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Archive for July, 2011

Snider Sets the Fastest Time At Lakeport Speedway

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws started the off the night with eight cars getting ready to set to the track to try and get fast time, until a freak accident happened in the pit area involving the top young driver in the outlaw field Kyle Tellstrom. After losing a rear end in the final practice session and making a trip to Ukiah to get a spare set of gears and during the replacement of those gears a freak accident occurred. Upon changing the axle the car fell off of the rear jack stands landing on Kyle as he was under the car putting the set of gears back in the car. The car was quickly removed from Kyle and speedway staff jumped into action that they all train for, but never want to have to perform on such a young star or any other competitor at the speedway. They prepped him and stabilized his wounds until the ambulance arrived. After it was determined that he was going to be airlifted out to the trauma center in Santa Rosa, speedway officials prepped the infield for the air ambulance to land to pick up Kyle. With no news from the trauma center on his condition the racers when on with preparing their cars to race as Kyle would have wanted them to all do. The race started with some drivers placing the number 5k on the sides of their cars when they took the race track. On the inside pole was Justin Dutcher with Steve Taylor on the outside pole. Dutcher jumped out to the early lead with Lyndall on his tail with Sweeney making his way up through the field of cars. Sweeney jumped into the lead on lap number nine followed by Collins. The field ran nose to tail for the remainder of the race with the win going to Sweeney, followed by Collins, Dutcher and Lyndall.

The legends of the pacific made their second stop at Lakeport Speedway and on the front row of the main event it saw Luis Tyrrell starting on the outside row with Keith Clement starting on the inside row. Tyrrell jumped out to the early lead followed by Jessica Walker. Local driver Scott Sabol had mechanical problems with his car in the heat race, and stepped into drive the 37 car owned by Furia Motor Sports for the main event. Tyrrell had a strong lead and was forced to face a restart when a late caution came out on lap number twenty five for a spin in the turn number one. On the restart it saw Tyrrell jump back out to the lead, followed by Walker and at the Checkers it was Tyrrell, Walker, Mangini, and Bickford.

The lawn mower racers where back for their last race prior to the race during the Fair Weekend at Lakeport Speedway. The race started with the number one on the pole and number eighteen on the outside pole, after one trip around the track the number sixty four mower retired with engine problems, but this did not slow the race where the number eighteen jumped out to an early lead. The race continued and was halted for the single caution when the number eleven mower spun on the front stretch. The race restarted with the forty nine mower jumping out to the lead to take the win over the fifty one mower and eighteen took third.

The midgets put on one heck of a show at Lakeport Speedway this weekend, with 14 cars taking the green flag with Shannon McQueen sitting on the pole, it looked for sure she was going to be able to take the checkers in front of the whole field. McQueen jumped out to an early lead followed by the 17k of Kevin Morris. The race was flying buy with one brief caution for a spin on the front straight away of the number 1 car of Nick Foster. After the car was pushed off again the race was restarted with Morris not giving up the lead taking it all the way to the checkers followed by McQueen, Nichols and Foster. The midgets will be returning to the race track during the October Classic on Saturday Oct 15th.

As always the Taco Bell Bombers put on one heck of an exciting race this last weekend at Lakeport Speedway. It saw Jodi Snider of Kelseyville beat out all the guys by setting the fast time in the division, but her night was cut short after contact on the front straight with Don Cox as she was moving up from the rear of the field. The main started with Anthony Esberg, sitting on the pole of the race and “Mr. Excitement” Rich Mills on the outside of the front row. Mills blasted out to an early lead followed by Don Cox, until the first caution fell for the number 29 car of Evan Smith who retired to the infield. After a few more back to back caution the restart saw Collins on the outside of Mills, and to the average viewer it would be an easy guess at the end of the next lap who would have the demanding lead, Collins, but that was not the case this night at the speedway. Mills battled side by side with Collins putting on a very impressive show of “Give it all she has Scotty” as he battled Collins for the lead. Collins finally prevailed to take the lead followed by Swaney. At the Checkers it was Collins, Swaney, Mills and Norton. It is not going to be long before we are going to see “Mr. Excitement” Rich Mills in victory lane with more runs like he had this last weekend at Lakeport Speedway.

