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Deal becomes 12th different winner

By John Rittenoure
OCRS Web Editor

Ada, Oklahoma (July 26, 2014) -
Saturday, July 26, 2014, is one day Andrew Deal won’t soon forget.

After breaking down on the road heading to Ada Deal considered turning around and going home. But thanks to Alex and Andy Sewell Deal found a ride to Oklahoma Sports Park and ended the day with his first OCRS feature win of the season behind the wheel of his Cagle Motorsports sprinter.

“We got to the other side of Kellyville and realized the motor home had an oil leak,” explained Deal who started his journey in his hometown of Caney, Kansas. “We got to looking and it had about two gallons more oil than it should. It was pumping fuel into the crankcase.”

The only hope was finding another tow vehicle.

“I made about 40 phone cars and Alex Sewell came and rescued us and got us here just in time to unload and make the heat race,” Deal said. “He got his dads truck and brought us down here. I can’t thank them enough. I am thankful to have good friends. It was a blessing just to make it here. They are good people. I owe them one.”

Deal and Sewell arrived just minutes before the first heat race. With just enough time to fire the race car Deal suited up and ran the opening heat where he finished second.

“We were good. We were ready,” Deal said. “I think we were faster than the first place car, but with the day we had I was not going to risk anything. I did not want to work on it.”

In the 25-lap feature Deal started tenth and worked his way toward the front. Late in the race Deal made a run at leader Danny Smith and drove low to take the lead away and become the 12th different winner in 15 events.

“He was running the top and I slid him a little bit and he tried to get back around me on top but it was too sandy,” Deal said of his move to the lead. “I just found a little bit different line down in three and four then he (Smith) was running.”

The only worry Deal had was whether or not his engine was going to overheat.

“The car got really hot, but I knew his was hot too, so I was not going to pull off,” Deal said of Smith.

“I was a little worried before that red as it was getting hot. We had the red and it cooled down a little bit.”

The red flag waved after Michael Bookout got his right rear tire into the front stretch wall and took a series of hard flips at the start-finish line. Mike Huard could not avoid Bookout and plowed into Bookouts 007 sprinter. A small fire erupted under the car but Bookout was pulled from the overturned sprinter. Bookout was a little shaken up but was able to walk to the pits on his own. Huard also exited his car unhurt.

On the restart Smith set the pace and Deal gave chase. However Smith could not hold on and settled for second. Johnny Kent, Gary Owens and Kade Morton rounded out the top five.

“We were overheating,” Smith said. “This is a brand new motor and we did not want to destroy it so we backed up a little bit. Andrew (Deal) was coming.

“We want to win but can’t afford to destroy stuff.”

In the opening laps Perry Pickard jumped into an early lead followed by Kyle Cobb and Derek Cottrell. But his lead was short lived after tangling with Jeff Garnett during the red flag for Bookout's flip and ending his night.

OCRS Race Results
Oklahoma Sports Park
Saturday, July 26, 2014
21 Cars

OCRS
A Feature 1, 15D-Andrew Deal[10]. 2, 5$-Danny Smith[11]. 3, 55-Johnny Kent[9]. 4, 33-Gary Owens[12]. 5, 8M-Kade Morton[7]. 6, 9-Derek Cottrell[4]. 7, 9$-Kyle Clark[5]. 8, 88S-Shayla Waddell[13]. 9, 5-Cameron Hagin[16]. 10, 25-Chuck Bellefeuille[17]. 11, F5-Darrell McGuire[18]. 12, 3G-Jeff Garnett[15]. 13, P78-Perry Pickard[2]. 14, 007-Michael Bookout[14]. 15, 51F-Billy Fields[20]. 16, 01-Mike Huard[19]. 17, 5K-Koby Barksdale[6]. 18, 7M-Chance Morton[8]. 19, 94-Dan Schnackenberg[1]. 20, 4C-Kyle Cobb[3]. DNS: 20S-Sheldon Barksdale.

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Chuck Hebing Captures Patriot Sprint Tour Season Sweep and $2,500 at Woodhull

Rich Vleck, WOODHULL, NY, (July 26, 2014)-
Chuck Hebing has always been the dominant force when it comes to sprint car racing at Woodhull, winning in six of his 11 appearances at the high banks, but not until Saturday Night, has he won a bonus-paying summer race.

Hebing, of Ontario, NY, scored his seventh career win at the Woodhull Raceway in convincing fashion Saturday Night, earning his third Patriot Sprint Tour win of the season in as many starts.  It was also the 40th win in Patriot Sprint Tour action for the “Cobra” in the 225th race in series history.

“The car was good.  I started in the back and had to work my way up through,” noted Hebing in Victory Lane. “The lapped cars were definitely tough.  I like the new rule (where the lapped cars are moved to the back on restarts), tonight it helped other people too but it made for a good show in front of a good crowd and another win for Wilkins RV.”

After running second in his heat to Justin Barger, Hebing drew the seventh starting position for the feature but did not waste much time getting to the front.  By the time the field came around to complete the third lap, the No. 45 had moved up to the runner-up position.  The first caution of the event would fly on lap seven just as Hebing was closing in on early leader Jared Fink.  Fink had been solid from the outside pole but on the ensuing restart, Hebing got a solid run off the second corner and was able to execute a slide job on the No. 21F in turns three and four.  

The caution flag would reappear on lap nine and on that restart, Steve Collins would move around Fink for the second position and began to stalk the “Cobra”.  Both cars were rather even in speed throughout, but in the closing laps, as the duo navigated the lapped cars, Collins was able to put pressure on Hebing to make sure he hit his marks.

“I got a little safer on my approach to make sure I didn’t jump the cushion or get in to trouble in a lapped car, I have found that usually works out better for me at the end,” reflected Hebing after the event.

On the final lap, Hebing stretched his lead out to 10 car lengths and would hold on to claim the season sweep, as well as the $2,500 top prize, the biggest payday he has scored at Woodhull.

Collins would hold on for a runner-up finish, which would be his best career PST finish.  This was the first Patriot race for the “Flying Physician” since his first career feature win in non-sanctioned action last month and he was happy to stay hot and battle Hebing at a track just down the road from his Belfast, NY residence.

Justin Barger drove up to third in his first PST start of the year.  Barger, who had won this event the last two years, looked dominant in the heats, but got slowed up in the opening laps of the feature and finally got to third with four laps remaining.  One late caution may have given him a chance to threepeat.

One of the feel-good runs of the night was turned in by Jared Fink.  Despite running a limited schedule once again this year, Fink led for the first seven laps and ran solid the rest of the way, coming home in fourth.

The battle for fifth place was hotly contested throughout, prominently by Bryan Howland, Scott Kreutter and Jared Zimbardi, the three drivers to claim the last six PST America championships.  Howland, who also scored the win in the Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame, would drive up to claim the fifth spot.  Current PST point leader Jared Zimbardi would draw the pole position but struggled in the opening laps and would settle for sixth at arguably his most difficult race track.  Scott Kreutter won his heat race and would come home in seventh, a vast improvement from the May race when mechanical failures prohibited the 2012 series champion from qualifying.

Dave Just would drive forward to finish in eighth place, officially the best finish in his sprint car career.  Jamie Bodo would quietly drive forward to place in ninth, just ahead of George Suprick, who rounded out the top 10.

With 27 sprint cars on hand, a B-Main was needed, which was won by Paul Habeck.  Heat wins would go to Barger, Kreutter and Brad Knab.  

For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.

Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Results: 7/26/14, Woodhull Raceway, Woodhull, NY.

A-Main (25 Laps)-
1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Steve Collins (67), 3. Justin Barger (5), 4. Jared Fink (21F), 5. Bryan Howland (51), 6. Jared Zimbardi (35), 7. Scott Kreutter (10B), 8. Dave Just (54J), 9. Jamie Bodo (76), 10. George Suprick (87), 11. Kyle Drum (47), 12. Parker Evans (61), 13. Brad Knab (38), 14. Dane Lorenc (00), 15. Scott Just (54JR), 16. Clint Ide (3), 17. Paul Habeck (25H), 18. Derek Jonathan (81), 19. Tyler Graves (25G), 20. Steve Glover (121), 21. Will Glover (21), 22. Darryl Ruggles (48JR), 23. Steven Hutchinson Jr. (2), 24. Alysha Ruggles (48A).

Lap Leaders- Fink 1-7, Hebing 8-25.

Did Not Qualify: Dusett, Kuhn, Muench.

B-Main (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to A)- 1. Paul Habeck (25H), 2. Steve Glover (121), 3. Tyler Graves (25G), 4. Steven Hutchinson Jr. (2), 5. Scott Just (54JR), 6. Dane Lorenc (00), 7. Lance Dusett (43D), 8. Dan Kuhn (99k), 9. Jake Muench (14).

Dash For Cash (4 Laps)- 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Dave Just (54J), 3. Jamie Bodo (76), 4. Kyle Drum (47), 5. Derek Jonathan (81), 6. Alysha Ruggles (48A).

Heats (8 Laps, Top 6 Qualify From Each)-
Race 1: KNAB, ZIMBARDI, BODO, FINK, A. RUGGLES, W. GLOVER, S. Glover, Dusett, Muench.
Race 2: BARGER, HEBING, HOWLAND, JONATHAN, DRUM, IDE, S. Just, Graves, Kuhn.
Race 3: KREUTTER, SUPRICK, COLLINS, D. JUST, EVANS, D. RUGGLES, Habeck, Hutchinson, Lorenc.

Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Point Standings (Top 10)
- Zimbardi 1439, Collins 1260, Knab 1126, D. Just 1215, S. Just 1151, Jonathan 1151, Jonathan 1147, Lorenc 1118, Kreutter 1096, Polyak 1091, Graves 1058.

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MARK SMITH SCORES IMPRESSIVE VICTORY IN RISLONE URC SPRINT CHALLENGE SATURDAY NIGHT AT SELINSGROVE

Mark Smith of Sunbury, PA won a thriller Saturday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway.  Smith took the lead on lap fifteen after a battle with Derek Locke then held off a last lap challenge from TJ Stutts to earn his third Rislone URC Sprint victory of the season and his eighth career win.   Stutts finished a strong second followed by Derek Locke, Jason Clauss and Brock Zearfoss.  Smith earned $2,500 for the win in the 25 lap feature event.

A field of thirty sprint cars took part in the program  with heat race victories going to Coby Womer, Brock Zearfoss and Curt Michael as Randy West won the “B” Main.

The 25 lap feature ran twenty-four laps without a caution with Coby Womer taking the early lead.  Womer and Derek Locke thrilled the fans with a wheel to wheel battle for the lead  with Locke taking the lead on lap five.  Moving through the pack was Mark Smith in his MACH 1 Chassis sprinter.   

Jason Clauss moved into the picture and the second place spot on lap ten.  Clauss started to reel in the leader but now Mark Smith was in the hunt.    On lap twelve, Smith powered into second with Clauss now third.

At the halfway point of the race, Locke continued to lead but Mark Smith was on the move.  Smith caught Locke on lap fourteen and one lap later, Smith became the new leader.   The battle on the track continued as TJ Stutts was now challenging Locke for second.   With five laps remaining, Stutts moved into second.   Also on a charge was Larry Kelleher who was racing Clauss for third.

The one and only caution of the race was displayed on lap twenty-four when seventh place runner Cody Keller spun in turn one.

