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Archive for February, 2006

Clarksville Readies for March 4th Season Opener

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

We are very excited, as we have added two new classes this year, Crate Late Models and a beginner class for the Mini Sprints. We have had a tremendous response concerning these added classes. This brings our total class count up to nine!

Everyone is preparing for the $50,000.00 to win Crate Late Model race, which will happen on July 28th 2007. Our phones haven’t stopped ringing. I spoke to Mr. Sid Johnson of Wyatt and Johnson Auto Dealership this past Saturday. He has made a spectactular jester! He has announced that any driver that purchases a crate motor from his dealership (which is located here in Clarksville Tennessee) will be given an additional $200.00 to the winner of the Crate Late Model race. Our first place winner of the Crate Late Model wins $800.00, so if the driver has purchased a motor from Mr. Johnson he will take home $1000.00. Wow! Not bad for the new and upcoming Late Model class!

This is our 5th season here at the Speedway. We continue to update most everything in site. Since the close of last season, we have added the new VIP Suites, new Pit Tower, about $5000.00 in repairs on the bleachers, a new Grand Entrance and a Game Room for the kid at heart. We have also purchased transponders, which will speed up the races even more. We always finish our races by 12:00 midnight as a jester to our fellow neighbors.

If you haven’t seen Clarksville Speedway lately, you haven’t seen anything!

Thunder Thaw 50 Will Start 2006 Tazewell Season

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Aside from the $3,000 check that will be given to the feature winner, if either driver that starts on the front row chooses to accept the “$10,000 CB Racing Collectibles Challenge,” starting in the rear of the field, and wins the fifty lap feature, he will be taken home a whopping extra $10,000.

In the two TTDCS events held at Tazewell Speedway in 2005, Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, and the reigning TTDCS Champion Anthony White of Clinton took home the first place prize.

There will also be a new unique format for the “Tennessee Thunder Thaw 50″ with the Sunoco Quick Six Series, a series within a series, that will offer two separate six car, six lap dashes to determine the starting order for the top twelve positions. Odd qualifiers will go off in dash one while the even qualifiers will go off in dash two. These positions will transfer straight up from the HVH Qualifying consisting of two laps for each car. Each dash will pay $100 to the winner. B-Mains will determine the rest of the starting field. TTDCS will also offer several contingency awards.

Tazewell Speedway’s Limited Late Model, Modified Street, Pure Street and Four-Cylinder divisions will be in action as well.

Several of East Tennessee’s “Bad Boys” are expected to be on hand for the “Tennessee Thunder Thaw 50,” including: the defending TTDCS Champion Anthony White, 2005 TTDCS “Rookie of The Year” Aaron Ridley, Brad Hall, Stacy Boles, Matt Henderson, Ricky Arms, Todd Morrow, Bryan Hendrix, Steve Smith, Billy Ogle, Jr., and more.

The pit gate will open at 11:00am, The grandstand gates open at 1:00pm, and hot laps are scheduled for 2:00. General admission tickets are $12.00 for adults. All children under the age of nine years old will be admitted free. Pit Passes are $25.00

Tazewell Speedway’s regular racing season will kick off on Saturday, April 1st. For more information on Tazewell Speedway, visit us at our home on the web,contact the race track by calling 423.626.2222, or e-mail

Spring Fling Kicks Off Sunday at Speedrome

Monday, February 27th, 2006

We would like to announce the Spring Fling racing series. It will feature races for the Roadrunners and Hornets on March 5th, 12th, and 19th. There will also be open practice for all other Speedrome divisions. Along with that opportunity is the chance for teams to get cars pre-inspected for the upcoming season. The trading paint begins with pit gates opening at 11 am and racing beginning at 2pm sharp.

Previous Spring Fling Champions: Rodney Sizemore (2001 Outlaw Stock), Scott Cothron (2001 Roadrunner), Doug Greig (2002 Outlaw Stock), Jesse Cothron (2002 Roadrunner), Dustin Sapp (2004 Roadrunner), Claude Hopper (2004 Hornet), Earl Bryant (2005 Roadrunner), and Brad Brooks (2005 Hornet). The 2003 series was lost due to weather.

Another important date to remember is March 25th. From 9am to 5 pm, mandatory registration and car number assignment will take place. Numbers are first come first serve, but you must have your car inspected to get your number. Teams can also purchase tires and reserve their pit location for Friday and Saturday racing.

The Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome TM is located near the intersection of Brookville Road and Kitley Avenue on Indy’s eastside. The Speedrome hotline is (317) 353-8206.

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VP Fuels Extends Sponsorship with NHRA

Monday, February 27th, 2006

VP Racing Fuels will continue to be the exclusive on-site racing gasoline supplier at all NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events. VP Racing Fuels gasoline will be mandatory in the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories at national events and Competition Eliminator categories at both national and NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional events. The partnership is a three-year agreement beginning in 2007 and extending through the 2009 racing season.

“VP Racing Fuels continues to be the natural choice for NHRA,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. “For more than 25 years, VP has demonstrated unsurpassed service and technical support to the NHRA racing community. With quality products, an excellent reputation, high service levels and the ability to provide a full range of fuel products at competitive prices, VP Racing Fuels continues to be the choice to handle our unique needs.”
VP will continue to provide on-site service and technical support at national events, as well as at testing and NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series venues. In addition to its Official Racing Fuel sponsorship, VP also is a major contingency sponsor of NHRA, posting nearly $500,000 in contingencies.

“We couldn’t be happier about continuing our relationship with NHRA,” said Fred Morrison, president and CEO of VP Racing Fuels. “VP has always been solely focused on racing. Our mission is to help build racing to be bigger and better. Our association with the industry’s preeminent sanctioning body makes us very proud and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”

VP Racing has been manufacturing the best fuels for motorsports since 1975, currently producing more than 60 unique blends. With these blends, VP has fueled champions in virtually every racing category and class – from drag racing, circle track and road racing, to motocross, off-road, off-shore and even airplane racing. In race venues not controlled by a fuel rule, VP consistently fuels more winners than any other American fuel company. VP’s fuels have earned a reputation for superior power and consistency – as illustrated by the NHRA Pro Stock champions who have made VP their fuel choice for 30 consecutive years, a record unmatched by any major sponsor in the industry. For more information, please visit VP Racing Fuels Web site,

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA has 80,000 racers and members nationwide and 140 member tracks. NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Drag Racing Series and the Street Legal Program presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the O’Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

Racers Getting Younger Every Year

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Over 40 cars and karts lines the isles of the mall showing off rides with new sponsors, colors and paint schemes. Among those drivers present were 15 year old Dustin Stroup, stepping up from the 4-cylinder Spectator Stock division to the Pure Stock division and 13 year old Jim Colvin who is advancing from go-karts all the way up into a 305 Sprint.

Dustin is a student at Clyde High School with only one hobby, racing! After breaking his knee in a motocross accident, his father suggested he switch gears and give auto racing a try. His dad built him a very competitive 4-cylinder and with it Dustin came out in his first year of racing and won Rookie of the Year, finishing 4th in points. Dustin also competed in the Sunday Spectator Stock Challenge at Sandusky Speedway and took home the championship, deciding he was ready and eager to step up a couple divisions in 2006. He says he running for Rookie of the Year again, this time in the Pure Stock division, hoping for a top five final point standing at the end of the season but of course running for first each week.

Even younger is Jim Colvin out of Bellevue. Jim is only in the 7th grade at Margaretta but already has many accomplishments under his belt. After 7 years in a go-kart, Jim is ready to race with the big boys in the 305 Sprint division at Sandusky Speedway. Last year alone, Jim won many go-kart championships including the Burrus Nationals, Great Lakes, TNT Series in Fremont, and the Dirt Championship at Sandusky Speedway – all in 2005! Jim may only be 13, but he already has 106 feature wins to date. He thanks his dad for remaining a kid at heart and allowing him the opportunity to climb in a Sprint this coming season. His one and only Sprint experience came last year at the 2005 Sandusky Speedway Cavalcade. With an impressive qualifying time, his race day started out positive until a mechanical issue put a halt to any chance of finishing his first race. That made Jim only more anxious for the start of the 2006 season. He has high hopes and is confident that a top ten in points is not out of reach while running a full schedule in the Sprints and maintains he will still squeeze in some kart racing on his off weekends.

Sandusky Speedway’s Season Opener is less than two months away. April 22nd officially kicks off the race season. Fans and potential fans are encouraged to drop by the track and check out these young drivers along with many more challenge the veterans for victory lane honors every weekend. You can find a complete schedule at or by calling the track at 419-625-4084.