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Cummins Tops USMTS Labor Day Duel

September 2nd, 2014

Spring Valley Mn–The first feature race of the evening pulled onto to the track with Shaun Mann and Kory Adams racing out of two side by side on the opening lap of the Six Two Graphics WISSOTA Street Stocks. Bobby Kilby, Troy Voth and Mike Blowers were three wide for third. Mann took control of the top spot while Blowers moved into third. With four laps completed Adams started to apply pressure to Mann for the top spot while Blowers was all over Adams for the second spot. With seven down Adams and Blowers were side by side for second, Blowers took over the second spot on lap eight and on the next lap Mann pushed up the hill with Blowers getting by for the lead. Mann tried retaking the lead on lap eleven but got up on two wheels after hitting the edge of the infield he recovered only after Adams moved by into second. As the white flew over the field Mann retook second with Blowers coming home with the victory. Adams, Noah Grinstead and Voth rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Danny Richards and Blowers.

Cory Crapser and Don Schaefer battled for the lead on the opening lap of the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Crapser held the advantage early with Michael Truscott pulling up to battle with Schaefer for the second spot. A caution flew on lap three and on the restart Crapser led with Truscott in second. Cody Borgeson and Kent Baxter raced for the fourth spot behind Schaefer. Baxter took over the fourth spot and quickly closed on Schaefer for the third spot. With eight completed Schaefer and Baxter had a great battle going for the third spot. With ten laps completed Crapser and Truscott were working through lapped traffic as they flew around the speedway. On lap fifteen Baxter took control of the third spot while Ryan Goergen moved into the top five after working past Borgeson. At the finish it was Crapser, Truscott, Baxter, Schaefer and Goergen in the top five. Heat races were won by Robert Franklin, Crapser and Truscott

The Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stocks pulled onto the track next for their feature event. Tommy Richards jumped out to the early lead with Brian Fetting in second. Gary Wiersgalla ran in third with AJ Hoff and Neil Eckhart battling for fourth. Hoff took over the fourth spot and immediately pressured Wiersgalla for the third spot. A caution with three complete saw Richards leading with Hoff and Fetting battling for second. Wiersgalla ran in fourth and on lap four Hoff took over the second spot. Hoff started to pressure Richards for the lead on lap five while Mike Hesselink and Eckhart battled for the fifth spot. Fetting slid up in front of Hoff for the second spot on lap eight but Hoff turned back down got a run and retook the second spot. Richards slowly started to pull away after Hoff again pressured him for the lead on lap eleven. At the finish it was Richards with the win, Hoff, Fetting, Wiersgalla and Eckhart in the top five. Heat races were won by Richards and Jeff Brauer.

Parker Hale jumped out front early on in the USRA B-Modifieds Ben Moudry sat in second early on with Derek Clement in third. Shaun Walski started to pressure Clement for the third spot early on. A Caution with four completed saw Hale leading, with Moudry and Cory Crapser racing for second. Moudry took control of the second spot and started challenging Hale for the lead. Moudry took the point with Crapser and Hale now battling for second while Erik Kanz and Clement raced for the fifth spot. Another caution bunched the field back up with Moudry and Crapser racing for the lead. Scott Demmer worked under Hale for the third spot. Another caution on lap eleven saw Crapser take over the top spot. Moudry ran in second. Cole Queensland worked past Hale for the fifth spot on lap thirteen. Moudry and Demmer had a good race going for the runner up spot over the last five circuits with Moudry holding the edge at the line. Crapser took home the win ahead of Moudry, Demmer, Walksi and Queensland. Heat races were won by Moudry, Dan Hovden, Brandon Hare and Crapser

The final feature of the night pulled onto the track with the United States Modified Touring Series on hand. Johnny Scott jumped out into the early lead with Brad Waits in second. Tommy Myer ran in third early on. With two completed Waits started to pressure Scott for the lead. They were side by side at the line with the first caution of the event flew. On the restart Scott again had the lead closely followed by Waits. Jason Cummins worked past Tommy Myer for the third spot. Cummins started to pressure Waits for the second spot on lap seven and took over the top spot on lap eight. Cummins was making the bottom work and slowly started to make up ground on Scott who was running up against the wall. With fourteen down the two raced side by side down the straights. Cummins took the lead just before a caution flew on lap seventeen. On the restart Cummins led with Waits taking over the second spot. Scott sat in third. Myer held onto the fourth spot ahead of Craig Thatcher. On lap twenty three Stormy Scott worked past Thatcher for the fifth spot while Brother Johnny Scott kept the pressure on Waits for the second spot. As the checkers flew over the speedway Cummins took home the $3,000 first place check. Waits, J. Scott, Myer and S. Scott rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Cummins, Waits, Thatcher, S. Scott, J. Scott with B Features going to John Allen and Zack VanderBeek.

Racing resumes at Deer Creek Speedway Saturday Sept 13 with the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and the USRA Iron Man stock Cars on hand to do battle at the speedway. Racing action is set to start at 6:30

Waterford Speedbowl 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 2nd, 2014

Waterford, CT, Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.

Chadwick’s biggest ally in the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals may have been his patience. The 2012 division champion started the race tenth and slowly moved into contention just before the halfway point of the 150-lap grind. Ted Christopher was out front, showing the way after he passed early leader Ed Puleo on lap-11. Minor incidents for single car spins dotted the opening half of the race. Chadwick was in second by lap-70 as Christopher comfortably led until a caution flag came on lap-96.

Following the restart, Chadwick tried to unseat Christopher using the outside lane on multiple occasions, finally tucking in behind Christopher in second position. The intensity was definitely on the rise among the lead pack as the race moved to its final stages. Keith Rocco, who spent the first one hundred laps pacing himself outside the top-five, asserted himself in the final fifty circuits. Rocco got to third and then pressed Chadwick until he gave up the outside lane, allowing Rocco to move to second on lap-117. Rocco then stalked Christopher for the lead until he made a diving maneuver to the inside on lap-130 down the ack chute. The two cars came together between turns three and four, spinning both and bringing out a caution.

Chadwick’s patience and gut instinct paid off as he “had a feeling” something may happen between Christopher and Rocco, staying within striking distance. It did, and Chadwick inherited the lead while Rocco and Christopher each resumed from the tail of the field. He took off from Rob Janovic Jr. on the restart, distancing himself from the competition over the final dash to the finish as Rocco fired his way back through the field. Rocco’s furious rally landed him in second, but he could not catch Chadwick and finished in the runner-up spot. Chadwick netted the $5,000 winner’s pay day with his first victory in the big money race. Behind Rocco, Puleo finished third, Janovic fourth and Matt Galko was fifth.

Just one caution flag slowed Rocco’s roll in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, on lap-3. Rocco started the race in fifth and the move of the race likely came at the start. He narrowly avoided Bruce Thomas Jr. who spun across the track exiting turn four as the green flag waved directly in front of Rocco. Vin Esposito took command of the race, leading until Rocco moved underneath him on lap-11. A lap later, Rocco cleared Esposito and cruised to the win from there, his eleventh of the year in the division. Esposito held on for second and Anthony Ryan Jr. was third. The win marked Rocco’s 101st, tying him with Don Collins for second all-time in track history.

The 25-lap Street Stock race ran from green to checkered flags without delay, setting up as an old fashioned duel between Monte Gibbs and Waterman. Gibbs was seeking his first ever checkered flag in the division and took off into the lead at the start of the race. Waterman climbed from the sixth starting spot, breaking out of a tight pack of competition into second position on lap-6. He slowly cut into Gibbs’ lead lap by lap, finally reaching his rear bumper on lap-15. On lap-18, Waterman went inside Gibbs to the front and never looked back. Gibbs finished second and Jason Chicolas recorded his best Speedbowl performance to date in third.

Christian was unstoppable in Mini Stock action, checkering a caution-free and briskly paced 25-lap event. Christian started the race in the pole position but was fast from the drop of the green flag. He received some early race pressure from Doug Curry before opening up a comfortable advantage. Garrett Denton steadily picked cars off during the extended green flag run and wound up second, increasing his lead in the championship standings. Curry finished third.

Buzel was a first-time winner in the track’s SK Light Modified division, dominating the 25-lap race. The 16-year old won in impressive fashion, outrunning last year’s champion Randy Churchill. Larry Goss recovered from an early race spin to claim third.

Christopher came out on top of a hard-nosed 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, taking his fourteenth win for the division’s Saturday series. It was not, however, without some drama as he endured a heated mid-race battle with Joey Ternullo. Ternullo took the lead on lap-7 to become the second leader of the race, then saw Christopher move to second and fill his mirror. Ternullo held back Christopher until lap-17 when a bold move netted Christopher the lead out of turn four. Ternullo countered in turn one but the two cars made contact, sending both spinning to bring out a yellow flag. Cory Dimatteo inherited the lead and held on until Christopher fired his way from the back of the field, reaching Dimatteo’s rear bumper on lap-23. Christopher powered to the inside of Dimatteo in turn one, racing on to the win. Dimatteo was second and Ternullo rebounded to finish in third.

Paul LaPlante won the 15-lap Vintage Outlaw Modified race, featuring restored racecars from decades ago.

Schultz Fights Back for Opening Night Labor Day Weekend Win at CMS!

September 2nd, 2014

(Warrensburg, MO) Near-perfect temperatures greeted drivers and fans at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) Saturday evening as the track kicked off its annual Labor Day weekend special events with the first of two straight nights of competition.

A total of 67 competitors checked in for competition among the five competing classes, which included 23 USRA Modifieds, 16 Street Stocks, 6 Pure Stocks, 10 ULMA Late Models, and 12 Lightning Sprints. All total, fans in the stands witnessed 16 events throughout the night.

