Sammy Reakes IV and Jared Zimbardi Crowned as Patriot Sprint Tour Champions
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (November 14, 2015)- A record crowd saw a record-smashing cash point fund distributed on Saturday Night at the Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet.
Sammy Reakes IV, of Palermo, NY, was officially crowned with his first career PST America Series Championship. Reakes won two races in his first full season on tour and never finished outside of the top 10. When combining all of his monies, “The Honeybadger” netted nearly $6000 in cash payout. Reakes also was declared to the have the best-appearing car, the Mechanic of the Year (Sam Reakes, father) and even recognized for his hard-luck when getting to Little Valley in July.
Jared Zimbardi 28, who resides in Bradford, PA, was also highly-acclaimed on the night, as “The Juice” scored his second consecutive PST Canada Series title. Zimbardi won a series-high five races in 2015, helping him also earn the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger of the Season and the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Titles. All told, Zimbardi earned $5600 cash on the night.
A host of other drivers were honored on the night as over $44,000 cash was distributed, more than $12,000 more than 2014 or any other year.
Kyle Drum finished 2nd in PST America points for the 2nd time in his career, with the last being 2003. Jason Barney also scored his second runner-up finish in the PST Canada Series.
For the second straight year, Steve Collins, who finished 3rd in PST America Points, was the big give-away winner on the night, as he won the Panther Frameworx Raffle that had been conducted throughout the 2015 season. Collins, along with former PST America Champion Scott Kreutter, tied for the Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash Series Championship.
Dave Just was declared as having the Worst Luck of the Draw, while his son Scott was given an Award for Sportsmanship. George Suprick was declared the Patriot of the Year for his many miles travelled to ensure perfect attendance. Jake Muench was declared the Outstanding Newcomer while A-Verdi Storage Containers Marketing Manager Mike Fitzsimmons was recognized for his Dedication to Motorsports.
To conclude the evening, PST Director Mike Emhof looked ahead to what should be a thrilling 2016 season. Emhof was happy to announce that many of the familiar tracks will return and that at least $44,000 will be paid out again next year.
Jonathan Allard wins his 2nd Tribute to Gary Patterson & Carson Macedo wraps up first King of the West title on Saturday in Stockton
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – November 7, 2015…Chico, California’s Jonathan Allard became the third driver in King of the West Sprint Car Series history to reach the 40 win plateau, while Lemoore’s Carson Macedo locked up his first career KWS championship on Saturday night at the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.
A large crowd packed the stands for the championship finale at the Stockton Dirt Track and saw Allard dominate the main event to earn his first KWS victory of the season. By doing so the three-time series champion has now won a race every year since 2005. It marked his second triumph in the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with his first coming at the Calistoga Speedway in 2007.
“It feels great to come out here and end the season with a victory at the Tribute to GP,” said a very happy Allard on the front stretch. “We battled through some adversity at times this year, so it really means a lot to give Clyde & Marion Lamar a big win like this. I also want to congratulate Carson Macedo & the Tarlton gang on a fantastic season. He’s one of the many great young drivers we have out here. Huge thanks to all my guys that help out. This car was phenomenal in the feature.”
Allard made a great move on the start to charge around front row starters Sean Becker & Macedo and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The past Gold Cup Race of Champions winner has fought through some bad luck this year in King of the West action, but none of that occurred on Saturday. His 40th career series win ranks third on the all-time list behind Brent & Tim Kaeding. Coupled with Paul McMahan’s victory in 1995, it was also the second time that the Tri-C Manufacturing Sprinter has captured the Tribute to Gary Patterson.
Macedo went into the A-main with an eight point advantage over Bud Kaeding and ran near the front for the duration of the feature, ultimately ending it with a second place finish, which was good enough to give him the title by 12-markers over Kaeding. The 19-year-old becomes the second youngest champion is series history behind Kyle Larson, who claimed the crown in 2010. Macedo didn’t earn a KWS victory during the season, but used consistency & smarts to capture the championship.
“It’s pretty special to win the King of the West championship in my first full season running with the 410 guys,” commented Macedo. “I’ve been stressed out all week over this close championship battle with Bud Kaeding and to come out on top is an awesome feeling. I want to thank Bud for such a fun season and have to give a huge thanks to Tom Tarlton, Paul Baines and my whole team for all their support. It’s really big to get my name on the list of past champions that have won the title with this series. Hopefully we can come back next season and do it again.”
Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto capped the KWS season by earning his second straight podium finish in third. Faccinto is another one that wrapped up his first full year of competition with the King of the West Sprint Car Series. He also began the night in very strong fashion, setting a new all time track record at the Stockton Dirt Track. “We’ve had some rough luck at times this year, so to end on such a good note is a big deal for us,” Faccinto said. “I want to thank my car owners and all our crew for supporting this year. We learned a lot and can’t wait for next season to come around.”
Bud Kaeding ended the race in fourth to lock up second in the standings for the second straight year. It was a great season for the Williams Motorsports team, who won the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial with the King of the West Series & the annual Trophy Cup in October. Rounding out the top-five on Saturday was Sacramento’s Willie Croft. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Sacramento’s Billy Butler and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan.
Sean Becker won the dash, with the three 10-lap heat races going to Jonathan Allard, DJ Netto and Jason Statler. Mitchell Faccinto ripped around the Stockton Dirt Track in 12.495 seconds for his first fast time of the season.
Andy Forsberg Wins The Battle And The War; Claims Eighth Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Championship
Stockton, CA- The winningest driver in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster history, Andy Forsberg, further enriched himself in the series record book on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track during the Tribute to Gary Patterson Championship Spectacular, as he claimed his eighth series championship by way of his capturing his third feature event win of the 2015 season.
Heading into the season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track, Forsberg brought a slim 10-point lead in over Shane Golobic and Justin Sanders. With Sanders having terminal engine issues during hot laps it would become a two-headed battle as both former series champions looked for more glory.
After Forsberg established a new qualifying track record during time trials, and ran third in his heat race, Golobic’s second place effort in his heat race would have the championship battle at 14 points heading into the final feature event of the 2015 season.
Forsberg would start on the front row alongside Colby Copeland, and after two attempted starts the third would be the charm as Forsberg outgunned Copeland into turns one and two and set the pace early in the event.
The heavy and rough Stockton Dirt Track played into Forsberg’s favor as the grizzled veteran has made it very clear he prefers track conditions like he saw on Saturday night. While he continued to lead, and check out from the field, the battle behind him was intense as Jonathan Allard and Justyn Cox would battle for the third spot.
As Forsberg continued to lead the way, there was no possible way for Freemont, CA’s Golobic to better himself, but the 2014 series champion was not giving up as he worked his way forward from his 11th starting position and got into the top-five by the half way point.
With Golobic able to move forward, Cory Eliason was also on the move from his seventh row starting position, and Kyle Hirst had his elbows up from the 18th starting position as they both raced their way toward the top-five.
Lap 25 would bring the race’s final caution flag of the night, and though Forsberg was able to throw his keys on the table and check out on the restart, there was much to be decided behind him.
Justyn Cox was able to make a move to get around Colby Copeland to grab the second spot, and behind that battle, Jonathan Allard and Cory Eliason fought for the fourth spot.
With the final checkered flag of the season in the air, it was Forsberg taking the win followed by Cox, Copeland, Allard, Eliason, Golobic, Steven Kent, Geoff Ensign, and Koen Shaw rounding out the Top-10.
By way of his victory, Forsberg added another Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Championship to his resume as the Auburn, CA pilot now has eight series trophy’s sitting on his mantle.
The final race of the season got off to a very quick start as Forsberg established a new Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Single Lap Track Record at the Stockton Dirt Track, setting the bar at 13.168 seconds.
A four-heat race program was in place on this night and wins went to Sean Becker, Jonathan Allard, Colby Copeland, and Mason Moore.
The exciting B Main saw Sebastopol, CA driver, Bradley Terrell score the win as Kyle Hirst, Koen Shaw, Zack Lynskey, Steven Kent, and DJ Freitas all made the transfer into the feature event.
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has concluded the 2015 season, and the Night of Champions will be this coming Saturday night.
WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway), Andy Forsberg (November 7th, Stockton Dirt Track).
Pierce Claims 10th on NOSA Wins List
Austin Pierce Tops Jason Linnell for 10th on NOSA Wins List
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (November 6) - The 2014 NOSA Sprint Car champion, Austin Pierce, defended his series title in 2015 with another River Cities Speedway track championship, a runner-up finish in the NOSA standings, and three wins on the season.
PictureGreg Nikiteno #6N sits ninth on the NOSA wins list with 11 career wins.
Pierce's win at Greenbush Race Park over the Fourth of July weekend put him at eight career NOSA wins and placed him in a tie with Thomas Kennedy for 11th on the all-time NOSA wins list. Less than a week later, Pierce scored a victory at River Cities Speedway, which broke the tie with Kennedy and put him in a tie with the 1995 Rookie of the Year, Jason Linnell.
