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Marriott, Richards, Clancy, Hanes, Ross and Bouzek all Winners at US 36 Raceway on CARB Night at the Races!!!!!

May 21st, 2018

Racing action would get underway with E-Modifieds setting the pace for others to follow. Cade Richards #1R working his way to the front. As the race continued Richards would make contact with a lap car sending him to the rear of the field. Austin Bouzek #14B would use poise and patients taking over the top spot and never relinquish on his way to Lake Road Warehouse Victory Lane. Richards would recover and come from the back to front placing second with Caleb Pugh #8s also recovering from an early race spin to place third. Fourth place would belong to Chuck Adkins #32 as Brock Brewer #02X would round out the night’s top five. Heat race winners were Justin Marrant #28 and Chris Dishong #41.

Pure Stock would charge to the track and see heat race winner Conner Masoner #47X take the lead early only to develop problems and make contact with the turn one retaining wall taking him from win contention. Mich Ross #20X would take the
lead for good and never look back claiming the checkers and the win on this night of competition. Second place would go to the always fast #87 of Anthony Persell who would hold of the hard charge of third place finisher CJ Turner #91. Lane Chew #37, in his first visit to US 36 Raceway, would end the feature fourth with Conner Masoner rebounding to place fifth. Other heat race winner was Chester Kaufman #94C.

IMCA Sport Mod would be 23 strong as they took to the fast, smooth 3/8th mile track. Heat winner Clint Baker #17X and Casey Burnett #23B would start on the front row with baker taking the lead going into turn number one. Baker would continue to lead as Burnett would develop problems forcing him from contention. As the race progressed another heat winner Colman Browning #83 would take the front from Baker only to see a caution bunch the field. On the ensuing restart, Nic Hanes #9H would make his move passing all challengers to take the lead and the victory adding to his point lead. JJ Baumli #46X would race his way to place second with Baker fading only slightly placing third. Fourth place would go to one-time leader Browning with another heat winner Steven Clancy #12X ending the feature a solid top five on the night.

IMCA Stock Cars would not see the caution in their feature event putting on a great show for the fans in attendance. Chad Clancy #21X would win both his heat race and the feature on this night leading nearly every lap of the main event. Clancy would celebrate in Lake Road Warehouse Winners Circle as last weeks winner Blake Peeler would settle for second. The #X9 of Brad Whitney would mount a late race charge placing third with other heat winner Josh Steele #94J

Coming home fourth with Mich Ross #34X a solid fifth. Compliments to the IMCA Stock Car class as they would not see the yellow flag and race from green to checkers on this night of competition

High in number and quality the IMCA RaceSaver Winged Sprints would charge to the track and see the battle of the two heat race winners at the front of the field. Heat winner Matt Richards #1R would take the lead early with other heat winner Tyler Drueke #12T right on his heels. Richards would lead until lap traffic would come into play with Drueke taking advantage and the lead moving Richards to second. Again, lap traffic would come into play and Richards would take back the lead and not relinquish picking up his third win of 2018 at US 36 Raceway. Drueke

would place second with Stu Snider #5 the big mover coming from back to front placing a close third. Fourth place would see the young up and coming driver Trey Gropp #54 with Mike Housman Jr #4L rounding out the night’s top five.

IMCA Modifieds would see a new face to the high banks as Hunter Marriott #62 would win both his heat race and feature on this night of competition. Marriott would take the lead part way through the feature and pull away late picking up his first win at US 36 Raceway this 2018 racing season. Second place would go to other heat winner Cory Wray #69n with Shadren Turner #17T placing a solid and consistent third on the night. Fourth place would see the #21C of Chad Clancy with Clay Hale #22H ending the night fifth place.

Powder Puff racers would take to the track with Fender cars seeing action first. Emily Turner #87 would take the lead early and outpace the field in route to her first win of 2018. Second would go to Julianne Antel #20x with Angie Fuller #17R ending the night third.

Powder Puff Non-Fenders would see a second time winner in 2018 as Misty Hanes #9H would lead every lap of the feature claiming the victory. Hanes would be challenged late by second place finisher Tiffany Cadwallader #69ER. Third place went to .308 of Andrea Nelson with fourth place to Jena Baumli #46 and fifth to Tracy Crews #21X

US 36 Raceway would like to thank Nic and Misty Hanes for the bikes and congratulate our bike winners Addie Corkins and Brantley Sayers.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track would like to remind everyone that next Friday Night is Miller Lite Modified Madness at the track and Sprint Cars will not be in action.

11TH Annual Mud Mayhem Mud Bog at The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway Cancelled Due to Weather for Saturday May 19th

May 20th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – With over 2 ½ inches of rain already and a forecast for 90% of storms both today and tomorrow, officials at The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway have made the tough decision to cancel the 11th Annual Mud Mayhem Mud Bog presented by James River Equipment and WhosYourDriver.org.

“We never want to cancel an event, but with the amount of rain we have had, and the wet weekend forecast we have to think of the safety of our competitors and fans,” commented General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

Sawyer added, “The soaked grounds and rain make it almost impossible to get the competitor rigs parked as well as the aluminum grandstands becoming very slick when wet, it is all about the safety of all involved.”

A special thanks to James River Equipment, WhosYourDriver.org, Aaron’s, Atkins Petroleum & Propane, After Hours Fabrication, Collision One, Gary’s Transmission and Truckin Thunder for all their support of our mud bog program.

The next event for Virginia Motor Speedway will be back over at the dirt track as the speedway hosts week 5 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing on Saturday June 2nd.

The Pit at VMS is located on the grounds of Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and is situated on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The Speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about The Pit Virginia Motor Speedway and the Mud Bog schedule fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the bog’s web site at www.thepitatvms.com.

Five First Time Winners at Rice Lake Speedway

May 20th, 2018

Rice Lake WI, May 12 – It was a night of firsts Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. All five feature winners won their first mains of the season in their class while two also won their first features ever at Rice Lake on a busy Saturday night as one hundred and forty three drivers signed in to race including twenty four WISSOTA Late Models. The Late Model winner was Steve Laursen from Cumberland. Winning their first feature wins ever at Rice Lake were Kyle Copp and Karl Genett while Tony Bahr, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams also visited victory lane for the first time in 2018 at Rice Lake.

Copp spent a lot of time getting his picture taken Saturday night as early in the evening he received a plaque for having been voted the Best Appearing Car in the Pure Stock class. Later he would return to victory lane to get his picture taken once again. Copp would win a time shortened Pure Stock main as the Pure Stocks had a tough time keeping everyone pointed in the proper direction and the event was finally checkered three laps short of its scheduled distance when the time limit for the event expired due to too many yellow flags.

Bob Thompson would lead much of the early going of the race with rookie Adam Pratt and Copp challenging. Copp would actually have quite a challenging race as he would trigger the first yellow, as he was spun while running third and nearly got clobbered by traffic. However, everyone would miss him and he would get his position back for the restart. On the green, Thompson was again the leader but Copp then moved to second and began to challenge while George Richards and Andrew Hanson were both charging to the front. Randy Graham was having a strong run along with Mike Pratt and there was quite a swarm of cars in the lead group. Each time racing would start to get hot and heavy though, the yellow would return for minor spins and the race would be slowed down once again.

Thompson would get wide in turn one on the fourth restart and Copp was right there to jump to his inside and coming off turn four, Copp would pull into the lead. Hanson was making a big run too while several of the other challengers got tied up together and while they remained racing, they lost several positions. Just as Hanson was making a move to the outside, looking to pass both Thompson and Copp, the yellow waved for a sixth time for a two car spin and with the time limit exceeded, the race was ruled complete.

Copp was declared the winner with Thompson and Hanson next in line. Rounding out the top five were Cory Jorgensen, who came from sixteenth and Richards. Genett would win his first ever feature race in the Street Stocks in an event where the official results weren’t determined until the technical inspectors had a look at the cars. In fact, Hunter VanGilder actually crossed the line first, got his picture taken in victory lane and the program had moved on to the next event before VanGilder’s car didn’t pass inspection.

The Street Stocks ran off a smooth main event with only one yellow flag slowing the action as VanGilder charged off the outside pole to take the early lead with Genett and Jimmy Randall chasing him. Genett was showing lots of speed and he closed to the bumper of VanGilder as he looked both high and low, searching for a route around the leader. Genett made several attempts and got close on a couple of occasions, but just couldn’t quite make the passing attempt pay off. Behind the top three, there was a swarm of cars battling for position with the running order changing on nearly every lap.

