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Archive for December, 2009

Green Valley – BAMA BASH – Feb 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

 The Southern Regional Racing Series presented by PPM Race Products is proud to announce the first event of the 2010 season will be:

 

THE 12th ANNUAL BAMA BASH @ Green Valley Speedway – Glencoe, Al.

 

A Super Late Model - 75 lap event -over $95,000 in Prize Money – $10,000 to win! All racing will be held in the evening, no day racing. Go to www.gr

eenvalleyspeedway.com for more information.

Hesston Speedway joins FASTRAK Late Model Series for 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Pulaski, PA…The FASTRAK Racing Series is pleased to welcome Hesston Speedway on board as a 2010 weekly-sanctioned Late Model speedway. Hesston will also host it’s first ever Northeast Touring Series event on Saturday, August 7.

Hesston marks the first FASTRAK-sanctioned speedway in central Pennsylvania as it’s located approximately seven miles south of Huntingdon just off Route 26 near Raystown Lake in Hesston. The half-mile dirt oval owned by Dave Eriksen and promoted by Dusty Hertzler will run Saturday nights and feature the FASTRAK Late Models 10-12 times.

“We’re thrilled to have Hesston join FASTRAK and be part of the Northeast,” expressed Northeast Region Co-Director Vicki Emig. “It’s great to finally have a presence in central Pa. and hopefully that will open up the doors in the future for other speedways to the east of them. We met with Dusty a couple years ago about expanding FASTRAK into central Pa., but things just didn’t come together at the time. With Dusty now getting his first chance at promoting it’s great to see him give FASTRAK an opportunity.”

Last year, a record nine speedways made up FASTRAK Northeast with a record 208 different drivers competing. Hesston will not only give racers in central Pa. the opportunity to run FASTRAK, but give those Dog Hollow Speedway racers that live to the east a chance to compete a second night without traveling hours away.

“I felt it was important to go FASTRAK,” stated Hertzler. “They have a great program from their rules enforcement, to tires, and great benefits with all their point funds. I want our drivers to make the most out of going crate Late Model racing. That was the selling point. I put a feeler out recently and got some positive response. Hopefully with this official announcement it will get the ball rolling.”

“I want people to know that I’m not trying to replace the current Limited Late Model division,” explained Hertzler. “I really felt the need to have an economical, affordable Late Model class and feel FASTRAK is the answer. The cost savings is incredible and you don’t have to look too far to away to see its success. Not only will this hopefully open up some doors for FASTRAK in central Pa., but it helps avoiding to run the same divisions as other area Saturday night speedways. I think the Street Stock guys need to take a look at this class and this way the option will be there.”

While Hertzler hopes to have 10 cars on opening night, many fans at Hesston and in central Pa. will get their first chance to see the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series when they make their first ever appearance to Hesston on Saturday, August 7. This event will be held in conjunction with Dog Hollow Speedway’s Touring Series event the night before.

The FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series will begin year number four in 2010. Past $5,000 champions are Alan Dellinger, Max Blair, and David Scott. In 2009, several records were shattered. Seventeen events were scheduled with 15 of them being completed and 138 drivers competing; all three being records. The average car count was over 32 per night with a record 43 at Tri-City Speedway over Labor Day Weekend. The top 12 drivers in the final 2009 Touring Series points will receive a record cash payouts with positions 13-15 receiving contingencies at the awards banquet on Saturday, January 16 at the Normandy Banquet Center/Hickory VFW in Hermitage, Pa.

“We’re happy with how the 2010 Touring Series schedule is coming together,” stated Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “The Hesston date gives us 13 events thus far, which is really good as we’re still waiting on other speedways to give us dates. The Dog Hollow-Hesston weekend should be a fun weekend for the racers as we coordinated it to save on travel.”

Hesston has already begun the process of improving the speedway grounds in anticipation of the 2010 season. Fifty loads of clay have been placed on the track and a new main entrance to the speedway grounds has been configured along with the ongoing efforts to reconfigure both the inside and outside pit areas. Fans and racers attending the speedway in 2010 will be greeted with better parking access and will notice other major aesthetic improvements.

