360 Sprint Cars  

 

 

The 35th Season for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Kicks off this Weekend at Outlaw and Utica-Rome Speedways

SYRACUSE, NY – It's been since October 22nd that he winged warriors from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) has graced the dirt surface.  That date they were at the Outlaw Speedway and this Friday they return to the Dundee, NY oval to see the first green flag waved on the 35th season.  Then on Sunday it's the first ever Gladiator Twin 20's at the Utica-Rome Speedway.

Steve Poirier capped off a record breaking season with his 7th ESS title in 2016 and the title defense begins.  

Poirier topped Mike Woodring on the all-time win list and now can he make it a record tying eighth championship which is the next Woodring tally.

The list of title contenders is long and stout with Jason Barney leading the way. The Brewerton, NY star also had a season to remember and if it wasn't for one of the best years in ESS history, the 2016 championship could have very well been his. Names such as Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner, Parker Evans, Chad Miller, Coleman Gulick, Paulie Colagiovanni, Matt Billings and Brandon Kidd will be on hand looking to have ESS title hopes.

With the hefty $3,000 to win and $300 to start purse as a part of the Outlaw Spring Nationals, fans can expect Mark Smith, Davie Franek, Robbie Stillwaggon, Danny Varin, Jared Zimbardi, Billy VanInwegen, Jonathan Preston, Pete

Richardson, Robbie Shuttleworth, Jordan Thomas, Keith Granholm and the new breed on the ESS tour in Alex Vigneault and Brett Wright along with many others.

The night kicks off with the E&V Energy timed hot laps, followed by the Car Mate Trailers heat events with the Lane's Yamaha/Cobra Coaches Dash and the Lacaillade Masonry B-Main all leading up to the 25 lap A-Main.

On Sunday, it's double the excitement with the first running of the Gladiator Twin 20's.  Two sets of qualifying will lead up to two 20 lap A-Main's paying $1,500 to win and $150 to start each!  Adding to the fun is the Orange Crate Brewing Company Back Row Challenge where the winner of the first event could earn an extra $1000 by starting last in the second.

Utica-Rome is once again a huge supporter of the Lucas Oil Tour holding the tradition three holiday full point events along with the special Tuesday night of Super DIRT Week Cole Cup.

Many of the ESS faithful will head to Vernon on Sunday with the addition of Chuck and Kelly Hebing, Jeff Cook, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Cory Sparks, Dan Douville and more.

Tires and Fuel will be on hand at both events from Donath MotorWorx and parts will be available from Panther Frameworx Speed Shop.

-end

Placerville Speedway set to open the Red Hawk Casino championship season this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 18, 2017...On the heels of two successful events to help launch the 2017 campaign Placerville Speedway now readies to kick-off the Red Hawk Casino championship season this Saturday April 22, with picture perfect weather on tap.

The previous attempt to open the weekly racing season on April 8 fell victim to rain, but early weather reports show 80 degree temps forecasted for Saturday. Headlining the night of racing will be the Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, along with the Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, BCRA Midget Lites and Vintage Hard Tops. This Saturday marks the first of what will now be 15 Red Hawk Casino Championship events at the quarter-mile clay oval in 2017.

"After the rain out on April 8 I know that we are definitely eager to get the Red Hawk Casino championship season underway this Saturday," commented second-year promoter Scott Russell of Russell Motorsports Inc. "All the local teams are chomping at the bit to open the point season and we look forward to doing so this weekend. It's going to be a great year at Placerville Speedway and we're excited to see all the racers and fans on Saturday."

Princeton's Mason Moore captured a trio of wins en route to his first career title with the Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars last season. Four-time track champion Greg Decaires ran second in the championship chase last year and looks to get back atop the hill in 2017. The Elk Grove veteran is always one of the drivers to beat at the helm of the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa mount.

Additional drivers looking to start off the season in victory lane will include Placerville's Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli and CJ Humphreys, Shingle Springs' Justin Johnson, Calistoga's Mike Benson, Fair Oaks' Jake Morgan, Sacramento's DJ Freitas, Sutter's Tyler Seavey and more.

Last year's Ltd. Late Model title was brought home by Eddie Gardner over Mike and Tyler Lightfoot, Ryan Peter and Ray Trimble. The Pure Stock championship went to Nick Baldwin by a narrow margin over Dan Jinkerson. At season's end Baldwin earned the gold by just four-points. Scott Grunert, Travis Emery and Orville Owens rounded out the top-five in the standings. The Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks are a great compliment to the Winged Sprints during the Red Hawk Casino championship season.

The BCRA Midget Lites will be a common site at the Placerville Speedway and always provide exciting competition. The midget lites are scheduled to be on hand seven times this season. The Vintage Hard Tops round out the card for opening night on Saturday.

-end

URSS Colorado Region 2017 Season Opener Saturday at CMSP

The 2017 United Rebel Sprint Series Colorado Region will kick of this Saturday at ColoradoMotorsportsPark in Byers Colorado. The challenging 3/8’s mile oval will bring out the best of the URSS drivers to battle for points, bragging rights and the trophy. Last season saw a spirited battle between three drivers with the top three by a mere twenty six points.

Defending 2016 Colorado Region Champion Zach Blurton took the title last season by a slime 16 point margin over 2015 National Rookie of the Year Austin Mclean. Blurton used three wins, one runner-up and two sixth place finishes taking the title. Blurton also raced his way to the 2016 Runner Up spot in the URSS Kansas Region and a 4th place finish in the URSS National standings.

Austin Mclean picked up the runner up slot in the Colorado Region with solid top ten runs at all of the Regions races highlighted by one win, two runner-up and two fifth places finishes. The 2015 URSS Rookie of the Year looks to build on his past seasons accomplishments to once again vie for the Championship.

Justin Medlock finished a scant ten points behind Mclean to pick up the third spot last season. Medlock used a string of top ten finishes including picking up his first URSS Region win at the June 25th CMSP race last season along with scoring two runner-ups and a fifth place finish.

Scott Rhoades made the most out of his first year in a Sprint Car by picking up both the 2016 National and Colorado Rookie of the Year titles. Rhoades made the most of his first season by finishing in the top ten four times out of the six regional events cracking the top five on August 25th. Look for Scott to build on his 2016 accomplishments this season as the Colorado Region continues to grow.

Despite sitting out several races with a neck injury Mark Walinder rounds out the top five of the 2016 Region points.  The “Ageless Wonder” scored all top ten finishes in the five races he took part in highlighted by a runner up finish in the season opener. Look for the Mighty Quinn Racing team to score some more podium finishes this season.

The URSS Sprint Cars will be on the race card this Saturday night along with the Nesmith Late Models, Sport Mods, Street Stocks and the Xtreme Trucks. Gates open at 5pm with races starting at 7pm. Admission is Adults: $15 - 12 & under: $8 - Military & Seniors (with ID): $13 - and Pit Pass: $30. ColoradoMotorSportsPark is the newest dirt oval track in Colorado, conveniently located at I-70 and exit 322, east of Denver.

-end-

Andy Forsberg Wins 29th Career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Feature Event

Chico, CA)- For the first time since 2009, the Forsberg Racing No. 92 rolled into Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster victory lane. After an exciting battle with Shane Golobic and Justin Sanders, Andy Forsberg would emerge the victor for the first time in 2017 and for the 29th time in his career with the series.

"I love driving for other people, but it is pretty cool to be up here in victory lane with the family car," an emotional Andy Forsberg said. "This is my first win since losing by buddy Bill Brock Jones, and it is very cliché, but I am dedicating this one to him."

Starting on the front row alongside Justin Sanders, Forsberg would get out to the early lead as fifth starting Shane Golobic powered into the second spot and Sanders ran in the third position.

A yellow flag on the second lap would quickly halt the action, but the action would soon settle into a nice extended green flag front. Piloting his family owned No. 92 sprinter, Forsberg would leave the field in his wake as he made things happen using the top of the track.

Behind the leader, things picked up as Golobic, Sanders, and Sean Becker battled for second third and fourth just ahead of Gio Scelzi and Geoff Ensign who were putting on their own battle for a spot in the Top-Five.

On the ¼ mile bullring traffic would come into play extremely fast on this night, and Forsberg would see his lead shrink up as Golobic and Sanders soon found themselves on his rear bumper.

As the battle for the lead picked up, the yellow flag would fly on the 14th lap and give the leaders a little breathing room.

Back underway, Forsberg was still extremely fast up front, but that speed would bring lapped traffic into play in just a few laps, and the excitement would build in the grandstands. Closing in on a slower car on the 22nd lap, Forsberg would nearly spin his car out, and would force Golobic to check up as Sanders rocketed around him for the second spot.

Sanders' North County Plastering backed No. 121 entry came alive in the race's closing laps and for the second race in a row he came flying after the race leader.

On the 28th lap, Sanders had a huge run on Forsberg, and as the duo came up on a slower car, contact would be made between the trio and it would result in the race's final yellow flag flying.

While the two leaders were able to stay under power, Sanders' bid for the win would come to an end with a flat tire from the contact.

Now with opening night winner, Shane Golobic, on his tail, Forsberg would take advantage of the clear track as he capped off his great night by rolling into victory lane for the 29th time in his career with the series.

Shane Golobic would finish second and Sean Becker would take the final spot on the podium, subsequently making it the same trio of drivers who made up the podium during the season opener.

"We were able to get up into second right away and run with Andy Forsberg all night," Shane Golobic said. "We had some close calls in traffic, but it was fun racing with him, and hats off to those guys on grabbing the win."

Third place finisher, Sean Becker, was also pleased with how his night ended up.

"We got off to a slow start, and barely made the invert, but were able to get in the Dash, and give us a good starting spot in the feature," Becker noted. "Once the track slicked off we were really good, and came alive in the feature. To be back on the podium with Forsberg and Golobic is nothing to hang our heads about, and we will come back and try again."

Gio Scelzi would cap off his debut at the Silver Dollar Speedway with a fourth place finish, while Sebastopol, CA driver, would advance from ninth to round out the Top-Five.

Chase Majdic finished sixth, Colton Slack seventh, Michael Kofoid came home eight, Brad Bumgarner finished ninth, and Michael Ing rounded out the Top-10.

A total of 26 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster cars checked into the pit area on Friday night, and it was Andy Forsberg setting the standard in time trials.

Heat race wins went to Scelzi, Scott Parker, and Sean Becker, while Forsberg won the Dash.

Tyler Seavey won the B Main and transferred into the feature event along with Jarrett Soares, Daniel Becker, Michael Ing, Koen Shaw, Tanner Carrick, and Jeremy Wilson.

2017 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Schedule

5/27 Marysville Raceway- Mel Hall Memorial $3000 to win!
5/28 Silver Dollar Speedway- Fair Race
7/1 Marysville Raceway
7/14 Ocean Speedway- HK Classic
7/22 Thunderbowl Raceway
8/19 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup

2017 WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 11th Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (March 31st Silver Dollar Speedway).

-end-

Updated April Schedule for 81 Speedway

Park City, Kansas – March 29, 2017 - Mid-March showers sure didn't bring no flowers but it has caused havoc with trying to get the 2017 race season started at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas. Up until two hours before race time, Mother Nature decided to postpone the seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" for the National Championship Racing Association sprint car division this past Friday and Saturday night (March 24-25) and has caused speedway schedule chaos.

Speedway officials have made adjustments to the schedule here are April events for 81 Speedway:

April 6     Open Practice     6-10 PM     Pit passes $10

April 15   NCRA Modifieds ($1500 to win), NCRA Late Models ($1500 to win), NCRA Mod-Lites ($500 to win),
Thumpers ($500 to win)

April 21-22   7th annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" Paying $15000 to win and $1000 to start NCRA Sprint Car Opener

April 29     2017 81 Speedway Weekly Season Opener - Qualifying Heat start at 2:00 PM; Features start at 7:00 PM: Sprint Cars, Modified, AAA Modified, Rookie Modified, Street Stock, Thumper, Mod Lite           

Don't forget advanced tickets are still on sale for "The Greatest Show on Dirt," the inaugural "Kansas Klassic" featuring the Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and NCRA modified invitational (20 cars) on Saturday night, May 6th. Advanced tickets can be bought by calling SLS Promotions (815) 344-2023 or via their website www.slspromotions.com.

