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Archive for April, 2016

Stateline Speedway suffers first rainout of season!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Busti, NY: Persistent rain and the forecast for cold temperatures Saturday have forced Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto to cancel racing on April 30. Opening night will be May 7 with all seven classes in action with the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models racing for 30 laps and all mothers being admitted for only $5.

Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace race at Longdale, Outlaw IMCA Night specials

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

LONGDALE, Okla. – Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace return for IMCA Night specials on Wednes­day, May 4 at Longdale Speedway and Thursday, May 5 at Outlaw Motor Speedway.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features each evening pay $1,000 to win and are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA SportMods race for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $400 to win each night. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded in all three divisions at both shows.

Wallace won ahead of Schrader in last year’s Modified event at Longdale. The NASCAR stars finished 2-3 behind Danny Womack the next night at Outlaw.

Longdale opens the pit gates and grandstands at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for military personnel and seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.

More information is available by calling 580 886-5375 and at the web­site.

Pit gates and the grandstand at Muskogee open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the grandstand is $15 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 918 625-6200 and at

Full Steam Ahead At Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Topeka, KS – It was just a week ago that the staff at Heartland Park Topeka finally opened the doors, for real, on the 2016 dirt track season. The night was met with mixed reviews.

“We were happy, in a sense, that we had 82 cars on opening night,” said co-promoter John Lowrey, “It was the first time since 2006 that Jr & I had been in this capacity. We will have some hiccups along the way and we did
have some on opening night.

What we did find out after opening night is that we have a great staff in place and the racers were very accommodating. As we go along we will fix things where they need to be fixed and we will keep working at making HPT the best dirt track in the Midwest.”

This Sunday night, May 1, the team at Heartland Park Topeka will have a chance to do it all over again as race number 2 will get underway at 6 p.m.

The Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown will once again feature the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modifieds, Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods and the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

A new Victory Bonus Announcement: Heartland Park Topeka & Thunder Hill Speedway came together for an announcement this week that gives racers who win at Thunder Hill Speedway and Heartland Park on the same weekend a bonus of $50.00! That’s $50.00 for any class! It’s just one way that area tracks are working with each other to make the racing in the area that much better!

AllYouNeedRibbonFrtParker Loves Life Take 2 “Due to a scheduling error, last week we weren’t able to get the 50/50 drawing or the #ParkerLovesLife T Shirts up and running last week,” said Larry Lowrey, “This week we will have everyone in place and we will be selling the shirts just as you come into the track and the girls will be out and about with tickets right at 4:30 p.m. when the gates open. So far we raised $15,000.00 for Parker and we want to keep going!”

Parker Monhollon is an 8 year old girl from Silver Lake, KS. She was diagnosed with DIPG (a rare form of brain cancer in children) and she and her parents are currently in Germany receiving a radical treatment. Currently there isn’t a lot of medical options for DIPG in the United States so many parents and children make the decision to leave the country to see if they can beat this horrible disease. Since it’s not in the U.S., regular insurance doesn’t cover this treatment and any money we can raise will greatly help.


BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified – Week number 1 saw a stout field of competition show up and battle it out. Mike Striegel jumped out to the early lead in the main, but there were some heavy hitters still lurking. Former IMCA Modified National Champ, Jordan Grabouski, worked his way to the front and eventually got past Striegel for the lead and held on for the opening night win.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 24
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row Out (4th)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +3.4 (On average the drivers in the top
10 moved up 3.4 spots on the grid by race end)
Hard Charger Award = Darron Fuqua (+10) & Richard Layne (+10)

Driver to Watch This Week: Steven Bowers Jr. #77 Topeka, KS

Bowers is coming off a great 2015 campaign that saw him win several races and a track championship at Thunder Hill Speedway. This season he is returning to HPT where he has won a track championship also. Last Sunday night showed that Bowers still is a force to be reckoned with. Bowers finished 3rd in the feature. Not bad with the competition level so high in the class. Look for more from Bowers this week.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car – Whoa Nelly! 24 Stock Cars checked in to race for the top prize last Sunday night. The 24 drivers that checked in put on one whale of a show by the night’s end. Bryan Rigsby got the drop on the competition from the pole position. He would stay at the front until mechanical problems put him aside. Matt Haid, Dominic Thyfault, Jim Powell Jr., Casey Woken and a host of others put on an exhibition of severe competition on the track. In the end Haid made all the right moves and went on to the win.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 24
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row In (3rd)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +2.7
Hard Charger Award = Brandon Conkwright (+11)

