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Archive for March, 2013

Roller Tops Hobby Stocks at HOT

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Waco, TEXAS – Andy Roller went home with the win in the IMCA hobby stock feature Friday night at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Cody Frank followed in second, and Jeremy Oliver was third.

Keith White, Jarrod Jennings, and Johnny Sheets took the first three spots in the IMCA modified main.

Bobby Mercer, Jr. reached the checkered flag ahead of Kevin Green and Terry Buzbee in the IMCA SportMod feature. Mercer also scored the win in the street stock main with Jason Gauntt in second and Ed Thompson in third.

Eric Jones took home the winner’s trophy for the I-stock feature with Anthony Otken in second and Jason Batt in third.

Kevin Harper inherited the win in the Bomber feature after the winner was disqualified in a post race inspection. Ryan Hopkins moved up to second, and Steve Wade gained third.

Dakota Collier claimed the junior mini stock win followed by Robert Black, Jr. and Justin Ketcher.

John Fikes, David Ballard, and Kristen Horn were the first three Texas Twisters to reach the finish line.

Texas Wing Modifieds will make their first appearance of the season next week.

Iowa State Fairgrounds to host first of four consecutive Frostbusters

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa – The first of four consecutive Frostbuster specials will be held Thursday, April 4 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features will also pay $1,000 to win at season-opening Frostbusters on Friday, April 5 at Marshalltown Speedway; Saturday, April 6 at Boone Speedway; and Sunday, April 7 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

Each Modified event is a qualifier for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Temperatures forecast as high as the mid-50s this weekend will help considerably in getting the track surface at all four facilities race-ready.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 each night. Mach-1 Sport Compact are also on the Sunday card at Vinton.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance Iowa state points will be given at all four shows.

Entry fees each night are $30 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and $20 for SportMods and for Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $25.

Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. at both Des Moines and Marshalltown.

Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. with hot laps at 4 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m. Gates and the grandstand at Vinton open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.

One-way radio receivers, NitroBee or RACEceivers, are required in each division at all four tracks.

More information about the respective Frostbusters is available from Iowa State Fairgrounds and Benton County promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, Marshalltown promoter Toby Kruse at 515 432-4703 and Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220.

The regular point season starts April 12 at Des Moines and at Marshalltown, April 13 at Boone and April 14 at Vinton.

New dirt and wet conditions forced postponement of the Frostbuster at Southern Iowa Speedway from April 3 to April 10. Track points will also be awarded to Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods that evening, with Sport Compacts seeing their first sanctioned action on April 17.

Algona, I-35 open with April 6, 7 Spring Fling specials

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

ALGONA, Iowa – Algona Raceway and I-35 Speedway get the new season started with Spring Fling specials April 6 and 7.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers both Saturday and Sunday.

Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $750 while first place money for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks is $500.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for Saturday’s show at Algona. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

On Sunday, gates at Mason City open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.

There is no entry fee either night. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under free. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 515 295-5555.

The Saturday show is sponsored by Algona Publishing and Gisch Repair. Sponsor of the Sunday special is Schroeder Racing Products.

Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Speed Come to Life at Devil’s Bowl “Spring Green”

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

WEST HAVEN, VT – Spring in Vermont is a beautiful time of year. New flowers bloom in the meadows, birds chirp away, and the aroma of fresh-cut grass hangs in the breeze. All of that will go unnoticed on Sunday, May 5, though, as the brightly-colored, loud-as-thunder, rubber-burning machines of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the American-Canadian Tour charge into Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the 39th annual “Spring Green” stock car spectacular.

Nearly 80 drivers and race teams from around the northeast and Canada are expected to pack the pit area of the Rutland County speed plant as the season opens with the historic Spring Green event. With as many as 40 roaring Late Model cars expected to attempt qualifying for the 113-lap main event – one of the American-Canadian Tour’s oldest and most prestigious races – the season definitely comes in like a lion at Devil’s Bowl.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has the Devil’s Bowl opener circled on his calendar. In two visits to the fast half-mile track, the Dover, NH driver has had two very different experiences – in 2011, he crashed in his qualifying heat and took a 100-mile-per-hour mud bath off the backstretch; last year, he posted his first-ever ACT Late Model Tour victory and went on to win the series’ championship. He says the Devil’s Bowl track is one of his favorites.

