PRESS RELEASES

Berco Redwood/ Berry Lumber becomes new Placerville Speedway title sponsor

Placerville, CA...Placerville Speedway is excited to welcome Berco Redwood/ Berry Lumber as its new title sponsor this season.

The El Dorado County Fairgrounds venue is entering its 59th season of competition and year number nine under the leadership of Promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold of RMI.

Since opening in 1965 the high-banked, red-clay bullring has been a favorite among fans throughout Northern California and is just a short drive up the hill from the capital city of Sacramento.

Berco Redwood/ Berry Lumber will also be presenting sponsor of the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout/ Legends Weekend on Saturday and Sunday August 31st and September 1st. The much-anticipated event on Labor Day weekend will showcase Winged 360 Sprint Cars and the High Sierra Industries Wingless Sprints each night.

Visits by the High Limit Winged 410 Sprint Cars, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, the NARC 410 Sprint Cars and more dot the schedule for what is sure to be a memorable year at the quarter-mile.

“We’re really looking forward to the season ahead and thrilled to have Berco Redwood/ Berry Lumber come on board as our new title sponsor at Placerville Speedway,” said Promoter Scott Russell. “Tim Berry and his company have been great supporters of motorsports, along with offering high quality products and services. We hope all the fans and teams will support Berco Redwood/ Berry Lumber whenever possible.”

For over 40 years, Berco Redwood has been providing building materials for decks, fences, patio covers and landscape projects throughout Northern California. In addition to lumber, they have the connectors, hardware, finishes and advice on how to best use them for your needs. To learn more about the company simply visit https://www.bercoredwood.com/

Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner, Berry Lumber has the building products you need for your job, large or small. Berry Lumber is a full service, drive-thru lumber yard that has easy access from Auburn Boulevard. In addition to high-quality products, you'll also find unbeatable service. To learn more visit https://www.berrylumber.com/

As we prepare for the 2024 campaign make sure to lock up your Placerville Speedway season tickets to catch all the action! To acquire your season pass simply click https://www.placervillespeedway.com/_files/ugd/3b0a6c_564049e410a34b93a0bd8ee004067c08.pdf

For those who can’t make it to the track, CaliDirt.TV will provide live flag-to-flag coverage of every Placerville Speedway point race this season. The live streaming service also includes each event with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. Fans can purchase through a cost savings monthly membership or on a per race basis via https://calidirt.tv/

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

 

 

“KAMIKAZE” KOMISARSKI ENTERS CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50
February 21, 2024 – Bobby “The Kamikaze” Komisarski confirmed today that he will be participating in the Children’s Dream Fund 50’ March 2 at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The co-sanctioned event between the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Perfit-Parts and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series will pay the winner of the event $10,000. The event is aimed at bringing awareness to the Children's Dream Fund Organization.

Komisarski, nicknamed the “Kamikaze” due to his hard charging driving style, will be behind the wheel of the Vicki and Gene Fogle owned White Hare Racing entry. The team will be making their first-ever Florida appearance.

The Dayton, Ohio resident had a career year in 2023 with Must See Racing. He found himself on the podium on two occasions. He was leading at Berlin Raceway until he surrendered the lead late in the race. At the series finale in Plymouth, Indiana, he was running second to Davey Hamilton Jr. before the rear end broke on the final lap. He ultimately finished sixth in that race.

“When I saw the announcement about the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ I was excited” explains Komisarski. “Any reason to get out of the cold in Ohio is a good reason. I think both series coming together is great. There is already a stacked field if you look at the list of drivers entered. It’s gonna be great for the drivers and fans. I can’t wait to get down there.”

“I’ve never been to Citrus County Speedway. I’ve been watching videos online. I’m just trying to get a good idea of the track. We’re gonna try to make it down for the Friday practice. That should help us out a lot. That’s gonna be a big help. It looks like a great Saturday night bullring short track. I’m looking forward to it. It falls into our wheelhouse of nice little bullrings.”

“I think qualifying is gonna be the most important thing. You’re gonna have to stay out of traffic and get clean air. White Hare Racing always brings me a great car. Every time I strap in, it’s ready to go. Qualifying is gonna be very important as far as how the race plays out. We got a lot better qualifying last year towards the end of the year. I’m excited to start the season off down there in Florida.”

“At the end of the day this race is for a good cause. I love it. I wish there were more races like it. One of our sponsors, Feed My Starving Children, gives back to the community. Giving back to the community and racing doesn’t get any better than that. We do a reverse sponsorship. We donate our winnings back to them. They make meals. We have participated in it as a team. We make meals and send them back to them to give to the children. I hope we pack the house and can help the Children's Dream Fund.”

“Honestly, just being back with the guys again is what I’m looking forward to. Great weather, great group of guys, you’re not gonna find a more stacked field anywhere. It’s the best of the best. If we have a good finish, get through it unscathed, and have fun, I’ll be happy. I’m looking forward to the event and can’t wait to get down there” concluded Komisarski.

 

 

Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants Western PA Speedweek presented by J.S. Bova Excavating

More Than $100,000 in Cash and Contingencies to be Awarded in 2024

The Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants Western PA Speedweek presented by J.S. Bova Excavating is proud to announce that over $100,00 in cash, bonus prizes, contingency awards, and product giveaways will be distributed during this summer’s five-race miniseries slated to take place from Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd. A pair of $4,000 to win shows, point fund payout of $13,500, and added bonuses highlight the destination week of racing that is remarkably ready to commence on its fourth consecutive year of racing.

The previously announced ‘Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ on Friday, May 31st at Lernerville Speedway will service as the cornerstone race paying $4,000 to win, $350 to start with additional money being spread to the 2nd and 3rd positions.

Sharon Speedway will host Western PA Speedweek the following night on Saturday, June 1st and offer up another $4,000 top prize, while also paying $450 to start with additional money spread through the middle of the field.

The remaining three nights of racing (Michaels Mercer Raceway on Wednesday, May 29th; Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 30th; Tri City Raceway Park on Sunday, June 2nd) will pay $3,500 to win and $300 to start. Additionally, all five nights of Western PA Speedweek wil linclude extra money on the line through various awards, bonuses and giveaways detailed further below.

A huge thank you goes out to Fox’s Pizza Den of Mercer for contributing an extra $100 to the 2nd place prize money each night.

For a second consecutive year the Western PA Speedweek point fund will pay out a total of $13,500 with $3,000 going to the champion. As has become customary, the point fund is fully guaranteed as long as three or more races are completed.

SPEEDWEEK POINT FUND ($13,500 total): 1st-$3,000; 2nd-$2,500; 3rd-$2,000; 4th-$1,500; 5th-$1,000; 6th-$900; 7th-$800; 8th-$700; 9th-$600; 10th-$500

A plethora of nightly awards and giveaways are also on the card each night. As we’ve done each of the past three years, the quick time and hard charger awards will pay a “minimum” nightly amount with $1,000 allotted for each over the course of the week. The final nightly award will be that $1,000 amount divided by the number of races completed. The hard luck award will split $250 across the number of finished races.

$200 QUICK TIME award presented by The Knox Bakery
$200 HARD CHARGER award presented by Rustler Sales & Service
$50 HARD LUCK award presented by Pittsburgh Racing Now

New to Western PA Speedweek in 2024 will be the nightly McCandless Ford ‘BONUS BUCKS’ drawing presented by Bill McCandless Ford/McCandless Ford Meadville. A random draw will take place in victory lane each night with a whopping $500 being sent home with one lucky driver. All feature finishers from 6th place through 24th place on that given night will be eligible for the draw.

Our good friends from Lockhart Raceway will again be offering the ‘JACKPOT AWARD’ paying $100 each night to the highest finisher that has the track logo displayed on their top wing. Decals will be available for pickup each night at pill draw.

Western PA Speedweek on behalf of Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic will be awarding one certificate each night for a free Hoosier tire. This random draw will take place during the driver’s meeting, and all teams maintaining perfect attendance up through that evening will be eligible.

The Dirt Network has graciously returned as a sponsor of the ‘WEEK LONG HARD CHARGER’ award paying $500 to the persevering driver that passes the most cars during feature racing over the course of the week.

2024 Western PA Speedweek Schedule
- Wednesday, May 29th @ Michaels Mercer Raceway
- Thursday, May 30th @ Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway
- Friday, May 31st @ Lernerville Speedway
- Saturday, June 1st @ Sharon Speedway
- Sunday, June 2nd @ Tri City Raceway Park

Speedweek Point Fund ($13,500 total)
1-$3,000; 2-$2,500; 3-$2,000; 4-$1,500; 5-$1,000; 6-$900; 7-$800; 8-$700; 9-$600; 10-$500

Friday Night Payout
1-$4,000; 2-$2,000; 3-$1,500; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$425; 12-$400; 13-$375; 14-$375; 15-$375; 16-$350; 17-$350; 18-$350; 19-350; 20-$350; 21-$350; 22-$350; 23-$350; 24-$350; Tow-$100

Saturday Night Payout
1-$4,000; 2-$1,600; 3-$1,200; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$575; 9-$550; 10-$500; 11-$475; 12-$450; 13-$425; 14-$400; 15-$375; 16-$350; 17-$350; 18-$350; 19-350; 20-$350; 21-$350; 22-$350; 23-$350; 24-$350; Tow-$100

Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday Payout
1-$3,500; 2-$1,600; 3-$1,200; 4-$1,000; 5-$800; 6-$700; 7-$600; 8-$550; 9-$500; 10-$450; 11-$420; 12-$400; 13-$370; 14-$360; 15-$350; 16-$340; 17-$330; 18-$320; 19-310; 20-$300; 21-$300; 22-$300; 23-$300; 24-$300; Tow-$100

A full PDF copy of the driver handout can be downloaded HERE.

Spring will be here and gone before you know it with already less than 100 days left until Western PA Speedweek begins. Start making your plans now to attend all five nights of speedweek beginning with the Wednesday kickoff to summer at Michaels Mercer Raceway!

Western PA Speedweek is brought to you by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants together with J.S. Bova Excavating along with the support of Bill McCandless Ford, Bowl-O-Drome Family Bowling Center, Classic Ink USA, Hobaugh’s Auto Parts, Kistler Racing Products, The Knox Bakery, Lockhart Raceway, McClung Auto Body, Mobile Bail Bonds, Rustler Sales & Service, Superior Interiors Dustless Hardwood Refinishing, Rod Squad Fishing Charters, Pittsburgh Racing Now, Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic, The Dirt Network, Fox’s Pizza Den of Mercer, 724 Media, and the A-Main Podcast.

For additional information pertaining to driver questions or interested sponsors, please contact Tyler Beichner by call or text at (814) 221-1712 or email at westernpaspeedweek@gmail.com.

 

 

Dominic Scelzi Back With Roth Motorsports for High Limit Racing Event in Georgia Following Florida Doubleheader

Inside Line Promotions - TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2024) - Dominic Scelzi is returning to a Roth Motorsports No. 83 sprint car this weekend for a High Limit Racing event at Golden Isles Speedway.

The Deuces Wild two-night show runs Thursday and Saturday at the dirt oval in Waynesville, Ga.

"I know I've never raced in Georgia, but I don't think I've ever even been to Georgia," Scelzi said. "My goal is to make the dash both nights and run inside the top 10 both nights. I have a lot of confidence going in and I feel comfortable."

Scelzi joined Roth Motorsports last week when he filled in for James McFadden during the High Limit Racing opening event hosted by East Bay Raceway Park. The Battle at the Bay marked Scelzi's first time competing at the track.

"Our results didn't show how good we were, but we had really good speed," he said. "I think the hardest thing jumping in something new, especially racing with a lot of good guys, is getting yourself up to speed as fast as you can. We didn't do as good of a job in qualifying as we hoped the first night."

Scelzi timed in 12 th quickest in his group a week ago Monday. He gained a position to finish fifth in a heat race, earning a lock-in position into the main event.

"To be able to get by Brent Marks on the start and get us into the feature was a huge part of the success of the night," he said. "In the feature we threw some things at it that made me comfortable. I felt we were a top-10 car, but I just wasn't able to break into the top 10 by the time the race ended."

Scelzi's run from 20 th to 12 th was tied for the second-most positions gained.

The event concluded the following night, when Scelzi qualified fourth quickest in his group out of more than 25 competitors.

"We hot lapped a lot better and qualified a lot better," he said. "We ran well in the heat race and our second-place finish got us into the dash. We were as fast as Brad (Sweet) in the dash, but the bottom got sped up and we got passed to end third."

Scelzi overcame early trouble when a competitor ran into him, damaging the nose wing. After a couple of visits to the work area, he rallied from the back of the pack to garner a 13th-place result.

"In the feature we got run over right away," he said. "We were able to fix the nose wing and drive up through there to finish 13th. It wasn't what we wanted, but to recover and pass the amount of good cars we did was great."

QUICK RESULTS -

Feb. 12 - East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 12 (20).

Feb. 13 - East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 3 (2); Feature: 13 (3).

SEASON STATS -

2 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 2 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Thursday and Saturday at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Ga., for the Deuces Wild with High Limit Racing

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

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

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Roth Motorsports

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

"A huge thanks goes to Dennis and Teresa Roth and Todd and Brent Ventura for the opportunities they've given me over the years," Scelzi said. "It has been great to work with Roth Motorsports both driving for their team as well as having them support Scelzi Motorsports."

Scelzi would like to thank Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Whipple Superchargers, System 1, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Roth Motorsports, K&N Filters, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, NAPA Auto Parts, Todd Jorgensen, Sparco, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Auto Meter, Kenny's Components and Worldwide Bearings for their continued support.

 

 

Ashton Torgerson Scores Pair of Top-5’s at Steffey Memorial

PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting back to his roots over the weekend, Ashton Torgerson climbed back aboard the family owned Micro 600 and picked up a pair of Top-5 finishes as he now turns his attention to the family owned Sprint Car this Saturday night.

Checking in at Adobe Mountain Speedway for the Steffey Memorial over the weekend, Torgerson competed in Non-Winged Outlaws action on Friday night and picked up a second-place finish before bolting the wing on Saturday night and finishing fourth.

Friday night, the younger of the Torgerson brothers opened the weekend up by drawing the pole for his heat race in Non-Winged Outlaws action. Getting the jump when the race came to life, Torgerson never looked back as he picked up the win and moved into the feature event.

Lining up on the front row of the feature, Torgerson settled into second as the race came to life. Battling hard with fellow micro ace, Michael Faccinto, the duo put on an exciting show as they were very strong out front.

Unable to get by Faccinto and contend for the win, Torgerson settled for second as he turned his attention to winged action on Saturday night and also took part in Non-Winged ‘A’ Class competition.

Hopping in his brothers No. 88 entry in ‘A’ Class festivities, Torgerson went from sixth to fifth in his heat race before advancing from third to win the ‘B’ and ultimately finishing 13th in the feature event.

Winged Outlaw action saw Torgerson time in second quick in time trials, before finishing second in his heat race. Moving into the pole shuffle, Torgerson’s fourth place finish put him in the second row of the Steffey Memorial finale.

Settling into the fourth position when the race came to life, Torgerson did have an early misstep that saw him slip back to fifth on the sixth lap. With passing extremely tough on the final night of the two-day show, Torgerson spent much of the race trying to work his way back into fourth.

Battling hard, Torgerson was able to make his move back into fourth on the 21st lap. Maintaining the position for the final four laps, Torgerson capped his weekend off with a fourth-place finish.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 9, Wins- 1, Top 5’s- 3, Top 10’s- 3

ON TAP: Ashton Torgerson will turn his attention to winged sprint car racing this weekend as he will travel to Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.

 

 

Heser Auto & Detailing Offering Bonuses to Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars Presented by Heser Auto & Detailing Division at Jackson Motorplex This Season

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Feb. 20, 2024) - Heser Auto & Detailing will be a large supporter and the presenting sponsor of the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detailing division at Jackson Motorplex this season.

Heser Auto & Detailing - a family owned business since 1996 - specializes in detailing and used vehicle sales. It is located only one mile from Jackson Motorplex, which will host the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detailing division five times this year.

The five-race champion will receive the Wyffels Cup as well as a $1,000 bonus courtesy of Heser Auto & Detailing, which is also adding a $1,000 bonus for the highest finisher in combined points at Jackson Motorplex and Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

The Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detailing division shows at Jackson Motorplex are May 24, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 15-16 as a part of the 46 th annual FENDT Jackson Nationals. The Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detailing feature winner on Aug. 16 will earn $2,500.

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com

X: http://www.twitter.com/JacksonMotorplx

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JacksonMotorplex

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacksonmotorplex/

JACKSON MOTORPLEX -

Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through August, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com .

 

Kaleb Johnson Eager for New Experiences With a Busy Racing Schedule Planned in 2024

Inside Line Promotions - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Feb. 20, 2024) - Kaleb Johnson will branch out to several new tracks this year as he continues to build his sprint car program.

The only points racing planned is the 410ci winged sprint car division at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

"This year we want to race wherever we want," he said. "We're only focusing on Huset's weekly and our goal is to travel to some different places and get me and the team more experience. It'll be a lot of World of Outlaws stuff in the middle of the summer.

"Consistency and qualifying are the main things at Huset's. I thought we had a really good year at Huset's in 2022. Last year it was frustrating and disappointing. A lot of things happened out of our control that dampened our season. We're excited to return to Huset's this year and take a step forward with consistency."

In addition to the weekly competition at the high-banked oval, Johnson is increasing his percentage of 410 shows in the season plan.

"I think I have a total of 64 races and about 16 or 17 are 360 shows so we'll do close to 50 410 shows," he said. "We want to work on building our 410 program and taking another step forward in 2024 with not only more 410 races, but a lot of big shows."

Another emphasis is venturing to at least a half dozen new tracks this year.

"Toward the end of the year we're going to Riverside International Speedway for an ASCS show," Johnson said. "It's something I'm really looking forward to. We're excited to get to different tracks. The last few years I've raced the same handful of tracks. If I want to get better I need to race at different tracks and with different competition."

The planned kickoff to the season is a month away as Johnson will head to Oklahoma for ASCS Sooner Region races on March 22 at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskogee and March 23 at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the car and turning some laps," he said. "It'll be fun to head south for the weekend to get a busy season underway."

UP NEXT -

March 22 at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskogee, Okla., and March 23 at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., with the ASCS Sooner Region

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.kalebjohnsonracing.com/

X: https://twitter.com/Kaleb___Johnson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalebJohnsonRacing22

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Oddson Underground, Inc.

Oddson Underground, Inc., of Windom, Minn., is a family owned business established in 1998. The business is an underground utility contractor that handles the installation of fiber optic, water, sewer, power, geothermal and other underground services. For more information, visit http://www.oddsonunderground.com .

"We're excited to have Oddson Underground return to our team this year," Johnson said. "They came on board with us in a pretty big way a couple of years ago and we're looking forward to continuing our partnership with them."

Johnson would like to thank Merle Johnson Farm Toys, Oddson Underground, Inc., Folkens Brothers Trucking, Blondie Motorsports, Construction Products & Consultants, GRP Motorsports, Innovative Design/Sletten Properties, Cressman Sanitation, State Bank of Fairmont, AB Custom Construction, Specialized Caulking Sealants, The Minnesota Mafia, Guaranteed Rate-Mike Brudigan Home Loans, The Ron Weber Team, David Kramer Drywall, Big Al's Diecast, Heartland Properties, Dave's Lawn Care & Landscaping, TL Racing, Hepfner Racing Products, TJ Forged Wheels, Howe Motorsports, Moyle Racing Engines, Forged in Dirt and Team DGRD for their continued support.


 

Mildura Set For A Sprintcar Shootout

This Saturday night (February 24) the 410ci Sprintcars will take to the revamped B&S Earthworks Timmis Speedway in Mildura for the first time as the Sprintcars SA Southern Shootout Series rolls into Mildura with 26 drivers from across Australia currently nominated. Not only will it be the first time that Sprintcars have raced the new configeration, it will be the first open Sprintcar event since the Col Beasley Classic in 2017, when Jamie Veal drove to victory.

This weekend will be the first time that a round of the Southern Shootout Series has been conducted outside of South Australia and the event is being proudly presented by The Gateway & Verde – Mildura.

The current line-up includes some of the best Sprintcar drivers and teams in Australia with the likes of former Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion Brock Hallett, current series points leader Luke Dillon, current South Australian Champion Matt Egel, 2023 Battle of the Bridge winner and four-time National 360ci Champion Ryan Jones, former SRA Series and Victorian State Champion Daniel Pestka and Queensland Champion Ryan Newton among the star-studded nomination list.

Joining the drivers already mentioned will be leading South Australians Chad Ely, who is former Australian 360ci Champion, Loxton’s Keke Falland, Lachlan McDonough, Current Australian 360ci Champ Mark Caruso, Steven Caruso, Terry Pitt, Mike Fox, Mount Gambier based rookie Parker Scott and former Mildura resident Corey Sandow.

In addition to Brock Hallett and Ryan Newton, who will be substituting in the Colin McQuinn owned Chief Racing #V6 for Cam Waters who will be in action at Bathurst, several other interstate drivers will take in the Sprintcars SA sanctioned event including Young (NSW) resident Jackson Delamont. Additional Victorian entries include Portland’s Adam King, former SRA feature winner Ash Cook, Brett Smith, Todd Moule, rookie Jacob Pitcher and Warrnambool’s Will Carroll, who will drive the #NT25 for car owner Dave McFadden.

Local Mildura residents Jason Bolitho, Jay Brown and Lloyd Bahr will also be out to impress in front of their local sponsors and fans.

The event format will see hot laps, time trials, a single round of heat races, a dash / shootout, a B-Main and the all important Sprintcars SA Southern Shootout $4,000 to win A-Main.

Event information: Saturday February 24, 2024 - B&S Earthworks Timmis Speedway, Mildura:

Gates open - 4:30pm

Pit party from 4:30-5:30pm

Hot Laps & Time Trials from 6pm

Racing from 7pm

2023/24 Sprintcars SA Southern Shootout Series Summary:

Revolution Racegear Quick Time Awards – S81 Luke Dillon (2), S98 Chad Ely

Wide Open Clothing Co. / One6 Industries Heat Winners – S98 Chad Ely, T7 Tim Hutchins, N55 Jessie Attard, S3 Ben Morris, S24 Ricky Maiolo, S7 Terry Pitt, Q5 Brock Hallett, T22 Jock Goodyer, N48 Jackson Delamont.

Showtime Signs Shootout Winners – S81 Luke Dillon, USA9 Chase Randall, Q5 Brock Hallett.

A-Main Winners – T22 Jock Goodyer (2), S81 Luke Dillon

Double Points “Joker” Players– S4 Lisa Walker, S38 Lachy McDonough, V43 Corey Sandow, S52 Matt Egel, 57 Robert Heard, S72 Max Vidau, S78 Keke Falland, S81 Luke Dillon, S98 Chad Ely.

Sprintcars SA Southern Shootout Series Points (Top 10) – 1. S81 Luke Dillon 845, 2. S52 Matt Egel 760, 3. S98 Chad Ely 594, 4. S78 Keke Falland 590, 5. S4 Lisa Walker 552, 6. S38 Lachy McDonough 550, 7. V43 Corey Sandow 524, 8. T22 Jock Goodyer 500, 9. A1 Lachlan McHugh 390, 10. USA87 Aaron Reutzel 390.

Sprintcars SA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the 2023/24 Southern Shootout Series:

Whyalla Earthworks / Whyalla Mini Bins
Pro 4x4
Revolution Racegear
Clarend Transport
One6 Industries
Wide Open Clothing Co.
The Gateway & Verde - Mildura
Showtime Signs

 

 

ADEMA EXCITED ABOUT FIRST MUST SEE RACING START IN CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

February 20, 2024 – Veteran Florida pavement sprint car driver Scotty Adema is yet another entrant who has confirmed he will be a participant in the March 2 ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’. The Citrus County Speedway event will pay $10,000 to win and will be co-sanctioned between the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit-Parts and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series. Adema will be driving for Charlie Norman Motorsports and will be a teammate with Troy DeCaire.

When Adema heard the announcement that MSR would be co-sanctioning with the SSSS, it was music to his ears, as he already had plans to compete with MSR in 2024.

“Actually, when I heard the announcement, I was pretty excited” explained Adema. “It would be good practice. Charlie Norman Motorsports, Chaz Hambling, and Danielle Webb had planned to go up north and run MSR maybe five to six shows this year.

“Our only apprehension was running the American Racer Tire. That problem got solved when the Southern Sprints switched to the American Racer. So we were gonna get some experience on that. I’ve known Jim Hanks, the owner of Must See Racing, for years. I’ve had a good repour with him. It was kind of a good deal. Everything just came together for our future plans of racing with some of those guys. We plan on running the MSR season opener at Sandusky.”

“My son Ryan was originally gonna run this race, making it a three-car effort. But He’ll probably sit this one out. He’s still a little hurt from his big wreck at Showtime. It kinda knocked the wind out of him. He’s still gonna be there helping us.”

“We definitely appreciate the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series, Must See Racing, Citrus County Speedway, and especially JJ Dutton for giving us the chance to race for this kind of money. The last time we raced for a purse like this was probably the 2007 Florida 400.”

“I think we showed we can run up front at Citrus County during the Sandi DeCaire Classic in November. We were fighting fuel pick up issues. We had zero practice. We went able to tinker with the car over two days of practice. We threw everything at it but the kitchen sink. We started fourteenth in the feature. Up until the last restart we running as high as fourth or fifth. We wound up sixth. That was a stacked field for down here.”

“A lot of these guys that are coming down for this race I’ve run with before. Some of the older ones I’ve raced with twenty years ago. Its gonna be interesting. Usually, it’s us driving out of state to run places they frequent. They know their tracks inside and out. Now it’s kind of a reverse role here. Now we have a track with a lot of quirks. I’m not gonna get into what those quirks are, because that’s the Florida guy’s advantage. It will be interesting to see that role reversal.”

“I think a lot of the northern guys are gonna bring a lot of speed. But down here, we don’t have any grip. I’ve raced at some of the tracks up north that they say don’t have grip. They don’t know what no grip means until they get down to Florida. It will be interesting to see that dynamic of what they consider no grip.” “You couldn’t ask for a better cause to race for. The best thing about it is that it affects the children. I’m a big supporter of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and their system. This kind of follows along that same line. What even makes it a double bonus is we have a racer in the field (JJ Dutton) who necessitated this charity and knows it. It shows the racing community how we band together” concluded Adema.

 

 

PERRIS HOSTS 250TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE AT SATURDAY SEASON OPENER
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 19, 2024... The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will open their 2024 season this Saturday, February 24th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the 250th “home track” event will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, GAS Chassis PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, PASSCAR Super Stocks, and PASSCAR Street Stocks. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Race fans are encouraged to support the race track and watch the races in person. USAC/CRA shows at Perris Auto Speedway WILL NOT be live streamed and beware of scammers.

NOTE: The March 2nd race that was originally scheduled at Cocopah Speedway (near Yuma, Arizona), has been moved to March 23rd.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The series rule book is online at usacracing.com.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 249 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-three different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” series wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. The complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

On the strength of eight victories, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) won last year’s championship. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance owned #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-5 finishes, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 194 feature laps led to his credit. Currently ranked fourth with 21 career victories, Brody has announced that he will spend more time with his family and plans to run a limited schedule for May Motorsports.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) claimed second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm had three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, nine top-5 finishes, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led on the year. Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights on starting his championship bid with a victory this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) placed third in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Piloting the family owned #2 Digalert / Ramona Duck Club DRC, Williams recorded two heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, eight top-5 finishes, eleven top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit. With eleven career triumphs, Austin will be one of the favorites to watch behind the wheel of Tom & Christy Dunkel’s #17W Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ran fourth in the chase for the championship. The owner/driver of the #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC recorded six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career wins and will have his sights on the season opening victory at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranked fifth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Racing the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Schweitzer Racing DRC, Bender had six heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, five top-5 finishes, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2022 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his first USAC/CRA victory at the PAS!

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Logan Calderwood, Grant Sexton, Verne Sweeney, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Brent Owens, James Turnbull II, Matt McCarthy, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Jeff Dyer, Tom Dunkel, Kyle Edwards, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Sexton Fire Protection, WC Friend Company, and Woodland Auto Display, for their support.

For more information on the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Matt Mitchell, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Brody Roa, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Justin Grant, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Brady Bacon, 5-Robert Ballou, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-C.J. Leary, 2-Tommy Malcolm, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
March 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
March 23: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ
April 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
May 4: TBA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 8: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
June 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
September 28: Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA
October 12: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
October 19: TBA
November 1: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 2: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

Ray Marshall and Matt Westfall show promise in Florida USAC slate
ByTyler Altmeyer
Feb 19, 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

FOREST, Ohio (February 19, 2024) – It was a slow start to their 2024 campaign, but things hit high gear in a hurry, as Ray Marshall Motorsports and Matt Westfall raced on to highlight their first trip of the season with a top-ten at Ocala Speedway in Ocala, Florida, on Thursday, February 15, launching the USAC National Sprint Cars program with the 13th-quickest time (of 28 entries) and a heat race victory.

Finishing sixth officially, the top-ten outcome was not only the team’s first of the year, but the first of Ray Marshall’s final season as car owner, accomplished in just their fifth start of the 2024 season. In fact, Westfall and Marshall, former Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) champions and USAC feature winners, nearly matched their Thursday result on Friday (also at Ocala), but a leaky right rear put a quark in their luck.

The team’s right rear lost pressure on the final circuit forcing the Forest, Ohio-based open wheelers to surrender their top-ten running position; they were scored 16th.

Other Florida USAC results include finishing 18th and 17th at Ocala Speedway on February 9-10, and 16th and 17th in a Volusia Speedway Park doubleheader on February 13.

“It’s definitely a bitter-sweet deal to get the 2024 season underway. We’re ready for another year and we’re ready to chase wins, but knowing it’s Ray’s final season definitely makes it sad. We’re going to work as hard as we can to make every start count,” Westfall, ace of the Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc, Hempy Water, DPI Ink, Wix Filters, Rod End Supply, Allstar Performance, No. 33M sprint car, said. “Hats off to this entire team. It’s never an easy trip to Florida, especially with a lot of racing in a short time span, but we came prepared and we’re ready to keep it going.”

ON DECK:
Ray Marshall Motorsports and Matt Westfall Racing will continue their 2024 USAC National Sprint Cars campaign with a visit to Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Friday, April 5, followed by a stop at Red Hill Raceway in Sumner, Illinois, on Saturday, April 6.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ray Marshall Motorsports and Matt Westfall would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc, Hempy Water, DPI Ink, Wix Filters, Rod End Supply, Allstar Performance.

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch each and every USAC event live at www.floracing.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattWestfallRacing/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ray-Marshall-Motorsports-111598495590021/
Online home: http://raymarshallmotorsports.com/
News coverage: http://fullyinjected.com.

STATS:
Wins: 0
Top-Fives: 0
Top-Tens: 1

HIGHLIGHTS:
Finished sixth in USAC National Sprint Cars start at Ocala Speedway in Ocala, Florida, on Thursday, February 15.

 

 

JEFF DYER OPENS A BUSY 2024 SEASON AT SATURDAY’S USAC/CRA RACE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

(Yucca Valley, CA, February 18, 2024) Sprint car racing California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Dyer will kick off a busy season when the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series opens its 20th campaign this Saturday night, February 24th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Dyer will be returning to the track for the first time since he closed his 2023 season last October.

2023 ended up being a triumphant year for the Dyer Motorsports team. Jeff Dyer captured the championship in the final season of the POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series. In addition, his teenage son, Seth, whacked the field to notch his first win in a SWLS race at the Imperial Valley Raceway on October 21st. As well as that accomplishment, the personable young driver was named the series Rookie of the Year.

Despite the triumphs, the season had tribulations. Most notable was Jeff suffering a torn Achilles tendon playing softball last August. Initial reports had “Ponch” done for the season. However, he believed that he could make it back before the year ended. Against the odds, he amazingly returned to action and dominated the competition in a Lightning Sprint Car race at the Mohave Valley Raceway on October 14th. Hard work since then has him nearly as good as new.

“It is going well,” the Yucca Valley, Californian commented on his rehab. “I am probably about 85% back to normal. It is getting better. In the morning when it is cold out, it is a little stiff until I get up and start walking around. I can pretty much do everything I was doing before.”

Getting his Achilles straightened out did take some time away from working on the cars for the 2024 season. However, the most important things were recovering from the injury and getting in better shape. Happily, he has achieved both.

“First of all, I have been working on myself and my fitness,” he said. “ I have lost 30 pounds over the off-season. I have been working hard on that. On the cars, we kind of got off to a late start. Me and Seth were kind of burned out through the end of the year. We went through the holidays without touching the cars from the last race. After the new year, we really started getting on it. Now things are starting to get together and we are more excited about it.”

The plan for 2024 was for Jeff to run all of the Perris USAC/CRA races, a lot of CLS races, and when possible, a few races with the new Ultimate Sprint Car Series. After an impressive run at the end of last season, Seth’s main focus this year is on the GAS Chassis Young Gun Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway. However, he will miss the season opener this weekend as his engine is not ready. He will also run as many CLS races as possible.

While Seth is out of action this Saturday, he will not have long to wait to get in his first laps of the year. Both he and Jeff will be at the Imperial Valley Raceway when the California Lightning Sprint Car Series starts its 30th season during the Midwinter Fair on March 1st and 2nd.

“When we get to Imperial it will be pretty much what we did last year,” Jeff said. “The same cars. Well, we built Seth a new car last year so it is ready to go. We made a couple of changes on mine that will hopefully work. I am not going to tell you what they are but we made some drastic changes to my car. We are excited to see what happens with that.”

Saturday’s race, which will be the opener for Perris Auto Speedway’s 28th season, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Spectator gates will open at 5:00. Adult tickets are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids 6-12 it is only $5.00 and children 5 and under are admitted free. The fairgrounds charge $10.00 for parking.

Advance tickets for Saturday’s opener are available 24 hours a day at the following link https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. You can also order on the phone by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to purchase advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in the City of Perris (92571). Take the 215 Freeway. Exit at the Ramona Expressway and head three miles east to the fairgrounds.

In 2024, the following marketing partners are helping keep the Dyers on the track. Dependable Machine Inc., Haircuts By Susie, Jobu Racing, LBA Investigations, Straight Time Stirrups, Justice Brothers, Fonseca Racing, Specialty Fasteners, and Blud Racing Lubricants. If you would like to be a part of Dyer Motorsports in 2024, call (760) 550-7237 or send an email to mailto:dyermotorsports4@gmail.com.

Jeff is racing in memory of his grandparents, Glenn, and Beverly Sels, throughout the 2024 season.

Jeff Dyer 2023 Results

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

3-11-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 17th A Main

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Open Comp. Sprints 15th A Main

4-8-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 7th A Main

4-15-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 16th A Main

5-5-23 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 15th A Main

5-13-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 11th A Main

5-20-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main
5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 17th A Main

6-3-23 Bakersfield Speedway CLS/BCRA Civil War 1st A Main

6-10-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 12th A Main

6-17-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

6-24-23 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 10th A Main

7-8-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

7-15-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th A Main

8-5-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

10-14-23 Mohave Valley Raceway CLS vs SWLS Best of the West 1st A Main

10-20-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main

10-21-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 6th A Main

11-14-23 Bakersfield Speedway Lightning Sprint Western States Champ. 3rd A Main

Seth Dyer 2023 Lightning Sprint Results

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 12th A Main

3-11-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

4-8-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints DNS

5-13-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

5-20-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 11TH A Main

5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main

6-3-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

6-10-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning 6th A Main

6-17-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

7-8-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

8-5-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 7th A Main

9-23-23 Perris Auto Speedway Young Gun Sprint Cars 5th A Main

9-30-23 Merced Speedway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

10-14-23 Mohave Valley Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

10-20-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 9th A Main

10-21-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

11-14-23 Bakersfield Speedway Lightning Sprint Western States Champ. 14th A Main

AJ Bender 2023

9-30-23 Merced Speedway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

 

 

HAMILTON JR BRINGS FEATURE WINS TITLE TO CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

February 19, 2024 – Davey Hamilton Jr. is the latest ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ entrant, and it comes as no surprise. Hamilton Jr. and his Kirk Morgan Racing Team are based out of Tampa, Florida and have dominated nearly every Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series event they have participated in in the past two seasons. Hamilton Jr. was also the winningest pavement sprint car driver in the country in 2023.

Hamilton Jr. may be one of the more intriguing entrants. He was the only driver in 2023 to have won both the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit-Parts and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series feature events. So, he is familiar with both series. The event will be a co-sanctioned race between both series.

Coming into this event, Hamilton Jr. would have to be considered one of the favorites. He won at Citrus County Speedway in early November and was leading the feature event when it was rained out a few weeks ago. The race will resume with Hamilton Jr. leading when the SSSS returns in April.

Citrus County Speedway is a track Hamilton Jr. has had success at in the past. In fact, he has won the past two 'Sandi DeCaire 41 Classics'.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Citrus County Speedway the last couple years. But I don’t think it will be as easy this time” explained Hamilton Jr. “There are a lot of good cars coming and we are on a new tire this year. We’re still trying to figure out the new tire. We’ve struggled at the start of the season compared to where we were at this point in the past.”

“One thing I really like about the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ is the format using qualifications. I think the fans really wanna see qualifying. They wanna see these cars going fast. I like the format. It’s what Jim Hanks and Must See Racing use regularly. In my opinion it’s the first time we’ve had a good format here in Florida.”

“I was talking with Bobby Santos the other day and he agreed. With this many good caliber cars coming, using a format with qualifying is better for everybody. I think it’s good that we can draw this many cars to Florida. I think it’s also good we’re starting to get some good paying pavement sprint car races. It shows pavement sprint car racing is growing and getting the attention it deserves. $10,000 to win is good money.”

Davey Hamilton Jr is coming off his first venture into promoting racing events. He promoted the $50,000 to win Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown in Las Vegas this past December. He will move the event to Irwindale, California this November. The top three finishers from the Open Wheel Showdown have entered the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50.’

“In all honesty, we wanna play our part in helping JJ Dutton and his daughter Sadie as well as the Children’s Dream Fund Organization with this event. It’s a great opportunity to help raise some money. Last year my Kirk Morgan Racing Team donated our entire winnings ($4,000) from that race to the Children's Dream Fund Organization. I’m sure we’ll do something to help again this year. I plan on bringing my merchandise trailer to the event. It will be the only time all year I bring it to Florida. The Childrens Dream Fund Organization is important to us.”

Don’t be surprised if Hamilton Jr. finds victory lane in the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’. He’s used to the pressure of big money races with a field stacked full of the best. He finished third in last year’s Open Wheel Showdown and second place in the $30,000 to win Pink Lady Classic at Meridian, Idaho in September.
For more info on the 'Children’s Dream Fund 50' please visit http://www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com

 

 

RSR and Reutzel come out swinging; Excitement builds for Midwest season

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (February 19, 2024) - It was a sound effort in the Sunshine State for Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Aaron Reutzel, not only jump-starting their 2024 campaign with five nights of action at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, but eventually capping their trip with a pair of top-fives, one of which a victory.

Reutzel, a three-time All Star Circuit of Champions champion and ace of the Folkens Brothers Trucking, Don Long & STC, B And L Holdings, No. 87 sprint car, earned his first top-five of the trip in East Bay’s King of the 360s opener on Wednesday, February 14. The result - a victory at that - was accomplished in dominating fashion, igniting his preliminary effort with a heat race victory. A late-race caution in the evening’s main event created a slight stir for “A-Aron” fans, but the Clute, Texas, native drove off untouched.

Although mechanical issues plagued the team in Thursday’s King of the 360s preliminary, things were back to normal for Friday’s $10,000-to-win finale, racing on to finish an impressive fifth after starting 20th on the A-Main grid.

“Man, I love [East Bay]. From the time we unloaded, just a phenomenal race car,” Reutzel, referring to Wednesday's win, said. “Just hats off to this entire race team, Brian and Lisa Ridge, especially. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for them. A lot of overtime and late nights in the shop, but we’re thrilled to see it pay off.

“Super sad to see this place go,” Reutzel added. “Just glad to get a win before it’s gone.”

Before King of the 360s action commenced on Wednesday, Reutzel and RSR participated in East Bay’s High Limit Sprint Car Series “Battle at the Bay” program on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13; Reutzel was scored 25th in Tuesday’s High Limit finale.

ON DECK:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel [No. 87] will continue their 2024 campaign with Knoxville Raceway’s season opener on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20; Friday will feature practice sessions with Saturday’s event featuring a full program.

2024 STATISTICS & HIGHLIGHTS:
Earned a King of the 360s preliminary victory at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, February 14; finished fifth in the $10,000-to-win finale (February 16).

Stats:
Wins: 1
Top-Fives: 2
Top-Tens: 2

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Folkens Brothers Trucking, Don Long & STC, B And L Holdings, American Table, Commercial Edge, Rasmusson Service Center, The P.O. Box, and Bargain Barn.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing
X: https://twitter.com/RSR_883
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch Knoxville Raceway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

RSR and Eliason shake things down in Florida; Georgia double ahead

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (February 19, 2024) - It was a rocky start statistically, but Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Cory Eliason made a lot of progress in their first-ever Florida campaign, not only kicking off their season with a four-race sweep against the Greatest Show On Dirt, but ultimately joining the High Limit Sprint Car Series in their season’s first program at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

Eliason, who will chase a High Limit championship in 2024, piloted his Commercial Edge, NDT New Direction Transport LLC, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, B And L Holdings, No. 8 sprinter to three main event starts in his six-race slate, highlighting all appearances with a 19th-place score on Monday, February 12.

Although Florida action is complete, at least for the time being, competition south of the Mason-Dixon is far from over, as the High Limit Sprint Car Series schedule will continue with a stop at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Georgia, on Thursday and Saturday, February 22 & 24; the finale will award $20,000-to-win.

“A slow start, for sure, but new combinations take time,” Cory Eliason, who hails from Visalia, California, explained. “Hats off to this entire Ridge & Sons Racing team. Brian [Ridge] does a great job in providing us with the equipment we need to be successful. It’s up to us to put it all together. We took in a lot of valuable information during our races in Florida and I’m confident we’ll put that to good use going forward.”

ON DECK:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason [No. 8] will continue their 2024 High Limit Sprint Car Series campaign with a two-race stint at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Georgia, on Thursday and Saturday, February 22 & 24.

2024 STATISTICS & HIGHLIGHTS:
Highlighted “Battle at the Bay” at East Bay Raceway Park with 19th-place finish on Monday, February 12.

Stats:
Wins: 0
Top-Fives: 0
Top-Tens: 0

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, NDT New Direction Transport LLC, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, B And L Holdings, Xpress Laundry, American Table, Rasmusson Service Center, Folkens Brothers Trucking, The P.O. Box, and The Bargain Barn.

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Four-Day Ticket Sales for Gold Cup Released to Public

CHICO, Calif., February 18, 2024… The 70th Anniversary of the Mike Curb Gold Cup Race of Champions presented by Napa Auto Parts is scheduled for August 21 - 24. Starting today, fans can purchase their four-day tickets to this historic event located at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico by following this direct link https://silverdollar.ticketspice.com/2024-gold-cup-4-day-pass?t=212

The 70th edition of this race will feature the High Limit Racing Sprint Car Series created by Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet. This National touring sprint car 410 series just kicked off their 2024 campaign with over 50 sprint cars competing in Florida. The Saturday night Gold Cup main event winner will receive a record $100,070 pay day. It is the largest amount of money ever offered to win during the long era of racing at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Fans will not want to miss this opportunity to secure the best seats for this history-making event.

Camping for the Gold Cup at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds will go on sale March 2nd. Fans interested in reserving a camping spot will need to call (530) 966-4020 or e-mail camping at silverdollarspeedway@yahoo.com

Mike Curb is celebrating 60 years of involvement with motorsports. His passion for motorsports is undeniable. During his tenure in auto racing, Curb’s name has been associated with IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, USAC and all types of sprint car racing. He has amassed over 1,000 wins spread out amongst 55 different types of race cars. “Mike is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to auto racing,” said Sweet. “It is an honor to have his name at the front of this year’s Gold Cup and making this race the biggest paying sprint car race to win on the West Coast.”

For fans unable to attend any of the four nights of racing, Flo Racing will have you covered starting with the Wednesday night, August 21st winged 360 race. The following three nights will feature the High Limit Racing Series.

All Gold Cup ticket inquiries for the upcoming Mike Curb Gold Cup Race of Champions presented by Napa Auto Parts questions can be e-mailed to sdsgoldcuptix@yahoo.com.

ABOUT SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY

Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval racetrack located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair St., Chico, California. Opened in 1962, the track hosts multiple high-profile events including the marquee Mike Curb Gold Cup Race of Champions presented by Napa Auto Parts, Silver Cup John Padjen Classic, David Tarter Memorial, and the Fall Nationals in tribute to Stephen Allard

silverdollarspeedway.com • facebook.com/sdspeedway • twitter.com/sdspeedway

ABOUT SLC PROMOTIONS

Founded in 2021 by championship auto racers Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson—along with business partner Colby Copeland—SLC (Sweet Larson Copeland) Promotions is dedicated to leading grassroots dirt track racing into the future while preserving the sport’s rich history. SLC manages and operates Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

 

 

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024

James Inglis has reduced the margin between himself and points leader Dayne Kingshott in the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series Championship.

Heading into the round 13 bout at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night, which was the final night of the Krikke Boys Shootout, Kingshott had a 34 point lead over the defending series champion.

Last night Inglis took a fourth after starting from p3, while Kingshott was eighth after starting from p12, with the margin now 26 points.

Brad Maiolo is still third thanks to his 12th in the 35-lap final, while older brother Jamie is still fourth after his 15th.

Kris Coyle, despite crashing out early in the feature race, still holds down fifth.

Kaiden Manders has moved from eighth to sixth after his fifth on Saturday night (from a p9 start),

Jason Kendrick, who started 16th and finished ninth, has moved from ninth to seventh in the points, while Taylor Milling, who didn’t make the feature race cut after crashing out in his heat race, has dropped from seventh to eighth.

Andrew Priolo, who was an omission, attending a wedding, has dropped from sixth to ninth, while Jason Pryde is still 10th.

Callum Williamson has moved up to 11th overall from 13th and Cameron McKenzie has moved from 16th to 15th.

Round 14 of the 18-round series will be held at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, March 9.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points: Dayne Kingshott 2098, James Inglis 2072, Bradley Maiolo 2010, Jamie Maiolo 1954, Kris Coyle 1886, Kaiden Manders 1886, Jason Kendrick 1866, Taylor Milling 1806, Andrew Priolo 1770, Jason Pryde 1760, Callum Williamson 1726, Trent Pigdon 1726, Ryan Lancaster 1610, Jaydee Dack 1560, Cameron McKenzie 1406, Kye Scroop 1308, Jack Williamson 1254, AJ Nash 1152, Mitchell Wormall 1150, Ken Sartori 1136, Brock Kenny 1098, Rico Abreu 936, Brock Zearfoss 930, Luke Oldfeild 882, Brenten Farrer 882, Brad Sweet 852, Cory Eliason 778, Nathan Swan 712, Matthew Cross 694, Tim King 604, Tim Boujos 574, Jamie Veal 542, Todd Davis 504, Aaron Chircop 462, Kyle Francis 456, Rod Howe 410, Myles Bolger 400, Brock Francis 322, Jock Goodyer 300, Lachlan McHugh 290, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Jordyn Charge 264, Marcus Dumesny 256, Jy Corbett 250, Glen Sutherland 236, David Priolo 232, Matt Egel 226, Daniel Harding 218, Ryan Newton 212, James McFadden 150, Michael Pickens 142, Shaun Bradford 118, Tom Payet 50.


 

“SMOKE SHOW” HOLLEY TO PARTICIPATE IN CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

February 18, 2024 – Rick Holley today announced he will be competing in the March 2 ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. Holley will be representing the Must See Sprint Series Presented by Perfit in the co-sanctioned event with the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.

The Nelsonville, Ohio native who now calls Rochester, Pennsylvania home will be participating in Florida for the first time in many years. Holley is called “Smoke Show” due to his on the edge driving style, particularly when he qualifies. Often smoke can be seen pouring from his right rear tire as he puts it to the test. His driving style may be unorthodox by pavement sprint car standards, but it’s effective. Last year he was fast qualifier at Must See Racing events on two occasions at Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan. In fact, his second time there he eclipsed the all-time track record.

Holley won’t be the only smoke show artist in town for this event. Canadian Aaron Willison, who has a similar qualifying stye will also be participating. When it was brought to Holley’s attention Willison will be in attendance, he joked he might have to up his game.

“Maybe we’ll bring some special tires with different colored smoke in them, "laughed Holley.

“When I first heard the announcement of the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ I told myself I wanted to run this event. It was just the right time. It was also time for a vacation. I think we have a car that can compete down there. That’s what pushed it over the edge.”

Holley admitted he isn’t too familiar with Citrus County Speedway but has been doing his homework.

“I’ve been watching a few videos of past races there this week. I like the look of the track. It’s kinda short, but I like the look of the banking. It looks like a racy little place. Without being there in person, I hate to say it, but it reminds me of Owosso Speedway a little bit.”

If Holley indeed has plans of battling it out for the $10,000 first prize, he must bring his A-game. The entry list is currently well over 30 cars and is stacked with some of the best winged pavement sprint car drivers from all over the country.

“I think we’ve got just as good of a shot as anybody who's never been to the track. It’s all gonna be how quickly we can get acclimated to the track and get a good qualifying time. I’m confident I can stack myself up as a driver against these guys. It’s just a matter of equipment and luck, I guess. I think if we can be competitive, and run in the top five with these guys, we’d be happy with that” concluded Holley.
The ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ officially kicks off Friday March 1 with an open practice. The following evening will see a complete show with heat races, qualifying, B-main, and a 50-lap feature.

 

 

1-2 FINISH FOR KEENS RACE TEAM

IT’S a feat that has only happened on a handful of occasions over the years, but in last night’s Krikke Boys Shootout for the Limited Sprintcars at the Perth Motorplex, the Keens Race Team brought home a 1-2 finish in the feature race.

After taking control of the lead in the closing laps, following the misfortune of leader Chad Pittard crashing out, Michael Keen was able to go on and take out his fourth feature-race win of the 2023-24 season in the Limited Sprintcars, and he was joined on the podium by his older brother, Daniel Keen, in second place to make it a 1-2 finish for the Keens Race Team.

“The team and I have been having a tough run of late following a wide range of car issues that a lot of the time has been just plain bad luck, so to get back into the winner’s circle was a fantastic feeling, not only for me, but for the whole team, and it’s also the best kind of reward for all of the team’s continued hard work,” expressed Michael Keen, who had started the feature race from pole position aboard the # 95 Boyanup Cellars / Keens Truck Driver Training supported Maxim.

“To have my brother join me on the podium in second was just the best possible result for the whole team and what made it even better was the fact it was at a prestigious event like the Krikke Boys Shootout.”

Equally as excited as winner Michael Keen was his brother Daniel in the team’s # 94 Boyanup Cellars / Keens Truck Driver Training supported Maxim.

“If I was ever going to finish second to someone, I’m glad it was to Michael, and if someone had said to me at the beginning of last night that this was where we were going to finish, I simply wouldn’t have believed them,” said Daniel Keen, who over the years has had numerous 1-2 finishes with Michael in both Sprintcar and Wingless Sprint competition.

“This was only my second outing of the season, and we weren’t even sure if we were going to make last night’s show, as we had to do a quick engine swap the morning of the race meeting, but my whole team dug deep and made it happen, so to then go on to finish the night on the podium was an outstanding achievement.”

While Michael had qualified on pole position for the feature race by virtue of a second and a first, Daniel, who had started the feature race from position six, finished his two heat races in sixth and third.

Heading into last night’s Krikke Boys Shootout, the Keens Race Team weren’t riding high on confidence; however, by night’s end, they had well and truly got their mojo back and they are hoping this is the beginning of finishing their 2023-24 season campaign on a solid note.

The Keens Race Team’s next appearance will be on March 23 at Moora Speedway for the 10th round of the Western Australian Limited Sprintcar Series, which doubles as the second running of the President’s Trophy.

The Keens Race Team would like to thank their 2023-24 season supporters:

ˇ Boyanup Cellars

ˇ Keens Truck Driver Training

ˇ Higg Built Race Engines

ˇ D&R Machining

ˇ Southwest Auto Detailing

ˇ Donnybrook Panel Beaters

ˇ Holly & Wick

ˇ CB Graphix

To find out more about Keens Race Team, LIKE them on Facebook or FOLLOW them on Instagram by searching Keens Race Team.

 

AUSTRALIA NEXT: Zearfoss’ 2024 WoO agenda underway, Perth Motorplex on deck
By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, Pa. (February 13, 2024) – Brock Zearfoss’ 2024 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule is officially underway, but before the Jonestown, Pennsylvania, native can resume action with a return trip to Volusia Speedway Park on March 3-4, he’s first returning Down Under, set to rejoin car owner Sean Carren for a full Perth Motorplex slate on February 14, 16-17.

Zearfoss, who kicked off his World of Outlaws season with four straight days of DIRTcar Nationals competition on Wednesday through Saturday, February 7-10, will pilot Carren’s No. USA95 in the Midweek Mayhem program on Wednesday, February 14, followed by the Krikke Boys Shootout on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17.

Zearfoss’ four days at Volusia Speedway Park resulted in four main event starts, highlighting his DIRTcar Nationals effort with a 13th-place score on Friday, February 9. Although just shy of a top-ten, Volusia’s annual World of Outlaws lidlifter attracts one of the most talented rosters assembled, and every position earned is a surefire feat of its own.

“We’re excited to get the World of Outlaws season underway, but I think I’m just as excited to get back to Australia and compete in the Midweek Mayhem and Krikke Boys Shootout,” Zearfoss, who pilots his own Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill, Heavy Equipment, Loaders & Parts Inc., C&D Rigging Inc., Klick Lewis Cars, J.P. Adamsky Trucking, Milton Hershey School, EnTrust IT Solutions, No. 3Z sprinter in the States, said. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity Sean Carren has given me. He runs a top-notch program and to be a part of that, on such a big stage in Australia, is more than special. We’re going to do what we can to put up some big numbers this week.”

UPCOMING AUSTRALIA AGENDA:
February 14 | Midweek Sprintcar Mayhem | Perth Motorplex
February 16 | 27th Annual Krikke Boys Shootout Night #1 | Perth Motorplex
February 17 | 27th Annual Krikke Boys Shootout Night #2 | Perth Motorplex

ON DECK:
Brock Zearfoss and Brock Zearfoss Racing will continue their 2024 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with Volusia Speedway Park’s Bike Week Jamboree on Sunday and Monday, March 3-4.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Brock Zearfoss and Sean Carren would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Goldstar Transport, PTR Finance Group, Valvoline, MPM Diesel, Dandelions WA, Velocity Truck Centers, Daimler Trucks Perth

Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill, Heavy Equipment, Loaders & Parts Inc., C&D Rigging Inc., Klick Lewis Cars, J.P. Adamsky Trucking, Milton Hershey School, EnTrust IT Solutions, Berkebile Oil Company, XXX Race Company, K1 RaceGear, BK Titanium, AL Driveline, Bruce’s Speed Shop, Walker Performance Filtration, Bell Helmets, System 1 Pro Ignition, Allstar Performance, Wilwood, FK Rod Ends, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, and CSI Shocks.

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BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com.

STATS:
2024 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Stats:
Wins: N/A
Top-Fives: N/A
Top-Tens: N/A

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS HIGHLIGHTS:
Kicked off 2024 World of Outlaws season with DIRTcar Nationals action at Volusia Speedway Park (February 7-10); finished 18th, 19th, 13th, and 16th, respectively.

 

 

Terry McCarl Looks Forward to One Final Rendezvous at East Bay Raceway Park During This Week’s King of the 360’s Event

PETERSEN MEDIA: Getting to Florida in February is a great escape from a frigid Iowa Winter. Not only is it a bit of a spring break, it also signifies the start of each racing season, and for Terry McCarl it has equated to immense success.

Of the venues in Florida, one has been particularly kind to the Altoona, IA driver simply known as ‘T-Mac’ and that is Tampa, FL’s own East Bay Raceway Park. While McCarl is again primed to open his season back in Florida tonight, he does it with a bit of a heavy heart as this week’s Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360ci event marks the final visit he will ever make to the famed speedway as it will shutter at season’s end.

“East Bay Raceway Park is a fantastic place to race and has a fantastic fan base and I deeply hate to see it go,’ Terry McCarl said ahead of his final visit to the track. “It is one of those neat places that I can say my father Lenard competed at, as well as my two boys Austin and Carson. Mix that nostalgia in with the success that I have been fortunate to have, and it makes this week emotional for myself along with a long list of drivers that will be in action.”

Success may be an understatement for the Hall of Famer. McCarl has turned East Bay Raceway Park into his winter paradise over the years. Entering his final three races at the track, McCarl will hit ‘The Clay by the Bay’ boasting 15 career feature event wins in just 126 starts since the 1994 season. With those 15 wins all coming during the Winter Nationals it puts TMAC as the all-time feature event wins leader at the yearly event.

Of those 15 wins, 11 of them have been 360ci scores and with three more opportunities this week, he relishes the opportunity to add to that total as he chases after his fifth career King of the 360’s crown.

Dating back to the 1994 season, McCarl made his debut at East Bay Raceway Park during the Winter Nationals as he competed for Legendary car owner, Bob Weikert and tallied an 11th pace finish in All Star Circuit of Champions competition and went on to cap that trip off with a seventh-place finish later that week.

Each and every year, McCarl continued to take part in the Winter Nationals and got better with each trip as he finally scored victory at the track on January 29th 1999 .

Though he was shut out of victory lane until 2003, McCarl then became a fixture in victory lane as he scored a pair of wins in 2004, a whopping four wins in 2006, he also ran seventh in the non-wing feature, solo wins in ’07 and ’08, and then again picking up wins 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Picking up his last King of the 360 crown in 2019, McCarl wants nothing more than to win the final one being hosted at East Bay this week in honor of the late Ronald Laney.

“I think I am one of the only drivers competing who knew Ronald Laney, his girlfriend, and even his dog, so to close out this event at East Bay would mean the world to me,” McCarl added.

To go along with McCarl’s 15 wins in 126 starts at the track he has been a model of consistency there as he boasts 93 Top-10 finishes. Of those Top-10’s, McCarl has 14 runner-up finishes, 11 third place runs, 12 fourth place finishes, and 11 times he has ran fifth. In total, 63 Top-Five finishes puts him at a 50% Top-Five finish rate over the course of his career.

A big reason that McCarl has been able to make the yearly voyage to East Bay Raceway Park’s Winter Nationals is because of great friendship and great local partners.

“There’s a group of local people in the Tampa area that have not only supported my efforts over the years, but have turned into great friends of the family and we look forward to seeing them with each trip,” McCarl said.

McCarl was quick to thank Burnett Rock and Landscaping, Meyers International Midways, Morgan Farms, Dynasty Stucco, and The Hanging Chad Restaurant for continuing to support his efforts.

“There’s just something about the place that has been so good to me for 30 years,” T-Mac added. “It’s one of those places that you don’t necessarily need to have the most horsepower and the nicest engine, but you have to be methodical in the seat, and you have to have your car right.”

“It the scheme of things today, race tracks are going to go by the wayside, and it really is sad when it happens,” he continued. “The best thing we can do as racers and fans is to keep its memory and history alive. This one hits close to home, but I am extremely thankful to have the opportunity to take part in East Bay’s final season.”


 

JOHN MCCOY NAMED 48TH AUTO-RACING PROMOTER OF THE YEAR AT 51ST ANNUAL RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOPS AT THE SHORES RESORT & SPA

Daytona Beach, Florida (February 13, 2024) – John McCoy of Knoxville, IA, who promotes the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa was introduced as the 48th annual Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year this afternoon at the 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops presented at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida, representing Region Five, the Midwest / Great Plains Region as part of the RPM balloting.

“This has been a long journey,” stated McCoy, who is the promoter at Knoxville Raceway. “This award isn’t just about me, it’s about everyone that has been involved in my career. Ralph Capitani, also won this award and it’s a great honor to follow in his footsteps. It is humbling and one of the greatest honors you can ever receive in our sport. This means a great deal to me. We all work extremely hard and to be recognized like this is just incredible. Racing has been our lives and the track means so much to me. We all pour our heart and soul into it this, we hope to carry on the tradition for many years to come.”

McCoy was previously named regional promoter of the year by the RPM Workshops in 2022.

Susan Deery of Rockford, Ill., was announced as the second annual recipient the Jody Deery Award named after her late Mother. The Jody Deery Award named after the late promoter of Rockford (Ill.) Speedway has become a highly anticipated award as part of the Workshops. Susan Deery managed Rockford Speedway during it’s final season this past year, with overflowing pit areas and large crowds at every event, Rockford Speedway’s “Final Lap” season was a tremendous success steered by Sue Deery and her family.

Region One, Eastern Region; Brett Deyo from Utica-Rome, Fonda in N.Y., and Georgetown Speedway in Delaware. Region Two, Southeast Region; Wendall Durrance from All-Tech Speedway in Lake City, Fla.; Region Three; Kevin Gundaker from Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.: Region Four, Northern Region; Doug Johnson, Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., and Region Six; Southwest and Western Region, Michelle Lackey-Maynor, Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer, Alaska were all honored as regional award winners respectively. Features regarding these winners may be found in upcoming RPM Newsletters at www.promoetersnewsletter.com

The 5th Annual Gerald Haers Memorial at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, N.Y., promoted by Paul Cole was presented the RPM Outstanding Event of the Year.

The 51st Annual RPM@Daytona stands as a "can't miss" event for track promoters nationwide.

The Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Newsletter and RPM Workshops provide an educational and networking program to the motorsports industry. The program provides media and meeting platforms which offer promoters, motorsports management, tracks, sanctions and companies a forum to share, educate and network within. The newsletter and workshops are services of Hoosier Racing Tire and K&K Insurance, with supporting sponsorship coming from Chevrolet Performance Products, TicketSpice, Event Sprout, Racing America, RACEceiver, Moffet Productions, Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Simes Graphic Design, MyRacePass and Firethorn Marketing.

Further information regarding the RPM e-newsletters and workshops may be found at the company’s website, www.promotersnewsletter.com.

 

 

CHILDERS TO MAKE HIS RETURN AFTER 22 YEARS IN CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

February 13, 2024 – Two-time Little 500 champion Jim Childers today confirmed that he is returning to pavement sprint car racing after a 22-year hiatus. He will make his return during the Children’s Dream Fund 50 at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida March 2. The $10,000 to win event will be a co-sanctioned race between the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.

Childers, now 80 years old, captured his second and final Little 500 victory in 2000 and a T.B.A.R.A. championship would follow. He would retire from racing after the 2002 season due to work responsibilities, grandchildren, and being burned out from racing so much at the time.

“When I got out of it, my wife Charmaine and I were racing a lot. We both had full-time jobs” explained Childers. “We were racing every weekend, and I was getting burned out a little bit. I was missing out on family life a little bit too. I decided to take some time off. I wanted to go to the games with my grandkids. They were playing baseball, and one granddaughter was riding a horse in the horse shows.

We bought a farm up here in Brooksville and I just got a little bored sitting on the porch watching the cows. I’d been thinking about the set-ups I wish I had tried.

A friend of mine, Bruce Brantley, put a brand new 410 in his car and asked me if I wanted to go try it out. Another friend of mine, Chris Wiley, is his engine builder. We went to Showtime Speedway and tried it out. I felt pretty good in the car, but I’d never had so much horsepower. That 410 would break loose whenever you wanted it too. I’m used to flat footing it.

I told my wife I wouldn’t mind getting a car and just renting the track and trying some of my set-ups, kind of low key. One thing led to another, and I bought a car. We did go to Auburndale, rented the track, and tried it out. The car felt good, but we blew a head gasket. We’re in the process of getting that fixed now. I think we’ll be in pretty good shape for the race up there.”

Childers was asked if the car felt the same as it did 22 years ago. “Actually, it felt pretty much the same. But there are some changes. The shocks are a lot different now. Back then I just worried about springs, weight, and stagger. With the shocks today, you got a lot more to worry about.

I called up Todd Schmidt who’s the best chassis man in the country. I’ve known him for a long time. I used to race with him a long time ago. He’s been helping me a little bit with the set-ups. Chris Wiley’s been coming over every day helping me with the motor. I’m kinda lost on the motor, I’ve been just a driver all these years. Chris has been doing a good job getting it ready for us.

I really didn’t want my first race to be the Children’s Dream Fund 50,” laughed Childers. “I wanted to run that last race at Auburndale. Low key, just a regular race. But I didn’t have it ready then. There are gonna be a lot of good cars at that race, that’s for sure.

JJ Dutton has really been doing a fantastic job with this race. The way he promotes he should be a promoter. He’s putting these Florida race drivers on the map again. I had the chance to meet him and his pretty daughter Sadie the other night at Showtime. She’s such a sweet girl. I’m just happy to be involved in all this. I would be happy if I just qualified up there. It’s gonna be tough, there are a lot of good drivers coming” concluded Childers.

 

 

Last Lap Heroics Net Joel Myers Jr War of the Wings Championship

PETERSEN MEDIA: After going undefeated with the War of the Wings Series and claiming the 2023 series title in convincing fashion, Joel Myers Jr needed some late race heroics on Saturday evening to defend his crown and he did just that as he made a brilliant move to net his third win of the year and capture another crown.

“I have never quite won a race like that on the last lap, so to do it and capture a title at the same time is really special and something I will always remember,” Joel Myers Jr said. “I actually got turned with about 10-laps left in the race, and I thought it may have taken us out of contention.’

Checking in at Ellesmere Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the final War of the Wings event of the 2024 season, Myers entered with a 30-point cushion over the competition, but the championship battle was far from over.

Timing in sixth quickest in qualifying time trials, the Sebastopol, CA driver raced his way to a win in his first heat race, and backed it up with a fourth place finish during his second and final heat.

Finding himself on the front row of the feature event, Myers Jr looked to pick up consecutive wins to cap off his second consecutive series championship and he got off to a picture-perfect start.

Jumping out to the lead, Myers Jr set a torrid pace on the slick racing surface as he quickly reached the back of the pack. Working his way through traffic, Myers was not quite able to gap his closest competitors as he had hoped, and it tightened up the battle for the race’s top spot.

With 10-laps left in the feature event, contact ensued in a battle for the lead an it resulted in Myers Jr spinning his machine to a stop as he relinquished the lead and was forced to the tail end of the lead lap cars.

Getting his elbows up, Myers Jr fought his way forward and was quickly back into third with just a couple of laps remaining, but he wanted to more as the leader ran through traffic.

Taking the white flag in third, Myers Jr closed a massive gap on the top two as he raced through turns one and two, and as he kept his car wound up on the cushion, he went from third to first as they raced into turn three, and went on the pick up the win and the championship in thrilling fashion.

“When I took the white flag in third, I didn’t think I really had a chance because they had a decent gap on me,” Myers Jr said. “I sailed it into turn one and made up a ton of ground and didn’t lose any speed on exit. I kept my foot in it, and it paid off getting into turn three and I was able to drive around them and a lapped car to grab the win and the title.”

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 5, Wins-3, Top-5’s- 5, Top-10’s-5

ON TAP: Myers Jr gets right back to racing this weekend as he returns to Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

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AUSTIN WILLIAMS AND EDDIE TAFOYA JR. NAMED TO DRIVE FOR INLAND RIGGING SPRINT CAR TEAM IN 2024.

(Cypress, CA, February 12, 2024) Inland Rigging Sprint Car team owners Tom and Christy Dunkel are pleased to announce that star sprint car drivers Austin Williams and Eddie Tafoya Jr. will drive for the Menifee, California-based team during the 2024 season. Williams, who ranks seventh on the all-time USAC/CRA victory list with 11 triumphs, has his eyes firmly affixed on the 2024 title in the series. Tafoya, who was the 2018 Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns Sprint Car champion and the 2019 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, will run an Inland Rigging car full-time in the new USCS Series. One of his competitors for that crown will be Dunkel who will race in all of the USCS events and run a partial schedule in USAC/CRA.

The shake-up in the team roster came about when 2023 USAC/CRA Series champion Brody Roa vacated the #17R to spend more time with his family. While the split was amicable and they remain great friends, it piqued curiosity on the West Coast with some pit siders speculating that the Dunkels were stepping out of racing. Quite the contrary. Going into the year, six DRC chassis’ and four Shaver engines are in the team’s stable. In addition, the team will also be taking delivery of a new One Way and Kistler engine shortly.

“We are pleased to have these two guys on board for 2024,” Tom Dunkel said. “They are top drivers who can win races and will be contending for the championships. I’d like to thank the Roas for an amazing year racing together. Christy and I wish Brody and family nothing but the best and hopefully we will see him in a #17 car sometime in the future.”

Whispers about the change in the USAC/CRA team surfaced a couple of weeks ago. When some heard there may be some changes, questions began popping up and there was speculation on who may end up in the open USAC/CRA seat. One who heard the whispers was Williams. The driver who is getting married on May 18th decided to look into the situation and made some calls.


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Austin Williams in his own car at Perris Auto Speedway in 2023. Doug Allen Photo.

“I think Austin kind of caught wind that Brody and I were going our own ways,” Dunkel stated. “He spoke with Malyssa Perkins and she kind of filled him in on what was going on. We exchanged phone numbers and got on a call a few weeks back. I brought him out to the house and showed him what we had equipment-wise. He was impressed by what we had to offer. I know he can go out there and get it done. He made the most sense for us to go chase the CRA championship and run full-time in that deal. I also spoke with a few USAC National guys. Those guys have full-blown schedules. We will probably do something with some National drivers at a few select races.”

In his career, Williams has sat in some very nice equipment. In his early days racing in USAC/CRA, he was teammates with his Hall of Fame father Rip Williams, his older brother Cody and his younger sibling Logan on the Jack and Sharon Jory-owned sprint car team. When Jack passed away, Williams ended up steering the famous Moose Racing #92 owned by Tom and Lauri Sertich. When they decided to move to Indiana, the driver known as “The Big Game Hunter” ended up racing one of the Jory-owned cars that his father then owned.

When the elder Williams ended up owning the three cars from the Jory stable, the deal was his kids could drive them if they could pay all the bills. Austin, who lives in Corona, California, found out that can be expensive. Make that, very expensive.

“These last two years have really humbled me (running his own operation),” the friendly driver said. “I used to race for Jack Jory and I had the best of the best. Anything I wanted, pretty much we got. Then racing for Tom and Lauri Sertich, they were really good car owners and gave me everything I asked for. Now, this opportunity is going back to the time when I could actually race the racecar, get as many wins as I can and not have to worry about what I am doing the next race if I crash this car.”

“I was planning on racing as many races as I could (in his own car this year) with the little money that I had,” Williams continued. “I had a good sponsor drop out on me, which really hurt my program. I still had other sponsors. Pacific Highway Rentals and Forefront Construction Services are still on board. I think I am going to be bringing them over to the Inland Rigging team.”

Williams is excited to get into the Inland Rigging cars and he believes the transition will be a smooth one as he has been running DRCs with Shaver engines. That is the same combo he will step into in the Dunkel-owned machines.

Finishing third last season in USAC/CRA points meant he ran near the front. That is not far behind where Roa ran for Inland Rigging most of last year as he won eight of the 18 main events in the series and his overall 40.9 win percentage was the best in the nation amongst 410 wingless drivers.

The affable driver is chomping at the bit for the February 24th season opener at Perris Auto Speedway. He believes the transition to the new car will be very smooth. The only thing he will have to get used to is a different shock package.

“Honestly, I do not think there will be a period of adjustment,” Williams enthused. “The only thing that will be different from my #2 car to the #17A car is the shock program. They currently have CSI shocks and I have always had Matt Hummel’s FK Shocks. We will see how that transition goes. I am sure it will be fine.”

“I got engaged (last year), and I am getting married this year. I got the ride in the best sprint car this side of the Mississippi or even farther,” Williams boasted. “I am very excited.”

Dunkel and the Tafoya family are anything but strangers. In 2015 and 2016 he competed in the USAC West Coast Series and the VRA Sprint Cars against Eddie Tafoya Sr. They stayed in touch and last year the relationship grew tighter as Dunkel accompanied them on some of their sojourns for Eddie Jr. to race with the USAC National Sprint Cars. He was very impressed with the rising young star and the way he carried himself. That led Dunkel to offer him a full-time ride in the USCS.

“When Eddie Jr. started racing, him and I got to know each other,” Dunkel said. “Last year we went back east with them a few times. I just kind of helped out. Got to know Jr. a little more. He is a solid kid and his parents are great. When the opportunity came up to run him at Turkey Night last year it was kind of a no-brainer. With his experience back east, I thought it was a good fit. We did not have a lot of luck in that race. Nevertheless, it was a great weekend with him.”

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Eddie Tafoya Jr. in the family car at Perris in 2024. Doug Allen photo.

The sprint car portion of Turkey Night features 360 sprint cars. While at Ventura, the conversation came up about teaming up for some 360 stuff this season. Then the West Coast Series (USAC West Coast Sprint Cars) folded up. Subsequently, the new USCS series was born and inherited USAC West Coast Series tracks.

“Eddie made the most sense,” Dunkel comfortably stated. “We are really looking forward to running him this year. He is extremely good with equipment. That comes from running for your family. You do not want to cost mom and dad any more than you have to. He is very methodical and he likes to set up his own car. On top of everything, the Tafoya’s are just a great family. Julie (Eddie’s mom) runs Specialty Fasteners and is super cool. She is hard on drivers, though. She cuts Jr. no slack. Me too! I have come off the track feeling pretty proud of what I did and she says, ‘Ah, better luck next time.’”

Tafoya, who is based in Chino Hills, California will also chase the USAC/CRA title in his family-owned #51T, is eager to get started with the 2024 season. When he rolls onto the track at Ventura for the USCS inaugural race it will only be his third time racing a 360 sprint car. Last season he got taken out by another car at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Before that, he had one other 360 start. Besides that it has been all 410s including a restricted 410 he drove to the Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns title in 2018.

“I ran one 360 maybe three years ago and it was not a full night as we had engine issues,” Tafoya said. “So Turkey Night (last year) was my first full night in a 360. Besides that, just 410s.”

“I think we should be able to jump right into it,” the personable driver said on what he expects in the 360. “It should all transition pretty well. Most of the tracks we are going to run at are smaller and intend to slick off. I won’t have to worry as much about getting myself out of trouble on the cushion or things like that. In the 410 I have to be easy on the pedal sometimes. I have to make sure when I am in the 360 I do not do that.”

One thing is for sure, Tafoya will be on a lot of different tracks in 2024. The only tracks the two series will both be competing on are the rejuvenated Santa Maria Raceway and The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway. Kern is the only track currently on his schedule that he has not competed on in the past. That is a lot different from 2023 when Tafoya raced in the USAC National Series on many tracks he had never seen before.

“I wouldn’t say I dislike any,” Tafoya commented on the tracks he will be steering the Dunkel’s car at. “To me, they are just a lot different driving styles. I like Ventura. I’ve gone quick time there (with CRA). Santa Maria, I have gone top five. Bakersfield I have been top five. I don’t get to drive them much so I do not have a lot of feedback on them but I definitely think we will be up front. I prefer big tracks and going faster. I like just having some extra room to move around. It seems like I always do good on the small tracks, too. So, I definitely don’t have a problem with them. I like going racing anywhere we can.”

“We have everything in our corner to go and win races,” Tafoya enthusiastically intoned. “Zac (team manager Zac Bozanich) and I have been down there building up cars, getting the trailer ready and all kinds of stuff. We will be ready to come out swinging. It was a no-brainer for me when they asked. Thanks to Tom and Christy, this year big things fell together and we have ourselves a whole other seat.”

Tafoya reckons he has worked on sprint cars every day for the last two months. His new DRC for the USAC/CRA Series arrived last week and he started putting it together last weekend.

A successful season is not just dictated by the drivers. Dunkel and Zac Bozanich, Roa’s past crew chief and a past USAC/CRA mechanic of the year, made a deal for Bozanich to be the Inland Rigging team manager. If that is not enough to scare the foe, Rip Williams will be heavily involved as will Dunkel and his son Aiden. Tafoya and his father will also be occupied with helping maintain the cars. Austin Williams will be hands-on and is bringing his longtime crewmen Paul Dean, Rich Ruston, and Joe Perez.

“I have worked with Zac in the years prior to being around Brody,” Dunkel stated. “With my smaller sponsorship that I did prior, Zac has always been top-notch and has always been a class act. As we rolled into 2023 and really stepped up our game with the Roas, Zac jumped in and took me under his wing. It just made sense towards the end of the year and things were winding down and some things were changing on what I was going to be doing with Brody. Zac and I were able to strike a deal and bring him on board to help us execute our big plans this year.”

“We had our first shop day the day of the CRA banquet,” Dunkel recalled. “Rip was there. That was kind of surreal, to be honest. I am not really a kind of star-struck kind of person but it was kind of neat to work with the “Ripper” in my own shop on my cars. He is the guy I always watched as a kid. To go full circle and be providing a car for his son is pretty bitchin.’”

Dunkel would like to thank the following 2024 season sprint car sponsors. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, Specialty Fasteners, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Osborne Speed & Machine, Maverick Transport, and HBC. If you would like to join this championship team for another title run this year, please contact Dunkel using the information at the top of this release.

Tom Dunkel’s 2024 Racing Results

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This release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768 mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com

 

 

Blackjack fires off 2024 campaign with impressive display in DIRTcar Nationals

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (February 13, 2024) - The 2024 season is officially underway for “Blackjack” Brian Brown and Brian Brown Racing, and although the reigning Tuscarora 50 and 360 Knoxville Nationals champion was unable to claim victory in his opening week of competition, he did the next best thing - scoring multiple top-tens, a top-five included, against the Greatest Show On Dirt.

Brown, ace of the Casey’s, FVP, Andy's Frozen Custard, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Mt. Dew Overdrive, HAWK Hunting, Ditzfeld Transfer, No. 21 sprint car, opened his 2024 campaign with four nights of DIRTcar Nationals competition at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, on February 7-10. Four nights of action resulted in a pair of top-tens for the Higginsville, Missouri, native, finishing fourth and seventh during the first two evenings, respectively. Brown raced on to finish 11th in Friday’s program, followed by a 21st-place score in the week’s $20,000-to-win finale on Saturday.

Without saying, Brown’s stellar results were padded by stellar qualifying efforts, timing fastest within his respective flight three out of four nights.

As an added bonus to Brown’s statistical outcome, his eventual top-five was the product of row four, climbing four spots from eighth on the grid.

“Just a very, very solid week for our Casey’s/FVP No. 21 team,” Brown stated. “Our qualifying was spectacular all week, and that’s the foundation for success especially against that level of competition. Our dash draws weren’t the best, but to come out of Florida with a top five and a pair of top-tens is a huge accomplishment and I couldn’t be more proud.

“Great job all week by my crew Chad Morgan, Justin Lawyer, and Devin Brenneman,” Brown added. “It’s their hard work that kept us in contention.”

ON DECK: Tentatively, Brian Brown and Brian Brown Racing will continue their 2024 campaign with a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader in Oklahoma and Kansas on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30; Thunderbird Speedway and 81 Speedway, respectively.

SPECIAL THANKS: Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s, FVP, Andy's Frozen Custard, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Mt. Dew Overdrive, HAWK Hunting, Ditzfeld Transfer, Champion Brands, MC Power, Weld Wheels, Housby, Maxim Chassis, J.D. Welding & Machine, Waldinger, Smiley’s Racing Products, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Mid Mo Equipment, Bell Helmets, K1 RaceGear, Clem’s Helmets, Factory Kahne Shocks, Cometic Gaskets, C & M Lawn & Landscape, Everlast Welders, Walker Performance Filtration, System One, K&N Filters, HostIowa.net, Fultz Excavating, Restless Spirits Distillery, FSR Racing Products, Ti64, AL Driveline, Vortex Wings, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Kenny’s Components, Rod End Supply, Winter’s Performance Products, KSE Racing Products, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, Hoosier Tires, XYZ Machining, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Ultra-Lite Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, Bam Roller Lifters, Outerwears, MPD, All Star Performance, 6B Apparel, MSD Ignition and Garrett Racing Engines for their continued support.

2024 BBR STATISTICS: Wins: N/A Top-Fives: 1 Top-Tens: 2

2024 HIGHLIGHTS: Opened 2024 campaign with fourth and seventh-place finishes against World of Outlaws at Volusia Speedway Park (DIRTcar Nationals) on February 7-8.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/Brian-Brown-Racing-200630163294222/ X: www.twitter.com/brianbrown21 News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com Online home: www.brianbrownracing.com Merchandise: www.shopbrianbrownracing.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE: Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com Watch Knoxville Raceway weekly at www.dirtvision.com Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series at www.floracing.com

ABOUT CASEY’S: Casey’s is a Fortune 500 company (NASDAQ: CASY) operating over 2,300 convenience stores. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the third-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. Casey’s provides freshly prepared foods, quality fuel and friendly service at its locations. Guests can enjoy pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items, and a wide selection of beverages and snacks. Learn more and order online at www.caseys.com, or in the mobile app.

ABOUT FVP: FVP is built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service. FVP products are specifically engineered to provide OE quality that is equal or superior in performance to national brands at a competitive price.

The FVP brand started with competitively priced OEM quality batteries, filters, and radiators for cars, trucks and specialty vehicles. FVP now proudly offers a full line of batteries for all of your automotive, RV, boating, commercial and lawn & garden needs. FVP also offers a wide array of condensers, hub assemblies, motor oil, oil filters, cabin air filters, fuel filters, transmission filters, antifreeze, DEF, and chemicals.

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Schatz opens 2024 World of Outlaws season with big moves in DIRTcar Nationals


Dates: Wednesday through Saturday, February 7th-10th
Event: DIRTcar Nationals
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Wednesday: 6th (10th)
Thursday: 5th (16th)
Friday: 6th (18th)
Saturday: 7th (9th)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 12, 2024) - It was a productive week in the Sunshine State for Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, not only activating the 2024 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season with Volusia Speedway Park’s annual DIRTcar Nationals, but simultaneously padding the early season stat chart, eventually concluding the four-day event with four-straight top-tens, securing a top-five, as well as a Hard Charger Award, in the process.

Schatz, ace of the Carquest, Advance Auto Parts, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, Mobil 1, No. 15 sprint car, finished no worse than seventh in his recent DIRTcar Nationals effort, blasting things off with a four-spot rally from tenth to finish sixth on Wednesday, February 7. Although impressive, Schatz’ four-spot rally barely scratched the surface, as the Fargo, North Dakota, native raced on to climb 11 spots to finish fifth on Thursday, February 8, and 12 spots to finish sixth on Friday, February 9. As suggested, the 12-spot rally was Schatz’ most impressive of the week, also solidifying the ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion with the evening’s Hard Charger Award.

Donny Schatz and TSR would ultimately conclude Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals with a seventh-place score in the $20,000-to-win finale on Saturday, February 10; they started ninth on the A-Main grid.

In total, Schatz and TSR advanced 29 feature positions, and with the Series returning to the Barberville complex in just a few weeks, the momentum is clearly on their side.

ON DECK:
Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and Donny Schatz will continue their 2024 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with Volusia Speedway Park’s Bike Week Jamboree on Sunday and Monday, March 3-4.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA:
Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and Donny Schatz would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Carquest, Advance Auto Parts, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, Mobil 1

Broadcast Coverage:
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com

Donny Schatz:
Web: www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/donnySchatz
Instagram www.instagram.com/donnyschatz

Tony Stewart Racing:
Web: www.tonystewartracing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Tonystewart_rcg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/@TonyStewart_Rcg

2024 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
Races: 4
Wins: 0
Top-5s: 1
Top-10s: 4

 

 

Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Open World of Outlaws Season With Win and DIRTcar Nationals Title

Inside Line Promotions - BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2024) - The opening weekend of the season was a success for Big Game Motorsports and driver David Gravel.

The team captured its first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year and produced three top fives during the four-race Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals hosted by Volusia Speedway Park. That was good enough to garner the big gator trophy as the event champion for the second time in the last three years.

"It was a strong week," Gravel said. "I felt like about every time we hit the track we were good. I wish we could have got back two shots at those features, but we still ran fifth and sixth those nights. The guys did a good job preparing everything and it was a good week. As far as a consistency standpoint, that's what you're looking for to win the championship."

The big gator trophy was Gravel's third of his career, which is tied for the most.

"That's cool for sure," he said. "We were so close to winning last year and got into a wreck in the final feature so it was good to finish strong this year. And this year the big gator paid some money so that was nice."

The busy week began last Wednesday with Gravel qualifying fourth quickest in his group. He won a heat race and advanced from fifth to third place in the dash. The night ended with a third-place result in the feature.

"The track work got done and the track came back more than we expected," he said. "That's dirt racing and what makes it so hard and tough. We ran third so it shows how strong we are even when things aren't perfect."

Gravel was victorious on Thursday, when he timed in second quickest in his group and placed second in a heat race before winning the dash and the main event. It marked his fifth World of Outlaws victory in his last eight races at the track.

"I felt good and I think we're capable of doing that a lot of nights," he said. "It's about putting yourself in a good position and getting good dash draws. We made the dash all four nights, but only got one good draw. We capitalized on it Thursday."

Gravel qualified seventh quickest in his group to open Friday's program. He hustled from fourth to second place in a heat race to make the dash. Gravel placed fourth in the dash and fifth in the A Main.

"That's one night we were a little frustrated with that fifth place," he said. "We worked really hard to get to the dash and weren't able to capitalize. When we're not happy with running fifth that shows how good we are as a team."

The event wrapped up on Saturday. Gravel was second quickest in his group's qualifying session and he won a heat race to advance into the dash for the fourth straight night. However, he pulled the second-highest number - seven - during the dash draw and he finished where he started in the dash. Gravel gained a position in the feature to end sixth, which was good enough to secure the DIRTcar Nationals title.

"Drawing the seven in the dash was not ideal," he said. "The track was the wettest, narrowest, fastest all week. We had a car good the last 10 laps. We just needed to be better sooner to pass some guys on that track."

The team will take the next couple of weeks off before resuming World of Outlaws competition March 3-4 at Volusia Speedway Park during the World of Outlaws Bike Week Jamboree.

QUICK RESULTS -

Feb. 7 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 3 (5); Feature: 3 (3).

Feb. 8 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 2 (1); Dash: 1 (2); Feature: 1 (1).

Feb. 9 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 2 (4); Dash: 4 (5); Feature: 5 (4).

Feb. 10 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 7 (7); Feature: 6 (7).

SEASON STATS -

4 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 4 top 20s

UP NEXT -

March 3-4 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the World of Outlaws Bike Week Jamboree with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

MEDIA LINKS -

X: https://twitter.com/BigGameMotorspt

HUSET'S SPEEDWAY -

Huset's Speedway is a dirt oval located in Brandon, S.D. The track opened in 1954 and has undergone a large renovation within the last few years, making it a premier destination for both marquee racing events and weekly programs. For more information, visit http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com .

JACKSON MOTORPLEX -

Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through August, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com .

TICKET LINK -

To purchase online tickets for events at either Huset's Speedway or at Jackson Motorplex, visit http://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true .

 

 

Roth Motorsports To Lean on Super-Sub Dominic Scelzi at Upcoming High Limit Racing Opener

PETERSEN MEDIA- Spending the American winter competing in his native Australia, travel issues will keep James McFadden from returning to the United States as scheduled ahead of next week’s High Limit Racing season opening event. While McFadden will be absent, Roth Motorsports will still be on hand as Fresno, CA driver Dominic Scelzi will take his place.

