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Archive for December, 2014

Stateline Speedway Opens Gates in February for Epic Winter Extravaganza, Snowmobiles to Race on 3/8 Mile Oval and Drag Race

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Busti, NY- Late February means one thing to race fans, the start of a new racing season is upon us. February 22 will mark the 57th annual Daytona 500 and the start of the 2015 racing season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, one day earlier on February 21 and 1061 miles to the north of Daytona Beach, Florida, a different type of engine will ring in the 2015 racing season at Stateline Speedway. For the first time in its nearly sixty year history snowmobiles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides will take to the snow packed racing surface for a series of heats and features and will also run on a temporary drag strip that will be constructed in the back pit.

February 21 is set for this winter fun event, the day before the Daytona 500. Gates will open at 9:00 AM for registration ($25 per entrant per class if they pre-register online, $40 the day of the event). Racing will begin at 11:00 AM. Fan entrance will only be $5.00 and will be all access, meaning fans will be allowed in the pit area as well as the grandstands. The pit will also be the site of a huge bonfire for heat!

Eight classes are planned for snowmobiles, determined by engine size from under 400cc up to 801 and over with special classes for Modifieds, Open Modifieds, and Vintage Sleds. ATVs and Side-by-Sides will be classes in a similar manner.
“One of our goals with Stateline was to find ways to use the facility year-round”, stated Short Track Management CEO, Bill Catania. “With success in this event, we will plan a winter schedule for Stateline in 2016. Naturally we can’t control the weather, but we will plan between 3-5 events adding show cross as well as oval and drag racing to the mix. This won’t be the first new thing we try in 2015.”

After a series of three-lap heats on the “Big Track” action will move to the pit area behind the back straight where a 350’ drag strip will be constructed for the ‘straight-line’ competition. Then the feature races of six-laps each be staged on the “Big Track”. If time becomes an issue due to the number of entrants, drag racing and oval track racing may occur simultaneously. The top three in each class will be rewarded with trophies. Food trucks are being recruited to feed the hungry fans, carrying on the “Food Truck Village” concept that originated with STM’s running of the Lancaster US Open in 2014.

Online (early) registration will open on Friday December 26th for participants at a discounted price of $25 per sled and will close on Monday February 16th. Registration after February 16th will be $40.

Stateline Speedway is located at 4150 Kortwright Rd south of Jamestown, NY in the village of Busti. For more information, visit the track website at www.racestateline.com, follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/sledstateline or
www.facebook.com/statelinespeedway, or Twitter @racestateline for real-time updates or by phone at (336) 793-8465 for more information.

Epic Winter Extravaganza scheduled for Stateline!

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Busti, NY–For the first time in its nearly sixty year history snowmobiles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides will take to the racing surface for a series of heats and features and also run on a temporary drag strip in the back pit.

February 21 is the tentative date for this winter fun event, the day before the Daytona 500. Gates will open at 9:00 AM for registration ($25 per entrant per class). Racing will begin at 11:00 AM. Fan entrance will only be $5.00 and will be all access, meaning fans will be allowed in the pit area as well as the grandstands. The pit will also be the site of a huge bonfire for heat!

Eight classes are planned for snowmobiles, determined by engine size from under 400cc up to 801 and over with special classes for Modifieds, Open Modifieds, and Vintage Sleds. ATVs and Side-by-Sides will be classes in a similar manner.

After a series of three-lap heats on the “Big Track” action will move to the pit area behind the back straight where a 350’ drag strip will be constructed for the ‘straight-line’ competition. Then the feature races of six-laps each be staged on the “Big Track”. If time becomes an issue due to the number of entrants, drag racing and oval track racing may occur simultaneously. The top three in each class will be rewarded with trophies.

Stateline Speedway is located at 4150 Kortwright Rd south of Jamestown, NY in the village of Busti. Call (336) 793-8465 for more information.

IMCA West Coast Nationals at Antioch, Merced, Chowchilla Speedways Jan. 2,3,4

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The tracks are prepped and the weather is good for the IMCA West Coast Nationals at Antioch, Merced and Chowchilla Speedways in California. Here is the schedule and FAQ’s:
(All four nights will be broadcast on SpeedShiftTV)
IMCA West Coast Nationals FAQs:

Jan. 1 – Antioch:
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Northern All Stars Limited Late Models
( IMCA Races are Paid Qualifying Events, Ltd. Late Models 2015 Track Points)
Pits Open 10 a.m.
Pits Cleared for Admission at 2 p.m.
Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.
Racing Begins at 5 p.m.
Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.
Family four-pack is $40.00
Pit Passes – $50.00
(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)
(Limited Late Models: $40 Normal Weekly Entry Fees Apply)

