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Central Missouri Speedway Hosts Midwest Coatings Race Night on Saturday!

June 23rd, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) Our good friends at Midwest Coatings, Inc., are set to host racing Saturday night at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) as drivers compete in five classes, including USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites, USRA B-Mods, and Pure Stocks.

Threatening skies nearly ruined last week’s action but the CMS staff kept things moving and drivers got up on the wheel, providing the dedicated fans with another weekend of exciting action on a smooth, racy, and well-prepared track by the track crew despite having limited time to prepare for racing after two inches of rain fell well into the early a.m. hours.

Our business partners at Midwest Coatings, Inc. are proud of their family owned business located in St. Louis, Missouri, which has been in business for over 20 years. Midwest Coatings, Inc., is a water-based inks manufacturer and supplier specializing in All WWA Pinnacle System Water-Based Inks and Paper Plate Coatings. The company is a proud business partner of Aspen Products in Kansas City, Missouri.

When drivers and fans converge on CMS Saturday, drivers will compete in preliminary heat races and main events as the championship season rolls on. In USRA Modified action, Jim Moody of Odessa continues to lead the way. Last Saturday, in another ‘Mighty Modified’ showdown, Moody finished runner-up to Sedalia driver Terry Schultz, who claimed his 61st career CMS win. Moody leads Schultz in the point standings with Basehor, Kansas driver Tim Karrick looming in third. Dalton Kirk and Kevin Blackburn hold down fourth and fifth.

Clayton Campbell of Otterville claimed his fifth feature victory of the year last weekend in a close battle with Aaron Poe, who recently teamed up with former Street Stock champion Marc Carter in preparation for this fall’s $5,000-to-win Street Stock Showdown. Poe hounded Campbell throughout the race with Jay Prevete lurking close behind. In the overall standings, Campbell leads Brett Wood, Prevete, Michael Mullins and Chad Eickleberry for the Street Stock championship.

Don Dannar has driven just about every car class CMS has hosted over the years including most notably Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks but lately his talents have been used behind the wheel of his Midwest Mod-Lite. Last week Dannar claimed his first feature win of the year by fending off the challenges of point’s leader Dillon Raffurty. Cody Miller sits in the second position with Travis Alexander, Mike Raffurty, and David Raffurty involved in a very close battle for the second position.

Jake Richards of Lansing, Kansas has quickly established himself as the man to beat when it comes to feature events for USRA B-Mods after taking win number four last week. However, it’s defending champion Jacob Ebert who finds himself at the top of the standings heading into this weekend’s action. Cody Frazon of LaMonte kept his strong early season finishes going last week to keep himself in the championship hunt and holds down the second position entering this weekend. Richards, Cody Brill, and Michael Bixby round out the top five.

Last weekend, Kyle Rowland made a rare CMS appearance and claimed the checkers in Pure Stock action. The Pure Stock drivers had the feature of the night in some fans’ opinions with another close one right to the finish. In the championship standings, defending champion Rodger Detherage leads the way with Darrin Christy of Kansas City, Kansas in second. Larry Norris, Joey Harper, and a surging Don Johnson, who led several laps last weekend, sitting in the fifth position.

Information for the upcoming 12th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl, which takes place on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd is available from the CMS website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Information includes start times, admission, race purses, race formats, program flow for the events and much more! Once you get to the website, click on the tab titled “Independence Day Weekend at CMS!”

Although it seems too early to think about fall racing, October will be here before a blink of an eye and this year CMS has one additional huge event planned for Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st for the first annual ‘Triple SSS at CMS’ Street Stock Showdown. Drivers will gun for a $5,000 payday on the hollowed grounds of CMS over this two-day event. USRA B-Mods are also part of the program each night. You can find all you need to know for the Triple SSS weekend on the CMS website under the heading of Street Stock Showdown Headquarters at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $30 per person.

Keep up with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more!

CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste.

The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business partner team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please. For complete point standings visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Pay-Per-View Video Stream Announced for Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday

June 23rd, 2017

Concord, N.C. — For the first time in the event’s history, the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the “Cement Palace” of Seekonk Speedway (MA) will air live on Speed51 TV, the video arm of Speed51.com, on Wednesday, June 28th.

The Open Wheel Wednesday event is one of the biggest events of the year at the Seekonk Speedway bullring. It features a $10,00-to-win Tour-type Modified feature for the Tri Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie Memorial Midget race, as well as a feature for the NEMA Lites division.

“We feel that our Open Wheel Wednesday Modified race being paired up with the Tri Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie race makes it one of the premier events in short track racing throughout the country,” said Ed St. Germain, the marketing and advertising director at Seekonk Speedway. “We’re very excited to pair up with Speed51.com to be able to bring that to everybody.”

The Open Wheel Wednesday race usually draws some of the best Modified racers around and this year is no exception. The pre-entry list as of today is 47 cars deep and includes many past champions and race winners from throughout New England and New York. Early entires include Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale, Matt Hirschman, Jon McKennedy and many more.

Last year’s race winner, and four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby will be in attendance. Coby has three wins at the Seekonk Speedway Open Wheel Wednesday Annual Modified race. He went to victory lane in the 2011, 2013 and 2016 editions of the race.

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2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece is entered, as is 2008 NWMT champion Ted Christopher. 2014 Tri Track Open Modified Series champion Jon McKennedy will be racing, as will two-time Tri Track Open Modified Series champion, “Big Money” Matt Hirschman.

Race fans can watch all three features from the “Cement Palace” for the low price of $24.99, which is the same as the cost of a grandstand ticket. The video stream has a 150-mile blackout radius around the Seekonk, MA area. Fans can purchase their Speed51 TV pay-per-view package by clicking here.

The Open Wheel Wednesday show isn’t the only event at Seekonk that will be broadcast live on Speed51.com. The Granite State Pro Stock Series rolls into Seekonk on Saturday, June 24th for the first time in series history. That event can be seen live as part of the Summer Thunder TV series presented by PFC Brakes, which is available for premium members of the Speed51 Video Network for $7.99 a month or $59.99 a year. To become a premium member on the Speed51 Network, click here.

About Speed51.com

Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the source for short track news, behind-the-scenes stories, in-depth race coverage and live video broadcasts of short track events throughout North America, from NASCAR’s Touring Divisions (Modifieds & K&N Pro Series), to Dirt Modifieds and numerous forms of Late Model & Modified racing. Speed51 TV, the live video broadcasting arm of Speed51.com, airs live video productions of short track events on both pavement and dirt. Speed51 TV also produces race broadcasts for network television. The Speed51 Video Network carries highlights, interviews and features from short track racing around the country on Speed51.com.

Tickets available for Off Road racing debut, just one month away, at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – What began with construction 15 months ago is nearing reality at Lucas Oil Speedway with the inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire just one month away.

Tickets are on sale for the July 21-23 event on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series, which will usher in a form of racing rarely seen in the Midwest with the top off road short-course drivers in the world tackling the new, purpose-built track just over one-mile in length.

Classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said workers have been making constant progress on the facility with the covered grandstand going up over the last few weeks.

