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Archive for October, 2009

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals Brings Weekend Of Classic Custom Automobiles to Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Goodguys Southeastern NationalsCONCORD, N.C.- The infield of Lowe’s Motor Speedway will be filled with thousands of classic hot rod roadsters and colorful custom masterpieces when the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals cruises into town Friday through Sunday.

The 16th annual California-based Goodguys car show is a giant outdoor event featuring more than 2,000 pre-1972 hot rods, custom cars, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Lil’ deuce coupes, hot rod roadsters, chopped Merc customs, Hemi Cuda’s, Six Pack Challengers, Boss 429 Mustangs, Pontiac GTO’s and many other specialty vehicles will be on display at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

A new element of the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals is the Friday Night Drags at zMAX Dragway. The drag race event will feature the custom cars and hot-rods showing their muscle as they race down the concrete quarter mile at the Bellagio of drag strips. Nostalgia funny cars and super stockers are also set to compete.

Gates open at noon for the zMAX Dragway event and qualifying starts at 2 p.m. with eliminations at beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for Friday Night Drags are $20 and are separate from tickets for the car show at the speedway. Fans with tickets to the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals will receive $5 off their ticket for the Friday Night Drags.

Also included in the national show are vendor exhibits, a swap meet, a car corral area with vehicles for sale, a model and pedal car display and a free model building area for kids. Street challenge autocross sessions are also scheduled on the road course to test vehicle performance.

On Friday evening, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will offer the opportunity to purchase rides around the 1.5-mile oval at 150-plus mph in the passenger seat of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.

To celebrate Halloween on Saturday, the Goodguys car show will provide trick-or-treating and a costume contest for children who attend. Saturday night will see the return of the popular Cruise Under the Lights, where hundreds of hot rods and customs take to the superspeedway for several laps and spectators are invited to watch the cruise from the speedway’s frontstretch grandstand.

Tickets for the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals are available at the gate or online at www.good-guys.com. Adult tickets are $17 per day with children ages 7 to 12 admitted for $6 while kids 6 and under are free.

Parking for the event is $5. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Information about the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals may be obtained by calling Goodguys at (925) 838-9876 or the Lowe’s Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or online at www.good-guys.com or www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

“Spooktacular” Musco Lighting Fall Challenge Finale This Saturday

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

OSKALOOSA, IOWA – The Halloween treats will be handed out early this Saturday, Oct. 31, as the Southern Iowa Speedway hosts the finale of the 23rd Annual MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge.

Fans who braved unseasonably cool temperatures on Friday, Oct. 9, were treated to a night of spills, chills and thrills as a field of 172 drivers packed the pit area for opening night of this year’s MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge. Snow covered the ground in the Oskaloosa area the following morning, so round 2 of the doubleheader was postponed to this Saturday.

Saturday’s big show will feature some of the region’s best drivers in four USRA-sanctioned classes, with big money up for grabs. National points will be awarded in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, but a USRA license is not required to compete in this event. With tight points battles emerging, and this being the final USRA points race for 2009, nearly every one of the top-10 drivers in each class are expected as officials are readying the pit area for another 170+ competitors.

Officials have also announced that all kids ages 12 and under that wear their Halloween costume will be admitted FREE of charge. Pit gates will open at 12 noon and the grandstands will open at 1:00, with hot laps at 3:00 and racing at 4:00.

Following hot laps, drivers will be bringing their cars to the front-stretch and kids of all ages will be invited to join them for
some early Halloween afternoon trick-or-treating at the Mahaska County Half-Mile Monster.

All seats are general admission, so fans are encouraged to get there early to avoid lines and get the best seat in the house. Camping sites with hook-ups are available at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds.

Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win their main event, while Stock Car drivers will battle for an $800 top prize. Both B-Mods and Hobby Stocks will be fight for a $700 winner’s paycheck.

All four classes will award $150 to start the main event in their respective division.

Drivers who did not compete in the event opener on Friday, Oct. 9, are invited to race on Saturday, Oct. 31. The early entry fees of $50 for Hobby Stocks and B-Mods, $75 for Stock Cars and $100 for Modifieds have been extended through race day for all new entries.

All drivers will draw for heat race starting positions, and top qualifiers will re-draw for feature race starting positions.

Defending MUSCO Lighting Fall Challenge champions are Brad Pinkerton (Modifieds), Tory Reicks (Stock Cars), Cayden Carter
(B-Mods) and Jason McDaniel (Hobby Stocks).

