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Archive for October, 2007

New Modifed Traveling Series Announced in Indiana

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

The IMRS has been formed keeping the racer in mind. With help from Mc
Gunegill Engine Performance of Muncie, Indiana the series is only going to allow two engine packages. The GM 604 crate engine from Chevrolet and the Mc Gunegill built Ford 425 will be the only engine packages allowed to run in IMRS competition. All engines used in the series will be dyno ran on the MEP dyno, sealed by MEP, and tuned within 5 horsepower of one another. This will allow all competitors to know that their engine is just as competitive as the engine that their competitors have.

The series is unique in the fact that any chassis is legal to run in the
series. The series will allow the East Coast/New York style modified, the
IMCA style modified frames, and nearly any type of tube frame chassis
currently used in full size late model stock car racing. This will allow
competitors from many divisions to compete. A competitor could take their
tube frame late model chassis and put a series legal body on it and run in the IMRS.

The IMRS has also created rules that the shocks and calipers must be
available to all racers and have a published racers net price of no more
than $300. All competitors will use the MSD 6AL boxes equipped with a
series provided 6200 RPM module. Transmissions used in the series will be OEM stock type manual or automatic transmissions such as the T-10 or Saginaw transmissions. Some of the more technical rules require the cars to remain above 2400 pounds, within an 84? tread width, a 40? roof height, as well as allowing an 8 inch spoiler.

Ten inch American Racer Racing slicks will be the series tire. The tires will be available to racers at a price less than $115 (with tax) per tire and competitors will be required to run more than one event on each tire purchased.

IMRS officials are currently working with several Indiana tracks as well as other traveling series to put together 10-15 events in the 2008 season. Races will pay a minimum of $750 to win on 50 lap races.

Competitors, track promoters, and fans alike can access information on the Indiana Modified Racing Series website by visiting www.indianamodifieds.com.

JUSTIN FEGERS TO BE HONORED AS 2007 POLYDOME LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPION; John Kaanta to WDRL Rookie of the Year Award at Nov. 10 banquet

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Racing fans were excited to see Fegers’ no. F15 return to the tour in 2007,
and he didn’t disappoint them. The 2005 WDRL PolyDome Late Model Series
Rookie of the Year the 2006 season off from traveling but returned this
season on a mission.

“That year, we were a top-five car each night we went to the track,” Fegers
said of his 2005 rookie year. “We just had gremlins bother us that year. It
was also our first year racing with an open motor. We learned a lot about
the tracks that year.

“We thought we had a good chance to win the title (in 2007),” Fegers added.
“We just needed to run up to our potential.”

Fegers and his crew did just that. By season’s end, two wins, 11 top-five
finishes and 19 top-10 finishes were scored next to Fegers’ name.

“The situation with Brian (Harris) changed things for us,” Fegers commented.
Harris was leading the WDRL point standings when he was sidelined due to
injuries suffered while racing in an unsanctioned event late in the year.

“We were only making up a few points a night before that,” said Fegers. “I
just wish we could have raced each other to settle this thing.”

Fegers wrapped the championship on the final night of racing when the series
made a stop at Davenport (Iowa) Speedway. Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis.,
still had a viable shot at the title, but he broke a driveshaft, giving him
a 19th-place finish in the final event’s rundown and the championship to
Fegers.

“It is a great feeling to accomplish the goals you set for yourself,” Fegers
said of winning this year’s Polydome Late Model Series championship. “But it
hasn’t really set in yet. I’m sure a big check and a big trophy will help.”

Fegers will have almost $25,000 in cash and prizes awarded to him at the
banquet for his efforts.

“I am getting married the weekend after the banquet,” Fegers smiled. “I just
hope I remember to bring the right speech on the 10th.”

John Kaanta finished second in the final point standings and captured the
series’ 2007 WDRL Rookie of the Year title. Kaanta, who has been scoring
wins on the dirt tracks in Wisconsin for some time, made his first year on
the series a good one.

“Our goal was to finish in the top five,” remembers Kaanta. “We knew we had
to finish races. You don’t do that, and you’re not going to be in the top
five.

“We enjoyed this year,” Kaanta added. “It was a lot of travel, but we really
liked the people we saw at the track each night.

