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Archive for February, 2007

14-Year-Old Kyle Fowler Scores Top-10 In First GAS Late Model Event at Birmingham

Monday, February 26th, 2007

But when a driver decides to make Birmingham the place for his or her first-ever Late Model start, BIR becomes a whole new animal. Figure in a strong field of Pro Late Models in the Georgia Asphalt Series season opener, the Early Bird 100, and a young driver can be easily rattled.

Maybe some young drivers would be fazed, but not Kyle Fowler. The 14-year-old was calm and collected and raced hard, overcoming several obstacles in the 100-lap feature to bring home an impressive 10th-place finish in his GAS debut.

“We’re pretty happy with 10th today,” said the Legends Car graduate. “We started seventh and just tried to ride for the first little while. We started out just trying to keep pace with the #23 (Paul Kelley) car to get to the front. We were running in the top-10 for a while, but one time I got up into the marbles and accidentally bumped the wall. I had a right-front tire go down, and I had to come in and get that changed. That pretty much messed up my day for a good finish.

“But we still finished 10th, which is pretty good considering everything that happened to us today. You don’t want to be behind in the first race and have to battle to get back up there. So it was a good run to make sure we stay up front like we want to all year long.”

Even though it was his first competitive action with the Georgia Asphalt Series, Fowler was no stranger to Birmingham when he pulled into the infield at the outset of Early Bird weekend. Several test sessions helped the youngster get used to the Late Model’s handling and the track’s intricacies, but nothing could prepare him for what it’s like running with a full-field of strong racecars.

That is why on top of the strong 10th-place finish, the Early Bird was a learning experience for the Georgia native.

“I learned a lot this weekend. I learned a lot about where and when to roll off and pick up the throttle, making sure I give people enough room and how hard I could run it.

“I was just trying to race the racetrack and not concentrate on the cars around me. I was out there to learn as much as I could and come out with a good finish, and that’s what we were able to do here tonight.”

Fowler will be back on the track in race number-two of the Georgia Asphalt Series season on Saturday, March 10th, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Tracktek Racing Fuels Street Stock Spring Nationals

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The schedule for this years event will see an open practice on Thursday, March 8 from 7 to 10 pm. There will be a $10.00 pit pass admission charged, but anyone wanting to view practice from the grandstands will be admitted free. Heat race qualifying will happen at 7pm on Friday, March 9. Grandstand admission for Friday will be $10.00, and pit passes with be $25.00. The final night of the event will be on Saturday, March 10, with Last Chance Qualifiers scheduled to start at 7:00pm, followed by the 40 Lap Main Event. Once again, grandstand admission on Friday will be $10.00 with pit passes priced at $30.00.

Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4:00pm on both Friday and Saturday, with the grandstand opening at 5:30pm.

This years event will feature a purse of $20,000, with $2,500 going to the winner of Saturday’s main event. The race will guarantee a minimum of $400 to start the race, with the Last Chance Qualifiers slated to pay $75.00 to start.

The rules for the event are as follows. Each car must weight 3300 pounds after the race with the driver. Minimum wheel base is 101 inches. All cars must remain stock. All cars must run the track tire. Bars may be added, front and rear, to protect the radiator and gas tank. No exterior bars. Radiators in engine compartment only. Engines must be in stock position. All cars must use 2 barrel carburetors. No more than 500 CFM is maximum. 1 11/16 throttle bore is maximum. Holley’s ok, headers ok. Stock distributor, stock fuel pump. NO electric fuel pumps. Must have working clutch and transmission. No after market transmission. Clutch must be on crankshaft. Shocks must be in stock position. Racing shocks ok. No weight jacks, no double shocks, and no torque absorbing devices. Rear ends may be locked. 10 inch wheel maximum. $500 motor claim with exchange, only cars on lead lap are allowed to claim the winner only. Bead locks optional on right rear wheel only. Front shock in stock position. All cars must have lift chain, front and rear. No mirrors. Must have racing seat belts. Gas only, no alcohol. Full stock floor pan back to rear end yoke. Must have front and rear enclosed except where lights go. Any aluminum intake.

Entry fee’s for the event are $100 before March 1, and $125 after March 1. The purse for this event is guaranteed, regardless of number of entries. Mooney Starr can be contacted at 1-870-251-1817. Head Tech Inspector Wimp Reed can be contacted at 1-870-251-1566. Please call in evenings.

