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Archive for November, 2013

Leftovers Classic To Be An Early Christmas For Fans And Drivers Alike

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Ocala, FL- “What offseason?” is the question that has been running around the paddocks and pits of all forms of motorsports and that does not skip over the local short tracks. Bubba Raceway Park will keep the gates open and run a Sunday show right after Thanksgiving with five of the grittiest divisions in Florida running for some cash just three-and-a-half weeks before Christmas!

The Hobby Stocks come off of a huge $2000 to win show that Tim Powers grabbed while the likes of Brian Morgan, Devin Walker, Rodney Wright, and Mike Stalnaker all ran up front but had something just not go their way. A $750 prize will go to this Sunday’s winner and man of the names from last week-end will be back in action.

The Mini Sprints will run for $600 with no sanction on their event, though the FMSA will wrap their season up the night before, meaning the series’ champion will race for the first time with their crown less than 24 hours later. No points, no sanctioning, just $600 to the driver that tops the Mini Sprints that are anything but predictable.

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will put on a show with $500 to the one that tops them all. Last time out the division nearly went caution-free which could play into the hands of less experienced drivers Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander while Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Jonathan Appleby, and Brandon Elwood try to grab a win and become the first to five on the season.

The TQ Late Models will be back in action with $500 on the line and they will hope to have the winning car actually make it to Victory Lane this time. Don Strosahl, Jr. became the first driver with multiple wins in the division last time out while Terry Wright, Sean Babcock, and Dave Rader will attempt to join him as a two-timer.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will battle for $150 and could make it the best battle of the year. Though the season has been dominated by Stephen Frankland, a driver could make their season with a win on Sunday.

Gates will open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands at 1:00 and racing schedule to start at 3:00. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park for the Leftover’s Classic.

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Roaring Knob Champ Ken Herman fails to let adversity slow him

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

(Connellsville, PA)…Ken Herman knows about adversity, but he continually overcomes it to enjoy success on and off the speedway. From overcoming a major illness several years ago, to forging ahead with a two-person race team, Herman is now tasting success- a track championship.

The Connellsville, Pennsylvania driver claimed his first-ever track championship at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, this season, in the RUSH Late Model division. Roaring Knob, in Markleysburg, Pa., is among nine Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways.

“I feel good about what we did,” exclaimed Herman. “We are a low-buck team that runs on used tires…I have only one crew member (his brother Don), but I feel blessed,” he added. Herman, 47, is blessed in many ways. The casual observer may see Herman as a front-running driver who has won a race each of the last two seasons. He may also be viewed as a driver with a supportive family. His parents, Robert and Fran, are often joined by family members in the bleachers at Roaring Knob to cheer for their driver every week. But Herman has been blessed with the gift of life.

Earlier in his career, in 2000, Herman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Fortunately, the tumor was operable and successful surgery was conducted at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “The surgery went well. I was out for a few months, but the doctor cleared me to go race,” explained Herman. “I still go for periodic MRIs, but everything is good and clear,” he added. Herman said he has no problems with his equilibrium, but he was left with the inability to hear out of one ear. “I used to have problems making out what a person was saying if they were standing on the wrong side of me, but now I do fine with it.”

Still, Herman has forged onward to a successful racing career. After spending several years racing Motocross events, Herman delved into dirt track racing. He began in the Limited Late Model division in 1989 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. In 1996, Herman moved to the 270 Micro Sprint division and claimed wins at Challenger (PA) and 250 (OH) Speedways. He began racing Modifieds in 1997, competing at tracks including Mercer Raceway Park (PA), Sharon Speedway (OH), and Marion Center (PA). He claimed six wins in that division. He competed in Modifieds until 2002 when he returned to Motocross racing.

In 2011, Herman received a call from his friend, Robert “Sprout” Cossell, who passed away in December 2012. “He called me at work one day and told me he wanted to see me back in racing. He said he had something at his shop he wanted me to look at,” explained Herman. After arriving at Cossell’s shop, Herman saw a No. 50C Rocket chassis. The car had been built for Cossell’s son, Bobby. “We worked out a deal with sponsorship, and I agreed to keep the original wrap on the car. My car number had always been 12, but we changed the zero to an eight, and I became number 58,” Herman said.

Herman was off and running in the Crate Late Model division. In 2011, he finished second in the point standings at Dog Hollow Speedway (PA). In 2012, Herman claimed his first Crate Late Model feature at Roaring Knob. This season, he claimed his second Crate Late Model victory under the Sweeney RUSH Weekly banner. Entering the season’s final race, Herman entered the event trailing Troy Shields by 16 points in a bid for the championship.

At the race’s halfway mark, Herman was running second and Shields was eighth. At that moment, both drivers were tied for the points lead. Herman was passed for second by Michael Lake, and this temporarily gave Shields the points lead. The next lap, however, Shields succumbed to mechanical issues and retired from the race. Herman finished third in the event, but he eclipsed Shields by eight points to claim the championship!

