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Archive for April, 2008

It’s MacDaddy Time At Crossville Raceway USA

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The group qualifying saw Crossville’s own, #17 Brett Wyatt, in his PPM Chassis/RED Race Engine machine sponsored by Wyatt Builders/Star Grafix and Signs, win the “Star Grafix and Signs Fast Time Award”, with a lap of 12.454 around the historic 1/3 clay oval. The second quick qualifier was Chickamauga, Ga.’s Dale McDowell, driving Joe Armes’ #77 car, with a lap of 12.521 to join Wyatt on the front row for the feature.

Four heat races were ran to help set the feature line-up. The four heat race winners was #44, #01 Jay Brinkley, #98 Eric Hickerson, and #5e Jason Durham.
The 40-lap feature started with McDowell jumping into the lead, only to see a
caution come out, as #44 Rick Rogers got sideways, and #201 Billy Ogle Jr. and #B17 Byron Michaels got tangled up. Michaels night would be done and Ogle Jr would return to his spot. On the restart, it was McDowell again powering into the lead with Wyatt and #116 Randy Weaver in third. Weaver got by Wyatt for second with a power slide on lap 2. Another caution on lap 4 slowed down the race, as #D25 Seth Daniel stopped on the track. On lap 7, #56 David Gentry turned it around and brought out another caution. McDowell continued to lead the field, as Ogle Jr. got by Wyatt for third on the restart. McDowell entered lap traffic on lap 14, and manuevered through that like the seasoned professional he is. Weaver was also getting through the lapped traffic, but just with the ease as McDowell.

On lap 25, McDowell had a half of a straightaway length lead on Weaver, and Weaver had a full straightaway on Ogle Jr. On lap 30, #53 Ray Cook came to a stop on the front stretch, as his night ended while running 5th. #157 Mike Marlar was running in the fifth position after the caution, and on the restart got by Wyatt for fourth.

McDowell kept the contenders at a distance the rest of the way, as he took his
McDowell Enterprises machine to victory lane. Weaver finished second, Ogle Jr.
third, Marlar fourth, and Wyatt rounded out the top five. Finishing six through ten was Brinkley, Rogers, Durham, #1r Riley Hickman, and #m31 Tony Morris. The Late Model Stock class saw #17 Wyatt set fast time in this class as well, with a lap of 13.764. At the start it was Monterey’s #3R Robert Edwards vaulting into the lead on the high side. Wyatt stayed on Edwards and pressured him for the lead. #5m Scott Shelton would catch and pass Wyatt on lap nineteen to take over the second position. Edwards would go on to capture his first win of the year, with Shelton in second, Wyatt in third, #13 Jim Bolen was fourth, and #25 Lynn Selby rounded out the top five.

In UMP Open Wheel action, it was Crossville’s #7 Steve Mullinax dominating, as he set fast time, won the dash, and powered to the checkers in the 25-lap feature.

The Mini Modifieds saw #36 Brian Gregory go flag-to-flag for the feature win. The heat races were won by Hutchings and Gregory.

In the always competitive Pure Mini Class, Crossville’s #J27 J.D. Rector took the lead on lap two and put it in cruise control to grab the feature win. #18 and Cody Rector won the heat races. Crossville’s #11 Hannah Proffitt/Sam Proffitt was the winners in the Cruiser Class for the second week. #54 Michael Cantrell/Jackie Powell was seond, and #39 Yolanda Heuser/Barbara Turner finished third.

Crossville Raceway USA will be back in action next Friday May 2nd, in addition to the full card racing program with seven classes of action, the fans at Crossville Raceway get to leave their seats and head onto the track. The fan gets to see what it is like to be on the dirt track and race side by side, door to door, and wheel to wheel with their neighbor from the grandstands. All it takes is a pit pass and a street car. Be part of the action as you compete in single lap elimination racing.

The nights winner will receive a Crossville Raceway Trophy to recognize the best of the night. Don’t be left out, get a car and join the action on the track. For more information check out our website at www.crossvilleracewayusa.net

Hungry for Racing? ABC Raceway Releases Full ’08 Schedule

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

But add to that an early start date, eighteen race programs stuffed into a 16-week stretch, and the annual Red Clay Classic in late September, and every race fan can expect to be satisfyingly full from the action.

