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STSS and NSA Partner to Create Northwest Challenge Series in 2017

In a show of unity to grow winged sprint car racing in the Pacific Northwest and Central Montana, the Washington-based Summer Thunder Sprint Series has partnered with the Montana and Western Canada-based North-American Speed Association to create a special 11-race Northwest Challenge Series for teams in the Pacific Northwest, Central Montana and Western Canada.

The series will be comprised of select events from both STSS and NSA tours. Both series will have additional races outside of the Northwest Challenge Series as well.

"This will give the teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana and Edmonton (Canada) a chance to compete against the best of the best in the Northwest," STSS Owner Steve Beitler said. "The fans will also get to see the elite teams from different areas compete at their home tracks."

The circuit will pay a minimum of $2,000 to win and $300 to start all events with the Summer Nationals (July 28-29) at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., paying $1,500 on the preliminary night and $10,000 to win on the final night. A points fund will also be established for the 11-race series.

"I am happy to have these two great series racing together for our fans and teams," NSA Owner Mike Quigley said. "This will give all the teams more opportunities to race for increased purses and against tougher competition."

The circuit will kick off June 16-17 at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., before returning to Montana the following month for races on July 14 at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls and July 15 at Billings Motorsports Park.

The series visits Canada on July 21-22 during the renowned Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, before shifting to Drayton Valley Speedway in Drayton Valley, Alberta, on July 23.

Skagit Speedway will host a Northwest Challenge doubleheader on July 28-29 during its famed Summer Nationals before the series will conclude on Sept. 22-23 at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash.

Northwest Challenge Series Schedule:

June 16-17 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 14 Electric City Speedway Great Falls, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 15 Billings Motorsports Park Billings, Mont. NSA / NCS

July 21-22 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 23 Drayton Valley Speedway Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada NSA / NCS

July 28-29 Skagit Speedway Alger, Wash. STSS / NCS

Sept 22-23 Central Washington State Fair Raceway Yakima, Wash. STSS / NCS

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NCRA Announces $15,000 to Win Sprint Car Season Opener!

Park City, Kansas – December 1, 2016 - Never one to rest on what he has promoted, National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products president and 81 Speedway track owner C Ray Hall announced Thursday the 7th annual "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" featuring the series 360-ci sprint car division slated for Friday and Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 will now pay $15,000 to win.

"I said when I started this race six years-ago I was going to keep raising the bar on this event each year and I believe that has been accomplished," said Hall. "This will be the biggest paying race, of any kind, ever held at this track and we couldn't be more excited.

Yet, there is a chance one lucky driver can "bank" even more winnings.

Once again on Thursday night (March 23) a special time trial session will be held and will have NO bearing on Friday and Saturday night's program. The driver who sets quick time will earn $500 and if that driver can win Friday night's feature finale, they will take home $1500. If that driver can go on and "sweep" the weekend, claiming Saturday night's championship feature, he/she will take home a whopping $17,000. Friday night's program will have nothing to do with Saturday night's show.

Last year saw Marion, Arkansas driver Derek Hagar sweep the weekend, earning Friday and Saturday night's championship features and $11,500 for his efforts.

Past winners of the "Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout" are: Danny Lasoski (2011, 2015); Jason Johnson (2012, 2013); Kevin Swindell (2014) and Hagar (2016).

Advanced tickets for this event, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car show slated for Saturday night, May 6th and all other 2017 events will go on sale on December 15, 2016, just in time for those stocking stuffers. Details on all advanced tickets will be released in the coming days.

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OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: BROWN, MCDONALD, BAILEY, JANSSENS, & LONGBOAT HONOURED AS 2016 CHAMPIONS

by Tommy Goudge (November 18, 2016) - Ohsweken, Ontario - The 2016 Ohsweken Speedway season was celebrated on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen's Banquet Hall in Hamilton. Mitch Brown was honoured as the champion of the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car Division, while Jesse McDonald was recognized as the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car champion, Dave Bailey was crowned Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stock champion, Brandon Janssens received HRW Automotive Mini Stock champion accolades, and Dustin Longboat was awarded his trophy as champion of the Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bomber division.

NOAH THOMAS MEMORIAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Bob Munro

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Jake Brown, Mitch Brown, Dave Dykstra, Tyler Hendricks, Jim Huppunen, Steve Lyons, Dain Naida, Cory Turner, Jamie Turner, Ryan Turner, Dylan Westbrook, and Lee Winger

HARD CHARGER
Dain Naida (passed 55 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK"
John Burbridge Jr.

DEDICATION TO RACING
Dain Naida

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Ryan Turner

CREW OF THE YEAR
Team 10 & 1-10 (Drivers - Mitch Brown & Jake Brown)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Tyler Hendricks

SPORTSMANSHIP
Jamie Turner

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Dylan Westbrook

DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Dylan Westbrook

KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mitch Brown

The Top 15 in the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars were:
1st - Mitch Brown
2nd - Dylan Westbrook (R)
3rd - Dain Naida
4th - Jake Brown (R)
5th - Cory Turner
6th - Jim Huppunen
7th - Dave Dykstra
8th - Ryan Turner
9th - Jamie Turner
10th - Glenn Styres
11th - Tyler Hendricks
12th - Steve Lyons (R)
13th - Curtis Gartly
14th - Lee Winger
15th - Stan Zanchin

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Shone Evans, Brad Herron, Jerry Hill, Ryan Hunsinger, Jesse McDonald, Holly Porter, Josh Shantz, Mike Thorne, Aaron Turkey

HARD CHARGER
Jesse McDonald (passed 54 cars in feature race action)

"HARD LUCK"
Ryan Hunsinger

DEDICATION TO RACING
Josh Shantz

IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
Shone Evans

CREW OF THE YEAR
Team 68 & 88 (Drivers - Aaron Turkey & Jesse McDonald)

MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
Holly Porter

SPORTSMANSHIP
Aaron Turkey

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jesse McDonald

DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Mack DeMan

STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jesse McDonald

The Top 10 in the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars were:
1st - Jesse McDonald (R)
2nd - Holly Porter
3rd - Aaron Turkey
4th - Brad Herron
5th - Josh Shantz
6th - Ryan Hunsinger
7th - Mike Thorne
8th - Shone Evans (R)
9th - Hannah Ferrell (R)
10th - Jerry Hill (R)

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Zimbardi takes home nearly $10,000 at the Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider

Rochester, NY -- The Patriot Sprint Tour awards banquet was held at the Staybridge Suites on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY this past Saturday where Jared Zimbardi took home nearly $10,000 cash for his banner season in 2016 scoring five American Series wins and three Canadian Series wins.

The series paid out an incredible $35,000 in cash to 23 different drivers thanking them for their support of yet another fantastic 2016 season.

Multiple special awards were also given away throughout the night. Steve Glover was honored for best appearing car. The team of Scott and Dave Just took home the Patriot of the year for their never give up attitude as well as the hard luck award. Paul Habeck took home the sportsmanship award, while Tony DiFonzo received the Mechanic of the year award. Kyle Drum was rewarded with a check and plaque for the just missed the points award finishing 13th in 2016 despite his two series wins on the tour.

Pete Richardson was the recipient of the 'worst draw' award where he had an average draw of 35.29 that was recorded during the entire 2016 season.

Dave Just was the Evingham Site Excavation Dash Series Champion, Jared Zimbardi took home the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger award along with the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap leader award.

Dan Bennett completed his first full time season with the Patriots earning the Newcomer award.

The dedication to Motorsports award went to Curtis Berleue for his extremely hard work and dedication in his first year as the series photographer and graphic designer for the 2016 season.

Patriot Sprint Tour President, Mike Emhof, ended the evening with a special thank you to all the marketing partners, sponsors, and teams who supported the series in 2016. Mike stated, "It is with the support of our wonderful marketing partners that continue to increase their contributions and make the series grow into one of the top run racing organizations in the region".

He also called up his entire staff making it known that none of this would be possible without each and every one of them.

The series also paid tribute to Jerry Farrell, who is retiring from his duties as Pit Steward after ten years of excellent service.

Emhof ended the night with minor changes to the 2016 season that will be made and should be on the lookout for them during the off season for a possible big announcement for a huge race weekend at Race Tracks that the Patriot Sprint Tour have never been too.

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Steve Poirier Crowned Seven-Time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Champion

Over $84,000 Handed out at Annual Awards Banquet!

VERNON, NY – Saturday night, November 12th, the luxurious Vernon Downs Casino Hotel hosted the annual awards banquet for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Steve Poirier was crowned now seven-time champion taking home $10,944 on the night including most of the hardware and special prizes

A record banquet crowd saw a total payout over $84,000 which included over $50,000 in cash.  That was also the highest totals on the 34 year history of ESS.

For the Quebec native, it was a one of the most successful seasons in ESS history taking nine A-Main victories and also placing in the top ten on 21 of the 22 point events.  Not only did he win the overall Lucas Oil ESS Championship but he was also crowned the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the US Champ, the Einstein Construction Group Tour of Canada Champ, the SUNY Canton Series Champ, the Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek Champ, he will the Northwood 2 Construction Quebec/Ontario Challenge Weekend title as well as the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader standings and the Insinger Performance Fuels Hard Charger points.

