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Northern Nevada showdown on tap for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – July 25, 2017…With the season slowly winding down the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is set for its only visit to the state of Nevada this Saturday July 29, as teams and fans head for the Fernley 95A Speedway.

The facility is located just 35-miles from Reno and is geared up to host its first ever traveling Winged 360 Sprint Car Series event on Saturday. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has competed at the track multiple times over the years, but none since 2013, leaving local fans hungry for a big Winged Sprint Car showcase.

All teams competing receive three free pit passes and the B-main starting money has also been boosted to $200 for non-transfers. With the event being in Nevada there will also be no muffler rule during the night.

The evening of racing also begins the start of four to go in the fight for the $10,000-to-win title and the right to be known as the inaugural tour champion. The top-15 drivers and owners will take part in the $60,000 overall point fund. The solid paydown awards a minimum of $1,000 all the way to 15th place.

“We look forward to competing at the Fernley 95A Speedway this Saturday,” said Russell Motorsports Inc. President Scott Russell. “We certainly encourage everyone to make a weekend out of it by heading up to spend the night in Reno on Friday and then make the short drive to Fernley on Saturday. With only four Sprint Car Challenge Tour races remaining this season it’s a critical event for all the teams up there in the points. It should be a good wild card show since a lot of teams have never been there.”

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst goes into Saturday holding a 45-point lead over his brother-in-law Willie Croft at the top of the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards standings. Hirst in fact, is a former winner at the Fernley 95A Speedway, having picked up a victory in the 2013 Cherry Bomb Classic with the King of the West Series. The 29-year-old is still searching for his first SCCT win of the season, but has been a mark of consistency thus far with podiums in all but two races.

Croft also had success at the Fernley 95A Speedway in 2013 and will hope to chip away at the point lead on Saturday. The Roseville racer has one victory to his credit this year, while Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto is the only repeat winner so far and goes into Saturday sitting 17-points behind Croft for the second spot. Hollister’s Ryan Bernal is the most recent winner in Sprint Car Challenge Tour competition and ranks fourth in the standings, while Princeton’s Mason Moore rounds out the top-five.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include Kingsburg’s Cory Eliason, Visalia’s Steven Tiner, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Hollister’s Tony Gualda, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar and Scott Hall, Fremont’s Shane and Dustin Golobic, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Fairfield’s Zack Lynksey, Australian’s Daniel and Michael Keen, Tulare’s Travis Coehlo, St. Helena’s Britton Bock, Tracy’s Kyle Offill, Citrus Height’s DJ Freitas, Reno's Mark Tabor Jr. and more.

The front gate of the Fernley 95A Speedway will open at 2pm this Saturday July 29. Adult tickets cost $15 in lower bleachers and $20 in the upper bleacher area, while sky box seating is $30. Cars are expected to hit the track around 5pm for wheel packing, with hot laps, qualifying and heats to follow. For tickets visit https://fernley95aspeedway.com/event-calendar/2017-sprint-car-challenge-tour/

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Bryan Howland Uses Lap Traffic To His Advantage And Wins At Woodhull For The Second Time in 2017

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

PST Media

(Woodhull, NY) In his final season of racing under his own operation, Bryan Howland has continued to have success running with the Patriot Sprint Tour picking up his third win in 2017 at the Woodhull Raceway.

Local favorite, Steve Collins started on the pole and got out to an early advantage over second place running Howland. From the start, no one would have anything for Collins having almost a straightaway lead from the rest of the field.

The only caution would occur on lap seven when Josh Azzi would spin in the middle of turn four that would also collect the 121 of Will Glover.

Collins would lead Bryan Howland, Kyle Drum, Scott Goodrich who started 11th, and Jeff Trombley. On the next restart, Collins would once again use that clean air to pull away from Howland and Drum.

Lap traffic would not be an issue until about lap 15 where the racing started to get interesting between the two race leaders. Collins would slip by multiple lap cars in attempt to separate himself from Howland and Drum but it would not last very long.

Howland would continue to keep pace with Collins and would go wing to wing with him on lap 21. The very next lap, Collins would get behind the slower car of George Suprick which enabled Howland to get a great run on the inside and as they came out of turn four, Howland would suddenly be the new race leader on lap 23.

Kyle Drum would also find a low line that would work to his advantage taking the runner up spot from Collins. The checkered flag would fly where Bryan Howland took his second win at Woodhull this season and his third with the Patriots in 2017.  Kyle Drum and Steve Collins would complete the podium, Scott Goodrich would take fourth after starting 11th and Cory Sparks would complete the top five. This was Howland’s fifth career win at Woodhull and his 31st overall with the tour.  

Heat race wins would go to Steve Collins, Jeff Trombley, and Cory Sparks. The Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash would go to Mike Koehler. Scott Goodrich advanced seven spots and earned himself the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night’ award. Scott Just would take the Prestige Pool & Spa final finisher award. Mike Koehler took the Shuttleworth’s Asphalt Sealing 11th place finish bonus.

The series is off next weekend as All Star Circuit of Champions makes their lone appearance to New York State and many teams have intentions of running those events. The tour will pick right back up with return visits to Outlaw Speedway on Friday, August 4th and Stateline Speedway on Saturday, August 5th.

Fans are always encouraged to visit www.patriotsprinttour.com along with liking Patriot Sprint Tour on facebook, as well as following @PatriotSprints on Twitter and Instagram.

The Patriot Sprint Tour recognizes the following marketing partners for the 2017 season: A-Verdi Storage Containers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Prestige Pool & Spa, Einstein Construction Group, Bonnell’s Auto Group, Evingham Site Excavation, Fine Touch Collison, Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc., Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment, Patriot Tank Lines, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Casey’s Truck Salvage, Just Signs & Designs, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, ASI Racewear, Curtis Berleue Photography.

A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour Quick Results

A Main: 1) 51- BRYAN HOWLAND (3) 2) 47- Kyle Drum 3) 67- Steve Collins 4) 30 Scott Goodrich 5) 1HD- Cory Sparks 6) 22- Jonathan Preston 7) 3A- Jeff Trombley 8) 79- Jordan Thomas 9) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles 10) 35- Jared Zimbardi 11) 22r- Mike Koehler 12) 36- Steve Doell 13) 2- Steve Hutchinson Jr 14) 10LC- Kelly Hebing 15) 87- George Suprick 16) X- Dan Bennett 17) 81- Derek Jonathan 18) 17z- Josh Azzi 19) 54J- Scott Just 20) 121- Will Glover 21) 1Q- Thomas Radivoy 22) 87*- Jason Barney

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Sean Becker Scores Third Win of 2017 At Placerville

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 22, 2017…One week after losing the lead on a late restart Roseville’s Sean Becker earned redemption by getting around Buddy Kofoid in traffic coming for the white flag to score his third Placerville Speedway victory of the season in thrilling fashion on Saturday night.

Also sharing victory lane at the 11th Red Hawk Casino point race of the season was Live Oak’s Matt Michelli, who made a final corner move on the high-side to grab an exciting Ltd. Model win. Orville Owens claimed his second Pure Stock triumph in a row, while Jake Morgan tallied his first Wingless Spec Sprint win. The Vintage Hard Tops were also hand during the night giving fans a glimpse of the days gone by.

The 25-lap Winged 360 Sprint Car feature got off to a ragged start when Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli got upside down wildly in the first corner. He emerged okay but was done for the night. On the ensuing start Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid grabbed the lead and was followed along by Sean Becker. A yellow on lap five and then another red on lap six slowed the pace early on.

Once some green flag laps were clicked off Kofoid had his way out front, as Becker and Fremont’s Shane Golobic exchanged the second spot. The final caution appeared on lap 13 and after that things went green to checkered. Kofoid had built up a sizable lead, but lapped traffic cut that down with under five laps remaining. Just as Kofoid entered turn one on lap 23 a lapped car ahead of him had spun sideways, which gave Becker the opportunity he needed to pounce and grab the top spot.

The driver known as the Shark charged around the high-side and took the lead that he would never relinquish. Becker crossed under the checkered flag over Kofoid, Golobic, Visalia’s Steven Tiner and Australian Marcus Dumesny, who put together an impressive night that also saw him earn a heat race victory. Ryan Robinson, Chase Majdic, Kalib Henry, Greg Decaires and Tanner Carrick completed the top-10.

A 28-car field of Winged 360 Sprints were on hand Saturday with fast time going to Shane Golobic with a lap of 11.058. Heat race wins were picked off by Steven Tiner, Marcus Dumesny, Chase Majdic and Ryan Robinson. The B-main went to DJ Freitas.

The Wingless Spec Sprint feature saw newcomer Captain Quint take the lead at the waving of the green flag. A yellow on lap five then set up a restart that saw Jimmy Christian carve his way past Quint to move into the top spot. On lap 11 Winged Sprint Car regular Jake Morgan made a great move to take the lead and go on to cross under the checkered flag for his first Wingless win.

Quint, a distant relative of Winged Sprint Car ace Sean Becker, got back around Christian to earn a second place finish. Christian, Chris Kerr and Cody Spencer completed the top-five. The Wingless Spec Sprint portion of the night saw 15 cars in action with heat races going to Captain Quint and Scott Hall. Quint also set fast time to begin the evening.

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Shebester Holds Off Wood for First Career Sprint Series of Oklahoma Victory

Elk City, Oklahoma – July 22, 2017 - Steven Shebester took the lead at the start then held off a fast-closing Joe Wood, Jr. at the end to claim the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car presented by Smiley’s Racing Products feature Saturday night at Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Oklahoma.

A Feature: 1. Steven Shebester, 2. Joe Wood Jr., 3. Andy Shouse, 4. Brandon Long, 5. Zach Blurton, 6. Blake Dacus, 7. Jake Martens, 8. Cody Whitworth, 9. Chris Kelly, 10. Josh Toho, 11. Michael Gossman, 12. Loyd Clevenger, 13. Dillon Laden, 14. Justin Fisk, 15. Blake Scott, 16. Jerry Jumper, 17. Justin Mowery, 18. Tristan Oakes, 19. Chase Smith, 20. Tanner Conn, 21. Chad Koch.

Lap Leaders: Shebester 1-25

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Gary Bell Triumphant in NCRA/ASCS Red River Region Showdown
 
Park City, Kansas – July 22, 2017 - Brian Bell made the long tow from his Galloway, Tennessee,to claim victory as the National Championship Racing Association/ASCS Red River Region competed at 81 Speedway in Park City on Saturday night.

Ray Seeman and Alex Sewell started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature but caution would quickly wave at the start when Sewell and Seeman tangled sending Sewell to the tail of the field on the restart.  

The complete restart would move Jeff Stasa up to the outside front row starting position besides Seeman but it was fourth starting Mike Goodman who would take the lead as the green flag fell.

Goodman would open a ten-car length lead over Stasa while third starting Don Droud, Jr., eighth starting John Carney II and Bell completed the top five after the first three laps.

The first caution of the feature would fall on lap five when Jon Freeman spun at the bottom of turn four.

On the restart, Droud would dispose of Stasa for the runner-up position with Carney close behind. The Lubbock, Texas drivers run would come to an abrupt end on lap eight when Carney would get high entering turns one and two and execute a series of end-over-end flips. He was uninjured and done for the night.  

The final restart saw Goodman still up front while Droud would have his hands full with third place Bell and Sewell with both drivers over-taking Droud for second and third respectively.

Goodmans lead would be just five car lengths by lap seventeen and when approaching slower cars two laps later, Bell utilize lapped traffic to get underneath Goodman to take the lead coming out of turn two on lap twenty.

There was no catching Bell those final five laps as he would go on to claim his first-ever NCRA victory in only his second start with the series. Current ASCS Red River Region point leader Sewell disposed of Droud for second with four laps to go to claim the runner-up position after restarting sixteenth after causing the caution on the original start.

Ninth-starting and current NCRA point leader Jeremy Campbell finished third while Goodman and Droud finished fourth and fifth respectively.

A Feature: 1. Brian Bell; 2. Alex Sewell; 3. Jeremy Campbell; 4. Mike Goodman; 5. Don Droud Jr.; 6. Danny Jennings; 7. Andrew Deal; 8. Jeff Stasa; 9. Fred Mattox; 10. Forrest Sutherland; 11. Jake Greider; 12. Ray Seeman; 13. Jared Sewell; 14. Jon Freeman; 15. TJ Artz; 16. John Carney.

Lap Leaders: Goodman 1-20, Bell 21-25

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Two Straight for Price at Skagit Speedway

7/22/17

Alger, WA - The360 Sprint Cars made their final appearance before next week’s $10k to win  Summer Nationals, with Robbie Price standing tall in victory lane at the end of the night at Skagit Speedway.

Similar to his previous win in the Budweiser 360 Sprints. Price got out to an advantage on the field lap one and just let the car rip around the top in going wire to wire for his third victory of the season. Colton Heath was the runner up with Jason Solwold advancing from eighth to take third. Solwold was the fast qualifier. Heat winners were Heath and Cam Smith.

Main - Robbie Price, Colton Heath, Jason Solwold, Jared Peterson, Eric Fisher, Brandon Harkness, Trevor Cook, Barry Martinez, Luke Didiuk, Cam Smith, Bud Ashe, Steve James, Steve Reeves.

Lap Leaders - Price 1-25

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Northwest Challenge Series Goes International This Weekend for Jim Albert Memorial Gold Cup in Canada

BILLINGS, Mont. (July 19, 2017) - The Northwest Challenge Series makes its lone international visit of the season this weekend in Canada.

Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, will host the 62nd annual Jim Albert Memorial Gold Cup - Canada's oldest oval racing event - this Friday and Saturday when a variety of top-notch drivers from Western Canada, the Northwest and Montana will invade the 3/8-mile oval for Friday's $2,000-to-win show and Saturday's $4,000-to-win finale.

Washington resident J.J. Hickle is the hottest driver on the circuit after he swept last weekend's Northwest Challenge Series - created under the banners of the NSA Series, which is based in Montana and has roots in Western Canada, and the Washington-state based Summer Thunder Sprint Series - doubleheader in Montana.

Texas native Travis Rilat won the only other Northwest Challenge Series event and he has two NSA Series victories this season. Canadian Casey Adams, who leads the NSA Series championship standings by only 20 points over defending series champion and fellow Canadian Kelly Miller, also has an NSA Series win this season.

Washington's Jason Solwold leads the Summer Thunder Sprint Series championship standings thanks to two feature victories. Oregon's Roger Crockett and Texas's Sam Hafertepe Jr. also have two triumphs as Washington resident Austen Wheatley, Oklahoma native Matt Covington and Texas's Aaron Reutzel also have a win this year.

Miller won the opening round of the Jim Albert Memorial Gold Cup last season before Washington's Trey Starks captured the finale.

The main gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow both nights this weekend.

2017 NSA SERIES FEATURE WINNERS - J.J. Hickle - 2 (Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on July 14 and BMP Speedway in Billings, Mont., on July 15); Travis Rilat - 2 (Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on May 20 and BMP Speedway in Billings, Mont., on June 17); and Casey Adams - 1 (Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on May 19)

UNOFFICIAL NSA SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (Through 5 Races)
1. Casey Adams 979
2. Kelly Miller 959
3. Sean MacDonell 945
4. Trever Kirkland 940
5. David Miller 915
6. Roger Cummings 844
7. J.J. Hickle 746
8. Shane Moore 668
9. Travis Rilat 608
10. Bill Boyce 576

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Storm Damage Repaired, Georgetown Speedway Ready To Race This Friday, July 21 For Modified & URC Sprint Car Headlined Show

GEORGETOWN, DE – After 13 straight days of work, Georgetown Speedway is again “race ready” in advance of this Friday night’s (July 21) program.

A rogue ‘micro-burst’ storm carrying extreme high winds caused significant damage to the speedway on Independence Day. The winds tore down the entire backstretch wall/fencing, signage, pit-area fencing, dislodged the pit office and spread debris across the facility.

Crews have been at work since July 5 and once again, the historic Delaware oval is ready to go!

“I have so many people to thank for getting the facility back in shape,” Georgetown Speedway promoter Brett Deyo said. “It was overwhelming at first looking at the extent of the damage, but there were several who offered their help and here we are.

“We couldn’t have been ready to race Friday without the help of Jake Marine, William Mears, Alan Ellingsworth, Penuel Sign Co., Lou Johnson and Paul Tomaszewski. It’s been non-stop, but we are better off now than we were before.”

Two headline divisions are on the agenda when racing returns to Georgetown this Friday.

The “fan-favorite” Sprint Car-Modified combination is set to tackle the historic half-mile clay oval for the season’s second Friday night program. The lightning-quick 360 Sprint Cars of the United Racing Club (URC) make their only 2017 appearance at Georgetown, sharing the spotlight with big-block/small-block Modifieds in a $2,500-to-win, 25-lap main event.

The evening has also been designated as ‘Youth Night’ at the speedway. All those under the age of 12 will be admitted into the grandstand free of charge!

A Bicycle Giveaway is also on the evening’s agenda.

Legendary Bobby Wilkins, a driver who represented the First State by racing and winning across the Northeast, will be recognized during the night, as well.

Joining the URC/Modified doubleheader are the Crate 602 Sportsman and features-only for Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Gates will unlock at 4 p.m. in the pit area and 5 p.m. in the grandstands. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:20 p.m., with racing to follow at 7:15 p.m.

