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CARB/Coca Cola Night at I-35 Speedway Winston, MO!!!!!

August 18th, 2017

I-35 Speedway roars into action this Saturday Night with the very best in racing action as USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, Grand Nationals, Pure Stocks, E-Modifieds, Sport Compacts and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers all prepare to do battle. Coca Cola Night along with CARB Night as CARB Members gets in free with a paid membership. Kaster Driver Appreciation Honors will be awarded and great racing action all this Saturday!!!

Trackside Bar & Grill will be open fore, during and after the racing serving up your favorites with mouthwatering specials to satisfy any hunger. Beer will be ice cold and refreshing with funnel cakes sweet and tasty with your choice of toppings. For those in the pits, Kayce will be serving her world famous Walking Tacos that are second to none along with other great delicacies.

Grandstand Gates open at 5 pm, Hot Laps at 6:15 pm with great racing action at 7 pm!

Make those plans now to be at I-35 Speedway this Saturday Night where there is always more, “Dirt Trackin at its Best”!

ABC Raceway Announces Purse Increase for 42nd Red Clay Classic

August 18th, 2017

Ashland, WI — The Board of Directors of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association has recently announced that it has approved a significant increase to the overall purse for the 42nd annual Red Clay Classic, to be held at the ABC Raceway on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30.

The increase, set at approximately $4,000, will boost the total estimated payout for the popular event to over $90,000, further solidifying the Classic as one of the highest-paying dirt-track stock car racing events in the Upper Midwest. Upwards of 200 WISSOTA-sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds from up to five states and midwestern Canada are expected to compete at the northern Wisconsin three-eighths-mile oval for a share of this generous purse during the region’s traditional racing season finale.

Due to this effort to continue to promote the Red Clay Classic as one of the most prestigious events on the racing calendar, the 50-lap Late Model feature will now pay $5,000 to win, while first place in the 35-lap Modified A-main is worth $3,500. The 30-lap Super Stock feature winner will receive a $2,500 check, and first place after 25 laps in the Midwest Mods main event is worth $1,200. All four winner’s-share payouts are Raceway records for the respective divisions.

“Our Red Clay Classic has not only been one of the most anticipated race events over the past few seasons, but it’s also been one of the most successful, both for our track and for the competitors,” Raceway president Eric Erickson stated during the announcement. “We want to share in our success with our drivers and fans, and so we have completed some upgrades to the facility that we feel fans will appreciate, and we have increased our purse, which we know the drivers will appreciate.

“It’s a win-win for everyone. We want to do all we can to continue to promote the Red Clay Classic as one of the best race events around.”

The weekend schedule will include all heat races on that Friday and semi-feature and feature races on Saturday. Other tentative activities include live music and dancing at the track on Friday night, a scramble golf tournament on Saturday morning, and special sales throughout the Historic Downtown Ashland business district, plus additional activities throughout the community.

Reservations are now being accepted for seating, on-site camping and pit spots for the Classic. Adult grandstand tickets are available at $22 for Friday’s program and $25 for Saturday; fans can purchase a two-day pass for just $42. For kids ages 6-12 tickets are $12 each night, while a two-day kids’ pass is just $20. A reserved seat can be purchased with any two-day pass for an additional $10 charge; reserved seats are not available with single-day ticket purchases.

A limited number of reserved primitive camping sites on the Raceway grounds is available at $30 for the weekend. There is also camping available on the privately-owned property to the east of the track for a fee, but those sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are available through the Raceway for those sites.

To buy tickets or to save a seat or on-track-property campsite, fans can call (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only), send an e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com, or inquire at the grandstand ticket window during any of the remaining regular-season Saturday race nights at the track through August 26.

Reserved pit spots are just $30 each and available by calling (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or by e-mailing to tickets@abcraceway.com.

Information regarding access times to the grounds, pits and grandstands, start times for hot laps and racing, and other activities will be released shortly.

Prior to each night’s race program, “Z-93 Race Night” will provide up-to-date track news and weather information live from the Raceway on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and online at www.wbszfm.com. The broadcast times will be announced at a later date.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional event information is available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. Additional Ashland area community information is available by visiting www.visitashland.com.

Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash at I-35 Speedway!!

August 18th, 2017

The aromas of I-35 Speedway changed this past weekend, August 11 and 12, 2017 as the 2nd Annual Smokin’ Trackside Barbeque Bash was held. A normal aroma is the smell of racing fuel as the powerful engines of the racing machines take to the track on Saturday night. A new aroma permeated the track beginning Friday as the smell of brisket, chicken, ribs, and pork cooking in the smokers of various Kansas City Barbeque Society competitors invaded the track. Racing and BBQ, what can be more American?

Friday night events include music by AJ Gaither One Man Band and a People’s Choice BBQ event where teams voluntarily cooked chicken wings sponsored to the track in a non KCBS sanctioned event. The wings were then taken to the Trackside Bar and Grill where the general public sampled the various cooked wings and voted for their favorite. Congratulations to Turn 2 Pit Crew for winning this very tight race by one vote over two other tied teams.

Saturday the twenty-five (25) Barbeque Competitors began turning in their brisket, chicken, ribs, and pork to the palates of the judges. Missouri Governor Greitens issued a proclamation declaring this event as a state qualifier barbeque competition. Having this proclamation meant the Grand Champion of the Smokin Trackside BBQ contest receives an automatic entry in the Jack Daniel’s World Championship and the American Royal Invitational BBQ contests. The American Royal Competition will be held at Kansas Speedway over Labor Day weekend.

Congratulations to the Dirt Road BBQ earning the Grand Champion Award with a score of 709.120. Reserve Grand Champion Slaps was on their heels with a score of 708.5716. Third place was Sublime BBQ with a 706.8572. In the four categories, Dirt Road BBQ was first in chicken, Getting Basted was first in Pork Ribs, Slaps BBQ was first in Pork, and SublimeBBQ, for the second straight year, claimed the first prize in brisket. Special mention for assist of the weekend goes to 913 BBQ who loaned a vehicle to Sublime BBQ so they could make the event.

I-35 Speedway thanks Rich and Bunny Tuttle for being the KCBS representatives for this event and all the teams for participating. At the beginning of the awards ceremony, I-35 Speedway owners Mike and Kyle Johnson announced they are looking forward to the 3rd Annual Smokin Trackside Barbeque on the same weekend in 2018. The 2018 contest will be limited to the first 35 teams registering for the event. J D Green
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US 36 Raceway, the Place to be this Friday Night!!!!

August 18th, 2017

Great racing action at US 36 Raceway as ASCS Sprint Cars invades the high banks with winged action like no other!!! Big pay day will bring out the big names and car numbers as we prepare for this special night of racing action feels the ground shake and the engines roar as the heart pounding racing unfolds!!!!

USRA Stock Cars will be in action with $500 to win with big names of the sport committed to being in attendance including but not limited to Brett Heeter, Dean Wray, Anthony Whitham, Matthew Lance, Tobin Bartlett, Kevin Anderson, Alvie Christofferson, Mich Ross, Jason Estes, Calvin Teel, Jeb Hays, Sam Scott, Aaron Sauter, Gerald Wahwahsuck, Brad Whitney, Thomas Roberts, Ramon Ortega, Greg Gilbert, Greg Keuhn and many more!!!! Come see the very best in USRA Stock Car action at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track this Friday Night!!!!!

Pure Stock will also be in action as the last feature was won by Cletus Murray by mere inches over C J Turner as they raced side by side to the line! Always a good field of cars and great drivers for your racing entertainment!!!

E-Modifieds have proven the youth movement alive and well as Austin Bouzek at 15 years of age, has parked in Lake Road Warehouse Winners Circle four times in 2017 and 12 year old Cade Richards chalked up his first ever feature win two weeks ago! Always exciting and packed full of side by side racing to the checkers so make those plans now to attend.

Loaded Agenda Saturday Night at Jennerstown Speedway Complex

August 18th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) This Saturday, August 19, on Martella’s Pharmacies Night at the Races, fans will get much more than just high speed stock car competition. An exhibition of vintage and antique race cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR.org) will allow spectators to get an up-close look at the machines that forged racing history in our region. Plus, round three of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series will follow the five division stock car racing – a 75 lap event that will launch from a “standing start,” in rows four-cars-wide. General admission tickets will be FREE to CDL drivers, as FFX Trucking presents “Free CDL Night,” offering anyone with a valid Commercial Driver’s License complimentary admission for the CDL holder and one guest. Also, kids in attendance will have the chance to perform a simulated milking, as a “repli-cow” will be setup on the Jennerstown Midway all evening, courtesy of the Allied Milk Producers.

