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Archive for January, 2017

After solid 2016 season at Lucas, Strong primed for big year in USRA B-Mod division

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – After finishing last season with a rush in his USRA B-Modified, Shawn Strong got a running start to 2017 with a highly successful visit to the Wild West Shootout in Arizona. “It definitely was a confidence booster,” Strong said of a victory, a runner-up finish (rallying from starting 23rd) and a fourth (after beginning 15th) in four starts during the series of races at Arizona Speedway near Phoenix. So it’s little wonder that the Billings’ driver – after three Lucas Oil Speedway feature wins and a fourth-place finish in the track’s 2016 points chase despite missing some events – is fired up and primed for a big 2017.

“I really believe that we have the speed and all the backing to make it happen,” Strong said. “I feel like we’re just coming into a sweet spot of a career. The knowledge is there. We don’t come to the track guessing what we’re going to do. I look for us to have a very good year.” Strong, 37, has been driving B-Mods for about eight years after spending a couple of years in Street Stocks. The 2016 season was his best yet with the success at Lucas along with a $5,000-to-win triumph at Legit Motor Speedway in West Plains among several other feature wins around the region. “We hit on some things mid-summer and from then on, we were pretty good just about everywhere we went the rest of the season,” Strong said of his Ruble Racing Engine-powered Larry Shaw Race Car.

“That relationship has been really big,” Strong said of Shaw, based in Batesville, Ark. “Those guys took a little of what they do and took a little of the key things that I do and put them together. I can’t complain. They’re a huge part of why we’re doing as good as we are.” A new Shaw car – but with a twist – is under construction. Strong said it’s an “SS” (Shawn Strong) model with some of his own ideas incorporated into the design. “We just swapped a few little things around and created that car,” Strong said.

“Just some things we’ve learned from this car over a period of time. We have it probably two-thirds of the way done and Jim Ruble’s putting a motor in it for me. “We still have the car in the that we call ‘Old Faithful.’ We’ll take it to the (March) races and have the new one ready for when we start racing closer to the house” in April.

Strong will look to get off to a good start at Humboldt’s “Battle of the Bullring” in March, a traditional opener for the regional Modifieds out in Kansas. Then it’s on to the regular season, starting in April at Lucas Oil Speedway. Mike Warnow returns as crew chief and Strong’s sponsor list, along with Shaw Race Cars and Ruble Racing Engines, includes: AFCO Racing Products, Dynatech Headers, Speedway Motors, Gilman Racing, Midwest Sheet Metal, R&R Graphics and Base Heating and Cooling. The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule []
for 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit [].

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 [].

Malvern Bank returns as Official Bank of USMTS

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

MALVERN, Iowa — Malvern Bank–the Official Bank of Dirt Track Racing–is back in 2017 as the Official Bank of the USMTS.

Last year, Malvern Bank President Jay Burdic and his staff were pleased that several USMTS drivers and owners sought them out for financing for haulers and other racing-related needs.

On top of contributing cash to USMTS special events and the season-ending points fund, Malvern Bank spends nearly a quarter-million dollars each season in dirt track racing across the region. This year, they’re asking for drivers, owners, fans and others to choose Malvern Bank for their savings and deposits.

In 2017, they are offering a special promotion just for the racing community. If you deposit funds with them in a 12-month CD or similar program, they will pay a 2% return on your money with their exclusive “Dollars for Dirt” promotion for racers. Most CDs will earn you less than one percent and the highest you can find nationally is about 1.3%.

You can’t get this deal anywhere else. You must call Jay at 888-624-8686 or email him at Here’s the kicker: You can choose to keep all of the bonus interest payment or use that toward a sponsorship of the USMTS or a USMTS driver if you choose (or you can keep it all for yourself). Malvern Bank does a lot for racers. Get in touch with them and see what they can do for you.

“As the Official Bank of Dirt Track Racing, we are extremely proud of our affiliation with the USMTS and we take our involvement very seriously,” Burdic said. “Racing isn’t just a hobby to our bank. It is part of our long-term strategic plan. As many racers and fans have already experienced with our bank, lending is more than just tax returns and down payments. It’s about relationships and understanding the culture of racing. It is this understanding that separates the Malvern Trust & Savings Bank from most other banks, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the greatest modified touring series in the United States.”

Malvern Bank is located in Malvern, Iowa approximately 35 miles southeast of the Council Bluffs/Omaha metro. For over 65 years they have served the area as a true community bank.

Whether you’re nearby in Mills County, Iowa, or across the country, Malvern Bank wants the opportunity to serve the financial needs of those involved in the racing community. Let them put their personal service and responsiveness to work for you.

For more information about Malvern Bank, call 888-624-8686 or visit them online at You can also like them on Facebook at

The 2017 campaign for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will launch in February with USMTS Winter Speedweeks a five-weekend slate of shows in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Opening weekend for the 19th season of the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-11, at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, with a top prize of $2,000 Thursday, $3,000 Friday and $4,000 to win on Saturday.

