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Archive for January, 2012

Deer Creek to continue partnership with USRA for tenth straight season in 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The Queensland family and the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., will continue their sanctioning partnership with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 2012 season. This will be the tenth straight year with USRA sanctioning at the speedway.

The high-banked 3/8-mile speedplant operates on Saturday nights and will have two classes that will carry the USRA banner. Those will include the USRA RHS Modifieds and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods during American Racer USRA Weekly Series races.

Deer Creek has sanctioned the Modified division since the 2003 season. Bob Timm of Winona won the first USRA sanctioned race on April 26, 2003, and in that time there have been 27 different feature winners. Tim Donlinger of Rochester leads the way with 26 wins under the USRA sanction. Mike Sorensen of Rochester sits second with 25 wins while Timm is third with 16 victories. Jason Cummins of New Richland is fourth with 15 wins and Rochester’s Brad Waits is fifth at 13 tallies.

There have been five different track champions in that time frame too. Sorensen won the inaugural title in 2003 and also was the champion in 2004 and 2006. Donlinger won the title in 2005 and Timm was on top in 2007. Waits took the hardware in 2008 en route to capturing his second USRA National Championship and now Cummins is the three-time defending champion with titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Cummins was also the USRA National Champion in 2010 and was runner-up to Johnny Bone Jr. in the 2011 title chase.

The car counts at Deer Creek were stellar for the Modifieds in 2011 – one of the best in America. They ran 12 points nights with an average of 28.66 cars per event. The high car count for the year was 34 on July 23 and six nights topped the 30-car marker. There were eight different feature winners this season.

The USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods will enter their third season at Deer Creek. Brandon Hare of Elma, Iowa, is the only champion in the division taking both the 2010 and 2011 titles. Hare also leads with the most wins at 13 with Jake Timm of Winona a distant second with four. Kylie Kath of Owatonna and Erik Kanz of Winona sit tied for third with three wins each and four drivers have one victory.

A lot of young talent influxed the B-Mods in 2011 and the car counts showed it. The class had 13 shows with an average of 21.07 cars on hand. The highest car count was 27 on June 11.

Although not a part of the weekly line-up, the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars will compete three times in 2012 during three marquee events. On May 26, the full-fendered machines will join the B-Mods as part of the Iron Man Challenge, along with the USMTS Modifieds. Thursday, July 26, will see the Stock Cars in action with the USMTS Modifieds again during the 2nd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championships and on Sept. 15 they will compete during the Clash at The Creek featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

The 2012 racing season will kick off with the annual car show held at Clements Chevrolet in Rochester on Saturday, March 31. Weather permitting, there will be an open practice held on Wednesday, April 4, from 5-9 p.m., and the season opener is tentatively set for Saturday, April 7, with a 5 p.m. start time.

Individual event and season passes for the 2012 season are on sale now. For more information on the Deer Creek Speedway, go to www.deercreekspeedway.com.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter.

by Todd Narveson

IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compacts new at Southern Iowa Speedway

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Mach-1 Sport Compacts will see their first action at Southern Iowa Speedway when the regular point season starts April 11.

The 4-cylinder class joins IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on regular Wednesday night programs.

“We wanted to add a division that allows younger people to get involved in racing on an economical level. They can get into a Sport Compact without spending a lot of money,” explained promoter Mike Van Genderen. “I’ve also gotten calls from 4-cylinder drivers looking for another place to race for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national points.”

The first-year boss at SIS also said those drivers were looking forward to racing at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex at Boone on Sept. 4.

Southern Iowa Speedway becomes the 26th track to sanction the Sport Compacts this season. Twenty-one track champions were crowned in the division in 2011.

Van Genderen announced in December that he’d resume the IMCA sanction at Oskaloosa.

Twenty-eight dates in 2012 for USRA Iron Man Challenge

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Officials from the United States Racing Association have released the 2012 schedule for the popular USRA Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods.

The third season for the Iron Man Challenge campaign will see 28 dates – up from 17 last year – at 14 of the finest dirt ovals in six different states. On the calendar are 26 shows for B-Mods and 18 for Stock Cars. Both classes will race together on 16 nights while B-Mods will have 10 solo nights and Stock Cars will have 2 nights to themselves.