USRA Modifieds headlined the evening with the first of two ‘Twin $1,500-to-Win’ 35-lap feature events of the weekend and it was USRA National Point’s Leader Terry Schultz of Sedalia who powered his way to the front of the field to claim the night one main event. In Street Stock action, Brett Wood took his ninth feature win of the year while Jason Ryun of Kansas City, Missouri drove to his second-consecutive win in Pure Stock action. Non-sanctioned Lightning Sprints made their final appearance of the year at CMS a good one with Phil Heavelow picking up the victory while Jon Binning of Warrensburg captured the ULMA Late Model win.

Pure Stocks kicked off the evening with their preliminary heat race. Darrin Christy Started out the night with a heat race win ahead of last week’s winner Jason Ryun and Lee Scott to setup the main event lineup. Christy and Ryun started on the front row of the ten-lap main event with Ryun quickly shooting out to an early race lead. Christy hounded Ryun through the early stages as Scott’s night came to an early end with mechanical woes. The entire race distance was the Fox and the Hound story as Christy pursued Ryun all throughout the race. Don Johnson stayed solidly in third with Leroy Morrison fourth. In the end, Ryun captured his second straight win in the Pure Stocks with Christy settling for second, Johnson third, Morrison fourth, Robbie Sullins fifth and Lee Scott sixth.

The Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Models took to the track next in two exciting heat races. Two-time track champion Jon Binning drove to the win in heat one ahead of Payton Looney and Michael Weir of Kansas City. In heat two, Lockwood, Missouri’s Dwight Niehoff claimed the win. The feature event lined up with Binning and Niehoff taking the initial green flag from the front row.

Early on, Binning set a torrid pace as drivers settled in for the 20-lap race. Niehoff never let Binning out of his sights and stayed close through lapped traffic with Looney running solidly in third. Some of the best racing came from Todd McCoin, Ryan Petersheim, and Lane Ehlert before the halfway point at lap ten. With Binning and Niehoff in lapped traffic, things got a little dicey for Binning as he left the door open for Niehoff in the closing laps. Off of turn two, the pair split lapped cars and Niehoff shot out front.

With just two laps remaining, Binning fought hard to stay with the new leader and maneuvered his way around the track on the low side with Niehoff in the middle lane. On the white flag lap, Binning found a fast line and pulled even with Niehoff on the back straightaway to setup up a final turn three and four sprint to the finish. Coming off of turn four, the pair were dead even with Binning ultimately narrowly outgunning Niehoff for his third win over the year during the caution-free event. In victory lane, Binning said “Dwight is so clean to race with and it’s a lot of fun when it’s like that, I’ve got a lot of people here tonight including my Mom and Dad so this was a special night.” Niehoff finished second with Looney third. Todd McCoin was fourth, Ryan Petersheim fifth, Lane Ehlert sixth, Greg Clemmons seventh, and Chris Cox eighth.

Lightning Sprints were next in the running order for two preliminary heat races. Beau Heavelow of Sibley, Missouri was victorious in heat one ahead of A.J. Tice and Mark Billings. For heat race number two, Phil Heavelow captured the win ahead of CMS veteran Bobby Lane and M.K. Billings.

The Heavelow’s owned the front row for the start of the non-sanctioned lightning sprint main event and from the drop of the green flag, Buckner, Missouri’s Phil Heavelow shot out to an early race lead with Beau Heavelow and A.J. Tice in tow. The drivers were on their A-game as the field raced through a blistering pace throughout the 20-lap main event.

Even through heavy lapped traffic and a lightning-fast surface, Phil Heavelow stayed comfortably in the lead ahead of Beau Heavelow. Tice stayed comfortably in third with Mark Billings in pursuit in fourth. As the laps wound down, it was evident something drastic would have to happen to keep Phil Heavelow from victory lane once again at CMS. In the end, Phil Heavelow captured his second-straight Lightning Sprint win in a race that ran caution free for 20 laps with Beau Heavelow finishing second just ahead of A.J. Tice with her best finish at CMS this season. Mark Billings recovered from early night mechanical issues and came up to finish fourth, with M.K. Billings and Ryan Kent rounding out the top six.

Street Stocks made their way to the track for their two heat races as the exciting action continued. Heat race winners included Warrensburg driver Brett Wood ahead of Marc Carter and Jermiah Wilson in heat one and John Clancy out of California, Missouri over Bobby Raybourn and Brett Cox in heat two.

Brett Wood and John Clancy started the action for the Street Stocks in row one with Marc Carter and Bobby Raybourn just behind. Earlier in the night the Lightning Sprints and ULMA Late Models went green to checkers and it looked like the Street Stocks would do the same. Wood grabbed the early lead with Clancy and Carter in pursuit as the race ran caution free until lap 14.

With what was the one and only caution flag during the event waving over the field six laps shy of the finish, Wood again held point over Carter, Clancy, and Allen Perryman. Wood again distanced himself from the rest of the field as Carter and Clancy ran strong in second and third. Meanwhile, ninth-starting Jay Prevete had a successful return to CMS as he made his way into the top five. Ultimately, Wood was again too strong for the rest of the field as he captured his ninth main event win of the year. Carter settled for second with Clancy coming away third. Prevete moved up to fourth at the finish with Perryman holding on for fifth, Clayton Campbell sixth, Brian Ziegler seventh, and Brett Cox eighth.

Finishing up the night’s preliminary action was USRA Modified drivers competing in four 10-lap prelims to determine the passing points order, which ultimately built up to the top 8 redraw to set the front four rows of the night’s main event. The first heat race went to Dean Wille over the travelling Father and Son tandem of Bob Timm and Jake Timm of Winona, Minnesota.

Heat number two belonged to former champions of the Modified class at CMS as Jason Thompson claimed the win ahead of Terry Schultz and Aaron Marrant. For heat three, former CMS feature winner Justin Johnson drove to the win over Tim Karrick and a returning Shad Badder. For the final heat race, Quincy, Illinois’ Robbie Reed picked up the win over Fulton, Missouri’s Kevin Blackburn and last week’s feature winner, Dustin Boney.

The top eight passing-points earners, which included Wille, Thompson, Johnson, Reed, Karrick, Bob Timm, Blackburn, and Schultz, re-drew for their 35-lap main even starting positions. Karrick drew the number one starting position with Kevin Blackburn, Son of two-time CMS Modified Champion, Gary Blackburn, Jr., to the outside at the drop of the green flag for the main event.

Karrick led the field to the green with a strong running Blackburn side-by-side for many of the opening laps. After a rough start and a few black-flag warnings to various drivers, things seemed to settle down just a bit as drivers were eager to make their way to the finish and gain valuable spots in the solid paying race.

Blackburn was strong on the high side with Karrick mostly running low. Robbie Reed and Dean Wille faded early on with Reed coming out on the worst end of contact and ultimately suffering a cut tire, only to have his crew make quick repairs so he could return to the track in time to make it back out on the field as the race resumed. Meanwhile, Bob Timm began charging to the front and blasted into the top three with Schultz and Jason Thompson also in the mix.

In what turned out to be a fantastic race with some of the strongest USRA drivers battling hard for positions, Timm continued his charge to the front chasing Schultz, who pressured and eventually took the lead from Blackburn who slipped to third. A few laps later, Timm darted out front on the low side. Soon after, Schultz switched lines and moved to the low side to keep Timm in close quarters. Timm looked like he was going to sail onto the victory as he and Schultz were the class of the field.

Aaron Marrant came to life from his eleventh starting spot and broke into the top three late in the race and added his name to the possible list of winners. Timm and Schultz ran close until Timm suffered mechanical issues and exited the track with just a few laps remaining. With the drivers now in a good rhythm, Schultz took command with Marrant in second and twelfth-starting Shad Badder blasting through the field to come all the way to third.

As the white flag flew, Schultz hugged the low line with Marrant close behind as Schultz ultimately led to his National USRA point’s lead with the victory over Marrant. Badder capped off a nice charge into the top three in third with Blackburn recording his best-ever CSM finish in fourth. Dustin Boney had an up and down night but still came away with a top five with Jason Thompson sixth, Tylyer Schmidt, seventh and Karrick eighth. Chad Lyle was ninth followed by Justin Johnson in tenth.

CMS kicks right back into high gear on Sunday, August 31 for the second-straight night of action to close out the Labor Day weekend with ‘Open Wheel Madness’ night, featuring another $1500-to-Win USRA Modified main event, a $1500-to-win USRA Sanctioned B-Mod main event, plus Mod Lites and the W.A.R. Sprint Car Series in their final appearances at CMS this year.

Admission prices for Sunday include: Adults $15, Senior Citizens 65+ and Active Duty Military w/I.D. $12, Kids aged 6 to 12 years $5, Children five and under are free. Pit passes are $30 each night.

There are no track registration fees; however, Modified and B-mod drivers MUST have a USRA license or purchase $10 temporary license. For B-Mods the entry fee is $50 if the driver has raced twice at CMS during a regular weekly race program PRIOR to this event. If the driver has not raced twice PRIOR to this event at CMS during a regular weekly race program, entry is $75. Entry fees includes driver pit pass.

For USRA Modified drivers, there is a $50 entry fee if the driver has raced twice at CMS during a regular weekly race program PRIOR to this event. If the Modified driver has not raced twice PRIOR to this event the entry fee is $75. Entry fee includes driver pit pass. Same night entries are available in ALL competing classes throughout the weekend, there is no “pre-entry” for any competing class.

Mod Lites and WAR Sprint Car competitors will draw for their starting positions and compete in heat races and additional preliminary events as needed. Mod Lites will line up by passing points earned in the heat races, with the driver earning the most passing points starting on pole position of the main event. WAR Sprint Car series drivers will line up and use their normal protocols for competition throughout the night.

Rain date for the weekend is Monday, September 1, with one hour earlier start times. Primitive camping is permitted at CMS; however, there is no dumpsite. Campfires are allowed only in fire pits. For more information call (816) 229-1338 in advance to inquire about parking campers or placing tents. All personnel on the speedway ground are responsible for their own disposal of waste items and will be held accountable for their actions!

