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Archive for January, 2014

Rodney Sanders Takes Second Win of 2014 at El Paso; South Texas Next

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders bagged his second win of the season on Saturday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) in the Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) sanctioned event in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Witchita Tank Racing/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified.

The inaugural Battle at the Border opened on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) as 18 entries entered the Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) event at the 3/8 mile oval. Heat race action found Sanders racing from the 6th starting spot to a 3rd place finish, which positioned him starting on the front row alongside pole sitter, Jimmy Ray. Sanders had high hopes for the feature, but an ill-handling car forced him to retire from the event just past the halfway point.

Rodney would get sweet redemption on Saturday night as he would score his second win of the 2014 season. He started his night by charging from the 6th starting spot to claim his heat race win, which locked him into the pole position on the 18 car grid for the 20 lap feature. As the main event went green Sanders grabbed the lead, and despite several challenges from Fito Gallardo and Jacob Gallardo he would lead every lap to register the $1,000 win. He was followed across the finish line by Fito Gallardo, Jacob Gallardo, Royal Jones, and Christy Georges.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday night with a final $1,000-to-win event. Rodney’s night started with him charging to the win in his heat race to lock into the 3rd starting spot for the feature. In the opening laps of the feature he jumped to the lead and paced the field for the first ten laps before Jacob Gallardo slipped past for the lead. Sanders would go on to finish in the 2nd position.

“It was good to get that win on Saturday night at El Paso. We had a shot at two more victories, but we just spent a lot of that weekend trying to find the handle,” said Sanders.

Full results from the event are available at www.ChampionshipDirtMotorsports.com .

Sanders will now turn his attention to the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals, which will be held at South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi, Texas) on February 6th-8th. The trio of events will pay $2,000-to-win, $3,000-to-win, and $4,000-to-win in succession, and will award points for the Mesilla Valley Transportation Gulf Coast Border Region. For more information on the USMTS sanctioned events please visit www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net.

USMTS Speedweeks kicks off Feb. 6 in Corpus Christi, concludes March 1 in Las Cruces

Friday, January 31st, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The 16th season for the United States Modified Touring Series and quest for the 2014 USMTS National Championship kicks off at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi for the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-8, for the first of four straight weekends along America’s warm southern border.

The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.

The high-powered open-wheel machines of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy move to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, next for the 5th Annual Double H Bands Texas Spring Nationals presented by Penn Transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. Jason Hughes leads all drivers with six career wins at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval. The state-of-the-art facility has main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS to El Paso and Las Cruces, but tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively. An open practice will be held at each track on Wednesday night (Thursday at El Paso) prior to each of the four events.

The February swing of races will be contested in the USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region, which will serve as one of four regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by the end of the night on March 1 the season’s first regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.

The USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points champion will also be the lone driver in contention for a $100,000 payoff if that driver can go on to win the points title in the other three regions and ‘The Hunt.’

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

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.

“The People’s Champion” Strikes again

Friday, January 31st, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – After winning the Saturday night feature, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana continued his winning ways at Canyon Speedway. Leading all 30-laps to claim the third leg of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge,” Darland earned $3,000 for his Sunday night victory. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Ryan Bernal, and Casey Shuman rounded out the top-five as the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Dave Darland outdueled Casey Shuman to take command at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Piloting Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, “The People’s Champion” sailed to victory as the action was furious behind the leader. After winning the third 8-lap heat race and main event, the veteran driver has climbed to second in the “Winter Challenge” point chase. At the halfway point, Darland has recorded two feature wins, three heat race victories, and 43 feature laps led.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. sliced his way to second in the main event after starting ninth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second in his heat race and is currently sixth in the point standings. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the “Winter Challenge.”

Josh Pelkey of Peoria had another solid night at Canyon Speedway with a third place run from fifth. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and continues to lead the point standings. The former ASCA Champion has three top-5 finishes and 13 feature laps led in the mini-series.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal charged from tenth to score fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed third in his heat race and is currently fourth in the “Winter Challenge.” After three events, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has three top-5 finishes and 17 feature laps led.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to take fifth in the Sunday night feature. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman was second in his heat race and is currently fifth in the standings. To date, the second generation driver has one heat race victory and two top-5 finishes.

Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel earned his the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting twentieth. Racing Bob Miller’s #21A Car Parts Machine / BC Fundz J&J, Reutzel was seventh in his heat race and is now eighth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and scored thirteenth in the feature. Driving the family owned #5 Old World Brewery / RSS Industries entry, the young driver sits eleventh in the point standings and is gaining valuable experience. To date, Mihocko has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish in the “Winter Challenge.”

Roseville, California’s Colby Copeland raced to victory in the program’s second heat race. Piloting the Ted Williams’ owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Copeland also scored twentieth in the main event after an early exit. The former “Salute to Indy” winner has had a tough “Winter Challenge” and is currently seventeenth in the point standings.

