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Easter Bunny Ready to Head to Volusia Speedway Park This Saturday for Easter Fun and Plenty of Racing Action

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

 VSP MEDIA (Jane Smith)

 Barberville, FL (March 31, 2010)  It is that time of year when little girls dress up in pretty dresses. little boys don new pants and shirts and the Easter Bunny makes a visit to all the children.  Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park will see the Easter Bunny make a visit to all the kids with an egg hunt and Easter goodies.  As they say, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping Down the Bunny Trail” straight to Volusia Speedway Park. Children are more than welcome to bring their Easter baskets for Easter fun and the adults will not be left out either as they will see plenty of Easter racing action with the Budweiser (Quality Brands) Open Wheel Modifieds, Taylor Racing Products Sportsman, Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks, Amsoil Thunder Stocks, and 4 Cylinder Challengers. The Budweiser Open Wheel Modifieds were off last weekend along with the Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks but two weeks ago it was Jamie Carter topping the Modifieds and Trevor Gamble topping the Street Stocks.  That was Carter’s first win of the 2010 season and Gamble’s second win.  Can they make it repeat wins??  You will have to be there to find out. Although the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Late Models are off Saturday night at Volusia, it is David Clegg leading the points so far this season over Joe Kump, Jason Davis, Donnie Chappell, and Darell Padett. Going into Saturday night’s action, it is Jamie Carter leading the Budweiser Open Wheel Modifieds over Jeff Matthews, Larry Burkins, newcomer Garret Stewart and James Smith who are tied in fourth and Dale Murray and Kent Corbin who are tied in fifth.   Both Matthews and Carter have one win under their belts going into Saturday night’s action. Aaron Barsness won the first two races in the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman division but it was Steve Shead who topped last Saturday night’s feature.  Barsness currently leads the points for the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman over last year’s Champion Shaun Daugharty, Paul Shead, Matt McGillivrary and Steve Shead. The Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks have seen Trevor Gamble win both of their feature events this year.  Gamble currently is the points leader for the Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks followed by Tim Hughes, Phil Brown, Steve Oldaker and Mark Maresca.   If you were one of the lucky fans who were at Volusia last Saturday, you saw the biggest field of Amsoil Thunder Stocks since the division was started in 2009.  Scott Mooers made it two in a row for the division and is the current point leader over Randy Strehle, Courteney Eubanks, Kelly Snyder, and Robert Calmes, Jr.  The largest field of 4 Cylinder Challengers so far in 2010 put on a great show last Saturday night as Shawn Kosier topped the feature.  Kosier had done what few could do last year and beaten Tony Laporta who won the majority of races last year.  Kosier currently leads the points over Larry Langston, Scott Sullivan, James Smith, Sr., and RJ Glaser.   The Pit Gate will open at 4 pm with the grandstands and drive-in parking opening at 5:30 pm.  General Admission on Saturday night is $12.00, Seniors $10.00, Students 11 – 15 $6.00 and children 10 and under are FREE.  Drive-in parking is $10.00 per car plus General Admission. Don’t forget, kids bring your Easter Baskets for the Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny!!! Volusia Speedway Park is located 15 miles west of Ormond Beach, FL on State Road 40. Additional information and updates will be available on the website – www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com, or call 386-985-4402.  

Emily Chaney wins Ms VSP, Lloyd tops Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Late Models at Volusia Speedway Park

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Barberville, FL – Another perfect spring night greeted fans and drivers at Volusia Speedway Park. Not too cold nor too hot, just right.

Emily Chaney won the Ms Volusia Speedway Park contest and quickly began her duties Saturday night as she handed out the winning trophys and feature winner hats to the winners and posed with the winning driver. April Gray won first runner up.

Winning the heat races on Saturday night were Jason Davis and Ivedent Lloyd in the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Late Model Division. The Taylor Racing Products Sportsman class saw Sammy Ashley and Steve Shead win their two heat races. The Amsoil Thunder Stocks had three heat races with David Whitt, Chad Scranton and Scott Mooers taking the wins. The 4 Cylinder Challenger class also had three heats with Shawn Kosier, RJ Glaser and Thomas Parker taking their heat wins.

Twenty three Amsoil Thunder Stocks signed in the pit gate to race but after the heat races, only eighteen ran the feature. Randy Strehle had the pole for the 20 lap feature with Luke Sadler on the outside pole. Strehle took the early lead but it was Scott Mooers who took over on lap 3 and never looked back. With only a few cautions to stop the action, Mooers sailed to the checkered followed by Randy Strehle, David Whitt, Ryan Lisak, and D.J. Nobles.

In 2009, the Thunder Stock class was new to Volusia Speedway Park and has grown weekly every since then which was shown Saturday night in the very nice car count brought in by the Thunder Stocks. Watch this class as it continues to grow and grow.