Preliminary winners on Friday, Oct. 9, were Chris Hovden (Hobby Stocks), Luke Wanninger (B-Mods), Shane Weller (Stock Cars) and Corey Dripps (Modifieds).

The Southern Iowa Speedway is a half-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.5 mile west of US 63 on SR 92, then 0.3 mile north on N. I St. (at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds). 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) 673-7004.

For rules or other information about the United States Racing Association, check out the USRA website at www.usraracing.com.

Russell Revamps Demolished Car for Win at New Smyrna Florida Late Model Racing Staple Tops Field Again at Half-Mile Track

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

CONCORD, NC – Tim Russell and his Insurance Offices of America Chevy took on a stout Florida doubleheader this weekend, as they attempted to tackle the Orlando Speedworld on Friday night as well as the New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday. Unfortunately, an altercation with the leader forced Russell to relinquish his top-five position for a spot at the tail end of the field in the closing laps of Friday night’s event and was awarded only a 16th-place finish. However, the short-track veteran rebounded on Saturday night and put his #36 in victory lane at the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway.

Despite setting the fast time and making a run for the lead, a win at Orlando Speedworld just wasn’t in the cards for Tim Russell this weekend. “We had a really good car up there,” recounted Russell. “We set fast time and qualified fifth, so we were in pretty good shape. Then at about lap 66 we were going for the lead, going off into turn one, and the leader and I made contact and
they sent both of us to the rear. That night didn’t end too well, since it was so late in the race when we got sent to the back.”

They say that failure is the best motivation. That sentiment certainly held true for Russell this weekend, as he was determined not to let his poor finish at Orlando dictate the rest of his weekend. The team was ready for battle with a remodeled ride on Saturday night, as they repaired the car that was damaged a few weeks back at Desoto Speedway’s (FL) Seafest. Their hard work and diligence paid off, as they took the car straight to victory lane.

“On Saturday night at New Smyrna we brought a different car,” explained Russell. “We unloaded the car that we ran at Seafest with a brand new body on it and everything fixed; the guys have really been working hard on it in the shop. But we got out there and barely missed the pole by .02 of a second and had to start eighth. We buckled down and worked our way up and eventually took the lead with about 25 laps to go and just hung on to the top for the win.”

Russell’s next event will be the final Brighthouse Challenge Series race of the season at New Smyrna Speedway on November 7th.

For more on Tim Russell, please contact Matt Dillner at 51 Sports at (704) 784-2134, or visit his website at www.timrussellonline.com.

Shryock tops TrackTek Racing Fuels Halloween Havoc finale

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

WILLIS, TEXAS – The USMTS Dirthead.com Southern Series completed their TrackTek Racing Fuels Halloween Havoc doubleheader at the Gator Motorplex Saturday, and for the second straight night Kelly Shryock walked up and drew the pole position for the start of the main event.

But unlike Friday where he slipped back to a fifth-place finish by the end of the race, the nine-time USMTS National Champion stayed right where he started on Saturday and captured his first USMTS Dirthead.com Southern Series checkered flag in 34 races.

His last win came on Dec. 1, 2007, where he clinched the USMTS Dirthead.com Southern Series title that season.

Midway through Saturday’s 40-lap Sunoco “A” Main, Shryock encountered lapped traffic on the quarter-mile high-banked clay oval. As he went to the outside of a lapped car, Morgan Bagley took the inside and appeared to have a shot at overtaking the leader.

The backmarker, however, made a dash to the infield and forced Bagley down with him. By the time Bagley got all four wheels back on the racing surface, he had dropped to fifth while Jon Tesch assumed the runner-up position.

Tesch was able to close in on Shryock during the final laps of the event, but was unable to challenge for the top spot. The win was worth $3,000 to the Fertile, Iowa, veteran, while Bagley recovered to place third behind Tesch.

Jason Hughes had to come through a Real Racing Wheels “B” Main to make the feature race, and picked up ten spots en route to a fourth-place finish. Rodney Sanders was fifth, Scott Green grabbed sixth for the second night in a row, Joshua Majek took seventh, William Gould raced from 18th to eighth, Bryan Rowland finished ninth and Garrett Durrett rounded out the top-10.

Majek pocketed the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award by racing to seventh from 20th on the 26-car starting grid.