On September 19th, Pierce picked up the $2,000 win at Buffalo River Race Park and was crowned the Buffalo Wild Wings "King of the Wings." The win was also the 10th of his relatively short, but successful career and cracked him inside the top 10 of the NOSA all-time wins list.
Despite the stellar season, Pierce finished 11 points shy of his second consecutive series championship to Wade Nygaard, which was the second closest points finish in NOSA history. Only Casey Mack's eight point advantage over Chris Shirek in the 2010 points race was closer.
Looking ahead, Pierce's drive for ninth on the wins list isn't very far. Greg Nikitenko sits ahead of him with 11 wins, but after a spectacular start to the 2015 campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see Nikitenko park his #6N in victory lane in 2016 and possibly extend his slim cushion over Pierce.
Greg Nikitenko's Career Wins: 11
Grand Forks Speedway - July 31, 1998
Nodak Speedway - July 2, 2000
Nodak Speedway - June 30, 2000
Nodak Speedway - July 6, 2003
Nodak Speedway - June 27, 2004
Nodak Speedway - July 5, 2004
Jamestown Speedway - July 12, 2007
Williston Basin Speedway - July 27, 2007
River Cities Speedway - July 28, 2007
Nodak Speedway - September 2, 2007
Nodak Speedway - August 31, 2008
Austin Pierce's Career Wins: 10
Greenbush Race Park - June 29, 2013
River Cities Speedway - June 13, 2014
Red River Co-op Speedway - June 26, 2014
River Cities Speedway - July 11, 2014
River Cities Speedway - July 18, 2014
Jamestown Speedway - July 19, 2014
River Cities Speedway - August 22, 2014
Greenbush Race Park - July 4, 2015
River Cities Speedway - July 10, 2015
Buffalo River Race Park - September 19, 2015
Jason Linnell's Career Wins: 9
Grand Forks Speedway - August 9, 1996
River Cities Speedway - July 18, 2003
River Cities Speedway - June 18, 2004
River Cities Speedway - July 23, 2004
Nodak Speedway - July 12, 2007
River Cities Speedway - August 15, 2008
Nodak Speedway - August 30, 2008
River Cities Speedway - June 8, 2012
River Cities Speedway - July 6, 2012
25th Anniversary Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Season Comes To A Close Saturday With Tight Point Battle To Be Decided
Aptos, CA- Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, the 25th Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Season will come to a close at the Stockton Dirt Track, and heading into the season finale three drivers will be gunning for the series crown as they are all separated by just 10-points.
Though by looking at the Prentice Motorsports Group website it looks as if Justin Sanders is the clear point leader by a landslide, a new rule in 2015 has allowed competitors the opportunity to throw out their lowest point total, and Andy Forsberg leads the series into the Stockton Dirt Track with a 10 point lead over Justin Sanders and 2014 Series Champion, Shane Golobic.
Forsberg comes into the Championship Spectacular season finale gunning for his eighth series title and first since 2012 as he has had a superb season aboard the C&M Motorsports No. 7c entry. Forsberg has found Civil War victory lane on a pair of occasions in 2015 as he captured the Mel Hall Memorial and the Johnny Key Classic, and comes into this event riding high after a Fall Nationals triumph in Chico, CA back in October.
Entering Saturday night’s finale as the Civil War Series’ most recent feature event winner, Shane Golobic used a victory at the Petaluma Speedway on September 26th to tighten the point battle up. Looking to become the series’ first repeat champion since Forsberg ripped off three-in-a-row spanning from 2010-2012, Golobic will look for continued success at the ultra fast Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night as he was a feature event winner at the track during the 2014 season finale with the King of the West Series.
Justin Sanders has had a 2015 season for the record books. To date, Sanders has picked up 20 A Main event wins and two track championships and is in search of his first ever Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster crown. One of Sanders’ 20-wins came with the series back in July when he picked up the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway. In 2013, Sanders was a part of another three-hoarse race for the series crown heading into the last race of the season and is eager to put an exclamation point on an extraordinary season on Saturday night.
The Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster portion of the 32nd Annual Tribute To Gary Patterson should be another extremely tough show with a strong field of competitors expected to be on hand. Aside from the three championship contenders Koen Shaw, Sean Becker, Bradley Terrell, Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Cory Eliason, Colby Copeland, Matt Peterson, Kurt Nelson, Justyn Cox, and a host of other top drivers from the West Coast are expected to be on hand as the series runs alongside the King of the West Series in what should be the most exciting nights of racing of th year.
Saturday night the front gates will open at 4pm at the Stockton Dirt Track and tickets for the Civil War Series and King of the West Series Championship Spectacular will be sold starting at 20$ for Adult lower bleacher seats, while Kids lower bleacher seats will be sold for $10, and children five and under will be admitted into the lower bleachers for free.
