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  1. New 'Texas Short Track Promoter of the Year Award' announced on Revved Up Sports Show Annual award will recognize outstanding efforts in several categories AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 5, 2020) — RaceOnTexas.com owner Chris David and Revved Up Sports Show (RUSS) host Rodney Rodriguez have announced the creation of a new Texas Short Track Promoter of the Year Award, to be presented annually by the two well-known media entities. This year's recipient will be announced on the show on Monday, November 2. A selection committee will meet throughout October to discuss potential candidates and the merits of each one. The award will recognize outstanding efforts by short track operators in a number of key categories; including fan and racer satisfaction, health of current divisions and efforts to attract new fans to the sport. Every track located inside the borders of Texas is up for annual consideration. “This is something I feel is long overdue and can provide some well-deserved recognition to the guys and gals who work so hard to keep our great sport alive and thriving here in Texas,” Rodriguez said. “Today's short track promoters face huge challenges, and it's time to recognize their efforts.” Chris David has amassed a large group of videographers at his company, which expanded with a new SpeedPass service this year that offers Live Streaming at tracks all across the state. Each of those dedicated staff members watch the action very closely, and David knows how hard these folks work. “I really love this concept of providing recognition to one hard-working short track promoter every year,” David said. “Rodney was right, we are blessed with several good folks in this state who toil away in the trenches all season long to ensure race fans get a good show. It's time to start honoring the ones who go above and beyond, people who go the extra mile to promote our great sport.” Among the active tracks on the list for consideration each year for the Texas Short Track Promoter of the Year Award; Big O Speedway, Ennis, TX; Boyd Raceway, Boyd, TX; Cotton Bowl Speedway, Paige, TX; Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX; Heart O' Texas Speedway, Elm Mott, TX; I-37 Speedway, Pleasanton, TX; Houston Motorsports Park, Houston, TX; Monarch Motor Speedway, Wichita Falls, TX; Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, TX; Texana Raceway, Edna, TX; RPM Speedway, Crandall, TX; West Texas Speedway, Lubbock, TX; and South Texas Speedway, in Corpus Christi, Texas. All are thriving facilities and deserve consideration for their efforts each year. “This state is loaded with hard-working track operators and promoters,” Rodriguez added. “It will be a difficult job each year for the committee, and I can imagine there will be some very lively discussions among committee members. They'll hash it out carefully and we'll await their decision.” To follow the Revved Up Sports Show, go to www.revvedupsportsshow.com. To become a subscriber at RaceOnTexas and start enjoying some great Live streaming action from tracks across Texas and even into Louisiana, please go to www.raceontexas.com.
  2. For immediate release: TSTRS Public Relations Contact: Gina Schild-Knowles Tel: 713-907-0906 Tiffany Vogel thriving in new role as Race Director at Houston Motorsports Park Longtime race official digs in to keep program flowing smoothly HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 18, 2020) — Of all the roles in the act of officiating and conducting a night of asphalt short track racing, the job of Race Director easily carries the most stress. That person makes the final calls on all on-track incidents and works to ensure the program runs like a clock. For longtime race official Tiffany Vogel, the workload and stress is all just part of the package. This tougher-than-nails Texas native has literally been around racing since she was in diapers. She started working at the now-defunct Longhorn Speedway early on, and has earned this opportunity. “I think my debut last Saturday night went off pretty well,” Vogel said. “We finished the program at 9:40 p.m., so I was extremely proud of that part. I can't expect our fans to endure long delays. I really enjoyed the experience and am hoping the rest of our season goes just as smoothly.” Vogel's background in the sport is extensive, having attended her first race at the famed Longhorn. It wasn't long before she was part of the team there, and the rest, as they say, is history. “I started out selling 50/50 tickets and programs at Longhorn,” Vogel explained. “I also served as the Trophy Queen for 10 years at Thunderhill Raceway, then worked in scoring at Longhorn and at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle. I've flagged a couple of races, as well, and have driven the pace car.” There aren't too many jobs at the track left that Vogel hasn't handled, with one major exception. “The