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Bettenhausen 100 rescheduled for Sept. 7 as part of open-wheel weekend

August 20th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, in a complete show on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, USAC and Track Enterprises announced Monday. The Bettenhausen 100 on the rescheduled date will include qualifying and the 100-lap race. Tickets from the original date will be honored on Sept. 7.

Combined with a POWRi midget program at Macon Speedway on Sept. 6 with double features in the midget and outlaw micro divisions, it makes for an exciting open wheel weekend.

The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. For tickets, call 217-764-3200.

“The Silver Crown series is going in a positive direction,’’ said USAC series director Andy Hillenburg. “With race organizer Bob Sargent’s support, we are delighted to be able to retain this marquee event for our fans and participants as we continue to strive for the prominence this series deserves.’’ Silver Crown races in the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Aug. 31. Kody Swanson leads the Silver Crown standings by 42 points over Tracy Hines with Bobby East third.

Some of those same drivers from the USAC Silver Crown division may also return Sept. 6 to Macon Speedway, where POWRi has scheduled double features in both POWRi midgets and outlaw micros. The POWRi cars zip around Macon Speedway, a high-banked fifth-mile oval located just nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. Route 51. Built in 1946, Macon Speedway was originally designed as a midget track. Midget drivers enjoy racing here, because there are plenty of slide jobs in every corner.

POWRi lineups have been set for one feature during a program on April 26. Justin Peck is the polesitter with Christopher Bell also in the front row, followed by Zach Daum and Rico Abreu in the second row ahead of Robbie Ray and Tanner Thorson in the third row.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials

Stateline suffers third rainout, schedule changes for remainder of season announced

August 20th, 2014

Busti, NY -Heavy rains unfortunately hit after the first feature of the evening was underway, halting any action on the track. Mother Nature would not allow enough time to prepare the track in time before more rain would come down.

We will resume the Julian Buesink Race plan AND It will be autograph night at Stateline Speedway, this week! Come on out and meet our local racing heros!!

Heat races are considered complete and will not be rerun for the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, and Challengers.

The features for those classes will be run as planned, featuring the twin 25 lap races for the Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking. The top 20 Super Late Models for that race are locked into their starting position. Any new cars coming out to compete in this race, will run in the Consolation Race, where the top 6 cars will make the show, increasing the starting field to 26 Super Late Models.

E-Mods and Crate Late Models, which were previously off last week, will run complete shows including their heats, B-Mains (if needed), and a feature.

Rain checks for the originally scheduled Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking on 8/16 will be honored this week 8/23 only. LOTS of racing action to go on!! The Pepsi promo team will also be there, tossing shirts in to the stands! Gate pricing will be $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, and $8 for Students 6-16. 5 and under are free. Pit admission will be $30.

The originally scheduled Race for Damon will be moved to August 30 and celebrated on Championship Night. Fireworks will be presented that night to cap off a great regular season. Watch for more details to come!!

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Kicks off 2015 with Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway

August 20th, 2014

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is excited to announce that the series will kick off the 2015 season at Golden Isles Speedway with the running of the Super Bowl of Racing in Brunswick, GA. The stars and cars of the LOLMDS are set to invade the 4/10 mile South Georgia speed-plant for two action packed nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7th. There will also be an open practice night on Thursday, February 5th for all divisions.

After a highly successful season opening events at Golden Isles Speedway in 2014, Series officials came to an agreement with the new owners of GIS to kick the 2015 season off again in South Georgia. With the new track management in place, series officials are confident the 2015 edition of the “Super Bowl of Racing” will be even more exciting for both fans and racers that attend. The 2014 edition of the “Super Bowl of Racing” saw Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden and Steve Francis earn exciting victories to kick off the 2014 season at GIS.

“The new owners and everyone at Golden Isles Speedway are excited about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returning in 2015 and kicking their season off at GIS. There are plans for more improvements at GIS, along with more camping spots added at the facility. It’s an honor to have the premier national touring series visit our track. Were making plans to make next years Super Bowl of Racing even bigger than ever”, stated Darryl Courson, General Manager of Golden Isles Speedway.

Golden Isles Speedway is located on Hwy 82 in Waynesville, GA, just 12 miles west of I-95 at exit 29. For more information about the 2015 “Super Bowl of Racing”, visit the track website at www.goldenislesspeedway.com.

“We’re very thrilled to announce that the series will kick off the 2015 season at GIS again. I’ve met with the new owners and management at GIS and everyone is excited about the 2015 Super Bowl of Racing and bringing the LOLMDS back to South GA and Golden Isles Speedway. Being from South Georgia myself, I’m excited and eager to see all the great fans from that area and all the traveling fans attending next year’s events at GIS”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2014 the LOLMDS will sanctions 47 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcasted on four TV Networks in 2014 including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and MAVTV American Real Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at www.Lucasdirt.com.

About MAVTV American Real Network

MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Networks executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience. In 2011, Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production, purchased MAVTV.

Lucas Oil was eager to employ the same growth strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network that it employed to grow the lubricants business. MAVTV aims to become a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family. Lucas Oil is investing in programming, an updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the viewer experience. MAVTV is an acronym that stands for Movies, Action and Variety. MAVTV brings you plenty of never-before-seen high definition exclusives, including Comedy, Movies, Action SpoQ

The animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses, and even ban animal ownership (including pets) altogether.Protect The Harvest was created to fight back and defend American families, farmers, sportsmen and animal owners from the growing threat posed by the radical animal rights movement. We believe Americans deserve the truth. These radical groups are intent on restricting the abilities of our food producers who already face the significant challenge of feeding a growing world population. It’s our mission to ensure that American farmers are able to meet that challenge so that consumers at home and abroad have access to safe, affordable and healthy food. To learn more go to www.protecttheharvest.com .

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at www.lucasoil.com

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Good Notes Gives McKennedy the Win at Sunset Speedway

August 20th, 2014

(INNISFIL, ONTARIO) – Jon McKennedy relied on taking good notes from his visit at Sunset Speedway in 2013 to pick up his third ISMA Supermodified Series win Sunday afternoon at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.

McKennedy overcame suspension issues in Friday night’s ISMA event at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario and rain storms that pushed Saturday’s race at Sunset to Sunday in order to score the victory.

“The car was working really good, and it made it really easy to pass,” said McKennedy, who started ninth and took the lead from Dan Bowes shortly after the halfway point of the 75-lap race. “Last year we were good here, but got too loose. We kept good notes and it was fast right off the trailer.”

McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, would hold off Ben Seitz by 0.651 seconds to get the win. Seitz followed McKennedy through the field, as he started 10th and finished second.

Ed Witkum made a late charge up to third, but ran out of laps to challenge for the win. Mike Lichty and Rob Summers rounded out the top five.

The race was scheduled for Saturday night, but Mother Nature postponed it until Sunday afternoon. This worked in McKennedy’s favor as his notes from last year were from a Sunday afternoon show with about the same weather conditions.

After Sunday’s victory, McKennedy was left thankful for the hard work that his team put in throughout the long weekend in Canada.

“I have some good guys helping me and I really want to thank them for their help this weekend,” McKennedy said. “They fixed our suspension issue on Friday and stayed with us to help on Sunday afternoon. They are really dedicated. I also have to thank my car owner Paul Dunnigan for letting drive the car.”

McKennedy will now focus on the final three events of the 2014 ISMA season.

“We have had some bad luck at Oswego Speedway with mechanical issues in the past and we are ready to get our monkey off of our back,” McKennedy said. “I am looking forward to the Star Classic at Star Speedway, because we won it last year. I am also eager to race at Thompson International Speedway in October.”

The ISMA Super Modifieds will be back in action on Saturday, August 30th at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York for the ISMA Super Nationals.

For more information on ISMA, visit www.ismasupers.com or follow @ISMASupers on Twitter

David Hendrix, Kris Jackson, Terry Schultz, and J.D. Hubert headline weekend racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway.

August 20th, 2014

Wheatland, MO- With heavy overnight rains on Friday night and into Saturday morning and the threat of rain throughout the evening, Kris Jackson, J.D. Hubert, Terry Schultz, and J.D. Hubert overcame the challenging track conditions to score their respective class wins on TA/Petro Fan Appreciation Night this past Saturday, August 16th. All winners not only received the winners share of the purse but each also received a $300 gift certificate for the Lucas Oil Speedway Parts Store courtesy of Travel Centers of America and Petro Stopping Centers. The first feature to hit the track was the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods and it was a barn burner as Lebanon, Missouri’s Kris Jackson made a last lap pass on Fort Scott, Kansas driver Andy Bryant to score the win after chasing Bryant throughout the race. Dustin Campbell of Nevada started 7th and finished in the third spot. Wheatland’s Mike Striegel led the field to the green flag from the pole but slipped to fourth in the final rundown. Steve Muilenburg completed the top-5 after starting in third.

The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models were next up as J.D. Hubert started on the pole and crossed the AAA finish line in first despite pressure throughout the event from Jake Williams, Larry Ferris, and Payton Looney. Looney made a last ditch effort to pull alongside Hubert in a photo finish but Hubert would not be denied as he scored the win while Looney settled for second. Brian Schutt charged through the field to finish in the third spot after starting 15th while Larry Ferris and Todd McCoin crossed the stripe in fourth and fifth respectively. Terry Schultz returned to Lucas Oil Speedway for the second week in a row and held off Cross Timbers, Missouri driver Jeff Cutshaw and Nic Bidinger out of Perry, Kansas to score a narrow win in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds as Schultz utilized the extreme high side of the race track. Cutshaw was able to hold onto second at the finish while Bidinger started third and finished third. El Dorado Springs driver Chase Jones continued a string of impressive finishes as he scored another top-5 finish crossing the line in fourth with Jason Pursley charging from 10th to fifth at the finish.