There is also reserved grandstand seating available for $30 for all ages, and Box Seats can be purchased for $180 for a six-person box or $240 for an eight-person box.
WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway)
The NSL 360 Cash Bowl – The True Racer’s Advantage
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (November 2, 2015) – It’s what every existing or potential 360-ci Sprint Car team needs to know about. And with utter certainty, a number of “potential” teams will become “existing” teams after learning about the exciting benefits of “It”.
“It” being the GOMUDDY.COM National Sprint League 360 Series “Cash Bowl” that will potentially distribute more than a half million dollars in point fund money alone annually beginning with its inaugural 2016 campaign.
In addition to purse money, drivers participating in GOMUDDY.COM National Sprint League 360 Series events will have the opportunity to accrue points towards the “Cash Bowl” at each event throughout the season. The closer towards the front at each event, the more points (and dollars) are added to the “Cash Bowl”.
“This is an exciting incentives program that every race team will want to be a part of, it’s an unprecedented points fund bonus structure,” GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series founder Tod Quiring commented.
The GOMUDDY.COM National Sprint League 360 Series will be anchored by approximately 6-8 National events throughout the country, each of which will pay a minimum of $7,500 to win with several events already secured that will offer up a $10,000 winner’s share or more.
The National GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 events will be supplemented by approximately seven to eight Regional Tours throughout the country, with each of those Regional events adding points (and dollars) to the “Cash Bowl” as well.
How does one become eligible for the GOMUDDY. COM National Sprint League 360 Series “Cash Bowl” one might ask?
It’s fairly simple. For eligibility, drivers must have the supplied GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series gasket in place and compete in at least one National event and 15 Regional events over the course of the season.
While the gasket won’t be a mandatory requirement to compete in GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 events in 2016, it will be required to be eligible for the season-ending “Cash Bowl” payout. And, those running the NSL gasket will be rewarded, with the top finishing driver at each event utilizing the NSL gasket receiving first-place “Cash Bowl” points and money regardless of finishing position, the second car running the NSL gasket earning second-place “Cash Bowl” points and money regardless of finishing position and so on.
“Everybody will race for the same posted purse money at each race whether they have the NSL gasket in place or not, but those utilizing the NSL gasket will be able to take advantage of the Cash Bowl bonuses paid out at the end of the year,” GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series coordinator Tommie Estes, Jr., explained.
Any eligible driver in good standing will be eligible to collect his or her winnings from the “Cash Bowl”, making for a potential total payout of more than a half million dollars alone on top of purse winnings throughout the year.
A driver must be an NSL member as well for “Cash Bowl” eligibility. Memberships are $200 with two sets of NSL gaskets supplied upon filing NSL membership. And, those drivers utilizing the NSL gaskets in 100% of events over the course of the year will receive a bonus at year’s end as well.
A “Total Points Bonus” payout will be in place as well with another $54,000 distributed among the top five eligible GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series “Cash Bowl” point earners to round out the unprecedented points fund structure for winged 360 Sprint Cars.
The “Cash Bowl” purse for National events is detailed at http://www.nationalsprintleague.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=291353 with the “Cash Bowl” purse for Regional events available at http://www.nationalsprintleague.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=291352. The “Total Points Bonus” breakdown is available at http://www.nationalsprintleague.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=291354.
Additional information regarding the establishment of Regions throughout the country will be available in coming weeks with more information regarding the GOMUDDY.COM National Sprint League 360 Series available at http://www.nationalsprintleague.com/gomuddy360s.
2016 SOD Rule Book Released
The complete Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2016 rule book is now online.
You can access the book at the SOD website at http://www.sprintsondirt.com/2016_Sprints_On_Dirt_Rule_Book_R151030A2.pdf
GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series Meeting Monday, November 9
Windom, MN (October 31, 2015) – An informational meeting for the GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series will be held Monday, November 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center in Worthington, Minnesota. Series Director, Tommie Estes, Jr., will be on hand to answer questions.
The interactive meeting will allow promoters, drivers, and car owners a chance to learn more about the future of the GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series and what the 2016 will entail. Individuals will be able to discuss any questions with Estes regarding rules, format, payouts and development of this series. Teams are asked to limit their participation at the meeting to two or three per team if possible.
The Worthington Event Center is located at 1447 Prairie Drive in Worthington, Minnesota. Take I-90 to Exit 43. The Event Center is located next to Comfort Suites.
Stay tuned to www.NationalSprintLeague.com as well as Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the GOMUDDY.COM NSL 360 Series!