“Roth Motorsports is like a second home to me, so when I got the call I didn’t hesitate to accept to help them out,” Scelzi said. “I wish it wasn’t under these circumstances with James McFadden dealing with issues getting back over here, but I am hopeful I can help the team get off to a strong start with the High Limit Series.”

Scelzi and Roth Motorsports have had a great relationship over the years with Roth Motorsports sponsoring Scelzi’s personal racing efforts before he moved into the famed No. 83 during the 2019 season.

Filling in for the team at the close of the 2020 season, Scelzi again is set to fill in at East Bay Raceway Park February 12th and 13thto kick off the 2024 campaign.

Championship points wise, the team will garner owner points with Scelzi before McFadden returns to fulltime driving duties.

“Aside from Dennis and Teresa Roth, Todd Ventura, and James, I also want to thank Toyota Racing Development and Mobil 1 for trusting me with driving responsibilities at such an important part of the season.”

 

 

LUYENDYK JR ENTERS CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

February 8, 2024 – Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the latest ‘Childrens Dream Fund 50 ‘entrant. Luyendyk confirmed today his plans to compete in the March 2, 2024, event at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The event is a co-sanctioned race between the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series that will pay $10,000 to win.

This will be only his second sprint car race. He competed in the inaugural Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown in Las Vegas last December. What started out as a bucket list item to drive a sprint car has now turned into a full-scale project. Luyendyk has purchased a sprint car and plans to compete in a few other races in Florida in the month of March. He then plans to head north to tackle the Must See Racing Sprint Series full-time this summer.

“Obviously I had a great time at the Open Wheel Showdow. It was an awesome event and Davey (Hamilton Jr.) did a great job of promoting it” explained Luyendyk. For me I just saw the competition and was impressed with all of the drivers there and the speed. Over the course of my career, I jumped into a few different things, and I’ve been able to win pretty quickly. Now I’ve got the bug and wanna go out and be good and win some races.

“I’ve put out a limited schedule this year. I’ll do three races in Florida in March. After that I plan to do the Must See Racing deal and the Open Wheel Showdown in November. The idea is to go to Florida beginning with the ‘Children's Dream Fund 50’ to get warmed up for that. It’s pretty tough in the Midwest and I wanna make sure we’re dialed. The race in Las Vegas was really my first time in the car. I wanna change some things with the seating position to get me more comfortable. We can do some things like that since it’s mine” laughed Luyendyk Jr.

The 42-year-old Luyendyk Jr.is the son of two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk Sr. He has run a variety of series in his career up to this point including SCCA Formula Ford Series, Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series, SCCA Formula Continental, Traxxas TORC Series, Stadium Super Truck Series, A-1 Grand Prix, and Indy Lights. In addition, he finished 28th in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

Luyendyk gained additional fame by participating in several reality television shows including “The Bachelor” in 2017. He gained a huge social media following from the show that continues today.

Although he only has one sprint car race under his belt, he feels he is surrounded by the right people and can get up to speed quickly once he gets onto the Citrus County Speedway asphalt. He admitted he hasn’t done any research on Citrus County Speedway and doesn’t intend to.

“I have not done my research on the track as of yet, and I typically don’t. For me it is what it is. For me in the past I haven’t learned too much by studying tape or watching other on-boards. I just go in there with an open mindset. I don’t wanna go in there with any preconceived notion of what my line should be. It could all be different the day of.
“I do have a great coach in Davey Hamilton Jr. helping me along. I definitely wanna have fun in the Florida racing swing of my season, but it’s really just to get me prepared for the Midwest. I still know it’s gonna be a challenge in Florida. But it’s gonna play a big part getting me ready to compete with those guys up there. I have some guys in my court including Davey Hamilton Sr. and Kirk Morgan who will also help me get up to speed. I can’t wait to get to Florida” concluded Luyendyk Jr.

 

 

 

WISEMAN MOTORSPORT EXPANDS

Wiseman Motorsport is excited to announce that they will expand to a two-car team for the upcoming season, with Cameron Jaenke joining team owner Kyle Wiseman for the 2024 season in Wingless Sprints.

Darwin, Northern Territory-based team owner Wiseman, who is entering his fifth season in Wingless Sprints, is looking forward to the upcoming 2024 season and fielding a two-car team with Jaenke, who has been competing in Wingless Sprints for the past two seasons with another team, which the standout result was winning the 2023 Duel in the North event, and before that, raced Formula 500s, where the 24-year-old’s highlight in that class was a Northern Territory Title victory.

“Cameron (Jaenke) and I have become good friends in recent years through Wingless Sprint racing, so when it came up about the possibility of teaming up for this coming season, it made perfect sense to us both and we made plans to turn it into a reality,” explained Kyle Wiseman.

“Going from a one to a two-car operation is going to be quite the change for the Wiseman Motorsport team, but we have a fantastic team behind us, which includes pit crew and valued sponsors, to make a go of it and try and compete at the front of the field.”

Speaking of competing at the front of the field, both Wiseman and Jaenke share a common goal heading into the 2024 season.

“I’m aiming to have both Wiseman Motorsport cars competing at the front of the field, and Cameron shares that goal, too,” the 26-year-old enthused.

“We have two competitive Cool cars and enough spares to back us up throughout the season, and we have set our goals on trying to contend for the local club championship here in Darwin and also having a good run at the Northern Territory Title.”

Apart from running the entire 2024 season at their home track – Darwin’s Northline Speedway – the Wiseman Motorsport team will be competing at Katherine Speedway, which is located 300 kilometres south of Darwin, in readiness for the Northern Territory Title that is likely to be held at the track later in the season.

“This year is shaping up to be a big season here in the Northern Territory with strong car counts and competitive fields, and the Wiseman Motorsport team is looking forward to getting amongst it with its two-car operation,” added Wiseman.

The 2024 season gets underway for the Wiseman Motorsport team on May 11 for the season opener at Northline Speedway.

 

 

LS POWERED SPRINTCARS GAINING MOMENTUM

A cost-effective way of getting involved in Sprintcar racing is building momentum throughout the east coast of Australia, and one of those leading the charge is North Queensland-based team owner and engine man Leigh Holman.

The Cairns-based Holman, who started his Sprintcar racing career during the 1980s up until he stepped away from the sport in the early 2000s before returning in recent years, firstly as a driver, and then as a team owner, enthuses that the LS-engine Sprintcar concept has refreshed his interest and he’s aiming to spread the word over the affordability and performance to get into Sprintcar racing. For many that may have felt Sprintcars are off limits, this is a great way of getting people involved in Sprintcar racing.

“With a properly prepared and maintained LS engine, it has a very long life, possibly only needing a basic rebuild approximately every 50-100 race meetings, unlike its big brother 410s which is usually being rebuilt at around every 20 race meetings, so it eliminates much of the upkeep cost,” explained Holman, who has been working on high performance V8 engines for most of his working life through his business SVS Auto Repairs and Dyno Tuning in Cairns.

“They most certainly aren't ‘set and forget’ type engines, as they still require responsible care and maintenance to get the most out of them; however, it isn’t as strenuous, full on, or expensive as maintaining a 410 Sprintcar engine.

“You still get the buzz of racing a Sprintcar at speed, but at the same time it isn’t breaking the budget in pure engine upkeep alone. For example, our NQ # 51 603hp KRE Race Engines tuned LS3 based engine is about to race its 55th meeting, and it still shows no sign of slowing down.”

Holman continued by saying, that his LS-powered Sprintcar, which is currently being steered by youngster Brodie Davis, is showing the rest of the country just what is possible with the category.

A third-generation racer Brodie Davis, whose dad Scotty was given his first start in Sprintcars nearly 30 years prior by Holman, has been one of the form LS-powered runners aboard the NQ # 51 Holman Racing Maxim car, which has included a total of 13 feature-race wins in North Queensland, including the Queensland Title. Apart from those impressive lists of achievements over the past 18 months, the Davis and Holman duo recached another level, when they earlier last month ventured south in their LS-powered Sprintcar to take on some of the country’s best 410 Sprintcar competitors, where they contested the $20,000 to Win Red Hot Summer Shootout at Toowoomba Speedway and then the $10,000 to Win Lil Aussie Open at Lismore Speedway in northern NSW. Just last Saturday night, Davis and the team returned to competition down south at Maryborough Speedway, where they put in another outstanding performance up against their 410 Sprintcar rivals to narrowly miss out on the winning honours, after Davis finished second behind fellow youngster Jy Corbet.

“Brodie (Davis) is a very talented young driver, but he showed during his recent trip down south what is possible with a quality LS powered Sprintcar. It’s a great display for the entire LS category,” enthused Holman.

“The LS Sprintcar is a more affordable category, and if the track conditions are right and you have the right driver behind the wheel of a well setup car, the LS can well and truly hold its own up against the 410 Sprintcars, as Brodie showed throughout the Red Hot Summer Shootout and then backed up that performance by grabbing a podium finish at Lismore Speedway behind two of the country’s best 410 Sprintcar racers in Luke Oldfield and Jock Goodyer.”

The LS-powered Sprintcars might be a new concept to Australian Sprintcar racing, but as the Holman and Davis duo have shown with its capabilities, they are certainly going to play a massive part in the fostering of the future of Australian Sprintcar racing.

 

 

SALLER MOTORSPORT RIDING A WAVE OF SPRINTCAR SUCCESS

THE Saller Motorsport team is aiming to build further momentum competing on the Australian 410 Sprintcar scene after recently winning the country’s biggest race - the Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway in Victoria with American import Aaron Reutzel.

The team, operated out of Windsor in western Sydney NSW by well-known shopfitter, Mark Saller and his son, Mick - who is the team’s lead driver - aspires of being at the absolute pinnacle of Sprintcar racing in Australia - and the $40,000 to win Grand Annual Classic couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We want to be regarded as one of the leading teams in the country and that is down to everything from the way we present at the track to performance,” said Mark Saller.

“Our journey in Sprintcars started nearly 10 years ago. Mick had success in kart racing winning five Australian Championships on dirt and tar - then we decided to step up to Sprintcars at Sydney Speedway. Since then, we’ve been out on the road and have notched up some solid victories.”

Winning the Grand Annual Classic - considered one of the top five Sprintcar races in the world and attracting nearly 40,000 spectators across the three nights - ‘opened a new chapter’ Saller says for where the team’s aims to go to the next level in Sprintcar racing.

Never one to shy away from aiming high, the Saller Motorsport team embarked on a full World Series Sprintcars campaign across Australia early into their journey back in the 2017-18 season with son Mick. The experience gained during that period led to Mick later that season claiming his first 410 Sprintcar feature-race victory, which took place at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway in Queensland. This has been followed in recent seasons by several podium appearances around the country and many top five results.

The team is very much a family run operation, with Mick’s mother Monika and sister Kim, as well as Mick’s wife Kayla, ever present at the race track.

“When you compare us to other teams, we do keep things very tight and do as much within the family as we possibly can,” said Mick Saller.

“We tend to do all the work ourselves and go through the setups, while many of the other teams pick up setup gurus to help them to get to the front.

“In reality, we keep it simple - it isn’t too much aside from Dad and I along with some good mates who hit the road with us.

“We made that clear to Aaron when we first started talking with him and he embraces it - he and his family are now considered like family to us and vice versa. Our philosophies in racing are very much alike.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to go to America and see how his team operates over there at the highest level. The professionalism he brings and the knowledge from racing about 80 nights a year helps us step up as a team and sharpens up my own racing.”

Reutzel - a Texan father of two - came to Australia as a virtual unknown to local fans as his stocks were beginning to rise in America. He had been crowned Rookie of the Year at what’s considered the World Championship of Sprintcar Racing, the Knoxville Nationals and won a ‘Hard Charger Award’ for making the most places in the A main. He has also gone on to win events in the famed World of Outlaws and All Star Series. In fact, Reutzel is a three-time All Star Series point standings winner.

Outside of traversing the country and maintaining the race cars, both Mark and Mick Saller have businesses based out of Penrith. Mark’s MSP Shopfittings is considered one of the leading shop fitters in Australia, completing retail fit outs for the likes of ARB, MYER, Hilti, Politix, Mecca, Zimmermann, the Reject Shop and David Jones among others. Mick on the other hand, operates pawnbroker and second-hand dealer stores, Mega Cash, in Penrith and South Windsor, which are two of the chain’s nine stores within their home state of NSW.

Overall, Sprintcar racing in Australia is on an upwards trajectory with backing from Network Seven’s 7Plus streaming platform. The recent Australian Championship delivered record streaming numbers for 7plus on two consecutive nights. That coupled with similarly high numbers from other events on the platform many see as the blueprint to broadcast the sport to the masses in the future.

And that wave, coupled with recent Grand Annual Classic success, is one the Saller Motorsport team is looking to ride all the way.

 

 

BRODY ROA TEAMS WITH CAR OWNER JAYSON MAY FOR THE 2024 RACING SEASON

(Cypress, CA, February 6, 2024) Veteran Southern California sprint car racer Brody Roa is teaming up with Taft, California car owner Jayson May for the 2024 season. The team will launch its campaign on March 2nd at the Ventura Raceway in the inaugural race of the USCS Sprint Car Series.

The combo first got together in September of 2020 and won the first time out in a CAS race at Central Arizona Speedway. Since that time, they have competed in several events collectively. However, the upcoming race at Ventura will be their first time teaming up since the 2022 Turkey Night Grand Prix on the same ocean-side oval.

Roa, who resides in the shadows of Disneyland in Garden Grove, California, comes into 2024 after the best season of his career. Driving the Inland Rigging #17R owned by Tom and Christy Dunkel, they won the USAC/CRA championship. They took eight of the 18 main events in the series and Roa had a 40.9 win percentage on the year. That was the best victory percentage for any 410 non wing driver in the nation. His total of nine wins tied him for third-most in the nation amongst 410 non-wing drivers. On top of everything else, Roa and his wife Tailor welcomed their second daughter into the world in the middle of the racing season. It was a dream year.

With stats like that, why did he leave the Inland Rigging team, how did he get re-connected with May and what does the future hold? Earlier this week, the “Pride of Garden Grove” took a few minutes to discuss the how’s, why’s and where’s.

S.D.: After having the best season of your career, why did you step out of the Inland Rigging deal?

B.R.: To take a little bit of a step back with the family now. Having time to spend with my family is the biggest reason for my switch. Jayson and his family have such nice stuff and such a good maintenance prep program. That kind of allows me not to have to do that during the week. I want to spend some more time with my family and not being in the garage all week getting ready to go racing.

S.D.: So just to alleviate the rumor mill before it starts, you were happy there and it is an amicable split, correct?

B.R.: The change is nothing against them. We are still friends, obviously. There was nothing about the deal (driving for the Dunkel’s) that made me want to do something else. It was the home life and the everyday during-the-week stuff (working on the car). When I talked to him, we left the door open on maybe doing a race together, here and there. Hopefully, that door is still open. That friendship we had is still there. We had a ton of fun last year. Lots of good memories. They deserve an endless thank you for what they did to jump on board as big as they did. They stepped in a big way to chase that championship. Tom wanted a championship and I wanted a championship. That was my only goal last year. Accomplishing that took a lot off of my plate, too. Tom and Christy and Inland Rigging supported me with sponsorship for four or five years before becoming my car owners last year.

S.D.: How did you get reconnected with Jayson May?

B.R.: We never stopped talking when I was not driving his stuff. Jayson and I became friends, too. We talked every now and then. I went to lunch with Tom a few weeks ago with no plan on what I was going to do, but I wanted to back down my schedule a bit. That is when I started talking to Jayson a little bit more. He just bought a new DRC from Scott Benic. He was putting that together and was trying to figure out what he was doing. He did not have anybody committed to run anything. He barely raced at all last year. He was just putting engines together. It all just kind of fell into place. He is going to figure out what he can afford to do and we will put a schedule together.”

S.D.: You and Jayson have a history. In fact, you won a CAS main event at the Central Arizona Speedway the first time you teamed up. So, each of you knows what to expect coming into this deal, correct?

B.R.: The first time I ran for Jayson and the Mays was right after my oldest was born. So at the end of the 2020 season. Then I ran a couple of races with him in 2021 and a couple of races for him in 2022. Last year was the first time since that I did not drive his car all year.

S.D.: No championship aspirations this season, correct?

B.R.: Jayson and I are still working on the schedule of what we are going to do. We are going to do some hit-and-miss shows I guess you could call it. A part-time schedule. Nothing full-time for points. Won’t be stressing on running a full season again this year.

S.D.: Have you decided where you will be racing?

B.R.: A little bit all over the place. I think mainly over the hill by him. So Bakersfield, Kern, Santa Maria. All of the CRA and USCS shows north of the Grapevine. Between the two schedules, I think you run like 14 races between Bakersfield, Kern, and Santa Maria. There is plenty of racing to do. He will probably come down to Perris maybe once or twice this year. It is so far for him to come down.

S.D.: If something else came up on the nights when you are not driving Jayson’s car, would you still take a ride in other CRA races or is that not in the plans this year?

B.R.: If something comes up and it works out, yeah, I am pretty much open to do stuff in good equipment. It all comes to the help side, too. I am tired of wearing my dad into the dirt. This will kind of allow him to rest a little bit at the races. My schedule is kind of open but we are going to kind of play it by ear with the family. If we do not have a race that weekend or anything committed, we can go to the desert or the river or somewhere else.

S.D.: You and your crew have been together for a long time. Are they all going with you to the Jayson May ride?

B.R.: Pretty much the same with the exception of Zac (crew chief Zac Bozanich). Zac is planning on helping Tom this year. I do not know what the title would be, but he is doing a lot of the prep work and ordering what Tom needs to have a race-ready program. All of last year we took my stuff (spares). We had all of the spares. So they are slowly building up Tom’s spare inventory. Making sure he is dialed in.”

S.D.: Before last year, you ran your own program for over a decade. Do you still have all of your stuff?

B.R.: I do. I still have all of my stuff. We are hanging onto all of our stuff for now. Just because of this change, I am not going to sell all of my stuff. That is pretty committed. I will never be able to buy it all again. We will see what the future brings. Who knows what we end up doing? I may hit the lottery and put my full program together again. We will see.

Jayson May and Roa want to thank the following marketing partners for being a part of the #8M racing endeavors in 2024. May Motorsports, Winfield’s Racing Engines, RDM Mechanics, Cooper’s Propane, TJM Distribution, TJM Distribution, Ten West Towing, Arctic Sea Mining, Wesco International, Elite Signs and Fastenal. In addition, they thank Roa’s sponsors. “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Jambo Barbeque Pits, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. If you would like to be a marketing partner in 2024, contact Roa using the information at the top of this release.

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YOHO LOOKING FOR SUCCESS IN STEELE 125 THIS WEEKEND

February 7, 2024 – Pinellas Park, Florida – Showtime Speedway is set to host the fifth annual ‘Dave Steele 125’ this weekend capped off with a 125-lap non-wing sprint car feature event that will pay the winner $5000 and one of the nicest trophies in all of pavement sprint car racing. The event will also help determine the overall Dave Steele Sprint Car Championship winner based off a three-race points accumulation that also includes last weekend’s twin 35-lap Dave Steele Winged Weekend events. Davey Hamilton Jr. is currently the overall points leader with Colton Bettis trailing closely. Showtime Speedway promoter Robert “Showtime” Yoho is one of the drivers who will be competing in this weekend’s 125-lap event. Yoho performed well in last weekend’s twin 35’s and scored a sixth-place finish in the second 35-lap feature event despite running a winged car on special occasions. In last years ‘Dave Steele 125’ Yoho started off the front row and was running with the leaders until drama set in early. His throttle stuck going into turn one sending him into the wall. The car turned onto its side and was briefly under heavy fire, forcing Yoho to quickly bail out of the car. Once out of the car Yoho was greeted to thunderous cheers from the crowd, and he acknowledged the crowd with a wave. Yoho attributes his recent success to being comfortable in the Mac Steele owned #33 that he has driven the past two season on occasion. “We had two races last weekend. I drive a little bit of everything. Sometimes I’m a little bit rustier” explained Yoho. “As the night went on, I got more comfortable and relaxed. Mac (Steele) changed the seat and that’s probably the most comfortable seat I’ve had since I’ve been in that ride. I feel comfortable and relaxed in the car now.” Yoho was asked what we can expect from him at this weekend’s non-winged race since it’s been almost a year since he’s raced without a wing. “It’s going to be interesting. I got a couple more laps last weekend. The last time I went from winged to non-winged I got into a bit of trouble. You have to remember you don’t have the wing to help you make the turn, and it is a big difference. Early in last year’s race I felt something in my throttle. When I went down the straightway, I realized something was touching. The cockpits are open. You never know what’s going to come through the floor. It was the screw backing out of the stacks into the throttle linkage and that’s what caused the throttle to stick. When I saw the fire, I got out as quickly as I could. I thought Whose gonna run this place if I burn up” laughed Yoho. ”I got a tow truck and towed my own car off, went on my merry way, and started helping everybody else.” Being the promoter and a racer on the same night has its challenges, but Yoho puts competent people in place to manage the program so he can race. “You hire people and put them in certain places. You hope these people can take care of the matters. People always cry because they think things aren’t fair. I hired a new tech man, and he's been great. He decided he was gonna tech the cars thoroughly and everything. He made a couple guys pull the stacks so he could look at the restrictors. They were cursing and screaming. They did their job. People were asking why we were teching cars. I told them if you tech cars, you get more cars, because you keep it fair. You put your people in place, let them do their job, and support them 100%”. This weekend’s race has special meaning to Yoho, like many others. Steele was a friend of Yoho’s. ”I was at Denny’s eating years ago when I was running the truck series at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It looked like a little kid eating near me. Someone said it was Dave Steele. I said come on, that kid needs a booster seat. I walked over and it was Dave. We started talking and became friends.” “One year I penalized him from jumping the start and he didn’t come to Showtime Speedway for a while. Then he started back racing with us. I have to thank Lynn, Caroll, and Mac for letting us honor Dave with this race each year” concluded Yoho. This weekend’s racing action starts Friday night February 9 with an open practice and ‘Dash for Cash’. The following evening will see qualifying and the $5,000 to win 125-lap feature. A pre-race autograph session and tribute is being planned with special guest speaker Dorathy Nowling. The race will be streamed as a Pay-Per-View by Sky Snap Productions. A special Dave Steele event t-shirt is being sold for just $20.

 

DECAIRE NEWEST CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND ENTRANT

February 7, 2024 – Troy DeCaire is the latest ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ entrant confirmed by Decaire himself and Charlie Norman Motorsports owners Danielle and Chaz Hambling on Tuesday afternoon. DeCaire will be piloting a Hurricane Chassis with a 410 engine for this race.

The event will be a co-sanctioned Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series event at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida March 2, 2024.

Decaire hasn’t been behind the wheel of a sprint car since September 23. Decaire was competing in the ‘Pink Lady Classic’ at Meridian, Idaho. He made contact with another car that saw his car hurled violently into the turn three catch fence. The car got caught in the catch fence and hung several feet off the ground. DeCaire suffered a severe concussion and sustained several other injuries including cracked ribs and a separated shoulder.

“Scotty Adema was one of my first shock customers. He’s stuck with me since I first started building shocks. I’ve kind of stuck around him. Scotty and Chaz Hambling have teamed up and have bought two cars that I at one point driven or owned. I’ve built a reputation of being a Hurricane Chassis specialist. They wanted to help me get them ironed out.”

“They asked me if I’d be in town March 2 and would want to run a car for them. It’s an old car that George Rudolph and my dad Terry had at one point that I’d driven. When I heard it was for sale, I called a bunch of people trying to get them to buy it. It just so happened Chaz ended up with it. Chaz wanted me to drive it in that race. He told me they had a brand new 410 coming from Engler. I said now we’re talking. It’s one of them old ones. The old Hurricanes are the ones you want. He bought it and called me to help him with it, and now he wanted me to drive it.”

Decaire indicated he may not be completely healed from his September crash, but he’s healthy enough to get back in a car with a $10,000 first place prize on the line.

“I’m as ready as I can be. I broke a couple of ribs. My shoulder at one point was dislocated, I know that much. I also had a pretty bad concussion. I couldn’t drive a streetcar for about a month or two because I was getting really bad Vertigo. I’ve healed about as good as I’m gonna heal. This will be my first time back in a car since my crash.”

“We were already committed to do the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ when it paid $5000 to win. What got my attention is it’s an hour from where I’m living. Ten grand is nice. I approach them all the same no matter what it pays.”

When it was brought to DeCaire’s attention the field of top-notch talent he will be batting that includes Jimmy McCune, Davey Hamilton Jr., and Aaron Willison among others, it didn’t concern him.

“I’m excited they’re all coming. This is the first time in my career they are all coming to my backyard. I’ve had success across the country, but I’ve been playing in their backyard. This is the first time they’ve had to come to me. No disrespect to any of them at all. But I raced against Dave Steele for 10-15 years. The best in the country has been here the whole time, I think. The roster is great, and I love seeing the diversity in the drivers that are coming. To be honest with you, racing against Dave Steele was the hard part. He was the benchmark for the whole country. I think he still is.”

“Back in the day we had some hitters. Doug Heveron, Wayne Reuittman, Bo Hartley, Dude Teate and all three Butlers. What really helped prepare me for everything was Must See Racing when it first started. I still don’t think we’ve seen a roster like that since. I think it’s starting to get back to what it was. I’m glad guys like Jimmy and Aaron are coming to support it and help build this. I’d like to see this become something we can all meet down here in Florida to start the year off. I think that’s what we really need right now. That’s what I’m hoping for anyways. I’m proud to fly the Florida flag at the ‘Childrens Dream Fund 50’.”

“I like what JJ Dutton is doing with this. Cancer is something I’m close to in my family with my mom having it. Anytime we can do something to raise money for an organization with Cancer I’m all for it. If we can help pavement sprint car racing grow, and raise money for the Children’s Dream Fund Organization, that’s a dream come true for everyone involved. I’m just glad I can do my part in all of this. I think what he is doing is incredible. Win, lose, or draw for me, being involved with this race is about as good as it gets” concluded DeCaire’.
The three-car Charlie Norman Motorsports team with DeCaire, Scotty Adema, and Ryan Adam will be a ‘Super Team’ of sorts. With all the seat time and knowledge, this is a team to keep a close eye on at the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ March 2.

 

 

Jean Lynch Classic Coming Home to Lernerville

Columbus, OH (February 6th, 2024) - Western PA Speedweek along with Lernerville Speedway are proud to introduce the Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek for the ‘410’ sprint car division. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.

As the matriarch of a family with such prominent ties in racing, the late Jean Lynch requires no introduction. She was a pioneer for women in racing with a resume to match, her roots running deep with national ties to tracks/organizations such as NASCAR, CART, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Western PA Speedweek would also like to welcome Rustler Sales and Service as presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by successful businessman and former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF (Friday, May 31st): 1. $4,000; 2. $2,000; 3. $1,500; 4. $1,000; 5. $800; 6. $700; 7. $600; 8. $550; 9. $500; 10. $450; 11. $425; 12. $400; 13. $375; 14. $375; 15. $375; 16-24. $350

Stay tuned to the Western PA Speedweek social media pages and website in the coming weeks as full 2024 details are soon to be released.

Western PA Speedweek is brought to you by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants together with J.S. Bova Excavating along with the support of the A-Main Podcast, Bill McCandless Ford, Bowl-O-Drome Family Bowling Center, Classic Ink USA, Hobaugh’s Auto Parts, Kistler Racing Products, The Knox Bakery, Legends of Seneca, Lockhart Raceway, McClung Auto Body, Mobile Bail Bonds, Rustler Sales and Service, Superior Interiors Dustless Hardwood Refinishing, Rod Squad Fishing Charters, Hooser Tire Mid-Atlantic, The Dirt Network, Fox’s Pizza Den of Mercer, 724 Media and Pittsburgh Racing Now.

 

 

Wild West Sprint Cars Season Opener Delivers a 21 Car Salute!

Central Arizona Raceway was the place to be for Arizona Sprint Car Fans Last Saturday night as the Sands Chevrolet/ Beaver Stripes/ Sunoco Race Fuels Wild West Sprint Car Series Blasted their Season Opener with a full field of 21 entries with some of Arizona’s biggest names in Sprint car racing!

The Central Arizona Raceway Staff under the direction of Track Owner and Promoter Brad Whitfield hosted the night’s event on a well-prepared track surface that did not disappoint with two fast grooves offering an action-packed evening of Open Wheel racing.

If you were in need of a Sprint Car Fix, the Main Event surely delivered a contest of the new Arizona Open Wheel Warriors verses the Tried and Tested Veterans of the Arizona Sprint Car Realm! The night was not without incident as the first lap of the feature would find Justin Kierce’s 43 racer and Eugene Thomas’ Number 10 entry flipping wildly on the exit of turn two while posturing for position to avoid spinning car ahead of them. Both drivers walked away. The feature would continue to see Arizona Sprint Car Champion Charles Davis Jr. overtake Logan Calderwood for the lead only to be later bested by the 51 car of R.J. Johnson in the concluding laps.

If you didn’t make it out to Central Arizona Raceway last weekend for the action-packed evening, make sure you mark your calendar for March 2nd at Cocopah Raceway in Yuma for the next Sands Chevrolet Wild West Sprint Car Series event.

Feb 3rd Results:

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race 1
1-15 Chris Bonneau, 2- 4 Logan Calderwood,3- 11c Charles Davis Jr.,4- 0 Jonas Reynolds,5- 43 Justin Kierce,6- 6 Kaiden Clark,7- 51c Jordan Stetson (DNS)

Beaver Stripes Heat Race 2
1-19az Hayden Reinbold,2- 49 Cameron La Rose,3- 51w Ronald Webster,4- 2 Josh Shipley, 5- 29 Brent Yarnal, 6-12 Josh Pelkey (DNF), 7- 10j Jeff Beckett (DNF)

Paint by Steve’s Heat Race 3
1-16 Mike Martin,2- 51 R.J. Johnson,3- 3 Pete Yerkovich, 4-007 Wayne Siddle,5- 10 Eugene Thomas,6- 91 Austin Ervine, 7- 41 Ricky Lewis.

Main Event
1- 51 R.J. Johnson, 2- 11c Charles Davis Jr, 3- 41 Ricky Lewis, 4- 49 Cameron LaRose, 5- 19az Hayden Reinbold, 6- 16 Mike Martin, 7- 51w Ronald Webster, 8- 0 Jonas Reynolds, 9- 51c Jordan Stetson,10- 3 Pete Yerkovich, 11- 6 Kaiden Clark, 12- 10J Jesse Beckett, 13- 4 Logan Calderwood, 14- 15 Chris Bonneau, 15-12 Josh Pelkey(DNF), 16- 007 Wayne Siddle(DNF), 17- 29 Brent Yarnal (DNF), 18- 10 Eugene Thomas (DNF), 19- 43 Justin Kierce (DNF), 20- 91 Austin Ervine (DNS), 21- Josh Shipley (DNS)

 

 

BATTLIN’ AT THE BAY: RSR and Aaron Reutzel to debut new look at East Bay Raceway Park

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (February 7, 2024) - Like so many others in the open wheel world, Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Aaron Reutzel will flock south for the winter, or for at least a week, as the team prepares to debut their all-new Folkens Brothers Trucking, STC, B And L Holdings, No. 8 sprinter in a week-long takeover of East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

Reutzel, who plans to chase and ultimately contend for a 2024 Knoxville Raceway championship, will kick-off his Florida campaign with High Limit’s “Battle at the Bay” on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13. King of the 360s competition will take over on Wednesday, February 14, with an open practice session, followed by three straight days of racing. The High Limit events will award $10,000 and $15,000, respectively, with the King of the 360s finale awarding a $10,000 top prize.

Aiding “A-Aron” and RSR in their Florida campaign is a long list of dedicated partners, all playing a pivotal role in Reutzel’s highly-demanding and highly-competitive agenda.

“Aaron [Reutzel] is a talented competitor, and with Folkens Brothers Trucking, Don Long & STC, B And L Holdings, American Table, Commercial Edge, Rasmusson Service Center, The P.O. Box, and Bargain Barn all by our side, the sky’s the limit, really,” Brian Ridge, owner of RSR, said. “A Knoxville Raceway championship is Aaron’s primary goal, but he’s out there to win races, and with the support that we have, I’m confident it’s only a matter of time before he gets that first one of the year. We hope to see everyone in Florida.”

The 2024 Knoxville Raceway season is set to activate on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20; Friday will host open practice sessions with Saturday’s event featuring a full program.

ON DECK:
Aaron Reutzel and RSR will kick-off their 2024 campaign with High Limit Sprint Car Series and open 360 sprint car competition at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday through Saturday, February 12-17.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Folkens Brothers Trucking, Don Long & STC, B And L Holdings, American Table, Commercial Edge, Rasmusson Service Center, The P.O. Box, and Bargain Barn.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing
X: https://twitter.com/RSR_883
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch Knoxville Raceway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.


 

DOT Foods Becomes Title Sponsor for the 35th Syracuse Motorsports Expo.

SYRACUSE, NY – Preparations are well underway for the 35th running of the Syracuse Motorsports Expo which will be held on March 9th and 10th at the New York State Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building. In an exciting announcement, DOT Foods Inc. has come aboard to be the title sponsor of the 2024 Expo.

“We have come off our best Northeast Racing Products Auction and Trade Show, momentum has been awesome for this year’s Expo and now we bring aboard DOT Foods as our main sponsor, “noted show promoter Jeremie Corcoran, “My phone has been very busy since the turn of the year and with the weather being warm for an Upstate, NY winter, many are already thinking racing. I like to thank Sean Walsh from DOT for his support.”

DOT Foods, Inc. is a major food supplier in both the United States and Canada. In the US alone they have over 40 terminals and 1700 trucks. One of the major terminals is located right in the heart of Upstate/Central NY at Liverpool.


Robert and Dorothy Tracy founded our company in 1960, with big dreams of starting a family business and streamlining the food supply chain. Their business model, the talents of more than 4,000 employees, and the Tracy family's ownership have helped their company become the largest food industry redistributor in North America. But even more importantly, the dream that took shape all those years ago is still driving our partners' businesses forward.

The show will greet all types of race fans on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. Hundreds of cars, dozens of racetracks and sanctioning bodies and so much more will fill the Center of Progress Building from wall to wall.

Show hours will be 11AM – 8PM on March 9th and on March 10th its 10AM – 4PM. Admission is $13 for adults, ages 6-12 is $5 and under 6 FREE. You can also get a two day pass for $20. For more information, please log on to https://syracusemotorsports.com and you can visit our Facebook Page.

The DOT Foods Syracuse Motorsports Expo… It’s the official start to the 2024 racing season in New York!

 

TEXAS THIEL: “Big Wheel” to open 2024 campaign with Lone Star road trip
ByTyler Altmeyer
Feb 6, 2024

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (February 6, 2024) – Ready to hit the ground running, the “Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel and Team 73 are pleased to announce that they will be taking an early season vacation, not only escaping the upper Midwest’s late winter chill, but traveling to the Lone Star State to do so, prepped to launch the year with an ASCS Elite Outlaws (ASCSEO) doubleheader at Hunt County Raceway and Kennedale Speedway Park on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Certainly no stranger to Texas open wheel racing, Thiel last visited the Lone Star State in 2022, joining The Greatest Show On Dirt at the now closed Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Not stopping there, Thiel, ace of the Gibbsville Cheese, Professional Plating Inc, Ludwig & Sons Trucking, Total Restoration Services, Scott Thiel Builders, No. 73 sprint car, will go on to spend the entire month of March deep within the Central Time Zone, joining the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for multiple weekends of competition in Texas and Oklahoma.

“We’re excited to kick-off the new season in Texas. There’s not a lot going on close to home in March, so spending some time down South will give us the head start we need before Midwest action gets going,” Thiel described. “It’s going to be an adventure, for sure, but we’re ready for it.”

Thiel’s early season agenda may be packed to the brim, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native plans to take on a highly-competitive 75-race schedule in 2024, simultaneously contending for an IRA Outlaw Sprint Series championship. Thiel’s massive agenda will include some of the sport’s biggest programs such as World of Outlaws doubleheaders at Knoxville Raceway, Beaver Dam Raceway, and the Dirt Track at Route 66, as well as the coveted Knoxville Nationals and the season-ending World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“We weren’t really sure of our plan of attack for this year, but we’re going to race as much as we can while contending for an IRA championship,” Thiel added. “With so much support right in our backyard, it’s important that we give them the local attention that they need. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our dedicated partners. It’s our goal to be a winning threat each and every night, as well as represent all of their entities at the highest level.”

The 2024 IRA Outlaw Sprint Series season will commence with a doubleheader at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. Thiel will roll into the season as a two-time IRA winner in 2023, scoring triumphs at Dodge County Fairgrounds and Cedar Lake Speedway, respectively.

“I’d like to also thank our friends at Starry Night RV Resort in Fort Worth, Texas, for hosting us during our Texas trip,” Thiel added. “Commuting back and forth between Wisconsin and Texas is obviously impossible, so we’re pumped to make Starry Night our trip headquarters.”

2024 TEAM 73 AGENDA:

Friday, March 1, 2024 | ASCSEO | Hunt County Raceway
Saturday, March 2, 2024 | ASCSEO | Kennedale Speedway Park
Friday, March 8, 2024 | WoO | Kennedale Speedway Park
Saturday, March 9, 2024 | WoO | Kennedale Speedway Park
Friday, March 15, 2024 | WoO | Cotton Bowl Speedway
Saturday, March 16, 2024 | WoO | Cotton Bowl Speedway
Friday, March 22, 2024 | WoO | Big O Speedway
Saturday, March 23, 2024 | WoO | Lawton Speedway
Friday, March 29, 2024 WoO | Thunderbird Speedway
Saturday, March 30, 2024 | WoO | 81 Speedway
Friday, April 5, 2024 | IRA | 34 Raceway
Saturday, April 6, 2024 | IRA | 34 Raceway
Friday, April 12, 2024 | WoO | Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway
Saturday, April 13, 2024 | WoO | Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway
Friday, April 19, 2024 | IRA | Mississippi Thunder Speedway
Saturday, April 20, 2024 | IRA | Beaver Dam Raceway
Friday, April 26, 2024 | WoO | Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, April 27, 2024 | WoO | Knoxville Raceway
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | WoO | Jacksonville Speedway
Friday, May 3, 2024 | IRA | Ogilvie Raceway
Saturday, May 4, 2024 | IRA | Cedar Lake Speedway
Friday, May 10, 2024 | HL | 34 Raceway
Saturday, May 11, 2024 | IRA | Sycamore Speedway
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | HL | Kokomo Speedway
Friday, May 17, 2024 | MWSS | Bloomington Speedway
Saturday, May 18, 2024 | IRA | Plymouth Dirt Track
Sunday, May 19, 2024 | IRA | Angell Park Speedway
Saturday, May 25, 2024 | IRA | Wilmot Raceway
Sunday, May 26, 2024 | IRA | 141 Speedway
Friday, May 31, 2024 | WoO | Beaver Dam Raceway
Saturday, June 1, 2024 | WoO | Beaver Dam Raceway
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | HL | Davenport Speedway
Saturday, June 8, 2024 | IRA | Plymouth Dirt Track
Sunday, June 9, 2024 | IRA | Angell Park Speedway
Saturday, June 15, 2024 | IRA | Wilmot Raceway
Thursday, June 20, 2024 | MWSS, IRA | Lincoln Park Speedway
Friday, June 21, 2024 | MWSS, IRA | Bloomington Speedway
Saturday, June 22, 2024 | MWSS, IRA | Tri-State Speedway
Sunday, June 23, 2024 | MWSS, IRA | Terre Haute Action Track
Friday, June 28, 2024 | IRA | Outagamie Speedway
Saturday, June 29, 2024 | IRA | Beaver Dam Raceway
Friday, July 5, 2024 | PBOSS | Lake Ozark Speedway
Saturday, July 6, 2024 | PBOSS | Lake Ozark Speedway
Friday, July 12, 2024 | WoO, IRA | Wilmot Raceway
Saturday, July 13, 2024 | WoO, IRA | Wilmot Raceway
Thursday, July 18, 2024 | IRA | Norman County Raceway
Friday, July 19, 2024 | IRA | River Cities Speedway
Saturday, July 20, 2024 | IRA | River Cities Speedway
Friday, July 26, 2024 | IRA | Dodge County Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 27, 2024 | IRA | Plymouth Dirt Track
Sunday, August 4, 2024 | OPEN | Knoxville Raceway
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 | NATIONALS | Knoxville Raceway
Thursday, August 8, 2024 | NATIONALS | Knoxville Raceway
Friday, August 9, 2024 | NATIONALS | Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, August 10, 2024 | NATIONALS | Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, August 17, 2024 | IRA | Wilmot Raceway
Sunday, August 18, 2024 | IRA | Angell Park Speedway
Saturday, August 24, 2024 | IRA |TBA
Friday, August 30, 2024 | MWSS | Bloomington Speedway
Saturday, August 31, 2024 | IRA | Plymouth Dirt Track
Sunday, September 1, 2024 | IRA | The Hill Raceway
Friday, September 6, 2024 | IRA | Gondik Law Speedway
Saturday, September 7, 2024 | IRA | Cedar Lake Speedway
Saturday, September 14, 2024 | IRA | 141 Speedway
Saturday, September 28, 2024 | IRA | Plymouth Dirt Track
Friday, October 4, 2024 | MWSS | Lincoln Park Speedway
Saturday, October 5, 2024 | MOWA | Jacksonville Speedway
Friday, October 18, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Route 66
Saturday, October 19, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Route 66
Friday, November 1, 2024 | PBOSS | Lake Ozark Speedway
Saturday, November 2, 2024 | PBOSS | Lake Ozark Speedway
Wednesday, November 6, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Thursday, November 7, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, November 8, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, November 9, 2024 | WoO | Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway

SPECIAL THANKS:
Scotty Thiel and Team 73 would like to thank all of their partners: Gibbsville Cheese, Professional Plating Inc, Ludwig & Sons Trucking, Total Restoration Services, Scott Thiel Builders, Lift Pro, Schmidts Landscaping, Complete Water, GRP Motorsports, Hepfner Racing Products, Triple X Chassis, Keizer Wheels, Behling Racing Equipment, Winters Performance Products, Starry Night RV Resort.

LIVE BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch ASCS Elite Outlaws: www.raceontexas.com.
High Limit Sprint Car Series: www.floracing.com.
IRA Outlaw Sprint Series: www.floracing.com.
World of Outlaws: www.dirtvision.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/scottythiel64
Instagram: www.instagram.com/scottythiel64
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScottThielMotorsports

 

 

Joel Myers Jr Returns to Victory Lane at Ruapuna Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA: Getting back to Ruapuna Speedway on Sunday night as they ran alongside the New Zealand Midget Championship, Joel Myer Jr picked up his second feature event win of 2024 as he scored at his home away from home.

“It was a fun night running in conjunction with the NZ Title Midget race,” Joel Myers Jr sad. “The only downfall was we had some of our program get cut short, but the Anderson’s gave me a great car each time we hit the track and it is great to get another win at Ruapuna Speedway.”

Lining up seventh in his first heat race, Myers Jr had his elbows up as he worked his way around Ruapuna Speedway picking up positions at will. Working into second, Myers Jr chased after Jamie Duff, but came up short in the end as he took the checkered flag with a runner up finish.

Slated to run a second round of heat races, time constraints forced officials to call those off, and resort to a redraw for the feature event line up.

In the redraw due to his from seventh to second, Myers Jr had lady luck on his side, as the one pill put him on the pole of the feature event.

When the race came to life, Myers Jr was hard on the throttle as he jumped out to the early lead. Looking very stout out front, Myers Jr looked to be tough to beat on this night until the red flag few and paused the action.

With the accident scene taking extended time to clean up and with time becoming an issue, the race was ultimate called official at this time, and Myers Jr was declared the night’s feature event winner.

“It was unfortunate to that we got cut short, but I know how important that the NZ Title race is, and that was the headlining event,” Joel Myers Jr added. “Again, I really want to thank Daniel and all the guys for their hard work.”

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 4, Wins-2, Top-5’s- 4, Top-10’s-4

ON TAP: Myers Jr is now set for the War of the Wings Grand Final on Saturday night at Ellesmere Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

To grab your Joel Myers Jr Merchandise, click over to www.shopjoelmyersjr.com

 

 

Attica Raceway Park to increase weekly purses and point funds in 2024

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park will increase both its weekly purses and its point funds in 2024.

“The cost of racing has increased and we recognize that and have been working hard to try and help our loyal race teams. Thanks to generous support from our marketing partners and fans we will be able to add more money to our weekly purses. The total point fund for our 410 and 305 sprints and late models will be $50,000,” said Justin Liskai, Attica Raceway Park Director of Operations.

“It’s very exciting. If one 410 sprint driver wins the Attica track championship and the titles at Fremont Speedway and the Attica Fremont Championship Series, he or she will earn a total of $30,000,” added Liskai.

For 2024, all non-sanctioned 410 sprint car events will pay $4,000 to win ($400 to start). A total of $2,600 has been added to the weekly 410 purse. The purse for the weekly 305 sprints has also been increased

“We’ve increased the B-main non-transfer to $150 for the 410 sprints and start money to $400,” added Liskai. “The B-main non-transfer cars for the late models and 305 sprints has been increased as well to $75.”

The total weekly, non-sanctioned purse for the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints will be over $15,000 in 2024. The total weekly, non-sanctioned purse for the Dirt Nerds Podcast Powered by Propane UMP Late Models will total over $6,800 and the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints purse is $5,800.

For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.

 

 

CHILDREN'S DREAM FUND 50 TO NOW PAY 10K TO WIN

February 5, 2024 – Inverness, Florida – Today officials from the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’, Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit, and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series announced that the upcoming March 2, 2024, ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ will now pay $10,000 to win the 50-lap event.

The co-sanctioned event was originally announced in December as a $5,000 to win event at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. But today event organizer JJ Dutton confirmed that a $5,000 sponsor has come forth and added to the purse.

Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness has added the additional purse money to the purse for this event to get it up to the current $10,000 to win. It has been since 2007 that a pavement sprint car race in the state of Florida has paid this much to win.

The local Inverness Ford dealership has been supportive of the event since the early announcement. Nick Nicholas Ford is located in Inverness, Florida and carries a line of new and used inventory as well as a Service Department and Collision Center.

With the event now paying $10,000 to win, it now becomes the richest pavement sprint car race in the Southeast. It is expected many prominent drivers will come fourth in the coming days announcing their participation in this event.

The sole purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Dream Fund Organization. The event is being organized by Tampa, Florida driver JJ Dutton with the help from the track and both series.

The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Florida based non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida. Dreams are referred to by doctors, nurses, Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families, and other patients.

Dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children the organization serves. They may involve meeting a celebrity, a trip, a gift such as a computer or playground, or their most-requested dream, a week at the Give Kids the World Village, which enables a child to visit all the Orlando-area theme parks.

The Children’s Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. They do not tele market to raise funds. Since its inception in 1981, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for over 4,000 children. According to their most recent audited financial report, 87% of all expenses go to make children’s dreams come true. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.

 

 

RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOPS “SET-TO-GO” WITH JOSH HOLT FROM MYRACEPASS LEADING THE WAY AMONGST MANY SPEAKERS AND DISCUSSIONS AT RPM

- Registration Continues with MyRacePass Ticketing Platform for RPM@Daytona at the Shores Resort & Spa –

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 5, 2024) – The 51st Annual RPM@Daytona will be held at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida on Sunday, February 11; Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13. The 51st version of the popular sessions will has been enhanced to give attendees and exhibitors an enhanced experience during an incredibly busy time of year, further emphasizing that there is no true “off-season” in the sport and “kicking off” another great season in Daytona.

There will be a brief registration on Sunday, February 11, from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, at The Shores, followed by a Super Bowl “Watch” party presented by Race Track Wholesale in the Richard Petty ballroom beginning at 6:00 pm. The gathering is intended to be an informal “socializing” opportunity for visitors to the Workshops. The 51st RPM@Daytona Workshops will have a stellar lineup up of speakers and presenters set for promoters who attend the annual workshops to garner ideas and continue developing and growing their businesses while having the opportunity to connect with a variety of colleagues, industry professionals and exhibitors that touch every corner of the short track racing industry.

The speaking lineup will be headlined by several prominent figures in the motorsports business led by Josh Holt, one of the owner’s of MyRacePass. Holt has brought a unique energy to the business and has built a company that has the ability to work with everyone throughout the industry, tracks, sanctioning bodies and competitors. He has a great and educational story to deliver and can provide help for promoters from angles that have previously been left untouched.

Holt is just the tip of the iceberg in regard to the lineup for the RPM@Daytona Workshop schedule. New sessions, including the “The Jody Session”, dedicated to Jody Deery, one of the founders and loyal believers in the Workshops. The session will be dedicated to females in the sport and will be led by the women of the sport. Joining these programs will be the traditional sessions, including the legal update and "Pro Bono" hour will be expounded upon and delivered in breakout sessions as well as many other sessions that assist and impact the short track motorsports industry.

Included throughout the sessions will be the presentations of the regional and national Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year (ARPY) awards as well as the outstanding short track event and the “Jody Deery Award”, which makes the RPM@Daytona Workshops a “can’t miss” event.

Registration for the 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops can be found here; Online; www.myracepass.com/businesses/21560/tickets/1365753 Offline; www.promotersnewsletter.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=893307

The link of the 51st RPM@Daytona Workshops is here. Book now for accommodations as many of the sessions last year were "Standing Room Only" for one of the most exciting meetings in years; https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=2024-02-09&depart=2024-02-15&adult=1&child=0&group=2402RPMRAC_001 (Room Reservations begin at $195 per night).

The 51st Annual RPM@Reno Western Workshops stand as a "can't miss" event for track promoters throughout North America.

The Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Newsletter and RPM Workshops provide an educational and networking program to the motorsports industry. The program provides media and meeting platforms which offer promoters, motorsports management, tracks, sanctions and companies a forum to share, educate and network within. The newsletter and workshops are services of Hoosier Racing Tire and K&K Insurance, with supporting sponsorship coming from Chevrolet Performance Products, RACEceiver, Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, Simes Graphic Design, MyRacePass and Firethorn Marketing.

Further information regarding the RPM e-newsletters and workshops may be found at the company’s website, www.promotersnewsletter.com

RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – Subject to change, additional topics and presenters

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2024;

NEW EXTENDED TIME 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. RPM@DAYTONA Workshop Credentials **Exhibitors Area ***

SUPER BOWL WATCH PARTY - 6:00pm until GAME ENDS - RICHARD PETTY ROOM - presented by Race Track Wholesale

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2024;

8:00 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area Downstairs at the Shores Advanced and late-entry credentials available.

8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, products and services for promoters and short tracks.

9:45 a.m. PROMOTERS’ WELCOME, The Shores Resort & Spa

9:45 a.m. 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops Opening – WHERE IT ALL BEGINS

9:50 a.m. JOSH HOLT, One of the founding partners of MyRacePass. Holt will bring his unique insight, experience and thoughts as we move through what can be considered different times in our industry.

10:40 a.m. BRETT DEYO, Deyo has become one of the most successful ticketing selling promoters in the Northeast’s dense market. He is here to help you enhance your ticket sales with what he has found successful in the promotional world.

11:45 a.m. TBD; “Special Guest”

12:00-1:25 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:25 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, announcements and introduction of special guests;
PAUL UNDERWOOD – K&K Insurance (May be Steve Sinclair Speaking)
PAUL MENTING – Hoosier Racing Tire

1:45 p.m. CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE; STATE OF THE CRATE, Chevrolet Performance, “State of the Crate” direct from one of the top executives at Chevrolet Performance.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – EXHIBITOR EXHIBITION TIME – Spend time with our vendors and enjoy a refreshment. There is a homework assignment. If you are a promoter, by the end of the show on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, collect and turn a business card from each vendor and your topic discussed with each exhibitor, that will be turned in at the registration desk. The Promoter with the most meaningful visits will win a prize announced at the final session of the Workshops presented by MyRacePass.

2:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: .

THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM

2:30-3:45 p.m. “THE JODY SESSION” led by Renee Dupuis. Dupuis, a former racer, is an advocate of females in the sport and their success. She is now a promotional partner in the Monaco Modified Series she will lead an entire session devoted to “Women in the Promotional Business…” named after Jody Deery, this session will be featured at each workshop.
3:45-4:15 p.m. “THE BIG EVENT” a hearty panel of promoters, who put on “Big Events” like the Snowball Derby, Oktoberfest at LaCrosse and others who are willing to do a Q & A Session to help you make your “Big Event” bigger.

THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM

2:30-3:30 p.m. TICKETS, TICKETS, TICKETS… RPM Takes a look at Ticketing, a ticketing session hosted by experts.
3:30-4:15 p.m. A DIFFERENT TICKETING PERSPECTING… John Haak from EventSprout gives his views on the Ticketing Industry.

2:00 p.m. **** NEW SESSION / LOCATION *** - BOARDROOM – TOP FLOOR; “PROMOTION 101” – AJ MOORE FROM LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY, the very basics.

MAIN ROOM;

4:15-5:00 p.m. ASK AN ARPY – Past Auto Racing Promoters of the Year take to the stage to answer a multitude of questions.

5:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS, ADJOURNMENT – PROMOTER’S NIGHT @ VOLUSIA SPEEWAY PARK, DIRTCAR NATIIONALS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2024;

8:15 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area Downstairs at the Shores Advanced and late-entry credentials available.

8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, Continental breakfast, products and services for promoters and short tracks.

9:30 a.m. WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS; Sponsor Presentations;

9:45 a.m. DIGITAL MARKETING, BRYAN ROBB, from Full Throttle Marketing, Bryan Robb gives a presentation on Digital Marketing

10:30 a.m. ICMS & the IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY INITIATIVES AT YOUR TRACK, TOM WEISENBACH & RANDY LAJOIE, discuss Safety Topics that apply directly to what you do with your business.

11:00 a.m. TICKETING IN THE INDUSTRY

11:30 a.m. ANNUAL CASE LAW SUMMARY: Paul Tetreault, Agajanian, McFall, Weiss, Tetreault, & Crist, LLP review the year’s case law decisions.

12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:30 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, followed by Concurrent Sessions: with influential topics presented in two rooms.

THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – MOTORSPORTS, GENERAL LAW DISCUSSION; Tetreault updates attendees on the circumstances that surround our environment (open to written questions).
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – PRO-BONO HOUR, Tetreault takes an hour to discuss topics individually

THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DRIVER'S MEETING with Matt Rowe
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – THE EVOLVING ADVANCES IN RACE MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT
3:00-3:50 p.m. – FOSTERING SHORT TRACK RACING, Sean Foster, Promoter, Traveler, Willing Maintainer of Short Track Racing shares his thoughts and takes questions on moving the ball forward.

1:45 p.m. **** NEW SESSION / LOCATION *** - BOARDROOM – TOP FLOOR; “PRO – CARSON GRAMM, an A-Z to in Sponsorship from start-to-finish, what to sell, how to approach and a how your presentation should look.

MAIN ROOM

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. – MYRACEPASS PRESENTS "THE VICTORY LAP"; 5 minutes with Josh Holt, meet the RPM “Event of the Year” winner and the introduction of the 47th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year

5:00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT: Enjoy, please remain safe, with a safe journey home or continuing enjoying the exciting racing action throughout Volusia County and all of Florida. – HOOSIER TIRE NIGHT @ NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY FOR THE PROMOTERS

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule that is a tentative draft, with subjects and topics that may change.

 

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Brian Brown to activate 2024 with full Florida slate

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (February 5, 2024) - As tradition has it, “Blackjack” Brian Brown and Brian Brown Racing will roll into the new year with big plans and high hopes, prepped to not only unveil another giant campaign with dates throughout much of the South, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic, but the Grain Valley, Missouri-based operation will once again activate their schedule in the Sunshine State - joining the Greatest Show On Dirt for the annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Brown, ace of the Casey’s/FVP No. 21 sprint car, will battle the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in each and every night of their season lidlifter, activating action officially with an open practice on Tuesday, February 6. Four straight programs will headline the week on Wednesday through Saturday, February 7-10.

Brown’s recent Volusia Speedway Park highlights include back-to-back World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series top-five finishes on Sunday, March 5, finishing fifth and third during the Spring Showdown opener and DIRTcar Nationals make-up feature, respectively.

“It’s been a part of our racing tradition for a long time. Nothing like escaping the winter cold and opening the season with action at Volusia. It’s a great way to shake things down and ultimately get the new year off on the right foot,” Brown stated. “Our plans will vary as the season progresses, but I feel we have a pretty solid foundation. We were fortunate to put up some big numbers aboard our Caseys/FVP No. 21 last year and I’m confident we can outdo those statistics in 2024.”

In addition to the DIRTcar Nationals, other major events on Brown’s 2024 agenda include Eldora Speedway’s Kings Royal, Huset’s Speedway’s High Bank Nationals, Knoxville Raceway’s coveted 360 and 410 Nationals, Port Royal Speedway’s Weikert and Tuscarora 50 weekends, and The Dirt Track at Charlotte’s World of Outlaws World Finals in early November.

Blackjack will roll into the new season with a fair share of momentum, not only solidifying 24 top-fives in his most recent campaign, but scoring eight victories in the process, one of which a 360 Knoxville Nationals championship in early August. In addition, Brown was victorious in the 2023 Tuscarora 50 - the biggest and richest triumph of his career that was accompanied by a $62,000 payday.

“I want to thank my team for all of their hard work this off-season. It’s their dedication that puts us in a position to be competitive right out of the box,” Brown added. “Chad Morgan (Crew Chief), Justin Lawer (Car Chief), Devin Brenneman (Tire Specialist), Robert Brown (Jack of All Trades), Lath Hicks (Assistant Tire Specialist)…I owe it to them to put their hard work into motion. They bust their butts and I’m proud of their efforts.”

SPECIAL THANKS:
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s, FVP, Andy's Frozen Custard, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Mt. Dew Overdrive, HAWK Hunting, Ditzfeld Transfer, Champion Brands, MC Power, Weld Wheels, Housby, Maxim Chassis, J.D. Welding & Machine, Waldinger, Smiley’s Racing Products, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Mid Mo Equipment, Bell Helmets, K1 RaceGear, Clem’s Helmets, Factory Kahne Shocks, Cometic Gaskets, C & M Lawn & Landscape, Everlast Welders, Walker Performance Filtration, System One, K&N Filters, HostIowa.net, Fultz Excavating, Restless Spirits Distillery, FSR Racing Products, Ti64, AL Driveline, Vortex Wings, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Kenny’s Components, Rod End Supply, Winter’s Performance Products, KSE Racing Products, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, Hoosier Tires, XYZ Machining, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Ultra-Lite Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, Bam Roller Lifters, Outerwears, MPD, All Star Performance, 6B Apparel, MSD Ignition and Garrett Racing Engines for their continued support.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Brian-Brown-Racing-200630163294222/
X: www.twitter.com/brianbrown21
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com
Online home: www.brianbrownracing.com
Merchandise: www.shopbrianbrownracing.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com
Watch Knoxville Raceway weekly at www.dirtvision.com
Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series at www.floracing.com

ABOUT CASEY’S:
Casey’s is a Fortune 500 company (NASDAQ: CASY) operating over 2,300 convenience stores. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the third-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. Casey’s provides freshly prepared foods, quality fuel and friendly service at its locations. Guests can enjoy pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items, and a wide selection of beverages and snacks. Learn more and order online at www.caseys.com, or in the mobile app.

ABOUT FVP:
FVP is built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service. FVP products are specifically engineered to provide OE quality that is equal or superior in performance to national brands at a competitive price.

The FVP brand started with competitively priced OEM quality batteries, filters, and radiators for cars, trucks and specialty vehicles. FVP now proudly offers a full line of batteries for all of your automotive, RV, boating, commercial and lawn & garden needs. FVP also offers a wide array of condensers, hub assemblies, motor oil, oil filters, cabin air filters, fuel filters, transmission filters, antifreeze, DEF, and chemicals.

FVP products are verified, proven, and built to the industry's highest quality standards. Visit http://www.FVPparts.com to learn more.

ABOUT BRIAN BROWN RACING:
Brian Brown Racing is a professional winged sprint car team that is based in Grain Valley, Mo. Brian Brown, who is the owner and driver, has amassed 200+ total feature victories, as well as six track championships at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.brianbrownracing.com.

 

 

Dakota Albright Teams with Spencer Motorsports and Moves to Winged Sprint Cars in 2024

PETERSEN MEDIA- Making a name for himself in the Bay Cities Racing Association over the years, Waterford, CA driver, Dakota Albright is set for a new challenge in 2024 as he will take over the driving duties of Rick Spencer’s No. 34 Winged 360ci sprint car.

“Growing up around racing, it has always been my dream to race a sprint car,’ Dakota Albright said. “Attending races at San Jose Speedway regularly when I was younger, as well as catching races at other tracks it has always been a goal of mine to race on the same tracks as some of my childhood heroes. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I have in 2024 with Rick Spencer and his Spencer Motorsports team as well as crew chief Dan Lind.”

While he will be a rookie in sprint car racing in 2024, Albright is no stranger to racing, and is in fact to stranger to Placerville Speedway where the team will set their primary focus.

One of the dominant forces in BCRA Lightning Sprint competition, Albright has amassed over 20 career feature event wins with the series, and has picked up championship honors in 2021 and 2023. During that 2023 championship season, Albright parked his mount in Placerville Speedway victory lane on four separate occasions.

With the Northern California season still over a month away from coming to life, Albright and Spencer Motorsports are still finalizing their exact schedule but did note Placerville Speedway’s slate will be their primary focus.

“It has been great to get to work with everyone with the team in such short time,” Albright added. “When we mounted my seat Rick and Kathy Spencer, and Dan (Lind) made me feel like I was right at home. Having known Rick and his family for 15 years and chatting with them each time we have raced at the same track, this is a cool experience to now race with them as I take on this new challenge. I am excited to get started in just a few weeks.”

Dakota Albright and Spencer Motorsports would like to thank Thompson’s Family of Dealerships, Sacramento Battery, Morgan Precision Roofing, Nor Cal Gun Vault, Quality Telecom Consultants, Johnson and Matos CPA’s, Romey’s Window Cleaning, Angel’s Heavy Haul, Amsoil, King Racing Products, NGK, CSI Shocks, Oval Chassis Research, and Casey White Cosmetic Tattoos for their support in 2024.

ON TAP: Albright and Spencer Motorsports are set to kick their 2024 season of at Placerville Speedway when the track goes green on March 23rd.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota Albright by following Albright Racing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089236251768&mibextid=JRoKGi.

You can also stay up to speed with Spencer Motorsports on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064161874031&mibextid=JRoKGi.

 

 

TOMMY DUNKEL TALKS OF MIDGET CREW CHIEF AND MORE MIDGET RACES ON THE WAY

(Cypress, CA, January 30, 2024) A little over a year ago, open-wheel racer Tommy Dunkel liked chili. However, after only three nights of racing in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals inside the famous Sage Net Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he now loves the dish. So much so, that the Murrieta, California-based driver is already making plans to start racing midgets on the Left Coast this season so he can be ready for the 40th annual Chili Bowl 11 months from now.

To many, Dunkel is a newcomer to racing. In reality, that is far from the truth. He had a brief foray into lightning sprints and 360 sprint cars a few years ago. More recently, his Inland Rigging company became familiar to fans as a sponsor of longtime Southern California star Brody Roa. However, Dunkel wanted more. He had an itch to get back into a sprint car. He finally did that at the end of the 2022 season, when he finished 13th in the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway.

With the desires on fire, Dunkel entered the 2023 Chili Bowl. Things did not go as well as he had hoped. It was one night and done. He ran on his preliminary evening but called it a day before the Saturday finale.

In no way did the disappointment of the Chili Bowl deter Dunkel’s open-wheel ambitions. He was back in his sanitary white #17A in select 360 races on the West Coast and would add in his first 410 endeavors in 2023. In addition, he and his wife Christy owned the #17R that Roa drove to the 2023 USAC/CRA championship. In addition to Roa taking the title and posting numerous victories, Dunkel scored his first sprint car win at the Ventura Raceway on April 8th.

Even though Dunkel met with success in the cockpit and as a car owner in 2023, the Chili Bowl was still boiling on his mind. He wanted another shot and he wanted to do it with a front-line car and team. Enter longtime crew chief Jimmy May and the Josh Ford Motorsports team. Known for fast cars and a top-notch crew led by May, they were just what Dunkel was looking for and a deal was set.

“They have been in that building so many times and they have had good success,” Dunkel enthused about May and his crew. “Having that kind of confidence (in the crew and the equipment) going in was great. That helped me a ton. I knew I could go out there and drive really hard and do my best because I knew I had good equipment underneath me. You give them feedback and what they do with the wrenches from there is pretty amazing. Those guys know how to tune for that joint.”

“Jimmy himself is such a natural,” Dunkel continued. “He can watch the dust, he can watch the TVs there and he can gauge what the track is going to be like even if there are four or five races to go (before he got on the track). He knows what setup to put on by knowing what the track is going to do. It seemed like all of us were in sync in working with Jimmy and his crew guys. They are just spot on. Some of the hardest working crew guys that I have ever had wrenching for me. It was a pleasure working with them the whole weekend.”

January in Oklahoma in no way resembles Arizona in July. Cold can permeate throughout the month and that can wreak havoc on the cars in the Chili Bowl. Fans are used to pump fresh air into the building from outside. That makes it anything but bikini-wearing conditions inside the massive SageNet Center. It negatively affects the engines on the cars that were referred to as “doodlebugs” three-quarters of a century ago.

“We were chasing the cold,” Dunkel shivered recalling the temperatures in Oklahoma. “It was a really big factor. The temperature in the building was just shy of freezing. With how cold it was outside, the fans were pumping 10-degree air into the building.”

Compounding the issues with the air were some unfortunate incidents that delayed Dunkel getting on the track.

“Unfortunately, every time before I went out something happened (on the track) in the race just prior,” Dunkel laughed. “So I ended up sitting on the ramp a long time and the car was getting cold. That kind of factored into some of the issues we had but that is out of everybody’s control. Everybody else was running into the problem with their cars getting cold, too. We were all dealt the same cards with the temperatures.”

“My guys did not skip a beat,” offered Dunkel. “They were wrapping the car in blankets and putting the engine heaters on it in staging. They did everything they could possibly do for me to make the car better. I would have liked to have done a little better but I could not have been happier (with May and the crew).”

With more laps at this year’s Chili Bowl and the guidance of May and his crew, Dunkel is already making plans for 2025. He is teaming with May for four, five, or six midget races this year including the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November.

Dunkel wants to thank his family, Jimmy May, crewmen Sam and Charlie, the Tafoya Family, Specialty Fasteners, Malyssa Perkins, and Inland Rigging for making his Chili Bowl racing endeavor possible.

This Saturday, Roa and the Dunkel’s will receive their just rewards for last year’s CRA title at a banquet in Riverside, California. After that, it will be back in the shop getting the cars ready for the upcoming USAC/CRA and USCS seasons. Some exciting team news is on the horizon. Stay tuned.

Dunkel would like to thank the following 2024 season sprint car sponsors. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, Specialty Fasteners, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Osborne Speed & Machine, Maverick Transport, and HBC. If you would like to join this championship team for another title run this year, please contact Dunkel using the information at the top of this release.

Tom Dunkel’s 2024 Racing Results

1/11/24 SageNet Center Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 8th C Feature

1/13/24 SageNet Center Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 11th L Feature


 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2024

Dayne Kingshott has maintained his lead in the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series after Rd11 was contested on his home track of Bunbury Speedway last night.

Kingshott went into the latest round on 1686 points, 22 points clear over defending series champion James Inglis on 1664.

Kingshott started fifth last night at Bunbury and dropped back to eighth, while Inglis started from p8 and moved up one spot to cross the line in seventh, with the margin now 20 points.

Brad Maiolo, thanks to his win over Andrew Priolo and Taylor Milling, has consolidated his place in third.

Maiolo started from p4 and took the win after a great battle with Priolo, who started on the front row with Milling.

Jamie Maiolo, who started and finished sixth, has moved up from fifth to fourth overall in the points.

Jason Kendrick, who started from p10 and limped home in 15th with a flat right rear tyre, has moved from sixth to fifth in points.

Andrew Priolo, thanks to his podium placing, moved from eighth to sixth.

Kris Coyle, who started seventh and finished fourth, still holds down seventh.

Kaiden Manders, who was fourth heading into the latest bout, dropped down to eighth after he crashed hard in the A Dash, and didn’t take a start in the final, with the W60 heavily damaged.

Milling’s third has pushed him from 10th to ninth, while Ryan Lancaster, who started p11 and finished ninth.

Round 12 of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series will be held at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night, being the second night of the Barbagallo Australian Mr Sprintcar Nationals which starts on Friday night.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series top 25 points after Rd11 of 18 rounds: Dayne Kingshott 1820, James Inglis 1800, Brad Maiolo 1746, Jamie Maiolo 1712, Jason Kendrick 1684, Andrew Priolo 1650, Kris Coyle 1650, Kaiden Manders 1628, Taylor Milling 1620, Ryan Lancaster 1610, Jason Pryde 1594, Trent Pigdon 1512, Callum Williamson 1438, Jaydee Dack 1334, Kye Scroop 1308, Cameron McKenzie 1184, Jack Williamson 1154, AJ Nash 1152, Mitchell Wormall 1150, Ken Sartori 1136, Brock Kenny 940, Rico Abreu 936, Brenten Farrer 882, Brad Sweet 852, Brock Zearfoss 818.

 

50-YEAR ABSENCE OF BIG CAR RACING AT BLANKET HILL SPEEDWAY TO END IN 2024; HOVIS RUSH SPRINTS & SPORTSMAN MODS TO BE FEATURED SEVERAL TIMES ON WIDENED TRACK

By Mike Leone

January 28, 2024 -

(Pulaski, PA)...The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Racing Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants is excited to announce that Blanket Hill Speedway, which is located just off US 422 in Kittanning, Pa., will host several events for the RUSH Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on what will be a newly widened track during the upcoming season. These events are thought to be the first big car racers at the track in approximately 50 years!

It is expected that the RUSH Sprint Cars will make monthly Sunday appearances beginning in May with a possible Saturday event in the fall as part of the Sunbelt Rentals Weekly Series; a few RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series events are also expected to be added. Dates will be released in the near future.

Blanket Hill was formerly a 1/4-mile dirt and asphalt speedway that ran big cars during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Drivers such as Bob Wearing, Lou Blaney, Ralph Quarterson, Gus Linder, Henry Jacoby, Dick Swartzlander, and many other standouts competed at Blanket Hill. In modern years, Blanket Hill has been home for go-kart and small car racing on the former 1/8-mile and current 1/5-mile track.

Phil Thornton, a former RUSH Sprint Car racer, and his wife Shannon, took over Blanket Hill in 2019 and held its first race in 2020 after sitting idle for nearly eight years. Since then, the Thorntons have made continuous improvements including the smooth red clay surface. While several racers have tested their big cars on the 1/5-mile in recent years, big cars haven't raced competitively at the track since the mid 1970s. To accommodate the big cars, the Thorntons will be widening the speedway and making other improvements.

"Being able to bring big car racing back to the historic Blanket Hill Speedway via RUSH is really exciting," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "We really appreciate the Thorntons wanting to utilize RUSH to do so. RUSH has been able to attract so many young teenage racers into our various classes due to the cost-containment aspect of our Series; most of which have come out of karts and small cars."

"Tracks like Blanket Hill have been an excellent pipeline for young racers to transition into RUSH and we feel what the Thorntons are doing will really further the opportunity," added Emig. "This situation is very unique as Blanket Hill racers will have an opportunity to witness their next possible step in their racing careers at the very same speedway they are currently racing at!"

The RUSH Sprint Cars will kick off their seventh season of racing in the chase for the $5,000 Sunbelt Rentals Weekly Series championship on April 6 at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway. Blanket Hill will become the 18th different speedway to host a RUSH Sprint Car event all-time, but first ever in Armstrong County, Pa.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds meanwhile will also open their season on April 6 in the "Steel City Stampede" make-up event at Lernerville Speedway before moving on to Pittsburgh on April 27. Blanket Hill will become the 13th different speedway to host a RUSH Sportsman Modified event all-time, and also the first in Armstrong County.

Blanket Hill is located at 12560 US 422, Kittanning, PA 16201. For additional information, check out their website at www.blankethillspeedway.com and follow them on Facebook by searching Blanket Hill Speedway.

The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Flynn's Tire, Sunbelt Rentals, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Bilstein Shocks, Racing Electronics, Wieland Metal Services, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, Precise Racing Products, Velocita-USA, Wedge Motorsports, 3C Graphix, D&V Jewelers, and Terry Bowser Excavating.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300. The RUSH Sprint Car website is www.rushsprintcars.com. Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow on Twitter @RUSHSprints. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com. Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

 

 

 

Brant O’Banion looks back on rookie experience at the 2024 Chili Bowl

by Nicole Signor:

LINCOLN, Nebraska (January 28th, 2023) - Catching his footing, Brant O’Banion, took on his first Chili Bowl experience in Tusla, Oklahoma., behind the wheel of the 22P Eckman Dental Arts and Mark Burch Motorsports midget at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gaining a lot of seat time, O’Banion eventually would end in 9th place in the K-1 Feature of Saturday competition.

“The caution during the C-main threw me off and I lost my rhythm. I wasn’t able to transfer and that would put me in the K-1 Feature on Saturday, which we did not transfer on.”, said O’Banion. “Overall I’m pretty happy with my first Chili Bowl performance. I had a legit shot to make the B on qualifying night. That was a personal goal for me, just came up a little short in the end. Only other time I have been in a midget other than at Huset’s and needless to say it’s completely different driving. That being said, driving at Huset’s probably didn’t help me much for the Chili Bowl track. Aside from our on the track results; the atmosphere, racing and fans - my first Chili Bowl experience was an absolute blast.”, said O’Banion.

“There's no backing down from 2024 Chili Bowl rookie, Brant O'Banion. Our success at the 2024 Chili Bowl was a direct result of Brant's ability to pilot our first entry on Tuesday night. Brant's input was a great help to his teammates Zach Hampton and Don Droud Jr. as we worked on our setups with the new D12 and SP3 tire rule. Brant did a great job of running our Stealth/Ford Racing 22P and got every lap possible during competition while beating out a lot of quality drivers and equipment in the process. His great work ethic was a natural fit for our team and we all enjoyed Brant's first Chili Bowl and would call it a huge success. We look forward to seeing Brant race his 360 in 2024 in the upper midwest.”, said Burch on his rookie driver, O’Banion.

“While competing at the Chili Bowl against some of the best competition on the planet is what we eat and breathe, our passion is raising awareness for the Team Jack Foundation. Flying the Team Jack colors and logos on our cars, uniforms and helmets is our way to help raise funds for research to fight this terrible disease. Simply put, it takes money to find a cure. Our relationship with the foundation is simply on a pro-bono basis. While their emotional and logistical support is huge, all of the advertising we do is at no cost to the foundation and 100% of the proceeds for merchandise goes directly to the foundation to help fund a cure.”, said Burch.

“The Chili Bowl is one of the best platforms for us to continue to get the word out about funding Pediatric Brain Cancer research. From the great announcers of Bryan Hulbert, Blake Anderson and Tony Bokhoven, the incredible coverage and interviews on FloRacing, our merchandise table in our pit area, our drivers and crew who always represent, the coverage and exposure has been phenomenal. Thanks to everyone who helps support our cause - See you at the races!”, said Burch on behalf of the Team Jack Foundation.

Burch Motorsports sold the most merchandise they have ever sold at the Chili Bowl, and even ran out of some items. Burch and team are appreciative of everyone’s efforts and support shown to the Team Jack Foundation. Burch Motorsports is happy to announce 100% of the proceeds went to the Team Jack Foundation. If you would like to show your direct support to the Team Jack Foundation, merchandise is available on the website: shop.teamjackfounation.org.

The Team Jack Foundation is also giving fans a chance to win a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2-Door Convertible when you donate to this cause. If you are interested in donating to help children suffering from brain cancer and aid in the research, you can donate at the TeamJackFoundation.org.

The 2025 Chili Bowl Nationals dates have been released for next year; January 12th through January 18, 2025.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Burch: mark@markburch.com

UP NEXT:
Mark Burch Motorsports and Brant O’Banion will begin practice for the Chili Bowl presented by NOS Energy Drink on Sunday, January 7th, 2024 at 9AM.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Mark Burch Motorsports and Brant O’Banion would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Eckman Dental Arts, Truck Truck Goose, Mark Burch Motorsports, Schoenfeld Headers, Engler Machine & Tool, Team Jack Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Follow Brant O’Banion on social media:
X (formerly Twitter): twitter.com/ob47racing
Follow Mark Burch Motorsports on social media:
X (formerly Twitter): twitter.com/mbmotorspt

WATCH LIVE:
All 2024 Chili Bowl Nationals coverage can be found live online at www.floracing.com

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Nicole Signor
Nicole Signor Creative
nsignorcreative@gmail.com
Home: www.nicolesignor.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@nsignorcreative
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicoleSignorCreative


 


WHITE FLAG LAP: Westfall to kick-off Ray Marshall’s final season with full Florida USAC slate
ByTyler Altmeyer
 

FOREST, Ohio (January 30, 2024) – The 2024 season may be the last for Forest, Ohio’s Ray Marshall Motorsports, but as tradition suggests, Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall will be the one to conduct it, set to activate Marshall’s final campaign as car owner with a full USAC National Sprint Cars slate in the Sunshine State.

Westfall, a two-time winner in 2023 with victories occurring at Florence Speedway (BOSS) in Florence, Kentucky, and Texarkana 67 Speedway (USAC) in Texarkana, Arkansas, will get the year rolling with USAC starts at Ocala Speedway, Volusia Speedway Park, and Ocala Speedway, respectively, all of which kicking-off with Ocala’s 15th Annual Winter Dirt Games on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10. USAC action will resume at Volusia on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13, followed by a return visit to Ocala on Thursday through Saturday, February 15-17.

As mentioned, Westfall will roll into the new year on the coattails of a successful campaign which includes the aforementioned USAC triumph in the Natural State. The red and yellow “Bumblebee Express” was in charge the entire 30-lap distance, stretching its legs to a four-second gap before a late-race caution halted the team’s progress. Despite the momentum shift, Westfall picked up right where he left off, eventually outrunning CJ Leary by 1.6 seconds at the final checkers.

“We really weren’t sure what 2024 was going to bring, but we’re officially back on the road this year and we’re excited to give Ray [Marshall] one last awesome ride as car owner,” Westfall, ace of the Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc, Hempy Water, DPI Ink, Wix Filters, Rod End Supply, Allstar Performance, No. 33M sprint car, said. “We have some pretty solid momentum on our side, so we’ll roll into Ocala ready to go.”

Ray Marshall and Matt Westfall’s tenure includes a long list of accomplishments, most recently earning victories with USAC, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS), and the Great Lakes Traditional Sprints (GLTS). The duo also secured multiple titles with the Ohio-based BOSS Series.

“Just so much appreciation for Ray and the entire Ray Marshall Motorsports team,” Westfall added. “His passion and dedication is known throughout the sport and I’m grateful to be a part of it. We’re gonna go out swingin’, that’s for sure.”

ON DECK:

2024 RMM/Westfall Florida Schedule:
Ocala Speedway | February 9
Ocala Speedway | February 10
Volusia Speedway Park | February 12
Volusia Speedway Park | February 13
Ocala Speedway | February 15
Ocala Speedway | February 16
Ocala Speedway | February 17

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ray Marshall Motorsports and Matt Westfall would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc, Hempy Water, DPI Ink, Wix Filters, Rod End Supply, Allstar Performance.

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch each and every USAC event live at www.floracing.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattWestfallRacing/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ray-Marshall-Motorsports-111598495590021/
Online home: http://raymarshallmotorsports.com/
News coverage: http://fullyinjected.com.

STATS:
Wins: N/A
Top-Fives: N/A
Top-Tens: N/A

 

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: JJ Loss and JKL Racing to participate in competitive Posse schedule; Racing Xtravaganza and Motorama first
ByTyler Altmeyer
 

HANOVER, Pa. (January 30, 2024) – Although Hanover’s JJ Loss is far from a rookie by definition, the 2024 season will certainly entertain a new hurdle, as the 16-year-old is set to embark on his first full season in Pennsylvania Posse Country, joining a competitive class of 410 sprint car aces with primary focus on Lincoln Speedway, BAPS Motor Speedway, and select starts at the nearby Williams Grove Speedway. If all goes according to plan, Loss will also take part in select World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series starts, making his official World of Outlaws debut at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway.

Loss, wheelman of the Next Level Signs & Graphics, Your Hometown Agents – Colby Jacobs & Neil Reichart Team, Diversified Cuts, Wolf’s Plumbing LLC, No. 67 sprint car, will activate his first, full agenda with Lincoln Speedway’s annual Icebreaker, set to takeover headlines in the Pigeon Hills on Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25.

Formally a one-day program, the now “Icebreaker Weekend” will include two, full shows, each of which awarding a $5,000 top prize.

“It’s going to be an exciting year and we’re ready to get started,” JJ Loss said. “I want to thank my family, first and foremost. They sacrifice so much to make my racing dream a reality, and I wouldn’t be in this position without them. We have a lot of great partners and a really supportive fanbase. I’m confident only big things are ahead for us.”

Before on-track action commences, “The Boss” and JKL Racing will debut their newly wrapped machine in the two-day Racing Xtravaganza at York Fairgrounds’ UPMC Arena on Friday and Saturday, February 2-3. Not stopping there, the team will also be on display in the annual Motorama in Harrisburg’s Farm Show Complex on Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18 – a key exhibit in John Krall’s “Dirt Display.”

Not only will the car be featured in the aforementioned shows, but all-new JJ Loss merchandise will also be for sale including apparel, headwear, and other accessories.

“We’re going to race as much as we can,” Loss added. “The only thing really holding us back from a more aggressive schedule is our motor situation. We hope to get another motor later in the year, but for now we’re going to be smart with what we have and hopefully put up big results.”

SPECIAL THANKS:
JJ Loss and JKL Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Next Level Signs & Graphics, Your Hometown Agents – Colby Jacobs & Neil Reichart Team, Diversified Cuts, Wolf’s Plumbing LLC

Product Support: Radical Race Gear, Competition Suspension Inc, Journey Transport, CR Helmet Graphics, Keizer Racing Wheels, Smith Titanium, Diversified Machine (DMI), DMY Performance, Moose Blocks

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Those seeking marketing opportunities with JJ Loss and JKL Racing can do so by contacting the team directly at jklracing67@gmail.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Be sure to follow JKL Racing online, as well as on social media:
Website: www.jklracing67.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JKLracing67
X: www.twitter.com/jklracing67
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jklracing67
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jklracing67
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FRESH FOR FLORIDA: RSR and Cory Eliason unveil new look in time for DIRTcar Nationals

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (February 2, 2024) - It’s a fresh start and a fresh new look for Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason, ready to debut their all-new Commercial Edge, NDT New Direction Transport LLC, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, B And L Holdings, No. 8 sprinter in Volusia Speedway Park’s annual DIRTcar Nationals on February 7-10. Eliason, recently returning home from his winter stint Down Under, will work to pilot his red, yellow and black No. 8 to a High Limit Sprint Car Series championship in 2024 - that schedule kicking off at East Bay Raceway Park on Monday, February 12.

Padding RSR and Eliason in their quest for a High Limit title is a long list of dedicated partners, all working together to not only accomplish their on-track goals, but ultimately create a heightened sense of exposure. Joining the previously mentioned Commercial Edge, NDT New Direction Transport LLC, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, and B And L Holdings will be Xpress Laundry, American Table, Rasmusson Service Center, Don Long & STC, The P.O. Box, and The Bargain Barn.

“We’re pretty blessed to be associated with so many great people from all areas of industry, and it’s their support that allows us to go out and travel the country and be competitive,” Brian Ridge, RSR owner, said. “In return, it’s our job to go out and perform at the highest level, and with a driver like Cory (Eliason) at the wheel, I’m confident we’ll fulfill that goal.”

As noted, the 2024 High Limit Sprint Car Series schedule will commence officially with the “Battle at the Bay” at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13. High Limit’s 60-race campaign will eventually conclude with a doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway on October 12-13. For a closer look at the full schedule, please visit High Limit Racing online at www.highlimitracing.com.

“A win in Florida would certainly help launch the new year,” Ridge added. “Not only for us, but for all of our partners.”

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES: Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS: Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, NDT New Direction Transport LLC, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, B And L Holdings, Xpress Laundry, American Table, Rasmusson Service Center, Folkens Brothers Trucking, The P.O. Box, and The Bargain Barn.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing X: https://twitter.com/RSR_883 News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE: Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com. Watch the DIRTcar Nationals online at www.dirtvision.com.


 

 

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Announces 2024 Partner Line-Up, Paint Schemes

Donny Schatz and the No. 15 To Chase 11th Title with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2024) – With the 2024 racing season getting underway next week, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) is pleased to announce its partner line-up and unveil a new look for 10-Time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (WoO) champion, Donny Schatz. Kicking off this year’s campaign with the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (VSP) in Barberville, Fla., on Feb. 7 – 10, Schatz and the No. 15 team will begin its chase of an 11th WoO Sprint Car Series title.

Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers with over 4,400 locations across North America, will return as a co-primary partner on Schatz’s familiar No. 15 entry.

For a fifth consecutive season, Carquest, an American automotive parts distribution network owned and operated by Advance through over 1,300 independent retailers, will support Fargo, North Dakota’s Schatz as a co-primary partner setting aim on success from coast-to-coast in 2024 and ultimately a WoO championship. Carquest also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

In addition to Advance and Carquest, Ford Performance, the official engine provider for TSR, will also return as a primary partner on Schatz’ No. 15. Owned and operated by the Ford Motor Company and headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., Ford Performance is responsible for the brand’s major racing operations globally as well as overseeing the development of Ford’s racing engines. The 2024 campaign will mark Schatz’s 28th season as a full-time WoO driver and his fifth utilizing the FPS 410 powerplant.

Continuing a 14-year relationship with the Brownsburg, Ind. based motorsports operation, Curb-Agajanian Racing will again partner with TSR as a co-entrant for Schatz. Partnering in 2010 for the first time, Curb-Agajanian Racing, Curb Records and TSR own a longstanding tradition of monumental success, acquiring not only victories but seven Knoxville Nationals championships and six World of Outlaws championships.

On board for a seventh season at TSR is Sage Fruit, the sales and marketing firm for four grower/packer/shippers of Northwest Tree Fruits, who will return in 2024 as a major partner TSR and Schatz. For three generations, Sage Fruit has been delivering the best apples, pears and cherries to consumers from coast-to-coast. To locate Sage Fruit in your area, visit https://www.sagefruit.com/store-locator/.

Returning for the 2024 season, TSR is pleased to welcome Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts (Elliott’s) back to its partnership line-up. Based in Warsaw, Ind., Elliott’s is the official trailer retailer of TSR carries a large selection of trailers and golf carts. Owned and operated by Cindy Elliott, the familiar motorsports brand is a one-stop experience for sales, service, financing and parts.

TSR is also proud to welcome back Mobil 1, which has been trusted by drivers to keep their engines running for nearly 50 years. With products that combine the latest technology and innovation to exceed the toughest standards of vehicle manufacturers and tuning shops on the road and the track.

