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Archive for August, 2013

Gustin returns to winning ways at Cedar County Raceway

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

TIPTON, Iowa- Two-time defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin got the monkey off his back Thursday night as he scored a decisive victory at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, during Round 13 of the Hunt for the USMTS
Caseys Cup.

Winless since June 13, the 22-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, took the lead with nine laps in the books and blistered the field over the final 31 circuits to score his fourth win of the season and first during The Hunt.

Rookie points leader Trevor Hunt garnered his first pole and used his starting position to take command at the drop of the green flag. The rising star paced the first nine laps before The Reaper blasted by and off into the distance.

2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes drove the fastest car on the track over the last dozen laps, clawing his way from 13th on the 24-car starting grid to a runner-up finish, albeit more than five seconds behind Gustin at the checkers.

Johnny Scott, who held the second position until the final lap, scored a third-place finish while Zack VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders took fourth and fifth. Brad Dierks, Hunt, Lucas Schott, Kelly Shryock and Jeremy Payne rounded out the top 10.

For Gustin, it was his 65 career USMTS victory as he left the high-banked quarter-mile dirt oval with a $3,000 winners paycheck plus an additional $2,000 for taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In.

In the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, Scott regained the points lead he lost last week and now leads Sanders by a mere six points (1216 to 1210) with just four races left to determine the 2013 USMTS National Champion. Hughes closed the gap on the two young guns and is 35 markers out of first place. Fourth through ninth are Stormy Scott, Payne, VanderBeek, Shryock, Dereck Ramirez and Schott while Gustin moved into a tie with Hunt for tenth.

On Friday night the series returns to the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., where the winner could leave Darin Toot’s bullring with as much as $8,600 as Brew Pub Pizza has stepped up and doubled their offer on the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge.

The payoff this week is $3,600 for a driver who accepts the challenge. Coupled with the regular $3,000 it pays to win the USMTS Modified feature, that’s $6,600 to win. And if you partake in the USMTS Big Dog Buy-In for an extra hundred bucks, it makes for a possible $8,600 take home prize for the winner.

More than just the drivers on the front row, this week the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge will be offered to the top eight drivers in passing points before they get a chance to redraw. Defending USRA Modified National Champion Brandon Davis has captured two of the last three USMTS events at. Other former winners here include Jason Hughes, Tim Donlinger, Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, Kelly Shryock, Ryan Gustin, Mike Chasteen and Mike Sorensen.

Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Also racing Friday night will be USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Live music from Decadence will cap the night off following the final checkered flag.

General admission is $18, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and pit passes are $30. Race fans can pick up $2-off grandstand admission coupons on race day at Casey’s General Store locations in Austin and Blooming Prairie, and you can see Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos-sponsored machine from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Casey’s General Store located at 1702 12th St. SW in Austin.

The Chateau Raceway is a semi-banked one-third-mile gumbo clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 (Lansing Exit), then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east on 266th St. For more information call 507-391-2486 or check out www.chateauraceway.net online.

On Saturday, the series invades the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 8th Annual BP Labor Day Dual presented by Baudoin Oil and Sunday will find the mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, for the next-to-last race in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

The final USMTS points race during ‘The Hunt’ will take place on the first night of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 19, back at the Deer Creek Speedway.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Budweiser Modified Nationals hightlights Saturday’s Thunder on the Sound 17th annual $5,000 to win SK-150 part of seven division program

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl brings summer to a close this Labor Day weekend as it hosts one of its biggest events of the season on Saturday, the annual ‘Thunder on the Sound’. The seven-division race program is once again anchored by the 17th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150, a showdown of the best SK Modified® drivers across the northeast. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program along with INEX racing joins the SK-150 main event.

The biggest race of the year for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® competitors puts them to task for 150 laps with the race winner adding their name to the history books, joining an elite list in taking home the $5,000 winner’s purse. A large turnout of cars is expected for the big event, which carries over $20,000 in posted prize money and a special winner’s trophy.

Leading the list of expected entries is Keith Rocco, the defending race winner. Rocco teamed up with relief driver Todd Ceravolo to score the win last year after the event was halted due to rain on its original date. Rocco was the winner of record. Ceravolo, currently second in championship points behind Rocco, is in the midst of his best Speedbowl campaign since his 1997 championship season and is a prime contender to claim his first official event win. Woody Pitkat, the 2011 race winner, is an expected entry in the Paige #00 he piloted to a Mod Nats triumph.