“The Off-Road track is really going to be something to see with side-by-side action and high-flying jumps,” Robinson said. “Off-Road racing is mostly associated with the West Coast and in the desert, so this is unlike anything in this part of the country in motorsports and we’re eager to debut it in just one month.”

Robinson said there is a limited opportunity for a VIP Suite at the Off Road venue for the three-day event. The price for that package is being finalized. The package will include: 25 VIP Skybox credentials and tickets for the event; a 20 foot by 20 foot skybox with luxury furniture, tables, a VIP host and dedicated grandstand seating for guests; dedicated VIP staff and security for the skybox area; 25 VIP meals on race day; soda, water and adult beverages available plus prime viewing.

Contact admissions director Nichole McMillen at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

One series event – this weekend at Utah Motorsports Complex – remains before the GEICO Off Road Shootout presented by General Tire. Series points leaders are Rob MacCachren (Pro 2), Kyle LeDuc (Pro 4), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Brock Heger (Pro Lite and Production 1000 UTV) and Brody Eggleston (Mod Kart).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on July 21 and races over the following two days:

Friday, July 21:
Noon – Spectator gates open.
Practice – Four rounds of practice with starting times for each to be determined.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23:
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying/
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length with eight left-hand turns, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing is coming for the first time in 2017.

For ticket information on all all events at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

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

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

The high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, July 21-23 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

The VIP Suite, like this one at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, will provide prime viewing at the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire. (Dan Robinson photo)

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

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

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

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

Introducing ARCA rookie Ryan Repko; entered with MMM championship team at Madison

June 22nd, 2017

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) has already competed with eight different drivers on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour in 2017. The 2014 ARCA national championship team is adding the ninth member to its annual driver roster with the introduction of 17-year-old Ryan Repko this Friday in the Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway.

Repko is set to make his ARCA debut in the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment-Cometic Gasket Chevrolet. The team tested Tuesday afternoon at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit,” said Repko. “We’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. We had a great test Tuesday at Motor Mile. We spent a lot of time on race runs. I feel like we had a lot of speed right away and just made minor adjustments and kept tweaking on it. I feel very confident heading into the race Friday evening.”

Going ahead with confidence, Repko also knows he’ll have some challenges to overcome.

“There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Team owner Mason Mitchell has been tracking Repko’s progress for some time.

“I’ve been following Ryan for a couple of years now and he’s always had my attention,” said Mitchell. “Ryan did a great job at our test yesterday. He was all ears and learned quickly. He was very smooth behind the wheel and didn’t abuse the tires. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend.”

MMM is coming off a dominating performance last week at Michigan Int’l Speedway where they led the most laps (71 of 100). Repko recently captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at Anderson Motor Speedway and earned a sixth-place finish.

MMM stats at Madison: MMM has two prior starts at the half-mile Madison Int’l Speedway. Last year the team led the most lap (109) and earned a runner-up finish in the 200-lap event with Kyle Weatherman driving.

ARCA’s 9th trip to Madison Int’l Speedway
The ARCA Racing Series stretches out over five decades at Madison Int’l Speedway, having first raced there in July of 1970 – two-time ARCA champion Ramo Stott won the inaugural race. Tom Bowsher won the ARCA race at Madison in May of 1971, and Bruce Gould is in the history books as the 1973 ARCA winner. However, nearly 40 years would go by before the ARCA Racing Series would return to Madison in 2011.

Modern-day ARCA winners at Madison make ARCA/NASCAR champs
More recent ARCA winners at Madison include Josh Williams (2016), Justin Boston (2014), Kyle Benjamin (2013), Chris Buescher (2012) and Alex Bowman (2011). Buescher, the 2012 ARCA Racing Series national champion, earned the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2015. Buescher is now a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Bowman also went on to compete in the Xfinity and Cup Series.

From Daytona to the dirt
The ARCA Racing Series, in its 65th season of competition, is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses and even a couple of mile dirt tracks upcoming on the schedule in Illinois. The ARCA tour opens each season at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February and concludes at Kansas Speedway in October.

Weekend schedule/On-track autograph session/Media coverage
Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is Friday, June 23 from 1:30 – 3 p.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 5. An on-track autograph session goes from 6:30 – 7:30, followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison begins at 8 p.m. Friday night. The race airs live on MAVTV. There will also be live timing and scoring and live chat at ARCAracing.com. All times are local, Central.

Coughlin is Going Short Tracking Again in Iowa

June 22nd, 2017

DELAWARE, OHIO – Growing up a short tracker means Cody Coughlin has raced at plenty of small tracks throughout the Midwest. As the first driver to ever win the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in the same year, Coughlin has also won at plenty of races on the short tracks of America. This weekend, Coughlin will head to a 7/8-mile short track that he’s yet to race on.

Coughlin will pilot the No. 13 JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Friday night’s M&M’s 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway.

“I’m really looking forward to Iowa. I love racing short tracks. This is a new one for me, so I’m excited to get there and see what it’s like. I’ve been watching film to try to get ready and studying anything I can use to help me learn Iowa, so we’ll see how it goes on Friday.”

The 21-year-old driver is seeking his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top 10 and Iowa Speedway is the perfect place for it to happen.

“I think my short track background will definitely help me out on Friday night. Hopefully we’ll get a strong finish and I can make Michael (Shelton, crew chief), Rich (Lushes, truck chief), Duke and Rhonda (Thorson, team owners) and my parents (Di and John) proud out there.”

The M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway is a 200-lap race broken into three stages. Stages one and two are 60 laps in length with stage three at 120 laps.

Friday’s race is a one-day show, meaning Coughlin will practice, qualify and race all in the same day. Coughlin will hit the track for the first time at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET for the first of two practice sessions. The final practice session will begin at 11:15 a.m. CT. Both practice sessions will air live on FOX Sports 1.

Qualifying will take place at 5:05 p.m. CT. Qualifying will be three rounds, knockout style.

The M&M’s 200 will see the green flag wave at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com. If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Jessica O’Brien via email at jessica@edgehillmanagement.com. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

About JEGS Automotive, Inc.

In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.

About Ride Television Network, Inc.

Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.

About ThorSport Racing

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.

Racin for Rian this Saturday Night 6/24/2017 at I-35 Speedway Winston, MO!

June 22nd, 2017

As we prepare for the very best in racing action this Saturday Night we also pay attention to the weather forecaster. If by chance we are rained out Saturday for Racin for Rian we will race Sunday 6/25/2017 with Hot Laps starting at 5 pm. All attempts will be made to race Saturday with Gates opening at 4:30 pm Hot laps at 6:30 pm with great racing action starting at 7 pm!

Double features in Pure Stock, USRA Stock Car and Midwest Lightning Sprints. Racin for Rian Night will see USRA Modifieds pay $1000 to win with B-Modifieds, Grand Nationals and E-Modifieds all seeing action as well.

Make your plans now for Saturday Night or Sunday if the weather dictates for great racing action at I-35 Speedway where there is always more “Dirt Trackin at its Best”!

