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Archive for March, 2014

Waterford Speedbowl adds April 11th open practice day Friday March 28th practice halted to weather; rain checked to April 11th

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management announced Friday that an open practice day has been added to its event schedule for Friday, April 11th in advance of Blastoff Weekend. The track was forced to stop its open practice on Friday a little more than three hours into the day when rain showers moved in.

Rain checks from Friday will be honored at the April 11th practice date with the gate stub issued on exit. The gate stub must be presented for pit area admission on April 11th. Pit gates will open that day at 10:00am with rotating practice beginning at noon. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will hold their practice at 5:00pm. Series teams are reminded to arrive early for inspections and registration. For those not holding a rain check, April 11th pit area admission will be $30.00 per person. The grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. Management has added the Super X-Car division to the program making for a seven division program, highlighted by a 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Pit gates will open at 1:00pm, one hour earlier than originally scheduled. Teams are urged to attend to accommodate inspections for approval to race. Qualifying will get underway at 5:30pm and main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

Blastoff Weekend invades the Speedbowl with 13-divisions of racing on its new date of April 12th and 13th. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association, New England Truck Series plus the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, Wild ‘n Wacky divisions and more are all part of the two-day show. A detailed Blastoff Weekend event schedule is available online at Speedbowl.com

Questions may be directed to the speedway office by calling 860.442.1585 or by emailing info@speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl postpones Blastoff Weekend to weather Event rescheduled to April 12th-13th; Friday’s open practice still on

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management has postponed its Blastoff Weekend scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday due to the impending inclement weather forecast. The new event date will be Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. Blastoff Weekend was supposed to open the track’s 64th consecutive season of racing with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association and the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing divisions along with many more. The Speedbowl will still hold an open practice session on Friday, March 28th as originally scheduled, weather permitting.

“We regret having to move Blastoff Weekend” stated track owner and promoter Terry Eames. “We were prepared to open the race season this weekend, however it appears Mother Nature just does not want to cooperate”. Soaking rains are forecast on and off throughout the weekend. “We still plan to have a really great event for race fans, just a couple weeks later”. The entire Saturday and Sunday Blastoff Weekend schedule card will move to the new dates with no additional changes.

The Speedbowl will welcome racers on Friday to an open practice session with pit gates opening at 10:00am. Practice is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. “We’re hoping to get some cars on the track tomorrow along with conducting inspections and giving competitors a chance to complete pre-season registration paperwork” offered Eames. “The more laps competitors can log early in the year, the better it is for everyone”. Pit area admission is $30.00 for Friday’s practice session. Grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. A six division program anchored by the SK Modifieds® gets underway with qualifying at 5:30pm. Main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

More information on the upcoming Speedbowl schedule and Blastoff Weekend can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

McCarthy Auto Group Opening Night at I-35 Speedway

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

As the 2014 racing season kicks off the Grand Nationals took to the near perfect 3/8 mile of dirt.  After winning his heat race, and leading every lap of a green to checkered feature; Buz Kaster #54 proved he still has what it takes to find victory lane.  Buz was challenged every lap by Austin Johnson #98, until Austin’s hood flew up impairing his vision and hopes of winning.  Austin would hold off a hard charging younger brother Houston Johnson #97 for second, leaving Houston third. While Dave Petty Jr. #46, would suffer mechanical issues rendering him fourth.

USRA Hobby Stocks witnessed the return of the #7b, 2012 track champion Eric Stanton.  Stanton would lead every lap of the heat race as well as every lap of the feature in route to claiming the night’s top spot.  2013 track champion Mich Ross #34 would challenge early only to fade late and settle for second place.  Jeremy Turner #55L would race his way to a solid third, and Gary Ainsworth #83 would finish fourth.

Putting on an exciting show of racing ability, the USRA B-Mod’s would not disappoint those in attendance.  Chad Feather #11c, after winning his heat race, would use an outside front-row starting position to take the early lead.  Feather would drive a near flawless race until a late race slip coming off turn four with three laps to go would move him to a solid second place finish.  Chad Clancy #21c, also a heat race winner, was waiting patiently for that one mistake to make his move.  Once Feather slipped high that was all Clancy needed to capitalize and win the feature.  Jim Cameron #96c would hold off the always racy Randy Ainsworth #57, as they would finish third and fourth respectively.  Clint Baker #17x was looming in the shadows the whole race for his opportunity to pounce, only to be held to a solid fifth place finish.

In the always competitive USRA Stock Cars two familiar faces were seen dueling until the bitter end.  Thomas Roberts #65x would use the momentum from a heat race win to propel him to an early feature lead.  Roberts would hold off the challenge of Dean Wray and John Crews, until mechanical problems forced him to the pits.  Once Roberts relinquished the lead, 2013 track champion Dean Wray #77 took full advantage on his way to victory.  John Crews #12c had an outstanding night by winning his heat race and placing second in the feature.  Joe Zadina #3 would charge from the back of the pack to place third.  Richard Moulton and Jeff Dixon would battle nearly every lap, with the #18 of Moulton fourth and the #88 of Dixon rounding out the top five.