“Grabbing our first win at Freeport was one of those nights that we had a
lot of fun,” Kaanta said of his victory at Freeport (Ill.) Raceway Park.
Kaanta had to pass Jimmy Mars, his chassis builder, for the lead and the
win. “Nights like that and the rookie honors help give some attention to
what Jimmy does with his cars.

“We¹re really excited about November 10th,” Kaanta concluded.

Others who will be honored at the WORLD Dirt Racing League champions’
banquet are Pember; Dave Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa; Chris Simpson, Marion, Iowa;
Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa; Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa; Tim Isenberg,
Marshfield, Wis.; Rob Moss, Iowa City, Iowa; and Ace Ihm, Hazel Green, Wis.

A special thanks from WORLD Dirt Racing League goes out to PolyDome
Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, AMSOIL and Iowa-Illinois Tailor Insulation
for helping with this year’s campaign.

Racing fans are welcome to attend the champions’ banquet and can still
purchase their dinner tickets for the year-end celebration, but time is
running out. For more information, log onto WDRL’s Web site:
www.worldraceleague.com.

New England Racers Are Eyeing Snowball Derby Glory; Several PASS North Stars Look Into Running the December Short Track Classic

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Last season, two-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark and five-time 2006
PASS North race winner Cassius Clark both headed to the Derby and were
impressive in their performances. Both Clarks, who are friends, but are not
related, were near the top of the sheets in practice sessions all week and
ran competitively in the race – with Johnny finishing 10th and Cassius
taking home a 15th place finish.

This year, at least one of the Clarks will definitely be back, with the
other one likely to return as well.

“I’ve sent in my entry blank,” said Johnny Clark. “We’re planning on
bringing both cars [first to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in November at Concord
Motorsport Park and then to Five Flags Speedway for the Derby] and staying
on the road for a few weeks. That is a great race in Pensacola with the
best Super Late Models in the country.”

“We really want to go back there because it’s such a fun race,” added
Cassius Clark. “It depends on what happens because it’s a long ways away,
but are planning on it. It’s one of the biggest in the country. It is one
of those can’t miss races, so we’ll see what we can come up with for it.”

A pair of newcomers from up North are also eying the Snowball Derby this
year. PASS Rookie Trevor Sanborn, who contended for victories all season
long in the Cushman Competition #29 Ford is going to be making the trip from
Maine as part of a winter swing of Southern events.

“We’re going to go to the [Mason-Dixon] Meltdown and definitely the Snowball
Derby,” said Sanborn. “We’re going to Lakeland [for January's Speedfest at
USA International Speedway] and New Smyrna {for February’s Florida
Speedweeks].”

Sanborn has heard a lot about the Snowball Derby and can’t wait to race at
Five Flags.

“I think that it is going to be awesome, especially if we succeed and do
well down there,” said the young PASS North driver. “I think that we will.
There’s not a PASS North car that goes down South and doesn’t do well. They
always run up front whether it is Lakeland, New Smyrna or the Snowball
Derby. I think that we’ll have a good shot at it.”

Another young driver considering the trip in teenager D.J. Shaw. The New
Hampshire racer is already a track champion at White Mountain Motorsports
Park in New Hampshire and his team is eying the Derby to keep their winter
filled with racing.

Shaw, son of former NASCAR Busch Series and driver Dale Shaw has ties to the
Panhandle of Florida.

“I’ve never been to the track, but I used to live about 90 miles from
there,” said D.J. Shaw. “When my dad drove in Busch South [for car owner
James Finch], we lived in Panama City. I know that it is a very prestigious
race. It will be a good learning experience for me, with the high-powered
cars and the toughest competition in the country there.”

Entries for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby, as well as the 100-lap Pro Late
Model Snowflake 100, plus the Super Stock, Modified, Bomber and Sportsman
features, are available at the official Snowball Derby website,
www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.snowballderby.com.

Bad Luck Strikes McCool at Baton Rouge; Greenville Up Next

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

McCool started 4th in the feature at Baton Rouge and rocketed into the lead
at the drop of the green flag. Bub would maintain the top spot for the next
several laps as he battled tooth and nail with second place runner, Kenny
Merchant. However, Bub’s luck would take a turn for the worst on lap 41
when a lapped car unexpectedly shot down the track into McCool. The ensuing
melee eliminated Bub and Kenny Merchant. The damage sustained in the
incident would bring McCool’s night to a very disappointing end as he would
fall nine laps short of his second O’Reilly S.U.P.R. triumph of the season
and of his career.

