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  4. Winter Freeze VIII at Screven Motor Speedway Opens the Door to a Milestone Season Series veterans, Championship hopefuls and Rookie of the Year contenders seek early season victories CONCORD, NC­­- Jan. 12, 2018- In less than 30 days the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will embark on its 30th commemorative anniversary season at Screven Motor Speedway. This milestone year not only allows the Series to celebrate its storied past, but highlights the importance of the drivers, teams, and officials who will continue to carry the sport forward for generations to come. "This is an exciting time for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series as this is probably one of the most anticipated seasons in a long time with the amount of drivers we have, but also because of the caliber of our officials," said Series Director Matt Curl. "We are going to be at Screven with our A-game, and I think all of our drivers will be as well. From an official's stand-point we are jumping out of the building with anticipation and excitement for the upcoming 2018 season." In 2018, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Director Matt Curl leads a resolute and energic group of officials who have bolstered the sport for years in numerous ways. This group of officials includes Race Director Erik Grigsby, Technical Director Kenny Kenneda, Safety Director Tyler Bachman, and Timing and Scoring Specalist Jeff Olson. This relatively young yet very passionate team of officials have earned the respect of all involved, alongside the tried and true of the Series. For the fourth year in a row, the season launches into full swing at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA for Winter Freeze VIII. A practice session on Thursday, Feb. 8 allows drivers the opportunity to ease back into action after a three-month break from Series competition. Following practice night, two nights of racing will include a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win event on Friday, Feb. 9 and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Saturday, Feb. 10. Two drivers with a history of early season success are Series veterans Rick Eckert and Shane Clanton. For the past two seasons Eckert has captured a victory at the season opener, whereas Clanton holds three Winter Freeze wins at the 3/8-mile Georgia clay oval since 2013. "It is important to start out early, but we have to get through this whole Florida swing," said Eckert after his Winter Freeze win last year. "It's just the next night, and the next night, and the next night, and it's a grind." The seasoned drivers will look to repeat their victories, but it won't be an easy task with challenges from other World of Outlaws championship hopefuls, Rookie of the Year contenders and a host of other national stars, regional standouts and weekend warriors eager to capture an early season win. Brandon Overton and his Randy Weaver "Dream Team" are optimistic that they can begin the season just as strong as anyone. The driver from Evans, GA cut his teeth in racing at Screven Motor Speedway, calling it "one of his favorite tracks in the country." Not only does the track hold significance to Overton for its part in the early years of his racing career, he is also very consistent at the 3/8-mile clay oval. In the past three Winter Freeze events, Overton has placed in the top-five in five of the six races, including three podium finishes. "I've never really been a points racer. All I think about is going and winning, and so that will probably be our strategy every night," said Overton. "The way things are nowadays, it's all about momentum. You start clicking off wins and running up front, and it kind of just carries over to the next weekend." Reigning Series Champion Brandon Sheppard will also enter the season hungry for an early win. At the annual awards banquet in November, Sheppard reflected on the patchy start that he and his new Rocket 1 Racing team had in 2017, almost to the point of throwing in the towel the first week of the season. "The first night at Volusia, we had just a little conflict. I thought we needed to change something on the car. Mark thought it was me. It was just the heat of the moment," explained Sheppard. "We were dang near ready to load up and call it a night after the heat race, and we ended up running the Last Chance Showdown. We finished out the night, and we were hooting and hollering, throwing stuff and everything else. Right then and there I knew that my crew had my back. I didn't know any of them that well until we left Florida." Quickly overcoming the hardship, Sheppard scored his first World of Outlaws win on March 24 at Whynot Motor Speedway. From there, the wins never stopped coming as he was able to capture 16 more, tying Josh Richards' single-season wins record set in 2016. Following last season's dominance, Sheppard will be on the prowl to establish a new single-season wins record in 2018. The multi-day Winter Freeze event kicks off a nine-day stretch that concludes in Barberville, FL at Volusia Speedway Park for the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, including two DIRTcar Late Model races (Feb. 12-13) and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races (Feb. 14-17). Tickets for Winter Freeze VII will be available on the day of the event (Feb. 9-10) at the ticket booth. Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 6-17) are available now online[link] and by phone at 844-DIRT-TIX. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series' upcoming season please visit woolms.com or our follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  5. DIRTcar UMP Modifieds to Race 14 Times in Florida in January/February East Bay Raceway Park, North Florida Speedway and Volusia Speedway Park to host CONCORD, NC - Jan. 11, 2018 - With the 2018 racing season on the horizon, the annual pilgrimage to Florida for Speedweeks traditionally begins a new campaign for a variety of drivers and teams from throughout North America. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are once again the busiest class with 14 dates on their calendar at three different race tracks within the Sunshine State. The DIRTcar Late Models won't be as busy, but still get some track time with three DIRTcar-sanctioned events at two different tracks and four more races with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds kick off the 2018 racing season at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL from Jan. 24-27to kick off the track's 42nd annual Winter Nationals. On Wednesday the 24th, the Mods go for $1,000-to-win, while on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26, they'll race for $1,500. On the final night on Saturday the 27th, the open-wheel gladiators will race for an impressive $5,000 payday - the first of two such races while down in Florida during Speedweeks for the Mods. After four days at East Bay, it's onto North Florida Speedway in Lake City, FL from Feb. 2-4for the Modifieds. The first two nights, on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 2-3, they'll race for $1,500 to win each night before vying for a $2,500 payday on Sunday, Feb. 4. Their full-fendered counterparts of the DIRTcar Late Models join the Modifieds on Sunday the 4th for a $5,000 payday and their first action of Speedweeks. Then it's onto the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park, located west of Daytona Beach in DeLeon Springs, Florida. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds kick things off on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and will race for seven straight nights from Feb. 6-12 with the $5,000-to-win Gator Championship wrapping up their portion of #FLinFeb on Tuesday, Feb. 12. A grand total of $24,500 in first place winnings is up for grabs in the 14 races. The DIRTcar Late Models will race twice on Feb. 12-13 before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series take over for the rest of the week on Feb. 14-17. The Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars (Feb. 7-8) and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (Feb. 9-11) join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds for those nights, while the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds are in action with the Late Models over five nights of racing starting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, going until Saturday, Feb. 17. Visit DIRTcar.com to see the Florida Schedule for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call 844-DIRT-TIX or visitdirtcarnationals.com. Follow DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets.