Jan. 2 – Antioch
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, DIRTcar Late Models
(All events are for Track, State, Regional, National 2015 Points)
Pits Open 10 a.m.
Pits Cleared for Admission at 2 p.m.
Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.
Racing Begins at 5 p.m.
Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.
Family four-pack is $40.00
Pit Passes – $50
(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)
(DIRTcar Late Models: Normal $50 Car and Driver Entry Fees Apply)

Jan. 3 – Merced
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Northern All Star Hobby Stocks
(IMCA Track, State, Reginal National 2015 Points; Hobby Stock Track Points)
Pits Open: NOON
Pits Cleared for Admission at 3 p.m.
Grandstands Open at 4 p.m.
Racing Begins at 5 p.m.
Admission – $15. for Adults; $12 for Seniors; $10. for Children 6-12.
Family four-pack is $40.00
Pit Pases – $50
(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)
(Hobby Stocks: Normal $40 Weekly Entry Applies)

Jan. 4 – Chowchilla
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Northern All Star Four-Bangers
(IMCA Track, State, Reginal National 2015 Points; Four-Banger Track Points)
Pits Open 10 a.m.
Pits Cleared for Admission at 1 p.m.
Grandstands Open at 2 p.m.
Racing Begins at 3 p.m.
Admission – $12. for Adults; $10. for Seniors; $8. for Children 6-12.
Family four-pack is $30.00
Pit Passes – $50
(Three Day Pit Pass $125., Four Day $150)
(Four-Bangers: Normal $25 Weekly Entry Applies)

Rules Clarifications:

IMCA Classes Must Conform to IMCA Rules
Northern All Stars Limited Late Models – Antioch Rules Apply.
DIRTcar Late Models – All current Late Models are Legal.
Hobby Stocks – All Current Antioch and Merced Hobby Stocks are Legal.
Four Bangers – All Current Antioch and Merced Cars are Legal (front/rear wheel)

Hobby Stock and Four-Banger/Mini Stock Drivers Meetings:

Weather prevented a practice session at Merced which we had promised a Hobby Stock meeting. We will meet with the Merced and Antioch Hobby Stock Drivers in the Merced Speedway pit area on Saturday afternoon at approx 3 p.m. Topic will be rules and the 2015 season.

Weather prevented a practice session with Four Bangers and Mini Stocks. We will meet with Four-Banger drivers at Chowchilla Speedway on Sunday at approx. 1 p.m. Topic will be rules and the 2015 season.

Follow Antioch and Merced Speedways on Facebook and Twitter.

Short Track Management To Operate Ace Speedway in 2015 with Exclusive Option to Purchase

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Winston-Salem, NC-Short Track Management, LLC, (STM) of Winston Salem, NC (owner of Stateline Speedway) has come to an agreement with Abraham Woidislawski, current owner of Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC, to operate the track in 2015 with an exclusive option to take ownership of the facility by year’s end. Mr. Woidislawski, of Philadelphia, PA, has
hired and leased the track to several promoters since his ownership began eight years ago.

Short Track Management, LLC will assume immediate operation of the 58-year-old four-tenths (4/10) of a mile asphalt oval with Opening Day slated for April 3, 2015.

“We have been considering the potential of running Ace Speedway since we heard this past summer that there may be an opportunity to lease or purchase the track. Much like Stateline and Eriez Speedways up north, Ace Speedway has a very rich racing history that is backed by thousands of passionate, loyal fans, hundreds of dedicated drivers, and a committed local business economy that has been supportive of the track since its inception,” stated STM CEO Bill Catania.

Ace Speedway is unique, in that it is a multi-use facility. A 12 degree banked 4/10 mile paved oval, 2/10 mile red clay oval, as well as a 100’ tractor pull and 100’ mud bog pull arena grace the property. Racing on the paved oval has occurred Friday nights since its founding in 1956 and will not change for 2015. The Ace Speedway Kart track will operate on Saturdays in coordination with other area kart tracks. Special Events will also be featured on the 2015 schedule to maximize the use of this fantastic facility.

STM was formed in April of 2014, and in less than one year the company has already had a significant impact on the landscape of motorsports in Western New York and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Under the leadership of company founder and CEO, Bill Catania, STM renovated and operated the historic Stateline Speedway near Busti, N.Y., along the New York-Pennsylvania border. STM invested over $750,000 with
renovations to the facility’s crumbling grandstands, grounds, track equipment and service buildings, as well as technical infrastructure update, including the addition of site-wide Wi-Fi.

