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Th Madman is Back; Ballou Returns to Victory Lane at Eldora after 8 month Recovery

May 17th, 2017

Rossburg, Ohio………Thursday, he was medically cleared. Friday, he was back in a racecar. Saturday, he was back in victory lane.

The timeline of events that led to Ballou’s triumphant return to the top after an agonizing eight-month recovery from serious neck injuries sustained in a racing accident last September is as remarkable as it comes.

The storybook journey took the Rocklin, California native and 2015 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion to the front of the field on lap 18 of the 30-lap feature Saturday on night two of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway after chasing down Chris Windom in lapped traffic to capture his first win in nearly a year.

Eldora was a fitting stage for Ballou’s return, but it was just happenstance that the first leg of his road back to the racetrack took place at a venue that has served him so well over the past decade. It’s the same place where he earned the first three of his 27 career series victories as well as the first #LetsRaceTwo feature in 2015. But, most importantly, it’s a place – physically and mentally – that put him into a comfort zone as he put into perspective how fortunate he was to have another moment such as the one he had in front of large, raucous crowd Saturday night.

“Being able to come back and race a sprint car again is a victory in my mind,” Ballou said. “I was faced with some circumstances where, in reality, I should’ve died. Obviously, someone wasn’t done with me and I’m still here. It’s sure been a long road. To come back at Eldora, I think everybody was excited fanwise, but I think they were all pretty leery. I’ve always loved this place, though. It comes pretty natural to me.”

Just two days prior, Ballou’s status was still uncertain as he awaited medical clearance from Dr. David Schwartz that would give him the go-ahead to get back behind the wheel of a racecar. Thursday night, he received official word and, from that point, it was a bit of a thrash to get everything ready to go for the next two nights.

“Our new Eagle chassis was sitting in the shop and hadn’t been touched until about a week ago,” Ballou admits. “I said, ‘Hey, there might be a chance we could get going in June, so we need to get the ball rolling.’ I had been going to work every day and spending every night in the shop. I didn’t even get stickers or bumpers on the car until 2pm on Friday afternoon!”

Getting back in racing mode is not only difficult on the psyche after a serious incident such as Ballou’s, the stakes are high when your racing career and your livelihood depends on your results on the track. Ballou admits that the situation is dire in some areas, but his level of success over the past three years has paid large dividends, and bills. Being out of commission for three-quarters of a year, however, put him in a difficult bind when he was sporting a brace instead of a firesuit.

“Fifteen days before I crashed, I bought a house,” Ballou recalls. “I was out of work for 21 weeks and I couldn’t afford my shop and my house at the same time without any income. I was pretty fortunate over the 2014 and 2015 seasons to bring in enough prize money to put a second and third car together and get a truck and trailer. I’ve got all the parts; I just don’t have any money left. If we can keep winning before my parts supply runs out, hopefully we can get our bank account built back up and get back to where we were.”

On the first night back on track, Ballou admits he and crew chief Derrick Bye were a bit behind the curve at the beginning of the night, but each time they hit the track, they got a little more comfortable and a little faster as the competitive juices began to flow again, helping get the two back into the same high-standard mode that drove them to 21 series victories from 2014 to 2016.

“I was pretty rusty Friday night and we have a new chassis that we’re trying to figure out,” Ballou explained. “We probably played it a little too conservative to start. We were trying to play catch up all night. You can’t play catch up in this game. If you get caught behind the eight-ball, the night’s over before you ever get back on the right side. That was ultimately the issue the first night. Tonight, we pretty much picked up where we were left off before the accident.”

Saturday night, it looked like 2015 all over again as the white No. 12 was fast right from the get-go. He timed in fourth, ran second in his heat and began the main event from the outside of the second row.

By the end of lap one, Ballou had instantly climbed to second and was already challenging Windom for the top spot. Ballou dove to the bottom at the entrance of turn one, sliding up in front of Windom to take the lead. However, Windom came right back at Ballou, returning the favor by mimicking the same move that had just been put on him on the opposite end of the track to snatch the lead back in turn three.

“Once I slid Chris and got past him, he got me back in the next corner,” Ballou details. “He was setting a pretty torrid pace that I thought would be difficult to keep up for 30 laps. When you go green for so long like we did tonight, it’s really tough to keep the tires from blistering and, once they get hot and blister, it’s pretty much over with. My car is generally better on long runs as it is. At times, he started getting tricky into one. I was running a lane above him and, at times, it was a little treacherous. There were a few times I thought I was going to knock the fence down.”

Windom and Ballou ripped the high side as they put their right rear tires right up against the concrete to separate themselves as the cream of the crop of the 22-car field. The two were identically as fast as the other, turning similar times around the half-mile with the interval never wavering a tenth of a second in either direction from their five-car-length separation between one another throughout the first half.

“Being able to come back and race a sprint car again is a victory in my mind.
I was faced with some circumstances where, in reality, I should’ve died. Obviously, someone wasn’t done with me and I’m still here. It’s sure been a long road. To come back at Eldora, I think everybody was excited fan-wise, but I think they were all pretty leery. I’ve always loved this place, though.
It comes pretty natural to me.”
-Saturday night Eldora winner Robert Ballou
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

The two entered lapped traffic by lap 10 with much of the back end of the field cooperating by running the bottom, providing them an unobstructed lane up top. The treacherous moment Ballou mentioned came on the 12th lap in traffic as Ballou negotiated the car of Corey Smith. Ballou had committed to the topside as Smith simultaneously headed for the groove up against the wall in turn one. Ballou was able to slip by with nary a foot to spare between his left side wheels and Smith’s right side as “The Madman” continued his pursuit of Windom and the race lead.

With 13 laps remaining, the leaders encountered 15th-running Josh Hodges running the high groove. Windom left the trusty high line to slide Hodges in the third turn. As he slid through the middle of the racing surface, Ballou stayed the course up top and jetted around the outside of Windom exiting turn four to take the top position.

“Chris went to the bottom and left me a wide-open racetrack,” Ballou said. “I had already caught him and I was better in (turns) three and four than he was. He was about the same speed in (turns) one and two unless I really pushed it. It was tough to push it as hard as he was so that I could even catch him in the first place, but I caught him in traffic and, as soon as he left the door open, I had a lot more left in the racecar and I just opened it up.”

Ballou began to check out and seemed poised for victory until the first and only stoppage of the night’s feature occurred with five laps to go when polesitter Landon Simon got upside down in turn three. He walked away unscathed.

One thing Ballou had yet to deal with thus far in his return was leading a late-race restart, but the champ was put to the test in a five-lap shootout. Yet, Windom, nor anybody for that matter, had anything left in the tank to make a bid in the end as Ballou vanished into the distance to take a 1.8 second victory over Windom, Brady Bacon, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney.

“When there’s five laps to go, lapped traffic has gone away and you’re the leader, you end up being a sitting duck,” Ballou explained. “Eldora’s famous for the restart slider, so I tried to move down. I wasn’t going to slide myself because I’ve seen that bite people as well, but I tried to move down to make sure I didn’t hit the hole after the red flag when the tire pressure started getting lower. Tire pressure drops under a red flag and my tire really lost a lot of air. I ended up hitting a hole anyway. It really rolled up on and got tight on me, then it was tight in the next corner, which made me nervous. There’s nothing to lean on in (turns) three and four and it was still tight. A lap of spinning the tires rose the pressure again and, from that point forward, we were pretty good.”

Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom led the initial 17 laps as he sought his first Eldora USAC Sprint win since 2013, but would have to settle for second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

“I knew our tire was pretty blistered there at the end,” Windom said. “(Crew Chief) Derek Claxton gave me a great racecar, as always. We were good the first half of the race, but I kind of caught traffic wrong and couldn’t pick my way through those battles exactly like I wanted to in traffic. Robert got by me there and he was better than us at the end.”

Two-time series champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma recorded ProSource Fast Qualifying time on both nights at #LetsRaceTwo, and on Saturday, took his best series finish of the season, a third, in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

“Last night, we were a little free in the feature and didn’t tighten it up enough. Tonight, we got a little too aggressive and were a little too tight,” Bacon explains. “We just missed a little bit both nights. We’re creeping up there, though. We were fast at the beginning of both nights this weekend, which is what we struggled with in Ocala, Florida. We’re getting there. We had a few small issues and weren’t quite right, but we were still up there competing for the win. I’m pretty happy with that.”

Troy, Ohio’s Dallas Hewitt, who finished second in Friday night’s feature, was involved in a violent flip in the first heat race on Saturday night in which he made contact with the wall and catch fence. Hewitt was transported to the hospital suffering from a concussion and was awaiting X-ray results on a hand injury at press time.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora include Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19 – Granite City, Illinois – Tri-City Speedway – “River Town Showdown”

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Grant Guides the Way to Victory on Night One of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora

May 16th, 2017

Rossburg, Ohio………Eldora Speedway is the venue the Justin Grant/Sam McGhee Motorsports tandem truly kicked into gear last September as they raced to their first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win.

On Friday’s night one of #LetsRaceTwo, the two showed that the magic touch from eight months ago at the Big E has no signs of wearing off as they raced to their second USAC victory in as many tries at the western Ohio dirt oval.

It was the third series victory for driver Justin Grant in 2017 after a season-opening triumph in Ocala, Florida and an April score in Plymouth, Indiana in the Sam McGhee/Mike McGhee & Associates – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco. It was also the third career Eldora victory for Grant, a driver who is quick to pass the credit for his prowess at Eldora to the 17-year-old McGhee who turns the wrenches on the No. 11.

“I’ve got Sammy (McGhee). That’s what I’ve figured out about this place,” Grant exclaimed. “I can’t say enough about this crew and this racecar. They all work their tails off and they do a heck of a job. It’s an amazing car to drive.”

Yet, in humble fashion, McGhee instantly identifies Grant’s communication and detail-oriented style as the staple of their success, which has yet to see a finish outside the top-four in a USAC race this season for the series point leaders.

“It’s all about being able to read the track and know exactly what your driver likes and dislikes,” McGhee believes. “That’s so important here at a place like Eldora where you carry so much speed. Justin is very detailed in communicating to me what he needs to get to the front. We’ve been clicking because we’re both young, passionate about what we do and have a mutual respect. That’s translated into the success we’ve had since we teamed up last season.”

Grant began the 30-lap event from the fifth position as polesitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. sprinted to the lead at the drop of the green with Chris Windom and Chad Boespflug in tow.

An incident involving Corey Smith and Nick Bilbee in turn one on the third lap would prove to be the first, and only, stoppage of the night. When racing resumed, an intense, unwavering early-race battle at the front of the pack would ensue involving Thomas, Windom and Boespflug.

