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Archive for January, 2010

Florida Dirt Track News Looking for a Few Good Advertisers for Florida’s Winternationals

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Merritt Island, FL (January 31, 2010)  Florida’s newest website for dirt track racing, www.floridadirttracknews.com will be bringing you plenty of updates on the 39th Annual DIRTcar Winternationals.
“This is my first dirt winternationals”, said Jane Smith, owner of Florida Dirt Track News.  “Before, I have always been at an asphalt track during Daytona International’s speedweeks so I am very excited about being at Volusia Speedway Park this year and the DIRTcar Winternationals.  I have only seen the World of Outlaws on television and this year I get to see them in person.  Nothing could be more exciting to me and even though twelve straight days are a lot for anyone to work, I am very excited about this new adventure.”

“Unless we have internet problems as we did for the January Jump-Start a few weeks ago, you can check the website (the Bulletin Board) for updates on racing each day.  The “best of the best” dirt track racers will be at Volusia and it is going to be a fabulous twelve days.  Also be sure to check race results for nightly results from Volusia Speedway Park and also East Bay Raceway Park.”

Florida Dirt Track News covers all eight (8) dirt tracks in the State of Florida from East Bay Raceway Park, Volusia Speedway Park, Ocala Speedway, Putnam County Speedway, North Florida Speedway,  Hendry County Motorsports Park, Southern Raceway, and Northwest Florida Speedway.   No one is left out and if they are racing, you will find race stories and results at Florida Dirt Track News.

“Being that we are a new site, everyone at all eight tracks have been very helpful getting Florida Dirt Track News off the ground.  We have weekly results from the tracks and usually quite a few pictures from the races.  We also have a gallery where you will find the 2009 Dirt Track Champions from a number of tracks.”

“In 2010, now that our feet are wet, Florida Dirt Track News will begin to showcase the great racers on dirt from all the tracks highlighting one racer per week.  Florida Dirt Track News will also start introducing the people behind the scenes of each track from the General Managers down to the nice lady who sells you your ticket at the front gate.  No one will be left out.  From the lower classes to the highest classes, from the ticket lady to the Safety Crew, we want everyone to know these great guys and gals just like they do at most asphalt tracks.”
“Since I have worked with karnac.com (Florida Stock Car Racing) almost from day one when it began almost 15 years ago”, said Smith, “I know the fans know the asphalt world of racing in Florida but not much of the dirt side.  My idea is that Florida race fans need to know both side of the racing world and with Florida Dirt Track News, they will now.  If you say the name Tim Russell or David Rogers, fans almost instantly know who you are talking about and I want it to be the same way for Ivedent Lloyd and Dillion Wood.”

“Dirt drivers put as much hard work and tears of blood into their cars as the asphalt drivers do.  They save their nickels and dimes and come each weekend and put on a great show for all the fans.  In fact, I had never seen this happen before in all my years of racing, the fans actually paid the racers to race one night at Volusia Speedway Park.”
“We had not pulled enough cars to run the race that we had advertised and gave back all the fans their money because we had no show.  But instead of going home like most people would do, they stayed and offered to pay to see the few cars we did have in the pits race.  Eventually they paid over a thousand dollars to see two ten lap races and that is what they got.  The drivers were happy to race and very grateful to the fans for putting up the purse and the fans were happy also since they got to see a race.  It was one of those “win-win” situation.  And after the two ten lap races, the fans stills stayed and watched as the cars went around the track practicing.  But never before in my life, have I ever seen anything like that happen and it is something that I will NEVER forget”.