Both categories of stock cars, and open-wheel race cars from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s will be on display before the races, thanks to the EMMR touring exhibit. But, this is not just a “show” of glorious machines – the cars will get “track time” for a demonstration on the Jennerstown oval. Coupes, Sprints, Stock Cars, and Supermodifieds are all part of most exhibits, as the tour travels the Eastern U.S. Many local and travelling antique race cars are expected on Saturday, from both dirt track origins and asphalt racing history.

The Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series has produced some memorable moments in the first two rounds of action during 2017. In round two, the win was decided by a pass for the lead on the 75th and final lap! All prior Enduros at Jennerstown have started just like a stock car race: side-by-side, rolling starts, with competitors taking the green flag in rows of two. Saturday, the starting format changes, and all drivers will be parked at a stand-still, in rows of four cars, door-to-door. When the green flag waves, the drivers will need to launch from the starting line on the front straight, and accelerate into the first turn, without the momentum of a rolling start.

FFX Trucking, of Windber, PA is treating all CDL drivers to a complimentary night at Jennerstown Speedway. Earlier this year, FFX donated hundreds of dollars to local Fire Departments who were present for Jennerstown Speedway’s “First Responders Night.” As FFX returns this Saturday, any driver presenting a valid CDL at the ticket gates, will be granted free admission, along with free admission for one guest of each CDL holder.

Allied Milk Producers have a unique opportunity for all the youngsters in attendance on Saturday. A “milking experience” will be provided, using a state-of-the-art repli-cow, that simulates the milking process. The life-sized, talking cow will be setup along the Jennerstown Midway when the gates open at 4pm.

Racing action begins at 6pm on Martella’s Pharmacies Night with five divisions of stock car racing: Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders

Busy Week For Sweeney Rush Late Model Touring series with McKean County Fair Race Thursday

August 17th, 2017

(Pulaski, PA)…After coming off a successful “Jook George Steel City Classic” event on Saturday at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance will continue its busy stretch with events Thursday at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. followed by Sunday at Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa. for “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance. Race time is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Thursday will be a $1,500 to-win Platinum Tour event. This will be the seventh straight year being part of the annual McKean County Fair race. Past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2011), Max Blair (2012), Mike Pegher, Jr. (2013), Bryce Davis (2014), rain (2015), and Jeremy Wonderling (2016). Will there be a sixth different winner in as many events on Thursday night!?

This year, McKean has completed five Sweeney Weekly Series events. Max Blair has won in both of his two starts, while John Waters, Steve LeBarron, and Brad Mesler have also earned victories. McKean has a $1,000 to-win make-up event Weekly Series event on Thursday, September 29 part of opening night of the “Fall Classic” before the $2,500 to-win Sweeney Tour event on September 30-October 1.

“It’s a privilege to again be able to compete at the McKean County Fair,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “There’s always a great crowd and atmosphere for this event. We always enjoy our trips to McKean and this will serve as the final tune-up for the popular Fall Classic, which is less than two months away. Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates.”

Over the years, Emig has strategically scheduled “Manufacturers Night” at various speedways throughout the region to ensure that all RUSH racers get an opportunity to participate in the event at some point. Sunday marks the sixth annual “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance. Emig also ensures that each racer at the events walk away with an item valued at the very minimum of $300.

Past locations with car counts in parentheses are Sharon Speedway in 2012 (57), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in 2013 (40), McKean County Raceway in 2014 (43), Eriez Speedway in 2015 (47), and a record 58 cars last year at Tri-City. The average car count has been 49! As the Series has grown so has the value of “Manufacturers Night”; the inaugural event in 2012 distributed $20,000; the 2017 edition will exceed over $36,000 in contingencies alone plus the $2,000 to-win “Marquee” Event purse!

The two major $1,000+ prizes Sunday valued include four F3 Tornado Brake Calipers from TBM Brakes ($1,800) and a full custom driver’s suit from Velocita-USA ($1,000). Sylvan Easler, the owner of longtime Series sponsor, Alternative Power Sources, has been involved with Manufacturers Night since its inception in 2012 when it began as just as Late Model event. Easler has annually posted one of the most valuable prizes, a Yamaha generator valued at $2,200. This year, Easler will also expand his product distribution to not only the Late Models, but also the Sportsman Mods
and the Pro Stocks posting three Yamaha Power washers valued at $790 each!

Other companies such as MSD, Holley, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Lincoln Electric, ARbodies, Jones Racing Products, On Time Body & Graphics, and Classic Ink have stepped up to offer major prizes. The complete list of prizes to date is posted below.

“It has always been my goal to make sure every racer receives a useful and valuable product on this night.” said Emig. “Every racer has the same chance of winning all of the items posted through a random draw. There have been instances over the years where a racer who may not have fared so well in the actual touring event that night left the facility with more value than the driver who actually won the race. It’s really great to see everyone go home with something you know they can utilize in their racing efforts.” ”

“We are blessed with numerous nationally recognized and regional corporate marketing partners who believe not only in RUSH, but the various concepts that have helped us build the Series,” continued Emig. “Being able to award tens of thousands of dollars in actual product via our sponsors directly into the hands of our racers in the long run helps RUSH stay healthy and viable. This concept provides a trickledown effect to all of our RUSH partners, racers, speedways, and of course our sponsors who through everyone’s efforts along with their own continue to have race cars to sell their products to; our Manufacturers Nights simply would not be possible without their support. In fact, this year over $110,000 will be distributed at our Series’ Manufacturers Nights. Winchester will host the new ‘traveling’ MFG Night on Saturday for racers in the Mid-Atlantic Region with over $13,000 of prizes.”

Bryce Davis enters the week with a 14-point lead on defending Sweeney Tour Champion, John Waters. Davis has reeled off six consecutive top five finishes, but has actually been outdone by Waters’ seven straight; however, Davis has beaten Waters at the last four events to build his point lead. Last year’s McKean County Fair winner, Jeremy Wonderling, is touring for the first time and sits third in points with two victories this season. Brian Knowles has taken a one-point lead on his brother Jason in the fourth place battle. Brian Swank, J.J. Mazur, Mike Pegher, Jr., Jamie Wrightsman, Tony White, Eric Wilson, and Kyle Murray complete the top 12 points-paying positions. Thursday’s event at McKean will be a pill draw for heat race starting spots and a redraw for the top so many feature positions with the K&N “Cold Air Induction”

Dash results filling the next four positions. FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat” will be utilized on Sunday at Tri-City meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25. The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place. The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats. Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.

RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award each night for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used on Sunday. RACEceivers are always mandatory on the default 454.000 channel. There will be a $75 entry fee on Thursday and a $100 entry fee on Sunday. Pit passes are $35 each night ($8 for fair admission and $27 pit passes Thursday).

Pits open early on Thursday with passes going on sale at 4:30 p.m. Warm-ups are slated for approximately 7:10 p.m. followed by racing at 7:30. On Sunday, Pits open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups slated for 5:20 followed by Late Model qualifying at 5:45 and racing at 6. McKean County Raceway is a 1/3-mile dirt track located at the McKean County Fairgrounds in East Smethport, Pa. at the intersections of Route 6 and 46. For more information on McKean County Raceway, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/McKeanCountyFair or their website at www.mckeancountyfair.net.. The fair number is 814-887-5361.

Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

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 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Supersized Silver Crown Car Count Expected at Springfield Saturday

August 17th, 2017

Five past “Bettenhausen 100″ winners headline the expected list of entrants for this Saturday’s 81st appearance of champ car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Kody Swanson leads the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS standings coming into the Springfield Mile August 19. Swanson arrives as the winner of the two most recent editions of the “Bettenhausen 100″ in 2014 and 2015. Swanson picked up his third win of the season last Saturday night on the Salem (Ind.) Speedway high-banked paved oval. His 18th win moved the Kingsburg, Calif. native into sole possession of second on the series’ all-time win list ahead of Brian Tyler.

Four of Tyler’s 17 career Silver Crown victories came at the “Bettenhausen 100″ in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. The Pleasant Garden, North Carolina resident will wheel a car for Illinois owner Robert Galas.

Three-time “Bettenhausen 100″ winner Dave Darland is sixth on USAC’s Silver Crown win list with 14 wins, three of which came at Springfield in 1997, 1999 and 2003 for car owner Galen Fox. This Saturday, he and Phillips Motorsports, who’ve scored 17 USAC National Sprint Car wins together, shoot for their first Silver Crown victory as a team.

