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Archive for April, 2018

O’Neil zeroes in on first USMTS win at Canyon Speedway Park

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.–Racing against the best of the best, Jake O’Neil was one of the best with a third-place finish on Friday, but Saturday night there was nobody better from start to finish as he dominated the 40-lap USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup main event at the Canyon Speedway Park.

“We haven’t run a lot of USMTS races, but we feel like we’ve been pretty good at times,” O’Neil said in victory lane after claiming the first USMTS victory of his career. “It feels pretty good to get one and to do it here in Arizona.”

Leading from the drop of the green flag to checkers, O’Neil wasn’t just dominant in the feature race. He ran down Friday’s night’s winner, Johnny Scott, to win Fast Shafts Heat Race #2 and sat atop the heat race passing points going into the night cap.

The 25-year-old from Tucson proceeded to draw the pole position and then marched away from the field to claim the $3,000 first-place money by pounding his #0 machine on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval.

“I felt consistent enough to be able to run that top. I just kind of feel bad for my equipment, it got kind of abused. That was pretty tough.”

Two cautions in the first eight laps allowed the field to close back in on O’Neil, and then a third and final caution just past the halfway point wiped out a sizeable lead again.

But O’Neil was up to the challenge each time and drove away from eventual runner-up Ricky Thornton Jr. on each restart. In the series’ first venture into the Copper State, the pair rewarded their fans with an Arizona pilot one-two finish.

While O’Neil was checked out, the battles for position behind him were stellar. Scott followed Thornton to the stripe in third while Lucas Schott came from 13th on the grid to take fourth in front of 11th-starting Terry Phillips.

Dereck Ramirez finished sixth after starting 16th and earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Zack VanderBeek held on for seventh, Rodney Sanders rebounded from a pit stop on lap eight to grab eighth and Fito Gallardo fended off fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer Stormy Scott for ninth.

In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points, Johnny Scott maintains the top spot but O’Neil closed the gap to just 13 points (427 to 414) with his clean sweep Saturday. Ramirez sits third with 403 markers, followed by Schott (392), Sanders (365), Stormy Scott (364), Phillips (356), VanderBeek (353), Jake Timm (341) and Logan Robertson (295).

The mud-slinging masters of dirt modified racing return to the Southern New Mexico Speedway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22, for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout. This will be the one and only stop of the 2018 campaign at the Las Cruces, N.M., oval-and possibly the last ever before the new Vado Speedway Park opens in the near future.

Presented by Premier Waste Services, Barnett Harley-Davidson, G3 Fitness, S&S Fishing & Rental and Torco Race Fuels, fans will see the best of the best of both worlds as the blockbuster is both a USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national series race and a Summit USMTS Southern Series event.

Louisiana’s Cade Dillard has yet to win a USMTS main event this year, but he sits atop the national standings and is just two points behind Las Cruces native Johnny Scott in the southern points battle.

Dereck Ramirez, Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott and last week’s King of America VIII winner Lucas Schott fill the top five positions in this year’s fight for the $50,000-to-win USMTS national championship.

In the Summit USMTS Southern Series, USMTS rookie Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., picked up his career-first win in February, and trails Johnny Scott and Dillard in the points chase entering the Short Track Shootout while two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders and Ramirez rounded out the south’s top five.

Other hungry checkered flag chasers expected for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout include “Big Daddy” Joe Duvall, Zack VanderBeek, Jake O’Neil, Terry Phillips, Logan Robertson, Bryan Rowland, Zane Ferrell and the other half of the twin Scott brothers duo, Stormy Scott.

While the USMTS is the pinnacle of the dirt modified world, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has no equal when it comes to local and regional talent capable of stealing the big money.