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NCRA Challenges ASCS Red River Sprints This Saturday Night

Park City, Kansas – July 18, 2017 - Fresh off two nights of racing action which is the Hutchinson Grand Nationals, the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division will be back in action this coming Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City. This time the series will be joined by the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products Red River Region for the “NCRA/ASCS Shootout.”

After a strong runner-up performance during this past weekend’s Hutch nationals, Jeremy Campbell has taken over the point lead over defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr. On the strength of one feature victory and four top five finishes in the five events held thus far, Campbell has opened a 30-point advantage over the Lincoln, Nebraska veteran.

Fresh off sweeping both nights of the Hutch Nationals, Norman, Oklahoma driver Danny Jennings has closed to within 40-points of the lead in the standings while Jon Freeman sits just 80-points out of the point lead.

Rest of the top ten in the standings include Jeff Stasa, Forrest Southerland, J.D. Johnson, Fred Mattox, Jake Greider and Josh Fairbank.

Five events have been held thus far this season with afore mentioned Campbell and Jennings earning victories, as have Fred Mattox, Jason Martin and Joe Wood, Jr.
Leading the way for the ASCS Red River region is current points leader Alex Sewell, who is being chased in the point standings by Jared Sewell, Kade Morton, John Carney II, Mattox and Chance Morton

This event will pay $2000 to win and $300 to start while all non-qualifiers earning $150.

Gates open at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a special start time of 7:30 PM. Admission prices are $12 for adults ages 12 and up while all ages eleven and under will be admitted into the grandstands for FREE. All pit passes are just $30.

Current NCRA Sprint Car Point Standings
1. Jeremy Campbell 1545
2. Don Droud Jr. 1515
3. Danny Jennings 1505
4. Jon Freeman 1460
5. Jeff Stasa 1315
5. Forrest Southerland 1315
7. J.D. Johnson 1125
8. Fred Mattox 1115
9. Jake Greider 1055
10. Josh Fairbank 680

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Placerville Speedway finishes off month of July in style with Red Hawk Casino point race 11 this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 18, 2017…An exciting and action-packed month will come to a close at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night when the 11th Red Hawk Casino point race of the season is presented at the quarter-mile.

This Saturday July 22 marks the fifth overall event in what has been a busy month of racing. Divisions set to tackle the El Dorado County Fairgrounds bullring include the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, Wingless Spec Sprints and Vintage Hard Tops.

The Placerville Speedway on Saturday also hosts the only Winged 360 Sprint Car event in Northern California, which means some special invaders will be on hand for the night.

Among those expected is this year’s USAC Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Golobic of Fremont, who earned his first Placerville 410 Sprint Car victory one season ago. The former World of Outlaws winner and reigning Trophy Cup champion is always one of the favorites on the red clay.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Buddy Kofoid is also scheduled to be in action and is fresh off his big King of the West-NARC win last weekend. The 15-year-old brought home a runner up finish in Placerville on July 8 and has tallied a pair of ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Fast Time Awards in 2017.

This past Saturday it was Visalia’s Steven Tiner that made a late move around Roseville’s Sean Becker to claim his second Thompson’s Auto Group Winged Sprint Car win of the season. Tiner ranks second in the standings and continues to chip away at the advantage that current point leader Greg Decaires has. The four-time champion Decaires is looking to add one for the thumb in what has been said to be his farewell tour.

Decaires, Tiner and Becker are the lone repeat winners so far this season, having each claimed two victories apiece. Including this weekend there are just five Red Hawk Casino point races left before a champion is crowned in September. The upcoming month of August is chalked full of special events, making this weekend the final tune-up prior to that.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include Placerville’s own Jimmy Trulli, Fair Oaks’ Jake Morgan, Citrus Heights’ DJ Freitas and Kalib Henry, Hollister’s Tony Gualda, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Calistoga’s Mike Benson, Camino’s Justin Johnson, Placerville’s Cody Fendley, CJ Humphreys and Mike Cook, Napa’s Kirt Organ, Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick and others.

Wingless Spec Sprints will be on hand for the second time this year as a non-sanctioned showcase that will pay a C&H Hunt Wingless Tour purse of $1,200-to-win and $175-to-start. It will also be the final wingless tune-up prior to the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour event on Friday August 25. The tour will also help open the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout on Thursday September 21.

Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors 62 plus and juniors 12-15 will be $13, children 6-11 are $6, five and under are free! The pit gate will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm. A happy hour will be offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand.

Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5pm, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust qualifying scheduled to begin around 5:30pm and heat races expected to fire-off around 6:30pm.

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Roger Crockett Caps Off Speedweek Northwest With Second Win; Justyn Cox Overall Champion

By Ben Deatherage

Cottage Grove, Oregon- Cottage Grove Speedway would host the sixth and final leg of Speedweek Northwest 2017 on Saturday, July 15th.  It was the second straight night that the series raced at the historic ¼-mile clay oval.  Twenty-four teams were in attendance with teams representing the American states of Oregon, Washington, and California, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia, the New Zealand region of Canterbury, and the Australian state of Western Australia.

Jared Ridge would set the pace at the start of the main event.  Ridge, from Grants Pass, would be recorded as the leader of the opening lap before being overtaken on the second trip around the speedway.  Jason Solwold, in the Mike Anderson and Monica Baca entry, would be the driver obtaining the desired position.

Solwold, from Burlington, Washington, would guide the field into some extremely heavy lapped traffic.  He would feel quite a bit of pressure from potential challengers but maintained the lead. The long green flag looked as if it would go the entire distance without any incidents.  However, lap eighteen would see the one and only stoppage of the main event.

It would bunch the field up one final time. Solwold would set the pace with an ultra-quick Roger Crockett on his heels.  Crockett, from Medford and in the Roger Henderson owned mount, would give chase to Solwold and the two would battle fiercely in and out of lapped traffic.  

Crockett would eventually secure the position with just laps to go.  Holding back Solwold on the final lap Roger Crockett would record his second win of Speedweek Northwest 2017 in four starts.  It was the twenty-third career Speedweek Northwest victory for Roger and the eighth occasion he has done so at CGS.

Jason Solwold was a noble second while the Stan Greenberg owned machine driven by Mitchell Faccinto, from Hanford, California, was third.  Henry Van Dam, of Enumclaw, Washington, got fourth over fifth finishing Clarksburg, California chauffeur Justyn Cox.

Jason Solwold would set fast time of the night in qualifications.  Heat races were won by Solwold, Medford’s Seth Nunes, and Lake Stevens, Washington driver Austen Wheatley for British Columbian car owners Doug and Kathy Rutz.  Solwold was also victorious in the trophy dash which placed him on the inside pole starting position.

At the end of the night, all of the points were tallied and Justyn Cox would be declared the 2017 Speedweek Northwest champion.  It would be his first title and is the eighth different Californian to have the honor.  

A Feature: 1. Roger Crockett; 2. Jason Solwold; 3. Mitchell Faccinto; 4. Henry VanDam; 5. Justyn Cox; 6. Seth Nunes; 7. Jared Ridge; 8. Kyle Miller; 9. Cameron Smith; 10. Tyler Thompson; 11. Daniel Keen; 12. Tyler Seavey; 13. Austen Wheatley; 14. Jamie Duff; 15. Nate Morelock; 16. Jake Wheeler; 17. Patrick Dills; 18. John Clark; 19. Kinzer Cox; 20. Michael Keen; 21. Lucas Ashe; 22. Brian Boswell; 23. Cooper Desbiens; 24. Zack Lynskey.

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MSTS Sprint Cars Join Close Points Battles at Jackson Motorplex This Friday

JACKSON, Minn. (July 17, 2017) - Jackson Motorplex welcomes the return of the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360ci winged sprint cars for a $1,500-to-win main event to this Friday's program, which also features tight races in the championship standings during GDF Bobcat/Ag Builders Night.

Jack Dover has won two of the five 360 winged sprint car races at the half-mile oval this season as Lee Grosz, Gregg Bakker and Thomas Kennedy have also visited Victory Lane.

Kaleb Johnson enters this weekend with a 19-point lead in the Heartland Steel RaceSaver 305 Sprints championship standings over Trevor Serbus. Brandon Geldner is 21 points out of the lead with Shane Fick one point behind Geldner and Colin Smith only 25 points out of the top spot.

Mat Hollerich holds a slim four-point advantage over Denny Anderson in the Minnesota West - Jackson Campus IMCA a mods standings. Three-time feature winner Brandon Beckendorf is 13 points out of the lead with Don Gerritsen Jr. 22 points back and Justin Anderson 35 points behind Hollerich.

Matthew Looft, whose four-race winning streak was snapped by Dan Paplow last weekend, has a four-point edge over Paplow in the Bohl's Small Engine IMCA sport mods standings. Jason Andrews is only one point behind Paplow with Kyle Steuber eight points out of the lead and Jared Nytroe 22 points back.

Doug Schenck, Clinton Bruns and Brandon Halverson have recorded wins during Heartland Racing Association non-wing sprints presented by HitchDoc action at Jackson Motorplex this season.

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Christian Rumsey Scores His First Ever CRSA Sprint Tour Win in Front of his Hometown Crowd

It was three weeks since the Super Gen Products/Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Tour were last able to compete. The rainy 2017 Summer has truly made its appearance on the original racing schedule for the tour. It forced consecutive cancellations of races at Afton Motorsports Park, Fonda Speedway, and Penn Can Speedway. Finally, one of the nation's finest tours of 305 sprint car competitors were finally able to roll back into motion at Orange County Fair Speedway Saturday evening.

East Durham New York’s Brett Jaycox and Middletown’s own Christian Rumsey brought the nineteen car field down to the green flag for the start of the twenty lap main event. Jaycox’s 07 Outlaw Motorsports ride and Rumsey’s 1R Middletown Carwash entry powered down the front straightaway in a nearly dead-even drag race into turn one. Rumsey maintained a line just to the outside of Jaycox and gained enough momentum to roll past Jaycox and take command of the early lead.

The race was slowed near the halfway point for a spinning and stalling car of West Milford New Jersey’s Scott Flamer. It proved to be one of the tense moments of the evening. Flamer’s Wayne Subaru number 1F car was facing the outside wall in turn two as it completely blocked the preferred racing line. Luckily oncoming cars were able to miss Flamer as the caution lights and flags were displayed. Once the incident was cleared Rumsey brought the field back to the green flag for another run as the race leader.

The feature event would develop more trouble with six laps left in the A-Main. Nazareth Pennsylvania’s Chad Conor spun his car before exiting turn four and backed his 301 Bangor Steel machine into the outside retaining wall. The damage sustained in the crash was severe enough to end Chad’s evening.

The final restart came with six laps remaining in the A-Main. Brett Jaycox was able to reel in Rumsey at different stages of the event. But none of his efforts were good enough to be able to make a move to pass the leader. Christian Rumsey led every lap of the CRSA Sprint Tour Feature to score his first ever CRSA Sprint Tour feature win.

“Before I start I just want to dedicate this win to my Grandfather who passed away a few years ago and my Uncle who is struggling with cancer right now. We ran a really good race. The car was hooked up.  I want to thank my Dad, Ryan, Kevin, all of the guys that help us out week in and week out. Everything they do is just amazing.”

Rumsey explained what he had to do to maintain the lead for the entire event at Orange County Fair Speedway.

“We have been actually having a lot of overheating issues. I was trying to save on the overheating a little bit. So I was trying to back up the corner a little bit and drop the temperature a little bit which helped us be a little bit smoother."

Brett Jaycox ran into mechanical trouble during the final lap of the race. He lost power to his 07 car and lost almost all positions in the event. This allowed Dan Hennessy and Tyler Jashembowski to move up to the second and third finishing positions. Hennessy was able to talk during podium interviews at the end of the evening.

“It’s our home track. But we have been struggling a lot this year. A second place is pretty much like a feature win for us. I have to thank Chuck Alessi of course. I have to thank our sponsors, Landworx and Vesica Vodka. I also would like to thank my son for coming along tonight.”

Tyler Jashembowski finished third and also had a double duty evening in his modified and sprint car.

“The modified we are still learning. The sprint car I have a lot more experience. I let it take me through the night..”

The CRSA Sprint Tour’s next event will be at the Afton Motorsports Park in Afton, New York on Friday, August 4th. This will also be another round of the season-long Algonkin Challenge Series at this speedway.

A-MAIN: 1. CHRISTIAN RUMSEY (1), 2. Dan Hennessy, 3. Tyler Jashembowski, 4. Jeff Trombley, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Tyler Boniface, 7. Dana Wagner, 8. Sydney Prince, 9. Emily VanInwegen, 10. Eddie Strada, 11. Geoff Quackenbush, 12. Michael Storms, 13. Mike Van Pelt, 14. Jerry Sehn, 15. Brett Jaycox, 16. Eric Jennings, 17. Chad Connor, 18. Scott Flammer

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Shouse Wins URSS Wheatshocker Crown

A night earlier, Andy Shouse joked that he needed more laps around the dirt oval at RPM Speedway in Hays since he hadn’t raced there for several years.

Apparently, Shouse is a quick learner.

On Sunday night, the 305 sprint car driver from Mustang, Okla., walked away with a victory and $2000 in the ninth Wheatshocker Nationals in Hays. He also took home the Custom Pit Boss Smoker Grille presented by Lance Pittman of S&W Supply for being the high point driver of the Wheatshocker weekend.

Shouse made a late charge en route to finishing second during Saturday night’s qualifier. On Sunday, he drew the fourth starting spot.

“To be honest, we really just do our basic stuff,” Shouse said about being so fast at the 3/8-mile oval. “I think the big thing is we don’t really race at one race track all the time. We usually travel all over and see a lot of different places. I think that definitely helps us when we come to someplace new. It’s always tough when you get locals who have run at this race track a number of times. But we’re usually pretty good when we go to a new race track of getting it figured out in good time.”

He figured it out quickly Sunday night. After Koby Walters started second and jumped to the lead at the start, Shouse was working to find the best way around the track.

He moved up to second on the fourth lap around Austin McLean, who started on the pole.

On Lap 6, he was side-by-side with Walters at the stripe, leading by mere inches. He finally cleared Walters on the next lap before the red flag flew a lap later after multiple cars got together entering the first turn.

 “We, honestly, were pretty good,” Shouse said. “But I really screwed up. I didn’t think the bottom would stay as long as it did. Under that red, I almost over-compensated. I made a few too many changes. I got the car a little on the tight side. I was expecting the bottom to go away, and I was going to have to move up into the slick a little more. Man, the bottom stayed good enough on the exit that I knew I couldn’t give it up. But I was awful tight down there. I was glad I wasn’t slowing down too much.”

Once Shouse was in front, Walters was left wondering what might have been.

“Leading the race, you never know what’s behind you,” he said. “Once you’re leading it and get passed, you don’t know what to do from there on out. You have to change something to something better than what you’re doing.”

Once the cars got rolling after the red flag, Shouse had a stranglehold on the front spot. But the biggest mover after the stoppage was Luke Cranston, who jumped from ninth to sixth by using the high line until it went away.

Meanwhile, Shouse was controlling the pace until lap traffic. Then he got bottled up enough to allow Walters to pull right on his bumper.

“I felt like I could get under him, felt like he was going to mess up,” Walters said. “But when he did mess up, I’d mess up or wouldn’t be close enough to him. I wish it would have changed up, but it never did.”

Shouse slowly began to distance himself once again, and when Walters bobbled in Turn 2, Zach Blurton pounced on the opportunity.

“He just, at the end, messed up and missed the bottom coming off of two, and we were there to capitalize on it,” Blurton said. “Last few laps, we really started catching Andy, and he was catching lap cars really bad and couldn’t get around them. We were going through them good. I would have liked to see a few more laps because I think things would have turned out different.”

Blurton took the second spot from Walters on Lap 27. He closed within a car length on the next lap, only to run out of time to make a move on Shouse in the 30-lap feature.

“I knew there weren’t many laps left, and I knew we had to make something happen,” Blurton said. “It just wasn’t quite enough time.”

“You don’t know who’s behind you, and I didn’t know if I was keeping a very good pace or not,” Shouse said. “I felt like I was pretty decent, but you never know.”

It was the first Wheatshocker title for Shouse in his first attempt. He took home the $2,000 payout and a new grill with the victory.

“That’s what we came to try to do, so it was a good weekend,” Shouse said.

Blurton’s second-place finish kept him from winning his second Wheatshocker event. He claimed the crown in a photo-finish in 2015.

“It would have been cool to win one of these again, but second isn’t bad to Andy Shouse,” Blurton said. “He’s a class act and a good driver. So we’ll take second to him.”

Walters finished third, with Jed Werner — who started third and was in the top four all night — finishing fourth.

Jake Bubak and McLean rounded out the top six.

A Feature
1 Andy Shouse
2 Zach Blurton
3 Koby Walters
4 Jed Werner
5 Jake Bubak
6 Austin McLean
7 Luke Cranston
8 Ty Williams
9 Nate Berry
10 Steven Richardson
11 Keefe Hemel
12 Kaden Taylor
13 Todd Plemons
14 Brandon Anderson
15 Brandy Jones
16 Lance Davis
17 Tracy Hill DNF
18 Lonnie Cox DNF
19 Brian Herbert DNF
20 Taylor Velaquez DNF

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Richardson Wins URSS Wheatshocker Prelim

Steven Richardson has been so close to winning the Wheatshocker Nationals in the past.

He remembers that race all too well from 2015.

“About a foot or so,” the Liberal sprint car driver said about finishing second to Zach Blurton in a photo finish.

So Richardson isn’t shy about what it would mean to win the national race at RPM Speedway in Hays — along with the $2,000 payout and an expensive grill as an added bonus.

