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Coughlin Fast Early in Debut with Athenian Motorsports

November 9th, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Cody Coughlin’s first race with Athenian Motorsports started on the right foot when he qualified near the front of the field on Friday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. Coughlin matched his career-best starting position of 11th, and was fourth overall after the first round.

The 20-year-old driver was racing the Zaxby’s/JEGS.com truck in relief of the injured John Wes Townley. When the race began, Coughlin was pinned on the bottom and was forced to fight hard.

A few circuits into the 147-lap Striping Technology 350, Coughlin and another truck made contact in the tight-confines of turn two at TMS. The result was damage to the right front and right rear of his No. 05 machine.

“That damage definitely did hurt us,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver. “At first it didn’t seem so bad, but it got worse before we were able to come in and fix it on the first caution. The team is first-class and I appreciate how hard they worked. I learned a lot from them this weekend as I continue to gain more experience in the series.”

Much of the right-front splitter broke off of the truck, which made the machine a handful for Coughlin to drive. Coughlin’s crew chief, Jimmy Villenueve, spent much of the race letting Coughlin know that he was doing a great job with an injured truck.

While Coughlin’s finish of 27th wasn’t what he had hoped for, Coughlin said he still enjoyed working with the Athenian Motorsports team.

“This is a great group of guys,” he said. “I had a lot of fun working with them this weekend. I’m very appreciative of them thinking of me to fill the seat while John Wes heals up. It wasn’t the night that any of us wanted to have, but it was still a fun weekend.

“I can’t thank the Athenian guys enough for the opportunity to drive their equipment. I also can’t thank my parents (Di and John) and my sister, Kennedi, enough for all of their love and support. My mom and sister weren’t at the race this weekend, but they were texting me giving me encouragement before I strapped in for the race. I’m blessed to have such a great family.”

Coughlin has experienced a history-making season with two Late Model championships (ARCA CRA Super Series and the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour) and six victories total.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

8th Annual US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

September 10th, 2016

Ft. Worth, TX.- As the local tracks points seasons come to an end, Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track hosted the 8th version of the US National Dirt Track Championships. This years event is highlighted by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series Red River Region race on Saturday night.

Included on the slate are the Limited Modifieds with over 80 drivers from across the mid-south signed in for battle on the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval. Making another appearance are the Factory Stocks, a hybrid Street Stock on asphalt pull offs(slicks). A big field of 50 Factory Stocks, signed in making nearly 130 cars in action, along with ASCS Sprint Car practice.

The Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks would qualify through heats, taking the top 16 in passing points to the nights A-qualifier. Then C and B-mains were run to fill the remaining spots in the A-qualifier that would lock in eight drivers for tomorrow nights big A-main, Championship races. In the Limited Modified it was tough to crack the starting line up, with B and C-mains having a couple past champions that failed to qualify.

Questions to be answered this weekend; Can Taylor Carver(Locksburg, Ark.) three-peat in Factory Stocks? In the spring it was Seth Bergman trying to win three in a row in the ASCS Sprint cars, but that bid fell short with Bergman only managing a top ten finish.

Answer; After losing a motor in the A-qualifier Carver will have his work cut out coming from the last chance races, then starting behind at least the top eight Friday night qualifiers.

Will the Limited Modified A-main finish be any closer than the spring race? That will take a lot more doing that Carver’s attempt to three-peat. The margin of victory between Kevin Rowland and Nick Clinkenbeard in May was a mere .001(or 1/1,000th) of a second. That finish will be revisited throughout the weekend)

Answer; While we didn’t get that close on Friday, Carver and Whitehead ran door to door to the line in their heat race with Carver edging Whitehead out by about a foot. There’s always Saturday night.

Klean Sweep for Kenny in Limited Modified qualifying

Brandon Kenny(Woodward, Okla.) scored the sweep of Limited Modifieds on qualifying night for the US National Dirt Track Championships. Kenny got the win in the 15-lap qualifier along with the win in his heat race. Taking over the lead from Kale Westover in the qualifier at the one-third mark, Kenny then motored away from the field to grab the checkers.

As the 24-car field took the green it was Westover and Kenny side by side until turn 4 where Westover got the advantage. Jacob Pirkle snuck into second trailed by Kenny, Gabe Tucker and Robert Vetter. Dustin Robinson made a big run up top charging to sixth. Kenny got second from Pirkle on lap 1 while Robinson gave up spots to Kevin Simpson and Derick Grigsby.

Kenny got along side Westover on the back stretch and was able to get the bumper out front on lap 5 before securing the spot a lap later. Grigsby was able to get past Simpson for fifth with Robinson, JJ Jennings and Tracy Denby jr. fighting for the final transfer spot coming to halfway. Kenny was now easing away from Westover who had a gap back to Pirkle and Tucker, while Denby picked up another spot.

Pirkle had trouble off turn 2 losing positions to Grigsby, Vetter and Denby. As the laps wound down, Kenny had built a big lead with Pirkle, Robinson, Simpson and Chris Dawson now slugging it out for eighth. Kenny in the Boom Test Well Service, Mud Hogs, Roach Body Shop, Ramirez Race Cars easily took the victory. Pirkle edged out Simpson and Dawson for the final transfer spot.

Whitehead With the Win in Factory Stocks

In the spring race Justin Whitehead(Texarkana) battled with Taylor Carver in the Friday qualifier until fading late in the race. It looked like it would again be Whitehead and Carver ,but this time it was Carver with problems handing the lead over to Whitehead. After taking over the top spot at halfway, Whitehead held off the Day’s for the Factory Stock victory.

As the 24-car Factory Stock A-qualifier took the green Whitehead was pushing Jamey Lough past Carver on the front stretch. Whitehead got by Lough in turn 1 and came off turn 2 door to door with Carver. Coming back to the line on lap 1 it was Carver pursued by Whitehead, Lough, Jimmy Day and Jason Gore. Tim Clonch was looking in the middle of Bo Day and Gore for sixth.

Chance Morris brought out an early caution on lap 2 when his motor let go in a ball of flame. On the restart, Whitehead tried high on Carver with Clonch, Dennis Bissonette and Chris Davis three wide for seventh. Carver and Whitehead continued to slug it out for the lead with Whitehead better at one end, but Carver holding the lead on the other.

Behind the lead duo, it was J. Day challenging Lough for third. J. Day finally got the spot on lap 6. Gore tried to follow through the hole but after some contact with Lough, gave up fourth to B. Day. On lap 8 Carvers chance for a three-peat may have ended when he broke and spun in his own fluid in turn 1. Whitehead inherited the lead for the lap 9 restart.

Once back to green Davis got by Casey Lyles and was side by side with Gore for fifth. Davis got the spot and continued to march forward catching Lough for fourth. Clonch and Lyles were side by side for seventh holding a safe enough gap on Bobby Jordan and Jeff Hauser to not surrender a transfer spot.

As the white flag waved, Whitehead had a slight margin on the Day duo while Davis was working over Lough for fourth. At the checkers it was Whitehead in the Thompson Motorsports, Harolds Transmissions, Murphy & Son Timber, Henrys Auto Salvage, DRS Racing Shocks, Spencer & Son Timber, Superior Graphix, Best Engines, Outlaw Race Cars taking the win.

15th Annual Texas World Dirt Track Championships

May 16th, 2016

Who will beat the hex of Friday the 13th?

Fort Worth, TX.,(May 13th, 2016) It was another big dirt track weekend as the 4/10th mile, semi-banked, dirt oval held its 15th Annual Texas World Dirt Track Championships. This years event featured the ASCS Lucas Oil National Tour and combined Red River Region series’ along with the Limited Modified and Factory Stocks. All three classes will be running for a big payday, and perhaps most of all, the prestigeous Texas Motor Speedway trophy and cowboy hat.

This year Snohomish, Washington driver, Seth Bergman has a chance to make history becoming the first driver to score three wins, and in a row, no less. The ASCS Sprint racer has bagged the last two event wins adding his name to three other Sprint Car drivers to win twice(Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser—WoO, and Jason Johnson—ASCS).

The ASCS Sprints have not one, but two, big events doubling Bergmans chances. Friday sees the ASCS Sprinters run a series of heats, qualifiers, b-mains before the feature.

The Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks will qualified through heats and qualifiers setting the field the nights A-Qualifier that will send 8 drivers to Saturday nights big A-main events.

Hafertepe Hammers ASCS Field

Local Sprint Car ace, Sam Hafertepe jr.(Sunnyvale) had his Hwy 79 Collision Center, Lonestar Speedway, Wells Racing Engines powered, J&J Chassis dialed in and added his name to the list of two-time Sprint Car winners. Hafertepe jumped out front in the 20-lap A-main and ran away from the pack. The only thing to slow him was traffic. Johnny Herrera chased Hafertepe early, but got passed by Blake Hahn while dicing through slower cars. The closest Hahn got was under caution with four to go. Once back to green Hafertepe again motored away to pick up the victory unchallenged.

As the 23-car ASCS Sprint Car field took the green, Hafertepe was first off turn 2 to lead lap 1. Trailing him were Herrera, Danny Jennings, Hahn and Logan Forlar. Wayne Johnson and Josh Baughman joined Forlar in the fight for fifth. Brandon Hanks, who took a provisional, looped his ride in turn2 for a lap 3 caution.

On the restart, Seth Bergman and Channin Tankersley got past Aaron Reutzal for eighth. By lap 5 Hafertepe was pulling away from Herrera who had a gap back to Hahn. Hafertepe then hit traffic on lap 7 nearly tagging a slowing Hanks. Hahn was able to get by Herrera and was closing the gap on Hefertepe as they came to halfway.

In the pack, Forlar and Bergman were taking fifth and sixth from Jennings, who began to fade. Multi-time Gulf South Region champ, Ray Allen Kulhanek had problems on lap 16 and rolled to a stop for a late caution. With a couple lapped cars as a buffer, Hefertepe quickly got away from Hahn, but Wayne Johnson went around after contact with Travis Rilat. Then next restart saw the same restart, with Hafetepe checking out and easily grabbing the win.

“We had to get out to the lead early,” explained Hafertepe. “That way I could set the pace of the race. We knew it was going to take rubber, but didn’t know how early it would do it. I ran two laps up top early and the other guys got the rubber laid down and I found it, probably in the nick of time. They did a better job with the track tonight. With all the classes and cars it’s tough to get a good track for all of them.”

“After that caution I knew we would be alright after the restart. Leading the race you never really know. This has been our better racecar. We have two cars that we usually run. We had the other car out last weekend, but weren’t very successful. We came back home and tested a couple days at my dad’s track(Lone Star Speedway) and found some things. That’s pretty much the answer to our success tonight.”

“I don’t what it is about this track. The first few times we came here I was terrible. I didn’t like it, it never felt good. After practice here a couple years ago it was light flipped on and ever since then we’ve been awesome. I love this place, it’s big, it’s fast.”

“I think our chances are good to win back to back nights. Our car is, by far, the best car here. I don’t anyone would argue that. We’ll just stay on our game plan and see if we can finish it off tomorrow night.”

Phillips Phlies in Limited Modified Pheature

David Phillips(Abilene) worked his way up from his sixth row starting spot and snagged top honors in the Limited Modified qualifier. Phillips methodically marched to the front and caught, then leader, Joel Couvillion after halfway. Not satisfied with just transferring, Phillips took the lead on lap 9 and inched away from Derick Grigsby in the waning laps.

At the start of the 15-lap A-qualifier Couvillion was off turn 2 for the lead pursued by Grigsby, Jimmy Day, Dennie Geiber and Joel Garcia. J. Day got sideways on lap 1 falling back to fifth while trying to pass Grigsby. Shane Hebert then got fifth from J. Day followed by Phillips to sixth. Hebert and Phillips then tagged teamed Garcia for fourth and fifth.

Yellow waved on lap 5 for a three car tangle between, J, Day, Justin Nabors and John Whittington. On the restart Geiber went past Grigsby for second with Phillips on his heels for third. Geiber then pulled off while Cody Smith and Bo Day battled for sixth and Travis Johnson, Dean Abbey and Nick Clinkenbeard were three wide for eighth.

Phillips then marched past Couvillion on the back stretch to take the lead on lap 9. With five to go it was a six car scrap for the transfer between B. Day, Smith, Abbey, Johnson, Clinkenbeard and Tracy Denby. As the flagman showed two to go, Phillips, in the Crabtree Motorsports, Golden Chick, Trans Oil, Fletchers Race Engines, IRP Chassis was easing away for the victory.

Carver Conquers Factory Stocks, Again

It wasn’t long ago that Taylor Carver(Locksburg, Ark.) was sitting in the same position, the top spot of a Factory Stock feature. The US National Dirt Track Championship winner from September 2015 showed his ‘grocery getter’ was the still the car to beat. Carvers Hootiecackle Collision, C&C Construction, Roberts Tree Service, Tootsie Sheet Metal, Craft Performance Engines, Reed Race Cars, led briefly, hung around the top five and in the finals laps jumped out front again. Once on point, Carver eased away from Chris Henigan and Bobby Jordan for the win.

As the Factory Stock field took the green Bo Day grabbed the lead trailed by Henigan, Carver, David Bonham and Craig Oakes. Carver picked off Henigan for second while Justin Whitehead took fourth from Oakes. Whitehead then got along side Henigan for third. Carver, using the middle groove, got beside Day who started showing some smoke.

Carver got the lead on lap 7 as Day continued to fall back. Coming to halfway it was Whitehead getting the lead from Carver, with Henigan, Oakes and Scotty Case rounding out the top five. Trey Smitherman brought out the only caution going around in turn 2.

The top five got away clean on the restart until Whitehead began to slow. Carver retook the point on lap 13 and had a comfortable margin on Henigan and Jordan. Whitehead continued to slide back and out of the transfer spot. As the checkers waved it was Carver scoring the victory.

Texas Motor Speedway Named Track of the Year, Bristol Motor Speedway’s Jerry Caldwell Named Promoter of the Year

December 13th, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – In an effort to recognize greatness across its premier motorsports facilities, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have named [3]Las Vegas Motor Speedway Senior Vice President of Operations, David Stetzer, as the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient for 2015. In addition, Texas Motor Speedway earned Track of the Year honors, while Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell was recognized as Promoter of the Year.

“All of our Speedway Motorsports facilities pride themselves on being the best entertainment venues in the world,” said Marcus Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “We are fortunate to have innovative leaders who continue to drive our company forward and push their respective speedways to be the very best in the entertainment industry. We are proud to celebrate David and Jerry’s accomplishments and to recognize the staff at Texas Motor Speedway for their success this year.”

O. Bruton Smith Award

Annually presented to one employee across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, this prestigious award recognizes someone who exhibits the traits that define Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman and Founder O. Bruton Smith: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect and appreciation for team members, vision and determination.

“David is ever so deserving to be this year’s recipient of the O. Bruton Smith Award,” said Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “He’s as hard-working as they come; conscientious, and he goes about his duties with an attitude that inspires those around him. We’re extremely fortunate to have David on the LVMS team.”

Stetzer joined the Speedway Motorsports family as an intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1989 while attending Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He was hired full-time that summer as the track rental coordinator. Stetzer was later promoted to general manager of U.S. Legend Cars International before moving to Las Vegas in 1999 to assume the role of short track racing manager at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2003, he was promoted to head the speedway’s Operations Department, and has since assumed the title of senior vice president of operations.

He and his wife, Maria, have three children.

“I am very grateful to receive this award,” Stetzer said. “It is a privilege working for such a great company and I am looking forward to many more years of service.”

Track of the Year

Texas Motor Speedway was chosen as Track of the Year from among the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities. The award is presented annually for best overall performance in aspects such as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity.

In 2015, Texas Motor Speedway hosted an action-packed entertainment lineup including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, plus NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series events and a Verizon IndyCar Series race and the Red Bull Air Race. “The Great American Speedway” created successful corporate sales and consumer marketing campaigns attracting hundreds of thousands of race fans and continued to be a pacesetter with fan amenities such as “Big Hoss,” the world’s largest high-definition LED screen, and an enhanced kids’ zone and fan zone.

“Our success is born from the immense pride that each of our employees has in Texas Motor Speedway,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage added. “Our team continually strives to identify ways to enhance the experience for our fans as well as seeks to be the industry leaders in every aspect that drives our overall success. I’m extremely proud of this group, especially knowing the amount of talent we have at each and every one of our SMI tracks.”

Promoter of the Year

The Promoter of the Year award is presented by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership, planning and execution that are fundamental to the company’s success.

Jerry Caldwell was honored for outstanding achievement promoting both of Bristol Motor Speedway’s 2015 NASCAR event weeks, plus events in Nashville with Dale Jr., Regan Smith and Old Crow Medicine Show to promote the Food City 500’s new April race date and the Steven Tyler concert that revved up the August Night Race. Caldwell also spearheaded efforts to promote the 2016 “Battle at Bristol” between Virginia Tech and Tennessee, billed as college football’s biggest game ever. In addition, Caldwell announced plans for Colossus, the world’s largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display, currently under construction and scheduled to make its debut in April.

“I’m truly honored to accept the Promoter of the Year award on behalf of all the talented and hard-working team at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s been an incredible year for the team and I’m grateful that Bruton and Marcus take the time to recognize the efforts of others.”

Previous Speedway Motorsports award recipients:

2014 O. Bruton Smith Award- Claudia Byrd, Bristol chapter of Speedway
Children’s Charities
Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway

2013 O. Bruton Smith Award- Bill Brooks, Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway

2012 Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway

About Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is a leading marketer, promoter and sponsor of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. For more information, about the company, please visit the Speedway Motorsports website.

7th Annual US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

September 17th, 2015

Ft. Worth, TX.– After a full night of racing in the Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks, Seven drivers from each
class had already claimed their starting spots for the USNDTC event. Shane Hebert, Justin Nabors, Chris Dawson, Jeffrey Abbey, John Whittington, Eddie Martin, and JC Howell finished in qualifying spots for Limited Modifieds. In the Factory Stocks it was Jimmy Day, Doug Vick jr., Jeff Lewis, Jason Gore, Bo Day, Ronnie Welborn, and Dan Meyer moving on from Friday night

The remaining starting spots would be filled through Last Chance qualifiers, with two drivers getting provisionals from a blind draw of pre-registered entrants.

The ASCS Sprint Cars would run a full program of heat races(taking the top 16 in passing points) and B-mains(top x transfer) to fill their 24-car field for the big 40 lap, $3,000 to win A-main.

The National tour comes into action with a home state driver, Aaron Reutzal(Clute) leading the points by 93 over veteran Sprint Car racer, Johnny Herrara(Albuquerque, NM.). Wayne Johnson, Seth Bergman and Matt Covington round out the top five.

Kade Morton, Joe Wood jr. and Shawn Peterson are within striking distance of the championship, with Mickey Walker and Chance Morton completing the lead quintet.

Bergman Best….Again

Seth Bergman(Snohomish, Wash.) joined an elite group Saturday taking his second straight US National Dirt Track Championship. This puts him in rare air with the likes of Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Jason Johnson, who each had two wins on the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, Texas Motor Speedway, dirt oval.

It looked early like Bergman would run off and hide from Johnny Herrara, but tire concerns and lapped traffic allowed John Carney to catch the leaders and sneak past on lap 21. Bergman retook the top spot on lap 29 with Herrara back in pursuit until Herrara shredded a tire. This gave Bergman the chance to open up his margin again on Carney, Josh Baughman and points leader, Aaron Reutzal, who started deep in the 23-car field.

On the first try it was Herrara getting the jump on Bergman going into turn 1, but that start was quickly aborted by early movement in the pack. The second try saw Bergman beat Herrara into turn 1 with Wayne Johnson, Matt Covington and Shawn Peterson falling in line. Jake Martens went around turn 2 for a quick yellow on lap 2.

Herrara tried an outside move on the restart as he and Bergman left the pack with Reutzal quickly his way up to sixth past Peterson. Blake Hahn followed Reutzal through then took the spot from him. Hahn continued his charge getting by Johnson for fourth. As the lead duo ran up on traffic, Carney closed on Herrara.

Reutzal got sixth from Johnson with Hahn getting past Covington briefly before slowing and stopping with a flat tire for a lap 11 caution. Herrara gave Bergman a look in turn 3 on the restart, while Reutzal was taking fourth from Covington. Bergman again caught the back of the pack giving Herrara and Carney the chance to close the gap.

At the crossed flags it was Bergman, with Herrara and Carney on his tail, Reutzal and Josh Baughman in the top five. Carney used lapped cars as a pick as he snuck past Herrara and Bergman for the lead leaving them wheel to wheel for second. Herrara took the spot for lap before Bergman got back by for second.

With the top three now nose to tail, Carney worked the inside to retake the top spot from Carney, followed by Herrara. Behind the lead trio it was Baughman, Reutzal, Ray Allen Kulhanek and Johnson battling for fourth. Bergman had just started pulling away from Herrara when Herrara blew out the right rear and stopped for a lap 35 caution.

Bergman quickly got away from Carney, while Kulhanek and Johnson fought for fifth. Bergman was able to pull away the final few circuits in the Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Young Tool Company, Speed Mart, Corridor Electric, Speedys Auto Service, Wells Racing Engines, Eagle Chassis easily taking the checkers.

“This year played out a lot different than last year when I won.” said Bergman. “It’s a different year, different circumstances, racing with different guys. I knew that all the rubber being laid down was going to play a factor in what and how the race played out. I found down in (turns) 3-4, but didn’t find it early enough in 1-2. I got passed for the lead and had to re-evaluate what I was doing. I chased them back down and was lucky to get back out front.”

“John Carney was using everything he had to get up there, while Johnny(Herrara) and myself were on the more conservative side. Forty laps on those tires is going to eat them up. For a while I was trying to save my tires and make sure I had something for the end. Carney put us in a tough situation getting out front like he did. I was
afraid racing him that hard that I’d use my tires up. I had no choice or he was going to be long gone. Once I got back to him I just forgot about the tires and crossed my fingers.”

“When I saw that Johnny had lost a tire I knew we were all getting in the same boat. Under caution I was sticking my hand out of the cage trying to feel my left rear. I thought I could feel some tread blocks on it, so I figured I could go for it and get some distance. I didn’t have much left when I looked at it after the race. I was just lucky
enough that they held on for the win.”

“When the track rubbers up like it did I know that ten times out of ten that it’s going to be the fastest way around. So I wasn’t too worried once I got back out front that someone would find a better line. As long as I didn’t get out of that groove, I knew I’d be alright. The only factor was if the tires would make it.”

“I need to thank Tyler in my pit, having him traveling up and down the road with me. It’s a real grind going from state to state. He keeps my head on my shoulders and staying ambitious about everything. Him having the same attitude and working on my race car is a big reason we’ve had the success we’ve had this year.”

Tri-fecta for Whittington with Limited Modified Main Win Vidor’s, John Whittington grabbed his third Texas Motor Speedway cowboy hat and trophy with his wire to wire Limited Modified victory. Whittington was beneficiary of the draw that saw Fridays winner, Shane Hebert give him the pole for the 40-lap feature.

Whittington jumped out front in turn 1 after the three wide start for the 26-car field. Whittington had JC Howell, Jeffrey Abbey and Chris Dawson giving chase, but quickly motored away. On ensuing restarts Whittington would easily get the jump on the field and build good leads. A late caution put Howell on his bumper, but Whittington again distanced himself from the field to score the win.

Capitalizing on the pole position, Whittington was first into turn 1 trailed by Howell, Dawson side by side with Abbey and Justin Nabors. Rodney White and Eddie Martin closed on Nabors going three wide on lap 2. As Whittington got away, Howell, Abbey and Dawson were nose to tail for second.

