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Archive for August, 2005

Michels Stocks Portfolio With RMCS Victory

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series inverts the top twenty cars after qualifying putting the fast cars in the rear to start the main event. Michels took advantage of this procedure and when he had a poor qualifying lap clocking in 15th fast. Michels would start the race from the inside third row. Fast qualifier and current point’s leader Zan Sharp from Wellsville, Utah toured the 3/8-mile paved oval in 15.545 seocnds/86.845 mph. Local hotshoe Nick Parker was second fast with David Minegar, James Eaton, and Retro-Design Rookie leader John Newhouse rounding out the top five qualifiers.

David Doan started the 125-lap event new comer Richard Bridges alongside. Bridges grabbed the early lead but Michels moved his Stock Building Supply Chevrolet to the front like he was shot out of a cannon. Michels grabbed the lead on lap five and never looked back.

The real racing action took place behind the leader as fast qualifier Sharp, Parker, and Minegar started their determined charge to the front slowly picking off positions one by one. Sharp rode most of the race back in the 15th positions until he put his NAPA Chevrolet in high gear and moved into the top five by lap 80.

Meanwhile, Minegar had perhaps the drive of the night coming from the rear of the 23-car field on three occasions to make his way into the top five each time. He started 18th and moved into the top five by lap 50, and then he had contact with Bryan Warf who spun his car down pit exit ending his night. RMCS rules specify that if you are involved in an incident that brings out a caution flag, then you go to the rear of the field. Minegar was dealt another blow after making his way back to the front when his hood started to come apart.

Minegar was sent to the pits with hood damage and relegated to the back one more time. He worked his way back up to 4th when he made a move under Newhouse and contact ensued with Minegar spinning and going to the back again. With the race winding down, Minegar managed to get back to as high as fifth where he finished.

While Minegar wore out his tires passing the field, Sharp took the slow and steady approach and moved into second place and dogged Michels over the final 25-laps. Sharp was unable to make up the distance and finished second just .840 seconds behind Michels. Retro-Design Rookie leader John Newhouse finished third, with Craig Bell and David Minegar rounding out the top five.

“I had to win this race for Stock,” Michels said. “I really struggled with these tires in practice and the team did a great job figuring out the setup so we could race. This is a fun series with a lot of great guys. I look forward to racing more with these guys next year.”

Sharp scored his ninth top five finish of the season with his second place performance at RMR. “This series rewards performance and passing,” Sharp said. “Rip may have won the race, but that was about it.”

Leading rookie John Newhouse finished third to record his fifth top five finish of the season. “I could not be happier,” Newhouse said. “I am having a blast racing this season and this series forces you to be on your game every night. We started slow but we are really figuring out our car. I can’t wait for the next race this coming weekend.”

Finishing fifth after the drive of the night was second place in the point standings, David Minegar. “I glad we were able to get back to fifth but felt we had the best car tonight,” Minegar said. “I learned a few things and I am ready for the next one.”

With his second place finish, Sharp extends his point lead over Minegar to 86-points with just two races left on the 2005 schedule. The RMCS awards 3-points for position to reward passing performance, so catching sharp may be a difficult task with only two races remaining. Bryan Warf, Craig Bell, and Dennis Wurtz Jr. round out the top five in the standings.

The next event for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is this weekend at the high-banked 3/8-mile paved oval of Idaho Motor Speedway (formerly Chaparral Speedway). Log onto www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com for all the latest news and information.

2005 Sandusky Speedway Cavalcade Preview

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Cavalcade begins on Friday September 23, 2005 with an open practice night. Doors will open at 2 pm and stay that way until dark. Access costs just $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Saturday September 24, 2005 will consist of all qualifying and heats run by the Sprints, E-Mods, Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Spectator Stocks and Short Track Trucks.

Gates open at noon, qualifying at 3pm and racing at 6:30. General Admission is $12.00, kids 6-12 $5.00 and kids 5 and under free. Pit Passes are $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The Spectator Stocks will also run a 12 lap feature on Saturday.

Sunday September 25, 2005 all B Mains and Features will be run for all divisions. Gates open at 10am with racing at 2pm. General Admission in $20.00, kids 6-12 $5.00 and 5 and under free. Pit Passes are $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.

The 305 Sprints will be fighting for a larger than normal purse, $10,000 total, with all divisions racing for bigger prizes. There is camping available all weekend along with an Open Bar all three days. A complete run down of purses for each division along with the rules and feature laps can be obtained from the track office or by checking out their website at www.sanduskyspeedway.com.

Champions Guitars Awarded for Bandolero Nationals

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Race fans attending the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Series or the Nextel Cup race at the Bristol Motorspeedway this week can save their ticket stub to receive Buy One Get One Tickets for the September 3rd Night of Champions at the Music City Motorplex. Show the ticket stub from any of the three Bristol events this week and receive the discount for an entire day of racing.

