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Archive for April, 2013

Opening Night ‘Bump and Grind’ at Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Fountain City, WI – In the shadows of a non-existent spring, racers and race fans alike were chomping at the bit for the 2013 racing season to get underway. Some thought it wasn’t possible, some thought it shouldn’t be attempted but most wanted it, needed it and simply wouldn’t go another weekend without it . . . like an itch which needs to be scratched
that simply can’t be ignored, this weekend was going to see race cars on a dirt oval – whether ‘Mother Nature’ cooperated or not.

After dumping snow in the area a week previously, ‘Mother Nature’ teased the racing faithful with sunshine and 70 degree weather Thursday and Friday. So, naturally, the track crew at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY took the challenge and put forth the effort to prepare the fast 1/3-mile oval for the Friday night April 26th 2013 season opener.

By the time the almost 1000 fans on hand at the Fountain City, WI speedway were headed towards their cars in the parking lot, they’d witnessed a wild season opener.

Just over 100 cars attacked the track in hopes of a fun evening. Unfortunately, the soft surface, deep moisture and recent thaw produced a racing surface that growled loud through ruts and berms and bit fiercely at steering wheels and suspension parts. And as the racers tried every setup they could think of, and attempted negotiating every obstacle the track threw at them, they soon learned that survival, rather than victory was the goal of the evening.

No fewer than 9 roll-overs and 21 races later, some were victorious, some were nursing sore wounds and some were simply happy that they’d survived. But, through it all, the 2012 season opener did, indeed, produce some simply amazing on-track action.

After winning the second of three heat races, Brandon Davis held off all challengers to win the first River City Manufacturing USRA A-Mod of the season. First heat race winner Dale Mathison gave Davis a hard challenge, but settled for a second place finish just ahead of Princton, MN’s Andy Jones, in third, 2011 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Track Champion Josh Angst in fourth with 2012 Track Champion Lucas Schott completing the top-5.

In the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock division, first heat race winner Shane Sabraski somehow made the wild track conditions look almost smooth, distancing himself from all challengers en route to an almost 4 second victory Ben Hanke and Kelly Anderson.

The all new Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods belonged to 3-time National Champion Cory Crapser. Crapser dusted up the division by winning the fourth heat race and then besting the 29 car field’s main event. Michael Truscott and first heat race winner Troy Hovey completed the feature race’s top three.

All eyes were riveted upon the familiar red and yellow #5 Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street stock of Danny Hanson, as it pulled out onto the track for the evening’s ‘streeter’ events. After making a limited foray into the B-Mod division in 2012, Hanson surprised many by returning to the division that has given him no fewer than 5 track and 1 National Championship. And his return to the division would have been a success, with a lead in the feature with just a couple laps remaining. That lead went away in turn three when Sam Fankhauser challenged for the position by diving low into the third turn with only a couple laps to go; the two cars slammed together and slid up the banking, leaving a wide open opportunity for third-place running Cody Kummer

Kummer saw the opening, and pounced with his #12 and never once looked back. Kummer stole the victory with Fankhauser and Hanson settling for second and third.

George Richards returned to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY to win the Elmer’s Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stock feature, with Don Werner winning the night’s Redbox+ 600 Mod main.

A rough track, yes; a wild night, yes . . . but it was a night of on-track action; MUCH better than sitting home on a Friday night and waiting.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 2013 ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON’ of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site:www.MississippiThunder.com

Virginia Motor Speedway Back in Action this Saturday May 4th

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway returns to racing this Saturday May 4th with week three of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. The speedway will feature all the divisions in a special “Twin” race
format.

The evenings events will include four divisions of exciting high octane, side by side dirt track racing. See the Victory Lap Late Model / Fastrak Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

Competitor gates for Saturday, May 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 / Fastrak Pro Late Models (Twin 20 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (Twin 15 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (Twin 15 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (Twin 12 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.

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vamotorspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vamotorspeedway for the latest news and results.

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.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.

Frankel Takes Impressive Victory at Quincy

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Quincy, Illinois-Ricky Frankel, Steven DeLonjay, Abe Huls, Bobby Anders and Austin Bercerra all took feature event wins at Quincy Raceways on Sunday April 28.

Frankel had a great race night in the UMP Super Late Model division as he captured his first ever feature event win at his home track. Frankel set third fast time and won the Fast 6 Dash setting him up to start on the pole for the thirty lap main event. Frankel led every lap fighting off the challenges of Dewayne Kiefer and Mark Burgtorf to take the crowd pleasing feature event win. Kiefer held on for the second spot with Jim Moon coming back from the rear of the field to score the third spot followed by Burgtorf in fourth and Justin Reed in fifth. Denny Woodworth and Reed took the heat
race wins.

Steven DeLonjay took another feature win in the Miller Lite UMP Modified class by outdistancing Michael Long in second followed by Shawn Deering in third, Robbie Reed in fourth and Jake Griffin in fifth. The second generation driver, DeLonjay scored the fast time in qualifying and took the win in the Fast Six dash to dominate the nights racing while Mike Vanderiet and Troy Grotz were the heat race winners.

Abe Huls scored the feature event win in the IMCA Stock Car division after a wild and wooly event. Huls had to survive several caution flag restarts but held off Jake Powers in second, Beau Taylor in third, Brandon Savage in fourth and Terry Houston in fifth. The heat race wins went to Houston and Huls.

