Inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals Coming to The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl
ESS, SCoNE to co-sanction historic $3,000-to-win open-comp Sprint Car event
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, VT – Sprint Car racing history will be made in Vermont as The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a blockbuster open-competition event – the inaugural “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” – on Saturday, September 26. The new 1/3-mile clay oval is set for a showdown featuring the region’s most fearless racecar drivers and their lightning-quick, winged, open-wheel machines.
The Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be the richest Sprint Car race in Vermont history and is expected to draw the region’s top teams. The purse boasts a $3,000 winner’s prize and a minimum of $300 to start. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), but is open to any winged Sprint Car with a 360-cubic-inch engine limit.
SCoNE champion Chris Donnelly of Piermont, NH became the first Sprint Car winner at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl last fall. Other top SCoNE racers include Dan Douville, Clay Dow, Kevin Chaffee, Luke Greenwood, Jake Williams, Tyler Austin, and SCoNE president Will Hull. Front-running ESS drivers include Chuck Hebing, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Matt Tanner, and Cory Sparks, along with Canadians Lee Ladouceur and 2014 champion Steve Poirier. A family rivalry is also expected between SCoNE’s Lacey Hanson and her cousin, ESS competitor James Hanson, who are each based in Orwell, VT just 10 minutes from Devil’s Bowl.
“I think the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be something special,” ESS promoter Dean Reynolds said. “We’ll see the best of both series, and I bet a few Canadian teams will come to Devil’s Bowl for the great purse being offered. We can’t wait for this race.”
“I’m excited and anxious to bring together all of the region’s top Sprint Car teams for the first time,” SCoNE president and competitor Will Hull said. “We had a great time at Devil’s Bowl last fall and I really think this is going to be a race to remember.”
“Our fans are going to see a wild show at the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “Dean Reynolds of ESS and Will Hull from SCoNE deserve a lot of credit for putting this event together. It’ll be exciting to see how the best from each series stack up against each other.”
The inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be held on Saturday, September 26, with additional details to follow. Drivers will also have two additional opportunities to compete at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl, as SCoNE holds stand-alone events on Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 9.
2015 NCRA Sprint Schedule Released
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2015 – Park City, Kansas - The 2015 schedule for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing products 360-ci sprint car division has been announced with thirteen dates slated at five different venues slated.
The 26th consecutive season for the tour once again kicks off in a huge way with the 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on Saturday night, March 28. This event will once again pay $5000 to win with $500 going to all who start the twenty car feature finale.
Next event will take place three weeks later, once again at 81 Speedway, on Saturday night, April 18th.
For the second year in a row and third time in the tours history, Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska will host the gladiators on Saturday night, May 2, in a combined effort with the Nebraska 360 series. On May 30, the tour will head to Tommy Estes’ place and Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas for the first of two events scheduled.
A special pre-Nationals event is slated for Sunday night, June 21, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas. The tour will be joined with the series’ modified and late model divisions.
Next up will be a weekend double header with the Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Red River Region, kicking off at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, June 27, for the annual Steve King Memorial. From there both tours will head to the home of the NCRA and 81 Speedway for a Sunday night encounter.
Butler County Speedway hosts the tour for the final time in 2015 on Saturday night, July 11, in another combined event with the Nebraska 360 sprint series.
Next up will be the grand daddy of them all; the O’Reilly Auto Parts presented by Mel Hambelton Ford 59th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals, atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Friday and Saturday night, July 24-25.
Nest up will be the annual Labor Day weekend double-header, starting with a Saturday night, September 5, event at 81 Speedway before their annual holiday trek to the famed Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas for a Labor Day Sunday night event.
The 26th season for the tour is scheduled to come to a conclusion on Saturday night, October 10, at 81 Speedway.
For more information concerning the NCRA 360-ci sprint car series as well as official rules, point standings and schedule, check out their official website www.racencra.com or call the series office (316) 755-1781.
Officials with the National Championship Racing Association would like to welcome the following for their partnership with the series in 2015: Park City, Kansas, Precise Racing Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mel Hambelton Ford, O’Reilly Auto Parts.
2015 NCRA 360-ci Sprint Schedule
March 28 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas ($5000 to win)
April 18 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
May 2 Butler County Speedway/Rising City, Nebraska
May 30 Dodge City Raceway Park/Dodge City, Kansas
June 21 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
June 27 Dodge City Raceway Park/Dodge City, Kansas
June 28 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
July 11 Butler County Speedway/Rising City, Nebraska
July 24 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
July 25 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
Sept 5 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
Sept 6 Belleville High Banks Speedway/Belleville, Kansas
Oct 10 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
Short Track Nationals Slated for Final Weekend of October
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 27, 2015) – I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals. It’s an event that race teams and race fans alike from all corners of the country eagerly anticipate each year.
And this year is no different, with the 28th version of the premier 360-ci Sprint Car event in the country set for October 28-31, 2015.
This year’s rendition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires will once again kick off with the Short Track Nationals Open on Wednesday night, October 28, before moving on to two full qualifying nights that set the stage for the $15,000-to-win STN finale on October 31.
In what has become an annual pilgrimage to Little Rock, Ark., for many to determine bragging rights for the next twelve months, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell became the event’s 17th different winner this past October by defeating a field of competitors from all across the nation.
Bell joined a prestigious list of winners that includes names such as Kinser, Swindell and Wright along with current Outlaw regulars including Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Jason Johnson and Jason Sides among others.