Schatz will commence the season at VSP on Feb. 7 – 10 as the WoO Sprint Car Series roars back to action for four nights of racing to open the DIRTcar Nationals. For those who can’t make the journey to the Sunshine State, DIRTvision will provide coverage of every lap from Florida as well as every other series event in 2024. For more information regarding DIRTvision, please visit www.dirtvision.com.

For details pertaining to the WoO Sprint Car Series, please visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. For event information, gate times and ticket prices for the DIRTcar Nationals, please visit www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com and www.dirtcarnationals.com.


Danny Dietrich on the move in Florida; Will return with Outlaws February 7-10
Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (January 29, 2024) – It was a last minute decision, but it certainly paid off, as “Double-D” Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing launched their 2024 season with United Sprint Car Series (USCS) competition at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, concluding their two-day 360 sprint car venture with back-to-back top-fives, one of which acquired in hard-charging fashion.

In actuality, Dietrich, ace of Gary Kauffman’s Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, No. 48 sprint car, finished fifth in each of his top-five appearances, gaining 16 feature positions in total including a nine-spot rally in the $10,000-to-win finale – the aforementioned hard charge.

The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native opened the Germfree Southern Sprint Car Shootout with a bump from 12th to fifth on Friday, earning his way into the season’s first A-Main with a third-place finish during his respective heat race.

“It was a quick, but great trip to Volusia. We made a few mistakes that put us back in the running order some, but we were able to recover and that’s all that matters. We’ll use this lap time to our advantage when we return with the Outlaws,” Dietrich said. “A big thanks to everyone who made this last minute trip happen. We’re excited to get back down there and try again.”

COMING UP NEXT:
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing will continue their Florida visit with DIRTcar Nationals competition at Volusia Speedway Park, all of which activating officially with an open practice session on Tuesday, February 6. Four straight days of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series action will follow on Wednesday through Saturday, February 7-10.

Once DIRTcar Nationals action is complete, Double-D will switch directions and head southwest, anxious to join the High Limit Sprint Car Series in a two-day attack at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13.

SPECIAL THANKS:
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive Inc, Blud Lubricants.

2024 STATISTICS:
Wins: N/A
Top-Fives: 2
Top-Tens: 2

2024 HIGHLIGHTS:
Finished fifth in each of his USCS/Germfree Southern Sprint Car Shootout (Volusia Speedway Park) starts on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gkrracing
X: www.twitter.com/dannydietrich
Merchandise: www.dannydietrich.com/merch
News: www.dannydietrich.com
News: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway online at www.floracing.com.
Watch Williams Grove Speedway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

Fremont Speedway will feature unique, exciting, diverse racing in 2024

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024

FREMONT, Ohio – The 2024 Fremont Speedway presented by Gill Construction schedule will be diverse and exciting, offering 24 events during “The Track That Action Built’s” 73rd anniversary season.

Rich Farmer, a two time RPM promoter of the year returns to Fremont, with increased purses, several special events and an increased point fund. The season will feature the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks, along with events featuring other divisions.

“We are so excited with the response we have had since coming back on board to take the helm of Fremont Speedway. Thanks to our fantastic marketing partners and all the support of the loyal fans and race teams we will be increasing the weekly purses and our point funds,” said Farmer.

It all kicks off Saturday, April 6 with the Pub 400 presents Racing Into Totality Night. People from throughout the world will converge on Northwest Ohio to view the total solar eclipse.

The 2024 schedule is highlighted by a return of “The Greatest Show On Dirt,” the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The Seal Master Rick Ferkel Tribute, Monday, May 27 will pay tribute to hall of famer, the late Rick Ferkel and is part of a Memorial Day weekend that includes the Murphy Tractor & Equipment Night on Saturday, May 25 with the “Double Down Throw down.” The Saturday race will feature a unique format (more details to come) including twin features for the 410 and 305 sprints and dirt trucks. Also, several special world of outlaw vintage cars will be on display for the weekend.

Other notable events in 2024 at Fremont include:

- Plaza Lanes presents Drivers verses Fans on May 11. Fans and drivers will race each other on sprint car simulators.

- Nine events of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products 410 Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group and the 305 NAPA of Bryan AFCS presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

- Saturday, May 18, TruckWorx of Ohio Race Into Summer Night will feature the Great Lakes Super Sprints (360 sprints) taking on the tough Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the stock cars battling against the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks

- The 15th Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Night presented by Vision Quest and Construction Equipment and Supply will be held Saturday, June 1. The Hall of Fame will host a very special car making its hall of fame debut.

- Saturday, June 8, the FAST on Dirt Series will be in town for the 42nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek which features nine straight nights of sprint car racing across the Buckeye State. Fremont Speedway’s feature winner will take home $10,000 on Kistler Racing Products Night.

- Commercial Glazing Systems Open Wheel Shootout Night, Saturday, June 29 features the FAST on Dirt 410 Sprints, the 305 sprints and the D2 Midgets.

- Roots Poultry Night, July 6, includes a tailgate competition for fans with free camping. There will be an award for the best tailgate party and team supported.

- July 13 Crown Battery Night is “Trade your track night.” Fans can bring a ticket stub or pit pass from any other track that hosts Saturday night racing and get a discount at the Fremont Speedway gate.

- Motorcycles will take center stage at Fremont Speedway on Real Geese Decoys Night, Saturday, Aug. 10. The Flat Track Frenzy pays tribute to the first motorcycle event that actually happened at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds track prior to the first car race this was held in 1912.

- The 305 sprints will thrill and entertain to kick off the Sandusky County Fair on Fremont Fence Night, Monday, Aug. 19.

- The 16th Annual Jim Ford Classic will be the richest race in the history of Fremont Speedway. Kistler Engines Night will be Friday, Sept. 13 with the 410 and 305 sprints and dirt trucks in action. Gill Construction/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night, Saturday, Sept. 14 will boast a $20,000 to win 410 sprint feature.

All events at Fremont Speedway Presented by Gill Construction in 2024 will be streamed on DirtVision.

Keep up to date with Fremont Speedway by going to www.fremontohspeedway.com or on Facebook at www.facebook/FremontSpeedway or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FremontSpeedway.

About Gill Construction – https://kgcpc.com

Owned and operated by Ray Brooks, and headquartered in nearby Port Clinton, Ohio, Gill Construction specializes in an array of land and water services, utilizing over five decades of experience to build an extensive repertoire which includes site excavation, site utilities, demolition, trenching, and marina service. Gill Construction boasts a dynamic, diverse, and experienced workforce, guaranteed to perform and complete any task with the utmost customer satisfaction.

 

 

SPORT ALLEN ENTERS CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

January 30, 2024 - 2021 BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series (SSSS) champion Sport Allen confirmed he will be participating in the March 2, 2024, ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The $5,000 to win 50-lap event will pit the SSSS against the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit.

The ‘Childrens Dream Fund 50’ is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated pavement sprint car events seen in Florida in many years. Nearly 30 cars are expected for this race and the Pinellas Park, Florida resident Allen knows he will have his work cut out for him if he is to have success in this event.

“When I first heard about this race, and who was coming, the first thing I thought was it’s gonna be tougher, a lot tougher,” laughed Allen. “We just switched to the American Racer tires, and they (MSR) have been running them for a while. We’re struggling. But I’m glad this race is paying a little extra money. Hopefully these guys can work together, and we can put some more events on in the future if this goes well.”

“I’m excited to run against some new guys, but I don’t know those guys. It’s a catch 22. I don’t know if they have good habits, bad habits, or how they race. I just don’t know that many of them.”

Citrus County Speedway is a track that Allen has won at in the past.

“Believe it or not, I’ve won 1 or 2 features there, but that was way back when. I am always right there and then something always happens. It’s been going on for a while there lately. We were really, really, good there for a stint. Then I didn’t run there for a while after that. That was back during the TBARA days. Then when I came back, I didn’t have any mojo, I was terrible there. We figured it out, but we quit running there so much util recently.”

With the number of cars this race could draw, and the quality of the cars, Allen was asked what it would take for him to have a successful ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’.

“At least a top 3 I would think. At least a chance to be one of the guys who stops on the straightway and thank your sponsors. That would make me happy” concluded Allen.
The ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ officially kicks off Friday March 1 with an open practice and a Barbeque and Meet and Greet following practice. Teams from both series will be able to meet each and interact prior to the following night’s racing program.

For more info on the 'Children's Dream Fund 50' please visit http://www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com

 

 

DAVE STEELE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

January 30, 2024 – Pinellas Park, Florida – The annual Dave Steele World Sprint Car Championship returns for the fifth season this weekend at Showtime Speedway, but with a new twist. The event has annually run as a 125-lap non-wing sprint car event since 2020. But this year a second weekend of racing winged racing has been added beginning this weekend.

This weekend’s racing action will be highlighted with twin 35-lap feature events Saturday February 3rd. Each event will pay $2500 to win. The driver with the best two-race point average will receive a $1000 bonus and will be crowned ‘Dave Steele World Winged Sprint Car Champion’. Friday night February 2 will include practice and a Dash for Cash at the end of the night.

Next weekend February 9-10, 2024, will be highlighted by the annual running of the ‘Dave Steele 125’ for non-wing sprint cars. The driver with the best 3-race average will be crowned the ‘Dave Steele World Sprint Car Champion’. The Friday February 9 racing program will include open practice and a Dash for Cash.

A solid group of Florida drivers is expected for this weekend event highlighted by last year’s National Pavement Sprint Car Feature Wins Leader Davey Hamilton Jr. Other drivers expected include 2021 Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series champion Sport Allen, 14-year-old Florida pavement sprint car sensation Colton Bettis, Steve Hollinger, and Scotty Adema.

Veteran dirt sprint car star Gene Lasker is expected to return to the wheel of a sprint car this weekend for the first time in five years. Lasker has purchased a pavement sprint car and is expected to make several pavement sprint car starts in 2024.

Showtime Speedway promotor Robert Yoho is also expected to compete. Yoho surprised many with his performance in last year’s Dave Steele 125. Yoho was running on the lead lap when his throttle stuck entering turn one. Yoho hit the wall hard while turning the car on its side at the same time. Yoho exited in a hurry amid a giant oil fire unscathed to cheers from the crowd.

For more details on this weekend’s Dave Steele World Sprint Car Championship please visit www.showtimespeedway.us.

 

 

Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Aiming for World of Outlaws Championship as Season Opener Arrives Next Week
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Jan. 29, 2024) - The 2024 season begins next week for Big Game Motorsports and driver David Gravel.
The team will venture to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the 53 rd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals. The half-mile oval hosts World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races Feb. 7-10.
"It's been a really good track the last couple of years," said Gravel, who resides in Florida. "It's nice leaving that morning and driving over to the track and being able to race. It's the only time I get to do that all year long. Plus, it's a good feeling to get the season started.
Gravel captured the first two races and three of the five World of Outlaws main events at Volusia Speedway Park last year. He's won four of the last six series races at the track dating back to his first World of Outlaws win there during the 2022 DIRTcar Nationals.
"You just never know with that track," he said. "There's been lots of variations. In the past it can be very racy and get really slick. Last year I felt it was fast paced most of the time. We'll have to see what we get this year. I don't care what track you're at, you want to qualify good and start near the front no matter how racy the track is."
The DIRTcar Nationals kicks off a grueling season for Gravel and Big Game Motorsports, who have earned a runner-up result in the World of Outlaws championship standings each of the last three seasons.
"We enter the year every year wanting to win the championship," he said. "It's a very realistic goal and has been the last couple of years. A couple of little things here and there have been growing pains. We have all the tools and experience to get the job done."
Gravel led the series with 12 feature wins last year, including the biggest payout in World of Outlaws history when he captured the $250,000-to-win 2 nd annual BillionAuto.com Huset's High Bank Nationals presented by MENARDS at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.
The dozen World of Outlaws triumphs were the second most wins in a season for Gravel, who also posted his most top fives in a season. He led the series in heat race wins and podium results. Gravel ranked second in top 10s, in Quick Time Awards and in dash appearances.
"I think the consistency with the podiums we had last year and the top fives, it was a very high percentage," he said. "We were consistently the fastest car on the track. We just had some DNFs that hurt the final goal. I feel if we could match or be better than what we did last year and not have the DNFs, I think we're pretty unbeatable (when it comes to being a championship contending team)."
UP NEXT -
Feb. 7-10 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the 53 rd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
X: https://twitter.com/BigGameMotorspt
HUSET'S SPEEDWAY -
Huset's Speedway is a dirt oval located in Brandon, S.D. The track opened in 1954 and has undergone a large renovation within the last few years, making it a premier destination for both marquee racing events and weekly programs. For more information, visit http://www.HusetsSpeedway.com .
JACKSON MOTORPLEX -
Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through August, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com .
TICKET LINK -
To purchase online tickets for events at either Huset's Speedway or at Jackson Motorplex, visit http://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true .

 

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Mixing ASCS National With Strong 410 Schedule In 2024

Bryan Hulbert – SUNNYVALE, Texas (January 26, 2024) Already underway with a victory on Night 1 of the Germfree Southern Sprint Car Shootout at Volusia Speedway Park, Thursday’s win was just the start for Sam Hafertepe, Jr., who will embark on over 95 events during the 2024 season.

Making a solid return to the American Sprint Car Series presented by RacinDirt.com, the rest of the 2024 lineup is comprised of dates with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and High Limits Racing.

Running all but four nights with the American Sprint Car Series presented by RacinDirt.com this season, Sam’s history of dominance with the series still puts him very much in the hunt for a sixth tour title.

Hafertepe is currently in action in Florida through the end of February, running a combination of 360cid and 410cid events. The full lineup of events for Sam in 2024 can be found at https://www.sam15.com/schedules.

Events with ASCS are streamed on RacinDirt.com.
World of Outlaws can be found at DirtVision.com.
High Limits Racing is shown on FloRacing.com

The 2024 ASCS National Tour kicks off at South Texas Race Ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 1 and 2.

For continued updates on Sam Hafertepe, Jr., log onto http://www.sam15.com and make sure to find him on Twitter (@samhafertepejr). For news on Hill's Racing Team, log onto https://www.facebook.com/hillsracing/ and on Twitter (@HillsRacingTeam).

 

 

EDDIE TAFOYA JR’S. BEST CHILI BOWL TO DATE

(Chino, CA, January 24, 2025) After a late call with the offer of a ride, Chino Hills, California’s Eddie Tafoya Jr. turned in his best Chili Bowl Midget Nationals performance to date. The 2019 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year raced his way into the A main on his qualifying night and contested the E main at the event finale.

Five days before his preliminary night, Tafoya was approached to drive one of the Josh Ford Motorsports entries in the 38th running of the prestigious Tulsa, Oklahoma event and he jumped at the opportunity. The leap was a no-brainer as the California-based operation has fared well at past events inside the world-famous Sage Center. Tafoya booked flights and quickly was on his way to midget racing’s premiere event.

When he got the call for the ride, Tafoya jumped into high gear to make plans. Not only plans for the trip but also plans on what he was going to have to do on the track. Despite the instantaneous shot of pressure, he was ready for the task ahead. Since he was last at the race in 2021, he has grown as a racecar driver by leaps and bounds. From his previous experiences at the “Bowl,” he knew exactly what he had to do going into the event. That proved to help a lot.

“Yeah, for sure, like I said in our pre-Chili Bowl interview, I needed to be up to speed a lot quicker than I have done before,” Tafoya said. “I definitely did that. I felt comfortable right away. Jimmy May and all of his help had me really comfortable and they gave me a good car. It felt more natural to me than in prior years. More like I was driving a sprint car. We had Jimmy and two of his main helpers, Sam and Charlie. They know their stuff and have their ducks in a row when it comes to racing. They made my life a lot easier as a driver.”

On his qualifying night, the handsome driver started and finished second in his heat race. He followed that up finishing third in his qualifier. That placed him on the pole for the B main and he led it from green to checkers.

The B main triumph catapulted him into the night’s stacked A main that included racing superstar Kyle Larson. Tafoya started 18th and ended up 22nd in the night’s feature event. While things did not go as well in the main, Tafoya was happy with the overall performance on the night and making it to the finale.

“It was definitely a huge weight off of my shoulders,” Tafoya said about making the main. “Everything came together quick that week and I did not know how I was going to do or what to expect after being out of a midget for three years. I think everyone was excited and pleased. Everyone who races at the Chili Bowl says your heat race is the most important race. I am glad we could stay towards the front there (the heat) and have a good shot. It put the whole night together. I think I only made one mistake the whole time so I was pretty happy.”

“Just had to deal with traffic,” he continued about what happened in the main. “Being so deep, I am not used to racing these cars, these people, and not sure what people are going to do. So, I was not really comfortable putting myself up against the wall like when people are coming up the track and stuff like that. And being in other people’s equipment, I took what I could get and looked to Saturday after that.”

In his previous two Chili Bowl trips, Tafoya began J and H mains on the final day. On a day when drivers are desperately trying to advance in the program, those mains at times become chaotic. With the less experienced drivers and some who only race one or two times a year, sometimes what can possibly happen, many times does. Crashing and wrecks are common. The farther up a driver rises in the main event ladder, the talent level rises as well and it makes it much easier to race with less worry about getting a car junked and suffering an injury. Tafoya found that out in the E main when he narrowly missed transferring to one of the Ds.

“There is way more precision and thoughts going on rather than just having to try to stay out of the wrecks,” he said after the Chili Bowl. “When you get to those higher mains, you are there racing. You are not trying so much to save yourself, and just finish. There are more quality guys and more pressure on you not to make mistakes. We missed transferring to the D main by two spots. We were right there in the hunt.”

“I especially want to thank my mom and dad, Tommy Dunkel, Specialty Fasteners, and Inland Rigging for letting me race cars around the country and go out and have some fun,” the grateful driver said. “I do not have plans yet for next year (2025 Chili Bowl) but I hope to be there.”

Tafoya will be in his familiar #51T on Saturday, February 24th when the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series opens its 20th season at Perris Auto Speedway. One week later he will be in a Tommy and Christy Dunkel-owned Inland Rigging sprint car for the inaugural race in the Ultimate Sprint Car Series presented by Inland Rigging at the Ventura Raceway,

If you would like to hear the friendly driver on his 2023 Dirt Tracks and Rib Racks Podcast, please visit the following link https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Hox9dg0iRGXo0szabeqDy

Tafoya’s great-looking shirts and hoodies are available online at www.specialty-fasteners.com.

Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51.

Tafoya and the #51T team would like to thank Specialty Fasteners, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Simpson Safety Products, Bell, Benic Enterprises, BR Motorsports, PSC Powder Coating, Magik Graphics, Gasper Transportation, Owen’s Insurance Services, and Weld Wheels for supporting its racing program.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2024 USAC National Results

January 11 Tulsa Expo Raceway Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 22nd A Main

January 14 Tulsa Expo Raceway Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 7th D Main

 

 

Sunset Grill POWRi Vado Non-Wing Sprints Ready for Exciting 2024

Belleville, IL. (1/25/24) Increasing interest regionally while annually showing great open-wheel entries and accomplishments, the Sunset Grill POWRi Vado Non-Wing Sprints will once again return to picturesque Vado Speedway Park in 2024 engaging in an eight-event schedule.

Spanning an eight-month journey of on-track action, the POWRi Vado Non-Wing Sprint drivers will compete for the yearly title from April until November running once per month with thrilling non-wing 360-sprint battles beginning on Saturday, April 27th.

Occupying the recurrent monthly agenda with striking weekly racing dates, notable fan-friendly events for the Sunset Grill POWRi Vado Non-Wing Sprints are set to include the Meet the Drivers Night on July 27th, Kids Bike Night on August 24th, and Topless Night on September 21st at state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park.

Concluding the season-long quest of desert region traditional sprint competition, the POWRi Vado competitors will see their year wrap up with a two-day show on November 15-16 as the annual Season Finale Weekend returns to Vado Speedway Park also including the Jackson Compaction POWRi 305 Sprints as well.

Sunset Grill POWRi Vado Non-Wing Sprint 2024 Race Schedule:
4/27/2024 | Weekly Racing
5/18/2024 | Weekly Racing
6/22/2024 | Weekly Racing
7/27/2024 | Meet the Drivers Night 2
8/24/2024 | Kids Bike Night
9/21/2024 | Topless Night
11/15/2024 | Season Finale Weekend
11/16/2024 | Season Finale Weekend

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations; more news on the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado Wing Sprints can be found online at www.vadospeedwaypark.com or “Like” Vado Speedway Park on Facebook | 15900 Stern Drive Vado, NM 88072.

Follow along for additional information on the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprints and more items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

Jankowiak Sets Blistering Pace in Practice at NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races

Atlantic City, NJ (JANUARY 25, 2024) – The anticipation for the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races escalated Thursday Night during a thrilling practice session at the Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall. Two-time Gambler’s Classic champion Andy Jankowiak, of Tonawanda, NY, showcased his formidable skills, topping the charts in four of the five practice rounds, setting a high bar for the weekend's competitions.

Unofficial Record-Breaking Runs by Jankowiak Jankowiak's performance was nothing short of exceptional, with his fastest laps clocking in at 7.868 and 7.911 seconds in Practice 1 and Practice 4, respectively. These times are notably faster than the existing track record – however, tonight’s times were not under official timing and scoring competition. His other leading times were 7.999 in Practice 2 and 7.992 in Practice 5, underscoring his status as a formidable competitor for this weekend’s events.

Danner's Impressive Showing Briggs Danner, of Allentown, PA, also made a significant impact in the practice sessions, especially in the third round where he recorded a top time of 8.139 seconds. Danner's performance adds an intriguing dynamic to the race, indicating a highly competitive field for the upcoming events.

Anticipation Builds for Black Jack 21 and Gambler’s Classic The stage is now set for an electrifying weekend of racing. The debut of the Blackjack 21 event on Friday promises innovative and intense competition, followed by the prestigious 22nd Gambler’s Classic on Saturday.

In addition to the TQ Midgets' practice, the Slingshots and Champ Karts also took to the track, delivering their unique brand of high-energy action. Paul Hartwig III, of Galloway, NJ, stood out in the Slingshots category, clocking the fastest overall time of 9.631 seconds and leading two of the five sessions. Dylan Hoch and Scott Neary also showed impressive pace, leading the other Slingshot sessions.

In the Champ Kart division, TJ Reed, of Carlisle, PA, set a remarkable pace with the fastest time in two of the five sessions, recording a swift 9.054 seconds. The remaining sessions saw Seth Whitney, Dalton Rivera, and Todd Crenshaw at the forefront, showcasing the depth of talent and competitiveness in these exciting racing categories. These practice rounds hint at the intense and diverse racing action expected throughout the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races weekend.

Ticket Availability for the Racing Weekend Racing enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their tickets to witness these thrilling events at the Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall Box Office or via Ticketmaster. This weekend is poised to be a memorable showcase of top-tier indoor auto racing.

For additional details on the Indoor Auto Racing Championship and the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic CIty Indoor Races visit visit www.indoorautoracing.com

 

 

RSR and Aaron Reutzel boast major partner support for 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (January 26, 2024) - The 2024 season will be a big one for Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Clute, Texas, native, Aaron Reutzel, not only chasing a track championship at the Sprint Car Capital of the World, but the team will aim for big wins in the surrounding area, filling the holes in their non-Knoxville agenda with regional headliners featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series.

With their big schedule comes big support, and RSR and Reutzel are excited to welcome a number of major partners including Folkens Brothers Trucking, Don Long & STC, American Table, The P.O. Box, B And L Holdings, Rasmusson Service Center, and Xpress Laundry. The team/partner relationship stems deep at RSR with the end goal not only including victories and championships, but a heightened sense of exposure for all involved - the most valuable return.

“We’re pretty blessed to have so many great people involved with us at Ridge & Sons Racing, and it’s support like that that allows us to go out and be competitive on two different fronts this season. Aaron is an exceptional talent and he will do a great job at representing all of our partners at the highest level,” Brian Ridge explained. “Folkens Brother Trucking, STC, American Table, The P.O. Box, Rasmusson, Xpress, B and L - these aren’t just partners, they are the building blocks and essential components for what we hope to be a successful season.”

The 2024 Knoxville Raceway season is set to activate on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20; Friday will feature practice sessions with Saturday’s event featuring a full program. Reutzel, recently earning a Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic title in Australia, will venture south to the Sunshine State prior to his slate in the Midwest, kicking things off with High Limit Sprint Car Series and 360 Sprint Car competition at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

“It will be a great way to shake things down and better ourselves for the rest of the year,” Ridge, describing East Bay, commented. “We hope everyone can join us.”

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES: Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS: Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, B And L Holdings, Xpress Laundry, American Table, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Rasmusson Service Center, Don Long & STC, The P.O. Box, and The Bargain Barn . SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing X: https://twitter.com/RSR_883 News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE: Watch Knoxville Raceway online at www.dirtvision.com. Watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series online at www.dirtvision.com. Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

THE ‘BULLDOG’ JIMMY MCCUNE ENTERS CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

January 25, 2024 – Five-time Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit champion Jimmy McCune has officially entered the March 2, 2024 ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The 50-lap event will be a co-sanctioned race between MSR and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series with the primary goal of raising money and awareness to the Children’s Dream Fund organization. the 50-lap event will pay $5,000 to the winner.

McCune’s announcement that he will participate in the event is surprising due to the fact that McCune has been somewhat exclusive to MSR and hasn’t traveled much in recent seasons. In fact, he didn’t compete in Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown 50k event in Las Vegas this past December.

The Toledo, Ohio veteran is definitely someone to keep an eye on and a serious contender for the victory. He claimed five feature events in 2023 with MSR despite not running the entire season.

When McCune was asked what his reasoning for competing in this event, he was quick to respond.

“I’m bored. There’s no racing to do right now,” laughed McCune. ”It sounds like it’s going to be a good event. That’s probably one of the biggest factors why we want to run”.

It may come as a surprise to many that McCune has competed with the SSSS in the past and also competed at Citrus County Speedway. He drove for Florida car owner Jason Reynolds at Showtime Speedway in 2021. He last competed at Citrus County Speedway in the mid-2000’s.

"We ran Citrus when I drove for Dave Durnwald around 2007, I believe. We went down there with a borrowed cast iron 360. I think we got through hot laps and we got rained out before the heat races. It was a fun little racetrack from what I remember. It was racy, so that’s a good thing. We had a lot of fun”.

Nearly 30 cars or more are expected for this race. It has been a long time since McCune has faced a field of cars that is expected for this race, and he seems eager to take on the challenge.

“What’s different? I mean at this point what’s different than any other night? We go to the racetrack every week and gotta race really good cars wherever we go. We’ve run out west at the Pink Lady and there were 50 cars. We’re gonna race the racetrack like we always do and could care less whose there”.

This race is more than just a race due to the involvement with the Children’s Dream Fund organization and McCune acknowledged that is another reason he wanted to support this race and help promoter JJ Dutton and his cause.

“I think it’s awesome. I haven’t got the chance to read into it too much. But from what I’ve been told, it's an awesome program. I’m proud to be a part of this race and we’re looking to have some fun down there” concluded McCune.

The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Florida based non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida. Dreams are referred to by doctors, nurses, Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families, and other patients.

Dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children the organization serves. They may involve meeting a celebrity, a trip, a gift such as a computer or playground, or their most-requested dream, a week at the Give Kids the World Village, which enables a child to visit all the Orlando-area theme parks.
The Children’s Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. They do not tele market to raise funds. Since its inception in 1981, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for over 4,000 children. According to their most recent audited financial report, 87% of all expenses go to make children’s dreams come true. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.

Lap sponsors are currently being sought for this event. Fifty percent of the money raised for each lap will go to the leader of that lap and the other half will go to the Children's Dream Fund. Contact Rick Day (813) 377-5862 to sponsor laps.

Additional drivers who have confirmed and are expected to compete in this event will be announced in the coming days / weeks. Please log onto www.mustseeracing.com, http://www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com/, or https://southernsprintcarshootout.com/ for more info.

 

 

JEFF AND SETH DYER TO BE HONORED AT SATURDAYS POWRi SOUTHWEST BANQUET

(Yucca Valley, CA, January 23, 2024) When the POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series hosts its awards banquet this weekend, Jeff Dyer and his teenage son Seth will be fittingly honored for their accomplishments in the 2023 season. Jeff will receive his due rewards for becoming the series’ fourth different champion in four years and Seth will be crowned Rookie of the Year.

The lofty awards came from a busy season that saw the father and son combo compete in four different series in 2023. Jeff and Seth both raced in the POWRi Southwest and California Lightning Sprint Car Series. In addition, Jeff competed in the 410 USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Seth made his late-season debut with the Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns.

Jeff, a California Highway Patrol Officer, won the SWLS title despite not contesting the entire schedule. He scored three wins and had a total of six podium finishes. His triumphs, which came at Perris Auto Speedway, the Barona Speedway, and the Mohave Valley Raceway, tied him for the series lead in victories.

Jeff captured the crown despite incurring a serious injury in early August that nearly ended his season. While playing softball, he tore an Achilles tendon. He initially thought his season and title hopes had evaporated. However, quick healing and a Perris race postponed by Hurricane Hillary, re-ignited his hopes of capturing the title. Instead of the initial projection that listed a six-month recovery period, he was back in action and shocked everyone when he scored a runaway win in a co-sanctioned SWLS/CLS race at Arizona’s Mohave Valley Raceway in October.

Seth’s season highlight came on October 21st. On that night, the protégé easily outdistanced the competition for a convincing win at the Imperial Valley Raceway. It was his first-ever lightning sprint car victory.

The family duo looks to be just as busy in 2024 with both competing in the CLS again. In addition, Jeff will be back in the Dyer Motorsports/Cal Smith #39 to contest all of the USAC/CRA Series races at Perris. Also, he will race on selected dates in the newly formed USCS Sprint Cars organization. Seth’s ledger will also include a full season run seeking the title in the PAS Young Guns.

The first outing for the pair in 2024 will be at Perris Auto Speedway’s 28th season opener on February 24th. Jeff will be competing in the USAC/CRA portion of the show and if Seth’s engine is done, he will race in the Young Guns. One week later on March 1st and 2nd, father and son will both be in action at the 30th season opener for the California Lightning Sprint Car Series at the Imperial Valley Raceway. The Imperial races will be part of the annual California Mid-Winter Fair.

In 2023, the following marketing partners helped keep the Dyers on the track. Dependable Machine Inc., Haircuts By Susie, Jobu Racing, LBA Investigations, Straight Time Stirrups, Justice Brothers, Fonseca Racing, and Specialty Fasteners. They are all coming back this year. In addition, the team is excited to welcome Blud Racing Lubricants on board for 2024. If you would like to be a part of Dyer Motorsports in 2024, call (760) 550-7237 or send an email to mailto:dyermotorsports4@gmail.com.

Saturday’s banquet will be held at Marichiaro’s Italian Restaurant at 14120 Olde Highway 80 in El Cajon, California. For more details contact Kim Arringdale at https://www.facebook.com/kim.arringdale/about

As pictured, the Dyer Motorsports team shirts are now available. You can pick one up in the pits after the races or you can order via email at mailto:dyermotorsports4@gmail.com

Jeff is racing in memory of his grandparents, Glenn, and Beverly Sels, throughout the 2023 season.

Jeff Dyer 2023 Results

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

3-11-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 17th A Main

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Open Comp. Sprints 15th A Main

4-8-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 7th A Main

4-15-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 16th A Main

5-5-23 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 15th A Main

5-13-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 11th A Main

5-20-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main 5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 17th A Main

6-3-23 Bakersfield Speedway CLS/BCRA Civil War 1st A Main

6-10-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 12th A Main

6-17-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

6-24-23 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 10th A Main

7-8-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

7-15-23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th A Main

8-5-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

10-14-23 Mohave Valley Raceway CLS vs SWLS Best of the West 1st A Main

10-20-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main

10-21-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 6th A Main

11-14-23 Bakersfield Speedway Lightning Sprint Western States Champ. 3rd A Main

Seth Dyer 2023 Lightning Sprint Results

3-10-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 12th A Main

3-11-23 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

4-8-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints DNS

5-13-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

5-20-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 11TH A Main

5-27-23 Perris Auto Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 3rd A Main

6-3-23 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 10th A Main

6-10-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning 6th A Main

6-17-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

7-8-23 Ventura Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

8-5-23 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 7th A Main

9-23-23 Perris Auto Speedway Young Gun Sprint Cars 5th A Main

9-30-23 Merced Speedway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

10-14-23 Mohave Valley Raceway California Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

10-20-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 9th A Main

10-21-23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

11-14-23 Bakersfield Speedway Lightning Sprint Western States Champ. 14th A Main

AJ Bender 2023

9-30-23 Merced Speedway California Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

Scott Daloisio produced this release. For more information: phone (909) 226-7768 or E-mail mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com.

 

 

Debut of "BlackJack 21" Adds New Excitement to NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Race Weekend at Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, NJ (JANUARY 25, 2024) - The historic Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall is set to roar with excitement on January 26 and 27 as the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races return, introducing the new Blackjack 21 main event on Friday night. This thrilling race marks the start of a weekend full of high-octane indoor auto racing, culminating with the legendary Gambler’s Classic on Saturday night.

“Blackjack 21 is our way of shaking things up at the Atlantic City Indoor Race," said Danny Sammons, Race Director for the Indoor Auto Racing Championship. "While preserving the tradition, we're introducing a fun new race, and a chance to earn points towards our Series Championship. It will be an added element for our racers and fans.”

The Blackjack 21 event will start with group qualifying time trials for all of the Indoor Series racers. The top 28 times will be locked into either a Red or Black Qualifer, while the remaining competitors will move to the “7 Come 11” Heat races – two 11-lap events, where the top 7 finishers will move on and continue their journey to the Blackjack 21.

Just like at the tables, 21 is the magic number all night long. The Red & Black Qualifiers will be 21-laps, with 21 cars starting --and will see the top 10 finishers from each group advancing to the main Blackjack 21 event.

Having set 20 cars from the Red & Black Qualifiers, one Wild Card will be pulled from a special Last Chance Race.

This new qualifying format is designed to intensify competition and offer racers a distinctive path to glory in this 21-lap, 21-car race, where skill, strategy, and a little bit of Lady Luck will be key to claiming the $2,100 prize.

The Gambler’s Classic - A Legacy Continued

The excitement culminates on Saturday with the 22nd Gambler’s Classic, a race synonymous with prestige and history. As racers vie for victory in this celebrated event, they join a lineage of legends who have triumphed in Atlantic City's storied racing arena.

The NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races represent a perfect blend of past and present. At Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall racing history is made and new traditions are born, this year’s event adds the innovative Blackjack 21, creating a new layer of excitement for racers and fans alike.

Tickets and Event Details

Tickets are available at the Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall Box Office and through Ticketmaster.com.

For more information on the Indoor Auto Racing Championship and the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races, visit www.indoorautoracing.com.

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2024

Hoosier will be the official control tyre for the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series for the next two seasons.

The Sprintcar Entrants Group (SEG) has confirmed that RACIN’ has been the successful tenderer for the control tyre for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons in the series.

Late last year the SEG assessed tenders from WA businesses for the following two seasons.

SEG chairman Geoff Kendrick said the board appreciated the commitment from the tenderers as part of the competitive process.

“Board members met with each tenderer where they asked a lot of questions around each bid – with the aim of securing a deal that would best benefit WA sprintcar teams in the long-term,” Kendrick said.

“After much deliberation, board members unanimously agreed that the contract attached to using the Hoosier tyre was going to be the best option going forward.

“We congratulate Craig Vosbergen and his company on winning the tender process and we look forward to building on the long-standing relationship that he has with the SEG and the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

“When there were issues around tyre supplies during the COVID pandemic, Craig and his business went above and beyond the contract requirements to ensure we had good tyre supplies for our series.”

Kendrick said the SEG wanted to finalise contract arrangements as soon as possible so drivers and teams knew what was in place for the next two seasons.

Craig Vosbergen said he was thankful to secure a new contract.

“It shows we are able to deliver the product and work well with the SEG,” Vosbergen said.

“We are excited to continue to be part of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series and the coverage it is receiving – and are impressed with how the SEG presents the series.

“It’s the number one series in Australia and we are happy to be involved in it – and a new contract also shows that the WA competitors have the confidence in us to deliver as well."

The Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series will resume with round 11 of the 18-round competition, at Bunbury Speedway on Saturday, February 3.

 

 

James McFadden and Roth Motorsports Up the Ante In 2024 and Will Contest High Light Racing Championship

PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading into their third season together, James McFadden and Roth Motorsports will look to continue the momentum from a strong 2023 season as they are set to chase after the new High Limit Racing championship in 2024.

“I am looking forward to another season with Roth Motorsports and working with (Crew Chief) Brent Ventura,” James McFadden said. “Over the last year and a half, we have built a great relationship and we understand each other really well, and that is a massive component in this sport. I feel the more we race together, the better we get, and we will have to be on our game every night with the High Limit Series.”

In 2023, McFadden had a breakout season on the World of Outlaws trail as he tallied six feature event wins with the series and added a win during the unsanctioned Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa, IA to give him seven on the season, all while helping Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Toyota Develop their 410ci engine package.

“I am equally as excited to be back working with the team at Toyota/TRD,” McFadden added. “Brent and I put a lot of work into our engines last year, and I feel like we have a good idea of what they like. The TRD engines are proven winners, they qualify extremely well, and they have become all around great pieces. The support TRD has provided me has been humbling with engines in Australia as well as our continued relationship in the USA, and I am very thankful for it. Dennis, Teresa, and Jason Roth have been nothing but supportive to me as well over the past two seasons, and I’m excited for our third season together in 2024.”

Crew Chief Brent Ventura is equally excited to continue to work with McFadden as the team embarks on a new challenge with the new High Limit Racing Series in 2024. “James has a never give up mentality that I truly admire, and it makes working with him that much more enjoyable, despite what challenges we might be up against on any given night,” Ventura said. “He is an extremely talented driver, he is very smart, and I am excited to build off of the speed we had in 2023. Toyota/TRD has been great to work with as we continue to develop their engines, and I am eager to get going again.”

“I am very happy to field two cars at the highest level of Sprint Car Racing, and we are all happy to have James McFadden continue to run with us at Roth Motorsports,” Dennis Roth, Owner of Roth Motorsports said. “He has done a great job for us over the course of the previous two seasons and represents us very well both on and off the track. Last year, James and the team were threats to win on any given night, and we look forward to the team being strong again in 2024 with Toyota/TRD engines as we chase after the High Limit Series Championship. We are very thankful to have some great partners behind us to allow us to take on such a big challenge.”

The team at Toyota/TRD is also excited about continuing the relationship with Roth Motorsports and James McFadden and support the efforts on the High Limit Racing trail.

“We are thrilled to support James as he takes on the first High Limit national tour,” said Andy Graves, Executive Technical Director, TRD. “James truly embraced our Sprint Car efforts with a career year in 2023 and helped us achieve marketable success in our first full-time season. We look forward to achieving additional success on track together this year.”

While the primary focus for McFadden and company will be the High Limit Racing schedule, the 60-race slate does give the team flexibility as they will contest several marquee World of Outlaws events as well in the season ahead.

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Mobil 1, Roth Enterprises, Toyota, TRD, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, Southern Pacific Farms, Speedway Engine Development Inc., Rider Racing Engines, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Vahlco Wheels, AL Drive Lines, Factory Kahne, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Elite Wings, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, Mettec, P1, and Performance Racegear for their support.

ON TAP: Roth Motorsports and McFadden will kick their 2024 campaign off in Florida at East Bay Raceway Park to open the High Limit slate on February 12th and 13th.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports following along on Twitter and Instagram @RothMotorsports.

To keep up with James, follow him on Twitter @JamesMcFadden25.

 

 

Indoor Auto Racing Continues inside Boardwalk Hall This Weekend, More Than 80 Years After It Originated There

Atlantic City, New Jersey (JANUARY 23, 2024) -- The glory of almost 80 years of auto racing inside Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall continues this Friday and Saturday, January 26 & 27, when the Indoor Auto Racing Championship returns for the 21st running of the Gambler’s Classic, and stakes are high.

“Everyone wants to win in Atlantic City because the pioneers of racing all won there," two-time Gambler's Classic winner Joey Payne stated. "There's prestige in it.”

While the modern-era record books show that Andy Mackereth of Ontario, Canada was the first winner, auto racing inside Boardwalk Hall has a long history dating back to 1938. Then known as the Atlantic City Convention Center, a series of Midget car races were held during the fall of that year.

With World War II hanging over the nation, many auto races were canceled to aid in the war effort and Boardwalk Hall racing was such a casualty.

It was not until January of 1965 that Pleasantville, NJ businessman George Stockinger began the first of 55 indoor racing events that would stretch over the course of the next 15 winters. The featured attraction was the Three Quarter (TQ) Midget -- the same machine that the Indoor Auto Racing Championship races today.

Because of the scheduling of these races in the dead of winter, the Atlantic City Indoor Races received widespread attention among the auto racing community. The frenzy peaked in 1973 when six events were held, and through 1981 at least three events took place each year.

Twenty-two years later, in 2003, Len Sammons, publisher of Area Auto Racing News, resurrected the Atlantic City Indoor racing traditions. On January 18, 2003, a packed house saw the racing events and Andy Mackereth from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada won the Inaugural Gambler's Classic.

Since 2003, names such as PA's Lou Cicconi, N.J.’s Joey Payne, and CT’s Ted Christopher have cemented themselves as the new legends of Boardwalk Hall victory lane thanks to multiple visits between 2003 and 2013.

In the last decade, a new group of stars has dominated the boardwalk, with Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J. becoming the winningest driver with four Gambler’s Classic trophies in 2013, 2014, 2016 and just last year in 2023.

Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, NY, and Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY scored three victories in the prestigious event. Perennial contenders Tim Buckwalter (2022) and Ryan Flores (2018) each have one victory in the event, but come to Atlantic City as favorites to take home the title in 2024.

“The Gambler's Classic is a race where, when your career is over, you want to say you won it," Flores shared. "More importantly, you want to say you won it more than anyone else.”

While current stars of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship chase glory and the Gambler's Classic trophy, big winners in the “Stockinger Era” are now memorialized through annual special awards during the Gambler's Classic events. One is given out each year in Stockinger’s name, others named for racers including Doug Craig, Larry Michaels, Tony Romit, and Sonny Saunders.

As they did nearly 80 years ago, the TQ Midget stars, along with drivers in support divisions including Slingshots, Champ Karts, and Micro Sprints will do battle around an oval built on the concrete floor of Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall.

Racing kicks off on Friday, January 26 at 7 PM headlined by the Black Jack 21 feature race for the TQ Midgets, and continues on Saturday, January 27 at 7 PM headlined by the Gambler's Classic.

Tickets are available at the Jim Whelen Boardwalk Hall Box Office and at ticketmaster.com. For more information on the Indoor Auto Racing Championship and the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races visit www.indoorautoracing.com

 

 

TEENAGER BETTIS ENTERS CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND 50

(January 23, 2024) 14-year-old Colton Bettis is the most recent driver confirmed for the March 2, 2024, “Children’s Dream Fund 50” Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit / BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series co-sanctioned event. Both series will join forces at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida to promote a $5000 to win event and bring awareness and raise funds for the Children’s Dream Fund non-profit organization.

Nicknamed the ‘Bolt’, Bettis may be only 14 years of age, but he now has a great deal of laps under him in a pavement sprint car. He’s coming off a win in the most recent Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series on January 13 at Auburndale Speedway in Auburndale, Florida. The teenager began his pavement sprint car career in 2020 at the age of 11 years of age.

Since his 2020 start, he has captured (2) SSSS wins and picked up a non-winged sprint car victory at Showtime Speedway in 2021. His 2001 win made him the youngest driver in the history of pavement sprint car racing to win a feature event at 12 yeas of age. In addition, he was the 2021 Showtime Speedway sprint car champion.

Now Bettis is on the verge of facing the toughest competition of his young career. It wasn’t until recently that he was even aware he would be able to compete. MSR didn’t allow drivers under the age of 16 to compete. They changed the age requirement to 14 just recently.

“I’m thankful to be able to race this race. I didn’t think I was gonna be able to race it. I didn’t think I was gonna be able to race even though the two series came together because I can’t race up north, because I’m only 14. But they have just changed the age and now I’m gonna be able to race.”

“I’m ready to put myself up against the best and test my abilities against theirs. I’m excited for them to come down here. Id like to go up north and race against those guys at some point.

“I can’t thank JJ (Dutton) enough for putting this race on. It’s a big race, but it’s for a good cause. It’s for the Children’s Dream Fund. I’m just glad I can be a part of this event and they’re letting me run at my age.”

When asked what expectations Bettis has for himself in this race due to the competition level, Bettis was realistic and humble at the same time. “At least a top 5. That’s what we’re shooting for. But a win would be amazing against those guys. But I do think a win is possible because Trey Passat, my mechanic, has been putting a lot of work in. I’m looking forward to this race a lot”.

The Children’s Dream Fund 50 kicks off with an open practice on Friday March 1, 2024. Racing will follow the following evening with nearly 30 cars expected from all over the Midwest and Florida.

Lap sponsors are currently being sought for this race. Fifty percent of the money will go to the leader of the lap sponsored, and the other fifty percent will go to the Children’s Dream Fund non-profit organization. To sponsor a lap contact Rick Day (813) 377-5862.

For more info on the “Children’s Dream Fund 50” please visit www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com

 

 

Attica Raceway Park plans 24 action packed sprint and late model events in 2024

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park will roar back to life Friday, March 15 to open an action-packed season of sprint car and late model racing featuring 24 events featuring over $800,000 in total feature money and point fund payouts.

“Thanks to incredible support from our fans and marketing partners we are able to increase our purses for our race teams. The Attica Raceway Park family is excited for the 2024 season,” said John Bores, Promoter of Attica Raceway Park.

“When we sat down to put together the 2024 schedule, we knew we had to look at the landscape of dirt track racing in our region and put together events that reward the race teams, excites the fans and promotes our marketing partners. We feel this schedule accomplishes those goals. It’s going to be a fun and exciting race season at Attica Raceway Park,” said Justin Liskai, Director of Operations.

There are several special events on tap for 2024 including the traditional Core & Main Spring Nationals Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. The Callie’s Performance Products 410 sprints will battle for $6,000 to win and $500 to start the A-main each night with the Dirt Nerds Podcast powered by Propane.com UMP Late Models vying for $2,000 to win Friday and the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints going for $1,200 to win on Saturday.

The first of two NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events at Attica will be held Friday, May 17 for the Kistler Engines Classic ($12,000 to win). The 305 sprints will also be in action. Reserved seats are available by going to www.atticaracewaypark.com.

The Outlaws return for the 36th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by dac Pet Products Tuesday, July 16 paying the winner $15,000. Reserved seats are available by going to www.atticaracewaypark.com

The Bert and Brigitte Emick Classic returns to Attica Raceway Park on Friday, June 7 to kick off the 42nd Annual FAST on Dirt Ohio Sprint Speedweek that features nine straight nights of sprint car racing across the Buckeye State. The 410 sprints will race for $6,000 to win and $500 to start the A-main at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue and pays tribute to former All Star Circuit of Champions promoters Bert and Brigitte Emick who began Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

The traditional Attica Ambush will take place Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31. The FAST on Dirt 410 Sprints will contend for $6,000 to win ($500 to start the A-main) and the UMP late models will battle for $2,000 to win on Great Lakes Truck Centers/Murphy Tractor Night on Friday. On Saturday’s All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night Saturday, the 410 sprints will race for $6,000 to win ($500 to start the A-main). There will be free camping for the weekend.

In total the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints will compete in 21 events in 2024 including 10 of the All Pro Aluminum Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series (AFCS) presented by the Baumann Auto Group with each of those shows paying $4,000 to win.

The Dirt Nerds Podcast powered by Propane.com UMP Late Models will battle in 20 events at Attica in 2024 with several special events. The new American Iron Man Late Model Series will make its first ever Attica appearance on Friday, May 24 paying the feature winner $5,000 ($500 to start) with a total A-main purse of $22,800.

The UMP late model series mid-season championship night (double points) will be held Friday, May 31 paying $2,000 to win as will the late model A-main during Ohio Sprint Speedweek night, Friday, June 7, the Attica Ambush on Friday, Aug. 30 and season championship night, Friday, Sept. 6.

There will be four Attica/Oakshade Raceway Late Model Series events at Attica, Friday, May 10, Friday, June 21, Friday, July 28 and Friday, Aug. 23.

The Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will see action at Attica for 20 events in 2024 including 10 races with the NAPA of Bryan AFCS presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

Also, the 305 sprints will compete in six events paying $1,200 to win; Baumann Auto Group/7L Construction/Venture Visionary Partners Night, Friday, April 19 presented by Gressman Powersports; Kistler Engines Classic Night on Friday, May 17; Mid-Season Championship Night (double points) on Friday, May 31; Attica Ambush Night #2 on Saturday, August 31; and Season Championship Night on Friday, September 6.

The traditional Attica Raceway Park Fan Appreciation Night is scheduled for Friday, July 5 with general admission $15 for adults, $1 hot dogs, 50-cent popcorn and an open pits session for fans to meet the race teams.

Every event at Attica Raceway Park will be streamed on DIRTVision.

For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.

ATTICA RACEWAY PARK 2024 SCHEDULE

www.atticaracewaypark.com Twitter: @atticaracewyprk

Friday, March 15 Underground Utilities / Bazell Race Fuels Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints (No Rain date)

Friday, March 22 Construction Equipment & Supply Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints (Rain date Saturday March 23)

Friday, March 29 Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints (Rain date Saturday March 30)

Friday, April 5 Erie Blacktop / Smith Paving Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints

Friday, April 12 Core & Main Spring Nationals – 410 Sprints ($6,000 to Win), UMP Late Models ($2,000 to win)

Saturday, April 13 Core & Main Spring Nationals – 410 Sprints ($6,000 to win), 305 Sprints ($1,200 to Win)

Friday, April 19 Baumann Auto Group / 7L Construction / Venture Visionary Partners Night – AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win)

UMP Late Models, AFCS 305 Sprints ($1,200 to win) presented by Gressman Powersports

Friday, April 26 North Central Electric / Craig Miller Trucking / Bucyrus Road Materials Night

AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), UMP Late Models, AFCS 305 Sprints

Friday, May 3 Rath Builders Supply / Morgan Stanley Night – UMP Late Models ($3,000 to win), 305 Sprints, Dirt Trucks + Vintage Cars

Friday, May 10 Eric Phillips 36th Anniversary Classic – Edward Jones of Clyde / Mike Neill Financial Advisor

American Powersports of Findlay & Sandusky Night – AFCS 410’s ($4,000 to Win), Attica / Oakshade LM’s, AFCS 305’s

Friday, May 17 World of Outlaws 410 Sprints – Kistler Engines Classic ($12,000 to Win), 305 Sprints ($1,200 to Win)

Friday, May 24 RPM Performance Parts / Norwalk Concrete / Etna Supply Night

410 Sprints, American Iron Man Late Model Series ($5,000 to Win), 305 Sprints

Friday, May 31 Burns Electric / Metal Master Fabrication / Vermeer All Roads – (Mid Season Championship Night) – DOUBLE POINTS

AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), UMP Late Models ($2,000 to Win), AFCS 305 Sprints ($1,200 to Win)

Friday, June 7 Bert & Brigitte Emick Classic – Ohio Sprint Speedweek – Ohio Laborers / Ohio Cat Night

FAST 410 Sprints ($6,000 to Win), UMP Late Models ($2,000 to Win)

Friday, June 21 Croghan Colonial Bank / Ferguson Waterworks / CamTech Industrial Services Night

AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), Attica / Oakshade Late Model Series, AFCS 305 Sprints

Friday, June 28 Smith Family Foods / Columbus Equipment Night – 410 Sprints, UMP Late Models, 305 Sprints

Friday, July 5 Sutton Bank / Heidelberg Materials (Fan Appreciation Night) – AFCS 410’s ($4,000 to Win), UMP Late Models, AFCS 305’s

($15 General Admission – Open Pit / Meet the Drivers - $1 Hot Dogs & 50 cent Popcorn)

Tuesday, July 16 World of Outlaws 410 Sprints ($15,000 to Win) - Ohio Logistics BRAD DOTY CLASSIC presented by dac Pet Products

Friday, July 26 Ohio Truck Sales / The Adkins Group Night – AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), ARP / Oakshade Late Models, AFCS 305’s

Friday, August 16 Five Star Maintenance / F.E. Krocka & Associates Night - AFCS 410’s ($4,000 to Win), UMP Late Models, AFCS 305 Sprints

Friday, Aug 23 Wilson Tire / Central Ohio Farmers Night – AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), Attica / Oakshade LM’S, AFCS 305 Sprints

ATTICA AMBUSH ***FREE CAMPING***

Friday, August 30 Great Lakes Truck Centers / Murphy Tractor Night – FAST 410 Sprints ($6,000 to Win), UMP Late Models ($2,000 to Win)

Saturday, August 31 Great Lakes Truck Centers / All Pro Aluminum Heads Night – 410 Sprints ($6,000 to Win), 305 Sprints ($1,200 to Win)

Friday, Sept 6 Kistler Racing Products / Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating presents Mark Keegan Classic (Rain date Fri. Sept 20)

Season Championship Night – AFCS 410 Sprints ($4,000 to Win), UMP LM’s ($2,000 to Win) AFCS 305 Sprints ($1,200 to Win)

* Regular Friday Events: Gates Open: 5:00 pm Racing: 7:45 pm Track Phone: (419) 426-8911

* Saturday Rain Date Events: Gates Open: 2:00 pm Racing: 5:00 pm Track Phone: (419) 426-8910

* 410 Sprints & 305 Sprints – Hoosier Tires on all 4 corners / UMP Late Models – Hoosier Tires on all 4 corners Track Office: (419) 217-5436

* Raceceiver Radio’s & Transponders Mandatory / Mufflers required for 410 and 305 Sprints Track Office: (419) 681-5556

 

 

Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprints Prepare for Thrilling 2024 Season

Belleville, IL. (1/23/24) Growing in entries regionally while annually displaying outstanding open-wheel action at state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park, the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprints will return in 2024 to wage racing battles in an exhilarating thirteen-event schedule.

Spanning an eight-month journey of on-track action, the POWRi Vado 305 Sprint competitors will contend for the yearly championship crown from April until November running a bi-monthly schedule of exhilarating wing sprint rushes beginning on Saturday, April 6th in the Easter Eggstravaganza.

Populating the seasonal agenda with attractive racing dates, notable fan-friendly events for the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprints are set to include the Fifth Anniversary Celebrations on June 15th, Meet the Drivers Night on July 20th, and First Responders Night on September 14th at the picturesque New Mexico facility.

Finalizing the year-long quest of desert region wing-sprint competition, the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305’s will see their year wrap up with a two-day show on November 15-16 as the annual Season Finale Weekend returns to Vado Speedway Park.

Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprint 2024 Race Schedule:
4/6/2024 | Easter Eggstravaganza
4/20/2024 | Weekly Racing
5/4/2024 | Weekly Racing
6/1/2024 | Weekly Racing
6/15/2024 | 5th Anniversary Celebrations
7/6/2024 | Weekly Racing
7/20/2024 | Meet the Drivers Night 1
8/3/2024 | Dona Ana County Night
8/17/2024 | Weekly Racing
9/14/2024 | First Responders Night
10/5/2024 | Weekly Racing
11/15/2024 | Season Finale Weekend
11/16/2024 | Season Finale Weekend

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations; more news on the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado Wing Sprints can be found online at www.vadospeedwaypark.com or “Like” Vado Speedway Park on Facebook | 15900 Stern Drive Vado, NM 88072.

Follow along for additional information on the Jackson Compaction POWRi Vado 305 Sprints and more items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

 

Dominic Scelzi Starting Busy Season With Two-Month Trip to Midwest

Inside Line Promotions - FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2024) - Dominic Scelzi is kicking off his 2024 campaign by spending the first two months of his season competing in the Midwest.

Scelzi, who has focused on racing along the West Coast for the last three years, will start the year the opening weekend in March with ASCS Elite Outlaw Sprints shows at Hunt County Raceway in Greenville, Texas (March 1), and at Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas (March 2).

The team will spend the next five weekends racing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Scelzi will compete in a handful of races with High Limit Racing in Arkansas and Oklahoma before returning to his home state of California toward the end of April.

"We've been working hard to return some Midwest racing into our schedule and we are very excited to be able to do that this year," he said. "Some of the tracks will be new, but many are ones we've been to in past years so it'll be great to see those fans again."

Scelzi will spend most of the remainder of the year racing along the West Coast, tackling various NARC 410 Sprint Car Series and Sprint Car Challenge Tour events - including speedweeks with both series - as well as all of the World of Outlaws and High Limit Racing shows in California, Oregon and Washington.

"We've put together a busy schedule competing in a lot of big events against the best competition," he said. "During the last three years, we've won a lot of races and been contenders in a lot of the top events on the West Coast. I'm looking forward to continuing our consistency."

Scelzi is riding a streak of three straight seasons with double-digit victories.

"We have built a great foundation for this team with many amazing supporters," he said. "Jimmy (Carr) is back as the crew chief and I think our program will continue to take steps forward in 2024. I can't wait to get to the Midwest in a few weeks to get the season underway."

UP NEXT -

March 1 at Hunt County Raceway in Greenville, Texas, and March 2 at Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, with the ASCS Elite Outlaw Sprints

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

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

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Red Rose Transportation, Inc.

Red Rose Transportation, Inc., is a full-service transportation provider that partners with its clients to understand their business and develop creative, cost effective and efficient logistics solutions that will help the clients stay competitive. For more information, visit http://www.RedRoseTransportation.com .

"My mom and uncle started Red Rose Transportation in 1996 so it's been a huge part of our race program since Day 1," Scelzi said. "Everyone there has been an integral part of our team and we're grateful for their support."

Scelzi would like to thank Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Whipple Superchargers, System 1, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Roth Motorsports, K&N Filters, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, NAPA Auto Parts, Todd Jorgensen, Sparco, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Auto Meter, Kenny's Components and Worldwide Bearings for their continued support.

 

 

POWRi Lifetime Membership List Continues to Grow

Belleville, IL. (1/21/24) Continuing as a highlight of membership advantages since the addition in 2016, the POWRi Lifetime Membership maintains a staple in series competition as a way to honor the previous divisional champions.

Benefiting from gaining a League title within the tiers of POWRi competition, all champion-earning entrants since 2016 in the National & West Midget, Outlaw Micro, WAR Sprint, and 410 Sprints continue to automatically receive membership based on their previous season successes.

The following drivers from each POWRi League/Series have earned a POWRi Lifetime Membership:
POWRi National Midget League:
Karter Sarff(2023), Brenham Crouch(2022), Bryant Wiedeman(2021), Jake Neuman(2020), Jesse Coldwell(2019), Tucker Klaasmeyer(2018), Logan Seavey(2017), and Zach Daum(2016).

POWRi West Midget League:
Michelle Decker(2023), Emilio Hoover(2021/2022), Andrew Felker(2020/2019), Kory Schudy(2018), Grady Chandler(2017), and Steven Shebester(2016).

POWRi Outlaw Micro League:
Kale Drake(2023), John Barnard(2022), Bradley Fezard(2021), Harley Hollan(2020/2018), Gunner Ramey(2019), Joe B Miller(2017), and Nathan Benson(2016).

POWRi WAR Sprint League:
Jack Wagner(2023), Kory Schudy(2022), Mario Clouser(2021), Riley Kreisel(2020/2019/2018), Korey Weyant(2017), and Clinton Boyles(2016).

POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprints:
Ayrton Gennetten(2023), Roger Crockett(2022).

All participants must be POWRi licensed members to receive benefits which include POWRi Member Participant Accident Insurance, annual point fund money, and contingency awards. POWRi Memberships are available online at https://www.myracepass.com/sanctions/1011/registrations/6909.

Start2Finish is offering POWRi Members a chance to claim a one-time promotional discount of 25% off monthly live streaming and on-demand coverage for the 2024 racing season.

Once registration is finished on My Race Pass, members will receive access to a special promo link on the completed registration page. Download the promo form located underneath the “Registration Downloads” section and select the promo link on the form to obtain the Start2Finish TV discount.


 

 

Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason welcome New Direction Transport as major partner for 2024 season
Jan 22, 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (January 22, 2024) – Ridge & Sons Racing and Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason – who will tour the country coast-to-coast in hopes of attaining a High Limit Sprint Car Series championship in 2024 – are pleased to welcome New Direction Transport LLC (NDT) to the RSR No. 8 – Michigan’s premier logistics operation.

Led by Ricky Logan and headquartered in Canton, Michigan, NDT is not only family-owned and operated with heavy ties to the local community, but their services extend far and beyond Michigan’s borders, boasting an experienced and dedicated staff that assures safe and rapid transport from point to point.

Although committed to the High Limited Sprint Car Series schedule in 2024, Ridge & Sons Racing and NDT will make their official debut in Volusia Speedway Park’s annual DIRTcar Nationals on February 7-10.

“We’re privileged to welcome Ricky Logan and New Direction Transport to Ridge & Sons Racing. They are a highly decorated service and we’re proud to have them join the RSR family,” Brian Ridge explained. “It’s support like theirs that makes an aggressive schedule possible and I’m confident Cory (Eliason) will return the favor by representing their brand proudly on and off the track. We’re excited to get started.”

The 2024 High Limit Sprint Car Series schedule will begin officially with a visit to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13. The 60-race season will conclude with a doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway on October 12-13. For a closer look at the full schedule, please visit High Limit Racing online at www.highlimitracing.com.

ABOUT NEW DIRECTION TRANSPORT:
New Direction Transport LLC (NDT) is a family owned and operated asset based 3-PL logistics company based in Canton, Michigan. With extensive experience on all sides of transportation, NDT can assist with any logistical need; from lane quotes to safe and sound transport – it’s all their business. To learn more, visit NDT online at www.trustndt.com.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Xpress Laundry, New Direction Transport LLC, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Rasmusson Service Center, and Don Long & STC.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing
X: https://twitter.com/RSR_883
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

Race Industry Drives 2024 PPB Motorsports Trade Show Success, Exhibitors Report High Levels Of Activity

Oaks, PA (JANUARY 20, 2024) – Thousands of enthused racers and fans interacted with hundreds of exhibitors from across the spectrum of the auto racing industry on Friday and Saturday for the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

On Friday, Megan Williams, 25, of New Tripoli, PA was crowned Aqua Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports 2024, winning the prestigious crown over 15 other contestants. Lindsay Garl, Ms. Motorsports 2023, crowned her successor. Alex Brown was named first runner-up, and Haylie Hammond was second runner-up. Ms. Hammond (Swimwear), Becky York (Sportswear), Mallory Kutz (Ms. Congeniality), and Christina Contento (Interview) were also special award recipients.

NASCAR Cup Series legends Jimmy Spencer and Ken Schrader met and greeted fans and participated in in-depth interviews with live audiences sitting riveted to the comments of the pair. Spencer’s Saturday appearance was his first of the 2024 Show; Schrader had been at the Show both days, signing copies of his new book ‘Still Racing’, his second autobiography which relates Schrader’s life and times from his last 20 years in the sport.

All weekend, exhibitors and vendors reported brisk sales and great interest among show attendees.

“It’s been busy here meeting with some of current customers and with new people,” Dave Ely, of Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) reported. “We come to this show looking to reconnect with people we already know and with people who want to know us. Our number one purpose for being at the Show is to generate future sales.”

Jeff Kreider, who recently purchased the Robison Racing Products company, was an exhibitor at the Motorsports Show for the first time. He was impressed with the traffic drawn to his booth. “We’re planting the seeds,” Kreider described. Robinson Racing Products was a long-time exhibitor in past Motorsports Shows with its former owner, the late Gerry Robison.

Jason Barney of 87 Speed was pleased with the crowd's response to his booth and its products. “We’re here to do retailing and we’re on a pretty good pace,” Barney said mid-afternoon Saturday. “We weren’t as busy Friday with sales but found that our website traffic through Friday night was up quite a bit which is what we like to see.”

Behrent’s Performance’s Jeff Behrent was ringing up sales as fast as he could on mid-Saturday afternoon. Pausing during a lull in the sales rush, Behrent was pleased with what he was seeing. “We always do well here,” Behrent expressed, noting that the inventory he had brought to this year’s show was equal to what he had done in 2023. “We see some of the same people year after year here and always are finding new ones.”

Williams, Ms. Motorsports 2024, began the first full day of her reign presiding over the show where she met and greeted the winners of the eight Best Booth Award winners, who were as follows: Best Open Cockpit: Reese Nowotarski URC 360 Sprint; Best Drag Car: Mike Dambrosia’s 1953 Studebaker; Best Stock Car: Sammy Martz, Jr. Modified (in DMI booth); Best Booth Display: Delaware International Speedway; Best Small Car: M&M Racing No. 5M (in Phoenixville Raceway booth); Best Small Car Display: Keystone Quarter Midget Club; Best Vintage Stock Car: Rich Isett’s Gremlin (in Reading Fairgrounds booth); Best Vintage Open Cockpit Car: Bruce Bowen’s USAC Silver Crown restoration of the late John Andretti’s car).

Area Auto Racing News' Top Feature Winning Drivers from 2023 were recognized on Saturday on stage. Matt Hirschman (Asphalt Modified), Freddie Rahmer (Open Cockpit) and Steven Snyder, Jr. (Micro Sprints) were the recipients.

The ‘Remembering Bob Weikert Tribute’ proved to be a popular attraction for the region’s 410 Sprint Car fans. Three of Weikert’s vintage No. 29 Sprint cars were on display and several prominent Weikert drivers were on hand during the weekend.

RAACE Foundation Kids Big Wheel races held Saturday afternoon were conducted with Sadie Berkenstock winning the 7-9-year-old A Main over Billy Pauch, III and Oliver Schaff. Leighla Spencer won the 5-6-year-old A Main over Karsyn Bieber and Kinley Sammons. Clay Hreniuk won the 3-4-year-old A Main with Gabriella Hilliard and Reylyn Wescott second and third.

Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has released the dates for the 2025 Pioneer Pole Buildings Race Car & Trade Show. Dates for the event at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center are Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2025.

More information about the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show can be found at www.motorsportstradeshow.com

 

 

FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS
INDOOR AUTO RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS

ALLENTOWN, PA – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – TRENTON, NJ
Event Promoter: Len Sammons @ 609 888 3618

15-Year-Old, Series Championship Leader, VanDoren Approved for Atlantic City Indoor Race Action

Atlantic City, NJ (JANUARY 21, 2024) - Tanner VanDoren, the 15-year-old who shocked the motorsports world by winning the TQ Midget Indoor Auto Racing Championship opener on January 6, will race on Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27 during the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Race weekend. VanDoren will again be racing as a teammate with defending series champion Anthony Sesely.

VanDoren won’t turn 16, the legal age to compete in the state of New Jersey, until two days after Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic is held. However, the State Police have granted him a waiver to complete based on his experience. This weekend he’ll be back behind the wheel of the Jeff Ulrich/ Rick Kluth-owned No. 22 he drove to a win and a fourth-place finish in the first two series races.

The Schnecksville, PA teenager wasn’t supposed to race in Allentown, only test Sesely's back-up TQ. VanDohren, however, was towards the top of the charts in practice and the car owners made the decision to let him race. At the end of the nigh, he became the youngest winner in Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series history.

VanDohen backed up Saturday’s accomplishments with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s feature netting the team $5,200 for allowing him to race. While he left the event as the points leader, it wasn’t certain if he would be allowed to compete in New Jersey.

Jason VanDohen, Tanner’s father, had already filed paperwork and was approved by the state to race a big-block Modified this season in New Jersey. This sped up the process and he was additionally allowed to race in Atlantic City late last week.

Over 50 TQ Midget teams have filed entries for Atlantic City where they’ll race this year not only for a win in Saturday’s 40-lap Gambler’s Classic, but on Friday in the new Black Jack 21 TQ Midget feature race.

Should VanDohren pull off a win he would become the youngest ever TQ Midget winner in New Jersey. Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph won his first of three Gambler’s Classics in Atlantic City when he was 16-years-old.

Tickets for the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races are on sale at ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. For race fans who cannot make the trip to get the best experience at the event, quality DTD-TV pay-per-view will be available for both nights on the web at dirttrackdigest.tv.

For information about the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled by VP Racing Fuels visit www.indoorautoracing.com


 

 

HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: Danny Dietrich unveils major slate with 100+ dates

Jan 22, 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (January 22, 2024) – As recently announced, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing will launch the new year in the Sunshine State, joining the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series in starts at Volusia Speedway Park and East Bay Raceway Park, respectively. And although their pilgrimage to Florida is a major segment of their annual agenda, the six-race slate is just the tip of the iceberg, as Dietrich plans to compete in over 100 dates highlighted with major blockbusters such as Ohio Sprint Speedweek, Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek, and the coveted Knoxville Nationals.

Dietrich, ace of Gary Kauffman’s Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, No. 48 sprint car, will activate his post-Florida campaign in familiar stomping grounds, joining the best of Posse Country in Lincoln Speedway’s two-day Icebreaker Weekend on February 24-25.

“We have a big schedule planned. A few dates are still ‘to be determined,’ but it’s our goal to compete in most of what we have highlighted,” Dietrich said. “We have a lot of great partners, most of which have been a part of our Gary Kauffman Racing family for a long time. It’s our job to go out and give them the exposure that they deserve and we feel this is the right plan of attack to do so.”

Despite his schedule including major road trips to Florida and Iowa, the bulk of Dietrich’s agenda will be contested right in the heart of Pennsylvania Posse Country, making frequent appearances at Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, Port Royal Speedway, and BAPS Motor Speedway.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series will invade the Keystone State on several occasions during the new year and Double-D plans to be a part of every appearance.

“There’s a lot of racing close to home and we plan to take full advantage of that,” Dietrich added. “The goal is to win races…everything else can come second.”

2024 Danny Dietrich Schedule:
*Subject to change | All tentative

Feb 7th | Volusia Speedway Park
Feb 8th | Volusia Speedway Park
Feb 9th | Volusia Speedway Park
Feb 10th | Volusia Speedway Park
Feb 12th | East Bay Raceway Park
Feb 13th | East Bay Raceway Park
Feb 24th | Lincoln Speedway
Feb 25th | Lincoln Speedway

March 2nd | Lincoln Speedway
March 3rd | Volusia Speedway Park (TBD)
March 4th | Volusia Speedway Park (TBD)
March 9th | Lincoln Speedway
March 16th | Lincoln Speedway
March 17th | Williams Grove Speedway
March 22nd | Williams Grove Speedway
March 23rd | Port Royal Speedway
March 24th | BAPS Motor Speedway
March 29th | Williams Grove Speedway
March 30th | Port Royal Speedway

April 5th | Williams Grove Speedway
April 6th | Lincoln Speedway
April 7th | Bridgeport Motorsports Park
April 12th | Williams Grove Speedway
April 13th | Lincoln Speedway
April 14th | BAPS Motor Speedway
April 19th | Williams Grove Speedway
April 20th | Lincoln Speedway
April 21st | Selinsgrove Speedway
April 26th | Williams Grove Speedway
April 27th | Port Royal Speedway
April 28th | BAPS Motor Speedway

May 3rd | Williams Grove Speedway
May 4th | Lincoln Speedway
May 8th | Lincoln Speedway
May 10th | Williams Grove Speedway
May 11th | Williams Grove Speedway
May 12th | Selinsgrove Speedway
May 16th | Outlaw Speedway
May 17th | Utica-Rome Speedway
May 18th | Sharon Speedway
May 19th | BAPS Motor Speedway
May 24th | Williams Grove Speedway
May 25th | Port Royal Speedway
May 26th | Port Royal Speedway
May 27th | Fremont Speedway
May 28th | Grandview Speedway
May 31st | Williams Grove Speedway

June 1st | Lincoln Speedway
June 2nd | Selinsgrove Speedway
June 7th | Attica Raceway Park
June 8th | Fremont Speedway
June 9th | Waynesfield Raceway Park
June 10th | Wayne County Speedway
June 11th | Hilltop Speedway
June 12th | Sharon Speedway
June 13th | Muskingum County Speedway
June 14th | Millstream Speedway
June 15th | Atomic Speedway
June 21st | Williams Grove Speedway
June 28th | Williams Grove Speedway
June 29th | Lincoln Speedway
June 30th | BAPS Motor Speedway

July 1st | Lincoln Speedway
July 2nd | Grandview Speedway
July 3rd | Port Royal Speedway
July 4th | Hagerstown Speedway
July 5th | Williams Grove Speedway
July 6th | Port Royal Speedway
July 7th | Selinsgrove Speedway
July 12th | Williams Grove Speedway
July 13th | Lincoln Speedway
July 23rd | Lernerville Speedway
July 24th | BAPS Motor Speedway
July 26th | Williams Grove Speedway
July 27th | Williams Grove Speedway
July 28th | Weedsport Speedway

August 2nd | Williams Grove Speedway
August 3rd | Lincoln Speedway
August 5th | Southern Iowa Speedway
August 7th | Knoxville Raceway
August 8th | Knoxville Raceway
August 9th | Knoxville Raceway
August 10th | Knoxville Raceway
August 16th | Williams Grove Speedway
August 17th | Port Royal Speedway
August 18th | Selinsgrove Speedway
August 23rd | Williams Grove Speedway
August 24th | Lincoln Speedway
August 30th | Williams Grove Speedway
August 31st | Lincoln Speedway

Sep 1st | Lincoln Speedway
Sep 2nd | Port Royal Speedway
Sep 5th | Port Royal Speedway
Sep 6th | Port Royal Speedway
Sep 7th | Port Royal Speedway
Sep 13th | Lernerville Speedway
Sep 14th | Lernerville Speedway
Sep 20th | Williams Grove Speedway
Sep 21st | BAPS Motor Speedway
Sep 27th | Williams Grove Speedway
Sep 28th | Lincoln Speedway

Oct 4th | Williams Grove Speedway
Oct 5th | Williams Grove Speedway
Oct 11th | Selinsgrove Speedway
Oct 12th | Selinsgrove Speedway
Oct 19th | Lincoln Speedway
Oct 26th | BAPS Motor Speedway

Nov 16th | BAPS Motor Speedway

SPECIAL THANKS:
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive Inc, Blud Lubricants.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gkrracing
X: www.twitter.com/dannydietrich
Merchandise: www.dannydietrich.com/merch
News: www.dannydietrich.com
News: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway online at www.floracing.com.
Watch Williams Grove Speedway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

Ortco Inc. signs on as USL Title sponsor

by John Rittenoure

GLENPOOL, Okla. (January 20, 2023) - New United Sprint League owner Michael Tyre is pleased to announce that Ortco Inc., based in Oklahoma City, has signed on as series title sponsor for 2024.

Nick Newton, a well known sprint car owner who has fielded cars in USL and OCRS competition, co-owns and operates Ortco Inc. with Cameron Bentley and Tiffany Bentley. Newton felt the time was right to help grow non-wing sprint racing in Oklahoma.

“We love non wing racing and Michael is a great guy and we wanna see him be successful and grow non wing racing in and around Oklahoma,” Newton said. “Ashley Newton has helped with the Ironman race for a couple years now so we try and support all non wing races in Oklahoma.

“Ortco Incorporated is a 3rd generation small manufacturing business located in Oklahoma City that has been in operation since 1956 and specializes in the manufacturing of oilfield drill pipe handling equipment, parts and accessories. Ortco Inc. also provides hydraulic tong repair, and tong parts. Ortco prides itself on manufacturing 100% American made products from raw steel to finished goods.”

Tyre feels Ortco Inc. sponsorship will enable him to reach his goals for USL.

“When I first purchased the series I knew my main objective was going to be trying to improve the series for the teams financially. I knew I would need some sponsorship and marketing partners to achieve this,” Tyre said of his goals for the series. “Nick reached out to me with interest in getting involved right away, I wasn't even to the point of approaching businesses for support.

“It means a great deal to me that the team at Ortco Inc. believes in my vision for the series enough to jump on board right away without hesitation. I'm thankful for everyone involved with Ortco Inc, and extremely thankful for Nick Newton reaching out and wanting to help me try and grow this great sport we all love.”

A 10-race schedule has been released for the 2024 Ortco Inc. United Sprint League season. Red Dirt Raceway will host the season opener with the running of the Hero 100. on March 30th. Drivers will qualify via time trials for starting positions in the 100-lapper. Details and payout will be revealed soon. Only show up points will be awarded for this event.

The Ironman 55 at Creek County Speedway on August 31 will also be a show up points only event.

Creek County will host three other events, Two events are set for Caney Valley Speedway while Elk City Motorsports Park and Tulsa Speedway will hold one event each. The season ends September 21 at Red Dirt Raceway.

2024 Schedule

March 30 - Red Dirt Raceway - Hero 100

April 13 - Creek County Speedway

May 4 - Caney Valley Speedway

May 11 - Elk City Motorsports Park

June 7 - Tulsa Speedway

June 8 - Creek County Speedway

August 3 - Creek County Speedway

August 31 - Creek County Speedway - Ironman 55

September 7 - Caney Valley Speedway

September 21 - Red Dirt Raceway

About United Sprint League

Owned by Michael Tyre, the USL sanctions 360 two-barrel / 305 non-wing sprint car events throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states with goals of supporting sponsors and providing fans the the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of non-wing sprint car racing.

Website: https://www.myracepass.com/series/1794.

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

 

 

WESTERN MIDGET RACING ADDS MARQUEE EVENTS AT OCEAN SPEEDWAY AND KERN RACEWAY TO 2024 SLATE

WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA (January 19, 2024) – Two marquee events have been added to the exciting sixth season for Western Midget Racing, with the additions of the Johnny Key Classic at Ocean Speedway on August 10th and the October Classic at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway on October 25th.

The Ocean Speedway date will run in place of Marysville Raceway, with the series now competing both Friday and Saturday nights during the 64th Johnny Key Classic weekend. Winged 360 Sprint Cars will headline both nights of competition.

The 36th October Classic at Kern Raceway Dirt Track features the NARC 410 Sprint Cars and will be the championship weekend for WMR. WMR’s competitors will travel west to Ventura Raceway on Saturday October 26 to crown a champion.

With the adjustments, the 2024 slate is now a 19-race campaign in 2024. Ventura Raceway opens the season on March 16.

SCCT 360 Sprint Cars, USCS Sprint Cars, and BCRA Midgets are some of the other great divisions who will be sharing the card for WMR events in 2024.

For more information visit www.WesternMidgetRacing.com

2024 WMR Schedule – Subject to Change

March 16 Ventura Raceway

March 29 Ocean Speedway

March 30 Marysville Raceway

April 20 Bakersfield Speedway

May 4 Ventura Raceway

May 17 Ocean Speedway

May 18 Petaluma Speedway

June 7 Ocean Speedway

June 8 Petaluma Speedway

June 22 Ventura Raceway

July 12 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic

July 13 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic

July 26 Ocean Speedway

July 27 Antioch Speedway

August 9 Ocean Speedway

August 10 Ocean Speedway Johnny Key Classic

September 21 Bakersfield Speedway

October 25 Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway October Classic

October 26 Ventura Raceway

 

 

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY’S 28TH SEASON ARE ON SALE NOW

(Perris, CA, January 18, 2024) Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway races through the month of June are on sale now at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. Advance tickets for the July through November portion of the schedule will be on sale soon. For those who do not wish to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

The famous Riverside County racing facility will open its 28th season of action when LKQ Pick Your Part presents Night of Destruction on February 10th. The season opener will feature daring Figure 8 races, a wild Figure 8 Trailer Race, the Mini Stocks on the road course, no-holds-barred Demo Cross, and the crowd favorite Double Deckers. Two weeks later on February 24th, the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open its 20th season of open-wheel racing. Joining the powerful 900-horsepower USAC cars and stars will be the PASSCAR Super Stocks and Street Stocks, GAS Chassis Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the PAS Senior Sprints.

Beginning with the February 10th show, The PAS will host 19 nights of racing in 2024. Ten of the shows will feature a combination of sprint cars and stock cars. The other nine will be Nights of Destruction. The season will culminate with the return of the popularOval Nationals on November 8th and 9th.

2024 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule

February 10th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

February 24th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

March 9th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

March 16th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR STREET AND FACTORY STOCK CARS

April 6th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

April 27th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

May 4th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

May 25th "SALUTE TO INDY" AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

June 1st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

June 22nd AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

July 4th “FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AND SKY CONCERT” (TENTATIVE)

LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

July 13th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES, AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

August 10th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

August 17th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

September 7th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

September 14th TBA

September 21st AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

October 26th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

November 8th 27TH RUNNING OF THE OVAL NATIONALS Featuring AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER, STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

November 9th 27TH RUNNING OF THE OVAL NATIONALS Featuring AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES – JERRY DODD CHAMPIONS NIGHT, PASSCAR SUPER, STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of the Southern California Fair), one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway, and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

USAC/CRA races from Perris Auto Speedway are not streamed online.

Fans can stay up to date on track and driver news on The PAS social media efforts at the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank the following corporate partners. Ahern Equipment Rentals, Anderson Chevrolet, Battery Systems, Bud’s Tire, Tire Choice Auto Service, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, GAS Chassis, HD Industries, Heimark/Anheuser Busch, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moose Racing, Pepsi-Cola, Performance Online, Pole Position Raceway, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rene’s Bar & Grill, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction and Vista Paint.

For information on 2024 billboard advertising at The PAS, please call 951-940-0134 and ask for Charlie Watson.

DVDs of all the PASSCAR/IMCA racing and Nights of Destruction at The PAS are available from Fourvideos. For more information call (714) 225-9500.

mailto:perrisautospeedway1@gmail.com is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

 

 

NEW LOOK, BIG SCHEDULE, SAME FOCUS: TKS Motorsports and Chase Randall unveil major plans beginning with March Texas visit

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa (January 19, 2024) - The 2024 season will be bigger than ever for Mitchellville, Iowa’s TKS Motorsports and full-time ace Chase Randall, as the familiar Albaugh - Your Alternative/Iowa Barnstormers No. 2KS team is set to embark on an incredible Midwest and Mid-Atlantic campaign, all of which activating with back-to-back Texas weekends featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Despite major travel plans, the team’s core focus will remain at the Sprint Car Capital of the World, aiming to score a 2024 Knoxville Raceway track championship.

“We’re excited to unveil our plans for 2024. It’s a demanding schedule with a lot of travel, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re ready to get started,” Troy Renfro, owner of TKS Motorsports, said. “It takes a lot of moving parts to prepare for an agenda of this size. We’re fortunate to be associated with so many great and passionate people and it’s their dedication that allows us to go out and do this.”

Perhaps the most ambitious segment of TKS Motorsports’ upcoming agenda is their September, October and November slate, which is complete with not only extensive travel into expanded territory, but a high level of competitiveness. To kick things off, the team will head due east and join the High Limit Sprint Car Series in visits to Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway for Tuscarora 50 weekend on September 5-7, Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, on September 13-14, and Eldora Speedway, in Rossburg, Ohio, on September 20-21.

TKS Motorsports will ultimately conclude their visit to the Mid-Atlantic with Williams Grove Speedway’s annual National Open featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on October 4-5.

Once National Open competition is complete, TKS Motorsports and the “Quickest Chicken” will turn their focus back to the Midwest and set aim on starts at I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Missouri, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, and Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Illinois.

TKS Motorsports’ 2024 season will conclude with the World of Outlaws World Finals at The DIrt Track at Charlotte in early November.

Other major events on TKS Motorsports’ 2024 agenda include Huset’s Speedway’s High Bank Nationals, Jackson Motorplex’ Jackson Nationals, and Eldora Speedway’s coveted Kings Royal.

“I’m sure many challenges are ahead, but Chase is a smart, talented and driven driver with big goals he’d like to accomplish,” Renfro continued. “I think we have a great mix of experience and determination and that’s the key to a solid foundation.”

2024 TKS Motorsports Schedule
*Subject to change

MARCH
3/8/24 | Kennedale Speedway Park | WoO
3/9/24 | Kennedale Speedway Park | WoO
3/15/24 | Cotton Bowl Speedway | WoO
3/16/24 | Cotton Bowl Speedway | WoO

APRIL
4/5/24 | 34 Raceway IRA
4/6/24 | 34 Raceway IRA
4/12/24 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | WoO
4/13/24 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | WoO
4/19/24 | Knoxville Raceway (Practice Night)
4/20/24 | Knoxville Raceway
4/26/24 | Knoxville Raceway | WoO
4/27/24 | Knoxville Raceway | WoO

MAY
5/1/24 | Jacksonville Speedway | WoO
5/4/24 | Knoxville Raceway
5/10/24 | 34 Raceway | High Limit
5/11/24 | Knoxville Raceway
5/18/24 | Knoxville Raceway
5/19/24 | Huset's Speedway
5/25/24 | Knoxville Raceway
5/26/24 | Huset's Speedway
5/27/24 | Huset's Speedway
5/31/24 | Knoxville Raceway

JUNE
6/1/24 | Knoxville Raceway
6/4/24 | Davenport Speedway | High Limit
6/8/24 | Knoxville Raceway
6/9/24 | Huset's Speedway
6/11/24 | Eagle Raceway | High Limit
6/14/24 | Knoxville Raceway | WoO
6/15/24 | Knoxville Raceway | WoO
6/16/24 | Huset's Speedway
6/19/24 | Huset's Speedway | The Huset’s Hustle
6/20/24 | Huset's Speedway | The Huset’s Hustle
6/21/24 | Huset's Speedway | High Bank Nationals
6/22/24 | Huset's Speedway | High Bank Nationals
6/26/24 | Lake Ozark Speedway | High Limit
6/29/24 | Knoxville Raceway

JULY
7/6/24 | Knoxville Raceway
7/7/24 | Huset's Speedway
7/12/24 | Jackson Motorplex | Midwest Touring Series
7/13/24 | Knoxville Raceway
7/17/24 | Eldora Speedway
7/18/24 | Eldora Speedway
7/19/24 | Eldora Speedway | Kings Royal
7/20/24 | Eldora Speedway | Kings Royal
7/26/24 | Jackson Motorplex
7/27/24 | Knoxville Raceway
7/28/24 | Huset's Speedway

AUGUST
8/1/24 | Knoxville Raceway | 360 Nationals
8/2/24 | Knoxville Raceway | 360 Nationals
8/3/24 | Knoxville Raceway | 360 Nationals
8/4/24 | Knoxville Raceway | Capitani Classic
8/5/24 | Southern Iowa Speedway | Front Row Challenge
8/7/24 | Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville Nationals Prelim
8/10/24 | Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville Nationals Finale
8/15/24 | Jackson Motorplex | 360 Jackson Nationals
8/16/24 | Jackson Motorplex | Jackson Nationals
8/17/24 | Jackson Motorplex | Jackson Nationals
8/24/24 | Knoxville Raceway
8/30/24 | Huset's Speedway
8/31/24 | Huset's Speedway | WoO
9/1/24 | Huset's Speedway | WoO

SEPTEMBER
9/5/24 | Port Royal Speedway | High Limit
9/6/24 | Port Royal Speedway | High Limit
9/7/24 | Port Royal Speedway | High Limit
9/13/24 | Lernerville Speedway | High Limit
9/14/24 | Lernerville Speedway | High Limit
9/20/24 | Eldora Speedway | High Limit
9/21/24 | Eldora Speedway | High Limit

OCTOBER
10/4/24 | Williams Grove Speedway | WoO
10/5/24 | Williams Grove Speedway | WoO
10/8/24 | I-70 Motorsports Park | High Limit
10/11/24 | Texas Motor Speedway | High Limit
10/12/24 | Texas Motor Speedway | High Limit
10/18/24 | Dirt Oval 66 | WoO
10/19/24 | Dirt Oval 66 | WoO

NOVEMBER
11/6/24 | The Dirt Track at Charlotte | World Finals
11/7/24 | The Dirt Track at Charlotte | World Finals
11/8/24 | The Dirt Track at Charlotte | World Finals
11/9/24 | The Dirt Track at Charlotte | World Finals

SPECIAL THANKS:
Albaugh - Your Alternative, Iowa Barnstormers, Des Moines Industrial Products, Jersey Freeze Ice Cream, AL Driveline, TJ Forged, Justice Brothers, Serenity Custom Woodworking, Bush’s Chicken, Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery, EZ Print, Norwalk Small Engines, Flying A Motorsports, XYZ Machining, Rod End Supply, KH Suspension, Schoenfeld Headers, Allstar Performance, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Central Iowa Sheds, Mobile Dent Service, BK TI Components, Webb Family Farms, Mag-Tech Ignition, ATL – Aero Tech Laboratories, Quick Car, Schnee-Lawson Chassis, Hoosier Tires, Winters Performance Products, KSE Racing Products

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TKSMotorsports2KS
X: https://twitter.com/TKSMotorsports
News coverage: https://www.fullyinjected.com
Online home: https://www.tksmotorsports2ks.com

 

 

LIGUORI ENTERS CHILDRENS DREAM FUND 50

(January 19) When the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit announced that they would co-sanction an event March 2, 2024, with the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series, it grabbed Joe Liguori’s attention.

