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Archive for January, 2013

Saturday shows at I-76 feature Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

FORT MORGAN, Colo. – An open-wheeled division already familiar to fans at I-76 Speedway will be sanctioned beginning this season by IMCA.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will race every other Saturday at Fort Morgan. Opening night is April 7, with the final point race set for Sept. 21.

“We have run a sportmod class with rules similar to IMCA’s for five seasons,” promoter Butch Speicher said. “One of the best things about this division is that guys can buy and race an older Modified, and they’ll be able to come here if they
want to run for points.”

Speicher anticipates sharing a number of drivers from Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke and tracks in western Nebraska already running the IMCA division. “We will have one season for all drivers to transition to the IMCA rules. We had quite a few IMCA legal cars running here last year,” he said.

Only IMCA legal and licensed drivers will receive Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points. IMCA will also keep track points for licensed drivers only.

IMCA also sanctions the Modified division at I-76.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champions To Be Honored Saturday Speedway announces creation of special annual awards

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

RUTLAND, VT – More than 230 guests will honor the champions and top stock car drivers from the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 2. The fete will be held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT.

Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY and car owners Debbie Eddy and Ron White of Fair Haven, VT will collect their second consecutive championship in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. J&S Steel Late Model champion Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT, Renegade champion Robert Gordon of Milton, VT, Bomber champion Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT, and the top drivers from each division will also receive awards.

Masterson will also be honored as the Bomber Rookie of the Year, along with Joey Roberts of Georgia, VT (Modified), Robert Bryant, Jr., of Brooklyn, CT (Late Model), and Robin Cummings of Milton, VT (Renegade). A variety of awards will be given by Five Star Race Car Bodies, Bond Auto Parts, Goodyear Racing Tires, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, and the University of Northwestern Ohio. A keynote speech will be given by Karl Fredrickson, Editor of *Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated* magazine, with musical entertainment from popular local band Rick Redington & The Luv.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway has created several awards that will begin an annual tradition of recognizing those who stand out. The John Bruno Award has been established as the track’s highest honor, for a person or group who has dedicated their life to the sport of stock car racing while maintaining high standards of conduct on and off the track. The award is named after the late John Bruno, a Rutland-area businessman and champion race driver and team owner from the 1960s until his passing in 1998. Mr. Bruno was the father of Devil’s Bowl Speedway owner and promoter Mike Bruno.

The Devil’s Bowl Speedway Award of Excellence has also been created to honor a person or group who commits to fostering the prosperity and future growth of the speedway. Sportsmanship Awards have been established to honor a driver from each weekly racing division who displays an equal commitment to fairness and competition. Sportsmanship Award winners are decided by a vote of drivers in each division.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 2013 racing season kicks off on Sunday, May 5 with the 39th annual “Spring Green” for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models and Devil’s Bowl’s weekly NASCAR divisions. General admission season passes are available by visiting www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or calling (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is also on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.

Hollingsworth Takes NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Season Opener At BRP

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

OCALA, FL – Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL picked up the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season opener and the first night of the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented by Racecar Engineering at Bubba Raceway Park on Tuesday night. Hollingsworth led all 40 laps in the Sparks Motorsports Special.

Hollingsworth held off a late-race charge from Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL in the Brandon Ford Warrior, but “Right Foot Ronny” was able to keep Bronson behind him to take the checkered flag with a .744 second margin of victory and pick up the $2,000 top prize. Bronson took the second spot with Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA taking the third spot in the AES Racing Special. Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL finished fourth in the High Roller Race Cars Special and Jeff Mathews of Valrico, FL drove the CURS Warrior to a fifth-place finish. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN was sixth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special and Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN finished seventh in the Wade’s Body Shop Special.

Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL started 17th in the M&M Transport Refrigeration GRT and finished eighth to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN took the ninth spot in the Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior.

Shan Smith of Dade City, FL came back from a spin near the halfway point in the 40-lap race to round out the top ten in the Outlaw Race Parts TNT. Cody Martin of Christiana, TN finished 18th in the My Racing Graphics.com Warrior to earn the Rookie of the Race Award. Hollingsworth earned the pole position for the main event by winning the first of six 12-lap heat races. Hollingsworth took the lead at the start of the race followed by Bronson, Davenport, Mathews and Teague. Hollingsworth set a fast pace, as he was lapping cars by the fifth lap. The first of four caution flags came out on lap 19 when Smith spun in turn four. When the field went back to green for the double-file restart, it was Hollingsworth
leading Bronson, Davenport, Mathews, Teague, McRee, Johnson, Gentry, Ivedent Lloyd of Ocala, FL in the Harrod Logging Special, and Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS in the Billy Riels Racing GRT. Teague, McRee, and Lloyd got by Mathews on the restart.