Gary Wright ranks as the only four-time STN champion with triumphs in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2004. Sammy Swindell added his third win in 2013 to previous scores in 1990 and 2011 to match Steve Kinser’s three STN wins (1988, 1989 and 1991) with two-time STN winners including McMahan (2002 and 2012) and Tony Bruce, Jr. (2008 and 2009).
In addition to Bell, others capturing STN honors on one occasion include Brad Sweet (2010), Jason Meyers (2007), Jason Johnson (2006), Tim Montgomery (2005), Jason Sides (2001), Mike Ward (2000), Tim Crawley (1998), Wayne Johnson (1997), Pete Butler (1996), Terry Gray (1994) and John Gerloff (1993). The 1992 edition fell victim to rain.
Additional information including entry and ticket information will become available as the event draws closer.
Information regarding the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires is available at www.i-30speedway.com or by calling I-30 Speedway at 501-455-4567.
Oil Capital Racing Series Set To Pay Largest Pre-Point Fund Purse In Series History
Tulsa OK (January 22, 2015) – To say the past few racing seasons have seen the AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series gain steady growth one step at a time would be a fair and accurate account of what the regional sprint car series has encountered. There have been added racetracks, new sponsors, new fans and special programs for the race teams along with a steady dose of public relations work to gain additional notoriety within the motorsports fraternity.
There were also occasions when a few extra dollars got tossed into the purses for the traveling teams. Thanks in large part to AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories, the new title sponsor for OCRS, there will be multiple events on the 2015 schedule that will see extra cash up for grabs which by season’s end, will account for the largest ‘pre-point fund’ payout in series history.
“We can’t thank Corvan Robison of AmeriFlex enough for the support he has provided our series;” said OCRS president Barry Grabel. “Not just for what AmeriFlex is doing beginning in 2015, but for what they have meant to our series since they came on board a few years ago. I tell ya, those are some very special people over there. OCRS looks forward in broadening our relationship with Corvan and his staff at AmeriFlex for some time to come.”
The 14th season for the AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series is set to get underway on Saturday, March 28th at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore Oklahoma. The teams unloading for competition at the season opener will compete for a take of $1500 to win and $250 to start. That’s just the appetizer.
On Friday August 28th, the sprinters trek to the Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha OK where the return of the previously held ‘Harold Leep Nationals’ will take place under the newly named ‘Harold Leep Classic’. The winner will bank a cool $2000 with $250 available to each starter of the feature race.
“We ran the Leep Nationals for a spell and when the track (Outlaw) was going through managerial changes in 2013, OCRS didn’t hold an event there that season. It is with great honor that our series restores this event to honor Harold. We wish to thank Chris Smith (OMS promoter) for his cooperation in restoring this event.” Additional information honoring Leep at OMS will be announced during the coming season.
The AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series will be at the Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada OK for the 9th Annual Oklahoma State Championship race. This season, the OSC race will be sponsored by Dooling Machine Products, which has facilities located in Wynnewood Oklahoma and Hartford Illinois. Company owner Joe Dooling is a Chili Bowl winning car owner having won the prestigious midget race in 2014 with former USAC champion driver Bryan Clauson. The team had a solid top ten run in the 2015 Chili Bowl.
“ We are ecstatic about having Dooling Machine Products on board to sponsor one of our biggest events,” exclaimed Grabel. “I have known Joe for a period of time and he doesn’t allow his name to be used just anywhere. To have Joe give his blessing on sponsoring one of our events is an honor that we will be forever grateful. We are looking forward to putting on a great show on his behalf as well as for our fans.”
The event is now billed as the ‘AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series 9th Annual Oklahoma State Championship Race Presented by Dooling Machine Products’. The event winner will collect $2000 with teams earning $250 to start. Additional money has been added to the other top five positions as well.
Every AmeriFlex/OCRS event that has a special purse assigned to it will have a starting pay of $250. “We must thank all of our track promoters for working with us,” stated Grabel. “They are another key reason why our series continues to prosper. We couldn’t ask for a better group of promoters than what we have in our series. We all work together for a common goal and we are pleased to work hand in hand with these fine people.”Other AmeriFlex/OCRS venues paying $1500 to win include:
April 11th: “Open Wheel Saturday” - Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha OK *
April 18th: Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway in Caney KS
July 17th: Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt KS
August 22nd: Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina OK**
August 29th: Longdale Speedway in Longdale OK
September 19th: Tri-State Speedway in Pocola OK
But wait….. There’s more……..
Three doubleheader weekends have been selected for drivers to vie for bonus cash payouts as well. The Top 3 Drivers accumulating the most AmeriFlex/OCRS championship points in each of the selected weekend doubleheaders will share in a $1000 bonus payout. The driver with the most points in a selected weekend will earn $500 in cash. Second receives $300 and third collects $200. Cash will be divided among any drivers tying for the bonus positions.
All weekend doubleheader events selected for the $1000 bonus cash payouts will also pay $250 to start the A-feature. The selected doubleheaders are:
Flint Creek Speedway (5/15) & Salina Highbanks Speedway (5/16)
Monett Speedway (6/12) & Tri-State Speedway (6/13)
Red River Speedway (7/31) & Lawton Speedway (8/1)
AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series officials are working diligently on other possible bonus purses for the season. Those details will be announced as they are warranted.
2015 is shaping up to be the best season on record for the sprint car series. AmeriFlex/OCRS officials are looking forward to providing our fans with the utmost in sprint car racing entertainment. We put passion in our work and we put passion on the racetrack. Our fans bring their passion to our series.
*With Poweri West Midgets and WOW Sprints
** With USMTS Modifieds
Date for $5000 to win NCRA Sprint Opener Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – January 21, 2015 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division have announced the much anticipated date for the fifth annual “Air Capital Shootout,” to be held at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.