In 2009, Smith joined the team at Volusia Speedway Park as their Media Representative after working for many years in the asphalt world of Florida local short track racing.  Smith remains the East Coast Editor for karnac.com.
“Jack Smith, owner of karnac.com, gave me a chance many years ago to write for Orlando SpeedWorld and New Smyrna Speedway.  What started as a weekly race story built into many race stories and personal interviews and a deep love for local short track racing.  I can tell you that my heart will always belong with karnac.com and if it was not for karnac and Jack Smith, I would have never found what God intended for me to do on this earth, write for racing”.
“When I first started at Volusia last March, I had only been to maybe a handfull of dirt races so I wasn’t use to the cars going sideways and being in control.  On asphalt, if you are sideways, you are usually in trouble but that is not true on dirt.  With the help of Joe Linebarrier and Tonya Moschell and Billy the Kid, I have learned a lot about dirt racing.  And to be honest, I find it much more exciting now than asphalt races ever were.”
“I admit that I am still learning every race and every race I really do see new things.  Dirt racing is very exciting, just when you think they are out of control, they are in total control.  I admit I use to get very nervous at a dirt track because I was not use to the sideways thing but I am learning a lot and have found that dirt racing is far more exciting than asphalt racing.”
“There is an old saying, “if you can drive on dirt, you can drive on anything” and I do believe that is true now.  Jeff Choquette, Rob Underwood, Pat Buckley, and now Jared Allison have all raced on asphalt and dirt.  Jeff Choquette actually started on dirt as well as Rob Underwood.  Choquette is now racing mostly asphalt but Underwood, Buckley and Allison are all racing this season on dirt.  Underwood is the 2009 UMP DIRTcar Open Wheel Modified Champion for Volusia Speedway Park and Jared Allison is the 2009 Super Late Model Champion at Orlando SpeedWorld in Bithlo, Florida.   Buckley was previously the Super Stock Champion at New Smyrna Speedway in Samsula, Florida.”
 

“Both Underwood and Allison run Open Wheel Modifieds at Volusia with Pat Buckley in the Street Stock division.  Plus quite a few asphalt drivers have told me that they are switching to dirt this year so come March, it will feel like old home week at Volusia with quite a few of my old friends from asphalt.”

If you are interested in advertising on Florida Dirt Track News, please contact racingjls@aol.com.  Since Florida Dirt Track News is so new, our advertising prices are very reasonable.   Race teams, companies with parts are all welcome.
Remember, February 2nd thru February 13th, be sure to check www.floridadirttracknews.com for the latest updates from Volusia Speedway Park and for daily results from East Bay Raceway Park.  Check the Bulletin Board for all updates.  Plus pictures will be in the Photo Gallery from DIRTcar Winternationals and also from East Bay Raceway Park Winternatinals and any one of the eight dirt tracks with events in February.

The address is www.floridadirttracknews.com.  For all the latest on Florida’s GREAT dirt tracks from the panhandle of the state to the southern end of the state, we have it all.

Milum wins Florida Winged Sprints Championship and East Bay Sprints Championship

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Milum and crewMilum wins Florida Winged Sprints Championship and East Bay Sprints Championship
in 2009

Tom Sherrill
Florida Short Track Report.com
1-25-10

With the first year of racing completed for the Florida Winged Sprints, a true
champion has emerged. Veteran sprint car racer Paulie Milum captured the title in
this series that was dirt sprint cars racing on the asphalt. Milum, who has raced
the dirt tracks of Florida for the past seventeen years,had spent many of those years
being the bridesmaid and had him wondering if a championship season of
sprint car racing would ever come his way. But near the end of the 2008 season a
friend told Milum that 2009 was going to be his year to not only win a
championship – but to win two championship in the same year. Milum was set to
race the dirt, but was also set to race the year with the Florida Winged
Sprints.

With the feeling that his friend had good intentions, Milum found the prediction
to something he could never imagine happening. The season started out strong for
the team with wins coming on the dirt. The asphalt was a step back as it had been
many years since Milum last raced regulalry on the pavement.

The first race for the new club of The Florida Winged Sprints went well for the
team with a second place to start the season. The second race on
the asphalt was not quite the same as Milum could not finish on this night only
but was sitting second in the points. With the third race of
the asphalt series, Milum found victory lane as he ran off on this night to
capture his very first win on asphalt. Now the entire team was fired up and
ready for the championship chase. A third place finish was the result from the
fourth race and was enough to the hunt for the championship alive.

Milum struck gold again for his second feature win of the season and pushed him
into the points lead of the club. He was now on top and not looking back.
With the final race Milum had his work cut out for him and had no room for
error. A third place on the last night was just enough to take the first Florida
Winged Sprint Championship by only three points. This was Milum’s first sprint car
championship, But the team still had unfinished business on the dirt. With the
point lead at East Bay Raceway Milum knew he needed to finish well in the last
few dirt races and he did just that. He finished the season at East Bay with the
best victory doughnuts anyone could ever do to bring the crowd to their feet to
end the 2009 season.

For any driver in any class of racing to win a championship is a great
accomplishment and to win two in one year is even better. To win two
championships in the same year and on two different racing surfaces as dirt and
asphalt is a very rare and almost unbelievable year and it all came true for
Paulie Milum as he won two feature on the asphalt and six features on the dirt.
He is the 2009 Florida Winged Sprints and the East Bay Raceway Sprints Champion
and history has been made.