Jason Barney also had a season to remember as it took one of the best performances seen to top his effort.  Barney took second in almost every point standing category where he collected just shy of $8,000 on the night.

Paul Kinney was third in overall points with his take just over $5,900, with Matt Tanner fourth with $4,900 going his way.  Parker Evans was fifth but took home several special awards on the night which included the Pilat Graphic Design Most Improved Driver, the Cobra Coaches Dash Series Champ and the winning the 911 Restoration Point Title. He collected $5,440 on the night.

Many other special awards filled the evening as well, Chad Miller won the Lucas Oil Oustanding New Comer award and the $500 cash prize, Brandon Kidd won the Lane's Yamaha Rookie of the Year which was worth $500, Lee Gurney was chosen as the Mach 1 Chassis Hard Luck team and he won a frame from Mark Smith at Mach 1. Kevin Loveys became the first second time winner as Mechanic of the Year.

The annual John Zentner Memorial Award in which produced a standing ovation went to ESS Photographer Randy Mallett. Randy's son and ESS announcer Mike Mallett presented his father with the award in a very emotional moment.

The 2016 ESS Hall of Fame class consisted of Lance Yonge and Mike VanDusen which were two very popular choices. Yonge was a two-time ESS champion and has 39 career victories. Mal Lane who owned Yonge's cars for a few seasons and also an ESS Hall of Famer sat at the table with young.

VanDusen had several runner-up finishes in the overall point standings (Ironically to Lane) as a driver and also as an owner with his son Jeff before taking home the coveted ESS Championship in 2003 with Mike Lutz as a driver.  Mike's son Jeff flew in from Florida for the ceremony while Lutz drove in from Ohio as a surprise to his former car owner.

Teams that attended every point show which included Dave Axton, Kinney, Doug Emery's $33, Evans, Miller, Barney and Tanner were acknowledged as well as every A-Main winner during the 33rd Anniversary Tour.

The debut of ESS CNY Speedweek video done by Matt Thomas from Thomas Racing Videos kicked off the night.  Special recognition to ESS sponsors and officials drew the night to a close before the DJ played past 2 AM.

The annual rules meeting preceded the banquet where only a tweak of the redraw cars was done. The Lucky Giveaway Program which saw nearly $15,000 in product given out was held during the meeting. Some of the big winners were a set of Brodix Heads to Jeff Cook, a 3000 watt Briggs and Stratton generator to Jason Barney, a set of pistons from JE Pistons went to Paul Kinney and Nouse Signs/K1 RaceGear Racing Suit to Chuck Hebing

The schedule for the 2017, 34th Anniversary Tour is next on the agenda and teams can expect a few new tracks to the schedule along with many of the high paying specials that filled the calendar this past year.

2016 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Banquet Totals
(Drivers/Teams that ran 2/3rds of point shows)
Steve Poirier - $10,944
Jason Barney – $7,952
Paul Kinney - $5,952
Matt Tanner - $4,916
Parker Evans - $5,440
Chuck Hebing - $4,987
Jeff Cook - $5,002
Shawn Donath - $3,687
Chad Miller - $4,265
Tim Axton - $2,887
Paulie Colagiovanni - $3,177
Brandon Kidd - $3,147
Dave Axton - $2,872
Mike Stelter - $2,567
Pete Richardson - $1,905
Lee Gurney - $4,652

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Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet set for this Saturday

Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider  
PST Media  

(Rochester, NY) A lot of hardware and cash awards will be distributed this coming Saturday at the Staybridge Suites at the University of Rochester for the annual Patriot Sprint Tour awards banquet.  
Bradford, Pennsylvania’s Jared Zimbardi will be crowned as the series grand champion for year 2016 scoring both the American and Canadian Series points championships. Zimbardi returned to victory lane this season at tracks including Brockville, Cornwall, Outlaw, Ohsweken, Ransomville, while scoring first career wins at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and the Woodhull Raceway. Along with Zimbardi’s success, he now moves into second all-time in PST history with 32 career wins just trailing Chuck Hebing who has 43 career wins.  

Aside from Zimbardi’s success, 22 other drivers will be recognized for their great efforts throughout the seson.  This Saturday Nov. 19th we will be recognizing our top 10 Canadian Series point drivers and the top 12 for the American Series. The top three drivers from the Evingham Site Excavation Four laps of fame Dash Series, the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader, and the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger awards will also be handed out to the respective drivers.  

Special Awards include Best Appearing Car, Patriot of the Year, Mechanic of the Year, Hard Luck of the year, Dedication to Motorsports, Sportsmanship Award, Newcomer of the Year, and the Worst Drawer of the year award.  

Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner set to start at 7:00 p.m., the awards portion of the night will follow with the night concluding entertainment provided by A and J Sounds of Newark, NY for after party dancing until midnight.  

The GPS Address for the Staybridge Suites is 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611.  

For more information, please be sure to visit patriotsprinttour.com and to visit our social media outlets on facebook, twitter and Instagram.  

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WOLFE AND GRASSO EARN VICTORIES, MICHAEL WINS MILLER MEMORIAL AT BRIDGEPORT

Two days of wheel to wheel sprint car excitement came to an end as Lucas Wolfe drove to his first ever win on the 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway when he drove to the win in the second day of competition in Bridgeport's URC Big Track Classic on Saturday.  Brandon Grosso earned a $1,250 payday by winning the 25 lap Crate/Sportsman Feature event.  The two day event was sponsored by Michalski Heating and Air.

Unlike Friday night's event where Wolfe advanced through the top five in the final laps of the race, by the time polesitter, Davey Sammons and Wolfe raced to the stripe to complete the first lap, Wolfe held the advantage.  Sammons didn't go away quietly though as the two drivers battled during the early laps before Wolfe was able to pull away from his challenger.

With only five laps scored, Wolfe had caught the back of the field and was able to use the traffic ahead of him to extend his lead.

At the crossed flags, Wolfe led Sammons, Josh Weller, Davie Franek and Curt Michael who had just taken the spot from his brother, Sean on the previous lap.

Sammons drew the first caution of the race as he came to a stop exiting turn four - his night was over as he was pushed to the pits.  That put Weller alongside of Wolfe on the restart.  Weller led the way for lap eighteen but Wolfe quickly regained the lead before the next lap could be completed.  Wolfe had battled for most of the race with a broken shock tower.  "I had to commit to the bottom because of the broken shock tower," Wolfe explained.

With five laps to go, it was Weller who came to a stop in turn four when his power plant let loose.  "I was able to reverse what happened  (when Weller took the lead) on the next restart," Wolfe explained.  "I had a better start and ran a better line through turns one and two."

Wolfe had to contend with 2016 URC Champion, Davie Franek on the final restart but was able to pull ahead after two laps of green flag racing.  Curt Michael was a man on a mission as he raced in third and closed the gap on Franek in the final laps.  Michael had his eye on the Midge Miller Memorial Trophy and bested Franek as the two drivers crossed the finish line.  After a seven year absence, Sean Michael finished fourth with a second Whittal entry with Derek Locke rounding out the top five.

Wolfe got the win, Franek got the URC title and Michael took home the hardware for the weekend.  In four URC events this season, four different drivers came home with feature wins - Franek, Weller, Curt Michael and Wolfe.

It was win number eighteen on the season for sixteen year old Brandon Grosso as he powered by polesitter, Craig Whitmoyer just past the half way mark in the 25 lap Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman main event.

Matt Stangle raced his way into second on the final laps, making a last lap bid at the lead but Grosso was able to prevail.  Brian Papiez recovered from late race contact to finish third with Jeff Bubori finishing fourth and Dave Damiano taking the final spot in the top five.

Grosso, Stangle and Papiez were able to accomplish a top three finish - something the three young friends had been trying to do all season.

It's the final event of the 2016 season this coming weekend at the Bridgeport Speedway.  It's Wild Card weekend with Colonial Pipeline 811 Dig Safely sponsoring Friday night's events and Spirit Auto Center taking on the Saturday show.  358 Small Block Modifieds and Outlaw Stocks will make up the Friday night doubleheader with the Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks competing on Saturday to determine the 2016 Poker Series Champions.  Racing gets underway at 7:15 on Friday with a 4pm start for Saturday'sevents.

United Racing Club Feature (25 laps): 1 – Lucas Wolfe, 2 – Curt Michael, 3 – Davie Franek, 4 – Sean Michael, 5 – Derek Locke, 6 – Troy Betts, 7 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 8 – Matt Tanner, 9 – Mike Haggenbottom, 10 – Travis Radivoy, 11 – Justin Barger, 12 – Brett Michalski, 13 – Samantha Lieberman, 14 – Will Eggimann, 15 – Cody Jourdan, 16 – Chris Allen, 17– Kris Lilick, 18 – Josh Weller, 19 – Chris Coyle, 20 – Jason Cherry, 21 – Davey Sammons, 22 – Justin Whittal, 23 – Mark Sasso, 24 – Jimmy Stitzel    

Midge Miller Memorial Trophy Winner: Curt Michael

Crate Sportsman (25 laps) 1 – Brandon Grosso, 2 – Matt Stangle, 3 – Brian Papiez, 4 – Jeff Bubori, 5 – Dave Damiano, 6 – Brad Roberts, 7 – Ryan Lilick, 8 – Clyde Cox, 9 – Billy Briggs, 10 –Cale Ross, 11 – Chuck Potts, 12 – Chris Jenkins, 13 – George Nardelli, 14 – Tom Sherby, 15 – Pete Serra, 16 – Mike Koffel, 17 – Roger Manning, 18 – John Gilroy, 19– Scott Hulmes, 20 – Steve Davis, 21 – Roger Gaskill, 22 – Kyle Ciccio, 23 – Craig Whitmoyer, 24 – Tom Tanner, 25 – Kyle Lilick, 26 – Andrew Belmont

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Record Lucas Oil ESS Banquet This Saturday: Over $50,000 in Cash will be Distributed

By Dean Reynolds

SYRACUSE, NY – Saturday night November 12th the beautiful Vernon Downs Hotel Casino will host the 33rd Anniversary Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) Awards Banquet. Awaiting the drivers that competed in the 2016 season will be a record payoff which includes over $50,000 in cash.

