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Archive for March, 2015

Elk City is latest Oklahoma track to sanction with IMCA

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ELK CITY, Okla. – A dozen Sunday shows are on the schedule this season at newly-sanctioned Elk City Speedway.

First track points for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at the western Oklahoma venue will be awarded April 12.

“We want to keep this track open and help spread IMCA across Oklahoma,” explained promoter Paul Vines.

The municipally owned 3/8-mile clay venue is a sister track to Outlaw Motor Speedway, which will run on Fridays, and Longdale Speedway, which will run on Saturdays. Elk City concludes its first IMCA season with the Winter Nationals special on Oct. 30-31.

Five race nights are on the schedule for each of three local classes at Elk City, where expansion plans are already in the works for 2016.

Modified points earned at Elk City also apply in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region. Stock Car points figure toward EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region standings.

Elk City becomes the fourth track in Oklahoma to sanction with IMCA this season, the most since 2001.

“Elk City Speedway is another great addition to our growing roster of sanctioned tracks for 2015,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard said. “With the increase in sanctioned tracks in Oklahoma in 2015, we anticipate that drivers at these tracks could be contenders for national and regional honors.”

Brady Bacon Wins Thriller at Tucson’s USA Raceway

Monday, March 30th, 2015

TUCSON, AZ – In one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of Tucson’s USA Raceway, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow Oklahoma won the opening night of the “8th Annual Copper On Dirt.” For Bacon, last Friday night’s 30-lap Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph was the veteran driver’s first series victory. Josh Hodges, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and Mike Spencer followed Bacon to the checkered flags.

Making his first USAC/CRA appearance of 2015, third starting Dave Darland led the first three circuits before Richard Vander Weerd took command. Vander Weerd, the winner of the Perris “Sokola Shootout,” dominated the event until flipping his mount with twenty-seven laps completed. Vander Weerd walked away from his battered machine and the second running Brady Bacon inherited the lead. On the restart, young Josh Hodges had other plans and seized control from Bacon. Looking for his first non-winged 410 victory, Hodges had the feature win in his grasp until a miscue in the last corner opened the door for Bacon. The Oklahoma driver was able to slip by Hodges and claim the main event win.

Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Brady Bacon not only won the feature from sixth, he also earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. After out-qualifying the other 23 racers, Bacon ran second to Darland in the night’s first 10-lap heat race.

After running a strong race, Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges had to settle for second in the Friday night feature. Piloting the family owned #74X Parts Plus / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges was tenth quick in time trials and placed third in the night’s first heat race.

In a photo finish, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California scored third in the opening night of the “Copper on Dirt” from ninth. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified sixth overall and scored sixth in his heat race after suffering a flat tire.

After leading the first three laps, Lincoln, Indiana’s “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland scored fourth at the checkered flag. Driving Dwight Cheney’s #42 Sander Engineering / Shaver Engines Maxim, Darland was seventh fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California took fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified second overall and ran second to Matt Rossi in his heat race.

Using an iron-block 360 engine, Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from twenty-third. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50M RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis missed the scales after time trials and took third in his heat race.

Making his first start in Gerry Cook’s #04G Lucas Oil / Beaver Stripes DRC, Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona won the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Rossi was seventeenth fast in time trials and placed seventeenth in the feature.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona earned the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 victory. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson qualified fifteenth overall and raced to tenth in the main event after starting fourteenth.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex’s Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Nine dates for new IMCA Sprint Series of Nebraska

Monday, March 30th, 2015

EAGLE, Neb. – Opening night for the inaugural Sprint Series of Nebraska comes on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.

The Saturday, April 18 main event for touring IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars pays $1,000 to win.

Another eight dates are on the 2015 schedule, including Fridays, April 24 and Sept. 11 at Eagle.

Thursday shows at U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus are May 7, June 4 and Aug. 13. Butler County Speedway at Rising City hosts the Friday, June 19 event and the series is at Beatrice Speedway on Sunday, July 26.

The finale is Thursday, Sept. 17 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood.

Standard payout for series events is $700 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded each night.

“We came up with a schedule that minimizes travel for drivers but still has enough dates to make the champion eligible for bonus points,” noted Tour Director Roger Hadan. “We want to build onto the fan base for these cars while giving tracks the opportunity to run special events and not have to spend a lot of money doing it.”