The first yellow waved on lap 12 when Blaine Shives slowed and was unable to find an opening to get to down to the infield. Whittington jumped out on green with Dawson looking inside Abbey for third. Tracy Denby sr. saw his night end when he clipped the infield tire for a lap 15 caution.

Whittington jumped ahead of Howell easily with White and Dawson side by side for fourth, spring winner, Nick Clinkenbeard getting by Nabors who now had Martin along side. Coming the midway point it was Whittington cruising away, Howell, Abbey, Dawson and White in the top five.

With ten to go Whittington had a full straight advantage over Howell and Abbey who had a gap to Dawson, White and Clinkenbeard. That all changed on lap 31 when Martin got turned by Randy Timms, who got sent to the pits. Whittington wasted little time getting away on green with Garrett Huggins getting eighth from Martin.

Nabors and Frazer were fighting for seventh when Nabors got into Frazer sending him around for a lap 35 yellow. On last time Whittington got the jump on Howell as Dawson and Abbey battled for third. From there Whittington in the Bruce Tesch owned, B&D Motorsports, Showtime Signs, Royal Purple, A-1 Rentals, Ed Rinehart, Rhino Rearends, Racing Engines by CB powered, Express Chassis easily cruised to the victory.

“This win, of the three, has a lot of meaning to me,” replied Whittington. “I lost a really good friend last week. I like the ones where we have a multi-groove race track and you can go anywhere. When you win one like that, you know you’ve really earned it. When the race track gets one lane like this and you win it, it’s great. A win is a win, but when it has more grooves, you feel a little accomplished.”

“I watched the race track. The only thing I was worried about was the first 4 or 5 laps that someone would get around me. You could see the rubber on the track, once the upper line gets dirtied up, I knew as long as I stayed on the bottom that I’d be alright.”

“As long as I didn’t spin the tires on the restarts it was pretty good to get a little leave on them. We actually brought a little more gear this time to get us off the corners better. It could have helped on the restarts too. This track usually stay around the bottom. If the track had been from the center to the top, we might have been at a disadvantage.”

“Shane(Hebert) helped me out a lot with my starting spot. We had a draw/pass the number deal, that I’ve never done before. Shane drew first and got the one and gave it to me. I’d say 50% of this win belongs to him. I split the money a couple weeks back in Edna, so we’re even now.”

“I have to thank my dad, he maintains all the cars. I used to wash them, now I don’t even do that anymore. Also my wife Jessica, my sons Jackson and Jedd, and our third on the way, Jayston for allowing me to do this.”

Carver Cashes in Inaugural Factory Stock Feature Taylor Carver(Locksburg, Ark.) will be forever know as the first driver to take home a Factory Stock Championship. Oh, and he did it in a station wagon, no less. Carver, who started in the middle of row three, methodically worked his way up through the pack. Carver caught Friday night’s winner, Jimmy Day on lap 8 and the two were door to door on laps 9 and 10.

Carver was able to secure the point on lap 11 then quickly began to inch away. Carver lost his half straightaway lead during a mid-race caution, but again crept away from the second place battle between Day and Justin Whitehead. At the checkers it was Carver by the same half straightaway coming across to the cheers of crowd routing for the underdog in the grocery getter.

The 26-car Factory Stock feature came to life led to green by Jeff Lewis, J. Day and Bo Day on the front row. J. Day got the advantage coming off turn 2 followed by Lewis, Doug Vick jr., Ronnie Welborn and B. Day. Vick and Lewis went high with Welborn, B. Day and Lewis now three wide for second.

As they sorted out, Carver was on the move. First picking off Lewis for fourth on lap 3, then B. Day for third on lap 5. By lap lap 7 Carver had taken second from Welborn and was on his way to reeling in J. Day. After a two lap battle with J. Day, Carver had the big wagon in the wind, and was beginning to pull away.

As Carver put some distance on J. Day, Welborn, B. Day, Bryan Mewborn, Vick and Justin Whitehead were slugging it out for third. At halfway it was Carver, J. Day, Welborn, Vick and B. Day in the top five. Vick got around Welborn for third leaving him in the hands of Whitehead and B. Day. Welborn and B. Day made contact with Welborn spinning for a lap 20 caution.

The yellow erased Carvers lead and put J. Day back the rear bumper of the leader. Carver got away clean while Whitehead got under Vick for third. Tommy Davis jr. had worked his way up and was now three wide with Vick and B. Day for fourth. B. Day slowed and pulled off ending his top five run.

With five to go Carver was stretching out his lead over J. Day, who now had Whitehead to deal with. As J. Day and Whitehead battled, Carver moved farther ahead while Vick and Davis ran side by side. With the white flag waving, Carver was out to a huge lead again going unchallenged to the checkers in the C&C Construction, Hootiecackle Collision, Keith Craft Racing Engines, Reed Race Car Chassis.

“I’d say this is probably the biggest race I’ve ever won,” exclaimed Carver. “The whole family packed up and came down here this weekend. I run another big track back home and used the same set up we use back there. I was pretty fast with some of the other cars I race with that came down here, so I knew I had pretty good shot.”

“I just built a new shop so I’m going to put all this in there and be able too look at it every day. My car definitely turns some heads when it comes through the pits. It’s certainly different. It’s a true Malibu Station Wagon, but it’s the same metric car as a Monte Carlo or something. It’s just got big windows in the back.”

“I’ve never started three wide before and I was dreading it. It went a lot better than I thought it was going to. I was planning on just getting them one by one, but the car was so good that it went faster than I thought. I got to the front pretty quick and just tried to ride it out from there.”

“I could see that there were several of the fast cars not in my sight from other side of the track. I figured someone would be right on my bumper, but we stretched it pretty good.”

7th Annual US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, 9/11-12/15

September 12th, 2015

Ft. Worth, TX.,- As the local tracks points seasons come to an end, Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track hosted the 7th version of the US National Dirt Track Championships. This years event is highlighted by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series in a combined National and Red River Region race on Saturday night.

Included on the slate are the Limited Modifieds with over 120 drivers(four states) from across the mid-south signed in for battle on the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval. Making their first USNDTC appearance are the Factory Stocks, a hybrid Street Stock on asphalt pull offs(slicks). A big field of 80 Factory Stocks, also from four states, signed in making nearly 200 cars in action, along with ASCS Sprint Car practice.

The Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks would qualify through heats, taking the top 16 in passing points, then D, C and B-mains to fill the remaining spots in the A-qualifier that would lock in seven drivers for tomorrow nights big A-main, Championship races. In the Limited Modified it was tough to crack the starting line up, with D and C-mains having two or three past champions that failed to qualify.

Hebert Aces A-Qualifier in Limited Modifieds. Shane Hebert(Lafayette, La.) had his car dialed in as he led every circuit of the 15-lap A-qualifier. Hebert, a past winner in a spring race SUPR Late Model race(2013) fought off Justin Nabors at the start, then went to pull away from the pack at the finish for the victory.

Hebert and Justin Nabors stayed side by side until Hebert, from the outside, got the top spot coming off turn 4 to secure the position. Nabors fell in line second trailed by Chris Dawson, Rodney White and Eddie Martin side by side with Jeffrey Abbey for fifth. JJ Jennings went around coming off turn 4, after clipping an infield tire, for a lap 3
caution.

Once back to green it was Martin, using the high side, and Tracy Denby sr. wheel to wheel for sixth. John Whittington joined that scrap going three wide on lap 5 until a spin in turn 2 brought a yellow out. The top five stayed single file as green waved again, while Martin, charging on the top again getting by Abbey for sixth.

Martin then picked off White for fifth on lap 7 and brought Abbey along by Whittington for fourth and fifth, respectively. That battle continued to the end, while Hebert was checking out from Nabors and Dawson at halfway. Behind them JC Howell was holding down the seventh spot as White and Denby sr. went at it for eighth.

With two laps to go, Hebert had increased his margin to nearly a full straightaway over Nabors, who had Dawson on his tail. Abbey, Whittington and Martin were still swapping spots as the white waved. Hebert easily cruised to the victory in his Allgayer Inc., Showtime Signs, Big Red Wrecker, Advanced Motorsports, Express Chassis.

“We’ve been working on this car all year,” said Hebert. “I think we’ve finally got a good set up on it now. I’m hoping the track stays pretty like tonight so we can put on a show for the fans.”

Good Night for Day in Factory Stock A Greenville’s Jimmy Day grabbed the first ever Factory Stock A-qualifier ensuring himself a spot in Saturday nights Championship events. Day, doing double duty in Limited Modifieds as well, got the lead early in the 15-lapper. Doug Vick jr. kept the pressure on Day throughout the race getting along side on the final lap, but Day was able to hold him off for the win.

As the 24-car Factory Stock took the green J. Day jumped out front with Tony Marinelli in pursuit. Behind the lead duo Bo Day, Vick and Jeff Lewis were three wide for third. Jason Gore joined that fight a lap later and was along side B. Day for fifth.

Marinelli’s top run ended early when he made contact with an infield tire in turn 2 breaking the front suspension. This put Vick on J. Day’s tail for the restart and Vick quickly looked up top, but fell back in line. Chase Breese and Miranda Carver made contact while battling for tenth sending M. Carver around and Breese to the pits with a black flag.

On the restart, Vick again gave J. Day a look high while Ronnie Welborn and Bryan Mewborn got by Justin Whitehead for sixth and seventh. Dan Meyer would get the final transfer spot as the laps wound down.

Up front Vick was still giving the high groove a run and was door to door with J. Day as the white flag waved. J. Day, in the Quality Intermodal Delivery Service, Jds Garage, Ace Auto Sales, Ratchet Chassis, was able to hold steady on the bottom and hang on to the top spot at the checkers.

14th Annual Port-a-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Nationals @ TMS Dirt Track

May 18th, 2015

Fort Worth, TX.- After a full night of qualifying for the Modifieds and Limited Modifieds, drive rs and teams readied for a final chance to qualify for the big main events tonight. The Modifieds saw Midlothian’s Chase Allen take his 15 lap qualifier along with Tristan Dycus, Jason Hughes, Clyde Dunn jr., Ryan Gustin, Corey Babbitt, Sean Jones and Gene Weaver as the other transferees.

In Limited Modifieds it was RJ Stroman(New Boston) scoring the victory with Jimmy Day, Chase Allen, Jeff Autry, Craig Oakes, Nick Clinkenbeard, Dennie Geiber and Bo Day also making the big show. The remainder of the field will be set through qualifiers, a last chance race and blind draw from pre-registered drivers. Despite the onslaught of recent rain in the area the track has held up and thrown curves at the drivers and their set-ups. Thursday night practice was dry and rubbered up, while Friday night saw a tacky surface with only a few problem areas.

The SUPR Late Models would run a complete program of heats and last chance races to set their field for the 40-lap Texas World Dirt Track Championship. Gustin Makes History at Texas World Dirt Track Championships. In the history of TMS Dirt Track races one driver, Troy Taylor, has three features wins. Several drivers Ray Merrill and Ray Moore (SUPR), plus Steve Whiteaker jr., Chris Brown, Rodney Sanders, Clyde Dunn jr. and Dennie Geiber all have two event wins in Modifieds and Limited Modifieds. No one has ever taken a Late Model and Modified win, let alone doing it on the same night. That statistic is no longer valid.

Gustin dominated the 40-lap SUPR Late Model main event going wire to wire to pick up his second TMS Dirt Track cowboy hat, along with the $3,500 pay day. Gustin jumped out front from the pole and quickly built a good lead on Allen Tippen and Moore. Even restarts didn’t deter the Marshalltown Iowa hotshoe as he would quickly pull away from the competition. At the checkers it was Gustin in the Gressel Racing, McCartney Welding Service, Henryetta Ford, Sybesma Graphics, CPD Race Tools, Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, Fast Shafts, Larry’s Carburetors, VP Race Fuels, Andy Durham powered, Hughes Racing Chassis easily snagging the victory. Gustin jumped into the lead going into turn 1 beating Tippen who was chased by Moore, Shane Hebert and Skip O’Neal. The top six then distanced themselves from the
battle for seventh between Dwight Falcon jr., Morgan Bagley and Jon Mitchell. Patrik Daniel had O’Neal slip giving up fifth with Daniel then grabbing fourth from Hebert.

Dwight Falcon sr. brought out a lap 8 yellow when he went around in turn 3-4. Gustin wasted little time building his margin over Tippen and Moore again. Daniel then began pressuring Moore for third as the race came to halfway. Gustin held a good lead over Tippen who had a gap back to Moore, Daniel and Hebert.

Lap 22 saw David Lafleur and Tyler Erb both have problems on opposite side of the track prompting officials to throw a yellow. Gustin again motored away building a half straightaway lead with ten to go. As Gustin ran off, Mitchell got by Hebert for fifth and closed on Daniel. The final circuits clicked off quickly with Gustin holding his advantage and taking the checkers.

“It’s Awesome,” exclaimed Gustin. “I didn’t think anyone had ever won in a Late Model and Modified before. I really didn’t know no one had won two races on the same night either. It feels really good, luck was on our side for sure. We always enjoy coming here, it’s an awesome facility and track.”

“Running the Modified first really helped with the Late Model. I knew not to slip up and miss the rubber on the bottom. It helped a lot especially the first couple laps since everybody else hadn’t been on the track. They were all feeling around, so it definitely helped.”

“I tried searching a little higher a couple times and it didn’t feel any better. I just tried to keep it on the tires and not slip up.

Gustin Golden…..Take TwoFormer USMTS Modified Champion, Ryan Gustin(Marshalltown, Ia.) grabbed the Modified pay day, but it wasn’t easy. Gustin chased early leader Jason Hughes from the start until Hughes had problems and pulled off on lap 4. Gustin held the point until a former two-time TMS Dirt Track champ, Clyde Dunn jr. got by just past halfway. Gustin retook the spot on lap 34 when Dunn pulled off. Gustin had Tristan Dycus on his tail as they caught traffic with two to go. Gustin would hold off Dycus and grab the victory.

As the 24-car, 40-lap Modified feature fired off it was Hughes beating Sean Jones off turn 2 for the lead. Gustin, Dunn, Jones and last nights winner, Chase Allen, fell in behind. Allen then picked off fourth from Jones as the top eight sorted out single file. Hughes gave up the lead when he broke giving the spot to Gustin on lap 5.

Allen took second from Dunn while John Whittington made his way up to fourth from starting tenth. Gustin built a slight margin, but once Dunn took second back he began to run Gustin down. At halfway it was Gustin, Dunn, Allen, Whittington and Tristan Dycus in the top five. Dunn got along side Gustin and grabbed the point on lap 21.

Dycus got past Allen for third and began to cut into the lead the top two had pulled out. Just as the lead duo ran up on traffic, Dunn had issues and pulled off giving the top spot back to Gustin on lap 34. Gustin now had Dycus closing fast and the two were nose to tail with five to go.

As the flagman showed them two to go the lead duo was getting into lapped traffic. The slower cars ceded the right of way to the two leaders as the final circuits ran out. Gustin in the Gressel Motorsports, McCartney Welding Service, Henryetta Ford, Sybesma Graphics, Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, Fast Shafts, Larry’s Carburetors, CPD Race Tools, VP Fuels, Mullins powered, Hughes Racing Chassis, kept Dycus in his wake as he scored the win.

“I think Jason(Hughes) was going to be really, really good,” said Gustin. “I slipped up a bit and Clyde(Dunn) got by me and he smoking the right rear so I knew he was pushing it. I was just going to ride it out and hopefully his tires went away. That’s what ended up happening.”

“I have to utmost trust in the guys I race with. They’re a great group of racers here. Everybody’s got a lot of respect for each other and don’t try to tear up each others equipment. It’s way too much time and work. It’s a lot of fun.”

“We didn’t have to do a lot of work on the car. We did some tire work and fixed the nose from last night. She was good to go. The track definitely took a big change from practice Thursday. Thev way this places races isn’t like any other track we run. It’s got wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways.”

Clickenbeard Clicks for Limited Modified CashLocal driver Nick Clinkenbeard(Weatherford) took home the $2000 Limited Modified pay day going nearly flag to flag. Last nights winner, RJ Stroman led the first circuit, but slipped up in turn 2 giving Clinkenbeard a run off the bottom to grab the lead on lap 2. Stroman kept the pressure on Clinkenbeard throughout the 30-lap main occasionally getting the nose inside. Clinkenbeard was able to hold Stroman at bay in his Bonham Motorsports, Boo Rays of New Orleans, Richard Sloan Drywall, 41 Shocks, Bonham Recovery, Machine Works Engines, 2010 HOT Chassis for the win.

Coming off the three wide start it was Stroman first into turn 1 trailed by Clinkenbeard, Bo Day, Craig Oakes and Jeff Autry. Stroman slid up off the bottom giving Clinkenbeard the opening to lead lap 2 while Derick Grigsby was using the high side to move up to sixth. Grigsby then picked off Oakes for fifth, but fell back as the bottom began to move. Stroman began challenging Clinkenbeard on lap 8 with JC Howell getting by Grigsby for sixth. Coming to the mid-point Stroman again stuck the nose under Clinkenbeard coming off turn 4, but couldn’t complete the pass. At the crossed flags it was Clinkenbeard, Stroman, B. Day, Autry and Oakes in the top five. Oakes got past Autry on lap 16, followed by Howell, Grigsby and John Whittington as Autry began to fade before pulling off. JJ Jennings, who got one of the lucky dog draws from pre-registered drivers, brought out a yellow on lap 19 when he spun in turns 1-2. On the restart, Grigsby again tried the high side going around Whittington and Howell.

Stroman got inside Clinkenbeard again on lap 20, but lost a little ground after failing to get the spot. With five to go Stroman ran back up on Clinkenbeard with a gap back to B. Day and Oakes. Stroman slipped again on lap 27 giving up spots to B. Day and Oakes.

As the white flag waved Clinkenbeard had a slight lead over B. Day. B. Day drifted high off turn 2 giving Oakes and Stroman an opening. Howell got along side and the duo traded paint coming off turn 4 while Clinkenbeard was taking the checkers unchallenged.

“This is the one you dream of winning,” replied Clinkenbeard. If you could pick one race to win, this would be it. This is the biggest win for me. Maybe one day we can win in the other class too, who knows. The Modified is still a work in progress for us.”

“RJ(Stroman) pushed out on the start and left the door open for me and I took advantage of it. A track like that, with fast cars, you have to take everything you can get. We changed a little bit from practice on Thursday like stagger. The track came to us.”

“We know a liitle bit more running both classes and how much the track has changed between races gives us a little advatage. All we needed to do was change the rear end for this track.”

Limited Modified winner in action Port-a-Cool US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

September 16th, 2014

Ft. Worth, TX., With a full night of racing already in the books, the Port-a-Cool US National Dirt Track Championships came to conclusion. Friday night saw four ASCS drivers lock themselves into tonight’s big championship event, with seven Limited Modified racers making the automatic transfer to the A-main.

The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour saw Sam Hafertepe Jr. get the win in the 25-lap prelim after getting the jump on a red start over Kevin Ramey, who had a slowly deflating left rear. Along with Hafertepe, Danny Jennings, Matt Covington and Stevie Smith had secured spots.

The Limited Modified A-qualifier had Tracy Denby jr. and Tommy Davis jr. put on a good lead swapping race in their 15-lap event. Denby eventually held off Davis for the win with Sean Jones, Nick Clinkenbeard, Travis Johnson, Glen Gordy and Gabe Tucker all transferring.

Saturday night’s action for the ASCS Sprint Cars included heats and two B-mains to set the field for the(scheduled) 40-lap, $4,000 to win main event.

The Limited Modifieds ran five Last Chance Heats taking the top three from each and one Last Chance Qualifier to fill their starting grid, plus two provisionals drawn from pre-entries.

After some discussion and concern about tire wear, ASCS and TMS officials decided to reduce the 40-lap feature to only 30 laps.

Bergman Best in ASCS Bash Seth Bergman made the long tow from Snohomish, Washington pay off as he took home the big win, custom helmet, cowboy hat and $4,000 pay day. Bergman, who started sixth, slipped a couple spots on the start, while Sam Hafertepe jr. charged towards the front. Hafertepe, who scored the honors Friday night, got by early leader Kevin Swindell on lap 9 and looked for the sweep.

Bergman, who found a better groove dicing through traffic, began picking off spots and was catching Hafertepe coming to halfway. As Hafertepe was stuck, Bergman used the bottom to sneak past for the lead on lap 17. Once clear, Bergman eased ahead and despite a couple caution closing up the field, Bergman kept Hafertepe at bay to snag the victory.

As the 22-car ASCS Sprint Car starting field took the green, Kevin Swindell, from outside row 1, beat pole sitter Matt Covington into turn 1 for the lead. Covington fell in line with Hafertepe coming from row 4, Tony Bruce jr. and Bergman in tow. Harli White brought out an early caution when her car stopped on the back stretch.

As green waved again, Hafertepe got past Covington for second, followed by Bruce a lap later. Using the top in turns 1-2, and the bottom in turns 3-4, Hafertepe ran down Swindell, while Bergman got by Bruce for third. Hafertepe caught and passed Swindell for the top spot on lap 9. Swindell tried to retake the position, but to no avail.

Hafertepe ran up on heavy traffic on lap, as Bergman worked his way by Swindell for second. Just after the crossed flags were shown Bergman ducked under Hafertepe for the lead on lap 17. In the pack, Aaron Reutzel looked to be the fastest car on the track grabbing spots left and right moving up to third by lap 20.

With five to go Bergman had built a full straightaway lead over Hafertepe when Reutzel burned the left rear off and stopped for a yellow. Bergman had three lapped cars as a buffer on the restart and left Hafertepe, Brad Loyet, Bruce and Johnny Herrera. Herrera and Swindell both got by a fading Bruce for fourth and fifth.

Lap 28 saw Stevie Smith fighting with Bruce for position and get turned around after clipping on infield tire. This time Bergman only had one lapper to hold off Hafertepe. That lapped car was was multi-time champ, Jason Johnson who Hafertepe was unable to pass. This gave Bergman in the Young Tool Company, Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Corridor Electric, Speedmart, Print Place, Scott Baylor Race Engines, Eagle Chassis a clear road to the checkers.

“We’ve won some big races this year,” said Bergman. “But as far as prestige goes, this is the race you want you win. This is the biggest win of the year for us. It’s one of the marque events on our calendar for the year. To come here and win in Texas we’ll definitely take that fan home.”

“I’ve watched guys here the past two years put that cowboy hat on and smile. To finally be the one to get that hat and all the prizes, you can’t beat that feeling. I have to thank my mom and dad, without them I wouldn’t be here. I always say I’m the lucky guy that gets to be here talking to the media and doing all these cool things.”

“We had to get a good draw in our heat race and take advantage of that, which we did. With them watering the track we knew the first half of the race would be good. We knew the rubber would come in and it would be who the first one to find and get out front. Sometimes it’s better to run second, you can search around. Sam(Hafertepe) did a good job coming from eighth to the lead.”

“I found the rubber around the bottom of turns 1-2 before he did and I think that was the key move of the race. Once I got by him the rubber was all the way around the track. I was able to stay in that groove and not slip out of it. We tightened the car up and hoped it would work out. My hats off to my crew chief, Ryan Beechler, he called it exactly as it played out.”

