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Archive for February, 2014

Crawford County Speedway sanctions Sprint Cars with IMCA

Friday, February 28th, 2014

DENISON, Iowa – A class of race cars previously featured during fair specials joins weekly shows this season at Crawford County Speedway.

IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars make their debut at Denison during the Deery Brothers Summer Series program at Denison on April 5. They’ll be part of regular Friday races from May 2 through Aug. 22.

Season championship night for five other sanctioned divisions, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, will be Aug. 29.

“We were looking for a division that complemented the rest of our regular classes and the Sprint Cars do that,” Race Director Kay Schurke explained. “This is one way we can expand our fan base. We have a lot of people in the area who like Sprint Cars and I know drivers in the other classes like watching them, too.”

Schurke anticipates sharing Sprint Car drivers with Eagle, Neb., Raceway, a Saturday night venue some two hours to the west.

Eagle Promoter Roger Hadan has already met with Crawford County Speedway officials to discuss the new division and has talked to his local drivers about racing at Denison.

Sprints are also part of the Thursday, July 3 card at Denison. Their point season ends a week earlier than the other IMCA divisions because of the Aug. 29-31 Sprint Car Super Nationals at Eagle.

RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers are required to use individually measured, stamped and registered cylinder heads.

Crawford County Speedway is the second track in the state to add the division to weekly shows this season. The Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines announced plans to do so last fall.

Fito Gallardo wins first USMTS feature in Winter Meltdown opener

Friday, February 28th, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Tenth-starting Fito Gallardo tracked down race-long leader Dylan Smith with 10 laps to go and went on to win his career first USMTS main event Thursday on opening night of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown at the Southern New Mexico Speedway.

Despite four yellow flags that slowed the pace of the race, polesitter Smith held the lead for the first 25 laps and turned back the challenges from several top guns, including Johnny Scott, four-time Winter Meltdown winner Terry Phillips and reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders.

Gallardo, however, was able to do what his peers could not accomplish before him and snuck by Smith following the races final caution period on lap 24 and then drove away to seal the victory at his hometown racetrack.

The win was worth $2,000 to Gallardo, whose son, Jake Gallardo, came ten laps short of winning his first USMTS main event just five days ago at the El Paso Speedway Park.

Although Smith came up short in his quest for a win against the Best of the Best, his third career start in a USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy event netted a runner-up paycheck.

While trying to overtake Smith on lap 7, Phillips slipped over the embankment and found himself in 17th by the time he regained his momentum.

But the three-time defending Winter Meltdown champ clawed his way back for a third-place finish ahead of Jake Gallardo and teammate Jordan Grabouski, who turned a last-row starting spot in the second Real Racing Wheels B Main into a fifth-place finish in the A Main.

Jake O’Neil, MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points leader Stormy Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Sanders and Adam Penn rounded out the top 10.

Action continues at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval on Friday and Saturday. The first to the finish line Friday earns $3,000 and Saturday’s main event victor will pocket $4,000.

USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Mini-Sprints will also be in action with racing at 6:30 Mountain Time both nights. Adult admission is $12 Friday and $15 Saturday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free every night. Pit passes are $40.

For those unable to attend this weekend’s clash in person, we’ve got the next best thing. All three nights will be carried live via pay-per-view. Visit for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap of the unforgettable action.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information call 575-524-7913 or 505-524-7913 or visit online.

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Las Vegas Hosts USAC “Grudge Series” Opener March 6th

Friday, February 28th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – On Thursday, March 6th, the powerful USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sponsored by Hoosier Tire and the Hose Advantage Store, the $2,500-to-win “3rd Annual Sin City Showdown” will kick-off the three-race “Grudge Series” and will feature drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will share the spotlight as the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:15pm.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the “Sin City Showdown” is special non-point event for the SouthWest Sprints and opens the chase for the West Coast championship. Bud Kaeding won the inaugural event in 2012 and went on the claim the West Coast crown. Last season, USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson piloted Mike Martin’s team car to the 25-lap main event victory. As this writing goes to press, promoters Kevin Montgomery and Chris Kearns are looking for additional sponsorship to increase the “Grudge Series” point fund.

After winning Canyon’s “Brawl For It All” and the “360 Oval Nationals” at Perris, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California won the “Grudge Series” championship. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA champion also scored fourteenth in last year “Sin City Showdown.” Spencer will be one of the favorites to watch as he goes for the $2,500 Las Vegas jackpot.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had a career season in 2013, earning the USAC SouthWest crown and claiming second in the “Grudge Series.” Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson was second at Las Vegas, scored fifteenth at Canyon, and ran sixth at Perris. R.J. will be looking to start his season with a nice payday in Las Vegas.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix, Arizona ranked third in the mini-series point chase. Piloting his #20 Spike sponsored by Performance Plus, Deskins set a new 1-lap qualifying track record at Canyon Speedway. In the three races, the veteran driver ran fifth at Las Vegas, claimed fourth at Canyon, and scored twenty-second at Perris. On March 6th, Shon will have his sights on adding the “Sin City Showdown” to his win list.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. set a new 1-lap track record at Perris and took fourth in the “Grudge Series” points. Driving the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion was sixth at Las Vegas, placed fifth at Canyon, and scored seventeenth at Perris. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to score the $2,500 victory at Las Vegas.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin from Yuma, Arizona placed fifth in the mini-series standings. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin claimed tenth at Las Vegas, Canyon, and Perris. “The Magic Man” will have his sights adding the Las Vegas winner’s trophy to his collection.