  6. Paige, TX (1/8/18) by DarinShort.com. Cotton Bowl Speedway officials are pleased to announce that on Saturday August 4th, they will be hosting the NCRA 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits® (SCB) series presented by Blaine's Motor Supply at the modern semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Cotton Bowl Speedway is located at 1172 County Road 202 in Paige, TX (At the corner of HWY 290 & County Road 202.), and is promoted by MAN Racing Promotions, LLC. Click www.CottonBowlSpeedway.com for complete information on the speedway. There are some additional tracks that are not prepared to release their schedule for 2018 at this moment, yet plan to run the SCB; those two events are shown as TBA below as a part of the complete SCB schedule, making for a total of 25 events. The DFW-based series saw 70 different drivers compete in 2017, including the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and South Australia represented. 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. 2018 NCRA 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits Schedule – as of 1/8/18: 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 Again, this schedule is likely to change, so please visit the series website www.SprintCarBandits.com prior to traveling. New dates will be published when they become available. With the help of Smiley’s Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Southwest and company owner Tom Lorenz, the SCB will have guaranteed points fund in 2018 for top performing drivers that support the Series. The 2018 Sprint Car Bandits series points fund is a no fuss, no muss arrangement, with no hoops and hurdles for teams to become eligible. There are no license or association fees involved. There is no minimum attendance requirement. Drivers simply show up and compete in SCB events, earn points, and the top eight point getters at the end of the season will receive the following cash awards: 1st - $1,200 2nd - $1,000 3rd - $800 4th - $600 5th - $500 6th - $400 7th - $300 8th - $200 We would like to thank the 2017 sponsors of the Sprint Car Bandits series: Blaine's Motor Supply, Rodd Hanna's Air Performance, A&M Glass Service, Palm Harbor Homes, Kustom Craft, Gen-Tech at FixYourGenerator.com, The Oil Medics, Mow Time in Farmersville, Griffith Trucking Equipment, PRO-TECH Service Company, Simpson Race Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Lightning Wings, Rod End Supply, Spellbound Boutiques of Rockwall and DarinShort.com. If your business is interested in getting involved with the SCB series in 2018, please contact Steve Lang directly at: SteveLang14@gmail.com or by calling 469-474-8234. There are effective programs available for all sizes of budgets. The Sprint Car Bandits series is dedicated to helping bring back some of the old-time fun of sprint car racing, yet incorporating some much-needed basic adjustments that help the teams stay on track with their budget - and fans not having to pay excessively high ticket prices to enjoy watching them. The SCB series has a unique rules package that allows teams to use their current equipment (especially in the engine compartment), yet curbing nightly tire expense...which helps equalize the competition with teams of varying budget sizes, while still competing for excellent competitor purses. For the third season in a row, there are no new planned rules changes to the Series; as we have developed a formula that works great for everyone, from fans, to teams, the race tracks and sponsors. Note to teams: in the weeks to come, there will be a rules updates regarding the use of wheel covers. 2016 SCB runner-up in series points, Junior Jenkins comments: "We are a budget conscious team, and since we started racing with the Sprint Car Bandits at the beginning of last year, we have noticed a sizable difference in our net nightly cost vs. earnings, and it has helped keep us on the track. Plus I feel it has substantially closed the gap in the competition, giving more drivers a fighting chance." Tracks wishing to book a 2018 Sprint Car Bandits series event, or businesses looking to get involved as marketing partners, are urged to contact Steve Lang ASAP, at SteveLang14@gmail.com or by calling 469-474-8234. Remaining available event dates are quickly running out of supply. Click www.SprintCarBandits.com or @SprintCarBandits on Facebook to catch up on the latest Series news and happenings. Until then, please mark your calendars for Saturday August 4th, when the NCRA Sprint Car Bandits 360C.I. series makes their first ever visit to Cotton Bowl Speedway, for a night sure to be ‘woven’ with thrills and excitement!
  7. Marlar, Scott & Bintz atop Wild West Shootout Point Charts after Two Rounds by Lonnie Wheatley SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 9, 2018) – With the initial two of six rounds of the 12th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway in the books, the trio of Mike Marlar, Johnny Scott and Scott Bintz are out to the early lead in the point chases. Going into Wednesday night’s third round of competition atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix, Marlar leads the way in the Super Late Model ranks, Scott is atop the Modified points and Bintz is setting the pace in the X-Mods. While Canadian Ricky Weiss and Minnesota’s Don Shaw have split victory honors in the opening two rounds of Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation action, Marlar has posted a pair of third-place finishes to sit atop the point charts. Marlar holds a 15-point advantage over Shaw going into Round Three with Brandon Sheppard, defending Wild West Shootout champ Bobby Pierce and Chris Simpson also among the current top five. While nobody will capture the $250,000 Keyser Manufacturing bonus for winning all six events, Weiss and Shaw both have a shot at a $100,000 bonus if either can run the table in the remaining four events. With a Sunday night win after a sixth-place finish in the Saturday opener, Las Cruces’ Johnny Scott holds a 20-point edge in the MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential ranks over Shane Sabraski with Justin Kay, Josh Angst and opening round winner Ricky Thornton, Jr., among the top five. Already with a pair of podium finishes including a Saturday night win, Scott Bintz leads the way in the RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson by just five points over Sunday night winner Cole Searing with Dewayne Tesch, Jaime Torres and Steve Muilenberg also among the top five. The Wild West Shootout continues at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway on Wednesday night with racing action set to go green at 7:00 p.m. with the final three rounds set for Friday through Sunday, January 12-14. A $5,000 winner’s share is up for grabs for the Super Late Models through the opening five nights of competition before the stakes are upped to $13,000-to-win for the January 14 finale. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.wildwestshootout.net/schedule/ and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found atwww.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West Shootout office at 520-664-2074. Wild West Shootout Hotel Information can be found at http://www.wildwestshootout.net/fan-info/lodging-2/ or by calling La Quinta Inn & Suites at 480-844-8747. The La Quinta Phoenix Mesa West is located at 902 W. Grove in Mesa, AZ. Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m. Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix. From Phoenix, take US 60 east to Ironwood Dr., turn right (south) and go four miles, Arizona Speedway is on the right hand side. For more information, visit www.wildwestshootout.net or call 520-664-2074. The 2018 Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Black Diamond/Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border International Trucks, Arizona Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker Trucking, Total Seal Piston Rings, Karl Performance, Textron Off-Road, Shaw Trucking, M&S Concrete, AR Bodies, Earnhardt Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Ram, Pro Power Engines, VP Racing Fuel, Penske Racing Shocks and Hoosier Tires. Current Wild West Shootout Points through Round Two of Six: Late Models 1 157 Mike Marlar 134 2 42s Don Shaw 119 3 B5 Brandon Sheppard 117 4 32p Bobby Pierce 103 5 32 Chris Simpson 95 6 75 Terry Phillips 94 7 2T Ryan Gustin 93 8 O1 Garrett Alberson 93 9 7w Ricky Weiss 88 10 86 Kyle Beard 77 11 89 Mike Spatola 71 12 97 Cade Dillard 62 13 20 Rodney Sanders 61 14 0 Jake O'Neil 60 15 54X David Braeazale 55 16 18 Chase Junghans 53 17 16 Austin Siebert 51 18 96rc R.C. Whitwell 45 19 44X Clint Smith 41 20 90 Lance Matthees 41 21 37W Scott Ward 40 22 3k Tanner Kelick 39 23 32b Clay Daly 33 24 15 Justin Duty 33 25 15k Justin Kay 32 26 6 Ricky Thornton, Jr. 32 27 12 Nick Bartels 28 28 7D Austin Theiss 24 29 17 Billy Franklin 10 30 18x Cody Barnett 10 31 98 Jason Rauen 10 32 51 Joey Moriarty 9 33 10n Rob Sanders 9 34 44 Eric Mass 8 35 7DX Jake Davis 8 36 37x Robert Mayea 8 37 28 John Cornell 7 38 3x Lyndon Bolt 7 39 22 Jonathan Ortega 6 40 15x John Duty 6 41 6T Terry Carter 6 42 38 Thomas Hunziker 6 43 91t Tony Toste 6 44 45 Dustin Bluhm 5 45 78s Steve Stultz 5 46 54 Carlos Ahumanda 4 47 5 David Deetz 4 48 78 Ed Peters 4 49 7mm Michael Maresca 3 50 6 Casey Skyberg 2 51 J17 Jake Gallardo 2 52 26 Jon Brinkley 2 53 9 Mike Masters 1 Modifieds 1 1ST Johnny Scott 126 2 7A Shane Sabraski 106 3 15K Justin Kay 94 4 99 Josh Angst 91 5 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr 87 6 7K Jason Krohn 84 7 30 Matt Leer 84 8 23 Matt Gilbertson 81 9 69 Lucas Schott 80 10 2J Blake Jegtvig 73 11 2A Casey Arneson 71 12 0 Jake O'Neil 66 13 2s Stormy Scott 64 14 71 Dustin Strand 54 15 6D Dylan Goplen 53 16 10c Chad Olsen 51 17 23 Adam Cates 50 18 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr 49 19 19sb Lance Mari 44 20 29d Brad Dierks 43 21 44 Christy Barnett 43 22 18Z Zane DeVilbiss 40 23 6 Casey Skyberg 38 24 J17 Jake Gallardo 33 25 G17 Fito Gallardo 33 26 19 Lucas Rodin 31 27 1TPO Tyler Peterson 27 28 96 RC Whitwell 25 29 160 Michael Maggard 24 30 75 Spencer Wilson 18 31 131 Royal Jones 14 32 5m Anthony Madrid 11 33 81X Brian Ruhlman 9 34 71H Jesse Hoskins 8 35 21 Austin Bonner 7 36 77X Austin Kuehl 7 37 A1 Phil Dixon 6 38 36 Ryan Cousins 6 39 4 Billy Vogel 5 40 65S Carlos Ahumada Sr 4 41 196 Joey Olschowka 4 42 7 Ken McCleskey 4 43 F27 Lynnsee Provence 4 44 X57 Richie Davis 4 45 33 Steve Muilenberg 4 46 121 Tim Tharp 4 47 111 Bumper Jones 3 48 2 Rusty Koleman 2 49 L8 Brian Schultz 1 50 8a Al Giesbrecht 1 51 81 Scott Hansen 1 X-Modifieds 1 1s Scott Bintz 142 2 0 Cole Searing 137 3 30 Dewayne Tesch 118 4 44GT Jaime Torres 96 5 39 Steve Muilenburg 90 6 3J Josh Cain 84 7 19 Lucas Rodin 82 8 99 Shawn Fernkes 82 9 55 Mike Hailmann 76 10 782 Miah Christensen 65 11 7 Donavon Flores 59 12 10c Cole Hauglend 56 13 31 Scott Hansen 54 14 14 Shawn Strong 53 15 17az Neil Eckhart 50 16 88 Nathan Smith 49 17 777 Mike Rosales 47 18 16 Jason VandeKamp 45 19 2 Jesse Haynie 44 20 5C Preston Carr 38 21 32 Eric Hauglane 32 22 6 Dean Eggebraaten 30 23 57x Chad Horst 30 24 20 Mark Harrison 28 25 82 Sherman Barnett 27 26 7T Joseph Thomas 27 27 51W Ronald Webster 27 28 6C Calvin Caitlin 24 29 67 Rex Conrad 20 30 71 Dustin Strand 15 31 81X Matt Spardy 9 32 15 Speedy Madrid 9 33 56 Terry Bahr 8 34 75C Bo Partain 7 35 171 Jed smith 7 36 271 Kelly Hagel 6 37 11 Richie Jones 5 38 5m Justin Minx 5 39 5 Daniel Anders 4 40 28 Peyton George 4 41 7d Heath Dry 2 42 7g Dennis Gates 2 43 34 James Meile 2
  8. I-37 Speedway Hands Out 2017 Hardware, 1/6/18 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, Tx.(Jan. 6Th, 2018) As the 2018 racing season rapidly approaches, I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions honored its class winners and track sponsors Saturday night with their first annual banquet. Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich(R&M Promotions) emceed the event along with track manager George Jones as they finished their first season of operation. At times the trio were more like a '3 Stooges' comedy act, just without the slapstick antics. The first to be honored was Kris Workman, who you may recall was one of the many seriously injured during the early November shooting at the Sutherland Springs Church. Workman, a racer in the local Pure Stock division, was in good spirits despite his injury and vowed to get back in a racecar again. He received a standing ovation from the packed house full of racers and their families. Next were all the track personnel, many of whom are volunteers, that staff the facility from the ticket booth to the concession stand and souvenir stand to tower and line up staff. All the 2017 class sponsors were next to be recognized, Cash Bred Off Road(Modifieds) Swenson Racing Products(Sport Modifieds), Nogalitos Gear(Limited Late Models), SABFI Transportation(Street Stocks), All In Designs(Pure Stocks) and Brown Chevrolet(Sport Compacts) as well as track sponsor Alamo Hot Rod Parts. Nogalitos Gear chipped in some extra goodies for all the class winners. Robbie Opiela, who took over the kids Go-Kart operation, was called to honor the top three in each of the Go-Kart classes. Youth; Blaine Markgraf(champion), Hayes Bettis and Aubrey Moore. Junior; Peyton Jones(champion), Ruby Bettis and Blaine Markgraf. Senior; Ryker Hernandez(champion), Faye Bettis and Cameron Dinsmore, who was unable to attend after the funeral of his grandfather earlier in the day. Capping the nights honorees were the top three drivers in all six local classes. Talon Minten picked the first of two championships with his Modified title with Cody Leonard and Jason Borlace, second and third respectively. T. Minten got his second after his Sport Modified championship with Cody Leonard and Johnny Torres, who will be sporting a new car for 2018. The Limited Late Model title went to Frank Okruhlik, who says he going back into retirement, followed by Jason Kelly and former multi-time class champ, Trey Votion. Wade Jones retook the Street Stock crown in 2017 adding another trophy to his collection, with Cody Leonard(bridesmaid a third time) and Shawn Moore. Dakota Heinaman grabbed his first I-37 Speedway championship in the Pure Stocks with Aaron Leddy and William Saunders. The Sport Compact saw Robert Kelm, who will be moving up a class in 2018, dominate the class with nine wins for the year with Jamie Garner and Gordon Dowdy. After a very successful first season for the newbie promoters and staff, 2018 looks to be even better. Upgrades are being made to the ¼ mile track just outside of Pleasanton with a new transponder system, enlarged pit area, new spectator seating being added and suites in the works. The track will also go through somewhat of a facelift with new clay being brought in and added, mostly to add some additional banking in turns 1-2. Coming in 2018 are four visits from the returning Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas as well as two visits from the Southern Texas Late Model Series. Making their inaugural visit will be the Texas Outlaw Modified Series(TOMS) and negotiations are in the works to bring back the Lone Star 600 Mini Sprints. “I'm proud of what we did for our first year,” said Doyon. “I think it went pretty well. On a scale of 1-10, I'm going to say 7 or 8. With the turnout we have here at the banquet, I think we did well. It's a great turn out. I think people believed in us and saw we were trying to bring a business side to racing. We knew we weren't going to make a lot of money going in. Overall people saw we were putting a lot into our track, facilities and racing program.” “Our bad point was probably track prep. We didn't do so well the first part of the season, but we improved a lot at the end of the year. We got compliments the last part of the season. Every race we learned something new and progressively got better.” “I've never even come close to running a track. When I was a racer I'd just stay in my pits and never worry about anything. Holy cow! As a promoter there's so much that goes on behind the scenes. It's amazing how much staff, money, supplies, material, electronics, thought, effort, actually go into to this.” “We hope to increase the car count in all our classes next year. The class I'm really looking forward to is Pure Stocks. I hear of so many car being built. We've increased purse money in several classes and look to increase others if they get the car count up. We're working on more track sponsors which will help the racers, like heat race money.” “We're working on bringing in some more soil. Some soil that will hold a bit more moisture. We will add some from the middle-up in turns 1-2 to increase the banking a little. Not because we want to go faster, but we want the cars to handle better and add an upper groove so that corner won't be so bottom dominant. Then we'll have a 'sweet suite' that will be good for our sponsors, a place for birthday parties or special occasions. One of big requests was last year was pit speakers and we're working on that as well.” “We tried to get a USMTS show in the coming year, but at this stage of our promoting we just felt it was a little risky. They put on a great show and hopefully the following year we can do that. We've worked with Kody(Hardage) at Southern Texas Late Model Series before and we have coming early and late