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Archive for April, 2015

Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2105 Hall of Fame Members

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Rice Lake WI – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Rice Lake Speedway met recently and voting was done to determine the newest members that will be added to the speedway’s Hall.

Voting was done in two categories and named as members of the 2015 class for the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame in the Driver’s category were Bruce Davis, Chuck Kurtzhals and Larry Quinn. Elected in the Friends of the Speedway category were Jerry Curnow, Don Stodola and Dan Schuster.

These six gentlemen, members of the fifth class elected to the Hall, will join the thirty two existing members of the Hall. The official induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 15th as a part of the racing program that night at the speedway.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame link on the speedway’s website at www.ricelakespeedway.net

Southwest Sprints Resume at Canyon Saturday

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. continues his pursuit of a second consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championship this Saturday when the series returns to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. for the 5th Annual “Canyon Clash.”

Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular the past two years, boosting his all-time Arizona USAC feature win total to 21. He has won the last three series features, including the March 28 “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon and he enjoys a 37-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. in the latest series points.

Nobody has won four straight Arizona features since Johnson did it in April and May of 2013. On his way to last year’s title Johnson strung together four straight Southwest features in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Hobbytime Motorsports Sweetens the Pot for Lucas Oil Speedway Competitors with 2015 Kawasaki ATV Giveaway!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Officials with Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri and Hobbytime Motorsports in Bolivar, Missouri are pleased to announce an impressive addition to the Budweiser Weekly Racing Series incentive program for 2015. One lucky competitor will walk away with a brand new 2015 Kawasaki Brute Force® 300 ATV, valued at well over $4,000 at the Championship Banquet on November 7th. The drawing will be held in the same fashion as the previously announced drawing for the 2015 Harley-Davidson® XG750 – Street(TM) 750 Motorcycle provided by Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri which will also be given away on November 7th.

“Hobbytime Motorsports provides many of our safety and support vehicles each year both at Lucas Oil Speedway and for our MLRA Late Model Series and both Harlen Kennedy and Toby Ott, employees at Hobbytime race at Lucas Oil Speedway on a weekly basis. They have been a great supporters of our weekly racing series program here in Wheatland and they offered to step up and do something special for the racers.” commented Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “This is in addition to the cash and contingencies that are handed out at the awards banquet.” Drivers in the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, and the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models will be eligible to win based on the following:

Each driver in the respective Budweiser Weekly Racing Series classes will earn one entry into the drawing every time they win an A-Feature in 2015. Entries began on April 10th. As all races are points races at Lucas Oil Speedway, each feature winner in each of the four “weekly” racing series classes is eligible to win even when running as a support class on a special event.

So far in 2015, the following drivers are eligible provided they attend the Championship Banquet on Nov. 7th:

Johnny Coats: Factory Stock Winner on April 10th (1 entry)
Logan Martin: USRA Modified Winner on April 10th (1 entry)
Kenny Carroll: Factory Stock Winner on April 11th & April 25th (2 entries)
Jeff Cutshaw: USRA Modified Winner on April 11th (1 entry)
Kris Jackson: USRA B-Mod Winner on April 25th (1 entry)
Justin Russell: ULMA Late Model Winner on April 25th (1 entry)
Jason Russell: USRA Modified Winner on April 25th (1 entry)

Drivers will also earn additional entry(s) into the drawing based on the their final points standings in 2015. Drivers must finish in the top-10 to be eligible for points entries into the drawing but in a unique twist to keep the playing field level, competitors will earn a related number of entries based on their final points position. For instance first place in points in the final standings will garner one additional entry into the drawing while fifth will earn five additional entries and so on.

Finally, all drivers that attend the season ending championship banquet that have either won at least one race or have finished in the top-10 in the final season long points standings will receive one additional entry into the drawing. Drivers need not be in the top-10 in the final points standings to win, they must have only won at least one race and be in attendance at the banquet to to win it. Example #1-Driver A wins (3) races, finishes 6th in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 10 entries into the drawing- (3 for wins, 6 for points, and 1 for attending banquet) Example #2-Driver B wins 10 races, finishes first in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 12 entries into the drawing- (10 for wins, 1 for points, one for attending banquet) Example #3-Driver C wins (2) Races, finishes 13th in points, but decides to attend the banquet for a chance to win. Will receive 3 entries into the drawing- (2 for wins, one for attending banquet) Example #4-Driver D wins (0) races, finishes 10th in points and attends the banquet. Will receive 11 entries into the drawing- (0 for wins, 10 for points, and 1 for attending the banquet)

Example #5-Driver E wins (5) races, finishes 8th in points but decides to skip the banquet. Would receive 13 entries- (5 for wins, 8 for points, 0 for not attending banquet, but not eligible to win since driver didn’t attend banquet) About Hobbytime Motorsports Located in Bolivar, MO, Hobbytime Motorsports not only carries the full line of Polaris ATVs, UTVs, and BRUTUS, they also offer Kawasaki ATVs, UTVs, and motorcycles! They also buy used bikes, offer online shopping for parts, accessories, and apparel, and have an easy, safe online finance application! Hobbytime Motorsports sells and services ATV’s, UTV’s, and motorcycles. They also offer a wide variety of parts and accessories. They are conveniently located in Bolivar, Missouri on Highway 13 just north of the 13/32 Intersection and they service a large area including Springfield, Republic, Nixa, Ozark, Marshfield, Clinton, Willard, Stockton, Eldorado Springs, Buffalo, Osceola, Strafford, and Rogersville. For more information or to their current inventory, please visit www.HobbytimeMotorsports.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway will be back in action next Saturday night, May 2nd as Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps out of Sedalia, Missouri Presents the first Big Open Wheel Show of the 2015 Season with a huge triple-header of open wheel racing featuring the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars, Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars Presented by NeXt LED, and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

Sedalia, Missouri’s Jonathan Cornell captured the 2014 ASCS Warrior Region Championship. 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion Zach Daum leads the POWRi contingent into battle for the only appearance of 2015 by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The WAR Wingless Auto Racing Series Spring Cars will be making their first of (4) appearances in 2015.