-end-

Revised Date for $15k to Win NCRA Sprint "Air Capital Shootout!"

Park City, Kansas – March 25, 2017 – With two huge back-to-back weekends of sprint car racing that was scheduled, officials with 81 Speedway and the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products have rescheduled the seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" and is now slated for Friday and Saturday night, April 21-22, 2017.

This event will still kick off the 2017 NCRA sprint car campaign as the slated April 15th date at 81 Speedway has been taken off the schedule.

The "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" will still pay the advertised purse and award the Saturday night championship feature winner $15,000 to win; $1000 just to start the feature finale. Friday night's show will remain a $1500 to win event and still have no bearing on Saturday night's program.

More details on the above series sprint car events or series questions in general can be answered by calling the series office (316) 755-1781. Learn more about the National Championship Racing Association on their official website www.racencra.com and their facebook page: NCRA Racing Series.  

-end-

Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards launches season this Saturday at Antioch Speedway

Season-opener to pay $3,000-to-win

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – March 28, 2017...Following months of anticipation and build up the time has finally come for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards to officially kick-off the season this Saturday night at the Antioch Speedway.

This weekend launches the inaugural 13 race season for the tour and marks the first of two appearances at the Antioch Speedway in 2017. It also helps usher in a busy month of April that will find SCCT in competition on four separate occasions throughout California.

Thanks to the generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will be awarded with $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the tour will participate in the hefty year-end point fund. The tour also showcases a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash over the course of the season.

Northern California champions from last season set to invade Antioch on Saturday will include Roseville's Sean Becker (Chico), Paradise' Kyle Hirst (KWS), Auburn's Andy Forsberg (CW), Princeton's Mason Moore (Placerville), Sebastopol's Bradley Terrell (Petaluma), Rio Linda's Cody Lamar (Marysville) and Fresno's Giovanni Scelzi (Hanford).

Becker goes into Saturday as not just one of the favorites to stand in victory lane, but also as a heavy candidate to bring home the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards championship. The multiple-time Nor-Cal titlist will chase the championship aboard the Menne Motorsports/ Mike's Hard Lemonade No. 75 mount, a car he's captured numerous wins in.

For Fremont's Shane Golobic returning to the Antioch Speedway is always special occasion, with one of his career highlights coming at the track when he topped the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2013. The reigning Trophy Cup champ will run a majority of the SCCT season for Keith Day Racing, along with chasing the USAC National Midget Crown for Clauson Marshall Racing. Golobic earned a runner up finish during the national midget opener a couple weeks back.

"I'm really looking forward to opening the Sprint Car Challenge Tour season this Saturday in Antioch," Golobic commented. "Elk Grove Ford is a big part of this series and they are on board with the 22 team this year as well, so I'd love nothing more than to win the inaugural race. Going back to Antioch is always a big deal for me and a track that will always have a special place in my heart because of the Outlaw win. We hope all the fans will come out to support the show this weekend."

Additional drivers looking to park it on the front stretch at the inaugural event will include former traveling series winners at the track Willie Croft of Sacramento and Jason Statler from Grass Valley, along with Kingsburg's Cory Eliason, Hanford's DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto, Watsonville's Justin Sanders, Hollister's Ryan Bernal, Fresno's Dominic Scelzi, Visalia's Steven Tiner, Clarksburg's Justyn Cox, Roseville's Colby Copeland, Penngrove's Buddy Kofoid and Chase Johnson, Sebastopol's Geoff Ensign, Placerville's Andy Gregg, Sacramento's Herman Klein, Citrus Heights' Kalib Henry and many more.

Standard nightly payouts for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards are $2,500-to-win and $400-to-start the A-main. NASCAR star Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time owner whose driver wins a feature event, allowing the winner's share to possibly be $3,000. With the KLR bonus money automatically up for grabs the feature event at the opener this Saturday will pay $3,000-to-win.

As an added benefit to race teams, the nightly purses will be paid at the track each night when competition is completed. There is no membership fee for the tour, but we do need payout information on file. A registration form is available on the SCCT website.

The front gate at Antioch Speedway on Saturday April 1 opens at 5pm, with all seating general admission during the night. Qualifying will begin around 6pm and racing will follow. Adult tickets cost $20; while kids 6-12, seniors 65+ and active military will be $15 and children five and under are free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids will be available for $50. The pit gate opens at 2pm for competitors.

-end-

Sprint Series of Oklahoma and URSS in Longdale This Saturday Night!

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – March 27, 2017 - Fresh off his season-opening victory in Ardmore this past Saturday night, Chad Koch of Wichita Falls, Texas leads the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley's Racing Products to the beautiful Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma this coming Saturday night, April 1, in a combined event with the Kansas – based Myers Racing Engines United Rebel Sprint Series.

This event will be race number two for the SSO and will come one week after competing at Southern Oklahoma Speedway where Koch took the lead with six laps remaining and went on to claim his first ever victory with the series.
Race-long leader Jake Martens, who finished fourth in the season opener, will have a strong fan base as the near-by Fairview resident will also be in competition.

Other SSO touring regulars include Shayla Waddell, Blake Daccus, Joe Wood, Jr., Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Jerry Jumper, Cody Whitworth and defending series and IMCA national sprint car champion Andy Shouse. A strong field of rookie of the year contenders will also be on hand, including Josh Toho, Dillon Laden, Tanner Conn and Justin Fisk.

Brandon Long of Wichita Falls is also expected to make the trip as well as a couple more "Texan's" to invade the "Sooner State."

The URSS will be opening their season at Longdale and a new series champion will look to be crowned as defending series champion and race winner Luke Cranston will not be competing this season. Leading the series will be former three-time series champion Jake Bubak, 2016 IMCA sprint car rookie of the year Zach Blurton, Mike Peters, Brian Herbert, Ty Williams, Keefe Hemel, Tyler and Jordan Knight, Steven Richardson, Taylor Velasquez and Jed Werner.

Close to thirty drivers from a four-state area are expected to compete in the only sprint car event scheduled for the track in 2017 and this event will pay $1000 to win/$250 just to start the night's feature finale.

It will also be "Educator Night" at the speedway with all school employees being admitted into the grandstands for free and will also see a full-slate of weekly divisions also in competition; including IMCA modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks.

Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand admission is just $15 for adults; $12 for all seniors and military while ages 12 and under will be admitted into the grandstands for free.

-end-

NCRA Sprint Season Kicks Off This Weekend with $15k to Win Event
 
Park City, Kansas – March 19, 2017 - Entering their 47th consecutive year as a sanctioning body, the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products 360-ci sprint car division will kick off 2017 in a huge way as they open at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas this Thursday – Saturday night, March 23-25. And for the 7th year in a row the season will kick off with the annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" with Saturday night's championship feature finale paying a career series best $15,000 to win.

Don Droud, Jr. will come into the divisions 28th consecutive season as the defending champion and will again be teamed with the Ochs Brothers Racing #1x. Last year Droud picked up a career-best three feature wins in route to a his first ever series championship by 40-points over six-time series champion C.J. Johnson.

Former two-time series champion Jeremy Campbell will look to open the season the same way he ended 2016, in the winner's circle, as the Wichita, Kansas veteran reeled off three feature victories in a row and a solid third place finish in the final point standings.

For the seventeenth straight season, Jon Freeman will once again be back on the NCRA trail in quest for his first career series championship, as well Kingman, Kansas driver Jeff Stasa.

After picking up his first ever Hutchinson Grand Nationals championship last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Danny Wood will hit the road full-time with the series in search for his first ever series title.

The 2017 season will kick off with the largest purse in series history on Thursday night, March 23, with a special time trial session to kick off the evening with quick time receiving $500. This will then be followed by a special practice session before the night comes to a close at 10:00 PM. The special time trial session has no bearing on Friday and Saturday night's events.

Friday night will see drivers draw for heat race, last chance and feature with the winner taking home $1500.
Championship Saturday night will see drivers once again compete in heat race, last chance and the championship feature with the winner taking home $15,000 while drivers just starting the twenty-two-car championship feature earning $1000. All non-qualifiers will earn $200.

General admission grandstand tickets for Thursday night's open practice and special time trial session are just $10 (kids free) with gates opening at 5:00 PM and practice/time trials starting at 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. All Thursday night pit passes are $20.

Grandstand general admission tickets for Friday night's $1500 to win show are $20 for ages 11 and up; free grandstand admission for ages ten and under. Pit gates will open at 5:00 PM with heat race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. A complete set of heat races, last chance and feature finale will be held. All pit passes are $35.

Championship Saturday night will see grandstand general admission tickets $20 for ages 11 and up; all pit passes $35. Pit gates will open at 5:00 PM with first heat race set for a 7:00 PM start time. A complete set of heat races, last chance features will set the stage for the night's 40-lap, $15,000 to win championship feature that will pay $1000 just to start the twenty-two-car field.

-end-

Sprint Car Challenge Tour to Introduce Crew Member Program

Placerville, California – March 20, 2017... Do you want to learn the ins and outs of working on a sprint car? Not sure how to approach a team to ask about getting involved? Are you a team owner who needs a little more help in the shop or at the track? Not sure where to find someone with the ability and desire to become a part of your team? The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is eager to help with making those connections as a new initiative has been introduced to accomplish just that.

The SCCT is implementing a way to create a list of applicants for the use of teams looking to add crew members for help at the track, or in the shop, or both. Interested potential crew members can go to the official series website and fill out the application at http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com/team-app-form

With the established list of names, car owners can then contact the SCCT office to inquire as to the availability of someone that might be able to step in and help.

"One concern of many team owners I keep hearing is that there is a shortage of available help," said series principal and Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell. "We are hoping this will establish a way for car owners to find crew support if they are in need of additional help. Also, with this information a car owner will be able to find out if a potential crew member lives in their area, which could be valuable if they can also use help at the shop."

"Along with looking for ways to involve fans, such as the Kids Dash for Cash, this is just another way for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour to engage people into sprint car racing in a more intimate way," stated SCCT Business Manager Gary Thomas. "This program also provides an avenue for car owners to have a source for help that they can tap into, if needed, so this should be a win-win for all involved."

-end-

Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Adds Two More Starting Positions to Each A-Main

ESS Loyalty Program Returns for Third Consecutive Season.

SYRACUSE, NY – The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) is entering its 35th season of producing some of the very best winged sprint car action in the northeastern United States and Canada. For the first time in the club's history the qualifying field has been upped to 24 A-Main starters in each full point event.

In another exciting announcement is the Loyalty Program will now be handed out to teams that support 90% of those full point shows for the third consecutive season.

"Our purse structure was set at 22 starters since we have been holding events," noted ESS President Chuck Miller. "We have been getting such great support and hate to see cars go home with just tow money so we needed to add two more spots to the A-Main.  This will help in keeping car counts healthy which is good for the promoters and tracks that hold ESS events."

Each full point A-Main will pay a minimum of $250 to take the green. If an event pays more to start, the last two spots will still pay that particular amount.  The provisional and buy-in perks for teams that follow 2/3rds of the point events will stay the same, it will now be starting spots 25 and 26.

The Loyalty Program debuted in 2015 and it was well received.  The 2017 season will now see it for the third year in a row.  Each team that follows 90% of the full point events will be rewarded with $500 in cash on top of all point fund monies earned.

"Last year we had 12 teams that benefitted from the Loyalty Program. While we do have a good number of full point shows listed each year, you always lose some to weather or other circumstances," Chuck Miller said. "Last year we ended up running 22 full point events, if you ran just 20 of them you got an extra $500. We try to keep the number of shows and miles of travel as affordable as we can and it shows in great support."

The 34th Anniversary Tour does kick off on Saturday, April 8th with the annual Sprint Showdown at the Selinsgrove Speedway which pays $2500 to win and $300 to start. Then the point season will open up Friday night, April 21 at Tyler Siri's Outlaw Speedway. The event part of the Sprint Nationals will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start.

Steve Poirier, Jason Barney, Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner, Parker Evans, Jeff Cook, Shawn Donath, Chuck Hebing, Chad Miller, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dave Axton, Brandon Kidd, Matt Billings, Coleman Gulick, Pete Richardson, Alex Vigneault and many more will be in the ESS field at a dirt track near you.