in the season.” “The TOMS were an easy deal, the money was right. We wanted to bring some faster Modifieds to the track. We feel like we have one of the racier surfaces in south Texas. I think we'll get some three wide racing if we get the track right that night. Kieth(Pirtle) was hitting me up to find them a Friday track. I'm glad to hear Texana stepped up for Friday night. This should help bring more of their guys down from north Texas. They have a good group of some big name guys in that series and I'm hoping that our regular guys will try to compete with them.” “The Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas guys are great to work with. They put on a good show and have a good following of fans that show up. We're still working with the Lone Star 600 Mini Sprints. Their racers seem to be pushing their promoter to come back since they enjoyed the track even though they got rained out before the finish of the night.” “I think we did very well for two guys that no idea what they were getting into,” added Michael Keylich. “Luckily we had a lot of support behind us. That was the biggest deal. Our family stepped up to help us out greatly, without them we couldn't have done this. We learned a lot. I think this coming season will be better for both, us and the racers. We just ran out of time on some improvements last year. We didn't get to do everything we wanted to do. This year there's a lot more coming.” “Coming from drag racing the two worlds are kind of different, but at the end of the day, the same. It's a big family. Everyone tries to help each other out. There are some rivalries out there which is different from drag racing. In drag racing if you lose to a guy you're over there helping him get ready for the next round, then barbequing and drinking beer afterwards.” “In dirt racing you have to be careful going to someone else's pits. We want to try to change that here. There are people already this way, but we'd like for everyone to have respect for the other guy. It's racing and it(wrecks) happen. I'd like it if our guys, if they wreck someone, to go over and ask what they can do help get them back on track again. That's me trying to bring the drag racing side over here.” “I'd like for this to be a friendlier place to race. If someone has a problem they're typically in mine or Ray's pits. We try to talk everything out and explain our view and listen to there's. We want racers to come back. There are some things we had to do, but I think it set an example for that. All in all, I think we did great and next season will be better.” “The high point was all the great racing,” explained track manager George Jones. “It's been an awesome season. The biggest change between venues for me has been the racers, the rules and the lifestyle. It's way different than the guys that just go in a straight line. It's a lot more competitive here. Everything was handled great. There were a few problems, we tried to be fair in every situation.” “I'm looking forward to the new transponder system next year. That's going to improve our scoring. We're also setting up a system to get guys money for heat races that may not do so well in the features. We'll also be adding suites, more spectator seating. 2018 is going to be way better than 2017, by far.”
  9. POWRi Lucas Oil Pavement Midget Series Set to Debut in 2018 Belleville, IL - POWRi and Grundy County Speedway officials have entered into a multi-year agreement to sanction pavement midget racing at the Morris, Illinois Grundy County Speedway under the POWRi Pavement Midget Series banner. "I have been working on putting this together for the last couple of years with Bob Guess," said Neil Gacke, POWRi Pavement Series Director. "This is a great opportunity because we are going to start out strong right out of the box, implementing ideas to maintain parity and costs." The series will start with a 10-event schedule with races being held on either a Friday or Saturday. A complete schedule will be released at a later date. The purse will feature a progressive payout, ranging from $700 to $1500 to win in the initial phases of the series, with payouts increasing as the series grows. "This will give pavement midget racing a much needed shot in the arm," commented Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition. "There are several competitors with cars just sitting around. With the open engine rule, teams can't afford not to show up." The official rules for the series will be released by February, however POWRi and Grundy County Speedway officials wanted to debut this news as soon as possible to help teams, drivers, and fans start preparing for 2018. Open practice at the Speedway is slated for April 2018. "With the structure POWRi has suggested, we are confident that the track will operate in the black," said Bob Guess, Grundy County Speedway Treasurer. "We already have several sponsors that have come aboard to keep pavement midget racing alive." The rules that are readily available include: -All engines must be normally aspirated, internal combustion, four cycle reciprocating piston-type, incorporating a maximum of six cylinders. Only one spark plug per cylinder will be allowed. This is an open engine rule. -POWRi is a Hoosier Tire League and entrants will be required to run Hoosier Tires. POWRi is working with Hoosier on an economical tire that will survive multiple heat cycles. -The series will be a setup as a "come one, come all" organization in order to bolster car counts in the initial phase. -There will be a year-end point fund and a POWRi membership is required to compete for points and the championship point fund. "After meeting with POWRi, we feel very confident that if anyone can get this off the ground and up and running, that it is POWRi," said Scott Carter, Grundy County Speedway Board General Manager. "They have some really good ideas on how to make this work and bring back fans and teams who enjoy pavement midget racing." For further information, visit www.powri.com, "Like" POWRi on Facebook and follow "POWRi_Racing" on Twitter.
  10. Sprint Series of Oklahoma Releases 2018 Schedule! Oklahoma City – Oklahoma – January 7, 2018 - An ambitious schedule consisting of seventeen events in two different states await the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest as officials released their 2018 slate on Saturday. The first of four scheduled events at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma is slated for Saturday night, March 3. Other events slated for the quarter-mile, red-clay oval are Friday night – April 27; Friday night – June 29 as part of the second annual “Freedom 40); and the series season finale on Saturday night – September 22 and the third annual “Pat Suchy Classic.” Six days later will be a double-header weekend at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore on March 9-10. Other events at the Southern Oklahoma speed plant are Friday night – April 20; Friday night – May 18; Friday night – June 15; Friday night – July 20; Friday night – August 17; Friday night – September 14. The Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid, Oklahoma has one event slated thus far and will take place on Saturday night, March 31. Lawton Speedway, which will run IMCA RaceSaver 305-ci Sprint Cars weekly in 2018, will host three SSO events. Those dates are Saturday night – April 14; Saturday night – July 7 and Saturday night – August 8. A pending date of Saturday night – May 5, will see the SSO make their inaugural appearance at the beautiful Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas. SSO officials are still awaiting a confirmed date at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada. This upcoming 2018 race season will be year three for the Oklahoma City based SSO and will see Smiley’s Racing Products once again pay $1000 to the season point champion while Hoosier Tire Southwest will be giving away a complete set (four) of Hoosier tires, via random draw, at the year-end 2018 season banquet. Drivers must finish in positions 2-10 to be eligible to participate in random draw. Also, $250 will be awarded to the 2018 Rookie of the Year champion. Along with Smiley’s Racing Products and Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest as presenting partners, officials would like to thank Rod End Supply, Super Shox and Messmer Racing LLC. for their involvement for 2018. More contingency partners and official series cash partners will be announced soon. More information can be obtained by SSO director Jim Messmer (405) 417-2202 and for technical inquires call Ernie Messmer (405) 818-9007. Keep track of daily updates from the SSO on the series official facebook page: Sprint Series of Oklahoma.
