Thunderbowl Raceway hosts the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series for the first time next week
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – April 15, 2015…After opening the season with a World of Outlaws two-step the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway kicks back into action on Saturday April 25, with the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster invading the Tulare, CA based one-third mile clay oval.
It will be the lone Winged 360 Sprint Car event held at the Thunderbowl prior to the three-night Trophy Cup in October and marks round four in the battle for the Civil War Series title. It will also be the very first appearance at the track for the series, which started back in 1991 as the North/South Series. It then morphed into the present Civil War tour in 1993 and has been the premier series for Winged 360 Sprint Cars in California ever since.
The night of racing will also be part of the first Prentice Motorsports Group “Double Down Bonus” weekend. If a driver can win the Friday April 24 event at Ocean Speedway with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, and then win at Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday with Civil War, they’ll go home with a $3000 bonus. If they do so, they’ll walk away with $6500 total for the weekend. This is the first of nine Double Down Bonus weekends in 2015.
“We’re excited about bringing the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster to the Thunderbowl Raceway next week,” said series manager John Prentice. “Tulare has been one of the top tracks out west for a long time and it’s definitely a place that the Civil War Series belongs at. It’s the only chance for many of these teams to get some track time there before the Trophy Cup as well. With it being the first PMG Double Down weekend that also adds another level of anticipation.”
After winning the World of Outlaws finale in March for the second year in a row Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu is set to be on hand next week. The 23-year-old last season was the lone driver to earn multiple victories with the Civil War Series and will be considered the one to beat next week. The win earlier this year was Abreu’s fifth career Thunderbowl Raceway triumph aboard his familiar Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. His two Civil War wins last year came at the Johnny Key Classic in Watsonville and the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton.
So far this season there has been three winners in the three Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster events held thus far. Those drivers have included reigning series champion Shane Golobic of Fremont, current point leader Bradley Terrell of Sebastopol and most recently former series titlist Sean Becker from Roseville.
“This series featured a lot of parody last season and we’ve started off with much of the same in 2015,” commented Civil War media relations director PJ Petersen. “Finally having Civil War compete in Tulare is a great thing and we’re certainly looking forward to April 25. We’re expecting a great field of cars to be on hand with drivers from all over California. The Thunderbowl never seems to disappoint, so we hope everyone comes out to support the show next week.”
More drivers looking to take on the Thunderbowl April 25 will include Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Wilton’s Matt Peterson, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, British Columbia’s Robbie Price, Fresno brothers' Koen & Kyler Shaw, Visalia’s Steven Tiner and many more.
The front gate at Thunderbowl Raceway will open at 4pm on Saturday April 25, with cars on track shortly after 5pm and heat races expected to get underway around 7pm. Adult reserved grandstand tickets cost $15, with general admission bleachers $13. Children 6-12 are half price, while five & under are free. To pre-order tickets contact (559) 688-0909. A seating chart & more is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Also on hand during the night will be the Western RaceSaver Sprints & Vintage Cars.
Be sure to like Thunderbowl Raceway on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds for a price of $40 per night and is located off turns three and four. To learn more about the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster log onto www.racepmg.com
Following the Civil War Series event on April 25, Thunderbowl Raceway will then return to action on Saturday May 2 for J.D. Heiskell & Co. Race Night, featuring the USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprints & Vintage Cars. On Saturday May 16 the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial will be presented at the one-third mile clay oval, which showcases the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series & Western RaceSaver Sprints.
URSS Ready to Kick Off Season 10 At Liberal
2015 marks the 10th Anniversary Season of the United Rebel Sprint Series and The Rebels will be kicking it off in style with a two-day show at the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway called the “Duel at the D”. The lightning fast 3/8’s mile oval will host the event with drivers from multiple states making the pull to crown the first race winners of 2015.
The Five State Fairgrounds Speedway has hosted the URSS Rebels several times and the fans have been treated to some all-out duels. Defending URSS National Champion Jake Bubak will be back to defend his title. Bubak is only one of two drivers to win the Championship multiple times, winning back to back in 2013 and 2014. Dodge City Kansas’s Brian Herbert is the only other URSS driver to lay claim to the Championship in its nine year history.
Other drivers slated to attend are Zac Taylor, Ty Williams, Austin McLane, Steven Richardson, Brian Herbert, Luke Cranston, Jeremy Huish, Jed Werner and many other of your URSS Favorite drivers as they kick off the 2015 URSS Season. In its nine year existence the URSS Series has had seven different Champions, proving that parity is alive and well in the Series.
Racing action will kick off 7:00 pm on Saturday night with The URSS Rebels hitting the track along with supporting classes including Modifieds, Stocks, Sport Mods and Hobbys of racing action at the Fairgrounds.
Racing will resume again Sunday afternoon with another full show starting at 2:00pm with the URSS Rebels, as well as the same support classes hitting the 3/8’s mile oval.
If you can’t make the trip to Liberal this weekend you can catch all of the racing action by joining the URSS on Racingboys.com http://www.racinboys.com with Kyler Fetters bringing you all of the exciting racing action from the Five State Fairgrounds Speedway both days.
So join us as the United Rebel Sprint Series kicks off their Tenth Season of the most exciting 305 Sprint Car racing in the Country in Liberal, Kansas Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Five State Speedway located at the Stevens County Fairgrounds in Liberal, Kansas.
NCRA Sprint Show for 81 Speedway this Saturday Rescheduled
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – April 13, 2015 – A change by track officials have forced the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products to reschedule this coming Saturday nights sprint car event at 81 Speedway in Park City. The date has been moved to Saturday night, June 20. This gives sprint car teams an opportunity for a double-header weekend as the tour is scheduled to compete atop the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Sunday night, June 21.
An unfavorable weather forecast for both later this week and weekend has caused officials to adjust the race schedule as well as new dirt still taking up most of the back stretch pit area that is utilized by the big haulers.
With this rescheduled date, the next event for the NCRA sprint car tour will now be on Saturday night, May 2, at Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska in a co-sanctioned event with the Nebraska 360 sprint car series.
For more information on the NCRA as well as schedules, results and more check out their official website www.racencra.com or call (316) 755-1781.
Tommy Tarlton makes it back-to-back victories with the Ocean Sprints presented by Tacoo Bravo by dominating round two
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – April 11, 2015…Starting from the pole on Friday night at Ocean Speedway former two-time Ocean Sprints champion Tommy Tarlton jumped to the lead and was never seriously challenged en route to his second straight win at the quarter-mile.
The victory marked Tarlton’s and crew chief Paul Baines 50th career triumph as a
combination. The veteran driver showed once again why he is one of the very best at Ocean Speedway whenever he is on hand, with the win coming aboard his Executive Auto Sales/ Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21 mount.
“I love coming to this place and it’s great to start the year with back-to-back wins,” Tarlton commented in victory lane. “I just seem to have fun when I come here and I think that’s a big reason to our success. This my 50th win with Paul Baines so I can’t think him enough for being such a huge part of this team. We had a great car tonight and I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting us.”
The front row for the 30-lapper was comprised of Tarlton and Laton’s Heath Duinkerken, who drew one and two in the top-eight redraw. Once the green flag waved Tarlton shot into the lead and had his way of things up front. Rain during the week made for a very fast surface in the feature and a few rough spots to make things interesting.
Row four starters Justin Sanders of Watsonville and Ryan Bernal of Hollister made their way forward to battle for the runner up spot. Bernal, making his just his third career Taco Bravo start, was able to make his way into second at one point, before Sanders sliced by during a double file restart. The hometown driver would maintain the spot at the checkered, finishing three and a half seconds behind Tarlton.
“These heavy and fast tracks usually aren’t my favorite so I’m happy to get a second tonight,” Sanders commented. “I want to thank my whole team for all their support and all of our sponsors as well. It’s been a solid start to the season for us and we’ll be back in two weeks looking for a win.”
Bernal crossed the line in third to score his career best Winged Sprint Car finish. “I feel like I’m getting a hang of this Winged Sprint Car stuff,” he commented. “It was a tough track tonight though, but to finish on the podium with Tommy and Justin is a nice accomplishment for us.”
Duinkerken had a great night to come home in fourth, as did Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, who earned the High Five Pizza Hard Charger Award coming from 16th to fifth in the main event. The night’s Ray Scheidts Electric fast qualifier Robbie Price from British Columbia came home sixth to cap a solid Taco Bravo debut. Veteran Jerry Bonnema of Corralitos finished seventh, Stockton’s Brad Furr was eighth, Salinas’ Jason Chisum was ninth and Fremont’s Anthony Espinosa rounded out the top-10.
Coarsegold’s Scott Parker earned the Beer Optics Hard Luck Award following a hard crash during qualifying. He was okay, but done for the night.
Ocean Sprints A-main finish...#21 Tommy Tarlton #17 Justin Sanders #56 Ryan Bernal #79 Heath Duinkerken #72W Kurt Nelson #21P Robby Price #58 Jerry Bonnema #2 Brad Furr #25Z Jason Chisum #51 Anthony Espinoza #7 Nick Ringo Jr #34 Darrell Taylor #83SA Ryan Robinson #55 Danny Malfatti #99 Tony Gualda #55X Trey Starks #8 Jermey Chisum #23 Ken Fredenburg #9J Dustin Golobic
The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will return to action on Friday April 24 with round number three on the season. Results can be found at www.racepmg.com
NCRA Suspends Sprint Driver until Further Notice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas = April 8, 2015 - After a review of conduct made during the recent National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car series opener at 81 Speedway in Park City back on March 28, officials have announced a suspension to Oklahoma City sprint car driver Andy Shouse for an undetermined amount of time.
This suspension includes any and all NCRA sanctioned events effective April 1, 2015 and will extend until further notice from the NCRA office. This action stays consistent with prior suspensions handed down by the NCRA for actions detrimental by any team or individual to the racing program or other competitors during a sanctioned event held under the NCRA banner.
Any further comments can be addressed by calling the NCRA office (316) 755-1781.
NCRA Adds Date to 2015 Sprint Schedule
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – April 1, 2015 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products are proud to announce they have added a new event to the series sprint car division to the 2015 schedule.