Steve Poirier notched his seventh ESS championship with a year that could be considered the best ever in the club’s history. On the strength of eight wins and 22 top ten’s out of 22 point shows he bested a solid performance by Jason Barney for the 2016 crown.  

Poirier not only won the overall Lucas Oil ESS Title but the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour, the Einstein Construction Group Canada Tour, the SUNY Canton Series, the Fondations 4 Saisons Quebec Tour, the Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek, Insinger Performance Fuels Hard Charger Points, Northwood 2 Construction Quebec/Ontario Weekend Challenge and the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Standings.

The only point standings that Poirier didn’t take home were the Cobra Coaches Dash Series and the 911 Restoration Points which was taken by Parker Evans.

Many other special awards will fill the evenings agenda which include the Lane’s Yamaha Rookie of the Year, the Lucas Oil Outstanding New Comer Award, the Pilat Graphic Design Most Improved Driver, Mach 1 Chassis Hard Luck Award and the Lucas Oil ESS Mechanic of the Year.  The annual John Zentner Memorial will be handed out as well.

Drivers and teams that had perfect attendance in 2016 will be recognized as well as all the A-Main winners during the year.

Lance Yonge and Mike VanDusen will be inducted into the 2016 ESS Hall of Fame Class. Both drivers and their families will be on hand in what will be a memorable experience.

The annual Lucky Giveaway Program along with many other awards and prizes will push the overall amount above the $80,000 mark which will be the largest ever for the organization that started in 1983.

The annual rules meeting where race teams get to vote on all possible rule changes that are presented to the membership will precede the banquet. Cocktail hour kicks off at 5:30 followed dinner at 6:30 and the awards ceremony will start promptly at 8:00 PM.

Saturday Night, November 12th is the date, Vernon Downs is the site, the annual awards banquet is the occasion and let’s hand out over $50,000!!!  

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Sammy is Still Winning – Gets His Fourth STN Title
 
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 5, 2016) – Sammy Swindell just keeps on winning.  And he did it to the tune of more than $15,000 by topping Saturday night’s 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires 40-lap finale in front of a packed house at I-30 Speedway.

With the triumph aboard the Rains Motorsports No. 3s, the Germantown, TN, racer became just the second driver in event history to park it in victory lane on four occasions, matching Gary Wright in the win column.

This time around, Swindell slipped by early leader Tim Shaffer on the 14th circuit and then eased away in the closing circuits to secure his third STN victory of this decade (2011 and 2013) atop the ¼-mile clay oval after earning his first one in the infancy of the event in 1990.

“It feels great to win here again,” Swindell said in victory lane.  “I can’t thank these guys enough, they work their butts off on this car.”

Gridding the feature field third, Swindell worked past Pack’s Pole Dash winner Tim Crawley in the opening handful of laps as the initial six circuits were interrupted by three minor cautions.

Getting an extended green flag run in progress with a lap seven restart, Swindell began moving in to pressure Shaffer for the point on the 12th round and then slipped underneath to take command two laps later.

Shaffer tried to battle back while Jason Johnson entered the lead mix on the high side.  Just as the duo of Shaffer and Johnson appeared poised to challenge at the midway point, Swindell picked his way through traffic to reestablish some breathing room.

One final caution flew with a dozen laps remaining after Terry McCarl slid to a stop at the bottom of turn one with race-ending front end woes.  Improving as the race progressed, Swindell gradually raced away to pick up the win.  With lap money, Dash money and preliminary winnings factored in, Swindell banked $16,325 over the course of the weekend.

Pennsylvania’s Shaffer chased all the way, settling for runner-up honors in the DR Racing/Rudzik Excavating No. 49x with Louisiana native Johnson rounding out the podium in the Priority Aviation No. 41.

The third past STN champion among the top four along with Swindell and Johnson, Tim Crawley’s fourth-place showing was his best STN since a runner-up outing in 2000.

Making his first STN championship feature start in comparison to Crawley’s event-best 19 starts, Memphis’ Brian Bell rounded out the top five.

One of five event rookies to make Saturday night’s feature cut, Pennsylvania’s Mark Smith was the top-finishing first-timer in sixth while newly-crowned All Star champ Chad Kemenah was seventh.

Derek Hagar posted his first STN top-ten in eighth with event rookies Trey Starks and Spencer Bayston completing the top ten.  Washington’s Starks rallied from 16th to ninth while Bayston’s charge from 18th in the Kevin Swindell-owned No. 39 was good enough for Hard Charger honors.

Other event rookies to race into the feature included Coleman Gulick and Sheldon Haudenschild.

The evening kicked off with Canadian Dylan Westbrook, New York’s Gulick, Smith, Aaron Reutzel, Jason Sides and Shane Stewart winning the STN Showdowns.

Johnny Gardner and Kevin Ramey won “C” Mains while Gulick and Starks topped “B” Mains.

Crawley earned an extra $500 by topping the Pack’s Dash for Cash while, Godley, TX, racer Claud Estes picked up $500 as well by winning the Inaugural “Red Shirt Dash” in Honor Lanny Edwards portion of the night.

Sixty-four different drivers from 16 different states as well as Canada competed in the 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires as more than $110,000 was doled out over the course of the weekend.

A Feature (40 Laps – Starting position in parentheses):  1. 3s-Sammy Swindell (3) [$15,500], 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer (2) [$8,700], 3. 41-Jason Johnson (4) [$5,000], 4. 88c-Tim Crawley (1) [$4,000], 5. 23b-Brian Bell (6) [$3,750], 6. M1-Mark Smith (8) [$3,500], 7. 10h-Chad Kemenah (7) [$3,400], 8. 9jr-Derek Hagar (9) [$3,200], 9. 23s-Trey Starks (16) [$3,100], 10. 39-Spencer Bayston (18) [$3,000], 11. 88s-Shane Stewart (10) [$2,600], 12. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. (13) [$2,400], 13. 14-Coleman Gulick (15) [$2,300], 14. 2-Parker Price-Miller (14) [$2,200], 15. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild (19) [$2,100], 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel (11) [$2,000], 17. 24-Terry McCarl (5) [$2,000], 18. 7s-Jason Sides (17) [$2,000], 19. 26-Marshall Skinner (12) [$2,000], 20. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (20) [$2,000], 21. 3-A.G. Rains (21) [$2,000]

Note: Rains started the feature by virtue of I-30 Speedway track champion provisional.

Lap Leaders:  Tim Shaffer 1-14, Sammy Swindell 15-30.

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Wolfe Makes Most of URC Appearance with Big Track Classic Win

Lucas Wolfe made the most of a rare United Racing Club appearance on Saturday night of the 1st Annual Big Track Classic presented by Michalski Heating and Air Conditioning.  With 25 cars in the pit area, Wolfe started 6th in heat race #3 and took home the win.  

When Heat race #1 winner Curt Michael drew the "6" invert pill, the front row was set with 410 regular Davey Sammons and the Sean Michael who was making his return to sprint car racing after a lengthily layoff.  

At the drop of the green flag, Sammons in the 747 and 4th place starter Lucas Wolfe battled wheel to wheel for the lead, with Sammons taking control in one corner and Wolfe coming back in the next to regain the lead.  By lap 5 Wolfe was in command, with the 747 of Sammons on the rear bumper and rounding out the top 5 was the 67m of Michael, 63 of Josh Weller and the 28f of now 2016 URC Champion Davie Franek.  

A long stretch of green flag laps were interrupted on lap 17 when the 747 of Sammons came to a stop with apparent motor issues.  Sammons was pushed to the pits with the top 5 now consisting of Wolfe, Weller, Franek, Curt Michael and the 67m of Sean Michael.  On the restart Wolfe chose the inside line with Weller to the outside.  The two ran wheel to wheel for 3 laps before Wolfe finally overtook the lead and while entering turn 3 the 63 of Weller went up in smoke ending his night and the 2016 racing season.  

With 5 laps to go, Lucas Wolfe lead the 28f of Franek, followed by the 5g of Curt Michael and the 67m of Sean Michael.  At the drop of the green Wolfe jumped to the lead once again with Franek close in tow, meanwhile the Michael brothers were left to battle for 3rd and 4th with Sean overtaking Curt for the 3rd position.  With three laps to go Curt regained the 3rd position and was running down Franek with two to go.  As Wolfe crossed under the checkered flags and securing his first URC win of the season, Curt Michael used the high side off of turn 4 to overtake Franek at the line for the runner up position and the first Annual Midge Miller Memorial Trophy.  