Defending track champion Tyler Chadwick seeks his first SK-150 victory and is brimming with confidence after recent extra-distance wins, most recently a 100-lap feature in July. Veteran racer Rob Janovic Jr. is hungry to add an SK-150 win to round out an accomplished Speedbowl resume. He tangled with Justin Gaydosh late in the race battling for the win a year ago. Both are expected Saturday. Ted Christopher, the 1999 race winner, is looking for a breakout performance to claim his first ‘Bowl win since 2004 after some strong runs in the Dipisa #13. Kyle James, lightning fast many weeks in his family-owned #21, along with Diego Monahan, Joe Gada and Craig Lutz are also hopefuls. Not to be overshadowed, a list of ‘outsiders’ including Matt Galko in the Verno #25 are ready to play spoiler.

In addition to the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action from the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds is on Saturday’s racing card. The INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros complete the seven-division event. Pit gates open at 2:00pm with practice commencing at 3:00pm on Saturday. Qualifying for the event begins at 5:00pm, including heat races plus consolation races if needed for the Budweiser Modified Nationals. Opening ceremonies and the first of nine feature races begins at 6:30pm.

Fans are encouraged to visit Speedbowl.com from home or their mobile phones for more information about the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 and Thunder on the Sound event.

ARCA’s youngest winner enters Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa; 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin paired with crew chief Kevin Reed for Iowa debut

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Fifteen-year-old Kyle Benjamin is very excited to make his Iowa Speedway debut in the eighth annual Prairie Meadows 150 Saturday night, September 7.

As it turns out, Benjamin has a lot to be excited about these days. The Easley, South Carolina driver just became the youngest ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner in history at Madison Int’l Speedway. And, he doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet.

“It was a really big deal to me,” Benjamin said. “Not only was it my first ARCA win, but to be the youngest winner in history is really something special, especially when you look at all the past winners here. I hope it’s a record I’ll keep forever, or for a long time anyway.”

Seems how it took 61 years to get to a 15-year-old winner, it’s probably a safe bet Benjamin’s record will stand for some time. James Buescher was previously ARCA’s youngest winner, having won at USA Int’l Speedway in 2007 two days shy of his 17th birthday. “You see how successful James Buescher has become, and to know I beat his record is a great feeling.”

Benjamin is entered in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota for Iowa.

“I’ve seen it (Iowa Speedway) a few times on TV, and I’m really excited to go there.”

Although it’s one of the shorter tracks on ARCA’s schedule, not so much for Benjamin.

“It’ll definitely be the biggest track I’ve ever raced on. It looks like a really interesting track.”

Benjamin’s crew chief will be Kevin Reed, who continues to grab headlines. Reed is three-for-three in the recent win column, earning victories with three different drivers in the last three consecutive ARCA races – Erik Jones at Berlin, Brennan Poole at Springfield, and Benjamin at Madison.

“Kevin is so good at what he does,” continued Benjamin. “You know you’re going to have a fast car. He’s really the complete package – great with set-ups and great with calling strategy. One of the reasons I think he’s so good is because he really listens to what the drivers are telling him. Some crew chiefs don’t listen as well. That’s where I’d put him (Reed) above any other crew chief.”

Reed and Venturini Motorsports team manager Billy Venturini have been giving Benjamin advice on Iowa.

“Billy and Kevin are telling me that Iowa really doesn’t drive like a short track. They say it’s critical to not overdrive getting off the corners. Basically, you can’t overdrive it like you can on some short tracks. If you overdrive the corner at Iowa, you’ll miss the corner completely.”

Practice for the Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7 with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5. The eighth annual Prairie Meadows 150 is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time.

NDRL to Allow CT525 Engines at Roaring Knob and Pittsburgh

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA – The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) will allow the 525 Sealed Coil Package Engine with maximum of 10″ set back allowed for the $20,000 to-win ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob on Monday, September 2 as well as the ‘Let’s Get Dirty 50′ and ‘Pittsburgher 100′ at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on October 11 and 12. However, there will be no body rule or weight breaks allowed.

An unprecedented list of stars are expected to be in attendance including NDRL point leader Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR, Muscatine, IA’s Brian Birkhofer, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL , Eddie Carrier Jr., of Salt Rock, WV, Ashland, KY’s Steve Francis, the Kennedy Motorsports drivers, Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA, Tim Fuller of Watertown, NY, Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS, and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, NY. Also expected to be in attendance are local and regional stars like Davey Johnson, Mason Zeigler, Jacob Hawkins, Jared Hawkins, Jeremy Miller, Gregg Satterlee, Cody Hardesty, Dan Stone, Keith Barbara, Chuck Harper, and Roaring Knob point leader Tim Scenic among others.

Tickets are available online at the NDRL’s official website, www.theNDRL.com. Ticket prices for the $20,000 to-win, Let’s Get Dirty 75 featuring the NDRL Super Late Models and the Sweeney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex are $35 ($30 pre-order) for general admission and $40 for pit entry.