Former USRA national champions Fito Gallardo and his son, Jake Gallardo, of Las Cruces will join Mesilla Park’s Bumper Jones and his father, Royal Jones, to take on the high-speed invaders. Other regulars expected include USMTS rookie-of-the-year contender Carlos Ahumada Jr. of El Paso, Christy Barnett, Jimmy Ray, Donavon Flores, Dustin Smith, Austin Adams, Terry Tipton, Zane DeVilbiss, Butch Reid Jr., Sherman Barnett, Max Sadler, Philip Houston and more.

Also on the racing card all three nights of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout will be Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

The Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the USRA and will earn Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national, regional and track points all three nights along with Stock Cars and B-Mods (X-Mods).

An open practice is slated for Thursday, April 19, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and practice from 6-10 p.m. Pit passes are $25 (grandstands will be closed).

On Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. A family pack is $30. Pit passes are are $40 (three-day pit pass $110). Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days.

On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $15, a family pack is $35 and pit passes are $40.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit www.snmspeedway.com online. You can also check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southernnewmexicospeedway and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/snmspeedway.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Stateline Speedway schedule update.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Busti, NY: Following input from fans and race teams, management at Stateline Speedway has decided that the ProMod division will run 20-lap features in 2018.

Stateline Speedway on Kortwright Road in Busti, NY, has been in continuous operation since 1956 and is currently owned by Jim and Jean Scott and Dave Turner. Racing is presented every Saturday night during the racing season, this year from April 28 through August 31 plus special events and practices. The 2018 season will conclude on September 15 with an Enduro. The track is on the World Wide Web at www.newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti, NY, and Twitter @newstateline. Stateline’s Instagram is also @newstateline. The ‘all-purpose’ Information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be had by writing to newstateline15@gmail.com.

Jennerstown Speedway Complex Pre-Season Practice Begins April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The peaceful serenity of the Laurel Highlands will be pierced by the sound of racing engines, for the first time this year, on Saturday, April 21, to the delight of sports fans and “motor-heads” in the region. Jennerstown Speedway Complex is set to host three, consecutive, Saturday practice sessions for competitors on April 21, April 28, and May 5. Admission is FREE for spectators in the grandstands, and many race teams are eager to capitalize on the valuable “track time” to prepare their machines for “Motor Mountain Mania, Opening Night 2018,” which occurs on May 12.

Racers from all five divisions of the weekly Motor Mountain Mania events will be pressing the gas pedal for the first time, testing and tuning their equipment at full speed. In addition to drivers from the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, all three practice dates are also open to other competitors, as well. The Enduro drivers, who visit four times each season, are also welcome to participate in the practice sessions. Also, racers from other parts of the country, who anticipate competing in only the nationally-hyped “Motor Mountain MASTERS” event on August 11, 2018, are expected to be present, in order to become familiar with the Jennerstown oval.

Due to the increasing number of competitors, and several drivers climbing up the divisional ladder (advancing to higher-speed types of cars), Jennerstown Speedway Complex has tripled the number of practice dates from 2017. Last year, only one practice date was on the schedule. But, with a great number of new teams and rookie drivers signed-up to compete in 2018, the extra “non-competitive laps” are being welcomed by all. By the time of the official opening round of Motor Mountain Mania on May 12, every competitor should be comfortable with his or her powerful equipment.

Pit gates will open to race teams at 9:00am on all three practice dates, including the fast approaching April 21 launch date. At noon, rookie drivers will have a separate practice session, followed by continuous practice sessions for all drivers from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. This same schedule will be implemented for all three practice dates.

Unstable Weather Halts Central Missouri Speedway Weekend Activities!

Friday, April 20th, 2018

(Warrensburg, Missouri) Weather is certainly always on the minds of drivers and fans but lately it seems Mother Nature is dominating the headlines rather than photo finishes and feature winners. Unseasonably cool weather is predicted to settle in after a strong front comes through the greater Kansas City metro on Friday and expected highs on Saturday are expected to only top out in the forties. Anticipating less than desirable conditions for spectators of the car show and drivers for practice, Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) has decided to cancel the planned car show and practice session originally planned for Saturday.