Racing resumes at Lakeport Speedway on August 6th with the Lake County Off Road Extreme Asphalt Outlaws, the Coors Light Modifieds, The Rental Solution Mini Stocks, The Taco Bell Bombers, and the Clover Hydro Jammers. The gates open at 5:00 with racing starting at 6:30 for the full nights worth of auto racing excitement under the lights at Lakeport Speedway. For complete event details visit the speedway website at www.lakeportspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 707-279-9577. Lakeport Speedway is a community based not for profit speedway, your place for family entertainment.

Gustin rebounds to win Friday’s feature, earns pole position for World Modified Dirt Track Championship

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.- In the game of golf, Ryan Gustin’s performance at the Deer Creek Speedway on Thursday night would be the equivalent of a slice into the woods.

Thankfully for him, all drivers who entered this week’s World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service had the opportunity to purchase a “mulligan” just in case they needed a do-over.

Gustin used his mulligan Friday night and what he did was nothing short of knocking it stiff on the green with his ball winding up just a few feet away from the hole – a fitting result for the driver who has been regarded as the Tiger Woods of dirt
Modified racing for the last two seasons.

After clocking the quickest time of the 81 competitors in group time trials, the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, finished third in his heat race which put him in the 11th starting spot for Friday’s night’s “A” Main Qualifier.

But he didn’t stay there long.

By virtue of earning the most passing points during the six heat races, Chris
Spieker earned the pole position for the 35-lap main event, but it was Bob Timm who
grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag from the outside of the front row.

Spieker, who last won a USMTS feature in 2002, rebounded to snag the top spot away from Timm with a high-side pass on lap 7. With drivers throughout the field running multiple lines around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval, Spieker continued his charge until the momentum was slowed for a caution on lap 17.

With Timm still holding down the second spot and Louisiana long tow Shane Hebert sitting third, Gustin was now up to fourth.

But he didn’t stay there long.

The restart saw Spieker bring the field back to the green with a slow pace, which allowed Timm to get underneath of the leader at the flagstand and take the lead away in the first turn while Hebert and Gustin made it a three-wide affair as the lead
pack exited turn 2.

Gustin dove under Hebert in the next corner, and then powered off of the fourth turn to beat Timm to the line by a car-length and lead lap 18.

Meanwhile, Brad Waits was making some noise of his own. Although he returned to the
cockpit of a Modified just one week ago after a two-year hiatus, Waits didn’t miss a
beat and he took over second place two laps later after starting 19th in the 30-car
field.

But nobody, including Waits, was on their game like ‘The Reaper’ was tonight. Gustin
set sail and raced out to a half-straight-away advantage before eventually crossing
beneath the checkered flags with a 2.720-second cushion over Waits.

Hebert secured the third spot while Tommy Weder Jr. finished fourth and Steven
Whiteaker Jr. rounded out the top 5 finishers. Sixth was Bumper Jones, seventh went
to Les Duellman, Steve Wetzstein earned an eighth-place finish, Spieker held on to
nab ninth and Keith Foss came from 22nd to take tenth.

“I’ll tell you what, winning this race against these drivers is pretty cool,” Gustin said in victory lane. “but it would be even cooler if we can do it again tomorrow.”

In addition to turning a 15.742-second lap in qualifying – the fastest of anybody during time trials over the last three days – Gustin also earned the most points of any driver during the trio of qualifying nights which gives him the pole position for Saturday’s $20,000-to-win World Modified Dirt Track Championship feature race.

But Gustin’s road to riches Saturday night is no “gimme.”

Waits will be starting on the outside of the front row tomorrow while Thursday night’s top points-getter, Dan Bohr, will take the green flag in the 50-lap contest from the middle of row 1.

Also garnering one of the first 18 starting spots in Saturday’s finale were Hebert, Weder, Whiteaker and Foss. They join Randy Timms, Colt Mather, Jack Sullivan, Jason Cummins, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, Dustin Boney, Brandon Davis, Zack VanderBeek, Tommy Myer and Mike Steensma as the only drivers going to bed tonight knowing they are in the big show.

Several USMTS stars are still on the outside looking in, and will have to be at the top of their game in order to make it into the championship race. In fact, no past USMTS National Champion is in the show.