On the restart, Smith and Stutts were ready for the one lap dash.  At the drop of the green, Smith dove to the bottom of turn one as Stutts moved to the outside to take a run for the lead on the backstretch.  Smith held the advantage and entering turns three and four, Stutts took another run at the leader.  Smith held on for an impressive win with Stutts finishing second, Derek Locke third, Larry Kelleher fourth and   Jason Clauss fifth.

Feature Finish: 
Mark Smith, TJ Stutts, Derek Locke, Larry Kelleher,  Jason Clauss, Brock Zearfoss, Davie Franek, Jason Shultz, Josh Weller, Colby Womer, Curt Michael,  Ryan Kissinger, Mike Walter, Jimmy Stitzel, Jordan Thomas, Michael Walter  II, Cody Keller, Andy Best, Derek Steward, Ed Aikin, Brad Franks, Keith Prutzman, Wes Irwin, Shannon Fisher, Randy West.   

DNQ- - Mallie Shuster, Jonathan Swanson,  Bobby Parrow, Brian Carber Troy Betts.

2014 RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Friday, August 1                Williams Grove Speedway  Rislone Nationals  $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9          Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22             Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23        Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30         Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27Selinsgrove  MACH 1  $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3             Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4        Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18     Grandview Speedway  Feature Only

For more information, please visit our website at:  www.urcsprints.com

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Will a Sprint Driver Repeat at Hutch Nationals This Weekend?

$3000 on the line Saturday Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas –
July 30, 2014 - It has been parity to say the least during the sprint car portion of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Mel Hambelton Ford at the Kansas State Fairground s in Hutchinson, Kansas to say the least. This Friday and Saturday will see the drivers of the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division compete to have their names etched into the history books of this famed event, they will also look to take home $3000 on championship Saturday night.

If that isn’t enough, two drivers who currently have the shot at the 2014 series championship, will continue their point battle.

Eleven different drivers have reached victory lane the past eleven Hutch Nationals in the 360-ci sprint car division with only Nebraska car owner Gary Swenson claiming a repeat championship. Gary achieved this feat with Jeremy Campbell (2012) and Jordan Boston (2011).

Jack Dover of Springfield, Nebraska is the defending Nationals champion and will be back with his Ford power plant to defend his championship.

Other drivers who have won the past eleven years include; Danny Jennings (2010), Garry Lee Maier (2009), Mike Chadd (2008), Jon Freeman (2007), J.D. Johnson (2006), Derek Drown (2005), Steve King (2004) and C.J. Johnson (2003).

Both C.J. Johnson and Maier are tied with three 360-ci sprint car Hutchinson Grand Nationals championships a piece.

It is virtually a two man contest for the 2014 NCRA sprint car championship between C.J. Johnson and Campbell as Johnson has a slim ten point lead in his quest to claim his third championship in a row and fourth overall. To add even more intrigue for this weekend Campbell, who suffered a blown motor last weekend in weekly racing action, has scrambled this week to find a motor. At last check one has been obtained and the Campbell team is feverously scrambling to get the familiar #10c ready for this weekend.

Dover has picked up the most victories thus far this season (3) while Aaron Reutzel, Johnson, Danny Wood, Jeff Stasa and Kevin Swindell claim one victory a piece.

After this weekend four events remain scheduled for the 25th anniversary season for the tour and the new two-night format could once again shake things up in the point battle.

The format for the NCRA sprint car division this weekend is as follows:

 Friday night – Every car will draw for heat race with the top fifteen in passing points going to the night’s “A” feature. The top six finishers will be locked in heads up for the championship feature on Saturday night.

Saturday night – Cars that finished 7-15 in Friday night’s feature will be lined up for the front spots of two (2) dashes (7th on pole of first dash, 8th on pole of second dash, 9th on outside of first dash, tenth on outside of second dash, etc.) with the remainder six (6) spots in each dash will be filled by the cars finishing 16th and below in passing points from Friday night to make the fifteen car dashes. The top six from each dash will go to the Championship feature.

Cars that finish seventh through fifteenth will fill the top spots of two (2) last chance races. The remainder of the cars from passing points will be added to the back of the field. The top three from each race will advance and round out the 24 car championship field on Saturday night.

With this new format, each car entered on Friday will have three chances to get into the Championship “A” feature on Saturday night. If you choose to come Saturday only you will have only one (1) chance to make the “A” feature and the best starting spot would be nineteenth. Also, each car transferring from all dashes and last chance races will pay money, no transfer – no money.

If any sprint car driver can win Friday night’s dash as well as Saturday night’s championship feature, that driver could take home $4000 for his weekend’s efforts. Any modified driver winning Friday night’s dash and Saturday night’s championship feature would take home $3000 for their weekend sweep.

At the conclusion of Friday night’s events atop the famed half mile oval, the band “Linnaberry Wine” will be performing.

Championship Saturday night will see over 100 bicycles given away to ages ten and under so there will be something for not only racers but fans as well as anticipation mounts for the 28th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals.

Gates both nights will open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time both nights.

For more race and ticket information contact Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 or check out www.racencra.com.

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58th Hutch Nationals Await NCRA Sprints This Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – July 21, 2014 –
The tradition continues this weekend as the “Mid-Summer Classic,” which is the 58th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, is now upon us. The Friday and Saturday night, July 25-26, event will see the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car tour take to the track both nights with Friday night’s “Dash” qualifier winner taking home $1000. Then on Championship Saturday night, the night’s feature finale winner will not only be crowned Hutchinson Grand Nationals champion in the sprint car division but will also take home $3000. If a driver can win both Friday night’s dash and Saturday night’s championship, $4000 will be won.

A new format and largest pay ever for the traditional two night event held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas will await drivers in the sprint car division. Below is the weekend agenda:

Any sprint car driver who can win Friday night’s Dash Qualifier will take home $1000 and if that driver also wins the championship feature on Saturday night, they will take home $3000. Regardless, winning the Hutchinson Grand Nationals on Saturday night is still not a bad pay night. Just starting the twenty-four car field pays $300 to start Saturday night’s finale.  

The format for the NCRA Sprint division is as follows:

Friday night – Every car will draw for heat race with the top fifteen in passing points going to the night’s “A” feature. The top six finishers will be locked in heads up for the championship feature on Saturday night.

Saturday night – Cars that finished 7-15 in Friday night’s feature will be lined up for the front spots of two (2) dashes (7th on pole of first dash, 8th on pole of second dash, 9th on outside of first dash, tenth on outside of second dash, etc.) with the remainder six (6) spots in each dash will be filled by the cars finishing 16th and below in passing points from Friday night to make the fifteen car dashes. The top six from each dash will go to the Championship feature.

Cars that finish seventh through fifteenth will fill the top spots of two (2) last chance races. The remainder of the cars from passing points will be added to the back of the field. The top three from each race will advance and round out the 24 car championship field on Saturday night.

With this new format, each car entered on Friday will have three chances to get into the Championship “A” feature on Saturday night. If you choose to come Saturday only you will have only one (1) chance to make the “A” feature and the best starting spot would be nineteenth. Also, each car transferring from all dashes and last chance races will pay money, no transfer – no money.

NCRA Sprint Car Series: Entry Fee $25

Friday night:

Qualifying heat races

Friday Night Dash Qualifier: 1) $1000, 2) $700, 3) $500, 4) $350, 5) $325, 6) $300, 7-15) $200. The top fifteen point cars from the qualifying heat races will run the Friday Night Dash Qualifier. The top six in the Friday Night Dash Qualifier will fill the first three rows of Saturday night’s championship feature.

Saturday night:  

Two (2) Saturday Night’s Dash Qualifiers: 1) $500, 2) $350, 3) $300, 4) $250, 5) $225, 6) $200, 7) $175, 8) $150, 9-15) $100. The top six in each Saturday Night Dash Qualifier will transfer to the championship feature.

Two (2) “B” features: 1) $200, 2) $175, 3) $150, 4) $125, 5-15) $100. The top three (3) in each “B” feature will transfer to the night’s championship feature finale.

Championship Feature: 1) 1$ 3000, 2) $2500, 3) $2000, 4) $1500, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600, 9) $500, 10) $500, 11) $475, 12) $450, 13) $425, 14-20) $400, 21-24) $300.

At the conclusion of Friday night’s events atop the famed half mile oval, the band “Linnaberry Wine” will be performing.

Championship Saturday night will see over 100 bicycles given away to ages ten and under so there will be something for not only racers but fans as well as anticipation mounts for the 28th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals.

Gates both nights will open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time both nights.

For more race and ticket information contact Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 or check out www.81speedway.org.

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RISLONE URC SPRINTS RETURN TO SELINSGROVE ON SATURDAY, JULY 26, $4,000 TO WIN RISLONE NATIONALS SET FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 AT WILLIAMS GROVE
 
Rislone URC Sprint Series point leader Davie “No Panic” Franek will  lead the field of URC competitors to the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, July 26 for the fourteenth race of the 2014 season.  Franek of Wantage, NJ scored an impressive URC win at the Selinsgrove Speedway on June 28.     The Selinsgrove victory for Franek helped in padding his point lead in his chase for his first ever URC Championship title.
 
On Friday night, August 1, the $4,000 to win Rislone Nationals will invade the Williams Grove Speedway.   This high paying event will offer $1,000 for tenth and $325 to take the green in the 25 lap main event.   Defending winner Mark Smith is expected to drive his MACH 1 Chassis sprinter in this event.  Past winners include Tony Stewart (2012),  Lance Dewease 2011, Daryn Pittman 2010, Aaron Ott 2009, Kenny  Adams 2008, Ed Aikin 2007 and the inaugural winner was Pat Cannon in 2006.
 
On Saturday night, August 9, URC returns to the Selinsgrove Speedway for the first annual Kramer Cup.   This event is presented to honor the memory of  Kramer Williamson who lost his life in a sprint car crash at the Lincoln Speedway in 2013.
 
Another big event on the URC schedule is the $8,000 to win MACH 1 Chassis Championship at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday  night, September 27.
 
2014
RISLONE URC Sprint Series Schedule
Saturday, July 26       Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, August 1                Williams Grove Speedway  Rislone Nationals  $4,000 to win
Saturday, August 9      Selinsgrove The Kramer Cup
Friday, August 22       Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, August 23     Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, August30      Delaware International Speedway
Saturday, September 27  Selinsgrove  MACH 1  $8,000 to Win
Friday, October 3       Carolina Speedway/Gastonia, NC
Saturday, October 4     Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, SC
Saturday, October 18    Grandview Speedway  Feature Only
 
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A Fans Guide for the 58th Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas –
July 8, 2014 - The 58th rendition of the famed O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Mel Hambelton Ford atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas is coming up on Friday and Saturday night, July 25-26, and while the “Mid-Summer Classic” will see a new format and largest pay ever in this events illustrious history, this year there will be something for fans of all ages to enjoy.

Friday night fans will see the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car and modified divisions as well as street stocks and thumpers compete in heat races and qualifying features. Immediately following the dirt track racing action, fans are encouraged to stick around for a live band with Linnaberry Wine performing as well as go pit side to visit with the drivers and see the race cars up close and personal.

Can’t make it pit side on Friday night after the races? Get to the track early in the day on Saturday as drivers will be working on their cars and lounging around giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal.

Saturday night will see a host of dash and last chance qualifying features for the NCRA sprint and modified divisions as well as a complete program for the gladiators of the NCRA late model tour. During the racing program over 100 bicycles will be given away to kid’s ages ten and under.

