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Archive for June, 2012

USAC/CRA Returns to Perris for July 4th “Firecracker 30″

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

SANTA MARIA, CA – The cars and stars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Wednesday, July 4th, for the annual “Firecracker 30 & Sky Concert.” The Independence Day showcase will also feature the PAS Senior 360 Sprint Cars and the popular winged California Lightning Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, a special on-track autograph session will be held from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will start at 6:30pm. At intermission, Don Kazarian’s facility will host one of largest and best fireworks show in Southern California.

The annual “Firecracker” race has been a Southern California tradition going back to the legendary Ascot Park in Gardena. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County facility kept the tradition alive and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the first of his five victories of the event. Mike Spencer, who won last year’s race, will look to join the likes of Kruseman, “The Ripper” Rip Williams and “The Cowboy” Tony Jones as multiple winners of the Independence Day Classic.

Heading into the ninth race of the 2012 season, Mike Spencer of Temecula holds an sixty-five point lead over the competition. The driver of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Madera Produce / Grubstake Mini Storage Maxim won at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway on June 15th and scored third the following night at Santa Maria. The 4-time USAC/CRA Champion has four main event wins, four Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, eight top-5 finishes, and eighty feature laps led on the season. Spencer will be going for his fourth straight victory at Perris, tying a USAC/CRA track record held by Jones and “Dynamite” David Cardey.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is second in the point standings. The pilot of Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike scored tenth at Watsonville and placed fourth at Santa Maria. To date, the former USAC Western Midgets Series Champion has one feature win, two Sander Engineering / Rod End Supply Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, five top-5 finishes, and twenty-six feature laps led on the year. Faas will be looking to add the “Firecracker 30″ to his resume and cut into Spencer’s point lead.

After scoring fifth at Watsonville and winning the Santa Maria 30-lap feature, Austin Williams of Yorba Linda has climbed to third in the point chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Diversified Machine Inc. Semi-Main win, one Ringers Gloves / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, five top-5 finishes, and twenty-nine feature laps led. On Wednesday, Williams will be looking to add his name to the winner’s list of the “Firecracker 30.”

Sitting fourth in the point standings is Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell. Piloting the J.W. Mitchell Motorsports’ #37 J.M. Mancha Realtors / Sierra Springs Water Maxim, Mitchell claimed third at Watsonville and scored thirteenth at Santa Maria. To date, the former USAC Western Midget Series Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and five top-5 finishes in the campaign. Last year’s “Salute To Indy” winner will have his sights on winning the rare Wednesday night feature at USAC/CRA’s “Home Track.”

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is currently fifth in the championship points. The driver of Keith Ford’s #73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike claimed second at Watsonville and earned the “Hard Charger” award at Santa Maria with a fifteenth to sixth place run. Last year’s Santa Maria Track Champion has two heat race victories, four top-5 finishes, and forty-nine feature laps led in 2012. Bernal has parted ways with the Kittle Motorsports team and will be looking score his first career USAC/CRA feature at Perris Auto Speedway.

Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Buena Park’s Brody Roa, “The Ripper” Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Ventura’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Seth Wilson of Las Vegas, Yorba Linda’s “Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Dynamite” David Cardey of Riverside, Camarillo’s Josh Ford, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, and many more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, and $5 for Children (12 and under). Camping will be allowed and reservations can be made by calling the Fairgrounds at (951) 657-4221. For more information on the “Firecracker 30,” visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Circle Track Network will offer a live pay per view feed from Perris Auto Speedway to viewers over 100 miles away from the racetrack at www.circletracknetwork.com. The feed will be archived and available to all visitors for a fee 24-hours after the last checkered flag.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Hilborn Fuel Injection, Integra Shocks, Keizer Wheels, LRB Inc. Race Products, Ringers Gloves, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, and Sander Engineering for their support.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com/cra or follow the series on Facebook or Twitter.

Jeramy Myers Takes First Career Victory

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Electric City Speedway hosted the WISSOTA Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks this past Saturday. Throughout the week promoter Dan Mann spent some time adding extra clay to the track’s surface and preparing for the event. Many drivers said at the end of the racing event that the track had a smoother surface that quickly turned into dry slick. What this meant for the fans… much closer racing and a chance to watch a couple of firsts again this week.

