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Archive for December, 2011

ASA Racing Congratulates their 2011 Champions

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – With the motto “We Build Champions,” the American Speed Association is proud to showcase the 2011
Champions from the ASA Member Tracks and sanctioned Series. A total of 185 drivers won a championship at an ASA Member Track or a sanctioned series this season.

“We are very proud of our 2011 class of champions within the ASA family,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “Short track racing provides a great variety of racing for the fans to enjoy and competitors to choose which divisions they can compete in and have fun. Congratulations to all of our 2011 ASA Champions.”

This season, the American Speed Association crowned champions on the national, regional and local level. Here are the highlights from this season.

BARRY BEGGARLY – JOE GIBBS DRIVEN RACING OIL ASA MEMBER TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPION
The veteran driver from Pelham, NC won his fourth track championship at Ace Speedway this season. He held off Zack Franks and Chrissy Wallace to win the national title. He also is the first driver to win the ASA Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Member Track National Championship and the NASCAR Winston Weekly Series championship (1993).

ANDREW MORRISSEY – ASA MIDWEST TOUR
Consistency paid off for the driver from DeForest, WI in 2011. Andrew Morrissey has yet to win in the tour that celebrated their fifth season this year, but he now has an ASA Midwest Tour championship on his racing resume. In 12 events, he had three fast qualifier awards, eight top-five and nine top-ten finishes.

CHRIS MAREK – ASA MIDWEST SPORTSMAN TOUR
The driver from Lakeville, MN successfully defended his championship in 2011. Marek won the championship by 81 points over Scott Null. He had three wins, one fast qualifier award, six top-five and six top-ten’s in seven starts.

JERRY WOOD – ASA MIDWEST TRUCK TOUR
It was also a back-to-back championship for the veteran driver from Sun Praire, WI. But, it took a tiebreaker for him to defend it. Wood tied with Austin Luedtke at the end of the season. He had two wins compared to Luedtke’s one that gave him the championship. He had seven top-five and nine top-ten’s in ten starts.

GEOFF MORRIS – ASA ADVANCE TESTING BRITISH COLUMBIA LATE MODEL TOUR
Geoff Morris faced some tough competition in the inaugural season for ASA’s Canadian Late Model Series. Morris held off Dave Hemrich and Tom Berrow to become the first champion under the ASA sanction.

TAYLOR MIINCH – ASA TRUCK SERIES
The high school student from El Cajon, CA had an impressive season in the popular truck series that competes in the southwest corner of the United States. He won the first two events and had a consistent season. Not only is he good behind the wheel but he has been showing his talents as a punter on his high school’s football team this season.

SIERRA JACKSON – ASA NORTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR SERIES
Sierra made history this season as she was the first ever woman to be crowned the ASA/NSRA champion. Not only that, but she was the youngest driver to win it and drove a Ford powered Sprint car to their first win. She is currently attending Boise State to become a Physicians Assistant.

DANNY BAGWELL – ISCARS DASH TOURING SANCTIONED BY ASA
Danny successfully defended his championship in America’s Premier Tuner Car Series this season. He also came one race shy of sweeping the entire season. He won the championship by 92 points over Todd Hawkes.

AUSTIN NEWMARK – ASA BONDURANT CHAMPIONSHIP RACE SERIES
Austin Newmark had a great season long battle with Dylan Albiani and Ryan Winchester this season. Newmark’s championship didn’t come easy, as Albiani and Winchester made sure he earned it.

LEROY MOORE – ASA PROAUTOSPORTS
The ASA sanctioned road course division recently wrapped up their 2011 season by crowning 15 division champions. Congratulations to Leroy Moore for winning the overall championship. This year’s champions are: Donald Uhlir (GTO), Bryan McCormick (GTR), Bill Gibson (GTU), Tim Rollins (PS0), Team Perry (PS1), Leroy Moore (PS2), Rob Ashley (PS4), Combat Veterans RL (SFM), John Devine (SSM), Rick Elliot (CSR), Jens Ploughman (EFF), Michael Williams (FC), Greg Sayers (FST), Jake Johnson (LGD), Kelly Gallant (FM),

The 2011 ASA Member Track Champions include…
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC) Barry Beggarly (Late Models), Gary Young Jr. (Modifieds), Dillon Bassett (Limited Late Models), AJ Sanders (Mini Stocks), Barry Wilson (Extremes), Clyde Johnson (Street Stocks), Junior Chrisco (Mini Trucks).

