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Jones, Kanz collect Iron Man Challenge checkers at Deer Creek Speedway

May 30th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn — It worked for Michael Jordan, and having the number 23 on their door worked for Matt Jones and Erik Kanz as they claimed the Iron Man Challenge feature wins Saturday night at the Deer Creek Speedway.

Jones, who pilots the No. 23m Holley USRA Stock Car, led the field to the green flag from the pole position and led all 20 laps en route to a dominating victory.

Four-time Holley USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden went from seventh on the grid to second place in just two laps, but could never mount a serious challenge to Jones, who has three Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national titles to his credit.

Lynn Panos came up a bumper short of nipping Hovden for second, Derek Green was fourth and Kevin Donlan finished fifth. Pete Solum, defending Iron Man Challenge champ Kyle Falck, 22nd-starting Danny Sacquitne, Stefan Sybesma and Dean Cornelius rounded out the top 10.

Fresh off a win one night earlier in Fountain City, Wis., Erik Kanz of Winona, Minn., steered his No. 23k machine to a $500 victory in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event.

Despite starting 11th, Kanz wrestled the lead away from polesitter Andrew Bleess after just four laps, and then survived seven yellow flags to secure the victory.

Kylie Kath finished third behind Bleess, Brian Mahlstedt came from 12th to fourth and Dan Hovden took fifth. Kyle Anderson, Cole Denner, Taylor Ausrud, Kadden Kath and 2010-2011 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ Brandon Hare completed the top ten.

Erik Kanz won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods join the USMTS Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Dillard bounces back at Deer Creek

May 30th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — Cade Dillard put the sour taste of Friday night’s late-race collapse in the rear view mirror Saturday night with the sweet taste of victory at the Deer Creek Speedway.

Dillard, who passed Josh Angst at the halfway point of the 40-lap main event, led the final 21 laps to score his seventh Casey’s USMTS National Tour victory of the season and first in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

“We’ve been struggling here of late and we thought we had a pretty good car last night but just couldn’t seal the deal,” Dillard said in victory lane.

Jacob Bleess garnered the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award but it was Josh Angst who flexed his muscle first. The “Candy Man” grabbed the lead for the first two laps before Lucas Schott made it three-wide with Dillard and Angst to lead the third lap.

Two laps later, Angst regained the lead as the race’s first caution waved for John Doelle’s stalled machine in turn four.

Angst set a furious pace around the high side of the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval for the next 14 laps with Dillard, Schott, Jason Hughes and Gustin in two around the top.

By lap 19, the leaders were dealing with heavy lapped traffic and Dillard took advantage, taking his first lead with 20 of 40 laps in the books.

“They were setting a pretty fast pace up there, one I wasn’t very comfortable with, and it was so crummy but you had to keep up or fall back,” Dillard added. “I got an opportunity to make a move in lapped traffic and took it. Luckily it worked out.”

Dillard took control and on lap 26 the second and final yellow flag waved when Angst and Schott made contact while racing through back-markers. The ensuing melee collected Ryan Gustin and sent both he and Angst to the pits while Schott rejoined the field at the back of the pack.

From there, Dillard kept Hughes at bay to cash the $3,000 winner’s paycheck and notch his 17th career USMTS triumph.

“Later on my car got pretty tight, so I was just clicking off laps and trying not to tear the wall down,” Dillard admitted.

Hughes finished about three car-lengths behind Dillard in second place while Zack VanderBeek knocked down his third straight top-three finish. Jake Timm used some late-race heroics to score fourth place and was presented with the Wehrs Machine & Racing Products “Trick Move” of the Race Award.

R.C. Whitwell was fifth and Dustin Sorensen raced from 21st on the starting grid to sixth at the checkered flag to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. Cory Mahder, Joey Jensen, Craig Thatcher and Tyler Wolff rounded out the top ten.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005, and his most recent came in this event last year. Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here. Jason Hughes and Johnny Scott have each made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Each of the three Memorial Day Weekend blockbusters will dole out $3,000 to the main event winner, with valuable points awarded to drivers in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Central Missouri Speedway Sunday Event Features $3,000-to-Win USRA Modifieds!

May 29th, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) Strong storms and heavy rains moved through the area Saturday afternoon forcing the cancellation of night one racing for the Memorial Day Weekend at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS). As previously announced earlier in the week by promoters Earl and Susan Walls, if Saturday was cancelled, the Saturday program would run on Sunday, May 28th instead and the Sunday portion would not take place.

CMS wishes to apologize to drivers in the Allstar Midget Series, ULMA Late Models, and E-Mod classes. Both the Allstar Midgets and ULMA Late Models have additional appearances this year. CMS will look at options to possibly reschedule the E-Mods another time.

Unfortunately, Saturday was canceled and now the planned two-day event is trimmed back to a single-day program on Sunday; however, the one-day race is going to be a big one as USRA Modified drivers will compete in a straight up night of racing for $3,000 to win! Heat races with passing points and B-Main(s) will determine the 24-car starting field.

Pure Stock drivers will also compete in their annual track special event as drivers have a shot at the $500-to-win special event. Pure Stock drivers will qualify through heat races and a B-Main event if needed to get to the 24-car starting grid.

There are entry fees for both USRA Modified drivers and Pure Stock drivers. For Modifieds, the entry is $50 if the driver has raced twice at CMS in a USRA Modified prior to Sunday’s race, for drivers not meeting these criteria, the entry is $100. For Pure Stock drivers who have raced twice at CMS in a Pure Stock prior to Sunday’s event, the entry fee is $0, for drivers not meeting these criteria, the entry fee is $25. Pit passes are not included in entry fees. There are NO track registration fees for any classes the entire Memorial Day race weekend. Visit the CMS website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and Midwest Mod Lites are also part of the program competing for their normal championship points and purse payouts. Start times for Saturday evening are, Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $15, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $35 per person.

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day Weekend at Central Missouri Speedway Includes $3,000-to-Win for USRA Modifieds!

CMS Public Relations
May 24, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) This weekend at Central Missouri Speedway, USRA Modified Drivers have a shot at the $3,000-to-win main event posted purse money and bragging rights for claiming a coveted special event win at CMS. Joining in on the special-event weekend, Pure Stock drivers also have an opportunity at claiming victory in the annual $500-to-win track special.

While USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks have special-event weekends in front of them, they are not the only classes competing during the two-night race weekend. On Saturday, May 27th, round one qualifying begins for USRA Modifieds with the top 12 from the night one scramble transferring on to the inside row positions for Sunday’s big-money finale. Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and Midwest Mod Lites join the USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks during night one action. Complete info at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

On Sunday, May 28th, USRA Modifieds return for round two of qualifying for the outside row starting positions in the night’s 40-lap, $3,000-to-win main event. Joining the Modifieds will be ULMA Late Models in their second guest appearance this season, along with the POWRi Allstar Midget Series, and E-Mods. Sunday action marks the first time for E-Mod drivers to race at CMS. Driver will need to declare what their home track is during the check in process and they will then abide by those rules for the night’s events. Drivers are reminded there is no mixing and matching of various track rules.

Start times throughout the weekend are as follows: For Saturday evening at CMS, Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $15, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $35 per person. Pit passes are not included in driver’s entry forms.

If wet weather rears its ugly head and the Saturday program is washed out, the contingency plan is to run the planned Saturday program on Sunday night the 28th. The weekend will be trimmed back to a one-night program. There will be NO racing on Monday if Saturday is rained out. The Car Classes for Sunday if Saturday rains out will be Pure Stocks for $500 to win, USRA B-Mods regular pay, Midwest Mod-Lites regular pay, Street Stocks for regular pay and USRA Modifieds for $3,000 to win.

We apologize to our guest classes who will not be part of the Sunday program if Saturday rains out. However, we feel it is important to respect and consider our staff members and their availability. We are hopeful Saturday goes off without a hitch and we can run as scheduled both Saturday and Sunday! Travel and Race Safe everyone! Again, we want to repeat … this contingency will only be put in place IF Saturday is rained out! Announcements regarding weekend race status will take place on the CMS Facebook and Official Internet Website. See the full contingency plan by visiting www.centralmissourispeedway.net. and clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS” tab.

Same start times, entry fees, and admissions apply as previously announced through the track’s PA system and pit mic. Visit www.centralmissourispeedwy.net for complete information by clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS!” Tab on the main page.
There are NO track registration fees for any classes the entire Memorial Day race weekend. USRA Modified and Pure Stock competitors have an entry fee due before they will take part in their respective main events. For complete details on all things Memorial Day weekend, visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net and click on the tab titled Memorial Weekend at CMS!

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

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

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

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

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

McCreadie captures Don and Billie Gibson tribute

May 29th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 30 from race-leader Jimmy Owens and then went on to win the 40-lap, Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series.

McCreadie’s second full-year of running the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour has been off to a fruitful start. He claimed his third win of the season in the Sweeteners Plus, Penske Racing Shocks, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis No. 39; it was also McCreadie’s first ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens; who has eight career wins at the track; finished in second in his Ramirez Motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Durham Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis. Don O’Neal’s Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Clements Racing Engines, Club 29 entry finished third, with Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards completing the top-five.