“Sprint cars are wild animals. It’s tricky to get them around a dirt track that’s always changing. Last night was a completely different track. We were probably 360 degrees from where we were tonight. I’m lucky enough to surround myself with smart people that keep up with that stuff. We changed some stagger and wheel spacing and Ryan hit it right.”

Port-a-Cool US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt

September 13th, 2014

Ft. Worth, TX.,– The 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval at Texas Motor Speedway hosted this years edition of the Port-a-Cool, U.S. National, Dirt Track Championships. This year the event featured the Lucas Oil, American Sprint Car Series(ASCS) National Tour in a two-day show, with support from the Limited Modifieds.

Despite less than ideal conditions, over 125 Limited Modified teams and 40 ASCS teams signed in with cool, breezy, misty weather conditions. The ASCS teams represented 10 states stretching all the way to the west coast, while the Limited Modifieds had racers from four states.

The ASCS held five heats, transferring the top 16 in passing points, plus two B-mains taking four from each. The Limited qualified through eight heats, again taking the top 16 in passing points, then filling the field through a series of D, C and B-qualifiers to fill the A-qualifier.

The ASCS feature locked in the top four drivers to Saturday nights championship race, with the Limited Modifieds securing seven spots for tomorrow night.

Hafertepe Hustles to ASCS A-main Win It was one of Texas’ own, Sam Hafertepe jr.(Sunnyvale) that outran the 23-car starting field to go home with the $3,000 payday. Hafertepe was in the right place on a restart to get a jump on the leader, Kevin Ramey, who had a wounded car after a red for a hard crash by Johnny Herrera at the midway point.

Hafertepe and Ramey exchanged a couple ‘sliders’ on the restart before Hafertepe took control. Ramey eventually had the left rear tire explode leaving Danny Jennings to take up the chase. As the laps wound down Hafertepe was able to build a five-plus second margin on Jennings, Matt Covington, Stevie Smith and Jason Johnson who rebounded after falling back early.

With Tony Bruce jr. tagging the tail with a provisional, and a pair of regional champions on the front row, the 25-lap feature fired off. Ramey was able to beat Jennings off turn 2 for the early lead. Hafertepe, Covington, Aaron Reutzal and Jeff Swindell fell in line behind the lead duo. Swindell made quick work of Reutzal for fifth as Johnson jumped the turn 4 cushion and fell back.

Ramey was quickly into lapped traffic by lap 6 and was easily dicing his way through the slower cars. Hafertepe used the traffic to his advantage getting past Jennings for second while Swindell and Reutzal exchanged slide jobs. Just at the halfway point, Herrera had either something break or hooked the cushion turning his car hard right and into the turn 4 wall to bring out a red.

Under caution, Reutzal pitted from fifth and Ramey saw hopes of winning deflate, along with his left rear tire. The midway restart saw Ramey, Hafertepe, Jennings, Covington and Stevie Smith in the top five after Reutzal went to the work area.

Hafertepe threw a slide job on Ramey in turn 1, but Ramey crossed over in turn to hold the advantage. Hafertepe again pulled a slider on Ramey, this time making it stick to lead lap 14. Once in the clear Hafertepe was able to lengthen his lead over the wounded car of Ramey until lap 18 when the tire let go for a yellow.

With the lapped car of Bruce as a buffer, Hafertepe got huge jump on Jennings but a yellow for a spin by Blake Hahn quickly brought the field back together. Hafertepe again got a big edge on green, while Johnson rebounded to fifth past Swindell.

As the white flag waved it was Hafertepe in the Lonestar Speedway, All-Pro Reconditioning, Keibler & Sons Landscaping, Kear’s Speed Shop, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smileys Race Products, Keizer Wheels, Fisher Race Engines, Wells Race Engines, J&J Chassis with a full straightaway advantage easily taking the checkers, the sixth national tour win of his career.

Port-a-Cool, Texas World Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, 3/7-8/14

March 10th, 2014

Fort Worth, TX– After a successful night of racing for 15 total drivers who locked themselves into one of the Modified or Limited Modified class A-mains, those not so lucky were relegated to fighting for the final starting spots and their chance to grab the prize money, trophy and cowboy hat at the end of the night.

Sean Jones in the Modifieds and Dennie Gieber in the Limited Modifieds were winners in the 15-lap qualifiers, respectively. Modifieds and Limited Modifieds ran a series of B-Qualifiers, taking 3 or 4 from each to the nights features, one Last Chance Qualifier taking only the top two, plus the two pre-registered provisional’s from a blind draw.

The SUPR Late Models had a full program scheduled of heats, 2 B-mains and their own Texas World Dirt Track Championship event. 32 Late Models from 6 states entered the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt arena looking for the prestigious win and $3,500 pay day.

Bagley Bests Brown for SUPR Sweep North Texas hot-shoe, Morgan Bagley(Marshall) took home the honors winning the 40-lap SUPR Late Model A-main and heat race. Bagley took the top spot from multi-time series champ, Rob Litton, but gave up the spot temporarily to Chris Brown. After a mid-race restart, Bagley sailed it around the top, nearly getting squeezed by Brown, but securing the top spot. From there Bagley kept the power down slicing through lapped traffic as though Brown was still on his tail, despite having
a full straightaway advantage.

At the drop of the green on the 22-car SUPR Late Model feature, Litton got out front from the outside front row chased by Bagley, Jeff
Chandler, Chris Brown and Jon Mitchell. Brown quickly got past Chandler for third and was nearly in the right spot after Litton and
Bagley made contact in turn 4. Bagley came out with the lead, with Brown hot on his heels.

Brown was pressuring Bagley as Ryan Gustin took fifth from Mitchell. Brown used lapped traffic to get past Bagley for the top spot on lap 12, with Gustin getting third from Litton. As the race came to the crossed flags it was Brown, Bagley and Gustin with Chandler and
Mitchell door to door for fifth. Bagley got a good run on the top going three wide in traffic with Brown, until yellow waved for Patrick Daniel stopped in turn 2.

On the ensuing restart Bagley drove it in hard around the top getting by Brown, but Tommy Weder jr. had spun for a quick yellow. On the next restart, Bagley again sailed it high with Brown trying to come off the bottom for the block. It was Bagley, after nearly getting squeezed into the wall, retaking the point on lap 25.

Gustin drove in to follow Bagley’s tire tracks and took second from Brown briefly before Brown regained momentum. Behind the lead trio, Mitchell got fourth from Chandler who gave up fifth Litton a lap later. Rodney Sanders made a late race charge into the top five as the laps wound down. Out front Bagley in the Waymon McMillan owned, P&W Sales, gottarace.com, Keyser Manufacturing, MSI, Integra Shocks, P&W Iron Works, Clements Race Engines, Rocket Chassis was still hammer down cutting through traffic on his way to the win.

“This is a big prestigious event here,” said Bagley. “Being that I’m from Texas and the race is here in Texas. It’s nice to come here
and be able do this. I’ve raced Modifieds here before I got the Late Model and we’ve come here every year and had some decent runs, but made some mistakes or had luck not go our way. It seemed like we were snake bit.”

“We jumped out there early and got caught in traffic using the wrong line and Chris(Brown) got by. His decision was better than mine. Both our cars seemed pretty good and just followed him for a while hoping he’d make a mistake if we got back in traffic.”

“When I was behind him I looked around for a better line. It was a little rough up near the top and I found it was smoother a bit higher. It was treacherous up there but it worked to our advantage and we got the “W” tonight.”

“I just had to move around and search for the line to my advantage. That last restart went our way, but the caution came out again and I didn’t think that would happen again. Things went our way tonight and can’t thank my crew enough. We tore up the car pretty bad in Thursday practice. They took it back home and thrashed on it with little to no sleep. I’m happy to get the win for them and all my sponsors.”

“I learned from some of the best drivers that if you try to slow down that’s when you get yourself in trouble. You have to drive these cars hard so you don’t start missing your marks and making mistakes. If you mess up one corner and try to make it up in the next these guys will be right on you.”

Dillard Dashes to Modified Main Money Cade

Dillard(Many, La.) took home the pay day in his first ever trip to Texas Motor Speedway. Dillard led the initial circuit, but fell in
behind Rodney Sanders on lap 2. Dillard kept the heat on Sanders waiting for a mistake that he capitalized on to retake the point at
the quarter mark. Dillard was on cruise control, while Jason Hughes closed the gap. A late caution set up a green, white, checker finish that saw Dillard launch and pull away to snag the big victory.

As green waved on the 26-car Modified feature Dillard and Sanders stayed side by side through turns 1-2 until Dillard eased in front. Trailing Dillard were Sanders, Hughes, Sean Jones with John Whittington and Steve Whiteaker jr. wheel to wheel for fifth. Sanders snuck past Dillard to lead lap 2 while Chris Brown, Kelly Shryock and Troy Taylor went around Whiteaker.

Sanders and Dillard, using the top, pulled ahead of Hughes, Jones and Whittington when Brown missed the cushion giving up spots to Shryock and Taylor. Dillard got the nose inside Sanders on lap 8 as the ran side by side down the back stretch. Dillard gained the position back throwing a slide job on Sanders in turn 4.

Even as the lead duo ran up on lapped traffic, Dillard was able to inch ahead, with Hughes now closing on Sanders. At the midway point it was Dillard, Sanders, Hughes, Whittington and Brown. Hughes was able to get past Sanders, as Dillard began lapping up into the top ten. With five to go Dillard looked to have a comfortable margin, but wait.

Hughes was lap by lap cutting into Dillard’s lead and was preparing for a fight when yellow waved for Whiteaker, who blew a motor with two to go. As green waved again, Dillard quickly had three car lengths on Hughes and continued to pull away in his NAPA Auto Parts, Mahfouz Motorsports, Nichols Home Decor, KBC Graphix, Foy Motors, Veuleman Truck & Equipment, McGraw Chiropractic, WAR Shocks, S&S Restaurant, PTS powered, Sidebiter Chassis to grab the victory.

“We had a good car all weekend,” explained Dillard. “Then just hoped we’d catch the right breaks. We were good in the dash and thought we’d be behind the 8-ball starting on the bottom, because the outside looked to be the preferred line. We got a good run on the first lap and went back and forth with (Rodney) Sanders. I caught him in a mistake and got back around him and once I got out I tried to be more conservative. I thought we had it wrapped up and the caution came.”

“I thought that was the last thing I needed. I just put it up against the wall and held it on the floor for two laps. I figured I better do something since I knew they were in striking distance now.”

“To a certain degree running two cars helps a little keeping up with the changes in the track. There’s so much difference in the cars though, in the Limiteds you can’t get up that high because you don’t have the motor to pull you around up there. In the Modified it was hard to beat the cushion.”

Sanders Snags Second TMS Dirt Track Title After taking the 2013 TWDTC title in the Modifieds, Rodney Sanders(Happy) scored his second big win. The defending USMTS Modified champion, who qualified for all three A-mains, took over the lead early from JC Howell. From there Sanders would pull away from his competitors on ensuing restarts and held a full straight edge over the second place battle between John Whittington and Steve Whiteaker jr. as the checkers waved.

The three wide start saw Howell get into turn 1 first with a four-wide scrap for second. As Howell crossed the line he had Travis Johnson, Sanders, Whittington and and Dennie Gieber in pursuit. Sanders went to the high side to get around Johnson on lap 2 and along side Howell. As they crossed the line for lap 3, Sanders had the advantage while Whittington, Johnson and Gieber scrambled for third.

Sanders quickly checked out on the field as Whiteaker made his way up to sixth. Whittington got past Howell for second and after Howell jumped the cushion, he lost spots to Johnson and Gieber. Gieber’s chance at being the second three-time winner ended on lap 8 when he slowed and pulled off. Shane Hebert, who had a rough night, brought out a yellow when he climbed an infield tire barrier on lap 11.

On the restart, Sanders got away clean, with Whiteaker now up to fourth and Doug Easterling up from his sixteenth starting spot to fifth. Coming to halfway it was Sanders, Whittington, Whiteaker getting by Johnson and Easterling rounding out the top five. With ten to go, Sanders had built a straightaway margin over Whittington, but was now in heavy traffic.

Sanders kept his advantage after clearing slower cars, while Easterling got by Johnson for fourth. Whiteaker had closed on Whittington during the final circuits taking the spot as the white flag waved. Sanders was in another zip code in his Swan Racing, Wichita Tank Racing, Alaron Energy, Kimrad Transport, Integra Shocks, Geddes Race Engines, Western Flyer Chassis.

“I knew there was some moisture on the top,” replied Sanders. “But it was pretty rough. I knew if I just hit my marks every time that
we’d be in pretty good shape. I saw on the board during a couple restarts that (Steve)Whiteaker and (John)Whittington were back there.
They’re both good and I didn’t know where they were running(on the track). I was just trying to go where I was best.”

“The Limiteds are down on power, but I don’t try to change much driving the different cars. In the Limited we just make it as tight as we can. This is only my second time in this car. I have to thank, David Tanner, from Wichita Tank for letting drive it. It helps the rest of team get better and it’s a lot of fun.”

“It was a little tiring running all three cars tonight, but a lot of fun. Having all that track time helps a little bit, but the cars are set up so different. There’s enough good drivers to know if there’s an advantage anywhere they pick it up quick. It does take some time away from each car and how much you focus on it. We were pretty happy with the end result.”

“Jason(Krohn) was originally going to drive the Late Model, but he decided to sit back and watch. He asked me if I’d drive it and I told him I’d give it a shot. We were pretty happy with Late Model and a top five finish. Hopefully he’ll let me drive it again.”

Texas World Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, 3/7-8/14

March 8th, 2014

Fort Worth, TX–For the 13th year, the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval hosted the Texas World Dirt Track Championships in the spring. Drivers from all across the mid-west and mid-south converged on the track just outside the NASCAR speedway. Each and every one had one thing in mind, leave with the coveted TWDTC Cowboy Hat, part of the purse up for grabs in the Modifieds($3,000), Limited Modified($2,000) and SUPR Late Models($3,500). 177 Modifieds and Limited Modified signed in Friday night representing 8 states in the Modifieds and 4 in the Limited Modifieds.

The Modified and Limited Modifieds competed in heats, B-mains and an A-qualifier Friday night that would lock 15 drivers into Saturdays big shows, seven in the Limited Modifieds and eight in the Modifieds. The SUPR Late Models would run a full show on Saturday night to go with Last Chance Qualifiers, Pole Dashes and A-mains in the Modifieds and Limited Modifieds. Jones Jumps Out Early for Modified Qualifier Honors Mansfield’s Sean Jones took a big step towards becoming a two-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track winner with his run in the Modified A-qualifier. Jones went wire to wire in the 15-lapper pulling away from multi-time USMTS Modified National Champ, Kelly Shryock. At the start, Jones beat the 24-car field into turn 1 with a four-wide battle for second coming out of turn 2. As the sorted out behind Jones it was Shryock, Troy Taylor, Rodney Sanders and Steve Whiteaker jr. in pursuit.

Jones quickly pulled away from Shryock and Taylor, who had a close call during a pit incident in Thursday practice. The fight for the transfer spot saw Clyde Dunn jr. and Chris Brown joined by John Whittington. Whittington dispatched Brown and began pressuring Dunn for the final spot. Up front, Jones was into traffic, but still able to hold his gap. On the final circuit Dunn and Whittington were door to door after some contact. Jones easily took the checkers trailed by Shryock, Taylor, Sanders, Whiteaker, Cade Dillard, Jason Hughes and Whittington sneaking in the last spot.

Grabs Top Limited Modified Spot

Looking to join an elite crowd with possibly his third Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track win, Frankston’s Dennie Gieber scored the win the the 15-lap A-qualifier. Gieber led flag to flag over the 23-car starting on his way to the checkers in the Day Motorsports, Spin It, D&K Consulting, Batmobile. As green flew on the field Gieber came off turn 2 with the top spot over Travis Johnson, JC Howell, Rodney Sanders and Shane Hoefling. The top twp put distance on Howell and Sanders who had a gap back to Hoefling, John Whittington, Tristan Dycus and Shane Hebert who were fighting for the final transfer spot. Curtis Allen stopped on the front stretch for the first caution of the event. The restart was a little ragged, bringing the yellow right back out. The front of the field stayed in line as green waved again with Gieber beginning to inch away from Johnson, who had a good margin to Howell and Sanders. Meanwhile the final spots were being hotly contested among Hoefling, Whittington, Dycus, Hebert, Bo Day, Steve Whiteaker jr. and Jason Armstrong. On the final lap, Hebert tried to push Dycus out of the spot, while Whiteaker tried a power run high around the top. Hebert lost spots to Day and Armstrong getting his momentum broken and Whiteaker slapped the turn 3/4 wall and fell back as well. Back up front it was Gieber snagging the victory, with Johnson, Howell, Sanders, Hoefling, Whittington and Dycus getting the transfer spots.

Clayton Green Tops Pro Legends Field at Texas Motor Speedway

March 17th, 2013

Marble Falls, TX – Fifteen year old Clayton Green started off his 2013 season in an impressive fashion by winning the 25-lap US Legends Pro Division main event at Texas Motor Speedway. The Marble Falls, TX native started the event on the outside pole and cruised to win number one in his quest for the 2013 US Legends Pro Points Championship.

“Our car was perfect! As soon as the green flag dropped I was able to take the lead and checked out from the field”, said Green. “What a great way to start the season. I can’t thank my team enough for all of their hard work.”

Green will be racing all over the United States in his pursuit of the 2013 US Legends Pro national championship. He will be racing at Texas Motor Speedway, Houston Motorsports Park, Revolution Park in Monroe (LA), Sunny South (AL), Auburndale (FL), Charlotte (NC) and Erie (PA) with over 50 events planned.

2012 was a banner year for the high school sophomore. He was the Summer Stampede Young Lions champion, then advanced to the Pro class where he became the Winter Series champion at the Texas Motor Speedway in a competitive class. He is the current Texas State US Legends Young Lions champion, finished seventh in the US Legends Young Lions National point standings and was voted Driver of the Year at the Texas Motor Speedway.

“Although this is my first year as a Pro, I am determined to win the US Legends Pro Points National Championship” added Green. “Winning the Pro Championship is at the top of my list of goals this year along with winning championships at Texas Motor Speedway, Revolution Park and Houston Motorsports Park…but my ultimate goal is to be the youngest driver ever to win the Big Money race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

For more information or to arrange an interview with Clayton Green please call Rolfe Schnur at 954-224-8661. To view Clayton’s marketing presentation visit www.claytongreenondemand.com.

Rodney Sanders Tames Texas Foes at the Dirt Track

March 4th, 2013

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders continued his red-hot start to the 2013 season over the weekend by powering his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified to the $3,000 win in the Port-A-Cool Texas Dirt Track World Championship at the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas).

Over 70 competitors filled the pit area for the event, and on Friday night after drawing the ninth starting spot for his heat Rodney blasted to the heat race win, and then finished second in the A-main qualifier to Ryan Gustin to lock into Saturday night’s pole dash for the finale. In the pole dash he bolted to the win, which locked him into the pole position for the feature event.

At the drop of the green flag in the 40 lap finale Sanders bolted to the lead and maintained it until lap 33, when he and Ryan Gustin began waging war for the top spot. The duo swapped the lead a handful of times over the next two laps before Sanders regained permanent control to claim the win over Gustin, Chris Brown, Bobby Malchus, and Chris Henigan. The victory was his seventh of the 2013 season!

“Our car was awesome all weekend, and it’s hard to believe we already have seven victories this season,” an elated Sanders commented. “We were kind of slide jobbing each other and it was a fun kind of racing,” Sanders said. “We race with (Gustin) a lot and he’s a good racer. Always tough to beat, and I’m glad to finally win one here at Texas Motor Speedway.”

Full results are available at www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com.

Sanders now turns his focus to the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) as he travels to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) this weekend, March 8th-9th, for a pair of $2,000-to-win events. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net

Eleven Previous Champions Set To Return For This Weekend’s Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship At Texas Motor Speedway

February 28th, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will host one of the most accomplished fields for the Port-A-Cool®
Texas World Dirt Track Championship this weekend as 11 former Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champions that have combined for 20 crowns will be kicking up dirt in the O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model, Modified, and Limited Modified divisions.

One of those returning champions who also will be defending a title is two-time Limited Modified Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track champion Dennie Gieber. Gieber captured the Limited Modified title in this event last year, adding to his first TMS dirt track championship in 2003. Gieber will have to contend with the most decorated champion among the group, local favorite and three-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion Troy Taylor. Taylor, of Midlothian, Texas, became the first driver in Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track history to win three division titles when he won the modified championship in the fall of 2011. His other wins came in the fall of 2007 (IMCA) and again in 2010 (Modified).

Featured in the Modified division will be Clyde Dunn Jr., the 2012 USRA Modified National runner-up and a two-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion. Dunn Jr., better known to his fans as “Little Freaky,” will have his work cut out for him with fellow two-time champion Steve Whiteaker, Jr. Whiteaker Jr. is chasing his first title in the Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship as both his titles have come in the fall event (2010, ’12) at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt
Track. Whiteaker Jr. also will be racing for a championship in the Limited Modified and SUPR Late Model divisions.

Chris Brown also will compete in the Modified and SUPR Late Model divisions. Brown, a native of Spring, Texas, won the championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this past November and nearly walked away with the championship last March. Brown crossed the finish line first in the Modified division of the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship, but his car failed the post-race technical inspection and the title was awarded to Kelly Shryock. Brown, always in the hunt at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, surely will be out to redeem himself this weekend.

“We’re really excited about this weekend,” Brown said. “More big names are drawn each year because Texas is a premier dirt track event. We’re happy to have had some success there in the past and we hope to repeat, but it’s going to be real difficult with the tougher competition.”

Headlining the O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model division will be Texas native Morgan Bagley, a former SUPR Series Rookie of the Year and series champion. Bagley, a 27-year-old native of Longview, is competing for rookie-of-the-year honors in the World of Outlaws, but has targeted select marquee events such the Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship when his primary schedule permits. It’s been an impressive start to 2013 for Bagley after finishing second in the $10,000-to-win at the Winter Extreme in Tucson, Ariz., last month. Working hard to put Texas back on the map in World of Outlaws, Bagley looks to continue his hot start at Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition dirt track action, Texas Motor Speedway will add a unique twist not found at many racing events. In the grandstands Saturday evening will be 50 students from the Saginaw High School band, who will play music during cautions and other stoppages throughout the evening to offer fans another one-of-a-kind experience at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship is the first of two dirt track events at Texas Motor Speedway this season. The Port-A-Cool ® U.S. National Dirt Track Championship will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on September 20-21. The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track is a .4-mile, clay-surfaced track that is known to provide some of the most competitive racing and annually attracts one of the largest entry pools for dirt track events throughout the country.

Gates open for the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. CT. On-track action begins at 5 p.m. for practice and opening ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Gates open for Saturday’s action at 4 p.m. and racing
begins at 7 p.m. to determine the divisional champions.

Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under Friday and $20 for adults and $10 for children on Saturday. Event parking is free throughout the weekend. Fans and competitors can visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call
(817) 215-8500 for additional information on the Port-A-Cool ® Texas World Dirt Track Championship.

Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship Registration Open!

January 9th, 2013
Ft. Worth TX--Coming off an extremely exciting and successful U.S. National Dirt Track Championship event this past September, Texas Motor Speedway officials are proud to kick off their 2013 dirt racing calendar with the Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship to be held March 1-2, 2013.  

And today at www.darinshort.com/world.html online event registration has now opened.

