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Archive for February, 2015

Arneson dominates USMTS “Ice Breaker” opener at El Paso

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

EL PASO, Texas– Austin Arneson was in control from start to finish in Thursday’s USMTS main event at the El Paso Speedway Park as he dominated the opening night of the 2nd Annual “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador.

Arneson, from Fargo, N.D., actually “broke the ice” one week ago when he captured his career-first United States Modified Touring Series feature win at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

“I knew I was good in (turns) one and two, but three and four were like ice skating over there,” Arneson said. “Hats off to the guys. I don’t think anybody thought they were going to get the track ran in tonight but was good, it was a good race, got our second win with these guys. Things are going good.”

A yellow flag on the fourth lap and a red flag on lap 16 slowed the action during the first half of the 30-lapper, but Arneson was up to the challenge on each restart with Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., following USMTS rookie from beginning to end.

The race’s first caution waved when defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders came to a stop in turn 2. The red flag occurred when Terry Phillips collided with a spinning lapped car while chasing Dillard for the second spot.

Action continues Friday with a $3,000-to-win main event on tap for the USMTS drivers. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Grandstand admission is $12 Friday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

The tripleheader weekend wraps up on Saturday with a $4,000 top prize up for grabs.

Limited X-Mods, Mini-Sprints and Casa Nissan Legends Cars will also be in action again both nights.

For those race fans unable to attend the 2nd Annual USMTS “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador, all three nights will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information.

The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.com online. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElPasoSpeedwayPark or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ElPasoSpeedway.

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 subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza a Success, ROUND II Set for February 28

Friday, February 27th, 2015

BustI, NY–ROUND I of the Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza was a rousing success. With that success and input from racers and fans, it was decided to conduct ROUND 2 February 28.

The basic schedule will remain the same with classes according to engine size on both Stateline’s 1/3 mile oval and the 500′ dragstrip in the back straight pit. Pre-registrations have been received at a high rate but teams will be able to register from 9-11 AM the day of the event. The fee will be $35 for each class entered. Fan admission is $5 for an all-access pass. Concessions will be available and parking will be supervised by the Warren County Snowmobile Club with a suggested donation of $5 per car.

All rules are posted on the Stateline Speedway website at www.racestateline.com. Complete results from ROUND 1 are also posted as are photos and videos.

Presenting sponsors are Papa John’s Pizza, Jan-Cen Automotive, and Lake Shore Paving. Other sponsors and prizes courtesy of Chase Car Care, Schuylers Garage, (Sugar Grove), The Bucket, New Beginning’s Family Restaurant, CarGo Auto Parts,Amsoil, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services, Ryan Kaczar’s LineX, Reid’s powersports, Keegans Witch Kitch, and Loud Performance.

There will be other club events and raffles throughout the event.

Five of six race dates set for Tuesdays this season at Nobles County Speedway

Friday, February 27th, 2015

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – Tuesday night will be race night at Nobles County Speedway for five IMCA divisions this season.

The 3/8-mile dirt oval re-opens with IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts on June 2, 16 and 23, July 7 and 14, and Aug. 16 programs.

Spectator admission is free for the June 2 Jam The Stands season opener. Season championship night on Sunday, Aug. 16 – the only non-Tuesday show of the summer at Worthington, as Redwood Speedway takes the night off – is also Nobles County Fair Night.

“Nobles County has been idle for a couple years. We thought we’d test the waters this season and we’ve already gotten a lot of community support from people wanting to help out,” explained Nobles County and Redwood promoter Brent Prouty. “Running on Tuesday nights gives drivers the opportunity to race more often for IMCA points and for shares of a point fund that will be paid in addition to what they receive from IMCA.”

Drivers who pay a one-time registration fee of $50 by June 16 and miss no more than one race at Worthington are eligible for $7,220 in top 10 point fund shares equal to weekly feature payouts.

The Modified champion earns $400 of a $2,160 point fund, the Stock Car champion $325 of an $1,820 point fund, the Northern SportMod champion $275 of a $1,490 point fund, the Hobby Stock champion $250 of a $1,300 point fund and the Sport Compact champion $100 of a $450 point fund.

Drivers with perfect attendance get their $50 back.