Darrell Lanigan led the first 14 laps of the race until Owens charged to the lead. Owens then ran the top line as McCreadie came from the outside of row number five using the bottom groove and closed the gap on the leader. McCreadie then chased down Owens and passed him on lap 30 to take the top spot. McCreadie withstood two cautions late in the race to take his car to victory lane by several car lengths at the end.

“I want to thank the Labonte family for putting faith in me to drive their cars. A Longhorn Chassis won here last night with Earl [Pearson] and we brought home the win tonight. From where we started and as good as the track was, I thought it would be tougher than it was. The car rolled through the corners at the beginning of the race and I was passing cars low and high, it handled like a dream.”

“We showed a lot of speed tonight like last night. But when I got up there with Jimmy [Owens] I knew it would be tough to get by him. He runs so well here, if you can pass Owens here, then you have really done something special. This is my first win here and I will probably never get close to what he has done at this race track. To beat guys like Jimmy and [Don] O’Neal you must be near perfect to get it done. I just hope tomorrow night that we can run all 100 laps consistently, but you never know,” said the 43-year-old driver.

Owens was all smiles afterwards even though he suffered a rare defeat at Lucas Oil Speedway. “We have had so much success here that it’s hard to get down about getting beat tonight. He [McCreadie] was good, no doubt about it. For a guy to come from where he started, that says a lot about this race track tonight. It was a good hard race and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We just have the right set-up for this track and could run anywhere on it tonight.”

“I had some miscommunication with my crew, I was running high and I should have gone down low where McCreadie was running. Anyway, I thought I could get back around him, but he was strong tonight and he deserved the win. We had a good points night again and should get a good starting spot here tomorrow night for the big show.”

O’Neal charged late in the race to capture a third place finish. O’Neal started fifth and battled with Owens for the second spot towards the end of the race. “We had a good car tonight. The crew worked hard after last night, it was a good comeback as well. Tonight’s B-Mains were awesome and I figured the feature would be the same way and it definitely did not disappoint.”

Completing the top ten were Payton Looney, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Marlar, and Chris Simpson.

Gustin grinds one out for Grandpa D, outguns Dillard in Mississippi Thunder thriller

May 29th, 2017

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. — The worst part about the checkered flag waving at the conclusion of the USMTS main event Friday night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway was that it had to end. The best part was that everybody in attendance was finally able to take a breath.

Bob Timm’s reshaping and resurfacing of the Fountain City, Wis., oval during the off-season paid dividends with a 40-lap feature race that could have been called great even without the incredible hair-raising final five laps.

But despite a new look and feel, victory lane felt just like old times with Ryan Gustin holding the winner’s paycheck. It was his fourth career USMTS win at the track, and second straight going back to last fall’s $40,000-to-win USRA Modified Nationals where Gustin edged Scott Bloomquist for the colossal payday.

This one was different for Gustin though.

On Monday, the patriarch of the DeFrance and Gustin families-Dale DeFrance-passed away at the age of 81. He was laid to rest yesterday.

“I’ve never wanted to win a race so bad in my life,” an exhausted Gustin said after he climbed out of his winning mount. “This one’s for you, Grandpa. We love you.”

It was the 82nd career USMTS win for Ryan Friday night.

Cade Dillard was in command most of the way. After starting on the outside of the front row, this season’s winningest driver so far wrestled control away from polesitter Jake Timm, but the boss’s son applied heavy pressure to Dillard for the first couple of laps before settling into the third spot behind the leader and Gustin.

While Dillard checked out slightly, Gustin and Timm waged a furious battle for second while Zack VanderBeek, who won the last race here for the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental two years ago, began creeping up by taking the shortest route around the high-banked 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Lapped traffic became a factor on lap 12 with the top four runners racing in close quarters, swerving and diving inside and outside of back-markers until the race’s first and only yellow flag waved on lap 17.

On the restart, Gustin’s car faltered and that allowed both Timm and VanderBeek to slip past the two-time USMTS national champ. Gustin fought back with a vengeance, challenging VanderBeek around the bottom in one corner and rubbing elbows with Timm in the next.

Gustin finally edged ahead of Timm for second with nine laps remaining, and VanderBeek snuck underneath Timm one lap later. With five laps to go, lapped traffic was again part of the equation and the fans in attendance got to witness an incredible finish.

After splitting a lapped car, Dillard and Gustin raced side by side down the back-stretch and Gustin took advantage of the momentum shift with a full-throated ‘slider’ into turn three and up to the top of turn four. Dillard, however, was able to cross back underneath to remain the leader by a nose on lap 37.

Dillard returned the favor in the ensuing turn and Gustin made the hard left turn to launch back underneath Dillard, taking the lead as they raced down the back-stretch. Dillard slid up in front of Gustin again in the next corner, and the next, before Gustin finally was able to shut the door with two laps to go.

Meanwhile, while a raging storm was taking place in front of him, VanderBeek snuck up on the leaders as he calmly churned the shortest route around the track and Lucas Schott, who won his two previous USRA Modified starts here, crept into the picture after starting ninth on the grid.

After taking the white flag, Gustin took control and left his three pursuers to fight it out for second. VanderBeek edged in front of Dillard as they exited turn two, and Schott threw one final slide-job at Dillard as they raced through the final left-hand turn.

At the finish line, VanderBeek trailed Gustin by less than half a second while Dillard was able to minimize the damage with a cross-over move at the end to take back third from Schott. The top four crossed the stripe within less than a second of each other.

Never out of it, Timm followed close behind in fifth. Dustin Sorensen, R.C. Whitwell, Jason Hughes, Travis Saurer and Cory Mahder rounded out the top ten.

The Memorial Day Weekend is just getting started, and the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series return to the scene of countless classic clashes as the 15th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge takes place on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

More than any other race track, it will be the 97th feature race for the USMTS at ‘The Creek.’

Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race here on May 25, 2002, but since that night defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes has a series-best 14 career victories at ‘The Creek.’

Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins here while Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each. Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times.

Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott and Lucas Schott. Drivers who have visited Deer Creek Speedway’s victory lane one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Cade Dillard and Tommy Weder Jr.

The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 2:30. Slingshots race at 3 on Button Buck Speedway. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6.

The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus WISSOTA Midwest Mods. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville plus stores in Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar, Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005, and his most recent came in this event last year. Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here. Jason Hughes and Johnny Scott have each made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Each of the three Memorial Day Weekend blockbusters will dole out $3,000 to the main event winner, with valuable points awarded to drivers in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

McCreadie captures “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” as Show-Me 100 weekend rolls on

May 29th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Tim McCreadie made his first-ever victory at Lucas Oil Speedway a timely one Friday night. He hopes it sets the stage for something much bigger on Saturday.

McCreadie, the veteran Dirt Late Model driver from Watertown, N.Y., beat four-time Show-Me 100 champion Jimmy Owens to capture the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” to pick up $6,000.

The stakes will be $30,000-to-win Saturday’s 100-lap, 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com.

“It’s a lot of fun when you hit it right,” said McCreadie, who drives a Longhorn chassis. “Any time you can beat him and Don (O’Neal) and the guys that are on this tour, you cherish it, man. This tour is damn hard.”

McCreadie and Owens, through points earned through the first two nights of preliminary action, will start on the front row of Saturday night’s feature. McCreadie earned the most points and will start from the pole.

The weekend, which began with a win by Earl Pearson Jr. in Thursday night’s “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing,” is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

Friday’s feature was named in honor of Don and Billie Gibson, former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway and founders of the Show-Me 100 in 1993. It saw McCreadie drive from a 10th starting position to the victory, moving into second place by lap 17.

Darrell Lanigan got the jump on pole-sitter Payton Looney and zoomed to the lead at the drop of the green. He set the pace until Owens got past him on lap 14 and quickly opened up a half-straightaway’s advantage.

McCreadie, using lapped traffic to his advantage, quickly closed in. He caught and passed Owens going down the backstretch on lap 30 and started to pull away when the race’s first caution flew on lap 32 for Mason Zeigler’s spin in turn four.

Lanigan spun a lap after the restart for the second caution, leaving McCreadie, Owens, O’Neal, Looney and Scott Bloomquist as the top five with seven laps remaining.

McCreadie put it away down the stretch to win by about 10 car lengths over Owens. O’Neal finished third followed by Bloomquist, Josh Richards and Looney, a local fan favorite from Republic, Mo.

Looney accumulated enough points to earn an outside, third-row starting position for Saturday’s feature. He will be right in the middle of a bunch of the sport’s heavyweights – with McCreadie leading the charge at the start.

“We’re just thankful that the crowd came out. This is the mecca of racing right here,” McCreadie said.

“I want to thank the Labonte family for putting faith in me to drive their cars. A Longhorn Chassis won here last night with Earl [Pearson] and we brought home the win tonight,” McCreadie added.

McCreadie said he was a bit concerned with Owens behind him after the final caution.

