Short Track Nationals Entry List Revealed at 51 and Counting
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2017) – It all unfolds next weekend as top Sprint Car drivers from throughout the nation and beyond converge upon Little Rock's I-30 Speedway for the 30th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
And with racing action for the premier event set to fire off Thursday night after a Wednesday Test 'N Tune session from 7:30 p.m. to 10:0 p.m., the entry list has been revealed at 51 and counting with more entries rolling in each day.
Doling out more than $100,000 over the course of the weekend, the 30th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals will culminate with the Saturday night, October 14, $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship feature event.
The current list of 51 includes competitors from a dozen different states as well as South Australia.
A handful of past winners are among those already entered including four-time and reigning STN champion Sammy Swindell, two-time winners Paul McMahan and Tony Bruce, Jr., and one-time winners Terry Gray and Wayne Johnson.
The list of drivers vying for a first STN crown is a deep one with the likes of Aaron Reutzel, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Derek Hagar, Willie Croft and Jeff Swindell just to scratch the surface.
No fewer than 22 of the current 51 entries have made the cut for at least one STN championship finale in the past with another 13 taking part in at least one STN preliminary feature.
With entries still coming in by the hour, here is your first look at this year's Short Track Nationals entry list....
01 Paul McMahan (Elk Grove, CA)
1s Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, MS)
1x Bill Balog (Hartland, WI)
1xx Eddie Gallagher (Olive Branch, MS)
2c Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
2h Wally Henson (Benton, AR)
3s Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN)
4 Tommy Snellgrove (Little Rock, AR)
6 Dustin Gates (Haughton, LA)
d6 Dakota Gaines (N. Little Rock, AR)
8 Alex Sewell (Tulsa, OK)
9jr Derek Hagar (Marion, AR)
10 Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN)
10k Dewayne White (Byhalia, MS)
10m Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN)
11g Mike Goodman (Broken Arrow, OK)
12w Dale Wester (Ovilla, TX)
14k Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO)
15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX)
15J Jeremy Middleton (N. Little Rock, AR)
16 Blake Baccus (Crandall, TX)
17w Harli White (Lindsay, OK)
21 Butch David (Geisman, LA)
21k Kevin Hinkle (Cabot, AR)
21T Ray Allen Kulhanek (Conroe, TX)
22 Sean McClelland (Owasso, OK)
23b Brian Bell (Gallaway, TN)
26 Marshall Skinner (West Memphis, AR)
28 Johnathan Cornell (Sedalia, MO)
29 Willie Croft (Roseville, CA)
31w Justin Webb (Drummonds, TN)
32m Adam Miller (Hot Springs, AR)
36 Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE)
38 Rick Pringle (Benton, AR)
40 Howard Moore (Memphis, TN)
42 Andy McElhannon (Hernando, MS)
43 Matthew Bauldwin (Little Rock, AR)
44 Ronny Howard (Nesbit, MS)
47 Dale Howard (Byhalia, MS)
52 Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK)
84 Brandon Hanks (Burlison, TN)
84b Scott Bogucki (McClaren Vale, SA)
86 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS)
87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX)
91a Ernie Ainsworth (Bartlett, TN)
94 Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN)
94x Steven Tiner (Visalia, CA)
95 Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK)
99x Dalton Stevens (Scurry, TX)
121 Jan Howard (Marion, AR)
X Charlie Louden (Camden, AR)
The Past Winners:
2009-Tony Bruce, Jr.
2008-Tony Bruce, Jr.
Sammy Swindell Seeks Short Track Nationals History
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 5, 2017) – For more than a decade, Hooks, TX, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Wright stood alone as the only four-time winner of I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals.
That changed last year though, as Sammy Swindell added his fourth event triumph to match the fourth STN crown that "The Texan" captured a dozen years earlier in 2004.
Next week, Slammin' Sammy will try to become the first five-time winner of the $15,000-to-win COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval in Little Rock, AR.
Following a Wednesday night Test 'N Tune session, the action gets fast and furious with two full nights of qualifying action on Thursday and Friday (October 12-13) and then Saturday's (October 14) STN championship finale. While the winner of the 30th Annual Short Track Nationals will pocket $15,000, each STN championship feature starter will earn at least $2,000. More than $100,000 in prize money will be doled out over the course of the weekend.
Both the Thursday and Friday cards will feature a full slate of heat races, qualifying races, "B" Mains and "A" Main with the top three from each night locked into Saturday's STN championship finale. Saturday's card will include STN Showdowns, "C" Mains, "B" Mains and the championship feature event.
