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Archive for February, 2011

Terry Phillips Wins $20,000 USRA Modified Winter Meltdown

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM – Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips raced around early race leader Tommy Weder and motored away to score the win the 16th annual Winter Meltdown and the huge $20,000 payday. Phillips also picked up a $2,000 preliminary win on Friday, and Sunday’s win was his second Winter Meltdown victory.

When 24 USRA Modifieds rolled onto the track for the feature, with blustery wind howling throughout the day, it was Weder and Tommy Meyer ready to lead the field to the green flag. Weder, who also won Saturday’s $2,000 preliminary feature, quickly jumped out into the lead, with Meyer tucking in behind. Phillips, who started 3rd, dropped back to 4th as Jason Krohn raced the top groove of the track into 3rd on the opening lap. After running the bottom groove for the first few laps, Phillips also moved to the high line running behind Krohn, who was making his first visit to the Las Cruces track. Weder lead the first 11 laps, while Krohn and Phillips raced around Meyer on lap 10. A lap later, Phillips was able to get around Krohn and set
his sights on Weder.

Wasting no time, Phillips quickly drove around Weder after battling side-by-side for a lap. Weder, who continued to run the bottom groove, kept the new leader in his sights while Krohn was still trying to take over the runner up spot. The first caution flag flew on lap 13 when Jimmy Ray and Phillip Houston spun in turn 4.

Phillips held the lead over Weder, Krohn, 6th starting Jason Grimes (who was also making his Las Cruces debut), local star Johnny Scott and Meyer. On the restart, Scott was able to move into 4th, getting by Grimes. The caution flew again on lap
16 when Holly Jones spun in turn 4. As the leaders were battling up front, 17th starting Kellen Chadwick was beginning to make a charge towards the front and was running in 11th on lap 16.

Krohn charged past Weder on lap 17 to take over the runner up spot on lap 17. The caution flag flew when Darrel Nelson spun in turn 2. Weder and Krohn were battling for the 2nd spot, with them trading the spot several times. On lap 20, Scott made his move to take over the 3rd spot, getting by Weder. A lap later, Meyer moved by Weder to take over 4th. 12th starting Jeff Taylor had moved up to 6th spot on lap 23. By lap 30, Phillips was approaching lapped traffic, while he had opened up a 10 car length. Weder ended his bid for the win when he slid high in turn 3 and came to a stop. He was able to get moving again but was now a lap down and decided to head to the pits.

Chadwick was continuing his charge and got by Rodney Sanders on lap 33 to move up to 7th. Phillips worked thru traffic with ease, as Krohn was chasing and trying to hold off Scott. Meyer and Taylor continued to give chase as well, but Phillips held
a half straight lead over his closest competitors. On lap 38, Chadwick moved by Grimes to move into 6th and he looked to track down 5th running Taylor. A couple laps later, Scott was looking under Krohn, trying to get to 2nd.

Phillips continued to hold a comfortable lead, while Scott was able to get by Krohn for the runner up spot. On lap 45, Chadwick moved by Taylor into 5th and they looked to try to catch 4th running Meyer. A couple laps later, Chadwick, who was making up some ground on Meyer, slid too high in turn 3, which allowed Taylor to get back by as they were about to take the white flag.

Phillips easily motored away and won, with Scott, Krohn, Meyer, Taylor, Chadwick, Sanders, Grimes, Fito Gallardo and Nelson rounding out the top 10. “My car was awesome all weekend,” noted Phillips. “The track was perfect. I found the cushion
and went to the front,” he added.

Rice Lake Speedway Drivers Celebrate

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Cameron WI, – Well over two hundred people jammed the Sportsmans Supper Club to the over following point Saturday night to celebrate the 2010 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway.

New owners of the speedway, Adams-Hansen Inc. did the evening up proud as the largest crowd in many years for a Rice Lake Speedway banquet enjoyed the evening.

Track announcer and evening emcee Scott Erickson lead off the proceedings with a quick review of the accomplishments achieved by the racers at the track over the course of 2010 at Rice Lake, other area tracks and in the WISSOTA national standings. Erickson pointed out that two hundred and fifty seven different drivers competed at the track in 2010, and that number was for only regularly scheduled events not counting specials.

Both owners, Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen then spoke to the crowd. Both thanked the drivers, volunteers and fans for their support during their first year of ownership in 2010 with the promise that things would only get bigger and better in 2011.

Adams then highlighted some of the special events planned for the, as yet, not fully completed schedule for 2011. A car show will be held at Link Brothers Ford on the weekend of April 8-10. Practice sessions are slated for the track on April 12 and 13 and the 2011 season opener is scheduled for April 16.