Rodney Wing Takes Night 3 of East Bay’s Open Wheel Winternationals

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

TAMPA, FL……..Instead of coming from 19th starting position up to second as he did the night before, Rodney Wing started on pole and dominated the field of 24 cars to win $1,500 in night three of East Bay Raceway Park’s 11th Annual Open Wheel Modified Winternationals Thursday night at Tampa, Florida.

 

“I guess you could say, it’s been a great year for me,” the Meridian, Mississippi driver and track owner of Whynot Motorsports Park said. “The RPM Workshop nominated me as one of the country’s eight Regional Promoters of the Year, Red Clay magazine named Whynot the Track-of-the-Year and the NeSmith series named me Promoter of the Year.” Tonight, Wing piloted the No. 33x back-up car of Jeff Mathews to a convincing 25-lap win, leading all laps. The Larry Shaw chassis powered by an R.D.
Racing Engine, was tuned to perfection, but as Wing pointed out “track position meant a lot.” Sponsors on the car included Jamie Slaton, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Night Hawk Towing & Recovery and Superior Plumbing. The jubilant winner told the crowd he wanted to thank his crew through the season and his cheering section at home including his wife Cassie, their two-year old daughter Shelby and his mother Peggy.

 

Starting outside Wing was local driver Roger Crouse from Plant City who used the same Harris chassis he ran here all season to improve this week with finishes of eighth, fifth and second tonight. The unique thing about his car owned by Stuart Lycett is that anyone can go on line to http://www.competition.net/ and rent the car for track time or for competition in racing.

 

Crouse had his Ziegler Racing Engine tuned perfectly, but according to the driver, “We probably ran harder tires than anyone else and the yellow flags were killing us.” Coming in third was seventh place starter Rick Aukland from Zanesville, Ohio who had chalked up his highest finish of the week in his Jerry Snyder owned Lightning chassis powered by a “Big” Rick Twarg engine. Carrying sponsorship from Quick Time Performance Parts, Sweeney Services, and Brandon Rental, Aukland explained two things that helped him get his podium finish was that “luck was with us tonight on the invert for my heat and we put one shock on the dyno for a better set-up.”

 

Stanley Donahoo from White Pine,TN ran strong to start fifth and finish fourth, while Brady Short from Bedford IN, last night’s winner, started 15th and landed fifth spot. Rounding out the top ten it was Jeff Mathews, Kevin Weaver, Steven Pfeifer, Jason Schill and Stormy Scott. Advancing to the A-Main from the first B-Main it was Kevin Weaver, Schill, Devin Dixon and Curt Gelling. From the second B-Main Jared Landers, Vic Vena and Alan Farley advanced. Don O’Neal finally qualified for his first
A-Main of the week, but was a scratch for the feature because his trailing arm pulled out of the frame.

 

Rodney Wing had a convincing win on night three at East Bay Raceway Park in the Open Wheel Modified Winternationals.

 

Rodney Wing pulled away after all six cautions during the 25-lap Feature at East Bay Raceway Park during the Open Wheel Modified Winternationals.

Snowbird Nationals, @ South Texas Speedway

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Corpus Christi, Tx.- The 2010 season begins at South Texas Speedway with the Inaugural Snowbird Nationals for Sport Modifieds offering a possible $4,500 to win over three nights of racing. The event kicks off on the 1/4 mile, semi-banked clay oval Thursday night Feb. 11th with $1,000 to win. Friday nights winners share jumps up to $1,500, and the Saturday finale climbs with $2,000 going to the victor.

 

The city also offers racers and their families the chance for a racing vacation with scenic coastline and beaches, U.S.S. Lexington, state aquarium, nightlife and dining along the seawall.

 

New racing program each night. Passing points determine main line ups, Top 8 redraw, IMCA Southern SportMod rules apply.(Exceptions; no IMCA stamp required, no claim, 12″ vacuum@ 1200rpm, 175# compression maximum, body modifications per STS rules, headers)

 

Pit gates open 4:00PM, draw closes at 6:00PM, racing starts at 7:00PM.