Hesston expects to release their 2010 schedule around the first of the year. For more information on Hesston Speedway, check out their website at www.hesstonspeedway.com or call 814-658-2823. Dusty Hertzler can be reached at hesstonspeedway@hotmail.com or 7174-574-6380.

To join our mailing list, simply send an e-mail to fastrakpr-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Mike Leone and Vicki Emig can be reached at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422,
Pulaski, PA 16143. For more information, check out www.fastraknortheast.com.

By Mike Leone

Barfield Praises Phakisa and Cannot Wait for the Free State 500 Event

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Ron Barfield may still be recovering from the jet lag, but he was excited to talk about his recent trip to South Africa to do some advance promotion for the upcoming ASA Transcontinental Series Free State 500k event on January 31, 2010 at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. Barfield, along with 1986 Daytona 500 champion and current ISCARS Dash Series sanctioned by ASA competitor Geoff Bodine, recently visited the 1.5-mile oval and took some members of the South African media in two-seat rides around Phakisa.

“It’s a big racetrack and its a lot like Las Vegas. The banking is about the same as what the original Vegas layout was,” Barfield said about Phakisa oval. “They facility has an oval track and it also has a road course. The road course starts off in the infield, uses the same garages, and it goes out the back straightaway and then comes back in to the oval. The racetrack is really smooth down the front straightaway, turns one and two along with turns three and four are really smooth. It’s a little bit bumpy down the back straight where the road course goes across which we nicknamed them, the Daytona bumps. When you race at Daytona you have a bump over turn four, it’s the same feeling but the rest is smooth as glass. The bumps won’t phase our drivers at all.”

Both Barfield and Bodine met with fans, media, and different dignitaries while on their short visit as they drove around the track on Friday, December 18. One of the dignitaries included Ace Magashule, Free State Premier. “Geoff and I did a lot of side-by-side racing and passing so we could show how close the action will be,” Barfield said. “They were amazed and are looking forward to the race over there.” While at the track, Barfield had a chance to check out the garage area that the teams will be using at Phakisa, “The garage area is really nice. One thing I was doing when I was there was checking on their power, compressors and stuff like that, making sure it’s user friendly for the teams. Their power is completely different then ours which is one of the reasons the teams have taken a lot of generators over there,” Barfield explained. “I think Lumpy (Mike Lemke, ASATS Tech Director) will be happy with his tech inspection area over there. Pit road is secluded from the fans. We are going to let the fans get close to the action in the infield and ASA is going to have their own paddock where the teams and their families will be able to go over and sit down and get out of the heat in the garage area.”

Another thing Barfield shared was how excited the fans are that American stock car racing is competing in South Africa for the first time ever. The Phakisa oval was built in 1998 and has never hosted a race until the upcoming Free State 500 on January
31, 2010. He expects a high attendance for the race. He also had the opportunity to meet with many fans and learned a few things about their culture, “Most people speak English over there and pretty much everyone knows English. I had one guy come and say that this a “lecker” car and someone told me that it means that he said its a really nice car,” Barfield said. “Another thing
is that in the United States we call the hood of the car, the hood and over there they call it a bonnet. A driveshaft is called a propshaft. They have a little bit of different lingo that you will experience but its nothing you can’t get through. Everyone has the same goal and that is for this event to be successful.” He and Bodine also got to experience The Savannah Africa wildlife reserve that will host the ASA drivers when they arrive in South Africa, “The Savannah was amazing and the animals we saw there was incredible,” Barfield exclaimed. “They have cheetahs, buffalos, monkeys and more. Just imagine all of the animals they have over there and they are just a drive away. They have over 3,500 acres and you can see whatever you wanted. These are not tame animals, they are living off the land and they are actually in the wild. It’s just amazing that the place that ASA is going to take us to and show the team just gives you the sense that you are in South Africa. I think everyone is thoroughly going to enjoy this part of the trip.” Overall, he cannot wait to return next month for the event, “The short time I was over there, I have friends that I will be touching base with for the rest of my life. They are some really, really good people and everybody wants this to get off the ground and be an annual event. They couldn’t have treated us better.”