Last season 367 tough-as-nails drivers took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 130 Stock Car and 237 B-Mod competitors.

The 2012 season for the B-Mods will kick off with a doubleheader at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds. Both the Stock Cars and B-Mods are featured the following weekend at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

In all but six of the events, the Iron Man Challenge will join the USMTS Modifieds on the racing card. All USRA-sanctioned classes will be featured April 7 at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and for the pair of season-ending doubleheaders at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Stock Car drivers will enjoy the spotlight during the Clash at The Creek featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sept. 15 at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

New venues on the calendar include the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo.; Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.; Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Interstate Speedway in Jefferson, S.D.; and Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

USRA IRON MAN CHALLENGE 2012 SCHEDULE:
Fri Mar 16 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Sat Mar 17 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Fri Mar 23 … LA Raceway, La Monte, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Mar 24 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Apr 7 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu May 24 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Fri May 25 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Wed Jun 27 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Jun 28 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods)
Fri Jun 29 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods)
Sat Jun 30 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 12 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods)
Fri Jul 13 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, KS (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 19 … Interstate Speedway, Jefferson, SD (B-Mods)
Sun Jul 22 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Aug 17 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Aug 18 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 19 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 26 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD (B-Mods)
Wed Aug 29 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Aug 30 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Sep 15 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 5 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 6 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 12 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 13 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)

Points will be determined by the best 12 finishes for B-Mods while Stock Cars will count their best 10 nights. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division. Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Iowa, is the defending Iron Man Challenge Stock Car champion. Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, Iowa, is the defending B-Mod champ.

There is no requirement to purchase a USRA license to compete in the Iron Man Challenge, but benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers include higher event purses, a piece-of-mind $100,000 insurance policy and an unmatched points fund from the organization that puts it’s money where it’s mouth is and gives more back to the drivers who give their all. The cost of a USRA Competitor License is $100 for Stock Cars and $90 for B-Mods.

The USRA was founded in 2002 with the sanctioning of Modifieds and Stock Cars. Hobby Stocks were added in 2003 and the organization grew steadily over the next three years with 14 tracks hosting USRA events in 2005. The B-Mod division arrived on the scene in 2006 and since then, USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions have been crowned in all four premier divisions.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter.

USMTS Casey’s Cup, National Championship Series openers set for Feb. 16-18

Monday, January 30th, 2012

BAYTOWN, Texas – In less than three weeks, the nation’s elite dirt Modified drivers will begin their quest for a 2012 USMTS National Championship with the season openers for both the USMTS Casey’s Cup and new USMTS National Championship Series at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, Feb. 16-18. One driver could walk away with $10,000 or more from the tripleheader at the 3/8-mile clay oval.

The engines fire up and drivers get an opportunity to fine-tune their machines during an open practice on Wednesday, Feb. 15, before the green flag unfurls for the first time on Thursday for the year’s first USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier with at
least $2,000 going to the winner.

With 27 USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifiers on the schedule, drivers will be battling for a spot in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, which will begin Aug. 9 at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and culminate Sept. 20-22 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., during the 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

At the conclusion of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, the champion will earn a $15,000 paycheck.

On Friday and Saturday, the inaugural events for the USMTS National Championship Series are on tap with each night carrying a $4,000 top prize.

The USMTS National Championship Series currently has 29 events and each will pay at least $4,000 to win and $400 to start with up to 30 cars taking the green flag in every main event. The driver with the best 20 showings during the campaign will be named the 2012 USMTS National Champion and will take home a record $30,000 while the runner-up in the final ranking will get a cool $20,000 in the richest season-ending payoff in USMTS history.

Paul White won the first-ever USMTS event at the Royal Purple Raceway in 2007. Since then, trips to victory lane have also been made by Alan Mondus, Kelly Shryock, Jason Hughes, Tommy Weder Jr., Johnny Bone Jr., Zack VanderBeek, Jeremy Payne, Rodney Sanders, Ryan Gustin, John O Whittington, Chris Brown and Dereck Ramirez.Hughes leads all drivers with five wins at the former Houston Raceway Park, but Ramirez comes into the event with the momentum after capturing back-to-back wins on the final two nights of the 5th Annual USMTS Winter Nationals in November.