Darland’s potential three-race win streak at Springfield was denied in 1998 by Peru, Indiana’s Russ Gamester who, at 190 Silver Crown starts, is second all-time – one behind leader Tyler and one ahead of Darland. The 1989 USAC National Midget champ owns victories in all three USAC national divisions throughout his decorated racing career as he guns for Springfield win number two in the familiar red No. 51.

Among the Illini contingent is two-time “Bettenhausen 100″ winner A.J. Fike, who won in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. The Galesburg driver will be pulling double-duty this weekend at Springfield aboard the RFMS Racing No. 3 Silver Crown car on Saturday and his ARCA Stock Car ride on Sunday.

Fike is among 11 Illinois natives expected to compete Saturday on the Mile, including defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois and northern Illinois car owner Gene Kazmark, who are both looking for their first triumphs at Springfield. Windom won the last series race held in Illinois on Labor Day Weekend 2016 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, but has yet to win at Springfield.

The same story goes for Elkhart’s Chris Urish and Benton’s Shane Cockrum as well. Urish (2013) and Cockrum (2014 & 2015) have both won at the one-mile neighbor to the south in Du Quoin, but seek their firsts at Springfield. Shane Cottle, originally from Illinois, but now residing in Kokomo, Ind., has a Du Quoin win on his resume, but Springfield has eluded him thus far.

Though, not hailing from Illinois, Germantown, Tennessee’s Jeff Swindell has won on both the Indy and Du Quoin one-mile dirt ovals in his career. The third jewel of a Triple Crown of sorts awaits the veteran driver of Mark Swanson’s No. 21.

Additional Illinois entries include series veterans Terry Babb (Decatur), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Patrick Bruns (Champaign), Zach Daum (Pocahontas), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), Joey Moughan (Springfield), David Shain (Sullivan) and Korey Weyant (Springfield).

USAC champions taking their shot at a first Springfield win this Saturday are Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons, Jr., a 2008 Silver Crown titlist; five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champ Damion Gardner of Concord, California and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.

Ione, California’s Justin Grant very well could follow Bacon as the next USAC National Sprint Car champ this season, but the current points leader still eyes his first Silver Crown win of any kind on Saturday.

The “Bettenhausen 100″ schedule begins at 7am when pit gates open. Grandstands open at 9am, drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice at 10am-11:10am, ProSource Qualifying at 11:30am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm and the 100-lap main event at 2pm.

Advanced adult tickets are $25. Day of Race Adult 12 and older tickets are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35. Children pit passes (11 and under) are $20. Infield tickets for adults are $20.00. Children 6-11 are $5. Children under 5 are FREE!

Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the “Bettenhausen 100″ beginning a day after the event on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

Close championship chases as Weekly Racing Series action resumes Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Season-championship battles are in the home stretch at Lucas Oil Speedway as action resumes Saturday night with the next-to-last Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series event of the season.

TA/Petro Stopping Centers along with the Ozarks CW & Ozarks Sports Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night, with food and drink specials all night along with giveaways of TA/Petro items.

“We appreciate our fans and this is just a way to give them a little extra thanks for supporting us,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The racing this season has been tremendous and we have some terrific battles shaping up for the division championships.

“We hope everyone comes out Saturday for what’s sure to be a fun night. Thanks to TA-Petro and the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone for their support.”

On the track, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured with a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event. “Racing Principal” Jason Pursley will be looking to protect a narrow 16-point lead over three-time reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw.

Pursley, in his 14th year as principal at Hickory County R-1 Skyline-Urbana Elementary, is seeking his first Lucas Oil Speedway season championship.

“It’s hard not to think about it,” Pursley said of the championship chase. “Jeff took off a week (last month) and that’s the only reason we’re in the lead, but we’re still running good. It’s hard not to think about it because we’ve finished second about six or seven times.

“It’s still tight,” Pursley added of the points battle. “Anything can happen. But if we run good for two weeks, then it should take care of itself.”

Pursley has used consistency to climb to the top of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified battle, with six top-five finishes and a pair of second-place runs, including a runner-up run to Eric Turner the last time out on July 29. The Hermitage resident in his second season driving a GRT for Tom Campbell Racing.

“We’ve been doing it with our backup motor,” Pursley said. “We hurt our good motor, then got off a little bit in the middle of the year. We found out what the problem was (with the set-up) and have been running consistent.

“When Tom bought this car last year, it was first time I drove a GRT, and it took a little adjusting. You never know about race cars. They can be finicky creatures. But hopefully we’re edging in the right direction.”

There are other tight points battles. Andy Bryant is 21 in front of Shawn Strong in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, Aaron Poe is seven ahead of Johnny Fennewald in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models and Toby Ott is 86 clear of Kenny Carroll in the Big O Tires Street Stocks chase.

The Show-Me Vintage Racing Car Club will visit the midway. Along with the food and drink specials, TA/Petro items will be given away during the evening, including t-shirts, can koozies, hats and key chains.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and opening ceremonies at 7:35.

Ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

TA and Petro Stopping Centers is the largest full-service travel center company in the United States, serving professional drivers and motorists alike.

For more information and to find a location near you, visit www.TA-Petro.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

I-35 Speedway to open their Parking Lot for the Solar Eclipse!!

August 17th, 2017

I-35 Speedway is going dark! Yes, we are part of the 70 mile wide swath of the United States on August 21, 2017. The moon’s shadow will be racing across I-35 Speedway at 1900 miles an hour. So, for two minutes and seventeen seconds on that Monday around 1:09 P.M., the Speedway will turn dark, temperatures will drop, and we can observe the aurora of the sun. Being as we are in a great location to view the total eclipse, I-35 Speedway will be available for parking for a nominal fee of $25 per car load. Want to spend the night, primitive camping (no hook ups) is available for $50 a night.

Additionally, we will have the Trackside Bar and Grill open where you can come for breakfast or lunch and get your preferred spot before the event starts. The Trackside Bar and Grill will have eclipse based specials.

Tommy Kosinski Wins Super Sportsman Special! Scott, Bossard, and Hall Find Victory Lane For 1st Time in 2017!

August 17th, 2017

On a night for the fans, they were greeted with perfect weather, and a great night of racing. There were many “firsts” for the drivers as well. Ryan Scott picked up his first ever Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro Mod feature win as Darrell Bossard picked up his first win of 2017 in the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature. Jason Genco was able to park his sharp looking 29J in victory lane in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model class. Greg Johnson picked up the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod win, Brandon Groters won the Wellington Log Homes Street Stock finale, and Roger Hall won the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challenger feature. It was Tommy Kosinski picking up the Super Sportsman Special event to continue his great season thus far.

The first feature event of the night was the Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro Mods. New York’s Steve Dixon led the first five laps of the race with Jason Covey hot on his tail in second. Before the completion of lap six, the caution flew for points leader, Dennis Lunger Jr., spinning to a stop. On the ensuing restart, the 18 car of Chad Carlson was penalized one row for jumping the start. Carlson’s bad luck would continue as he would get in a pile-up with Brian Mohawk and Dennis Hagg Jr in turn two after the race went back to green. The yellow flag would again after only one more lap was completed for another incident in turn two; this time, involving the 4Q of Jarrod Silvis. The top five at the time was Dixon continuing to lead, Matt Harvey second, Covey third, with Brian Hartzell and Ryan Scott rounding it out. Scott would move into fourth and Lunger would enter the top five before Hagg Jr came to a stop on the front stretch on lap nine. The great racing continued with a four wide battle out of turn two for the second position. Ryan Scott would prevail with the position, followed by Lunger continuing his charge from the back in third. By lap fourteen, Scott was pressuring Dixon for the race lead. Cars would bottle up with the end result being another spin by the 71L of Lunger in the middle of turns three and four. Scott would grab the lead shortly after the race returned to green with Harvey following him into second position. Scott went onto win his first ever RUSH Pro Mod feature, with Harvey, Scott Gurdak, Lunger Jr, and early race leader Dixon rounding out the top five. Heat winners were Lunger and Covey.