This $5000 to win, $500 to start event will take place on Saturday night, March 28, 2015 and will once again be the season opener for the NCRA 360 sprint car series. For the second year in a row the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors sprint car series will be the support division.
360 sprint car national champion Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana won the first two “Air Capital Shootout” events before Dover, Missouri veteran Danny Lasoski took home the 2013 version while Kevin Swindell took home the $5000 first place prize last year.
More race details as well as lodging and grandstand information will be announced in the coming weeks as well as potential race sponsors for this event.
The complete 2015 NCRA 360 sprint car schedule will officially be announced after the 2014 season banquet on Saturday night, January 31.
For more information concerning NCRA’s sprint car division or their late model and weekly divisions, call (316) 755-1781 or check out their website www.racencra.com.
URSS Celebrates 10 Years with 2015 Schedule Release
The United Rebel Sprint Series will be entering its 10th Season this year and is proud to announce its 2015 racing schedule. For the past nine years, the URSS has been the Midwest’s Premiere 305 Sprint Car Racing Series. Focusing on putting on the best shows for the racing fans has always been the mantra for Series Promoter Rick Salem, who when setting up the series ago told drivers and team owners that he wanted to leave the Rule Book alone for ten years to see how much The URSS Series could grow. The Series has produced seven different Champions in the first nine years, in 2014 there were 16 different drivers who graced the Winners Circle in 26 races proving that you can build a competitive 305 Sprint Car Series that provides parity between all drivers and teams regardless of how many years of experience they have under their belts.
This season’s only change will be that the National Championship will be determined by points earned at the ten “National Events” on the 2015 Schedule. At these National Events the competitors will be racing for purses of between $1000 to $2000 dollars to win. The Kansas Region points Title will still run under the current rules of counting 80% of the races run within that Region.
The 2015 racing season will kick off with a two day show at the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway on April 18th & 19th. The Rebels have made 16 appearances at the famed 3/8’s mile venue .
May 9th will be the first of four appearances at the 3/8’s mile Dodge City Raceway Park, where the action is always fast and furious with drivers using every inch of the high banks.
May 24th the Rebels will make their first of three appearances at the Wakeeney, Speedway.
May 30th the Rebels return to RPM Speedway in Hays, Kansas making the trip to the fast oval four times in 2015.
Saturday June 27th the URSS Sprints cars head back to Dodge City Raceway Park for the first leg of a two Kansas swing with the Rebels making their way to the Wakeeney Speedway on Sunday June 28th rounding out the action.
The Rebels then head out on an ambitious 5 race National Event run featuring 5 races in 9 days. July 10th the Rebels will invade the Wakeeney Speedway for night one of the run, followed on July 11th & 12th with a return to RPM Speedway for the two day “Wheatschocker Nationals.” The following weekend the Rebels head to Lexington, Nebraska for a two day show on July 18th & 19th at Dawson County Speedway.
July 24th the Rebels head to Dodge City Raceway Park of a night one of a two day Southwestern swing before heading on the 28th to Hugoton, Kansas for a stop at the Dirtona Raceway.
July 31st will see the Rebels make the trip to the “1/4 mile Bullring” at Rush County Speedway in LaCrosse, Kansas then completely switch gears on August 1st as they tackle the monstrous High Banks at Belleville, Kansas.
On the weekend of August 29th and 30th the Rebels will make their last appearances at RPM Speedway and Wakeeney respectively.
September 5th and 6th the Rebels will return to the Decatur County Speedway in Oberlin, Kansas for a two day National Event, “The Bob Salem Memorial.”
Rounding out the Racing Season will be the final appearance at Dodge City Raceway Park for the final National Event of 2015, Last year it went down to the wire as Jake Bubak won his second consecutive URSS Championship.
For more information you can visit the United Rebel Sprint Series Website @ www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com or e-mail Series Promoter Rick Salem at email@example.com.
2015 URSS Tentative Schedule
April 18th Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway Liberal, KS
April 19th Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway Liberal, KS
May 9th DCRP Dodge City, KS
May 24th Wakeeney Speedway Wakeeney, KS
May 30th RPM Speedway Hays, KS
June 27th DCRP Dodge City, KS
June 28th Wakeeney Speedway Wakeeney, KS
July 10th Wakeeney Speedway Wakeeney, KS (N)
July 11th RPM Speedway Hays, KS (N)
July 12th RPM Speedway Hays, KS (N)
July 18th Dawson Co. Speedway Lexington, NE (N)
July 19th Dawson Co. Speedway Lexington, NE (N)
July 24th DCRP Dodge City, KS
July 25th Dirtona Raceway Hugoton, KS
July 31st Rush Co. Speedway LaCrosse, KS (N)
Aug 1st Belleville Highbanks Belleville, KS (N)
Aug 29th RPM Speedway Hays, KS
Aug 30th Wakeeney Speedway Wakeeney, KS
Sept 5th Decatur Co. Speedway Oberlin, KS (N)
Sept 6th Decatur Co. Speedway Oberlin, KS (N)
Sept 29th DCRP Dodge City, KS (N)
OCRS 2014: A SEASON REVIEW
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa OK (January 8, 2015)- It’s hard to fathom but another year has come and gone thus it’s time to pull down the curtain for the final time on the 2014 Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car racing season with a look back at what was, and will be, a year to remember.
