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Archive for April, 2011

Action-Packed Schedule Awaits Race Fans at ABC This Summer

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

(Ashland, WI) Don’t let the recent cold, wet weather get you down, race fans. The 2011 stock car racing season is just around the corner. The ABC Raceway has 16 regular-season AmsOil Dirt Track Series events slated for the upcoming summer months, as well as its annual Red Clay Classic, to make up an exciting schedule.

The highlight of the summer portion of the season will be the first-ever visit to the three-eighths-mile red clay oval by the Interstate Racing Association’s Outlaw Sprint Car Series. Based in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the touring series features wild 800-plus horsepower, 1,400-pound winged sprints which are based on the popular World of Outlaws national series seen on TV. In fact, quite often drivers from both series compete together at tracks in the Midwest, and many current WoO stars got their starts with IRA. The tour expects to bring upwards of 25 cars to Ashland. The IRA has been a regular visitor in recent years to the nearby Superior (now AmsOil) Speedway, where drivers have been clocked at speeds well in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The local season starts this Saturday, with the annual Car Show and Swap Meet at FastLane Motorsports on East Highway 2 in Ashland. Several local racers will have their machines on display from 10 am until 2:30 pm, and some will be on hand for photos and autographs for the younger fans.

The track is also planning an open practice session on Saturday, May 7, from noon until approximately 3 pm, weather permitting.

The green-flag action officially begins with the season opener on May 14 and continues each Saturday night through June. Included during that stretch will be popular events such as Kids’ Meet the Drivers Night on June 4, a visit from the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers Club on June 18, and the “Jam the Stands” night on June 25. That last program will include the third annual “Preacher Feature,” and fans will gain admission for half the regular price plus a non-perishable food donation.

The Como Oil & Propane Modified Series will bring over 50 of the region’s best open-wheel racers to the Ashland track on Tuesday, June 28. The third stop of the expanded ten-race Series will also include WISSOTA Midwest modifieds and the
track’s six-cylinders.

The Raceway will make a break from tradition and take a Saturday night off, on July 2 for the Independence Day weekend, before rattling off action-packed race programs on each of the final eight Saturday nights of the summer. The AmsOil Qualifier for WISSOTA mods, Mid-mods and super stocks will take place on July 9, with that night’s WISSOTA feature winners earning starting spots in the prestigious Race of Champions during the WISSOTA 100 in Huron, SD, in mid-September. The Six-Cylinder Summer Sizzler will also be held that night. The kids get back on the track for bike races on July 16, and the IRA sprints will headline a huge July 30 program, which will include the Super Stock Challenge and sixes in action as well.

The battles for track championships continue through August and will include the popular “Pure Excitement 25″ pure stock special on August 13. The season concludes with the Fan Appreciation Night season finale on August 27. The 36th annual Red Clay Classic is the traditional season wrap-up in the Northland, with approximately 200 WISSOTA late models, modifieds, super stocks and Mid-mods competing for a total purse in excess of $75,000. During that event, the 2011 Como Mod Series championship will als be decided.

Many projects have been completed or are nearing completion to improve the facility itself for the upcoming season. Prior to last year’s Red Clay Classic a new, safer flagman’s stand was erected, and improved safety lighting was installed. An increase in the seating capacity of the grandstands was achieved by the addition of bleachers to the south end of the front straightaway, and new, more comfortable bench covers will be installed on the main grandstand seats before the season opener.

“Considering the higher gas prices and difficult economy, we’re going to do everything we can to offer an entertaining, affordable night of fun that every member of the family can enjoy,” Raceway president Kurt Beeksma stated recently.

Wagner’s Ashland Shell and Arby’s Restaurant join the ABC Raceway as a season-long sponsor for the first time. Returning sponsors include the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce; the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsman’s Club; the Ashland County Market; the Bad River Lodge, Casino & Convention Center; Baxter’s Speed Shop; Birchgrove Campground; Chicago Iron & Supplies; Como Oil & Propane; FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating; Heartland Communications; Little Caesar’s Pizza; NAPA Auto Parts; Northern Clearing; the Northern State Bank; North Star Beverage; Rivord Trucking; WIMI-FM; and WITC-Ashland Campus

The pit gates will open at 4:30 pm on every regular-season race night, while the grandstands will welcome fans at 5. Hot laps get started at 6:15, and the first green flag each night will be thrown at 7 pm. Admission tickets for adults (ages 13 & older) remain at only $10, while fans ages 12 and under are welcome for free when accompanied by a paying adult. There is also a ten-race grandstand punch-pass card available for only $90. Pit admission prices also hold fast at $25 per person. Prior to each race program, “Race Night” will air live with up-to-date track news and weather information on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, from 4:30-6 pm. The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website, .

