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Archive for February, 2016

World of Outlaws, ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout @ Cotton Bowl Speedway

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Paige, TX.- Making their first trip to the central Texas area, the World of Outlaws, Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicked off the Cotton Bowl Speedway racing season Friday night. Coming off the DIRTcar Nationals during Florida’s Speedweek, the high-flying, 410 Sprinters rolled into the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval with 32 drivers looking for the inaugural ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout trophy.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars travel across the country thrilling fans with some of the best Sprint Car aces in the world including multi-time and defending champ, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet(who picked up two Florida wins), Sammy Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart and former ASCS National champs, Jason Johnson and Aaron Reutzal.

There were a couple local Texas drivers trying their hand at making the show with multi-time ASCS Gulf South champ Ray Allen Kulhanek and Sam Hafertepe jr. The track was well groomed and racy and the stands, wow, the stands were packed to capacity with a standing room only crowd that didn’t know the finish that lied ahead.

Also on the nights race card were the CBS Stock Cars and Eco-Stocks.

Sweet Swipes Sprint Spoils

In front of a packed house, Brad Sweet(Huntersville, NC) made it three out of four this season in sensational fashion, besting his team mate Daryn Pittman. After battling in the top five all night, Sweet put a last lap slide job on Pittman in thefinal corners to get the lead. Oh, but the excitement wasn’t over. The two banged wheels as they raced towards the finish line with both coming across anything but straight.

Pittman had chased early leader, Joey Saldana and turned up the heat in the last five laps to get the spot. Sweet followed in his tire tracks and the fight was on to the checkers. As the lead duo ran through traffic a slower car forced Pittman to change his line giving Sweet the opportunity to dive inside going into turn 3. Pittman tried to fight back coming off turn 4 but came up short to Sweet.

After the ever popular four-wide salute, the 24-car World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car field fired into turn 1 with Saldana getting out first. Pittman, David Gravel, Sweet and Logan Schuchart sorted out behind him. Saldana kept it on top while Pittman ran high in 1-2 then took the bottom in 3-4. The yellow waved on lap 4 when Brent Marks stalled in turn 1.

On the restart Sweet made a big move past Gravel and Pittman for third with Schuchart coming along past Gravel for fourth. The caution was back out quickly after Wayne Johnson, Sheldon Haudenschild and Dusty Zomer made contact mid pack. W. Johnson and Haudenschild went around in turn 2 and Zomer stopped on the front stretch.

Back under green Pittman retook second from Sweet while Schuchart and Gravel swapped fourth. Saldana and Pittman began to check out and just as Pittman got along side Saldana, a yellow waved for a spin by Terry McCarl in turn 4. Pittman gave Saldana a good look on the restart and was getting pressured from Sweet.

Coming to halfway it was Saldana, Pittman, Sweet, Gravel and Shane Stewart in the top five while Schuchart and Lasoski battled for sixth. Shortly after the mid-point the leaders caught traffic and the top four closed up to within a couple car lengths with ten to go. Pittman was on Saldana at lap 22 and used traffic to get by for the lead lap 24.

Saldana then faded giving up spots to Sweet and Gravel the next circuit with Donny Shatz getting fifth from Stewart. Sweet caught Pittman with two to go. As the white waved Sweet was on Pittman’s tail tank. Sweet got a run on the back stretch and when Pittman had to pass a slower car, put on a picture perfect slider in turns 3-4.

Pittman did everything he could to regain momentum and chase Sweet off turn 4. As the two banged it’s a surprise neither went over as they slugged it out to the checkers with Sweet in the Kasey Kahne owned, Razorback Professional Tools, Curb Records, ASE, Sage Group, Rob Cappetta powered, TI22 Chassis.

“A packed house, a last lap pass for the win, what more could you ask for,” replied Sweet. “No, you can’t really have a plan in racing. I just tried to stay as close as I could. I was watching the flagman and knew how many laps there were. When we got into traffic it was just based off what Daryn(Pittman) did as to what I would do. Sammy(Swindell) kind of moved on him and he spun his tires and I got a run on him. He never saw it coming. I was able to pull the slide job off, we made a little contact coming to the line. That’s racing.”

“I wasn’t saving my stuff. I was going as hard as I could. I thought I was going to run second but the opportunity presented itself at the end. I got that good restart, but Daryn got me back and thought we were pretty even. He was going to be tough to beat. It was all just based off lapped traffic. It worked to our favor tonight, for sure.”

“You try to compare a new track to other places. This is a little bit Haubstadt, Tulare and few others. It’s a unique track. It was different, but really racy, what more could we ask for. We try not to change too much from track to track. We worked on the car throughout the night. We hit it pretty good for the A-main. It was a great race and great crowd. A lot of people liked this place. Sure the guys that did good will like it and the guys that didn’t won’t, but that’s how it is. It had a good top and good bottom, then the lapped traffic came into play.

“We’re running the whole tour this year. It’s nice to get a good start, but I’ve had good starts in the past and that doesn’t mean anything. We’ve got a long way to go and it’s great to have three wins under our belt and running as good as we are. It’s a long season.”