For more information about the Free State 500, please visit www.phakisa.com or www.freestate500.com. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association 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. ASA®, ASA Racing®, American Speed Association® are registered trademarks of Racing Speed Associates, LLC. ASA International, LLC or Racing Speed Associates, LLC are not related to or affiliated with ASA Late Model Series, LLC.

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Big Diamond Raceway Announces 2009 Award Winners

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Forestville, PA – December 27, 2009 – Big Diamond Raceway recently announced the 2009 award winners from each of their three primary racing classes.

Five different awards have been decided, including::Art Bair Wheel Repair (New Ringgold) Heat Winners, Shiley Fabrication (Williamstown) Rookie of the Year, Insinger Race Fuels (Dushore) Best BDR Newcomer, Seltzer Insurance (Orwigsburg) Most Improved Driver, and BFP Specialty (Bethel) Hard Luck.

358 MODIFIED
Three drivers finished in a tie for most qualifying heat wins in 2009. Duane Howard, Meme DeSantis, and Gary Wagner Jr. each earned four victories. The ’09 award belongs to the highest point finishing driver which was the ’09 track champion Howard of Oley.

Kyle Follweiler, a second generation racer from Slatington, enjoyed a successful rookie career in a Modified. The 23-year old competitor captured his first career win over a talented list of drivers on August 14. Follweiler (his father Jack is a former two- time track champion) is the 2009 Rookie of the Year.

David Van Horn of Harmony NJ joined the weekly BDR field in ’09. Van Horn was a past track champion in the state of New York. He captured his first career Big Diamond Modified triumph on April 24, thus earning the BDR Best Newcomer Award.

Danny Nicholas, a second generation racer from Lebanon vastly improved in the point standings from 40th (’08) to 19th (’09).
Nicholas, a graduate of Tobias Slingshot racing, concentrated on his first full season of BDR activity and the results were successful. Nicholas won the Most Improved Award.

Mohnton’s Jeff Strunk won the track championship in 2007 and 2008. Although Strunk emerged victorious in the ’09 regular season opener he struggled compared to previous years, finishing seventh in final points. Strunk was involved in a nasty accident at the annual Coalcracker race, perhaps one of the worst wrecks in recent history. Strunk was the Hard Luck recipient.

SPORTSMAN
Andy Fayash Jr., an accomplished racer who has earned feature wins in four different classes, enjoyed a successful 2009 behind the wheel of his #45X. The Mary D based driver was the overall heat race winner with a total of five to his credit.

Jason James of Mohrsville steadily improved during the course of the ’09 sesaon and captured his first career victory in the final points race (August 21). While James won Rookie of the Year, second generation racer Brett Kressley of Orefield also enjoyed a feature victory and was the Best BDR Newcomer.

Sophomore racer Mike Lisowski Jr. of Minersville enjoyed an eyebrow raising effort throughout the ’09 season. Lisowski, the
nephew of past BDR Street Stock point champion Charlie Sorokach, was named Most Improved driver (finished 26 in ’08 points and 6th in ’09 standings).

Josh Biever of Orwigsburg had been a title contedner in recent seasons, but struggled with all sorts of mechanical issues in ’09. Biever was named the Hard Luck Award Winner.

ROADRUNNER
The driver with the most overall heat wins in all three divisions was Joe Hendricks of Auburn. The 2008 co-track champion captured six qualifying heat wins during the course of 2009 and finished runner-up in the point standings.

After stepping up from the Enduro division, TJ Fitzpatrick of Branchdale powered to a final finish of 14th in 2009 points. Fitzpatrick was the Rookie of the Year. Steve Gromis, a forrmer Street Stock racer at the now vanished Penn National (PA) Speedway joined the Diamond Roadrunner talent sheet in ’09. Gromis finished 8th in the standings and was the Best BDR Newcomer.

Bernville’s Toby Chase advanced from 13th (2008) to 6th (2009) in the Roadrunner standings behind the wheel of his #88. Chase was voted Most Improved of the ’09 class.