A minor spin on lap ten triggered the lone yellow of the race and on the green, VanGilder got a good break as he put several car lengths on the leaders. Genett was now being challenged hard by Randall for second and his focus was on holding that position, not challenging VanGilder for the lead. At the finish, VanGilder had a couple of car lengths on the field as it appeared that he had won for the first time in 2018. However, in technical inspection, a safety violation was found on the car and while it was not a performance enhancing item, it was nevertheless a violation of the rules and his car was disqualified. This elevated Genett to his first victory ever at Rice Lake and he was followed on the official score sheet by Randall, Ashley Wahlstrom in a great run, Braden Brauer and opening night winner Kolby Kiehl.

Bahr has driven in many different classes and won events at Rice Lake over the years, most notably in both the Modified and Late Model class. Now, after being away from the sport for several years, he is back in a Midwest Modified that he will race as time allows. Saturday night his time was quick as he came from the third row to win his first ever MidMod feature at Rice Lake and add to a long list of wins here over the years.

He survived a wheel banging duel with Kevin Adams and made the winning pass on George Truscott with just two laps to go to win a wild main event. Truscott had led the first thirteen laps as the veteran from Greenland Michigan was having one of his finest runs ever here. He was challenged very hard by Shane Halopka for a number of laps before Adams and Bahr showed up to apply even more pressure. Halopka had nearly gotten by for the lead on several occasions but Truscott was able to fight him off until a lap nine yellow for a two car spin bunched the field and Truscott found Bahr and Adams right behind him.

On the green, Bahr threw a bold slide job at the other two, diving into the lead but then sliding up the track in turn one. Truscott was able to turn inside of Bahr and regain the lead but Bahr and Adams were then battling hard side by side, for second. Neither would give an inch and they banged wheels at least twice as they fought for the runner up slot. Suddenly, Adams slowed and parked in turn three with a flat tire and the yellow light came on again. Adams would eventually retire to the pits. A three laps duel saw Truscott continue as the leader but Bahr moved up to the cushion and came flying by on the outside with just two laps to go to take over the lead and he would then pull away for the win. Truscott would finish a strong second ahead of Tyler Vernon. Michael Truscott, George’s nephew, would drive quite a race himself as he had to qualify for the feature by winning the B main, and he then drove up from seventeenth to finish a strong fourth with Halopka rounding out the top five.

Bahr’s last win at Rice Lake previous to Saturday was a 2011 Super Stock win as he has now won feature races in four different classes at Rice Lake, an enviable statistic itself. Myers has visited victory lane at this track many times over the years and he added yet another win as he drove Greg Kuklinski’s Super Stock to the win. He came from the third row to outslug some other tough competitors in a very competitive main event.

Willie Johnsen led a number of laps in the Super Stock feature with Randy and Terran Spacek, Myers and Nick Oreskovich all putting heavy pressure on him. Myers was eventually able to get to the high side of the track and from there, drive around Johnsen to take over the lead. Meanwhile the Spaceks, Oreskovich and Scott Lawrence were all battling incredibly hard for position with the running order changing on nearly every turn of the track. After a lap eleven spin triggered the yellow, the final nine laps of the race ran off nonstop.

Oreskovich, looking for two in a row here, would put heavy pressure on Myers for the lead. Curt would continue to roll around the top side of the track while Nick O would dive low and try to beat Myers back up to the top spot. This continued lap after lap and as they took the white flag, they were nearly side by side for the lead. However, Myers got a great run off turn one and held a slight lead down the back chute. Oreskovich took one last shot but came up a car length short as Myers drove home for the win. Terran Spacek had a strong run for third with Lawrence and Johnsen completing the top five.

Adams visited victory lane last week in the MidMod but Saturday he got his first Modified win of the 2018 racing season. His win was a tough one as he had to fight his way past a fast Steve Hallquist and then hold off a couple of other hard chargers in Kevin Eder and Cory Mahder to take the checkered. Hallquist took the early lead from the outside pole as he beat Jeff Spacek to take the initial advantage. Adams quickly followed him into second and the battle for the lead was on. Meanwhile, Eder, Adam Hensel, Brent Prochnow, Mahder and others were battling hard for position.

Adams was putting the pressure on Hallquist, several times getting close but not quite able to make the pass for the lead. Just before the midpoint of the race, Adams was able to get an advantage in turn four, slide up the track and clear Hallquist for the point. However, Steve remained close and the battle continued. The leaders got into heavy traffic and things turned ugly for Hallquist. While Adams was able to clear the group of back markers, Hallquist had to slam the brakes to avoid an out of shape car and he spun on the front chute, where he was very nearly clipped. Hallquist would get his spot back but his restart was not a good one and he would lose several positions and eventually fall out of the race.

Eder moved into second on the restart and tried to pressure Adams but they only made two more laps before another spin would slow the action. This time, with six laps remaining in the race, Mahder would move past Eder into second and he would take his shot at Adams for the lead. While Cory was able to cut the advantage to a couple of car lengths, he couldn’t mount a serious challenge and Adams would drive home for the win. Mahder’s first outing of the year provided a strong second place finish with Eder getting yet another solid finish. Ashley Anderson made a late race charge that saw him move up to fourth with Hensel completing the top five.

A big crowd enjoyed the race program on Saturday with more racing to come in the next few weeks. Next Saturday a full five division program will again be presented with warm ups slated for 6:30 pm and the next special event will be on Saturday, May 26th when the Sprint Car fans will get their night with both winged and traditional Sprint Cars in racing action for full programs along with the Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Eagle Valley Speedway Mother’s Day Results

May 19th, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin – The Eagle Valley Speedway drivers and fans were greeted with beautiful weather on Mother’s Day 2018. The racing action did not disappoint as the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds and EVS Hornets took to the dirt. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The WISSOTA Modified heats were won by Grant Southworth and Mike Anderson as Jake Miller was flanked by Michael Truscott as they paced the feature. Miller moved into the early lead as Anderson worked the low groove of the race track into the second position. Anderson drove under Miller for the lead on lap two, immediately moved to the ultra-high groove, and set sail into the night toward the checkered flag as the Modifieds reeled off 20 caution free laps. As Anderson left no doubt and stretched a significant lead on his way to the win, Miller and Truscott waged a battle for the runner up position. It was Miller besting Truscott as he completed an outstanding run. Truscott finished third over an impressive run for Modified rookie, Grant Southworth in fourth as the travelling Clayton Wagamon drove home in fifth.

Terran Spacek won the WISSOTA Super Stock heat as he sat on the pole with Wayne Dean to his outside for the feature. Spacek moved out front as the green flag flew as he began to drive out into a very comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Jeff Brauer drove the low line past Dean into second position. It was Tommy Richards though who hugged the tires and began to claw toward the front. He methodically worked his way into second position but was a complete straight stretch behind Spacek.

Richards began to close the gap between himself and the leader in significant chunks. With one lap in past the halfway marker, Richards drove under Spacek for the lead and never glanced back thereafter. Richards drove undaunted to the win as Spacek settled for runner up. Dean made a late charge and moved past Brauer into third, but shortly thereafter, he pulled off the track. It was Richards first at the line as Spacek, Brauer, Troy Fransway, and Lukas Koski finished in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds saw Derek Haas, Calvin Iverson, and Nick Koehler win heats as Derek Haas and Nick Lindquist were on the front row at feature time. A first attempt at a start was slowed due to a three-car spin in turn two which saw the always strong Shane Halopka retire for the evening. The restart saw a melee for about the fifth position as Tommy Richards was shuffled out of line and essentially freight trained all the way back to the 16th position.

It was Lindquist who found the early lead and looked good setting the pace. A spinning Craig Haas drew the first yellow a few laps in and the restart saw ninth starting Koehler had already worked himself into third. Back under green, a few laps were scored, where once again, Craig Hass spun, causing a caution.

The restart saw Koehler move into the lead as he set a torrid pace running the high side where as Derek Haas ran the same line in second position. Steve Dehler drew the caution as they neared the half-way point with a spin. At the midpoint, Koehler was dominating the race with Haas in second and Tommy Richards, who came through from the back of the pack into third. Richards moved into the second position below Haas and tried to reel in the leader. The final caution of the event flew when Derek Haas’ car broke down with a spectacular amount of smoke. Under caution, Lindquist suffered the same fate and both cars retired from the event.

Under green it was Koehler unaffected by the charging Richards as he drove to victory on the high side. Richards settled for second after his charge back through the field from the tail of the group. Calvin Iverson had a fine run in third as George Truscott nipped Jake Smith for fourth.

Danny Richards scored a sweep in the WISSOTA Street Stocks winning both the heat and feature. He started on the pole with Braden Brauer to his outside. It was Brauer by inches after the first circuit, but Richards took the lead on lap two and stretched it out to several car lengths. A fast Hunter VanGilder moved under Brauer for second and tried in vain to run down the leader, but Richards was too strong. Kolby Kiehl moved into third as Parker Anderson drove from seventh to fourth at the finish. Brauer rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Pure Stocks saw Kent Harmon winning the heat as he started outside of the polesitter, Tyler Wahlstrom in the feature. The two raced hard on lap one as George Richards joined the fray to make it three wide for the lead after the first lap. It was Richards moving into the lead slightly after two laps but Harmon was strong and impressive. He drove back to the point as Richards was forced to set chase in his shadow. Richards moved up the track slightly as the two raced side by side for several laps and Richards inched back into the lead. As Richards slowly took control, a spinning Brent Hauge drew the caution.