It may seem as thought David Hendrix jumps in his Josh Franklin Motorsports entry in the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks and cruises to the win each week but it was anything but that this week. Hendrix did score his 10th win of the season and the $500 payday courtesy of O’ Dell Trucking at Lucas Oil Speedway but not without a spirited battle once again with Kenny Carroll and Marc Carter. Carroll finished as the bridesmaid with Carter racing his way to the front from his 10th starting spot to finish in third. Randy Gilmore had a solid run in his Frogs Signs sponsored machine to finish in fourth while Clayton Campbell rallied from his 18th starting position to score a top-5 in his leafsprung 03 machine. KIX 105.7 and 92.3 BOB FM presents another great night of Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series action this Saturday, August 23rd! Great Music from KIX 105.7 and the best side by side dirt track racing in the region adds up to one great night of family fun! The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks, and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods will all be in action. Also, it is Public Safety Appreciation Night as all Police, Fire, and Rescue Personnel are admitted FREE to the Speedway with ID. The Tri-Lakes RV B-Mods will be the evening’s featured class as the top modified drivers in the region hit the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” for a special 25 Lap, $500 to win Main Event courtesy of www.Discover54.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is “America’s New Motorsports Destination”

Visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the complete event information including times, pricing, and ticket information or call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.

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

Balog Best in Return of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint to Seymour Speedway

August 20th, 2014

Seymour, WI – Though the start of the program at Seymour Speedway was slightly as the track staff worked to create ideal racing conditions on the banked third-mile oval, fans were rewarded with that effort by being able to witness two amazing achievements. First off the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints lowered the track’ all-time record for the fastest lap on the third-mile banked oval, and later came back to run the 30 lap main event without interruption from green to checkered in less than seven minutes. Fans also saw, six time series champion Bill Balog on a passing clinic. First he would work his way to the front of the pack, taking the lead from talented rookie Scotty Thiel. He then skillfully worked his way past lapped cars, seemingly unhindered, to outrun the field, and collect the victory.

It was his ninth win of the 2014 season. Balog explained his proficiency in the lapped traffic. “It’s always pretty much survival. You have to make a concrete decision (on the pass) and don’t change it. You also kind of look where the leader is and go where he isn’t, to stay out of his dirty air”, explained Balog. “The track was nice, I knew after the heat and I knew we were fast. The car was awesome”, Balog concluded. Thiel’s runner-up performance this evening was somewhat bittersweet. Though a big improvement over his efforts at Wilmot, it was obvious he felt he had a shot at the victory this evening. “Seymour is a fun racetrack, I think we had the thing won but lapped cars sucked tonight”, exclaimed Thiel. “But you have to race them all. Bill (Balog) got lucky, unfortunately I got pinched behind a lapper. It was kind of frustrating”, Thiel noted. Still the second place effort was an obvious improvement on an otherwise frustrating weekend for the young charger who had difficulties at Wilmot the prior two evenings, which had resulted in DNF’s. “Hopefully we can capitalize next weekend”, Thiel concluded.

Knoxville Speedway regular Ryan Bunton, of Morton, Illinois sat on the pole as the 22 car field rolled trackside to accept the green flag. Scott Uttech sat to his outside as the green flag fell to start the event. Little did anyone know not a single caution would stop the furious pace set by the 410 outlaw sprints. Bunton took command of the contest at the drop of the green flag running the cushion while Scotty Thiel, who had started in the third slot held tight to the innermost groove to advance. With each passing lap Thiel reeled in Bunton, and on lap four Thiel nosed ahead and began to establish a lead on the field. Further back Jeremy Schultz was leading Balog through the pack, and the pair found fourth and fifth respectively by lap five. Balog continued to press forward picking off Schultz, and moments later Bunton hopped the cushion allowing Balog to slip past into the second spot. At the halfway point of the contest Thiel had established a straightaway lead on Balog, and had placed several lapped cars between them. Schultz meanwhile continued to test the high side of the raceway holding fast onto the third spot. Fans of the IRA series are familiar with Balog’s passing proficiency, and it was no surprise that once lapped traffic came into play that Balog would begin to slice into Thiel’s lead. In a matter of five laps Thiel’s advantage disappeared as Balog drew up on Thiel’s rear nerf bar. Once in striking distance Balog was quick to react upon reaching the next set of back markers, and soared past Thiel into the lead on lap 18.

Once out front Balog managed to establish a lead, which swelled to a dozen car lengths, while Thiel attempted to follow in his tire tracks. Over the final circuits attention focused on the battle developing for third between Schultz, and Mike Reinke. Both drivers had scored victories at Wilmot Raceway the prior evenings with Schultz taking the Friday night show, and Reinke hauling home top honors last night. The Reinke made several attempts to pass Schultz, which were successfully repelled. Coming off the final turn Reinke, and Schultz engaged in a drag race to the checker with Reinke being awarded the position by the slimmest of margins. Out front Balog had taken the victory over Thiel. Reinke earned his second podium of the weekend with a third place effort. Schultz settled for fourth followed by Steve Meyer who comprised the top five. Scott Uttech ran sixth followed by Scotty Neitzel, and Jordan Goldesberry in seventh, and eighth respectively. Bill Rose, and Bunton comprised the top ten finishers. 20 of the 22 starters were still on the racing surface at the finish, with 12 cars on the lead lap. 26 cars had checked into the pit area, including some teams that worked non-stop overnight to repair their rides after misfortune at Wilmot Raceway. Both Jordan Goldesberry, and Jeremy Schultz had flipped their rides but with dedicated crews were able to make repairs to appear at Seymour Speedway.

Additionally Dave Uttech and Bill Wirth overcame mechanical difficulties to make an appearance at Seymour. Five drivers broke the track record during the evening, including the first car to hit the racing surface. Bill Rose was first on the track to qualify and immediately lowered the mark to 12.526 seconds. Travis Whitney had established the previous record when he recorded a lap of 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007. By the time qualifying was done Mike Reinke had established the fastest lap in track history when he blazed around the raceway in 12.265 seconds, lowering the old standard by nearly one-half second. With the strong field on hand a B-main was necessary and Rose handedly won the race. Dave Uttech, Scott Biertzer, Ben Schmidt, Blake Nimee, Paul Pokorski and Byron Walters made the main event by finishing first through seventh respectively. Heat races were captured by Scott Uttech, Knoxville speedway regular Ryan Bunton, and Balog.

After a hectic three event weekend, teams have a single shot next week with the running of the 5th annual Bill Waite Jr., Memorial show at LaSalle Speedway on Saturday night August 23rd. That event will pay $4,000 to win and $500 to start. The show will feature the top drivers from both the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and the Midwest Open Wheel Association. A field of nearly 40 winged 410 outlaw sprints are expected for the program. IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.

Lonnie Leu Memorial

August 20th, 2014

JIM FALLS, WI – the Lonnie Leu Memorial sponsored by Lisa Leu and Krug’s Towing offered racing in all six classes with the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Winners included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Cory Crapser, Danny Richards, Todd Roshell, and Johny Severtson. Krug’s Towing paid out $50.00 bonuses to two drivers chosen via a drawing and they were received by Curt Myers and Andrew Lee.

In addition, it was the last points night of the year and Track Champions were crowned in all six classes. The champions included WISSOTA Modifieds, Mike Anderson; Super Stocks, Curt Myers; Midwest Modifieds, Shane Halopka; Street Stocks, Danny Richards; EVS Pure Stocks, George Richards; and EVS Hornets, Scott Westaby.

For the third week running, Kevin Adams was leading and Mike Anderson was fifth in National Points. Again, Adams had already won at Rice Lake Speedway the night before. In addition, he trailed Anderson by 14 points at the track for the championship at Eagle Valley. An early multi car crash eliminated Anderson from the heat, which Adams won, tightening the gap even further. Adams started outside of Jesse Glenz on the front row of the feature. Before the first lap was completed, Matt Leer rolled to a stop with a tire issue. Leer went to the work area but was not able to make the call for the restart. Adams powered into the lead and did exactly what he had to do to put pressure on Anderson by leading all twenty laps without being seriously challenged. Glenz drove home in second followed by Steve Hallquist. Sixth starting Anderson was scored in fourth, securing the Track Championship and Luke Schilling rounded out the top five.

The Super Stock feature had David Pospyhalla and Curt Hazelton setting the pace, but it was fourth starting Sam Fankhauser taking the early lead. Curt Myers, who is deeply involved in the chase for a National Points Championship drove into the lead on lap two and never looked back. His run to the checkers was halted by a grinding crash as Darrel Hazelton slapped the front stretch wall and then drove hard into the barrier in turn one. On the restart, Myers again drove to a commanding lead. Behind him, Fankhauser, driving Mark Stender’s car for only the third time ran extremely strong in second as he backed up his first career heat win in a Super Stock earlier in the evening. A strong running Matthew Dibb challenged for the position but settled for third in front of Scott Geiger and Tony Falkner.

The Midwest Modifieds came to green behind Antonio Pintaro and Nick Koehler as Koehler powered to the point. However, on lap two, fourth starting Cory Crapser drove to the lead and Michael Truscott found his way into third as he chases a National Points title. The race ran caution free as Crapser disappeared into lapped traffic and was scored the convincing winner. A late charge by Truscott was warded off by second finishing Koehler. Grant Southworth and Shane Halopka rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock feature came to green led by Danny Richards and Adam Soltis with Richards driving into the lead and onto yet another feature win. Soltis held second for the majority of the race but was passed late in the running by Mike Knudtson. Cody Kummer settled with forth after a serious challenge for third on the final circuit. Heidi Karshbaum finished with her second consecutive top five finish at the Valley.