Bryan Clauson, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, Colby Copeland, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-10 in “Grudge Series” points. Other drivers expected to be in action are “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Jace Vander Weerd, Josh Pelkey, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Andy Reinbold, and many more.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 at and Children (12 & Under) are FREE.

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,, or follow the series on Facebook (

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit,, follow the series on Facebook (!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (

March 6: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
September 27: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win)

Unprecidented Competition in IRA Action This Season

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Appleton, WI. – Locked dormant beneath layers of snow, Wisconsin’s wind whipped speedway’s are soon to be uncovered by the spring thaw, and with the thaw fans will begin to anticipate the forthcoming racing season.

Teams participating in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series are already crafting their machinery and preparing for the highly competitive season ahead.

Some drivers have already jumped behind the wheel to shake off the dust and get an early start on the competition, while others are proudly displaying their 2014 season colors showcasing the rides they hope to place in victory lane.

Brandon Thone got the jump on the competition becoming the first IRA based team to log laps in the 2014 season. To do so Thone packed up and headed south to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida where he participated in the DIRTcar Nationals turning laps with the World of Outlaws for their season opening contest, and testing the waters with the All-Stars. His #94 ride was sporting an impressive new paint scheme which will be witnessed this upcoming season when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints roar into action.

Likewise potential IRA “Rookie of the Year” candidate Scott Thiel sought out the sunshine state, heading to Florida’s East Bay Speedway where he participated in a multi-day event for 360 sprints. Thiel runs limited events with the IRA each season driving a car typically powered by an ASCS 360 power plant. With a 410 under the hood Thiel could become a real threat to victory lane in 2014.

While some teams have already taken to the clay, others have been showing their 2014 colors in climate-controlled environments closer to home. 2013 Bumper to Bumper IRA “Rookie of the Year”, Jeremy “Sherm” Schultz displayed his ride at the 7th Annual Race and Performance Expo in St. Charles, IL this past weekend. With a bold new look, plans are to contend for the 2014 title and dethrone 6-time IRA title holder Bill Balog.

Other teams have been announcing their 2014 racing intentions and giving fans a glimpse of the season ahead by posting on various social media. Russell Borland and Blake Nimee have joined forces presenting what is essentially a two car team. Both drivers are looking to be tough competition during the entire 2014 IRA schedule, which will consist of 30 events.

Some new and returning faces will include Brian Kristan who hopes to run the entire IRA schedule for the first time in several seasons. Kristan always a threat at a podium finish has seen limited action the past couple years. He drove in a couple races in 2013 driving a car for Chris Dodd.

Steve Muth is another driver looking to participate in 2014 tossing his hat in the ring competing for “Rookie of the Year” honors after doing some vintage Modified racing. Likewise Ben Schmidt will join the IRA full-time this coming year. Schmidt will be competing with the Rhine Auto Motorsports team which has had a great deal of success claiming multiple 360 sprint championships at Plymouth and Manitowoc. The past several rookie of the year title winners including Robbie Pribnow and Jeremy Schultz have graduated to 410 sprints from area 360 competition with a great deal of success.

Pribnow led the recent 360 insurgence into the IRA which has also included past 360 champion Lance Fassbender. Fassbender had a very solid season going in his rookie campaign last year before a season ending injury. We are extremely pleased to hear the second generation racer will be back again for the 2014 season.

Other teams announcing their intentions for the upcoming season include long time IRA supporters Kris and Dennis Spitz who plan to hit the trail with the IRA tour hoping to run 100% of the shows. Jeremy Schroeder looks to participate more in 2014 hoping to run at least 75% of the contests. Schroeder and his team have already completed much of the work on their 2014 ride.

Chad Tessman proved the spirit of competition is alive and well even with teams on a limited budget. After running nearly a full season last year he plans to be back, though running a bit more limited schedule in 2014.

Most of the familiar faces from last season are expected back, and with the announcements thus far the 2014 season looks like it will be an ultra competitive season for the IRA.

As snows begin to melt away more and more teams will begin to announce their plans and we hope to give you an insight of a very impressive field you will be seeing during Bumper to Bumper IRA Competition in 2014.

IRA proudly moves into 2014 backed by its’ long time supporting series partners, led by title sponsor Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, and associate series partners Osborn & Son Trucking, TW Metals, Hoosier Tire, Cummins Onan, and Carriage Auto Body.

The 2014 season is currently scheduled to get underway on Saturday Night, April 19th at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway marking the first of 30 shows to be held this season at 15 different area tracks.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at or logging onto the series Facebook page at

Macon Speedway Car Show highlights racing machines

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum have partnered to bring race fans the Macon Speedway Car Show, an event that kicks off the racing season. The show is scheduled for 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, located on U.S. 36 east of Decatur.

Admission is free. Prizes and contests are planned all day to keep the crowd excited.

Fans and fellow drivers are invited to see some of the cars that will race when Macon Speedway opens April 5 for its 69th season. Races teams spent the past few weeks completing final preparations for the season, and they are excited to show off their race cars. Fans can also see the Macon Speedway two-seater late model used to take fans and VIPs on special rides at the race track.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. A variety of cars will take to the fifth-mile banked clay oval. The POWRi midgets return to Macon Speedway for the first of their six appearances this season, and the UMP Champions Night pits UMP champions from other local tracks in modifieds and street stocks. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south on Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track) or 217-764-3200 (office), or contact Macon Speedway through email at Follow Macon Speedway at Facebook/MaconRacing and MaconSpeedway on Twitter. Coming soon is our new texting service.