“Jimmy Owens is a professional and he wins here more than we probably ever will,” McCreadie said. “You’re always worried. I just figured I’d stick to where I was at and, if he beat me, I’d shake his hand and tell him he did a great job.”

Owens, third in Thursday’s feature, not only is defending Show-Me 100 champ but has won the race four times in the six years it’s been held at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Newport, Tenn., veteran feels good about his chances on Saturday.

“We’ve got a good hot rod,” Owens said. “We have a good feel for this place and the car is working good. We can work up high or down low.

“We’re going to be sitting pretty good in the points tomorrow night. You’re a sitting duck when you’re out here leading because this track is so racy. You don’t know if you need to be up high or down low. You need to be about fifth or sixth tomorrow, starting.”

Looney was Miller Welders Fast Qualifier with a lap of 15.558 seconds. Looney then went on to earn the pole in the feature by holding off Pearson, Thursday’s “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” winner, in the first heat race.

“One of the biggest things here is timing in. I’m just glad we were able to do that,” Looney said.

Other heat-race winners were Dennis Erb, O’Neal, Lanigan, Owens and Mike Marlar.

Feature lineup (top 18 in points through two nights. Remainder of field will be set through B Mains on Saturday)
Row 1 – Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens
Row 2 – Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist
Row 3 – Mike Marlar, Payton Looney
Row 4 – Darrell Lanigan, Mason Zeigler
Row 5 – Don O’Neal, Chris Simpson
Row 6 – Steve Francis, Rodney Sanders
Row 7 – Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce
Row 8 – Dennis Erb Jr. Greg Saterlee
Row 9 – Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer Jr.

Dotson earns USRA Modified feature win: Matt Dotson, after finishing second a night earlier, found his way into Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory lane.

Dotson, of Sturgeon, Mo., passed Timmy Culp on lap eight of the 20-lap feature and didn’t look back. The two started on the front row.

Jason Pursley of Hermitage finished third with Scott Drake in fourth and Eric Turner fifth.

Through points accumulated the first two nights, Dotson and Turner will start on the front row of Saturday’s USRA Modified feature. Jeff Cutshaw and Purlsey will start on row two.

The rest of the top 16 are Culp, Chad Wheeler, Chase Domer, Johnny Fennewald, Dean Wille, Terry Schultz, Jackie Dalton, Mickey Lassiter, Mike Striegel, Jared Russell, Lance Town and JC Morton.

Finale on Saturday: Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday for the final night of Show-Me 100 weekend, with hot laps at 7 and racing set for 7:35 p.m. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will compete for a $1,200-to-win feature.

Ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Pit Pass $40
Family Pass $60

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

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

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

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

McCreadie Wins Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 30 from race-leader Jimmy Owens and then went on to win the 40-lap, Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series.

McCreadie’s second full-year of running the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour has been off to a fruitful start. He claimed his third win of the season in the Sweeteners Plus, Penske Racing Shocks, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis No. 39; it was also McCreadie’s first ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens; who has eight career wins at the track; finished in second in his Ramirez Motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Durham Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis. Don O’Neal’s Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Clements Racing Engines, Club 29 entry finished third, with Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards completing the top-five.

Darrell Lanigan led the first 14 laps of the race until Owens charged to the lead. Owens then ran the top line as McCreadie came from the outside of row number five using the bottom groove and closed the gap on the leader. McCreadie then chased down Owens and passed him on lap 30 to take the top spot. McCreadie withstood two cautions late in the race to take his car to victory lane by several car lengths at the end.

“I want to thank the Labonte family for putting faith in me to drive their cars. A Longhorn Chassis won here last night with Earl [Pearson] and we brought home the win tonight. From where we started and as good as the track was, I thought it would be tougher than it was. The car rolled through the corners at the beginning of the race and I was passing cars low and high, it handled like a dream.”

“We showed a lot of speed tonight like last night. But when I got up there with Jimmy [Owens] I knew it would be tough to get by him. He runs so well here, if you can pass Owens here, then you have really done something special. This is my first win here and I will probably never get close to what he has done at this race track. To beat guys like Jimmy and [Don] O’Neal you must be near perfect to get it done. I just hope tomorrow night that we can run all 100 laps consistently, but you never know,” said the 43-year-old driver.

Owens was all smiles afterwards even though he suffered a rare defeat at Lucas Oil Speedway. “We have had so much success here that it’s hard to get down about getting beat tonight. He [McCreadie] was good, no doubt about it. For a guy to come from where he started, that says a lot about this race track tonight. It was a good hard race and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We just have the right set-up for this track and could run anywhere on it tonight.”

“I had some miscommunication with my crew, I was running high and I should have gone down low where McCreadie was running. Anyway, I thought I could get back around him, but he was strong tonight and he deserved the win. We had a good points night again and should get a good starting spot here tomorrow night for the big show.”

O’Neal charged late in the race to capture a third place finish. O’Neal started fifth and battled with Owens for the second spot towards the end of the race. “We had a good car tonight. The crew worked hard after last night, it was a good comeback as well. Tonight’s B-Mains were awesome and I figured the feature would be the same way and it definitely did not disappoint.”

Completing the top ten were Payton Looney, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Marlar, and Chris Simpson.

NEMA Readies for Cantor Memorial at Riverhead Raceway

May 28th, 2017

When the Northeastern Midget Association rolls in to the Riverhead Raceway on June 3rd for the 2nd annual Allan Cantor Memorial, excitement and nostalgia will fill the air. NEMA will run for its biggest purse in nearly 20 years, boasting $2,000 to the winner of the NEMA feature and $1,000 to the winner of the Lites race, and $300 to start each feature. The race is sponsored by IGA/The Reichert Group and the Cantor Family.

From 2001 until 2013 Allan Cantor fielded a NEMA Midget based out of his lifelong hometown of Glen Cove with his son Adam driving for the majority of the seasons. Allan was well known in the Long Island racing circle well before he went midget racing in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. He along with Tony Contarino designed and built the ultra successful Alto Chassis for the Mini Modified race cars. Allan along with his brother Barry also worked with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin on his NASCAR Modifieds and together operated Cantor’s Garage in Glen Cove. A multi time winning team in the NEMA ranks, midget racing was Cantor’s passion before passing away in 2015.

Named an “International Retailer of the Year”, Charlie Reichert and the Reichert Group IGA stores were a long time sponsor of Allan Cantor Racing.

“We are very excited to be returning to Riverhead Raceway for the Cantor Memorial,” said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand. “An unbelievable purse, and favors provided by the Cantor family, should make for an awesome night. Our racers have been talking about returning to Riverhead since we left last season,” he said.

“I’d also like to especially thank Adam (Cantor), his mom, Kim, and Charlie Reichert for their hard work in putting this show together, and of course, the Partridge family, for having NEMA back,” said Bertrand.

Last year saw incredibly tight racing on the quarter mile, with Joey Payne taking down the Lites win and Randy Cabral taking down the NEMA win.

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM, Timothy Bertrand wrote:

Scally, Zych Rocket to Wiscasset, Ames True Value NEMA Wins

Picture perfect skies welcomed the Northeastern Midget Association to Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine this past weekend. An unbelievable, packed house was on hand as well, with eager fans filling every spot in the parking lot to greet the fastest winged midgets in the world.

When the double checkered flags flew at the end of the evening, the most talked about story in the pits was Paul Scally’s first NEMA win, breaking a long overdue streak for the family owned team, taking down the win in the Lites class. In the NEMA feature, John Zych proved he was the class of the field all day, coming from mid pack for a dominant victory.

In the Lites division, Scally jumped out into an early lead. Fast right from the start of the day, he paced the field, setting some of the quickest laps of the feature event. Behind Scally, youngsters Ryan Locke and Ben Mikitarian were putting on a show for the second spot, and further back, Danny Cugini was slicing his way through the pack from deep in the field.

In the closing laps, Cugini would slip past Mikitarian for third, and Locke began to close the gap on Scally in the front of the pack. Scally held his line and hit his marks, and Locke was unable to muster up enough to challenge. Scally would go on to take down the victory, a Cinderella story of sorts for the family owned team, who has been in NEMA since 1993. Mikitarian was third, followed by PJ Stergios and Kevin Ianarelli rounding out the top five.

“The win is long over due we have had so many heart breakers that we started believing we would never get there. We had two really good cars all night. After the big car broke while running very strong. It kind of made me feel like it’s now or never. I guess I just accepted the challenge. I stayed calm and didn’t try to overdrive it and it paid off,” said Scally.

A family operation through and through, Scally can often be seen with his two trusted counterparts, his Dad and girlfriend, Rachel.

“My Dad is the guy who started all of the racing back in 1989, he liked the mini sprints and got me into racing. Rachel is the oil the keeps the teams engine running she never quits and she has a passion for the competitiveness that sometimes more than mine,” he said.

In the NEMA feature, Jim Santa Maria and Paul Scally brought the field to the green flag. Santa Maria jumped out into the lead like he was shot out of a cannon. By lap five, Santa Maria and Scally had nearly a straightaway on the field, and John Zych had broken free from his sixth spot, into third.