Caney Kansas native Andrew Deal became the fifth champion in OCRS history by earning the Harold Leep Championship Trophy. Deal’s accomplishment came aboard the Wade Cagle owned / OCRA Operating Co. / Burke Oil / Outlaw Dozer / DFR Discount Tire #15D. The winning combination was an A.R.T. chassis with a Wornhor Racing Engine under the hood. Deal chased points leader Danny Smith for much of the season until taking over the top spot with just a few events left on the schedule. He would never relinquish the position.
The 13th year of OCRS competition started off a bit damp as the initial attempt to get the racing season started at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore fell victim to Mother Nature as rain put an end to the show after the Drive Shaft Inc Heat Race was completed. This left the brand new Longdale Speedway as the host track for the official 2014 opener.
Whit “Gasman” Gastineau found himself as part of a 32-car entry at Longdale, which was the second highest car count in 2014 as Lawton Speedway had a 37 car field a few weeks later. Gastineau had some tough obstacles to over come. First he had to piece a car together and scratch and claw for basic necessities in order to compete due to a massive tornado that took everything the family owned the year before. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Gastineau lost his engine builder, Larry Allen, due to a tragic incident before the season started. Gastineau would overcome these major obstacles tossed in his path and went on to win the series opener.
To further show his will to succeed, Gastineau then took round number two at the speedy Oklahoma Spots Park. Danny Smith would snare runner-up honors at each of the first two events. The series then returned to Southern Oklahoma Speedway on April 26th where Shane Sellers made an exciting last lap move on Mickey Walker to score a victory. From that point on, it was a plethora of victory lane visitors.
In all, there were 14 different A-Feature winners that took a stroll to victory lane in 22 events held for the year. Throttle masher Alex DeCamp lead the series with five feature wins. Those came at: Tri-State, Lawton, Salina Highbanks (twice) and the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway. Only three drivers would see more than one victory photo session. Gastineau along with Chance Morton (West Siloam Speedway, Tri-State Speedway and Outlaw Motorsports Park) and Brian McClelland, who would conquer the Salina Highbanks & the Southern Oklahoma Speedway were multiple winners.
Morton’s West Siloam Speedway victory came in a non-winged affair. Additional non-wing winners were Danny Smith at South Coffeyville Speedway and Alex DeCamp at the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway. Smith would be crowned the 2014 Non-Wing champion receiving cash, a generous product certificate from the staff at M&W Aluminum Products in New York along with a $2,000 program offered by the Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing in California. 2014 was the second consecutive year OCRS held non-wing events that counted towards the overall championship.
There were first time OCRS winners that dotted the schedule. Michael Bookout scored at the Monett Speedway, Derek Cottrell crossed the stripe first at Tri-State Speedway. These two accomplishments just happened to take place on the same weekend in June.
Fred Mattox, who had been so close to taking the Oklahoma State Championship event held each year at the Oklahoma Sports Park in previous attempts, would not be denied this time as he “parked” the AKL Oilfield Services / Pacer Energy & Marketing / D&J Tank Trucks XXX car with DSO power during the 8th annual running of the event. It was the second overall OCRS victory for Mattox.
Also at OSP, Gary Owens took checkers in the 6th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial race in May. Four-time OCRS king Jamie Passmore would make one of only two appearances count by winning at the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway while Kenneth Walker took the OCRS season finale at the same track. Eventual champion Deal would take checkers at OSP win in July.
Johnny ‘Hotrod’ Kent was sidelined for several weeks early in the season yet came back and ran very strong to earn a top 10 berth in the standings and scored the most AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories heat races with four.
Alex DeCamp tallied four Bob Hurley Auto Family heat races while Danny Smith took four Drive Shaft Inc heat races as these were the most wins by a single driver in these categories. There were 8 different winners in the Car & Fleet heat races (4th heat when needed) that scored one each.
Danny Smith was the AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories ‘Hardest Charger’ of the year with six such honors. Mickey Walker took 2 Wesmar Power Parts B-Features. In the “Don’t want to win it if I don’t have to” category, Mike Huard was selected three times as the D&E Supply Hard Luck recipient.
The final top 10 in OCRS points were:
Andrew Deal: 1684
Danny Smith: 1634
Kade Morton: 1418
Chance Morton: 1376
Brian McClelland: 1357
Kyle Clark: 1297
Alex DeCamp: 1179
Shayla Waddell: 1003
Cameron Hagin: 1001
Johnny Kent: 991
Patriot Sprint Tour Announces Tire Rules for 2015 Season
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (December 26, 2014)- With the 2015 season around the corner, the Patriot Sprint Tour is actively working in a multitude of areas to prepare for a busy year.
Part of the offseason work for the leadership of the PST was to renegotiate tire contracts. After receiving a number of options, the series has decided to stay on a similar HTC Hoosier Tire package for the next three seasons with a slight adjustment from years past. The tire rules are as follows:
Front Tires: Hoosier D10, D12, D15, or D20. Part No. 31131 or 31132 (A 2 race grace will be granted for any visiting teams, once a team competes 2 times with the PST they must have Hoosier fronts on from that point forward) Left Rear Tires: RD12 in sizes of 90", 92", 94" short, 94" Std. or 96"
Part No. 31159, 31169, 31189, 31191, 31209 for any team competing for PST Championship Points and Point Fund. Visiting teams will be able to run the H12 or H15 LR tires but will not be eligible for PST Point Fund Money.
Right Rear Tires: HTC 105.0/18.0-15 Part No. 38230 with an optional tire RD20 or D25 105.0/18.0-15 Part No. 31303 for 2015. (Another Optional tire is being considered for future use being the 105.0/16.0-15 size with the Med. compound. This information will be reviewed and disseminated to all teams.)