With two events in the books and six to go in the Hunt for the USMTS Dirthead.com Southern Series Championship presented by Dirt Modified Magazine, Shryock clings to a scant 11-point lead over Hughes (234 to 223) in the 2009 title chase standings. Tesch is close behind with 215 points, followed by Sanders (195), Bagley (180), Chris Henigan (177), Green (167), Bumper Jones (165), Rowland (164) and Friday night’s winner John O Whittington (161).

UP NEXT …

The weekend of Nov. 19-21 will find the mud-slinging Modifieds of the USMTS Dirthead.com Southern Series returning to the Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, for a big tripleheader paying $1,000 to win on Thursday, $2,000 on Friday and $3,000 on Saturday.

Chris Brown of nearby Cleveland held off Rodney Sanders and found his way to the winner’s circle when the series made their debut at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval on May 8.

2009 Battleground Speedway track champion Phil Dixon joins Frank Kitchenhoff Jr., David Horner, Danny Barringer, Pete Sagmiller, Corey Babbitt, Phillip French, Tracy Denby Sr., Danny Ducote, Howard Willis and several other of the weekly warriors expected to contend for the winner’s trophy each night.

The pit gates will be open all day beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 18, for teams arriving early. Pit gates will officially open at 4:00 each night, with grandstands opening at 5:00, hot laps at 6:00 and racing to follow.

USRA Southern Limited Modifieds will also compete all three nights. Hobby Stocks will join the program on Friday night. Saturday night’s show will feature Pure Stocks in action.

The Battleground Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located east of Houston on I-10 to Highland Exit 787, then 4.0 miles north on FM 2100 (Crosby Lynchburg Rd.). For more information, call 832-421-RACE or check out www.battlegroundspeedway.net online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.

Dalton Strehle takes Home the Money at Volusia Speedway Park

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Dalton Strehle in Victory LaneDalton Strehle in Victory Lane Barberville, FL (October 30, 2009) In spite of only eleven cars entered for the 100 lap EERY Enduro at Volusia Speedway Park, General Manager Tonya Moschell did not cut the purse of $2,000.“We really expected more of a turnout lik6e last year, but somehow there was a miscommunication of the cars that could race keeping some of the best drivers at home. But in spite of all that, Dalton Strehle ran home and got his 4 Cylidner Challenger and ended up $2,000 richer at the end of the night.”

“Hopefully by not cutting the purse, drivers will see that no matter what happens and how few cars do show up, Volusia Speedway Park stands by it’s word always and this will bring more cars next time.”

The eleven cars started from a dead standstill on the green as James Strehle took the lead on the green followed by Randy Strehle, Tom Parker, Davey Wolf and Dalton Strehle. Garrett Stewart, normally drives a Sportsman, had a problem before the green ever waved with a leaking fuel tank. Stewart was taken off the track and started at the very rear off pit road on the green but still had problems and was unable to race.

With any enduro, the dead cars are left on the track unless they are in a position deemed harmful to the driver. This left the #L9 of Stewart and #77 of James Strehle stuck on the track. Dalton Strehle took little time before he had the point over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Charles Creech and Jason Tovet.

Davey Wolf does a quick 360 in turn 4 but continues on as Tom Hughes has a flat on his ride. Hughes takes the #11 into the pit for a quick tire change as Strehle continues his lead over Randy Strehle, Tovet, Tom Parker, and Wolf. By lap 11, Dalton has lapped the entire field putting everyone a lap down.

By lap 14, it is Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Tovet and Parker leading the way. Lap 18 sees Tom Hughes rejoin the field after his pit stop for a flat tire. By lap 23, Dalton has lapped all cars but the second place car of Wolf putting everyone two laps down to the leader. Lap 26 sees Parker put the heat on Tovet and takes over fourth as Tovet goes to fifth. It is now Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Parker and Tovet.

By lap 28, Dalton is getting closer and closer to Wolf, putting him two laps down. By lap 32, Dalton has passed Wolf putting him two laps down to the leader. All thru this, Tovet has his windshield wipers going full blast as he cannot see anything out of his windshield. By lap 36, Dalton has lapped the fifth place car of Tovet making him three laps down to the leader.

Lap 41 sees Parker pass Randy Strehle for third as Dalton continues to lead the way over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet. One lap later, lap 42, Parker and Randy Strehle are side-by-side once again for third but Parker holds his grounds and maintains the position. Lap 43 Dalton passes the third, fourth, and fifth place cars putting them now three laps down to the leader. It is Dalton, Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet. One lap later, Dalton has a good one quarter track lead over Wolf who is still two laps down to the leader. And all the time, Tovet has his windshield wipers going strong.