Midseason titles at stake as Lucas Oil Speedway’s Weekly Series kicks off key stretch on Saturday

June 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series kicks off a busy stretch in the Lucas Oil Speedway spotlight this Saturday as midseason champions will be decided. There’s plenty of intrigue with compelling points chases in all four divisions.

The Bolivar Herald Free-Press Presents the Midseason Championship program with action set in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Street Stocks will be running a special 25-lap, $500 to win main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. The program is sponsored by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Look for $5 discount admission coupons to the races in this week’s edition.

“Our weekly racers are our backbone of what we do and we appreciate those guys,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It should be a terrific program this Saturday with the championships at stake in all four classes and it’s going to be a fun stretch of races coming up for the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series before our next big special, the Lucas Oil Late Model Diamond Nationals (July 15).”

The closest midseason championship race is in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods where Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., holds a narrow four-point lead over Shawn Strong of Republic. Going into the special, $500-to-win feature, Kaeden Cornell of Willard is lurking just 38 points behind Bryant.

Meanwhile, in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Aaron Poe of Warrensburg is 11 points in front of defending track champion Aaron Marrant of Richmond. Races also are tight in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds as three-time defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar leads Hermitage’s Jason Pursley by 31 points and in the Big O Tires Street Stocks where Wheatland’s Toby Ott is 39 points clear of clear of Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll.

Extra money is on the line. The popular Victory Lane “Track Action Race Review” weekly magazine distributed throughout the season at Lucas Oil Speedway is helping boost the bonus for midseason track champions. The “Geared Up Program” will reward Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series midseason champs with a $1,000 donation from Victory Lane to be split among the four points leaders.

In addition, Lucas Oil Speedway is matching that $1,000 total of bonus money so the leaders in each of the divisions will receive a $500 bonus.

“We want to thank Debra Filkins with Victory Lane and we wanted to match her generosity as a way of showing appreciation to our weekly drivers,” Robinson said. “We know drivers and fans have choices of where to race and watch the races and we want them to know we appreciate them and look forward to seeing them over the next several weeks during this busy stretch.”

Following this week’s action, a special Thursday Night Thunder is set for June 29. Along with kicking off the second half of the Weekly Racing Series season, it’s KY3 for Kids Night with a Bicycle Giveaway for youngsters and a huge fireworks program following the races.

Anyone interested in donating a new bicycle can drop it off at the speedway office during weekday business hours, at the office prior to Saturday’s races or contact assistant General Manager Danny Lorton via email at DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Then on July 8 is Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group. All veterans and active military, with ID, will be admitted free. In conjunction with the races that night is the Inaugural “Red White Blue & Que” professional barbecue event with fans invited to sample BBQ prior to the races, with proceeds going toward TheWarriorsJourney.org, a Ozarks-based organization that offers help to military veterans and their families. Go to RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more info on the barbecue event.

Robinson also noted out some other things for drivers to keep in mind as the season progresses:

Harley giveaway: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series drivers finishing in the top 10 of points at season’s end will qualify for the third annual drawing for a Harley-Davidson Roadster from Lawless Harley-Davidson.

Drivers receive entries into the raffle for each feature win in the 2017 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series up to and including the Season Championship Night on Aug. 26. Drivers also receive entries into the raffle based on their finishing position in top-10 in the final season points standings.

Big Buck bonus: Street Stock drivers are reminded that if they enter a minimum of 80% of the Street Stock points races during the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season, their entry fee for the Oct. 6-7 Big Buck 50 will be waived. There also will be track provisionals to the two highest-finishing Street Stocks points racers that do not qualify for the main event.

Corvette Club this week: In addition to this week’s racing action, the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club will be displaying cars on the midway.

This Saturday’s admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

For ticket information on all all events at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

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

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

Andy Bryant holds a four-point lead over Shawn Strong in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

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

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

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

Racin for Rian!

June 21st, 2017

The racing family in this immediate area has been supporters of various charities in the area for several years. Most recently to name a few there has been the Children’s Mercy Hospital Gas Card Drive to help families of children hospitalized at Children’s Mercy and the Noah’s Bandage Project which raised money for pediatric cancer research. This Saturday, June 24, at I-35 Speedway will be the 6th annual “Racin for Rian”. This event supports the St. Luke’s foundation.

In 2010, Bud and Amanda Wilson lost baby Rian, who was born 4 months early. They had her for a total of 30 hours. What they did not realize was Saint Luke’s hospital had a family fund, the St. Luke’s Foundation. This fund, has several areas in which one can donate, but in this instance the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provided a package for the family of their lost daughter. Instead of bringing home a baby they brought home a package which included a lock of her hair, pictures of her in a dress which are donated by one of the nurses, and other items. This touched their hearts to the point they went to I-35 Speedway owners, Mike and Kyle Johnson, and asked to create a race in honor of their daughter. That race is “Racin for Rian”.

The Wilson’s have collected and donated over $14,000 to the Saint Luke’s Foundation Intensive Care Nursery fund in the last four years. They gain this money through sponsorships, through t-shirts sales, and through the drivers doing a collection in the grandstands. Racin’ for Rian shirts are currently on sale please contact Paula Wilson Murphy at 660-635-0639. As a race fan purchasing a shirt is helping with this event.

Saint Luke’s Foundation was founded in 1963 to support Saint Luke’s Hospital’s role as a private academic medical center with funding for medical and nursing education, research, charity care, and medical programs. Over the years, the Foundation’s mission has expanded to include all Saint Luke’s campuses in the Kansas City metro area—Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Saint Luke’s North Hospital (Barry Road and Smithville), and Saint Luke’s South.

The Foundation also secures funding for medical and education programs at other Saint Luke’s Health System facilities, including Crittenton Children’s Center, The Children’s SPOT, Midwest Ear Institute, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, and Saint Luke’s Hospice. The Saint Luke’s Employee Circle of Giving program gives employees an opportunity to participate in the mission of Saint Luke’s Foundation by making charitable gifts through payroll deduction, last year more than $194,000 was donated by the employees through payroll deduction.

If you cannot make the race, the St. Luke’s Foundation has a website where you can give, https://saintlukesgiving.org/. If you elect this option please select a tribute gift in the name of Rian Wilson.

Here is a list of the A Mod feature winners for this event: 2012 and 2013 Ritchie Gustin, 2014 it was Kerry Davis, 2015 was Nic Bidinger, and last year Dennis Elliott took home the victory. Who will it be in 2017?

I-35 Speedway is located at exit 64 off Interstate 35. Make plans now to assist the racing community in supporting our local community. Gates open at 4:00 P.M., hot laps at 6:15 P.M., and racing begins at 7:00 P.M. Adults are $12, Seniors (62 and over) $10, Children 7 to 12 are $6 and younger than 7 are free. Just in case you have not seen it from our other press releases there is a bonus to attending this event, double features in the Pure Stock, Stock Car, and Midwest Lightning Sprint classes.

New London Waterford Speedbowl #BowlStrong Blastoff June 24th

June 21st, 2017

As the New London Waterford Speedbowl kicks off its 2017 Season on Saturday, June 24th with its “BowlStrong Blastoff, we are forwarding media outlets our Media Credentialing Policy for 2017.

