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Archive for February, 2008

Tiffany Daniels Ready For Busy 2008 Racing Season

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Now, in 2008, 23-year old Daniels will continue her climb up the ladder in
motorsports by eating, breathing and sleeping racing.

“Basically this year is going to be about developing me as a driver, developing our marketing skills and getting prepared for opportunities that we are trying to work on for 2009,” said Daniels. “It is going to be about seat time and being ready for any new opportunities that we will be presented with.”

Mid-season in 2007, Daniels switched from Limited Late Models to Late Model Stock racing. In 2008, Daniels will make another switch as she will compete in a limited schedule in the UARA-Stars series.

“We are running a limited UARA schedule due to traveling and our budget,” explained Daniels. “We are not going to run every single race and we feel we do not need to. The competition is going to be extremely tough in UARA this year and they are going to be sending cars home every week, so we figured for our first full year of Late Model racing we will start our goals off with solid top 10′s, building our momentum and work towards solid top fives and even some wins by the end of the season.”

When Tiffany is not driving her UARA car, she will still be at the track, but as a crew member helping her Charlie Daniels Racing teammate and brother Cliff as he moves up the ranks of racing as well.

“It is a whole lot easier going to the track and focusing on one car at a time,
whether it is mine or Cliff’s,” explained Daniels. “Right now it has worked out easier schedule-wise with my car for me to skip Concord (Concord Motorsport Park in North Carolina) and run Motor Mile (VA). It will let us focus on one car at a time as well as getting the best performance out of that car and we will learn different things in the process. It will be a good learning experience for us.”

Another opportunity that presented itself to Daniels this season is helping out a fellow former competitor from the Legends Car realm. Craig Goess is moving up this year to the NASCAR Camping World East Series in 2008 with Eddie Sharp Racing. In a deal that will get him some seat time before his season starts, Daniels will also get seat time in an ARCA car.

“One of Eddie Sharp’s development drivers will be racing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series this year and wanted a little more seat time before his season starts,” said Daniels. “He will run my car at Kenly (NC) on March 15th for the twin 50-lap races. Then they will try to work me into a few ARCA tests at possibly Caraway Speedway (NC) or some smaller, closer tracks so I can get some seat time in an ARCA car and prepare me for next year to possibly move up to ARCA or the Camping World East Series.”

Away from the track in March, Daniels will participate in Phase Two of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation’s 2007-2008 Driver Development Program, which was established by accomplished female racer Lyn St. James to provide information and training for female racecar drivers who have demonstrated success on track and have a desire to pursue a career in professional motorsports. Daniels completed Phase One in November.

Outside of her own driving and personal development, Daniels will continue working her day job at Ganassi Racing, something she feels will help progress her career, personally and professionally.

“It is kind of like having two careers, but they are intertwined,” explained
Daniels. “I have been able make contacts at Ganassi that have helped me with the Late Model and pick up some things at work to help me become a better racer. Then the experience in my Late Model helps me contribute more and be more confident at Ganassi. It really goes hand in hand.”

For more information on Tiffany Daniels, please contact Jason Buckley at (704)
788-2134 and check out the Tiffany Daniels website at www.TiffDaniels.com.

FOUR TEXAS ASPHALT TRACKS PART OF ASA MEMBER TRACK PROGRAM WITH SIGNING OF RED RIVER SPEEDWAY

Friday, February 29th, 2008

But the ASA affiliation is far from the newest thing happening at the
quarter-mile racetrack located in North Wichita Falls, Texas. During the
offseason the facility was purchased by Short Track Motorsports, LLC, an
investment group spearheaded by Charles Turner and Mike Nowels.

Under their guidance, RRS (which first began operations in the 1950s)
immediately embarked on a major renovation which will seemingly leave no
significant area untouched.

The racers will appreciate the freshly paved pit area offering more than
200,000 square feet of hard surface parking and work space. Of even greater
importance to the competitors is the new electronic scoring system. By
incorporating transponders into each of the race cars, arguments should
quickly be resolved when it comes to the “bragging rights” among the
competitors.