No track points will be awarded in any classes this weekend; however, USRA Modifieds will compete for National USRA points on both Saturday and Sunday while USRA B-Modified drivers will earn National USRA points on Sunday night during their $1500-to-win special event. ULMA competitors will earn ULMA points, W.A.R. Sprint Car drivers will earn series points.

Weekend Payouts:

USRA Modified Special: 1st $1,500 |2nd $1,000 | 3rd $700 | 4th $600 | 5th $500 | 6th $450 | 7th $400 | 8th $350 | 9th $300 | 10th $275 | 11th $250 | 12th $235 | 13th $225 | 14th $220 | 15th $215 | 16th $210 | 17th $205 | 18th $200 | 19th/20th/21st $195 | 22nd/23rd/24th $175. B-Main non-transfers $50.

USRA B-Mod Special: 1st $1,500 | 2nd $1,000 | 3rd $600 | 4th $500 | 5th $400 | 6th $300 | 7th $250 | 8th $225 | 9th $200 | 10th $175 | 11th $150 | 12th $150 | 13th $150 |14th $150 | 15th $130 |16th-24th $125. B-Main non-transfers $50.

Mod Lites and W.A.R Sprints will be paid out according to normal procedures.

Action gets underway Sunday night with gates opening at 5 and racing at 7:30. For complete details visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net and click on the tab titled “Labor Day Weekend at CMS.” On race day, call the track report line at 660-747-2166.

For the remainder of the season, CMS is taking canned and boxed good food collections as well as clothing in good repair for donations to local charities for the less fortunate. Fall and Winter-time clothing has been requested from our community partners as cooler weather will soon settle in over the area. Look for donation drop boxes in the main foyer on the front side, on the pit side, donations may be dropped off in the office.

Night Number One at CMS Goes to Terry Schultz!

September 2nd, 2014

(Warrensburg, MO) Near-perfect temperatures greeted drivers and fans at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) Saturday evening as the track kicked off its annual Labor Day weekend special events with the first of two straight nights of competition.

A total of 67 competitors checked in for competition among the five competing classes, which included 23 USRA Modifieds, 16 Street Stocks, 6 Pure Stocks, 10 ULMA Late Models, and 12 Lightning Sprints. All total, fans in the stands witnessed 16 events throughout the night.

USRA Modifieds headlined the evening with the first of two ‘Twin $1,500-to-Win’ 35-lap feature events of the weekend and it was USRA National Point’s Leader Terry Schultz of Sedalia who powered his way to the front of the field to claim the night one main event. In Street Stock action, Brett Wood took his ninth feature win of the year while Jason Ryun of Kansas City, Missouri drove to his second-consecutive win in Pure Stock action. Non-sanctioned Lightning Sprints made their final appearance of the year at CMS a good one with Phil Heavelow picking up the victory while Jon Binning of Warrensburg captured the ULMA Late Model win.

Pure Stocks kicked off the evening with their preliminary heat race. Darrin Christy Started out the night with a heat race win ahead of last week’s winner Jason Ryun and Lee Scott to setup the main event lineup. Christy and Ryun started on the front row of the ten-lap main event with Ryun quickly shooting out to an early race lead. Christy hounded Ryun through the early stages as Scott’s night came to an early end with mechanical woes. The entire race distance was the Fox and the Hound story as Christy pursued Ryun all throughout the race. Don Johnson stayed solidly in third with Leroy Morrison fourth. In the end, Ryun captured his second straight win in the Pure Stocks with Christy settling for second, Johnson third, Morrison fourth, Robbie Sullins fifth and Lee Scott sixth.

The Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Models took to the track next in two exciting heat races. Two-time track champion Jon Binning drove to the win in heat one ahead of Payton Looney and Michael Weir of Kansas City. In heat two, Lockwood, Missouri’s Dwight Niehoff claimed the win. The feature event lined up with Binning and Niehoff taking the initial green flag from the front row.

Early on, Binning set a torrid pace as drivers settled in for the 20-lap race. Niehoff never let Binning out of his sights and stayed close through lapped traffic with Looney running solidly in third. Some of the best racing came from Todd McCoin,Ryan Petersheim, and Lane Ehlert before the halfway point at lap ten. With Binning and Niehoff in lapped traffic, things got a little dicey for Binning as he left the door open for Niehoff in the closing laps. Off of turn two, the pair split lapped cars and Niehoff shot out front.

With just two laps remaining, Binning fought hard to stay with the new leader and maneuvered his way around the track on the low side with Niehoff in the middle lane. On the white flag lap, Binning found a fast line and pulled even with Niehoff on the back straightaway to setup up a final turn three and four sprint to the finish. Coming off of turn four, the pair were dead even with Binning ultimately narrowly outgunning Niehoff for his third win over the year during the caution-free event. In victory lane, Binning said “Dwight is so clean to race with and it’s a lot of fun when it’s like that, I’ve got a lot of people here tonight including my Mom and Dad so this was a special night.” Niehoff finished second with Looney third. Todd McCoin was fourth, Ryan Petersheim fifth, Lane Ehlert sixth, Greg Clemmons seventh, and Chris Cox eighth.

Lightning Sprints were next in the running order for two preliminary heat races. Beau Heavelow of Sibley, Missouri was victorious in heat one ahead of A.J. Tice and Mark Billings. For heat race number two, Phil Heavelow captured the win ahead of CMS veteran Bobby Lane and M.K. Billings.

The Heavelow’s owned the front row for the start of the non-sanctioned lightning sprint main event and from the drop of the green flag, Buckner, Missouri’s Phil Heavelow shot out to an early race lead with Beau Heavelow and A.J. Tice in tow. The drivers were on their A-game as the field raced through a blistering pace throughout the 20-lap main event.

Even through heavy lapped traffic and a lightning-fast surface, Phil Heavelow stayed comfortably in the lead ahead of Beau Heavelow. Tice stayed comfortably in third with Mark Billings in pursuit in fourth. As the laps wound down, it was evident something drastic would have to happen to keep Phil Heavelow from victory lane once again at CMS. In the end, Phil Heavelow captured his second-straight Lightning Sprint win in a race that ran caution free for 20 laps with Beau Heavelow finishing second just ahead of A.J. Tice with her best finish at CMS this season. Mark Billings recovered from early night mechanical issues and came up to finish fourth, with M.K. Billings and Ryan Kent rounding out the top six.

Street Stocks made their way to the track for their two heat races as the exciting action continued. Heat race winners included Warrensburg driver Brett Wood ahead of Marc Carter and Jermiah Wilson in heat one and John Clancy out of California, Missouri over Bobby Raybourn and Brett Cox in heat two.

Brett Wood and John Clancy started the action for the Street Stocks in row one with Marc Carter and Bobby Raybourn just behind. Earlier in the night the Lightning Sprints and ULMA Late Models went green to checkers and it looked like the Street Stocks would do the same. Wood grabbed the early lead with Clancy and Carter in pursuit as the race ran caution free until lap 14.

With what was the one and only caution flag during the event waving over the field six laps shy of the finish, Wood again held point over Carter, Clancy, and Allen Perryman. Wood again distanced himself from the rest of the field as Carter and Clancy ran strong in second and third. Meanwhile, ninth-starting Jay Prevete had a successful return to CMS as he made his way into the top five. Ultimately, Wood was again too strong for the rest of the field as he captured his ninth main event win of the year. Carter settled for second with Clancy coming away third. Prevete moved up to fourth at the finish with Perryman holding on for fifth, Clayton Campbell sixth, Brian Ziegler seventh, and Brett Cox eighth.

Finishing up the night’s preliminary action was USRA Modified drivers competing in four 10-lap prelims to determine the passing points order, which ultimately built up to the top 8 redraw to set the front four rows of the night’s main event. The first heat race went to Dean Wille over the travelling Father and Son tandem of Bob Timm and Jake Timm of Winona, Minnesota.

Heat number two belonged to former champions of the Modified class at CMS as Jason Thompson claimed the win ahead of Terry Schultz and Aaron Marrant. For heat three, former CMS feature winner Justin Johnson drove to the win over Tim Karrick and a returning Shad Badder. For the final heat race, Quincy, Illinois’ Robbie Reed picked up the win over Fulton, Missouri’s Kevin Blackburn and last week’s feature winner, Dustin Boney.

The top eight passing-points earners, which included Wille, Thompson, Johnson, Reed, Karrick, Bob Timm, Blackburn, and Schultz, re-drew for their 35-lap main event starting positions. Karrick drew the number one starting position with Kevin Blackburn, Son of two-time CMS Modified Champion, Gary Blackburn, Jr., to the outside at the drop of the green flag for the main event.

Karrick led the field to the green with a strong running Blackburn side-by-side for many of the opening laps. After a rough start and a few black-flag warnings to various drivers, things seemed to settle down just a bit as drivers were eager to make their way to the finish and gain valuable spots in the solid paying race.

Blackburn was strong on the high side with Karrick mostly running low. Robbie Reed and Dean Wille faded early on with Reed coming out on the worst end of contact and ultimately suffering a cut tire, only to have his crew make quick repairs so he could return to the track in time to make it back out on the field as the race resumed. Meanwhile, Bob Timm began charging to the front and blasted into the top three with Schultz and Jason Thompson also in the mix.

In what turned out to be a fantastic race with some of the strongest USRA drivers battling hard for positions, Timm continued his charge to the front chasing Schultz, who pressured and eventually took the lead from Blackburn who slipped to third. A few laps later, Timm darted out front on the low side. Soon after, Schultz switched lines and moved to the low side to keep Timm in close quarters. Timm looked like he was going to sail onto the victory as he and Schultz were the class of the field.

Aaron Marrant came to life from his eleventh starting spot and broke into the top three late in the race and added his name to the possible list of winners. Timm and Schultz ran close until Timm suffered mechanical issues and exited the track with just a few laps remaining. With the drivers now in a good rhythm, Schultz took command with Marrant in second and twelfth-starting Shad Badder blasting through the field to come all the way to third.

