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ABC Raceway and 141 Speedway Next For Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association

May 25th, 2017

After what was destined to be the biggest weekend for sprint cars in the state of Wisconsin was lost to rain, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association is set to get back on the road for another two-day weekend. May 27th the series will make its return to Ashland, Wisconsin’s ABC Raceway. Then on the 28th the IRA will make its first of three appearances at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wisconsin.

Saturday, the fans in the North Woods will be treated to the return of the IRA for the first time this season, and the first appearance at ABC Raceway since 2014. On three occasions the IRA has completed events at ABC, and each time Bill Balog stood victorious at night’s end. Fans will be sure to keep their eyes on the “North Pole Nightmare” as he attempts to keep his perfect record. This year, however, Balog will face his toughest challenge yet on the red clay: series point leader Scotty Thiel. In 2014, his rookie season, Thiel charged from his 8th place starting position to 2nd behind Balog. This year he brings with him seasons of experience and multiple trips to victory lane. Scotty Neitzel has also proven in the past to be a contender in Ashland, as he has recorded two 3rd place finishes and a 5th, making him the only driver besides Balog to record a top 5 on every appearance at ABC Raceway.

On Sunday, the teams head south to the unique 141 Speedway. The high banked 1/3rd mile oval hosted its first IRA event in 2010 and quickly became a fan favorite. Bill Balog has won 8 of the last 10 events at the formerly paved oval. His strongest challenge on Sunday night will likely come from the Meyer Electric 85m piloted by Steve Meyer. Meyer who currently sits 4th in points has shown great speed all season and is always in contention to win at 141 Speedway. Another likely challenge could come from Aurora, Illinois’ Blake Nimee. Nimee’s 79 team has had great speed all year, including setting fast time at Beaver Dam Raceway earlier this year but mechanical issues have plagued the team thus far. With the mechanical gremlins ironed out for this weekend Nimee is sure to be a front runner.

Saturday tickets at ABC Raceway will be $22 for adults and $8 for children with hot laps starting at 6:15. Sunday Pit Passes will be $30 with $20 for grandstand admission.

Article Credit: Gared Tennyson

Miller Lite Modified Madness at US 36 Raceway this Friday Night!!!

May 25th, 2017

Make your plans now drivers and fans to attend the Miller Lite Modified Madness this Friday night at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. USRA Modified will pay $1500 to win, USRA B-Modified $800 to win with E-Modified paying $400 to win, with regular purse for USRA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks. This will be night like none other with the very best drivers in all divisions running on the grandest stage of all US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. We are so proud to have St. Joe Beverage Sponsor this great event bringing the very best in racing to entertain you, the fans. All this great racing entertainment at regular admission prices, $12 for adults, Seniors 62 & over, Military, Police & Firefighters $10, Kids 7-12 $6.00 with kids 6 and under free. Pit passes $35 for adults, kids 6-10 $25 with kids 5 and under free. All the great racing action gets started with the pit gates opening at 5 pm, grandstands opening at 6 pm, hot laps at 7:30 pm with great racing action at 8 pm.

Reminding all kids and parents of kids to sign up at the ticket window as we will be giving a girl’s and boy’s bike away at intermission (if you’ve won one already, please let someone else have an opportunity to win). The concession stand will be in full service with those favorites you’ve come to expect, beer will be iced down cold and refreshing, with a friendly family atmosphere like none other.

Make your plans now as you do not want to miss one second of this heart pounding, earth shaking, breath taking, wide open Miller Light Modified Madness! See everyone 5/26/2017 for “Friday Night under the Lights” Miller Light Modified Madness style at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!!

Multiple Records Fall during 10th Annual Mud Mayhem Mud Bog at The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway

May 24th, 2017

Jamaica, VA – The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway hosted the first of two Mud Bog and Mud Sling’s for the 2017 season this past Saturday May 20th. The Mud Mayhem Mud Bog presented James River Equipment, Commonwealth Motorsports and Essex Concrete and in part by Aaron’s, Atkins Petroleum & Propane, After Hours Fabrication, Collision One and Truckin Thunder drew a huge crowd and great field of competitors at the state of the art mud bog facility in Jamaica, VA.

The pleasant temperatures and sunny skies provided a tremendous day for mud bogging. 68 different competitors took turns at the state of the art 200 foot pit for a total of 146 completed passes.

Winners in each class: Super Stock A – Casey Coates in Doin’ It Dirty; Super Stock B – Tracy Hare in Twisted Jiblet; Modified A – Blake Messer in Whiskey Bent; Modified B – Ray Atkins in Haulin’ Gas; Pro Mod A – Spence Messick Jr. in Mud Runner; Pro Mod B – Lee Sturgis in The Grey Ghost; Unlimited Bog – Colton Shell – Big Bad Wolf; Unlimited X Tractor – Matthew Underwood in Hells Bells; Obstacle X – Matthew Underwood in Hells Bells; X Cuts – Dale Ellenberger in Touch of Madness; and XX Paddles – Dale Ellenberger in Touch of Madness. Katie King in Pure Aggravation took the top Nitrous/Non-blower bonus in the X Cut class and Frank “Tadpole” Emory took the top Nitrous/Non-blower bonus in the XX Paddle class. For complete results visit www.thepitatvms.com.

Four track records were broken during the day’s events with each scoring a $100 bonus in the Tadpole’s Break the Record Challenge presented by E&E Caulking. In the Super Stock A division Casey Coates in Doin’ It Dirty set a new division track record with a 6.308 second pass, breaking a record that had stood since 2008. In the Super Stock B division Tracy Hare in Twisted Jiblet set the new division track record with a 5.071 second pass; the previous record was set back in 2014. In the Mod B division Ray Atkins in Haulin’ Gas lowered the record he has held since June of 2014 with a 4.305 second pass and in the Pro Mod B division Lee Sturgis in The Grey Ghost set the new division track record with a 3.991 second pass besting the previous record set in October of 2015.