At this special registration site, there is a link for each race division to preregister their team, purchase advance 2-day pit passes (saves $10), reserve a paved pit space (while supplies last) and sign up for practice night. Each of the racing divisions (SUPR Late Models, Modifieds and Limited Modifieds) can save $40/each on their entry by getting registered between now and February 15th. After that date ‘race week’ pricing will be in effect. Car numbers are assigned on a first-come basis, so if there is a number you want, it would be a good idea to register as soon as possible for the best chance of getting it.

More importantly, for Modified and Limited Modified drivers, TMS will add two provisional starters to their Championship eatures – but they will be drawn from pre-entered drivers only, so don't miss out on this second chance! To be considered an “Early Entered Driver” your entry must be received (online or postmarked) by February 15th, 2013. The Modified event pays $3,000 to win and $750 to start; while the Limited Modified event pays $2,000 to win and $400 to start.

There are 120 paved, reserved parking spaces available for this event. Once those spaces have been reserved, all other teams will be parked by TMS officials upon their arrival at the speedway. Purchase them while supplies last on the event website.

Teams can pay using any major credit or debit card and all transactions are secured through PayPal, an eBay company that has soared to over 117 million active accounts. You do not have to be a PayPal member to use this service.

Teams can make multiple purchases on the registration section within the same transaction, which will save time and typing. When you are on the registration page, continue to select ‘add to cart’ items until you are finished and a separate window will contain the items you have selected. You can also edit the invoice before you make your final purchase.

Printable event schedules, rules and more can also be found at the link listed above. If you would prefer to enter by mail, there is an event brochure at the above link that you can print, fill out and mail in your payment. For those not familiar with the TMS layout, there is also a link to a map of the property.

Texas based Port-A-Cool is thrilled to be involved with this event. Their company offers practical and affordable products that all racers and race fans can use to stay cool.

Port-A-Cool has announced a very 'cool' bonus to each of the three Texas World Dirt Track Championship winners: The SUPR Late Model, Modified and Limited Modified A-feature winners on Saturday March 2nd will receive a Port-A-Cool Cyclone 3000™ - a value of $849 each! The Port-A-Cool Cyclone 3000 centrifugal air delivery system provides 700 square feet of temperature cooling, in a portable and small footprint design. Click www.Port-A-Cool.com for more information on their great products and the company itself.

If you need racing parts, fuel or Hoosier tires for this event, you should contact www.SmileysRacing.com as they will be on hand to keep racers on track at this event. If you place your order ahead of time, they will deliver it to the track, thus saving shipping expense.

Race fans can purchase grandstand tickets to this great weekend of racing for just $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under will be admitted for $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Tickets will be available at www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com beginning January 7th. There is no charge for grandstand parking. Outside food/drinks are not allowed through the ticket gates. Grandstands open at 4 pm nightly. Hot laps are 5pm on Friday and races are at 6pm Friday and Saturday. There is also a practice night scheduled in Thursday February 28th at 6pm, however the main grandstand area is closed.

Join us as the 2013 racing season kicks off at the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship at Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track on March 1-2, and you’ll enjoy a weekend of great racing action at family-affordable prices! note: Due to some email servers reformatting text, a PDF of this press release is attached to this email as a convenience.

Chris Brown Rallies to U.S. National Dirt Track Championship

September 21st, 2012

Spring, Texas – Chris debuted his #21 Lone Star Hydro & Maintenance/Roush Yates Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified in fine style over the weekend by scoring the $3,000 win in the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track (Justin, Texas).

Over 100 Open Wheel Modifieds from across the country entered the event, and in preliminary action on Friday night Chris charged to the win in the third heat race to lock into the A-Scramble. With the top eight finishers locking into Saturday night’s finale Brown finished ninth, which left him one spot out. As a result, he started on the pole of a b-main on Saturday night and raced to the win to earn the ninth starting spot for the main event. As the feature went green Chris began working his way forward and would ultimately find his way into the lead on lap 31. Once out front he never looked back as he led the final ten laps on his way to his third win of the year, which came over John Whittington, Shane Hebert, Jason Ingalls, and John Allen.

“We’ve been here a lot and every time we do good, it gets taken away,” Brown said of Texas Motor Speedway. “So it has been frustrating, but that is really of our own doing. But tonight it all finally worked out.”

Full results from the weekend are available at www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com.

Chris is currently unsure of when his next event will be so please keep your browsers pointed to www.ChrisBrown21.com for the latest team news.

Chris Brown would like to thank all of his sponsors including Delta Flange & Manufacturing, Lone Star Hydro & Maintenance, Shryock Racing Components, Motul, Hoosier Racing Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Team Zero by Bloomquist, Smiley’s Racing Products, Quarter Master, Bell, Simpson Race Products, Mason Racin’ Inc., Ohlins Advanced Suspension Technology, Hyperco, Roush Yates Racing Engines, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

Chris Brown is always looking for new sponsors and marketing partners. For more information on joining the team, please visit www.ChrisBrown21.com .

For the latest information on Chris Brown, please visit www.ChrisBrown21.com .

Port-A-Cool, US National Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Sept. 13-15, 2012

September 16th, 2012

Fort Worth, TX.,-For the 3rd straight year the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt track at Texas Motor Speedway hosted the US National Dirt Track Championships. The event draws cars and drivers from across the mid-south and Midwest with over 230 Modified and Limited Modifieds signing in from 6 states. This year along with the two Modified class, the Lucas Oil ASCS National tour was added bringing in many of the best in the Sprint Car racing business.

Friday night was qualifying night for the Modifieds and Limited Modifieds with 8 drivers from each class locked into Saturday night’s championship races. Heats, D, C and B-qualifiers and an A-qualifier in each class would fill tonight’s racing card. Sprint Cars would have a hot lap session to get ready for Saturday’s full show.

With the days earlier rain the track was extremely heavy taking its toll on equipment during the Limited Modified heat races. The Modified heat ran on a better track with the track changing throughout the night, developing dry slick spots come the final qualifiers.

Tomlinson Tops in Modifieds Waco’s Eric Tomlinson rose to the top of his game holding off some of the best in the business as he scored the checkers in the 15-lap Modified A-qualifier. Tomlinson jumped into the lead early, but gave to Corey Babbitt. Babbitt would have problems in his ride at halfway and roll to a stop handing the lead back to Tomlinson.
Tomlinson would then have to fend off Kansas invader, John Allen to take the win.

Chris Huckeba, Chris Henigan, John Whittington, Tristan Dycus, Shane Hebert and William Gould scoring the other transfer spots.

Twenty-four cars took the green for the Modified A-qualifier with Tomlinson getting the point coming off turn 4 trailed by Babbitt, Allen, Huckeba and Whittington. It was almost three wide for the lead on lap 3 with Babbitt getting the advantage coming to the line. In the pack, Chad Wheeler, Gould, Hebert and Chris Brown were battling it out for the final transfer spot.

Babbitt’s run out front ended on lap 7 with mechanical failure giving the top spot back to Tomlinson for the restart on lap 8. Allen gave Tomlinson a challenge using the top side, but Tomlinson held him off running the bottom. Tristan Dycus made his way into the mix running side by side with Gould for eighth, then getting the spot. Dycus then went three wide with Brown and Wheeler grabbing the sixth position. This left Brown, Wheeler and Hebert three abreast for seventh. Hebert snagged the spot with Gould moving in on Wheeler for that last qualifying position which he got on lap 13. Back up front it was Tomlinson with slight edge over Allen and Huckeba grabbing the checkers.

Tucker Tallies Limited Modified Triumph Gabe Tucker(Carbon) came out on top of the Limited Modified A-qualifier after falling back at the start. Tucker dropped back to fifth early, then rallied back throughout the 15-lapper to get the lead from early point man, JJ Jennings. Tucker then turned away a late charge by Derick Grigsby to score the victory. Jennings, Robert Elliot, JC Howell, Steve Whiteaker jr., RJ Stroman and Doug Easterling claimed the other positions locked in to Saturday night’s main event.

Jennings powered off turn 2 to get the early lead in the 24-car Limited Modified A-qualifier chased by Roy Petty jr., Elliot and Tucker. Former TMS Modified winner, Whiteaker got past Tucker on lap 1 for fourth, back saw Tucker retake it after a side by side battle on lap 3. Tucker then began to pick his way to the front, getting third from Elliot on lap 5.

Tucker continued his march forward grabbing third for Elliott, while Grigsby snagged fifth from Whiteaker. Tucker snatched second for Petty and Jennings soon had Tucker on his bumper and went wheel to wheel on lap 8 with Tucker securing the lead on lap 9. In the meantime, Grigsby was moving forward going by Elliot for fourth.

Petty got crossed up in the corner giving up positions to Whiteaker, Elliot and Howell, eventually falling out of the top 10. Grigsby put Jennings back to second with three to go and tried to reel in Tucker. Whiteaker and Elliot began a side by side fight for fourth, giving Howell a chance to sneak past Whiteaker. Out front, Tucker was running his own race while Grigsby tried to run him down only to run out of laps, as Tucker took the win.

Port-a-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

March 7th, 2012

Ft Worth, Tx., Saturday wrapped up the racing on Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track’s 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt track as the Texas World Dirt Track Championships, presented by Port-a-Cool concluded. With eight spots already locked up the Modified and Limited Modified classes, the remaining drivers tried their luck to fill the spots open for the championship features and the chance for the prestigious trophy and signature cowboy hat.

The SUPR Late Models was also on hand running a full event slate as they qualified for their big 40-lap main event through heats races and last chance qualifiers. Several past champions were in attendance including last year’s winner, Will Vaught, two time race winner Rob Litton(2006, 2009) and 2010 winner John Anderson.

One driver joined an elite group winning races in two different classes, another became the fifth two-time winner, while another set another, perhaps even more difficult feat, putting his cars in all three A-mains for night.

Sullivan Secures Second Stetson in Super Late Model Showdown

Jack Sullivan(Greenbriar, Ark.) became the fifth Late Model driver to take home a second victory at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Sullivan joined Raymond Merrill, Kelly Boen, Rob Litton and Ray Moore as he out-dueled former winners, Will Vaught early in the 40-lap main, and then John Anderson in mid stages before pulling away from the pack. Sullivan, who took the win in memory of a friend who passed away during the evening, was only slowed by lapped traffic towards the finish. He was able to maintain a comfortable margin despite slower cars, as he roared to the checkers.

Vaught jumped into the lead as the 21-car Late Model main fired off chased by Sullivan, Morgan Bagley, Sullivan and Chris Brown. After alap 2 caution for spins by Jeff Chandler and Derek Perkins, Sullivan picked off Bagley for third, while the pack raced three and sometimes four wide. Zach McMillan brought out a lap 9 yellow with a spin in turn 4.

Once back to green, Sullivan began his march to the front trying Anderson low. Anderson fought back and put the heat on Vaught for the lead. As the leader ran side by side, Jon Mitchell took a top five spot from Brown. Taking advantage of the lead battle, Sullivan snuck past for second on lap 10 and got alongside Vaught for the lead. Just as Sullivan got the nose out front, yellow waved for debris, negating the pass.

Not to be discouraged, Sullivan was door to door with Vaught on the restart finally securing the top spot on lap 14. Sullivan then stretched out his lead coming to the crossed flags followed by Vaught, Anderson, Bagley and Mitchell. Lap 20 saw caution fly for Timothy Culp who spun and nearly got drilled by Allen Tippen. After several restarts for spins in the pack, Sullivan jumped ahead leaving Vaught and Anderson battling for second.

Anderson and Vaught swapped second for a couple laps giving Sullivan the chance to rebuild a big margin on both. Anderson finally took second with Bagley now challenging Vaught for third. Sullivan caught the back of the field with ten to go and had some trouble getting through the side by side traffic. Anderson was unable to capitalize on the situation only closing a small distance.

Bagley was able to grab third from Vaught in the waning laps while Kevin Sitton made his way up to battle with Litton for fifth. With two to go, Sullivan finally cleared traffic, as Sitton snagged fifth from Litton. Once clear of slower cars Sullivan in the Triple A Diesel Service, JFR Graphics, Peterson Fluid Systems, Central Arkansas Pest Control, MSR Mafia, Bryant Motorsports, Wiles Driveshaft’s, All-star Performance, Penske Shocks, Russell Baker Race Engines, GRT Chassis, easily cruised to the victory.

“I want to dedicate this win to Rusty Kirkey who passed away this evening.” commented Sullivan. “He was my girlfriend’s step-father and a part of our race team. I thought about him the final few laps. It’s amazing what you think about(during a race). You’re trying to hit your line and do the right things. All these wins are special and this made it even more important. I came down here when this place first opened and thought how would feel to win here, now I’ve won twice. I thank God for that.”

“It felt good out there. The car was working well. This is a new car we had out here tonight and we did a lot of front end work on it. It was very good; I was really impressed with it. It’s kind of a crap shoot at first, but we have a basic set up that we show up with and go from there. It’ was too free in the heat race so we really tightened it up quite a bit for the feature. It worked out good for us.”

“I was just biding my time at the beginning of the race. I knew I could get around the bottom. I started thinking I needed to get on it and get the lead as soon as I could before anyone else found the line. If they got there first it would be harder for me to get past them. I had one of my crew guys showing me how far ahead I was when I got in traffic. I messed with that lapped car longer than I wanted to. I needed to try to get on by him before he wrecked or something. But I’ve been lapped traffic before, so it’s a give/take thing.”

Port-a-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

March 5th, 2012

Ft. Worth, Tx.,–Drivers from eleven states and one Canadian province signed in for Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Tracks
annual Texas World Dirt Track Championships, presented by Port-a-Cool. Over 150 Modifieds and Limited Modifieds did battle on the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval just north of Ft. Worth with drivers looking to pick up one of eight qualifying spots in each of the night’s qualifying features.

Heat races would take the top 16 in passing points directly to each classes A-qualifier, with C and B-qualifiers filling the remaining spots for each of the 15-lap events.

Tomorrow night the SUPR Late Models add to the prestigious event with a full program on the slate for them. The Modifieds and Limited Modifieds have Last Chance qualifiers on tap, with a pole dash for the eight drivers already set for Saturday nights championships.

Saturday preview; Multi-time USMTS National Champion, Kelly Shryock, looks to be the first Iowa driver to win against a stout Modified field. Dennie Gieber(Jacksonville) hopes to join a rare list by taking a second class Championship in the Limited Modified feature. Gieber, who won a Modified event back in 2003, would join Troy Taylor as a two-class champion.

With a good run in the SUPR events on Saturday, Corpus Christi’s Steve Whiteaker tries to be the first driver to ever make the show in all three classes. Whiteaker, who scored a Modified victory in the fall of 2010, could become another two or possibly three class winner.

Shryock Strikes in Modified Qualifier

Kelly Shryock(Fertile, Ia.) showed the 24-car car Modified field nothing but his rear bumper going wire to wire in the 15-lap A-qualifier. Shryock, who earned the pole with the most passing points, beat Tyler Townsend into turn 1 and that was all he needed. Bobby Malchus, who won in 2010, tried his best to chase Shryock, but to no avail as Shryock eased away at the finish.

Shane Hebert saw his night end early after he had issues before the green flag ever flew. When green did fly, Shryock blasted off like a ‘skyrocket’ with Malchus and Tristan Dycus getting by Townsend for second and third. Townsend and Dycus hooked bumpers shaking up the top five as Chris Henigan, Chris Brown and Corey Babbitt moved into the top five.

Shryock and Malchus began to put some distance on the field when the races only caution waved for a spin in turn 4 by Townsend. The restart was about as close as Malchus ever got to Shryock as he got a good jump, while his sister car, driven by Brown, tried the high side of Henigan for third. Steve Whiteaker jr. made a charge from his mid-pack start, getting by Zack Van Der Beek for seventh.

At halfway it was still Shryock, holding the advantage at the point, Malchus, Henigan, Brown and Babbitt, while Whiteaker and Van Der Beek continued to slug it out. Shryock inched away throughout the final laps, as the field separated out among the transfer spots. At the checkers it was Shryock, in the Lone Stare Hydro Maintenance, Houston Specialties Products, VP Racing Fuels, CJ’s Auto Sales, Lake Mills Motorsports, Pro Power Engines, Skyrocket Chassis, easily taking the victory.

Gieber Grabs Limited Modified Honors

After the initial start was aborted, Dennie Gieber hustled his way out front at the start of the 24-car Limited Modified
A-qualifier. Steve Whiteaker jr. didn’t make it as easy on Gieber as the two past Modified winners battled up front. Whiteaker kept the pressure on Gieber during a large portion of the 15-lap event, who then held on after a late restart for top honors.

Gieber got the jump on the field as the race began, but a spin by RJ Stroman quickly brought the yellow out. Again Gieber led the way on the next start trailed by Whiteaker, Jason Troutman and John Whittington. Matt Mueller and Doug Easterling moved in on Whittington going three wide for the spot on lap 3. Randy Timms closed in to join that battle on lap 4.

Mueller got around Troutman for third leaving him side by side with Whittington and Derick Grigsby on their tail. Rowdy Day went around on lap 8, almost taking Gieber out of the lead, and brought out the yellow. The top four eased ahead back under green, while Troutman, Easterling, Grigsby, Timms and Robert Elliot battled for a transfer spot.

Whiteaker was just beginning to challenge Gieber on the high side when Darrell McGee broke and stopped on track for a caution. Gieber got a good jump on Whiteaker when green waved again, while Timms used the high side to get past Easterling. Shane Hebert ran down the battle for the eighth and final spot with two laps to go.

That run by Hebert came to an end as the field was coming to the white when Hebert broke and rolled to a stop on the front stretch. SUPR flagman David Corbello showed the field the white and green for one final dash to the finish. As Gieber took off, Whittington went past Mueller and was trying Whiteaker. At the checkers it was Gieber driving the Dewayne and Kandi Wilkerson owned, AMS Engines, Wicked Chassis, taking the win.

Zach Knowles Attracts Local Attention With Texas Effort

November 12th, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas – - Making his first return to the race track since competing in the Summer Shootout at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Zach Knowles returned to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) looking to prove he could get the job done in his own backyard. The 21-year old didn’t seem to disappoint. With two races set for Saturday and Sunday on the track’s quarter-mile circle, Knowles, a native of Houston, Texas was looking to put his No. 00 (http://www.zachknowles.com/) Bosch automobile in contention.

After making changes to his machine following practice on Saturday afternoon, Knowles lined up fourth for his heat race. Wanting to set the tone for the weekend, it didn’t take him long to find his way to the front as Knowles quickly wrenched the lead away and set sail on the field and was the first racecar to take the checkered flag – which easily lifted him into the
main attraction. Starting in the prime spot, position one – Knowles was hoping to carry the momentum over to the short shootout. At the start, the driver admitted to making a mistake as he missed a shift and quickly was freight-trained back
to fourth.

Obviously, upset about what just transpired, Knowles’ devotion and passion to bounce back kicked into full gear and was able to pass a fellow competitor for third. After a gallant effort, Knowles tried running down the two leaders but the hiccup proved to be too much to conquer as he ran out of laps. Still, Knowles considers the night a success, especially after being out of the seat for nearly three months.

“It was good night, minus missing the shift at the start of the feature,” said Knowles. “Our No. 00 (http://www.zachknowles.com/) Bosch car was really bad to the bone fast. If not for the mistake at the start of the race, I think we would have been able to hold off the pack. After what happened, I was just happy to gain one spot back. You’re supposed to learn something every time you race; I definitely did in this race.” The Texan returned to the track the next morning set for round two of the weekend. Unfortunately, Knowles would not have the same luck or success as the night prior.

Because of his performance the night before, Knowles was stuck deep in the field for the start of Sunday’s activity. As the field just received the green flag – the chaos began in turn one when another competitor was turned sending the field scattering with Knowles’ racecar being slammed into from behind – damaging the rear end of the No. 00 (http://www.zachknowles.com/) Bosch car. Able to leave the scene of the incident under his own power, Knowles entered pit road for service, however after being surveyed and losing two laps on the track in the process, the pilot made a decision to end the race to avoid any further damage.

“This was hard to swallow, especially after Saturday night’s run,” Knowles explained. “Cars just started to go everywhere and I thought I was going to escape, but I was drilled from behind. Sometimes that’s just how it goes in racing. You’ll have the ups and the downs and I experienced a little bit of everything this weekend.”

With his INEX Legends Car season complete, Knowles has already begun focusing on 2012 where he hopes to make the climb into Late Models. “I’m staying behind in Texas for a little while because we have some potential sponsorship in the works,” he noted. “It’s hard being away from North Carolina; but I want to take that next step and I am optimistic that something will fuse together.”

Additional information on Zach Knowles is available by connecting with Zach Knowles Motorsports through Facebook by (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zach-Knowles-Motorsports/114434405298871) Recently, Knowles announced the launch of his official website which is available by viewing (http://www.zachknowles.com/) .

Joey Logano Drives GameStop Toyota to a Top-10 Finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday

November 8th, 2011

The Finish: Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Toyota had a solid day at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, coming home with an eighth-place finish. The team spent all afternoon fighting a loose condition but rallied back from 13th to eighth over the race’s final 25 laps to grab another top-10 result.

The Race Recap: Logano and the GameStop/Call of Duty: MW3 Toyota struggled in practice on Friday but got it all back in the rare Friday night time trial session, coming home with a third-place qualifying effort, just .02-seconds off the pole. When the green flag dropped for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday afternoon, Logano and the GameStop team quickly realized that their current setup was too loose. Logano began to fall through the field, eventually settling into the 10th position. All afternoon, the GameStop pit crew had solid stops on pit road, consistently gaining several spots under caution. At various times during the day, Crew Chief Adam Stevens made track bar, air and wedge adjustments, as well as taking the time to add rubbers to the left rear spring on two different occasions. Despite the various and frequent adjustments, the pit crew continued to get Logano out two or more spots ahead of where he came in. Through the middle portion of the race, Logano found himself running inside the top-five early in runs before eventually fading into the back-half of the top-10. Finally near the end of the race, Stevens hit on something with the No. 20 and Logano was able to race from the last car on the lead lap in 13th position all the way into the top 10. Over the last 25 laps, Logano was one of the fastest cars on the track and drove from 13th to eighth when the checkers flew.

Joey’s Quotes: “We really struggled with the GameStop Toyota today here at Texas. I don’t know what the problem was, but we could never just get the car to handle like we wanted it too. I was really pumped after qualifying but the car was just way too loose when we started the race. That first run I could hardly drive it and really was just hanging on. We lost so much
time and so much track position there because of the long green-flag run. When we finally got to come in and make an adjustment, I think we were running 10th and we made a quite a few major adjustments. Our first few adjustments helped early in the runs, but then the car would get just as loose as it was as the runs went on. In the end, I think we ended up going the wrong way and we had to spend the rest of the day adjusting back out of that. Finally at the end, we got it better and I feel like we were fast, but we still had lost a lot of track position. We still needed to make some more changes to get it to where we needed to be, but we ran out of laps. We were able to get up to eighth there at the end, which is better than I felt like we were going to be early in the race, but I know we are all a little disappointed in our run. It’s a good thing though when you can be disappointed with an eighth-place finish I guess.

“This was a brand new car and I don’t know if that was part of our problem or what. We’ve been working on building some new cars and I think it is going to take some time to figure them out. I think once we get the kinks worked out, we’ll be fine. Like anything though, you always have a few bugs to work out when you are working with new stuff. I really think the direction we are going is great though. I was really pumped after how well we ran at Charlotte and coming here with this track being pretty similar. I think we just missed it on the setup a little bit I guess, but eighth isn’t too bad.”

