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Archive for March, 2007

Allstate Texas Thunder 150 a Family Affair for Labontes Thunder Hill Raceway

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

The Labonte name has long been a sentimental favorite of NASCAR fans in
Texas. Those fans will get to see two generations of Labontes in the Lone Star
State as the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series kicks off its 2007 season
with the Allstate Texas Thunder 150 on March 31 at Thunder Hill Raceway in
Kyle, Texas, just south of Austin.

Two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Terry Labonte, named one of NASCAR’
s 50 greatest drivers of all-time, will be the Grand Marshal – while his son,
Justin, is set to compete in the race.

Terry Labonte, originally from Corpus Christi, compiled a record of 22 wins,
182 top-five and 361 top-10 finishes in 848 NEXTEL Cup races between 1978 and
2006.

Labonte won his first championship in 1984, while driving for Billy Hagan.
His second Cup Series title came in 1996 for car owner Rick Hendrick. Labonte
opted to cut back from a full schedule after 2004, choosing to run limited
events in 2005 and 2006.

In addition to NASCAR’s premier series, Labonte competed in 124 races in the
NASCAR Busch Series – scoring 11 wins, 47 top-five and 68 top-10 finishes. He
also raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, scoring one win in three
starts in the inaugural year of the series. In addition, he was invited to race in
the IROC series eight years.

Justin, meanwhile, raced in 76 NASCAR Busch Series events between 1999 and
2006 – registering a win in Chicago in 2004. The 26-year-old second-generation
competitor also has one start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to his
credit.

This will mark the third consecutive season for the NASCAR Grand National
Division, West Series to visit the 3/8-mile track in Kyle. It will be the first
time, however, for the event to serve as the season opener for the West’s
oldest stock car racing circuit.

Last year’s race featured a fierce back-and-forth battle between eventual
series champion Eric Holmes and Mike David. The outcome was not decided until the
final lap, when contact between the two left David’s car spinning and Holmes
charging to the finish line.

ASCS Gulf South Washed Out at Champion Park

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

A possible makeup date for the Inaugural Josh Lofton Memorial is under
discussion.

With the rainout, the ASCS Gulf South Region is now set to kick off the 2007
season with next weekend’s double at Motorama Speedway in Beaumont, TX, on
Friday night and Baytown’s Houston Raceway Park on Saturday night.

Mother Nature Wins on Opening Night at Lucas Oil Speedway

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Racing action will resume next week, April 7th at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” located in Wheatland, Mo with the Season Opener presented by The Bolivar Herald-Free Press. All regular classes will be in action. In addition to an exciting night of racing the track will host Paco, the king of the rollovers in a thrilling vehicle rollover exhibition! The first round of the Lucas Oil Spring-Bling 8-race Bonus Series presented by Sawyer Tire will also begin on April 7th. Grandstand gates will open at 5:00 with Hot Laps at 6:30 and racing to follow.

The Junior Fan Club will be giving away free checkered flags to all race fans 11 and under that sign up for this ever popular club on opening night. Children 11 and under are admitted free to the speedway. Admission price for adults is $12, seniors are $8, and Students 12-17 are also $8. Season passes are available for $200 for students and seniors, adult season passes are $300. Pit passes are $25. Special events will be priced accordingly.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the April 14th, co-sanctioned Orscheln’s Farm and Home MLRA/MARS Spring Thunder Late Model race presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on along with the A-Modifieds, Factory Stocks, and B-Mods. An appearance by the Chrome Shop Mafia from the highly acclaimed Trick My Truck TV show on CMT has also been announced for April 14th! Details to be released soon!

Among the offerings for the upcoming season are two appearances by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series cars. The first on May 11th and 12th will feature the Lucas Oil Late Models in the $25,000 to win Superchip’s “Diamond of the Dirt Mothers Day Special” presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Also appearing with the late models will be some of the area’s fastest modifieds. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns on July 21st for a one day show along with the MLRA Late Models. The stars and cars of the O’Reilly MLRA will be with us again on August 18th. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League truck and tractor pull returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on June 8th and 9th and the ASCS winged sprint cars will be featured on June 30th. Added to the schedule this year will be the WSORR (World Series of Off Road Racing) which will present their season finale at the Speedway on September 22nd and 23rd. Other events are also planned for the season including the 2nd annual Pomme de Terre Car Club car show on June 2nd and a PRCA Rodeo on May 18th – 19th. Visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com for details.

