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Archive for February, 2013

Interstate All Battery Center Recharged at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

WEST HAVEN, VT – Interstate All Battery Center has recharged its commitment to Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. The longtime Rutland, VT business has supported local stock car racing teams for nearly 30 years and last year increased its involvement with Devil’s Bowl Speedway itself.

Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland will present a full card of racing for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Friday, August 9, hosting the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Late Models, Renegades, and Mini Stocks. Race fans can get in on the action as well as the wildly popular and highly unpredictable Spectator Races return. Spectator Races are one-on-one, single-lap, elimination races run with street-legal vehicles. Recent winning rides include a 2008 Ford Mustang, a 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix, and a 2006 Audi A3.

Craig Bushey and Robert Gordon won on Interstate All Battery Center Night in 2012 en route to taking the Late Model and Renegade championships, respectively. Modified title rivals Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Ron Proctor finished a close 1-2 at last year’s event, and Bobby LaVair led a Mini Stock family sweep of the podium with his father, Harold, in second place, and brother, Chris, in third.

As exciting as the racing action was in 2012, the most popular part of Interstate All Battery Center’s support of Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been the “Fun Bus” pit area and race track tour. The Interstate Batteries Fun Bus was a smash hit with race fans young and old at every event, giving riders an up-close look at racers and pit crews preparing their cars for competition. Several drivers even took a ride on the Fun Bus to hand out souvenirs and meet with fans.

Interstate All Battery Center has every battery for every need, providing power for everything from remote controls to cell phones to automobiles and more. For more information, call (802) 786-9075, click http://stores. interstatebatteries.com/rutland_vt, or visit the store at 71 River Street in Rutland, VT.

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

Harris Speedway open Practice March 2nd & Saturday March 2nd

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Harris Speedway will kick off the 2013 season with an open practice. Practice will be from 1pm until 5pm with the gates
opening at11am. Admission to the pit area will be $10 and the grandstands will be free. Concessions will be available. “We
are expecting a lot of cars Saturday. We have had a lot of phone calls from drivers asking about the new clay that has been put down over the winter and about the change in banking of the track.” Stated Promoter Scott Childress.

March 9th the will be season opener for Harris Speedway with the 2nd Annual Richard Johnson Memorial. This will be a day race with the gates opening at 10:30 am with the drivers meeting scheduled for 1:00pm. Racing will get under way at 2pm.

The Super Stock 4 division and the Street Stock 4 division will be running for $1000 to win feature event. Also on the schedule are the newly added Crate Sportsman division as well as the Pure Stocks, Renegades, Young Guns, FWD, and Limited
Sportsman.

VP racing Fuels will be the official racing fuel at Harris Speedway for the 2013 season. Fuel will be available at the track weekly.

TNT racing equipment is the official parts supplier for Harris Speedway and will be at the track every race with their
equipment/parts trailer. Contact TNT at 864-834-1631 or 864-505-3999.

For rules and all other information about Harris Speedway visit our website at www.harrisspeedway.com or Facebook Harris
Speedway.

If you have never been to Harris Speedway check out our website for driving directions or GPS Harris Speedway at 921
Jack McKinney Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

For more information about Harris Speedway contact Scott Childress at 864-346-3588 or Marion Limbaugh at 864-238-2254.

Speedway would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions: Dirt Trackers Photography, Jones Construction
Curbing, Kar-Parts Recycling, Matthew Fowler Drywall, Sports Tracker Photography, Southern Utility Supply, Rock Auto, Keith Pearson Race Cars, Collins Signs & Trophies, Childers Truck Stop, Bennett Equipment &Supply, Heintz Performance,
Omni Source, Fortune’s Grading, LLC, Rolands Recycling, Broadway Technologies, and Johnson Racing Engines.

6th “Copper On Dirt” Showcases Sprints & Sprints & Midgets Friday/Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and USAC Western Midgets open their 2013 campaigns in this weekend’s 6th “Copper on Dirt” events at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Defending USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson and five-time consecutive USAC/CRA Sprint Car king Mike Spencer, plus Western Midget Champion Shannon McQueen are all gearing up for the 1/3-mile dirt oval, which also sports West Coast Late Model and IMCA Modified competition.

Clauson is expected to compete in both events of the USAC “doubleheader” after posting an AMSOIL USAC National Sprint win at Ocala, Fla. last Thursday night. Hunter Schuerenberg, USAC’s brand-new AMSOIL National Sprint Car leader after three “top-four” finishes at Ocala, also is expected to compete at Peoria.

Clauson has now won at least one USAC National victory every year since his debut in 2005. McQueen posted more than a dozen “top-10” finishes on her way to the 2012 Western Midget crown. She also was the recipient of the prestigious “Kara Hendrick Award” from Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winners Circle last year. Spencer became the first USAC driver in history to win five consecutive series titles with his 2012 championship. He scored nine victories during the 2012 CRA campaign.

Clauson owns five USAC victories at Canyon Speedway Park, including three already this year! He also scored two USAC National wins in 2011.

Last November’s USAC Midget feature at Canyon Speedway Park went to Kyle Larson.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information, please contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

Eleven Previous Champions Set To Return For This Weekend’s Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship At Texas Motor Speedway

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will host one of the most accomplished fields for the Port-A-Cool®
Texas World Dirt Track Championship this weekend as 11 former Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champions that have combined for 20 crowns will be kicking up dirt in the O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model, Modified, and Limited Modified divisions.