What’s Next: The GameStop/Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Toyota and Logano will return to action next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. However, next weekend, Logano and GameStop will ride on the side of the No. 18 Toyota.

Randy Hill Racing Secures Starting Berth At Texas Motor Speedway

November 7th, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas – - Randy Hill Racing (RHR), a brand new NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team owned by Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill will make its inaugural stock car debut tomorrow afternoon for the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). 25-year old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) veteran David Ragan maneuvered the No. 08 Texas Tech University Ford Mustang around the 1.5-mile to a time of 29.793 seconds at 181.251 miles per hour landing the “Zer08” organization in the 24th position.

Earlier in the day under the guidance of crew chief Jeff Spraker, Ragan posted the 22nd and 18th fastest laps respectively in the two practice sessions leading up to time trials. “We were free in qualifying, but I think we will be good in the race,” offered Ragan, who qualified second for Sunday’s AAA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contest at TMS. “I’ve talked it over with Jeff (Spraker) and we’ll see how the race unfolds but we have a strong game plan of what we want to do to our No. 08 Texas Tech University Ford Mustang if it isn’t driving to our liking. Hopefully we can have a good day for Randy Hill Racing and all of their supporters.”

For car owner Hill, the opportunity to compete in his backyard is truly a blessing and something he’s dreamed about for the last two years. “I can’t even begin to describe the emotions,” Hill said. “David (Ragan), Jeff (Spraker) and the whole Randy Hill Racing team had a mission today and I feel that we exceeded it tenfold. This is still a very new team and we have a lot to learn but to have the feedback and experience of David (Ragan) will only make us more potent moving forward. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow and hopefully bring home a competitive top-15 finish.”

For his hometown race, Hill will sport the Texas Tech University colors on the team’s No. 08 entry. RHR will encourage football and NASCAR fans to unite and cheer on Texas Tech in their bid to defeat Texas in the highly anticipated showdown Saturday night. Ragan, a native of Unadilla, Georgia will make his first start in the NNS series since competing at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in 2009. He has two prior victories occurring at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway also in 2009.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (200 laps / 300 miles) is the 32nd of 34 events on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. The field will take the green flag at 11:55 am on Saturday, November 5th with live coverage on ESPN2, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 11 am on ESPN2. For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit (http://www.randyhillracing.com/) Join the team on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randy-Hill-Racing/241735289170614) (Randy Hill Racing). Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

Port-a-Cool US National Dirt Track Championships At Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

September 23rd, 2011

Ft. Worth, Tx.,– It was a long, but record breaking day of sorts, as the US National Dirt Track Championships finally got underway in what would prove to be a marathon, not a short sprint. After suffering a total rain out on Friday night, the 4/10 mile, semi-banked, clay oval opened early for it’s first ever ‘daily double’ of racing. The propsed Friday night portion would be run early enough in the day to give drivers, crews and cars a short break before completing the champion events in basically the normal fashion, albeit a little later start than planned. John Whittington(Vidor) became the first ever person to sweep both the Modified and Limited Modified A-qualifiers on the same and looked to be a good bet to repeat the feat in the evening portion. At times during the nights finals it looked like Whittington might complete his quest, but Troy Taylor and Clyde Dunn jr. had their own ideas.

Moore Makes Most of Sitton Miscue for SUPR Late Model Win

Haughton, La’s Ray Moore became the first person to back up his, US National Dirt Track Championship win in the 40-lap SUPR Late Model A-main. Moore, who started back in row five, worked his way forward in the early stages chasing down Kevin Sitton
for the lead in traffic. Sitton had trouble with a lapped car that saw him take an off road excursion through the infield just past halfway. This gave Moore the opening to get out front and take advantage of his tire conservation. Moore was then able to motor away to full straightaway margin over Sitton as the checkers waved.

The 21-car SUPR Late Model feature got off to a rocky start with Sitton jumping out front, but Loni Richardson and Chris Holley tangled to quickly bring the yellow out. The second try saw Sitton get the point coming off turn 2 pursued by Wendall Bolden, Jason Ingalls, Timothy Culp, Eric Turner and Morgan Bagley. Ingalls got by Bolden for second with Culp on top going by for third.

Culp then ducked to the bottom to go under Ingalls for second, while Turner worked the low side to move up to third. Yellow waved on lap 6 when Holley found the wall in turn 2. Sitton jumped out on green with Moore making a big charge up to third.
Sitton, Culp and Moore began to break away by lap 109 as Rob Litton and Robbie Starnes grabbed fourth and fifth.

The top three were still out from the pack coming to halfway with Sitton, Culp, Moore, Starnes and Litton in the top five. Moore used traffic to get by Culp for second and close on Sitton. Sitton got hung up with az lapped car sending him through the infield giving up the top spot to Moore on lap 22. Once clear Moore quickly began stretching out an advantage.

Moore caught heavy traffic with five tom go still holding a comfortable margin over Sitton and Culp, who had a gap back to Starnes and Litton. Neither Sitton or Culp could capitalize on traffic to gain on Moore who cleared still holding a safe lead. At the checkers it was Moore in the Moore Wireline, Tools International, J&J Motorsports, Smith Towing, Extreme Graphics, Jay Dickens Race Engines, Mars Race Cars crossing the line with no challengers in site.

“It was a lot of hard work tonight,” commented Moore. “We had to start in the back of our heat race and the track was kind of one groove so I didn’t get the passing points I needed to start further up in the main. Starting in the fifth riow I had my work cut out for me. I honestly didn’t think we’d be able to get up through there. I love this place. I wish we would come here moire often. It’s real fun to race on.”

“I think I had something for Kevin(Sitton) even before he got hung up with a lapped. I watched him and Culp up there battling. It was early in the race and I mwas just trying to save my tires. When I saw him get tangled up with that lapped car I went
full speed ahead. Once I got the lead I went all out the rest of the way.”

“There were a lot of good cars in front of me and I thought the track woulkd be pretty top down, and around the ciushion and not sure how much passing we could do. Luckily the cushion blew off and I was a ble to get down to the bottom and pass
some cars.”

“I made a good move on that one restart. I prefered to be on the outside since I noticed the bottom was bottling up. I was glad to get out there on that restart and bailed off in there as hard as I could, get by some cars, then back to the bottom.
It worked out to our favor.”

“We run the spec motor with the big blade. The times we;ve been here and tried an open motor the track has been real slick. Tonight it was definitely slick and it worked out. The bigger motors are harder to control on this type track. It’s a lot
easier to drive a small motored car and the bigger spoiler and less weight break help a lot.”

Dunn Dashes to second TMS Checkers

Clyde Dunn jr.(Sunnyvale) showed pure dominance in the 40-lap Modified main event for the US National Dirt Track Championship. Dunn used a front row starting to go wire to wire on his way to the second TMS Dirt Track victory. Being chased at the start by Tyler Townsend, Dunn had built a half straightaway edge over Chris Henigan and Shane Hebert. While Hebert, Henigan and Randy Timms slugged it out for the runner-up spot, Dunn was able to power away in the latter stages despite occasionally jumping the cushion and slapping the wall. Dunn’s first TMS trip to Victory Lane came in 2003 after taking a qualifying feature.

Using the high side, Dunn quickly jumped out front at the start of the 26-car Modified championship finale trailed by Townsend and Henigan with Hebert side by side with Bobby Malchus. Henigan got by Townsend on lap 2, with Hebert getting past Malchus for fourth. Dunn began stretching out his lead, as Whittington made his way into the top five. Whittington then picked off fourth from Hebert.

Continuing to march forward, Whittington got around Townsend, who popped the wall and fell back to fifth. Dunn had a full straight lead while Whittington began searching the bottom on Henigan. Steve Whiteaker jr. brought out a yellow on lap 12
when he lost a motor and rolled to a stop. On the restart Henigan retook second, as Randy Timms made a run up into thetop five.

At the crossed flags it was Dunn, by a half straightaway, Henigan, Hebert, Timms and Whittington holding the top five spots. Yellow waved again on lap 25 when Danny Caldwell found the turn 4 wall. On green Henigan tried low on Dunn giving way to
Hebert. Hebert tried a slide job on Dunn, but came out short and fell back in line. Dunn then edged ahead of Hebert, Henigan and Timms, who had a margin to Whittington, Townsend and Ronnie Sigman.

Timms was finally able to secure third, with Whittington still holding off the pack for fifth. Sigman briefly snuck past Whittington for a top five spot, but gave it back as the race wound down. Up front it was “Lil Freaky” Dunn still on the gas,
still banging the walls, but increasing his margin on Henigan while the white was waving. Dunn cruised to the $3000 payday in the Dunn Motorsports, Young Chevrolet, Hooters, Smileys Racing Products, Integra Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, Mullins Race
Engines, Hughes Racing Chassis.

“I was just flat-footing it on the cushion,” replied Dunn. “We had a long weekend, made longer by the rain and racing all day today. We made some changes to the car for the feature earlier today. We left it alone for tonight and it came around to
me. The motor started laying down late in the race so I was looking to see if anyone was closing. I bounced it off the walls a couple times missing my marks.”

“We won a qualifying race up here in my second year of racing. That’s the closest we’ve come to a big win here and this is my biggest win. I usually just try to run my own race, hit my marks and not worry about who’s coming. It’s better if I just stay focused and get the job done.”

“This track is different. It’s just bad fast all the way around. You have to drive around this place for sure. We mainly change the gears, the bar angles and maybe a shock to run here versus our other local tracks. Not a whole lot though. When you’ve
got a good racecar you don’t need to do much. Jason(Hughes) gives us a good car and Chad Mullins has lots of horsepower and gets the job done.”

“We’ve run some of the south series USMTS races and I was leading in rookie points at one time. But I have a daytime job so we just can’t travel all the time. I’d like to be able to race for a living, but I work for everydat for my father and go when I
can.”

Taylor Tops Again in Limited Modified Main

Once again Fort Worth’s Troy Taylor made himself ‘right at home’ grabbing his third TMS Dirt Track Championship feature event. Taylor got out front early but fell back through the middle stages on the 30-lap main. Despite still recovering from a shop injury, Taylor was able to muscle up, make the best of the high side, and run down John Whittington for the lead.

As the white flag waved Whittington and Taylor were wheel to wheel. Taylor got the advantage off turn 2, then held it through turns 3/4 to edge out Whittington for the $2000 payday in the Ameritech Pest Control, Tru-Color Refinishing, D&D Auto Parts, PFC Steering Components, Eibach Springs, Swenson Racing Shocks, Wells Racing Engines, Smileys Racing Chassis.

As green waved on the 26-car Limited Modified field, Taylor was first into turn 1, with Whittington, Steve Whiteaker jr. and Shane Hebert three wide for second. Randy Timms joined the group getting by Whiteaker for third on lap 1. Whittington pressured Taylor for the point and using the low groove got by on lap 3, while Whiteaker retook the position from Timms.

Casey Penn brought out yellow on lap 4 when he looped it in turn 4. Taylor tried challenging for the lead back, but gave up spots to Hebert and Whiteaker. Taylor snagged back third from Whiteaker, with Timms moving back to fourth. Edward Oakes
closed in on Whiteaker and Timms in the fight for fourth. Coming to halfway Whittington and Hebert were easing away from Taylor, Whiteaker and Timms rounding out the top five.

Hebert caught Whittington in traffic and was looking for way by on the bottom. That challenged slowed when Paul White and Kameron Campbell went around in betweens turns 3-4 for a lap 21 caution. As the top three got away on green, Whiteaker, Timms and E. Oakes were nearly three abreast for fourth. With five to go it looked like Whittington would take his first step in the double, double dip as he inched away from Hebert and Taylor.

Whiteaker’s top five run ended when went around coming off turn 2 for a yellow on lap 25. Once back to green, Hebert held on to Whittingtons bumper on the bottom, while Taylor looked up top. As the lead duo battled, Taylor crept up on both getting
along side and by Hebert on lap 27. Using the high side momentum Taylor got side by side with Whittington on the final lap. Taylor powered off turn 2 with the lead, then fended off a return charge by Whittington at the checkers.

“To pull this thing off the way my car was is really unbelievable,” exclaimed Taylor a three time TMS winner. “Any win at this place in not ‘just anoyther win.’ This is my favorire race of the year. It’s like racing against Tony Stewart or those guys on
the big track. This is a great place to race and I love this facility. I call this my home track, though I live south of here. So I’m going to call this, ‘my house’ until someone comes along and takes it away.”

“My car really wasn’t the way I like it, I just kept working packing the top in under cauition. Other guys were up there trying to cool their tire, I guess, but were really helping me and make my part of the track better. Was haviong trouble with my brakes all weekend and having to pump them up, too. I really have to thank my crew for the all the hard work they put into getting ready for this weekend, and of course my wife for putting up with me.”

“We fell a little short in the Modified. It’s the same car we won with here two years ago. We just started working on this car three or four weeks ago. We cut all the rear suspension off of it to update it and never got a chance to test it. I guess we should have left it alone, but we’re getting there.”

“We had a couple of offers to run a Late Model up here and try to sweep all three classes. It’s just never been the right timing to do a deal like that. Someday maybe.”

Michael Dabney Jr. Stomps The Field At Texas Motor Speedway; Picks Up Win “Rising Phenom Rightfully Earns First Win Of 2011”

August 7th, 2011

JUSTIN, Texas – - Fresh off a respectable outing in the Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (CMS) Tuesday night, Michael Dabney Jr. made the 18-hour plus road trek to his home state of Texas for a little more Legend Car Series action. On Thursday night, Dabney Jr. returned to his racing roots at Texas Motor Speedway where he completed in the annual Thursday Night Summer Stampede. What his competition wasn’t expecting was his No. 5 Michael Dabney Jr. Motorsports entry to terrorize the field and storm to his first win of the season under the lights.

The victory in itself was soothing for the Crandall, Texas native who also recently completed a commendable seven-week stretch in the Summer Shootout Series which was also held at CMS in Concord, North Carolina. “Man, I cannot tell you how this feels,” said the 22-year old rising phenom. “I was just planning to come out here and have some fun and have a shot
at winning. But to be able to experience victory lane again, it’s incredibly sweet.”

The rising star added, “It was pretty awesome to have my dad here. I said earlier in the week that I was going to try and win a race for him soon. I’m glad that it happened when he actually could be around to enjoy it. He’s my biggest supporter and critic when it comes to my racing career – I know I wouldn’t be as far as I am today without him.” Extremely humbled by the win on Thursday night, Dabney Jr. will continue to work on his No. 5 Michael Dabney Jr. Motorsports automobile as he is expected to return next week and aim for back-to-back win at TMS’s quarter-mile oval.

“It’s always refreshing to come back to your racing roots,” Dabney Jr. sounded. “I have a lot of memories there and last night we made a few more. Life really doesn’t get any better than this.” Once his racing endeavors are complete in the Lone Star state, he will return to North Carolina and re-focus his racing efforts for the remainder of the 2011 season and brace for 2012.

“I’m going to be racing this fall and during the winter. I’m also going to be doing some testing and if everything pans out like I think it’s going to, we’re going to have great news soon that will only enhance my learning curve as I try and work my way up the racing ladder. I’m extremely appreciative to everyone that is helping me, it leaves me speechless.” Cost-efficient marketing partnerships are still available for Michael Dabney Jr. in 2011. For further information, please contact 469.474.6507. Stay tuned for a new website highlighting Michael Dabney Jr. However, additional information is available by connecting with Michael Dabney Jr. and Michael Dabney Motorsports through Facebook by clicking _here._ (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Dabney-Jr-Racing/215134888516472?ref=ts) Tweet with Michael Dabney Jr. through Twitter at @MichaelDabneyJr.

Texas World Dirt Track Championship @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

March 5th, 2011

Fort Worth, Tx.- The 4/10 mile semi-banked dirt oval at Texas Motor speedway played host to its annual Texas World Dirt Track Championships. Over 200 Modifieds and Limited Modifieds took to the track Friday night in search of the seven qualifying spots that would lock them in to Saturday nights big championship events. Drivers and teams from seven states signed in including two drivers from as far away as Pennsylvania.

Drivers would qualify through heat races taking the top sixteen in passing points to the A-Qualifier. C-mains and B-mains would be run to fill the remaining spots in each of the qualifiers.

Allen Aces Modified Main
Midlothian’s Chase Allen earned the top spot in Friday nights A-Qualifier going wire to wire for the win. C. Allen out gunned polesitter Clyde Dunn jr. to grab the lead at the start of the 15-lap main event. C. Allen had things going his way until the
final laps when Terry Phillips, who came out of the B-main, ran him down using the high side. Phillips gave it the ol’ college try on the final lap, but settled for the second transfer spot.

As green waved on the 23-car field C. Allen came out of turn 2 with the lead followed by Dunn, Jason Teague, Dennie Gieber and Dee Gossett. A mid pack tangle saw several cars involved, but all continued on without caution. But parts on the track brought out an early caution on lap 2. On the restart C. Allen got a good jump on Dunn, who had a slight advantage over Teague and Gieber.

As the top five sorted out, John Whittington got by Steve Whiteaker jr for sixth. Whiteaker gave up the transfer spot to Phillips on lap 4 as he sailed by on the top side. Gieber got under Teague on lap 5 for third while Whittington and Phillips were side by side for sixth. Robert Metz brought out a yellow on lap 7 when he spun in turn 2.

Once back to green Phillips used the bottom to get by Gossett for fifth, with Whittington trying the top to grab sixth. At halfway it was C. Allen, Dunn, Gieber, Phillips and Teague, who lost fourth to the charging Phillips. Eric Tomlinson was next to loop it in turn 2 for lap 8 caution. As green waved again Phillips was back up top going around Gieber.

Showing his car would work high or low Phillips then dove under Dunn for second as Whittington took fourth from Gieber. Whittington then picked off Dunn leaving him wheel to wheel with Gieber who got the position a lap later. Phillips closed on C. Allen with two to go and the battle was on. As the white waved Phillips went high and gave C. Allen his best shot, but came up a bit short. Behind C. Allen and Phillips, Whittington, Gieber, Dunn, Teague and Cody Smith grabbed the remaining transfer spots.

A pole dash on Saturday will set the top seven starting spots for the 40-lap Championship event.

White on his Way to A-Main
The former USAC Silver Crown Champ, and NASCAR Truck driver, Paul White(Temple) took a step towards a win in a second class. White, who took a Modified championship win in 2008, got by early leader Rodney Sanders on lap 2. From there White eased away from the 24-car field going unchallenged to the checkers.

Sanders grabbed the point coming out of turn 2 to lead the 15-lap trailed by White, Danny Hebert, Nick Shenberger and Derek Grigsby. White used the bottom to get by Sanders on lap 2, with Grigsby moving into third. Grigsby then pressured Sanders for second, while Steve Whiteaker jr got by Shenberger and Tommy Davis jr for fifth.

Shenberger then spun from his qualifying spot on lap 5 for the races only caution. On the restart the top three got away clean with Whiteaker getting inside D. Hebert for fourth. Whiteaker then picked off another position snagging third from Sanders. At halfway it was White, Grigsby, Whiteaker, Sanders and D. Hebert in the top five.

Back in the pack a former double class winner, Troy Taylor was pulling Sean Jones through traffic as they worked their way until had trouble and fell out. With five laps to go White was easing away from Grigsby and Whiteaker. White rolled on to the checkers with a comfortable margin over the duo, with Sanders, D Hebert, Davis and Jake Upchurch securing the final transfer spots.

TMS U.S. National Dirt Championship Registration Now Open!

July 21st, 2010

Ft. Worth TX- The U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track will take place on September 16-18, 2010; and online registration is now available.

By clicking www.darinshort.com/dtc.html all competing race teams can take advantage of this convenience. At this special registration page, there is a link for each race division to preregister their team, purchase advance 2-day pit passes, reserve a paved pit space and sign up for practice night.

Teams can pay using any major credit or debit card and all transactions are secured through PayPal, an eBay company that has over 78 million active accounts. And you can now make multiple purchases on the registration section within the same transaction, which will save you time and typing.

Printable event schedules, rules and more can also be found at the link listed above. And if you would rather enter by mail, there is an event flyer at the above link that you can print, fill out and mail your payment.

Modified and Limited Modified drivers will have two provisional’s added to their championship features – but will be drawn from pre-entered drivers, so don’t miss out on this second chance! Early registration ends on September 3.

And remember that if you need racing parts, fuel or Hoosier tires for this event, you should contact www.SmileysRacing.com as they will be on hand to keep racers on track at this event. If your choice of racing tires is American Racer, www.DayMotorsports.com will have them at the track to meet your needs. If you place your order ahead of time, these vendors will deliver it to the track, thus saving shipping expense.

Grandstand tickets for this Texas-sized event are just $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday and will be available at the gate on race night. Hot laps are 5pm on Friday (races at 6pm) and races are at 6pm on Saturday.

Don’t miss the climax of the 2010 racing season with the U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track – for a weekend of great racing action at family-affordable prices!

Chad Finley is Lone Star State bound this weekend for the Rattlesnake 150.

April 13th, 2010

29 Chad Finley - DeWitt, Michigan. (BKR Photo)DeWitt, Michigan–The ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards is about to embark on their fourth race of the 2010 racing season. Theirs been three different winners so far and 18-year-old Chad Finley hopes to make it four for four in his 2010 debut.

The 18-year-old from DeWitt, Michigan will make his first ARCA start of the year for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) this Friday, April 16th at the 1.5 mile high-banked d-shaped paved oval of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas for the running of the Rattlesnake 150.

“I’m looking forward to heading back to Texas. We had a real good test there last month,” Stated the Great Lakes State teenager. “The guys at BKR have worked real hard and are confident we will be better then we were at the test.”

On March 9th, Finley and the BKR Team made the trip down to the Lone Star State for an open ARCA Test Session and at the end of the day he was shown sixth fastest out of the 21-car field on hand. His fastest lap was a 29.422, which averages out to a blistering 183.536mph and was only 0.389 seconds off of the fastest lap of the test, a 29.033.

“Texas is also the home state of Auto Value and Auto Parts 20/20.com so that will be cool.” He continued. “This is the first time I have raced the same weekend as the NASCAR Spring Cup and Nationwide series’, so it will be neat having all those guys there. We will just hope to stay out of trouble and be there at the end.” Finley ended.

Finley raced a limited schedule in ARCA during the 2009 racing season, but made the most of those limited races with One Pole Award at Rockingham Speedway, one Top Five finish, a third at Berlin Raceway, three Top 10 showings and all four starts he made during the 2009 campaign in ARCA resulted in at least a Top 15.

For the 2010 racing season, Finley has committed to run at least 4-5 speedway ARCA races, and as many as 10 depending on funding, beginning with the Rattlesnake 150. In addition to the Texas race, both ARCA events at the Pocono International Raceway on Pocono, Pennsylvania; The Pocono ARCA 200 on June 5th and the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 on July 31st are also on the 2010 schedule for Finley.

The two events in Pennsylvania sandwich his lone race in his home state of Michigan in the Racing for Wildlife 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on June 11th. Another race close to home will be the Chicagoland ARCA 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on August 27th.

Tentative 2010 plans call for Finley to also race the ARCA shows at Iowa Speedway (July 10th), Kansas Speedway (September 30th) and the 2010 season finale at Rockingham Speedway on October 9th.

In addition to his ARCA schedule, Finley will also race in select events within the ASA Late Model Northern Series as well as several races aboard his Outlaw Bodied Super Late Models in events across Michigan as well as Indiana and Ohio.