Please note the many changes from our previous credentialling policies to include deadline dates, attire and infield access which have been added to the 2017 policy.

For deadline purposes for our #BowlStrong Blastoff, all creditial requests must be received no later than Noon on Wednesday, June 21st. NO credentials will be awarded on any given race day.

After reviewing the policy and you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

We look forward to seeing you at the NLWS.

Racin for Rian Night at I-35 Speedway this Saturday 6/24/2017!!!!!

June 21st, 2017

One of our biggest events at I-35 Speedway will take place this Saturday Night as we have the Rian Bree Wilson Memorial Race. Make your plans now to attend this race as you will get the added bonus of two make up features! Pure Stock, USRA Stock Cars and Midwest Lightning Sprints will have double features on this exciting night of racing action with USRA Modifieds paying $1000 to win. Also seeing action will be the always fast and entertaining E-Modifieds, Grand Nationals and USRA B-Modifieds that put on shows of epic proportions.

Grandstand Admission only $12 for Adults with Kids 7 to 12 years of age $6 with Veterans and Seniors $10, Kids under 7 are free. Pit Passes are $35 for Adults with Kids 6 to 10 years of age $25 with kids 5 and under free.

T-Shirts are still available from Paula Murphy and all proceeds go to St Lukes NICU Family Fund to help others. The Family Fund furnishes a care package to grieving families that have also lost a small loved one.

July 1st we will make-up the B-Modified Feature and Grand National features with July 8th the make-up date for Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers. USRA Modified will have their make-up feature on July 15th. Please mark and save these dates on your calendar for all the exciting racing.

Balog and Scelzi Thrill Angell Park Crowd with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

June 21st, 2017

26 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) drivers signed in for action at the beautiful Angell Park Speedway for their Father’s Day Festival. Osborn and Son Trucking qualifying saw Howards Grove, Wisconsin’s Mike Reinke set quick time. Scotty Thiel would time in 2nd followed by California’s Dominic Scelzi. Todd Daun would qualify in 4th and Wayne Modjeski would round out the top 5 in his Fatfro Motorsports 14aj.

Heat race 1 would be brought to the green flag by Steve Meyer and Phillip Mock, and that’s how they would stay all the way to the checkered. Mike Reinke would move into 3rd place by the finish, followed by Jeremy Schultz and Seattle Washington native, Taylor Malsam.
Heat 2 saw series point leader Bill Balog take the early lead, and run away from the field. As the checkered flag fell Balog was victorious over Mike Kertscher. Thiel brought his Professional Plating 64 machine home 3rd with Saturday nights feature winner, Kyle Marten in 4th. The top 5 would be completed by the 19 of Todd Daun.
Heat 3 would be called red on lap 1 when Bill Wirth tipped his 53w car over on the backstretch. When the race was restarted the orange 2w of Scotty Neitzel took the lead, and held it for the duration of the race. Behind him Blake Nimee came home 2nd and Scelzi moved his 41s into 3rd. Modjeski came home 4th followed by the 7 machine of Scott Uttech in 5th.

The B main was lead by Bill Wirth for the first 6 of 8 laps, but with 2 laps to go Wirth would suffer mechanical issues and forced to pull into the infield. Russel Borland would inherit the lead and pick up the win over Dennis Spitz and Chris Dodd. Mike Decker brought his 12 car home in 4th and Keith Fellner would come across the line in 5th.

The A main was brought to the green flag by a pair of west coast drivers in Malsam and Scelzi. The first start saw Marten and Nimee get upside down and bring out a red flag. After a complete restart Scelzi took the lead over Malsam and Balog moved into 3rd. Quickly the 17b got past Malsam’s 26 and into 2nd. As the field moved through lapped traffic Balog got to Scelzi’s bumper and would soon take the lead. Multiple incidents would bring the yellow flag back out, but Scelzi couldn’t get his 41s machine past the Rhine Auto car of Balog. When the checkered flag fell it was Balog atop the podium with his 5th victory of the season. Scelzi settled for second ahead of Malsam. Scotty Neitzel came home in 4th and Phillip Mock in just his 2nd start of 2017 brought his 1m machine home in 5th.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Return to Racing This Saturday June 24th

June 21st, 2017

Jamaica, VA – This Saturday June 24th Virginia Motor Speedway will host week 6 of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions.

Going into this Saturday’s events the points in all four divisions are being tightly contested making every lap of every race important. Leading the points battles are Justin Williams of Concord, VA in the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Joey Polevoy of Powhatan, VA in the Budweiser Modifieds and James Givens in the Collision One Limited Stock Cars.

Admission price for adults is only $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Competitor gates for Saturday June 24th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps.

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 2017 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.

Scally, Mikitarian Score Historic First NEMA Victories at Star Speedway

June 21st, 2017

The Northeastern Midget Association rolled into Bob Webber’s Star Speedway this past Saturday evening, marking another event at NEMA’s most historic venue. Not to disappoint, the results were also historic with the club celebrating two first time winners on the evening for the first time in the club’s 65 year history.

In the Lites division, sixteen year old Ben Mikitarian drove his New England Truck Solutions #9 to his first ever win in the ultra competitive division. In the NEMA division, Paul Scally who won his first Lites race at Wiscassett Speedway a few weeks ago, snapped a nearly 25 year drought to take down a very popular win over tough competition. To make the victories even sweeter, both took home NEMA’s “First Time Winner” bonus – in the Lites sponsored by Mike Scrivani Jr. and family, and the NEMA division sponsored by Seymour Enterprises.

In the Lites division, Ben Mikitarian and five time NEMA champion, Randy Cabral would put on a duel in the first two laps, before the red flag would fly for a wreck between Paul Scally and PJ Stergios that sent Scally flipping onto his side, before a minor fire erupted next to his vehicle. Scally was taken away for inspection in the ambulance, and would later end up in the announcer’s stand to help call the rest of the feature event!

When the green flag flew again, Mikitarian began to distance himself from the field. By lap eight Mikitarian had pulled a straightway away from the field.

Behind him, Cabral ran a comfortable second, but further back, Jim Chambers and Danny Cugini were slicing their way through the field, and one of the stories of the night, was Dylan Duhaime, making one of his first starts of the season was blasting his way through the field in the Cataldo #5 machine.

By lap seventeen, Mikitarian was into heavy lapped traffic, and Chambers had cleared Cabral. Duhaime would then set his sights on Cabral and overtake third on lap twenty, and begin to cut into the gap that Chambers and Mikitarian had created. Mikitarian was flawless in lapped traffic, and would go on to take down his first ever win in his second season, over Chambers, Duhaime, Cabral, Cugini, Anthony Payne, Kevin Iannarelli, Ryan Locke, Jim Cataldo and Dennis O’Brien.

“I was watching the board every lap. I didn’t know how much of a lead I had so I was driving hard every lap. When I saw the 12 (Jim Chambers) move up to second I knew he was coming, he’s always fast. I just kept doing my thing, hoping the yellow wasn’t going to come out,” said Mikitarian. “Lap traffic is always a factor at the end of a race. Luckily there was only a couple cars and they were spread out so it wasn’t too bad. It’s hard to time it right so you don’t lose all your momentum trying to get around them. I had a good lead so in the end it all worked out. It seemed the track was loose all night, we were loose in practice and in the heat, made a few adjustments and it all worked out,” he said.

