PST Weekly Roundup: 2018 Set to Start at Outlaw & Merrittville Speedways
By Curtis Berleue
Exactly one week from today will bring the much-anticipated start to 2018 for the Patriot Sprint Tour. As part of the 3rd Annual Spring Nationals, the PST will finally spring into action on Friday April 20th at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY. The stars of 360 sprint car racing in New York will be gunning for their share of the purse paying $3,000 to the winner and $300 to start.
Expected to represent the Patriot Sprint Tour are the likes of Kyle Drum, Jordan Thomas, Josh Azzi, Joe Trenca and many more. All drivers who have purchased a full PST membership will receive show up points towards the overall 2018 championship chase.
Last years installment of the Spring Nationals saw PST regular Jared Zimbardi pick up the win, his first of many en-route to his 5th championship. Former tour regular Bobby Breen came home second, and series newcomer Jordan Thomas started his season off with a bang finishing third.
The following night, Saturday April 21, the travelling 360 sprint organization will be headed north of the border for the annual ‘Spring Sizzler’ at Merrittville Speedway. The traditional Canadian season opener will pay $2,000 USD to the winner; meaning if one driver were to sweep the weekend they would start the season off with a cool $5,000 in winnings.
Racin’ Jason Barney has picked up the win in each of the last three PST visits to Merrittville Speedway and hopes to do the same once again. In order to do so, he will have to battle with a strong Canadian contingent of drivers like brothers Mitch and Jake Brown, Cory and Ryan Turner and more.
The Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian series has seen a bit of restructuring over the off season. This summer, each Canadian event will award show-up points towards the overall Patriot Sprint Tour championship. There will also be a separate points tally kept for each of the Canadian events to go towards a small point fund.
Following the April 21st event at Merrittville, the Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian mini-series will return north of the border in July for a blockbuster weekend of three nights paying $3,333 to win and $333 to start (USD) each. These three events at Ohsweken Speedway (Friday July 20), Brockville Ontario Speedway (Saturday July 21) and Cornwall Motor Speedway (Sunday July 22) will round out the PST Canadian mini-series schedule, following the same points structure as at Merrittville as well.
It's the 35th Anniversary Season for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints
SYRACUSE, NY – It all began in 1983 and now in 2018, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) is ready to embark on their 35th Anniversary Celebration. A total of 28 full point events in New York and Canada anchor the season with nine more extra purse special shows making for an exciting 2018 campaign.
Brewerton, NY's Jason Barney won his first ever ESS title last year taking home just shy of $9,000 cash from the record $55,000 cash point that was handed out at the annual awards banquet. The chase for this year's 35th Anniversary titlist starts on Friday night, April 20th at the Outlaw Speedway, the ESS run full point event will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start. The chase for the overall Lucas Oil championship will end on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at the Fonda Speedway with the annual Kramer Williamson Memorial.
This year, all full point events will post a minimum winner's share of $2,000 with a minimum of $275 just to take the green flag. In what has been ESS tradition, all cars that enter a full point event will take home cash with tow money paid to all DNQ's.
The overall Lucas Oil ESS points is the main goal and point fund paid at seasons end. However, there are several other point fund titles to shoot for as well. NAPA Auto Parts is back as the sponsor of the US Series Point Fund, for the second year in a row, 1000 Islands RV Centre is backing the point fund for all Canadian Events. New for 2018 is the E&V Energy I90/I81 Series while Fondations 4 Saisons returns as the sponsor for the Quebec Series and Cobra Coaches also back funding the Dash Series point fund.
Points is also earned during the year for drivers that pass cars in each A-Main and the top three that do pass the most will take home cash thanks to Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Fuels. Also, the top three drivers that lead the most A-Main laps will receive cash bonuses thanks to Danny Willmes Enterprises.
In what has become one of the most popular traditions on the Lucas Oil ESS Tour is now the Sixth Annual Donath MotorWorx Central New York (CNY) Speedweek. Five nights of winged sprint car action that starts this year on Wednesday, July 4th and caps off on Sunday, July 8th. Each event will pay a minimum of $2,500 to win with $300 to start. For the second year in a row thanks to Donath MotorWorx, the top 10 in points will share from the point fund with $1,000 going to the champion.