A green, white, checkered restart saw Richards in control as Tyler Wahlstrom, who remained in striking distance the entire event, made a last lap pass to grab the runner up spot. Harmon ended his impressive evening in third as Pat Smith and Tyler Hallquist rounded out the top five.

The EVS Hornet heats were won by Chad Prissel and Jason Bauer as Prissel started outside of the polesitter Dean Butler in the feature. It was Prissel at the end of the first lap as Brauer moved into second and Dan Prissel into third. The caution flag flew when Aaron Reimers made hard contact into the front stretch wall. The restart saw Chad Prissel still in control as Bauer, Dan Prissel, Justin Anderson, and Butler raced hard behind him.

The red flag flew for a fire in the Jason Junker car and back under power, Prissel was still in control. A debris caution was called, and Dan Prissel pulled off the track after a safety check. Once again, Chad Prissel was in control of the restart and drove to the victory. Behind him, a charging Seth Scholl briefly took second, but Bauer wrestled it back before the finish. Scholl finished in an impressive third position as Butler made a strong charge for fourth after having faded earlier. Jake Halterman won a three-car battle for fifth over Justin and Jeremiah Anderson.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Sunday, May 20, 2018, as Miller Lite Night presented by General Beer Northwest sponsors the WISSOTA sanctioned auto racing featuring all five classes plus the EVS Hornets. Oium Well Drilling and Oium Black Top will once again give away one bicycle each for both a boy and a girl just as they do every race night at the Eagle Valley Speedway!

EVS 2018 winners, Modifieds: Dave Cain, Mike Anderson; Super Stocks: Tommy Richards (2); Midwest Modifieds: Michael Truscott, Nick Koehler; Street Stocks: Mike Knudtson, Danny Richards; Pure Stocks: George Richards (2); EVS Hornets: Jason Bauer and Chad Prissel.

Stateline again forced to postpone opener!

May 19th, 2018

Busti, NY, — Continued damp and cold weather has again thwarted Stateline Speedway’s plans for its 2018 season opener. Another attempt will be made to open next Saturday, May 19. Details of the revised schedule for next week will be announced as soon as possible.

Admission for regular events are as follows: Adults-$15; Seniors/Vets-$10; Students (11-15)-$8; 10 and Under-FREE; Pits-$30. Special event admissions will be higher. Pit gates will open at 4 PM and fan gates will open at 5 PM.

Stateline Speedway on Kortwright Road in Busti, NY, has been in continuous operation since 1956 and is currently owned by Jim and Jean Scott and Dave Turner. Racing is presented every Saturday night during the racing season, the year from April 28 through August 31 plus special events and practices. The 2018 season will conclude on September 3 with an Enduro. The track is on the World Wide Web at www.newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti, NY, and Twitter @newstateline. Stateline’s Instagram is also @newstateline. The ‘all-purpose’ Information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be had by writing to newstateline15@gmail.com.

Weather woes put May 18-20 USMTS events on hold

May 19th, 2018

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–USMTS and track officials from the I-94 Speedway, Ogilvie Raceway and Mason City Motor Speedway have announced that this weekend’s trio of USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup events, May 18-20, are being postponed due to impending unfavorable weather conditions.

“Rain and cold are pretty much inevitable for Fergus Falls on Friday and Ogilvie on Saturday,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “With the long miles of travel for many of our teams, it doesn’t make sense to ask them to venture up north to possibly get one show in at Mason City on Sunday, so we are moving the shows to later dates where, hopefully, we have better weather for our promoters, drivers and fans.”

This Friday’s 4th Annual Casey’s General Stores Summersota Nationals at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., will now take place on Friday, Aug. 10, while the 7th Annual Chubbs Performance Modified Madness presented by U.S. Army at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., will happen on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Sunday’s 7th Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77″ at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, will move to Wednesday, June 27, and will kick off a four-night swing through Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

While all events for this Friday and Saturday are canceled, Mason City will host a regular Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series event for their season opener this Sunday, May 20.

The USMTS will be back in action Memorial Day Weekend, beginning with a stop at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., on Friday, May 25. The Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., hosts the series on Saturday, May 26, and the Upper Iowa Speedway wraps up the tripleheader on Sunday, May 27.

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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Wet, Cold Conditions Force ABC Raceway Cancellation

May 18th, 2018

Ashland, WI, — After passionate discussions in both directions, the ABC Raceway’s Board of Directors opted for the difficult decision to postpone the track’s 54th season opener scheduled for Saturday night.

The track itself would have been ready and possibly quite racy for so early in the season, and there was no chance of rain for Saturday night. But cold, soaking showers earlier in the week left the Raceway’s pit and parking areas quite soggy, and a forecast calling for mid-30s temperatures and northeasterly winds would not have made for comfortable conditions even for the heartiest of race fans.

“(Board members) went back and forth wrestling over this decision,” Raceway president Eric Erickson stated after the meeting. “Could we get enough fans to show up in the cold, would the track and the grounds hold up, how late would the show run with the chance that we might have to grade the track a couple of times. This was not an easy decision to make. “Ultimately the majority of our Board members voted in favor of cancelling Saturday’s show.”

Erickson also pointed to the fact that the weather that has nailed the region over the past four to six weeks has crippled the all-volunteer staff of the Raceway in its usual pre-season preparations. “We certainly didn’t need that 15 inches of snow four weeks ago,” he said. “We’ve been forced to squeeze a month’s worth of work into about five good days. And there’s still plenty to do (to get the facility ready).”

The 2018 season opener has now been pushed to Saturday, May 19. Heartland Communications Group of Ashland will be the presenting sponsor of the five-division program that will include WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks, plus the Raceway’s own Six-Cylinder class. The grandstands will open at 5 pm, hot laps will start at 6:15, and the first green flag of the season should drop at 7 pm.

Admission for adults is $11 in the grandstands, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. The pit gate admission price is $25. “Z-93 Race Night” will air on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream on www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with live pre-race track news updates and weather information.

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

Darron Fuqua celebrates his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win, after a last-turn pass gave him the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature Saturday night. (Kenny Shaw photo)

May 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – On a Saturday night of memorable finishes in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, Darron Fuqua earned a thriller in the main event at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Fuqua passed Chase Domer in the final turn of the final lap of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature, earning $1,000 in the night’s 25-lap headliner.

Meanwhile, Aaron Marrant made some last-lap magic of his own with a last-lap pass to capture the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature. David Hendrix (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) also visited victory lane in a program presented by NMI/VMG Marketing and Wild Animal Safari. Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kan., weaved through lapped traffic and made a daring pass of Domer in the final 75 yards. It was Fuqua’s first win at Lucas Oil Speedway and the 99th of the veteran driver’s career. Surely few were more exciting or satisfying than this one.

“I felt like I had a good car, but he was so good on the top,” Fuqua said of Domer. “I was good on the bottom. It was basically follow him until he left me just a little bit around the top and that was the only thing I had. “I just put it in there as hard as I could and I had enough momentum to get around him.” Fuqua worked his way from the ninth starting position and into contention as Domer and fellow front-row starter Ronnie Woods traded the lead five times over the first 15 laps.

In a race with only one caution, Domer caught lapped traffic with five laps to go and Fuqua continued his steady gain, setting up the thrilling finish. “I was hoping to have a lane down low, but there was a lapped car there,” Fuqua said. “I just did the one thing I had, 110 percent.”

Mark Dotson came home third with Lance Town coming all the way from 17th to fourth and Woods finishing fifth. Marrant in a Late Model thriller: Aaron Marrant threw a winning slide job on Shane Essary going into turn three on the final lap to capture the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature.

Essary led all the way – until Marrant, from Richmond, Missouri – drove deep into the third turn in a last-ditch move to steal the win on the final circuit. It was Marrant’s second feature win of the young season at Lucas Oil Speedway. “We were about the same speed,” Marrant said of he and Essary. “I knew it was gonna be a Hail Mary. I wanted to wait until the last lap because I didn’t want to lose position and lose myself an opportunity in that last corner.”

Essary started on the pole and Marrant on the outside of turn two. They broke away from the field to turn it into a two-car race when a lap-14 caution, after Gregg Truelove spun in turn four, bunched the field. Just one lap later, Larry Ferris’ strong run ended when he found the wall in turn four to bring out caution number six. Ferris was running fifth at the time.