When the track opened just a few short months later on July 5, one of the biggest crowds in the 58-year history of the 1/3-mile dirt speedplant poured in through the gates to find new permanent grandstands, renovated concession stands with new menus, a new p.a. system for both the fans and the pit area, excavated and landscaped walkways, a renovated control tower, V.I.P. suites and more.

When it was announced that Lancaster (N.Y.) Speedway would terminate its oval track program, STM

negotiated a short term lease to conduct one of the most prestigious of racing events in the northeast – the U.S. Open. In September, this event saw over 180 cars and 4000 fans over its three-day duration.

STM also has a purchase agreement in place for Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa., a 3/8 mile dirt oval, which will close on Dec. 31, 2014.

Earlier this week, In an effort to bolster its digital services capabilities, STM announced the acquisition of Nitroquest Media Group, a privately-held, motorsports-focused software and marketing services company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have developed a unique industry-leading digital content management platform that powers dozens of race team, race track, racing series web and mobile properties. This allows teams to integrate their social media components, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as e-commerce into their website with no programming or technical knowledge required.

An Ace Speedway driver rules meeting will be held on January 10th at the Winston Tower located at 301 N. Main St. Winston-Salem, NC. The meeting will be held in the “Training Room” on the 24th floor. The schedule is as
follows:

10AM – Late Model Stock
11:30 AM – Limited Late Model
12:30 – Modified
1:30 – Street Stock
2:30 – Extreme
3:30 – Mini and Pure Stock

Dan Shepherd First to Commit for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -For the third year in a row, Sunoco Race Fuels will present the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year program. Travis Dickes and Scott Lewis each captured the honor the past two seasons. As we move closer to 2015 and the start of the season, the first name has been thrown in the hat to challenge for the award and its spoils.

Denver, Colorado’s Dan Shepherd recently declared his intentions to follow the tour. Shepherd has 12 previous years of racing experience, but less than 50 total starts in a Late Model, by his estimation. Shepherd has won some heats and trophy dashes, but the Dirt Late Model checkered flag has eluded him to this point.

Shepherd’s story is not the typical racers bio. He started a trucking company 24 years ago in the Denver area, and raced off and on at I-76 Speedway and the now defunct Rocky Mountain Speedway, both in his home state. Shepherd began with the Econo division and then moved onto Super Stocks.

His introduction to Late Models came when he purchased a car from Kelly Boen. However, at the same time his trucking business, Shepherd Enterprises, began to demand more of his time and the focus was never completely on the racing program. There was even a stretch where Shepherd sat completely idle for a few seasons.

Armed with two brand new 2015 Rocket Chassis, and 3 fresh Jay Dickens power plants, Shepherd is certainly up to the task equipment wise. His children are now at the point where they can oversee the 80 trucks the family has on the road.

“I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” said an excited Shepherd. “I’m of an age where I can finally focus on racing. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it was important that my business be in a position to succeed without me looking over it all day, every day. I also knew I had to be able to afford to do it the right way, or it wasn’t worth pursuing. It seems like everything is in place right now. I’m looking to run against great competition with guys who race clean.”

Shepherd chuckled as he continued, “I know this series will be tough, but I didn’t sign up for a bowling league!” His #68 carries sponsorship from Shepherd Enterprises, Kuchar Electric and TRB Excavatiing. Former Boen crew member Doug Hoffman will fill the role of Crew Chief, and Johnathan Lindquist will assist Hoffman in prepping the equipment in the shop and at the track.

Once again the Sunoco Rookie of the Year will pay the winner six barrels of fuel and a $2,500 check, in addition to the series point fund and contingencies. Second place will receive $1,500, with third collecting a $500 check.

“Sunoco Race Fuels have made a huge impact on our rookie program over the past two seasons,” said Series Director Dan Robinson. “We are thankful to renew this partnership for another season. It helps us attract new teams to the series, and we appreciate their support immensely.”

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com .

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA .

2014 MLRA Supporters Include:

AR Bodies, ASI Racewear, Bell Helmets, Bodee’s Racers Auction, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear, DirtOnDirt.com, E3 Spark Plugs, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Track Photos, G2 Gemini Apparel, GEICO, General Tire, GRT Race Cars, Hatfield Racing Engines, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hooker Harness, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Impact Signs, Awnings, & Wraps, Intercomp Scales, iON Cameras, Kluhsman Racing Components, Landrum Performance Springs, LoanMart, Lucas Cattle Company, Lucas Oil Products, Marriott Properties, MAVTV American Real, Midwest Sheet Metal, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Optima Batteries, Performance Bodies, Powertrain Industries, ProtectTheHarvest.com, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Sunoco Race Fuels, Speedco Truck Lube & Tires MLRA Flyer