ESS purses paid out to the teams are one of the largest of any 360 organization in the country and that is bolstered even more by many nightly sponsors. Special thanks to Car Mate Trailers, Engler Machine and Tool, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco/Insinger, Ohsweken Speedway and the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, Fondations 55, Pinnacle Investments, SUNY Canton, Lacaillade Masonry, Around Town Heating and Plumbing and Ashley Lynn Winery for adding to the totals. A few more sponsors are being worked on before the season lid lifter on April 20th.
Barney is back and ready to defend his 2017 title but the list of challengers look strong for the upcoming season. Matt Tanner, Paul Kinney, Paulie Colagiovanni and Matt Billings rounded out the top five in points last year and all are back taking on the full tour for this year.
Other teams looking at running the full or most of the tour include Jeff Cook, Coleman Gulick, Steve Poirier, Mike Mahaney, Jonathan Preston, Chad Miller, Shawn Donath, Brett Wright, Dave Axton, Parker Evans, Alex Vigneault and Kelly Hebing.
Fans can also expect these top drivers at many events on 2018 which include last years winningest driver Danny Varin, Chuck Hebing, Billy VanInwegen, Larry Wight, Yan Bilodeau, Mark Smith, Chris Jones, Jordan Poirier, Dalton Herrick, Dan Douville, Sammy Reakes IV, Clay Dow, Keith Granholm, Pete Richardson, Josh Flint, James Hanson, Tyler Rand, Josh Azzi, Denny Peebles and others!
The first drop of the green flag is a few days away and the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints are ready to showcase the 35th Anniversary of exciting winged sprint car action. It will be coming to a dirt (an one asphalt) track near you and hope fans can stop out to see the continue tradition of excitement guaranteed!
Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints 2018 Tour Schedule
Friday, April 20 – Outlaw Speedway - $3,000 to win, $300 to start.
Friday, April 27 – Fulton Speedway - $2,000 to win.
Friday, May 18 – Outlaw Speedway - $2,000 to win
Saturday, May 19 – Thunder Mtn. Speedway - $2,000 to win
Saturday, May 26 – Fonda Speedway - $2,000 to win (Earl Halaquist Memorial)
Sunday, May 27 – Utica-Rome Speedway - $2,000 to win
Friday, June 1 – Autodrome Granby - $2,000 to win, $500 to start
Saturday, June 2 – Autodrome Drummond - $2,000 to win, $500 to start
Sunday, June 3 – Cornwall Motor Speedway - $2,000 to win, $325 to start
Friday, June 8 – Mohawk Int'l Raceway
Saturday, June 9 – Airborne Park Speedway - $2,000 to win
Wednesday, July 4 – Can-Am Speedway - $2,500 to win, $300 to start
Thursday, July 5 – Land of Legends Raceway - $2,500 to win, $300 to start
Friday, July 6 – Brewerton Speedway - $2,500 to win, $300 to start
Saturday, July 7 – Fulton Speedway - $2,500 to win, $300 to start
Sunday, July 8 – Utica-Rome Speedway - $2,500 to win, $300 to start
Friday, July 27 – Outlaw Speedway – Summer Nationals Prelim. Twin 15's
Saturday, July 28 – Outlaw Speedway – Summer Nationals Finale $6,000 to win, $400 to start.
Saturday, August 4 – Land of Legends Raceway - $2,000 to win
Friday, August 10 – Can-Am Speedway - $2,000 to win
Sunday, August 12 – Weedsport Speedway - $2,000 to win (Hall of Fame, Legends Night)
Saturday, August 18 – Brockville Ontario Speedway - $2,000 to win
Friday, August 24 – Autodrome Granby - $2,000 to win, $500 to start
Saturday, August 25 – Le RPM Speedway - $2,000 to win, $500 to start
Sunday, August 26 – Autodrome Chaudiere - $3,000 to win, $700 to start (Asphalt Assault)
Friday, August 31 – Brewerton Speedway - $2,000 to win
Saturday, September 1 – Fulton Speedway - $2,000 to win
Sunday, September 2 – Utica-Rome Speedway - $2,000 to win
Monday, September 3 – Weedsport Speedway - $2,000 to win (MAVTV Event)
Saturday, September 8 – Can-Am Speedway - $2,000 to win
Friday, September 14 – Ohsweken Speedway – Night Before the Nationals
Saturday, September 15 – Ohsweken Speeedway - $10,000 to win (Canadian Sp. Car Nationals)
Saturday, September 22 – Fonda Speedway – At Least $2,000 to win. (Kramer Williamson Memorial)
Sunday, September 23 – Airborne Park Speedway - $4,000 to win, $300 to start (American/Canadian Clash)
Tuesday, October 2 – Utica-Rome Speedway - $3,000 to win, $300 to start (Cole Cup)
Saturday, October 13 – Brockville Ontario Speedway - $3,000 to win, $300 to start (Canadian Fall Nationals)
Friday, October 19 – Outlaw Speedway - $3,000 to win, $300 to start. (Dutch Hoag Nationals)
Bowers Teams Up With Kouba Racing for the 2018 UMSS Season
Inside Line Promotions - HAM LAKE, Minn. (April 11, 2018) - Ryan Bowers has joined Kouba Racing as the new driver of the No. 5 winged sprint car.
