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Archive for December, 2010

Two USRA classes to compete at El Paso Speedway Park in 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Speedway Park will sanction both the USRA RHS Modifieds and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods as part of their weekly Friday night show during the 2011 racing season.

 

Drivers in the USRA RHS Modified division will compete for a points fund worth $1,500 at season’s end to the track champion and a $10,000 top prize awaiting the division’s national champion in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

 

Competitors in the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods will be chasing a $500 top prize for winning the track title and $2,000 for the top points earner nationally. The class will compete under the current Limited X-Mod track rules for the 2011 season.

 

In 1979, the doors were opened for the first time at the El Paso Speedway Park. The facility flourished for nearly two decades, but fell on hard times during the late 1990s and closed its doors. The speedplant got a second chance at life, however, when it was purchased by Royal Jones, Jimmy Ray and Sherman Barnett in 2000. After several years of rebuilding its reputation, the El Paso Speedway Park has again become one of the premier dirt tracks in the Lone Star State, hosting an average of 1,000 fans each weekend.

 

In addition to sharing the responsibilities at ESPS, Jones and Ray are also co-owners of Mesilla Valley Transportation – one of the largest locally-owned transportation providers in Western Texas and Southern New Mexico – and jointly own the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., which also joined the United States Racing Association family this week.

 

The marriage gives local and regional racers the opportunity to race both Friday and Saturday night, increasing the odds that one of the next USRA Weekly Racing Series national champs hails from the southern half of America. With a 26-show regular season that alternates between Winged Sprint Cars, USRA RHS Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Late Models, Legends Cars, USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods (Limited X-Mods), Super Trucks and Hornets, the El Paso Speedway Park has something for everybody every Friday night, April through August.

 

The regular season gets underway on Friday, April 29, for the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods while the USRA RHS Modifieds make their debut one week later. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:45. The track’s annual awards banquet will be held Jan. 22, 2011, at the Las Cruces (N.M.) Convention Center in conjunction with competitors from the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

 

The El Paso Speedway Park is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval featuring three degrees of banking and located 6.5 miles east of Loop 375, then right on KRAG, then take the first right. For more information call 915-791-8749 or log onto www.epspeedwaypark.com.

 

The USRA was founded in 2002 with the sanctioning of Modifieds and Stock Cars at the Thunder Valley Speedway in Fayetteville, Ark. Hobby Stocks were added in 2003 and the organization grew steadily over the next three years with 14 tracks hosting USRA events in 2005. The B-Mod division arrived on the scene in 2006 and since then, USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions have been crowned in all four premier divisions.

 

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Marquee Events Highlight Lucas Oil MLRA 2011 Schedule!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Buckner, MO – The 2011 Lucas Oil MLRA season will kick off in early April at Nebraska Raceway Park for the Spring Meltdown on April 2. A total of 25 race events are tentatively scheduled with several marquee races to highlight the season. An early season addition of The Sunflower State Showdown in Jetmore, Kansas is a two night event paying a separate purse each night.

 

In May the series will participate in the 19th Annual Dart Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, which is scheduled to be televised on CBS in early June. The three night Show-Me will be followed up with another signature event, the Alphabet Soup Race at Nebraska Raceway Park on May 29.

 

A quiet June will make way for July which is packed full of racing action.The 5th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway will take place on July 16th. The Silver Dollar Nationals is slated for July 21-23, 2011 at Nebraska Raceway Park. The event will be the largest late model purse in Nebraska history, paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start. The month of July will conclude at Lucas Oil Speedway with an event ran in conjunction with the inaugural Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

 

The Lucas Oil MLRA will return to Mayetta, Kansas for Thunder on the Hill III on September 30th and October 1st. The grand finale of the season will be The Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown at Lakeside Speedway on October 7th and 8th.

 

Other notable events include the John Kuntz and Larry Phillips Memorial events held in May and September at the Springfield Raceway. An early April tilt at Heartland Park Topeka will add a new wrinkle to the busy early season schedule. An unforgettable fireworks show will take place following the series annual stop at Adams County Speedway.

 

The King of the Hill race will take place in Mid August at the beautiful Junction Motor Speedway. The fan friendly facility boasts large crowds for the two day show. The Missouri State Fair finale is the Lucas Oil MLRA race on Sunday, August 21st at the historic half mile in Sedalia, Missouri. The Lucas Oil MLRA 2010 season was a huge success with an incredible points battle, 2011 looks to impress with new events and generous payouts.