  11. Weiss Wins Wild West Shootout Opener with Thornton & Bintz in Victory Lane as Well by Lonnie Wheatley SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 6, 2018) – Canada’s Ricky Weiss cashed in on the opening leg of the 12th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Part by racing to a $5,000 Super Late Model victory in Saturday night’s headliner atop the 1/3-mile FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. After surrendering the point prior to midway to Chris Simpson, the Manitoba racer rallied back by on the high side in the closing rounds to top the initial round of Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation competition. “This is a great field, it’s the best of the best and feels good to be here,” Weiss said in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. While Weiss enjoyed Super Late Model victory lane, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Scott Bintz visited Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in Wild West Shootout action as well by besting the USRA Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively, as a total of 139 cars filled the pit area for the first of six rounds of competition over the next eight days. In the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature, Weiss lead the initial 17 circuits before Simpson slipped by on the low side exiting turn two on the 18th round. But, as Simpson approached lapped traffic in the latter stages, Weiss spied an opportunity to pounce back on the lead. “We closed on the 18 car (Chase Junghans), he moved to the top and pulled away,” Weiss related. “I moved up there not thinking it would be that good, but I found out it was a lot better.” Weiss raced back around Simpson on the high side to take command for keeps on the 34th round, putting himself in line for a potential Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for the driver that can top all six rounds. Iowa’s Simpson settled for runner-up honors, commenting that, “It sucks leading that many laps and losing like that, but all in all it was a good night.” Tennessee’s Mike Marlar filled out the podium in third with Brandon Sheppard and Garrett Alberson rounding out the top five. Chandler, Arizona’s Ricky Thornton, Jr., picked right up where he left off last year, racing to victory lane in the 25-lap MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential feature event after topping last year’s Wild West Shootout points. After three aborted starts, fourth-starter Thornton, Jr., split the front row of Josh Angst and Matt Leer at the outset en route to a wire-to-wire triumph in the non-stop affair. “They didn’t give me as much room after the first couple of restarts, I think I just wanted it more,” Thornton, Jr., said in victory lane. “The car was really good on the restarts and then we went to the bottom, we were geared for that and not the top.” It worked out well for Thornton, Jr., as he cruised out front the entire distance with Lucas Schott taking runner-up honors ahead of Stormy Scott, who rallied from 12th to the show position in the early rounds. Angst and Justin Kay rounded out the top five. In RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson action, Jamestown, North Dakota’s Scott Bintz found his way back into victory lane by wiring the field from the pole position in the 20-lapper. “I didn’t think I’d ever get back here,” Bintz exclaimed in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. “It has been a long dry spell at the Wild West Shootout.” Bintz left little doubt about this one, leading the duration to the stripe ahead of Cole Searing, Lucas Roden, Stephen Muilenberg and Shawn Fernkes. The Wild West Shootout continues at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway on Sunday with racing action set to go green at 5:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Wednesday, January 10, and then Friday through Sunday, January 12-14. A $5,000 winner’s share is up for grabs for the Super Late Models through the opening five nights of competition before the stakes are upped to $13,000-to-win for the January 14 finale. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.wildwestshootout.net/schedule/ and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found atwww.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West Shootout office at 520-664-2074. Shootout Hotel Information can be found at http://www.wildwestshootout.net/fan-info/lodging-2/ or by calling La Quinta Inn & Suites at 480-844-8747. The La Quinta Phoenix Mesa West is located at 902 W. Grove in Mesa, AZ. Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m. Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix. From Phoenix, take US 60 east to Ironwood Dr., turn right (south) and go four miles, Arizona Speedway is on the right hand side. For more information, visit www.wildwestshootout.net or call 520-664-2074. The 2018 Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Black Diamond/Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border International Trucks, Arizona Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker Trucking, Total Seal Piston Rings, Karl Performance, Textron Off-Road, Shaw Trucking, M&S Concrete, AR Bodies, Earnhardt Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Ram, Pro Power Engines, VP Racing Fuel, Penske Racing Shocks and Hoosier Tires. Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Results - FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway – Saturday, January 6, 2018 Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation (50 Cars): Heat Winners: 42s-Don Shaw, 157-Mike Marlar, 7w-Ricky Weiss, 37-Scott Ward, 01-Garrett Alberson, 32-Chris Simpson. “B” Main Winners: 18-Chase Junghans, 2T-Ryan Gustin. Pro Power Dash Winner: 44x-Clint Smith. “A” Main (40 Laps): 1. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 01-Garrett Alberson, 6. 42s-Don Shaw, 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 8. 16-Austin Siebert, 9. 75-Terry Phillips, 10. 90-Lance Malthees, 11. 86-Kyle Beard, 12. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 13. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 14. 0-Jake O’Neil, 15. 18-Chase Junghans, 16. 89-Mike Spatola, 17. 20-Rodney Sanders, 18. 12-Nick Bartels, 19. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 20. 15-Justin Duty, 21. 7d-Austin Theiss, 22. 37-Scott Ward, 23. 3k-Tanner Kellick, 24. 15k-Justin Kay. MVT/Border International USRA Modifieds presented by Arizona Differential (48 Cars) “A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 69-Lucas Schott, 3. 2s-Stormy Scott, 4. 99-Josh Angst, 5. 15k-Justin Kay, 6. 1s-Johnny Scott, 7. 23-Adam Kates, 8. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 9. 23x-Matt Gilbertson, 10. 44-Christy Barnett, 11. 18z-Zane Devilbiss, 12. 65x-Carlos Ahumada, Jr., 13. G17-Fito Gallardo, 14. 19-Lucas Rodin, 15. 6-Casey Skyberg, 16. 6d-Dylan Goplen, 17. 30-Matt Leer, 18. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, 19. 7k-Jason Krohn, 20. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 21. 2a-Casey Arneson, 22. 19sb-Lance Mari, 23. 71-Dustin Strand, 24. J17-Jake Gallardo. RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson (41 Cars) “A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 1s-Scott Bintz, 2. 0-Cole Searing, 3. 19-Lucas Roden, 4. 39-Stephen Muilenburg, 5. 99-Shawn Fernkes, 6. 30-Dewayne Tesch, 7. 44JT-Jamie Torres, 8. 10c-Cole Hauglend, 9. 777-Mike Rosales, 10. 88-Nathan Smith, 11. 32-Eric Hauglane, 12. 55-Mike Hailman, 13. 57x-Chad Horst, 14. 14-Shawn Strong, 15. 51w-Ronald Webster, 16. 6c-Kalvin Caitlin, 17. 7T-Joseph Thomas, 18. 3J-Josh Cain, 19. 71-Dustin Strand, 20. 16-Jason Vanderkamp, 21. 782-Jeremiah Christensen, 22. 22-Jesse Haynye, 23. 07-Donovan Flores, 24. 6-Dean Eggebraaten.