Championship Saturday night will come to a close with feature finales for all three divisions with the NCRA sprint division winner taking home $3000 while the NCRA modified and late model championship feature winner taking home $2000. If a sprint car driver can win the $1000 dash as well as the night’s championship feature, that driver will take home $4000 which will be the largest payout ever for the Hutchinson Grand Nationals. If any modified driver can accomplish this feat, they will take home $3000 for their sweep of the weekend.

Gates both Friday and Saturday night open at 5:00 PM with racing set for a 7:00 PM start time. General admission adult grandstand tickets both nights are $15 with kids ages 6-10 years of age $7.00 each night. You can purchase your $2.00 of adult and child general admission ticket at O’Reilly Auto Parts and Mel Hambelton Ford and redeem them at the box office.

The Kansas State Fairgrounds is located West of SR 61 on 17th Ave., then north on Poplar in Hutchinson.

For more race and ticket information for the 58th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Mel Hambelton Ford contact Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 or check out the website www.81speedway.org.

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New Format, More Money for Hutch Grand Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Park City, Kansas – July 8, 2014 - Details for the “Mid-Summer Classic,” which is the 58th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, has been announced and features a new format and largest pay ever for the traditional two night event held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The Friday and Saturday night, July 25-26, will see the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car and modified divisions on Friday night as well as the street stock and thumper divisions. Championship Saturday night will see all three series divisions for the first time ever featuring the sprint, modified and gladiators of the late model division.

The format for the NCRA Sprint and NCRA Modified divisions are as follows:

Friday night – Every car will draw for heat race with the top fifteen in passing points going to the night’s “A” feature. The top six finishers will be locked in heads up for the championship feature on Saturday night.

Saturday night – Cars that finished 7-15 in Friday night’s feature will be lined up for the front spots of two (2) dashes (7th on pole of first dash, 8th on pole of second dash, 9th on outside of first dash, tenth on outside of second dash, etc.) with the remainder six (6) spots in each dash will be filled by the cars finishing 16th and below in passing points from Friday night to make the fifteen car dashes. The top six from each dash will go to the Championship feature.

Cars that finish seventh through fifteenth will fill the top spots of two (2) last chance races. The remainder of the cars from passing points will be added to the back of the field. The top three from each race will advance and round out the 24 car championship field on Saturday night.

With this new format, each car entered on Friday will have three chances to get into the Championship “A” feature on Saturday night. If you choose to come Saturday only you will have only one (1) chance to make the “A” feature and the best starting spot would be nineteenth. Also, each car transferring from all dashes and last chance races will pay money, no transfer – no money.

Friday night’s format for street stocks and thumpers as well as Saturday night’s NCRA late model division will see all cars drawing for heat race starting positions. The features will be lined up off of passing points and will be heads up.

Payout each night for the NCRA Sprints and Modifieds are as follows:

NCRA Modified Series: Entry fee $25

Friday night:

Qualifying heat races

Friday Night Dash Qualifier: 1) $1000, 2) $700, 3) $500, 4) $350, 5) $325, 6) $300, 7-15) $200. The top fifteen point cars from the qualifying heat races will run the Friday Night Dash Qualifier. The top six in the Friday Night Dash Qualifier will fill the first three rows of Saturday night’s championship feature.

Saturday night:  

Two (2) Saturday Night’s Dash Qualifiers: 1) $500, 2) $350, 3) $300, 4) $250, 5) $225, 6) $200, 7) $175, 8) $150, 9-15) $100. The top six in each Saturday Night Dash Qualifier will transfer to the championship feature.

Two (2) “B” features: 1) $200, 2) $175, 3) $150, 4) $125, 5-15) $100. The top three (3) in each “B” feature will transfer to the night’s championship feature finale.

Championship Feature Payout: 1) 2000, 2) $1500, 3) $1000, 4) $900, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8-10) $500, 11) $475, 12) $450, 13) $425, 14) $400, 15) $ 400, 16) $375, 17) $350, 18) $325, 19-24) $300.

NCRA Sprint Car Series: Entry Fee $25

Friday night:

Qualifying heat races

Friday Night Dash Qualifier: 1) $1000, 2) $700, 3) $500, 4) $350, 5) $325, 6) $300, 7-15) $200. The top fifteen point cars from the qualifying heat races will run the Friday Night Dash Qualifier. The top six in the Friday Night Dash Qualifier will fill the first three rows of Saturday night’s championship feature.

Saturday night:  

Two (2) Saturday Night’s Dash Qualifiers: 1) $500, 2) $350, 3) $300, 4) $250, 5) $225, 6) $200, 7) $175, 8) $150, 9-15) $100. The top six in each Saturday Night Dash Qualifier will transfer to the championship feature.

Two (2) “B” features: 1) $200, 2) $175, 3) $150, 4) $125, 5-15) $100. The top three (3) in each “B” feature will transfer to the night’s championship feature finale.

Championship Feature: 1) 1$ 3000, 2) $2500, 3) $2000, 4) $1500, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600, 9) $500, 10) $500, 11) $475, 12) $450, 13) $425, 14-20) $400, 21-24) $300.

Street Stock and Thumper Divisions Friday Night Championship Feature Payout: $25 Entry Fee

1) $500, 2) $350, 3) $250, 4) $200, 5) $175, 6) $150, 7) $125, 8-10) $100, 11-15) $75, 12-20) $50

NCRA Late Model Saturday Night Championship Feature Payout: $25 Entry Fee

1) $2000, 2) $1500, 3) $1000, 4) $700, 5) $500, 6) $450, 7-10) $400, 11) $350, 12) $350, 13-15) $300, 16-20) $200

If any sprint car driver can win Friday night’s dash as well as Saturday night’s championship feature, that driver could take home $4000 for his weekend’s efforts. Any modified driver winning Friday night’s dash and Saturday night’s championship feature would take home $3000 for their weekend sweep.

At the conclusion of Friday night’s events atop the famed half mile oval, the band “Linnaberry Wine” will be performing.

Championship Saturday night will see over 100 bicycles given away to ages ten and under so there will be something for not only racers but fans as well as anticipation mounts for the 28th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals.

Gates both nights will open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time both nights.

For more race and ticket information contact Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 or check out www.81speedway.org.  

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Huge Wheatshocker Weekend Awaits URSS

The biggest and highest paying weekend of the year awaits the United Rebel Sprint Series this weekend as teams prepare for three nights of racing over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All three are National points races as well as Colorado and Kansas regional point shows.

The weekend begins at 7pm on Friday night at Wakeeney Speedway in Wakeeney Kansas as the Rebels make their second visit this season at the high speed 3/8 mile oval. Zach Blurton, who won the first race in Wakeeney, will attempt to repeat his feat and try to collect the $1000 winners share. The race will also pay $200 to start the A feature.

All the heavy hitters from both Kansas and Colorado regions are expected to make the trip this weekend as Kansans C.J. Johnson, Brian Herbert, Steven Richardson, Luke Cranston, JD. Johnson, Raymond Seemann, Ty Williams along with many other Kansas hot shoes will await a strong contingent of Colorado drivers with Jake Bubak, Zac Taylor, Coby Pearce, Mike Taylor, Clint Schubert, Patrick Bourke, Adam Trimble and many other Colorado drivers planning to make the tow.

After Friday nights action the Rebels will head 30 miles east to RPM Speedway in Hays Kansas for the two day Wheatshocker Nationals on Saturday and Sunday. Sundays winner will take home a cool $2000 with $200 to start the main event. All non qualifiers will receive $100 in both Wakeeney and Hays.

An added incentive this year will be a URSS custom Ozark Mountain pellet Grill and Smoker to the high point driver for the 3 day weekend courtesy of S&W Supply, your Federated Auto Parts distributor out of Hays Kansas. This grill valued at $750 will come with a custom URSS Wheatshocker Weekend logo attached and will be part of S&W Supply’s 80th Anniversay celebration.

“Were looking forward to what should be a great field of cars this weekend as it will be the first National points races this year. We have a strong bunch of cars coming from Colorado this year to race against the Kansas guys. Those guys out there are getting fast and I’m looking forward to the race these guys will put on all three nights” said URSS founder Rick Salem.

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NCRA Sprints Invade Butler County This Saturday Night!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – July 7, 2014 -
Jeremy Campbell will lead the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division to Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska this coming Saturday night, July 12, for their second and final appearance of the season. This event will also be co-sanctioned with the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series.  

The series inaugural visit to the quarter mile clay oval back in early May saw Jack Dover bring home the victory for the “Cornhusker State” over state drivers Tyler Drueke, Stu Snyder and Jordan Boston. Defending tour champion C.J. Johnson of Quinter, Kansas represented the NCRA with a fifth place finish.

Campbell’s lead is just 80 points over Johnson with J.D. Johnson, Jon Freeman, Jeff Stasa, Luke Cranston, Jordan Weaver, Jake Martens, Raymond Seeman and Kris Miller the top ten drivers in the point standings.

Dover leads the tour with two victories thus far this season while Kevin Swindell, Jeff Stasa, Danny Wood, C.J. Johnson and Aaron Reutzel all picking up one feature win a piece. Stasa and Reutzel’s victories were their first ever with the series.

The Carpet Land Nebraska 360 sprint car series are expected to field the likes of Jack Dover, Jason Martin, Ryan Roberts, Dusty Ballenger, Ryan Bickett, Seth Brahmer, Gage Dorr, Tyler Drueke, and Trevor Grossenbacher. Close the thirty drivers from four states are expected to compete for the $2000 first place prize.

Gates open at 5:00 PM with racing scheduled for a 7:00 PM start time. Depending on the direction of your travel, here are you directions to Butler County Speedway:

From Omaha- Hwy 92 West for 56 miles, turn right on Hwy 81 North for 7 miles, turn right on Road 38 for 2 miles and then turn right on Road C south for 1/2 mile.

From Lincoln-34 West till you hit Hwy 15 North until you hit Hwy 92 West, 92 West for 14 miles, turn right on Hwy 81 North for 7 miles, turn right on Road 38 for 2 miles and then turn right on Road C south for 1/2 mile.

From York or I-80- Hwy 81 North for 32 miles thru towns of Stromsburg, Osceola and Shelby, turn right on Road 38 for 2 miles, then turn right on Road C south for 1/2 mile.

From Columbus-Hwy 81 South for 10 miles, turn on Road 38 for 2 miles, turn right on Road C south for 1/2 mile.

For more race and track information call (402) 369-0535 and you can also check out the tracks official website www.butlercountyspeedway.com.

To learn more about the 25th anniversary season for the NCRA sprint car, call the number listed above or check out the series website www.racencra.com.      

Current 2014 NCRA Sprint Car Point Standings: 1) Jeremy Campbell 1865, 2) C.J. Johnson 1785, 3) J.D. Johnson 1630, 4) Jon Freeman 1575, 5) Jeff Stasa 1420, 6) Luke Cranston 1400, 7) Jordan Weaver 1315, 8) Jake Martens 1295, 9) Raymond Seeman 1255, 10) Kris Miller 1235

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OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS TOUR VS. CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS THIS FRIDAY, JULY 4

Ohsweken, Ontario - July 3, 2014 - Ohsweken Speedway's 19th season of racing continues this Friday, July 4, when O'Neil's Farm Equipment and Case IH present “SOS vs. Corr/Pak” Night featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints tour versus Ohsweken’s Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, plus Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS TOUR VERSUS CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS
This Friday features the second of three challenge events this season between traveling Sprint Car series and the regulars of the weekly Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division. The Southern Ontario Sprints tour drivers are the foes for Corr/Pak drivers defending home turf this time, although many drivers do compete with both groups, and will be earning valuable points in both championship chases.

