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Archive for March, 2005

Brunnhoelzl Has Hopes to Add to Greenville’s History

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Now, the third-generation driver, along with his Tucson team, are hoping to add another chapter to the rich Brunnhoelzl legacy, as well as adding a new chapter to the vast history of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC.

“It is cool knowing all of the guys that have raced there,” said Brunnhoelzl. “There is a lot of history at that place with all of the names on the wall and all of the legends that have raced there. There have been a lot of current day stars that have been big at Greenville too.”

Greenville’s track has its entire list of former track champions painted along its “wall of champions.” Names like Grady Hawkins, David Pearson, Floyd Powell, Ralph Earnhardt, Butch Lindley, Robert Pressley, Marty Ward and others adorn the wall. While Brunnhoelzl’s name wouldn’t be added to the wall just for winning the Pro Cup race at the track, being victorious at the track where so many great names have raced would be a huge accomplishment to the Brunnhoelzl racing history.

“I’d love to win at Greenville, but I’d love to win anywhere,” added Brunnhoelzl. “I think we’ll have a good car at Greenville. We tested there on Monday. The track itself should put on a pretty good race. It’s pretty worn out; that is what makes it unique, though. You can tell it has been there for a while. It reminded me of a little mini-Martinsville. It has really tight corners and long straights.

“Our test at the track went fairly well. It was raining pretty badly, so they extended practice until night time. We made a 25-lap run to get used to the track at first.

“Then we started changing a bunch of stuff. We had basically three totally different packages that we wanted to try, with different springs, shocks and stuff. We went through all of them. We went back to the one we liked the most and made a time-trial run. We’ve still got some improvements we can make, but we’ll be ok.”

Brunnhoelzl has suffered through some tough luck after two races of the 2005 Southern Division and sits 18th in the point standings. He knows that it is now time to go.

“These seasons really aren’t that long if you think about it. It has taken a couple of races for us to get used to each other and to get molded and gelled together. We can’t waste anymore races. We need to get out there and be running up front right away. Before you know it, the regular season is over and we’re in the post season. It is go time now.”

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 Presented by the U.S. Army at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is set for Saturday, April 2nd, at 8pm.

If you would like more information on George Brunnhoelzl III and his future racing plans, contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 and stay tuned for the new George Brunnhoelzl III website coming soon.

Rogers Still Riding High Heading into Greenville

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Now, Rogers and the rest of the Pro Cup elite know they have to contend with the Termidor number-18. And Andrew is still riding high from the race in Georgia, meaning this coming weekend’s race at Greenville (SC) could be huge.

“Oh yeah, I was on cloud nine after the race,” said the 19-year-old Rogers. “For the next couple of days, it was really good for us. It did a lot for the moral of our team. It proved to us and to everyone else that we were a threat. But like any good team, once we got back here to the shop, we were focused on the next race and we just started to prepare for it. I think we have a car that is capable of winning, so we just got to get to that point.

“We’ve been working on the car and got the body straightened back out from Valdosta. We finished second, but still had a lot of work to do to it. I’m pretty pumped about where we are in the points and in the rookie standings. It’s nice to be in the top-10 in the overall points.”

Rogers sits 10th in the Southern Division point standings, but is less than 25 points out of second spot. He leads in standings in a very talented Rookie of the Year class. He is 33 points in front of Steve Wallace, son of NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, and is 48 points in front of third-place Chase Pistone.

Now Rogers will head to the legendary Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday for race number three in the Southern division. While it isn’t a new track for the Pro Cup Series, it will be a new track for Rogers. However, the track’s characteristics will help Rogers adapt relatively quickly.

“I like the flat, worn out type of racetrack,” said Rogers, who tested at the half-mile recently. “In legends cars, that is all we ever ran, flat quarter-mile tracks. I like those types of tracks. I know about having to baby the throttle and roll through the center of the corner.

“When we tested there, it took me a little bit to get used to the track, but once I got the hang of it, I felt right at home in the Hooters Pro Cup car. It drove just like a legends car would drive on those types of tracks.”

Another factor playing into Rogers advantage this weekend will be the fact that the race is close to home base.

“My phone was ringing off the hook after Georgia,” said Rogers. “A lot of people were calling and congratulating me on the good run and saying that they wish they could have been there. That is what makes going to Greenville pretty cool; it is close to home, so we’ll have a lot of friends and family coming down there.”

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 Presented by the U.S. Army at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is set for Saturday, April 2nd, at 8pm.

For more information on Andrew Rogers, please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 or check out the new AndrewRogersRacing.com.

15-year-old Announces 2005 ASA LMS Plans

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Another young up and coming driver has thrown his hat into the ring in the bid for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title chase as 15-year-old, Jesse Smith has announced his intentions on running the full ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts schedule for the 2005 season.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.” Said Smith. “We plan on running every race with the ASA Late Model Series this season, hopefully we can come and win rookie of the year and be competitive with the talent in this series.” The St. Louis MO pilot joins an already impressive list of young rookie contenders for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title chase which includes, other teenage sensations, Chase Austin, Keeton Hanks and Garrett Stonum.

Over his brief career, Jesse has always been at the top of his game his whole life with over 300 victories in various divisions and series’. At the tender age of just five years old, he started out in quarter midgets and JCSA. He quickly moved up through the ranks and won multiple national titles in the series. Jesse’s next step at age nine was racing the Bandoleros division, where he soon won the national championship. When Jesse turned 12, he felt it was time to move up to the Legend cars where he won an outstanding amount of races and numerous national championships on both dirt and pavement.