In the NEMA feature, Paul Scally and Alan Chambers in the Earth Movers #30 brought the field to the green flag. Scally, a heat race winner from earlier in the evening, blasted into the lead. Scally would set a torrid pace over the first ten circuits, pacing himself over a straightaway from the field.

Behind Scally, Chambers in the Mac’s Auto World #7 was running a solid second, with Avery Stoehr in the Bertrand Motorsports #39 on his tail in third.

Scally looked to be setting sail in hopes of his first ever NEMA victory, when Chris Deritis in the #66 and Doug Cleveland, making his first start of the season in his #87, got together, with Cleveland going off on the hook with a flat tire.

The caution that Scally did not want to see, lined the field back up side by side with nine laps remaining. On the restart, Scally spun the tires, and he & Chambers drag raced into turn one. Scally blasted his car into the bottom grove and the two were side by side down the back stretch, with Scally regaining the lead.

Behind him, Chambers, Seth Carlson and Stoehr were mixing it up, with Stoehr and Carlson swapping the third spot a couple of times. Out in front, Scally stretched his lead out, and would go on to take down a very popular and historic first victory. He was followed by Chambers, Stoehr, Carlson, Todd Bertrand, Jim Chambers, Randy Cabral, Chris Deritis, and Jim Santa Maria.

“At about half way I was telling myself – we’ve got a heat race distance left stay calm, and then the yellow came. I saw the 7 would be outside and knowing how good that car is at Star, it was all or nothing and I wasn’t coming away empty handed,” he said. “We haven’t finished a feature this year, it’s been plenty fast but had different issues pop up.

I feel like we were long over due because of past heartbreaks, but you can’t let that discourage you from trying. The whole night was a roller coaster ride of emotion, between wrecking the lite car and winning the NEMA feature feels like a dream,” said Scally. Star is an awesome midget track, the whole NEMA group shows well there. It’s an honor to join the list of winners there. I look forward to continuing to race there for many more years,” he concluded.

NEMA’s next race is the Boston Louie Memorial, on Wednesday June 28th, one of the most prestigious races of the season.

First PASS Super Late Model win for Derek Griffith in Hight Chevrolet 150 at Speedway 95

June 21st, 2017

Hermon, Maine – Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory Sunday afternoon in the Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.

Griffith and his LCM Motorsports 12 car pulled away from the pack in the closing laps after an unusually-competitive battle saw five different drivers lead – many on more than one occasion – over the first 100 circuits of the tricky, 1/3-mile oval track.

When the time came to seal the victory, Griffith, who started third, had plenty of car and rubber left to fend off all challenges and earn that first PASS Super Late Model triumph.

Former PASS champion Travis Benjamin of Morrill gave Griffith his toughest test in the waning laps, earning runner-up honors in the Belfast Variety 7, and staying close to the championship points leaders in a tight championship battle. Scarborough’s Garrett Hall took a couple of turns leading the Hight 150 before eventually crossing the line in third position in his NAPA-sponsored 94.

DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, the reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, was the only driver among the top six finishers who did not lead a lap. Shaw started 12th in the Precision JLM 60 and ended up in fourth position. Local, self-sponsored landscaper and paver Mike Hopkins of Hermon raced hard with the leaders, led the race on several occasions and claimed a hard-earned, fifth-place finish.

Cassius Clark of Farmington also set the pace aboard the Hight 77, finishing up in sixth position. Dave Farrington of Jay, Glen Luce of Turner and Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders were the last three cars on the lead lap, in seventh through ninth finishing positions, respectively. Frankfort’s Bobby Seger rounded out the top ten.

Benjamin and Hopkins prevailed in the 12-lap clarksscrapmetals.com heat races that set the grid for the Hight 150 Super Late Model finale.

Ben Tinker of New Gloucester won his fifth straight PASS Mods 40-lapper, but it took a bit of racing luck to keep the streak alive after dominant performances in the first four events this year.

Andy Shaw, the five-time series champion from Center Conway, New Hampshire, held a half-straightaway lead when a late-race caution flag put Tinker alongside for a restart with three laps to go.

Tinker prevailed, Shaw earned runner-up honors, and local favorite Scott Alexander of Glenburn filled out the podium. Bruce Helmuth of Wales posted a fourth-place finish, with Lebanon’s Mike Carignan rounding out the top five.

Austin Teras of Windham raced to an impressive victory in a 20-lap race for INEX Legends Cars. Belmont’s Colby Benjamin claimed runner-up honors, with Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan claiming the third-place trophy. Charlie Buxton of Windham was credited with a fouth-place finish, ahead of Nova Scotia competitor Austin MacDonald. Teras also won the heat race.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is set for Friday, June 23 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. For more information visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Too Wet at Eagle Valley Speedway

June 20th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– Rain forced the cancellation of the Eagle Valley Speedway presentation of the 600 Outlaw Mini Mod Series fueled by Liquid Nitro. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets were also scheduled on the card. There are no races scheduled for June 25, 2017. The Eagle Valley Speedway will be back in action on Sunday, July 02, 2017, with the Fireworks Special, Budweiser/Rock Fest Ticket Giveaway, featuring all regular WISSOTA classes.

Schultz, Campbell, Dannar, Richards, and Rowland Prevail at Central Missouri Speedway!

June 20th, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) Race fans and drivers started the night with a sun-filled muggy summer evening on KIX 105.7 Race Night at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS). With 73 cars competing for the coveted double checkers, Terry Schultz from Sedalia fought for the win the USRA Modified feature for his first CMS victory of the season. In the USRA B-Mod feature, Jake Richards from Lansing, Kansas went home with his fourth victory of the year. Clayton Campbell of Otterville worked hard for his fifth feature victory in the Street Stocks. Midwest Mod-Lite action saw Donnie Dannar from Oak Grove in victory lane for his first feature win this year while Kyle Rowland of Olathe, Kansas also celebrated in victory lane for his first 2017 CMS Pure Stocks win.

The Pure Stocks started the program of heat racing with 20 drivers checked in for competition. During the three qualifying heat races, Don Johnson grabbed the opening heat race win, Rodger Detherage won the second heat race while Joey Harper hung on and earned the win in heat number three.

For the Pure Stock main event, Detherage took command of the race from the drop of the green flag until Johnson grabbed the lead on lap three. Johnson held the lead through several cautions until the white flag flew when Kyle Rowland found some room on the low side and moved ahead to take charge. Darrin Christy and Detherage also challenged inside the top five. When the checkers flew, it was Rowland claiming his first CMS victory of the year. After looking like he might claim the victory, Johnson hung on for second with Christy, Detherage and modified driver Nathan Vaughn piloting a Pure Stock for the first time coming away in fifth.

USRA B-Mod drivers competed against a tough field of 19 drivers registered for racing. Blake Pierce charged to the first heat win of the night with Michael Bixby claiming his first heat win this season in heat two while the final heat-race win went to Jake Richards.