Pole sitter Nicholas Hazelton-Perry was flanked by a dominate Todd Roshell at the start of the Pure Stock feature as Roshell drove to the lead. The lone caution in the race was brought out by Hazelton-Perry, resetting the field. Again Roshell drove to the lead, but George Richards remained close. With two laps to go, Richards used the high side to power into the lead, however, Roshell regained the position before the completion of the lap. Roshell drove home to the win, followed by Richards, Duke Leu, Mike Grover, and Cody Tisdale.

Casey Gross and Scott Westaby were in the front row for the Hornets as Westaby drove to the lead. Johny Severtson closed on the leader and took the point as extremely aggressive driving occurred behind the lead pack. A late yellow flag for Chad Prissel set up a green white checkered shoot out which was controlled by Severtson, who led the group to the checkered flag. Beating and banging by second on back shuffled the order at the finish as Kasey Gross finished second, followed by Travis Hoff, Chad Prissel and last place starting Andrew Lee.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 brings the Family Fun Night, Eve of Devastation. Racing will resume on Sunday August 24, 2014, with the Season Championship Night sponsored by WAXX 104.5 FM. Once again, there will be a kid’s bike giveaway sponsored by Kelly Oium Well Drilling of Strum and Kris Oium Asphalt Paving of Eleva. One lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bike!

The pits open at 4:00 PM with draw cut off at 5:30 PM. The main gates open at 4:30 PM for spectators with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 PM and racing action at 6:00 PM. General Gate Admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, and ages 10 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.00. Race day information can be obtained by calling 715-382-5367 or visiting the website at eaglevalleyspeedway.net.

Big Money at the Northwest Missouri State Fair Races on Labor Day Weekend

August 20th, 2014

Bethany, Mo-The 2014 Northwest Missouri State Fair has put up the biggest purse in the history of the fair. The 98th annual fair will feature racing on Sunday (Aug 31st) and Monday (Sept 1st) nights. Sunday nights racing with feature the Show-Me Vintage Racers making their second straight appearance. After last year when one of the vintage cars took a tumble, all the talk has been about the Vintage class. They Vintage Racers are ready to put on another great show.

Also on Sunday will be the All-Star Midgets making their first ever appearance at the fair races. The Midgets will renew a 25 year old East-West challenge for $1000. Sunday night races will rap up with the Limited Modified class. USRA & IMCA SportMod rules will apply, also ACR (Atchison County Raceway). If your track rules are compatible with any of those you will be legal to run. The weight limit will be in affect & scales will be used. Crate motors are allowed to use 4 barrel carburetors.

The Limited Modified feature will pay $1000 to win. The feature will be 30 laps. Many sponsors have added money to pay the leader of each lap $20 per lap. The hard charger in the feature will go to the driver that gains the most spots from the original lineup to the finish & pay $100. And finally, all heat winners will be paid $30 for winning. Then return on Labor Day, Monday night, to rap up the fair with 3 more classes of racing.

The Emods (Economy Mods) will kick off the show. The Emods are the newest and quickest growing class right now. It’s a spec modified. Check ACR or I-35 Speedway for rules.

Also Monday, the Stock Cars will put on a great show. USRA & IMCA rules will apply, along with ACR, Valley Speedway & CMS rules. All weight limits will apply according to your track rules. Motors may be set back according to Valley & CMS rules but you have to meet the weight limit to match. The biggest exception is all Stock Cars will run a 2 barrel carburetor, 500 cfm or smaller. Absolutely NO 4 barrel carbs. The Stock feature will be 20 laps long & pay $700 to win. More sponsors have put up extra money for each lap, $10 per lap. $50 hard charger payout & $20 to each heat winner.

And finally, The “High Flyin” A mods will round out the 2014 Northwest Missouri State Fair. The final decision was made to pay $2000 to win. USRA & IMCA Modified rules apply. And again, more sponsors stepped up to throw in extra money. The feature will be 30 laps & pay $30 per lap to the lap leader. Which could mean an additional $900 total if they could lead all 30 laps. The hard charger in the Modified class will pay $150 & every heat winner will be paid $50.

Top 5 finishers will be teched in every class & if a driver is found illegal they will be DQed. If you have any questions about rules or anything you can contact Jon Boller Jr at 816-752-3645 or Chet Querry at 660-373-2357.

The 2014 edition of the Northwest Missouri State Fair races will be one you won’t forget, August 31st & September 1st on Labor Day weekend.

Lutz and GBJ Enjoy Big Nights at I90

August 20th, 2014

HARTFORD, S.D. — Fans were treated to some incredibly exciting racing in every division on Coca-Cola night Saturday at I-90 speedway. Sprint Car driver Eric Lutz was a major player. In the evening’s final event Lutz spent a number of laps paring away at Kevin Flowers’ big lead. Lutz finally caught and passed Flowers on the 16th lap of the 20 lap Coffee Cup Fuel Stops 360 Sprint Car A-Main. “I’m shot,” Lutz said after the race. “This track was heavy but there was nothing that could be done about it. The track is always perfect when you’re the winner,” added Lutz. Flowers captured second with Troy Schruers third, Dale Fubry fourth and Ben
Waxdahl a season high fifth.

Lutz thrilled fans earlier in the evening as well when he almost won the 360 Sprint Car make-up feature from August 2. Mike Young had the pole and ran with it. Lutz, like in the regularly scheduled feature, caught up to Young and ran side-by-side with him late in the race as they dealt with slower traffic. Young cleared Ben Waxdahl and left Lutz behind just as the leaders took the white flag. A moment later, Dale Furby, Jesse Lindberg and Justin Glaser were involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Furby’s car flipping. Miraculously, Furby was able to continue as the race was forced into a green/white checker finish. Young was able to outrace Lutz over the last two laps to earn his first win in almost three years. Kevin Flowers was third and Furby took fourth. Young said, “The first half went really well. Then I saw the 5 car. Then I put her up top and gave her everything I had.”

Lutz’s big night allowed him to gain 48 points on the division’s leader Troy Schreurs. Flowers also gained 27 points on the leader. Schreurs holds a 65 point lead over Flowers. Gary Brown, Jr. also picked up a win and a second in the Express Copy and Printing Late Model Street Stock division. And, like Lutz, they came with plenty of excitement. In the regularly scheduled feature, Jim Hoing led
the first 13 laps. Brown ran behind Hoing for several laps while trying to make his pass. “My car takes off real good on restarts,” Brown said after the race. And that’s just what happened. The caution flew with three laps to go. Brown and Hoing made slight contact while fighting for the lead which Brown grabbed as the two approached the white flag. Brown then dashed to his fifth win of the season. John Hoing was third followed by Travis Schreurs.

Matt Jensen grabbed the headlines by winning the Late Model Street Stock make-up feature. Jensen led all 15 laps, but Gary Brown, Jr. gave him all he could handle. Brown was ready to capitalize on a mistake which Jensen never made. Jensen and his team have made great strides over the last few weeks. “We’ve been working with different brake biases,” Jensen said. “I gotta give it to Dyrt Nymph. They helped me a few weeks ago.” Jensen had last won at I-90 Speedway in the 2002 season when he was still in the Hobby Stock class.

Travis Schrers, who led Brown by 12 points coming into the evening, no trails Brown by 12 points. Schreurs finished fourth in both features. Marty Myers probably had nightmares about the final lap of the 15 lap USRA B-Modified main event. Myers jumped out to a nice lead early. Meanwhile, Dennis Martin was slowly reeling in the leader after starting sixth. With Martin right on his tail, Myers missed his mark in turn two of the white flag lap allowing Martin to make the pass. Not throwing in the towel, Myers drove hard into the third turn in a desperate attempt to overtake Martin. However, Myers got into the side of Chris Goetz’s car.

The caution was thrown. Martin then outraced Brock Hess and Dudley Schroeder, Jr. for the win – his third of the year. Myers’ accident forced him to a 16th place finish. The points lead also changed in the USRA B-Modified division. Defending track champion Tim Dann leads Dave Kennedy by six points while Martin closed to within 25 points.

You couldn’t ask for a better lead-in to this Saturday’s Hobby Stock Nationals at I-90 Speedway. Logan Fitzpatrick battled with Tim Waltner for 12 straight laps. Waltner took the lead away from Fitzpatrick on the third lap but Fitzpatrick went to the front again on lap 4. He held that spot until the final lap when he left his line in turn two. It was the opening Waltner needed to get by and chalk up his third win of the year. It was also the 30th of his career, something only nine other drivers have accomplished at I-90 Speedway. Three other drivers also got past Fitzpatrick on the final lap. Brian Hoing finished second. Zach Olivier came from 11th to third. Mike Chaney was fourth. The race set up an incredible storyline for the Hobby Stock Nationals. Dustin Gulbrandson will enter the race with just a two point lead over Mike Chaney and a three point lead over Zach Olivier, the winner of the last two
Hobby Stock Nationals.

Laura Ebbesen kept up her no-worse-than-third streak by winning the Fast Auto Wash Super Chargers feature. She passed Justin Peterson midway through the 10-lapper. I-90 Speedway presents the Hobby Stock Nationals featuring the I-90 Progressive Jackpot on Saturday, August 23. The race starts at $500 to win. From the time the gates open until the end of intermission fans, drivers, sponsors, anybody can add to the Progressive Jackpot which goes to the Hobby Stock Nationals winner. Last year, contributions from $1 to $100 were received throughout the night. A jackpot of $643 was added to Zach Olivier’s winner’s check for a $1143 payout! This year’s race will include added incentives from race sponsor Furby’s Auto and Performance One. Track announcers Donn MacArthur and Steve Zwemke will man the Progressive Jackpot table in front of the beer stand and provide constant updates on the amount during the night.