With only a couple of spins in the WISSOTA Super Stock heat, a green-white-checkered finish had Casey Steffenson coming out as the victor. The newly implemented “After the third caution, anyone causing a restart would be sent to the pits.” rule came into effect in the feature after spins caused by Jake Tucker, Curt Popham and Clay Irwin. Alex Wermling brought out the fourth caution with a spin in turn four. Mike Pistelak spun in turn two just after taking the lead from Steffenson and had to retire his car for the evening as well. Steffenson found himself in victory lane when the final flag flew on the event.

Three heats of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track second in the rotation. In caution free heats Jeramy Myers, Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson led their respective fields to the checkered flag. Dusty Muzzana jumped into Patrick Harvie’s car for the evening. In the heat Muzzana had transmission issues that resulted in flames shooting out from under the car on the final lap. The feature had Myers and Joey Ray starting on the front row. Myers was on rails. Doug Lapierre and Zach Olson each made a bid against Myers in the final laps but neither driver could get around him. After a couple seasons filled with a lot of heartbreak Myers claimed his first career victory.

Returning to the speedway for their second full event this season the WISSOTA Late Models ran a single heat. Billings driver Kelly Hample started on the pole and finished in the top spot with Jody Kropp finishing second. A racing incident at the start of the feature had Bradley Kerrison facing the opposite direction and a full restart realigned the field. A spin by Mick Halverson was the only other caution in the event. Hample swept up the feature receiving the victory.
Rounding out the evening were the WISSOTA Street Stocks. In the first of two heats, Ron Mattern was victorious after a tight battle early on in the event. Marvin Gonzales worked his way from a sixth place starting position to the front of the field in heat two. During the feature Stephan Foley brought out the only caution with a spin in turn two. BJ Warehime was out in front in the early laps, but lost the lead to Donavon Sorenson as the laps wound down. The long drive home to Williston, ND has been made a little easier for Sorenson as he captured his first feature win.

The next couple of weeks will be very busy for the speedway as the next event is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2012 featuring the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds.

It doesn’t end there either. As said many times before the place to be on Independence Day is the Speedway! Racing will resume with the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Modifieds on July 4, 2012. Watch some great racing action with a full panoramic view of the Electric City. It is the perfect seat for the city’s fireworks display and viewing of the celebrating across the city.

Wednesday July 11, 2012 the ASCS National Sprint Tour will be running with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Details can be found at www.electriccityspeedway.com

Gustin flawless in USMTS National Championship tilt at Fairmont

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, sailed to a $4,000 payday Thursday night as he led wire to wire to capture the main event at the Fairmont Raceway.

From the time his Gressel Racing team unloaded his Hughes Chassis from the hauler, Gustin’s night went about as perfect as he could have asked for. Coming from third to win Eibach Springs Heat Race #3, Gustin earned the most passing points which allowed him to draw first in the redraw among the top 8 qualifiers. ‘The Reaper’ drew the pole, and then went on to lead all 35 laps of the Swan Energy “A” Main.

When the race’s first and only caution waved on lap 6, Gustin’s lead was already half the length of a straight-away at the big half-mile oval. Back under green, Gustin powered away again while Rodney Sanders blasted by Jason Hughes to take over second place. From there, the duo put distance between them and the rest of the pack but Sanders was never able to mount a serious challenge to Gustin’s lead.

Meanwhile, Terry Phillips found his way into the top 5 from the 12th starting spot and got around Hughes with 10 laps to go. Phillips then slipped by Sanders in the final turn to garner the runner-up finish at the checkered flag with Hughes close behind in fourth and Mike Sorensen following in the fifth position. Sixth through tenth were Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Ryan Ruter, Kelly Shryock and Clayton Wagamon.

While Sanders is tied atop the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series standings, Gustin now holds a 57-point advantage over Sanders in the USMTS National Championship Series points. Hughes sits third, followed by Stormy Scott, Shryock, Johnny Scott, Chase Junghans, Jason Krohn, Dereck Ramirez and Chris Brown.

A driver’s best 20 finishes will determine the final rankings where the 2012 USMTS National Champion will earn a record $30,000.

With three races complete in the five-race summer kick-off swing, the series invades the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, on Friday for another $4,000-to-win battle. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods, plus USRA Stock Cars and USRA Hobby Stocks. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow.

The Highway 3 Raceway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.3 miles north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (at the Butler County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 515-297-1691 or 319-267-9977 on race day. Check out www.highway3raceway.com online to learn more.

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.

$500 to Win Stock Car “King of the Hill” Tournament June 30 at Thunderhill

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway preps for its first ever Stock Car “King of the Hill” Tournament. This event has been held in the past for the Modifieds and Sport Mods. The event will pay a cool $500 to the winner and take place after all the features are finished. There is no added cost to enter the special race, all you have to do is show up at the track with your Stock Car this Saturday June 30.