Bennett Best in Stock Car Bash

After opting to start at the back, Danny Bennett charged his way to the front of the 15-lap CBS Stock Car feature. After an early restart and three wide battle, Bennett moved up to second and caught leader Michael Rogers. Bennett got the spot at the one-third point and got out to a good lead. Steve Sims, who also choose to start in the back made his way up to second, but could never get close enough to mount a challenge.

Gary Hutchinson led the CBS Stock Car feature coming off turn 2, but it was Hutchinson, Rogers and Mike Nuby three wide for the lead at the line on lap 1. Rogers claimed the spot on lap 2 while Sims made his way to fifth before Drake Pruitt and Jarod Leitchman tangled in turn 1.

On the restart it was Sims, Bennett and Hutchinson three wide for second with Bennett getting the spot. Bennett closed quickly on Rogers and took over the top spot on lap 5 with Sims and Hutchinson door to door for third. Sims finally secured the spot and got second from Rogers.

At the crossed flags it was Bennett, Sims, Rogers, Danny Castle and Hutchinson in the top five. As the two leaders separated themselves, Castle and Rogers fought for third. As the white flag waved Bennett in the Danny Boy Racing, Ladd Coins, bastropautorepairs.com, All In Designs, Chevy had a comfortable margin that he held to the checkers.

Zajac Zips to Front of Field in Tech

Daniel Zajac went from fourth to first at the scales following the 15-lap Eco-Stock feature. Now you would first assume that the top three couldn’t make weight, maybe have the wrong percentage, but no. After contact during the race the three were mixing it up after the race and were DQ’d for fighting. Geez guys, it’s a long season!

Danny Baggerley jumped out front as the 14-car Eco-stock took the green. Mason Teague, Richard Fitch and Eric Wilson were three wide for second and Larry Underwood fifth. Teague, Fitch and Wilson pin-balled off each other on lap 1 as Baggerley began easing away. Alyson Dorken made her way up to fifth past Underwood as Teague and Fitch swapped second.

Teague began catching a slowing Baggerley and got the lead on lap 12. Baggerley was then forced to pull with clutch problems. With Teague out front Wilson, Zajac and Dorken were fighting for third. Teague led the field to finish line with Zajac getting by Dorken for fourth and being in the right spot to pick up the victory.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series travels southeast to Royal Purple Raceway(Baytown) for a Saturday night show before heading west to Vegas, Arizona and California. For more info visit www.woosprint.com.

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series – Homewww.woosprint.com Perfect Attendance: Joey Saldana looks to extend string of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts at Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27

Cotton Speedway resumes racing March 5th with regular schedule of IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, I-Stocks and Hobby Stocks, plus the South Texas Late Model Series and Eco-Stocks. For more info visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.

IMCA Late Models added to six Friday shows at Marshalltown

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa– The Friday night lights shine on IMCA Late Models six times this sea­son at Marshalltown Speedway.

Late Models tackle the ¼-mile dirt oval on June 10, July 1 and Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 in $600 to win events.

“When we brought the Late Models back for three events last year, the interest level and the enthusi­asm were crazy,” promoter Toby Kruse said. “We’re trying to give fans more of what they want by bringing them back this season.”

A track champion will be crowned and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and All­star Performance State points awarded.

A pro-rated point fund will be paid; the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway at Des Moines is off all six nights Late Models are scheduled at Marshalltown.

The Deery Brothers Summer Series makes its annual visit to Marshalltown on Tuesday, June 7, along with the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

That will be the first time those series have raced on the same night at Marshalltown. “It will be history in the making on June 7,” said Kruse. “We’re excited about running Late Models. It was overwhelming when he had them here last year and we’re just as excited about having the Hawkeye Dirt Tour back.”

“Marshalltown Speedway remains one of the longest standing and best IMCA tracks in the United States,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “Toby does a phenomenal job and we’re excited to increase our weekly Late Model events and host Deery and Hawkeye Dirt Tour events on the same night.”

Carb Night Classic Continues USAC’s Memorial Day Weekend Tradition at Lucas Oil Raceway

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

USAC’s long-standing tradition of racing on Memorial Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis continues on Friday night, May 27, 2016, with the running of the “Carb Night Classic…The Race Before the 500″ featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series.

The event will feature a 100-lap event for the USAC Silver Crown Series. In addition, the racing extravaganza at the .686-mile track west of Indianapolis, located just a little over six miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will play host to the 5th Annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as well as complete events for two series from the Mazda Road to Indy: The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. The event is the continuation of a tradition of USAC racing in Central Indiana on Memorial Day Weekend leading up to the running of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, this year’s “Carb Night Classic…The Race Before the 500″ will mark the 34th consecutive year a USAC event has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway on Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s very exciting to be part of such a big event on Memorial Day weekend in Indy,” USAC Racing Director Levi Jones said. “Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is synonymous with USAC racing ever since the first event back in 1961. The ‘Carb Night Classic’ is sure to provide a night full of action-packed open wheel racing for fans.” The Silver Crown Series event, previously known as the “Day Before the 500″ last season was won by Kingsburg, California’s Tanner Swanson who also took the victory in Lucas Oil Raceway’s other Silver Crown event in July of 2015.