“I believe our payout is one of the best in the area, especially with the point fund. It is not top heavy, but nicely distributed through out the field,” noted Prouty. “With a 20 car field, you have a five percent chance to win, so we wanted to make it a decent pay throughout the field. We may not pay the most to win, but compare our total pay to others, and drivers should be excited.”

Nobles County is part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region for Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.

“The beauty of IMCA is that they’re well-known and well-run,” said Prouty, to be assisted in track operations by Marketing Director Justin Holzapfel. “Their rules and procedures make it easier for me as a promoter.”

ARCA’s new Short Track Challenge Championship takes off at Mobile

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio) There’s a brand new season-long awards program up for grabs in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and it reaches right back to the tour’s short track roots.

ARCA Racing Series competitors can now compete for yet another title with the introduction of the Short Track Challenge for 2015. Similar to the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge, which began in 1984, the Short Track Challenge will provide another opportunity to claim championship status inside one of the world’s most versatile racing circuits.

The Short Track Challenge will consist of 11 ARCA Racing Series short tracks on this year’s schedule. Short tracks, as deemed by series officials, are tracks one mile in length or less. The first event on the Short Track Challenge is the next event on tour – the ARCA Mobile 200 in Mobile, Alabama coming Saturday, March 14.

From the 11 short track events that make up the championship series, a competitor’s best 10 finishes will count towards overall point totals. The 11 tracks in the Short Track Challenge include Mobile Int’l Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, both events at Salem Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Berlin Raceway, Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The short track event producing the least results will not count toward overall point totals, essentially allowing a driver’s worst finish to be discarded from the equation.

While the overall national championship will always be the series’ biggest prize, the Short Track Challenge opens new doors for competitors who do not necessarily compete on some or all of the superspeedways. That includes drivers who are not eligible to race at superspeedways due to age restrictions and teams electing to run less than a full 20-race season.

Just like the Superspeedway Challenge, points for the Short Track Challenge will be allocated for race performance only beginning with 200 for first, and falling in five-point increments from there.

ARCA raceweek schedule of events at Mobile; starts with Fan Fest at USS Alabama The ARCA Mobile 200 gets underway with the ARCA Fan Fest at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Thursday, March 12. The USS Alabama Fan Fest is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and features an ARCA driver autograph session from 5:00-6:00. From there, haulers will cast off from the Battleship in a hauler parade to Mobile Int’l Speedway to prepare for Friday’s on-track activity. The hauler parade will mark the beginning of the Causeway Seafood Jubilee as ARCA fans, teams, and drivers enjoy the great seafood offered by restaurants on the Causeway.

On-track activities begin Friday with the first practice session from 2:30-3:15 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 4:15-5:00. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 7:00 Friday night. Raceday, Saturday, March 14 features an on-track autograph session from 12 noon-1:00 with driver introductions following at 1:30. The ARCA Mobile 200 is set to get the green flag at 2:00.

For ticket information, go to ARCAMobile200.com or call 251-343-2929251-343-2929.

Ambitious 2015 schedule planned for Davenport Speedway

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

DAVENPORT, Ia. – Although the first green flag of the 2015 racing season is still over a month away, stock car fans are already talking about the schedule planned for the Davenport Speedway. Much of the talk has been about the two new events on the schedule, the REBEL5K and the return of the Iowa Governor’s Cup.

The Iowa Governor’s Cup, the official stock car championship of the State of Iowa, will return to the Davenport Speedway for a two-day show, September 11th and 12th. The Governor’s Cup will feature the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series. Also racing will be Modifieds,Street Stocks, SportMods, and 4-Stocks.

The first Iowa Governor’s Cup was held in 1986, at Hawkeye Raceway. The last time the Governor’s Cup was held at Davenport, was in 2008.

The 2015 version of the Iowa Governor’s Cup will have a unique format. The first night’s races will be held on the quarter-mile oval, with the second night’s action on the half-mile track. A point system will be used to determine the state champion. The total purse for the two-day show is expected to exceed $50,000.

The REBEL 5K will kick-off the 2015 season at Davenport Speedway, on Friday, April 10th. The event is highlighted by IMCA Late Models racing for a top prize of $5,000, on the quarter-mile track. Also racing at the REBEL5K will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, SportMods, and 4-Stocks.