-end-

Central Valley hot-shoe Cory Eliason set to run majority of Sprint Car Challenge Tour season with Rod Tiner Racing

Elverta, CA – March 14, 2017... Talented Central Valley racer Cory Eliason will drive the potent Rod Tiner Racing No. 83sa at a majority of the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events this season.

Last year the Kingsburg, CA wheel-man captured seven overall victories and has become one of the guys to beat on a nightly basis in the Golden State. "I'm really excited to run for Rod Tiner at most of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour shows this season," Eliason stated. "Rod always puts together a great race car and I definitely think we'll have a shot to win at every race we compete in. We look forward to getting the year started at Antioch Speedway on April 1."

Among Eliason's triumphs last season was the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track, an event the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will compete in on Saturday August 26.

"We're thrilled to have Cory Eliason run a majority of the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events this year," said Scott Russell of Russell Motorsports Inc. "Cory has improved each and every season and when you put him together with a guy like Rod Tiner it will certainly make for a tough combo to beat. It's going to be fun to watch them as a team and see what they can accomplish together this year."

Basic nightly payouts will see $2,500-to-win the A-main and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400-to-start. No matter the car count every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time owner who wins a feature event, allowing the winner's share to potentially grow to $3,000. Also, as an added benefit to race teams, the nightly purses will be paid out at the track when that night of competition is completed.

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will kick-off its inaugural season on Saturday April 1 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA. It will mark the first California-based traveling Winged Sprint Car series event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility since 2013. With the Kyle Larson Racing bonus money automatically up for grabs the feature event at the opener will pay $3,000-to-win.

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday April 1, with cars on track shortly after that for wheel packing. Qualifying will begin around 6pm, with racing to follow. Adult tickets will cost $20; while kids 6-12, seniors 65+ and active military will be $15 and children five and under are free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids will be available for $50. The pit gate opens at 2pm for competitors.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour showcases a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash over the course of the 13 race season. The full list can be viewed on the SCCT website. Thanks to the generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the tour will be awarded with $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the tour will also participate in the substantial year-end fund.

-end-

Becker Wins Opening Night at Chico

By Troy Hennig

CHICO, CA (3-10-17) - Roseville's Sean Becker held off a hard charging Andy Forsberg to win opening night at the Silver Cup Race of Champions in Chico. It was Becker's 58th career win at Silver Dollar Speedway.

The crowd was treated to an epic battle between Becker and Forsberg. During the 25-lap race, the two drivers exchanged the lead six different times. The intensity of the race escalated during the midpoint of the event when Becker and Forsberg began to navigate between slower cars. It was hold your breath time as both drivers where hammer down on the hooked up fast race track. Becker would regain the lead before a yellow was needed late in the race.

With a clear track ahead of him Becker was able to hold off Forsberg and get the popular win.

"Lapped traffic helped and hindered both of us," said Becker. "Andy got by me and then I was able to find the right line and pass him back. It was a great race and just so happy to get the win."

Jason Statler drove a great race and brought the familiar #00 home in the third spot. Shane Golobic charged towards the front and wound up finishing fourth. Justyn Cox scored a fifth-place finish.

Forsberg almost broke his existing track record in qualifying when he turned a 11.438. His mark of 11.408 was set last year.

Austin Liggett scored his third career win at Silver Dollar Speedway by winning the 20-lap wingless main event. R.C. Smith led the early part of the race.

Right around the half way point is when Liggett passed Smith. Terry Schank Jr. started eighth but as always quickly charged his way towards the front. Schank moved into the second spot with four to go but was never able to challenge Liggett for the win. Michael Kofoid held his own and finished third spot.

360 sprint car feature
1. Sean Becker
2. Andy Forsberg
3. Jason Statler
4. Shane Golobic
5. Justyn Cox
6. Mason Moore
7. Mitchell Faccinto
8. Ryan Robinson
9. Michael Kofoid
10. Lucas Ashe
11. Chase Majdic
12. Kyle Hirst
13. Michael Ing
14. J.J. Hickle
15. Kenny Allen
16. Dustin Freitas
17. Tyler Seavey
18. Tanner Carrick
19. Cam Smith

Wingless sprint feature
1. Austin Liggett
2. Terry Schank Jr.
3. Michael Kofoid
4. R.C. Smith
5. Barry Pries Jr.
6. Zachary Kavert
7. Angelique Bell     
8. Brent Steck         
9. Matt Haulot
10. Tim Sherman Jr.
11. Rick Swigart
12. Don Emery
13. Trey Walters
14. Jeremy Wilson
15. Ryan Souza
16. Jeff Crossman

2017 URSS Myers Racing Engines National Tour Preview

The United Rebel Sprint Series will begin its Twelfth Season of 305 Sprint Car Racing featuring events in the four states, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado in 2017. The 2017 Myers Racing Engines National tour will feature fourteen stops in all four states and will bring racers from several Regional Sanctioning bodies together under the IMCA Racesaver banner for the second season.

The National points season kicks off April 1st with the second appearance at Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma. This race is the first of two co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Oklahoma. Last years event was a barn burner as the feature went green all twenty five laps with Andy Shouse and Luke Cranston battling it out lap after lap with 2016 National Champion Luke Cranston taking the win. The April 1st race features a $1,000.00 to win $250.00 to start purse.

May 13th the URSS rebels will make the first of two National event stops on May 13th at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers, Colorado. The 3/8's mile oval will feature drivers for the Kansas and Colorado region duking it out for the $1,000.00 to win/ $200.00 start A Feature.

May 28th the URSS Sprint Series will make its return to C. Ray Hall's 81 Speedway in Wichita Kansas for the Memorial Day: "Sprint Car Maynia"....NCRA Sprints, OCRS Sprints, URSS Sprints w/Sprint Series of Oklahoma sprint cars. The feature is $1,000 to win/$200 to start.

June 16th & 17th the Rebels head to Dodge City Raceway Park for the two day Steve King Memorial Race to pair up with the DCRP Sprint Cars. Friday nights preliminary nights purse is $500 to win/ $125 to start. Saturday's "Championship Night" features the largest payout in the twelve years of the United Rebel Sprint Series history. The A Feature will pay $3,000 to win/ $600 to start look for the regions best to show up for the coveted Steve King Trophy.

Once again the URSS "Month of Money" kicks off July 3rd with a visit to the lightning fast ½ mile Belleville Speedway. This show is co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Nebraska and features a $1,000 to win/ $250.00 to start a feature.

July 8th the URSS Series rolls into the Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte Nebraska for a co-Sanctioned show with the Sprint Series of Nebraska. Looking to build on last year's sold out show the Rebels will be competing for the $1,000 to win/$250 to start payday in the 25 lap feature.

July 15th & 16th the Rebels head back to Rolling Plains Motor Speedway for the "Wheatshocker Nationals" which kicks off the Ellis County Fair in Hays, Kansas. Last year Dodge City's Brian Herbert took the title by sweeping both nights of the event and claiming the "Rocky Mountain Grill" trophy provided by S&W Supply of Hays, Kansas. Saturday's Preliminary nights payout is $500 to win/$125 to start, with Sundays Championship night features $2,000 to win/ $200 to start. The Wheatshocker Nationals are always one of the most attended races of the season, with racers from all over the Midwest competing for the Title.

July 29th, the Rebels return to Colorado Motor Sports Park for the second National event of the 2017 season. Drivers from the Kansas and Colorado regions will once again be racing for bragging rights and the $1,000 to win/$200 to start purse.

Saturday August 5th the URSS Rebels return to the historic half mile at Belleville Kansas as part of the Belleville Midget Nationals. Drivers from across the Midwest will be in attendance to battle it out for the $2,000 to win/$300 to start purse. Last year National Champion Luke Cranston took the win in front of the sellout crowd in route to his 2016 National Championship Title.

August 19th & 20th the Rebels will return to their home in Oberlin Kansas for a two day show with Friday's preliminary night featuring a $500 to win/$125 to start purse with Saturdays Championship night purse featuring $1,000 to win/$200 to start purse.

September 16th the URSS Rebel will once again roll into Dodge City Raceway Park for the Jerry Soderberg Memorial. This will be the Championship night as the Rebels will pair up one last time with the DCRP Sprint Cars to battle it out for the $1,000 to win/$200 to start event.

If previous years are a yardstick to measure the competition, look for the 2017 Myers Racing Engines URSS National Points Series to be a barn burner. The Midwest's best 305 Sprint Car racers always put on a spectacular show for the fans each and every night in the stands each and every year.

For all of your URSS information you can visit www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com 24/7/365 for updated schedule, points, driver bios, race recaps and race previews. It's all at your fingertips and you can pull it up anytime.

2017 URSS TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

APRIL 1st   Longdale Speedway, Longdale OK  (NAT W/SSO)
APRIL 22nd   Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO
APRIL 29th   RPM Speedway,  Hays KS
 
MAY 13TH  Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO  (NAT)
MAY 20TH   Thomas Co. Raceway, Colby KS
MAY 28TH   81 Speedway, Wichita, KS  (NAT W/SSO)

JUNE 16TH   Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City, KS  (NAT)
JUNE 17TH    Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City, KS  (NAT)
JUNE 24TH   Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO

JULY 3RD   Belleville Highbanks, Bellville, KS  (NAT W/SSN)
JULY 8TH   Lincoln Co. Speedway,  North Platte, NE   (NAT)
JULY 9TH   Lexington Raceway,  Lexington NE
JULY 15TH  RPM Speedway, Hays KS   (NAT)
JULY 16TH  RPM Speedway, Hays KS   (NAT)
JULY 29TH  Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO  (NAT)

AUG 4TH   Rush Co. Speedway, LaCrosse KS
AUG 5TH   Belleville Highbanks   Belleville KS  (NAT)
AUG 18th  Rooks Co. Speedway  Stockton, KS
AUG 19TH  Oberlin Speedway, Oberlin, KS (NAT)  (T)
AUG 20TH  Oberlin Speedway, Oberlin, KS (NAT)  (T)
AUG 26TH  Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO

SEPT 16TH  Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City KS  (NAT)
SEPT  23RD   Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO  

-end-

Official Payout for NCRA Sprint $15k to Win at 81 Speedway
 
Park City, Kansas – March 8, 2017 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products and 81 Speedway have released the official payout for the three-day, seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" featuring the season-opener for the 360-ci sprint car division.

This huge event is set to take place on Thursday – Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 with Saturday night's championship feature finale paying a series best $15,000 to win.

The largest purse event in series history will kick off on Thursday night, March 23, with an open practice night and special time trial session will take place with the night's quick time receiving $500. The special time trial session has no bearing on Friday and Saturday night's events. Friday night will see drivers draw for heat race, last chance and feature with the winner taking home $1500. Championship Saturday night will see drivers once again compete in heat race, last chance and the championship feature with the winner taking home $15,000 while drivers just starting the twenty-two-car championship feature earning $600. All non-qualifiers will earn $200.

Below is the official payout for the seventh annual "Park City Cup/ Air Capital Shootout:

Thursday night, March 23, 2017:

Practice night and special time trial session (optional) with $10 entry

Quick time: $500

Second quick: $250

Third quick: $150

Fourth quick: $100

*Note – Time trials have NO bearing on qualifying for either Friday or Saturday night.

Friday night, March 24, 2017:

Heat races, last chance features and feature finale, entry fee $25

A Feature: 1) $1500, 2) $1,100, 3) $800, 4) $700, 5) $600, 6) $450, 7) $400, 8) $350, 9) $300, 10) $275, 11-24) $250

Saturday night, March 25, 2017:

Heat races, consolations and championship feature

A Feature: 1) $15,000, 2) $7000, 3) $4000, 4) $3000, 5) $2000, 6) $1500, 7) $1400, 8) $1300, 9) $1200, 10) $1100, 11) $1000, 12) $900, 13) $800, 14) $700, 15-22) $600 *Any car competing on Saturday night only will start no better than eleventh

Non-qualifiers: $200 per car

For race information will be announced each week leading up to the seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout." Any questions pertaining to this or any other NCRA sprint car event, please call (316) 755-1781; check out the series official website www.racencra.com or their facebook page: NCRA Racing Series.