The tournament will be set by a random draw. Two cars on the track at a time racing for two laps with winner moving onto the next round until a winner is crowned. The night will be brought you by Young Automotive and one of Sturgeon Bay’s favorite watering holes, Poh’s Corner Pub.

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon still sits atop the standings in the IMCA Modifieds with a 6 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Billy LeMieux. Former IMCA Sport Mod champ Eric Arneson sits just 7 markers back in third place. Frog Station’s Dan Ratajczak leaped into fourth in the standings after his dominating feature win last Saturday night, he now sits tied with Kewaunee’s Cory Cochart just 9 points behind. Cochart also has a title in the Sport Mods coming in 2009.

Troy Muench of Brussels entered last week in a three way tie for the points lead in the IMCA Stock Cars. When the night ended he found himself still tied for the lead, but this time it was with Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala. Algoma’s David Bouche sits third just 1 point back of the co-point leaders. Algoma’s Shawn Havel has quietly worked into title contention just 6 marks back of the lead. Fresh off a feature win Forestville’s Charlie Kroll sits fifth in points, just 7 points back of the top spot.

Sturgeon Bay’s Randy LeMieux Jr. leads the standings in the IMCA Sport Mods for the 3rd week in a row. Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen went for the feature win last week but in the end it cost him a couple points too LeMieux as he was caught on the high side and ended finishing behind LeMieux. He sits second in points 2 markers back of the leader. Bernie Reinhardt of Sturgeon Bay ended a dry spell picking up his first feature win since 2009. The win moved him within 3 points of LeMieux.

Denmark veteran Tom Brumlic leads the standings in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. CJ Weckler of Sturgeon Bay moved into title contention with his first sanctioned feature win last Saturday. Former Street Stock champion Phil Faustini moved up to third in the standing just 8 back of Brumlic. Former point leader Tyler Hackett of Algoma suffered a broken drive shaft that dropped him to fourth in the standings 10 points behind Brumlic. East Maplewood’s Amber Weidner continues with a career season sitting fifth in the point chase 12 back of the leader.

Dennis Weidner of East Maplewood leads everyone in the Street Stock standing holding a 7 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny. Denny was caught up in an opening lap wreck that left him with a busted tie rod and DNF for the night. Forestville’s Jimmy Anderson sits third still in title contention 13 points out of the top spot. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. For our social media like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Quincy Raceways Announces Start Time Changes for MOWA Sprint Car Event for Sunday July 1

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Quincy Raceways is announcing that the Sunday July 1 MOWA Sprint Car Show will see some event changes due to the predicted extreme heat expected for that day. The scheduled start times for Sunday July 1 will now be Pit Gates open at 3:30, Grandstands at 6:00, Driver’s Registration Ends at 6:30, Drivers meeting at 6:30, Hot Laps at 6:45 and Sprint Qualifying at 7:30 or as soon as Hot Laps end. It is hoped that this change will allow some of the heat or the day to dissipate easing the strain on both spectators and racers alike.

The evenings events will start off with Hot Laps for the Miller Lite UMP Modifieds, MOWA Sprint Cars, Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA SportMods, and the Quincy Hobby Stocks followed by the MOWA Sprint Car Qualifying, Opening Ceremonies, Miller Lite UMP Modified Heat Races, MOWA Sprint Car Heat Races, Quincy Hobby Stock Heat Races, IMCA Sport Compact Feature Event, MOWA Sprint Car Dash, MOWA Sprint Car B-Main, Miller Lite UMP Modified Feature Event, Hobby Stock Feature Event, MOWA Sprint Car Feature Event and the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA SportMod Feature Event.

The IMCA Sport Compacts will not Hot Lap or run Heat Races nor will the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA SportMods run Heat Races for this event. The IMCA Sport Compacts and IMCA SportMods will be lined up for their feature events by inverted point average for the first ten positions and by point standings for the remainder of the field with approval from IMCA. These changes will hopefully help with the extreme temperatures that expected for Sunday July 1 and will allow both spectators and racers to still get home at a reasonable hour. Quincy Raceways will do everything it can to make this
Special Event a great one despite what Mother Nature has in store. It is hoped that everyone will be amenable for these changes.

Please visit www.quincyraceways.com   www.midwestopenwheel.com  or call the Quincy Raceways Hotline at 217-224-4100 for more information.