 

2011 LUCAS OIL MLRA Tentative Schedule
April
2 Nebraska Raceway Park (Spring Melt Down) Greenwood, NE
8 Heartland Park Topeka Topeka, KS
9 Lucas Oil Speedway (Spring Thunder) Wheatland, MO
30 Great American Dirt Track (Sunflower State Showdown) Jetmore, KS

 

May
1 Great American Dirt Track (Sunflower State Showdown) Jetmore, KS
14 Springfield Raceway (John Kuntz Memorial) Springfield, MO
21 New Thunder Hill Speedway Mayetta, KS
26-28 Lucas Oil Speedway (19th Annual Dart Show) Wheatland, MO
29 Nebraska Raceway Park (Alphabet Soup Race) Greenwood, NE

 

June

 

July

 

1 Nebraska Raceway Park (Midwest Tri-Fecta) Greenwood, NE
2 Adams County Speedway Corning, IA
16 Lucas Oil Speedway (5th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals) Wheatland, MO
21-23Nebraska Raceway Park (Silver Dollar Nationals) Greenwood, NE
30 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO

 

August
12 Junction Motor Speedway (King of the Hill) McCool Junction, NE
13 Junction Motor Speedway (King of the Hill) McCool Junction, NE
21 Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway (Missouri State Fair Championships) Sedalia, MO

 

September
2 Nebraska Raceway Park Greenwood, NE
3 Heartland Park Topeka Topeka, KS
17 Springfield Raceway (Larry Phillips Memorial) Springfield, MO
24 Nebraska Raceway Park (Cornhusker Classic) Greenwood, NE
30 New Thunder Hill Speedway (Thunder on the Hill III) Mayetta, KS

 

October
1 New Thunder Hill Speedway (Thunder on the Hill III) Mayetta, KS
7 Lakeside Speedway (Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown) Kansas City, KS
8 Lakeside Speedway (Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown) Kansas City, KS

 

November
TBA Awards Banquet Kansas City, MO

 

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa.

 

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

ASA Member Tracks End 2010 and Start 2011 with Some Great Racing Action

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

asa-racing-logo.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, FL – Three ASA Member Tracks will have some great racing and excitement this Friday and Saturday to bring in 2011. Here is a look at where the action is taking place and what you can expect.

 

DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL) Desoto will end 2010 with excitement on Friday night with their annual New Year’s Eve Crash & Bash. Some of the events planned are: demolition derby, Enduro, Reverse Race, School Bus Figure 8′s, Boat Trailer Race, Puck Race, Skid Car Race, Flag Pole Race and much more including fireworks!!! Plus, there will be free breakfast at midnight. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the action getting underway at 7 p.m. www.desotosuperspeedway.com

 

DILLON MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Dillon, SC) The first event of the 2011will start at 1:00 p.m. as Dillon will host an afternoon of racing action. The Street Stocks, UCARS, Legends, Bandoleros, and Mini Cups will be in action. 300 laps of racing action! Tickets are $12 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. $2 off for senior and military. www.dillonmotorspeedway.com

 

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY (Lake Havasu City, AZ) Havasu’s Promoter Bill Rohzon said the temps may be a little on the cool side but the racing action will be red hot on New Year’s Day. The racing action will get underway at 1:00 p.m. with the ASA Street Stocks, Legends, Bandos, Factory Stocks in action. Plus the third annual Mayor’s Race and a demolition derby. www.havasu95speedway.com

 

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 asphalt and dirt 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 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.

Southern New Mexico Speedway to fly USRA banner in 2011

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Officials from the Southern New Mexico Speedway have announced that drivers in two classes at the popular 5/16-mile semi-banked dirt oval in Las Cruces, N.M., will be battling for track and national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

 

The first track in the “Land of Enchantment” to fly the United States Racing Association banner will sanction both the USRA RHS Modifieds and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods as part of their weekly Saturday night racing program.

 

“We at SNMS are pleased to be involved with the best modified sanctioning body in the country,” said Royal Jones, President/CEO of the southern New Mexico Speedway and a long-time Modified competitor himself. “We like the forward thinking rules and cost saving measures that USRA is taking on for the future and the ability for racers to run what they have and not have to go out and buy new things each time a rule changes.”

 

The Southern New Mexico Speedway was built in 1967 but went dormant in the late ‘70s. It wasn’t until the 1980’s when local businessman Tommy Black brought dirt track racing back the Mesilla Valley and it has flourished ever since.

 

In 1993, Jones and Jimmy Ray took over and completely changed the look of the facility with new grandstands, buildings, concrete walkways and a paved midway to solidify the Southern New Mexico Speedway as the premier dirt track in New Mexico.

 

Not only is it the first racetrack in New Mexico to sanction with the USRA, but also the first in the Mountain Time Zone.

 

The state’s motto “It grows as it goes” refers to a thunderbolt increasing in strength as it moves across the sky – a symbol of dynamic progress which fits well with the new partnership between the two organizations.

 

“It’s a great honor to have the Southern New Mexico Speedway as part of the USRA family,” said USRA President Todd Staley. “Royal and Jimmy are both great Modified racers, but they are probably even more successful as businessmen, so that makes this new partnership even more humbling. Whether it’s the racetrack or their trucking company, they generally don’t make bad business decisions.”

 

In addition to sharing the responsibilities at the Southern New Mexico Speedway, Jones and Ray are also co-owners of Mesilla Valley Transportation – one of the largest locally-owned transportation providers in Western Texas and Southern New Mexico.

 

Drivers in the USRA RHS Modified division will compete for a track points championship worth $1,500 at season’s end and a $10,000 top prize awaiting the division’s national champion in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

 

Competitors in the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods will be chasing a $500 top prize for winning the track title and $2,000 for the top points-getter nationally. The class will compete under the current Limited X-Mod track rules for the 2011 season.

 

“We are also happy to now be able to offer at track points fund along with the nice national fund,” Jones added. “It is our feeling that USRA is not burdened with other classes that overshadow the Mod world, and has time to put big time effort in this class, along with the B-Mods.”

 

In recent years, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has gained national acclaim with two of the richest Modified shows in North America. The Winter Meltdown & Chub Daniels Memorial, which will be held this coming Feb. 25-27, 2011, and the Fall Modified Nationals in November attract some of the best Modified drivers in America, including many from the USRA and USMTS ranks.

 

With a 26-show regular season that alternates between Winged Sprint Cars, USRA RHS Modifieds, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, Legends Cars, USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods (Limited X-Mods), Super Trucks and Hornets, the Southern New Mexico Speedway is sure to satisfy your need for speed every Saturday night from May to September.

 

A playday is slated for Sunday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. to dusk, and the track’s annual awards banquet will be held Jan. 22, 2011, at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

 

The track is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online.

 

The USRA was founded in 2002 with the sanctioning of Modifieds and Stock Cars at the Thunder Valley Speedway in Fayetteville, Ark. Hobby Stocks were added in 2003 and the organization grew steadily over the next three years with 14 tracks hosting USRA events in 2005. The B-Mod division arrived on the scene in 2006 and since then, USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions have been crowned in all four premier divisions.

 

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com[2] or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates continue to draw interest before their inaugural season

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Marne, MI- The Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates is set to begin its inaugural season in 2011. The Series has continued to be encouraged by many and local drivers are committing to the series early. The series has 6 dates lined up at Berlin in 2011 and the Series is set to pay $2000 to win with a Championship worth $4000.

 

Berlin is expecting 20-30 cars on a weekly basis with many local greats competing for the Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates Championship. “With the opening of CRA’s New Crate Motor Division we are very confident that we will be able to pull some cars off their jack stands and put them back in competition at Berlin on a regular basis” said Mike Blackmer, Owner and Promoter of Berlin Raceway.

 

The first race on the schedule for The Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates is May 7th and they will compete 5 more times throughout the year at Berlin Raceway and they will also make an appearance at Kalamazoo Speedway on the night of the famed Kalamazoo Klash XVIII. “We looked over other tracks and serie’s schedules and we think we have put together a schedule that works well with the other competing series for the benefit of everyone” said Mike Blackmer Owner and Promoter of Berlin Raceway. Blackmer has is also looking to add another date to the Super Late’s schedule but it has not been announced at this time.

 

Berlin has also announced the payout for the new Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates and it includes $2000 to win feature races and $400 to start. The championship payout has also been announced and will pay $4000 to the Champion and $2000 for second. A complete list of payout can be found at Berlin Raceway’s Website.

 

Berlin has announced that there will be an annual membership fee of $150 that is due on February 28th. After the 28th the annual entry fee will increase to $250. The membership fee covers all the entry fees for all the Premier Boyne Machine Super Lates events. Teams can call in their payment to the Berlin Raceway office (616.669.7178) or mail their entry fees to: Berlin Raceway, Attn: Super Lates Entry Fee, 2169 Pine Ridge Dr., Jenison, MI 49428.

 

The Berlin Raceway is set to open its 62nd Season on April 23rd with a full show including Outlaw Late Models, Super Stocks, Pro Stocks and 4-Cylinders. A complete list of events and prices can be found on Berlin Raceway’s website at www.berlinraceway.com or by calling the Berlin Raceway office at 616.669.7178.