch that opens easily.  All in all, the Simpson SA2010 auto racing helmet lineup offers much more than an update to meet the more exacting requirements of the Snell SA2010 standards.  Top to bottom the new Simpson helmet lineup offers significant safety and feature improvements that will be welcomed by racers in all forms of motorsport.   The Snell SA2010 standards required utilizing graduated head form drop...

Dec
7
2010

Welcome to the all new Pit Stop USA

 

Welcome to the all new Pit Stop USA!

We are proud to welcome you to the all new Pit Stop USA, The Online Motorsports Superstore.

A full year of development went into the new Pit Stop USA online store, and we are confident that you will not find a better source for circle track racing parts, safety equipment and supplies anywhere. We feature over 40,000 racing products from over 400 of the top brands in motorsports all at our low everyday prices.

The all new Pit Stop USA features include tech tips, racetrack locater, event calendars, racing news and much more. Enjoy test driving the all new Pit Stop USA.

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