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Archive for April, 2012

Agler Gets Dream Finish As A Birthday Gift!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Topeka, KS – When you celebrate a birthday, it’s customary to make a wish and blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

Cody Agler celebrated his birthday at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night. He didn’t let on what he wished for, but what he received was a last corner, last lap pass of Steven Bowers Jr. to win the Washburn Tech Modified Main event.

Agler had a good car from the beginning of the night. He went from 5th to 2nd in his heat race. On the redraw for the lineups, Agler joined Justin Johnson on the front row after the inversion was put into play. At the beginning of the race Agler got out to the lead, but it would be short lived as he and Bowers would dice it up and Bowers would eventually get the top spot and hold it for a majority of the race.

Behind Bowers and Agler, several cars were fighting for position. In an unusual night, several cars would find their way into the infield or the pit area well before the checkered flag dropped.

The racing at the front half of the field began to heat up just past the half way mark. As the green flag laps continued Bowers, Agler, Johnson, Darron Fuqua and Josh Everhart all mixed it up. While the battles were starting to wage, lapped traffic was coming into the picture and on the last lap Bowers found himself in a lot of lapped traffic.

“We both (Cody & Steven Bowers) were keeping it clean I would pass him and he would come back under me. It was some hard racin,” said Agler after the feature, “I knew when I seen that white flag I had to do something, we come out of the corner and I knew I had a good run on him and I seen that lapper, so I was watching him and I knew I had to get it in hard and move up into his line that was going to be the only way I was going to pass him.”

Coming to turn 4, Agler put his car in the middle of Bowers and a lapped car. As he exited the turn he jumped just in front of Bowers and moved into his line on the race track. The move took away Bowers momentum and pushed Agler to the victory on his birthday.

Bowers would finish a close 2nd, 3rd went to last years champ Darron Fuqua, Josh Everhart scored a 4th place finish on his 1st night at the track and rounding out the top 5 was Tyler Schmidt, who drove from 15th to 5th in the A Main.

It was finally a new winner in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event. The first two weeks went to Darren Davenport, but on this night the feature belonged to Randy Kohn.

The Pure Stock feature was one of the most exciting features of the night. Several drivers mixed it up. Positions swapped back and forth from the front of the field to the back of the field.

Randy Kohn and Randal Schifflebein Jr. led the field to the green at the start. Schifflebien, competing in only his 3rd race of his career, shot out to the lead. Unlike a rookie, he showed poise, patience and held a consistant line on the speedway. Unfortunately for Schifflebein, so did Randy Kohn and he has been to victory lane before and knows what it takes to get their.

Using patience, Kohn waited for Schifflebein to make a mistake. When it happened, Kohn took the lead away and walked off to the finish.

Schifflebein would hold on to finish in the runner-up spot, AJ Christian knocked down another top 5 finishing in 3rd, 4th went to a hard charging Jimmy Millard, who drove from 12th to 4th and Tyler Garst finished in the 5th position.

Ben Kates is a young racer from Tonganoxie. Over the years he has celebrated some ups and downs in his racing career. In his first trip to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, he will have to chalk it up as a great moment in his career. He would win the White Line CDL Training B Mod Feature going away.

Marty Grist took control of the feature from the wave of the green flag. Grist would run at the top spot for a while. The early pressure for Grist came from Dustin Thulin. Thulin pulled up to Grist’s door a couple of times but very got enough steam up to get around for the lead. Contact between Grist and Thulin would end Thulin’s night with a right front flat.

Grist, meanwhile, had developed a push on the speedway. As he began to lose momentum, Ben Kates was gaining it. Kates would run by Grist and once he hit the lead, he checked out. It wasn’t that he checked out on Grist, but he ran away from the entire field. In the end he just needed to take it easy navigating lapped traffic to get the win. Kates started in the 7th position and drove to the win.

Ethan Isaacs continues to have good success at HPT in 2012, he drove to the 2nd place finish, Grist held on for a 3rd place finish, former Factory Stock Champ, Dave Samuels, had his best finish in a B Mod 4th and Brian Murphy moved from 10th to 5th.

For the 2nd straight week it was Terry Schmidt getting the win in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division.

This week Schmidt would hear nothing but cheering from the BriggsAuto.Com Speedway fans this week after winning. He drove past the early leader, Zach Henery, and held off a hard charge from Brett Heeter to get his 2nd win.

Heeter would finish 2nd in his 1st visit of the year to HPT, 3rd went to Henery, Steve Herrick finished in the 4th spot and in 5th was Leif Weyer.

Next week the Super Saturday Showdown Series continues at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, visit their website at www.hpt.com.

ABC Raceway Ready to Kick Off 48th Season

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Ashland, WI -- It doesn't seem that long ago the ABC Raceway capped off its 2011 stock-car racing season with one of the most exciting Red Clay Classic events in recent history.

But with the calendar quickly turing to spring and summer not far behind, the all-volunteer staff which operates the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval located just south of Ashland are already well into their preparations for the 48th season of action under the direction of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association.