As the white flag flew, Schultz hugged the low line with Marrant close behind as Schultz ultimately led to his National USRA point’s lead with the victory over Marrant. Badder capped off a nice charge into the top three in third with Blackburn recording his best-ever CSM finish in fourth. Dustin Boney had an up and down night but still came away with a top five with Jason Thompson sixth, Tylyer Schmidt, seventh and Karrick eighth. Chad Lyle was ninth followed by Justin Johnson in tenth.

CMS kicks right back into high gear on Sunday, August 31 for the second-straight night of action to close out the Labor Day weekend with ‘Open Wheel Madness’ night, featuring another $1500-to-Win USRA Modified main event, a $1500-to-win USRA Sanctioned B-Mod main event, plus Mod Lites and the W.A.R. Sprint Car Series in their final appearances at CMS this year.

Admission prices for Sunday include: Adults $15, Senior Citizens 65+ and Active Duty Military w/I.D. $12, Kids aged 6 to 12 years $5, Children five and under are free. Pit passes are $30 each night.

There are no track registration fees; however, Modified and B-mod drivers MUST have a USRA license or purchase $10 temporary license. For B-Mods the entry fee is $50 if the driver has raced twice at CMS during a regular weekly race program PRIOR to this event. If the driver has not raced twice PRIOR to this event at CMS during a regular weekly race program, entry is $75. Entry fees includes driver pit pass.

For USRA Modified drivers, there is a $50 entry fee if the driver has raced twice at CMS during a regular weekly race program PRIOR to this event. If the Modified driver has not raced twice PRIOR to this event the entry fee is $75. Entry fee includes driver pit pass. Same night entries are available in ALL competing classes throughout the weekend, there is no “pre-entry” for any competing class.

Mod Lites and WAR Sprint Car competitors will draw for their starting positions and compete in heat races and additional preliminary events as needed. Mod Lites will line up by passing points earned in the heat races, with the driver earning the most passing points starting on pole position of the main event. WAR Sprint Car series drivers will line up and use their normal protocols for competition throughout the night.

Rain date for the weekend is Monday, September 1, with one hour earlier start times. Primitive camping is permitted at CMS; however, there is no dumpsite. Campfires are allowed only in fire pits. For more information call (816) 229-1338 in advance to inquire about parking campers or placing tents. All personnel on the speedway ground are responsible for their own disposal of waste items and will be held accountable for their actions!

No track points will be awarded in any classes this weekend; however, USRA Modifieds will compete for National USRA points on both Saturday and Sunday while USRA B-Modified drivers will earn National USRA points on Sunday night during their $1500-to-win special event. ULMA competitors will earn ULMA points, W.A.R. Sprint Car drivers will earn series points.

Cummins conquers USMTS at The Creek

September 2nd, 2014

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.–Jason Cummins conquered the 35-lap main event Saturday night during the 9th Annual Labor Day Dual at the Deer Creek Speedway for his first United States Modified Touring Series victory since 2011.

After starting fifth on the 26-car grid, the 34-year-old from New Richland, Minn., took fourth on lap 4, third on lap 5 and then snuck by Brad Waits for second with nine laps complete.

After swapping the lead back and forth with Waits for the first five laps, Johnny Scott settled into the lead role on lap 6 and paced the field through lap 14 when Cummins scooted by to take control. Waits, who dominated the USMTS feature race here during Memorial Day Weekend, moved around Scott three laps later and challenged Cummins the rest of the way.

But Cummins was up to the task and parked his machine in victory lane for the first time since winning on opening night of the World Modified Dirt Track Championship more than three years ago.

The win was worth $3,000 while Waits settled for the runner-up paycheck and Scott held on for a third-place finish.

Tommy Myer wound up fourth and Stormy Scott was fifth. The rest of the top 10 spots fell to Joey Jensen, Craig Thatcher, Zack VanderBeek, Kelly Shryock and Kevin Stoa. Shryock, who started 19th, padded his pocket by earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders had a rare night of disappointment. After qualifying for the main event through one of two Real Racing Wheels B Mains, the current points leader dropped out of the race on lap 17 with mechanical woes.

Although VanderBeek narrowed the gap, Sanderss points lead in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup sits at 129 points (1473 to 1344). By simply showing up at the final two points races, Sanders will garner his second straight USMTS national championship.

Stormy Scott remains third in the standings with 1229 markers, followed by Shryock (1145), Johnny Scott (1144), Dereck Ramirez (1090), Joe Duvall (1050), Daniel Hilsabeck (1003), John Allen (932) and Trevor Hunt (816).

The Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Cresco Speedway inCresco, Iowa, for the 12th Annual Cresco Bowl.

Once again, the USMTS Modifieds will share the stage with the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-Mods ($600 to win), plus USRA Hobby Stocks ($350 to win).

Ticket prices are $17 for adults 18 years of age and older, $10 for kids ages 13-17 and free for children ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 per person.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah and Waukon on race day. John Allen and his No. 98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreos Modified will be at the 601 2nd Ave. Caseys location from 11:30-1:30.

The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling 563-547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com. The Howard County Fairgrounds campground features seasonal camping with water, electrical hook-ups and a sewer dumping station. The camping fee is $10 per night or $50 per week. Long term stays are available for discounted rate.

For more information about Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Goede Wins Late Model Feature at Elko

September 1st, 2014

Elko, MN-Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his 6th feature event in the NASCAR Whelen All American series MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division at Elko Speedway.

Goede started third row outside and worked his way to the top spot by lap 16 of the 40 lap main event “I used the bottom, everyone can skate around in the second groove but we worked on our car to get around on the bottom,” said Goede “it’s good down there and it’s good to be in victory lane.”

Matt Goede finished second to his older brother with former Champion Dan Fredrickson taking home the third spot. Nine time Champion Donny Reuvers made his first start of the season, he started in the 8th row and moved up to finish in the 9th position.

Jacob Goede still leads in the points with Paul Paine in second and Matt Goede moving up to third in the standings. Only two points paying race nights remain in the Super Late Model division.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won for the fifth time this season in the Big 8 division. Marek started on the pole, took the lead and never looked back winning the 25 lap main event by 2.229 seconds over Michael Beamish with Jon Lemke finishing third.

Cole Anderson had a rough night finishing 10th in the feature, he has been runner-up in the point standings for much of the year but now he has slid back to the third position. Marek now leads Jon Lemke by 15 and Anderson is 22 points behind in the race for the Championship.

Twenty cars started the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event and it was an eventful race. Tony Holm lead the race early then Conrad Jorgenson took the lead on lap 6. Ted Reuvers came from his fourth row starting position to move up to 2nd, then with four laps to go Reuvers and Jorgenson had contact sending both of them to the back of the pack. Defending Champion Brent Kane capitalized on the situation and then held off Jeremy Wolff and Eric Campbell for the win.

Jorgenson came back to finish 10th in the 20 car field, he holds onto the point lead by 39 over Wolff with Kane moving to the third position in points.

Robby Carter from Prior Lake (MN) won the 20 lap Great North Legends National Qualifier race at Elko Speedway, it was his second win of the season. Michael Hanson and Dylan Warner battled side by side for the lead early in the race before Derek Lemke took over the top spot at lap 10. Carter took the lead from Lemke with 4 laps to go and held on to win by only .226 seconds at the finish line.

By winning a National Qualifier event Carter will get a provisional starting spot at the Legends National Championship Main Event on October 18th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Derek Lemke continues to lead in the standings, he has a 23 point lead over Brady Fox-Rhode with his father Jon Lemke moving to the third position. The Great North Legends will continue to have points paying races until September 27th, the final race night of the season.

Tom Doten from St Paul (MN) won his second consecutive Pepsi Power Stock main event. 24 cars filled Elko Speedway with action, it was Shaun Prins who took the early lead and Doten moved up to the top spot by lap 7 of the 20 lap race. Tom Quade finished second with Dusty Mann coming home third.

Nick Oxborough finished 5th, one spot ahead of Grant Brown. Oxborough is now 13 points ahead of Brown in the race for the championship but Doten continues to close in, he is now only 20 points behind with two points paying race nights remaining for the Power Stock division.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) lead flag to flag in the 15 lap Mini Stock main event for his 6th win of the year. The race night was delayed because of rain before this race but the front wheel drive 4 cyl Mini-Stock cars seemed to have no trouble with the damp conditions. Brandon Plekkenpol finished 2nd with Ridge Oien getting third.

Adams extended his lead to 43 points over Michael Wachs Jr who finished fifth in the feature event, the Mini Stocks will also have their Championship night on September 27th.

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros feature event. Giles now also took over the lead in the standings by 2 points over Brody Wulf in the race for the Championship.

For Full Results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

The Jeremy Johnson memorial Sportmanship award was presented to Natalie Bartyzal from Cedar View Electric for her contributions to the Motorsports community.

Up next for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is an Eve of Destruction RAW event on Saturday September 6th. Double features plus Cannon Lady will be shot out of a cannon and Radical Rob will be blown from a box loaded with dynamite. Monster trucks Thunder 4X4 and Heartbreaker will compete and entertain the crowd, plus spectator drags and many other events.

Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by using #ElkoSpeedway.

Tompkins Industry Night at the Races I-35 Speedway

September 1st, 2014

Show Me Vintage Racers were back in action at I-35 Speedway as John Steenstry #22 would make it two victories in a row on the fast three eighths mile of dirt. Brian Strong #7 would not make it an easy win for Steenstry as he would challenge every lap only to come up short and place second. Great racing action would ensue behind the two lead cars with Andy Wiles #53 and Shane Wilson #2 racing from the back of the field towards the front with Wiles third and Wilson fourth. Mike McDowell #24 would lead early only to fade late and end the feature in fifth. Heat race winners were John Steenstry #22 and Dave Baldwin #4.