Feature: 1) #5w Lucas Wolfe 2) #5g Curt Michael 3) #28f Davie Franek 4) #67m Sean Michael 5) #77 Derek Locke 6) #22 Troy Betts 7) #89 Ryan Stillwaggon 8) #90 Matt Tanner 9) #24 Mike Haggenbottom 10) #1q Travis Radivoy 11) #39 Justin Barger 12) #73b Brett Michalski 13) #23 Samantha Lieberman 14) #77w Will Eggimann 15) #21c Cody Jourdan 16) #71 Chris Allen 17) #31 Kris Lilick 18) #63 Josh Weller 19) #56 Chris Coyle 20) #67c Jason Cherry 21) #747 Davey Sammons 22) #67w Justin Whittall 23) #706 Mark Sasso 24) #4 Jimmy Stitzel

DNQ - 5z Zack Burd.  

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Shaffer Shines in Friday STN Prelim
 
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 4, 2016) – Tim Shaffer snapped a victory drought dating back more than a year by wiring the field in Friday night’s 25-lap preliminary feature at the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval.

“The Steel City Outlaw” gunned into the lead at the outset and led all the way in the non-stop affair aboard the DR Racing/Rudzik Excavating No. 49x for his second career STN preliminary feature win.

While the past Knoxville Nationals champion from Aliquippa, PA, locked into his seventh career Short Track Nationals finale, Brian Bell and Terry McCarl both picked up starting berths in Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win finale as well by virtue of finishing second and third, respectively.  It will be Bell’s first STN finale while McCarl is now two-for-two in making the cut at the event.

The trio joined Thursday’s top three finishers of Sammy Swindell, Tim Crawley and Jason Johnson as the half dozen drivers among the 64-car field locked into Saturday’s finale.  The remaining 58 will battle it out for the remaining 14 starting positions in the $2,000-to-start finale.

While McCarl led the field to the green flag in Friday’s main event, Shaffer pounced into the early lead at the drop of the green flag with fifth-starter Bell needing just two laps to move the FSR Racing Products No. 23 into second.

Shaffer reached traffic within nine laps and spent the remainder of the race negotiating lapped cars as Memphis’ Bell tried to chase him down.

Bell closed in on several occasions, only to have Shaffer deny his advances as he raced to his first win since an All Star Circuit of Champions triumph at Ohio’s Fremont Speedway on September 18 of 2015.

Runner-up honors were sufficient for Bell, as he held off a last-lap advance from Altoona, Iowa’s McCarl in the Country Builders No. 24.

Bouncing back from a Thursday night flip in similar fashion to Bell, two-time STN champion Tony Bruce, Jr., raced to a fourth-place finish with Derek Hagar picking up four positions in the early going to round out the top five.

Shane Stewart was sixth with Pennsylvania’s Mark Smith, local shoe Zach Pringle, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah and Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller completing the top ten.

Jonathan Cornell, Aaron Reutzel, McCarl, A.G. Rains, Bruce, Jr., Claud Estes, Sheldon Haudenschild and Zach Pringle captured heat race wins among Friday’s field of 59 with Stewart, Marshall Skinner, Shaffer and Parker Price-Miller winning the qualifiers.

Jordan Thomas and Tommy Snellgrove scored “C” Main wins with Jason Sides and Trey Starks winning the “B” Mains.

The 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tries wraps up with Saturday night’ STN championship slate of events that goes green at 8:00 p.m.

The Saturday night slate will include six STN Saturday Night Showdowns that award double finishing/passing points added to preliminary night point totals.  The top eight in total points will advance to positions seven through 14 of the main event, with the next 24 going to two “B” Mains and the balance going to three “C” Mains.  The top three finishers will advance in “C” and “B” Main action.

The six locked in drivers will set the lineup of the front three rows in the Pack’s Dash for Cash, while the first three non-transfers from each “C” Main will mix it up in the Inaugural “Red Shirt Dash” in Honor of Lanny Edwards.

A Feature (25 Laps):  1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Brian Bell, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Tony Bruce Jr., 5. Derek Hagar, 6. Shane Stewart, 7. Mark Smith, 8. Zach Pringle, 9. Chad Kemenah, 10. Parker Price-Miller, 11. Robbie Standridge, 12. Jason Sides, 13. Trey Starks, 14. Marshall Skinner, 15. Coleman Gulick, 16. Jonathan Cornell, 17. Jason Keith, 18. Dylan Westbrook, 19. Spencer Bayston, 20. Jordon Mallett.

Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-25.

29th Annual Preliminary Night STN Points (Best of the Two Preliminary Nights – Lock-Ins not included in point totals):
1. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. 506
2. 88s-Shane Stewart 503
3. 8z-Zach Pringle 501.0
4. 87-Aaron Reutzel 496.0
5. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth 496.0
6. 9jr-Derek Hagar 489.0
7. 10h-Chad Kemenah 486.0
8. 17w-Harli White 482.0
9. m1-Mark Smith 478.0
10. 2-Parker Price-Miller 471.5
11. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild 467.5
12. 26-Marshall Skinner 461.0
13. 7s-Jason Sides 457.0
14. 17*-Robbie Standridge 456.5
15. 27-Andy Shouse 452.0
16. 40-Howard Moore 446.0
17. 5J-Jamie Ball 443.5
18. 23s-Trey Starks 442.0
19. 14-Coleman Gulick 438.0
20. 39-Spencer Bayston 432.0
21. 77x-Alex Hill 431.0
22. 28-Jonathan Cornell 429.0
23. 47x-Dylan Westbrook 426.0
24. 15J-Jeremy Middleton 425.5
25. 14m-Jordon Mallett 420.5
26. 10c-Jason Keith 418.0
27. 3-A.G. Rains 408.0
28. X-Charlie Louden 403.5
29. 51b-Joe B. Miller 398.0
30. 38-Rick Pringle 393.5
31. 9x-Jake Bubak 388.0
32. 49-Shawn Dancer 380.0
33. 91s-Kevin Ramey 373.5
34. 5m-Max Stambaugh 366.5
35. 88r-Cody Gardner 358.0
36. 42-Andy McElhannon 357.0
37. 2k-Brandon Long 354.0
38. 8m-T.J. Michael 353.0
39. 74e-Claud Estes 352.0
40. 79-Jordan Thomas 338.0
41. 31g-Johnny Gardner 333.5
42. 1s-Joey Schmidt 324.5
43. 59-Brad Bowden 324.0
44. 85-Forrest Sutherland 321.5
45. d6-Dakota Gaines 315.0
46. 10k-Dewayne White 310.0
47. 21b-Brandon Hinkle 309.5
48. 77c-C.J. Hulsey 300.0
49. 44-Ronny Howard 299.0
50. 43-Matthew Bauldwin 297.5
51. 12w-Dale Wester 294.0
52. 4-Tommy Snellgrove 292.0
53. 21-Kevin Hinkle 277.5
54. 10-Dustin Homan 275.5
55. 69-Jamey Mooney 274.0
56. 29-Brandon Stevenson 267.0
57. 15*-Jeff Masson 263.0
58. 30-Joseph Miller 261.5

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Michael Wins the Battle at Bridgeport, Franek Inches Closer to Winning the War!

Curt Michael picked up his 2nd win of the season at the Friday night portion of the 1st Annual Big Track Classic sponsored by JR Michalski Heating and Air Conditioning.  With 30 360 sprint cars in the pits, a total of 3 heat races and 1 B-Main was needed to decide the 24 car starting field.  Heat race winners went to the Fred's Trailers #56 driven by Chris Coyle, the second heat race was won by Davie Franek in the Franek Auto Sales #28f, heat race #3 was won by the GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc., #5g of Curt Michael.  The B-Main was won by former URC regular and making his return to 360 racing the 64K of Kyle Purks.  

After Chris Coyle pulled the "0" invert pill, the feature was determined by a heads up start from the heat races creating a front row of Coyle and current 2016 URC Points leader Davie Franek.  After the original start was called back, the second time around saw the 28f of Davie Franek jump out to an early lead, but followed closely by the Betts Garage #22 of Troy Betts, and following closely was the #4 of Jimmy Stitzel.  

Chris Coyle's run came to an early end when he brought out the first caution of the night on lap #3.  Coyle headed to the pits and with 3 laps down, the top 5 was comprised of Davie Franek, Tory Betts, Curt Michael, Jimmy Stitzel and the 747 of Davey Sammons.  On the restart it was Franek again, but Betts quickly challenged the 28f for the top spot, briefly overtaking Franek heading into turn 3 before Franek again fought back to regain the top spot.  The races 2nd caution came for a spinning Jimmy Stitzel in turns 3-4.  Stitzel was able to refire and headed to the tail end of the field.  

By lap 10, Franek was clearly in the lead, but the pressure was starting was being put on the rest of the top 4 as Betts, Michael and Sammons all were in hot pursuit of the 28f.  After the races 3rd caution, Betts again mounted a charge for the lead and again battled hard with the 28f of Franek.  Franek again would hold off Betts, but by lap 15, the 5G of 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael was into the picture running in the runner up position.  On lap 18, Michael made his move and over took Franek for the lead.  Franek couldn't mount another challenge as Michael cruised to his 2nd win of the season.  Franek finished in the 2nd position and lost very few points to Michael in the 2016 URC Championship points chase.  Rounding out the top 5 was the 5W of 15th place starter Lucas Wolfe, the 22 of Betts, and the 747 of Davey Sammons.  