Sammy Swindell picked off his first STN triumph in the early years of the event, topping the third edition in 1990 when it was a 410-ci tilt. Swindell's next STN triumph didn't occur until 21 years later in 2011.
In the interim, Gary Wright ran up STN totals that may never be rivaled including triumphs in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2004. Along with his four STN victories, Wright also posted 14 overall top-fives and 18 top-tens along with five preliminary feature wins. No other driver has put up double-digit top-fives with only Terry Gray (13) and Tim Crawley (10) reaching double-digits in top-tens.
In recent years, Swindell has put together a string of strong STN efforts with wins in alternating editions of the event since 2011. Swindell picked off crown number three in 2013 and then added his fourth last year after the 2015 edition fell victim to Mother Nature.
Once again driving the Rains No. 3 entry, Swindell sets his sights on an unprecedented fifth Short Track Nationals triumph when action fires off next Thursday night at I-30 Speedway.
Drivers entering by the pre-entry deadline of Friday, October 6, will receive a free pit pass for Thursday through Saturday. Pre-entry is $150. Entry fee for those entering after October 6 is $250 with no driver pit pass. Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2017STNFlyer.pdf.
NCRA Teams with Nebraska 360 Sprint Series for Season Finale at Salina Speedway!
Park City, Kansas – October 3, 2017 - The 28th consecutive season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division will come to a conclusion this coming Saturday night, as the tour will head to Salina Speedway in Salina. The tour will be joined by the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series presented by Malvern Bank and this will be their final event for the 2017 season as well.
Former tour champion Jeremy Campbell of Wichita currently holds a slim 25-point lead over defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska. Both drivers have one feature victory of the season.
Jon Freeman of Salina currently sits third in the standings and is looking to hold off Jeff Stasa and Forrest Southerland for the third position in final points. He sits 55-points ahead of Stasa and 110-points ahead of Southerland for that third spot.
Danny Jennings of Norman, Oklahoma currently sits sixth in the standings has one feature victory on the season but destroyed his sprinter at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool and has missed one event and will also miss this season finale.
Fred Mattox of Drumright, Oklahoma sits seventh while Jake Greider, J.D. Johnson and Jason Martin round out the top ten.
Through the nine events that have been held this season, nine different drivers have at least one feature victory. Along with Campbell, Droud, Jennings, Mattox and Martin; drivers to have reached victory lane also include Cody Ledger, Chris Morgan, Joe Wood, Jr. and Brian Bell.
The Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series will be led by current leader Ryan Roberts of Aurora, Nebraska. Roberts has one feature victory on the season and comes into their season finale with a slim 95-point lead over Seth Brahmer. Ledger, who also has two feature victories with the series, sits third in the standings while Jordan Boston, Martin, John Klabonde, Ryan Bickett, Jack Dover, Stu Snyder and Droud.
The Nebraska 360 Sprint Series has completed eleven events on the season with drivers also recording victories include Dover and Thomas Kennedy (3); Carson McCarl (2), Martin, Lee Grosz, Tyler Drueke, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Calvin Landis (1).
This event will pay the NCRA standard $2000 to win and $300 to start twenty-car feature finale.
All gates open at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand prices are $20 for ages twelve and up.
For more information on the season finale for both the NCRA Sprint Car Series as well as race information call (316) 755-1781. Find out more by accessing the series official website www.racencra.com or their facebook page: NCRA Racing Series.
To learn more about the Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series check out their official website www.nebraska360sprintseries.com or their facebook page: Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series. You may also call series president Dennis Parker (402) 677-3757.
Current NCRA Sprint Car Point Standings: 1) Jeremy Campbell 2645, 2) Don Droud, Jr. 2620, 3) Jon Freeman 2430, 4) Jeff Stasa 2375, 5) Forrest Southerland 2320, 6) Danny Jennings 2270, 7) Fred Mattox 2040, 8) Jake Greider 1865, 9) J.D. Johnson 1645, 10) Jason Martin 875
Current Nebraska 360 Sprint Series Point Standings: 1) Ryan Roberts 2020, 2) Seth Brahmer 1925, 3) Cody Ledger 1907, 4) Jordan Boston 1462, 5) Jason Martin 141, 6) John Klabonde 1370, 7) Ryan Bickett 1325, 8) Jack Dover 1309, 9) Stu Snyder 1159, 10) Don Droud, Jr., 1027
Second Annual Outlaw Fall Nationals and Kramer Williamson Memorial Conclude 2017 Patriot Sprint Tour Season
Contact: Paul Harkenrider
(Dundee, NY) The final two events on the 2017 PST Calendar happen to be the two highest paying races of the season with teams representing the Patriot Sprint Tour, Empire Super Sprints, and United Racing Club compete this coming weekend at Outlaw Speedway on Friday, September 22, and the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, September 23.