Reutzel Rallies to Win STN Sprint Screamer at I-30
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 29, 2015) – Aaron Reutzel picked a dramatic way to celebrate his championship.
With the $60,000 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship firmly secured in his hip pocket, the Clute, TX, driver rallied from the 13th starting position to win Thursday night’s 25-lap Sprint Screamer feature event at I-30 Speedway’s 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire.
Reutzel blitzed past Jac Haudenschild on the high side with just a handful of laps to go to snare the $3,000 triumph, his 12th overall of the season aboard the Shark-powered BC Fundz/Basic One Services No. 87 Triple-X chassis.
With the Wednesday portion of the Short Track Nationals rained out and Saturday already canceled due to inevitable wet weather, Reutzel and runner-up Haudenschild are locked into the STN makeup feature set for Spring of 2016.
And with 67 cars on hand for the first of two $3,000-to-win cards, Reutzel and Haudenschild worked for it by rallying from 13th and 12th, respectively, to take the top two spots on a surface made choppy from excessive recent rain.
“The track got pretty rough and made it really technical, a lot of guys were making mistakes and we were able to capitalize,” Reutzel said afterward. “I usually prefer a track that goes dead slick, so to win on this is pretty cool.”
While Reutzel chased Haudenschild through the field, pole starter Wayne Johnson led fellow front row starter Blake Hahn in the early going before the latter took advantage in traffic to take command on the eighth round.
By that time, Haudenschild and Reutzel had already worked up to third and fourth. Within two laps, the duo had moved past Johnson and were putting the pressure on Hahn for the lead.
The lead trio reached traffic and Haudenschild snuck by for the lead when Hahn biked it in turns one and two on the 16th round. Reutzel followed ‘Haud’ around Hahn and then after a lap 19 caution, rallied by Haudenschild on the high side exiting turn four to take command with just five laps to go.
“To pass ‘Haud’ on the outside on a track like this doesn’t happen very often, it’s a pretty special win,” an enthused Reutzel said in victory lane.
Reutzel survived one last red flag stoppage to go for a Derek Hagar flip in turn three with just two laps remaining to beat Haudenschild to the line with Hahn rounding out the podium in third.
Johnson was fourth with Tim Crawley rounding out the top five. Kevin Ramey raced from 16th to sixth with I-30 Speedway track champion Zach Pringle, A.G. Rains, unheralded Okie shoe Fred Mattox and Steven Russell completing the top ten.
Hagar’s flip two laps shy of the checkered flag was the 10th tumble of the night on the cowboy-up track.
The initial start to the feature was waved off when Brandon Hanks biked it in the opening pair of corners, with Joe B. Miller making race-ending contact as well. Another pair of cautions flew along the way when Harli White stopped after nine laps and when Steven Russell came to a stop with 19 laps in the books.
Shane Stewart held down the third position only to pull pitside with mechanical problems after the lap nine caution for White.
Heat race victories for the stout field were captured by John Carney II, Shane Stewart, Cody Gardner, Travis Rilat, Hahn, Crawley, Sheldon Haudenschild and W. Johnson.
Kyle Bellm, Hanks, Miller, Reutzel and Pringle topped the Qualifying Races with Hagar, Glenn Styres, Howard Moore and Dustin Gates winning the “B” Main.
Along with Hahn’s last corner pass of Bellm to win the fifth heat, Harli White’s pass of Carney for the second and final transfer in the final “B” Main ranked among the most dramatic moments in the preliminary events.
The night got off to an inauspicious start with Jack Dover’s flip in turn three on the opening lap of the first heat after climbing Channin Tankersley’s left rear tire. Mark Huddleston, Nate Van Haaften and Chance Morton all logged heat race flips with Josh Baughman, Sheldon Haudenschild, Alex Hill and Blake Jenkins getting upside down in Qualifiers before Joe Wood, Jr., flipped in “B” Main action.
Another $3,000-to-win STN Sprint Screamer is set for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. With all comers eligible to compete, the top two finishers will lock into next Spring’s Short Track Nationals main event makeup feature. Reutzel will also have an opportunity at a $1,000 bonus should he win Friday’s feature as well.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Aaron Reutzel, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Blake Hahn, 4. Wayne Johnson, 5. Tim Crawley, 6. Kevin Ramey, 7. Zach Pringle, 8. A.G. Rains, 9. Fred Mattox, 10. Steven Russell, 11. Jason Johnson, 12. Glenn Styres, 13. Jordon Mallett, 14. Harli White, 15. Derek Hagar, 16. Tim Shaffer, 17. Kyle Bellm, 18. Travis Rilat, 19. Dustin Gates, 20. Shane Stewart, 21. Howard Moore, 22. Seth Bergman, 23. Joe B. Miller, 24. Brandon Hanks.