The high speed excitement moves over to the half-mile track on Friday, April 17th,for the 2nd Annual Midwest Sanction Showdown. The event marks the return of the MARS DirtCar Series and is co-sanctioned by the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series. The late models will be joined on the track by the Modifieds and StreetStocks.

The battle for the 2015 Davenport Speedway track championships begins on April 24th, at the Koehler Electric Season Opener. All five weekly classes: Petersen Plumbing andHeating IMCA Late Model, Milan Heating & Air IMCA Modified, Koehler Electric Street Stock, Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod, and Roto-Rooter 4-Stocks,will be in action.

The Lucas Oil MLRA late models will return to the Davenport Speedway on Friday, May 8th, as the open late models tackle the quarter-mile oval. The race will be dedicated to Martin Diercks. The patriarch of the Diercks racing clan, who was an avid supporter of racing at the Davenport Speedway, passed away in December. The Modified, Street Stock, SportMod, and 4-Stock classes will be racing for track points.

For the fourth straight year, the Davenport Speedway will offer $2,000-to-win specials for each of our weekly support classes. The IMCA Mod Madness will be held on May 22nd,with the Sport Mod Challenge on June 12th. The Street Stock Fourth of July Clash will take place on July 3rd, and the 4-Stock Nationals will be August 14th.

Other special events for the 2015 racing season at the Davenport Speedway include Season Championship night on August 28th and the Night of Destruction on Saturday, September 19th.

Racers will get two chances to try out their new rides for 2015. Open practices will be held, on Friday, April 3rd, and Thursday, April 9th.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates will open at 4:30pm, grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at 6:30, and racing at 7:00pm.
For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

DAVENPORT SPEEDWAY 2015 RACING SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT TRACK
4.03 Practice Day (Test and Tune) 6PM-9PM – 1/4 Mile
4.09 Rebel 5k Test and Tune 1/4 Mile
4.10 Rebel 5k for IMCA Late Models 1/4 Mile also racing Modifieds, Sportmods, Street Stocks, and 4-Stocks
4.17 Midwest Sanction Showdown, CBC & MARS Late Models 1/2 mile also racing Modifieds and Street Stocks.
4.24 Koehler Electric Season Opener 1/4Mile
5.01 Points Chase in all classes – 1/4 Mile
5.08 Lucas Oil MLRA Super Late Models 1/4 Mile Also racing Modifieds, Sportmods, Street Stocks, and 4-Stocks
5.15 Points Chase in all classes –1/4 Mile
5.22 IMCA Mod Madness($2,000 to win) Points chase in other classes 1/4 Mile
5.29 Points chase in all classes (Kids Night – 12 & Under Free) 1/4Mile Kids bike races for trophy and cash.
6.05 Points chase in all classes. 1/4 Mile
6.12 SportMod Challenge($2,000 to win) Points chase in other classes 1/4 Mile
6.19 Mid-Season Championship sponsored by JC Dubil’s 1/4 Mile Draw-Redraw(Back Row Challenge)
6.26 Points chase in all classes (Kids Night – 12 & Under Free) 1/4 Mile Bike races for trophy and cash. Sponsored by Kile Motorsports
7.03 Street Stock 4th of July Clash($2,000 to win) 1/4 Mile Pointschase in all other classes.
7.10 Points chase in all classes & Powder Puff Races 1/4 Mile
7.17 Points chase in all classes & Midwest Jalopies 1/4 Mile
7.24 Points chase in all classes –1/4 Mile
8.14 4-Stock Nationals($2,000 to win) Points chase in other classes 1/4Mile
8.21 Points chase in all classes (Kids Night – 12 & Under Free) 1/4Mile Kids bike races for trophy and cash.
8.28 Season Points Championship – Top 10 Line Up By Points 1/4 Mile (Back Row Challenge) Plus, Mechanics Race –
9.11 Iowa Governor’s Cup (Night #1) Corn Belt Clash Late Models 1/4 Mile Also racing Modifieds, Sportmods, Street Stocks, and 4-Stocks
9.12 Iowa Governor’s Cup (Night #2) Corn Belt Clash Late Models 1/2Mile Also racing Modifieds, Sportmods, Street Stocks, and 4-Stocks
9.19 Night of Destruction (Trailer Race & Cheater Races) 1/4 Mile