Windom began to apply pressure to Thomas for the top spot by lap seven, but soon, a train that included Grant and 11th starting Shane Cottle gassed their way to the front with race leader Thomas just within reach.

Grant closed to the tail of Thomas’ tail tank by lap 10 and used a patented Eldora slider in turn three to rip the lead away as Thomas countered underneath. In a drag race to the line, Grant held the advantage by a single wheel. Thomas charged right back at Grant after getting a run on the bottom of turn three, but Grant denied the anticipated Thomas’ slider after switching to the low line to momentarily ward off the challenge.

Meanwhile, Cottle was a man on a mission using the middle to low line to close on race leader Grant by the midway point while Thomas and Windom found their second wind and began to reel the leaders back in on the high side.

On the 18th lap, Cottle got a big run on Grant on the bottom of turn one, but Grant slammed the door to fend off the veteran driver who was seeking his very first Eldora USAC win. Grant acknowledges it was a move out of necessity because the bottom was the place to be at that point in the race, but not one that he normally would give a try.

“There’s quite a bit of risk to it,” Grant acknowledged. “Normally, I’m not one to do that. Not because I have any moral objections to it, but I’m usually just not very good at it. I could tell (Shane) Cottle was working me up off the bottom. The top was still really dirty off (turn) two and there wasn’t a cushion to find yet. I fired off one lap onto the bottom and figured if it’s not good, I’ll just run a slider on myself and get back to the cushion off (turn) two. It stuck and drove off turn two, so I thought ‘Well, okay. That was pretty good.’

Cottle refused to fade away and came back at Grant with 10 laps remaining, engaging in a side-by-side battle for the lead that now saw mid-field starters Thomas Meseraull and Dallas Hewitt enter the top-five. Lap-after-lap, the contentious scramble for position was uncertain with the top-five participating in a scramble for position that appeared as if it were a restrictor plate race at Talladega.

Grant moved back to the top in the final stages as Hewitt found a little magic of his own, slicing through the middle to third and, with four laps remaining, sliding across the front bumper of Thomas to grab second.

It was now a two-man trophy-dash between Grant and Hewitt for the win. On laps 28 and 29, Hewitt made up ground off of turn two to pull himself within the shadows of Grant. Yet, Grant played a little more defense as the sound of Hewitt’s engine was within earshot and denied Hewitt any notion of claiming the position.

On the final lap, Hewitt made one final go of it, lifting the left rear entering turn one as he kept Grant within sight. But, Grant was out of reach, holding off a torrid charge by a bevy of competitors in the second-half of the 30-lapper to score his second-straight Eldora USAC National Sprint Car victory over Hewitt, Thomas, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Chase Stockon (from 21st) and Meseraull.

In a topsy-turvy race that seemingly witnessed every position behind him change lap-by-lap, Grant avoided every bullet that was aimed at him, never relinquishing his lead as he maintained control for the final 21 laps. The Ione, California native used a mixture of his own experience as well as what he’s learned over the years at Eldora watching how other savvy veterans got the job done.

“If a guy wouldn’t get all the way to the cushion, we’d drive around him. If a guy would get to the cushion, we’d slide him,” Grant explained. “I was able to pick and choose my lines and, when I caught a guy, I’d just go where he wasn’t. We kept getting pressured near the end and, as thin as the cushion was against the fence, I was just trying not to beat myself. When someone would get under me and pressure me, I’d step it up. Then, it would get quiet and I’d settle back down. I was trying to run only as hard as I had to.”

“As I’m running around the bottom of turns one and two, I was thinking, ‘Man, I want somebody to drive by me off the top of turn two so I could just be done down here,” Grant said with a laugh. “As much as I rant and rave about running the bottom at Eldora, I would’ve never heard the end of it if I had won a race on the bottom. It pays the same, but it’s just not nearly as cool.”
- Eldora winner Justin Grant

“I started doing the big slide off turn three and catching the cushion off turn four,” Grant continued. “Tracy (Hines) used to be good at that here when it would get slick. After watching him do that for years, I figured I’d give that a try since there wasn’t much getting into turn three. I started hearing guys and began to get pressure getting into turn three again and I could tell the bottom in turns one and two was slowing down. I was already thinking in my mind, ‘Okay, I’m going to move back to the top as soon as I start getting some pressure.’ I felt the pressure and got back to the top. After a few laps, I felt like I got away from them a bit. Then they came back and got to me again! I knew I had to step it up and I started blocking sliders in three. I just tried to run a smart race and be in the right lane and not beat myself.”

Grant is a driver who likes to be spectacular, running the high-line that gets the highlights and sells t-shirts, but on this night, it didn’t matter to him where he ran. All that mattered was getting the “W” and picking up the check for him and his team in victory lane.

“As I’m running around the bottom of turns one and two, I was thinking, ‘Man, I want somebody to drive by me off the top of turn two so I could just be done down here,” Grant said with a laugh. “As much as I rant and rave about running the bottom at Eldora, I would’ve never heard the end of it if I had won a race on the bottom. It pays the same, but it’s just not nearly as cool.”

The Hewitt name is synonymous with Eldora Speedway due to Jack’s all-time record of 24 USAC victories at the joint. On Friday night, Troy, Ohio’s Dallas Hewitt nearly pulled off the first Hewitt victory at the track since his uncle Jack’s “4-Crown Nationals” sweep in 1998. After kissing the concrete early in the feature, Hewitt recovered mightily, coming oh-so-close to his first career USAC victory, taking home second in his Kaser-Seeling Motorsports/Larry’s Electric – Lone Star Pawn Shop/Eagle/Kistler.

“I had a good run on Justin (Grant) there toward the end, but I think he might’ve heard me,” Hewitt suspected. “He kind of came down on me a little bit more than he was running the laps before. I could’ve been a little meaner and maybe gave him a wheel coming off turn four, but it was a good clean race and I’ll take a second at a USAC race at Eldora any day. We’ve been so close here so many times. We junked our other car at Lawrenceburg a few weeks ago, so we just threw this one together. It isn’t the prettiest piece, but it gets the job done.”

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas, Jr. led the first nine laps and earned his best result of the year with a third-place finish in his Pace Brothers Racing/Pace Performance Coating – DC Dyno/DRC/J & D.

“For me to run the top 30 laps here is nothing short of a miracle,” Thomas deadpanned. “I’m just pumped to be up here. I really wanted that win, though. I don’t get to start up front very much, so I wanted to capitalize on it.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora include Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

Ballou Cleared to Race; Begins Season in This Weekend’s #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora

May 15th, 2017

Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, announced Thursday that he is cleared to race effectively immediately. He will make his return to the series this weekend behind the wheel of his own No. 12 at Eldora Speedway’s #LetsRaceTwo.

His comeback closes an eight-month recovery from injuries he suffered in a vicious USAC/CRA Sprint Car crash in September of 2016 at California’s Calistoga Speedway during the “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

After flipping and hitting the top of the turn one catch fence, the 28-year-old Ballou estimates his car fell 15-18 feet before contacting the track surface. Among his injuries were a C2 fracture in his neck, a burst fracture of the C7 and a compression fracture of T8 vertebrae.

Following surgery, the Rocklin, California native found himself in a cervical spine brace for the next nine weeks as his body healed and he watched from the sidelines.

But sitting on the sidelines will not be part of the gameplan this weekend when Ballou makes his long-awaited, highly-anticipated comeback to USAC racing.

Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway is a fitting return for the driver known as “The Madman.” After all, his first three career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins came at the high-banked, half-mile dirt oval between 2007 and 2010. His 26 career series wins are tied for 15th on the all-time list alongside Tony Elliott and Dave Steele.

In 2015, Ballou went on a tear, winning 13 races en route to his first career USAC National Sprint Car title. In doing so, he became just the fourth driver to win the series title in a self-owned or family-owned car, joining Robbie Stanley in 1991 & 1992, Doug Kalitta in 1994, and Bryan Clauson in 2012.

Robert thanked his numerous fans and sponsors for the outpouring of support throughout the last eight months in a Facebook post Thursday night.

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Mason Zeigler Pilots New Bob Pierce Car to Eldora Checkers

October 6th, 2016

GottaRace.com #25z Bob Pierce Race Car/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model in victory lane in the wee hours of Sunday morning at Eldora Speedway. felt awesome to win in this brand-new Bob Pierce Platinum Race Car. I want to thank everyone at Bob Pierce Race Cars as well as my sponsors, team, and Debuting his brand-new Bob Pierce Platinum #25z Super Late Model, Mason Zeigler headed to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Saturday night for the UMP DIRTcar Fall Nationals. With 36 Super Late Models registered for the Sunoco American Late Model Series (AMLS) sanctioned event, Zeigler started the night off with a heat race win, securing his position in the main event.

Mason led the opening laps of the feature before Bobby Pierce took over on lap 6. Pierce led until lap 22, when he had a flat tire, which allowed Zeigler to retake the lead. Mason would next encounter a challenge from Mother Nature, when rain began to drench Eldora Speedway with 14 laps remaining. After a seven-hour, rain delay the race finally resumed, and Zeigler led the final circuits to take the checkered flag on at 3:52 a.m. eastern standard time.

Mason captured his fourth win of the season over Brian Ruhlman, Duane Chamberlain, Mike Spatola, and Casey Noonan. Zeigler was awarded a $5,000 payday for his triumph in the 40-lap feature.

Full results from this event can be found at www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

Zeigler will now look to claim the biggest win of his career this weekend as he returns to his home state to compete in the annual Pittsburgher 100 at $20,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) will be held on

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Grateful Grant Gets the Sprint Win at Eldora’s “4Crown Nationals”

September 28th, 2016

Rossburg, Ohio………Eldora Speedway has provided the highest of highs and lowest of lows to Justin Grant over the last couple of seasons. Just a little over four months after his most recent visit to Eldora Speedway, Grant, a 2015 Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner, found himself without a full-time sprint car ride.

Throughout the summer the Ione, California driver bounced around between a handful of different teams searching for consistent success, but since joining forces with the Sam McGhee Motorsports team in mid-August, the pair have jelled to become a force night-in, night-out.

Saturday night at Eldora, it all finally came together for the team and the driver as they both recorded their biggest wins to date in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the 35th running of the “4-Crown Nationals.” On the opening lap, outside front row starter Matt Westfall held off a Thomas Meseraull slider in the first turn to secure the lead early on. Instantly, Grant followed Westfall on the outside to fall in line in the second spot.

Westfall, an Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner back in 2006, looked solid in the early going, leading the first third of the feature. But Grant was on a mission that saw him dive to the bottom of turn three on lap 11, sliding up in front of Westfall to claim the lead as Westfall began to fade. Eighth starting Chris Windom began to ascend by the midway point of the 30-lapper as he reeled in Grant just before a lap 13 caution fell for the stopped car of Scotty Weir, who was caught up in a back straightaway kerfuffle that involved a few cars, with Weir being the unluckiest one of the bunch. The yellow placed Windom on the tail of Grant for the lap 13 restart, providing a prime opportunity for Windom to challenge Grant.