Jeremy Becker of Pottsville finished fourth in points and just might have been a title contedner had it not been for one night of
bad luck. Therefore, Becker won the Hard Luck Award.

Once again, Big Diamond Raceway would like to congratulate the 2009 track champions: Duane Howard (358 Modified), Kevin Beach (Sportsman), Kevin Olenick (Roadrunner), Tom Hablett (6/8 Cylinder Enduro), and Kevin Holland (4 Cylinder Enduro).

American “Young Lion: Preparing to Roar in the ASA Free State 500 and Honor a Great South African Sporting Event

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

asa-sa-logo.JPGDAYTONA BEACH, FL – Marc Davis is counting down the days leading up to the Inaugural ASA Free State 500k stock car race on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. The “Young Lion” will be teaming up Tiff Daniels as their cars will honor the 1996 South African Bafana Bafana African Cup of Nations soccer Champions as well as South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer Championships.

Davis, a native from Silver Spring, MD, is one of American racing’s rising stars. At the age of 19, he is NASCAR’s youngest owner/driver as he competes in the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. He has driven for famed car owners  Joe Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing and Jack Roush of Roush Fenway Racing and the future is bright. The recent US economic downturn forced the young driver into an ownership role as he continues to pursue his NASCAR dream. “My goal has always been to be a team owner,” Davis said. “Diversity comes through ownership. Success will come throuh ownership. My dream is ownership.” This young lion is now getting prepared for the Free State 500 powered by ASA Racing at Phakisa and is hungry for victory along with making some new friends. He will be bringing his best car to the event. In fact, it’s the same NASCAR Nationwide car that Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin drove to 2008 wins at Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. The car was purchased from Joe Gibbs Racing and will now be running under the Marc Davis Motorsports, LLC, banner. The young lion is also bringing Tiff Daniels to drive his second team entry.

Davis is paying tribute to Bafana Bafana (which means Boys Boys) and South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Davis’ two entries are listed as the Spirit of ’96 recognizing the successes of the 1996 AFCON winners Bafana Bafana. Both of the car graphics will feature Bafana and South Africa colors. “I know the pride South Africans have for Bafana and hope to share the love and spirit for Bafana,” Davis commented. Daniels will be piloting the #19 Toyota Camry while Davis will be in the #96 Lumina SS. Davis brings the support of his US sponsors. Located in Washington, DC Howard University Radio WHUR and The Word Network, a religious media broadcaster headquartered in Detroit, MI. “I am looking to partner with a South African company to help spread the international racing experience and highlight South Africa’s prominence as host of the 2010 World Cup,” says Davis.

The talented young driver is currently pursuing a Business Marketing degree at Mitchell Community College in Mooresville, NC. He has competed in four NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season and recently finished 18th in the recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA and 32nd in the Camping World Truck Series event at Miami-Homestead Speedway where he competed in both events driving for his own team, Marc Davis Motorsports. Earlier this year, he competed in the Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, CA where he finished eighth driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. At the age of 13, Davis won duel National Championships in the Young Lion Division of legend cars for road course and dirt circuits. In 2008, he competed in the NASCAR Camping World East Series where he finished fifth in points with a record of four top-five and seven top-ten finishes. Three of those top-five finishes were second place finishes driving the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

You can learn more about Marc Davis by visiting his Free State 500 website at www.spiritof96.co.za. The American drivers invited will not only get a chance to compete on one of the finest racetracks outside of the United States, but will enjoy many off-track opportunities to see the various sights of South Africa; this includes a private tour of “Savannah” the wildlife preserve that holds the distinction of being just one of three accredited worldwide breeders of the Cheetah.

To learn more about Phakisa Freeway, visit www.phakisa.com or www.freestate500.com. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association 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. ASA(TM), ASA Racing(TM) American Speed Association® are trademarks of Racing Speed Associates, LLC. ASA International, LLC or Racing Speed Associates, LLC are not related to or affiliated with ASA Late Model Series, LLC.

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