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  1. Many thanks to Nick Holt (and his other valued contributors) for their tireless efforts to keep Texas racers and fans involved in mainstream motorsport. Gonna miss Nick and the LSSZ!
  2. https://autoweek.com/article/indycar/circuit-americas-expected-complete-2019-indycar-schedule
  3. ASCS

    Tx arob, 62 will work! But if that's not official ... there'll be a big gang of grumpy old guys at the front gate! LOL On a serious note, let's all bring every warm body we can ... and pack that speed plant. As an x-promoter ... I know first hand it takes serious guts to step up to the pump & schedule big shows. Ken deserves strong support and he has ours. Those Winged Warriors will not disappoint y'all ... Cya @ da show!
  4. ASCS

    Been away from local racing for awhile ... & interested in bringing some friends to the Sprint Car show. I have 2 questions... What's the "senior age" details & what time does da dirt track show start? Mahalo, Jeb
  5. 2016 Chili Bowl- Televised?

    MavTV will broadcast live on Saturday night. (check your local listings) Just saw Sarah Fisher is entered.
  6. "a steep drop in the number of out-of-state residents suggests many of those fans might have chosen to attend the new Grand Prix race in Mexico instead of coming to Austin for the Oct. 25 race." ### Tavo's gettin da last laugh. Good for him!
  7. A Couple of things to remember about STS

    Nick, I concur. Nuff to sign back onto your site (after a lengthy hiatus) and give my 2c again. ### I'm feelin a real positive vibe from this STS promoter! Hopefully ma-nature cooperates with his endless efforts ... all season long? Don't forget racers ... united ya race - divided ya don't! Jus sayin...
  8. Ditto Dat. It sounds like the Stacy family emerged with a positive buck gain. Keep supporting your local short tracks!
  9. You're right on the mark. Let's learn a valuable lesson from this harsh reality!
  10. Boy's I'm simply stating MY OPINION. I raced cars for 20 years. After that, I promoted racetracks for 20 years. So I have some first-hand perspective on the subject. Hot headed racers jump out of crashed race cars every weekend and point fingers at others. Should they do that, hell no. Do they do that, hell yes. Did Stewart run over Kevin on purpose, absolutely not. Did he mean to kill him, of course not. But in MY OPINION Stewart should have been able to avoid running over him! Let's all wait and see what the proper authorities determine. In the meantime, let's keep the Ward family in our prayers.
  11. I don't hate Stewart. I hate what he did. And I'm not alone. But just to be clear, here's the cold-hard reality of his action! Upstate N.Y. communities mourn, recall Kevin Ward Jr. Longtime fans react to Saturday night's crash that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward Jr. was struck by a car being driven by Tony Stewart. Kevin Oklobzija, USA TODAY Sports9:57 p.m. EDT August 10, 2014 (Photo: Annette Lein, USA TODAY Sports) 44CONNECT 30TWEETLINKEDIN 3COMMENTEMAILMORE PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. -- Saturday was race night, which meant the far left garage bay and driveway at Westward Painting Co. Inc. on Laura Street in Lyons Falls should have been bustling on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the sound of silence was deafening. The garage bay was empty, the driveway deserted. The battered No. 13 Sprint car of Kevin Ward Jr. was still in Canandaigua, though his black Dodge Ram pickup was parked off to the side. "They would always be out here the day after a race," said Lynn Hardy, who lives right across Laura Street from the garage. "They would have the tires off and they'd be doing their maintenance and Kevin would start the car and rev the engine. "This is quiet. This is not right." USATODAY Race director on Ward: 'He showed