Glenn Styres and Mitch Brown are first and second in both the SOS and Corr/Pak standings, but the gap between them differs. Styres' lead in the SOS standings is just 7 points, while he enjoys a 33 point lead over Brown and defending champ Jim Huppunen in the Corr/Pak standings. Chris Jones, Justin Martin, Jamie Turner, Keith Dempster, Cory Turner, Warren Mahoney, Shawn Sliter, and Brad Lodge make up the rest of the current SOS top ten, while Kyle Patrick, Chris Steele, Dave Dykstra, Todd Hoddick, Shane Ross, Justin Martin, and Keith Dempster occupy the remainder of the Corr/Pak top ten.

Glenn Styres has three feature wins in Corr/Pak competition this season, while Mitch Brown has won two SOS features. Chris Steele is the only driver to win in both SOS and Corr/Pak events so far in 2014. Cory Turner is the current Rookie of the Year leader over Shawn Sliter in both sets of standings.

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
Ryan Hunsinger is still atop the Crate Sprint Car standings, but Aaron Turkey and Jake Brown are hot on his heels, just 14 and 15 points behind, respectively. Mike Thorne and Josh Shantz make up the remainder of the current top 5.

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URC HEADS TO SELINSGROVE SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 28
MARK SMITH INVADES AND CONQUERS TO TAKE RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE WIN FRIDAY NIGHT AT BEDFORD SPEEDWAY
 
Mark Smith of Sunbury, PA was not sure of his plans for Friday night, but once he got to the track, he was committed to winning, and he made it all look easy at the Bedford Speedway.   Smith, driving the MACH1 Chassis sprint car started seventh and took the lead on lap nine to score his second Rislone URC Sprint Series feature of 2014.   Smith earned $2,000 for the win in the 25 lap feature event.  It was the seventh career win with URC for Mark Smith.
 
T
wo heat race events were presented with Smith and URC’s  point leader Davie “No Panic” Franek earning the victories.
 
Randy West of Boyertown, PA was the early race leader, setting the pace for the first six laps.   The first caution was displayed for Andy Best who came to a stop on the backstretch on lap six.  On the restart, West led lap seven before the second caution of the race was displayed, this time for Jimmy Stitzel who stopped in turn four.
 
The restart appeared to be the turning point of the race as eight time Rislone URC Champion Curt Michael powered into the lead.   Not  far behind was a charging Mark Smith.   Michael set the pace for just one lap as Smith bolted into the lead on lap nine.    Michael was not going to give up that easy as he battled to regain  the lead for the next three circuits.
 
At the halfway point of the race, Smith and Michael were the top two followed by Randy West, Davie Franek and Josh Weller.    
 
Smith quickly mastered the big half mile oval at Bedford and stretched out a comfortable lead over Michael.
 
On a charge was Brian Carber of Pipersville, PA.  Carber started outside the top twelve spots and was working his way through traffic one car at a time.     Carber made it sixth but ran short of time to break into the top five.
 
At the checker flag, Mark Smith was the winner followed by Curt Michael, Randy West, Davie Franek and Josh Weller.
 
FEATURE FINISH:   Mark Smith, Curt Michael, Randy West, Davie Franek, Josh Weller,  Brian Carber,  Brock Zearfoss,  Robbie Stillwaggon, Ed Aikin, Troy Betts, Jonathan Swanson,  Will Eggimann, Brad Franks, Jason Cherry, Jimmy Stitzel, Scott Lutz, Any Best, Tony Fiori

The Rislone URC Sprints will be in action Saturday night, June 28 at the Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, PA.     
 
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Taylor Scores First URSS Win in Calhan

URSS promoter, Rick Salem, asked the promoter of El Paso County Speedway Alan Davis, to water the top of the race track prior to Saturday nights A feature. Davis obliged and Rookie Mike Taylor found it to his liking as he used the top of the race track to score his first ever URSS feature.

Luke Lucero and Kevin Schramek brought the field to the green with Lucero jumping ut to the early lead with Schramek, Nic Sutton, Taylor and Coby Pearce rounding out the top five after lap one.

Taylor would move top the high side on lap 6 and overtake Sutton and two laps later would relegate Schramek to third. Taylor then set his sights on Lucero and would begin reeling in the leader lap by lap. Taylor would use the high side in turns 3 and 4 to overtake the leader on lap 16 only to have Lucero charge back in front coming out of 2 and leading down the back straight only to have Taylor regain the lead before crossing the line on lap 17.

With Taylor now leading the action behind him got hot and heave as Jake Bubak would begin his move to the front getting around Sutton on lap 20 to move into to move into 4th place and begin pressuring Schramek for third. Coby Pearce would also wrestle his way around Sutton on lap 24 only to have Sutton reclaim the position on the final lap.

Taylor would cruise to his very first URSS feature in his rookie season as Lucero would finish a career high 2nd with Schramek, Bubak, and rookie Nic Sutton rounding out the top five.

Heats were won by Sutton and Nick Haygood

Feature results
1 Mike Taylor
2 Luke Lucero
3 Kevin Schramek
4 Jake Bubak
5 Nic Sutton
6 Coby Pearce
7 John Jacob
8 Clint Schubert
9 Nick Haygood
10 Bob Schaeffer
11 Joey Schmidt
12 Brian Hardman
13 Dustin McNeill
14 Zac Taylor DNS

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Jared Zimbardi Sweeps Patriot Sprint Tour Weekend with Brockville Victory

Rich Vleck, BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO, (June 21, 2014)- Jared Zimbardi was already off to a great start to the 2014 season heading in to this weekend, but after his run Saturday, he cemented this has his best season of his illustrious career.

Zimbardi, of Bradford, PA, flexed his muscle Saturday Night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway, leading all 25 laps of the A-Main to sweep the weekend of Patriot Sprint Tour Canada action.

The defending PST America Champion won his heat and drew the pole position and was solid on all restarts throughout the duration of the event.  Quebec’s Alain Bergeron reeled in the No. 35 on a pair of occasions and was able to pull even with “The Juice” on a late-race restart but it was Zimbardi who was able to drive back ahead and win by just under a second.

The win was the fourth in Zimbardi’s career at Brockville, his 16th overall in PST action. It is his fourth win in the last six races and after winning three Patriot events in three prior seasons, it is the first season he has won four PST full-point events.

Bergeron’s second-place effort had a few bids for the win, but Michael Parent ran him hard for that position, eventually would have to settle for third.  Ontario’s Chris Jones and Mitch Brown completed the top five.

Local Lee Ladoucuer would edge Yan Bilodeau at the line for sixth while Rick Wilson, Kyle Fraser and Dale Gosselin rounded out the top 10.

Zimbardi and Bergeron were the heat race winners while Dale Gosselin scored the win in the Four Laps of Fame Dash.  For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.

Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Results: 6/21/14, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, ONTARIO.

A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Alain Bergeron (8B), 3. Michael Parent (25), 4. Chris Jones (11J), 5. Mitch Brown (10), 6. Lee Ladouceur (51), 7. Yan Bilodeau (123), 8. Rick Wilson (42w), 9. Kyle Fraser (01), 10. Dale Gosselin (3), 11. Chris Durand (67D), 12. Paul Pekkonen (98), 13. April Wilson (15aw), 14. Stan Zanchin (94), 15. Dave Wickham (80), 16. Tyler Rand (84).

Lap Leaders- Zimbardi 1-25.

Four Laps of Fame (4 Laps)- 1. Dale Gosselin (3), 2. Chris Durand (67D), 3. Lee Ladouceur (51), 4. Stan Zanchin (94), 5. Paul Pekkonen (98), 6. April Wilson (15aw).

Heat Races (8 Laps Each)-

Race 1: BERGERON, Brown, Parent, Bilodeau, Gosselin Zanchin, Ladouceur, Wickham.

Race 2: ZIMBARDI, R. Wilson, Jones, A. Wilson, Fraser, Durand, Pekkonen, Rand.

Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Standings (Top 10)- Zimbardi 300, Bergeron 280, Brown 267, Jones 264, Ladouceur 252, Gosselin 236, Fraser 235, Zanchin 222, Barney 145, Parent and Hoddick 141.

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FRANEK TAKES URC POINT LEAD, CURT MICHAEL EYES 50TH CAREER WIN MILESTONE WITH TWO RACE WEEKEND SET FOR BEDFORD & SELINSGROVE
 
Davie “No Panic” Franek of Wantage, NJ sits on top of the Rislone URC Sprint Series point chase after a strong run Saturday night at the Grandview Speedway.  Franek, still looking for his first URC victory of 2014 has delivered a string of consistent finishes to earn his place at URC’s point leader.   Franek has one career URC victory with that win coming at the Delaware International Speedway in 2011.     Brian Carber, the URC point leader going into the Grandview event, was involved in an early race tangle that eliminated him from the feature event.
 
Quickly approaching a milestone is URC’s eight time champion Curt Michael.  His win last night at Grandview increased his career win total to forty-eight, just two feature wins short of reaching  the fifty mark.   Two races this weekend could offer Michael that opportunity to reach the coveted 50 URC career win mark.  In URC history, only five other drivers have topped  fifty career wins.   Glenn Fitzcharles leads all drivers with 81, Dave Kelly has 76 wins, Kramer Williamsons is third with 67 victories, Buck Buckley owns 60 wins and Earl Halaquist is fifth with  52 career URC wins.
 
The Rislone URC Sprints will be in action this  Friday night at the Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA   Earlier this season, Robbie Stillwaggon thrilled the fans to score the win, a follow-up performance to his win at Bedford in 2013.   Without a doubt, Stillwaggon has established a strong fan base at the western Pennsylvania oval.  Saturday night at Grandview, mechanical problems forced Stillwaggon to change cars and start eighteenth in the main event.   Without the help of caution flags, Stillwaggon powered his way to a strong fourth place finish.
 
On Saturday night, the URC sprints team up with the 360 sprints at the Selinsgrove Speedway for a Super Series event.  Previous winners of the two Super Series events at Selinsgrove this year were Mark Smith and Aaron Ott, two drivers expected to be in the field Saturday night.  
 
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CURT MICHAEL SCORES SECOND RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE WIN OF 2014 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY
 
Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE scored his second Rislone URC Sprint Series feature win of 2014  Saturday night at the Grandview Speedway.  Michael, driving the Bill Gallagher owned Valley Forge INC sprinter, took the lead on lap seventeen of the twenty-five lap feature event and ran unchallenged to his second URC win of the season.  Michael won earlier in the year with that victory coming at Grandview as well.     For Michael, it was his forty-eighth career URC victory and he earned $2,000 for the victory.
 
Eighteen cars took part in the racing program  with heat race victories going to Jason Clauss and Curt Michael.
 
In the twenty-five lap feature, Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA established himself as the leader at the drop of the green flag.  With one lap completed, the yellow was displayed for a three car tangle in turn two involving Ed Aikin, Brian Carber and Scott Lutz.  
 
On the restart, Weller again set the pace with Troy Betts and Jonathan Swanson in the hunt.   Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael was on a charge, advancing to third on lap three.  Jeff Fithian spun his sprinter on lap five in turn four, displaying the caution one more time.
 
