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Archive for June, 2010

Keith’s Marina Fireworks Extravaganza – Huge Fireworks Show – 85 Lap Super Late Model Race

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Sunday Night July 4th is the Keith’s Marina Fireworks Extravaganza.(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night July 4th is the Keith’s Marina Fireworks Extravaganza.  See huge ground and aerial fireworks display along with an 85 lap Super Late Model Race.  Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s Figure 8’s, one on one spectator races, and Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.  Rain Date Monday July 5th.
 
Huge Ground and Aerial Fireworks Show: Thundercat Fireworks will be putting on one of the most spectacular fireworks shows you will see in Washington County!
 
Keith’s Marina is located on Highway 33 West in West Bend.  Stop in and check out their huge indoor new boat showrooms also featuring over 50 late model used boats.  Keith’s Marina sells Bayliner, Maxum, Monark, Smoker Craft, Sylvan, and Trophy Boats.  Powering Keith’s Marina Boats are Mercury engines, number one on the water.   Along with selling quality boats, motors and equipment Keith’s Marina has certified technicians ready to take care of your needs.  Give Tim Keith a call at: 262-334-9389 or check out the Keith’s Marina website at: www.keithsmarina.com 
 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2010 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com 

Starmer captures long delayed win at I-35 Speedway and Woods, Claxton, Roberts and Cleghorn win again.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

i-35.jpgWith three weeks of rainout I-35 Speedway was back in action tonight, but we had to battle two more problems and the officials and drivers were up to the task. After a lengthy delay due to a full moon and ambulance issues the races at I-35 Speedway finally got underway after 9pm and the last checker flew by 11:37pm. Not a bad night to enjoy 12 heat races and 5 action pack feature events.

Starting out the night were the IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Dale Marriott almost made a triumphant return to racing as he led to almost lap 12 before the young hot shoe out of Iowa, Shay Woods snuck by and captured his second win of 2010. Marriott would hold on to the second position. After problems in his heat race Mike Tanner had a good run and won the hard charger award.

Eric Stanton and Cody Cleghorn had their hands full tonight. Not only did they have to battle each other again but they also had to run down a driver that is due to get his first win. Danny Martin seemed to have the field covered tonight as he led the entire race up until the white flag lap coming out of turn 2. Stanton would eventually lose power and have to retire for the final 3 laps and Cleghorn would get by Martin on the last lap to capture the IMCA Hobby Stock checkers. Cleghorn is taking home double trophies as he won the hard charger.

We may not have the quantity of cars in the Grand National division but we sure have the quality as once again the Grand National division had a great green to checkered race. A great battle between Mike Taylor Jr. and Gene Claxton had the fans on their feet. Add in some Jason Anderson for a handful of laps and it shaped up to be a great race. With four to go Taylor’s car picked up a push and that allowed Claxton to get by and pick up the win. Dean Wray had a good run as he took home the hard charger.

Thomas Roberts returned to victory lane in the Stock Car division as a good field of 19 took to the track. Early on it was Jeff Dixon who has had a rough go of it the last few weeks leading but Roberts would eventually sneak by and rack up win number four on the year. Kevin Anderson had a great showing his first night out this season as he took home the hard charger award.

I believe tonight the sentimental favorite in the IMCA Modifieds was Bud Wilson. Bud has had a rough time this week as well not to mention a rough season trying to keep the car on the track and off the infield. Tonight it looked like the monkey was off his back until the last lap coming out of turn 2 when something broke on the car. “Stormin” Steve Starmer weaved around Wilson and went on to capture his first win of 2010 at I-35 Speedway. Starmer has looked good so far this season so this win was long over due. Doug Keller picked up the hard charger award.

Next week it’s double features as we make up the June 5th rainout and fireworks, not to mention an added bonus to the Grand Nationals with $500 on the line and the Stock Cars go for $400 to win! For full results check out www.speednetdirect.com.