The track is no stranger to the tour as Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska has inked the winged sprinters for Saturday night, May 23rd. The “winged warriors” will be joined by the Nebraska 360 sprint car series. The tour has normally appeared atop the big three-eighths mile oval in mid-September.
This added event will now make fourteen races on the 2015 point championship tour. For a complete list of 2015 dates for the NCRA sprint car divisions check out the series website www.racencra.com.
Don’t forget the next event for the sprints will be on Saturday night, April 18, at 81 Speedway in Park City as they will be on the under card to the series modified division and huge twin $2500 to win “Modified Spring Scramble.”
NCRA Drivers Motored Up for $6000 to win Sprint Opener!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – March 25, 2015 – We are just a few days away from the biggest paying purse in the tour’s 26 year history as the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division kicks off the 2015 race season in a huge way as Pepsi Presents the 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout” this Saturday night, March 28. And once again, 81 Speedway in Park City will play host to the season opener and will be the first of five events scheduled at track owner C Ray Hall’s facility.
In preparation for Saturday night’s huge event that will pay $6000 to win and $500 to start the night’s championship feature, the track will hold a special practice session on Friday night from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. In a huge announcement just made, after practice sessions are complete, drivers have a chance to pick up added money as the track will host the “BP Products of Kansas Quick Time” will take place that will see the driver who sets the quickest time during time trials pick up an extra $500. Drivers who set the second through fifth fastest during time trials will also earn extra money, to be determined as money is being raised hourly. This time trial competition has NO BARING on Saturday night’s event, only a fun – yet competitive way for five drivers to earn extra money. Pit gates will open at 5:00 PM with pit passes just $10. There will be free admission to all fans in the grandstands and concession stands will be open.
Friday night’s practice session and Saturday nights NCRA sprint season opener will also see the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors bring their brand of non-wing sprint racing to the three-eighths mile clay oval. Last year the WOW series opened their season at 81 Speedway where Norman, Oklahoma’s Koby Barksdale took home the victory over a nine car field. Latest word from the series is at least fifteen drivers will make the tow for their opener. Barksdale would go on to claim a total of seven feature victories on his way to the 2014 WOW inaugural championship.
Two drivers who are hoping their power plants are up to the thirteen race schedule are last year’s co-champions C.J. Johnson and Jeremy Campbell. Both drivers struggled with mechanical gremlins and that turned out to be the difference between their tie for the championship and an outright title. Campbell is a two-time series champion while Johnson has five series championships to his resume.
Veteran Jon Freeman of Salina, Kansas finished a strong third in the standings last year and looks to add a couple of feature victories this season. After picking up the ride in the Whitehead Motorsports #8w near mid-season, J.D. Johnson will be back full-time and look to better his fourth place 2014 standings finish.
Jeff Stasa finished fifth in last year’s final point standings and claimed his first career series feature win at the new Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma.
2014 rookie of the year Jake Greider is also looking for bigger things during his sophomore season.
What was slated as $5000 to win rose $1000 last year thanks to Mel Hambelton Ford adding the extra money to Saturday night’s championship feature finale. This has some of the top drivers from across the region setting sights on 81 Speedway. They include defending race champion Kevin Swindell and inaugural “Air Capital Shootout” champion Danny Lasoski, Sammy Swindell, Jack Dover, Jon Agan, Aaron Reitzell, Kris Miller, Jordan Weaver, Danny Lasoski, Wayne Johnson, Don Droud, Jr., Tony Bruce, Jr. and more. Over forty drivers are expected.
Former winners of the “Air Capital Shootout include Danny Lasoski (2011); Jason Johnson (2012, 2013) and Kevin Swindell (2014).
Advanced tickets are on sale now at the speedway and are $15 for adults ages 11 and up; $5 for children 6-10. You can purchase you tickets by calling the 81 Speedway office (316) 755-1781.
Gates for this huge March 28th event at 81 Speedway open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time. 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then .7 mile west on 77th street.
2015 Oil Capital Racing Series Season Preview
New Season - New Cash Awards – New Brand Awareness
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Okla. (March 16, 2015) - The Oil Capital Racing Series is loading up the racing gear and getting ready for the 2015 sprint car tour that will see the series hit 12 tracks for 25 events encompassing four states. This coming year will see one large significant change to the popular sprint car series…… A new title sponsor!
The Performing Cast Members
A collection of quality proven feature winners are expected to compete with the AmeriFlex / OCRS at various times throughout the racing season. Former victory lane visitors expected to see 2015 action include:
Danny Smith, Whit Gastineau, Brian McClelland, Alex DeCamp, Shayla Waddell, Chance Morton, Kade Morton, Kyle Clark, Michael Bookout, Shane Sellers, Casey Wills, Gary Owens, Fred Mattox, Frank Dittman, Mickey Walker, Kenneth Walker, Andy Shouse and Jamie Passmore.
A few of the drivers expected to see action with the series include:
Johnny ‘Hotrod’ Kent, David Stephenson, Brett Wilson, Cameron Hagin, Nigel Calvert, Brian Gramm, Perry Pickard, Blake Edwards, Glen Passmore, Frank Taft, Sheldon Barksdale, Koby Barksdale, Mike Huard, Dan Schnackenberg, Chuck Bellefeuille, Morgan Fletcher, Chad Koch, Kyle Ezell and former AmeriFlex / OCRS contender and multi-time Creek County Speedway champion Brent Bates.
