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Archive for February, 2005

Doc’s Dirt Late Model Notebook

Monday, February 28th, 2005

DIRT LATE MODEL NEWS & NOTES:

Team owner Ronnie Milford of IMF MotorSports recently announced that Biscotti’s Restaurants and Bonanza Produce have came on board as new sponsors for the 2005 season with new IMF driver RANDLE CHUPP.

WARD SCHELL 1:24 scale die-cast cars of the #61 are now available. Details at: http://schell1.home.westpa.net

JASON MORELL and his team are shooting for their first event in 2005 to be at Mercer Raceway Park for the ULMS season opener.

Up next for DON O’NEAL is Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway on March 4.

KEVIN LENTZ will open his ‘05 season at Skyline Speedway on March 25.

BRANDON KINZER will return to action at Cherokee Speedway, in Gaffney, SC for a Southern Allstars $10,000 to win event on March 5-6. Following the race at Cherokee Speedway, the team will travel to Volunteer Speedway in Bull’s Gap, TN for a $5,000 to win show on March 12.

SCOTT JAMES and team are slated to bring their Powell Motorsports / Baylor Trucking #83 Rocket / Dargie Grand Prix to the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, KY on Friday night March 4. The following night the #83 team will be back in action down the road at the Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, TN. Both events will be sanctioned by the Northern Allstars Late Model Series (NALMS) and will pay $10,000 to the winner. For more information on these upcoming events, point your Internet browser to www.klms.com, www.clarksvillespeedway.com, and www.northernallstars.org.

MATT FURMAN will be running with the WDRL and selected SPI, MLRA & MARS races this season.

WES STEIDINGER will once again be back behind the wheel of a new 2005 CJ Rayburn chassis powered by an ARC powerplant. Steidinger recently announced Garrels Powersports of Pontiac, IL has come onboard for the 2005 season as well as Arizona Sport Shirts in conjunction with GottaRace.com

MIKE BALZANO has a newly redesigned website by Ryan Propst at: http://www.mikebalzano.com

GARY STUHLER’s ‘new look’ Super Late Model won Best of Show at the 2005 Hagerstown Speedway Race-A-Rama car show on Friday 2/25/2005.

Dirt America Online presented by GottaRace.com has been updated with lots of new interviews, articles, news stories, columns featuring Darren ‘The Thriller’ Miller, John Duty, ULMS, Pacific Coast Xtreme Dirt Car Series, Tim Fuller, Jim Gentry, Cory Reed and the new ROC Series, Chris Stepan, ULMS, Black Jack Boggs and more all at: http://www.DirtAmericaOnline.com

SANCTION NEWS & NOTES:

Steve Adams of Claremont, NC the Carolina Clash Series Race Director for the past two years under went triple by-pass heart surgery on February 16 and is recovering. Notes & cards can reach Steve at: Steve Adams, 2743 Sterling Court Claremont, NC 28610.

The United Late Model Series opener is one month away at Mercer Raceway Park. The 2nd annual “Chiller Thriller” on Saturday, March 26 will kick off Mercer’s 2005 season. The ULMS stars will be running a 30-lap main event paying $1,500 to win. The first green flag drops at 7 p.m.

The United Late Model Series (ULMS) will be kicking off their 6th season at the 2005 Olean (NY) Center Mall Car Show presented by R&R Motorsports on March 4, 5 & 6th. ULMS is pleased to be part of the 23rd annual stock car show. ULMS racers, Al Brewer and Brady Wonderling will have their ULMS late models on display.

The National Championship Racing Association is happy to announce that Brodix, Inc. has joined the O’Reilly/NCRA Racing Series family of contingency sponsors for 2005. Brodix will award a $500 certificate to the O’Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.

The WORLD Dirt Racing League has unveiled a new logo for the 2005 season and has also announced a change in the series name. The series has also announced that the series name will be changed from the PolyDome Super Series to the PolyDome Late Model Series. The move was made to better articulate the type of racing the series features. The WORLD Dirt Racing League recently released its most aggressive schedule to date, a 33-race tour that begins on April 2 at Nebraska Raceway Park (I-80 Speedway) in Greenwood, Nebraska.

2005 O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Late Model Series Membership forms and schedule are now available. To receive by mail e-mail me your name and complete address to: jessex@naradirtcar.com

Promotor Larry Lee is finishing up the final 2005 schedule for the upcoming Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series. This will be the sixth year for the Carolina Clash Blue Collar tour. The season opener is set for April 1 at Carolina Speedway in
Gastonia, NC.