Essary again had to weather a restart and he did so, until the very end. “I knew I was close enough that I could probably do it,” Marrant said. “It started to get a little slicker going into three. I just knew I couldn’t mess up in one and two. I had to stay on his back bumper to get it done. Coming off two, I was right there with him. I’m just glad that everything worked out.”

Josh Poe came home third with Daniel Jessen fourth and Tom Cordray fifth. Hendrix makes it two straight: David Hendrix continued his strong start to the 2018 Big O Tires Street Stocks season, making a winning pass with five laps remaining to earn his second straight feature win.

Hendrix, of Waynesville, passed Brian Schutt coming to the start-finish line to complete lap 15 and held on from there. James Flood finished second with Schutt third and Derek Brown finishing fourth after starting 13th. “I was getting some pretty hot pressure from Flood and Brown and I was like man, I’ve got to find something different, to go,” Hendrix said. “I think Brian’s car was getting tight. Mine was pretty tight. The track’s a lot different than it was last week.”

Hendrix spun in his heat race, but rallied to finish third to earn a third-row starting spot in the feature. “We were terrible in the heat race. I ran out of patience and out of talent and spun out on my own,” he said. “This definitely helps make up for it a little.”

Jackson rolls to B-Mod win: Kris Jackson of Lebanon led all 20 laps, but had to withstand a couple of late restarts that wiped out sizeable leads for the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature victory. “It’s just glad to be back in victory lane,” Jackson said following his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win of 2018. “This is a horsepower track tonight and I think I have the best of that. I have to chalk this one up to (engine builder Jim) Ruble. He won us this race.”

JC Morton, who started 12th, worked his way to second with six laps to go but was still about eight car lengths behind Jackson. A lap-16 caution wiped that cushion away, however, and set the stage for a four-lap shootout. Jackson re-established a comfortable lead and took the white flag well ahead of Morton. But David Harris spun into the front-stretch wall to bring out the caution and force Jackson to earn the win via a green-white restart.

Tyler Brown finished in third with Shawn Strong fourth and Taylor Moore fifth.

Up next: Racing resumes next Saturday night as Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company along with OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be running a special 25-lap $1,000 to win main event as the featured class of the evening.

Gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7. Meanwhile, earlier that day on the Off Road track, the Kansas City Off Road Racing Association with practice starting at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon and features at about 3 p.m. For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – including the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com May 24-26, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting 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 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 26th annual Show-Me 100 comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, May 24-26.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its 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. This year marks the 8th 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 are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: 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 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.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Arkansas’ Latham finds winning combination in Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds

May 16th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missour – Prior to this season, Trevor Latham had entered only a handful of races at Lucas Oil Speedway and had little success when he did. “That place is a lot different than most that we run,” the Rogers, Arkansas driver said, noting the composition of the dirt and banking of the 3/8-mile oval track. So it’s little wonder Latham had marginal expectations when he returned for the first two weekends of action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division.

But on the three-hour drive to the speedway, Latham said he “had some ideas pop into my head. We threw a couple of things at the car. It just seemed to work. It’s kind of amazing.” Following a second-place finish in a makeup feature on April 28 from the previous week’s rainout, Latham captured his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win later in the program. That puts Latham, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, atop the early points standings just ahead of four-time defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw.

How long he will stay there is uncertain. As the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series was off last weekend, Latham traveled to Tri-State Speedway for a United States Modified Touring Series event. He was running in the top 10 on what he described as a rough track when he got into the wall, damaged his car and had to pull off.Latham said earlier this week that if he’s able to repair the damage in time, he could return to Lucas Oil Speedway this Saturday to see if his new-found success can continue.

“It’s really good competition there,” said Latham, who finished fifth in USRA National points in 2017 while earning the USRA Mid-American Region championship. “You have (Jeff) Cutshaw who is really consistent and good. Also guys like Ryan Middaugh who shows up and he’s always tough, along with guys like Jason Pursley and Lucas Gibbs. “More than half the field is good, and you’re usually racing a full field. Both nights we’ve been there, they had more than 30 cars. You don’t always get that everywhere else. Even if there are a few slower guys, when there are that many makes it difficult in heats races.”

Latham, 28, has been racing since 2009 with a four-year break mixed in to earn an engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. He works at Pratt & Whitney in Springdale, Arkansas, which does a lot of repair on airplane jet engineFor the last couple of years, Latham has driven a Hughes Chassis after striking up a friendship with veteran Oklahoma racer and car-builder Jason Hughes. He plans to join Hughes at some USMTS national programs later this spring and summer and for that reason, it’s doubtful that Latham will make a full-time run at dethroning four-time Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Modified champion Cutshaw.

But he is eager to get back as often as he can. “Especially now, that we maybe have something figured out, I want to get back up there,” Latham said. “It’s a fantastic facility.” Cody Howerton, who just turned 21, serves as his crew chief and Latham said Howerton has been a key to his success.

“He works hard and does whatever I ask,” Latham said. “I just buy his pit pass – and at first I didn’t even buy his pit pass. He’s invaluable. I wish I could give him more than I do. Running one of these weekly yourself, without any big sponsors, finances are tough. It’s invaluable to have somebody like that who sacrifices for you.” Sponsors on Latham’s No. 27 car include TL Wood Products, Shamrock Bolt & Screw, Hughes Racing Chassis, Joey Talarksi and Carolyn Hooper-American Sharpening, Henryetta Ford, Oelke Construction, Bryke Racing, BCS Motorsports and Wholesale Laminiates and Cabinet Components.

This Saturday, the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division will be featured, running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action. It’s a Mother’s Day Weekend tribute program as NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. All Mothers will be admitted FREE, courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing Group.

Gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
(All Mothers are FREE)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over/Military) $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – including the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com May 24-26, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and 923kick.com. Co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler talk barbecue and sports with a segment dedicated to racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting 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 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 26th annual Show-Me 100 comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, May 24-26.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its 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. This year marks the 8th 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 are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: 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 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.

Lewis Jackson, Marc Carter, Ed Griggs, Jake Richards, and Dakkota Brisbin Capture Wins on Pepsi Night at the Races!

May 15th, 2018

On the eve of honoring the great ladies in our lives for Mother’s Day, Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) hosted another strong night of racing in five divisions as two of the five winners on the night captured their first-ever main event victories. In racing, there’s nothing more thrilling than a driver capturing their first-ever victory. On Saturday at CMS, Lewis Jackson in the ‘Mighty’ Modifieds and Dakkota Brisbin in Pure Stocks each experienced the thrill of victory for the first time in their respective classes.

Drivers in each of the five divisions competed in three heat races to establish the total passing points lineups for the main event starting grids. David Doelz, Joey Harper, and Steve Evans were Pure Stock winners while Jacob Ebert, Brad Smith, and Jeremy Lile captured B-mod victories, Mod-Lite heat-victories went to Dillon Raffurty, Ed Griggs and Donnie Dannar while in Street Stock preliminaries John Brooks, Brett Wood, and Marc Carter captured the wins. Finishing out the final heats of the night in less than an hours’ time, Chad Lyle, Terry Schultz, and Brian Johnson commanded their respective races to capture Modified heat-race wins.

The Pure Stock main event had more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera as Joey Harper led early before tenth-starting Dakkota Brisbin of Richmond, Missouri took command of the event in a fierce battle with Steve Evans to record his first-ever feature win. Jake Richards’ stellar year continued Saturday night at CMS as he took control of the B-Mod field to record his second CMS main-event win of the season over Brad Smith and Cody Brill in dominating fashion. One of the largest weekly racing car counts of the year took place for the Mod-Lites with 22 cars in the house as Ed Griggs of Pleasant Hill, Missouri parked his familiar #47 in victory lane once again. After last week’s disappointment, Marc Carter roared back to life in Street Stock competition by capturing his 45th career CMS win in Street Stock competition over Bobby Ruff and Brett Wood. To close out the night, Kansas driver Lewis Jackson stalked race leader Kevin Blackburn over the final 10 laps and eventually overtook the former champion to come away with his first-ever feature event in yet another outstanding Modified finale. Terry Schultz was second for second-consecutive week with Blackburn in third.

Racing resumes Saturday, May 19th for KFKF Country 94.1 FM Night at the Races with ‘Mighty’ Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod-Lites, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks. Pit Gates open at 4:30 followed by Spectator Grandstands at 5. Driver pill-draw ends at 6:15, the pit meeting takes place at 6:30, practice ‘hot laps’ begin at 7, and racing begins at 7:30. Adult general admission is $12, Active Military and Senior Citizens ages 65 to 74 $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6. Seniors 75 and over and patrons permanently confined to a wheelchair are free in the grandstands. All pit passes are $30. Times and pricing are subject to change for special events.

Stay tuned to the track website for continuing news and information and for the recently updated race schedule by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Stay current 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!

Great Racing Action at US 36 Raceway as the Stars Would Shine Bright!!!!