“Every time I came off turn two I looked at the scoreboard to see if the number 11 (Shields) was going to show up,” said Herman with a laugh. “I would have rather raced him for it, but I will admit I had a sigh of relief when I saw Troy stopped in the turn. I wasn’t positive that I had won the championship until they told me on the RACEceiver,” he added.

Herman says he enjoys being known as the Roaring Knob track champion, and he has a few things planned for next season. “We’re not sure if we are going to stay in the Rocket or if we might purchase a Warrior chassis,” Herman revealed. “I want to do some more of the RUSH Tour races, too. I’d really like to go to PPMS and race with them.” Herman said he will continue to compete weekly at Roaring Knob.

When asked about competing within the Sweeney RUSH-sanctioned division, Herman spoke highly of RUSH’s inaugural season. “RUSH gives a normal person like me the opportunity to compete and not just be a participant. I have an older car with used tires, but I can compete. I am living proof,” the track champion said. Herman finished fifth in the Pace Performance RUSH “Summer Chase” standings, which was worth $750, and his 18th place in the Sweeney Weekly Series earned him $350. “What Vicki (Emig) and Mike (Leone) do with all the different points programs is great,” he said.

Herman is sponsored by Ranker Motor Sales, Sprout’s Place Pic-A-Part Used Auto and Truck Parts, LSI Inc., and High Gear Speed Shop. His brother will return as Herman’s sole crew member in 2014. Herman, a maintenance manager in Masontown, Pa., offered a bit of insight from the cockpit of his Late Model. “My heart is involved in this. It means a great deal to me. I get butterflies, but I have fun. I don’t care if a person is a golfer, a hunter, or whatever, I just hope they get that feeling I do when I push that button to start my race car on Saturday nights,” Herman expressed.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Sweeney Rush Tour Top Point Men Pegher and Montgomery Excel in Nesmith World Championship at Bubba

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

(Ocala, FL)…While the 2013 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series season ended a month ago and most are beginning to prepare for the 2014 season, five local racers made the tow south to compete in NeSmith’s “World Championship” this past weekend (November 22-23) at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

When the checkered flag waved in the 100-lap event on Saturday night it was Brasstown, North Carolina’s Ray Cook charging from the 19th starting spot to capture the $10,100 top prize. It was the second straight season that Bubba Raceway Park hosted the season finale for the NeSmith Series that once again attracted several Northeast racers. The ninth annual event drew 49 race teams from 11 different states!

Mike Pegher, Jr., who beat out Ryan Montgomery by three points to win the Sweeney Tour championship, led all local competitors with an impressive runner-up finish worth $5,000! The Wexford, Pa. 27-year-old started his first event in the Bobby Lake Motorsports-owned #1 Warrior Chassis from the ninth starting spot after finishing third in his heat on Friday night. Pegher captured five Sweeney Tour wins in 2013 and also finished runner-up in the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship driving the Lynn Geisler-owned #1c.

Five-time Sweeney Tour winner and second place point man, Ryan Montgomery, continues to impress no matter where he competes. The 16-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer finished second in his heat on Friday night and crossed the finish line in 10th after 100 laps to pocket $1,000. Montgomery’s #12 will be back in action this weekend in a $20,000 to-win non-sanctioned Crate Late Model event at Swainsboro (GA) Raceway.

Moon Township, Pennsylvania’s George Kowatic received the long tow provisional and finished 25th in Saturday’s feature. Muse, Pennsylvania’s W.L. Stile, who finished 12th in the Sweeney Tour points, made his first ever trek south to B.R.P., but missed out on qualifying for the feature as did Joe Krcelich of Carmichaels, Pa. Bruceton Mills, West Virginia native Doug Horton, who now resides in Florida, missed the feature by one spot in his last chance B main.

Twelve-year-old Michael Lake of Uniontown, Pa., who finished runner-up in the RUSH “Futures Cup” standings and won the $2,000 Sweeney Tour event on Labor Day at Roaring Knob, failed to qualify for the feature. Back in January during Speedweek, Lake became the youngest driver in the history of NeSmith to qualify for a feature event. Like Montgomery, Lake will also be in action this weekend, but his travels will take him to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, FL. Lake will drive his grandfather’s #27 Warrior in a weekly event in preparation for competing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in February!

“It’s great to see our racers go on the road and have success,” stated RUSH director Vicki Emig. “Mike and Ryan had a tremendous season here in the Northeast so it wasn’t surprising they were able to shine against some of the best Crate Late Models in the country. It says a lot about the caliber of competition in the Northeast. With our Sweeney RUSH rules identical to NeSmith’s, it paves the way for our racers to compete in these big events.”