The northern Wisconsin speedplant will introduce the popular WISSOTA Midwest modifieds as part of its regular Saturday night menu, joining the WISSOTA-sanctioned modifieds, super stocks and street stocks, as well as the track’s own six-cylinders and pure stocks, when it opens for its first program of the season on May 10.

“The Midwest mods were well-received when they raced here (four times) over the past year or so,” stated Raceway president Kurt Beeksma recently. “The fans enjoyed the show they put on, and the drivers loved racing at our track.

“We think there will be a strong contingent of Mid-mods making our track their regular haunt on Saturday nights.”

Four race nights scheduled in May will be served as the season’s appetizers. A first-time offering by the track lands on May 17 and will honor members of the United States Armed Forces and National Guard by offering any member of our country’s military free admission.

The June course will kick off with one of the track’s most popular nights – the traditional Kids’ Meet the Drivers Night – on June 7. All young race fans will be welcomed onto the track’s front straightaway to meet their heroes and get an up-close look at the racing machines.

Closing June will be a special program in which track promoters hope to fill the house on “Jam the Stands” night, on June 28. A discounted admission price will be offered.

July is an especially busy month, filling fans’ plates with six programs over 24 days. The Como Oil & Propane Modified Series returns to Ashland for its third year with the first of two visits on Thursday, July 3, in a program that will also include an enhanced purse for the Midwest mods.

Fans then will be welcomed back two nights later, on July 5, for the kids’ bike races and a visit from the Northern Vintage Race Car group; the “big” mods will be given that night off.

On July 19 the track will again host its Street Stock Shootout, and on Friday, July 25, fans will get the chance to enjoy the AmsOil Late Model Series, featuring the premier division in all of WISSOTA. The Super Stock Challenge will also be held during that Friday special.

As the final course for July, the Six-Cylinder Summer Sizzler will be served up on Saturday, July 26.

The points chases will again heat up as August’s action is dished out, beginning on Saturday the second with the popular Pure Excitement 25 pure stock special, offering one of the biggest purses in the region for the entry-level division. The season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night on August 23, during which the track’s 2008 champions will be crowned.

The fans then get a month to digest all that before dessert is served – the 33rd annual Red Clay Classic on September 26-27. The Friday night part of the program will include heat race action for upwards of 200 late models, modifieds and super stocks, while Saturday’s action will feature final rounds of qualifying and over 100 laps of A-main action as the competitors vie for their share of a purse expected to exceed $65,000.

The racers will get a taste of an improved purse during weekly action, with a payout estimated at over $14,000 to be shared among what could easily be in excess of 100 competitors per night.

Also, in cooperation with other area tracks, The ABC Raceway will offer its drivers the opportunity to partake in a program called the “Triple Play Bonus.” Any driver competing in a WISSOTA-sanctioned division that wins three consecutive features in the same class during a calendar weekend will receive a $400 bonus – $100 each from ABC as well as Superior Speedway, Hibbing (MN) Raceway and Proctor (MN) Speedway.

Both modifieds and super stocks will be able to compete for the bonus at all four tracks, while Midwest mods can take a shot at the “Triple Play” at Superior on Fridays, Ashland on Saturdays and Proctor on Sundays. Late models can qualify at Superior, Hibbing and Proctor.

The price for dining on the action at ABC this summer will be $10 for fans ages 13 and older on all race nights except the Como Mod Series and AmsOil Late Model Series shows and the Red Clay Classic.

Younger fans ages 12 and under will be admitted free. There will also be a ten-night “punch pass” offered, by which fans can pay $90 to enjoy nine regular-admission shows and then see a tenth non-special show for free.

Reserved seating will again be available to fans at Ashland, at $15 per seat. Only 550 of the over 2100 seats available in the main grandstands are reserved.

Those wishing to enjoy the show from the pit area will be charged $25 during non-special programs.