May 14th, 2018

E-Modifieds would kick off the night of great racing action as Cade Richards #1R piloting to the front. Many would challenge but to no avail as this thirteen-year-old driver could not be shaken with talent beyond his years. Cade would hold off the hard challenge of second place finisher Gary Don Ainsworth #14 and last weeks winner and third place finisher Chris Dishong #41. Richards would celebrate in Lake Road Warehouse Winners Circle with his first win of 2018. Fourth and fifth would see the battle of heat race winners as Justin Marrant #28 would edge out Josh Adkins #91J at the line.

Pure Stocks would not be outdone and put on a stellar show for all the fans in attendance. CJ Turner #91 would take the front early and see the likes of George Bruning #B5 challenge and heat winner Jon Boller III #20X as the race progressed. Turner would go through the spin cycle in turns one and two sending him to the

rear of the field. Conner Masoner #47X would work his way to the front of the leaderboard and not look back picking up his second win in as many weeks at US 36 Raceway. CJ Turner would make a nice recovery from the back to place a solid second with another great run from Bruning who would place third. Boller III would fade to fourth with Shawn Huston #540 rounding out the night’s top five.

Visiting the high banks for the first time would be the Outlaw Vintage Racers with #J2 of heat winner Jack Simmons leading every lap to claim the checkers. Heat winner Ron Lefholz #20L would be the big mover of the race coming from back to front placing second with a solid third place showing for Andrew Buffington #3. The #7 driven by Dennis Fair would place fourth with Steve Tanner #XX ending the feature fifth.

IMCA Sport Mod would be high in quality and number on this night of action and put on a show to remember. Heat race winner JJ Baumli #46X would jump to the early lead and appear to be the car to beat until other heat winner Jeffrey Sears #13J would impress all in attendance getting by Baumli on the outside to take the front. As the laps wound down Baumli would do the slide job on Sears in turn four coming to the checkers not quite clearing with contact between the two as Baumli would take the win backwards at the line. Sears would finish a solid and impressive second with #19X of Josh Munsen third. Ramon Ortega #17R would be in fine form placing fourth with heat race winner Tyler Cadwallader #69ER racing his way to fifth.

IMCA Stock Car always put on one of the best features of the night and this race was no different as Blake Peeler #292 would use that high line to perfection holding off second place finisher and heat winner Chad Clancy #21X to take the win. Third place would belong to Thomas Roberts #65X with fourth to last week’s winner Mich Ross #34X and #X9 of Brad Whitney coming home fifth. Other heat race winner was Carson Masoner #20X.

IMCA Winged Sprints would see a caution free race as heat winner Matt Richards #1R would take the lead early and never look back picking up his second win of 2018 at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. A very special night for the Richards racing as father matt would first watch his son Cade win E-Mod and then he would claim the win in Sprints, a father son wins on the same night. Other heat winner and two-time winner on the year Tyler Drueke #12T would do all he could to run down Richards but fall a little short placing second. Third place would see Mike Houseman Jr #4L with fourth belonging to the #7 of Toby Chapman and #292 of Chad Jarrett a very close and solid fifth.

Last race of the night was the IMCA Modified and what a race for fans as Cory Wray #69N would take the lead on the start. Wray would continue to lead until lap traffic would come into play and Shadren Turner #17T would make a race of it at the line. Wray would hold of the challenge and win the feature by a mere half car length with Turner second. Nick Roberts #23JR would race from the back of the pack to place third with last weeks feature winner Shayne Bailey #7 finishing fourth. Rounding out the night’s top five would be Chad Clancy #21C.

US 36 Raceway would like to thank all our drivers and fans for a great night of racing action. We would like to thank Lance Racing and Richards Racing for the two bikes given away during Intermission. We would like to congratulate Arial Sample and Brenton Sears on winning the bikes!

See everyone next Friday Night for CARB Night as CARB Members get in free!

Laursen Tops Rice Lake Speedway Late Model Special

May 13th, 2018

Rice Lake WI, May 12 – Taking over the lead on lap ten when early leader John Kaanta pulled off the track under the yellow flag, Steve Laursen led the last thirty one laps to win the Trackside Collectibles 40 for WISSOTA Late Models Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Laursen started on the outside of row two and battled with Pat Doar and Rick Hanestad for second in the early going as Kaanta assumed the early lead. Making some strong moves, Laursen was able to grab second while Kaanta continued to show the way.

Terry Lillo, challenging for a top five position, suddenly rolled to a halt on lap ten, triggering the first yellow flag of the event. Suddenly, without warning, leader Kaanta stopped in turn one, had a track official check out his car and then he turned and pulled into the pits. The report was that a suspension part had broken and Kaanta called it a night.

This surprising turn of events elevated Laursen into the lead and he took off on the green with Hanestad and Doar chasing. Doar went to the top side of the track to take over second and he appeared to be on the move temporarily but then he slide back a couple of spots. The yellow waved again on lap twelve when Ben Hanke spun and Denny Cutsforth got into the front stretch wall trying to avoid him.

Laursen continued to lead but the driver on the move was Jimmy Mars who started twelfth on the grid but was quickly slicing his way to the front. When the third and final yellow waved on lap nineteen for a Greg Nippoldt stall, Mars was all the way up to third and continuing to challenge.

The last twenty two laps ran nonstop with Mars quickly shooting past Hanestad for second on the green and nearly getting past Laursen in a banzai turn one move before Laursen fought him off down the back chute.

The race then settled in with Mars stalking Laursen and looking for an opening to get past. On lap twenty six Laursen slid off the bottom and Mars was nearly able to squeeze past but the Cumberland Wisconsin veteran fought off Mars in turn four and continued to hold the lead.

The last few laps moved by quickly and after Mars made one last attempt with four to go, Laursen stabilized his lead and as he crossed the checkered flag, he had Mars one car length behind as he took the victory. Hanestad ran a solid race to finish third with Darrell Nelson fourth and Marshall Fegers came from fourteenth to round out the top five.

For Laursen, the long time veteran who got his start racing at the Rice Lake Speedway many years ago, it was his twenty first career Late Model win at the track but first since the 2005 racing season. It was also the first for Laursen in his new #T18 ride that he co-owns with T.J. Adams.

The Late Models will return on July 28th for a Wollak Construction WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event.

Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers to Visited US 36 Raceway

May 13th, 2018

Great racing action roars back into US 36 Raceway last Friday Night 5/11/2018 with IMCA Winged Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, E-Modifieds and bringing back those racing days gone by, Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers!!!! The very Best of the Best for you the fans on the high banks with action second to none. We are making improvements and striving to do the right things to keep you the fans and drivers coming back!

Pit Gates open at 5 pm, Grandstands at 6 pm, and we are going to make every possible effort this week to start the great racing action at 8 pm on the dot!!!! Last week we would like to apologize for the late start as mechanical issues reared its ugly head and we promise to do better.

Bring out your entire family for a night of fun and let your kids see the cars of old as the Outlaw Vintage join us taking their turn on the high banks as they always put on a good show with side by side racing. Can Tyler Drueke repeat and add to his Sprint Point lead; who will step up and win the Mighty Modifieds, Can Mich Ross be tamed in Stock Car after sweeping the weekend; IMCA Sport Mod is anyone’s game with their loaded field of competitors; Who can challenge three-time winner Chris Dishong in E-Mod and Pure Stock always is a race to the finish!!!!!

Concessions delicious and priced to feed the entire family, Beer Ice Cold and thirst quenching, Programs and Pictures at the Races!!!!

3rd Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker

May 8th, 2018

Menomonie, Wisconsin (May 04, 2018) the Red Cedar Speedway presented the 3rd annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker, PLUS Kid’s Club Night presented by Accurate Construction, T&T Construction, and Dirt Track Specialties. After the event had been cancelled the previous two weeks due to weather, clear skies and comfortable temperatures greeted race fans and drivers alike.

Red Cedar Speedway has developed the opening weekend to honor Randy Buss, a local man who spent his life working for the good of the track. Randy eventually passed after a long and courageous battle with cancer and his memory and support of the Red Cedar Speedway is not forgotten. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models (17), Modifieds (14), Super Stocks (17), and Midwest Modifieds (27), took to the track as Jimmy Mars, Dave Cain, Tommy Richards, and Kevin Adams stood in victory lane at the end of the evening.

The WISSOTA Late Models saw three heats won by Darrell Nelson, Jesse Glenz, and Mike Keller as the feature was paced by Mike Prochnow and Glenz. At the drop of the green, it was Mike Keller who blasted from row two to grab the early lead as Prochnow settled in behind him. Jimmy Mars was quick to show he was a factor as he moved from the sixth position to third and then underneath Prochnow into the runner up position.