“RRS will be a fan-friendly racetrack as well as a top-rate facility for
racers” explained Mike Cooper, RRS general manager.

Fans will immediately notice the new midway area including a brand new
playground for the kids and a new party deck available for rental. “We
envision the party deck being used for company parties and group outings,”
stated owner Mike Nowels. The deck will host up to a 100 people with food
and beverage catering available. Also new this season is the addition of
an autograph session prior to the races allowing fans to get an autographed
picture with their favorite racer prior to race start.

The season, which starts on March 29 and runs through November 5, features
an aggressive mix of local divisions and six different touring series. The
regular Saturday night program includes Hornets, Chargers, Bombers and
Thunder Stock divisions. Throughout the season, regional touring series will
visit the track including the Texas Pro Sedans, Texas Super Racing Series,
United States Super Trucks Legends, Thunder Roadsters, and NASKART.

The green flag drops at 8 p.m. every Saturday night with tickets a
reasonable $10 for adults and discounts offered for youth, seniors, and
military and public safety/emergency services personnel. For the complete
schedule, updated news, and other information visit www.RedRiverSpeedway.net.

Fans will also notice the addition of the ASA Member Track logo around the
facility. “The ASA sanction improves our visibility in the short track
world and adds credibility among the racers”, explained Cooper. The
insurance package that comes with the ASA Member Track program is a major
plus with ASA members in good standing eligible for a $500,000 Excess
Medical benefit as well as a $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment
benefit (complete details are available online at www.ASA-Racing.com.

ASA members in good standing are eligible for a $500,000 Excess Medical
Benefit as well as a $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit.
Coverage for the member begins while traveling to a location promoting an
ASA-sanctioned event and continues until arrival home again. The American
Speed Association is the only sanctioning body to offer insurance coverage
which extends beyond the boundary of the racetrack itself (complete details
are available online at www.ASA-Racing.com.

“I’m really excited that the deal was put together and Red River Speedway
joins the other paved tracks in Texas in the ASA program,” said Dennis Huth,
president of Racing Speed Associates which owns the American Speed
Association. “It’s certainly exciting to see tracks like these work together
on programs. That will certainly create a buzz in the regions surrounding
each of the four tracks and be something the fans will keep track of and
look forward to the events at their favorite track.”

“I also have to commend Charles (Turner) and the group at Short Track
Motorsports for the changes and money they are putting into the racetrack so
soon after completing the deal to buy it. They are proving that they
understand the needs of the fan and what it takes to keep them happy and
coming back. The word will quickly get through the community and I will
think that they will benefit with full grandstands this year. It will be a
pleasure to work with everyone at Red River Speedway this year and well into
the future,” Huth added.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based ASA Racing Member Track
program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For
news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in
the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.

Pro Cuts Texas World Dirt Track Championship @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

Friday, February 29th, 2008

It was more quality than quantity in the Modified class as top drivers from nine states(Tx., Ok., NM., Ark., Iowa, La., Mo., Kan., and Colo.) made for a star-studded field.

The first night of qualifying would be set through passing points in the heats,
taking the top 16 to the A-main, then C and B-mains to fill the remainder of the field. The nights top four finishers would then be locked in for the big Saturday Championship finale

Dunn Get’s ‘er Done in Modified A-qualifier After garnering the most passing points in heat race action, Clyde Dunn jr. started on the pole of the 15-lap A-qualifier. Dunn got out front early, then held off hard charging Randy Timms in the final laps to get the win.

As the 24-car field tok the green, Dunn got a big jump on the field with Chad
Wheeler getting by Paul White for second. At the back of the pack, Trent Crawford, Chase Allen and Curtis Allen tangled to bring out yellow on lap 1. On the restart, Troy Taylor got by Davd Smith jr. for fifth, but Smith fought back to retake the spot until he spun while trying to get by Grag Skaggs for fourth.