“These choices are a great product for the types of surfaces the Patriot Sprint Tour compete at,” declared Patriot Sprint Tour President Mike Emhof. “We have added some options to ease teams in certain areas we travel to in order to maintain the high level of competition.”
More announcements from the Patriot Sprint Tour will be announced in the coming weeks and months. One item that has been of interest has been a possible change to the Spec Head Rules following the announcement of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) at PRI earlier this month. The PST is currently reviewing this information and although many items have to be discussed, the series will have a final decision by January 15th.
The schedules for the 2015 season with the PST America and PST Canada Series are also nearing completion and will be announced next month.
URC TO CLOSE DOWN OPERATION IN DECEMBER 2014
After nine seasons as a corporate entity, the United Racing Company will cease operation in December 2014.
Low car count, a diminishing number of shows, the rising cost of operating a 360 sprint car and less fan appeal make it difficult for promoters to see a positive financial impact when adding this division as an event at their race track. As a result, many race teams have turned to other options as well, like the forever popular 410 sprints with other teams going to the more affordable route of the 305 sprints, where they may compete locally to avoid the travel cost.
Unfortunately, even on a national level, the 360 sprint division has fragmented due to the rising costs of racing, building apprehension for sponsors, promoters, race fans and even the car owners. These race teams make a huge investment in their equipment, and with every year, the number of racing events seem to slip away. To attract additional events or new tracks, you need to travel further, adding another negative dimension, the impact of travel costs.
The URC Management Team worked hard to maintain the nightly purses which remained at $12,800 right up to our last event. URC distributed $350,000 in point fund dollars that went back into the wallets of their loyal teams during the nine year tenure of URC as a Corporation. Over the past three years, our goal to find creative ways to get higher purses for the race teams. We never went down the path of asking our competitors to race for less money.
We value the friendships we made, and appreciate the help of our dedicated officials and past sponsors. We also thank the many drivers and owners who supported the series during this time.
URC Owners, John and Cher Zimmerman and Bob Miller are proud of the efforts made with URC over the years. We’ve offered some of the highest paying events, took our teams to some of the most prestigious race tracks to include Williams Grove, Knoxville and Eldora as well as many, many other exciting tracks. We brought corporate sponsorship to URC and year after year delivered point funds that exceeded the expectation of many. We also offered one of the most recognized and professional banquets in the sport.
URC would like to thank Bob Mermuys, Clay Parks, and Shelly Gascoigne for two decades of premiere Tour Sponsorship. In addition, URC would like to thank the promoters, fans, competitors, , and media for their support over the years.
URC sincerely hopes that 360 racing finds its path back to greatness, and above all we wish everyone good luck and safety in the future.
Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 14-Race Schedule In 2015
Stockton, CA)- After a very competitive 2014 season, the first with under the guidance of the Prentice Motorsports Group, The Civil War Series and PMG are pleased to announce a 14-race schedule, at eight different tracks, on tap for what looks to be another exciting season.
“We are really pleased with the way the schedule came out for 2015,” John Prentice, President of PMG said. “We have the traditional Civil War dates fans have grown accustomed to seeing, and we also have a couple of new events we are excited about.”
As the series has grown accustomed to, the action will kick off at the re-vamped Marysville Raceway for a special Friday night show on March 20th. 2015 marks the first year the track will be under the helm of Dennis Gage, and opening night marks the first of two stops at the facility.
The following weekend finds the stars and cars on the series invading the Petaluma Speedway. After a couple of exciting shows at the Petaluma Speedway during the 2014 season, this marks the first of three stops at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.
April is an exciting month for the series as Saturday April 11th marks a return trip to the Calistoga Speedway, after a several year hiatus, as we share the spotlight with the World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car Series in what will be our lone trip to the speedway. April 25th will be the series’ first-ever visit to the Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA. The high-banked facility seems to always put on an exciting show, and the series is looking forward to it’s first visit.
A busy month of May has the traditional Memorial Day Weekend double header at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday the 23rd for the Mel Hall Memorial, which also acts as the first Johnny Key Qualifier, before the first of two stops at the Silver Dollar Speedway on the 24th for the Fair Race. The second Johnny Key Qualifier closes out the month of May on the 30th at the Placerville Speedway.
The lone race in June comes on the 20th at the Petaluma Speedway for the second visit of the year, and Friday July 10th marks the first visit of the year at the Ocean Speedway in what is the Howard Kaeding Classic.
August 8th is the second and final visit to Placerville Speedway for the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic, August 22nd will be the final visit of the year at the Petaluma Speedway, also acting as the final Johnny Key Qualifier, and August 29th is the 55th Running of the Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway. At press time, the Johnny Key Classic format is still being finalized and will be announced as soon as possible.
With things winding down, the Wednesday night show kicking off Gold Cup Week at the Silver Dollar Speedway takes place on September 9th, before the Championship Spectacular once again takes to the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7th.
In 11 races in 2014 the series saw 10 different winners, including three first time winners with the series, and a first time series champion. With the release of the 2015 schedule, the entire staff is looking forward to the opener on March 20th.
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick the 2015 season off on March 20th at the Marysville Raceway.
WINNERS: Winners in the 2014 California Sprint Car Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster… Andy Gregg- 1 (Marysville Raceway Park on March 15th), DJ Netto-1 (Marysville Raceway Park on May 24th), Shane Golobic-1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on May 25th), Andy Forsberg- 1 (Placerville Speedway on May 31st), Mason Moore (Petaluma Speedway on July 5th), Brad Furr (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Greg DeCaires (Placerville Speedway on August 9th), Rico Abreu (Ocean Speedway on August 23rd), Matt Peterson (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 3rd), Colby Copeland (Petaluma Speedway on September 20th), Rico Abreu (Stockton Dirt Track on November 2nd).
