360 Sprint Cars  




Solwold Tunes Up for Summer Nationals with Win


Alger, WA – Jason Solwold has things firing on all cylinders in anticipation of next week's Bob's Burgers & Brew Summer Nationals. The Burlington, WA driver led the final 22 laps of the main event to score his second win in a row at Skagit Speedway on Saturday night. Joining him in victory lane were Kelsey Carpenter and Freddie Vela.

Solwold was nearly flawless in the main event for the 360 sprint cars. After starting third, Solwold passed race leader JJ HIckle on the bottom of turn three on lap three to take the lead for good. Jason used his veteran guile to navigate through traffic and secure the win in front of Hickle and Colton Heath. HIckle was the fastest qualifier, with Heath, Travis Jacobson and Trevor Cook winning the heats.

360 Sprints Main – Jason Solwold, Hickle, Heath, Brown, Smith, Jacobson, Didiuk, Ashe, Reeves, Youngquist, Miller, Cook, James, Fisher, Vaughn


Wood Holds on to Claim First Hutch Nationals Sprint Car Victory!
Hutchinson, Kansas – July 15-16, 2016 - Danny Wood took advantage of Danny Jennings misfortune, then held off a strong turn four challenge to claim his first career Hutchinson Grand Nationals championship as the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division wrapped up two days at the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds during the 60th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals Presented by Midwest Superstore Ford / Toyota of Hutchinson Friday and Saturday night.

It was an all-Norman, Oklahoma front row as Wood and Jennings led the eighteen car field to green with Jennings taking the lead from his outside front row starting position. Don Droud, Jr., C.J. Johnson and Jon Freeman were the top five after lap one with Jennings quickly opening a ten car length lead.

Jennings set a torrid pace atop the famed half-mile oval and began approaching slower traffic on lap five. That didn’t seem to slow the former two-time Hutchinson Grand Nationals winner as he maintained a seemingly comfortable ten car length lead on lap ten.

Near the races midway point, the leader began to slow and Wood was in striking distance and would take the lead in between turns one and two on lap twelve. The first and only caution would wave for Jennings as, for the second night in a row, his motor would expire.

On the final restart, the top five were Wood, Johnson, Droud, Jr. and eighth starting Jeremy Campbell as Wood stretched out to a half stretch lead with ten laps to go.

With four laps to go the leaders again approached slower traffic which allowed Johnson to cut the deficit to twelve car lengths. On the white flag lap Wood looked to have things under control heading down the backstretch but Johnson got a great run coming out of turn two and was full throttle down low entering turns three and four. It was a drag race to the checkered flag but it was a car length too short for Johnson as Wood would claim his first Hutch Nationals championship.

Six-time and defending tour champion Johnson settled for second while Droud, Jr. came home third. Campbell finished a strong fourth while former Hutch Nationals champion Jon Freeman rounding out the top five for the second night in a row.

Jeff Stasa came home a solid sixth for the second night in a row with J.D. Johnson, Marcus Dumsney, Heath Meyers and Ray Seeman rounding out the top five.

Friday night saw the NCRA sprinters compete in three qualifiers and they were won by Wood, Freeman and Jennings. The top six in the night’s “A Dash Qualifier” would make up the first three rows of Saturday night’s championship feature with the top six being Wood, Jennings, C.J. Johnson, Droud, Jr., Freeman and Stasa.

On Saturday night an eight lap “B” feature was run with the finishing order rounding out the balance of that night’s championship feature finale and that was won by Seeman.

Next up for the “winged warriors” of the NCRA sprint car division will be on Saturday and Sunday night, September 3-4, in a special two-day Labor Day weekend event at 81 Speedway in Park City. Complete format and purse will be announced later this week.

NCRA Sprint Cars

Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas

July 15-16, 2016

Friday Night:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1) (1) Danny Wood, 2) (3) C.J. Johnson, 3) (4) Don Droud, Jr., 4) (8) Jeremy Campell, 5) (5) Jon Freeman, 6) (6) Jeff Stasa, 7) (11) J.D. Johnson, 8) (10) Marcus Dumsney, 9) (12) Heath Meyer, 10) (7) Ray Seeman, 11) (13) Ryan Roberts, 12) (14) Jake Greider, 13) (17) Josh Fairbank, 14) (2) Danny Jennings, 15) (9) Jack Dover, 16) (16) T.J. Artz, 17) (18) Shawn Sundquist, 18) (19) J.R. Topper, 19) (15) Randy Woodside  


Hirst Hustles To Civil War Win During Sixth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic
Aptos, CA)- Climbing aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 machine on Friday night, Kyle Hirst would fend off both Brent and Bud Kaeding as he picked up his first Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win during Friday night’s Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

Staring on the front row of the feature event, Hirst was hard on the throttle as he beat fellow front row starter, Jerry Bonnema into turn one.  Setting a nice pace for the first six circuits of the race, Hirst would have his hands full on a lap seven restart.

When the action resumed, Hirst found himself in a dogfight with Hall of Famer, Brent Kaeding. As the duo exchanged the top spot and raced wheel to wheel, Bud Kaeding would soon enter the fray until the caution flag flew on the 14th lap.

The racing would briefly resume for one lap before a wreck involving both Tyler Walker and DJ Freitas forced the red flag to fly, and would ultimately be the final stoppage of the race.

Back underway, Bud Kaeding would now take his shot at the top spot in a the race honoring his grandfather, but Hirst was having none of it, as he continued to fend off the challenges and lead the way.

With Hirst breaking away from the pack, action behind him got exciting as Brent and Bud Kaeding fought for the second spot, as Chase Johnson, Steven Tiner, and Ryan Bernal worked their way forward.

Bernal would make a late move to get by BK for the third spot, and both Tiner and Johnson would work well into the Top-10 after staring 15th and 19th.

Up front, Hirst was on cruise control as he picked up the win, giving the JFM team their first ever winged sprint car win.

“I really have to thank Jimmy May and his JFM team for giving me the chance to come out here and have some fun on a Friday night,” Kyle Hirst said. “They are a great group to race with, and I am happy to give them a win with a wing bolted on their car.”

Bud Kaeding would finish second, while Bernal would finish in the third spot after taking the green flag from 10th. Justin Sanders would finish fourth, Brent Kaeding fifth, Steven Tiner sixth, Andy Forsberg seventh, Chase Johnson eighth, Mason Moore ninth, and Bradley Terrell would round out the Top-10.

Friday night at the Ocean Speedway, a total of 37 cars would check into the pit area to take part in the Howard Kaeding Classic. During time trials, it was Tyler Walker earning quick time honors to start the night off.

Heat race winners on this night were Shane Golobic, Bud Kaeding, Justin Sanders, and Jerry Bonnema.

Kyle Hirst would win the Dash and earn the right to start on the pole for the feature event, while Steven Tiner would win the night’s B Main event. Joining Tiner in the feature event after the B main event would be Michael Kofoid, Chase Johnson, DJ Freitas, Bradley Terrell, and Kyler Shaw.

2016 Schedule
August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)
August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th- Marysville Raceway
September 24th- Petaluma Speedway
November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)



For Immediate release:

by Mike Mallett

$10,000 to Win Cole Cup Coming Up at Utica; Qualifying Format Announced

VERNON, N.Y. –.  In less than a month it will be time for the 2016 edition of the Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  The best drivers from throughout the Northeast will attempt to lock themselves into the highest paying 360 Sprint Car event in New York with $10,000 going to the winner and $500 up for grabs just for making the A-Main.

Although the date has changed for the 2016 version of the Cole Cup for the 360 Sprint-Cars, the qualifying format is back by popular demand.  Like the first two editions of the Cole Cup, drivers will qualify using group time trials, a heat race inversion as well as a redraw for starting positions near the front Sunday night’s A-Main.  After speaking with several race team’s the support was overwhelming to continue the system that was put in place for the first edition of the race.

The first two Cole Cup events were run in the month of September with Stewart Friesen pocketing the large check in both editions.  In each race Friesen battled with Empire Super Sprint regular Steve Poirier while on his way to scoring huge payday.