Once under green again Timms was making his charge, from his eighteenth starting spot, to challenge Morgan Bagley for seventh. On lap 3, White got past Wheeler for second, while Timms sailed past Taylor and Skaggs for fourth. Skags didn’t give up easily as he and Timms swapped the spot fo several laps until halfway when Timms secured the position.

At the crossed flags it was Dunn, White, Wheeler, Timms and Skaggs in the top five. Timms then picked off Wheeler for third on lap 9 and ran down White on lap 11. Two laps later, Timms got by the former USAC Silver Crown champion, White with two to go. Up front, Dunn was on cruise control not knowing Timms was on the move. Timms cut into Dunn’s margin, but never mounted a serious challenge as Dunn in the Hoosier Southwest, Smiley Racing Products, AFCO Shocks, Skins Raps, 2 Extream Tattoo, Wells Racing Engines, Skyrocket Chassis grabbed the victory.

Baytown’s Brown Best in Limited Modified A-Qualifier

One of the Houston areas hotshoes, Chris Brown gave car owner Jim Thorne the present of a win at the famed Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the Limited A-qualifer. Brown capitalized on a second start, jumped into the lead and never looked back as he led flag to flag for the victory.

On the intial start of the 24-car, 15-lap event, Bo Day got out front, but a
mid-pack stack up caused a multi-car spin setting up a complete restart. On the
second try, B. Day, Brown and Paul White dove into turn 1 three wide for the lead, with Brown coming out of turn 2 with the top spot. Another multi-car tangle on lap 1 along with debris on the track slowed the action once again.

When green waved again, two time IMCA Sourtern SportMod champion, Keith White
challenged B. Day for third, while brother Paul tried to hold on to second and Kevin Green and Tommy Gantley ran side by side for sixth. K. White was still pressuring B. Day, now for second, when yellow waved for Gantley who rolled to a stop on the track.

On the restart, K. White got the jump on B. Day and grabbed the spot. The top four had begun to pull away as the race came to halfway with Brown, K. White, B. Day, P. White and Chris Cogburn running in the top five. Jimmy Day recovered from one of the early mishaps to work his way back up to sixth by lap 10. As the white flag was shown Brown held a six car advantage over K. White, who had a big gap back to B. Day and P. White. At the checkers it was Brown easily coming across the line first.

Late Model Star Scott Bloomquist Returns to The Dirt Track On Mission to Claim Another Helmet and Sword

Friday, February 29th, 2008

In addition to a check for $50,000, the winner of the 100-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event will also receive a ceremonial version of a Medieval knight’s helmet and a 50-inch Macleod Medieval sword.

The museum-quality helmet is a late 15th century replica, handcrafted from 14-gauge carbon steel with brass accents. It features an artistic visor that pivots and a fanciful bevor to protect the chin and lower face. The sword is one of the biggest versions of the Macleod Sword ever made. It has a 39-inch stainless steel blade and the handle is made of rough leather wrapped by a silver steel wire.

Having won the first two Circle K Colossal 100s, Bloomquist already has a pair of Medieval helmets and swords at his Mooresburg, Tenn., race shop.

“Those helmets and swords are something we’re really proud of,” Bloomquist said. “It’s unusual to get something so classy and they have a lot of meaning. There are a lot of unique things that you enjoy getting besides another trophy, but that sword and helmet for winning the Colossal are definitely at the top of the list.”

Roger Slack, vice president of events for Lowe’s Motor Speedway, originated the idea of presenting the Circle K Colossal 100 winner with the Medieval items.

“I wanted to award the winner with something more than just a store-bought trophy and wanted it to be something to promote the event’s Romanesque theme,” Slack explained. “To make this a truly Colossal event, we needed a colossal prize. It needed to be something the other drivers would look at and think to themselves, ‘I’m going to get that next year.’”

With nearly 30 years of dirt-track experience, Bloomquist understands how to promote the sport and believes the Medieval helmet and sword help separate the Circle K Colossal 100 from other marquee late model events.