When the USRA B-Mods returned for their main event, Jake Richards shot out to the lead from the pole position on the first lap and commanded the field throughout the race. Racing was interesting behind him as Pierce and Bixby raced closely in turn two until Bixby and Pierce collided ending Pierce’s night. Meanwhile, Steven Clancy who started sixth motored past Cody Brill on the low side into second as Jacob Ebert trailed close behind. Richards never allowed anyone to move past him as Clancy looked to close the gap late in the race. Richards again prevailed in the B-Mods and claimed his fourth feature win and second in a row at CMS. Clancy had a strong run up to second with Brill, Ebert and Cody Frazon rounding out the top five.

The Midwest Mod-Lites were once again entertaining and lightning fast on the smooth surface with Ed Griggs and Donnie Dannar charging to the checkers for their respective heat wins. In the feature event, drivers completed the race without a caution as Dannar took off from the beginning with Travis Alexander a nose behind him. Dannar eventually pulled away from the field by lap five. Behind him there were several good battles for positions as Dillon Raffurty, Ed Griggs, and Alexander maneuvered in the top three. When the checkers flew, Dannar claimed his first CMS feature win this season. Dillon Raffurty was second as Alexander had a great battle with Griggs for third and prevailed with Griggs fourth. Tim Sterner completed the top-five with a great run in fifth.

In the Street Stock division, drivers once again set their sights on the winner’s circle as drivers dialed in their cars for a heat win. The first heat had Aaron Poe with the win and Clayton Campbell stayed up front in heat two for the second heat-race win. Campbell began the race, already a winner of four feature wins in search of victory number five for the year. Poe eventually grabbed the lead after an early race caution for Danny McKenzie in turn two. Campbell then took advantage from Poe and used the low side and seized the lead again. Behind them, Jay Prevete searched for a line in third as Marc Carter and Brett Wood lurked behind looking for a way to move up. Campbell stayed error free and prevailed at the checkers for this fifth win. Poe once again looked strong with a nice run to second with Prevete, Carter and Wood completing the top five.

This week during the USRA “Mighty” Modified heat race the fans were entertained to some tight racing action as the drivers attempted to set up their starting feature positions. Dean Wille bested Jim Moody and Tim Karrick in the top three spots of the heat. As the skies lit up with threatening weather at the start of the 20-lap main event, Moody jumped out to the early lead using the high-side cushion to power off turn two. Terry Schultz used the low side with some moisture to counter Moody’s high side run. It appeared Moody had a good chance to win this one until he jumped the cushion high in turn one. Schultz pounced and took advantage of the momentary slip and charged into the lead. Ultimately, Schultz held on for the remainder of the race for his first CMS feature win this year ahead of Moody in second. Dean Wille had a good night and finished third with Tim Karrick fourth and Kerry Davis who started ninth, moving up to finish fifth.

Weekly racing returns next Saturday for Midwest Coating Race Night and one more weekend of regular championship racing prior to the impending Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl over Independence Day weekend. USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites, USRA B-Mods, and Pure Stocks will all compete for victory lane glory.

Information for the upcoming 12th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl, including start times, admission, race purses, race formats, program flow for the events and much more is now located on the CMS website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Click on the tab titled “Independence Day Weekend at CMS!”

Although it seems too early to think about fall racing, October will be here before a blink of an eye and this year CMS has one additional huge event planned for Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st for the first annual ‘Triple SSS at CMS’ Street Stock Showdown. Drivers will gun for a $5,000 payday on the hollowed grounds of CMS over this two-day event. USRA B-Mods are also part of the program each night. You can find all you need to know for the Triple SSS weekend on the CMS website under the heading of Street Stock Showdown Headquarters at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $30 per person.

Keep up with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more!

CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste.

The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business partner team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please. For complete point standings visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Gustin banks $50,000 in Masters triumph

June 20th, 2017

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — The King of America expanded his ruling territory Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Gustin took home the biggest paycheck of his racing career following a dominating victory in The Masters main event at the Cedar Lake Speedway, collecting $50,000 following a 70-lap affair that took nearly 14 hours to complete.

Gustin jumped in front of polesitter Josh Angst when the green flag waved on Saturday night, and cruised around the high side of the high banks for the first 24 laps when the yellow flag waved for Stormy Scott’s backwards-facing machine in turn three.

Before racing could resume, however, rain began to pummel the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval near New Richmond, Wis., and after an hour-long holding pattern the final 46 laps were postponed to 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Twenty-one of the original 26 starters resumed action Sunday morning with Gustin leading Angst, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard and Jimmy Mars to the green flag.

Sanders got by Angst on the opening lap and proceeded to chase ‘The Reaper’ around the high side of the racing surface. Meanwhile, several nail-biting battles were going on behind them between Angst and Cade Dillard for third and area legend and late model icon Jimmy Mars and Jake Hartung for fifth.

The second caution of the race and first of the new day happened on lap 42 when Terry Phillips and Cory Mahder collided at the top of turn two just as the leaders were beginning to navigate lapped traffic.

Jimmy Mars slipped past both Angst and Dillard on the restart as Angst jumped the cushion and fell back several spots. Dillard and Hartung fought hard for fourth while Johnny Scott and Zack VanderBeek battled for the sixth spot.

The front-runners caught the back of the pack again on lap 53, but another caution gave Gustin another clear track ahead for the final 17-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Dillard hopped the cushion in the first turn and was unable to regroup, spinning to a stop and forcing a fourth and final slow-down of the race.

Back under green, VanderBeek flexed his muscle as Thursday night’s RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region feature winner squirted between three cars and jumped from sixth to third on the 54th orbit.

While Sanders and VanderBeek traded blows for the second position, Gustin continued to pound the cushion and sailed uncontested over the final 16 circuits to claim the checkered flag and etch his name on yet another USMTS crown jewel event.

“I sure didn’t get a lot of sleep last night,” Gustin said as he was being showered with champagne by family and friends. “Man, this car was sure awesome. The track was up-on-the-wheel and pretty top dominant. It was really treacherous up there. You just had to be careful not to get over the cushion, which I did a couple of times.”

The $50,000 victory today was the biggest of his career.

Back in March, the 26-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, claimed his second King of America triumph-the only two-time winner of the event-and can complete the dirt modified grand slam with a win this September at the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

Since joining the Hughes Racing Chassis stable last fall, he’s also claimed a big-money win at the Southern New Mexico Speedway and another at the Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway. To say the partnership has been a success is an understatement.

“To be able to drive for a guy like Jason Hughes is unbelievable,” Gustin added. “Growing up watching him race he was one of my heroes. I can never thank him enough for everything he’s done for me.”

Gustin is chasing his third USMTS national championship this season. Hughes is after his fourth, and third in a row.

Sanders, who sits fourth in career USMTS wins behind Gustin and Hughes, and has two USMTS titles to his credit, held off VanderBeek to finish second and earn a not-too-shabby $20,000 payday. VanderBeek got $10,000 for his third-place finish.

