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Archive for July, 2012

This one’s for JakeTodd Brass takes TNT’s Jake Mullins Memorial

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

THREE LAKES, Wis. — It was an emotional night for Argonne’s Todd Brass Saturday at Three Lakes TNT Speedway.Brass took home over $950 in cash and prizes as the winner of the third annual Jake Mullins Memorial WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Street Stock special, but the significance of the victory meant so much more.Brass was close friends with Mullins, also of Argonne, a well-liked racer at TNT Speedway who died in a passenger automobile accident in August 2010.“I almost starting crying,” Brass said of his emotions after taking the checkered flag in the 25-lap feature. “I wanted to win it for Jake and his family. If (Jake’s brother) Jeff (Mullins) couldn’t win it, I wanted to. Our families are so close, you know. I miss the little guy, as we all do.” The victory was even more poignant for Brass, who had his own brush with death earlier this year, surviving an passenger auto accident in Sugar Camp that led to an extended hospital stay.Brass was the class ofthe field, in just his second start at TNT Speedway since the accident, leading the final 20 laps.

He passed Jordan Kurtti of Bruce Crossing, Mich. on lap six and opened up a full straightaway lead on Tigerton’s Gary Kasperek and Sugar Camp’s Ben Pitlik by the time the race’s second and final caution flag flew on lap 19. Brass felt the heat over the final six-lap dash, but slowly edged away from Kasperek and Pitlik, who finished second and third.“I knew Kasperek was there. I knew Pitlik was there. I just ran my own line,” Brass said.After doing donuts on the front stretch, Brass got out of his car and climbed on top of it, to the delight of the packed house. But Brass was more reflective than jubilant after the race. He recalled how often he thought about Mullins while lying in the hospital bed earlier this year.

“A lot actually, because that could have been me too,” he said. “I was very fortunate, to be out here three months after crushing three vertebrae. You know, it’s very emotional.”Jeff Mullins, the points leader in the WADTS Street Stocks at TNT Speedway, was the sentimental favorite Saturday, but had to scramble to get his car put back together after a heat race accident between himself and Pitlik caused significant front suspension damage. Mullins was not much of a factor from his 13th starting spot and finished ninth. Still, he maintained a nine-point lead of Laona’s Jake Terry, who finished fifth Saturday, and a 13-point lead over Kurtti, who suffered mechanical problems in the feature for the second straight week and finished 13th. The Mullins Memorial was the highlight of a big night of racing that featured a season-high 58 automobiles. Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, Mich. won the WADTS Midwest Modified feature. Lac du Flambeau’s John Johnson Sr. won the TNT Pure Stock feature. Gleason’s Brandon Langbecker claimed victory in a wild finish in the TNT Stingers. Birnamwood’s Sean Thayer claimed his 10th feature win of the season in the TNT Trucks.There were a couple multi-car wrecks in the Midwest Modified feature, the most significant occurred on lap five and involved Eagle River’s Bruce Helland,who entered the race tied with Tomahawk’s Jeff Klopstein Jr. for the class points lead.

Klopstein and Rhinelander’s Dan Melton made contact in a battle for the third position, causing a chain reaction behind them in the tightly-packed field. Belland, running seventh at the time, was hit from behind as he slowed to avoid the potential wreck in front of him. Belland spun in front of the back half of the field and was slammed into by Guy Carley, Travis Friske and Stan Rychlock, none of whom could avoid the wreck. It knocked Belland out of the race in 13th position.

Dunbar picked his way through the field on the restart, taking second by lap six. The field bunched up again following a wreck on lap 12 involving Jack Henricks, Melton and Rychlock. Dunbar blew past Cory Dickman of Bruce Crossing, Mich. on lap 13 and cruised to his second win of the season at TNT. Rhinelander’s Dennis Mikkelson scored his best finish of the season, passing Dickman for second in the waning laps. Joe Kin and Klopstein rounded out the top five. Klopstein opened a six-point lead of Tomahawk’s C.J. Hedges Jr. and a seven-point lead over Belland with four races remaining toward the track championships.There’s a saying in racing, “it’s either checkers or wreckers,” meaning that a driver either wins the race or crashes trying. For Langbecker in the Stingers it was checkers and wreckers. Gleason’s Kasey Gross was well on his way to his third feature victory in a row, with a comfortable four-car length lead on the final lap, but Gross’s car pushed high off turn two and smacked the outside guard rail. As his car came back down the track, it sideswiped Langbecker, who was running second, sending Langbecker’s car momentarily airborne.