Halfway point – red flag as the cars are realigned for the next fifty laps in the reverse position. Dalton is in need for gas but under the rules, gas cannot be added during the red flag. Dalton did not even have his car at the track and once he found out that he could race it, flew home to get it without adding gas from the last race. This means that the leader must stop during a green flag lap to gas his car. Although you must remember, he has a two lap lead over the field.

It is a real challenge now since cars are not use to going in the opposite direction around the track now drivers. Will they stand up to the challenge??

Once again on the green, Dalton jumps to the lead over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Parker and Tovet. Lap 51 sees Parker do a 360 on the frontstretch but is able to continue on and keeping his fourth place position. Garrett once again tries to take the #L9 on the track and once again it faulters, unable to race. In the meantime, Wolf puts the heat on Randy Strehle and takes back second. Lap 56, Tovet dies on the backstretch and is out of the race.

Dalton, who is very low on fuel, takes his ride into the pits for gas on lap 59 as Wolf takes back his lap and is the new leader on lap 61. But as fast as Wolf got the point, he loses it on lap 62 as he spins as Randy Strehle takes over the point. But it is a short lived feat as Dalton comes back and retakes the position over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Scott Brumfield.

Wolf and Dalton do some hard racing, especially since it is for $2000, as Wolf takes back the point on lap 68. Tom Hughes at this point has no left rear tire left and is racing basically on the hub but racing. By lap 73, Wolf has built a thirty car lead over second place Dalton.

Lap 73 sees James Strehle retire his ride once again as it is smoking badly. James had problems in the beginning and now again at the rear. By lap 76, Dalton begins to reel in Wolf, trying to retake the point as Wolf has about a two car lead over Dalton. The top four cars are almost tail to tail as they go for the gold. It is Wolf, Dalton, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Brumfield.

Lap 79 sees Dalton pull to the tail of Wolf but Wolf holds on. Lap 81 sees Parker spin in turn 3 and obviously cannot refire the car. It is now Wolf, Dalton, Randy Strehle, Brumfield and Adam Cody. By lap 84, Wolf has lapped the fifth place car of Cody. Suddenly on lap 85, Wolf is out. Wolf limps his car to the pits with a fire under the hood as Dalton once again takes over the point followed by Randy Strehle, Brumfield, Cody and Tom Hughes.

Dalton Strehle takes the checkered winning $2000 with a car that he got to the track at the very last minute. Following Dalton to the checkered was Randy Strehle, Scott Brumfield, Adam Cody and Tom Hughes.

No one brought trailers for the twisted trailer race so that was cancelled however Charles Creech and Adam Cody ran a two lap reverse race with Creech winning due to Cody having problems getting his car to drive in reverse.

Volusia Speedway Park will be closed during the month of November with the Volusia Speedway Park Night of Champions on November 21. Volusia Speedway Park will return to racing action on December 10, 11 and 12th with the Convention Holiday Classic.

For more information on Volusia Speedway Park go to www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Barberville, FL (October 30, 2009) In spite of only eleven cars entered for the 100 lap EERY Enduro at Volusia Speedway Park, General Manager Tonya Moschell did not cut the purse of $2,000.

“We really expected more of a turnout lik6e last year, but somehow there was a miscommunication of the cars that could race keeping some of the best drivers at home. But in spite of all that, Dalton Strehle ran home and got his 4 Cylidner Challenger and ended up $2,000 richer at the end of the night.”

“Hopefully by not cutting the purse, drivers will see that no matter what happens and how few cars do show up, Volusia Speedway Park stands by it’s word always and this will bring more cars next time.”

The eleven cars started from a dead standstill on the green as James Strehle took the lead on the green followed by Randy Strehle, Tom Parker, Davey Wolf and Dalton Strehle. Garrett Stewart, normally drives a Sportsman, had a problem before the green ever waved with a leaking fuel tank. Stewart was taken off the track and started at the very rear off pit road on the green but still had problems and was unable to race.

With any enduro, the dead cars are left on the track unless they are in a position deemed harmful to the driver. This left the #L9 of Stewart and #77 of James Strehle stuck on the track. Dalton Strehle took little time before he had the point over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Charles Creech and Jason Tovet.