Another strong contingent of area sponsors have again come on board to support the Raceway’s activities in 2008. Those businesses include Little Caesar’s Pizza, WITC, the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsman’s Club, Xtreme Sign & Graphix, Bad River Lodge & Casino, County Market, Rick Rivord Trucking, Fast Lane Motorsports, Heartland Communications, NAPA Auto Parts, Pepsi, Como Oil & Propane, Chicago Iron & Supplies, WIMI, Northern State Bank, Baxter’s Speed Shop & Custom Machining, and Auto Value Parts Stores.

“Just as the drivers do, we appreciate our sponsors’ support very much,” said Beeksma. “Without them, there’s not much chance of putting on a race program.”

Also, the track’s popular pre-race radio program, “Racenight,” will again air live before every race event from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information. This summer’s shows, hosted by local radio personality Skip Hunter, will be aired on WBSZ, 93.3 FM.

The ABC Raceway will be represented at the annual Media Day activities in Proctor in early May, and the club will host a stock car show and swap meet on Saturday, May 3, at Fast Lane Motorsports on Ashland’s East End. A special edition of “Racenight” will air live from 10 am-noon from the event.

Weekly race programs will begin with hot laps at 6:15 pm, and green-flag racing action will start at 7. The facility is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s recently redesigned website.

Figure 8 Races Alive and Kicking and Citrus County Speedway

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This was also the first time I was able to experience a figure 8 race since Sunshine closed down. Many of the figure 8 drivers at Citrus are the same one’s that raced at Sunshine.

Some familiar names include the Hage family, including Darryl, Robbie, and Bob. Charlie Meyer is also there, who told me he has never had power steering in his car, but might soon, Wayne Calkins is also a regular, Cliff Rousseau with the black 3 car, and the current point’s leader Joey Cattereli. Mike Van Ochton has even made an appearance out there this year.
The race itself was as action packed as ever. They run 20 laps, or 40 times through the x, and the hearts start pounding in the stands, even on the first lap.

The #83 of Neil Herne, the only truck in the field, started on the pole. On his outside was the #11 of Bob Hage. On the drop of the green, the #11 took off ahead of the pack, while the #27 of John Baranauskas, and the #83 of Herne battled door to door for 2nd.

On lap 3, the #83 ended up spinning out over in turn 2 of the track, putting him about half a lap down by the time he got restarted. This made for some close calls through the x as early as lap 4. The #6 of Robert Aaron had also gotten about a half of lap down and was braving the x at full steam, almost crashing into the leaders.

By lap 8, there were figure 8 cars at every corner of the track, with lots of dust and smoke lingering in the x to make it even more exciting for the fans. By lap 14, the leaders had to deal with trying to pass the lapped traffic. The #74 of Robbie Hage was holding on to the lead, while the #15 of Cattereli, and the #14 of Calkins were nipping at his heals. The #6 of Aaron was trying to stay on the lead lap out in front of the #74.

On lap 18, the #15 of Cattereli was able to take the lead away from the #74 and bring home the win.

Citrus County Speedway is located right on Route 41, just north of Brooksville at the Citrus County Fair Grounds.

County Line Story

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The evening started off with the return of the Modiifed Four Cylinders on
the 3/8ths mile clay oval. Wilson’s Justin Pinno capped the win with a
dominating performance, after setting fast time of 17.46 through qualifying.
Fayetteville’s Paul Green managed second place in his CLR debut. Jamie
Summerlin and William Carrol rounded out the field after both suffered
mechanical problems in practice, causing both lots of work to make the
feature. The Modified Four Cylinder makes its return to CLR on June 7th.
There should be a full field of competitors by this date, this was the first
date of the season for this series.