Over the next laps, Scally began closing on Santa Maria, and as the cross flags appeared, Zych was within six carlengths of the leaders, and Scally had closed on Santa Maria.

Heartbreak occurred for Scally on lap thirteen as he came to a stop on the back stretch. A broken ignition wire was the culprit.

On the restart, Santa Maria and Zych streaked down the front straightaway, with Zych taking the lead. He would set sail and never be seriously challenged.

Todd Bertrand came through the field to finish third, followed by Alan Chambers, Seth Carlson, Jim Chambers, Randy Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Paul Scally and Bethany Stoehr.

“The win was a great bounce back after week 1. That was just a tough situation. We were lucky we were quick right from the first practice. Didn’t really change a thing all day. The front row got out to a good start there, but I was patient and kept them in sight. The caution helped us,” Zych said. “We love Wiscasset!”.

NEMA’s next event is at Riverhead Raceway on June 3.

On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM, Tim Bertrand wrote:

Avery Stoehr, Dan Cugini Take NEMA Wins on 50 Legs/PASS Night at Star Speedway

As most other Northeastern race tracks were canceling their events for last Saturday evening, Bob Webber’s Star Speedway happened to be right in a pocket of dry weather, and the show went off without a hitch. NEMA and the NEMA Lites were part of a blockbuster racing card that included the Pro All Star Series (PASS) and Star’s weekly divisions, including the 350 Supers. Avery Stoehr visited victory lane for the second year in a row on opening day for NEMA, this time with a new team in Bertrand Motorsports. In the Lites, a heart breaking loss for Kevin Iannarelli occurred after a mistake was made on rear wheel offsets, resulting in a DQ and handing the win to Danny Cugini.

In the NEMA feature, after a track cleaning session due to oil on the racing surface from a previous division, the NEMA feature was ready to take the green. Avery Stoehr and Alan Chambers brought the field down to the green flag. After two called back start attempts by starter Bob Blanchette, Avery Stoehr jumped out into the lead.

The feature would go wire to wire, with Stoehr leading every lap. Brothers’ Jim and Alan Chambers put on an incredible battle for the second spot, with Jim coming out on top. Chambers did start to cut into Stoehr’s lead over the final laps, but ran out of time, with Stoehr winning by a straightaway. Seth Carlson, Todd Bertrand, Randy Cabral, Kyle Hamilton, John Zych, Paul Scally and Ryan Bigelow rounded out the top ten. Jim Chambers was the hard charger in the event.

“It was a big weight off my shoulders after the long off season moving to a new team to be able to go out and win the first race even though going over I knew the equipment and everything was top notch but whenever you come into a totally different car it will make you wonder a little bit,” said Stoehr. “It was awesome to win for Bertrand Motorsports after every year of racing against them and being welcomed in and everyone helping out was awesome,” he said.

In the NEMA Lites division, Kevin Iannarelli battled his way to the front in the early stages of the event. Iannarelli, who ran a blistering lap time of 12.6 earlier in the day in his heat race event, stretched out his lead in the early stages of the race.

Further back, Danny Cugini was slicing his way through the pack, and put on a battle with Jim Cataldo for second spot before breaking free from the pack. Behind them, Jim Chambers came from deep in the field and would pass Cataldo in the late stages of the race, and behind them, Kyle Hamilton and Ben Mikitarian were battling for position in the top five.

As the laps wound down, Cugini cut into Iannarelli’s lead by a carlength or two each lap, and with one to go was within two carlengths. He would make a move to the bottom, but wind up a half car length short at the line.

It appeared to be Cugini’s second straight second place finish, until it was found in post race tech inspection that Iannarelli had accidentally violated the club’s maximum offset rule. Cugini was awarded the victory, and was followed by Chambers, Cataldo, Hamilton, Mikitarian, Jeff Locke, Randy Cabral, Paul Scally, Dennis O’Brien and Ryan Locke.

“My Dad and I did a lot of setup work and spent some time in the shop to get the car done right, rolled it out of the trailer and it was pretty quick. We made a couple of small changes and the car was fast. When the feature started we hit a couple gaps and made our way to the front chasing down the 27 pretty much the whole race. Lap traffic played a good part in letting us reel him in. Crossed the finish line under him in 2nd. Not the way we would have liked to win, but we will take it,” said Cugini.

NEMA moves on to Wiscassett Speedway this Saturday evening on Ames True Value Night.

Virginia Motor Speedway to host the 41st Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports Saturday June 3rd

May 28th, 2017

Jamaica, VA – After a very successful King of the Commonwealth in April the excitement level for the Saturday June 3rd Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned 41st Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsportsis running high. The $20,000 to win even will see some of the region’s top dirt late model talent in action and if that wasn’t enough there is also a $3000 to win FASTRAK Racing Series Pro Late Model event as the companion race, making this a must see event for late model fans.

“We can’t wait for the USA 100 after seeing all the phenomenal racing during the King of the Commonwealth, three and four wide in every corner had the crowd on their feet, and with $20,000 on the line again we know that the racing is going to be just as good or better,” commented track owner Bill Sawyer.

“Sawyer added, “if you miss this event you may miss what may well be considered the best race of 2017.”

Joining the Ultimate Super Late Model Series once again will be a $3000 to win FASTRAK National Tour event for Pro (Crate) Late Models.

This year’s format for the USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports will be practice, qualifying, 10 lap heats, 10 lap B-Main(s) and the 60 lap $20,000 to win feature. Format for the $3000 to win FASTRAK National Tour Event will include practice, qualifying, heats, B-Main(s) and 40 lap feature.

Competitor gates for Saturday June 3rd will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6:00 pm with hot laps.

Adult tickets are just $30; seniors (60+) $25; military $20; students 11 – 17 years old $15; and children 10 and under free. Pit passes will be $40. All tickets will be sold day of event.

16” coolers are welcomed but no glass is allowed. There is plenty of free lit parking and camping (no hookups) is allowed at no charge on a first come first served basis.

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

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

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Pearson holds off Bloomquist to win opening-night feature as Show-Me 100 weekend begins

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Earl Pearson Jr. fired the first winning shot Thursday night as the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com kicked off its three-night run at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Pearson, of Jacksonville, Fla., led the final 24 laps to capture the opening-night “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing,” outlasting Scott Bloomquist to take the $6,000 win.

“I enjoy coming here and racing. It’s a beautiful place,” said Pearson, a former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion who last won at Lucas Oil Speedway in a mid-summer event in 2009. “All in all, for our guys and all the sponsors at Lucas Oil Speedway, I’m proud to be in victory lane.”

Four-time Show-Me 100 champ Jimmy Owens finished third, Tim McCreadie was fourth and Mike Marlar came home fifth. A total of 67 Late Models checked into the pits for the event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA.

Billings’ Jesse Stovall started on the front row alongside Bloomquist and got the jump after the green flag. Stovall led the first 14 laps until Pearson passed him in lapped traffic on lap 15 with Pearson leading until Stovall went back in front on lap 21.

Pearson grabbed the lead for good on the next lap after Stovall made contact with a slower car, damaging the right side of his car. Stovall began a steady fade over the next few laps and, after a late-race incident brought out the race’s only caution on lap 39, he wound up 20th.

“Stovall had the right line there early and in lapped traffic, he had to move around,” Pearson said. “That definitely helped us in that situation.”

The lone caution set up a six-lap shootout in the 45-lapper – a tribute to the No. 45 driven by Chancellor during his racing career. While pondering the re-start, Pearson was less than thrilled by the scenario that saw his lead over Bloomquist wiped out.

“I didn’t need to see that caution. I knew Scott would be awfully tough,” Pearson said. “I’m just glad the checkered flag came out because I could hear him back there.”

Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., said if the final lap had been for $30,000 instead of $6,000, “there might have been a few scratches on the side of the car.”

“But the car was good,” said Bloomquist, the only five-time Show-Me 100 winner, after gaining valuable points toward a starting spot in the big show on Saturday.

Top finishers got a jump-start on collecting points, awarded on the first two nights, toward the first 16 starting positions in Saturday night’s 100-lap Show-Me 100.

“We have two more days here,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can get back into victory lane.”

For Owens, of Newport, Tenn., it was a good start at a place where he’s won seven times in the last six years.

“We’ve just got a good little set-up here that seems to work good with about any car we run here,” Owens said. “This track just suits us real good.”

Heat race winners were Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Payton Looney, Stovall, Pearson and Owens. Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania set fast time with a lap of 15.986.

Duvall wires USRA Modified field: Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla., led all 20 laps to capture the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Matt Dotson of Sturgeon, Mo., was second and Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw, the three-time reigning Lucas Oil Speedway track champ, finished third.

“The local cars here that race every week are pretty good,” said Duvall, who’s spending much of his season on the United States Modified Touring Series. “I got around Cutshaw pretty quick there and I didn’t know what to do.

“I lost a USMTS race a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t gonna let that happen again.”

Ryan Middaugh came home fourth with Chad Wheeler in fifth.

Coming up: Action resumes on Friday night with another full program for the Late Models, featuring the $6,000-to-win “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100.