“Man, honestly, if I were to sweep the Wheatshocker Nationals and take home the grill and the money (Sunday) ... ” Richardson said, trailing off a bit. “Because I love this place so much. The fans here are awesome, and the stands are always packed full. People that come to race here are great. This would be huge. This is my Knoxville Nationals. If that means anything to most racers, that’s how important it is. I wish we could race here more often. I would never leave.”

That’s just how much it would mean to Richardson, and he knows he’s in a prime spot to accomplish that goal after Saturday night’s qualifier.

Richardson started on the front row and bested the field en route to winning the first night of the Wheatshocker Nationals in Hays. The final night will be Sunday night, with races starting at 7 p.m.

Only the top six Saturday night automatically locked themselves into Sunday’s finale.

“It’s huge because now we have the luxury of watching the track progress and seeing what it’s going to do,” Richardson said. “We’re locked into those front three rows. That’s where you have to be to win this thing. Not saying people can’t win it from farther back, but that’s huge — especially with the talent out here. You don’t want to have to chase anybody down. Hopefully we can do well in the redraw tomorrow night and start up front again and take home the money.”

Richardson was the pole-sitter for Saturday night’s A-main and jumped to the point at the drop of the green flag.

But he wasn’t able to run away and hide. Instead. Koby Walters, who started third, was right on his bumper for the first few laps.

After a restart on Lap 6, Walters jumped in front, leading for two laps before he and Richardson exchanged slide job after slide job for the lead.

Richardson inched ahead on Lap 8, only to see Walters lead the next two laps.

“We were good at first,” Walters said. “We could stay right there with him, and then we had the caution. I had my one shot at the caution and got by him for a little bit. Then my car started falling away slowly.”

When Richardson finally cleared Walters for good on Lap 11, there was nothing but clear sailing for Richardson for a few laps.

“I felt like I had the faster car,” Richardson said. “He generally is really good on the bottom, but I felt really good on the top. I felt if I could just get out there in front of him and keep it out there in front and quit exchanging those slide jobs and letting everyone else catch up to us, we had a pretty good chance. But you never know who’s coming from behind you.”

He had no time to relax as Andy Shouse, who started fifth, worked his way forward.

As lap traffic came into play, Shouse got by Walters on Lap 19. By that time, Richardson had worked his way out to a 1.5-second lead.

“The car was a little tight at first,” Shouse said. “The longer the race went on, the freer it got and the better the car started moving. I definitely think at the end — I don’t know who was behind me or who was coming — I felt like with the cars in front of me, we had a better car.”

Richardson did get bottle up for a few moments in lap traffic, but nothing too significant he couldn’t hold on for the win.

“Mainly everybody was running around the bottom or lower than I was on the race track,” he said. “I kinda had a clear lane at the top. I knew it was going to kinda set a pick for some of the guys behind me. I was really looking forward to getting into it. Once we were there, there were just a couple guys who weren’t sure what line they were going to run, so that held us up a tad bit. But this is one of the rare occasions where it was nice to see it.”

Shouse did close the gap in the final few laps but ran out of time when the checkered flag fell.

“I think one or two more laps, especially when we got into lap traffic and it slowed him down a little bit,” Shouse said. “And we were running such different lines that I was catching him quick enough that I think I would have had a shot at him.”

Jed Werner of Plainville, who started 14th, worked his way to third, followed by Walters in fourth.

“Right now, we have the car,” Walters said. “The car is good how we have it — at least close.”

Blurton was fifth, and Austin McLean rounded out the automatic qualifiers by taking sixth.

Richardson will try to become only the fourth driver to sweep both nights of the Wheatshocker Nationals tonight. He won the first night in 2015 before finishing second by inches to Blurton on the final night.

Other drivers who have swept the two-day show include Brian Herbert (2016), Ty Williams (2012) and C.J. Johnson (2008). This is the ninth year the event has taken place in Hays, with 2013 the only year it wasn’t ran.

“The competition this year is just as good as it has been any other year,” Richardson said. “Some of the guys that have been racing with us have been progressing — Austin McLean, Koby Walters, Tracey Hill, all those kids, and Jed Werner, too. They’re all good. It’s harder than ever right now to win one of these things. They were throwing everything they had at us this race, and we held on to it. (Sunday) night is the important night. It’s the big money and the grill.”

Results

A Feature
1 Steven Richardson
2 Andy Shouse
3 Jed Werner
4 Koby Walters
5 Zach Blurton
6 Austin McLean
7 Ty Williams
8 Todd Plemons
9 Lance Davis
10 Darren Berry
11 Brian Herbert
12 Nate Berry
13 Keefe Hemel
14 Nick Nichols
15 Shane Sundquist
16 Aaron Ploussard
17 Jake Bubak DNF
18 Kaden Taylor DNF
19 Brandon Anderson DNF
20 Tracey Hill DNS

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Mike Mueller Tops Exciting Traditional Sprint Car Battle at Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake, WI

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (7-15-17)

At the drop of the green, Mueller took off into the lead.  Jake Kouba quickly moved to second, and on lap 4 Jake drove by Mueller for the top spot.  Jake's dad Jimmy then got by Mueller for second and set his sights on his son up front.  A few laps later, Jimmy passed his son for the lead.  Mueller also worked his way back up to second and stayed in contact with Jimmy Kouba.  Meanwhile several cars were battling for positions behind the leaders, sometimes three wide.  With seven laps to go, Jimmy Kouba got high in turns 1 & 2 which gave Mueller the chance he had been waiting for.  Mueller retook the lead and drove to the checkers for the win.  Jimmy Kouba finished second.  A great run for Bryan Roach produced his best Traditional sprint car feature finish so far with a fine third place effort.  Scott Brandt, who won at Rice Lake back on May 27, rode home in fourth.  Jake Kouba drifted back but held on to finish fifth.  Jon Lewerer, Blake Anderson, Anna Hippe, Brad Peterson and Denny Stordahl completed the top ten in the nonstop main event.
 
The Traditional sprint cars join with the UMSS winged sprints next Saturday July 22 at the Ogilvie Raceway for the running of the 6th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial.  Margaret Tabor is adding $34 to the top 20 Traditional sprint car finishers while GRP Motorsports is kicking in $50 to the top two spots making them $434 to win and $334 for second.  
 
UMSS TSCS Race Results - Rice Lake Speedway July 15, 2017 (Race #12)
 
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Mike Mueller; 2. Jimmy Kouba; 3. Bryan Roach; 4. Scott Brandt; 5. Jake Kouba; 6. Jon Lewerer; 7. Blake Anderson; 8. Anna Hippe; 9. Brad Peterson; 10. Denny Stordahl; 11. Hunter Custer; 12. Eric Becker; 13. (DNF) Ty Sampair.

Lap Leaders: Mueller 1-3, Jake Kouba 4-7, Jimmy Kouba 8-18, Mueller 19-25.

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Jennings Earns Emotional NCRA Hutch Nationals Sprint Victory

Hutchinson, Kansas – July 22, 2017 - It was a weekend to remember in many ways for Danny Jennings as the Norman, Oklahoma driver dominated the two-race weekend, climaxing with the event championship victory as the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division tackled the big half-mile fairgrounds oval of the Kansas State Fairgrounds for the 61st running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store.   

Jennings and former Hutch winner Jon Freeman started on the front row with Jennings setting a torrid pace out front. Near the races midway point, fourth starting Jeremy Campbell started making his move and pressured Jennings in lapped traffic and made several attempts for the lead. But Jennings, aboard the David Grace Motorsports, Patterson – Elite Performance Racing Engines powered Maxim chassis would hold on to claim his third career Hutchinson Grand National championship and a $4000 paycheck.

Jennings also swept Friday night’s twin heat races and gathered enough finishing and passing points for that night, thus sweeping the weekend.

“This may just be the biggest victory of my career,” said Jennings. “This has been a tough year for me and my family as my grandpa (Ernest) had a stroke back in February and hasn’t been at the track. He is my mentor, best friend and super hero who had always been with me at the track. We realized this was the 61st running of Hutch and “Pops” always run #61 and I was determined to win this for him.”

Campbell came home a strong second and has taken over the point lead with while Freeman settling for third. Jeff Stasa came home fourth while defending series champion Don Droud, Jr. came home fifth. After missing his flight and Friday night’s Hutchinson Grand Nationals opener, Craig Dollansky started thirteenth aboard the Danny King owned sprinter and worked his way up seven positions to finish sixth.

Jennings, Droud, Campbell and the rest of the series regulars will be back in racing this coming Saturday night (July 22) as they head back to 81 Speedway in Park City and will be joined by the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products Red River Region in the “NCRA vs ASCS challenge” that will pay $2000 to win.

NCRA Sprints
Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
July 15, 2017
13 Cars

A Feature: 1. Danny Jennings; 2. Jeremy Campbell; 3. Jon Freeman; 4. Jeff Stasa; 5. Don Droud Jr.; 6. Craig Dollansky; 7. Michelle Decker; 8. Jake Greider; 9. Fred Mattox; 10. J.D. Johnson; 11. Forrest Sutherland; 12. Ray Seeman; (DNS) Randy Woodside.

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Steven Tiner makes late move to scoop up second 360 Sprint Car victory of the season at Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 15, 2017…Taking full advantage of a late caution Visalia’s Steven Tiner slid under race long leader Sean Becker during the double-file restart and went on to grab his second 360 Sprint Car win of 2017 on Saturday night.

Tiner had spent the previous handful of days competing at Northwest Speedweek and made the long haul back to Placerville after running Cottage Grove Speedway the night before.

“That was a long drive back from Cottage Grove and I’m pretty whooped right now, but getting the win makes it all worth it,” Tiner said to his cousin and track announcer Brad Kennedy. “I didn’t get qualified how I wanted to, but luckily rebounded in the heat race and then got under Sean late in the feature. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Last week’s 360 winner Sean Becker got the jump at the waving of the green flag in the 25-lap contest and held command over the early stages. The Roseville driver was in search of his third victory of the season, but soon had to fend off the pressure applied by Kalib Henry once lapped traffic came into play. The lead duo kept fans on the edge of their seats as they diced through the slower cars, until a caution waved on lap 12.

Another yellow then flew on lap 18, which once again gave the leaders a clear track ahead. On the ensuing restart Steven Tiner made his presence known by slicing underneath Henry to claim the second spot. When going back green Becker pulled away again and looked to be headed for victory, only to have the yellow flag wave just as he was accepting the white flag. The green-white-checkered restart saw Tiner get a great jump and perform a picture-perfect slide job to take the lead. Henry also followed along for second.

Just as Tiner looked to take the checkered however, the caution lights came on again, setting up another green-white-checkered restart. During it Tiner hit his marks to cross under the checkered for his second win of the season over Henry, Becker, DJ Freitas and Greg Decaires in the top-five. Hollister’s Tony Gualda rebounded from an early stoppage to charge back for a sixth place finish. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Cody Lamar, Chase Majdic, Mike Benson and Justin Johnson.

A total of 23 Winged 360 Sprint Cars signed into the pits with the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Fast Time Award going to Sean Becker with an 11.225 around the quarter-mile. Heat races were picked off by DJ Freitas, Shawn Conde and Steven Tiner. The B-main was picked off by Justin Johnson.

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Kyle Hirst Claims Second Consecutive Howard Kaeding Classic Win with Civil War Series

Aptos, CA, CA)- Friday night in Watsonville, CA, Kyle Hirst used a lap 14 restart to take the lead from Michael Kofoid during the opening night of the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic presented by Al’s Roofing Supply and went on to score his second consecutive win during the Civil War Series portion of the marquee weekend.

DJ Netto and Kofoid would lead the field to green with Kofoid getting the early jump. Just as he has been on so many occasions in 2017, Kofoid was extremely strong as he paced an extremely deep field around the ¼ mile facility nestled in the heart of Santa Cruz County.

While Kofoid led early, Netto and Kyle Hirst would give chase on a track that extremely fast in the early stages of the 30-lap affair as a refreshing marine layer rolled in throughout the night and kept moisture in the surface. Getting into traffic in a matter of laps, Kofoid, Netto, Hirst, and Justin Sanders would battle until the race’s first stoppage came on the 10th circuit.

With a red coming for Brad Furr on the ensuing restart, which he would climb from with no issues, the action would pick back up on another restart as Hirst was able to get by Netto and overtake the second spot as Kofoid continued to lead until his pace was slowed again on the 14th lap.

After two failed restart attempts due to other cars getting out of shape, the third time would be the charm and it would play a pivotal part in the outcome of the race. As Kofoid led the field into turn one and two, Hirst was able to stick on his back bumper as they raced down the back stretch.

Heading into turns three and four, Hirst would take advantage of an opening and it some extremely close quarters racing would grab the lead from Kofoid as Netto and Sanders would move into second and third.

Out in front, Hirst would be extremely good as he would pull out to a sizeable lead and go on to pick up his 11th career series win, and second of the 2017 season.

Behind the leader, things would be exciting as Kofoid would bounce back and fight back to finish second as DJ Netto took the final spot one podium with Sanders finishing fourth and Cory Eliason finishing fifth.

“(Michael) Kofoid and I raced really hard in the Dash, and then we raced really hard in the feature, and I was able to use a restart and grab the win,” Kyle Hirst said. “The kid is a helluva driver and I know we will continue to battle for a lot more races to come. Thanks to this entire Roth Motorsports team for their hard work, as well as to Dennis and Teresa Roth for allowing me to do what I love.”

Shane Golobic finished sixth, Bud Kaeding Seventh, Jonathan Allard came home eighth, Cole Macedo ninth, and Jerry Bonnema rounded out the Top-10.

The night would be eventful for the Top-Two Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship contenders. Andy Forsberg who checked in on Friday with a 76 point lead would flip violently in his heat race and be forced to pull out a back up car to tag the back of the ‘B’. While racing up to second in the semi, mechanical issues would end his night and he would be scored 11th in the semi.

Second in points, Geoff Ensign, would time in with quick time, fail to get out of his heat race, cut a tire while leading the B, and race his way back to finish 5th in the semi, and 12th in the feature.

With just two races left in the year, things have tightened up between the two and should be an exciting battle to follow.

A total of 29 cars checked in on Friday night for the opening night of the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic pres. by Al’s Roofing Supply.

Geoff Ensign and Shane Golobic would turn in identical fast times of 11.670 seconds, but Ensign would get the nod as he won the tie breaker by being the first car out between the two.

Four heat races would be ran with wins going to Hirst, Willie Croft, Gio Scelzi, and Justin Sanders, while DJ Netto would win a very eventful Dash to earn the pole for the feature event.

Australian pilot Marcus Dumesny would win the 12-lap B Main event and transfer into the feature event along with Brad Furr, Jerry Bonnema, Jason Chisum, Geoff Ensign, and Burt Foland.

2017 Civil War Series Schedule
8/12 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup

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Friday Night Results from the 61ST Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals!
 
Hutchinson, Kansas – July 21, 2017 - Night one of the 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store is in the books as the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson hosted Friday night action atop the famed half-mile oval. He Thumper and Street Stock divisions competed in a full program while the AAAA/Rookie/IMCA modifieds as well as the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint, modified and late model divisions all competed in dual heat races to set up last chance and championship feature lineups.

The first set of heat races for the twelve-car field in the NCRA sprint division were won by Danny Jennings and Jon Freeman while Jeff Stasa and Jennings claimed the second set of heat races.

The 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store will conclude tonight (Saturday) with last-chance features in the NCRA modified division and championship features for the AAA/Rookie/IMCA modified, NCRA sprint, NCRA late model and NCRA modifieds. Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:00 PM start time.

61st Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals
Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas

NCRA Sprints (12 Cars)

1st Set Heat Races
1st Heat: 1) 1J-Danny Jennings, [4]; 2) 10C-Jeremy Campbell, [2]; 3) 98-J.D. Johnson, [1]; 4) 85-Forrest Sutherland, [6]; 5) 7-Michelle Decker, [3]; 6) 1X-Don Droud Jr, [5]

2nd Heat: 1) 81-Jon Freeman, [4]; 2) 72-Ray Seeman, [1]; 3) 91-Jeff Stasa, [3]; 4) 26M-Fred Mattox, [5]; 5) 20G-Jake Greider, [2]; 6) 50Randy Woodside, [6]

2nd Set Heat Races
1st Heat: 1) Jeff Stasa, 2) Danny Jennings, 3) Jon Freeman, 4) Ray Seeman, DNS) Jake Greider, Randy Woodside


2nd Heat: 1) Danny Jennings, 2) Jeremy Campbell, 3) J.D. Johnson, 4) Fred Mattox, 5) Michelle Decker, 6) Forrest Southerland

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Wood Freedom Forty Lap Sprint Series of Oklahoma Victor

Meeker, Oklahoma – July 14, 2017 - Joe Wood, Jr. survived a mid-race battle with Jake Martens and worked lapped traffic to perfection in the latter portion of the race to claim the “Freedom 40” Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products feature finale Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma.

Sheldon Barksdale and Martens started on the front row for the forty-lap feature and after the initial start went yellow when Justin Fisk and Gary Owens tangled in turn two.

Barksdale would take the lead on the complete restart with Martens, Josh Toho, Loyd Clevenger and Steven Shebester the top five after the first lap was complete. Lap two the caution would wave once more for a Brandon Anderson spin on the front stretch.

Once race action resumed, Barksdale found the bottom of the track to his liking while Martens was working the top side of the quarter-mile, red-clay oval and would open a five-car length advantage.