Mars finished fourth and Hartung was a close fifth. Shane Sabraski, Johnny Scott, Jake Timm, Joe Duvall and Lucas Schott rounded out the top. All of the 26 drivers who took the green flag headed home with no less than $2,000.

R.C. Whitwell was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the race. After clawing his way into the main event from the “C” Main, he started 25th but finished seventh at the end of the 70-lapper.

Make plans to attend the Masters next year at the Cedar Lake Speedway. More information will be made available in the coming months.

Up next for the USMTS after a nearly four-week break is a four-night, four-track trek into Wisconsin, July 11-14.

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Hirschman Starts Tenth and Wins Hunter Truck Sales 100 at Jennerstown; Sever Wins First of the Year

June 20th, 2017

(Jennerstwon, PA) On Saturday, June 17, the Jennerstown Speedway Complex hosted a touring Modified race for the first time in over eleven years, as the Race of Champions Series visited the paved oval for the first time in history. Matt Hirschman, the son of three time Jennerstown winner Tony Hirschman, started tenth and prevailed victorious in the first running of the Hunter Truck Sales 100. Matt Sever, a former track Champion, scored his first win of 2017 in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing. Other winners included Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Famers Union Co-Op Chargers) and R.J. Dallape (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

The Race of Champions Modified Series visited Jennerstown Speedway for the first time, and the son of a retired Modified superstar continued the family tradition, of winning at the Laurel Highlands oval. Matt Hirschman started tenth in the inaugural Hunter Truck Sales 100, and outran current series points leader, Patrick Emerling, to earn a second tour victory in two weeks. Hirschman’s father, Tony Hirschman, leads all drivers with three career Jennerstown Modified wins, the first of which, dates back to 1989. Zane Zeiner finished third after leading several laps. The series will validate the unofficial finish order, and release the official rundown in the coming hours.

Veteran Rick Boyer led the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model field to the green flag, but it was Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger who led lap one of 30. Hemminger, a previous three time winner in the division, is seeking his first win after a 15-year hiatus from competition. Hemminger led a total of seven laps, and looked poised for a return to victory lane, before scuffing the outside wall on the backstretch. Hemminger was attempting to defend his lead from the advances of Matt Sever, who started in the eighth position. Sever is a former Champion, who struggled in the early weeks of 2017, but found the speed needed to wrestle the lead away from Hemminger, before he faced more challenges. Recent winner and former Champion Garry Wiltrout was briefly the second place driver, until he made heavy contact with the wall, while battling Barry Awtey to keep the second position. Awtey, the previous week’s winner and defending Champion, then held the second spot for seven laps, while Sever maintained the lead. On lap 24, Jeremiah Kuntz passed Awtey to become runner-up, and quickly gained on Sever. Kuntz, who has been notably fast all season, is seeking his first win of the year, and applied pressure to Sever on the final lap, in turns three and four. But, Sever claimed the victory, by a narrow margin, to become the fourth different winner in five races. Although Kuntz closed the gap quickly to finish right on Sever’s heels, Sever parked his Martinelli’s Auto/Lux Brothers/EESI Ford in victory lane, after he also won his heat race. Kuntz, who won the other heat race, Awtey, and recent winner Bryan Shipp placed second, third, and fourth. Teddy Gibala, after missing events to replace an engine, returned to action and earned a “top five” position.

After starting on the front row for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified feature, Patrick Waugh led the first laps of his young career. Waugh started in the second position, and led three laps of the 20-lap distance. “Racin’ Jason” Busch started in the fifth position and became the leader on lap four. Busch has led laps in every race he has entered this year, seeking his first victory of 2017. But, with six laps to go Chris Brink passed Busch, and parked in victory lane for the fourth time in four weeks. Now with a commanding lead in the Championship standings, Brink is on a record setting pace, and was able to win from the tenth starting position, just as Hirschman did in the Race of Champions Modified Series event. Busch, defending Champion Zane Ferrell, Waugh, and Gary Scott were the top five finishers, after a mid-race rain shower halted the action, and delayed the event’s conclusion by about an hour.

Young Zac Todaro led the first half of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature after starting on the pole. But his quest for a first career victory was thwarted as both Josh Coughenour and defending Champion Shawn Beam passed him on the same lap. Beam became the leader on lap eleven, and was pressured heavily by Coughenour for the final nine circuits. Beam started tenth and won for the third week in a row, after missing the first two rounds of the 2017 season. Coughenour was within striking distance of the undefeated winner, when the checkered flag waved, and Todaro had an impressive run conclude with a third place finish. Lauren Butler, a winner this year, placed fourth ahead of veteran Steve Singo.

A cash bonus awaited the Famers Union Co-Op Charger feature winner, thanks to the division sponsor, and Jason Garchak led the first four of 15 laps. Recent winner, Jason Pritts took the lead on lap five after starting in the eighth position. Pritts outran former Champion Steve Long, to claim the bonus cash, and his second career win – also second of the season. Long climbed from the ninth starting spot to claim second place, with Dale Kimberly finishing third. Recent winner Tanner Friendline placed fourth and Garchak finished in fifth position.

A young, first time winner parked in victory lane after the 15-lap Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature. R.J. Dallape led every lap to score career win number one, but fought hard for the trophy. Opening night winner, Andrew Pluta had opportunities to challenge, after restarts closely aligned the duo. But, pole starter Dallape never surrendered the top spot, and defeated seventh-starting Pluta, eighth-starting Brent Bickerstaff, two-time winner Even Nibert and previous week’s winner Cindy Shaulis, who started ninth.

Graham Snares ABC Sixes’ Sizzler; Kuklinski, Dunbar Snap Seven-Year Droughts

June 19th, 2017

Ashland, WI, — Randy Graham of Trego fended off Scott Ovaska after a race-long battle to win the 11th annual Six-Cylinder “Summer Sizzler” feature, presented by the Auto Value Auto Parts stores of Ashland and Ironwood, MI, at the ABC Raceway on Saturday night.

Graham’s win, which capped off the five-division PolyDome Dirt Track Series race program, was his second in as many nights in the unique-to-ABC class, after he edged Tiffany Hudack during the division’s visit on Friday to the Proctor (MN) Speedway.

Kevin Eder of Ashland; Greg Kuklinski of Ironwood, MI; Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, MI; and Kyle Copp of Brule also took checkered flags on this night. Eder last won here on opening night and Copp took his third-straight feature win, but it was the first time back in Victory Lane at Ashland for Kuklinski and Dunbar since the same August night back in 2010.

Seventy entries competed on a muggy night when light rains tampered with track preparations and discouraged a few fans and drivers from coming. But Mother Nature created a perfect “racing window” and held off the precipitation from just prior to the first heat race taking to the track at 7:10 pm until 9:55, when Graham raced under the final checkered flag of the night and the sprinkles began again.

Graham started to the right of pole-starter Ovaska for the $400-to-win, 15-lap “Sizzler” event, and within two laps he had cleared Ovaska and held a two-length lead, while DeJay Jarecki battled with Ovaska for second. Ovaska came back and slipped past Graham for the lead on lap 3 just before Tyler Vernon’s looped ride brought about the first of three yellow-flag slowdowns.