This weekend McCool Motorsports will enter the unsanctioned $2,500 to win,
Gumbo Nationals event at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Mississippi.
The event gets underway with qualifying and heat race action on Friday
night. On Saturday night, a dash, consolation event, and feature event will
be held on the tacky, gumbo ¼ mile. For more information on the event,
please visit www.GreenvilleSpeedway.net.

Don’t forget that McCool Motorsports has recently received their brand new
t-shirts, and they can be purchased at the team’s hauler this weekend and
every race weekend for the remainder of 2007. To view the shirts, please
visit www.BubMcCool.com.

Bub and everyone at McCool Motorsports would like to thank all of their
sponsors, which include McCool Logging, Barker Racing Engines, Trak-Star
Race Cars, Phase 2 Sign Supply, X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod, Boland
Performance, Phase II Graphics, & MSRMafia.com.

For more information on Bub & McCool Motorsports, please visit the official
team website at www.BubMcCool.com .

Top World of Outlaws Sprint Car Drivers Discuss This Weekend’s World Finals at The Dirt Track

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Prior to heading east for the three-day event, the top-12 drivers in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series points standings shared their thoughts on racing with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series as well as SPEED’s live coverage of the final night of the three-day event.

Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D., No. 15 ParkerStore J&J: “We enjoy watching the late models, but when we are at the race track watching sprint cars, that’s what we are focused on, sprint car racing and no other class of cars, as are they. They are professional racers and we are professional racers and to have them together is a big bonus for the fans. Last time we raced at Charlotte, we had to have our car where it would go anywhere, including the rough stuff. One of the standards of good dirt track racing is that you will have some dust. We’ll just have to wait to see what we have to do until we get there.”

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Ind., No. 9 Open Joist JEI: “It will definitely be
a unique experience. The three-day format will be a little different. We’ll
definitely go and watch the late models. They put on a good show. You are
going to have to pay attention to what they are doing, because the track
will change a lot. I’m sure that not only will we pay attention to them, but
they will pay attention to us.. I hope they have a really good track that we
can pass on, and we can show what we can do as an organization and our cars
put on a good show. Hopefully we’ll be in the middle of it battling for a
win. I think it’s a good thing to be on live TV. With us, we have Open Joist
on our car and that will be good exposure for them. The TV package this year
has been really good and hopefully we can continue to run good on TV.”

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Mo., No. 83 Roth Motorsports JEI: “I am excited for
it. We never get the chance to run with the likes of (Rick) Eckert, (Scott)
Bloomquist, (Billy) Moyer and all of those guys. That will be a lot of fun.
They come out and watch us and we watch them whenever we can, and it’s
exciting to go out there. I talked to Roger Slack this week and he’s working
on the race track as we speak. I hope it’s a good show, not only for us to
finish up the year, but also the fans. It’s going to be a good three-day
event and we are excited about it. Anytime you can put these cars live on TV
is a great thing. We’ll be in the center of racing in Charlotte and are
excited. I know that Roger and Humpy Wheeler are trying to do the best they
can in preparing the race track. I think they are aware that if they pack
the track hard that we will put on a great show.”

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla., No. 21 Titan Garages Maxim: “It’s good to go
back to Charlotte. With that many cars, hopefully we’ll have a good race
track and be able to put on a good show. The track is capable of putting on
good races, as long as it gets wide enough to get around. It will be
interesting to be there with the big guys of late model racing. We don’t
cross paths very often. It will be good to get to watch them a little bit.
Any television is good and live is even better. Some of our shows are tough
to put on live, but it’s great for sponsorship value to have it on live.
There are definitely no complaints from me about it being on live at that
good of a venue.”

Jason Meyers, Clovis, Calif., No. 14 Primerica Financial Maxim: “It’s a neat
thing what they are trying to do, by bringing everything together. Hopefully
things go well. It’s one of the biggest events that has ever been put
together in dirt track racing. It should be exciting for the fans.We
appreciate SPEED coming out and putting sprint cars on live television. It’s
always something that is difficult to do and it will be hard to pull off.
They’ll have to work very hard to make it happen. They have done a great job
with their television all year long. It’s another opportunity to be on TV
for our sponsors and for everyone that is involved with this team and that
is the main thing. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. It’s a
whole new format, and it has its pros and cons like everything else.”