This season, the Cole Cup joins the Williams Grove Speedway’s National Open on July 29th and the Selinsgrove Speedway’s Mach 1 Chassis National Open on July 30th to set the stage for a weekend where one driver could pocket over $20,000 as part of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend for the 360 Sprint Cars, known as the Weekend of Money!!.

Currently laps sponsorships are available for the 2016 Cole Cup by contacting Empire Super Sprint Vice-President Dean Reynolds via email at deanr@empiresupersprints.com.  Also contingencies money is being raised to compensate drivers who attend all three of the weekend events.

For more information about the Cole Cup visit the speedway website at www.uticaromespeedway.com.


1-36 Cars - 3 Heats
Hot lap within heat groups
Group Time Trials - Time within your heats - 3 laps each.
6 car groups, 6 Groups - Group  1 and 2 - Heat 1
                          Group 3 and 4 - Heat 2…etc

Top 6 times per heat group inverted in heats -18 cars total
6 Cars qualify, top 4 get times back.
A-Main - Top 6 times redraw (top 2 times per heat)
Next finishers - 5,6 strait up from heat finishes.
B-Main - 6 Qualify, line-up straight up from heats. (Do not get time back)
24 cars start - 3 spots open for ESS, URC and Selinsgrove Buy-in Provisionals

A-Main Line-up.
1-6 via draw (Top 2 times per heat out of the top 4 finishers)
7 - 3rd fastest time heat 1 (out of the top 4 finishers)
8 - 3rd fastest time heat 2 (Same)
9 - 3rd fatest time heat 3 (same)
10 - 4th fastest time heat 1 (same)
11 - 4th fastest time heat 2 (same)
12 - 4th fastest time heat 3 (same)
13 - 5th place finishers heat 1
14 - 5th place finisher heat 2
15 - 5th place finisher heat 3
16 - 6th place finisher heat 1
17 - 6th place finisher heat 2
18 - 6th place finisher heat 3
19-24 B-Main


37-49 Cars - 4 Heats

Group Time Trails (Same as above)
4-5-6 Car Groups - 8 Groups -Group 1 and 2 Heat 1 e

Top 6 inverted in heats - 24 cars total
5 Cars qualify - top 4 get times back.
A-Main - Top 8 times redraw (top 2 times per heat)
Finishers  - 5 will start strait up.
B-Main - 4 cars Qualify lined up straight from heats. (Do not get time back)
24 cars start - 2 spots for ESS and PST Provisionals.

A-Main Line-up
1-8 Redraw (Top 2 times per heat out of top 4 finishers)
9 - 3rd fastest time Heat 1 (of top 4 finishers  in heat)
10 - 3rd fastest time heat 2 (Same)
11 - 3rd fastest time heat 3 (same)
12 - 3rd  fastest time heat 4 (same)
13 - 4th fastest time heat 1 (same)
14 - 4th fastest time heat 2 (same)
15 - 4th fastest time heat 3 (same)
16 - 4th fastest time heat 4 (same)
17 - 5th place finisher
18 - 5th place finisher
19 - 5th place finisher
20 - 5th place finisher
20 - 24 B-Main


50 cars +- 5 Heats.

Group Time Trials (Same as above)
5 or 6 car groups - 10 Groups - Group 1 and 2 Heat 1 etc…

Top 6 Inverted in heats - 30 cars total.
4 Cars Qualify - All cars get times back
Top 2 times per heat to Redraw
Finishers 5 on back to B Main(s)
If one B-Main - 4 cars qualify if 2 B’s 2 from each.
24 cars start - 2 spots for ESS and PST Provisionals.

A-Main Line-up
1-10 Redraw  (Top 2 times out of top four finishers)
11 - 3rd fastest time heat 1 (out of top 4 finishers per heat)
12 - 3rd fastest time heat 2
13 - 3rd fastest time heat 3
14 - 3rd fastest time heat 4
15 - 3rd fastest time heat 5
16 - 4th fastest time heat 1
17 - 4th fastest time heat 2
18 - 4th fastest time heat 3
19 - 4th fastest time heat 4
20 - 4th fastest time heat 5
21-24 - B-Main

Group Time Trials - 3 Laps
Heats - 10 Laps
B-Main (s) - 12 Laps
A-Main - 30 Laps.


A Fans Guide for This Weekend’s 60th Annual Hutch Nationals

Hutchinson, Kansas – July 11, 2016 - The calendar shows July and that means one thing for fans and drivers in the central plains, it is time for the 60th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand National Auto Races Presented by Midwest Superstore Ford / Toyota of Hutchinson, taking place this Friday and Saturday night, July 15-16. Below is a fans guide for all things “Hutch.”

One of the greatest traditions in all of dirt track auto racing kicks off on Friday night featuring the NCRA 360-ci sprint cars, NCRA modifieds, street stocks, thumpers and the AAA Modifieds/rookie modifieds and IMCA modified divisions. All divisions will run complete heat and qualifying dashes. Grandstand general admission for ages 11 and up are just $17; and children ages six through ten $7 while all pit passes will be $30. You can get purchase your $2 off general admission tickets at any O’Reilly Auto Parts store in that area. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM; hot laps set for 6:00 PM and race time slated for 7:00 PM.

Championship Saturday night will feature last chance features and the $3000 to win feature finale for the NCRA 360-ci sprint cars, last chance and $2000 to win feature finale for the NCRA modified, last chance and feature finale for the AAA modified/rookie modified and IMCA modifieds as well as a complete program consisting of heats and features for the NCRA crate late model division. Grandstand general admission for ages 11 and up are just $17; and children ages six through ten $7 while all pit passes will be $30. You can get purchase your $2 off general admission tickets at any O’Reilly Auto Parts store in that area. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM; hot laps set for 6:00 PM and
race time slated for 7:00 PM.

The Kansas State Fairgrounds is located off of west SR 61 on 17th avenue, then north on Popular. For more series information contact the NCRA office (316) 755-1781; to find out more on the 60th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals check out the official NCRA website www.racencra.com or their facebook page NCRA Racing Series.  


Justyn Cox Triumphant In Speedweek Northwest Race #4 At Coos Bay

By Ben Deatherage

Coos Bay, Oregon- Speedweek Northwest would head to Coos Bay Speedway on Wednesday, July 6th for the fourth race of the 2016 schedule.  A total of nineteen cars would make the trip from Oregon, Washington, and California as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and also the Southland region of New Zealand.

In the main event, Justyn Cox would take the lead but a red flag incident would bring about a complete restart.  On the second attempt, it would again be Cox with the top spot.  The Clarksburg, California native would set a torrid pace.

Cox managed to decisively handle the slower traffic and did not get held up by them.  It allowed him to build a sizeable lead.  A late race caution would bunch the field up one last time but Cox stayed out in front for the win.  It would mark Cox’s second career Speedweek Northwest victory and he became the third different winner in four races.

Quilcene, Washington’s J.J. Hickle would be second followed by Jake Wheeler, of Central Point, in third.  The rest of the top five included fourth finishing Trey Starks, out of Puyallup, Washington and driving for car owners Doug and Kathy Rutz, while fifth went to Steven Tiner of Visalia, California.

J.J. Hickle was fast time of the night during the evening’s time trials.  Heat race were won by Trey Starks, Justyn Cox, and Jake Wheeler.  The winner of the trophy dash was Justyn Cox which put him on the pole for the main event.

Speedweek Northwest takes Thursday, July 7th off before they return to action on Friday the 8th at Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California.  It marks the one and only race of the schedule that takes Speedweek into the Golden State.  For the latest news on Speedweek Northwest visit sprints.nwextremeseries.com.