“When we got there last year, they had a three-story tall shot of us in victory lane holding that sword on the track’s elevator shaft,” Bloomquist said. “Our expression, the way it went off, the whole thing made a great promotion.

“It’s never going to be easy to win that race, so there’s always going to be a lot of prestige in having a sword and one of those helmets,” added Bloomquist, noting that the two Medieval helmets already in his collection actually fit. “That’s not a bad thing because you never know when you might want to wear one.”

With four career victories at The Dirt Track, Bloomquist has to be considered among the favorites heading into the third running of the Circle K Colossal 100 on April 18-19.

“Obviously, we run really good there,” Bloomquist said. “We ran good in the fall at the World of Outlaws show and I definitely feel like we can win the Colossal for a third time. But we’ve got a number of guys that race our cars who also ran good there last time, and at the Colossal too. Those guys will be some of my toughest competition, but we’ll come prepared.”

The Friday night portion of the Circle K Colossal 100 features group time trials and heat races. The top two finishers in each heat will secure a spot in the 100-lap finale and a draw will determine the starting lineup.

Saturday night’s program begins with a driver autograph session and the on-track action includes at least four additional qualifying races prior to the main event. The race is part of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, but The Dirt Track’s traditional format, including the extremely popular Delaware-style restarts, will be utilized.

If purchased in advance, reserved tickets for both Friday and Saturday nights are just $39 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Two-day pit passes are $60 in advance.

Tickets and pit passes for the April 18-19 Circle K Colossal 100 can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.

The Fleetwood RV Camping Resort is located adjacent to The Dirt Track and full-service camping spots can be reserved by calling (704) 455-4445.

Justin Boney Heads To Pro Cuts Texas Dirt Track World Championships

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

This season kicks off tomorrow night for Justin Boney and it holds a lot of
question marks for this modified pilot. In 2008 he is teaming up with TNT
Racing (family of Chris, Linda and TC Noel), he has a new modified (a GRT by
Phillips) and he has a new SPUTZ motor from fellow USMTS competitor Tommy
Myer. Over 15 years of experience has kept Justin on an easy path so far.

“I don’t know how it is driving for this new team yet,” said Boney, “We
haven’t started the season yet.”

That is true, but Boney has been behind the wheel of a Noel racecar before.
From a prior relationship is exactly how this deal came together.

“I have know the Noels for more than 10 years and for the last 3 years they
have been wanting me to drive one of their cars for them,” said Boney, “They
have always been around the races and they are nice people and they love to go
racing, just like me. TNT Racing has good equipment and I am looking forward
to it.”

For most drivers jumping into a new car would be un-nerving, but Boney sees it
a little differently than most.

“GRT had a really good outing in Phoenix last weekend going 1,2 & 3,” said
Boney, “I talk to Terry (Phillips) quite a bit. He has me pretty close to
where I want to be at right now. I am optimistic what this weekend about this
weekend, but I have been doing this a long time every car has it’s quirks. GRT
has a lot of knowledge and tech support. There late model program speaks for
itself and that information might be what these modified’s need.”

The plans for the weekend’s race are simple, go out and shake the car down.
Winning is still in the back of this racer’s mind, but getting ready for the
USMTS opener at Junction Motor Speedway is the reason for this early season
trip.

“I used to run the USMTS regularly. I had to get out because of money and
other reasons and I want to get back to that level,” said Boney, “the USMTS is
the best when it comes to our sport. When I left the series a few years back,
I was the National Point leader at the time. I want to get back to that high
level. It’s possible. When need to eliminate DNFs, finish good and win and
most importantly, have fun!”

This season the TNT Race team will compete on the USMTS circuit in hopes to
join their ‘HUNT.’ The ‘Hunt’ is where the USMTS crowns their National
Champion. The team would be more than happy to be in the running when the end
of the season comes around.

Only time will tell how Boney and TNT Racing will do this weekend. They will
depart at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning to arrive and begin their 2008 season at
the Pro Cuts Texas World Dirt Track Championship.