NetwurX Contingency Program – Miller Lite Spring Opener Sunday 4 pm

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

(Slinger, WI)  NetwurX, the official internet provider of Slinger Speedway has recently signed on to continue their free internet program for race teams.  It’s an awesome deal for any race team that follows their live electronic timing and scoring from the race track. There is no charge; all they have to do is display a decal on their race car to be eligible for the contingency program.  NetwurX CEO Pete Maher understands how financially difficult it can be for some of the race teams and would like to help out again this season with the NetwurX Wireless High Speed Contingency Program.  Race teams can get all their timing and scoring at Slinger Speedway through the internet and now they can do it for free.  Drivers that are interested can simply stop by the NetwurX trailer in the pit area to sign up and get their free high speed wireless internet key code.  For more information about NetwurX go to: www.netwurx.com   NetwurX, making the NET Work for you!
The 64th Season for Slinger Speedway kicks off Sunday afternoon May 1st with the Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener.  Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, and Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars.  Qualifying will start at 2 pm with racing at 4:00 pm. 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 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 

Contact:  Todd Thelen
Phone:  262-370-0440
Fax:  262-567-2837
Email:  slingerspeedway1@aol.com 

Raceway 7 opener postponed due to wet grounds!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

(Conneaut, OH) Rain and continued cold weather has forced promoter Dan McDonald to cancel tomorrow’s scheduled opening night at Raceway 7. Although the track is in fine condition, the parking lot and entrance roads are extremely muddy, making parking nearly impossible in many areas.

The regular season will open next Friday night, May 6 at 7:30. All four regular divisions will be on the evening card including the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models, Zimmer’s Service Center E-Mods, Campbell Mini-Storage Street Stocks, and the mighty Challenger Mini Stocks.

Gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults, kids 5-14 are $5. 4 and under free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens May 10 at Benton County Speedway

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

(VINTON, Iowa) – The first green flag of the season flies on Tuesday, May 10 at Benton County Speedway, for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in the opening event of the second annual tour. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the midweek program.

“It’s neat to be able to start the 2011 series at the same track where the first-ever IMCA Modified race was held,” noted Tour Director Bucky Doren. “I expect that a lot of the drivers who followed this series in 2010 will be back with us this year, along with a strong infusion of new talent.”

Mike Jergens of Plover edged Gilman’s Richie Gustin by a single point for the series title last year. Rich Smith of Davenport was eight points off the pace.

IMCA national, ButlerBuilt North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded to Modifieds in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Vinton. SportMods and Sport Compacts both chase national and state points.

Pre-race tech for Modifieds starts at 4 p.m. The pit area will be emptied and pit passes sold starting at 5:30 p.m.

Grandstand ticket sales also start at 5:30 p.m. The draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow.

Pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids, with youngsters five and under getting in free.

Rain date is Thursday, May 12.

More information is available by calling promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or race director Dana Benning at 319 404-7177, and at the www.dirttour.com and www.jjamracing.net websites.

The second of 11 dates on the 2011 series schedule is Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. RACEceivers are required at all tour events this season.

2011 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule – Tuesday, May 10 at Benton County Speedway, Vinton; Monday, May 30 at I-35 Speedway, Mason City; Tuesday, June 14 at Cedar County Raceway, Tipton; Thursday, June 23 at Cresco Speedway; Thursday, June 30 at Lee County Speedway, Donnellson; Monday, July 4 at Algona Raceway; Thursday, July 21 at Hancock County Speedway, Britt; Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Buena Vista Raceway, Alta; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 at Farley Speedway; and Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Marshalltown Speedway.

More Rain Forces Luxemburg Speedway to Cancel April 29th Opener

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

(Luxemburg, WI) For the second straight week, cold, wet weather have forced Luxemburg Speedway officials to cancel the planned season opener for Friday, April 29.

This is the second straight week the planned opener was forced to cancel. A planned practice session the week prior to that was also washed out, too.

“We tried bringing a sheepsfoot out on Monday, even before the rains came hard Tuesday morning,” said track manager Rick Goral. “It sunk right into the track. There’s no way we could even begin preparing a track to race when we can’t even get equipment to run on it. Some people think we’re not trying hard enough to race when nothing could be further from the truth.”

What’s hampered the effort even more is the new clay surface that has been added to the third-mile, clay oval. “It’s not just the rain but we need warmer temperatures, sun and wind to dry that all out,” said Goral. “We need at least four or five days consecutive days of drying weather, so we can open up the track and let it dry out.”

Track officials will give it a go again next Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. IMCA modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods, hobby stocks and sport fours will compete weekly. For more information please check our website at luxemburgspeedway.com. The raceday track phone is (920) 845 2300.

For more information please call (920) 660 8095. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.