September 24th Patriot Sprint Tour and CRSA Sprints Events at Rolling Wheels Cancelled
By Curtis Berleue (Sodus, NY) | It is with great disappointment that Mike Emhof Motorsports announces the cancellation of its sprint car events at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for Sunday, September 24. Both the Patriot Sprint Tour and CRSA Sprints events have been removed from the schedule and will not be made up.
"After multiple attempts at contact, details for our season finale at Rolling Wheels were unable to be worked out," stated owner Mike Emhof. "We had cars from all across the northeast planning on joining us, and I would like to apologize to both the teams and fans that we will no longer be running this event."
The next American event for the Patriot Sprint Tour will be on Friday, September 22 at Outlaw Speedway, a challenge event with URC and ESS paying $5,000 to win. The series will then move east to continue the 'Weekend of Money' at the Fonda Speedway for the final event of 2017, the Kramer Williamson Memorial paying $5,073 to win.
Next up for the CRSA Sprints will be Friday, September 22 at the Fonda Speedway, followed by a return visit to Afton Motorsports Park on Friday, October 6. The season finale for the CRSA Sprints will be on Saturday, October 21 at Orange County Fair Speedway, part of the annual Eastern States Weekend.
URSS Rebels Headed To Dodge City
After two weeks off for drivers to compete in the IMCA Racesaver Nationals in Lincoln and a weekend to regroup the Myers Engine United Rebel Sprint Series will return to Dodge CityRacewayPark in Dodge City, KS for the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial this Saturday night Sept the 16th.
Leading the Rebels into Dodge City will be current points leader, Zach Blurton, Jed Werner, Steven Richardson, Ty Williams and host of others as they will duel with Dodge City’s best Taylor Velasquez, Luke Cranston, Tyler Knight and many more to make up a great field of cars for DCRP’s Championship night.
“It’s an honor to be able to compete at this great event as Jerry was not only a great friend of mine but was also very instrumental in helping start the URSS. We’re looking for a great field of cars from Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma as this will be the last IMCA points race for the state of Kansas” said URSS founder Rick Salem.
NCRA Sprints Head to Thunder Hill Speedway This Saturday Night!
Park City, Kansas – September 11, 2017 - The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division will be competing in their third straight Saturday night event coming up this weekend as they get set for "Battle on the Hill," their first and only appearance of the season, at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas.
Former two-time tour champion Jeremy Campbell comes into the night as the points leader while defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr., Danny Jennings, Jon Freeman, Jeff Stasa, Forrest Southerland, Fred Mattox, Jake Greider, J.D. Johnson and Ray Seeman are the current top ten in standings with most, if not all, drivers expected to make the trip.
Eight events have been held thus far this season with eight different drivers having reached victory lane. Feature winners for 2017 so far include Campbell, Droud, Jennings, Mattox, Jason Martin, Joe Wood, Jr., Brian Bell and the most recent winner, Cody Ledger, this past Saturday night in McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand general admission is just $20 for adults while kids ages 12 and under will be admitted into the grandstands for free. All pit passes are just $30.
Ledger Conquers NCRA, Nebraska Sprint Victory at Junction Motor Speedway
McCool Junction, Nebraska – September 9, 2017 - Cody Ledger took the lead late then held on to claim the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products/Nebraska Carpetland and Malvern Bank Sprint Series feature Saturday night at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Danny Jennings and Seth Brahmer started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature with Brahmer taking the lead as the green flag fell. Jennings, Ledger and Jason Martin gave chase with Jennings attempting to slide underneath the leader entering turns three and four as Brahmer would hold on to the lead.
With ten laps to go Jennings would get past Brahmer heading down the backstretch to take the lead, but would get caught in lapped traffic and see Ledger take the lead one lap later.
The caution would come out when Fred Mattox clipped the front stretch wall and came to a stop.
On the restart, it was Ledger out front followed by Jennings, Martin, Brahmer and seventh starting Jeremy Campbell.
The leaders reached the slower cars on lap sixteen allowing Jennings to close. That's when Jennings night would come to an end as he executed a series of flips down the backstretch to bring out the red flag. Jennings was uninjured but done for the night.
Martin moved into the runner-up position on the restart but Ledger was up to the task and kept out front before the final caution would wave with six laps to go when Tyler Dreuke lost a motor on the front stretch.
There was no catching Ledger on the final restart and he would go on to claim the victory and the $2500 first place prize.
Martin came home second while Brahmer settled for third. Current NCRA point leader Campbell finished fourth while defending NCRA champion Don Droud, Jr. worked his way up from his fourteenth starting position to round out the top five.
Next up for the NCRA sprint car division will be this coming Saturday night (September 16) at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta for their first and only appearance on the season.
NCRA Sprints w/Nebraska 360's
Junction Motor Speedway/McCool Junction, Nebraska
September 9, 2017
A Feature: 1) Cody Ledger, 2) Jason Martin, 3) Seth Brahmer, 4) Jeremy Campbell, 5) Don Droud, Jr., 6) Jordan Boston, 7) Ryan Roberts, 8) Stu Snyder, 9) Jeff Stasa, 10) Forrest Southerland, 11) John Klabunde, 12) Shayla Blade, 13) Jon Freeman, 14) Brant O'Banion, 15) Tyler Drueke, 16) Danny Jennings, 17) Carson McCarl, 18) Fred Mattox, 19) T.J. Artz, 20) Jason Danley
Final Red Hawk Casino championship point race of 2017 on tap this Saturday September 16 at Placerville Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA - September 11, 2017...This Saturday September 16 the Placerville Speedway will put a wrap on the Red Hawk Casino? championship season. The Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, NCDCA Dwarf Cars and Vintage Hard Tops will all be on hand.