Greg Johnson led the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods from the pole for twenty laps of action. He quickly jumped out to an early lead and set a fast pace. By lap seven, he was already into lapped traffic, with Justin Carlson, John Woodward, Joel Watson, and Butch Southwell battling for the next four positions. Quickly after entering lapped traffic, the caution flew for the 38H of Brodie Hill spinning at the exit of turn four. Following the restart, Carlson got side by side with Johnson for the lead. Slight contact was made between the two cars, which opened the door for Woodward to take over the top spot from third position. The 38H machine Hill again spun coming out of four, freezing the field. Shortly after the caution came out for Hill; Butch Southwell, John Boyd, Troy Johnson, and Mike Kinney piled up in turn two. Under caution, Carlson began to smoke heavily, and retired to the pits. With nine to go, the top three were battling hard for the lead. Eventually, Greg Johnson would extend his lead, while Watson battled with Brewer for second. Brewer would prevail. Josh Ferry entered the top four by passing Shawn Shingledecker, while Woodward brought home fifth. Heat winners were Brewer, Troy Johnson, and Watson.

Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models were led to green by the 29J of Jason Genco and the 0 of Ryan Scott. After the completion of one lap, Nathan Earle and Dylan Goodman tangled in turn four. After going back to green, Genco was able to lead the second lap as the rest of the field stayed double file with great racing action from the front all the way to the back. Genco would continue to extend his lead through five laps complete as Ryan Scott, Wyatt Scott, Max Blair, and Paul Norman rounded out the top five. At halfway, the top five remained the same with Wyatt battling his cousin Ryan for the second spot. With only five laps remaining, Darrell Bossard entered the top five as the rest of the top five cars battled through lapped traffic. Wyatt would finally secure the second spot with one lap to go, as Goodman would again come to a stop, setting up a one lap shootout for the win. Blair made it three-wide with both Scotts for second position coming out of turn two. At the checkers, it was Genco, Blair, Wyatt, Ryan, and Bossard. Heat winners were Genco and Dennis Lunger Jr.

After winning his heat race earlier in the evening, Damian Bidwell sat on the point for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models. Damian was sporting a #15 on the side of his car for a racing friend who had recently lost his life. Once the race was green, Bossard would secure first position as David Scott used the high side to fly into second place. Rich Gardner came to a stop in the middle of one and two to bring out the first caution of the event. Bossard got too low in turn one and David Scott would take advantage, bolting into the lead after the restart. Jacob Finnerty and Bidwell made it a three car battle with Bossard for second, as Scott continued to pull away. John Volpe moved into the fourth spot as Finnerty used the high side to take over second. Volpe continued his charge to the front with by passing both Bossard and Finnerty. By lap twenty one, Scott’s lead was cut from 2.5 seconds to 1.3 seconds as Volpe continued to be the fastest car on the track. Scott made contact with lapped traffic, collecting the leader, Volpe who was second, Rick Tripodi, Rich Gardner, and Breyton Santee. Finnerty inherited the lead with Bossard, Bidwell, Max Blair, and Dutch Davies your new top five with only four laps remaining. The new leader Finnerty pulled off under caution, before the race would return to green. Bossard, the new leader, went onto win his first super late model feature of 2017 with Blair, Bidwell, Davies, and Bump Hedman your top five. Heat winners were Bidwell and Nathan Hill.
The showcase event of the season for the Super Sportsman was next with Michael and Ted Kosinski leading the pack to the green flag. Tommy Kosinski moved his way into second by the completion of lap two. By the completion of lap four, Tommy Kosinski was the new leader. At lap six, it was Tommy Kosinski leading Dan Nocero, Michael Kosinski, Ted Kosinski, and Jim Kibbe. Nocero started pressuring Kosinski for the lead as Ted Kosinski and Kibbe moved past Michael Kosinski for third and fourth position. With three lap remaining, Brian Larson spun to a stop, collecting the top five cars of Ted Kosinski and Jim Kibbe. On the restart, the new top five was Tommy Kosinski, Nocero, Michael Kosinski, Ron Burgun, and Steve Longo. Nocero continued to pressure Tommy Kosinski for the top spot but his last lap pass attempt would come up short. Ted Kosinski, Jim Kibbe, and Ron Burgun filled out the rest of the top five. Heat winners were Kibbe and Nocero.

Brian Crandall and Dave Shagla were on the point for the Wellington Log Homes Street Stock feature. After only one lap, third place car Michael Reed lost the handle in turn three, bringing out the yellow. Anthony Marotto, John Boardman, and Brandon Groters were the current top five. On the ensuing restart, Groters would move into third, and then make it three wide for the lead at the flagstand on the following lap for the lead. After Groters got by Crandall and Shagla, they would tangle on lap three, bringing out the second caution of the event. It took three attempts at a restart before we would finally see some green flag laps. On lap four, Boardman was side by side with Groters for first. Boardman was unable to complete the pass as Kyle Couchenour, Gary Fisher, and Marotto were the remaining top five cars. On lap nine, Reed came to stop again for another yellow. After early trouble, Shagla moved into fourth, with Boardman again getting his nose under Groters for the top spot. Groters used momentum off the high side to protect his lead. Another caution would slow the field before Boardman would bobble trying to get the lead, allowing Shagla to make it a three car battle for first. Coming out of turn two, Boardman and Shagla made contact, resulting in both cars to make hard contact with the wall. Before the field could return to green, their time limit was reached, and Groters was declared your winner. Fisher, Couchenour, Marotta, and Bill Applebee was the rest of your top five. Heat winners were Shagla, Boardman, and Groters.

Dylan Greene and Jasmine Markham were the top two starters for the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challenger finale. Roger Hall took over first place just before halfway and Brandon Huffman would challenge him over last few laps for the top spot. Huffman would come up short as Hall went onto win his first feature of the 2017 season at Stateline. Rory Houser, Chris Horton, and Andy Proper finished out the top five positions. Heat winners were Proper, Kevin Covell, and Huffman.

Five Qualify for the WISSOTA Race of Champions at Eagle Valley

August 17th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin –The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the WISSOTA ROC qualifier sponsored by American Heros/River Country COOP. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were all in action. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Jeff Brauer, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and William Voeltz.

The Modified heats were won by Mike Anderson and Kevin Adams as Adams used the draw – redraw format of the evening to start from the outside of the front row of the feature. Adams quickly took control at the drop of the green as Anderson raced from sixth to second to give chase. Mike Knopps looked very good running in third position as eighth starting Nick Koehler raced to fourth. A spinning Jason Richardson reset the field and Anderson chose the outside of row two on the restart. Anderson pulled even with Adams for the lead in the corners, but Adams had better traction getting off the turns and maintained the point.

A Dave Baxter spin slowed the action and on the restart, there was a multicar crash as they came off turn four coming to the green. A red flag stopped the race and Jake Miller was a victim of the circumstances and the only car unable to continue. The restart saw Adams in control as he drove the remainder of the race unchallenged to the checkered flag. Anderson searched every groove to find a quicker way around the speedway and he too finished well ahead of third. Knopps, Koehler, and a recovering Baxter rounded out the top five.

Tommy Richards and Jeff Brauer won the Super Stock heats and it was Brauer, starting third on the field, leading every lap of the main event. Brauer was glued to the low side as scorched the field. Richards raced to second from sixth as Wayne Dean moved to third. As the race wore on, Richards tried various lines to catch the leader, but Brauer was too tough. Meanwhile, seventh starting Dan Nissalke overtook Dean for third.

As Sam Fankhauser was being put a lap down, he spun in turn four and nearly collected second position, Richards. On the restart, Richards mounted a charge and worked the middle of the track to pressure Brauer, but Brauer withstood all thrown his way. As Brauer retook secure control of the race, it was Nissalke who continued to attack and overtook Richards for second. At the line, Dean finished fourth and Troy Fransway had a fine run into fifth.

Four heats of Midwest Modifieds were won by Shane Halopka, Steve Haas, Clark Swartz, and Michael Truscott and set the table for an amazing feature. Swartz and Jake Smith paced the field but it was third starting Nick Koehler leading the first circuit using the low line to gain the front position. The first of five cautions resulting in Darren Olesiak being sent to the rear for a spinning Jason Vokovan. Vokovan, spun again after the restart, and he too was sent to the rear. Under green, Michael Truscott began his strong move for the lead moving into third, and then second to try to challenge for the win.

A spinning Jay Richardson reset the field and the restart saw a multicar crash in turn four as they were trying to finish the initial lap back under green. Koehler was fast on the high side as Truscott ran very strong down low. Coming to the white flag, Truscott successfully completed a slide job for the lead but Koehler wasn’t interested in second position and he made cross over move to retake the point. As the leaders were bearing down on the final turns of the event, Jason Olson spun in front of them and they were able to tightly squeeze past between him and the wall.