MSCCS action will kick off on March 5th with the 2nd Annual “Frost Bite 50” which is a 50-lap $5,000 to win $300 to start event at South Mississippi Speedway that is conveniently located alongside I-10 in Long Beach, Mississippi. For more information about the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series please visit the MSCCS website at www.stateseries.com or call Charles Thrash at 601-917-2335 days or 601-482-5251 evenings.

DIRT MotorSportsTM, announced that AMB Identification and Timing (AMB), has been named the Official Timing System of DIRT MotorSports, including the World of Outlaws Sprint Series®, World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series® and Super DIRT Modified Series.

RACE TRACK NEWS & NOTES:

On Sunday Sept. 4, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series will run their first-ever event at Tri-City (PA) Speedway in the Bossard GM Store Todd Donovan Memorial 50.

At Oakshade (OH) Raceway the Late Model point winner for 2005 will receive a Rayburn Chassis, a Bert Transmission, $10,500.00 in cash and $500.00 worth of vinyls. The sponsors for the Late Models: Wyse Excavating, Wauseon, OH, Matt Mahnke Concrete, Wauseon, OH, Country Charm Café, Metamora, OH, Tax Pro Filers, Adrian, MI, Raceway Engery’s, Wauseon, OH, Mike Anderzack , Metamora, OH, War paint Motorsports Graphics, Delta, OH, Harold & Sue Holland, Lyons, OH, Bill Ehrsam Concrete, Sylvania, OH. Wallace Racing Products will give 3 sheets of aluminum to the Hard Charger.

Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, KY is set to begin its 11th season of dirt track racing action with the 2005 season opener scheduled for Saturday night, April 23. For the sixth straight season, track promoters David and Anita Ferrell will again be at the helm of the ½ mile high-banked dirt oval located just outside of beautiful and historic Bardstown, KY.

Promoter Wendy Hall has booked the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for a least one show and maybe two shows this season at 1-20 Speedway in Batesburg, S.C. The Clash makes its return on June 18.

The 2005 racing season at Raceway 7 will take place on Friday, May 6. Late Models, Semi-Lates, E-Mods, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and front-wheel drives will be in competition weekly. Two Practice Nights have been scheduled, and those will be on April 22 and April 29.

The Cedar Lake Speedway Annual Banquet is set for Saturday, March 12th at the Grand Casino Hinckley. Call 612-363-0479 to order tickets. The CLS 2005 Season Opener is set for April 8th and 9th.

The Rock Allegany County Speedway is gearing up for there upcoming 2005 racing season. The Annual Car Show is set for March 3rd to Macrh 5th at The Country Club Mall in Lavalle MD. Anyone interested in participating in the car show should contact Ernie Jones at the track office at (410)857-3821.

The Rock Allegany County Speedway has set open practice for Saturday March 12,2005. Gates will open at 3 pm with practice from 4 pm to 7 pm. If you need further information please call the speedway office at (410) 857-3821.

Potomac Speedway is gearing up for there upcoming 2005 racing season. The Annual Car Show will be held on Saturday March 5,2005 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The location will be the parking lot in front of Wood’s Paint Center in Charlotte Hall Maryland, courtesy of Ben Burroughs. Interested drivers please contact Denise Hollidge at (301) 884-4200.

East Alabama Motor Speedway will present the 20th Annual Jimmy Thomas Memorial at the 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval on the weekend of March 4th through March 6th.

INDUSTRY NEWS & NOTES:

The RPM Promoters Workshops will return to Reno, Nevada and Lake Mary Florida next Winter. The Workshops, produced by Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters, will also return to traditional RPM Promoters Workshops convention dates. The Western National Workshop will convene at the Eldorado Hotel Casino, December 8-10, 2005. The Speedweek Workshop will convene February 13-15, 2006 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Planning for the Workshops is underway. The February Workshop will feature presentation of the 30th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Award.

The Clarion Mall in Clarion, Pa., is ready to “rev up” the local motorsports calendar with its 2005 Race Car Show scheduled for the weekend of March 4-6. In addition, on Saturday night, Tri-City Speedway and the Clarion RRR Roadhouse Restaurant will join forces to present the Inaugural Miller Lite 2005 Race Party. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the restaurant will entertain racers and fans. The Miller Lite Girls will be available for photographs. Miller Genuine Draft drink specials will also be on tap. There will be numerous giveaways as well. For more information, contact the Clarion Mall at (814) 226-5180.

