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Archive for March, 2012

Deery Series opener at Farley postponed to April 1

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

FARLEY, Iowa – Cool and wet temperatures hampered track preparation, resulting in postponement of this evening’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Farley Speedway.

Farley will now host the opening race in the 26th annual tour for IMCA Late Models on Sunday, April 1. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and hot laps are at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.

The main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Modifieds and local stock cars complete the card. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, with kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $25.

Drake returns to Humboldt winners circle

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Scott Drake of Joplin, Mo., backed up his win Thursday with a wire-to-wire triumph in the USRA B-Mod main event Friday night at the Humboldt Speedway. Drake, who came from the seventh row to win one night earlier, started outside the front row this time and cruised to an easy win over Shawn Strong.

It was the second straight runner-up finish for Strong after winning Wednesday night’s feature race. The win was worth $500 to Drake for his third win at Humboldt this season. Steven Muilenburg finished third, Nick Newton was fourth and South Dakota’s Tyler Johnson rounded out the top 5. Ben Kates, Dustin Daniels, Clint Potter, Bobby Maggard and Jack Simmons completed the top 10.

Action continues Saturday at ‘The Hummer’ with the USRA B-Mods racing for $1,000 to win and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Pit gates open at 2:00, grandstands open at 4:00, hot laps start at 5:30 and racing action kicks off at 6:00.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.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 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

South Africa’s Free State Provincial Tourism Authority Announces the Return of the ASA Free State 500 Event at Phakisa

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –The Free State Tourism Authority has announced the date for the second ASA Free State 500. The event will take place on November 25, 2012 at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa.

Recently, in his State of the Province address in Bloemfontein, the Honorable Mr. E.S. Magashule, Premier of the Free State Province said, “I am happy to announce that in recognition of the potential, for the tourism sector, to contribute significantly to economic growth, the Free State provincial government will continue to support tourism initiatives such as the Free State 500 ASA American stock car style race event (at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit annually).

“ASA International is excited to bring American-style stock car racing back to Phakisa,” Dennis Huth, ASA International President said. “We have been working very hard with the Free State Tourism Authority to make this announcement today. We are honored with the opportunity and thank Mr. Premier Magashule, MEC Mamiki Oabathe, and the citizens of the Free State in the Republic of South Africa for welcoming us back for the second event.”

Ms. Mamiki Oabathe, Free State Member of the Executive Council for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, also announced the event in her budget speech on March 19, 2012. “The Free State owns one of only four ‘super ovals’ outside of the USA,” Oabathe said in her speech. “Phakisa Speedway will host the Free State 500 ASA event on November 25, 2012. Twenty thousand South African race fans are expected to descend on Welkom to view a very exciting auto racing spectacle and see South Africa’s best stock car drivers go up against their counterparts from America, Canada,
Australia, and England.”

This will be an invitation only event. ASA International will announce the participants leading up to the event with future announcements.

The first ASA Free State 500 event took place on January 31, 2010 at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit. A record setting oval motorsports attendance witnessed the event in person and was shown worldwide in 72 countries reaching 110 million households.

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Gould gets in done on River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night at King of America II

Friday, March 30th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – On Wednesday night, New Mexico’s Stormy Scott became a first-time USMTS winner as he brought home the victory on opening night at the King of America II Modified Nationals.

Twenty-four hours later, William Gould added his name to the most elite club in all of open-wheel dirt modified racing as the Sooner State speedster grabbed his career first USMTS main event win on River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night at the Humboldt Speedway.

After a 15th-place finish Wednesday night, the 39-year-old from Calera, Okla., rolled the dice and used his ‘mulligan’ to try and better his qualifying effort Thursday.

The gamble paid off as he led the final 17 circuits of the 35-lap main event to earn himself a spot in Saturday’s $15,000-to-win championship race. While Scott led every lap in dominating Wednesday’s feature, the first 18 laps of Thursday’s nightcap were anything but boring with Ryan Ruter stealing the lead away from polesitter Corey Dripps on the first lap.

Dripps battled back on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval and wrestled the lead away from Ruter on lap 8. Meanwhile, Gould came along with Dripps as the top three runners separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Using the middle groove, Gould nipped Dripps at the line to lead lap 14 with Ruter making it three-wide in the next turn. Dripps regained the advantage the next time around, but Gould fought back once again to be scored as the leader on lap 16.

Still racing side by side, Dripps regained the top spot for the next two laps but appeared to lose control of his machine as the leaders raced out of turn 4 to complete lap 19. The result was Dripps spinning to bring out the race’s first and only caution.

On the restart, Gould looked like a sitting duck with Ruter, defending USRA Modified National Champion Johnny Bone Jr., defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin, Steven Whiteaker Jr., Mike Steensma, 11-time Humboldt winner Jason Hughes and Dereck Ramirez on his tail for the restart.

Unphased by the restart, Gould pulled out to a two car-length lead over Ruter. Two laps later, Bone and Gustin slipped by Ruter to take second and third with Gould in their crosshairs.

But neither driver was able to make up any ground on Gould.

Gustin got by Bone to take the runner-up finish, with Steensma and Whiteaker coming home fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth were Mark Dotson, Ruter, Ramirez, Jon Tesch and Johnny Scott.

For Tesch, it was an impressive rebound from a disappointing “B” Main earlier where he and Scott had battled for the lead for 11 laps before contact with Rodney Sanders on lap 12 sent both drivers to the rear of the field.