only job I hadn't held up until now was Race Director, and that opportunity is here,” Vogel added. “My parents helped run Longhorn when I was young, and my cousins, uncles and grandfather all raced back in the day. Short track racing is in my blood, I just love working in this great sport.” In her first night as Race Director, Vogel had an extra set of eyes helping her keep track of the action. While race teams have spotters, she had an assistant on the backstretch to watch all angles. “It helped me tremendously,” Vogel said without hesitation. “It's hard to see everything all the time; you'll have a battle up front and some tussles back in the pack at the same moment. I can't watch the entire oval at the same time every second. That second set of eyes made calls a whole lot easier.” Vogel is part of a special team at Houston Motorsports Park. Together, under general manager and promoter Gina Schild-Knowles, that team collectively delivers the magic for race fans in Houston. This special team includes Mason Mitchell, Rodney Rodriguez, Don Armstrong, Denny Burton, Todd Kempken, Meridith Makie Bahnsen, Debbie Berry, Sandy Berry, Taylor Knowles, Michael Crofford, Larry Schild, Caden Schild, Travis Knowles and David Corbello, along with Bo & Gina Knowles. Schild-Knowles and her staff also welcome Megan Barker to the staff. Barker, son of Outlaw division racer Robert Barker, is now an official scorer at HMP and says she's enjoying the new job. “I had been helping the scorers for a few years now, but am very excited to actually be an official in the tower,” Barker said. “We didn't have any hiccups last week, so I'm pleased with the way it went. I'm proud that Gina has the confidence in my skills, and I'm proud to be a part of this team.” Vogel, a friend of Barker for many years, summed up that great atmosphere at HMP in 2020. “I've known Gina and Mason for years, plus I've known our announcer, Rodney Rodriguez, since he was racing himself out at Longhorn Speedway. We're all like family here. I love working with these folks, and love a chance to keep the show running smoothly. If that happens, I've done my job.” About Texas Short Track Racing Series/NASCAR Houston The Texas Short Track Racing Series is an asphalt oval racing series based in Houston, Texas, competing at Houston Motorsports Park. Texas Asphalt Racing Promotions, LLC, manages advertising and sponsorship opportunities for the series. To learn more, follow the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nascarhouston. Fans who love NASCAR and short tracks should also bookmark www.NASCARHouston.com to stay abreast of the latest news as it happens. About Houston Motorsports Park Houston Motorsports Park is an auto racing complex that includes a 3/8 mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an NHRA-sanctioned 1/8 mile drag strip. For more information, please go to www.houstonmotorsportspark.com.
  3. For immediate release: STLMS Public Relations Contact: Kody Hardage Tel: 210-827-0229 Annual 'Western Swing' up next for Southern Touring Late Model Series STLMS partners with Sooner LM Series in Lubbock, Amarillo SEGUIN, Texas (Aug. 10, 2020) — In a first-ever partnership with the Sooner Late Model Series, officials at the Southern Touring Late Model Series (STLMS) are excited to announce their 4th annual Western Swing will take place this weekend, Aug. 14-15, in Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas. On Friday, Aug. 14, the two series will combine to invade West Texas Speedway in Lubbock for a $2,000-to-win contest. On Saturday, teams will make a visit to the famed Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo for another $2,000-to-win affair. It's a pair of races with tremendous potential. “I always get excited about our trip west, but this year should be pretty special,” series promoter Kody Hardage said. “The folks that run both tracks are awesome, they treat us well and we want to put on a good show for them. With both series coming together like this, it should be exciting both nights.” Leading the charge into this year's Western Swing is STLMS point leader Bo Day, of Greenville, Texas. Day has been on a tear this year with three wins to his credit (Monarch Motor Speedway on May 29, Abilene Speedway on May 30, and at Heart O' Texas Speedway on July 18). Championship contenders 'Little' Robbie Starnes and Sinton, Texas-based hotshoe Cody Leonard will also be drivers to watch in west Texas. Second-generation driver Starnes can never be counted out, and Leonard adapts quickly to changing track conditions wherever he goes. Leading the charge into Lubbock and Amarillo from the Sooner LM series is points leader Kip Hughes, along with 15-year-old sensation Hayden Ross, of Muskogee, OK, and veteran Eddie Tidwell. The Sooner series is loaded with talent, giving this weekend a huge boost. “Our series has grown this year, we have some stiff competition on our own side,” Hardage added. “But when you