The restart of the event was a green, white, checkered run as Halopka joined the fray. As Truscott pulled even on another slider, Halopka got a good run to make it three wide coming to the white flag. On the final circuit, Koehler led as Halopka took control of second and the two raced side by side for the win. It was Koehler in a very close finish over Halopka as Truscott shadowed them in their wake in third. Swartz and Denny Cutsforth rounded out the top five as Richardson had moved back through the field to finish sixth.

The Street Stock heats were won by Danny Richards and Michael Knudtson as Richards passed Braden Brauer and Knudtson on the second lap of the feature and never looked back on his way to the win. Knudtson overtook Brauer and ran alone in second the remaining distance as Brauer raced in third. Ron Hanestad, who pressured at points for third, settled for fourth at the checkered flag, and Travis Hazelton finished fifth.
George Richards and Dean Pronschinske won Pure Stock heats, but it was Richards early and often has he lead every lap of the race, winning by a straightaway. One caution slowed the action as Nicholas Hazelton was spun by James Thur. Patrick Smith, Tyler Wahlstrom, a late charging Cole Hill, and Dean Pronschinske finished in the top five.

William Voeltz and Chad Prissel won the Hornet heats and Kasey Gross was the early leader of the feature as Chad Prissel set chase. A lone yellow flag flew for a hard crash into the turn two wall as Scott Westaby’s night was over and Brian Uthe was called for the foul. Back under green, Chad Prissel worked under Gross in an attempt to take the lead and Dan Prissel moved in to make it a three wide affair. It was Dan Prissel taking control as the other two raced hard for second. William Voeltz took advantage of the battle and moved to make it three wide for second. Voeltz was able to clear his way into the position and tried to track down the leader. At the white flag, Voeltz made it a side by side battle for the lead and the two raced door to door for the final circuit. It was Voeltz by a fender at the checkered over Dan Prissel as Kasey Gross secured third over Chad Prissel. Colin Nyseth finished in the fifth position.

The Eagle Valley Speedway returns August 20, 2017, for the 16th Annual Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Krug’s Towing, Lisa Leu, Baxter Engines, and Baxter’s Speed Shop. All classes will be on the card. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Boone River Bayou hits Hamilton County Speedway Aug. 15-16

August 16th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa -The biggest race of the summer is coming to the Hamilton County Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, for the inaugural Boone River Bayou races.

The nation’s best drivers in four big classes will be battling for some incredible paydays at the historic half-mile in Webster City, Iowa.

On Tuesday, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will hit the dirt with double qualifying events, King of the Hill match races and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Then on Wednesday, the United States Modified Touring Series joins the party with a pivotal clash during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental plus last-chance races and main events for the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Each class will battle for a top prize of $3,000 on Wednesday night with a possible $5,000 payoff to each winner when the checkered flag waves.

Tuesday, Aug. 15:
Pit Gate – 4:00 p.m.
Grandstands – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Laps – 7:00 p.m.
Racing – 7:30 p.m.
Adults – $15.00
Kids 11-16 – $8.00
10 & Under – FREE
Pit Pass – $35.00

Wednesday, Aug. 16:
Pit Gate – 4:00 p.m.
Grandstands – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Laps – 7:00 p.m.
Racing – 7:30 p.m.
Adults – $20.00
Kids 11-16 – $10.00
10 & Under – FREE
Pit Pass – $35.00

On Tuesday, each Stock Car and B-Mod driver will run two heat races from two different starting spots. The top 12 in combined heat race passing points will be locked into Wednesday’s A-Main, with the next 12 to the B-Main and so on. All heat races and the King of the Hill plus a full program of Hobby Stocks will run on Tuesday. The pole dash, qualifying features and the main events run on Wednesday along with a full program of USMTS Modifieds.

Tuesday’s King of Hill for Stock Cars and B-Mods will feature two cars for two laps battling green-white-checkered. The winner advances to next round. The loser is done. The winner takes the entire pot in each class (optional $50 entry per driver).

The Big Fish Challenge is an optional $100 entry for Stock Car and B-Mod drivers with all of the money gathered up to $2,000 going to the A-Main winner. If more than 20 drivers participate, anything over $2,000 will be paid out to the second-place finisher in the A-Main. If none of the Big Fish Challenge participants win, the money will be spread out equally to the entire A-Main field. The A-Main could pay $5,000 to win with this bonus. Drivers must sign up before heat race lineups are posted on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Hobby Stock A-Main payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $175, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $95, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16. $80, all other starters $75; non-qualifiers $50. Hobby Stocks pay no entry fee if pre-entered, otherwise entry fee is $25 at check-in on race day.

Wednesday’s Stock Car and B-Mod A-Main payouts: 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $560, 11. $540, 12. $530, 13. $525, 14. $520, 15. $515, 16. $510, 17. $505, 18. $500, all other starters $500; B-Main payouts: Top 12 to A-Main, all other starters $200; C-Main payouts: Top 12 to B-Main, all other starters $150; Last Chance Races (if necessary) payouts: Top 6 advance to C-Main, all other starters $100.

Wednesday’s USMTS Modified payouts: Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $375, 16. $350, 17. $325, other starters $300; non-qualifiers $90; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $900, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $550, 9. $500, 10. $450, 11. $400, 12. $375, 13. $350, 14. $325, 15. $300, 16. $275, other starters $250; non-qualifiers $75.

Camping with hook-ups is available at the track through the Hamilton County fairgrounds office. The AmericInn (515-832-3999) has rooms for $89.99 for two queens or $84.99 for one bed. The Super 8 (515-832-2000) is just $74.99 for two queens.

Mark your calendar, cancel your plans and quit your job if you need to, but you simply cannot miss the inaugural Boone River Bayou races this Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway In Webster City, Iowa.

The Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa, opening in July 1910. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked 1/2-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year. The track is located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St.

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Gustin doubles down in Mason City

August 16th, 2017

MASON CITY, Iowa–Two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin had been absent from the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup since last Friday due to a rather nasty case of cellulitis in his foot and ankle, but his performance Sunday night at the Mason City Motor Speedway suggests he’s feeling much better.

In addition to the pain and skin irritation, antibiotics he was taking made him very sick and he was forced to sit out three events this week, likely dashing any hope of capturing a third USMTS title.

“I guess you heard he was puking and everything,” his wife, Kendra, said. “But hopefully he’s on the right track now. Not feeling the best still, but did good considering.”

If Gustin wasn’t at full speed Sunday night, it certainly didn’t show.

The 26-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, was unstoppable the entire night as he rolled to two feature wins and a healthy $7,500 payday for a hard day’s work.

The Diamond Jo Casino Double Down 30s featured a full program of qualifying heats and main events for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, followed by the final feature race in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region which was postponed by rain on June 11.

Starting on the front row next to his teammate and car owner, Jason Hughes, Gustin took command of the first feature race and held on through five cautions to score a $3,000 victory plus the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks worth $1,500.
Points leader Stormy Scott came from ninth to finish second in front of Hughes with Travis Saurer and R.C. Whitwell grabbing the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Cade Dillard, 16th-starting and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award winner Curt Myers, Dereck Ramirez, J.D. Auringer and Cory Crapser rounded out the top 10.

In the make-up feature which had three of the 30 laps completed two months ago, Hughes resumed racing as the leader and paced the first five laps Sunday before Gustin blew by and drove away in the caution-free affair to secure his second $3,000 prize of the night.

Hughes was second, Dillard finished third, Jacob Bleess took the fourth spot and Myers claimed the fifth position.

Auringer, Josh Angst, Zack VanderBeek, Crapser and Jake Timm completed the first 10 to the finish line.

Scott remains on top in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points standings with a 39-point cushion (605 to 566) over Hughes. Ramirez is third with 534 markers, followed by VanderBeek (509), Dillard (509), Whitwell (502), Timm (475), Saurer (462), Ricky Thornton Jr. (446) and Tyler Wolff (408).

The series returns to action this Wednesday, Aug. 16, for the Boone River Bayou race at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, to kick off five straight nights of racing in four states.

Remaining events in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental:

Aug. 16, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Aug. 17, Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.
Aug. 18, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (non-points)
Aug. 19, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Aug. 20, 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Aug. 24, Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Aug. 25, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Aug. 26, Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Aug. 27, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Aug. 30, Kossuth County Speedway, Algona, Iowa
Aug. 31, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Sept. 1, Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Sept. 2, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sept. 3, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Sept. 21, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

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Stoehr, Duhaime Notch NEMA Victories at Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels

August 16th, 2017

Avery Stoehr beat out teammate Randy Cabral by two feet at the line to take down the NEMA victory that left fans talking about the race for hours after at New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Wings & Wheels event this past Saturday. It was redemption for Stoehr who had a scary ride just two nights before at Thompson Speedway. In the Lites race, there were no disappointments either, as Dylan Duhaime used the high line to pass race leader Meg Cugini on the back stretch of the final lap.