Feature Finish: 1. Curt Michael, 2. Davie Franek, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Troy Betts, 5. Davey Sammons, 6. Jason Shultz, 7. Josh Weller, 8. Sean Michael, 9. Justin Whittall, 10. Mike Haggenbottom, 11. Ryan Stillwaggon, 12. Ed Aikin, 13. Matt Tanner, 14. Dave Brown, 15. Will Eggimann, 16. Thomas Radivoy, 17. Brett Michalski, 18. Mark Sasso, 19. Jason Cherry, 20. Cody Jourdan, 21. Chris Allen Jr., 22. Jimmy Stitzel, 23. Justin Barger, 24. Kyle Purks, 25. Chris Coyle.        

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Sammy Survives to Win Epic STN Opener

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 3, 2016) – The opening night of the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires came down to the last lap with Sammy Swindell withstanding a late bid from Jason Johnson to win Thursday night’s 25-lap preliminary feature atop the ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval.

While Johnson looped it in turns one and two as he made a run at Swindell on the final circuit, he made the save to salvage a third-place finish behind Swindell and early leader Tim Crawley, thus locking three past event champions into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start finale.

“I never really heard anything, I didn’t know that anybody was there,” Swindell said in victory lane after successfully kicking off a bid for a fourth STN crown.

Piloting a second A.G. Rains entry, Swindell spent the early portion of the race chasing pole starter Crawley.

But as traffic became a factor, Swindell moved in to challenge for the point and slipped Crawley exiting turn two on the 12th round.

While Swindell and Crawley raced through traffic, Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson was on the move from the seventh starting position, cracking the top three with a daring move around both Zach Pringle and Aaron Reutzel at the completion of the ninth lap.

A straightaway behind the lead duo, Johnson began chipping away at the advantage and took second away from Crawley by the 20th circuit.

Johnson went to work on Swindell’s lead and had the storied racer within striking range with two laps to go.  With the white flag flying, Johnson dove to the low side of turn one underneath Swindell only to do a 360-degree loop after contact with the lapped car of Kevin Swindell Motorsports entry Spencer Bayston.

Sammy Swindell was able to capitalize by securing his fifth career STN preliminary feature win while Crawley raced back into second aboard Mike Ward’s No. 88.

Johnson settled for the third and final lock-in position aboard the Priority Aviation No. 41 while local shoe Zach Pringle missed the cut by just one position as he fended off Reutzel for fourth.

Reutzel rounded out the top five with Ernie Ainsworth, Harli White, Tim Shaffer, Parker Price-Miller and Sheldon Haudenschild completing the top ten.

The feature was interrupted by only one caution when Jamie Ball spun in turn one on the second lap.  As Ball’s mount reared up on the rear bumper, his front end clipped Mark Smith’s top wing.  Both continued on, though Smith called it quits after six laps.  Seventeen of the 20 feature starters saw the checkered flag.

Shawn Dancer, Joey Schmidt, Swindell, Ainsworth, Crawley, Max Stambaugh, Andy Shouse and Brian Bell topped heat race action for the 62-car field with Johnson, Price-Miller, Jamie Ball and Haudenschild winning the Qualifying Races.  Forrest Sutherland Terry McCarl won “C” Mains while Bayston and Howard Moore took “B” Main honors.

Two-time STN champ Tony Bruce, Jr., was the first flip victim of the 29th Annual Short Track Nationals when he jumped a right rear and flipped in turn four on the opening lap of the third.  Others joined the club including Brian Bell in the first Qualifier, C.J. Hulsey in the first “C” Main and Schmidt and Andy McElhannon in a wild “B” Main double flip.  There were no injuries.

The 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires resumes with racing action at 8:00 p.m. Friday night at I-30 Speedway.

29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Thursday Night Results:

“A” Feature – Top 3 Finishers Locked into Saturday night’s $15,000 to win STN Finale

A Feature (25 Laps – Starting position in parentheses):  1. 3s-Sammy Swindell (2), 2. 88c-Tim Crawley (1), 3. 41-Jason Johnson (7), 4. 8z-Zach Pringle (4), 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel (5), 6. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (3), 7. 17w-Harli White (6), 8. 49x-Tim Shaffer (9), 9. 2-Parker Price-Miller (9), 10. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild (11), 11. 7s-Jason Sides (14), 12. 39-Spencer Bayston (15), 13. 40-Howard Moore (16), 14. 27-Andy Shouse (8), 15. 28-Jonathan Cornell (20), 16. 5J-Jamie Ball (10), 17. 15J-Jeremy Middleton (18), 18. 77x-Alex Hill (12), 19. 10h-Chad Kemenah (17), 20. M1-Mark Smith (13).

Lap Leaders: Tim Crawley 1-11, Sammy Swindell 12-25.

29th Annual STN Points after Night One (Best of the Two Preliminary Nights – Lock-Ins not included in point totals):
1. 8z-Zach Pringle 501.0
2. 87-Aaron Reutzel 496.0
3. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth 496.0
4. 17w-Harli White 482.0
5. 2-Parker Price-Miller 471.5
6. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild 467.5
7. 7s-Jason Sides 457.0
8. 27-Andy Shouse 452.0
9. 40-Howard Moore 446.0
10. 5J-Jamie Ball 443.5
11. 49x-Tim Shaffer 433.0
12. 39-Spencer Bayston 432.0
13. 77x-Alex Hill 431.0
14. 15J-Jeremy Middleton 425.5
15. 10h-Chad Kemenah 423.0
16. m1-Mark Smith 421.0
17. X-Charlie Louden 403.5
18. 28-Jonathan Cornell 399.0
19. 47x-Dylan Westbrook 394.0
20. 14m-Jordon Mallett 393.5
21. 38-Rick Pringle 393.5
22. 51b-Joe B. Miller 387.0
23. 23b-Brian Bell 381.0
24. 49-Shawn Dancer 380.0
25. 91s-Kevin Ramey 373.5
26. 9jr-Derek Hagar 360.5
27. 26-Marshall Skinner 354.0
28. 2k-Brandon Long 354.0
29. 5m-Max Stambaugh 354.0
30. 88s-Shane Stewart 338.5
31. 79-Jordan Thomas 338.0
32. 31g-Johnny Gardner 333.5
33. 1s-Joey Schmidt 324.5
34. 85-Forrest Sutherland 321.5
35. 24-Terry McCarl 318.5
36. 17*-Robbie Standridge 312.0
37. 10k-Dewayne White 310.0
38. 21b-Brandon Hinkle 309.5
39. 59-Brad Bowden 305.5
40. 42-Andy McElhannon 305.0
41. 43-Matthew Bauldwin 297.5
42. 9x-Jake Bubak 296.5
43. 88r-Cody Gardner 293.5
44. 12w-Dale Wester 292.0
45. 74e-Claud Estes 287.5
46. 44-Ronny Howard 281.0
47. 23s-Trey Starks 279.5
48. 21-Kevin Hinkle 277.5
49. 10-Dustin Homan 275.5
50. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. 272.0
51. 29-Brandon Stevenson 267.0
52. 77c-C.J. Hulsey 266.0
53. 69-Jamey Mooney 266.0
54. 15*-Jeff Masson 263.0
55. 30-Joseph Miller 261.5
56. 14-Coleman Gulick 257.0
57. 10c-Jason Keith 253.5
58. 4-Tommy Snellgrove 248.5
59. d6-Dakota Gaines 245.0 

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Short Track Nationals Field Swells to 64 with Cajun & Kemenah among the Latest

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 1, 2016) – With the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires set to officially fire off Thursday night atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval, the field just keeps getting stronger.

The count has climbed to 64 entries from 16 different states as well as Canada with reigning Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson and All Star Circuit of Champions kingpin Chad Kemenah among the latest to throw their hats into the ring for the $15,000 winner’s share.

The addition of “The Ragin’ Cajun” brings the number of past winners entered in the event to six along with three-time STN champ Sammy Swindell, two-time winners Paul McMahan and Tony Bruce, Jr., and one-time winners Tim Crawley and Jason Sides.

A past winner among the car owner ranks, Bobby Sparks fields an entry for Kevin Ramey with Donnie Cooper (driver Paul McMahan), 2000 STN champ Mike Ward (driver Tim Crawley) and Brandon Berryman (driver Sheldon Haudenschild) among other car owners looking for more STN glory.

Jason Johnson, the 2006 Short Track Nationals champion, will try to become the only person other than Steve Kinser to top the Short Track Nationals and the Knoxville Nationals in the same year.  Kinser accomplished the feat in both 1988 and 1991.

Johnson, who has three top-fives among his seven career STN championship feature starts to his credit, knocked perennial Knoxville Nationals champion Donny Schatz off the top step of the Knoxville podium in a thrilling August finale for his first Nationals triumph.

While Johnson tries for a second STN triumph on the tenth anniversary of his initial victory, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah makes a run for the big money as well after outdueling Dale Blaney for the All Star crown.

Kemenah returns to Little Rock with some solid past STN experience that includes four championship feature starts, the best of which resulted in a sixth-place run in 2013 after a third-place preliminary night showing in 2010.