Windom hurried to the bottom for a slide job on Grant, momentarily nosing ahead between turns one and two, but with little room to spare with Windom underneath him and the concrete wall to his outside, but Grant kept his foot on the gas to escape through the narrow alley left open to reclaim the lead. Grant would extend his lead to a full second over Windom, and by the time he would reach lapped traffic with ten to go, Grant would gladly accept all the extra breathing room he could get. The two continued to engage in a high-speed, high-wire act through the back of the field as they came upon the car of Jerry Coons, Jr. with five laps to go. Grant had to briefly step out of the throttle, allowing Windom to pull alongside the inside of Grant momentarily, but was unable to rip the lead away from Grant.

Windom remained within striking distance of Grant in the final circuits as Grant threaded the needle, going for the jugular as he squeezed his way between the lapped cars of Bret Mellenberndt and Jarett Andretti at the entrance of turn one. Grant manufactured a little bit of space between himself and Windom that might’ve made all the difference. And Grant certainly knows all too well how quickly things can happen at Eldora for better or worse, having stolen a victory from C.J. Leary’s grasp at Eldora during the 2015 “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends.”

On the final corner of the final lap, Windom was close, but not close enough for any last lap heroics on this night, as Grant hung on to win his fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and the first ever for the Sam McGhee Motorsports Team over Windom, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Tyler Courtney. “I don’t know what it was like behind me, but it was exciting looking out of the front of the 17 car,” the exuberant Grant said in victory lane after taking the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions – Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco to the victory. “The holes in one and two were a handful. It seemed like it was fastest just to run right through them. (Turns) three and four were real tricky. I had to be careful not to get into the fence down there. When you get in lapped traffic, you’re just kind of on a hope and a prayer.”

“I can’t thank the McGhee family enough,” Grant continued. “Sam McGhee does an amazing job with this racecar. He’s 16 years old. He does all the work on this thing, sets it up and calls all the shots; he’s incredible! This race has always been one of the big ones to me, if not the biggest one. I’ve won at Eldora before, but the “4-Crown” is a whole other level of special.”

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kody Swanson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Matt Goodnight (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Bret Mellenberndt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 1 – Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -”Fall Nationals”

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Swanson and Windom Prepare to Duel for Silver Crown Title Saturday at Eldora

September 21st, 2016

In the 46-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Championship, only six times has the race for the series title been separated by ten points or less heading into the final event of the season. That scenario is the story that headlines this Saturday night’s 35th running of the “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

On the strength of a season-high three wins this season, Kingsburg, California’s Swanson leads Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom in the Silver Crown Championship standings heading into the final race. Yet, Windom sits only ten points behind Swanson by virtue of no finishes outside of the top-five in 2016.

Swanson is on the verge of becoming the Silver Crown series’ first driver to win three consecutive championships. In 2014, the points race went right down to the wire at the final race in Syracuse, New York, with Swanson holding on to take his first title. One year later in 2015, it was a completely different story as Swanson had already clinched the title before his DePalma Motorsports team had even rolled the No. 63 out of the hauler at the last race.

This time around, it’s another tight title battle for Swanson who’s seen the points race play in his favor from multiple angles based on his past experience. “Our first championship in 2014 was very nerve-wracking because of how close it was,” Swanson admitted. “Since it worked out, it was a great feeling to have won
it and to finally have that relief. On the other hand, 2015 was fun going into (the final race at) Syracuse because we finally got a chance to race without having to consider any championship effects; we just got to race to win.”

“It is definitely a tough race mentally,” Swanson continued. “Knowing that the points are so close, and that it’s the finale, it means there are no more second chances. Throughout the race, you never feel safe, no matter where you’re running, you hear every noise, feel every vibration and you’re just nervous about the finish until it’s finally over.”

Conversely, Windom is seeking his first USAC National Championship and feels that being the “chaser” at the finale gives him a “nothing to lose” mentality. “In this position, I’m the one chasing and Kody is being chased,” Windom explained. “So, I think you just have to go for it and race to win like you would any other
night. There may always come a time, especially late in the race, where you may take a risk or a chance you normally wouldn’t if it means a championship.” Bobby Olivero (1979), Dave Darland (1995 & 2000), Bud Kaeding (2010) and Bobby East (2012 & 2013) are among the drivers who’ve entered the season finale hanging by a thread with a less than ten-point lead. Three of those drivers were able to retain their lead and hang on for the title; three did not (Darland twice and Kaeding).

The odds are not impossible for Windom to overcome the ten-point deficit Saturday night. There’s been nine occasions when the point lead changed hand in the final event, but none since 2010 when Levi Jones overtook Kaeding in the finale at Toledo Speedway by a single position! Others include Al Unser over both Mario Andretti and Tom Bigelow in 1973, Billy Cassella over Johnny Parsons in 1976, Mike Bliss over Ron Shuman in 1993, Tony Stewart over both Darland and Jack Hewitt in 1995, Jimmy Sills over Kenny Irwin, Jr. in 1996, Jason Leffler over Brian Tyler in 1998 and Tracy Hines over Darland in 2000.

The last season finale held at Eldora that involved a lead change at the top of the standings came back in 1992 when Steve Butler erased an 18-point deficit behind Jeff Swindell to take the championship. “It would be a major accomplishment for me,” Windom said. “I’ve been so close in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown series. I also know how much it would mean to my team owners Fred and Gloria (Gormly). I’ve been working hard toward this the last few years and I believe we have a great combination with Evan (Avart) and the RPM Motorsports team to come in and steal this championship.” Saturday’s fifty-lap race on the half-mile differs from all others on the schedule based on its distance – 25 miles. The majority of Silver Crown races are determined by who best manages the balance between conservation and aggression. The shorter race eliminates those elements, which makes it a different ballgame for the competitors.

“I feel like it is more like a sprint car race,” Swanson said. “The physical length of the race being shorter changes things. You don’t have to worry about saving equipment as much, but you don’t have time to let passes go and just plan on getting them back later. Since we don’t run a full load of fuel, the car handling doesn’t change as much either, so you lose that element too.” “Eldora does seem to go by quicker than any other Crown race,” Windom acknowledged. “Typically, tire wear isn’t an issue, so it allows you to go all out more like a sprint car race. I personally enjoy being able to attack a Crown car for the full 50 laps.”

Swanson and Windom will have to compete against a hungry field of drivers who make up Saturday’s 26-car Silver Crown entry list for Eldora. Spectator Gates open at noon, while hot laps are set to begin at 4:30pm with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Saturday night’s card at Eldora also features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

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Morgan Bagley Bounces Back in WoO Action; World 100 Next

September 8th, 2016

Longview, Texas- It would be a giant understatement to say that the 2016 season has been a rough one for Morgan Bagley. However, the Texan bounced back over the Labor Day weekend with a trio of strong runs in his
P&W Sales #14m Black Diamond by Club 29/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“This year has left us all scratching our heads,” laughed Bagley. “We just haven’t been able to get much to go our way, but we haven’t given up. We’ve made a lot of changes to our car, and it’s all finally starting to work out. I just appreciate my team for standing behind me and working through these challenges. I really believe we are finally headed in the right direction.”

Returning to competition with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series over the course of the Labor Day weekend, Morgan Bagley traveled to Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pennsylvania) on Friday night for the opening round of the two-day Working Man Weekend. In a field of 33 Super Late Models, Bagley qualified 11th fastest in his group, earning him the 11th-starting spot for one of two qualifying features. Working his way into the Top 5, Morgan improved seven positions in the 25-lap, opening night A-Main, registering a 4th-place finish behind Rick Eckert, Brian Shirley, and Frank Heckenast Jr. with Chub Frank finishing 5th.

On Saturday night for the 75-lap main event, Morgan rolled off the starting grid in the 5th position via his performance in the qualifying feature the previous night. With $20,000 on the line, Bagley captured a runner-up finish behind Jimmy Mars with Billy Moyer Jr., Rick Eckert, and Mike Norris rounding out the Top 5.

Wrapping up the busy weekend, Bagley stopped at Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania) on Sunday for the 18th annual Jeff’s Auto Body and Recycling Center Late Model National Open. Sending the Top 4 out of the heats to the feature event, Morgan posted a 3rd-place finish, earning him the 11th-starting position for the A-Main. Breaking into the Top 10, Morgan Bagley advanced four positions in the 40-lapper, notching a 7th place finish.

Morgan currently resides ninth in the WoO points standings. Full results from these events as well as the latest standings are available atwww.WoOLMS.com .

This weekend, September 8-10 the team heads to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) to compete in the 46th annual World 100. Morgan will also have his teammate, Zach McMillan entering the event with him. Action opens with twin $10,000-to-win features on both Thursday and Friday before the weekend comes to a climax with the $49,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening.

“We said that if we ran well at Lernerville and Selinsgrove that we would go to Eldora, and we really had a great weekend, so now we’re headed to the Big E,” said Bagley. “Hopefully we can make some noise this weekend and let everyone know that we are a contender again.”

For anyone, who can’t attend the event all three nights will be broadcast live on pay-per-view atwww.EldoraSpeedway.com andwww.DirtOnDirt.com .

For more information on Morgan Bagley and McMillan Motorsports, please visit the official team website atwww.MorganBagley.com .

Coughlin’s Marathon Week Rolls into Eldora

July 21st, 2016

DELAWARE, OH – Cody Coughlin’s marathon week continues on Wednesday night at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at the famous dirt track of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Coughlin will be back behind the wheel of the JEGS.com Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his maiden voyage on a dirt surface.

“I’ve never raced on dirt before,” Coughlin said. “This is going to be interesting, but I’m excited. I’m looking forward to trying something new and learning a new discipline of racing.”

The 20-year-old Delaware, Ohio native will lean heavily on his Kyle Busch Motorsports team throughout his two days at Eldora Speedway.

“My plan is to ask as many questions as possible,” said Coughlin. “I just want to learn and try to get a good finish. Fortunately, I’ve got a great team to learn from since KBM has won this race the last two years. While I have used pavement racing to climb the ladder, my teammate Christopher (Bell) has always been a dirt racer and I will definitely be watching him and others to absorb as much information as I can and apply it on the racetrack.”

Coughlin’s first laps at the legendary half-mile dirt oval will be on Tuesday in practice, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 19. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will have two practice sessions on Tuesday night.