Fans and competitors wanting photos of the day’s events can contact Al Goulder (for photographs) at (804) 586-2208 or visit his website at https://almo.photoreflect.com/. For videos of the event contact Sean Cook at (804) 398-3838.

The remaining event at The Pit at VMS is scheduled for Saturday October 14th with the 13th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling presented by James River Equipment, Commonwealth Motorsports and Essex Concrete. The event is also sponsored by Aaron’s, Atkins Petroleum & Propane, After Hours Fabrication, Collision One, Mud Book, E&E Caulking, Inc. and Truckin Thunder.

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 in Jamaica, 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 13th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the bog’s web site at www.thepitatvms.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 or (804) 357-7223

$50,000 to win Modified Masters Live on RacinDirt

May 24th, 2017

With less than a month to go before the biggest race in the history of the USMTS, the dirt Modified world is busy preparing for the mega-event to be held at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Known for hosting a number of national marquee events, this is the first time in track history they have paid out $50,000 for a Modified event.

It all begins Thursday evening, June 15, with a $3,000 to win USMTS event. Friday, June 16, is qualifying night with each competitor running two heat races. Last chance races and alphabet soup features will lead up to Saturday’s 70 lap $50,000 to win finale on June 17.

Advanced tickets for the event are available by calling 612-363-0479.

Additional information about the event can be found at CedarLakeSpeedway.com (http://www.cedarlakespeedway.com/) . USMTS news and information is available at their online home, USMTS.com (http://www.usmts.com/) .

If you are unable to attend we will have the entire production live on racindirt.com (http://racindirt.com/) .

With any questions or comments regarding the LIVE production, email racindirt@racindirt.com. This will be a multi-camera production with a dedicated host, pre and post race interviews, FK Rod Ends Instant Replay and other video elements mixed in as time allows.

I-35 updates

May 24th, 2017

Here we go again, the weather forecasters are not being kind to our I-35 Speedway racing schedule already this week. In the event I-35 Speedway cannot race on the scheduled Saturday date of May 27, 2017, we will utilize Sunday May 28, 2017 as a make up date. This is a holiday weekend with Memorial Day on Monday. In the event we should have to move to the Sunday date all times will start one hour earlier. Gates would open at 3:00 p.m., driver’s meeting at 5:00, racing at 6:00.

General admission is $12, Seniors 62 and up are $10, Children 7 to 12 are $6, 6 and under are Free. Our regular classes will be in competition along with the Midwest Outlaw Vintage race cars. See everyone Saturday, or Sunday if necessary.

Eagle Valley Speedway Rained Out

May 24th, 2017

Jim Falls, Wisconsin–A weeklong period of rain forced the Eagle Valley Speedway to cancel Sunday’s Miller Lite sponsored racing action. Racing will return on Sunday, May 28, 2017, as the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars join up with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. The following night, Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, they will complete a weekend double header with the Modifieds back on the card at the Budweiser/Country Fest Night. All regular weekly classes will be present along with a Budweiser/Country Fest ticket giveaway!

June 4, 2017, will feature the 3rd Annual Midwest Mod Special sponsored by Tim’s Automotive Machine and Southworth Chevrolet featuring all regular WISSOTA classes. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors each week, including Oium Blacktop and Kelly Oium Well Drilling and Pump Service who give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl every racing night.

Wonderling Wins First Ever RUSH Tour Race at Stateline Speedway!

May 23rd, 2017

BUSTI, N.Y. – Jeremy Wonderling put his name in the Stateline Speedway history books, Saturday, winning the track’s first ever Ed Shults Auto Group Crate Late Model RUSH series Tour event in the Bill Law Memorial on Cancer Awareness Night at the Busti oval.

In other action, Max Blair was a winner in the Overhead Door Super Late Model event, David Scott was victorious in the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods and Dennis Lunger took the checkered flag in the Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mods feature. John Boardman won a caution-filled Wellington Log Homes Street Stock race and Willilam VanGuilder was declared the winner in a wild Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challenger feature race. The Super Sportsmen series was not in action this week.

For the first time in Stateline history, the Crate Late Model RUSH series held a series Tour event at the facility. Wonderling led wire to wire to claim the victory, but saying it didn’t come easy was an understatement. Wonderling started second alongside defending RUSH series champion John Waters. Waters claimed the top starting spot after posting the fastest time in time trials with a lap of 17.376 and then holding off Wonderling in a 6-lap Dash competition, featuring the top two finishers in each of the four heats. Heat winners were Waters, Bryce Davis, Dennis Lunger and Mike Pegher.

After Wonderling got by Waters for the lead on the opening lap, Pegher began turning up the heat on Waters for second. Moments later, Waters found himself up against the backstretch wall, bringing out the first yellow of the race. After the restart, track standouts Lunger and Max Blair began advancing their way toward the front. Both worked past the #94 machine of Bryce Davis on lap 8, moving to 3rd and 4th respectively. Not long after, Lunger would pull off with mechanical problems while running in the third spot.

Near the front, Pegher began heavily challenging Wonderling for the lead. Some slight contact between the two brought Blair into the mix, making it a three dog fight at the front of the field. With 20 to go, Blair passed Pegher for second setting up a showdown between Blair and Wonderling over the final laps. Blair saved his tires and made a final charge in the closing laps and the duo was nose to nose with three to go.

On the races’ final lap – and with Blair closing in – Wonderling made a daring three-wide move to cut in between two lapped cars, giving him the cushion he needed to bring home the Bill Law Memorial trophy. Blair held on for second, Pegher was third, Davis fourth and Wyatt Scott had a strong showing in fifth. Jason Genco, Jason Knowles, J.J. Mazur, Bruce Hordusky and Matt Latta completed the top 10.