The Findlay, OH, hotshoe isn’t the only representative from Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions with Sheldon Haudenschild trying to deliver Berryman a second consecutive STN crown after Christopher Bell topped the most recently completed STN in 2014.

A third-place finisher in All Star points this year, Haudenschild still qualifies as an STN rookie after the balance of the event was washed out last year following the Wednesday night open.

The 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires officially fires off Thursday night after Wednesday night’s Test ‘N Tune session from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Two full nights of heats, qualifiers and feature action on Thursday and Friday will be followed up by Saturday’s championship card that concludes with the $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start 40-lapper.

The pre-entry discount of $150 expired with entries filed or postmarked by October 26, with post-entries for the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires filed for $250 by calling the track at 501-455-4567 or at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf.

Three-night advance tickets are available until Wednesday, November 2, for just $55 if paying by cash ($57 if paying by PayPal or debit/credit card).  Day of event prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday and then $28 on Saturday.

To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567.

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BRIDGEPORT & URC PAY TRIBUTE TO MIDGE MILLER THIS WEEKEND

The Bridgeport Speedway joins forces with the United Racing Club to present the URC Big Track Classic with support from Michalski Heating & Air when the cars take to the 5/8 mile speedway on both Friday and Saturday evenings, November 4th and 5th.

The URC/360 sprints will compete in qualifying events and a twenty-five lap feature event on both days with a very special trophy to be presented to the driver with the best point average for the two day event.

Midge Miller was a second generation racer who competed with URC after a very successful career racing midgets - a passion that he inherited from his father, Carl Miller, Sr.  The son prepared his father's rides until he was old enough to get into the cockpit and race himself at the age of twenty-one.  Miller collected several midget championships before moving into sprint car competition in 1985.

Miller was well liked and respected by his fellow competitors.  He served as an officer with URC and then later became a tech inspector for the organization.  According to nine time URC Champion, Curt Michael, Miller performed his official duties the same way he raced - "very prepared."

"I always had a lot of respect for Midge and the way he ran is race team," Michael explained.  "He always had one of the best looking cars.  Midge and his team took pride in having his car prepared and very clean-looking" - something Michael aspires to do with his own team.

"On the track, Midge was a clean driver that tried to finish all of the races so that he could come back and race again next week," Michael added.  He was usually successful.

Cold Hard Art has been charged with creating the trophy for this event - the Midge Miller Memorial Trophy to be presented on be half of Pioneer Auto Body.

A full field of cars is expected for this two day event.  2014 Champion, Davie Franek hopes to secure his second URC title with a strong showing at Bridgeport where he opened the 2016 season with a win.  Curt Michael has always run well at Bridgeport and looking for a good weekend to complete his 2016 season.  For the first time in many seasons, Michael will be joined by his brother and former URC Champion, Sean Michael who will climb behind the wheel for the first time since 2009.

Josh Weller has had an outstanding 2016 season and has collected a Bridgeport victory during the Three for All program.  Ryan Stillwaggon, who has seen considerable success in 305 Sprint Car action at Bridgeport, will be driving the Fred Kennedy No. 89 while his brother continues to recuperate from an injury sustained earlier in the season.  Troy Betts, Chris Coyle, Davey Sammons, Justin Barger, Dave Brown, Mark Smith and Lucas Wolfe are just a few of the drivers who are expected to compete for the Midge Miller Memorial trophy.

The Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman will be part the weekend's race card.  Multiple timed hot lap sessions will be held for the Crate/Sportsman on Friday evening with the fastest Sportsman and fastest Crate competitor being locked into the redraw for Saturday night's twenty-five lap main event that will pay $1,250 to the winner with $200 to take the green.  Qualifying races will be completed during Saturday's competition to determine the starting line-up.

A special event has been added to Friday night's race card - The Underdog 20.  This race is open to any non-winning Crate Sportsman driver who has not won a feature event at any speedway during the 2016 season.

Racing action gets underway at 7:30pm on Friday with a 5pm start for Saturday's events.

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PST Season in Review: Zimbardi becomes Patriot Sprint Tour Grand Champion for second time in career

Contact: Paul Harkenrider

PST Media

(Sodus, NY) It was a career year for “The Juice” from Bradford, Pennsylvania notching eight series wins in 2016 on both sides of the border, winning his second grand championship with the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour, and his sixth overall of his career.

Zimbardi was able to return to victory lane this season at tracks including Brockville, Cornwall, Outlaw, Ohsweken, Ransomville, and was able to score first career wins at Albany Saratoga Speedway and the Woodhull Raceway. Along with Zimbardi’s success, he now moves into second all-time in PST history with 32 career wins just trailing Chuck Hebing who has 43 career wins.

Paul Habeck also had a solid year racing full time with the series in 2016. Despite no “A” main wins, he was able to land in victory lane for the Evingham Site Excavation Dash at Canandaigua along with two top five finishes at Albany-Saratoga and the Woodhull Raceway, and seven top ten finishes to earn him second in points.

Dave Just might be the top recipient for this year’s ‘Hard Luck Award’, but his perfect attendance to all Patriot Sprint Tour American Series events earned him third in points for the 2016 season.  Just tallied enough top finishes in the Evingham Site Excavation Dash Series including a win at Raceway 7 to take the overall title for that series.

Steve Glover also had a solid year with a career-best second place finish at the Outlaw Speedway during the June Appearance, which earned him fourth in points.

Darryl Ruggles would complete the top five in points in the American Series Standings attending a majority of the PST events.  A podium finish at Woodhull in July would be Ruggles best finish for the former 305 Track Champion at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

2016 for the American Series was a success that saw 10 different winners in 20 events which averaged 24 cars at each event during the season.

The PST-Canadian Series was once again a success for sprint car drivers on both sides of the border, however, the five race series were dominated by Zimbardi and Jason Barney with Zimbardi taking wins at three events (Ohsweken, Brockville, Cornwall) and Barney taking home the other two at Merrittville and at the Brockville July show. Barney however only attended four of the five Canadian Events which would result in a fourth place finish in points.

Mitch Brown, who clinched the Ohsweken Speedway track championship, would finish second in points behind Zimbardi with podium finishes at Merrittville and Cornwall.

Teenage Rookie driver Dylan Westbrook, would finish third in points with his best finish coming at his home track, Ohsweken Speedway, when he finished second to Zimbardi that night. Lee Ladouceur would come home fifth in points attending all five events with his best finish coming at the Brockville Speedway in August when he came home third behind Zimbardi and Paulie Colagiovanni.

Zimbardi will also be taking some other impressive accolades such as the Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger of the Season, as well as the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Award.

We will be honoring Zimbardi and the rest of the Patriot Sprint Tour competitors on Saturday November 19 at the Staybridge Suites in Rochester, NY. Be on look out on all of our social media outlets and patirotsprinttour.com for more information.

The Patriot Sprint Tour is a touring facility that visits facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario.

PST American Final Standings
1)35-Jared Zimbardi (2213), 2) 25h- Paul Habeck (1855), 3) 54j- Dave Just (1776) 4) 121- Steve Glover (1762) 5) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles (1530) 6) 25G- Tyler Graves (1524) 7) 00- Dane Lorenc (1477) 8) 67- Steve Collins (1407) 9) X- Dan Bennett (1253) 10) 10- Paulie Colagiovanni (1201)

PST- Canadian Final Standings
1)35- Jared Zimbardi (740) 2) 10-Mitch Brown (651) 3) 47x- Dylan Westbrook (590) 4) 87*-Jason Barney (583) 5) 51L- Lee Ladouceur (578) 6) 91- Ryan Turner (558) 7) 28FM- Steve Poirier (495) 8) 01- Kyle Fraser 470 9) 11J- Chris Jones (443) 10) 24- Devin Caron (408)

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More Champions Added to Short Track Nationals Mix

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 24, 2016) – With the pre-entry deadline for I-30 Speedway’s 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires just two days away, another pair of Sprint Car champions from the northeast and beyond are among the latest to join the mix for the $15,000 winner’s share on November 2-5.

Among the latest entries are Central Pennsylvania ace Mark Smith and 17-year-old, Canadian rookie sensation Dylan Westbrook.

They join an already talent-laden field that includes the likes of Sammy Swindell, Shane Stewart, Aaron Reutzel, Terry McCarl, Tony Bruce, Jr., and Derek Hagar among others.

The pre-entry deadline for the event is this Wednesday, October 26, and those entered by that date receive a free driver’s pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Entry forms are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf.  

Entries received by October 26 are just $150, with entries received after that at $250.  Entries after October 26 do not receive the free driver pit pass.  Entry fees may be submitted on PayPal as well with a $5 processing fee just as with paying via credit/debit card.  Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to Pit Road Bar & Grill c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay.

Among the latest entries, Mark Smith captured the Selinsgrove Speedway track championship with 17-year-old rookie sensation Dylan Westbrook won the Southern Ontario Sprints title.

Tower City’s Smith vies to add an STN title to his East Bay “King of 360’s” win in 2015.  After earning another King of 360’s podium finish of third this February, Smith raced on to the Selinsgrove title while racking up 11 overall wins at eight different tracks throughout the northeast in a mix of United Racing Club (URC), Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) competition.