Once again the facility will host stock car racing under the lights on 16 Saturday nights from mid-May though the end of August. Five divisions will be in action - WISSOTA-sanctioned modifieds, super stocks and Midwest modifieds, plus the Raceway's own six-cylinder class and the entry-level pure stocks.

As has become its custom, the venerable speedplant will officially start up the Northland's racing season with its annual Car Show and Swap Meet, to be held this coming Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-2 pm at FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating, on US 2 and Industrial Park Drive in Ashland's East End. Area racers are invited to bring their stock cars to FastLane for display to the general public, plus the racing equipment and specialty shop will welcome fans in for an "open house." Food and refreshments will be served, and a live radio broadcast can be heard on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and on www.wbszfm.com.

Also during the Car Show, drivers can complete license and registration paperwork necessary for the upcoming season. Downloadable driver forms are also available online at www.abcraceway.com, with easy access to forward completed forms to track officials via the website.

Following the Car Show, the track will host an open practice session from 3-6 pm, weather permitting. The session is open to the public, and admission to both the grandstands and the pit area is free, but there will be a $25 fee for each race car brought in.

The on-track action then begins in earnest on May 12, and it continues every Saturday until the Championship Saturday season finale and Fan Appreciation Night on August 25.

In between there are lots of great events scheduled, including long-time popular staples of the ABC Raceway, special events for each of the track's five weekly divisions, and the return of the IRA Outlaw Sprints. Two of the traditional favorite race dates are aimed for younger fans. The Kids' Meet the Drivers Night on June 2 includes a pre-race session where youngsters are welcomed onto the track to get an up-close look at the race cars and meet their racing heroes. Also, the kids take center stage on July 14, when they will get to race their bikes on the red-clay oval.

Another long-established event on the ABC calendar is the annual visit by the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers club, to be held during "Turn Back the Clock Night" on June 16. And fans will appreciate the five-dollar adult admission ticket price on June 23 when the Raceway invites them to "Jam the Stands."

The Interstate Racing Association's traveling sprint car series made such a strong first impression on area race fans last summer that track management easily made the decision to welcome them back. The July 28 date is slated as part of a two-night race trip for the 410 winged sprinters, which hail primarily from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The group wowed last year's capacity crowd with the fastest lap times ever attained here and are expected back with even sronger numbers.

Each of the ABC's regular divisions will be spotlighted during different nights during the summer of '12, with enhanced purses offered for each headline division. The six-cylinders will be featured first, with their Summer Sizzler to be held on July 7, in conjuction with the AmsOil Qualifiers for the track's three WISSOTA divisions. The winners of each of the Qualifier features receives an invitation to compete in the prestigious AmsOil Race of Champions during the WISSOTA 100 weekend in Huron, SD, September 12-15.

Two weeks later, on July 21, the big mods get their chance at some extra money with a new "Modified Mayhem" event. With the discontinuation of the Como Mod Series, the ABC Raceway has taken the initiative among area tracks to come up with an event to replace the Series' summer stop here. The annual Super Stock Challenge returns and will be run along with the IRA sprint car show on July 28, and on August 4 the Mid-mods get their turn at an enhanced purse with "Midwest Mod Madness" night. The ninth annual "Pure Excitement 25" pure stock special is set for August 18 and again promises to live up to its name as drivers from around the area compete in the entry-level division for a chance at big paychecks, made possible in large part from fan and sponsor contributions.

And no ABC Raceway calendar would be complete without the Northland's traditional racing season finale. The 37th Red Clay Classic will feature the high-powered WISSOTA late models making their only appearance of the season here, as well as Mid-mods, super stocks and modifieds. Last year's event saw 170 racers compete for a purse in excess of $70,000 and boasted three first-time winners. The schedule includes 16 regular-season events plus the Red Clay Classic, and all five divisions will be in action in all but two of the regular-season nights - super stocks will get the night off on June 30, and modified, Mid-mod and pure stock drivers will take a break from action on July 28.

Two new sponsors - PetroChoice and Northern Finnish Mutual Insurance - join the list of great season-long supporters of racing at ABC Raceway, including the ABC Sportsmen's Club; the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce; the Bad River Lodge, Casino & Convention Center; Chicago Iron & Supply; Baxter's Speed Shop; FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating; Heartland Communications; Little Caesar's Pizza; NAPA Auto Parts of Ashland & Washburn; Northern Clearing; the Northern State Bank; Northstar Beverage and Pepsi; Rivord Trucking; WIMI-FM; WITC-Ashland Campus; and Xtreme Sign & Graphix and X-Wraps.

A Fast-Lap Bonus will again be awarded to drivers in two features each race night0 who post the fastest lap based on the track's electronic scoring system. Track workers and other interested persons are reminded that weekly Monday night meetings will begin at the track on April 30 and continue through October 1. On Memorial Day and Labor Day Mondays, the meetings will be held the following Tuesdays.