Race Summary:
Speedweek Northwest Race #4
Wednesday July 6th, 2016
Coos Bay Speedway
Coos Bay, Oregon

A Feature: 1. Justyn Cox; 2. J.J. Hickle; 3. Jake Wheeler; 4. Trey Starks; 5. Steven Tiner; 6. Cory Eliason; 7. Herman Klein; 8. Mitchell Faccinto; 9. Kelly Miller; 10. Shane Forte; 11. Patrick Dills; 12. Chelsea Blevins; 13. Bricen James; 14. Brian Boswell; 15. Lawrence Vanhoof; 16. John Black; 17. Dave May; 18. Daniel Anderson. (DNS) Kyle Hirst

Speedweek Northwest Points (Top Ten)
1. Cory Eliason 3482
2  Steven Tiner 337
3. Trey Starks 310
4. Justyn Cox 299
5. Jake Wheeler 261
6. Kelly Miller 255
7. J.J. Hickle 224
8. Daniel Anderson 219
9. Mitchell Faccinto 218
10. Shane Forte 212


Tuning Up for Short Track Nationals

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 7, 2016) – It’s never too early to start getting dialed in for I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals.

After all, that $15,000 winner’s share and coveted title of STN champion already has racers from all across the land chomping at the bit for the nation’s most prestigious 360-ci Sprint Car event, even if it is only July.

Just four months away, the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires is set for November 2-5 atop the high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A couple of past Short Track Nationals champions have already started “tuning up” for this year’s Short Track Nationals with a number of competitors looking for some valuable laps atop I-30 Speedway at this Saturday night’s $3,000-to-win event.

Originally slated to pay $2,500, Saturday’s card was bumped to $3k to win along with a slew of bonuses, which is quite typical of the track that doles out more than $100,000 at each year’s Short Track Nationals.

Tim Crawley has topped the last two feature events at I-30 Speedway on May 7 and June 11 and will likely have to fight off a host of invaders this weekend such as Tony Bruce, Jr., Kyle Bellm and more for a shot at the $3,000 win.

Crawley’s name is all over the STN record books.  Crawley ranks as a past winner, taking the top spot in 1998.  Crawley has 18 career STN championship feature starts to his credit, atop the charts along with Gary Wright.  He has also started 19 career STN preliminary features, an event record.

Crawley isn’t the only past STN winner to reach victory lane this year, as 2001 victor Jason Sides bested the World of Outlaws in the April 26 series return to the track for the first time since 1994.

Along with Crawley and Sides, Hernando, Mississippi’s Andy McElhannon has also enjoyed I-30 Speedway victory lane this year with a March 19 triumph.  Enjoying one of his best seasons yet, McElhannon will likely be among those gunning for a first career STN championship feature start in November.

The intensity level of this year’s Short Track Nationals will likely be ratcheted up even more after weather plagued last year’s version and then nixed this Spring’s makeup attempt.

Now a top contender on the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as defending Short Track Nationals champion after becoming the youngest driver to win the event in 2014.

Other past winners of the prestigious event include Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser.

It’s a title that is among the most coveted in Sprint Car racing.

And it’s sure to be on each competitor’s mind as they vie for this Saturday night’s winner’s share at I-30 Speedway.

Along with Saturday’s $3,000 to win share for the Stealth Recovery Sprint Cars at I-30 Speedway, some other Saturday night bonuses include:

$200 Hard Charger – Bulldog Construction Co. and Bryant Lube & Tire

$100 Half Way Leader – Brandon Young Photography

$100 Hard Luck Award – Skip Warner and Warner Heat & Air

$100 to the highest finisher in the top ten in Riverside International Speedway points courtesy of Clayton Allen.

The Douglas Babb and Daryl Conrad Xtreme Towing and Recovery Dash for Cash paying: 200, 125, 100, 75, 50, 25.

For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.


URSS Rebels Prepare For Nebraska Double Header Weekend

The United Rebel Sprint Series will make the trek to the Cornhusker State this weekend as the third race of the Myers Racing Engines National Points Championship kicks off the weekend Saturday at Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte and a Sunday trip to the lightning fast Dawson County Speedway in Lexington for a regional show.

Look for many of the Sprint Series of Nebraska drivers to bolster the fields for both races as it is an opportunity to pick up valuable URSS/IMCA Racesaver points as well. With the recent rescheduling of the Valentine Speedway show to August 20th in Glen Rock, Wyoming look for some of the Colorado Region drivers to run for National and Regional points as well.

So far out of the thirteen races run ten different drivers have made their way to victory lane. Only two drivers have multiple wins, Luke Cranston with three and Zach Blurton with two wins. The parity that the Series has enjoyed over the last few seasons is once again its biggest drawing card. The intent was to create a balanced field and it has proven to be just that.

Saturday’s Ron Williams/Dick (Snoose) Myers Memorial at the Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte was originally scheduled as a Regional point race. But through the efforts of North Platte racer John Webster it blossomed into a stop on the National Points schedule. The race will pay $1,500 to win with increased payouts throughout the field. Also, numerous contingency awards will be given out to the racers at the event to make it a race to attend.

Sunday night the Rebels return to Lexington to tackle the always racey Lexington Speedway. This track has been a driver’s favorite since the birth on the series. Long straightaway’s and round, roomy corners make for some exciting side by side racing action.

Look for McCook Nebraska drivers Darren Berry and Nate Berry and last week’s Boothill Shootout winner Jason Martin, Jack Dover and other drivers from the state of Nebraska to battle for bragging rights both nights.


Jason Martin takes URSS “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial

Now a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jason Martin rarely gets an opportunity to race in front of his native Liberal, KS, friends and family.

Martin took full advantage of the opportunity to do just that by leading wire-to-wire in the 25-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car portion of the “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial to take the $2,000 winner’s share.

“There was some bad boys behind me, I had to be on my A-game to keep them there,” Martin said after the triumph aboard the Trucks Plus/Midwest Linings No. 5x entry over a field of 39 competitors.

After a sixth-place run from 18th in Friday’s preliminary event, Martin earned a position in Sunday’s redraw after heat race action and pulled the pole starting position for the feature event with reigning track champion Luke Cranston alongside.

Martin gunned into the lead at the outset and kept Cranston at bay throughout, surviving three minor cautions in the opening 15 rounds and then one final stoppage after 22 laps when Keefe Hemel and Ty Williams went for a wild double-flip in turn two.

Martin held off Cranston on the final three-lap dash to the stripe with John Carney II tuning up for the NCRA portion of the event by taking the final podium position in third. Jeremy Huish was fourth with Mike Peters rounding out the top five.

Zach Blurton was sixth, with Zac Taylor, Taylor Velasquez, Lance Davis and 18th-starter Tyler Knight completing the top ten earning him the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award.

URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:

“A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 5x-Jason Martin (1), 2. 20-Luke Cranston (2), 3. 224-John Carney II (5), 4. 88J-Jeremy Huish (4), 5. 49x-Mike Peters (9), 6. 2J-Zach Blurton (10), 7. 86-Zac Taylor (11), 8. 21x-Taylor Velasquez (12), 9. 9d-Lance Davis (13), 10. 11k-Tyler Knight (18), 11. 49-Kris Moore (16), 12. 0-Steven Richardson (8), 13. 10-Jordan Knight (7), 14. 97-Brian Herbert (22), 15. 33-Koby Walters (17), 16. 17-Todd Plemons (19), 17. 11-Keefe Hemel (3), 18. 911-Ty Williams (6), 19. 20J-Brandy Jones (24), 20. 20b-Nate Berry (15), 21. 74-Barry Crane (21), 22. 18-Brandon Sprott (20), 23. 007-Jordan Randles (23), 24. 98-J.D. Johnson (14 – DNS).


Johnny Key Classic Qualifier on tap at Ocean Speedway this Friday July 8 for the Taco Bravo 360 Sprint Cars

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 5, 2016…After being dark over the 4th of July weekend the cool confines of Ocean Speedway will heat back up with the first Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo Qualifying Race for the 56th Johnny Key Classic this Friday night July 8.

There has already been a pair of Johnny Key Classic Qualifiers held with the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, with the final two now taking place with the Ocean Sprints in Watsonville this Friday July 8 & on July 29. Already locked in by way of winning the two main events respectively are Visalia’s Steven Tiner, who picked up the victory on June 11 in Placerville, as well as Roseville’s Sean Becker, who claimed the win on June 18 in Petaluma. Only the race winners will automatically lock into the Key Classic Dash.