Title sponsor for the series is Precise Racing Products of Bennington. More information is available at the www.sprintseriesofnebraska.com website and on Facebook.

“This series is a perfect complement to drivers’ regular weekly racing,” Hadan said. “IMCA and (RaceSaver founder) French Grimes created an ideal foundation for an economical, fan-friendly tour like this. “

St Croix Valley Raceway’s 2015 Schedule Offers Entertainment for Everyone

Monday, March 30th, 2015

St. Croix Valley Raceway (SCVR) in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, is pleased to announce its 2015 schedule with new and traditional events sure to please both the race fan and the person looking for a different entertainment experience.
Historically, SCVR has earned the reputation as the place to be on Friday nights for the intense racing action on the ¼ mile “bullring” and other nightly entertainment that is offered throughout the season. Such will be the case in 2015 as SCVR’s schedule will include traditional events such as the Thunder in the Valley Series, Open Wheel Nationals, and the Kouba Memorial for the Wing Sprint Car fan and the Bullring Blast for the hard core Late Model enthusiasts. Mix in trailer races, fireworks, kids, free food and destruction nights along with a unique weekly program featuring Future IVs/Mini Vans, Pure Stocks, Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) Micro Sprints, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds and UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars and you have the ingredients for a summer full of exciting family entertainment.

The 2015 SCVR season will kick off with a practice session on Friday, April 24th, open to any team wanting to get some laps in before the season begins. The Ice Breaker Challenge on May 1st will officially get the racing season started with the Future IVs, Pure Stocks, UMSS Micros, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Vintage cars scheduled to compete that evening. In addition, there will be a practice session for all other classes of cars throughout the night. The season ramps up May 8th with the Season Opener for all classes including the WISSOTA Modifieds and UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars. The first of three Thunder In The Valley nights with the UMSS Wing Sprint Cars on May 22nd will highlight the remaining May schedule. The Davey Tabor Memorial on Memorial Day weekend is a great night of racing and entertainment to remember a big supporter of the UMSS.

June always begins with our first of two very popular Kids Nights on the 5th. Autographs and pictures on the SCVR track with their heroes will be a night to remember. Friday the 12th brings a new theme night, Carload Night. One occupant per seatbelt and everyone in the car gets in for only $24! Hilarious Trailer Races highlight June 19th. This has become one of the most popular events on the SCVR calendar. Never seen a trailer race? You have to see it to believe it! June wraps up with our annual Crash-Tastic-Smash-O-Rama on the 26th with lots of destruction from Wildman Clay Gallagher and other surprises throughout the night.

The heat of July will welcome a wide variety of events to SCVR. We will celebrate our freedom on July 3rd with a huge fireworks display. Our fireworks are the best around! After a week off on the 10th, the action returns to SCVR on the 17th with our second Free Hot Dog (buy one get one) and $1 Beer Night. Free food and $1 beer are always a good thing! Thunder In The Valley returns with the UMSS Wing Sprint Cars on July 24th honoring Dan Grams. SCVR will end July with our annual birthday celebration. 2015 will mark our 4th birthday and we will be serving free birthday cake on the 31st!

Like June, August always begins with Kids Night, but we ramp it up a ton with fireworks and what we like to call our Big Bike Giveaway! Last year SCVR gave away over 40 bikes to over 40 very happy kids! How many bikes will we give away in 2015? You’ll have to be there to find out. New to the schedule in 2015 will be the 1st annual – not only at SCVR, but anywhere – Trailer Race Nationals on the 14th! If you thought June’s trailer race event was the best, wait until you witness this! A huge purse will await the many participants competing for the big first place prize and the trophy to go along with it. SCVR expects to set a new record for the number of trailer race participants on this night! The night will also serve as Season Championship for the Future IVs/Mini Vans, Pure Stocks, UMSS Micro Sprints and UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars. On the 21st, SCVR will present the Race of Champions and Season Championship for WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds. The intensity will be high when SCVR presents the 4th Annual Open Wheel Nationals on August 28th. Increased purses will greet the racers while the fans will most assuredly enjoy increased car counts and awesome racing on the ¼ mile, high banked track!