The grandstand and pit gates will open at about 2 pm this Saturday for the practice session. For opening night on May 12, the pit gates will open just after 4 pm and the grandstand gates will open right at 5, with hot laps starting at 6:15 and the first race of the season set for around 7 pm. Admission prices will hold the line as in recent seasons, with tickets for fans ages 13 & older set at only $10, while
fans ages 12 and under are welcome in for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Prior to every race program all season long, "Race Night" will once again return to bring fans up-to-date with track news and weather information live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and via webcast at www.wbszfm.com 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, www.abcraceway.com.

2012 ABC Raceway Season Schedule
May 5 - Car Show @ FastLane Motorsports 10 am-2 pm; practice @ track 3-6 pm
May 12 - season opener
May 19 - full race program
May 26 - full race program
June 2 - Kids' Meet the Drivers Night
June 9 - full race program
June 16 - Turn Back the Clock Night w/vintage racers
June 23 - Jam the Stands Night
June 30 - full race program (no super stocks)
July 7 - Amsoil Qualifiers, Six-Cyl Summer Sizzler
July 14 - kids' bike races
July 21 - Modified Mayhem
July 28 - IRA sprints, Super Stock Challenge, sixes
August 4 - Midwest Mod Madness
August 11 - full race program
August 18 - Pure Excitement 25
August 25 - Championship Saturday, Fan Appreciation Night
September 28-29 - 37th Red Clay Classic

Rutland’s Rock Station 101.5 “The Fox” to Sponsor Devil’s Bowl Speedway Spring Green

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

RUTLAND, VT – Rutland’s Rock Station, 101.5 “The Fox” will become a major player at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT in 2012. The Fox will be the presenting sponsor of the season-opening “101.5 The Fox Spring Green” stock car racing event on Sunday, May 6, and has signed on for the “101.5 The Fox Vintage Racing Festival” as part of the inaugural C.J. Richards Memorial Weekend on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.

Race fans will be treated to a live remote broadcast by 101.5 The Fox during the first-ever Downtown Rutland stock car show for Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday morning, May 5. The 101.5 The Fox Spring Green on Sunday, May 6 features a 112-lap race for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models, along with championship openers for the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Renegades, and Bombers in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The 101.5 The Fox Vintage Racing Festival will feature race cars of all types from years gone by during the inaugural C.J. Richards Memorial Weekend in July. The three-day event features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night on Friday, July 20, a car show for vintage race cars and hot rods on Saturday, July 21, and on-track vintage racing and car show awards on Sunday, July 22.

“We’re thrilled here at The Fox to be a major part of the racing action at Devil’s Bowl this year,” said General Manager John Gales. “Rocking and racing go hand in hand and our thousands of listeners are going to love checking out the action at Devil’s Bowl this summer. Plus, The Fox is going to love giving away tickets all summer long as well.”

The 101.5 The Fox Spring Green opens Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 46th racing season on Sunday, May 6. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 1:30pm with green flag racing beginning at 2:00pm. General admission is $18 for adults, 15 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under. Discount season passes are also available.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, six miles north of Exit 2 on US Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.

Droste rolls to first Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge victory at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. – Tyler Droste took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and then led all 20 laps of the main event Friday night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway to notch his first victory in the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods.

The 16-year-old from Waterloo, Iowa, started from the outside of the front row and wrestled the lead away from polesitter Josh Gesell on the first lap. He was challenged the rest of the way by Erik Kanz, but held on to pocket the $500 top prize.

Kanz, along with three other Minnesota drivers – Dan Wheeler, Parker Hale and Shaun Walski – rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Brian Mahlstedt, Troy Langowski, Ben Moudry, Jason Schlangen and Alex Williamson.

The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge will be back in action for a doubleheader during the Memorial Day Weekend.

On Thursday, May 24, the series heads to the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and then on Saturday, May 26, it’s a trip to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

Both USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Cars will be on the card both nights in conjunction with the Modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series.

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.

Wet Weather Interrupts the POWRi Show at Macon

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Wet weather has unfortunately postponed this week’s racing with the POWRi. Join us next Saturday for Teacher Appreciation night presented by the Teacher’s Lounge! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and come on out and show your appreciation for your favorite teacher and check out the premier of the High School Hornet class! April 21st racing will feature a full line up of racing including UMP Late Model, Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pro Hornets and Amateur Hornets.

POWRi and Macon Speedway desperately wanted to race this evening but Mother Nature has put a hold on the events. POWRi and Badger Midgets and Outlaw Mini Sprints will be joining us May 12th to try a second time to put on an unforgettable show for the fans at Macon Speedway!

Purchase reserved seating now for this upcoming race as well as all of the action packed racing scheduled for 2012 at Macon Speedway for only $75! This guarantees you a spot in our reserved section of the grandstands where you have one of the best seats in the house! Spots are selling fast so get your seats reserved today for all of our upcoming events including when the Raminator comes on May 26th, Bully Dog of NASCAR night on May 28th and the Herald and Review 100 on July 5th! For more information call 217-764-3000, visit www.maconracing.com or follow us on twitter @maconspeedway.