For more information go to www.i90speedway.com, follow the track on Twitter @racei90 or like us on Facebook.

Rain out/End of season Preview at Granite City

August 20th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway surrendered to Mother Nature Sunday afternoon, canceling the WISSOTA Late Model special.
The cancellation was unfortunate with the season coming to an end, but there’s still many opportunities to see the tires hit the clay.

Sunday August 24 will be season championship night. All eight classes will be in combat with some great dirt flying action. Many classes have tight points battles, but none closer than the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Tim Johnson and Denis Czech are currently tied for the track championship with 470 points in the Midwest Mods. Shane Sabraski sits behind them and down 24 points. However Sabraski is currently leading the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Modifieds. The Modifieds are also in a close quarrel with Don Eischens back a measly six points from Sabraski and Eric Martini one point behind Eischens. Any of the top three could still take the Modified championship. Tim Johnson leads the WISSOTA Street Stock points 28 degrees over Justin Pogones. The Thell brothers of Keith and Kyle have kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours on their feet this season and they currently run in positions one and two respectively.

Charlie Shiek leads the Pure Stocks with Jake Hagemann 17 points behind him. Alex Wolff is only seven points ahead of Matt Fester in the Hobby Stock’s and Hornet driver Darin Lenk is 20 points behind Fester. Lenk also runs second in the Hornet class just 11 points shy of Justin Schelitzche.

Track championship night will be a fantastic night of racing and will settle some very close point battles.

After the regular season wraps up, the Granite City Speedway will host their Annual Labor Day Special including Powder Puff races. WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Pure stocks will run along with the Hornets and Hobbies running as one combined class.

The track will then sit idle a couple weeks, but on Sunday September 21, the Modifieds will get the chance to run their Modified special of the year. The Northern Vintage Stock Cars will be on hand that night along with all regular classes.

The following weekend will be the Gold Cup Triple Header weekend with races Friday through Sunday, September 26, 27, 28. All three nights will be complete shows with all car classes in action and it will be a great chance for drivers to earn three nights worth of national points.

The final race nights of the year will be on Saturday and Sunday October 11 and 12 for National Championship weekend. These dates are the last chance for drivers to earn and secure their WISSOTA National Points positions. There’s no better place to race this weekend than the Granite City Speedway.

Many talented drivers will be at each of the mentioned happenings, you’ll want to be at the Granite City Speedway for all of these events.

Make sure you stay in the loop with all the racing news and updates by checking out www.gcspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you at the Granite City Speedway, where Sunday nights Rock!

Casey Noonan Sweeps Oakshade Raceway’s Dual Push Truck Challenge

August 19th, 2014

Oakshade Raceway hosted the Dual Push Truck Challenge on Saturday night featuring two 25-lap UMP Late Model feature races which were dominated by Casey Noonan who swept both events.

Sylvania Ohio’s Casey Noonan took the lead at the start of the first UMP Late Model feature over pole-sitter Brandon Thirlby from Traverse City, Michigan. The only caution flag came out on lap five when Hillard Miller, who was running near the back of the field, spun just in front of the leaders. Noonan got a decent restart and went on to pick up the easy win. Thirlby was second followed by Rusty Schlenk, Brian Ruhlman and Steve Kester.

Noonan then drew a four for the inversion for the start of the second of the Dual Push Truck Challenge features, putting him on the outside of the second row in the line up. Clarklake Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman started on the pole, but point leader Rusty Schlenk took the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row. The first caution flag came out on lap three for a Ron Miller spin. Noonan restarted third behind Schlenk and Ruhlman but made a bold move three-wide through the middle to take the lead just after the restart. Schlenk fought back and regained the lead briefly. After some more great side by side racing, Noonan finally took over the top spot for good on lap 11. After last week’s dramatic feature win, Noonan made it three feature wins in a row by sweeping the Dual Push Truck Challenge. Schlenk barely edged out Ruhlman in a near photo finish for second and increased his point lead to 20 over Ruhlman heading into next week’s UMP Late Model Season Championships. The 2013 Oakshade Late Model Champion, Dona Marcoullier, finished fourth and Thirlby wound up fifth.

Joe Derbeck took command of the UMP Sportsman feature at the drop of the green flag. Derbeck led with Rusty Smith in second most of the race, but a late race charge by Monclova, Ohio’s Tim Line shook things up. Line got by Smith and then made the pass for the lead over Derbeck on the final lap to increase his string of consecutive wins to seven. Derbeck would end up finishing second with Smith third. Bruce Stuart and Mike Jessen rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

With Curt Dickie leading the Bomber A Main, Chris Henry spun on lap two while running in the top five to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Shortly after the restart, Terry Rushlow from Holland, Ohio began to challenge Dickie for the lead. On lap five, Rushlow finally took the lead and began to pull away. A few laps later, last week’s feature winner brought out another yellow flag after stopping on the the track. Gregg DeTray then headed back to the pits. A late caution for a wreck involving Donovan Paskan, Chuck Stuckey and Satch Crispen set up a two-lap race to the checkers with Jeff Foks restarting in second. Foks was unable to get by Rushlow who went on to pick up his second A Main win of the year. Dickie held on to finish third followed by Mathew Chapman and Skeet Reckner.

Onsted, Michigan’s Aaron Barrick led from flag to flag in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts feature event to earn his second career feature win. Barrick fended off an early challenge from Cody Stetten and then never looked back. Stetten had his hands full with Brandon Myers and Cory Gumm but was able to hang on to a second place finish with Myers and Gumm ending up third and fourth respectively. John Martis was fifth.

Steve Morris took advantage of starting on the pole of the Bomber B Main to grab the early lead. The Sylvania, Ohio driver led the entire distance despite having to survive and one-lap race to the finish after a late caution. Terry Perry did all he could, but ended up finishing second just behind Morris. Ted Hill was third followed by Nick Fenner and Dan Shaffer.

The final race of the night was the Bomber C Main. Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer took the early lead over Chris Sawinksi who suffered some bad luck. Sawinski had a couple of spins during the race. The second of which collected the 81 of Tim McNicol who was running third at the time. Ethan Gehring took some shots at the lead on the restarts after a couple of the cautions, but Hammer held on to pick up his first ever feature win. Gehring settled for second with Dylan Hough third. Sawinski survived at least one more close call to salvage a fourth place finish with Abby Burton scored in fifth.

Saturday, August 23 will be Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models with Rusty Schlenk nursing that slim lead over Brian Ruhlman going into that final night. UMP Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be back in action. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

John DeAngelis Jr. Takes Home the Late Model Checkered Flag

August 19th, 2014

A great crowd was on hand on Salute to Agriculture Night at MIS and saw five drivers take home the big trophies led by John DeAngelis Jr. who won his first-ever Late Model race at Madison. Other winners included Blake Brown (Trucks), Kody Hubred (Sportsman), Dan Snyder (Bandits), and Aaron Moyer (Legends).

DeAngelis Holds Off Johnson for Late Model Victory

John DeAngelis Jr. won his first ever feature at Madison but he had to hold off a hard charging Casey Johnson in the 40 lap feature for the Club LaMark Late Models.

DeAngelis Jr. started on the pole and out sprinted Mike Meyerhofer for the early lead. Caution flags came out on lap 5 and then again on the restart, but both times DeAngelis Jr. was able to maintain his lead. Bobby Wilberg gave him the biggest challenge early on before losing the second position to Zack Riddle on lap 7. The caution flag came out for another spin on lap 8 setting up a restart with DeAngelis Jr. on the inside and Wilberg on the outside.

At this point it looked like it might be a long night for the nineteen late models, but the race would stay green the rest of the way.

DeAngelis Jr. was able to keep his lead when the green flag waved with Riddle taking over the second spot on lap 10. Casey Johnson moved past Wilberg on lap 11 with Kevin Knuese and Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five. On lap 17 Johnson powered his way into second while DeAngelis Jr. was enjoying the lead by building up a big lead.

With each lap, Johnson was able to cut into DeAngelis Jr.’s lead and by lap 25 appeared to be in a position to take over the point. Johnson tried every which way he could…inside and outside…but just was unable to get by DeAngelis Jr. who led wire to wire to pick up the win. Johnson finished in the runner-up position followed by Jon Reynolds Jr., Nottestad, and Riddle.

“Towards the end I thought he (Johnson) was going to get me so I had to protect the bottom of the track,” said DeAngelis Jr. from victory lane.

Riddle was fastest in qualifying while heat race wins went to Tony Brutti, Jesse Bernhagen, and Nottestad.

Brown Back in Victory Lane

Blake Brown won the 25 lap feature for the American Ethanol Super Trucks and increased his point lead in the division as a result.

Rick Corso and John Beale fought for the early lead with Corso gaining the upper hand. Things really heated up on lap 7 when Chester Ace joined the leaders with three wide action for the lead with Corso able to hold on to the point. Brown and Jerry Wood were able to work their way to the top third after things shook up on lap 11. One lap later Brown moved by Corso for the lead coming down the front shoot.

The caution flag came out on lap 13 when Beale and Corso were involved in an incident. Brown continued to lead after the green flag waved with Ace passing Wood on lap 15 and starting his hunt for the leader. But five laps would not be enough tonight as Brown was able to hold off Ace for the victory. Wood finished third followed by Camden Murphy and Michael Raskovic. “These trucks are a lot of fun especially when I am able to run out front,” noted Brown. “This is a good win for us.”

