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  1. Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade for DIRTcar Nationals BABERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2018 - In honor of Volusia Speedway Park's 50th anniversary, the World's Fastest Half-Mile has received a major facelift over the winter months. When DIRTcar Nationals kicks off in two weeks, on February 6, racers and fans alike will benefit from over $300,000 of upgrades geared toward keeping them safe at the premier dirt racing facility in the country. The bulk of the work done at Volusia Speedway Park went into securing the track's perimeter with over 1200 feet of new catch fence, concrete retaining wall and guardrail. Immediately following last year's DIRTcar Nationals - in light of the unprecedented incidents that involved a pair of Sprint Cars clearing the existing catch fence in the pit area - speedway officials began exploring enhancements to provide a higher level of protection for both drivers and spectators. "We have never before seen what we saw last year at the speedway," said DIRTcar Racing President Tom Deery. "Everyone agreed that it required action, and we've certainly delivered. We're excited to kick off the new season with the highest level of protection we have ever provided." The renovation project began with replacing 850 feet of guardrail from turn 1 to turn 2 with a new 46-inch high concrete retaining wall at the track's edge. Built into the concrete wall sits a 17-foot catch fence with a two-foot kick out along the top. The new fence is comprised of two-by-four welded steel fence mesh and backed by a one-inch hex mesh with an additional half-inch square mesh along the bottom 30 inches. The entire fence is reinforced with steel cables running horizontally across the fence in 24- to 30-inch intervals. Continuing the project into turns 3 and 4, a length of 386 feet of steel guardrail has been replaced or rebuilt. New posts have been embedded every six feet for added support. Atop the 60-inch guardrail (consisting of five 12-inch steel bands) sits another 12-foot catch fence. In addition to the measures taken to increase safety, visitors will notice new signage throughout the facility. A retro look and feel celebrates 50 years of racing at the Barberville, FL racetrack, while helping race fans and competitors better navigate the area. The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the 2018 season as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2018 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit DIRTcarNationals.com For more information on Volusia Speedway Park and the weekly racing program, visit www.VSPRacing.com
  2. And here's the IMCA press release about Randy taking over promoting 105 Speedway: Waller takes promotional reins at 105 Speedway CLEVELAND, Texas (Jan. 23) – The new promoter at 105 Speedway has already been around the track a time or two. Randy Waller takes charge this season of the ¼-mile red clay oval, where IMCA Modifieds will be a Saturday night fixture. Waller’s Southern United Sprints also makes Cleveland, Texas, a regular stopping spot over the course of 2018. The track is now owned by Jerry Brown. “We want to bring stability to the numbers in the pits and the grandstand,” said Waller, the long-time promoter at Gator Motorplex in Willis, which closed last year because of urban sprawl. “Our main goal is to make sure drivers in all divisions are treated fairly.” Modified drivers vocalized their support for Waller and the IMCA sanction during a meeting earlier this month. “I’ve been involved with the IMCA Modified division and the Southern United Sprints for a long time and that’s something I wanted to continue doing,” he said. “I talked to Mr. Brown and a lot of the IMCA drivers. Once you become part of this industry, you don’t want to get out of it.” Modifieds will be part of IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region. Opening night for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season at The Baddest Little Bullring in Texas is March 3 with championship night set for Sept. 29. Fifteen series dates for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also scheduled at 105 Speedway from March 10 to Sept. 29. The series travels to Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont for the second half of the Kent Lewis Classic over Memorial Day Weekend. “I know a number of new cars are being built so I’m expecting higher car counts in both the Modified and Sprint Car divisions,” Waller said. “We are looking forward to a successful season.”
  3. Download the PDF version here >>>> 105 2018 Schedule.pdf
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  5. 2018 Payout

    Decent payouts!