bring in guys like they have on the Sooner series, the action will be intense from the heats through the A Main. I hope folks can come on out to see some top-notch Late Model racing.” West Texas Speedway, formerly known as Lady Luck Speedway, was upgraded and modernized in 2017 by current owner Corky Matthews. The track was originally built in the 1960s and was in need of the upgrades. New seating, lighting and a huge scoreboard make WTS a fan-friendly place these days. Route 66 Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval run by brothers Jeremy and Zach Gossett. After a seven-week delay in their 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the track returned to action on June 7 with 118 cars in the pits spread across five divisions. Racing is healthy in Amarillo, Texas, thanks to the efforts of Jeremy and Zach. The Southern Touring Late Model Series was formed in 2012 and is owned by veteran racer Kody Hardage, of Seguin, Texas. The series is keeping dirt Super Late Model racing alive and thriving in the Lone Star State and points beyond. It is intended to be an affordable regional tour for racers. To get the latest series news and updates, go to www.stlms.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTexasLateModelSeries. (Photo credit: Bobby Thomas)
  4. For immediate release: MFM Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Larry Baggett joins Mike Fortier Motorsports for part-time Sport Mod effort in 2020 Reigning Texas Dirt Truck Truck Series champ to run six races BURNET, Texas (March 4, 2020) — Two veteran race personalities in the Lone Star State are joining forces for a part-time yet surely competitive Sport Mod effort in 2020. A longtime car owner from New England who now calls Texas his home and a North Carolina native are a natural pair. Defending Texas Dirt Truck Series champion Larry Baggett has announced his intentions to wheel the No. 51VT IMCA Sport Mod entry fielded by Mike Fortier Motorsports. The pair will run approximately six races at Cotton Bowl Speedway, I-37 Speedway and at Texana Raceway. “I was beyond excited when Mike reached out to me with this opportunity,” Baggett said. “I am honored to strap into his Sport Mod and will do my best to put it into Victory Lane this season. Mike is one of those guys with years of experience and knowledge. I'll enjoy working with him on the setups. “We'll do whatever we have to do to get his car dialed in. This is going to be a chance for me to grow as a racer and hone my skills further. The guys who drive multiple cars stay sharp, so this won't hurt my truck program at all. I'm gunning to defend my TDTS title, but racing for Mike will be fun.” Fortier is part of the staff at Cotton Bowl this year, working with Mary Ann and H. Naumann on IT-related matters and as a Pit Steward coordinating lineups. Now approaching the age of 69, Fortier has an extensive background in racing in both his native New England and in south Texas. “I'm absolutely thrilled with where I'm at at Cotton Bowl right now, working with Mary Ann at what I feel is the best-run track in Texas,” Fortier said. “Yet my desire to field a car is still there, and now, I have a driver with a stellar reputation and down-home personality. I couldn't be any happier. “Larry is a great fit for this team. He takes care of equipment and really uses his head out on the track. He'll get the most out of the car each time he competes, yet he won't destroy it when things aren't going so well. I'm very fortunate to have his skills behind the wheel, and can't wait to go racing.” Baggett, aka 'Cowboy', 50, of Burnet, Texas, has been involved in racing nearly all of his life. Growing up in his native state of North Carolina, he spent his weekends going to drag races with his sister, Audrey Pope. Larry enjoyed hanging out in the pits and learning the ropes. He bought his own race car in 2016, a Chevy Camaro for the Street Stock class on dirt. He finished a respectable eighth in points for his first year behind the wheel. In 2017, he purchased a Chevy Nova to run in the same class car and finished fourth in final points. Baggett's career highlight was winning the inaugural Texas Dirt Truck Series championship last year in a steady, consistent effort. Fortier grew up in Vermont and started attending races at the age of 8, eventually joining a race team when he was just 19. He became a car owner in 1998 fielding a Late Model in the highly-respected American-Canadian Tour and at the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre. He established a racing business partnership with the Australia-based Just Hafta brand of apparel, with sales proceeds across North America funding the race team. In the late 1990s, Fortier designed and developed a software program known as Race Team Notebook, used by many teams. To keep up with news on race dates and plans, please visit the Mike Fortier Motorsports Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mfm51/.
