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Archive for August, 2007

Busy Night at BCS

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The GAM’s would be the first trophy dash out, and Justin Fornstrom would
take the win beating Shawn Trackwell and Tommy Evans. Next were the Mini Sprints with Larry Pachello winning over Dwight Hoelscher and Brent Rees. Brent had a scary moment in hot laps when his right rear wheel came off in turn four and caused the car to spin hitting the wall. Brent had a bit of a limp when he climbed out of the car, but was otherwise unhurt. Good thing tracks have catch fencing, otherwise his wheel would have been in the grandstands.

Alex Amen continues to dominate the Modlites as he won the dash over Roger
Hornby and Bill McClintock. The Warriors dash had a first lap crash that sent
me running for my life. Cory Mallo was trying the high groove to pass the
field. Coming into turn three, three wide, Cory got tagged by Ben Hendricks.
Cory almost had the car saved, but it veered hard left and slammed the wall at turn four by the track entrance. I thought the car was coming through the
entrance where I was standing, so I gave the knee a good test and ran like hell. Luckily, neither Cory or I were hurt. Cory’s night was done as there was heavy damage to the front of his car. Jay Brown went on to win his first dash. Jay is paralized form the waist down and uses hand controls to race. he has been getting better every week and this time he finally did it. Way to Go Jay!

Brian Ott held off Raymond Hanson and Mark Kelly to win the Pure Stock
trophy dash. Don Morrison won over Mark Asbill and Mark Ramey to take the Dwarf Cars dash. The Micro Sprints had a hard time keeping cars running before the green flag dropped. Three cars had to head for the pits and not make the dash. Jacob Wolfe won over Jon James and Johnny Powers. In the Super ProTrucks, Larry Stibitz from Laramie held on to win besting Chris Titus and Kevin Snow.

Justin Fornstrom would win his second GAM race of the night as he beat
Dwayne Winkels ( and yes Joe Starr, it is Dodge powered ) and Shawn Trackwell in the heat. Tom Evans Sr and Sam calvetti had some issues on the track and both were DQ’d for their actions. Stan Allen won the first heat for the Mini
Sprints over Tim Weland and Justin Mallo. Heat two found Larry Pachello in the winner circle again as he won over Larry Kassel and Paul Babich. Once again, Alex Amen won in the Modlites besting Roger Hornby and Bill McClintock. Kecia Doll and Johnny Powers had contact on the first lap of the Warriors heat, back to an original restart. From there it would be David Swanson working his way through the field to take the 12 lap race. Second went to Kecia Doll, third to Jessica Pandullo.

Mark Sopr found a line and managed to get his car to the front in the Pure
Stock heat. Sandy Thompson and Brian Ott gave chase but could not catch Sopr
as he won with Thompson second, Ott third. Two heats for the Dwarf Cars. First heat had Jacob Muehlbauer winning over Scott Weaver and Andy Rogers. Heat two found Don Morrison winning, Mark Asbill second and Barb Drager third. Two heats also for the Micro Sprints. Cory Rice has something break on his car on lap six, he would not finish. Robert DeRouchey held off Johnny Powers and Jacob Wolfe to take the win. In heat two, Cory Mallo won over Nick Rigali and Andy Farley. Kevin Snow and Larry Stibitz got together on the front chute during the third lap. Both to the back. Tim Adkins went had a good run as he beat Chris Titus to take the heat.

On to the Main Events. On the GAM main, it would be a tough race for Tom
Evans Sr. On lap eight in turn two, Shawn Trackwell spun and got hit by Sam
Calvetti. Evans tried to take the high groove and miss the wreck, but ended up in the tires and the track exit. No one was hurt, but Evans car had heavy
ritght front damage and would not continue. Calvetti also left the track with
unknown damage. Rodger Jessel driving a very good race, managed his way to the front and took the win beating Tommy Evans and Justin Fornstrom. Rodger said that this win was for his son Bill, who is still recovering in the hospital following as accident at work.

It was a very clean and caution free main for the Mini Sprints. Brent Rees
took an early lead and was gone. Dwight Hoelscher who would finish second and
Paul Babcih who finished third couls not keep up with Rees’ speeding car.
Nice recovery for Brent after hit practice incident.

Alex Amen completed the sweep by winning the main again beating Roger Hornby
and Bill McClintock. Alex had a super day by having quick time, winning the
dash, heat and main. Nice Job Alex!

David Swanson took his time, and made careful moves to advance his way to
the front. Starting in the back, this was the best way to get to the front.
Once the checkers dropped, Swanson had won the main beating Jessica Pandullo and Kecia Doll.