Liguori is a Tampa born driver who currently competes with both series. To him, this race offers the best of both Worlds. Liguori may in fact be one of the few drivers who will be in the field who has won in both series in recent seasons. Liguori picked up his first career SSSS victory this past September when he scored a win at Auburndale Speedway.

“When I first heard the announcement of this race, I thought it was a good thing for an alliance between the two organizations” explained Liguori. “People stop butting heads when you gain an alliance. You also get more cars. Being on the same tire opened the door for all of this.”

Being familiar with both series, Liguori was asked if he might have an advantage heading into the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’.

“Yeah, I’ve raced Citrus County Speedway quite a bit. My Florida car owner George Rudolph has raced there a lot as well with different drivers over the years. I feel like we have a real shot to win this. Regardless of who will be there you still gotta be fast”.

“They’re gonna qualify, which is something southern guys normally don’t do. Quite frankly, all the guys I race with up north get to come down and see one of the tracks I grew up racing at. Winning is our main goal but a top three would be nice. There will be a lot of 410’s in the field and we got a 360. I still feel like we got an advantage at a track like Citrus County Speedway. I’m really looking forward to this race.”

The 50-lap $5,000 to win race is expected to draw all the SSSS regulars as well as a handful of MSR regulars. This announcement of Liguori’s participation of one of the first MSR regulars who intend to compete in this event. Others are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Event promoter JJ Dutton is using this race to draw attention to the non-profit Childrens Dream Fund organization. The hope is through this event, money and awareness can be raised to assist the organization.

The event will be streamed live on Racing America. For more info on the streaming details of the event please visit offer.racingamerica.com

 

 

NRA NAME RETIRED

Merrill, MI - Great Lakes Super Sprints presented by Engine Pro & ARP has had a busy off-season and is excited about the upcoming 2024 Season. As GLSS looks toward the 2024 Season, there has been an evaluation and a look back at the 2023 Season and how things can be improved.

In the Fall of 2022 after GLSS purchased the National Racing Alliance--known locally as the NRA--there was a lot of discussion on the best course for the 360 winged organization. Against some recommendations to eliminate the NRA name out the gate, however Barry Marlow (the GLSS Owner) decided to keep the name in the hope of unifying everyone in a smooth transition.

The goal was to bring the whole organization under GLSS, but leave the Ohio races under the NRA Buckeye Division and all the Michigan tracks under the Wolverine Division. All drivers and teams would be members of GLSS with the same rules, regulations, procedures, benefits and payouts. There was no longer “NRA Members”and “GLSS Members” as everyone was a GLSS Member, but could then choose a division to run in or they could run all the races in “The Tour”.

The hope of keeping local sponsors and a smooth transition locally failed well before the season started when not one of the previous NRA sponsors was willing to continue as a sponsor. As the season wore on, there seemed to be more confusion between tracks and fans about the relationship between GLSS and the NRA. Marlow said “It was always clear to me, I’ve always felt it was one organization, but as the season wore on, it felt as if they were still separated.”

As GLSS started meeting with tracks for the 2024 Season, the tracks were told that the NRA name, separate Facebook page and separate website would be retired and everything starting in 2024 would be under the GLSS banner. The tracks were very favorable to the change and felt this would be better on marketing and promotion in the long run. It would also eliminate confusion on “who’s who?”

Unfortunately due to a sudden death in Marlow’s family, this announcement was delayed by a week and the previously scheduled NRA Facebook post popped up yesterday about shutting down the site.

This inadvertent timing mistake caused a couple people to come out of their camps prematurely and start bashing what GLSS is doing. What’s worse is one individual is doing it from an National Racing Alliance X (Twitter) page, posing as the Owner of the NRA. Legal counsel has been notified and this will be dealt with in a timely fashion. The silliness of the posts against GLSS is that the owner of GLSS is the owner of the NRA.

However the seriousness of another post is bashing a local track we race at, posing as the NRA. In a call to Marlow this afternoon he said, “I didn’t even realize the NRA had a twitter account! Our fans quickly saw through the posts about GLSS, but when I saw the posts against one of our tracks, I was torqued!” Marlow went on to explain that he prides himself in working with all the local tracks and that social media bashing is not a tool he ever uses.

He went on to explain that whether he has a problem with a driver, a fan or a track, he won’t be posting anything on social media. He feels the best way to correct problems with a track or a driver is to deal with them privately and work things out to benefit everyone. “We need the local tracks and I’m willing to put the extra work in to make things better!” Marlow said.

If anyone has questions or concerns, Marlow’s phone number and email address are posted on Facebook and the websites. He welcomes conversations that can help the sport and can ultimately benefit everyone. What he is not in favor of is defamatory and false statements being posted without any concern of the damage they cause. GLSS Staff are working on compiling all the NRA past history and results and will archive them on the GLSS website for future reference.

To catch past GLSS races, head over to the Great Lakes Super Sprints YouTube page. Stay updated by following us on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and X. For the latest news, schedules, results, and points, visit www.greatlakessprints.com and choose your favorite division.

Thank you to our sponsors who are the ones that allow us to bring a great show to your local tracks.
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FIRST-ROUND VENDOR LISTING for SMILEY'S RACING PRODUCTS PRE-SEASON SALE:

Major auto racing industry vendor representatives will be setup, on-site, during the Smiley’s Racing Products Mesquite location Pre-Season sale on Friday, January 26th from Noon-4pm and Saturday, January 27th from 9am-2pm.

It’s a great opportunity for racers to meet with major vendors in the racing industry and take a look at new 2024 products!

To date, the following Vendors are confirmed:

Allstar Performance

Bassett Racing Wheels

Bilstein Shocks

DaVinci Performance Carburetors

Design Engineering (DEI)

FSR Motorsports

Hawk Performance

K1 RaceGear

Landrum Performance Springs

Max Papis Innovations

Motive Gear

QA1

QuickCar Racing Products

RCI Fuel Cells

Richmond Gear

Schoenfeld Headers

Simpson Performance Products

TruForm Race Products

Ultra Shield Race Products

Wieland Metal

Zamp Racing

DON'T MISS the biggest sale of the year at Smiley's Racing Products - plus visit with these industry leading vendors Friday, January 26th from noon-4pm and Saturday, January 27th from 9am-2pm as a part of the Smiley's Pre-Season Sale and Racer's Swap Meet (Jan. 27 only), located at 103 Gross Road Mesquite, TX 75149. For more details, call (972) 289-7223 or click www.SmileysRacing.com . And by clicking www.facebook.com/smileysracing you will find event more event contact, such as videos!

ICYMI, here are FULL Multi-Location EVENT DETAILS:

$AVE BIG at Smiley's LARGEST ANNUAL EVENT! Pre-Season Sale & Swap Meet - on Same Day!

Smiley’s Racing Products has combined the Pre-Season Sale and Annual Swap Meet for ONE SUPER SATURDAY – JAN. 27, 2024! It’s Smiley's Biggest Annual Event!! The Smiley’s Pre-Season Sale at the Mesquite, TX Store location will be 3 DAYS ONLY – JAN. 25-27. Smiley’s is offering deep discounts to help racing teams gear up for the 2024 racing season. Almost Everything is on Sale!

Here’s the latest event news:

Annual Swap Meet

The Smiley's Racing Products Annual Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 2024 in the Mesquite, TX Store Parking Area (103 Gross Road Mesquite, TX 75149). Gates will open at 7:00am and close at 2:00pm. Swap Space is available for $40 each on a first-come, first-served basis.

From parts and pieces to complete race cars, it’s a great time for race teams to clear out inventory no longer needed and to pick up those needed parts. This annual event draws a big crowd, so plan to get here early to shop, swap, or sell and get the best deals!

And for the latest event updates, make sure to check in often at: https://www.facebook.com/smileysracing

FREE Lunch!

Saturday, January 27th a FREE Lunch will be provided at the Mesquite location. Hot dogs will be served outside and tacos inside!

Vendor Reps On-Site

Major Vendor Reps will be setup on-site during the Mesquite store sale on Friday, January 26th from Noon-4pm and Saturday, January 27th from 9am-2pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet with major Vendors in the racing industry and see the new 2024 products!

HOOSIER TIRE SOUTHWEST Deal of the Year!

• 10% OFF all Hoosier Tires (In Stores Only)

• FREE Shipping on ALL Hoosier Tires (Web Orders Only)

• $15 Oversized Fee on extra-large Drag Slicks and Sprint Rears

NOTE: FREE Shipping Offer is limited to 10 tires per customer during this Sale event. Valid on Ground shipping to Continental U.S. Only. All Drag, Road Racing, Pro Street, ATV/Kart and Motocross tires can be shipped to any state in the Continental U.S. Hoosier Tire Distributor policy only allows us to ship Oval Track Dirt and Oval Track Asphalt tires to states in Smiley’s Hoosier Southwest Region: TX, OK, LA, AR, or NM.

Mark Your Calendars: 4-Day Only Website Sale

Thursday, January 25, 2024 thru Sunday, January 28, 2024

www.smileysracing.com

1-866-959-7223

3 Day Only Mesquite, TX Store Sale

Thursday, January 25, 2024 … 9am - 6pm

Friday, January 26, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, January 27, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

103 Gross Road Mesquite, TX 75149 (972) 289-7223

SALE EVENT Highlights – Mesquite, TX Store ONLY

• 30% OFF all SRP Fittings and 20% OFF most SRP Products

• Up to 25% OFF Almost Everything Else

• GET FREE SHIPPING on orders over $149 PLUS the Sale Discounts

• FREE SHIPPING exclusions may apply to oversized items, but are not limited to, tires, jacks, seats, fuel jugs, bumpers, rear ends, transmissions, wheels, batteries, fuel cells, leaf springs, large Pit Pal items, top wings and trees, nerfs, and hoods

SALE EVENT at Smiley’s Stores in Ft. Worth, Houston & Oklahoma City – FEB. 2-3, 2024

Friday, February 2, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, February 3, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

• 30% OFF All SRP Fittings and 20% OFF Most SRP Parts

• 10% OFF Almost Everything Else, including Hoosier Tires (in above stores only)

Ft. Worth, TX Store Location

700 West Kennedale Parkway

Kennedale, TX 76060

(817) 572-7467

Houston, TX Store Location

1622 Sawdust Road

Woodlands, TX 77380

(281) 362-7872

Oklahoma City, OK Store Location

3208 SW 59, Suite A

Oklahoma City, OK 73119

(405) 686-7112

SALE EVENT at Smiley’s SHERMAN, TX Store – FEB. 9-10, 2024

Sherman, TX **NEW Store Location**

1902 Texoma Parkway

Sherman, TX 75090

(903) 891-8300

Friday, February 9, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, February 10, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

• 30% OFF All SRP Fittings and 20% OFF Most SRP Parts

• 10% OFF Almost Everything Else, including Hoosier Tires (in above store only)

• FREE Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, February 10

We wish you all a fun and safe 2024 racing season & we hope to see you at the Smiley’s Racing Products and Hoosier Tire Southwest Pre-Season Sale coming soon!

 

 

RACING AMERICA PARTNERS WITH MUST SEE RACING IN 2024

(January 16, 2024) The Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit today announced they have in place a live streaming partnership with Racing America for the 2024 season. The partnership will see Racing America live stream 8 events from the MSR schedule in 2024. This will be the first time in the history of the series they have had an exclusive live streaming partner.

“We are really excited to be live streaming eight of our Must See Racing events on Racing America in 2024” explained MSR President Jim Hanks.

“Showcasing the MSR record setting pavement winged sprint car racing with our marketing partners American Racer, Engine Pro Perfit and their supply partners on Racing America’s first-class programming and distribution significantly expands our brand of racing entertainment and fan base across the country.

Our race teams from across the USA and Canada are all looking forward to the upcoming season with the RA live streaming available to their fans”.

Racing America Director of Broadcasting Alan Dietz explained the reasoning for adding MSR to the fold.

“We’re looking to expand our subscriber base. Must See Racing is just a part of what we’re doing in open wheel racing, that’s part of a bigger strategy for us going into 2024 and beyond. The winged sprint cars of Must See Racing are fast and exciting. I think it’s a form of racing our existing subscribers will appreciate. If you’re a pavement open wheel fan, there’s gonna be plenty of that in the near future on Racing America”.

The schedule of MSR events that will be live streamed will be announced soon. The first event scheduled to be live streamed will be the March 2, 2004, non-points “Children’s Dream Fund 50” from Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The 50-lap $5,000-to-win event will be co-sanctioned with the Florida based Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series. The event is expected to draw some of the top winged pavement sprint car teams from across the country.

For more details on Racing America including subscription options please visit https://www.racingamerica.com/watch

 

 

Austin Torgerson Runs Some Early Saturday Alphabet Soup at 2024 Chili Bowl

PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to action at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals for the first time since the 2022 edition, Austin Torgerson teamed up with Mounce/Stout Motorsports and made a little run through the Saturday morning alphabet at the star-studded event.

Kicking is week off on Monday night for preliminary night action, Torgerson lined up in the third row of his heat race aboard the Mounce/Stout Motorsports No. 88 entry.

From the fifth starting position, Torgerson battled hard as he adapted to a midget and with his seventh-place finish, he moved into one of Monday’s twin ‘C’ Main events.

Taking the green flag from his fourth row starting position in the ‘C’, Torgerson made some nice moves early as he was up and battling for a potential transfer position in the first few laps.

Battling for third on the fifth lap, close quarters racing led to contact with Torgerson taking most of the impact and severe front end damage brought his night to an end.

Set for an early start on Saturday, Torgerson was focused on making a run through some of the early alphabet, and he did just that.

With his finale kicking off in the “O” Main, Torgerson lined up in the fifth starting position and was able to work his way up to a second place finish and transfer into the ‘N’.

Lining up 10th, Torgerson continued to gain comfort and confidence in his Mounce/Stout Motorsports prepared midget as he carved his way forward to a fourth-place finish and moved into the ‘M’.

Mired at the back of the pack and in 12th, Torgerson again put on a nice charge through the field as he fought to keep his event alive. Picking up a sixth place finish, he successfully moved into his fourth race of the day as he lined up 16th in the ‘L’.

With the track changing drastically for the ‘L’ Torgerson still have it his all as he raced his way up to 10th in the closing laps. However, issues did arise that brough his race to an early end, as he capped his Chili Bowl off in the ‘L’.

ON TAP: Austin Torgerson will be idle the next month before returning to action Feb 15-17 at Adobe Mountain Speedway.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Austin Torgerson by following Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.

 

 

Ashton Torgerson’s 11th Place Prelim Finish Leads to 11th Place Finish in Chili Bowl C Main

PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, OK fresh off his first career Tulsa Shootout win, Ashton Torgerson teamed up with Mounce/Stout Motorsports for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals where his 11th place finish during the feature event on his prelim night, led to an 11th place finish in the Saturday night ‘C’ Main.

Hitting the dirt on Thursday night looking to set himself up in a prime position for Saturday’s finale, Torgerson lined the Mounce/Stout Motorsports No. 02 up on the front row of his heat race.

Settling into second when the race went green, Torgerson battled hard with eventual winner, Andrew Deal before settling for a second place finish.

Moving into a qualifier race, the Glendale, AZ driver lined up on the pole looking for a win to add to his point total. Battling with veteran racer CJ Leary, Torgerson ran hard in second as he chased after the USAC National series regular.

Finishing second, Torgerson ended up 13th in nightly points which was good enough to lock him directly into the 30-lap Thursday night feature event where he took the green flag from the seventh row.

From his 13th starting position, Torgerson went to work on the tight confines of the Tulsa Expo Raceway as he was able to jump into 12th in the opening stanzas of the race. Spending much of the feature running in 12th, Torgerson did slip back to 13th on the 20th circuit, but was able to throw a couple of counter punches as he powered into 11th with four to go.

Jockeying for the 11th position over the final three laps, Torgerson was able to win the battle, finish 11th, and lock into the Saturday night ‘C’ Main.

Heading into Saturday night, Torgerson hit the track in the early evening as he was in the sixth row for ‘C’ Main No. 1 as he had hopes of working through some of the famed ‘alphabet soup’ to earn a berth in the 55-lap feature event.

In the star studded ‘C’, Torgerson got off to a quick start as he jumped into ninth on the race’s opening lap but was back to 11th at the halfway point. Searching the Tulsa Expo Raceway trying to find a line to make up some ground late in the race, Torgerson went on to cap night off with an 11th place finish in the ‘C’.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 6, Wins- 1, Top 5’s- 1, Top 10’s- 1

ON TAP: Ashton Torgerson returns to action Feb 15-17 at Adobe Mountain Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.

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OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY INFORMATION & REGISTRATION MEETINGS SET FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

OHSWEKEN, Ont. (January 17, 2024) – Ohsweken Speedway officials will be holding pre-season information and registration meetings on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at the Glenn Styres Racing shop located at 2159 Fourth Line in Ohsweken, Ontario.

Ohsweken Speedway teams are welcome to bring their questions or concerns to this pre-season information session for weekly Friday Night Excitement divisions.

Thursday Night Micro Sprint officials will be on hand to discuss the 2024 Micro Sprint program and answer any questions.

Grandstand Season Passes and Pit Registrations for the 2024 Ohsweken Speedway season will be available for purchase. Payments can be made via cash, cheque, debit card, or credit card.

Registration forms for drivers and crew are available at the following link: https://ohswekenspeedway.ca/membership-form/ (found on the Ohsweken Speedway website under Competitor Info > Membership Forms)

LOCATION:
Glenn Styres Racing
2159 Fourth Line
Ohsweken ON N0A 1M0

DATE:
Sunday, February 25, 2024

TIMES:
12:00pm to 4:00pm – Registration for all Ohsweken Speedway race teams
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Micro Sprints meeting
2:00pm to 3:00pm – 360 Sprint Cars & Crate Sprint Cars meeting
3:00pm to 4:00pm – Mini Stocks & Thunder Stocks meeting

The meetings will be carried as live infocasts on www.GForceTV.net and the Ohsweken Speedway Facebook page for those that cannot attend in person.

Ohsweken Speedway Media
Website: www.ohswekenspeedway.ca
Facebook: OHSWEKENSPEEDWAY
Twitter: @OhswekenSpdway
Instagram: @ohswekenspeedway
YouTube: GForceTV

About Ohsweken Speedway: Opened in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex and event centre featuring a 3/8 mile clay oval auto racing track and 1/6 mile clay oval Micro Sprint and Karting track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday Night Excitement racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, and Mini Stocks, while the facility also hosts weekly Micro Sprint and Kart racing on Thursday nights. Several major events highlight the annual schedule including the track’s signature event – the Northern Sprint Car Nationals.

 

 

Joel Myers Jr 2nd With War of the Wings

PETERSEN MEDIA: Getting his 2024 season officially underway on Saturday night in Greymouth, NZ, Joel Myers Jr continued his string of strong runs as he picked up a second place finish during War of the Wings action.

“We had good car speed all night long, we just got beat in the feature event,” Joel Myers Jr said. “He was just a little bit better than us, and I didn’t have anything for him in the ‘A’.”

Myers Jr kicked the night of by earning quick time honors aboard his The Ranch Bar and Grill/Suck It Up backed No. 46Jr.

Moving into heat race competition, the Sebastopol, CA driver raced his way to the important win before pocketing a fifth-place finish in his fully inverted second heat race.

Earning a berth in the Dash, Myers Jr picked up the win and earned the pole for the impending War of the Wings feature event.

When the race went green, Myers Jr settled into second as he chased after race leader, Max Guilford. While able to keep pace with Guilford, Myers Jr was unable to mount any serious charges at him as searched all over the Greenstone Park Speedway surface.

Settling for a second place finish, Myers was able to add to his series points lead as they head back to Ruapuna Speedway this weekend.

“It was a solid night, and a night that gives me a lot of confidence heading back to Ruapuna Speedway this weekend,” Myers Jr said. “It has been a lot of fun here so far, and hoping to pick up a few more wins before my trip ends.”

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 1, Wins-0, Top-5’s- 1, Top-10’s-1

ON TAP: Myers Jr is right back in action on Saturday night for more War of the Wings action at Ruapuna Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

To grab your Joel Myers Jr Merchandise, click over to www.shopjoelmyersjr.com

 

 

HIGH BANKS HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT SIX

​ BELLEVILLE, KANSAS – January 17, 2024 – Six new inductees will be enshrined in the High Banks Hall of Fame in Belleville, Kansas on Saturday, August 3, 2024. This will be the 24th class for the Hall, which held its first induction in 1999.​

The 2024 inductees are:​

John Allen – This Chanute, Kansas driver won nine career features at the High Banks, the most all time in the modified ranks. Allen scored more than 250 feature wins and was a three-time NCRA Modified champion.

Renn Allsman – Belleville native became one of the fastest Late Model racers in the history of the High Banks in the 1970s. Allsman set and reset track records at a pace not seen before or since.

Mearl Holbrook – Mearl was an early member of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Association and was active in their PR work. Holbrook wore many hats as an official with the Big Car Racing Association beginning in 1963. He was also involved with the National Championship Racing Association and covered racing for National Speed Sport News.

Junior Parkinson - Junior grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and learned to race under the wing of his Hall of Fame father, Ralph Sr. Junior won with IMCA, Knoxville, I 70 Speedway and finished second to Jan Opperman in the 1973 All Star Series. Junior and his father, Ralph are the only father/son combo to win features in Big Car Racing Association.

Rick Salem – Following a stellar supermodified, sprint and midget racing career, Salem founded the United Rebel Sprint Series in 2005. The URSS has been sanctioning races at Belleville since 2010 and has been the sanctioning body for the Belleville 305 Sprint Nationals since its beginning in 2018.

Pat Sullivan – Sullivan has earned so many accolades in his career it is hard to keep track of them all. A six-time Media Member of the Year, Sullivan is the voice of the USAC Silver Crown Series and has announced and written about nearly every form of racing, from Indy Cars to Three Quarter midgets.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Belleville High School Auditorium, at 11:00am. Admission is free to the public and a goodwill donation is requested.

 

 

Newlin Building the Foundation for Future 410 Sprint Car Success in Central PA
Get Your Tickets Now: Team’s Annual Cash Bingo Event Fast Approaching

Millerstown, PA – January 17, 2023

by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt

Zach Newlin spent most of the 2023 season working to pull his own 410 sprint car team together. It proved to take longer than hoped but the team did manage to make it to the track three times late in the season.

The preparation has continued throughout this offseason, and while Newlin has limited resources, he has been working hard to build depth where he can and fans should expect to see more of Newlin in his 410 sprint car in 2024.

There are plenty of other updates from the Zach Newlin Racing camp to share this winter too.

YOU WIN, THEY WIN!

Racers don’t often get the opportunity to hang out and have fun with their fans, family, and friends. Every winter, Zach Newlin and the entire Newlin Racing family try to remedy that by hosting a fun night

The night features bingo with cash prizes, door prizes, 50/50 drawings, a Chinese auction, and tear-off tickets.

Not only is it a fun night of games, but the annual event helps Newlin Racing support some of the costs of their program.

Everyone knows how expensive racing is these days. It doesn’t matter if you are running a go-kart like Caleb Newlin or a full-blown sprint car like his father, Zach Newlin, it takes funding to get to the track.

The entire event is a win for fans and a win for Newlin Racing. Come out and support a long-time Central Pennsylvania racing family.

The event will be held at the Millerstown (PA) Moose on Saturday, January 27th. Doors open at noon with festivities kicking off at 1pm.

Advance tickets are $25. Only 300 tickets will be sold. If available, tickets will be $30 at the door. Interested fans can message Newlin Racing or Zach Newlin Racing on Facebook to get tickets.

Tickets are also available at the Millerstown Moose, Ron’s RV Sales in Mifflintown, and The Podium Awards in Newport.

Fans can find all the latest information on the ‘Newlin Racing Cash Bingo’ event on the Newlin Racing Facebook page.

358 PLANS

Before we get into Newlin’s 410 sprint car plans for 2024, we want to fill fans in on another part of his schedule.

‘Zach Daddy’ as he is known to his fans, will return to the seat of Dan Mansberger’s No.21m 358 sprint car to compete in all the Williams Grove Speedway dates for the division.

The pairing had a solid season in 2023, capturing one victory and finishing 6th in the season point standings at ‘The Grove’.

“We enjoy running with Dan, so I’m really happy to be back in his car again.”, Newlin said.

“This will be our 4th year together. We struggled with mechanical issues our first couple of years but last year we overcame that. We were competitive almost every week in 2023. I’m looking forward to 2024. I think we can run up front and get Dan back to victory lane again.“

410 PLANS

Last season, Newlin was aiming to get his own family-owned 11z team put together with a 410 bullet under the hood by early summer but parts delays, funding and other issues kept delaying his debut. The team did manage three starts before the season closed, one of them unfortunately ending early with a part failure in hot laps.

In 2024, Newlin is set to race the Ron’s RV Sales, Butler Hill Maple Farm, Tuscarora Roofing Co., Dillman Hauling, Precision Auto Repair Services, Christine Booker Realtor, Newlin Bar Service No.11z on a regular basis from the start of the season.

That said, Newlin will need to be selective when and where he competes to ensure he makes the most of his equipment and gives himself the best chance to build on what he has.

With only their smaller engine available, ZNR’s schedule options will be a bit limited. As of now, plans are to compete at BAPS Motor Speedway’s 410 sprint car shows, plus some additional mid-summer dates at Port Royal Speedway. Newlin is hoping the team’s other engine is done soon so the team will be able to add more dates to their schedule.

“This will be a learning and building year for us, so our main goals are just to be at the track as much as we are able and get as many laps as we can.“, Newlin commented. “We are also going to make sure we promote our partners. We wouldn’t be able to do this without them. I can’t thank those folks enough. Last year was disappointing because we wanted to race more but things we couldn’t control kept us from doing that.

“Our partners have stayed behind us and continued to believe in what we are trying to build, so we are going to make sure to take care of them.“

PARTNERS ARE FAMILY

Speaking of marketing partners, Newlin will welcome back several key supporters in 2024.

Ron’s RV Sales of Mifflintown is back as a primary partner. Ron’s RV Sales is a retirement hobby that has become a passion. After retiring from Snedeker Energy in early 2020, Ron decided to buy some RVs and start a little business as a hobby. While the business has grown, Ron is still dedicated to helping people find the RV that’s right for them. You won’t find high-pressure salespeople or big mark-ups, just honest prices and a great selection of travel trailers, motorhomes, utility trailers, golf carts, and more. You can find them online at RonsRVSales.com, call 717-436-6514, or stop by 349 Industrial Park Road, Mifflintown, PA.

Also returning is Butler Hill Maple Farm, which is owned and operated by U.S. Army veteran Corrie Bacon. As a child, Corrie helped his dad make maple syrup. Prior to his retirement following 31 years of service, he purchased land and the maple business from his lifelong friend. Since then, Butler Hill Maple Farm has been offering pure Pennsylvania maple syrup in three grades: Golden Delicate, Amber Rich, Dark Robust and Very Dark, Very Strong.

Race fans will also find Butler Hill Maple Farm has special edition bottles etched with sprint cars, late models and modifieds! All these items are available for shipping in their company store online, and at events throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the DC area. Visit ButlerHillMapleFarm.com to learn more and get your favorite products today! You can also call Corrie’s customer service at 607-426-5820, email butlerhillmaplefarm@gmail.com or find Butler Hill Maple Farm on Facebook.

Tuscarora Roofing, a full service roofing company based in Blain, PA, is back for Newlin’s 2024 campaign. If your roof needs some attention or a full replacement, contact them today! Tuscarora Roofing can be found on Facebook or reached at (717) 512-5340.

Dillman Hauling will continue their support of Newlin for the fifth consecutive season. Dillman Hauling, LLC. has been offering clients throughout Perry County and the surrounding area quality transportation of materials since 2018. They offer Tri-Axle hauling for stone, shale, sand, topsoil, fill, etc. Visit them on Facebook to learn more or give them a call at 717-275-3454 today!

A number of other invaluable partners and product sponsors will also return to the team, including Precision Auto Repair Services, Christine Booher – Realtor, Safety-Kleen, Strange Oval, Walker Performance Filtration, Newlin Bar Service, The Podium Awards, Nesbit Innovations and Deimler Chiropractic.

“We welcome inquiries about our available partnerships. As we work to build this team into a weekly competitor, we are open to building custom packages to best meet the goals of businesses interested in getting involved in our family-owned team.“, Newlin said.

“Our partners become part of our racing family. That’s the type of atmosphere we want to maintain in our pit area, at our shop and anywhere we go.”

Marketing partnership opportunities are available for the 2024 season!

Zach Newlin Racing can be contacted at ZachNewlin@gmail.com.

Learn more about Zach Newlin at: A2DPR.com/ZachNewlin

Follow Zach Newlin’s season at: A2DPR.com/latest-news

Zach Newlin Racing on Facebook: Facebook.com/ZachNewlinRacing

Zach Newlin Racing on Twitter: Twitter.com/ZachDaddyRacing

Broadcast coverage of Williams Grove Speedway events is available at DirtVision.com

Broadcast coverage of Port Royal Speedway events is available at FloRacing.com
THANKS TO ZACH’S PARTNERS!
Ron’s RV Sales
Butler Hill Maple Farm
Tuscarora Roofing Co.
Dillman Hauling
Precision Auto Repair Services
Christine Booher, Realtor
Safety-Kleen
Strange Oval
Walker Performance Filtration
Newlin Bar Service
The Podium Awards
Nesbit Innovations
Deimler Chiropractic

 

 

 

POWRi 305 Sprint Series 2024 Seasonal Schedule

Belleville, IL. (1/16/2024) Scaling back in 2024 while adhering to the requests of competitors to meet the demand for cost-effective and competitive sprint car racing throughout the Show-Me State, the POWRi 305 Sprint Series will return with an exciting and enticing eight-event showcase schedule.

Beginning the season with a return to I-70 Speedway in Odessa Missouri for the Second Annual Open Wheel Classic on Saturday, April 20th the POWRi 305 Sprint Series will finalize their yearly Odessa Missouri appearances in the POWRi Double on Saturday, September 28th.

Returning for six separate nightly visits to Lake Ozark Speedway as the POWRi home facility, ‘The Lake’ 305 Sprint dates will scatter throughout the season including Wing-Fest on May 25-26, the Second Annual Triple Sprint Showdown on August 31-September 1, as well as the Championship Weekend slated to complete the season on November 1-2.

Primarily focused on a multi-day event or Saturday-Only yearly agenda, venues planning on participating in the second season of the POWRi 305 Sprint Series include I-70 Speedway and Lake Ozark Speedway with other facilities in negotiations as tracks form their 2024 schedules.

POWRi 305 Sprint Series 2024 Schedule:
4/20/2024 | I-70 Speedway | Odessa, MO
5/25/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
5/26/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
8/31/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
9/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
9/28/2024 | I-70 Speedway | Odessa, MO
11/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
11/2/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations with TBA events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed. To be eligible for the point fund, members must participate in at least 80% of the completed events during the season. POWRi Memberships are available online at https://www.myracepass.com/series/1572/registrations/.

Rules and guidelines are available online at http://www.powri.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=786421. All entrants are required to present a valid hard card/identification of a sealed engine to assist in tech inspection.

Tracks and competitors that want more information about the growth of the POWRi 305 Sprint Series can reach POWRi for details about sanctioning, memberships, schedules, and more at www.powri.com/contact.

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Follow along for more information such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, and on Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

Zearfoss caps USA vs WA Speedweek with podium at Perth; Presidents Cup, Kings Challenge, Sprintcar Classic all on deck

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, Pa. (January 14, 2024) – Consistency is always the key, and for Brock Zearfoss and Australian car owner, Sean Carren, consistency has been a part of their program since the beginning, ultimately capping the final two rounds of USA vs WA Sprintcar Speedweek with back-to-back podium finishes, concluding their overall Speedweek campaign with a fourth-place finish in the final standings.

Zearfoss, ace of the Goldstar Transport, PTR Finance Group, Valvoline, MPM Diesel, Dandelions WA, Velocity Truck Centers, Daimler Trucks Perth, No. USA95 sprint car, finished third in the aforementioned starts, the first in Bunbury’s Summer Slam on January 6, and the second in Perth Motorplex’ Speedweek finale on January 13. The “Jonestown Jet” qualified for Dash action on each occasion, eventually translating into starting spots within the first two rows.

In all, it was a successful Speedweek campaign for Zearfoss, who earned five top-ten finishes in the six-round schedule, four of which recorded within the top five.

“To end our USA vs WA Speedweek with a podium finish is pretty special. We wanted some wins, but we’ll be grateful with our accomplishments and move forward,” Zearfoss, a former WA Speedweek and Port Royal Speedway champion, explained. “We have a massive week ahead. The Presidents Cup, Kings Challenge, Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic…a lot of prestige in these three events so we’re going to do everything we can to be in the mix. Sean Carren and the entire team bust their butts to give me a car that can be competitive night in and night out. I’m ready to get rollin’.”

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Premier Speedway, perhaps the Super Bowl of Australian sprint car racing, will feature over 100 competitors, all vying for the $40,000 top prize to be awarded on Sunday, January 21.

Upcoming Agenda: January 17 | Presidents Cup | Avalon Raceway | Victoria, Australia January 18 | Kings Challenge | Borderline Speedway | Mount Gambier, South Australia Jan 19-21 | Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic | Premier Speedway | Warrnambool, Australia

SPECIAL THANKS: Brock Zearfoss and Sean Carren would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: Goldstar Transport, PTR Finance Group, Valvoline, MPM Diesel, Dandelions WA, Velocity Truck Centers, Daimler Trucks Perth

Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill, Heavy Equipment, Loaders & Parts Inc., C&D Rigging Inc., Klick Lewis Cars, J.P. Adamsky Trucking, Milton Hershey School, EnTrust IT Solutions, Berkebile Oil Company, XXX Race Company, K1 RaceGear, BK Titanium, AL Driveline, Bruce’s Speed Shop, Walker Performance Filtration, Bell Helmets, System 1 Pro Ignition, Allstar Performance, Wilwood, FK Rod Ends, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, and CSI Shocks.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Press: www.fullyinjected.com Online Home: www.brockzearfoss.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/brock_zearfoss Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockzearfossracing Merchandise: http://www.brockzearfoss.com/shopping/

BROADCAST COVERAGE: Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com. Watch Brock Zearfoss in Australia at www.clayperview.com.

STATS: 2023/2024 Brock Zearfoss Racing Australia Stats: Wins: 0 Top-5s: 4 Top-10s: 5

2023/2024 AUSTRALIA HIGHLIGHTS: Finished fourth in the opening round of Maddington Toyota Sprintcars – USA vs WA Sprintcar Speedweek at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach, Western Australia, on Tuesday, December 26. Finished sixth at Bunbury Speedway in Bunbury, Western Australia, on Monday, January 1. Finished fourth at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach, Western Australia, on Tuesday, January 2. Finished third in the final two rounds of USA vs WA Sprintcar Speedweek; January 6 in the Bunbury Summer Slam and January 13 at Perth Motorplex.

 

 

LET IT BEGIN: Double-D set for full Florida campaign

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (January 15, 2024) – Another season is just around the corner for Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing, and as tradition has it, “Double-D” will kick-off competition with a trip to the Sunshine State, ready to battle head-to-head with not only the Greatest Show On Dirt, but also the High Limit Sprint Car Series.

Dietrich, who concluded his 2023 campaign with a $25,000 victory at BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 11, will ignite his Florida visit with DIRTcar Nationals competition at Volusia Speedway Park, all of which activating officially with an open practice session on Tuesday, February 6. Four straight days of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series action will follow on Wednesday through Saturday, February 7-10.

Once DIRTcar Nationals action is complete, Double-D will switch directions and head southwest, anxious to join the High Limit Sprint Car Series in a two-day attack at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13.

“We’re ready to get started,” Danny Dietrich, ace of the Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, No. 48 sprint car, expressed. “We always look forward to getting to Florida. It gives us the opportunity to shake things down and get a feel for the car before things get rolling in Pennsylvania. We have some new partners on board, as well as a ton of great returning support, so it’s nice to get them some additional exposure. We’re going to roll down there ready to go and hopefully kick things off in a great way.”

Despite Dietrich’s Florida visit limited to just once a year, the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native has certainly found comfort, scoring a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series podium finish in their respective 2023 DIRTcar Nationals opener; one of seven top-tens with the Greatest Show On Dirt in 2023.

As it stands, Dietrich will kick-off his Pennsylvania schedule with Lincoln Speedway’s annual Icebreaker on February 24-25. Traditionally a one-day show, the now two-day Icebreaker Weekend will award $5,000-to-win each.

2024 Florida Agenda: February 6: Volusia Speedway Park [Practice] February 7: Volusia Speedway Park February 8: Volusia Speedway Park February 9: Volusia Speedway Park February 10: Volusia Speedway Park February 12: East Bay Raceway Park February 13: East Bay Raceway Park

SPECIAL THANKS: Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, York Excavating, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive Inc, Blud Lubricants.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/gkrracing X: www.twitter.com/dannydietrich Merchandise: www.dannydietrich.com/merch News: www.dannydietrich.com News: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE: Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com. Watch Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway online at www.floracing.com. Watch Williams Grove Speedway online at www.dirtvision.com. Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

OPEN WHEEL SHOWDOWN UNVEILS NEW DATE AND VENUE FOR 2024

IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA (January 15, 2024) - Davey Hamilton Jr. has officially shared updates on the second annual Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown, revealing an exciting new location and date for 2024. Scheduled from November 22-24, 2024, at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California, this year's Open Wheel Showdown promises to deliver thrilling action on the half-mile progressively banked oval.

The weekend’s lineup will consist of Super Modifieds, National Midgets, and, of course, the Winged Pavement Sprint Cars. Once again, the winner of the National Midget main event will receive $10,000 and the Sprint Car winner will take home $50,000. Hamilton also announced his team is working hard to ensure all teams who do not advance to the A-main will still receive prize money, with the complete purse breakdown set to be unveiled soon.

The shift in date to a Friday through Sunday format strategically positions the event between the USAC National Midget Series West Coast Swing and the renowned annual Turkey Night Grand Prix, offering fans a week filled with diverse open-wheel racing.

Irwindale Speedway, renowned for hosting numerous USAC National and Western States Midget Series events, will witness the return of National Midgets to its racy ˝ mile progressive-banked oval, a sight unseen since the 2011 Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Midgets have left an indelible mark on the speedway's 25-year history, with the late Dave Steele clinching the victory in the inaugural event in March 1999, marking the opening of Irwindale Speedway with a USAC Western States Midget triumph. The upcoming Open Wheel Showdown also marks the revival of winged sprint cars at Irwindale Speedway, absent since 2019 when Bobby Santos III secured a King of the Wing event on November 10.

The commencement of the entry process for the 2024 Open Wheel Showdown is scheduled for February 1. Teams are encouraged to promptly submit their entries as sprint car entries are limited to 65, owing to pit constraints. Sales for RV spots will also begin on February 1, while ticket sales will be made available closer to the event.

Expressing his excitement about the venue change, Davey Hamilton Jr. stated, "I am thrilled to bring the Open Wheel Showdown to Irwindale Speedway, ensuring great racing and an exceptional fan experience. After an incredible debut last year, we are upping the ante with an expanded purse in 2024. A heartfelt thank you to Tim and everyone at Irwindale Speedway for making this possible."

For further details on the second annual Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown or to submit an official entry for this year’s event, visit www.openwheelshowdown.com. Entry opens on February 1st

 

 

Eastern Motorsport Press Association Celebrates Excellence and Professionalism at 51st Convention

(Wilkes-Barre, PA) When Jonathan Swift said ‘everything old is new again’ in the 1700’s, the 51st Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) convention proved he was right. With new business sponsors joining our longtime supporters, new winners of the organization’s various contests, a new Saturday format, new Association members in attendance, and a new venue, superior teamwork combined to make what several said was the best-ever EMPA convention. That’s a home run in another sport, but for motorsports professionals it was a checkered flag.

Members and supporters gathered at the Holiday Inn East Mountain in Wilkes-Barre, PA for a weekend that annually blends work with celebration. The event is made possible because of support from the business community and individuals involved in some aspect of motorsports.

The induction of outstanding individuals into the EMPA Hall of Fame is the weekend’s crown jewel event. This year two asphalt racers (George Kent and the late Ted Christopher), two dirt racers (Brett Hearn and Billy Pauch, Sr.) and two motorsports professionals (writer Ron Hedger and photographer Ace Lane, Jr.) received the most votes from EMPA members and are now in the hall.

Hearn remarked that when you’re racing you don’t think about what you’ve done, you think about what you’re going to do. Pauch said the EMPA membership made drivers like him heroes by what they wrote and the pictures they took. Emotions took over during a pair of acceptance speeches. Mike Christopher accepted the award for his late twin brother, Ted, while Lane mentioned how many photographers his late father had inspired during his own Hall of Fame career.

EMPA’s President, Dino Oberto, kicked things off by welcoming everyone to the convention during the Friday evening Belmont’s Garage Champions Night. This event was added several years ago as a way to interview various track champions during the recently completed season. He, Carol Houssock and Earl Krause interviewed Micah Adams (Evergreen Raceway), Brett Tonkin (Penn Can/Afton), Zane Zeiner (ROC Modified Series), Logan Watt (Grandview), Nick Robinson (Chemung Speedrome), Josh Patterson (East Coast TQ Midgets), Ryan Godown (Georgetown/New Egypt), and Buddy Sload (ATQMRA).

Saturday morning press conferences featured Mike Lewis from Dover Motor Speedway, Kyle Taraska from the ATQMRA, Chris Dolack from World Racing Group, and Steven Ovens from Land of Legends Raceway. Each spoke highlighted 2023 and provided information on the upcoming season. Ovens presented data from their video coverage, which is free and proving beneficial for racers seeking sponsorship.

EMPA’s Vice President, Karl Fredrickson, introduced the keynote speaker, Dave Argabright. He spoke about his entrance into motorsports and how communicating with the public has changed over the years. He kept the audience engaged with his light-hearted stories of working with the likes of Chris Economaki, as a columnist and later as author of a book on the legendary man. Argabright told the members that you have to be unique, entertaining, relevant and informative. He added that he is most proud that the racing community accepted him.

Bob Stephens, a retired pilot and former race car owner, joined Argabright and Ovens in a panel discussion on the changing world of motorsports media. Stephens,

who spent years as a member of the distinguished Blue Angels and flew for Southwest Airlines for over 30 years, shared what he sees as almost one-to-one similarities between being in the military and NASCAR Cup racing. He stated that each requires a high level of professionalism and reliance on a team for success. The panel then discussed artificial intelligence, which is certain to infiltrate and appeal to some who accept nonsense. Argabright added the importance of works like credibility, accountability and integrity when putting your name to what you write or shoot as a photographer. Ovens emphasized the importance of getting the word out.

Oberto mentioned three awards to close out the morning session. He recognized Rich Corbett, now living in Florida, with a President’s Award for his dedication to, and marketing of, EMPA. Corbett recruits new members on an ongoing basis. Carol Houssock accepted George Kent’s Hall of Fame award. Kent had planned to attend but a medical issue prevented travel. She will present the statue to Kent at the upcoming Chemung Speedrome banquet. Pete MacDonald received the Howie and Mary Hodge photography award from Mike Jaworecki, Sr.

Oberto facilitated an engaging afternoon discussion among three book authors in attendance. Dave Argabright, Buffy Swanson, and Jim (JK) Kelly spoke of the arduous task of actually writing a book, from coming up with the idea or subject, through distribution. They agreed there is no one way to do. Those writing fiction have to paint the whole story, while non-fiction books required careful photo selection. Even coming up with a title can be as simple as hearing a phrase or having ideas just come to them. This discussion was very well received by the membership.

Saturday evening was all about awards. Those going in the Hall of Fame received their hardware and spoke a few words. Emcee and President Dino Oberto then moved in to the presentation of driver, member and other awards listed below. Matt Hirschman and Matt Sheppard were on hand, just as they were a year ago, to receive hardware for being voted the Northeast asphalt and dirt drivers of the year. Both repeated a prior season of excellence and incredible numbers. Ryan Blaney and Ricky Thornton, Jr. were voted the National asphalt and dirt drivers of the year. Blaney sent a video thanking the membership for their votes, saying it was special to receive this award from an organization where both his father and grandfather are in the EMPA Hall of Fame.

Reviews of the weekend have come in swiftly, with many saying they had attended the best convention ever. EMPA remains dedicated to promoting the best in motorsports through its professional, associate and corporate members.

2023 Pocono Raceway/EMPA Writer’s Contest

Feature: 1st Ron Hedger (Speed Sport Insider), 2nd Thomas Pope (Speedway Illustrated), 3rd Mike Adaskaveg (Outsidegroove.com)

Column: 1st Dan Anderson (Speedway Illustrated), 2nd Scott Walsh (Scranton Times-Tribune), 3rd Karl Fredrickson (Speedway Illustrated)

Personality Profile: 1st Carol Houssock (Speedway Illustrated), 2nd Mike Adaskaveg (Outsidegroove.com), 3rd Bobby Chalmers (Race Pro Weekly)

Race Report: 1st Scott Walsh (Scranton Times-Tribune), 2nd Nick Graziano (Worldofoutlaws.com), 3rd Ron Hedger (Speedsport.com)

News: 1st Scott Walsh (Scranton Times-Tribune), 2nd Mike Adaskaveg (Outsidegroove.com), 3rd Len Sammons (Area Auto Racing News)

2023 Brice’s NAPA Auto Photography Contest

Action: 1st Brent Smith, 2nd Harry Meeks, 3rd Brent Smith, honorable mention Tommy Lane, Jack Kromer

Action Sequence: 1st Duane Canfield, 2nd Jim Smith, 3rd Harry Meeks, honorable mention Debbie Gastelu

Crash Action: 1st Bobby Chalmers, 2nd Todd Dziadosz, 3rd Peter MacDonald, honorable mention Evan Canfield, Bob Yurko

Feature: 1st Jack Kromer, 2nd Bob Yurko, 3rd Walt Smith, honorable mention Tommy Lane, Duane Canfield

Picture Story: 1st Bob Yurko, 2nd Erika Bye, 3rd Paul Arch, honorable mention Paul Arch (2)

Portrait & Personality: 1st Jack Kromer, 2nd Bob Yurko, 3rd Matt Butcosk, honorable mention Duane Canfield, Brent Smith, Matt Butcosk

Pure Art: 1st Duane Canfield, 2nd Matt Butcosk, 3rd Brent Smith, honorable mention Debbie Gastelu, Walt Smith, Kristen Cocca

Unpublished Color: 1st Brent Smith, 2nd Todd Dziadosz, 3rd Brent Smith, honorable mention Micah Adams, Todd Dziadosz, Jeremy Zarfus

Portfolio: Brent Smith

Best of Show: Brent Smith

EMPA Hall of Fame: Ted Christopher, Brett Hearn, Ron Hedger, George Kent, Ace Lane, Jr., Billy Pauch, Sr.

Junie Dunlevy Spirit of the Sport: Red Farmer

Janice Brice photo award: Matt Butcosk

John Blewett III Young Gun, Presented by New England Race Fuels: Austin Beers

Jerry Reigle Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing: Allan Holland

Richie Evans Northeast Asphalt Driver of the Year: Matt Hirschman

Richie Evans Northeast Dirt Driver of the Year: Matt Sheppard

Al Holbert National Dirt Driver of the Year: Ricky Thornton Jr.

Al Holbert National Asphalt Driver of the Year; Ryan Blaney

Chris Economaki Newsmaker of the Year: High Limit Sprint Car Series

Ace Lane, Sr. Photographer of the Year: Evan Canfield

Jim Hunter Writer of the Year: Bruce Bennett

President’s Award: Rich Corbett

Howie and Mary Hodge Photo: Pete MacDonald

 

 

KINGSHOTT PODIUMS; MADSEN READY TO GO

IT has certainly been a busy Christmas-New Year period for the Krikke Motorsport team, but their 2023-24 season is set to get even busier. Following regular team driver Dayne Kingshott continuing his solid season by securing a podium finish overall in the final USA VS WA Speedweek Series point standings, the team will this week be welcoming back Kerry Madsen for a short Australian stint.

After six rounds of the USA VS WA Speedweek Series coming up against some of the world’s best 410 Sprintcar drivers, including Americans Brad Sweet and Rico Abreu, Kingshott managed to perform consistently with numerous impressive results and by virtue of this he finished third in the final USA VS WA Speedweek Series point standings behind winner Callum Williamson and second-placed Abreu. Kingshott had finished in equal second, but he lost the position due to a countback to Abreu.

“This season’s USA VS WA Speedweek Series was by far the toughest it’s ever been, and it was great having the quality of international drivers, like Brad Sweet and Rico Abreu, come over, as their presence certainly helps lift the standard of competition here in Western Australia,” commented Kingshott, whose USA VS WA Speedweek Series highlight came via third-place finish in the fourth round at the Perth Motorplex.

“To finish the USA VS WA Speedweek Series as one of the highest placing locals was a big thrill, and although we had some rounds that were harder than others, the team and I always kept our focus and worked our way back to the front of the field.”

For Kingshott, his USA VS WA Speedweek Series campaign saw him not finish outside the top-10 finishers, following a sixth, a fifth, a ninth, a third, a fifth and a seventh over the six rounds. On occasions during the USA VS WA Speedweek Series, Kingshott was forced to come from deep in the field, but he showed a lot of skill and determination aboard the WA # 2 Mobil 1 / Bunbury Toyota supported Maxim to get back to the pointy end of the field.

As a result of his solid USA VS WA Speedweek Series performance, Kingshott has been able to maintain his current Maddington Toyota Series point standings lead.

“A strong run throughout Speedweek has done our Maddington Toyota Series winning hopes no harm, as we were able to collect a good bag of points at each of the rounds, and the team and I are really pleased about that,” Kingshott commented.

“There were occasions over Speedweek when the team and I had our backs to the wall, but we fought through it and were able to salvage a result, which are moments that can potentially define our team’s Maddington Toyota Series winning hopes at season’s end.”

The focus for the Krikke Motorsport team turns to their east coast trip with star driver Kerry Madsen over the next fortnight. The American-based Australian will reunite with the team to contest this Thursday night’s King’s Challenge at Borderline Speedway (SA), followed by

the Grand Annual Classic at Premier Speedway (Vic) on January 19, 20 and 21, and then the Australian 410 Sprintcar Championship back at Premier Speedway on January 26 and 27.

“We are looking forward to having Kerry back with the team, we had a good run with him last summer here and he’s coming off a good season in America, so we are quietly confident we will be able to hit the ground running,” enthused Krikke Motorsport team manager Ryan Krikke.

“This season’s east coast trip is more experience for our team’s crew chief Matty (Cochrane), as well as our regular team driver Dayne who will be coming over with us to help, so it’s good exposure for them both. Competing in the Grand Annual Classic and the Australian Championship gets us out of our comfort zone, which is important, as it is next level for sure! It’s a very exciting time for the whole team.”

After the Australian Championship weekend with Madsen, the Krikke Motorsport team will return to the west coast, where Kingshott will continue his Maddington Toyota Series campaign with the next round on February 3 at Kingshott and the team’s home track: Bunbury Speedway.

Final USA VS WA Speedweek Series Point Standings (after 6 completed rounds):

1 Callum Williamson - 862 points

2 Rico Abreu - 830

3 Dayne Kingshott - 830

4 Brock Zearfoss - 818

5 Kaiden Manders - 796

Latest Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series Point Standings (after 10 rounds):

1 Dayne Kingshott - 1686 points

2 James Inglis - 1664

3 Brad Maiolo - 1596

4 Kaiden Manders - 1578

5 Jamie Maiolo - 1574

The Krikke Motorsport team would like to thank their 2023-24 season supporters:

• Mobil 1

• Bunbury Toyota

• Maxwill Racing Engines

• PWR Advanced Cooling Technology

• Redline Media

• Hough Cabinets

• RPM Race Products

• Taralea Farm Macadamias

• Performance Racegear

• P1 Advanced Racewear Australia and New Zealand

• Number 4 Composites

• AFCO Shock Doctor

• Resolve Automotive Spraypainters

• Blackbeard Custom Designs

• JP Signs

• www.krikkemotorsport.store

To keep up to date with the Krikke Motorsport team, visit their website at krikkemotorsport.com.au or follow them on their social-media channels – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – by searching Krikke Motorsport.

 

 

IMPRESSIVE SOUTHERN TRIP FOR DAVIS

WHEN it came to expectations recently heading into his first Sprintcar racing trip down into the south-east of Queensland, Brodie Davis hadn’t set any lofty expectations, but he well and truly exceeded them, which included scoring a 410 Sprintcar podium result.

As a relative newcomer to Sprintcar racing, along with being based up in Cairns in North Queensland where he competes between Cairns Speedway and Mareeba Speedway tracks and campaigns a LS powered Sprintcar, the 21-year-old was up against it when he headed on his adventure into south-east Queensland, as he contested the recent $30,000 to win Red Hot Summer Shootout at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway in Queensland and the $10,000 to win Lil Aussie Open at Castrol Lismore Speedway in NSW, but he well and truly stood up to be counted aboard his NQ # 51 Aero6four Racing Products / JG Diesel supported Maxim that is owned by fellow Cairns resident and veteran Sprintcar racer Leigh Holman.

Davis, who has a total of only two seasons to his name in Sprintcars and during this time has taken out a total of a dozen feature-race wins – including the most recent Queensland Title for the Pro Sprint category, proved very competitive throughout the Red Hot Summer Shootout amongst his 410 Sprintcar rivals that consisted of Australia’s and some of America’s best racers, which saw him record solid B-main results. After three consecutive nights of racing, Davis had a night off and then ventured down to Lismore Speedway in northern NSW, and it was where he quickly adapted to the showground track layout and came away with an outstanding third-place finish in the Lil Aussie Open feature race behind two of the country’s top racers in winner Luke Oldfield and current Australian Champion Jock Goodyer in second.

“Sprintcar racing in North Queensland is going along quite well at the moment, especially with the LS engine concept, but the goal for venturing down in south-east Queensland was to expand our knowledge and for me to gain more experience as a driver, as well as help us prepare for the Australian Championship down in Victoria later this season, and we are very happy with how the whole trip panned out,” expressed Davis.

“Running up against some of the world’s best Sprintcar racers was a massive thrill and I learned so much over the four nights of racing. After three encouraging nights at Toowoomba, to head down to Lismore and finish on the podium was one of my career highlights, as the track really suited the car and my driving style, and it rewarded the team and I with a podium result.”

The Holman and Davis families share quite a history together, as Holman in the mid-1990s was the first person to give Brodie’s dad, Scott, his first start in a Sprintcar and Leigh also raced against Brodie’s mother, Heidi, and family, the Jonsson Racing team, during this time, so it’s quite fitting it’s gone full circle over two decades later and Holman is now doing the same with Brodie.

 

 

Tanner Carrick Opens Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Victory Lane Before Finishing 7th in Saturday’s Finale

PETERSEN MEDIA: For the second time in three years, Tanner Carrick was able to celebrate in victory lane during the opening night of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Monday night, Carrick went toe-to-toe with fellow Californian, Shane Golobic, and was able to score his second career prelim win at the prestigious event as it locked him into Saturday’s feature event.

“Prelim nights are everything at Chili Bowl, and the last few years we have been extremely good, you just can’t afford bad luck like we had in 2023,” Tanner Carrick said. “It was great to open the week up with a win, and then keep an eye on the rest of the week knowing we were locked into the big dance.”

Lining the California Waterfowl/D.R. Horton backed No. 98 up in the third row of his heat race, Carrick had his elbows up as he gained three positions and pocketed a second-place finish.

Locking himself into a qualifier, the Lincoln, CA driver continued to flex his muscle aboard his Keith Kunz Motorsports prepared entry as he charged from his fourth starting position to pick up a win as he put himself in very good position for the impending feature event.

Finding himself fourth in nightly points once qualifiers were complete, Carrick was set to take the green flag from the second row for the 30-lap feature event with two lock in positions into Saturday’s ‘A’ up for grabs.

When the race came to life, Carrick admitted to making a few mistakes in the opening circuits as he searched around the race track. Falling back to fifth initially, Carrick was able to settle down and begin his journey to the front as he was up in second on the race’s fifth lap.

Chasing after Cannon McIntosh, Carrick was able to close in on the leader on the 10th lap only to see a caution pause the action, before a lap 12 caution again set up a restart and gave the leaders clear track.

Stalking McIntosh when the action resumed, Carrick made his move on the 14th lap as he was able to get by his KKM teammate and take command of the feature event. A late restart with 24 laps complete saw Golobic take a shot on Carrick for the lead but Carrick was able to counter and keep the top spot, and was then able to fend off one final challenge on the final lap as he went on to claim the victory.

Locked into Saturday’s feature event, Carrick returned to the speedway early Saturday afternoon to take part in the pole shuffle, where a third-place finish put him in the second row for the 55-lap Chili Bowl Midget Nationals feature event.

When the feature event finally came to life Saturday night, Carrick slipped back to fifth where he ran for much of the feature event as he battled hard for positron with some of the best drivers in the world.

Slipping back to sixth on a restart, Carrick fell back as far as ninth as his entry got out of sorts. Settling back in, Carrick was able to work his way back into seventh before rubber on the speedway became a factor and created a single file surface.

When the checkered flag flew, Carrick capped his 2024 Chili Bowl off with a seventh-place finish.

“I am really thankful for KKM and their effort,” Tanner Carrick said. “It is no secret this is a big undertaking for our team, and each year we have strong cars hitting the track night in and night out. I also want to thank CA Waterfowl for coming on board for the week, as well as all of the great people and companies that continue to support me.”

Tanner Carrick would like to thank CVC, Cemex, Interstate Oil, D.R. Horton, Conti, Harris and Sloan, Hanson Truss, Eddie’s Lincoln Auto Body, Simpson Strong-Tie, A&A Concrete Supply, Kaeding Performance, and Arai for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 2, Wins: 1, Top 5’s: 1, Top 10’s: 2

ON TAP: Tanner Carrick will now sit idle until racing action kicks off in CA later this spring.

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Twenty Events Scheduled for POWRi WAR Sprint League in 2024

Belleville, IL. (1/16/24) Setting an eager schedule of twenty highly anticipated events on nine fan-favorite running grounds throughout the Midwest arranges the 2024 yearly racing agenda for the POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League.

Setting a driver-friendly schedule of competition, entrants will see open-wheel action throughout a trio of states including Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky; ranging from late April until early November as the POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League kicks off the season at the Second Annual Open Wheel Classic at I-70 Speedway on Saturday, April 20th.

Continuing with the traditions of previous years, POWRi WAR will return to Callaway Raceway for the first time since 2015 for the MO-Mid State Nationals on Friday, May 3rd followed by the Thirteenth Annual Open Wheel Showdown at the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks’ Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, May 4th.

Working together to strengthen car counts will witness four separate show-up point events to be contended in conjunction with the Western Iowa Non-Wing Sprints, with first-time visits to Shelby County Speedway on Friday, June 14th, and Crawford County Speedway on Saturday, June 15th as well as a weekend debut at Mason City Speedway on July 19-20.

Expanding into the Bluegrass State for the first time in POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint history, the league will debut at Paducah International Raceway on July 12-13 in support of the POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint two-day showcase.

One of the biggest honorary events every year for the POWRi WAR Sprint League continues as the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks hosts the Fourteenth Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial on September 12-14 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland Missouri.

Serving as a staple of the POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League yearly competition, Valley Speedway will once again host the fan-favorite ‘King of Kansas City’ as the penultimate event of 2024 on Saturday, October 5th.

Returning for six separate nightly visits to the POWRi WAR home facility of ‘The Lake’ will scatter throughout the season including the Independence Celebrations on July 5-6, the Sixth Annual Non-Wing Nationals on August 31-September 1, and the Championship Weekend slated to complete the season on November 1-2.

POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League 2024 Schedule:

4/20/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO

5/3/2024 | Callaway Raceway | Fulton, MO

5/4/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

5/26/2024 | Double X Speedway | California, MO

*6/14/2024 | Crawford County Speedway | Denison, IA

*6/15/2024 | Shelby County Speedway | Harlan, IA

7/5/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

7/6/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

7/12/2024 | Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, KY

7/13/2024 | Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, KY

*7/19/2024 | Mason City Speedway | Mason City, IA

*7/20/2024 | Mason City Speedway | Mason City, IA

8/31/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

9/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

9/12/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

9/13/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

9/14/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

10/5/2024 | Valley Speedway | Grain Valley, MO

11/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

11/2/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

*WAR Wildcard Events to be run in conjunction with the Western Iowa Non-Wing Sprints, Show-Up 50-point seasonal events only.

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations with TBA events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed. To be eligible for the point fund, members must participate in at least 80% of the completed events during the season. POWRi Memberships are available online at https://www.myracepass.com/series/1572/registrations/.

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WILLIAM SHINES FOR BOHUD RACING

SINCE the formation of Bohud Racing, the main goal for team owner Scott Jones has been to give young drivers the opportunity to go 410 Sprintcar racing, and the latest example of this came at Nowra Speedway last Saturday night, when substitute driver William Lucas put in a solid performance.

Filling in for regular Bohud Racing team driver Michael Stewart, who was away competing in the Chili Bowl Nationals over in America, William – a driver with only 10 race meetings in a 410 Sprintcar to his name – enjoyed an impressive run throughout the night and ended it with a second-place finish in the feature race.

“I can’t speak highly enough about William, from the first time I got in contact with him to run for the team through to last night’s on-track performance, he’s been great to deal with,” expressed proud Bohud Racing team owner Scott Jones.

“The goal for the night was to just put a decent car under him and the rest was going to be up to him, and he well and truly stood up and showed his ability behind the wheel by driving well all night.”

Jones, from Unanderra on the south coast of NSW, continued on by saying that he really enjoyed the night and being able to provide a fellow local driver a chance to run the team’s NS # 14 ARRMA Australia / Illawarra Truck Repairs & Spares backed Triple X car.

“When it was announced that Sprintcars were returning to Nowra Speedway and the fact our regular driver Michael (Stewart) wasn’t going to be able to race, the team and I got thinking, and that’s when William’s name come up, and I’m so glad I was able to provide this opportunity to him and we were able to enjoy a solid night,” he said.

“Bohud Racing was formed to give young drivers a chance behind the wheel of a 410 Sprintcar with a strong team, and as Michael has proven what he can do with good support behind him, and now William is another example of this.”

As one would expect, the Kembla Heights-based William was thrilled with his run last night at Nowra Speedway, but at the same time, he was very grateful for the chance provided to him by the Bohud Racing team.

 

 

Pioneer Pole Buildings’ Motorsports Influence To Be On Display At Front Of This Weekend’s Show At Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

OAKS, PA - When the doors open at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024 show this Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, the involvement of the title sponsor for the last ten events will be showcased at the front entrance.

Pioneer Pole Buildings (PPB) has been the title sponsor of the Motorsports show since 2014. Their support and sponsorship of local short-track racing on many different levels will become obvious when walking around their spacious display at the show when it opens at 2 PM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday.

PPB, headquarter in Schuylkill Haven, PA, will be promoting their product line while showcasing a Modified, Sprint Car, Late Model, Micro Sprint and Slingshot they will sponsor this season.

That will include the unveiling of a brand-new No. 1 dirt Modified owned and to be driven by Billy Pauch Jr. this season. Pauch’s famous father, now retired from Modified competition, has anchored the front of the display annually for many years, now it’s his son’s car.

The winningest open cockpit driver in the northeast in 2023, Freddie Rahmer will have his No. 51 410 Sprint Car, a number made famous by his father as well, on display.

Craig Von Dohren’s new No. 30 and Kevin Hirthler’s No. 117 Modifieds will also be a part of the display as well as Jonathan Swanson’s USAC East non-wing Sprint Car,

Showing the range of PPB’s support in racing, Jim Bernheisel’s No. 31 Super Late Model will be on display as well as Brett Bieber’s Slingshot and Micro Sprints to be driven by Matthew and Trent Warner. Davey Sammons’ PPB sponsored No. 79 Modified and Logan Watt’s No. 4w will be located just across the aisle way in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear booth.

Team PPB drivers will also be signing special autograph cards as part of three different groups on Saturday afternoon. Stop by and get an autograph and photo with your favorite driver!

Sprint Car drivers will kick off the autographs on Saturday from 12 noon to 1 AM with the Rahmers: Fred, Freddie and Brandon joined by brothers Jonathan and David Swanson along with Trevor Kobylarz.

The legend Billy “The Kid” Pauch Sr, his son Billy Jr. and grandson Billy III will anchor the 1 to 2 PM group along with Mason Peters, Steve Sterner, Christian Bruno, Jared Umbenhauer, Matthew Warner, Trent Warner, Christian Donati and Logan Watt.

Von Dohren, the winningest driver in the history of the Grandview Speedway and Super Late Model veteran Jim Bernheisel and son Bryan headline the 2:00-3:00 PM group along with Davey Sammons.

The Hirthler family will also be a part of this group. That includes Modified and Sportsman racers Kevin Hirthler and brother Brian. Kevin’s son Jesse (Sportsman) and daughter Kayla (Quarter Midgets) will join them as well.

Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. takes great pride in constructing the highest quality, most structurally sound buildings in the industry. All buildings are designed for a 90 MPH minimum wind load. Every Pioneer building is individually designed by their expert engineering department and is built on site. Company representatives will be on hand during the two-day show to answer any questions regarding their services.

The Pioneer sponsored cars will be part of nearly 200 race cars of all kinds on display. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.

A continuous offering of informative racer seminars will make Motorsports extra important day for racers. Check out the recently released schedule on the show web-site.

Former NASCAR Cup series driver Ken Schrader and Jimmy Spencer will be talk racing on stage during the show and signing autographs. A special tribute to long-time successful Sprint Car owner Bob Weikert will be held during the entire show.

On Friday at 8 PM the Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports pageant will be held. Thanks to Aqua-Duck, this year’s winner will again receive $2,500 and the sw­im suit winner $500.

After the show closes on Friday at 9 PM a post-show party, hosted by Old Milwaukee Beer, will follow to 12 midnight in D-Hall. Bucket of beer specials, a full bar and a range of different food items will be available. A live band and a DJ will offer non-stop music.

The RAACE Foundation sponsored Big Wheel races will be held on Saturday at 3 PM in three ages groups from 3 to 9. No pre-entry is needed, children with their parents must check in at the stage area prior to 1 PM. Big Wheels are supplied.

The show is open on Friday from 2 to 9PM. Saturday hours are 10 to 7 PM. The show box office opens daily one hour prior before the show. A special show area that includes the Bob Weikert Tribute is open for pre-show viewing. A complete schedule is available on-line at motorsportstradeshow.com.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks continues to be a great location in the center of the northeast motorsports world right in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s easy in and easy out with plenty of Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.

 

 

USAC National Champion Justin Grant To Drive Cicconi/ Preece TQ Midget In Atlantic City’s NAPA Auto Parts Weekend On January 26-27

Atlantic, City, NJ - Justin Grant, a USAC three-division standout, will be heading east to race in the Indoor Auto Racing Series races inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. over the January 26-27 Friday-Saturday NAPA Auto Parts race weekend. Grant will drive the highly regarded No. 59 Lou Cicconi/ Donny Preece owned TQ Midget.

For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, the California native captured the $10,000 USAC National Drivers Championship. To do so he gathered more total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign.

Grant was crowned the USAC National Sprint Car champion for a second straight year, finished second in the USAC National Midget Series standings and was third in the Silver Crown Series. Yet for all of his open wheel accomplishments, driving a TQ Midget indoors will be a first for him.

“Never raced a TQ Midget before but they look pretty wicked. To be able to do it with Lou, who knows so much about the cars and the track is a great opportunity,” Grant shared before competing at the Chili Bowl Indoor dirt Midget Car event in Tulsa, OK this past weekend.

Grant was blunt in his aspirations for the Atlantic City weekend.

“I don’t get in a race car with the intention of not winning,” he said.

To prepare Grant will fly in for the Boardwalk Hall closed to the public practice on Thursday. Grant has not yet seen the Cicconi car but aware it was a top ten finisher at the series opener in Allentown, PA with Jake Trainor driving.

“Thursday will be to get acquainted with the car and with the track. Friday afternoon, it’s about trying to find the speed. Will be figuring it out all night, what positions you can put yourself in, what you can’t get away with,” said Grant.

“But on Saturday, we should be ready to perform.”

Thanks to a new format this year, Grant will be able to compete in two separate and unique feature events.

On Saturday night January 27th, the TQ Midgets will compete in the 22nd running the Gambler’s Classic. A traditional format of time trials, heat races and B-mains, will lead up to the 40 Lap A-Main on Saturday.

On Friday night, the inaugural running of the BlackJack 21 for the TQ Midgets will be held. The night will be closed out with a 21 lap, 21 car race paying $2,100 to the winner.

To qualify for that event, racers will compete in a unique format, that maximizes track time for all competitors and treats fans to multiple main events among the stars of the TQ Midget division.

The top 28 fastest competitors from afternoon qualifying will lock into a pair of split field (Red & Black) 20 lap A-Qualifiers. The remaining competitors will head to a pair of 7 Come 11 heat races, with the top 7 finishers advancing to the back of the A-Qualifiers.

The top 10 finishers from the two 20 lap $500 to win qualifiers will then advance to the finale, the 21 Lap, 21 car, BlackJack 21 main event.

The final BlackJack 21 starter will come from a special race for the competitors who up until this point, have had the worst day. The “Craps” race, will be made up of all competitors that failed to advance to the A-Qualifiers. This race will be 10 laps, with the winner given the 21st and final starting spot in Friday night’s main event.

As in the past, the Slingshots and Champ Karts will continue to be a part of all the Concrete Series events. Also, returning to Atlantic City for a second year will be the wingless “Dirt” 600cc Micro Sprints.

Tickets for the event are on sale and available through Ticketmaster and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. For more information visit indoorautoracing. com.

For race fans who cannot make the trip to get the best experience at the event, quality DTD-TV pay-per-view will be available for both nights on the web at dirttrackdigest.tv.

 

 

Justin Liskai tabbed as Attica Raceway Park Director of Operations

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024

ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park Promoter John Bores has tabbed Justin Liskai as the new director of operations at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” facility.

Liskai will work closely with long-time Attica operations director Rex LeJeune and Bores over the next few months, learning the position. Liskai, 34, the son of Attica’s long-time announcer Brian Liskai and grandson of former sprint car driver Al Liskai, started at Attica helping with clean-up following races when he was a teenager. Justin also served as race director and head scorer at Fremont Speedway in the past and has helped as a pit worker at Attica the last few years.

“I’m excited to be able to work with the staff, fans, race teams and marketing partners at a track where I grew up. I want to thank John Bores for the opportunity and I look forward to learning the ins and outs from Rex who has over 40 years of experience in the sport,” said Liskai.

“Justin has a passion for the sport and is very knowledgeable and has a calm and patient demeanor which this position demands. I believe he will be a great fit with our Attica family,” said Bores.

Liskai will work with Bores and LeJeune over the coming weeks to finalize the 2024 schedule which is set to begin Friday, March 15 with the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints, the Dirt Nerds Podcast Powered by Propane UMP Late Models and the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints.

Liskai’s email address is justin@atticaracewaypark.com and his track phone number is 419-217-5436

(419) 217-5436

For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.

 

 

PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS 2024 SHOW

Special Tribute To Legendary Car Owner Bob Weikert At Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024

Oaks, PA - Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute to be held at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2023 Show. The two-day show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, its home since 2010, on Friday, January 19th from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After a highly successful Billy Pauch Tribute during the entire January 2023 event, Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured in a large D-Hall exhibit in 2024. Several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars will be on display and many drivers who drove them will be on hand to meet fans, take part in two stage events and sign autographs. Bob passed away in 2002, but his two sons, Todd and Ike are expected to be on hand for the tribute.

Weikert won over 500 feature events, over a 30-year period as a car owner. He purchased his first Sprint Car in 1971 for driver Richard Lupo who won for him the first two times out. Later that year he forged a long-time relationship with the late Kenny Weld and together, won the 1972 Knoxville Nationals together. During a three-year span, they won over 100 features together. Doug Wolfgang, with mechanics Davey Brown, Sr. and Jr., took Weikert back to the Knoxville Nationals victory lane in 1984 and 1985, just two of 150 victories they had together in less than four years.

List of drivers planning to attend include Keith Kauffman, Richard Lupo, Paul Pitzer, Len Kruatheim, Randy Wolfe, Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz Jr., Dave Ely and Port Royal Speedway promoter Steve O’Neal.

Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display including a Nico Hülkenberg Haas Formula One race car. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.

Legendary Drag Racer Bruce Larson is bringing to the show a new Shelby Cobra Dragronsnake. Shelby American, Inc. recently authorized the building of five new Shelby Cobras by Legendary G.T. Continuation Cars in Roaring Spring, PA, and each of these cars has a selling price of $750,000. The car that Larson will bring to the show is the first one in this new series.

The orginial Dragonsnake was a special edition of the Shelby Cobra and just eight cars in this line were outfitted with that performance package. The new car has a much-more powerful Ford V-8 engine than Larson’s original car he drag raced in 1963.

Larson will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs both days of the show as will NASCAR legend Ken Schrader. Jimmy Spencer, will be making a guest appearance on Saturday at the show.

Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. takes great pride in constructing the highest quality, most structurally sound buildings in the industry. Company representatives will be on hand during the show to answer any questions regarding their services. A fleet of Pioneer sponsored cars will on display.

Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display and many past drivers in attendance. The exhibit will also include a 400-foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.

On Friday night at 8 PM the annual Aqua Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports competition will begin. Last year 24-year-old Lindsey Garl of Reading, PA was choosen the winner over 16 contestants.

The 2024 Ms. Motorsports will again receive $2,500, second $500 and third $250. A fan voted best in bathing suit winner will pick up $500 as well. Immediately following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.

The popular, free racers seminars will return in the newly enlarged for seminar room. The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The popular, free racers seminars will return on Friday and Saturday in the newly enlarged for seminar room.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the show opens. Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.
Motorsportstradeshow.com or the show on our Facebook page are location for up to date event, autograph, show and seminar schedules

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2024

Dayne Kingshott is still the leader in the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series after the 10th round was held at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night as part of the WA Speedweek Grand Final.

Heading into the latest bout, Kingshott held a 28-point advantage over defending series champion James Inglis.

After the latest 30-lap feature race, where Kingshott started from p8 and finished seventh and Inglis started from p10 and finished fourth, the margin has been reduced to 22 points.

Brad Maiolo is still third overall, however a DNF has seen him slip away from the leaders.

Kaiden Manders, who was fifth heading into round 10, is now fourth after he started from p12 and finished eighth, pushing Jamie Maiolo back to fifth after the second of the LJM Racing drivers started from p13 and finished 11.

Jason Kendrick is still sixth but he has kept in touch with a couple of drivers in front of him after taking sixth on Saturday.

Kris Coyle has moved from eighth to seventh overall after starting from p16 in the Speedweek final and crossing the line in ninth.

Andrew Priolo has dropped from seventh to eighth after starting from p17 and finishing 12th, while Ryan Lancaster has moved up from 10th to ninth, swapping places with Taylor Milling who rounds out the top 10.

Round 11 of the series will be held at Bunbury Speedway on Saturday, February 3.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after 10 of 18 rounds: Dayne Kingshott 1686, James Inglis 1664, Bradley Maiolo 1596, Kaiden Manders 1578, Jamie Maiolo 1574, Jason Kendrick 1564, Kris Coyle 1508, Andrew Priolo 1504, Ryan Lancaster 1478, Taylor Milling 1476, Jason Pryde 1464, Trent Pigdon 1396, Jaydee Dack 1334, Callum Williamson 1298, Kye Scroop 1180, Mitchell Wormall 1150, Cameron McKenzie 1060, Jack Williamson 1036, AJ Nash 1026, Ken Sartori 1014, Brock Kenny 940, Rico Abreu 936, Brenten Farrer 882, Brad Sweet 852, Brock Zearfoss 818, Cory Eliason 778, Luke Oldfield 696, Matthew Cross 694, Nathan Swan 662, Tim Boujous 574, Todd Davis 504, Tim King 490, Kyle Francis 456, Rod Howe 410, Myles Bolger 400, Aaron Chircop 362, Brock Francis 3122, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Jamie Veal 264, David Priolo 232, James McFadden 150, Michael Pickens 142, Shaun Bradford 118.

 

 

EDDIE TAFOYA JR. IS A LATE ADDITION TO THE CHILI BOWL MIDGET NATIONALS

(Chino, CA, January 10, 2024) One week ago, rising sprint car star Eddie Tafoya Jr. was feeling under the weather at his home in Chino Hills, California. The last thing he was expecting to do was be in Tulsa, Oklahoma for this week’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. However, a phone call changed all of that, and on Thursday he will be racing at the annual event for the first time since 2021.

After contesting the sprint car portion of the 82nd Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving weekend, Tafoya did not figure to be back on the track until the 2024 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series season opener at Perris Auto Speedway on February 24th. When one of the drivers for the famous Josh Ford Motorsports team was unable to make the event, Tafoya, the 2019 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, received a phone call. He gladly accepted the offer to jump into the ride and he will be living on “Tulsa Time” this week. It will be his third time competing in the Chili Bowl.

“It is actually kind of a last-minute deal,” Tafoya stated on Tuesday. “We stepped away from it (the Chili Bowl) because I do not run midgets very often. It is a big race to go to with not much experience in midgets against all these guys who do. An opportunity arose when Calderwood (driver Logan Calderwood), who was driving one of Jimmy May’s cars, ended up not being able to make it. So, there ended up being an open seat. Tommy Dunkel is driving one of his cars and he asked if we could get me in the other car.”

With more experience under his belt and prior runs at the Chili Bowl in 2020 and 2021, Tafoya hopes to better his previous outings at the race that is held inside the massive SageNet Center. In 2020, he began the finale in one of the K mains. He transferred to a J main where he started dead last in the 15-car field. He was clearly the fastest car on the track. He drove all the way up to ninth before the checkered flag ended his march forward in the 10-lapper. Thus, he missed the transfer to the I main by only three spots.

In 2021, the handsome racer started in the H main and only finished two positions shy of a transfer to the G main.

Tafoya has come a long way as a driver in the two seasons since his last appearance at the Chili Bowl. In 2022, the 2018 Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns Sprint Car champion finished third in the USAC/CRA standings. In 2023, he spent the majority of the season racing with the USAC National Sprint Cars. Despite competing in less than 50% of the National schedule, he ended up 24th in points.

“I think everything I have learned in the big car (USAC National and CRA 410 sprint cars) the last two years will help (at the Chili Bowl),” Tafoya stated. “I just need to get up to speed quicker than I did the last two times I was there. The way the format is set up, with all the passing points in the heat races, you have to be on the ball when you get on the track and make every position count. I don’t really have a preference (where he starts in his preliminary races). In this type of event, you kind of do what you have got to do. Whatever cards that are dealt to me, we will have to deal with. We will try to do our best.”

“Yeah, for sure, 100%,” the 26-year-old driver confidently stated when asked if he thought having Jimmy May as crew chief would be an advantage. “All of the cars he runs and the drivers he has always do good. He always has a nice piece. I went and put my car in the seat last weekend. It is a good-looking car with a fresh motor and all kinds of nice stuff. I am excited for it.”

Once the Chili Bowl is over, Tafoya and crew will continue to prepare for the upcoming USAC/CRA season. The main goal for 2024 will be chasing the USAC/CRA title. In addition, he will be driving a Tom and Christy Dunkel-owned car in the brand-new USCS Series.

Tafoya will contest his Chili Bowl preliminary on Thursday. Where he finishes on that night will determine where he starts in Saturday’s finale. You can watch his races live on Flo Racing. Information and subscriptions are available at the following link https://www.floracing.com/.

If you would like to hear the friendly driver on his 2023 Dirt Tracks and Rib Racks Podcast, please visit the following link https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Hox9dg0iRGXo0szabeqDy

Tafoya’s great-looking shirts and hoodies are available online at www.specialty-fasteners.com.

Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51.

Tafoya and the #51T team would like to thank Specialty Fasteners, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Simpson Safety Products, Bell, Benic Enterprises, BR Motorsports, PSC Powder Coating, Magik Graphics, Gasper Transportation, Owen’s Insurance Services, and Weld Wheels for supporting its racing program.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2023 USAC National Sprint Car Series Schedule

February 13 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, Florida DNS

February 14 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, Florida 13th A Main

February 16 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, Florida 8th B Main

February 17 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, Florida Rained Out

February 18 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, Florida 21st A Main

March 3 Central Arizona Raceway Case Grande, Arizona Rained Out

March 4 Central Arizona Raceway Case Grande, Arizona Rained Out

March 18 Perris Auto Speedway Perris, California 9th A Main

April 1 Mohave Valley Raceway Mohave Valley, AZ 12th A Main

April 15 Perris Auto Speedway Perris, California 8th A Main

April 27 Rocket Raceway Park Petty, Texas Rained Out

April 28 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite, Texas Rained Out

April 29 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite, Texas Rained Out

April 29 I-70 Motorsports Park Odessa, Missouri 7th A Main

May 5 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio 19th A Main

May 6 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio 20th A Main

June 2 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, Iowa Rained Out

June 3 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, Iowa 12th B Main

July 21 Gas City I69 Speedway Gas City, Indiana 15th C Main

July 22 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, Indiana 10th C Main

July 23 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, Indiana 10th B Main

July 24 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis, Indiana 11th B Main

July 26 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Indiana 19th A Main

July 27 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville, Indiana 18th A Main

July 28 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington, Indiana 19th A Main

July 29 Paragon Speedway Paragon, Indiana 20th A Main

August 24 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, Indiana 6th C Main

August 25 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, Indiana 5th C Main

August 26 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, Indiana 4th C Main

September 7 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite, Texas 18th A Main

September 8 Texarkana 67 Speedway Texarkana, Arkansas Rained Out

September 9 Texarkana 67 Speedway Texarkana, Arkansas 20th A Main

September 23 Perris Auto Speedway Perris, California 18th A Main

October 13 Mohave Valley Raceway Mohave Valley, Arizona 13th A Main

November 3 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA 14th B Main

November 25 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprints 8th B Main

This release was produced by Scott Daloisio. (909) 226-7768 or E-mail mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com

 

 

MENZ PRIMED FOR CHILI BOWL DEBUT

To say that Dylan Menz is excited about his very first Chili Bowl Nationals attempt in America would be quite the understatement.

The current Queensland Speedcar Champion is a late entry into this year’s Chili Bowl Nationals field, after he was able to put together an 11th-hour deal to run for the Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports team to run their # 08M Toyota Racing Development (TRD) powered Spike.

“To be able to travel over to America and race for the first time is a dream come true for me, and to be able to do it by running one of the world’s biggest Midget (Speedcars) events makes it all the more special,” commented the Gold Coast, Queensland-based racer.

“During the middle stages of last year, I had been in talks with running for the Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports team later this year in the USAC Western States competition, but recently team owner Dave contacted me about running the Chili Bowl Nationals, as he had another driver pull out from the drive, so I quickly jumped at the chance and before I knew it, I was entered into the Chili Bowl Nationals.”

Menz, who is recent seasons has been spending his time between his self-funded 410 Sprintcar and Speedcar programs, continued on by saying that the Chili Bowl Nationals campaign is hopefully the start of bigger things to come in the future.

“Heading over to the Chili Bowl Nationals is going to be the first time in my life I’ve ventured outside of Australia, but I’m hoping this racing trip to America will be the first of many,” the 28-year-old enthused, who is the 22nd Australian driver to contest the Chili Bowl Nationals.

“I’m wanting to travel over to America to compete against world-class competition in the Midgets and be able to gain more experience and improve as a racer, and I’m looking at the possibility of doing a few trips during year to contest a couple of the USAC Speedweeks over there.”

Since stepping into Speedcars three years ago, Menz, aboard his Qld # 46 Menz Trading & Hire backed TDR powered Spike car, has shown impressive speed and the highlight of his time in the class so far was last season’s Queensland Title victory at Toowoomba Speedway. Contesting this year’s Chili Bowl Nationals is no doubt going help take his Speedcar racing to a whole new level.

“One of the best things about travelling over to the Chili Bowl Nationals is the fact that the TRD-Spike package I’m going to be running for the Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports team is the exact package that I run with my own team here in Australia, so that certainly fills me with a bit of added confidence,” concluded Menz.

For this year’s Chili Bowl Nationals, which begins this week, Menz will be competing in this Thursday’s qualifying night (Friday morning Australian time).

To find out more about Menz and to follow his racing journey, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Menz Motorsport.

 

 

NOMINATIONS SET, VOTING OPENS FOR REGIONAL ARPY AWARDS, THE RPM OUTSTANDING EVENT OF THE YEAR AND THE 48TH ANNUAL AUTO-RACING PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

- Nominee List Included along with Link for Voting -

Daytona Beach, Florida (January 10, 2024) – The nomination ballot has been set for the 48th Annual Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, regional Auto Racing Promoter’s of the Year and the RPM Outstanding Event of the Year has been set and is released below.

Voting begins today and will run through midnight on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 to determine all award winners.

Region 1 Nominees: Paul Cole, Land of Legends Raceway, NY; Brett Deyo, Fonda and Utica Rome Speedway, NY; Kolten Gouse, BAPS Motor Speedway, PA; Alicia Hughes & Jay Fitzgerald, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, NY; Steve O’Neal, Port Royal Speedway, PA; CV Elms & April May Preston, Bear Ridge Speedway, VT; The Arute Family, Stafford Motor Speedway, CT.

Region 2 Nominees: Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway, FL; Keely Dubensky & Jack McNelly, CARS Tour, NC; Scott Tripp, Lakeview Speedway, SC; Garrett Mitchell, Freedom Factory, FL; Wendall Durrance, All-Tech Raceway, FL; William Scoggin, Clarksville Speedway, TN.

Region 3 Nominees: Randy Maggio, Painesville Speedway/Lorain County Speedway, OH; Kevin Gundaker, Tri City Speedway, IL; The Deery Family, Rockford Speedway, IL; Larry Boos, Montpelier Motor Speedway & Rumble at Fort Wayne, IN; Jerry Gappens, Eldora Speedway, OH; Kim and Randy Smart, Midvale Speedway, OH.