BIG COUNTRY SPEEDWAY (Cheyenne, WY) Tyler Drew (Junkyard Warriors), Mike Hughes (Super Stocks), Ronnie Ripley (Mod
4’s), Ben Moreau (Late Models), Austin Chalman (Mini Cups) and Mark Sopr (Late Models).

CORPUS CHRISTI SPEEDWAY (Corpus Christi, TX) Josh McCain (Front Runners), Megan LeStourgeon (Bombers), John Witzsche (Super Streets), Anthony Monroe (Sport Mods), and Lisa Sandoval (Texas Thunders).

DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL) Mason Love (Pro Figure 8 Cars), Cody Martell (Rookie Trucks), Christopher
McClelland (Dwarf Cars), Mark Jackson (Trophy Dash), Tommy Harper (Flyin 4’s), Jesse Dutilly (Hoosier Elite), Dalton Ellis (Magic 4’s), Gregory Krom (Sportsman), Ernest Helfrick (School Bus Figure 8), Bruce Carbone (Mini Stocks), Glenn Kelley (Modified Minis), Darrin Ellis (Pure Stocks), Michael Crooks (Bombers), Nick Hernandez (DS Trucks), and Dalton Baldwin (Open Wheel Modifieds).

DILLON MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Dillon, SC) Jimmy Herrington (Super Trucks), Logan Bunning (Late Models), Randy Hall (Street Stocks), Kevin Jackson (4 Cylinders), Cody McKenzie (Chargers), Bill Willis (Mini Cup Stock), and Matt Corbett (Mini Cup Mod).

EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL) Bryan Bernhardt (Late Models), Jeff Rodgers (Street Stocks), Austin Sanders (Open Wheel Modifieds), Scotty Williams (Limited Late Models), Tim George (East Bay Sprints), Jesse Brown (Outlaw 4’s), Troy Dittebrand (4 Cylinder Bombers), and Brett Phillips (Dirt Daubers).

GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY (Elma, WA) Henry VanDam (Sprints), Joe German (Mods), Reece Goetz (Midgets), and Zack
Simpson (Hobby Stocks).

HARTFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Hartford, MI) Phil Ausra (Late Models), Frank Marshall (Modifieds), Lee Price (Stock Cars),
and Ryan Flagel (Pure Stocks).

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY (Lake Havasu City, AZ) Mike Sutterfield (Late Models), Blake Rogers (Bandoleros), Brent Delay (Factory
Stocks), Breanna Nelson (Powder Puffs), and Rick Bezanson (ASA Street Stocks).

I-25 SPEEDWAY (Bragdon, CO) Aaron Paulsen (Grand American Modifieds), Ryan McFadden (Sportsman & Street
Stocks), Jared Schaller (Mini Stocks), Don Callendar (Charger Figure 8’s), Ron O’Neil (Late Models).

ILLIANA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Schererville, IN) Blake Brown (Late Models), Eddie Wolf (Turbo Stox), Alex Arelano (Legends), and
Chris Czaszwicz (Pure Stocks).

LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY (Lebanon, MO) Chrissy Wallace (Late Models), Tyler Scott (Modifieds), Rick Sharp (Sportsman),
Mike Scott (Road Warriors), and Shawn Jones (Chargers).

LONESOME PINE RACEWAY (Coeburn, VA) Ryan Stiltner (Chargers), Brian Blevins (Late Models), Hayden Woods (Legends),
Jackie Jackson (Pure 4’s), Michael Breeding (Renegades), and Roger Neece (Street Stocks).

MARSHFIELD MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Marshfield, WI) Ronnie Rihn (Super Late Models), Ryan Hinner (Super Stocks), Steve Hauser (4 Cylinders), Tim Anderson (Bandits), and Phil Malouf (Midwest Mod 4’s).

MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY (Meridian, ID) Shelby Stroebel (ASA Modifieds), Joe Ransom (Sprints), Mike Murgoitio (Winged
Sprints), Chris Fenton (Late Models), Joe Barton (Pro 4’s), Melissa Weaver (Street Stocks), Ray Bolinger (Mini Stocks), Cameron Cotta (Legends), Jonathon Hull (Hornets), Cody Garrett (Junior Stingers), and The Catfish (Thunder Dogs).

NEWPORT MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Newport, TN) Mart Nesbitt (Super Late Models), Zack Franks (Late Model Sportsman), Marvin
Green Jr. (Street Stocks), Shane Thomas (Front Wheel Drive), Stevie Frazier (Modified 4-Cylinder), Adam Boatman (Legends), and Jarrod Wright (Mini Cups).

NORWAY SPEEDWAY (Norway, MI) Mike Reichenberger (Late Models), Mark Jenshak (Super Stocks), Aron Novak (Slammers), and Fran Berube (DQ Dogs).

ORANGE SHOW SPEEDWAY (San Bernardino, CA) Mark Shackleford (Super Late Models), Brandon Loverock (Late Models), Steve
Smith (Super Stocks), David Foster (Stock Cars USA), Erik Spring (Pony Stocks), Danny Guiterrez (Factory Fours), Matt Hicks (Legends), and Mikael Lovas (Bandoleros).

RED RIVER SPEEDWAY (Wichita Falls, TX) Dale Miller (Super Stocks), Ronnie Davis (Thunderstocks), Brooks Payne (Chargers), and Justin Shrum (Hornets).

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS (West Valley City, UT) Michael Hale (Maverik Modifieds), Tracy Eaton (Figure 8), Jim Waters (Focus Midgets), David Baity (Hornets), Steven Jones (Late Models), Kori Combs (Mini Cups), Jerry Rice (Pro Trucks), Ryan Burdett (Sprints), Dillion Lawrence (Super Stocks), and Train Shake Rattle N Roll (Trains).

SHANGRI LA II MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Tioga Center, NY) Jimmy Zacharias (Sport Mods), Lee Sharpsteen (Street Stocks), and Joe Brown (Late Models).

SKAGIT SPEEDWAY (Alger, WA) Jesse Whitney (410 Sprint), Travis Jacobson (360 Sprints), Derek Roberts (Sportsman), and Freddy Vela (Outlaw Hornets).

SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY (Medford, OR) John Derby (Mini Stocks), Duane Orsburn (Street Stocks), RJ McGahuey (Dwarf
Cars), Dustin Knight (Pro Stocks), and Mark Wauge (Modifieds).

STATE PARK SPEEDWAY (Wausau, WI) Mark Mackesy (Super Late Models), Ryan Hinner (Super Stocks), Travis Volm (Pure
Stocks), and Chad Dietsche (Mini Mods).

VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Jamaica, VA) Scott Adams (Late Model), Todd Traylor (Sportsman), Dan Arnold (Modifieds), and
Wesley Givens (Limited Stocks).

WILMOT RACEWAY (Wilmot, WI) Chris Carlson (Modifieds), Erik Grosch (Pro 4’s), Dan Knight (Fearless 4’s), Pat Rossman (Street Stocks), and Tommy Sexton (Sprints).

YAKIMA SPEEDWAY (Yakima, WA) Owen Riddle (Late Models), Chuck Roberts (Superstocks), Buck Noel Jr. (Sportsman), Josh Washington (Hornets), Joe Stevens (Bump to Pass), and Greg Gargett (Pure Stocks).

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.

Consistency the Key to 141 Speedway’s 2012 Racing Season

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

(Francis Creek, WI) – If there’s one key theme to 141 Speedway’s last two seasons of racing at the Francis Creek oval, it’s undoubtedly been “change.”

In 2010, the historic 1/4 mile paved oval, a Lakeshore tradition for one-half century, was taken out and replaced with a high-banked, third-mile clay oval.

In 2011, the track switched it’s weekly program from Wedesday nights to Saturday nights. More change.

Track owners Bruce and Renee Conard admit they’ll sleep a little easier in 2012. For the first time in more than two years, they’ll kick off the racing season with virtually no major changes at all. “It’s sort of a breath of fresh air,” said Bruce Conard. “A lot of this stuff we had to worry about in the past we really don’t have to this year. We had a solid 2011 and are looking at building upon it even more in 2012.”