Continuing to grow in numbers and impress in quality the E-Mod class would witness side by side racing throughout the pack. When the smoke had cleared heat race winner John Brown #36j was standing tall in McCarthy Auto-Group Winners Circle. Point leader Kit Bailey #77 would challenge Brown every inch of the way only to see lap traffic hold him to a second place finish. Onetime leader Kyle Henning #1 continues to impress with yet another solid third place run. Heat race winner LeRoy Cameron #6a would race his ford powered hotrod to fourth. Chris Dishong #41 would come from a last starting position and charge through the pack to place fifth.

The pressure was on in the USRA Hobby Stock division as the familiar #47x, normally driven by Conner Masoner with two feature wins on the season, would see Jon Boller Jr behind the wheel. Boller, knowing that Masoner would never let him live it down, had to put the #47x in victory lane. Boller would lead every lap and was never challeneged on his way to earning the nights top spot. Great racing ensued throughout the pack as Mich Ross #34 would hold off the hard racing of #23g Greg Gilbert to finish second, with Gilbert third. Corey Myers #15 would run side by side with #10x of John Chipp with Myers gaining the advantage as they would finish fourth and fifth respectively. Heat race winners were Carson Masoner #13x and John Chipp #10x.

Grand Nationals were next to take to the dirt with Houston Johnson #97 earning the victory by making the move of the race early and holding off the hard charge of Donnie Brown #26. Brown would make a gallant effort throughout the feature only to settle for second. Austin Johnson #98 would race his way to third with Buz Kaster #54 fourth and heat race winner Don Marrs #9 rounding out the top five.

USRA B-Mods would witness the familiar face in I-35 Speedway’s winners circle as Randy Ainsworth #57 would pick up win number three on the 2014 racing season. Ainsworth was challenged every step of the way in a great battle by Jim Cameron #96c who would end the night second. Doug Keller #77 continues his consistency by placing third and holding the very fast Clint Baker #17x to fourth. USRA National Point Leader Chad Clancy #21c would recover from an early race mishap and race back to fifth. Heat race winners included Gregg Truelove #44, Luke Neiman #181, and Ronnie Miller #76. B-Feature winner was Dustin Miller #52m.

In an action packed USRA Stock Car feature the plot ever thickens in the I-35 Speedway point’s race. Thomas Roberts #65x would battle early race leader Jeff Dixon #88, swapping the lead continually until mid-way through the race when Roberts would gain the advantage and never look back claiming win number seventy-seven on his illustrious career. Dean Wray #77 would search all over the track to find a way around Roberts to no avail finishing second. Jason Estes #18e would pass onetime leader Dixon to finish third, leaving Dixon to fourth. Billie Hoover #21h, after recovering from a flat tire, would race his way back up to finish fifth. Heat race winners Dean Wray #77 and Jason Estes #18e.

USRA Modifieds would not disappoint in one of the fastest features anyone would ever witness on a three-eighths mile speedway. Current point leader Zach Sanders #69 would charge through the pack passing Jim Hopkins #71 in the latter stages to claim feature win number seven of this 2014 racing season. Hopkins would not go quietly as he would continue to challenge Sanders for the lead and finish a strong second place for the night. Dennis Elliott #29 continues to rack up top fives by placing third. Sam Florence #42 was the hard charger of the feature by coming through the pack and placing fourth. Derrick Hicks #78 was a top contender all night and would round out the feature’s top five. Heat race winners included Sam Florence #42, Jim Hopkins #71, and Dennis Elliott #29.

I-35 Speedway would like to thank all drivers and fans for a great night of racing excitement. We would like to thank John Brown and Donnie Brown for their contributions towards the upcoming kids nickel drop and we will also be giving away two more bicycles in the upcoming weeks. Special thanks to all the kids who participated in the bike races on the front strait as all were deemed winners. We invite everyone back next week for Rod End Supply Night at the Races featuring all the normal classes plus Midwest Lightning Sprints and Non-Wing Sprint Cars. See you next week for more “Dirt Trackin at its Best”.

See you there!!!

Reed wins Big Ten Series Street Stocks title

September 1st, 2014

MACON—Terry Reed should buy a lottery ticket. Everything went perfect for the driver leading the Big Ten Street Stock Series as he would claim the championship to the 10-race series, and the Decatur driver would win the $500 top prize in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race at Macon Speedway on Saturday. Along with that 25-lap victory in which he led every lap, he was the fastest qualifier, won his heat and the 6-lap Dash for Cash which put him on the pole position for the main event.

Trailing him in the Big Ten Street Stock Series is Bobby Beiler, who followed him around for the entire race and lost power on the 24th lap but managed to finish.

Jeremy Nichols overcame traffic and took the lead away from Tim Bedinger en route to the checkered flag in the Sportsman division feature.

Dave Crawley, Jr. had little difficulty getting into the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature. Starting in the front row, he took the lead and dashed away from Guy Taylor and company for his second feature win in a row.

Another driver who had little trouble with the lead was Beach House Mini Sprints feature winner Jeremy Camp. He stuck to the bottom groove and weaved through the lapped traffic and managed to build momentum heading to the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints double feature program next Saturday.

Adam Webb won for the second consecutive week in the Outlaw Hornet division. Webb, the defending National Hornet Champion, took away with the lead and went on for victory.

Marty Sullivan had to hold off Jonathan Drake in the fourth turn to get the win in the Stock Hornet class.

Macon Speedway hosted the final event leading to the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship Race on September 13th as five girls from Pop’s Place raced to the checkered flag and Christine Vogel added her name to the list of ladies racing in the championship next month.

Jackie Boggs Blasts to Lucas Oil Victory on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park

September 1st, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, OH- Jackie Boggs blasted from third to first on a late restart and went on to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Scott Bloomquist was in control of the race before a caution with 40 laps complete, setting up a thrilling finish in the Lucas Oil LateModel Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Bloomquist had the dominant car from the start of the event, then over the last ten laps he developed fuel-pressure issues. He gave up the lead to Boggs on lap 43. Boggs brought the huge crowd to its feet with his high-side pass of Bloomquist as he pulled away for his third career LOLMDS victory. Steve Francis finished second for the third consecutive time in LOLMDS competition. Jared Landers finished third, followed by Eddie Carrier Jr., and Bloomquist, who faded to fifth at the finish.

“This car was just a frame on Monday morning, we worked all-week on this new Swartz car and I will tell you, this thing is fast,” said the winner, afterwards. “I think the paint just dried on the car today,” Boggs excitedly said. “We had gone so long without a caution. I was just content to hang on for third. But then the caution came out with ten to go and I thought well maybe we had another chance at Bloomquist.”

“I am not sure what happened to him [Bloomquist], but Steve [Francis] and I stayed right with him. His car was either not running right or it had a tire going down, not sure, but we went to the top and drove around him. It’s great win for our team, and I see from the crowd reaction, they liked it too. I can’t wait until the Dirt Track World Championship Race here in October. We had a real good car here last year and nearly won it… I think this car is better. I want to thank Audie Swartz, Kenny Hemman Racing Engines, McCoy Brothers Logging, Samuel Coal, Brown Medical, Matney’s Truck and Trailer, The Weld Shop and BPM Performance.”

Francis, who continues his late-season surge, backed up his runner-up finishes at Lawrenceburg and Attica at one of his favorite venues tonight. “We had another solid finish tonight for the Clint Bowyer Racing Team. If I could have gotten by Scott sooner, I might have had a chance at Jackie, but he was gone by the time I cleared Scott. I have to thank Georgia Boot, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Barry Wright Race Cars, and all of my crew. We are going to get back to victory lane here soon.”

Landers rallied to a third-place finish in the last few laps. “We had a good car all night. I really liked that cushion up top. We keep digging here and we are going to get a win. I have to thank Crop Production Services, Bad Boy Mowers, Mark Martin Automotive, and Big Dog Motorsports.”

Completing the top ten were John Blankenship, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Brian Birkhofer, and Earl Pearson Jr.

In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 14.394 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.427 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Chris Combs and Don O’Neal won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Apel Captures Season Championship at Slinger

September 1st, 2014

Slinger, Wis., Aug. 31—Steve Apel led the final 38 laps to win the Bruce Mueller Memorial 100 super late model Labor Day Weekend feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and in the process wrapped up his second consecutive super late model track championship.