The incident brought out the red flag. Because the leader had taken the white, by rule, the race was over. Scoring reverted back to the last completed lap. Gross, who was deemed to be the cause of the accident, was put to the end of the lead lap and Langbecker was credited with the win. His car made it to victory lane, with help from the wrecker. Johnson passed Rhinelander’s Tyler Lundberg for the lead on lap three of the Pure Stock feature, but Lundberg stayed in close proximity most of the race. A caution at the back of the field with two laps remaining set up a green-white-checkered finish. Rhinelander’s Brit Bromann, who rallied from 14th following an early accident to third, passed Lundberg for second on the final restart and set his sights on Johnson. Bromann made a move to the inside on the final lap but ran out of time as Johnson won by less than a car length. Behind Johnson, it was a five-pack of Rhinelander racers — Bromann, Lundberg, Dan Schultz, Austin Henricks and Rick England.Thayer continued his domination in the Trucks, passing Larry Roper Jr. of Gleason for the lead on lap five. He cruised to his tenth win of the season.

Birnamwood’s Erik Kessen, Roper Jr., Birnamwood’s Sean Janssen and Deerbrook’s Ed Andraschko rounded out the top five. Thayer enjoys the largest points lead of any driver at TNT. He is 48 points ahead of Kessen. Thayer is also the first driver to hit the 600-point plateau this season, sitting at an even 600 points after 11 races.Races continue this Saturday at Three Lakes TNT Speedway. In addition to a full race program, there will be an autograph session at intermission where fans will have a chance to meet all their favorite local racers. Hot laps being at 6:45 p.m., with racing at 7:15 p.m.

Chandler Chevrolet Night and Special Twin Features on tap Saturday August 4th at Virginia Motor Speedway

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will return to racing Saturday August 4th for Chandler Chevrolet Night and week twelve of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action.

See the Victory Lap Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

The speedway will host a special twin race format that will see each division get two chances at a VMS victory. Each division will run a specified number of laps at which time the caution and checkers will be displayed. The field will then be reset with an inversion for the restart of the second half of the event.

Competitor gates for Saturday, August 4th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. We offer a family pass for $25 (two adults and two children 12 and under). Pit passes will be $20.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

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Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track, is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

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Can Sheppard Make it Four In a Row at Merrittville?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Thorold, Ontario -A lot of questions will be answered in one week’s time when Merrittville Speedway plays host to the 3rd annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100 lap Big Block Super DIRTcar Series on Monday August 6th – a presentation of L. St. Amand Enterprises.

The first one that comes to mind is – Can Matt Sheppard make it four in a row at the Thorold facility in 2012? Sheppard has two SDS Victories to date with the last one at Autodromme Drummond putting him one point ahead of Brett Hearn going into next week’s doubleheader. Sheppard won the 17th and final Trevor Wilkens Memorial and since the event has honored Bob St. Amand Sr. – has won both tributes so far. The only other driver in the event’s storied history to win 4 in a row – Alan Johnson from 2003 to 2006. Sheppard sure has to love Holiday Mondays in August at Merrittville!

Back on Monday May 21st Hearn showed how much he likes Holiday Mondays in May after winning his third straight 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series 100 . Will the Small Block SDS Win can he win win his first Big Block Series Event here in 20 years? His last was in 1991

Hearn appeared to have 1992′s edition all locked up if not for a last lap Turn 4 move by Merrittville’s own Ron Smoker to steal the win that year with a move that is still remembered today!

Matt Sheppard actually won last year’s event with his Small Block holding off Merrittville Regulars Chad Brachman, Larry Lampman and Mat Williamson.

Could one of these hometown heroes pull off the upset this year like Smoker did? You can’t count them out. You also have to keep an eye out as well for one of the hottest drivers in 2012 – Todd Gordon who just won his third of the
season and others like Pete Bicknel . Tim Jones . Travis Braun . Fred Carleton . Scott Wood or Tommy Flannigan who has competed in several Big Block SDS Events already leading into next week’s event.