To learn more about Chad Finley and the 2010 racing season as well as sponsorship opportunities within the organization, log onto one of his two websites at: www.chadfinleyracing.com and www.sponsorchadfinley.com

By Brad Keselowski Racing / M.P.H. Promotions

Texas World Dirt Track Championship @ TMS Dirt Track

March 3rd, 2010

FT. Worth, Tx.,- The 4/10 mile, semi-banked dirt trak at Texas Motor Speedway played host to the annual Texas World Dirt Championships featuring the SUPR Late Models, Modifieds and Limited. Big name drivers from all over the midwest and mid south signed in with eight states represented.

National champions in both the IMCA and USMTS sanctions, plus several Rookie of the year award winners filled the Modified ranks. In the Limited Modifieds both IMCA Southern Sportmod titlists highlighted their field.

Despite cold, threatening weather fields of 125 Modifieds and Limited Modifieds ran heat races and qualifiers to lock in the top eight for each A-qualifier. SUPR Late Models run a complete one-day show on Saturday night.

Grigsby Grabs Top Spot in Limited Modified Qualifier
Mashall’s Derick Grigsby used a late race restart to get by past Texas World Dirt Track Champion, Travis Evans for the lead in the 15-lapper. Grigsby then had to hold off hard charging Troy Taylor another past champion from the Modified division.

The first attempt at a start saw Kyle Nelson get a good jump but yellow was quickly out for a second try. Evans jumped out front with six-wide pinball racing further back in the pack. Gary Fox, Grigsby and Waylon Ball followed Evans. It was still two and three wide racing on lap 1 as the field tried to sort out.

Ball and Grigsby were side by side on lap 3 for second and were joined by Fox on lap trying to go three abreast on lap 4. Three wide racing was common back through the pack. Cody Simpson spun on lap 8 from mid pack causing the waters to part and
narrowly miss contact.

On the restart Taylor and Travis Johnson both got by Grigsby, but Taylor slipped high in turn 4 giving the spot back. Taylor regained momentum and was back on Grigsby as they duo closed on Johnson, with Taylor moving up third. Fox lost tire on lap 10 rolling to a stop in turn 4, while the tire stopped in turn 3.

Once back to green Grigsby jumped on Evans coming out of turn 4 to sna the top spot on lap 11. Taylor was next to get by Evans on lap 13 and make a run on Grigsby. On the final lap Grigsby was hanging on keeping Taylor at bay while Howard Willis,
Jimmy Day and Trevor lane slugged it out for the final transfer spot. Grigsby held off Taylor, while Willis and Day closed out Lane for the guaranteed spots in Saturdays Championship event.

Plott Scores a Weekend Double at Texas Motor Speedway

April 10th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – Kyle Plott doesn’t do the “Texas Two Step,” but he certainly knows how to dance around the competition in Legends Car racing in the “Lonestar State.” The 13-year-old Georgia native made the 13-hour trek to the Texas Motor Speedway with his family this past weekend to compete in the Legends Car races during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend
at the facility.

“I’m on spring break so my mom and dad asked if I wanted to go to Texas with my brother and race. That was an easy answer,” said Plott.

Plott dominated the Legends Car Young Lions class at the fifth-mile track which is directly adjacent to the mile-and-a-half speedway. Plott handily won Saturday night’s feature and then took the lead just a couple laps into the feature on “Cup Sunday” to bring home trophies on both days.

“I love this racetrack; it’s like a slot car track. If you can get your car to stick in the right groove, you are really hooked up,” explained Plott. “On Sunday the car was a little loose to start off with, but it got better the longer it went into the run. We got into the lead and it was smooth sailing from there.”

Plott is part of the BDI Racing development program, owned by NASCAR of SPEED television commentator Bob Dillner. Dillner was on hand Sunday morning to see his driver’s triumph.

“Kyle really took a liking to this track right away; he looked good out there,” said Dillner. “He’s a good kid and what I like is that the Plotts are doing this as a family. We are hoping for many more trophies from Kyle this year.”

Plott and his brother, Kason, both competed at TMS, with his younger sibling scoring top-five finishes on both days in the Bandolero Bandit division.

The Plott family will visit with their cousins in Texas before returning to the “Peach State.” Kyle Plott will compete in the Pro Challenge South Series this Saturday, April 11th at Lanier Nat’l Speedway. Pro Challenge is on the same card as the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – a division Plott hopes to compete in within the next year or so.

For more information on Kyle Plott, please contact Matt Kentfield of BDI Racing at 704-788-2134, ext: 2 and be sure to be on the lookout for plottboyzmotorsports.com coming soon.

Kyle Beard Ready for Alabama and Mississippi Weekend

March 19th, 2009

Trumann, AR – “The Silent Assassin” Kyle Beard from Trumann, Arkansas will return to action this weekend with a pair of events in
Mississippi and Alabama.

Kyle was last in action in his #86 GRT By Frye/Samuels Performance Racing Engine Super Late Model three weeks ago as he made his debut at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth, Texas. The event tabbed as the Texas Dirt World Championship drew a huge field of 60 Super Late Models for the $3,500 to win, 40 lap event. With passing points in effect, Kyle drew a large number at the pill draw, which relegated him to a 11th starting position in his heat race. He would manage to advance to a 9th place finish in his qualifier, which sent him to a b-main, where he started deep in the field. On a race track, where passing was difficult Kyle would fail to transfer from his b-main to the main event, which brought his night to an early end.

“We’ve had nothing but bad luck in our first four events of 2009, and we’re really hoping to get things back on track this weekend,” comments Beard.

Beard Motorsports will look to get things pointed in the right direction this weekend as they travel south for a pair of events. The busy weekend will get underway on Friday, March 20th with the opener for the brand new Bama Super Series (B.S.S.) Super Late Model tour at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The event for the brand new series pays $2,000 to win and $300 to start. The program will consist of group qualifying, last chance races, and a 40 lap, feature event. For more information on the program, please visit http://www.northalabamaspeedway.com/.

On Saturday, March 21st, the team will travel south down Highway 45 to Rodney Wing’s Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Mississippi for an event sanctioned by the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series (M.S.C.C.S.) Super Late Models. The event pays $2,500 to win and $300 to start at the 3/8 mile oval. For more information on the event please visit http://www.whynotmotorsportspark.com/ or
http://www.stateseries.com/.

Kyle Beard would like to thank his sponsors including KB Transport, Gary Beard Trucking, Samuel’s Performance Engines, JFR Graphics, Bill Frye Motorsports, KC Motorsports LLC, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services. Beard Motorsports is always looking for more sponsors, and anyone, who may be interested, can find more information at http://www.kylebeard86.com/.

For more information on Kyle and Beard Motorsports, please visit http://www.kylebeard86.com/.

Ben Shelton, Owner
http://www.MSRMafia.com
http://www.MidSouthRacing.com

Texas World Dirt Track Championship Sees Texas-Sized Car Counts

March 4th, 2009

Ft. Worth, Tx., Proving once again that everything is bigger in Texas, the Texas World Dirt Track Championship set a new standard for total car count. With 60 entries for the SUPR Late Model, $3,500 to win main event, the total number of cars in the pits climbed to 385, easily surpassing the old mark.

With final qualifying features for the Modifieds and Limited Modfieds, plus a full race program for the SUPR Late Models, fans were in store for an exciting conclusion to this years champion races.

Evans elusive enough for Limited Modified main win One way to keep from being passed for the lead is keeping your competitors far enough behind that they can never mount a challenge. Bullard’s Travis Evans put this strategy into practice on his way to the Limited Modified Championship. Evans got away on the start and subsequent restarts keeping the 26-car field at bay. Evans
only pressure came early, when Shane Hebert tried to stay with him.

Evans and Jamie Burford paced the field to green for the 30-lap championship main event. Evans was first into turn 1, with Hebert second and Ted Thomas, Chris Hennigan and Burford three wide for third after Burford slid high in turn 1. Hebert closed in Evans on lap 2 for the lead, but never mounted an attack.

On lap 3 Joe Courvillion, Matt Mueller and Michael Robertson were three abreast for fifth. As Courvillion took the spot, Dennie Geiber moved in making three wide for sixth. By lap 5 Evans had begun to open up an advantage on Hebert. Mueller brought
out th yellow on lap 7 when he spun in turn 2 and ended up on top of the infield guard rail.

Once back under green, Evans again inched ahead of Hebert who quickly built a margin over Thomas, Courvilion, Hennigan and Geiber running nose to tail. Robertson, using the high groove got along side and by Geiber for sixth on lap 8. Robertson then
around Hennigan for fifth a lap later, while Courvillion was looking under Thomas for third.

Geiber then put the heat on Courvillion for fourth, with Robertson spinning ending his charge to the front. On the restart, Geiber took a peek under Thomas, while former IMCA Sportmod National champion, Jeff Turner worked his way past Burford and
Hennigan for sixth. Geiber was finally able to get under Thomas for third on lap 11.

At halfway the top five were Evans, Hebert, Geiber, Thomas and Courvillion. By lap 20 Evans had run away to nearly a full straightaway lead over Hebert. The margin shrunk quickly when former USAC Silver Crown champion, Paul White broke and rolled
to stop in turn 2. As the field went back to green, Geiber was putting pressure on Hebert for second, giving Evans the chance to again motor away.

Geiber got the position from Hebert,who slowed and pulled off on lap 22. With five to go Evans had half a straight lead on Geiber, who had a big gap to Courvillion, Thomas, Turner, Burford, Jacob Pirkle and Andy Claiborne. Thomas, Burford and Turner took it three wide for fourth on lap 26. Up front, Evans was still holding a comfortable margin on Geiber as he took the checkers in the Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, Dent Magic, Jeff’s Performance, IRP Chassis.

By J M Hallas

Texas World Dirt Track Championships Modified Action

March 3rd, 2009

Ft. Worth, Tx.,(Feb 27th, 2009) In what is rapidly becoming THE biggest dirt track racing event in the region, Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track hosted another year of the Texas World Dirt Track Championship, presented by O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on the 4/10 mile, semi-banked track just north of Ft. Worth.

Drivers from fourteen states and one Canadian province rolled through the pit gates, figuratively, as the overflow of teams quickly spilled over to the adjacent camping area.

The Modified entries of 212, included not only regional and local track champions, rookie’s of the years, but National champions as well. A virtual who’s who in the dirt modified racing community, with heat races that looked more like features at Anytrack, USA on a Saturday night.

Limited Modifieds had 123 drivers signed in, headed by two National champions, one of which came up a little short and failed to qualify through Friday night’s action.

Kicking of the SUPR Late Model season, many of the south, central regions top pilots were on hand for hot lap sessions throughout the night, readying themselves for the $3,500 to win opener n Saturday.

Phillips flies to Modified A-Qualifier win
Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips may be better known for his prowess driving a dirt Late Model, But Friday nights he proved he can handle a Modified as well. Phillips, who started in the second row of Friday night’s A-qualifier, battled by Tommy Meyer for second, hen got the lead from Canadian, Steve Arpin halfway through the 15-lap event. From there Phillips ran away to grab the win.

Meyer and Arpin paced 21-car starting field o green in a fight for the top eight spots to be locked in for Saturday nights championship race. Arpin jumped out front the front stretch beating Meyer in to turn 1 for the lead. In the pack small wars were erupting, with as you would expect, some paint trading and rubbing.

Timothy Culp and Vance Wilson made contact several times before Wilson ended up facing the wrong direction in turn 4 on lap 1 bringing out the yellow. Vance was done for night, while Culp continued with a slightly adjusted door panel. On the restart the field broke away clean, with William Gould quickly moving from the last row, into the top ten.

Gould had just gotten past John Allen for the transfer spot, when Rodney Sanders spun to bring out the caution on lap 3. Once back to green the top three eased away from the est of the field. On lap 5 Phillips started challenging Arpin for the lead. Phillips took a look outside, with Meyer filling the hole low looking for second.

Phillips continued to chase Arpin on the high side and got the edge coming out of turn 2 beating Arpin back to the line to lead on lap 7. Meyer then began to put the heat on Arpin for second, with Gould finally resecuring the fnal transfer spot. Phillips was able to pull away, while Meyer took second from Arpin. As he white flag was shown, Phillips had built nearly a full straightaway lead, easily cruising to the win.

Kyle Beard Set For Texas Dirt Track Championship

February 27th, 2009

Trumann, AR – “The Silent Assassin” Kyle Beard from Trumann, Arkansas will make his debut in the “Lone Star State” this weekend as he travels to Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth, Texas for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship.

Beard Motorsports was last in action two weeks ago as they traveled to Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Tennessee on Saturday, February 14th for the 7th Annual Winterfest 40. With 42 Super Late Models signed in for battle, Kyle qualified 7th in his group, which earned him a 5th starting position in his heat race qualifier. He would get the jump on the initial start up to the 3rd position, but it would be waved off as a car spun at the front of the pack. As Kyle passed the spun car contact was made on his right rear tire. This contact would come back to haunt Beard four laps later as he battled for the final transfer spot. Exiting turn two on lap four, Kyle’s rear end would lock up as a result of the earlier contact. The team would work hard to get the car fixed for the b-main event, but would run out of time. As a result, the team’s bad luck continued, and Kyle did not get a chance to race his way into the show.

This weekend, the team will make the long tow to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship. The state-of-the-art, 3/8 mile oval will host an Open practice session on Friday night, February 27th, which will be held in conjunction with an Open Wheel Modified program. On Saturday, February 28th the Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) Super Late Models will sanction a $3,500 to win/$400 to start event. The program will consist of heat races, b-mains, and a 40 lap feature. For more information, please visit http://www.suprracing.com/.

Kyle Beard would like to thank his sponsors including KB Transport, Gary Beard Trucking, Samuel’s Performance Engines, JFR Graphics, Bill Frye Motorsports, KC Motorsports LLC, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services. Beard Motorsports is always looking for more sponsors, and anyone, who may be interested, can find more information at http://www.kylebeard86.com/.

For more information on Kyle and Beard Motorsports, please visit http://www.kylebeard86.com/.

Ben Shelton, Owner
http://www.MSRMafia.com
http://www.MidSouthRacing.com

Pro Cuts, Texas World Dirt Track Championships @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

March 1st, 2008

Qualifiers in each class will complete the field on Saturday, while the eight
Limited and Modified drivers locked in will run a dash to set the front rows for the championship race.

Brown Bags Second Pro Cuts Qualifier After putting Jim Thorne’s Limited Modified in the Championship feature Thursday night, Chris Brown followed that up with a Modified A-qualifier win on Friday night. Brown outdeuled Troy Taylor and Tate Cole at the start of the 15-lapper, then ran away to take the checkers.

Brown, Taylor and Cole dove three wide into turn 1 as green waved on the 24-car
modified field. Brown came out on top, with Cole second, Taylor third and Morgan Bagley grabbing fourth. Logan Cabbell spun on lap 1 to bring out a caution that saw Cole retire with a broken front suspension after contact with Taylor. On the restat, Brown got ahead by four car lengths and quickly began to stretch out his lead, while Taylor, Sean Jones, Bagley, Dee Gossett and Justin Boney battled it out for second.

Gossett got fourth from Bagley on lap 3 as Brown increased his margin. By lap 5
Brown had a full straightaway lead, while Jones’ night came to an end when he broke and pulled to the infield. Just before halfway Brown hit the tail end of traffic with Taylor, Gossett, Bagley and Boney rounding out the top five at the mid-point.

Lyle Sheppard brought out the yellow on lap 7 when he found the wall between turns 1-2. Once back under green, Brown again jumped out to a good lead as Johnny Dunn and Richard Griffin ran wheel to wheel for sixth, with Greg Skaggs joining that battle. Bagley then started looking to take a spot back from Gossett on lap 8, and getting third on lap 9 as Boney moved in on Gossett.

Skaggs got around Griffin for sixth on lap 10, as Brown was sailing into the night. Bagley closed in on Taylor running side by side on lap 11, with Gossett and Boney battling for fourth as Skaggs ran them down. As the white flag waved, Brown again had a full straight lead, with Boney getting by Gossett for the final transfer spot. At the checkers it was Brown in the JD’s Body Works, Hwy. 105 Machine, Simpson Racing Products, Performance Graphix, Signature Motorsports, Skyrocket Chassis getting the victory.

Taylor Tops in Limited Modified Qualifier

Local hero and hotshoe, Troy Taylor put his TMS Dirt Track experience to work as heled flag to flag for the Limited Modified A-qualifier victory. Taylor twice held off Jimmy Day on starts, then fought off Waco veteran, Keith Green at the finish for the win.

On the first attempt, Taylor got a huge jump on the field with the pack three wide from third on back causing contact that left debris on the track surface, bringing out the yellow. On the second start, Taylor only got a slight jump on Day, who tried to cross back under Taylor coming out of turn 2. Taylor held the point on lap 1 as the field ran four wide in mid-pack. Kt. Green got past Day for second lap 2, just before son Kevin spun and got drilled by Tim Clonch, who had nowhere to go.

Once back to green, Taylor jumped out on Kt. Green while Sid Kiphen looked under Day for third. Kiphen and Day made contact on lap 5 getting him sideways, but holding on, as Richard Strain got by Jimmy Criswell III for fifth. Robert Vetter then got past Criswell for sixth despite trailing some smoke. Kiphen, still looking for a way around Day, then began to try the high side. At halfway it was Taylor, Kt. Green, Day, Kiphen and Strain in the top five.

Strain got loose out of turn 2 and got sideways in front of Vetter who drove over Strain’s front end before spinning into the back stretch wall. Strain was able to get straightened out and keep rolling without losing a spot as yellow waved for Vetter. Criswell got by Strain for fifth once back to racing, followed by Chris Cogburn, then Triston Dycus for seventh.

With five to go, Taylor and Kt. Green were running away from Day and Kiphen who had a big gap back to Criswell, Dycus and Cogburn. Kt. Green caught Taylor on lap 13 and gave it his best shot coming out of turn 4. Taylor held the point and Kt. Green fell back in line, appearantly content now with second, and a transfer spot. At the checkers it was Taylor by a couple car lengths getting the win.

Pro Cuts Texas World Dirt Track Championship @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

February 29th, 2008

It was more quality than quantity in the Modified class as top drivers from nine states(Tx., Ok., NM., Ark., Iowa, La., Mo., Kan., and Colo.) made for a star-studded field.

The first night of qualifying would be set through passing points in the heats,
taking the top 16 to the A-main, then C and B-mains to fill the remainder of the field. The nights top four finishers would then be locked in for the big Saturday Championship finale

Dunn Get’s ‘er Done in Modified A-qualifier After garnering the most passing points in heat race action, Clyde Dunn jr. started on the pole of the 15-lap A-qualifier. Dunn got out front early, then held off hard charging Randy Timms in the final laps to get the win.

As the 24-car field tok the green, Dunn got a big jump on the field with Chad
Wheeler getting by Paul White for second. At the back of the pack, Trent Crawford, Chase Allen and Curtis Allen tangled to bring out yellow on lap 1. On the restart, Troy Taylor got by Davd Smith jr. for fifth, but Smith fought back to retake the spot until he spun while trying to get by Grag Skaggs for fourth.

Once under green again Timms was making his charge, from his eighteenth starting spot, to challenge Morgan Bagley for seventh. On lap 3, White got past Wheeler for second, while Timms sailed past Taylor and Skaggs for fourth. Skags didn’t give up easily as he and Timms swapped the spot fo several laps until halfway when Timms secured the position.

At the crossed flags it was Dunn, White, Wheeler, Timms and Skaggs in the top five. Timms then picked off Wheeler for third on lap 9 and ran down White on lap 11. Two laps later, Timms got by the former USAC Silver Crown champion, White with two to go. Up front, Dunn was on cruise control not knowing Timms was on the move. Timms cut into Dunn’s margin, but never mounted a serious challenge as Dunn in the Hoosier Southwest, Smiley Racing Products, AFCO Shocks, Skins Raps, 2 Extream Tattoo, Wells Racing Engines, Skyrocket Chassis grabbed the victory.

Baytown’s Brown Best in Limited Modified A-Qualifier

One of the Houston areas hotshoes, Chris Brown gave car owner Jim Thorne the present of a win at the famed Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the Limited A-qualifer. Brown capitalized on a second start, jumped into the lead and never looked back as he led flag to flag for the victory.

On the intial start of the 24-car, 15-lap event, Bo Day got out front, but a
mid-pack stack up caused a multi-car spin setting up a complete restart. On the
second try, B. Day, Brown and Paul White dove into turn 1 three wide for the lead, with Brown coming out of turn 2 with the top spot. Another multi-car tangle on lap 1 along with debris on the track slowed the action once again.

When green waved again, two time IMCA Sourtern SportMod champion, Keith White
challenged B. Day for third, while brother Paul tried to hold on to second and Kevin Green and Tommy Gantley ran side by side for sixth. K. White was still pressuring B. Day, now for second, when yellow waved for Gantley who rolled to a stop on the track.

On the restart, K. White got the jump on B. Day and grabbed the spot. The top four had begun to pull away as the race came to halfway with Brown, K. White, B. Day, P. White and Chris Cogburn running in the top five. Jimmy Day recovered from one of the early mishaps to work his way back up to sixth by lap 10. As the white flag was shown Brown held a six car advantage over K. White, who had a big gap back to B. Day and P. White. At the checkers it was Brown easily coming across the line first.

IMCA Lone Star Nationals, presented byTETCO @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track,

October 6th, 2007

The remainder of the IMCA fields would be filled by Last Chance Qualifiers in the Modified, Southern SportMod and Stock Car classes. Also on the night’s agenda was a full race program for the Sprint Series of Texas.

Taylor Tops Tough Modified Field
The grand finale of the IMCA Lone Star Nationals was the 25-lap, $2,000 to win IMCA Modified championship race. Tim Clonch and Tommy Fain paced the 24-car field and the excitement started early in turn 1. Clonch, Fain and Troy Taylor came out of turn 2, three wide for the lead. Fain was out front coming to line for lap 1. Taylor began to look under Fain, who was running the top side, on lap 2, while Kenny Stone passed Clonch for third.

Yellow waved on lap 2 when Wesley Veal rolled to a stop on track. On the restart, Taylor was again trying the bottom on Fain, with Stone having to get by Clonch again. Scotty Brown moved in to batle with J P Dowell for fifth on lap 3. Dowell eased by both Brown and Clonch on lap 4, but Brown came back to retake the spot a half lap later.

Up front Taylor was doing his best to duck under Fain through the corners and tried a good old fashoined slide job on lap 6. Taylor came up a bit short of completing that move and backed off to regroup. Behind the leaders fight, Brown was getting by both Dowell and Stone for third. Brown then ran down Taylor for second using the bottom. Taylor was now forced to be defensive at the same time trying to get by Fain for the lead.

Tayor tried to get to the bottom groove, but Brown wouldn’t give up the real estate and got along side Taylor on lap 10 and by on the backstretch. Brown, still stuck on the bottom caught Fain on lap 11 and got a run coming off the corner to pull ahead on lap 12. As the crossed flags were shown the crowd was on it’s feet as it was Brown, Fain and Taylor nearly three wide for the lead, with Stone and Clonch rounding out the top five.

With Brown on the bottom, Taylor in the middle and Fain up top it still three
abreast on lap 14 until caution waved for a spin in turn 2. On the restart the top three all tried the bottom in turns 3-4, but Fain went back to the top and Taylor to middle. The duo now had Clonch breathing their backs and going three wide for second on lap 16. Fain and Taylor continued their personal little war until Taylor finally secured the spot on lap 18, with Clonch also getting by Fain for third.