Another Lone Star State tripleheader takes place the following weekend at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Feb. 16-18. After that, the series treks into Mississippi for the first time at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25; and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., hosts the 6th Annual Cajun Clash, March 2-4, and the five-week grind wraps up March 9-11 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and Instagram at or subscribe to our YouTube channel at Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at

ABC Raceway Banquet Honors 2016′s Best

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Ashland, WI, — Another full-house crowd of over 230 gathered at the AmericInn in Ashland for the ABC Raceway’s Awards Banquet, celebrating the 2016 stock car racing season and officially crowning its season champions.

A buffet-style meal prepared by Ashland’s Breakwater Restaurant was enjoyed by the drivers, crews, track sponsors and volunteer workers in attendance for the annual event, after which Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association president Eric Erickson took a few moments to congratulate the points champions of the track’s five divisions and paid special tribute to the sponsors, all-volunteer work staff and Board of Directors of the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay speedplant.

Event emcee Nick Gima then presented those drivers who finished in the top ten in points in each of the divisions after the 2016 season, as well as others who earned special recognition for their accomplishments. Those in the top ten received trophies, while the divisional champions were also awarded commemorative jackets, and points fund checks were also presented.

Bessemer, MI’s Neil Balduc earned his first-ever ABC Raceway points championship, topping the WISSOTA Modified division by the smallest winning margin of any of the 2016 champs. Despite not winning a feature at Ashland, Balduc used a formula of consistent finishes, including six top-five efforts, for the title.

Five-time track champ Steve Stuart of Ashland was runner-up to Balduc in the final standings, while Bill Byholm of Glidden earned his best points finish in eight seasons by landing third. Defending ABC “big Mod” champ Al Uotinen of Superior and Iron River’s Brian Mikkonen also wound up in the top five in points.

Rick Rivord of Superior was sixth in the Mods, while Scott Hudack of Ashland finished seventh. Six-time track champ Jeff Spacek of Phillips tied with Steve Lavasseur of River Falls for eighth, and Ashland’s Kevin Eder, who led the division in feature wins with four, completed the top-ten.

One season after winning his first-ever points title in Superior, Nick Oreskovich of Mason claimed his first WISSOTA Super Stock championship at his home track. “The Flyin’ Farmer” enjoyed the most successful season of his career here, garnering three feature wins and either second- or third-place runs in five other regular-season A-mains, while also finishing in the top-ten in WISSOTA national points.

Superior’s Scott Lawrence, who has more championships at ABC Raceway than any other driver in its history, finished second to Oreskovich, while Patrick Beeksma of Ironwood, MI, completed a solid transition from the Six-Cylinders to the Super Stocks with a third-place effort. Two-time Pure Stock champ Cory Casari of Montreal was right on Beeksma’s heels in fourth, and Shane Kisling of Park Falls, who won two features here in 2016, took home the fifth-place trophy.

The second five in Super Stock points was led by defending champ Jeff Klopstein of Tomahawk, with Myron Basina of Washburn finishing an impressive seventh, ahead of Terran Spacek of Phillips, Shawn McFadden Jr of Ashland, and Terran’s dad, Randy Spacek of Phillips.

Paul Suzik of Ironwood, MI, was the only driver to successfully defend their track championship from 2015, with his second title in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Suzik chalked up his third career feature win in the track’s WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier and has now finished in the top-five in points at ABC after each season of his five-year career.

Suzik led a top-ten in Mid-Mod points that hints at an exciting youth movement in the division in Ashland, with second-generation racer Tanner Hicks of Ashland earning a career-best runner-up finish in the points. Ashland’s Ryan Adamzak took his sixth top-four finish in the standings by landing third, Tad Bretting of Ashland finished in the top-ten for the second time in his three seasons of racing, and a surprisingly-consistent Brady Mesko-Jokinen of Mellen earned fifth.

Double-duty driver Eder, who led the division with five heat and three feature wins, took sixth place just three points ahead of young gun Jeremy Lindquist of Ashland, and veteran Wayne Stricker of Highbridge held on to third just ahead of up-and-comers Cole Spacek of Phillips and Bayfield’s Ryan Barningham.

Tiffany Hudack of Ashland, who became the first female driver to ever win a points title at ABC in 2014, won her second after the 2016 Six-Cylinder campaign. Hudack’s season was nothing short of dominant, as she won five of the nine features run during the season and finished second in each of the other four. She duplicated those statistics in heat-race qualifying, winning five and taking second in four others, and finished the season with the largest points margin (51) of the five champions.

Scott Ovaska’s return to racing after two seasons off was successful, as the Marengo native claimed runner-up honors for the second time in his career. Ashland’s Forrest Schultz finished in third, marking his third-straight top-five finish in Sixes points, while Bubba Anderson of Trego ended up as the only other driver in the division to win a feature, taking four of them and teaming up with Steve Martin of Trego for a fourth-place trophy just ahead of Ashland’s DeJay Jarecki.

