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A Packed House for Opening Night at I-35 Speedway!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

With full bleachers and a pit full of the best drivers in the country I-35 Speedway would kick off the 2017 racing season in style. We would honor our Military and have Motor Racing Outreach Member Robbie Skipper deliver the invocation with Jamie King singing our National Anthem setting the stage for a great night.

E-Modified would take to the smooth fast racetrack first and see rookie Chris Mercer #13 charge out front and lead the first few circuits. Lap 4 would see the familiar #3D of Matt Dorssom slip by Mercer taking over the top spot. Mercer would not give up easily and move back past Dorssom on the high side as the two would battle side by side. Dorssom would eventually pull ahead taking heat race winner Randy Smith Jr #75x with him. Dorssom would not look back and not be challenged as he would pick up his first feature win of 2017. Smith would place a solid second with the ever present contender Matthew Lance #12x ending the night third. Mercer, in his first ever race, would hold off the challenge of other heat race winner Jim Masoner Jr to place fourth forcing Masoner to place fifth.

“Maddog” Matt Dorssom, E-Modified Feature Winner!!!

Charging to the track next were the always entertaining and fast growing Pure Stocks. 2016 Rookie of the Year Cody King #29 would use the high side to his advantage and take the early lead to never relinquish on his way to Victory Lane. King would be challenged every lap by heat race winner Jacob Grotewiel #11J who would finish the night second. Other heat race winner 99A Kerry Ayers would slip back in the pack then rebound back to the front for a solid third place run holding Conner Masoner #47x to fourth. CJ Turner in his #91 would round out the nights top five.

“Kingdinger” Cody King, Pure Stock Feature Winner!

Sport Compact would buzz around the speedway and see Allen Anders #15A win both heat race and feature on the opening night of action. Shawn Kraft #12 would place second with Mackenzie Edson #3m third and Matt Carr #16m fourth.

Allen Anders, Sport Compact Feature Winner!!!

Grand Nationals would see many different leaders as the front did not seem the place to be. Heat race winner Travis Walker #71 would take the early lead only go through the spin cycle in turn number two and hand the lead over to Donnie Brown #26. Brown would lead the next few laps until he would spin coming off turn four allowing Danan Knott #98 to grab the lead. Knott’s lead would be short lived as he would slide over the birm in turn three allowing Walker to regain the front and appear to be the car to beat. As the laps would wind down, Billie Hoover #97 would use the high side to pass Walker and pick up the feature win. Walker would place second with Brown third, Knott fourth and Chad Fuller #0R fifth.

Billie Hoover, Grand National Feature Winner!!!

With skill and perfection the USRA B-Modifieds would put on a show of epic proportions for all fans in attendance. Heat race winner Ed Noll #15 would set the pace taking the lead until looping it in turn number four to bring out the first yellow. Cody Brill #96 would charge to the front on the restart and lead every lap from there on out to see the checker first and claim the win. It was not easy for Brill as heat race winner Steve Clancy #12c would challenge but have to settle for second as this night belonged to the #96 of Brill. Randy Ainsworth #57 was the big mover and shaker of the race using the high line to perfection to finish and impressive third place on the night. Eddie Schwope Jr #91 would battle side by side and wheel to wheel with Mike Tanner #20T as both were in win contention all feature. Schwope would come home fourth with heat race winner Tanner rounding out the top five.

Cody “the Thrill” Brill, USRA B-Modified Feature Winner!!!

USRA Stock Car was low in number but very high in quality as they would take to the track. Heat race winner Jay Barnes #19 would take the early lead until Hall of Famer Dean Wray #77 would work his way to the lead. Wray would not be challenged and pick up victory number one of the 2017 season in the USRA Stock Car Division. Sam Scott #93 would battle Jon Boller Jr #20x and Barnes until Barnes would develop problems and be forced to retire from the field. Boller and Scott would continue to battle for the second spot until the 20x would also encounter mechanical issues and exit the track leaving Scott to place second. Third would belong to the always fast and consistent #33 of Mark Ronnebaum with Ron Hill #72 fourth. Jon Boller would round out the nights top five.

“Hollywood” Dean Wray, USRA Stock Car Feature Winner!!!

With a locked and loaded field the USRA Modifieds would take to the track and not disappoint with great side by side racing. Heat race winner Jesse Sobbing #99 would charge out front with the #11 of Darren Shaw close behind as the feature got underway. Sobbing would prove to have the setup for this night as he would lead every lap and do a super burnout in McCarthy Auto Group Winners Circle! Darren Shaw would end the night with a strong second place showing with 2016 Track Champion Dennis Elliott #29 working his way to third. Fourth place would see Wisconsin native and heat race winner Paul Niznik #42 work his way through the pack to place fourth with Austin Johnson #98 impressing with a fifth place finish.