When racing resumed, Weller was the race leader with Betts and Michael in the chase.
 
On lap nine Curt Michael passed Troy Betts for second but before the next lap was completed, Betts was back in the runner-up spot.  
 
As the field passed  for the halfway sign, Weller and his Eldreth Construction sprinter remained at the front of the back but now Curt Michael was second followed Troy Betts, Davie Franek and Jonathan Swanson.
 
During the running of the first heat race, former URC Champion  Robbie Stillwaggon lost a motor.   His crew went to work on preparing the back-up car and Stillwaggon did start the feature race in the eighteenth position.  
 
At the front of the pack, Weller was in a battle for the lead and Curt Michael was applying the pressure.   On lap seventeen, Michael took the lead and quickly established some distance between himself and Weller.  One lap later, Stillwaggon advanced to fifth and he was reeling in the front runners.   Michael established a comfortable lead but in the closing laps Stillwaggon was putting on the show.   
 
On lap twenty-four, Stillwaggon moved into fourth and was running down Troy Betts.
 
With the checker flag waiving, Michael took the victory with ease over Josh Weller, Troy Betts, Robbie Stillwaggon and Davie Franek.
 
FEATURE FINISH:  Curt Michael,  Josh Weller, Troy Betts, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Kevin Darling, Jason Clauss, Randy West, Jonathan Swanson,  Jimmy Stitzel, Art Liedl,  Scott Lutz, Jeff Fithian, Wes Irwin, Brian Carber, Ed Aikin, Will Eggimann,  Jason Cherry.

Fast Time of the Night- - - Robbie Stillwaggon
 
URC will next be in action on Friday night, June 27 at the Bedford Speedway followed by a stop at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, June 28.
 
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OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014
OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA
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PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR VERSUS CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS (31 entries)

A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Position. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 35 Jared Zimbardi (4)
2. 87 Jason Barney (6)
3. 0 Glenn Styres (7)
4. 49 Todd Hoddick (1)
5. 77 Jessica Zemken (16)
6. 33k Kyle Patrick (3)
7. 8b Alain Bergeron (2)
8. 5d Dave Dykstra (12)
9. 10 Mitch Brown (10)
10. 21 Don Adamczyk (8)
11. 11 Jamie Turner (14)
12. 11j Chris Jones (17)
13. 19 Paige Polyak (18)
14. 51L Lee Ladouceur (22)
15. 3r Shane Ross (15)
DNF. 67 Steve Collins (9)
DNF. 14h Jim Huppunen (11)
18. 9nz Havard Daniels (13)
19. 3 Dale Gosselin (21)
20. 5 Keith Dempster (23)
21. 7m Justin Martin (24)
22. 81 Derek Jonathan (20)
DNF. 19t Cory Turner (19)
DNF. 80 Chris Steele (5)
No Time

Lap Leaders – Bergeron (1), Zimbardi (2-25)

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CRATE SPRINT CARS (11 entries)

A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 68 Aaron Turkey (6)
2. 55 Mike Thorne (2)
3. 18 Josh Shantz (5)
4. 00 Mark Czuba (1)
5. 1-10 Jake Brown (9)
6. 0 Robbie General (3)
7. 77x Ryan Hunsinger (10)
8. 6L Paul Lang (11)
9. 38 Tyler Hendricks (7)
10. 43k Kyle Durnin (8)
DNS. 12 Brad Herron (4)
Time - 4:16.714 NEW TRACK RECORD

Lap Leaders – Czuba (1-6), Turkey (7-15)

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BRIAN CARBER LEADS THE RISLONE URC SPRINT SERIES TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 21
 
Brian Carber of Pipersville, PA currently leads the Rislone URC Sprint Series point chase heading to the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, June 21.    
 
Carber, a feature winner earlier this year at the Delaware International Speedway would like nothing more then to pull off a win at Grandview.    Kevin Darling of Wyoming, DE is hot off a URC win Saturday night at the Winchester Speedway, where he led wire-to-wire to score his first win of the season.   Grandview is one of the most challenging tracks on the URC circuit.
 
Davie “No Panic”  Franek of Wantage, NJ is currently ranked second in the overall URC point chase, trailing Carber by just nine points.  Ed Aikin of Lincoln University, PA will be in line-up at Grandview.  Aikin scored a URC feature win earlier this year at Grandview, a track he calls home.  Aikin competed on a weekly basis at  Grandview in years past, racing in both the Late Models and Modifieds before moving to the URC sprint cars.   Aikin is a nine time feature winner with URC and knows the Grandview Speedway better then anyone on the tour.
 
Always a favorite at Grandview is Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA.  Weller drives the Ken Eldreth sprint car and has enjoyed much success over the years at Grandview.  Weller will take part in the pre-race Meet & Greet at the main entrance on race night so make it a point to say hello to one of URC’s top runners.
 
At the drop of every green flag, eight time URC Champion Curt Michael is a factor to consider.  Michael, a long time competitor with URC notched his first ever Grandview victory on May 25, driving the Bill Gallagher owned sprinter.  Michael is in the top ten in points and will be in the field Saturday night “on the hill’.
 
The list of URC sprint entries will include Randy  West, Troy Betts, Will Eggimann, Robbie Stillwaggon, Jonathan Swanson, Scott Lutz and Keith Prutzman.
 
Gates open at 5:30 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM at the Grandview Speedway.
 
The following weekend, URC will return to the Bedford Speedway on Friday night, June 27 then moving on to the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night, June 28.
 
URC SPRINT SERIES POINT STANDINGS
739 Brian Carber
730 Davie Franek
685 Ed Aikin
673 Randy West   
598 Troy Betts
592 Josh Weller
583 Will Eggimann
572 Robbie Stillwaggon
501 Curt Michael
496 Jonathan Swanson

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THE SHERIFF KEVIN DARLING COLLECTS $2,000 FOR RISLONE URC SPRINT FEATURE WIN SATURDAY NIGHT AT WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY
 
WINCHESTER, VA    .  .  .   .    .   .   Kevin Darling of Wyoming, DE rolled into the sleepy town of Winchester, VA on Saturday night and with a little force, some law and order and  “The Sheriff”  as he is known in URC circles, rallied home the winner of the 25 lap Rislone URC Sprint Series feature event.  Darling started on the pole and led the race green flag to checker, but was challenged numerous times on the “action track”.    For Darling, it was his first URC win of the season and his third career victory.
 
Two Rislone URC heat races were presented with victories going to Davie Franek and Robbie Stillwaggon.
 
In the twenty-five lap feature event, pole sitter Kevin Darling took the lead at the drop of the green.   Robbie Stillwaggon, who started eighth was racing in third by lap two.   Darling maintained a comfortable followed by Randy West, Stillwaggon, Davie Franek and Brian Carber.
 
The caution flag was displayed on lap eight when George Streaker stopped on the speedway.   The restart saw Stillwaggon challenge and pass West for second with Stillwaggon now in the hunt for race leader Kevin Darling.   Suddenly, Davie “No Panic” Franek was in the picture,  taking over second on lap ten.  One lap later,  Stillwaggon was back in second.
 
At the halfway point of the Darling was still on point now being chased by Stillwaggon, Randy West, Brian Carber and Davie Franek.    On lap fifteen, Franek moved by Stillwaggon and now started to reel in the leader.    Franek was definitely closing in on the leader then Jeff Fithian spun on lap nineteen, displaying the yellow.   
 
On the restart, URC double-file restarted was in place, at the drop of the green flag, Franek made a bold move to take the lead by Darling powered back to the front of the pack.
 
With two laps to go, Franek. Stillwaggon and Carber were in a battle for second, mixing it up in every turn.   Franek tried to make one last attempt at the win, but Darling was up to the challenge and  easily took the checker flag over Davie Franek, Robbie Stillwaggon, Randy West and Brian Carber  making up the top five.
 
Feature Finish:   Kevin Darling,  Davie Franek, Robbie Stillwaggon, Randy West, Brian Carber, Josh Weller, Troy Betts, Jonathan Swanson, Jimmy Stitzel,  Will Eggimann, Keith Prutzman, Scott Lutz, Eddie Wagner, Wes Irwin,  Brad Franks, Jeff Fithian, Ed Aikin,  George Streaker.

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Bookout Celebrates First OCRS Win at Monett

By John Rittenoure

Monett, Mo. (June 13, 2014) - Michael Bookout always wondered how he would react if he were to win an OCRS sprint car feature.

He found out Friday night at Monett Speedway.

“It was pretty exciting,” smiled Bookout after posting his first career feature victory. “I always rehearsed what I was going to do and I was ready to finally get one. ”

Bookout was so excited he could be heard hollering from inside his car during his cool down lap after taking the checkered flag. In victory lane Bookout climbed onto the tail tank, waved to the crowd then pounded on the wing.

“It was insane,” recalled Bookout. “I was counting down the last five laps and I was louder than the engine.”

Bookout started on the pole for the 25-lapper and quickly opened up a lead over inside second row starter Shayla Waddell. On lap 10 the yellow flag waved for Travis Ashwood who drove off the top of turn three. The yellow waved again on lap 19 for Cameron Hagin, who spun in turn four. The restarts closed up the field, but each time Bookout pulled back out front racing unchallenged to the finish.

“I got real worried every time the yellow came out,” Bookout said. “I could hear cars behind me but the car was a rocket tonight. It really took off. It was locked down down low and I could really launch out of those turns. I knew if I could just stay low no one was going to be able to get by me.

“There was one time when another car spun in turn four and I thought I was going to take him out. I am glad the yellows came out and kept the lapped traffic out of our way.”

At the finish Bookout crossed the line well ahead of Waddell, Kenneth Walker, Casey Wills and Kyle Clark in fifth. He had no idea if anyone was on his tail or not when the checkered fell.

“I had no clue,” Bookout said. “After the race a bunch of guys came up and told me I was pretty far ahead of them.”

The win made up for leading the third heat race to the final turn where he lost the lead to Casey Wills.

“We were leading the whole heat race until turn four of the last lap when Casey Wills got by. I just bounced up a little bit and Casey had the better line and just shot down below us.”

The race was the first for the Bookout team since blowing an engine May 3 at Tri-State Speedway.

“I am glad that Mike Stewart did this motor for us,” said Bookout. “It was stronger than ever and came out and won its first A feature. It was just a couple of weeks ago Stewart and David Stephenson were working on it and we picked it up that night.

“We just started it up for the first time earlier today. We did not even know if it would run, But it ran pretty good.”

“I am glad I could do this for my dad for Fathers Day.”

Andrew Deal picked up the AmeriFlex Hose and Accessories Hard Charger award as he advanced from 18th starting position to finish ninth.

Danny Smith fell out of the race with a blown engine on lap 18. He was credited with a 17th place finish which knocked him out of the points lead and earning him the D and E Supply Hard Luck award. Deal now holds a two point lead in the standings heading into Saturday’s race at Tri-State.

OCRS A Feature  1, 007-Michael Bookout[1]. 2, 88S-Shayla Waddell[3]. 3, 2k-Kenneth Walker[10]. 4, 31-Casey Wills[6]. 5, 9$-Kyle Clark[7]. 6, 84-Alex DeCamp[8]. 7, 7M-Chance Morton[5]. 8, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[9]. 9, 15D-Andrew Deal[18]. 10, 87F-Brian McClelland[13]. 11, 8M-Kade Morton[4]. 12, 4C-Kyle Cobb[15]. 13, 17E-Blake Edwards[14]. 14, 23A-Travis Ashwood[19]. 15, 2-Mickey Walker[17]. 16, 5-Cameron Hagin[20]. 17, 5$-Danny Smith[11]. 18, 21-Billy Frazier[12]. 19, 22-David Stephenson[16]. 20, P78-Perry Pickard.