The evening will also double as the second annual Bryan Carnett Memorial, with extra money on the line for the Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks. Carnett was a true fan of the stock car divisions at Placerville Speedway, racing and sponsoring both Pure Stocks and Limited Late Models throughout the decade he spent at the track.
"Placerville Speedway has always been our home track and I am thrilled that Scott Russell was willing to host the Bryan Carnett Memorial Race for the second year," said Forryst Carnett racecar driver and son of the late Bryan Carnett. "I am hoping we can build upon the success of last year and have another exciting night of racing, which is the best way to remember the competitive spirit of my dad. I am very grateful to Placerville Speedway, all of our friends at the track, and my family who all worked to make this night a reality."
Steven Tiner, Matt Michelli and Jason Palmer go into championship night leading their respective divisions and will look to wrap up titles on Saturday. The event is also the start of the final three week's of racing at the Placerville Speedway this season. Following Saturday the quarter-mile will host the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout on September 21, 21 and 23 and then the Tilford Classic on September 30.
"We look forward to crowning champions here this Saturday night," said Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell. "The Red Hawk Casino weekly season has gone by fast, but we should have three great weeks of racing to conclude the 2017 year. Kami and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support they have shown us and the track this season."
POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE URC 360 ENGINE PROGRAM TO BE TESTED SOON
The United Racing Club will soon be testing a potential alternative engine option to the URC engine. After testing of the engine program it would have to be approved by the Board of Directors and URC membership. The engine will consist of a 364 CID Aluminum LS3 Dry Sump system built by Pace Performance. Pace is well known in the racing industry, their current engine program the CT525-KY Pace Evolution Engine runs along with the 305's at Knoxville Raceway and it was utilized by the team that won the point Championship this year.
Pace Performance's Don Blackshear has been working closely with the URC on this program and along with Knoxville Raceway on the 305 version. Don and Pace want to build an engine that will come close to horsepower & torque of many of the current 360 engines competing now. A new lightened steel block 360 engine with all the bells and whistles weighs approximately 400 – 405 lbs. Don believes that this engine package with an aluminum LS3 block that is stock and not lightened might weigh in at 385 – 395 lbs when finished.
Pace will be finishing the first version of this engine package that will then be tested by 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael in the Bill Gallagher owned 5g. Plans are to put 300 plus laps on it and see that is very close to a current 360 engine. The price of a new 360 engine have costs in the range of $48,000 up to $55,000. This engine package will be completely dyno tuned and race ready including all components. The motor will use a DSR throttle body and will include a DSR fuel pump, high speed & secondary. An R2C air filter assembly, a set of Schoenfeld headers, a Pace rear drive flange, Pace LS sprint car front motor mounts and a Pace throttle linkage assembly. The only things needed to go racing after receiving the engine are a radiator with
plumbing and a power steering pump. Hopes are that this engine can run 60 plus races with a wing before needing to be rebuilt. The total cost for this engine package will be $23,995 with free shipping and financing could be available.
The URC and Knoxville Raceway will be closely watching the testing of this alternative 360 racing engine package from Pace Performance. Any questions pertaining to this engine package, the rebuilding and teching side of it please contact Curt Michael 302-344-1882.
360 Series Points
1. Jason Barney 1660
2. Coleman Gulick 1412
3. Paul Kinney 1320
4. Matt Tanner 1248
5. Matt Billings 1227
6. P. Colagiovanni 1164
7. Jeff Cook 1049
8. Shawn Donath 803
9. Danny Varin 757
10. Brett Wright 745
1. Jared Zimbardi 2291
2. Steve Collins 2266
3. Kyle Drum 2222
4. Jordan Thomas 2071
5. Derek Jonathan 1880
6. Josh Azzi 1865
7. Joe Trenca 1376
8. Darryl Ruggles 1337
9. Dan Bennett 1216
10. David Just 1102
1. Dylan Westbrook 566
2. Jared Zimbardi 564
3. Cory Turner 525
4. Jake Brown 508
5. Mitch Brown 503
6. Chris Steele 403
7. Ryan Turner 352
8. Lee Ladouceur 267
9. Rick Wilson 262
10. Jim Huppunen 255
1. Don Droud Jr. 1115
2. Jeremy Campbell 1110
3. Danny Jennings 1055
4. Jon Freeman 1030
5. F. Southerland 955
6. Jeff Stasa 890
7. J.D. Johnson 740
8. Fred Mattox 735
9. Jake Greider 710
10. Josh Fairbanks 660
1. Casey Adams 979
2. Kelly Miller 959
3. Sean MacDonell 945
4. Trever Kirkland 940
5. David Miller 915
6. Roger Cummings 844
7. J.J. Hickle 746
8. Shane Moore 668
9. Travis Rilat 608
10. Bill Boyce 576