The Florida Mini Sprints made their first appearance of 2010 at Volusia Saturday night with 20 sprints. Jesse Teed took the early lead but it was Brett O’Donnell, the 2009 Rookie of the Year, that showed he had the right stuff Saturday night. O’Donnell took over the point and there was no catching him although Teed tried very hard. O’Donnell took the checkered followed by Jesse Teed, Chris Pacetti, Steve Crabtree, and Eddie Moss, Jr.

Thirteen Late Models took the green with Joe Kump on the pole and last week’s winner David Clegg on the outside pole. Clegg took the lead and kept it until lap 17 when Ivedent Lloyd took over. Lap 15 saw the caution come out for debris on the track which turned out to be the front wheel cover off of Clegg’s car.On the restart, Clegg was able to take the point but Lloyd was hot on his heels as Clegg’s car began having handling problems. Lloyd took advantage and took over the point and began sailing away from the field. Lloyd took the win for his first feature win of the year at Volusia Speedway followed by David Clegg, Joe Kump, Donnie Chappell, and Bo Allen.

Nineteen Sportsman took the green for the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman feature. Dan Lane, Sr. had the pole with last week’s winner Aaron Barsness on the outside pole. Barsness quickly jumped to the point followed by Lane, Shaun Daugharty, Drew Smith and Steve Shead. As Barsness begins to build up the distance between him and second place, the caution comes out on lap 7 for Blaise Hetznecker and Bruce Birkitt. Two more cautions before the race sees halfway involving Karl Haas and Collin Wright and Alan Peacock and Paul Shead. This was Peacock’s first night back at Volusia after being wrecked at North Florida Speedway before opening night.

On the restart, Barsness and Shead go side-by-side for the point as Shead takes the lead this time. A few more lead changes follow but Shead holds on and takes his first win of the season followed by Aaron Barsness, Drew Smith, Shaun Daugharty and Corey Holley.

Joining the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman for the first time and his first race in a dirt car was Jimmy Norman who previously ran Legend cars at Orlando SpeedWorld and other tracks. Norman said he will be racing the rest of the year at Volusia in his #2 Sportsman.

The final race of the night saw 25 4 Cylinder Challengers take the green with Steven Cox on the pole and Steven Johnson on the outside pole. Debuting his brand new Challenger was Casey Feaster who finished fourth in the feature. Johnson takes the point on the green followed by Kosier, Epsy, Feaster, and Glaser. Lap 4 saw the caution come out for Tom Parker who went
hard into the turn 4 wall. Parker was okay but the same cannot be said about his car.

On the restart, Johnson and Kosier go side-by-side for the point with Kosier taking the lead this time. With no more cautions, it was a fight to the finish but Kosier held on to take the checkered followed by Larry Langston, Tony Laporta, Casey Feaster, and RJ Glaser.

Next Saturday night, April 3rd, it is Easter Fun with a visit from the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt for the kids. On the program will be the Budweiser (Quality Brands) Open Wheel Modifieds, Taylor Racing Products Sportsman, Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks, Amsoil Thunder Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Challengers.

Alvarado aces Spring Nationals IMCA Modified field

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

BEATRICE, Neb. – With half a lap left, Ricky Alvarado had to be asking himself what he’d have to do to get from fourth to the front of the Friday night Spring Nationals IMCA Modified feature field.

When the checkers flew and the excitement had died down, he was celebrating a victory at Beatrice’s season opener for the second straight year.

Alvarado prevailed after Jay Noteboom and Johnny Saathoff spun out while fighting for the lead. David Murray Jr. couldn’t keep the handle dueling with Alvarado on the last turn, and the Colorado flyer sped to the $1,500 top prize.

Noteboom started on the pole, with defending national champion Dylan Smith to his outside, and quickly pulled away while Smith tussled with Murray, Alvarado, and Jeff Jones.

The first lap led to a yellow flag after a pileup starting just past the top five that collected nearly half the pack. Another yellow came a lap after the re-start, but once underway the race went the rest of the 30 laps without interruption.

Noteboom had no problem most of the race, but seven-time Spring Nationals winner Saathoff slowly snuck into the top five and started reeling in Noteboom with five laps to go.

On the white flag lap entering turn three, Saathoff went for the win and made contact with Noteboom, knocking both sideways. Murray and Alvarado dodged the two leaders and each went for the victory.

Exiting turn four, Alvarado missed the errant Murray and motored to the win. Smith, Jones and Darrick Klima completed the top four in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.

Defending national champion Jesse Sobbing and 2009 runner-up Tyler Frye ran 1-2 in another Beatrice barnburner.

Mike Tanner led the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature early before Frye worked his way to the front.