The focus now turns to Saturday, April 21st for the official start of the 2018 race season. Known as the Home of the Mighty Modifieds and Field of Play for Extreme Sports Athletes in all classes. Dirt racing is a constant element of change, drivers are challenged each week behind the wheel to do the work on their own. There are no teammates to help while performing at high speeds inches apart from your competitor while making split-second decisions. Drivers do not have the luxury of teammates within reach and ready to assist as ball and stick athletes. Racing is a constant state of change while working to score in the location of a hoop, goal, or at a bag remains the same. Each week, the actions of drivers during every lap, in every turn, every tire choice, and setup decision solidifies the talent and extreme athleticism of drivers across the nation. Throughout the years, 1,900 different drivers have turned laps at CMS during a weekly racing program.

CMS recently activated a new customer satisfaction survey. The survey presents a chance to provide feedback about CMS whether you are a veteran of the track or someone who has never set foot on the grounds. Visit https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScFeGtmBGho-0QwN2…/viewform to take the survey, or better yet, visit the CMS Facebook page directly and like and share the post for a chance to win a pair of tickets to opening night! The CMS Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Central-Missouri-Speedway.

This year the track is incorporating a Westhold Electronic Race Timing and Scoring System. The model number and type of the transponder is G3 Rechargeable and may be rented each week at the speedway. A limited number of transponders will be available for purchase. Pro Sport pouches will be available for purchase. RaceCeivers are already mandatory at CMS and may be rented or purchased upon driver check-in.

For regular season racing, pit gates open at 4:30 followed by spectator grandstands at 5. Driver pill-draw ends at 6:15 (no passing points if driver checks in late), the driver’s meeting takes place at 6:30, practice ‘hot laps’ begin at 7, and racing begins at 7:30. Adult general admission is $12, Active Military and Senior Citizens ages 65 to 74 $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6. Seniors 75 and over and patrons permanently confined to a wheelchair are free in the grandstands. All pit passes are $30. Times and pricing are subject to change for special events.

Stay tuned to the track website for continuing news and information and for the recently updated race schedule by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green!

CMS wishes to thank its primary sponsors for their support, the list includes Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Midwest Coatings, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, Classic Hits KPOW FM Power 97, Pepsi, Seeburg Mufflers, Heartland Waste, Country 94.1 KFKF, and Kenny’s Tile. The list of 2018 business partners includes: World Finance, Batliner Recycling, Budweiser, Logan Contractors Supply, Miller Lite, Zaxby’s, Fairfield Inn, and Alternative Wire and Cable.

Poor weather forced to Postpone MLRA Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With a forecast of severe thunderstorms on Friday and freezing cold on Saturday, the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway has been postponed.

“As much as we try to be optimistic, it just looks like Mother Nature is determined to win again,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said in announcing postponement of the MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

The doubleheader had been set for Friday and Saturday and comes on the heels of cancellation of last week’s scheduled opener of the Big Adventure RV Racing Series due to rain and cold.

“With the distances many of our drivers and fans are planning to travel, plus the safety factor when it comes to possibly severe storms on Friday, it just looks like the smart move to go ahead and call it with plenty of notice,” Robinson said. “We want everyone to enjoy their experience at the race track.

“We’ll try it again next week with the Weekly Racing Series and hope for 75 degrees and sunny.”

Robinson said Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will work to find a suitable makeup date later in the season.

Lucas Oil Speedway will try again to open its season next week. The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on April 21 is $uper $aver $pecial Night Presented by OnMedia/Dish/DirecTV. Four general admission tickets include four hot dogs and four 20-ounce soft drinks for just $30 for all fans arriving before 5:30 p.m.

Classes in action include the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the featured class of the evening running a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.

The next scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA event is April 20 at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa with another event the following night at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its 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 LucasOilSpeedway.com 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 www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its 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. This year marks the 8th 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 are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: 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 special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.