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Archive for May, 2014

Mike Jans & Nick Beyenhof Repeat Winners at Fiesta City Speedway

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The rain was a factor on Friday night at Fiesta City Speedway.  The rain delayed the start of the races by about an hour.  The track became tacky and fast once the racing began.

Brian Neal took the lead to start the Pure Stock feature.  Jeremy Grinager passed Neal on the last lap going through turns 3 & 4 to get the win.

Tyler Larson led the WISSOTA Mod 4 feature flag-to-flag for his first win of the year.

Jon Beebe took the lead at the beginning of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature.  On lap 5, Mike Jans passed Beebe and went on to win his second straight feature.

Brandon Jacobson held off Justin Vogel to win the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.

Phil Braun led the entire WISSOTA Modified feature for his first win of the season.

Dustin Virkus took the lead to start the WISSOTA Late Model feature.  Nick Beyenhof took the lead with 7 laps to go and went on to win his second straight feature.

Next week is the AMSOIL Race of Champions Qualifier sponsored by:  Adams Motor Company, Groat’s Bar and Schommer’s Family Restaurant.  Race time is 7 pm.

Owens Overtakes Bloomquist to Win Toyota Knoxville 50

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

TAZEWELL, TN – In a classic battle between two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champions, Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist, Owens emerged victorious over Bloomquist Friday night at Tazewell Speedway. Owens passed Bloomquist on the 36th lap and then sailed away for his second series win of the season in front of a huge crowd at the Toyota Knoxville 50.

Bloomquist led the first 36 laps of the event until he got trapped behind a lapped car and Owens swept by him on the outside coming off of turn number four. Bloomquist then had to hold off hard-charging Chris Madden to finish second. Current series point’s leader, Don O’Neal came home fourth, followed by 2-time track champion, Billy Ogle, Jr.

“The car was just great all night,” said the driver of the Club 29 Chassis owned by Mike Reece. “”The race got off to a rough start; I think it was a little bit slimy down low there in one and two, and when I saw Scott catch the traffic, I figured I might as well go in harder in turns three and four up top. It worked out for us! It has been a long day, my mom had surgery this morning, and they may have to re-do it again tomorrow, so my thoughts are with her.”

“I have to thank Mike Reece for making my dream come true to race full-time! We have a great crew. Many thanks to all my sponsors: Reece Monument Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, Edge Services, Sunoco, Ohlins, Keyser, C&C Trucking, Cornett Engines, and FORD. It’s always great to come here and race close to home in front of the fans. We don’t get to do it often, but it’s really nice when we win,” said Owens after recording his 46th career LOLMDS win.

Bloomquist was happy with his performance, despite losing the lead late in the race. “Yes the car was really fast; we had a good lead there for a while. That long green flag run we had, plus the lap traffic, our car tightened up a little bit. Congratulations to Jimmy on the win, he ran a good race. On the move he made for the lead when you are the trailing you have the advantage of seeing ahead better. He made the right move. I went down low and it cost me. But still we are satisfied with our run,” said the driver of the Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Lucas Oil, Sweet-Bloomquist car.

Madden nearly took the runner-up spot in the closing laps as he pulled alongside Bloomquist. “We had a good run on Scott; I thought maybe I could get by. It’s tough to pass here sometimes. This is our first race in May, so it felt good to get back behind the wheel. We are looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jason Hughes, Earl Pearson Jr. and Jason Papich. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 11.150 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Five first-time winners at Davenport Speedway

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The action was full throttleFriday night at the Davenport Speedway. Ninety-six racecars were in the pitarea and five fresh faces made their first trip to victory lane in 2014.

Andy Nezworski took home the hardware in the Petersen Plumbingand Heating IMCA Late Model feature. Andy led lap one of the 25-lap race beforeyielding to Todd Malmstrom. Nezworski re-took the lead on lap eight and led therest of the way to the checkers. Justin Kay was closing on the leader, but had to settle forsecond. Malmstrom held on for third, with Brunson Behning and Ray Guss Jr.completing the top five. Nezworski, Mike Zemo Jr., and Gary Webb were late model heatwinners.

Brandon Durbin captured a wild Milan Heating and Air IMCAModified main. The twenty lap race saw the entire field diving for the bottomlane of the racetrack, resulting in numerous cautions. Bob Dominacki led the first fifteen laps of the feature. Durbinwas one of the first to try a slightly higher line and found the middle to hisliking. Durbin led the final five laps en route to the victory. Dominacki finished second, with Doug Crampton third. JoeBeal finished fourth, ahead of Todd Dykema. Twenty-seven modifieds were on hand with heat wins going toTerry Rentfro, Mitch Morris, and Jason Bahrs. Dykema and Rob Henry each won aconsi.

Andrew Burk dominated the Koehler Electric Street Stockfeature. Burk grabbed the lead on lap two and never looked back. Gerald Ward putin another solid run to finish second, with Donnie Louck taking third. NickClaussen and Mike Anderson rounded out the top five.