Sobbing had started further back in the pack but made his way into second with just a few laps remaining. He took the lead from Frye with two to go but Frye didn’t give up.

Entering turn three on the white flag lap, Frye went for the win and got into Sobbing a little bit but couldn’t get past him. Tanner and Max Harder were third and fourth, respectively.

Brandon Johnson held off Blain Petersen and avoided lapped traffic in winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Hans Houfek and Roy Armstrong followed.

Ole Olsen dominated the Mach-1 Sport Compact main, winning ahead of Nicholas Lindblad, Mike Simpson and Neal Reynolds.

Saturday’s Spring Nationals program was lost to inclement weather and could not be rescheduled. The program had been postponed a week because of rain, cold and resulting track conditions.

By Dusty Wiegert

18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Less then 60 Days Away!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Wheatland, MO -The 18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products is now less than 60 days away! With the passing of the Official first day of Spring and the anticipation of the Lucas Oil Speedway Season Opener featuring the Lucas Oil MLRA on April 10th, it is the Show-Me 100 that everyone is talking about. “The magnitude of this event is unbelievable,” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “Our phone rings almost non-stop already with fans calling to purchase reserved tickets, get driving directions, or just looking for general information about the event and the surrounding area.” This years DART Show-Me 100 will be held at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the first time on May 27th-29th, 2010 after 17 seasons at Don & Billie Gibson’s West Plains Motor Speedway.

This year’s event will feature the best of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the top drivers Show-Me 100 Logo from the Lucas Oil MLRA. With a purse approaching $90,000, including $30,000 to the winner, and $1,200 just to start the event, it will be a who’s who of Dirt Late Model Racing. Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion Scott Bloomquist, “Mr. Smooth” Billy Moyer, the “Newport Nightmare” Jimmy Owens, Earl “the Hurricane” Pearson, Wendell Wallace, the “Real Deal” Don O’Neal, Dale McDowell, Ray Cook, Terry Phillips, Bill Frye, the “Intimigator” Chris Wall, Steve Casebolt, Dennis Erb, John Anderson,
Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Mars, Dan Schlieper, and MLRA Champion Al Purkey are just a few of the top drivers expected to invade Wheatland, Missouri on Memorial Day Weekend.

A limited number of 2-Day Reserved tickets for the event are still available and can be ordered by calling the Lucas Oil
Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. Reserved front stretch seating is priced at
$55 for the event. Lucas Oil Speedway also offers a picturesque camping area with brand new Shower and Bathroom facilities built in 2009. All Dry camping is FREE for this event in 2010 and includes the use of the shower and bathroom facilities. Dry Camping spots in designated areas will be on a first come first served basis. A limited number of spots with water and
electric have already been sold out and are not available for this event. Plans are under way to add more power spots for 2011.
Show-Me 100 weekend gets underway on Thursday, May 27th with the traditional practice night and barbecue. Grandstand admission for Thursday night’s practice is FREE. Adult general admission for Friday night is $20 for Adults (16 and up), Seniors (62 and up) & Active Military are just $15, Youth (age 6-15) are just $10, and race fans 5 and under are free. Adult general
admission for Saturday night is $25 for Adults (16 and up), Seniors (62 and up) & Active Military are $20, Youth (age 6-15) are just $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit admission is $25 on Thursday night and $35 on Friday and Saturday night. Family Passes are available on Friday night for $40 and on Saturday night for $50. All Lucas Oil Speedway Tickets are
Non-Refundable. Your Show-Me 100 ticket becomes your rain check and can be used a later date on the 2010 schedule. Detailed information about this event and all events at the Lucas Oil Speedway are available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

In addition to all of the activities on track, the off-track activities scheduled to appear include the U.S. Air Force Viper Tour, the AAA NASCAR Show Car and Simulator display featuring Sam Hornish Jr.’s AAA sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Car, as well as multiple apparel trailers, racing simulators, vendor displays, and a short Fireworks Show on Saturday night. A driver autograph session will take place on the vendor Midway on Saturday afternoon prior to the on track activities. A Show-Me 100 would not be complete without “Gus the Mule” and fans won’t be disappointed as Gus will be in attendance all weekend. The on track activities for the 18th Annual Show-Me 100 start on Thursday, May 27th with the traditional Late Model practice from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The popular BBQ Dinner with the drivers and crews will follow. The dinner is FREE to everyone with a pit pass and grandstand spectators are welcome to join for $10.00. Friday night May 28th will get underway at 7:05 pm and will feature time trials and six heat races for the Super Late Models. The top three finishers in each heat race will move on to Saturday night’s main event. The balance of the field in each of the heats will move on to Super Late Model consolation events on Saturday night. The Pitt’s Homes A-Modifieds will be featured as the support class running a complete show on Friday night with $500 going to the winner.

The Pitt’s Homes A-Modifieds will also hold a qualifying session on Friday night to set the first 8 rows for Saturday’s Main Event. Those that don’t qualify in the Top 16 will move on to B-Mains on Saturday night. On Saturday night, the Late Model Chassis Manufacturer’s Dash, and Consolation Events will be held for the Super Late Models in addition to the 100 lap Show-Me finale. Open Wheel Modifieds will be featured as the support class and will compete for $500 to win. Racing action will start at 7:05 following Pre-Race Ceremonies featuring the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Don and Billie Gibson have been named the Grand Marshalls for the event and plans call for them to wave the green flag to get the 18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 underway!
Notes Driver Entry Fee will be the standard Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series fee of $110. The event tire rule as recently announced by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be as follows:

5/28 & 29 Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO American Racer SD44, SD48, MD53, MD56 Hoosier 1300, 1350, 1600, LM20, LM40, WRS-2 ***No Crate Tires***

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.To find out more about the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series, please visit www.mlraracing.com or call the series office at (816) 650-5063. For information on DART Machinery, please click www.DARTheads.com

Despite a Valiant Effort, Big Diamond Raceway Features Fall to Rain

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Forestville, PA -Big Diamond Raceway made every possible attempt at presenting Sunday’s 2010 season opener. Cars were on the track at 2:00PM and qualifying for Big Block Modifieds and Wingless ARDC Midgets was completed quickly. Unfortunately, Mother Nature continued to shower the speedway surface with rain and the Big Block Modified A-Main starters were called to the pit area. The 40-lap/$4000 to win main event will be completed this Friday April 2 along with a complete regular program of 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners..

Twenty-eight Big Block Modifieds were split into a trio of qualifying heat races earlier in the show. Brett Hearn of Sussex NJ
drew the pole starting spot and won the opening heat race by a comfortable margin. Although Hearn was the race dominator, second place Ryan Godown in the Norm’s Save Station #357 set a new track record with a lap of 16.184.

Boyertown’s Craig Von Dohren, the track’s all-time leading SBM feature winner, drove his Small Block powered #1c to a victory in the second qualifier over invading racer Billy Decker of Unidella NY. Defending SBM track champion Duane Howard of Oley was invlolved in a minor heat race tangle, and charged back from the tail to finish fourth.

Third generation talent Tommy Scheetz III of Boyertown delivered an impressive performance in the third heat race, leading the entire ten lap distance. Matt Sheppard of Waterloo NY already has three feature wins to his credit in 2010. Sheppard made the vault from eighth to second in this event, adjusting very quickly to an unfamiliar speedway.

PJ Gargiulo of Mohnton PA won the first of three ARDC Midget heat races. Gargiulo, who is always a front running force when the
Midgets invade Big Diamond, narrowly defeated the Big Diamond dominator, Frank Polimeda of Fort Lee NJ (the 2009 ARDC Diamond winner).

Billy Pauch Jr. defended his home turf with a triumph in the second qualifier. The Frenchtown NJ resident, a five-time Big Diamond SBM feature winner, throttled Shawn Burke’s #54 to the front early and led all eight laps. Justin Grosz of Hawley PA moved up a pair of positions to finish second.

Royersford’s Steve Buckwalter dominated the third and final heat race. Buckwalter, who spilts his time between ARDC and 410 Sprint-cars, drove his #0 machine to the victory. Dusty Heistand of Manheim PA started seventh and quietly worked through a talented field of racers, placing in second.

The 8-lap ARDC consi found a familiar BDR face taking the checkered flag. Tracy Readinger of Oley PA formerly competed in Big
Diamond’s Small Block Modified division. Readinger was the race winner.

Sunday’s rain delayed Big Block Modified feature will kick start the Friday night season on April 2. A full card of 358 Modifieds,
Sportsman, and Roadrunners will follow. Most of the invading modified drivers have confirmed they will be in attendance for Fridays program as well as a few teams bringing 358 modifieds to battle the Big Diamond regulars in what should be a fantastic event.

Grandstand admissions are: Adults – $12, Students (13-17), Seniors (over 60), Military (with ID) – $10, and kids (6-12) – $3. The bring a bunch Friday special is available for 2 Adults and a unlimited number of children(6-12) in your group for $30.

Meanwhile, the ARDC Midget competitors will have a double features night on Sunday May 2, when they share the headlines with the ASCoC 410 Sprint-cars.

Big Diamond Raceway has joined the twitter.com community. The web address is http://twitter.com/bdraceway . Fans and competitors are encouraged to check in for updates concerning the track. The official speedway website is www.bigdiamondraceway.com .

The Big Diamond Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval auto racing facility located just outside of Minersville PA. The speedway presents weekly Friday night racing of 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, and Roadrunners.