Lap Leaders: Wayne Johnson 1-7, Blake Hahn 8-15, Jac Haudenschild 16-19, Aaron Reutzel 20-25.
Short Track Nationals Kick Off – A Look at the Field
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2015) – Dorothea has all the delicious fixins’ for those legendary Frito Chili Pies, the Pit Road is overflowing with everyone’s favorite libations and the camping areas will rival the best of grill master’s showdown arenas.
Yep, it’s that time. Time for the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway.
Pesky weather be damned, it all gets under way with Wednesday night’s $2,000-to-win Third Annual Short Track Nationals Open. And the Open is exactly what it sounds like, Open. As in welcome to all comers, whether they intend to compete for the $15,000 STN championship share or not.
A vast majority of the scheduled STN competitors will take part in Wednesday’s Open as well as a few others that want to dip their toes into STN waters before making the full plunge at a later date.
Besides a couple extra grand, the Open winner (or the top finisher among the top four not to race his way into the STN finale) has a free pass to the Saturday finale in his or her hip pocket. That’s worth another $2,000 minimum right there along with another potential $1,500 bonus courtesy of Dixon Road U-Pull-It for winning both Wednesday’s Open and Saturday’s STN finale.
It’s an appetizer that fully whets the appetite for three nights of STN action that doles out over $100,000 to 90 or so of the nation’s top Sprint Car drivers over the next three nights beginning with Thursday and Friday’s preliminary events that set the stage for Saturday’s STN championship card.
Four spectacular days of Sprint Car racing and festivities are about to fire off in the Arkansas capital city of Little Rock.
With 83 entries already submitted and more on the way, here is a look at this year’s Short Track Nationals field…
Past Champs: No winners from this decade are among the current field of 83, although defending champion car owner Brandon Berryman will vie for back-to-back STN crowns, this time with STN rookie Sheldon Haudenschild at the helm as 2014 winner Christopher Bell fulfills asphalt commitments.
Tony Bruce, Jr, who went back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, broke stretch of four years without making the cut by racing into last year’s feature. TBJ will look for going into an uncertain racing future that may include retirement on a high note with a third STN win.
Four other past winners bring the number of past STN champion drivers to five with Jason Johnson (2006), Jason Sides (2001), Tim Crawley (1998) and Wayne Johnson (1997) each looking for a second title.
Along with Berryman, another pair of past winners as car owners look for more STN glory. Donnie Cooper, who has won twice with Paul McMahan in 2002 and 2012 as well as with Tim Montgomery in 2005, tries for number four with Posse shoe Stevie Smith while two-time winner Bobby Sparks (W. Johnson in 1997 and Crawley in 1998) has young Steven Russell under his tutelage.
Also, 2000 race winner Mike Ward fields the familiar No. 88 entry wheeled by Crawley.
So Close…: With five past winners among the current entries, another half-dozen drivers have missed the top step of the podium by just one position including Shane Stewart, Aaron Reutzel, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Jerrod Hull, Travis Rilat and Eddie Gallagher.
Newly-crowned ASCS National champion Reutzel will try to follow in Bell’s footsteps by improving from second last year to first this time around.
Second in World of Outlaws points, Shane Stewart teams with Texas car owner Scottie McDonald as he tries to improve upon runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2007.
Hafertepe, Jr., who enters with victories over each of his past three active weekends, settled for second after some late-race fireworks in 2010, Hull was second in 2004 and “One Fast” Gallagher missed the win by just one spot way back in 1993.
STN Championship Feature Experience: The trio of Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson and Shane Stewart are among an elite group of just eight drivers that have made ten or more STN championship feature starts.
Leading the way among the current field with 18 is Crawley, who was on his way to breaking a tie for the top spot with Gary Wright before some late-race Thursday night fireworks with Jerrod Hull created a hole he couldn’t dig out of.
No extended streaks of STN championship feature starts are carried into this year with the handful of A.G. Rains, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Johnny Herrera, Joe Wood, Jr., and Brandon Hanks all tied with the current stretch of two in a row.
The longest stretch of STN preliminary feature starts is at four in a row for both Kulhanek and Seth Bergman, though some other notable strong runs include Wayne Johnson and Tony Bruce, Jr. (7 of the last 8), Jason Johnson (7 of 9), Tim Crawley and Cody Gardner (6 of 7), Joe Wood, Jr. (6 of 8), Zach Pringle (5 of 6) and Derek Hagar (5 of 7).