 

Spectator gates open 6:00 PM Pit passes $25, Spectator $10, Military/Seniors $8, Children under 12 Free

 

Thursday Feb. 11th, $1,000 to win 100 to start($60 entry) Friday Feb. 12th, $1,500 to win 150 to start($80 entry)
Saturday Feb. 13th, $2,000 to win 200 to start($100 entry)

 

**Non-qualifiers pay out each night

 

For more information, rules, purse, visit http://www.southtexasspeedway.com/ Track located 6701 Old Brownsville Rd. Approx. 3 miles west of South Padre Island Drive(SPID)

Engine Rule Changes to Level Playing Field at New Smyrna Speedway -Florida Spec Engines to be Restricted for World Series in February and Beyond

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

CONCORD, NC – Super Late Model competitors can expect a new, more level playing field at New Smyrna Speedway in 2010, beginning with the 44th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February. Officials announced today that teams utilizing the spec engine will now need to use a 390-cfm carburetor or a specific restrictor plate. The move is being made to allow all engines to be competitive at the high-banked half-mile speedway.

 

In recent seasons, Super Late Model racing in Florida, especially at New Smyrna, has been portrayed in a negative light by some in the short track industry. There are those that have claimed that the strength of the Florida spec engine, that is popular among Central Florida racers, out-powers other engines. In fact, New Smyrna officials feel that the engine might have kept other racers away from the big races at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

In a move to help strengthen Super Late Model racing at New Smyrna Speedway and Central Florida as a whole, officials from New Smyrna, as well as Progressive High Performance’s Steve McInnis and noted tech official Ricky Brooks, have developed this new rule for de-tuning the power of the Florida spec engines.

 

“We made the decision because we want to ensure that the World Series, the Governor’s Cup (November) and future events at New Smyrna Speedway are true Super Late Model events and to ensure that New Smyrna Speedway continues to have Super Late Model racing,” said Kim Brown, General Manager of New Smyrna Speedway. “I believe that there is a perception in other areas of the country that people can’t come here and compete and we don’t want to be put on an island all by ourselves. I just want, with the help of Ricky and Steve, to try to overcome some of these thoughts.”

 

The Super Late Models that are running the Florida spec motors are urged to bring a .390-carburetor with them to this year’s World Series. There will also be a restrictor plate option for the drivers that do not have that carburetor. This move is one that is supported by the top spec engine builder in the state of Florida, Steve McInnis of Progressive High Performance.

 

“The image of Super Late Model racing has been destroyed by word-of-mouth stuff that isn’t necessarily true,” said McInnis. “Just to hear things that are said makes it sounds like a horror story to come down here and race. That’s why I’m trying to work really close with Ricky Brooks to show him that this is a great place to race. We’re supposed to get together to get all three major spec engine builders on the dyno at the same time to make sure everything is as fair as it can be.”

 

Brooks, who is the lead tech official at some of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country, including the 44th Annual World Series at New Smyrna and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, also sees the move as a chance to unify Super Late Model racers, not just in Florida, but for every SLM competitor around the country.

 

“I’ve been trying to get the people at New Smyrna to go along with what we’ve tried to do with the United Super Late Model Rules Alliance package that we’ve developed with R.J. (Scott, of CRA) and run at Five Flags. Now I’m excited everyone’s on board. The biggest difference was that the Progressive spec motor, and I’ve been in agreement with Steve, had to be tuned down a little bit. We’re all working together to help them build their program there at New Smyrna and also to get some of their guys to come to other areas and race.”

 

While the rule change to a .390-carburetor or a restrictor plate comes just a few weeks away from this year’s World Series, the rule is one that will only serve to make the competition on the track more equal for drivers that were already planning to attend the big races at New Smyrna Speedway, as well as the drivers that perhaps were in limbo on whether or not to compete at the track this season.

 

“I know it’s late in the ballgame, but it’s definitely going to help the competitiveness of everyone at the World Series,” added Brooks. “Then, after the World Series, the races later in the year, like the Governor’s Cup and even next year’s World Series will be even bigger and better and be closer to what they were about 10 years ago.”

 

The 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing kicks off with a practice day on Thursday, February 4th, while the on-track feature action officially starts on Friday, February 5th. Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, Florida (Limited) Late Models, Crate/ASA Late Models, Trucks, Winged Sprint Cars and more headline the action for nine straight nights through Saturday, February 13th. The Speedweeks action will culminate in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 Tour-Type Modified event on Friday, February 12th and the Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model event on Saturday the 13th.

 

For more information on the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, contact New Smyrna Speedway at (386) 427-4129 and visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.