With a locked and loaded USRA Modified field the action was fast and furious from start to finish.  After post-race inspection, Dennis Elliott #29 was declared the winner.  Elliott would hold off the charging young gun Trevor Hunt #99H to second, with Shad Badder #73B third.  Aaron Marrant #34A would run up front early only to fade to a fourth place finish.  Zach Sanders #69 would win his heat race then recover in the feature from a spin in turn four to place a solid fifth.  Other heat race winners included Ryan Schaffer #R21 and Terry Schultz #90.

I-35 Speedway would like to thank all of our great and loyal fans for braving Mother Nature’s chill and spending their Saturday evening with us.  Next week promises to be even more exciting as the great USRA racing action continues.  Reminding everyone to break out those Hula-Hoops and get ready for great family fun and more “Dirt Track Racin’ at its Best”.

See you there!

Sanders scores Friday feature win, earns pole for King of America 100-lapper Saturday

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — Rodney Sanders is the reigning USMTS national champion, but the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, is hoping to wear a different crown Saturday night.

With a second straight night of stellar qualifying efforts Friday, Sanders emerged as the high points-earner among 93 entrants for the two days and earned the pole position for the start of Saturdays 100-lap, $10,000-to-win King of America IV main event.

The Rocket blasted from 11th on the starting grid to finish second in his first qualifying heat race Friday night, and then won his second match from the outside of the front row.

In addition to garnering the most passing points in his three best-of-four heats, Sanders also primed his pocketbook Friday night with a $1,000 paycheck after a convincing victory in the 16-lap Swan Energy A Main for the nights top 16 points earners.

The car is really good right now, Sanders said following his feature win Friday. We’re in pretty good shape right now, so we just need to get our set-up right and stay smooth tomorrow night and hope everything works out.

With two nights of preliminary action in the books, the field is set for Saturday night’s blockbuster finale. From top to bottom, it’s one of the strongest fields of open-wheel dirt modified drivers ever assemble.

With Sanders setting the pace for the drop of the green flag in Saturday’s championship marathon, Cornhusker State speedster Jordan Grabouski will begin his quest for the crown on Sanders right side.

The top 12 in passing points during the last 48 hours are locked into the first six rows of Saturday’s championship race. The next 12 are locked into Saturday’s B Main and the next dozen are set for the C Main. The remainder will compete in Last Chance races for their shot at advancing to the C Main.

Adult grandstand tickets are $25 and pit passes are $40. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

For race fans unable to make the trek to Humboldt, there’s no need to panic. RacinDirt.TV will be in the house to bring you the best online coverage available online with a full production of all events and every lap. Check out www.RacinDirt.TV to order your front row living room seat today!

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.

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.

Krohn, Klein quickest in King of America IV action Thursday

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — Americas best open-wheel dirt modified drivers descended upon the Humboldt Speedway Thursday for the first night of qualifying at the King of America IV Modified Nationals.

Co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association (USRA) and United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), a field of 150 cars and drivers signed in to do battle.

Each Modified competitor ran in two qualifying heat races. After 16 heats and 160 laps of action, the top 16 in passing points for the night locked horns in a 16-lap, $1,000-to-win main event with Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., sailing to an easy victory.

The track was pretty good all night, said Krohn, who crossed the finish line with a ten-car-length cushion over Chris Brown. It took a little rubber there on the bottom so we just had to be sure to hit our marks and stay smooth at the end. We were good, but we can get better, so we’ll keep working because there’s 92 other drivers here that will be.

Brown, who finished second to Ryan Gustin in last years King of America finale, held off Jordan Grabouski for the runner-up spot with Stormy Scott and John Allen rounding out the top five finishers.

Each driver will run two more heat races on Friday night. Passing points for the two days will be combined, with the best three of four heat races used to calculate each driver’s points total.

Following Friday’s qualifying heats, the top 12 in overall points will be locked into the first six rows of Saturday’s A Main while the rest will fall into positions in consolation and last-chance races.

Another $1,000-to-win feature race happens Friday night, and the wild game of thrones weekend wraps up Saturday with a 100-lap championship main event that pays $10,000 to win while every driver making the big dance will pocket no less than $1,000 to start.

In USRA B-Mod action, Randy Klein of Enderlin, N.D., picked up $500 as he scored his career-first Iron Man Challenge victory.

Polesitter Logan Martin, who won here at Humboldt two weeks ago, finished second with Toby Thompson, Chad Olsen and Brian Mahlstedt rounding out the top five finishes.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will run a complete show of heat races and main events all three days. Friday’s winner gets $2,000 and Saturday’s winner goes home with $1,000.

Single-day adult grandstand tickets are $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Pit passes are $35 on Friday, and $40 on Saturday.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. on Friday. All times are one hour earlier on Saturday.

For race fans unable to make the trek to Humboldt, there’s no need to panic. RacinDirt.TV will be in the house all four days to bring you the best coverage available online with a full production of all of the events.

Presented by Day Motor Sports, this week’s broadcast is fit for a king and will feature multiple camera angles, instant replays, a full pre-race show, heat race winner interviews on the track, Sam Stoecklin combing the pits for the latest dirt and Chris Stepan and Lon Oelke on the microphone giving you the play-by-play all weekend.

Single-day and multi-day pay-per-view packages are available now. Check out www.RacinDirt.TV online to order your front row living room seat today!

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.