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Archive for May, 2005

Beck Looking to Become Third Jennerstown Winner

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Beck, who has recorded second and fourth place finishes in his initial early season outings, will actually have two opportunities for a checkered flag this Saturday, as the half-mile paved Somerset County oval will contest twin 30-lap feature races instead of the normal single 50-lap attraction.

“Our team is off to its best start in quite awhile,” Beck said. “The chassis set-up is working very well, and our motor program with JET Engines is giving us the power we need to run up front.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Beck lost his primary sponsor over the winter, and has been forced to cut back his racing efforts to one night per week.

“We’re on the edge financially, and can’t really afford to tear up the car or the engine,” said the University of Pittsburgh mechanical engineering graduate. “”We don’t have as many resources as the bigger teams, but if we can avoid the big problems, I feel we should be in the hunt for a track championship.

“We enjoy racing as much as possible, but running just once a week allows us to focus our attention on Jennerstown. We picked off a win last year, and we appear to be fast again there this year,” he added. “Hopefully our luck will continue to hold.”

Also appearing on the six-division racing card will be competition for the late model, street stock, PA legacy, hobby stock and super mini-cup classes.

Jennerstown will also celebrate the beginning of the summer season with a ‘School’s Out Escape’ promotion.

Appearing as part of the entertainment attraction will be drag racer Ken Nelson and his crowd pleasing ‘Cool School Bus Wheel Stander’. Powered by a 1,000 horsepower blown and injected big block Chevrolet engine, the yellow school bus replica will travel the length of the Jennerstown front straight on its rear wheels in a shower of sparks.

There will also be an opportunity for kids to meet cartoon character Sponge Bob Squarepants and the speedway’s own mascot, Thunder the Roadrunner.

Adult general admission is $7.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children. Kids age 6 and under are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with the first qualifying race set to begin at 6:30.

Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Night this Saturday

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

One of the many 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.

If you know of someone who should might be a candidate to be an inductee 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

Delarye Wins Super Lates, Mitchell Bests Midgets

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

In the Super Lates, John Delarye from Sturgis capitalized on the luck of the draw charging from his outside row 1 starting spot to capture his 1st Wayland Chevrolet Super Late Model feature win of the season Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway. Ryan Wheeler’s evening ended abruptly after a bout with the 1st-turn wall on lap 1. Al McGlothlen who was running in 5th spot was caught up in a turn 2 melee with Dan McEndarfer as they were trying to avoid Scott Cunningham who had spun. McEndarfer would continue on to finish 13th. John Chapman finished 2nd with Phil Massuch 3rd, Curt Spalding 4th and Andy Bozell 5th. Completing the top 10 were Rick Sexton, Phil Bozell (from 20th starting spot), Dave Lober, Hank Miller and Steve Needles. SLM heat winners were Todd Harrington, Lober and Chapman with Cunningham victorious in the Last Chance race.

The Q-Lube Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midget Series was on hand with a strong contingent of 21 cars. Nick Mitchell from Toledo, OH scored the win in their 25 lap main event. Mitchell and Chris Hettinger were heat winners with Hettinger setting fast time with a lap at 12.104.

Brian Bergakker drove a flawless race to record his 1st Best Way Disposal Limited Late Model feature win of the year. A multi-car crash in turn 2 on lap 5 eliminated Luke Krick and Mike Zordan. Bergakker had built a commanding 1/2 track lead but, saw that go away after Jim Abbott spun in turn 4 on lap 25. The ensuing yellow put 5-time feature winner Brandon Lyons right behind Bergakker but, Bergakker would go on to record the triumph. Following Lyons across the stripe was Jim Hunderman in 3rd, Jon Orr 4th and Mickey Cornwell 5th. Mike Brooks was 6th followed by Michelle Sexton, Matt Krywosinski, Jason Simpson and Tom Wright. Heat winners were Orr, John Russell and Rob Hardy. Tom Rutherford won the B feature.

Ben Raber posted his 3rd E&D’s High Performance Sport Stocks feature win in their 20 lap main. Rod Littell hit the turn 1 wall at the start but, would continue on to finish 9th. Bryan VanZile had a commanding lead only to spin on lap 14 in turn 2. After restarting at the rear VanZile charged back to salvage an 8th place finish. Courtney Weston followed Raber at the finish in 2nd place, with Travis Hall 3rd, BJ Orr 4th and Trent Hellenga 5th. Rounding out the top 10 were Toby Montgomery, Todd Foote, VanZile, Littell and Del Heckelman. Heat wins went to John TerMeer and VanZile.