Drivers will collect points from Thursday and Friday races to set the first 18 starting position for Saturday’s 100-lap Show-Me 100.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson, Whitney, Keller, Murray and Mercer all Winners at US 36 Raceway Miller Lite Modified Madness!!!!

May 28th, 2017

In remembrance of all those we lost serving our country, US 36 would have a heartwarming Memorial Day opening ceremony to start our great night of racing action. They will always be in our hearts.

Chris Mercer #13 E-Modified Feature Winner!

Kicking off our Miller Lite Modified Madness feature events we would see the always fast and entertaining E-Modifieds roar into action. Heat race winner Chris Mercer #13 would use a front row starting position to his advantage and charge to the front. Mercer would not look back leading every lap and claiming the checkers on this night of racing action. Matthew Lance #12X was the big mover of the race chasing Mercer down but be forced to settle for second with week one winner Randy Smith Jr #75X third. Cade Richards #1R would impress being among the leaders all race placing a solid fourth with Jason Marrant #33 rounding out the night’s top five. Other heat race winners were Kit Bailey #77 and Bond, James Bond #007.

“Mudcat” Cletus Murray #21M Pure Stock Feature Winner!

Pure Stock would follow the E-Modifieds and see a familiar face in the winner’s circle collecting the big paycheck and trophy. Justin Adkins #15 would set the pace early and appear to be the car to beat until heat race winner Cletus Murray #21M would thread the needle and take over the top spot. Murray would see the checkers first and pick up his second win in as many trips to US 36 Raceway holding Adkins to place second. Caleb Pugh #8s continues to impress with a solid third as Darren McCray #84 would come home fourth with other heat race winner Carson Masoner #20X fifth. Other heat race winner was Cody King #29 who was challenging for the lead when mechanical issues took him from win contention.

“Little Dougie” Doug Keller #7 USRA Modified Feature Winner!

USRA B-Modified would see a loaded field of competitors forcing a b feature to be run. With 20 cars in the feature Heat race winner Andy Bryant #28 would set the early pace until contact would send him to the rear of the field turning the lead over to Jim Moody #00. Moody would continue to lead until the closing laps when other heat race winner Doug Keller #7 would make his move under Moody and claim the win. Keller was challenged on the last lap by Moody but to no avail as the #7 would clench the big trophy and paycheck. Moody would finish second with the always present and fast Shadren Turner #17T would end the night third. Bud Wilson #20X would charge through the field to place fourth with Josh Munsen #19X finishing the race in fifth position. Other heat race winners were Dakota Foster #5 and Steve Clancy #12C.

“Da Bad” Brad Whitney X9 USRA Stock Car Feature Winner!

USRA Stock Cars would see Brad Whitney #X9 celebrate his 50th birthday in style as he would lead every lap of the feature and claim the win. Whitney would win both heat race and feature on this night of competition with a very fast Eddie Ingram #54 placing second right on his back bumper. Third place would belong to Alvie Christofferson #22X with Sam Scott #93 fourth. Another heat race winner Anthony Robertson #82M would be among the leaders and place fifth. Other heat race winner was Eddie Ingram.

Matt Johnson #1X USRA Modified Feature Winner!

USRA Modifieds would see the who’s, who of the dirt track racing world with the very best drivers taking the track. Heat race winner Matt Johnson #1X would take the early lead and not look back claiming the money and trophy on this big night of racing. Johnson would be challenged ear and often by second place finisher Zach Sanders #69 and other heat race winner Mark Dotson #85D who would finish third. Jim Moody would race his way to a solid fourth place showing with Shayne Bailey #7 a very close fifth. Other heat race winner was Chad Clancy #21C.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track would like to thank St Joe Beverage for making this race possible and all the fans and drivers for the great show. Se everyone next Friday Night for Westfall GMC Night at the Races!

Mother Nature strikes again – races cancelled at Davenport Speedway

May 28th, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The IMCA Mod Madness 50, scheduled for tonight at the Davenport Speedway, has been rained out. The event has been rescheduled for Friday, July 14th.

Next Friday, June 2nd, weekly point racing returns to the Davenport Speedway. All four classes will be in action: the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models, the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds, the Koehler Electric Street Stocks, and the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMods.

The first Friday in June also brings the Midwest Jalopies to the racetrack. The vintage racing coupes will once again compete on the quarter-mile oval.

In addition, that evening is the first Kid’s Night of 2017. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Bike races will be held during intermission.

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

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

Pearson Powers to Cowboy Classic Victory

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – Earl Pearson Jr. gained the lead on lap 15 from Jesse Stovall and then held off Scott Bloomquist in the final laps to win the Cowboy Classic – presented by Hot Rod Processing on Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA).

Pearson kicked off the 25th Annual Show-Me 100 weekend with his second LOLMDS win of the season over Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar.

It was a very competitive race from start to finish as Pearson withstood a lap 39 restart challenge from Bloomquist, who had pulled even with Pearson several times in the final six laps but could never clear him.

“That was a heck of a race,” said Pearson in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “Stovall was good early on the top. We were trying to find a spot on the track to be consistent at. The car kept moving around. The traffic was tough, but everybody gave each other plenty of room to pass. I didn’t want to see that last caution. I saw on the scoreboard that Scott [Bloomquist] was behind us. I knew he wouldn’t try a slide job and take both of us out. He drove us clean. He got beside me there several times, but my car was better into three and four than his.”

“I knew Jimmy [Owens] was back there as well. They went out before the race and tilled the top and that made for some good racing. I don’t know if it would have held up for 100 laps, but it was good enough for 45 tonight. I want to thank my crew and all my sponsors. Thanks to Carlton and Kemp Lamm and the whole Dunn-Benson Ford Team – it’s always good to win here at Lucas Oil Speedway.”

The four-time LOLMDS National Champion’s Longhorn Ford is powered by a Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV, Penske Racing Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels and Freeport Recycling.

Bloomquist who started on the pole, finished second in his Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, and Mark Martin Automotive-sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. “I knew I was a sitting duck when they went out and worked the top of the track. I waited a few laps too late to get going. I lost two positions there at the start. I could finally go to the middle and top and gained back those spots that I lost. It was a good race there among the four of us. A lot of front tires I think we’re giving up there late in the race. We will be ready for Saturday Night!”

Owens was in the hunt coming on to finish in third place. “This Ramirez Motorsports car was really good tonight. It took us a while to get going. We caught those guys up front after [Tim] McCreadie and I had a good race going on there. We just have the right set-up for this track that is why we have been so successful here in the past. We will come back tomorrow night and get better and then get ready for 100 laps on Saturday Night.”

Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Mason Zeigler, and Billy Moyer Jr.

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Memorial Day Weekend at Central Missouri Speedway Includes $3,000-to-Win for USRA Modifieds!

May 27th, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) This weekend at Central Missouri Speedway, USRA Modified Drivers have a shot at the $3,000-to-win main event posted purse money and bragging rights for claiming a coveted special event win at CMS. Joining in on the special-event weekend, Pure Stock drivers also have an opportunity at claiming victory in the annual $500-to-win track special.

While USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks have special-event weekends in front of them, they are not the only classes competing during the two-night race weekend. On Saturday, May 27th, round one qualifying begins for USRA Modifieds with the top 12 from the night one scramble transferring on to the inside row positions for Sunday’s big-money finale. Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and Midwest Mod Lites join the USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks during night one action. Complete info at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

On Sunday, May 28th, USRA Modifieds return for round two of qualifying for the outside row starting positions in the night’s 40-lap, $3,000-to-win main event. Joining the Modifieds will be ULMA Late Models in their second guest appearance this season, along with the POWRi Allstar Midget Series, and E-Mods. Sunday action marks the first time for E-Mod drivers to race at CMS. Driver will need to declare what their home track is during the check in process and they will then abide by those rules for the night’s events. Drivers are reminded there is no mixing and matching of various track rules.

Start times throughout the weekend are as follows: For Saturday evening at CMS, Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $15, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $35 per person. Pit passes are not included in driver’s entry forms.

If wet weather rears its ugly head and the Saturday program is washed out, the contingency plan is to run the planned Saturday program on Sunday night the 28th. The weekend will be trimmed back to a one-night program. There will be NO racing on Monday if Saturday is rained out. The Car Classes for Sunday if Saturday rains out will be Pure Stocks for $500 to win, USRA B-Mods regular pay, Midwest Mod-Lites regular pay, Street Stocks for regular pay and USRA Modifieds for $3,000 to win.

We apologize to our guest classes who will not be part of the Sunday program if Saturday rains out. However, we feel it is important to respect and consider our staff members and their availability. We are hopeful Saturday goes off without a hitch and we can run as scheduled both Saturday and Sunday! Travel and Race Safe everyone! Again, we want to repeat … this contingency will only be put in place IF Saturday is rained out! Announcements regarding weekend race status will take place on the CMS Facebook and Official Internet Website. See the full contingency plan by visiting www.centralmissourispeedway.net. and clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS” tab.