In Crate Late B-Main competition, Jamie Brown held off Ryan Scott, Nathan Earle and Paul Norman for the win. All four drivers advanced to the A-Main with their performances. After the A-Main feature, Nick Snayczuk won a non-qualifiers race ahead of Chad Schauers, Matthew Sipes, Kyle Murray and Khole Wanzer.

While Blair came up just short in the Bill Law main event, he had no such trouble in the Super Late Model feature. Early on, it was Greg Oakes pacing the field. Elsewhere, the nights of Doug Eck and Chad Valone didn’t get off to such a good start as the pair were involved in a turn two incident on the races’ first lap. After the restart, Oakes continued to lead with Bump Hedman, Rich Gardner, Robbie Blair and Max Blair giving chase.

Both Blairs soon went around Gardner to each move up a spot and Robbie Blair worked around Hedman for second. Two laps later, Max Blair passed both the #22 and #Won11, moving to second and becoming Oakes’ closest challenger. Blair’s charge toward the front took just five laps as Blair went by on lap 11 of the 25-lap event. The pair traded the lead for three straight laps with Blair ultimately pulling clear with 12 to go. Robbie Blair would get by Oakes with 8 to go, setting up a father vs. son battle for the win.

The son would be just too much for the father on this night with Max besting Robbie for the victory. Oakes, Hedman, Gardner, John Lobb, Dutch Davies, Jake Finnerty, Valone and Nathan Hill completed the top ten. Max Blair and Oakes won the heat races.

Butch Southwell took the early advantage in the Outlaw E-Mods feature before the stalled car of Kirk Bradley slowed the field for the first time. On the first restart of the event, David Scott wasted little time in showing he would be tough to beat this night. Scott got a great jump from third, flying by Southwell on the high side to grab a lead he would never relinquish. Scott was able to go on cruise control for the middle portion of the race as Southwell was busy defending John Woodward Jr. for second. Behind them, Cale Crocker and Greg Johnson were locked in a competitive battle for fourth.

Woodward Jr. got around Southwell late in the race, but it seemed to be too little too late. However, a yellow with just one lap to go closed the gap to Scott and gave Woodward Jr. new life. Woodward Jr. gave his all, but Scott was just too fast this time as Scott parked his #68 machine in Victory Lane. Woodward Jr. finished second followed by Greg Johnson. Crocker nipped Southwell at the line for fourth. Michael McGee and Greg Johnson led the way in the heats.

Pole sitter Matt Harvey, Chad Carlson and Ryan Scott were involved in a three-way battle for the lead early on in the Pro-Mods series event. Harvey ultimately broke away and led the first six laps comfortably until Carlson again turned up the pressure. A lap 8 caution changed the complexion of the race as it allowed eventual winner Lunger to close on the leaders.

After the restart, Harvey and Carlson battled for the lead, going side by side into turn four on lap 13. The cars going a little higher than usual trying to defend their positions gave Lunger the opportunity he needed and the #71L scooted by on the inside to steal the lead away. Lunger went on to survive several late race cautions and restarts to earn the win over Carlson, Harvey, Ryan Scott and Steve Dixon. Carlson and Vic Vena won heat races.

John Boardman survived everything that was thrown at him to win the Street Stocks feature this week. Boardman started on the pole and pulled away early while last week’s winner David Shagla Jr. moved through the field, passing Anthony Marotto for second on lap 4. Two laps later, Shagla caught Boardman for the top spot and ultimately went around the #777 on lap seven.

Boardman appeared to be fading as Bill Applebee closed in to battle for the runner-up spot, but perhaps he was just saving his stuff. Boardman held off Applebee and soon would find himself back at the front. During one of the many late-race restarts, Boardman was able to get past Shagla and back into the lead. He then held off Shagla long enough to be declared the race winner when the race was deemed complete after 18 laps and the 25-minute time limit. Shagla was second followed by Bill Reeves, Brian Crandall and Gary Fisher. Boardman was also a heat winner as were Reeves and Fisher.

The night ended in wild fashion with Eric Canfield winning the Super Challengers feature with a late-race move that left some in attendance visibly upset. Before all that, it was pole sitter Kurt Babcock in control and Babcock appeared to be on his way to sure victory, building a big lead after 8 laps of the 12-lap event. On lap 9, Babcock suddenly slowed on the backstretch and last week’s winner Andy Proper assumed the lead with Canfield close behind.

Canfield kept with Proper over the final four laps and finally made his move in turns three and four of the final lap, making contact with Proper’s #17 and moving him aside for the win. Many of Proper’s fans in attendance appeared less than thrilled with the tactic, but Canfield was declared the winner. William VanGuilder snuck by Proper as well to claim second. Proper was third followed by Mike Riche Jr., Brandon Huffman, Pat Oyer, Gray Troyer, Aaron Marcy, Chris Horton and Pete Volpe. Canfield was later DQ’ed after the race for a rule violation and VanGuilder was awarded the win.

John Zeleznick, Babcock and VanGuilder were heat race winners. Dylan Greene held off Kyle Babcock, Chris Horton, Bob Leonard, Josh Crull and Nick Reed to win a Super Challengers B-Main event that saw all top-six finishers advance to Saturday’s A-Main.

The track will be loud with action again this coming Saturday with a special Memorial Day weekend 32-lap Super Late Model special, in addition to action in six other series. All past and present members of the Military receive free admission with a valid ID.