Other drivers expected to compete for the checkered flag include Jon Tesch, Johnny Scott, Rick Beebe, Bryan Rowland, Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Stormy Scott, Jeremy Payne, Shane Hebert, Randy Timms, Chase Junghans, Grant Junghans, Austin Siebert, Bobby Malchus, Clyde Dunn Jr., Chase Allen, Steven Whiteaker Jr. and many more.

Limited Mods will also be running for $500 to win Thursday, $700 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday. A $100 bonus will be paid to any driver racing all three nights and not qualifying for the “A” Main on Saturday. The event will be sanctioned by the USRA, with licensed USRA Western Flyer HotMod drivers earning national points toward the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Practice on Wednesday will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, the pit gate opens at 3:00 p.m., grandstands open at 5:00 and racing begins at 7:00. On Saturday, pit gates open at 3:00 p.m., grandstands open at 4:00 and the first heat race hits the track at 5:30.

The Royal Purple Raceway is located just east of Houston on I-10 to exit 799, then 2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. For more information, call the track office at 281-383-7223 or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.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 like the USMTS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Fuel The Thunder 2 Heads South to Feature the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour For 13 Episodes in 2012, Exclusive to YouTube

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Silver Bay, MN – In 2011, Fuel The Thunder, a documentary TV program featuring the Como Modified Series in Northern
Minnesota and Wisconsin, took the industry by storm with its innovative and grassroots marketing approach and documentation of ten drivers that fueled participation in the series. The show was broadcast on the local Duluth-Superior FOX 21 affiliate and online via YouTube. The movie version was shown on December 17, 2011, in a Duluth, Minnesota, theater.

In 2012, Fuel The Thunder 2 will build on the foundation established by the initial series by expanding to 13 one-hour episodes and featuring the drivers that fuel the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour. The episodes will be exclusive to YouTube and will be released every Monday at 1:00 PM Central starting on December 3, 2012. A subsequent DVD/Blu Ray Set and movie
theater showing will be released in the months that follow.

“The is an excellent opportunity for the modified drivers of IMCA to get much needed exposure via new media outlets,” stated IMCA Vice President Brett Root. “Barry and his team at X.CELERATED produced a fantastic program that really features the lifestyle and personalities of these drivers. On top of this, the vision they have with utilizing the internet, mobile, and TV everywhere instead of the traditional form of network television fits the dirt track racing business model now and into the future.”

The 13 drivers of Fuel The Thunder 2 will be selected at a later date. The show will follow these drivers in the quest to win races and the championship of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, now it its third season, throughout the state of Iowa.

“Fuel The Thunder has been one of the most rewarding projects that our young company has produced,” added Barry Braun, Producer of Fuel The Thunder and President of X.CELERATED. “The project is as real as one will get at the dirt track. We do not use a big fancy film crew, equipment, or post production. We get in the trenches with one camera, a couple of ideas, and drive up and down the road like any fan would. I strive to create based on the drivers, the elements, and the pure passion of the project. The internet, with delivery to multiple devices, has allowed us to stay true to
this project. Because of it, we will expand on that in 2012 with an hour long show and thirteen in-depth episodes.”

More information regarding Fuel The Thunder 2 will be released in the coming months on www.fuelthethunder.com. Filming for the series will begin in early April during the Frostbuster tour of races sanctioned by the IMCA. To keep up with the International Motor Contest Association, IMCA visit:
www.imca.com

More information on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour can be found at: www.dirttour.com More information on X.CELERATED can be found at: www.racexr.com.

About X.CELERATED

X.CELERATED (XR) is a marketing and multimedia firm based in Minnesota. XR focuses on the dirt track industry producing high impact websites, video, and internet broadcasts. More information on X.CELERATED can be found at: www.racexr.com

About the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA)

The largest sanctioning body in the United States, the International Motor Contest Association provides rules and race procedures for eight divisions of race cars. The open wheeled Modified has been IMCA’s signature class since its introduction in 1979. Nearly 7,000 drivers will compete at 125 IMCA tracks in 23 states and Canada during the 2011 season.

The premier event in dirt track racing is the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. More than 800 Modifieds, Late Models, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will take their turn on the track at Boone, Iowa, Speedway during the 29th annual event Sept. 5-10. For more information visit: www.imca.com