“I’m definitely excited to get back. I like it, and I liked even when we had that wreck,” Helliwell said. “The speed is awesome. The high-speed entry into the corners makes you use a lot of brakes, and the side-by-side racing is some of the best anywhere. Devil’s Bowl really suits my driving style. I can’t wait.”

Helliwell’s Bruce Bernhardt-owned No. 27 EKeys4Cars.com/Unique Ford-sponsored entry leads a group of ACT invaders that is expected to include 2011 Spring Green winner Brian Hoar of Williston, VT, former Devil’s Bowl and ACT champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT, New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI, two-time Devil’s Bowl feature winner Brent Dragon of Milton, VT, and Oxford 250 winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH.

The ACT stars won’t be able to rest easily, though, as a strong contingent of weekly Late Model competitors from Devil’s Bowl Speedway plans to defend the home turf. Title contenders Kevin Elliott of Rutland, VT, Bryan Town of Claremont, NH, Dan Petronis of Mechanicville, NY and 2012 Rookie of the Year Robert Bryant, Jr. of Rutland, VT will be on hand, along with Devil’s Bowl regulars Hunter Bates of Middlebury, VT, Jesse Carris of Rutland, VT, and rookies Seth Bridge of Mendon, VT and Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT, the 2012 Mini Stock champion at Devil’s Bowl.

The Late Models won’t be the only stars of the day, as the Spring Green event also opens the championship season for the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Renegades, and Mini Stocks of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Vince Quenneville, Jr. of Brandon, VT will attempt to repeat his Spring Green victory from 2012 in the Modified class, but he’ll have to go through two-time defending track champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY to do it. Other top contenders include Alex Bell of Cambridge, NY, sophomore drivers Joey Roberts of Georgia, VT and Jeff Haskins of Wells, VT, and double-duty driver Hunter Bates.

Robert Gordon of Milton, VT will open his Renegade title defense against Richie Turner of Fairfax, VT and highly-touted rookies Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT and Ray Germain, Jr. of Bristol, VT. The Mini Stock title chase is wide-open with Masterson graduating to the Late Models; Bobby LaVair of Gabriels, NY searches for his first title with the rest of the division in hot pursuit.

The 39th annual Spring Green is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm on Sunday, May 4. General admission is $20 for adults, $18 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, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.

Jared Landers Scores Top 5 at Brownstown; Carolina Crown Next

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Batesville, Arkansas- Jared Landers returned to action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series over the weekend in his #5 Clint Bowyer Motorsports/Peak Motor Oil/Barry Wright/Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) and came away with a fourth place finish to show for his efforts.

Thirty-seven Super Late Models registered for battle in the $10,000-to-win, 16th Annual Indiana Ice Breaker at the 1/4 mile oval, and in time trials Landers registered the fastest time in his group to earn the pole for his heat race. Contact with an infield, tractor tire early in the heat relegated him to a third place finish. As a result he started tenth on the grid for the 50 lap feature.

During the course of the main event Landers advanced six positions to finish fourth at the checkered flag behind race winner, Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Greg Johnson. Jared is now fifth in the latest series’ standings. Full results from the event and the latest series’ standings are available at www.LucasDirt.com .

This weekend, March 28th-30th, the team will enter the 2nd Annual Carolina Crown at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) as Landers looks to improve his finishing position from the 2012 edition of the race by one spot. In last year’s event Landers led in the event before a flat tire forced him pitside. He recovered to battle for the lead late in the event with eventual winner, Scott Autry, before settling for a second place finish. In this year’s $30,000-to-win event he will look for redemption. Practice will be held on Thursday evening with time trial and heat race action on Friday evening, while Saturday’s program will include b-mains and the finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.TheCarolinaCrown.com .

Jared would like to thank all of his sponsors including Peak Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Clint Bowyer Racing, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Georgia Boot, Mark Martin Chevrolet, Cometic Gasket, Boater Sports, Barry Wright Race Cars, Clements Racing Engines, Precision Suspension Shocks, COMP Cams, FSR Racing Products, Hoosier Race Tires, FK Rod Ends, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Peterson Fluid Systems, Edelbrock, T&D Machine Products, Total Seal Piston Rings, CV Products, Weld Racing, WIX Filters, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Quarter Master, Turbo Start, Bert Transmission, Beyea Custom Headers, Winters Performance Products, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Racing Optics, Goodridge, Safety-Kleen, Performance Friction Brakes, Mechanix Wear, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest news, updates, and other information regarding Jared Landers, please point your browsers to www.JaredLanders.com .