In the Series’ only other visit to Ontario at the Cornwall Motor Speedway this season . Chris Raabe pulled off the upset with his Small Block. When you think of extra distance events at Merrittville . drivers you can’t count out are Lampman and Williamson . not to mention Mike Bowman. In about a month’s time when the Points conclude for the 61st season . Bowman has won the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial twice among other extra distance events and surely would to notch his second win of the season next Monday as would Chris Steele who also has visited Victory Lane once this season.

Finally . the 2012 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Points has former winner Jimmy Phelps, Billy Dunn and Danny Johnson as the Top 5 in points. Danny Johnson. Surely Johnson would like to get back in the win column at Merrittville
backing up his 2012 SDS Win at Canandaigua. He’s won the Big Block version 4 times.

The best way to see how this year’s story unfolds . be in your seat when the Gates Open at 4 PM for all the excitement Monday August 6th for the L. St. Amand Enterprises Extravaganza!

There’s nowhere on dirt that you will see 100 laps of feature in the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus a 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Track Event!

The 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial 100 Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event Monday August 6th is an event that Merrittville Speedway has hosted since 1972 – the year Bob ‘Sr.’ won his Modified Points Championship. Since that first event – the stars of DIRTcar Modified racing have challenged Merrittville’s talented field of hometown heroes in the
Canadian Civic Holiday Classic.

It has become a must see event on any race fan’s race schedule as race teams and race fans alike have come to enjoy the event and all that the surrounding Niagara Region has to offer. Located in the heart of one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world – the track is minutes from the roar of Niagara Falls with its world class casinos and attractions. The Niagara Peninsula is also the most well-known and developed wine region in Canada and North America. Race fans may also wish to make it a doubleheader and enjoy all the action of Saturday August 4th’s Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program hosted by Miller’s Auto Recyclers that features a $1000 to win David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Event for the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and the final Grantham Lions Enduro Qualifier accelerated by
Niagara College.

Monday August 6th’s festivities begin with the famous pre-race Pasta Dinner hosted by Club Castropignano.

For Pasta Dinner Ticket and other Event Information – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or visit the award winning . For directions to Merrittville Speedway click on ight%20Sponsor%20Press%20Releases%20first%20version\\track_map>

Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book ( Speedway) and Twitter ( Join us this 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!

Make plans now for quite a Civic Holiday Celebration as L. St. Amand Enterprises presents the 3rd Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial Monday August 6th featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Main Event plus another home track event for the Hoosier Stocks in the Duel on the Dirt Series against the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks. The
Extravaganza starts with Club Castropignano’s Pasta Dinner and tickets for that are now available for just $10. Gates open at 4 . Hot laps 6:45 and Time Trials begin at 7 PM. Make it a weekend at Merrittville with FREE Camping Available and an action-packed night Saturday August 4th!

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS The 2012 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is 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 . and visit them when you require their products and/or services.

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Kisling Chalks Up Win Number Twenty For The Year

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Jim Falls, WI–Shane Kisling made it twenty wins for the 2012 race season when he swept the field of WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks at Eagle Valley Speedway on Sunday, July 29, when Quality Propane presented the races. Joining Kisling in the Gordy’s County Market winner’s circle was Kevin Adams in his Modified who added to his win total to make it fourteen wins for the year. In the Street Stock division, Ron Hanestad added to his weekend total by getting by sweeping for win
number two and Josh Smith swept and made it win number two for the year as he bested the Midwest Modifieds. In the Eagle Valley divisions, Clay Potaczek picked up win number six for the year and Robert Ellsworth buzzed past all the other Hornets for a win.

Marcus Simonson and Mark Stender led the field to the green for the start of the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stock feature with Stender grabbing the early lead. With five laps in the books, Stender led by one car length over Tommy Richards who had worked his way up from his fourth-place starting spot. Richards was followed closely by Shane Kisling who had come from eighth, Wayne Dean, who had started third, and Eric Olson, who had started seventh. Two cautions during the next five laps slowed the field and bunched them back up with Kisling taking advantage of the situation as he shot to the front. With ten laps in it was Kisling in control followed by Richards, Stender, Dean and Olson. With five laps to go and Kisling leading by two or three car lengths, the race was for second as Richards and Stender fought it out for that spot. Dean hung on to fourth as Olson continued to run fifth. With one to go, the cars remained in the same order with Kisling leading by a couple of car lengths with the only change occurring when Stender made a move on Richards coming out of turn four as the cars approached the flag stand for the last time. In the end, it was Kisling picking up his twelfth win in fourteen starts at Eagle Valley Speedway in his Kisling’s Auto Body sponsored car. Stender, Richards, Dean and Olson rounded out the top five.