Tim Russell Wins Sunbelt Series Season Opener at Citrus

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Nineteen cars took the green flag with Jeff Scofield taking the point from the get-go. Tim Russell hooked up with Scofield and stayed within two to three car lengths of the leader for 124 laps. Despite 9 caution flags that had these hot shoes running 36 laps under caution Scofield was definitely the man to beat. Daniel Webster and Gary Grubbs had a race of their own going for third making contact on numerous attempts to swap positions. All the cautions were for minor incidents and the final ten laps all ran under green with a surprising outcome. Scofield apparently lost his right front brake with 7 laps to go and Russell read the problem, waited for the white flag to fly and blew past Scofield on turn three taking his first win at Citrus County Speedway. Scofield held out for second with Daniel Webster, Gary Grubbs, Darryl Shelnut, Corey Freed, Perry Brown, Scott Grossenbacher, Chad Pierce and Brian Finney rounding out the top ten.

Only three regular divisions raced on the final night of action before the Citrus County Fair break and you would have thought it was the final night of the season the way the drivers went to war. The Sportsman 20 lap main had 9 caution flags that brought the race to a checkered flag 8 laps short of the scheduled 20. Ernie Reed led the pack of 26 cars that got very physical and left some cars in a position to rebuild before they return to action in four weeks. The 12 laps they did run looked more like a demolition derby. The final caution came out after the division had run well past the 20 minute time limit and the checkers came out with Ernie Reed taking the win over 6th starter D.J. Macklin, 8th starter Steve Olone, pole sitter Jeff Rook and 5th starter Scott Wilkerson, who weighed in too light, giving the spot on the D.Q. to Phillip Rook who started 9th. Heat wins went to Jeff Rook, Clint Foley and Rusty Bremer.

Thirty one Street Stocks went in three heats taking the top six out of each heat and a B Main to qualify the final top 6 rounding out the 24 starters for their 20 lap feature event. Last week’s winner Todd Downs won the first heat and with a two week average working in his favor won the pole. He took off when the green dropped and set the early pace but some heavy hitters came from the back of the pack before it was all over plus a couple of wrecks in the front of the pack that took out some of the leaders changing the finish and giving the win to 9th starter Artie Hewitt for his first of the season. Mike Stalnaker, driving Krystal Batson’s car finished second but refused to tear down and was D.Q.’d. Mike Ruff was third and was found to be illegal in post race inspection moving 8th starter Curtis Flanagan into second. John Zuidema III would have moved from fifth to third but he too was found illegal in tech and that put Todd Downs in third, Don Paugh moved up to fourth and Frank Stromquist scored a fifth place finish on his first race of the season after taking the win in the B main to qualify for the feature. Mike Loudy and Jay Witfoth took the 2nd and 3rd heat wins.

The Four Cylinder Bombers started off the night with an exciting second heat race that saw John DeGeorge and Anthony LaPoint battling side by side to the line, hooking up at the start finish line taking both cars into the wall and ending their night with DeGeorge getting credit for the win by inches. Bobby Richardson took the win in the first heat setting up their 17 car 20 lap feature. Brandon Elwood was a man on a mission in his first season at Citrus and managed to bob and weave his way through traffic from his 16th starting spot to take the lead late in the race and leaving the rest of the field behind for the win. Seventeenth starter Jon Doucette did a superb driving job to a second place finish ahead of Bobby Richardson, Phil Edwards and Patrick Connor to round out the top five. Connor lost the 5th spot for running an illegal head and Jeramy Root moved up to take fifth.

Citrus County Speedway will be dark for four weeks making room for the Annual Fair activities. The next race will restart the season with a gang buster show. The School Bus Figure 8’s and Boat Trailer Race will have the fans on their feet plus points action will continue every Saturday night through November 10th for the season finale. Added to the restart of the season show will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Fantastic Figure 8’s.

Corey Dripps Racing Scheduled to Start 2007 in April

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

“We still have a couple customer cars to finish up,” explain Corey Dripps. “Once we finish those projects, we will turn our attention to our race program. The way it looks now, that won’t be until sometime in April.”