As the fastest overall qualifier in group time trials, Tesch earned a provisional start in the “A” Main and made the best of it, racing from 27th on the starting grid to ninth at the finish with just one caution to aid his effort.

Along with Gould, five other drivers – Gustin, Bone, Steensma, Whiteaker and Dotson – also assured themselves a spot among the first 18 starters in Saturday’s big dance.

Action continues at ‘The Hummer’ on Friday for Schwab’s Tinker Shop Qualifying Night. Group time trials will once again kick off the program, followed by heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top six points earners Friday night will each earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship race.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

USRA B-Mods will be part of the event too, racing for a stout purse and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Tomorrow’s feature will pay $500 to win with a $1,000 top prize earmarked for Saturday’s winner. USRA rules will apply except that B-Mods must utilize a solid pull bar.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com.

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

Roaring Knob Set to Open with “Super Nationals 1″ This Weekend

Friday, March 30th, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…The 2012 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series opener is now upon us. The earliest scheduled opener in what will be the sixth season of competition will take place this Saturday
and Sunday (March 31-April) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex as the “Super Nationals I” will open the 25-event 2012 slate! There will be an open practice on Friday night.

The “Super Nationals” will feature a $3,000 to-win main event plus a $1,200 to-win “Wheelman” bonus feature for the first 24 non-qualifiers. Another feature event paying $500 to-win will also be run for the next group of non-qualifiers, if at
least 12 cars remain. The $1,200 to-win race will utilize the standard Touring payoff. This means at least 48 drivers will get to run a feature utilizing Touring payoffs! The same format will be used when the “Super Nationals II” takes place at Roaring Knob on October 19-20.

Not only will drivers be battling for the season’s richest purses and important early and closing points toward the Northeast Touring Championship, but there will be a lot of bonuses up for grabs and several additional ones since the last press release. High Gear Speed Shop’s owner Doug Horton will award $500 to the fast qualifier, and has gathered approximately $800 in additional monies that will be awarded to random positions per lap throughout the 40-lap A main feature (see list below)!

Sprout’s Pick-A-Part has posted a total of $200 going to the heat race winners. This amount will be split up evenly depending on the number of heat races run, i.e. $50 each if four heats are run, $40 each if five heat races are run. Slavic Signs and Graphics has also posted heat race money that will be determined on Saturday.

The inaugural K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” will be run on Saturday featuring the first four drivers that fail to qualify for the feature through their heats. The four-lap event will pay the winner a $100 K&N certificate, $50 to the second place finisher, and $25 cash to the third and fourth place finishers. Points will be awarded toward the overall K&N “Cold Air Induction Championship”.

The inaugural 2011 “Futures Cup” Champion, “Flyin” Ryan Montgomery, will award $100 to the highest finishing 2012 Pace Performance “Futures Cup” driver on Sunday.

The Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway program is back for a second straight year. The last running car on the lead lap with Utsinger’s Towing decals on will receive a free FASTRAK Hoosier spec tire!

The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” program will debut. The hard luck racer selected by FASTRAK Northeast Officials will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any Brake Man purchase.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 Platinum Gift Card to the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, who advances the most positions from his or her starting position provided decals are on each side of the car. This will also be the debut of this program as well.

Since the last press release on the “Super Nationals”, Genesis Shocks have upped their support of the Series. At each event, the highest finishing driver with Genesis Shocks and decals on each side of the car will receive a $100 gift certificate.

Not only will the event award points toward the 2012 Touring Series Championship, but also separate “Super Nationals” points will be awarded. A top 10 point fund payout is the goal. High Gear Speed Shop will also give away a 2013 Warrior Chassis to one lucky driver that participates in both events. The value of this chassis is nearly $5,000! More of this will be announced in the future.

“We’re really getting anxious to kickoff 2012,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “This event is really coming together nicely, and there are additional bonuses we are still working on that will be announced in the near
future. I can’t thank Roaring Knob’s Rick Jones enough for stepping up to offer this Super Nationals concept and Doug Horton for being behind the event 100% and helping to obtain additional monies.”

Each event will also be run under the qualifying/time trial format as used in past Grand National events held in the Northeast. Qualifying will set the heat race lineups with a redraw based on the number of heat races run. The A main feature will be 40 laps, “Wheelman” B feature 25 laps, and the C feature 20 laps, if enough cars warrant.

“We know it’s early for a lot of racers, but we’ve gotten a great response to date,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “We have several northern racers from New York and Canada making the trip that have never been to Roaring Knob before and several additional racers from throughout the region that will be making their maiden voyage to the Knob. We’ve put together our biggest and richest schedule ever and the programs around the schedule should make for an exciting 2012!”

Five Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob. Bobby Powell won the inaugural event on June 26, 2009. Mike Pegher, Jr. began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher didn’t compete in last year’s Touring Series finale to prep for the next night’s Grand Nationals, while Robbie Blair captured the victory. The elder Blair also won Night 2 of the Grand Nationals at Roaring Knob in 2010.

In the five-year history of FASTRAK Northeast, there have been 73 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 30 different winners all-time. Mike Pegher, Jr. leads the way with 13 victories to Max Blair’s 12 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon and Josh Holtgraver at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Joe Martin, and Robbie Blair with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Ryan Montgomery, and Wayne Robertson with one victory.

Roaring Knob will actually host the second Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance Northeast Touring Series event on Friday, April 20 as part of the Lucas Oil Super Late Model event. The Series’ third stop at Roaring Knob will take place for the annual “Spectacular Fall Fest” on September 28-29 for a $2,000 to-win event before the “Super Nationals II” on October 19-20.