In Midwest Modified action, Kent Baxter and Andy Karl led the field for the start of their feature with Karl getting the early advantage for the first lap. By the end of lap two, Karl was relegated to second when Josh Smith, who had started fourth, grabbed the lead as Jake Smith moved in for third after starting sixth. Running fourth and fifth at the time
were Grant Southworth, who had started eighth, and Jake Stai, who had started sixth. With five laps in, Josh Smith had a comfortable lead of five or six car lengths over Jake Smith who ran second. Jake Smith was followed by Southworth, Shane Halopka, who had started seventh, and Stai. By the time ten laps were completed Josh Smith had survived one restart. Southworth had made the pass for second and was being followed by Jake Smith, Halopka and Stai. With the laps winding down, Josh Smith was still in control, but Southworth wasn’t giving up as he hounded Smith for the lead. During most of the last five laps the top five cars ran within a few car lengths of each other, keeping the final outcome in doubt. For Josh Smith, though, there was no doubt in his mind as he cruised to his second win of the year in his JP Mechanical sponsored car. Smith was followed by Southworth, Jake Smith, Halopka, and Stai.

The mighty Modifieds were up next with Dan Hesch, the birthday boy, making his return to the track after a lengthy absence and Curt Myers, making a rare appearance, on the front row. Myers made his presence known early as he quickly moved to the top spot, at least for the first two laps. It was during lap three that Matt Leer, coming from sixth, flew past Myers to steal the number one spot. With five laps in it was Leer in the lead, but Myers wasn’t giving up and neither was Kevin Adams who had come from eighth as the top three ran inches from each other as they passed under the flag
stand. Not far behind, two time feature winner for the weekend, Mike Anderson ran fourth and Hesch hung on to fifth. Mid race saw Leer making a rare bobble as he jumped the cushion coming out of turn one allowing Adams the room he need to take the lead. This sent Leer to second followed by Anderson, Myers and Hesch. With five laps to go, Anderson suddenly pulled up lame in turn four and had to be towed to the pits. This changed the order to Adams, Leer, Myers, Hesch and Jay Richardson. With two laps to go, there was little question about the final winner, but a great battle raged between Leer and Myers for the second spot as Leer went high and Myers went low. In the end, it was Kevin Adams taking a “checked out” win, his fourteenth of the year, in his Barn Yard Buddies sponsored car. Rounding out the top five were Leer, Myers, Richardson and Hesch.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next with Andrew Cimfl and Mike Conrad starting in the top two spots. The field would be noticeably missing current National Point’s leader, Cody Kummer, who has had nothing but heartache the last few weeks having lost a motor earlier and then losing a motor and a transmission during his heat race on Sunday night at Eagle Valley. Kummer’s car was rolled onto the track for a DNF in the feature. When the cars rounded the track for the first time it was neither Cimfl nor Conrad who held the top spot, but it was Ron Hanestad who had come from fourth to grab the lead with Conrad running second. Lap five saw Hanestad comfortably in the lead, but Adam Soltis was on the move and inching up to Hanestad’s rear bumper. Meanwhile, Conrad ran third followed by Danny Richards who had started eighth and Mike Knudtson, who had started fourth. Lap ten saw Hanestad still in the lead with Soltis still giving chase in second. A fierce battle raged on behind the top two as Conrad, Doug Wojcik and Richards ran three wide as they passed under the flag stand. Richards got the top end of that battle as Conrad and Wojcik settled in behind him as the cars moved through corners one and two. When the checkered flag flew it was Hanestad with a decisive win of four or five car lengths in his No Sponsors car. Rounding out the top five were Soltis, Wojcik, Richards and James Vought.

In Eagle Valley Pure Stock action, Pat Smith and Todd Roshell were on the front row for the start of the feature with Clay Potaczek taking the early advantage. With the race halfway completed, Potaczek was in control, but Smith, Danny Richards and Dalton Hazelton were right there with him as the top five cars ran in a pack. In the end, though, it was Potaczek taking his sixth win of the year in his Doug’s Scrap sponsored car. Potaczek was followed by Hazelton, Smith, Richards and Andrew Conklin.