The dual Champion Racing Association points leader will then qualify and race the 150-lap Dirt Derby on Wednesday, July 20. Unlike any other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, this one will feature heat races to determine the starting lineup. The 150-lap race will be broken down into three segments.

After the Dirt Derby at Eldora is over, Coughlin’s marathon week will continue in his Super Late Model at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Friday night. His week will then conclude on Saturday night at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana in his Pro Late Model.

“I’m so lucky to have these kinds opportunities,” said Coughlin, who has four Late Model victories this year. “I can’t thank Kyle and Samantha and everyone at KBM enough for the opportunity to race their equipment. I know that Kevin Manion (crew chief) and all of his guys will give me their best, and I will do all I can to give them the finish they deserve on Wednesday. I also can’t thank my parents, Di and John, and my sister Kennedi, enough for all of their support. They’re my biggest fans and I’m so blessed to have them with me for this first venture into dirt racing.”

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. Also be sure to check out Cody’s new website, www.codycoughlin.com. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

Clauson Comes up Clutch; Claims First Eldora USAC Sprint Victory

May 8th, 2016

Bryan Clauson celebrates in victory lane after Friday night’s victory at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, his first ever USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win at the famed half-mile.

Bryan Clauson’s continually growing list of accomplishments got a little bit larger after the Noblesville, Indiana driver claimed his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at the famed Eldora Speedway in Friday night’s “#LetsRaceTwo” / “Don Branson-Jud Larson Classic.” Clauson made the winning pass on C.J. Leary with just four laps to go to earn his 37th career USAC Sprint win, tying the late Sheldon Kinser for eighth on the all-time list.

Among the highlights on Clauson’s impressive resume coming into Friday night’s event were three career USAC wins (two Silver Crown, one Midget), but nary a Sprint Car triumph. Clauson, the night’s ProSource Fast Qualifier, rolled off from the sixth spot in the feature while a pair of drivers looking to earn their first series win, Dallas Hewitt and Leary, occupied the front row. At the drop of the green, Hewitt jolted out to the lead as the Troy, Ohio native looked to become the first driver with the surname “Hewitt” to pull into victory lane in USAC competition at Eldora since his uncle Jack claimed all four crowns of the “4-Crown Nationals” in 1998. After a slider for the lead that didn’t quite stick one lap earlier, Leary attempted the same move on Hewitt for the lead in turn one once again one lap later, this time pulling it off successfully, and darting off to a substantial advantage as he edged closer to lapped traffic by lap 10.

As Leary threaded the needle on the high side past the backmarkers, Thomas Mesearull, winner of Eldora’s most recent USAC Sprint event in September of 2015, began to reel him in at the halfway point as Clauson stayed within striking distance in third. Meseraull attempted a slider on Leary for the lead with 12 to go, nearly pulling it off, as the trio of Leary, Meseraull and Clauson ran the highline separated from each other by mere car links. With five to go, Clauson got by Meseraull for the second spot and had his radar locked on Leary for the lead as he split between a gaggle of lapped cars at the flagstand with just a fraction of a hair to spare.

One lap later, Clauson zeroed in right on Leary’s tail tank. Clauson dove low in turn three as Leary treaded the high line, pulling off a patented Eldora slide job to take the point with just 4 laps remaining. Robert Ballou’s race came to a halt with three laps to go after tagging the wall and flipping between turns one and two, collecting Jarett Andretti in the process, and resetting the field for one final three-lap dash to the checkered.On the restart, Clauson jumped out to the advantage, but Leary was able to remain in the hunt with just three car lengths separating the two as they both rode inches from the wall on the thin cushion. Entering turn 4 on lap 28, Clauson nearly threw it away, banging the right rear hard off the wall, shooting sparks into the air, stumbling him a bit, before regaining control which caused Leary to check up ever so slightly and unable to capitalize. Clauson led the remaining laps to win by a half second over Leary, Meseraull, Hewitt,
Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chad Boespflug, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Kody Swanson.

Bryan Clauson, seen here Friday night at Eldora in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, won his eighth USAC-sanctioned race of the 2016 season.

Clauson, who along with his feature victory also claimed the night’s KSE “Hard Charger” Award in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, collected his third USAC National Sprint feature of the season and his eighth overall USAC victory of 2016.

“We’ve been so close here a number of times and we were close again to giving it away,” Clauson admitted. “But after getting through those last few laps, we were finally able to get the monkey off our back. Our car was good, but it was really hard to make enough speed to finish the slider on the guys who were really good. We hit lapped traffic a little bit there and were able to make some moves at the end. The car was flawless! Man, it feels good to win a sprint car race at Eldora!” C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana nearly avenged his final lap defeat in last May’s Eldora USAC Sprint feature, but came up just a few laps short after leading a combined 52 of the last 60 laps in “LetsRaceTwo” openers the last two years with a pair of second place finishes to his credit, including tonight in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin’s Propane – Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher.

“We led a lot of this race again, but you know, I let it go there at the end,” Leary said. “I thought we might have had something there for him at the end, but when Bryan made that mistake, we were too close behind to capitalize.” By virtue of his third place finish, San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull takes over the series point lead in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

“I’ve ran 10th through 18th for like five years before this, so I know what it’s like to be getting dusty in the back,” Meseraull recalled of his past Eldora visits. “We’ve been really good here lately and I’ve got a lot of people to thank for making sure the car’s fast.”

Friday night’s contingency award winners included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Cody Gardner (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner) and Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner).

Bell Takes 2 of 3 Crowns with First Silver Crown Win at Eldora

September 29th, 2015

Rossburg, Ohio…Christopher Bell capped Saturday night’s 34th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway with his first-ever Silver Crown Championship Series victory, making it two of three crowns for the night at the famed half-mile. Again, Bell took the lead from the start and went wire-to-wire, this time after setting the night’s ProSource “Fast Time.” He won by 6.398 seconds in the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #99 JEI/Foxco Chevy.

“I’ve been close on these races before, and I was worried as the race went on that something would come up. I really thought Kody (Swanson) would be tough to beat, as well as he was hanging with me early. I had to go above the little bit of rough into turn-one, and then I started losing my cushion off turn-four, and when it was gone, I kept hitting the wall towards the end. I tried to keep from doing it as much as I could, but it got really difficult up there. Thankfully, we were able to hang on for all 50 (laps),” Bell said.

Bell immediately rocketed to the lead from the start and ran right against the wall all the way around, entering above the cushion into turn-one and walking away from the field. Behind him, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom battled for the second spot before Swanson spaced himself away from Windom, comfortably in second.

After an early caution, Windom was locked in a battle with Shane Cockrum and Brady Bacon. Shane Cottle was on the move from his ninth starting spot and joined the fray as well. Just past halfway, Dave Darland spun in turn-two to bring out the final caution of the event, erasing a 4.612-second lead for Bell. It had no adverse effect on him, though, as he traced the very outside of the high-banked half-mile to close out the night’s festivities with a 50-lap win.

Behind him, Kody Swanson stretched out his advantage and came home comfortably in second, clinching his second-straight Silver Crown Series championship in the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire. “When you’re racing for these guys, you have to get yourself ready to go good here, and they’ve gotten me a lot better. To be able to seal up the championship here for them is really something special. I’m so proud of these guys and so grateful to be a part of their team. Two seconds at the 4-Crown is pretty wild for a guy like me,” Swanson said. Windom rounded out the podium as Bell’s teammate in the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/J & D Performance Mopar.

“Today was a really tough day. Just getting here from the rain-delayed ARCA race at Kentucky was a trip. I just couldn’t quite get up in the fluff like those top-two were without getting really tight. I just had to settle in for third, which is a little disappointing with as bad as I wanted to win it. It was a good night for us as a team, though,” Windom said.

Cottle’s fine run ended fourth in the Curtis Williams – QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop – Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Kistler Chevy. Dallas Hewitt, who substituted for Kent Wolters in the feature, earned the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award for his run from 19th to finish 13th.

THE PIT BOARD
**Christopher Bell became the first driver to win his first career Silver Crown race at Eldora Speedway since his RPM/Fred Gormly teammate Chris Windom won in 2013. Others who have accomplished the feat include Bryan Clauson (2010), Mat Neely (2006), Kevin Huntley (1997), Ken Schrader (1983), Ron Shuman & Danny Smith (1982) & Steve Kinser (1981).

**Bell led all 50 laps en route to victory lane. He is the first driver to lead every lap in a Silver Crown race at Eldora since Bryan Clauson in 2010. **Christopher Bell became the first driver to win both the USAC Midget & Silver Crown features in a single “4-Crown Nationals” since Kyle Larson in 2011. Others to accomplish that feat include Dave Darland (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Jack Hewitt (1998).

**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features Saturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple “4-Crown Nationals” features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.

Bell Opens Eldora “4-Crown” with Midget Victory

September 28th, 2015

Rossburg, Ohio…Christopher Bell took his first “4-Crown Nationals” victory on Saturday night as he opened the 34th annual prestigious Eldora Speedway event with a wire-to-wire Honda National Midget win. The Norman, Oklahoma native made it three wins on the season in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“It was tough out there tonight. It wasn’t really the plan to go big for the lead on the first lap, but it kinda worked out that way. I almost crashed in one, and next thing I know, I had a big old run off turn-two. I saw the hole there and took advantage of it. I had to get in below the lip getting into one. It was nice to finally get that one under my belt,” Bell said. Bell jumped up top in the opening set of corners, as front-row starters Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tracy Hines battled for the lead, but Bell used a full head of steam down the backstretch to throw a huge slide-job for the lead in turn-three. It stuck, and Bell led off turn-four, never to be dethroned. It was the 16th National Midget win of Bell’s career, tying him for 38th all-time with George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Henry Pens, Lee Kunzman, and Bobby Olivero.

Hines stuck with Bell for a while, but he fell into the clutches of a battle with Thomas, Jr. and Bryan Clauson, who set ProSource “Fast Time” to open the program. Just after Clauson took third on lap 15, he tagged the turn-four wall and caught the front end, ripping the right-front wheel off the car. He was done for the event. Rico Abreu was the man on the move from there, slicing past Thomas, Jr. and locking in a duel with Hines for the eventual second spot. He finally stuck the second spot in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Hines held on for third to lengthen his National Midget point lead aboard the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

“I picked my line through the middle and I ran it the whole day. I didn’t think it was gonna work at first, but all of a sudden it came in for me. I thought we were good enough for second, but we got beat out late for second. We kept it in one piece, though, and got the finish we needed,” Hines said.

Tanner Thorson came home fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Spencer Bayston drove from 12th to finish seventh to earn the $750 Larry Rice High-Performance Award as the race’s hard charger.

Ricky Weiss Wins Again; Set to Debut New Scheme at World 100

September 10th, 2015

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss piloted his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist Chassis/Pro Power Racing Engine Late Model to his 22nd win of the season over the weekend, and now turns his attention to the 45th Annual World 100 at Eldora Speedway.