Last season, sprint car veteran Chuck Hebing got by Josh Weller on the final lap to score the win the first ever Outlaw Fall Nationals over Weller, Dylan Westbrook, Jared Zimbardi and Davie Franek.
In last season's Kramer Williamson Memorial at the Fonda Speedway, New Jersey's Davie Franek also made a late race pass over Cory Sparks to score his first ever win at the historic half mile over Sparks, Mark Smith, Jared Zimbardi, and Danny Varin.
Both shows this weekend will be show up points for all 2017 Patriot Sprint Tour members. Friday night's show will pay $5,000 and Saturday's show at Fonda will pay $5,073 in honor of the late Kramer Williamson.
Jared Zimbardi is looking for his record breaking fifth Patriot Sprint Tour American Series Championship as all he will have to do is attempt to qualify both nights and he will receive show up points. Steve Collins currently sits in second followed by Kyle Drum, Jordan Thomas, and Derek Jonathan.
Fans as always are encouraged to visit patriotsprinttour.com for view the entire PST American Point Standings, schedule info, and other relevant news. You can also like 'Patriot Sprint Tour' on facebook and follow @PatriotSprints on Instagram and Twitter.
The Patriot Sprint Tour recognizes the following marketing partners for the 2017 season: A-Verdi Storage Containers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Prestige Pool & Spa, Einstein Construction Group, Bonnell's Auto Group, Evingham Site Excavation, Fine Touch Collision, Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc., Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment, Patriot Tank Lines, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Casey's Truck Salvage, Just Signs & Designs, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, ASI Racewear, Curtis Berleue Photography.
2017 PST American Point Standings: 1) 35-Jared Zimbardi (2291) 2) 67-Steve Collins (2266) 3) 47-Kyle Drum (2222) 4) 79-Jordan Thomas (2071) 5) 81-Derek Jonathan (1880) 6) 17z-Josh Azzi (1865) 7) 98-Joe Trenca (1376) 8) 48jr-Darryl Ruggles (1337) 9) X-Dan Bennett (1216) 10) 54j-David Just (1102)
September 24th Patriot Sprint Tour and CRSA Sprints Events at Rolling Wheels Cancelled
By Curtis Berleue (Sodus, NY) | It is with great disappointment that Mike Emhof Motorsports announces the cancellation of its sprint car events at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for Sunday, September 24. Both the Patriot Sprint Tour and CRSA Sprints events have been removed from the schedule and will not be made up.
"After multiple attempts at contact, details for our season finale at Rolling Wheels were unable to be worked out," stated owner Mike Emhof. "We had cars from all across the northeast planning on joining us, and I would like to apologize to both the teams and fans that we will no longer be running this event."
The next American event for the Patriot Sprint Tour will be on Friday, September 22 at Outlaw Speedway, a challenge event with URC and ESS paying $5,000 to win. The series will then move east to continue the 'Weekend of Money' at the Fonda Speedway for the final event of 2017, the Kramer Williamson Memorial paying $5,073 to win.
Next up for the CRSA Sprints will be Friday, September 22 at the Fonda Speedway, followed by a return visit to Afton Motorsports Park on Friday, October 6. The season finale for the CRSA Sprints will be on Saturday, October 21 at Orange County Fair Speedway, part of the annual Eastern States Weekend.
URSS Rebels Headed To Dodge City
After two weeks off for drivers to compete in the IMCA Racesaver Nationals in Lincoln and a weekend to regroup the Myers Engine United Rebel Sprint Series will return to Dodge CityRacewayPark in Dodge City, KS for the Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial this Saturday night Sept the 16th.
Leading the Rebels into Dodge City will be current points leader, Zach Blurton, Jed Werner, Steven Richardson, Ty Williams and host of others as they will duel with Dodge City’s best Taylor Velasquez, Luke Cranston, Tyler Knight and many more to make up a great field of cars for DCRP’s Championship night.
“It’s an honor to be able to compete at this great event as Jerry was not only a great friend of mine but was also very instrumental in helping start the URSS. We’re looking for a great field of cars from Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma as this will be the last IMCA points race for the state of Kansas” said URSS founder Rick Salem.
NCRA Sprints Head to Thunder Hill Speedway This Saturday Night!