The track features a MUSCO Stadium lighting system, an “award winning” audio system featuring premium Bose speakers, and a Jumbo-Tron Video Board with Real-time scoring and timing. For your comfort, 21 luxury VIP suites are available for rent on an annual or nightly basis.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located 5 Blocks south of US Highway 54, on State Highway 83, in Wheatland, MO. To learn more about the Lucas Oil Speedway and the 2007 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or visit the track’s website at www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

Frost Busters to Kick Off Season at Bloomfield

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

It’s been five long months since the last checkered flag waved at each facility and this weekend will launch another exciting year for the 3/8-mile clay oval speedplants.

USRA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks will be in action both nights, while Outlaw Hobbys will also join the mix on Saturday at Memphis. A top prize of $600 will go to the feature winner both nights in the Modified division and Stock Cars will battle for $400 to win each night. Drivers in the B-Mod, Hobby Stock and Outlaw Hobby classes will vie for $300 to win.

National points toward the USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series will be awarded to USRA-licensed drivers. However, a USRA license and/or track registration is not required to race at these events and there is no entry fee.

All USRA rules will apply, however, Pepsi Scotland County Speedway rules will govern the B-Mods and Outlaw Hobbys there. American Racer is the Official Tire of the USRA, and any driver seeking to receive USRA national points must use the American Racer KK-704 racing tire. The Hoosier G60 tire will also be allowed for these races, but must be mounted on all four wheels with no grooving allowed. For complete USRA rules, visit www.usraracing.com online.

On Friday, gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7. Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults, juniors (12-17) and seniors (62 and older) are $8 and kids 11 and under get in for FREE. Pit passes will be $25.

On Saturday, gates will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:30. Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults, juniors (12-17) and seniors (62 and older) are $8 and kids 11 and under get in for FREE. Pit passes will be $25.

For more information, contact the RL Promotions offices at (515) 832-6000 or visit www.rlpromotions.com online. Race day info is available by calling the track hotline at 641-664-2500 (Bloomfield) or 660-465-8948 (Memphis). The Mountain Dew Bloomfield Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of Bloomfield on US 63/SR 2, then 0.8 mile north on CR J40 (at the Davis County Fairgrounds). The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of Memphis on US 136 to SR 15, then east (at the Scotland County Fairgrounds).

Seven Car Pileup on Lap One of Late Model Race

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Late Model heat winners of the night were Tony Albright(1), Gil Smith(7) and Ben Kittrell (01) . Open Wheel winners were Charles Zimmerman (93) and Aj Garber(70). Mini Sprint winners were Brian Nance (39) and Eric Edwards (1E), Street Stock winners were Floyd Clinard (05) and Don Everett (9). Pure Mini winner was Mike Rittenberry and his brother Jeff Rittenberry.

Feature time was in the air on a night that was just right for racing as Mini Mods show the way with Ronnie Richardson Car (15) showing the way in the 12 lap race with (20) Danny Taylor in 2nd. Crate Late Model was next with 15 laps to go. Fast Eddie Pace would show the way for a little bit but fall to the side with car troubles giving (93) Charles Zimmerman the lead and the win for his 2nd in a roll. Pro Street was next to see the race track with Joseph Ham (J3) getting the win with Charles Zimmerman(22) coming in 2nd . Late Model came out next with 17 car fields and on the first lap a seven car pieup in 1 and 2 put some on the trailer with out seeing a lap of racing, but that did not stop Rusty Griffaw and Tony Albright from putting on a good show to the end finishing 1st and 2nd. Next out of the box was the Street Stock and with new motor rules putting the cars side by side with Floyd Clinard(05) picking up the win with Don Everett(9) coming in the number two spot. Open Wheel was next on the list showing the way was Charles Zimmerman(93) and Steven Ellison(00x )coming in 2nd. Mini Sprint winners were Eric Edwards(1e) and 2nd went to (12 )Josh Clark. Last of the night would see the Pure Mini class show the way with (39) Danny Johnson coming home with the win and (16 )Keith Kaylor coming in the runner up spot.

Next week the gate will open at 4:00 pm and hot laps will go off at 5:30 with racing action by 8:00 pm. The gate price will be $9.00 for Adults and 6-10 will be $5.00 , children 5 and under will be free along with all Senior over 70. So come on out and have some fun on the red dirt. Call 931-645-2523 for more imformation or visit us at www.clarksvillespeedway.com