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Archive for May, 2015

Davenport Dominates Ralph Latham Memorial

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

UNION, KY – Jonathan Davenport dominated the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Ralph Latham Memorial main event on Saturday Night at Florence Speedway. Davenport led all 50 laps in his K&L Rumley Racing; Longhorn Chassis to
win for his first ever victory at the 1/2-mile oval.

With less than five laps to go, Earl Pearson Jr. drove around Scott Bloomquist to claim second. Bloomquist finished third, followed by Jared Landers and Steve Francis rounding out the top five.

“I have never run well here,” said Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “I haven’t been here since 2012, when I ran for Rookie of the Year on the Lucas Oil [Late Model Dirt] Series tour. Obviously, this is first time here in this Longhorn car, and it was just flawless. I ran the top for most of the race, and then on that restart, I decided I was going to go low, and the next thing I knew Scott [Bloomquist] was right beside me, so I quickly went back to the top.”

“They have changed the track some since I have been here. After the rain, they had this afternoon, the track was super fast. Beating Scott in that heat race was really big for us to get the outside front row starting spot. “I would like to thank all of my sponsors: TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas; without all of them we couldn’t do this, that’s for sure!”

“I am still sore today from the barrel roll we did at Tazewell last night,” said Earl Pearson Jr. following his runner-up performance. Thanks to Ronnie Stuckey for building such a safe racecar. The cage held up like it was supposed to. To come out here tonight and run as well as we did, I just can’t thank this Dunn-Benson Ford team enough.

“Everybody racing up front gave each other plenty of racing room. Scott could have cut me off coming off of four when I went around him, but he raced me clean. I’m so thankful to Lucas Oil Products, Midwest Sheet Metal, Sunoco Race Fuels, Moree’s Enterprises, and Ohlins.”

Bloomquist had one shot at passing Davenport for the lead after the final restart of the race, but could not clear him. “Our car fired really well on that last restart and he changed the line he had been running. I was able to pull alongside of him, but he shot right back by me. Congratulations to him again; that’s two nights in a row he has gotten the job done. I want to thank Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services and everyone who has come on board this year.”

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., Devin Moran, and Eric Wells. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of 15.125 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.142 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races. Josh Rice and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

Myers Tops Strong Contingent of WISSOTA Super Stocks

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Spring Valley MN–An Overnight rain left the speedway damp on a very cool May day. The crew worked hard throughout the day and had a nice racetrack come feature time.

The first feature of the night was the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Garitt Wytaske jumped out to the early lead. Don Schaefer took a stab at the lead early on but Wytaske kept fighting back. Tony Schill, Ryan Goergen and Robbie Franklin battled hard for the fifth spot early on. A couple cautions slowed up the field in the middle of the race. On the lap eleven restart Dustin Scott took control of the main event with Wytaske, Schaefer, Franklin and Jason Born battled hard for the second through fifth spots. With three laps to go the battle for second was up for grabs as they exited turn four the spot while Scott cruised away up front to take home the win. Wytaske held on for the second spot ahead of Schaefer, Born and Franklin. Wytaske, Josh Crary and Scott were heat race winners.

Kory Adams jumped out front on the start of the KIK Graphics WISSOTA Street Stock feature event and led the field to the checkers. Troy Voth quickly made second place his home for the night while Danny Richards, Noah Grinstead, Mike Blowers and Bernie Adams held an entertaining race for the third spot. Each driver controlled the spot throughout the feature event swapping spots and lines. This is why week in and week out the WISSOTA Street Stocks can put on the best show at any track. Adams took home the win followed by Voth, Richards, Grinstead and Blowers. Blowers and Richards took home the preliminary heat race action.

The Wagner Trucking USRA B-Modifieds had a good one tonight. Scott Demmer got out to the early lead hounded by Kylie Kath early on. A lap six restart saw Matt Jones battle with Kath for the second spot while Cole Queensland watched the race in fourth. A string of cautions in the middle laps saw Demmer again leading on the lap ten restart with Kath and Queensland right behind him. Queensland moved alongside of Demmer on lap eleven and took control of the race on lap thirteen. Twelfth starting Erik Kanz worked into the top five on that restart and raced with Demmer over the last five laps to take over the second spot. At the finish it was Queensland with the win, Kanz, Demmer, Kath and AJ Zvorak rounding out the top five. Jayden Larson and Mike Chisholm won the B features while Ben Moudry, Kath, Kanz and Zvorak won the heat races.

The Brauer Roofing WISSOTA Super Stocks had their best feature race of the season. Dave Solum took the early lead but by lap four Jason Forehand and Solum were racing hard for the lead. Forehand took the lead on lap six while Curt Myers and Jeff Brauer ran side by side for the third spot. As Solum dropped back out of contention for the top spot Brauer and Myers moved up to race with Forehand. On lap eleven Myers slid up in front of Forehand and took over the top spot leaving Brauer and Forehand to battle for the second spot. At the finish it was Myers with the win, Brauer, Forehand, Tommy Richards and Brian Fetting rounded out the top five. Heat races were won by Myers and Fetting

Darwyn Karau led early in the NAPA AutoCare USRA Modfieds. Joel Alberts quickly moved alongside and the two battled for the lead until a lap four restart saw Alberts take the lead. Josh Angst quickly moved past Karau to take over the second spot and then on lap six moved past Alberts to take over the lead and run the field to the checkers. Joe Horgdal had a great night following Alberts home for the third spot while Joe Ludemann and Jacob Dahle rounded out the top five. Greg Jensen took home the heat win.

Racing action resumes next Saturday with action in all five classes at the speedway. Action starts at 6:00 with the slingshots racing on Button Buck Speedway starting at 3:00

Mom Nature Throws a Wet Blanket on SCVR

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

St. Croix Falls, WI–Heavy overnight rains followed by persistent showers throughout the day Friday forced officials at St. Croix Valley Raceway to cancel their scheduled program on May 29. The Valley is planning a “catch-up” night on Friday, June 5 – during which the track will essentially stuff all of the rained out promotions into one evening. The activities for the June 5th “Meet Your Hero”night, including the pre-race, on-track autograph session with the drivers,will take place as planned.

In addition,the multiple discounts originally planned for May 29 will all be honored…the buy-one-get-one-free deal on hot dogs, $1 beer, and free spectator admission tofans with active duty or Veteran military ID. And to cap off the evening, the “You Be the Driver” night, rained out on May 15, will also take place, giving fans a chance to drive their own cars on the quarter-mile clay racing surface at The Valley. All six regular weekly classes will be inaction, plus the Northern Vintage Stock car Racers will make their second appearance of the season, along with their kid-friendly tradition of award in grace trophies to lucky young fans from the grandstands.

There will be no hot laps on Friday, June 5,with the autograph session beginning at 6:30 and the first green flag waving at 7:15. More information for this and other future events may be found on the track’s website, www.SCVRaceway.com, as well as their Facebook page.

Red Cedar Speedway Falls to Rain

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Menomonie, Wisconsin- the Dean & Sue’s Bar & Grill, MDA Fill the Boot Night at the Races at the Red Cedar Speedway fell to rain. Racing will resume on Friday, June 05 as Tractor Central and Pomp’s Tire sponsor the WISSOTA Afco Race of Champions Qualifier Night for the WISOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and Value Implement Hornets will also be in action.

ABC Raceway Cancels Opener Again

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Ashland, WI,- Despite a favorable forecast, the recent wet weather and uncooperative track conditions forced officials at the ABC Raceway to again cancel their efforts to kick off the 2015 stock car racing season this past Saturday night.

The program, to have been jointly presented by the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern State Bank and to have offered all active and veteran military personnel free admission, will now be rescheduled for later in the season.

The Raceway will again try to open up the season on Saturday, June 6, with its annual Kids’ “Meet the Drivers” Night, presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza of Ashland. The program will feature WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, as well as the track’s own Six-Cylinders and Pure Stocks, in heat and feature action.

Hot laps will begin at 6:15 pm, and the first green flag of the season is scheduled to be thrown at 7. Adult tickets are just $10 each, and kids ages 12 and under admitted free with a paid adult admission. “Z-93 Race Night” will air Saturday on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, from 4:30-6 pm with up-to-date track news and weather information.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For raceday information call (715) 682-4990, or log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.