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Archive for August, 2014

Mother Nature Dampened the Crowning of the Track Champions at Princeton

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Princeton, MN – The final night of the Princeton Speedway Season came to an end by the hand of Mother Nature. Friday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was cancelled after a day of rain and less than ideal track conditions.

All track champions were based on points earned on August 22, and some points battles were close.

The Racer’s Exchange WISSOTA Street Stocks 2014 Track Champion is the driver of the #01 AJ’s Complete Automotive Streeter Justin Pogones. Pogones won a total of six features and finished the year with 626 points. Ryan Kostreba took second only ten points back from Pogones. Kris Peterson, Amanda Milbrandt and Russell Peterson rounded out the top five drivers.

Denis Czech won three features at the Princeton Speedway, but Czech finished the year with 661 points giving him the Championship title for the Minuteman Press WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Czech’s #2 finished 36 points ahead of Kyle Matuska who took the runner up position. Jason Hall, Shane Sabraski and Bud Martini were the top five in standings.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks finished closed the year with Mike Loomis on top of the podium. Loomis’s J&C Trucking didn’t visit victory lane, however Loomis finished 44 points ahead of his nearest competitor. The drivers in second and third finished only one point apart with 552 and 551 points. Chris Wark took second while Rookie Matthew Dibb got third. Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch also took top positions.

The Thell brothers kept close all year and finished first and second in the Jacy Norgaard Photo WISSOTA Mod Fours. Keith Thell finished 73 points ahead of Kyle and put his #00t into victory lane five times. Brandon Linquist, Ross Mead and Mitch Hribar rounded out the top five positions.

The Crystal Cabinets/USP WISSOTA Modifieds were another tight battle for second and third with just one point of separation. Dustin Nelson took second with 533 points while Larry Zeller finished with 534. Shane Sabraski and Eric Martini took the final top points, while the #26 finished on top. Shawn Fletcher’s Sun Drop sponsored Modified closed the season out with a score of 546, awarding him the Championship.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets put on an entertaining season, and at the close of the year, also had the closest point battle. The champion finished with 633 points and visited victory lane eight times. The #46ssg of Dannie Burkholder took the Track Championship just a single point ahead of Erik Gruhlke. Jasmin Matthewman, Lexy Kastner and Jake Bayerl also took top positions in the Hornet class.

The regular season may have ended, but the invitational season is ready to begin. On September 19 and 20, the Princeton Speedway will host the 2nd Annual P-Town Showdown. The showdown will be two complete nights of race action and will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and the Princeton Speedway Hornets.

The schedule features practice on Thursday night from 5:30-9:30 at night. Pits will open at 4:30 with admission of 15.00. The grandstands will also be open to the public to watch for free. Friday night the gates will open at 4pm, draw cut off is 6:30 and racing will begin at 7pm. Saturday night will be the last night of the showdown with gates opening at 2:30, draw cut off at 4:30 and racing at 5pm.

Both nights will be draw./redraw and if a driver races multiple cars, they will be required to purchase a pit pass for each car. There will also be no extra registration or draw fees for the event. Last year’s showdown was a big hit and this year will be as well!

The Siercks Family and other staff of the Princeton Speedway would like to sincerely thank anyone and everyone who helped make the 2014 season the success that it was. From the drivers and crews, fans and families, sponsors and all the staff we could not have the year we did without your continued support of local dirt track racing. We hope to see you all at the Showdown and again in 2015!

Remember, for all of your up to the minute racing information, check out www.princetonspeedway.com or like us on Facebook.

Season Championship Night at Marshalltown Speedway Rained Out

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Marshalltown, Iowa (August 29th, 2014) – Season Championship night at Marshalltown Speedway has been rained out. Two inches of rain overnight and more in the forecast has forced the weekly points season to come to an end.

Track champions will be Ronn Lauritzen in the IMCA Modifieds, Donavon Smith in the IMCA Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the IMCA SportMods, John Watson in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Andy Hennigar in the Mod Lites. Racing action will resume at the famed highbanks for the World Nationals on September 18th – 20th. There will an open practice for all classes with free food and music on Thursday night courtesy of Cookies Barbeque Sauce. On Friday, it will be a complete show paying $500 to win for IMCA Hobby Stocks, $1,000 to win for both IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods, and qualifying for the Modifieds. The Saturday show will see the same format for
Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, and SportMods with a $10,000 payday going to the Modified victor. The Modified division is the only class that crate motors are not allowed in for this event.

Camping is available for $15 per night with showers and electric provided. For more information in regards to the World Nationals, please refer to http://www.marshalltownspeedway.com/

Stateline Auto Parts partners with Stateline for Epic Demo on Labor Day

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Busti, NY-Brian Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts has agreed to partner with Bill Catania’s Stateline Speedway to revive a favorite fan tradition, the annual Epic Labor Day Demolition Derby. The two businesses have often partnered over the years and this is a “natural fit” for a salvage yard, where many early race-cars were built. Speedway CEO Bill Catania stated “Stateline Speedway is thrilled to partner with Brian Horner and Stateline Auto Parts as our exclusive Auto Recycling Partner for Labor Day Demo Derby. Brian has been a friend of Stateline Speedway for a long time and we are thankful to continue that relationship for years to come”.

The annual tradition began in 1962 and was known as the ”100-Car Demo Derby” and will now be known as the “Brian J Horner Inc Epic Demo”. This year the event will begin at 1 PM with gates opening at 9 AM for the pit and fan gates opening at noon.