Park City, Kansas – September 11, 2017 - The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division will be competing in their third straight Saturday night event coming up this weekend as they get set for "Battle on the Hill," their first and only appearance of the season, at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas.
Former two-time tour champion Jeremy Campbell comes into the night as the points leader while defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr., Danny Jennings, Jon Freeman, Jeff Stasa, Forrest Southerland, Fred Mattox, Jake Greider, J.D. Johnson and Ray Seeman are the current top ten in standings with most, if not all, drivers expected to make the trip.
Eight events have been held thus far this season with eight different drivers having reached victory lane. Feature winners for 2017 so far include Campbell, Droud, Jennings, Mattox, Jason Martin, Joe Wood, Jr., Brian Bell and the most recent winner, Cody Ledger, this past Saturday night in McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand general admission is just $20 for adults while kids ages 12 and under will be admitted into the grandstands for free. All pit passes are just $30.
Ledger Conquers NCRA, Nebraska Sprint Victory at Junction Motor Speedway
McCool Junction, Nebraska – September 9, 2017 - Cody Ledger took the lead late then held on to claim the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products/Nebraska Carpetland and Malvern Bank Sprint Series feature Saturday night at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Danny Jennings and Seth Brahmer started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature with Brahmer taking the lead as the green flag fell. Jennings, Ledger and Jason Martin gave chase with Jennings attempting to slide underneath the leader entering turns three and four as Brahmer would hold on to the lead.
With ten laps to go Jennings would get past Brahmer heading down the backstretch to take the lead, but would get caught in lapped traffic and see Ledger take the lead one lap later.
The caution would come out when Fred Mattox clipped the front stretch wall and came to a stop.
On the restart, it was Ledger out front followed by Jennings, Martin, Brahmer and seventh starting Jeremy Campbell.
The leaders reached the slower cars on lap sixteen allowing Jennings to close. That's when Jennings night would come to an end as he executed a series of flips down the backstretch to bring out the red flag. Jennings was uninjured but done for the night.
Martin moved into the runner-up position on the restart but Ledger was up to the task and kept out front before the final caution would wave with six laps to go when Tyler Dreuke lost a motor on the front stretch.
There was no catching Ledger on the final restart and he would go on to claim the victory and the $2500 first place prize.
Martin came home second while Brahmer settled for third. Current NCRA point leader Campbell finished fourth while defending NCRA champion Don Droud, Jr. worked his way up from his fourteenth starting position to round out the top five.
Next up for the NCRA sprint car division will be this coming Saturday night (September 16) at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta for their first and only appearance on the season.
NCRA Sprints w/Nebraska 360's
Junction Motor Speedway/McCool Junction, Nebraska
September 9, 2017
A Feature: 1) Cody Ledger, 2) Jason Martin, 3) Seth Brahmer, 4) Jeremy Campbell, 5) Don Droud, Jr., 6) Jordan Boston, 7) Ryan Roberts, 8) Stu Snyder, 9) Jeff Stasa, 10) Forrest Southerland, 11) John Klabunde, 12) Shayla Blade, 13) Jon Freeman, 14) Brant O'Banion, 15) Tyler Drueke, 16) Danny Jennings, 17) Carson McCarl, 18) Fred Mattox, 19) T.J. Artz, 20) Jason Danley
Final Red Hawk Casino championship point race of 2017 on tap this Saturday September 16 at Placerville Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA - September 11, 2017...This Saturday September 16 the Placerville Speedway will put a wrap on the Red Hawk Casino? championship season. The Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, NCDCA Dwarf Cars and Vintage Hard Tops will all be on hand.
The evening will also double as the second annual Bryan Carnett Memorial, with extra money on the line for the Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks. Carnett was a true fan of the stock car divisions at Placerville Speedway, racing and sponsoring both Pure Stocks and Limited Late Models throughout the decade he spent at the track.
"Placerville Speedway has always been our home track and I am thrilled that Scott Russell was willing to host the Bryan Carnett Memorial Race for the second year," said Forryst Carnett racecar driver and son of the late Bryan Carnett. "I am hoping we can build upon the success of last year and have another exciting night of racing, which is the best way to remember the competitive spirit of my dad. I am very grateful to Placerville Speedway, all of our friends at the track, and my family who all worked to make this night a reality."
Steven Tiner, Matt Michelli and Jason Palmer go into championship night leading their respective divisions and will look to wrap up titles on Saturday. The event is also the start of the final three week's of racing at the Placerville Speedway this season. Following Saturday the quarter-mile will host the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout on September 21, 21 and 23 and then the Tilford Classic on September 30.