  12. 2018 VIROC Field Set For Shot At $6,363.63 Payday During Tuesday's Chili Bowl Opener by Bryan Hulbert TULSA, Okla. (January 6, 2018) With a top prize of $6,363.63 up for grabs, the 10th annual Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC) will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 as part of the opening night's run of events at the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire. Comprised of drivers who have won the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, owner champions picks, reigning National Midget Driver of the Year, or past VIROC winners the list of drivers who made the cut for this year's 20 lap showdown numbers 18. Over the course of nine VIROC dashes, five drivers have topped the 20 lap event. Sammy Swindell has earned the most VIROC wins with five in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. In 2017, Kyle Larson picked up his second triumph. Both will be on track in Tuesday's showdown. Making the VIROC a bit of a brotherly rivalry, Rusty and Keith Kunz will each be well represented with some of the event's top talents behind the wheel. For Rusty, who earned his Golden Drillers as an owner in 2014, 1996, and 1994, the choice of driver goes to Thomas Meseraull who made his first VIROC appearance in 2017 with a fifth-place finish. For bother Keith, the total number of KKM drivers will number four. Including the aforementioned Kyle Larson, the rundown also includes 2016 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire winner, Rico Abreu as well as defending champion, Christopher Bell. With both drivers punching their ticket with their wins, the choice for Kunz as a six-time owner champion is Indiana's Spencer Bayston, who will be making his first VIROC appearance. Winning the VIROC in 2010, Brad Loyet will make his ninth appearance. Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. will represent Wilke-Pak Motorsports. To date, Coons has been in five VIROC events with a best finish of fifth in 2013. With a pair of Golden Drillers in his collection, Cory Kruseman is in the mix along with Tracey Hines, who won in 2005 for Wilke-Pak. Landing behind the wheel of the Kevin Swindell Motorsports No. 39, New Zealand's Michal Pickens will make his first VIROC appearance. Winning the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in 2006, Late Model ace Tim McCreadie will again wheel for Andy Bondio with Andy's owner champion status landing Danny Stratton in his third VIROC. Using his 2016 VIROC win as his ticket to the show, Tanner Thorson also earned a seat at the table by winning the 2017 National Midget Driver of the Year. Driving for Dooling-Hayward Motorsports, the team will have their second car in action with Joe Dooling's choice of Brad Sweet. Dooling, of course, was the co-owner during Bryan Clauson's 2014 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire win. Returning to Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire competition in 2018, Washington's Kasey Kahne earns a spot with Zarounian credential. The driver known as "The Demon" will see his eighth VIROC appearance. Winning the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in 2006, Damion's best finish in the VIROC came in 2014 with a runner-up to Kyle Larson. Rounding out the list is Chad Boat. The son of 1997 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, Billy Boat, the John Lawson name remains for the Boat family and will be cashed in for Chad's admission to race. The VIROC lineup will be set by draw following Tuesday's Warren CAT Qualifying Night Heat Races at the infield stage. The 10th edition of the VIROC will be run just prior to the evening's B-Features. The complete list of drivers is as follows: 01 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) 1 Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN) 1R Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA) 05 Brad Loyet (Sunset Hills, MO) 5 Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ) 21K Cory Kruseman (Ventura, CA) 24 Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, IN) 39 Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ) 47 Danny Stratton (Riverside, CA) 47X Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY) 63 Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV) 63D Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA) 67Z Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) 71G Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) 71W Christopher Bell (Norman, OK) 84X Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) 97 Rico Abreu (Rutherford, CA) 97K Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN) The 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire takes place January 9-13, 2018 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. Entry List with sponsor information can be found at http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx Entries can be downloaded at http://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=72453 and returned via Fax to (918) 836-5517, called in to (918) 838-3777, or mailed to 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112. Teams can enter the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire at the event. Entry forms must include a current W9 form as well. Download the form at https://www?.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf Teams do need to note that the upcoming Chili Bowl will enforce a Muffler rule that will not allow inserts. All cars must run a Muffler. An update in the wording of the appearance rules states that the car's number and letter combination must be legible from the scorers stand. While the races are scored electronically, the races are also hand-scored. Tire samples will also be taken at random. For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, fans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @CBNationals. All official press, updates, and results on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire can be found online at http://www.chilibowl.com. Quick Notes: What: 32nd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire When: January 9-13, 2018 Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114 Entry Information: Late Entry ($200): December 15, 2017 - January 12, 2018 Entry Blank: http://www.chilibowl.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=72453 Return Entries Via: Phone: (918) 838-3777 Fax: (918) 836-5517 Mail: 1141 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 Entries will not be accepted via Social Media. Nightly Sponsors: Tuesday, January 9 - Warren CAT Qualifying Night plus 9th annual VIROC Wednesday, January 10 - Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night Thursday, January 11 - John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night Friday, January 12 - Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night Saturday, January 13 - Lucas Oil Championship Feature Events Chili Bowl Online: Website: http://www.chilibowl.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chilibowlnationals Twitter: (@cbnationals) Official Hashtag: #ChiliBowl2018 Instagram: cbnationals Snap Chat: TheChiliBowl Live Coverage:* Online PPV: http://www.racinboys.com (Until Saturday Night) Saturday Night Coverage: MAVTV and LucasOilRacingtv.com Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Champions: Year - Driver (Owner) 2017 - Christopher Bell (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) 2016 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) 2015 - Rico Abreu (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian) 2014 - Bryan Clauson (Joe Dooling/Rusty Kunz/Curb Records) 2013 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records) 2012 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records) 2011 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records) 2010 - Kevin Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records) 2009 - Sammy Swindell (Swindell Motorsports/Curb Records) 2008 - Damion Gardner (Jason Leffler) 2007 - Tony Stewart (Tony Stewart Motorsports) 2006 - Tim McCreadie (Steve Smith) 2005 - Tracy Hines (Wilke - Pak) 2004 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio) 2003 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse) 2002 - Tony Stewart (Keith Kunz) 2001 - Jay Drake (Keith Kunz) 2000 - Cory Kruseman (Andy Bondio) 1999 - Dan Boorse (Dan Boorse) 1998 - Sammy Swindell (Pete Willoughby) 1997 - Billy Boat (John Lawson) 1996 - Sammy Swindell (Rusty Kunz / Jay McKinnie) 1995 - Donnie Beechler (Zarounian Motorsports) 1994 - Andy Hillenburg (Keith Kuntz / Rusty Kunz) 1993 - Dave Blaney (Ralph Potter) 1992 - Sammy Swindell (Dave Ellis) 1991 - Lealand McSpadden (Andy Bondio) 1990 - John Heydenreich (Tony Finley) 1989 - Sammy Swindell (Jack Runyon) 1988 - Scott Hatton (Jerry Hatton) 1987 - Rich Vogler (Bob Lowe) VIROC Champions: Kyle Larson (2017 and 2014), Tanner Thorson (2016), Sammy Swindell (2015, 2012, 2011, 2009), Kevin Swindell (2013), Brad Loyet (2010) Dates and Times: Sunday, January 7, 2018 Move-In................................................9:00 am - 8:00 pm Pit Pass Booth Opens........................ ...12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday, January 8, 2018 Building/Pit Pass Booth Open................................8:00 am Pit Pass Booth Opens.........................................8:00 am Practice............................................................ 