Andrew Deal Honored At OCRS Awards Banquet; Title Sponsorship Announced For 2015
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Okla. (December 8, 2014) – Andrew Deal and his Cagle Motorsports team were officially crowned as the 2014 Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car champions last Saturday night at the 13th Annual OCRS Awards Banquet held at the Clarion Hotel in Tulsa. Deal became the 5th champion in OCRS history and received the "Harold Leep Championship Trophy" which was presented by Geri Leep, Harold's widow, on behalf of her National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee husband who passed away earlier this year.
Deal had not competed full time with OCRS since 2011 and chased eventual series runner-up Danny Smith for most of the season until passing Smith late in the year. Deal earned a single victory but was a level of consistency having produced multiple top five finishes throughout the 22-race season. The Cagle Motorsports team utilized an A.R.T. Chassis with power by Wornhor Racing Engines and received support from the following sponsors: OCRA Operating Company, Outlaw Dozier, Wheeler Metals, Burke Oil, DFR Discount Tire and Duvall Electric.
This was the third year in a row that Smith finished in the runner-up spot. Sophomore driver Kade Morton finished third in the standings with his brother Chance fourth while Brian McClelland was fifth. Kyle Clark, Alex DeCamp, Shayla Waddell, Cameron Hagin and Johnny Kent rounded out the top ten point collectors.
Smith did not leave empty handed on championship accolades as he was awarded the 2014 ‘Non-Wing’ championship for the topless events held during the season. Smith pilots the Tire Factory / Same Day Auto Repair F5 Twister sprinter with a DSO Engine. His awards included a free racing program at the Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing, a generous certificate from M&W Aluminum Products and cash.
The top five non-winged point earners received cash awards and plaques. Tim Kent was the non-wing runner-up with Kade Morton third and there was a tie for fourth between Alex DeCamp and Andrew Deal.
New Title Sponsor For OCRS
In a special announcement made to the banquet attendees, OCRS and AmeriFlex Hose and Accessories officials announced that AmeriFlex will be the "Title Sponsor" for the series beginning in 2015. AmeriFlex owner Corvan Robison has been a major supporter of the series with his Tulsa OK based business for the past few years.
With backing from AmeriFlex, there will be multiple venues and events that will pay OCRS teams extra cash during the 2015 season. Details on those events are still being addressed and will be announced at a later date. With this move, AmeriFlex vacates the sponsorship of the first heat race at each event as well as the popular ‘Hard Charger’ award.
Additional awards and recognition went to:
"Hardest Charger of the Year”: Danny Smith
Rookie of the Year: Cameron Hagin
OCRS Spirit of the Year: Perry Pickard
OCRS Mechanic of the Year: Mike Deal
OCRS Sportsman of the Year: Blane Morton
OCRS Most Improved Driver: (Tie) Alex DeCamp and Johnny Kent
OCRS Perseverance of the Year: Mike Huard
Jeremy Campbell; 2014 NCRA Sprint Co-Champion Review
(Special credit/Katie Schroeder Campbell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – November 28, 2014 - While the battle for the 2014 National Championship Racing Association sprint car championship ended in a tie, it was another exciting season for Jeremy Campbell of Wichita, Kansas. The former Michigan native finished the 2014 race season with two more sprint car championships under his belt, once again dominating the Kansas sprint car scene. Despite battling motor problems throughout the season, Campbell officially recorded his second NCRA as well.
“I had more DNF’s this season than I’ve had in a long time, so it was really a rebuilding year for me” according to Campbell. “I stepped away from the 305 sprint cars to focus on my family and winning the 360 NCRA championship. It came together in the end for us, but it wasn’t a strong year for our team. We’ve got a great start on what to work on for next year,”
The JCM team started the season with a new Maxim frame, and while Campbell has been with Maxim Racing for more than 10 years it still presented some challenges. Campbell explains “This is the first year since moving from 410 sprint cars to 360’s that I’ve really focused on investing money into growing my race team. I’ve been racing a car that was eight years old, and it worked great, but to grow I knew I needed to add another car to my team. We started 2014 completely rebuilding. At the end of the year we also purchased a new trailer to allow us to carry more parts and travel more. I blew up our strongest motor this season, so we ended up purchasing a used one that blew up immediately as well, so I finished out the season on a borrowed engine. This off-season is really going to keep Dwight, my father-in-law, who builds our engines, really busy, but to start 2015 with two motors and two cars will be great.”
Since bursting on to the scene in the Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska area, Jeremy has amassed six NCRA victories and two series championships and has two, 81 Speedway sprint car championships.
Part of the success of Jeremy Campbell Motorsports has been the long-term support of Campbell’s industry sponsors along with the addition of loyal sponsors of Campbell’s father-in-law’s team. 2015 will be the 5th year for Dan’s Cycle, Radio Shack of Derby, Hillsboro Race Engines and Scott’s Well Service. Companies like Maxim Racing, Hepfner Racing Products, ButlerBuilt Seats and Speedway Motors have been with Campbell the majority of his 14-year sprint car career, and sponsors that have joined more recently, like AutoMasters, Precise Racing and Plenert Excavating have continued to help the team grow.
Looking forward to 2015 the 10c team will return to the NCRA Sprint Car Series, along with 81 Speedway events, while also looking for more opportunities to travel. For more information visit www.jeremycampbell.net or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/campbell10c.