Stockton’s Brad Furr goes into this Friday sitting atop the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo standings aboard his Price Rite Restaurant Equipment No. 2 machine. The 2013 champion captured the most recent event on June 17 and has finished no worse than second in the last three races. Furr will be gunning to lock himself into the Johnny Key Classic on Friday. Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid ranks second in the points and will be another top challenger. The talented 14-year-old scored a victory on April 29 in Watsonville and has been a consistent front runner.

Salinas, CA’s Jason Chisum, Fresno’s Koen Shaw and Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson round out the top-five going into Friday’s round seven. Last time out Salinas driver Jeremy Chisum had one of the finest runs of his Sprint Car career, coming home a close second to Furr at the finish. Chisum in fact has earned two straight podium finishes with the Ocean Sprints. Watsonville’s Justin Sanders is expected back in competition after missing the most recent event. The reigning Ocean Sprints champ will no doubt want to lock himself into the 56th running of the Johnny Key Classic.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic claimed the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series visit to Ocean Speedway on June 24 and will be looking to duplicate that on Friday with the Ocean Sprints. The two-time Taco Bravo champion has been close in the past at the Johnny Key Classic and certainly wants to punch his ticket into the event. Golobic has been the only repeat A-main winner so far in 2016.

Two-time Johnny Key Classic winner Tommy Tarlton claimed an Ocean Sprints win on June 10 and will be gunning for another on Friday. The Easton wheel-man scored wins at the Key in 2009 & 2012. More drivers set to be on hand Friday will include Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Cottonwood’s Lucas Ashe, Fremont’s Dustin Golobic, Hayward’s Danny Malfatti, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, San Jose’s Craig Frandsen, Fresno’s Anthony Simone and others.

The front gate at Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm this Friday night with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit gate will open at 2pm. Friday’s event also features the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks and 4-Bangers.

All seating will be general admission with adult tickets $17, seniors 65 & older $16, children 6-12 $13 and kids five and under free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids is available for $55. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address being 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

After this Friday’s event Ocean Speedway will gear up for the sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic on Friday & Saturday July 15 & 16. Things will kick-off on Thursday July 14 with the annual HK Classic Car Show & BBQ, which will be held this year at the Martial Cottle Park located at 5283 Snell Avenue in San Jose. There will be a BBQ dinner from 5pm-7pm for a $20 donation, with proceeds going to the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund. Martial Cottle Park is located near High Five Pizza at the Snell & Branham Plaza in San Jose.

The racing weekend then begins on Friday night July 15 with the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster taking on the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo. The event concludes Saturday July 16 with the Howard Kaeding Classic finale featuring the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints. More info on the overall event will be out this week.


Cranston takes URSS Dodge City Prelim

In the 20-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature, Luke Cranston took advantage of a lap six restart and never looked back en route to his second consecutive DCRP triumph aboard the Myers Racing Engines/S&S Trailer Sales No. 20 entry.

“The car was working really good early on, it felt like it slowed a little later in the race though,” Cranston commented.

If it lost any speed at all, it wasn’t noticeable as Cranston weathered several cautions along the way to capture the victory in the first URSS National event of the season.

While Cranston rallied from the sixth starting position to take the lead away from Darren Berry on a lap six restart, the battle for position in his wake was intense throughout with current DCRP points leader Taylor Velasquez ultimately making his way into the runner-up position by sliding past Mike Peters with the white flag in sight.

Peters settled for third behind Cranston and Velasquez with Steve Richardson finishing fourth after losing a pair of positions following a lap 13 caution. Ty Williams raced from 14th to round out the top five with the top passing jobs turned in by Jason Martin (18th to sixth) and Zach Blurton (20th to seventh) earning him the Keizer Wheels Hard charger award.

URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:

“A” Main (20 Laps): 1. 20-Luke Cranston, 2. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 3. 49x-Mike Peters, 4. 0-Steven Richardson, 5. 911-Ty Williams, 6. 5x-Jason Martin, 7. 2J-Zach Blurton, 8. 83-Austin McLean, 9. 12-Darren Berry, 10. 11-Keefe Hemel, 11. 50-Jed Werner, 12. 21r-Jeff Radcliffe, 13. 10-Jordan Knight, 14. 9-John Webster, 15. 28-Tracey Hill, 16. 6-Kaden Taylor, 17. 86-Zac Taylor, 18. 224-John Carney II, 19. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 20. 49-Kris Moore.


Mark Smith picks up the win at Eriez Speedway, Kyle Drum wins Bonnell’s Collision Center Western Weekend Championship

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

(Hammett, PA) A packed grandstand at Eriez Speedway saw some of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the region put on a show as Mark Smith finally picked up a win on the final night of Bonnell’s Collision Center Western Weekend with the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour.

Davie Franek drew the one pill two nights in a row and started the 24 car field with outside pole-sitter Dennis Wagner. As the field was just about to complete its first lap, Wagner spun on his own to bring out the first yellow of the event and would have to start at the tail end of the field.

The field would reset as Franek was not going to let Kyle Drum use the high side as he immediately blocked him as they entered the corners. Five laps would go by and another caution that involved Dennis Wagner would end his night for causing the second yellow of the night. Current point leader, Jared Zimbardi sustained motor troubles and he would park his car on lap five and be done for the night.

Franek would lead the field again as Mark Smith began to make his presence known as he cracked himself into the top five on lap seven. Smith would begin to work with Kyle Drum, Jake Muench and Mitch Brown.

Franek would start to build a comfortable lead on the field until Mark Smith solidified himself as the second place runner as he set his sights on the race leader in Franek. The two would begin to battle for the race lead. Then on lap 18, Scott Just hit the safety tire and it appeared Smith got by Franek but the yellow was thrown before the next lap and Franek was still scored as the race leader.

Finally, on lap 20, Smith was able to scoot on by Franek and would lead the final five laps to score the win on the final night of Bonnell’s Collision Center Western Weekend. Franek would settle for second but it was Scott Kreutter who came alive late to get by Kyle Drum to take home third.

Kyle Drum was the most consistent all weekend having a fifth place finish at the Little Valley Speedway, a win at the Mercer Raceway Park and a fourth at Eriez which earned him the Western weekend series championship. Drum also took home a brand new 9000 Watt Champion Power Equipment Generator. Jimmy Stitzel, won the hard charger award and Scott Just won the Hard Luck, both received awards from Champion Power Equipment.

Darryl Ruggles had to take a provisional to get into the event and he did coming home with a 14th place finish, earning him the Casey Truck Salvage of the Night. Dave Just won the Stampede Steakhouse final finisher award.
The series will now take a week off for the first time since Memorial Day weekend, and then head North to the Brockville Ontario Speedway and the Cornwall Speedway on Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17.

Patriot Sprint Tour Bonnell’s Western Weekend Night- Eriez Speedway
July 3, 2016

A Main: MARK SMITH (1), Davie Franek, Scott Kreutter, Kyle Drum, Mitch Brown, Jake Brown, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jake Muench, Dain Naida, Gary Edwards, Jimmy Stitzel, Steve Collins, Jack Sodemean Jr, Darryl Ruggles, Steve Glover, Scott Just, Derek Jonathan, Dan Bennett, Dalton Daniels, Sammy Reakes, Jared Zimbardi, Dennis Wagner, Dave Just, Paul Habeck

Final Western Weekend Standings: Kyle Drum (423), Davie Franek (418), Scott Kreutter (399), Mark Smith (396), Jared Zimbardi (394), Mitch Brown (384), Steve Collins (380), Jimmy Stitzel (349), Steve Glover (336), Darryl Ruggles (335)


Barney Dominates Final Night of Lucas Oil ESS Donath Motor Worx CNY Speedweek at Utica-Rome; Poirier Named Week Long Champion for Second Consecutive Year


VERNON, NY – Jason Barney captured his second consecutive 25-lap Mach 1 Chassis A-Main at the Utica-Rome Speedway with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints.  The Brewerton, N.Y., driver dominated Sunday night’s feature.  He led the entire distance for his third feature win of the season.