Driver to Watch This Week: Jim Powell Jr. #20P Lecompton, KS

Jim Powell Jr. is a Stock Car driver, plain and simple. He runs up front just about everywhere he goes and he wins his fair share of races. Last week the laps ran out and he found himself in 2nd place. Don’t think he is real happy about that, he wants more. It’s the competitive nature that almost every racers has. Every time they want to do better than the did in the previous race. Watch for Powell this week. After last week’s run Powell could end up in the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane.

IMCA Northern Sport Mods – As were all the races this was another good one. Longtime IMCA pilot, Tim Echevarria, jumped out front early in this one, but it wouldn’t be long before Curtis Dreasher would get by for the top spot. Dreasher, from his outside 2nd row starting spot held the lead till the checkered getting the win. Good battles for position were going on all over the track. Bryan Rigsby and Billy Davidson had a strong battle, as did Brian Murphy and Austin Charles. This week’s race should shape up to be another strong one.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 20
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row Out (4th)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +2.4
Hard Charger Award = Gary Holthaus (+7)

Driver To Watch This Week: Tim Echevarria #35M Junction City, KS

Not many drivers in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod division have the experience that Echevarria has. It seems like he has been racing for 50 years, but we know that can’t be right. Let’s just say that he is one of the elder statesmen in the division. Last week he showed signs that he has what it takes to get the job done. Dreasher was just a bit faster. Echevarria went on to his all of his marks and brought home a respectable runner-up finish. More seat time = better finishes. Look for Echevarria to better his finish from a week ago.

IMCA Hobby Stock – A new face emerged into the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane last Sunday night, Cody Williams. Williams, in his 1st trip to HPT, started 6th in the feature and wasted no time getting to the front. At the front he put a strangle hold on the competition and went on to the win. Williams told one track official that HPT was now his favorite track! None the less it was another great feature. Where in the top 7 everyone, except 1 driver, had moved forward during the feature.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 14
Where Did The Winner Start At = 3rd Row Out (6th)
Top 7 Average Positions Gained = +3.4
Hard Charger Award = Jalen Wettengel (+6)

Driver To Watch This Week: Dalton Ronnebaum #96R Onaga, KS

Dalton Ronnebaum made the trip to HPT last Sunday night and did an excellent job. No, he didn’t come away with a win. He did, however, had a very respectable finish 2nd. Last season Ronnebaum had some strong runs at other local tracks and he is showing that he can run up front anywhere he goes. It also helps when you have a sibling that you can bounce ideas off of, his brother Nicholas Ronnebaum also was in the top 10 last week in 8th. Ronnebaum isn’t real familiar with HPT yet, watch out when he does get it figured out he might be dangerous.

NOTES TO THE RACERS: During the 2016 season all payouts will be made at the end of the evenings races in the Coke Trailer in the pit area. As bad weather loomed last week, a lot of drivers left without collecting their pay. When you return to race this week when you check in at the Coke Trailer you will receive last week’s payout.

Important Information…

Pit Gate Opens at 3:00 p.m.
Spectator Gate Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Draw Ends at 5:00 p.m.
Drivers Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Hot Laps at 5:30 p.m.
1st Race Goes Green at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adult $8.00
Kids 6 to 12 $2.00
Children 5 and Under are FREE!
Sr. (62+) & Military (with ID) $6.00

Order of Events:
Hobby Heats
Sport Mod Heats
Cars 4 Less Stock Car Heats
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified Heats
Hobby B (If needed)
Sport B (If needed)
Intermission 15 minutes
Cars 4 Less Stock B (If needed)
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified B (If needed)
Sport Mod
Cars 4 Less Stock Car
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified

To follow all the action fans can keep up with Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track by logging on to their website at or follow them on Facebook at Heartland Park Topeka!

Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS.

Stateline Speedway to open 60th Anniversary Season this Saturday!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto will roar to life Saturday evening when all seven classes will run a regular program of heats and features.