Ricky Weiss made the trip to Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday night for the WISSOTA sanctioned event. With twelve Super Late Models signed in, Weiss gained five spots in his heat capturing the victory. Advancing seven spots in the feature, Ricky came from his 8th place starting spot to win the event. Notching his 22nd victory on the season, Ricky Weiss ousted Dustin Strand, Mike Martin, Mike Balcaen, and Bill Mooney.

On Friday night Ricky headed to I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) to do battle against a field of twenty-one Super Late Models. After tearing the deck off in a heat race wreck, Weiss decided to scratch from the remainder of the program and prepare for the rest of the busy weekend.

Ricky Weiss made the trip to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) on Saturday night for the two-day show with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA). However, rain interrupted the program, and it was determined both programs would be held on Sunday. Improving five spots in his heat, Weiss bagged a 2nd place finish. With a 5th place starting spot in the first feature, Weiss advanced two spots, recording a podium finish behind Don Shaw and Cody Skytland with Jeff Wildung and Dustin Strand completing the top five.

In the second feature of the night, Ricky scored a heat race win from the 5th place starting position. After leading the feature from the drop of the green flag, Weiss got passed in lap traffic late in the event, ultimately registering another 3rd place outing behind Brad Seng and Dustin Strand with Jeff Wildung, and Cole Schill rounding out the top five.

For full results from these events, please visit www.VictoryLane.mb.ca, www.i94Speedways.com, and www.VikingSpeedway.com.

The team now looks forward to making the long trek to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) to compete in the 45th Annual World 100. Not only will Weiss be looking to make noise on the track, but he will also be debuting a brand-new, graphic scheme that will be entered in the DirtOnDirt.com Best Appearing Car Contest.

“We’ve had a fantastic year so far, but this weekend will be really big for our team,” said Weiss. “We want see how we measure up against the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the world. I’m also really excited to debut this new scheme.”

Action opens on Thursday and Friday with $5,000-to-win features each night, while Saturday’s program culminates with the $48,000-to-win finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, All Rig Towing, ands On Excavating Inc., Forest Flying Services, Keewaitn Truck Service, J&C Trucking, Cousins Farms, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Wulff Pumps, New Vision Graphics, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Schaeffer Oil, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.co.

Eddie Carrier Jr. Set to Dream this Weekend at Eldora

June 2nd, 2015

Salt Rock, West Virginia – Eddie Carrier Jr. is ready to take his Grover Motorsports #28 Optima Batteries/Rocket/Grover Racing Engine Super Late Model into battle this weekend in the 21st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio).

“Anytime I get to race at Eldora is special because it’s one of my favorite places,” comments Carrier Jr. “There’s so much history there. The crowds are incredible. Last, but definitely not least there’s a ton of money on the line.”

He concludes by noting, “We started the year really strong, but we’ve just been a tick off the past few months. It seems like we are starting to get things pointed back in the right direction though, and a big win at Eldora this weekend could definitely make everything better.”

Carrier Jr. has enjoyed multiple strong runs in crown jewels at Eldora Speedway including a runner-up finish in the 2011 edition of the World 100.

This weekend the 21st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream will be held at the famed facility. Action opens on Thursday with twin, $2,500-to-win features. Friday plays host to twin $5,000-to-win features. The weekend draws to a close on Saturday evening with the preliminary action leading up to the $100,000-to-win finale. For more information on the events please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

Eddie Carrier Jr. returned to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition last weekend. Action opened at Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tennessee) on Friday evening. Following a 2nd place finish in his heat on Friday night, Eddie advanced one spot in the 50-lap A-Main to record a 7th place finish.

On Saturday night Eddie Carrier Jr. followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) for the Ralph Latham Memorial. Following a 5th place finish in his heat that only transfers top 4, Eddie had to resort to the B-Main to make the show. After winning the B-Main, Eddie advanced six positions in the 50-lap feature to record a 12th place finish. Eddie is currently tenth in the latest LOLMDS standings. Full results from the programs as well as the latest standings are available atwww.LucasDirt.com .

Eddie Carrier Jr. would like to thank his sponsors and marketing partners including Carl Grover Motorsports, OPTIMAR Batteries, Engines Inc, Grover Racing Engines, Cox Wrecker Service, Hess Stewart and Campbell PLLC, Blue Ridge Machinery and Tools, Integra Shocks and Springs, Port City Racing, Hoosier, Rocket, Sunoco Race Fuels, CV Products, Poske’s Performance Parts, Dyers Top Rods, Octane Racing Products, Race Tec Pistons, COMP Cams, Wiles Racing Drive Shafts, Pro Fabrication, PRO FABrication Racing Exhaust Systems, Rapture Carburetors, Cizmar Racing, All Star Performance, Frankland Rear Ends, Jones Racing Products, Brinn Transmissions, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Real Racing Wheels, Hinchman Racewear, ASi Racewear, Impact Sign & Apparel, The Joie of Seating, Powers Performance Starters, B&D Trucking, Shain Custom Signs & Graphics, Bazell Race Fuels, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Eddie Carrier Jr., please visit www.EddieCarrierJr.com.

Tracy Hines Set for Historic Weekend at Eldora

May 8th, 2015

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–Tracy Hines has been part of some pretty historic events over the course of his career. He’ll be part of another one this weekend as the famed Eldora Speedway hosts the “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends,” featuring both the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The event will mark the first time ever the two series have competed at the same track on the same night.

The “Mother of Sprint Car Weekends” is set for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. A full race program is on tap each night for both series. Hines will compete with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.

“For sprint car fans, this is definitely the ultimate weekend at Eldora,” said Hines. “We are focused on our race, but having a winged car now, it will be a helpful to watch those cars as well when we can. It’s pretty cool that Eldora was able to put this all together. That’s the perfect place for an event of this magnitude.”

Last season at Eldora, Hines finished third in the spring race for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series aboard The Carolina Nut Company DRC. During the Four-Crown Nationals weekend in September, the native of New Castle, Indiana, finished third with the Traxxas USAC National Sprint Car Series. Hines was fourth in the main event for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series during the Four-Crown and finished eighth with the Honda USAC National Midget Series.

In his career at the high-banked, half-mile, Hines has 11 USAC wins, with nine of those coming in Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series competition. He scored his first victory at Eldora in 1996 with the Honda USAC National Midget Series.

“Eldora is a place I’ve had a fair amount of success at,” he said. “It’s a place you have to respect and know where the limit is when you are on the track. We ran well there last year in all three cars and it would be great to pick up another win there this weekend.”

Last weekend, Hines competed in the opening race of the season for the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series at Toledo Speedway in Ohio, where he finished ninth. He had to make a pit stop during the 100-lap race to replace a flat tire. The veteran driver also made his first winged sprint car start last Saturday night, racing at Fremont Speedway in Ohio. Hines finished second in his heat race and wound up 15th in the 30-lap main event, with a very strong field in attendance.

“We had some bad luck with a flat tire in the Silver Crown race, which was a bummer,” said Hines. “In the winged car, we were able to turn laps and finish the feature, which was the main goal. It’s going to be a learning process, but we had a good start and hopefully can keep building on that.”

Entering this weekend’s event at Eldora, Hines is seventh in the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car standings on the strength of seven top-10 finishes, of which three have been top-five performances.

Along with contesting the full slate for all three USAC national series, Hines will also compete in 410-winged sprint car races in the Midwest when his schedule permits.

Blaney on brink of historic season when UNOH All Stars head to Eldora

October 11th, 2014

ROSSBURG, Ohio – Dale Blaney could do something no other sprint car driver has done when the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions visit the Eldora Speedway Saturday.

Blaney will earn an unprecedented fifth series championship if he takes the green flag in the feature event. Earlier this summer Blaney became the only driver in the long history of the UNOH All Stars to claim a fifth Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship. Blaney is one of five drivers – Kenny Jacobs, Frank Kerr, Chad Kemenah and Tim Shaffer – to have earned four series championships. Blaney will also lock up the Ohio Region championship of the UNOH All Stars.

No other track in the country has hosted more of the UNOH All Star races than “The Big E.” Saturday’s event will be the 135th visit of the UNOH All Stars at the famous half mile. There have been 42 different UNOH All Star winners at Eldora, led by Jacobs with 21 victories.

The UNOH Sprintacular not only includes the All Stars, but the Buckeye Machine BOSS non-wing sprint cars and the NRA Sprint Invader 360 sprints. Last year the three divisions brought in over 100 sprint cars to Eldora.

Earlier this year during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek visit to the track, Danny Holtgraver scored his first career win at Eldora. Last year for the Sprintacular Jac Haudenschild, who has a pair of series wins in 2014, would score the victory. Haudenschild has 9 career All Star wins at Eldora.

Blaney, who has 16 series wins in 2014 to run his career total to 115, has 6 career All Star wins at The Big E. Overall, Blaney has 20 wins in 2014, the most he has ever scored in one season in his career. Should Blaney win the feature Saturday for his 17^th series win, it would tie for the most All Star wins for him in a year since he scored 17 in 1996.

Haudenschild sits second in the UNOH All Star national points followed by Holtgraver, Shaffer and Lee Jacobs. Jacobs, who is second in the Ohio Region points, is wrapping up one of his most successful seasons and has two series wins in 2014.

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Tracy Hines Hits Terre Haute & Eldora for a Total of Four Races this Week

September 19th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–When it comes to historic half-miles in the Midwest, the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana, and Eldora Speedway in Ohio are at the top of the list. Tracy Hines will compete at both this week in a total of four events, split between the three USAC National series, including one at each track for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.

The Jim Hurtubise Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series opens the four-race stretch on Thursday, September 18. The event was postponed by rain earlier this season. The USAC portion of the 33rd Annual Four-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway is set for Saturday, September 20, and will feature the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series, Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and Honda USAC National Midget Series.

Hines has raced twice at Terre Haute this season, finishing second with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series in April aboard the Hugh Brothers/Midwest Sheet Metal Beast. He returned to the half-mile in May, coming home eighth with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series in the Carolina Nut Company DRC. In his career, the second-generation driver has won twice with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series at Terre Haute.

“We’ve definitely battled Mother Nature at Terre Haute the last few years, and it’s great that they were able to reschedule the race for this week,” said Hines. “It’s been a while since we ran the sprint car on a big track and Terre Haute is pretty unique in how the track is laid out and the surface. Track position is always important there.”