-end-

Saturday Night Marks Round 1 of Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster 2017 Season at Silver Dollar Speedway

Aptos, CA)- Saturday night in Chico, CA the 27th season for the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster comes to life in a big way. Sanctioning the annual Silver Cup at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Saturday night's season opening event will offer up a cool $4000 to the feature event winner, and will pay $400 to make the feature event.

"It has been a wild off season, and I know we are all ready to go racing," PMG President, John Prentice said. "We are very much looking forward to being a part of the 2017 Silver Cup, and are expecting it to be a great show."

The 2017 Civil War Series will offer some new changes in what is the 27th year of competition. For one, all races will pay at least $2500 to win, and $400 to start with a few, such as the Silver Cup, paying more to win.  One thing fans will notice on restarts is a single file formation opposed to double file restarts that the series has used the last few seasons.

"After talking to drivers and teams it was a pretty big consensus to go back to single file restarts with a cone on the front stretch, so we made that change," Prentice added. "Fans enjoyed double-file restarts, but we think going single file will bring another element of excitement to our program."

In 2017 there will be no pill draw fee for the Civil War Series, and there is no mandatory number of races to attend to be included in the final point pay out with the Top-10 in points earning at least $1000.

Fresh off of his ninth Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster championship, Andy Forsberg comes into this season looking to add to his total and his quest for No. 10 will begin on Saturday night.

"All of us at Silver Dollar Speedway are extremely excited to have the Civil War Series on the card at the Silver Cup," Silver Dollar Speedway Director of Communications, Troy Hennig said. "The series put on some fantastic racing in 2016, and we are expecting more of the same in 2017."

Saturday night is shaping up to be a strong field with drivers like Kyle Hirst, Sean Becker, Shane Golobic, Mitchell Faccinto, Geoff Ensign, Mason Moore, Koen Shaw, Lucas Ashe, Brad Bumgarner, and many more expected to be on hand for the season opening event.

Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway, the front gate is scheduled to open at 5pm with racing slated to go green at 630pm. Adult tickets will be on sale for $22, junior and seniors will be admitted for $18, children for $5, and kids five and under are free. Remember, in 2017 you can avoid ticket lines at Silver Dollar Speedway by purchasing your tickets online at www.silverdollarspeedway.com.

2017 Civil War Series Nightly Payout-
1. $2500
2. $1400
3. $1100
4. $800
5. $725
6. $600
7. $550
8. $500
9. $475
10. $450
11. $425
12. $400
13. $400
14. $400
15. $400
16. $400
17. $400
18. $400
19. $400
20. $400
21. $400
22. $400

B- Main
7. $150
8. $75
9 and beyond $50

2017 Point Pay Out
1. $6000
2. $3000
3. $2000
4. $1500
5. $1000
6. $1000
7. $1000
8. $1000
9. $1000
10. $1000

2017 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Schedule
3/11 Silver Dollar Speedway- Silver Cup $4000 to win!
3/31 Silver Dollar Speedway
5/27 Marysville Raceway- Mel Hall Memorial $3000 to win!
5/28 Silver Dollar Speedway- Fair Race
7/1 Marysville Raceway
7/14 Ocean Speedway- HK Classic
7/22 Thunderbowl Raceway
8/19 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup

-end-

UPPER MIDWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES WING PROGRAM AND NCRA JOIN FORCES FOR 2017

Going into their ninth season, the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) wing program will be joining forces with the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) for the 2017 season.

There are many independent winged sprint car series around the country and the primary reason for this alignment is to help each series expand their footprint from a marketing and advertising standpoint.  There are other series that will be announcing their alliance with the NCRA in the coming days.

From a driver's standpoint, there are NO rules changes that are a part of this announcement.  Each group will retain the ability to control their own rules and procedures.

"Most of the independent winged sprint car groups around the country do not have the numbers to attract a prominent sponsor to their series. It is our hope that by organizing most, if not all, of the series around the country, we will have the ability to find a high profile partner that will benefit all series," stated Ron Bernhagen of the UMSS.  "In addition, this alliance will allow all series to utilize rules that best fit their area which is very important to the UMSS as we are close to announcing our 2018 wing rules which will be more sustainable to our teams," continued Bernhagen.

With this initial announcement, we wanted to give the race teams a heads-up regarding this exciting news.  Look for a number of future press releases containing more specific information.

Please click www.umsprints.com and www.raceNCRA.com for more information about the UMSS or the NCRA and be watching for follow-up announcements from other winged sprint car groups soon.

-end-

Patriot Sprint Tour to be showcased at Finger Lakes Speed World

By Paul Harkenrider

(Sodus, NY) The green flag will not drop for another two months for the A Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour but the MEM owned series will be out in full force at pre-season motorsports shows beginning this Saturday March 4, and Sunday March 5 at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, NY part of the 2017 Finger Lakes Speed World.  

The PST booth will be on display adjacent to the Bass Pro Shops which is near center court of the shopping complex. Schedule cards for the Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc. series (CRSA & PST) will be available for distribution.

Canandaigua, NY driver Darryl Ruggles will have his Danny Willmes Enterprises/Champion Power Equipment No. 48jr on display for exhibitors to view at an up close and personal level.

The two-day show includes live interviews from the 31st Lap and Turn 5 Live. There will be RC racing events going on both days, including a RC demolition derby taking place on Sunday.

For those who have never been to the Finger Lakes Mall, the GPS address is 1579 Clark Street Rd, Auburn, New York. The show will open Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and run until Sunday night when the Mall closes at 8 p.m.

The following weekend, the 31st Annual Gater Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show presented by Insinger Performance which takes place at the Center of Progress Building on the New York State Fairgrounds Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12. More information pertaining to this show will be announced later in the week.

-end-

Patriot Sprint Tour adds Freedom Motorsports Park to 2017 schedule

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
PST Media

(Delevan, NY) After already announcing the 2017 PST schedule a few weeks ago, Mike Emhof and his series staff will be adding another venue to the racing calendar.

For the first time since 2015, the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour will be heading to Freedom Motorsports Park in Delevan, NY. This will also be the final full point show for the American Series points championship. The show will pay $2,000 to win.

Under the management of Bob Reis, the facility is going under wholesale changes in year 2017 with new clay being laid down this past November, as well as making the Modified's the headline division for 2017.

The last time the tour was in town, Doctor Steve Collins scored his first ever Patriot Sprint Tour win of his career over Jared Zimbardi, Justin Barger, Kyle Drum and Sammy Reakes.

This will be the sixth time in series history the Patriots will be visiting the facility with other winners include; Jared Zimbardi (2014), Bubba Broderick (2009), Chris Muhleisen (2006), and Kyle Drum (2003).

The first event on the 2017 calendar will the Gater Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, Match 11 and Sunday, March 12.

Any driver interested in displaying their car in the PST Booth can contact Mike Emhof at 585-307-6495 or by email at mikeemhof@patriotsprinttour.com.

The first racing weekend will take place at the Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY on Friday April 21, as the series is a part of the Outlaw Spring Nationals which pays $3,000 to win, 300 to start. Then the following night, the tour heads to Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, ONT to begin its Canadian campaign for the season. That show will reward $2,000 (USD) to the winner.

-end-

Added Money for NCRA Sprint Appearances at Junction Motor Speedway

Park City, Kansas – February 14, 2017 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products are proud to announce the two appearances at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska will see the sprint car division compete for added money, it was announced Tuesday. There is also a schedule adjustment for one of those events.

Both events will see the 360-ci sprinters joined by the Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series.

The scheduled Saturday night, May 20th event has been moved to Saturday night, June 10th and will still pay the standard $2000 to win but just starting the twenty-car feature finale will see drivers earn $350.

The finale appearance at the big three-eighths mile oval will see the night's championship feature winner earn $2500 while just making the twenty-car feature finale will pay $500 to start.

The 2017 season will be the series 28th consecutive year of sanctioning 360-ci sprint cars and will boast a thirteen-race schedule slated to compete at five different tracks in two states. To see the full 2017 NCRA sprint schedule and to obtain official rules, check out the series official website www.racencra.com or go to their official facebook page: NCRA Racing Series. In need of more information on the series, call the office (316) 755-1781.

Don't forget the 2017 NCRA sprint car season kicks off with the biggest purse in series history on Thursday – Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 at 81 Speedway in Park City where Saturday night's championship feature winner will earn $15,000.

-end-

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards introduces the Kids Dash for Cash this season

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – February 14, 2017...One of the questions that's always brought up around the dirt track circles is undoubtedly, "How can we get kids involved and excited about racing from a young age?"

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards certainly takes that important issue to heart and will attempt to do its part in hopes to get the younger generation involved. With that comes the announcement of the Kids Dash for Cash, which will be held at all 13 SCCT events this season.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour presents Kids Dash for Cash will work as follows:

Each night a limited number of kids, ages four to ten, will have the opportunity to head on track (time permitting) just before the RacePartsTrader.com Dash draw for sprint car drivers. At that point 2000 nickels will be dropped on the racetrack and the youngsters will have a chance to pick up and keep as many coins as they can. If time becomes an issue the Kids Dash for Cash will be held at a selected area near the grandstands.

The plan is for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour social team to have wrist bands available at a pre-designated area, and the kids that acquire them will be allowed to participate. The hope is to have a different set of children at each race.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and sprint car graduate Kyle Larson spoke about the Kids Dash for Cash and the opportunity it presents, "I definitely think the best thing that short track racing can do is find ways to get kids involved. We need to continue building the next generation of fans and the best way to do that is to incorporate the young ones into the show as much as possible. My mom heard of this nickel toss while at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri and we thought it may be kind of cool to try in California. Hopefully the kids all enjoy it and it creates a memorable experience at the track."

The SCCT Kids Dash for Cash is made possible thanks to a number of individuals and companies that have come on board to support it. Each child participating will also receive a custom water bottle courtesy of Light up the World Beverages. Light up the World Beverages bottles are great for birthday parties, gender reveal parties and any type of special event or celebration. To learn more about the unique company that is rapidly gaining steam visit them at https://www.lutwb.com/

Nightly partners include:

April 1 Antioch Speedway- M & L Plumbing
April 15 Placerville Speedway- Mancamp Motorsports
April 21 Thunderbowl Raceway- Owen Larson Racing
April 29 Petaluma Speedway- Mason Moore Racing
May 27 Stockton Dirt Track- San Joaquin Asparagus Festival
June 17 Antioch Speedway- Probilt Construction
June 24 Calistoga Speedway- Rico Abreu Racing
July 2 Stockton Dirt Track- Kyle Larson Racing
July 3 Petaluma Speedway- Thomas Family
July 29 Fernley 95A Speedway- Probilt Construction
August 25 Placerville Speedway- Finley Farms
August 26 Stockton Dirt Track- MAJ1K Motorsports
November 4 Stockton Dirt Track- $600 Night

The final event of the year in Stockton on November 4 will then see an expanded Kids Dash for Cash. Thanks to the support of the year-long partners who have all agreed to come together and make the Tribute to Gary Patterson a mega Kids Dash for Cash, $600 worth of nickels, and quarters, will be available to the youngsters that night.

"We believe this will be a fun part of the evening for families that attend our Sprint Car Challenge Tour events," commented Scott Russell of Russell Motorsports Inc., managing company of both SCCT and the Placerville Speedway. "It's no secret that the fan base continues to age, so getting these kids excited about sprint car racing is an important thing. We have a great group of the racers in Northern California and building that fan interaction is something we're going to focus on."

-end-

Official Payout for NCRA Sprint $15k to Win at 81 Speedway!
 
Park City, Kansas – February 6, 2017 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products and 81 Speedway have released the official payout for the three-day, seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" featuring the season-opener for the 360-ci sprint car division.

This huge event is set to take place on Thursday – Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 with Saturday night's championship feature finale paying a series best $15,000 to win.

The largest purse event in series history will kick off on Thursday night, March 23, with an open practice night and special time trial session will take place with the night's quick time receiving $500. The special time trial session has no bearing on Friday and Saturday night's events. Friday night will see drivers draw for heat race, last chance and feature with the winner taking home $1500. Championship Saturday night will see drivers once again compete in heat race, last chance and the championship feature with the winner taking home $15,000 while drivers just starting the twenty-two-car championship feature earning $1000. All non-qualifiers will earn $200.