By lap eight Martens, aboard the Myers Racing Engines powered Eagle Chassis, would close to within one car length of the leader and would drive around Barksdale coming out of turn four to take the lead one lap later.

With ten laps in the books the running order was Martens, followed by Barksdale, Shebester, eighth starting Andy Shouse and Wood as the field would encounter slower cars two laps later. It was at this time Wood had his Myers Racing Engines powered Triple X chassis working good as he passed Shebester for third on lap twelve and disposed of Barksdale for the runner-up position one lap later.

The leaders continued working their way through slower cars and by the races midway point, Wood began to pressure Martens for the lead. Exiting turn four at the races midway point saw Wood get a strong run around Martens and would take the lead. The Martens Machine Shop/Erwin and Winnie Bartel/Blake and Robin Stocking/Randell and LaVonda White sponsored #48 sprinter would retake the lead on lap twenty-two from Wood before the caution would wave for Mike Scott’s spin in turn two.

One lap was completed before the night’s final caution fell when Clevenger came to a stop at the top of turns one and two.

The running order on the final restart was Martens, followed by Wood, Shouse, Shebester and thirteenth starting Blake Dacus as Martens would open a five-car length lead with fifteen laps to go. Two laps later Wood began making his move as the Wood family owned, Young Tool/Mud-X/Danny Holloway/Southwest AC Electric/Outlaw Wings sponsored #03 got a run coming out of turn four to take the lead on lap twenty-seven.

Not even encountering slower cars on lap thirty-two could slow his pace as he would go on to claim the half-stretch $1000 victory, his second on the season and third career with the series.
Martens held off Shouse for the runner-up position while rookie Shebester had his best performance of the season, bringing the Pete Haskins owned, Boyds Racing powered GF1 chassis home fourth. Dacus’s strong run ended with a fifth-place finish.

The four, eight lap heat races for the twenty-four-car field were won by Clevenger, Barksdale, Wood and Owens while Scott claimed the twelve-lap “B” feature.

A Feature: 1) Joe Wood Jr., 2) Jake Martens, 3) Andy Shouse, 4) Steven Shebester, 5) Blake Dacus, 6) Sheldon Barksdale, 7) Gary Owens, 8) Tristan Oakes, 9) Chris Kelly, 10) Chas Koch, 11) Dillon Laden, 12) Loyd Clevenger, 13) Michael Gossman, 14) Justin Fisk, 15) Warren Fields, 16) BlaGary Tomkins Tops Tough Brewerton Speedway Modified Field

Lap Leaders: Sheldon Barksdale 1-9; Martens 10-19, 22-26; Wood 20-21, 26-40

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Jason Solwold Captures Round #5 Of Speedweek Northwest; Second Of His Career

By Ben Deatherage

Cottage Grove, Oregon- Cottage Grove Speedway would be the next location of the 2017 Speedweek Northwest series on Friday, July 14th.  The historic ¼-mile clay oval would host the fifth race of the series and the first of two consecutive nights to close out the week.  Twenty-two cars were on hand representing the American states of Oregon, Washington, and California as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Canterbury region of New Zealand, and the Australian state of Western Australia.

Burlington, Washington’s Jason Solwold would get to the front of the field once racing commenced. The Mike Anderson and Monica Baca owned entry, piloted by Solwold, would set a torrid pace and just as lapped traffic came into the picture a caution flag would come out.  The fifth and final stoppage would occur on lap seventeen and the rest of the race would go green after that.

Solwold would maintain the race lead for the remainder of the race and never quite was fully challenged.  When the checkered flag dropped it would be Jason finishing in front of the rest of the field.  It marked the first Speedweek Northwest race he has won since June 9th, 1998, when it was known at that time as Riverside Speedway, the very first year Speedweek Northwest took place.

Roger Crockett, of Medford and in the Roger Henderson machine, was second followed by Steven Tiner, from Visalia, California, in third.  The rest of the top five would be made up of Clarksburg, California’s Justyn Cox getting fourth and fifth finishing Cam Smith out of Mill Creek, Washington.

Jason Solwold was fast time of the night in qualifications.  Heat race winners were Michael Keen, from Bunbury, Western Australia and racing for Jim and Anette Van Lare, Grants Pass pilot Jared Ridge, and the Doug and Kathy Rutz entry chauffeured by Austen Wheatley, of Lake Stevens, Washington.  Solwold would win the evening’s trophy dash to earn him in the inside pole starting position.

Speedweek Northwest concludes on Saturday, July 15th for the sixth and final leg.  

Race Results:
Speedweek Northwest Race #5
Friday, July 14th, 2017
Cottage Grove Speedway
Cottage Grove, Oregon

A Feature: 1. Jason Solwold; 2. Roger Crockett; 3. Steven Tiner; 4. Justyn Cox; 5. Cameron Smith; 6. Kyle Miller; 7. Jared Ridge; 8. Lucas Ashe; 9. Seth Nunes; 10. Daniel Keen; 11. Tyler Seavey; 12. Zack Lynskey; 13. Tyler Thompson; 14. Michael Keen; 15. Jake Wheeler; 16. Cooper Desbiens; 17. John Clark; 18. Jamie Duff; 19. Mitchell Faccinto; 20. Nate Morelock; 21. Austen Wheatley; 22. Brian Boswell.

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Roger Crockett Becomes Third Different Winner Of 2017 Speedweek Northwest; Collects Third Win At SSP

By Ben Deatherage

Banks, Oregon- Thursday, July 13th, would have the 360 Sprint Cars roll into Sunset Speedway Park.  It marked the fourth occasion that the "Banks Bullring" has been apart of Speedweek Northwest.  A total of fourteen cars would sign up for the night with drivers from the American states of Oregon, Washington, and California, the Canterbury region of New Zealand, and the Australian state of Western Australia.

Tyler Seavey would seize the initiative on the initial start to get to the point and lead lap one.  Racing for car owner Rudy Warrington the Sutter, California youngster, Seavey, would remain in the front of the field until being passed on lap six.  The driver to perform the pass was Roger Crockett of Medford.

Crockett, in the Roger Henderson owned machine, would comfortably dominate the rest of the feature with the only things slowing him down a pair of cautions.  When the checkered flag dropped Crockett would win his first race of this year's Speedweek, his twenty-second of his career, and the third time he has done so at Sunset.

Jake Wheeler, from Central Point, rallied from his eleventh starting position to get second while Tyler Seavey ended the night in third.  Mitchell Faccinto, from Hanford, California and in the Stan Greenberg mount, was fourth followed by the Jim and Annette Van Lare owned entry, in fifth, driven by Bunbury, Western Australia's Michael Keen.  Something else to note is Keen became the first ever Australian to record a top five in the history of Speedweek Northwest.

Roger Crockett was fast time of the night and broke his previous track record and lowered it to 12.855 seconds.  In fact, thirteen of the fourteen cars to qualify were below the previous track record of 14.240.  Heat races were won by Lake Stevens, Washington native Austen Wheatley, in the Doug and Kathy Rutz entry, and Michael Keen.  Tyler Seavey was victorious in the trophy dash to earn him the inside pole starting position.

Speedweek Northwest heads to Cottage Grove Speedway on Friday, July 14th, for the fifth race of the series. It will be the first of two straight nights at the historic 1/4-mile clay oval. 

A Feature: 1. Roger Crockett, 2. Jake Wheeler, 3. Tyler Seavey, 4. Mitchell Faccinto, 5. Michael Keen; 6. Justyn Cox; 7. Jamie Duff; 8. Zack Lynskey; 9. Cooper Desbiens; 10. John Clark; 11. -Jake Gilman; 12. Daniel Keen; 13. Chris Batalgia; 14. Austen Wheatley,

Speedweek Northwest Point Standings (Top Ten)
1. Mitchell Faccinto 318
2. Justyn Cox 317
3. Tyler Seavey 313
4. Jake Wheeler 299
5. Zack Lynskey 284
6. Michael Keen 278
7. Kyle Hirst 277
8. Steven Tiner 258
9. Daniel Keen 253
10. Jamie Duff 252

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Dylan Westbrook, Jared Zimbardi, Chris Steele all set to battle for the 2017 Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian Series Championship This Weekend at Brockville and Cornwall

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

PST Media

(Brockville, ONT) After three competitive PST Events in the province of Ontario, the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour is set to return to the Brockville-Ontario Speedway on Saturday, July 15, and the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 16.

This will be the 25th time in tour history that the Patriots will be visiting Brockville, and the eighth time visiting the Cornwall Motor Speedway. Sundays race will also be the 300th event in Patriot Sprint Tour history. Ironically, this Sunday’s show will also pay $300 just to qualify. Both shows will also be $2,000 to win events.

The battle at the top of the PST Canada point standings has been close through three races as Dylan Westbrook holds a seven-point advantage over Jared Zimbardi. Chris Steele is in third with 403 points. Jake Brown and Cory Turner are separated by one point for the fourth spots with 388 and 387 points, respectively.

These two shows will be the final ‘full point’ events on the 2017 Canadian calendar with show up points being awarded at the 13th annual Canadian Sprint Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway on Saturday, September 16.

This is the second time the Patriots will be visiting Brockville this season when back in June, Rick Wilson scored his first PST victory in 11 years over Westbrook and Zimbardi. Chris Steele finished eighth that night.

Both shows will be presented by proud PST Marketing Partner, Fine Touch Collision of London, Ontario. Fine Touch has been proudly serving the London Area since 1985 specializing in Eco-Friendly “Water Base” paint products, Uni-Body Repairs & Frame Straightening, Custom Painting & Color Matching, fiberglass & plastic repairs. You can visit finetouchcollision.com for more information.

As always, all fans are encouraged to check out patriotsprinttour.com for up to the minute news, schedule info, point standings, etc. You can also like “Patriot Sprint Tour” on facebook and follow @PatriotSprints on Instagram and twitter.

The Patriot Sprint Tour recognizes the following marketing partners for the 2017 season: A-Verdi Storage Containers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Prestige Pool & Spa, Einstein Construction Group, Bonnell’s Auto Group, Evingham Site Excavation, Fine Touch Collision, Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc., Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment, Patriot Tank Lines, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Casey’s Truck Salvage, Just Signs & Designs, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, ASI Racewear, Curtis Berleue Photography.

Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian Tour Point Standings: 1) 47x- Dylan Westbrook (421) 2) 35- Jared Zimbardi (414) 3) 80- Chris Steele (403) 4) 1-10- Jake Brown (388) 5) 97- Cory Turner (387) 6) 10- Mitch Brown ( 368) 7) 14h-Jim Huppunen (255) 8) 0- Glenn Styres (235) 9) 01k-Mikey Kruchka (231) 10) 91- Ryan Turner (220)

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Loaded Civil War Series pres. by Flowmaster Field Expected to Be on Hand For Friday’s Howard Kaeding Classic

Aptos, CA)- For the fourth consecutive year the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take on the Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo to open up Howard Kaeding Classic Weekend. Friday night at Ocean Speedway, a loaded field is expected to be on hand to kick off the weekend that pays homage to the legendary Howard Kaeding.

Through five rounds of action this season Andy Forsberg has been on a terror as he is in the drivers seat to rack up his 10th series championship on the strength of three feature event wins.

While Forsberg has been tough to beat, the Howard Kaeding Classic is a race that still eludes him as wins have gone to Brad Furr, Justin Sanders, and Kyle Hirst, all three of which are scheduled to be in action on Friday night looking for more HK Classic glory.

Geoff Ensign sits in the second spot and Michael Ing sit in third. Both drivers have been extremely consistent with the series over the last couple of seasons and both are looking for record their first career wins with the series and will look to do so in the final three events.

Other drivers that are scheduled to be in attendance on Friday night include, Koen Shaw, Shane Golobic, Cory Eliason, Justin Sanders, Jonathan Allard, Kurt Nelson, DJ Netto, Jason Chisum, Bud Kaeding, Cole Macedo, Jeremy Chisum, Gio Scelzi, Matthew Moles, and a host of others.

Following the completion of the racing action, fans, drivers, and teams are invited over to the annual HK Classic Post Race Party that will be taking place just out side of Turn 4. Food and drinks will be on hand for a small donation that will help benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund.

Tickets for Friday night’s event will be available starting at just $6 for kids 6-11, $12 for Juniors, $16 for Seniors, and $17 for adults, while kids five and under will be admitted for free.

The front gates will open at 430pm with cars on the track for warm ups around 5pm.

2017 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Schedule
7/14 Ocean Speedway- HK Classic
8/19 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup

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Kyle Hirst Dominates Round #2 Of Speedweek Northwest At Coos Bay

By Ben Deatherage

Coos Bay, Oregon- Speedweek Northwest would head to the Oregon Coast on Tuesday, July 11th, for the second race of the schedule.  Coos Bay Speedway would be the site of action for their annual midweek stop which has hosted events since 2011.  Sixteen cars were in attendance from the American states of Oregon and California as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia, New Zealand region of Canterbury, and the Australian states of Victoria and Western Australia.

When the green flag would drop and the first lap completed Kyle Hirst would be the one showing the way.  The Paradise, California driver would have no issues in front of the field and dominated every single lap of the feature.  He would earn the triumph for Langley, British Columbia car owners Doug and Kathy Rutz and it is the fifth occasion of his career that he has won a Speedweek Northwest main.  Hirst is also the seventh different victor in as many races to win during Speedweek at CBS.

Steven Tiner, of Visalia, California, was the runner-up over Hanford, California’s Mitchell Faccinto, in third, driving for Stan Greenberg.  The balance of the top five would consist of fourth finishing Tyler Seavey, of Sutter, California and driving for Rudy Warrington, and Central Point youngster Jake Wheeler, in fifth.

Kyle Hirst was quickest in time trials earlier in the evening.  Heat race winners were New Zealand's Jamie Duff, from Christchurch, Canterbury and piloting the Darryl Claydon owned mount, and Jake Wheeler.  Hirst was victorious would achieve success in the trophy dash winning it and earning the front row starting position.

Race Results:
Speedweek Northwest Race #2
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Coos Bay Speedway
Coos Bay, Oregon

A Feature: 1. 8R-Kyle Hirst, ; 2. 94-Steven Tiner, ; 3. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, ; 4. 18-Tyler Seavey, ; 5. 21W-Jake Wheeler, ; 6. 87-Kyler Barraza, ; 7. 4D-Cooper Desbiens, ; 8. 74-Michael Cunningham, ; 9. 5V-Michael Keen, ; 10. 31C-Justyn Cox, ; 11. 33-Lucas Ashe, ; 12. 5-Brian Boswell, ; 13. 16AUS-Daniel Keen, ; 14. 7N-Zack Lynskey, ; 15. 69NZ-Jamie Duff, ; (DNS) 12J-John Clark,

Current Speedweek Northwest Point Standings (Top Ten): 1. 8R-Kyle Hirst 179; 2. 37-Mitchell Faccinto 176; 3. 94-Steven Tiner 170; 4. 31C-Justyn Cox 159; 5. 18-Tyler Seavey 153; 6. 7N-Zack Lynskey 147; 7. 33-Lucas Ashe 144; 8. 5V-Michael Keen 140; T 21W-Jake Wheeler 140; 10. 74-Michael Cunningham 131; T 16AUS-Daniel Keen 131

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Justyn Cox Wins Night #1 Of Speedweek Northwest At Yreka

By Ben Deatherage

Yreka, California- The twentieth annual Speedweek Northwest schedule would officially get kicked off at Siskiyou Motor Speedway for the one and only race in the state of California on Monday, July 10th.  It marked the third time that the Yreka ¼-mile clay oval has opened up the series.  A total of sixteen cars would sign in representing the American states of California and Oregon, the Canadian province of British Columbia, the New Zealand region of Canterbury, and the Australian states of Western Australia and Victoria.

On the opening lap of the main event Justyn Cox would take firm control of the lead.  The Clarksburg native would stay out in front and blaze the trail and the only challenge thrown in his way was figuring out how to work some of the lapped cars.  Just when he was about to be challenged for the position a caution would come out.

Cox continued to set the pace and eventually crossed the finish line in first place.  It marked the fourth different time a driver has won at SMS during Speedweek and Justyn’s third career series victory.  It also the third different Speedweek venue he has parked it in victory lane.

Mitchell Faccinto, out of Hanford and driving once again for Stan Greenberg, would be second followed by Roseville’s Sean Becker, in third and running for car owners Dan and Cindi Menne.  Fairfield pilot Zack Lynskey would be an impressive fourth in his Speedweek debut while the top five would be rounded up by Kyle Hirst, of Paradise and racing for Canadian car owners Doug and Kathy Rutz, in fifth.

Steven Tiner, of Visalia, was fastest in time trials earlier in the night.  Mitchel Faccinto and Bunbury, Western Australia driver Michael Keen, driving for car owners Jim and Annette Van Lare, were the heat race winners.  Justyn Cox would be victorious in the trophy dash.

Speedweek Northwest heads to Coos Bay Speedway on Tuesday, July 11th, for the second race of the series.  Be sure and visit sprints.nwextremeseries.com for the latest stories regarding the tour.

A Feature: 1. 31C-Justyn Cox, [1]; 2. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, [3]; 3. 75-Sean Becker, [4]; 4. 7N-Zack Lynskey, [2]; 5. 8R-Kyle Hirst, [12]; 6. 33-Lucas Ashe, [6]; 7. 94-Steven Tiner, [9]; 8. 18-Tyler Seavey, [8]; 9. 16AUS-Daniel Keen, [7]; 10. 5V-Michael Keen, [5]; 11. 74-Michael Cunningham, [15]; 12. 69NZ-Jamie Duff, [10]; 13. 21W-Jake Wheeler, [14]; 14. 12-Jared Ridge, [11]; (DNS) 11-Roger Crockett, ; (DNS) 12J-John Clark,

Speedweek Northwest Points (Top Ten)
1. Justyn Cox 95
2. Mitchell Faccinto 88
3. Sean Becker 87
4. Kyle Hirst 82
4. Zack Lynskey 82
6. Steven Tiner 78
7. Lucas Ashe 75
8. Tyler Seavey 71
9. Daniel Keen 69
10. Michael Keen 68

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$4000 Hutch Nationals for NCRA Sprints This Weekend

Park City, Kansas – July 10, 2017 - A tight-points battle and prestige await the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products 360-ci sprint car division as the historic 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store of Hutchinson takes place this coming Friday and Saturday night, July 14-15, atop the famed half-mile fairgrounds oval of the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.

$4000 will await Saturday night’s championship feature winner with drivers making the twenty-four-car finale earning $400. An open practice session will be held on Thursday night from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.    

Defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska will come into the weekend with a very slim five-point lead over former two-time series champion Jeremy Campbell. Norman, Oklahoma veteran Danny Jennings sits third in the standings, just 60 points out of the top spot while Jon Freeman and Forrest Southerland round out the top five.

Sixth through tenth in the standings are Jeff Stasa, J.D. Johnson, Fred Mattox, Jake Greider and Josh Fairbank.
NCRA Feature winners thus far this season, after four events, are Joe Wood, Jr., Jason Martin, Campbell and Mattox – who picked up his first career series victory back on July 1 at 81 Speedway in Park City.

Danny Wood of Norman is the defending Hutchinson Grand Nationals champion for the NCRA sprint car series and is not expected to defend his Nationals championship. Drivers in the current top ten in the point standings who have Hutch Nationals victories include Jennings and Johnson (2), Campbell (1) and Freeman.

It all begins on Friday night with double-heat races with the top drivers in finishing and passing points in both heat races tabulated to set up Saturday night’s last chance and championship feature finale line-ups.
Saturday night’s championship purse is as follows:

Championship Feature: 1) $4000, 2) $2500, 3) $2000, 4) $1500, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600, 9-13) $500, 14-18) $450, 19-24) $400

Drivers must compete on Friday night to be eligible for the above payout.

Pit gates open both night’s at 4:00 PM; Ticket office and grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM; Hot Laps at 6:00 PM; Racing at 7:00 PM.

Grandstand general admission for ages 12 and up $20, free for ages 11 and under. $2 off coupons can be obtained at any O’Reilly Auto Parts stores in the Hutchinson area. All pit passes are $30.

For more information on the Hutchinson Grand Nationals, check out the events official facebook page: Hutchinson Grand Nationals Auto Races. For official NCRA rules check out the series official website www.racencra.com. For street stock, thumper. AAA and rookie modified rules go to www.race81speedway.com. For more Hutchinson Grand Nationals information call (316) 755-1781.

Past NCRA 360 Hutch Nationals Champions: 1989 Jim Selenke, Wichita, Ks. 1990 Garry Lee Maier, Dodge City, Ks. 1991 Garry Lee Maier, Dodge City, Ks. 1992 Garry Lee Maier, Dodge City, Ks. 1993 Scott Brown, Amarillo, Tx. 1994 Mike Peters, Wichita, Ks. 1995 Clay Bontrager, Hutchinson, Ks. 1996 Danny Jennings, Norman, Ok. 1997 Mike Peters, Wichita, Ks. 1998 Shelby Steenson 1999 Clay Bontrager, Hutchinson, Ks. 2000 C.J. Johnson, Quinter, Ks. 2001 Dennis Park, Liberal, Ks. 2002 C.J. Johnson, Quinter, Ks. 2003 C.J. Johnson, Quinter, Ks. 2004 Steve King, Jetmore, Ks. 2005 Derek Drown, Amarillo, Tx. 2006 J.D. Johnson, Wichita, Ks. 2007 Jon Freeman, Salina, Ks. 2008 Mike Chadd, Lincoln, Ne. 2009 Garry Lee Maier, Dodge City, Ks. 2010 Danny Jennings, Norman, Ok. 2011 Jordan Boston, Lincoln, Ne. 2012 Jeremy Campbell, Wichita, Ks. 2013 Jack Dover, Springfield, Ne. 2014 Jack Dover, Springfield, Ne. 2015 J.D. Johnson, Wichita, Ks. 2016 Danny Wood, Norman, Ok.

Current 2017 NCRA Sprint Car Point Standings:
1. Don Droud Jr. 1115
2. Jeremy Campbell 1110
3. Danny Jennings 1055
4. Jon Freeman 1030
5. Forrest Southerland 955
6. Jeff Stasa 890
7. J.D. Johnson 740
8. Fred Mattox 735
9. Jake Greider 710
10. Josh Fairbanks 660

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An Historic Look at the 61st Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals Past

Park City, Kansas – July 10, 2017 - The 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store of Hutchinson are upon us and this coming Friday and Saturday night the tradition continues atop the famed half mile fairgrounds oval, atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.

There has been several twist and turns of this historic event and, to this day, thousands embark to the town to not only partake in the Nationals but boost the Hutchinson economy for the weekend.

History of the Hutchinson Grand Nationals:

The first “Nationals” were held at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City in 1957. More than 100 teams showed up for the event that featured cars known in racing circles as “Jalopies.” They ran on a track that surrounded a football field. Both the field and stadium are still used today in Oklahoma City to host football games.

Due to the large amount of competitors and limited space for parking, promoter Jack Merrick, of Dodge City, Ks, who was at the event that year, offered the spacious half-mile oval in Hutchinson, Ks. at the Kansas State Fairgrounds as a future home for the event. Merrick at the time was the promoter for auto races at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson as well as his home track in Dodge City, Ks.

The following year (1958) the “Nationals” were moved to the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Ks. under the guidance of Jack Merrick and named the “National Championship Jalopy Races.” Frank Lies, of Wichita, winner of the race in ’57 at Taft Stadium, would win the inaugural race in Hutchinson and again in 1958 before another Wichita resident Will Forrest would put an end to the Lies domination with a win in ’59.

Kansas drivers continued to dominate the event for the first 14 years before a flashy young driver from Tulsa, Oklahoma placed his Jack Zink owned car in victory lane in 1971. Emmett Hahn would be the first driver outside of the Sunflower State to capture the crown. Hahn would go on to win a total of 3 titles in the event carding wins in ’71, ’77 and ’79.

With the popularity of a fabricated full body car gaining interest across the country in the early ’70’s, Merrick added the Late Model division to the program in 1974. Don Kreie, of Dodge City, Ks. won his first and only title of the event that year.

Oddly enough, the first year the full body cars competed in the event would be the only year the open wheel division did not crown a champion.

A crash on the first lap of the 1974 championship feature in the Super Modifieds in turn one and the ensuing fire, not only sent numerous drivers to the hospital, but forced officials to cancel the remaining program.
Jack Merrick remained the promoter of the event until his death in 1976.

C. Ray Hall, of Wichita, Kansas, General Manager of 81 Speedway located in Park City, Ks., became the successor to Merrick in 1977 and has remained the auto racing promoter at the Kansas State Fairgrounds to date.

Hall’s first priority was to give the event a new name. With two divisions now competing for individual titles since ’74, and the division of the “Jalopies” changing to a new style and name of “Super Modified,” the 1977 event became known as the Hutchinson Grand Nationals.

The name stayed with the event for five years when it caught the attention of NASCAR. A letter sent to Hall in ’83 from NASCAR said, in part, he would have to change the name because NASCAR had a patent on the name “Grand Nationals” as a stock car division. The Hutchinson National Auto Races was introduced as the new name of the event in 1983 and remained such through the 2005 event.

With the demise of NASCAR’s “Grand National” division, for the 50th Anniversary of the event, Hall changed the name back to the Hutchinson Grand National Auto Races. It remains that today.

As the event grew in popularity, new divisions were added to the program to accommodate the interest of other types of race car teams and their fans. That still remains a big objective of Hall today so as many teams as possible have an opportunity to compete in this prestigious event.

From the searing heat of a July afternoon to the cooler evenings of a Kansas summer, temporary lighting was brought over to the historic half-mile for a try at night time racing with the 38th edition of the Hutchinson Grand National Auto Races.

Four years later, in 1996, the permanent lighting in place currently was installed and the event has been contested under the lights with no thoughts about returning to a complete afternoon program.

It all kicks off this Thursday night with an open practice session for all drivers competing during the weekend.

Friday Night’s program:

Qualifying heat races and championship feature for street stocks and thumpers; Qualifying heat races for IMCA/AAA/Rookie Modifieds; Double heat races for NCRA Sprints, NCRA Modifieds and NCRA Late Models

Saturday Night’s program:

Consolation and championship features for NCRA Sprints, NCRA Modifieds, NCRA Late Models and IMCA/AAA/Rookie Modifieds   

Pit gates open both night’s at 4:00 PM; Ticket office and grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM; Hot Laps at 6:00 PM; Racing at 7:00 PM

Grandstand general admission for ages 12 and up $20, free for ages 11 and under both Friday and Saturday night. $2 off coupons can be obtained at any O’Reilly Auto Parts stores in the Hutchinson area. All pit passes are $30.

More information on the 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store of Hutchinson can be found by accessing the website www.race81speedway.com; the events official facebook page Hutchinson Grand National Auto Races and by calling Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781.

Hutchinson History credit: Bod Lawrence

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Derrik Lusk Tops Great UMSS Race At Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (7-8-17)
 
A season high 22 UMSS winged sprint cars signed into the pits on a fantastic summer evening for the second night of the popular World of Outlaws weekend on Saturday evening July 8 at the Cedar Lake Speedway.  In front of a very large crowd, Derrik Lusk of Jackson topped an incredible battle amongst the top three cars and drove to his first Cedar Lake Speedway feature win and his second UMSS career victory.  It was also the second race in the Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports nine race series, as the strongest field of UMSS winged sprint cars so far this season provided a very entertaining evening as the support division.  Pumped with energy after winning the exciting 25 lap feature race, Lusk exited his sprint car, climbed up on the back behind the top wing and raised his hands high in the air to celebrate in Rock Auto Victory Lane.  Moments later during his post-race interview with announcer Marty Gallagher, Lusk had some great comments for the fans indicating that you won't find a better sprint car race in this area than the one he just won.  Lusk earned $1,500 for the thrilling victory.
 
Using their traditional race format, the UMSS sprints ran three heats, two Challenge races and their feature.  Heat races were won by April CLS winner Wade Nygaard of Grand Forks, two-time Midwest Power Series champion Chris Graf of Glencoe, and Eric Lutz of Sioux Falls.  Several interesting twists and turns of fate took place during the first Challenge race.  Both Mark Toews and Dean Brown had issues with their cars stalling after being pushed off and were unable to start.  Both drivers got their cars running for the feature race later in the evening, but they would find themselves starting deep in the field.  High point driver after the heats, Lutz, was moving forward when suddenly his car rolled to a stop in turn four on the second lap.  Lutz was done for the night with an engine failure, loaded up early, and began the long drive back home.
 
That brings us to another interesting story for the evening.  Prior to the start of the races, Jeff Pellersels was planning on racing his #22 winged sprint car which has a CT525 Pace Performance engine in it.  Racedoc, as he is known to fans and fellow competitors, had run the same car without a wing the night before.  Feeling a bit exhausted and not well enough to safely race, Racedoc found Traditional sprint car racer Mike Mueller walking around in the east side stands during WoO hot laps, asked him if he would like to drive his car for night, and they both quickly headed to the pits to see if Mike could fit into Racedoc's drivers suit, helmet and seat.  Mission accomplished.  Just moments before, Mueller had planned on being a spectator for the evening and suddenly at the last minute, he would be driving a winged sprint car for the night.  Mueller had driven the car a couple of times for Racedoc back on Memorial Day weekend at Rice Lake and Eagle Valley.
 
Mueller finished fifth in his heat race and started on the pole for the first Challenge race.  After the drama mentioned above played out, Mike added to it by winning it, topping Nygaard, Jamey Ogston, Tori Knutson and several others in the process.  The second Challenge race saw young Chase Viebrock lead the first eight laps before 2015-2016 UMSS champion Ryan Bowers got past for the final three laps.  All this took place before what would turn out to be a tremendous feature event.
 
Following the double round of qualifiers, Nygaard, Bowers, Lusk and Graf were the top four cars in passing and finishing points.  The redraw would see Nygaard and Bowers on the front row for the feature with Graf and Lusk sitting behind them in row two.  Earning solid points with their performances in the heats and challenge races, the third row would be comprised of Friday night Traditional sprint car winner Anna Hippe in her 360 winged sprint car and Mueller.
 
With Eric Lutz the only car not able to make the feature race, 21 UMSS winged sprints roared to life at the drop of flagman Jeff Stacken's green.  Bowers blasted into the lead with Nygaard and Lusk close behind.  Six laps into the race, Bowers had caught the back of the field and began lapping.  Nygaard and Lusk closed in.  Lusk took second on lap ten and began to challenge Bowers.  The first caution waved with 11 laps scored when Jamey Ogston got sideways exciting turn two.  Although Ogston managed to keep his car under power, the yellow light blinked on for safety reasons.  Ogston restarted at the tail end of the lead lap cars.  When the race went back to green, things really started to get interesting up front as Lusk stayed close to Bowers.
 
Bob McVitty spun in turn four with 15 laps in the books to bring out the second yellow.  The next 5-6 laps provided spectacular racing amongst the three leaders.  Bowers would lead for two more laps before Nygaard came from third to first to lead laps 18 & 19.  Lusk then got by both cars and led lap 20, as the lead was literally changing hands amongst those three cars on several occasions.  On lap 21, Jake Kouba blew up big time in turn four with the leaders approaching and dumped a ton of oil on the track.  That brought out the third caution and interrupted what had been a fan-pleasing battle.  Scoring reverted back one lap with Lusk in the lead on lap 20.  Roger McVitty spun backwards on the front stretch on the restart for the final caution.  Lusk was able to hold off Nygaard in the quick five lap dash to the checkers.  Bowers, Graf and Viebrock completed the top five.  Rounding out the top ten finishers was Mueller, 17th starter Toews, Ogston, Knutson and Ty Sampair in his Traditional sprint car with a wing on top and a four-barrel carb bolted on the engine.  Sixteen cars finished the race.  Toews earned the $100 GRP Motorsports Hard Charger Award with his +10 performance.
 
The UMSS winged sprints take a weekend off before returning to action at the Ogilvie Raceway on Saturday night July 22 for the running of the 6th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial.  It is also the third race in the Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports series and will feature a nice purse with added series money from Midwest Power and GRP along with a very strong purse addition from Margaret Tabor.  Look for a press release in the upcoming days with the details.  Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.
 
UMSS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway July 8, 2017 (Race #10)
 
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 2-Derrik Lusk, [4]; 2. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [1]; 3. 64-Ryan Bowers, [2]; 4. 20G-Chris Graf, [3]; 5. 50-Chase Viebrock, [8]; 6. 22-Mike Mueller, [6]; 7. 5T-Mark Toews, [17]; 8. 03-Jamey Ogston, [7]; 9. 14K-Victoria (Tori) Knutson, [10]; 10. N1-Ty Sampair, [14]; 11. 77-Kevin Bradwell, [12]; 12. 62-Ronnie Erickson, [9]; 13. 1-Dean Brown, [18]; 14. 34-Denny Stordahl, [15]; 15. 95-Trevor Redding, [21]; 16. 7M-Bob McVitty, [13]; 17. (DNF) 5-Anna Hippe, [5]; 18. (DNF) 74-Roger McVitty, [19]; 19. (DNF) 16-Jake Kouba, [16]; 20. (DNF) 91A-Reed Allex, [11]; 21. (DNF) 00-Kyle Finnegan, [20]; (DNS) 5L-Eric Lutz.

Lap Leaders: Bowers 1-17, Nygaard 18-19, Lusk 20-25.

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Sean Becker claims second Sprint Car win of the year on Saturday at Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 8, 2017…After inheriting the lead late in the feature on Saturday multi-time Northern California champion Sean Becker of Roseville led the final two-circuits to grab his second Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car victory of the season at Placerville Speedway.

Also sharing victory lane on Mountain Democrat Kids Bike Night were Matt Michelli with the Ltd. Late Models, Nick Baldwin with the Pure Stocks and Dakota Albright with the BCRA Midget Lites. The evening also doubled as Red Hawk Casino championship point race number nine. A total of 25 bikes donated by a number of generous companies and individuals were handed out to kids 11 and under on Saturday.

The 25-lap Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car main event started out with Fair Oaks driver Jake Morgan jumping into the lead. On lap four Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox took it three-wide for the top-spot, which ultimately saw him get under both Morgan and Foresthill’s Jodie Robinson in turn two. Morgan’s strong run ended on lap seven though, as he caught a rut and got upside down to bring out a red flag.

On the ensuing restart Robinson then suffered a flat tire that resulted in her getting over the edge and coming to a stop. When going back green Becker sliced his way into third, as Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry began to put pressure on Cox for the lead. Racing through heavy lapped traffic on lap 14 Henry got the opening he needed to thread the needle and take command. The youngster was in search of his first career sprint car win, but with that in sight the yellow lights flashed on for Steven Tiner with just two-laps remaining.