  5. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations RaceOnTexas.com, Revved Up Sports Show new Official Media Partners at Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2020) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced two well known and highly respected media outlets with a statewide reach have joined their growing family of marketing partners for the 2020 season. RaceOnTexas.com, a multi-media company that offers high quality Live and Archived video footage from tracks across Texas, and the Austin-based Revved Up Sports Show (RUSS) will become the Official Media Partners of the series. This cross-promotion will help draw new subscribers and listeners for the two media outlets while ensuring steady, statewide media coverage for the TDTS. “We couldn't be more excited about this partnership for our second season,” series founder and owner George Jones said. “I've known those guys for years, and not only do they do a fantastic job at covering our sport, they've built a loyal following around the state. This will help build our fan base.” RaceOnTexas.com owner Chris David has assembled a team of skilled cameramen who capture every lap of the action at short tracks across Texas and even into Louisiana all season long. In 2019, his site also started delivering new content featuring Spotlight feature stories on drivers in all divisions. “We've been watching the Truck series grow in popularity since George first put it together and ran his first race at I-37,” David said. “We've had cameras rolling for several of their races, so I know the excitement they deliver. I'm excited about this deal and value our relationship with the TDTS.” Rodney Rodriguez is the host and founder of the Revved Up Sports Show, heard each week Live from Round Rock, Texas, online and on The Horn radio in Austin. Serving as co-host since the show began is Bobby Chaffee, a veteran of the Texas racing scene. Rodriguez has covered the TDTS from the start, and sees a bright future for the touring series geared toward affordability for race teams. “I've had my eye on this series since it got up and running last year, and even had the pleasure of calling their appearance at Cotton Bowl Speedway on September 28,” Rodriguez said. “I love the concept of affordable trucks, and everybody knows trucks are king here in Texas. They've got it going on this year with new host tracks and supporters. We're thrilled to be a part of their growth in 2020.” In exchange for this valued coverage around the Lone Star State, Texas Dirt Truck Series staff will connect with fans to inform them of the video coverage available on RaceOnTexas.com and the in-depth interviews they can hear each week on the Revved Up Sports Show. Together, these two media outlets do a great job at keeping short track racing on the radar screen among consumers across Texas. The Texas Dirt Truck Series will kick off its second season on Saturday, March 28, at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas. This year's schedule will see the series visit new venues across the state, from Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls to South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi. To keep up with the latest series news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. Media Contact: Phil Whipple Cell: 207.689.6630 Twitter: @PhilWhipple
  6. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Officials unveil expanded 2020 event schedule at Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source New Pace Truck/Fan Ride-Along Truck being built SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2020) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have unveiled an eight-race schedule for their second season, with the possibility of three more dates to be added in the coming weeks. The series' second year takes teams to new venues as interest in the trucks begins to grow. For the second consecutive year, the TDTS will have the friendly confines of I-37 Speedway in scenic Pleasanton, Texas, as its home base. The series will contest five points races on the racy 1/4-mile oval run by R&M Promotions, beginning with the season opener on Saturday, March 28. Along with five dates at I-37, the series will make its debut in Wichita Falls on Saturday, June 12, at the famed Monarch Motor Speedway. Shannon and Misty Kelton have worked hard to turn MMS into a thriving, well-organized facility. The series is truly honored to be headed there in 2020. Along with the trip to north Texas, the series will also make its debut out east this year with two trips to 105 Speedway in Cleveland, Texas. Robert Hattenbach and his staff at 105 are known for running a good show on a well-prepared surface, and the TDTS is thrilled to have two races there. “I think our second season is going to be exciting for our teams and Texas race fans,” series owner George Jones said. “We are anxious to take this series to new markets and entertain some new fans. Our new dates at Monarch Motor Speedway and 105 Speedway will allow us to do that.” Three more dates may possibly be added as negotiations are still ongoing with three other tracks. It is hoped the TDTS can return to South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi) and the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige) for one race each, along with a new date at Big O Speedway (Ennis) at Jim Moon's fine facility. This series is statewide in nature, not limited to south Texas tracks. Along with the excitement of new races at different tracks, TDTS officials are also pleased to announce the construction of a new Official Pace Truck/Fan Ride-Along truck. This vehicle will look and sound just like our race trucks, yet have a second seat so that one lucky fan per track gets the ride of a lifetime. Winning a ride in the new Ride-Along truck could be a bonus for the 50/50 winner. Larry Baggett, of Burnet, Texas, earned the inaugural TDTS points championship. The North Carolina native and short track ace will return to defend his crown in 2020 with a fresh ride and lots of notes to go on. Chasing him will be talented drivers like Tony Bernal, Russell Rust and Russ Parker, among others. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was created in Oct. of 2018 and will be contesting its second season in 2020. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. To learn more, go to www.militarytalentsource.com. To keep up with the latest news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  7. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple (Photo credit: Jay Hallas) Heil dominates season finale at I-37 Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source PLEASANTON, Texas (Nov. 18, 2019) — Veteran short track driver John Heil put on another oval racing clinic over the weekend, leading every lap of the 2019 Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) season finale on Saturday night at I-37 Speedway. Heil, of Floresville, earned his third TDTS victory of the season driving the rocket-fast No. 96 entry owned by Rick Pollaro. Heil started on the pole after winning the eight-lap qualifier earlier in the evening. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) finished second in the feature, while Russ Parker (Seguin) filled out the podium in third. After jumping into oval racing straight from the drag strip, Parker made big gains. Cedar Creek native and Cotton Bowl regular Daniel Gaudette crossed the stripe in fourth, while two-time TDTS feature winner Ryan Doyon of LaCoste completed the top five. Only a single caution slowed the pace for a minor spin by Larry Baggett in the early going. Baggett, of Marble Falls, chose to take it easy in the series finale and drove to a casual seventh-place finish to lock up the 2019 TDTS points championship. In nine races, the former Street Stock regular at Cotton Bowl kept his head down and stayed focused on the big prize. “Winning this championship is a very special feeling,” Baggett said. “We've had such a great time competing in this series. It's more like family than anything, but to win races and the inaugural title means the world to us. We can't wait to unload and prepare for 2020. We'll be back for more fun.” Other drivers competing in the season finale include Michael Keylich (sixth) and Russell Rust (eighth), two drivers who supported the TDTS throughout the inaugural season. Saturday's season finale was part of the track's annual Redneck Stress relief program, the track's final event of 2019. Series promoter and director George Jones would like to extend a sincere thank you to TDTS presenting partner Military Talent Source, Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich at I-37, Stevie Whitaker Jr. at South Texas Speedway, Mary Ann Naumann at Cotton Bowl, Rachel & Kenny Densman at Texana Raceway and every team that participated in this inaugural season. Your support made the series thrive. From a humble start in March to a popular and growing extended family by mid November, the Texas Dirt Truck Series went from a concept with merit to a proven entity in 2019. In 2020, Jones will take the series to a few more tracks to reach more race fans. The real fun, it seems, has just begun. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. Whether they are working with businesses or organizations to build veteran-friendly hiring solutions or out on the road meeting with separating veterans at transition sites around the country, Military Talent Source is constantly striving to help businesses recruit and retain veteran talent. To learn more about this great company, visit them online at www.militarytalentsource.com. For TDTS news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  8. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Officials announce partnership with Military Talent Source New presenting sponsor for Texas Dirt Truck Series SAN ANTONIO, Texas (June 8, 2019) — Officials at the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) announced on Saturday a new partnership with national recruiting firm Military Talent Source, LLC, headquartered in Maine. Founded by rising entrepreneur Matt Leonard, the company places former service men and women in good careers. This valued new partnership makes Military Talent Source (MTS) the presenting sponsor, fitting given the history of a strong military presence in the San Antonio area. The nation's seventh largest city is home to the famed Lackland Air Force Base and the even busier Randolph Air Force Base. “We're thrilled to have Matt Leonard and Military Talent Source on board for our inaugural season,” TDTS founder and owner George Jones said. “This adds tremendous credibility to our series and is a perfect fit for us, given where we are based. I'm excited to tell our fans about this partnership.” Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. “I'm excited to be involved with this growing new series,” company founder and chief executive officer Leonard said. “I recently returned from a trip to Austin, in fact, and it looks like I'll have a chance to do some work down in that area. Since San Antonio is such a huge military city, this series is a great fit. “I'm really a marketing guy at heart. I'm currently involved with an active race team here in Maine, and have some local businesses on board the program. I'm utilizing the TDTS to gain exposure for our company while helping to get a series with a lot of fan appeal off the ground and running.” This new partnership was announced as the series gets set to make its debut at South Texas Speedway (replacing the rained-out event at Texana Raceway) in Corpus Christi on Saturday, June 8. Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls, TX, won the series' inaugural event on March 23. Whether they are working with businesses or organizations to build veteran-friendly hiring solutions or out on the road meeting with separating veterans at transition sites around the country, Military Talent Source is constantly striving to help businesses recruit and retain veteran talent. To learn more about this great company, visit them online at www.militarytalentsource.com. “We're fortunate to have Matt, his partner Stephen Milks and their entire company supporting our efforts,” Jones added. “Their support of racing is well known in Maine and is about to be in Texas, as well. I truly appreciate their faith in us. We welcome Military Talent Source to the truck series.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, will run six more races on its eight-race 2019 campaign. After the June 8 event at South Texas Speedway, the series returns to the familiar confines of I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, on Saturday, June 29. To keep up with race results and the latest news, please go to www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/and follow us on Twitter @TexasDirtTrucks.
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