What a race in the Pure Stock Main. John Humphrey, Sandy Thompson and Mark
Sopr put on a clinic of how to run side by side. Humphrey lead most of the
race until on lap 23, Sopr managed to get to the inside and passed Humphrey for the lead. Humphrey then had to contend with Thompson who looked like she
would follow Sopr through the opening. Not to be as Humphrey closed the door.
Sopr went on to win with Humphrey coming in second and Thompson third.

On to the Dwarf Cars main event. Jacob Muehlbauer is always tough at BCS,
and tonight was no exception. Jacob worked his way to the front quickly, then
proceeded to lap the field. If he had just a few more laps, he probably would
have. Jacob took the main beating Stu Carlson and Andy Rogers.

Austin Farley is just super fast when in comes to the Micro Sprints. He
again showed just how quick he is as he took the main event winning over brother Andy and Nick Rigali.

The Super ProTrucks had their Mania main event, and with just four trucks,
it would be 35 laps. Larry Stibitz took the win besting Chris Titus, Tim
Adkins and Kevin Snow. However, in post race tech, Stibitz truck was found to have an illegal part in the engine, and he was DQ’d for the infraction. That moved everyone up giving the win to Chris Titus.

Recap notes provided by Charlotte Hughes.

Next Saturday will be a very busy and full night. If variety is the spice of
life, then you’ll want to be at BCS as nine divisions are scheduled to race.
The I-25 speedway GAM’s will be back and they put on a great show last year.
Along with the GAM’s, I’ve heard some of the Mini Stocks from I-25 may also
show up. And The Legneds will be back for last time this season. You don’t
want to miss this show.

Austin Howell takes FASCAR Pro Truck Feature at DeSoto

Friday, August 31st, 2007

He led almost all of the caution filled event. As the white flag came out Mike Pilla who had been running in the top five all evening lost a tire that went over the turn two wall bringing out the yellow for the final time.

When the field came to the stripe the green and white were flying. The truck of Austin Howell was right on the back bumper of Gorham. Gorham got out shape coming out of two allowing Howell to make the pass. Gorham made contact with the wall and fell to a ninth place finish. Howell would cross the stripe for his first win, former Late Model stand out Keith Lilley would cross the stripe in second, third was Logan Bordeau, Travis Hanson took fourth and rounding out the top five was Patrick Staropoli.

In the Quick Kids race it was Chase Hoffman over Randy Anderson, Matt Cohen and Stephen Nasse.

O’REILLY USMTS MODIFIEDS HEADLINE HIGHWAY 3 RACEWAY THURSDAY; USRA STOCK CARS, B-MODS AND HOBBY STOCKS ALSO ON TAP

Friday, August 31st, 2007

After a two-week hiatus, the rugged road warriors of the O’Reilly USMTS will
have their claws sharpened and their machines will be bright, shiny and
fine-tuned as they embark on the final swing of National Events that will
culminate with the crowning of the 2007 O’Reilly USMTS National Champion
just 10 days later.

In their last visit to half-mile semi-banked oval, Mike Hejna dominated the
main event for his only win of the season, but Hejna has taken part in only
five of the last 29 events and none of the last 14, so a repeat victory may
be a tall order. If it’s anything like the first eight races in the 16-race
Hunt for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship, fans and competitors
alike should keep their eyes on the “four horsemen.”

Jason Hughes, from Colcord, Okla., leads the mud-slinging Modifieds into
battle as the current points leader, but he is just 20 points ahead of Jason
Krohn of Slayton, Minn. (804 to 784). Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., sits
third with 741 markers while eight-time defending O’Reilly USMTS National
Champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, is winless in ‘The Hunt’ and facing
his biggest threat ever to his throne. Ranked fourth with 713 points, he is
91 behind Hughes with just eight races remaining.

Nonetheless, while four drivers have broken away from the pack, none of the
26 drivers in ‘The Hunt’ have been mathematically eliminated from contention
for the title. Greg Skaggs of Bixby, Okla., is one of three drivers from the
Sooner State in the top-6, and is currently fifth with 646 points. Tommy
Weder Jr. of Woodward, Okla., is sixth with 636 points, while New Sharon,
Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek is seventh (632), Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie,
Minn., eighth (613), Steve Holzkamper of Gentry, Ark., ninth (563) and
Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar Rookie of the Year Scott Green of Derby, Kan.,
rounds out the top-10 with 524 points.

Thursday’s main event will pay $2,000 to the winner, while all 24 starters
will take home at least $250. No license is required to compete with the
O’Reilly USMTS, but licensed drivers enjoy such benefits as pay scale
bonuses, increased tow money, points fund eligibility and contingency
awards. The superior American Racer KK-704 racing tire is the Official Tire
of the O’Reilly USMTS, but top-flight drivers who simply want to chase the
cash and the glory (no points) are welcome to utilize the Hoosier G60 tire.

Also on Thursday’s card will be three additional classes racing for national
and track points in the lucrative USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing
Series. USRA Stock Cars will be battling for $400 to win, while USRA B-Mods
and USRA Hobby Stocks will each be shooting for a $300 top prize.

Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and grandstand gates will swing open at
5:30. Hot laps start at 6:30 and the first green flag is scheduled to wave
at 7 p.m.

The Highway 3 Raceway is a half-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.3 miles
north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (towards downtown) at the Butler County
Fairgrounds in Allison, Iowa. Day-of-race info is available by calling the
track hotline at (319) 267-9977 or visit www.highway3raceway.com online.

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. For more information about the United States Racing
Association (USRA), visit them online at www.usraracing.com.

1st Annual COMP Cams Grass Root Nationals Presented By MidSouthRacing.com Announced

Friday, August 31st, 2007

COMP Cams based in Memphis, Tennessee has a long history of involvement in
racing throughout the midsouth, the country, and the world. With this event
the company looks to truly give back to the weekend warriors. “These guys
are just as important to us, as the NASCAR guys, and we look forward to
growing this event over the next several years to give these racers the
recognition and prestige that they deserve,” comments COMP Cams public
relations representative, Chris Douglas. MidSouthRacing.com owner, Ben
Shelton, adds “When I first heard about this event, I wanted to be involved
because the reality is that week in and week out, these guys put on as good,
if not a better show than anybody, but get very little recognition and
coverage.”

The event will headline 305 Wingless Sprint Cars and Street Stocks. The 305
Wingless Sprint Car portion of the show will be sponsored by Racing Head
Service (RHS) and will include a Dash For Cash sponsored by the Sun Dial
Corporation. The feature event will pay $1,000 to win with all payouts for
positions throughout the field doubled from their normal amounts. The Sun
Dial Corporation Dash For Cash will have a total of purse of $500.

The Street Stock portion of the show will be sponsored by TCI Automotive and
will include a Dash For Cash sponsored by Bird Fasteners. The Street Stock
feature will also pay $1,000 to win with all payouts for positions
throughout the field doubled from their normal amounts. The Bird Fasteners
Dash For Cash will have a total purse of $500.

Winners of the two respective features will receive custom 1st Annual Grass
Root Nationals Champion’s Jackets, and the top three finishers in each
feature will also receive product give certificates from COMP Cams.

There will be no entry fee for this event, and admission will remain the
same as weekly shows with $12 Grandstand Admission and $25 Pit Admission.

Street Stocks and 305 Wingless Sprint Cars will be joined on the program by
360 c.i. Winged Sprint Cars.

More event information as well as the race format and starting times will be
released in the near future.

For more information, please visit www.RiversideInternationalSpeedway.com

Macon Speedway Highlights

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Jayme Zidar put on an impressive show winning Chevrolet Late Model heat #2 that
included some Late Model heavy hitters including Kirby Damery, Greg Kimmons, and Mike Hammerle. It took Zidar all of one lap to pass three cars into second place. Just one turn later, Zidar had taken the lead from Hammerle. Heat number 1 was dominated by Steve Sheppard Jr. and got fans ready for another great late model feature showdown between he and Zidar.

Jeff Graham held off all challengers to win the Hogan Grain/Kubota Sportsman
feature. This well deserved win marks Graham’s first win of the season at Macon
Speedway. Mike Pickering traded the lead with Graham a few times during the race but faded late in the race slipping all the way back to fourth.

Jeff Ray’s silky smooth driving style paid off in tonight’s BARBECK Communications Modified feature race. It’s not too often fans get to see the blue #50 of Ray, but he obviously made his mark tonight. Ray took the lead early from Decatur’s Al Crawley who couldn’t find the speed in his usual high line. Mark Tullis ran a patient race and finished in second in front of track regular Clark Robertson who held off a tenacious run by Shawn Bohm, who finished in fourth.

The Chevrolet Late Model race came down a five lap shootout. Chris Dick was on the rear bumper of Jayme Zidar for five solid laps of inside racing. Zidar started on the pole and stayed there to the checkered flag for his fourth win of the season. Outside pole sitter Steve Sheppard Jr., probably the favorite to win, refused to give up on the outside groove. On the lap 13 restart, Sheppard’s car shot to life and seemed to challenge for the lead. But whatever magic he found left after just a few laps. Sheppard settled for third.

The winning streak lives. Steve Ewing’s eleventh Street Stock feature win is also his sixth consecutive. Troy Dodson started in front of Ewing and used every blocking move he could think of before Ewing squeezed inside with one lap to go. Ewing increased his point lead in street stock class. “This is great for the points, (Larry) Russell’s been tough all year.” Ewing said in the post-race interview.

On the night his son, Zach, captured his first career checkered flag in hornet
heat #2, Jeff Dodd took the win in the hornet feature race. Dodd has won the last two hornet feature races at Macon and moves his total to four wins this season.