Region 4 Nominees: Todd Thelen, Slinger Super Speedway, WI; Wayne Brevik, Marshfield Motor Speedway, WI; Terry Tucker, Jefferson Speedway, WI; Steve Sinclair, IRA Sprint Car Series, WI; Toby Kruse & Ratajczak Family, 141 Speedway, WI; Cole Queensland & Queensland Family, Deer Creek Speedway, MN; Doug Johnson, Huset’s Speedway, SD.

Region 5 Nominees: Brad Stevens, & Jessi Mynatt, 34 Raceway, IA; John McCoy, Knoxville Raceway, IA; Scotty Allen, Dallas County Speedway, MO; John Allen, 81 Speedway, KS; Danny Lorton, Lucas Oil Speedway, MO.

Region 6 Nominees: Scott & Kim Russell, Placerville Speedway, CA; Dennis Gage, Marysville Raceway, CA; Peter Murphy, Skagit Speedway, WA; Kevin Sustaire, Rocket Raceway Park, TX; Brad Whitfield, Cocopah Speedway, AZ; Tim Huddleston, Irwindale Speedway, CA.; Jeremy Anders, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, WA; Michelle Lackey Maynor, Alaska Raceway Park, AK.

Outstanding Event Nominees: Gerald Haers Memorial, Land of Legends Raceway, NY; Sean Lias Memorial, Penn Can Speedway, PA; Rockford Speedway’s Last Lap Season, Rockford Speedway, IL; Eldora Sprint Million, Eldora Speedway, OH; The Marvin Smith Memorial, Cottage Grove Speedway, OR; Buckeye Figure 8 Nationals, Painesville Speedway, OH; Fall Classic, 141 Speedway, WI.

The link for balloting is as follows: https://forms.gle/fqZdb6gXsdvvcJvo6 (All regions must be voted for. Ballots may be rejected).

Lyle DeVore, who promoted Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY, was introduced as the 47th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year in February of 2023 at the 50th Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops presented at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, representing Region One, the East Coast region of RPM balloting.

The 48th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year Award will be presented at the 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, February 11-13, 2024. Reservations may be made at the Shores Spa & Resort (the room block is open until, Monday, January 23, 2023); https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=2024-02-09&depart=2024-02-15&adult=1&child=0&group=2402RPMRAC_001 (Room Reservations begin at $195 per night). Registration for the 51st Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops can be found here; Online; www.myracepass.com/businesses/21560/tickets/1365753; Offline; www.promotersnewsletter.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=893307

The RPM Workshops have become a “Can’t Miss Event” for promoters.

The Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Newsletter and RPM Workshops provide an educational and networking program to the motorsports industry. The program provides media and meeting platforms which offer promoters, motorsports management, tracks, sanctions and companies a forum to share, educate and network within. The newsletter and workshops are services of Hoosier Racing Tire and K&K Insurance, with supporting sponsorship coming from Chevrolet Performance Products, RACEceiver, Moffet Productions, IMCA Racing, Event Sprout, Ticket Spice, MyRacePass and Firethorn Marketing.

Further information regarding the RPM e-newsletters and workshops may be found at the company’s website, www.promotersnewsletter.com

 

 

NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS 2024 SHOW

Special Tribute To Legendary Car Owner Bob Weikert At Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024

Oaks, PA - Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute to be held at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2023 Show. The two-day show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, its home since 2010, on Friday, January 19th from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After a highly successful Billy Pauch Tribute during the entire January 2023 event, Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured in a large D-Hall exhibit in 2024. Several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars will be on display and many drivers who drove them will be on hand to meet fans, take part in two stage events and sign autographs. Bob passed away in 2002, but his two sons, Todd and Ike are expected to be on hand for the tribute.

Weikert won over 500 feature events, over a 30-year period as a car owner. He purchased his first Sprint Car in 1971 for driver Richard Lupo who won for him the first two times out. Later that year he forged a long-time relationship with the late Kenny Weld and together, won the 1972 Knoxville Nationals together. During a three-year span, they won over 100 features together. Doug Wolfgang, with mechanics Davey Brown, Sr. and Jr., took Weikert back to the Knoxville Nationals victory lane in 1984 and 1985, just two of 150 victories they had together in less than four years.

List of drivers planning to attend include Keith Kauffman, Richard Lupo, Paul Pitzer, Len Kruatheim, Randy Wolfe, Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz Jr., Dave Ely and Port Royal Speedway promoter Steve O’Neal.

Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display including a Nico Hülkenberg Haas Formula One race car. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.

Legendary Drag Racer Bruce Larson is bringing to the show a new Shelby Cobra Dragronsnake. Shelby American, Inc. recently authorized the building of five new Shelby Cobras by Legendary G.T. Continuation Cars in Roaring Spring, PA, and each of these cars has a selling price of $750,000. The car that Larson will bring to the show is the first one in this new series.

The orginial Dragonsnake was a special edition of the Shelby Cobra and just eight cars in this line were outfitted with that performance package. The new car has a much-more powerful Ford V-8 engine than Larson’s original car he drag raced in 1963.

Larson will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs both days of the show as will NASCAR legend Ken Schrader. Jimmy Spencer, will be making a guest appearance on Saturday at the show.

Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. takes great pride in constructing the highest quality, most structurally sound buildings in the industry. Company representatives will be on hand during the show to answer any questions regarding their services. A fleet of Pioneer sponsored cars will on display.

Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display and many past drivers in attendance. The exhibit will also include a 400-foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.

On Friday night at 8 PM the annual Aqua Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports competition will begin. Last year 24-year-old Lindsey Garl of Reading, PA was choosen the winner over 16 contestants.

The 2024 Ms. Motorsports will again receive $2,500, second $500 and third $250. A fan voted best in bathing suit winner will pick up $500 as well. Immediately following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.

The popular, free racers seminars will return in the newly enlarged for seminar room. The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The popular, free racers seminars will return on Friday and Saturday in the newly enlarged for seminar room.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the show opens. Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.
Motorsportstradeshow.com or the show on our Facebook page are location for up to date event, autograph, show and seminar schedules

 

 

OLDFIELD’S LIL WIN = BIG PAYDAY

FOR Luke Oldfield, Castrol Lismore Speedway has always been a happy hunting ground for him throughout his speedway career, and his successful run there continued following an impressive victory in last night’s $10,000 to win Lil Aussie Open.

Up against a quality field of 410 Sprintcar racers, which included Australian hotshots in current Australian Champion Jock Goodyer and the Tullboro Racing team guest driver Lachlan McHugh along with Americans Aaron Reutzel and Chase Randall, Oldfield came out on top in the Lil Aussie Open deciding feature race and claimed the $10,000 winner’s cheque.

After he had started from position three in the feature race, Oldfield didn’t get off to the best of starts to the 30-lap event, but he started to charge his way forward after the opening 10 laps, when he moved into second on lap 13. Sitting in second, he then went about chasing after front-row starter and long-time leader McHugh, and he managed to do that, and he took control of the lead on lap 21. Once out in front, Oldfield, who had to contend with a late caution period that bunched up the field, controlled the remaining nine laps and went on to score a convincing win.

Despite his best efforts, Goodyer was amongst the podium contenders throughout the feature race, but he had to settle for second on the podium behind Oldfield. One of this country’s form 410 Sprintcar drivers dropped back to outside the podium to fourth during the middle stages, but he fought his way back to collect a second-place finish.

One of the surprise packets of the night was North Queensland-based youngster Brodie Davis aboard the Leigh Holman-owned NQ # 51 LS powered Sprintcar, who rounded out the podium in third. The third generation racer was making his first visit to Castrol Lismore Speedway, and he adapted quickly to the showground track layout. Starting out of position five for the feature race, the 21-year-old from Cairns was running within the top-five runners for majority of the race, and during the closing stages, he had moved up into third place and was able to hold out many of his 410 powered rivals to snare the final spot on the podium in what was one of the performances of the night.

Sydney’s Sammy Walsh finished just off the podium in fourth ahead of Lachlan Caunt (NSW), Brett Hobson (NSW), Peter Campbell (Qld) who had started from the back of the field out of position 20, newcomer Bradi Owen (Qld) and the final finisher in local and current Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Mitchell Randall.

There were a number of hard-luck stories to come out of the feature race, which included McHugh, who was involved in a lapped competitor’s incident on lap 24 that ended his night while sitting in second behind Oldfield, along with Americans Chase Randall and Aaron Reutzel. Randall crashed heavily into the wall on lap 20 as he was working his way through lapped traffic, while Reutzel, who had qualified on pole position, was an early casualty, after he clashed with another rival as they fought for a podium spot on lap four and it brought the Saller Motorsport team driver’s run to a premature end. Other retirements in the feature race were the father-and-son duo of Tony and Daniel Bridge, rookie Ashton Mineeff, Mitch Gowland (Qld) and Jai Stephenson. Unfortunately, the NSW-based trio of Michael Saller (mechanical), Zac Pacchiarotta (driveline) and last start 410 Sprintcar feature-race winner at Castrol Lismore Speedway Jessie Attard (damage from an earlier heat-race crash) were unable to take their places in the feature-race field.

Earlier in the night, the 410 Sprintcar heat-race wins were shared between Goodyer, Reutzel, Chase Randall and McHugh.

Another highlight to come out of last night’s action occurred in the Pro Sprintcar class, when one of the sport’s most popular drivers Libby Vanderreyden claimed the feature-race spoils. In what was a career-best drive, the Brisbane, Queensland-based racer showed her rivals up by taking out her maiden feature race win by defeating Brad Claridge and Thomas Button in second and third place respectively.

The other support class feature-race wins went to Mitchell Haynes (Wingless Sprints), Joel Berkley (Production Sedans) and Charlie Bowen (Junior Formula 500s). In the Wingless Sprints, Haynes defeated current NSW Champion and local Jacob Jolley in second and Victorian Luke Weel in third, Queensland Champion Berkely proved too strong for his rivals in the Production Sedans and outpaced Madison Harkin and Nathan Gordon to the chequered flag, while Bowen was the standout in the Junior Formula 500s and scored the feature-race honours ahead of Daisy Smith in second and Cooper Norman in third.

The next race meeting at Castrol Lismore Speedway is this Saturday night (January 13) with the headlining acts being the Hot Wheels Stunt Show and the $10,000 to win Modified Sedans Hot Pursuit, along with AMCA Nationals, RSA Sedans and Junior Sedans as the support classes. For more information about Castrol Lismore Speedway, visit www.lismorespeedway.com.au or follow their social media channels on Facebook and Instagram by searching Lismore Speedway.

 

 

TOMMY DUNKEL RETURNS TO OKLAHOMA’S CHILI BOWL ON THURSDAY

(Cypress, CA, January 9, 2024) It was 173 years ago that John Babsone Lane Soule coined the phrase “Go West Young Man” in the Terre Haute Express. Dirt track, open-wheel race car drivers from the left coast pay no heed to his sage advice when the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals beckon every January. Like a herd of cattle on a stampede, they head straight to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the big race. For the second consecutive season, Murrieta, California-based sprint car racer Tommy Dunkel is among the pack steaming toward the “Sooner State.”

Dunkel’s first pilgrimage to the world’s biggest midget race came a year ago this week. Going into that one with virtually no experience on the Tulsa Expo Raceway that is located inside the massive SageNet Center, the Inland Rigging proprietor was contesting his initial midget race. Competing against a stellar field of superstar drivers from many disciplines of racing, things did not go quite the way Dunkel had hoped.

An eighth-place finish in his heat and a 14th in the C main on his preliminary night brought a premature exit for the remainder of the week. The result left Dunkel frustrated and itching for a return to the Tulsa track. That reappearance, which will be complemented by a renewed level of confidence, will happen this Thursday.

“I kind of feel like I have a little unsettled business if you will,” Dunkel said on Sunday. “I felt last year didn’t really go as planned. When the opportunity came up to drive for Jimmy May and the JFM boys this year, I had to jump on it. It is a good opportunity to go back and finish what I started there.”

“We are actually going to fly out Wednesday prior. We are going to fly out nice and early, and get to catch our teammate David Gasper in his preliminary night on Wednesday. Myself and Eddie Tafoya Jr. will be contesting our preliminary on Thursday for JFM.”

Wanting to avenge his result from last year, Dunkel has taken the bull by the horns. He signed on with Josh Ford Motorsports and noted crew chief May to drive the #73T Triple X/Mopar. A former racer himself, May knows the ropes. Likewise, JFM has been a top-rated team on the West Coast for a couple of decades. In that time, May and his crew have racked up victories up and down the coast in Midgets, 360 and 410 sprint cars. Included in their triumphs is the longest-running midget race in the USA, the Turkey Night Grand Prix which the team won with legendary Dave Darland behind the wheel, in 2013.

Given the team’s prowess and expertise in several disciplines of open-wheel cars, Dunkel is confident his results will improve in 2024. Last week to get some laps in and work with May, the team rented the Ventura Raceway.

“This is only going to be my second time racing a midget,” affable Dunkel said. “We tested at Ventura last week with Jimmy and the boys. It went great. We got some really good practice laps in. So, being my second time racing (a midget), I am really looking forward to it.”

In addition to the confidence that working with JFM brings, having been at the Chili Bowl last year, Dunkel knows a little more about what to expect. He figures the Chili Bowl jitters will be suppressed just by being familiar with the surroundings. It is going to be easier to focus on just getting in the car and driving.

“I would be tickled to death if I could make the show on my preliminary night,” he enthused. “That would be the highlight. I just want to go make some good laps and pass some cars. Just have a solid, positive experience in the racecar this year.”

“I feel I am in good equipment and I have a big-time crew behind me with a lot on their resume at the Chili Bowl. They have made the show a few times and I feel like that is going to be a huge help. A big difference really.”

Dunkel’s appearance on Thursday will determine where he starts at Saturday’s 38th Chili Bowl finale.

If you wish to see the Chili Bowl, it will be available online on Flo Racing. Information on how to subscribe and other details are available at the following link https://www.floracing.com/.

Dunkel and Roa want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, United Asset Sales, Osborne Speed & Machine, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Jambo Barbeque Pits, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. If you would like to be a marketing partner with the Inland Rigging Racing Team in 2024, please contact Dunkel or Roa the information at the top of this release.

Tom Dunkel’s 2023 Racing Results

January 12 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Prelim. Night 12th C Main

March 11 Imperial Valley Raceway SoCal Open Comp 16th A Main

April 1 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 9th B Main

April 8 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

May 6 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 11th A Main

May 13 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 11th A Main

June 17 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 19th A Main

June 24 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th A Main

July 8 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

July 15 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th A Main

August 19 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

September 2 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

September 16 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 8th A Main

October 7 Kern County Raceway Park USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 19th A Main

October 14 Imperial Valley Raceway So Cal Open Comp DNS

November 11 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th B Main

November 25 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars DNS

 

 

2024 WESTERN MIDGET RACING SLATE UNVEILED FEATURING 18 RACES AT SIX CALIFORNIA DIRT TRACKS

WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA (January 10, 2024) – The sixth season for Western Midget Racing has been announced with six California dirt tracks set to host the grassroots Midget series as drivers compete for the coveted championship.

An 18-race slate awaits, including the season being bookended by races at Ventura Raceway on March 16 and October 26. Ventura has served as one of the “home tracks” of Western Midget Racing since its inception and will play host to four rounds of the series. The other seaside home for WMR is Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. where the mighty Midgets will hit the dirt on seven occasions including the prestigious Howard Kaeding Classic on July 12 and 13.

WMR will also stage two stops each at Bakersfield Speedway, Marysville Raceway, and Petaluma Speedway. Antioch Speedway hosts the series on July 27 for a single date as well. Divisions such as the NARC 410 Sprint Cars, SCCT 360 Sprint Cars, Ocean 360 Sprint Cars, USCS Sprint Cars, and BCRA Midgets will be sharing the card at most WMR events in 2024.

The 2023 season was topped by Oakley teenager Bryant Bell, earning car owner Tony Boscacci his third consecutive WMR championship. The 2020 season did not crown a championship with a shortened COVID19 season. The inaugural 2019 season saw split championships at Ocean and Ventura with David Prickett and Randi Pankratz winning the two titles.

Surprise, Ariz.’s Drake Edwards led a competitive 2023 season with six points paying wins. Bell won five times in his championship season while his two-time championship winning teammate Blake Bower of Brentwood scored on four occasions. Santa Cruz’ Logan Mitchell finished second in the points in his second full-time campaign, missing out on the crown by just four markers. Linley, New York’s Darin Horton won the Rookie of the Year and finished third, followed by Lodi’s Nate Wait and Bower.

For more information visit www.WesternMidgetRacing.com

2024 WMR Schedule – Subject to Change

March 16 Ventura Raceway

March 29 Ocean Speedway

March 30 Marysville Raceway

April 20 Bakersfield Speedway

May 4 Ventura Raceway

May 17 Ocean Speedway

May 18 Petaluma Speedway

June 7 Ocean Speedway

June 8 Petaluma Speedway

June 22 Ventura Raceway

July 12 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic

July 13 Ocean Speedway Howard Kaeding Classic

July 26 Ocean Speedway

July 27 Antioch Speedway

August 9 Ocean Speedway

August 10 Marysville Raceway

September 21 Bakersfield Speedway

October 26 Ventura Raceway

 

 

I-35 Speedway

Are you ready for some racing? Hot off the press the 2024 I-35 Speedway Schedule of events! This next year is shaping up to be one of the best at I-35 Speedway. Two Heartland Modified Tour races, the newly formed regional series (Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma) for USRA Modifieds, two Midwest Wingless Sprint Car races, and a special Friday Night POWRI 410 Outlaw Sprint Show are on the schedule. These races combined with an outstanding weekly show featuring USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, USRA Stock Cars, E-Mods, Pure Stocks, Sport Compacts, Junior Sport Compacts and Late Models make I-35 Speedway the place to be on Saturday Night.

I-35 Speedway continues the memorial races. The track has been blessed with great talent and great supporters of racing for many years and we will always want to remember those who preceded us in this sport and left their mark. These races include the Cletus “Mudcat” Murray Memorial, Finish Strong – Mike Tanner Memorial, Racin’ For Rian, Kaster Celebration, Bud Wilson Memorial, and the Mike Knight Memorial. Additionally, those programs near and dear to our hearts continue with Suicide Awareness and the Be Aware Cancer Rally. New this year is the Harold Robb Sr. Sport Compact Extravaganza.

It all gets started with three Saturday practices starting in March. So, racers get those racecars ready, fans get those hands ready for applause, Mother Nature get us some good weather, because racing season is just around the corner. Everyone get your calendars out and add the dates. Look at the schedule and get ready to be a part of the legendary track, I-35 Speedway.

 

 

MUST SEE & SOUTHERN SPRINTS ANNOUNCE DREAM FUND 50 DETAILS

(January 8, 2024) Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series officials have announced additional details for the March 2, 2024, ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida? The event will be co-sanctioned by both series. It will be the first time both series have worked alongside with each other.

JJ Dutton is the event organizer and is the brainchild of the event. It was his intention to get both series to work together for the sole purpose of racing awareness and funding for the Children’s Dream Fun non-profit organization.

The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Florida based non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida. Dreams are referred to by doctors, nurses, Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families, and other patients.

Dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children the organization serves. They may involve meeting a celebrity, a trip, a gift such as a computer or playground, or their most-requested dream, a week at the Give Kids the World Village, which enables a child to visit all the Orlando-area theme parks.

The Children’s Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. They do not tele market to raise funds. Since its inception in 1981, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for over 4,000 children. According to their most recent audited financial report, 87% of all expenses go to make children’s dreams come true. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.

The 50-lap $5,000 to win $700 to start final will be run under 2024 SSSS rules and procedures with Rick Day acting as Race Director for the event. The race will be run as a restricted 410 / 360 motor race. The event will utilize American Racer tires. It will be a point’s race for the SSSS and a non-points event for MSR. Tow money will also be available for teams who fail to transfer out of the B-main if that many cars are on hand.

The weekend will kick off March 1, 2024, with an open practice and a barbeque for teams after practice has concluded. The following night will kick off with single car qualifying, heat races (10l laps), a B-main (10 laps), and the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’. The event will start 24 cars and race organizer Dutton has indicated there could potentially be a couple of Provisionals added to the event.

The MSR Midwest Lights and Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series Lights will be eligible to compete in this event. It will be a points paying event for the SSSS Lights cars. MSR and SSSS will jointly tech cars over the course of the weekend. The SSSS will also handle post-race payout.
Citrus County Speedway wants to help raise awareness and funds through this special race. The track will donate 50 percent from the front gate, back gate, and concession sales for the night. The track as well as Dutton must be commended for their efforts. To many, this is more than just a race.

Lap sponsors for this event are currently being sought.Fifty percent of the money will go to the leader of the sponsored lap and the other half will go to the Childrens Dream Fund. To sponsor a lap contact Rick Day (813) 377-5862.

Drivers who have conformed and are expected to compete in this event will be announced in the coming days / weeks. Please log onto www.mustseeracing.com, http://www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com/, or https://southernsprintcarshootout.com/ for more info. The entire purse for this event and a link to tickets is listed below.

https://tickets.thefoat.com/citruscountyspeedwayandtrack/March+2nd%2C+2024+Children%27s+Dream+Fund+50+Laps/tickets/id-r8JXJGEi46_6/

POSITION PAYOUT / TOTAL PURSE $24,600

#1 $5,000 #13 $700

#2 $2,000 #14 $700

#3 $1,500 #15 $700

#4 $1,200 #16 $700

#5 $1,000 #17 $700

#6 $900 #18 $700

#7 $850 #19 $700

#8 $800 #20 $700

#9 $775 #21 $700

#10 $750 #22 $700

#11 $725 #23 $700

#12 $700 #24 $700

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2024

It’s been a tough Speedweek campaign in Western Australia for World of Outlaws driver Brock Zearfoss.

The team suffered engine issues even before the first round of the six-round Speedweek campaign kicked off and since then the crew has been playing catch-up.

“Frustrating is a good word for it,” Zearfoss said, fresh from his third place at Bunbury Speedway last Saturday night.

This was his best result of the short campaign so far, on the back of a three fourths, a sixth and a 21st.

“It’s not for a lack of trying or effort, our car has got speed,” he said.

The American said everyone in the Sean Carren-owned team had been working hard to get the overall car package settled.

“Our car is right there, it’s just that we have been having some issues with engines,” Zearfoss said.

They ran a borrowed motor for the past three shows and he said they were scrambling all week to dial their car to the engine.

“You know, it's just a struggle, having Brad (Sweet), Rico (Abreu), Callum (Williamson) and all these good guys here racing, you can’t be off a little bit,” Zearfoss said.

He said after three nights with the engine they were comfortable and it showed – and now they are hoping to finish the WA tour on a high at the Speedweek Grand Final at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night.

“Hopefully we can go two spots better, but even if we are up on the podium again that is good momentum going into next season here,” Zearfoss said in a hint that he would like to return to WA again next summer.

“I just love it here, I love the fans, I love the people,” he said.

“Obviously Sean Carren and the Carren family are great to me and they have become part of our family, so it's just nice, I enjoy coming over here – it’s a different part of the world and I get to see a different culture.

“The racefans here are just as passionate as the people in the ‘States – they are so welcoming to all of us, including myself and we just enjoy racing – it’s nice to get out of the cold and come down here

“Our seasons are so gruelling at home, you know this is just as tough but it’s nice to relax a little bit during the week and kinda feel like a local.”

Not only is Saturday night’s event the final of Speedweek, but it is also the 10th round of the 18-round 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

American Rico Abreu leads the Speedweek battle, while Dayne Kingshott is in the box seat for the season-long local championship.

WA Speedweek points after five of six rounds: Rico Abreu 724, Callum Williamson 716, Dayne Kingshott 694, Brock Zearfoss 674, Cory Eliason 666, Jamie Maiolo 666, Kaiden Manders 662, James Inglis 654, Brad Maiolo 654, Ryan Lancaster 632, Taylor Milling 628, Kris Coyle 612, Jason Kendrick 592, Andrew Priolo 576, Jason Pryde 566, Brad Sweet 552, Jaydee Dack 550, Trent Pigdon 518, Luke Oldfield 508, Mitchell Wormall 488, Brenten Farrer 464, Cameron McKenzie 450, Kye Scroop 436, Jack Williamson 422, Brock Kenny 386, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Ken Sartori 276, Aaron Chircop 256, Nathan Swan 250, Tim Boujos 174, Todd Davis 160, AJ Nash 156, Myles Bolger, Matthew Cross 150 each, Shaun Bradford 118, Tim King 100, Kyle Francis 50.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after 9 of 18 rounds: Dayne Kingshott 1550, James Inglis 1522, Brad Maiolo 1488, Jamie Maiolo 1446, Kaiden Manders 1444, Jason Kendrick 1426, Andrew Priolo 1378, Kris Coyle 1376, Taylor Milling 1374, Ryan Lancaster 1374, Jason Pryde 1324, Jaydee Dack 1284, Trent Pigdon 1176, Callum Williamson 1152, Mitchell Wormall 1100, Kye Scroop 1080, Jack Williamson 916, Cameron Mckenzie 832, AJ Nash 778, Ken Sartori 770, Rico Abreu 724, Brock Kenny 708, Luke Oldfield 696, Matthew Cross 694, Brock Zearfoss 674, Cory Eliason 666, Nathan Swan 662, Brenton Farrer 622, Tim Boujos 574, Brad Sweet 552, Todd Davis 504, Kyle Francis 456, Rod Howe 410, Aaron Chircop 362, Brock Francis 322, Myles Bolger 300, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Jamie Veal 264, Tim King 254, David Priolo 232, James McFadden 150, Michael Pickens 142, Shaun Bradford 118.

 

 

Buddy Kofoid Set For Rookie Run on World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Trail with Roth Motorsports

PETERSEN MEDIA- Having a strong close to the 2023 season that included two World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wins, Buddy Kofoid is set to make his rookie run with ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ as he returns to the seat of the famed Roth Motorsports No. 83 entry and will compete full time with the Outlaws.

“I am very excited for my rookie season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series,” Buddy Kofoid said. “It is something that I have always dreamed of growing up in California and going to the Gold Cup with my family when I was very young. I am extremely thankful to Dennis and Teresa Roth for giving me the opportunity to drive their iconic car with the series, and with the team also being from California, it is special that it is all coming together like it is. Toyota Racing Development(TRD)/Toyota has done a ton for me over the course of my career for the last four years, and I am excited to continue our relationship as I take this step in my career.”

Buddy Kofoid continued to express his gratitude for the opportunity and his team. “Last year I built a great rapport with Dylan Buswell, and I am excited to continue to build off of that foundation again as well as working with Gage Tyra and Nate Knotts. I can’t wait to get going, and I am eager for Florida to get started.”

Kofoid and Roth Motorsports found success last year as Kofoid picked up two wins with the World of Outlaws coming during the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, CA as well as at Placerville Speedway. Kofoid also picked up a win with the All Star Circuit of Champions at I-70 Speedway in Missouri and also tallied a career best 8th place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.

Winning consecutive USAC National Midget Championships in 2021 and 2022 also partnered with TRD, this opportunity puts Kofoid back with a national series as TRD continues to develop their 410ci Sprint Car Engine.

“Buddy and Toyota have a long history of success together in multiple dirt racing disciplines, including multiple national midget championships,” said Jack Irving, Executive Commercial Director, TRD. “Buddy’s talent behind the wheel of a Sprint Car is clearly evident and everyone at TRD looks forward to supporting his full-season effort with Roth Motorsports. Their win last fall at Placerville showed what the team is capable of, and we are confident Buddy will celebrate many more victories this season under the Toyota umbrella.”

“Our entire team is thrilled to have Buddy Kofoid back on board in 2024 as he makes his rookie run with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series,’ Team Owner Dennis Roth said. “We believe he is a rising star in this sport, and we are looking forward to seeing him showcase his talent on the biggest stage. We are equally as thrilled to continue our working relationship with the Toyota Racing Development team as well. They have been a pleasure to work with, and their engine package continues to evolve and put our race team in a position to battle for wins on a nightly basis.”

With excitement in the air for the 2024 season ahead, Kofoid’s Crew-Chief with Roth Motorsports in 2023, Dylan Buswell, is also eager to get the season underway and get back on the road with the Outlaws.

“I believe in time, Buddy Kofoid has what it takes to be a champion with the World of Outlaws, and I’m excited to continue on that path with him,’ Buswell said. “I am looking forward to being back on tour, continuing to work with TRD as they develop a very strong engine package. I’m thankful to the Roth family and everyone involved for this opportunity in 2024.”

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Mobil1, Roth Enterprises, Toyota, TRD, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, Southern Pacific Farms, Speedway Engine Development Inc., Rider Racing Engines, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Vahlco Wheels, AL Drive Lines, Factory Kahne, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Elite Wings, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Mettec for their support.

ON TAP: Roth Motorsports and Buddy Kofoid kick off their 2024 season during Florida Speedweeks in February.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, following them on Twitter @RothMotorsports.

 

 

MCHUGH HEADS THREE CAR LISMORE ATTACK

FOR tomorrow night’s $10,000 to win Lil Aussie Open at Castrol Lismore Speedway, the Tullboro Racing team will be fielding three 410 Sprintcars, and headlining this team driver lineup is one of the event’s leading contenders in Lachlan McHugh.

The Brisbane, Queensland-based team has a variety of drivers contesting the Lil Aussie Open, with McHugh steering the Qld # 74 Territory Logistics Company supported Maxim, along with current Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion and local racer Mitchell Randall and Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series youngster Bradi Owen running cars out of the Tullboro Racing team stable.

Heading into the Lil Aussie Open, McHugh has his eyes on collecting the $10,000 to win event and he is regarded as one of the favourites. Despite stepping away from his regular ride with the SRV Racing team for this cameo appearance, due to his team heading down to Victoria for the upcoming major events, such as the Grand Annual Classic and the Australian Championship, McHugh is determined to get the Tullboro Racing team into victory lane.

“It’s very exciting to have one of the country’s top 410 Sprintcar drivers join our team for the Lil Aussie Open,” expressed Tullboro Racing team owner Brodie Tulloch.

“Lachlan and his SRV Racing team crew chief Nick Speed will be joining our team on Tuesday night at Lismore Speedway, and due to this event not being on the SRV Racing team’s schedule, we did a deal with Lachlan for him to run with our team to support this event and we are all confident of being able to challenge for the win.”

Elsewhere in the Tullboro Racing team, despite only having a handful of 410 Sprintcar race meetings to his name, Randall is looking forward to running a 410 Sprintcar around his home track of Lismore Speedway for the first time. The Casino, NSW-based racer is the latest V8 Dirt Modified racer to try his hand at Sprintcar racing, where he joins the likes of Kevin Britten, Andrew Pezzutti, Mark Robinson and Scott Cannon who have done it in past years.

“One of Mitchell’s main reasons for stepping into 410 Sprintcars is to be able to race one around his home track,” commented Tulloch.

“Mitchell is one of the most experienced drivers around Lismore Speedway, so he is wanting to see how he goes against some of the country’s best Sprintcar racers. That said, he is realistic about his goals, as he is still very new to Sprintcar racing, but I’m confident he will make a good account of himself throughout the night.”

Apart from Randall’s success on the dirt speedways, he is also the 2023 Australian Production Car Champion in Class C on the tar circuit racing scene. Speaking of the tar circuit racing, fellow Tullboro Racing team mate and 410 Sprintcar racing newcomer Bradi Owen is currently competing in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series.

“Bradi has adapted quite well to Sprintcar racing so far and it’s been fun helping him on his dirt track journey,” Tulloch said.

“One of the main reasons I have setup the Tullboro Racing team is provide drivers, regardless of their levels of experience, the opportunity to go Sprintcar racing – no matter if you are a top racer like Lachlan McHugh or a newcomer like Bradi Owen, we can cater for it.”

Tomorrow night’s $10,000 to win Lil Aussie Open at Castrol Lismore Speedway has attracted some of the world’s top running 410 Sprintcar racers in Americans Aaron Reutzel, Chase Randall, Justin Peck and Kalib Henry, along with Australian heavy hitters McHugh, current Australian champion Jock Goodyer, Luke Oldfield, Jy Corbet and Sammy Walsh. For more information, visit www.lismorespeedway.com.au or follow their social media channels on Facebook and Instagram by searching Lismore Speedway.

 

 

CORBIN RUESCHENBERG TEAMS UP WITH TANNER THORSON FOR CHILI BOWL DEBUT

MESA, ARIZONA (January 6, 2024) – 14-year-old Corbin Rueschenberg of Mesa, Ariz. will become one of the youngest competitors in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals history in 2024, competing in the 38th annual event in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week. Rueschenberg will drive a new Spike Chassis prepared by 2022 Chili Bowl Champion Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada.

He will drive the No. 26R in Tuesday night’s qualifying night, with support from Steffey Excavating, Arizona Luxury Garage, MB2 Industries, CHI Overhead Doors, and Genie Corporation.

Rueschenberg competed in the Xtreme Outlaw Midget and POWRi National Midget series as a 13-year-old rookie in 2023 with 11 top-ten finishes including a pair of fifth-place runs. He also earned several strong runs throughout a busy Micro Sprint campaign as well. Rueschenberg is a former champion of the Sooner Speedweek with 10 career NOW600 National wins.

Rueschenberg tuned up for the Chili Bowl by competing in the Tulsa Shootout last weekend in four divisions, including earning an 11th starting position in the Non-Wing Outlaw championship feature on Sunday.

“I’m super grateful to get to race the Chili Bowl! I can’t wait to learn and see how we do. As a Midget driver I feel like I’ve grown so much in learning what the setups feel like and learning what I need from the cars,” Rueschenberg said. “Shootout was pretty successful and it was good to get some laps in the building before the Chili Bowl. I have a guy in my corner in Tanner Thorson who knows how to win. I just got to do my job. I’d love to make the A-Main on the prelim night and can’t wait to compete against some of the best in the world.”

Thorson approaches his role with Rueschenberg seeing a lot of himself in the young driver.

“I was there at one point so I get the challenges,” Thorson said. “I feel like I have a good sense for what needs to be done now, obviously now that I’m older. He’s a hell of a wheelman. It’s not just a matter of going out there and running good. It’s about having the best prepared race cars and I feel we have all the right pieces of the puzzle for Corbin’s sake. Me and my team are excited to work with him!”

Among the sponsors supporting Rueschenberg’s maiden voyage in the Chili Bowl will be Steffey Excavating. The late Dan Steffey and the Steffey family have supported dirt track racing from their home state of Arizona and beyond.

“To have their support means everything to me,” Rueschenberg said. “Dan and I were great friends. Having him on my car is a great honor.”

On track activity begins Sunday with a pair of hot lap sessions for each driver before racing competition begins with preliminary qualifying nights Monday through Friday. Rueschenberg’s action can be followed live on Tuesday night on www.FloRacing.com

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2024

Dayne Kingshott continues to be the driver to beat in the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series championship.

With nine of the 18 rounds of the series completed, Kingshott has a 28 point advantage over defending series champion James Inglis.

Heading into round eight at Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night, Kingshott had a 24 point lead over Inglis and he extended that after taking fifth, while Inglis crossed the line in seventh.

So far this season Kingshott has been in the top 10 on eight of the nine occasions, with his best results being a pair of wins, a second and a third.

At the same time Inglis has best results of one win and a pair of seconds, being in the top 10 on seven occasions.

Brad Maiolo, thanks to his 10th on his home track, is still third overall, with consistency being the key – every single one of his nine races has resulted in top 10 finishes.

Older brother Jamie was the big mover in the latest round, helped by playing his Joker card and doubling his feature race points.

Prior to this round the elder of the Maiolos was 10th in points but his fourth, being his best result of the season so far, rocketed him up to fourth overall.

He has claimed four top 10 finishes.

Kaiden Manders dropped from fourth to fifth after being 16th last night.

Jason Kendrick dropped from fifth to sixth, while Andrew Priolo dropped from sixth to seventh, Kris Coyle from seventh to eighth and Taylor Milling remains in ninth.

Ryan Lancaster is 10th, dropping two places after his 11th place on the weekend.

Round 10 of the series will be at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night, for the Speedweek Grand Final – the last appearance of Americans Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu, Cory Eliason and Brock Zearfoss.

Meanwhile a fifth in the Maddington Toyota Summer Slam at Bunbury Speedway last night is enough for American Rico Abreu to hold down an eight-point lead heading into the WA Speedweek Grand Final at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night.

Abreu started from p15 in the 30-lap final and worked his way through the field, passing nine cars to win the Kincrome Hard Charger award.

Callum Williamson, who started from p7 and finished eighth, is second overall in the six-round series that is part of the overall 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

Kingshott is third in the Speedweek points, while American Brock Zearfoss, who started fourth and finished third for his first podium result for this Australian tour, is fourth overall.

Fellow American Cory Eliason, who crashed out early in pits bend in the Bunbury feature race, rounds out the Speedweek top five points.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after 9 of 18 rounds: Dayne Kingshott 1550, James Inglis 1522, Brad Maiolo 1488, Jamie Maiolo 1446, Kaiden Manders 1444, Jason Kendrick 1426, Andrew Priolo 1378, Kris Coyle 1376, Taylor Milling 1374, Ryan Lancaster 1374, Jason Pryde 1324, Jaydee Dack 1284, Trent Pigdon 1176, Callum Williamson 1152, Mitchell Wormall 1100, Kye Scroop 1080, Jack Williamson 916, Cameron Mckenzie 832, AJ Nash 778, Ken Sartori 770, Rico Abreu 724, Brock Kenny 708, Luke Oldfield 696, Matthew Cross 694, Brock Zearfoss 674, Cory Eliason 666, Nathan Swan 662, Brenton Farrer 622, Tim Boujos 574, Brad Sweet 552, Todd Davis 504, Kyle Francis 456, Rod Howe 410, Aaron Chircop 362, Brock Francis 322, Myles Bolger 300, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Jamie Veal 264, Tim King 254, David Priolo 232, James McFadden 150, Michael Pickens 142, Shaun Bradford 118.

WA Speedweek points after five of six rounds: Rico Abreu 724, Callum Williamson 716, Dayne Kingshott 694, Brock Zearfoss 674, Cory Eliason 666, Jamie Maiolo 666, Kaiden Manders 662, James Inglis 654, Brad Maiolo 654, Ryan Lancaster 632, Taylor Milling 628, Kris Coyle 612, Jason Kendrick 592, Andrew Priolo 576, Jason Pryde 566, Brad Sweet 552, Jaydee Dack 550, Trent Pigdon 518, Luke Oldfield 508, Mitchell Wormall 488, Brenten Farrer 464, Cameron McKenzie 450, Kye Scroop 436, Jack Williamson 422, Brock Kenny 386, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Ken Sartori 276, Aaron Chircop 256, Nathan Swan 250, Tim Boujos 174, Todd Davis 160, AJ Nash 156, Myles Bolger, Matthew Cross 150 each, Shaun Bradford 118, Tim King 100, Kyle Francis 50.

 


 

Sixteen Drivers Make Up The 2024 O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions

Bryan Hulbert – TULSA, Okla. (January 6, 2024) The roster for the 16th edition of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions has been set, with 16 drivers set to take on Tulsa Expo Raceway clay during Monday’s Cummins Qualifying Night.

Combining Chili Bowl winners, both Saturday and Prelim, as well as past Race of Champions, series champions, and drivers invited by the Chili Bowl Nationals powered by NOS Energy, the annual showcase will see one change in the format, with the inversion determined by the overall fastest qualifier drawing to set the inversion, with a maximum of eight.

The list of drivers includes:

1 – Sammy Swindell – Do we need to explain why?

1s – Spencer Bayston – In last year, through a 2018 podium finish, Spencer secured his spot by winning the 2023 O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

2J – Justin Grant – Winner of the 2022 O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

5 – Chase Briscoe – The Stewart-Hass driver will race via Chili Bowl invitation.

5CB – Karter Sarff - Winner of the 2023 POWRi Midget Championship, the 2024 event marks the first time Karter will compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

19 – Tim McCreadie – Recently added to the roster, the 2006 Chili Bowl Nationals champion will wheel the Hayward Motorsports No. 19.

19R – Ricky Thorton, Jr. – Possibly the best driver in Late Model competition right now, the former Arizona resident nearly walked out of the Tulsa Shootout with a Golden Driller for the second year in a row.

29S – Hank Davis – Grabbing his first career preliminary night win in 2023, the Sand Springs, Okla. shoe will take the Matt Seymour Racing No. 29 into his first O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

39 – Logan Seavey – In last year by way of car owner credentials, Logan Seavey punched his own card into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions by winning the 2023 Chili Bowl Nationals powered by NOS Energy.

41 – Corey Day – Invited by the Chili Bowl, one of the most challenging areas of the country to win in Sprint Car racing, has been and continues to be California, and 17-year-old Corey Day wins a lot, including the 2023 Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) title.

47X – Zach Daum – Xtreme Outlaw Midgets paved the way last year, this year, Andy Bondio credentials will put Daum into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

66K – Brent Crews – Invited by the Chili Bowl Nationals, Brent captured the 2023 SCCA Trans-Am TA2 title.

71 – Jade Avedisian – The 2023 Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year, and highest finishing woman in event history, forged a season long legacy by being the first woman to win a National Midget title with the Xtreme Outlaw Series.

71P – Cannon McIntosh – Winning on Monday has become a common theme for Cannon, putting him back into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

84 – Jesse Love – Invited by the Chili Bowl, Jesse Love got the nod via his 2023 ARCA Menards Series Championship.

88 – Tanner Thorson – The 2022 event champion is back in search of a third win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race of Champions.

The standards for an invitation are:

• Drivers finishing in the Top 3 of Saturday night’s A-Feature during the previous five Chili Bowls will be eligible.

• Drivers finishing in the Top 2 of the past five Race of Champions events will be eligible.

• Preliminary Night Winners from the most recent Chili Bowl will be eligible.

• Series Champions from the most recent calendar year in the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, American Sprint Car Series National Tour, All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC National Midgets, USAC National Sprint Cars, and POWRi National Midget League, Xtreme Outlaw Midgets will be invited to compete.

• Champions and Drivers of other Tours and Series may be added at the Chili Bowl’s discretion.

• No Driver substitutions or alternates from a sanctioning body will be allowed.

• Starting Lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Invitational Race Of Champions will be set by Group Qualifying. Drivers will draw for their qualifying position, then qualify in groups of three to four. Drivers will get two warmup laps, then three green flap laps to set their time. The driver with the fastest overall time in Qualifying will draw for the inversion (0, 4, 6, or 8).

The 38th annual Chili Bowl Nationals takes place January 8-13, 2024, under the giant roof of the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Okla. Fans unable to attend the Chili Bowl Nationals can watch every lap live at http://www.floracing.com.

Monday and Tuesday reserved seat tickets are on sale now by calling (918) 838-3777, along with a few scattered, single seats for the entire event. Monday and Tuesday tickets are $60 each. Four-day tickets are $245, five-day tickets are $305, and tickets for the full event are $365, plus tax (8.517%). All orders will be placed in Will Call.

For continued updates on the Chili Bowl Nationals, fans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @CBNationals. All official press, updates, and results on the Chili Bowl Nationals can be found online at http://www.chilibowl.com.

Quick Notes:

What: 38th annual Chili Bowl Nationals

When: January 8-13, 2024

Where: SageNet Center (Tulsa, Okla.)

Address: 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

Chili Bowl Online:

Website: http://www.chilibowl.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chilibowlnationals

Twitter: (@cbnationals)

Official Hashtag: #ChiliBowl2024

Instagram: cbnationals

Chili Bowl Nationals Champions:

Year - Driver (Owner)

2023 - Logan Seavey (Kevin & Jordan Swindell/Curb/Bertrand)

2022 - Tanner Thorson (Andy Reinbold)

2021 - Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Openwheel)

2020 - Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Openwheel, LLC-Mike Larson)

2019 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2018 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2017 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2016 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2015 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2014 - Bryan Clauson (Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz/Curb Records)

2013 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2012 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2011 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2010 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2009 - Sammy Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2008 - Damion Gardner (Jason Leffler)

2007 - Tony Stewart (Tony Stewart Motorsports)

2006 - Tim McCreadie (Steve Smith)

2005 - Tracy Hines (Wilke - Pak)

2004 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)

2003 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)

2002 - Tony Stewart (Keith Kunz)

2001 - Jay Drake (Keith Kunz)

2000 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)

1999 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)

1998 - Sammy Swindell (Pete Willoughby)

1997 - Billy Boat (John Lawson)

1996 - Sammy Swindell (Rusty Kunz / Jay McKinnie)

1995 - Donnie Beechler (Zarounian Motorsports)

1994 - Andy Hillenburg (Keith Kunz / Rusty Kunz)

1993 - Dave Blaney (Ralph Potter)

1992 - Sammy Swindell (Dave Ellis)

1991 - Lealand McSpadden (Andy Bondio)

1990 - John Heydenreich (Tony Finley)

1989 - Sammy Swindell (Jack Runyon)

1988 - Scott Hatton (Jerry Hatton)

1987 - Rich Vogler (Bob Lowe)

O’Reilly Auto Parts Race of Champions: Spencer Bayston (2023), Justin Grant (2022), Christopher Bell (2021 and 2020), Tanner Thorson (2019 and 2016), Chad Boat (2018), Kyle Larson (2017 and 2014), Sammy Swindell (2015, 2012, 2011, 2009), Kevin Swindell (2013), Brad Loyet (2010)

Trade Show: A long-standing tradition at the Chili Bowl, the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Monday through Saturday), is free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel, and more is available with well over 100 vendors. The Trade Show still has space available. Anyone looking to be a part of the Trade Show can contact the Chili Bowl office at 918-838-3777. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.

GLSS-Great Lakes Super Sprints
2024 GLSS Schedule

Merrill, MI – The upcoming 2024 season looks promising for the Great Lakes Super Sprints, presented by Engine Pro & ARP! While a few tracks and dates are still in the negotiation phase, we couldn't wait any longer to share the news, as 90% of our dates are already confirmed.

Excitingly, Indiana is back on our schedule with confirmed dates at Gas City and Lawrenceburg Speedway. In July, GLSS will make its inaugural mid-season visit to Ontario, featuring Thursday and Friday night races at Ohsweken, and a return in September for the Northern Sprint Car Nationals.

The season kicks off on April 13th at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio, followed by a double-header weekend in Michigan. We'll conclude the first month by traveling to Tennessee to support our fellow racers from USCS at I-75 Speedway. Labor Day weekend will be the North Division Championship and the South Division and the Tour will wrap up their Championship at Waynesfield on October 5th.

May brings a unique situation where we'll be racing against ourselves in Michigan and Ohio, a consequence of merging two series. Thankfully, we've managed to reduce it to just one conflicting date this year, and we appreciate the tracks for their cooperation and support.

Fifteen weekends are set to start at our traditionally loyal tracks, including 7 races at Limaland, 6 at I-96 Speedway, and 3 at Hartford Speedway. We'll make 5 visits to Waynesfield Raceway Park, 3 to Crystal Motor Speedway, and 2 each to Butler Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, I-75 Speedway and potentially Gas City Speedway. Historic Millstream Speedway will witness our first-ever visit, with single-race visits to Fremont Speedway, Eldora Speedway, Silver Bullet Speedway, and Lawrenceburg Speedway.

In the next two months, our goal is to add 3-4 additional Saturday night tracks to fill the remaining TBA's. We are actively working to find suitable dates for these tracks. So watch for new press releases and updates on FaceBook. Once our confirmed dates are entered on our website, that schedule will be our Master Schedule you can check back to as the season approaches for dates, times and locations.

To catch past GLSS races, head over to the Great Lakes Super Sprints YouTube page. Stay updated by following us on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and X. For the latest news, schedules, results, and points, visit www.greatlakessprints.com and choose your favorite division.

Thank you to our sponsors who are the ones that allow us to bring a great show to your local tracks. Please help us by supporting the sponsors listed below….
PErfit Corporation
Engine Pro & ARP Racing
Hoosier Racing Tires
Beacon & Bridge Markets
Operating Engineers Local 324
Michigan Cat
MacCallister Rental
Engler Machine & Tool
Home Pro Roofing
Jim Coffey and Sons Plumbing & Heating
Howard Johnsons by Wyndham
Specialty Fuels & Logistics
Environmental Waste & Recovery Service
Precision Engine Works
TC Power Sports
Percision Engine Works

2024 Great Lakes Super Sprints presented by Engine Pro & ARP
Schedule (Schedule Subject to Change)
4/13 - Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH)
4/19 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
4/20 - Crystal Motor Speedway (MI)
4/26 - I-75 Speedway (TN)
4/27 - I-75 Speedway (TN)
5/03 - Limaland Raceway Park (OH)
5/04 - Star Wars Day TBA (OH)
5/10 - Gas City Speedway (IN) Tentative
5/11 - Lawrenceburg Speedway (IN)
5/17 - Hartford Motor Speedway (MI)
5/17 - Limaland Raceway Park (OH)
5/18 - Fremont Speedway (OH)
5/24 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH)
5/25 - TBA (OH or IN)
5/26 - Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH)
5/31 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
6/07 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH)
6/14 - Hartford Motor Speedway (MI)
6/15 - Butler Motor Speedway (MI)
6/21 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH)
6/22 - TBA
6/28 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
6/29 - Crystal Motor Speedway (MI)
7/03 - Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH)
7/05 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH)
7/06 - TBA
7/11 - Ohsweken Speedway (CAN)
7/12 - Ohsweken Speedway (CAN)
7/13 - TBA
7/19 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH)
7/26 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
7/27 - TBA (MI)
8/02 - Gas City Speedway (IN)
8/03 - Eldora Speedway (OH)
8/09 - Hartford Motor Speedway (MI)
8/10 - Silver Bullet Speedway (MI)
8/16 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
8/17 - Butler Motor Speedway (MI)
8/24 - Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH)
8/25 - Millstream Speedway (OH)
8/30 - I-96 Speedway (MI)
8/31 - Crystal Motor Speedway (MI)
9/12 - Ohsweken Speedway (CAN) Practice
9/13 - Ohsweken Speedway (CAN)
9/14 - Ohsweken Speedway (CAN)
10/5 - Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH)

 

 

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Sweepstakes Sprint Car and Auction Ahead at Chili Bowl!

Knoxville, IA, January 5, 2024 - The non-profit National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation is gearing up for a big week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the 38th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, presented by General Tire, January 8-13, 2024. The museum’s week will be highlighted by its booth featuring the Triple X/Parker Racing Engines 410 Sweepstakes Sprint Car, and its museum-benefit auction on Thursday, January 11.

The auction benefits the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum as well as The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, and will take place on Thursday, January 11, at 11 a.m. inside the Tulsa State Fairgrounds’ River Spirit Expo Center in the bleachers in turn four. We will again have a huge assortment of unique and autographed memorabilia including signed items from Tony Stewart, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Jason Johnson, Bobby Unser, Stevie Smith, Jack Hewitt, Emmett Hahn, JJ Yeley, AJ Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Danny Smith, the Chili Bowl 2023 A main starters and many others.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum executive director Bob Baker says, “We have to thank Emmett Hahn, a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee himself, and his team for continuing to allow us to have a presence at their week-long indoor midget car racing event. We will also have a booth back in the trade show every day at the Chili Bowl, showcasing our Triple X/Parker Racing Engines #15 Sweepstakes Sprint Car! Who knows? You may purchase your lucky ticket to win the car at this year’s Chili Bowl!”

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

BRADEN CHIARAMONTE MAKES TWO MAIN EVENTS AT THE 39TH ANNUAL TULSA SHOOTOUT

(El Cajon, CA, January 4, 2024) West Coast open-wheel racing star Braden Chiaramonte finished off his 2023 campaign by qualifying for two main events in the world’s toughest and most prestigious micro sprint car race, the 39th Annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout presented by NOS Energy. The talented teen qualified for a pair of mains giving him three feature starts in three years of competing in the winter racing festival.

In an era when nearly every car and driver entered gets to start the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and NHRA Championship Drag Races, the Tulsa Shootout is different. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Handsome 16-year-old Chiaramonte made the main events in the Hyper Outlaw Non-Wing Class and the Evo Fuel Injection Winged A-Class. He was one of only 24 drivers in each of those main events. The Hyper Outlaw Class saw 380 entries attempt to qualify for the main. Three-hundred-fifty-six of them did not make it. It was even tougher in the Winged A Class when a whopping 394 cars vied for one of the coveted main event positions. Three hundred seventy were packed up and done before the finale.

While making the two main sounds great, Chiaramonte’s effort did not have a storybook ending. In the Outlaw Non-Wing class, he started the main event in 18th. However, his effort in the 30-lapper was nullified before he completed a quarter of a lap! Starting on the outside of the ninth row, the car inside of him suddenly darted to the right mere seconds after the green flag started the race. The driver clobbered Chiaramonte and punted the gorgeous family-owned #73B into the crashwall. Chiaramonte’s car climbed the wall and his right front wheel was perched on the barrier while the other three were on the ground when he came to a stop.

His car was towed back to the work area and to the disappointment of his team, the damage sustained was enough to knock him out of the race less than three seconds after the green flag! It also saddled him with a frustrating 23rd-place finish.

That crash left Chiaramonte with only one more race to go in “Tulsa Time.” That was the Winged A Class 30 lapper. In that one, the El Cajon, California racer, who drove in several different disciplines of open-wheel cars in 2023, started 15th. He was destined to finish better than he did in the Non-Wing Outlaw main. Once the race got going, he moved forward and found himself in 11th. With a lot of laps remaining, it was anticipated he would easily break into the top 10. However, fate intervened and a steering problem forced the likable driver to the sidelines with a 21st-place result.

Overall, Chiaramonte had an impressive week against talent-laden fields. All told, he moved forward in eight of the 12 races he started. That includes two of the wins which came from the pole. Only four times all week did he finish in a worse position than he started in. Included in those were the two mains he did not finish due to being wrecked and having a steering problem. Of the two races he finished where he lost spots, one came when he started on the pole and finished second and the other happened when he started third and placed sixth. Thus, in the 10 races he finished, he picked up 17 positions and amazingly, he only dropped four spots.

With the final event of 2023 out of the way, Chiaramonte and the crew will be shifting in a different direction for the next few weeks. Instead of racing, the team is stripping down the cars and going over them before the start of the 2024 racing campaign. They have some irons in the fire regarding what and where they will be competing, but nothing has been finalized as of yet. An announcement should be forthcoming shortly.

Chiaramonte would like to thank all his sponsors who have made his racing efforts possible. RTL Traffic Control, AM Ortega, Hyper Racing, Chop Design, Adams Motors, Hacienda Casa Blanca Fine Mexican Dining, Evil Plus Injection, King Racing Products, Tiner-Hirst Enterprises, and Keizer Wheels.

Braden Chiaramonte 2023 Results

January 13 Tulsa SageNet Center Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 14th A Main

January 14 Tulsa SageNet Center Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 12th C Main

March 11 Imperial Valley Raceway So Cal Non Wing Open Comp Sprints 9th A Main

March 11 Imperial Valley Raceway Best of the West Lightning Sprints #2 1st A Main

March 18 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 16th A Main

March 24 Placerville Speedway Sprint Car Challenge Tour 10th B Main

April 1 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Car DNS

April 8 Adobe Mountain Speedway 600 Outlaw Winged Micro 1st A Main

April 21 Adobe Mountain Speedway 600 Outlaw Non Wing Micro 6th A Main

April 22 Adobe Mountain Speedway 600 Outlaw Winged Micro 1st A Main

May 11 US 24 Raceway All Transportation A Wingless Clash 5th Qualifier

May 12 US 24 Raceway All Transportation A Wingless Clash 10th A Main

May 13 US 24 Raceway All Transportation A Wingless Clash 15th Qualifier

May 19 Kings Auto Raceway At Plaza Park 600 Non Wing Micro 4th A Main

May 20 Thunderbowl Raceway Kings of Thunder 360 Sprint Cars 7th A Main

June 3 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 16th A Main

June 23 Delta Speedway 600 Non Wing Micro 5th A Main

June 24 Delta Speedway 600 Non Wing Micro 21st A Main

July 7 Ocean Speedway Taco Bravo 360 Sprints DNS

July 15 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 20th A Main

July 22 Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway Open 360 Sprint Cars 12th A Main

August 5 Placerville Speedway Winged 360 Sprint Cars 12th A Main

August 25 Silver Dollar Speedway Winged 360 Sprint Cars 10th A Main

September 7 Sweet Springs Motorplex 600cc POWRi Non Wing Micros 7th A Main

September 8 Sweet Springs Motorplex 600cc POWRi Non Wing Micros 24th A Main

September 9 Sweet Springs Motorplex 600cc POWRi Non Wing Micros 24th A Main

September 22 Lil Texas Motor Speedway 600cc POWRi Non Wing Micros 1st A Main

September 23 Lil Texas Motor Speedway 600cc POWRi Non Wing Micros 2nd A Main

September 28 US 24 Raceway 600cc Non Wings Micros 8th A Main

September 29 US 24 Raceway 600cc Winged Micros 8th Qualifier

September 30 US 24 Raceway 600cc Winged Micros 19th A Main

September 30 US 24 Raceway 600cc Non Winged Micros 6th Qualifier

October 14 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 4th A Main

October 19 Port City Raceway 600cc Non Wing Micro 6th A Main

October 21 Port City Raceway 600cc Non Wing Micro 9th B Main

November 3 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars DNS

November 4 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 5th A Main

November 14 Bakersfield Speedway USAC National Midgets 7th B Main

November 17 Placerville Speedway USAC National Midgets 22nd A Main

November 21 Merced Speedway USAC National Midgets 18th A Main

November 22 Merced Speedway USAC National Midgets 17th A Main

November 25 Ventura Raceway USAC National Midgets 13th B Main

December 31 Tulsa SageNet Center Tulsa Shootout Outlaw Non Wing 23rd A Main

December 31 Tulsa SageNet Center Tulsa Shootout Winged A Class 21st A Main

 

 

Three-Time Atlantic City Winner Andy Jankowiak Seeks First Allentown PPL Center Win On January 5th and 6th

Allentown, PA - Andy Jankowiak owns a very impressive resume on the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP, yet he’s never won inside Allentown’s PPL Center. The talented driver from Tonawanda, N.Y. will get two chances to get that first win when the 2024 season begins on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th when the 8th running of races inside the PPL Center is held sponsored by Ironton Global Cloud Phone.

Jankowiak, who sits tied for fourth on the series all time win list with six wins, has won four times at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall which includes three in the Gamblers Classic. He has also scored wins in Albany, NY and Trenton, NJ, but Allentown has eluded him.

Jankowiak is one of three drivers who have made every feature event in Allentown, the other two, Ryan Flores and Anthony Sesely, however have both gone to victory lane. Jankowiak’s best finish of second came after a spirited battle with Flores in the 2022 edition.

It’s not that Jankowiak hasn’t shown speed. Jankowiak has three top five finishes and six top 10’s and he holds the track record at 7.425 seconds set in time trials during the Friday night portion in 2020.

The eighth running of the Allentown event will feature three divisions of racing: TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts with qualifying races and main events both nights.

Friday’s events, sponsored by BELFOR Property Restoration begins on Friday night at 7:30 PM with doors opening one hour earlier. Saturday’s racing, sponsored by Future Homes, fires up at 7 PM.

Saturday’s annual Fan Fest, limited to fans who purchased 100 level seats, will offer a close up look of the race cars and a chance to meet the drivers before the racing begins. To gain access Fan Fest ticket holders must enter through the Air Products gate which opens at 5 PM at the corner of 7th and Linden. All other gates will open on Saturday at 6 PM.

Tickets are on sale, online at PPLCenter.com or at the Box Office daily including the days of the event. New this year is a Friday/ Saturday Combo Ticket and a Friday night a lower level family section with Adult tickets starting at just $20 and Kids $5.

For more information including links to purchase tickets, entry forms and book hotel rooms within walking distance of the center visit www.indoorautoracing. com.

For race fans who cannot make the trip to get the best experience at the event, quality DTD-TV pay-per-view will be available for both nights on the web at dirttrackdigest.tv.

After the Allentown races, the chase for the Indoor Series championship will head to Atlantic City, NJ January 26 and 27 at Boardwalk Hall for the 22nd running of the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races.

The indoor series ends with the East Coast Dirt Nationals at the Trenton, N.J. Cure Insurance Area where Tim Buckwalter will be on hand to defend his 2023 victory on February 23 and 24th.

 

FAST On Dirt Schedule

As promised, here's the tentative schedule on day 1 of 2024.
A few tracks have not finalized plans, we will fill the TBA dates and MAY even add another date or so! We will have a printable graphic of the schedule posted in a few days.

PRELIMINARY 2024 Ti22 Performance Inc. FAST On Dirt Schedule
March 16 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway
April 6 - Atomic Speedway
April 13 - Wayne County Speedway
April 27 - Muskingum County Speedway
May 4 - Mercer (PA) Raceway Park
May 11 - Wayne County Speedway
May 18 - Florence (KY) Speedway
June 1 - TBA
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42nd Annual - Ohio Sprint Speedweek
June 7 - Attica Raceway Park
June 8 - Fremont Speedway
June 9 - Waynesfield Raceway Park
June 10 - Wayne County Speedway
June 11 - Hilltop Speedway
June 12 - Sharon Speedway
June 13 - Muskingum County Speedway
June 14 - Millstream Speedway
June 15 - Atomic Speedway
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June 29 - Fremont Speedway
July 5 - Pennsboro (WV) Speedway
July 6 - Pennsboro (WV) Speedway
July 12 - Circle City (IN) Speedway
July 13 - Paragon (IN) Speedway
July 27 - Wayne County Speedway
July 28 - Tri-City (PA) Raceway Park
August 3 - Muskingum County Speedway
August 17 - Atomic Speedway
August 23 - Mercer (PA) Raceway Park
August 24 - TBA
August 31 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway
September 1 - Wayne County Speedway
September 14 - TBA
October 12 - Atomic Speedway

 

 

$AVE BIG at Smiley's LARGEST ANNUAL EVENT! Pre-Season Sale & Swap Meet - on Same Day!

01/04/2024

Smiley’s Racing Products has combined the Pre-Season Sale and Annual Swap Meet for ONE SUPER SATURDAY – JAN. 27, 2024! It’s Smiley's Biggest Annual Event!! The Smiley’s Pre-Season Sale at the Mesquite, TX Store location will be 3 DAYS ONLY – JAN. 25-27. Smiley’s is offering deep discounts to help racing teams gear up for the 2024 racing season. Almost Everything is on Sale!

Here’s the latest event news:

Annual Swap Meet

The Smiley's Racing Products Annual Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 2024 in the Mesquite, TX Store Parking Area (103 Gross Road Mesquite, TX 75149). Gates will open at 7:00am and close at 2:00pm. Swap Space is available for $40 each on a first-come, first-served basis.

From parts and pieces to complete race cars, it’s a great time for race teams to clear out inventory no longer needed and to pick up those needed parts. This annual event draws a big crowd, so plan to get here early to shop, swap, or sell and get the best deals!

And for the latest event updates, make sure to check in often at: https://www.facebook.com/smileysracing

FREE Lunch!

Saturday, January 27th a FREE Lunch will be provided at the Mesquite location. Hot dogs will be served outside and tacos inside!

Vendor Reps On-Site

Major Vendor Reps will be setup on-site during the Mesquite store sale on Friday, January 26th from Noon-4pm and Saturday, January 27th from 9am-2pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet with major Vendors in the racing industry and see the new 2024 products!

HOOSIER TIRE SOUTHWEST Deal of the Year!

• 10% OFF all Hoosier Tires (In Stores Only)

• FREE Shipping on ALL Hoosier Tires (Web Orders Only)

• $15 Oversized Fee on extra-large Drag Slicks and Sprint Rears

NOTE: FREE Shipping Offer is limited to 10 tires per customer during this Sale event. Valid on Ground shipping to Continental U.S. Only. All Drag, Road Racing, Pro Street, ATV/Kart and Motocross tires can be shipped to any state in the Continental U.S. Hoosier Tire Distributor policy only allows us to ship Oval Track Dirt and Oval Track Asphalt tires to states in Smiley’s Hoosier Southwest Region: TX, OK, LA, AR, or NM.

Mark Your Calendars: 4-Day Only Website Sale

Thursday, January 25, 2024 thru Sunday, January 28, 2024

www.smileysracing.com

1-866-959-7223

3 Day Only Mesquite, TX Store Sale

Thursday, January 25, 2024 … 9am - 6pm

Friday, January 26, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, January 27, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

103 Gross Road Mesquite, TX 75149 (972) 289-7223

SALE EVENT Highlights – Mesquite, TX Store ONLY

• 30% OFF all SRP Fittings and 20% OFF most SRP Products

• Up to 25% OFF Almost Everything Else

• GET FREE SHIPPING on orders over $149 PLUS the Sale Discounts

• FREE SHIPPING exclusions may apply to oversized items, but are not limited to, tires, jacks, seats, fuel jugs, bumpers, rear ends, transmissions, wheels, batteries, fuel cells, leaf springs, large Pit Pal items, top wings and trees, nerfs, and hoods

SALE EVENT at Smiley’s Stores in Ft. Worth, Houston & Oklahoma City – FEB. 2-3, 2024

Friday, February 2, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, February 3, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

• 30% OFF All SRP Fittings and 20% OFF Most SRP Parts

• 10% OFF Almost Everything Else, including Hoosier Tires (in above stores only)

Ft. Worth, TX Store Location

700 West Kennedale Parkway

Kennedale, TX 76060

(817) 572-7467

Houston, TX Store Location

1622 Sawdust Road

Woodlands, TX 77380

(281) 362-7872

Oklahoma City, OK Store Location

3208 SW 59, Suite A

Oklahoma City, OK 73119

(405) 686-7112

SALE EVENT at Smiley’s SHERMAN, TX Store – FEB. 9-10, 2024

Sherman, TX **NEW Store Location**

1902 Texoma Parkway

Sherman, TX 75090

(903) 891-8300

Friday, February 9, 2024 … 9am - 4pm

Saturday, February 10, 2024 … 9am - 2pm

• 30% OFF All SRP Fittings and 20% OFF Most SRP Parts

• 10% OFF Almost Everything Else, including Hoosier Tires (in above store only)

• FREE Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, February 10

We wish you all a fun and safe 2024 racing season & we hope to see you at the Smiley’s Racing Products and Hoosier Tire Southwest Pre-Season Sale coming soon!

 

 

Buckwalter’s Busy ‘Off Season” Continues With Allentown Indoor Race This Weekend
Allentown, PA - Usually racers take the offseason to rebuild and regroup, getting ready for the long season ahead.

Not Tim Buckwalter. When he arrives at Allentown’s PPL Center for the Ironton Global Cloud Phone on January 5th and 6th he’ll have already started a busy off-season of racing. The Douglassville, PA was back in the seat of a race car just days after Christmas at the Tulsa Shootout for dirt Micro Sprints racing in three classes in Tulsa, OK.

Returning home after a long week of racing, he’ll be at the PPL Center on Friday night to drive the Bill Pippard owned No. 74 TQ Midget in hopes of winning features scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to a special Ironton Auto Body Challenge in place, should Buckwalter pull off the sweep he will leave with $10,000 in earnings.

In 10 starts in 11 races at the PPL Center, Buckwalter has a best finish of fourth which came in the 2022 event. He also has three top five finishes and five top 10’s in those 10 starts yet he’s not pulled off a win, something he has accomplished twice on the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

As soon as the final checkered flag falls at the PPL Center, both Buckwalter and fellow TQ Midget competitor Briggs Danner of Allentown will catch a flight back to Tulsa, OK where they will practice on Sunday for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

Buckwalter will get a few weeks off before heading to Atlantic City for the two more features during NAPA Auto Parts weekend on Friday and Saturday, January 26th and 27th.

Buckwalter’s attention will then turn to the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ where he is the defending winner of the event.

The eighth running of the Allentown event will feature three divisions of racing: TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts with qualifying races and main events both nights.

Friday’s events, sponsored by BELFOR Property Restoration begins on Friday night at 7:30 PM with doors opening one hour earlier. Saturday’s racing, sponsored by Future Homes, fires up at 7 PM.

Saturday’s annual Fan Fest, limited to fans who purchased 100 level seats, will offer a close up look of the race cars and a chance to meet the drivers before the racing begins. To gain access Fan Fest ticket holders must enter through the Air Products gate which opens at 5 PM at the corner of 7th and Linden. All other gates will open on Saturday at 6 PM.

Tickets are on sale, online at PPLCenter.com or at the Box Office daily including the days of the event. Ticket prices the day of event increase $5.

For race fans who cannot make the trip to get the best experience at the event, quality DTD-TV pay-per-view will be available for both nights on the web at dirttrackdigest.tv.

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2024

American Rico Abreu is the leader of the WA Sprintcar Speedweek battle after the fourth of six rounds was contested at the Perth Motorplex on Tuesday night.

Abreu progressed from 12th on the grid to sixth at the line in the 30-lap feature race that was claimed by Callum Williamson over five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet and Dayne Kingshott.

This was his lowest points haul of the series so far, backed up by a pair of wins and a second.

While he is leading, the margin is a slender four points over Williamson who up until the first round was contested at the Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day, was sidelined for a couple of months with health issues.

Since his return, he has had a second, third and a fourth to support Tuesday night’s win – his first win in two seasons.

Defending Speedweek champion Cory Eliason is third overall and still within striking distance should he post two big results in the remaining shows and the results don’t eventuate for his rivals.

His best result was a third at Bunbury on New Year’s Day, with other results being a fourth, a fifth and a sixth.

Dayne Kingshott is fourth overall.

He started his Speedweek campaign with a sixth before taking a fifth, dropping back to ninth and then bouncing back with a third.

The remaining Speedweek rounds will be contested at Bunbury Speedway this Saturday night, January 6 and the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, January 13.

Speedweek points after 4 of 6 rounds: Rico Abreu 586, Callum Williamson 582, Cory Eliason 564, Dayne Kingshott 554, Kaiden Manders 544, Brock Zearfoss 530, Bradley Maiolo 524, Jamie Maiolo 524, James Inglis 518, Luke Oldfield 508, Ryan Lancaster 504, Taylor Milling 496, Kris Coyle 486, Jason Kendrick 470, Andrew Priolo 462, Jaydee Dack 446, Jason Pryde 446, Brad Sweet 402, Kye Scroop 386, Trent Pigdon 372, Mitchell Wormall 364, Brenten Farrer 348, Cameron McKenzie 338, Brock Kenny 336, Jack Williamson 314, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Ken Sartori 276, Nathan Swan 200, Tim Boujos 174, AJ Nash 156, Aaron Chircop, Matthew Cross, Myles Bolger 150 each, Shaun Bradford 118, Tim King 100, Todd Davis, Kyle Francis 50 each.

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2024

A third to Dayne Kingshott and a 14th to James Inglis at the Perth Motorplex last night sees the margin increase between the two at the top of the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points leader board.

Heading into the round eight clash at the Perth Motorplex, Kingshott had a slender two-point lead over Inglis, the defending series champion.

The margin is now 24 points with the teams heading to Bunbury this Saturday night for round nine of the 18-round competition.

Kingshott started the 30-lap feature race from p8 and crossed the line behind Callum Williamson and five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet, and afterwards said it was “another solid feature race”.

“We started too far back again so it’s one of those things, we just need to clean up our qualifying and heat racing and put it off the front three rows to have a shot at one of these races,” Kingshott said.

“We actually qualified really well tonight, we had a tough heat draw and that’s how it goes.

“I got racing Rico (Abreu) there in the heat race and he got the better of me and sort of hurt my points and then we were at the back of the dash and we had a pretty tough dash.”

Kingshott said the crew had been working hard on the car and produced a “good feature race car every night”.

“On a standard night here, we would probably come from p10 to win a race but at the moment we have just got to pass too many good cars starting back there, so by the time we get to the front, it’s too late and the race is over,” he said.

“If we can clean that side of it up, I think we will be a shot.”

As far as protecting his lead in the series points is a factor, Kingshott said it was more about finishing races.

“We just need to get through these races, especially the way the points break down works here,” he said.

The former WA sprintcar champion said it was hard to make up a lot of spots with only two points separating each spot in a feature race result.

“The only way you give away points is when you are on the infield, so we really just need to finish races at this point, but still it’s early…I like to win races too so it’s one of those things,” he said.

“We are trying to play both games of it and not take too many risks.”

Kingshott said Speedweek was tough and if he could qualify better, he would be having a lot more fun at the front of the pack.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after 8 of 18 rounds: Dayne Kingshott 1410, James Inglis 1386, Bradley Maiolo 1358, Kaiden Manders 1326, Jason Kendrick 1304, Andrew Priolo 1264, Kris Coyle 1250, Ryan Lancaster 1246, Taylor Milling 1242, Jamie Maiolo 1162, Jason Pryde 1084, Jaydee Dack 1076, Trent Pigdon 1030, Kye Scroop 1030, Callum Williamson 1018, Mitchell Wormall 976, AJ Nash 778, Ken Sartori 770, Cameron McKenzie 720, Jack Williamson 700, Luke Oldfield 696, Matthew Cross 694, Brock Kenny 658, Nathan Swan 612, Rico Abreu 586, Tim Boujos 574, Cory Eliason 564, Brock Zearfoss 530, Brenten Farrer 506, Kyle Francis 456, Rod Howe 410, Brad Sweet 402, Todd Davis 392, Brock Francis 322, Myles Bolger 300, Lynton Jeffrey 280, Jamie Veal 264, Tim King 254, David Priolo 232, James McFadden 150, Michael Pickens 142, Shaun Bradford 118.

 

 

13th Place Finish in Non-Winged Outlaw Feature Highlights Austin Torgerson’s Tulsa Shootout

PETERSEN MEDIA- A busy week in Tulsa, OK to close out the 2023 season came to an end with Austin Torgerson picking up a 13th place finish in the Non-Winged Outlaw Class feature event on Sunday night.

Taking part in four divisions over the week long extravaganza inside the Tulsa Expo Center in Oklahoma, Torgerson finished in B and C mains in Stock Non Winged action, Winged Outlaw Action, and Winged A-Class competition, but all week long he was very strong in Non-Winged Outlaw action.

Lining up ninth in his Non-Winged Outlaw heat race, the Glendale, AZ driver flexed his muscle as he wasted no time working his way forward in the eight-lap event. Carving is way to a second-place finish, Torgerson earned big points as he waited for his qualifier later in the week.

Taking the green flag from the fourth starting position in his 10-lap qualifier, Torgerson was able to earn valuable points as he advanced one position and earned a third-place finish.

When points were tallied, he found himself locked into the Sunday night feature event where he took the green flag from the 14th starting position in the 30-lap finale.

Working his way through the field as the action came to fruition, Torgerson cracked the Top-10 by the sixth circuit as he continued to run hard. Making his way into the Top-5 on the 18th lap, and lap 20 misstep saw him fall back to ninth.

Fading back a few more spots during the closing laps of the feature, Torgerson brought his week to a close as he took the checkered flag with a 13th place finish.

ON TAP: Austin Torgerson will be in action at next week’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals where he will run with Mounce/Stout Motorsports. He is slated to hit the dirt for his prelim night on Monday, January 8th.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-64, Wins-6, Top 5’s-30, Top 10’s-36

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Austin Torgerson by following Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.

 

 

Ashton Torgerson Scores Golden Driller at Tulsa Shootout

PETERSEN MEDIA- Just before the clock struck midnight in Tulsa, OK, Ashton Torgerson closed out the 2023 calendar year in grand fashion as he took the checkered flag during the Winged ‘A’ Class Feature Event and scored his first career Golden Driller Trophy at the famed Tulsa Shootout.

The culmination of a busy season saw Torgerson take part in four divisions during the event in Tulsa, OK and he performed well as he made the feature event in three of the four, and finished 10th in Non-Winged Outlaw ‘B’.

Officially scored 23rd in the Stock Non-Winged Feature event, Torgerson was set to start on the front row of the Winged A-Class feature event after a strong week saw him go from sixth to first in his heat race and fourth to second in his qualifier.

Sharing the front row with Alec Quiggle for the 30-lap finale, Torgerson was hard on the throttle when the race came to life as he jumped out to the early lead and fended off challenges from the likes of Quiggle, Frank Flud, and Daison Pursley late in the feature event.

Very strong out front, Torgerson was able to hit his marks as he worked around the Tulsa Expo Center on a very slick surface and chased after the biggest win of his young career.

A late open red period put Pursley on his rear bumper for the final handful of laps, and despite Pursley taking a couple of shots at the Glendale, AZ driver, Torgerson never faltered as he led all 30-laps and claimed the Winged A Class feature event win.

Despite coming off the high of his first Golden Driller, Torgerson strapped in for the Winged Outlaw 55-lap feature event where he rolled off the starting grid in the 21st position after coming through the ‘B’ and the LCQ to earn a starting berth.

After an extensive track prep during his Trophy presentation, Torgerson hopped in and went to work from the tail end of the field.

Taking what he could get and keeping his nose clean, Torgerson moved forward nine positions and earned a 12th place finish in the finale race of the week.

ON TAP: Ashton Torgerson now turns his attention to the Chili Bowl where he will team up with Mounce/Stout Motorsports and his the track on Thursday, January 11th.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.

 

 

Schedule Outlook for POWRi West Midget League in 2024

Belleville, IL. (1/3/2024) Striving seasonally to provide outstanding stand-alone on-track racing action while adding to the appeal of National Midget events, the POWRi West Midget League prepares for 2024 with a fifteen-date schedule planned from March until late October spanning six venues throughout Oklahoma and Missouri.

Sticking to the guidelines of previous seasons, stand-alone POWRi West events will continue under the same point format, whereas events run in conjunction with the POWRi National Midget League will give bonus points for West members. (Ex. The highest placing West member will receive first place points, with the second-highest West finisher getting second place points, continuing with all West finishers throughout the results within the POWRi West League Championship.)

Continually serving as the POWRi West Midget League season opener while joining the POWRi National Midget the early yearly action of the Eleventh Annual Turnpike Challenge will begin at Creek County Speedway on March 28th then finalize at Port City Raceway for two nights of action on March 29-30.

Ongoing as a fan-favorite mainstay of yearly doubleheader weekend racing with the POWRi National Midget League, the Prelude to the Showdown will kick off at Callaway Raceway on Friday, May 3rd followed by a trip to the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks,’ on Saturday, May 4th for the Thirteenth Annual Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Stand-alone events will populate the seasonal agenda with several trips scheduled for the familiar running grounds including a trio of visits to I-44 Riverside Speedway on April 27th, July 20th, and September 7th; as well as a duo of trips to Port City Raceway on June 22nd and August 24th.

Steeped in tradition the POWRi National & West Midget Leagues will continue the season finale with key honorary events including the Fourth Annual Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55 at Port City Raceway on October 24th as well as the two-day celebration of an industry pioneer with the Twentieth Annual Charlene Meents Memorial at I-44 Riverside Speedway on October 25-26.

POWRi West Midget League 2024 Tentative Schedule:

*3/28/2024 | Creek County Speedway | Sapulpa, OK

*3/29/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

*3/30/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

4/27/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

*5/3/2024 | Callaway Raceway | Fulton, MO

*5/4/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

6/22/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

*7/5/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

*7/6/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

7/20/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

8/24/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

9/7/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

10/24/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

*10/25/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

*10/26/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

~In conjunction with POWRi National Midget League.

Start2Finish is offering POWRi Members a chance to claim a one-time promotional discount of 25% off monthly live streaming and on-demand coverage for the 2024 racing season.

Once registration is finished on My Race Pass, members will receive access to a special promo link on the completed registration page. Download the promo form located underneath the “Registration Downloads” section and select the promo link on the form to obtain the Start2Finish TV discount.

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations with TBA events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed. To be eligible for the point fund, members must participate in at least 80% of the completed events during the season.

Follow along for more information on the POWRi West Midget League and other items such as complete schedules, race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

Joel Myers Jr Caps 2023 Calendar Year With Thrilling War of the Wings Win

PETERSEN MEDIA: Over this past weekend, Joel Myers Jr officially brought the curtain down on the 2023 calendar year and his 2023 racing season as he made a last lap, last corner past to pick up his 10th overall win of the year.

“It was a good weekend for our team in Cromwell, NZ, and it felt great to get a War of the Wings win in exciting fashion,” Joel Myer Jr said. “Friday night we were really good late in the feature, we just ran out of laps, and on Saturday night we were able to use a last lap pass to score the win.”

Friday night the busy weekend in Cromwell kicked off with Myers lining up 13th in his first heat race before he powered his way to a fifth place finish. Lining up on the front row of his second heat, the Sebastopol, CA driver was able to get the jump and tally the win.

Lining up third in the feature event, Myers settled in as the race came to life. Searching around the speedway, he was able to move into second but didn’t seem to have a way to mount a challenge for the top spot.

In the race’s closing laps, Myers Jr’s car came to life and he was able to cut into the leader’s gap, but the youngster rand out of time and settled for a second place finish.

Back at Central Motor Speedway on Saturday night for War of the Wings action, Myers Jr timed in seventh fastest in qualifying before picking up first and sixth place finishes in heat race competition.

Finishing third in the Dash, Myers again found himself in the second row of the feature event. Jumping into second, Myers Jr chased after Friday night’s winner, Jamie Duff, who was again out front and setting a torrid pace.

Looking like it would be another second place finish on this final night of 2023, Myers Jr kept digging as time ran out. Taking the white flag in second, Myers Jr closed in on Duff through turns one and two, and was able to beat him into turns three and four as he stuck the bottom, took the lead, and won the drag race to finish line to pick up the win.

“It is great to have a car that good at the end of the feature each night,” Myers Jr added. “It put us in a great spot on both nights, and on Saturday we were able to take advantage and grab a win. I’m very thankful that the Anderson family continues to give me a great opportunity in NZ, and looking forward to having a good start to 2024.”

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 55, Wins-10, Top-5’s- 24, Top-10’s-33

ON TAP: Myers Jr now has a break in his schedule as he is not scheduled to return to action until January 13th at Greymouth Speedway for another War of the Wings event.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

To grab your Joel Myers Jr Merchandise, click over to www.shopjoelmyersjr.com

 

 

 

 

PARTS AUTHORITY INKED AS SHUMAN

2024 CHILI BOWL PRIMARY SPONSOR

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (January 1, 2024) – Industry veteran, Casey Shuman, returns to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 38th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals with Parts Authority livery adorning his Toyota Powered, Spike Chassis, Dunlap Performance #32 entry.

 

Founded in 1973, Parts Authority is a leading national distributor of automotive and truck parts in the USA. The trusted brand has loyally supported motorsports for many years including partnering with Dunlap Performance’s two-car team at Chili Bowl Midget Nationals the last three years. In 2024, Parts Authority is shifting to primary sponsorship of Shuman’s #32 entry with Toyota, Whitz Racing, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Factory Kahne Shocks, and Bell Racing Helmets as support.

 

Casey Shuman is the son of legendary racer, Ron Shuman. The Shuman name carries respect and a lengthy history in the industry due to Ron and Casey’s dedicated careers. Race wins, championships, and record holdings decorate the Shuman name, and their tie to Parts Authority runs deeper than a singular sponsorship contract. Ron has played a pivotal role in outside sales for the Parts Authority family for thirteen years.

 

“Parts Authority has been a partner with Dunlap Performance for a few years,” said Casey Shuman, “I’m pumped to have them as my primary sponsor this year so I can represent them on the massive stage that is Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. This is the biggest crowd I race in front of each year, and to use my time in Tulsa to shine the spotlight on a brand like Parts Authority is truly an honor.”

 

The Tempe, AZ native has found success in the SageNet Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK throughout his career with five A-Main event starts. Shuman seeks his sixth career Chili Bowl A-Main event start with Parts Authority colors. The 38th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals begins Sunday, January 7, 2024, with Practice Day and concludes Saturday, January 13, 2024. The Parts Authority #32 will compete in Thursday’s preliminary event on January 11, 2024, as well as Saturday’s finale.

 

Interested parties can purchase event tickets or read more about Chili Bowl Midget Nationals here, www.chilibowl.com, or stream all the racing action live on www.floracing.com.

 

 

About Parts Authority:

Parts Authority, founded in 1973, is a leading national distributor of automotive and truck parts to the aftermarket auto parts industry in the United States, serving customers in the commercial channel, including service centers, jobbers, fleets, and national accounts as well as in the e-commerce channel. Headquartered in Lake Success, NY, Parts Authority has over 250 locations across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.

 

Learn more about Parts Authority here: www.partsauthority.com 

 

 

Winless No More; Liguori Breaks Through In Rumble 25 Finale

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 30, 2023) – After another bout of abysmal luck during Friday’s Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales kickoff, Joe Liguori was close to giving up hope he’d ever reach victory lane.

So disappointed was Liguori after missing the Friday feature that he brought “Joe Liguori, 0x Rumble champion” can koozies to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to sell to fans and competitors.

Those koozies became collector’s items – and historical relics – after Saturday night’s finale to the silver anniversary Rumble, as Liguori finally snapped his winless streak at the sixth-mile concrete oval and laid claim to a Rumble champion’s belt.

The third-generation racer from Tampa, Fla., started from the pole and led all 50 laps of the national midget headliner en route to his first Rumble win in 27 feature starts at the indoor midget classic.

Despite a red-flag stoppage for air quality with 19 laps remaining, which bunched the field back up behind him, Liguori was perfect on the final restart and went unchallenged the rest of the way.

It led to an emotional victory lane celebration, which brought tears to Liguori’s eyes and evoked raucous cheers from the near sold-out crowd.

"I’m speechless!” admitted the normally outspoken Liguori. “We’ve been coming here since 2007. We’ve left here every time asking, ‘What do we have to do to win one of these things?’ It’s been so frustrating … but tonight we finally had some luck go our way and the cautions fell just right to keep us out of traffic.

“I sound like [USAC Silver Crown ace] Kody Swanson up here crying right now, but it’s because I know what he feels like,” Liguori added. “This is one of the biggest wins of my career, even if it might not seem important to some people because it’s not the biggest race out there, just because I’ve been trying so long to win here. We’ve been so close so many times, but we finally did it!”

Liguori led from the outset and was never seriously challenged, opening up leads of more than a full second at various points throughout the 50-lap feature with his Pontiac-powered Brand X midget.

Chaos struck early behind him, as third-starting Nick Hamilton spun at the end of the opening lap, sparking a nine-car pileup in turns three and four. While many cars were involved, most were able to continue on with minimal or no damage to their racecars.

A subsequent spin by Curtis Setser II led to a single-file attempt at the initial start, allowing Liguori to quickly build an early advantage. Though a caution flag waved seven laps in after Chris Neuenschwander lost his left-rear wheel and spun in turn four, Liguori quickly reassumed command on the restart.

Liguori finally got into slower traffic on lap 23, moments before Setser II looped his No. 24 again, forcing a caution flag and allowing Liguori to breathe a sigh of relief at the thought of a clean race track in front of him. He held a 1.2-second lead at halfway and appeared to be well on his way to victory at that point.

But Setser’s third spin of the night and the diminishing air quality inside the Coliseum led to the final slowdown of the race with 19 to go, leaving Liguori with one restart between himself and a Rumble win.

Liguori was perfect when it mattered, while Travis Welpott settled for second, 1.389 seconds back of Liguori despite earning his career-best Rumble finish. It was a bittersweet moment for the veteran.

“If it couldn’t be me, I’m happy for Joe,” tipped Welpott. “We just burned up our stuff a little too soon.”

Mario Clouser, who won last year’s Rumble opener, finished third ahead of two-time Rumble winner Nick Hamilton and Joey Payne, who filled in all weekend for Tony Stewart in the Our Gang Poker No. 2.

Kyle Hamilton and Mike Fedorcak, who reset his own record as the oldest feature starter in Rumble history at 69 years old, completed the seven cars that finished on the lead lap.

Saturday night marked Liguori’s 31st attempt overall at winning a national midget event at the Rumble, and he’d lost the event previously in nearly every possible way, including last year – when he was collected in an accident in lap traffic after leading the first half of the race.

Liguori’s pursuit of Rumble glory had begun to be compared to Dale Earnhardt’s 20-year quest to win the Daytona 500, a race that Earnhardt finally conquered in 1998, 10 months before the inaugural Rumble.

This time, those comparisons were finally laid to rest, as Liguori celebrated in victory lane long into the night.

“They can’t take this one away from me,” he remarked.

In the two 600cc micro sprint classes, both Saturday winners led from start to finish in winning their respective races.

Nate Franklin put his neon orange No. 87 back in victory lane at the Rumble, winning in the winged micros for the second time and holding Dylan Woodling at bay for the entire 25-lap distance.

Not even a late red-flag stoppage with five to go – when Cap Henry tried to go from third to first on the outside, clipped the wall and spun into traffic, sparking a multi-car crash – could keep Franklin from capturing the checkered flag in the end.

“The rear bumper (being battered) is better than the front bumper,” said Franklin, referencing his battles with Woodling throughout the race. “This is my fiancé Cassie’s first time in victory lane, so we’re really excited about that.

“My family works so hard on our race cars. It’s not easy [to win], but I think we’re pretty good,” he added. “This event is so awesome. Third wasn’t good enough last night, so I’m glad we got it done tonight.”

The late accident allowed Kelsey Ivy to climb into podium position, as she finished third behind Franklin and Woodling. Ryan Ball and Colin Parker were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the final rundown.

Meanwhile, Dillon Nusbaum captured his first non-winged micro win in Rumble competition, starting from the pole and cruising to victory by leading all 25 laps in a dominant performance.

The dirt modified regular fended off Woodling – who was doing double duty in the micros – for the win and left Woodling to settle for the runner-up position again. Brian Busz was third across the finish line.

“Man, this definitely ranks up there as one of my top wins,” noted Nusbaum. “I’ve been coming to the Rumble since I was my son’s age. Ran karts here ... and 4 years ago I talked my sister into buying this car for me. Tonight I can say I’m glad we made that decision.

“I race Dylan almost every weekend [in modifieds]. We’ve both been trying to get this a long time, and tonight I had enough to beat him,” Nusbaum continued. “I kind of put my foot in my mouth yesterday ... because I said if I ever got this Rumble win, I’d call it quits, but I don’t think I can after that.

“This was fun tonight.”

Pre-race favorite Larry Joe Sroufe crashed hard on the backstretch with seven laps to go in the wingless feature, leaving him unable to finish. Sroufe, a multi-time Rumble winner, was credited with 11th.

A full, on-demand replay of both days of the 25th Rumble in Fort Wayne is available through SPEED SPORT Network affiliate Pit Row TV, the official broadcast partner of the Rumble in Fort Wayne.

The 26th edition of the indoor racing classic is scheduled for Dec. 27-28, 2024.

25th Rumble in Fort Wayne; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Dec. 30, 2023

National Midget Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. Joe Liguori, 8up, Liguori-7.674; 2. Travis Welpott, 18, Gorman-7.680; 3. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester-7.696; 4. Curtis Setser II, 24, Setser-7.707; 5. Mike Fedorcak, 97, Stewart-7.741; 6. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-7.766; 7. Joey Payne, 2, Stewart-7.767; 8. Mario Clouser, 99g, Guess-7.791; 9. Kasey Jedzrejek, 75, Cicconi/KJR-7.815; 10. Tim Creech II, 49, Burrow-7.846; 11. Nick Hamilton, 16, Kenyon-7.848; 12. Cole Sink, 8o, Brewer-7.849; 13. Jim Anderson, 36, Anderson-7.858; 14. Scott Koerner, 4b, ???-7.876; 15. Thomas Schrage, 01, Hayes-7.877; 16. Jackson Macenko, 24m, Hayes-7.893; 17. Kyle Hamilton, 99, Burrow-7.907; 18. John Ivy, 98, Burrow-7.923; 19. Gage Rucker, 49r, TNT-7.930; 20. Chris Neuenschwander, 3, Neuenschwander-7.998; 21. Ayrton Houk, 9, JK-8.000; 22. Cooper Clouse, 7, Dietsch-8.099; 23. Andrew Prather, P8, ???-8.187; 24. Jordan Caskey, 33, Caskey-8.222; 25. Thomas Eyman, 2e, Eyman-8.333; 26. Andrew Royer, 24r, Royer-8.444; 27. Brian Buttler, 4, Buttler-8.507; 28. Justin Hollister, 9m, Main-8.867; 29. Lee Pierce, 42, Pierce-9.133; 30. Charlie Schultz, 9jr, Reiser-NT; 31. Ryan Flores, 15, Cicconi-NT; 32. Cap Henry, 41, Liguori-NT.

National Midget Heat #1 (10 laps, two transfer): 1. Kasey Jedzrejek [1], 2. Joe Liguori [3] / 3. Kyle Hamilton [5], 4. Jim Anderson [4], 5. Mike Fedorcak [2], 6. Thomas Eyman [7], 7. Lee Pierce [8], 8. Ayrton Houk [6], 9. Ryan Flores (DNS).

National Midget Heat #2 (10 laps, two transfer): 1. Tim Creech II [1], 2. Travis Welpott [3] / 3. Bryan Nuckles [2], 4. Cooper Clouse [6], 5. Charlie Schultz [8], 6. John Ivy [5], 7. Scott Koerner [4], 8. Andrew Royer [7], 9. Cap Henry (DNS).

National Midget Heat #3 (10 laps, two transfer): 1. Nick Hamilton [1], 2. Joey Payne [2] / 3. Russ Gamester [3], 4. Gage Rucker [5], 5. Andrew Prather [6], 6. Thomas Schrage [4], 7. Brian Buttler (DNS).

National Midget Heat #4 (10 laps, two transfer): 1. Cole Sink [1], 2. Curtis Setser II [3] / 3. Chris Neuenschwander [5], 4. Mario Clouser [2], 5. Jordan Caskey [6], 6. Jackson Macenko [4], 7. Justin Hollister (DNS).

National Midget Last Chance Showdown #1 (12 laps, three transfer): 1. Kyle Hamilton [1], 2. Jim Anderson [3], 3. Mike Fedorcak [5] / 4. Russ Gamester [2], 5. Thomas Schrage [8], 6. Gage Rucker [4], 7. Thomas Eyman [7], 8. Lee Pierce [9], 9. Andrew Prather [6], 10. Brian Buttler (DNS), 11. Ayrton Houk (DNS), 12. Ryan Flores (DNS).

National Midget Last Chance Showdown #2 (12 laps, three transfer): 1. Bryan Nuckles [1], 2. Mario Clouser [4], 3. Chris Neuenschwander [2] / 4. Charlie Schultz [5], 5. John Ivy [7], 6. Scott Koerner [9], 7. Cooper Clouse [3], 8. Jackson Macenko [8], 9. Andrew Royer [10], 10. Jordan Caskey [6], 11. Justin Hollister (DNS), 12. Cap Henry (DNS).

National Midget A-Feature (50 laps): 1. 8up-Joe Liguori [1], 2. 18-Travis Welpott [6], 3. 99g-Mario Clouser [12], 4. 16-Nick Hamilton [3], 5. 2-Joey Payne [7], 6. 99-Kyle Hamilton [9], 7. 97-Mike Fedorcak [13], 8. 8o-Cole Sink [2], 9. 59-Bryan Nuckles [10], 10. 36-Jim Anderson [11], 11. 24-Curtis Setser II [8], 12. 49-Tim Creech II [4], 13. 75-Kasey Jedzrejek [5], 14. 3-Chris Neuenschwander [14].

Lap Leader(s): Joe Liguori 1-50.

Hard Charger: 99g-Mario Clouser (+9)

Winged 600cc Micro Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 94-Kasey Jedzrejek, 7.408; 2. 40-Daniel Hoffman, 7.524; 3. 71r-Tylar Rankin, 7.653; 4. 17-Cap Henry, 7.655; 5. 08-Cory Grenzy, 7.842; 6. 29i-Kelsey Ivy, 7.900; 7. 3-Dylan Woodling, 7.932; 8. 14-Keith Ousley, 7.936; 9. 87-Nate Franklin, 7.948; 10. 26-Howard McCormick, 7.955; 11. 18-Cody Tyler, 7.966; 12. 11b-Colin Parker, 7.995; 13. 5-Brian Busz, 7.997; 14. 10r-Ryan Ball, 8.234; 15. 84-Bill Dunham, 8.363; 16. 27-Chris Jagger, 8.418; 17. 01-Chase Ridenour, 8.685; 18. 21-Clay Sanders, NT; 19. 62-Rod Henning, NT; 20. 5j-Josh Haynes, NT; 21. 16w-Cooper Clouse, NT.

Winged 600cc Micro Heat #1 (8 laps, all transfer): 1. Cap Henry, 2. Dylan Woodling, 3. Howard McCormick, 4. Brian Busz, 5. Chris Jagger, 6. Kasey Jedzrejek, 7. Rod Henning (DNS).

Winged 600cc Micro Heat #2 (8 laps, all transfer): 1. Chase Ridenour, 2. Cory Grenzy, 3. Ryan Ball, 4. Cody Tyler, 5. Keith Ousley, 6. Daniel Hoffman, 7. Josh Haynes (DNS).

Winged 600cc Micro Heat #3 (8 laps, all transfer): 1. Tylar Rankin, 2. Nate Franklin, 3. Kelsey Ivy, 4. Colin Parker, 5. Bill Dunham, 6. Clay Sanders (DNS), 7. Cooper Clouse (DNS).

Winged 600cc Micro A-Feature (25 laps): 1. Nate Franklin [1], 2. Dylan Woodling [3], 3. Kelsey Ivy [9], 4. Ryan Ball [8], 5. Colin Parker [12], 6. Brian Busz [10], 7. Bill Dunham [15], 8. Keith Ousley [14], 9. Chris Jagger [13], 10. Chase Ridenour [5], 11. Cap Henry [6], 12. Cory Grenzy [2], 13. Daniel Hoffman [17], 14. Kasey Jedzrejek [16], 15. Cody Tyler [11], 16. Howard McCormick [7], 17. Tylar Rankin [4].

Lap Leader(s): Nate Franklin 1-25.

Hard Charger: 87-Bill Dunham (+8)

Non-Winged 600cc Micro Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 73-Brent Busz, 8.031; 2. 68-Tyler Gunn, 8.055; 3. 16-Grant Valkner, 8.104; 4. 17n-Dillon Nusbaum, 8.117; 5. 20i-Rod Henning, 8.229; 6. 21-Larry Joe Sroufe, 8.247; 7. 9-Jonathan Reid, 8.253; 8. 46-Tyler Lindsay, 8.263; 9. 75b-Brian Busz, 8.337; 10. 27m-Dylan Woodling, 8.348; 11. 8-Bruce Bretzman, 8.408; 12. 12-Josh Ross, 8.447; 13. 15-Andy Hall, 8.481; 14. 51-Jason Ormsby, 8.540; 15. 5h-Josh Haynes, 8.569; 16. 24r-Andrew Royer, 8.630; 17. 57b-Michael Busz, 8.639; 18. ES10-Easton Zent, 8.761; 19. 4-Cameron McArthur, 8.848; 20. 88-Steve Myers, 8.907; 21. 00-Bryan Martin, 9.554; 22. 29t-Tommie Tesch, NT; 23. 75-Nathan Dishoungh, NT. 8.569 Hayes

Non-Winged 600cc Micro Heat #1 (8 laps, four transfer): 1. Jonathan Reid, 2. Dillon Nusbaum, 3. Dylan Woodling, 4. Andy Hall / 5. Brent Busz, 6. Andrew Royer, 7. Cameron McArthur (DNS), 8. Tommie Tesch (DNS).

Non-Winged 600cc Micro Heat #2 (8 laps, four transfer): 1. Tyler Gunn, 2. Tyler Lindsay, 3. Rod Henning, 4. Jason Ormsby / 5. Michael Busz, 6. Bruce Bretzman, 7. Steve Myers, 8. Nathan Dishoungh (DNS).

Non-Winged 600cc Micro Heat #3 (8 laps, four transfer): 1. Brian Busz, 2. Larry Joe Sroufe, 3. Josh Ross, 4. Easton Zent / 5. Josh Haynes, 6. Bryan Martin, 7. Grant Valkner.

Non-Winged 600cc Micro Last Chance Showdown (10 laps, four transfer): 1. Brent Busz, 2. Grant Valkner, 3. Michael Busz, 4. Bruce Bretzman / 5. Andrew Royer, 6. Josh Haynes, 7. Bryan Martin, 8. Steve Myers, 9. Cameron McArthur (DNS), 10. Tommie Tesch (DNS), 11. Nathan Dishoungh (DNS).

Non-Winged 600cc Micro A-Feature (25 laps): 1. 17n-Dillon Nusbaum [1], 2. 27m-Dylan Woodling [7], 3. 75b-Brian Busz [2], 4. 9-Jonathan Reid [4], 5. 15-Andy Hall [10], 6. 16-Grant Valkner [14], 7. 57b-Michael Busz, 8. 20i-Rod Henning [8], 9. 12-Josh Ross [9], 10. 46-Tyler Lindsay [5], 11. 21-Larry Joe Sroufe [6], 12. 8-Bruce Bretzman, 13. 73-Brent Busz [13], 14. 68g-Tyler Gunn [3], 15. 51-Jason Ormsby [11], 16. ES10-Easton Zent [12].

Lap Leader(s): Dillon Nusbaum 1-25.

Hard Charger: 16-Grant Valkner (+8)

 

 

Kit Henry Named 2023 Recipient Of Rumble's David Lesiecki Award

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 30, 2023) – Many racers who annually attend the Rumble in Fort Wayne know Kit Henry as a staunch supporter of grassroots racing. Saturday night, those years of effort were rewarded in a big way.

During opening ceremonies for the 25th annual Rumble, presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales, Henry was recognized as the ninth recipient of the event’s highest honor – the David Lesiecki Award for Untiring Dedication and Devotion to Motorsports.

The award was created in 2014 to honor the late Lesiecki, who passed away prior to that year’s Rumble and was instrumental in the operation and success of the quarter midget class at the event for many years.

Lesiecki‘s widow Diana and sons A.J. and Jonathan, who both raced 600cc micro sprints at the Rumble for many years, have remained an active part of the Rumble community and the event’s operational success.

Diana has maintained the quarter midget program behind the scenes since David’s passing with help from 2018 Lesiecki Award recipient David Ebert. Meanwhile, A.J. and Jonathan transitioned over to lead the technical inspection side of the micro sprint program in 2021, following in their father’s footsteps by becoming instrumental members of the Rumble’s diverse event staff.

Though the David Lesiecki Award has primarily been presented to Rumble competitors over the years, Henry’s impact on the Rumble has been heavily felt, in both the 600cc micro sprint and go-kart ranks.

Henry and his family owned and fielded winged and non-winged micros for veteran John Ivy for many years, as well as entries for past notables like Craig Mintz and John Ivy.

Eventually, Henry sold the micro fleet and equipment to his crew members, but many of those cars continue to compete at the Rumble presently. Ivy continues to dominate in both micro divisions and Tyler Shullick, Ivy’s daughter Kelsey and Henry’s son Cap all race micros in the winged class.

If that wasn’t enough, Henry started a go-kart parts business in 1999 to support his son’s early racing career and has operated a parts trailer for the Rumble’s go-kart racers for nearly the entire history of the famed indoor event.

“I got into the parts industry in ’99 as a means to help support Cap’s racing,” explained Henry. “When Cap started to grow, he grew so quickly that I couldn’t continue to justify the expense of replacing his high-dollar firesuits as often as he needed them. That led me to start Henry Motorsports as a G-Force (brand) dealer, until a year that G-Force couldn’t supply me, and after that I became a dealer myself.

“From there, we expanded into the go-kart business to continue supporting Cap, and it carried our team until he got to (racing) the big cars,” Henry added. “I stayed in the kart business just because I love karting; it’s a type of racing that has always meant a lot to me and it’s a discipline that has been part of the heartbeat of the Rumble for decades now. We’ve made so many memories here, with me as a car owner, Cap and others as drivers, and even as support staff with the parts trailer. It’s all special to me.

“This is something I wasn’t expecting, but it means a lot. I keep coming back because I love this place.”

Cap Henry noted that fans who support the Rumble year in and year out don’t realize all of the things his dad does to help the drivers they watch on the racetrack for two nights each December.

“Dad loves racing more than anything,” noted the younger Henry. “He’s sold karting parts since the late ‘90s. He brought me here (to the first Rumble) in 1998 and I raced go-karts myself. And he fielded micros forever here. At one point we had, I think, three or four different micro sprints in this building. He finally did sell all the cars to the crew guys, but he’s still supplied parts and everything to anybody that needed them. A lot of racers, when they think they might be done for the weekend, can keep going because of Dad and the fact that he supplies parts to allow guys to make repairs and get back out on track.

“The Rumble has always been close to our hearts. We’ve had a lot of success over the years here and made a lot of memories. Dad’s really proud of the event and just loves it, so for him to be honored in this way is something that’s so deserved and something our family really appreciates.”

A.J. Lesiecki pointed out that he and his brother Jonathan were among those who both competed against Kit Henry and his racecars and were aided by Henry’s desire to see his competitors at their best year after year.

“The first word I think of when it comes to Kit is in the award name itself: dedication,” said Lesiecki. “Kit has a lot of the same traits as I remember in my dad, and when Jonathan and I were racing against Cap (in the micro class), Kit owned Cap’s cars like our dad owned mine and Jonathan’s cars. He did everything to help Cap’s racing the same way Dad did for us.

“In addition to all of that, Kit was as hard-headed as a car owner as my dad was,” Lesiecki added with a chuckle. “But he’s done so much for this event that we wanted to give back to him with this award.”

Past recipients of the David Lesiecki Award include Ivy (2014), Doc Hathaway (2015), Larry Cleveland (2016), Joe Liguori (2017), Ebert (2018), Charlie Schultz (2019), Mel and Don Kenyon (2021 co-recipients), and event promoter Larry Boos (2022), who was surprised with the honor last year.

The award was not presented in 2020, when the Rumble was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Fremont and Attica list sprint tire choices for 2024 and 305 rule change

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023

FREMONT & ATTICA, Ohio – Fremont Speedway Presented by Gill Construction and Attica Raceway Park will implement a few rule changes for 2024 that impact the 410 and 305 sprint divisions at both tracks.

For the 410 Sprints the Hoosier D15A and medium tires will be the required right rear tire, with the Hoosier D12A allowed for the left rears. Hoosier front tires allowed are D12, D15, D20.

Cockpit wing sliders will be allowed for the 305 sprints in 2024. Also, the 305 sprint teams will be allowed to continue to use last year’s tire selections through May 2024 and then are required to be on the same tires as the 410 sprints.

Keep up to date with Fremont Speedway by going to www.fremontohspeedway.com or on Facebook at www.facebook/FremontSpeedway or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FremontSpeedway.

Keep up to date with Attica Raceway Park by going to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.

 

 

Anthony Sesely Enters Indoor Series TQ Midget Season Opener As The Pre-Race Favorite

Allentown, PA - Anthony Sesely enters the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP season opener inside Allentown’s PPL Center as the man to beat. A winner of two of three features and the series championship last season, Sesely is returning to action for the 2024 opener presented by Ironton Global Cloud Phone on January 5th and 6th at the PPL Center, with the same unbeaten No. 44 owned by Jeff Ulrich and Rick Kluth.

Sesely debuted the newly designed TQ Midget at the 2022 series finale in Syracuse, NY with a come from behind victory. The Matawan, N.J. driver then won with that same car again at the 2023 season opener in Allentown.

Attempting to go even faster, the team debuted another TQ Midget for the annual Atlantic City Indoor Series race, but it didn’t have that same lucky four-leaf clover and he finished third in a Friday night Covid-19 rescheduled Gambler’s Classic.

Returning to their proven machine on Saturday in Atlantic City, Sesely won again - a remarkable third straight in that race car to clinch the championship. The win also made him a four-time Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner during the NAPA Auto Parts weekend.

With a double feature format set for Allentown, Sesely will seek a fourth straight win on Friday night and a drive for five on Saturday. Thanks to a special Ironton Auto Body challenge in place, should Sesely win on Friday and agree to start 10th on Saturday and win again he would earn $10,000 for the weekend sweep.

The sweep would be profitable, but it won’t come easy for Sesely with over 40 TQ Midgets entered with top drivers from eight states focused on putting an end to his win streak.

Ryan Flores of Davidson, NC is expected to among the top candidates to not only stop Sesely but pull off the weekend sweep. Since the series debut in Allentown in 2016, Flores is the only driver to win both nights when he won his first two of five Allentown wins on back-to-back nights.

In contention to win all three features last year, Flores finished a season best second to Sesely at last year’s PPL Center opener. Flores will be back with his No. 15 seeking to prove he’s once again the guy to beat in Allentown.

Andy Jankowiak, last year’s Friday night Gambler’s Classic winner in Atlantic City is another pre-race favorite. The Tonawanda, N.Y. driver, who finished second in the series points last year, finished a disappointing sixth in Allentown last year, but he is always fast in his home-built No. 57.

The eighth running of the Allentown event will feature three divisions of racing: TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts with qualifying races and main events both nights.

Friday’s events sponsored by BELFOR Property Restoration begins at 7:30 PM with doors opening one hour earlier. Saturday’s racing, sponsored by Future Homes, fires up at 7 PM.

Saturday’s annual Fan Fest, open to all fans who purchased 100 level reserved seats, will offer a close up look of the race cars and a chance to meet the drivers before the racing begins. To gain access Fan Fest ticket holders must enter through the Air Products gate located at 7th and Linden Street, which opens at 5 PM. All other gates will open on Saturday at 6 PM.

Tickets are on sale, online at PPLCenter.com or at the Box Office daily including the days of the event. New this year is a Friday/ Saturday Combo Ticket and a Friday night a lower level family section with Adult tickets starting at just $20 and Kids $5.

After the Allentown races, the chase for the Indoor Series championship will head to Atlantic City, NJ January 26 and 27 at Boardwalk Hall for the 22nd running of the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races.

The indoor series ends with the BELFOR East Coast Dirt Nationals at the Trenton, N.J. Cure Insurance Arena on February 23 and 24th.

For more information including links to purchase tickets, entry forms and book hotel rooms within walking distance of the center visit www.indoorautoracing.com.

 

 

Logan Julien to Chase Rookie of the Year Award with IRA Sprints in 2024

The 2023 MSA 360 Sprints Rookie of the Year will once again chase that same title in 2024, but this time with the fiercely competitive Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series over a 30+ race schedule.

“Driving a 410 with a tour like the IRA is a dream come true for me and the team.” Julien said in a statement. “I can’t thank my dad, brother, and everyone that supports this deal enough for making this all possible. This is a true family operation so for us to be able to do this is awesome.”

The 15 year old filled the stat sheet in his first season in a sprint car in 2023, racking up 2 Podiums, 7 Top 5’s and 16 Top 10’s in just 23 starts.

“We had a great season last year.” The Oconomowoc, WI native said. “The MSA was great to us and it was a really good series to run with and get comfortable in a sprint car. The 410 deal is going to be a huge learning curve but we’re going into 2024 a lot better prepared than we did going into 2023, so I’m hopeful we can get up to speed quickly, make A Mains and continue to learn and get better as the year goes on.”

The 2024 IRA season is set to kick off at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA on April 5th and 6th. One of many new tracks the Julien Motorsports team will have to tackle this season.

“Visiting new places and learning new tracks is going to be tough, but it’ll also be a lot of fun.” Julien stated. “That was a big reason for the move to the IRA for us. The different tracks the series visits and how they all race differently was the main factor. We’re ready for the challenge.”

You can follow along with Logan’s 2024 season on his Facebook at Logan Julien Racing, and with his PR at Box3 Media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

The entire 2024 IRA Sprints season will be broadcast live on FloRacing, with live timing and scoring available through the My Race Pass App.

Julien Motorsports would like to thank their marketing partners for their support!
Julien Shade Shop
Oak Creek Automotive
Northstar Manufacturing
HRP-Hepfner Racing Products
Rod End Supply
King Racing Products
Factory Kahne Shocks
Box3 Media
Behling Racing Equipment
Simpson Race Products
CASM Safety Products
Jax Helmet Designs
Max Papis Innovations
My Race Pass

Julien Motorsports has marketing and sponsorship opportunities available for the 2024 season! If you or your company is interested, send us an email at box3racing@gmail.com.

 

 

Eighteen Events in 2024 for POWRi Desert Wing Sprints

Belleville, IL. (12/29/23) Continuing to build upon the burgeoning growth of 360-Wing desert-region sprint racing for the fourth year of operation, the POWRi Desert Wing Sprint Series will see an expansion of eighteen events spanning late March until early November in an action-packed season with every event a double-header weekend.

Bookending the season in Casa Grande Arizona, the POWRi DWSS will witness a trio of trips to Central Arizona Speedway with the season beginning on March 22-23 for the Keith Bryan Memorial then concluding the year on October 18-19 as well as November 8-9 for the Arizona Sprint Car Showdown at the speedy three-eighths mile venue.

Revisiting Aztec Speedway, in Aztec New Mexico, will mark the mid-point of the Desert Wing Sprint year for the M&R Trucking Freedom Fest on July 26-27 with a pair of weekend ventures to Vado Speedway Park in four separate events on May 24-25 in the Memorial Day Double Header as well as August 30-31 in the Labor Day Double Header.

Expanding in the 2024 racing season, the POWRi Desert Wing Sprinters will travel to Show Low Arizona with multiple nights of battles at the Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway on June 6-7 and August 9-10.

POWRi Desert Wing Sprint Series 2024 Race Schedule:
3/22/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ
3/23/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ
4/12/2024 | TBA
4/13/2024 | TBA
5/24/2024 | Vado Speedway Park | Vado, NM
5/25/2024 | Vado Speedway Park | Vado, NM
6/7/2024 | Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway | Show Low, AZ
6/8/2024 | Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway | Show Low, AZ
7/26/2024 | Aztec Speedway | Aztec, NM
7/27/2024 | Aztec Speedway | Aztec, NM
8/9/2024 | Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway | Show Low, AZ
8/10/2024 | Deuce of Clubs Thunder Raceway | Show Low, AZ
8/30/2024 | Vado Speedway Park | Vado, NM
8/31/2024 | Vado Speedway Park | Vado, NM
10/18/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ
10/19/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ
11/8/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ
11/9/2024 | Central Arizona Speedway | Casa Grande, AZ

POWRi Desert Wing Sprint Series would like to thank all the amazing series sponsors including SmartestSeller.com, Jackson Compaction, Baker Auto-Diesel, Performance Plus Racing Engines, Ortega’s Appliance, Gibson Photography, Mosher Racing, Grady’s Press Trailers, Derek Neil Schaefer’s Specialized Lubricants, Hal Burns Truck and Equipment, XXX Race Chassis, DMI, and CSI Shocks.

Follow along for more information on the further growth of the POWRi Desert Winged Sprint Series presented by MVT Services and items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Twitter & Instagram at @POWRi_Racing and Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

Brad Sweet is North American 410 Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year”; Kevin Rudeen Named 2023 Recipient of “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport”!

Knoxville, IA, December 29, 2023 – Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California was voted “Driver of the Year” by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers for the third time in his career. Sweet topped the World of Outlaw series for the fifth consecutive season. Only Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have done that. Among Brad’s eleven WoO wins were the Skagit Nationals, the Williams Grove National Open and the finale at the Charlotte World Finals. In one of the most interesting 410 polls in history, seven drivers earned first-place consideration. Sweet received twelve of the 24 first-place nods. Others to receive first place votes were All Star Rayce Rudeen Foundation and four-time High Limit winner Rico Abreu of St. Helena, California (4), Huset’s High Bank Nationals winner David Gravel of Watertown, Connecticut (3), Knoxville Nationals winner Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, California (2), Eldora King’s Royal winner Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota, 2022 National Driver of the Year Brent Marks of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and NARC King of the West champ Corey Day of Clovis, California.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are Gravel, Abreu, Larson and Jackson Nationals and seven-time WoO winner, Carson Macedo of Lemoore, California.

“Million Dollar Man” Logan Schuchart, Schatz, Marks, All Star champion Zeb Wise and nine-time All Star winner, Tyler Courtney rounded out the top ten in the poll.

The Rico Abreu Racing #24 was voted the 410 “Team of the Year” after their memorable season.

Corey Day will receive his first career North American Sprint Car Poll honor as the “Wild Card Award” Award winner for being voted the most entertaining 410 driver.

Bryce Lucius of Findlay, Ohio is the “Rookie of the Year” in the 410 class after his successful weekly campaigns at both Attica and Fremont in Ohio.

Jerry Gappens has earned “Promoter of the Year” honors in the 410 class for the first time. Jerry just completed his first full season at Eldora Speedway, which featured among many events the sprint car “Million.”

“Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors in the ‘410’ poll will go to Dave Sharpley of Sharp Advantage Safety Products for the first time! Sharp is known for their innovative seat inserts.

The “Media Member of the Year” Award goes to FloRacing and Michael Rigsby. It is Flo’s second such award with the 410 class, and fifth overall.

“Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport”

A deserving recipient will receive the 2023 “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport,” the highest honor in the North American Sprint Car Poll. Kevin Rudeen has brought much to the sport in the last few years as a car owner and now promoter. After purchasing Skagit Speedway in his native Washington, he has ramped up sprint car racing in the area, and returned the “Dirt Cup” to a premiere 410 event. Kevin has also brought awareness with the Rayce Rudeen Foundation and is a leading contributor to the “Make A Wish” Foundation at the Trophy Cup each year, among other charities.

Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows: Shane Carson, Tod Quiring, Carlton Reimers, Kyle Larson, the late Bill Simpson, the late Greg Hodnett, Dave Pusateri, the late Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, the late Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art & Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, the late Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, the late Earl Baltes, Casey & Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.

The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2023 at tracks and events throughout North America.

2023 North American 410 Sprint Car Poll Top 20

Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)

1. Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 1692 (12)

2. David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 1400 (3)

3. Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA, 1002 (4)

4. Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA, 652 (2)

5. Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA, 570

6. Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 513

7. Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 352 (1)

8. Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA, 344 (1)

9. Zeb Wise, Angola, IN, 279

10. Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN, 232

11. Corey Day, Clovis, CA, 222 (1)

12. Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 213

13. Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 148

14. Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA, 140

15. Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 138

16. James McFadden, Alice Springs, NT, Aust., 108

17. Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA, 104

18. Justin Peck, Monrovia, IN, 98

19. Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA, 84

20. Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA, 49

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

Kreider Family Purchases Robison Racing Products

WHITEHOUSE, N.J., Dec. 28 — Jeff and Dawn Kreider are pleased to announce they have purchased Robison Racing Products and will continue the legacy of the late Gerry Robison by supplying the racing community with high-quality products under the company’s new name, Robison Race Products by Kreider Manufacturing.

With the purchase, the new company will utilize the Kreiders’ 3,300-square-foot machine shop in Whitehouse, N.J., which is much bigger than Robison Racing Products’ former headquarters in Dublin, Pa. The sale included a great deal of inventory which is ready for racers around the world, including oil tanks, radius rods, valve covers, wing trees and birdcages, to name just a few items.

Jeff Kreider has been a CNC machinist for over 35 years, specializing in high-quality parts for the aerospace, military, and medical fields. The past few years he has expanded into machining racing parts too, doing so working directly with Gerry Robison, who died in November after decades in the racing business. They had discussed the Kreider family taking over Robison Racing Products prior to his death.

Jeff and Dawn Kreider have also been involved in various types of racing for years, including sprint cars, USAC Silver Crown cars, 600 micros, and quarter midgets. Dawn is the sister of well-known URC sprint car champion and current USAC Silver Crown driver Mike Haggenbottom and team owner John Haggenbottom. Robison Racing Products is a long-time sponsor of the Haggenbottoms’ racing efforts, and Gerry Robison and his wife, Vickie, could often be found in their pits.

The new company will truly be a family affair. The Kreiders’ son, Jared, is a machinist like his father and he will also be machining race parts for the new company full time beside his dad. Jared has been racing since the age of 6. After success in quarter midgets and 600 micros, he recently advanced to the 305 sprint car ranks. He is the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series’ Rookie of the Year.

Dawn Kreider will also work at the new company full time. She’ll be assisted by their daughters, Roxanne and Julia, who are both graduates of the Norm Brodsky College of Business at Rider University. The Kreiders’ other son, Darrell, is a mechanical engineer as well.

Mike and John Haggenbottom will help with sales on a part-time basis.

“We all bring something to the table,” Dawn Kreider noted. “It’s really going to be a family company.”

“Jared is already a machinist, and he’s very excited about being able to combine his work with his passion for racing,” Jeff Kreider added.

The Kreider family has been busy over the Christmas holiday getting the machine shop set up. In the new year they’ll evaluate their inventory and see what parts they’ll need to make first.

Until the company’s office is open for daily business and its website is completed, please contact John Haggenbottom at (215) 520-8854 with sales inquiries or questions.

 

 

Jason Martin Named North American 360 Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year!”

Knoxville, IA, December 28, 2023 – Jason Martin of Lincoln, Nebraska was voted the 2023 “Driver of the Year” by the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers assembled by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. It is the first such award for Martin, who was champion of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) in 2023. Jason won nine of the 28 features contested with ASCS, and received 12 of the 16 first-place votes cast in the poll. Others receiving first-place nods were Knoxville Raceway track champion, Chase Randall (2) of Waco, Texas, nine-time USCS feature winner and USCS Speedweek champion, Derek Hagar of Marion, Arkansas, and now 15-time USCS champion, Terry Gray of Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, the Jason Martin Racing #36 team earned “Team of the Year” honors in the poll.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth in the poll, respectively, are Randall, three-time ASCS winner, Matt Covington of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Hagar and Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT) champion, Justyn Cox of Clarksburg, California and (tie) URC champion, Josh Weller of Mertztown, Pennsylvania.

Tulare Trophy Cup champ, Corey Day was seventh, with two-time SCCT winner, Shane Golobic, Devil’s Bowl Winternationals victor Sam Hafertepe Jr., and Gray rounding out the top ten.

Overland Park, Kansas youngster Jace Park will receive 360 “Rookie of the Year” honors.

Mark Smith of Mach-1 chassis and Daryn Pittman of Ultra Shield Racing Products will receive 360 “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors. It is the third such award for Smith, and the first for Pittman.

Michael Rigsby of Flo Sports will receive 360 “Media Member of the Year” honors. Rigsby enjoys his third 360 honor in this category and fourth overall. Pete Walton of USCS will receive his third 360 “Promoter of the Year” Award.

Chase Randall will receive his second straight 360 “Wild Card Award” for 2023 for his exciting performances that resulted in multiple wins.

The North American 360 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa. All awards will be distributed in 2023 at tracks and events throughout North America.

2023 North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Top 20

Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)

1. Jason Martin, Lincoln, NE, 1305 (12)

2. Chase Randall, Waco, TX, 577 (2)

3. Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK, 382

4. Derek Hagar, Marion, AR, 330 (1)

5. Justyn Cox, Clarksburg, CA, 235

6. (tie) Josh Weller, Mertztown, PA, 235

7. Corey Day, Clovis, CA, 224

8. Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA, 211

9. Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX, 195

10. Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN, 172 (1)

11. Garet Williamson, Columbia, MO, 168

12. Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, OK, 106

13. Justin Sanders, Aromas, CA, 98

14. Jordon Mallett, Greenbrier, AR, 74

15. Jordan Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC, Can.

16. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 66

17. Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA, 60

18. Max Stambaugh, Lima, OH, 59

19. Kaleb Montgomery, Templeton, CA, 53

20. Gavin Boschele, Mooresville, NC, 51

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

25 YEARS AGO, THE GOAL WAS TO RETURN INDOOR RACING TO FORT WAYNE

Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase Seized the Opportunity With the Completion of the Expo Center

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 27, 2023) – “Returning indoor racing to prominence at the Memorial Coliseum” was the goal that Ohio native Tony Barhorst announced when he and Jack Calabrase joined forces to present their first Rumble in Fort Wayne in 1998. This weekend, Dec. 29 and 30, will mark the silver anniversary of that venture that has indeed kept Fort Wayne, and the Memorial Coliseum in the forefront of the off-season indoor racing.

Continued Barhorst, “Jack and I were aware of the history of indoor racing on the hockey rink floor of the Coliseum, which came to an end in 1989 as construction began on the adjoining Expo Center. He owned the popular NAMARS Midget group, and I came from a promotionally oriented family, so the two of us got together after seeing the completion of the Expo Center and agreed that it was time to get the wheels back turning during the winter in Fort Wayne.”

It took several weeks of banter between the two before it was finally determined that the duo would tackle the venture which has turned into a welcome and anticipated mid-winter event for starved race fans.

It was a challenge, for sure. “The biggest obstacle for me was literally constructing a race track on an empty concrete floor inside of a massive building. Concrete barriers and fencing with posts and cable had to be obtained and trucked in,” recalled Barhorst.

It was Russ Gamester winning the final event on the hockey floor in 1989 and Tony Ellliott capturing the first race inside the Expo Centers in 1998. The daring venture has survived.

“Special moments that stand out are when Tony Stewart came in to observe and ended up competing when John Heydenreich let him borrow his Wild Goose midget,” remembers Barhorst. “We started Tony as a promoter’s option at the rear of the field. The feature was 100 laps back then, and Tony sliced his way through traffic to take the lead. The exhibition brought a tear to the eye of many a veteran driver watching. However, he hit an infield tire and flipped the car on lap 64. Tony Elliott went on to win his 2nd in a row of the first two races in 1998 and 1999.”

Tony Barhorst sold his dream to Larry Boos in 2015, who continues the Ft. Wayne tradition into this year’s 25th round, with two full days and nights of action presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales on the purpose-built 1/6-mile concrete oval inside of the Expo Center.

Both Tony and Larry agreed, “these are special moments: watching the Quarter Midget, Kart, 600cc Midget and even young Midget drivers competing indoors, in Fort Wayne as they forge their way to NASCAR, USAC, World of Outlaw and other notable series.”

Tickets for the race may be purchased on race days at the Coliseum. Complete event information may be found on the Rumble’s website www.rumbleinfortwayne.com and for those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on Pit Row TV.

 

 

Justin Grant Named North American Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year” for 2023!

Knoxville, IA, December 27, 2023 – Justin Grant of Ione, California has been named the 2023 “Driver of the Year” by the North American Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers for the second straight year. The 2023 USAC National Sprint Car champion won eleven times with the series, including a three-race sweep of the Kokomo Speedway Smackdown. Grant garnered ten of the twelve first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll. Oxnard, California’s Ricky Lewis and Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey received the other first-place votes.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, were Tony Hulman Classic winner and 2023 Indiana Sprint Week champion, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Knoxville Corn Belt Clash winner Jake Swanson of Anaheim, California, four-time USAC winner, Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Indiana, and USAC Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom of Franklin, Indiana.

Three-time USAC winner, CJ Leary was sixth, followed by Eldora Four Crown winner, Seavey, USAC/CRA champion Brody Roa, Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series champion, Lewis and former Driver of the Year, Robert Ballou.

The Topp Motorsports #4 team with Justin Grnat at the wheel, earned the 2023 Non-Wing “Team of the Year” Award for the second straight year.

Ricky Lewis was bestowed the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting non-Wing sprint car performances in 2023 for the first time, while Columbus, Ohio’s Trey Osborne will receive the 2023 non-Wing sprint car “Rookie of the Year” Award.

Richie Murray of USAC will receive the North American Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll “Media Member of the Year” honor for the fourth time.

The O’Connor Family, promoters of events at Kokomo Speedway are awarded 2023’s “Promoter of the Year” Award. Their award will be their seventh in this category.

Joe Devin of DRC Chassis will receive the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the tenth time.

The North American Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa. Awards will be distributed in 2023 at tracks and other locations throughout North America.

2023 Non-Wing Sprint Car Poll Top 20

Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)

1. Justin Grant, Ione, CA, 1120 (10)

2. Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK, 613

3. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, CA, 324

4. Kyle Cummins, Princeton, IN, 318

5. Emerson Axsom, Franklin, IN, 254

6. CJ Leary, Greenfield, IN, 253

7. Logan Seavey, Sutter, CA, 247 (1)

8. Brody Roa, Buena Park, CA, 208

9. Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, CA, 200 (1)

10. Robert Ballou, Rocklin, CA, 160

11. Jadon Rogers, Worthington, IN, 68

12. Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, OH, 64

13. Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL, 58

14. Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, IN, 52

15. Tye Mihocko, Peoria, AZ, 40

16. Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, CA, 39

17. Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA, 36

18. Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, OK, 35

19. Wyatt Burks, Topeka, KS, 34

20. Kory Schudy, Springfield, MO, 25

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

2023 All HammerDown! Team – December 27, 2023. Rocklin, CA.

HammerDownUSA.com is proud to announce the 2023 All-HammerDown! Team. Rico Abreu, the Champion of the Racer’s Racing Series, heads the list of the 40 driver “team”. The All-HammerDown! Team includes drivers that finished in the top 40 in HammerDownUSA.com’s, Racers’ Racing Series point standings. Points were awarded over a 60-race schedule of big events. Drivers must finish in the top eleven positions in an A-Feature to score points. This year there were 152 drivers that earned points at the biggest races in the United States.

“The sport of sprint car racing has never had a year like 2023,” said Bobby Gerould, editor of HammerDownUSA.com. “The Eldora Million, Kings Royal, Huset’s High Bank Nationals, Dirt Cup, Knoxville Nationals, Tuscarora 50, and the National Open all paid more than $50,000 to-win. We used to struggle to find 60 events that paid $10,000 to-win. Now, if the race isn’t paying $15,000 to-win it’s probably not making our schedule of the 60 biggest races.”

Donny Schatz became the only driver to make the All-HammerDown! Team in each of the 21 years since the honor was created in 2003. Four drivers made the All-HammerDown! team for the first time in their careers: Corey Day, Cole Macedo, Chase Randall, and Justin Sanders.

The age range of the 40-driver team extends from Day at age 18 to Lance Dewease at age 58.

The 21st annual All-HammerDown! Team, in alphabetical order:

Rico Abreu – St. Helena, CA. – Age 31. Rico’s Racer’s Racing Series Championship season included 15 wins in eleven different states (California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin). Among his biggest wins: the Jason Johnson Classic (81 Speedway, Wichita, KS.), the Rayce Rudeen Foundation feature (Plymouth, WI.), the second Twin 25 at the Eldora Million (Rossburg, OH.), the Summer Nationals (Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.), and High Limit wins at Grandview, Huset’s, Bridgeport, and Lincoln Park.
Jacob Allen – Hanover, PA. – Age 29. Allen made the All-HammerDown! Team for the sixth time in his career. Running a partial season, Allen finished 13th in World of Outlaws points with four top-five finishes. His best run in RRS points earning events was a third-place finish at Cedar Lake, WI.
Emerson Axsom – Franklin, IN. – Age 19. Axsom made his second All-HammerDown! Team after posting three wins in a non-winged sprint car. The 2023 USAC National Sprint Car Eastern Storm champion won in Indiana, and Pennsylvania respectively. Axsom was runner-up at the BC 39 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Speedway, IN.)
Brady Bacon – Broken Arrow, OK. – Age 33. Bacon exemplified a Racer’s Racer by winning in three divisions in 2023. The Indiana Sprint Week Champion won a USAC Silver Crown event as well as seven non-wing sprint car features including the Haubstadt Hustler (Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN.) He added one winged sprint car A-main victory to earn his 14th All-HammerDown! Team selection.
Spencer Bayston – Lebanon, IN. – Age 25. Bayston finished eighth in World of Outlaws points with one A-main win, and eleven top-fives. He was on the podium at his preliminary night of the Knoxville Nationals, and he finished eleventh in the Nationals’ finale. Bayston added a USAC Midget victory for good measure. This is Bayston’s fourth All-HammerDown! honor.
Brian Brown – Grain Valley, MO. – Age 45. Brown earned his 13th consecutive All-HammerDown! Team honor. “Brownie” won eight A-Mains in 2023, including the Tuscarora 50 (Port Royal, PA.) which paid $62,000 to-win! He also won the Knoxville 360 Nationals in dramatic fashion (Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA.).
Tyler Courtney – Indianapolis, IN. - Age 29. Courtney won eleven features in eight different states on the season. He was the Ohio Sprint Speedweek Champion, and he finished third in All-Star points. This is Courtney’s seventh straight All-HammerDown! selection.
Kyle Cummins – Princeton, IN. – Age 37. Cummins made the All-HammerDown! Team for the second time. He won seven A-Mains in three different states in 2023. He finished fourth in Indiana Sprint Week points and he was sixth in USAC National Sprint Car points.
Corey Day – Clovis, CA. – Age 18. Day further proved himself on big stages in 2023. He won the Gold Cup (Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA.), the Trophy Cup (Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, CA.), and the King of the West / NARC championship. Day won 13 A-mains in total.
Lance Dewease – Fayetteville, PA. – Age 58. Dewease won four of the 49 races he entered in 2023. He continued to win the battle against Father Time, coming up with a huge win in the Bob Weikert Memorial (Port Royal, PA.) This is his 14th All-HammerDown! selection.
Danny Dietrich – Gettysburg, PA. – Age 35. Dietrich earned All-HammerDown! status for the eleventh year in a row! He won seven A-Mains in 2023, all coming in Pennsylvania or Ohio. Dietrich entered 87 events on the year. He was runner-up in the Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA.).
Cory Eliason – Selma, CA. – Age 32. Eliason made the All-HammerDown! Team for the seventh straight season. He won two All-Star Circuit of Champions A-mains. His best runs in HammerDown! points earning events were a pair of third place finishes in High Limit action.
Shane Golobic – Fremont, CA. – Age 32. Golobic made the All-HammerDown! Team for the sixth time. He won ten A-mains in 2023 (seven winged 360, two 410 winged, and one midget) in 2023. He finished fourth in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Sugar Shane was on the podium at the Hangtown 100 (Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA.) and he was third in overall Trophy Cup points (Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA.)
Justin Grant – Ione, CA. – Age 33. Grant won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship for the second consecutive year. Always a threat to win a feature, Grant scored 15 A-Main victories in 2023. He showcased his versatility with one Silver Crown, two Midget, and 12 Sprint Car triumphs. His biggest wins came at the Smackdown (Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo, IN.) the BC39, and the Fall Nationals (Lawrenceburg Speedway, Lawrenceburg, IN.)
David Gravel – Watertown, CT. – Age 30. Gravel captured 13 A-Main wins in 80 starts on the season. He took home $250,000 as the winner of the Huset’s High Banked Nationals (Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD.) in June. Gravel was runner-up at the Knoxville Nationals as well as runner-up in World of Outlaws points. This is Gravel’s 12th All-HammerDown! honor.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. – Sunnyvale, TX. – Age 38. Hafertepe returned to the All-HammerDown! Team for the first time since 2017. He won six features on the year, including the Ohio Sprintweek finale at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH.), and the 50th annual Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals (Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX.)
Sheldon Haudenschild – Wooster, OH. – Age 30. Sheldon won the JB Boyd Memorial (Beaver Dam WI.) for the second consecutive year. He finished seventh in World of Outlaws points, winning three WoO A-Mains, with 18 top-five finishes. This is Haudenschild’s ninth All-HammerDown! selection.
Cap Henry – Republic, OH. – Age 33. Henry earned his third All-HammerDown! nod on the strength of eleven feature wins in 2023. The Attica/Fremont Champion won the Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County, OH. He finished in the top-ten in 31 of the 52 nights of racing he contested.
Buddy Kofoid – Penngrove, CA. – Age 22. Kofoid earned his fourth straight All-HammerDown! selection. He won seven A-Mains in 2023 (five in a winged Sprint Car, and two in a midget. He was in the top-ten at both the Eldora Million and the Knoxville Nationals. He won races in four states with five different sanctioning bodies.
Kyle Larson – Elk Grove, CA. – Age 31. Larson won the 2023 High Limit Championship and the Knoxville Nationals. He added the Brad Doty Classic, Ironman 55, the Don Martin Silver Cup, Hangtown 100 and Turkey Night as prestigious wins on the season. In winged Sprint Cars, and Midgets he won 13 features. This is Larson’s 12th All-HammerDown! Team honor.
Carson Macedo – Lemoore, CA. – Age 27. Macedo won nine features in six states on his way to earning his eighth All-HammerDown! Team selection. He won the Knight Before the Kings Royal, and the Jackson Nationals. Carson finished third in World of Outlaws points. He was runner-up at the Eldora Million and he won his preliminary night at the Knoxville Nationals. He added a podium finish at the Turkey Night Grand Prix to close his USA season.
Cole Macedo – Lemoore, CA. – Age 23. Cole Macedo earned his first All-HammerDown! Team selection, winning six A-mains in three states on the season. He finished fifth in the High Limit event at Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN.).
Anthony Macri – Dillsburg, PA. – Age 24. Macri made the All-HammerDown! Team for the fourth time. He won eight A-mains in 2023 with seven of those coming in his home state. He won the High Limit stop at 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA.).
Kerry Madsen – Saint Mary’s, New South Wales, Australia. – Age 52. Madsen is the all-time international leader in making the All-HammerDown! Team. 2023 marks Kerry’s 17th selection. Madsen won two A-Mains on USA soil on the year. His best points earning nights for HammerDown! purposes were a runner-up with the All-Stars at Ransomville, NY., and a top-ten finish in the Knoxville Nationals.
Brent Marks – Meyerstown, PA. - Age 33. Marks won 13 A-mains across four different states. His biggest score came at the National Open (Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.). He also won the Dean Knittel Memorial (Portsmouth Raceway Park, Portsmouth, OH.), the Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA.), and one of the World Finals A-mains (The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC.).
James McFadden – Alice Springs, NT, Australia. - Age 34. McFadden finished tenth in World of Outlaws points, winning six A-mains with the series including the Texas Outlaw Nationals (Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX.). He scored 20 top-five WoO finishes. McFadden also won the Front Row Challenge (Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA.) This is J-Mac’s sixth All-HammerDown! selection.
Mitchel Moles – Raisin City, CA. – Age 24. Moles made the All-HammerDown! Team for the second consecutive time. He won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Macon, IL., while finishing tenth in USAC National Sprint Car points. He finished seventh at the Chili Bowl.
Justin Peck – Monrovia, IN. – Age 25. Peck won the High Limit race at Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN.) among his two victories in 79 winged Sprint Car starts in 2023. He had a runner-up run in a World Finals feature and he finished in the top-ten in the Eldora Million. This is Peck’s third All-HammerDown! Team honor.
Parker Price-Miller – Kokomo, IN. – Age 25. “PPM” made the All-HammerDown! Team for the fifth time in his career. He won two A-mains on the year, and he finished fourth in the Knoxville 360 Nationals after winning his preliminary night at the Sprint Car Capital of the World.
Chase Randall – Waco, TX. – Age 19. Randall won the Knoxville Raceway 360 Sprint Car Championship. He captured eight feature wins in 2023 (four in a 360, and four in a 410). He finished second on his Knoxville Nationals preliminary night, and he was on the podium at the Tuscarora 50 (Port Royal, PA.)
Aaron Reutzel – Clute, TX. – Age 33. This is Reutzel’s eighth All-HammerDown! selection. He won 15 A-Mains in five different states on the year, with eight coming in 410 races, and seven in 360 events. Reutzel was runner-up in the Knoxville 360 Nationals as well as a second-place finisher in his Eldora Million Twin 25.
Justin Sanders – Aromas, CA. Age 31. Sanders, California’s best kept secret, broke out with his best National season to-date. He won nine features in three Western States including the $62,000 top-prize at the Dirt Cup (Skagit Speedway, Burlington, WA.). He was runner-up at the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
Dominic Scelzi – Fresno, CA. – Age 26. Dominic won 13 features in four different states in 2023 (three in 410, ten in 360). He was on the podium at the Tarlton Classic with the World of Outlaws, and he won the Peter Murphy Classic (Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA.).
Gio Scelzi – Fresno, CA. – Age 22. Gio finished fourth in World of Outlaws points and he was fourth at the Knoxville Nationals. He won two A-mains on the year (one with WoO and one with High Limit). This is Gio’s sixth consecutive All-HammerDown! selection.
Donny Schatz – Fargo, ND. - Age 46. Schatz won the Kings Royal (Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH.), among his five 2023 feature triumphs. He finished sixth in World of Outlaws points, and he was on the podium at the Knoxville Nationals.
Logan Schuchart – Hanover, PA. – Age 31. Schuchart won the Eldora Million to highlight a seven-win season. He finished fifth in World of Outlaws points, winning six WoO feature events. Schuchart won A-Mains in five different states. This is his ninth All-HammerDown! Team selection.
Logan Seavey – Sutter, CA. – Age 25. Seavey had a spectacular season, winning the Chili Bowl (Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, OK.), and both the USAC National Midget and Silver Crown championships. He added the Indiana Midget Week title on a 17-win campaign. This is Seavey’s fifth straight All-HammerDown! selection.
Brad Sweet – Grass Valley, CA. – Age 37. Sweet won his fifth straight World of Outlaws championship in 2023. Among the Big Cat’s big wins were: the WoO stop at Skagit Speedway, the Tarlton Classic (Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA.), and the World Finals. He captured 13 A-mains on the season, making his 17th All-HammerDown! Team.
Chris Windom – Canton, IL. – Age 32. Windom earned his 12th All-HammerDown! selection. He was runner-up in All-Star points. Windom was on the podium at the Rayce Rudeen Foundation race as well as the All-Stars stop in Ransomville, NY. “Big Daddy” also won a USAC National Midget feature at Eldora.
Zeb Wise – Angola, IN. - Age 21. Wise made the All-HammerDown! Team for the third consecutive season. He won the All-Star Championship and eleven A-Mains in 2023. His biggest scores came at Ransomville, NY, Attica, OH., and at Port Royal against the World of Outlaws in the Nittany Showdown.

Sources: Jim Allen, AllStarSprint.com (Tyler Altmeyer), MyRacePass.com, Sprint Car Ratings (Bill Vanselow), USACRacing.com (Richie Murray), Lonnie Wheatley, WorldofOutlaws.com (Alex Ninten).

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Germfree Southern Sprint Car Shootout Returns With Biggest Purse in USCS History Drivers from around the country will venture to Volusia Speedway Park for the United Sprint Car Series Opener, Jan. 25-27

BARBERVILLE, FL (Dec. 26, 2023) – Among the list of marquee events hosted at Volusia Speedway Park this winter, one is the fastest growing 360 Sprint Car race in the country – the Germfree Southern Sprint Car Shootout.

The event will again kick off the Winter Heat Series for the United Sprint Car Series (USCS), but this time as a three-day show (Jan. 25-27) with a more than $65,000 overall purse.

Boasting the biggest payday in USCS history, Saturday’s finale will pay $10,000 to win and $600 to start. Thursday and Friday’s Features will pay $2,500 to win. There will also be a $100 prize for overall Fast Time and a $100 Hard Charger Award each night.

A redraw will line up the first eight starting positions of the Feature every night, taking the four Heat Race winners and fastest qualifiers in a transfer position. In the redraw will be a Joker card. Whoever draws the Joker card will get to choose where they want to start in the Feature. If they choose to start from eighth and then win, that driver will get an extra $500.

Big names like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Timms and Tyler Clem came out for the inaugural race in 2023 and are projected to return in 2024, along with a long list of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers around. Even one from across the pond as Ryan Harrison, from Rothwell, England, plans to return.

By winning the 360 Sprint Car Battle in Barberville finale, Danny Martin Jr. is locked into Saturday's $10,000-to-win event (But if he locks in without needing the guaranteed starting spot, it will go to the next driver from the Battle in Barberville race not locked in).

Joining the Sprint Cars every night will 3/4 Modifieds. They’ll race for a $400 payday on Thursday and Friday, and then a $800 grand prize on Saturday.

MORE INFO: Tickets: CLICK HERE Comp Notes: CLICK HERE

Track: 1/2-mile oval 360 Sprint Car Track Record: 14.160 set by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023

Times (ET): Pit Gates Open – 3p.m. Grandstands Open – 5p.m. Drivers Meeting – 5p.m. Motor Heat – 5:30p.m. Hot Laps – 6p.m. -Racing to follow

Previous Winners: 2023 – Ryan Timms on Jan. 27, Tyler Clem on Jan. 28

How to Watch: If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

DAVE STEELE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINGED PURSE ANNOUNCED
December 26, 2023 – Pinellas Park, Florida – Showtime Speedway have announced the purse for the first weekend of the Dave Steele World Sprint Car Championship.
The first weekend will kick off February 2, 2024, with an open practice and a Dash for Cash. The following night February 3, 2024, will see twin 35 lap features for the 410 restricted / 360 open non-sanctioned winged sprint cars. Each 35-lap feature event will pay $2500 to win. At the conclusion of both events, the driver with the best average between the two 35-lap feature events will be crowned the Dave Steele World Winged Sprint Car Champion and will collect a $1000 bonus.
The Dave Steele World Sprint Car Championship has until this year been an annual non-winged 125-lap feature event. This year a weekend of winged sprint car racing has been added. The annual 125-lap event will return the following weekend February 10, 2024, for the fifth consecutive time. The driver with the best overall average will be crowned the Dave Steele World Sprint Car Champion.
Both weekends of racing will be run as non-sanctioned events officiated by Showtime Speedway. Both weekends of racing will be run on Hoosier Racing Tires. The official tire compounds will be announced shortly by Showtime Speedway.
The purse for the February 3 winged events is listed below. It is the same purse for both 35-lap features. For more information of inquiries on this event please visit www.showtimespeedway.us or call Showtime Speedway promoter Robert Yoho (727) 430-4760
1. $2500
2. $750
3. $700
4. $650
5. $600
6. $550
7. $500
8. $450
9. $400
10. $350
11. $300 (Through field)

 

RUMBLE RETURNS TO PIT ROW TV OVER NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

Third Consecutive Year of Streaming Coverage For Those Unable to Attend in Person

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 26, 2023) – For the third consecutive year, the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales returns to Pit Row TV for digital viewing worldwide, Dec. 29 and 30. Featuring non-stop action of racing both days on the purpose-built 1/6 mile concrete oval inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, both days of action will be carried in their entirety.

“I was always hesitant about broadcasting the Rumble because I wanted it to be done right,” said Larry Boos, promoter of the event. “We have found that partner in Pit Row TV, who has long contributed to raising the bar in motorsports streaming broadcasts. For the past two years of this relationship, we had a fantastic crowd for the race in person as well as folks from all across the country viewing via the streaming. We look forward to duplicating that again this year over New Year’s weekend.”

An affiliate of SPEED SPORT TV, Pit Row TV offers fans ease of use through the platform with plenty of added features, including replays of past Rumble events.

“The Rumble in Fort Wayne is such a unique event – it’s easy to understand why it has such prestige among racers around the entire country,” said Tony Stevens from Pit Row TV. “We’ve been a fan of this event for a few years and are pleased to produce it for those watching on television again. If you’re anything like us, there’s not much better that enjoying one of the indoor racing season’s crown jewels to see the old year off and welcome a new year of racing action in.”

The silver anniversary Rumble in Fort Wayne broadcasts can be found by logging onto www.PitRow.tv or www.speedsport.tv. Pit Row TV also has additional ways to enjoy their broadcasts, including popular apps such as Amazon Fire TV, Android and Apple iOS devices, with installation links and instructions at PitRow.tv/watch.

Complete racing programs will be staged Friday (Dec. 29) and Saturday (Dec. 30) with Midgets, winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Quarter Midgets and multiple divisions of kart racing. Tickets for the Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales sponsored event are available race day or in advance through any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum box office. Complete event information may be found at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

 

 

FORT WAYNE MAYOR HONORS RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE WITH PROCLAMATION

Mayor Henry Proclaims Friday – December 29, 2023 – Rumble in Fort Wayne Day

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 26, 2023) – With a rich heritage of indoor racing dating back to January 1953, no other city has hosted more such events than Fort Wayne, Indiana. In recognition of that fete, along with the silver anniversary running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, Mayor Thomas Henry has proclaimed Friday, December 29 as ‘Rumble in Fort Wayne Day’.

Fort Wayne’s indoor racing began with the construction of the War Memorial Coliseum in 1953, with events staged on the tight hockey rink-sized oval through 1989. A short hiatus followed while the Expo Center annex was being constructed and in 1998, indoor racing returned in a larger, more modern facility under the leadership of Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase and the new name of Rumble in Fort Wayne. In 2015, Barhorst turned the Rumble over to Larry Boos, who continues as the mentor leading into this year’s December 29 and 30 running.

The prestigious proclamation from the Office of the Mayor, City of Fort Wayne reads….

WHEREAS, auto racing is one of the most popular sports in all the world and few places on planet Earth are more known for its auto racing heritage than the great state of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, since 1953, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the City of Fort Wayne have played host to more indoor auto races than any other venue or city in the world, including the first-ever event for the United States Auto Club in 1956; and

WHEREAS, with the creation of the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE in 1998, founders Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase, resurrected the rich tradition and history of the original Indoor Midget Races by moving them from the Coliseum Arena to its current and permanent home in the Coliseum Expo Center; and

WHEREAS, over its history, the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE has brought over 100,000 fans to Fort Wayne to see stars like Tony Stewart, Mel Kenyon, Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, and the late Tony Elliott, while also helping launch the careers of young racers such as: Austin Prock, Erik Jones, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, and Emerson Axsom, and

WHEREAS, the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE, under the current stewardship of Larry Boos, is celebrating 25 years of enriching the lives of Fort Wayne area fans, and the worldwide television audience, by providing both world-class auto racing thrills and family entertainment along with a platform for hundreds of veterans and young race drivers to pursue their dreams and enjoy a moment in the national spotlight;

NOW, THEREFORE, I THOMAS C. HENRY, Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2023, as 25th RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE DAY in Fort Wayne, encouraging all citizens to duly note this occasion.

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2023

James Inglis is still the leader in the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series after the fifth round was contested at the Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day.

Heading into the first round of the Speedweek showdown, Inglis had a 12 point lead over Dayne Kingshott, while Jason Kendrick and Brad Maiolo were 34 points shy of the leader.

Inglis crossed the line in ninth on Tuesday night after starting from p23, while Kingshott took a sixth after starting from p12.

As a result Inglis now has 1000 points, six clear of Kingshott on 994.

Maiolo, who started fifth and finished 10th, has moved into third outright on 964, two points better than Jason Kendrick who started 14th and finished 11 and is now on 962.

Andrew Priolo is still fifth overall after starting and finishing 8th.

Round six of the series is at the Perth Motorplex this Thursday night when the Merger Contracting Sprintcar Muster is held, being the second round of Speedweek.

Five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet and now American-based Lynton Jeffrey will join the strong field that already includes Americans Rico Abreu (fresh from his win on Tuesday night) and Brock Zearfoss and Cory Eliason who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after 5 rounds: James Inglis 1000, Dayne Kingshott 994, Bradley Maiolo 964, Jason Kendrick 962, Andrew Priolo 936, Kaiden Manders 926, Kris Coyle 872, Taylor Milling 872, Jamie Maiolo 774, Kye Scroop 746, Jason Pryde 742, Jaydee Dack 740, Ryan Lancaster 738, AJ Nash 728, Trent Pigdon 708, Mitchell Wormall 662, Ken Sartori 606, Matthew Cross 594, Callum Williamson 582, Tim Boujos 524, Cameron McKenzie 496, Nathan Swan 462, Kyle Francis 456, Brock Kenny 442, Jack Williamson 436, Rod Howe 410, Brock Francis 322, Luke Oldfield 304, Todd Davis 294, Jamie Veal 264, David Priolo 232, Tim King 204, Myles Bolger 200, Brenten Farrer 158, Rico Abreu, James McFadden 150, Brock Zearfoss 142, Michael Pickens 142, Cory Eliason 140, Shaun Bradford 118, Aaron Chircop 50.

 

 

JUST AS RACE TEAMS EXPERIMENT, RUMBLE STAFF IS SET TO EXPERIMENT AS WELL

Continuing Changing Track Conditions Have Become a Challenge

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 23, 2023) – Experimentation is one of the fundamentals of any successful racing program. Race teams continually challenge themselves with suspension set-ups, tire compound choice and even driver changes. That desire to address challenge has transferred over to the Rumble in Fort Wayne management team, as for the first time in recent memory, the racing surface is being tackled during this year’s silver anniversary running of the race, December 29 and 30.

“Don’t get me wrong, the racing inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is good,” stated promoter Larry Boos, “but it is lacking the side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel action that once graced the syrup covered 1/6 mile concrete oval, and we want to try and bring that back.”

The racers have noted that even though the track is concrete it is akin to dirt track racing, with the track conditions continually changing through the course of the long day of action that features Midget, winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Go-Karts and Quarter Midgets.

Veteran dirt-track Sprint Car racer John Ivy (Fremont, OH) races in multiple divisions at the Rumble and noted “every time we hit the track; we just have to chase the rubber. What was there one race, will be completely gone the next time we are out there. It is the same thing that we hunt during the summer. Yes, it is a challenge, and it gets frustrating but that is what racing is all about; it gets exciting for us drivers and the fans like. I like this new approach being tested”

“After watching the excitement of the racing action during the Atlantic City Indoor Championships, we approached Len and Davey (Sammons) and asked them what they did to the surface,” said Boos. “They were very gracious and willing to share as much information as possible to help us. So, we are taking that newly found knowledge and putting it to test.”

The base will remain soda pop syrup but will be layered throughout the weekend with a liquid rosin product like what is used at dragstrips throughout the Nation. The rosin is easy to apply and becomes ‘race-ready’ instantly.

“This new process will be initially tested during Thursday evening’s (Dec. 28) optional practice sessions, as we apply and test it. The word of this testing has spread among the teams and they are anxious. We all are.”

Friday and Saturday each feature full racing programs for all of the divisions, with the Karts and Quarter Midgets highlighted during the afternoon, while the Midgets and 600’s are showcased in the evening session. Tickets for the Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales sponsored event are available race-day.

 

 

39th Annual Tulsa Shootout Fires Off Wednesday With Entries Near Event Record

Bryan Hulbert – TULSA, Okla. (December 24, 2023) Just days away from rigs, cars, and equipment filling the SageNet Center at Expo Square, the American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout powered by NOS Energy has already exceeded the early entry counts of the 2023 edition.

Happening December 27-31, early entry ended on December 13, with 1,609 received, which is 69 more than what was entered before last year’s event.

Expecting another 100-200 to enter during move-in on December 26, the entry record was set during the 2022 edition of the ‘Mecca of Micros’ with 1,739 entries received. Last year’s event set the record for total entries confirmed at 1,655.

In an event where running multiple divisions is the norm, 658 drivers from 386 cities, 41 states, and four countries (USA, Aust., Can., Neth.) currently fill those 1,609 entries.

A proving ground for drivers looking to partake in the upcoming Chili Bowl Nationals powered by NOS Energy, happening January 8-13, 2024, several will pull double-duty, including defending Chili Bowl Champion, Logan Seavey, who is back behind the wheel of the Kevin and Jordan Swindell owned No. 39. The California shoe is entered in both stock and outlaw divisions.

While Seavey looks to gain laps, for Jake Hagopian, it’s the end of a driving career that includes three Golden Drillers. Not done with the sport, Jake plans to place his focus on other aspects of the sport, as well as his family.

Always bringing a wild mix of talents to Tulsa, one of Late Model racing’s best will return for another shot at a Golden Driller. Nearly picking one up in 2023, Arizona’s Ricky Thornton, Jr. will also be giving 20 different drivers $500.

Just a few of the nearly endless storylines going into the event, the complete list of entries is online at https://www.myracepass.com/events/446181/entries.

Tentative daily racing order for the 39th annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout powered by NOS Energy. The number of races is to be determined after all teams have drawn in and, therefore, is subject to change depending on car count.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Non-Wing Practice

Non-Wing Outlaw Practice

Restricted Practice

Outlaw Practice

Jr Sprint Practice

A Class Practice

Track Prep

RACING BEGINS

Outlaw Heats (8 Laps)

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Non-Wing Outlaw Heats (8 Laps)

Restricted Heats (8 Laps)

A Class Heats (8 Laps)

Jr Sprint Heats (8 Laps)

Outlaw D’s (10 Laps)

Outlaw C’s (10 Laps)

Friday, December 29, 2023

Non-Wing Heats (8 Laps)

Jr Sprint Qualifiers (10 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw E’s (8 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw D’s (10 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw Cs (10 Laps)

A Class E’s (8 Laps)

A Class D’s (10 Laps)

A Class C’s (10 Laps)

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Non-Wing E’s (8 Laps)

Non-Wing D’s (10 Laps)

Non-Wing C’s (10 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw Qualifiers (10 Laps)

Jr Sprint C’s (10 Laps)

Jr Sprint B’s (10 Laps)

Non-Wing Qualifiers (10 Laps)

Restricted Qualifiers (10 Laps)

Outlaw Qualifiers (10 Laps)

A Class Qualifiers (10 Laps)

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Non-Wing B’s (12 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw B’s (12 Laps)

Restricted B’s (12 Laps)

Outlaw B’s (12 Laps)

A Class B’s (12 Laps)

Opening Ceremonies

Non-Wing LCQ (12 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw LCQ (12 Laps)

Restricted LCQ (12 Laps)

A Class LCQ (12 Laps)

Outlaw LCQ (12 Laps)

Non-Wing A (30 Laps)

Jr Sprint A (20 Laps)

Non-Wing Outlaw A (30 Laps)

Restricted A (25 Laps)

A Class A (30 Laps)

Outlaw A (55 Laps)

Fans not able to attend the 39th annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout can see every lap of action on http://www.floracing.com.

The American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout takes place at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Okla. More information on the event will be released as the event draws closer. All official rules, event information, and dates are online at http://www.tulsashootout.com. Fans can also follow the American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout at https://www.facebook.com/TulsaShootout and on Twitter (@TulsaShootout).

Quick Notes:

Event: 39th annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout

Where: SageNet Center – 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

Parking: December 26, 2023 starting at 7:00 A.M.

Practice: December 27, 2023 starting at 8:00 A.M. Racing to follow

Event Dates: December 27, 2023 – December 31, 2023

At Race Entry ($125/class entered): December 26, 2023

**Rules for the represented classes can be found at https://www.tulsashootout.com/classes. For any clarification on rules, contact Matt Ward at (918) 995-1650 or (918) 838-3777.

Tentative Daily Times

All times and order of events are tentative and subject to change based on the number of entries. The number of races will be determined after check-in has closed.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2023

7:00 AM........................................Early Parking

3:00 PM........................................Regular Parking

12:00PM - 8:00 PM.......................Sign-In / Pit Passes

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2023

8:00 AM.......................................Practice Begins

6:00 PM........................................Restrictor Tech

7:00 PM……………………………………..Racing

All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!

Pit Pass $30

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023

7:00 AM........................................Building Open

9:00 AM.........................................Racing

Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.

All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!

General Admission $15

Pit Pass $30

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2023

7:00 AM........................................Building Opens

9:00 AM.......................................Racing

Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.

All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!

General Admission $15

Pit Pass $30

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2023

7:00 AM........................................Building Opens

9:00 AM........................................Racing

Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.

All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!

General Admission $15

Pit Pass $30

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2023

7:00 AM........................................Building Opens

9:00 AM.......................................Racing

5:00 PM.........................................Opening Ceremonies

All LCQ's & A Features Following Opening Ceremonies

Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.

All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!

General Admission $20

Pit Pass $40

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2024 Class Lineup

RS-12 Motorsports Winged Outlaw

Hyper Racing Non-Wing Outlaw

EVO Fuel Injection A-Class Winged

Joe’s Racing Products Stock Non-Wing

K&B Racing Restricted A-Class

Flying A Motorsports Junior Sprints

Event Broadcast:

Live Online PPV: http://www.floracing.com

Tulsa Shootout Past Champions (Current Classes)

RS12 MOTORSPORTS WINGED OUTLAW Keith Crawford (1990), Pete Frazier (1993), Pete Frazier (1994), Steve Frisell (1995), Chad Davenport (1996), Rick King (1997), Pete Frazier (1998), Lee Waldroop (1999), Paul Carbone (2000), Robert Richardson (2001), Dino Tomassi & Scotty Smith (2002), Bryan Clauson & Jacob Mosley (2003), Rodney Stealy (2004), Stan Yockey & Scotty Smith (2005) , Rodney Stealy (2006), Jerrod Wilson (2007), Brady Bacon (2008), Kevin Bayer (2009), Ryan Reeves (2010), Blake Hahn (2011), Heath Duinkerken (2012), Heath Duinkerken (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Michael Faccinto (2015), Brady Bacon (2016), Joe B. Miller (2017), Christopher Bell (2018), Ben Worth (2019), Emerson Axsom (2020), Mitchell Moles (2021), Craig Ronk (2022), Emerson Axsom (2023)

HYPER RACING OUTLAW NON-WING: Blake Hahn (2011), Brock Lemley (2012), Chris Andrews (2013), Steven Shebester (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Chris Andrews (2016), Tristan Guardino (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Zeb Wise (2019), Brady Bacon (2020), Kris Carroll (2021), Jeffrey Newell (2022). TJ Smith (2023)

EVO FUEL INJECTION A-CLASS: Willie Bewley (1988), Gary Edwards (1989), David Person (1991), Bubba Hunt (1992), Ryan McDonald (1993), Chris Crawford (1994), Kevin Bayer (1995), Jay Foote (1996), Darren Stewart (1997), Jerrod Wilson (1998), Shawn Wright (1999), Shawn Wright (2000), Brad Best (2002), Dex Eaton (2003), Brady Bacon (2004), Kevin Bayer (2005), Scott Sawyer & Jerrod Wilson (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Jerrod Wilson (2008), Gary Taylor (2009), Donnie Ray Crawford (2010), Andrew Deal (2011), Kevin Bayer (2012), Chris Cochran (2013), Tucker Worth (2014), Giovanni Scelzi (2015), Miles Paulus (2016), Ayrton Gennetten (2017), Jason McDougal (2018), Jake Hagopian (2019), Kyle Spence (2020), Brian Carber (2021), Jake Hagopian (2022), Jake Hagopian (2023)

JOE'S RACING PRODUCTS STOCK NON-WING: Wendy Shear (1990), Jeff Dodd (1994), Paul Herdon (1996), Brady Courtney (1997), Rick Mercer (1998), Chebon Bruner (1999), Matt Walton (2002), Donnie Crawford (2003), Ronnie James (2004), Donnie Crawford (2005), Andrew Peters & Donnie Crawford (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Rodney Stealy (2008), Riley Adair (2009), Chris Andrews (2010), Koen Shaw (2011), Chris Cochran (2012), Michael Faccinto (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Jonathan Beason (2016), Frank Flud (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Kyle Spence (2019), Alex Bright (2020), Brian Carber (2021), Emerson Axsom (2022), Gavan Boschele (2023)

K&B RACING RESTRICTED A-CLASS: Jonathan Beason (2001), Josh Pickle (2002), Jay Hunt (2003), Jack Dover (2004), Dalton Cole (2005), Tyler Edwards (2006), Tanner Mullens (2007), Sean Thompson (2008), Trent Carter (2009), Darien Roberts (2010), Dalton Seigler (2011), Dahne Lynn McKay (2012), Dahne Lynn McKay (2013), Alex Panella (2014), Kaylee Bryson (2015), Noah Gass (2016), Grady Mercer (2017), Corey Day (2018), Shawn Mahaffey (2019), Jade Avedisian (2020), Jaxton Wiggs (2021), Jett Nunley (2022). Jack Thomas (2023)

FLYING A MOTORSPORTS JUNIOR SPRINTS: Jordan Burnett (2001), Dustin Rhodes (2004), Mitch Faccinto (2005), Blake Hahn (2006), Drew Marshall (2007), Chance Morton (2008), Grady Chandler (2009), Josiah Ribeiro (2010), Josiah Ribeiro (2011), Kameron Beard (2012), Jadon Rogers (2013), Cannon McIntosh (2014), Nikko Panella (2015), Ryder Laplante (2016), Caeden Steele (2017), Ryan Timms (2018) , Austin Wood (2019), Jett Barnes (2020), Lucas Mauldin (2021), Lucas Mauldin (2022), Mattix McBride (2023)

 

 

KLOTZ SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS AND COMETIC GASKET BECOME SPONSOR FOR DAVEY HAMILTON JR. FOR THE 2024 SEASON

LUTZ, FLORIDA (December 22, 2023) – The winningest pavement sprint car driver in the United States in 2023 and two leaders in motorsports performance will team up in 2024. Davey Hamilton, Jr. will carry support from Klotz Synthetic Lubricants and Cometic Gasket throughout a busy season which includes the entire 2024 USAC Silver Crown championship, competing in Winged Sprint Car action with Must Racing Series and the Southern Sprint Car Series, plus major events such as Colorado National, Pink Lady Classic and the second annual Open Wheel Showdown in November.

“I first was introduced to Bob (Gorman) and his team by Irish Saunders from Hoosier Tire to get Klotz involved into the inaugural Open Wheel Showdown,” Hamilton said. “The event was a great success for what I was wanting to accomplish for our sport as a whole. To have Klotz Synthetic Lubricants and Cometic Gasket a part of my program is great as I know we are going to all help each other grow our short track racing world!”

For over 60 years, racers and performance enthusiasts around the world have relied on Klotz to grab the checkered flag. Founder John C. Klotz Jr., raced in USAC against many of the legends of the sport such as

Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, and Parnelli Jones. Cometic Gasket, Inc., founded in 1989, is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the automotive performance, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured engine Industries.

For more information, visit www.cometic.com and www.klotzlube.com Davey Hamilton, Jr. can be followed at @daveyhamiltonjr on all major social media platforms.

 

 

Eight Inductees Announced as “Class of 2024” for National Sprint Car Hall of Fame!

Knoxville, IA, December 22, 2023 – The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the names of its eight inductees for 2024. Those that will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 1, during the 34th induction ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa, are:

Drivers

Tracy Hines – A native of New Castle, Indiana, Tracy holds 91 (47 in sprint cars is fourth all-time) career wins in USAC and is one of just seven drivers in series’ history to win the Triple Crown (sprint, midget and Silver Crown titles). He won at least one USAC national feature in 19 consecutive seasons. Among his many big wins, were the 2001 Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute, and the Eldora Four-Crown in a sprint car (three times).

Paul McMahan – Paul was one of the first to turn local success in his native California to great success on a national basis. After winning the 1995 track championship at Calistoga Speedway as a youngster, he hit the road soon thereafter. He was the 1999 All Stars Rookie of the Year and finished in the top five in the standings four times, and captured the 2018 Ohio Speedweek championship. He was second place in the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series standings, and posted 21 World of Outlaws feature wins in his career. He won the Short Track Nationals in both 2002 and 2012.

Jon Stanbrough – Jon was a true “outlaw” racer for most of his days, preferring the big money events to following any one series. In sprint cars alone, he amassed 191 victories in eleven states at 25 different tracks, for 17 different car owners. He posted 35 wins with USAC, two Indiana Sprint Week crowns, and two titles with the Midwest Sprint Car Series. He won two Tony Hulman classics at Terre Haute, where he is tied with Rich Vogler for the lead in all-time feature wins at the historic facility. He also won the 2009 Pacific Coast Nationals.

Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Builders

Gary “Deuce” Turrill – A native Ohioan, Deuce’s career ramped up with his friendship with Rick Ungar. After working on Rick’s cars in the early 1970’s, he moved to Nebraska, working with Butch Barr and Shane Carson and the Speedway Motors #4x in 1979. In 1980, he relocated to Memphis, and worked with Ungar, Brad Doty (who he won his first All Star feature with) and Sammy Swindell. In Raymond Beadle’s sprinter, the pair took the Knoxville Nationals in 1983. After a brief stint with Challenge Chassis in Des Moines, he returned to Memphis to form a team with Danny Peace in 1989. With driver Doug Wolfgang, they won 43 of 86 races including the Knoxville Nationals. With Wolfgang again in 1990, they won the King’s Royal and finished second in WoO points. He went on to success with Kenny Jacobs, Terry Shephard and Brooke Tatnell. He started his own technical and driving school, and continues to be a consultant for many current teams.

Ricky Warner – After a few years in central PA as a youngster, Ricky found work with Jac Haudenschild on Jack Eldon’s team and then got his first crew chief gig for Tyler Walker. The team came into the sport like a storm, and others noticed. Ricky got the attention of Ray Evernham and was his NASCAR car chief for a year and a half. The pull back to sprint cars was too great, and Ricky found himself back in the game with Donny Schatz. The pair was a dominating factor, going on to win the WoO championship in 2006. In 2007, he worked with Joey Saldana and Kasey Kahne Racing. Despite success, he was let go and Tony Stewart Racing called. Schatz joined the team in 2008, and over the next eleven years, the pair won the Knoxville Nationals ten times, ten WoO championships, three consecutive King’s Royal wins, and more than 200 WoO wins. In 2019, Ricky took over TSR’s Ford Motor development program, and by the end of the year, they were in victory lane. His success with Rico Abreu the past two seasons just adds to his resume.

Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors

Mark “Bones” Bourcier – Mark began writing for Gater Racing News at the age of 16 and never looked back. He became managing editor of Speedway Scene at age 19 in 1979. In 1988, he began penning for Open Wheel Magazine, and then in Stock Car Racing and Speedway Illustrated. He has authored biographies for Bill Simpson, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, Ed Pink, Bentley Warren, Ray Kurtz, most recently Sammy Swindell and many others in motorsports.

Bill Holder – Bill is no stranger to sprint car fans who cherish the written word. He authored over 400 articles for Open Wheel Magazine, Sprint Car & Midget, Vintage Oval Racing, Victory Lane, Autoweek, Vintage Motorsports, Sprint Car and Circle Track. Bill also wrote books on Eldora Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Dayton High Banks, Richmond, Indiana Racing, the All Stars and on sprint car racing itself. A retired aerospace engineer, Bill has written works on many other genres in addition to racing.

Pre-1970

Roy Robbins – Roy traveled far and wide in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and was a threat to win anywhere. He won in eleven different states. He stayed near home long enough to win Lawrenceburg (IN) track championships in 1959 and 1962. A humble man, he was not concerned with his number of wins, which were plentiful. Best known for winning the first Knoxville Nationals in 1961, he also won the 50-lap National Short Track Supermodified Nationals at Olympic Stadium in Kansas City, as well as big races from Florida through the upper Midwest, with many landing in Indiana. Some of his track records were set at Knoxville, Jacksonville, Tampa, Heidelberg, Lawrenceburg and Brownstown to name just a few.

According to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation executive director Bob Baker, “This year’s inductee group is another testament to the hard work put in by our National Induction Committee! We are really looking forward to our 34th induction banquet at the Dyer-Hudson building on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday, June 1!”

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

One Sprint Capital Place

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-842-6176

Fax: 641-842-6177

E-mail: Info@SprintCarHoF.com

Website: www.SprintCarHoF.com

 

 

Twenty-Six Dates for POWRi National Midget League in 2024

Belleville, IL (12/22/23) The 2024 POWRi National Midget League racing season will see a highly anticipated schedule of twenty-six total dates spanning from late March until mid-December with vastly awaited visits to seventeen various racing venues across a triple state swing.

Continually serving as the POWRi Season Opener, the National Midget League will again kick off the yearly action in the Eleventh Annual Turnpike Challenge beginning at Creek County Speedway on Thursday, March 28th then travel north to Port City Raceway on Friday, March 29th, and Saturday, March 30th.

Remaining a fan-favorite staple of yearly weekend anticipation, the Prelude to the Showdown will kick off at Callaway Raceway on Friday, May 3rd followed by a trip to the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks,’ on Saturday, May 4th for the Fourteenth Annual Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Eleventh Annual POWRi Illinois SPEEDWeek will again witness four nights of racing in the Land of Lincoln displaying some of the best midget racing on June 13-16 while attracting drivers from around the globe. Hosting the SPEEDWeek opener will see Coles County Speedway take center stage as the League will then head to Jacksonville Speedway for night two. Macon Speedway will serve as stop three before wrapping up the POWRi Illinois SPEEDWeek at Lincoln Speedway.

Hosting POWRi Leagues as a home facility, Lake Ozark Speedway will welcome the POWRi National and West Midget Leagues on July 5-6 for the Independence Weekend Celebrations joining the POWRi 410 Wing Sprint League for an open-wheel extravaganza of excitement.

POWRi National Midget League and Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota will continue the partnership in 2024. A total of ten dates will be contested in conjunction with the second-year POWRi-Xtreme Challenge Series, including exciting weekends like the Illini 100, Ironman 55, and Spoon River Speedway weekend, as well as single-night ventures at Doe Run Raceway, Coles County Speedway, Southern Illinois Raceway, and Highland Speedway. With separately kept points standings, a $2,500 check will be awarded to the series champion as well as the top five challenge point finishers will also be awarded cash prizes for their season-long efforts.

Steeped in tradition the 2024 POWRi National Midget League season continues key honorary events including the Fourth Annual Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55 at Port City Raceway on Thursday, October 24th, and the Twentieth Annual Charlene Meents Memorial to conclude the points-year on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th returning to I-44 Riverside Speedway.

Returning for the third straight year of indoor action, the Jr Knepper 55 will once again battle inside the Southern Illinois Center on Saturday, December 14th in a non-points winter showcase of fast-paced thrills at Du Quoin Illinois.

POWRi National Midget League Tentative 2024 Season Schedule:

~3/28/24 | Creek County Speedway | Sapulpa, OK

~3/29/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

~3/30/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

*4/11/2024 | Farmers City Raceway | Farmers City, IL | Practice

*4/12/2024 | Farmers City Raceway | Farmers City, IL

*4/13/2024 | Farmers City Raceway | Farmers City, IL

~5/3/2024 | Callaway Raceway | Fulton, MO

~5/4/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO

*5/30/2024 | Doe Run Raceway | Doe Run, MO

*5/31/2024 | Coles County Speedway | Mattoon, IL

6/13/2024 | Coles County Speedway | Mattoon, IL

6/14/2024 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, IL

6/15/2024 | Macon Speedway | Charleston, IL

6/16/2024 | Lincoln Speedway | Jacksonville, IL

~7/5/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

~7/6/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

*7/19/2024 | Spoon River Speedway | Lewistown, IL

*7/20/2024 | Spoon River Speedway | Lewistown, IL

*8/2/2024 | I-55 Raceway | Pevely, MO

*8/3/2024 | I-55 Raceway | Pevely, MO

*9/13/2024 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, IL

*9/14/2024 | Highland Speedway | Highland, IL

~10/24/2024 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK

~10/25/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

~10/26/2024 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK

12/14/2024 | Southern Illinois Center | DuQuoin, IL

~Events to be run with POWRi West Midget League.

*Events to be run in conjunction with Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota.

The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations with TBA events being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed. To be eligible for the point fund, members must participate in at least 80% of the completed events during the season.

POWRi Memberships are available online at https://www.myracepass.com/sanctions/1011/registrations/6909.

Follow along for more information on POWRi items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

Drag Racer Bruce Larson To Showcase Authorized “Dragonsnake Cobra” At PPB Motorsports 2024

Oaks, PA - Legendary Drag Racer Bruce Larson is making a return to the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show in a big way. The 1989 NHRA Funny Car champion will be showcasing a new Shelby Cobra “Dragonsnake” at the event to be held here at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2024.

The Dragonsnake that Larson is bringing to the show has been painted and letter just like the original 1963 “Costilo and Larson” Shelby Cobra that began the most-successful Drag Racing Shelby Cobra of all-time with him behind the wheel.

The orginial Dragonsnake was a special edition of the Shelby Cobra and just eight cars in this line were outfitted with that performance package. The new car has a much-more powerful Ford V-8 engine than his original car.

At the show goers will see an authentic representation of what was a truly-significant Drag Racing machine and it has been assigned a factory number (CSX2800) by Shelby American, Inc..

Shelby American, Inc. has recently authorized the building of five new Shelby Cobras by Legendary G.T. Continuation Cars in Roaring Spring, PA, and each of these cars has a selling price of $750,000. The car that Larson will bring to the show is the first one in this new series.

The original Shelby Cobras, built by Carroll Shelby and his workers at Shelby American, that were an early 1960s issue are now worth over $1 million each.

Larson will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs both days of the show as will NASCAR legend Ken Schrader. Jimmy Spencer, will be making a guest appearance on Satuday at the show.

Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display and many past drivers in attendance. The exhibit will also include a 400-foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.

On Friday night at 8 PM the annual Aqua Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports competition will begin. Last year 24-year-old Lindsey Garl of Reading, PA was choosen the winner over 16 contestants.

The 2024 Ms. Motorsports will again receive $2,500, second $500 and third $250. A fan voted best in bathing suit winner will pick up $500 as well. Immediately following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.

The popular, free racers seminars will return in the newly enlarged for 2023 seminar room. The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The Hilton Gardens and Hampton Inn, located on the same property as the Expo Center, have been selected as this year’s show host hotel. Special room rates at the nearby Valley Forge Casino Resort Hotel are available at a discount rate at motorsportstradeshow.com.

Exhibitor space, sold out in 2023, remains available by contacting Dan Sammons at 609-888-3618 or danny@aarn.com. Go to motorsportstradeshow.com for a schedule of events that will continue to be updated.

 

 

MSR AND SOUTHERN SPRINTS JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND

(December 22, 2023) Officials from both the Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series today announced that they will work together to co-sanction ‘The Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida Saturday March 2, 2024.

The 50-lap event will pay the winner $5000. The sole purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Dream Fund Organization. The event is being organized by Tampa, Florida driver JJ Dutton with the help from the track and both series.

The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Florida based non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida. Dreams are referred to by doctors, nurses, Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families, and other patients.

Dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children the organization serves. They may involve meeting a celebrity, a trip, a gift such as a computer or playground, or their most-requested dream, a week at the Give Kids the World Village, which enables a child to visit all the Orlando-area theme parks.

The Children’s Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. They do not tele market to raise funds. Since its inception in 1981, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for over 4,000 children. According to their most recent audited financial report, 87% of all expenses go to make children’s dreams come true. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.

The organization is very dear to the heart of driver and race organizer Dutton.

“My daughter Sadie had Ewings Cancer” Dutton explained. “They reached out to us and really brought her up from when she was at her worst. They got her to be where she needed to finish her treatment. We just wanna bring awareness to the Children’s Dream Fund Organization any way we can and help raise some funds for them”.

Dutton participated in the ‘Sandi DeCaire Classic 41’ this past November at Citrus County Speedway. Dutton was able to raise a significant amount of money from that event. He hopes this event will be even more successful.

Official details of the race itself, rules, and purse structure have yet to be announced. The event is expected to air live on Race America and be taped for a delayed telecast on network television through MAVTV. The MAVTV part of the event could help to bring national awareness to the Children’s Dream Fund Organization.

Due to the timing of the event, and availability of cars between the two series, a good car count is expected for this race. An open practice is tentatively scheduled for Friday night March 1, 2024.

When the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series officially announced the switch to American Racer Tires this past Sunday, it helped to make this co-sanctioned event between the two series possible.

Please follow Pavement Pounders and all Social Media platforms of both series for addition details of the event in the coming days.

 

 

Thirty Events Slated for POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint 2024 Season Schedule

Belleville, IL. (12/21/2023) Rapidly establishing top-notch Midwest open-wheel competition from May until November, the POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprints will launch into the 2024 racing season with thirty events at twelve various venues spanning five separate states.

Returning to the familiar running grounds of premier facilities, the POWRi 410 League will witness the season begin with a lone trip into Iowa with Lee County Speedway on Friday, May 17th as well as a trio of fast-paced endeavors at I-70 Motorsports Park with the Salute to Soldiers on Saturday, May 18th, the POWRi Summer Sizzle on Saturday, July 27th, and the POWRi Double on Saturday, September 28th.

Highlighting the third year of the series competition the POWRi 410 Wing Sprints will see a scattering of the season run in conjunction with the High Limit Racing as high-paying dates including the Heartland of America Showdown at Lakeside Speedway on May 3-4, the Rayce Rudeen Foundation Races on June 7-8, the Fourth Annual Beach Brawl at Lake Ozark Speedway on Wednesday, June 26th, the Diamond Classic at Lucas Oil Speedway on June 28-29, as well as the I-70 Motorsports Park on October 8th in the Mid-Week Money Series.

“We’re very excited to work with High Limit Racing at the tracks that POWRi already competes at to help grow 410 sprint car racing throughout the Midwest,” said POWRi Series Director Talin Turner. Adding, “Overall we’re really eager about the upcoming season and look forward to all the events.”

Debuting at seven fresh facilities in the upcoming season, the POWRi 410 Wing Sprint League will venture to the welcoming running grounds of Callaway Raceway in Fulton Missouri on Friday, May 24th, a two-day Kentucky stay at Paducah International Raceway on July 12-13, a stop in Kansas City Kansas for the speed of Lakeside Speedway on Friday, July 26th, tight-cornered Winston Missouri battles of I-35 Speedway on Saturday, August 30th, as well as a Sooner State September 20-21 sweep of Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha on Friday and Kellyville’s Creek County Speedway on Saturday.

Spanning the Show-Me-State with a stellar onslaught of triple-threat on-track action, the series will see a weekend of enticing events with a Lebanon Midway Speedway debut on Friday, August 16th a return to the diamond of the dirt tracks in Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, August 17th as well as headlining the historic Missouri State Fair Speedway on Sunday, August 18th.

Basing the POWRi Wing Sprint League home track of operations at Lake Ozark Speedway, the championship chase will witness nine events at “The Lake” spanning the 2024 season including the WingFest on May 25-26, the Independence Day Celebrations on July 5-6, the Triple Sprint Showdown on August 31-Septemeber 1, and ultimately finalizing with the title-crowning Season Finale on November 1-2.

POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint League 2024 Schedule:
*5/3/2024 | Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS
*5/4/2024 | Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS
5/17/2024 | Lee County Speedway | Donnellson, IA
5/18/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
5/24/2024 | Callaway Raceway | Fulton, MO
5/25/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
5/26/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
*6/7/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
*6/8/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
*6/26/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
*6/28/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO
*6/29/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO
7/5/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
7/6/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
7/12/2024 | Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, KY
7/13/2024 | Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, KY
7/26/2024 | Lakeside Speedway | Kansas City, KS | T2 Promotions
7/27/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
8/16/2024 | Lebanon Midway Speedway | Lebanon, MO
8/17/2024 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Wheatland, MO
8/18/2024 | Missouri State Fair Speedway | Sedalia, MO
8/30/2024 | I-35 Speedway | Winston, MO | T2 Promotions
8/31/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
9/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
9/20/2024 | Outlaw Motor Speedway | Oktaha, OK
9/21/2024 | Creek County Speedway | Kellyville, OK | T2 Promotions
9/28/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
*10/8/2024 | I-70 Motorsports Park | Odessa, MO
11/1/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO
11/2/2024 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Eldon, MO

*Competing in conjunction with the High Limit Racing.

All POWRi 410 Wing Sprint League events will pay a minimum of $5K to win and $500 to start. The schedule is subject to alterations and cancelations with TBA events being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed. To be eligible for the point fund, members must participate in at least 80% of the completed events during the season.

POWRi Memberships are available online at https://www.myracepass.com/sanctions/1011/registrations/6909.

 

 

LOCALS JOIN FORCES

A local team, a local driver and a local race meeting come together as one. Yes, this is what is happening, with the Bohud Racing team pleased to reveal William Lucas as their driver for next month’s 410 Sprintcar race meeting at Nowra Speedway.

With regular team driver Michael Stewart being unavailable to compete on January 13 aboard the NS # 14 ARRMA Australia / Illawarra Truck Repairs & Spares supported Triple X car, due to being over in America competing in the Chili Bowl Nationals, Bohud Racing team owner Scott Jones still wanted to be a part of the Sprintcars returning to the Nowra Speedway track for the first time in over a decade.

“Michael (Stewart) and I had a chat about who we could get to fill in as the team’s driver, and the idea was to give a lesser known driver a chance, and we both agreed that William was worthy of a shot,” explained Scott Jones.

“William has less than a dozen Sprintcar race meetings to his name over the past 18 months, but he has shown a fair bit of promise for someone with such a limited amount of experience, and he also works hard off the track to promote both himself and his sponsors. Another thing that made the decision a little bit easier was the fact that he lives only 10 minutes down the road from me in Unanderra, so it was going to make for a real feel-good type of story with a local team and a local driver coming together to run a local race meeting.”

Lucas, who prior to stepping into Sprintcars raced in Wingless Sprints and before that Endurance Go Karting, is excited about this cameo appearance with the Bohud Racing team.

“The Bohud Racing team run a first-class operation and it’s an amazing opportunity to get the chance to drive for them, and I can’t thank Scott (Jones) enough for believing in me,” the 30-year-old enthused.

“My goals for this Nowra Speedway outing are to enjoy a competitive outing and bring the car home in one piece. As I’m relatively new to Sprintcar racing, another goal of mine from this opportunity is to learn as much as possible being a part of a big team, as it’s no doubt going to help my Sprintcar racing learning curve.”

The return of the 410 Sprintcars to Nowra Speedway is going to be held on the Saturday night of January 13.

If you haven't already, be sure to grab your Bohud Racing / Michael Stewart merchandise. You can come and see us in the pits after a race meeting or you can visit our online merchandise store via www.bohudracing.com.au .

The Bohud Racing team is proudly supported by the following 2023-24 season sponsors:

• ARRMA Australia

• Illawarra Truck Repairs & Spares

• Hills Truck Sales - Wollongong

• Inland Petroleum

• Sloanebuilt

• Suttons Trucks Arncliffe

• AEI Insurance Broking Group

• KRE Race Engines

• B&B Graphics

To find out more about Bohud Racing and their racing activities, LIKE them on Facebook or FOLLOW them on Instagram by searching Bohud Racing.

 

 

SLC Promotions Unveils 2024 Racing Schedule at Silver Dollar Speedway

CHICO, Calif., December 20, 2023…With Christmas right around the corner, SLC Promotions is excited to share the upcoming 2024 scheduled events for fans and race teams that support the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA. A diverse and action packed 18-event schedule kicks off on March 1st with the Silver Cup John Padjen Classic. The season concludes at the end of September with the popular Fall Nationals in tribute to Stephen Allard. In between those two races, a wide range of events including an AMA Flat Track Motorcycles and the now highest paying Mike Curb Gold Cup Race of Champions presented by Napa Auto Parts, SLC Promotions is offering motorsports enthusiasts a diverse and exciting schedule on the famed quarter-mile clay oval speedway.

Things at the speedway get going with a scheduled practice / playday on February 25. Racing begins with the Silver Cup John Padjen Classic slated for March 1 & 2. Two weeks later, the Mini Gold Cup will take place March 15 & 16. The NARC 410 Sprint Cars will be the featured attraction on March 16. The main event winner on that Saturday night will collect a staggering $10,000.

On May 4, SLC Promotions is stepping outside the box and bringing in the AMA Flat Track Motorcycle Series. This event is the first of its kind at Silver Dollar Speedway. Progressive American Flat Track racing is widely recognized as the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. Riders compete in 18 races across the country featuring four distinct track formats: Mile ovals, Half-Mile ovals, Short Track ovals and TTs, which incorporate right-hand turns and a jump.

The 410 sprint cars and Hobby Stocks will shine under the lights again at the Silver Dollar Fair on May 26. The NARC 410 Sprint Car Series will make their second and final appearance of the season during the David Tarter Memorial on June 29. Fast cars and Freedom will take place on July 4. Three divisions including 360 sprint cars, IMCA Sport Mods, and Hobby Stocks will serve as the on-track entertainment. Fireworks will light up the sky once the racing is completed. The Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT) visits the speedway on July 19 as part of the Tyler Wolf Memorial.

The 70th anniversary of the Mike Curb Gold Cup Race of Champions presented by Napa Auto Parts takes place August 21 – 24 this year. Wednesday night, the on-track racing will feature winged 360 sprint cars. Then starting the next day, the High Limit Racing Sprint Car Series is set for three incredible nights of racing culminating in the Saturday night main event in which the winner will receive the historic payday of $100,070.

The season concludes with the Fall Nationals in Tribute to Stephen Allard on September 27 – 28. More information will be released at the start of the new year. Everybody associated with SLC Promotions, and the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, wants to wish everyone Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2024.

 

 

EGAN JOINS CHILI BOWL FIELD

It’s amazing what can happen when a racer goes a month without racing during the season. For John Egan, he’s gone from travelling over to America to support his good mate Michael Stewart who is set to compete in his first Chili Bowl Nationals attempt to actually being a last-minute entry into one of the world’s biggest Midget events.

So…how does Egan go from a Chili Bowl spectator to a Chili Bowl competitor? Well, as Egan explains, he blames fellow Chili Bowl rookie in Michael Stewart.

“The other day, I was tagged in a post on Facebook by Michael (Stewart) about a lease drive becoming available for the Chili Bowl with an established team, and he said, I should send them an enquiry and make it happen,” explained the Canberra, ACT-based Wingless Sprint racer.

“Following Michael’s encouragement, I made a casual inquiry, and as the conversation with this team went on, the more I thought, hey, I think I could possibly make this happen as the deal sounded really good, and before I knew it, and after a serious conversation with the family about it, I was locked in to compete in the Chili Bowl.”

Egan has joined the Speedquip Motorsports team for his first Chili Bowl Nationals attempt aboard their DGRD # 75x car and his team-mate will be Non-Winged Sprint Car racer Mario Clouser. For the Speedquip Motorsports team, this is going to be their 31st Chili Bowl campaign in a row. To say that this team was experienced when it comes to the Chili Bowl would be quite the understatement.

“As this deal to run the Chili Bowl came together so quickly, it’s quite a surreal feeling, and it’s always been on the list of things to do is race a Midget and to be able to do it for the first time at the Chili Bowl is something I thought would never happen,” said Egan, who will be the 21st Australian driver to contest the Chili Bowl.

“The goal for my first Chili Bowl attempt is to go out there and just enjoy the whole experience, as it’s going to be my first ever drive in a Midget, so my expectations aren’t too high, but I can’t thank Lara Miller enough for the opportunity and I can’t wait to meet her and the rest of the Speedquip Motorsports team.”

The Chili Bowl is no doubt going to be Egan’s biggest challenge so far in his short speedway, but it’s an opportunity that he is grabbing with both hands.

“It’s amazing sometimes what can happen between chats amongst mates, and I’d like to thank Michael Stewart, along with the guys at CHR, for the encouragement to go and make this experience of a lifetime happen,” Egan concluded.

The 2024 Chili Bowl Nationals is going to be held on January 8 through to 13, and the 300 plus competitors will fight it out over five qualifying nights and then there are Saturday night’s mains. The Chili Bowl Nationals is an indoor Midget event held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After his maiden Chili Bowl attempt, a few days later from arriving back in Australia, Egan will compete at Goulburn Speedway on the Saturday night of January 20 for the latest NSW Wingless Sprint Country Series round.

John Egan Racing would like to thank their 2023-24 season supporters:

Onecall Steel, Form & Hire

Murrell Distribution

Complex Co.

TriTech Lubricants

Priority One Plumbing & Electrical Group

Goodyear Autocare Fyshwick

Kelley Body Works

P1 Australia

Jetwave Group

 

 

NSW GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES TROY BOLDY AS SYDNEY SPEEDWAY OPERATOR

Source: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../green-light-for-return-to...Save Sydney Speedway

Green light for the return to racing at Western Sydney International Speedway
Published: 22 December 2023
Released by: Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Sport and recreation

Speedway racing will make a long-awaited but welcome return to Eastern Creek in early 2024 following the appointment of a new Venue Manager and Operator for Western Sydney International Speedway.

Western Sydney International Dragway Ltd, which runs the neighbouring Sydney Dragway, has been appointed as Venue Manager with Sydney International Speedway Pty Ltd appointed as the new Operator.

Together with Government, the new management team is working hard to deliver a world-class experience for both fans and racers, with racing to commence back at the venue in early 2024.
The new Venue Manager and Operator are working on a program of race events so that fans can be trackside to see world-class racing in early 2024.

The motorsports precinct at Eastern Creek attracts around 700,000 visitors each year.
Motorsport is estimated to contribute $2.8 billion in direct and indirect value to the Australian economy including $270.1 million of value added to the New South Wales economy.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:
“After the previous government bungled the establishment of the new speedway at Eastern Creek, I am pleased that racing will return in early 2024.
“The racing community was promised a world-class facility and we are delivering on that promise.
“After receiving a five-star safety rating the track is ready to race on and we are working with the new management to make Eastern Creek the number one motorsports precinct in Australia.
“I’m committed to the success of motorsports and its social, and economic value to the community.
“Motorsports have a long and proud history in Sydney dating back to 1926 at the Sydney Showground at Moore Park, four decades at Parramatta and now a bright future at Eastern Creek.”

Sydney Dragway Chairman Tony Beuk said:
“Western Sydney International Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility with amazing potential. We are excited by the two forms of motorsport working together to create a bright co-operative future, with the opportunity to share resources between two disciplines of motorsport that share similar passions.
“Sydney Dragway has 20 years of experience in event management, ticketing and logistics and we’re looking to work with Sydney International Speedway Pty Ltd who understands the speedway industry. Together, we are committed to getting racing back at the venue early in the new year and making it a success for the racing community.
“We are looking to attract the best Australian and overseas racers to Australia’s premier motorsports precinct.

“The return of speedway racing to Eastern Creek ensures racing will not only survive but thrive in Sydney.”

Troy Boldy is the General Manager of Wollongong Kart Raceway.

 

 

Excitement Mounts for “Hall of Fame Friday” December 22!

Knoxville, IA, December 20, 2022 – The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa will be holding its “Hall of Fame Friday” activities this Friday, December 22, starting at 11 a.m. CST. The morning will be chock full of announcements and you can watch along live on Facebook!

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Dave Argabright will be emceeing the event. Starting at 11 a.m., the announcement of our 33rd cast of inductees for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the North American Sprint Car Poll Awards will commence.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductees are divided in four categories: Drivers, Owner-Builder-Mechanic-Manufacturer-Car Sponsor, Promoter-Official-Media Member-Event/Series Sponsor, and Pre-1970.

The North American Sprint Car Poll Awards are voted on by builders/manufacturers, promoters and media members across North America. The categories are 410, 360 and Non-wing. Driver of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Promoter of the Year, Media Member of the Year and Wild Card Awards will be revealed in each category. Also, the Thomas J. Schmeh “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport” will be announced.

Here is the link to be a part of it all…

https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarhof

For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the special events happening here, visit www.SprintCarHoF.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

One Sprint Capital Place

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-842-6176

Fax: 641-842-6177

E-mail: Info@SprintCarHoF.com

Website: www.SprintCarHoF.com

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2023

“I want to race against the best because when you beat them you get bragging rights.”

“If you don’t beat them, you can’t brag.”

That is the summation of Jason Kendrick when talking about the challenges of taking on four big-name American drivers for the USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek that gets underway on the west coast next week.

Kendrick, like the rest of the home-town heroes, knows it will be a challenge to try and upset five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet, along with the other high-speed tourists in Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss and Cory Eliason.

The Americans are the headline act for Speedweek that will be held at the Perth Motorplex on December 26 and 28, January 2 and 13, as well as at Bunbury Speedway on January 1 and 6.

Kendrick said the WA boys were up for the challenge and said having the professional drivers in the local series was great for the sport’s development.

“The Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series is going ahead in leaps and bounds and we have got the Speedweek series that is looking amazing,” Kendrick said.

“We have got some of the best drivers in the world coming over and that’s who I want to race against.”

Another WA driver, Dayne Kingshott, who has won two of the four feature races in the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series so far this year, is also excited for Speedweek.

“It steps up a level every year, even the locals step up a level every year, “ Kingshott said.

“It’s going to be tough – we have some of the best in the world at the moment coming – it’s going to be pretty tough racing against those guys, but we have got to learn and that’s how it works.

“We are ready for the fight.”

This will be the first time in WA for Sweet and Abreu, who can lean on their fellow countrymen for advice.

Eliason, who won Speedweek last year when driving for Diamond Bay Motorsport, teams up with the equally-professional Monte Motorsport crew this time.

Zearfoss, also a former Speedweek champion, has again teamed up with experienced car owner and crew chief Sean Carren.

The six-night Speedweek series is part of the 18-round Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

Heading into round five of the domestic series, defending series champion James Inglis leads the points battle over Kingshott and Kendrick.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after Rd4: James Inglis 868, Dayne Kingshott 856, Jason Kendrick 834, Brad Maiolo 834, Andrew Priolo 802, Kaiden Manders 782, Kris Coyle 762, Taylor Milling 746, Trent Pigdon 658, Kye Scroop 644, Jason Pryde 638, Jamie Maiolo 638, Jaydee Dack 630, AJ Nash 622, Ryan Lancaster 616, Mitchell Wormall 562, Ken Sartori 494, Matthew Cross 494, Nathan Swan 412, Rod Howe 410, Tim Boujos 400, Jack Williamson 386, Cameron McKenzie 382, Kyle Francis 356, Brock Kenny 322, Brock Francis 322, Todd Davis 294, Callum Williamson 290, Jamie Veal 264, David Priolo 232, Luke Oldfield 188, Brenten Farrer 158, Tim King 154, James McFadden 150, Myles Bolger 150, Michael Pickens 142.

 

 

Jeff Taylor, Mounce/Stout Motorsports and Rick Young Collaborate For Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Naming TJ Smith Driver For Event

PETERSEN MEDIA- Inching closer to the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Jeff Taylor, Mounce/Stout Motorsports (Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout), and Rick Young are thrilled to announce a collaboration between their race teams as California’s TJ Smith will be the driver as the team will work out of the Mounce/Stout Motorsports camp.

“I am really looking forward to this collaborative effort with Jeff Taylor, and Rick Young. Gavin Stout and I are equally excited to work with a talented driver in TJ Smith,” Jay Mounce of Mounce/Stout Motorsports said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us. TJ has been good in the building in the past as he was victorious during the Non Winged portion of the Tulsa Shootout last year, and ran third in the Winged feature event.”

The Fresno, CA driver has been successful in the Tulsa Expo Center over the years as it was highlighted by the aforementioned Golden Driller during the 2022 running of the prestigious event to go along with a podium effort in the 55-lap Winged feature event.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to run with this collaboration between Jeff Taylor, Rick Young, and Mounce/Stout Motorsports,” Smith said. “Jeff and I have talked about running together the last few years, and we finally were able to put all the right pieces together. It is a solid group, and mixing Jay Mounce and his team in the equation, I’m excited to have their knowledge heading into the building this year.”

Over the course of the 2023 season, Smith as ran a nice mix of Micro and Midget races as he totaled 11 feature event wins in 44 starts. While he has been successful in the Shootout, he is no stranger to the Chili Bowl, and found himself in an E Main during last year’s running of the event.

Jeff Taylor is too excited for this pairing, as it marks yet another California talent he will be able to team up with.

“TJ Smith and I were introduced to each other by Justin Grant, and we have been friends for a few years now,” Taylor said. “Justin has told me a lot of great things about TJ, and how great he thought he was as a driver. Things haven’t worked out in the past, but this year everything finally came together, and I am excited to see how we can do at the Chili Bowl. I have been fortunate with work with some California stand outs over the years including, Grant, Logan Seavey, Ryan Bernal, and Landon Brooks, and I’m looking forward to including TJ in that list.”

The team would like to thank Mounce/Stout Motorsports, Rockwell Security, RAMS Racing, Snap On by Joe Lewis, Driver Performance, and UHL Rubber for supporting this effort.

ON TAP: TJ Smith will be in action at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, OK set for January 7-13.

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

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Mounce/Stout Motorsports by following along on Twitter at @MounceStout, liking them on Facebook at facebook.com/mouncestout, or on Instagram at @MounceStout.

 

 

NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS 2024 SHOW

Jimmy Spencer Is Coming To The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024 Show Jan. 19-20, 2024; Asphalt Mod Star, NASCAR Cup Standout Had Daytona, Talladega Wins

Oaks, PA - Jimmy Spencer, a winner NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and Truck divisions, will be making a guest appearance at the 2024 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show in 2024. The two-day PPB Show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on Fri., Jan. 19 and Sat., Jan. 20, 2024.

Spencer will be on stage for what promises to be a provocative, revealing in-depth interview session with PPB Motorsports Show announcer Paul Szmal on Saturday, January 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jimmy Spencer followed his father Ed into racing. He started driving Late Models in Pennsylvania. He captured his first win in the Late Model division at Port Royal, PA Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La, NY Speedway, then branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast.

In 1984, Spencer, who by this time had earned is nickname, “Mr. Excitement”, won NASCAR Modified Tour titles in 1986 and 1987.

Spencer’s next move was to the then Busch, now Xfinity, Series, where in 211 starts, he won 12 times. He then moved to the NASCAR Cup series in 1989 and in 1994won the Daytona Pepsi 400 and just weeks later the Talladega DieHard 500.

Before he retired he also added a NASCAR Truck series win to his resume. Spencer then became a TV celebrity, with reoccurring appearances on several NASCAR themed magazine format programs. He’s most known on television for his “crying towel” segments.

Fans will have the opportunity to connect with Spencer one-on-one at the show from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for autographs and conversation.

Spencer, now 66, will join fellow former NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ken Schrader at the PPB Show.

On Saturday at 12 noon, Schrader will take to the stage to talk about his career, his recently published book “Still Racing” and take questions from fans in a special One-On-One presentation.

Schrader will also be available for autographs, photos and book signing on Friday at the show from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday following the stage presentation from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display. The exhibit will also include a 400 foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.

Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.

The Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports 2024 will be held on stage starting at 8 p.m. on Friday. The 2024 winner will again receive $2,500. Following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.

The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The popular, free racers seminars will return on Friday and Saturday in the newly enlarged for 2023 seminar room. A complete schedule will be announced by the first of the year.

Exhibitor space, sold out in 2023, remains available by contacting Dan Sammons at 609-888-3618 or danny@aarn.com. Show information including hotel rooms and entry forms for the Ms. Motorsports competition are available at motorsportstradeshow.com.

 

 

COULD 14-YEAR-OLDS NOW COMPETE WITH MUST SEE RACING?
(December 20, 2023) Must See Racing today quietly released a rule amendment for the 2024 season for their Midwest Lights Series. According to the new amendment, drivers as young as fourteen (14) years old will now be allowed to compete with Must See Racing. Each situation will be different, and it will be dependent on previous racing experience and recommendations from past series officials. Below is the official amendment to the existing MSR rules.
MUST SEE RACING MIDWEST LIGHTS
II. MEMBERSHIP
AGE REQUIREMENT
A driver’s eligibility to submit a Membership Application to be determined solely at the discretion of and by the MSR Director of Competition.
Eligibility shall be determined upon the previous racing experience of the applicant and the applicant passing any required physical examination and obtaining written recommendations of driving ability satisfactory of the Director of Competition.
In order for driver to compete in any MSR sanctioned event (s), they must hold a valid MSR driver’s membership or have a valid driver’s Temporary Permit (TP) for the event in which they intend to compete.
Before a person shall be eligible for a membership in Must See Racing, such person must have obtained the age of fourteen (14) years old during the membership application year.
For applicants younger than the age of sixteen (16). An original certified Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate must accompany the MSR membership application.
A current and valid MSR Drivers Membership and all MSR required minor release form(s) signed by both parents and or guardian(s) must be approved prior to competing in any MSR event(s).
The age variance may not apply to certain MSR co-sanctioned events, events or tracks that do not mirror or approve the MSR membership age requirements.
So, what does this mean for the series going forward? It would allow a 14-year-old another option to compete before turning 16. There is no denying there is a youth movement in short track racing in recent years. A handful of pavement late model series have created series for younger drivers including Madera Speedway and Champion Racing Association (CRA) among others.
On the open wheel side of things, the United States Speed Association Kenyon Midget Series has allowed drivers as young as twelve (12) years of age to compete in full size midgets successfully. MSR will now provide an option for these drivers and others looking to move up into pavement sprint cars before the age of 16.
One would assume that Florida pavement sprint car sensation Colton Bettis could very well be the first person to explore the new rule change. The 14-year-old made his debut in pavement sprint cars at the age of 11 in 2020. Since then, he has claimed the
Showtime Speedway non-wing sprint car championship in 2021. He won his first winged sprint car feature with the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series this past summer and was the series Rookie of the Year.
Although the series has yet to release a press release with additional details, more news is expected in the coming weeks.

 

GAS CHASSIS SPONSORS THE 2024 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY YOUNG GUNS SERIES

(Perris, CA, December 17, 2023) When it comes to helping out in sprint car racing, Warner Springs, California chassis builder Stan Sexton is always ready to lend a hand. So, when he was asked if his company, GAS Chassis, would like to award the 2024 Young Guns series champion a brand new chassis, the personable car owner replied with a resounding, “Heck yes.” Thus, in 2024 the title for the group will be the GAS Chassis Young Gun Sprint Car Series.

The series, which was founded in 2013 by Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian, was initially for drivers in their teens who had never raced sprint cars before. Rather than throw them to the lions to get pummeled in the USAC/CRA series, it allowed drivers to race at a more comfortable level with peers who were also learning.

Several drivers who honed their skills in the class have graduated to higher levels of racing. The first series champion was Logan Williams. One year after his triumphant season in the Young Guns, he was crowned USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year. 2016 Young Gun champ Courtney Crone has been climbing the racing ladder ever since she won the title. She spent 2023 competing in the IMCA series at such tracks as Daytona and Lime Rock Park. She also raced at Germany’s famous Hockenheimring, and Zandvoort circuits in the German Prototype Cup series. In 2018, Eddie Tafoya was crowned Young Guns champ. The following year he was named Rookie of the Year in USAC/CRA. Along with Williams, he is expected to be in the hunt for the USAC/CRA champion’s crown in 2024.

The series has always been a launch pad, trophy-only class. In 2024, it will still be a stepping-stone division but it will have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the form of a brand-new GAS Chassis for the champion. Coming with the chassis will be a body, motor plate, all of the aluminum and tin work, front axle, and radius rods.

“Initially when we came back after Covid, our Young Gun series was hurting,” longtime promoter Kazarian said. “2021 virtually saw one car in the class and it was that way for most of 2022. However, the series had a nice bounce back in 2023 with eight drivers. We think most of them will be back in 2024 and have already heard that at least one other car is going to enter the fray.”

“A huge thank you goes out to Gas Chassis owners Stan Sexton and Nita Gatlin for stepping up and offering a nice package for next year’s champion. In addition to advancing their careers, it will give the competitors something else to shoot for. As well as the fine prize, the Young Guns can look for an expanded schedule next year that will see them race 10 times. It all adds up to what should be a great season for them.”

For Sexton, it was a no-brainer when he had the chance to jump in. While it is a way to get his company name out, it is more about helping the sport grow and prosper in the future.

“I am doing it to help the young kids starting out,” the personable racing businessman said. “They usually use hand-me-down stuff from dad, grandpa or whoever raced previously if they have racing experience. You do not always go out and buy the best of the best to find out you do not like or want to continue racing. I hope it will help bring up the car count and have people competing for it (the new car). After they get their first crash and couple of bruises out of the way, they will have something of quality to really start building on.”

While he wants to help the sport, there is one thing he will not skimp on and that is safety. Sexton owns the car his son Shane drives in the USAC/CRA Series. On April 15th of this year, the promising young driver was involved in one of the scariest crashes seen at Perris Auto Speedway in quite some time. Competing in the main event that night, contact with another car sent the GAS Chassis #74 catapulting down the back straightaway in a series of violent flips. He gained enough altitude in the terrifying tangle to see what was on the other side of the track billboards.

While the crowd anxiously awaited, the driver known as “Shugah Shane,” climbed out of the car. Shaken, he was able to walk away from the crash. However, the chassis held up and had little structural damage. That was due to his dad’s insistence on safety.

“We use nothing but what is called German Standard Chrome Molly,” the elder Sexton said. “I have certified welders that weld everything. It is standard (for GAS Chassis) to have the halo and the outlaw bars. That is standard. It is not an option. I will not send them out otherwise.”

“The motor plates I have machined for me to my specifications. The tin work, I like doing all of the aluminum lower panels and other trick work like that. I have a machine shop that handles all of the billet aluminum pieces. The Dumas family has been long in the off-road industry. They have been doing all of my tig welding for me. Cory McClenathan, the former top fuel dragster driver, has been doing all of our fiberglass and carbon fiber body pieces. Of course, the carbon fiber is an upgrade. The fiberglass, he reinforces with Kevlar in the high impact zones like the crown of the nose and stuff like that. He has been helping us out and started his own business so we kind of partnered right away.”

The first chance for drivers to earn points toward winning the Young Gun championship and the GAS Chassis is under 10 weeks away on February 24th. Throughout the 2024 season, the GAS Chassis Young Gun series will be joined at every race by the Avanti Windows & Doors CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, and PASSCAR Stock Cars. The full schedule is listed below.

Tickets for all 2024 Perris Auto Speedway races will soon be on sale at www.tix.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849

2024 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule

February 10th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

February 24th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

March 9th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

March 16th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR STREET AND FACTORY STOCK CARS

April 6th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

April 27th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

May 4th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

May 25th "SALUTE TO INDY" AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

June 1st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

June 22nd AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

July 4th “FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AND SKY CONCERT” (TENTATIVE)

LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

July 13th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES, AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

August 10th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

August 17th AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND STREET STOCKS

September 7th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

September 14th TBA

September 21st AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUNS SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER AND FACTORY STOCKS

October 26th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION: DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8'S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND

DOUBLE DECKERS

November 8th 27TH RUNNING OF THE OVAL NATIONALS Featuring AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES AND PASSCAR SUPER, STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

November 9th 27TH RUNNING OF THE OVAL NATIONALS Featuring AVANTI USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR SPRINTS, GAS CHASSIS YOUNG GUN SERIES – JERRY DODD CHAMPIONS NIGHT, PASSCAR SUPER, STREET AND FACTORY STOCKS

THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of the Southern California Fair), one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway, and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

USAC/CRA races from Perris Auto Speedway are not streamed online.

Fans can stay up to date on track and driver news on The PAS social media efforts at the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank the following corporate partners. Ahern Equipment Rentals, Anderson Chevrolet, Battery Systems, Bud’s Tire, Tire Choice Auto Service, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Heimark/Anheuser Busch, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moose Racing, Pepsi-Cola, Performance Online, Pole Position Raceway, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rene’s Bar & Grill, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction and Vista Paint.

For information on 2024 billboard advertising at The PAS, please call 951-940-0134 and ask for Charlie Watson.

DVDs of all the PASSCAR/IMCA racing and Nights of Destruction at The PAS are available from Fourvideos. For more information call (714) 225-9500.

mailto:perrisautospeedway1@gmail.com is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

 

 

Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame Inductees and Award Winners Announced…

Ted Christopher, Brett Hearn, Ron Hedger, Ace Lane, Jr., George Kent and Billy Pauch, Sr. to HoF; Matt Hirschman and Matt Sheppard repeat as Northeast Drivers of the Year

(HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA 12-19-23) The Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) is proud to announce the latest inductees into its prestigious Hall of Fame in advance of the

51st EMPA Convention, which takes place January 12-14 at the Holiday Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Voting was conducted by the EMPA membership and the select group elected to the Hall of Fame class of 2024 includes pavement Modified standouts George Kent and the late Ted Christopher. Both established themselves as outstanding competitors and achieved many victories every time they strapped into their racecars.

Two successful talents, no matter what they drove, are also entering into the Hall of Fame. For years, Brett Hearn and Billy Pauch, Sr. powered their way to countless wins and championships, most notably in dirt Modifieds. Their combined win total is staggering, and their careers will arguably go down in history among the best to ever wheel a racecar.

A past president of EMPA, Ron Hedger is one of the most respected motorsports journalists in the business. His fair and unbiased reporting of the sport has, for years, given readers an accurate and detailed account whether it be a race report or profile.

Award winning photo journalist Ace Lane Jr., will also be inducted, joining his late father, Ace Lane Sr., who was voted to the Hall of Fame in 2011.

EMPA members also voted to recognize several individuals and organizations for excellence in 2023.

Matt Hirschman and Matt Sheppard have been voted as repeat winners of the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year respectively in asphalt and dirt. For Hirschman it is his unprecedented fifth consecutive time receiving the honor while Sheppard has earned his fourth.

The Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year, one each in asphalt and dirt, is going to 2023 NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney and dirt Late Model sensation Ricky Thornton Jr.

The 2023 John Blewett III Young Gun awardee, is presented by New England Race Fuels, is asphalt Modified racer Austin Beers. Beers is coming off a breakout year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with a pair of wins and a solid third in the championship standings.

High Limit Racing was the top vote-getter for the Chris Economaki Memorial News Maker of the Year while the EMPA Outstanding Promotional Effort of the Year will be presented to the Indoor Racing Series and Len Sammons Productions.

Legendary Red Farmer, the 91-year old original member of the infamous “Alabama Gang,” will receive the Junie Donlavey “Spirit of the Sport” award for his 75+ years of racing.

During the formal awards dinner the organization will also recognize many of their own including the Jim Hunter Memorial Writer of the Year and Ace Lane Sr., Memorial Photographer of the Year, plus several others whose talents are showcased in the EMPA Pocono Raceway Writers Contest and the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Photo Contest.

The annual convention begins with a Friday evening “Salute to the Champions” presented by Belmont’s Garage, where a number of local and regional driving titlists are invited to meet and greet with the press.

Saturday consists of press conferences and guest speakers. Noted award winning motorsports author Dave Argabright will be on hand to discuss the media’s role in racing. Dover Motor Speedway will serve as luncheon host. It all culminates with the evening’s Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony.

Founded in 1969, the Eastern Motorsport Press Association is an organization of professional writers, broadcasters, announcers, videographers and photographers working in the motorsports industry. It also includes associate and corporate members with backing from Dover Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts, Wanick Construction, Belmont’s Garage, New England Race Fuels, Speedway Illustrated, Maple Grove Raceway, Buckley’s Automotive, Inc., and Himmer Graphics, who are among the supporters of the organization.

 

 

BOHUD RACING ANNOUNCE NEW YEAR PLANS:

Although their original 2023-24 season schedule hasn’t gone according to plan, the Bohud Racing team and their driver Michael Stewart are pleased to announce their plans for the remainder of the 2023-24 season.

Unfortunately, the Bohud Racing team will not be appearing over the Christmas-New Year period, but they have mapped out a schedule for the latter half of the season.

“It’s disappointing to be sitting on the sidelines for what is one of the busiest periods of the season, but with not currently having no local track to run at, the logistics involved with going on the road over this period just wasn’t going to be possible this year,” commented Bohud Racing team owner Scott Jones.

“Apart from the logistics of travelling during the Christmas-New Year period, it’s more to spend time with my own family and also for Michael’s family, as I didn’t think it would be fair to ask him to race over that period when he leaves to head over to the Chili Bowl earlier in the new year.

“In more positive news, we still plan to compete in the Australian Championship at Premier Speedway in Victoria at the end of January and also do all of the remaining race meetings at Toowoomba Speedway and support as many of the NSW club race meetings as possible during the latter half of this season.”

Despite only competing in four race meetings so far this season, all of which have been at Toowoomba Speedway in Queensland, the Bohud Racing team and Michael Stewart have showed plenty of impressive form, and it has been seen them finish inside the top five at each of the opening three Ultimate Sprintcar Championship rounds and by virtue of this they currently sit third in the USC point standings.

“Michael has done a great job so far this season up against his main rivals who a lot of them have done pretty much triple the amount of race meetings he has done this season,” Jones said.

“To be running so strongly with only a limited amount of track time this season is testament to Michael’s ability as a driver and also the hard work of the entire Bohud Racing team. Although it’s been a stop-start season so far, Michael and the team continue to work hard and remain positive during these uncertain times.”

 

 

Greg Wheeler Motorsports and Tylar Rankin to Run Full IRA Schedule in 2024

Back in the mid to late 1990’s, Greg Wheeler owned and drove a car in several events with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints. Now, in 2024 the iconic blue #16C will make a return to the tour in a full time role with Indiana hot-shoe Tylar Rankin at the wheel.

“We had a great time running several IRA shows in 2023.” Rankin said. “The series was super competitive last year and looks to be just as strong this coming season, so we were pleased to run as well as we did. It just seemed like the right time to get out on the road and follow a tour like the IRA.”

Rankin and the Greg Wheeler Motorsports team racked up 3 Top 10’s in 2023 in just 5 feature starts with the IRA Sprints, including a Competition Specialists Quick Time Award at the Plymouth Dirt Track on July 28th. The team also picked up 3 410 Sprint Car victories at the Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan during their 2023 campaign.

“One of the bigger draws of the IRA was the track diversity.” Rankin said of the decision to commit to the 2024 IRA season. “They visit a ton of different places and all the tracks seem to race differently and require different skill sets. It’s nice to have some races closer to home on the schedule as well as some that require serious levels of travel. It’s going to be fun to visit a lot of new places this season and continue to learn and grow as a team.”

The first two months of the 2024 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints schedule has already been released to the public, with the season opening up at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA in doubleheader fashion on April 5th and 6th. The IRA season opener at 34 Raceway drew 48 cars on back to back nights in 2023.

“The car counts on the nights we raced with IRA, and from what we saw seemingly every night, were massive.” Rankin said of the challenge of following an established tour like the IRA. The series averaged over 32 cars per event in 2023. “The competition level was extremely high as well so consistency will be key. Our goal going into the season will be to pick up the Rookie of the Year award and hopefully challenge for the overall points title.”

Rankin acknowledges that sometimes, that’s easier said than done.

“You really have to be on your ‘A Game’ every night. One night you could be up front challenging for the win and the next you could be struggling to get out of the B Main with a series like that. The guys that end up towards the top of the points table are consistently up there come feature time no matter who shows up. It’s going to be a great challenge for us and we can’t wait to get started.”

The first two months of the IRA Schedule is listed below, with the remainder of the tour to be released at a later date.
April 5th-34 Raceway, West Burlington, IA
April 6th-34 Raceway, West Burlington, IA
April 19th-Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI
April 20th-Beaver Dam Raceway, Beaver Dam, WI
May 3rd-Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, MN
May 4th-Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI
May 11th-Sycamore Speedway, Maple Park, IL
May 18th-Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, WI
May 19th-Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI
May 25th-Wilmot Raceway, Wilmot, WI
May 26th-141 Speedway, Francis Creek, WI

Greg Wheeler Motorsports and Tylar Rankin would like to thank their marketing partners for their continuous support!
Flint Trucking
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Hamilton Trucking
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Canopys R Us
BW Transport
Numerix Inc
Shark Racing Engines
KH Suspension by Drew Bible
Smith Titanium
ReelCraft
HardDrive-Jim Kimball
JCR Tool & Performance

Follow along with Greg Wheeler Motorsports’ 2024 season on their Facebook page, at Tylar Rankin Racing on Facebook, and their Box3 Media PR team on Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), Instagram and TikTok.

 

 

‘TALL’ TREY OSBORNE HOPING FOR 2023 OUTDOOR MOMENTUM AT RUMBLE

“I just want to make my presence known. I want to win – not suck.”

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 18, 2023) – At 6’8”, Trey Osborne has never been hard to notice in the pit area, but when it came to being on track behind the wheel of a race car, the 20-year-old Quarter Midget graduate had been relatively unnoticed. That all changed during the 2023 racing season and ‘Tall Trey’ is hoping to transition that momentum to this year’s Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales, December 29 and 30.

Osborne will again be behind the wheel of a Kenyon Midget owned and prepared by the legendary Kenyon brothers, Mel, and Don. “When I was 12, we were doing some shop tours and while visiting the Kenyon’s, something just clicked. The two of them seemed to be very interested in me. A strong friendship developed, and soon thereafter, I was driving their Kenyon Midget,” stated Osborne.

While running on a low budget, Osborne single-handedly embarked on a Sprint Car campaign this season. He would arrive at the track in a pick-up that one wouldn’t think could travel another mile, and the car sat on an open trailer. There were no sponsors on the car and no fancy graphics. “I just put the money where it was needed – in the race car,” quipped the lanky red-head.

He was able to parlay his commitment and enthusiasm into a trio of feature wins throughout the Hoosier state. He caught the eye of multiple team owners and has since picked up some notable rides for 202. He will be gunning for a pair of USAC (United States Auto Club) Rookie of the Year titles (Sprint and Silver Crown).

“Now I just want to make my presence known at the Rumble,” Osborne stated determinedly. “I’ve been with the Kenyon’s four years at Fort Wayne, and in 3 of those years, I failed to make the feature either night. The 2021 race weekend was good, though. We finished 6th the first night and 4th the second. But I want to change that, I want to win, not suck.”

“I had some good runs with the Quarter Midget at Fort Wayne, where I learned to be smooth and aggressive at the same time. I need to apply those moves to my Midget.”

Osborne will have two opportunities to move the Kenyon brothers into victory lane. Complete racing programs will be staged Friday (Dec. 29) and Saturday (Dec. 30) nights as the Rumble in Fort Wayne celebrates its silver anniversary.

Joining the Midgets both nights will be winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Quarter Midgets and multiple divisions of kart racing.

 

 

SOUTHERN SPRINTS ANNOUNCE NEW SERIES TIRE

December 17, 2023 – Lakeland, Florida – The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series announced today that the series will be using the American Racer Tire as the official tire of the series. The switch to the new tire will be effective immediately.

The series had utilized the Hoosier Racing Tire brand since the inception of the series in 2016. Recent material and tire shortages have seen price increase across the industry by tire manufacturers. After serious consideration, the series elected to go with American Racer to try to curb raising tire prices. Tire cost ultimately factors into car counts, and the series was very aware of this issue at hand, when they made their final decision.

With the shift to a new tire brand, it now has all the pavement winged sprint car sanctioning bodies east of the Mississippi River on the same tire brand for the first time in over a decade. Must See Racing also use the American Racer Tire and teams from both series regularly cross over.

Tentative plans for the first two races of the 2024 season call for open motor cars (360/410) will be required to run American Racer on both rear tires. Teams competing under the Southern Sprint Car Lights (602) rules package will be allowed the Hoosier Tire brand for the first two events in an effort for teams to deplete through previously purchased tire inventory. After the second event of the 2024 season, all teams will then be required to begin running the American Racer brand on all four corners. The announced American Racer compounds will be the same as those in Must See Racing.

Series Owner/Director Rick Day shared his thoughts on the decision to go to a different tire. “We are looking forward to starting a new chapter with the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series” stated Day. “We have been talking with American Racer for 3 years to make the switch and finally got the green light to move forward. We believe that the new tire will be a cost cutting factor for teams moving forward. We would like thank Hoosier Tire for their support over the past 8 years, and now we will focus on the new 2024 season and welcome American Racer Tires to the family for many years to come.”

American Racer Racing Tires is based in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Known around the globe for their quality, durability, repeatability, and value. American Racer tires are part of a tradition of craftsmanship and innovation that dates back to 1915. Proudly made in the U.S.A.

The first order of the American Racer tire should be delivered within the next two weeks. Questions can be directed to Rick Day at 813-377-5862 or Terry DeCaire at 813-376-9464
The 2024 schedule will kick off January 13, 2024, at Auburndale Speedway with the following race January 27, 2024, at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida.

 

 

Anderson Avoids Attrition To Claim Second Max’s Race Win

Grant Anderson held his nerve from the front row to win his second Max’s Race at Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway proudly supported by Chitticks Bakery.

The experienced Albury driver survived a war of attrition to win the 30-lap A-Main feature holding off Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal and Queensland’s Jy Corbet.

“I have to say I’m pretty happy right now. Anytime you can win here is a good night for sure,” Anderson said.

“It was a bit tough out there and it was really fast on that surface. They do a great job here working with this track but at the moment it’s hard work. No one’s making this place be like it is deliberately.

"I mean I'm pretty happy tonight - I've come out on top."

From position two, was next to polesitter Alex Orr, who set a blistering pace in the eight-lap dash earlier in the night an led the feature early.

The carnage came on the opening lap, with Tasmanian driver Tate Frost crashing out in front of the grandstand.
Moments later, heartbreak for Orr as he crashed into the turn one wall and Corbet inherited the lead ahead of Anderson and reigning Max's Race winner Jock Goodyer, before the Anderson soon made his move to grab the lead with 20 laps to run.

James McFadden, fresh home to Australia from his American racing season was the next casualty, crashing hard into the turn three wall after Brock Hallett's right rear tyre made contact with McFadden's left front wheel. McFadden was out and Hallett continued on.

Up front it was still Anderson leading and he was in control and running a strong racing line before Goodyer hit the wall with 14 laps to run and Hallett was forced to the back with car issues with 11 remaining.

The eye-catching drives were Veal who came from eighth to grab second, American star Carson Macedo who was fifth after winning the B-Main and Corey McCullagh who finished sixth in his first race back for nearly 18 months.

Anderson kept a steely resolve though and didn’t flinch under pressure from two-time Max’s Race victor Veal and would claim a tough win and the $7000 prizemoney. The beautifully hand-carved wooden V5 trophy was presented to him by Max Dumesny.

"It’s pretty cool to get this trophy of a legend of the sport,” Anderson added.

“We were lucky enough to win it a few years ago (2019) so to get another one is awesome, (it's) world class competition here."

Earlier in the night, McFadden, Orr, Anderson and Daniel Pestka took out each of the four heat races, while Veal and Corbet posted the fastest quick times of flight one and two respectively, with times of 10.302 and 10.345 seconds.

The third round of the Belkblast Protective Coatings Southern Pro Late Model Series saw former Australian champion Callum Harper clinch the 12-lap A-Main with a flag-to-flag drive from Chevy Edwards and Peter Nicola, the round was sponsored by Wandin Heavy Haulage.

An elated Chevette Muir of Kyneton scored an emotional victory in the Formula 500 Junior Scramble.

From grid position nine she drove a calculated and patient race to snatch the lead from Aston Rodriguez who drove impressively to lead for 10 laps from pole position.

With five laps remaining, Muir seized the lead, only to encounter a yellow flag, requiring her to do it all again as she was put back to second.

With two laps remaining she held her ground and made a decisive pass on Rodriguez with Hugo Chivell following her from position 10 and the pair would cross the finish line in that order with Rodriguez third.

Zac Stevens was solid in fourth place then followed Evie Bell fifth in in exciting night’s racing of the Junior Formula 500s.

The next meeting at Premier Speedway will be on January 1, 2024 with the final round of the Clay-Per-View Speedweek for Sprintcars and Street Stocks are the supports.

For more information www.premierspeedway.com.au

 

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2023

Callum Williamson has recovered from health issues just in time for the USA versus WA Sprintcar Speedweek that kicks off at the Perth Motorplex on Tuesday, December 26.

The pilot of the Williamson Motorsport W3 was sidelined after just one race meeting on the west coast in October, suffering from a suspected heart arrhythmia and not having enough strength to race.

For three race meetings he watched from the sidelines as David Priolo, New Zealander Michael Pickens and James McFadden, in his first Australian appearance after returning from World of Outlaws duties in the USA, became the team’s super subs.

In the lead up to the six-round Speedweek series, Williamson, a two-time Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series champion who finished third in the Australian Sprintcar Championship in Perth back in February, has confirmed he is good to return.

Williamson’s return to the seat adds another level of firepower to Speedweek that already boasts the nominations of five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet and one of the hottest drivers in America at the moment Rico Abreu who will be making their racing debuts in WA.

They will be joined by fellow Americans and former winners of WA’s Speedweek crown, Cory Eliason and Brock Zearfoss.

Williamson said having drivers of the calibre of Sweet and Abreu in WA was exciting and “probably why our series is the way it is right now”.

He said Speedweek would be tough and “I just want to be competitive”.

“I don’t want the WA boys to get beaten by the Americans – I want our guys to beat them,” Williamson said.

Ultimately he said his aim was to “give them an ass whooping before they go home”.

The Perth Motorplex will host four of the six rounds - December 26, 28, January 2 and the series final on January 13, while Bunbury Speedway will host rounds on January 1 and 6.
Speedweek is also part of the greater 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series championship that is contested over 18 rounds.

Heading into the Boxing Day clash, defending series champion James Inglis leads the points battle from Dayne Kingshott and former series champion Jason Kendrick.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points after Rd4: James Inglis 868, Dayne Kingshott 856, Jason Kendrick 834, Brad Maiolo 834, Andrew Priolo 802, Kaiden Manders 782, Kris Coyle 762, Taylor Milling 746, Trent Pigdon 658, Kye Scroop 644, Jason Pryde 638, Jamie Maiolo 638, Jaydee Dack 630, AJ Nash 622, Ryan Lancaster 616, Mitchell Wormall 562, Ken Sartori 494, Matthew Cross 494, Nathan Swan 412, Rod Howe 410, Tim Boujos 400, Jack Williamson 386, Cameron McKenzie 382, Kyle Francis 356, Brock Kenny 322, Brock Francis 322, Todd Davis 294, Callum Williamson 290, Jamie Veal 264, David Priolo 232, Luke Oldfield 188, Brenten Farrer 158, Tim King 154, James McFadden 150, Myles Bolger 150, Michael Pickens 142.

 

 

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour announces 2024 schedule

Russell Motorsports Inc. has officially released the 2024 schedule of events for the traveling Sprint Car Challenge Tour. The California based Winged 360 Sprint Car series is set to contest its seventh overall season, which offers another exciting slate of races.

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour will compete in a total of 17 events, which gets underway with the annual “Spring Fever Frenzy” on Saturday March 30th, marking the first of three appearances at Placerville Speedway.

The tour then returns to Placerville on Friday May 31st for opening night of the prestigious 33rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.” It creates a massive double header weekend on the red clay, with the NARC 410 Sprint Cars in action the following evening.

Continuing to rise in popularity among fans and teams is the Merced Speedway, which is back on the Sprint Car Challenge Tour schedule. California’s top Winged 360 Sprint Car teams will invade the high-banked quarter-mile on Saturday April 20th.

The SCCT 360s return to Kings Speedway in Hanford for one show this coming season on Friday October 4th during the 39th annual “Cotton Classic.” It makes for another big weekend, as the NARC 410s compete one night later in the “Morrie Williams Memorial.”

The newly reconfigured Stockton Dirt Track will host two SCCT events this coming year, with those taking place on Saturday April 6th for the annual “Asparagus Cup” and Saturday November 2nd, which marks the 41st annual “Tribute to Patterson.” As is customary, the November showdown features championship night for both the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and the Northern Auto Racing Club.

The Petaluma Speedway again plays host to a pair of Sprint Car Challenge Tour events in 2024. Those dates will occur on Saturday June 8th and Saturday September 21st, as SCCT sanctions the $5,000-to-win “Adobe Cup” for the third time.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour will again sanction the annual “Mel and Marlyn Hall Memorial” in Marysville, this year taking place Memorial Day weekend on Saturday May 25th. The Hall Memorial has certainly provided its share of thrills the last few seasons.

Returning to the mix once again, Antioch Speedway will host the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on Saturday June 15th. The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds venue has received several updates and a major facelift in recent years.

After missing from the schedule the last two seasons, the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway returns for a night of hard-hitting action on Saturday October 12th. The “Trophy Cup Tune-Up” is the final opportunity for teams to get track time prior to the 30th annual Trophy Cup itself, which begins that following Thursday.

For the first time ever, the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will be part of Western 360 Speedweek in 2024, as the Western Sprint Tour in conjunction with SCCT presents the popular week-long extravaganza.

All the action launches at Cottage Grove Speedway on Monday July 15th and concludes at Placerville Speedway on Saturday July 20th. Visits in-between during Speedweek will be paid to Coos Bay Raceway, the Douglas County Dirt Track in Roseburg, Oregon, Yreka Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is operated under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner, which also manages the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, RMI can be reached at 530-344-7592 or office@sprintcarchallengetour.com

More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com

Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT. You can also find us on Instagram by searching scct360.

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Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour 2024 Schedule

Saturday March 30: Placerville Speedway (8th annual Spring Fever Frenzy)

Saturday April 6: Stockton Dirt Track (Asparagus Cup w/NARC)

Saturday April 20: Merced Speedway

Saturday May 25: Marysville Raceway (24th Mel and Marlyn Hall Memorial)

Friday May 31: Placerville Speedway (Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Opening Night)

Saturday June 8: Petaluma Speedway

Saturday June 15: Antioch Speedway

Monday July 15: Cottage Grove Speedway (Western Sprint Tour-SCCT Speedweek Opener)

Tuesday July 16: Coos Bay Raceway Wednesday

July 17: Douglas County Dirt Track in Roseburg, Oregon

Thursday July 18: Yreka Speedway

Friday July 19: Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico

Saturday July 20: Placerville Speedway (Speedweek Finale)

Saturday September 21: Petaluma Speedway ($5,000-to-win 13th annual Adobe Cup)

Friday October 4: Kings Speedway in Hanford (39th annual Cotton Classic)

Saturday October 12: Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare (Trophy Cup Tune-Up)

Saturday November 2: Stockton Dirt Track (41st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson w/NARC)

Saturday December 7: Awards Banquet at El Dorado County Fairgrounds

 

 

Joel Myers Jr Set To Defend War of Wings Title Fresh Off Second Win of NZ Season

PETERSEN MEDIA: Venturing to Nelson Speedway over the weekend, Joel Myers Jr picked right up from where he left off during his opening weekend.

Running fourth and second in Friday night feature events, Myers Jr picked up his second win of his trip on Saturday night, as he now turns his attention to his title defense of the War of Wings Series which kicks of this weekend.

“We had good speed at Nelson, and that showed with us charging from ninth to second, and then winning on Saturday night,” Meyers Jr said. “In the first feature on Friday, we endured a bit of contact and that’s essentially what dropped us back to a fourth-place finish.”

After enduring a bit of contact in the opening feature on Friday, Myers Jr and team went to work preparing for the second feature as they were slated to line up ninth based on the inversion.

With the track curfew interrupting the action, they returned on Saturday night to finish Friday’s feature on a very slick surface. Getting a handle on the track, the Sebastopol, CA pilot was able to work his way up to second when the checkered was displayed and gave him a ton of confidence heading into the Saturday night program.

Moving into Saturday’s Sunshine Classic, Myers Jr proved to be the one to beat all night long. On the extremely slick surface, Myers Jr and company continued to keep tabs on it as they made some gutsy changes before the feature event.

Working out to their benefit, Myers Jr was able to best the field assembled at Nelson Speedway and score his second feature event win of the young season.

“I really want to thank Dan and Kevin for all of their hard work, as well as our partners Suck it UP LTD, The Ranch Bar and Grill, and Vertex Lubricants,” Myers Jr added.

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 52, Wins-9, Top-5’s- 22, Top-10’s-30

ON TAP: Myers Jr will be back in action at Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday night for the first round of action with the War of Wings Series.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

To grab your Joel Myers Jr Merchandise, click over to www.shopjoelmyersjr.com

 

Grays Harbor Raceway HIGH LIMIT RACING SPECIAL DISCOUNT SALES EVENT Friday 12/15 to Mon 12/25 (GREAT STOCKING STUFFER).

The High Rollers for the High Limit Racing Sprint Car INAUGURAL EVENT will be here at Grays Harbor Raceway this coming August 28, 2024.

We welcome Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet’s High Limit Racing to Grays Harbor Raceway!

To celebrate the INAUGURAL EVENT at Grays Harbor Raceway. We will offer Adult, SR, JR and Military at a Discount on ticket prices starting @ 10:00 am, Friday December 15, 2023, to Christmas Day December 25,2023. After which they will return to the events scheduled pricing.

Don’t miss out on Reserved Tickets and General Admission Tickets at a Special Discount Price on sale NOW through Christmas Day!

Find your ticket(s) now at Grays Harbor Raceway website, https://www.graysharborraceway.com/schedules/event/489279.

You can also go directly to the MRP site here ? https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/1942/tickets.
Once you are at the MRP site for Grays Harbor Raceway and the High Limit Event. Click on (Select your Spot), from there click on a Section(A-H), the green spots are the open seats available to choose from per section chosen. The Green rectangle area below the Green Spots is the General Admission area, you can also click there for general admission tickets.

Don’t miss your chance to purchase your High Limit Ticket(s) at a limited time Discount price. After Christmas Day, they go back to the Scheduled pricing

PREMIUM SEATING SECTION TICKETS will be available for this event after the first of the year. Seats are very limited in the Premium section. To order Premium Section tickets after the first of the year, please call the raceway at 360 482-4374. If your call goes to voice mail, please leave a message with a good call back number.

Check out a few of the drivers committed to the new High Limit Racing at our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/GHRaceway

 

 

MOVE TO SUNDAY FOR VOGLER CLASSIC IS THROWBACK TO WINCHESTER HISTORY

Sunday Afternoon Racing Was Long-Standing Tradition on Historic High Banks

WINCHESTER, IN (December 14, 2023) – Winchester Speedway’s Rich Vogler Classic for USAC (United States Auto Club) Silver Crown racing will move to a Sunday afternoon time slot, May 5, in 2024; akin to the rich heritage of the venerable paved high-banked one-half mile oval.

“For years Winchester Speedway was known for its Sunday afternoon racing, and we are excited for this throwback to tradition for the Vogler Classic,” commented co-promoter Brady Bacon. “When you go glance through the history pages of Winchester, Sunday was synonymous with historic events and memorable action taking place on the revered hills, so I got with Charlie (Shaw, Winchester Speedway owner) and we agreed to make the change.”

Adding excitement to the May 5 date is that it will wrap up a weekend of USAC excitement at two of the Nation’s most prolific and historic speed plants, located a mere 45-minutes apart. On Friday and Saturday (May 3 and 4), USAC’s National Sprint Car tour will be competing at neighboring Eldora Speedway.

“This kind of brings back the Border Wars days when USAC Sprints would run back-to-back between Eldora and Winchester,” noted Bacon. “While the action will again move from dirt to asphalt, this time the drivers will be swapping rides from Sprints to Silver Crown; adding an entirely new dimension to the weekend.”

Although one of the newer benchmarks on USAC’s Silver Crown trail, the Rich Vogler Classic has quickly earned ‘must win’ status due to the challenges of mastering the oft-intimidating Winchester oval.

Justin Grant pulled off the victory when the time-honored Silver Crown division invaded Winchester Speedway in 2021; but it has been pavement specialist Kody Swanson conquering the field each of the past two years.

 

 

BILL BALOG RACING JOINS WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SERIES IN 2024
 

Hartland, Wisconsin (December 15, 2023) – For the first time in his career, Bill Balog and B2 Motorsports will chase a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship racing 86 race nights at 41 different tracks in 19 states with the series. When the 2024 season commences at Volusia Speedway Park for the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 7-10, the 2016 World of Outlaws Jim Boyd Memorial feature event winner will commence his run for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title in the Anderson’s Maple Syrup #17B.

“We’ve been wanting to travel with the series and chase additional World of Outlaws feature wins against the best in the business for years, now is the time”. Says Balog, the third winningest sprint car driver in the last 15 years. “Additionally, being a Wisconsin based team, the World of Outlaws schedule and format works best for my family and sponsors”.

After ten IRA Sprint Car Series Championships and two years competing with the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions tour the team saw success in 2023 highlighted by nine feature event wins (two ASCoC, six IRA, one Wilmot Raceway), two Simpson QuickTime awards with the World of Outlaws snatching track records at Wilmot Raceway and Sycamore Speedway along the way.

The 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season will commence at Volusia Speedway Park with drivers chasing the Big Gator Championship during Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 7-10. Click HERE for the full 2024 World of Outlaws sprint car series schedule.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

For additional partnership opportunities please contact billbalogracing@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Emily Schwanke

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Sponsors:
Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup, KSI Supply, Mulch Express of Wisconsin, Kreutz’s Rockville Bar & Grill, James E. Bait & Tackle, Shawn Biegler, TJ’s Asphalt Paving, Ruthless Motorsports, Oostburg Concrete and Brian Coleman Racing, CK Contractors LLC, Buesser Concrete, Wayne Corini, CPA, Rocky Rococo's Pizza of Sheboygan, Indian Motorcycle of Metro Milwaukee, Utica Bar, Turn It Up Media, Mr. Jim's Racing, Sam I Am, DSG, XYZ Machining, All Star Performance, Behling Racing Equipment, HRP, Midland Performance Inc., K1 Race Gear, BLZ, M3 Custom Creations, Happy Hooker Charters, Renderman Family and Kevin & Lynette Trongeau.

For additional partnership opportunities please contact billbalogracing@gmail.com

Social Media:
For up-to date information please follow Bill Balog Racing and B2 Motorsports online, as well as on all of available social media networks:
Website: http://www.billbalog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSquaredMotorsports
Twitter: https://twitter.com/billbalogracing
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billbalogracing/

Merchandise:
Those seeking the latest merchandise should visit http://www.billbalog.com/shopping/

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About Bill Balog
Hometown North Pole, AK
Nickname The North Pole Nightmare
Racing Since 2000
Children Dylan & Cole

Bill Balog “The North Pole Nightmare”, hailing from North Pole, Alaska, and B Squared Motorsports have dominated the 410 Bumper to Bumper IRA sprint car series with 10 championships (2008-2014, 2016-2017, 19-20) since being named rookie of the year in 2005. Balog is a 140-time IRA main event winner, which is the most all-time. In comparison, Joe Roe is second on the all-time list with 61.

A five-time winner with the All Star Circuit of Champions, the “North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog and B Squared Motorsports earned All Star triumphs in back-to-back fashion at Plymouth Dirt Track and Angell Park Speedway in 2021.

In 2016, Bill bested the World of Outlaws and scored his first series victory at the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers at Beaver Dam Raceway.

Career Highlights
10 Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series Championships
140 IRA Sprint Car Series Main Event Wins
2023 - Nine Feature Event wins (two ASCoC, six IRA, one Wilmot Raceway), Two World of Outlaws Simpson QuickTime Award Winner, new track records at Wilmot Raceway and Sycamore Speedway, Wilmot Raceway Track Champion
2022 - Winner and Sixth place finish in the All Star Circuit of Champions driver standings
2021 - Two-time winner and Fifth-place finish in the All Star Circuit of Champions driver standings
2016 - World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Win, Beaver Dam Raceway
2015 - National Sprint League, 4th place season championship
2015 - National Sprint League, two victories

About B Squared Motorsports
B Squared Motorsports is the combined efforts of driver Bill Balog and Ryan Buesser forming a team to compete at the highest level of winged sprint car racing. In 2015, Hans Lein joined the duo to further expand the capabilities of the #17B racing program. After nearly 150 wins, 10 IRA Sprint Car Series championships and two seasons racing the All Star Circuit of Champions, the team is committed to run the 2024 World of Outlaws series and compete for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title in the Anderson’s Maple Syrup 17B.

 

 

Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway announces 2024 event schedule
Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway releases 2024 racing schedule

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA…The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare has announced its 2024 schedule of events, as always putting a focus on special shows throughout the season.

Eleven total nights of competitive racing action will be showcased, with the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” launching things on Saturday May 4th. The event will feature a can’t miss combo show with the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series and Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars.

The NARC 410’s then return a couple weeks later for “KRC Night” on Saturday May 18th with the Kings of Thunder Winged 360s and West Coast Sport Compacts also in competition.

The annual “Kris Mancebo Memorial” will again tackle Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday June 8th with the IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks all in action. The evening of racing will be part of the Central Valley Clash IMCA Tour.

The High Limit Racing Winged 410 Sprint Cars are set to visit Tulare for the first time with a $25,000-to-win event on Thursday August 15th. High Limit Racing was founded by former NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson, along with co-promoter Brad Sweet, the now five-time Outlaw champion.

For the first time since 2019, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will invade Thunderbowl Raceway for the one of the biggest events in track history on Friday and Saturday September 20th and 21st. The two-night “Dennis Roth Classic” will dish out a cool $83,000-to-win during the finale.

The “Trophy Cup Tune-Up” returns on Saturday October 12th and will be sanctioned by the traveling Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards. It’s sure to be a perfect lead-in to the following weeks 30th running of the Trophy Cup that occurs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 17th, 18th and 19th.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars make up the bill all three nights of the Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup presented by Rudeen Racing, which as always benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The overall winner this coming season is guaranteed to take home $30,000 in weekend earnings.

The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway season will then be capped in style on Wednesday November 20th when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets converge at the facility. The Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars are the companion class during the night.

“We’ve placed an emphasis on special events here at Stone Thunderbowl Raceway over the last several years and are excited with how the schedule came out,” commented track Promoter Steve Faria. “We are thrilled with the amount of variety that we’ll be able to offer our fans this year. Several different high-profile racing series’ will be on hand, so hopefully everybody is looking forward to it as much as we are.”

Special thanks to Promoter Steve Faria with System 1 and System 1 Pro Ignition, General Manager Josh Miller, along with all our partners for making things happen at Thunderbowl Raceway including Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Budweiser, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, General Manager Craig Borba at Garton Tractor, Double “D” Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.

For more info on the Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway visit www.thunderbowlraceway.com and like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway-392991907541396/?fref=ts

The Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at 620 South K Street Tulare, California 93274. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds.

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Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Thunderbowl Raceway 2024 Schedule

Saturday May 4: NARC 410 Sprint Car Series and Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

Saturday May 18: NARC 410 Sprint Car Series, Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars and West Coast Sport Compacts (KRC Night)

Saturday June 8: IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks (Kris Mancebo Memorial- Central Valley IMCA Clash)

Thursday August 15: High Limit Racing Winged 410 Sprint Cars and Legends of Kearney Bowl ($25,000-to-win)

Friday September 20: World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and LOKB (Dennis Roth Classic)
Saturday September 21: World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and Western RaceSaver 305s ($83,000-to-win Dennis Roth Classic)

Saturday October 12: Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards, Western RaceSaver 305s and LOKB (Trophy Cup Tune-Up)

Thursday October 17: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 30 presented by Rudeen Racing
Friday October 18: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 30 presented by Rudeen Racing
Saturday October 19: Abreu Vineyards Trophy Cup 30 presented by Rudeen Racing

Wednesday November 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars

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The World of Outlaws sanctioned Dennis Roth Classic will dish out $83,000-to-win this coming season.

 

 

JOLIET’S JIM ANDERSON ANXIOUS TO TASTE RUMBLE VICTORY AGAIN

Winless Since 2010, A Strong 2022 Run Serves As A Confidence Booster

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 12, 2023) Jim Anderson, of Joliet, Illinois, 5-time National Midget Champion and 2010 Rumble in Fort Wayne feature winner, returns to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, December 29 and 30, in hopes of reuniting himself with victory lane on the purpose-built 1/6 mile concrete oval. It will mark the silver anniversary of the annual indoor racing event.

Anderson, whose family has been involved in midget auto racing since the early days at Joliet Memorial

Stadium, has had a rather stellar open wheel career, winning the 2008 UMARA National Midget

Championship, 2011, 2012 & 2013 STARS National Midget Championships as well as the 2012 USAC D1

Championship.

He has also had some success behind the wheel of Gene Kazmark’s #92 USAC Silver Crown Car. Running 9 events between 2018 and 2021, Anderson’s runs included a top ten finish in his initial outing at

Lucas Oil Raceway. His best career finish came at Wisconsin’s Madison International Raceway when he crossed the finish line in 4th place.

“Racing indoors at the Rumble is very intense,” related Anderson. “The close wheel-to-wheel action is something you have to experience firsthand to enjoy. I’ve always enjoyed this great event for not only the racing but also for getting to hang with so many friends from all over who we only see at this when they come to Fort Wayne.”

When Anderson scored the win on New Year’s Eve 2010, it was one of the most surprising wins in

Rumble history. It wasn’t a lack skill, but the veteran Illinois driver’s record was anything but successful. Prior to that night, he had only managed to qualify for the starting field one other time, and that was ten years prior. With the victory boosting his confidence, he was gone on to win numerous preliminary heat races including one last year. His best feature finish since the 2010 victory was a second in 2018.

The Fort Wayne indoor Midget racing scene began in 1953 and was contested on a converted hockey rink inside the Coliseum building. A multi-year absence of racing while the adjoining Expo Center was being constructed resulted in the birth of the Rumble in Fort Wayne on a larger oval in 1998. Of the current driver roster, only Mike Fedorcak and Russ Gamester have garnered wins in both venues. To date, 46 features have been contested inside the Expo Center, with 21 different drivers, including Anderson, carrying the checkered flag of victory.

A repeat feature victory for Anderson would undoubtedly be welcome. To do so, he will have to battle the likes of Gamester and Fedorcak, along with last year’s winners Mario Clouser and Nick Hamilton and a host of other talented drivers on the tacky, tight indoor track.

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.

 

 

Jackson Motorplex Hosting Six Sprint Car Shows in 2024

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Dec. 13, 2023) - The Jackson Motorplex racing schedule will feature a half dozen nights of sprint car races next season.

As previously announced, the biggest event is the 46 th annual FENDT Jackson Nationals (Aug. 15-17). The three-day spectacle starts on Aug. 15 with a $3,000-to-win main event for the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360ci winged sprint cars. The Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail will also be a part of the racing program.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series invades the track for the final two nights of the FENDT Jackson Nationals, culminating in a $25,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start main event on Aug. 17.

The Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail will have a $2,500-to-win main event on Aug. 16 and the Midwest Sprint Touring Series showcases a $5,000-to-win feature on Aug. 17.

The 2024 season begins on May 24 with a program featuring the Midwest Sprint Touring Series as well as the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail.

The next event is July 12 as the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 410ci winged sprint cars appear for the first time. The Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail will also be competing.

The final race at Jackson Motorplex prior to the FENDT Jackson Nationals is the Merle Johnson Memorial Border Battle presented by New Fashion Pork, which will be held on July 26. A $7,000-to-win main event is on tap for the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 410 winged sprint cars with the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail in action as well.

Also of note, the champion of the five Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Cars presented by Heser Auto & Detail races at Jackson Motorplex will receive a $1,000 bonus and the overall division champion from the Jackson Motorplex and Huset's Speedway races in 2024 will also score a $1,000 bonus.

Advance race tickets and camping sites for the FENDT Jackson Nationals can be purchased online at https://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true .

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com

X: http://www.twitter.com/JacksonMotorplx

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JacksonMotorplex

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacksonmotorplex/

JACKSON MOTORPLEX -

Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through September, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com .

 

 

Local racing legends poised for Plymouth Racing Class of 2024 Wall of Fame induction

(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) December 11, 2023 – A new group of eight drivers, three track workers and one racing family will join an esteemed list of dirt track racing standouts enshrined on the Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame as part of the Class of 2024 induction ceremony Saturday, July 13, 2024 at The Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wis.

In recognition of the spirit of competition and outstanding achievements at the Plymouth racing facility over the past 74 years, the Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Committee formed in late 2021 with a goal of recognizing individuals who have exemplified dirt track racing at the highest level since The Plymouth Dirt Track’s inception in 1950.

The members of the Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Class of 2024 will be recognized during a special induction ceremony at intermission of the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing program at The Plymouth Dirt Track at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Wis. on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

The Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Class of 2024 includes the following eight drivers.

FUZZY FASSBENDER - Nicknamed “The Hound,” the Rubicon, Wis. driver began his highly successful racing career in 1949 comparing primarily at tracks throughout the Milwaukee area, while topping the Milwaukee Stock Car circuit point standings in 1962. Fassbender began racing at Plymouth in 1975 finishing third in the final Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Winged Modified point standings in 1975 and 1976, while winning four feature races in 1976. Fassbender piloted purple cars throughout his career, including a well-known Gremlin model.

DONNY GOEDEN – The Kewaskum, Wis. driver began racing in the Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Winged Modified division in 1985 and won two feature races in 1987. Goeden earned back-to-back EWSC Winged Modified titles in 1992 and 1993, while collecting two feature wins in 1992 and four main event victories in 1993. Goeden collected four feature wins in 1994 before turning his attention to the Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series. Goeden later returned to compete regularly at Plymouth in the 360 Sprint Car division winning three straight track championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and tallying a total of 21 career PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main victories.

DAVE HAAG – The Plymouth, Wis. driver opened his racing career in the EWSC Hobby Stock division in 1980, earning feature victories during the 1980 and 1982 seasons. After finishing second in the EWSC Hobby Stock division in 1982, Haag was crowned as the Hobby Stock track champion at Plymouth in 1983, while capturing four feature victories. He went on to compete for a number of years in the EWSC Sportsman division.

STEVE HOFFMANN - The Plymouth, Wis. competitor began racing at The Plymouth Dirt Track in 1981 before capturing three straight Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Limited Late Model championships at Plymouth in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Hoffmann’s three straight track titles ties him with Gary Laack and Donny Goeden for the third most consecutive championships in track history.

RANDY MARKWARDT – Hailing from Sheboygan, Wis., “The Mighty” Markwardt, who began his racing career in 1977, won the EWSC Sportsman title at Plymouth in 1993 and captured an EWSC Limited Late Model crown in 1999. A fan favorite throughout his lengthy racing career, Markwardt placed sixth in the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing Late Model division in 2017. To promote his Markwardt Sales & Service family business, Markwardt carried a Mighty Mouse with wheels holding a wrench logo on some of his race cars.

PETE OSTROWSKI – After competing in Sprint Cars and Modifieds primarily at Wilmot Raceway in the early portion of his racing career, the Milwaukee, Wis. driver started racing full time at The Plymouth Dirt Track in 1991, claiming one fast time and one feature victory in his debut season. Utilizing an aggressive, cushion-pounding driving style, Ostrowski went on to become one of the most accomplished EWSC Winged Super Modified drivers in the history of The Plymouth Dirt Track. He captured a total of four track championships at Plymouth in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2001 and won four main events in 2003 before claiming his 50th career feature victory in 2004.

STEVE SCHAD – Racing out of Cleveland, Wis., Schad placed second in the EWSC Hobby Stock division in 1983, while racking up seven feature race victories. He then won back-to-back Hobby Stock track titles at Plymouth in 1984 and 1985, while tallying a total of 14 main event wins over the course of both championship seasons.

K. J. SKELTON – The Cascade, Wis. driver began his career in the EWSC Winged Super Modified division as a teenager in 1987. His hard charging nature netted him runner-up showings in the highly competitive Winged Super Modified division at The Plymouth Dirt Track in 1991, 1992 and 1993, while claiming two feature victories and eight fast qualifier awards during the 1993 campaign. Skelton finally broke through to capture the 1995 EWSC Winged Super Modified track title on the strength of five feature victories and three fast qualifier awards. His final EWSC Winged Super Modified feature victory came in 1996 before moving on to compete in the 360 and 410 Sprint Car ranks.

Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Class of 2024 inductees in the Dedication to Racing category include longtime flagman Bill Krueger, who also served as a pit crew member and car sponsor, along with track workers Lee Glomski and John Laack.

In addition, the McMullen family, which features three generations of racers (Jerry, Tim and Brandon) will be inducted as part of the Plymouth Wall of Fame Class of 2024 in the Racing Families category. After Jerry forged the way for the McMullen family as a competitor in the early days of racing at the Plymouth Dirt Track, Tim was a top competitor in the EWSC Winged Super Modified division from 1993 through the mid-2000s. In recent years, Tim’s son, Brandon, has been a force in the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing 360 Sprint Car division, earning three track titles in 2017, 2020 and 2023, while claiming a division record 33 PDTR 360 Sprint Car A-main victories.

The names of each Class of 2024 inductee will be permanently etched on the Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame, located underneath the grandstand at The Plymouth Dirt Track racing facility.

The Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Class of 2024 Induction Night event is scheduled to include a driver meet-and-greet and autograph session prior to the racing program, as well as photo and memorabilia displays showcasing the racing careers and accomplishments of the Class of 2024 Wall of Fame honorees.

In addition, past Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame inductees are invited to take part in the evening’s festivities, including the meet-and-greet autograph session. In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, July 13, a make-up date for the Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame Class of 2024 Induction Ceremony has been set for Saturday, July 20, 2024.

Family members of 2024 Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame inductees and past Class of 2022 and Class of 2023 Wall of Fame inductees are encouraged to attend the induction event at The Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

Family members of Class of 2024 inductees and past Plymouth Racing Wall of Fame inductees wishing to attend are asked to contact Ken Schulz in advance of the Class of 2024 Wall of Fame Induction Night event at kenschulz91@gmail.com.
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Amantea Joins Mounce/Stout Motorsports for Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Debut

Inside Line Promotions - Mt. POCONO, Pa. (Dec. 11, 2023) - Joey Amantea is piloting a Mounce/Stout Motorsports entry when he makes his Chili Bowl Midget Nationals debut next month.

Not only will it be Amantea's first time tackling the marquee event - running Jan. 8-13 at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. - it will mark his debut of competing in a midget.

"To get the opportunity to run a midget is something I've always wanted to do so I'm excited to see how that goes," he said. "The guys told me with my background in the 600s (micro sprints) and the non-wing sprint cars I'll pick it up quickly. That's a confidence booster that they trust my ability before seeing me race with them."

The event annually features more than 300 competitors from all over the world. Each driver will get a preliminary night and those results will determine the lineups for the finale on Jan. 13.

"My whole idea is to go out and get my name out there more," Amantea said. "Another goal is to make the prelim night A Main and go from there. Before talking to the team, I didn't really think those odds were too great. After speaking with the team, I think they're pretty good. Those guys are confident in me. That right there is a confidence booster so I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully this will lead into more midget racing."

Amantea will get some laps on the track inside the River Spirit Expo Center two weeks prior as he competes in the 39 th annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout, which is Dec. 27-31. Amantea is competing in four different divisions during the micro sprint spectacle, which he has raced in the last five years.

UP NEXT -

Dec. 27-31 at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., for the 39 th annual American Waste Control Tulsa Shootout and Jan. 8-13 at Tulsa Expo Raceway for the 38 th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.joeyamantearacing.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joeyamantea88J

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - JPA Masonry

JPA Masonry, which is located in Mt. Pocono, Pa., is a trusted and experienced masonry leader in the Poconos. Although established in 2001, contractor and owner, Joseph P. Amantea (JPA), has almost 20 years of experience in the masonry field, including custom stone and design. For more information, visit http://www.JPAMasonry.com .

"JPA Masonry drives our race team," Amantea said. "Without their support I wouldn't be able to race. I'm very appreciative of all they do for me."

Amantea would also like to thank Amantea Real Estate, JPA Masonry, Stinger Race Fuel Products, 600cc Performance, CSI Shocks, Smith Titanium, Radical Race Gear, Pensyl Enterprises and JPA Equipment & Truck Repair for their continued support.

 

 

Dominic Scelzi Captures 13 Wins at 11 Tracks in Four States During Strong Season

Inside Line Promotions - FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2023) - Dominic Scelzi produced 13 feature triumphs this season, giving him double-digit wins each of the last three seasons.

Additionally, Scelzi finished third in the NARC Sprint Car Series championship standings, marking a podium finish during each of the last four points seasons with the West Coast's premier 410ci winged sprint car series.

"In the grand scheme, we were the most consistent we've been as a team over the last three years," he said. "We didn't win 22 races like we did in 2021, but we were more consistent and on pace every night, everywhere, with every series we raced against. It's something I've very proud of. It's my fourth year with Jimmy (Carr) as the crew chief. We've won across the country and racked up about 50 wins in that time. We're still a young team and getting better."

Scelzi led the NARC Sprint Car Series in heat race victories (seven) and dash triumphs (seven) and he ranked second in feature wins (three) and feature laps led (120). He led the Sprint Car Challenge Tour with three trips to Victory Lane and was atop the Western Sprint Tour wins list with five.

"When you look at the Western Sprint Tour, of the races we ran we didn't win two," he said. "With the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, we ran five races total and won three. I look at NARC, the first half of the year we won three and we were on the podium in a couple before we had a string of tough luck. I feel we were twice as strong as the results show and our results weren't too bad."

Scelzi's 13 wins came at 11 different tracks in four states. In California, Scelzi captured triumphs at Merced Speedway in Merced, at Antioch Speedway in Antioch, at Kings Speedway in Hanford during the Peter Murphy Classic, at Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville during the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

He won a trio of races at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore. Scelzi was also a winner in Oregon at Sunset Speedway in Banks. He garnered a triumph in Washington at Skagit Speedway in Alger - during the Bob's Burgers and Brew Summer Nationals finale - and in Arizona at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande.

Scelzi also garnered six top 10s in eight starts with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, highlighted by a pair of top-five runs during the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and a podium during the Tom Tarlton Classic at Kings Speedway.

"It's really cool," he said. "As a regionally based team, we are one of the top three teams every night no matter what. We've worked really hard to get there. When the Outlaws came to town we were really consistent; I'd say the most consistent and best overall in my career. As a whole, I think mission accomplished for another year of being fast, consistent and being able to compete for wins and big wins at that."

SEASON STATS -

56 races, 13 wins, 39 top fives, 45 top 10s, 50 top 15s, 54 top 20s

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

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

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions

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"Brown & Miller builds hands-down the best hoses and fuel lines," Scelzi said. "It's been a pleasure to work with them."

Scelzi would like to thank Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Whipple Superchargers, System 1, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Roth Motorsports, K&N Filters, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, NAPA Auto Parts, Todd Jorgensen, Sparco, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Auto Meter, Kenny's Components and Worldwide Bearings for their continued support.

 

 

SYDNEY DRAGWAY'S RISK-FREE DEAL: A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR A SPEEDWAY OPERATOR
Following the exit of the Kellys and Scott Anderson, Sydney Dragway secured a remarkably advantageous lease agreement. This deal, essentially risk-free for them, stands in stark contrast to the challenging situation faced by any prospective speedway operator.
Initially, Sydney Dragway had shown interest, declaring to operate the speedway in the 2021 tender but later opted for a safer route: arranging a sub-lease. This move allows them to earn a portion of the speedway's revenue, termed an "administration fee," by Greater Sydney Parklands staff without directly operating the venue.
The financial arrangement puts Sydney Dragway in a comfortable position, assuring them of a steady income without the need to invest as much as one dollar in making the speedway functional. On the other hand, a potential speedway operator faces a slew of daunting challenges:
- Any prospective speedway operator lacks any leverage to negotiate the lease with Greater Sydney Parklands.
- The operator is burdened with paying the base rent, turnover rent, and an additional fee to Sydney Dragway.
- A significant upfront investment exceeding a million dollars is required to start operations.
- The operator must shoulder all responsibility for maintaining the venue, including its infrastructure, with no support from Sydney Dragway or clarity on costs from Greater Sydney Parklands (e.g., for underground water storage and filtration systems).
- The speedway operator has to put up a security deposit whilst it remains unclear as to whether Sydney Dragway had to do the same
- All risks fall on the operator, with no chance for lease renewal after 28 November 2029, even if they successfully manage the venue.
This situation leaves the speedway operator to bear all costs and risks, with no influence over the lease terms or future prospects. Conversely, Sydney Dragway enjoys a guaranteed income with no financial input or responsibility. There are claims that Sydney Dragway isn't currently paying any rent, implying that they face no loss even if the speedway remains unused for a year or two.
This imbalance highlights the advantageous position of Sydney Dragway in contrast to the precarious situation for any prospective speedway operator.
Furthermore, for the speedway to open, a prospective operator must accept a prearranged lease agreement between Greater Sydney Parklands and Sydney Dragway, which offers minimal prospects for breaking even. In this setup, Greater Sydney Parklands and Sydney Dragway, the sole negotiators of the lease terms, have effectively sidestepped any operational risks. This further exacerbates the imbalance, leaving the potential speedway operator in a precarious financial and operational position.

 

Marty Czekala Hired As CRSA Sprints Media Director/Announcer Starting In 2024

Press Release by: Steven Ovens – December 8th, 2023 –

(SODUS, NY) – The A-Verdi Storage Containers CRSA Sprints will embark on their nineteenth season traveling multiple states to excite dirt racing fans in 2024. They will do so with a new face and voice behind the microphone when the new year kicks off.

Mike Emhof and the CRSA Sprints are pleased to announce that motorsports writer, announcer and podcast host Marty Czekala has accepted the position of Media Director and Announcer effective immediately. Czekala succeeds the outgoing Steven Ovens, who stepped aside this past weekend to focus efforts on current duties with Land of Legends Raceway TV and spending more time with family.

Czekala is no stranger to 305 Sprint Cars as he has filled in on several occasions as pit reporter and as lead announcer at Land of Legends Raceway, including announcing an event featuring the “Future Stars of Sprint Cars” this past season. The Batavia, NY media member spent 2022 and 2023 following the RUSH Racing Series supporting their social media efforts and serving as a solid vocal backup to Brian Spaid.

The new front man for CRSA has been a fill-in pit reporter for Land of Legends Raceway TV since 2021. He also serves as host of RSN Trackside on the ROC Sports Network, covering local motorsports and NASCAR.

Announcing is a passion for Czekala outside of racing as well, serving as the play-by-play voice of the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles since 2018. Marty’s voice has also been synonymous with the NJCAA Championships for the past two seasons.

“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Marty into the CRSA family,” said CRSA Sprints series director Mike Emhof.

“Marty brings a passion for his work that aligns with the work Steven has done for us for several years. We thank Steven for his efforts behind the mic and behind the scenes to help CRSA elevate our program and bring our drivers a high level of notoriety.”

Czekala is ready to hit the road in the Spring when the series will kick off a 20+ race schedule.

"The announcer plays an important role in any touring series, so becoming the voice of the CRSA Sprints is exciting,” said Czekala on Friday.

“I want to thank Mike Emhof for the opportunity to tell the stories of the 'Future Stars of Sprint Cars.' Steven Ovens is a good mentor and friend, and I'm honored to succeed him. I have big shoes to fill as he is one of the best in the business. I can't wait to begin the journey this Spring!"

A smooth transition of duties including assisting with the back office operation of My Race Pass, all social media accounts and race night announcing is already in motion. A series organizational meeting is planned for January at DisBatch Brewing Company as well as the 2024 schedule details planned to be released soon.

The A-Verdi Storage Containers CRSA Sprints are powered by Super Gen Products. Associate sponsors for 2023 include Pit Stop Convenience Stores, DisBatch Brewing Company, the Maguire Family of Dealerships, Powdertech Powdercoating, PJC Sprayfoam, Profab Enterprises, Magsarus Ignitions, Bicknell Racing Products with Hoosier Racing Tire, Insinger Performance with their Stinger Race Fuel, My Race Pass and is owned and operated by Mike Emhof Motorsports.

For more information on the series, results and points please visit our website www.crsa.myracepass.com


Please visit the A-Verdi Storage Containers CRSA Sprints on Facebook (@CRSAsprints) and on Twitter (@CRSAsprints).

 

 

COREY DAY COMMITTS TO THE FULL HIGH LIMIT SERIES
IN THE JASON MEYERS RACING #14.

Corey Day, the 18-year-old California phenom will be competing on a national level in 2024 behind the wheel of the Jason Meyers Racing, Sander Engineering, Four C’s Construction, Meyers Constructors, #14. After announcing a new partnership between Jason Meyers Racing, Clauson Marshall Racing, and Driven to Save Lives on Thursday morning, a busy afternoon and evening turned into Corey and the JMR team going ALL IN, announcing their commitment to racing for the High Limit Championship today at the show.

Corey and the JMR team had an outstanding 2023 season, capturing 11 wins, including 9 NARC main event wins, the GOLD CUP Race of Champions against the World of Outlaws, and the 29th annual Trophy Cup at the Tulare Thunderbowl. Coreys 9 main event wins and consistency throughout the season propelled the team to their 1st NARC championship.

“Corey is developing into one the finest race car drivers in the world right in front of our eyes, and I could not be more proud of him,” said Jason Meyers. “The effort that Corey has put into growing mentally and physically in 2023 in combination with the teamwork demonstrated between Corey, Shane Bowers, and the rest of the team has delivered remarkable results. I am excited to elevate our team in 2024 to the national level.”

Sander Engineering and Four C’s Construction will return as the primary sponsors on the #14. In addition, Driven2SaveLives and Clauson Marshall Racing will join the JMR team in a primary role for 25 races during their 2024 campaign, with a special paint scheme and carrying the BC logo.

“I am thankful to have this opportunity to race with Jason and Preston, who are like my uncles and have supported me throughout my racing career along with my parents,” said Corey Day. “Jason has assembled a great team, and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to chase my dream surrounded by people that support me and want me to be successful.”

Jason Meyers Racing is owned by two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers, who is joined by longtime friend and business partner Preston Cross in fielding the #14 car. Jason and Preston have worked together for over two decades in racing. The JMR #14 marketing partnerships for 2024 include Sander Engineering, Four C’ Construction, Meyers Constructors, Driven2SaveLives, Autry Plumbing, PSL trucking, Durst Inc, S&J Lumber, Allstar Performance, Bandy & Associates, BMY Construction, Pella Motors, Garloc Paint & Body, FK Shocks, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, FK Rod Ends, Smith Ti, Schoenfeld, Dan Olson Racing Products, and Hoosier Tire.

 

 

NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS 2024 SHOW

Racing Legend Ken Schrader To Make Two-Day Appearance At Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024

Oaks, PA – Ken Schrader, a legend in NASCAR Cup, USAC and short track racing will appear both days of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024 Show. The two-day show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, its home since 2010, on Friday, January 19th from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schrader remarkably won races in all three of NASCAR (Cup, Xfinity, Trucks) and USAC (Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget) elite divisions as well as many championships. He won his first championship in the Sportsman division at a speedway near his Fenton, MO home in 1971.

Now 68 years young living in Concord, NC, Schrader’s driving career continues today on America’s short-tracks racing both on dirt and asphalt in Modified and Late Model competition. In 2023 he was a full time participant in the SRX Racing Series.

On Saturday at 12 noon Schrader will take to the stage to talk about his career, his recently published book “Still Racing” and take questions from fans in a special One-On-One presentation.

Schrader will also be available for autographs, photos and book signing on Friday at the show from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday following the stage presentation from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The book be available for sale at the signing location near the front entrance in booth 111.

Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display. The exhibit will also include a 400 foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.

Bob passed away in 2002, but his two sons, Todd and Ike are expected to be on hand for the tribute. Weikert won over 500 feature events, over a 30 year period as a car owner. His first driver in 1971, Richard Lupo will be on hand at the show as well as his last, Dave Ely.

Other drivers already confirmed include Keith Kauffman, Paul Pitzer, Len Krautheim, Randy Wolfe, Don Kreitz Jr. and Randy Wolfe. Danny Dietrich, today’s Weikert Livestock sponsored Sprint Car driver, will also be on hand at the event.

The Weikert Tribute will also include two stage events. On Friday night a special Round Table discussion will be held on stage featuring several of the drivers telling tales from their races and dealing with the often controversial Weikert from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, drivers will take to the stage for an interview.

These drivers will also be available to sign a special autograph card at the show on Friday by the cars at the tribute area from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.

Following the Bob Weikert Tribute on Friday night, the Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports 2024 will be held on stage just prior to the show closing at 9 p.m. The 2024 winner will again receive $2,500. Following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.

The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m..

The popular, free racers seminars will return on Saturday in the newly enlarged for 2023 seminar room. A complete schedule will be announced by the first of the year.

The Hilton Gardens and Hampton Inn, located on the same property as the Expo Center, have been selected as this year’s show host hotel. Special room rates at the nearby Valley Forge Casino Resort Hotel are available at a discount rate at motorsportstradeshow.com.

Exhibitor space, sold out in 2023, remains available by contacting Dan Sammons at 609-888-3618 or danny@aarn.com.

 

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Return to Jackson Motorplex Next Summer During FENDT Jackson Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Dec. 7, 2023) - Jackson Motorplex will highlight the 2024 racing season with the 46 th annual FENDT Jackson Nationals, which runs Aug. 15-17.

The final two nights of the marquee event feature the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with $25,000 up for grabs for the winner of the finale, which also pays $2,000 to start.

In addition to the World of Outlaws, the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Car Series will be in action with a $2,500-to-win main event on Aug. 16. The final night of the FENDT Jackson Nationals welcomes the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360ci winged sprint cars with a special $5,000-to-win feature.

Both classes will kick off the action for the FENDT Jackson Nationals on Aug. 15 with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series main event allotting $3,000 to the winner.

Advance race tickets and camping sites can be purchased online at https://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true .

The remaining dates for the 2024 Jackson Motorplex schedule will be released in the near future.

MEDIA LINKS -

Website: http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com

X: http://www.twitter.com/JacksonMotorplx

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JacksonMotorplex

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacksonmotorplex/

JACKSON MOTORPLEX -

Jackson Motorplex is a 4/10-mile dirt oval located in Jackson, Minn. It hosts special events from May through September, including races with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Midwest Power Series, Midwest Sprint Touring Series and more. For more information, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com .

 

 

Chili Bowl Entry Count Pushes

Past 200 With Deadline This Friday

Bryan Hulbert – TULSA, Okla. (December 7, 2023) Moving north of 200 entries for the 38th running of the Chili Bowl Nationals, the current count sits at 211 with drivers from 157 cities, 27 states, and five countries (USA, Aust. Can. Net. NZ) currently make up the list of Golden Driller hopefuls.

Among the earlier round of entries received is reigning Chili Bowl champion, Logan Seavey. One of 32 former A-Feature starters, the 2023 USAC Midget and Silver Crown Champion spent his year driving for Abacus Racing; Seavey will be defending his title behind the wheel of the Kevin and Jordan Swindell owned Victory Fuel No. 39, while Tyler Courtney jumps behind the wheel of the No. 57. The team recently posted the addition of David Gravel and Michael Pickens to their lineup of drivers as well.

Among the entries still on the way, teams are up against the early registration deadline, with the discounted rate expiring after this Friday, December 8, 2023.

Seven states are sending double-digit drivers so far. Oklahoma currently has 32 drivers entered, followed by Texas (19), Indiana (18), Missouri (18), Illinois (15), California (12), and Pennsylvania (10).

The full list of entries with owner, chassis, engine, and sponsor information can be found at https://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx.

Starting Saturday, December 9, 2023, through Noon on Friday, January 12, 2024, the cost per entry goes up to $200. If entering by phone, the Chili Bowl office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (CT). Each entry must include a current W9 to indicate who will receive payment. Entries that do not have a completed W9 on file will not be added to a qualifying night.

Entry into the 2024 event is taken via mail to 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112, by phone at (918) 838-3777, by fax to (918) 836-5517, and by email at chilibowlentries@gmail.com.

The form can be downloaded at https://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=878866

Changed just prior to the 2022 event, competitors under the age of 16 will be allowed to enter. All entries received by drivers under 16 years of age will go before an advisory committee. Only after being approved by the committee will a driver under 16 years of age be allowed to compete. A copy of a Birth Certificate will still be required to confirm the driver’s age.

The 38th annual Chili Bowl Nationals takes place January 8-13, 2024, under the giant roof of the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Okla. Fans unable to attend the Chili Bowl Nationals can watch every lap live at http://www.floracing.com.

Monday and Tuesday reserved seat tickets are on sale now by calling (918) 838-3777, along with a few scattered, single seats for the entire event. Monday and Tuesday tickets are $60 each. Four-day tickets are $245, five-day tickets are $305, and tickets for the full event are $365, plus tax (8.517%). All orders will be placed in Will Call.

For continued updates on the Chili Bowl Nationals, fans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @CBNationals. All official press, updates, and results on the Chili Bowl Nationals can be found online at http://www.chilibowl.com.

Quick Notes:

What: 38th annual Chili Bowl Nationals

When: January 8-13, 2024

Where: SageNet Center (Tulsa, Okla.)

Address: 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

Ticket Information:

Four-Day: $245

Five-Day: $305

Six-Day: $356

Tax Rate: 8.517%

Orders are not accepted via Email or Social Media

Event Entry Information:

Discounted Entry: November 1, 2023 – December 8, 2023 ($150)

Late Entry: December 9, 2023 – January 12, 2024 ($200)

Return Entries To:

Phone: (918) 838-3777

Fax: (918) 836-5517

Mail: 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112

Email: chilibowlentries@gmail.com

No entry or financial documents will be accepted via Social Media

Chili Bowl Online:

Website: http://www.chilibowl.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chilibowlnationals

Twitter: (@cbnationals)

Official Hashtag: #ChiliBowl2024

Instagram: cbnationals

Chili Bowl Nationals Champions:

Year - Driver (Owner)

2023 - Logan Seavey (Kevin & Jordan Swindell/Curb/Bertrand)

2022 - Tanner Thorson (Andy Reinbold)

2021 - Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Openwheel)

2020 - Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Openwheel, LLC-Mike Larson)

2019 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2018 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2017 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2016 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2015 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian)

2014 - Bryan Clauson (Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz/Curb Records)

2013 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2012 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2011 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2010 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2009 - Sammy Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records)

2008 - Damion Gardner (Jason Leffler)

2007 - Tony Stewart (Tony Stewart Motorsports)

2006 - Tim McCreadie (Steve Smith)

2005 - Tracy Hines (Wilke - Pak)

2004 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)

2003 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)

2002 - Tony Stewart (Keith Kunz)

2001 - Jay Drake (Keith Kunz)

2000 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio)

1999 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse)

1998 - Sammy Swindell (Pete Willoughby)

1997 - Billy Boat (John Lawson)

1996 - Sammy Swindell (Rusty Kunz / Jay McKinnie)

1995 - Donnie Beechler (Zarounian Motorsports)

1994 - Andy Hillenburg (Keith Kunz / Rusty Kunz)

1993 - Dave Blaney (Ralph Potter)

1992 - Sammy Swindell (Dave Ellis)

1991 - Lealand McSpadden (Andy Bondio)

1990 - John Heydenreich (Tony Finley)

1989 - Sammy Swindell (Jack Runyon)

1988 - Scott Hatton (Jerry Hatton)

1987 - Rich Vogler (Bob Lowe)

O’Reilly Auto Parts Race of Champions: Spencer Bayston (2023), Justin Grant (2022), Christopher Bell (2021 and 2020), Tanner Thorson (2019 and 2016), Chad Boat (2018), Kyle Larson (2017 and 2014), Sammy Swindell (2015, 2012, 2011, 2009), Kevin Swindell (2013), Brad Loyet (2010)

Trade Show: A long-standing tradition at the Chili Bowl, the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Monday through Saturday), is free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel, and more is available with well over 100 vendors. The Trade Show still has space available. Anyone looking to be a part of the Trade Show can contact the Chili Bowl office at 918-838-3777. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.

 

 

Western PA Speedweek Returns in 2024

Columbus, OH (December 6th, 2023) - Series officials in conjunction with local speedways are proud to announce the return of Western PA Speedweek for a fourth consecutive appearance in 2024.

Western PA Speedweek will again span five consecutive nights at five different tracks across the western Pennsylvania landscape, and will assume the now traditional spot on the calendar immediately following Memorial Day. Each race will pay a minimum $3,500 to-win (increase from $3,000 in 2023) and $300 to start. Beyond the familiar faces that fans can see running locally each week, Western PA Speedweek races have also regularly welcomed invaders over the years such as Dave Blaney, Ryan Smith, Mark Smith, Craig Mintz, Greg Wilson, Denny Peebles, Bradley Howard, Zane DeVault and more.

Further information will be made available in the coming weeks and months regarding the series point fund, nightly incentives, contingency awards, product giveaways and more. Well over $90,000 in winnings, point money and prizes were distributed this past summer to a total of 49 different race teams.

2024 SCHEDULE

- Wed, May 29th @ Michael's Mercer Raceway

- Thu, May 30th @ Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway

- Fri, May 31st @ Lernerville Speedway

- Sat, June 1st @ Sharon Speedway

- Sun, June 2nd @ Tri City Raceway Park

A major key to Western PA Speedweek's success has been the efficient travel schedule, and that will be on display yet again in 2023. The complete trip from track-to-track can be completed in as little as 242 miles of drive time. In a time of constantly rising fuel and maintenance costs, Western PA Speedweek officials have made travel efficiency a priority.

The historic D-shaped 3/8-mile oval of Michael's Mercer Raceway returns to the schedule as the host of Round #1 on Wednesday, May 29th. Kudos go out to owner Edward Michaels and his team as they've worked tirelessly to improve their track conditions year after year, and they finally hit the nail on the head last season with a gorgeous red clay surface that drew rave reviews.

The sprawling high banks of Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway are slated to host Round #2 on Thursday, May 30th for the third consecutive year. A change in ownership midway through last year brought new life to "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" with Blair Cress and co. taking the reigns. This midweek showdown will mark one of the many highlights on their schedule that you won't want to miss.

Lernerville Speedway will welcome Round #3 on Friday, May 31st as part of their nationally renowned Fab4 program. Lernerville has been the Friday night home of Western PA Speedweek in all thirteen years of existence, and remarkably has a perfect score with all scheduled shows being completed.

Drivers will dip their toes across the border into Ohio for just a few hours when Sharon Speedway hosts Round #4 on Saturday, June 1st. Sharon has featured the highest count of the week in each of the three previous speedweek visits with an average field of 34 cars!

Last but certainly not least, the fast half-mile of Tri City Raceway Park will bring the Western PA Speedweek festivities to a close on Sunday, June 2nd. Despite the challenges that come along with running on a Sunday evening, Tri City has still garnered at least a full field in each of the three seasons with an average car count of 26!

Much more information will be coming soon. Stay up to date with all the latest news, notes, and racing at http://www.westernpaspeedweek.com, by liking our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/westernpaspeedweek, or giving us a follow on Twitter at @WesternPASpdwk.

Western PA Speedweek is brought to you by Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants together with J.S. Bova Excavating along with the support of the A-Main Podcast, Bill McCandless Ford, Bowl-O-Drome Family Bowling Center, Classic Ink USA, Hobaugh's Auto Parts, Kistler Racing Products, The Knox Bakery, Legends of Seneca, Lockhart Raceway, McClung Auto Body, Mobile Bail Bonds, Rustler Sales & Service, Superior Interiors Dustless Hardwood Refinishing, Rod Squad Fishing Charters, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, The Dirt Network, Fox's Pizza Den of Mercer, and Pittsburgh Racing Now.

 

 

EMPA Saturday Schedule Set

Legendary Journalist Dave Argabright to Appear

Wilkes-Barre, PA (12-6-23)

When the annual Eastern Motorsport Press Association convention takes place the weekend of January 12-14, at the Holiday Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the organization proudly welcomes legendary motorsports journalist Dave Argabright for a special appearance discussing the media’s role in racing. Argabright will speak on Saturday morning, January 13.

Following opening remarks by EMPA President Dino Oberto and a select group of guests, Argabright will offer his take on the role and responsibility of media in today’s changing landscape.

Dave Argabright, one of the most prolific and influential motorsports media figures of his generation, has a career that spans more than 40 years. He has written nearly 20 books, bylined over 1,600 published columns and features, and has appeared as on-air talent in 500 network television broadcasts.

A chance meeting with sports editor of the Anderson Herald in his mid-20s led Argabright to having a weekly column, Track Talk, that began in 1983. His magazine career got off to an inauspicious start as Open Wheel’s Dick Berggren rejected Argabright’s first two submissions. Within days, however, Argabright applied Berggren’s input and produced a story about Chuck Amati that ran in the February 1983 issue of Open Wheel.

In 1999 Argabright teamed with Brad Doty to write Doty’s autobiography, Still Wide Open which became an instant classic and was followed by books on Jack Hewitt, Earl Baltes, Doug Wolfgang, Speedy Bill Smith, Rex Robbins and more including his latest release The Newport Nightmare, Jimmy Owens.

In 2014 Argabright was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Many television viewers recognize Argabright as a familiar face on racing telecasts. His broadcast work began in 1990, and over the following three-plus decades Argabright has appeared on MAVTV, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, The Nashville Network (TNN), and SPEED, among other networks. Argabright also served as a pit reporter with the Indianapolis 500 Radio Network from 2004 to 2010.

Special Guest Bob Stephens will bring a unique perspective when he takes the stage late morning. As a member of the 1981/’82 U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, Stephens has been a lifelong fan of auto racing and spent years as a car owner.

The Blue Angels have specific goals of community outreach and recruiting for the Navy. Auto racing’s writers and photographers sometimes walk that gray area between telling it like it is and showing racing’s best side.

Stephens, who knows both sides extremely well, will share his experiences about what representation means with regard to accuracy and presenting an appealing activity.

EMPA invites race promoters and PR persons to attend the Saturday morning portion of the convention. Anyone interested should contact Dino Oberto at dlmo@ptd.net.

About the EMPA: Founded in 1969, the Eastern Motorsports Press Association fosters a better understanding and recognition for the motorsports press and strives to improve working conditions for the media while working with tracks and sanction bodies.

 

 

DAVE STEELE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED

December 6. 2023 – Pinellas Park, Florida - Showtime Speedway and promoter Robert Yoho today announced the final details of the 5th annual Dave Steele Sprint Car Championship events today. For the past four years the event has been a 125-lap non-wing event that paid $5,000 to win.

There will be changes to the format for 2024 in an effort to draw more cars and fans. The event will be contested over two weekends showcasing both winged and non-winged sprint car racing at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, Florida.
The first weekend of racing action will kick off February 3 with twin 35 lap features paying $2500 to win each feature event. A $1,000 bonus will be up for grabs for the highest average finisher from both winged feature events. The winner will be crowned the ‘Dave Steele World Winged Sprint Car Champion’. Drivers will be able to take advantage of a double payout that night based on 2 full paying shows in the same night. A practice night and Dash for Cash for the winged sprint cars had also been added to the Friday February 2, 2024, racing card. The winged events will be run as a 360/410 restricted motor race.

We will return to racing action the following Saturday for the annual Dave Steele 125. The non-winged sprint cars will battle it out for $5.000 and the right to be crowned ‘Dave Steele Non-Winged World Champion’ with a win in the event. There will also be another $1,000 bonus in place based on a point average from all 3 events and title as the overall 'Dave Steele World Sprint Car Champion’. An open practice and Dash for Cash has been added to the Friday night February 9 night to give non-winged teams more track time and a chance to pick up a few extra dollars.
The new format will put the event in the thick of Florida Speed weeks and a chance to give sprint car fans a pavement option in 2024. To be crowned the overall ‘Dave Steele World Sprint Car Champion’ a driver must prove his versatility to be able to run non-winged and winged events. Both weekends of racing will be done on Hoosier Tires.

We are currently looking for event sponsors and lap money sponsors to enhance the event and help teams with expenses. If you or your business would like to help, please contact Robert Yoho (727) 430-4760 or David Sink (765) 278-8231.

For the full purse for all Dave Steele World Championship events please visit www.showtimespeedway.us under the event schedule page.

 

 

Eastern Motorsport Press Association Announces Hall of Fame and Award Nominees

(HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA 12-5-23) The Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) has released the ballot to members for their prestigious Hall of Fame and special awards that will be presented during the organizations 51st annual Convention set to take place January 12-14, 2024 at the Holiday Inn in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The EMPA Board of Directors meticulously reviewed the many names that were narrowed down in the respective categories, including just under 60 for induction into the EMPA Hall of Fame.

Respected motorsports journalist and past EMPA president Ron Hedger and northeast pavement Modified ace George Kent are locked in to this year’s entry to the Hall of Fame, needing no votes.

There is an equally impressive list of distinguished individuals who will be voted on by the EMPA membership. They include asphalt Modified standout Ted Christopher, rising Sprint Car star Kevin Gobrecht, dirt Modified kingpins Brett Hearn and Billy Pauch Sr., renowned photojournalist Ace Lane Jr., pavement specialist Steve Park, NHRA perennial champion Don Prudhomme, celebrated central Pennsylvania Sprint Car racer Steve Smith Jr., and Cathy Venturini, a respected co-car owner on the ARCA Series.

The organization will also honor National and Northeast Driver(s) of the Year in both asphalt and dirt. The youth is also recognized with the John Blewett III Young Gun Award presented by New England Race Fuels. Other honors to be bestowed are Newsmaker of the Year, Promotional Effort of the Year and Spirit of the Sport.

EMPA also recognizes many of their own, presenting a Writer of the Year and Photographer of the Year along with several other awardees in a variety of writer and photographer categories.

The annual three-day convention begins with a Friday evening Salute to the Champions presented by Belmont’s Garage, where a number of local and regional driving titlists are invited to meet and greet with the press. Saturday consists of press conferences and seminars followed by the evening’s formal Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony.

The Mission of EMPA is: to acknowledge excellence in motorsports and those who have excelled; to foster an atmosphere to improve the quality of motorsports reporting through fellowship and interaction of veteran media with less experienced members in a welcoming atmosphere where tips, techniques and ideas are exchanged.; and to increase positive interactions between race tracks, sanctioning bodies and the working motorsports media.

Founded in 1969, the Eastern Motorsport Press Association is an organization of professional writers, broadcasters, announcers, videographers, and photographers working in the motorsports industry. It also includes associate and corporate members with backing from Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts, New England Race Fuels, Maple Grove Raceway, and American Racer Tire who are among the supporters of the organization.

2023/24 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame/Award Nominees

EMPA Hall of Fame nominees:

The following two gentlemen will also be inducted. No vote is needed:

Ron Hedger, George Kent

4 will be inducted: Ted Christopher, Kevin Gobrecht, Brett Hearn, Ace Lane, Jr., Steve Park, Billy Pauch, Sr., Don Prudhomme, Steve Smith Jr., Cathy Venturini

John Blewett III Young Gun Presented by New England Race Fuels. One winner: Austin Beers

Justin Grosso, Katie Hettinger, Steven Snyder, Jr., Drake Troutman

Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Asphalt Driver of the Year. One winner: Wayne Helliwell Jr.

Matt Hirschman, Wayne Owen, Ron Silk

Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Dirt Driver of the Year. One winner: Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson

Al Holbert Memorial National Asphalt Driver of the Year. One winner: Ryan Blaney, William Bryon, Doug Kalitta, Kyle Larson, Alex Palou, Leah Pruitt, Brandon Queen

Al Holbert Memorial National Dirt Driver of the Year. One winner: Rico Abreu, Jade Avedisian, Kyle Larson, Hudson O’Neal, Bobby Pierce, Brad Sweet, Rickie Thornton, Jr., Tim Ward

Chris Economaki Memorial EMPA Newsmaker of the Year. One winner: CARS Tour, FLO Racing, High Limit Sprint Series, Tony Stewart, Vores Compact Touring Series

EMPA Promotional Effort of the Year. One winner: Lyle Devour, Indoor Racing Series, Monaco Modified Tri Track Series, Joe Skotnicki/RoC Series/RPM, Josh Vanada

Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport. One winner: Boom Briggs, Red Farmer, Joe Renfro, Wiscasset Motor Speedway

Jim Hunter Memorial EMPA Writer of the Year Award. One winner: Dan Anderson, Bruce Bennett, Thomas Pope, Ted Schmidt, Scott Walsh

Ace Lane, Sr., Memorial EMPA Photographer of the Year. One winner: Evan Canfield, Rich Corbett, Debbie Gastelu, Michael Jaworecki, Sr., Walt Smith

 

 

GO KART RACING TO REMAIN AS INTEGRAL PART OF RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE

“You’re an inch off the ground, circling a 1/6th mile oval in seven seconds”….Nick Welch

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 5, 2023) – Go kart racing has been an integral component of the diverse Rumble in Fort Wayne program and will remain so as the silver anniversary of the event unfolds December 29 and 30 inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Often overshadowed by the various Midget divisions, the go kart classes have traditionally captivated the fans with their harrowing speeds and intense competition on the purpose-built concrete oval.

“There is no other racing like it in America,” offered Nick Welch (Brownsburg, IN), who has competed in the event and now serves as crew chief for several teams. “You’re an inch off the ground, circling a 1/6th mile oval in seven seconds; all while side by side with your competition and both of you trying to keep all 4 tires on the ground.”

With the racing surface consisting of racing rubber built up over a syrup base, the set-up needed for victory can be difficult.

Shawn Kluck (Fremont, OH), a multi-time kart winner at the Rumble agreed. “It is by far the most grueling, technical, and prestigious race when it comes to coke syrup racing. That is the lure that attracts the best concrete racers in the Nation to gather in a battle against not only each other, but against the track, to hold the checkered flag and bragging rights for a full year.”

Multiple classes make up the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales kart line-up; with drivers ranging from four-years-old to fifty and above. When thinking of go karts, some folks immediately think of yard karts or amusement park rides, but competition go kart racing is the furthest thing from that.

The drivers are serious, yet cautious as the open-wheel nature and speeds can produce unyielding action on the track. “It is a one-of-the-kind atmosphere on the racetrack. Winning at the Rumble is like nothing else you can do in kart racing,” chimed in Jakeb Boxell (Zanesville, IN), who will be seeking his second Rumble victory this year.

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.

Complete event information will be outlined at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

 

 

Ashton and Austin Torgerson Team With Mounce/Stout Motorsports for January’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

PETERSEN MEDIA- Just a month away from the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, brothers, Austin and Ashton Torgerson are pleased to announce that they will both pilot cars fielded by Mounce/Stout Motorsports at the 38th running of the prestigious event.

“All of us at Mounce/Stout Motorsports are looking forward to the opportunity to run with both Ashton and Austin Torgerson,” Jay Mounce said. “We had been talking about some things for the 2024 season with Danny Torgerson, and this deal sort of started taking shape. It is something we are all excited about.”

Coming off a successful 2023 season that saw Ashton Torgerson pick up a pair of wins aboard a 360ci Winged Sprint Car, as well as run very well in a midget with Tanner Thorson Racing, the Glendale, AZ racer looks forward to kicking his 2024 season off in Tulsa, OK with the intention of running more midget races in the year to come.

The 2024 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals marks a return to the prestigious event for the 20-year-old driver after competing at the event back in 2022. While he was away from the event last year, he still spent part of the winter in Oklahoma as he picked up a third-place finish in the non wing portion of the Tulsa Shootout. Torgerson got his feet wet in winged 360ci sprint car action in CA over the course of ’23, and still managed to sneak in some micro shows where he tallied six feature event wins.

Mounce/Stout Motorsports has been a force on the National midget scene that last few seasons. As a team, they are coming off an impressive Xtreme Outlaw Midget season that saw driver, Chase McDermand, score six feature event wins, a series record for a single season.

“I think the future is bright for these two racers, and I we are glad to be a part of it moving forward,” Mounce added. “We are looking forward to hitting the Expo in January.

While the Chili Bowl awaits both Torgerson’s, the duo will both be in action at the Tulsa Shootout as a tune up for the upcoming Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

ON TAP: Ashton and Austin Torgerson will be in action at the Tulsa Shootout 12/26-31.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Torgerson Racing on Facebook, and @TorgersonRacing on Twitter.


 


OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing commit to absolutely nothing in 2024
By Fully Injected Motorsports:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (December 5, 2023) – Despite the off-season in full force for much of the open wheel world, Gettysburg’s Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing have been hard at work, not only prepping mechanically for their 2024 campaign, but simultaneously solidifying their plan of attack.

With many of the country’s traveling sanctioning bodies releasing their schedules just in time for PRI in Indianapolis, the time to announce seemed fitting for “Double-D,” and the recent Les Stewart Showdown champion has decided to commit to absolutely nothing.

“We’re going to do things week by week this year,” Danny Dietrich, ace of Gary Kauffman’s Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, No. 48 sprint car, said. “We’re privileged to be in an area that offers so much week to week, and if we don’t have to leave home, we’re not going to. In the past, we always tried to release a full schedule ahead of time, but we’re going to avoid that and race where it makes the most sense. Weather, payout, our fans…they all play a factor in our plans. Regardless of where we go, we’re excited for another year.”

Although Dietrich’s 2024 schedule will be week to week, his annual trip south to launch the year with action in the Sunshine State still stands at a certainty, planning to join the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series during visits to Volusia Speedway Park and East Bay Raceway Park, respectively.

A full lineup of Florida appearances will be highlighted in the coming weeks.

“Of course, we wouldn’t be in this position without Gary Kauffman,” Dietrich added. “He does so much for this race team and allows us the opportunity to go out and compete where we see fit. We owe it all to him.”

SPECIAL THANKS:
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Cochrancars.com, Big Cove Whitetail Trophy Hunts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Self Made Racing, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive Inc, Blud Lubricants.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gkrracing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dannydietrich
Merchandise: www.dannydietrich.com/merch
News: www.dannydietrich.com
News: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch the All Star Circuit of Champions online at www.floracing.com.
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway online at www.floracing.com.
Watch Williams Grove Speedway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

2023 HIGHLIGHTS:
Finished third during the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season opener contested Friday evening, February 10 (Volusia Speedway Park). Finished third and fourth, respectively, in Lincoln Speedway’s opening pair contested Thursday and Sunday, February 23 and 26. Finished second at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, March 4. Finished fourth in Port Royal Speedway’s season opener on Sunday, March 5. Finished sixth during World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series action at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, March 18. Finished second at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 1. Finished fifth at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, April 8. Finished second at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, April 14. Finished fourth at BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 16. Finished second in Williams Grove Speedway’s Tommy Hinnershitz Classic on Friday, April 21. Won first race of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday, April 23. Finished third on back-to-back occasions; Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 5, and Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, May 6. Finished fourth in Lincoln Speedway’s Gettysburg Clash (WoO) on Wednesday, May 10. Finished second at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday, May 14. Rallied from 20th to 11th in Wayne County Speedway’s High Limit Sprint Car Series event on May 16. Finished sixth at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 19. Finished ninth with World of Outlaws at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 20. Finished third at BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 21. Finished second from 11th in Williams Grove Speedway’s Doug Esh Tribute on Friday, May 26. Finished fourth in the $29,000-to-win Bob Weikert Memorial finale on Sunday, May 28. Finished second at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, June 2. Earned Ohio Sprint Speedweek triumph at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, on Saturday, June 10. Earned PA Sprint Speedweek tune-up victory at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 17. Earned fourth victory of 2023 at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, July 8; started tenth. Earned back-to-back Hard Charger Awards with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series while in action at BAPS Motor Speedway on July 20 and Williams Grove Speedway on July 21; 19th to eighth at BAPS and 15th to seventh at The Grove. Finished fourth during High Limit Sprint Car Series action at Grandview Speedway on Wednesday, July 26. Finished second at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, July 29. Won fifth feature of the season in Williams Grove Speedway start on Friday, August 18. Finished eighth and second in Port Royal Speedway Twin-25 program on Saturday, August 19. Finished third with All Star Circuit of Champions at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday, August 20; earned Hard Charger Award. Finished fourth in Williams Grove’s Jack Gunn Memorial on Friday, August 25. Finished fourth in Lincoln Speedway’s Kramer Klash on Saturday, August 26. Won sixth feature of the season at BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 27. Scored four consecutive top-ten finishes in Labor Day weekend stretch; third at Williams Grove Speedway on September 1, fourth in Lincoln Speedway’s Dirt Classic preliminary on September 2, second in Lincoln Speedway’s Dirt Classic finale on September 3, and sixth in Port Royal Speedway’s Labor Day Classic on September 4. Finished fifth in Williams Grove Speedway’s Billy Kimmel Memorial on Friday, September 15. Finished third in Selinsgrove Speedway’s Jim Nace Memorial on Saturday, September 16. Finished ninth in the $75,000-to-win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, September 30. Finished sixth in High Limit Sprint Car Series start at Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday, October 3. Won Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50 Non-Qualifiers feature on Thursday, October 5. Finished second at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 21. Finished second in Bridgeport’s SprintOberfest main event on Saturday, October 28. Won the $25,000-to-win Les Stewart Showdown at BAPS Motor Speedway on November 11.

2023 Wins: 8 | Selinsgrove Speedway (April 23), Fremont Speedway (June 10), Lincoln Speedway (June 17), Lincoln Speedway (July 8), Williams Grove Speedway (August 18), BAPS Motor Speedway (August 27), Port Royal Speedway [Tuscarora 50 NQ Main] (October 5), BAPS Motor Speedway (November 11 | $25,000)

 

MADDINGTON TOYOTA SPRINTCAR SERIES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2023

Defending series champion James Inglis leads the 2023-24 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series points championship after four rounds.

At the last show, the 62nd WA Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night, he finished second to James McFadden in the 35-lap feature race.

This saw the driver of the Diamond Bay Motorsport W26 bank more valuable points in the 18-round contest.

Inglis has a win, two seconds and a sixth to his name so far – giving him 868 championship points, 12 clear of Dayne Kingshott on 856.

Up until last Saturday night, the driver of the Krikke Motorsport W2 had a pair of wins and a second to his name, but a DNF in his WA Sprintcar Championship defence proved costly.

Former series champion Jason Kendrick is third overall, 34 points shy of Inglis after he parked the Kendrick Racing Team W11 in third on Saturday night – his first podium result for the season.

This is on the back of a first-round DNF, followed by a fourth and a fifth.

Fourth overall is another former series champion in Brad Maiolo who was fourth on Saturday night, on the back of a sixth, a fifth and a ninth.

Andrew Priolo, who has a best result of a third so far, rounds out the top five.

The fifth round of the series will be at the Perth Motorplex on December 26 – the first round of the USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek battles.

Series points: James Inglis 868, Dayne Kingshott 856, Jason Kendrick 834, Brad Maiolo 834, Andrew Priolo 802, Kaiden Manders 782, Kris Coyle 762, Taylor Milling 746, Trent Pigdon 658, Kye Scroop 644, Jason Pryde 638, Jamie Maiolo 638, Jaydee Dack 630, AJ Nash 622, Ryan Lancaster 616, Mitchell Wormall 562, Ken Sartori 494, Matthew Cross 494, Nathan Swan 412, Rod Howe 410, Tim Boujos 400, Jack Williamson 386, Cameron McKenzie 382, Kyle Francis 356, Brock Kenny 322, Brock Francis 322, Todd Davis 294, Callum Williamson 290, Jamie Veal 264, David Priolo 232, Luke Oldfield 188, Brenten Farrer 158, Tim King 154, James McFadden 150, Myles Bolger 150, Michael Pickens 142.

 

 

Joel Myers Jr Kicks New Zealand Swing Off In Victory Lane

PETERSEN MEDIA: With racing wrapped up in the United States, Joel Myers Jr has already made his way to New Zealand to keep his season alive. Fresh off of a breakout campaign during last off season, Myers Jr returned right to form as he picked up the win on Saturday night at Ruapuna Speedway in convincing fashion.

“Big thanks to the Anderson Motorsports team for having me back again, and providing me with some strong equipment,” Joel Myers Jr said. “We had a couple of long days finishing the car when I arrived, but it paid off as we swept the show on Saturday night.”

Kicking his swing off at the familiar Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday night, Myers Jr got the night start of by lining The Ranch Bar and Grill/Vertex backed No. 46 up the second row of his heat race.

Getting a great jump, Myers Jr wasted to time getting into the race lead and leaving the field in his wake. Picking up the win, the Sebastopol, CA driver found himself in the ninth starting position of his second heat race.

Despite being mired in traffic, Myers Jr had his elbows up as he sliced and diced his way through the field and picked up another heat race win after starting in the fifth row.

Moving into the pursuit race to set the starting line up from the front of the field, the Californian advanced from fourth to first to pick the win, and earn the pole for the upcoming feature event.

Getting the jump in the feature event when the race went green, the only thing that slowed Myers Jr on this night was caution flags. Despite a couple of restarts sprinkled throughout the course of the 25-lapper, Myers Jr was well in command as he went on the score the win and cap off the ‘clean sweep’ of the night.

“It was great getting back to racing and seeing so many familiar faces that I met last year,” Myers Jr said. “Excited for this season in NZ, and cant wait to get back to racing this weekend.”

Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Hi-Plains Building Division, DirtDudes Excavating, Carbon Safety, System 1 Ignition, Weld, Smith Ti, Culvert Ops, Economy Plumbing, Cartronics, NorCal Powersports, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, Triple X Race Co., and Ogio, for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 49, Wins-8, Top-5’s- 19, Top-10’s-27

ON TAP: Myers Jr will be back in action this Friday and Saturday at Nelson Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @joelmyersjr, Instagram @joelmyersjr_, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.

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Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason to join High Limit Sprint Car Series in 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (December 5, 2023) - Knoxville, Iowa’s own Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason are ready to raise the stakes in 2024, set to tackle the entire High Limit Sprint Car Series campaign in a full-on championship assault. Eliason, who joined the Brian and Lisa Ridge-owned open wheel operation just before the annual World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, will pilot RSR’s familiar No. 8 in his full-time High Limit campaign; an agenda that boasts competitiveness and big money from coast to coast.

The High Limit Sprint Car Series will award a point fund of one million dollars with the championship team and driver winning $250,000. Similar to its 2023 season, High Limit Racing will have a Midweek Money Series within its National Tour awarding a separate $100,000 total point fund.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I’m privileged to be a part of it,” Eliason said. “I can’t thank Brian and Lisa Ridge enough. They give Tyler Swank and the team the equipment necessary to be competitive night in and night out and I’m confident we’ll have the success to prove that. We have some work to do, but we’ll be ready for February.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Cory Eliason to RSR in 2024,” Brian Ridge, owner of the Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, No. 8 sprint car, said. “In our short time together, he’s proven that he has the talent and the experience to take our team to the next level. The off-season will be short and sweet, but I’m sure we’ll make our way to Florida more than ready to compete with the best in the country.”

The 2024 High Limit Sprint Car Series schedule will begin officially with a visit to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13. The 60-race season will conclude with a doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway on October 12-13. For a closer look at the full schedule, please visit High Limit Racing online at www.highlimitracing.com.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Cory Eliason would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Xpress Laundry, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Rasmusson Service Center, and Don Long & STC.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSR_883
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
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Some of the Biggest Short Track Events in the World Highlight 23 Nights of Racing for Eldora Speedway’s 2024 Season

ROSSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 4, 2023) – Offering one of the most diverse and lucrative schedules of any dirt track, including some of the biggest short-track events in the world, Eldora Speedway will host 23 nights of action-packed racing for the upcoming 2024 season.

Highlighting the schedule will be traditional major events, including the 30th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream; the 41st running of the World of Outlaws-sanctioned Kings Royal; the 54th edition of the World 100, and the 44th annual Dirt Track World Championship. In addition, High Limit Racing will sanction the Double Down Duels and Joker’s Jackpot as a new lead-in to the Kings Royal weekend.

The season-opener April 7-8 will be a “first” for the World’s Greatest Dirt Track as the half-mile dirt oval will present a special super stocks racing program on Sunday, April 7 and serve as a host viewing venue for the April 8 Great American Eclipse. The path of totality will pass directly over Eldora as part of the solar eclipse. Camping for the solar eclipse is now on sale.

With a revised posted purse increased to more than $40,000 and a winner’s share of $10,000, Saturday, April 27 will feature the richest Eldora purse ever for UMP modifieds during the completion of the Dirt Track World Championship for modifieds and super stocks. The super stocks will race for $1,500 to win from a purse exceeding $10,000.

World of Outlaws winged sprint cars and United States Auto Club (USAC) non-wing sprint cars will run two nights on May 3-4 with #LetsRaceTwo, featuring full racing programs each night for each division.

The first of two $10 Family Fireworks Nights is set for Saturday, May 18 with USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder midgets, UMP modifieds, super stocks, and the area’s largest fireworks and pyrotechnics display. The night will carry a Disney theme. Round two is set for Saturday, Aug. 3 with Great Lakes 360 winged sprint cars, UMP modifieds, super stocks, and another grand fireworks spectacular.

In a new twist to Eldora’s FloRacing Night in America date, the 2024 version will unofficially kick off the Dirt Late Model Dream Week on Wednesday night, June 5 with late models competing for $19,999 to win.

A shake-up to the Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary programs on Thursday and Friday, June 6-7 is also in store. The full roster will be split into two separate fields prior to the event, with one half racing on Thursday and the other half racing on Friday. Each day will carry a total purse in excess of $120,000, highlighted by a 40-lap feature paying $25,000 to win and $2,000 to start.

When speaking about the changes, Eldora General Manager Jerry Gappens explains, “The Thursday and Friday format tweak addresses a number of talking points that we’ve been considering here the past couple of years. We feel the time is right to try it out. For racers, they will have the opportunity to race for more money in just one night than what they could collectively earn in two nights last year. There will also be some cost savings as well when thinking about tires, fuel and general wear and tear on engines and components. For the fans, they will be treated to action-packed events with great competition throughout the entire field that concludes in a timely fashion. Our team will work on injecting some additional off-track entertainment and activity including some fan interaction with drivers not competing on a given night.”

For the 30th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream on Saturday night, June 8, the winner will earn $100,030 from a restructured and increased event purse that will total more than $600,000 for the first time. Positions 2nd through 26th will all see increased prize money, with every starter earning at minimum of $6,000. Non-qualifier prize money will also see bumps in pay throughout.

Eldora Speedway will welcome the High Limit Racing Series for the first time on Wednesday, July 17 with the Double Down Duels, featuring a full program that includes two $12,000-to-win 25-lap features. The unique format will offer 48 drivers the opportunity to earn A-Feature starting pay.

High Limit Racing returns on Thursday, July 18 for the Joker’s Jackpot, featuring a $100,000 to win payday. Starting positions for Thursday’s heat races will be determined in part by the results from Wedneseday’s Double Down Duels.

To finish out four of the richest nights in sprint car racing is the 41st running of the Kings Royal on Saturday, July 20, which offers a winner’s payout of $175,000 for the World of Outlaws sanctioned event. On Friday night, July 19, the Knight Before the Kings Royal winner will now earn $25,000.

Eldora Speedway founder, the late Earl Baltes, and his family will be honored at the 16th running of the Baltes Classic on Sunday night, Sept. 1. The program includes the American Ironman Late Model Series ($5,000 to win), UMP modifieds, and super stocks.

The Biggest Dirt Race in the World™, the 54th running of the World 100, is set for Saturday night, Sept. 7. Preliminary action is set for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6 with current plans calling for the traditional Twin 25 main events each night. Wednesday, Sept. 4 will offer an early pit load-in and tech inspection option for race teams plus the World 100 pre-race party. While details are not yet available, officials have hinted at some additional purse monies being posted for the weekend.

A new sanctioning body and increased purses highlight the 42nd edition of the 4-Crown Nationals, an open-wheel classic, which is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21. Friday’s program is highlighted by High Limit Racing winged sprint cars and a complete program for USAC national midgets and qualifying for the USAC Silver Crown division. Saturday’s finale features complete programs for USAC Silver Crown, USAC sprint cars, USAC midgets, and the High Limit Racing winged sprint cars. Each division will pay $15,000 to win, up from $10,000 each in 2023. “The 4-Crown weekend has been on an upward trajectory for a few years now and this is another step in the continued elevation of a fantastic fall classic,” commented Gappens.

And finally, the 44th Dirt Track World Championship (DTWC) is back at Eldora in 2024. The event is not only the Eldora season finale, but also the season finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. It will again carry a $100,000 first-place prize on Saturday night, Oct. 19. UMP modifieds and super stocks will compete on Thursday, Oct. 17 while Friday night, Oct. 18 offers qualifying events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, the steel-block late models, and features for the modifieds.

TICKET INFORMATION:

In an effort to simplify Eldora’s ticket renewal process, all 2024 events will now take place in the same renewal period. Ticket and camping renewals for the entire 2024 schedule will begin on December 12 and run through February 12, 2024. Eldora’s popular Add & Exchange period for renewing customers will be the week of February 19, 2024. The public sale for all events will begin on Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. Eastern.

All tickets and camping purchases can be made via EldoraSpeedway.com/tickets or by contacting the box office at (937) 338-3815.

 

 

Zeb Wise Going Full-Time With High Limit Racing In 2024
2023 All Star Circuit of Champions champion Zeb Wise has committed to chasing the 2024 High Limit Racing championship.
 

The cast of 2024 High Rollers continues to grow, this time with the addition of one of the brightest young Sprint Car racers in the game today. Fresh off a down-to-the-wire championship with the All Star Circuit of Champions, Zeb Wise will take the Rudeen Racing No. 26 to High Limit Racing full-time in 2024 with sights set on a new title.

High Limit Racing Reveals 2024 Schedule

After being hired by Kevin Rudeen in the summer of 2022, the Angola, Indiana native enjoyed a career-year in 2023. Wise rattled off 11 wins on the season, including his first-career World of Outlaws victory, and propelled the team to their first All Stars title thanks to a walk-off win at the 4-Crown Nationals.

At 21 years old, Wise has already won some of the biggest events in the sport in each division he has raced. Prior to moving into Sprint Cars at age 17, Wise had already topped the daunting Tulsa Shootout and earned a prestigious BC39 victory.

In 2024, the Rudeen No. 26 will again produce Ford Performance power under the hood as Wise returns to six tracks on the High Limit schedule where he previously owns a win - Kokomo Speedway (IN), Thunderbowl Raceway (CA), Outlaw Speedway (NY), 34 Raceway (IA), Eldora Speedway (OH), and Port Royal Speedway (PA).

Along with getting his first taste of several new tracks, Wise most certainly has the $26,000-to-win Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race at I-70 Motorsports Park on June 7-8 and the $100,000-to-win Skagit Nationals at Skagit Speedway on August 29-31 circled on his calendar - both being hallmark events for his car owner.

Wise’s High Limit Racing tenure officially begins on Monday-Tuesday, February 12-13 at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL, and concludes on Friday-Saturday, October 11-12 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. Along with a trio of six-figure paydays and 25+ races paying $20,000 or more to win, teams will also compete for a $1 million championship fund and an additional $100,000 points fund for the Midweek Money Series.

Wise joins Kasey Kahne, Jacob Allen and Brad Sweet as driver who have already committed to running the national tour full-time in 2024.

A busy week lies ahead for High Limit Racing with plenty of more news to come on the cast of 2024 High Rollers. Stay tuned to FloRacing.com to keep up with the incoming announcements.

For fans unable to attend the track next year, you will be able to stream every High Limit Racing event live on FloRacing.

 

 

BRODY ROA AND TOMMY DUNKEL’S TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX DID NOT GO AS PLANNED

(Cypress, CA, December 1, 2023) To say that the Inland Rigging Sprint Car team had a dream season in 2023 is an understatement. Brody Roa won the USAC/CRA championship and Tommy and Christy Dunkel captured the car owner title. Dunkel scored his first-ever sprint car win in a VRA race at Ventura in April. Roa won eight USAC/CRA races and scored another victory in a Southern California Open Comp race at Imperial. Between the two, heading into the Turkey Night Grand Prix, they had 37 starts and rolled the cars back into the trailer all but one time. It was indeed a dream season.

A Kenny Lonngren photo of Brody Roa and the Inland Rigging Racing Team Logo are attached to this release.

If everything up to Ventura was a dream, the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix ended up being a frustrating nightmare for the team. Last week, Tommy Dunkel sat down and reflected on the nightmarish end to the year.

S.D.: The Inland Rigging team came into Turkey Night with high hopes with newly crowned USAC/CRA Champion Brody Roa, and yourself who won at Ventura this season. In addition, you had Eddie Tafoya flying the Inland colors at Ventura where he was fast qualifier in a USAC/CRA race in 2022. You guys were certainly prepared for a big weekend.

Dunkel: We came in swinging for the fences. We thought we had a super good shot between me, Brody, and Eddie Tafoya. We have all had some pretty good success there. We came in there with our heads held high for sure.

S.D.: How did your own night start?

Dunkel: My hot laps were okay. Typical Ventura, super greasy and they threw the green way too soon. I was still okay with it being there were 53 cars or whatever it was (plus 48 midgets). My heat race was good. I started second and fell back one spot but I was on them. I was on first and second showing them a wheel. I was very happy (after) as it was still super one lane on the bottom. I did not want to chance junking my stuff having to physically move people out of the way. When it goes one lane that is what it comes down too. You have to start moving people. We came out of it with a third and it was a fairly stacked heat race.

S.D.: What happened next?

Dunkel: That was heat three. I got back to the pits and got out of my car and got back up there to watch Brody in heat five. That is when disaster struck.

S.D.: At that point, things began to unravel fast with Brody’s crash. What caused it?

Dunkel: The initial start, he had a great start. I think he started 5th and he was up to second. Some people spun behind him on the opening lap. So, of course, they had to rerack them with everybody back to their original spot (for the restart). He was coming into three and I think he expected the car in front of him to stick to the bottom. I wouldn’t say the guy slid up by any means, but he certainly did not hug the bottom like you would if you were running the bottom. Brody just clipped the right rear and that is what sent him for a big ride.

S.D.: It was a scary crash and it was obvious from the time he stopped flipping that he had sustained an injury and he was initially unconscious. What were his injuries?

Dunkel: When he got to the hospital he was very dazed. He was kind of coming and going as far as (knowing) where he was at. He got his bell rung. After some scans, he had a brain bleed. So they monitored him over night. By the morning they had the brain bleed stopped. By mid-morning they were in a position to release him from the hospital. He was very sore and obviously very shaken up but he is home and is well.

S.D.: Brody left for the hospital in an ambulance. You still had a race and possibly two to go. However, you decided to sit out the rest of the night.

Dunkel: Until we knew Brody was stable and okay, I made the decision to stay out of the car. I kind of felt like my head was not right with my driver being injured. If it was the average deal where he was sitting in the motorhome sore, absolutely I would have gotten back in the car. But we were kind of in the dark about how bad his head injury was. So, I decided to sit out.

S.D.: Brody was out at the hospital and you pulled out. You still had Eddie Tafoya Jr. flying the Inland Rigging flag. Unfortunately, somebody else’s faux pas knocked him out of his heat.

Dunkel: It was super cool to help Eddie. I put a power plant in his car. It was unfortunate that he got upside down on Friday night because of another driver’s mistake. The other (who caused the crash) driver came over to my pit and said, ‘man did you see that? That was a brand new left rear tire.’ I was obviously already shook up from the night. I have Brody in the hospital, me not running the rest of the night, and Tafoya upside down because of this driver. And there he is complaining to me about a tire. I don’t want to say I let him have it, but he knows I was not happy.”

S.D.: You pulled out of the Friday night portion of the show. Why did you decide to continue on Saturday rather than throwing in the towel and coming home?

Dunkel: So, we got the green light that Brody was okay and everything was going to be all right. Brody said, ‘Hey, I am good. You guys go out and hammer down and represent the team.’ We as a team decided to race. I knew I was behind the eight ball because I did not run my qualifier (Friday night) but I figured I was okay. I had passed a lot of cars there before. I knew that is what I had to do again.

S.D.: You had to be relieved that Brody was going to be okay and you decided to race. Everything was fine. That is, it was momentarily fine. What happened next.?

Dunkel: We just finished up having breakfast. I told my son Aiden I would be out there in a second. Let’s get the car unloaded and get ready. I was still in the motor home finishing up my coffee and I just heard a crashing sound and blood-curdling screaming. Everyone had come running. What it was, was the tension cables on the hauler door had snapped and the door fell and crushed my son.

S.D.: That had to be extremely frightening when you realized what had just happened.

Dunkel: There was one guy from Jimmy May’s camp who was out prepping their car. He saw the whole thing and came running to his aid. He could not get the door up by himself. Malyssa Perkins was close by and she helped. Enough guys got over there so we could get the doors up and at least get him out from underneath it. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. After some scans and things, it was determined that he had a broken back and a broken sacrum. He spent Saturday to Wednesday afternoon at the Ventura County Hospital.

S.D.: How is your son doing?

Dunkel: He is doing much, much better. He is home. They want to see how well he does at home managing his pain. If it gets to be too much, then we will have to take him back. He is standing and he is kind of shuffling his feet to move ever so slowly. It is very positive progress but he has a long road ahead of him.

S.D.: Needless to say with those two guys injured, you decided to pull out of Saturday’s race. That should have put an end to all of the bad fortune, but that was not the case. What happened next?

Dunkel: Saturday night we had one of our guys from Inland Rigging come up to drive our dually and small trailer home because that is what Aiden drives. He came up. His girlfriend was nice enough to give him a ride. We gave them our bicycles (e-bikes) to ride back to the hotel (very close to the track). They were locked in the truck in a locked camper shell and some thieves broke in and cut the locks and stole our not so cheap e-bikes! It just added insult to injury without a doubt.

S.D.: I take it that is going to be the worst racing weekend you are ever going to have, correct?

Dunkel: Yeah, that is done. That is the worst, it is out of the way and we are moving forward.

S.D.: Upcoming is a busy week for you and the team. You are headed back to Indiana for among other things, the USAC banquet where Brody and you will receive your just rewards for winning the USAC/CRA title.

Dunkel: You know what? It has given us something positive to look forward to. To celebrate the championship with the Roa group. It is a nice feather in our cap as a new team together. What the Roa’s have spent so long doing and perfecting. They earned it. I just feel privileged to have the opportunity with those guys and go get a championship as a car owner. Brody and I have been pretty close for seven or eight years now. We are really looking forward to going there, letting loose a little bit, and getting to celebrate.

S.D.: What is the itinerary for your time in the “Hoosier State?”

Dunkel: We are flying out Wednesday night. DRC Chassis, which is the car we run, is having an open house on Thursday. We are going to attend that. With his chassis,’ I want to say we are at 11 wins combined between Brody and I this year. Joe (Joe Devin who owns DRC) is pretty excited to have us there and we are excited to go. Friday is the banquet, and on Saturday we are going to attend P.R.I.

S.D.: Are you already preparing for next year?

Dunkel: We kind of have some big things in the works. We are planning to do as much CRA as possible. Malyssa Perkins and I are working together to put a new series together for 360 cars. It is going to be called the IRSCS (Inland Rigging Sprint Car Series). We are going to run at a handful of tracks. It is going to be open to 360s and 410s. 410s will just have to run a restrictor. Brody and I are going to focus on that series being that we are heavily involved with it. I am still going to run for CRA Rookie of the Year, but it just kind of depends on how the first half of the season goes. Our plan is to hit as many races as we can in the first half of the season and just kind of see how we are both doing. Brody has a new kid (his second daughter who was born earlier this year) and with running so hard as long as he has, he came and did what he had to do. That was winning the championship (USAC/CRA). I know he is ready to go back to just fun racing and run a light schedule. I am going to put Eddie (Tafoya) in a car for our series (in 2024) and he will run his own car in USAC/CRA. I know he wants to win a championship there.

Dunkel and Roa want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, United Asset Sales, Osborne Speed & Machine, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Jambo Barbeque Pits, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. If you would like to be a marketing partner with the Inland Rigging Racing Team in 2024, please contact Dunkel or Roa the information at the top of this release.

Brody Roa’s 2023 Race Results

January 27 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

January 28 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

February 25 Kern County Raceway Park USAC West Coast Sprint Cars Rained Out

March 3 Central Arizona Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

March 4 Central Arizona Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

March 11 Imperial Valley Raceway SoCal Open Comp 17th A Main

March 18 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

March 24 Kings Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

March 25 Thunderbowl Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

April 1 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

April 15 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 5th A Main

April 22 Kings Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

April 29 Kern County Raceway Park USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

May 6 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

May 20 Thunderbowl Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

May 27 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 15th A Main

June 10 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

June 24 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

July 15 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

August 12 Santa Maria Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Canceled

August 19 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

September 7 Devils Bowl Speedway USAC National Sprint Cars 6th A Main

September 8 Texarkana 67 Speedway USAC National Sprint Cars Rained Out

September 9 Texarkana 67 Speedway USAC National Sprint Cars 14th A Main

September 23 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

October 14 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 6th A Main

October 21 Imperial Valley Raceway SoCal Open Comp 1st A Main

November 3 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 15th A Main

November 4 Cocopah Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 12th A Main

November 11 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

Tom Dunkel’s 2023 Racing Results

January 12 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Prelim. Night 12th C Main

March 11 Imperial Valley Raceway SoCal Open Comp 16th A Main

April 1 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 9th B Main

April 8 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 1st A Main

May 6 Mohave Valley Raceway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 11th A Main

May 13 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 11th A Main

June 17 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 19th A Main

June 24 Bakersfield Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 14th A Main

July 8 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

July 15 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th A Main

August 19 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Rained Out

September 2 Ventura Raceway VRA Sprint Cars 2nd A Main

September 16 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 8th A Main

October 7 Kern County Raceway Park USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 19th A Main

October 14 Imperial Valley Raceway So Cal Open Comp DNS

November 11 Perris Auto Speedway USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 8th B Main

November 25 Ventura Raceway USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Eddie Tafoya Sr. Racing Results

November 11 Perris Auto Speedway Senior Sprints 1st A Main

 

 

Jordan Hutton Crowned 2023 CRSA Sprints Champion At Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel

Press Release by: Steven Ovens – December 4th, 2023

(VERNON, NY) – In front of a great crowd of A-Verdi Storage Containers CRSA Sprints teams, crew, family and officials, Jordan Hutton was crowned CRSA Sprints champion for the first time in his career. 2023 was Hutton’s third season of competition in which was by far a breakout season and one that will be hard to rival in seasons to come.

Hutton started off his 2023 CRSA campaign with a huge win at Land of Legends Raceway on May 13. He would go on to win three of the first seven races on tour. In all, Hutton captured 5 CRSA checkered flags as he and runner up Dalton Herrick clashed for the title. When crunch time arrived, the combination of Hutton and Herrick would win five out of the last six points races.

The 2021 CRSA Outstanding Newcomer award recipient would finish the season with five wins, eleven top fives and twelve top tens in fourteen starts. The championship almost unraveled at Genesee Speedway in September when a low dollar part failed.

Hutton’s DNF that night was made worse by his rival championship contender Herrick scoring the win. That win closed the gap but would ultimately be the final point show as Short Track Supernationals Weekend at Afton was cancelled due to rain in October.

Hutton swept the season both with CRSA and at Land of Legends Raceway. The Hannibal, NY pilot won the CRSA Championship, LOLR weekly sanctioned points title, LOLR DisBatch Brewing Challenge Series and the Pit Stop Convenience Stores “I-90 Pit Stop Challenge” which saw races battled out along the New York State Thruway.

For their success as a team in 2023, Hutton’s father Jeremy was awarded Mechanic of the Year honors. Their one blemish on the season was a part failure as Jeremy had two able and willing cars available at all times to compete both on tour and weekly at Land of Legends Raceway.

By virtue of gaining 60 positions in A-Main competition over the course of 2023, Hutton was awarded the Powdertech Powdercoatings Hard Charger of the Year. In all prize categories combined Hutton took home the lion’s share of a record $18,400 point fund, with his share totaling $3,450. Twenty different drivers were awarded cash prizes from the record point fund thanks to the laundry list of CRSA marketing partners.

Runner up Dalton Herrick and third place points finisher Tomy Moreau shared their thoughts in front of the crowd while collecting their hardware and point fund earnings.

Rookie of the Year went to Deansboro, NY’s Dustin Sehn in what was a very close Rookie points battle with Kirsten Dombroski. Dombroski, a second-generation sprint car driver and niece of multi-time Empire Super Sprints champion Lance Yonge, was awarded with the CRSA Dedication Award for her team’s drive and never-give-up attitude at each tour event.

He’s still looking for his first 305 Sprint Car win but Dillon Paddock was absolutely the show in many of CRSA’s 2023 events. His always on the gas drives earned him the Outstanding Newcomer for 2023.

Tomy Moreau took a big step in 2023 with his first two CRSA wins at Outlaw Speedway and Fonda Speedway. The young driver from Sherbrooke, QUE, Canada was honored with CRSA’s Most Improved Driver.

John Cunningham is quiet, doesn’t make a lot of waves in the pits but puts forth incredible effort to support all of CRSA’s shows throughout the season. Cunningham from Pompey, NY was recognized with the CRSA Sprints Sportsmanship Award. A season with several nasty on-track incidents earned Tyler Chartrand the award no driver wants to receive at the banquet- the Tough Luck Award.

Spencer, NY’s Kyle Pierce was awarded Best Appearing Car for his green and purple No. 9K. What made his 2023 mount so unique was his popular graphic of Pierce half in his racing suit and half in his shirt and tie that he wears as a fourth grade teacher at Spencer-Van Etten Elementary. Pierce was recently recognized as the PEAK Performer of the Month in his classroom for his efforts in and out of the classroom- see the CRSA Sprints website for more details.

Matt Priscott Racing was recognized with the CRSA Sprints Perseverance Award for their never-wavering support to get to the track when they are able to. Driver Aaron Shelton would help the Priscott owned team score their first career Top 5 finish with a podium finish of third at Thunder Mountain Speedway on July 23.

Mike Emhof presented the CRSA Service Award to Gil Alexander who has been an asset to the CRSA Sprints and the Mike Emhof Motorsports parts trailer for the last eight years. Alexander is constant light at the races, always greeting customers and series supporters with a smile and great conversation.

In a twist of a driver giveaway, the Magsarus Magneto was awarded to Dalton Herrick. All eligible drivers were placed on an electronic wheel spin program and as the wheel landed on a driver’s name that driver was eliminated. The final two spin came down to Herrick and Dustin Sehn. Additionally, Paul Cole of Super Gen Products provided a Champion generator for a giveaway which was won by random draw by Tyler Chartrand.

Emhof concluded the CRSA portion of the banquet by informing the drivers and teams that a similar schedule of approximately 20 races is in the works for 2024. Weekly sanctioned competition will continue at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday nights, with more information to come this offseason. Several tracks on the 2023 schedule have re-upped for 2024.

CRSA HISTORICAL SEASON: The CRSA Sprints started their 2023 campaign with a historical night at Weedsport Speedway as the tour matched the record of 33 entries which was set in 2022.

Billy VanInwegen Jr. and Cory Sparks now have tied Josh Pieniazek all-time with eleven seasons straight with at least one Top 5 finish.

Jordan Hutton becomes the twelfth different champion in CRSA Sprints history.

Tomy Moreau and Tim Iulg were first-time winners added to the CRSA Sprints history books in 2023.

New Top 5 finishers that were added in 2023 included Dillon Paddock, Blake Warner, Nathan Pierce, Timmy Lotz, Tim Iulg, Aaron Shelton and Tyler Graves.

Dalton Herrick moved into fifth place all-time with 49 career CRSA Top Fives.

Many thanks to Tom Skibinski for his efforts in compiling the overall statistics dating back to 2006.

The A-Verdi Storage Containers CRSA Sprints are powered by Super Gen Products. Associate sponsors for 2023 include Pit Stop Convenience Stores, DisBatch Brewing Company, the Maguire Family of Dealerships, Powdertech Powdercoating, PJC Sprayfoam, Profab Enterprises, Magsarus Ignitions, Hoosier Racing Tire, Insinger Performance with their Stinger Race Fuel, My Race Pass and is owned and operated by Mike Emhof Motorsports.

For more information on the series, results and points please visit our website www.crsa.myracepass.com

Please visit the Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprints on Facebook (@CRSAsprints) and on Twitter (@CRSAsprints).

 

 

Sandvig Motorsports Announces JJ Hickle as Driver for the No. 7 410 Sprint Car in the 2024 Racing Season
 

Spencer, IA – December 4, 2023

by Justin Snyder / Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt

Photo Credit: Nicole Signore Creative

Sandvig Motorsports is thrilled to announce that JJ Hickle will be taking the wheel of the No. 7 410 Sprint Car for the upcoming 2024 racing season. With a proven track record and a passion for speed, Hickle brings a wealth of experience and talent to the team, and Sandvig Motorsports is excited to see what they can achieve together on the track.

Hickle spent the majority of his 2023 racing season competing with the All Star Circuit of Champions as a rookie contender on the tour before dropping off the tour just past the midway point of the year. As he looks to put that experience to use in 2024, Hickle expressed his enthusiasm about joining Sandvig Motorsports.

“I’m honored to be a part of the Sandvig Motorsports team and excited to drive the No. 7 410 Sprint Car. I believe we have the potential for a successful season, and I’m looking forward to the challenges and victories that lie ahead.”

In addition to the driver announcement, Sandvig Motorsports is actively seeking sponsorships for the 2024 racing season to enhance their program and maximize their performance on the track. The team welcomes potential sponsors to join them on this thrilling journey and invites interested parties to reach out for partnership opportunities.

Last year saw Brooke Tatnell, Lynton Jeffrey, and Ian Madsen pilot the Sandvig Motorsports car at various times, mainly throughout the Midwest. While Sandvig is thankful for all the drivers’ efforts last season, he is looking forward to continuing to build on his program with a different level of consistency in 2024 and believes Hickle is the guy to get them there.

“We are proud to have JJ Hickle on board as our driver for the No. 7 410 Sprint Car. With his skill and dedication, coupled with the support of our fans and sponsors, we are confident that we can make a significant impact in the upcoming season.”

Sandvig Motorsports is currently working on finalizing the racing schedule for the 2024 season. An official schedule announcement is expected in the coming months as the team continues to prepare for an exciting and competitive year ahead. The goal is to compete at various events with different sanctions throughout the Mid-West, with some traveling possible dependent on sponsorship.

For sponsorship inquiries or further information, please contact Mike Sandvig at mikensandvig@yahoo.com or 712-260-8823.

Learn more about Sandvig Motorsports at: A2DPR.com/SandvigMotorsports

Follow Sandvig Motorsports’ season at: A2DPR.com/latest-news

Sandvig Motorsports on Facebook: Facebook.com/SandvigMotorsports7

Broadcast coverage of Knoxville Raceway, Husets Speedway and World of Outlaws events is available at DirtVision.com

Broadcast coverage of High Limits series events is available at FloRacing.com

 

Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel aim for Knoxville Raceway championship in 2024

By Fully Injected Motorsports:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (December 4, 2023) - The 2024 season will be business as usual for three-time All Star Circuit of Champions champion, Aaron Reutzel, as the Clute, Texas, native is set to make his return to Ridge & Sons Racing (RSR) and ultimately contend for a track championship at the Sprint Car Capital of the World. Reutzel, a three-time Knoxville Raceway winner during the 2023 season, will pilot the Brian and Lisa Ridge-owned, Folkens Bros Trucking-powered No. 87 in his quest for track domination, working to better his most recent championship-seeking performance that concluded fourth in Knoxville’s final standings.

“I want to thank Brian and Lisa Ridge for the opportunity to return in 2024. It’s been our goal to earn a Knoxville Raceway track championship and I’m confident we have the tools to accomplish it,” Aaron Reutzel said. “I also want to thank Folkens Brothers Trucking and Don Long at STC for coming on board to help with our efforts in 2024. Between their support, and having Austin Miller as our Knoxville team manager, only good things are ahead for this RSR No. 87.”

In addition to their Knoxville Raceway commitments, Aaron Reutzel and the RSR No. 87 will hit and miss a number of high profile events such as neighboring World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and High Limit Sprint Car Series programs throughout the Midwest.

“We’re pleased to have Aaron Reutzel return to Ridge & Sons Racing in 2024. His commitment to this race team is above and beyond and we’re ready to contend for a Knoxville championship,” Brian Ridge, owner of the Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Folkens Brothers Trucking, STC, No. 87 sprint car, said. “We have a lot of laps at Knoxville, and if anyone deserves to earn a championship, it’s Aaron Reutzel. I’m anxious to see how things unfold.”

The 2024 Knoxville Raceway season is set to activate on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20; Friday will include multiple practice sessions with Saturday’s event featuring a full program. Reutzel and RSR will venture south to the Sunshine State prior to their slate in the Midwest, kicking things off with High Limit Sprint Car Series and 360 Sprint Car competition at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Mark Miller: mmiller8995@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Ridge & Sons Racing and Aaron Reutzel would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Commercial Edge, Ridge Development, North Ridge Development, Xpress Laundry, Folkens Brothers Trucking, Rasmusson Service Center, and Don Long & STC.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/83RSRRacing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSR_883
News coverage: www.fullyinjected.com

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Watch Knoxville Raceway online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series online at www.dirtvision.com.
Watch the High Limit Sprint Car Series online at www.floracing.com.

 

 

LIGUORI FRUSTRATED BUT DETERMINED TO GRAB RUMBLE VICTORY

With a Run of 16 Straight Starts, 3rd Generation Driver Isn’t Giving Up

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 3, 2023) – It isn’t for lack of effort or desire, but rather a lack of luck that third generation driver Joe Liguori hasn’t ventured into the Rumble in Fort Wayne victory circle. “I have been leaving the Rumble every year since 2007 saying, maybe one day I’ll win that race,” remarked the Lebanon, IN driver.

“Each year, as I mail in my entry form, I say to myself, maybe this is the year, and our team gets to work in preparation of the challenge,” continued Liguori.

He will get two more chances at the end of the month, when the annual indoor racing event returns to the massive Allen County War Memorial Coliseum December 29 and 30. He will be in the mix on the purpose-built concrete oval with his trusty Cliff Jacobs chassis that was built in 1990. The chassis has been highly modified and updated through the years to keep up with the competitive nature of indoor racing.

With a total of 30 Rumble appearances and 16 consecutive A-Main starts to his credit, Liguori’s stats reflect three top-three, eight top-five and 16 top-ten finishes. But when it comes to wins, the score remains at 0. The frustrations continued last year, as Liguori was handily leading the feature race and in strong contention for that elusive win until a collision with one of the infield marker tires ended his run.

“I was very upset at the time, but at the end of the night, I was back to being me – head up and smiling,” reflected Liguori. “I have tried nearly everything to change my luck, and it has become somewhat of a standing joke among my racing friends. This year, I had foam can coolers imprinted with ‘0X Rumble Winner’ on them. I sure hope they become outdated quickly.”

Following the footsteps of his popular grandfather, Ralphie ‘the racer’ and dad Frank, Joe is keeping the Liguori racing heritage moving forward. He will be taking the familiar ‘8up’ machine to Fort Wayne this month with sponsorship help from Sunshine Trailer Park, Power Cool Manufacturing, Indy Power Coating, Brand X, Penske Shocks and Keizer Wheels.

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.

Complete event information will be outlined at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

 

 

Talin Turner Tabbed as Series Director of Open Wheel within POWRi

Belleville, IL. (12/2/23) POWRi (Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc.) is pleased to announce the signing of Talin Turner as the Series Director of Open Wheel for the 2024 season and beyond.

“Turner's hiring marks an exciting chapter for POWRi as we continue to innovate and elevate our offerings in the world of open-wheel racing,” said POWRi Competition Director Jason McCord. “Working well together previously that provided a better flow for events, Talin has proved that his strategic insights and passion for the sport are poised to make a significant impact on the series' growth and success.”

Within this key leadership role, Talin Turner, of Bashor Kansas, will oversee the strategic direction and management of POWRi's Open Wheel series’, bringing extensive expertise and a fresh perspective to further elevate the organization's prominence in the world of motorsports.

"Joining POWRi as the Series Director of Open Wheel is an incredible opportunity," said Talin Turner. "I'm thrilled to continue to contribute to the growth and success of the series as well as the overall racing landscape and I look forward to working with the talented teams and drivers to enhance the experience for fans, sponsors, and participants alike."

As Series Director of Open Wheel, Turner will be responsible for aiding in all aspects of the Open Wheel side of POWRi, including race scheduling, regulations, driver relations, marketing initiatives, and fostering relationships with tracks and promoters.

"We are delighted to welcome Talin Turner to the POWRi family," stated POWRi’s Kenny Brown. "His proven track record and comprehensive understanding of the racing industry make him an ideal fit for this role to add a fresh face behind the scenes. After working together with the Salute to Service, I believe that Talin proved that his leadership will steer all the Open Wheel series’ to new heights, providing an unparalleled experience and connections for our drivers, teams, and fans while continually building up his own T2 Promotions."

T2 Promotions - T2 Promotions founded by Talin Turner, was created to bring the ultimate racing experience for participants and fans alike. Taking part in events from coast to coast, Turner has taken notes from some of the top facilities, series, and racing professionals. Add that to his extensive knowledge not only behind the wheel but in all aspects of race day preparation and execution, Turner looks to create some of the most memorable racing events across the Midwest. For more information about T2 Promotions and their events, search “T2 Promotions” on all leading social media platforms.

Follow along for more information on POWRi and items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Twitter & Instagram at @POWRi_Racing and Facebook at POWRi.

 

 

BRADEN CHIARAMONTE FINISHED HIS 2023 OUTDOOR SEASON AT MERCED AND VENTURA

(El Cajon, CA, November 29, 2023) Teenage racing star Braden Chiaramonte closed out the USAC Midget racing season last week with two races at the Merced Speedway and at the 82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Ventura Raceway. The three races were his 41st, 42nd, and 43rd of the 2023 campaign. They were his last speed contests until the 39th Annual Tulsa Shootout that runs from December 26th through the 31st.

For the final three races of the USAC Midget season, Chiaramonte was back behind the wheel of the Graunstadt Enterprises – Streeter Racing/Gary Silva Ranches/T&T Trucking/Spike/Stanton/SR 11X #14J. He came into the Merced races after placing 22nd in the main the previous Friday at the Placerville Speedway

Merced Speedway, November 21st

The El Cajon, California-based teen headed to Doug Lockwood’s always well-prepared Merced Speedway for the two nights of racing on November 21st and 22nd. Twenty-nine other cars showed up for the third to last USAC Midget race of the 2023 campaign. When time trials concluded, Chiaramonte had turned in the 15th fastest lap at 11.809. The goal in the heat races was to finish in the top five and go directly to the A main without having to run the B. That is just what the driver known as “Spare Change” did in the third 10 lapper. He placed fifth to make his second USAC National Midget main in three starts in 2023.

Chiaramonte lined up 15th in the talent-laden 23-car main event field that included World of Outlaw and USAC Sprint, Silver Crown, and Midget heroes. After 30 intense, high-speed laps, he brought the black and gold #14J home in 18th.

Merced Speedway, November 22nd

Night two at Merced saw 31 cars go to battle on the well-manicured 1/3 mile clay oval. Qualifying again kicked off the night and Chiaramonte cut .152 off his first night time with a lap of 11.657. Thursday’s heats only put the top four drivers straight into the main. Unfortunately, the talented teen ended up sixth in the second heat and unlike 24 hours earlier, he had to take on the B main for a chance to get into the A.

Except momentarily slipping back to seventh, Chiaramonte virtually held the sixth spot the entire distance to earn his passage into the 30-lap finale.

For the 30-lap main on the second night of “Midget Madness,” Chiaramonte started 17th. Despite slipping back to 20th early on, he came back to finish in the same spot as he started. That gave him three straight A main appearances in the toughest midget series on the planet.

Ventura Raceway, November 25

Chiaramonte’s outdoor season ended in Ventura at the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The prestigious race is the third oldest in the USA behind only the Indianapolis 500 and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. An enthusiastic sellout crowd was cheering from the grandstands and the race was streamed live on Flo Racing making it available to thousands of other fans around the world.

A strong 48-car field signed into the pits for the final race of the 2023 campaign. Chiaramonte’s time of 12.831 was the 39th best on the track that is located next to the beach on the Ventura County Fairgrounds. A ninth-place result in the first qualifying race meant that the 16-year-old driver would have to head to the B main in an effort to get one of the last four positions into the 98-lap finale.

The personable teen started 14th in the B. Getting entangled in someone else’s faux pas early on meant he had to go to the back for the restart. On a small track like Ventura, that is anything but good in a short (12-lap) race. Chiaramonte did the best he could in the limited time he had but the laps ticked off too fast. He got up to 13th by the time the checkered waved. That was not enough to get to the A main and his night was over.

The schedule slows down for the next few weeks before Chiaramonte heads to Oklahoma for the 39th Tulsa Shootout from December 26th through the 31st. While the driver and his crew will be away from the track, they will stay busy as they are working on marketing partnerships for the 2024 season. If you are interested in becoming a partner with one of the most talented and personable young drivers in motorsports please feel free to e-mail or call Daniel Chiaramonte at mailto:dchiaramonte@rtltraffic.com or (619) 988 7563.

Chiaramonte would like to thank all his sponsors who have made his racing efforts possible. RTL Traffic Control, AM Ortega, Hyper Racing, Chop Design, Adams Motors, Hacienda Casa Blanca Fine Mexican Dining, Evil Plus Injection, King Racing Products, Tiner-Hirst Enterprises, and Keizer Wheels.

 

 

HEARD LOOKING TO MAKE GAINS HEADING INTO 2024 SPRINT CAR SEASON
Article Credit: Tommy Goudge (TGoudge Communications)

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (December 2, 2023) - Baily Heard's sophomore season of racing in the 360 Sprint Car division is finished up, and the Heard Racing No. 70 team is already looking forward to 2024.

The 23-year-old driver from Niagara Falls entered 2023 looking to build on a solid rookie season; Heard finished 2022 on a high note by collecting his first top ten in 360 Sprint Cars and earning Rookie of the Nationals honours at Ohsweken Speedway's Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. The team races on a shoestring budget out of a garden shed affectionately known as the "shoebox shop," but showed early this season that they were capable of competing with anyone. Baily negotiated tricky track conditions to finish sixth, 11th, and seventh and sit fourth in the championship standings after the first three weeks of competition at Ohsweken.

The team carried the early-season momentum to Merrittville Speedway and took a fifth-place finish in the Gary Cunningham Memorial race with the Southern Ontario Sprints series. As spring turned into summer and drier, slicker track conditions prevailed, the team began to struggle.

"At the beginning of the year we had some good success with a couple top tens and then it got a little tough through the middle of the season," observed Heard. "We were struggling to find a good setup when the track got slick, but then got an opportunity when Steve Lyons bought us a new GSR frame and body. After that, we started fresh with a new setup and slowly started getting better again."

The team kept grinding and finished the season 11th in Ohsweken championship standings, then qualified for the A-Main on both nights of the Northern Sprint Car Nationals. Baily got through Saturday's NSCN B-Main and gained nine spots in the A-Main to finish 19th.

"Making the Nationals was great in the end, (after) having to race through the B-Main and finishing 11th overall for points was better than our past seasons," Heard said.

Baily's efforts over the course of the season did not go unnoticed, as he was chosen for the Most Improved Driver award at Ohsweken Speedway's annual banquet. The team is now working on improvements for the 2024 season and looking for additional marketing partners as well. Baily is looking forward to a full season with the team's new GSR chassis and continuing to build on their setup notes.

"I'm hoping to have more top tens next year and to start to be a lot more competitive with the new car and finding the right setups," said Heard. "It would also be nice to get some new motor upgrades, although it's tough to scrounge the money up for that. Overall, it was a good year and I'm excited for next year and to get better."

The Heard Racing No. 70 Team consists of driver Baily Heard and crew members Marty Heard, Karen Heard, Tom Huppunen, and Andy Leblanc, and currently competes in the 360 Sprint Car division at various dirt oval tracks across Southern Ontario. The team would like to thank all of their sponsors for their support, including Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Doddey Creek Agri-Services, Bell's Winery, Snap-On Luke Easton, True Steel Roofing , Pro Battery Shops, The Meat Shoppe, Landmark Home Solutions, Niagara Trailers, Home Portraits by Bobby Heard, New Generation Racing Engines, Ackland Insurance, and Gordco Tools. Please contact Baily at bh7029@outlook.com if you are interested in supporting the Heard Racing No. 70 Team in 2024.

 

 

HIGH LIMIT SPRINT CARS RETURN IN 2024 INCLUDING TWO-DAY COMMONWEALTH CLASH PLUS SILVER CUP XXXIII

Sarver, PA (December 1, 2023) The High Limit Racing Sprint Car Series will make its return to The Action Track for three amazing nights of racing featuring some of the best Sprint Car drivers in the world in 2024. Following a wildly successful inaugural race at last September's $50,000-to-win Commonwealth Clash, where David Gravel bested the star studded lineup, the series, now in it's second year, will triple the racing action at Lernerville in the coming season.

Their first appearance will take place on Wednesday, July 23 with the annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, which will once again reward the winner with $25,000 while bringing out some of the biggest names in Sprint Car racing both nationally and regionally. Then the action switches to September with the annual Commonwealth Clash which will now encompass two days starting on Friday, September 13 with a $10,000-to-win opening night and will offer $50,000 to the winner of night two on Saturday, September 14!

The High Limit Series completed a very successful first season of racing that saw Kyle Larson edge Rico Abreu to earn the inaugural points championship in 2023. This year the series add Brad Sweet, Jacob Allen and many more top level drivers to its touring roster in 2024 while attracting a great number of talented pilots from the area and beyond with its expanded 60 race touring schedule, covering 19 states and 36 tracks! Tickets for all High Limit Series races at Lernerville will be available at Lernerville.com. Once on sale, we will announce via our social media channels and website.

Be on the lookout on our website and social media channels as the complete 2024 Lernerville Speedway schedule of events will be available soon as we finish up the final details of what looks to be one of the finest seasons of racing in speedway history!

 

 

TRACK RECORD SPEEDS HIGHLIGHT OPENING NIGHT OF INAUGURAL RISKON360! OPEN WHEEL SHOWDOWN

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (November 30, 2023) – The highly anticipated opening Thursday night of the Riskon360! Open Wheel Showdown saw Winged Sprint Cars and Speed Tour Super Modified begin their on track action in search of record paydays at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Davey Hamilton, Jr. of Nampa, Idaho set a blistering lap in his Kirk Morgan Racing No. 14 Sprint Car, running an 11.887 second lap on the .375-mile oval at 113.579 miles per hour average. Hamilton led the nearly 50 Sprint Cars that took times throughout the two lightning-fast practice sessions.

“It’s intense. This track is intense. You can’t be full throttle, but you’re living on the edge in these cars here,” Hamilton said. “I went up and watched the other sprint cars go around the track – I couldn’t believe this is what I do for a living. These guys and girls are just absolutely talented. Our car is running good. Everything is going good so far.”

“Our team is so solid this year. This race is about having the best sprint cars drivers in the country competing for the most money ever. We have that this weekend for sure.”

2023 Pink Lady Classic winner Evan Margeson of Tacoma, Washington, Franklin, Mass.’s Bobby Santos III, Tyler Roahrig of Plymouth, Indiana, and 2023 Must See Sprint Car champion Jason Blonde of Litchfield, Michigan rounded out the second practice session top-five.

Blonde led the evening session with a 12.096 second lap. Temperatures fell into the evening and the night session saw speeds increasing considerably.

“This is what it’s all about. You live for this stuff. It’s an honor to race against all these great drivers,” Blonde said.

11-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton, Sr. topped the Speed Tour Super Modified proceedings at press time, driving down to a 12.168 second lap during the second session. 2023 Oswego Classic winner Dave Danzer was second fastest in the night session of cars which had recorded times.

Activity increases tremendously on Friday for the inaugural Riskon360! Open Wheel Showdown with practice for all three participating divisions: the $50,000 to win Winged Sprint Cars, $10,000 to win Midgets, and $5,000 to win Speed Tour Super Modifieds. Grandstands open at 12:30pm to witness all of the action. Winged Sprint Cars will have all important time trails at 2:45pm, which will set the grids for the six 12-lap heat races later that evening. Opening Ceremonies are set for 5pm followed by the heat races and the fast dash for the six heat race winners to du