The Late Model division started of the season with an outstanding field of
competitors. Louisburg’s ‘Wild Child’ Damon Kotke set the pace with a
qualifying lap of 15.77 to take the pole position over Pine Level’s ‘Kid
Rocket” Dustin Mitchell with a time of 15.80 seconds. Mitchell got the jump
at the drop of the green flag and held off challenges by Kotke and Holly
Spring’s Neal Sykes to take the victory, his first in the Late Model
division at CLR. Sykes, making his long waited return to CLR after about a 7
year absence, came from the sixth starting position to battle for the lead.
Sykes had to settle for second after Mitchell proved to be strong. Earl
Arnold made his way through the field to take over the third position, in
the popular yellow #1 machine. Kotke made his way back to fourth after a lap
4 spin that relegated him to the rear of the field. Scooter King managed a
fifth place finish after advancing eight spots from the start of the race.
Rounding out the top ten were Ronnie Boykin, J.P. Cascell, Bobby Bottoms,
Chris Klein, and Eric Hobgood. 2007 points champion, Spencer Liggon,
finished in the eleventh position after suffering mechanical issues.

The next feature event of the evening saw Rocky Mount’s Joshua Bryant take
his first victory in stock car action, in the Cadet division. This is a
class for 11 thru 15 year old competition. Bryant set fast time for the
Cadets with a lap of 23.00 seconds. 2007′s big winner, Austin Holcombe, had
to settle for second. Elm City’s Holcombe made a pass with three to go to
secure the second spot. Stillman Heath, the 2007 points champion had to
settle for third. Cody Keith took home fourth after suffering mechanical
problems.

The remaining events of the evening were Dash Races, which were a new twist
on the competition. The top six qualifiers for the divisions were locked
into the races. They had to redraw for the starting order for the racing
action. The finish for the dashes sets the top six starting spots for next
weeks action.

The Super Stock Four Cylinder division saw Victor May pick up where he left
off in 2007, dominating the competition. May set fast time with a lap of
18.77 seconds and then led flag to flag in the 10 lap dash. Bill Winstead
followed May to a second place finish. The hard charging machines of Wayne
Potter and Andy Ross ended up third and fourth, respectively. Json Horne and
Josh Widenner rounded out the field.

The Thunder & Lightning division was dominated by Britches Liles in his
sleek new ride. Liles set fast time of 17.77 seconds and then led the field
for a flag to flag victory. Mark McDaniels ran a strong second, holding off
Skeeter Liles. 2007 points champion, Alan Worrells, placed fourth. Rounding
out the field were Joey Cascell, Chris Ray, and Tim Coley.

Pure Stock V-8 were the next group to hit the track. They put on a great
show. Gary Whitley wasted little time in making his way to the front of the
pack in this highly contested battle. Whiley took the lead on the third
circuit and held off constant challenges by Jerry Williams. Michael Lamm,
the 2007 season points champion settled for third with James Meredith taking
fourth. Fast qualifier Ben James wound up fifth after posting a lap of 21.06
seconds. Ray Beaman rounded out the field after suffering handling issues.

The Pure Stock Four Cylinder may have seen the tightest battle of the
evening between Junior Johnson and Gary Dillon. Johnson held off challenges
in each turn from Dillon to take the victory. They will be the starting row
for next weeks feature. Jimmy Holcombe made his return to four cylinder
action at CLR , taking home third place. Fourth place finisher, Ricky Webb,
was also back in the drivers seat after a few years absence. Rounding out
the field were Carlton Toney and Taylor Dalton.

The May 3rd event is shaping up to be a great night of racing action.
Trophies will be presented to the Best Apearing Cars from this past weekends
show. There will be racing in six divisions starting with the very popular
Late Model superstars. Super Stock Four Cylinder, Thunder & Lightning, Pure
Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and Cadets will also be on hand. Gates
open at 5, with the drivers meeting taking place at 7. Come on out and bring
a friend.

George Neumann Rolls to a Pair of Citrus Mini Stock Features

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Fourteen of the 20 Mini Stocks in the pits were qualified for the rainout from April 5th and kicked off the night with a barn burner that just previewed what the entire night held for the fans. George Neumann wasted no time letting the 14 car rainout field that here was there to conduct some serious business as he launched his racer from 7th to the point in just a few laps and it was “catch me if you can” from there to the checkered flag. Robbie Yoakam and Clint Foley put the heat on for the final 8 laps but didn’t have enough to make
a run for the lead after an 18th lap restart. Young rookie and pole sitter Danny Schlenker took a bad hit on the front wall wiping out the right front suspension and a lot of right side body damage just before the start finish line that would have been the white flag lap. The field tightened up for the restart with a five car run for the lead but Neumann held them off for the final two laps logging his first win of the year over Robbie Yoakam, Clint Foley, James Ellis and Kevin Harrod.