Defending Champion Awtey Wins Opening Night 2017 At Jennerstown Speedway Complex

May 23rd, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) The 2017 racing season at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex began on Saturday night May 20, with a huge crowd in attendance, and a “Salute to the Armed Forces of America.” The defending Champion of the Martella’s Pharmacy Late Models, Barry Awtey, swept the evening by winning his preliminary heat race, and driving to a convincing victory in the feature event. Other winners were Tom Golik (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Aaron Van Fleet (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Steve Long (Farmers Union Co-op Chargers), and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders.)

The Martella’s Pharmacy Late Model division kicked off 2017 with a pair of heat races, won by Barry Awtey and Jeremiah Kuntz. For the 30-lap feature event, former Champion Matt Sever started on the pole position, alongside former Street Stock Champ Teddy Gibala. Sever grabbed the lead when the green flag waved, as Mike Hemminger and Gibala battled for second place. Hemminger, making his first start in more than a decade, soon surrendered his spot to Awtey. Awtey started the race in seventh position, and took second place from Gibala early in the race. By lap eight, Awtey had passed all six cars that launched in front of him, when he moved around Sever for the lead. Awtey put on a driving clinic, running far away from all competitors to secure the first win of the year. Awtey, of nearby Jenners, PA, is not only the defending Champion, but he is the only active driver to win Championship Titles at all three asphalt speedways in the region; Motordrome, Clearfield (both now closed), and Jennerstown. Awtey’s Wheeler Show Cattle/Stoystown Auto Wreckers/Total Mobility sponsored Chevrolet was more than a straightaway ahead when the checkered flag waved. At the finish line the top five places were held by Awtey, Sever, Bryan Shipp, and Hemminger.

The most veteran driver in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified field stole the win, with late-race drama that had fans cheering at the finish. Tom Golik was a successful racer in the dirt track era of Jennerstown Speedway, before taking a 20-year hiatus from racing. Since his return to the cockpit, Golik has evolved from competitor, to contender, to winner. Golik started in third position, but grabbed the lead on lap one, after a scary crash by former winner Matt Smith. Smith was not seriously injured, but a restart for the 20-lap event was needed following the cleanup of his badly damaged car. Golik led until lap 13, when sixth-place starter Chris Brink took the top spot from Golik. Brink, the leading winner of 2016, opened up a healthy advantage in first place, but a late-race caution flag incident changed the outcome. Golik dramatically overtook Brink for the lead, with only two laps to go, after the restart, and outran Brink to the finish line to earn his third-career victory in Modified division racing. Brink crossed the line in second place, with Pete Rech, defending Champ Zane Ferrell, and Gary Scott completing the top five positions. Smith and Brink were the heat race winners.

Popular veterans Anthony Aiello and Lauren Butler won the heat races for the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks. But in the 20-lap feature event, one of the youngest drivers in the field, dominated the more experienced drivers, earning a first-career victory. Aaron Van Fleet, of Scottdale, PA, advanced from 4-Cylinder racing into the Street Stocks last season, and led every lap of the opening night event of 2017, taking his first checkered flag in the division. A multi-car battle for positions two through five created excitement, but Van Fleet stayed well ahead of the pack. At the conclusion, Aiello, newcomer Josh Coughenour, Butler, and Mel Wilt were the top five finishers.

The Farmers Union Co-op Chargers 15-lap feature had fans on their feet and screaming, as the leaders of the event tangled in final turn, heading for the checkered flag. Jason Pritts and Dale Kimberly had a race-long duel, with Pritts officially leading 14 laps. After a few circutis of side-by-side racing, the pair made door contact, and both spun to the inside of the track, causing a caution flag. Steve Long inherited the lead for a two-lap dash to the finish, extending the race by a lap, as dictated by rule, when the yellow flag is displayed on the final lap. As the white flag was about to be displayed for a second time, Frank Novak made bumper contact with the leader, and Long made a masterful “save,” sliding sideways and maintaining control to preserve his lead. Veteran Long earned yet another Charger victory, over Novak, Steve Settle, Kimberly, and young Justin Frampton. Long also won the heat race.

Brent Bickerstaff opened up a big lead interval over fellow competitors in the Somerset Trust Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, after starting on the pole. But, after starting in ninth place on the grid, Andrew Pluta passed Bickerstaff, in heavy lapped traffic, to steal the lead on lap eleven. Weaving through more lapped cars, Pluta drove to victory in the 15-lap feature over Bickerstaff, seventh place starter Cindy Rhodes, defending Champ Paul Koffler, III, and R.J. Dallape. Bickerstaff, Koffler, and Evan Nibert were the heat race winners.

Strong takes featured USRA B-Mod event at Lucas Oil Speedway; Fennewald, Woods, Phillips also win

May 23rd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Shawn Strong pulled away from Andy Bryant over the final seven laps after a race-long duel between the pair, capturing the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod main event Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Strong, of Republic, took home $500 for the win on Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27. A total of 145 cars checked into the pits after skies cleared earlier in the day.

Other feature winners included Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Burl Woods (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Terry Phillips (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds). “That was a lot of fun,” said Strong, who is driving a new Larry Shaw Race Car this season. “That track’s got a lot of character. I messed up. He messed up. We all messed up. But in the end, I was able to hold on.

“This is a new car. It’s a Larry Shaw Race Car that he let me put some of my input into it. So far, so good. I have to thank Jim Ruble of Ruble Race Engines. Without him, this is not possible.” Strong and Bryant started on the front row with Strong grabbing the lead as the two quickly separated themselves from the field until a caution flag came out on lap eight.

That bunched the field, with Cody Jolly in third and Jake Richards in fourth. Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan., pressured Strong after the restart, pulling alongside several times over the next three laps before finally making an outside pass for the lead to finish lap 13. Then it was Strong’s turn to turn up the heat on Bryant, making bids to regain the lead over the next three laps before the second caution waved. Meanwhile, Kris Jackson worked his way up to fourth after starting 13th.