An over $7000 guaranteed purse will be paid to competitors in two classes, Full Size Cars and Compact Cars with the top prize being $3500 for the Full Size winner. The Compact winner will get $1000. Second will be $1000 for Full Sized and $500 for Compacts with third places getting $500 (Full Size) and $250 (Compact). There will also be a “Best of Show” award of $250. The car deemed the “Hardest Hitter” will be awarded $25 in each heat and $50 in both features.

Any stock automobile can be used including station wagons but must be a two-wheel drive, no 4x4s even if the front drive shaft is removed. Also no ambulances, hearses,trucks, checkers, or any other oversized vehicles. Absolutely not convertibles or “T-Tops”. All sunroofs must be covered with sheet metal, screwed in place.

All drivers must wear long sleeved shirts and long pants (no shorts). Coveralls are preferred. Drivers must wear a approved helmet, eye protection and a safety belt, both lap and shoulder.

Entry forms are available at the rules link above and entry fees are listed at the link for both full sized and compacts.

Gates will open for the Pits at 9AM, $20 Pit admission

Opening time for the Grandstands will be Noon, $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors, $5
for Student (6-16), under 5 is FREE

Heats start promptly at 1PM

Top 3 in the heats will receive $75 and a trophy, 4th place will receive a trophy and all (4) will advance to the Feature.

If enough cars sign in there will be a “consi” as a ‘last chance’. Join us for the revival of a Stateline tradition. “Making memories since 1956!”

Mother Nature Squashes Chateau Races

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Lansing, MN–The annual Labor Day weekend swing for the United States Modified Touring Series was on the card this week along with the final track point night for the other four classes. Storms skirted around the Lansing area during the afternoon and it looked good for a while.

But a storm popped up west of the speedway as drivers sign in and fans started to gather. The system blew in with thunder, lightning and heavy rains about an hour and a half before the scheduled start time. The rain pounded down and in a short period of time the grounds were swamped and that put an end to any thoughts of racing.

Last week Todd Scharkey of Kasson was crowned track champion in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds for his second track title with his first in 2005. Bobby Blowers of Waseca earned the Y-Waste Removal Hornet title last week also.

There were a couple of close point battles that Mother Nature decided for the competitors. Jason Newkirk of Austin won his second Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock championship with his first in 2010. Josh Mattick of Rose Creek won his first track title in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod division. Robbie Franklin of Shakopee successfully defended the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified title. Mike Blowers of Waseca made it three straight Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock titles for his fourth overall championship. Blowers was also the tracks Hornet champion in 2009.

The track will take a couple of weeks off until Friday, September 12. That will feature the annual Border Wars special for the Midwest Modifieds, B-Mods and Sport Mods. Other divisions will be racing that night also. There is also a possibility that the rained out USMTS show could be made up that night too. Keep updated on the final show of 2014 by monitoring www.chateauraceway.net for more announcement on the September 12 program.

“New Beginnings Family Restaurant” presents A Race for Damon” plus Championship Night, Fireworks, Autograph Night all scheduled at Stateline this Saturday

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Busti, NY-The world lost Damon Janes on September 16, 2013, due to a helmet to helmet collision during a high school football game. His death hits as close to the racing community as it does Western New York high school football as he was the great grandson of famous Stateline Speedway driver Dick Gilbert. “A Race for Damon” is a fundraising event which will memorialize Janes while bringing awareness to the importance of head injuries in youth sports. Proceeds will benefit the Damon Janes Foundation. High School students wearing their football jersey will have half of their admission donated to the Damon Janes Foundation.

The evening of racing will be sponsored by “New Beginnings Family Restaurant” in Sugar Grove, PA and will feature Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, E-Mods and Challengers is the final points night for 2014 Weekly Racing Series PLUS Fireworks by Gibson! An on-track autograph session will be held at intermission and will be open to all racers, including karts!!

New Beginnings Family Restaurant offers a full menu for the entire racing community in the Borough of Sugar Grove, PA and is the place to stop for your evening meal on the way to the track!

Robbie Blair, winner of the opening night of racing currently holds a 160-point advantage over Matt Urban, the 1998 and 1999 champion. Young Max Blair, a two-time winner this season, is third, a mere seven points behind Urban.

Scott Gurdak leads the Crate Late Model drivers by 74 points headed into the final night of racing over Bob Dorman. Kyle Scott is third, another 64- markers back.

Brent Rhebergen holds a 129 point edge over Butch Southwell in the E-Mod standings with only another two markers back to third running John Woodworth.

The Limited Late Model class is the tightest points race but with an unfortunate twist. Leader Chris Ottaway (by only four points over former champion Ryan Scott) experienced major engine problems at Eriez a week ago and may not be able to race for the championship on the final night. If he does get the engine replaced it will be a three-way fight for the honors as Kelly Frederes is only ten points to the rear of Scott. Anything can happen in their twenty-lap feature. All three of the contenders have feature wins this season.

Ted Kosinski leads his brother Michael by only four points going into the final week for the Sportsmen racers. Only 36-points back of the leading brothers is Jim Kibbe, the 2013 champion. Again, all three contenders are feature winners in 2014.

Brandon Groters, with one win in 2014, leads two-time winner Jason Covey for the honors in the Street Stock division by 28-points. Bill Reeves is third, another 64-markers back.

Roger Hall, winner early in the season, holds an 83-point lead over opening night winner Ryan White in the Challenger division. Travis Darling is another 59-points back in third heading into the final points night.

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students, and kids under 5 free! Rain checks from the Julian Buesink Memorial will be honored.

Camping (No Hookups): $40 for the entire weekend! Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration OR one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.