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Archive for February, 2010

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods become 4th IMCA division at McCook

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

McCOOK, Neb. – Weekly race programs at McCook Speedway become exclusively IMCA this season, with the addi tion of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks will also be featured in 11 Friday and one Thurs day show. The first night for points is April 2.

Northern SportMods continue to be IMCA’s fastest growing division. McCook became the seventh track to add the class in 2010, joining neighboring Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte and Dawson County Raceway in Lexington with the new sanction.

“These cars have run non-sanctioned in our area before. We’re hoping that by going with IMCA rules, we can get 12 to 15 of them a night,” said Dennis McFarland, who returns to the local promoter’s post after three years. “I know of five in the McCook area that are being built now and of more in Lexington and North Platte.”

McFarland will bring back most of the crew that worked for him during his 2004-2006 promotional stint at McCook.

“This track has gotten good car counts in the past and we hope we can do that again,” he said.

Rain dates built into McCook’s 2010 schedule are May 21 and July 2. Final night for IMCA points is Aug. 20 and all four track champions are already in line for $200 cash bonuses from local sponsors.

McCook is part of IMCA’s ButlerBuilt Central Region for Modifieds and Probe Industries Northern Regions for both Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks.

Burger King returns as title sponsor of the 9-for-9 Challenge at McCook, Lincoln County and Dawson County, with more than $2,500 in bonuses to be paid to registered Modified drivers this season.

2010 Owosso Speedway Drivers Meeting Dates.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Ovid, Michigan – Owosso Speedway and Fast Track Promotions Inc., have finalized dates, times, and locations for a series of Pre-Season Meetings to be held prior to the start of the 2010 racing season.

The Ovid Municipal Building will be the site for ALL Drivers Meetings and is located at 114 Front Street in Ovid, Michigan.

Here are the dates and times for these meetings;

Wednesday, March 3rd – Pure Stocks Drivers Meeting 6:00p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan
Wednesday, March 3rd – Sport Stocks Drivers Meeting 7:30p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan
Wednesday, March 10th – Pro Stocks Drivers Meeting 6:00p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan
Wednesday, March 10th – Pro Late Models Drivers Meeting 7:30p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan
Wednesday, March 17th – Modifieds Drivers Meeting 6:00p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan
Wednesday, March 17th – Carnage Drivers Meeting / All Divisions Make-Up Drivers Meeting 7:30p.m. – Ovid Municipal Building – Ovid, Michigan

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 834-5948, 1 (810) 965-6698, or 1 (989) 395-0533. You can also log onto the website as well at:

ASA Welcomes LeBanon I-44 Speedway to its ASA Member Track Program

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The Willard family has had a great relationship with ASA President Dennis Huth. So, when Huth approached them about having Lebanon I-44 Speedway as an ASA Member Track, it didn’t take long for the family to make the decision and join the fast growing program. “We had a great relationship with Dennis with his past experiences,” Brennon Willard,
Lebanon I-44 Speedway co-promoter said. “What he says is a good thing, he knows a lot about this sport. I like the idea of his insurance plan which I feel our drivers will appreciate. And I like the idea of being a member of an organization like ASA.”

Brennon will be sharing the promoting duties with Debbie Handley, “We are very excited about being part of ASA,” Willard said. “The ASA name is very well known in Missouri and it brings a lot of credibility. We also like the opportunity that their ASA Member Track National Championship brings to our drivers, especially our young drivers who have goals of racing in the big leagues. We are glad to be on board.” Lebanon I-44 Speedway has already proven that some of their drivers have gone on to bigger and better things. Their 1997 track champion, Jamie McMurray, recently won the Daytona 500. Other notable drivers include Mike Wallace, Tony Roper and Tony Jackson Jr. Even Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Ken Schrader and others have
raced there. Along with five-time track champion Larry Phillips.

This season Lebanon I-44 Speedway competitors will have the opportunity to compete on a new asphalt racing surface after operating as a clay oval. “We are very excited to bring asphalt racing back to Lebanon,” Willard exclaimed. “Our family loves
dirt racing, but asphalt is not only our family business, it’s in our blood. It has been awesome over the years to watch people mature as racers on Saturday nights at our track, then going on to race on TV on Sundays.” Other improvements are: a new driver sign-in booth, new bleachers, completely remodeled bathrooms, a new cook shack and more.

“It is a great pleasure to be working with the Willard family again,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “We have had a long history of working together and I am excited to do so once again. They have put a lot of time and energy into their improvements and I think they will have a great 2010 season ahead of them. Welcome aboard!!!” Lebanon I-44 Speedway is a high banked 3/8 mile asphalt racing oval. Lebanon is located approximately one hour east of Springfield, MO., 30 miles north of Lake of the Ozarks, or two hours west of St. Louis.

Their weekly Saturday night programs consist of late models, modifieds, street stocks, pure stocks, and chargers. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit The ASA Member Track program is comprised of dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to For news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA, visit

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, in conjunction with WSIB Motorsports Insurance, is the only sanctioning body to offer insurance coverage which extends beyond the boundary of the racetrack itself (complete details
are available online at

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.

Gary Christian Opens 2010 At Texas Dirt Track Championship

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Broken Bow, OK – Gary Christian is set to kick off his 2010 season in his #58x Pannell Chipping/LCM Cedar Fiber/GRT/Kuntz & Company Racing Engine Super Late Model this Saturday at the Texas Dirt Track World Championship.

After a 2009 season, which saw Gary claim the COMP Cams MSRA Rookie of the Year and O’Reilly SUPR Super Late Model Rookie of the Year honors, Gary is eager to kick off the 2010 season. The team is currently evaluating their plans for the 2010 season, and at this point, they are unsure whether or not they will follow any certain series. However, they do plan to hit various
regional and national special events.

This Saturday, February 27th Christian Motorsports will travel to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth, Texas for the Texas Dirt Track World Championship. The annual event pays $3,500 to win for the 50 lap feature event, and will be sanctioned by the O’Reilly SUPR Super Late Model Series. For more information on the event, please visit

Gary and everyone at Christian Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors, which include Pannell Chipping, Team 5 Enterprise, LCM Cedar Fiber,, Smith Equipment, Integra Racing Shocks, Out-Pace Racing Products, and Fast Shafts.

For more information on Christian Motorsports, please visit the official team website at

Ben Shelton

Ocala Speedway’s Inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event On March 19 Introduces Unique Track To National Audience

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Ocala, FL — Come Fri., March 19, Ocala Speedway will be officially introduced to a national dirt Late Model audience.


That evening the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is scheduled to make a first-ever stop at the central Florida track, focusing the attention of the dirt Late Model world on a venerable facility that has never before hosted such a significant, star-studded event for the division.


Now in just its third season of dirt racing following more than a decade as an asphalt track, Ocala Speedway is ready to bust into the full-fender spotlight. In that vein, here’s some things a dirt Late Model fan needs to know about a track that will end a month of inactivity for the WoO LMS with a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win spectacular – the first time the national tour will compete in the Sunshine State outside of Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville.


* Ocala Speedway is the oldest track in Florida – seven years older than Daytona International Speedway, in fact. But while 2010 marks its 58th year of operation, it certainly doesn’t look its age thanks to numerous facility upgrades over the past decade, including the installation of a stadium-style grandstand with seating for 4,000, bright Musco lighting and a superb sound system; construction of buildings featuring checkerboard floors, new restrooms and a children’s play area; and an all-asphalt and cement pit area.


* The track operated with a dirt surface from its birth in 1952 until being paved in 1995. Clay was put back down prior to the 2008 season and the speedway has been building momentum ever since.


* Ocala Speedway is owned by Michael Peters and his fiancée Angie Clifton. The couple – Peters, 40, is a former jet pilot for the defunct ATA Airlines and Clifton, 42, is a vice-president of a bank – purchased the track in late 2005 after deciding to take a shot at promoting a venue that was rumored to be ripe for closing if an energized buyer didn’t step up.