Below is the official payout for the seventh annual "Park City Cup/ Air Capital Shootout:

Thursday night, March 23, 2017:

Practice night and special time trial session (optional) with $10 entry

Quick time: $500
Second quick: $250
Third quick: $150
Fourth quick: $100
*Note – Time trials have NO bearing on qualifying for either Friday or Saturday night.

Friday night, March 24, 2017:
Heat races, last chance features and feature finale, entry fee $25
A Feature: 1) $1500, 2) $1,100, 3) $800, 4) $700, 5) $600, 6) $450, 7) $400, 8) $350, 9) $300, 10) $275, 11-24) $250

Saturday night, March 25, 2017:
Heat races, consolations and championship feature
A Feature: 1) $15,000, 2) $7000, 3) $4000, 4) $3000, 5) $2000, 6) $1500, 7) $1400, 8) $1300, 9) $1200, 10) $1100, 11-22) $1000 - *Any car competing on Saturday night only will start no better than eleventh
Non-qualifiers: $200 per car

For race information will be announced each week leading up to the seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout." Any questions pertaining to this or any other NCRA sprint car event, please call (316) 755-1781; check out the series official website www.racencra.com or their facebook page: NCRA Racing Series

-end-

2017 A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour Schedule Announced

Contact: Paul Harkenrider
PST Media

(Sodus, NY) The A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour is proud to announce its 2017 season schedule visiting 24 different venues with a total of 38 events on the schedule card.

The series will once again visit facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada visiting some of the longest operated race tracks in the entire country!

The season will start at Outlaw Speedway on Friday, April 21 as part of the Outlaw Spring Nationals paying $3,000 to win. Then the following night, the PST Canadian Series will get underway at the Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, ONT, part of their annual spring sizzler.

The series returns to many fan favorite tracks such as Ransomville, Ohsweken, Brockville Ontario, Raceway 7, Stateline, Fulton, Woodhull, Albany Saratoga, Cornwall and the Fonda speedway.

Once again on June 17, we will be heading to Selinsgrove Speedway for the Joe Whitcomb Memorial. That show will pay $2,571 to win. Last season, Davie Franek won the green to checkered event and it was the fastest 30 lap event in the tracks history with a time of 9:58.

For the second straight year, Bonnell's Collison Center will present the second annual "Western Week of Money". This program will kick off at the McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, PA on Thursday June 29. We will then return to Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH, Friday June 30, Mercer Raceway Park, Saturday July 1, TBA Sunday July 2, and the week will end Monday, July 3 with also a TBA. All events will be paying $4,000 to win with $325 just to qualify.

The series will also be returning to Penn Cann Speedway for the first time since 2007 on Friday August 18, and for the first time ever, the series will be making the trip to the longest operated dirt track in the country, Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday, August 19. Both shows will be challenge events with the United Racing Club.

Perhaps the most anticipated event on the 2017 calendar will be the 'Labor Day Triple Play' event when the series visits Williams Grove Friday September 1, Selinsgrove September 2, and Path Valley Sunday, September 3. It will be the first time since 2011 the series visits Williams Grove, and it will be the first time ever visiting Path Valley in Spring Run, PA. All three shows will pay $3,000 to win.

As usual, the 13th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals highlights our Canada Tour, which pays $12,000 (USD) and $1,000 to qualify. That two-day event is scheduled for September 15 and 16 at the Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, ONT.

Once again concluding our 2017 season will be a weekend of money starting with the Outlaw Fall Nationals at Outlaw Speedway paying $5,000 to win on Friday, September 22. The Kramer Williamson Memorial, this year paying $5,073 to win at the Fonda Speedway, September 23.  The weekend tentatively concludes at Rolling Wheels with a $5,000 to win event.

As tradition, the Patriot Sprint Tour will begin their 2017 season on site at the Gator Motorsports Exposition and Trade show at the Center of Progress Building on the New York State Fair Grounds in Syracuse, New York. An official copy of the 2017 season will be available for distribution.

Date Track Series Notes
11-Mar Gater News Motorsports Expo Syracuse, NY
12-Mar Gater News Motorsports Expo
21-Apr Outlaw Speedway PST-A Outlaw Spring Nationals Challenge Event $3000 to win
22-Apr Merrittville Speedway Thorold, ONT PST-C PST Canada Opener $2000 to win
30-Apr Five Mile Point Speedway Kirkwood, NY PST-A PST America Opener 2000 to win
13-May Woodhull Raceway Woodhull, NY PST-A
19-May Raceway 7 Conneaut, OH ST-A $2000 to win Bonnell's Collision Centers Event
20-May TBA PST-A
26-May Albany Saratoga Speedway PST-A $2000 to win Holiday Bonus Race
27-May Fonda Speedway PST-A $2000 to win Holiday Bonus Race
2-Jun Ransomville Speedway PST-A
3-Jun Fulton Speedway PST-A
9-Jun Ohsweken Speedway PST-C $2000 to win
10-Jun Brockville Ontario Speedway  PST-C $2000 to win
16-Jun Outlaw Speedway PST-A
17-Jun Selinsgrove Speedway PST-A Joe Whitcomb Memorial (Time Trials/$2,571 to win)
24-Jun Stateline Speedway PST-A $2000 to win Bonnell's Collision Centers Event
29-Jun McKean County Raceway PST-A $4000 to win Bonnell Holiday Bonus Race
30-Jun Raceway 7 PST-A $4000 to win Bonnell Holiday Bonus Race
1-Jul Mercer Raceway Park PST-A $4000 to win Bonnell Holiday Bonus Race
2-Jul TBA PST-A $4000 to win Bonnell Holiday Bonus Race
3-Jul TBA PST-A $4000 to win Bonnell Holiday Bonus Race
15-Jul Brockville Ontario Speedway PST-C $2000 to win
17-Jul Cornwall Speedway PST-C $2000 to win (300 to start!)
22-Jul Woodhull Raceway PST-A
4-Aug Outlaw Speedway PST-A $2000 to win
5-Aug Stateline Speedway PST-A $2000 to win Bonnell's Collision Centers Event
18-Aug Penn Cann Speedway PST-A $2000 to win PST/URC Challenge Event
19-Aug Orange County Speedway PST-A $2000 to win PST/URC Challenge Event
25-Aug Ransomville Speedway PST-A
1-Sep Williamsgrove Speedway PST-A $3,000 to win PST/URC Challenge
2-Sep Selinsgrove Speedway PST-A $3,000 to win PST/URC Challenge
3-Sep Path Valley Speedway PST-A $3,000 to win PST/URC Challenge
8-Sep TBA PST-A
15-Sep Ohsweken Speedway PST-C Night before the Nationals
16-Sep Ohsweken Speedway PST-C 13th Annual Canadaian Sprint Car Nationals ($12,000 to win)
22-Sep Outlaw Speedway Dundee, NY PST-A 2nd Annual Outlaw Fall Nationals ($5,000 to win)
23-Sep Fonda Speedway PST-A Kramer Williamson Memorial ($5,073 to win)
24-Sep TBA PST-A

-end-

Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards releases 2017 rule book and format

Tour officials also announced

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – February 1, 2017...The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is pleased to announce that it has released the rule book and format for the inaugural season of competition in 2017.

With the rule book being released the tour would also like to introduce and welcome long time Sprint Car driver Kevin Urton as the Director of Competition, as well as veteran official Ed Kinkle as Head Official for the upcoming campaign.

As a driver Urton claimed the Placerville Speedway track title in 1993, along with a pair of traveling Winged 360 Sprint Car championships, plus two titles with the USAC Western States Sprint Cars. "I've definitely been really excited about the Sprint Car Challenge Tour ever since the first time I had heard about it," Urton said. "I'm looking forward to manning the Director of Competition role and working with all the race teams. This is an exciting time for Sprint Car racing in California and I'm glad to be a part of the inaugural SCCT season."

Kinkle has spent a number of years working events throughout California as an official in various capacities and brings a wealth of knowledge to the tour. He will also handle the extensive contingency program that the tour has in place. Both Urton and Kinkle will work in unison to make sure that races run smoothly and in a timely fashion each night.

"We're happy to have Kevin Urton and Ed Kinkle head up our officials team with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards in 2017," said Scott Russell of SCCT. "Both have been around the sport for many years and will do a great job for us. We feel that Kevin has the right personality and demeanor for the DOC position and all the racers have known Ed with his numerous seasons of experience as an official throughout the Golden State. With the kind of car counts we're expecting, we know that having our shows run smooth and on time is going to be important. That's something we're very cognizant of."

The nightly format will be somewhat unique to California sprint car racing, as drivers qualify against those that will compete in their respective heat race. It is looked upon by series officials as a way to limit changing track conditions from having a major impact on the outcome of qualifying. Each heat race will feature an invert of four, with the top-two finishers and the two fastest qualifiers from overall time trials that advance to the A-main, becoming eligible for dash consideration.

Of those 10 dash eligible drivers (in a four heat format), the eight fastest drivers from overall qualifying will then take part and draw for starting positions in the event. The two slowest of the dash eligible cars automatically start ninth and 10th in the A-main. The other heat race transfers that don't make the dash will be lined straight up in the A-main based off the overall qualifying times. The full format is detailed in the rule book, including versions depending on car count.

"We believe this format will play out as fair as possible for the teams and make it more entertaining for the fans as well," commented Scott Hall of SCCT. "We've seen split qualifying used a lot in recent years and this basically takes it one step further to truly minimize the impact of changing conditions in qualifying. It will certainly shake things up and we look forward to seeing how it works out. We're happy to have the schedule complete and the rule book out. Now it's time to put the finishing touches on everything as we get closer to the season."

To view the rule book visit http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com/rules

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will kick-off its inaugural season on Saturday April 1 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA. It will mark the first California-based traveling Winged Sprint Car series event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility since 2013.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Bianchi Farms, All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, Bullard Construction, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jocko's Sprint Parts, King Racing Products, LRB Inc, MW Metal Works, Pit Stop USA, RacePartsTrader.com, CRV Carbon Solutions, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, Auto Meter, Sellers Race Wings, Naake Suspension and PT Shocks.

More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.

Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards 2017 Schedule

Saturday April 1: Antioch Speedway
Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway
Friday April 21: Thunderbowl Raceway (4th annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday April 29: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 17: Antioch Speedway
Saturday June 24: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)
Sunday July 2: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Monday July 3: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday July 29: Fernley 95A Speedway
Friday August 25: Placerville Speedway
Saturday August 26: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday November 4: Stockton Dirt Track (34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)

-end-

Record-setting $10,850 Distributed at 2016 CRSA Sprints Banquet

For immediate release:

By Curtis Berleue

SODUS, NY | The 2016 CRSA Sprints season concluded with the annual awards banquet this past Saturday night at the Vernon Downs Casino where a series record $10,850 in cash along with awards was distributed to drivers for their achievements.  Receiving cash awards were the top 12 in tour points, all "A" Main winners,  the 2016 Rookie of the Year, and each of the top three finishers in the Kennedy's 'Northway 90' series, E&H Services, LLC Southern Tier Challenge, and the I-88 Speedway/Algonkin Motel Challenge Series.

Earning a total of 3,146 points, Kyle Smith was crowned the tour champion for the second year in a row, worth $1,325.  The South Egremont, Massachusetts driver finished the season with 3 wins (Fonda April 23rd, Thunder Mountain May 28th, & I-88 October 7th), 12 top 5's and 18 top 10's through 20 races.  Smith also finished 2nd in the Kennedy's 'Northway 90' series and 3rd in the I-88/Algonkin Motel Southern Tier Challenge, bringing his total earnings to $1,725 in cash as well as his Champions Cup,  Jacket & Plaque.

Finishing second through twelfth in overall tour standings were Brett Jaycox, Emily VanInwegen, Dana Wagner, Eddie Strada, Dalton Herrick, Sydney Prince, Josh Flint, Brian Krummel, Tyler Jashembowski, Scott Goodrich and Thomas Radivoy.

Many special awards were handed out throughout the night as well.  Sydney Prince finished 7th in overall points and scored 3 top 10's in her first season of racing full-size cars, and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors.

Other awards being distributed included the Hard Luck award (Art Kiser Racing), Best Appearing Car (Sydney Prince), Hard Charger (Brett Jaycox), Mechanic of the Year (Russ Flint), Sportsmanship award (Josh Flint), Perseverance award (Dana Wagner), and the Dedication to CRSA award (John Matrafailo).  A special award for Dedication and Service to CRSA was also presented to long-time series flagman and official Ken Marshall, who has decided to retire after the 2016 season.

-end-

Patriot Sprint Tour teams up with United Racing Club Labor Day weekend to present three race event

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

Sodus, NY With the announcement of the United Racing Club's schedule this past weekend at the Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour will be heading to the historic Williams Grove Speedway Friday, September 1, Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday, September 2, and Path Valley Speedway Park Sunday, September 3.

This tour returns to the Grove for the first time since 2011 when the Patriots teamed up with URC in a special event. Sunbury, PA driver Mark Smith won that event in his Mach Chassis No. 1. This will be the first ever visit to Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, PA!

Selinsgrove Speedway however has been a mainstay visit with the Patriot Sprint Tour for the last few seasons as being a part of the Joe Whitcomb Memorial in June. Last season's Joe Whitcomb Memorial was won by 2016 United Racing Club Series champion, Davie Franek, of Wantage, New Jersey. Franek also won with the Patriots last season at Little Valley during our Bonnell's Collision Center Western Weekend, and then at Fonda Speedway for the Kramer Williamson Memorial.

This will be the Patriot Sprint Tour's 15th season of racing operation dating back to 2003 and the 11th under the Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc. umbrella.

This will however be the URC's 70th season of operation, which is the longest running traveling sprint car series in the nation. It is under the management of Rick Weller (President), and 9 time URC Champion, Curt Michael (Vice President).

Once again, the Patriot Sprint Tour season schedule is near completion and is set to be another great year for sprint car racing in the Northeast. As always, the first event on the calendar will be the New York State Motorsports Exposition and Trade show at the Center of Progress building on the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. The dates for that will be Saturday March 11, and Sunday March 12.

The racing begins at Outlaw Speedway on Friday, April 21 as part of the Outlaw Spring Nationals. It will be a full point show and a challenge event with the Empire Super Sprints, and United Racing Club. Then the following night April 22, the 2017 PST Canadian Series will kick off at the Merrittville Speedway as part of their Spring Sizzler, Jason Barney has secured victory at the Thorold, ONT facility the last two seasons.

A tentative schedule will be released within the next few weeks, and an official hard copy will be distributed at the Motorsports Expo.

-end-

The United Racing Club Officially Welcomes New Title Sponsor Capital Renegade 

The United Racing Club presented by Capital Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers held their annual winter meeting on Saturday 1/21/17 at the 2017 Motorsports show presented by PPB.  There were many drivers, crew members, and owners on hand for the annual winter meeting this past Saturday including Justin Whittall, Curt Michael, and Brett Michalski to name a few.

New URC president Rick Weller welcomed everyone in attendance before new Vice President Curt Michael went over the 2017 schedule which was recently released. New URC Board member and club treasurer Tom Whittall announced the addition 2 new product sponsors (BR Motorsports and King Racing Products) before making the official announcement that the United Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Capital Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers as the title sponsor for 2017.  Whittall turned over the microphone to Capital Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers owner Wayne Quackenbush.  Wayne expressed his excitement partnering with a long standing (70 Yrs) sprint car series and mentioned he believes this to be the beginning of a long standing partnership. Wayne also made the announcement that he purchased a new 360 for his son David to participate in multiple URC races in 2017.

Insinger Performance Inc. were also on hand for the meeting and were able to speak about the 2017 URC partnership they recently entered into.  For 2017, URC members can purchase a drum of fuel for $145 and receive a $20 rebate to cash in at the end of the season.

-end-

Ambitious 18 Race 2017 Slate for Sprint Series of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – January 21, 2017 - The sophomore season for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series boasts an ambitious eighteen race schedule that will see eight different tracks in three states host at least one SSO event for the 2017 season, series officials officially announced Saturday afternoon.

The season will kick off on Saturday night, March 25, in the first of six appearances at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore. Other dates include Friday night events on April 21; May 19; June 23; August 18 and is slated to close out 2017 at the track on Saturday night, September 15.

Last year saw Southern Oklahoma Speedway host four SSO events where John Carney II, Michelle Melton, Chad Wilson and Marcus Thomas pick up victories.

Longdale Speedway (Oklahoma) will once again host an SSO event and again will be joined by the Kansas-based United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS) on Saturday night, April 1. Kansas veteran Luke Cranston took home last year's victory atop the big Northwest Oklahoma track.

Wichita Speedway (formally Red River Speedway) in Wichita Falls, Texas will play host to two series events, the first slated for Friday night, April 28, and race number four on the season with the second event scheduled for Friday night, July 28. Carney (2) and Brandon Long scored SSO victories in 2016. The track is under new ownership this year and will be promoted by former sprint car driver Kathryne Minter.

Another track that has undergone a name and ownership change over the off season is Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma. Formally known as Brill Motor Speedway and which hosted two 2016 events, once again will see two appearances from the SSO. Those dates are Friday night encounters; May 5 and September 8. Jake Martens and defending series and IMCA national sprint car champion Andy Shouse took home those victories at a track now owned and operated by midget and sprint car racer Cody Brewer.

Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada will once again host two Saturday night events and are slated for June 24 and August 5. Joe Wood, Jr. and Austin Mundie scored victories last year at the George Welch owned facility.

Three tracks will host the SSO for their first time in 2017 with the first coming at Elk City Speedway (Oklahoma) on Saturday night, May 13, and Saturday night, July 22. The tour will make one appearance at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas in an event co-sanctioned with URSS as part of the tracks "Sprint Car Mania" on Memorial weekend Sunday night, May 28. A much-anticipated appearance at the red-clay oval of Lawton Speedway is set for Saturday night, August 19.

For more information on the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, check out their official facebook page: Sprint Series of Oklahoma. To learn more on the series as well as any questions you may have concerning rules, purse, to become contingency partner or series partner contact Jim Messmer (405) 417-2202 or Ernie Messmer (405) 818-9007.

2017 Sprint Series of Oklahoma Schedule:
March 25     Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
April 1          Longdale Speedway/Longdale, Oklahoma (w/URSS
April 21        Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
April 28        Wichita Speedway/Wichita Falls, Texas
May 5           Red Dirt Raceway/Meeker, Oklahoma
May 13         Elk City Speedway/Elk City, Oklahoma
May 19         Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
May 28         81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
June 23         Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
June 24         Oklahoma Sports Park/Ada, Oklahoma
June 30         Red Dirt Raceway/Meeker, Oklahoma
July 22          Elk City Speedway/Elk City, Oklahoma
July 28           Wichita Speedway/Wichita Falls, Texas
Aug 5             Oklahoma Sports Park/Ada, Oklahoma
Aug 18           Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
Aug 19           Lawton Speedway/Lawton, Oklahoma
Sept 8            Red Dirt Raceway/Meeker, Oklahoma
Sept 15          Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma    
 
-end-

The United Racing Club Announces 2017 Schedule

The United Racing Club is proud to announce its 32 race schedule consisting of 4 wingless races, 26 points races, multiple special events, and co sanctioned races as well.

The United Racing Club 2017 travels will include racing in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania over an 8 month span beginning in April and ending in November at the ultra fast Bridgeport Speedway and heads back to places such as Lincoln Speedway, Path Valley Speedway and Penn Can Speedway in 2017.

Some highlights of the 2017 schedule include 4 Wingless Events with a co-sanctioned race at the Weedsport Speedway at the end of June paying $5,000 to win.  Some other highlights are the Gunn Memorial, Kramer Cup, Weikert Memorial, Selinsgrove Nationals, Three for All and the Big Track Classic.

All special event races will be run using URC Points, rewarding points only to full URC members.  These events will count only those full URC members and distribute points using the A Feature URC Points.

United Racing Club's new 2017 sponsor Capitol Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers owner Wayne Quackenbush will be on hand on Saturday during the URC information meeting conducted by 2017 URC President Rick Weller.  Rick will be on hand to provide updates for the 2017 season and formally announce Capitol Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers as the 2017 title sponsor.

-end-

United Racing Club Partnering with Insinger Performance for 2017

The United Racing Club is excited to announce a new partnership with Insinger Performance and Sunoco Race Fuels for the 2017 racing season.  

Insinger Performance is a master distributor of Sunoco Race Fuels. Insinger offers all products from Sunoco found at www.racegas.com. Insinger also are the number 1 rated supplier of 99.9% Methanol in the Northeast United States. Insinger services the Racing Industries as well as the Oil & Gas Industry with the purest methanol available.

Insinger Performance was started in 1987 by Bruce Insinger as the Owner and CEO of the company. Bruce has grown the business by creating a network of dealers that extend from Maryland into Canada. Through hard work and customer satisfaction the business has grown steadily every year.

For the 2017 racing season United Racing Club Members will be able to purchase a drum of racing fuel for $145.00 and the URC member will receive a rebate for $20 for each drum purchased.  

Drums of racing fuel can be purchased by contacting Fred's Trailer Parts Center located at 450 Creek Rd, Delanco NJ or at Insinger Performance located at 49 Albe, Dr, Newark DE.   

An Insinger rep will be at this weekends Motorsports Show 2017 presented by PPB to talk about this great partnership and it's benefits.  Be sure to stop by the United Racing Club this weekend to learn more about this great deal!

-end-

Peter Murphy Classic opener added to Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards schedule

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – January 18, 2017...The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is happy to announce that opening night of the Peter Murphy Classic on Friday April 21 at Thunderbowl Raceway has been added to the inaugural schedule of events.

The two-night weekend at the popular Tulare based facility has grown to be one of the most prestigious races in California over the last couple years. Organized by retired racer & fan-favorite Peter Murphy, the Friday portion this year will showcase the third round of action for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, while the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series headline the program during Saturday's finale.

It will mark the third annual installment of the event, but the first in the month of April, after being held in July the last two seasons. Thunderbowl Raceway becomes the seventh track that will be a part of the initial season for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards and brings the schedule to 13 events.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Peter Murphy Classic in April at Thunderbowl Raceway," said Scott Russell of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. "Adding the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway is a big thing for the tour and for it to be an event such as the Murphy is a special opportunity. Peter has worked extremely hard on his show and we think the fans will be treated to a great night of racing on April 21. It's going to be an exciting month of April to help kick-off the season for SCCT."

Steve Faria, promoter of Thunderbowl Raceway also spoke about adding the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards to the April 21 date.

"The Sprint Car Challenge Tour has good people in place and some great things going for it, so we think this will be a solid boost for opening night of the Peter Murphy Classic. Having the event in April is going to be big and giving fans the chance to see the SCCT Winged 360's on Friday, followed by the King of the West 410's on Saturday is a perfect match. Peter always hustles hard for this event so we hope everyone can come out to support the weekend."

In addition to that, the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also be the lone series sanctioning the Winged 360 portion of the Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4. That night will also see the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in competition; however, the Civil War 360 Series will not be sanctioning the Winged 360 portion. The champion for both SCCT & KWS will be crowned in the unique winners circle at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility.

Thanks to generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will be awarded $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the series will also participate in the substantial year-end point fund.

Basic purse payouts will see $2,500-to-win the A-main, and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400-to-start the feature event. No matter the car count, every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star and open wheel enthusiast Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time team who wins a feature event, allowing the winner's share to potentially grow to $3,000.

The tour will debut with a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash to racers that display the sponsor decals over the course of the 13 race season. Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services will also provide a $1,000 prize to the series Rookie of the Year.
The rulebook for the new series will be available on the SCCT website in the next couple of weeks. In addition to that the format will also be finalized in the weeks ahead.

-end-

Patriot Sprint Tour Membership Forms now available for 2017 Season

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

Sodus, NY --Patriot Sprint Tour Membership forms are now available for all competing teams in the 2017 season for both our American and Canadian Series.