Barney pocketed over $2,100 for his triumph in the final night of Donath Motor Worx CNY Speedweek.  He gathered points toward the overall series title while also earning valuable points in both the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the US and the SUNY Canton Racing Series.

“There was a couple years ago I never thought we’d get another win here,” stated Barney.  “To win two in a row and to actually be able to enjoy this one a little bit feels good.”

Steve Poirier finished in the seventh position which was good enough for him to capture the overall CNY Speedweek point title.  For the St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que, driver it was his second consecutive title in the five day event.

“I’m pretty happy in the end to be the Speedweek champion,” said Poirier.  “There is a lot of tough competition.  It is a tough week.  To be able to click off good results like this, I’m really happy.  I’m very proud of my team.”

Barney started in the pole-position with Bryan Howland lining up next to him on the front row.  Barney dropped his No. 87 right down to the bottom of the speedway going into the first turn.  By using the bottom he was able to shoot away from the rest of the competition.

“Everybody knows where I’m going and that’s where I’m going,” said Barney.  “If someone beat me on the top, they beat me on the top.  The car was just amazing.  This probably the best car I’ve had here.”

It took Barney very little time to catch cars at the tail of the pack.  It was just six laps into the race when Barney was already negotiating slower cars.  He stayed true to his line on the bottom of the speedway.  Most times the traffic gave way allowing him to stay in his preferred line on the race track.

While Barney raced in traffic at the front, Danny Varin challenged and disposed of Howland for the runner-up position. The duo remained first and second as the laps clicked toward the midway point.

At halfway it was Barney working hard in traffic with Varin within striking distance.  Barney’s car was superb around the bottom.  Varin’s car on the other hand was strong right up along the top of the speedway.  He closed to within a couple of car-lengths of Barney as the race reached the final third.

Barney and Varin battled at the front of the field while Howland and Larry Wight duked it out for the third position.  Wight shot around Howland for the spot on lap 17 before Howland went back by him in turns one and two to regain the position a lap later.

Varin’s pressure on Barney eventually subsided as he lost ground in the final five laps.  Barney was just too much for the Fonda, N.Y., driver as he went on to score the win with his solid efforts in traffic.

“I wasn’t getting impatient in traffic, I was just starting to do what they were doing and it wasn’t right,” commented Barney.  “It screwed me up more than anything.  I just had to go in the middle where I couldn’t see them.  I had to go where I couldn’t see their braking point.  I just had to do my own thing and let it roll.”

Varin’s second place finish was his second podium finish of Speedweek.  He started the week off at Brewerton Speedway with a second and capped off the week in the very same spot.  His car was great on the outside of the speedway until he felt like it just went away.

“We were real good tonight,” Varin said.  “The car was phenomenal.  It was a grind this week to say the least.  We had two good finishes and two poor finishes.  Tonight we were real fast up top there but it seemed like in one lap it was gone.”

Howland, of Union Springs, N.Y., knew it was going to be tough to challenge Barney from the pole.  He worked the top early before moving to the bottom lane.  This lane change allowed him to hold off Wight while going on to finish in third.

“I saw him (Wight) coming up underneath me on the fronstretch,” stated Howland.  “I tried to take his line away coming into one on the bottom.  I never saw him really after that.  You can always hear the 99L.  It was a good run there.”

Wight stayed one position behind Howland finishing in fourth with Chuck Hebing round out the top five.

ESS/Utica-Rome Notes – 32 Cars on hand for the final night of CNY Speedweek in front of one of Utica-Rome’s largest crowds ever…Mike Kiser, Jessica Zemken, Cory Sparks and Jeremiah Munson made first starts of Speedweek…Mahney and Varin did double duty racing in the Super DirtCar Series event where Varin took third…ESS will now have a weekend off before heading to Albany-Saratoga on July 15

A-Main –Jason Barney ($2,100), Danny Varin ($1,025), Bryan Howland ($800), Larry Wight ($680), Chuck Hebing ($590), Matt Tanner ($660), Steve Poirier ($580), Mike Mahaney ($445), Cory Sparks ($485), Jonathan Preston ($400), Shawn Donath ($435), Mike Stelter ($370), Paul Kinney ($300), Mike Kiser ($290), Jessica Zemken ($285), Jordan Thomas ($335), Jeff Cook ($325), Parker Evans ($300), Dylan Swiernik ($275), Tim Axton ($550), Brandon Kidd ($150), Dave Axton ($100), James Hanson ($275), Chad Miller ($275)

Lap Leaders – Barney (1-25).


Kyle Drum Wins Night two of Western Weekend at Mercer

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

(Mercer, PA) The story of the 2016 Patriot Sprint Tour season so far is Kyle Drum picking up two wins the last two weekends in the Jared Zimbardi back up machine.

Drum started on the front row and led all 25 laps to score the win on night two of Bonnell’s Collison Centers Western weekend at the Mercer Raceway Park.

Night one winner, Davie Franek, drew the pole position for the event but his right rear tire was going flat before the 25 lap event even started, Franek would have to go to the work area and would get two minutes and able to change it in time but would have to start at the rear of the field.

This put local favorite Dennis Wagner on the front row next to Kyle Drum and Drum was fast right out of the box as he grabbed the early race lead, but the first yellow was thrown as George Suprick suffered damage on the left rear wheel of his car which his night was ended quickly.

Drum restarted the field leading Wager, Mitch Brown and Jared Zimbardi but on lap six, Paul Habeck’s throttle stuck going down the back stretch causing him to flip and hit the turn four fence bringing out the events lone red flag.
The field was restarted once again as Drum was using the high lane to his advantage to keep Dennis Wagner from taking the race lead.

Mark Smith began to make some noise as he started 17th and got as high as fifth, however on lap 21, Smith lost his front brakes and was and was unable to continue and it would bring out the final yellow of the event.

Jared Zimbardi would get by both Mitch Brown and Dennis Wagner and would trail Kyle Drum on the restart. Zimbardi would pull alongside Kyle Drum on the restart but it would not be enough in the final four laps as Drum collected the victory over Jared Zimbardi, Dennis Wagner, Mitch Brown, and Steve Collins.

Patriot Sprint Tour Bonnell’s Western Weekend Night 2
Mercer Raceway Park

A Main: KYLE DRUM (2), Jared Zimbardi, Dennis Wagner, Mitch Brown, Steve Collins, Joe Trenca, Paulie Colagiovanni, C.J. Jones, Davie Franek, Scott Kreutter, Jake Brown, Steve Glover, Gary Edwards, Dain Naida, Jake Muench, Darryl Ruggles, Jimmy Stitzel, Derrick Juliano, Dave Just, Mark Smith, Dalton Daniels, Paul Habeck, Chris Durand


Dover Victorious in NCRA Sprint Action at Dodge City Raceway Park
Dodge City, Kansas – July 1, 2016 - Jack Dover took the lead on lap five and never looked back to claim his first National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car feature victory of the season Friday night at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas on the first night of the “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial.

Tony Bruce, Jr., aboard the Danny King #88 owned sprinter, started on the pole for the twenty lap feature and took the lead at the start. A quick caution fell on lap two when Taylor Velasquez and Josh Fairbank tangled in turn two.
The restart saw Bruce pacing the field before Dover, aboard the Moss Racing Engines-powered Home Pride/Certified Transmission #53 Eagle chassis, took the lead down the front stretch on lap five. From there the Nebraska driver survived a late race caution with six laps to go and go on to claim the victory and become the eighth different series feature winner in the past eight events held at the speedway.  

Fellow Nebraska driver Ryan Roberts came home a strong third while John Carney II edged Danny Jennings for fourth.
The three, eight lap heat races for the twenty-three car field were won by Joe Wood, Jr., Bruce and Carney while Danny Wood claimed the twelve lap “B” feature.