Augie Grill Return to Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – It had been three months since two-time Snowball Derby Champion Augie Grill had last visited victory lane in a Super Late Model event. On Friday night, all the stars lined up for his return to his winning ways as the moon was nearly full and Grill returned to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida – a track where he had dominated at so much in the past few years. When the dust settled on Friday night, it was just like old times as for Grill as won the pole and the race in the USA Digital 100, the third round of the Blizzard Super Late Model Series.

“This feels way better than any other Blizzard win we have had,” said Grill. “It’s been kind of a lack-luster year for us as far as victories go. This was a good one. The car could have been like this the last Blizzard race, but I messed up and didn’t set it up that way. This win also says a lot about our business because Grand American Race Cars have won the last five races in the Blizzard Series, so I am happy on two fronts, but most importantly it’s good to be back in victory lane.”

Grill passed Chase Elliott, who won the last Blizzard Series race, just after the halfway competition caution. He never looked back from there. Even a late race yellow couldn’t help the field track down Grill from scoring his fifth career Blizzard Series win – which is one behind Scott Carlson for the all-time Blizzard Series lead.

“We are all about being consistent and we did that again tonight,” said Elliott. “Augie was a little bit better than us tonight. I could almost keep up with him for a while, but we were just a tick off tonight.”

Casey Smith rebounded from some recent bad luck to finish third, Bubba Pollard and Mike Garvey were the rest of the top five.

“The Grill (GARC) cars were really good tonight, but we’ll get things figured out with our Hamke Race Car and get them next time,” said Smith. “We have had some tough luck with finishes lately, so this feels really good for us.”

With the win Grill, moves up to fourth in the Blizzard standings, while Chase Elliott takes the lead by six points over Bubba Pollard and Johanna Long with two rounds remaining. The top two spot in the standings will earn an automatic starting berth for the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby in December. The Blizzard Series will be back in action on Friday, August 13th for the fourth
100-lap Super Late Model event of the 2010 season.

Excessive Rain, Wet Conditions Force ABC Officials to Pull Plug Again

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Ashland, WI, – Due to excessive rain over the previous three days and more expected that evening, the ABC Raceway regretfully cancelled its race program for Saturday.

The pit area was literally under water in some areas and totally unaccessable overall, making it impossible to prepare it for use by the racers. The “Jam the Stands” night slated for Saturday will be rescheduled for a later date. On Saturday, July 3, the Raceway will host its AmsOil Race of Champions qualifier, its Six-Cylinder Summer Sizzler presented by the Bad River Lodge & Casino, and its Kids’ Meet the Drivers Night activities presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza. Hot laps are at 6:15 pm and racing starts after the
“meet-and-greet” session at around 7.

All five classes – WISSOTA-sanctioned modifieds, super stocks and Midwest modifieds, plus the track’s own pure stocks and six-cylinders – will be in action. Adult tickets are just $10 each, and kids ages 12 and under are welcome for free with a paid adult admission.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. “Race Night” will air Saturday on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.

Racers Battle A Full Moon at Ocala

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

OCALA, FL- Those who ventured to Ocala Speedway on Friday night saw a variety of racing action for five different divisions, and also everything for the best to the worst as far as the races were concerned. Racers tend to be a superstitious lot, and as the summer sun set in the west, an ominous full moon rose over turn two. From that point on it was either success of failure on
the track, and while the successes were thrilling, so were some of the failures.

The Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks provided the first feature event of the night, and quickly set the standard to beat. Mike Eubanks had a less than wonderful starting position, but as soon as the opening green waved he was powering his way toward the front of the pack. Dean Jarvis had wasted no time in taking the lead, but later was overcome by Jody Wells, who looked like the car to beat. Bubba Christian also was strong and made his way forward to challenge Wells, but spun in turn 2 as he and Mike Eubanks battled for second place.

From that point on it was all Wells and Eubanks, as the two took a “checkers or wreckers” mentality to the finish. A last ditch move by Eubanks in the final turn was a little too aggressive, and he spun into the infield as Jody Wells blasted by the flagstand. The win was “The Outlaw” Jody Wells’ second of the season, as Daniel Miller followed for second place. Dean Jarvis settled for third, as Heath Walker and Bubba Christian claimed fourth and fifth places.