CDR spent most of the 2006 season building and perfecting the BC Chassis, which Dripps designed and built. The team is looking forward to returning to a
regular routine on the USMTS trail. The only planned date that Dripps will miss is in July when he will race out East. Dripps will be a part of a Speedway Illustrated feature that will put him on an asphalt track. More details are coming soon on that feature.

The all-new BC Chassis made a lot of noise at the end of the 2006 racing season. Tommy Myer grabbed three wins in fifteen races in the BC Chassis. Dripps severed as crew chief as the two worked on the chassis.

“If Tommy would not have rolled light across the scale in Kasson (Minnesota), I think he would have been factor in the USMTS Championship,” Dripps stated.

“Tommy’s strong run in ‘The Hunt’ last fall with the USMTS taught us a lot,” Dripps went onto say. “He’ll be back in one of our cars again when we hit the road in April. Tommy will once again sport the Chrome colors he ran during ‘The Hunt’ last year. “With both of us racing the chassis, that should really help speed up the learning process.

The number “31″ that Dripps will drive will sport some new colors in 2007. The team is developing some new merchandise, and they hope for it to be unveiled in late summer.

“We think people will like the change from the red cars we’ve raced the past couple of years,” expressed Dripps.

To learn more about Corey Dripps Racing, you can log onto the team’s newly re-designed web site at www.coreydripps.com.

O’Reilly USMTS Adds Echo Vally, Beatrice Speedways to 2007 Schedule

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

America’s Premier Modified Series will invade the Gage County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as the Beatrice (Neb.) Speedway welcomes the rugged O’Reilly USMTS road warriors to the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval for the first time in seven years. The facility boasts some of the country’s toughest weekly Modified racers, including Johnny Saathoff, Dave Trauernicht and more. Officials expect a huge field of cars with a pedigree-rich line-up of drivers when the “best of the best” take on the area’s top dogs.

The Beatrice Speedway event will be a pivotal piece of the O’Reilly USMTS championship puzzle as well. It will be the final race in the highly-competitive Western Region — the ninth of 13 straight days of $2,000-to-win events — and two days before the start of the ‘The Hunt’ for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Bolivar (Mo.) Speedway USA.

Support classes, ticket prices and start times will be announced in the near future. The Beatrice Speedway is located 1.7 miles west of US 77 on US 136, then 0.3 miles south on Logan St. for more information, call (402) 223-3158 or surf on over to www.beatricespeedway.com online.

Also added to the 2007 O’Reilly USMTS schedule is a date at the Echo Valley Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, for another $2,000-to-win tilt. Lee and Sue Hansmeier’s 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval is a popular stomping ground for competitors and fans alike, providing a lot of speed with a lot of side-by-side racing. The Echo Valley Speedway battle will be the fifth of 16 events in ‘The Hunt’ as the Midwest’s Modified masters slug it out for the O’Reilly USMTS crown.

The Echo Valley Speedway is a USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series member track and is located 1.4 miles east of SR 150 on US 18. For more information, call (563) 568-4881 or visit www.echovalleyspeedway.com on the World Wide Web. Support classes, ticket prices and start times will be announced in the near future.

As many as five more dates may yet to be added to the 2007 O’Reilly USMTS slate. Kelly Shryock will look to capture his unprecedented ninth O’Reilly USMTS crown in 2007 while a host of newcomers and veterans alike will try to become the first to dethrone the Fertile, Iowa, veteran. Last year’s O’Reilly USMTS National Championship runner-up Zack VanderBeek will be back on the trail in 2007, as well as 2006 ‘Hunters’ such as Jason Friesen, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, Al Hejna, Brad McEwan, Mike Hejna, 2006 Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar Rookie of the Year Jay Poidinger, Dean Mahlstedt and Mark Noble. Other drivers planning a full National Events schedule and anticipating the opportunity to become the first driver to dethrone Shryock include Steve Arpin, Jay Noteboom, Mike Wedelstadt, Corey Dripps, Mike Spaulding, Willy Kraft, Kevin Larkins, Jim Horejsi and many more.

The 2007 season is scheduled to begin with the 4th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10. To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters office at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.USMTS.com online.

O’REILLY AUTO PARTS UNITED STATES MODIFIED TOURING SERIES

2007 NATIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

(revised 2/24/07)

Fri Mar 9 … Junction Motor Speedway, McCool Junction, NE ($2,000 to win) W

Sat Mar 10 … Junction Motor Speedway, McCool Junction, NE ($3,000 to win) W

Fri Mar 16 … West Siloam Speedway, Siloam, OK ($2,000 to win) S

Sat Mar 17 … West Siloam Speedway, Siloam, OK ($3,000 to win) S

Fri Mar 23 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS ($2,000 to win) S

Sat Mar 24 … I-70 Speedway Dirt Track, Odessa, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Sun Mar 25 … Thunderhill Speedway, Mayetta, KS ($2,000 to win) W

Fri Apr 6 … Mountain Dew Bloomfield Speedway, Bloomfield, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Sat Apr 7 … Pepsi Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO ($2,000 to win) C

Fri Apr 13 … Blackbird Bend Speedway, Onawa, IA ($2,000 to win) W

Sat Apr 14 … Blackbird Bend Speedway, Onawa, IA ($3,000 to win) W

Sun Apr 15 … Quad City Raceway, East Moline, IL ($2,000 to win) C

Thu May 24 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Fri May 25 … Murray County Speedway, Slayton, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Sun May 27 … Kasson Speedway, Kasson, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Mon May 28 … Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Tue Jun 5 … Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Wed Jun 6 … Adams County Speedway, Corning, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Thu Jun 7 … Dubuque Speedway, Dubuque, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Fri Jun 8 … Tri-Oval Speedway, Fountain City, WI ($2,000 to win) N

Tue Jun 12 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Wed Jun 13 … Thunderhill Speedway, Mayetta, KS ($2,000 to win) W

Thu Jun 14 … L A Raceway, LaMonte, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Fri Jun 15 … Bolivar Speedway USA, Bolivar, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Sat Jun 16 … Lebanon I-44 Speedway, Lebanon, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Sun Jun 17 … Monett Speedway, Monett, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Tue Jun 19 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, SD ($2,000 to win) W

Wed Jun 20 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD ($2,000 to win) W

Thu Jun 21 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, SD ($2,000 to win) W

Fri Jun 22 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, IA ($2,000 to win) W

Sat Jun 23 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Mon Jul 16 … Butler County Motorplex, Rising City, NE ($2,000 to win) W

Tue Jul 17 … Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE ($2,000 to win) W

Wed Jul 18 … Kasson Speedway, Kasson, MN ($2,000 to win) N

Thu Jul 19 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA ($2,000 to win) N

Fri Jul 20 … Tri-Oval Speedway, Fountain City, WI ($2,000 to win) N

Sat Jul 21 … TBA

Tue Jul 31 … West Liberty Raceway, West Liberty, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Wed Aug 1 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA ($2,000 to win) C

Thu Aug 2 … Knox County Fairgrounds, Knoxville, IL ($2,000 to win) C

Fri Aug 3 … Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, IL ($2,000 to win) S

Sat Aug 4 … Lake Ozark Speedway, Eldon, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Sun Aug 5 … I-70 Speedway Dirt Track, Odessa, MO ($2,000 to win) S

Tue Aug 7 … TBA

Wed Aug 8 … Beatrice Speedway, Beatrice, NE ($2,000 to win) W

Thu Aug 9 … TBA

Fri Aug 10 … Bolivar Speedway USA, Bolivar, MO ($2,000 to win) H

Sat Aug 11 … Lebanon I-44 Speedway, Lebanon, MO ($2,000 to win) H

Sun Aug 12 … Monett Speedway, Monett, MO ($2,000 to win) H

Tue Aug 14 … Farley Speedway, Farley, IA ($2,000 to win) H

Wed Aug 15 … Echo Valley Speedway, West Union, IA ($2,000 to win) H

Thu Aug 16 … Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Fri Aug 17 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, IA ($2,000 to win) H

Sat Aug 18 … Fox Ridge Speedway, Arcadia, WI ($2,000 to win) H

Thu Aug 30 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA ($2,000 to win) H

Fri Aug 31 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Sat Sep 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Sun Sep 2 … Kasson Speedway, Kasson, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Mon Sep 3 … Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Thu Sep 6 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN ($2,000 to win) H

Fri Sep 7 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN ($4,000 to win) H

Sat Sep 8 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN ($6,000 to win) H

W = Western Region

C = Central Region

S = Southern Region

N = Northeast Region

H = ‘The Hunt’ for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE