URC Honors 10 Time Champion Curt Michael
The 2017 Capitol Renegade United Racing Club came to its official close on Saturday night at the 2017 Banquet.
The top 10 were honored with their point fund checks and picture plaques along with the announcing of Chris Allen as the 2017 Rookie of the Year and Phil Meisner Jr. as the 2017 Mechanic of the Year.
President Rick Weller updated those in attendance on some URC happenings, most notably the appointment of Ryan Stillwaggon and Chris Allen to the URC Board along with the continued service of Dave Betts. President Weller also reported that URC Photographer and PR Tim Moran will be stepping away from the club as PR along with the full time Photography duties. Although Moran will be an occasional visitor at the track, the club is still looking for a fulltime photographer. The daily PR will be handled by Jenna Schostkewitz, who is interning this summer with the Club.
With the well publicized dispute over the URC Perpetual Cup, the United Racing Club rang in a new era with a new cup. This cup displayed the 70+ names (URC has two ties in their 70 year history) of the past champions and leaves room for another 30 more to guarantee the historic tradition of handing down the cup from Champion to Champion.
With 2018 not too far away, look for the Club to be a part of the PPB Motorsports Racecar and Trade show the weekend of January 19, 20 and 21. The Club will have a publicized schedule at the show.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards to feature 12 events at six different venues in 2018
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – December 7, 2017...Fresh off a successful opening season the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is pleased to announce its 2018 schedule of events, which showcases 12 dates at six different tracks throughout California and Northern Nevada.
The second year Winged 360 Sprint Car tour is happy to welcome back Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards and Hoosier Racing Tires as major sponsors for the upcoming season. With great cooperation from promoters there will also be no conflicts between SCCT and the King of the West-NARC Sprint Cars, allowing teams to compete for both titles. In addition to that there will be a trio of shows held in conjunction with KWS-NARC, bringing the best of the best in the Golden State to the same track on the same night.
The season will kick-off with the first of two appearances at the always exciting red clay bullring of Placerville Speedway on Saturday March 30. The tour also returns to Placerville on Saturday June 30 for a special Salute to the Fans, in what will be a giant spectacle featuring a combo show with the King of the West-NARC 410 Sprint Car Series. It marks the first ever combined event for both organizations at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds facility and is certainly a can't miss night on the schedule.
The first of three season visits to the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track will take place on Saturday April 14 with the third annual Jimmy Sills Classic. Return trips to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds venue will occur on Saturday July 7 with the third Salute to LeRoy Van Conett and the 35th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson on Saturday November 3, which once again features championship night for both SCCT and King of the West-NARC.
The always hooked up and tacky Petaluma Speedway will play host to a pair of Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events in 2018. The first takes place on Saturday April 28 and the second will be a special Sunday show on July 1. Both races last season at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds 3/8 mile clay oval were barnburners and much of the same is expected this year.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will make the trip down to the Central Valley on four occasions this year, with two events each at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway and the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. The first of those occurs on Friday May 18 with SCCT kicking off the fifth annual Peter Murphy Classic weekend. A return visit to the famed Thunderbowl will then take place on Saturday August 25.
The first ever tour event at the newly reconfigured Keller Auto Speedway located on the Kings County Fairgrounds will happen on Saturday June 16. The second will be on Saturday October 13 in conjunction with the King of the West-NARC Sprint Cars during the 33rd annual Cotton Classic. The event is one of the longest running in Central, CA and opens a huge two weeks of racing with the annual Trophy Cup taking place the following weekend.
After a record sprint car crowd last season, the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will return to the Fernley 95A Speedway on Saturday May 12. The facility is located just 35-miles from Reno, Nevada and is a fun weekend getaway for everyone from California.
"I definitely believe the schedule worked out well for all the teams and especially the fans in California," commented Scott Russell of Russell Motorsports Inc. "To have no conflicts with the King of the West-NARC Series is going to be huge and to feature three combined shows with them is great for all involved. We had a solid first season and look forward to an even better year in 2018. We are excited to have a good mix of events in both Nor-Cal and the Central Valley."
The 2017 awards banquet is also fast approaching on Saturday January 6 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Cocktail hour with a no host bar will be held at 6pm, with dinner at 7pm and awards ceremony to follow. Tickets to the banquet cost $40 per person and can be reserved by calling 530-344-7592. Dinner will consist of a delicious prime rib buffet. A block of hotel rooms is currently available for banquet guests at $149 a night. Contact 800-822-WINN and use the booking id 1269 to receive the rate.
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Bianchi Farms, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Auto Meter, ADCO Driveline & Exhaust, Bullard Construction, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, CLT Logging, CRV Carbon Solutions, Driven2SaveLives, Dynachrome, Finley Farms, Flying Squirrel, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jockos Sprint Parts, Keizer Wheels, Light Up the World Beverages, LRB Inc., Menne Hay Inc., Moto Wear, Metal Works, Naake Suspension, Pit Stop USA, PT Shocks, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RacePartsTrader.com, R&R Racewear, Saldana Racing Products, Sellers Race Wings, Shifty Illusions, Team Ford of Woodland, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing and Winters Performance.
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is operated under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner, which also manages the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, RMI can be reached at 530-344-7592 or email@example.com
More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.
Saturday March 31: Placerville Speedway
Saturday April 14: Stockton Dirt Track (Third annual Jimmy Sills Classic)
Saturday April 28: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday May 12: Fernley 95A Speedway
Friday May 18: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Fifth annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday June 16: Keller Auto Speedway Hanford, CA
Saturday June 30: Placerville Speedway (Salute to the Fans with King of the West-NARC)
Sunday July 1: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday July 7: Stockton Dirt Track (Third annual Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday August 25: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway
Saturday October 13: Keller Auto Speedway Hanford, CA (33rd annual Cotton Classic with King of the West-NARC)
Saturday November 3: Stockton Dirt Track (35th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson with King of the West-NARC)
A Look at the 2017 CRSA Sprints Tour
By CRSA Media
The 2017 CRSA Sprint Tour will go down as abbreviated, but incredibly competitive. It fell victim to rain-outs and unforeseen cancellations throughout the schedule. We were able to race thirteen times at eight different northeast speedways. The track types would range with anything from a high speed, five-eighths mile hard clay at Orange County Fair Speedway to the tight, high banked confines of the third-mile Woodhull Raceway and everything in between.
While the season was short, the competition was fierce. The open wheeled tour would produce nine different winners. One of those winners, Christian Rumsey, found his way to victory lane for the first time in front of his hometown crowd at Orange County Fair Speedway. Thomas Radivoy would win the most A-Mains, four (4) during the season.
There was a total of four different points/prize money paying series built into the 2017 schedule. The Kennedy's Towing, I-90 Northway Challenge was established by the races at Fonda Speedway, Albany-Saratoga and Utica-Rome Speedway. Altamont New York's Jeff Trombley, in the Warren's Auto Body 3A, would pick up top prize of $250 for winning this points series. Kennedy's Towing, in Troy New York, has been a genuine and dedicated supporter of the CRSA Sprint Tour for many years. This year they contributed a total of $800 to this Mini Series.
Mike Emhof Motorsports assembled the Southern Tier Series for this year's events at Woodhull Raceway, as well as Penn Can and Thunder Mt. Speedways. Even though there were some cancellations within this Mini Series, the points fund for the challenge series saw a total of $725 paid out to the top five in the standings. Circleville, New York's Thomas Radivoy, in the Country Service Center 1Q, was able to take home the top honors with $250.
The Algonkin Motel, in Bainbridge New York, is a business name that has become a home to the events at Afton Motorsports Park over the years. This year they contributed $625 to the series exclusive to the I-88 bull ring. Schenectady's Josh Pieniazek, in the JGS Hauling & Recycling number 9 car, would claim the $250 top prize at season's end.
The Hard Clay Challenge went down as the Mini Series with the most racing in 2017. The CRSA Tour was able to complete four events at the Orange County Fair Speedway. It also paid the most money for any Mini Series. Nearly $1000 would go to the top five drivers. The hometown driver, Thomas Radivoy, would take the top prize of $300. A special thanks goes out to Chuck Alessi Plumbing and Heating, Hennessy Wine and Liquor, Neiger Service Center, and Johnny's Service Station for helping support the 2017 Hard Clay Challenge.
An open wheeled veteran and cagy competitor, Mr. Jerry Sehn, would wind up becoming the Rookie of the Year. The overall championship points battle would go down to the final event at Orange County Fair Speedway on the biggest stage and in front of one of its biggest crowds. Jeff Trombley, a name Synonymous with northeast dirt racing, would prove that his legendary career was far from over. He would win the 2017 Super Gen Products/Champion Power Equipment CRSA Championship in dramatic fashion on the final lap of the Orange County main event. A youthful, talented, and highly motivated hometown driver, Thomas Radivoy, would go down fighting as the final event winner.
While there would be only one champion this year. These two competitors and teams would show their resolve and perseverance at many points throughout the season. The rest of the top thirteen were honored at the season-ending banquet at Vernon Downs Casino in Vernon New York. The top thirteen were paid out nearly $12,000 cash. 2nd through 13th were Christian Rumsey, Sydney Prince, Dana Wagner, Kyle Smith, Jerry Sehn Jr., Eddie Strada, Emily VanInwegen, Dustin Purdy, Tyler Jashembowski, Geoff Quackenbush and Brett Jaycox.
While the offseason is in full-swing, the future of the Super Gen Products CRSA Sprint Tour keeps evolving. Mr. Greg Hixson, the series race director for the last two years, is stepping away from the tour to pursue a new position at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, New York. The shoes will surely be hard to fill. Mr. Hixson has dedicated a great deal of his life to the sport he loves. His vast experiences as a driver and official has proven to be irreplaceable in any organization. While it is incredible to see him go on and take on new challenges, the Super Gen Products/Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Tour will have to carry on. The CRSA Sprint Tour and racing family wish Greg the best in his future endeavors.
Mr. Peter Meskill, a former operations and marketing manager at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York, will be taking over the reins as Director of Operations for the 305 sprint tour in 2018. Peter has a well-rounded resume of experience in the sport. He has been in the driver's seat, on the spotter's stand for NASCAR events, worked as a Marketing Manager, and has been a crew member for various motorsports disciplines. Peter will bring a force to the organization that will help propel it to the next level.
ALT URC Engine Program introduced at Membership Meeting
Don Blackshear from the Pace Performance Circle Track Division will be in attendance during the URC General Membership Meeting at the Limerick Diner on Wednesday November 29 at 7pm.
Don will be talking to the URC race teams and anyone else interested in coming and learning about the Pace Perfomance / URC Alternative Engine and the potential 360 engine program. The engine can be seen here in the attached photo. The engine is based off of a GM LS3 and will come complete along with fuel pump, headers and air cleaner. Total cost of the package is shaping up to be under $24,000 along with free shipping. Don will answer every question everyone might have on Wednesday the 29th, but we will answer one big question now......yes, your engine builder can build this engine if he or she wants to.
The engine was to be tested at the Bridgeport Speedway during the running of the Big Track Classic, but Pace Performance was hit with a major storm that did serious damage to the Pace building. The storm has slowed down the progress a little as the engine was on the dyno when the storm hit.
The Pace URC 360 program will have some similarities to the very successful Pace Performance Knoxville Raceway 305 class CT 525 engine program that Don and Knoxville Race implemented a few years ago. Don just returned from the Knoxville Raceway banquet as he was celebrating the engines 2017 305 division championship.
For more information on Don Blackshear and the Pace Performance Circle Track Division please check out their website http://paceperformance.com/ or check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pacecircletrack/
360 Series Points
1. Jason Barney 2568
2. Matt Tanner 2094
3. Paul Kinney 2034
4. P. Colagiovanni 1987
5. Matt Billings 1947
6. Jeff Cook 1766
7. Coleman Gulick 1700
8. Danny Varin 1465
9. Steve Poirier 1318
10. J. Preston 1285
1. Jared Zimbardi 2341
2. Steve Collins 2316
3. Kyle Drum 2272
4. Jordan Thomas 2121
5. Derek Jonathan 1930
6. Josh Azzi 1865
7. Joe Trenca 1426
8. Darryl Ruggles 1387
9. Dan Bennett 1266
10. David Just 1102
1. Dylan Westbrook 566
2. Jared Zimbardi 564
3. Cory Turner 525
4. Jake Brown 508
5. Mitch Brown 503
6. Chris Steele 403
7. Ryan Turner 352
8. Lee Ladouceur 267
9. Rick Wilson 262
10. Jim Huppunen 255
1. Jeremy Campbell 2645
2. Don Droud Jr. 2620
3. Jon Freeman 2430
4. Jeff Stasa 2375
5. F. Southerland 2320
6. Danny Jennings 2270
7. Fred Mattox 2040
8. Jake Greider 1865
9. J.D. Johnson 1645
10. Jason Martin 875
1. Ryan Roberts 2020
2. Seth Brahmer 1925
3. Cody Ledger 1907
4. Jordan Boston 1462
5. Jason Martin 1414
6. John Klabunde 1370
7. Ryan Bickett 1325
8. Jack Dover 1309
9. Stuart Snyder 1159
10. Don Droud Jr. 993
1. Casey Adams 3235
2. Kelly Miller 3173
3. Sean MacDonell 3098
4. David Miller 3036
5. Trever Kirkland 2782
6. J.J. Hickle 2288
7. Roger Cummings 2238
8. Shane Moore 2159
9. Cody Masse 2119
10. Jordan Milne 2015
1. Dylan Westbrook 1315
2. Shawn Sliter 1114
3. Josh Sliter 954
4. Frank Baranowski 951
5. Chris Jones 873
6. Mike Ferrell 844
7. Warren Mahoney 683
8. Rick Wilson 646
9. John Burbridge Jr. 602
10. Lee Ladouceur 571