Jesse will carry sponsorship on his Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2005 season from Hormel Foods (www.hormel.com) and Spam (www.spam.com). While more sponsorship on the side of his car will come from PPG, Suspension Spring Specialists, and Cooper Color Inc.

For more information on Jesse Smith please visit: www.jessesmithracing.com

Nebraska Auto Racing HoF Night set for June 4th at JMS

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Details will be released in the weeks to come leading up to the event including a list of the inductees who will be in attendance.

Just one of the numerous objectives set forth by the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame is: To select a minimum of six and a maximum of eight individuals who have made significant accomplishments in auto racing. Requirements for selection are:

1. Individual must have been a Nebraska resident for a minimum of two (2) years, retired from the activity for which they are being honored a minimum of four (4) years and during their active years made significant accomplishments locally and regionally with some national prominence.

2. Individual that is still active in the sport of auto racing must have been a Nebraska resident for a minimum of two(2) years, must be a minimum of fifty-five (55) years of age, must have a minimum of thirty (30) years of involvement in the activity for which they are being honored and during their active years made significant accomplishments locally and regionally with some national prominence.

DO YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS AN INUCTEE?

You are invited to assist in the nominating of individuals to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame. All you need to do is leave your name, address and phone number as a contact, along with the name and a paragraph of information on your nominee, with any Board of Directors member or send this information to the address below. Should your nominee be deceased, next of kin information would be helpful. Nominations close on October 15th.

You may send your nomination to;

Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Inc.
821 Driftwood Drive
Lincoln, NE 68510

or e-mail: nebautohof@aol.com

USMTS Doubleheader on tap at Hancock County Speedway

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

The O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series teams continue their early-season juggernaut as Mid-America’s Premier Modified Series steamrolls into Britt, Iowa this Friday and Saturday (April 1-2) with a doubleheader event at the Hancock County Speedway.

While most racing series are still planning their 2005 schedule, the O’Reilly USMTS season is in full swing with the fifth and sixth events of this year’s 58-race slate set for this weekend.

Despite several inches of snow that fell last in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota last week, officials have been busy around the clock preparing the Hancock County Speedway for this weekend’s big event.

“We did get some great work done on the racetrack on Wednesday and it is in very good shape. We could actually use some rain to help with the packing,” said O’Reilly USMTS race organizer Todd Staley. “You should see some great racing action with the new shape the track has taken on. Some of the banking has been taken out of the corners and the track has some great shape to it.”

After picking up two wins in two nights two weeks ago at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kan., defending O’Reilly USMTS titleist Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa returns to his home state in hopes of padding his points lead in the O’Reilly National Driver Standings.

Looking to get back into victory lane after capturing the season-opening event at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb. earlier this month, Corey Dripps of Waterloo, Iowa hopes to chip away at the six-time O’Reilly USMTS National Champion’s points lead.

In addition to Shryock and Dripps, a huge field of cars and drivers are expected for this event, including last year’s winner of this event, Jon Tesch. Other National hotshoes expected are Jason Hughes, Brad McEwan, Mike Sorensen, Tommy Myer, Dustin Boney, Julie McDermid, Ryan Ruter, Zack VanderBeek, Jeremy Payne, Roger Hadan, Greg Metz, Mark Noble, Al Hejna, Mike Wedelstadt, Jason Krohn, Jeff James, Jake Neal, Lynn Nillson, Mike Hejna, Steve Wetzstein, Bob Timm, Jesse Frericks, Mike Chasteen, Bub Lerette, Gary March, Tim Vogt, Dean Mahlstedt, Danny Concelman, Bruce Hanford, Scott Mullen, David Murray, Dan Daniels, Nate Wasmund, Brad Bakken, Matt Gilbertson, Danny McKeighan, Jordy Nelson and Neil Eckhart.

This weekend’s “USMTS.com Iowa Spring Challenge” will be the fifth and sixth races of the season for the O’Reilly USMTS — part of 10 events comprising Swing #1 on the 2005 slate. Friday’s Holley “A” Main winner will pocket $2,000 while Saturday’s winner will take home $3,000.

Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars and B-Mods will also be on the racing card both days (no entry fee – pit pass only). The Hobby Stock winner will earn $200 on Friday and $300 on Saturday. Stock Cars will pay $300 to win on Friday and $400 on Saturday. The B-Mod feature winner will earn $250 on Friday and $350 on Saturday.

Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with hot laps at 6:30 and racing to follow. Grandstand general admission is $12 for adults and $4 for kids. On Saturday, gates open at 12 noon, with hot laps at 3:30 and racing at 4 p.m. Grandstand general admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25 each day.

Hancock County Speedway is located 1.3 miles south of U.S. Hwy. 18 on James St. (turns into Main Ave. and Diagonal and 1st), then 0.5 mile east on 220th Ave., then 0.1 mile north on Jewel Ave., then east (at the Hancock County Fairgrounds).

For more information, contact the USMTS office by calling 515-832-7944 or email Race Director Todd Staley at todd@usmts.com. The O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series is online at www.USMTS.com.

O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series
National Driver Standings (top 10) as of March 30, 2005:

1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa …. 412
2. Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa …. 360
3. Jason Hughes, Colcord, Okla. …. 359
4. Brad McEwan, Storm Lake, Iowa …. 342
5. Mike Sorensen, Rochester, Minn. …. 328
6. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, Minn. …. 298
7. Dustin Boney, De Soto, Kan. …. 290
8. Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D. …. 283
9. Julie McDermid, Fremont, Wis. …. 282
10. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa …. 279