Strong drove back past Bryant on lap 18 as Richards and Jackson chased the duo. That’s the way it would end as Strong – after finishes of second and fourth this season – gradually pulled away to take his first feature win of 2017 and snap Jackson’s two-race winning streak in the division. David Hendrix earned the Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard Charger Award ($100 Product Certificate) as he finished ninth after starting 23rd.

Fennewald takes ULMA win: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City earned his first Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature win of the season, holding off reigning track champion Aaron Marrant of Richmond. “I’ve had a lot of bad luck here lately,” Fennewald said. “We came out last year and won a lot of races here in this thing. We had a little mechanical failure last week and tonight, we’re back on top.”

Fennewald and Larry Ferris traded the lead three times early in the race with Fennewald, who started outside of Ferris on the front row, going back in front as the race’s first caution waved on lap six. Fennewald had opened a big lead over last week’s feature winner Marrant and Aaron Poe when the fifth caution bunched the field with five laps remaining. It became a two-car breakaway as Fennewald and Marrant drove away from the pack with Fennewald able to prevail by about four car lengths at the finish.

“I just had to keep telling myself I had to keep hitting my marks and there were a lot of times that I didn’t hit my marks,” Fennewald said. “I had to get up on the wheel.” Ferris wound up third and Aaron Poe of Warrensburg rallied from a 13th starting spot to finish fourth.

Dylan Hoover earned the Keyser Manufacturing Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model Hard Charger (a $100 Product Certificate) improving from 21st to 10th. Woods earns second Street Stocks win: Burl Woods of Republic started on the pole and took the lead for good six laps into the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature. It was Woods’ second feature win of the season.

Toby Ott, who picked up his first feature win at Lucas Oil Speedway a week earlier, led fellow front-row starter Woods through a hotly contested first five laps. Woods, after a caution flag, grabbed the lead coming to the line to finish lap six and never gave it up. But it wasn’t easy as Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll pressured him over the final four laps.

“I didn’t know Kenny was there until I looked a the leader board near the end and I was like, ‘Man, where did he come from?’ ” Woods said. “It’s pretty tough to pass on this track. It was pretty tricky tonight.” Carroll worked his way from a fourth-row starting position to finish second with Ott in third. Marc Carter of Warrensburg rallied from 10th to fourth.

The AR Bodies Big O Tires Street Stock Hard Charger Award ($50 Product Certificate) went to Jay Prevente who went from 15th to sixth. Phillips rolls to USRA Mod win: Veteran Terry Phillips, making a rare Weekly Racing Series appearance, dominated the final 10 laps to pull away from Mitch Keeter for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified win.

Springfield’s Phillips started on the pole and led the first five laps until Keeter slid past him and into the lead on lap six. Keeter opened up a comfortable lead that was wiped out with a lap-10 caution flag. Phillips, who will be racing his Late Model in next week’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, took advantage and regained the lead after the restart and dominated the last half of the race.

“That’s about a four-year-old car of mine I was racing against,” Phillips said of Keeter. “He made me work for it. I think we made some headway here.” Phillips noted that he was prepping his Modified for some high-paying shows out-of-state next month.

“We had a night off so we thought we’d bring in here and try some stuff,” Phillips said. Terry Schultz of Sedalia finished third and Jim Moody of Odessa was fourth. Show-Me 100 next: The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com fires up three big nights on Thursday. Complete programs for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models are scheduled each of the three days.

The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. On Friday, it’s the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100, also paying $6,000 to win. Action concludes on Saturday with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge.

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running full programs each night as well. A select number of three-day passes remain for the Show-Me 100. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day with single-day reserved and general admission tickets going on sale at that time.

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

Silver Anniversary edition of Show-Me 100 rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for three big nights

May 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the biggest weeks of the year for dirt-track racing has arrived and it’s a special Silver Anniversary edition rolling into Lucas Oil Speedway, Thursday-through-Saturday.

The 2017 Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com marks the 25th renewal of the crown-jewel event which began in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“This is something that dirt-racing fans circle on their calendars months in advance. There’s nothing quite like Show-Me 100 week and we’re ready for three big nights of racing,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Campers started to roll in last week and there’s a definite buzz in the air.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 each night.

Full programs are scheduled three straight nights, culminating with Saturday’s 100-lap, $30,000-to-win 100-lap feature. Jimmy Owens earned his fourth Show-Me 100 victory a year ago in a classic battle that saw Owens, runner-up Scott Bloomquist and young phenom Bobby Pierce engage in a memorable late-race duel.

Tire issues relegated Pierce to a final sixth-place finish. Meanwhile, Jesse Stovall of Billings earned a podium finish for the Ozarks by coming home in third. It marked the third straight year that Stovall finished in the top 10 of the Show-Me 100.

“When you’ve ran good a few times at an event like this, you have a little more confidence,” Stovall said. “That racetrack’s always been good to me. It actually used to be one of my worst tracks, but I finally went up there and raced weekly in my Modified until I figured out how to get around the place.”

Stovall said he’s yet to really hit a good stride this season, but thinks he hit on something in a Saturday MARS Dirt-Car Series win at Longdale, Okla. Jackson was second in that race with Randy Timms, Stovall’s teammate, in third.

“We were better. We’ll see how things shape up when you add the competition level of those Lucas guys,” Stovall said of this week. “But yeah, we’re definitely better.”

Springfield’s Terry Phillips is the only Missouri driver to ever win the Show-Me, taking home honors in 1999.

Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., is chasing a repeat Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship. Entering Tuesday’s Go 50 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., Bloomquist already has four series wins in 2017 and leads Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., by 125 points.

On the Lucas Oil MLRA scene, Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr., has an early season six-point advantage over Rodney Sanders with Stovall 20 points behind Jackson.