The annual “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial will conclude tonight at Dodge City Raceway Park with $10,000 going to the night’s feature finale winner.
NCRA Sprints
Dodge City Raceway Park/Dodge City, Kansas
July 1, 2016
23 Cars

A Feature: 1) 53-Jack Dover, 2) 88-Tony Bruce, Jr., 3) 18-Ryan Roberts, 4) 11x-John Carney II, 5) 1J-Danny Jennings, 6) 81-Jon Freeman, 7) 1x-Don Droud, Jr., 8) O5-Brad Loyet, 9) 81w-Danny Wood, 10) 45x-C.J. Johnson, 11) 10c-Jeremy Campbell, 12) 5x-Jason Martin, 13) 85-Forest Sutherland, 14) 91-Jeff Stasa, 15) 72-Ray Seemann, 16) 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 17) 22-Jesse Baker, 18) 17w-Harli White, 19) 11-Joe Wood, Jr., 20) 51-Josh Fairbank.


Davie Franek steals night 1 of Bonnell’s Western Weekend at Little Valley Speedway
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
PST Media

(Little Valley, NY) The race of the year so far was put on for the great fans of the Little Valley Speedway as Davie Franek edged out Jared Zimbardi and Mark Smith to pick up round one of the Bonnell’s Collision Centers Western Weekend.

Hometown favorite Jared Zimbardi and former PST Series champion Scott Kreutter brought the 20 car field to the green flag and it was Kreutter that took the lead on the outside over Zimbardi and Joe Trenca who was running third at the time.

As the field worked down the back stretch for the first time, Dave Just flipped his No. 54j to bring out the only red flag of the event. Just would seek medical attention but would be okay after the scary crash that occurred on the back stretch.

Zimbardi and Kreutter would bring the field back to green as Zimbardi would try to hold the bottom line entering corner one and two as Kreutter would scoot on by to grab the lead and Zimbardi would fall back to second.
Davie Franek and Mark Smith both started in row three as they began to make their charge to the front behind Zimbardi and Kreutter where Franek would eventually get by Zimbardi for that second spot as Kreutter began to build an early advantage on the entire field.

As laps ticked by, lap traffic soon became a factor where on lap 16, Kreutter got stuck behind lap traffic which allowed Zimbardi and Franek to gain the ground that was lost in the earlier part of the event. It was then on lap 17 that Zimbardi and Franek were both able to get by Kreutter, and then Mark Smith soon got by Kreutter one lap later.

The final five laps would not disappoint for the fans of Cattaraugus County as Zimbardi and Franek would battle for the $4,000 check with Mark right behind them. After Frenek would lead lap 20, he would then trail Zimbardi for the race lead, who reclaimed it back on lap 21.

As the white flag was displayed, Zimbardi was running the middle line of the race track in one and two as Franek found something on the bottom as they entered the back straightaway.

Franek would then put it in hard into three and four as the two were side by side coming to checkered flag, however, it was Davie Franek just sealing off the No. 35 of Zimbardi to steal the win, Mark Smith would finish third, followed by Scott Kreutter, and Kyle Drum completed the top five.

Also with the win, Franek would pick up the Shuttleworth’s ‘Seals the Deal’ award worth $50. Despite being involved in an early caution, Steve Collins was able to weave his way back through the field and come home with a seventh place finish, and earning the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night’ worth $50. Dan Bennet was the final car to take the checkered flag which earned him the stampede steakhouse ‘final finisher’ award worth $50.

Be sure to join us tonight (July 2, 2016) at the Mercer Raceway Park as we enter round No. 2 of Bonnell’s Collision Center Western Weekend. For more information, please be sure to log onto patriotsprinttour.com. You can also like

Patriot Sprint Tour Bonnell’s Western Weekend- Little Valley Speedway
July 1, 2016
A Main: DAVIE FRANEK (2), Jared Zimbardi, Mark Smith, Scott Kreutter, Kyle Drum, George Suprick, Steve Collins, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jimmy Stitzel, Paul Habeck, Dane Lorenc, Tyler Graves, Darryl Ruggles, Josh Azzi, Steve Glover, Dan Bennett, Joe Trenca, Scott Just, Dave Just, Justin Barger (DNS), Steven Hutchinson (DNS)

PST American Standings: 1) 35-Jared Zimbardi (1544) , 2) 00-Dane Lorenc (1427), 3) 25H- Paul Habeck (1365), 4) 54J- Dave Just (1225), 5) 25G-Tyler Graves (1205), 6) 121-Steve Glover (1144), 7) 10- Paulie Colagiovanni (893), 8) 67r- Pete Richardson (873), 9) 48Jr- Darryl Ruggles (848), 10) 67- Steve Collins (784)

Matt Tanner Wins Second Feature in Five Days


CANANDAIGUA, NY – Matt Tanner has nearly doubled his career win total with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) in a five day period.  The Stephentown, N.Y., driver, fresh off a win last Saturday at Merrittville Speedway, earned his second win in less than week on Thursday night at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Tanner led all 25-laps of the Mach 1 Chassis A-Main as part of Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek feature en route to the $2,000 payday.  It was a much improved effort from Wednesday night at Brewerton Speedway which saw him finish deep in the field.  The strong run earned him points in the chase for first ever Speedweek title as well as points in the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour.  

“We are having quite a week,” said Tanner.  “Last week we won at Merrittville and last night we had a bad starting spot and threw something at the car.  I think we finished 20th.  We were horrible.  To come tonight and run this good, I’m really happy.  It kind of puts us back on track for the week.”

Although Tanner started on the front row of the main-event, it wasn’t an easy victory as he held off two former Speedweek champions in Jason Barney and Steve Poirier.  Barney started from the pole position and worked the inner portion of the speedway as Tanner took to the middle lane during the opening lap.

Tanner barely beat Barney to the line for the lead of the first circuit.  Barney remained close with Tanner remaining in the outer lane of the speedway.  Poirier joined the fray by the third circuit after quickly marching his way forward from eighth.

“I thought if I could clear him then take his line for a couple laps that would slow him up,” mentioned Tanner about the battle with Barney.  “I knew he wasn’t going to come off the bottom.  I was surprised we could hang with him in the middle.  That is was what we setup for.  We figured the top was going to wear out.  Being able to run the middle was the only shot we had to beat Jason.”

Tanner found traffic on lap seven which caused his lead over Barney to rapidly dissipate.  Tanner was mobile enough that he could move to different lanes if necessary but at times he faced three-wide battles in front of him.  This saw Barney and Poirier pull up to his back bumper.

By lap 13 the three drivers were in a dogfight for position.  Tanner remained the leader while Barney looked to drive underneath him and Poirier attempted to do the same around the top of the track.  Each time Tanner had an answer as he made the necessary moves to keep the duo behind him.

On lap 16 Tanner got a major scare as he came off of turn four in traffic.  Tanner and Jonathan Preston came together at the beginning of the straightaway sending Preston hard into the outside wall.  Tanner suffered some damage to his right rear tire cover but that was the extent of the damage.

“I felt the contact,” Tanner said.  “I didn’t know if I did damage or had a tire going down.  We hit pretty hard.  I thought I had the 22 (Preston) cleared.  I was a little nervous because I didn’t know if I had a tire going down or not.  I figured Jason or one of the guys behind me would have let me know if that was the case.”

Tanner was happy to finally see clear race track again as he went back to his preferred lane which saw him put some distance between himself and Barney.  Barney had his hands full Poirier as he attempted to snatch the second spot from him.

Barney and Poirier swapped the runner-up position several times.  Barney eventually took it for good with just five laps remaining.  At that point it was too little, too late as Tanner had built his lead to a half straightaway.  Tanner went on to score the win while Barney, of Brewerton, N.Y., had to settle for second after starting on the pole.

“Matt had a great race car tonight,” stated Barney.  “That restart at the end gave him a chance to get out and get going.  We didn’t fire that great.  In traffic we were right there with him.  I thought it was going to be an awesome race.  I’m happy to finish second after an off night last night.  I’m disappointed to let one slip away.  Hopefully we can finish out Speedweek decent.”

For the second consecutive night Poirier found himself in the last spot on the podium.  The defending Speedweek and series champion threw everything he could to get by Barney to no avail.