Ocala Speedway’s Sportsman Division saw another strong group of racers take to the clay for their feature race, but the full moon had gremlins hiding in every corner of the track. Jamie Dayhaw had the pole position for the race, but after a first lap spin forced a restart Dayhaw jumped three consecutive attempts to get underway, and officials put him to the rear of the field as a result. That left “Big Frog” Augie Burttram to jump into the lead, as Billy Costello chased him in second place.

Then the gremlins took over, as car after car left the race with mechanical issues. By the time the last five laps were run only three competitors were left to wrangle over the win, but that only cleared the way for John Bradley to make Augie Burttram work for it. Despite Bradley’s intense pressure that made quite a race of it, Burttram succeeded in holding off the challenge and grabbing the win as Bradley finished in second place. Billy Costello had the best seat in the house to watch Bradley and Burttram’s battle, and finished in third place.

After the gremlins had feasted on Sportsman Division racers, they had to be salivating again after four competitive heats and a B main set a field of 24 racers for the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stock feature race. But gremlins or not, the Amsoil Thunder Stocks usually do as much to each other as any gremlin could muster, and such was the case under the full moon. The race was plagued with everything from mechanical breakdowns to frightening meetings with the outside barriers, which helped make the race go into overtime and shortened it to 15 laps.

Chris Fontaine showed up in a different car this week and promptly demonstrated that it was a leader as he rocketed to the front. Scott Mooers held the second spot until Michael Stalnaker could get into the mix up front, and Stalnaker made quick work of everyone but Fontaine. But as Stalnaker began battling with the race leader he lost a wheel in turn two, ending his night. Chris Fontaine held on for the win, followed by Scott Mooers and Luke Sadler. James Erickson substituted for his father in the 66 car and placed fourth, while Eddie Kilbury Jr. battled up to the fifth spot on the night.

After the gremlins had gotten fat and happy on Thunder Stocks, the Colortyme Rentals Modifieds managed to run a lot of laps under green flag conditions, and that had the leaders weeding their way through lapped traffic in order to win. And as fate would have it, that lapped traffic would play a significant role in how things turned out.

Kyle Bronson held the early lead but Jeff Mathews was all over him after a caution on lap four. As the two battled lap after lap, traffic began to become an issue and enables Wayne Hammond to tighten up to the frontrunners. A tangle with lapped cars on lap 18 sent Bronson into an infield excursion that allowed Mathews to put a strangle hold on the lead and for Wayne Hammond to move up to second place, and the frustration showed as Bronson attempted to recover. “The Repo Man” Jeff Mathews netted the win while Wayne Hammond claimed second place and Kyle Bronson fought aggresively to salvage third place. Kyle Owen was the fourth place finisher and Jamie Carter rounded out the top five.

Fans that failed to hang around for the Gladiator feature race may have missed the most heated battle of the night, as Larry Langston and Casey Feaster brawled for lap after lap while making their way through a maze of slower cars. Casey Feaster managed to hold off a last ditch effort by Langston in the final corner and grab a win, with Langston nearly side-by-side with
him for second place. Devin Walker drove a more conservative race as Feaster and Langston battled in front of him, and came away with a third place night. Kyle Morse survived early race contact to place fourth, while Matt Shea recovered from an earlier spin to take fifth place. In the meantime, points leader Steven Johnson ended up on the wrong end of some contact and finished in the 10th spot, which leaves him a mere 2 points in front of Feaster in the season points battle.

Ocala Speedway will take a well deserved night off on July 2nd in celebration of Independence Day, and to allow fans to enjoy the action to the east at Daytona International Speedway. Florida’s oldest speedway will return to action on July 9th with the Colortyme Rentals Modifieds headlining five more hot divisions of racing, including the Sportsman, Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks,
Mini Stocks, and Gladiators.