September will be very special at SCVR! The 4th Annual Bullring Blast has become a true can’t miss event. The mighty WISSOTA Late Models and WISSOTA Street Stocks join our weekly classes for one intense night of racing. The combination of Late Models and the SCVR ¼ mile high banked track is something you have to see to believe! The last event on the 2015 SCVR calendar is the 23rd Annual Kouba Memorial. This high dollar UMSS Wing Sprint Car event will be your last chance to see these winged warriors at SCVR for the season. Wing sprint car fans will be treated to a 55 lap feature with a 5 minute 55 second pit stop on the front stretch at lap 25 in honor of the numbers 55 and 5 the Kouba family has made famous over the years. What a way to end the 2015 SCVR season!

For complete schedule details and admission prices, please visit us at www.scvraceway.com and on Facebook

23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 is now less than 60 days away!

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – The richest and largest Dirt Late Model event in the State of Missouri, the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com is now less than 60 days away! The 23rd edition of the event held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, will take place on May 21st-23rd at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

O’Neal is set to defend his Show-Me 100 title as he brings his high powered Clint Bowyer Motorsports Team back in 2015 as he hopes to withstand the challenges of Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr.. Steve Francis, Terry Phillips, Chad Simpson, Eddie Carrier Jr., and more of the top stars in dirt late model racing! A very limited number of 2-Day Reserved Seat Tickets for the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com remain. “There are still a few good seats remaining but with the warmer weather starting, the anticipation and the phone calls have really picked up as fans look to secure their reserved seats for the $30,000 to win Main Event.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson

2-Day Reserved Seats are available for Friday and Saturday. All tickets on Thursday night will be General Admission only. To purchase 2-Day Reserved Seat tickets for only $65 and secure your assigned spot for two days of high octane Dirt Late Model racing action, call the Lucas Oil Speedway Hotline at (417) 282-5984.Advanced General Admission Tickets are also available online by clicking www.ShowClix.com.

Any remaining reserved seat tickets not sold as 2-day tickets prior to the event will be available for purchase as single-day reserved seat tickets for $35 on Friday, May 22nd and $40 on Saturday, May 23rd.

This is surely one you won’t want to miss! This Crown Jewel Event features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA battling for 100 Laps and a $30,000 to win top prize. Dry Camping areas are once again FREE this year for the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

Activities get underway on Thursday night with the 2nd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA “Cowboy Classic” honoring longtime racer and MLRA Owner/Official Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. The 45-lap main event pays $5,045 to win and $545 to start as “Cowboy” campaigned the number 45 throughout his racing career. Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist captured the inaugural version of the event in 2014.

The tire rule for the race will be the same as the Show-Me 100, providing a valuable chance for the Late Model Drivers to dial in their set-ups prior to Friday’s Show-Me 100 qualifying. The USRA Modifieds will also compete on Thursday at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Modified main event will pay $500 to win on Thursday night. A $500 bonus courtesy of Kenny’s Tile Racing will also be awarded to the winner of Thursday night’s MLRA Main Event on top of the posted winner’s share of $5,045.

Friday night will feature time trials and (6) heat races for the Super Late Models, plus the Race of Champions and the Hot Rod Tracker Late Model Manufacturers Dash. The top three finishers in each heat race will move on to Saturday night’s main event. The balance of the field in each of the heats will move on to the Super Late Model consolation events on Saturday night. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured as the support class and will run their qualifying heat races and pole dash for Saturday’s $1,000 to win, $150 to start Main Event.

On Saturday night, Consolation events and the $2,000 to win/$250 to start Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Non-Qualifiers Feature, will be held for the Super Late Models prior to the 100 Lap Show-Me 100 taking center stage. A $500 bonus courtesy of Kenny’s Tile Racing will also be awarded to the winner of Saturday night’s Show-Me 100 Main Event on top of the posted winner’s share of $30,000.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will cap off the weekend action as the Top Modified Drivers in the region race for $1,000 to win presented by www.Racindirt.com.

For those fans wanting to get an early fix on the 2015 Late Model action, the 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway season officially kicks off on April 9th-11th with the 2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. Click to download and print the complete 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway Event Schedule.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2015 season once posted, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

About Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2015 marks the 5th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2015.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.