In the NEMA feature, Todd Bertrand and Alan Chambers brought the field to the green flag. Bertrand quickly jumped out into the lead from the pole, but the field was brought back to its original formation as the caution flew for Ted Christopher in the Bertrand 47, who was caught up in a first lap tangle.

When the race resumed, Bertrand jumped back out into the lead, and began to set a torrid pace. As the race approached lap ten, teammates Avery Stoehr and Randy Cabral worked their way through the field, as did John Zych and Chip Deritis.

When the caution flew on lap ten, Bertrand lined up next to teammate Stoehr, and quickly pulled away on the restart. Another caution for a Bethany Stoehr spin on lap fourteen would unfortunately see Bertrand retire to the infield with a broken oil tank baffle. Stoehr inherited the lead, and when the race resumed, he would take command.

By lap sixteen, teammate Cabral would shoot to the outside of Stoehr, and the duo would go wheel to wheel for nearly twelve laps in a row, bringing the fans to their feet. As they came down for the white flag, the pair would drag race down the back stretch into turn four, with both cars smoking the tires headed for the start finish line. Stoehr would cross the line first by two feet, over Cabral to take down his second win of the season. John Zych would finish third, followed by Alan Chambers, Paul Scally, Ted Christopher, Chip Deritis, Todd Bertrand, Jim Chambers and Bethany Stoehr.

“That was an awesome battle with Randy, and a lot of fun,” said Stoehr. “Tim, Randy and I worked on this car until early Saturday morning to get it ready after the Thompson wreck, and it was on the money tonight. It was great redemption after Thompson,” he said.

In the wire to wire Lites race, Meg Cugini would jump out into the lead from the start. For the first half of the race, she would distance herself from the field, while the action was hot behind her.

Paul Scally, Ryan Locke and Ben Mikitarian put on a duel for the second spot for eight laps, with the three running inches apart. As the laps wound down, multi feature winner Dylan Duhaime, who had come from the eleventh place, would also come into the mix.

Scally, who appeared to be getting a push, would give up third place to Locke with five laps remaining, and Duhaime on the outside, would pass the duo with four laps to go. He would then begin closing the gap on Cugini, when on the last lap off of turn two, he saw an opportunity to strike, passing Cugini and going on to take down the win.

“It was nice to finally be back at Waterford, a place where I got my first win five years ago,” said Duhaime. “I was disappointed earlier in the day, but we kept working on the car and I felt we had at least a top five car. Once I got by Paul (Scally) for second, I had a handful of laps to catch Meg. When I caught her, I saw an opportunity to use the outside and she ran me really cleanly,” he said.

NEMA is back in action this coming Saturday for the Marvin Rifchin Memorial at Star Speedway.

Cabral Conquers NEMA Field at Thompson’s Budweiser 150

August 16th, 2017

Randy Cabral put on a duel with John Zych that left fans on their feet as Cabral took down the Northeastern Midget Association victory at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this past Wednesday. It was the first stop of the season for the full size NEMA cars at TSMP, the second being the season ending World Series of Racing. For Cabral, it was his fourteenth win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, extending his lead on the all time win list.

When the field came down to the green flag, Doug Cleveland and Bethany Stoehr raced into turn one for the top spot. Disaster struck on lap four bringing out the red flag, when Seth Carlson and Avery Stoehr tangled racing for position on the back stretch. Stoehr’s Bertrand Motorsports #39 rode the back stretch wall nearly exiting the racing surface, while Carlson’s Feigel Motorsports #71 impacted the back stretch wall hard, destroying the car. Both drivers were able to walk away un injured.

When the green flag flew on the next restart, twelfth place starter Randy Cabral who had sliced his way through the field from twelfth place, rocketed into the lead. Quickly, John Zych in the JZ Motorsports #9 began haunting Cabral. The duo raced side by side for a number of laps, as Zych could not quite muster up enough to get by the veteran Cabral. Further back, eleventh place starter, Kyle Hamilton in the Bertrand #47 had worked his way past Jim Chambers into the third spot.

As the laps wound down, Zych’s #9 machine began to over heat, and expired on the last lap, with Cabral pulling away for the victory. Hamilton would finish second, followed by Chambers, Mike Horn, Bethany Stoehr, Todd Bertrand, Paul Scally, John Zych, Doug Cleveland and Alan Chambers.

“We have really found a few things on this 74 car that has it working to my liking the last few races,” said Cabral. “I’ve run the bottom groove here for years, but this car seems to really like the top and we had it working good up there tonight. I knew John was there, but also knew that if I could keep my momentum up, it would be hard for him to get by,” said Cabral.

NEMA returns to Thompson at the World Series of Speedway Racing in October.

ASCS Winged Sprints, USRA Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and E-Modifieds on Tap for US 36 Raceway this Friday Night!!!!

August 16th, 2017

US 36 Raceway will see the very best in racing action this Friday Night as ASCS Sprint Cars will invade the fast, smooth 3/8th mile Speedway with top names and winged fury! Jonathan Cornell would capture the win on their last visit, which Driver will step up and challenge as we roar back into action on the high banks!

USRA Stock Cars will be in action with the biggest and best names in the division committing to be there including Jason Estes, Dean Wray, Brett Heeter, Sam Scott, Alvie Christofferson, Kevin Anderson, Aaron Sauter, Gerald Wahwahsuck, Brad Whitney, Calvin Teel, Mich Ross, Greg Gilbert, Anthony Whitham, Matthew Lance, Thomas Roberts, Ramon Ortega, Drew Huff, and the list continues to grow!!!! $500 to win and $100 to start for the USRA Stock Cars making this one you do not want to miss!!!!!!

Pure Stock will also see action on this night with, run your track rules!!!! Drivers and crews, you will be allowed to change the rear gear which is the only variation from your track rules. No Crate Motors Allowed! CMS, Lakeside, ACR, I-35, US 36 allowed for this race making it a special race to witness!

E-Modified will race on this great night which is always very competitive and entertaining with side by side, wheel to wheel action. The last two features in E-Modified we have witnessed the future of our sport with 12 year old Cade Richards and 15 year old Austin Bouzek landing in Lake Road Warehouse Winners Circle. Who will it be this week, be there to find out this Friday Night under the Lights, US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!

Wiltrout Becomes Three Time Winner at Jennerstown

August 16th, 2017

Former Champion, Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, PA, became the third driver to visit victory lane three times in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division during 2017, after winning on Saturday, August 12 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. Also winning on Riggs Industries/J&J Truck Equipment Night at the Races were: Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Lauren Butler (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Casey Fleegle (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders). In the Mid Ohio Compact Touring Series debut at Jennerstown Speedway, Brian Sprague earned his first career win on the tour, while Jon Quinn was a close second.

In a ceremony presented by Tri-Star Motors, the 2017 Hall of Fame “class” were enshrined with plaques, as the annual induction event recognized the accomplishments of five men: Dirt track era winning drivers Bob Marhefka and Tom Peck; Asphalt era Championship winning car owners Barry and Brian Bruening; and former Promoter David Wheeler.

After point standing leaders Jeremiah Kuntz and Barry Awtey won heat races for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Mike Hemminger and Teddy Gibala started the 30-lap feature in the first row. Both are seeking a first win of 2017, and Gibala challenged for the top spot, as Hemminger led the first two circuits. On lap three Gibala made contact with Hemminger, causing a caution flag, and forcing them to the rear of the field. The spin also involved Garry Wiltrout and Barry Awtey, but both were able to continue racing, and the pair of veterans inherited the top two positions for the restart. When racing resumed, a close battle ensued with nose-to-tail racing for the lead, soon becoming a side by side duel between Wiltrout and Awtey. Wiltrout, a former Champion, used his Ford to keep Awtey’s Chevrolet from stealing the lead. Kuntz, a three time winner, started eighth and advanced to third, but never joined the lead fight. When the checkered flag was displayed, Wiltrout was the winner, by one car length, after defending Champion Awtey challenged repeatedly. Wiltrout, driver of the Stone and Company/Franjo Construction/Hanson Group/Meegan Ford, started eighth, and tied Kuntz and Awtey as the only drivers with three victories in the division this year. Awtey finished a close second, moving him to within six points of standings leader Kuntz, who finished third. Gibala rallied from the early race incident to claim fourth place and Todd Price finished fifth.