Here’s a rundown of the three upcoming race days at Lucas Oil Speedway:

Thursday: The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. A full program for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds is scheduled.

Friday: The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100 also will pay $6,000 to win. Full programs for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds are slated with finishing order in both helping set the field for Saturday’s features.

Saturday: Action concludes with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge in which the winner can forfeit the $2,500 check to start at the rear of the main event. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds feature, presented by RacinDirt.com, will pay $1,200 to win and $150 to start.

A select number of three-day passes remain. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day with single-day reserved and general admission tickets going on sale at that time.

Ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100

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

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

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

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

Jesse Stovall of Billings was third in the 2016 Show-Me 100 and has finished in the top-10 the last three years. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

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

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

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

Rain dooms USMTS debut at Devils Lake Speedway

May 23rd, 2017

CRARY, N.D– The inaugural event for the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental at the Devils Lake Speedway will have to wait.

Rainy weather has forced officials to cancel Saturday night’s event at the 1/3-mile clay oval in Crary, N.D.

A tripleheader of events in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region are on tap for Memorial Day Weekend. On Friday, May 26, the series heads to Fountain City, Wis., to battle at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and then it’s on to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, May 27.

The whirlwind weekend wraps up on Sunday, May 28, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

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.

Too Wet at Red Cedar Speedway

May 22nd, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin- The Serve Pro of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties sponsored races at the Red Cedar Speedway were cancelled due to weeklong rains. The Red Cedar Speedway will return to action on Friday, May 26, 2017, with the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Red Cedar Hornets. The Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Modifieds, and Late Models will not be on the card.

June 2, 2017 brings the Modified Special with unsanctioned modifieds plus the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Late Models, Super Stocks, and Midwest Modifieds presented by E.O. Johnson Business Technologies.

Central Missouri Speedway Rained Out for Saturday, May 20th!

May 22nd, 2017

Due to excessive rains and more on the way, Central Missouri Speedway has elected to cancel racing for Saturday, May 20th. This should give race teams, crews, family, and fans plenty of time to make alternate plans. The track and grounds are already saturated with standing water and two more rounds of heavy rain are expected overnight into the morning with cool temps setting in afterwards.

We hope to see you next weekend for two nights of racing over the Memorial Day Weekend! Check out www.centralmissourispeedway.net or our multiple Facebook posts regarding next weekend’s events! Click on the heading titled “MEMORIAL WEEKEND AT CMS.” Have a safe weekend wherever your travels may take you!

Just announced, CMS is in search of the ‘Master of the Q at CMS’ during this year’s Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl on Independence Day weekend. The Master of the Q will take home $500 for their winning BBQ! Master chefs should head over to the CMS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Central-Missouri-Speedway and private message the track with their intent to enter the contest. Complete details are listed on the Facebook page and www.centralmissourispeedway.net!

REMINDER! CMS reminds drivers and fans need to be alert and take alternate routes to CMS beginning May 8th as bridge construction begins on Highway 13 just north of Warrensburg over the Blackwater River, Highway 13 will close just north of Warrensburg at the bridge. Alternate routes to CMS from the West include 50 Highway past Warrensburg to the Highway 13 north bypass or Interstate 70 from the Higginsville Exit then 12 miles south to the track. From the South on Highway 13 simply stay on the bypass around Warrensburg, the track is just north of the final roundabout. From the East, simply exit on the Highway 13 bypass north to the track. From the Hwy 50 bypass, the track is 5 miles north.

Weekly racing continues next Saturday evening at CMS with Pit Gates opening at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15, late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday! All pit passes $30.

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

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

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

Saturday’s Event at Deer Creek Speedway Canceled

May 22nd, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, MN – Saturday’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, NAPA North Star Nationals at Deer Creek Speedway has been canceled. With the forecast for continued rain on an already heavily saturated track and facility, Speedway and Series officials have agreed to cancel the event.

Speedway and Series officials had high hopes of hosting the event on Sunday. However, the forecast for overcast skies would not allow sufficient time for the grounds to dry out. Without no suitable makeup date, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to Deer Creek Speedway in 2018.

“The entire staff at Deer Creek Speedway have worked very hard to make this event possible,” said Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director. “Unfortunately, with an outdoor sport, you’re at the mercy of the element and we’ve simply had too much rain with the forecast for more on the way. We look forward to returning to Deer Creek Speedway in 2018,” Schwallie added.

The tickets for the 2017 NAPA North Star Nationals can be refunded by calling the Deer Creek Speedway office at (507) 754-6107. If you purchased tickets with cash or check, please mail your tickets to the Deer Creek Speedway office at: P.O. Box 591, Grand Meadow, MN 55936. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will not be refunded without calling the office or mailing with self-addressed, stamped envelope. No refunds will be issued after June 30, 2017.

IMCA Mod Madness 50 postponed at Davenport Speedway

May 22nd, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The IMCA Mod Madness 50, scheduled for tonight at the Davenport Speedway, has been postponed due to weather. The event will be run next Friday, May 26th.

The event features IMCA Modifieds racing for a $2,000-to-win purse. Also racing will be the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models, the Koehler Electric Street Stocks, and the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMods competing for weekly track points. .

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates will open at 4:30pm, grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at 6:15, and racing at 6:45pm.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

Bloomquist Takes Spring Shootout at LaSalle Speedway

May 22nd, 2017

LaSalle, IL – Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist inherited the lead with five laps to go when race leader Josh Richards spun in turn number two, bringing out a caution flag. Bloomquist then led the rest of the way for his 81st career LOLMDS victory.

Bloomquist started on the outside front row and led the first 35 laps of the race until Richards worked his way around him in heavy lapped traffic. Richards began pulling away from the pack when he hooked the berm in turn number two causing him to spin sideways in front of the field. The caution came out and Richards had to restart on the tail end of the lead lap.