9:00 am Multi day Pit Pass $245.00~ Single day $30.00 Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Building Opens...................................................9:00 am Pit Pass Booth Opens.........................................11:00 am Hot Laps............................................................4:00 pm Races............................................................... 5:00 pm Multi day Pit Pass $220.00 ~ Single day $45.00 Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Building Opens...................................................9:00 am Pit Pass Booth Opens.........................................11:00 am Hot Laps............................................................4:00 pm Races............................................................... 5:00 pm Multi day Pit Pass $180.00 ~ Single day $45.00 Thursday, January 11, 2018 Building Opens...................................................9:00 am Pit Pass Booth Opens.........................................11:00 am Hot Laps............................................................4:00 pm Races............................................................... 5:00 pm Multi day Pit Pass $140.00 ~ Single day $45.00 Friday, January 12, 2018 Building Opens/Trade Show ................................ 9:00 am Pit Pass Booth/Pit Gate ...................................... 9:00 am Auction .................................................................12:00pm Hot Laps............................................................4:00 pm Races............................................................... 5:00 pm Multi days Pit Pass $100.00 ~ Single day $45.00 Saturday, January 13, 2018 Building Opens/Trade Show ................................ 8:00 am Pit Pass Booth/Pit Gate ....................................... 8:00 am Feature Races...................................................10:00 am Opening Ceremonies..................................................6:00 pm Single Day Pass - $60 Trade Show: A long-standing tradition at the Chili Bowl, the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Tuesday through Saturday), is free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel and more is available with well over 100 vendors. The Trade Show still has space available. Anyone looking to be a part of the Trade Show can contact the Chili Bowl office at 918-838-3777. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet. ======================================= Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. More information about the products available from Lucas Oil can be found at http://www.lucasoil.com. General Tire is the presenting sponsor of the Chili Bowl. A complete inventory of tires offered by General Tire can be found at http://www.generaltire.com. Vacuworx Global is the title sponsor of the VIROC which brings past Chili Bowl Champions as well as champions from around the world together for a single 20 lap race to see who is the best of the best. For more information about Vacuworx log onto www.vacuworx.com. For more information on past champions of the VIROC, log onto www.theviroc.com. For more information on the Chili Bowl log onto http://www.chilibowl.com or call 918-838-3777. Past VIROC Finishes: VIROC IX: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2017 71K Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA 97 Rico Abreu, Rutherford, CA 6K Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN 47X Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 1R Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA 71 Christopher Bell, Norman, OK 76M Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK 84X Chad Boat, Phoenix, AZ 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK 67 Tanner Thorson, Minden, NV 5 Jerry Coons Jr, Tucson, AZ 47 Danny Stratton, Reading, PA 71G Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 5 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 1ST J.J. Yeley, Charlotte, NC 15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND 22H John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, PA VIROC VIII: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2016 67 Tanner Thorson, Minden, NV 71K Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 63 Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 71 Christopher Bell, Norman, OK 15X Chad Boat, Phoenix, AZ 6K Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN 67Z Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA 47 Danny Stratton, Riverside, CA 47X Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 5 Jerry Coons, Jr., Tucson, AZ 97 Rico Abreu, Rutherford, CA 1ST J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, AZ 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 4 Damion Gardner, Concord, NC 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 22H John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, PA 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 39S Kevin Thomas, Jr., Cullman, AL VIROC VII: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2015 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 63 Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 71 Christopher Bell, Norman, OK 71K Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN 97 Rico Abreu, Rutherford, CA 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 71L Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 5 Jerry Coons Jr, Tucson, AZ 47X Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 6K Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Olive Branch, MS 5 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 1ST J.J. Yeley, Charlotte, NC 15X Chad Boat, Phoenix, AZ 22 John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, PA VIROC VI: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2014 71K Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA 47 Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 97 Christopher Bell, Norman, OK 5 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 5 Jerry Coons Jr, Tucson, AZ 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 71 Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA 63 Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN 1ST J.J. Yeley, Charlotte, NC 15X Chad Boat, Phoenix, AZ 47X Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 4AU Mathew Smith, Brandy Hill, NSW VIROC V: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2013 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN 1ST J.J. Yeley, Charlotte, NC 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 15X Chad Boat, Phoenix, AZ 63 Jerry Coons Jr, Tucson, AZ 47X Tim McCreadie Watertown, 71 Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 67X Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA 47 Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 56P Jason Leffler, Long Beach, CA 5 Cole Whitt, Alpine, CA 14 Tony Stewart, Columbus, IN VIROC IV: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2012 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN 24 Tracy Hines, Greenfield, IN 05G Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 67Z Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN 39C Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 14 Tony Stewart, Columbus, IN 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills MO 67 Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA Brad Mosen, Auckland, NZ 5 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK 71 Jason Leffler, Long Beach, CA 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA DNS - 39i Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Olive Branch, MS VIROC III: Vacuworx Invitational of Champions 2011 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 4X Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN 91X Jason Leffler, Long Beach, CA 1J J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, AZ Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 24 Tracy Hines, Wilkinson, IN 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 39M Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 71 Cole Whitt, Alpine, CA 05G Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 39 Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN 15M Jay Drake, Val Verde, CA 35 Johnny Heydenreich, Indianapolis, IN 47X Garrett Hansen, Manhattan Beach, CA 15H Scott Hatton, Roscoe, IL VIROC II: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2010 05 Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO 17B Brad Kuhn, Avon, IN 71K Jay Drake, Val Verde, CA 71 Cole Whitt, Alpine, CA 47 Garrett Hansen, Manhattan Beach, CA 15H Scott Hatton, Roscoe, IL 91X Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA 21K Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA 57B Johnny Heydenreich, Indianapolis, IN 1AU Gary Taylor, Snohomish, WA 44D Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 39B Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN 11W Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 40 Jason Leffler, Long Beach, CA 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 11 Tracy Hines, New Castle, IN VIROC I: Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions 2009 1 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN 5 Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN 11W Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY 67 Jay Drake, Val Verde, CA 1J J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, AZ Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA 7C Tony Elliott, Warsaw, IN 15H Scott Hatton, Roscoe, IL 38 Jason Leffler, Long Beach, CA 21 Tracy Hines, Newcastle, IN 2S Damion Gardner, Concord, CA 25 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, PA 57B Johnny Heydenreich, Indianapolis, IN 47 Cory Kruseman, Ventura, CA. Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals - Est. 1987 - Tulsa, Okla.