Last year in the Four-Crown Nationals at Eldora, Hines set fast time and was leading the sprint car feature, before getting into the turn-four wall and upside down, which ended his night. He was running second in the Silver Crown race when contact again with the turn-four wall on a led to a flip. His best finish of the three races was a third-place showing with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. Hines won the sprint car portion of the Four-Crown Nationals in 2006 and again 2012. He also has two wins in the midget portion of the event, with those coming in 1996 and 2006. In his career, Hines has 11 USAC National event wins at the legendary half-mile.

Hines has made one start at Eldora this season with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series, finishing third on April 19. He opened the night as the third-fastest of the 31 qualifiers and won the third heat race from the sixth starting spot to lock himself into the 30-lap A-Feature. He took the green flag fifth in the main event.

“There is nothing like the Four-Crown Nationals,” Hines said. “In the old days we had a couple times each year when we raced all three cars at the same place, but now Eldora is the only one. Being a fast, momentum-type track, I’ve always enjoyed racing at Eldora, and have been fortunate enough to win a number of times there as well. We’ve been close to winning in the Silver Crown car and midget this year, so hopefully Eldora is the place.”

Last weekend, Hines finished ninth with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series in the Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Indiana. The event was co-sanctioned with the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Entering the Four-Crown Nationals, Hines is second in the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series standings and also second in points with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. The veteran driver is eighth in the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series standings.

Dale McDowell Wins Eldora Prelim; Second in World 100 Finale

September 11th, 2014

Welcome, North Carolina – Dale McDowell picked up right where he left off at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) in June as he parked his Team Dillon Racing #17m Warrior/ECR Racing Engine Super Late Model in victory lane on Thursday evening during the opening round of the 44th Annual World 100. He backed up his performance with a runner up finish in Saturday night’s finale.

An impressive 117 entries converged on the famed Eldora Speedway for the crown jewel, and on Thursday evening the field was divided into a pair of $5,000-to-win programs. Via qualifying Dale earned the pole position for his heat race. He would storm to a convincing heat race win to lock into the second starting spot for the preliminary feature. In the main event, McDowell assumed the point at the drop of the green flag. The 2014 Dirt Late Model Dream winner then wired the field, leading all 25 laps to take the checkered flag for his eight win of the season, which came ahead of Randy Weaver, Gregg Satterlee, Brian Birkhofer, and Jimmy Mars.

Friday evening found the field again split in half for a pair of $5,000-to-win events. Dale qualified 21st among the 119 entries that took time, earning him the third starting spot for his heat race. McDowell raced to a second place finish in the heat, which locking him into the eleventh starting position for the 25 lap feature. He battled around the top ten for much of the event before ultimately cross the finish line in tenth.

On Saturday evening the finale for the prestigious event was held at the 1/2 mile oval, and via his qualifying night performances McDowell started third in the fifth heat race. Dale would charge to the win to lock into the second starting spot for the 100 lap, $47,000-to-win finale.

McDowell took control from pole sitter, Mike Marlar at the drop of the green flag to lead lap one. Fifth starter, Scott Bloomquist took the lead on lap 19 only to be penalized the following lap for an unapproved window net and sent to the tail of the field. From there, McDowell held a comfortable lead for much of the event. However, Bloomquist progressively worked his back to the front, and retook the lead from McDowell on lap 72. McDowell settled for the runner-up finish behind Bloomquist, while Jimmy Owens, Jason Feger, and Matt Miller rounded out the top five finishers.

“We had a great car all weekend,” said McDowell. “We were just a tick off on Saturday night, but hey to get a win and a runner-up finish against this caliber of competition is really a great weekend for us.”

Full results from the event are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

The next event for the team will come on September 19th-20th as they travel to Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) for the 35th Annual Jackson 100. For more information on the $20,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .

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Holtgraver opens Ohio Sprint Speedweek with first ever Eldora Victory

June 24th, 2014

ROSSBURG, OH – Danny Holtgraver is only 24 years old but he showed the maturity of a seasoned sprint car veteran Saturday at Eldora Speedway. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania driver held off veteran Dale Blaney in a three lap shoot-out to score his first career win at the legendary “Big E” to open the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

With eight laps to go Holtgraver was trying to battle through heavy lapped traffic and Blaney was coming on strong as was Jac Haudenschild. But, when Rob Chaney stopped with three laps to go it gave Holtgraver a clear track but it also moved Blaney right on his rear bumper. As the green flew on the restart Holtgraver got a tremendous drive to the outside wall and drove away from Blaney for his second University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions win of 2014. The victory was Holtgraver’s eighth career UNOH All Star win.

“I knew on that restart I had to run around the top as hard as I could. I have to thank all my guys. Rob Hunter for giving me this opportunity. My dad, pup, Barman, Earl, Josh…everyone that helps us out on this thing,” said Holtgraver beside his Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks, Berlin Natural Bakery, Bonnell’s Rod Shop, Alternative Power Sources, West View Motors, DKW Transport backed #10h.

“We’ve had a couple of up and down weeks and these guys have had a lot of work to do and it paid off because here we are,” continued Holtgraver. “I told Rob this week I don’t care if we win any where else I want to win Eldora. I got it…this is unbelievable…I couldn’t ask for more…this is amazing. I can’t wait to come back here.”

For Blaney, who leads the UNOH All Star national and Ohio region points, a second place run is a great way to start Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

“When that yellow came out with 15 to go we were really good. We probably had a harder left rear tire than these guys and I still had a shot at him (Holtgraver) with about five laps to go. He got held up a little bit but I made about three bad corners and didn’t capitalize and there it goes,” said Blaney about his Kennedy Cattle/Ti22 Performance, Penske Shocks backed machine.

There’s just something about Eldora that brings out the best in Randy Hannagan who would run in the top three the entire 30 laps of the feature.

“We definitely had a good race car. We were kind of limited in our tire choice for the feature and we gambled and it didn’t pay off. From lap 15 on I was just kind of holding on,” said Hannagan beside his Upper Auto Parts/Kenny’s Components backed #11n. “I could be frustrated if I couldn’t see why we slowed up but we know why and we’ll carry that on to the King’s Royal.”

Tim Shaffer and Holtgraver would bring the field to green for the 30-lap feature at “The Big E.” Shaffer would gain the upper hand over Holtgraver, Lee Jacobs, Hannagan, Jason Meyers, Danny Dietrich and Caleb Helms. Hannagan would use the bottom grove to drive into third on lap two.

With five laps in Holtgraver closed on Shaffer and made the classic Eldora slider to take the lead on lap six with Hannagan, Jacobs, Meyers, Dietrich and a closing Jac Haudenschild in tow. The leaders would blast into lapped traffic by the eighth circuit and Hannagan was diving under Shaffer for second which he would take a lap later.

Holtgraver had built a sizeable lead when he got into heavy lapped traffic on lap 11, allowing Hannagan to close with Shaffer, Jacobs, Haudenschild and Meyers in pursuit. On lap 14 Holtgraver held a slight lead over Hannagan but the action for third was tremendous involving Shaffer, Jacobs, Haudenschild and Blaney. With the crossed flags in the air for the half-way mark Blaney drove under the trio of Shaffer, Jacobs and Haudenschild to take third as the caution flew for Derek Hagar spin. On the ensuing restart Holtgraver drove away with Hannagan having his hands full with Blaney as Shaffer and Haudenschild worked to stay close. Blaney would make the move into second on lap 19 with Hannagan, Haudenschild, Schaffer, Jacobs and Chad Kemenah in pursuit.

With eight laps to go the leaders again raced into lapped traffic which allowed Haudenschild to take third from Hannagan. With the signal for five laps to go Blaney had used lapped traffic to close quickly on Holtgraver with Haudenschild also blasting away on the concrete outside wall to stay within striking distance.

Rob Chaney would bring out the final caution with three laps to go just as Blaney was racing to Holtgraver’s inside for the lead. Under caution Haudenschild’s right rear tire was going flat forcing him pit side and putting Hannagan back into third.

With a clear track Holtgraver got an excellent restart and flew to the outside to pull away the remaining three laps for the win with Blaney, Hannagan and Shaffer rounding out the top five. Shane Stewart would drive from his 24th starting spot – last – to finish sixth with Kevin Swindell, Greg Wilson (from 23rd), Kemenah, Dietrich and James McFadden rounding out the top 10.

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Kent Robinson Reaps Redeeming Win at Eldora; Brownstown Next

June 12th, 2014

Bloomington, Indiana- Eldora Speedway might be one of Kent Robinson’s favorite tracks, but the famed oval hasn’t always been kind to him. In fact in 2010, a hard wreck at the speed plant during the Johnny Appleseed Classic resulted in a season-ending, shoulder injury. On Thursday night he gained sweet redemption by claiming the most prestigious win of his career at the 1/2 mile by scoring the victory in his #7r JB’s Salvage/Club 29/Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Kent Robinson Racing opened the festivities for the 20th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream on Thursday evening at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) with a $2,500-to-win event.

Kent qualified eighth overall among the 78 entries on hand, as the invert would result in him starting third in his heat race. Robinson charged to the win in heat race action, which positioned him starting on the pole for the 25 lap feature with Jonathan Davenport alongside. K-Rob launched to the lead on the opening lap and went virtually unchallenged throughout the entire race. Fourth starting Scott Bloomquist made his way into second and closed in on Robinson before the midway point, but Robinson began stretching his lead in lap traffic. Motoring through lap traffic to avoid any late race challenges from Bloomquist, K-Rob held a half-straightaway lead when the checkered flag waved. Bloomquist settled in second followed by Chris Simpson, Rick Eckert, and Duane Chamberlain rounding out the top five finishers.

“Any time you get on the stage at Eldora, it’s a big deal,” Robinson said. “It might not have paid the highest (purse) I’ve ever won, but it definitely means the most to me. Tonight’s win is definitely dedicated to the memory of my Dad, JB. I just know he was here with us tonight.”

Friday night found the winner’s purse increased to $5,000 as dual features were once again contested. Struggles in qualifying left Kent starting eighth in his heat race, where he charged from the back of the pack to a second place finish. As a result he earned the seventh starting spot on the grid for the 25 lap feature. During the course of the main event Robinson advanced to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Brian Birkhofer, Rick Eckert, Billy Moyer, and Shannon Babb.

On Saturday struggles in heat race action forced Robinson to use a provisional to earn a starting spot in the coveted $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream. Kent made some progress early on in the 100 lap affair at the famed 1/2 mile oval before ultimately retiring to a sixteenth place finish in the final rundown.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

Robinson’s next scheduled event is on Wednesday evening at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana), where the UMP Summernationals will lift the lid on the 2014 edition of the grueling tour with a $5,000-to-win affair. For more information on the event, please visit www.BrownstownSpeedway.com .

Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including JB’s Salvage, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Jones Oil Company, Club 29 Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, Printworx Graphics, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, GW Performance, All Star Performance, Schaeffer’s, K&N Filters, AFCO, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Beyea Custom Headers, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Kent Robinson Racing, please visit www.KentRobinsonRacing.com .

Dale McDowell’s $100k Dream Comes True at Eldora

June 11th, 2014

Welcome, North Carolina – Dale McDowell stood atop the winner’s circle in 2005 at the World 100 at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio), but it was a bittersweet moment as he inherited the title by default, when the apparent winner crossed the scales light. Since that day he has wanted more than ever to claim an undisputed victory in a crown jewel at the famed, 1/2 mile oval. On Saturday night that dream came true for McDowell as he parked his #17m TDR/Warrior/ECR Racing Engine Super Late Model in victory lane after scoring the $100,000 triumph in the 20th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream.

“Thank goodness that I made it to victory lane,” said the relieved McDowell, who has been pursuing a full-fledged party on Eldora’s grand stage since his tempered World 100 post-race in 2005. “I won the World in 2005, but Shannon Babb actually won it. I just was the benefactor of his misfortune (Babb was disqualified for being 10 pounds light), so it feels great to be able to celebrate in victory lane.”

Team Dillon Racing pilot, Dale McDowell opened the 20th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream 100 on Thursday night. Seventy-eight entries registered for the $2,500-to-win preliminary event, and a third place finish in heat race action locked McDowell into the tenth starting position for the 25 lap feature. During the course of the main event Dale advanced four spots to a sixth place finish in the final rundown.

Friday night action saw the winner’s check boosted to $5,000, as a pair of twin 25 feature events highlighted the evening once again. Dale locked into the pole position for the heat race via his qualifying efforts, and went on to score the win earning him the fourth starting spot in the 25 lap feature. McDowell pulled by early race leader, Darrell Lanigan, heading down the backstretch on the fourteenth circuit to take over the top spot. McDowell survived a late-race charge from Lanigan with two laps to go to score the victory over Lanigan, Jason Feger, Scott Bloomquist, and Chris Madden.

Preliminary action on Saturday evening found McDowell unable to advance to a transfer spot to the feature via heat race action, but a win in his consolation event positioned him starting 22nd on the grid for the 100 lap, mega-event. As the feature went green Dale began marching through the field, and quickly worked his way into the top ten.

McDowell turned up the heat further in the second half of the event as he began working his way through the top five. A lap 60 restart allowed Dale to work into the second spot, and he began to pressure the leader, Scott Bloomquist, for the top spot. Exiting turn two on lap 72 McDowell was able to race to the lead and once out front never looked back on his way to the victory in the crown jewel. John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five finishers.

“This win wouldn’t have been possible without my great team,” said McDowell. “The entire Dillon family, the Childress family, as well as my great crew, and sponsors…they all made this possible. This was a true team effort.

Full results from the week are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

The team is currently evaluating when their next race will be. Keep your browsers pointed to www.TeamDillonRacing.com for the latest schedule news.

Kraig Kinser Finishes Seventh & Eleventh at Eldora

May 6th, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Kraig Kinser and his team continue to make strong progress on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series trail. Following a weekend that saw the third-generation driver lead his first laps of the season and also earn his first podium finish, he followed that up at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio by winning his first dash of the year to earn a pole position, and wound finishing seventh and 11th in a pair of races at the high-banked half-mile.

Kinser started on the pole for the 30-lap main event on Friday, May 2, piloting the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General
Store/King Racing Products Maxim. He led the field into turns one and two, before s a side-by-side battle with eventual winner Shane
Stewart down the back straightaway ensued. Stewart used a slide job in turns three and four to take the lead at the stripe on the opening circuit. Kinser ran among the top-five for the first 20 laps of the race, before slipping back to seventh at the finish. Only one caution flag flew during the A-Feature.

The native of Bloomington, Indiana, opened the weekend at Eldora by timing in 15th-fastest of the 35 entries, which put him on the pole of the third heat race. Kinser would win that heat to earn a spot in the dash. With an inversion of eight, he started on the pole and was victorious to earn the top starting spot for the main event.

“We definitely qualified in the right spot, and winning the heat race was huge,” said Kinser. “The car was great in the heat race and I was able to get out in clean air, which always helps. We were strong early in the feature and were able to stay among the top-three and keep them in sight. A few of the restarts kind of hurt us and the car fell off a bit in the later going. Starting on the pole, you never want to finish seventh, but we learned a few things and it definitely gives us more to build on going forward.”

On Saturday, May 3, Kinser powered his way from the 21st starting spot to finish 11th. A strong restart following a lap-11 caution began the veteran driver’s march forward. He was up to 14th just six laps later and continued to pass cars in the late going.

Kinser timed in 23rd-fastest on the second night at Eldora, which put him on the outside of the third row in the third heat race. He finished sixth in that eight-lapper, coming up just one spot shy of transferring to the main event. Kinser would take the green flag fourth in the Last Chance Showdown and finished second to punch his ticket into the 30-lap main event.

“We were able to pass quite a few cars in the feature,” said Kinser. “Starting as far back as we were, that’s the only thing you can do is try to charge to the front. Qualifying has been our backbone this year and we were just a little off and that led to us starting way back. We’re getting closer to where we need to be. It sounds clichÉ, but you need to walk before you can run and with some of the struggles we had earlier this year, we have been making up a lot of ground recently.”

Kinser, who moved up a spot to ninth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings, returns to action in a trio of races this week in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

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Kraig Kinser Chases First Win of 2014 & Initial Eldora Victory this Weekend

May 1st, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Kraig Kinser came pretty close to winning with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series last weekend, leading laps at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri, as well as finishing on the podium at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma. Along with looking for his first win of the season, the third-generation driver is also chasing his first triumph at the famed Eldora Speedway. He’ll have a couple of opportunities to achieve both this weekend as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car
Series makes their first of three separate visits to the legendary track for a two-night event.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at Eldora Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3. A full race
program will commence each night, beginning with hot laps, followed by time trials, heat races, a dash, Last Chance Showdown and a 30-lap A-Feature event.

“We feel like we have some good momentum from last weekend to take to Eldora (Speedway),” said Kinser. “The banked tracks have treated us pretty well this year and that’s what we’ll face at Eldora. It sounds like there is going to be a very strong field of cars, so it’s going to be important to put yourself in a good position at the beginning of the night.”

Last season at Eldora, Kinser made three feature event starts in the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim. The native of Bloomington, Ind., finished sixth in the Kings Royal, working his way forward from the 11th starting position. Kinser was 18th in the finale of the spring event, after not qualifying for the main event on the opening night. He was 20th in the Knight Before the Kings Royal.

Kinser has made 42 main event starts with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Eldora, including in preliminary features dating back to 2001. He finished third in 2005, which to date marks his best finish with the series at the legendary high-banked, half-mile. Kinser has 13 career top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Eldora, with four of those being top-five performances. The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals has raced at the venue in seven different seasons during his career.

Kinser finished a season-best third last weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma, and was eighth at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri. He enters this weekend 10th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings, with 19 race events in the books.

“Last weekend, we got ourselves in the dash both nights and that was certainly the key to putting us in contention,” he noted. “The competition is so tight right now and starting up front is definitely a key. We’ve seen a couple people win from a little further back this year, but for the most part, it’s been from the first few rows. We’ve been working hard on our qualifying program and feel like we are making some strides. Hopefully that continues at Eldora.”

Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Eldora Speedway
0.5- Distance around Eldora Speedway in miles
3- Best-career finishing position at Eldora, coming in 2005
4- Top-five finishes in his career with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at the half-mile
5- Nights of racing at Eldora this season for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
8- Races scheduled in the state of Ohio for the World of Outlaws in2014
12.707- Track record at Eldora Speedway
13- Top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Eldora 13.3- Average finish in three main event starts at the track last year 42- Career World of Outlaws starts at Eldora, including preliminary features 383- Miles from Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri, where the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series raced on April 27, to Eldora Speedway in Ohio 2001- Year of first start with the World of Outlaws at Eldora Speedway 2367- Points earned through April 27

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Tracy Hines Finishes on the Podium at Eldora

April 22nd, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–Being fast “right off the truck” and keeping that speed throughout the entire racing program is what every driver and team strives for each time they unload their car at the track. Tracy Hines achieved that on Saturday, April 19, at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, as he was second-fastest in hot laps, third-quickest in time trials, won his heat race from the sixth starting position, and came home third in the 30-lap main event for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series.

Hines lined up fifth in the Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic aboard The Carolina Nut Company DRC and found himself third by the fifth circuit. The veteran driver tapped the wall once while battling for the second spot, and wound up running third for the remainder of the race. A pair of red flag periods and one caution slowed the proceedings. The third-place finish for Hines was his second podium of the young season.

“We had a solid night from start to finish,” said Hines. “It was a challenging track, so to get another podium finish is great for our team. Our goal is to win every night, but with how tough the competition is right now, finishing on the podium is nothing to hang your head about. We feel pretty good with our program right now, especially heading into the next couple of weeks with a handful of races.”

The night opened at Eldora for the native of New Castle, Ind., by turning a lap of 15.331-seconds in time trials, which was third-best of the 31 entries at the high-banked half-mile. With the fastest six cars in each heat race inverted, Hines lined up sixth in the third heat. He charged to the front and won that eight-lap contest over fellow Indiana native Jon Stanbrough. This would put Hines on the inside of the third row for the A-Feature, where he would finish third.

In four starts with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series in 2014, Hines has three finishes of sixth or better. He is currently sixth in the series standings, 21 markers out of the top-five.

Hines returns to action with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series on Friday, April 25 at Gas City (Ind.) Speedway, followed by a trip to Tri-State Speedway, also in his home state of Indiana, on Saturday, April 26.

Kent Robinson Snares $2k Payday at Eldora; Cedar Lake Next

August 2nd, 2013

Bloomington, Indiana -The first night of the Dirt Late Model Invitational at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) started with a bang for Kent Robinson on Tuesday, July 23rd as he stormed to the $2,000 win in his #7r JB’s Salvage/Club 29 Rocket/Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model!

The event, which was held in conjunction with the historic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekend at the famed, 1/2 mile oval, featured twenty drivers, who were invited to compete in the two day affair.

In qualifications Robinson turned the 8th fastest lap, and that proved to be the magic number as the top eight qualifiers were inverted for the feature. As a result Kent started on the pole for the feature with Jacob Hawkins starting outside. Robinson went on to storm to the victory, which marked his third overall of the season! He was followed across the finish line by Jeep VanWormer, Tyler Reddick, Duane Chamberlain, and Jeff Babcock.