Third generation driver Trey Lambert has submitted his 2015 team entry to take a few swipes at some of the events posted on the docket. In contrast, the wiley and cagey veteran of Robert Sellers, a former Lawton Speedway champion, is also slated to join the traveling vagabonds for a handful of trips. Arkansas pilot Joseph Miller, who ran with OCRS last summer while on leave for a spell from the Air Force, is looking forward to opening night and plans on running several more events in 2015. In all, each night will be full of action packed drama as these brave drivers will take to the oval bullrings for the utmost in racing competition.
Here are the racetracks that are scheduled to host the AmeriFlex / OCRS sprint cars (in alphabetical order):
Flint Creek Speedway / West Siloam Springs OK:
Formerly known as the ‘West Siloam Speedway’ this racy little ¼-mile joint can sure make a driver keep their elbows up as any hesitation will be the result of negative positioning. Sophomore promoter Jacob Frese is making a better showing of Flint Creek than some before him. Best the facility has looked in quite sometime.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: May 15th & September 4th.
Humboldt Speedway Humboldt KS:
One of the nicest surprises for a track you will find anywhere. “The Hummer” is one of the favorite traveling destinations for teams of the series. Most local fans only see these sprinters once a year and our teams come with their guns loaded for Hummer action. Never been to the Hummer? Correct that issue by joining us. You will leave knowing you saw something very special.
AmeriFlex / OCRS date is: July 17th.
Lawton Speedway / Lawton OK:
There isn’t anyone who cant say that the Lawton Speedway hasn’t lasted the test of time and then some. The place just oozes history and when one is there, you feel like you are on some kind of sacred soil. You know you have achieved something when one of the smartest racing promoters to have ever lived wants you 3-times a year. Losing money isn’t in his book of rules. Get ready Lawtonites, here we come.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: April 25th, May 30th & August 1st.
Longdale Speedway / Longdale OK:
2015 will be the second year for the new facility and the AmeriFlex / OCRS series came calling with a strong 32-car field in their maiden voyage to “Jessie’s House”. This time around, the series will bring their i-notes for another crack at the track. The aluminum stands once had cheerleaders running all around them. Now its gearheads yelling and screaming at metal speed bullets.
AmeriFlex / OCRS date is: August 29th.
Monett Speedway / Monett MO:
Known as the “Grand ‘Ol Lady”, the 46-year young facility will be hosting the sprints for the fourth consecutive season. Whit Gastineau won in a thrilling last lap pass in the first trip to Monett in 2012. Kacee Frazier (2013) and Michael Bookout (2014) scored initial AmeriFlex / OCRS career victories on the red clay. Here we come young lady.
AmeriFlex / OCRS date is: June 12th.
Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway / Caney KS:
Just a stones throw from the Oklahoma / Kansas state line, there is typically always ‘Thunder in the Valley’ when the wild sprint cars take on Kerry Gorby’s ¼-mile gem. Take a spot and steal a spot is how you win at Caney. Rubbin’ isn’t racing, it’s a requirement to go forward. There will be plenty of chances to park in victory lane as the series makes four tour stops this season including the “Dirty 30” on Independents Day so leave the $110 Nike shirts at home.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: April 18th, May 23rd, July 4th and September 5th.
Oklahoma Sports Park / Ada OK:
Always one of the fastest tracks on the schedule, special racing events will include the 7th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial event on May 9th. Then, on September 12th, it’s the 9th running of the Oklahoma State Championship presented by Dooling Machine Products. $2000 is up for grabs to the victor along with the coveted acrylic trophy. The series will also waltz into town in June and July making for a 4-packer at The Land of Sand.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: May 9th, June 20th, July 25th & September 12th.
Outlaw Motor Speedway / Oktaha OK:
Now a sister track to the Longdale Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway will have 2 specials involving the AmeriFlex / OCRS series. The first one will be April 11th with AmeriFlex / OCRS sprint cars headlining an event billed as “Open Wheel Saturday Night”. Powri West Midgets and the economical WOW sprint cars will be a part of this exciting program. Then in August, the ‘Harold Leep Classic’ returns to OMS with the sprints paying $2000 to win! New upgrades have been made to the facility as well and they are something special to check out.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: April 11th & August 28th.
Red River Speedway / Wichita Falls TX:
Construction delays kept the now 14-year-old series from making its first start ever in Longhorn country in last season. Such is not the case this go around as the track is up and running and the AmeriFlex / OCRS warriors are game to invade foreign soil and steal the treasures that lie south of the Red River. However, Texans welcoming Okies to come play in their arena sounds like an ambush in waiting.
AmeriFlex / OCRS date is: July 31st.
Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina OK:
The Highbanks attracts those who dare to run without fear. Gone are the days that teams would leave enough rubber to start their own tire shop. Since Dave Edwards began sitting in the Captain’s chair, nearby Hudson Lake seems to bleed on the clay banks as rubber is now for toters only. Have a well cut Rib Eye Steak from the Finishline Restaurant overlooking the track and you will know your night was special. A pairing with the USMTS mods makes its return again in August.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: May 16th, July 18th & August 22nd.
