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Archive for January, 2004

Board of Directors Takes Over at Shawano Speedway

Saturday, January 24th, 2004

The Shawano Speedway will be under the direction of a Race Committee with Board President Dale Hodkiewicz as chairman.

The plan is to produce a race season of good entertaining racing for both
fans and drivers. There will be a new flagman in the flagstand. The car
shows and race dates, other than specials, that are posted in the schedule
will be kept the same. There will be no WISSOTA Challenge race this year.
Any further possible changes in personel, operating procedures, specials,
etc., at the track are being discussed and will be announced later.

All contact numbers and email addresses remain the same. Please feel free
to use them to express your comments and suggestions.

Looking forward to a GREAT 2004 Season and hope to see you at Shawano Speedway.

AllStar Race Trucks Series Gold Rush Region 2004 Schedule

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

April 3 – Madera Speedway – Madera, CA
April 17 – Champion Motor Speedway, Carson City, NV
June 25 & 26 – Redwood Acres Raceway, Eureka, CA Fair weekend
July 10 – Champion Motor Speedway, Carson City, NV
July 31 – Madera Speedway – Madera, CA
August 14 – Champion Motor Speedway, Carson City, NV
Sept. 18 – Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, OR with NASCAR GN

“We sincerely appreciate the interest and support that the promoters have
shown in agreeing to host these races” said Kelly Conway, Regional Race
Director and Dealer, Gold Rush Region. “Opening at Madera Speedway allows us
to draw trucks from Southern California that have previously competed under
American Race Truck or West Coast Pro Truck sanctioned events. Races at the
Champion Motor Speedway in Carson City NV will allow us to draw trucks from
Idaho and Utah that have previously competed under American Race Truck or
West Coast Pro Truck sanctioned events. We are excited to be invited to race
at Redwood Acres Raceway season’s big events, June 25 & 26. And we close our
season at a special event with the NASCAR Grand National West cars at
Douglas County Speedway on Roseburg OR on Sept. 18.”

Conway added “Our intention this year is to race at tracks where teams will
be able to travel to great destinations where they can combine our
affordable style of touring racing with family and vacation opportunities.
Our regional points fund supported by national sponsors Hoosier Tire, Comp
Cams, Quick Fuel carburetors and the regional contingency and travel support
sponsors will support our purse structure nicely. With the tight
specifications we build and race this style of vehicle under, this inaugural
Gold Rush region season will attract many current teams and give racers in
other classes, whether up and comers or veterans, something to watch and
consider moving to now or in the future.” Conway wanted to remind racers
that new trucks can still be ordered and delivered in time for the opening
event and there are competitive used trucks available too.

Background: The Allstar Trucks is a full-sized, V8 powered race truck built
to compete on asphalt oval tracks up to 3/4 mile in length. It is a
high-quality, professionally engineered racing vehicle that offers maximum
performance at an affordable price. Allstar Race Trucks feature fiberglass
bodies that replicate Ford F150, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram Trucks.
All are V-8 powered (Ford 302, Chevrolet 305, Dodge 318) with automatic
transmissions, with engines built to ensure equal power output among the
three different makes. All ARTS trucks are currently manufactured in Texas
to exact specifications to ensure that each chassis is identical, and each
chassis has a serial number and a certificate of origin. For greater power
without sacrificing reliability, all engines feature a spec-racing
carburetor, intake manifold, camshaft, and tire. Allstar Race Trucks Series
is its own sectioning body and has a national set of rules that apply to all
ARTS events. The rules are designed to keep the cost in check and enhance
driver skill and chassis set up ability. ARTS competitors have access to
over 60 sanctioned events in five regions across the United States.

Kelly Conway
AllStar Race Truck Series
Gold Rush Region Dealer/Race Director


Bob Gelsi
AllStar Race Truck Series
National Series Director

C.A.R.S. Motorsports Announces New Marketing Company for Local

Monday, January 19th, 2004

“It definitely helps when it comes to finding local sponsorship for your car.
C.A.R.S. Motorsports and Racer Marketing will offer the local track racer a
reasonable way to market their teams with press releases, special
announcements and bios” said Bristol.

“Every new ASA team, Hooter Pro Cup team, Busch team, all the “Big Boys” have
marketing to help promote their teams. I plan to do the same thing for our
local guys so hopefully they will find the help and press they deserve.”

Bristol has spent a great deal of time in the local stockcar racing world and
knows how hard it is to find sponsorship for drivers and teams.

“I really want to help our local guys at a reasonable price to have the same
marketing available as the big teams do. All sponsors like to see their names
in lights and my marketing company will do just that for the sponsors and

Our new Marketing office will serve all FASCAR drivers, FASTRUCKS, Florida
Mini Stock drivers and any other series drivers that need reasonable press. If
you sign up now, you will get $5.00 off the regular monthly price of $25.00
which includes weekly results press releases, any special announcements and one
team bio per month.

Sponsor packages, resumes, racing proposals will be priced according to needs.

Rick Bristol can be reached at 407-497-0448 or e-mail RBMini68 with any
questions you might have.

Hot Rod Barn to Sponsor 2004 Chevette Series

Friday, January 16th, 2004

The Hollises, who also own and operate Pit Stop Tobacco in Jellico, Tenn.,
sponsored the Chevette series in 2003 with that business. They recently
opened Hot Rod Barn in Williamsburg, which stocks high performance parts and
also handles graphics and window tinting.

In addition, they regularly compete at Corbin Speedway in another racing

“They decided to sponsor the Chevettes this coming season with the new
business because of the exposure involved in such an involvement at Corbin
Speedway,” commented John Potts, director of news and administrative services
for the 3/10-mile paved oval. “Needless to say, we’re extremely happy to
have them involved again.”