Any driver who gets their forms in by February 15 will also receive a free Patriot Sprint Tour T-Shirt. Full Driver memberships cost $150, while an Owner/Crew Membership w/Ins. will be $100, while an Owner/Crew Membership w/o Ins. will be $50.  As always a "per race" temporary membership will be $50.00.

You can download the PDF file on the PST website at www.patriotsprinttour.com/registration and send to Mike Emhof at 6328 Kelly Road, Sodus NY, 14551.  (Don't forget the appropriate Tax forms must accompany the membership form)

In other Patriot Sprint Tour news, the 2017 schedule is nearing completion with many exciting events and new venues on the calendar for the great race fans of the Northeast.

The first event on the PST calendar is of course the 31st annual Motorsports Exposition & Trade Show at the Center of Progress building on the New York State Fairgrounds. PST Staff will be in attendance both days to answer any questions about the upcoming season. Many of the PST teams will be showing off their new colors and sponsors for the upcoming 2017 season.

As previously announced, the Patriot Sprint Tour will begin its 2017 season at the Outlaw Speedway on Friday, April 21 as part of the Outlaw Spring Nationals in Dundee, NY. That will be a challenge event with the Empire Super Sprints and the United Racing Club; it will still however be a full points event for the American Series. Then the following night, we cross the border and head to the Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, ONT for the annual Spring Sizzler which will begin our Canadian Series points championship.

-end-

URC to Announce Title Sponsor at 2017 Motorsports Show

The United Racing Club is excited to announce that the club has secured a title sponsor for the 2017 racing season.

After the Club was brought back to life by Bill Gallagher in 2015, the series lacked a title sponsor. Under the leadership of Gallagher the past two seasons, the 2015 Champion (Curt Michael) and the 2016 Champion (Davie Franek) were able to walk away with a champions check and this past year the club was able to pay the top 13 in points.

During this off season the leadership of the club (President Rick Weller, Vice President Curt Michael, Treasure Tom Whittall, Committee Members, Mark Sasso, Tim Moran, Howard Swanson, and Dave Betts) set out with the objective to find a title sponsors which has lacked since the Company days when they were headed by Rislone and Bars Leaks.

The 2017 sponsor will be announced at the URC booth during the 2017 Motorsports Show. Be sure to stop by the booth to get a good look at 2017 URC rookie contender Kris Lillick and 2 time and defending URC Champion Davie "No Panic" Frank's cars which will be on hand.

Reminder that you can purchase 2017 memberships at the Motorsports show as well.

-end

The Ultimate Wingless Shootout at Weedsport Comes in 2017!

$5,000 to win event on Sunday, June 25th

WEEDSPORT, NY – As the calendar turns to 2017, the Weedsport Speedway announces the first ever Ultimate Wingless Shootout! A $5,000 to win wingless event for 360 sprint cars from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the United Racing Club (URC).

The stage will be set on Sunday, June 25th, as the best 360 Sprint racers in the Northeast will go outside the box vying for a chance to be the first Wingless Shootout Champion. Weedsport's Sportsman Shootout Series competitors will join the wingless warriors making for an exciting 1-2 punch.

"We have been talking to Dean Reynolds from ESS for quite some time about trying a wingless event. We both agreed this was the year to try to make it happen, and June 25th was a perfect fit," noted Weedsport promoter Jimmy Phelps. "All of us are super excited about this event. The northeast has some really good 360 racers, and it will be awesome to see how they adapt, and who will prevail. We still have some work to do and our goal is to find an open date to open the track for some practice, but one thing is for sure, it will be fun to watch."

"Jimmy and I have been throwing around the idea for a while now. There is plenty of interest from our guys to take the wings off for an event and we think this will be a big hit," Dean Reynolds, VP of ESS mentioned. "It's fun doing something special once a year, just like our asphalt show that has been very successful.  I think Weedsport's size and shape is perfect for a wingless event."

The event will be open competition with any driver and 360 team invited to attend.  Both ESS and URC have agreed to place on their schedules with ESS officials helping in organizing the affair.

Weedsport Speedway has received a complete make over since Al Heinke has taken ownership. Upgrades to the facility include a state of the art LED lighting system and sound system, a huge jumbo tron with real time broadcasting, new concession areas, revamped pit area, all new grandstands and VIP towers, a new grand entrance, as well as a multi-groove racing surface.

The Ultimate Wingless Shootout at Weedsport adds to an already exciting 2017 schedule, which includes Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, Super DIRTcar Series big and small block modifieds, Empire Super Sprints, Sportsman Shootout Series, as well as DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Look for further information, including a full schedule release, in the coming weeks.

-end-

MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES PREPARING TO OPEN 2017 SEASON AT MOTORSPORTS EXPO

OAKS, PA

By ERIKA PALMAI-WAGNER

Kicking off their first inaugural season under a new name and new management, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is ready for the thirty-second annual Motorsports Expo on January 20th, 21st and 22nd.

“Over these last few months, Jeff Geiges and I have been working hard at trying to improve 305 Racesaver® Sprint Car racing in our area, and after listening to a majority of race teams, we hope to be heading in the right direction,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Sprints explained. "Motorsports is always an exciting way to kick off the year.  It’s a great way to interact with drivers, teams and fans that may have questions and concerns, and it’s a great way to show off all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes”.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be in booths 1008, 1009, 1108 & 1109.  Doug Snow, driver of the Snow Motorsports #777 and David Bonner, driver of the #57v will be on hand with their cars in the MASS booth. Both drivers have already expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming season.  

Prospective members will be able to purchase their membership pass for the season during that weekend.  After purchasing a MASS membership pass, drivers and owners will be eligible for the end of the year points fund as well as contingency prizes that will be presented at the banquet and during special events throughout the season.  Members will also be able to vote on the points structure, visitor policy and handicapping at the upcoming winter meeting that will be held sometime after Motorsports.  Prices for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series membership pass are as followed; $95 for a driver/owner combo and $75 for an individual pass for either a driver or owner.  

“We are hoping to release our schedule in the upcoming weeks prior to Motorsports.  These last few weeks have been crucial in locking key dates for the 2017 season that we are hoping to be seen as appealing to everyone,” Jeff Geiges MASS General Manager stated.  “We have races at six different venues, with a possible seventh in the works.  Our schedule should consist of eighteen to nineteen races, which is what majority of the racers asked for at our initial meeting back in November”.  

The 3-day show will fill 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with just about everything imaginable in motorsports available for attendees to see.  

For more details on this and other news with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, be sure to like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/ or email us at MidAtlanticSeries@gmail.com.  

-end-

Droud/Ochs Brothers Reflect on Exciting 2016 NCRA Sprint Title

Park City, Kansas – December 28, 2016 - As the 2016 National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products 360-sprint car division geared up for their 27th consecutive season, Don Droud, Jr. as well as Dave, Mike and the rest of the Ochs Brothers made the decision to compete full-time in Droud's quest for the series championship.

"We knew we were going for the championship from the outset," said the Lincoln, Nebraska veteran. "To be able to run with a Christian-based race team like the Ochs Brothers makes it worth it and because the NCRA is what they want to run."

With Arkansas' Derek Hagar claiming the first two opening point races of the season at 81 Speedway in Park City, including the $10,000 to win "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout," Droud reeled off back-to-back victories at 81 Speedway and Dodge City Raceway Park respectively and the series point lead.  His last feature victory came at a June 17 stop at Salina (Kansas) Speedway.

While Droud claimed his first ever sprint car championship and was happy to do it with the Ochs Brothers, the Western Kansas based team was just as enthusiastic.

"We were very excited to win this championship, not just for us but for Droud," said Mike Ochs. "He has been trying for years to win a championship and this year he accomplished that."

The familiar Ochs Brothers #1x has been a staunch supporter of NCRA since 1980 but their late father, Charlie, actually teamed with Danny King in 1977 and together they fielded a championship super modified for Dave Frusher. Their only other series championship came in 2009 with Garry Lee Maier, making this title very gratifying. Mike informs they will be back in 2017 to defend their championship.

Six-time and defending tour champion C. J. Johnson looked to claim his sixth consecutive championship and seventh overall but fell just 40-points short.

Droud and former tour champion Jeremy Campbell led the way with three victories while Hagar and Danny Wood each garnered two victories. Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover and John Carney II (a $10,000 winner at Dodge City Raceway Park) each scored one victory a piece.

Droud will pick up his championship trophy and the rest of the top ten in the final point standings will all be honored at the series annual banquet on January 28, 2017, inside the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas.

The 28th consecutive season for the NCRA 360-ci sprint car division will open on March 23-25, 2017 at 81 Speedway with the seventh annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" that will pay the Saturday night championship feature winner a series-history best $15,000 to win.

-end-

POWRi WAR SPREADS ITS WINGS IN 2017

Indianapolis, IN (December 26, 2016) - The POWRi/WAR Sprint Cars have partnered with Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, NM and Aztec Speedway in Aztec, NM to sanction the Lucas Oil POWRi 305 sprints series in 2017.

This 305 wing sprint series will consist of fifteen races in the "Land of Enchantment," with the defending champion Don Grable leading the list of names scheduled to compete for the 2017 championship. The series will utilize a passing points format. The top eight in passing points will also compete in a $200 to win Trophy Dash each night sponsored by American Linen to add extra incentive for each competitor.

The May 27th event at Southern New Mexico Speedway will be televised as an episode of the MAVTV "Dirty 30" program. "I am excited to work with some really passionate dirt track people like Royal Jones and Rue Stone at Southern New Mexico Speedway," said POWRi/WAR Series Director Casey Shuman, "We're also looking forward to having Aztec promoter Chad Tenski join us with this new partnership. It's a great opportunity to gain exposure for POWRi/WAR as well as the dedicated racers in that region."

For more information on the series rules or other info you can visit www.snmspeedway.com or contact Rue Stone at (575)-642-3103.

Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Wing Sprints Series 2017 Schedule

April 15th              Aztec Speedway                                              Aztec, New Mexico
April 29th              Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
May 13th               Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
May 26th               Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
May 27th               Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
June 10th              Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
June 24th              Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 8th                  Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 22nd               Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
August 5th            Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
August 19th          Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
September 1st   Aztec Speedway                                            Aztec, New Mexico
September 2nd  Aztec Speedway                                           Aztec, New Mexico
September 16th Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico
September 30th Southern New Mexico Speedway            Las Cruces, New Mexico

-end-

Gary Thomas Appointed Business Manager/Announcer For Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards

PLACERVILLE, CA (December 21, 2017).  The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards is pleased to announce that noted Northern California motorsports journalist, PR specialist, and announcer Gary Thomas has been appointed as Business Manager/Announcer for the inaugural season of the new series. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in many areas of race track and series promotion, and will serve as the cornerstone for information and engagement with race teams, series tracks, and race fans.

Commonly known as "GT", Thomas has been a familiar face and voice at numerous sprint car events around Northern California over the last decade. Thomas has been the Public Relations Director with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series since 2006 and the "voice" of the series since 2012. He has also been the PR Director of the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since 2007 and has been the PR Director/ Announcer for the Ocean Speedway sprint cars since 2014.

In addition to working closely with promoter Tony Noceti in various capacities at the Stockton Dirt Track over the last few years, Thomas has also held the position of Director of Communications there. Through his company, GT Promotions, the Sacramento, California resident has also worked with a number of sprint car teams and drivers as a publicist in his media career.

"I'm definitely excited for the opportunity to work with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards," Thomas said. "When it comes to young drivers and veteran mainstays we have an immense amount of talent in California right now. Some of the racing we witnessed last season in our state was as good as it's ever been and that bodes well going into 2017. I want to thank everyone with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards series for the opportunity to add the SCCT to my client lineup for this coming season."

"Gary is going to be a great addition to our series," said SCCT principal and Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell. "He brings valuable experience and dedication that will be a big asset as we move this series into the future. It will also be an awesome opportunity for Gary to expand his horizons along with everyone associated in this effort, and we can't wait to get started."