Headlining the weekly program of racing will be the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the class highlighting the evening throughout the track’s 60 year history. Returning to defend his championship title
will be Greg Oakes of Franklinville, NY. But it won’t be easy for Oakes to repeat with stiff competition from former champions Rob Blair of Titusville, PA, Rich Gardner of Waterford, PA, and two-time champion Dutch
Davies of Warren, PA.

Joining the Super Late Models will be the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late a models led by defending champion Jason Genco of Frewsburg, NY and two-time champion Damian Bidwell of Eldred, PA. Garland, PA’s Wyatt Scott
and Jamestown, NY’s Matt Harvey will also be contending for the opening night win.

Busti, NY’s Greg Johnson will be back to defend his 2015 Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod championship and will be joined by Garland, PA’s David Scott and Warren, PA’s Butch Southwell, both multiple time champions.

New this year will be the Rusted Nutz Pro-Mods. 2015 Street Stock Champion Jason Covey will led the charge for the first ever Pro-Mod win. Justin Carlson, Zach Johnson, and Kelly Frederes will also be competing in the
class, which will compete as a weekly division at Stateline this summer.

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen will return for the 2016 season with defending champion Dan Nocero Jr expected to be in contention for the win. All five racing Kosinskis will likely be there to prevent Nocero from

The Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks Championship will be wide open with 2016 champion Covey moving up to the new Pro-Mods. Tony Marotto, Guy Adams, Jason Dobson, and Mark Ramsey will be in tight action for the opening night
win and the championship. Former class champion Mike Moore plans a comeback this season and plans to be at the front of the pack.

Tidioute, PA’s Andy Proper had a “career” year last summer, winning all but one feature in the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challenger division. A full field of the front-wheel drive compacts will be trying to stop his win-streak!

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to or

Luza to Make SLM Debut With So. Super Series at Five Flags

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — With the dawn of a new Blizzard Series season at Five Flags Speedway (FL) just on the horizon, many Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco teams have descended upon the half-mile oval to turn some testing laps. One of those teams has Ryan Luza as their driver.

Luza is the 2014 Pro Late Model track champion at Five Flags, but this time he isn’t in a Pro Late Model. Instead, Luza is in the more powerful Super Late Model and ready to do battle with the big dogs like Bubba Pollard, Casey Smith and Casey Roderick.

“You’ve got all the big guys here,” Luza told powered by JEGS. “It’s just like running at the Snowball Derby basically because all the guys that run the Derby are here. I’m just ready to compete. I hope I can run with them, and I’m ready to do my best.”

Luza is making the transition from the Pro to the Super, and his debut is Friday night in the Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series event at Five Flags. On Thursday afternoon Luza was waiting for rain to end so he could make some laps in the Super Late Model ahead of race day.

“I haven’t even sat in the car yet,” Luza said. “We have a lot of experience here at this track. I just want to learn as much as I can here tonight and in the two practice sessions tomorrow. It’s really not a lot of time, but I know the line really well around the track so that should help. I just want to learn as much as I can, really.”

The 20-year-old Texan said he is completely done with Pro Late Model racing and isn’t looking back on that part of his career.

“Yeah we’re done with that,” he said. “Our car got sold and that pretty much helped us make this transition by getting a new car.”

Luza’s plan now is to run the rest of the Southern Super Series schedule with the exception of the race at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that he and the team wanted to be at the first two SSS races as well, but they couldn’t get the car ready in time.

Running all of the Southern Super Series races also means running all of the Blizzard Series races, which is the track series for Super Late Models at Five Flags. After winning the championship a year ago in the Pro Late Model at Five Flags, Luza said he thinks he can unseat Casey Roderick as the Blizzard Series champion.

“I really think we can,” said Luza. “A few of my friends have just made the transition and have had success. Hopefully we can follow in their footsteps. I’m not looking to set the world on fire tomorrow night. I just want to have a good run, keep the car clean and have good notes for the next time.” will have Trackside Now coverage and more from Friday’s Southern Super Series event at Five Flags Speedway beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Racing is scheduled to begin Friday night at 8 p.m. CT at Five Flags Speedway. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the front gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying for the Super Late Models begins at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $15. Seniors, students and military can watch the racing for $12. Admission for kids 6-11 is just $5 and kids under 6 can enjoy the races for free.

More information on the event including a full race day schedule can be found by visiting

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