Tim Hollis encouraged other businesses to become involved in such

“It might be a small track,” he said, “but it is amazing the amount of
exposure that Corbin Speedway can give to a local business. Whether it’s
from a hundred cars heading from every direction on race night, the chatter
of the spectators from the week before, or even the advertising that the
speedway does itself, it helps. I would recommend to anyone who is sitting
on the fence trying to determine whether or not to advertise or become a
sponsor at Corbin Speedway in any capacity, to get off the fence. It works.
They can give me a call and I’ll tell them myself.”

The Corbin Speedway’s 2004 schedule may be found on the speedway’s web site,

Steve Park Remembers His Winning Way around New Smyrna Speedway

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

Fans began forming at the front gate about 11 a.m. to be first in line to
see their favorite driver. Fans came with shirts, die-cast cars, pictures and
anything and everything for the drivers to sign.

While the autograph session was going, the local Sportsman, Super Stock and
Strictly Stocks entertained the crowd. Winning the heats were Mike Trocki in
Sportsman, Jason Foster and Jeff Colburn in Super Stocks and Farris Crews in
Strictly Stocks.

Mike Trocki had the pole for the Sportsman feature and won from the pole.
Since most of our Sportsman are getting ready for the new season which opens
March 13, only a few showed up for the charity event. Trocki jumped to the early
lead on the green over Cory Kaiser, Mike Soukup and Tom Gamache. On lap 4,
Mike Soukup and Cory Kaiser got spun around in turns 3 and 4 both neither was
hurt. Kaiser did a little pitting for some damage but was able to return to

Kaiser spins after hitting some fluid on the track but is able to continue.
Trocki holds on for the win over Mike Soukup, Cory Kaiser, and Tom Gamache.

The second feature saw Farris Crews on the pole for the Strictly Stock show.
Crews jumped to the lead on the green followed by Kerry Payne, Roger Ladieu,
Mike Dohm, and Chuck “Junkyard Dog” Rush.

Ladieu passes Payne for second with Payne slipping back to third. Crews
takes the checkered followed by Roger Ladieu, Kerry Payne, Mike Dohm, and Chuck

Now it was time for the “Big Boys” to come out. Kyle Petty had the pole in
the Victory Junction Gang Camp car. On the outside pole was Ken Schrader in
Mike Murphy’s No. 26. Bobby Labonte drove the No. 7 of Matt Griffin. In
Randy Dye’s No. 43 Dodge car was Mike Skinner. Steve Park drove Charlie Merz’s
No. 7. We had to No. 14 cars, both owned by Mike Murphy, with Scott Riggs and
John Andretti behind the wheel. Only one driver was not able to compete
because of injury from the day’s testing at Daytona, Dave Blaney. Instead the car
owner went out for a few laps with the big boys who was Wade Lynn.

The crowd were on their feet giving the drivers a big wave. Petty jumped to
the lead on the green with Schrader, Skinner, Riggs and Labonte in the top
five. Skinner tries to get under Petty for the lead and gets loose taking out
Riggs, Schrader, himself, and turning Labonte around. Labonte was the only car
able to return to the field.

On the restart, it was Steve Park in the lead followed by Andretti, Petty,
and Labonte. Although Petty tried more than once, he could not shake Park who
held on and took the checkers over Petty, Labonte and Andretti. The winner was
well versed with New Smyrna Speedway having competed for three years with the
NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Fans were on their feet.

The last feature race of the night was the Super Stocks. On the pole was Ron
Whaley but it was Charlie Collins who jumped to the lead on the green
followed by Jeff Colburn, Kevin Auger, Jason Foster and Ron Whaley.

Michael Williams put the speed on and passes Whaley taking over fifth. The
yellow comes out for Jim Dyson who spun on the backstretch. The yellow remains
out for the NASCAR drivers to leave the pits. The race restarts with Collins
in the lead and a very hot Colburn on his tail. But going into turns 3 and
4, G.T. Maloney, Michael Williams, Rob Watford, and Ron Whaley touch taking
all out and into the pits except for Maloney who is able to pit for repairs and
return to racing.

On the restart, Collins has his hands full of Colburn who is determined to
take over the number one spot. Colburn finally makes the pass and takes the
checkered followed by Charlie Collins, Kevin Auger, Jason Foster, and Tim

The next race at New Smyrna Speedway will be the Pete Orr Memorial Orange
Blossom 125 on Janaury 31 with all FASCAR divisions racing.


1. #7 Steve Park
2. #43 Kyle Petty
3. #7 Bobby Labonte
4. #14 John Andretti
5. #43 Mike Skinner
6. #26 Ken Schrader
7. #14 Scott Riggs
8. #28 Wade Lynn

1. #46 Mike Trocki
2. #28 Mike Soukup
3. #48 Cory Kaiser
4. #7 Tom Gamache

1. #3 Jeff Colburn
2. #23 Charlie Collins
3. #07 Kevin Auger
4. #49 Jason Foster
5. #66 Tim Edmundson
6. #36 G.T. Maloney
7. #21 Jim Dyson
8. #28 Chad Carpenter
9. #11 Nick Vogler
10. #17 Rob Watford
11. #03 Ron Whaley
12. #170 Michael Williams

1. #8X Farris Crews
2. #10 Roger Ladieu
3. #11x Kerry Payne
4, #21x Mike Dohm
5. #007 Chuck Rush
6. #6x Mark Broat
7. #45 Jim Leslie