Michael Bilderback led the opening laps over Ryan DeStefano, Tim Lampman, and Rob Braun while Steve Apel, Conrad Morgan, and John DeAngelis raced for position behind them. The inside lane prevailed in the early going as Braun and Apel used it to work their way into second and third respectively behind Bilderback who edged away slightly out front. Braun and Apel soon tracked down Bilderback and the top three raced nose to tail until Braun looked to the inside in a bid for the lead off turn four. However, by the time the leaders exited turn two, Braun’s car became extremely loose and as he regained control, Bilderback slipped away out front as those behind him including Braun, Apel, and Morgan regrouped. Apel worked the high side to pass Braun for second just before the first caution flag of the race waved on lap 26 when the field bunched up in turn four and Rich Loch’s car looped around after contact with Chris Blawat. Bilderback chose the outside lane for the restart and with Apel in the low groove, the two staged a side by side duel for the lead as racing resumed while Morgan and Braun were joined by Dennis Prunty who worked his way into the top five. Prunty then used the high lane to bypass Braun to take fourth as he joined Morgan in closing the gap to Bilderback and Apel who were still racing door to door for the lead. Bilderback and Apel traded the lead with each completed lap until the second caution flag appeared on lap 40 for a spin by Lampman in turn four. Bilderback again chose the outside for the restart and Apel was able to edge him for the lead as racing resumed for one lap before an incident involving Kelsey Bauer in turn one put the field back under the yellow flag. This time Apel chose the outside for the restart and he was able to charge past Bilderback for the lead as the green flag waved. Dennis Prunty also used the high land to advance into second and Conrad Morgan did likewise to take over third. Prunty then began to pressure Apel for the top spot, making numerous looks to the inside with Morgan sitting directly behind them also looking for a way forward. Prunty’s persistence in the low groove paid off a few laps later as he passed Apel for the lead, bringing Morgan along with him into second. The lead battle stabilized up front for a bit before John DeAngelis cut a tire in turn four and slammed hard into the retaining wall on lap 62 bringing out the red flag as his flaming car came to rest in the infield. DeAngelis quickly exited the car uninjured as the track clean up began. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and a quick burst by Morgan down the backstretch on the pace lap forced Prunty to accelerate quicker on the restart and the two were nearly even as they took the green flag. However, when they exited turn two, Morgan, not realizing Prunty was at his rear quarter, moved up the track resulting in both cars collecting the wall hard and drawing another red flag. Apel inherited the lead for the restart and he chose the outside groove, leaving Travis Dassow the inside lane in second. As the green flag waved, Apel worked the high side well and maintained the lead over Dassow while Bilderback held third place ahead of Braun and Lowell Bennett. Dassow tried numerous times to unseat Apel for the top spot over the final laps but was unable to make a serious charge as Apel drove under the checkered flag for the victory and at the same time clinched the super late model track championship. Dassow was forced to settle for a runner up finish for the second consecutive week while Bilderback completed a strong run in third. Lowell Bennett worked his way forward from deep in the field to finish fourth while Rob Braun took the checkered flag in fifth, but later did not pass post race technical inspection.
Nick Wagner won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Rich Loch and they along with fourth place finisher Kelsey Bauer advanced to the main event. Super late model heat races were won by Randy Schuler, Lowell Bennett, and Steve Apel while Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.323 seconds.
Dan Church Jr. drove to his sixth feature victory of the season, holding off first time visitor Alex Papini to win the 40-lap late model main event.
Gregg Pawelski paced the beginning laps, using the outside groove to race to the lead at the drop of the green flag while Alex Papini also worked the top side to grab second ahead of Ricky Heinen and Alex Prunty. Papini continued his strong run on the top side as he passed Pawelski to take the lead on lap four as Prunty joined the lead battle. By lap nine, Prunty was in second place after working his way to Pawelski’s inside as Dan Church began to advance forward, snagging the fourth spot from Heinan. The caution flag waved on lap 15 for a spin by Tim Lange in turn four with Papini leading over Prunty, Pawelski, Church, and Heinan. Papini chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, he and Prunty raced side by side for the lead with Church directly in their tracks. The lead battle intensified with Prunty digging hard from the inside and Papini holding tough in the high lane and as they drove down the backstretch Papini’s left front tire momentarily rode over Prunty’s right rear, briefly lifting Papini’s car in the air and giving Prunty the edge he needed to take the lead. Church immediately filled the inside gap and drew alongside Papini for second as Prunty took the lead. Church eventually took the spot as the leaders moved back single file with Prunty showing the way over Church, Papini, and Pawelski. The second caution flag of the event appeared on lap 29 for an incident involving Grant Griesbach and Dave McCardle in turn four and Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, while Church pulled alongside in the lower groove. Church was strong on the inside and after a lap of racing alongside Prunty, took the lead as Papini moved up on the inside to challenge Prunty for second. Papini and Prunty rubbed fenders in their battle for second as Pawelski had his hands full defending the fourth position from Tim Sargent and Ryan Zielski. The battle for second allowed Church to scoot away in the closing laps as Papini eventually prevailed on the inside to take second. As the laps wound down, Prunty became trapped on the high side and Pawelski, Sargent, and Zielski all raced by while Papini tried to track down Church for the lead. Church would not be denied in the closing laps and he drove to the victory, his sixth main event win of the season. Alex Papini capped off an impressive first time Slinger appearance with a strong second place result while Tim Sargent finished third. Gregg Pawelski and Ryan Zielski rounded out the top five finishers.
Wayne Freimund won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Jerry Mueller and Steven Schulz as Corey Funk and Scott Patrick finished fourth and fifth respectively. Brittany Helmers scored her first late model victory by picking up the checkered flag in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller and Ryan Zielski were the winners of the second and third late model heats. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.503 seconds.
Kyle Chwala worked hard to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature, taking the lead in the final three laps and holding off Jason Thoma for his ninth main event victory of the season.
Andy Welter and Terry Wangsness led the field to the green flag with Wangsness prevailing from the outside to lead the opening laps with Bill Prietzel and Kody Hubred racing close behind. The outside was the preferred lane early and Prietzel, Hubred, and Jason Thoma all used it to move into second through fourth respectively as Wangsness continued to lead. With Wangsness out front, Hubred dove to the inside of Prietzel as they battled side by side for second just ahead of Thoma while Steven Sauer and Kyle Chwala advanced forward to join the lead group. Prietzel worked the high line well and Hubred soon moved up to follow him as they tracked down Wangsness with Prietzel taking command of the race on lap nine. The caution flew a lap later for a spin by Devin Schmidt in turn four and during the slow down, Wangsness left the speedway with fluid leaking from his car leaving Prietzel to lead over Hubred, Thoma, Sauer, and Chwala. Prietzel chose the inside for the restart and with Hubred alongside, they staged an intense battle for the lead, trading paint before switching lanes with Hubred working the bottom line and Prietzel moving to the top side. Their duel came to an end on lap 13 when Hubred’s car slid in the first turn and looped around to draw the caution flag. This time Prietzel lined up on the inside of Thoma for the restart and as racing resumed, Thoma proved to be strong up top and he charged by for the lead. Kyle Chwala also worked the high lane to get by Prietzel for second while Steven Sauer and Chad Smith closed in from fourth and fifth respectively. Sauer caught the leaders to make it a four car battle up front as Thoma continued to hold off Chwala and Prietzel. With three laps to go, Chwala dove to the inside of Thoma off turn four in a bid for the lead and after a lap of side by side racing, completed the pass to take the top spot. Chwala drove to the victory while Thoma edged Prietzel for second while Steven Sauer and Chad Smith completed the top five finishers.
Michael Gilomen and Andy Welter captured Area Sportsman heat race victories while Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 13.162 seconds.
Carl Benn drove to victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature, holding off Jacob Schraufnagel to take the checkered flag. Brandon Tackes followed in their tracks at the stripe to finish a close third. Dale Kiley-Schaefer crossed the line in fourth and Matt Rose finished fifth. Zach Braun won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Brandon Berens and Jayden Buckley while Slinger Bee heat race victories were recorded by Zach Braun, Isaac Daniel, and Nick Schmidt. Dale Kiley-Schaefer was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.821 seconds.
Andrew Patnode won the Spectator Eliminator races with his Mazda and Scott Goetzke closed out the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 race.

Jackson Victorious in G2 Gemini Summer Shootout

September 1st, 2014

Wheatland, MO -In a night full of action, the G2 Gemini Summer Shootout kept fans on the edge of their seats the entire time. Justin Asplin earned the DirtonDirt.com Pole Award and fired alongside Scott Lewis for the 40 lap feature.

Will Vaught asserted himself early and took control of the race. For the majority of the night it looked like Vaught would be the car in RACEceiver Victory Lane. However, late in the race with lapped traffic all around, Jackson and Vaught ran together in turn one. The damage cut down Vaught’s tire, and he was forced to pit for a new left rear. The incident gave Jackson the lead after he and Bodenhamer got together in turn one a couple of laps later, resulting in a caution. Jackson never looked back in winning his first ever Super Late Model feature at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“Will (Vaught) was good,” said Jackson following the feature. “I got a lot of respect for Will. I was catching him in lapped traffic. He didn’t look like he was as maneuverable as I was. I was running the bottom. He just kind of made a last minute decision to get down there. I tired to stay off of him. In the next turn he got beside me and I give him a lot of room, cause I felt like, I didn’t want him to feel like that’s how I won the race.”

Jack Sullivan was in the thick of the race from about the midpoint on. He started 18th and fell back before mounting a serious charge forward. He kept his Rocket Chassis out of danger and avoided any run ins to score the runner up finishing position.

Jesse Stovall had an eventful race, as he and Asplin had a couple of chance meetings under green and then another under caution. Stovall suffered a good amount of damage, but held on to nail down the third position.

In the points chase, both Chad Simpson and Terry Phillips had tough evenings. They, like Sullivan, were able to just run their respective races and both ended with good results to show for their efforts. Simpson ran 5th, with Phillips one spot back of him.

Only two more races remain in the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA season. They will be contested October 10th and 11th right back at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Justin Williams gets ninth win the hard way at Virginia Motor Speedway

September 1st, 2014

Jamaica, VA – Justin Williams of Shipman, VA swept the outside of race-long leader Brandon Long out of turn 4 heading to the white flag taking over the lead and going on to collect his ninth Victory Lap Late Model win at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway on Virginia Army National Guard “Salute to the Fallen” Tribute Night.

Buck Roadcap and Brandon Long led the field to green with Long taking the top spot out of turn 2. Once out front Long began to pull away while Justin Williams and Billy Tucker battled for second. On Lap 15 Tucker and Williams got together in turn 2 bringing out a caution and sending both to the rear for the restart.

With Long dominating up front Williams began his charge back to the front. On lap 27 Williams took over second from John Staton. On the following lap Williams pulled up on Long and then swept to his outside out of turn 4 to take the lead at the white flag. Once out front Williams pulled away to take his ninth win of the season followed by Long, Staton, Tim Shelton and Stephen Childress.

Also picking up wins were Matt Marshall (Budweiser Modified); Tyler Bare (Aaron’s Pro Late Models); Brett Adkins (Truckin Thunder Sportsman) and Stephen Childress (Collision One Limited Stocks).

After getting called out on Facebook track General Manger Clarke Sawyer and Dave Seay, Director of Sales and Marketing took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the front stretch to the cheers of the fans in the grandstands. The two called out late model driver and crew chief Mark Parks and all the nights’ winners. The speedway would like to thank all of them for participating.

Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA took the lead from Jared Powell on lap 5. Once out front Bare ran a flawless race and led the remaining 20 laps uncontested on way to his second win of the season. It took two tries to get the feature started and once under green Powell took the lead out of turn 2 with Bare in tow. On lap 4 Bare began looking inside Powell for the lead and got an opening out of turn 4. Once out front Bare pulled away as Powell worked to hold off point leader Bobby Thompson to hold on to second followed
by Thompson, Davis Lipscombe and Jimmy Duncan.

Matt Marshall of Stuarts Draft, VA inherited the lead on lap 14 when Brian Maxey and Matt Quade got together racing for the lead in turn 2 ending Maxey’s night and sending Qaude to the rear after repairs. Once under green Marshall pulled away from the pack on way to take his second win of the season. Behind him Matt Quade took second at the checkers with an inside pass on Joey Polevoy with Francis Jarrelle III and Josh Harris rounding out the top five.

Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA took the lead on lap 2 of the caution filled Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature. Adkins only had to survive multiple restarts on way to dominating the event on way to his fifth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Hunter Shelton, Timmy Brann, Junior Carter and James Snead.

Stephen Childress of St. Stephens Church, VA held off several furious challenges by Ben Lowry to lead the final six laps of the Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap to pick up his third win of the season. Andrew Tarbox led the first 11 laps before going for a spin after contact with Childress out of turn 2. Childress would inherit the lead for the restart. Over the remaining 9 laps Childress held off several challenges for the lead from Lowry the last coming on the final turn when the two touched and raced side by side to the checkers. Childress would get the win followed by Lowry, Brandon Sandridge, Ryan Hutchens and Brian Bradley.

The speedway will take next weekend off due to the NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway and return to racing on Saturday September 13th for Safety-Kleen Championship Night presented by WIGO. The night will feature the Victory Lap Late Model, Aaron’s Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in the final point race of the 2014 season. The track’s 2014 champions will be crowned in all five Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series divisions.

Competitor gates for Saturday September 13th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps and features will start at 8pm.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Late Models (30 Laps); Aaron’s Pro Late Models (25 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. We offer a family pass for $25 (two adults and two children 12 and under). Pit passes will be $20.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Track Champions Crowned at Fiesta City Speedway

September 1st, 2014

After having rain throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning, track officials at Fiesta City Speedway got to work to try get the track ready to race on Friday night. After getting the track ready to race, the track was fast and tacky for Season Championship night.

Brian Neal passed Jeremy Grinager on lap 2 to win his fifth feature of the season.

Ryan Buer took the lead to start the WISSOTA Mod 4 feature. On the last lap, Tyler Larson beat Buer too the checkered flag to win his fourth feature of the year.

Jason Vejtruba passed Mike Jans on lap 2 and went on to get his seventh feature of the season and second in a row.

Justin Vogel led the entire WISSOTA Street Stock feature for his fourth win of the year.

Phil Braun led every lap of the WISSOTA Modified feature for his second win the season.

Corey Nelson led the WISSOTA Late Model feature flag-to-flag for his second win of the year.

Trick or Treating, Monster Truck and Trailer Races Help Celebrate Halloween in September at St. Croix Valley Raceway

September 1st, 2014

TRICK OR TREATING, MONSTER (truck) AND TRAILER RACES
HELP CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN SEPTEMBER AT ST. CROIX VALLEY RACEWAY

On Saturday, September 13, St. Croix Valley Raceway (SCVR) will give new meaning to trick or treating door-to-door with its annual Crash Tastic Smash-O-Rama/Halloween in September event.

Imagine for a moment this nightmare scenario: You’ve contemplated and planned the perfect Halloween costume. When the big day arrives, you don your costume and head out early to score all the best candy. But every door you walk up to is welded shut.

But this is no nightmare; in fact, it’s not even a dream. It’s perfect! It’s not yet Halloween, but it feels like Halloween, the Fourth of July and Christmas all rolled into one. All of the doors are welded shut because you’re not going door-to-door around your neighborhood; you’re going door-to-door around your neighborhood racetrack – trick or treating amongst race cars. Well, at least that’s the case if your neighborhood racetrack is St. Croix Valley Raceway and it’s September 13.

Whether you’re age 3 or 93, anticipation is building for this huge event! Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to go trick or treating – in costume – (car)door to (car)door on the racetrack as SCVR’s race car and trailer race drivers generously dispense their goodies. And that is just the start – prize giveaways will occur all night long.

Requisite to any Crash-Tastic/Smash-O-Rama is destruction. Serious destruction! One of the funniest methods of destroying things is with a Trailer Race. Cars and trucks towing boats, campers, living room sets, outhouses…just about anything you can imagine – and the drivers set out on a full contact oval barrage of mayhem and hilarity. With just three simple rules (be safe, have fun, and wreck stuff), the trailer race will leave you in stitches and the race track in shambles. Upping the crash-ante will be the “Demolition Devil”, Scott Turkiewicz as he attempts a school bus jump and starts himself on fire! And just to make sure everything is smashed to its fullest extent, Kaila Savage and her ‘Trick ‘r Sweet’ monster truck Heart Breakerwill be in the house to do what monster trucks do best – make lots of noise and smash-o-rama things. Heart Breaker is on tap for 3 separate crash-tastic freestyle sessions throughout the evening on a mission to crush as much steel as Savage-ly possible.

The Northern Vintage Stock Car Racers will be on hand, and once again the winners of the vintage feature races will immediately “re-gift” their winning trophy to a young fan chosen from the grandstands. Joining the vintage racers, regular weekly competitors in the Future Four/Minivan, Pure Stock and UMSS Micro Sprint divisions will race for the final trophies of the 2014 SCVR season.

Start planning a costume now to get a head start on Halloween at St. Croix Valley Raceway. Gates open at 5:00, event starts at 6:00.

When you throw racing into a blender with treats, costumes, giveaways, bent steel, monsters and monster trucks – you get a can’t miss event.

For more information on this event, go to http://www.scvraceway.com/ or Facebook.

Mother Nature Dampened the Crowning of the Track Champions at Princeton

August 31st, 2014

Princeton, MN – The final night of the Princeton Speedway Season came to an end by the hand of Mother Nature. Friday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was cancelled after a day of rain and less than ideal track conditions.

All track champions were based on points earned on August 22, and some points battles were close.

The Racer’s Exchange WISSOTA Street Stocks 2014 Track Champion is the driver of the #01 AJ’s Complete Automotive Streeter Justin Pogones. Pogones won a total of six features and finished the year with 626 points. Ryan Kostreba took second only ten points back from Pogones. Kris Peterson, Amanda Milbrandt and Russell Peterson rounded out the top five drivers.

Denis Czech won three features at the Princeton Speedway, but Czech finished the year with 661 points giving him the Championship title for the Minuteman Press WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Czech’s #2 finished 36 points ahead of Kyle Matuska who took the runner up position. Jason Hall, Shane Sabraski and Bud Martini were the top five in standings.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks finished closed the year with Mike Loomis on top of the podium. Loomis’s J&C Trucking didn’t visit victory lane, however Loomis finished 44 points ahead of his nearest competitor. The drivers in second and third finished only one point apart with 552 and 551 points. Chris Wark took second while Rookie Matthew Dibb got third. Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch also took top positions.

The Thell brothers kept close all year and finished first and second in the Jacy Norgaard Photo WISSOTA Mod Fours. Keith Thell finished 73 points ahead of Kyle and put his #00t into victory lane five times. Brandon Linquist, Ross Mead and Mitch Hribar rounded out the top five positions.

The Crystal Cabinets/USP WISSOTA Modifieds were another tight battle for second and third with just one point of separation. Dustin Nelson took second with 533 points while Larry Zeller finished with 534. Shane Sabraski and Eric Martini took the final top points, while the #26 finished on top. Shawn Fletcher’s Sun Drop sponsored Modified closed the season out with a score of 546, awarding him the Championship.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets put on an entertaining season, and at the close of the year, also had the closest point battle. The champion finished with 633 points and visited victory lane eight times. The #46ssg of Dannie Burkholder took the Track Championship just a single point ahead of Erik Gruhlke. Jasmin Matthewman, Lexy Kastner and Jake Bayerl also took top positions in the Hornet class.

The regular season may have ended, but the invitational season is ready to begin. On September 19 and 20, the Princeton Speedway will host the 2nd Annual P-Town Showdown. The showdown will be two complete nights of race action and will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and the Princeton Speedway Hornets.

The schedule features practice on Thursday night from 5:30-9:30 at night. Pits will open at 4:30 with admission of 15.00. The grandstands will also be open to the public to watch for free. Friday night the gates will open at 4pm, draw cut off is 6:30 and racing will begin at 7pm. Saturday night will be the last night of the showdown with gates opening at 2:30, draw cut off at 4:30 and racing at 5pm.

Both nights will be draw./redraw and if a driver races multiple cars, they will be required to purchase a pit pass for each car. There will also be no extra registration or draw fees for the event. Last year’s showdown was a big hit and this year will be as well!

The Siercks Family and other staff of the Princeton Speedway would like to sincerely thank anyone and everyone who helped make the 2014 season the success that it was. From the drivers and crews, fans and families, sponsors and all the staff we could not have the year we did without your continued support of local dirt track racing. We hope to see you all at the Showdown and again in 2015!

Remember, for all of your up to the minute racing information, check out www.princetonspeedway.com or like us on Facebook.

Season Championship Night at Marshalltown Speedway Rained Out

August 31st, 2014

Marshalltown, Iowa (August 29th, 2014) – Season Championship night at Marshalltown Speedway has been rained out. Two inches of rain overnight and more in the forecast has forced the weekly points season to come to an end.