"We look forward to crowning champions here this Saturday night," said Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell. "The Red Hawk Casino weekly season has gone by fast, but we should have three great weeks of racing to conclude the 2017 year. Kami and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support they have shown us and the track this season."
POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE URC 360 ENGINE PROGRAM TO BE TESTED SOON
The United Racing Club will soon be testing a potential alternative engine option to the URC engine. After testing of the engine program it would have to be approved by the Board of Directors and URC membership. The engine will consist of a 364 CID Aluminum LS3 Dry Sump system built by Pace Performance. Pace is well known in the racing industry, their current engine program the CT525-KY Pace Evolution Engine runs along with the 305's at Knoxville Raceway and it was utilized by the team that won the point Championship this year.
Pace Performance's Don Blackshear has been working closely with the URC on this program and along with Knoxville Raceway on the 305 version. Don and Pace want to build an engine that will come close to horsepower & torque of many of the current 360 engines competing now. A new lightened steel block 360 engine with all the bells and whistles weighs approximately 400 – 405 lbs. Don believes that this engine package with an aluminum LS3 block that is stock and not lightened might weigh in at 385 – 395 lbs when finished.
Pace will be finishing the first version of this engine package that will then be tested by 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael in the Bill Gallagher owned 5g. Plans are to put 300 plus laps on it and see that is very close to a current 360 engine. The price of a new 360 engine have costs in the range of $48,000 up to $55,000. This engine package will be completely dyno tuned and race ready including all components. The motor will use a DSR throttle body and will include a DSR fuel pump, high speed & secondary. An R2C air filter assembly, a set of Schoenfeld headers, a Pace rear drive flange, Pace LS sprint car front motor mounts and a Pace throttle linkage assembly. The only things needed to go racing after receiving the engine are a radiator with
plumbing and a power steering pump. Hopes are that this engine can run 60 plus races with a wing before needing to be rebuilt. The total cost for this engine package will be $23,995 with free shipping and financing could be available.
The URC and Knoxville Raceway will be closely watching the testing of this alternative 360 racing engine package from Pace Performance. Any questions pertaining to this engine package, the rebuilding and teching side of it please contact Curt Michael 302-344-1882.
360 Series Points
1. Jason Barney 2553
2. Matt Tanner 2079
3. Paul Kinney 2019
4. P. Colagiovanni 1987
5. Matt Billings 1932
6. Jeff Cook 1751
7. Coleman Gulick 1685
8. Danny Varin 1450
9. Steve Poirier 1318
10. Jonathan Preston 1285
1. Jared Zimbardi 2341
2. Steve Collins 2316
3. Kyle Drum 2272
4. Jordan Thomas 2121
5. Derek Jonathan 1930
6. Josh Azzi 1865
7. Joe Trenca 1426
8. Darryl Ruggles 1387
9. Dan Bennett 1266
10. David Just 1102
1. Dylan Westbrook 566
2. Jared Zimbardi 564
3. Cory Turner 525
4. Jake Brown 508
5. Mitch Brown 503
6. Chris Steele 403
7. Ryan Turner 352
8. Lee Ladouceur 267
9. Rick Wilson 262
10. Jim Huppunen 255
1. Jeremy Campbell 2645
2. Don Droud Jr. 2620
3. Jon Freeman 2430
4. Jeff Stasa 2375
5. F. Southerland 2320
6. Danny Jennings 2270
7. Fred Mattox 2040
8. Jake Greider 1865
9. J.D. Johnson 1645
10. Jason Martin 875
1. Ryan Roberts 2020
2. Seth Brahmer 1925
3. Cody Ledger 1907
4. Jordan Boston 1462
5. Jason Martin 1410
6. John Klabonde 1370
7. Ryan Bickett 1325
8. Jack Dover 1309
9. Stu Snyder 1159
10. Don Droud Jr. 1027
1. Casey Adams 3235
2. Kelly Miller 3173
3. Sean MacDonell 3098
4. David Miller 3036
5. Trever Kirkland 2782
6. J.J. Hickle 2288
7. Roger Cummings 2238
8. Shane Moore 2159
9. Cody Masse 2119
10. Jordan Milne 2015
1. Dylan Westbrook 1315
2. Shawn Sliter 1114
3. Josh Sliter 954
4. Frank Baranowski 951
5. Chris Jones 873
6. Mike Ferrell 844
7. Warren Mahoney 683
8. Rick Wilson 646
9. John Burbridge Jr. 602
10. Lee Ladouceur 571