Tim Donlinger is in the best position to make it into the big dance as the 2008 USMTS National Champion will start on the outside of the front row of Saturday’s “B” Main where the top 12 finishers will advance. Defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes will start on the outside of row 4, USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn will begin his quest from the outside of the second row of the “C” Main and nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock has his work cut out for him as he starts on the outside of the eighth row in the “D” Main.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 31-car starting field for the championship race that will feature an three-wide start eleven row deep for $20,000 to win and a minimum $1,500 to take the green flag.

The 31st starting spot will be auctioned off prior to the start of the race, with the lowest bid starting at $2,000. Of that amount, $1,500 goes to that driver for that finishing spot while all additional money raised during the auction will be spread out among the drivers finishing 10th through 30th.

The action starts tomorrow at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $30 for Saturday’s championship finale while kids ages 12 and under get in the grandstands for just $10.

The Deer Creek Speedway sits on 60 acres of scenic rural rolling hills with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and a busy modern campground. The 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call toll-free 877-DCS-RACE or 507-346-2342 on raceday or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Dunbar and Soltis Win at Tomahawk

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

A near perfect weather night greeted racers and fans for an exciting night of racing at Tomahawk Speedway. The kids had an opportunity to get the drivers to sign their checkered flags and all the fans had a chance to meet the drivers on the track during intermission.

The feature races were all run with just one total caution on a very smooth and fast track. Duane Dunbar took top honors in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division and Adam Soltis did the same in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stock division. Winners in the Tomahawk divisions were Bill Follstad in his Pure Stock and Kasey Gross in his Four Cylinder Bandit.

The Tomahawk Pure Stocks were up first with Steve Brown and Bill Follstad sharing the front row. Follstad was off like a shot, with Brown following right behind and Nate Langberg, Wayne Eskola and Gunard Hoogland battled it out for third.

Midway through the feature track points leader, Randy Conner, was on the move, running fourth, as Follstad continued to lead, with Brown following by a car length and Langberg right behind.

By race end, Follstad had picked up a sweep and his second feature win of the year in his Tomahawk Sports Center-sponsored car. Brown hung on for second, Langberg finished third, Conner came home fourth, and Eskola rounded out the top five.

Up next were the Street Stocks with Heidi Karshbaum and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. on the front row. Klopstein surged to an early lead, as Adam Soltis moved up from his fourth place starting spot to run second. Meanwhile John Kallas and Cody Kummer fought it out for third.

Soltis kept the pressure on Klopstein and by lap fifteen made the pass on the front stretch for the lead. As Klopstein dropped to second, Kallas and Kummer moved up to put the pressure on as the top four cars ran nose-to-tail.

In the end, Soltis came home the victor in his Colonial Landscaping, Inc.-sponsored car. Klopstein hung in there for second, Kallas for third, Kummer for fourth and Heidi Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Modifieds were up next, minus one car. Dennis Mikkelson’s motor dropped a cylinder during the heat race and Mikkelson did not start the feature.

CJ Hedges, Jr. and Duane Dunbar lined up one and two for the start of the feature with Hedges taking the early lead. Despite the best efforts of Dunbar, Hedges was able to keep him at bay for the top spot, as Chad Boettcher, Eric Klafka and Roger Walker fought tooth and nail for third.

Midway through the race, Hedges was still in command. Dunbar looked like he was destined to finish second. Klafka then took third when Boettcher drifted too high in turn two, relegating him to fourth and Walker continued to run fifth.

With four laps to go, Dunbar made a veteran move to take the lead as Hedges dropped to second, then third, and eventually fourth.

By race end, Dunbar had taken the win in his Garfield Construction-sponsored car, with Klafka finishing second. Boettcher regained the third spot, Hedges settled for fourth and Walker came in fifth.

Up last, but not least, were the Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandits with Brett Oenning and Jennifer Nitzsche sharing front row honors.

Nitzsche was quickest off the line, taking the early lead with Kasey Gross coming from sixth to run second. Meanwhile Brandon Langbecker, Adam Johnson and Zach Degner had an excellent fight for third.

Things were moving along well until Rory Radtke lost a wheel as he entered turn two, causing the only caution of the race night.

Once the field was reset, Gross saw the opportunity and took it, grabbing the lead, as Johnson moved in to run second. Nitzsche and Bobby Sheldon, Jr. at the same time were having a great battle for third.

By race end, it was Gross taking the win in his Specialty Fireworks-sponsored car. Johnson, Nitzsche, Degner and John Barlowski rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 5, when once again all four divisions will be in action and it will be “Topless Night”. Come see what this is all about-no ladies it not your worst nightmare!