Track champions will be Ronn Lauritzen in the IMCA Modifieds, Donavon Smith in the IMCA Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the IMCA SportMods, John Watson in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Andy Hennigar in the Mod Lites. Racing action will resume at the famed highbanks for the World Nationals on September 18th – 20th. There will an open practice for all classes with free food and music on Thursday night courtesy of Cookies Barbeque Sauce. On Friday, it will be a complete show paying $500 to win for IMCA Hobby Stocks, $1,000 to win for both IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods, and qualifying for the Modifieds. The Saturday show will see the same format for
Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, and SportMods with a $10,000 payday going to the Modified victor. The Modified division is the only class that crate motors are not allowed in for this event.

Camping is available for $15 per night with showers and electric provided. For more information in regards to the World Nationals, please refer to http://www.marshalltownspeedway.com/

Stateline Auto Parts partners with Stateline for Epic Demo on Labor Day

August 31st, 2014

Busti, NY-Brian Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts has agreed to partner with Bill Catania’s Stateline Speedway to revive a favorite fan tradition, the annual Epic Labor Day Demolition Derby. The two businesses have often partnered over the years and this is a “natural fit” for a salvage yard, where many early race-cars were built. Speedway CEO Bill Catania stated “Stateline Speedway is thrilled to partner with Brian Horner and Stateline Auto Parts as our exclusive Auto Recycling Partner for Labor Day Demo Derby. Brian has been a friend of Stateline Speedway for a long time and we are thankful to continue that relationship for years to come”.

The annual tradition began in 1962 and was known as the ”100-Car Demo Derby” and will now be known as the “Brian J Horner Inc Epic Demo”. This year the event will begin at 1 PM with gates opening at 9 AM for the pit and fan gates opening at noon.

An over $7000 guaranteed purse will be paid to competitors in two classes, Full Size Cars and Compact Cars with the top prize being $3500 for the Full Size winner. The Compact winner will get $1000. Second will be $1000 for Full Sized and $500 for Compacts with third places getting $500 (Full Size) and $250 (Compact). There will also be a “Best of Show” award of $250. The car deemed the “Hardest Hitter” will be awarded $25 in each heat and $50 in both features.

Any stock automobile can be used including station wagons but must be a two-wheel drive, no 4x4s even if the front drive shaft is removed. Also no ambulances, hearses,trucks, checkers, or any other oversized vehicles. Absolutely not convertibles or “T-Tops”. All sunroofs must be covered with sheet metal, screwed in place.

All drivers must wear long sleeved shirts and long pants (no shorts). Coveralls are preferred. Drivers must wear a approved helmet, eye protection and a safety belt, both lap and shoulder.

Entry forms are available at the rules link above and entry fees are listed at the link for both full sized and compacts.

Gates will open for the Pits at 9AM, $20 Pit admission

Opening time for the Grandstands will be Noon, $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors, $5
for Student (6-16), under 5 is FREE

Heats start promptly at 1PM

Top 3 in the heats will receive $75 and a trophy, 4th place will receive a trophy and all (4) will advance to the Feature.

If enough cars sign in there will be a “consi” as a ‘last chance’. Join us for the revival of a Stateline tradition. “Making memories since 1956!”

Mother Nature Squashes Chateau Races

August 30th, 2014

Lansing, MN–The annual Labor Day weekend swing for the United States Modified Touring Series was on the card this week along with the final track point night for the other four classes. Storms skirted around the Lansing area during the afternoon and it looked good for a while.

But a storm popped up west of the speedway as drivers sign in and fans started to gather. The system blew in with thunder, lightning and heavy rains about an hour and a half before the scheduled start time. The rain pounded down and in a short period of time the grounds were swamped and that put an end to any thoughts of racing.

Last week Todd Scharkey of Kasson was crowned track champion in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds for his second track title with his first in 2005. Bobby Blowers of Waseca earned the Y-Waste Removal Hornet title last week also.

There were a couple of close point battles that Mother Nature decided for the competitors. Jason Newkirk of Austin won his second Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock championship with his first in 2010. Josh Mattick of Rose Creek won his first track title in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod division. Robbie Franklin of Shakopee successfully defended the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified title. Mike Blowers of Waseca made it three straight Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock titles for his fourth overall championship. Blowers was also the tracks Hornet champion in 2009.

The track will take a couple of weeks off until Friday, September 12. That will feature the annual Border Wars special for the Midwest Modifieds, B-Mods and Sport Mods. Other divisions will be racing that night also. There is also a possibility that the rained out USMTS show could be made up that night too. Keep updated on the final show of 2014 by monitoring www.chateauraceway.net for more announcement on the September 12 program.

“New Beginnings Family Restaurant” presents A Race for Damon” plus Championship Night, Fireworks, Autograph Night all scheduled at Stateline this Saturday

August 30th, 2014

Busti, NY-The world lost Damon Janes on September 16, 2013, due to a helmet to helmet collision during a high school football game. His death hits as close to the racing community as it does Western New York high school football as he was the great grandson of famous Stateline Speedway driver Dick Gilbert. “A Race for Damon” is a fundraising event which will memorialize Janes while bringing awareness to the importance of head injuries in youth sports. Proceeds will benefit the Damon Janes Foundation. High School students wearing their football jersey will have half of their admission donated to the Damon Janes Foundation.

The evening of racing will be sponsored by “New Beginnings Family Restaurant” in Sugar Grove, PA and will feature Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, E-Mods and Challengers is the final points night for 2014 Weekly Racing Series PLUS Fireworks by Gibson! An on-track autograph session will be held at intermission and will be open to all racers, including karts!!

New Beginnings Family Restaurant offers a full menu for the entire racing community in the Borough of Sugar Grove, PA and is the place to stop for your evening meal on the way to the track!

Robbie Blair, winner of the opening night of racing currently holds a 160-point advantage over Matt Urban, the 1998 and 1999 champion. Young Max Blair, a two-time winner this season, is third, a mere seven points behind Urban.

Scott Gurdak leads the Crate Late Model drivers by 74 points headed into the final night of racing over Bob Dorman. Kyle Scott is third, another 64- markers back.

Brent Rhebergen holds a 129 point edge over Butch Southwell in the E-Mod standings with only another two markers back to third running John Woodworth.

The Limited Late Model class is the tightest points race but with an unfortunate twist. Leader Chris Ottaway (by only four points over former champion Ryan Scott) experienced major engine problems at Eriez a week ago and may not be able to race for the championship on the final night. If he does get the engine replaced it will be a three-way fight for the honors as Kelly Frederes is only ten points to the rear of Scott. Anything can happen in their twenty-lap feature. All three of the contenders have feature wins this season.

Ted Kosinski leads his brother Michael by only four points going into the final week for the Sportsmen racers. Only 36-points back of the leading brothers is Jim Kibbe, the 2013 champion. Again, all three contenders are feature winners in 2014.

Brandon Groters, with one win in 2014, leads two-time winner Jason Covey for the honors in the Street Stock division by 28-points. Bill Reeves is third, another 64-markers back.

Roger Hall, winner early in the season, holds an 83-point lead over opening night winner Ryan White in the Challenger division. Travis Darling is another 59-points back in third heading into the final points night.

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students, and kids under 5 free! Rain checks from the Julian Buesink Memorial will be honored.

Camping (No Hookups): $40 for the entire weekend! Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration OR one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.

Sanders chalks up USMTS win #24 at Marshalltown

August 30th, 2014

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa–Rodney Sanders returned to his winning ways Wednesday night as he scored the United States Modified Touring Series victory at the Marshalltown Speedway.

A runner-up in the last four rounds of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, Sanders avoided trouble early on as several racers ahead of his fell by the way side and then used a late-race caution to make his move.

Cade Dillard, who climbed into the USMTS Rookie of the Year points lead for the first time this season Sunday night, held off polesitter Joe Duvall at the start and led the first four laps until the first yellow flag of the race appeared.

On the restart, Duvall and third-running Stormy Scott made contact on the exit of turn, which resulted in Scott retiring from the race while Duvall was forced to restart at the tail of the field.

With 10 laps in the books, Zack VanderBeek looked to the inside of Dillard but was unable to make the pass and settled back into second while Sanders, who started ninth, slipped by John Allen for the third spot.

Thick lapped traffic throughout the middle of the contest allowed Dillard to stretch out his cushion over VanderBeek to ten car-lengths but a third caution on lap 20 erased the leaders advantage.

The yellow waved again on lap 24 and Sanders blasted by both VanderBeek and Dillard on restart, but another quick caution reset the line-up back to the previous order.

Sanders got by VanderBeek on the final restart of the night, and then battled side by side with Dillard for two laps before sliding up into the high groove in front of Dillard to claim the lead on lap 27.

From there, Sanders seemed to find another gear and the defending USMTS national champion pulled away from the field for his 24th win of the 2014 campaign and tying him with Ryan Gustin (2011) for the second-most wins in a season and six wins shy of matching Kelly Shryocks mark of 30 wins in 2006.

It also gave the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, his 42nd career USMTS triumph, tying him with Tommy Myer for fourth on the all-time wins list.

While Dillard settled for the runner-up finish, Brad Dierks made a last-lap last-corner pass of VanderBeek to finish fourth with Shryock coming home in the fifth spot.

Daniel Hilsabeck was sixth, Johnny Scott was seventh and John Allen held on for an eighth-place results. Duvall clawed his way back to ninth from the back of the pack after his lap-4 encounter and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top-10 at the finish line.

The Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, hosts the USMTS speed merchants on Thursday, Aug. 28, where Johnny Scott captured the feature win in last years standing-room-only blockbuster.

For the second straight night, the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-Mods ($600 to win) will share the spotlight, plus Hobby Stocks will also compete.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at both Caseys General Stores locations in Webster City. From 11:30-1:30, Kelly Shryock and his No. 3 Snickers Modified will be at the 1300 2nd St. location and John Allen and his No. 98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreos Modified will be at the 700 Superior St. store.

The Hamilton County Speedway is a half-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.2 miles north of US 20, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information call 515-832-1443 or visit www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.

Friday finds the mud-slinging monsters back at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., before heading to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday. The pentathlon of power wraps up at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday, Aug. 31.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.