Wednesday night found another $2,000-to-win event being contested in front of a capacity crowd at Eldora Speedway. Kent started his night by winning his heat race, and with the feature line up being determined by the previous night’s qualifying he started 6th on the grid for the feature. He was running in the top five on lap 15 of the feature, when he ran over a piece of debris that cut his tire down and sent him into the wall ending his night in the 18th position.

Full results from the events are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

This weekend, August 1st-3rd, Kent Robinson Racing is making the trip to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) to compete in the 26th Annual USA Nationals at the 3/8 mile oval. On Thursday evening a $6,000-to-win, WoO Super Late Model program will be contested. Friday will see preliminary action for the 26th Annual USA Nationals held, while Saturday’s program will include b-mains as well as the $50,000-to-win, finale. For those, who can’t attend www.DirtOnDirt.com will be offering wall-to-wall, pay-per-view coverage of all three nights. For more information on the event, please
visit www.WoOLMS.com .

Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including J&B Salvage, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Club 29 Rocket Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, DK Designs, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, GW Performance, All Star Performance, Schaeffer’s, K&N Filters, AFCO, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Beyea Custom Headers, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Kent Robinson Racing, please visit http://www.KentRobinsonRacing.com

Jacob Hawkins Launches Website; Recovers from Injuries

June 29th, 2013

Fairmont, West Virginia -Jacob Hawkins is the latest addition to the MSR Mafia and has launched a brand new website at www.JacobHawkins20.com.

Hawkins is 23-years-old and pilots the #20h St. Henry Nite Club/Creekside/ Rocket/Dargie Racing Engine Super Late Model. Jacob started the year with a pair of wins, but was sidelined for the past few weeks after an accident at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) during the 19th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream on Saturday, June 8th. During his heat race he was running in a transfer spot to the $100,000-to-win finale, when a mud clod struck him in the helmet. The clod busted his face shield fracturing his nose and sinus cavity. Two weeks ago he underwent surgery to repair the injuries, and has now been cleared by doctors to return to action.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their thoughts and well wishes during my recovery from the accident,” comments Hawkins. “It’s really meant a lot to me, and I’m excited to get back behind the wheel this weekend!”

The team plans to invade Elkins Raceway (Kerens, West Virginia) this weekend, June 28th-29th for two nights of ADRA Super Late Model action during the Stars and Stripes Topless weekend. On Friday night a complete program will be held for topless Super Late Models, while Saturday’s program will consist of a $2,000-to-win event as well as a second feature that will see the field inverted for a $3,000-to-win finale. For more information on the events, please visit www.ElkinsRaceway.net.

Jacob Hawkins would like to thank all of his sponsors including St. Henry Nite Club, Creekside, American Fence Co., Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service, Inc., St. Henry Dairy Dream, Hawkins Wrecker Service, Gwynn Tire, Coors Light, Ron’s Service LLC, Rocket Chassis, U.S. Foods, Belna Petroleum, VP Racing Fuels, Integra Shocks & Springs, Simpson Race Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Frankland Rear Ends, Ohlins Shocks, Wide Open Graphics, Butlerbuilt, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Jacob Hawkins please visit www.JacobHawkins20.com.

UNOH All Stars wrap up 2012 with visit to Big E

October 9th, 2012

CAMARGO, IL – The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars will wrap up their 2012 season Saturday, Oct. 13 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. The “Big E” seems the appropriate place to conclude the season for the UNOH All Stars – no other track in the country has hosted more of the series’ races than Eldora. The Oct. 13 appearance will be the 132nd of the UNOH All Stars at the famous half-mile.

Going into the UNOH Sprintacular at Eldora, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer has all but locked up the national title for the series. Shaffer will become only the third driver in UNOH All Star history to win four straight series’ titles, joining Kenny Jacobs and Chad Kemenah. Shaffer is looking or his first series win at Eldora.

Also locking up the $20,000 top prize for winning the UNOH All Stars’ Ohio Region championship will be Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney. Blaney, who leads the series with 9 wins in 2012, was the victor last October when the UNOH All Stars wrapped up their season. Blaney has six career All Star wins at Eldora, just part of his career total of 93 as he is within five of tying Jacobs for the series’ all-time feature wins. Ironically, Jacobs has the most career UNOH All Star wins at the “Big E,” with 21 victories.

Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel will lock up another third place showing in the All Star’s national standings, with Bellevue, Ohio’s Cap Henry picking up fourth and Paul McMahan in fifth. Besides Blaney and Shaffer sitting atop the Ohio region points, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver looks to cap off a highly successful 2012 campaign as he
has 9 wins including 3 series wins and sits third in the Ohio region points. Henry is fourth, McMahan, fifth and Gravel sixth in the region.

Look for Stevie Smith, Greg Wilson, Bryan Sebetto, and a host of other competitors from throughout the Midwest – as many local tracks and other series have wrapped up their seasons – to take one last shot at the “Big E.”

For more information go to www.eldoraspeedway.com or www.allstarsprint.com

Klint Byars Enjoys Success at Eldora; JMS On Tap This Weekend

June 23rd, 2012

Calhoun City, Mississippi-Klint Byars was last in action two weeks ago in his #5 Southern Belle/K&K Motorsports/Victory Circle M1 Chassis By Moyer/Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model in the 18th Annual Dream 100, and he came away with a respectable performance in the crown jewel.

K&K Motorsports made the trip to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on June 8th-9th for the 18th Annual Dream 100 as Klint entered his second, career event at the famed, 1/2 mile oval. With a $100,000 top prize on the line a talented field of ninety-eight competitors filled the pit area, and Byars began his weekend by qualifying seventh fastest to earn the second starting spot for the first heat with Jimmy Owens joining him on the front row. As the heat race went green on Saturday night Byars bolted to the lead, and led the entire fifteen laps to claim the heat win, which locked him into the
sixth starting spot for the 100 lap finale. In the feature, which came in front of a massive crowd, Klint would race in the top ten early in the event before the handle began to go away on his mount. He would ultimately slip to an 18th place finish at the checkered flag.

Despite not getting the finish he wanted, Byars was very proud of his team and their weekend performance.

“To go to that place and turn 100 laps is a big deal. I learned a lot about the place, and I can’t wait to go back in September for the World 100. I’m really proud of my team, and how hard they worked all weekend,” commented Byars.

Full results are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

This weekend Klint will enter a single event as he travels Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, Mississippi) for the $2,500-to-win, Country Pleasin’ Sausage 50. For more information on the event, please visit www.JacksonMotorSpeedway.net .

K&K Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors including Southern Belle, Byars Motorsports, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Kirk Auto Company, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, Sivesind Racing Shocks, Hoosier Race Tires South, K&K Quik Stop, Lovorn & Lovorn Trucking, Victory Circle M1 Chassis By Moyer, Base Race Fuels, Bona-Fide Southern, X-Treme Graphics By J-Rod, & MSRMafia.com .

For the latest Klint Byars and K&K Motorsports information, please visit www.KlintByars.com .

Tyler Reddick Set for Eldora Speedway Debut in 18th Annual Dream

June 7th, 2012

Corning, California -16-year-old, Tyler Reddick will be making his much-anticipated debut at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) this weekend in the 18th Annual Dream 100 behind the wheel of his #11 Broken Bow Records/Bloomquist Super Late Model.

With Tyler finally meeting the minimum age required to race at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) he will be making the trek to the famed, 1/2 mile oval this weekend. With $100,000 winner’s check on the line Reddick will be looking to shake the monkey off his back that has plagued him for the first half of the season in the mega-event.

Reddick Motorsports will take to the track on Wednesday evening with NASCAR driver, Ken Schrader behind the wheel of a team’s entry in the 8th Annual Feed the Children Prelude at Eldora Speedway. Schrader has twice finished fourth in the Prelude. The charity event raises money for the Feed the Children charity and will be broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view. For more information on the event and information on how to order, please visit www.PreludeToTheDream.org .

Tyler will make his debut on Friday evening at Eldora Speedway with time trials and potential qualifier races. Saturday evening will see heat races, consolation events, scrambles, and the 100 lap finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

Last weekend the team took to the track for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events. The 26th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial was held on Saturday night at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) as forty-one Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competitors registered for action in the $10,000-to-win, 50 lap event atop the 1/2 mile oval. After finishing third in the fourth heat race Reddick locked into the twelfth starting spot for the main event. He would battle in the top ten for much of the event before crossing the finish line in the ninth position.

On Sunday evening the team made the trip to Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tennessee) for a $10,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) that was originally scheduled for Friday evening but was delayed by rain. Twenty-two competitors were on hand for the event, and after experiencing mechanical issues early in the night Reddick would have to scratch from his heat race. As a result he started 22nd on the grid for the 50 lap feature. In the first half of the main event Tyler would race his way into the top ten, however a lap 32 tangle would force him to the tail of the field. He would rejoin the field before being credited with a 15th place finish.

For full results from both events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Tyler Reddick would like to thank his corporate and associate sponsors, which include Broken Bow Records and Jason Aldean, Gaerte Engines, Hoosier Tires, ASI Racewear, Racers Against Drugs (R.A.D.), BASE Fuels (Paul Hollender), Wiles Driveshafts, IMPACT Race Products, Champion Oil (Mike Reddick), Beaya Headers, Mom & Dad, Nana and Papa, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Tyler Reddick, please visit www.TylerReddickRacing.com .

Steve Kinser to Drive Kent Robinson’s Entry in the Prelude at Eldora

April 21st, 2012

Bloomington, Indiana – Kent Robinson Racing is excited to announce that 20-time, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion, Steve Kinser will pilot the team’s #7r JB’s Salvage/Mastersbilt/Jay Dickens Racing Super Late Model in the 8th Annual Feed the Children Prelude at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.

Kent comments, “This is really a cool deal to have Steve drive one of our cars at the Prelude. Our families have been friends for a long time, and I grew up watching him race plus our shops are only about 15 miles apart. He’s obviously one of the greatest drivers of all time, and are honored to have him in one of our cars for this great, charity event.”

Kinser, who drives a Tony Stewart-owned, Sprint Car on the World of Outlaws tour, has never piloted a Super Late Model, but is both anxious and excited at the opportunity.

“I have no idea what to expect. Do I drive the car anything like a winged or wingless Sprint Car or is it a totally different deal? I’m definitely glad to have Tony (Stewart) in my corner to give me some pointers,” laughs Kinser.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view with all proceeds going to charity. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

This weekend the team is set to enter a single Kent will be in action at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) on Saturday night, April 21st in a $2,000-to-win event. For more information on the event, please visit www.FlorenceSpeedway.com.

Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including J&B Salvage, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Mastersbilt Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, DK Designs, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, GW Performance, All Star Performance, Schaeffer’s, K&N Filters, AFCO, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Beyea Custom Headers, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Kent Robinson Racing, please visit www.KentRobinsonRacing.com .