Butch Glass captured the 20 lap Home Depot Pure Stock feature. Jimmy Wheaton posted his best 2005 feature finish in 2nd spot with Dennis Nyhuis 3rd, point leader Greg Haynes 4th and Lloyd Brooks 5th. Frank Abraham was 6th trailed by Chad Wycoff, Bob Livingston, Mark Shook and Harold Lock. Pure Stock heat wins went to Glass and Brad Shellenbarger.

Coming up Saturday, June 4 will be another full Nascar Weekly Racing Series 4 in 1 program. It will also be Student Night and Good Neighbor Night for Kalamazoo County residents. If you reside in Kalamazoo County just show your valid driver’s license to get in for just $5!

SSP Hosts Big 33 Football Classic and YCRC Night on Thursday

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Greg Hodnett continues to lead the SSP Sprint Car point championship over Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer. Cory Haas of York picked up both feature events in last week’s non-points SABKO Enterprises Twin 20’s.

Tom Johns of Columbia won the forty car Xtreme Stock Car feature last week. David Wilhelm of Harve de Grace, MD continues to extend his point lead with the consistency of 6 top five finishes in seven eaces. The Xtreme Stock Car drivers eligible for the double purse money bonus are Johns, Wilhelm, Charlie Pensinger, Tommy Slanker and Steve Clemens. These drivers will automatically start at the rear of the feature event, and if any or all of these drivers make it into the top five finishing spots, then that driver will receive double purse money for that position. These drivers will also compete in the 4-lap Pepsi Challenge Dash paying $50.00 to the winner.

The Smashmasters Demolition Derby will pay $600 to the winner, $200 for second and #100 for third place. Entry forms may be obtained by contact SSP at (717) 292-1696. For questions about rules and specifications, contact Scot Wallace of Smashmasters at (610) 781-7931.

Gates open in the pit area and grandstands at 5:00 p.m. Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $20.00. If needed, the raindate for this event will be announced at a later date.

SSP continues its Repeat Fan Discount in which there will be a $2.00 discount for each person with a ticket stub from the May 26 or May 29 events only. For example, fans will receive $2.00 off an Adult ticket for June 2 with and Adult ticket stub from the May 26 or 29 events. Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into special drawings to be held during the season for great prizes. Last season, the grand prize was two tickets to the NASCAR race in October at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south. For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or visit online at ww.sspracing.net. On raceday, fans are encouraged to call (717) 938-9170 for current weather conditions.

SSP News and Notes:

- The Trail Motors Super Sportsman Series will continue on Sunday, June 5 paying $1,000 to the winner (Sportsman Tour Purse for the remainder of the field). Each feature will qualify 24 starters for the regular 20-lap events. This is the first of eight races for the Super Sportsman at SSP that culminates with the Inaugural 75-lap Trail Motors Championship on Sunday, September 4, paying $2,500 to the winner. For the championship race, there will be 12 automatic qualifiers for the event determined by the winners of the following events: 1) Silver Spring (Sat., May 28); 2) SSP (Sun., May 29); 3) SSP (Sun., June 5); 4) Port Royal (Sat., June 15); 5) SSP (Sun., June 19); 6) Williams Grove (Fri., June 24); 7) Silver Spring (Sat., July 2); 8) SSP (Sun., July 3); 9) Lincoln (Wed., July 20); 10) SSP (Sun., July 24); 11) SSP (Sun., Aug. 7); 12) SSP (Sun., Aug. 21). The remainder of the field for the championship will qualify through heats and a last chance race. All Trail Motors Super Sportsman Series events at SSP will require the use of Hoosier Tires on all four corners with a Hoosier 105/18-15 plated (HTMA or THE) spec tire and only D-12 or D-15 compounds are permitted. Gates open in the pit area and grandstands at 5:00 p.m. Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $20.00.

Dirt Late Model Notebook

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The smile on the young boys face probably still hasn’t come off. When asked how he picked that young boy McDowell said, “I just picked him out. I like doing that. That made that boys night getting that trophy from me and that’s what its all about. We have to get the kids more involved. If me giving him that trophy means he’ll want to come back and watch us race or even just go for a local show then its worth it. Just to see that kid light up like that its still worth it.”

KELLY BOEN swept the season opener of the O’Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tires at Mid-Nebraska Speedway.

The Carolina Clash Rookie Points chase has CLINT ELKINS out front of Jason Fitzgerald after four events on the 2005 slate.

“The Franklin Flyer” STEVE BARNETT regained the Northern Allstar Late Model Series (NALMS) point lead this weekend following a grueling three race stretch. The Franklin, Indiana based team currently enjoys an 82 point lead over Steve Hillard in the 2005 NALMS title chase.