One of those returning champions who also will be defending a title is two-time Limited Modified Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track champion Dennie Gieber. Gieber captured the Limited Modified title in this event last year, adding to his first TMS dirt track championship in 2003. Gieber will have to contend with the most decorated champion among the group, local favorite and three-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion Troy Taylor. Taylor, of Midlothian, Texas, became the first driver in Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track history to win three division titles when he won the modified championship in the fall of 2011. His other wins came in the fall of 2007 (IMCA) and again in 2010 (Modified).

Featured in the Modified division will be Clyde Dunn Jr., the 2012 USRA Modified National runner-up and a two-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion. Dunn Jr., better known to his fans as “Little Freaky,” will have his work cut out for him with fellow two-time champion Steve Whiteaker, Jr. Whiteaker Jr. is chasing his first title in the Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship as both his titles have come in the fall event (2010, ’12) at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt
Track. Whiteaker Jr. also will be racing for a championship in the Limited Modified and SUPR Late Model divisions.

Chris Brown also will compete in the Modified and SUPR Late Model divisions. Brown, a native of Spring, Texas, won the championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this past November and nearly walked away with the championship last March. Brown crossed the finish line first in the Modified division of the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship, but his car failed the post-race technical inspection and the title was awarded to Kelly Shryock. Brown, always in the hunt at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, surely will be out to redeem himself this weekend.

“We’re really excited about this weekend,” Brown said. “More big names are drawn each year because Texas is a premier dirt track event. We’re happy to have had some success there in the past and we hope to repeat, but it’s going to be real difficult with the tougher competition.”

Headlining the O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model division will be Texas native Morgan Bagley, a former SUPR Series Rookie of the Year and series champion. Bagley, a 27-year-old native of Longview, is competing for rookie-of-the-year honors in the World of Outlaws, but has targeted select marquee events such the Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship when his primary schedule permits. It’s been an impressive start to 2013 for Bagley after finishing second in the $10,000-to-win at the Winter Extreme in Tucson, Ariz., last month. Working hard to put Texas back on the map in World of Outlaws, Bagley looks to continue his hot start at Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition dirt track action, Texas Motor Speedway will add a unique twist not found at many racing events. In the grandstands Saturday evening will be 50 students from the Saginaw High School band, who will play music during cautions and other stoppages throughout the evening to offer fans another one-of-a-kind experience at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship is the first of two dirt track events at Texas Motor Speedway this season. The Port-A-Cool ® U.S. National Dirt Track Championship will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on September 20-21. The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track is a .4-mile, clay-surfaced track that is known to provide some of the most competitive racing and annually attracts one of the largest entry pools for dirt track events throughout the country.

Gates open for the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. CT. On-track action begins at 5 p.m. for practice and opening ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Gates open for Saturday’s action at 4 p.m. and racing
begins at 7 p.m. to determine the divisional champions.

Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under Friday and $20 for adults and $10 for children on Saturday. Event parking is free throughout the weekend. Fans and competitors can visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call
(817) 215-8500 for additional information on the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship.

Spencer Davis Turns Heads at New Smyrna’s World Series 14-Year-Old Racer Nearly Wins Three Different Titles

Monday, February 25th, 2013

DAWSONVILLE, GA – Spencer Davis travelled to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway looking to gain some momentum for his 2013 season. Davis and his team not only have momentum leaving the World Series, but the 14-year-old driver was left with an even higher will to win.

After notching numerous top five runs in both Pro and Super Late Model competition all week, Davis entered the final night of the World Series with a mathematical shot of winning three different titles. The young Georgia driver started on the rear of the Super Late Model World Series 100 and was coming through the field when a mechanical issue ended his title hopes of the World Series Super Late Model and Florida Triple Crown titles.

“We had to start on the tail end of the Super race because of the rear end broke about two feet in to qualifying,” said Davis. “We were coming up through the field right behind David Rogers. I was trying to set him for a pass because I knew he was a guy I had to beat him for the points. Right when I got by him, the left rear tire blew, causing the drive shaft to hit the track and snap in half. That ended our title run right there.”

Davis also started the final 35-lap Pro Late Model race of this year’s World Series with a mathematical shot at that division’s title, but his fifth-place finish wasn’t quite enough to overtake Brandon Johnson for the title.

Although Davis left New Smyrna without a championship, he and the Spencer Davis Motorsports team gained valuable experience and developed new chemistry that will help them during a run in the Southern Super Series and major Super Late Model races throughout the country in 2013. “We had a really, really good week,” said Davis. “We had numerous top fives,
and a couple top threes and twos. We are close to a win and I feel it will come soon. We had a shot to win three titles down here, the Super, the Pro and the Triple Crown. It stinks to end like this, but it is the days like today that make me want to drive harder next time.

“It feels to run good. To mix it up with Kyle Benjamin and Stephen Nasse all week shows what we can do. It is a great way to jumpstart our season and get things rolling. It is easier to go to bed every night knowing that you are running good and fast.”

Davis was helped along by a new crew chief during the World Series. Former World Crown 300 champion Micky Cain came aboard earlier in the 2013 season and Davis has already seen a benefit to Cain’s addition.

“I grew up watching him race with and against my dad,” said Davis. “It is really cool to have him because he is a legend in our part of the world. He came with us to Auburndale earlier and we ran very well. He was with us here and we ran well. We were going to end it on a high note if not for the trouble.”

Davis will compete full time in the Southern Super Series in 2013, as well as making a handful of PASS starts and unsanctioned events.

“We are going to do some testing coming up, and see what happens,” said Davis. “We are excited about our season and where we are headed.

For more information on Spencer Davis, visit www.spencer-davis.net or contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports, matt@51sports.net. Follow Spencer Davis on Twitter, @SpencerDavis_29 and like his Facebook page by searching Spencer Davis Racing.