A racer in Ocala’s V-8 Thunder Stock class, Peters found life as a track operator to be a tough proposition. While struggling to increase attendance during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he sometimes wondered whether taking a leave of absence from his job with the airline to concentrate on the speedway was a mistake.


Then, after the completion of the 2007 campaign, Peters announced he was returning Ocala to its roots as a dirt track. He brought in 350 truckloads of clay to cover the surface and, just like that, the speedway was literally reborn. More than 180 cars signed in for the first practice session on dirt in January 2008 and a standing-room-only crowd turned out for the track’s grand
reopening, on Feb. 29, 2008.


“It was the right decision to make,” Peters said of Ocala’s resurfacing. “The difference has been like night and day. We tried everything to get people to come out when the track was paved but just weren’t getting anywhere. Now there’s just so much more excitement about the racing, it’s made my job that much easier.”


* Dirt Late Models running under the National Late Model Series rules compete every other week at Ocala. The class, which alternates as the track’s headliner each Friday night with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, draws solid fields – and Peters said several regulars plan to enter the WoO LMS event in hopes of making the starting lineup of the biggest dirt Late Model show in Ocala’s


* The speedway boasts one of the most unique layouts of any dirt track in the country. A D-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval with a pronounced dog-leg on the backstretch, it’s a challenge for any driver to navigate smoothly.


“One and two are long, sweeping turns that guys can go through wide-open,” described Peters, “but then they have to slow down for a much tighter hairpin through (turns) three and four.


“It makes the racing real interesting. A lot of people will actually set their car up for one end or the other because they’re so different.”


Ocala will be uncharted territory for most of the traveling WoO LMS stars, including defending champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who turns 22 just three days after the track’s tour event. He was one of a handful of Outlaws who planned to test at Ocala before the recent DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH at nearby Volusia Speedway Park, but wet weather prevented any drivers from getting on the track.


One of the few WoO LMS regulars with experience on Ocala’s dirt is Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. He remembers finishing fourth in a Hav-A-Tampa/Southern All-Stars Series special held there on Feb. 13, 1993 – the last time a major touring dirt Late Model series competed at the track.


The Outlaws will certainly face a formidable foe in Ocala native Ivedent Lloyd, the 1992-1993 Ocala Speedway dirt Late Model champion and a winner of four features at the track over the past two seasons. A two-time Southern All-Stars titlist, Lloyd has plenty of laps at his hometown oval and has run well in WoO LMS action in the past.


* There’s an unprecedented buzz surrounding the inaugural WoO LMS event at Ocala. A packed house watched last month’s All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Winternationals show and Peters expects his ticket sellers to be busy again on March 19.


“A World of Outlaws Late Model Series race is what we’ve been building toward since we went dirt,” said Peters. “I went to high school (Ocala Forest) with Tim Christman (the director of the WoO LMS and part-owner/promoter of Ocala Speedway for the 2002-2003 seasons), and he called me to talk as soon as he heard I was putting dirt down. I told him I definitely wanted to have a World of Outlaws someday and now here we are.”


Ocala’s pit gates are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. and the grandstands will be unlocked at 5 p.m. on March 19. Racing is set to start at 8 p.m.


General admission tickets to the WoO LMS program, which will also include action for the track’s Hobby Stock and Mini-Stock divisions, will be $25 (adults), $12 (ages 6-16) and free for kids 6-and-under. Pit passes will cost $35 and $15 for children 12-and-under.


The Ocala Speedway event is part of a Southeast doubleheader for the WoO LMS, which moves on to Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., on March 20.


More information on Ocala Speedway is available by logging on to or calling 352-622-9400.


For more information on the WoO LMS, visit


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser) and VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel); in
addition to contingency sponsors Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pink Carburetors, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis and Wrisco Aluminum.