The most dominant driver of 2017 at Jennerstown Speedway is Chris Brink. The veteran from Penn Run, PA, is leading the chase for the Championship in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, and he started eighth in the 20-lap feature race after winning a heat race. Division rookie Dustin Gursky again looked impressive, winning a heat race and leading seven laps in the search for his first feature win. But, Brink made the winning pass on lap eight, and scored his seventh victory of the season, leading all drivers in all divisions. Zane Ferrell, the defending Modified Champ, advanced into the second spot on lap ten, and held the position until the finish. Two-time winner, “Racin’ Jason” Busch started sixth and finished third, while 2017 winner Tom Golik advanced from tenth at the start, to fourth at the finish. Rookie Jarred Barclay finished in fifth place.

A thrilling J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature race began with former Champion Adam Kostelnik starting in third spot, and taking the lead on lap two. Only racing occasionally in 2017, Kostelnik was seeking his first win of the year. Defending Champ, Shawn Beam, a four time winner this year, started in sixth place, and wrestled the lead away from Kostelnik on lap twelve. Then, the leaders collided after the torrid battle, on lap fourteen, handing the lead to three-time winner Josh Coughenour at the restart. Coughenour, the points leader, has had several memorable duels and close finishes with his Championship nemesis Lauren Butler this year. Coughenour, who started in seventh position, officially led four laps. But with only two laps remaining, Butler stole the top spot. Butler stayed just barely ahead, to win for the second week in a row, joining Coughenour as a three-time victor in 2017. Butler is now just one point behind Coughenour in the title chase. Anthony Aiello finished third after starting fifth, Aaron Van Fleet placed fourth, and Beam recovered from the incident to earn a top five finish. Butler and Coughenour were also the heat race winners.

A dominating performance propelled Jason Pritts back to victory lane in the Farmers Union Co-Op Charger division. Pritts, the points leader, won the heat race and started third in the 15-lap feature. He officially led every lap to notch victory number four of the year. Two-time winner Dale Kimberly finished second, ahead of Scott Mitchell, who started sixth; 2017 winner Tanner Friedline; and fellow four time winner Steve Long, who placed fifth.

In spite of starting in fifth place, and sustaining damage in an early race incident, Casey Fleegle won his first Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature of the year. Cindy Rhodes led the first two laps before having mechanical problems. Points leader Brent Bickerstaff then led a total of six laps, before the lead fight resulted in contact with Fleegle. Bickerstaff never spun, but lost positions, which allowed Fleegle to find victory lane. RJ Dallape, Andrew Pluta and David Campbell have all been winners this season, and placed second, third, and fourth respectively. Bickerstaff held on to claim fifth spot. Previous week’s winner Campbell, and Pluta were the heat race winners.

Next week, Martella’s Pharmacies present five division racing and the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series, which will launch from a Four Wide standing start, to compete in a 75 lap event, after the five division racing. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 6pm.

Schlenk And Marcoullier Oakshade Raceway ALMS Winners

August 16th, 2017

The 2010 Barney Oldfield Race winner, Rusty Schlenk, earned his second ever Barney Oldfield Race win in Saturday night’s 28th Annual Barney Oldfield Race which was part of an American Late Model Series (ALMS) double header at Oakshade Raceway.

Originally scheduled for mid-June, the 28th Annual Barney Oldfield Race was rained out just before the start of the second last-chance race. That race and the 40-lap, $5,300 to win main event was rescheduled for Saturday night. An incident near the rear of the field on the first lap was the only caution flag of the race and it resulted in a complete restart. At the drop of the second green flag, Travis Stemler got the jump on Curtis Roberts and led much of the race. McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk started inside row two and began to reel in Stemler after taking over the second position early on. Stemler seemed to get through the lapped traffic a little better than Schlenk. Schlenk was able to pull up to the rear bumper of Stemler a couple times and then faded a bit while working through the lapped traffic, but he was finally able to stick with Stemler upon catching him again on lap 28. Four laps later, Schlenk took command and drove away to pick up the checkered flag. Dona Marcoullier made a late charge to get by Stemler for a second place finish with Stever Kester ending up fourth. Jon Henry was fifth.

Later in the night was a second ALMS feature event paying $2,000 to win. Devin Shiels started on the pole and took the early lead until Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier got by and then set sail. Marcoullier proceeded to open up a big lead leaving Shiels to battle Jon Henry for second. Marcoullier went on for the easy win which was his second Oakshade feature win of the year. Henry survived a bit of a scare, getting up high in turns one and two on lap 16, to finish second. Shiels maintains a commanding 159 point lead after finishing third. Travis Stemler had another top five finish, ending up fourth with Casey Noonan moving up eight spots to finish fifth.

The UMP Sportsman feature event produced the most exciting finish of the night. Oakshade Sportsman point-leader Drew Smith started on the pole and darted out to a large lead. Late in the race, defending track champion Mike Jessen began to nip away at the Sylvania, Ohio, driver’s lead. Jessen made a move to take the lead at the white flag, but the caution would come out right the same time after Chris Williams spun on the front stretch. That set up a two-lap shootout to the finish that did not disappoint. Smith led the field back to the green flag with Jessen in pursuit. It wasn’t until the final corner that Jessen was able to drop down to the inside of Smith making for a side by side drag race to the finish line. Smith was able to hang on by an inch or two for his second consecutive feature win and his fourth of the season. Finishing third behind Jessen was Rusty Smith who seems to have turned his luck around after posting two DNF’s after leading each of the features the previous couple weeks. Tim Fisher and Bruce Stuart rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

Rich Riffe from Toledo, Ohio, got by Tim Hancock on lap two of the Bomber A Main and never looked back. Hancock was able to close back in on Riffe just past halfway in the 15-lap feature, but Riffe was able to hang on to pick up his second consecutive A Main feature win. Craig Dippman finished third ahead of Jeff Foks Jr. who is second in points, just eight behind Hancock. Terry Rushlow ended up fifth.

The Compact feature event produced a lot of lead changes. Carter Murday got the lead on lap one, but then pulled off giving it up to Ken Watts. Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau challenged Watts for the top spot and got by to pick up his eighth feature win of the year. Watts held on to finish second followed by Jeff Foks Sr., Brandon Myers and Jason Deshler. Foks’ third place finish was enough to maintain a slim 16-point advantage over both Rehkau and Deshler as the season starts to wind down.

The final event of the night had a first time feature winner. After Brenen Mellon jumped the initial start of the Bomber B Main, Dave McMannamy from Holland, Ohio was scored as the race leader once Mellon’s penalty of two positions was served under a lap four caution. Mellon worked his way back to second but could not catch McMannamy who went on to win his first Oakshade feature win. Mellon held on to finish second with Scott Hammer third. Zach Stotz posted a fourth place finish and Rayce Price was fifth after both drivers started at the rear of the field.

There will be a full racing program once again of UMP Late Models, UMP Sportsman, Bombers and Compacts this Saturday, August 19th at Oakshade Raceway. Gate open at 4pm with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

Point Championships Decided at Rice Lake Speedway

August 16th, 2017

Rice Lake WI– It was Hall of Fame night Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and was also the final point night leading up to the Season Championships scheduled for next Saturday. Inducted into the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame Saturday were drivers Paul Harelstad, Jim Rude and the late Duane Mahder along with “Friends of the Speedway” Joe Lapcinski, Clayton Hargrave and Terry Folz.

Following racing action Saturday the unofficial point champions, pending a review by WISSOTA, were determined to be Dustin Doughty in the Pure Stocks, Hunter VanGilder in the Street Stocks, Shane Halopka in the Midwest Modifieds, Eric Olson in the Super Stocks and Kevin Adams in the Modifieds. On track activity was intense also with the feature winners on Saturday being Tucker Quinn, Olson, Joe Chaplin Jr, Nick Oreskovich and Adams.

The closest feature race was in the Modified class where a later race pass by Adams allowed him to claim victory after a hard fought battle with Steve Hallquist. Hallquist led the first eighteen laps of the Modified feature race after taking the lead right from the start of the race. He was challenged early by Dave Baxter who fought him side by side before Hallquist was able to edge into the lead. Right behind them, Cory Mahder, Adams and Mike Anderson battled hard for third while Ashley Anderson, Todd Gehl and Mark Hessler battled hard for position.

Hallquist continued to show the way with Baxter riding the high side in second while Adams made continued attempts to slip past Mahder for third. The nature of the race changed on lap eight when the sole yellow of the race flew for a Pat Hoffman spin in turn four.