“Crazy” Jesse Sobbing, USRA Modified Feature Winner!!!

I-35 Speedway would like to thank all the drivers and fans for a great night of racing action and family fun! I-35 Speedway would also like to welcome Jacob Blair to the Announcers Booth and thank him for the great job.

See everyone next week at I-35 Speedway where there is always more “Dirt Trackin at its Best”

Snake Bit Pollard Looks for Redemption at The Rattler

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard has his wheelman hands ready for double duty at South Alabama Speedway this weekend. The Senoia, Georgia driver will compete in both the Baby Rattler on Saturday and The Rattler 250 on Sunday.

“I’ve ran both of these races there the past few years, so I’ve gotten pretty used to jumping back and forth between the two cars,” Pollard said. “It’s a fun weekend, especially when you are successful, and definitely a race I look forward to every year.” Success is something Pollard has seen plenty of on the Pro Late Model side, winning the event back to back in 2014 and 2015. Pollard almost solidified the hat trick one year ago, but was involved in a wreck while leading coming to the checkered flag.

“Last year was a bad deal,” Pollard stated. “I was really disappointed in how that went down, but I’ve put it behind me. We always have a strong car for the Baby Rattler and I’m expecting to compete for the win again this year.” While the 30 year-old driver has held the baby rattler in Victory Lane, he always seems to be snake bit in the Rattler 250. Over the past three year he has suffered a plethora of problems, from crashes to engine issues, and does not own a finish above 20th.

“We’ve had strong cars for The Rattler, but it just seems like something always goes wrong,” Pollard commented. “I’m excited to bring my new Senneker car to South Alabama and see what we have for everyone and if we can turn our luck around.” Both Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be on track Friday for practice. Pollard will qualify and race in the Baby Rattler, as well as qualify for the Rattler 250 on Saturday, March 18. The Rattler 250 will be held on Sunday, March 19. Pollard fans can watch the Rattler 250 live on Speed51.com starting at 2:00 p.m. CST.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.com, follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26 and “Like” his Facebook fan page, Bubba Pollard Racing.

Ronnie Gardner Scores Win #20 at Bakersfield

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Slipping past Nic Faas on lap six, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) claimed last Saturday’s season opener at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the $1,200 win after starting seventh was his twentieth career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory. Cory Elliott, Faas, Frankie Guerrini and Terry Nichols followed the four-time and defending champion to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Pac Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Ronnie Gardner moves into fourth on the series win list behind Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, and Billy Boat. Gardner earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the twenty-three car roster and placed third in his heat race. Heading to Placerville on March 29th, Ronnie holds a three point lead over the competition.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night and finished second in front of his hometown fans. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified third overall and won the 8-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The 2015 Rookie of the Year heads to the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” ranked second in points.

After leading the first five laps, Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) settled for third in the Bakersfield main event. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 with a late surge over Randi Pankratz. The 2008 Champion and Rookie of the year left Bakersfield sitting third in the point chase.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini qualified eighteenth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former BCRA Champion heads to Placerville Speedway ranked fourth in the championship points.

“The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols had trouble in time trials, placing twenty-third and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year left Bakersfield sitting fifth in the chase for the championship.

Rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #33 Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel was nineteenth quick in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The micro sprint veteran ranks ninth in the point standings.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified seventh overall and placed eleventh in his heat race. The RMMRA feature winner heads to Placerville sitting eleventh in the point chase.

On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Placerville Speedway for the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California, the event also features the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

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

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

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

Davenport Speedway gears up for 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia.– Spring will be here shortly and soon the green flag will drop on the 2017 racing season at the Davenport Speedway. Twenty-one nights of stock car racing action make up this year’s schedule for the dirt track located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Special events figure prominently in this year’s schedule.

The season will start with the REBEL 5K held on Friday, April 7th. The event is highlighted by IMCA Late Models racing on the quarter-mile track. Also racing at the REBEL 5K will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, and SportMods. A $5,000 prize awaits the winner of the Late Model feature.

The following Friday, April 14th, the racing action jumps over to the half-mile track on for the 4th annual Midwest Sanction Showdown. The event is co-sanctioned by the MARS Dirt Car Series and the Corn Belt Clash late model series. Last year,Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars was victorious in the Showdown. The late models will be joined on the track by Modifieds, Street Stocks and Sport Mods.