The NeSmith Series will open their 2014 season January 28 through February 1 at B.R.P. where several Sweeney RUSH teams are again expected to compete for the second straight year. The first four nights will pay $2,000 to-win, while Saturday’s 50-lap finale will pay $3,000 to the feature winner.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. e-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Big-Time Racing Can Be Found in the Local Divisions at the Snowball Derby Big Money and Great Racing Make Up the Undercard Nights in Pensacola, FL

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL – More than 100 drivers took the green flag last year in the support divisions at the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The combined success of those races have helped make the Derby not only one of the biggest events, but one of the best weekends of racing anywhere in the country.

This year, from Thursday December 5 through Saturday December 7, fans will get to see a total five divisions racing in addition to the headlining Super Late Models and Pro Late Models. The local racers in the Bomber, Sportsman, Super Stock, Modified and Pro Truck divisions look forward to Snowball Derby time just as much as the Late Models do come December.

“For everyone it’s their Snowball Derby,” said Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway General Manager. “Our local guys are real supportive of the big race and come out and run on nights that they are not accustomed to running. They pit together and sometimes even outside the track just to be a part of the Snowball Derby. This is their time to shine in front of a big crowd each night.”

The racing is phenomenal from entry level Bombers to the mighty-fast Modifieds that circle the track with blazing speed that is rivaled only by the Late Modes.

The Thursday, December 5 racing card will consists of the Sportsman and Bomber divisions. The Bombers will go 30 laps and the Sportsman will go 50 laps. Michael Nelson is the defending winner after besting a field of 24 Bombers in 2012. Steve Buttrick is looking for a fourth consecutive win in the Sportsman division. The Bombers will race for $1,000 as the Sportsmen get to fight for $1,750.

On Friday, December 6 the evening will be jam-packed with action from the Super Stocks and Modifieds as each class runs for $2,500 in their 50-lap events. Billy Melvin is the defending winner in the Modified class, which often features a few Late Model drivers strapping into the only open-wheeled division competing during Snowball Derby weekend. In the Super Stock class, Gary Sutton is the defending Snowball Derby Super Stock race winner.

On Saturday night, December 7, a new division joins the Snowball Derby racing card for the first time. The Pro Trucks will go 50 laps us the undercard to the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The new division will pay $2,000 to the winner.

Entry forms for the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 are currently available on the official website of the Snowball Derby, www.snowballderby.com.

The 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS weekend kicks off on Wednesday, December 4 with the Cat Country / WEAR TV 3 Green Flag Party at Five Flags Speedway. On-track action begins Thursday, December 5 with practice for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. Bombers and Sportsman will then rule the Pensacola Road after that.

Friday, December 6th is WXBM 103.7 Pole Night for the Snowball Derby cars as drivers try to lock themselves into Sunday’s starting field. More practice for all Late Model cars before handing the stage over to the Modifieds and Super Stocks.

Saturday holds qualifying and the main event for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 as well as the first-ever appearance of the Pro Truck division during Snowball Derby weekend.

It all leads up to the most prestigious asphalt short track race in the country, the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS on Sunday, December 8. The Snowball Derby will pay $22,500 to the winner, plus additional available bonuses.

For ticket and camping information, a detailed Snowball Derby weekend schedule and more, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Leftovers Classic To Be An Early Christmas For Fans And Drivers Alike

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Ocala, FL- “What offseason?” is the question that has been running around the paddocks and pits of all forms of motorsports and that does not skip over the local short tracks. Bubba Raceway Park will keep the gates open and run a Sunday show right after Thanksgiving with five of the grittiest divisions in Florida running for some cash just three-and-a-half weeks before Christmas!

The Hobby Stocks come off of a huge $2000 to win show that Tim Powers grabbed while the likes of Brian Morgan, Devin Walker, Rodney Wright, and Mike Stalnaker all ran up front but had something just not go their way. A $750 prize will go to this Sunday’s winner and man of the names from last week-end will be back in action.

The Mini Sprints will run for $600 with no sanction on their event, though the FMSA will wrap their season up the night before, meaning the series’ champion will race for the first time with their crown less than 24 hours later. No points, no sanctioning, just $600 to the driver that tops the Mini Sprints that are anything but predictable.

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will put on a show with $500 to the one that tops them all. Last time out the division nearly went caution-free which could play into the hands of less experienced drivers Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander while Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Jonathan Appleby, and Brandon Elwood try to grab a win and become the first to five on the season.

The TQ Late Models will be back in action with $500 on the line and they will hope to have the winning car actually make it to Victory Lane this time. Don Strosahl, Jr. became the first driver with multiple wins in the division last time out while Terry Wright, Sean Babcock, and Dave Rader will attempt to join him as a two-timer.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will battle for $150 and could make it the best battle of the year. Though the season has been dominated by Stephen Frankland, a driver could make their season with a win on Sunday.

Gates will open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands at 1:00 and racing schedule to start at 3:00. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park for the Leftover’s Classic.