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Archive for March, 2006

Carolina Clash Readies for Third Event April 8th

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Through the first two championship point’s events of the thirty-four race Carolina Clash schedule, two different drivers have scored a win. In the season opener at Gastonia, NC it was Jeff Smith taking the win, while Petey Ivey picked up his first-ever Carolina Clash win in week two action at Lancaster, SC. Entering the third race of the season Ivey and two-time defending series champion Ricky Weeks are tied for the points lead with a wild scramble among numerous contenders for the rest of the top twenty-five spots in the championship standings.

The April 8th showdown at Fayetteville Motor Speedway will mark the twentieth time that the Carolina Clash has sanctioned an event at the four-tenths mile arena located just off of Interstate 95 in Fayetteville. The $4,000 to win event will also serve as the one-hundred twentieth sanctioned race for the seven year old Carolina Clash SLMS. Former winners of Carolina Clash races at Fayetteville Motor Speedway are led by veteran Ray Tucker (Greensboro, NC) who has posted five of his eight career series wins at Fayetteville.

Two-time national Dirt Late Model ace Earl Pearson Jr.(Jacksonville, FL) has notched three career Carolina Clash wins at Fayetteville, while Jeff Smith (Dallas, NC) and Ed Gibbons (Manning, SC) have scored two series wins each at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Other Carolina Clash SLMS wins at Fayetteville have been registered by Ricky Weeks (Rutherfordton, NC), Scott Autry (Fayetteville, NC), Jack Pennington (Winston, GA), Gary Mabe (Danbury, NC), Benji Cole (Canon, GA), Hank Edwards (Hope Mills, NC) and Chuck Finch (Alberta, VA).

In addition to the 40 lap main event for the Super Late Model drivers of the Carolina Clash tour, the Championship Modified Tour will be in action along with racing in the Limited Late Model, Super Street, Pure Stock and 4 Cylinder support divisions. Pit Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with Grandstand Gates opening at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday April 8th at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Racing gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Driver’s Registration and technical inspection opens at 2:00 and closes at 5:15 pm. Driver’s meeting will be held at 5:20 pm with Hot Laps getting underway promptly at 5:35 pm.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway has undergone massive changes to the racing surface during the off-season with new clay added to enhance the track. As the new season kicks off at Fayetteville Motor Speedway fans are ready for the Carolina Clash SLMS drivers to roar into action in the special event on April 8th.

Directions to Fayetteville Motor Speedway: if coming from north of Fayetteville, take I-95 South to Hwy 87 (Exit 46) toward Elizabeth Town for 1 mile and take a right on to Doc Bennett Road. The entrance for the track is 1 mile on the left on Whitman street.

Coming from south of Fayetteville, take I-95 North to Hwy 87 (Exit 46) toward Elizabeth Town for 1 mile take a right on to Doc Bennett Road. The entrance for the track is approximately 1 mile on the left on Whitman street. The phone number for Fayetteville Motor Speedway is (910) 223-RACE and the track’s website is www.fayettevillemotorspeedway.net.

2006 CAROLINA CLASH SLMS Results & Upcoming Events
Mar 11 Carolina Spdwy (Gastonia, NC) JEFF SMITH
Mar 18 Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, SC) PETEY IVEY
Apr 8 Fayetteville (NC) Motor Speedway $4K to win
Apr 15 I-20 Speedway (Batesburg, SC) $4K to win
Apr 21-22 Off Weekend
Apr 28 Modoc Speedway (Modoc, SC) $4K to win
Apr 29 Riverside Spdwy (Travelers Rest, SC) $4K to win
May 6 Fayetteville (NC) Motor Speedway $4K to win
May 12 Thunder Valley Spdwy (Lawndale, NC)$4K to win
May 13 I-20 Speedway (Batesburg, SC) $4K to win
May 19-20 Off Weekend
May 26 Clary’s Speedway (Brinkleyville, NC) $5K to win
May 27 Clary’s Speedway (Brinkleyville, NC) $5K to win
Jun 3 Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, VA) $4K to win

Indy Speedrome ‘Pit Board’ Enters 30th Season

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Last Friday, the year’s first edition became available at the track and online. It contained history from all eight of the divisions currently active at the 1/5-mile speed palace. Previous champions, career wins lists, and more were included as well as preview articles for many top subjects. You can also see some of the latest updates for the year ahead. And most importantly, the entire 2006 Speedrome schedule is listed. So, stop in and get a hard copy or log on to www.speedrome.com to view yours. Remember, it’s Showtime at the Speedrome in 2006!

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.

Brandon Martin Joins 2006 All Star Rookie Chase

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Brandon raced full time with the MASS series in 2005 along with Chad Blonde, who will also be competing for the All Star Rookie title in 2006. James Mosher from Albuquerque, NM will also be touring with the All Stars and chasing that title as well. “We have a great group of young, hard chargers running with us this season,” said series president Guy Webb. “These are the type of guys who are the future of the All Stars and of 410 winged sprint car racing in general.” With the exodus of 4-time All Star Champion Chad Kemenah to the World of Outlaws, the door is wide open for a new champion this season. “Five years ago nobody had heard of Chad Kemenah,” said Webb. “It’s time for the next champion to step up to the plate.”