Ace was fastest in qualifying with Beale and Ace winning the heat races.

Hubred Captures Sixth Checkered Flag Kody Hubred won the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and took home his sixth checkered flag of the season. Hubred still trails point leader Ryan Goldade by 25 points with one race to go.

Jay Kalbus and Kody Hubred brought the Sportsman field to the green flag with Hubred getting the early advantage over Kalbus. Will Rece and Ryan Goldade wasted no time in getting up to second and third before Rece spun on lap 10 spending both himself and Goldade to the rear of the field. Hubred was able to regain his sizeable lead over Robert Hansberry Jr. and Kalbus before the two made contact and brought the yellow out on lap 17.

Following the restart Hubred had not trouble getting out to the lead while Goldade and Jim Taylor battled for second. In the end it was all Hubred followed by Goldade, Taylor, Rece, and Jason Dunn. “We struggled in qualifying. I wanted to beat Ryan fair and square tonight. And we got it done especially after last week’s race,” said Hubred. Goldade was the fast qualifier with a lap of 20.312 while Hubred won the heat race.

Snyder Does It Again

Dan Snyder picked up another win in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and clinched his first-ever track championship at Madison.

Eight cars took the green flag with Jason Coker setting the early pace. On lap 6 Dave Schmidt worked his way past Coker for the lead with Snyder and Brian Beale up to join the mix. The three distanced themselves from the field with Snyder taking the lead on lap 15 on the front stretch and led the rest of the way to pick up the victory in the 25 lap feature. Beale would get by Schmidt for second with four laps to go but couldn’t catch the speedy Snyder. “This is quite an accomplishment,” said Snyder who won his second race in a row and picked up $500. Snyder set fast time in qualifying while Brian Paulson and Schmidt won heat races.

Moyer Masters the Legends

Aaron Moyer was back in victory lane after winning the 20 lap feature for the Roto Rooter Legends.

It appeared that the night belonged to Kyle Jusits as he outbattled Chris Lishamer for the lead on the first lap and quickly built up a sizeable lead. By lap 7 Moyer was able to move his way past Lishamer for second but with a lot of ground to close if he wanted to catch the leader.

Jusits continued to run a strong race out front, but Moyer was catching him with each lap. By lap 13 Cory Talaska was up to third and closing quickly. On lap 18 Moyer worked his way to the inside on Jusits on the front stretch to take the lead and race his way to victory lane. Talaska and Lishamer were both able to pass Jusits to take second and third respectively.

Moyer noted, “I saw Talaska coming and had to make my move to get by Jusits. Kyle ran a great race tonight.”

Moyer was fast qualifier while Talaska won the heat race.

Racing continues at Madison with ARCA Jam on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be practicing from 1:00 – 3:00 on Saturday and qualifying at 4:30. Following ARCA qualifying the American Ethanol Super Trucks will be in action with a pair of 30 lap features. The truck races will count in the MIS point standings. On Sunday a live concert will begin at 11:30 AM followed by on-track autographs from Noon-1:00 PM and the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at 2:00 PM.

Crapser pleads the fifth in Fountain City

August 19th, 2014

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.–With a late-race move, Cory Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., scored his fifth Iron Man Challenge victory Friday night as the USRA B-Mods circled the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

Crapser, who started fifth, found a way to get by race-long leader Erik Kanz with two laps to go and secured the $600 winners share of the prize money.

Kanz held on for second to finish ahead of fellow Winona, Minn., racer Shaun Walski while Casey Knutson of Spring Grove, Minn., claimed the fourth spot and Iron Man points leader Dan Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Tyler Creeley was sixth, Jon Van Minsel came from 14th on the grid to grab the seventh spot, defending USRA B-Mod national champion Troy Hovey was ninth and Alex Williamson completed the first ten to the finish line.

Wheeler remains ahead of Crapser by 25 (1215 to 1190) in the Iron Man Challenge points standings while Jared Timmerman sits third with 1097 markers. Fourth through tenth are Jacob Bleess (778), Dustin Kruse (506), Matt Jones (424), Dan Hovden (410), Jake Richards (399), Ethan Isaacs (395) and Kanz (394).

Up next for the Iron Man Challenge is a tripleheader on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa. Both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds on the racing card.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

One Quick Shower and the USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds Took the Track

August 19th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – Rain showers threatened the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night, but after one quick shower, the track was ready for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. A mixture of 30 USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds filled the pits and put on a great feature event. Zack VanderBeek took the Modified win while Dave mass, Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones and Zach Gaslin also took trophies.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track, and after a quick caution, Jeremy Nelson moved into the lead while Travis Schulte took second and Bud Martini third. After another caution, Nelson, Schulte and Martini went three wide for first and Nelson retained the point. Martini ran the low groove and chased after Nelson, but Nelson kept his lead. Drivers began to space out as the laps ticked by. Nelson stretched his lead out to a straight away while Shane Howell and Wade Skindelien closed in on Martini. Nelson had a comfortable lead of 8.5 seconds as he rolled his D&N Trucking Midwest Modified across the finish line for the win. Martini, Howell, Skindelien and Charlie Zander took top points.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were next with Anita Hillebregt and Kyle Laney on the front row. Kurt Becken moved forward and took first as drivers battled for points. Contact was made amongst drivers and the #43 of Brian Friez took a sharp right towards the wall but caught Quentin Busitzky’s car. The race went red as the drivers were checked over. Both drivers were ok but unable to race. The remaining cars were sorted with Kurt Becken in the lead. Justin Pogones moved aside Kris Peterson for second as the green waved. Pogones took the point and followed Becken. Pogones began to work both sides of Becken while Dan McCain battled Peterson. Pogones kept after Becken as they pulled away from the competition. Pogones got under Becken in turn four and made the pass. Pogones led the remaining laps and put his Lake State Recycling, Inc. sponsored #01 in victory lane. Becken, Peterson, McCain and Josh Laney were the top drivers.

26 USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds covered the Ogilvie Raceway for their 40 lap main event. Clayton Wagamon and Jason Krohn led the drivers to the green and Wagamon pulled into the lead. Krohn made the move into first and Zack VanderBeek moved to Wagamon’s door. Wagamon held VanderBeek back but remained close as the yellow waved. Krohn was alone on the restart with Wagamon, VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders going three wide for second. Sanders took the point while Wagamon and VanderBeek jockeyed for third. Soon enough, Krohn was ready to lap drivers as mods covered the track. Krohn weaved his way through traffic and Sanders closed in. Krohn’s lead had dissipated as he was in heavy traffic and Sanders slid past him for first. Out of nowhere, VanderBeek caught the leaders and moved aside Krohn. VanderBeek took second as the yellow waved again. Drivers were sorted and realigned with Sanders in the lead. VanderBeek and Krohn took Sanders’ sides as the green flew and they went three wide for first. VanderBeek and Krohn pulled away and Sanders settled in third. VanderBeek pulled ahead of Krohn for the lead with Jeremy Nelson and Wagamon also in top points. With three laps remaining another caution occurred and slowed drivers down. As the green flew, Sanders took second and Krohn fell to third. VanderBeek kept his foot down and took the checkers. Sanders, Krohn, Wagamon and Stormy Scott took the top five as VanderBeek put his Casey’s General Store sponsored #33z in victory lane.

Payton English nosed ahead in first as the Hornet feature commenced, but Dan Rick and Drew Johnson grabbed her sides and made the pass. Rick took the lead while Johnson took second. Zach Gaslin moved to Johnson’s side and took second, and then first. The yellow flew a couple times, but Gaslin maintained his lead. Dexter Robyn, Rick and Brandon Opsahl battled for second and Robyn took the point. With the checkers in sight, Robyn gave it one final push to take the win, but Gaslin was a car length ahead and took the trophy.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks wrapped up the night’s action with Jared Zimpel on the pole and Ronnie Malecki at his side. Josh Anderson dove low and moved next to the leaders, but as they all drifted up in turn two, Dan Gullikson shot passed them for the lead. Dave Mass weaved through the cars and took second and rode Gullikson’s rear. Gullikson and Mass drove away from the pack and Mass grabbed a higher groove. Mass claimed the lead and drove away from Gullikson. Mass never looked back and dominated the feature by finishing almost 9 seconds ahead of Gullikson. Mass rolled his McKay’s Dodge sponsored #2 in victory lane with Gullikson Malecki, Andy Grymala and Matthew Dibb in tow.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will feature all six regular classes as we finish out the final two weeks of the regular season. Racing will resume 0630pm

Barber Tops WISSOTA Streeters at “The Creek”

August 19th, 2014

Spring Valley MN–A Perfect day for the Wagner Trucking sponsored event at the speedway. With over 100 cars in the pit area a group of people put up money on the warm August night to do the ALS ice Bucket Challenge. Money was put up and each feature winner would get money donated on behalf of their name to the ALS if they would do the ice bucket challenge. All five feature winners agreed to it along with Randy Queensland who had money put up for him to take the challenge. Over $1100 was raised for these six people to take the challenge.