NCRA Sprint 2014 Season Review: A Tie for Two
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – November 27, 2014 - The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division recently wrapped up their 2014 campaign and for only the second time in the tours 25 year history, there was a tie for the point championship.
The season kicked off with the fourth annual “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on March 28th where a strong field of 39 sprinters filled the back pit area and third generation sprint car driver Kevin Swindell picked up the $5000 paycheck.
Next up, nearly one month later, it was a special “non-nationals” event atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas where Norman, Oklahoma veteran Danny Wood took home the April 19th victory.
The second and third Saturday night in May saw two new venues for the series in consecutive weeks. The first came atop Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska in a co-sanctioned event with the Nebraska 360 sprint series. On this night it was Jack Dover picking up his first of five tour victories of the season.
One week later it was yet another new venue, this to the Northwest Oklahoma community of Longdale, Oklahoma and the half mile Longdale Speedway and what better way to break in a new track than to put a new face in victory circle as Jeff Stasa of Kingman, Kansas scored his first career sprint car victory.
A special “Father’s Day” edition at 81 Speedway was up next where Dover once again found victory lane.
The tour closed out the month of June in a much anticipated co-sanctioned weekend with the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Sooner region. It all kicked off on Saturday night, June 28, at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas where 23 cars were on hand for the new home of “Steve King Memorial.” On this night it was four time and defending tour champion C.J. Johnson bringing home a victory for the series and his only victory on the tour in 2014.
A strong field of 29 sprints were on hand for night two of the swing, this at 81 Speedway where Aaron Reutzel scored his first career NCRA victory and one for ASCS.
Butler County Speedway hosted the tour for the last time in 2014 on July 12th where Dover once again got the best of NCRA and the Nebraska 360’s.
Next up was the end of July, which meant only one thing in the region, the 58th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. For the second year in a row it was Dover taking home the $3000 first place prize and Hutch Nationals trophy.
The first of two originally scheduled Labor Day weekend events took place on Saturday night, August 30, at 81 Speedway and it was J.D. Johnson breaking four year victory draught with the series, picking up the victory aboard the #8w Whitehead Motorsports sprinter. The next night’s annual Labor Day trip to the Belleville High Banks was nixed by rain.
The following weekend was the tours annual trip to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska where they were joined by the American Sprint Car Series Midwest Region and for the third time this year the tour made its way into the “Husker State,” Dover once gain found victory lane, his fifth and final on the tour in 2014.
This set up a two car showdown for the season championship, occurring on Saturday night, September 27, at 81 Speedway where Danny Wood picked up his second tour victory of the season.
Former tour champion Jeremy Campbell came into the night with a forty point lead over C.J. Johnson and it looked as though he would claim his second series championship as he was running second most of the feature finale. But just past the half way point the oil line broke on his family owned #10c causing him a sixteenth place finish. Johnson would go on to finish seventh and at the time it was five points short of a tie for the championship. However, as is customary at the end of each race season, NCRA officials went back through all the results and it was discovered there was a tie for the point championship.
It was only the second time in the series history a tie for the point championship occurred as Larry Neighbors and Kirby Hagens accomplished this back in 1995. In fact, this wasn’t event the closets point battle in series history as the 1995 season also saw Clay Bontrager fall just five point short of making it a three way tie for the NCRA sprint title.
Jon Freeman would finish third in the point standings while J.D. Johnson and Stasa rounded out the top five. Jake Greider finished sixth in the standings as well as earning rookie of the year honors. Raymond Seeman, who finished second to Greider in rookie honors, came home seventh in the standings followed by Dover, Tyler Drueke and Jordan Weaver.
Those drivers who finished in the top ten in the standings and competed in 75% of the thirteen races that were completed will be officially rewarded at the 2014 series banquet on January 31, 2015 in Wichita, Kansas.
STYRES, HUNSINGER, SILVERTHORN, LAFANTAISIE, & DEBOER HONOURED AS 2014 CHAMPIONS
by Tommy Goudge (November 21, 2014) - Ohsweken, Ontario - The 2014 Ohsweken Speedway season was celebrated on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen's Banquet Hall in Hamilton.
Glenn Styres was honoured as the champion of the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car Division, while Ryan Hunsinger was recognized as the first Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car champion, Dave Silverthorn, Jr. was crowned Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock champion, Tyler Lafantaisie received HRW Automotive Mini Stock champion accolades, and Dusty DeBoer was awarded his trophy as champion of the Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bomber division.
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:
Mitch Brown, Keith Dempster, Dave Dykstra, Todd Hoddick, Jeremy Hughes, Jim Huppunen, Conor Mahoney, Shane Ross, Glenn Styres, Cory Turner, and Jamie Turner.
BROWN AUTO SERVICE HARD CHARGER
Jim Huppunen (passed 47 cars in feature race action)
DEDICATION TO RACING
IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
CREW OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
Team 10 (Driver - Mitch Brown)
MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS
The Top 10 in the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars were:
1st - Glenn Styres
2nd - Mitch Brown
3rd - Jim Huppunen
4th - Shane Ross
5th - Todd Hoddick
6th - Keith Dempster
7th - Dave Dykstra
8th - Jamie Turner
9th - Jeremy Hughes
10th - Cory Turner
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:
Jake Brown, Mark Czuba, Kyle Durnin, Tyler Hendricks, Brad Herron, Ryan Hunsinger, Josh Shantz, Mike Thorne, and Aaron Turkey.
