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Archive for November, 2014

Ryan Bernal Returns to Victory Circle at Canyon Speedway Park

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

PEORIA, AZ – After winning the opener of the “47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships,” Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California celebrated another triumph at Canyon Speedway Park. Friday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest & West Coast Sprint Car victory was Bernal’s second career win at the Peoria clay oval. Matt Rossi, Jon Stanbrough, Casey Shuman, and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Mike Phulps #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Ryan Bernal grabbed the top spot from Stanbrough on the third circuit and sailed to the 30-lap win. Earlier in the program, the two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion ran second to Shuman in his heat race before placing fifth in the nightly passing points.

After finishing sixteenth the previous night, South Central’s Matt Rossi rebounded to claim second in the main event. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Spike, Rossi won his sixth heat race of the season and ranked third in the nightly passing points.

After leading the first two opening laps, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana scored third at the checkered flags. Driving the Shon Deskins owned #20S MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Stanbrough won the program’s fifth heat race and placed the veteran driver sixth in passing points.

Indianapolis, Indiana’s Casey Shuman placed fourth in the Friday Western World feature after starting sixth. Racing the Hockett/James #75 Factory Kahne / Lucas Oil Maxim, Shuman was the night’s high point driver after winning the night’s first 8-lap heat race.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix charged from eleventh to fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson took third in his heat race and was one of six drivers locked into Saturday’s finale.

Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors by racing to tenth from nineteenth. Racing the family owned #30 Leary Construction / Green-Tech Lubricants DRC, Leary was sixth in his heat race and placed third in the first semi-main event.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins claimed his ninth heat race win of the campaign. Driving his #20S MP Environmental / Spike Chassis machine, the May Prescott Valley winner was second in the nightly passing points and ran seventh in the feature.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria won the night’s fourth 8-lap heat race. Racing the family owned #17M Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove ranked fourth in passing points and scored twelfth in the main event after starting third.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex raced to victory in the night’s first 12-lap semi-main. Piloting the Mike Burkhart owned #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex placed fourth in his heat race and scored twentieth in the main event.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria won the night’s second 12-lap semi-main. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey ran third in his heat race and charged to ninth in the feature after starting sixteenth.

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

Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Entry List Reaches 80 Teams Pro Late Model Event Continues to Gain Steam Heading into Snowball Derby Week at Five Flags Speedway

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — The Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway has quickly become one of the most anticipated Pro Late Model events in the country. This year, heading into the week of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, anticipation for Saturday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model race will be through the roof with the announcement that 80 drivers have filed entries for the race.

Late Model stars from every corner of the United States, as well as Quebec, have made their intentions of running the race known by mailing paid entry forms to the Five Flags Speedway office. The number of entries, 80, filed as of November 25 is the largest number of entries received for the event since 2007 when 91 drivers were on the list.

“I can’t tell you how pumped up I am for this race,” said Five Flags Speedway and Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “Every year the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 is a favorite among fans. Having an entry list that includes 80 drivers is going to add even more to the fan experience. I’m very excited for the fans that we will have in the grandstands at Five Flags Speedway and those watching at home on 51 TV.”

Fans can purchase the 51 TV broadcast by clicking here.

For the 11th straight year, the Snowflake 100 will have the support of Allen Turner Hyundai located in Pensacola. The support from Allen Turner Hyundai is a large reason why the event has been able to grow as much as it has in recent years.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of our great partners and supporters like Allen Turner Hyundai,” Bryant said. “Their dedication and support of this event has been a large reason why we’re able to sit here today and see 80 of the best Pro Late Model drivers in the United States on the entry list.”

Some of the names on the entry list include All-American 400 winner John Hunter Nemechek, 1989 Snowball Derby Winner Rick Crawford and 2014 Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard. That doesn’t include the list of regional champions and stars expected to pull into Five Flags Speedway for the event.

“This list is a who’s who of Pro Late Model racing all around the United States,” said Bryant. “We have champions from the Northeast, winners from the Midwest, former Snowball Derby winners and some of the Southeast regions biggest stars right here in front of us.”

A full list of Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 teams entered can be found by clicking here.

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, December 3 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, from 5-9 p.m. fans can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend.

The first on-track activity of the week comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 47th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

ARCA returns to Mobile Int’l Speedway in 2015

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

(MOBILE, Ala.) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Mobile, Alabama on March 14, 2015.

Two-time defending ARCA Mobile 200 winner and Fairhope, Ala. native Grant Enfinger cranked up a packed house media event in Mobile Tuesday early afternoon.

“As the guy who has two ARCA Mobile 200 Jukeboxes, I’m planning on being the first to take home a third,” Enfinger said. “I’m really happy to announce that the ARCA Racing Series will be back at Mobile International Speedway in 2015.”