On the restart Henry bicycled sideways, while Cox did the same, ultimately seeing both drivers come together and stop in turn four. Becker inherited the lead that he would never relinquish. The “Shark” took the checkered flag to give car owner Dan Monhoff his second victory of the season. Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Hollister’s Tony Gualda, Templeton’s Kaleb Montgomery and Elk Grove’s Greg Decaires completed the top-five.

A total 25 360’s were on hand with the fast time award going to Buddy Kofoid at an 11.545. Heat races were captured by Kofoid, CJ Humphreys, Sean Becker and Kalib Henry. The nights B-main went to Dustin Freitas.

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Poirier Prevails at Albany- Saratoga Speedway

By Paul T. Harkenrider

(Malta, NY) Despite racing on a part time schedule in 2017, Quebec’s Steve Poirier has been efficient wherever he takes his 28fm. Poirier started in the sixth position and wasted no time getting to the front inheriting the top spot on lap eight and leading the final 17 laps to score his first PST win of the 2017 season.

It was Danny Varin and Steve Collins pacing the 23-car field to the green, but before a lap was even complete, Jason Barney would spin at the top of turn four creating a parking lot involving Josh Pieniazek, Chad Miller, Josh Azzi, and Derek Jonathan. Nights would be complete for Barney, Pieniazek, and Jonathan.

It would also involve Jared Zimbardi who would end up losing a right rear shock on the car but was able to stumble to the two-minute work area. The two minutes would be complete and Zimbardi was able to return.

The race went back to green with Danny Varin getting a much better restart as would his father, Bobby getting by the 67 of Collins on that restart. Paulie Colagiovanni would then contest for third against Collins and Steve Poirier at the time would complete the top five.

Another yellow was thrown on lap four for a spinning Josh Azzi, he would continue but the event would be complete for Zimbardi due to continuing shock problems.

Danny Varin would begin to build a lead up to over four seconds with laps clicking by, Poirier would eventually get by Colagiovanni, Bobby Varin and Steve Collins to grab second.

Then on lap eight, Varin would slow down on the back stretch due to a right rear flat and it would bring out another caution. Varin would get that tire changed before the two-minute working time was up and return to the tail of the field.

Poirier would inherit the top spot and bring the field back to green where it was now 16-year-old, Paulie Colagiovanni battling for the lead against Poirier. At that time, Davie Franek was also beginning to make his presence known where he would be running seventh prior to the lap eight restart.

As Colagiovanni and Poirier would continue to battle for the lead with Poirier having the advantage, Franek would use multiple lanes to get by other contending cars. He would find himself in the top five before lap 16 when another yellow would be displayed for a spinning James Hanson.

On the ensuing restart, Poirier would begin to build a lead over Colagiovanni who was now trying to hold on for second as Franek was then up to third. On lap 18, Colagiovanni and Franek would make contact in turn three allowing Bobby Varin to get by the two once again for second.

However, it did not take long for both Colagiovanni and Franek to get back by Varin for the other two podium positions. On lap 22, Colagiovanni would get one last run at Poirier but would end up over driving corner two while at the same time would allow Franek to get back underneath him to grab second.

At the checkers, it was Poirier grabbing the win over Davie Franek, Paulie Colagiovanni, Bobby Varin, and Jordan Poirier who was able to get by Steve Collins late in the race.

Franek’s impressive run also earned him the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night’ from going 12th to second. Danny Varin was also able to climb back up through the field and come home 11th earning him the Shuttleworth’s 11th place bonus. Josh Azzi earned the Prestige Pool & Spa Final Finisher award.

Due to a rain delay, the Evingham Site Excavation Dash was pulled from the program, the heats were won by Bill VanInwegen, Danny Varin and Bobby Varin.

We now set our sights on the Canadian Tour where the series treks north to the Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday, July 15, and the Cornwall Speedway on Sunday, July 16. We then continue our American tour on Saturday, July 22 at the Woodhull Raceway.

PST Quick Results-July 7, 2016 (29 Total Cars)

A Main: 1) STEVE POIRIER 2)  Davie Franek 3) Paulie Colagiovanni 4)  Bobby Varin 5)  Jordan Poirier 6) Steve Collins 7) Matt Tanner 8) Mike Kiser 9) Billy VanInwegen 10) Kyle Drum 11)  Danny Varin 12) Jordan Thomas 13) Scott Holcomb 14) Chad Miller 15) Jeff Trombley 16)  Josh Flint 17)  Derrick Juliano 18)  James Hanson 19) Josh Azzi 20) Jared Zimbardi 21) Jason Barney 22) Josh Pieniazek 23) Derek Jonathan  

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Grosz and Lindberg Win First of Season at Jackson Motorplex

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (July 7, 2017) - Jackson Motorplex showcased new names and familiar faces in Victory Lane on Friday during Kenny Schrader Night.

Lee Grosz and Jesse Lindberg each scored their first win of the season at the half-mile oval while Brandon Beckendorf won his second straight race, Matthew Looft claimed his fourth consecutive event and D.J. Clinton garnered his third A Main triumph in a row.

Grosz used a late-race pass to capture the 360ci winged sprint car main event that was co-sanctioned by the Nebraska 360 Sprints and Midwest Sprint Touring Series. Grosz became the fourth different winner in five 360 races at Jackson Motorplex this season.

Gregg Bakker placed second with Chris Martin advancing from 10th to third. Jody Rosenboom finished fourth and Ryan Bickett rallied from 14 th to fifth.

Cody Ledger, Kaley Gharst and Skylar Prochaska were the heat race winners.

Lindberg became the seventh different Heartland Steel RaceSaver 305 Sprints winner in nine races this season. Trevor Serbus ended in the runner-up position with Bruce Anderson third and Michael Stien fourth. Points leader Kaleb Johnson maneuvered from 12th to fifth.

Lindberg and Chris Duffy both produced a heat race triumph.

NEBRASKA 360 SPRINTS AND MSTS 360 SPRINT CARS
A Feature: 1. 4J-Lee Grosz (4); 2. 11X-Gregg Bakker (5); 3. 44-Chris Martin (10); 4. 14-Jody Rosenboom (1); 5. 17B-Ryan Bickett (14); 6. 2-Derrik Lusk (15); 7. 13V-Seth Brahmer (12); 8. 23W-Scott Winters (11); 9. 35-Skylar Prochaska (6); 10. 7-Kaley Gharst (7); 11. 25-Dylan Peterson (16); 12. 18-Ryan Roberts (22); 13. 53-Jack Dover (8); 14. 35L-Cody Ledger (3); 15. 77-John Klabunde (13); 16. 07-Derek Anderson (17); 17. 51A-Elliot Amdahl (2); 18. 12L-John Lambertz (18); 19. 101-Chuck McGillivray (23); 20. (DNF) 2D-Dusty Ballenger (9); 21. (DNF) 10-Trevor Serbus (21); 22. (DNF) 42-Kevin Flowers (19); 23. (DNF) 75-Brandon Halverson (20).

305 SPRINTS A Feature: 1. 7L-Jesse Lindberg (3); 2. 10-Trevor Serbus (5); 3. 11A-Bruce Anderson (6); 4. 4S-Michael Stien (4); 5. 22-Kaleb Johnson (12); 6. 75-Brandon Geldner (10); 7. 13S-Shane Fick (14); 8. 20-John Lambertz (7); 9. 33-Trevor Smith (11); 10. 7-Dave Becker (2); 11. 23-Brandon Bosma (13); 12. (DNF) 4D-Chris Duffy (1); 13. (DNF) 51-Corey Kautz (8); 14. (DNF) 05-Colin Smith (9); 15. (DNF) 11-Dalyn Cody (15); (DNS) 81-Jared Jansen.

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URC 360 Sprint Cars & Modifieds Headline July 21 Program At Georgetown Speedway

Youth Night – 12 & Under Admitted FREE

GEORGETOWN, DE – Two headline divisions are on the docket when racing returns to Georgetown Speedway on Friday, July 21.

The “fan-favorite” Sprint Car-Modified combination is set to tackle the historic half-mile clay oval for the season’s second Friday night program. The lightning-quick 360 Sprint Cars of the United Racing Club (URC) make their only 2017 appearance at Georgetown, sharing the spotlight with big-block/small-block Modifieds in a $2,500-to-win, 25-lap main event.

The evening has also been designated as ‘Youth Night’ at the speedway. All those under the age of 12 will be admitted into the grandstand free of charge!

A Bicycle Giveaway is also on the evening’s agenda.

Legendary Bobby Wilkins, a driver who represented the First State by racing and winning across the Northeast, will be recognized during the night, as well.

Joining the URC/Modified doubleheader are the L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman and features-only for Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Gates will unlock at 4 p.m. in the pit area and 5 p.m. in the grandstands. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:20 p.m., with racing to follow at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand admission for adults is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Pit admission for those ages 13 and up is $35. Those ages 6-12 pay $10. Kids five and under are $2.

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61st Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals and All You Need to Know!
 
Park City, Kansas – July 5, 2017 - We are a little over one week away from the 61st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store, atop the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas. This long-standing tradition that boosts the Hutchinson economy every July will feature the NCRA sprints, NCRA modifieds, NCRA late models, IMCA/AAA/Rookie modifieds as well as the Street Stocks and Thumpers.

There will be an open practice session from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Thursday night, July 13. Race action on the famed half-mile oval will take place on Friday night (July 14) with championship feature action on Saturday night (July 15).

Below is the itinerary for the two-race weekend and the official payout for all divisions competing in the Kansas tradition, which is the 61st annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals:

Friday Night’s program:

Qualifying heat races and championship feature for street stocks and thumpers; Qualifying heat races for IMCA/AAA/Rookie Modifieds; Double heat races for NCRA Sprints, NCRA Modifieds and NCRA Late Models

Saturday Night’s program:

Consolation and championship features for NCRA Sprints, NCRA Modifieds, NCRA Late Models and IMCA/AAA/Rookie Modifieds   

Pit gates open both night’s at 4:00 PM; Ticket office and grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM; Hot Laps at 6:00 PM; Racing at 7:00 PM

Grandstand general admission for ages 12 and up $20, free for ages 11 and under. $2 off coupons can be obtained at any O’Reilly Auto Parts stores in the Hutchinson area. All pit passes are $30

All drivers must compete on Friday night to be eligible for Saturday night’s full payout. Drivers racing Saturday night only receive half pay. Official payout for all divisions posted below:

NCRA Sprints

Championship Feature: 1) $4000, 2) $2500, 3) $2000, 4) $1500, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600, 9-13) $500, 14-18) $450, 19-24) $400

NCRA Modified

Championship Feature: 1) $3000, 2) $2000, 3) $1500, 4) $1000, 5) $900, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600 9-13) $500, 14-19) $400, 20-24) $350
“D” Feature non-transfer cars $100
“C” Feature non-transfer cars $150

NCRA Late Model

Championship Feature: 1) $1500, 2) $1200, 3) $1000, 4) $800, 5) $600, 6) $500, 7) $450, 8) $400, 9-13) $350, 14-20) $300

Street Stocks and Thumpers
Championship Feature: 1) $500, 2) $350, 3) $300, 4) $250, 5) $200, 6) $150, 7) $125, 8-12) $100, 13-20) $75

IMCA Modified/AAA Modified/Rookie Modified
Championship Feature: 1) $1000, 2) $700, 3) $600, 4) $500, 5) $400, 6) $300, 7) $250, 8) $225, 9) $200, 10-12) $150, 13-15) $125, 16-20) $100

For more information on the Hutchinson Grand Nationals, check out the events official facebook page: Hutchinson Grand Nationals Auto Races. For official NCRA rules check out the series official website www.racencra.com. For street stock, thumper. AAA and rookie modified rules go to www.race81speedway.com. For more Hutchinson Grand Nationals information call (316) 755-1781.

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Justin Sanders scoop up Independence Day victories at the Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 4, 2017…It had been awhile since Watsonville’s Justin Sanders tasted victory at the Placerville Speedway, but that all changed on Independence Day when the always hard-charging driver put on a clinic to earn his first Thompson’s Auto Group Winged Sprint Car win of the season.

Also sharing victory lane during the annual Freedom Fireworks event were Ryan McDaniel in the Ltd. Late Models and Ted Ahart with the Mini Trucks. Due to time constraints, the Pure Stock feature was not held during the night.  

The 25-lap Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car feature saw Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid jump to the lead with Sanders shooting into second. A yellow flag on lap seven then set up a restart where Sanders claimed the lead with a big time slider on Kofoid. A couple more cautions, then a red for Kyle Hirst slowed the pace of the feature.  

On the restart Hollister’s Ryan Bernal moved by Kofoid for second, with Fremont’s Shane Golobic also coming along for third. Golobic threw a slider on Bernal with 15-laps complete to snag second, but Bernal returned the favor on the next lap. A few more stoppages occurred over the final 10-circuits, but nothing could slow the fast moving Sanders, who took the checkered flag for the $2000 win over Bernal, Golobic, Steven Tiner and Jake Morgan.

A healthy field of 32 Winged 360 Sprint Cars signed in on Tuesday. The night’s B-main went to Jake Morgan, while heat races were picked off by CJ Humphreys, Greg Decaires, Tony Gualda and Kalib Henry.

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Mattox Claims First Career NCRA Sprint Victory

Park City, Kansas – July 1, 2017 - Fred Mattox made the drive from his Drumright, Oklahoma home a profitable one as he claimed his first career National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car feature victory Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City.

Mattox, aboard his homebuilt powered, Triple X chassis sponsored by Young Tool Supply/D&E Drywall Supply/AKI Oil Field Services sprinter, started on the outside front row and held off a hard-charging Jeremy Campbell to take home the $2000 to win feature event.

Pole-sitter J.D. Johnson came home third with Danny Jennings and Kyle Clark rounding out the top five.

The heat races for the twelve-car field were won by Jennings and Don Droud, Jr.

With his second-place run, Campbell has closed to within five points of defending champion Droud in the 2017 points race as the series gears for the 61st running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Hutchinson Grand Nationals presented by Midwest Super Store at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Friday and Saturday night, July 14-15. The Saturday night’s championship feature winner will earn $4000.

NCRA Sprints

81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas

July 2, 2017

A Feature: 1) 26M-Fred Mattox, [2]; 2) 10C-Jeremy Campbell, [6]; 3) 98-J.D. Johnson, [1]; 4) 1J-Danny Jennings, [3]; 5) 9$-Kyle Clark, [5]; 6) 1X-Don Droud Jr, [4]; 7) 91-Jeff Stasa, [10]; 8) 85-Forrest Sutherland, [7]; 9) 81-Jon Freeman, [9]; 10) 5$-Danny Smith, [8]; 11) 20G-Jake Greider, [12]; 12) 51-Josh Fairbank, [11]

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Chuck Hebing Wins Night #5 of CNY Speedweek at Utica-Rome Speedway; Danny Varin Finshes Second to Week Long Title

By MIKE MALLETT

VERNON, NY – Chuck Hebing’s Central New York Speedweek started with motor issues during heat in the engines at Can-Am Motorsports Park.  He had more trouble at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  Hebing shook off the two poor nights to turn things around.  The Ontario, N.Y., driver never finished outside of the top two from that point forward.

Hebing won at Brewerton Speedway Friday, finished second and Fulton Speedway Saturday and concluded the week at the Utica-Rome Speedway with a win.  If only he could have started the week the way he finished, he may have had a shot at the title that was won by Danny Varin.  Varin outlasted Mark Smith and Mike Mahaney for his first Speedweek title and the $1,000 payday that went along with it.

“It’s always good to go good here at Utica-Rome,” said Hebing after the win.  “Danny (Varin) has this place figured out.  He runs here a lot more than we do now.  I think we had something for him tonight.  We’ve had a good Speedweek.  We had trouble at a couple of them, but it was good week.”

Paul Kinney redrew the second spot for the third night in a row for start of the 25-lap feature.  He jumped to the top of the track at the start of the main-event.  The outside of turns one and two helped him gain the lead.  Kinney held his own before watching Varin utilize a slider in turns three and four to take the spot on lap six in turns three and four.

Mark Smith’s chance for the Speedweek title went down the tubes on lap eight.  Smith brought out the caution as his wing collapsed causing him to slide off the speedway in turns three and four. Varin resumed the lead as the race got back up to speed before another caution came on lap 10 for Cory Sparks.  Sparks stopped on the outside of turn four.

Varin led the way as the race went green again with Kinney and Hebing in tow.  Hebing dispatched of Kinney as he now set his sights on another challenge in Varin.  He saw his opportunity on lap 13.  Hebing dove low in turn three while sliding up in front of Varin for the lead.

“He (Varin) was running the top so I drove across the middle,” mentioned Hebing.  “Then I seen him so I made sure I lifted and turned down.  I didn’t want to pinch him by any means.  I’m pretty sure I left him a lane still.  It was tight, but he knows how it is.”

Before another lap was run the pace was slowed for Ryan Susice as he spun.  Coleman Gulick also had issues on his No. 14 as something broke in the left rear of car.  At this point it was Hebing holding the number one position over Varin and Matt Tanner.

Green came again with Hebing fending off the challenges of Varin.  Varin went to the bottom and tried to get the lead back, but Hebing had none of it.  Hebing pulled away from Varin as he was faced by a strong effort from Tanner on the inside.  Tanner tried multiple time to take second to no avail.