Ryan Hunsinger (passed 102 cars in feature race action)
DEDICATION TO RACING
IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
CREW OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
Team 55 (Driver - Mike Thorne)
DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
The Top 10 in the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars were:
1st - Ryan Hunsinger
2nd - Aaron Turkey
3rd - Jake Brown
4th - Josh Shantz
5th - Mike Thorne
6th (tie) - Brad Herron
6th (tie) - Mark Czuba
8th - Tyler Hendricks
9th - Kyle Durnin
10th -Paul Lang
Bloomington Speedway Schedules Planning Meeting for Kinser Air Filters 305 Race Saver Series
Bloomington, Indiana – With wide interest in the Kinser-AirFilters.com 305 RaceSavers winged sprint car series debuting in 2015, Bloomington Speedway is hosting a planning meeting on Saturday, Nov. 29. In addition to providing an overview of the Speedway’s plans for the series, General Manager Kris Kirchner says they will answer questions and take inputs from potential participants and others interested in the program. The public is welcomed to attend.
The session is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 117 S. Franklin Road in Bloomington, which just off Ind. 37, across the street from the Texas Roadhouse.
OCRS Announces Feature Line-Up Modification For 2015
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Okla. (November 13, 2014) – The Oil Capital Racing Series will see a modified format for determining the starting line-up for A-Feature events beginning in 2015. As with the past two seasons, OCRS will automatically transfer 12 drivers from their qualifying heat races based on earned heat race finishing points along with earned passing points.
Of the 12 drivers that earn an automatic transfer to the A-feature, the top 8 drivers in points will participate in a “redraw” for starting positions 1-8. The driver that draws number one starts on the pole position. The driver drawing number two starts outside the first row and so on until the 8 spots are filled. The four remaining A-feature ‘lock-in’ drivers from the heat races will be placed in positions 9-12. These positions will be lined straight up according to heat race passing points that were earned.
As was the case previously, the remaining starting positions for the A-Feature (spots 13-20) will be filled by a B-Feature race. In the event a B-Feature isn’t contested, these positions will then line straight up according to their heat race points earned.
OCRS utilized a 12-car invert based on combined A and B feature point averages the past two seasons. OCRS president Barry Grabel explained the new change: “ When we decided to eliminate the OCRS Dash race (to determine the first three rows) in 2013, we decided on the 12-car invert system for enhancing the show to our fans. From the beginning, we agreed to a review of that format after two seasons.”
“After the first season, OCRS saw an improvement over the previous format;” said Grabel. “There were multiple winners over the season and there were multiple occasions where the winner came from row five or six and we were pleased with the quality of the program. At the conclusion of this past season, we saw the same results in as early as the second race of the year, yet we saw some different results as well.”
Like many open wheel series around the country, tire wear is an issue that has been challenging to control. “OCRS worked with our promoters this past season to enhance the racing surface as best as possible,” stated Grabel. “The promoters responded very well and we were fortunate to get less abrasive surfaces which improved tire wear a great deal. Our compliments go out to them for a job well done.”
With that came a difference in how the racing developed.
“When we analyzed these past two seasons and discussed the future, it was decided to continue to utilize the 12-car lock-in system with the top 8 of those drawing for their starting positions. We feel this will put a little tweak in what we were doing and still provide fantastic racing action that our fans have come to expect from the OCRS series. In the end, it’s the fans that need to be highly considered as well as our racing teams. We look forward to the continued growth our series has endured,” said Grabel.
The 2014 OCRS Awards Banquet is Saturday December 6th and will be held at the Clarion Hotel at the Tulsa International Airport. The ‘Tire Factory’ is the event sponsor and comedian Rick Read has been selected as the evening’s entertainment attraction. A 6pm dinner will precede the awards ceremony and comedy show. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. Race fans are welcomed to attend and enjoy the night with the OCRS series!
360 Series Points
1. Davie Franek 1529
2. Josh Weller 1406
2. Randy West 1406
4. Curt Michael 1277
5. Ed Aikin 1251
6. Troy Betts 1231
7. R Stillwaggon 1189
8. J. Swanson 1058
9. Brian Carber 1042
10. Andy Best 908
1. Steve Poirier 2184
2. Jason Barney 1888
3. Jeff Cook 1786
4. Matt Tanner 1678
5. Paul Kinney 1609
6. Chuck Hebing 1294
7. Cory Sparks 1155
8. Dave Axton 1108
9. Kevin Ward Jr. 987
10. T. Wickham 986
1. Jared Zimbardi 1982
2. Steve Collins 1782
3. Dave Just 1735
4. Brad Knab 1733
5. Scott Just 1654
6. Scott Kreutter 1609
7. Dane Lorenc 1595
8. Derek Jonathan 1586
9. Tyler Graves 1525
10. Bryan Howland 1318
1. Jared Zimbardi 795
2. Alain Bergeron 736
3. Lee Ladouceur 716
4. Mitch Brown 701
5. Chris Jones 613
6. Kyle Fraser 609
7. Rick Wilson 569
8. April Wilson 498
9. Tyler Rand 447
10. Dane Lorenc 413
1. Jeremy Campbell 3315
1. CJ Johnson 3315
3. Jon Freeman 2990
4. J.D. Johnson 2895
5. Jeff Stasa 2590
6. Jake Greider 2325
7. Ray Seeman 1985
8. Jack Dover 1810
9. Tyler Drueke 1565
10. Jordan Weaver 1565
1. Glenn Styres 1747
2. Mitch Brown 1699
3. Keith Dempster 1522
4. Chris Jones 1397
5. Warren Mahoney 1368
6. Shawn Sliter 1340
7. Bob Crawford 1242
8. Brad Lodge 1234
9. Jamie Turner 1191
10. Mike Ferrell 1179