The first feature event of the night saw Cole Queensland and Jacob Bleess on the front row of the Elma Performance and Fabricating USRA B-Modified feature. 1&2 in the points with the season rapidly coming to an end is what everyone wants to see. Queensland used his outside starting position to take the early lead. Bleess settled into second while Cory Crapser moved past Parker Hale for the third spot. The first caution flew on lap two with Queensland setting the pace on the restart. Crapser powered under Bleess to take over the second spot. Blake Arndt and Alex Williamson sat inside the top five. With six down the top three were nose to tail and pulling away from the field. Williamson started to pressure Arndt for the fourth spot as a caution flew on lap seven. Queensland again led on the restart with Crapser trying to pull a slide job in four. Queensland held the line and powered between Crapser and the wall to hold onto the top spot. Another caution on lap ten saw Queensland lead with Crapser and Bleess in the top three. Trevor Fecht got a good restart and worked into the fourth spot after starting twelfth. A little further back one of the faster cars Jerry Young, was working through the pack and went three wide for position and had one heck of a save as him and another car touched almost turning Young into the turn three wall. Young took over the seventh spot on lap fifteen after starting nineteenth on the field. A final caution flew setting up a green white, checker dash. Queensland held onto the top spot with Bleess dropping back after trying to move past Crapser allowing Williamson, Fecht and Arndt by as the white flew. Scott Demmer won the B-Feature while Bleess, Dustin Kruse, Fecht and Nick Wagner won the heat races.

Shaun Mann, Bernie Adams and Jason Barber raced three wide for the lead for the first two laps of the Six Two Graphics WISSOTA Street Stock feature event. Barber took control of the top spot at the completion of the second lap leaving Adams to try and defend the third spot as Bobby Kilby and Mike Blowers challenged him for the spot. Adams didn’t like the pack and moved around Mann on lap four to retake second leaving Mann and Kilby racing for third. With eight down Mann was again by himself in third and on lap twelve moved into a race for second with Adams again. Mann took the spot this time as the first caution flew over the race. On the restart Barber led with heavy pressure from Mann. Adams sat in third while Nick Schwebach and Kory Adams raced for fourth. Barber held off a late race restart as he took home his first feature win at the speedway ahead of Mann, B. Adams, K. Adams and Schwebach. Heat races were won by Noah Grinstead and Barber.

Cory Crapser is all that needed to be said about the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event. Jacob Bleess worked into second as Crapser blasted off the front row into the lead. Dustin Scott quickly took over the third spot while Jesse Hernandez and Jared Boumeester raced for the fourth spot. A restart on lap two saw Scott pull a slider on Bleess for the second spot. Another caution on lap seven saw Tony Schill move inside the top five as he and Boumeester raced for the fourth and fifth spots. Schill took over the fourth spot on lap ten and started to pressure Bleess for third. At the finish it was Crapser with the win, Scott, Bleess, Schill and Boumeester rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Hernandez, Schill and Bleess.

With multiple grooves really starting to come in the Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stock Feature was another good one. Gary Wiersgalla, Neil Eckhart and Kevin Hager were three wide for the early lead. Wiersgalla took control of the event after the first lap with Eckhart in second. Dave Solum and Hager battled for third. A restart with two down saw Wiersgalla leading while Schatney Sanders, Eckhart, Solum and Hager were four wide for second. Hager took over second for a lap until Solum worked into second on lap four. Another restart on lap five saw Wiersgalla leading, Solum and Eckhart battled for third behind Solum. Brauer took the spot on lap six and then on lap seven moved past Solum for second. With ten down Brauer and Wiersgalla battled for the lead. Brauer took the spot on lap twelve with Wiersgalla hanging close. A final caution flew on lap sixteen and on the restart Brauer led around the hub while Wiersgalla hung close in second running up against the wall. Ryan Siegle had early issues and restarted at the rear on lap two and as the white flew over the field Siegle moved past Solum for the third spot. At the finish it was Brauer with the win. Wiersgalla, Siegle, Solum and Brian Fetting rounding out the top five. Wiersgalla and Ed Sanders won the heat races.

You know how sometimes you sit and the races and wonder how this can get any better than what I have seen so far. Well the NAPA Auto Care USRA Modifieds pulled onto the track and showed how it gets better with three and four wide racing the norm outside the top five a person didn’t know what to watch. Up front Josh Angst got the early lead with Nate Wasmund in second. Cory Mahder and Brandon Davis raced for fourth behind Damon Haslip in third. With three down Mahder moved up to race Haslip for the third spot. Mahder took the spot on lap six and quickly caught up to Wasmund and battled him for second. Mahder took second on lap nine as Angst was checking out on the field up front. Davis and Wasmund now raced for the third spot, Davis took third on lap thirteen while Angst started into lap traffic. A restart on lap fifteen saw Mahder, Angst and Davis tight up front. Another caution on lap nineteen saw Mahder with the slight edge. Davis was in third while Bob Timm bull rushed through a pack of cars to take over fifth behind Jason Cummins who moved into fourth on the restart. Angst and Davis had a good race to the checkers side by side for the final three laps. Mahder took home the win ahead of Angst, Davis, Cummins and Timm. Heat races were won by Angst, Timm and Alan Wagner.

The racing season is rapidly winding down as next week will see the crowning of the point champions for the 2014 racing season.

Reinke Rockets to Victory in Roger Iles Tribute at Wilmot

August 19th, 2014

Wilmot, WI – It had been a long time coming, and well deserved. Mike Reinke took advantage of a late race restart and powered past Russel Borland to capture the prestigious Roger Iles Memorial event. In doing so, Reinke broke a two-year dry spell, and collected the top prize of $3,600 in the process. Though sometimes frustrated with his own performances, Reinke has had an amazing number of solid showings since his last victory. He last stood in victory lane on June 2, 2012 at Cedar Lake Speedway. Since then he had posted six runner-up performances, and finished in the top five an amazing 30 times. Reinke was due for victory, it was just a matter of time, and after the checkered flag fell it was pure redemption as he saluted the crowd from the wing of his car. To take the win, Reinke had to overtake Russel Borland who was having the best performance of his career. Borland had paced the first 30 laps of a 36 lap contest.

The race had an extreme number of restarts, and each time Borland stood tall to the challenges. It was the final restart with just six laps to go, that someone was finally able to replace Borland at the head of the pack. That person was Reinke who used a well timed restart to secure the lead, and pace the final six circuits taking the win by a dozen car lengths. ‘I don’t even know what to say right. To win here is amazing to me. I don’t usually get around here very good”, claimed Reinke. “I know we had some attrition which helped but we were pretty good. I hated robbing Russel (Borland) of his first win but it’s man been a long tome time since I won”, said a relieved Reinke. “I have to thank my crew and sponsors for this and my family, they are always there cheering for me no matter what”, concluded Reinke. For Borland it resulted in an “oh so close” taste at victory. Still, Borland’s efforts resulted in a career best second place run, and he was almost overcome with emotion as his teams efforts were rewarded with such a solid performance. To earn second Borland was able to fend off the challenges of six-time champion Bill Balog. Second place was well earned.

“I really have to thank the crew they have worked so hard lately, we’ve been off so much. This is amazing. We really needed a confidence booster and this was it”, exclaimed Borland realizing the success of his teams efforts. Balog can look back at his third-place run with pride, having patiently worked his way from dead last after having had to head to the work area at the start of the event. He avoided the pitfalls of many of his fellow competitors to reach third in the closing laps. The third place run extended his point lead over his nearest rivals as he seeks out an amazing seventh straight series title. Track conditions were nearly ideal this evening on the third-mile clay oval, with a smooth racing surface and multiple grooves. Surprisingly however, much of the contest was rather unsettled with a fair number of cautions and red flags flying which reduced the starting field of 22 down to 13 at the finish. 22 cars accepted the opening green flag for the 36 lap A-main event. Borland was able to get the jump on the field from his outside front row starting berth, with Ben Schmidt slipping into the second spot. A couple spins and multi car gatherings had slowed the event several times before the third lap. Balog, the evening’s fastest qualifier had headed to the work area during the initial red flag and restarted the event in the 20th position.

The early event miscues included a red flag when Todd Daun, got his ride upside down while attempting to catch back up to the field for a restart. Daun, had finished runner-up last evening wound up a dismal 19th place tonight. A twin spin with Jordan Goldesberry, and Scotty Neitzel on lap three again slowed the event, and on the restart Ben Schmidt suddenly lost power while running in the second position ending his night and a shot at victory. Things finally settled down enough to get in the first green flag stretch and Borland was eager to showcase the speed of his #23 machine. Behind him Reinke was advancing on each restart, and had placed himself into the second spot with a pass of Dennis Spitz on lap four. Borland was able to extend his lead with each passing lap before Reinke started to match his pace by lap ten. Behind the lead pair Spitz was turning in a solid run fending off the challenges of Bill Rose, and Sheldon Haudenschild. By this point Balog had already cracked the top ten from the tail of the field. Reinke began to reel in Borland as the race slipped past the halfway point. He would be assisted in that effort as Bill Wirth had his machine shed a wheel and drive off the edge of the track in turn one resulting in a caution on lap 19 which bunched the field. Borland timed the restart perfectly gaining a small advantage on Reinke, while Rose slipped past Spitz for third. Borland was seemingly able to keep a three-car length advantage on Reinke who followed in Borland’s tire tracks waiting for an error. Behind the pair Rose now had pressure from Haudenschild for the third spot, and Balog had climbed up to sixth as ten laps remained in the contest.