On the restart, Baxter did not take off well and both Mahder and Adams got past him for position. Adams was then able to slide under Mahder for second and he then took off after the leader.

Adams caught Hallquist with eight laps to go and a great, two car battle then broke out. Adams would pull to the rear bumper of Hallquist and try to slide past him on the high side in both turn four and two but each time Hallquist hung tough and fought off the challenges.

They continued to battle as the laps ran down with Adams continuing to look for an opening while riding the rear bumper of the leader. As they came down the front chute to get the two laps to go signal, Adams got a great run and dove low into turn one and was able to slide up in front of Hallquist and take over the lead. Steve tried to come back down the back chute but Adams was able to fight him off and then extend by a couple of car lengths his lead and drive on for the win.

Sporting a door panel of Harelstad’s on his car, the driver that Adams idolized while growing up and who’s Modified records Adams would eventually eclipse, Adams would head for victory lane where a wild celebration, including Harelstad, would take place. Hallquist drove a great race but had to settle for second while Mahder fought off challenges by Anderson and Baxter to finish third.

The win was Adams’ sixth of the year at Rice Lake and guaranteed him a pole position for a heat race next Saturday.

Oreskovich, the Super Stock point leader at the ABC Raceway in Ashland, dropped in to visit with a night off at the track and reminded the local drivers just why he is leading the points at the northern track as he won his second feature race of the year at Rice Lake.

Adam Soltis started on the pole and he looked strong as he led the opening laps while debuting a brand new race car on Saturday. After a minor spin, an unfortunate follow up spin on the restart stacked up a number of cars and resulted in Nick Traynor, Russ Chester and Aaron Wilson all being eliminated in the damaging wreck.

Soltis continued to lead on the restart but Oreskovich was on the move after starting eighth as he used the high side of the track to march into a challenging position. He continued to charge to the front and was able to sweep past Soltis off turn two to take over the lead. Also marching to the front was Eric Olson who started in the fifth row. He worked his way into third and tried to catch Soltis for the runner up slot.

The last twelve laps of the race ran off nonstop and Oreskovich remained in control. He adjusted his line late in the race as Soltis edged slightly closer but Nick O was never in any real danger as he drove on for the win and celebrated the impressive victory with a “Polish Victory Lap.”

Soltis’ debut was an impressive one as he finished a strong second, holding off Olson for the spot. The brothers Cimfl had a good night also with Don Jr. finishing fourth ahead of Jim.

Chaplin Jr. continued his finest year yet behind the wheel of a race car with his sixth feature win of the year in the Midwest Modifieds while guaranteeing the second place in track points. The Midwest Modified feature was stopped only once for a minor spin but it was devastating for early leader Reid Tiegs. Tiegs had taking the lead but following the yellow flag slowdown, as the field realigned for the restart, his car lost a drive shaft and his night was over.

Chaplin Jr inherited the green at this point, and he led the rest of the way for the win. Aric Lindberg charged up to second with Shane Halopka close behind and they tried to track down the leader on an open track but Chaplin Jr was just too strong and he maintained his lead through the rest of the race. Trailing the top three, Austin Ellis made a nice charge to finish fourth with veteran Gary Baxter having his best run to complete the top five.

While Olson couldn’t bring home the win in the Super Stocks, he did grab his second win of the year during his abbreviated season behind the wheel of the Mark Ewert #70 Street Stock. Olson started in the third row of the Street Stock finale but worked his way into a challenging position after a pair of lap five yellows shock up the field.

Early leader Travis Loew spun which bunched up the field and on the restart, Loew was again involved in a tangle along with several other cars with point leader VanGilder forced to pit for a flat tire. Soltis, who has been doing double duty driving a Street Stock as well as his own Super Stock for the past couple of weeks, inherited the lead and led for a couple laps before Olson, with a clear track ahead of him on the high side, drove around Soltis to take over the lead.

The last eleven laps of the feature ran off nonstop and Olson was in control with no challenges to his lead. Soltis was pressured by Kirk Bogdanovic for second but he staved off the pressure to bring the new car home and secure his second runner up finish of the night. Kolby Kiehl came from deep in the field to finish fourth while Jay Kesan came from even deeper to complete the top five.

The Pure Stock feature got off to a wild start as the drivers were going three and four wide as everyone felt the need to charge to the front of the pack immediately. C.J. Wagner returned behind the wheel of a race car and he led the opening lap driving the #6H car Saturday. However, a scramble in turn one stacked things up and triggered the yellow as it took several minutes to separate the cars.

Wagner continued to lead back under green but when much of the pack tried to go three wide down the back chute, cars contacted each other and Bob Thompson hit the wall hard and was nearly clipped by other cars trying to avoid a big collision.

Thompson tried to restart but his car was damaged to the point that he had to pull off and when racing resumed, Wagner slid out in turn four and Tucker Quinn, who started eighth, was able to duck under Wagner and take over the lead.

The drivers then settled down and ran off the last nine laps of the race without incident as Quinn continued to show the way and drive on for his second feature race of the season. Rob Grabon slipped into second and held that spot the rest of the way with Mike Pratt finishing a strong third. Zach Beaulieu drove a steady race to wind up fourth ahead of Wagner.

The racing season is quickly starting to wind down at the speedway. Next Saturday night, August 19th, the Season Championships will be contested in all five divisions with a rain date of August 26th. If the championships are completed as scheduled on August 19th, the 26th will be a regular night of racing with track points completed but national points still awarded.

The season will conclude with the annual two day special over the Labor Day weekend with racing on both Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd. All five classes will be a part of the Labor Day doubleheader. Watch for updates regarding the purse for this event plus the possibility of a Pure Stock special during that weekend.

Sabraski money in USMTS go at Ogilvie

August 15th, 2017

OGILVIE, Minn.–Although he’s no stranger to victory lane or the Ogilvie Raceway, Shane Sabraski notched his first United States Modified Touring Series win Saturday night in a highly entertaining event at ‘The Big O.’

Sabraski, who started third on the 24-car grid, drove underneath race-long leader R.C. Whitwell on lap 23 and then kept a swarm of USMTS chasers behind him for the final 17 laps.

The 40-minute commute from his home in Rice, Minn., was worth $3,000 to Sabraski, who has been strong in his infrequent hook-ups with the series. He finished fourth here in June and followed that up with a sixth-place finish at The Masters that same weekend.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes, who led the first 35 of 40 laps here back in June, got by Whitwell in the late stages of the race but could not mount a serious challenge to Sabraski and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck.

The points leader in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, Stormy Scott outdueled Whitwell for third while Zack VanderBeek stopped the bleeding with a solid fifth-place finish from the ninth starting spot.

Clayton Wagamon, Cade Dillard, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jake Timm and Cory Crapser completed the top 10.

In sharp contrast to Friday’s rough-and-tumble show, Saturday’s feature race went 40 laps without a caution and all 24 starters took the checkered flag.

Timm took the win at Ogilvie on June 14 for his career-first USMTS triumph too. He and Sabraski join four other drivers-Mitch Keeter, Whitwell, Jon Mitchell and Tyler Wolff-as ones who picked up their first USMTS win in 2017. Wolff’s came nine days ago in the opening round of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

The tireless touring titans continue their journey Sunday at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, for the 6th Annual Diamond Jo Casino Double Down 30s.

Fans will get to witness a complete five-class program with double features for the USMTS road warriors. The final race Sunday night will be the USMTS main event that was rained out on June 11.

This will be the seventh and eighth USMTS features held on the historic North Iowa Fairgrounds clay oval. A different driver won each of the first six, beginning with Ryan Ruter’s victory in 2009. Mike Steensma, Kelly Shryock and Jason Hughes all tasted USMTS glory when the track was still known as I-35 Speedway. Two events were staged last year with Rodney Sanders and Cade Dillard topping those shows.

Sunday’s blockbuster will also showcase the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners all running for increased prize money.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and hot laps begin at 6 with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors (65+), members of the military and first responders get in for $17. Juniors ages 11-16 are just $10 and kids 10 and under are free. A pit pass costs $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Store locations in Clear Lake, Forest City, Garner, Lake Mills, Manly, Mason City, Nora Springs, Northwood, Osage, Sheffield and St. Ansgar.

Curt Myers and his Snickers-sponsored race car will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 6 Plaza Dr. in Clear Lake, Iowa, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get special $5 “Hot Ticket” coupons directly from the driver during his appearance.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com. You can also like the track’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masoncitymotorspeedway and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/racinmasoncity (@RacinMasonCity).

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