The Lucas Oil MLRA late models will return to the Davenport Speedway on Friday, May 5th, as the open late models tackle the quarter-mile oval. The Modified, Street Stock, and Sport Mod classes will be racing for track points.

The Iowa Governor’s Cup, the official stock car championship of the State of Iowa, will see some big changes in 2017. This year’s version of the Iowa Governor’s Cup is the 25th running of the race and will be held on Friday, September22nd. IMCA Modifieds will be the featured class this year, paying $5,000 to win. Sport Mods will pay $2,000to win and Street Stocks $1,000 to win. All races for the one-night event will be on the quarter-mile track.

For the seventh straight year, the Davenport Speedway will offer $2,000-to-win specials for each of our weekly support classes. The IMCA Mod Madness will be held on May 19th, with the Sport Mod Challenge on June 9th. The Street Stock Clash will take place on August 11th.

The Night of Destruction returns on Friday, September 8th. The motorized mayhem includes Cheater Races for the stock car classes and the always popular Trailer Race.

The battle for the2017 Davenport Speedway track championships will start with the Season Opener on April 21st, and conclude with Season Championship night on August 25th. Weekly racing classes will be IMCA Late Model, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks,and IMCA Sport Mods.

Two of Davenport Speedway track champions for2016 were also crowned IMCA National Champions. IMCA Late Model driver RobTol and of Davenport, won his third national title. Tony Olson captured his first IMCA Northern Sport Mod national championship.

Vintage racing continues to be a fan favorite at the Davenport Speedway. The American Iron Racing Series will visit the Davenport four times in 2017, May 12th, July 7th,August 25th and September 22nd. The Midwest Jalopies will appear three times, April 28th, June 2nd, and July 14th.

Racers will get a chance to try out their new rides before the season begins. A test & tune session will be held, on Thursday, April 6th. The open practice will be on the quarter-mile track.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. On weekly points race nights, the pit gates open4pm, with hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow.

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

2017 DAVENPORT SPEDWAY SCHEDULE
APR 06 TEST& TUNE practice
APR 07 REBEL 5K(Late Model $5,000-to-win,Modifed $1,000-to-win, SportMod and Street Stock)
APR 14 MIDWEST SANCTION SHOWDOWN Featuring open Late Models(Modifed, SportMod, Street Stock-weekly purse)
APR 21 KOEHLER ELECTRIC SEASON OPENER (weeklyclasses)
APR 28 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGE COUPES
MAY 05 LUCAS OIL MLRA (Modifed, SportMod, &Street Stock weekly points)
MAY 12 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & A.I.R.S.
MAY 19 MODIFIED MADNESS Modifieds – $2,000-to-win (LateModel, SportMod, & Street Stock weekly points)
MAY 26 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & KIDS NIGHT Bike races at intermission. Kids free admissionwith paid adult.
JUN 02 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGE COUPES
JUN 09 SPORT MOD CHALLENGE SportMods – $2,000-to-win (LateModel, Modified & Street Stock weekly points)
JUN 16 WEEKLY POINTS RACING
JUN 23 MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
JUN 30 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & POWDER PUFFRACES
JUL 07 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & A.I.R.S.
JUL 14 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & VINTAGECOUPES
JUL 21 WEEKLY POINTS RACING & MECHANICRACES
AUG 11 STREET STOCK CLASH Street Stocks -$2,000-to-win (Late Model, Modified, & SportMod weekly points)
AUG 18 WEEKLY POINTS RACING (Draw/Re-draw) & KIDS NIGHT
AUG 25 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP & A.I.R.S.
SEP 08 NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION- TRAILER RACE& CHEATERS NIGHT
SEP 22 IOWA GOVERNOR’S CUP($5,000-to-win IMCA Modifed, $2,000-to-win SportMod, $1,000-to-winStreet Stock, and A.I.R.S.)

Macon & Lincoln Speedway Car Show This Weekend At Hickory Point Mall

Monday, March 20th, 2017

(Macon, IL) Drivers and teams throughout central Illinois are ready to show off their newly painted rides this coming weekend at Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL. After a near 20 year hiatus, the show returned to the mall last March. The Macon and Lincoln Speedway event is scheduled for this Friday-Sunday, March 17-19.

The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 16 at 9:00 PM and exiting on Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 PM. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track. UMP Memberships will be on sale in addition to a signup box for a chance to win Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway season opener tickets.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Those who entered the show are asked to arrive by 8:30 on Thursday night to prepare for entry into the mall and to bring material for under the car in case of a possible leak.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

For information during the winter on the 2017 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com , Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, and Track Enterprises at www.trackenterprises.com. You can also call the office at 217-764-3200.