-end-

Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented By Abreu Vineyards To Debut In 2017

PLACERVILLE, CA (December 20, 2017).  The Western United States will see a major new 360 sprint car series on the scene in 2017 as the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards is set to sanction races in California and Nevada.  The winged fuel injected sprint cars will contest a 12 race schedule at five tracks, with very significant contingency awards, enhanced purses, and large point fund payouts available for race teams. The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards will have their inaugural event at Antioch Speedway on April 1. The bay area track will also see a return visit on June 17th. Placerville Speedway and Stockton Dirt Track will both host four races each. Placerville’s foothill facility holds series race number two on April 15th, another single event on May 6th, and the high paying two day Nor-Cal Shootout on September 22nd and 23rd. The Stockton Dirt Track presents its first race on May 27th, with the Jimmy Sills Classic on July 2nd, the Salute to Leroy Van Conett on August 26th and the inaugural season finale 34th Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson November 4th. Solo nights of racing at the beautiful Calistoga Speedway in the Napa Valley wine region will see the Wine Country Classic on June 24th, while Nevada’s Fernley 95A Speedway in the high desert area outside of Reno will have their race on July 29th.

Thanks to generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the series will be awarded $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the series will also participate in the substantial year end fund, which is expected to be augmented considerably with other announcements forthcoming in the near future. Race team interest expressed during the creation of the new series should see a full complement of top teams gunning for their share of the prize money.

Basic purse payouts will see $2,500 to win and, and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400 to start the feature event. No matter the car count every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star and open wheel enthusiast Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time team who wins a feature event, allowing the winner’s share to potentially grow to $3,000. Additional race dates, such as the above mentioned Nor-Cal Shootout, will offer purses greater than the standard payouts, with details on those events available soon. Also, as an added benefit to race teams, the nightly purses will be paid out at the track when that night of competition is completed.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also debut with a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash to racers over the course of the 12 race season. Awards at each event will include LRB Race Products $100 to fast time, $250 apiece from All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, and King Racing Products for the top four in each heat, RacePartsTrader.com $100 to the dash winner, Bullard Construction $100 to 7th place in the B-main, Pit Stop USA $200 to the A-main Hard Charger, MW Metal Works $100 to the fastest lap in the A-Main, and Jocko’s Sprint Parts $100 to 6th place in the A-main. Also, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services will provide a $1,000 prize to the series Rookie of the Year. Several more contingency sponsors will be announced as the season approaches.                          

‚Äč******************************************

2017 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards Schedule

Apr. 1                    Antioch Speedway                          (Antioch, CA)
Apr. 15                  Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
May 6                    Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
May 27                 Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Jun 17                   Antioch Speedway                          (Antioch, CA)
Jun 24                   Calistoga Speedway                        (Calistoga, CA)
Jul 2                       Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Jul 29                     Fernley 95A Speedway                  (Fernley, NV)
Aug 26                  Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Sep 22                   Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
Sep 23                   Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
Nov 4                    Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)

-end-

Jackson Motorplex Adds Five 360ci Winged Sprint Car Dates to 2017 Schedule

JACKSON, Minn. (Dec. 19, 2016) - Jackson Motorplex has added five dates for 360ci winged sprint car racing on its 2017 schedule.

The half-mile oval will host the Midwest Sprint Touring Series on June 9, June 16, July 7, July 21 and Aug. 25. The races on June 16 and July 7 are also co-sanctioned with the Nebraska 360 Series. That means during every Friday night show from May through early September there will be two sprint car classes.

Additionally, the Fair Race has been moved to Thursday, July 27, and will feature 410 Outlaw Sprints. That class will also join the Late Model Street Stock Touring Series for an event at Jackson Motorplex on Saturday, Aug. 19.

A couple of other additions are in the works for the 2017 schedule so stay tuned to http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com.

The 2017 season opener is slated for April 28-29 when the track will host the Frostbuster, which features the IMCA a mods, IMCA sport mods, IMCA stock cars, IMCA hobby stocks and IMCA sport compacts.

The first sprint car event of 2017 at Jackson Motorplex is the Spring Nationals on May 12. The 410 Outlaw Sprints, RaceSaver 305 sprint cars and Heartland Racing Association non-wing sprint cars will compete that night.

-end-

NSA Series Set for 21 Races at Six Tracks in Montana, Washington and Western Canada

BILLINGS, Mont. (Dec. 12, 2016) - The North-American Speed Association is soaring to new heights in 2017.

The NSA Series, which was revamped in 2016 when it held a half-dozen races, will showcase 21 races at six tracks in Montana, Washington and Western Canada next season. All races will pay at least $1,500 to win with several special events featuring increased payouts.

As previously announced, the NSA Series is partnering with the Washington-based Summer Thunder Sprint Series for 11 races titled the Northwest Challenge Series. All NCS events will pay at least $2,000 to win.

Both the NSA Series season and the Northwest Challenge Series will offer a points fund that will be announced at a later date.

"We had a great time reintroducing the NSA Series in 2016 and are proud to announce an ambitious schedule for 2017 that will include a partnership with Steve Beitler and the Summer Thunder Sprint Series," NSA Series Founder Mike Quigley said. "Our goal is to cross promote sprint car racing in Montana, Western Canada and Washington. Hopefully we can get some of our teams and fans to venture west and have some of the Washington race teams and fans head to Montana and Western Canada."

The NSA Series season is scheduled to begin on May 19-20 with the Sprint Car Shootout at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. The track will also host NSA races on June 10, July 14, Aug. 11-12 and Sept. 1-3 for the 23rd annual Mountain Roundup.

The NSA Series will visit Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., on June 16-17 for the Harvey Ostermiller Memorial as well as on July 15 and Sept. 15-16 for the Dan Laber Memorial.

Western Canada showcases a tripleheader weekend in July when the NSA Series invades Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 21-22 for the 62 nd annual Jim Albert Memorial Gold Cup before venturing to Drayton Valley Speedway in Drayton Valley, Alberta, on July 23.

Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., brings the NSA Series to the Summer Nationals on July 28-29.

The NSA Series returns to Washington on Sept. 22-23 to wrap up the season at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima.

Canadian Kelly Miller outlasted stout competition to claim the 2016 NSA Series championship. A total of 52 drivers, including former champions of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and National Sprint League, from a dozen states and Canada contested at least one of the NSA races in 2016.

Miller was one of four drivers to win during five finished features (the first race rained out). Texas native Aaron Reutzel and Washington resident Trey Starks also picked up a victory with Missouri's Danny Lasoski sweeping the final weekend.

Starks, who was only 19 points behind Miller in the final tally, placed second in the standings with Canadians Skylar Gee and Matthew Dusseault finishing third and fourth, respectively. Reutzel rounded out the top five.

2017 Tentative NSA Series Schedule
    
May 19-20 Electric City Speedway Great Falls, Mont.

June 10 Electric City Speedway

June 16-17 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont.

July 14 Electric City Speedway
July 15 Billings Motorsports Park
July 21-22 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
July 23 Drayton Valley Speedway Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
July 28-29 Skagit Speedway

Aug. 11-12 Electric City Speedway

Sept. 1-3 Electric City Speedway
Sept. 15-16 Billings Motorsports Park
Sept. 22-23 Central Washington State Fair Raceway Yakima, Wash.

-end-

STSS and NSA Partner to Create Northwest Challenge Series in 2017

In a show of unity to grow winged sprint car racing in the Pacific Northwest and Central Montana, the Washington-based Summer Thunder Sprint Series has partnered with the Montana and Western Canada-based North-American Speed Association to create a special 11-race Northwest Challenge Series for teams in the Pacific Northwest, Central Montana and Western Canada.

The series will be comprised of select events from both STSS and NSA tours. Both series will have additional races outside of the Northwest Challenge Series as well.

"This will give the teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana and Edmonton (Canada) a chance to compete against the best of the best in the Northwest," STSS Owner Steve Beitler said. "The fans will also get to see the elite teams from different areas compete at their home tracks."

The circuit will pay a minimum of $2,000 to win and $300 to start all events with the Summer Nationals (July 28-29) at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., paying $1,500 on the preliminary night and $10,000 to win on the final night. A points fund will also be established for the 11-race series.

"I am happy to have these two great series racing together for our fans and teams," NSA Owner Mike Quigley said. "This will give all the teams more opportunities to race for increased purses and against tougher competition."

The circuit will kick off June 16-17 at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., before returning to Montana the following month for races on July 14 at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls and July 15 at Billings Motorsports Park.

The series visits Canada on July 21-22 during the renowned Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, before shifting to Drayton Valley Speedway in Drayton Valley, Alberta, on July 23.

Skagit Speedway will host a Northwest Challenge doubleheader on July 28-29 during its famed Summer Nationals before the series will conclude on Sept. 22-23 at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash.

Northwest Challenge Series Schedule:

June 16-17 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 14 Electric City Speedway Great Falls, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 15 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 21-22 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 23 Drayton Valley Speedway Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 28-29 Skagit Speedway Alger, Wash. STSS / NCS

Sept 22-23 Central Washington State Fair Raceway Yakima, Wash. STSS / NCS

-end-

NCRA Announces $15,000 to Win Sprint Car Season Opener!

Park City, Kansas – December 1, 2016 - Never one to rest on what he has promoted, National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products president and 81 Speedway track owner C Ray Hall announced Thursday the 7th annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" featuring the series 360-ci sprint car division slated for Friday and Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 will now pay $15,000 to win.

"I said when I started this race six years-ago I was going to keep raising the bar on this event each year and I believe that has been accomplished," said Hall. "This will be the biggest paying race, of any kind, ever held at this track and we couldn't be more excited.

Yet, there is a chance one lucky driver can "bank" even more winnings.

Once again on Thursday night (March 23) a special time trial session will be held and will have NO bearing on Friday and Saturday night's program. The driver who sets quick time will earn $500 and if that driver can win Friday night's feature finale, they will take home $1500. If that driver can go on and "sweep" the weekend, claiming Saturday night's championship feature, he/she will take home a whopping $17,000. Friday night's program will have nothing to do with Saturday night's show.

Last year saw Marion, Arkansas driver Derek Hagar sweep the weekend, earning Friday and Saturday night's championship features and $11,500 for his efforts.

Past winners of the "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" are: Danny Lasoski (2011, 2015); Jason Johnson (2012, 2013); Kevin Swindell (2014) and Hagar (2016).

Advanced tickets for this event, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car show slated for Saturday night, May 6th and all other 2017 events will go on sale on December 15, 2016, just in time for those stocking stuffers. Details on all advanced tickets will be released in the coming days.

-end-





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
360 Series Points
 
 
 ESS
 FINAL
1. Steve Poirier 2340
2. Jason Barney 2204
3. Paul Kinney 1727
4. Matt Tanner 1618
5. Parker Evans 1438
6. Chuck Hebing  1408
7. Jeff Cook 1362
8. Shawn Donath 1256
9. Danny Varin 1133
10. Chad Miller 1114
 
FINAL
1. Davie Franek   2975
2. Curt Michael  2829
3. Troy Betts  2289
4. Josh Weller  2256
5. R. Stillwaggon 2109
6. Adam Carberry 1999
7. Justin Whittall 1767
8. Brett Michalski 1638
9. Mark Sasso   1479
10. Jimmy Stitzel 1403
 
Patriot Sprints
 American Series
FINAL
1. Jared Zimbardi 2213
2. Paul Habeck 1855
3. Dave Just 1776
4. Steve Glover 1762
5. Darryl Ruggles 1530
6. Tyler Graves 1524
7. Dane Lorenc 1477
8. Steve Collins 1407
9.  Dan Bennett 1253
10. P Colagiovanni 1201

Canandian Series
FINAL
1. Jared Zimbardi  740
2. Mitch Brown  651
3. Dylan Westbrook 590
4. Jason Barney  583
5. Lee Ladouceur 578
6. Ryan Turner  558
7. Steve Poirier  495
8. Kyle Fraser 470
9. Chris Jones 443
10. Devin Caron 408
 
Sept. 24
1. Andy Forsberg 1877
2. Mason Moore 1861
3. Michael Ing 1513
4. Sean Becker 1442
5. Justin Sanders 1438
6. DJ Freitas 1395
7. Bradley Terrell 1310
8. Koen Shaw 1262
9. Steven Tiner 1241
10. Shane Golobic 1146
 
 

 

 

"The Dirt Track Channel", "Open Wheel Today" and "All Dirt, All the time" are trademarks of Shawn Wood Productions