The Music City Motorplex will be filled with racing excitement on Saturday, October 8th. Four events are scheduled to kick off at 7:00 pm including the first annual North vs. South ShootOut 100 for Open Wheel Modifieds, the ISCAR Dash Series 150, the All American Late Model Challenge 100 and the TN Baby Grand Championships. Grandstand will open at 4:00 pm with qualifying for all divisions beginning at 4:10 pm. General admission adult tickets are $15 with children 11 and under only $5. For more information on the events check www.MusicCityMotorplex.com or call (615) 726-1818.

Saturday, September 3rd is the Dodge Dealers Night of Champions at the Music City Motorplex. All the ¼ mile divisions will compete beginning at 2:00pm featuring the Bandoleros, Legends, NASKarts, Jr Front Runners, Sr Front Runners, Hornets, Thunder Stocks, Star Stox, TN Outlaws and MMRA Mini-Cups. The NASCAR 5/8 mile divisions hit the track at 8:00pm featuring the Late Models, Super Trucks and double fifteen lap features for the Grand National Sportsman. Tickets for the entire day of racing are only $10 for adults and children 11 and under are free. With all the divisional points’ battles close, the championships come down to the last lap Saturday, September 3rd at the Plex. The first 500 fans in the gate will receive a FREE T-Shirt.

Out of the eighteen weekly divisions racing at the Motorplex this season, ten of the divisional champions could be decided on Saturday at the Night of Champions. First and second positions are separated by less than eighty points in ten of these divisions with six only separated by less than forty. Once again the NASCAR Super Truck title will most definitely come down to the last race with only six points separating first place Blake Carter and second place Scott Borchetta. The NASCAR Late Model and Grand National Sportsman Championship are also still up for grabs with only forty-four points separating Daniel Victory and Dick Steagall in the Sportsman and sixty points separating Wade Buttrey and Andy Johnson in the Late Models. The Dwarfs, TN Outlaws, Mini-Cup Future Stars, Legend Pro/Master, Junior Front Runners, Hornets and Bandolero Outlaws are others Championships that will be decided this Saturday.

Beginning September 30th the Furiously Fast Friday Late Night Drags will return to the Music City Motorplex. Currently the Late Night Drags are being held on Saturday Nights, but due to the end of the race season, the Motorplex will return to the Friday Night program featuring one-on-one street drag racing down the front straight-away, db stereo blast, show-n-shine, dance and burn-out competition. Gates will open at 8:30 pm and racing will start at 9:00 pm.

The Transit Terror School Bus race postponed on the last scheduled appearance will race on September 3rd’s Night of Champions at the Music City Motorplex. The ¼ mile divisions are set to hit the track at 2:00 pm Saturday and the NASCAR 5/8 mile divisions at 8:00 pm with the School Bus Race immediately following.

Music City Motorplex Weekend Preview

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Dodge Dealers Night of Champions
Ken Binkley Signs Night at the Races
General Admission $10 Children 11 and Under Free while accompanied by an adult
Grandstand Gates Open at 12:00 pm
2:00 pm ¼ mile Racing
Bandoleros, Legends, NASKarts, Hornets, Front Runners, Thunder Stocks, Star Stocks, TN Outlaws and MMRA Mini-Cups
Honor the 2005 Motorplex ¼ mile Champions

8:00 pm NASCAR 5/8 mile Racing
Double 15 lap Features for Grand National Sportsman
American Tire Company 15 – Grand National Sportsman
Dodge Dealers 40 – Pepsi Super Trucks
Ken Binkley Signs 50 – Coors Late Models
Honor the 2005 Motorplex NASCAR Champions
Transit Terror School Bus Race

Inaugural Super Sportsman Championship at SSP Sunday

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

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 – Craig Morrow); 2) SSP (Sun., May 29 – Russ Mitten); 3) SSP (Sun., June 5 – Dave Calaman); 4) Port Royal (Wed., June 15 – Pat Cannon); 5) SSP (Sun., June 19 – Rich Eichelberger); 6) Williams Grove (Fri., June 24 – Danny Hager); 7) Silver Spring (Sat., July 2 – Billy Schoffstall); 8) SSP (Sun., July 3 – Frankie Herr); 9) Lincoln (Wed., July 20 – Carmen Perigo Jr.); 10) SSP (Sun., July 24 – Gregg Foster); 11) SSP (Sun., Aug. 14 – Aaron Eichelberger); 12) SSP (Sun., Aug. 21 – Bob Fannasy). The remainder of the field for the championship will qualify through heats and a last chance race. The heats will be lined up by overall point standings with the highest point non-qualifier starting on the pole of the 1st heat and so on.

The 12 qualifiers will compete in two-(2) six-car dash races to determine the starting spots for the top 12 starting spots. The dash races will be 4 laps. The starting positions for dash one will be Craig Morrow, Dave Calaman, Rich Eichelberger, Billy Schoffstall, Carmen Perigo Jr., and Aaron Eichelberger. Dash two will lineup as follows: Russ Mitten, Pat Cannon, Danny Hager, Frankie Herr, Gregg Foster and Bob Fannasy. The finish of dash one will determine the starting positions for the inside of the first rows and dash two will be the outside of the first six rows.