a lot of promise' Ward was killed Saturday night when he was struck by Tony Stewart's car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, where both were racing 360 sprint cars in the Empire Super Sprints. Chuck Miller, the race director and president for the ESS circuit, said it was the fifth or sixth time that Stewart had raced on the circuit over the past four years. Ward had been spun by Stewart and approached the three-time Sprint Cup champion's car under caution when he was hit. On Sunday, Ward was remembered by his neighbors and sprint car series officials as a racer with prodigious talent and no acrimonious past with Stewart. "There's no history with these two drivers," Miller said. "That's the competitive nature of the game and the drivers around it." TRAGEDY: Tony Stewart hits, kills on-foot driver Miller said Ward won the ESS rookie of the year award as a 16-year-old in 2010, finishing seventh in the points standings. He had won four times since then, and his family was involved with sponsoring awards for the ESS, which races at 18 tracks across the northeast and in Montreal, and hosting indoor go-kart races. "Kevin was a prolific winner in go-karts at all levels," Miller said. "He showed a lot of promise and talent. ... On the track, you couldn't tell him apart from a veteran. He had that kind of talent." Word of Ward's death spread quickly. "When I got up this morning I had a text message that Kevin died," said Justin Marmon, 21, who was two years ahead of Kevin Ward Jr. at South Lewis High School in nearby Turin. Sue Sampson saw the news when she browsed the internet around 6 a.m. "I said, 'Oh, my God, this is the kid up the road.' " STEWART STATEMENT: No words for 'sadness I feel' ARMOUR: Not racing should have been obvious to Stewart Here, in these tiny towns at the southern end of New York's Adirondack Region, there are no strangers. "Everybody feels awful bad," said Don Gydesen of neighboring Lyons Falls. "Everybody around here knows Kevin." They know his father, too. Kevin Sr. owns Westward Painting. He sponsored the truck series not long ago at Adirondack Speedway. The story told by several townsfolk was that when the town of Lyons Falls needed the railings of the Black River bridge painted, Kevin Sr. just did it. For free. "Kevin was like that," Randy Mooney said. Friends and family arrive at Kevin Ward Jr.'s home in Port Leyden, N.Y.(Photo: Annette Lein, USA TODAY Sports) At the Ward home just off Kelpytown Road, family and friends gathered to mourn. They requested privacy as car after car, truck after truck, with townsfolk stopped by to offer condolences. The Wards issued a statement that read: "The family appreciates all the prayers and support and would like time to grieve at this point." Others in town grieved with them. The 20-year-old started driving go-karts on a track in the backyard of the Ward home. "You're thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, he's too young for this,' " said Hardy, Kevin's aunt through a previous marriage to Randy Ward. "And then he grew up. "This is horrible – just horrible." Tammy and Bruce Branagan moved to Port Leyden five years ago. They soon met Ward, who lived perhaps a quarter-mile away. "He asked if he could go through here on his four-wheeler," Bruce Branagan said. "I said sure, just make sure you wear a helmet. He always had to have the loudest one." Kevin Oklobzija also writes for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  12. Was this a tragic accident or just another temper tantrum by Tony Stewart? I watched this video and Stewart had plenty of room to his left, the yellow was out, yet he still veered to the right and ran over Kevin. In my mind, it's indefensible behavior. What's your opinion? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3-LS98QtGQ R.I.P. Keven Ward Jr. (age 20) Condolences to his family and friends.