Before racing resumes, the Brunswick Lanes in Glendale will host the 2014 Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament on Tuesday, January 28th. Located at 17210 North 59th Avenue, warm-ups will start at 6:30pm and the tournament will begin at 7:00pm.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday, January 30th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #4 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature the popular IMCA Modifieds. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Dave Darland Makes USAC History at Canyon Speedway

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – Taking the lead from teammate Ryan Bernal on lap 18, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the second night of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” The veteran driver earned $2,000 for his first USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Bernal, R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, and Brady Bacon followed Darland to the checkered flags as the racers will return to the fast 1/3-mile oval for Sunday’s $3,000 payday,

According to Dick Jordan, USAC historian and Vice President of Communications, Darland’s Saturday night victory marks his 22nd consecutive season with a victory in USAC competition. This accomplishment set a new record and broke a three-way tie with A.J. Foyt (1959-1979) and Mel Kenyon (1962-82).

Driving Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Dave Darland rebounded from a tough opening night to win the 30-lap feature after starting fourth. Also winning the night’s second 8-lap heat race, “The People’s Champion” has now climbed to fifth in the mini-series points with two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 13 main event laps led.

Taking command from pole-sitter Tye Mihocko at the green flag, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal had to settle for second on this night. Piloting Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal ran fourth in his heat race and is currently third in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has two top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run after starting fifteenth. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion placed sixth in his heat race and is now fourth in the “Winter Challenge” points. Entering Sunday’s action at Canyon Speedway, Johnson has recorded two top-10 finishes.

After finishing second on opening night, Josh Pelkey of Peoria raced to fourth in the Saturday feature after starting seventh. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and sits atop the mini-series point chase. With two top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led, the former ASCA Champion will be looking to claim Sunday’s $3,000 victory.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon ran fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Bacon placed third in his heat race and is currently second in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the former Western World Champion has one feature win, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye drove to victory in the program’s first 8-lap heat race. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran seventh in the feature and is now seventh in the mini-series point standings. Heading to the third round of the “Winter Challenge,” the five-time Arizona Champion has two top-10 finishes.

Driving Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Rattlesnake Bend’s Casey Shuman won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. After scoring twelfth in the 30-lap feature, the veteran driver is currently sixth in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

In his second Canyon Speedway start, Mitch Mack of East Grand Forks, Minnesota took his first checkered flags by winning the 10-lap semi-main. Piloting the family owned #92 J&J, Mack finished seventeenth in the main event and is now eighteenth in points. A regular on the winged NOSA sprint car circuit, the grandson of former Outlaw driver Don Mack is adjusting to racing without a wing.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 26th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #3 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

Brady Bacon Storms to Canyon “Winter Challenge” Victory

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ –Starting thirteenth, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma took command from Josh Pelkey on lap 14 to claim opening night of the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” For his efforts, the former Western World Champion earned $2,000 for scoring Friday’s USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway. Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, Casey Shuman, and Ryan Bernal rounded out the
top-five drivers as the second leg of the six-race mini-series gets underway tonight.

Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Brady Bacon raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors at Kevin Montgomery’s 1/3-mile facility. Earning his first USAC SouthWest/West Coast triumph and scoring fourth in his heat race, the versatile driver is the current “Winter Challenge” point leader.

From the pole position, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey shook free from Casey Shuman and led the first thirteen circuits before taking second in the main event. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion ran second in his heat race and trails Bacon by a single point heading to Saturday night’s action.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix charged from fourteenth to claim third at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion ran sixth in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. As this writing goes to press, Johnson is currently third in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to score fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman also took fourth in his heat race. Now a regular in the Indiana Sprint Car scene, Casey sits fourth in the mini-series point chase.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal raced to fifth at Canyon Speedway after stating fifteenth. Making his first start in the Casey Minks owned #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed sixth in his heat race. The defending USAC Western Classic Champion is currently sixth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Now racing out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dalten Gabbard won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the Baldwin Brothers #5D Fox Paving / Chances Are Maxim, Gabbard ran sixteenth in the main event. The Peoria native left the speedway running fourteenth in the point standings.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana raced to victory in the second heat race. Racing Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion scored twenty-second in the feature after an early exit. After the first round, Darland is in a three-way tie for eighteenth in points.

Ventura, California’s Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford won the third 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #51X Twister X / Steve Gresham Racing Engines Triple X, the former VRA Champion ran twentieth in the feature after problems ended his night. Like Darland, Crawford is tied for eighteenth in the “Winter Challenge.”

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko won the program’s 10-lap semi-main event. Driving the family owned #5 Old Word Brewery / RSS Industries machine, the young driver was seventh in his heat race before scoring eighteenth in the main event. Mihocko left Canyon tied with Darland and Crawford in the standings.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 25th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #2 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).