The second five in Sixes included Adam Traaholt of Ashland; the Spooner-based team of Josh Saunders, Matt Larson and Cory Cook; Lindquist; Joe Newago Jr of Bayfield; and Ashland’s Brendon Ottman.

The 2016 racing season will be one that Justin Weinberger will remember for a long time. The Park Falls youngster not only won his first-ever WISSOTA Pure Stock points championship in Ashland, but he won one in Superior as well, and finished sixth in WISSOTA’s national standings in the division. At ABC, Weinberger won three heats and his third career feature en route to the second-largest winning margin of the season – 41 points.

Runner-up Iron River’s Andrew Hanson won his first career feature at ABC in 2016 and finished in the top-ten in national Pure Stock points. The third-place finish for Brandle Pupp of Ashland was the best of his five-year career. Fourth-place Randy Graham of Trego led the division in heat wins with four, and his class-leading three feature wins were the first of his career. And fifth-place Jeff Christman of South Range finished in the top-ten in eight of the nine features run here last year.

Andy Poll hauled all the way from Two Harbors, MN, to finish sixth in Pure Stock points here, followed by Hayward racers Randy Conner and Brock Beilke, three-time Pure Stock champ Matt Deragon of Ashland, and Don Livingston, also of Ashland.

Lindquist was honored with the track’s Most Improved Driver award, particularly for his efforts in his Mid-Mod, while the coveted Sportsman of the Year award was given to Super Stock driver Don Muzzy of Ironwood, MI. Rookie-of-the-year honors went to Ashland drivers Aaron Mashlan (Supers) and Tyler Hudack (Mid-Mods), Newago (Sixes), and Beilke (Pure Stocks); there were no qualifying rookies in the Modifieds.

Erickson presented the annual President’s Award to Kurt Beeksma, the former Raceway president who guided the organization to become nationally recognized as one of the most successful in short-track racing. Erickson also handed out “Valuable Volunteer” awards by recognizing Roberta Hudack, Donna Hmielewski-Kurilla, Tom Adamzak, Brandon Bowers and Jeremy MacArthur for their long-time contributions and hard work behind the scenes at the track.

A generous giveaway of door prizes and deejay-provided music rounded out an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

The 2017 stock car racing season at the ABC Raceway is set to begin in mid-May with a very ambitious and highly anticipated schedule, details of which will be released soon. The track is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information, log on to the track’s website, .

The Future of Speednet

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Press Release:
Starting in February, will be replaced with a newly updated The new MyRacePass site will feature a litany of tools to help you promote your track or series, as well as provide fans and drivers a more direct spot to follow race results and standings.

MyRacePass – Lincoln, Nebraska – MyRacePass is proud to announce the future of the Speednet Direct website, As of spring 2017, the Speednet domain will redirect to MyRacePass, Once this occurs, the Speednet direct website will no longer be available, although the data itself will remain accessible from the new MyRacePass (MRP) website.This new site will preserve virtually all of the past Speednet data including results, stats, points, and schedules in addition to the MyRacePass data that has been accumulating since 2008.

Read full press release about all the exciting new changes here!
What does this mean for you?

* If you’re a Speednet user, and your website has a link to, this will need to be updated. We want to make sure your site doesn’t have any broken links!
* If your site has a Speednet program integration, you or your website creator should contact us at 402-302-2464.

What about Race Management?

* The Speednet race management program is being replaced by the new MyRacePass Race Management 2.0.
* We will include very limited support for Speednet in 2017, focusing our effort on our new 2.0 programming.
* You do have the option to continue to use Speednet, however, the price has increased. Your cost is a $396 subscription plus a $400 set-up fee.
* The cost for MyRacePass Race Managment 2.0 is just $396 per year. However, you get much more than just race management.

Next Steps

* DON’T WAIT! Call us today at 402-302-2464 to schedule a walk-through on the new Race Management 2.0 programming!
* Have your webmaster contact us regarding setting up your website Race Management 2.0 integration and the replacement link on your website.
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What’s Included with a MyRacePass Subscription?

* Race Management 2.0 – We’ve learned from Speednet to bring you the best!
* Online Ticket Sales – Your events are important, we let you sell tickets online to ALL of them at no extra charge
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* Online Registration – Allow your drivers to register for your events
* Fully-Integrated Website – Update your content quickly and easily
* MRP App – The newest tool coming from MRP in spring of 2017
* MRP Live – Integrate with your existing transponder system
* Power of the MRP Network – With thousands of drivers and millions of fans, we’ll help get you noticed!
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We look forward to meeting and working with you, The MyRacePass Team

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars new to Saturday shows at Boone

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are all on the April 8 Frostbuster card at Boone, with the first local track points awarded on April 15.

Fifteen weekly events are on the tentative schedule for the Sprint Cars, with track points given April 22 through Aug. 5.

The 2017 season will be the 35th consecutive year IMCA has sanctioned the Modified division at Boone Speedway.