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Archive for March, 2011

Third Annual “Clash at Creek” to Host “Prelude to the BMT Tour” Event at 141 Speedway June 29th

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

(Francis Creek, WI) – The third annual “Clash @ the Creek” presented by Muenster’s Shell and Ken’s Sports at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek on Wednesday, June 29 will have couple of unique twists.

The winner of the $1,000-to-win Modified show will earn “Traveling Star Status” for the Badger Mod Tour in 2012. The Badger Mod Tour is a touring series that will host open wheeled Modified races at tracks across Wisconsin. A traveling star program will be setup for drivers who will sign contracts with a guarantee that they appear at each show in 2012. Bonus monies will be paid to those drivers under contract in 2012.

“Our goal is really to make this event a true “who’s who” of the best modified drivers in Wisconsin,” said 141 Speedway track promoter Bruce Conard. “We’re hoping all Wisconsin’s top modified drivers can mark this mid-week special on their calendars
to be there.”

Among the unique features of this special is that the modifieds will be allowed an eight inch rear spoiler, giving the cars a different look. A draw/redraw format will be utilized for this special event. A 30 lap Modified feature will cap off the evening’s action. Support classes for this event will be named at a later date.

A complete race payout with additional details on this special event will be released soon.

For more information please check our website 141speedway.com. 141 Speedway is located 15 minutes south of Green Bay on County “R” in Francis Creek. For more information call (920) 905 1112.

Test & Tune plus the Rex Merritt Racing School this Saturday, April 2nd at Lucas Oil Speedway

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

(Wheatland, MO) The Annual Pre-Season Test and Tune is set to take place this Saturday April 2nd, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. The Pit Gates are set to open at 10:00am with open practice scheduled from Noon until approximately 6pm. The Two-Day Rex Merritt Racing School will also take place this weekend with classroom sessions on Saturday starting at 9:00am and on track activities on Sunday also scheduled to begin at 9am. Grandstand Admission will be FREE on Saturday with Pit Passes set at only $15, a limited number of Pit Side Concessions will be available. Technical Inspectors and Officials will be on hand for Pre-Season Technical Inspection.

Final reservations for the racing school are currently being accepted by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing dan@lucasoilspeedway.com. This school is for drivers in all types of cars including Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Hobby Stocks and is taught by one of the best in the business, Rex Merritt. Rex brings a wealth of racing knowledge and experience to the school not only as an extremely successful veteran racer on both dirt and asphalt but he is also a Shock and Spring Specialist for Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Modified hot shoe Jason Hughes from West Plains, Missouri will assist during the school. Don’t miss out, reserve your spot today!

Day one of the racing school involves primarily classroom work at the beautiful Lucas Oil Speedway facility in Wheatland, Missouri. Topics on Day One include Front Suspension, Rear Suspension, Braking, Maintenance & Scaling, Shocks & Springs,
and Tires. The cost for Day One only of the class is $175.

Day Two takes to the racetrack for expert advice on driving techniques including heavy vs. slick track, tight vs. loose conditions, how to pass, using the brakes for traction, outthinking your competition and differences in driving the cushion
vs. the bottom of the racetrack. The cost for day two of the school is $75. Both days are only $200 but space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling (417) 282-5984 or please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information. Classes start both days at 9:00am.

About Rex Merritt

Rex has over 500 career feature wins in 30 plus years of racing. Accomplishments include over 36 Track Championships including the 2008 Lucas Oil Speedway Modified Crown, and Championships in IMCA Modifieds, NASCAR Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, and Asphalt Late Models. Rex is a 3 TIME “World Series of Asphalt” Winner in New Smyrna Beach Florida, past IMCA Asphalt Supernationals Champion, 3-Time Winternationals Champion, 3-time IMCA Supernationals “Race of Champions” Winner, and IMCA Iron Man Award Winner. Rex has been featured in many Motorsports Magazines including: Speedway Illustrated, Circle Track Magazine, Stockcar Racing, Big “O” Sports, and Dirt Late Model. He has also been featured on ESPN, SPEED Channel, and Prime Network Racing Television Shows along with local sports programs.

The biggest season in Lucas Oil Speedway’s history kicks off on Saturday, April 9th, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series invades Wheatland, Missouri for the first time in 2011. A huge field of Pitt’s Homes A-Modifieds is also expected
for this first mega event of the 2011 Season at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.” Al Purkey scored his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway MLRA win at last season’s Lucas Oil Speedway opener on his way to his Seventh MLRA title. Special attractions on
Opening night include a special performance and post race concert by the band Rideshy along with the Rockstar Energy Drink Dirt Late Model Simulator, Kids Inflatables on the Midway, a special guest appearance by Miss Missouri Erika Hebron plus a
special bonus Fireworks Display by AM Pyrotechnics! Advanced Tickets are available
by clicking http://lucasoilspeedway.showclix.com/

County Line Raceway Race ReCap

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

(Elm City, NC) It rained in Wilson. It rained in Nashville. I think it even rained at the L&L up the road, but at County Line Raceway, the fizzle drizzle that was falling could not deter the activities planned for the night! The staff at County Line Raceway were in hurry up mode with on track activities beginning promptly at 5:30 in order to beat the potential weather.