The past has also been reawakened with the return of BILLY MOYER’s BillyMoyer.com. The new web site is a celebration of Moyer’s three-decade career in motorsports and is referred to as “Billy Moyer: Retrospect.” “Retrospect” is a fusion of highlights and memories from the past and recent accomplishments on a platform utilizing new technology including creative Flash programming by award-winning designer Alan Copeland. The new concept was born as Moyer and long-time Moyer marketing and public relations consultant, Michelle Petroff, wanted to reflect on memorable moments in Mr. Smooth’s career. “Billy Moyer: Retrospect” is now online at http://www.billymoyer.com

CHRIS SPIEKER held off the late charge of Justin Fegers on May 28 to win the Adams County 50, a WORLD Dirt Racing League PolyDome Late Model Series event at Adams County Speedway. It was his career-first series victory for the three-time track champion at the southwest Iowa facility.

ROB TOLAND, Hillsdale, Ill. Leads the National I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Model Standings.

DICK BARTON of Ashville, NY currently leads the RRS Super Late Model point standings.

MIKE JOHNSON completed a very successful debut night for his new Victory Circle Chassis by leading the final 23 laps to score a $1500 win in the 40 lap Danny Simkins Memorial for the Dart Heads Western Dirt Late Model Tour at Santa Maria Speedway on May 28.

MARK BURGTORF won two features last weekend at Quincy (IL) Raceways, the Budweiser IMCA Late Models feature event and the Miller Lite A Modifieds maine event.

PHIL HALL will make his first start on the Carolina Clash circuit this season at Wythe Raceway on June 4 in a brand new Warrior entry.

The family portrait taken in Lee County Speedway’s victory lane had a significance far greater than TOM DARBYSHIRE’s first career Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win. The I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Model veteran from Morning Sun took the checkers in the last week at Donnellson just two days after his three oldest children were injured in an automobile accident. Daughters Amanda and Abby and son Jacob were treated at area hospitals and released the same day. Along with their mother Sheila and little brother Joshua, they joined Darbyshire for a very special post-race picture session. “This week started so bad. When something like this happens to your kids, it shakes you up. I really didn’t care if I raced tonight,” said Darbyshire, who was encouraged by his family to do so. “I was glad everybody was there. This is something I’ll remember the rest of my life.”

AL PURKEY leads by 47 markers over defending champion Alan Vaughn and Shane Essary in the current O’Reilly MLRA point standings.

SCOTT BLOOMQUIST from Mooresburg, Tennessee held off the late race charge of Wendell Wallace from Batesville, Arkansas to pick up the $39,000 payday in the 13th Annual O’Reilly Show Me 100 at West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, Missouri. The win marked Bloomquist’s third straight win in the event and his record-setting, fourth career Show Me 100 victory.

Dirt America Online has been updated with new interviews, news stories, articles and columns at: http://www.DirtAmericaOnline.com

SANCTION NEWS & NOTES:

The Third Annual U.M.P. Tri-Track Challenge will once again return for a three state showdown in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri on June 3rd-4th-5th.

Luxemburg Speedway officials are preparing for the return of the Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association (WDLMA) for the fourth annual 40 lap “Battle of the ‘Burg” on Friday, June 10 sponsored by Seubert Calf Ranches of Dorchester, WI. The event pits the local WISSOTA late model favorites along with the series regulars, many of whom are Milwaukee-area racers who compete weekly at the Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam or on Tuesday nights at Powercom Speedzone in Oshkosh.

The MACS event at Virginia Motor Speedway was broadcast live over “Race Talk Live” and is archived, so anyone can listen to it at your convenience at www.racetalklive.com. With Chuck Hall, Dave Seay, and Brian Tidball providing the race call and color analysis of the event.

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will get back racing June 4 at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA after a break during May. This will be the fifth stop of the 2005 Clash Season and the sixth Clash event at Promotor Fred Brown half- mile clay oval track in Southwest Virginia. The 2005 Clash Points battle is getting ready for a hot month of action in June. Jeff Smith and David Smith are tied for the top spot but defending Clash champion Ricky Weeks is only two points off the co-leaders pace going to Wythe Raceway.

After a two-week break, the O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series presented by Arizona Sport Shirts will be back in action this Thursday, June 2nd, at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, KY and this Friday, June 3rd, at the Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY.