"We're going to be running the entire Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series schedule this year," he said. "There's about 20 races on the schedule and we're looking forward to getting in a good number of races this season."
Originally a part-time deal, the team later extended the offer to a full-season ride for Bowers, who noted it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
"I'm really excited to be running for the Kouba Family," he said. "They have a long tradition of racing. In fact, this will be the 80th year that the Kouba Family will be racing. That's a pretty awesome stat."
Bowers will be teammates with Anna Hippie - formerly Kouba - as she will be running the Kouba Racing No. 16 non-wing sprint car.
"We're kind of combining marketing partners for the season," Bowers said. "I'll have some new major partners that I haven't worked with in the past so I'm looking forward to that. We'll also have some companies I've worked with in the past that I appreciate sticking with me."
Most of the races Bowers and the Kouba Racing team will attend will be in the Minneapolis area, while also catching some other events in the Upper Midwest.
Weather permitting, Bowers said his first race is scheduled for April 21 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
New for 2018 is the E&V Energy I-90 / I-81 Series for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints
SYRACUSE, NY – A new point series will debut in 2018 for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). The 35th Anniversary Tour would like to announce the E&V Energy I-90 / I-81 Series. Full point events at seven different tracks will be a part of this series that will pay the top 10 in points a nice point fund.
In Central New York, Interstates 90 and 81 are vital highways for many ESS teams to get to several race tracks that make up the Lucas Oil Tour. E&V Energy also has several locations that are located just off the I90 or I81.
Stops held at Brewerton, Can-Am, Fonda, Land Of Legends, Thunder Mountain, Utica-Rome and Weedsport Speedways will carry a separate points towards the crowning of the first ever E&V Energy Series champion.
The first event on the Series will be a return visit to the Thunder Mountain Speedway on May 19th and will cap off at the show up point event at the Utica-Rome Speedway during Super DIRT Week on Oct. 2nd for the $3,000 to win Cole Cup.
Red Hawk Casino championship season gets underway with First Responders Night at Placerville Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – April 3, 2018...After losing the previously scheduled point opener to wet weather a couple weeks back the Placerville Speedway is now getting set for an attempt to open the Red Hawk Casino championship season this Saturday night April 7.
The evening is also billed as "First Responders Night" with $10 tickets available to first responders who show ID at the speedway box office on Saturday. Divisions set to tackle the red clay on will include the Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Pure Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and Mini Trucks.
"We hope all the fans and teams are ready to open the championship season on Saturday," commented third-year promoter Scott Russell. "We are coming off a solid year at the track and have worked hard in the off-season to make sure 2018 is even better. Introducing these special themed nights throughout the year is something we're excited about and are interested in seeing how they work. We encourage all the first responders to come out for $10 tickets this Saturday night."
Visalia's Steven Tiner captured last season's Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car title at Placerville Speedway and is back to defend it in 2018. Tiner claimed a trio of victories last year and will look to park it in victory lane come Saturday. "I can't thank my whole team enough for all the support they gave me last season to get that championship under my belt," he said. "We'll be looking to start off the point season on a good note this Saturday."
Five-time track champion Andy Forsberg also returns this season looking to add a sixth while driving for Friends and Family Racing. The Auburn driver last won the title in 2013 driving the familiar X1 machine. Multi-time main event winners last season Sean Becker of Roseville and Justyn Cox of Clarksburg will also be favorites to bring home the championship. Last year Becker won three-times at the quarter-mile, while Cox won twice in the Winged 360, including the prestigious Mark Forni Classic.