Taylor then closed on Brown as they ran wheel to wheel down the back stretch for the lead. Taylor got the nose ahead on lap 21 as they stayed in side by side formation. Taylor finally gained control of the top spot and began to inch away on lap 23. Coming to the checkers, the crowd saluted the long-time area hotshoe as he took the win in the Ameritech Pest Control, Wells Racing Engines, Ameritech Automotive, Snap On Tools, Ace Hardware, NAPA, D&D Automotive, Larsen Chassis. “I was watching Scotty(Brown) drive around us on the bottom, but I felt the top of turns 1-2 was better.” stated Taylor. “So I tried his line, and didn’t think turn 4 was good. So I changed my line and picked up more momentum. That get me clear of Tommy(Fain) and I set sail after that.” “I believe this track kind of owes me one,” added Taylor who once worked his way from the J-main to the A-main during the first Texas World Dirt Track Championship event. “Hopefully we can come back the first of year and carry this momentum over to that. We had this car for sale, but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sell it. It’s got a lot of sentimental value now.”
“I think this passing poits format is better than the heats, b-mains and that. You can draw a bad number and it can work out good and if you draw a good number you have a chance to stay up there. If you draw a bad number, you should be rewarded for doing good. Passing points is a better deal.”
“I believe this race here may surpass Boone(SuperNationals) in the coming years. This race here will get bigger and bigger. This is a great facility and the location is good. It’s the nicest place I’ve ever been to.”

White Wins SportMod Spectacular
Dennie Gieber beat polesitter Keith White into turn 1 at the start of the 25-lap IMCA Southern SportMod Championship. White fought back getting the lead on the back stretcth, while Jeff Turner was trying unsuccesfully to use the high groove, losing several spots. Sid Kiphen moved into third, Cody Smith fourth as Edward Oakes was getting turned around by Bobby Mercer. Dillon Smith, Tom Earl, Chris Cogburn, got collected in the melee, withothers getting a small piece of the action.

Mercer was sent to the pits, D. Smith and Scotty Wallace were forced to pit for
repairs, but rejoined the tail of the field for the restart. Once back to green, Earl, who got his spot back, took another one from Turner. Turner quickly got back by, followed by Tim Clonch for sixth and Cogburn for seventh. Clonch then passed Turner on lap 3 for fifth.

Up front White and Gieber were easily pulling away from Kiphen, and C. Smith who were side by side. C. Smith got the position as Kiphen fell victim to Clonch for fourth. Turner then moved in on Kiphen with Cogburn in hot pursuit. Kiphen and Turner were wheel to wheel on lap 9 for fifth, while Cogburn was fallng off the pace, eventually pulling off. Gieber turned up the heat on White on lap 11, but fell back slightly after being denied the spot.

At the mid-point it was White with six car lengths on Gieber, C. Smith, Clonch and Turner in the top five. Gieber slowly closed back in on White and got the nose inside on lap 17. The two played a little door tag in turn 3 causing no major problems for either driver. C. Smith and Clonch were then were able to close on Gieber. Clonch got third from C. Smith on lap 20 about the time White was hitting slower traffic.

White, the two-time IMCA Southern SportMod National Champion, continued to hold a few car length lead over Gieber as the top four diced through traffic. As the white flag waved, White had a five car edge over Gieber with a lap car between the two. Gieber tried to get by the slower car of Dean Abbey, but got turned around instead. White in the Tracy’s Auto Sales, Central Texas Pest Control, D&S Painting, Finishline Restoration, RC Racng Converters, Dan Corbin & Associates, Belton Pipe & Steel, Pflugervile Engine & Machine, Big Chief Chassis scored the big win, while Gieber recovered to finish fourth behind Clonch and C. Smith. “I think we actually won this on Thursday night,” replied White. “We won the qualifier and got to start on the front tonight.We came up here and practiced last Sunday, so we may have had a little head start too. It was worth our $50 to come practice I guess.” “This is definitely one my biggest wins. You want to win it, but I think more importantly you want to do it front of these people racing on the same level. We know all these people here, we may not race with them every week, but see them these big end of the year shows. Here we can get in the spotlight and showcase what we an do.”

“After Jeff(Turner) beat me out for the championship this year, this is a good
capper to my season. I’m all about winning. Jeff’s a great guy, and he’ll be a good champion. I’m not happy we’re no longer the ‘only’ SSM Champ, but the weather hurt us a lot this year. We lost 17 races between Killeen and Waco because of ran outs. That definitey hurt us in the points.”

“It’s a lot bigger track than most of us have raced on and I think it’s good or us and the local economy of racing. This is really awesome. I’ve been pushing for this(IMCA) show because I’ve never raced here. It’s always been an open competition show and the weekly IMCA racer can’t afford to keep up with those guys. Wherever you go for an IMCA you know you have a shot at winning because of the rules they have and the tech that they do.” “I was worried about Dennie(Gieber) coming around in lap traffic. There was really one groove there and another groove will develop because of cars being passed. When
he showed me the nose I was purposely staying up off the bottom, but I guess it got better. Once he tried there I figured I had better get down there. That’s bad that Dennie got taken out by a lapped car.”

Turner Terrorizes I-Stock Main
As the green flag waved for the 24-car, 25-lap IMCA Stock Car Championship, it was three wide for the lead going into turn 1. Kevin Sustaire and Bryan LaRiviere got the worst end of that deal when they got turned around in the middle of that fight. Scotty Brown was the benefactor getting the lead from row 2. Lap 1 saw another big melee in turn 2 when Raymond King jr. got spun around and drilled by Tony Rime bringing out a yellow, scattering the field around them.

Benji Kirkpatrick and Buck Dempsey were a little over eager on the restart with the caution quickly back out. The next restart was better with Brown and Jeff Turner getting out, while Chad Estes got past Sustaire for third and B J Dulock ran side by side with Sustaire for fourth. On lap 2 Toby Miller, Wendall Bolton and Dennis Bissenette were three wide fighting for eighth.

Turner began putting pressure on Brown for the lead on lap 4, as Dulock got by Estes for third. Former IMCA Stock Car National Champion, Duain Pritchett moved up to seventh on lap 5 getting around Bolton. Pritchett then got along side Dempsey for sixth and took the spot on lap 6. Brown and Turner were still nose to tail as the B&B Teammates put distance on Dulock, while Estes and Sustaire battled for fourth.

Sustaire got the spot back from Estes on lap 9, at the same time Dempsey was
retaking sixth from Pritchett. Those two scraps for for position continued as the duos swapped the spots nearly corner for corner. Coming to halfway it was Brown, Turner, Dulock, Estes and Sustaire in the top five. Brown had just started to get away from Turner when yellow waved for Julie Boettler who spun and backed into the wall. Under caution, Susaire pulled off from fifth.

On the restart the top five stayed nose to tail, while Bolton worked his way past Dempsey for sixth. Brown started showing a little smoke with a tire rub on the right rear. That tire exploded on lap 16 ending Brown’s chance for the win and handing Turner the lead on lap 17. Estes and Pritchett dueled door to door for third as Turner inched away from Dulock. Bolton caught the third place battle on lap 23 and made it three wide for the spot.

Up front Turner was increasing his advantage on Dulock slightly while the scramble for third continued with Estes getting the nose ahead as the white flag waved. At the checkers it was Turner, the new IMCA Southern SportMod Champion, showing his versatility by winning in the B&B Concrete, B&B Redi-Mix, Motors by Clint, Southside Graphics,Jet Phantom Chassis. “I’m pretty worn out tonight, I feel like Jeff Gordon,” joked Turner. ” I saw ome sparks fly out from under Scotty’s car in turn 2. I knew right then he broke a trailing arm. It was just a matter of time before the frame rubbed through. I just didn’t know how long it would last and didn’t want him to spin in front of me.” “Anyone can drive around Boone(Speedway), this track here is hard to get a handle on.” added Turner comparing this race to the SuperNationals. “It’s just different here, there’s no track to compare it to.”
“I hope this race contnues to get bigger. This is the best time we’ve had other than Boone or Marshalltown. We hope to come back next year.”
“I think the passing points system is the best way to format a race. It will benefit you more than it will hurt you. You just have get your car set up and be able to move forward.”

Sprint Series of Texas
Wilson Wrestles win from SST pack The Sprint Series of Texas 24-car, 25 lap A-main was led to green by Dalton Steed and Brian Carter. Steed was first into turn 1, but Carter crossed over and tried to duck underneath. Steed held off Carter to lead lap 1, while Mike George was flying by Carter on the high side for second. George wasted little time getting by Steed next for the lead on lap 2. Ron Beechler took third from Carter on lap 3, as Chad Wilson got by Shane Clement for sixth.

Steed and Beechler ran wheel to wheel on lap 4 for second. By lap 5 George had built a full straightaway lead on Beechler. Wilson snagged fourth from Carter on lap 6, as his uncle, George was finding his way into slower traffic. Mike Harris thrilled the fans with a 360 spin, never lifting and not bringing out a caution. George was forced to go three wide around two slower cars on lap 9, an indication of (bad)things to come.

At the halfway point it was George with nearly a half track lead over Beechler,
Wilson, Clement and Jerry Hammock. George tapped tires with the slow car in turn 1, while Beechler was getting into another lapper sending Dan Burk around in turn 4 to bring out a yellow. George lost his huge lead as Beechler was right on his nerf bar for the restart. Beechler tried to dive low in turn 1, but wasn’t able to get by and lost second to Wilson.

George was once again building a big advantage until lap 20 when he hit slower
traffic again allowing Wilson to close the gap. George was forced to go three wide again, this time ending up slapping the wall in turn 3. At the same time Stuart Suggs was flipping his ride down the front stretch to bring out a red. Both drivers were alright, but done for the night.

Wilson, an expectant father, inherited the top spot and got a quick challenge from Beechler on the restart. The young Wilson held steady, fending off Beechler’s charge and slowly increasing his lead in the final laps. At the checkers it was Wilson by a comfortable margin in the Lefty’s General Store, Jimmy Jenkins Office Equipment, Big Worm Graphis, Allards Racing Engines, J&J Chassis getting the win. ” It’s was mainly just looking ahead to see what everyone else was doing,” said Wilson.”I just try to watch the leaders and get passed the cars in front of me. I was on the bottom and really not going anywhere. You just have to look for where the track is tacky and drive it as hard as you can drive it. Be smooth!” “I saw that he(Mike George) was coming up on slower traffic so I didn’t want to try to follow him around the top. So I went to the bottom and found some good track to get by. I hate to see it for my uncle, though.” “I’ve only been running these cars for abut a year and a half. I got into this series for budget reasons. I really can’t afford o race the big motored cars. This is a little cheaper class to run. The people that we race with are great people. It’s like family out there on the track when you’re racing.”

Jason Howell jumped into the lead on Sprint Series of Texas B-main going into turn 1. Lap 2 saw Johnny Miller spin high out of turn 2, while Tyler Shultz spun into the infield. On the restart the top four got clear, while Brian Parker and Stace Haviland ran side by side for fifth. Gary Kelley got by Haviland on lap 6 for fifth, followed by Jimmy Goodwin to sixth. Goodwin picked up another spot on lap 8 but fell short of the last transfer spot. Howell took the win, with Mike Herring, Jay Smith and Parker getting the trips to the A-main.

IMCA Lone Star Nationals, presented byTETCO @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track,

October 3rd, 2007

The remainder of the IMCA fields would be filled by Last Chance Qualifiers in the Modified, Southern SportMod and Stock Car classes. Also on the night’s agenda was a full race program for the Sprint Series of Texas.

Taylor Tops Tough Modified Field
The grand finale of the IMCA Lone Star Nationals was the 25-lap, $2,000 to win IMCA Modified championship race. Tim Clonch and Tommy Fain paced the 24-car field and the excitement started early in turn 1. Clonch, Fain and Troy Taylor came out of turn 2, three wide for the lead. Fain was out front coming to line for lap 1. Taylor began to look under Fain, who was running the top side, on lap 2, while Kenny Stone passed Clonch for third.

Yellow waved on lap 2 when Wesley Veal rolled to a stop on track. On the restart, Taylor was again trying the bottom on Fain, with Stone having to get by Clonch again. Scotty Brown moved in to batle with J P Dowell for fifth on lap 3. Dowell eased by both Brown and Clonch on lap 4, but Brown came back to retake the spot a half lap later.

Up front Taylor was doing his best to duck under Fain through the corners and tried a good old fashoined slide job on lap 6. Taylor came up a bit short of completing that move and backed off to regroup. Behind the leaders fight, Brown was getting by both Dowell and Stone for third. Brown then ran down Taylor for second using the bottom. Taylor was now forced to be defensive at the same time trying to get by Fain for the lead.

Tayor tried to get to the bottom groove, but Brown wouldn’t give up the real estate and got along side Taylor on lap 10 and by on the backstretch. Brown, still stuck on the bottom caught Fain on lap 11 and got a run coming off the corner to pull ahead on lap 12. As the crossed flags were shown the crowd was on it’s feet as it was Brown, Fain and Taylor nearly three wide for the lead, with Stone and Clonch rounding out the top five.

With Brown on the bottom, Taylor in the middle and Fain up top it still three
abreast on lap 14 until caution waved for a spin in turn 2. On the restart the top three all tried the bottom in turns 3-4, but Fain went back to the top and Taylor to middle. The duo now had Clonch breathing their backs and going three wide for second on lap 16. Fain and Taylor continued their personal little war until Taylor finally secured the spot on lap 18, with Clonch also getting by Fain for third.

Taylor then closed on Brown as they ran wheel to wheel down the back stretch for the lead. Taylor got the nose ahead on lap 21 as they stayed in side by side formation. Taylor finally gained control of the top spot and began to inch away on lap 23. Coming to the checkers, the crowd saluted the long-time area hotshoe as he took the win in the Ameritech Pest Control, Wells Racing Engines, Ameritech Automotive, Snap On Tools, Ace Hardware, NAPA, D&D Automotive, Larsen Chassis. “I was watching Scotty(Brown) drive around us on the bottom, but I felt the top of turns 1-2 was better.” stated Taylor. “So I tried his line, and didn’t think turn 4 was good. So I changed my line and picked up more momentum. That get me clear of Tommy(Fain) and I set sail after that.” “I believe this track kind of owes me one,” added Taylor who once worked his way from the J-main to the A-main during the first Texas World Dirt Track Championship event. “Hopefully we can come back the first of year and carry this momentum over to that. We had this car for sale, but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sell it. It’s got a lot of sentimental value now.”
“I think this passing poits format is better than the heats, b-mains and that. You can draw a bad number and it can work out good and if you draw a good number you have a chance to stay up there. If you draw a bad number, you should be rewarded for doing good. Passing points is a better deal.”

“I believe this race here may surpass Boone(SuperNationals) in the coming years. This race here will get bigger and bigger. This is a great facility and the location is good. It’s the nicest place I’ve ever been to.”

White Wins SportMod Spectacular
Dennie Gieber beat polesitter Keith White into turn 1 at the start of the 25-lap IMCA Southern SportMod Championship. White fought back getting the lead on the back stretcth, while Jeff Turner was trying unsuccesfully to use the high groove, losing several spots. Sid Kiphen moved into third, Cody Smith fourth as Edward Oakes was getting turned around by Bobby Mercer. Dillon Smith, Tom Earl, Chris Cogburn, got collected in the melee, withothers getting a small piece of the action.

Mercer was sent to the pits, D. Smith and Scotty Wallace were forced to pit for
repairs, but rejoined the tail of the field for the restart. Once back to green, Earl, who got his spot back, took another one from Turner. Turner quickly got back by, followed by Tim Clonch for sixth and Cogburn for seventh. Clonch then passed Turner on lap 3 for fifth.

Up front White and Gieber were easily pulling away from Kiphen, and C. Smith who were side by side. C. Smith got the position as Kiphen fell victim to Clonch for fourth. Turner then moved in on Kiphen with Cogburn in hot pursuit. Kiphen and Turner were wheel to wheel on lap 9 for fifth, while Cogburn was fallng off the pace, eventually pulling off. Gieber turned up the heat on White on lap 11, but fell back slightly after being denied the spot.

At the mid-point it was White with six car lengths on Gieber, C. Smith, Clonch and Turner in the top five. Gieber slowly closed back in on White and got the nose inside on lap 17. The two played a little door tag in turn 3 causing no major problems for either driver. C. Smith and Clonch were then were able to close on Gieber. Clonch got third from C. Smith on lap 20 about the time White was hitting slower traffic.

White, the two-time IMCA Southern SportMod National Champion, continued to hold a few car length lead over Gieber as the top four diced through traffic. As the white flag waved, White had a five car edge over Gieber with a lap car between the two. Gieber tried to get by the slower car of Dean Abbey, but got turned around instead. White in the Tracy’s Auto Sales, Central Texas Pest Control, D&S Painting, Finishline Restoration, RC Racng Converters, Dan Corbin & Associates, Belton Pipe & Steel, Pflugervile Engine & Machine, Big Chief Chassis scored the big win, while Gieber recovered to finish fourth behind Clonch and C. Smith. “I think we actually won this on Thursday night,” replied White. “We won the qualifier and got to start on the front tonight.We came up here and practiced last Sunday, so we may have had a little head start too. It was worth our $50 to come practice I guess.”

“This is definitely one my biggest wins. You want to win it, but I think more
importantly you want to do it front of these people racing on the same level. We know all these people here, we may not race with them every week, but see them these big end of the year shows. Here we can get in the spotlight and showcase what we an do.”

“After Jeff(Turner) beat me out for the championship this year, this is a good
capper to my season. I’m all about winning. Jeff’s a great guy, and he’ll be a good champion. I’m not happy we’re no longer the ‘only’ SSM Champ, but the weather hurt us a lot this year. We lost 17 races between Killeen and Waco because of ran outs. That definitey hurt us in the points.” “It’s a lot bigger track than most of us have raced on and I think it’s good for us and the local economy of racing. This is really awesome. I’ve been pushing for this(IMCA) show because I’ve never raced here. It’s always been an open competition show and the weekly IMCA racer can’t afford to keep up with those guys. Wherever you
go for an IMCA you know you have a shot at winning because of the rules they have and the tech that they do.” “I was worried about Dennie(Gieber) coming around in lap traffic. There was really one groove there and another groove will develop because of cars being passed. When he showed me the nose I was purposely staying up off the bottom, but I guess it got better. Once he tried there I figured I had better get down there. That’s bad that Dennie got taken out by a lapped car.”

Turner Terrorizes I-Stock Main
As the green flag waved for the 24-car, 25-lap IMCA Stock Car Championship, it was three wide for the lead going into turn 1. Kevin Sustaire and Bryan LaRiviere got the worst end of that deal when they got turned around in the middle of that fight. Scotty Brown was the benefactor getting the lead from row 2. Lap 1 saw another big melee in turn 2 when Raymond King jr. got spun around and drilled by Tony Rime bringing out a yellow, scattering the field around them.

Benji Kirkpatrick and Buck Dempsey were a little over eager on the restart with the caution quickly back out. The next restart was better with Brown and Jeff Turner getting out, while Chad Estes got past Sustaire for third and B J Dulock ran side by side with Sustaire for fourth. On lap 2 Toby Miller, Wendall Bolton and Dennis Bissenette were three wide fighting for eighth.

Turner began putting pressure on Brown for the lead on lap 4, as Dulock got by Estes for third. Former IMCA Stock Car National Champion, Duain Pritchett moved up to seventh on lap 5 getting around Bolton. Pritchett then got along side Dempsey for sixth and took the spot on lap 6. Brown and Turner were still nose to tail as the B&B Teammates put distance on Dulock, while Estes and Sustaire battled for fourth.

Sustaire got the spot back from Estes on lap 9, at the same time Dempsey was
retaking sixth from Pritchett. Those two scraps for for position continued as the duos swapped the spots nearly corner for corner. Coming to halfway it was Brown, Turner, Dulock, Estes and Sustaire in the top five. Brown had just started to get away from Turner when yellow waved for Julie Boettler who spun and backed into the wall. Under caution, Susaire pulled off from fifth.

On the restart the top five stayed nose to tail, while Bolton worked his way past Dempsey for sixth. Brown started showing a little smoke with a tire rub on the right rear. That tire exploded on lap 16 ending Brown’s chance for the win and handing Turner the lead on lap 17. Estes and Pritchett dueled door to door for third as Turner inched away from Dulock. Bolton caught the third place battle on lap 23 and made it three wide for the spot.

Up front Turner was increasing his advantage on Dulock slightly while the scramble for third continued with Estes getting the nose ahead as the white flag waved. At the checkers it was Turner, the new IMCA Southern SportMod Champion, showing his versatility by winning in the B&B Concrete, B&B Redi-Mix, Motors by Clint, Southside Graphics,Jet Phantom Chassis. “I’m pretty worn out tonight, I feel like Jeff Gordon,” joked Turner. ” I saw some
sparks fly out from under Scotty’s car in turn 2. I knew right then he broke a
trailing arm. It was just a matter of time before the frame rubbed through. I just didn’t know how long it would last and didn’t want him to spin in front of me.”

“Anyone can drive around Boone(Speedway), this track here is hard to get a handle on.” added Turner comparing this race to the SuperNationals. “It’s just different here, there’s no track to compare it to.” “I hope this race contnues to get bigger. This is the best time we’ve had other than Boone or Marshalltown. We hope to come back next year.” “I think the passing points system is the best way to format a race. It will benefit you more than it will hurt you. You just have get your car set up and be able to move forward.”

Sprint Series of Texas
Wilson Wrestles win from SST pack The Sprint Series of Texas 24-car, 25 lap A-main was led to green by Dalton Steed and Brian Carter. Steed was first into turn 1, but Carter crossed over and tried to duck underneath. Steed held off Carter to lead lap 1, while Mike George was flying by Carter on the high side for second. George wasted little time getting by Steed next for the lead on lap 2. Ron Beechler took third from Carter on lap 3, as Chad Wilson got by Shane Clement for sixth.

Steed and Beechler ran wheel to wheel on lap 4 for second. By lap 5 George had built a full straightaway lead on Beechler. Wilson snagged fourth from Carter on lap 6, as his uncle, George was finding his way into slower traffic. Mike Harris thrilled the fans with a 360 spin, never lifting and not bringing out a caution. George was forced to go three wide around two slower cars on lap 9, an indication of (bad)things to come.

At the halfway point it was George with nearly a half track lead over Beechler,
Wilson, Clement and Jerry Hammock. George tapped tires with the slow car in turn 1, while Beechler was getting into another lapper sending Dan Burk around in turn 4 to bring out a yellow. George lost his huge lead as Beechler was right on his nerf bar for the restart. Beechler tried to dive low in turn 1, but wasn’t able to get by and lost second to Wilson.

George was once again building a big advantage until lap 20 when he hit slower
traffic again allowing Wilson to close the gap. George was forced to go three wide again, this time ending up slapping the wall in turn 3. At the same time Stuart Suggs was flipping his ride down the front stretch to bring out a red. Both drivers were alright, but done for the night.

Wilson, an expectant father, inherited the top spot and got a quick challenge from Beechler on the restart. The young Wilson held steady, fending off Beechler’s charge and slowly increasing his lead in the final laps. At the checkers it was Wilson by a comfortable margin in the Lefty’s General Store, Jimmy Jenkins Office Equipment, Big Worm Graphis, Allards Racing Engines, J&J Chassis getting the win. ” It’s was mainly just looking ahead to see what everyone else was doing,” said Wilson.”I just try to watch the leaders and get passed the cars in front of me. I was on the bottom and really not going anywhere. You just have to look for where the track is tacky and drive it as hard as you can drive it. Be smooth!” “I saw that he(Mike George) was coming up on slower traffic so I didn’t want to try to follow him around the top. So I went to the bottom and found some good track to get by. I hate to see it for my uncle, though.”