Mars Edges Prochnow For Red Cedar Speedway Win

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Menomonie WI, – For the first time in a number of years, the Red Cedar Speedway raced during the annual Dunn County Fair and a huge crowd was on hand to enjoy the racing action. There were several close finishes Friday but the highlight event was the Late Model feature where Jimmy Mars and Mike Prochnow battled it out to the wire with Mars taking the win. Other winners Friday included Kevin Adams, Jason Forehand, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.

The Late Model main event went nonstop with Jake Redetzke, fresh off a $10,000 win last weekend pulling ahead of Ashley Anderson to take the early lead. Scott Gilberts and Prochnow were close behind and challenging while Mars was slowly working his way up after starting in the fourth row. Prochnow picked up the pace and moved into the runner up position, where he began to put heavy pressure on Redetzke for the lead. Jake pushed up the track in turn one and Mike dropped under him and took over the top spot. After that, Prochnow moved back to the cushion and started to put distance on the field.

Mars began to move up with greater ungency, as he raced past Gilberts and then Redetzke to take over the second spot. However, he was still half a straightaway behind Prochnow with the laps running down. However, Mars really started driving
deep into the corners and he rapidly closed on Prochnow, and it was clear it would be a close finish.

Jimmy drove low in turn one and edged ahead of Prochnow, only to slide up the track and give Mike an opening on the low side. As they raced to the white flag, they were side by side but Prochnow now had the inside line. Powering off the cushion, Mars remained even as they raced down the back chute. Mars remained high on the track and got a great run off turn four while Prochnow couldn’t hold the bottom and Mars accelerated ahead by a car length or two to take the win as the crowd was on its collective feet. It was Mars’ third win of the year at Red Cedar, and he is the only driver in the Late Models to have been able to win more than once in 2011. Redetzke held on for third with Gilberts and Rick Hanestad completing the top five.

Adams continued his assault on area tracks with his Modified, winning his fifth feature win at Red Cedar, tops for any driver in any division and nineteenth overall. He started eighth on the grid but quickly made some strong moves as he cut through the middle of the pack and advanced to the third spot. The lead was held by Mark Hessler who was also receiving a hard challenge from Ross Prochnow.

Spins on lap three and four bunched the field, with the top three cars battling on each restart. Following the second yellow, Adams made a strong move low in turn one and was able to slide up the track and edge into the lead while Prochnow used the
high side to take second. The top two then began to pull away from the field as both moved to the cushion. Hessler was receiving a strong challenge from Mark Gerth and Craig Thatcher for the third spot as Adams gradually began to pull away from
Prochnow.

A late yellow slowed the action again, with Adams again drawing away from Prochnow on the green. Kevin Eder came from no where to charge into third on the restart as he used the extreme high side of the track. Adams kept Prochnow several car lengths behind as he completed the win while Eder held off a last lap challenge from Gerth for third with Hessler rounding out the top five.

The Super Stock feature was a three car battle before Forehand came on to win his second main of the year at Red Cedar. Tom Karis sat on the pole and beat Tommy Richards into the first turn to take the lead. Karis was working the cushion, and he
put some distance on the pack early. Shane Kisling then moved into second and closed on Karis. Shane tried several times to get past Karis, but Tom continued to get a good run off the top side and held off all Shane’s challenges.

A lap six yellow for debris bunched the field, and Forehand, who was running third put on a charge as he squeezed past Kisling on the green to take over second and then began to move in on Karis. Forehand then moved in on Karis and the race was on
for the lead. Back and forth they went, Forehand first getting slightly ahead on the low side but then Karis charging back on the corners working off the cushion. They continued to jockey for the lead, with Forehand finally edging ahead with only a few
laps left. Karis gave it everything he had, but he came up just short as Forehand drove home for the win. Kisling ran third for the remainder of the race with Aaron Wilson and Richards next in line.

Halopka recovered from near disaster to win his third Midwest Modified feature race of the year. Jake Smith was the initial leader with Travis Anderson, Jordan Hessler and Josh Smith challenging him. Halopka, Matt Leer and Cory Crapser were all on the charge from the fourth and fifth row toward the front. Halopka had moved into third when he got too high and bounced off the wall, losing several positions. However, a fortuitous yellow flag for a spin saved him, and he moved back up to third for the restart. Halopka then put on the pressure, as he drove under Jake Smith to take over the top spot.