The final slowdown occurred for a grinding crash that involved Goldesberry and Todd Hepfner on lap 30. The pair made contact, and both cars began to tumble in turn two. Blake Nimee got clipped in the process and as a result the field continued to thin out due to attrition. This setup a six lap dash to the checker. On this restart Borland was unable to shake Reinke, who drew even entering turn one. In a drag race into the backstretch Reinke moved ahead with the lead. Behind them a mad scramble took place for second, brief contact between Rose, and Haudenschild appeared to have damaged Haudenschild’s ride as he began to slow. Out front Reinke was flawlessly clicking off laps. Balog was on the move scrambling into the fourth spot and dispatching Rose for third with two laps to go. He then closed on Borland as the white flag flew. The checkered flag fell with Reinke receiving approval from the near capacity crowd. Borland was able to repel Balog’s challenges for a well-earned second place finish. Balog had to settle for third after a brilliant charge. Rose claimed fourth having advanced ten positions from this original starting berth. Scott Uttech who netted a fifth place effort quietly moving into the top five in the closing laps. Neitzel rebounded from his early race spin with a sixth place run. Scott Biertzer earned seventh. Haudenschild nursed his slowing ride home in eighth followed by Raymond Hensley and Spitz in the top ten at the finish. Tonight 29 cars checked in for qualifying.

The B-main was dominated by Haudenschild who outran Hensley for the victory. With, Hepfner, Nimee, Patrick Hayes and Chris Dodd finished in the transfer positions. Jereme Schroeder was the alternate. The contest eliminated two potential contenders. Jeremy Schultz who had won the prior evening wound up taking a tumble. Schultz would climb over the tires of Scotty Thiel who had spun to avoid slowing cars in front of him, a result of a car up at the front of the pack unable to come up to pace. Schultz climbed from his battered machine unhurt but obvious upset. His team with the help of several other crews had changed engines in his 5j machine between the heat race and B-main. It was disappointing finish after the success of the prior evening. Thiel, who won his first career A-main in IRA competition just two weeks ago, also sustained too much damage to continue. Heat race victories were scored by Wayne Modjeski, Dennis Spitz, and Borland. Balog set the fastest lap in qualifying with a 12.941 second orbit of the slightly banked third-mile clay oval. Reinke, the fast qualifier last evening was second quick tonight with a lap of 13.018 seconds, while Daun was third quick at 13.137 seconds.

The triple-header weekend now wraps up with a trip to Seymour Speedway on Sunday evening, August 17th. The last time the banked third-mile oval hosted the 900 horsepower winged-sprints was during the 2008 racing season. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints have twice visited the track since it’s reshaping to an oval in 2005. The last series event held at the track was during the 2008 racing season.

Australian National champion, Brooke Tatnell, was victorious in the contest six seasons ago on August 31st, as he held off former IRA champion, Donny Goeden. Goeden was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.023 seconds. As fast as that lap was on the banked third-mile oval, the current all-time track record belongs to two-time IRA champ Travis Whitney when he blistered the track in 12.672 seconds on September 2, 2007. During that show, the main event was captured by Mike Reinke. The race ran green to checkered with the 30 laps clicking off in just a tick under eight minutes. Track record holder, Whitney, was second in that event. Those two races mark the only two appearances for sprint cars at the Seymour Speedway since the track reconfiguration from a tri-oval. The August 17th show will also feature the tracks own divisions including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Street Stocks and 4 cylinders. A special format for the Seymour Speedway classes will be in place focusing on single qualifying races and feature events. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will present a full show. Fans enjoying any type of car will surely appreciate the program. IRA Sprints will hot lap and qualify at 5:30pm with racing at set to begin at 6:00pm.

Adult admission is $20 Additional information can be found at www.seymoursuperspeedway.com IRA proudly moves continues it’s 2014 season backed by its long time supporting series partners led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cedar Creek Motorsports, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body. The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints are a featured member of Racetext.net a website dedicated to bringing fans the best possible coverage of local short track racing.For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com or by logging onto the series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irasprints the series is also on twitter at #IRA_sprints.IRA

Myers and Adams Continue to Roll at Rice Lake Speedway

August 19th, 2014

Rice Lake WI- Curt Myers and Kevin Adams, both in the hunt for WISSOTA national point championships, helped their cause Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as both won feature events in their respective divisions as the final track points race of the year was held. Other feature winners included Ryan Viltz, Jay Kesan and Nick Traynor.

With the track points wrapping up on Saturday, five point champions were also declared at the end of the evening’s racing and they included: Mark Hessler-Modified, Willie Johnsen Jr-Super Stock, Shane Halopka-Midwest Modified, Ron Hanestad-Street Stock and Jason Havel-Pure Stock.

The speedway received a half inch of rain in just a few minutes in a late afternoon Saturday cloud burst which made for some muddy conditions in the pits and required considerable effort by the track crew to make the track race ready, but after a one hour delay the racing proceeded as planned as the drivers did a nice job of adjusting to the track conditions.

It took Myers only three laps to proceed from his third row starting spot to take over the lead and then cruise the rest of the way in the Super Stock feature. Don Cimfl Jr. and Scott Heikkinen battled for the lead on the opening lap but Myers quickly found his way to the front using the high side of the track and with a power move off turn four, blasted into the lead.

He quickly put distance on the field while the focus of the action switched back in the pack where Jason Forehand and Willlie Johnsen Jr. were making a determined charge of their own. Forehand ducked under Cimfl Jr. and then raced past Eric Olson into the second spot with Johnsen Jr. following his tire tracks. Forehand was quickly advancing and it looked like he could provide a legitimate threat to Myers’ lead.

However, with eight laps completed, Forehand got a little too low in turn four and he hit the infield marker tires which on this night were reinforced with several tons of mud and it smashed down the front end of his car including the bumper and the nose cone and Jason rolled to a stop, his evening done. After that, Myers just had to hang on in the lead through three more yellows caused by minor spins as he cruised home for his third Rice Lake win of the year. Johnsen Jr. fought his way past Olson for second with Bart Steffen coming from deep in the field to finish fourth ahead of Cimfl Jr. with his best run of the year.

Adams had to make a determined charge to come from the fourth row to win the Modified feature on what was a blindingly fast track. Scott Miller fought off Cody Cimfl to take the early lead and Miller put together one of his best runs of the season as he led the first eight laps. Matt Leer was on a charge as he came up from the third row to race past Cimfl and Paul Brust and take over the second spot with Adams trailing him.

The race took a big turn after a lap seven spin when Leer opted for the low side on the double file restart. Adams blasted past him on the cushion to take over second and one lap later squeezed past Miller in turn four to take over the lead.

One more yellow set up a four lap dash to the finish and while Leer was able to run within a few car lengths of the leader, Adams was never in serious jeopardy for the lead. Kevin drove home for a track leading sixth feature win of the year and his twenty first overall at area tracks. His next Rice Lake win will tie him with Dave Morgan as the all time feature win leader at the Rice Lake Speedway.

Leer finished a strong second with Mike Anderson making a late race charge that saw him move up to third and Tim McMann came from deep in the pack for fourth ahead of Hessler.

Viltz came from the third row to win the nonstop Midwest Modified feature race and secure his fifth Rice Lake win of the year. Dan Tautges had his best run of the year as he took the early lead and led the first half of the race with Travis Anderson, Viltz and Jason Schill chasing him. Viltz was able to drive into the second spot and then, two laps later get to the inside of Tautges in turn one and take over the lead. Schill was flying too, and he took the second spot and the top two then battled for the win.

Viltz continued to maintain a two car length lead and while Schill pushed as hard as possible, he wasn’t able to cut into the lead of Viltz and Ryan drove home for the win. Tautges had his best ever run at Rice Lake as he finished a solid third with Anderson and Nick Koehler pressuring him.

Kesan has only recently gotten his Street Stock on the track and it didn’t take him many weeks to grab his first win of the year in a hard fought battle with Ron Van Dusen and Kirk Bogdanovic. Van Dusen, making a rare appearance at the track, led the opening laps and was running a solid race with Bogdanovic pressuring him for the lead. Several times Kirk got a nose under Van Dusen but each time Ron would fight him off. Meanwhile, Kesan had moved into the third spot and he watched the battle for the lead shape up in front of him.

When Bogdanovic got a little high one time in turn two, Kesan was right there to jump under him and take over second, after which he quickly began to pressure Van Dusen for the lead. Using the same move later, Kesan would get under Van Dusen and take over the lead down the back chute. Bogdanovic would finally get past into second too but Kesan stayed in the groove and drove on for the win. Van Dusen had a career best at Rice Lake with his third place finish with Adam Soltis and Hanestad next in line.

The Pure Stock feature saw Traynor win his second feature race of the year and first since very early in the season, a season that for him has seen lots of mechanical issues and many missed nights at the track.

However, Saturday things fell into place for him as he came from the third row early to find an opening and slip past Tucker Quinn and John Erickson, who were fiercely fighting for the lead, to gain the top spot. He then had to endure lots of pressure from Bob Thompson who was stalking him for the front spot while C. J. Wagner, Havel and Darwin Brown all moved to the front.

Thompson got turned around with only two laps to go which triggered the yellow and before the race could finish another lap, Jay Folz lost control in turn one after making a brilliant charge into contention after starting twelfth.

Wagner had inherited second and he now pinned his car to the rear bumper of Traynor and it was up to Nick to hold off the field. He smoothly rode the fast lane around the track and while Wagner challenged him fiercely, Traynor held on for the win. Thompson finished a strong third with Havel and Brown trailing.

The racing season is rapidly winding to a close at the speedway. Next Saturday, August 23rd, the Season Championships will be held in all five divisions with warm ups slated for 6:30 p.m. Then, on August 30th, the season finale will be held. This year, the Labor Day weekend show will be limited to one night on Saturday, with extra money in the purse for all classes along with Fan Appreciation night which will include door prizes, a hog roast after the races for fans and competitors alike and drink specials. Check the speedway website for more details on this event.

Double features at RPM Speedway

August 19th, 2014

HAYS, KS—Over 100 race teams gathered at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, on Saturday evening, August 16. Double features were run in both the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Modified divisions from a rain shortened program on August 2.