Southern Oklahoma Speedway / Ardmore OK:
The destination of this years 2015 season opener, the AmeriFlex / OCRS series was immediately called upon when John & Nicky Webb took over in mid-summer of 2011. It has been a wonderful partnership since. The series has grown bigger as has SOS. The Webb’s put hard work into their new playpen and they have since become a 5-star player in the promoting game. A game many don’t master but the Webb’s cracked the code. For this year’s season opener, the odds makers have set the number of entries for the over/under line at 34. Place your bets.
2015 SEASON OPENER IS: MARCH 28th.
Tri-State Speedway / Pocola OK:
Rare is when you find a 4-leaf clover. What’s more rare is finding a track owner selling one track only to get another track within a few months and then strip it down only to have to sink some cash into it before ever selling a ticket. That’s what Carey and Nicole Menasco are doing with Tri-State Speedway. Gone are concession stands from both the grandstands side (Carey wants room for Hells Kitchen chefs) and the pit side (hut went poof). Bathrooms are being overhauled and the lower level grandstands were removed for foundation repairs. The track surface got a major facelift when a convoy of dumpers spewed new clay all over the oval. Toss your notes out teams, you will need to write up some new ones. Go checkout the new crib this season, it’s going to be cool.
AmeriFlex / OCRS dates are: June13 & September 19th.
There are 5 doubleheader weekends, They are:
*Flint Creek Speedway (5/15) & Salina Highbanks Speedway (5/16)
*Monett Speedway (6/12) & Tri-State Speedway (6/13)
Humboldt Speedway (7/17) & Salina Highbanks Speedway (7/18)
*Red River Speedway (7/31) & Lawton Speedway (8/1)
Outlaw Motor Speedway (8/28) & Longdale Speedway (8/29)
Flint Creek Speedway (9/4) & Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway (9/5)
*Bonus doubleheaders will pay a $1000 cash bonus that will be divided among the top 3 drivers in “weekend points”. First place receives $500, second place receives $300 and third place pockets $200. All bonus weekend events pay $250 to start the A Feature.
There are two $2000 to win events with $250 to start the A feature:
8/28 at the Outlaw Motor Speedway “Harold Leep Classic”
9/12 at the Oklahoma Sports Park “9th Annual Oklahoma State Championship” presented by Dooling Machine Products.
Other Bonus Events:
There will be an EXTRA $500 in cash for the feature winner at the following venues:
3/28: Southern Oklahoma Speedway
4/11: Outlaw Motor Speedway
4/18: Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway
7/17: Humboldt Speedway
8/22: Salina Highbanks Speedway
8/29: Longdale Speedway
9/19: Tri-State Speedway
Like the other specials, these events will pay $250 to start the A-feature.
25th Anniversary Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Season Set To Kick Off Friday Night
(Stockton, CA)- The racing season has come to life in California and on Friday night in Marysville, CA the stars and cars of the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster will kick off the series’ 25th season.
Coming off of a banner year in 2014, Shane Golobic enters the event as the series’ defending champion, and is again expected to be a very strong competitor aboard the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 event.
The Marysville Raceway has already hosted a pair of events to date, and perennial series powers, Justin Sanders and Andy Forsberg have each scored wins, and will be looking to get their 2015 Civil War Series campaigns off to a strong start.
Friday’s event will make the first of two events at the Marysville Raceway, as the series will return again Memorial Day weekend for the Mel Hal Memorial. During the two stops during the 2014 season, Andy Gregg and DJ Netto were victorious.
The 2015 Civil War Series schedule consists of 14 races, but new in 2015, drivers and teams will have an event they can ‘throw-away’ meaning their 13 best nights will be counted toward the season long championship chase.
“This is something new we wanted to try out in 2015,” Series Director, John Prentice said. “There are 14 races on the schedule and if a guy should have a bad night, or miss a race due to a couple of conflicts in the schedule, they can still have a shot at the championship. Hopefully next season we can get all conflicts worked out, but we wanted to see how this concept would work.”
Aside from Golobic, Forsberg, and Sanders, many of the regions top drivers are scheduled to be on hand including Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Matt Peterson, Mason Moore, Justyn Cox, Steven Tiner, Colby Wiesz, John Michael-Bunch, Jeremy Hawes and many other.
Friday night, the front gates are slated to open at 5pm, with time trials getting underway by 6pm. Adult tickets will be on sale for $17, juniors and seniors on sale for $13, children 6-11 on sale for $6, while children under 5 are free.
UMSS Heats Up August Weekend
Minnesota Summer Heat Outlaw Sprint Car Tour Announced
The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) in conjunction with K.R.A Speedway, Princeton Speedway, Ogilvie Raceway, Parker Engines and Randy Grages from Midwest Power Equipment, is proud to announce a series of three consecutive nights of sprint car racing known as the Minnesota Summer Heat Outlaw Sprint Car Tour. The three race weekend series is scheduled for August 20, 21 & 22 at three different Minnesota tracks.