The annual Findlay Mall Racecar Show will be held March 11-13. This first of the season Mall Shows, sponsored by Millstream Speedway, is very popular with race teams and fans alike. The annual Hoserville Ohio Race Auction will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m., with Driver’s autograph session from 12-2 p.m. A Raffle will be held all weekend to benefit ‘The Victory Junction Gang” (charity started by Kyle Petty in memory of Adam Petty). ‘Racing World” (WFIN-1330am) radio show will be broadcast live from the mall on Saturday, from 10-Noon. Free Giveaways and a chance to test your skills on Tim’s Sprint Car Simulators all weekend long. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10-9 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

Hoosier Racing Tire and Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic are pleased to announce the re-alignment of the western Pennsylvania and North Eastern Ohio areas. HTMA-Baltimore has been staple in the Mid Atlantic region covering areas of PA, MD, VA, and DE for more than twenty years under the Hoosier banner. HTMA will now have a second fully stocked warehouse distributing the complete line of Hoosier Racing tires to facilities which include Sharon, Lakeville, Wayne County, Tri City, Lernerville, Mercer, Pittsburgh, Raceway 7, Knox, Latrobe, Challenger, Dog Hollow and Deerfield Speedway plus more in the surrounding areas. HTMA Pittsburgh is located at 205 West Water Street, Saxonburg, PA 16056. Phone contact for that store is 724-360-8000 or by fax at 724-360-8044.

The TWIN STATE AUTO RACING CLUB’S 32 annual stock car show will be held this Thurs-Sun March 3rd-March 6th at the EASTWOOD MALL in Niles Ohio. The Eastwood mall is conveniently located off of ST RT 422 or ST RT 46 in Niles, Ohio. Hours are M-Sat. 10-9 Pm and Sunday 11-6 PM or go to www.eastwoodmall.com. Dick Berry is the new club president in 2005. The Promoter’s Night will be held on March 15th @ Lordstown, Ohio Administration Building.

MEDIA NEWS & NOTES:

The Race Kentucky Motorsports Race Report Presented by Miller Lite will air every Tuesday evening beginning March 22 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. ET. As always, the first half of the show each week is dedicated to highlighting results from area tracks and regional and national sanctioning bodies as wellThe show is broadcast out of the MegRae Broadcasting Company studios of WVLC 99.9 The Big Dawg in Campbellsville, KY and can accessed for listening as well on the world wide web at www.wvlc.com.

FLATOUTXR AUDIO presented by AXR2 has officially been launched on www.flatoutxr.com. FLATOUTXR AUDIO is an On Demand, documentary style interview with CD Quality sound. Each interview is an in-depth look into the sprint car industry with a unique perspective of each weekly guest. The first edition of FLATOUTXR AUDIO presented by AXR2 hosts Eagle Raceway owner Craig Cormack, who was thrust into the spotlight in the past year as the director of race operations for DIRT Motorsports, a subsidiary of Boundless Motorsports. Flat Out XR sat down with Cormack to delve into the life of a former sprint car owner, current promoter, track owner, and admired figurehead in the world of sprint car racing.

Our condolences go out to the family of Linda Fennell. Linda’s mother, Duella Thompson passed away February 26. Linda is the Co-editor of the Motorsports World and a long time employee of Lernerville Speedway.

Junction Motor Speedway Introduces 4 Cylinder Entry-Level Division

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Any front wheel drive four-cylinder car, foreign or domestic, is eligible to compete. By not limiting the cars to domestic only, officials believe this will challenge the creativity of the competitors of what type of machine will make a good race car.

Title sponsor for the Four Cylinder division is the York Holiday Inn. A complete listing of the rules can be found on www.junctionmotorspeedway .com or by contacting JMS officials at 402-773-5538 ext 9.

New Internship Program Debuts at Jennerstown

Monday, February 28th, 2005

“Our goal in creating internships is to provide an extensive hands-on career development program that assists young adults with the selection of appropriate careers in the booming sports and entertainment industry,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We will provide work positions that are meaningful and compatible with a student’s education and aspirations.

“We can also offer guidance in the job search process to assist qualified individuals in seeking out available positions at the completion of their internship.”

Three full time and two part time non-salaried internships are available for the 2005 season. Full time positions include: one (1) operations intern, one (1) marketing intern, and one (1) public relations/publicity intern. Part time opportunities are also available for a food/beverage intern and a kids’ club/mascot intern.

Detailed job descriptions and requirements may be reviewed on the Jennerstown Speedway website (www.jennerstown.com). Click on ‘internship opportunities’ in the navigation bar.

Anyone interested in applying for a Jennerstown Speedway internship should forward a resume and cover letter to: Larry Mattingly at Jennerstown Speedway, Box 230, Jennerstown, PA 15547.

Sumter Speedway Revs Up for 49th Season

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Speedway owner Charles Hodge stated Saturday that things would be in place for the first practice session slated to get underway at noon on March 12. “We have to get about 4,000 yards of clay in here and spread it, but then have to roll it in so we have a smooth surface to race on,” Hodge said. He added, ” We plan to bring in a full construction crew as well to install new restrooms behind the grandstands and we have to replace much of the water piping that froze and ruptured during the winter.”

He also said that the PA system had to be overhauled. The company that installed the system a few years ago was not experienced in doing race tracks and installed a cluster of directional speakers behind the grandstands and it has been a disaster since the day it was installed. The system would be perfect for the endzone of a football field, but is not suited for a race track where the roar of the engines wins out over the present speaker system.

Another pack vehicle is to be added as well as an above ground water storage tank.

There is a lot talk of new cars being built as several of the teams are moving up in classes. The Super Late Model division has been dropped except for special events and has been replaced by the popular Thunder & Lightning class. The powerful Pro Stock class has been brought back and many of the drivers who competed last season in the Pure Stock division will be competing in the Pro Stock class, including four-time track champion, Johnny Welch.

Several of the Pure Street drivers, including past track champion Roger Horne, Mark Horne, Adam Hill and Pete McKenzie will move up one or two notches in other classes. The Street division will be more of an entry level class with new drivers competing against each other.

The four-cylinder cars will be split into two classes with the entry level Mini Stock 4 and the super-fast Mini Mod 4 for drivers who have the money and ability to compete on this level.

The Hodge brothers, 2004 champion, Troy and 2003 champion, Brandon will go at it once again and will be joined by brothers Randy and Adam Hill in the Thunder & Lightning division. Randy won the last T & L event last November and Adam was a winner in the Pure Street division last year. The Hodge brothers will be joined by their cousin, high school senior, Banjo Duke, who will compete in the T & L class as well as the Mini Mod 4 class. Others expected in the T & L competition are James Stephens, Jody Truett, Robert Pack and possibly Robbie Disher.

In addition to Welch, the Pro Stock should have 2004 Pure Stock champion Brian Welch, Bubba Jones, William Disher, J. D. Norton and Gregg Anderson. The father-son team of Roger and Mark Horne are expected to lead the Pure Stock chase along with Pete McKenzie and Mark Bartlette.

Defending champion Tony Rabon can be counted on to lead the Mini Stock 4 series with Cody McAllister, Zack Secor, David Hodge, Sissy Duke and Jack Lambert expected to be up front.

The Mini-Mod 4 competition could be a toss-up between a dozen drivers. Duke, who chalked up seven wins last year in the Mini Stock class is the hands-on favorite to lead the pack this year, but will have Frankie Frye, Harry Pritchard, Wayne Hodge, Michael Boykin, Woody Barwick and several new drivers in his mirror.

The schedule for the year includes a visit by the popular Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series on April 16 and a special United Sprint Car Series program on August 20. With the new surface being laid down, the “bullets” could reach average speeds of more than 90 mph. A “Ladies Night” is planned for April 9th and the popular “Old Timers Night” is planned as well. Two demolition derbies are planned as well as four kids bike races.

Special nights are planned for youth baseball teams, scouts and the military. A special day-night event is planned as a fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The regular season will end on September 3, but the annual “Turkey Shoot-out” will be run on November 26. The track will be closed on July 2 in observance of Independence Day.

Practice sessions will run from noon until 5p.m., while regular race nights will have the gates opening at 5:30p.m. and racing events following at 7:30.

All Star Circuit of Champions Slated for Two Day Dual at JMS

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

The All Star Circuit of Champions is one of the premier sprint car sanctioning bodies in the United States, and the second largest sanctioning body based on number of races held each year. In 2004 the All Stars celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and Chad Kemenah took home his third consecutive Championship. Racing stars such as Jeff Gordon, Dave Blaney, Kasey Kahne, Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser have all spent time racing with the series.

In 2004 the All Star Circuit of Champions signed an agreement with RSBN.Net, a major player in brining live auto racing to the Internet. The broadcast not only reached a national audience but international as well. In 2005 the series will continue their broadcast on internet radio.

For more information on the August event at Junction Motor Speedway please contact speedway officials at 402-773-5538 ext 9.