Thus far in the 2005 season for the O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series has seen six different winners in as many races with Rick Combs, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Shannon Babb, Whitney McQueary, and Dennis Erb each garnering victories.136 different drivers have competed with the O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series with Dunnville, KY’s Whitney McQueary currently leading series point standings by just 70 points over Michael England. Rookie of the Year leader Chris Combs sits third in the series standings with Tim Tungate and Mike Jewell rounding out the top five.

Overnight rains and the forecast for more forced track officials to cancel last Sunday’s O’Reilly/NCRA Late Model series event at Nebraska Raceway Park. A tentative make-up date has been set for August 5.

After a one-week break from the schedule, The World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series fires back up with four events in four states in a six day period. The “Dirty Dozen” race teams travel to Farley Speedway in Farley,IA Wednesday, June 1st for the “Farley 50”, Eagle Raceway in Lincoln (Eagle),NE Friday, June 3rd for the “High Bank Heist 60”, Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron,SD Saturday, June 4th for the “Challenge Cup 50” and then to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley,MN for the “26th Annual Gopher 50”. All four events pay the winner $10,000.

The June 3rd “High Bank Heist 60” at Eagle Raceway and the June 6th “26th Annual Gopher 50” at Deer Creek Speedway will both be part of the thirteen 2005 World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series events broadcast on SPEED Channel. Air dates are yet to be determined.

Jim Nier’s KC Raceway near Chillicothe, OH has been added to the 2005 World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series schedule with a huge two-day event at the high-banked 3/8ths mile oval scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 17th and June 18th . The “Dirty Dozen” drivers of the nationally touring dirt Late Model group will battle all challengers in the quest for a $20,000 payday in the “Veterans Appreciation 100”. A $100,000 in total purse money has been posted just for the event which offers $1,500 to start the “Veterans Appreciation 100”.

The June 4th “Challenge Cup 50” at Dakota State Fair Speedway will be a Dirtvision.com video cybercast airing Thursday, June 9th at 8:00p.m. EDT.

RACE TRACK NEWS & NOTES:

The United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Challenge of Champions Series will roll into Tri-City Speedway presented by the Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers on Wednesday, June 1st. The UMP Late Models will be paying $2,000 to the winner.

Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, June 3 with Senior Night. All Senior Citizens ages 60 and over will have $5 General Admission. Makeup features from May 13 will be held for the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. All divisions will be in competition. For the most complete source of Raceway 7 information, please visit the track’s web site at www.raceway7.com

With Eldora Speedway’s ‘major event’ season rapidly approaching, promoter Larry Kemp has announced that Race Track Camping (RTC) will be opening and managing a campground on the West side of State Route 118, adjacent to the speedway property. The prime location is directly across the highway from the main gate to Eldora. Race Track Camping has stated that the campground will be available from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 12. This time period coincides with three of Eldora’s premier events – World of Outlaw Sprints (June 4), Nextel Prelude to the Dream (June 8) and the 11th annual Dirt Late Model Dream (June 10 & 11). Site fees have been kept reasonable and reservations for space are being accepted by contacting Race Track Camping at (765) 238-0617. Officials from RTC have indicated that full compliance with Eldora’s previously announced Golf Cart Permit requirements will be enforced. All golf carts and motorized vehicles are required to purchase and display a 2005 Eldora Speedway Golf Cart Permit decal prior to operation.

MEDIA NEWS & NOTES:

The cameras of SPEED Channel captured all the side-by-side, fast paced action of the $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series “Armed Forces Day 60” at the high-banked ¼ mile speedway. The tape-delayed broadcast will air July 9th at 4:00p.m. EDT.

The June 4th World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series “Challenge Cup 50” at Dakota State Fair Speedway will be a Dirtvision.com video cybercast airing Thursday, June 9th at 8:00p.m. EDT.

Dirt Nation, one of dirt track racing’s most popular radio programs has announced a major sponsorship agreement with the Lucas Oil Company based in Corona, CA. Dirt Nation, now in its third year, airs every Monday evening on WLRT FOX1490 based in Hampton, VA and broadcast live via the internet at: www.racetalklive.com from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST. The show will now be known as Dirt Nation presented by Lucas Oil. Dirt Nation presented by Lucas Oil features guests from the worlds of dirt Late Model, Modified and Sprint Car racing each week including drivers, team owners, promoters, sanction officials, media, crewmembers and others. Dirt Nation presented by Lucas Oil is hosted each Monday evening by Dave Seay, Brian Tidball and Doc Lehman and airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST and can be accessed over the internet at: http://www.racetalklive.com Dirt Nation presented by Lucas Oil is co-sponsored by Virginia Motor Speedway, Dirt America Online and Slavic Custom Shirts.

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