In the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car makeup feature, ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs of Colby took the lead at the drop of the green and led all 20 laps for his first win at Hays this year. Brother Jeff Tubbs chased Nick most of the race but could not make a pass. Angel Munoz got by Jeff Tubbs late to finish in the runner-up spot, with B.J. Wagoner fourth and Jason Davis fifth.

Bob Arnold led the opening lap of the second feature before Tyler Tipton of Weskan drove away for his first win at Hays this season. A couple of cautions gave the rest of the field a chance, but Tipton pulled away each time to score the victory. Jeff Tubbs, B.J. Wagoner, Nick Tubbs and Jason Schoenberger rounded out the top five. Heat race victors were Jeff Tubbs and Nick Tubbs.

Hoxie’s Chris Heim followed suit and he led from green to checkered in the 20-lap S & W Supply IMCA Modified makeup feature for his first Hays victory. Jesse Richter chased Heim the entire distance but had to settle for second, followed by point leader David Murray, Corey Lagroon and Cody Gearhart.

In the evening’s regular feature, Heim again looked to be the man to beat before ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick of Wakeeney took a lead he would not relinquish. A couple of cautions kept the field bunched but Sherfick drove on for his first win of the season at RPM Speedway. Kyle Rohleder finished second, trailed by Eddie Belec, Cody Gearhart and Troy Plummer. Heat race winners were Rohleder, Gearhart and Heim.

Kurtis Pihl shot to the lead at the start of the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Sport Mod feature and looked to be on his way to a win. But Tony Fisher spun in turn four on lap 6 and was hit by Pihl, ending the leader’s night. Brenden Damon led the field back to green but was then passed by Osborne’s Tracy Holloway. Holloway held off a stellar field for his first trip to victory lane at Hays. ‘The Money’ Man Clay Money, Daniel Gottschalk, Damon, and Cory Struckhoff completed the top five. Nate Ginest, Eric Pfeifer and Pihl all won heat races.

Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager won his fourth Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature at his hometown track, and with the win, took the point lead. Shay Simoneau led the first 5 laps before Brady Bencken assumed command. Bencken led the field at the halfway mark of the 20-lap race before Hager made the winning pass on lap 12. Adam Armstrong, the point leader going into the night, chased Hager but had a tire go down on the last lap, giving him a sixth place finish. Travis Coop finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Bencken, Colton Pfeifer and Mike Traskowsky. Heat race victors were Armstrong, Kyle Pfeifer and T.C. McKain.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon drove to his seventh feature win of the year in the Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature but was challenged all the way by Kirk Pfannenstiel. Pfannenstiel led the first six laps before Higdon took the lead after a restart on lap 7. Pfannenstiel then passed Higdon on lap 7 but Higdon got back out front on lap 8 and held on the final 2 laps. Pfannenstiel had to settle for second, followed by Art Herzog, Michael Smith and Randy Murphy. Herzog and Pfannenstiel were victorious in their heat races.

The race was sponsored by Argent Energy. It was also ‘Girls Night Out’ with all ladies admitted free to the grandstand.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 30. The United Rebel Sprint Series will make their final appearance of the season, and the NESmith Late Models will return. IMCA Sport Compacts, Cruisers and School Buses will also compete. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Waterford Speedbowl 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 19th, 2014

Waterford, CT – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returned to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening with a six-division racing card on track. Hometown driver Rob Janovic Jr. claimed the night’s SK Modified® victory, his first of the year. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton took his third Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature win, Josh Galvin of Franklin won for the tenth time in the Street Stocks, and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took his sixth Mini Stock win of the year. Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY won his first ever Speedbowl feature in the evening’s INEX Legend Cars race and Allen Coates of Ledyard recorded another win in the New England Truck Series at his home track.

Janovic picked up his first win of the season in SK Modified® action, taking the checkered flag for the first time since June of 2013. The 35-lap race was slowed by several caution flags, but Janovic was near the front of the field throughout. He started fourth and was patient as a Shawn Monahan-Ed Puleo battle for the lead broke out ahead of him after the pair started the race on the front row. The two raced side-by-side with Monahan holding a slight advantage until the first caution on lap-4 when Jeff Gallup and Keith Rocco spun in turns one and two on lap-4.

Monahan got away from Puleo on the restart and Puleo went spinning out of turn two. The field missed becoming collected and it put Janovic to Monahan’s outside for the ensuing restart. Janovic tucked in behind Monahan and the two pulled ahead to a five car advantage over third place Diego Monahan. That enabled Janovic space to go to work on the leader, darting outside Monahan on lap-10. The two raced wheel to wheel for two laps with Janovic inching his way ahead of Monahan before claiming sole possession of the lead on lap-12. Moments later, something under the hood of Ted Christopher let go down the back chute as he was mired in a tight pack of cars just outside the top-five. A lengthy delay ensued as cleanup crews tended to an oil down in the third turn.

Janovic restarted cleanly, pulling ahead over each of four additional restarts the rest of the way. He could not be derailed and powered to victory. Keith Rocco used a late race surge to take second, passing Tim Jordan for the spot on the final lap. Jordan was third and Diego Monahan was fourth, with Craig Lutz fifth.

Thomas rebounded from a hard crash the last time the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division raced, back on August 2. He took the victory in Saturday’s 30-lap race, dominating much of it. Thomas took the lead outside of Chris Garside on the opening lap and never waivered. He got two good restarts over the second half of the race to keep his lead. The first came after a spin by Art Moran III, and Thomas got the jump over Jason Palmer. Ryan Morgan made an infrequent appearance at the track in 2014 and looked strong, snaring third from Keith Rocco on the restart on the outside. Morgan then used the bottom of the track to get by Palmer after the final caution on lap-25. Thomas would not be denied, but Morgan finished runner-up with a solid outing. Palmer was third.

Galvin continued his roll in the Street Stock division by landing another win, his tenth of the year. He started the 25-lap feature in eleventh position and drove the inside lane through early race traffic. By lap-6 Galvin was already in a battle for fourth position. On lap-10, he moved to third in advance of a yellow flag on lap-12. He lined up directly behind Lloyd Anderson, who controlled the early laps before the caution erased his advantage. Following the restart, Anderson washed up the track out of turn four allowing Galvin to pull to his inside and into the lead on lap-13. Galvin cruised from there. He finished off the win and moved within one victory of the division’s single-season record of eleven, set by Dwayne Dorr in 2006. A pair of former champions, Al Stone III and Ed Gertsch Jr., finished in second and third.

Cassidy took his sixth checkered flag of the year in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature in his quest for a sixth track championship. He was ahead of a big wreck on the second lap the eliminated multiple cars from the race. Trouble began when Nick Pappacoda slid off the fourth corner, clipping Ray Christian and sending his car up into heavy traffic. Several cars piled in with Dave Sylvia, Charles Canfield, and Jeff Lee all taking bruising blows. After a long cleanup, Cassidy moved to second position before taking the lead outside Joe Liskiewicz after a lap-7 restart, the last of the race. Liskiewicz stayed with Cassidy for a few laps, but eventually Cassidy pulled away. Liskiewicz finished second and point leader Garrett Denton was third.

Bock recorded his first ever victory at the Speedbowl in the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. It was not, however, without some drama. Bock, the Riverhead (NY) Raceway division champion in 2013, was entrenched in a battle for the lead midway through the race when he tangled with Joey Ternullo. The two cars touched exiting turn two on lap-15, spinning down the back chute. The incident collected Mike Christopher Jr., the winningest driver in the division this season and point leader, who was in third position. Two additional incidents aided Bock’s efforts to get back to the front. He took second position on lap-20 and two laps later, was inside Dana Dimatteo for the lead. He completed the pass and the final three laps were run cleanly to the checkered flag. Keith Rocco was second and Ternullo came back to finish third.

Coates used a daring three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track to take the lead five laps in to the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature. Coates, one of the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest drivers, took advantage of his home track experience to stay in command the rest of the way. Coates’ son Corey was second and Glenn Noll was third.

Next Saturday, the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division is in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series spotlight with a special 50-lap feature. They are joined by the SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars.

VanderBeek finds success in Ogilvie

August 19th, 2014

OGILVIE, Minn.-Zack VanderBeek got around Jason Krohn with six laps to go, and then held off Rodney Sanders in the closing laps to win the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup main event Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway.

It was the first trip to victory lane for The Z-Man since June 18 in Grain Valley, Mo., and the 27th of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

Krohn beat fellow front-row starter Clayton Wagamon into the first corner to take command of the race at the start with Sanders following into second at the completion of the first lap.

Sanders chased Krohn around the high-banked 3/8-mile track for the next 27 laps before finally making the pass for the lead on lap 29. Krohn, however, did not relent and regained control of the race on lap 32.

VanderBeek, who followed the lead duo for most of the race, pounced on the opportunity to get by Krohn on lap 34, but a caution slowed the pace on lap 37 and set up a three-lap dash to the finish.

Sanders disposed of Krohn on the restart, but VanderBeek pulled away over the final laps to score the win and snap Sanders’s three-race win streak.

Krohn held on for third for the second straight night while Wagamon took the fourth spot. Stormy Scott was fifth, and the rest of the top 10 finishing positions went to Brent Larson, Zack Drews, Jody Bellefeuille, Jeremy Nelson and Dave Mass, who passed eleven cars from his 21st starting spot.

With ten down and nine to go, Round 11 in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup takes place next Friday, Aug. 22, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. On Saturday, the series returns to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., and then wraps up the weekend tripleheader on Sunday at the Outlaw Motorsports Park near Wainwright, Okla.

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