Among some of the special events already booked for 2011 include a Memorial Day weekend doubleheader on May 28-29 with the UMSS Sprint Cars and WISSOTA Late Models sharing the card on Sunday after a regular five class program on Saturday. July 2 will be Cancer Awareness night and the annual fireworks display. July 29-30 will be a special Friday, Saturday doubleheader with the Late Models headlining the Friday night card.

August will have a number of special events. The highly successful “Little Dream” race for WISSOTA Street Stocks will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with a bigger and better event promised for 2011. Late Models will share the card that night also. On August 19, the first ever appearance of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) will be held. This race, featuring national touring stars of the open wheel ranks will match the travelers against the local modified drivers running for the largest purse in modified track history, with the winner of the race earning $3,000.

The season will conclude on Labor Day weekend with a triple header program featuring all the classes that normally run at the speedway racing Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3 and then wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 4. A three day point fund is planned for this event with evening entertainment and a pig feed among other activities for this camper’s weekend.

Track photographer Doug Zimmer gave out his annual “Dusty Lens Cap” awards which this year went to the track point champions.

Committee member Ed Reichert also briefly explained about the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, a new undertaking currently in progress with the initial class of honorees to be announced this summer.

It was then time for Erickson to present the drivers to be honored. The top ten drivers in track point standings were honored with plaques and trophies.

In the Pure Stocks, the point champion was Nick Wojcik from Ladysmith. He was trailed by Nick Traynor from Chetek, Kyle Hunter from Luck, John Erickson from Cameron, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Josh Bach from Rice Lake, Bob Wahlstrom from Chetek, Dusty Brown from Rice Lake Jay from Rice Lake and Gunnar Watkins from Menomonie.

Track history was made when, for the first time in the fifty eight year history of the Rice Lake Speedway, a female driver was crowned a point champion when Chanda Fjorden-Nord from Luck won the Street Stock title. She was followed by Danny Richards from Mondovi, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake, Zach Manley from Cameron, Doug Wojcik from Ladysmith, Ron Hanestad from Glenwood City, Josh Amans from Rice Lake, Joel Hinrichs from Cameron, Simon Wahlstrom from Cameron and and Ashley Husby from Menomonie.

Matt Leer from Bruce was the Midwest Modified titleist. He was trailed by the Viltz brothers, Ryan and Tito , both from Cameron. Next in line were Travis Anderson from Colfax, Josh Smith from Chippewa Falls, Shane Halopka from Greenwood, Bryce Johnson from Barron, Terry Sirek from Rice Lake, Mark Turner from Rice Lake and Grant Southworth from Bloomer.

Aaron Wilson delayed his back surgery until after the racing season was completed and the Menomonie resident gutted out his first Super Stock point title. He was followed by Jason Forehand from Eau Claire, Scott Clark from Cameron, Ben Hillman from Menomonie, Scott Zitelman from Taylors Falls MN, Shane Kisling from Sarona, Jim Harris from Menomonie, Andy Grymala from Superior, Allan Amborn from Rice Lake and Jeff Heintz from Turtle Lake.

Kevin Adams from Cameron repeated as the Modified point champion. Trailing him were Mike Anderson from Colfax, Scott Miller from Rice Lake, Dave Mayala from Barron, Mark Hanson from Chippewa Falls, Scott Duval from Bloomer, Brent Prochnow from Colfax, Dave Baxter from Eau Claire, Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire and Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake.

With no banquet held last year as the status of the race track was in doubt until Adams-Hansen Inc. purchased the track in April, the 2009 Point Champions at the track never were honored so Adams-Hansen Inc also presented them with awards. They were: Doug Wojcik-Pure Stocks, Scott Clark-Street Stocks, Mark Gerth-Midwest Modifieds, Jason Forehand-Super Stocks and Kevin Adams-Modifieds.

Also honored were the Rookies of the Year in each class. They included: Nick Traynor-Pure Stocks, Zach Manley-Street Stocks, Joe Olson-Midwest Modifieds, Scott Clark-Super Stocks and Jason Swan-Modifieds.

A group of special fans, “The Wild Hogs” received a special award from the track management and an additional cash award went to one driver in each class that was in attendance.

The evening concluded with a multitude of door prizes awarded to those in attendance and DJ music.