Davey Wolf does a quick 360 in turn 4 but continues on as Tom Hughes has a flat on his ride. Hughes takes the #11 into the pit for a quick tire change as Strehle continues his lead over Randy Strehle, Tovet, Tom Parker, and Wolf. By lap 11, Dalton has lapped the entire field putting everyone a lap down.

By lap 14, it is Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Tovet and Parker leading the way. Lap 18 sees Tom Hughes rejoin the field after his pit stop for a flat tire. By lap 23, Dalton has lapped all cars but the second place car of Wolf putting everyone two laps down to the leader. Lap 26 sees Parker put the heat on Tovet and takes over fourth as Tovet goes to fifth. It is now Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Parker and Tovet.

By lap 28, Dalton is getting closer and closer to Wolf, putting him two laps down. By lap 32, Dalton has passed Wolf putting him two laps down to the leader. All thru this, Tovet has his windshield wipers going full blast as he cannot see anything out of his windshield. By lap 36, Dalton has lapped the fifth place car of Tovet making him three laps down to the leader.

Lap 41 sees Parker pass Randy Strehle for third as Dalton continues to lead the way over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet. One lap later, lap 42, Parker and Randy Strehle are side-by-side once again for third but Parker holds his grounds and maintains the position. Lap 43 Dalton passes the third, fourth, and fifth place cars putting them now three laps down to the leader. It is Dalton, Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet. One lap later, Dalton has a good one quarter track lead over Wolf who is still two laps down to the leader. And all the time, Tovet has his windshield wipers going strong.

Halfway point – red flag as the cars are realigned for the next fifty laps in the reverse position. Dalton is in need for gas but under the rules, gas cannot be added during the red flag. Dalton did not even have his car at the track and once he found out that he could race it, flew home to get it without adding gas from the last race. This means that the leader must stop during a green flag lap to gas his car. Although you must remember, he has a two lap lead over the field.

It is a real challenge now since cars are not use to going in the opposite direction around the track now drivers. Will they stand up to the challenge??

Once again on the green, Dalton jumps to the lead over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Parker and Tovet. Lap 51 sees Parker do a 360 on the frontstretch but is able to continue on and keeping his fourth place position. Garrett once again tries to take the #L9 on the track and once again it faulters, unable to race. In the meantime, Wolf puts the heat on Randy Strehle and takes back second. Lap 56, Tovet dies on the backstretch and is out of the race.

Dalton, who is very low on fuel, takes his ride into the pits for gas on lap 59 as Wolf takes back his lap and is the new leader on lap 61. But as fast as Wolf got the point, he loses it on lap 62 as he spins as Randy Strehle takes over the point. But it is a short lived feat as Dalton comes back and retakes the position over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Scott Brumfield.

Wolf and Dalton do some hard racing, especially since it is for $2000, as Wolf takes back the point on lap 68. Tom Hughes at this point has no left rear tire left and is racing basically on the hub but racing. By lap 73, Wolf has built a thirty car lead over second place Dalton.

Lap 73 sees James Strehle retire his ride once again as it is smoking badly. James had problems in the beginning and now again at the rear. By lap 76, Dalton begins to reel in Wolf, trying to retake the point as Wolf has about a two car lead over Dalton. The top four cars are almost tail to tail as they go for the gold. It is Wolf, Dalton, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Brumfield.

Lap 79 sees Dalton pull to the tail of Wolf but Wolf holds on. Lap 81 sees Parker spin in turn 3 and obviously cannot refire the car. It is now Wolf, Dalton, Randy Strehle, Brumfield and Adam Cody. By lap 84, Wolf has lapped the fifth place car of Cody. Suddenly on lap 85, Wolf is out. Wolf limps his car to the pits with a fire under the hood as Dalton once again takes over the point followed by Randy Strehle, Brumfield, Cody and Tom Hughes.

Dalton Strehle takes the checkered winning $2000 with a car that he got to the track at the very last minute. Following Dalton to the checkered was Randy Strehle, Scott Brumfield, Adam Cody and Tom Hughes.

No one brought trailers for the twisted trailer race so that was cancelled however Charles Creech and Adam Cody ran a two lap reverse race with Creech winning due to Cody having problems getting his car to drive in reverse.

Volusia Speedway Park will be closed during the month of November with the Volusia Speedway Park Night of Champions on November 21. Volusia Speedway Park will return to racing action on December 10, 11 and 12th with the Convention Holiday Classic.

For more information on Volusia Speedway Park go to www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!