141 saw it’s average, weekly car count increase as the summer months wore on, a trend much different than most weekly dirt tracks in Wisconsin. “Our Modified and Brian Peterson Builders Grand National classes were pretty steady, but we saw a pretty good jump in the Stock Car and Street Stock classes, especially in late July and early August,” said Bruce Conard. “I’m not sure what it was. We take a lot of pride in the whole program, everything from track prep to the concession area up
top to shooting the t shirts out to the fans at intermission. We pay attention to the details and we’d like to think it’s
paid off for us.”

On tap again for the 2012 season will be the Modifieds, Brian Peterson Builders Grand Nationals, Stock Cars, Street Stocks, Sportmods and 4 Bangers. While the upcoming season’s schedule is not finished just yet, Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints will invade 141 Sunday May 27 and Sunday, September 2. A third IRA date is a distinct possibility, along with a Wisconsin Dirt Late Model Association (WDLMA) late model special as well.

The new Badger Mod Tour will roll into town on Wednesday night June 27 for “Clash @ The Creek IV”. Last year Seymour’s Brian Mullen topped the 36 car field. The Badger Mod Tour series champion will be crowned on championship night, October 12.

In addition, World of Outlaws sprint car legend Sammy Swindell will be hosting the Open Wheel Driving school July 9.

141 Speedway’s Victory Lane Sports Bar is open during the winter on Friday and Saturday nights at 5 p.m. serving a full menu. A Badger Mod Tour drivers meeting will take place at the bar Thursday night, January 19 at 7 p.m. The track phone is
(920) 863 3377. You can also call 920 905 1112.

The season kicks off Saturday night, April 14 at 6 p.m. An open practice session will take place at the track on Saturday, April 7. You can learn more by checking out 141speedway.com. You can also follow 141 Speedway on both Facebook and Twitter.

Original Pizza Logs Returns as Title Sponsor of Merrittville’s Dirt Car SportsMan Divison

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Thorold, Ontario – With the start of Merrittville Speedway’s 2012 Season some four months away – Pizza Logger can’t wait to say “Welcome to Victory Lane!” with the announcement that Finger Foods Products – makers of Original Pizza Logs and Calzones – will return as Division Sponsor of the Thorold Ontario’s facility’s DIRTcar Sportsman Division.

“What can we say about Bob Cordova and his staff,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “you’ll not only find Original Pizza Logs presenting not only our Sportsman Division they are involved with our Tuesday Night Kart Racing as well . and when you visit our sister tracks throughout Southern Ontario and Western New York – you’ll see his involvement there as well.”

Bob Cordova, who started Finger Foods Products in 1986, has been a long-time supporter of the local racing community, “I have always supported racing as a fan, but we can sell some product from it too . Drivers seem to like Original Pizza Logs because the temperature holds up in them so they can grab something to eat in between working on their race car without it
getting cold.” Finger Foods Products makes Original Pizza Logs and Calzones for the food service industry. Look for them at your favorite US Race Track, Restaurant, Bar or Pizza Shop. Yet to be available in Canada – you can also find them in Tops Friendly Markets throughout New York State and enjoy them at home.

Original Pizza Logs are now found in 10 varieties, with Pepperoni and Cheese the most popular. Original Pizza Logs and Calzones are now available in consumer sized packaging with Oven-Ready Pizza Logs having the same appetizing appearance and taste as the original deep fry product.

The Original Pizza Logs DIRTcar Sportsman Division is one of 5 divisions that make up Merrittville Speedway’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series lineup that also includes the Bobcat of Hamilton DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Hoosier Stocks, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinders. All 5 Divisions will take part in the 2012 Spring Sizzler set for Saturday April 28th.

To reach Merrittville Speedway during the off season – call the Winter Office at 905-685-7223.

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 61st Consecutive Season in 2012 including the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Division – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com . Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book(Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville).

Join us next season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans . call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home!

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2011 60th Anniversary Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions was brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – Bobcat of Hamilton, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to many marketing partners Visit them at . http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/sponsors.htm and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including the PartSource locations in Welland and St. Catharines, Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Two ASA Member Tracks in Action This Weekend

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – One ASA Member Track will end 2011 with a bang…literally, while another will start out 2012 with a 300-lap race that pays $2,000 to win. If that is not all, one of the competitors will start out 2012 by taking home a new engine.