Cobb In the Right Place at The Right Time for NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS East Bay Win

Monday, February 28th, 2011

TAMPA, FL – Phillip Cobb of Apollo Beach was in the right place at the right time to take the lead with ten laps to go and win the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 50-lap main event on Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park driving the Wells Brothers Farms Special. For the second straight night, Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, WV dropped out while leading the race when he suffered a mechanical problem with his Mainland Transport Warrior on lap 40. Cobb was running second at the time and inherited the lead. Cobb led the last ten laps for his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win.

“Doug had it won, but we were in the right place at the right time when he dropped out,” Cobb said. “Everything just went our way tonight, and we had a good race. Everyone raced us clean and the track was in great shape.” Dan Breuer of Troutman, NC finished second in the AES Racing Special, and Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL took the third spot in the Image Skin Care Rocket. Jack Nosbisch Jr. of Riverview, FL was fourth in the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Rocket, and Jeff Mathews of Tampa, FL grabbed the fifth spot in the Night Hawk Towing Rocket.

Shan Smith of Dade City, FL finished sixth in the Outlaw Race Parts TNT and 2008 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA was seventh in the Bryson Motorsports Special. Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA started 19th and finished eighth in the Hedman Husler Special to pick up the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Greg
Robertson of Waynesboro, VA drove the Wyn Bridge Industrial Fabricators Rocket to a ninth-place finish, and the defending and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS rounded out the top ten in the 78 Towing and Recovery Special. Frank Wilson of Harold, FL finished 14th in the Wilson Lumber Trak-Star to pick up the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Race Award. Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL did not transfer to the main event by finishing fourth in the first 12-lap B-Main race to earn the Integra Racing Shocks Just Missed It Award.

Brindle was the fast qualifier among the 45 entrants with a lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval in 15.866 seconds. The four ten-lap heat races were won by Brindle, Horton, Jack Nosbisch Jr., and Cobb. The two 12-lap B-Main races were won by Mark Tice of Avon, MS in the Precision Marine Trak-Star and Doug Watson of Plant City, FL in the Brandon Auto Services Rocket. Horton took the lead at the drop of the green flag to start the race followed by Brindle, Cobb, Jack Nosbisch Jr. and Keith Nosbisch. The Nosbisch brothers swapped positions on lap two with Keith passing Jack Jr. for the fourth spot. The first caution flag of the race came out on lap four when Chase Washington of Houlka, MS stalled the Greg’s Sawmill GRT in turn four.

The top ten for the restart had Horton leading Brindle, Cobb, K. Nosbisch, J. Nosbisch, Breuer, Mathews, Smith, two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model series Champion David Earl Gentry of Lewisburg, TN, and Steve Cook of Mt. Airy, NC. Gentry spun his Eads Farms/Dixon Plumbing Special in turn two on the restart. When the field went back to green flag racing, Cobb passed Brindle for the second spot, bringing J. Nosbisch with him into the third position. K. Nosbisch got around Brindle for the fourth spot on lap five. Cobb and J. Nosbisch began swapping the second spot on lap six. J. Nosbisch was second on lap six, Cobb was second on lap seven, and by lap eight, K. Nosbisch began mount another challenge on his brother for the third spot. While all of the dicing for position was going on behind him, Horton had stretched out to a full straightaway lead by lap ten. That advantage was erased on lap 11 when Shannon Lee stalled the Billy Riels Racing GRT in turn
two to bring out the third caution flag of the race.

The caution flag came out for the fourth time on lap 12 when Steve Miller of Tampa, FL hit the turn four wall with the L. Miller and Associates Rocket. That was followed by the fifth caution flag on the restart when Dave Schmauss of Dover, FL spun the Cardinal Paint and Body Warrior. Cobb and J. Nosbisch picked up their battle for the second on the next restart with J. Nosbisch passing Cobb when the green flag came out, and Cobb reclaimed the spot on lap 13. Horton maintained a comfortable lead when he began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 20. Business was picking up behind the leader, as J. Nosbisch, K. Nosbisch and Brindle began to battle for the third spot.

The trio went into the first turn three-wide on lap 26 with Brindle the meat in the Nosbisch sandwich. K. Nosbisch was on the inside, Brindle was in the middle, and J. Nosbisch was on the outside. All three cars went for the same piece of real estate, and the squeeze play cut down Brindle’s left-front tire. Brindle spun to bring out the sixth caution flag of the race.
Horton led Cobb, J. Nosbisch, K. Nosbisch, Breuer, Mathews, Smith, Robertson, Bryan Bernhardt of Clearwater, FL in the Terry Eaglin Motorsports Rocket, and Cooke down for the restart at the halfway point of the race. Breuer passed K. Nosbisch for the fourth spot, while Turner powered from the 11th spot to move up to seventh.