The NDRL will offer a free Fan Pit Pass at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to any general admission ticket holder that donates a toy ($5 minimum with receipt) to Racers for Tots.

Pit gates and driver registration will open at 11:00am while the grandstand gates will open at 1:00pm. Fans can enjoy a pre-race, holiday concert by Cody McCarver at 2:00pm before the driver autograph session will be held at 3:30pm. The night’s driver’s meeting will be held at approximately 5:30pm with hot laps scheduled for 6:00pm. Time Trials will take place immediately after hot laps with racing starting at approximately 6:30pm. Legendary Entertainment will provide a holiday pyrotechnics and fireworks display when racing has concluded.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

Details on rules and format can be obtained by calling the series office at (412) 824-9126 or logging on to the official NDRL website at www.theNDRL.com.

For more information on these events and the National Dirt Racing League please visit www.roaringknob.com or www.theNDRL.com.

Like the National Dirt Racing League on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/NationalDirtRacingLeague and follow the NDRL on Twitter at @The_NDRL

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – End of summer racing continued Wednesday night at Waterford Speedbowl as another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing hit the race track. Fans were treated to an action packed night, watching Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA and Dave Yardley of Berlin each score repeat wins from a week ago in the INEX Legend Cars and Super X-Car features respectively. Brad Voglesong of Middletown rallied late to take the win in the X-Car division and Colchester’s Anthony Marvin won another INEX Bandolero feature. Roubert Goulet of Southington and Christopher Lee of Uncasville shared honors in the night’s Wacky race.

Voglesong dodged a mid-race incident and rallied to win the 25-lap X-Car feature. He passed Dave Gargaro Jr., who had led much of the race, with three laps remaining. Voglesong nearly lost several positions on the back chute early in the race when he encountered trouble while running among the top-five cars, however another car spun at the back of the pack to create a caution flag that saved him from losing the positions when the lap could not be completed. He maintained his position for the restart, then moved to second position by the time the race reached its final five laps. Gargaro, who was trying for his first ever win, ran a strong race, leading most of it by a healthy margin. He couldn’t shake Voglesong late however as Voglesong used the outside lane to pull even on lap-22, eventually taking the lead. Gargaro hung tough to Voglesong’s inside over the next two laps, finally surrending on the final lap. His great run ended up in second position and Zach Thomas was third. Voglesong is the division point leader, stretching his advantage over Thomas.

The 25-lap Super X-Car feature was a matter of survival for Yardley, as he endured a wild final six laps of the event to emerge with the race lead and ultimately, the win. Yardley started the race in eighteenth position and ran deep in the field with slim hopes of grabbing his second consecutive win the division before problems plagued many of the front runners over the final laps. Two separate incidents on lap-19 took out contenders R.J. Cunningham, Mike Maskell and Ray Reed as they battled for the lead. Those three had a great battle come to an end as each was involved in a skirmish on the track to open the door for Yardley. He restarted second outside of Bill Reiman on the third attempt to complete lap-19, taking the lead ahead of Reiman on the outside of the track. Yardley survived a final caution a lap later when Reiman’s car blew up on the track entering turn three, causing several cars to crash behind him. After the incident, Robert Goulet was able to finish second behind Yardley and Dan Butler ended up third.

In the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, Belsito was able to score his second consecutive Wednesday victory with steady and consistent driving. Three caution flags slowed the race, the final coming on lap-14. Belsito had come through the top ten cars to advance to fourth position on lap-12. A lap later he moved to third just before the final yellow flag. Joey Ternullo had led since lap-6 and had T.J. Thompson to his outside for the restart. Ternullo resumed his lead but Belsito quickly challenged for second position, taking the spot on lap-15. Ternullo had a five car length lead over Belsito evaporate over the next five laps and Belsito was underneath him for the lead on lap-20. The two cars ran side-by-side for three laps before Belsito was able to wear down Ternullo after a clean duel at the front. He closed out the final laps to take the win while Ternullo, the Wednesday series point leader, wound up second. Mike Christopher Jr. recovered from a spin on the second lap, rallying to finish third on the leaders’ bumpers.

Marvin took the lead at the initial green flag of the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature ahead of Andrew Morin and promptly marched out to a convincing lead. Marvin was on his game, pulling ahead before competitors could line up and make a challenge for the lead. Morin took second to position ahead of Jonathon Puleo, who had to make his way to third. The field ran clean through the checkered flag without incident with Marvin taking the win. He cut into point leader Corey Comeroski’s lead in the standings with just two events remaining on the season. Morin finished in second, Puleo was third and Comeroski placed fifth.