Bobby Anders held off a very determined Tony Dunker to claim his first feature win of the season in the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMods. Dunker tried every move in the books to get past Anders but Anders held him off every time. Dunker settled for second followed by Joe Bliven in third, Tanner Klingele in fourth and Charles VanZandt in fifth. Dunker and Anders were the heat race winners.

Pat Dunker looked well on his way to take his second feature win of the year in the IMCA Sport Compact main event but as the laps wound down, a caution flag with two laps left gave Austin Bercerra and Craig Bangert a shot at the top spot. Bercerra managed to squeeze by Dunker to take the win with Dunker settling for second, Craig Bangert third, Kimberly Abbott in fourth and Hayden Goodwin in fifth. Dunker and Abbott were the heat race victors.

Coming up next at Quincy Raceways will be another great night of point’s racing on Sunday May 5. Pit Gates open at 2:30, Grandstands at 4, Drivers Registratin ends at 4:30, Hot Laps at 4:45 and Racing at 5:30pm. Visit Quincy Raceways online at www.quincyraceways.com or call the Track Hot Line at 217-224-4100 for the lattest race information at Quincy Raceways.

Chateau Raceway Set To Open May 3

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Lansing, MN–The spring of 2013 has been non-existent and has set everyone back and that includes the racing community also. The Chateau Raceway was set to start it’s racing season on April 5, but snowy and cold weather the entire month of April has pushed things back one month. With warmer and more seasonable temperatures in the forecast, the season will kick off on Friday, May 3.

The biggest change for the program this season is the start time. The first green flag will wave at 7:00 p.m. this season, which is a half-hour earlier than previous years. The earlier start was put into place to get the program completed at an earlier hour. Hot laps will be at 6:30 p.m., but draw cut off for competitors will remain at 6:45 p.m. so racers will still be able to make the draw as in the years past. The pit gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the front gates will be open to the fans at 5:30 p.m.

Race fans will notice an addition to the bleacher sections to the south of the scoring tower. Seven decks have been added to the top of the seating area and all seven have been rented out for the 2013 season. It will give those fans an excellent view of the speedway and will also be able to peer into the pit area. There is also a big deck that is available for rent that sits into front of the concession area, which offers another excellent view of the speedway.

Seven divisions will once again race on the weekly programs with the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds, Power 96/KQAQ 970 IMCA Stock Cars, Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, L&D Ag USRA B-Mods, Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks, Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks and Y-Waste Removal Hornets.

There are many exciting nights planned for the kids again this season. They include two bike giveaway nights on May 3 and June 21, candy drop on May 10 and July 19 and three- car ride nights will be on May 17, June 28 and August 23. The famous gold rush returns on June 7 and August 2, ice cream night will be July 12, and kids will be free on May 31 and on August 9.

The first special race event is on May 24 when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) comes to town for the 16th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race. Then on June 14 it will be fan appreciation night with the Vintage Cars. The annual fireworks night is on July 5 and is a must not miss program that features one of the best displays in the area. WISSOTA Race of Champions night is on August 16 in which the Street Stock and Midwest Modified feature winner will qualify for the R.O.C. at the WISSOTA 100 in September.

The season concludes with two big specials that start on Labor Day weekend. On August 30 the USMTS makes another appearance in a Hunt race for the national championship. Then the Border Wars will end the season on September 13. The IMCA Stock Car special that was to be held on April 19 was postponed and a make-up date is still in the plans.

For more information on the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN please visit their website at www.chateauraceway.com and visit their facebook page as well.

Merrill Cracks Lucas Oil MLRA Victory Lane

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Pocola, OK – Raymond Merrill had a night to remember Saturday, at Tri State Speedway, in Lucas Oil MLRA competition. Behind the wheel of Wendell Wallace’s #6m, Merrill started on the pole and led all but one lap in the main event. On lap twenty-one, John Anderson moved in front of Merrill in lapped traffic. The pass was short lived however as Merrill took the lead back almost as quickly as he lost it.

“I hadn’t been in a car in seven or eight months, so it helps to make a few laps to get smooth,” stated Merrill. “Getting the lead was so important tonight. I knewit was mine to win or lose. We got in lap traffic, that’s kind of when my rust showed up a little bit.”

Second finishing John Anderson put together a solid night and credited Merrill with having the fastest car of the evening. “I got him in traffic, and he got me in traffic,” stated Anderson of the lead exchange. “We’ve been trying and testing a few things. It’s starting to come around a little bit. What we’ve put together with JRi Shocks, has really improved our program, and we’re really happy with the direction.”

Will Vaught ran as high as second in the feature, before settling into third. Jack Sullivan and Jesse Stovall filled out the balance of the top five.

Notes: The evening’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award went to Brad Looney who rolled off twenty-third and finished seventh. With another top three run, Will Vaught took over the championship point lead. Merrill’s win is his first ever with the Lucas Oil MLRA. Both he and Wallace are planning to attend Sunday’s race at Thunderbird Speedway, but following the race Saturday, there was uncertainty as to who would drive the race car.

Tomorrow the Lucas Oil MLRA rolls into Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, OK. Originally scheduled for Friday, rain put a halt to the show. Racing will begin at 5:00 PM. Adult grandstand tickets are just $15.