The Hornet feature, run prior to intermission, saw Buddy Hanestad and Robert Ellsworth lead the field to the green. It was Rocky Kempe who would lead the first thirteen laps of the fifteen lap feature when he grabbed the top spot. It was during lap fourteen that Ellsworth made an attempt to pass for the lead and failed as the cars ran in the backstretch. Ellsworth then gave it another try in turn four and completed the pass to go on for the win by a half car length over Kempe. Ellsworth and Kempe were followed by Hanestad, Scott Westaby and Jacob Rubenzer.

Racing resumes on Sunday, August 5, when once again all five divisions will be in action. A couple of dates for the future to keep in mind are August 19 when Eagle Valley will present the 11th annual Lonnie Leu Memorial Race and August 25 when Eagle Valley will present an “Eve of Devastation”. Be there when the Valley Heats Up!

Burgtorf, Long, Huls, Dunker, Powers and Dunker Score Quincy Wins

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Quincy, Illinois–Mark Burgtorf, Michael Long, Abe Huls, Tony Dunker, Jake Powers and Pat “Skippy” Dunker all took feature event wins at Quincy Raceways on Sunday July 29 during Summy Tire and Auto Center and Mark Twain Casino Fan
Appreciation Night at the Races.

Dustin Griffin jumped into the early lead of the thirty lap UMP Late Model main event from his outside row one starting spot and held Mark Burgtorf at bay for the first eleven circuits but Burgtorf slipped past on lap twelve to take over the top spot. Griffin then faded back with Jerry Lierly powering his way into the second position on lap fifteen and proceeded to slowly reel in Burgtorf getting as close as a car length but as the laps wound down he faded back to a little over two seconds behind Burgtorf and the checkered flag. Following Lierly in third was Billy Genenbacher in third, Justin Reed in fourth and Robbie Warner in fifth. Griffin and Jim Moon were the heat race winners with Burgtorf scoring the checkered flag in the Summy Tire and Auto Center Dash.

Jared Schlipman took the early lead in the Miller Lite UMP Modified main event but an error in turn four on the sixth lap gave Michael Long all he needed to slide into the top spot. Long then managed to weather several caution periods to score his third feature win of the weekend with Steven DeLonjay in second, Schlipman in third, Craig Spegal in fourth and Russ Coultas in fifth. Schlipman, Long and Jake Griffin were the heat race winners.

Abe Huls took yet another IMCA Stock Car main event win over Michael Larsen in second, Terry Houston in third, Jerry Jansen in fourth and Darin Weisinger in fifth. Larsen scored the heat race checkers.

Joe Bliven look like he had the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod feature event win in the bag but when he slipped up during the final corner going to the checkered flag, Tony Dunker was able to capitalize and grab the win away. Bliven settled for second followed by Rick Barlow in third, Tanner Klingele in fourth and Brad Holtmeyer in fifth. Bobby Anders and Dunker were the heat race winners. Jack Evans, Richie Uppinghouse, Cullen Thompson and Charles VanZandt got the $50 bonuses paid by Dunker Concrete.

Jake Powers took the win in a wild and crazy Quincy Hobby Stock main event as only three drivers were able to finish the race at the checkered flag. Jamie Bevill scored second followed by Justin Bartz in third, Justin Bevill in fourth and Brandon Symmonds in fifth. Powers and Tanner Klingele took the heat race wins.

Pat Dunker was not going to let his brother Tony have all the fun for the race night as he scored his first ever IMCA Sport Compact feature event win. Dunker led for laps three through eight but Robert Thompson Jr. got past for the lead on lap nine but as the white flag was given on lap eleven, Thompson had problems giving the lead and the feature event win back to Dunker. The second spot went to Austen Becerra followed by Kimberly Abbott in third, Casey Lambert in fourth and Jason Stucker in fifth. Bercerra and Abbott were the heat race winners.

Coming up next at Quincy Raceways on Sunday August 5 will be Miller Lite Mississippi Belle Distributing Night at the Races. Pit Gates open at 3:30, Grandstands at 5:00, Drivers Registration ends at 5:30, Hot Laps at 5:45 and Racing at 6:30pm. Adults are $10, Seniors $7, Students 11-15 are $5 and Kids 10 and Under are Free as always at Quincy Raceways.