Lap Leaders: Michael Bookout 1-25.

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RAIN STOPS URC RUN FRIDAY AT POTOMAC SPEEDWAY, RACES ARE A GO FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE HIGH BANKS OF WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY
 
The rain has moved in and it’s here to stay throughout the night, said weather forecasters for the Mechanicsville, MD area, home of the Potomac Speedway.   As a result, the Rislone URC Sprints, scheduled for tonight at the Potomac Speedway, will be cancelled.  At this time, there are no plans to reschedule this event.

 
The Rislone URC Sprint Series will invade the Winchester Speedway  on Saturday night, June 14.      Winchester is a high banked 3/8th mile oval and a very racy track.  The facility is located just off route 81 in Winchester, VA.
 
Winchester Speedway  “The Action Track”,  will celebrate  Performance Auto Works Night on Saturday.    Joining URC will be the Super Late Models, Crates and the Pure Stocks Leo Nichols Memorial.    Gates will open at 4 PM with warm-ups at 6:45 PM and racing will get underway at 7 PM. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under will be admitted free to the grandstands.
 
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Mohawk International Raceway Welcomes the Empire Super Sprints on Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Night This Friday Night

AKWESASNE, NY – The always exciting Empire Super Sprints are scheduled to make their 18th appearance at Mohawk International Raceway this coming Friday night along with a full program for our Sportsman, Mod Lite, and Bandit Divisions.  The 358 Modified Class will not be in action this week, and will return on Friday, June 13th.

In 17 previous appearances at MIR, the Empire Super Sprints have provided some great racing, including 12 different winners with Steve “Fireball” Poirier leading the way with 5 feature wins, including last year’s victory.  Kevin Ward Jr. and Michael Parent were both winners in 2012, while Poirier also visited victory lane in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Brian “Slim” McDonald also won and ESS A-Main at Mohawk Raceway in 2008, while Jeff Cook won back to back events in 2006 and 2007.  Other ESS winners at MIR include Kyle Moffit, Billy Krull, Erin Crocker, Rob Dietrick, Ray Preston, Craig Keel, and inaugural ESS winner at MIR, Rick Crane (1989).

General Admission for Friday night’s ESS Spectacular is only $25.00 for adults and $20 for Seniors.  Kids 12 and Under are $10.00.  Pit Admission is $30.00 with DIRTcar license, and $35.00 without.  All prices are listed in US Funds.  Please allow 10% exchange rate for Canadian currency.  Pit Gates open at 4:30PM and General Admission area will open at 5pm.

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Patriot Sprint Tour Events at Clinton County Cancelled

Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (June 4, 2014)- An exciting pair of trips to the Clinton County Raceway in Lock Haven, PA have been put on hold for 2014.

New management at the Clinton County Fairgrounds Oval are in the process of making large-scale renovations to the facility but the late thaw from winter, some imperative improvements could not be made this year, forcing the cancelation of the June 13 and July 25 events.

The Patriot Sprint Tour events that were paired on the same weekend with Clinton County (June 14 at Selinsgrove and July 26 at Woodhull), will not be impacted and will remain on the PST America schedule.

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Zimbardi Pads Patriot Sprint Points Lead with Win at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (May 31, 2014): Jared Zimbardi scored the victory in the ASCS Patriot Sprint Tour event hosted at Mercer Raceway Park by Bonnell's Rod Shop. The triumph allowed Zimbardi to stretch his lead in the standings for the touring series. He ran third earlier in the season in a 410 Sprint Car race at the track, and said that it was an important learning experience.

Kyle Fink, the points leader in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, captured his second win of the season, after a spirited battle with Lonny Riggs and Jimmy Holden. C.J. Jones copped the Outlaw Sprint Warrior main, presented by Bonnell's Rod Shop. Chris Loghan, the last racer to arrive on the grounds, took the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites.

"It was going to get interesting in lapped traffic," Zimbardi said. "I was pretty good around one and two on the high side, but I guess he (Steve Collins) made it a little easier for me." Indeed, Collins clipped a lapped car, spinning both, and that gave Zimbardi control of the event. He almost gave the race away by making an adjustment to his top wing. "I slid the wing back on that last restart and the thing hooked up so much I just about drove over the frontstretch cone."

Canadian Mitch Brown and Dr. Steve Collins brought the field down to the green flag, but Dennis Wagner took advantage of his superior knowledge of the track to make a bold move from the third position to challenge for the lead. Collins rode the cushion to the front, though, and Wagner and Brown were battling hard for the second spot. As the filed crossed for the first lap, Wagner spun wildly into the infield with a flattened left front tire.

That gave Collins the point for the restart, with Brown, Zimbardi, Paige Polyak, and George Suprick in tow.

Zimbardi hung close to the leader as they closed in on the rear of the field. Collins looked to the inside to lap a car, and that opened up the top for Zimbardi. He got a strong run off turn two and it looked like he would enter turn three with the lead. However, a caution nullified his move.

Collins regained the point for the restart, with Zimbard behind him. Polyak had moved into third during the eight lap skein. Brown continued to hold off Suprick and Parker Evans. Collins got away cleanly, and he maintained a cushion of several car lengths as he approached the rear of the field once again.

This time, though, he had difficulty getting by the slower machines. Collins closed in rapidly on a car coming through the third and fourth corners. He made contact as they came off turn four, sending both cars around. Another back marker had nowhere to go, and struck Collins' disabled car.

Collins' misfortune put Zimbardi up front, with Polyak, Brown, Suprick, and Evans right behind. Polyak looked to the inside as the leaders roared into turn one, but Zimbardi had enough smoke to pull away coming off turn two. Polyak got another shot at Zimbardi on the final restart, with four laps remaining, but Zimbardi was well prepared. He led the way for the final circuits.

Zimbardi, Polyak, Brown, and Suprick were the first four to cross the finish line. Joe Trenca moved up to fifth in the final standings.

Scott Kreutter turned in a solid performance for sixth. Dennis Wagner reovered from a pair of flat tires to earn seventh. C.J. Jones was eighth. Parker Evans slid back to ninth, with Todd Hoddick in tenth.

Heat wins for the touring 360 Sprinters went to Todd Hoddick, George Suprick, and Jared Zimbardi. Paige Polyak won the dash. There was no B Main.

Five young drivers were at the front of the field for the start of the 358 Modifieds. Kyle Holden grabbed the early lead, with Makayla Guicace nipping at his heels. Max Smoker and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. were battling for third. Meanwhile, Frankie Guidace and Lonny Riggs were on the charge.

After a brief caution, for hard luck driver Rich Whitney, Riggs blasted into the lead. Guidace followed him into second, and now the veteran drivers were moving to the front in rapid succession. Eric Gabany and Jimmy Holden joined the party, and Fink and J.R. McGinley were coming as well.

When the race was slowed again, on lap seven, Guidace surrendered the second spot. He pitted and attempted to re-enter the event, but he drove by an official and was disqualified from the remainder of the race.

Riggs led after the restart, but now it was Gabany applying the pressure. They ran side by side for several laps, with the lead changing at the scoring loop. Immediately behind them, Jimmy Holden and Kylke Fink were locked in a battle for third. Fink was able to work his way to the front, and was challenging Riggs for the lead when another caution was displayed.

One lap after racing resumed, Fink dropped to the inside and surged ahead of Riggs as they came off the fourth turn. Now, Riggs had Holden to contend with. McGinley got to fourth, and Gabany slid back to fifth.

After Holden dispatched Riggs, he took off after Fink. As the final laps clicked away, Holden began to close on the leader. He made a final charge coming through turns three and four on the last lap, but Fink had enough of a cushion to claim the win.

Riggs held on for third, with McGinley and Gabany next in line. Shawn Fleeger ran sixth. Shayne Izzo topped Jeff Schaffer, Jr. for seventh. Kyle Holden and Max Smoker completed the top ten.

A pair of 66's were the heat winners in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Kyle Fink and J.R. McGinley were the pilots, of course. There was no B Main.

Patriot Sprint Tour: Jared Zimbardi, Paige Polyak, Mitch Brown, George Suprick, Joe Trenca, Scott Kreutter, Dennis Wagner, C.J. Jones, Parker Evans, Todd Hoddick, David Just, Dane Lorenc, Brad Knabb, Clint Ide, Scott Just, Derek Jonathan, Paul Habeck, Jeremy Barnard, Steve Collins, Tyler Graves.

358 Modifieds: Kyle Fink, Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, J.R. McGinley, Eric Gabany, Shawn Fleeger, Shayne Izzo, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Kyle Holden, Max Smoker, Richard Whitney, Kevin Sevacko, Makayla Guidace, Kyle Martell (DNS), Brian Schaffer (DNS), Gary Smoker (DNS), Frank Guidace (DQ).
 
Sprint Warriors: C.J. Jones, Jimmy Morris, George Hobaugh, Cody Bova, Andy Feil, Mike Miller, Greg Dobrosky, Kotie Kirkbride, Eric L. WIlliams, Evan Kornbau, Devin Litwiler, Chad Matthews, Mike Marano, II, Ken Rossey, Matt Cain, Dan Demyan, Cody Braden, Michael Bauer (DNS), Alex Paden (DNS), Sye Lynch (DNS).

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Patriot Sprint Tour Reaches Western Limits This Weekend

Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (May 27, 2014)- As the 2014 Patriot Sprint Tour schedule intensifies, a trip to a pair of fast and unique race tracks are sure to excite racers and fans alike.

This Friday, the Patriot Sprint Tour makes their second ever appearance at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH before travelling south to the Mercer Raceway Park.  This will be the only appearances for the series at each track this season.  Bonnell’s Collison Centers will be sponsoring both nights and helping to produce a pair of $2,000-to-win events.

Raceway 7 produces perhaps the fastest speeds on tour.  The 7/16-mile paperclip-shaped oval played host to its first PST event last August, with Jared Zimbardi dominating the event en route to the 2013 series championship.  Zimbardi, of Bradford, PA, has taken over the point lead and is primed for his first win of the year after a pair of podium finishes last weekend but will have a host of challengers looking to thwart a repeat.

Bryan Howland scored the win last Saturday at McKean County ahead of Zimbardi, but finished third to him at Raceway 7 last season. Howland will be back this weekend in an effort to check two more tracks off the shrinking list of those he has not won at.

Saturday’s trip to Mercer will continue the quest to see a Patriot regular go to victory lane at “The Great Race Place”.  Last season, Danny Holtgraver came from dead last to get by Scott Kreutter late in the event.  Kreutter scored a runner up finish Sunday Night at Eriez to Paige Polyak, who invaded for a breakthrough victory and may look to invade once again this weekend.

Dennis Wagner, of Pulaski, PA, also put on quite a performance Sunday Night, charging up to fourth.  Wagner has countless laps around the 3/8-mile oval in Mercer and will be psyched to welcome in the tour this Saturday.  The same can be said for newcomer C.J. Jones of Ohio and some other surprises waiting to pounce.

This weekend will mark the one-year anniversary of George Suprick’s frightening night following his fourth-place run at Mercer.  After a near win at McKean County, Suprick, who is second in the standings, would have his comeback be complete with a win this weekend.