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.

Garrett makes it two in a row at Hays

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

HAYS, KS—Hometown driver Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager won his second feature race in a row at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, April 25, as over 110 race cars and 7 school buses checked into the pits.

Garrett Hager won his second Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature in a row at his hometown track. Brady Bencken led the first 11 laps of the 20-lap event when Robert Leonard slowed to bring out a caution. While under caution, Bencken went to the pits with a flat tire. That handed the lead over to Shay Simoneau when the green flag returned, only to be passed by ‘The Wild Child’ on the following lap. Hager held on through 2 more caution periods to make his return appearance to the winner’s circle. Duane Wahrman finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Mark Normandin, Jacob Olmstead, and Leonard, who returned to finish the race. Heat race winners were Kyle Pfeifer, Travis Coop, Bencken, and Jeromy Wagner, while Roger Garrison took top honors in the B-feature.

The most emotional feature win of the night went to Casey ‘The Wiener’ Woken of Norton. Woken took the lead on lap 7 from ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs and drove away for the victory in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car main event. Woken and girlfriend Chelsey Calvin lost their house and belongings, including their family pet, in a fire several days prior to Saturday night’s races. Jason Rogers chased Woken but had to settle for second. Tubbs finished third, trailed by heat one winner Josh Crombie, and Chad Sterling. Heat two winner Cody Zimmerman was sixth.

Nate Moore led the first 5 laps of the S & W Supply IMCA Modified main event until the lights blew out on the back straightaway to bring out a caution. The lights came back on shortly and racing resumed. On the restart, Wakeeney’s Kyle Rohleder powered past Moore and drove on for the win. Mike Petersilie worked his way up to finish second, with Cody Gearhart, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, and heat three winner Steven Bowers Jr. completing the top five. David Murray and ‘Rapid’ Ronnie Hill were also victorious in their heat races.

C.J. Pfannenstiel led the first two laps of the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod A-feature before the first caution waved for Tracy Holloway, who coasted to a stop on the track. On the restart, Blaine Walt took over the top spot as Pfannenstiel got high in turn 4 and fell back to fourth place. Walt continued to lead through a lap 18 caution when polesitter Eric Pfeifer spun. On the restart Walt drifted high in turn two and let Austin Carter, Nate Ginest and Jake Krone drive by. Carter held on to the checkers, followed by Ginest, Krone, ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money, and Bentley Pywell, who finished second in the B-feature to advance to the A-main. Heat race winners were Walt, Daniel Gottschalk, Krone, and Money, with Cory McGann winning the B-feature.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon picked up where he left off last season at RPM Speedway. Higdon won 8 features last year and got his first win this season in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact division. Higdon led all 12 laps to score the win. Art Herzog finished second, followed by Brandon Lobdell and Paul Whittenberg. Ed Jasper rolled off turn 2 on the final lap, landed on his wheels, drove back on the track, and drove around to the checkers to finish fifth.

The Tom’s Machine & Welding School Buses made their first appearance of the season Saturday night. Mike Wagner took the lead on lap 3 in the main event and powered away for the win. Art Herzog finished second.

The evening’s race program was dedicated to Cody Younger.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, May 9, with the regular five divisions in Competition. The green flag flies at 7:00 p.m.

Pierce, Babb Ready To Defend Home Soil At Macon Speedway Thursday

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MACON, Ill. – Bobby Pierce Jr. and Shannon Babb drove to victory lane last season in the two premier late model events at Macon Speedway. With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series back for the second annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Thursday, April 30, Pierce and Babb will likely renew a rivalry that brought the local heroes door-to-door.

And Macon Speedway fans loved every minute of it.

The fifth-mile high banked dirt oval extends its rich tradition with the super late models. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its only Central Illinois appearance for the second straight season as the sport’s biggest names go after the largest purse in speedway history and the $12,000 to win first prize.

A year ago in the series’ first appearance here, the pack couldn’t keep pace with Pierce, the son for a multi-time former Herald & Review 100 winner. Pierce Jr. built a commanding lead by handling the traffic on the tight short track. The rising star backed up an earlier victory in Florida with the impressive win on home soil.

“I kept looking at my dad when I went by, and his eyes kept getting wider and wider,’’ said Pierce, who was a Fithian Oakwood High School senior last spring. “On a track like this, you can’t calm down. You have to go full bore all the way.’’

A little more than two months later, Babb and Pierce were battling for the win in the Herald & Review 100 when Pierce bounced into the wall. Babb went onto win the race for a record fifth time. The Moweaqua Missile brought the local crowd to its feet.

“We’ve grown up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,’’ Babb said. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.’’

While the Herald & Review 100 has a rich tradition, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is still just getting the attention of the racing community. It provides Macon Speedway with a second high profile super late model 100-lapper.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. By purchasing a $75 reserved seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand with a chair back seat, each reserved ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount.

With drivers like Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and local favorite Brandon Sheppard, late model fans from all over the Midwest will head to Macon Speedway for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Expect a large, enthusiastic crowd to kick start the local dirt track season.

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 11-under. Grandstands open at 4; hot laps start at 6 with racing set for 7 p.m.

NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace, a Macon Speedway co-owner, will race in the Billingsley Towing Modified division. The program also includes B-Mods.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.