The opening night of the Minnesota Summer Heat Outlaw Sprint Car Tour will take place at the K.R.A. Speedway in Willmar on Thursday, August 20. This race is already part of the previously announced Midwest Power Outlaw Sprint Car Series and pays $2,300 to win. The following night on Friday, August 21 the UMSS winged sprints head to the ¼ mile bullring at the Princeton Speedway for the Ethel Kouba Memorial paying $2,300 to win and $300 to start. The UMSS Traditional (non-winged) sprints will also be part of the Princeton program with $500 to win and $100 to start. The final night of the three race tour concludes at the Ogilvie Raceway on Saturday, August 22 and pays $5,000 to win and $400 to start for the UMSS winged sprints and $500 to win and $100 to start for the Traditional sprints.
The full purse, additional race details and sponsors for the Minnesota Summer Heat Outlaw Sprint Car Tour will be announced in the coming months. A couple of well-known sprint car drivers, Justin Henderson and Danny Lasoski, have already stated their intention to be involved with the weekend. 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf from Glencoe, who is sponsored by Midwest Power Equipment, along with a host of other top drivers, will be gunning to take home their fair share of the increased purse money. Additional drivers will be announced as their entries are received. With the potential to win $9,600 in first place prize money, GRP Motorsports in conjunction with the UMSS will put up a Clean Sweep Bonus of $10,400 should a driver pull off the difficult task of winning all three winged sprint car features during the Minnesota Summer Heat Tour making a potential of $20,000 to sweep the weekend.
Stated UMSS CDO Ron Bernhagen, “The UMSS has been looking to promote sprint car racing here in Minnesota since our inception, and this three race series really helps to further that goal. Having the tremendous support of the parties involved and adding the popular Traditional sprints on two nights really gives sprint car racing fans a great opportunity to enjoy some spectacular open wheel racing during the Minnesota Summer Heat Outlaw Sprint Car Tour.” Sprint car drivers and fans will certainly want to mark down the dates for this big Minnesota three race series.
Patriot Sprint Tour Teams to Showcase New Colors this Weekend
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (March 13, 2015)- The first race of 2015 may still be over a month away, but a full heat race of cars are completed and ready to be put on display this weekend.
The Patriot Sprint Tour will be well represented this weekend as two major motorsports shows. The Olean Mall Car show will showcase Jared Zimbardi and Steve Collins, the top two in PST America Points in 2014 while the Motorsports Expo will have six teams represented.
The Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds is a highly-anticipated event each winter, and this year with the show a week later, the anticipation is even more intense. 2012 PST America Champion Scott Kreutter will have his Pole Position Raceway No. 52 on display, alongside a Pole Position cart. Kreutter will be teamed with Bruce DeWick in 2015, who will have his Monster Energy sprinter to showcase.
The Einstein Construction Group cars of Tommy Wickham and Paulie Colagiovanni, along with Alysha Ruggles and Will Glover’s new rides will help complete the rookie flare. Adjoining to the PST booth will be the Mike Emhof Motorsports display, featuring the Eagle Chassis of Nick Cooper.
2015 Schedule cards of varying sides will be distributed at both locations. The Motorsports Expo will run from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday and from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Forsberg Shines in Silver Cup Opener
By Elijah Jones
CHICO, CA (3-6-15) - Auburn, CA driver Andy Forsberg led all 25 laps of the 360 Winged Sprint Car Main Event tonight en route to his 41st Career win at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Behind the wheel of the Cody Gainey owned PT Shocks #7C Forsberg would start from the Pole Position and not look back. Other winners during Opening Night of the Silver Cup included Troy Foulger in the IMCA Dirt Modifieds and Shane Myhre in the Wingless Sprints.
Andy Forsberg led the 20 car field down to the Green Flag from the pole position and wouldnt look back. Andy had to hold off a hard charge by Roseville, CA driver Sean Becker in the closing laps of the race. Becker would have to settle for the second place position as he just couldnt find a way around Forsberg. Third place tonight went to the 2014 Civil War Sprint Car Champion, Shane Golobic. Golobic had a solid night aboard the Keith Day Trucking #22K. Craig Stidham made the long trek up to race Chico from Fresno, CA and had a great night finishing fourth in tonights main event. Seth Bergman would round out the top five. Seth made the trip to Silver Dollar after the event he was supposed to compete in this weekend in Mississippi was rained out. Mason Moore won the B-Main as he took the lead coming to take the white flag. Heat race victories went to Seth Bergman, Willie Croft, Mike Monohan, and Justin Sanders. Willie Croft was Fastest in Qualifying with a lap time of 11.889.
Shane Myhre used a lot of patience to pick up his first career victory at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Myhre stalked early race leader Angelique Bell, until Bell had a slight bobble in turn one and Myhre would capitalize. Dwarf car Ace turned Wingless Sprint car standout Shawn Jones came home in the second position. While Brian Grier would round out the podium in the third position. Heat Race Victories went to Gary Nelson Jr, and Brian Grier.
With Night One of Silver Cup in the books we look forward to a great final night of the 2015 Silver Cup Race of Champions and a great season he at the Silver Dollar Speedway. For more information regarding the Silver Dollar Speedway please visit silverdollarspeedway.com.