One lap after the restart Jarecki’s ride was punted, and after another circuit Bubba Anderson’s car also got turned around. But the remaining ten laps stayed green, and Graham first held off a determined effort by Jarecki and then set his sights on the leader.

At midrace Graham worked low to pull alongside Ovaska, and on lap 9 he completed the winning pass. On the same circuit Hudack used a low-lane move to grab third from Jarecki, and with five to go Vernon copied the move for fourth. Graham eventually pulled to a 1.25-second advantage at the checkers, while Ovaska led Hudack and Vernon in a close-knit battle for second. Jarecki came home fifth.

Kuklinski chalked up his track-record 90th career feature win – and his 41st in the WISSOTA Super Stocks – after an absolutely dominant performance in his 20-lap feature. In fact, as the first 18 laps clicked off non-stop, the popular veteran racer built up a nearly half-lap lead on the strong field.

Kuklinski started from the pole, beat fellow front-row starter Don Muzzy into turn 1, and checked out on the pack. Muzzy held off the initial challenges from Cory Casari, but by lap 2 Casari gained the better of that battle. Muzzy regrouped by lap 6 and retook the runner-up spot, and sixth-starting Jeff Klopstein took to the high side to grab third.

With traffic thick behind Muzzy, Kuklinski roared away to a 4.7-second lead – the length of a straightaway – by lap 9. Three tours later he was slipping past Aaron Mashlan to put him a lap in arrears, and by the time he passed 12th-running Myron Basina on lap 14 the lead margin was six full seconds.

Klopstein and Nick Oreskovich slapped fenders in a battle for third that nearly clogged up an already tightly-packed field even more with four laps remaining, but the green lights stayed on until Casari spun in turn 2 just as Kuklinski crossed under the white flag. Despite the field tucked tight to his rear bumper for the restart, Kuklinski charged away in the two-lap sprint for his first feature win at Ashland since August 21, 2010, ahead of Muzzy and Klopstein, while Dave Flynn and Scott Lawrence used last-lap passes to sneak into the top five.

“I grew up driving on this sticky red clay,” said Kuklinski in Victory Lane. “This track tonight was perfect for me.”

Like Kuklinski, Dunbar also started on the front row of his feature, led every lap, and captured his first feature win since – ironically enough – August 21, 2010. However, this veteran “Yooper” never held more than a car-length lead and had to withstand constant pressure throughout the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified final.

Dunbar swept around pole-starter Brandon Copp through the first turns and ran a steady pace around the upper groove of the three-eighths-mile oval throughout the event. After a lap 4 caution for debris, Wayne Stricker dove under Copp for second and brought Ryan Adamzak in tow to third, setting up a three-car dogfight up front that lasted most of the remaining green-flag laps.

Stricker tried on nearly every lap to dive to the bottom of turns 3 and 4 and attempt a “slide-job” pass of Dunbar for the lead, but Dunbar stayed true to his line and held the point. On a couple of occasions, when Stricker didn’t take a shot at a pass for the lead, Adamzak snuck a peek to the inside looking for a way into second, but he, too, was unsuccessful. The top three raced in close formation until Jesse Aho was turned around while fighting for a top-ten spot on lap 11, and after two more laps under green a three-car altercation stopped the pace again.

Over the final seven laps Dunbar fought off more threats from Stricker and Adamzak and held on for the long-overdue win. Dunbar’s son Marcus came home fourth, just ahead of Vernon.

Eder worked his way around pole-starter Brian Mikkonen on the initial lap of the WISSOTA Modified A-main, then edged his way by Rick Rivord a lap later and ran away with his second feature win of the season here.

With drivers shuffling positions behind him, Eder flew to a 2.195-second lead after just six laps before the event’s lone caution came about for a spin by Jeff Spacek. The remainder of the 20-lapper clicked off non-stop, and Eder was in complete control. Steve Lavasseur, who restarted third after a pass of Mikkonen just before the stoppage, gave Rivord a number of challenges for second before eventually settling back, and points leader Bill Byholm, who restarted fourth, kept the three-car battle for second interesting.

Eder was over six seconds up on Rivord as he crossed under the checkered flag for his 26th career feature win, and Lavasseur outran Byholm on the final sprint coming out of turn 4 for third. Neil Balduc, whose car took a scary hit into the turn 1 guardrail during earlier heat race action, came from dead last on the grid to finish fifth.

Kyle Copp overcame a lap 1 spin and weaved his way through some close-quarters traffic early to move into contention for the WISSOTA Pure Stock feature win. And even after grabbing the lead away from Graham three laps after the restart he had to hang on as the lead pack consisted of as many as seven potential winners running in a bunch.

Ryan Savoy went around Graham and Andrew Hanson for second on lap 5 of the 12 scheduled, and Hanson then claimed third just before Brock Beilke’s car coasted to a stop on the front straight with five laps remaining. Hanson made a strong move to the inside on Savoy with just two laps left, and Savoy’s ride slipped back after taking the white flag as Dylan Shelton and Graham charged by. But Copp stayed just ahead of all that to score his third-straight feature win here by less than a car-length.

Lap times were lightning-fast on the smooth, wide, sticky red-clay surface, with Eder (Mods, 16.380 seconds), Kuklinski (Supers, 16.848), Brandon Copp (Mid-Mods, 16.915) and Graham (Sixes, 18.222) posting the fastest lap in each’s respective feature. All four times were within four-tenths of a second of each division’s single-lap record, with Copp’s time within 37 one-thousandths of a second of the best-ever Mid-Mod lap at ABC.

On Saturday, June 23, the ABC Raceway will hold its qualifying features for the annual “Afco Race of Champions,” to be held during the WISSOTA 100 weekend in Huron, SD, in mid-September. The winners of the features in the track’s four WISSOTA-sanctioned divisions will receive invitations to represent the track and attempt to qualify for the prestigious event. Hot laps are at 6:15 pm, followed by racing action at 7. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information log onto the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. or on race days call (715) 682-4990.

Rain postpones final 46 laps of Masters to Sunday morning

June 19th, 2017

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. –They started one hour early, waited out two rain delays and ran a full program without a hitch, but officials at the Cedar Lake Speedway were forced to postpone the final 46 laps of Saturday night’s Masters main event until 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

With 24 laps in the books, the second round of rain began to fall on the historic speedplant in New Richmond, Wis., and continued to fall until the plug was officially pulled at 11 p.m.

When racing resumes Sunday morning, Ryan Gustin will be the leader of the race, which pays $50,000 to win and a minimum of $2,000 to each of the 26 starters.

Polesitter Josh Angst, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard and Jimmy Mars are currently second, third, fourth and fifth, while Zack VanderBeek, Jake Hartung, Joe Duvall, Johnny Scott and Terry Phillips round out the running order in the top 10.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Sunday and the green flag waves at 11 a.m.

The main event will produce the biggest winner’s check in the 19-year history of the USMTS, and the first time in track that the Cedar Lake Speedway will pay out $50,000 to win a Modified event.

RacinDirt will have the event live online. Visit www.racindirt.com to watch.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

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