  13. ASCS Mid-South Region Sets 2018 Lineup Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (January 5, 2018) The 2018 season for the ASCS Mid-South Region is just around the corner, and a lineup of 17 events has been released across Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. New to the ASCS Mid-South lineup in 2018, Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, Tenn. will kick things off on April 7 with the following week seeing the ASCS Mid-South Region replacing the former Southern Outlaw Sprints at Mississippi's Jackson Motor Speedway for King of the Wings III with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Little Rock's I-30 Speedway will see the most action with seven of the scheduled dates, including taking place at the quarter-mile oval known as "Hammer Hill". The first I-30 Speedway showdown will go green on May 12. On to Riverside International Speedway on Thursday, June 28, the mid-week affair will kick off a four-night ASCS Mid-South Speedweek with Crowley's Ridge Raceway on Friday, June 29, I-30 Speedway on Saturday, June 30, and Diamond Park Speedway on Sunday, July 1. Back to Riverside on Saturday, July 21, the following week transitions back to I-30 Speedway on Saturday, July 28 before the series heads out for return trips to Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss. on Saturday, August 11 and Tennessee National Raceway on August 25. A showdown with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley's Racing Products on Saturday, September 15, the series debut at Centerville Super Speedway follows on Saturday, September 29. Following that, it's one final stop for three nights at I-30 Speedway on October 4, 5, and 6 for the 31st COMP Cams Short Track Nationals. For the 2018 season, Terry Mattox will again head the ASCS Mid-South Region and can be reached at (918) 417-0624 or by email at ascsterry@gmail.com for scheduling and series question. 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 ASCS Mid-South Lineup Date - Track (City, State) 4/7/2018-Tennessee National Raceway (Hohenwald, TN) 4/13/2018-Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, MS) 4/14/2018-Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, MS) 5/12/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 6/28/2018-Riverside International Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) 6/29/2018-Crowley's Ridge Raceway (Paragould, AR) 6/30/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 7/1/2018-Diamond Park Speedway (Murfreesboro, AR) 7/21/2018-Riverside International Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) 7/28/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 8/11/2018-Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, MS) 8/25/2018-Tennessee National Raceway (Hohenwald, TN) 9/15/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 9/29/2018-Centerville Super Speedway (Dardanelle, AR) 10/4/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 10/5/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 10/6/2018-I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) **Dates subject to change without notice. Refer to http://www.ascsracing.com for updates.
  14. 50 Strong Years Through countless transformations, Volusia Speedway Park has remained at the heart of racing CONCORD, NC - Jan. 5, 2018 - When race fans make their annual visit to Central Florida in early February to kick off another race season, at first glance they may notice a new look to the storied facility which is home to the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, but that isn't out of the ordinary at a speedway that has undergone numerous transformations throughout its 50 years of existence. One thing that won't change are the 12 straight nights of racing action and the comradery that comes with it from February 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park. When the gates swing open at Volusia Speedway Park for DIRTcar Nationals on the first Tuesday in February, the 2018 racing season will officially begin, and the World's Fastest Half Mile will pop the top on the tracks 50th year of racing. "There are not many marquee events that you can count on," said retired NASCAR driver and dirt racing enthusiast Kenny Wallace. "You've got Eldora, Knoxville, World Finals - but DIRTcar Nationals is one-, two-week marquee event that you can count on. You know it's going to be there every year." In fact, original track owner Benny Corbin had two stipulations when he sold Volusia Speedway Park in 1982: that he be allowed to maintain it and that the marquee events, including DIRTcar Nationals, would continue to run; and so it has been. Corbin, a Korean War veteran, first found refuge in motorsports as a racer, driving Sprint Cars and Midgets in Indiana. Corbin and his son Kent, however, left their deepest impression on the racing industry in Florida. In 1968 Corbin struck a deal on a property in Barberville, FL that housed a sandy quarter-mile course on which old jalopies raced. Seeing the greater potential of the property, Corbin created Barberville Raceway, starting the long journey to Volusia Speedway Park's current prestige. During Corbin's tenure as owner from 1968 to 1982, the facility underwent multiple transformations, including a major change when the track was expanded to its current half-mile size. Dirt racing on the fast, half-mile track ceased from 1989 to 1997 when the track was turned into a paved half-mile. But Corbin, true to his dirt roots, created a 3/8-mile dirt oval (now a go-kart track) on the adjacent property. From 1989 to 1992 Volusia Speedway Park predominantly hosted NASCAR-sanctioned races - sometimes combining asphalt and dirt racing in the same weekend. It was during that time that a NASCAR star was born. A 27-year-old driver from St. Louis, MO named Kenny Wallace finally broke out and won his first NASCAR race at Volusia Speedway Park (then Volusia Country Speedway) after 70 races and two years of trying. "It was my biggest win, and probably still is my biggest win of my career," said Wallace. "That was my first NASCAR win ever. It took me 70 races - two years to win. It was just the biggest win of my life." After taking up more dirt racing as a hobby starting in 2005, it didn't take Wallace long to make history at Volusia again. As he entered Victory Lane at the 2007 DIRTcar Nationals, Wallace became the only driver to win on both asphalt and dirt at Volusia Speedway Park. "I have people ask me all the time what's my favorite dirt track, and I honestly tell them it's Volusia," said Wallace. "They ask why, and I tell them it's the very first race track on dirt that I can race seven nights a week on. I learned to race dirt at Volusia because I raced seven nights a week." Reminiscing about the old days at Volusia Speedway Park, Wallace recalls many of the characteristics of the ever-changing facility. "Back in 1991 it had about the same amount of grandstands. It was a really great crowd. But what I remember most was that it was on national TV. In 1991 we were racing at Volusia Speedway, and you could be in California and turn it on TV and the race was on your TV. To me that what was big; all my friends all around the United States were watching me win that race on TV." Although the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals may not air on traditional television this year, race fans all across the world will be tuned into the DIRTVision live stream. "For me it's the start of race season. I understand that not everyone can go [to Volusia], but for the people that cannot go, they're watching on DIRTVision.com. But they cannot stand it. They'll start watching on Tuesday, February 6, and by February 8 they cannot take it anymore; they're in their cars, and they're heading to Florida for the weekend. The DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park signifies the green flag for dirt racing. This is it; it's the start of the season, and it gives me goosebumps to return to Volusia." The return to Volusia doesn't just start the racing season for Wallace and the hundreds of other racers that converge on the small Florida track; it renews countless friendships, including one in particular for Wallace. "I have a very good friend, Kent Corbin (Benny's son). He's the parts man at Volusia Speedway Park weekly. We all know the rule that you can't have a trailer taller than nine feet so that the fans can see the backstretch. Kent lends me his trailer, and we put my racecar and some of my equipment in there so I can stay in the infield and watch all the racing that goes on." Through the countless transformations and passionate efforts to sustain racing at a small local short track located just 20 miles from the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Kent Corbin continues to play a part in the rich 50-year history of Volusia Speedway Park, where he was born and raised, and which he still calls home. The racing season officially kicks off with 12 straight nights of racing featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Late Models and UMP Modifieds, and the All-Star Circuit of Champions from Feb. 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park. To learn more about Volusia Speedway Park, visit VSPRacing.com. For more information or tickets to DIRTcar Nationals, visit DIRTcarNationals.com
  15. NCRA Sprint Season Opener Now Paying $13,000 to Win! Park City, Kansas – December 31, 2017 – Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products have officially announced the dates for the eighth annual “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” for the series 360-ci sprint car division as well as an increase in championship Saturday night’s winners share. Dates are Friday and Saturday night, March 30-31, 2018 and will once again be held at 81 Speedway in Park City. This years’ event will pay $13,000 to win on championship Saturday night. After three unsuccessful attempts, last years running was washed out by Mother Nature. Past winners of the “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” are: Danny Lasoski (2011, 2015); Jason Johnson (2012, 2013); Kevin Swindell (2014) and Dereck Hagar (2016). This annual event will open the 29th consecutive season for the series sprint car division and more information will be released in the coming months. To keep up-to-date on all things NCRA, check out their official website www.racencra.com and their official facebook page: NCRA Racing Series. Any questions regarding this event or information concerning the series modified, crate late model and mod-lite divisions can be answered by calling (316) 755-1781.
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