“I’ve only been running these cars for abut a year and a half. I got into this
series for budget reasons. I really can’t afford o race the big motored cars. This is a little cheaper class to run. The people that we race with are great people. It’s like family out there on the track when you’re racing.”

Jason Howell jumped into the lead on Sprint Series of Texas B-main going into turn 1. Lap 2 saw Johnny Miller spin high out of turn 2, while Tyler Shultz spun into the infield. On the restart the top four got clear, while Brian Parker and Stace Haviland ran side by side for fifth. Gary Kelley got by Haviland on lap 6 for fifth, followed by Jimmy Goodwin to sixth. Goodwin picked up another spot on lap 8 but fell short of the last transfer spot. Howell took the win, with Mike Herring, Jay Smith and Parker getting the trips to the A-main.

Taylor Wins Lone Star Nationals Modified Title

October 2nd, 2007

“Judging from the standing room-only crowd we had, this was an extremely successful inaugural event,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Between the great racing and huge crowd, it was everything we could have wanted in an our inaugural fall dirt event.”

Taylor was one of four division champions crowned in Saturday evening’s 25-lap finales of the three-day event that was the second-largest IMCA event this season with more than 300 competitors.

Keith White, a two-time national series champion from Academy, Tex., earned the SportMod championship while Jeff Turner, of Seagoville, Tex., won the Stock Car crown.

Also competing on the Saturday schedule was the Sprint Series of Texas, where Chad Wilson, of North Richland Hills, Tex., captured the 25-lap event.

IMCA Lone Star Nationals, presented by TETCO @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track

September 30th, 2007

Finals round of qualifying were held in the IMCA Modified, Southern SportMod and IMCA Stock classes, with the IMCA Hobby Stocks deciding the title at night’s end. Four cars from each qualifier would be added to the fields, while the others added crucial points for the last chance qualifiers. Hobby Stocks would run one final qualifier to set the starting field.

Fain Finds Faith in Modified

The 24-car, 15-lap IMCA Modified A-qualifier was paced to green by Cody Smith and Kelly Allen. Allen inched into the lead on the high side of turn 1, but Tommy Fain came from row two, ducked under Allen and got lead on lap 1. Wesley Veal got around Kenny Stone and Alen on lap 1 for second, but Allen fought back on lap 2. Allen held second through turns 1-2, with Veal finally securing the spot in turn 4.

Kevin Sustaire saw his night end early when his car went up in flames on lap 3. The fire was contained in the engine area and was quickly extinguished. Fain got away clean on the restart, while Monte Bolton and Keith White ran wheel to wheel for seventh. Chad Estes and Jason Sartain made contact and spun, but both continued without a yellow waving. Charlie Harmon would bring out a caution when his car rolled to a stop high in turn 2.

Bolton tried to jump around Stone for fourth as the green waved again, but was
unable to get by. Troy Taylor then put slide job on Bolton for fifth in turn 1, but Bolton came back in turns 3-4. Stone was able to take third from Allen on lap 5, while Taylor and Bolton continued to slug it out for fifth. By lap 7, Fain and Veal had put some distance on the rest of the top five and the field.

Once Taylor finaly cleared Bolton, he moved in on Allen running side by side on lap 8 before Taylor took the spot. Two laps later, Taylor got past Stone for third and Veal was turning up the heat on Fain for the lead. Allen continued to backslide giving up sixth to White on lap 12. As the white flag waved, Veal took one last shot at Fain for the win, but came up short as Fain in the God is Awesome Racing, Air1.com, Hanner Chevrolet, Pflugervile Engine & Machine, Hughes Chassis scored the victory.

“I had a good starting spot and started on the outside,” said Fain. “We got up on the high line pretty quick and were able to get around everybody on the first lap.”

“You just never know how the track is going to change, or when they’re going to farm it. You’ve just to pay attention to what the track and cars are doing in the races before yours. It’s just a guess, and obviously we guessed right last night.”

“This pasing points system really depends on where you draw to whether you like it or not. Here you want to draw bad, start near the back and have cars to pass. Thursday I started on the front row of my heat, won and barely qualified for the back of the qualifier.”

“I’m looking to go to the front and stay there in the A-main tonight. We’re starting up there and In hope to stay there and be competitive. That will be a good night for me.

Gieber Grabs SportMod Slugfest

Outside polesitter, Bobby Mercer beat Matt Mueller out of turn 2 for the lead of the 15-lap IMCA Souther SportMod A-qualifier. Dennie Gieber moved to second, Mueller third, with three and four wide racing in the pack behin the top three. The top three began to inch away as the field continued three wide racing for every position. David Phillips got turned around from one of those scrambles collecting Josh McGaha, Johnny Torres and Bradley Poor. Phillips and Torres were both done for the night.

On the restart, Gieber ducked inside Marcer and got by in turn 1. Mercer tried to crossover out of turn 2, but was not able to reclaim the top spot. Scotty Wallace got by Travis Evans for fifth on lap 3 leaving Evans side by side with Kevin Nixon for sixth. Chris Cogburn joined that battle getting past Nixon on lap 4. Back in the pack, Tim Clonch, who looked to be last night’s winner until mechanical failure put him out, worked his way from 18th to the top ten.

Tyler Young brought out the yellow on lap 5 when he blew up and and rolled to a stop in turn 4. Gieber got huge jump when the green waved, with Evans looking under Wallace for fifth and Cogburn on top side challenging both. Robert Black moved up to join that free-for-all on lap 6 as Cogburn made it to fifth. Black got past Evans on lap 7 and moved along side Wallace.

While Wallace and Black ran side by side, Clonch caught both, with Cogburn and
Mueller wheel to wheel for fifth. Clonch passed Black on lap 9 and as he and Wallace made contact, Black was able to get back by for sixth. The top three had put some distance on all the scraps behind them with five to go. Cogburn and Mueller continued thier fight for the last transfer spot. Coming to the checkers it was Gieber driving the Excel Concrete, Automotive Machine Shop, Qwik Chassis getting the win.

“I had a pretty god car tonight,” Stated Gieber. “That’s what is takes to get the job done. These guys from Excel Concrete give me this Limited to drive, and they do a good job of preparing the car. We had a lot of luck go our way and we were able to stay up front.”

“We just looked for some moisture on the track, try to put the car there and keep it freed up. These cars don’t have a whole lot of motor, so you try to keep the car kind of neutral and balanced.”

“I’m hoping to get a good start tonight.. Hopefully we can get the car dialed in. There’s a lot of fast cars up there, Keith(White) and those guys are real good. It may take a little luck and hopefuly we’ll have a good enough car to stay with them.”

“We really like the passing points simply because if you get a bad draw you can pass some cars and accumulate enough points to be able to start up front in the qualifiers. We really like it.”

Sustaire Struts his Stuff in I-Stock Qualifier

Bryan LaRiviere and Daniel Parker led the 24-car IMCA Stock car A-qualifier to green for the 15 lapper. LaRiviere was first into turn 1, with two and three wide action throughout the pack. Wendall Bolton moved into second with Parker third. Tim Pyle got past Parker on lap 1, while Kevin Sustaire was sailing around the top fom his row five starting spot. Parker continued to fall back giving way to Benji Kirkpatrick on lap 2. K. Sustaire grabed a top five spot on lap 3 getting past Raymond King and Parker.

Kirkpatric caught Pyle for third and as they battled side by side, K. Sustaire
closed in for the kill. Chris Hale brought out the caution on lap 6 when his car went up in smoke. As Hale tried to make the infield, he nearly took Duain Pritchett along with him. LaRiviere got a good lead on the restart, while K. Sustaire looked inside Kirkpatrick for third. On lap 7 Bolton took a peek inside LaRiviere for he lead with Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire side by side for third.

Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire caught Bolton and made it three wide for second with Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire getting by. Kirkpatrick was now on LaRiviere for the lead with K. Sustaire hanging on to hs bumper. On lap 10 it was three wide for the top spot that saw K. Sustaire get the best of both for the lead on lap 11. Kirkpatrick would get loose in turns 1-2 giving Bolton the chance to duck inside for second.

Kirkpatrick and LaRiviere both got around Bolton on lap 12 for second and third. In the meantime, K. Sustaire was building his lead and Randall Jones began sneaking up on Bolton for the final transfer spot. Jones was able to get that last spot on lap 13. Up front K. Sustaire was on cruise control as he put the Darby’s Deisel Repair, Tunes Used Cars, All Star Signs, Performance Transmissions, Simply Great Catering & Events, Cen-Tex Motorsports Engines, Scorpion Race Chassis in the winners circle. LaRiviere, Kirkpatrick and Jones took the other three transfer spots.

“I kind of got lucky tonight,” replied Sustaire. “It seemed like I had a better
starting spot in the middle of the pack. The track came in and we were able to find some lines that the other guys didn’t. That was probably the biggest key, hitting the set-up right on the money. We’ll see what happenes tonight.”

“The work my crew does Monday through Thursday at the shop is what wins races.”

“After breaking while leading Thursday, we looked the car over pretty good, so I didn’t think anything about it. It was kind of a freak deal, but we checked the car over for tonight.”

“I’m looking to get a good start in the Championship race. We’ll have to keep a real close look t what the track is doing. With them changing it up with farming, the lines change, well have to keep on top of the track tonight. I think that’s going to be the key.”

Kansas driver, Dauer takes home Texas Loot

Twenty IMCA Hobby Stocks answered the call for the 25-lap Championship raced led to green by Charles Cosper and Allen Montgomery. B J Dauer saw his race get off to a shakey start when he spun in turn 1, but continued on. Dauer caught the big break when Buddy Baker spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow and set up a complete restart. On the second try, Cosper got into turn 1 first to get the lead, while Chris Hughes looped his ride and kept going. Dauer moved in on Montgomery and Cosper getting past both for the lead on lap 2.

Perenial front runner, Chris Ater began smoking on lap 3 while running in the top five. Montgomery had trouble on lap 4 when spun with a flat left front giving up third position. Once back to green Dauer and Cosper got the jump on the field with Barrett Hutchinson getting by a slowing Ater. Bryan Sewell was making a charge from his 13th starting spot getting by Ater and Hutchinson for third. Ater was finally forced to retire.

Bryan Wilson got along side Hutchnson on lap 6 for fourth as Montgomery made his way back up to the top ten after changing a tire. Sewell reeled in Cosper for second on lap 8 and dove under Cosper in turn 3. Cosper did a classic crossover and retook the spot. At the crossed flags it was Dauer, with a half straightaway lead, Sewell back by to second, Cosper, Wilson and Hutchinson.

Montgomery caught Michael Guenat and Corbin Taylor in a three car battle for sixth only to have run come to an end on lap 12 when the right front locked up. Dauer had a two lapped car buffer on Cosper as the race went green again and easily built a slight advantage as Sewell got hung up behind one of the slower cars. Sewell finally cleared traffic a lap later, but Dauer was already in the distance.

Lap 14 saw Hughes, Hutchinson and Guenat running three wide for fifth. With Dauer inching away ever farther from Sewell and Cosper, Geunat took sixth from Hutchinson. With two to go, Dauer had rebuilt his half straightaway lead over Sewell, with Hughes catching Wilson for fourth and Geunat and Hutchinson still fighting for sixth. As the double checkers waved it was Dauer in the Crane Rentals, Bob Dauer Trucking, Jason Schoenberg Racing, CT Graphics, Stark Rentals, Stuckey Valley Farms, Phillips Motorsports, BJ Dauer Race Chassis.

“I’m proud to take the Texas trophy back to Kansas,” Said Dauer. “I came down here hoping to take the trophy home. We came down the the Icebreaker(Abilene Speedway) a few years ago and had a really good time. I’ll sure do what I can to come back and defend my title next year”

“It feels a lot better now than it did the first lap, I guarantee that. I got a good start, got there and the car felt good and then it took off on me. I tried something else the second start, I hate running the bottom so I went up top. I like running near the wall. We brought a lot of our stuff from back home. We changed gears. The tracks up there are big, the one in Norton(Kan.) is huge. So we have experience on these type tracks”

“We don’t worry so much about points racing anymore,” added Dauer who is 11th in National points. ” The way IMCA has it set up now, it’s your best thirty out fifty races. So if you’re running for points you have to watch where you’re at and have to go good in those first fifty. I chased National points twice, the first year I was second and I was never home. I have to kids that got to be five and I never knew it. It just got to be where it wasn’t worth it anymore”

“I really think we might had something for BJ(Dauer) in the big featue,” replied runner-up Sewell.” On the that restart, they started two lap cars between us. One was smart enough to get out of the way, the other tried to race with us. By the time I got past him, BJ had already checked out.”

“The guys from up north have been running the Hobby’s and I-Stocks a lot longer so they have some advantage there. We’re just now catching on down here, it won’t be long, we’ll be there.”

Sewell Sweet in Second Hobby Qualifier(10 laps)

After suffering a set back in Thursday’s Hobby Stock qualifier, Bryan Sewell showed he was the class of the remaining Hobby Stock field in the second A-qualifier. Sewell start on the pole flanked by Caleb Stone and quickly jumped out front on green. Stone got turned around on lap 1 after contact with Justin McNeil in turn 2. On the restart Sewell was easily pulling away from the field.

Erik Miles and Corbin Taylor began what turned out to be a race-long battle for
second, that saw the duo, at times, door to door for the position. Jason Brooks
moved by O N Harcrow on lap 5 for third as the short field strung out. Up front
Sewell was continuing to increase his lead. Miles had an axle break on lap 7 ending his chance for top spot and keeping him out of the Championship race. Sewell easily took the win with B&B Redi-Mix, Seagoville Used Cars, Motors by Clint, VooDoo Race Chassis, ahead of Taylor.

“In didn’t figure I’d be able to run away with that like we did.” stated Sewell. “We had a pretty good group of cars out here. I just hapened I started on the front row pole, got out front and never looked back.”

IMCA Lone Star Nationals, presented by TETCO @ Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track,

September 30th, 2007

Fields in each class would be set through a series of heat races and qualifying features, with the finales in the Modifieds, Sportmods and Stocks on Saturday. The Hobby Stock main event is scheduled for Friday night, with the Sprint Series of Texas moving in on Saturday to make for a full weekend of racing. Clonch KO’s Competition in Modifieds

The 15-lap, 24-car IMCA Modified A-qualifier was paced to green by J P Dowell and Wesley Veal. Dowell was first into turn 1 for the lead, with IMCA Modified Regional Champion P J Egbert taking second and Tim Clonch moving to third. Coming to complete lap 1 P J Egbert, Clonch, Veal and Keith White were four wide for second, with Clonch coming out with the spot. Clonch then quickly got past Dowell for the lead on lap 2. P J Egbert tried to go by Dowell on the high side on lap 3, but nearly got squeezed into the back wall and had to regroup for another try. Robby Edwards snagged fourth from Veal on lap 5, as Scotty Brown moved into sixth getting by White and Kevin Sustaire. P J Egbert got another run on Dowel for second and made the pass stick on lap 5. Up front, Clonch was already showing his dominance as he increased his lead.
Edards picked up another spot getting by Dowel for third on lap 7, while Brown moved into the top five besting Veal for the position. Brown was then able to snare fourth from Dowell on lap 8. Dowell then fell into the clutches of Veal as they ran side by side for fifth. Clonch had built a full straightaway lead over P J Egbert on lap 11, as Brown gained another spot taking third from Edwards, who was starting to fade.

Clonch caught the back of the pack on lap 13,but easily cut through traffic and
never lost an inch of ground. On the last lap Dowell was able to retake the fourth and final transfer spot from Edwards. Meanwhile, Clonch driving the Bill Brown Tach’s, Jeff’s Performance Racing Engines, Smileys Race Products, Skyrocket Chassis, was taking the runaway victory over P J Egbert and Brown.
“We put a special set of shocks on the car,” stated Clonch. “AFCO came up with set that (Kelly) Shryock has been using. I don’t know if that was the key. We get around this old track pretty good. It’s kind of like Abilene to me. I can get in and get out good. Of course the car has to be good, too and it was. After hot laps, all we did was put fuel in it.”

” I think we’ll be pretty good for Saturday. We’ll have to look at what the track is doing. We may free the car up. Once before it was real bad slick and I ran the right rear off. ”

White Whips SportMod Field

Robert Vetter and Tom Earl led the 24-car IMCA Southern SportMod field to green for the 15-lap A-qualifier. Vetter was able to get out front, while Tim Clonch made a hard charge on the outside moving from eighth to second. Clonch nosed past Vetter on the back stretch, but Vetter fought back running side by side through turns 3-4. Clonch finally completed the pass on lap 2 for the lead. Two-time IMCA SSM champion, Keith Whte was on his own tear taking fourth from Bobby Malchus on lap 3. Sid Kiphen tok over second on lap 4 geting by Vetter on the inside. In mid-pack, Bobby Skinner and 2007 SSM Champ, Jeff Turner were wheel to wheel for sixth, while White was taking third from Vetter. White then reeled in Kiphen and got along side in turns 1-2, as Turner took fifth rom Malchus. Even as White and Kiphen battled for second they were closing on Clonch, who appeared to be slowing.

White ducked low on Clonch, who was now smoking and losing power, and grabbed the top spot on lap 11. Scotty Pyle brought out the races only yellow when he spun on lap 11 coming out of turn 4. Clonch pulled off during the caution. White got a good jump on the restart, while Turner got around Vetter for third.
Malchus and Cody Smith then pressured Vetter for fourth as the laps wound down. With two to go, Turner made his way past Kiphen for second as the fight for fourth, and the final transfer, raged on. As the checkers waved it was White in the Tracy’s Auto Sales, D&S Painting, Central Texas Pest Control, Finishline Restoration, RC Racing Converters, Belton Steel & Pipe, Dan Corbin & Associates, Pflugerville Engine and Machine, Big Chief Chassis taking the win. Turner, Kiphen and Smith completed the top four transfer spots.
“I think we were reeling in Tim(Clonch) a little at a time,” said White. “I don’t know we’d have caught him if hr didn’t have trouble. I saw him puffing a little smoke. I think we ha a shot at running him down.

“I think this passing point format is awesome. Luckily I haven’t drawn the front yet, So I’ve been able to get the passing points. If you sit on the front row, you definitely have to win it, you can’t give up any spots.”
“I’ll be looking at the track close on Saturday and see how it’s going. Whether they farm the top and the bottom. I think tonight(Friday) will be a lot more indication of what the track will do. Last night was pretty racey, a little rough in spots, but you could race all over the track.”

Turner Tops in IMCA Stock Car Scramble

In the 24-car, IMCA Stock Car qualifier, Shawn Stephenson and Kevin Sustaire paced the field to green for the 15 lapper. K. Sustaire was first out turn 2 to get the lead, with Southern Region point leader, Benji Kirkpatrick getting second from Stephenson. On lap 1 Jeff Sustaire and Stephenson were side by side for third as Scotty Brown moved to make it three wide. J. Sustaire got tagged in that fight and spun to bring out yellow.

Under caution, brother Kevin rolled to stop in turn 1 and retired, surrendering the lead to Kirkpatrick on the restart. Brown caught everyone naping on the restart and snagged the lead on lap 3. Chris Hale, Tim Pyle and Chrlie Wilson got tangled in turn 4 to bring the yellow back out. Brown and Kirkpatrick and Jeff Turner broke away from Stephenson and B J Dulock on the restart. Turner then took second from Kirkpatrick, as Dulock and Chad Estes got by Stephenson. Turner caught Brown for the lead on lap 5 and gave his B&B Racing teammate a friendly rap on the bumper as he moved along side. After a brief door to door fight, Turner tok the point on lap 6. Stephenson brought out the yelow on lap 6 as he got turned around. Turner got a huge jump on green, to good in fact, with the yellow waving instantly. Once bck to green the top five inched away from Rex Higgins, Jimmy Gore and Stephenson.
Estes and Kirkpatrick ran side by side for the final transfer spot with Estes
getting the position. Up front Turner was motoring away from Brown, while Kirpatrick continued to slide back yeilding fifth to Stephenson. In the final laps, Brown cut into Turner’s lead, while Stephenson, Kirkpatrick and Higins had a battle for fifth. As te white waved, Turner in the B&B Concrete, B& B Redi-Mix, Southside Graphics, Motors by Clint, Jet Phantom Chassis, took the checkers by a comfortable margin over Brown. Dulock and Estes held third and fourth for the transfer to Saturday’s A-main. “The race track was pretty good, a little rough in a few places,” replied Turner. But we ended up coming out on top. Giving Scotty(Brown) a bump was just racing. If somebody in front of you is a litle slower, You’ve got to make your way around him. We don’t race each other any different than anyone else. I was a little faster than he was so we got by him.”

“Every car we have is different, drives a litle different, but having multiple cars helps you figure out what the track is doing. So yes, it helps a little bit.” “I’m just going to try to get out front and stay there,” added Turner about Saturday’s championship race.

Cosper Captures Hobby Stock Honors

Front row runners, Bryan Sewell and Charles Cosper stayed door to door for the
entire first lap of the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock qualifier, before Cosper edged into the lead on lap 1. Sewell fought back in turn 2 and got the lead on the back stretch to lead lap 2, with Caleb Stone getting third and Chris Hughes and Barrett Hutchinson side by side for fourth. Stone and Hughes made contact on lap 4 allowing Hutchinson to get by both for third.

Sewell slid high in turn 4 with Cosper jumping on the chance to retake the lead on lap 5. Sewell regained momentum and got back by Cosper in turn 2 to lead lap 6. Hughes retook third followed by Stone and Jeremy Bost moving to fourth and fifth. Sewell and Cosper were back racing side by side when Stone got turned around to bring out a caution. On the restart Cosper was back in the lead and Allen Montgomery was getting around Hutchinson for fifth. Up front the fight for the lead came to a boil when Sewell got into Cosper, who spun on lap 7. Cosper was given the lead back and Sewell was sent to the pits. Once back to green Montgomery got past Bost for third as Cosper inched away.
Montgomery got along side Hughes in the battle for second, with Chris Ater, who
started near the tail, got past Hutchinson and Bost for fourth. Mongomery and Ater
moved up on lap 11 taking second and third from Hughes. Bryan Wilson, who started dead last after a heat race DQ found his way to the top five. Bost spun and got drilled by Ben Raines in turn 4 to bring ut the final caution. Both drivers were OK, but done for the night.

On the restart, Montgomery was trying to second again after the caution gave Hughes the spot back. The duo continued to battle for second as Cosper pulled away. On the final lap Hughes and Montgomery were side by side while Cosper in the Brazos Roofing, Left Hand Graphics Destroyer Chassis,was sailing away to take the checkers. Montgomery edged out Hughes at the line for second.
“I was able to keep the car hooked up,” said Cosper. “It was dry in the feature and we have these little tires, if you burn them off, you’re going to the back. You just find a good line, stay smooth and kep it hooked up. My dad, my Uncle Jim and friend Will help me get the car right.”
“After that last restart I was looking up at the board and saw that 38(Allen
Montogomery moved into second. That got my nerves going a little bit. I knew that if I held a god line and was smooth I could hold him off. I run with Allen every week at Kennedale Speedway Park, and knew I could hold him off. “