All 75 laps counted for the feature event will be green flag laps only. At lap 50, all cars will be permitted to go to the pit area for 10 minutes. At this time, teams will be permitted to make necessary changes to the car including fuel, gears, tires, shocks, etc. Any car not returning to the track at the expiration of 10 minutes will be relegated to the rear of the field (in front of lapped cars only if that car was not one lap down). 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 HTE) right rear spec tire.

Also racing on Sunday will be the Silver Springs Street Stocks paying $400 to win and the Four Cylinders. This will also be the final point event of the season for the Trail Motors Super Sportman and the Street Stocks.

Gates open on Sunday in the pit area and grandstands at 5:00 p.m. Warm-ups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $15.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; and Children (5 & under) are free. SSP will continue its Repeat Fan Discount in which there will be a $2.00 discount for each person on September 4 with a ticket stub from the August 21, August 25 or September 1 events only. Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into special drawings during the season for great prizes. Last season, the grand prize was two tickets for the October NASCAR race at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pit pass prices are $25.00 with a reduced price of $22.00 for all track licensee holders.

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. The speedway website is located at www.sspracing.net. For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or email toddafish@aol.com. On raceday, fans are encouraged to call (717) 938-9170 for current weather conditions.

SSP News and Notes

- The next event at SSP will be on Saturday, September 24 with the Newberry Community Fair and Smashfest ’05. The Newberry Community Fair Day begin with opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family with lots of rides (Ferris wheel, Giant Slide, Swings, Fun House and more), food vendors, helicopter rides, horse drawn hay rides, tractor hay rides, Monster Truck rides, games, music, fire company displays, antique tractor display, exotic petting zoo, presentations, crafts and more. Plus the Inaugural York County Radio Control Car Nationals presented by Bumps and Jumps will take place on the speedway’s frontstretch from 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. More than 100 entries are expected.

Then on Saturday night, Smashfest ‘05 will begin at 7:00 p.m. featuring the “Black Jack” Monster Truck Car Crunch, Big Car and Small Car Smashmasters Demolition Derbies, Four Cylinder Roll Over Contest, XTREME Motorcycle Jumper, Mini Van Novelty Race and “Go Til Ya Blow” Race and GIGANTIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY ending the show. The Big Car Demolition Derby will pay $1,000 to win.

Gates open for Smashfest ‘05 in the pit area and grandstands at 5:00 p.m. with the show beginning promptly at 7:00 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. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25. Admission for the Community Fair is free.

- On Saturday afternoon, October 1, the Susquehanna Speedway Park will host the Pumpkin 200 Enduro race. As a bonus attraction, the Great American School Buses and Mini Vans will take to the track before the 200 lap Enduro event. Fans will also be given complimentary school bus rides around the track at 12:30 p.m. The Enduro event will follow the specifications for the Xtreme Stock Car division that ran weekly at SSP during the 2005 season. The Pumpkin 200 event will be 200 laps regardless of the number of entries. The purse payout will be based on entry numbers and a payout can be found at the end of this release.

Pre-entry for the event is encouraged but not mandatory. A Pre-entry fee is $50.00 and must be postmarked by Tuesday, September 27, 2005. All entries postmarked on or after September 28, 2005 will be $75.00. Entries will be taken on the day of the event. The starting positions for the Turkey 200 will be aligned through a blind draw at the pit gate on the day of the event. As a special bonus, all pre-entrants will be able to draw a second time for a starting position if he or she does not like their first draw for position. However, the entrant must take the second drawn spot regardless of whether or not it is a better starting position. Entry forms may be found at www.sspracing.net or contact (717) 292-1696 and leave an address or fax number for an entry.

- The SSP Haunted Hayrides originally scheduled for October 14/15, October 21/22 and October 28/29 have been cancelled.

- “The Candy Bowl” has been scheduled for Saturday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m. This event will feature the wingless ARDC Midgets, Silver Springs Street Stocks, Legends Cars, Lincoln Thundercars, Mini Vans, W.O.W. (Women on Wheels) in both Xtreme Stocks and School Buses, XSC Rookie Rumble. All divisions will be features only with extended laps with the exception of the midgets. The ARDC Midgets will have qualifying races as well. One more division may be added and will be announced in the near future. After the event, all teams are encouraged to stay for trick or treating in the pits with all kids in costumes. All kids in costumes will be admitted free to the races.

Clarksville Speedway Has Lots of Action Planned

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Clarksville Speedway proudly announces a Double Header weekend on the Dirt Track
Each night:

General Adult Admission $11.00, Kid’s 6-11 $3.00 5 and under free Pit Admission $25.00
Gates open at 4:00 Hot laps at 5:30 racing action starts at 7:00

Saturday Sept 3rd Classes racing include: Late Models, Open Wheels Mini Sprints , Pro Street and Mini Mod

Sunday Sept 4th $2000.00 to win! Outlaw Mini Sprint races along with Open Wheel, Street Stock and Pure Mini.

Don’t miss the action as mother nature brings us cooler weather! The Outlaw Mini Sprints will be coming from all over to see who will take home the cash! We especially thank all of our sponsors for bringing you the best racing action around! Budweiser, Sprint PCS, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Choppers Roadhouse located on Madison Street.

For more information, please call 931-645-2523 or visit us at www.clarksvillespeedway.com