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Archive for October, 2010

A Spooktacular Event at Ocala

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Ocala Speedway had the Late Models up this week along with the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, Mini Stocks, and Gladiators. Before the features started, however, the kids got to trick-or-treat on the frontstretch and they also had a costume contest. Even though Willy Wonka wasn’t there, Joe Dirt searched and found his candy with Scott Mooers. The prizes for the night were donated by Xtreme Team Racing.

 

The first feature on the night was the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks. The race got off to a spooky start when Jason Gamble had a tire go down and Jerrid Bennett lost his wheel and axle in turn 4. After another 2 laps, Scott Mooers had a tire go down and behind him, Sean Babcock, Jonathan Appleby, Gordon Cade (driving the 55W), Cory Howard, and Brian Shea all got collected in a spin with Appleby getting the worst of it. Harold Erickson and Scott Mooers were racing hard down the back straight when Erickson had a problem and shot straight into the back stretch wall, getting the front end airborne. Erickson immediately got out of the car as the crowd gave him a roar. On lap 13, the lead pack of Mike Stalnaker, Vaughn Woodall, and Jason Gamble caught Kenny Asbell. In turn 2, Asbell went around and Stalnaker barely tapped Asbell. The 20 minutes had expired and it would set up a 2 lap dash with Stalnaker leading Woodall, Gamble, and Scott Mooers. They would stay that way through the checkers with Stalnaker winning, Woodall 2nd, Gamble 3rd, Mooers a hard earned 4th, and Chris Shea drove all the way up to 5th. Further review in the tech shed, however, led to the disqualification of Stalnaker, giving Vaughn Woodall his first career win. Jason Gamble got another 2nd place finish, Scott Mooers moved up to 3rd, Chris Shea with 4th, and Chris Rowe would round out the top 5.

 

The Gladiators went out next, and they put on a thrilling show. On lap 2, Art Souther had a hard hit with the turn 4 wall while Larry Nelson drove the 10 car through the thick infield grass. After the clean-up, Steve Johnson, Devin Walker, Sammy Dell, and Matt Shea had a thrilling battle for the final 13 laps. Johnson held the lead throughout with Walker behind him. Dell and Shea, however, had the battle, switching 3rd and 4th for a while. As the white flag was displayed, Walker had a drag race with Johnson down the front stretch. Devin Walker earned his first win of 2010, Steve Johnson 2nd, Matt Shea 3rd, Sammy Dell 4th, and Jerry Taylor 5th.

 

With a 12 car field, the Late Models had an exciting night ahead. On lap 1, David Kinsey had a little spin and V.P. Pipken had nowhere to go except into Kinsey. Both drivers were able to continue. After the restart, it was all green for the final 24 laps, and up front it was all #46. No, Darrell Padgett wasn’t in the car; Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. was driving the 46! Ivedent went out to win and win he did. He lapped everyone but 2nd place finisher Mark Whitener. Ivedent Lloyd won in dominating fashion, Mark Whitener was 2nd, Christian Augspuirger an impressive 3rd, J.O. Nobles in 4th, and Jack Nosbisch a hard-earned 5th.

 

The only Mini Stocks on dirt had a thrilling night of racing ahead with a rubbered-in track. With just 1 race after this night, Dan Kerr needed to make up 12 points in 2 races. Dan did what he needed with an impressive win in his heat and his feature, gaining 4 of the needed 12 points. On lap 1, Jody Robbins spun in turn 4 and slid down the track right into Dean Kinsey. Both drivers were able to finish the race. Another 5 laps passed and Robbins spun in the same spot. That set up a 9 lap finish and as Dan Kerr held the lead, Nick Kerr, Paul Combast, and Keith Briggs battled. They switched back and forth until the checkers. Dan Kerr won, closely followed by Nick Kerr, Keith Briggs, Paul Combast, and Johnny Zackery. In tech, however, Briggs was disqualified, handing 3rd to Combast, Zackery moved up to 4th, and Sean Babcock would take 5th.

 

Ocala Speedway has some of the most exciting racing coming up this week with the Colortyme Open-Wheel Modifieds running their final event of 2010, the Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks run for $1000 and no points, the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, and the Gladiators have a ‘No Previous Winners of 2010 night.’ Gates open at 5PM with racing at 8. For more information you may call the Speedway or check out http://www.ocalaspeedway.com.

Format Change, Purse Increase & Unobstructed View for 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

(New Smyrna Speedway) FASCAR Officials & New Smyrna Speedway Management are excited to announce that the purse for the 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup presented by Bright House Networks has been increased from $275.00 to start to $600.00 to start thanks to the Lap Money that has already been collected.