Here is a look at what is happening this weekend in ASA Racing.

DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL)The Annual Crash N Bash will close out 2011 with a wild night of action. Some
of the action includes: Demo Derby, Enduro, Boat Trailer Race, Skid Race, Puck Race, School Bus Figure 8, Reverse Race, Flag Pole and lots more crashing. Adults are $20 and Kids 12 and under are FREE!!! Gates open at 5:00pm with the
action getting underway at 7:00pm SHARP!

DILLON MOTOR SPEEDWAY(Dillon, SC) Ron Barfield Jr. and his staff will kick off 2012 with the 2^nd Annual New Years Day 300 on Sunday, January 1, 2012. This will be a $2,000 to win Street Stock event. Along with the 300-lap race, the UCAR Clash for Cash ($500 to win), 4 Cylinder Stocks ($400 to win), Mini Cup Stocks ($200 to win), Legends and Bandoleros will also be in action. Plus, one driver could go home with a new 602-crate engine. Gates open at 9am with racing starting at Noon.

Happy New Year from everyone at ASA Racing!!!

To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit www.asa-racing.com. Follow ASA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/american.speed.assoc and on Twitter at @amerspeedassoc.

You can also look for the nearest ASA Member Track, get the weekend schedule, ASA Series information right on your smartphone by downloading the ASA Racing App for the iPhone and Android phones for free. Just search for ASA Racing on iTunes and the Android Market and get the app today for FREE!

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 sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to info@asa-racing.com. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com.

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Modifieds under USRA banner at Springfield Raceway for fourth straight season in 2012

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Officials have announced that the Springfield Raceway will be sanctioned for the fourth straight season in 2012 by the United States Racing Association for the Modified class after another very strong 2011 season.

“The A-Mods are our main event class for the weekly shows at Springfield, and have been for several seasons,” said track co-owner Jerry Hoffman. “USRA has really provided a good strong point fund along with other items in their program.”

Last season, Jackie Dalton of Carthage captured the 2011 Springfield Raceway track championship to mark his second title under the USRA banner in the last three seasons, and his fifth overall track championship.

For his efforts, Dalton took home a $1,500 points fund check from the track along with his 13th-place finish in the USRA Weekly Racing Series national standings grabbing him another $500 along with an American Racer championship jacket.

Track points runner-up Erik Maggard took home $900 just from running Springfield on a regular schedule as the top 10 in the USRA RHS Modifieds received points fund money.

The USRA system helps rewards tracks and drivers who run an inverted weekly system by awarding bonus points for your starting position to your finishing position along with car counts in the national standings based on your best 20 feature finishes. Pea Ridge, Ark., veteran Johnny Bone Jr. captured the national title worth over $10,000 in 2011. Bone made one appearance at Springfield and captured the Bordertown Casino Octoberfast event which was sanctioned by USRA.

This season, USRA national points are awarded for events from March 2 until Oct. 21, 2012.

“With the USRA you can run your regular points shows and also sanction your season-ending or beginning events and try to help drivers get into the top 20 in the national standings,” added Hoffman. “Last season we had two of our area drivers receive national money as Jackie (Dalton) finished 13th and 2010 track champion Mitch Keeter grabbed the 18th place spot. We finished our regular track points chase the first week of September, but had a couple of late-season specials which helped
everyone out in trying to get into those final paying spots.”

Hoffman also noted that he is a strong proponent of the 8,000 RPM chip rule for the USRA RHS Modifieds.

“At Springfield we enforce it (the chip rule) very strong and it has made a big difference as everyone attempts to get a handle on the rising costs of A-Mods.” The Southwest Missouri area had several drivers in the national standings during 2011 and several more that were just outside the top 20.

Springfield Raceway is tentatively set to begin their 2012 season with the rained-out Turkey Classic on Saturday, March 10, featuring Late Models, USRA RHS Modifieds, B-Mods and Legends Cars. The regular season is slated to begin Saturday, April 21.

For more information on the Springfield Raceway visit the website at www.springfieldraceway.com or contact Hoffman at 417-673-7426.

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.