Doug Burkhead led flag to flag in the caution-filled HawkeyeAuto IMCA SportMod main. Dustin Crear held off Bryce Garnhart to finish second.Jayson Wiggins and David Norton were fourth and fifth respectively.

For the third time this season, the Roto-Rooter 4-Stockfeature went caution-free. The class also saw its fourth different winner asLuke Benischek was the first to the checkered flag. Andy Loy made a serious bidfor the lead, late in the race, but would settle for second. Andrew Fitzgerald,Brandon Dahl, and Jake Benischek completed the top five.

The Midwest Jalopies join the weekly racing program nextFriday, June 6th, at the Davenport Speedway. Race fans will get achance to re-live the early days of stock car racing as the vintage racing coupescompete on the quarter-mile dirt oval.

Devil’s Bowl Three-peat for Sweet in People’s United Bank 100

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Nick Sweet continued his dominance of Vermont State Late Model Championship Series racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, winning the People’s United Bank 100. The defending Vermont State Champion has now won in his last three visits to the Rutland County track. His victory headlined a list of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners on the night that also included Jessey Mueller, Robert Gordon, and Chris LaVair.

Sweet, of Barre, VT, made up for a bitter defeat just five days earlier in the Vermont State Championship opener at his hometown track, Thunder Road, by leading every lap of the People’s United Bank 100. Starting from the pole position by virtue of a field-high “+6” position gain in qualifying, Sweet stretched out to comfortable lead for much of the race. A pair of 17 year-olds in Brandon Atkins and Emily Packard didn’t let Sweet take the win easily, however.

A caution period on lap 66 gave Atkins new life, and he stuck to Sweet for the remainder of the race. Atkins made a bid for Sweet’s lead just before the race’s fourth caution on lap 82, then gave Sweet all he could handle during three quick restarts in the final four laps. Atkins, of AuSable Forks, NY, finished second.

Packard, of East Montpelier, VT, survived a tangle with top-five driver Jamie Fisher on lap 96, then held close to the top two for a Devil’s Bowl career-best third-place finish. Trampas Demers and defending track champion Chris Bergeron finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Lance Allen was a solid sixth, followed by Josh Masterson, Ricky Bly, Thunder Road winner Jason Corliss, and a recovering Fisher. Rookie Eric Badore finished 12th after spinning out of the top-five in the final laps.

Jessey Mueller, 19, extended his own winning streak in the 30-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. The well-traveled Olmstedville, NY driver has won in four of his last five total starts, taking victories at Airborne Park Speedway, Thunder Road, and Devil’s Bowl since May 10. Mueller passed Vince Quenneville, Jr., for the lead just after the halfway mark and cruised to the win.

Defending track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT was the runner-up, with Joey Roberts of Fletcher, VT third. Quenneville slipped to fourth place, followed by Ron Proctor. Leon Gonyo, Jamie LaFountain, rookie Billy Lussier, Dave Snow, and Cody Sargen completed the top 10 in order.

Robert Gordon of Milton, VT won the two-segment season opener for the Renegade division. Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT was second, with Randy Howard of Georgia, VT a career-best third.

Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY earned his first Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division win of the season in a 15-lap feature. Jake Noble of Benson, VT finished second, and opening day winner Chuck Bradford of Addison, VT came from last place to finish third.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. with the special “Facebook Friday” event. Race fans who “like” the track’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedwaymay print a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free general admission for the event. All four weekly NASCAR divisions will be in action, along with the rescheduled opening round of the wild-and-wacky Enduro Series. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for children age 12 and under. The “Fans First” program also returns for the event with free general admission for residents of Whitehall, NY (zip code 12887) who present valid identification.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com
. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Faster Pastor renamed B.G. Nevitt Memorial at Macon Speedway

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – B.G. Nevitt knew his way around a race track. That’s just one reason by Macon Speedway will rename the Faster Pastor Night as the B.G. Nevitt Memorial on Saturday, June 7, when IHOP Night features the Nevitt Memorial, a celebration of Nevitt’s life and POWRi midgets.

The defending champion of the Faster Pastor race, Nevitt served as the senior pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Decatur before his death last summer. His reach didn’t stop at his church. Nevitt also preached to many people on TV, radio and online. Nevitt volunteered as the Decatur Police Department chaplain and an auxiliary officer.

Nevitt’s touch also could be found in the community. He was known for the blessing of the bikes, an annual event with his motorcycle friends. He helped the community by working with the county coroner during difficult times for grieving individuals. Nevitt gave himself to the Decatur community, and he was one of the city’s favorite citizens.

The Faster Pastor race is a six-lap event where local ministers race four-cylinder hornet stock cars on the fifth-mile oval. It’s a Macon Speedway tradition. The fans love it. The congregations love cheering for the pastors, and the ministers find it hard to keep a smile off their faces. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

IHOP will also distribute coupons, and the night includes the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series plus the Outlaw Micros and Beach House Mini-Sprints. It’s the kind of action packed racing that Nevitt enjoyed. The program will also include participation from gtChurch, where Nevitt’s memory is alive and well.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials