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Archive for November, 2015

​Macon & Lincoln Speedway Racecars Set To Return To Hickory Point Mall March 18-20 Car Show Will Be First In Years

Monday, November 30th, 2015

*Macon, IL* Officials from Macon Speedway as well as Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL are pleased to announce the return of the season preview car show. Formerly an annual event, the show has not been held inside the popular facility in many years. The event is scheduled for March 18-20, 2016.

The car show will be open to any regular competitors that race at Macon Speedway or Lincoln Speedway, as well as those from traveling series that compete at either of the tracks. The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 17 and exiting on Sunday, March 20 when Hickory Point Mall closes for business each of the two days.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

Drivers and teams who have highly presentable cars are welcome to enter the show by emailing or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The show will likely feature up to 30 competitors, so registration is first come, first serve. There is no charge to enter the show.

Maine Street Stock Racer Heading South to Snowball Derby

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Not even in his wildest dreams did Lewis Anderson ever imagine towing from Maine to the panhandle of Florida to race a Street Stock. But that’s exactly what the 45-year-old grassroots racer from Hollis, Maine is doing.

With his No. 81 Street Stock on an open trailer hooked to the back of a pickup truck, Anderson is currently headed south to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway to compete in the 50-lap Sportsman feature on Thursday night of Snowball Derby week.

“We’ve joked about this for a number of years, going to different race tracks but I could never dream of being able to actually do it,” Anderson said Sunday morning. “It’s expensive and I figured I couldn’t afford that. I don’t have that kind of money, that’s why I race Street Stock at Beech Ridge.”

Anderson’s dream started to become a reality in April when he made the trip south to Hickory Motor Speedway for a Super Late Model race. He was sitting in the grandstands with veteran Super Late Model driver Scott Mulkern and Mainely Motorsports host Steve Perry when Mulkern made the comment, “Why don’t you take Lewis to the Derby?”

“All of a sudden at Hickory we got talking to a bunch of people and seeing if we could get some help. We started talking to people about it and the response was ‘I’m in. I’m in. I’m in.’ Holy smokes. We had a lot of people that wanted in on this project so we found out it was almost feasible to do it and we just kept working at it.”

Anderson, a regular competitor in the Wildcat division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), left his house at 11 p.m. ET Saturday night. As of 11 a.m. on Sunday morning he was already in Virginia turning heads on the highway with his Christmas-themed race car.

“Overnight it was too dark to even tell there was a race car on the back, and until an hour ago it was foggy and raining so people couldn’t really tell. Now people are really starting to take a look at it. It is 11 o’clock here and people are starting to look at it now. We’re following the trailer in an SUV. We have two vehicles, the SUV and the car towing the trailer, and we’re following them. We’ve seen all kinds of looks now.”

For three years now, Anderson has been making the trip south to the Snowball Derby with a group of Maine residents led by Perry. During his first visit to the Derby, he walked around the infield of the half-mile oval looking at the cars competing in the Sportsman feature. While looking over the cars, he realized that they weren’t much different than the Wildcat he races weekly.

“I was looking at it and I was like, ‘He’s got the same engine that I’ve got. He’s got the same rear link suspension I’ve got. He’s got no jacking bolts.’ “When this started to become a reality this summer, I messaged one of the guys on Facebook that races down there and we’ve been chatting back and forth all summer. He gave me pointers on setups and stuff, tires and everything. I really didn’t have to change a whole lot on my car, I just had to add a bunch of lead to it.”

Leading up to the big trip, Anderson received help from a number of people including Perry, Karl Fredrickson of Speedway Illustrated and other local businesses. Local fans also offered up money, gas cards and whatever they could to help “The Dirty Lew,” as the call him at Beech Ridge, make the trip.

But even once the financial aspect of the trip became feasible, the work didn’t end there.

“This has been a lot of stress until last night putting it all together,” Anderson explained. “We finally got the race car done and it got it scaled and loaded at like 10 o’clock last night. Trying to get money and all of that together and make sure that hotels are paid for and foods paid for, rental car and all of that stuff. All of a sudden you think you’ve got everything done and it’s like, ‘Oh, we forgot about this. Oh, we forgot about that.’”