“It looks like we are stuck on third place,” joked Poirier.  “I felt like at some point we had a chance.  We moved to third place quickly, but Jason and Matt were really good.  I tried everything.  I was happy to get that yellow because I made a couple of changes.  It was fun racing side-by-side with Jason for a couple of laps.  In the end they were just better.  I’m happy with the finish.”

Chuck Hebing moved up from seventh to finish fourth in the final rundown while Daryl Ruggles moved from the 10th starting spot to fifth.

ESS/Brewerton CNY Speedweek Notes – A total of 31 sprints on hand for Night#2 of CNY Speedweek…Paul Kinney suffered engine woes during Timed Hot Laps, he picked up a ride with the Shawn Donath back-up and made the A-Main…After two nights Steve Poirier leads Sammy Reakes, Chuck Hebing, Mark Smith and Larry Wight on the Speedweek Points…Night #3 moves to Can-Am

A-Main – Matt Tanner, Jason Barney, Steve Poirier, Chuck Hebing, Darryl Ruggles, Mark Smith, Sammy Reakes IV, Larry Wight, Bryan Howland, Alysha Ruggles, Davie Franek, Joe Trenca, Jeff Cook, Mitch Brown, Parker Evans, Paul Kinney, Chad Miller, Mike Stelter, Yan Bilodeau, Brandon Kidd, Tim Axton, Jonathan Preston, Shawn Donath, Danny Varin.

Lap Leaders – Tanner (1-25)


Brewerton Speedway
Wed., June 29
Empire Super Sprints Speedweek
Sportsman Shootout Qualifier

Empire Super Sprints 25 Laps) - MIKE MAHANEY, Danny Varin, Steve Poirier, Sam Reakes, Mark Smith, Chuck Hebing, Larry Wight, Mitch Brown, Paul Kinney, Justin Barger, Jonathan Preston, Dave Franek, Jeff Cook, Bryan Howland, Shawn Donath, Tim Axton, Jason Barney, Joe Trenca, Matt Tanner, Brandon Kidd, Parker Evans, Dave Axton, Mike Stelter, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dylan Swiernik, Chad Miller.

Sportsman Shootout Qualifier 30 Laps) -  ROCKY WARNER, Todd Root, Tyler Trump, Dave Marcuccilli, Corey Barker, Ron Davis III, Glenn Forward, Beth Bellinger, Stephen Denton, Jordan Bennett, Jack Meeks, Jeff Stevenson, Ricky Yelle, Jeremy Pitcher, Chris Cunningham, Tony Finch II, Dylan Zacharias, Zach Sobotka, George Sanford, Nick Krause, Gregg Kimball, Connor Cleveland, Billy Clark Jr., Kevin Root, James Carlson, Rich Townsend.


Dain Naida scores first ever Patriot Sprint Tour win at Stateline
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

(Jamestown, NY) Dain Naida made the trip from Tecumseh, Michigan well worth it as he scored his first ever A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour Victory at the New Stateline Speedway over local favorite Jared Zimbardi and Joe Trenca.

15-year-old driver Paulie Colagiovanni and Dain Naida led the 18 car field to the green flag for 25 laps where Naida took the early advantage using the middle lane of the race track. Joe Trenca, who started fourth used the outside lane of the racetrack to take second from Colagiovanni and Jared Zimbardi who were all battling for the runner up spot.

Then on lap six, Trenca used the outside lane once again to power around the 17x of Naida. Trenca began to use his comfortable line of the outside and began to pull away for Naida.

Eight more laps clicked on by where Joe Trenca was looking for his first win in a 360 Sprint Car but on lap 16, Naida used the same line he was using all race and took back the race lead off turn two from Trenca.
The battle for third turned up as Jared Zimbardi got by Colagiovanni on lap 18, and he would not be finished as he took second place from Trenca on lap 21.

Zimbardi then set his sights on the race leader of Naida but would simply run out of time and it was Ohsweken Speedway regular Dain Naida picking up the win over Jared Zimbardi, Joe Trenca, Steve Collins and Justin Barger.
With the win, Naida also took home the Shuttleworth’s ‘Seals the Deal’ racing bonus. Dave Just took home the Stampede Steakhouse Final Finisher award as he was the final car to take checkered flag. Dan Kuhn started in the 17th position after finishing fifth in his qualifying heat. Kyle Drum took home the Evingham Site Excavation Dash for Cash event. Qualifying heats were taken by Dane Lorenc, Dain Naida, and Justin Barger.

This sets up the biggest A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour event in recent memory as Bonnell’s Collision Center presents Western Speedweek. The series will race three straight nights and $4,000 will go to the winner each night, it is also 325 just to take the green. It all starts Friday July 1 at the Little Valley Speedway, then to Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday July 2 and then the weekend will conclude at the Eriez Speedway on Sunday July 3.

Patriot Sprint Tour Stateline Speedway Results- June 25, 2016
A-Main (25 Laps): DAIN NAIDA (1), Jared Zimbardi, Joe Trenca, Steve Collins, Justin Barger, Paulie Colagiovanni, Kyle Drum, Derek Jonathan, Dane Lorenc, Steven Hutchinson Jr, Steve Glover, Paul Habeck, Dan Kuhn, Tyler Graves, Scott Just, Alex Hill, Dave Just, Joe McEwen

PST American Points Standings
1)35- Jared Zimbardi (1399), 2) 00-Dane Lorenc (1309), 3) 25h- Paul Habeck (1245) 4) 54j- Dave Just (1119), 5) 25g- Tyler Graves (1089), 6) 121- Steve Glover (1034), 7) 67R- Pete Richardson (873), 8) 10- Paulie Colagiovanni (767), 9) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles (734), 10) 5-Justin Barger (688)


Exciting Finish Brings Matt Tanner Lucas Oil ESS Glory at Merrittville


THOROLD, ONT – Matt Tanner needed nearly every lap in Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Super Sprint/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main at the Merrittville Speedway to put himself out in front of the field.  The Stephentown, N.Y., driver worked and worked to get to the front and finally secured the top spot in the Gary Cunningham Memorial with just two of laps to go.

That wasn’t the end of the fight for Tanner as he had to navigate traffic while not surrendering the lead back to upstart Ryan Turner.  At the end it was Tanner picking up the $2,350 winner’s share in the Einstein Construction Group Canadian Series event over Turner for his first win since August of last season at the I-88 Speedway.

“This is great,” Tanner said.  “We’ve struggled so bad this year.  We’ve had some super-fast race cars.  We were here earlier in the year and we thought we had a win, but we gave it away.  It feels good to finally take a fast race car and put it in victory lane.”

Steve Poirier started on the pole with Parker Evans alongside.  Evans gained the advantage on the top of turns one and two but that was the end of their battle as before a lap was concluded contact between them sent Evans tumbling in turn four.  Evans night was over and Poirier was relegated to the rear.

This now put Jordan Poirier on the point with Stan Zanchin flanking him to the outside.  Jordan gained the lead on lap one before Turner got a run on the inside to take the position on lap two.  Jordan then shot back around Turner to lead lap three.

Turner remained patient while parking his No. 91 on the inner part of the surface.  Jordan continued to work the cushion.  Turner’s lane proved to be faster allowing him to retake the top spot on lap nine.

Turner opened up a slight lead on Jordan before caution slowed the pace of the action on lap 12 as Zanchin spun in turn four.  This set up a double-file restart.  Racing went back to green with Turner holding off the challenges of Jordan with Tanner joining the fray from his 12th place starting spot.

As the laps clicked off on the three-eighths mile oval, Tanner ran the middle lane with Turner low and Jordan on the cushion.  The three drivers never deviated from there line.  That was until the race reached the final few laps.  At that point Tanner decided it was time to make a move.

Twenty-two laps were complete when Tanner was finally able to use slide job in turns one and two to get by Jordan for the runner-up position.  This put him back on the cushion, the line that he had used to work his way into the top three.  From here he tracked down Turner.

“I’d been running the top there but when I got to Jordan we were running the same line,” stated Tanner.  “I could never clear him coming out of four to get up in front of him.  The one time I finally did.  Once I got the top back, the car was so good on the top.”