The difficulty for Hebing increased on lap 21 as he now had to deal with Varin right on his back bumper and slower cars racing at the back portion of the field.  Hebing wasn’t going to open the door for Varin as he made a three-wide pass in between a pair of lapped cars.   Once he did that he was able to pull away for the win.

“Lapped traffic is always tough,” said Hebing.  “I learned that in Pennsylvania a few times.  You make choices in lapped traffic and you make the wrong choice to slow down and be careful, usually the boys drive by you.  Plus I heard it pays better to win.”

Varin, of Fonda, N.Y., held on to finish in the second position after doing all he could to try and get back around Hebing.  It was the second night in a row that Hebing was able to get by him using a slider.

“I think we were better at the end,” stated Varin.  “The long distance runs I was getting better.  The short distance, every yellow was just killing me.  I was slipping and sliding.  Lesson learned.  I need to get a few lessons on these slide jobs.  We are going to get him (Hebing).  This is place is fun to race when it’s like this, wide and slippery.”

The finish was good enough to earn him the title.  He wasn’t expecting to get the championship.  Initially, the team wasn’t even sure if they were going to be able to run all five events.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said about the Speedweek title.  “We didn’t go in planning to run the whole series.  We were just taking it one race at a time.”

Tanner had his best run of the weekend as the Stephentown, N.Y., driver finished in the third position on the slippery surface.  His was in the mix at the end but felt like he started too far back to challenge for the win.

“The first two nights were like this and I ran fourth and fifth,” cited Tanner about the smooth, shiny surface.  “The last two nights we kind of struggled a little bit.  I wish we would have started a little bit further forward.  I think we had something for them guys, but it’s tough on a track like this coming from seventh.  They started up in the first two rows.  It was a good run to end the week.”

 Kinney ended up coming home in spot number four while Bobby Varin, who started on the pole, was able to complete the top five on the final night of Speedweek in his only event of the week.

Lucas Oil ESS A-Main – Chuck Hebing, Danny Varin, Matt Tanner, Paul Kinney, Bobby Varin, Matt Billings, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dan Douville, Jonathan Preston, Dave Axton, Ryan Susice, Billy VanInwegen, Darryl Ruggles, Steve Glover, Dan Bennett, Denny Peebles, Scott Holcomb, Yan Bilodeau, Bryan Howland, Coleman Gulick, Cory Sparks, Mark Smith, Mike Mahaney.

Lap Leader – Kinney 1-5, D Varin 6-12, Hebing 13-25.

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Chris Graf Gets Off To Good Start At Britt In Defense Of Title
Britt, IA

By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (6-30-17)
 
The Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports first race of nine in the series had to weather a rain delay at the beginning of the program, but when the final checkers flew on the UMSS feature, a familiar face graced Rock Auto Victory Lane at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa during the inaugural appearance by the UMSS sprints at the northern Iowa black dirt track.  Chris Graf of Glencoe, the 2015 and 2016 Midwest Power Series champion, got off to a good start in search of his third consecutive title.  Graf led all 25 laps of the feature for the $1,500 payday.  It was Graf's third UMSS win of the season.
 
Graf's victory did not come uncontested though.  2015 and 2016 UMSS champion Ryan Bowers of Ham Lake actually got by Graf on lap 16, but a caution for Reed Allex in turn four nullified the pass.  The yellow turned into a red when Bowers suddenly pulled to a stop on the front stretch and bailed out of his sprint car on fire.  After trying to extinguish the flames on the pants legs of his driver suit by rolling on the ground, Bowers jumped up just as the firemen arrived and sprinted towards a large water puddle where Allex had parked his sprint car.  Bowers executed a perfect slide into the water to put out the fire.  His car was also on fire from a fuel leak that had apparently developed earlier in the race but did not ignite until he slowed down under caution.  The fire crew quickly extinguished the fire.  The dramatic turn of events saw Graf still in the lead when the race restarted.  Graf led the remaining ten laps caution-free for the win.  Derrik Lusk of Jackson finished second.  Mark Toews of Spirit Lake, John Schulz of West Burlington and Austin Johnson of Pleasant Hill rounded out the top five.  For Toews, the evening had its share of good fortune and not-so-good fortune.  In order to avoid Reed Allex, Toews ended up doing a complete 360 spin but kept going.  With scoring reverting back to the last fully completed lap, Toews, who was running fourth, ended up restarting third when Bowers dropped out.  That's were he crossed the finish line, but an issue developed in post-race tech.  He was paid for last place and all drivers behind him moved up one pay spot.  The matter is still under review, so for scoring purposes at this time he is listed in third where he finished.
 
The weather and other area races kept the field down, but several strong competitors were on hand.  Lusk and Graf won the 8 lap heat races.  Given the rain delay at the beginning of the evening and the late start at 8:30, no challenge races or any other type of preliminary race was run, as the top four drivers in passing and finishing points following the heat races drew for starting positions in the first two rows of the feature.
 
A pair of former UMSS champions, Graf (2013) and Bowers (2015-16), drew the front row.  Graf blasted into the lead early on and put some distance between himself and Bowers.  On lap 10, Graf lapped Allex and one lap later put Kevin Bradwell a lap down.  Graf closed in on Chase Viebrock, but Viebrock was fast and Graf had some difficulty lapping him.  Bowers quickly closed the margin and by lap 14 was right behind Graf ready to challenge for the lead.  Graf held off the challenges until Bowers bolted by on the outside exiting turn two and shot into the lead down the backstretch on lap 16, but the aforementioned caution flew and dramatically changed the complexion of the race.  Midwest Power Equipment and GRP Motorsports added $1,500 to the purse making for a decent payout.  Allex, Bradwell and Jared Goerges also earned $100 GRP Motorsports Tow Money bonuses for competing in all five of the season point shows so far and for being at the rained out event at Proctor on June 18.
 
Following a non-point show at the Knoxville Raceway on July 1, the UMSS sprints return to action on Saturday night July 8 at the Cedar Lake Speedway for the second race in the Midwest Power Equipment/GRP Motorsports Series.  It's the second night of the popular World of Outlaws sprint car weekend at CLS, as the UMSS Traditional sprints will be racing on Friday night and the UMSS winged sprints run on Saturday.  It should be a great two nights of sprint car racing at the famous western Wisconsin dirt oval.  Keep tabs on all of the UMSS winged sprint car action by visiting our website at www.umsprints.com and clicking on the red logo or by following us on Facebook.

Midwest Power Equip & GRP Motorsports A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf, [1]; 2. 2-Derrik Lusk, [3]; 3. 5T-Mark Toews, [4]; 4. 99-John Schulz, [5]; 5. 81-Austin Johnson, [6]; 6. 9-Jared Goerges, [7]; 7. 50-Chase Viebrock, [8]; 8. 77-Kevin Bradwell, [10]; 9. (DNF) 64-Ryan Bowers, [2]; 10. (DNF) 91A-Reed Allex, [9].

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Empire Super Sprint Point Leader Jason Barney Wins Night #4 of CNY Speedweek at Fulton Speedway

By MIKE MALLETT

FULTON, NY – The first three nights ofCentral New York Speedweek have not gone the way that Jason Barney have hoped.  The current Empire Super Sprint point leader struggled with mechanical issues and some bad luck.  Then came the Fulton Speedway.

Fulton is close to home for Barney and on Saturday night the Brewerton, N.Y., driver got back on track by winning 25-lap A-Main.  Barney worked by Mike Mahaney just before halfway then held off Chuck Hebing and Danny Varin for his second career win at the facility.  Barney added to his overall point lead as well as his standing in the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour and SUNY Canton Series points.  

“It took not really beating ourselves,” cited Barney in Victory Lane.  “We had to focus on what we needed to do and that’s win races.  Not worrying about all the other stuff.  Regrouping, forgetting about yesterday and living for today.”

The redraw was kind to Barney as he drew the fourth position for the start of the feature.  He got a great start at the green but the race quickly came to a halt as Coleman Gulick got over in turn four.  Gulick hit the cushion wrong and ended up going over hard and landing on his side.  He wasn’t injured but was done for the night.

Mike Mahaney restarted the field with Paul Kinney next to him.  Kinney went the top of turns one and two to put himself in front of the field on the opening circuit.  Kinney stayed on the cushion all the way around the high-banks while Mahaney followed him early.

Kinney and Mahaney stayed glued to one another at the front as Barney battled with Jonathan Preston for the third spot.  It’s a position he was able to take as the leaders reached the back of the field on lap seven.

Mahaney made his move in traffic on lap nine as he dove low in turns one and two to power past Kinney.  Two laps later, Barney used the very same lane in the same corner in order to take second from Kinney before focusing his attention on Mahaney.

It took Barney only one more lap to get to the lead.  Mahaney opened the bottom lane in the first and second turns.  That was just what Barney needed.  He wasted little time driving by Mahaney on corner exit to take over the number one spot.

“The bottom always wins at Fulton,” cited Barney.  “You can’t live and die by it the whole time, but if you can hit it at the right time it can win the race for you.  I really didn’t know what to do when we got to lapped traffic.  I felt really good on the top of one and two, but I felt like if I let someone get underneath me the bottom was good in three and four.  I’d really screw up.  I hadn’t hit the top in three and four all night, so I thought, ‘why would I bother doing that?’  It was something I hadn’t done all night.”    

Now the leader, Barney planted himself on the bottom of the race track.  He was going to force anyone that wanted to get the lead from him to go around him on the outside.  

Barney got his first taste of traffic as the leader on lap 19, but before things became tricky for Barney the yellow came out for a spinning car in turn two.  A double-file restart was called for but negated as Dalton Herrick and Mark Smith made heavy contact in turn two.  Herrick did a spin through the air but landed on all four tires.  He wasn’t injured but his night was done with Smith continuing on.

Barney took advantage of the restart all by himself to drive away.  It didn’t last long.  Two laps later he had one more challenge to overcome as Preston stopped in turn four with a left front flat.  That meant one more double-file restart.

Barney restarted on the inside lane as Mahaney pulled up next to him.  He was good at the green with Mahaney, Hebing and Varin going three-wide into turn one.  Hebing pulled of a Hail Mary pass to go from fourth to second before leaving turn two.  

“I did not like those restarts at the end,” commented Barney.  “I’ve been beat here a couple times on that.  I was thankful that it wasn’t the 45 (Hebing) next to me because that would have really screwed me up.”

Barney remained untouched as he become the first driver to win three feature events in 2017.  Hebing backed up Friday’s win at Brewerton with a second place run.  He was happy after getting an incredible jump on the final restart.

“I got a good start there, and Danny (Varin) didn’t get as good of a start or didn’t go down the track as good,” stated Hebing.  “I had some good gear in the car.  Him and Mahaney were right there and there was a gap so I split the gap.  I didn’t think I’d touch anybody and I tried to make move and it worked out. We had a good car.”  

Varin also got around Mahaney at the end of the feature to put himself on the podium.   He worked over Hebing to no avail.  Ultimately he was happy to finish third.  

“That was pretty good race me and Chuck (Hebing) had there at the end,” said Varin.  “I gave him everything I had.  He had us second guessing on that last restart.  I didn’t know if he was going to go to the bottom or the top.  He just split us both.  He did a hell a job.”

Billy VanInwegen had a career best run with the Empire Super Sprints as he finished in fourth.  Mahaney ended up fading at the end to finish in the fifth position.

ESS A-Main – Jason Barney ($3,050), Chuck Hebing ($2,100), Danny Varin ($1,050), Billy VanInwegen ($630), Mike Mahaney ($565), Matt Billings ($545), Paul Kinney ($430), George Suprick ($520), Jeff Cook ($410), Joe Trenca ($450), Matt Tanner ($560), Mark Smith ($445), Mike Haggenbottom ($300), Yan Bilodeau ($300), Jonathan Preston ($300), Paulie Colagiovanni ($300), Kelly Hebing ($300), Dalton Herrick ($300), Dave Axton ($325), Chad Miller ($350), Emily VanInwegen ($300), Shawn Donath ($350), Scott Holcomb ($325), Coleman Gulick ($325).

Lap Leader – Kinney 1-8, Mahaney 9-10, Barney 11-25.

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Chuck Hebing and Brewerton Speedway Outlast Mother Nature to Win Night #3 CNY Speedweek for the Empire Super Sprints

By MIKE MALLETT

BREWERTON, NY – Mother Nature tried her hardest but officials at the Brewerton Speedway were determined to get in Friday Night’s Central New York Speedweek event for the Empire Super Sprints.

Although the program was delayed over an hour and a half, the show went on with Chuck Hebing eventually taking the checkers for his second series win of the 2017 season.

Hebing dominated the 25-lap feature on Friday night by leading every lap of the race.  The Ontario, N.Y., driver faced several challenges but was flawless on restarts and in traffic.  Hebing took home over $3,000 for his dominating performance in the feature.  It was Hebing’s second career win at the track known as the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon.’

“It’s huge to win and to win at Brewerton (Speedway),” commented Hebing.  “I’ve been coming here since the 90’s.  It’s good.  It’s always good seeing Harvey (Fink) and everyone.  The Wight’s always treat me really good.”

Paul Kinney started on the pole but at the start it was Hebing jumping out in front after starting on the outside of the front row.  He motored by Kinney coming down the frontstretch as the field raced into the first corner on the tacky surface.

Hebing led as Brett Wright’s night ended on lap four as he brought out the red flag.  Wright made contact with another car causing him to slide up the bank and into the outside wall.  His car flipped up into the air and came to a rest on top of the wall in turn one.  He was not injured.

Hebing restarted the race alongside of Kinney for a second time.  Like the initial drop of the green flag, Hebing bolted to the lead beating Kinney into the first corner.   As Hebing beat everyone off the second corner Kinney was forced to deal with the challenges of Paulie Colagiovanni.

“The track was a challenge,” said Hebing.  “You really had to want.  The one restart with Paul I tried to restart on the bottom and I pulled a wheelie and got into him.  I’ve had that happen to me before here.  The next restart I made sure I took the outside so I didn’t get into anybody.”

Hebing’s pace was unmatched early while the duel for second was a good one between Kinney, Colagiovanni and Coleman Gulick.  Gulick pressed the issue above the cushion and grabbled the second spot by the fifth circuit.

Hebing and Gulick were the top two as the yellow flag flew for Sammy Reakes IV on lap eight.  Reakes car slowed before coming to a stop necessitating the yellow flag again.  He was unable to make repairs before the action was ready to resume.

When racing got back underway, Hebing remained at the front of the field as a cluster of cars tried to track him down.  Gulick battled with Colagiovanni for second with Hebing expanding the gap between himself and the race for the second position.

The laps clicked off with Hebing at the front.  As he reached the halfway point he caught the backend of the field.  Hebing worked traffic for a lap but then got a reprieve as the pace slowed again with Kinney stopping in the fourth corner with mechanical difficulties.

Hebing continued his mastery of the restart as he got the jump on everyone another time.  Colagiovanni and Gulick renewed their battle for second with Colagiovanni able to secure the position.

The final challenge for Hebing began on lap 21 as he ran up on the rear of the field again.  He took advantage of the opportunities presented him to put cars down a lap.  As he worked traffic, Colagiovanni was attempted to fend off a hard charging Gulick.  Gulick found a new line above the cushion.  This allowed him to apply even more pressure to Colagiovanni.

“That was the first time I got to lapped traffic that I said to myself, 'I guess I got to go to the outside and go above the cushion,'” stated Hebing.  “It was rough, but at least I was able to get by them.   It was tough above there.  I was wondering I should have raced up there.”

Hebing beat everyone to the checkered flag with Gulick sneaking by Colagiovanni off the final turn to finish in second.  Had Gulick found the line on the top side earlier he may have been able to challenge Hebing.  Unfortunately it wasn’t to be on this night as he had to settle for a second place finish.

“I found it too late,” mentioned Gulick.  “I think I had something for Chuck (Hebing) if I found it ten laps earlier.  He was killing me on the starts.  He’s been doing this a long time and he’ll mess with your head a little bit.  You got to settle in.  Catching him and passing him is another thing.  I’m just glad to be back up front.  We’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks.”

Colagiovanni ended up in third.  It was his second podium finish of the season.  Colagiovanni was in the mix for a win right up until end.  He had his own mechanical problems to deal with making it difficult for him to see what was going on around him.

“My dad setup the car perfectly, the car was great,” stated Colagiovanni.  “It was just coming into three it was bicycling on me a couple of times.  Those last three laps a line or oil line exploded right in my face.  I was going tear off, tear off.  I couldn’t see anything.   It was a good race by everyone.”

Jonathan Preston ended up finishing in the fourth spot with Mark Smith concluding the night with his third top five finish of CNY Speedweek after he was scored fifth at the finish.

Pit Notes – 30 Sprints were in the pits on Night #3 of Speedweek…Josh Flint and George Suprick made their first appearances of the week…unfortunately for Flint, he was a flip victim in his heat…Brett Wright and Yan Bilodeau also found their way on their wings.

Lucas Oil ESS A-Main – Chuck Hebing, Coleman Gulick, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jonathan Preston, Mark Smith, Matt Billings, Jason Barney, Mike Mahaney, Danny Varin, George Suprick, Shawn Donath, Billy VanInwegen, Matt Tanner, Jeff Cook, Dave Axton, Mike Haggenbottom, Paul Kinney, Chad Miller, Scott Holcomb, Sammy Reakes IV, Larry Wight, Darryl Ruggles, Keith Granholm, Brandon Kidd, Denny Peebles, Brett Wright.

Lap Leader – Hebing 1-25.