  6. DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Kick Off 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Nick Hoffman to go for "three-peat" as DIRTcar Nationals Champion starting Tuesday, February 6 By: Matt Prieur CONCORD, NC - Jan. 19, 2018 - One of the most popular divisions that race at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals are the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. They've also been the busiest division during the month of February and perhaps the most competitive. With car counts averaging in the 70s and 101 feature races conducted since 2005, the DIRTcar UMP Modified division has produced 44 different Feature winners as well as 10 different champions over the past 13 years. Only three drivers have captured more than one championship, and it wasn't done for the first time until 2013 when NASCAR legend Ken Schrader accomplished the feat. No driver, though, has been more successful in recent years than two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Modified Champion Nick Hoffman. The 25-year-old has ascended to the status of Best Gator at a surprising pace. Hoffman, the all-time career wins leader of the DIRTcar Nationals with 11, scored his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Feature on February 20, 2012 when he won the first of what would be three Big Gators, worth $5,000 each. The wins didn't stop for Hoffman after that. Single victories in 2013 and 2015 set the stage for the past two seasons of domination by the Belleville, IL-born driver. Four Feature wins each in both 2016 and 2017 propelled the driver of the No. 2 Elite Chassis entry to the last two DIRTcar Nationals titles within the DIRTcar UMP Modified division. With last year's title, he joins Schrader (2008 & 2013) and another NASCAR shoe, Ty Dillon (2012 & 2014) as the only drivers with more than one DIRTcar Nationals title from 2005 to present time. The Modifieds have been a part of Volusia in February since 1996 and are an integral part of the track's 50th anniversary celebration. The 2017 championship battle was one of the most memorable. After Fairmont, WV's Jacob Hawkins kicked off the 2017 DIRTcar Nationals with his first ever DIRTcar Nationals victory, it would be Hoffman scoring night number two. Brian Ruhlman - the DIRTcar Late Model and Modified ace from Clarklake, MI - briefly stopped Hoffman on night three before Hoffman rebounded and scored the next two nights. Will Krup, from Mt. Carmel, IL (Hoffman's teammate), picked up his first-ever DIRTcar Nationals win on night six before Hoffman grabbed his third Big Gator, worth $5,000, to go with his 2012 and 2016 Big Gators. The points battle for the 2017 title wasn't done, though. It all came down to the final night and the Triple 15s. J.E. Stadler and Johnathan Taylor scored the first two Feature wins as the third Feature came down to Hoffman and Hawkins. Hawkins won the battle, his second feature win of the DIRTcar Nationals. Hoffman finished right behind him in second to seal his second consecutive DIRTcar Nationals Championship by just a single point over Hawkins (489-488). Heading into the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, Hoffman leads the charge once again in 2018 and will see plenty of competition from the likes of Hawkins, who looks to advance one position higher in the final standings and capture his first career DIRTcar Nationals title. Brian Ruhlman has went to Victory Lane once in each of the past two years while Krup, Taylor and Stadler hope their first tastes of winning in 2017 will propel them to bigger asperations in 2018. Winners from 2016 who would like to return to victory lane include Tyler Nicely, Trent Young, Derrick Ramey and Ray Bollinger. Two NASCAR stars who can never be counted out of any DIRTcar UMP Modified event at Volusia are Schrader and Kenny Wallace. Schrader has two career victories at the DIRTcar Nationals, but it's been awhile, five years to be exact (2013) was the last time Schrader went to Victory Lane. It's been even longer for Wallace. After his three-win year of 2012, the year he also won the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Championship, the St. Louis, MO veteran has gone winless at Volusia, but still ranks seventh all-time in career DIRTcar Nationals Feature wins. One more NASCAR star, David Stremme would like to end a mini slump of sorts as the South Bend, IN driver now residing in Mooresville, NC and is the President of Lethal Chassis, has one win to his credit at Volusia. That lone checkered flag came in 2015. NASCAR Xfinity Series star, Justin Allgaier also has a single win at Volusia in 2016 and, like Stremme, would love to change that. 2017 Southeast Dirt Modified Series Champion, Billy Workman Jr., is a longtime standout at Volusia and is still in search of his first ever Volusia win and so is Stanley, NC rising star, Taylor Cook, a two-time winner in the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. That first Volusia victory has so far eluded him as well. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit dirtcarnationals.com. Follow DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets.
  7. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series expands 2018 schedule - Dirt tracks in Georgia, Iowa and New York added to schedule CONCORD, NC­- Jan. 19, 2018­- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series' 2018 schedule just got even bigger with new additions and updates to an already exciting 30th commemorative anniversary season. "Our goal for 2018 was to develop a diverse schedule that covers a large geographic area in effort to serve dirt late model fans across the country," said Series Director Matt Curl. "With the addition of tracks, alongside a few updates to our schedule, we feel as though we have delivered." The Outlaws will return to Lavonia (GA) Speedway for the first time since 2014 on May 3. This $10,000-to-win event will kick off a now three-day weekend through the South that includes Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on May 4 and the much-anticipated Billy Clanton Classic on the unique gray gumbo of Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA on May 5. Headlining the middle of June will be back-to-back nights in New York followed by a single night in Ohio. The previously scheduled event on Thursday, June 14 shifts to Stateline Speedway in Jamestown, NY followed by Ransomville Speedway on June 15 and Wayne Country Speedway on June 16. The Series visit to Stateline Speedway will be their first return since 2013, when Series veteran Shane Clanton stole the checkers from a sixth place starting position. The Series will make three stops in the state of Iowa between July and August, including the return of Dubuque Speedway for the first time since 2005 on July 6, Davenport Speedway on July 24, and Farley Speedway on Aug. 6. To keep up to date on the latest news and information regarding the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, visit woolms.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  8. ASCS Warrior Region Reveals 25 Race Lineup For 2018 by Bryan Hulbert TULSA, Okla. (January 19, 2018) Rolling into the series' 15th season of competition, the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Warps will see a lineup of 25 events in 2018 with nine tracks across Missouri and eastern Kansas on the schedule. Fans of Lake Ozark Speedway will enjoy five nights of competition in 2018 as the Eldon, Mo. has holiday weekend plans covered, starting Memorial Day Weekend with events on May 25 and 26. Off until June 30, as the nation readies for Independence Day Weekend, the final two showdowns come during Labor Day Weekend on September 1 and 2. Three Missouri ovals will see a combined 12 nights of racing in 2018 with Double X Speedway, Lucas Oil Speedway, and Randolph County Raceway each in action four times. In California, Mo. the dates on the lineup include May 27, June 17, July 1, and July 27. For Wheatland, Mo. the Impact Signs Open Wheel Showdown on May 5 and three-day National Tour co-sanctioned Hockett/McMillin Memorial, happening September 20-22, will be the dates of choice. The final track with four nights is Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. which will kick off the 2018 season on April 14. Returning July 7, the final two nights will be October 12 and 13 to end out the season. Going for three rounds of competition, U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. will go green on June 8, July 20, and October 6. Two nights at the Missouri State Fair Speedway will split between stand-alone and co-sanctioning with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour with the Regional even on June 29 to kick off the three-day run with Lake Ozark and Double X Speedway. The Missouri State Fair will see its action on August 19. Two nights in Kansas with since stops a Heartland Park Topeka on May 4 leads into Lucas Oil Speedway with both events co-sanctioned with the ASCS Red River Region. Lake Side Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on May 10 rounds out Kansas stops. One final track on the lineup with a single date on the 2018 lineup is a new pairing for the ASCS Warrior Region as the series goes head-to-head with the ASCS Mid-South Region at Legit Motor Speedway in West Plains, Mo. The June 23 date marks the first time the track has been on the Warrior lineup since 2009. For the 2018 season, Larry Hol will remain at the director of the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps. Any additional dates will be announced as they are confirmed. Larry can be reached via email at ldhol@hotmail.com. For continued updates on the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps log onto http://www.ascsracing.com. 2018 ASCS Warrior Region Lineup: Date - Track (City, State) 4/14/2018-Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO) 5/4/2018-Heartland Park Topeka (Topeka, KS) 5/5/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 5/10/2018-Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS) 5/25/2018-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) 5/26/2018-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) 5/27/2018-Double X Speedway (California, MO) 6/8/2018-US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO) 6/17/2018-Double X Speedway (California, MO) 6/23/2018-Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, MO) 6/29/2018-Missouri State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, MO) 6/30/2018-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) 7/1/2018-Double X Speedway (California, MO) 7/7/2018-Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO) 7/20/2018-US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO) 7/22/2018-Double X Speedway (California, MO) 8/19/2018-Missouri State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, MO) 9/1/2018-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) 9/2/2018-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO) 9/20/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 9/21/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 9/22/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 10/6/2018-US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO) 10/12/2018-Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO) 10/13/2018-Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
  9. Hope everyone is ready for this weekend! Saturday we are having open practice for the big cars from 12pm to dark, $20 to get in the pits. Sunday we are having Event 3 of the Winter Go-Kart Series. Gates open at 12pm, we hope to see everyone at both.
  10. RIP Jason Marshall #42

    Prayers for Jason's family. One of the good guys for sure...
  11. Here are the racer payouts for 2018
  12. 2018 Sprint Car Bandits Rules & Registration Forms Posted Mesquite, TX ( 1/17/18 ) - The 2018 season for the NCRA 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits Series (SCB) presented by Blaine's Motor Supply is just around the corner, and Series rules and driver registration forms are now available. Just go to the rules tab at www.SprintCarBandits.com and the two files are there for you to view/print. Teams can also visit with officials at the NCRA Sprint Car Bandits vendor display during this weekend's Smiley's Racing Swap Meet Saturday, and at next weekend's Smiley's Racing Pre-Season Sale, January 27 (SCB will be on hand at 10AM-2PM each day). Both events are held at the Mesquite Smiley's location, which is at 103 Gross Road. Click www.SmileysRacing.com for all additional event information. All SCB drivers must fill out and return the driver registration forms prior to competing in SCB events. Drivers can turn in their registration forms at either of the Smiley's events, or upon arrival at the track on their first night of competition. Rules changes for this season are very minor, but necessary. Pay special attention to the 'wheel cover' rules - if you happen to run them on your car. Drivers are urged to just take a few moments to read through the 2018 rules, so they are better informed - and it will help reduce possible confusion on race night. The 2018 Sprint Car Bandits events schedule is now full. If your track is looking to book a Series event for the 2019 season, please contact Steve at the information posted above. The first weekend of NCRA Sprint Car Bandits competition will be held March 23 with the running of the Gene Adamcik Memorial at Heart o' Texas Speedway, Waco, TX, and on March 24 at 105 Speedway in Cleveland, TX. Well over 30 teams have been in contact with the SCB and have indicated their intent to run all, or the majority of, the SCB scheduled events in 2018. Here is the 2018 NCRA 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits Schedule – as of 1/17/18: March 23 - Gene Adamcik Memorial, Heart o' Texas Speedway, Waco, TX March 24 - 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX March 31 - Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX April 14 - Texarkana 67 Speedway, Texarkana, AR April 21 - LoneStar Speedway, Kilgore, TX April 28 - NCRA vs Sprint Car Bandits, Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, OK May 11 - TBA May 12 - Grayson County Speedway, Bells, TX May 26 - NCRA vs Sprint Car Bandits, 81 Speedway, Wichita, KS May 27 - NCRA vs Sprint Car Bandits, 81 Speedway, Wichita, KS June 9 - Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX June 16 - Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont, TX June 22 - Children’s Tumor Foundation Night, Heart o' Texas Speedway, Waco, TX June 23 - Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, TX June 30 - Firecracker 25, LoneStar Speedway, Kilgore, TX July 7 - 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX (Elite Non-Winged Sprints also on event card) July 14 - Texarkana 67 Speedway, Texarkana, AR July 28 - Rose Bowl Speedway, Winona, TX August 4 - Cotton Bowl Speedway, Paige, TX August 18 - Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont, TX August 24 - Muscular Dystrophy Association Night, Heart o' Texas Speedway, Waco, TX August 25 - 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX September 14 - TBA September 15 - Grayson County Speedway, Bells, TX September 29 – SCB Series Championships LoneStar Speedway, Kilgore, TX See you at the races!
  13. Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Reveals 2018 Lineup Of Events by Bryan Hulbert TULSA, Okla. (January 18, 2018) The 27th year of competition with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network kicks off in March with a lineup of 44 events on the way, and more to come as final details get worked out. The series will start the 2018 run at the 45th Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals on March 16 and 17 with the next stop just across town at the Texas Motor Speedway for Tony Stewart's Texas Sprint Car Nationals during the Spring NASCAR weekend. Announced during PRI, the series will head back to Pennsylvania for the first time since 2007 with debut events at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. on May 4and Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Penn. on May 5. Leading into the Pennsylvania doubleheader will be a stop at Paducah International Raceway on April 27. The following night stands as a TBA for now. Another National Tour debut follows as the series heads for Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. on May 9 with Lakeside Speedway picking up May 10. Both are a part of the NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway. The month of June is when business really picks up with Speedweek kicking on June 8 at West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas. Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo on June 9is followed by the Devil's Bowl Summer Nationals on June 12 with Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla. on June 13 and Creek County Speedway on June 14. While Friday remains a TBA for now, the biggest change will be the finale of Speedweek shifting to Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. Normally at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Missouri oval will be readying for a major event at the Off-Road track. Following Speedweek, the series will head north for the 47th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. on June 16, 17, and 18. The $15,000 to win event will be followed by the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. on June 29 and 30. The Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway on July 6 and 7 begins the trip back to the Knoxville Nationals. The following weekend is still TBA with details set to emerge in the coming weeks as series and track official finalize details. The second year at Mason Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa on July 29 will give way to the 28th annual Knoxville ASCS 360 Nationals at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Dishing out over $100,000 in prize money, the three-day affair will be followed by the return of the Osky Challenges with the 410cid Front Row Challenge on Monday followed by the return of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on Tuesday, August 7. With the Knoxville Nationals kicking off the following night, fans will have 10 straight nights of racing to enjoy. Missouri State Fair Speedway for the Sunday Fair event on August 19 will have the teams making another debut visit at the Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wy. on August 24 and 25. Only one other date has been contested in Wyoming with the series stop at Gillette Thunder Speedway in 2015. From Wyoming to Minnesota and Missouri, a pair of $10,000 to win events will be on tap with the newly formed Jackson ASCS 360 Nationals, happening August 31 through September 2 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. and the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial September 20 through September 22 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. I-80 Speedway's Fall Brawl will end out the month on September 29, leaving the final four dates on the season with the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals on October 19 and 20 and Creek County Speedway's Fall Fling on October 26 and 27. With a few more dates in the works, any updates to the 2018 lineup for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be posted to http://www.ascsracing.com. Anyone with any questions or needing information on scheduling an event can contact Terry Mattox at (918) 838-3777 or email ascsterry@gmail.com. The 2018 season will again be headed by ASCS National Coordinator, Matt Ward. Chief of Timing and Scoring will remain in the charge of Ashleigh Ward. Duties of Pit Steward will again be headed by Roy Wood with Bryan Hulbert again serving as the announcer for the series. Over a dozen drivers have announced their intention to compete in this year's National Tour. Driver highlights and profiles will be posted as the season draws closer. The 2018 season will also include over a dozen nights of racing on the MAVTV Motorsports Network with the first rounds set to be filmed at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The full MAVTV lineup will be announced as soon as it's finalized. Further coverage will be provided nightly by Racinboys.com, which remains as the official online broadcast provider of the American Sprint Car Series. The show will be anchored by Scott Traylor with Brandon Hahn working trackside and Jeff Kristensen on camera. For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS). 2018 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Lineup: Date - Track (City, State) 3/16/2018-Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 3/17/2018-Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 4/6/2018-Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX) 4/7/2018-Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX) 4/27/2018-Paducah International Raceway (Paducah, KY) 4/28/2018-TBA 5/4/2018-Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) 5/5/2018-Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA) 5/9/2018-Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, KS) 5/10/2018-Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS) 6/8/2018-West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, TX) 6/9/2018-Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, TX) 6/12/2018-Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 6/13/2018-Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) 6/14/2018-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) 6/16/2018-Salina Speedway (Salina, KS) 6/21/2018-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA) 6/22/2018-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA) 6/23/2018-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA) 6/29/2018-Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA) 6/30/2018-Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA) 7/6/2018-Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, MT) 7/7/2018-Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, MT) 7/13/2018-TBA 7/14/2018-TBA 7/29/2018-Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, IA) 8/2/2018-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 8/3/2018-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 8/4/2018-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 8/7/2018-Southern Iowa Speedway (Oskaloosa, IA) 8/19/2018-Missouri State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, MO) 8/24/2018-Sweetwater Speedway (Rock Springs, WY) 8/25/2018-Sweetwater Speedway (Rock Springs, WY) 8/31/2018-Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN) 9/1/2018-Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN) 9/2/2018-Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN) 9/20/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 9/21/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 9/22/2018-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 9/29/2018-I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE) 10/19/2018-Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 10/20/2018-Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 10/26/2018-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) 10/27/2018-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
  14. NASCAR dreams keep Dripping Springs driver on the right track by Moses Leos III in the Hays Free Press (December 6, 2017) Dripping Springs resident Bayley Currey knew from an early age that a life in motorsports was his calling. After stepping into his first go-kart at the age of seven, Currey never forgot the thrills he experienced when he lived life in the fast lane. Fast forward 14 years and Currey has taken a huge step in potentially turning what was once a hobby into a possible career. Bayley Currey waits for a race in Martinsville, TX. (courtesy photo) A young Bayley Currey waits to race his bandalero. (photo by Wayland D. Clark, wfotos.com) Over the past month, Currey, 21, has competed in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, which included a 10th place finish at Phoenix International Speedway on Nov. 10. For Currey, the ability to compete in a series that has been known as a stepping stone for many of today’s NASCAR Cup superstars was a special experience. “It feels special. It’s more of an opportunity to move forward in the Cup Series than I ever had,” Currey said. “It was cool to race against Truck Series veterans who I watched on TV when I was little.” Currey’s racing origins hearken to the Hill Country Cart Club in New Braunfels. At the time, Currey went with a coach he practiced with at the former Thunderhill Speedway in Kyle. The coach allowed Currey to use his son’s go-kart. From there, Currey said he was hooked, to the point to where his dad, Mark Currey, purchased a go-kart for him. Currey said a desire to be like his father, who himself was a longtime racecar driver, is one of his primary reasons to become involved in motorsports. Currey said he remembered watching his father race at Thunderhill in limited late model events. “I wanted to be like my dad,” Bayley said. “Driving as fast as you can is fun for me.” Eventually, Currey moved into the world of Bandoleros, or glorified go-karts, which are run on dirt and asphalt tracks. Often, Currey traveled with his family across the country to compete in racing events at different venues. Currey said he recalled being on the road for two months straight where he competed at various racing events. “It was a good time, one of the best times I ever had at the races,” Currey said. But racing in the Bandoleros meant also learning how to race on short oval tracks. Currey was accustomed to road courses when he raced go-karts. As a result, Currey said it was a big challenge to learn the finer skills of short track racing, which was up close and personal and featured lots of contact. “The first time I did that, it was a crazy experience,” Currey said. Racing at Thunderhill, which then was renamed Central Texas Speedway, helped Currey understand more about cars. As his own crew chief, Currey had to learn the limits of each vehicle he raced. Over the years, Currey went from driving Bandoleros to late model vehicles, which are similar to NASCAR rides. The experience took him across Texas, to the southeast and even as far north as New York. Currey said he often made up classes while he was on the road racing. “It’s something not too many people to get experience,” Currey said. “I’m thankful I did.” Currey said racing late models would have been his ultimate spotting point in racing. However, a surprise request soon reignited his interest in turning racing into a career. A friend approached Currey in October about an opportunity to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. It was an offer he couldn’t refuse. On Oct. 28 Currey found himself in a stock truck racing at Martinsville Speedway in Tennessee. The experience was the first time he had raced in a truck. While the vehicle was a little heavier than any car he had raced in before, Currey said little else differed from what he had done on the track. He ultimately finished 25th in the race. One week later, Currey got the chance to race again, this time with a different team. He burned the rubber at Phoenix and came away with 10th place. Now with track experiences under his belt, Currey now mulls what the future holds for him. While not much is “nailed down right now,” Currey said he envisions racing in the top three NASCAR series, whether full- or part-time, next season. He also plans to transfer from Texas State to the University of North Carolina in Charlotte to keep pursuing his racing career, he said. Currey’s friends, however, understand his love of the road and they continue to follow his progress. “They think it’s pretty wild. They’ve come out to a few of my races and they see it all,” Currey said. “It’s old news for them.”