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Ind., No. 11 Q Oil Maxim: “I think it will be fun
for everybody. I always enjoy watching the late models run and we don’t get
to see them very often. I think everybody will watch everybody down there.
It’s that time of the year, where it’s the last one of the year and
everybody is trying to get their fix before the end of the year. If
everything goes right and we don’t have a whole lot of trouble, it can be
very good on live television. Sometimes it’s tough to predict what is going
to happen and when it’s going to happen for the time scheduled in for
television. Usually it seems to work out pretty good.”

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minn., No. 7 Karavan Trailers Maxim: “It will be
some exciting racing and definitely something different for us all to finish
the season up with the Late Model Series. There will be a lot going on out
there all weekend. I would imagine you’ll see a few of those guys roaming
around if we get close enough to each other and vice versa. I’ve had the
chance to see them once or twice and definitely enjoyed seeing them race. It
should be a neat event. It’s good that it will be on live television.
Hopefully things go smoothly and they can get the program run through in a
timely manner. It will take some effort, but it should come off pretty well
on live television.”

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn., No. 20 Bass Pro Shops Eagle: “It’s going to
be a lot of fun racing with the late models. We watch them on TV, but never
get to see them in person. It will be really neat. It will be cool to see
Chub Frank and Steve Francis and all of those guys out there. It also gives
them an opportunity to watch us. Race fans are race fans. They don’t care
what kind of car is out there. They are there to watch racing and good
racing. That is what they will pay to see and that is what they will see.”

Jason Solwold, Burlington, Wash., No. R19 City Wide Insulation Maxim: “We
really never get to see the late models run much. I have seen them on TV a
couple of times. I have never really watched them in person. I am really
just worried about the ants more than anything. We didn’t have good luck
there last time (an allergic reaction to fire ant bites sent Solwold to the
hospital). If we can stay away from the ants, it will be good. I’m sure they
will come and look at our cars and I will definitely go and look at their
cars. I’ll go down there and check it out. I haven’t been around too many
late model fans, so I am not sure how they will react. I think there could
be people going to get hot dogs (when the other class is on the track) on
both sides of the fence.”

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa., No. 6 Casey’s General Stores Maxim: “It will be
a great deal down there. There will be a lot of cars and with qualifying the
day before, it will be interesting to see how it all works out. I think
everyone will be looking around everywhere. There will be a lot of nice
equipment down there and a good group of people. It’s definitely good to
have it on live. It’s hard to do dirt track racing live, but the more
experience everyone gets with it the better we will be. It will be fun to
watch the late models when they are on the track.”

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio, No. 35 Wright One Construction Maxim:
“There will be a lot of sprint cars and a lot of late models, so for the
fans it will be a good show. The sprint cars always put on a good show down
there and it’s always some good racing. I definitely think the late models
fans will stick around and watch the sprint cars. I think a lot of the late
model guys will walk around the pits and look at our stuff. Anytime we can
be on live TV is a good thing. The more time we get on TV, the better that
is for the sponsors and to help get sponsors.”

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa, No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle: “Anyone that
is a race fan like myself will enjoy both. I enjoy everything from Formula
One down to go-karts. If you are a race fan, it’s a great opportunity and a
great ticket price to see the best of both worlds. There will be a lot of
outside guys coming in to run with us and I imagine a lot of outside guys
running with the late models, so it’s a great chance for the fans. They can
be the judge of which one they like better. I enjoy watching late models.
They put on a good show. I’m pretty good friends with Rick Eckert and Billy
Moyer and his family and hopefully they are all there. It’s tough to do our
stuff live on television. Sprint car races are short and very exciting. For
me, if we can show people on TV what we are all about and get them to come
out in person, that’s the main thing. If you come to a sprint car race in
person, there is nothing better than that.”

Three-day tickets for the Nov. 1-3 World of Outlaws World Finals are $59 for adults and $19 for children ages 12 and under. Individual tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children on Thursday night and $35 for adults and $10 for children on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe’s Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.