With low temps & clouds hanging over the track, the Carquest Auto Parts Super Stock 4 division lined up for their feature event with the veteran Glenn Bottoms on the pole & defending points champion Brian Medlin on the outside pole. This 20 lap feature would have some of the best, cleanest racing of the night with the top 5 pretty much nose to tail for the latter part of the race. Tyler Vaughn, who moved up from the now defunct Cadet class, would bring out the first caution after he took a scary ride along the backstretch wall for a short distance before coming to a rest. Tyler was ok, but would retire to the pits for the remainder of the event. Glenn Bottoms would continue to lead Brian Medlin, as as the laps wound down, Brian made several clean shots at making the pass but was unable to do so. Glenn Bottoms would go on to take the checkers followed by Brian Medlin, Austin Holcombe, Dustin O’Neal & Johnny Edwards.

Our second event of the night would see the newest class at County Line Raceway, Rapid Red Racing Open Wheel Modified division. Eric Erwin would set the fast time followed closely by Chris Parker. This 30 lap event would see the Hurricane, Hank Edwards, have a couple of mishaps and go to the rear of the field & come all the way back to the front not once, but twice! Chris Parker would win this first points event for the OWM’s, followed by Hank Edwards, 13 year old Tanner Rumberg, Kyle Strickler & Mack Coxe. These guys put on some absolutely great racing & if you missed it this time, don’t worry! These guys are a permanent fixture on the 2011 CLR schedule!

Our third & final event of the night, the J&M Chevrolet Late Models! Greensboro’s Ray Tucker would set a fast time of 15.369 followed by Pine Level’s Dustin Mitchell with a time of 15.425. As the green flag fell, it would be Dustin Mitchell to the lead off of turn 2 & completely dominate the first 17 laps with at least a half a straightaway lead over second place. Unfortunately, coming out of turn 2 would see the hot pink D8 erupt in a plume of smoke. Ray Tucker inherited the lead with 13 to go when they went back green. How about Britches Liles up in 2nd spot! Britches & Spencer Liggon would battle it out the remaining laps, with Britches retaining that 2nd place spot when the checkers fell. Ray Tucker would bring home the win followed by Liles, Liggon, Damon Kotke & Christian Thomas.

Be sure to join us again on April 23 when the Steel Block Bandits will be at County Line Raceway with a nice $3000 to win purse. County Line will also be holding its annual Car Show from 10 am until 4 pm. The Rapid Red Racing Supply Modifieds will be running their second points feature of the season. All other classes will have Open Practice. Anyone in the Wilson area be sure to check out Red Clay Tuesday on April 19 from 5:00 until 10:00 at Buffalo Wild Wings. Late Model driver Dustin Mitchell and the D8 machine will be on hand to speak with fans and sign autographs. For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track office at (252)985-1949. We’ll see you at THE LINE!

Speedbowl ready for Budweiser Blastoff Weekend Track champions ready to defend turf

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

(Waterford, CT) Waterford Speedbowl will swing open its gates this weekend for the 61st consecutive year with Budweiser Blastoff 2011. Fourteen divisions will see action in New England’s kickoff to racing led by the season opening event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, the popular Northeastern based open-wheel series. The NEMA Midgets also begin another historic campaign at the Speedbowl at Blastoff. The Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions also start their championship chases this weekend and four track champions from a year ago seek promising starts to their 2011 efforts.

Keith Rocco will look to pick up where he left off in 2010 when he claimed the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® track championship in record fashion. His 10 victories a year ago were the most ever in a single season in the division. That domination helped catapult Rocco to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title, the first by a driver from the ‘Bowl. Ron Yuhas Jr., Rob Janovic, Tyler Chadwick, and Jeff Pearl are among those looking to unseat Rocco. The second-generation Rocco will be busy at Blastoff, wheeling a Valenti Modified and Late Model in addition to the Pane #57 SK Mod.

Tim Jordan scored his second Speedbowl Late Model title and hopes his familiarity of the shoreline oval is a springboard to a successful rookie campaign on the Valenti Modified tour. Al Stone III and Ken Cassidy Jr. are set to defend their Street Stock and Mini Stock titles respectively. Both were involved in intense championship point battles a year ago, leaving them battle tested and ready for 2011. Jordan’s departure from the Late Model division leaves the door open for a new division kingpin.