Brad Knab and Steve Collins sit third and fourth in the standings, respectively, and both have logged a number of laps at Mercer against the 410s.  They lead a throng of series regulars travelling west, including Kyle Drum, Geoff Quackenbush, Derek Jonathan, Clint Ide, Dave and Scott Just, Tyler Graves, Steven Hutchinson Jr. and rookie Dane Lorenc.

Raceway 7 is located at 4094 Center Rd in Monroe Center, OH and will swing their gates open at 5:00 P.M., with racing beginning at 7:30 P.M. Mercer’s gates will open at 4:00 on Saturday, with racing starting at 7:00 P.M.  The track is located at 555 Fairground Rd, Mercer, PA, 16137.  For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
 
Patriot History at Raceway 7
Races: 1
8/30/2013        Jared Zimbardi

Patriot History at Mercer
Races: 4
5/17/2003        Mike Lutz
9/18/2004        Dave Ely
6/4/2005          Jamie Martin
6/1/2013          Danny Holtgraver

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Joseph Kouba Earns Second Career TSCS Win With Rice Lake Victory

Rice Lake, WI

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (5-24-14)

It's been a while since Joseph Kouba sat in Victory Lane.  To be precise, it was July 30 back in 2011 in a non-winged sprint car.  Fast forward nearly three years, and Kouba returned to Victory Lane with an impressive performance in the 25 lap UMSS Traditional sprint car feature at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday night May 24.  Kouba raced from his pole starting position and was never seriously challenged for the top spot throughout 25 tours around the 1/3 mile banked dirt oval.

For the second straight night, another impressive heat race win by young Chase Viebrock saw the "New Richmond Nightmare" earn high in points following the heats.  Unlike the previous night at SCVR when Viebrock was also high point driver but had to start near the tail of the feature to complete his three race rookie orientation, at Rice Lake Viebrock was able to pull the redraw pill.  His luck was not the most fortunate, as Chase pulled the eight pill.  This put a pair of Koubas on the front row.  With Joseph on the pole position and his cousin Jake on the outside, the 25 lap feature was ready to get underway.

Joseph Kouba shot into the early lead right down on the bottom lane, as drivers jockeyed for positions behind him.  Mike Mueller was moving forward quickly from his ninth starting spot, and soon Mueller was in a great battle for third with Johnny Parsons III behind the Koubas.  Mueller got by Parsons on lap nine and set his sights on the leaders.  The race was stopped with eleven laps scored when Jake Kouba jumped the cushion in turn one, bounded off the concrete wall and flipped over once.  Jake was fine, but his night was done as the 2K sprinter rode the wrecker to the pits.  On the restart, Joseph Kouba continued to show the way up front.  Mueller closed in several laps later, but the brakes in his #87 sprinter were starting to fade.  With a fourteen lap run straight through to the checkers, Joseph Kouba came home victorious,  Mike Mueller finished second ahead of Parsons.  An entertaining battle throughout a good share of the race between Robby Caho, Denny Stordahl and Viebrock saw those three drivers finish in that order behind Parsons.

GRP Motorsports A Main (25 laps): Joseph Kouba, Mueller, Parsons, Caho, Stordahl, Viebrock, Schafer, Pellersels, Kamrath, Lewerer, Walters, Becker, Jake Kouba DNF.
 
Lap Leader: Joseph Kouba 1-20
Cautions: (1) red

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Hannagan scores Memorial Cup feature at Limaland

(5/23/14) – The much anticipated showdown between the NRA Sprint Invaders and the Sprints On Dirt competitors didn’t materialize as some observers might have expected. At the front of the field for the 25-lap feature, season opening winner J.R. Stewart and powerhouse Randy Hannagan were only slowed down by caution periods that they had little or nothing to do with.

Hannagan stormed to the front and drove his red colored #22H Yoakam Motorsports car with confidence in the track surface as he appeared to be almost full throttle riding just below the cushion on the high-banked ¼ mile oval. A flurry of yellow flags allowed Stewart to maintain the runner-up position, although he was never able to wrestle the lead away from Hannagan.

A spectacular crash on the front straight by Chase Ridenour near the mid-point of the race simply slowed the inevitable for Randy Hannagan. He ultimately gave up very little ground to Stewart and rolled to his first win of the new season. It was also the 15th for Hannagan in his career at the track, with most of those coming in the past three seasons.

“Everything was good for us tonight,” stated the California sprint car ace. “Our starting position was fortunate and the car was working well. Winning is important for us after the success we’ve had here and to be able to win on this weekend (Memorial Day) is always special.”

NRA – SOD Sprints A-Main - (20 Laps) [#]-Starting Position
1. 22H-Randy Hannagan[1]; 2. 6S-Jr Stewart[3]; 3. 49-Shawn Dancer[6]; 4.  B20-Butch Schroeder[10]; 5. 16-Ryan Ruhl[12]; 6. 2M-Dustin Daggett[13]; 7. 18-Todd Heuerman[9]; 8. 28H-Hud Horton[7]; 9. 11-Tim Allison[18]; 10. 10X-Dustin Stroup[17]; 11. 6M-Max Stambaugh[5]; 12. 12R-Nick Roberts[8]; 13. 12H-Tim Hunter[11]; 14. 31-Rod Henning[4]; 15.  7K-Kyle Pitts[16]; 16. 11R-Chase Ridenour[14]; 17. 23-Devon Dobie[20]; 18. 35-Ron Blair[19]; 19. 22R-Kevin Roberts[2]; 20. 17-Jared Horstman[15]

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Patriot Sprint Tour Readies for Memorial Day Weekend Tripleheader

Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (May 20, 2014)- A slow start to the 2014 Patriot Sprint Tour Season is ready to quickly get to top speed.

The Patriot Sprint Tour America Series has three races set for this weekend with stops at two tracks not seen on the tour in years and a third that has been a staple for eight consecutive seasons.  If all three are completed, it will mark only the third time in series history that three PST events will have been contested at three different venues in consecutive nights.

The series starts off the weekend with a trip to the Freedom Speedway, the birthplace of the Patriots.  The ¼-mile facility south of Buffalo has gone through a series of changes since running weekly sprints more than a decade ago, but with Troy Shuknecht now in charge, he has made many improvements and is ready to use the PST event as a springboard to a big return for the speedway.  Hometown hot shoe Brad Knab has been looking forward to this event for years, since the Patriots last race there in 2009.  The series has run three official races at Freedom, with Kyle Drum the only past winner that could be in competition this weekend.

On Saturday Night, the tour travels down the road to the McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, PA.  MCR has hosted two PST events in the past, with the last taking place in 2012 when Scott Kreutter dominating the event en route to his series championship.  Kreutter is looking for a bounce-back weekend after electrical issues plagued his run at Woodhull.

Defending PST Champion Jared Zimbardi has been salivating at the thought of a return to McKean County.  The Bradford, PA resident survived early-race issues at Woodhull to salvage a top 10 finish and is looking for a big run at the 1/3-mile to move back up the point standings.

The tripleheader concludes Sunday with a traditional holiday weekend stop at Eriez Speedway just south of Erie, PA. Since 2008, each Memorial Day and Labor Day Sunday has been celebrated with a trip for the Patriots to Bobby Rohrer’s facility.  Up until 2012, no driver had ever won multiple PST shows at Eriez but in the last three trips, no one has been able to dethrone Scott Kreutter.

The last driver to win at Eriez besides Kreutter is George Suprick, who won there in 2011 and is primed for a championship run after a podium finish at Woodhull.

A host of great names expect to be part of the weekend festivities, including 4-time series Champion Bryan Howland, Steve Collins, Tracy Potter, Todd Hoddick, Derek Jonathan, Clint Ide, Tyler Graves, Stan Zanchin, Scott and Dave Just, Dave Wickham, Geoff Quackenbush, Dane Lorenc, Adam Anderson, Jamie Bodo, Don Adamczyk, Mitch Brown, Dennis Wagner and a few other surprises.

Pit gates swing open at 5:00 P.M. Friday at Freedom with racing kicking off at 7:00 at the Delevan, NY Facility.  Freedom is located at 11099 Marble Springs Road.  McKean County Raceway is located at 7076 Rt. 46 near the corner of Rt 6.  Eriez Speedway opens their gates at 4:00 with racing at 5:30 P.M. and is located at 9821 Sampson Rd, Erie, PA, 16509.  For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
 
Patriot History at Freedom (Formerly known as Arcade)
Races: 3
7/4/2003          Kyle Drum
6/23/2006        Chris Muhleisen
7/24/2009        Bubba Broderick

Patriot History at McKean County
Races: 2
7/8/2006          Chris Shuttleworth
8/4/2012          Scott Kreutter

Patriot History at Eriez
Races: 12
5/25/2003        Scott Bonnell
6/17/2007        Jared Zimbardi
5/25/2008        John Schuyler
6/22/2008        Chuck Hebing
5/24/2009        Trevor Lewis
9/6/2009          Bryan Howland
5/30/2010        Bubba Broderick
9/5/2010          Tim Kelly
7/3/2011          George Suprick (A-Main Rain-delayed from 5/29)
7/3/2011          Scott Kreutter
9/2/2012          Scott Kreutter
5/26/2013        Scott Kreutter

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BRIAN CARBER POCKETS $4,588 IN KRAMER WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL SATURDAY NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
 
Youthful Brian Carber of Pipersville, PA scored his biggest sprint car payoff by winning the 25 lap Kramer Williamson Memorial on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. A long list of businesses posted a  variety of bonus money to include an additional $73 to each driver that started the feature.   The leader on lap earned an additional $108 and the eighth place car on lap eight also earned $108 bonus, both in memory of Midge Miller who passed away in 2013.  Kramer Williamson lost his life in a sprint car racing accident in 2013.  Both drivers were being honored on Saturday night.  In addition, $528 was posted by Henry Fenimore to the leader a halfway.  Carber led the entire twenty-five distance, to earn f $4,588 for the win.
 
Two URC heat race events took place with Andy Best and Ed Aikin taking the victories.
 
In the twenty-five lap Kramer Williamson Memorial, Brian Carber jumped to an early lead followed by “The Carolina Kid” Eric Higgins, Ed Aikin and Josh Weller.   By lap five, Weller was racing in third with Aikin hot in the chase.   Carber continued to set the pace, leading on lap eight to pick up an additional $108.    On lap nine, the first caution of the race was displayed as Jeff Fithian spun.  When the field restarted, Carber continued to set the  pace with Higgins close in the chase.
 
As the all-important halfway sign was displayed, Carber gracefully led lap thirteen to pocked the $528 halfway bonus as  Higgins remained in second followed by Weller, Aikin and Franek.
 
On lap 14 the yellow was displayed, this time for Jonathan Swanson who came to a top in turn three.
 
The URC double-file restart added a touch or excitement and on lap fourteen,  race leaders Carber and Higgins touched,  shuffling the balance of the field out of line.   The green was never displayed so as a result, all cars restarted in their running order to restart the race on the next circuit.   When the green flag fell, Brian Carber once again quickly established a commanding lead.
 
Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael and Robbie Stillwaggon  were also on a charge to the front with Michael now in the top five.
 
With just five laps remaining, Carber continued to set the pace with Ed Aikin closing the gap on the leader as Davie “No Panic” Franek followed in third with Curt Michael fourth and Jason Clauss fifth.
 