Now that he’s on the road, Anderson said it’s all about having fun. He knows that this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so he’s not letting high expectations get in his way of having fun. A top-five or top-10 run are his goals on the track, but for the most part it’s all about enjoying the experience.

“I want to be battling for the win, but I don’t know what I even have right now. I haven’t even been on the track yet, so I’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to see how we stack up. We’ve gotta have fun.”

As Anderson enjoys this once in a lifetime experience, he will have a huge group of supporters both at the race track and back at home in Maine. Many in his home state, even some of his fiercest rivals, have already purchased the Speed51 TV package to watch “Lewis” on Thursday night, December 3.

“When you think about it that way, it’s kind of unreal,” he admitted. “I race against these guys and some like me, some don’t. Even some that don’t like me, they’re saying they’re going to rent the package from Speed51. It’s going to be a good show for those watching on Speed51 TV.”

Race fans can order their live Speed51 TV online video ticket today by clicking here. The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at and/or Pat Bryant at

For more information on and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through and visit is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching

East Bay Raceway Park Story from November 28th

Monday, November 30th, 2015

GIBSONTON — At East Bay Raceway on Saturday night it was Tim Gay winning the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks, Travis Varnadore winning the Late Models, Jamie Frankland in the Florida Old Time Modifieds, David Reutimann in the 2nd Annual Dale & Emil Reutimann Memorial Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified 50-lap feature and Dorsey Strickland in the Micro Sprints.

Action continues next Saturday with the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprints, Limited Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks, V8 Warriors and the Foster’s Auto Truck Outlaw Fours. For information, visit or call 813-677-7223.

Deer Creek Speedway Drivers Award Banquet

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Spring Valley MN–The Wicked Moose in Rochester provided a perfect setting for the 2015 addition of the Annual Drivers Award Banquet. A meal was served while drawing and door prizes were handed out thanks to a great group of sponsors and businesses who gave away a ton of great contingency prizes.

After the meal was served a video highlight reel of the 2015 racing season was shown to the large crowd gathered on this special night. Thanks to Scott Gulbranson who put together this great highlight reel of some on track action and the behind the scenes work. Everyone enjoyed watching this great footage.

The first awards to be handed out were some Specialty awards for the Button Buck Speedway which features weekly racing in the Slingshot by Tobias cars. In the KC CLawn Care Pee-Wee Slingshots Toby Kennedy brought home the most improved honor while Braden Brauer took home the honor in the Junior Division. Colby Mann took home the most improved honor in the senior division. Jim Chisholm showed true sportsmanship over the Slingshot season taking home the Sportsmanship award for the 2015 season, while Colin Williams took home the Parent Sportsmanship award.

After a video highlight of the slingshot racing season the championship trophies were awarded. Kolton Brauer of Eyota MN took home the track title in the KC Lawn Care Pee-Wee division ahead of Toby Kennedy, Koby Wagner, Gavin Oldefendt and Brady Boland.

Joe Chisholm of Osage IA and Braden Brauer of Eyota MN tied for the Championship Trophy in the KC Lawn Care Junior Slinghsots ahead of Gage Motl, Hunter Kennedy and Ayden Howard. Jim Chisholm took home the Senior Slingshot title ahead of TiannaMithun, Karlie Wagner, Colby Mann and Tucker Williams

Next up were the Specialty Awards for the Deer Creek Speedway with Bernie Adams taking home the most improved driver in the KIK Graphics WISSOTA Street Stocks. Garritt Wytaske took home the honor in the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. In the Wagner Trucking USRA B-Modifieds Erik Kanz took home the most improved honors, while Neil Eckhart took home the title in the Brauer Roofing WISSOTA Super Stock Division. Rounding out the Most Improved honors was Joe Horgdal in the NAPA Auto Care USRA Modifieds.

Zach Elward took home he dubious honor of the Hard luck of the year award, while Jacob Bleess took home the Rookie of the Year award over a highly competitive group of rookies who raced this season. Darwyn Karau continued to demonstrate what racing is all about taking home the Sportsman of the year award.