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Davie Franek is $4,000 richer after Patriot Sprint Tour McKean County win

(East Smethport, PA) | Wantage, NJ driver Davie Franek made the long haul north to the McKean County Raceway worth every mile as he scored the $4,000 victory on the opening night of the Patriot Sprint Tour ‘Western Weekend’ presented by Bonnell’s Collision.

Pole sitter Steve Collins and Davie Franek brought the 24 car field to the green. Lap one saw Franek jump to an early lead. Collins assumed second, and Joe Trenca a close third.  A caution was thrown on lap 8 for the 1-10 of Jake Brown.

Once racing action resumed, two more circuits were completed before the 54j of Dave Just made contact with the front stretch wall and flipped violently into turn one.  Just exited the car under his own power.

On the ensuing restart, Franek continued to lead Collins, Trenca, and the 10J of Jack Sodeman Jr. The field would slow once more on lap 18 for Evingham Site Excavation dash winner Robbie Stillwaggon, who had mechanical issues on top of turn two.  Stillwaggon would head to the two minute work area, and was able to make repairs and re-join the race at the end of the field.

In the closing laps, Joe Trenca was able to get past Steve Collins for 2nd, but it was all Davie Franek as he crossed the line first, leading all 25 laps. Third went to Collins, followed by Sodeman Jr. and Danny Smith rounding out the top 5.

With 24 cars signed in, three heat races were run to start the night.  In heat one, Kyle Drum picked up the victory from the pole over Jared Zimbardi and Robbie Stillwaggon.  Heat two was won by Joe Trenca over Ohio driver Danny Smith and Canadian Jake Brown. The third and final heat victory went to Davie Franek over Derrick Juliano and Jack Sodeman, Jr.  The only caution in heat competition came in heat three for Josh Azzi with a broken front end.

The Evingham Site Excavation ‘Four Laps of Fame’ dash win went to Robbie Stillwaggon from the outside pole over Scott Kreutter and Bryan Howland.

The tour heads to Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH tonight for night number two of three for the 2nd Annual ‘Western Weekend’ presented by Bonnell’s Collision.  It will be the second of two visits for the Patriot Sprint Tour to the Ohio facility in 2017.  The first visit saw current point leader Jared Zimbardi take home the win over Steve Collins and Bryan Howland.

The third and final night of the 2017 ‘Western Weekend’ will take place this coming Saturday, July 1, at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, PA.  It will mark the only visit to the facility for the Patriot Sprint Tour in 2017, with Kyle Drum looking to defend his victory in the event one year ago.

A-Main: 1. Davie Franek, 2. Joe Trenca, 3. Steve Collins, 4. Jack Sodeman Jr., 5. Danny Smith, 6. Kyle Drum, 7. Bryan Howland, 8. Mitch Brown, 9. Mike Koehler, 10. Derrick Juliano, 11. Jordan Thomas, 12. Cody Bova, 13. Robbie Stillwaggon, 14. Jared Zimbardi, 15. Paul Habeck, 16. Derek Jonathan, 17.  Josh Azzi, 18. Dan Bennett, 19.  Dennis Wagner, 20. Tyler Graves, 21. Dave Just, 22. Jake Brown, 23. Joe McEwen, 24. Scott Kreutter

Lap Leaders: 1-25 Davie Franek

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Larry Wight Rides the Top Side toCNY Speedweek Win with Empire Super Sprints at Canandaigua Motorsports Park

By MIKE MALLETT

CANANDAIGUA, NY – There was no shortage of action in the second round of the Central New York Speedweek for the Empire Super Sprints at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney thrilled the crowd with a five lap dash to the finish that saw Wight ride the fringes of the racing surface to take home the $3,025 winner’s check.

It was Wight’s second career series triumph as the Modified ace was able to wrestle the lead away from Mahaney over the course of the final laps in the A-Main event.  Wight’s only prior victory came back with the series in August of 2014 at the Brewerton Speedway which is the next stop on the CNY Speedweek tour.

“It’s awesome to be able to get win like that after following the leaders and seeing where they’re going,” said Wight.  “It’s better than starting up there and running away with it.  I’ll take one of these anytime.”

Mahaney redrew the pole position for the start of the 25-lap feature.  In the opening stages the King Ferry, N.Y., pilot was challenged by Pennsylvania hotshoe Mark Smith.  Smith worked the outside lane while Mahaney kept his No. 33 planted on the bottom of the racing surface.

It took Mahaney a handful of laps to dispatch of Smith as he remained a constant threat on the outside of the speedway.  Mahaney consistently hit the moisture on the bottom of the track as Smith worked his way higher and higher around the edge.

The pace was torrid early on as Mahaney reeled in traffic with only six laps in the record books.  Initially he maintained his fast pace, but eventually traffic got thicker forcing him to begin to alter his line around the race track.  Mahaney kept up the quick pace with the driver chasing him changing several times as Smith, Jason Barney and Wight were all over each other vying for second in the running order.

Halfway through the race Mahaney kept his spot while Smith, Barney and Wight were in a dogfight for the runner-up position.  Smith controlled it on lap 13 with Barney and Wight right there.  Two laps later, Wight made his own lane around the top of the speedway in a groove that only he could run as he rocketed by both drivers to move into second.

“The car was a little iffy there the first five laps, but then I found the top in three and four and it seemed no one was going up far enough to catch the bite like I was,” stated Wight.  “It left the lane open for me.”

One circuit later Wight used that line around the outside perimeter to get the lead away from Mahaney as they exited the fourth corner.  Mahaney had become slightly bottled up in traffic giving Wight the opportunity to pounce.  It was an opportunity he took full advantage of.

It looked like Wight was going to be able to drive away from there but things changed as the only caution of the race was necessary on lap 19.  Coleman Gulick exploded a right rear tire which forced him to slow and stop in the fourth turn.  The caution bunched everyone up for a double-file restart.

Wight kept the lead at the green as he went right back to the line that helped him navigate his way to the front of the field.  Mahaney, who now had clear track, dove low through the first and second corners to nose in front of Wight off of turn two.  Wight edged back in front off of turn four with the pair side-by-side at the line.

A lap later the inside lane proved powerful for Mahaney as his run off of the second corner propelled him back around Wight for the lead.  He stayed on the bottom through turns three and four to barely keep the lead from Wight.  He’d keep the advantage the next lap with the pair again together at the line.

On lap 23, Wight got an exceptional run off the fourth corner to blast by Mahaney coming to the flagstand.  He was able to clear Mahaney going into the first turn which allowed him to dive to the bottom of the speedway.  Once he got Mahaney’s line down low he remained on the outskirts of turns three and four.  He road those two lines to the checkered flag.

“It was real close,” commented Wight.  “A couple times I got a good run coming down the frontstretch, but he shut the door.  I was able to get a good enough run through three and four to shut the door on him going into one.  It definitely worked out to our advantage.”

A second place finish was a major improvement for Mahaney from his last visit to Canandaigua.  Back in May his night ended with flip.  Thursday night, Mahaney did all he could, but Wight just got enough of a run to get in front of him and take the lead away.  He was forced to settle for second.  It was his second top five finish of the week.  

“It was exciting racing out there,” Mahaney said.  “I didn’t expect him to take my lane down there in one and two on the bottom.  That’s not like him, but congrats to him.  He did a great job.  Hopefully we can come back and get the win tomorrow.  Last time we were here we had a stupid accident and ended up upside down.  This is a big confidence builder with two top five’s going into Speedweek.  Hopefully we can keep rolling.”

Smith crossed the line behind Wight and Mahaney giving him a third to go along with his second on opening night.  The Sunbury, Pa., driver was just off on his setup.  The miss wouldn’t allow him to go as high as he needed to in order to challenge Wight and Mahaney.

“I don’t know these tracks and I didn’t expect it to get this big,” quipped Smith.  “I ran out of gear by the time I got to the flagstand running all the way around out there.  We messed up a little bit there, but Larry (Wight) drove a hell of a race.  I just want to congratulate them guys on a good job.”

Matt Tanner was able to outlast Danny Varin and Jonathan Preston to finish in the fourth spot with Varin earning hard charger honors by advancing from the 14th starting position up to fifth.

Pit Notes: Night #2 of Donath Motor Worx Speedweek saw 27 cars enter into action…Chuck Hebing was fastest in E&V Energy timed warmups with a time of 15.721.  It was an average speed of 114.497mph…Shawn Donath was a DNQ when BOTH cars lost power on him…Hebing was the first car out of the A-Main with overheating issues on his No. 45…Jason Barney suffered the same fate as Hebing as he pulled off while running in the top five during the lap 19 caution with overheating issues himself…The caution that came on lap 19 was the first of the week in the A-Main.

ESS A-Main – Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Mark Smith, Matt Tanner, Danny Varin, Jonathan Preston, Lucas Wolfe, Billy VanInwegen, Matt Billings, Kelly Hebing, Paul Kinney, Darryl Ruggles, Coleman Gulick, Steve Doell, Brett Wright, Jeff Cook, Paulie Colagiovanni, Sammy Reakes IV, Scott Holcomb, Yan Bilodeau, Lee Sanders, Mike Haggenbottom, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing.

Lap Leader – Mahaney 1-14, Wight 15-20, Mahaney 21-22, Wight 23-25.

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Summer Sprint Sizzler Monday At Waynesfield

WAYNESFIELD, Ohio (6/29/17) – A sprint car lover’s dream event takes place this Monday night at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.  The event dubbed the “Summer Sprint Sizzler” will be the grand finale of a four-day weekend of sprint car racing with stops across the State of Ohio.  The program will be headlined by the NRA Sprint Invaders joining forces once again with the Great Lakes Super Sprints running for a $4000 to win payday.  

The F.A.S.T 410 and 305 sprints will also be on the program running for $3000 and $1000 respectfully.  Drivers of “The Working Man’s Series”, Ohio Sprint Car Series, will join the F.A.S.T 410’s for the first time in Waynesfield history.  Waynesfield’s very own Performance Powder Coating AMSA Mini Sprints will be on the program running for a $600 payday.
 
Adult general admission for the pre-Independence Day race is $20.  Kids aged 11-15 years old are admitted for $15 with everyone under the age of ten admitted for FREE.  Pit passes for the race are available for $30.

Pit side gates open at 3PM; grandstands at 4PM.  Hotlaps get underway at 6PM with the first green flag of the night flying at 7PM.
 
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Lucas Wolfe Dominates Night #1 of Donath Motor Worx CNY Speedweek for Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints at Can-Am Motorsports Park

By MIKE MALLETT

LAFARGEVILLE, NY – It's doesn’t seem to matter what state he’s in, Lucas Wolfe is on a tear as of late which continued on Wednesday night in the kickoff to Donath Motor Worx Central New York Speedweek.  Wolfe, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., dominated the opening night feature for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints at the Can-Am Motorsports Park.

Wolfe redrew the pole position for the start of the 25-lap NAPA Auto Parts US Tour/SUNY Canton Series feature.  From there it was a race for second as Wolfe was up to the task rocketing around the high-side of the speedway for much of the race to claim his fourth career series.

“I certainly enjoy the opportunity to come up and race in New York,” stated Wolfe after the win.  “It is a little bit different scenery, different types of tracks and it kind of challenges you in different ways.  It’s been going good. We’ve been having success in both places (New York and Pennsylvania) and at this point we are just going to keep working forward.  Hopefully we can continue that.”

The initial green saw Wolfe jump from the bottom off of turn four to the lead by the time the field reached the entrance to turn one.  He drove his Pabst Blue Ribbon No. 5w through the middle lane of the speedway to hold off a challenge from outside front row starter Danny Varin. Varin stuck his nose underneath at the exit of turn two but didn't have enough to get by Wolfe.

Wolfe worked the high lane in turns three and four which allowed him to quickly run away from Varin as he settled into the runner-up position.  Behind the top two Mike Mahaney and Paul Kinney wrestled one another as they each tried to take the third position.

“We certainly had a stroke of good luck to get a good draw,” commented Wolfe.  “The opportunity to start on the pole, it’s always going to be hard to catch a good car from front row.  It was a little bit tricky to lead because it was so far around the top.  It was hard to tell when to go up there.”

With Wolfe and Varin charging away, Mark Smith entered the fray after starting in the eighth spot.  He went around the battle for third to take it himself on lap four.  He then focused on Varin who, in turn, was searching the race track to find a lane to get to Wolfe.

Wolfe set a torrid pace at the front entering traffic by the sixth circuit.   Wolfe sliced his way through the slower cars as Varin contended with Smith.  Varin did all he could to hold back the challenges of Smith, but it wasn’t enough as Smith blasted around him on the outside on lap eight to take second.

At that point it was a two car race at the front.  Wolfe continued to maneuver through traffic while Smith did the same as he attempted to make up lost ground.  At the midway point it was Wolfe over Smith and Varin while Kinney, Mahaney and Matt Tanner squared off for the fourth spot.

The top three remained unchanged as the laps started to click higher.  Smith closed on Wolfe in the final five laps of the race but ran out of time.  Wolfe made two three-wide moves in the final three loops of the track to keep Smith behind while taking the checkers to earn $3,050.

“I got little bit held up there at the end at certain times,” said Wolfe.  “I probably tried to make a little bit too much up the track in turns one and two and lost a little bit of time.  It’s a tough spot when you are leading and trying to get more space and more cars in between you and who is chasing you because, of course, they always have the opportunity to catch you in that situation.”

Smith, of Sunbury, Pa., was hindered by his poor starting position in the A-Main and never got an opportunity to battle with Wolfe in the non-stop feature.  He was making up ground but simply ran out of time to get the job done with the Patrick Vigneault owned No. 55.

“We were coming, we were coming,” stated Smith.  “I kept timing myself of how close and we were gaining on him, gaining on him.  Then we got into traffic there and that really help him up, but it held me up too.  It was a good run from eighth.  It was a good time.”

Varin ended up third in his first ever start at the fast North Country half-mile.  He learned several lessons throughout the night that should allow him to improve the next time his team makes the trek to the facility.  He was pleased to hang on for a third place run.

“This is my first time here in a Sprint Car and I made some crucial mistakes,” mentioned Varin afterwards.  “We were just too lose there.  If I could go back in time and tighten it up I think we had something for these guys, but we just missed it tonight.  We are going to go back and write it in the book.  Hopefully we’ll come back and make the right adjustments for the feature.”

Mahaney won the struggle for the fourth spot with his Doug Emery owned No. 33 while Tanner snuck around Kinney late in the go to grab the fifth position at the checkers.

Pit Notes: 34 cars entered into action for the opening night of Speedweek…Chuck Hebing was an early scratch after feeling a vibration during heat in the engines.  His daughter Kelly offered him her car but Chuck elected to sit out the remainder of the evening…Dylan Swiernik gave up a top ten finish when he lost the powerplant in his car at the end of the race…Josh Pieniazek had the fastest time of the night in timed warmups.

Lucas Oil ESS A-Main – Lucas Wolfe, Mark Smith, Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Matt Tanner, Paul Kinney, Cory Sparks, Steve Poirier, Jason Barney, Paulie Colagiovanni, Larry Wight, Shawn Donath, Dylan Swiernik, Matt Billings, Coleman Gulick, Brett Wright, Josh Pieniazek, Jonathan Preston, Jeff Cook, Sammy Reakes IV, Chad Miller, Brandon Kidd, Mike Haggenbottom, Kelly Hebing, Dave Axton, Paul Pekkonen.

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360 Series Points
 
 
 ESS
 July 3
1. Jason Barney 1660
2. Coleman Gulick 1412
3. Paul Kinney 1320
4. Matt Tanner 1248
5. Matt Billings 1227
6. P. Colagiovanni 1164
7. Jeff Cook 1049
8. Shawn Donath 803
9. Danny Varin 757
10. Brett Wright 745
 
April 22
1. Curt Michael  150
2. Davie Franek 142
3. R. Stillwaggon  135
4. Derek Locke 130
5. Davey Sammons 125
6. Josh Weller 122
7. Kevin Nagy 119
8. Bill Unglert 116
9. Steve Buckwalter 113
10. Brett Michalski 110
 
Patriot Sprints
 American Series
July 9
1.  Jared Zimbardi 1501
2.  Steve Collins 1440
3.  Kyle Drum 1390
4.  Jordan Thomas 1254
5.  Joe Trenca 1235
6.  Derek Jonathan 1185
7.  Josh Azzi  1167
8.  Darryl Ruggles 1104
9.  David Just 996
10.  Dan Bennett 869

Canandian Series
FINAL
1.  Dylan Westbrook  566
2.  Jared Zimbardi  564
3.  Cory Turner  525
4.  Jake Brown  508
5.  Mitch Brown 503
6.  Chris Steele  403
7.  Ryan Turner  352
8.  Lee Ladouceur  267
9.  Rick Wilson  262
10.  Jim Huppunen 255
 
7/10
1. Don Droud Jr. 1115
2. Jeremy Campbell 1110
3. Danny Jennings 1055
4. Jon Freeman 1030
5. F. Southerland 955
6. Jeff Stasa 890
7. J.D. Johnson 740
8. Fred Mattox 735
9. Jake Greider 710
10. Josh Fairbanks 660
 
NSA SERIES
July 19
1. Casey Adams 979
2. Kelly Miller 959
3. Sean MacDonell 945
4. Trever Kirkland 940
5. David Miller 915
6. Roger Cummings 844
7. J.J. Hickle 746
8. Shane Moore 668
9. Travis Rilat 608
10. Bill Boyce 576
 

 

 

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