Career STN feature starts: Tim Crawley 18, Wayne Johnson 15, Shane Stewart 10, Travis Rilat 9, Eddie Gallagher 8, Jason Sides 8, Jason Johnson 7, A.G. Rains 7, Marshall Skinner 7, Tim Shaffer 6, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4, Jerrod Hull 4, Chad Kemenah 4, Ernie Ainsworth 3, Seth Bergman 3, Tony Bruce, Jr., 3, Cody Gardner 3, Johnny Gardner 3, Derek Hagar 3, Johnny Herrera 3, Ray Allen Kulhanek 3, Kevin Ramey 3, Randy Hannagan 3, Joe Wood, Jr. 3, Matt Covington 2, Brandon Hanks 2, Jac Haudenschild 2, Zach Pringle 2, Aaron Reutzel 2, Shawn Dancer 1, Claud Estes 1, Terry McCarl 1, Alex Sewell 1, Stevie Smith 1, Channin Tankersley 1, Gary Taylor 1, Tyler Thomas 1, Dusty Zomer 1.
Habitual Winners: Seven of those among the current field of 83 have reached double-digits in the win column thus far in 2015. At the top of the charts is El Paso native John Carney II with 20 triumphs, although 17 of those have come amongst the 305 ranks.
Washington-state native has racked up an impressive 13 wins in the 360-ci ranks while Derek Hagar and South Dakota shoe Dusty Zomer have both piled up a dozen victories.
With 11 wins each are ASCS champ Aaron Reutzel and King Royal champ Shane Stewart while recent Williams Grove National Open winner Stevie Smith has put up ten wins.
The Rookies: At least 17 STN rookies are set to battle it out this weekend with a number of likely contenders including Sheldon Haudenschild, who takes the wheel of the defending race-winning car while father Jac makes his first STN start since 1989. Jac is teammate to STN rookie Bill Balog, dubbed “The North Pole Nightmare” due to his Alaska origins.
Some others that will try to mix it up for top Rookie honors include Washington shoe Trey Starks, who teams with a Carolina-based car, 2015 Chili Bowl eye-opener Andrew Deal and a pair of lady racers in ASCS shoe Jordan Weaver and Alex Hill, who makes the trip from the land of maple syrup along with 2015 Canadian champs Mitch Brown and Glenn Styres.
The rookies: Jesse Baker, Bill Balog, Andrew Deal, Dustin Gates, Sheldon Haudenschild, Alex Hill, Johnny Kent, Zane Lawrence, Bubba Lofton, Fred Mattox, Kris Miller, Chris Parkinson, Jim Perricone, Steven Russell, Trey Starks, Forest Sutherland, Jordan Weaver.
The States: With 81 entries thus far from 18 states ranging from Pennsylvania to Alaska as well as the Canadian province of Ontario, host state Arkansas leads the way with 15 entries followed by Oklahoma with 14 and then Texas with 13.
Each state (and province) is represented thus far as follows: Arkansas 15, Oklahoma 14, Texas 13, Ohio 5, Tennessee 5, Mississippi 4, Missouri 3, Kansas 3, Louisiana 3, New Mexico 3, Ontario CAN 3, Washington 3, Iowa 2, Pennsylvania 2, Alaska 1, Illinois 1, Indiana 1, Minnesota 1, South Dakota 1.
Short Track Nationals Qualifying Nights Unleashed
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 24, 2015) – With engines set to fire in just four short days, the qualifying nights for the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway have been set.
A total of 81 entries from 17 different states as well as Canada are set to battle it out for their share of more than $100,000 that will be distributed over the course of four nights of intense action atop the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval beginning with Wednesday night’s Third Annual Short Track Nationals Open.
From there, qualifying nights on Thursday and Friday will lock the top three finishers into Saturday’s $15,000-to-win STN championship feature as well as set the stage for the Saturday Night STN Showdowns along with “C” and “B” Mains.
The list of qualifying night assignments is as follows, with late entries assigned as needed.