The caution flag was displayed on lap four as Denny Cutsforth spun into the infield edge as you enter turn three. The restart saw Prochnow regain second but a lap later, he went high and Mars went low to split the leader coming off turn four. It was Mars blasting to the lead, a position he would not relinquish on his run to the checkered flag. As Mars dominated the remainder of the event, it was Nelson who carved his way, passing both high and low to move to second. Glenz, who had faded somewhat early, began to find his groove as he raced his way back to third as Prochnow and Keller rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds saw Kevin Adams and Dave Cain win their respective heats as the two held the front row with Cain on the pole for the feature. It was Adams taking early command as Cain settled into second and Mike Anderson raced from fifth to third. However, Adams began to show tire smoke which became greater and greater as Cain dug on the low side to take advantage. Adams tire couldn’t hold out as he retired from the event inside of turns one and two. Cain now led the parade as Mike Anderson ran in the runner up position. Ashley Anderson was parlaying bad luck from his heat as he drove from the last starting position to third.

Cain began to stretch his advantage as Ashley Anderson pounded the raceway, taking the rough areas of the springtime racing surface head on. Ashley Anderson caught Mike Anderson, drove underneath and set out toward the leader. Cain had built a solid margin however, and was the first under the checkered flag. It was Anderson and Anderson as Ashley finished an impressive second and Mike came home in third. Cory Bruggeman was scored fourth as Michael Truscott brought his A Mod from starting 12th on the field to fifth at the line.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran three heats which were won by Nick Oreskovich,

Tommy Richards, and Dan Gullixson as Oreskovich and Luke Schultz held the front row of the feature. It was Oreskovich on the jump, but a spinning Matt Deragon forced a complete restart. Once again it was Oreskovich to the lead as second row starter, Dave Mass moved into second. Jesse Redetzke came from the fifth starting position to challenge and took second position from Mass as Ben Hillman settled into fourth.

Deragon drew a second caution with a turn four spin and the field was reset. As Oreskovich continued to lead, Tommy Richards carved his way toward the front, using the high groove to take over second. The final caution flag flew for a spinning Tyler Lamm. On the restart, the leader continued to look strong as Richards clawed to get beside him. Coming off of turn four, Oreskovich jumped the cushion and Richards pounced.

As Richards drove to the checkered flag, Oreskovich maintained second position. Redetzke finished third as Hillman beat the late charging Dan Gullikson to the line as they closed out the top five.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds Calvin Iverson, Nick Koehler, Michael Truscott, and Dan Wheeler each won heats as Travis Anderson and Tyler Vernon led the field to green. It was Anderson early as Vernon settled into second and Truscott moved from seventh to third. As Vernon challenged and Anderson withstood in the lead, the caution flag flew for Matt Klukas who spun to the inside of turn four. He was not able to continue as Shane Halopka was called for the foul and restarted at the rear of the field.

The restart proved that passing was going to be the tone of the evening as Truscott went low in turn one to take the lead from Anderson. Anderson fought back and tried to move side by side to retake the point. Suddenly, Kevin Adams appeared in the top three as he worked the low groove and had come through the crowd from his 11th starting spot. A caution flag regrouped the field as Josh Wahlstrom retired for the night.

The restart saw Truscott leading Anderson but it was Adams who drove low and made an impressive pass of both cars on the inside of turns one and two. Truscott stayed near to battle for the win as Anderson began to fade. Tommy Richards moved from 14th on the grid to finish in the third position as Adams drove to the win with Truscott in tow. Shadow Kistner looked very strong, finishing fourth as Vernon scored a top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to action on Friday, May 11, 2018, as PLUS Kid’s Club Night is sponsored by Keyes Chevrolet, Mars Racing, and Air Tec Sports. The WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifies, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Red Cedar Speedway Hornets will all be in action.

Davis Lipscombe Goes Flag to Flag for the Pro Late Model victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Shipp, Arnold and Givens also take Wins.

May 8th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – I has been two long years since Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA visited victory lane in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model division at Virginia Motor Speedway; the wait is over as Lipscombe led flag to flag to claim the 35 lap victory on Truckin Thunder / Northern Neck Chevrolet Night. Lipscombe held off an initial challenge by week 1 winner Mark Parks of Lynchburg, VA to grab the lead. Lipscombe held off a late challenge by Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, VA for the victory.

“We almost gave up on racing, I am really glad we didn’t. It has been a tough two years but we have put a lot of effort into this car and we have come up with the needed speed we needed, it feels so good to finally be back in victory lane,” commented Lipscombe in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

In other action Tyler Shipp of Mechanicsville, VA led flag to flag in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature to pick up the win; in the Budweiser Modified feature Chris Arnold of Matoaca, VA swept the outside of Joey Polevoy of Powhatan, VA on lap two to take the lead and go on to the victory; and in the Collision One Limited Stock feature James Givens of Henrico, VA made it two in a row scoring the victory with an outside pass on Chad Champion of Beaverdam, VA on lap 6.

Davis Lipscombe and mark Parks led the Victory Lap Pro Late Model field to the green with Lipscombe using the bottom line to grab the lead. The two raced side by side for several laps before Lipscombe began to pull away with the lead. That left Parks to race for second with Matt Quade, Logan Roberson, Jared Powell and Corey Almond. When the dust settled it was Roberson with the second spot and working to run down the leader. Roberson made severl runs at Lipscombe but was unable to grab the lead. Lipscombe would go on to score the victory by a mere .755 seconds. Rounding out the top five were Roberson, Matt Quade, Corey Almond and Mark Parks.

In the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Chase Butler and Joey Polevoy led the field to green with Polevoy take the lead from the outside. On the next lap Chris Arnold powered his way around the outside of Polevoy for the lead. Once out front Arnold pulled away as the battle for second heated up. Butler, Hunter McClendon, Ryan Toole and Bret Hamilton put on a great show for the fans. McClendon would take over second but was never able to get close enough to challenge for the lead. Arnold would win with McClendon, Butler, Ryan Toole and Bret Hamilton rounding out the top five.

Tyler Shipp and Chad Beahr led the Truckin Thunder Sportsman field to green with Shipp grabbing the lead with a four wide battle for second behind him. Beahr, Tim Shelton, Steve Causey and Mark Gonzales went four wide on several occasions battling for second with Causey taking over that spot. Causey got close several times was unable to make a charge for the lead. Shipp would lead flag to flag to grab a very emotional win that he dedicated to his late Grandmother. Rounding out the top five were Steve Causey, Tim Shelton, Joe Weiss and Mark Gonzales.

In the Collision One Limited Stock feature James Givens took over the top spot from Chad champion on lap 6 with a strong outside pass in turn 1. Once out front Givens was able to pull away from Champion, Cory Bradley and Mark Schools. Champion, Bradley and Trent Clemans traded the second spot on several occasions before Champion settled into the runner-up spot. Givens would score his second win in a row in the division followed by Champion, Bradley, Mark Schools and Randy Hutchens.

The Speedway will take the Mother’s Day weekend off and return to host the first of two mud bogs for the 2018 season on Saturday May 19th with the 11th Annual Mud Mayhem presented by James River Equipment and WhosYourDriver.org. Eleven divisions of mud maniacs will be competing in the state-of-the-art mud bog facility known as The Pit. For detail visit www.thepitatvms.com.

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 2018 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.

Carrick earns first POWRi National Midget win; Seavey, Moore also grab Open Wheel Showdown wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri– – Young Tanner Carrick captured his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature victory at Saturday night’s 7th annual Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Carrick, a 16-year-old from Lincoln, California, started outside of row one and led all but one of 30 laps for a memorable victory.

“It feels awesome,” a happy Carrick said in victory lane. “And there’s going to be more.”

Other winners on the program, which saw 108 open-wheel cars check into the pits, were Mitchell Moore (POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints) and Logan Seavey (ASCS Warrior Region/Red River Region Winged Sprints). Seavey nearly pulled off a double, finishing second to Carrick in the evening’s first feature.

Carrick lost the lead only for a few seconds, when veteran Jerry Coons slid past him coming out of turn four to complete lap nine. Carrick was back in front halfway through the next lap and was in command the rest of the way, his drive slowed only by three caution flags.

After the final re-start, just past the race’s mid point, Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Seavey pulled up alongside Carrick but was not able to make the pass.
Carrick drove away from there with Seavey winding up a distant second. Pole-sitter Ryan Robinson was third and another Kunz car, driven by Tucker Klaasmeyer, rallied from an 11th-starting position to finish fourth.

“I’ve been so close the last three or four weeks,” Carrick said. “Tonight, I told everyone I was going to win it and I won it. I can’t thank everyone enough on the team. We’ve had a ton of speed. I just haven’t been able to capitalize and tonight I did.”

Seavey said he did all he could, but was no match for his teammate.

“Overall, it was a good night,” Seavey said. “We’d have liked to win. But Tanner was really good tonight. He ran a really good race and didn’t make any mistakes.”