Hailing from Scotland, Ontario in Canada, Dylan Westbrook broke onto the 360-ci Sprint Car in a big way in 2016 aboard the Ohsweken Speedway No. 47x Sprint Car, racking up 11 overall feature wins at five different tracks and winning seven of 11 events to capture the Southern Ontario Sprint series championship.

Smith and Westbrook both enter this year’s Short Track Nationals as event rookies.

Entries continue to roll in as a stacked field will battle it out to join the list of STN champions that most recently includes Christopher Bell.

Now a top contender with the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Bell still reigns as the defending STN champion after beating Aaron Reutzel and Brian Brown to the stripe in 2014 to become the youngest winner in event history at just 19 years of age.

Bell joined a prestigious list of STN winners that includes names such as Swindell, Kinser, Sweet, Meyers, McMahan, Wright, Crawley, Bruce, Jr., a couple of Johnsons and more.

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BRIDGERPORT SPEEDWAY PRESENTS FIRST URC/360 SPRINTS BIG TRACK CLASSIC

The Bridgeport Speedway is preparing for its first United Racing Club/360 Sprints Big Track Classic coming to the Logan Township speed plant on Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th honoring the late, great competitor and URC official, Midge Miller for the First Annual Midge Miller Memorial.

Racing will get underway at 7:30pm on Friday night with the winged 360 machines take to the track for qualifying before competing in a twenty-five lap main event that will pay $2,000 to the winning driver. The sprint cars will compete in a second complete show on Saturday with the first green flag waving at 5pm.   Saturday's twenty-five lap main event will reward the race winner with a $3,000 payday.  At the end of the two days of competition, the driver with the best overall point average will receive a trophy honoring Midge Miller.

Midge Miller grew up around racing.  The son of a successful midget driver, Carl Miller, Sr., Midge worked at maintaining his father's cars until he reached the age of twenty-one and was able to get behind the wheel himself.  The second generation racer collected several midget titles including two championships with the Super Midget Racing Club - an organization started by his father and Dutch Schaeffer.

In 1985, Midge Miller bought his first sprint car and raced with the United Racing Club as time and money allowed.  His only win came with URC at the Bridgeport Speedway on September 8, 2001.  Miller served as a Vice President for URC as well as a tech inspector in the years following his retirement from racing.  Miller passed away in May of 2013.

A very special trophy is being prepared by Cold Hard Art/20% Skill, 80% Imagination and will be presented on be half of Pioneer Auto Body.

Lap money and contingency prizes will also be awarded including a right rear tire courtesy of Hoosier Tires for both Friday and Saturday.

The Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman division will also see action during this event.  The Crate Sportsman will have a timed hot lap session on Friday night with the fastest Sportsman and fastest Crate competitor each being locked in to the redraw for Saturday night's twenty-five lap feature.  Qualifying will be completed during Saturday's race card with $1,250 going to the feature winner.  This event will pay $200 to take the green flag with two $100 bonuses paid to the to two finishing Crate competitors in the twenty-five lap main event.   

Camping will be available at the Bridgeport Speedway free of charge but no hookups are available.  URC is planning for some post-race activities on Friday evening following the racing events.

Pit gates will open at 4pm on Friday with the grandstand gates swinging open to race fans by 6pm.  On Saturday, the pits will be available at 1pm with the grandstands gates opening at 3pm.

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Coleman Gulick Wins Thrilling Dutch Hoag Memorial 360 Event at Outlaw

Beats Lucas Wolfe to the line for a $3,000 Pay Day.

By Dean Reynolds

DUNDEE, NY – Binghamton’s Coleman Gulick returned to Central, NY a few months ago to resume his 360 winged sprint car career.  He was knocking on the door at many Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) events at season end, this time he put together all 25 laps for a $3,000 victory.

For the young star, it was an all-out, three wide outside sweep coming off turn of two lapped cars that proved to be the key to victory.  “Yea, it was a move where it was going to work or, well, it could have been ugly,” dead-panned Gulick right after. “We have been so close but we always felt like we had a good car.  Just some stuff seemed to keep us from winning. Tonight it all worked out, the hard work my dad and the guys do paid off and we finally got one.”

Gulick made a mid-race pass of leader Steve Collins off a restart and immediately opened up a sizeable lead, “The car just stuck on the outside, I could flat foot it and get around him (Collins),” he continued. “Then I just tried to run as hard as I could and hope for the best.”

In the final few laps, slower traffic was occupying different grooves and it was tough for Gulick to find a lane. “They were racing each other and I just really didn’t know which lane to pick,” Coleman went on about the closing laps. “I knew Lucas would be coming so I just had to be aggressive. I just went for broke on the last lap, I saw a lane and I just had to take it. From what they told me after, Lucas was right there and it won us the race.”

 The win for Gulick and the Scorpion Security Products #14 was his first career with ESS, it was also basically the first race (Outside of three laps at Eldora) on his new Mach 1 Chassis.

 For Wolfe, it was just a case of coming up just short. After getting caught up in two jingles early in the race he had to play catch up to the final laps. “We kinda had to avoid some incidents there early and that put us in the back,” Wolfe went on. “Once we got racing, the guys had the car running really well. I could move around and get by some guys as the laps went on.”

With Wolfe passing Collins with six to go he quickly set his sights on the leader. “I was running as hard as I could and then when we got up to the slower cars I was hoping to find a lane,” the Mechanicsburg, Pa driver noted.  “I got close on the last lap but he made a good move coming off two, he got too far ahead then. Hey, he totally earned it and we will take second. We have had a good time coming up and running with ESS, I can’t thank R.C. Faigle enough for giving me opportunities to race.”

Collins held on to take third and a $1,000 payoff, the Belfast, NY driver was all smiles afterwards though. “We had a good car but just started to fall off there at the end, we should have tightened up a little more,” Steve talked about his race.  “Coleman got me on that start, I thought we were good, but wow was his fast up there. Lucas then got me and I was just basically holding on.  We are happy, this is our last race this year and to put it on the podium is nice.”

Canadian Matt Billings took the Mike Stelter owned mount to his first ever top five finish with fourth while Jonathan Preston came home in the fifth spot.

Chuck Hebing and Jason Barney set fast time in their tine trial groups but both had problems in the A-Main and didn’t see the checkered flag.  Heat wins went to Shawn Donath and Derrick Juliano.

Dutch Hoag Memorial A-Main – Coleman Gulick ($3,000), Lucas Wolfe ($2,000), Steve Collins ($1,000), Matt Billings ($700), Jonathan Preston ($550), George Suprick ($470), Kyle Drum ($430), Denny Peebles ($420), Erik Karlsen ($410), Ed Kelley ($400), Darryl Ruggles ($370), Shawn Donath ($350), Mike Jackson ($330), Derrick Juliano ($325), Chuck Hebing ($320), Dave Axton ($315), Jason Barney ($310)

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James Giossi Caps Off Season With Topless Nationals Victory at Big O
Ogilvie, MN
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (10-22-16)
 
The final race of season, which was a non-point show, saw the Traditional Sprint Car Series race at the Topless Nationals at the Ogilvie Raceway for the second time at this popular late season-ending event.   A good field of fifteen (15) wingless sprints signed into the pits on a fantastic fall day.  When the final checkers flew, it was young James "Nitro" Giossi of New Richmond, Wisconsin parking his Traditional sprint car in Rock Auto Victory Lane for the sixth time this season.  The race ran 25 laps nonstop with pole sitter Johnny Parsons III leading the first 20 laps before Giossi made the winning pass in turn 2 on lap 21 to lead the final five circuits.
 
Giossi commented after the race about the 25 lap feature.  "Once I got into second early on, I paced myself and made sure I took care of my car and tires.  Johnny was setting a really fast pace up front, and I wanted to stay in touch with him.  Once I saw the halfway signal, I picked up the pace a bit myself.  I was pretty much running the same line as Parsons and only gaining a little bit on him, so I decided to move up higher on the track.  That was a good decision."  Indeed it was, as Giossi ran down Parsons in about 2-3 laps and quickly shot past him into the lead and eventual feature race win which paid $500 thanks to some help from GRP Motorsports.  GRP also sponsored the Traditional sprint car portion of the program, contributing about 50% of their purse.  Giossi ended up winning the 2016 GRP Motorsports High Five Bonus for his performance throughout the season which included six wins, eighteen top five finishes, and twenty top ten finishes in the 21 races he ran.  Giossi won five of the final six races during the season (2 were non-point shows) and ended up winning both races held at Ogilvie in 2016.
 
The Traditional sprints tried a little different format to determine the line-up for each of their heat races.  The cars time trialed, as a heat race group prior to each heat.  Then the top five fastest cars were inverted in each ten lap heat race.  Parsons set quick time for the first heat race group while Giossi was quickest for the second heat race group.  Heat race wins went to Jon Lewerer, his first win of the season, and Mike Mueller in what turned out to be a very good race with Giossi for the lead during the latter part of the race.  A hard crash in the first heat between Tony Kaus and Brad Peterson sent both cars to the pits with damage.  Peterson was done for the night while Kaus returned to start the feature but only made four laps before pulling to the infield with no fuel pressure.  As usual, passing and finishing points were awarded in each heat race with the top four cars from the heats (Giossi, Mueller, Parsons & Lewerer) earning the right to draw for starting positions in the first two rows for the feature.  Parsons drew the pole with Mueller outside.  Lewerer and Giossi would go from row two.
 