In the regularly scheduled Mini Stock program Neumann continued his dominance taking the win in the first heat and coming back to start 7th again and locking in his second feature win of the night. Hot on his rear bumper in this 20 lapper was Mark Powers who had his best finish of the year. Also Clint Foley was in the mix on the run for the flag but had to settle for third after winning the second heat and continues to hold the top spot in the 2008 point race. Also Kevin Harrod was able to lock down 4th over defending champion Steve
Griffin. It was definitely George Neumann’s night to howl on his march towards a 5th Mini Stock Championship.

The Super Late Models put on a big show with a 20 car starting field and former Champion Scott Grossenbacher drew the outside pole slot for the start of the rained out April 5th Feature. When the green flag flew Scott won the drag race through turn one and two over John Gerstner and set the pace right to the checkered flag with Gerstner riding all the way in his tire tracks. Raymond Lovelady gave it all he had in an attempt at making a run for the lead but had to settle for 3rd at the line. Troy Robinson spent the entire race holding off the rest of the field with Richie Smith coming through traffic to
finish fifth. This was only the third race of the season for the Late Models with 3 different winners and Grossenbacher holds a 2 point lead over Herb Neumann Jr. in the 2008 point lead. Their schedule has been increased and they will be back next Saturday night for a full schedule of heats and feature action.

Clint Foley did double duty Saturday night and has his Sportsman dialed in for his second win in a row and becoming the third driver in the division to get into the win column twice out of the six races they have run in the young season. Tom Posavec inaugurated his new race car with a heat win and a second place finish from his 4th starting spot. Mike Veltman got sent to the rear of the pack on a late caution flag but made a high speed run from the back to
3rd over the 14 car field and putting a little cushion in his point lead. Bobby Ervien, one of the two time winners, finished 4th over JoJo Viverito who also did double duty with his new Late Model in the lineup.

The Street Stocks hit the asphalt running and put on a real barn burner 20 lap main event. The front row was the place to start in most of the races of the night and it was no different here as Jason Murphree logged his second consecutive win from the outside pole in as many weeks. Tim Quick who has three wins under his belt launched his race car from 10th to second putting the heat on Murphree when the checkers flew. David Foster Jr. survived a caution flag that sent him to the rear of the pack, making his way back through
traffic for a 3rd place finish over 8th starter Tim Alexander and Dr. Mark Fallows.

For the second week in a row post race inspection took its toll on the top three in another division. The 4 Cylinder Bombers had 25 cars start and saw young Brandon Watson take his quick VW Rabbit from 6th to Victory Lane for the second week in a row in what appeared to be his third win of the year but he didn’t pull enough vacuum in tech. Mike Ogren would have logged his 2nd win of the year but he also failed the vacuum test. Melissa Hunley pulled up in
third due to Patric Connor jumping the restart and getting penalized 3 spots and she also failed the vacuum test putting Richard Kuhn in the winners circle from his apparent 5th place finish. Connor moved up to second with all the D.Q’s despite his penalty. Rounding out the top five were John DeGeorge, Chris Harvey and Nathan Florian.

Despite a short field the Figure 8′s put on a wild 11 car race and when you consider Joie Catterelli went from last to first in the 20 lap spectacular there was plenty of passing and some very close calls in the intersection. Robbie Hage made a fast move out 6th to snatch the lead away from his dad Bob Hage and set the pace for most of the race from lap 5 to the 19th lap. That’s when Catterelli made the pass for the lead and his second win of the year in their 5th race of the year. Robbie Hage did salvage a second place finish under a whole lot of fire from 3rd place finisher Wayne Calkins, 4th place brother Daryl Hage and Robbie Aaron who made some interesting close passes in the intersection.

Opening up the May, 5 weekend, race schedule next Saturday night the 4 Cylinder Bombers go in a 50 lap special. The Super Late Models are back for the first of three scheduled races in May. Added to the program will be the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the Florida Pro Mini Modified Series.