Tanner made the pass for the lead as the pair exited the fourth turn with only two revolutions of the track remaining.  He barely beat Turner to the line.  That wasn’t the end as they now had to fend off each other while working through cars at the back end of the field.

The while flag came with Tanner working the high line and Turner down low.  They both cleared the slower cars as they exited the second corner.  Tanner remained on the cushion as Turner dove as low as he could to find moisture to propel him back to the lead.  At the line it was Tanner by .473 over Turner for the win.

“It was tough telling where they were going to go because they were racing themselves,” stated Tanner about the traffic.  “Luckily it all played out.  They kind of left the top and that gave me what I needed.  I kind of used a little pick there.  At that I was just hoping that it was over.”

For Turner, of Caistor Centre, Ont., it was his best career finish with the series.  He made every effort to keep Tanner in the runner-up position but came up just short in his quest.

“I could hear someone outside of me almost the whole race,” commented Turner.  “I looked ahead with about five to go and I knew it was going to be interesting.  I thought I could get him (Tanner) underneath but I just didn’t have enough.  I’m really happy with this run.  I wish we were sitting up there in first but we’ll take this one.”

Jordan, of St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que, matched his career best with his second third place finish on the season.  The younger side of the Poirier family was in the mix as well at the checkered just a few car lengths back.

“It was fun racing with Matt and Ryan,” mentioned Jordan.  “It was hard in turn four because the track was coming along and getting slick.  I gave it my best so I’m pretty happy with my third.”

Port Colborne, Ont., driver, Dave Dykstra finished fourth in the order while Steve rebounded from the lap one incident to secure the final spot in the top five.

ESS/Merrittville Notes – A total of 30 cars filled the pits in front or a huge crowd at the D-Shaped oval…15 locals drivers joined the Lucas Oil ESS faithful with Jake Brown making his first ever ESS start…The 7-12 Challenge has now been claimed 4 times with Tanner taking the biggest slice of the pie to date at $300…Next up is the Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek, June 29-July3.  

A-Main - Matt Tanner, Ryan Turner, Jordan Poirier, Dave Dykstra, Steve Poirier, Ryan Susice, Glenn Styres, Jason Barney, Jamie Turner, Paul Kinney, Cory Turner, Jim Huppunen, Brandon Kidd, Jake Brown, Mikey Kruchka, Dylan Westbrook, Tim Axton, Stan Zanchin, Chad Miller, Chris Jones, Dave Axton, Jonathan Preston, Mitch Brown, Parker Evans.


Kyle Drums returns to victory lane for the first time in 11 years at Raceway 7
Paul T. Harkenrider
PST Media

(Conneaut, OH) Kyle Drum held off a hard charging Bryan Howland to secure his first A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour win of the season at Raceway 7 and his first since October 22, 2005, when he won at the Brockville, Ontario Speedway.

Drum, who was in the Jared Zimbardi back up car started on the outside row next to Jason Barney where they brought the 16 car field to Roger Osbourne’s green flag.

Barney used the low side of the speedway to seal off Drum on the opening lap where at the same time Drum began to get comfortable with using the top of the semi-banked 7/16th oval.

A lap one caution that had a spinning Paul Habeck brought out the first yellow of the night which made the restarts single file from there on out. Once the field was brought back to green, Drum went back up to the top and pulled alongside the race leader in Barney, and when they came around on lap four, Drum was scored as the new race leader.
Then on lap five, a huge pile up of cars were put together as both Dave and Scott Just made contact with Paul Habeck, and Tyler Graves. It also sent Pete Richardson to the pits where he suffered rear end damage and his night was done early.

After three early cautions, the racing on the track turned up as Kyle Drum began to pull away from the field but the battle for second began to get interesting between Barney and Justin Barger as well the battle for fourth which was between Dane Lorenc and Jared Zimbardi.

On lap 21, another caution came out which erased the very comfortable advantage that Drum built on second place runner at the time, Justin Barger.

On the restart, Barger would attempt to go to the bottom but Drum was just too strong on the top, meanwhile, Bryan Howland was sixth on the restart and found something on the bottom to immediately fly by Dane Lorenc and Jason Barney to grab third before the final yellow flew out on lap 23.

On the restart, Howland would then grab second away from Barger and be able to try to take the lead from Drum but would run out of real estate and it was Kyle Drum capturing the checkered flag in just his second start with the Patriot Sprint Tour after suffering motor troubles back at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on May 7.
Howland would finish second, followed by Justin Barger, Jason Barney and Dane Lorenc. Steven Hutchinson Jr was unable to complete his heat race but was able to come home with a top 10 finish which would earn him the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night.’ Steve Glover went home with the Stampede Steakhouse Final Finisher award. Dave Just picked up the Evingham Site Excavation ‘Dash for Cash.’

The series now heads back into New York as we visit the New Stateline Speedway tonight (June 25) in Busti New York. Gates open at 5:00, with racing starting at 7. Please be sure to like Patriot Sprint Tour on facebook, and to follow @PatriotSprints on Instagram and twitter. You can log onto patriotsprinttour.com for further information.

A Main (25 Laps): KYLE DRUM (1), Bryan Howland, Justin Barger, Jason Barney, Dane Lorenc, Joe Trenca, Jared Zimbardi, Paul Habeck, Steven Hutchinson Jr, Dennis Wagner, Steve Glover, Tyler Graves, Dave Just, Scott Just, Pete Richardson, Dan Bennett


FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
360 SPRINT CARS (24 entries)
A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 28fm Steve Poirier (6)
2. 10 Mitch Brown (1)
3. 17x Dain Naida (3)
4. 5d Dave Dykstra (7)
5. 91 Ryan Turner (2)
6. 97 Cory Turner (8)
7. 47x Dylan Westbrook (13)
8. 1-10 Jake Brown (9)
9. 14h Jim Huppunen (14)
10. 11 Jamie Turner (16)
11. 81 Derek Jonathan (5)
12. 20fm Jordan Poirier (17)
13. 38 Tyler Hendricks (19)
14. 9 Steve Lyons (20)
15. 6 Curtis Gartly (18)
16. 9nz Havard Daniels (15)
17. 77x Alex Hill (10)
DNF. 69c Chad Miller (11)
DNF. 5c Conor Mahoney (12)
DNF. 0 Glenn Styres (4)
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders - Mitch Brown (1-6), Steve Poirier (7-20)

CRATE SPRINT CARS (16 entries)
A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 88 Jesse McDonald (3)
2. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (2)
3. 12 Brad Herron (4)
4. 99 Jordan Hill (5)
5. 8 Hannah Ferrell (9)
6. 4 Mack DeMan (6)
7. 1 Holly Porter (13)
8. 18 Josh Shantz (1)
9. 55 Mike Thorne (11)
10. 87x Shone Evans (12)
11. 5 Alex Schuts (7)
12. 49h Jerry Hill (8)
13. 68 Aaron Turkey (10)
14. 10g Ed Green (15)
15. 18x Davey Boughton (14)
DNS. 04x Mike Bell, Jr. (16)
No Time
A-Feature Lap Leaders - Jesse McDonald (1-20)














360 Series Points
Patriot Sprints
 American Series
June 26
1. Jared Zimbardi 1399
2. Dane Lorenc 1309
3. Paul Habeck 1245
4. Dave Just 1119
5. Tyler Graves 1089
6. Steve Glover 1034
7. Pete Richardson 873
8. Paulie Colagiovanni 767
9. Darryl Ruggles 734
10. Justin Barger 688

Canandian Series
June 6
1. Jason Barney 150
2. Jared Zimbardi 145
3. Mitch Brown 141
4. Steve Poirier 138
5. Cory Turner 135
6. Matt Tanner 132
7. Jamie Turner 129
8. Jim Huppunen 126
9. Jim Porter 123
10. Dane Lorenc 120

June 18
1. Andy Forsberg 871
2. Mason Moore   858
3. Geoff Ensign 792
4. Bradley Terrell 721
5. Chase Majdic 713
6. Michael Ing  700
7. DJ Freitas 670
8. Steven Tiner 635
9. Koen Shaw  613
10. Sean Becker 612







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