Seavey’s night got better a little later.

Seavey dominates in Winged Sprints: Seavey, while unable to pull off the POWRi Midget win, got the job done by leading all 25 laps of the ASCS Warrior/Red Region Winged Sprint feature.

“I hadn’t run a winged car in almost two years,” Seavey said. “This place has been pretty good to me. I won the Hockett (Memorial) here last year. This is my first time to win here in a Sprint car and it was really cool.”

Mason Daniel rolled his car in turn four and Evan Martin slid into him, turning his car on its side, to bring out a red flat on lap seven. Seavey had worked his way into lapped traffic by then with more than a straightaway-margin lead over Nick Howard.

Seavey, of Sutter, California, pushed out to a comfortable lead after the restart before a lap 14 caution bunched the field, with Howard second and Alex Sewell in third. The scenario played out again, with a caution on lap 21 again wiping away a big Seavey lead to set up a four-lap sprint to the finish.

Howard was no match and settled for second with Taylor Walton in third.

Seavey said the cautions “didn’t help me, but I was able to stick it on the restarts and take off.”

Moore hangs on for POWRi WAR Sprint win: Mitchell Moore dominated most of the way, then had to fend off a last-lap charge from Riley Kreisel to prevail in the POWRi WAR Sprint feature.

Moore, from Edgerton, Kansas, bolted from his front-row starting spot and opened a four-second lead through 22 green-flag laps. But when Luke Howard spun in turn two to bring out the race’s first caution, Moore’s lead was wiped out and it put Korey Weyant right behind for a three-lap shootout.

Taking advantage of two lapped cars between first and second, Moore re-established command as Kreisel slid past Weyant and into second with two laps to go.

Kreisel made a big charge on the final lap, pressuring Moore with a low-side slide into turn three, but Moore was able to hang on for his eighth career win. Kreisel was second and Weyant finished third.

Moore said the win was special because it was his first at Lucas Oil Speedway and represented a strong showing after a poor one the last time he was here.

“Back when we used to be fast we almost won here several times,” Moore said. “I always felt like one of these days we were gonna win one at Lucas Oil. At the Hockett Memorial last year, I missed the show here all three nights. I didn’t know if it was me or the car. I was really starting to second-guess everything and was considering retirement.

“I guess we’ll race a little longer.”

Next up: NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, May 12. The Pitts Homes USRA Modified division will be featured, running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

As it will be Mother’s Day Weekend, all Moms will be admitted FREE courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing Group.

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

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 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

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its 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. This year marks the 8th 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 are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: 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 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.

Powrie, Foster, Raffurty, Prevete, and Martin Rule on Cliff Harris Ford Race Night at CMS!

May 8th, 2018

During week three of weekly championship racing at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) 27 Modifieds, 17 Street Stocks, 18 Midwest Mod-Lites, 28 B-Mods, and 14 Pure Stocks checked in for Extreme Action Athlete competition in five racing divisions totaling 104 drivers.

The night began with three Pure Stock heat races as Zach Johnson, Scott Martin, and Rodger Detherage collected the wins. In B-Mod preliminaries, Brad Smith, Russell Niehoff, Don Marrs, and Rex Harris recorded victories while Dwight Niehoff grabbed the B-Mod B-Main win. Midwest Mod-Lites continued to impress with another solid car count in three heat races with Travis Alexander, Dillon Raffurty, and Jeff Raffurty taking heat-race wins. Street Stock competition saw Clayton Campbell return for the first time this year in victory lane, along with another returning driver, Cody Frazon taking the win in heat two as March Carter collected the final Street Stock heat win.

Modified drivers competed in four heat races to sort out their line-up for the night’s main event. A random draw at the beginning of the night led to the drivers competing for the normal $1,000-to-win, $160-to-start payout. When there are 24 or more Modifieds, a random draw is conducted to determine if the drivers race for regular pay, $1,200-to-win pay, or $1,500-to-win pay, on this night, the random draw by a randomly picked person to draw had the drivers competing for their normal pay. Heat-race victories went to Lewis Jackson, Lance Town, Gunner Martin, and Jimmy Eaton. Brian Johnson took the win in the B-Main.

Fifth-starting Jaren Powrie of Nevada, Missouri bested former champion Rodger Detherage in the Pure Stock A-main to take his first-ever CMS victory. Zach Johnson, Joey Harper and David Doelz rounded out the top five. The B-Mods ran strong for the first three-quarters of their main event but then a series of cautions slowed the race pace as Dakota Foster prevailed for his third trip to CMS victory lane ahead of former champion Brad Smith, Jake Richards, Russell Niehoff, and Cody Brill. Dillon Raffurty collected his eighth-career CMS victory in Mod-Lite by outgunning Donnie Dannar, Ed Griggs, Jeff Raffurty and David Raffurty for the win. The Street Stock main event was an interesting race to say the least with several drivers experiencing problems in the main event. In the end, Jay Prevete of Windsor, Missouri prevailed for the victory, redeeming himself from last week’s disqualification. Behind Prevete at the line were Brett Wood, Chad Eickleberry, Devin Irvin, and Allen Perryman. Modifieds closed out the night with Gunner Martin collecting his fifth-career CMS win, the former track champion held off a late charge by Terry Schultz to collect the win, Shultz was second followed by a rare appearance from Lance town in third and Austin Siebert in fourth, while Tyler Shaw recorded his best-ever CMS finish in fifth.

What’s Next: Racing resumes next Saturday Pepsi Race Night on Mother’s Day weekend. Pit Gates open at 4:30 followed by Spectator Grandstands at 5. Driver pill-draw ends at 6:15 (no passing points if driver checks in late), the pit meeting takes place at 6:30, practice ‘hot laps’ begin at 7, and racing begins at 7:30. Adult general admission is $12, Active Military and Senior Citizens ages 65 to 74 $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6. Seniors 75 and over and patrons permanently confined to a wheelchair are free in the grandstands. All pit passes are $30. Times and pricing are subject to change for special events.

Stay tuned to the track website for continuing news and information and for the recently updated race schedule by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Stay current 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!

Truscott Tops Modifieds at Rice Lake Speedway Opener

May 8th, 2018

Rice Lake WI, May 5 – After three failed attempts to get the racing season underway due to the finicky Spring weather this year, the sixty sixth opening night of the Rice Lake Speedway was finally held on Saturday night. Dodging sprinkles most of the evening, all racing action was completed and heading the list of feature winners was Michael Truscott, who won his first ever Modified feature event at the Rice Lake Speedway, holding off all efforts of two pretty tough customers in Dave Cain and Kevin Adams. Other winners on opening night included Nick Oreskovich, Adams, Kolby Kiehl and Andrew Hanson.

The Modified feature saw Truscott start on the pole and take the early lead over Ryan Viltz with Jamie Davis and Andy Davey close behind. It was Davey that made the moves early as he moved to the cushion and launched his way up to second. Continuing his charge, he blew past Truscott to take over the lead and immediately extended his advantage.

If the yellow flag wouldn’t have flown, it looked like Davey was going to be very tough to catch. Unfortunately for the Hibbing Minnesota native, the yellow flag did fly and he got a bad restart, dropping back several positions as Truscott jumped back into the lead.

Gradually working his way up after starting in the third row, Cain moved into the second spot and began to apply the pressure to Truscott. Several times Cain got a nose inside the Chippewa Falls driver but each time Truscott held his groove and didn’t give Cain an opening.

The race really bogged down at this point with the yellow waving seven times in the next six laps, primarily for one car spins. So the pressure continued to be applied to Truscott on each restart to not make a mistake. Eventually Adams worked his way up from the fourth row to take third and he made a few shots at Cain as well.

Finally, the last two laps were completed and Truscott continued to be solid in his line and gave the competition no holes and he drove home to the historic win. Truscott, a veteran Midwest Modified driver, just moved into the Modified class the end of last year and the transition has been a seamless one. Cain and Adams finished just behind Truscott with Davey holding on for fourth ahead of Kevin Eder.

Perhaps the best side by side racing for the win was conducted in the Super Stock main event with Oreskovich and Scott Lawrence going side by side for many laps with Oreskovich barely hanging on against the hard charging Lawrence. Terran Spacek and Bart Steffen battled early for the lead with Spacek pulling down the top spot and leading the first few laps. Oreskovich was on the move using the high side of the track, as he normally does, and he was able to drive past Spacek on the cushion and take over the lead. Meanwhile, Lawrence was coming on the low side and he moved in to make it a three car fight for the lead following a yellow flag.

Another yellow slowed the action once again and while Oreskovich continued to show the way, Lawrence was gradually starting to pull in on him while Curt Myers, who started in row four, became a factor also. With a long period of green flag racing, the top two drivers got side by side and it was a show as they raced around the track, side by side inches apart. Just as Lawrence edged ahead for the lead, the yellow waved with only four laps to go. Lawrence hadn’t been able to complete his pass for a full lap before the yellow waved, and since they were under five laps to go, the restart went single file with Oreskovich on top.

Nick dropped to the low side to protect his line and Lawrence was all over him, trying to get past. However, Nick never offered a big enough space to make a pass and as they sped across the line, Oreskovich held on by a car length for the win. Myers finished a close third and was trailed by Spacek and Dan Nissalke.

The Midwest Modifieds offered up the smoothest of the main events with only one yellow flag and two cars not completing the distance. Adams has been a surprise addition to this class this Spring, driving Michigan’s George Dalbeck’s car, and he made it a sweep on the weekend shows at area tracks, edging past Joe Chaplin Jr and then holding off Truscott, a two class driver also, for the win.

Early on, it was national Rookie of the Year in 2017 Calvin Iverson leading in the early going with Chaplin Jr and Austin Ellis pressuring. Chaplin Jr, who had a breakout year in 2017, looked to continue that pattern as he drove past Iverson to take over the top spot. Adams, meanwhile, had started in the third row and gradually worked his way into contention.

The only yellow flew with six laps complete as Fran Hanson and Terry Reilly got tangled together, with it taking several minutes and three wreckers to disengage the two cars.

Chaplin Jr continued to lead on the green but Adams was able to slip past Truscott for second and then he and Chaplin Jr engaged in a great battle for the lead, once that saw them even brush together momentarily. Adams dove deep into turn three and was able to edge past Chaplin Jr and take over the top spot and once in front he was able to put distance on the field.

However, the race behind him was a good one as bad luck struck Chaplin Jr on the final lap as he had a tire go flat and he failed to finish. Truscott settled for second to complete a fine night’s worth of racing and he finished ahead of Ellis, Travis Anderson and Paul Suzik, who raced up from the fifth row.

For Adams, who has not raced much in the Midwest Mods for years, it was his first Rice Lake win in the class since the 2006 racing season.

Kolby Kiehl continued the momentum that he started to build last year as he led from wire to wire to win the Street Stock feature race. Kiehl, who won his first ever feature race at Rice Lake last year, held off multiple challenges as he never once strayed out of his line on the track and showed consistency when many around him were going in all directions.

The Street Stocks had a rocky time getting started with three yellow before a lap could be completed as cars were twirling every which way. Finally, things settled down and the last ten laps of the main ran off nonstop. Kiehl led every lap but he was challenged by several different drivers including Mike Knudtson, Adam Soltis and Cody Kummer.

In fact, Knudtson lost second spot when his car started to emit steam and smoke on the final lap and he shut the machine down and failed to finish. For Kummer and Jay Kesan, they made great comebacks after their heat races were less than spectacular as as they came from the seventh and eighth rows respectively to take the runner up and third finishing positions. Soltis ran a consistent race to finish fourth and Kevin Bogdanovic went from the outside pole to the back before a lap was completed and then worked his way back up to a top five finish.

Andrew Hanson has now won two features in a row at the Rice Lake Speedway. The senior at Northwestern High School won the Labor Day Invitational Pure Stock feature last year for his first ever win at Rice Lake and backed it up with an opening night victory Saturday. He started on the pole and also held off several challenges to take the win. At the end, it was George Richards who made a big rush and nearly stole the win on the final few laps.

As Hanson led, several drivers pushed to challenge him including Bob Thompson and Tucker Quinn, who eventually settled into second and put the heat on Hanson. Meanwhile, Mike Blevins and Richards were marching to the front and picking off car after car.

Richards was making the high groove work and he took Blevins for a spot and then set off after the leader. A late spin set up a four lap dash to the finish and while Richards continued to work the top side and close on Hanson, Andrew maintained a smooth groove and he held on by a car length for the win. Quinn settled for third ahead of Blevins and Randy Graham.

A fine field of one hundred and eleven drivers signed in for opening night action representing four states and Canada.

Next Saturday night, May 12th, will be the big one that Late Model fans have been asking for. Late Models will make an early season appearance at the track for the first time ever, with a two thousand dollar to win, two hundred dollar to start forty lap main event, “The Trackside Collectibles 40.” A solid field of Late Models from the area and beyond is expected and they will race in addition to a full program in the five classes that normally run at the track. It is expected to be a night for the record books and fans will want to arrive early for this one. Watch the speedway face book page for more information on this race. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 pm.

Scally, A. Stoehr Victorious in NEMA’s Speedbowl Blastoff

May 8th, 2018

In a David v. Goliath story, Paul Scally, who claimed his first Northeastern Midget Association victory last season in 20+ years of running, took down his second victory on Saturday evening over Bertrand Motorsports teammates Randy Cabral and Todd Bertrand. In the Lites, Avery Stoehr in the Scrivani 21 ended a frustrating evening to absolutely dominate the feature event, breaking the Lite track record enroute to victory.

In the NEMA feature, Doug Cleveland and Alan Chambers brought the feature to the green flag. Third place starter Scally took command on lap two, making a move to the bottom of turns three and four. Scally then began to set a torrid pace in the early laps of the feature, stretching out his lead to nearly a straightaway.

Further back, Randy Cabral had worked his way from the seventh starting spot into second by lap eight, as Chambers started to fade back into the field. Behind Scally and Cabral, the action was intense as Avery Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand and Keith Rocco in the Bertrand 47 were all mixing it up right outside of the top five. Bertrand would advance to third place by the halfway marker, and would begin to set his sights on Cabral and Scally.

As Scally began to approach lapped traffic, Cabral would narrow the margin to five carlengths, and Bertrand would pull to within a few carlengths of Cabral. Scally worked the lapped traffic masterfully, and would go on to take down NEMA’s opening day victory for 2018. Cabral would finish second, and Bertrand, who captured the fastest lap of the feature (13.101) would finish third, on the podium. Jim Chambers would finish 4th, followed by Avery Stoehr, Alan Chambers, Doug Cleveland, Matt O’Brien, Pete Pernesiglio and Rocco, who dropped out with an ignition issue on lap sixteen.

“I want to thank all of the people who helped me get here. It is bittersweet though, as there are some people that I really wished were here to celebrate this victory with me,” said Scally. “It wasn’t an easy day, we broke the drive train in hot laps, but I knew we had a really good car right from when we unloaded,” he said.

In the Lites feature, outside pole starter, Avery Stoehr, jumped out quickly into the lead in the Scrivani 21. Stoehr quickly went to work distancing himself from the field, and started lighting up the scoreboard with quick times right off the bat. On lap six, Stoehr would set the current standard for the Lites, with a 13.68 track record setting lap.

Jimmy Cataldo in his own #5 car would settle into the second spot, while Paul Scally and Ben Mikitarian battled for the 3rd and 4th spots.

As the laps wound on, Stoehr would begin to further distance himself from the field, running laps consistently in the 13.8 and 13.9 range, and eighth place starter, Danny Cugini, was making his way to the front of the field taking second on lap sixteen, and sister, Meg in tow, making her way from the sixth starting spot to 3rd.

Stoehr would go on to take down the victory, unchallenged, as D. Cugini would finish second, followed by Meg Cugini, Ben Mikitarian, Randy Cabral, Jim Cataldo, Paul Scally, Jim Santa Maria, Kevin Iannarelli, and Ryan Locke.

“The car was a missile tonight. It felt really good after a very frustrating day. I was going to be hard pressed to let anyone beat me. We are thinking about Mike, who is home recuperating from an injury at work, wish he could have been here. The guys did a great job tonight though, I can’t thank all of them enough,” said Stoehr.

The Lites are on tap next at Star Speedway on Saturday May 19th, and the combined divisions will run next at Wiscasset Speedway on June 2nd.

Stateline holds open practice

May 8th, 2018

Busti, PA: Stateline Speedway opened the on-track activities for the 2018 season with an “open practice” session for all regular classes plus the new RUSH Crate Sprint division, scheduled for an appearance this summer. 56 cars over the six regular classes plus winless crate Sprints and a sole “Mod Lite” took advantage of the opportunity.

The 2018 season will kick off next Saturday night, May 12, with the “Mother’s Day” special with the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models racing for 50 laps and $3000 to win. All Mom’s will be admitted to the event for just $5. The lineup for the Mother’s Day Special will be determined by a “complete redraw” for all positions.

Stateline Speedway on Kortwright Road in Busti, NY, has been in continuous operation since 1956 and is currently owned by Jim and Jean Scott, and Dave Turner. Racing is presented every Saturday night during the racing season, this year from May 12 thru September 3 plus special events and practices. The 2018 season will conclude on September 3 with an Enduro. The track is on the World Wide Web at www.newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti, NY, and Twitter @newstateline. Stateline’s Instagram is also @newstateline. The ‘all-purpose’ Information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be had by writing to newstateline15@gmail.com.