Laps are still being sold for the November 20th race for $100.00ea., with 100% of the lap money collected being distributed throughout the field.

The Purse as of the date of this press release will pay $5,000.00 to the winner and the entire purse will be increased as additional laps are sold.

Lap Sponsors will receive mentions over the PA throughout the two-day event as well as listing in the Official Souvenir Program and on the Lap Sponsor Sign located at the main entrance to the Speedway.

In addition to the Purse increase, Officials also announced a Format Change that is intended to help reduce some of the costs associated with a 200 lap race. Instead of live Pit Stops requiring full pit crews, this year’s event will feature a half-way break to allow teams to change tires, add fuel, and make any adjustments they need to their cars.

Fans will also enjoy a first-ever unobstructed view of the racing surface for Saturday night’s events as all race cars will be pitted outside of the infield for the first time ever, utilizing the turn four and backstretch pit areas. The infield will be used as a last resort for overflow for open trailers only, allowing fans in almost any seat to view the entire high-banked half-mile surface.

This year’s Florida Governor’s Cup Weekend will once again feature a two-day format with the 50 Lap Limited Late Model race presented by Discount Propane and 25 lap features for the Mini-Stocks, Super Stocks and E-Modifieds on Friday night November 19th with practice rounds for the Super Late Models throughout the night. Then on Saturday November 20th the 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the Super Late Models presented by Bright House Networks along with 25 lap features for the
Sportsman, Pro-Trucks and Strictly Stocks.

For more information regarding the event including Pre-Entries, Schedules, Past History, Lap Sponsors and more, please visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org/governorscup. If you would like to purchase laps, please contact Kim Brown at 386-427-4129 or cell phone 386-547-2879. Payment options are Cash, Check, Money Order, MasterCard or Visa.

Drivers all class, at Deerfield’s Fall Classic

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

The 2010 Halloween Fall Classic at Deerfield Raceway was a huge success.  The weather was beautiful and 127 cars packed the pits.  Owners Paul and Kay Miller ended the 2010 racing season on a high note.  The Millers also ended their 8th year promoting the popular ¼ mile clay oval located in rural Deerfield Township.  There were 13 divisions that put on a spectacular show for the fans while the kids were treated to a big thank you by drivers and Deerfield Staff.  Kids received candy, prizes, trophies, and hayrides for their weekly fan loyalty to Deerfield drivers.

Twenty-three Mod Lite drivers started the 25-lap feature event.  Jeff Teeters topped the field at the checkered flag.  Fastest qualifier Doug Stanley.  Clocked in the quick ¼ mile at 15.91.

Steve Dunmire swept the events in the Micro Sprint division gathering wins in the heat and feature event.

In the 100 lap, 30 car Enduro Race Dustin Scott took home the gold.

Other winners of the evening were, Jr. Sprints Jade Rosan, Jr. Mods Breyton Santee, Chargers Todd Walker, 600 Micros Steve Lucas, Quads Jim Reed, Mini Lates Doug Peterman, and Compacts Derek Weisent who bested an 18 car field.

Also newsworthy, Ken Platt in the Classics and Tom Moore in the E-Mods took home their first career feature wins.  A visit from some pavement pure stocks netted Teddy Oliver a big win for his first time on dirt as well.

2010 Deerfield Raceway Hoosier Tire Point Champs  – Demyan Towing Microsprints, George Hobaugh – Rudznik Excavating Mod Lites, Doug Stanley – Summit Racing Chargers, Josh Walker – Summit Racing Classics, Allen Teeters – A-1 Auto & Spring E-Mods, Bob Bland – Mel’s Towing Compacts, Derek Weisent – DBY Jr. Sprints, Jade Rosan and Cameron Nastasi – Hoosier Tire Jr. Mod Lites Breyton Santee  All Star Banquet of Champions Saturday November 20th. Don’t Miss it!!!

ASA,Dells Raceway Park and Ford Racing Partners up for Presentations to Collegiate Deca and Skills USA College Students

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

asa-racing-logo.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, FL- The American Speed Association, Dells Raceway Park and Ford Racing recently teamed up to feature short track racing to Wisconsin Collegiate DECA and Skills USA college students. The seminars took place at their respective Fall Leadership Conferences on Thursday, October 22 at the Hotel Sierra in Green Bay, WI.