#1a Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX)
#2g Cody Gardner (Benton, AR)
#8 Alex Sewell (Broken Arrow, OK)
#8m Kade Morton (Coweta, OK)
#8z Zach Pringle (Benton, AR)
#9jr Derek Hagar (Marion, AR)
#10b Mitch Brown (Brantford, ONT)
#10p Jim Perricone (Albuquerque, NM)
#12w Dale Wester (Ovilla, TX)
#15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX)
#15j Jeremy Middleton (N. Little Rock, AR)
#17 Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX)
#17b Josh Baughman (Odessa, TX)
#18 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS)
#19 Klint Angelette (Thibodaux, LA)
#21 Kevin Hinkle (Cabot, AR)
#21k Ray Allen Kulhanek (Conroe, TX)
#22h Randy Hannagan (Lima, OH)
#23 Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA)
#23T Trey Starks (Puyallup, WA)
#24 Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA)
#32b Taylor Tidmore (Hernando, MS)
#33h Mark Huddleston (Mesquite, TX)
#34dd Jac Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
#43 Matthew Bauldwin (Little Rock, AR)
#44 Ronny Howard (Nesbit, MS)
#49 Shawn Dancer (Delphos, OH)
#52 Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK)
#59 Brad Bowden (Hernando, MS)
#76 Zane Lawrence (Lillian, TX)
#77xx Alex Hill (Six Nations, ONT
#84 Brandon Hanks (Burlison, TN)
#85 Forrest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS)
#87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX)
#87F Andrew Deal (Caney, KS)
#88 Tim Crawley (Benton, AR)
#88m Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
#91 Steven Russell (Springfield, IL)
#91a Ernie Ainsworth (Bartlett, TN)
#92 Jordan Weaver (Woodward, OK)
#99 Blake Jenkins (Benton, AR)
#199 Ryan Bowers (Ham Lake, MN)
#0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken, ONT)
#01 Stevie Smith (New Oxford, PA)
#1x Eddie Gallagher (Olive Branch, MS)
#3 AG Rains (West Memphis, AR)
#3n Nate Van Haaften (Otley, IA)
#4j Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA)
#5T Bubba Lofton (Cordova, TN)
#6s Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA)
#7m Chance Morton (Coweta, OK)
#7s Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN)
#9p Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN)
#10h Chad Kemenah (Findlay, OH)
#11w Joe Wood, Jr. (Oklahoma City, OK)
#12 Chris Parkinson (Gladstone, MO)
#14k Kyle Bellm (Nixa, MO)
#14m Jordon Mallett (Greenbrier, AR)
#17t Dustin Gates (Haughton, LA)
#17w Harli White (Lindsay, OK)
#21b Brandon Hinkle (Cabot, AR)
#22 Jesse Baker (Grants, NM)
#26 Marshall Skinner (W. Memphis, AR)
#26m Fred Mattox (Drumright, OK)
#29 Travis Rilat (Forney, TX)
#31b Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
#31g Johnny Gardner (Benton, AR)
#33 Kris Miller (Woodward, OK)
#34bb Bill Balog (Fairbanks, AK)
#38 Rick Pringle (Benton, AR)
#40 Howard Moore (Memphis, TN)
#41x Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA)
#42 Andy McElhannon (Hernando, MS)
#45x Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM)
#55 Johnny Kent (Tulsa, OK)
#74e Claud Estes III (Godley, TX)
#77x Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
#82 Dusty Zomer (Sioux Falls, SD)
#86 Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK)
#95 Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK)
#X Charlie Louden (Camden, AR)
360 Series Points
1. Steve Poirier 2088
2. Jason Barney 2012
3. Paul Kinney 1705
4. Matt Tanner 1660
5. Chuck Hebing 1554
6. Tommy Wickham 1362
7. P. Colagiovanni 1245
8. Shawn Donath 1196
9. Dylan Swiernik 1111
10. Dave Axton 986
1. S. Reakes IV 2039
2. Kyle Drum 1977
3. Steve Collins 1786
4. Dave Just 1772
5. Scott Just 1758
6. George Suprick 1753
7. Jared Zimbardi 1719
8. Tyler Graves 1433
9. S. Hutchinson Jr. 1405
10. Jake Muench 1153
1. Jared Zimbardi 835
2. Jason Barney 825
3. Justin Martin 697
4. Chris Jones 611
5. Steve Poirier 577
6. Michael Parent 536
7. Kyle Fraser 535
8. Mitch Brown 522
9. Devin Caron 507
10. Rick Wilson 487
1. CJ Johnson 3465
2. Jeremy Campbell 3400
3. Jeff Stasa 3120
4. Jon Freeman 3110
5. J.D. Johnson 2870
6. R.Seeman 2700
7. Jake Greider 2345
8. Jack Dover 2120
9. Josh Fairbank 2035
10. Don Droud Jr. 1915
1. Mitch Brown 1974
2. Glenn Styres 1835
3. Chris Jones 1685
4. Keith Dempster 1590
5. Cory Turner 1570
6. Ryan Turner 1549
7. Jamie Turner 1529
8. Shawn Sliter 1396
9. F. Baranowski 1306
10. W. Mahoney 1209