Other touring divisions in action include the Pro Four Modifieds of New England, New England Truck Series, Allison Legacy Series and NEMA Lites. Additional Speedbowl divisions including the Legends Cars, Bandoleros, Super X Car and X Car divisions round out the Blastoff racing card.

Blastoff practice is slated for Friday, April 1. Pit gates open at 10:00am with practice getting started at noon. Pit admission is $20.00, while grandstands are closed for Friday’s practice session.

On Saturday, April 2 pit gates open at 7:30am with practice for all 14 divisions commencing at 9:00am. Qualifying gets started at 2:00pm for all divisions, including the popular Valenti Modified Racing Series heat races. Feature races for the NEMA Lites, Pro Four Modifieds, New England Trucks, Allison Legacy, Legends Cars, Bandolero’s, Super X Cars and X Cars are scheduled to begin at 5:00pm.

Sunday begins with a Pit Party on the track starting at 9:30am. Features get underway at noon including a 25-lapper for the NEMA Midgets, special 61-lap SK Modified® race honoring the track’s 61st season, a 50-lap Late Model race and 30-lappers for the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Valenti Modifieds will race 100 green flag laps as the highlight of Budweiser Blastoff 2011.

Two day passes for grandstands admission are available for $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth age 6 through 14, with all kids age 5 and under free. The Speedbowl offers acres of free parking, including overnight parking.

More details including a detailed schedule of events are available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

It’s a New Year at MIS

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

(Oregon, WI) It’s been another long winter in the upper Midwest and Madison International Speedway is ready to leave the cold and snow behind and get focused on the 2011 racing season.

To say there are going to be some changes at MIS this season would be an understatement. Here’s just a sampling of the changes in store for drivers, teams, and fans.

A new logo, new colors, new merchandise, and a new website will all be in place prior to opening day.

“We are rebranding MIS for the future,” said MIS Business Manager Tim Wilson. Wilson joined the speedway in January after a career in major league baseball marketing and promotions throughout the Midwest.

Wilson added, “We are looking at combining what has worked in the past with what needs to be done now and in the future. We will have a new logo and colors that are a nice blend of the past with the future. With the new logo will come some exciting new merchandise in the forms of hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more.”

The track’s website located at madisoninternationalspeedway.com will be completely revised. “We are looking at making it more user-friendly with enhanced graphics and video,” said administrative assistant Ryan Thomas who will be coordinating the
new website.

The weekly racing program will also see some changes in 2011. Four weekly racing divisions will highlight Friday night action featuring the Late Models, Area Sportsman, Bandits, and Legends. The Late Models and Area Sportsman will race on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile while the Bandits and Legends take on the challenging “Ring of Fire” quarter mile.

Track champions in 2011 were Jeremy Miller (Late Models), Bobby Wilberg (Area Sportsman),
Chester Ace (Bandits), and Max McNamara (Legends).

The weekly racing program begins on Sunday, May 23rd with the Friday night opener set for June 3rd. The Friday night schedule will once again feature hot laps at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30.

“We’ve battled a lot of weather issues in the spring over the past several years so we’re going to start the regular season a little later,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.

“We’ve also made a change in how we handle rainouts this year. The last Friday night in June and July have been set aside as a raindate for any nights that may have been lost during that particular month or the previous one. If we, by chance, don’t have any rainouts these would be off nights for our teams.”

The weekly racing program will continue until Friday, August 19th with the season championships.

Fans can expect a variety of new family friendly promotions every Friday night. “We want people to come out to the track and enjoy themselves and want to come back each and every week. We are going to have games, contests, giveaways, and much more,” said Wilson.

The 2011 racing season at MIS actually begins on Sunday, May 1st with the ASA Midwest Tour and the running of the third annual Joe Shear Classic 136 for Super Late Models. The ASA Midwest Sportsman and ASA Midwest Trucks will also join the racing program.

“This has been one of our biggest events of the season and this year will be no different. It is definitely a great way to start the racing season at MIS,” noted Grueneberg.

MIS is adding a major racing event to the schedule in 2011 when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards comes to Madison for the Madison ARCA 200 on Friday, August 26th.

“It’s a great honor to have ARCA come to MIS,” said Grueneberg. “To have a group come to race here that also races at places like Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, and Michigan is quite a big deal. This is really going to be a great event for fans throughout the Midwest.”

Other special events are also coming to MIS including the fourth annual MIS Fall Classic scheduled for September 23rd and 24th and two “Destruction” events. Plans are also being finalized on some other special events with more information to be released shortly.

“It’s going to be a big year and we want to encourage everyone who has supported us in the past to come out and have a great time in 2011. And to those who haven’t been here in the past give us a try. I know you’ll like what you see,” added Grueneberg.

Madison International Speedway is located just south of Highway 138 on Sunrise Road two miles east of Oregon, Wisconsin.