Joe Graziano, co-owner of Dells Raceway Park an ASA Member Track in Wisconsin Dells, WI, along with Kevin Ramsell, ASA’s Director Public Relations, met with Collegiate DECA students to talk about the business of operating a short track. Both shared how their careers grew to where they are now through short track racing. Graziano talked extensively about what he and his fellow co-owner Lance Fielitz have done to make Dells Raceway Park one of the more entertaining racing facilities in the Midwest. While Ramsell talked about how ASA is working on branding itself more as a sanctioning body in short track racing and helping short tracks get more noticed as a place for entertainment for about the same price as going to a movie. Graziano also talked about how short tracks need to have fresh and new ideas when it comes to marketing it to a new audience. He encouraged students interested in careers in sports and entertainment marketing to look at short tracks as a way to gain experience. The curious students got involved in the presentation by asking questions and sharing their thoughts about the trends they are seeing today.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with such an enthusiastic group,” Graziano said. “I’m betting that we meet again some day because I saw a lot of bright futures in the crowd.” “Just being in a room with people as passionate about what they do as Kevin and Joe are, is more than beneficial to those of us that aspire to follow in their footsteps,” Andy Hayes, Wisconsin Collegiate DECA State President said. “The workshop and opportunities they presented were well received and affirmed many reasons that people get into this organization, especially the new students who were experiencing the Fall Leadership Conference for the first time.”

Later that day, college Skills USA students got a unique opportunity to learn more about the technical side of super late model racing. Mike “Lumpy” Lemke, ASA Midwest Tour and ASA Transcontinental Series Tech Director, put together a Tech Talk which included a live chat via Skype(TM) with Mike Delahanty, Program Director Sportsman Circle Track Racing at Ford Racing, along with the opportunity to get a close up look at ASA Midwest Tour Touring Star Jamie Iverson’s super late model. Jamie along with his wife, Julie were also on hand to answer the students questions. From his office in Dearborn, MI, Delahanty talked about Ford Racing’s plans to become more involved in short track racing and talked about how they partnered up with the ASA Midwest Tour and Jamie Iverson with testing their new short track engine program. Delahanty also offered suggestions to the students about they can get involved in short track racing and network their way to a career in the sport. Lemke and Iverson then invited the students over to see the Ford engine that is currently in Iverson’s Ford Fusion super late model. The students were not afraid to ask very detailed and technical questions to both Lemke and Iverson. At the request of the students, Iverson started up his car so they can see the engine operating.

Many students and advisors also had a chance to sit in the car. “What a great group of students. Very knowledgeable and some great questions. It was funny when the advisors running the whole deal said at the end of the night that was one of the best hands on programs they have seen and wants us to go to their state conference in April,” Lemke said. “Thank You all for the time spent. It was not only an eye opening presentation for me but the students alike. Very well done. It shows to me the commitment of our sport of auto racing by all that helped put it together. It looked like the students had a blast and did not even want to leave. It was also cool when they stayed even to help load the car in the trailer.”

“This is a great opportunity for ASA to get its brand out to an audience who we need in short track racing,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “That generation of students that got this opportunity to meet with people within ASA and Ford Racing is that generation we are losing in short track racing to different forms of entertainment. We need to reach out more when opportunities like this is available. In one day, we were able to show the marketing and technical side of our sport to many students who may have not of short track racing as a great starting point to their dream careers. Many of our ASA Member Tracks and Series promoters are looking for fresh ideas and help. We just need to reach out and show them that the door is open for that opportunity.”

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. 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. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386) 258-2221 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (386) 258-2221      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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.

About Collegiate DECA Collegiate DECA is the college division of DECA. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the co-curricular education of members through a comprehensive learning program the integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 200,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The United States Congress, The United States Department of Education and state, district, and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs. For more information, visit www.deca.org.

About SkillsUSA SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. It is a national nonprofit that strives to provide a quality work force in trade, technical and skilled service occupations with 13,000 chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. The nationwide organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students-and their instructors-in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 10 million people have been members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA instructional programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org

Lucas Oil To have Spookway this Saturday October 30th

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Wheatland, MO – The Lucas Oil Speedway becomes the Lucas Oil “Spookway” this Saturday, October 30th. The 4th Annual Safe Trick or Treat Night is a big hit with the area youth as the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” gives kids a safe trick or treat experience. The event begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 30th in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pit Area. The event is FREE to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. There is no racing at this event but there will be tons of fun so make your plans now.

 

This an great place for area business owners, groups, and organizations to show their wares to Spookway Logo Mom and Dad while handing out treats to the kids. Last year over 400 trick or treaters visited the Lucas Oil “Spookway”. Groups and Fundraising organizations are welcome to attend this FREE event with booths, raffles, prizes, or merchandise.

 

For booth information and registration please call the track at (417) 282-5984 or email Cheri Boehler at cheri@lucasoilspeedway.com

 

The Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.