For the final five laps, the top five remained unchanged with Carber taking the victory over Aikin, Franek, Michael and Clauss.
 
KRAMER WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FEATURE FINISH:  Brian Carber, Ed Aikin, Davie Franek, Curt Michael, Jason Clauss, Robbie Stillwaggon, Jimmy Stitzel, Josh Weller, Kevin Darling, Eric Riggins, Andy Best, Troy Betts, Randy West, Jonathan Swanson,  Nate Snyder, Will Eggiman, Jeff Fithian
 
Next weekend, the Rislone URC Sprints will be part of the Lucky 7 features only event at the Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 25.  Two 25 lap URC sprint features will be on the program along with 2 features for the 358 Modifieds plus single 25 lap main events for the ARDC Midgets, Sportsman and Legend cars, all getting underway at 7:30 PM.  Adult general admission tickets are just $20, Children 6-11 $10 and children five and under will be admitted Free.  In the event of rain, Monday, May 26 will be the rain date with the show getting underway at 6 PM.
 

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Stasa Shines in NCRA Sprint Appearance at Longdale Speedway

FOR IMMDIATE RELEASE – Longdale, Oklahoma – May 17, 2014 - It was a night of firsts for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products as the series’ sprint car tour made their first ever appearance at the new Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma and it was Kingman, Kansas driver Jeff Stasa picking up his first career sprint car victory Saturday night.

Joe Wood, Jr. and Stasa started on the front row for the twenty lap feature and at the start the caution quickly flew as Kris Miller got sideways entering turns one and two and spun. Jordan Weaver and Tim Crawley had nowhere to go and also came to a stop. Miller and Crawley would restart at the tail of the field while Weavers night was done with damage to her #92 sprinter.

During the caution, current point leader Jeremy Campbell ducked into the work area and would restart at the tail end of the field. He would make his way back to a ninth place finish.

On the complete restart, fourth starting Danny Wood grabbed the lead by jumping up onto the cushion and would open up a six car length lead over Wood, Jr., Stasa and Zach Blurton. His advantage would stretch to ten car lengths before the final caution of the night fell when the front wing brackets broke on Wood, Jr. #03 sprinter heading down the backstretch while running second. His night would come to an end and would get an extra $100 for the A2Z Oil Field Services Hard Luck driver of the night.

Once racing action resumed the battle for the lead did as well as Wood, who continued to run the top of the half mile clay oval, suddenly had his hands full with Stasa dropping back down to the bottom of the track. Stasa and his Wesmar powered Maxim chassis would drive underneath Wood entering turns one and two and would pull away heading down the backstretch.

Just passed the half way mark, three-time and defending tour champion C.J. Johnson had worked his way up from his tenth starting position and passed Zach Blurton for third. The leader encountered lapped traffic on lap fourteen while Wood would now have his hands full with Johnson. The driver of the #45x sprinter would pass Wood for the runner up position with four laps to go and set his sights on the leader.

Stasa’s lead was down to five car lengths as he entered lapped traffic with one lap to go and Johnson would be unable to get any closer allowing Stasa to pick up his first career sprint car victory and become the fourth different feature winner in as many races thus far during the 2014 race season.

“We were committed to run the bottom,” said Stasa. “I knew the track would take rubber and luckily we found it before he (Wood) did. We lost a brake line around the half way mark so we run with no brakes. Luckily the lapped traffic didn’t give us a problem.”

Johnson, who earned an extra $100 Pat McVicker Oil Field Services hard charger of the race, finished two car lengths behind for second while Wood settled for third. Zach Blurton came home fourth while ninth starting Luke Cranston rounded out the top five.

The three heat races for the nineteen car field were won by Joe Wood, Jr., Stasa and Blurton.

The next event for the NCRA 360-ci sprint car division will be held on Sunday night, June 15, with the annual running of the “Hoosier Daddy” Father’s Day special at 81 Speedway in Park City.

NCRA Sprint Cars
A Feature (started): 1) Jeff Stasa (2), 2) C.J. Johnson (10), 3) Danny Wood (4), 4) Zach Blurton (3), 5) Luke Cranston (9), 6) Danny Jennings (5), 7) Tim Crawley (15), 8) Ray Seemon (11), 9) Jeremy Campbell (6), 10) J.D. Johnson (7), 11) Michelle Decker (13), 12) Jon Freeman (14), 13) Ryan Roberts (16) 14) Ty Williams (18), 15) Kris Miller (8), 16) Jake Grieder (17) Joe Wood, Jr. (1), 18) Jordan Weaver (12), DNS: Brandon Hahn

Lap Leaders: Wood 1-5; Stasa 6-20

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ROBBIE STILLWAGGON BEATS OUT TEAMMATE RANDY WEST IN FINAL LAPS FOR URC VICTORY FRIDAY NIGHT AT BEDFORD SPEEDWAY
 
The heavy rain in the morning cleared the path for a lightning fast Bedford Speedway on Friday night as the Rislone URC Sprint Series invaded the Bedford, PA speed plant.   The feature event was a thriller with Randy West leading the first eleven laps when teammate Robbie Stillwaggon took the top spot.  A late race double file restart on lap fourteen offered West an opportunity to take back the lead, and he did on lap seventeen.  West set the pace until lap twenty when Stillwaggon regained the lead and went on to score the win.   A happy face that could be seen from almost anywhere was that of Fred Kennedy, owner of both cars that finished first and second and presented one of the best battles for the win in current day history.
 
A field of twenty Rislone URC Sprints turned out for the fifth event of 2014 with heat race victories going to Robbie Stillwaggon and Davie “no panic” Franek.   Josh Weller blew a motor in the second heat race.  The Weller Team went immediately to work and changed the motor in time to start the feature, and without any hot laps on the motor.  Weller started last and finished eighth, earing the Fred’s Trailer Parts Hard Charger Award.
 
In the twenty-five lap feature, Randy West of Boyertown, PA set the early over Brian Carber.   Stillwaggon was on a mission and on lap seven, moved into second.   Stillwaggon began to reel in West, then on lap twelve, he took the lead in commanding style.
 
At the halfway mark, Stillwaggon had the lead over West, Brian Carber, Davie Franek and Ed Aikin.   On lap fourteen, West was fighting back and pulled along-side of Stillwaggon.  Again on lap sixteen, West challenged for the lead but Stillwaggon remained in control.
 
Finally, on lap seventeen, West regained the top spot.  Stillwaggon kept knocking on the door, staying on the rear bumper of West.   As the field charged by the flag stand with five laps to go, Stillwaggon was again the leader.   West stayed within striking distance but with just two laps to go, Ed Aikin was on run, closing in on  West.   Aikin actually looked fast enough to catch both Stillwaggon and West, but ran short of time.
 
With the checker flag waiving, Robbie Stillwaggon of Burlington, NJ took the win, his first of the season and eighth career URC victory.  West finished second followed by Ed Aikin, Davie Franek and Brian Carber.
 
Stillwaggon, winner of this race last year at Bedford, once again thrilled the fans with his high energy post-race victory interview.   The Stillwaggon win was certainly a crowd favorite.
 
FEATURE FINISH: Robbie Stillwaggon, Randy West, Ed Aikin, Davie Franek, Brian Carber, Joe Trenca, Will Eggiman, Josh Weller *Hard Charger advanced 10 spots, Nate Snyder, Chad Trout, Jimmy Stitzel, Troy Betts, Dan Mazy, Jonathan Swanson, Eric Riggins, Wes Irwin,  Kevin Darling, Scott Lutz, Brad Franks.
 
The next event for URC is Saturday night, May 17 at the Delaware International Speedway.   This event is the Kramer Williamson Memorial with an increased payoff for every spot plus additional bonus money.
 
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Taylor Takes URSS Opener at DCRP

Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 10, 2014) – Coming off Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, Zac Taylor kicked off the United Rebel Sprint Series season by taking victory honors in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.

The 15-year-old from Green River, WY, was awarded his third career URSS Sprint Car win after apparent winner Brian Herbert weighed in five pounds below the 1,550 pound weight limit, becoming the tenth different winner in as many series events at DCRP dating back to 2009.

With 28 cars on hand for the URSS opener, Herbert and Ty Williams led the feature field to the green flag. Herbert gunned into the early lead and set sail until the first of four cautions flew after seven laps when Kirby Hagans came to a stop in turn two. Williams slid past Herbert for the lead on the ensuing restart with Herbert battling back on the low side. The duo battled for several laps before Herbert reclaimed the point on the 11th round with Williams surrendering second to Taylor Velasquez the next time around before a caution flew for Craig Jecha’s encounter with the turn one wall.

After a Velasquez pass of Herbert for the lead was waved off due to a caution, Herbert maintained the top position as Taylor took third from Williams on the 13th lap and then made what proved to be the race-winning pass of Velasquez on the 16th circuit.

Following one final caution with seven laps to go, Herbert slipped away from Taylor and took the checkered flag with a half straightaway advantage only to roll across the scales too light.

“It sucks to win it this way,” the young Taylor commented in victory lane.

Velasquez took runner-up honors behind Taylor, with reigning URSS Kansas champion Luke Cranston taking the show position. Williams slipped to fourth with defending URSS National champion Jake Bubak rounding out the top five. Steven Richardson and Zach Blurton raced from the sixth row after winning “B” Mains to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, with 14th-starter Tyler Knight, Koby Pearce and 19th-starter Kaden Taylor completing the top ten and also earning the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger award.

Cody Caldwell, Cranston, Bubak and Velasquez topped heat race action.

A feature 1 Zac Taylor  2 Taylor Velasquez  3 Luke Cranston  4 Ty Williams 5 Jake Bubak  6 Steven Richardson  7 Zach Blurton 8 Tyler Knight  9 Coby Pearce  10 Kaden Taylor 11 Koby Walters 12 Kade Hagan 13 Jordan Randles  14 Lance Davis DNF 15 Tron Stegman DNF 16 Cody Caldwell DNF 17 Craig Jecha DNF 18 Kris Moore DNF
19 Kirby Hagan DNF  20 Brian Herbert DQ

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360 Series Points
 
 
  URC 
July 26
1. Davie Franek 1099
2. Randy West 1018
3. Brian Carber 969
4. Ed Aikin 962
5. Josh Weller 957
6. Troy Betts 937
7. Curt Michael 904
8. Robbie Stillwaggon 837
9. Jonathan Swanson 797
10. Will Eggimann 780
 
 ESS
July 26
1. Steve Poirier  1348
2. Jason Barney 1130
3. Jeff Cook    1124
4. Matt Tanner 1060
5. Chuck Hebing  921
6. Paul Kinney    876
7. Kevin Ward Jr. 825
8. Cory Sparks    657
9. Jessica Zemken  646
10. Etienne Girard  615
 
NCRA
July 14
1. CJ Johnson  2080
2. Jeremy Campbell  2070
3. Jon Freeman 1750
4. Jeff Stasa 1645
5. J.D. Johnson 1630
6. Luke Cranston 1400
7. Jordan Weaver 1315
8. Jake Greider 1305
9. Jake Martens 1295
10. Raymond Seeman 1255

SOS
July 25
1. Mitch Brown 1107
2. Glenn Styres 1104
3. Justin Martin 969
4. Keith Dempster 930
5. Chris Jones 918
6. Shawn Sliter 834
7. Warren Mahoney 826
8. Bob Crawford 780
9. Brad Lodge 772
10. Jamie Turner 764

 

 

 

 

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