Dan Erickson was on hand from the Minnesota Corn Growers to award the 2015 Ethanol Cup and the Ethanol Appreciation awards. This program was funded by Poet Ethanolof Preston, Absolute Energy of Lyle and the Fillmore County Corn Growers. Drivers participating this year were Dustin Scott, Cole Queensland, Mike Blowers, Brian Fetting, Scott Demmer, Troy Voth, Kadden Kath, Casey Trom, Alex Williamson, Kylie Kath, greg Jensen, AJ Zvorak, Noah Grinstead, John VanMinsel, Mike Chisholm, JT Wasmund, Dereck Clement, Zach Elward, Dustin Kruse and Brad Seavers

The Minnesota Corn Growers then announced Dustin Scott the champion of the 2015 Ethanol Cup which was a final 3 race program for all drivers who ran over 50% ethanol in their race cars. Cole Queensland, Mike Blowers, Brian Fetting and Scott Demmer rounded out the top five in this years version of the Ethanol Cup.

After another fine video program for each class that races at the Speedway put together by Scott Gulbranson the top ten in each division were brought onto the stage to receive their point money and trophies for the top five.

Mike Blowers took home the track championship in the KIK Graphics WISSOTA Street Stocks ahead of Kory Adams, Danny Richards, Nick Schwebach and Bernie Adams.

Cole Queensland took home the honor in the Wagner Trucking USRA B-Modifieds ahead of Erik Kanz, Kylie Kath, Brandon Hare and Alex Williamson.

Dustin Scott took home the title in the Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ahead of Josh Crary, Jason Born, Garritt Wytaske and Casey Trom.

Tommy Richards took home the 2015 Brauer Roofing WISSOTA Super Stock title over Jeff Brauer, Brian Fetting, Kevin Hager and AJ Hoff.

The Napa Auto Care USRA Modified champion for 2015 was Josh Angst ahead of Jacob Bleess, Joe Horgdal, Joel Alberts and Darwyn Karau. Angst also received a tool box from NAPA for his championship.

Deer Creek Speedway and Button Buck Speedway are now readying for the 2016 season. The schedule of events will be listed on the website so along with tickets for all events so get those holiday presents for your loved ones.

Seven Divisions to Compete During Snowball Derby Week

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Much of the talk leading up to the Snowball Derby revolves around the Super Late Models that will be competing in the 300-lap race at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Sunday, December 6. But the Snowball Derby is much bigger than just one race. It’s a whole week’s worth of racing with seven different divisions duking it out for bragging rights.

Of course, the Super Late Models will be the main focus throughout the weekend with future stars of the sport like Chase Elliott and John Hunter Nemechek joining the most talented group of short track racing stars you’ll find anywhere. It’s a race that nobody wants to miss and rightfully so, the Snowball Derby itself has earned the reputation of being the most prestigious short track race in the country.

In addition to the Super Late Models, there’s a lot of other great racing that will take place throughout the weekend including the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for the Pro Late Models on Saturday night, December 5. In that race, you’ll see many of the stars that will also be competing in the Snowball Derby the next day.

Past Snowflake 100 race winners include Bubba Pollard, Chase Elliott, Augie Grill and the inaugural race winner Gary St. Amant.

Before the Late Model drivers strap in for their main events on Saturday and Sunday, the grassroots racers in four different divisions will have their shot at earning a win during the biggest week of the year.

Feature racing kicks off Thursday night after a full day of practice for the Late Models. The Butler U-Pull-It Bombers will go 30 laps before the competitive Beef O’Brady’s Sportsman division takes to the track for 50 laps of intense racing action.

Friday will be the most intense day of all with Late Models preparing for NASH 102.7 FM Pole Night. Once qualifying is done, it will be time for more racing as the Faith Chapel Street Stocks and the Modifieds each compete in 50 lap features.

Things continue to heat up Saturday with 50-lap Last Chance Qualifiers for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby. Once the fields are set, it will be time for the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country when the Late Model stars strap in for the Snowflake 100. The Better Built Pro Truck division will race for 50 laps around the Pensacola, Florida oval at the conclusion of “The Flake.”

Sunday needs no introduction. At 2 p.m. CT, the most diverse and talented group of Super Late Model drivers in the country will strap in for 300 laps and all eyes in the racing world will be on Five Flags Speedway.

In all, not counting qualifying races, there will be 630 laps of racing at Five Flags Speedway over the course of four days. When people say the Snowball Derby is more than just a single race, they mean it.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at and/or Pat Bryant at

For more information on and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through and visit is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching