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  1. Tankersley Wrestles His Way from Sixth to Thrilling $2,000 'Bandits Victory at HOT! Elm Mott, TX (7/11/20) by DarinShort.com. A 23-car Sprint Car Bandits series field loaded with talent would assemble on a hot summer night at HOT Speedway located at the north side of Waco Texas for the running of the Muscling Up The Dirt MDA Night. 6th place starter Channin Tankersley Racing would wrestle his way to the lead after a lap 16 restart and hold off a very hard charging Casey Burkham and Claud Estes III to take the $2,000 winners share back to the northern Houston suburbs. Tankersley would cross the checkers with a scant one car length to spare. Earlier in the evening, tons of racing would take place in the Air Performance Heating and Air Conditioning qualifying heat races. 7th place heat race #2 starter Dale Wester would race his way past several drivers to garner the top qualifying spot for the feature event. The second highest points-getter was Preston Perlmutter after starting heat race #1 in the 6th position. Casey Burkham would collect the 3rd highest passing points after starting 8th behind Perlmutter in the same heat race. The fourth highest points-getter was Claud Estes III after winning heat #2 from his third starting spot. Tankersley would win his heat race from the pole - setting a dizzying pace of 11.69 seconds around the Heart O' Texas dirt oval...yet he only garnered enough points to start the feature event in 6th - as there were so many drivers that loaded up in passing points in their heats. Daniel Estes would become the night's only non-starter after he developed engine woes while leading his heat race. The 22-car starting field would get all of the Heart 'O Texas Speedway fans on their feet during the 4-wide salute parade lap and when the green flag flew, the first 16 laps whizzed right by with frenetic 3- and even 4-wide racing from the bottom to the top of track promoter Selby Holder's Heart O' Texas Speedway. Selby and the HOT track prep crew had the track prepped for full-tilt all night long, which was a real feat with the hot and blustery weather conditions. Up until that point Dale Wester was blasting his way through lapped traffic (from lap 6 to 16) with Burkham, Estes and Tankersley each in close pursuit while trading sliders for position while they all continued to negotiate lapped traffic. It was full-scale pandemonium out there! On the restart, Wester would slide slightly high entering corner one with the trio of Tankersley, Estes and Burkham blasting by on the bottom side, with Tankersley taking the lead, and as soon as that took place Estes would take command of the lead - only to be overtaken by Tankersley in the next corner! It was a wild sequence of events that only lasted the span of about 5 seconds - as the SCB teams were still setting a blistering pace atop the Heart O' Texas banked oval. After the event's 2nd and final caution on lap 19 for a quick spin out, Tankersley would vault out to lead the field but when the field encountered lapped traffic on the final lap Burkham and Estes III would close the gap to one car length at Tankersley would reach the checkers first. This event continues the streak of every single 2020 season Sprint Car Bandits feature events containing at least one lead change - which is a real feat with the quality of teams assembled for our events this year. And it's a real testament to the SCB series rules that continue to prove that a more sustainable way of racing sprint cars is possible - and without costing the racers added expense along the way. As a matter of fact, our 'one rear tire rule all night long' paired with our 20° wing angle rule has saved SCB series racers each thousands of dollars along the way - and we're really proud of that fact. It also has resulted in faster cars being able to pass easier - as evidenced once again last night. EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Kathy Graham who sung a cappella in the SCB pit meeting "I'm Proud to Be an American" - which was a fitting and beautiful testament of the difficult times our nation is currently facing. Please take a moment to watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/michael.merrell.64/videos/3088360844578886/ Also, THANK YOU to www.facebook.com/Charliedoneitcreations for building a beautiful SCB feature winner award and for his work with the Central Texas MDA. On that note, we enter our scheduled SCB Summer Break, which allows our teams and fans that like to travel around (specifically up north) the opportunity of doing so, without missing a beat down here - and gives time for the hot weather season to pass down here. Our next scheduled SCB event will be at KENNEDALE SPEEDWAY PARK on Saturday, September 26th. Also be watching for more Series news, as we are also in the process of negotiating addition Fall 2020 SCB series events. THANK YOU once again for everyone's support at this point in the season! Be safe out there and we look forward to seeing everyone soon when the Fall 2020 SCB season fires back up at KSP! Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for more news and info. A-feature results, Heart O' Texas Speedway Sprint Car Bandits 7/10/20: 1- Channin Tankersley (from 6th) 2- Casey Burkham (from 3rd) 3- Claud Estes III (from 4th) 4- John Ricketts (from 9th) 5- Marcus Thomas 6- Michael Day 7- Dale Wester 8- Colby Estes 9- Preston Perlmutter 10- Rodney Henderson (in his SCB series debut) 11- Austin Saunders 12- Kodey Keimig 13- Jerrad Warhurst (Davis Drug & Alcohol Testing Hard Charger Winner) 14- Todd Lovett (in his SCB series debut) 15- Mark Zoeller 16- Chance McCrary 17- Cody Stacy 18- Blake Mallory 19- Christian Kinnison 20- Junior Jenkins 21- Michael Merrell 22- Austin Burkham 23- Daniel Estes (DNS)
  2. Vettel "surprised" by Ferrari exit decision, no deal offered

    Right... This week he barely made it of Q2. Wonder if Alonso will get the seat upon his return or someone from F2 or F3 since Kimi and Gio are both under contract with Alpha Romeo, the other Ferrari supported team. Indycar doesn't need a new primadonna like Danica, does it?
  3. Vettel "surprised" by Ferrari exit decision, no deal offered

    That, and he needs to be a better team player at times.
  4. https://autos.yahoo.com/vettel-surprised-ferrari-exit-wasnt-152746015.html
  5. I-37 Speedway, 6-20-20 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(June 20th, 2020) Happy Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year fortunately didn't mean the longest night of the night of the year. As the summer heats up, so does the action after a weekend off. With points races beginning to shape up, every position becomes more and more important for drivers to get every position, and pressure on crews to have the cars prepared for battle. All five regular classes were in action on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, oval Saturday night.(IMCA Modfieds, USRA Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Tuners, and the Late Models.) Extra money was up for grabs in thee Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks, plus some contingency stuff, and the Late Models had a drop back bonus for last weeks winner, Brandon Brzozowski, who accepted the challenge. Green to Checkers for Green There seems to be a trend starting, albeit a not-so-good one, in the IMCA Modifieds. Seems to be if your car gets torn up in the previous race, your chances of winning the next night out, is good. Like I said, a trend, just not a good one. As the 13-car IMCA Modified feature took the green, Rick Green got good launch on the outside, but a spin in turn 2 restacked the field. On the next start it was Ryan Doyon from the pole out first, but Green powered around the outside off turn 2 to get out front trailed by Doyon, Logan Dinsmore, Chris Carroll and Donald Banker. Past track champ, Greg Dinsmore, was able to get fifth from Banker before a spin by AJ Wernette, debuting a new car, for a caution. On the restart Carroll began pressuring L. Dinsmore for third until a second spin by Robert Liese brought the yellow back out. Green got away on the restart while L. Dinsmore was looking for a way past Doyon for second. At the crossed flags it was Green, Doyon, L. Dinsmore, Carroll and Talon Minten in the top five. A quick yellow on lap 12 set up a single file restart to the finish. As Green and Doyon cleared the way, L. Dinsmore and Carroll began a five lap, wheel to wheel, battle for third. Carroll, using the bottom, was finally able to get the spot. Up front Green(Liberty Hill) was holding a good margin on Doyon going on to take the checkers in his Greens Construction, Carroll Construction, Nate Mare Graphics, GM Crate, BMS by Carroll. “We threw everything at it from the heat to the feature,” replied Green. “I worked on it the whole time with Chris(Carroll) helping me. Shocks, springs, you name it. We did about everything to this car.” “The track was very rough tonight, but it was the fastest way around the track. You had to straddle them(holes) just right. I didn't feel it was too hard to get the lead on that second start. I didn't think that Ryan(Doyon) could do anything in that line. I messed up a couple times towards the end and I saw him.” “You had to run hammer down to get through the corners, then coming out it was dry slick and the car would get loose. I figured Chris or Greg(Dinsmore) would be coming. There's four or five cars than run up front and I knew would be there.” Simpson Safety Products IMCA Modifieds 82 Rick Green, 5r Ryan Doyon, 15 Chris Carroll, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 14t Talon Minten, 377 Donald Banker, 53x Chandler Fox, 55 Rick Tally, 924 Joshua Melancon, 37 AJ Wernette, 419 Johnny Melancon, 77 Robert Liese jr., 8g Greg Dinsmore Modified heats Heat 1; 5r Ryan Doyon, 15 Chris Carroll, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 82 Rick Green, 419 Johnny Melancon, 37 AJ Wernette Heat 2; 377 Donald Banker, 14t Talon Minten, 77 Robert Liese jr., 53x Chandler Fox, 55 Rick Talley, 924 Joshua Melancon Veteran Swenson Posts First Big Pay Day Seventeen cars took the green for the USRA Limited Modified feature with Chris Swenson and Rusty Head staying side by side until Head secured the point chased by Swenson, Ryan Doyon, Heath Stewart and GW Egbert. Johnny Torres was quick to get by Egbert for fifth and along side Stewart for fourth. Two separate spins in front of the lead group brought the track under yellow that saw last race winner, Allen Torres go up in smoke as the transmission let go causing a couple cars to spin in the fluid. Finally back to green flag racing, Doyon was trying low on Swenson, but Swenson fought him off and was looking high on Head. Swenson was able to drive around Head to get the top spot on lap 8 while J. Torres and Stewart were back side by side for fourth. At halfway it was Swenson, Head, Doyon, J. Torres and Tom Grothues in the top five. Swenson slipped in turns 1-2 giving Head a good run on him down the back stretch, but Swenson righted the ship and held serve. A lap 14 yellow rebunched the pack and it was nearly three wide in turn 1 for the lead as green waved. Swenson, Head and Doyon all sorted out in position with Head taking peeks low. As the white waved Swenson(Boerne) had a couple cars lengths that he held for the win in the Elhard A/C & Electrical, KD Graphix, Swenson Racing Shocks, Fletchers Race Engines, Express Chassis. “I've been hiding in the back here lately,” joked Swenson. “We started on the pole and the bottom just wasn't the place to be. So I jockeyed around and got myself on the high side.” “It's s slick out there on the top if you make a small mistake, it looks big. I made a couple. It's getting harder to win these things. These guys are getting really fast. We're just glad to be in Victory Lane tonight.” “I think my experience here helps me know what line to be in. I've run this track for a long time. I run the top a lot. I like the top better than the bottom. When the top comes in, like it did tonight, I feel I have a little advantage. The top has bit me a few times though. It's a fine line.” Swenson Racing Products USRA Limited Modifieds 30 Chris Swenson, 55 Rusty Head, 5r Ryan Doyon, 66 Johnny Torres, 14h Heath Stewart, 9 Ray Doyon, 12 Roly Rodriguez, 95 Sterling Tausch, 7 Kevin Parker, 117 Jonathan Garcia, 3g Gary Hall jr., 11t Tom Grothues, 2 Talon Minten, 104 GW Egbert, 94 Allen Torres, 107 Kody Parker, 86 Alvin Featherston Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 30 Chris Swenson, 14h Heath Stewart, 11t Tom Grothues, 2 Talon Minten, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 7 Kevin Parker Heat 2; 55 Rusty Head, 66 Johnny Torres, 94 Allen Torres, 9r Ray Doyon, 107 Kody Parker, 86 Alvin Featherston Heat 3; 5r Ryan Doyon, 104 GW Egbert, 95s Sterling Tausch, 3g Gary Hall jr., 17 Johnathon Garcia The 15-lap Late Model feature saw Brandon Brzozowski take the drop back challenge for a chance to pick up some additional cash. On green it was Howie Marcx first into turn 1, but Frank Okruhlik sailed around the outside to lead lap 1 with Marcx, Landon Sowder, Brzozowski and Aaron Driscoll in pursuit. Brzozowski was able to work his way by Sowder and Marcx, but Okruhlik had already built a full straightaway advantage. A lap 6 spin by Driscoll erased the huge lead and gave a Brzozowski a good shot at Okruhlik, and the extra cash. Okruhlik got out by four car lengths on green as they came to halfway with Marcx and Sowder battling for third. Brzozowski had a good run on Okruhlik on lap 12, but a slower car halted the charge. On the last lap Brzozowski again got a look, but again a lapped car stalled out the run giving Okruhlik(San Antonio) a clean path to the victory in the Billy Bobs Tire & Repair, United Rentals, Rising Star Bodies, All in Designs, 3-D Landscaping, MB Custom, Swenson Racing Components, GM Crate, Warrior Chassis. “I guess we got lucky,” explained Okruhlik. “That'll teach him to go to the back. The car felt great. It's the fastest that its been so far. Chris Swenson has got us on one heck of a package right now. It's got us hooked up pretty good. I've always been pretty good navigating traffic. I don't give them much time to think. I go around them however it takes.” “I probably bent the throttle pedal anticipating him coming. He's got to be in the back of your mind knowing he's fast and going to be there. I was confident with my line and knew if he was going to pass me he'd have to do something he wouldn't normally do. I just tried to hit my marks, keep it on the bottom and make him go around on top.” Nogalitos Gear Late Models 99 Frank Okruhlik, 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 08 Landon Sowder, 13 Howie Marcx, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 17 Casey Lowe, 57 Jason Kelly—dns, 39 Barry Codling---dns Late Model heat Heat 1; 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 08 Landon Sowder, 13 Howie Marcx, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 17 Casey Lowe, 57 Jason Kelly, 39 Barry Codling---dns Torres Tops in Factory Stock Shootout And shootout it was between Allen Torres and Josh Sewell as the duo swapped the lead several times during the 20-lap USRA Factory Stock feature. On green it was Sewell first into turn 1, but A. Torres, using the top, got along side Sewell on the back stretch. In the pack Johnny Johnson and Daniel Lopez tangled sending Lopez over, collecting Grant Wollam. A. Torres and Sewell stayed door to door on the ensuing start with A. Torres edging out Sewell to lead lap 1. Behind them Dustin Hurley, George Quintanilla and Aaron Leddy sorted out. Still side by side, Sewell was able to get the bumper ahead to lead laps 2-3 with A. Torres retaking to point on lap 4. Under yellow for a spin, the two had 'a little discussion' on who was the leader at the time of yellow. Some paint and insurance cards were exchanged during the 'discussion.' Finally back to green with A. Torres on point, it was Leddy, Quintanilla and Jesse Sandoval three wide for third. A. Torres slipped in turn 2 giving Sewell the opportunity to get by to lead again on lap 8. Coming to halfway, A. Torres put a slide job on Sewell to regain the lead coming off turn 4 with Leddy, Sandval and Quintanilla round out the top five. Despite swapping the lead, A. Torres and Sewell still put distance on the field. Mike Lyon went around after contact with Kasey Krauss for a lap 11 yellow. Robert Kelm got fifth from Quintanilla on the restart leaving Michael Keylich, Ray Long and Quintanilla three wide for seventh. Ronnie Sparks would tag the wall on lap 13 for the final yellow. The single file restart saw A. Torres and Sewell quickly check out with Johnny Torres getting by Kelm for fifth. As the lead duo pulled away, Sandoval, J. Torres and Leddy had a good scrap for third going. As the white was shown, A. Torres(San Antonio) had about a six car length advantage on Sewell grabbing the win in his All In Designs, Swenson Racing Shocks, Allens 24/7 Towing, crate powered, Nova. “Josh(Sewell) and I had a good battle for the lead,” replied Torres. “We traded a little paint too. The last win was in a totally different car, totally different chassis. We did a lot of work on this car, the most we've ever done. It's the best it's ever been on slicks.” “We're going to have to sell this (leaf spring) car just because of the rules. This is the final year this car is legal on leaf springs. This is the first night we've had this thing really working on slicks. I wish I could stay in this car if this keeps up.” All In Design USRA Factory Stocks 94 Allen Torres, 38 Josh Sewell, 93 Aaron Leddy, 44t Johnny Torres, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 48 Robert Kelm, 20rl Ray Long, 49k Michael Keylich, 23 Kyle Kirkland, 4d Dustin Hurley, 75 Jerry Miller, 23k Kasey Krauss, 20 Mike Lyon, 10 Scott Jerkins, 36 George Quintanilla, 33h Cody Henderson, 22 Ronnie Sparks, 19 Jennifer Kidd, 28 Daniel Lopez, 26 Grant Wollam, 43 Johnny Johnson Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 38 Josh Sewell, 4d Dustin Hurley, 48 Robert Kelm, 33h Cody Henderson, 23 Kyle Kirkland, 22 Ronnie Sparks, 23k Kasey Krauss Heat 2; 94 Allen Torres, 44t Johnny Torres, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 20 Mike Lyon, 20rl Roy Long, 28 Daniel Lopez, 10 Scott Jerkins Heat 3; 93 Aaron Leddy, 36 George Quintanilla, 75 Jerry Miller, 49k Michael Keylich, 43 Johnny Johnson, 26 Grant Wollam, 19 Jennifer Kidd Tracy Tops in Tuners The normally wild and wooly USRA Tuner feature went green to checkers in their 20-lap feature with a new face in the I-37 Winners Circle when the checkered flag waved. It was three wide for lead as the green waved between Ada. Tracy, Johnny Ervin and Ryan McDonald with Ada. Tracy sorting out with the lead ahead of McDonald, Ervin, Dylan Kowalik and Bandon McCall McCall took fourth from Kowalik then picked up spots after Ervin and McDonald made contact. Jamie Garner also found an opening going by Ervn for third. At halfway it was Ada. Tracy, McCall, Garner, Ervin, almost nose to tail and Kowalik. With the lead group now in traffic, Brian Schoenbaum, who started out back after heat race issues, made his way into the top five on lap 14. In the closing laps Garner was challenging McCall with Schoenbaum side by side with Ervin. At the checkers it was Ada. Tracy(Stockdale) in the Ab-Trac, A&W Truck Sales, Tracy Oil & Gas, Chevy Cobalt taking his first I-37 Speedway win. Garner edged out McCall for second by a bumper. “My first win at this track,” said Tracy. “Ive won at 82 Speedway and Cotton Bowl, but they run IMCA rules so my USRA car wasn't legal. It was an interesting race. Running up front for 20 laps was probably the most stressed I've been. I was yelling at the flagman every lap, come on give me the white flag. Not my first win, but definitely my best so far.” “I was looking over my shoulder not just for Brian(Schoenbaum). I figured if we just didn't have a caution that I could hold them off. I was trying to hold a middle line. I know Brian Likes the bottom and figured I could cover both easily. It was more Brandon McCall I was looking for. We're good pals and I look up to him to learn the car since we drive the same make.” “In March I got into the wall and upside down sliding down the front stretch. We got it ready again and two weeks ago and got pushed off the track and I overcorrected and this thing barrel rolled. The car has taken a beating around the state.” Brown Chevrolet USRA Tuners 34 Adam Tracy, 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 44 Johnny Ervin, 719 Brian Schoenbaum, 29k Dylan Kowalik, 46 Johnathon Cervantes, 816 Ryan McDonald, 14t Shaun Tracy, 01t Adolph Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 007 Devin Tracy, 950 Charles Oebel, 93 Colton Borlace, 00 Michael Faulkner, 13 Hanna Miller Tuner heats Heat 1; 816 Ryan McDonald, 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 93 Colton Borlace, 46 Jonathon Cervantes, 11j Josh Jones, 007 Devin Tracy, 01t Adolph Tracy Heat 2; 34 Adam Tracy, 44 Johnny Ervin, 29k Dylan Kowalik, 14t Shaun Tracy, 950 Charles Oebel, 13 Hanna Miller, 719 Brian Schoenbaum, 00 Michael Faulkner
  6. Between headphones at eardrum bleeding decibel levels as a kid, rock concerts amplifiers, power tools and race cars.....What did you say?....lol...My ears ring so loud sometimes I wonder how other people cant hear it.
  7. I-37 Speedway updates 6/20/20

    Simpson Safety Products IMCA Modifieds 82 Rick Green 5r Ryan Doyon 15 Chris Carroll 8gII Logan Dinsmore 14t Talon Minten 377 Donald Banker 53x Chandler Fox 55 Rick Tally 924 Joshua Melancon 37 AJ Wernette 419 Johnny Melancon 77 Robert Liese jr 8g Greg Dinsmore
  8. I-37 Speedway updates 6/20/20

    Brown Chevrolet USRA Tuners 34 Adam Tracy 33 Jamie Garner 14 Brandon McCall 44 Johnny Ervin 719 Brian Schoenbaum 29k Dylan Kowalik 46 Johnathon Cervantes 816 Ryan McDonald 14t Shaun Tracy 01t Adolph Tracy 11j Josh Jones 007 Devin Tracy 950 Charles Oebel 93 Colton Borlace 00 Michael Faulkner 13 Hanna Miller
  9. I-37 Speedway updates 6/20/20

    Swenson Racing Products USRA Limited Modifieds 30 Chris Swenson 55 Rusty Head 5r Ryan Doyon 66 Johnny Torres 14h Heath Stewart 9 Ray Doyon 12 Roly Rodriguez 95 Sterling Tausch 7 Kevin Parker 117 Jonathan Garcia 3g Gary Hall jr 11t Tom Grothues 2 Talon Minten 104 GW Egbert 94 Allen Torres 107 Kody Parker 86 Alvin Featherston
  10. I-37 Speedway updates 6/20/20

    All In Design USRA Factory Stocks 94 Allen Torres 38 Josh Sewell 93 Aaron Leddy 44t Johnny Torres 7 Jesse Sandoval 48 Robert Kelm 20rl Ray Long 49k Michael Keylich 23 Kyle Kirkland 4d Dustin Hurley 75 Jerry Miller 23k Kasey Krauss 20 Mike Lyon 10 Scott Jerkins 36 George Quintanilla 33h Cody Henderson 22 Ronnie Sparks 19 Jennifer Kidd 28 Daniel Lopez 26 Grant Wollam 43 Johnny Johnson
  11. I-37 Speedway updates 6/20/20

    Nogalitos Gear Late Models 99 Frank Okruhlik 104 Brandon Brzozowski 08 Landon Sowder 13 Howie Marcx 007 Aaron Driscoll 17 Casey Lowe 57 Jason Kelly—dns 39 Barry Codling---dns