Crapser moved past Leer for second, and tried to track down Halopka for the lead. However, Shane was in the groove and he withstood all challenges to record the win. Leer settled for third with Josh Smith and Anderson next in line.

The Pure Stock feature also had a good battle for the lead, with three drivers fighting it out right to the checkered flag. Jeremy Dahl eased past Gunnar Watkins to take the early lead with Bill Skoug and Havel moving in to provide a challenge also. Havel was able to get under Skoug to take over second and he then closed on Dahl for the lead. They battled side by side for a couple of laps until Havel was able to get under Dahl and take over the top spot. However, Skoug was not done as he moved up the track and found success as he charged back up to make it a three car battle once again. Havel continued to run the bottom and Skoug moved past Dahl and then closed beside Havel as the race neared its conclusion.

Skoug threw caution to the wind as he tried to work the high side on the final lap. However, he slipped up just enough that Havel was able to take the advantage and he held on for his fourth Red Cedar win of 2011. Behind the top three, Dustin Doughty made a late charge to take the fourth spot with Chaz Ducommun next in line.

Racing action continues next Friday night at 7 p.m. with Coca Cola night at the track. The Late Models have the night off while the other four classes will conclude their points season at the speedway as the year rapidly winds down. On August 12th
the Season Championships will be held in all five classes and the regular season concludes with a full show on August 19th.

Shaffer gets All Star win #40 at Red River Co-Op

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

WINNIPEG, MB –Tim Shaffer’s hot streak continued Thursday as the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania driver led all 30 laps to score his
40th career All Star Circuit of Champions feature win at Red River Co-Op Speedway. Shaffer won two World of Outlaw shows within a five-day span last week, took a weekend off to prepare for the All Star?s Thunder Through the Plains and has come out strong.

Shaffer, a two-time and defending All Star champion has won five All Star events in 2011. His 40 career series? victories moves him into a tie for 10th with Jeff Shepard on the All Star?s all-time win list, just one behind Bobby Allen, two behind Kelly Kinser, three behind Kevin Huntley and four behind Dave Blaney. The victory also puts Shaffer atop the All Stars’ Western Region points and the $10,000 championship prize and moves him closer to national point leader Dale Blaney.

While ‘The Steel City Outlaw’ led all 30 laps in his Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned, Kistler Engines/Kistler Racing Products/VRP Shocks #83, it was not an easy victory, as three-time All Star champion Dale Blaney pressured the entire distance. Blaney, from Hartford, Ohio, could not take advantage of a few restart opportunities and had settle for second aboard his Ti22 Performance/George Fisher Racing #2.

The charge of the night was once again recorded by two-time All Star champion Greg Wilson. The Benton Ridge, Ohio driver has made passing cars an art form this year, often times blasting from the back and mid-pack to the front. On Thursday, Wilson drove his Veryl Warnimont owned, All Star Plumbing and Heating/Ohio Logistics/DNC Hydraulics sponsored #w20 from
eighth to third and was closing on Blaney and Shaffer at the end.

With Shaffer and Blaney out front at the drop of the green, Casey Mack and Tyler Walker battled for third with 2010 All Star Rookie of the Year Cap Henry and Lou Kennedy in tow. Mack would secure the third spot on lap three with Wilson storming from eighth to sixth and would then take fifth from Henry a lap later. Wilson and Walker would then battle for fourth over the next three laps before Wilson would earn the position on lap 7.

At the half-way point the running order was Shaffer, Blaney, Mack, Wilson, Walker, Henry, Lou Kennedy, David Gravel, Mark Dobmeier and Thomas Kennedy. Gravel was now the car on the move, as he slipped from his eighth place starting spot back to 11th on the opening lap, but regained his composure and steadily worked his way to the front. With 10 laps to go, Gravel had moved into 7th and was pressuring Lou Kennedy for sixth. But, Gravel would slip up on lap 23 allowing Henry and Dobmeier to slip by.

Wilson would finally get around Mack for third with three laps to go, but ran out of time to catch Shaffer and Blaney. Mack, Walker, Lou Kennedy, Henry, Dobmeier, Gravel and Corey Mack would round out the top 10.