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Archive for March, 2016

11 states represented at opening night Frostbuster, Brown takes IMCA Modified thriller

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

OSKALOOSA, Iowa ­– Opening night of Frostbuster Week brought drivers from 11 states to Southern Iowa Speedway and was highlighted with Kyle Brown winning the Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modified headliner. States represented at Oskaloosa in addition to Iowa were Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin. After a caution forced a restart, Tim Ward led the opening lap of the Modified main event. Brown grabbed the top spot away and started to pull away as Kelly Shyrock worked his way from the fourth starting position.

Once around Cayden Carter and Ward, Shyrock set his sights on the leader. Brown caught up with the back of the pack on lap 12 and had to hold off Shryock while negotiating traffic. Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Brown kept Shyrock in check to take the $1,000 win. Carter and Arizona pilots R.C. Whitwell and Ward rounded out the top five. Ken Schrader was 11th.

Derrick Agee motored to the $500 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Kyle Prauner captured the $400 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory. Nick Ulin was the $300 winner in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Jay Schmidt and Agee led the field to the green in the Stock Car 20-lapper. Schmidt grabbed the lead on lap one but Agee worked his way to the top spot on lap two. Agee and Schmidt seemed confortable in those positions when the only race caution came out.

The restart allowed Carter to move to second and he began to challenge. Carter pulled ahead of Agee coming to the white flag but the Hurryin’ Missourian was not to be denied as he outdueled Carter the last lap to take the win. Damon Murty moved up nine spots to finish third, Schmidt fell back to fourth and Mike Hughes was fifth. The Northern SportMod feature was slowed by a pileup on the front stretch forcing a restart. Prauner charged into the top spot and never looked back. taking the easy victory ahead of Carter VanDenBerg, Brandon Spanjer, Jake McBirnie and Lucas Lamberies.

Ulin took the lead on lap one of the Hobby Stock feature. Shortly after, several cars got together in turn three including Eric Stanton, who took a wild ride but was able to walk away from the incident. Ulin checked out and took the easy win ahead of John Watson, Bobby Greene, Nathan Ballard and Benji Irvine.

New Off Road track coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced on Wednesday that an Off-Road track will be added to the facility and host a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event in 2017. “We’re pleased to announce the addition of another exciting form of motorsports, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, to our already huge array of world-class racing entertainment,” Robinson said during the Lucas Oil Speedway media day. “This form of racing, while new to this part of the country, is something that we feel fans will quickly embrace.”

Robinson said the Off Road track will be a new, purpose-built facility on the property. When Lucas Oil Speedway played host to a Lucas Off Road Racing Series event in the past, a temporary layout was constructed utilizing the dirt oval. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Director Ritchie Lewis said the process of mapping
out the approximate mile-long track on the Lucas Oil Speedway property has begun. Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring with the first race in 2017. Lewis described Off Road Racing as “extremely high-flying with door-to-door contact.”

“It’s motocross racing and super cross racing on four wheels,” Lewis added. “It’s called short-course racing, a scaled-down version of off-road racing in the desert. There are left-hand turns, right-hand turns, rhythm jumps, long jumps, ski-type jumps. It’s extremely competitive and exciting.” The Lucas Off Road Racing Series currently competes exclusively on six tracks in the western United States.

“We have big names such as Jeremy McGrath, Brian Deegan, Rob Maccachren and Carl Renezeder,” Lewis said. “It’s a Who’s Who ofOff Road Racing and those guys, plus many others, will be coming to Wheatland. Our talent pool is deep.”
The series has five divisions:
Pro 4 – Four-wheel drive, full-sized trucks with 700-900 horsepower. The trucks weigh a minimum of 4,000 pounds, including driver, with a 113-122 inch wheelbase.
Pro 2 – Two-wheel drive, full-sized trucks with 700-900 horsepower. Weight is a minimum of 3,750 pounds, including driver and wheelbase is 113-122 inches.
Pro Lite – Two-wheel drive, mid-sized trucks that are around 300 horsepower and a minimum 2,800 pounds including the driver.
Pro Buggy – Open-wheeled buggies with 1,650-1,835 cc motors at about 210 horsepower. Weight is at least 1,800 pounds, including driver.
Modified Kart – Go-karts with 250-450 cc motorcycle engines at about 48 horsepower. This class is for drivers ages 10-15.

“We’ll probably run three of four classes at Wheatland,” Lewis said. “I’m sure we’ll run Pro-4, Pro-2 and Pro Lite, though we haven’t made a final call yet. We’re a ways out from doing that.” The Lucas Oil Speedway Motorsports Complex includes a state of the art 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval along with the world’s only purpose built drag boat racing facility.

The “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” opened in 2006 and features television-quality Musco Lighting and a Bose Stadium Sound system. A huge permanent HD Jumbo-Tron and 20 position scoring pylon in turn 3 keeps fans updated on all of the racing action on the track.

The drag boat lake, which opened in 2011, features an ultra-wide in-ramp as well as dual out-ramps with one for each lane which provides for minimal downtime between runs. A RV overlook on the south side of the track is a great way to catch all of the racing action from the comfort of your RV. Aluminum bleachers with backrests
adorn the north side of the track as well as a complete concrete walkway.