Brandon Martin started racing 305 sprints in 2000 after spending 7 years turning laps in the go-kart ranks. He won Attica Raceway Park’s “Hard Charger” award and was Fremont Speedway’s Co-Rookie of the Year his first year in a sprint car. Brandon made his 410 debut just one year later in September of 2001 with the All Star series at Fremont Speedway. In 2002 he began racing 410′s full time at Fremont and Attica. In December of 2004, Brandon spent some time in Florida on the super-fast high banks of Daytona Speedway testing in an ARCA stock car. His next big challenge will be the high banked dirt 1/2 mile monster called Eldora Speedway.

Brandon has gained lots of valuable dirt track experience around Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana and has been building BMI Racing into a well oiled machine. “The rookie chase will be pretty cool,” stated Martin. “Chad Blonde is a good racer and he will be tough, however I do feel good about our chances. We just need things to go our way and to keep the car out of trouble and we’ll be fine!”

Off the track Brandon has gotten a lot of attention as well. After the devastating hurricane season last year, Brandon and the entire BMI Racing team enlisted the help of the Northwest Ohio racing community to lend a hand to those who had lost everything. Martin converted his 48-foot trailer into a relief station, transporting over $50,000 worth of supplies to the nearly 8,000 residents of Pass Christian, Mississippi, which was literally destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. They chose this town because they were a small racing community as well and it just seemed to fit. One racing community helping another. Their generosity was well recieved.

“You can’t understand the destruction until you see it for yourself… it was utterly amazing,” said Martin after delivering relief supplies to the storm’s victims. To see the faces of the people when we opened that trailer door and they saw all the stuff…. they just couldn’t believe a bunch of race fans from Ohio would do that for them.”

Brandon will enter the 2006 All Star season with a brand new paint scheme and a new sponsor, Clean Burn, who is the manufacturer of the most reliable used-oil furnaces on the market. “I’m looking forward to the season,” said Martin. “The first couple weeks are going to be interesting and we just need some good luck!” You can find out more about Brandon and BMI Racing by visiting his web site at www.brandonmartinracing.com .

The All Stars will be in action on April 7th and 8th at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH and then on to Attica Raceway Park for the Coors Light Spring Nationals on April 14th and 15th. Visit the All Star web site at www.allstarsprint.com for more information on the series as well as the most up to date schedule information.

Denny Eckrich Motorsports Kicks Off 2006 Season

Friday, March 31st, 2006

“We’ve been working hard during the off-season,” Eckrich commented. “When we first take the car out, we’re going to try something different with the motor. It will still be a Grove Automotive powerplant, but what we have under the hood will be a different combination.”

“Our first night will be at Farley,” Eckrich went on to say. “If things go like they look on paper, we’ll keep that new engine under the hood. It’s a different combination of parts that we are trying.”

The Iowa-Illinois Taylor Instilation, Barry Wright Chassis number 50 will hit the Farley Speedway (Farley, IA) on Saturday, April 1, 2006. It will be the first night for Eckrich and the Farley Speedway. On tap is the Open Late Model Shootout paying $5,000 to win.

The next weekend will take the team to the WDRL season opener double dip. On Friday, April 7, 2006, the cars and stars of the WDRL invade the Davenport Speedway (Davenport, IA). On Saturday night, West Liberty Raceway (West Liberty, IA) will play host to the WDRL cars. RaceRPM.com will have limited trackside updates each night. Log onto www.RaceRPM.com to learn more.

The next race weekend that is locked into the game plan is “The Inaugural Circle K Colossal 100.” The Lowe’s Motor Speedway will open the gates on the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2006.

“We’re looking forward to that one,” smile Eckrich. “There are going to be a lot of cars gunning for the $50,000 payday.”

To learn more about Denny Eckrich Motorsports, log onto the teams web site at www.dennyeckrich.com.

First Points Event This Saturday at Clarksville

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

This Saturday night at Clarksville Storm Pay.com Speedway will be the annual Teacher’s night at the races. Teachers: if you show your teaching ID, you will receive free admission on Saturday night at Clarksville. Adult admission in the Grandstands for this event will be $12.00. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult ticket. The Gates open Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Hot Lapping is slated for around 6:30 p.m.

There have been two different winners in the Super Late Models thus far this season at Clarksville Speedway. Tim Tungate of Campbellsville, Kentucky took the $7,500 prize in the 2nd annual Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic back on March 18, 2006 and last Saturday night March 25, Benton, Kentucky’s Terry English took home his first feature victory of the 2006 season at Clarksville Speedway. Other event feature winners on Saturday night March 25 included Tony Albright of Clarksville, Tennessee in the Storm Pay.com Crate Late Model division, Michael Lee in the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds, Corey Anderson in the Mini-Mod feature, Chris Hunter in the Outlaw Mini-Sprint feature, Charles Zimmerman in the Pro-Street, and Paul Musser in the Street feature.

For more information on these exciting racing events, please log on to the official website of the Clarksville Storm Pay.com Speedway at www.clarksvillespeedway.com or by phone at (931) 645-2523.