In what is a busy week for USAC competitors in Indiana, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will take on the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday, May 25, for the 46th running of the “Tony Hulman Classic.” The following day, Thursday, May 26, the USAC Silver Crown cars will compete on the one-mile dirt surface at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the prestigious “Hoosier Hundred” before coming to Lucas Oil Raceway for the “Carb Night Classic…The Race Before the 500″ on Friday night, May 27.

The back-to-back events on the Silver Crown schedule mark a rare occurrence in the history of the series. Since 1971, only three times has the Silver Crown Series raced at different tracks in consecutive days.

In 1974, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend’s 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in his Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Bob East & Tony Stewart’s number 9. The last occasion came in 2008 when Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Scott superb in USMTS Cajun Clash opener

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

VIVIAN, La.– With 65 of the nation’s premier heavy-hitters on hand Thursday at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Stormy Scott was in a class all his own in the 35-lap main event to kick off the 5th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City.

After racing from sixth to second in Edelbrock Heat Race #3, Scott redrew the pole position for the start of the $2,000-to-win feature race, and that was as close as anybody got to the 26-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M.

“We kind of left scratching our heads last week and tried some different stuff tonight,” Scott said in victory lane. “It ended up working pretty good for me.”

With no cautions to help his chasers, Scott was flawless through lapped traffic and crossed the finish line with a four-second cushion over runner-up Terry Phillips. While it was Scott’s first trip to the winner’s circle at Gene Boyter’s popular high-banked red clay oval, it was the 36th of his USMTS career, tying him for sixth on the all-time list with Jon Tesch. “We’re just now starting to mellow out a bit, but the work’s
never done,” said Scott, referring to the off-season work of preparing cars for both himself and twin brother, Johnny, as they are venturing out as a team this season. “I’m going to go celebrate tonight, then get ready to go again tomorrow.”

Behind Scott and Phillips, defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes raced from eighth on the grid to third at the end of the 35-lapper with Rodney Sanders, who started 15th, tucked in behind in fourth.

Jamie Burford was fifth, while Cade Dillard, Jason Ingalls, Ryan Gustin, Kyle Strickler and Austin Arneson rounded out the top ten finishers.

USMTS Speedweeks continues Friday. The green flag unfurls at 7 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds competing for $3,000 to win while Limited Mods will battle for $600 to win and Factory Stocks $400 to win. Grandstand tickets are $20 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Saturday’s finale gets started at 6 p.m. USMTS Modifieds will race for $4,000 to win with Limited Mods paying $700 to win, Factory Stocks $500 to win and Pro-Mods joining the card for $400 to win. The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live via pay-per-view at www.RacinDirt.comm/LiveVideo.

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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

New promotional era begins at Skyline Raceway Park

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

CORTLAND, N.Y.– One era has ended and another begun at Skyline Raceway Park. Former track champion Dean Catlin and his wife Donna have purchased the facility from Frank and Audrey Payne, who had operated the 3/8-mile clay oval for 28 years.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds return to Saturday night programs beginning April 23. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at Cortland runs through Turbo Blue championship night on Sept. 17. The former Skyline Raceway has been IMCA sanctioned longer than any other track in New York and will crown a Modified champion for the 20th consecutive season in 2016.

“This division is a lot different than most of the other cars around here,” Catlin noted. “They run on those narrow Hoosier tires and there’s a lot of talent needed to hook them up. The guys who can do that are doing a whale of a job.” Catlin first raced at Skyline the third week after the Paynes began promoting. He was a weekly regular there for 15 years and won the local pure stock title in 1996.

“I’d always thought it would be cool to promote a race track. The crazy thing is,” he added with a laugh, “is that I was able to talk my wife into doing this.” “I’m the fix-it guy and she’ll handle concessions and ticket sales, but we’re going to promote this track together,” Catlin said. “We’ve kept some of the staff, hired new employees and will also have volunteer help, most of them being people I met while I was racing here myself.”

After his automotive racing career ended, Catlin started a lawnmower racing organization that held several events at Skyline. “We were walking through the pits, talking lawnmower stuff when Frank asked if we’d be interested in buying the track. We talked again in November, financing fell into place and we bought it in late January,” he said. “We’ll finish widening out turn three, we’ll get the equipment ready to roll and we’ll open the gates.”

Lawnmower races will be on the schedule several times this season at Cortland, raising money for charities that include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, volunteer fire departments and local cancer societies. An open practice follows a car parts flea market at Skyline on April 16. Rain date for the Turbo Blue show is Sept. 24.

“Skyline has been the cornerstone of IMCA in the Eastern Region for two decades now,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard noted, “and we look forward to partnering with the Catlins for many seasons to come.”