Smith and Bernhardt got together in turn one on lap 33, and Bernhardt spun in turn two collecting Schmauss to bring out the seventh caution flag. Turner got by Mathews for the sixth spot on the restart, and then passed K. Nosbisch for the fifth spot on lap 35. K. Nosbisch reclaimed the spot on lap 37.

Breuer got around J. Nosbisch on lap 38 to take the third spot just before the eighth caution flag of the race came out on lap 40 when Cooke spun his AES Special in turn four while running ninth. When the field went back to green flag racing, K. Nosbisch passed J. Nosbisch for the fourth spot in turn four on lap 40.

Running with yet another comfortable lead, Horton suddenly slowed in turn three on lap 41 and came to a stop at the head of the front straightaway to bring out the ninth and final caution flag of the race. Horton was pushed to the pits and was done for the night. That misfortune earned Horton the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

Cobb now inherited the lead followed by Breuer, K. Nosbisch, J. Nosbisch, Turner, Mathews, Brindle, Smith, Cooley, and Robertson. When the field took the green flag, Brindle, who had come from the back of the pack, got busy and passed both Mathews and Turner to move up to the fifth spot. Mathews was able to pass Brindle for the fifth spot on lap 43, and Smith
also passed Brindle for the sixth spot on lap 44. Cobb was able to keep Breuer behind him in the closing laps to take the win with a .455 second margin of victory.

The next scheduled event for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be a 50-lap $2,500-to-win event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on April 2. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series
visit the series web site at http://www.nesmithracing.com/ , or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.

IMCA Stock, Hobby, SportMod drivers earn TCI awards

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

ASHLAND, Miss. – More than $5,000 in TCI Automotive contingency awards go to drivers in four IMCA divisions again this season.

The Ashland, Miss., manufacturer will give product certificates valued at $500, $250, $125, $100 and $50, respectively, to top five drivers in national standings for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Chassis Southern SportMods.

All Stock Car state champions receive $150 product certificates.

TCI will also give a transmission and torque converter to the first non-qualifier for the Northern SportMod feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals, and to a participant chosen by drawing from entries at the Southern SportMod Nationals.

Drivers in all four divisions must compete with a TCI-made transmission, valve body or pump drive, display two TCI decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eli gible.

In formation about TCI-made products is available by calling 662 224-8972 and at the www.tciauto.com website.

“Providing two transmissions and a wealth of product certificates in four IMCA divisions makes the TCI program very diverse for both current and future customers,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We appreciate their long-standing support and their flexibility to work with a variety of IMCA racers.”

Speedweeks At New Smyrna Speedway A Huge Success For Gus Dean

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – In just his second outing in Late Model competition in his young racing career, Gus Dean delivered one top-five and four top 10’s in five nights of racing in the World Series of Asphalt Stockcar racing Crate Model division at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

Dean, 16 from Bluffton, South Carolina entered Speedweeks with the mind set of gaining speed, experience and respect of his fellow competitors. When the No.56 Whirlpool Cooling and Heating / Cornerstone Grill / Modoc Research Chevrolet Impala was unloaded, he immediately did just that! Having only one chance to qualify for the whole week of racing, Dean had
to get up to speed very quickly. In qualifying, he would post the eighth quickest time out of 24 cars that participated in that session. He would continue to gain more respect by going on to finish eighth that first night, racing like a veteran and bringing the car home without a scratch! Gus continued to gain confidence and speed everyday, while the team led by short track ace AJ Frank, was obviously building on what seems to be great chemistry. They would go on to have strong finishes every night never finishing outside the top-10.

On the fifth night of action hopes were high when Dean posted the fourth fastest speed in final practice that day. Unfortunately, while running solidly inside the top-five, two of the lead cars got together spinning in front of the whole field. Dean having no place to go would get collected receiving significant damage on the No. 56 car. The wreck would prevent the team from competing in the last two nights of competition, but had gained enough points to still finish in the top 10 in
the seven-race series. Even with the disappointment, the team is satisfied with what they accomplished and looking forward to a successful 2011 campaign.

“I want to thank Whirlpool Cooling and Heating, Cornerstone Grill, and Modoc Research for their continued devotion and belief in myself and our team.” He continued “Speedweeks was a great experience for me, and I feel a lot more comfortable in the bigger cars, I am very excited for the next race” Dean’s next event will be the 150 lap PASS Super Late Model series opener
at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, March 12th, 2011. In addition to Late Model competition at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Dean and Co. will run in the PASS South Series and other Super Late Model (SLM) events across the Southeast all year long. For more on Gus Dean, please visit http://www.gusdean.com/