  13. Tony Stewart hits, kills driver in sprint car race Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports5:06 a.m. EDT August 10, 2014 (Photo: Rob Foldy, USA TODAY Sports) 4631CONNECT 728TWEET 6LINKEDIN 113COMMENTEMAILMORE A race car driver was killed Saturday night after he was struck on the track by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, according to Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip C. Povero. During a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart, got out of his car to show his displeasure and then was struck by Stewart's car, sending Ward sliding down the track, fellow sprint car racer Tyler Graves and witness Adam Dulski told USA TODAY Sports. Povero confirmed the driver was taken by ambulance to Thompson Health and was pronounced dead on arrival. Povero said his office would not identify the driver until receiving confirmation from his family that they had notified family and friends. "This is an ongoing investigation of an on-track crash," Povero said. Povero indicated Stewart, 43, was ''fully cooperative'' and that the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter. The sheriff's department said the cars involved were taken to private garages. "Next is continuing interviews, a continued evaluation of evidence we have, including video, and there is certainly going to be an evaluation of medical evidence when it is collected from the autopsy," Povero said. USATODAY Tony Stewart at fault in dirt track wreck that injures female driver Mike Arning, a spokesman for NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing, which Stewart co-owns, issued the following statement: "A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We're still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time." NASCAR did not respond to USA TODAY Sports' request for comment. The Ontario County Sheriff's Department confirmed deputies were on the scene and investigating an incident at the track before Povero spoke with the media around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Ward, who raced the No. 13 sprint car at the track, started racing go-karts in 1998 at 4, according to kevinwardracing.com. Coming out of Turn 2, Stewart's car squeezed Ward's car up into the outside wall, turning it around. Ward's car had a flat tire as a result, and he exited the car to show his displeasure with Stewart's move. He marched down the track and was pointing at Stewart's car as he approached on the ensuing caution lap. Stewart's car then clipped Ward, who was run over and thrown a few yards down the track. USATODAY Tony Stewart suffers broken leg in sprint car crash "It happened in Turn 2," said the 27-year-old Dulski. "The prior lap, Tony had gotten into him – just spun him, nothing big, just spun him around. The caution came out. He hopped out of the car – the driver of the 13 ... he hopped out to go and yell and point a finger at Tony, typical thing. "Tony came around ... the back end slid out, and he definitely caught him – I couldn't tell if it was with the front or the back of the car. ... The body made contact with the car and went sliding across the track. It was the worst thing I've ever seen." Graves, 16, of Bolivar, N.Y., said he "grew up watching Kevin the last couple years, then I made the move to sprint cars. I now race a 360. I've raced alongside with Kevin the past two years. … "Tony and Kevin were battling. … I believe they got together on the frontstretch, Kevin hit the wall and his tire went down. So he spun between (turns) 1 and 2. He got out of the car after the caution was thrown and began to walk down the track, pointing right at the 14, throwing his hands all around. The last thing I seen Kevin do was put his finger to his helmet." Graves said he saw Ward caught up under the tire and then launched a few yards down the track. Ward hit the ground and didn't move, according to Graves. According to Ward's website, he started driving sprint cars in 2010 when he notched five top-five finishes. In 2012, he was named Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year. This season was his fifth racing the Empire Super Sprints. Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion who suffered a compound fracture of his right leg in a sprint car accident a year ago, had just returned to the hobby he says helps fuel his success in NASCAR. He was scheduled to compete Sunday in a Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. In July of last year, Stewart also was involved in an incident at the Canandaigua track. He sparked a multi-car wreck that sent two drivers to the hospital with injuries. After Saturday night's incident, racing was canceled for the rest of the night, according to the track's Facebook page. In a later post, the track said: "Canandaigua Motorspots Park will not have an official statement on the accident that happened in the ESS race until tomorrow. Please pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families. Please be respectful in any comments." Contributing: Steve Bradley, (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle
  14. National Guard leaving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Graham Rahal Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports10:14 p.m. EDT August 6, 2014 The National Guard announced Wednesday it will not return as a sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr., but when exactly that decision takes effect is unclear. In a news release posted to the Guard's website Wednesday night, the Guard says its current contracts to sponsor Earnhardt's car at Hendrick Motorsports and the IndyCar of Graham Rahal expire at the end of this season. But in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports, Hendrick said the team "has a contract in place to continue the National Guard program at its current level in 2015. "We have not been approached by the Guard about potential changes and plan to honor our current agreement." The Guard's acting director, Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, said "significantly constrained resources and the likelihood of further reductions in the future call for more innovative and cost-effective ways of doing business." The Guard said it spent $32 million as a sponsor for Earnhardt this season, which includes appearing as the primary sponsor on Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 Chevrolet for 20 races. It also spent $12 million to sponsor Rahal, who drives for his father Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. "We were informed this afternoon that the National Guard will end all sponsorship of motorsports, including both IndyCar and NASCAR at the conclusion of the 2014 seasons," Rahal said in a release. "This is obviously very disappointing news to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing given the significant incremental brand exposure we have worked to produce for the National Guard in our first season together, including various off-track marketing and advertising programs focused on supporting the mission set forth." Congress has scrutinized the arrangement of the Guard's spending in motorsports, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said before a May hearing the Guard was "wasting a bunch of money on a very expensive sports sponsorship." In May, USA TODAY reported that in 2012, the Guard spent $26.5 million on the NASCAR sponsorship and did not have a single recruit to show for it. "As part of a broad recruitment marketing strategy, motorsports partnerships -- including NASCAR -- played an important role in helping the National Guard build strong brand awareness and in turn helped us achieve extraordinary recruiting and end-strength objectives over the past decade," said Army Guard marketing chief Lt. Col. Christian Johnson, who heads Army Guard marketing, in a statement on its website Wednesday. "Our NASCAR sponsorship was principally a marketing program, intended primarily to build awareness of the National Guard as a career option," Johnson said. "The NASCAR sponsorship allowed the National Guard to leverage a 77 million fan base and the sport's most popular driver."​ The decision comes at an interesting time. NASCAR's 11-time most popular driver has been in the spotlight even more this season thanks to a career renaissance of sorts under the guidance of crew chief Steve Letarte, in his final season before leaving to become an analyst with NBC Sports next year. Earnhardt won his third race of the season Sunday, sweeping the Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway. The last time he won three races or more in a season was a decade ago. He has made several appearances on national media, including ESPN, which picked up Cup coverage at the Brickyard 400 in late July and will broadcast the remainder of the season's schedule. Because of his performance, Earnhardt is likely to be in the Chase for the Sprint Cup -- a 16-driver, 10-race shootout -- in which he will try to win an elusive first career championship. Earnhardt, who turns 40 in October, is beloved among his fan base -- Junior Nation -- and joined Twitter after winning his second Daytona 500 in February. His social media acumen continues to blossom, which seemingly could only bring more eyeballs to a sport that has seen a decline in TV ratings and fans in seats since the economic downturn. At the start of the season, Earnhardt was set to have 20 races sponsored by the Guard and five sponsored by PepsiCo (Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Kickstart) along with 13 races without sponsorship (one such race -- at Sonoma Raceway -- ended up being sponsored by Kelley Blue Book). In April, Hendrick announced it signed Nationwide Insurance to a three-year deal which included 12 races on Earnhardt's car starting next year (13 in 2016-17). Dale Earnhardt Jr., born Oct. 10, 1974, began his NASCAR Sprint Cup career in 1999. He became a full time Cup driver in 2000. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports
  15. RTA could mean an SOS for NASCAR Nate Ryan, USA TODAY Sports 7:28 p.m. EDT July 7, 2014 (Photo: John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports) In the release announcing what potentially could trigger a paradigm shift in the NASCAR business model, a form of "collaborative" appears four times. It's a rather overt attempt to defuse the perception that "contentious" would be a better way to describe the formation of the Race Team Alliance, the federation of nine Sprint Cup teams announced Monday that represents 25 cars and every significant star driver in stock-car racing. Ostensibly, the formation of what could be construed as a de-facto owners union was framed by chairman Rob Kauffman as a "business alliance." Kauffman, the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, said RTA's primary goal was as a cost-cutting vehicle by creating economies of scale that would save teams money through deals on hotel rooms, air travel and crew members' insurance. NASCAR's most powerful teams form Race Team Alliance But the ramifications could be far larger for NASCAR, which has been insulated from the market forces that have affected other sports with unionized players and franchised team owners. Those powerful entities have been absent in NASCAR, which has operated since its 1948 inception as a "benevolent dictatorship" in which competitors are viewed as independent contractors who compete at the pleasure of the sanctioning body. "This is the first time since the Professional Drivers Association disbanded in the early '70s that NASCAR will see an organized group of car competitors," former Charlotte Motor Speedway president H.A. Humpy Wheeler said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. "Call it what you may, this group together will represent a powerful force that must be reckoned with by sponsors, NASCAR and the tracks. On the surface, it appears like vanilla ice cream but underneath it could be loaded with salsa." The Professional Drivers Association, which was formed by Richard Petty to boycott the 1969 opening of Talladega Superspeedway, is a cautionary tale that illustrates why Monday's news sent aftershocks through the NASCAR industry. Attempts at organizing against the powers that be in auto racing rarely have ended well. The PDA disintegrated shortly after NASCAR ran Talladega with replacement drivers, and any whisper of a union since then has been greeted with great trepidation. Many of the woes that have afflicted the IndyCar Series over the past two decades can be traced to car owners' insistence on calling the shots. The now-defunct Championship Auto Racing Teams was formed after teams grew frustrated with the United States Auto Club. That planted the seeds for the Indy Racing League and the split that decimated the fan base and sponsorship in IndyCar. NASCAR seems a long way from any sort of civil war. But the timing of the RTA – six months before the beginning of a new 10-year, $8.2 billion deal with Fox and NBC, smacks of a power play, and its release highlights building revenue as one of its objectives. NASCAR Q&A: Rob Kauffman on new Race Team Alliance Kauffman downplayed that in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, noting there are ways to generate cash without taking it. The easiest way, though, would be for NASCAR to increase the owners' piece of a multibillion-dollar pie. Under the current network deal, NASCAR has used a complicated formula that doles out roughly 65% of money to tracks and promoters, 25% to teams and 10% to NASCAR. While Sprint Cup sponsorship has rebounded slowly since the recession, the budget for fielding a championship-caliber car has remained in at least the $15 million-$20 million range, and that has left team owners privately grumbling for more help. The dilemma is the solution might not be as simple as track promoters posting larger purses. Tracks operate on long-term plans with business commitments constructed over periods as long as 30 years and formulated on the current business model. If it's changed significantly, tracks might have trouble making ends meet on their end. Many already are hurting on attendance and are more reliant on TV money than ever before. "Pressure will be put upon the tracks to significantly increase purses, and that is where the big problem could erupt," Wheeler said. "When there were big sponsorships and low costs, the big car owners did fine. Not so now, so the only way they can significantly make it is to put pressure on the purses. That will be when the potential crash could come. Brian France says 2015 schedule merits 'robust' talks "Hopefully, this group will help bring this sport back. However, there will be severe roadblocks and we must hope that cooler heads will prevail in the definite moments of crisis that will follow this. This could be a good thing, or it could cause change like we haven't seen since 1969-70." It could become a tug-of-war that is a gut check for NASCAR chairman Brian France, whose organization offered little comment Monday on the RTA. The silence of other team owners on the issue also is telling. The eight teams other than MWR deferred all requests for comment to Kauffman, who could be viewed as the perfect face for playing hardball with NASCAR. He is a relative outsider. As the founder of a hedge fund whose net worth once was estimated by Forbes at more than $1 billion, Kauffman, 50, is accustomed to playing high stakes and can get his hands dirty in a way that wouldn't work for moguls Roger Penske and Rick Hendrick, who have deep ties to the France family that have been cultivated over three decades competing in the sport. Kauffman, though, also has major skin in the game, having saved MWR from implosion eight years ago. He is the most recent owner of a high-profile team to have entered NASCAR, which has been working incessantly to devise methods of decreasing the barrier to entry and creating fresh ownership blood. Now the focus might shift to how to keep its current owners happy. That will require a collaborative effort. And in racing, that usually means a contentious one.