Same start times, entry fees, and admissions apply as previously announced through the track’s PA system and pit mic. Visit www.centralmissourispeedwy.net for complete information by clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS!” Tab on the main page.
There are NO track registration fees for any classes the entire Memorial Day race weekend. USRA Modified and Pure Stock competitors have an entry fee due before they will take part in their respective main events. For complete details on all things Memorial Day weekend, visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net and click on the tab titled Memorial Weekend at CMS!

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day Weekend at Central Missouri Speedway Includes $3,000-to-Win for USRA Modifieds!

CMS Public Relations
May 24, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) This weekend at Central Missouri Speedway, USRA Modified Drivers have a shot at the $3,000-to-win main event posted purse money and bragging rights for claiming a coveted special event win at CMS. Joining in on the special-event weekend, Pure Stock drivers also have an opportunity at claiming victory in the annual $500-to-win track special.

While USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks have special-event weekends in front of them, they are not the only classes competing during the two-night race weekend. On Saturday, May 27th, round one qualifying begins for USRA Modifieds with the top 12 from the night one scramble transferring on to the inside row positions for Sunday’s big-money finale. Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, and Midwest Mod Lites join the USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks during night one action. Complete info at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

On Sunday, May 28th, USRA Modifieds return for round two of qualifying for the outside row starting positions in the night’s 40-lap, $3,000-to-win main event. Joining the Modifieds will be ULMA Late Models in their second guest appearance this season, along with the POWRi Allstar Midget Series, and E-Mods. Sunday action marks the first time for E-Mod drivers to race at CMS. Driver will need to declare what their home track is during the check in process and they will then abide by those rules for the night’s events. Drivers are reminded there is no mixing and matching of various track rules.

Start times throughout the weekend are as follows: For Saturday evening at CMS, Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $15, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $35 per person. Pit passes are not included in driver’s entry forms.

If wet weather rears its ugly head and the Saturday program is washed out, the contingency plan is to run the planned Saturday program on Sunday night the 28th. The weekend will be trimmed back to a one-night program. There will be NO racing on Monday if Saturday is rained out. The Car Classes for Sunday if Saturday rains out will be Pure Stocks for $500 to win, USRA B-Mods regular pay, Midwest Mod-Lites regular pay, Street Stocks for regular pay and USRA Modifieds for $3,000 to win.

We apologize to our guest classes who will not be part of the Sunday program if Saturday rains out. However, we feel it is important to respect and consider our staff members and their availability. We are hopeful Saturday goes off without a hitch and we can run as scheduled both Saturday and Sunday! Travel and Race Safe everyone! Again, we want to repeat … this contingency will only be put in place IF Saturday is rained out! Announcements regarding weekend race status will take place on the CMS Facebook and Official Internet Website. See the full contingency plan by visiting www.centralmissourispeedway.net. and clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS” tab.

Same start times, entry fees, and admissions apply as previously announced through the track’s PA system and pit mic. Visit www.centralmissourispeedwy.net for complete information by clicking on the “Memorial Weekend at CMS!” Tab on the main page.
There are NO track registration fees for any classes the entire Memorial Day race weekend. USRA Modified and Pure Stock competitors have an entry fee due before they will take part in their respective main events. For complete details on all things Memorial Day weekend, visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net and click on the tab titled Memorial Weekend at CMS!

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

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

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

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

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

Sweeney Rush Late Model Touring Series Heads to Eriez Sunday for 1st of 2 $2000 to Win Marquee Events

May 27th, 2017

(Erie, PA)…After a successful pair of events to open the season last weekend at Stateline and Merrittville Speedways, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance will make a stop on Sunday (May 28) at Eriez Speedway. The 3/8-mile facility owned by Bob and Kathy Rohrer
will host the first of two $2,000 to-win Marquee Tour events at their Erie, Pa. track. Warm-ups are slated for 6 p.m.

The 2017 season marks the third consecutive year under the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series banner for Eriez. Eriez has only been able to complete one event during the wet spring with Jason Genco victorious over a 19-car field on May 14. The Sweeney Tour has made a pair of visits each of the past two seasons with the Blairs winning
all four as Max has three wins and his father, Rob, one in a substitution role at the event last May. The average car count for the four events has been just over 33 cars per night.

“We have to thank the Rohrer Family for their continued support of RUSH,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Not only do their sanction their Crate Late Models weekly with us, but again have stepped up to offer two $2,000 to-win Marquee Tour events, and this year are bringing in our RUSH Sportsman Modifieds for the first time ever in August. Last year they averaged over 20 cars per weekly event and that’s expected to continue this year. The Rohrers have done tremendous job with the facility and racing surface, and continually receive rave reviews. We always enjoy our Touring Series events at Eriez as their tough weekly field always poses a challenge to our Touring stars and other invaders.”

Jeremy Wonderling laid down the gauntlet last Saturday night winning a thrilling first ever Sweeney Tour event at Stateline over the 31-car field. The exiting 30-lap feature went right down to the wire with Wonderling making a bold move in lapped traffic on the final lap to withstand the challenges by Max Blair for the $2,000 victory. Last August at McKean County Raceway, Wonderling won his first career Sweeney Tour event and is primed to make a run at the championship in 2017 for the first time.

Then on Monday, Charlie Sandercock made history by becoming the first Canadian to win a Sweeney Tour event and did it on Canadian soil at Merrittville Speedway. Sandercock’s victory was also worth $2,000 in the Platinum event. After losing the 2016 Touring Series Championship to John Waters on the final night at Lernerville, Bryce Davis is off to a strong start with a fourth and a second place finishes last weekend to tie 2013 champion, Mike Pegher, Jr., for the early point lead. Pegher is coming off a pair of third place finishes. Waters meanwhile hasn’t gotten off to the start he had hoped for crashing out of the feature at Stateline and then fading from the pole position to a sixth place finish on Monday at Merrittville.

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat” will be utilized meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25. The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place. The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats. Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.

RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!

ARbodies will award a nose kit to the first non-qualifier part of the “Nosed Out” contingency program. Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish each night.

Feature payoff:1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.
Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.
Cumulative Touring Series points (only Touring members receive points): 1. Bryce Davis & Mike Pegher, Jr. 192 3. Jason Knowles 181 4. J.J. Mazur 173 5. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. & John Waters 162 7. Chad Wright 156 8. Brian Knowles 155 9. Jeremy Wonderling 100 10. Max Blair 98 11. Matt Latta 86 12. Jamie Brown 81 13. JamieWrightsman 76 14. Kyle Murray, Tony White & DJ Krug 70.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The yellow Westhold transponders will be used. RACEceivers are always mandatory on the default 454.000 channel. There will be a $100 entry fee. Pit passes are $30. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Drivers meeting is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:00 followed by qualifying and racing and racing at 6:30.

Eriez Speedway is a 3/8-mile track located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509. For more information, check out www.eriez-speedway.com. Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway1 and like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Maxima Racing Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Landrum Performance Spring, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

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Six rip-roaring races in eight days on tap for Iron Man Challenge fanatics

May 27th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A colossal stretch of electrifying events await the drivers and fans of the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods with six nights of racing over the course of eight days beginning this Saturday, May 27.

Action kicks off Saturday, May 27 at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and then moves to the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, on Sunday, May 28, to complete the Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader with the USMTS Modifieds.

After a three-day rest, four straight nights of wheel-to-wheel racing begins Thursday, June 1, at the Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa, followed by a stop at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, June 2.

The whirlwind week of wheel-to-wheel racing continues Saturday, June 3, at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., before closing the curtain on Sunday, June 4, at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

DEER CREEK SPEEDWAY – SPRING VALLEY, MINN.
SATURDAY, MAY 27

The 15th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge takes place this Saturday, May 27, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

The pit gate opens at 2:00 and grandstands open at 2:30. Slingshots race at 3:00 on Button Buck Speedway. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6:00.

The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and WISSOTA Midwest Mods. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

UPPER IOWA SPEEDWAY – DECORAH, IOWA
SUNDAY, MAY 28

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods join the USMTS Modifieds and USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

The pit gate opens at 3:00, grandstands open at 4:00, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6:00. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

SIOUX SPEEDWAY – SIOUX CENTER, IOWA
THURSDAY, JUNE 1

Mouw Motor Company presents the Iron Man Challenge on Thursday, June 1, at the Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa, featuring the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks and Late Model Street Stocks.

The pits will open at 5:00, grandstands open at 6:00 and racing begins at 7:30. Tickets are just $12 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 60 and older, $5 for kids ages 9-12 and children ages 8 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $25.

The track has a wide racing surface with speeds reaching over 100 mph. The infield is lighted and has adequate room for pitting without unloading as well as room to pit outside the facility if necessary.

The Sioux Speedway is located 1.0 mile east of Hwy. 75 on 7th St. NE in Sioux Center, Iowa (at the Sioux County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (712) 722-2512 or check them out online at www.siouxspeedway.net.

RAPID SPEEDWAY – ROCK RAPIDS, IOWA
FRIDAY, JUNE 2

On Friday, June 2, the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, will host the first of two Iron Man Challenge events at the popular semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval at the Lyons County Fairgrounds, with USRA Hobby Stocks and Sportsmans completing the four-division card.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 7-14 and free for kids 6 and under. A pit pass will be $25 for everybody and you must be at least 12 years of age to enter the pits. The pit gate will open at 5:00 and the grandstands at 5:30. We’ll start hot laps at 7:00 with racing to follow.

The Rapid Speedway is located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. For more information, call (712) 472-2067, visit them on the World Wide Web at www.rockrapidsspeedway.com.

NOBLES COUNTY SPEEDWAY – WORTHINGTON, MINN.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3

After a five-year hiatus, the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., returned to weekly Saturday night racing under the USRA banner. On Saturday, June 3, the track will host the Iron Man Challenge for the first of two occasions in 2017.

Saturday’s show will include Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Sportsmans. Gates open at 5:30 and hot laps start at 7:00 with racing to follow. General admission is $11, kids ages 9-15 are $6 and children ages 8 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30 for crewmembers of Stock Car or B-Mod teams and $30 for drivers in all classes. Pit passes are $25 for all others.

The Nobles County Speedway is located at 1600 Stower Dr. in Worthington, Minn. To get there, drive 0.4 mile south of I-90 (Exit 43) on SR 59, then 0.4 miles west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village). For more information, call (507) 227-4540 or (507) 220-3511 or visit www.noblescountyspeedway.com online.

MASON CITY MOTOR SPEEDWAY – MASON CITY, IOWA
SUNDAY, JUNE 4

On Sunday, June 4, the historic Mason City Motor Speedway will host special appearance by the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring Budweiser USRA Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners.

The pit gate will open at 4:00, grandstands open at 5:00 and hot laps begin at 6:00 with racing to follow. Tickets are $12 for general admission. Juniors ages 13-16, seniors 65 and older, members of the military and first responders with proper i.d. get in for $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $25.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a half-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com online.

IRON MAN CHALLENGE POINTS STANDINGS

Holley USRA Stock Cars:
1. 2j Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa … 186
1. 11 Jesse Brown, Nashua, Iowa … 186
3. 19 Jay Barnes, Kearney, Mo. … 159
4. 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa … 154
5. 417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo. … 100 (1 win)
5. 2n Donovan Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa … 100 (1 win)
7. T2 Tom Fogarty, Olathe, Kan. … 87
7. 77 Dean Wray, Jamesport, Mo. … 87
9. 31z Nick Zinn, Kansas City, Kan. … 84
10. 20x John Boller Jr., St. Joseph, Mo. … 81

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods:
1. 20t Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo. … 394 (1 win)
2. 17j Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan. … 360
3. 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. … 350 (1 win)
4. 7+ Jared Timmerman, Norwalk, Iowa … 335
5. 02 Cole Denner, New Hampton, Iowa … 333
6. 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo. … 280
7. 14m Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia, Iowa … 269
8. 18 J.C. Morton, Springdale, Ark. … 254 (2 wins)
9. 18 Curt Drake, Moran, Kan. … 240
10. 15w Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn. … 227
Other winner:
65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo. (1 win)

Sanctioned by the United States Racing Association headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, all Iron Man Challenge events also award regional and national points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series. Some tracks may also award track points.

All Iron Man Challenge main events pay a minimum of $600 to win and $60 to start for Holley USRA Stock Cars, and a minimum $500 to win and $50 to start for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. In addition, drivers may pad their winning each night by as much as $200 by becoming an Iron Man Member.

An Iron Man Membership for drivers in either class is $200 for the 2017 season, and members pay a $30 entry fee at each event but bonus payouts and points funds are available to members only. Non-members pay no entry fee but are not eligible for bonus payouts or points funds. Members earn bonus payouts at each event based on their finish versus other members.

The best 16 points nights for each driver will be used to calculate points standings, and each member must compete in at least 14 events to be eligible for points funds (prorated by percentage of events competed in if less than 16).

REMAINING 2017 IRON MAN CHALLENGE EVENTS

Saturday, May 27 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sunday, May 28 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Thursday, June 1 … Sioux Speedway, Sioux Center, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Friday, June 2 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, June 3 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sunday, June 4 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Tuesday, June 27 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Wednesday, June 28 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Thursday, June 29 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Friday, June 30 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, July 1 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sunday, July 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Wednesday, Aug. 23 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Thursday, Aug. 24 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Friday, Aug. 25 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, Aug. 26 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Thursday, Aug. 31 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Friday, Sept. 1 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, Sept. 2 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Sunday, Sept. 3 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, Sept. 16 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Thursday, Sept. 21 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Friday, Sept. 22 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Saturday, Sept. 23 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Thursday, Oct. 12 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Friday, Oct. 13 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)
Saturday, Oct. 14 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars & B-Mods)

For complete USRA rules, schedules, track information and more, visit the Official USRA Website at www.usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing 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. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Looney and Grady ready for Show Me 100 weekend

May 26th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- This weekend is a big one for Dirt Late Model racing. The 25th running of the Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com fires off Thursday evening, culminating with Saturday’s $30,000 to win feature at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. It is the first traditional Late Model Crown Jewel of the season.

Thursday and Friday will feature $6,000 to win events, with points accumulated throughout the weekend setting up the field for Saturday’s action. Thursday’s “Cowboy Classic” honors longtime Lucas Oil MLRA owner Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. Friday is all about the history of this great event founded by Don and Billie Gibson at West Plains Motor Speedway.

Among a host of storylines are a pair of Lucas Oil MLRA rookies who are challenging Rodney Sanders for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year crown. Payton Looney and Jeremy Grady each have their sights set on the ultra tough tour this season.

Looney, a recent graduate from Missouri State University, is in his third year driving for Jeremy Atnip and family. Recently he picked up his first Super Late Model win and is thrilled to be racing full-time this season.

“The MLRA is a really good place for us,” commented Looney. “Their professionalism of the staff is important and they have enough help to run the races. The tow money is good and they also do a good job in tech.”

Looney began racing late in the 2013 season in the ULMA weekly Late Model Division at Lucas Oil Speedway. Since then it’s been steady improvement for the second generation driver, who is charting his own path in racing.

“I really have to thank Jeremy and the Atnip family. They have provided me a tremendous opportunity to compete. Jeremy works hard to make sure we have what we need to be successful, and I appreciate that immensely.”

Looney will be behind the wheel of his Scott Bailey powered yellow and white Black Diamond this weekend.

He places the utmost importance on the Show Me 100.

“There is a ton of history with this event. It would be an accomplishment just to make the race. This is my favorite weekend of the entire season!”

Photo – Mike Ruefer

For Jeremy Grady, competition in Super Late Models has come via a different path. The Story City, Iowa racer is an electrician by day and oversees DDM Electric and its 15 employees. Grady is no stranger to the Lucas Oil MLRA and open motor competition, but it has been a few years since he was involved in it week to week.

Grady’s history in the sport dates back to 1995 when he began in the Hobby Stock division and Marshalltown and Boone Speedways in Iowa. From there he raced Stock Cars for four years, prior to his first opportunity in a Late Model.

Grady took the 2007 IMCA Deery Brothers title in 2007 and ran the WDRL for just shy of two seasons. Once the economy tanked in 2008, he was without a ride and spent four years away from the sport. During that time he started his business, always knowing in the back of his mind he wanted to race again, and do it on his own terms.

Fast forward to 2013 and he was back on the track. For the foreseeable future he sees himself on the Lucas Oil MLRA tour.

“I’m just glad to be back racing quite a bit,” Grady elaborated. “I really like the way the schedule lays out where we have some weeks off in between races. It really helps me keep my business priorities straight, as opposed to running three nights every weekend.”

Currently he has two Black Diamond cars with Clements Engines in each. This weekend he will embark on his first Show Me 100.

“We really haven’t performed where I felt like we should be. I’m going to unload a brand new Black Diamond, one of the new style cars. It’s never seen dirt. The other car we were running just was not getting the job done for us, with all this horsepower we have. I have the best equipment I’ve ever had at any point in my career, we’ve just got to pull out of this little funk.”

For complete Lucas Oil Show Me 100 event details click the corresponding links; Thursday Information, Friday Information, Saturday Information.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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2 Day USAC Southwest “Salute to Indy” Opens Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

May 26th, 2017

This Saturday and Sunday, May 27th & 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park for the annual “Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the Peoria, Arizona oval will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS: Allscapes is offering an extra $100 in bonus money to each Napa Series Sprint Car that makes the main event this Saturday and Sunday at the “Salute to Indy.” Each Napa Sprint Car will take home a minimum of $325 after the Canyon Speedway Park features.

The “Salute to Indy” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the days of the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the inaugural race and also scored victories in 1992 and 1995. In 2012, Canyon Speedway revived the event and California’s Colby Copeland earned the win. Since then, Ricky’s son R.J. has dominated the race by taking the last four events.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-two USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a 29 point advantage. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Stevie Sussex at Arizona Speedway last Saturday night. To date, the four-time champion has posted one feature win, four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led. R.J. leads all USAC SouthWest drivers with forty-five victories and will be looking to win his sixth “Salute to Indy.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award and scored ninth in the San Tan Valley feature. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has recorded one feature win, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has fifteen series wins and will have his sights on his fourth “Salute to Indy” victory.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point standings. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins charged to fifth last Saturday night after starting ninth. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has had solid finishes and posted seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add the “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Racing RSS, Sussex earned his second win of the season on May 20th. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial has also posted two heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led to his credit. With twelve SouthWest wins, Stevie has been racing on the USAC National tour and it is unknown if he will be in action at Canyon Speedway Park.

Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling scored fifteenth in the Arizona Speedway main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Landon will have his sights on his first career USAC main event victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Matt Lundy, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Michael Curtis, Jeff Lowery, Cody Sickles, Brent Yarnal, Brian Hosford, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

SALUTE TO INDY WINNERS:
1991-Ricky Johnson, 1992-Ricky Johnson, 1993-Mike Boat, 1994-Not Held, 1995-Ricky Johnson, 1996-Not Held, 1997-Charles Davis Jr., 1998-Bob Ream Jr., 1999-Charles Davis Jr., 2000-Marty Miller, 2001-Bob Ream Jr., 2002-Josh Pelkey, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Eric Wilkins, 2005-Jeremy Sherman, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Jeremy Sherman, 2008-Casey Shuman, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-R.J. Johnson, 2012-Colby Copeland, 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-553, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-524, 3. Shon Deskins-477, 4. Stevie Sussex-430, 5. Landon Cling-374, 6. Mike Martin-348, 7. Nick Aiuto-347, 8. Tye Mihocko-322, 9. Andy Reinbold-308, 10. Chris Bonneau-305, 11. Matt Lundy-300, 12. Bruce St. James-270, 13. Michael Curtis-247, 14. Jeff Lowery-246, 15. Cody Sickles-214, 16. Brent Yarnal-211, 17. Brian Hosford-191, 18. Dave Darland-169, 19. Matt Rossi-168, 20. Ryan Bernal-160.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

By the Numbers: 25 things to know about 25th annual Show-Me 100

May 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- With the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com coming to Lucas Oil Speedway for three big nights, it’s time to take a quick look at the numbers. Fittingly, 25 numbers to know:

1 – There can be only one first-time winner. That honor went to Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., in the inaugural Show-Me 100 on May 29, 1993, at West Plains Motor Speedway.

2 – Two full programs on the first two nights of Show-Me 100 weekend were run for the first time in 2016 and return this year, with the “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” the Thursday-night feature and the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on Friday. Both features will pay $6,000 to win.

3 – Three of Dirt Racing’s stars – Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist and Bobby Pierce – were staging a classic battle for the lead with 10 laps to go a year ago. Owens prevailed after Pierce, charging from the back of the pack, and Bloomquist had tire issues.

4 – Number of top-five Show-Me 100 finishes for Bob Pierce, father of modern-day Late Model star Bobby Pierce. Bob Pierce finished as high as second in 2001, but never won the Show-Me 100.

5 – Number of Show-Me 100 wins by Scott Bloomquist – more than any other driver. The Tennessee driver won the race in 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.

6 – Finishing position in the first Show-Me 100 of the legendary Larry Phillips, making a rare dirt-track start in the midst of a stretch of five NASCAR Racing Series Short-Track National Championships on the pavement.

7 – The seventh Show-Me 100 in 1999 saw the only Missourian to win the race as Springfield’s Terry Phillips took the checkers at West Plains Motor Speedway, finishing in front of Billy Moyer and Freddy Smith.

8 – Arkansas veteran Wendell Wallace has eight top-five finishes, including three Show-Me 100 wins. Wallace has yet to score a top-five in the seven races at Lucas Oil Speedway.

9 – The ninth Show-Me 100 in 2001 saw veteran Freddy Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., beat Bob Pierce to the finish. It was Smith’s second Show-Me win, going with one in 1998.

10 – Top-10 finishes for Missouri drivers have been common in recent years. Billings’ Jesse Stovall has three consecutive top-10 finishes, including third in 2016. Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr., has posted top-10 finishes the last two years.

11 – Combined number of top-two finishes for Scott Bloomquist. Along with his record five Show-Me 100 victories, Bloomquist’s six runner-up finishes (1994, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2015, 2016) are more than any driver.

12 – The only No. 12 to win the Show-Me 100 was driven by Rick Aukland of Fargo, N.D. That was in 1997 when Aukland, driving a Rayburn chassis, beat Scott Bloomquist and Wendell Wallace.

13 – It’s been said that race-car drivers are superstitious about the No. 13. Indeed, according to available records, no driver has ever started a Show-Me 100 with that number adorning his car. Conversely, at least one No. 1 car has started every Show-Me but two and 30 No. 1s have started the race through 24 years.

14 – Only 14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes through the first 24 editions of the event.

15 – As in 15.053 seconds to claim fast-qualifier honors for Bill Frye, among 102 cars, in the inaugural Show-Me 100 in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway. Frye went on to finish fifth in the feature.

16 – Drivers representing 16 states were among the 30 starters in the 2016 Show-Me 100, won by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. Jason Papich, listed from Nipomo, Calif., made the longest haul and finished 27th.

17 – Scott Bloomquist has a whopping 17 top-five finishes in the Show-Me 100, seven more than the nearest competitor, Billy Moyer.

18 – Eighteen years ago, a race-record 128 Late Models checked into the pits for the 1999 event at West Plains Motor Speedway. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., set fast qualifying time and Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., picked up the victory.

19 – At the age of 19, Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., drove from the back of the pack using the high groove and into contention for the win in 2016. A late flat tire relegated him to a sixth-place finish.

20 – Car number of Jimmy Owens, the most dominate Late Model driver at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens has won the Show-Me 100 four times over the last six runnings and also has three wins in the mid-July Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Diamond Nationals at the speedway.

21 – Car number of the legendary Arkansas driver Billy Moyer, who has Show-Me 100 victories in 1993, 1994 (first two events) and 1996.

22 – The 22nd edition in 2014 saw veteran Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., finally break through to win his first Show-Me 100 after two decades of trying and end Jimmy Owens’ three-year stranglehold on the event.

23 – At least 23 autographed door panels of top Late Model stars will be up for silent auction on the hillside leading to the main grandstand on Saturday. Organized by long-time Ozarks racing photographer Ron Mitchell, proceeds benefit the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society.

24 – The top 24 non-qualifiers for the main event will get one more shot through the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge, just before the feature. The winner can either keep the $2,500 check, or give it back for a chance to start the 100-lapper shotgun on the field.

25 – The Silver Anniversary Edition of one of America’s Crown Jewel events for Dirt Late Models has arrived. The winner of Saturday night’s race will earn $30,000 with the total purse of approximately $160,000.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 Thursday and Friday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

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

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

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

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

A select number of three-day passes remain. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., has more Show-Me 100 wins (five) and second-place finishes (six) than any other driver. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., captured his fourth Show-Me 100 victory one year ago. (Kenny Shaw photo)

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

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

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

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

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

Bloomquist Victorious in Inaugural Go 50 at I-80 Speedway

May 26th, 2017

GREENWOOD, NE – Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist won his fifth series event of the 2017 racing season on Tuesday Night at I-80 Speedway. Bloomquist took the lead from Darrell Lanigan on lap ten and led the rest of the way to score the 82nd career series win in the First Annual Go 50.

First-time I-80 Speedway visitor, Mason Zeigler finished in second while 16th-starting Earl Pearson Jr. came home in third. Gregg Satterlee was fourth and Tim McCreadie extended his streak of top five finishes by placing fifth at the stripe.

Bloomquist extended his points lead over McCreadie with the win and was pleased with his car for most of the race, “We battled with Lanigan early on; I had to find a line to run at the start. There were several cautions and I was a bit concerned about the tires firing on the restarts. Towards the end of the race, the car was faster and I got a better handle on turn two, it had been causing the car to push a few times.”

“The track was in great shape all night long; they had a lot of rain this week; it was fast. You had to have a good handling car out there tonight with those conditions. They always do a good job here in track prep. We look forward to coming back in July for the Silver Dollar Nationals.”

His Sweet-Bloomquist car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services, Base Fuels, Sweet Mfg., Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Lucas Oil, and Crossfit by Overton.

Bloomquist was challenged briefly by Zeigler in the Ohio Pyle Vacation Rentals, No. 25Z on a few occasions, but each time Zeigler would take a shot at the lead, Bloomquist would pull away. “For our first time here, we are very pleased. We came out to S&S here in Greenwood for work on our trailer and we decided we would stay and race. I am glad we did. It’s a fun race track to run on. We will be back in the future, no doubt about it. This new Rocket XR1 car has been bad fast from the time we started running it,” said the runner-up who posted his second LOLMDS podium finish of the year.

Pearson roared from the outside of row eight to finish third. “It was definitely a good run for the Dunn-Benson Ford, Longhorn Chassis. We were good on the bottom of the track. It was in great shape and very fast tonight. Now, we can head to Wheatland with a strong car and try to win the Show-Me 100.”

Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, and Dennis Erb Jr.