PATRIOT 360 SPRINT CARS SET TO INVADE PENN CAN SPEEDWAY JUNE 12TH
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Penn Can Speedway has announced the return of 360 Sprint Car Racing to the Susquehanna oval for the first time since 2007. The Patriot 360 Sprint Cars will invade the track for a big show on Friday, June 12th. The show will cap off what is being billed as Penn Can Speedweek.
“We are excited to announce that The Patriot 360 Sprint Cars will visit Penn Can for the first time in eight years”, said new Promoter Dan Harpell. “They are a great addition to an exciting 2015 schedule”.
This will be the fourth appearance at Penn Can by the Patriot group. Two of the first three were won by Chuck Hebing. In his three Patriot starts at Penn Can “Cobra”, Hebing’s nickname, has two wins and a fifth place finish to his credit. Hebing, the all-time feature win leader in Patriot history with 37 wins would have to be considered an early favorite in this event.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for another driver. Former Penn Can Modified competitor and long time sprint car driver George Suprick will make a long awaited return to the speedway for this show. Suprick took home a fifth place finish the last time Patriot was at Penn Can. He is third on the all time Patriot Sprint win list with 14 victories.
The other driver to capture a Patriot Sprint Car feature win at Penn Can is Justin Barger. The second generation driver divided his time between 410 Sprint Cars and the 360’s in 2014.
Jared “The Juice” Zimbardi is the defending Patriot Sprint Tour Champion, a fete he accomplished for the second time in 2014. The 27 year old Bradford, Pennsylvania driver had a dominating year, garnering seven wins and the Canadian Series Championship enroute to the overall Patriot Championship.
The Patriot Sprint Car visit will cap off Penn Can Speedweek. The week will begin on Friday, June 5th with the annual Bike Giveway Night, where over 100 kids rode off with a new bicycle in 2014. Gary Folk, Jr. who directs the annual event promises an even bigger this year.
Four days later the Race of Champions Modified Series invades Penn Can. That show will take place on Tuesday night, June 9th and will also include the RoC Sportsman and Four Cylinders.
The Penn Can Speedweek will conclude on Friday, June 12th with the Patriot Sprint Tour coming to town. Look for announcements in the coming weeks about discount ticket opportunities for these events.
Be sure to circle Friday, June 12th on your calendar as a can’t miss night at Penn Can. It’s the first appearance of the Patriot 360 Sprint Cars at the track since 2007 and they are sure to put on a tremendous show.
Penn Can Speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. For further information call the winter office at 607-296-4265, look us up on Facebook under Penn Can Speedway or log onto our website at www.penncan.com.
Countdown Begins for NCRA Sprint $5000 to Win Opener!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – March 2, 2015 - The 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout” is less than four weeks away for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car tour and drivers from across the region are gearing up for the $5000 to win; $500 to start feature finale scheduled for 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas on Saturday night, March 28, 2015. And for the second year in a row the Oklahoma based Wingless Oklahoma Warriors sprint car series will also open their 2015 race season.
With less than four weeks remaining, let’s take a look at the inaugural running of this now annual event.
The March 31, 2012 inaugural event saw 39 drivers from seven different states were on hand for the $4000 to win event and it was Eunice, Louisiana national champion Jason Johnson passing Knoxville, Iowa’s Wayne Johnson with eleven laps to go to claim the 30 lap feature finale.
Veteran Danny Lasoski drove the Whitehead Motorsports #8w from twentieth to a runner up finish while tenth starting Brian Brown and W. Johnson finished third and fourth respectively. Don Droud, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Luke Cranston led the first three laps of that 2012 event with W. Johnson leading laps 4-19 before J. Johnson passed him in turns three and four to lead the final eleven laps.
Our countdown to the 2015 version of the “Air Capital Shootout” continues next week as we recap the 2013 version of this annual event.
Gates for this season opener for the NCRA 360-ci sprint car tour will open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time.
Inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals Coming to The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl
ESS, SCoNE to co-sanction historic $3,000-to-win open-comp Sprint Car event
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, VT – Sprint Car racing history will be made in Vermont as The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a blockbuster open-competition event – the inaugural “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” – on Saturday, September 26. The new 1/3-mile clay oval is set for a showdown featuring the region’s most fearless racecar drivers and their lightning-quick, winged, open-wheel machines.
The Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be the richest Sprint Car race in Vermont history and is expected to draw the region’s top teams. The purse boasts a $3,000 winner’s prize and a minimum of $300 to start. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), but is open to any winged Sprint Car with a 360-cubic-inch engine limit.
SCoNE champion Chris Donnelly of Piermont, NH became the first Sprint Car winner at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl last fall. Other top SCoNE racers include Dan Douville, Clay Dow, Kevin Chaffee, Luke Greenwood, Jake Williams, Tyler Austin, and SCoNE president Will Hull. Front-running ESS drivers include Chuck Hebing, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Matt Tanner, and Cory Sparks, along with Canadians Lee Ladouceur and 2014 champion Steve Poirier. A family rivalry is also expected between SCoNE’s Lacey Hanson and her cousin, ESS competitor James Hanson, who are each based in Orwell, VT just 10 minutes from Devil’s Bowl.
“I think the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be something special,” ESS promoter Dean Reynolds said. “We’ll see the best of both series, and I bet a few Canadian teams will come to Devil’s Bowl for the great purse being offered. We can’t wait for this race.”
“I’m excited and anxious to bring together all of the region’s top Sprint Car teams for the first time,” SCoNE president and competitor Will Hull said. “We had a great time at Devil’s Bowl last fall and I really think this is going to be a race to remember.”
“Our fans are going to see a wild show at the Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “Dean Reynolds of ESS and Will Hull from SCoNE deserve a lot of credit for putting this event together. It’ll be exciting to see how the best from each series stack up against each other.”
The inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be held on Saturday, September 26, with additional details to follow. Drivers will also have two additional opportunities to compete at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl, as SCoNE holds stand-alone events on Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, August 9.
2015 NCRA Sprint Schedule Released
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2015 – Park City, Kansas - The 2015 schedule for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing products 360-ci sprint car division has been announced with thirteen dates slated at five different venues slated.
The 26th consecutive season for the tour once again kicks off in a huge way with the 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on Saturday night, March 28. This event will once again pay $5000 to win with $500 going to all who start the twenty car feature finale.
Next event will take place three weeks later, once again at 81 Speedway, on Saturday night, April 18th.
For the second year in a row and third time in the tours history, Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska will host the gladiators on Saturday night, May 2, in a combined effort with the Nebraska 360 series. On May 30, the tour will head to Tommy Estes’ place and Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas for the first of two events scheduled.
A special pre-Nationals event is slated for Sunday night, June 21, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas. The tour will be joined with the series’ modified and late model divisions.
Next up will be a weekend double header with the Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Red River Region, kicking off at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, June 27, for the annual Steve King Memorial. From there both tours will head to the home of the NCRA and 81 Speedway for a Sunday night encounter.
Butler County Speedway hosts the tour for the final time in 2015 on Saturday night, July 11, in another combined event with the Nebraska 360 sprint series.
Next up will be the grand daddy of them all; the O’Reilly Auto Parts presented by Mel Hambelton Ford 59th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals, atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Friday and Saturday night, July 24-25.
Nest up will be the annual Labor Day weekend double-header, starting with a Saturday night, September 5, event at 81 Speedway before their annual holiday trek to the famed Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas for a Labor Day Sunday night event.
The 26th season for the tour is scheduled to come to a conclusion on Saturday night, October 10, at 81 Speedway.
For more information concerning the NCRA 360-ci sprint car series as well as official rules, point standings and schedule, check out their official website www.racencra.com or call the series office (316) 755-1781.
Officials with the National Championship Racing Association would like to welcome the following for their partnership with the series in 2015: Park City, Kansas, Precise Racing Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mel Hambelton Ford, O’Reilly Auto Parts.
2015 NCRA 360-ci Sprint Schedule
March 28 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas ($5000 to win)
April 18 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
May 2 Butler County Speedway/Rising City, Nebraska
May 30 Dodge City Raceway Park/Dodge City, Kansas
June 21 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
June 27 Dodge City Raceway Park/Dodge City, Kansas
June 28 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
July 11 Butler County Speedway/Rising City, Nebraska
July 24 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
July 25 Kansas State Fairgrounds/Hutchinson, Kansas
Sept 5 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
Sept 6 Belleville High Banks Speedway/Belleville, Kansas
Oct 10 81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
360 Series Points
1. Davie Franek 1529
2. Josh Weller 1406
2. Randy West 1406
4. Curt Michael 1277
5. Ed Aikin 1251
6. Troy Betts 1231
7. R Stillwaggon 1189
8. J. Swanson 1058
9. Brian Carber 1042
10. Andy Best 908
1. Steve Poirier 2184
2. Jason Barney 1888
3. Jeff Cook 1786
4. Matt Tanner 1678
5. Paul Kinney 1609
6. Chuck Hebing 1294
7. Cory Sparks 1155
8. Dave Axton 1108
9. Kevin Ward Jr. 987
10. T. Wickham 986
1. Jared Zimbardi 1982
2. Steve Collins 1782
3. Dave Just 1735
4. Brad Knab 1733
5. Scott Just 1654
6. Scott Kreutter 1609
7. Dane Lorenc 1595
8. Derek Jonathan 1586
9. Tyler Graves 1525
10. Bryan Howland 1318
1. Jared Zimbardi 795
2. Alain Bergeron 736
3. Lee Ladouceur 716
4. Mitch Brown 701
5. Chris Jones 613
6. Kyle Fraser 609
7. Rick Wilson 569
8. April Wilson 498
9. Tyler Rand 447
10. Dane Lorenc 413
1. Jeremy Campbell 3315
1. CJ Johnson 3315
3. Jon Freeman 2990
4. J.D. Johnson 2895
5. Jeff Stasa 2590
6. Jake Greider 2325
7. Ray Seeman 1985
8. Jack Dover 1810
9. Tyler Drueke 1565
10. Jordan Weaver 1565
1. Glenn Styres 1747
2. Mitch Brown 1699
3. Keith Dempster 1522
4. Chris Jones 1397
5. Warren Mahoney 1368
6. Shawn Sliter 1340
7. Bob Crawford 1242
8. Brad Lodge 1234
9. Jamie Turner 1191
10. Mike Ferrell 1179