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Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. 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.
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Rice Lake Speedway Racers Set to Practice

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Rice Lake WI – As the start of the 2016 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway nears, dates for the first on track activity have been announced.

According to track co-owner Dave Adams, practice dates have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th. The practice sessions at slated to be held from 6-9 p.m both nights and cars in all classes are invited to attend and get laps in. Everyone in the pits is required to sign an insurance waver but there is no charge for drivers to practice. Fans will be allowed to watch from the spectator viewing areas free of charge also.

According to Adams, track co-owner and track prep guru Mitch Hansen has been on the track even before the calendar turned over into April and as Adams stated, “the track looks smooth, the track looks fast and the track looks ready to race on.”

All this is in preparation for the official opening night, April 16th when officials will open the gates for the sixty fourth consecutive time for racing action to take place in Rice Lake. Headlining the opening night card will be a five division program featuring WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the highly entertaining Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

Many drivers are expected to debut new race cars and a number of new drivers are expected to join the weekly fields as it has been a busy off season in area race shops and garages.

Among the highlight events of the 2016 racing season are the Aquafest Trophy races on June 7th, two appearances by the Sprint Cars, the first appearance of the Late Models since 2012 when the One Main Financial Series visits the track on July 30th , the Street Stock Little Dream race on August 2nd and a two day show to wrap up the season on Labor Day weekend.

In other racing news, two new officials have been appointed to key positions at the race track for 2016. The new track starter will be Shawn Cimfl from Rice Lake. Cimfl brings experience to the position, having flagged previously at tracks in both Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as working with a traveling Sprint Car series.

The new track announcer will be Ben Brost from Eau Claire. Brost will be entering his twentieth year of calling race events, having previously worked at several tracks in central Wisconsin as well as calling the action for virtually every type of motorsports activity around.

The pit gate on opening night will open at 4 p.m with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Warm up start at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Lucas Oil Speedway preseason Test and Tune for all classes set for Saturday

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Engines will roar to life for the first time in 2016 at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday with a preseason Test and Tune session from 2-6 p.m. Drivers in all of the Lucas Oil Speedway divisions – ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks – will have the opportunity to get practice time ahead of the new season.

Pit passes for drivers and crew members are $20 and spectator grandstand admission is free. Limited concessions, along with restrooms, will be available behind the backstretch grandstands adjacent to the pit area. “With a terrific weather forecast for this weekend, this is an ideal opportunity for our drivers to get some testing done,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Fans eager to see cars on the track for the first time in 2016 are invited to come out as we’ll open up the grandstands to them for free. It should be a fun day.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway Parts Store also will be open with a full assortment of Lucas Oil Products, Hoosier Late Model Tires, American Racer USRA Modified tires and Sunoco Racing fuel available for purchase. The Rex Merritt Racing School, originally scheduled in conjunction with the practice day, has been cancelled.

The season opener at Lucas Oil Speedway is set for April 8-9 with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be on the program both nights. Opening night for the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, with racing in all four weekly divisions, is set for April 16. Please visit 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, Missouri. 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 for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at and on

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 2016.

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 Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hodges, Lathram, St. Jude’s are big winners on Cardinal’s opening weekend

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

EUNICE, N.M. ­­– Sam Hodges and Jordan Lathram were the big winners at Cardinal Speedway’s season-opening doubleheader.

So was St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Hodges won Friday and Saturday night features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. His $500 in winnings –­ $200 from opening night, $300 from night two ­­– didn’t stay in the bank long as the former Cardinal promoter called St. Jude’s on Monday to donate the full amount toward children’s cancer research.

“This is the time last year I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I raced opening night in a SportMod, then had surgery and spent the rest of the season as a spectator,” he explained. “I made a deal with the Lord that he saved me and I’d help save somebody else.” “I’m going to donate all the money I win this season,” continued Hodges. “I’ve been good for a year now. Every day is a bonus.”

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Hodges won from fourth starting on Friday, ahead of Errick Rogers and Gerald Spalding Jr., and from seventh on Saturday, battling both the cold and a dirt storm. Spalding was second and third went to Kenneth Seay. Lathram also had two wins to show for the weekend at Eunice, in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.

He drew the Friday pole and checked out in a contest that race 20 laps caution-free. Lathram started outside row one on Saturday and led just the last five circuits. The victories came in his third and fourth starts in a new Medieval Chassis.

“I went straight to the top of the track on Friday. We had the setup right on point from the start,” he said. “We tightened it up a little for the feature on Saturday.” Mark Lord and Carbie McClearen rounded out Friday’s top three. Dustin White was runner-up and Colin Deming ran third on Saturday.

Neal Flowers was first in the opening night feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, ahead of Toby Herring and Dean Deming. Herring collected the Saturday checkers in front of Jerry Harpole and Cory Davis.

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod winners were Dustin Robinson and Cory Williams. Following Robinson to the Friday finish were Tanner Houston and Williams. Brandon Ross was second and Chance McDaniel ran third on Saturday.