Bloomquist then held off pole sitter Mike Marlar for his fourth series win of the season. Marlar came home in second, with Dennis Erb Jr. charging from the 10th starting spot to finish third. Don O’Neal and Tim McCreadie completed the top-five.

“I would like to thank my crew; they have worked their butts off the last few weeks building a new car after we wrecked one in Ohio. The top line was fast tonight, but it was also treacherous in spots. A little below that there were some slick spots and I think maybe that’s what caused him [Richards] to spin.”

“I would like to thank Ed Petroff of Petroff Towing – he was here tonight – also CPS Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Base Race Fuels, Mark Martin Automotive, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Coal, Crossfit by Overton, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, and Andy Durham Racing Engines.”

Marlar was primed to become the 11th different winner this year in series competition, but on the last restart Bloomquist lengthened his lead out which carried him to victory lane.

“It was a good night for us, we set fast time and won our heat race. We had a good car for the feature and were in the hunt all race. Congrats to Scott on the win. It was a tough break for Josh, I hated to see that. He had a good car. I started running the top and it was fast, the track was not too bad at all. They kept working on it throughout the night and it helped it. Hopefully it was a good race for the fans to watch, “said the driver of the Ronnie Delk, Delk Equipment, RS Trading Company, Rocket entry.

Erb came home in third after starting on the outside of the fifth row. “We started deep in the field and to finish where we did we are very happy. The last two races were tough on us, but we had Heather [crew chief Lyne] back with us tonight. We just tried to keep it low enough away from that berm, overall it was good clean race among the frontrunners,” said the driver of the McBride Mack, Vomac Truck Sales, M&S Concrete, M&M Painting, Black Diamond Chassis.

Completing the top-ten were 20th place starter, Shannon Babb, Jimmy Owens, Chris Simpson, Darrell Lanigan, and Steve Casebolt.

Wet Week, Cold Forecast Forces ABC to Cancel

May 21st, 2017

Ashland, WI — A miserable week of cold, wet weather combined with an unpleasant forecast has forced track officials to cancel Saturday’s scheduled Salute to the Troops Night at the ABC Raceway.

Nearly six inches of rain, accumulating over the course of the entire week, has turned the three-eighths-mile oval into a quagmire, and with more rain and cool temperatures in the forecast, the Raceway’s Board of Directors had little choice but to call off the five-division PolyDome Dirt Track Series race program, which was to be sponsored by the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We were discussing the (cancellation) matter as early as Thursday afternoon,” said Raceway Board president Eric Erickson, “and we all came to the same conclusion. With the amount of rain that has hit the area, and a strong chance of more to come, plus the cold temperatures expected, we didn’t think the conditions would make for an enjoyable show for our fans or drivers.”

The award-winning red-clay oval located just south of Ashland will next host the Interstate Racing Association’s 410 “outlaw” winged sprint cars on Saturday, May 27, in a program to be presented by the NAPA Auto Parts stores of Ashland and Washburn.

After a one-year hiatus, the 800-horsepower winged sprinters will make Ashland the tenth of their 35 stops on the southern Wisconsin-based touring series’ 2017 schedule, with speeds of over 100 mph expected to be the norm on the sticky red-clay surface. Billy Balog of Brookfield, the IRA’s all-time A-main victory leader, has claimed each of the three features the series has run at ABC, in 2011, ‘12 and ‘14. The series’ regular annual visit has also been rained out twice, and scheduling conflicts kept the tour from competing in Ashland last summer.

The Raceway’s WISSOTA-sanctioned Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, plus its Six-Cylinders, will join the sprinters for this special program. Last weekend Shane Kisling of Park Falls captured the Super Stock A-feature, Michael Truscott of Chippewa Falls did likewise in the Mid-Mod main, and Bubba Anderson of Trego led the way for the opening-night win in the Sixes.

Kevin Eder of Ashland (WISSOTA Modifieds) and Andrew Hanson (WISSOTA Pure Stocks) also collected wins in last Saturday’s season opener.

Hot laps will start at 6:15 pm, followed by timed qualifying for the IRA sprints. The racing action is slated to start at 7. For this special event, adult tickets are $22 each, and kids’ tickets will be priced at $8.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live each Saturday on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream on www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.

Hughes chalks up 150th USMTS win at I-94 Speedway

May 21st, 2017

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Jason Hughes was behind the eight-ball all night Friday at the I-94 Speedway, but after the checkered flag waved the three-time USMTS national champion was in front of the cameras and standing in victory lane for the 150th time after a United States Modified Touring Series feature race.

Meanwhile, a crop of rookie drivers took their shots at the front. Brent Dutenhoffer garnered the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award but it was Jacob Bleess taking control at the drop of the green flag-both drivers in search of their first-ever USMTS win.

Hughes, meanwhile, drew the eighth starting spot for his heat. After squeaking into the main event redraw with a third-place finish, the 42-year-old from Watts, Okla., drew the eighth position for the 40-lap feature.

Bleess paced the first 24 circuits but a pair of cautions on laps 23 and 25 kept the field close behind the leader with Hughes snagging the point as they completed the 25th lap.

From there, Hughes led the rest of the way while surviving two late-race yellow flags and a fierce final charge by Zack VanderBeek who settled for the runner-up paycheck while Hughes reaped the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region opener.

Johnny Scott was third at the finish line while Cade Dillard, who traveled all the way from Robeline, La., to Fergus Falls, Minn., drove from 14th to fourth in the main event. Stormy Scott finished fifth and Dan Ebert was sixth.

Four Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders rounded out the top 10, including KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award winner Kelly Estey who finished seventh after starting 18th. The rest of the top 10 were R.C. Whitwell, Kyle Prauner and Travis Saurer.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental makes its maiden voyage to the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday, May 20, for the inaugural USMTS event presented by Envision & Schill Construction.

Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks, Hornets and Circle Track Mini-Trucks will round out the five-division program. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstands opening at 5 and racing action getting started at 7.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at the Casey’s General Store located at 309 N. U.S. Hwy. 281 in Carrington. Visit www.caseys.com to find the location nearest you.

The Devils Lake Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.3 miles east of Doyon on US 2 between mile markers 287 & 288, then south. For more information, call (701) 398-3577 or (218) 469-0576 or go to www.dlspeedway.com online.

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.

Ronnie Gardner Grabs Ventrua Win

May 21st, 2017

Taking advantage of a late race “bicycle” by Jake Swanson, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) claimed last Saturday’s win at Ventura Raceway. The $1,200 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory was Gardner’s second triumph of the season. Swanson, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Robby Josett, and Frankie Guerrini rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Ronnie Gardner started fourth in the main event. Quickly making his way forward, Gardner looked to catch teammate Jake Swanson for the lead. Several caution flags plagued the main event and with twenty-four laps in the books, Swanson’s lead was erased with Ronnie in second. On the restart, Swanson stormed into the first turn and caught air after hitting a rut. As Swanson recovered, Gardner took the top spot and Jake settled into second. From there, Ronnie led the rest of the way and earned his twenty-first career series win.

Earlier in the program, Gardner qualified sixth out of twenty-seven racers and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The four-time champion extended his point lead with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

In his first start of the year, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) finished a heartbreaking second at Ventura Raceway. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68W PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Swanson was second quick in time trials, ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race, and led 24 laps of the feature. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked fifteenth in the point chase.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) took third in the Ventura feature after starting fifth. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified eighth overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is second in points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Debuting a new #2 machine built by Six8 Motorsports, Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) ran fourth at Ventura Raceway. Earlier in the program, Josett earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. At press time, the young driver is eleventh in the point standings with one top-10 finish.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) charged from eleventh to score fifth at Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was fourteenth fast in qualifying and placed fourth in his heat race. The former BCRA Champion sits fourth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes on the year.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett qualified seventeenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. The former Dirt Series Champion is sixth in the point standings with one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

With a season high twenty-seven cars in the pit area, Austen Figueroa (El Segundo, California) raced to victory in the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main. Piloting Ron Bach’s #49JR Ron Bach Construction / Island Pacific Racing Spike, Figueroa was eleventh fast in time trials, ran sixth in his heat race, and finished sixteenth in the main event. The second generation driver left the night’s action ranked twentieth in the point standings.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, July 15th, at Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” is co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets and will also feature 360 Wing Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites and Dwarf Cars. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City will award new Roadster at Lucas postseason banquet

May 21st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – For the third consecutive year, a highlight of Lucas Oil Speedway’s postseason awards banquet this fall will be Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Mo., awarding a new Harley-Davidson Roadster to a lucky driver.

Drivers in the top-10 of points at season’s end in Lucas Oil Speedway’s four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions will be entered into a raffle for the Roadster.

“My partner is a native Missourian. He grew up in the Springfield area and loves flat-track racing and he visits the track a lot,” said Dan Ryan of Lawless Harley-Davidson. “We have a lot of local interest and we’re big fans of the speedway.

“Race fans traditionally love their motorcycles,” Ryan added. “We’re looking at the relationship between us and Lucas Oil Speedway as a way to get our message out that we’re launching a nationwide effort to buy (pre-owned) Harleys.”

Ryan said it’s part of the “Buy USA Program” that Lawless has launched.

“We’re trying to get where people gather and let them know they don’t have to be held hostage by their local dealer,” Ryan said. “If you want to sell your bike, just call us and send us six pictures and we’ll give you a quote. If you like it, we’ll come get it. We’ll make it real easy to exchange toys, so to speak.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway banquet date will be announced later this season, along with the location and time. Points, prize money and contingency awards will be presented during the 2017 season celebration for drivers in the top-10 of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod, Big O Tires Street Stock and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model divisions.

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

Example No. 1: Driver A wins three races, finishes sixth in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 10 entries into the drawing – (three for wins, six for points and one for attending banquet).

Example No. 2: Driver B wins 10 races, finishes first in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 12 entries into the drawing – (10 for wins, one for points and one for attending banquet).

The winning driver must be in attendance at the championship banquet to be eligible to win. No substitutions will be allowed. Each driver will receive one additional entry into the drawing upon check-in at the banquet.

“We’re thrilled to have Lawless Harley-Davidson involved with our banquet in a big way once again,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “They are a great partner of the speedway and dirt-track racing and I know our drivers are excited to have the opportunity to again win a new Harley.”

At last year’s banquet, Terry Schultz of Sedalia won a Harley Sportster.

About Lawless Harley-Davidson

Lawless Harley-Davidson is an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership in Scott City, Mo. Along with a large selection of new models, Lawless Harley-Davidson carries a wide variety of pre-owned models and offers MotorClothes & store, which means they have plenty of bikes and gear to choose from.

Lawless Harley-Davidson provides superior customer service and has an entire team that consists of professional sales members, finance experts, service technicians and a knowledgeable parts and accessories staff to support you. They pride themselves on having well-trained experts that strive for customer satisfaction.

Lawless Harley-Davidson is located near the areas of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Chaffee, Mo., Jackson, Mo., and Sikeston, Mo. For more info, visit www.LawlessofScottCity.com.

“We’re also proud to say that Lucas Oil helps us sponsor our Great River Freedom Rally every year,” Ryan said. “That’s always held the weekend after July 4th, so it’s July 6-9 this year in the Cape Girardeau-Scott City area.”

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

A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, May 25-27, remain on sale. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

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

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

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

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

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