The second caution flag came out on lap 24 when Phillip Cobb of Dover, FL in the Mathis Farms Special triggered a multi-car tangle coming off the fourth turn. Hollingsworth led Bronson, Davenport, Teague, McRee, Mathews, Lloyd, and Johnson doubled up behind the leader back to the green flag. The restart saw the third caution flag of the race when Johnny Collins of Jacksonville, FL spun the Mills Concrete Special coming off the fourth turn. When the field went back to green flag action, McRee, Lloyd, and Mathews all got by Teague to take over fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.
With ten laps to go, Bronson found a groove in the middle of the track that helped him close in on Hollingsworth to challenge for the lead. While Hollingsworth ran the inside groove, Bronson was able to get outside the leader on a couple of occasions in turns three and four. A late-race caution flag would interrupt the battle for the point. Lloyd would have problems on lap 36 while running fifth when he stalled in turn three to bring out the fourth and final caution flag. That misfortune earned Lloyd the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award. In the five lap dash to the checkered flag, Hollingsworth moved up the race track, which slowed Bronson’s momentum, and kept him in front for the win.

In preliminary action, Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS was the Smiley’s Racing Products Fast Qualifier among the 67 entrants with a lap in 15.115 seconds driving the Custom Spraying GRT, The six 12-lap Heat Races were won by Hollingsworth, Davenport, Bronson, Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL in the Adams Used Auto Parts Rocket, Teague, and Mathews. Nosbisch scratched for the feature race.

The five 12-lap B-Main Races were won by Dennis Franklin of Chesnee, SC in the AES Racing Special, Collins, Smith, Lee, and Barrett. Tait Davenport of Benton, KY won the ten-lap Last Chance Race in the Murtco Special. The event was rain delayed for two hours by a rain shower after the second B-Main race.

History was also made on Tuesday night when 11-year-old Michael Lake of Uniontown, PA became the youngest driver to start a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series main event. Lake, who has been racing go-karts since the age of three, finished second in the fifth B-Main race and earned the 20th starting spot for the big show. Lake finished 22nd in the Bobby Lake Motorsports Warrior.

Night two of the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented by Racecar Engineering for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Bubba Raceway Park will be on Wednesday night at Bubba Raceway Park with a $2,000-to-win 40-lap main event. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you
eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain and Performance Dealer six years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. Bilstein Shocks is the Official Spec Shock of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Old Man’s Garage is the sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series. RockAuto.com and VP Racing Fuels are Official Sponsors of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2013 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Kinser Air Filters, AR Bodies, Velocita Racewear, and Performance Rod & Custom. 2013 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, Stinger Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.

Lucas Oil MLRA Announces Season Point Fund

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Recently, the Lucas Oil MLRA put the finishing touches on the points fund payout for the upcoming season. In 2013, the champion will pocket a $10,000 top prize at the series banquet. Points fund payout amounts will be based on the final championship standings. Every driver who meets eligibility requirements will receive a portion of the fund. The minimum an eligible participant will earn is $1,000. Over $50,000 in cash and contingencies will be disbursed among the top performers. A full break down is posted below.

In order to become eligible for the year end prizes, drivers must be paid members of the Lucas Oil MLRA, and attend a minimum of 70% of the scheduled races. “We just wanted to get this information out to all of the competitors, well in advance of the season,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “This news, along with our Winners Circle and Sunoco Rookie of the Year programs will lay the foundation for a great 25th Anniversary season.”

2013 Points Fund
1st $10,000
2nd $7,500
3rd $5,000
4th $4,000
5th $3,500
6th $3,000
7th $2,500
8th $2,000
9th $1,500
10th $1,000
*11th and further positions will receive $1,000, so long as the driver meets eligibility requirements.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fules, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, JRI Shocks, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

IMCA Modified point season starts April 6 at newly-sanctioned Petaluma Speedway

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

PETALUMA, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds will have another familiar California venue to call home on Saturday nights.

Point races for the sanctioned division at Petaluma Speedway begin on April 6 and continue through Sept. 21.

“The one sanctioning body I see that has stood the test of time is IMCA. They’ve done everything they could to keep the sport affordable,” General Manager Rick Faeth said. “I can open the Speedway Motors catalog and build an IMCA Modified, minus the engine.”

In its 53 consecutive year of racing, and 45th under the direction of GLAD Enterprises, Petaluma had also sanctioned its Modified division with IMCA from 1991-1992 and 2004-2006.

“I’ve talked with other California tracks that are or will be IMCA this season. We could go with a rival sanctioning body or we could close ranks and run with the same one,” he added. “I believe in the due diligence of IMCA and the professionalism of their staff, like (regional director) Paul Vetter, when we do have a hiccup.”

Part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Petaluma is one of three tracks that will host sanctioned Nor-Cal Modified Series dates this season.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State, special series and local track points will be awarded for draw/redraw shows on April 27 and July 4 at Stockton 99 Speedway, May 11 and June 29 at Antioch Speedway, and June 1 and July 27 at Petaluma.

Petaluma requires RACEceivers and transponders for weekly and Modified series events.

A winged go-kart track is being built inside the 3/8-mile Petaluma clay oval.