More drivers hoping to find glory at the championship opener will be last season's third place finisher in the standings Jimmy Trulli, along with Justin Sanders, Mike Benson, Justin Johnson, Tony Gualda, Jodie Robinson, DJ Freitas, Shane Hopkins, Mike Cook, Chris Masters and others.
Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors 62 plus, military and juniors 12-17 will be $13, children 6-11 are $6, five and under are free! Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking https://www.universe.com/events/2018-placerville-speedway-championship-points-race-2-tickets-placerville-PZN3HV
The pit gate will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm. A happy hour will be offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5pm, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust qualifying scheduled to begin around 5:30pm and heat races expected to fire-off around 6:30pm.
Sanders Sensational In Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo Opener
Watsonville, CA)- Friday night in Watsonville, CA it was a familiar face in victory lane during Ocean Speedway's season opening event as Justin Sanders bested a deep field of 27 cars to capture the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo feature event.
By way of the Dash finish it was Sanders and Shane Golobic leading the field to green for the first 30-lap bout of the seaso. When the green flag was displayed, it was Sanders getting the jump on the lightning fast surface before the caution flag was needed with one lap complete.
Back under green, Sanders continued to lead the way over a hungry pack of drivers that included Shane Golobic, Carson Macedo, Koen Shaw, and Cole Macedo.
Sanders looked impressive out front but the green flag run would be short lived as Kyler Shaw would get upside down in turns three and four. He would escape the wreckage okay.
The next green flag run would be an extended one as the leaders would reach the back of the pack and find themselves in dense lapped traffic.
With Carson Macedo able to get by Shane Golobic for the second position, Macedo would then poke the Myatt No. 7m machine under Sanders as he looked for the top spot, but Sanders would muscle away as he quickly found a rhythym in traffic.
Carving through lapped traffic with extreme precision, Sanders would leave the field in his wake as the best race on the track would be for the second position.
Behind the leader, Carson Macedo, Shane Golobic, and DJ Netto would battle for the runner up position as they also had to navigate slower cars as well as eachtoher with Golobic getting the position.
A caution late in the race would set up a four-lap dash to the end. With Kyle Offill getting upside down on the first attempted restart, the second would go off with no issues and Sanders would get a nice jump, though Shane Golobic would hang close.
Just as the fans have seen so many times, Sanders and Golobic would battle hard for the race win, but on this night Justin Sanders would hang to to grab the victory as Shane Golboic, Carson Macedo, DJ Netto, and Cole Macedo rounded out the Top-Five
A total of 27 cars checked into Ocean Speedway for the highly anticipated season opening event and it was Shane Golobic earning quick time honrs with a lap of 11.344 seconds.
Heat race wins would go to Kurt Nelson, Koen Shaw, and Cole Macedo, as Justin Sanders picke dup the Dash win.
Jeremy Chisum won the 'B' Main.
DJ Netto earned Hard Charger honors by gaining six psoitons in the feature, and Gary Nelson, Jr would take home the Beer Optics Hard Luck award after being an innocent bystander in an opening lap wreck.
1. Justin Sanders
2. Shane Golobic
3. Carson Macedo
4. D.J. Netto
5. Cole Macedo
6. Bud Kaeding
7. Tommy Tarlton
8. Koen Shaw
9. Zane Blanchard
10. Brad Furr
11. Jeremy Chisum
12. Dustin Golobic
13. Mathew Moles
14. Jerry Bonnema
15. Josh Chisum
16. Wayne Katen
17. Kyle Offill
18. Danny Malfatti
19. Bryan Grier
20. Kyler Shaw
21. Gary Nelson
22. Kurt Nelson
1. Justin Sanders 183
2. Shane Golobic 178
3. Carson Macedo 173
4. D.J. Netto 171
5. Cole Macedo 170
6. Bud Kaeding 168
7. Tommy Tarlton 164
8. Koen Shaw 164
9. Zane Blanchard 159
10. Brad Furr 156
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
Ocean SpeedwayMarch 301. Justin Sanders 1832. Shane Golobic 1783. Carson Macedo 1734. D.J. Netto 1715. Cole Macedo 1706. Bud Kaeding 1687. Tommy Tarlton 1648. Koen Shaw 1649. Zane Blanchard 15910. Brad Furr 156
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