ARCA Week will begin on Saturday, March 7 with an open practice for ARCA teams and culminate with the fourth running of the ARCA Mobile 200 on Saturday March 14. “Mobile will again be the second race on our schedule, following the season opener in Daytona,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our teams and officials talk about the Mobile event all year long and it has become one of the most anticipated stops of the series. The energy and community involvement we experience in Mobile is incredible.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to race all over the country but there is nothing like racing in front of the hometown fans at Mobile International Speedway,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor, who finished seventh in the 2014 ARCA Championship standings. “Grant has won the last two. I hope it’s time for another Mobile driver to win.”

Mobile will mark the first short-track race on the 2015 schedule. The full, 20-race schedule will be announced Wednesday.

“In just a few short years the drivers, teams, fans and the people of Mobile have made the ARCA Mobile 200 one of the crown jewels of the ARCA Series,” said ARCA Mobile 200 promoter, Tommy Praytor. “ARCA Week is a massive undertaking with a thousand moving parts that wouldn’t be possible without the Mobile Sports Authority and the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. I can’t wait until we rock the jukebox in March!”

Opened in 1964, Mobile International Speedway is Alabama’s fastest half-mile and is currently host to the Sunoco Southern Super Series and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series along with a regular schedule of Saturday night racing. Lee and Ida Fields purchased the Speedway in 1972 and for almost 40 years the duo produced “The Fastest Fun Around.” The track is currently managed and promoted by Tim Bryant who is also the owner/promoter of Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby.

Mobile International Speedway is part of a long tradition of Alabama tracks ARCA has competed on. The ARCA Racing Series history in Alabama reaches back to 1961 when, on November 5, Ernie Derr won a 250-lap race at Birmingham. ARCA race events at the Fairgrounds in Montgomery in 1962, at Huntsville Speedway in 1963 and 1965, followed by a long tenure at Talladega Superspeedway (1969-present) have maintained ARCA’s presence in Alabama for the decades.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 29 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375-mile to 2.66-miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. In its seventh decade of competition having completed hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Taylor tops big money show at Desert Thunder Nationals

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The top check at Central Arizona Speedway’s inaugural Desert Thunder Nationals went home with a driver already familiar with victory lane at Casa Grande.

Jeff Taylor led every time around the track in Sunday’s $3,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event. The 30-lapper ended green, white, checkered after a late caution and Taylor pulled away from Ricky Thornton Jr. to win by six car lengths.

“We got into a little lapped traffic about halfway but that didn’t give us any trouble,” said Taylor, driving the Industrial Electric and Allgayer Inc.-sponsored ride. “We had a pretty good car.”

Thornton challenged after one restart but wasn’t able to maintain the pace. Cody Graham and Tyler Mecl were next across the stripe as home state drivers ran 2-3-4.

Graham had started 15th. Hunter Marriott raced from 22nd on the initial grid to round out the top five.

Jesse Sobbing collected the $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers on opening night at Casa Grande. Thornton was second and Marriott was promoted to third after Taylor was disqualified for an illegal muffler.

Wade Moyer, Taylor’s crew chief, moved up 12 places to finish fourth in his boss’s back-up car. George Fronsman was a plus eight to fifth and Chaz Baca Jr. a plus 14 to sixth.

More than 40 drivers from nine states and Canada competed at the Desert Thunder Nationals.

Longdale is new Oklahoma home for three IMCA divisions

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

LONGDALE, Okla – Three IMCA divisions will have a second weekly Oklahoma home next season.

Longdale Speedway, a ½-mile clay oval, adds IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods to Saturday programs. The same classes return to Friday shows at Outlaw Motorsports Park in Wainwright.

Both venues are owned by Jessie Hoskins.

Longdale was completed and ran its first season this year; Hoskins purchased Outlaw from Carey Menasco this fall and got in four race nights. The 3/8-mile dirt facility has since undergone a major facelift on both the grandstand and pit sides.

“I’m relatively new to the sport but what I’ve seen is that drivers want tracks to get on the same page with the same rules,” said Hoskins, who has raced a Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod, most recently at the Duel In The
Desert. “Having two tracks, I think this is the right thing to do. It’s the direction this sport is heading.”

The first points races of 2015 at Longdale will be March 19-21. Outlaw opens the following weekend.

“We will have 16 or 17 points races, possibly more, at each track,” Hoskins said. “We want to give drivers the opportunity to earn as many national and regional points as possible.”

Modified points earned at both tracks figure toward Jet Racing Central Region standings. Stock Car points apply in the Arnold Motor Supply Southern Region.

“We’ll run the I-Stocks as a stepping stone for one of our local classes. The SportMods are a car you can take and go just about anywhere because the rules are the same,” said Hoskins. “IMCA Modifieds are a good deal because outlaw-type
modifieds have outpriced themselves.”

Paul Vines will promote Longdale Speedway. Chris Smith has the helm at Outlaw Motorsports Park.

“This is absolutely a great Friday-Saturday combination for our drivers,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard noted. “They should feel fortunate that Jessie has stepped up to provide two outstanding facilities.”