Finishing behind the potent #11 Traditional sprint car of Giossi, Parsons equaled his best finish of the season with his second straight runner-up finish.  Jeremy Kerzman, who was running the CT525 crate engine owned by Jeff Pellersels with a 2-barrel carb and restrictor plate in his own #3K sprinter, put together a strong run in the feature to finish third.  It was basically an experimental night in some respects to see IF the CT525 engine might be an option going forward for this division.  Turning in his best finish of the season, Jon Lewerer rode home with a solid fourth place run and picked up the special $100 GRP "Dean Reller" Bonus which was in effect for the second time this season amongst Lewerer, Scott Brandt and Bryan Roach.  Rookie competitor and relatively new to the world of sprint cars but certainly not to the sport of auto racing, former late model racer Caley Emerson completed the top five finishers in the car he had purchased from Rob Caho, Jr. back in July.  Rounding out the top ten was Bryan Roach, Scott Brandt, Jori Hughes, Blake Anderson and 2016 GRP Motorsports Traditional Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Ty Sampair.
 
UMSS TSCS Race Results - Ogilvie Raceway October 22, 2016 (Race #23)
6th Annual Topless Nationals
 
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 11-James Giossi[4]; 2. 12-Johnny Parsons III[1]; 3. 3K-Jeremy Kerzman[9]; 4. 69S-Jon Lewerer[3]; 5. 15E-Caley Emerson[6]; 6. 99-Bryan Roach[10]; 7. 7B-Scott Brandt[5]; 8. 21J-Jori Hughes[8]; 9. 12X-Blake Anderson[14]; 10. N1-Ty Sampair[11]; 11. 90-Tony Klose[12]; 12. (DNF) 87-Mike Mueller[2]; 13. (DNF) 3-Tony Kaus[13]; 14. (DNF) 6L-Joe Lallier[7]; (DNS) 93-Brad Peterson.

Lap Leaders: Parsons 1-20, Giossi 21-25.

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Campbell Ends with Third Straight – Droud Takes NCRA Sprint Title!
 
Salina, Kansas – October 22, 2016 - Ending the season on a terror, Jeremy Campbell took the lead early and never looked back in claiming his third straight National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car feature in a row as the season came to an end at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas on Saturday night.  And while Campbell ended the season hot, Don Droud, Jr., who won the second and third race on the schedule, used that streak to help claim his first ever series championship.

Droud and Danny Wood started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature with Droud jumping out into the lead as the green flag fell. The first attempted start went caution as Jeff Stasa came to a stop at the bottom of turn two. On the attempted restart, J.D. Johnson’s night and season came to an abrupt end as he flipped at the top of turn two. He was uninjured.

The third time was a charm as Droud jumped into the lead and quickly opened an eight car length lead over Wood. Eighth starting Campbell, Forrest Southerland and Jake Greider were the top five running order after the first couple of laps were complete.      

On lap five, Wood got a strong run on the leader entering turns three and four and looked to slide in front of Droud to take the lead. His momentum slid him off the turn four banking allowing Campbell to take over the runner-up position and dropping Wood to third.

Campbell pressured Droud for a couple of laps before making the winning pass entering turn three on lap ten while, behind him, C.J. Johnson passed Wood for the third position.

Coming into the night’s season finale, Droud had a mere fifteen-point lead over six-time and defending tour champion Johnson and was thirty-five points ahead after earlier heat race action. Johnson had kept Droud in his sights the first half of the race and was running third when he spun in the middle of turn four on lap thirteen.

Two laps later Greider came to a stop at the top of turn three and when race action finally resumed, Campbell once again pulled away from the field while Droud, Wood, fifteenth starting John Carney II and eighteenth starting Blake Hahn were the top five after fifteen laps had been complete.

Hahn, looking for his career best NCRA feature finish, passed both Carney and Wood for third on lap seventeen while up front, Campbell had opened a half stretch lead over Droud.

With five laps to go Wood has night come to an end as he came to a stop at the top of turns one and two and on the restart, Hahn got past Droud for second but ran out of time to catch Campbell as he went on to take the fifteen car length victory.

Hahn came home with his best series finish in second while Carney, who flipped during earlier heat race action, came home third. Droud settled for fourth while Johnson came back from his earlier spin to round out the top five.

This is the first ever series championship for Droud and the first in recent memory for the #1x Ochs Brothers Racing while Southerland claimed rookie of the year honors.

Droud and the rest of the final top ten in the point standings will officially be crowned at the series annual banquet in late January in Wichita.

The 2017 NCRA 360-ci sprint car season will once again kick off in a huge way with the seventh annual “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on Thursday-Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 and will once again pay $10,000 to win.

NCRA Sprints
Salina Speedway/Salina, Kansas
10/22/2016
(25 Laps) A Feature: 1) (8) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 2) (18) Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Ok), 3) (15) John  Carney II (Lubbock, TX), 4) (1) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 5) (12) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 6) (9) Logan Forler (Eatonville, Wa), 7) (4) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 8) (3) Forrest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS), 9) (5) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks), 10) (7) Ray Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 11) (14) Taylor Forbes, 12) (13) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 13) (2) Danny Wood (Norman, Ok), 14) (11) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 15) (10) Kaden Taylor (Forgan, Ok), 16) (6) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 17) (16) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 18) (17) Wyatt Burks (Topeka, KS).

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Luke Cranston Dominates To Take the 2016 URSS Myers Racing Engines National Title

Ness City’s Luke Cranston dominated the United Rebel Sprint Series Myers Racing Engines National Title in the 2016 race season. In the eleven National events held, Cranston scored three wins, four runner-up finishes two third place finishes and a fourth and fifth place. Consistency was the name of the game for the Maxim Chassis, Myers Engines powered Cranston Racing Team with Crew Chief Kirk Reinert providing the setups along with Rusty Montgomery, Lonnie Hornung and Team Owner Steve Cranston as they earned their first URSS National Title.

Plainville’s Jed Werner garnered the second place by finishing in the top ten a total of ten times in the eleven races. Look for the Jed to be formidable in the upcoming 2017 season in his Eagle Chassis, Myers powered ride.

Dodge City racer Brian Herbert finished in the third spot two National event wins at the Wheatshocker Nationals and six top ten finishes. Brian and his crew utilize a J&J Chassis and a Myers power plant with Alan Herbert Jr. turning the wrenches.

Quinter Kansas driver Zach Blurton raced his way to the fourth place spot taking two National event  wins in 2016 along with eight top ten finishes. Crew chief John Blurton provides the setups on the Tornado Racing Engines powered JEI Chassis.

McCook Nebraska’s Darren Berry rounds out the top five, finishing with eight top ten finishes in 2016. Berry racing utilizes a Schnee Chassis and Myers power with Bill and Matt Berry crewing.

Liberal’s Steven Richardson take s home the sixth position for 2016. Richardson used his win at the Bullring Nationals and five top ten finishes utilizing a Myers powered J&J Chassis with Randy Richardson turning the wrenches.

Arcadia Oklahoma’s Ty Williams lands in the seventh spot for the 2016 season. Ty drives the Steve Hilker/Steve Schartz owned Myers Engine Service powered Eagle Sprint Car. TJ Aires twists the wrenches for Ty and the team.

Oberlin Kansas driver Aaron Ploussard garnered the eight place finish in the national points chase. With one top ten finish Aaron and the crew always comes to the track determined to do their best with Jerry Stein, Wade Allen Jones and crew on hand.

Loveland Colorado native Austin Mclean brought home the ninth place trophy. The 2015 National Rookie of the Year scored four top ten finishes in his USA Racing Engines powered XXX chassis.

Rounding out the top ten for 2016 is North Platte Nebraska racer John Webster. John utilizes a Myers Engine and an Eagle Racing Chassis.

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An Overview: 2016 NCRA Season Comes to a Close Saturday Night!

All four divisions at Salina Speedway
 
Park City, Kansas – October 17, 2016 - The 46th consecutive season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products will come to an end this coming Saturday night, October 22, as all four of the series divisions head to Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas. It will be the first time in series history that all four NCRA divisions will end their season away from their home track of 81 Speedway in Park City in an event that will be promoted by Speedway’s Inc.

The point battle for the series 360-ci sprint, modified, crate late model and mod-lite divisions are all up for grabs with three divisions point champion yet to be decided while drivers throughout each looking to solidify their top ten standings and be invited to the series season-ending banquet in January.

This huge one-night event will be the first time in series history that all four NCRA divisions will end their season away from their home track of 81 Speedway in Park City in an event that will be promoted by Speedway’s Inc.

Sprints: The 27th consecutive season for the series sprint car division will come to a close and having led most of the 2016 race season, Nebraska’s Don Droud, Jr. has the Ochs Brothers #1x top the point standings and a slim fifteen-point lead over six-time and defending tour champion C.J. Johnson. If Droud can finish ahead of Johnson in heat race and feature competition, Droud could lock up his first ever series championship. Droud has amassed three feature victories on the season while Johnson’ consistency has him second in the standings despite being winless thus far this season. Not to be forgot, Jeremy Campbell will come into championship night with a two-race win streak and just 150-points out of the lead. Jon Freeman hopes to solidify fourth in the final standings and holds an 85-point lead over Seeman for that position.
 
Jeff Stasa, who picked up his first career series victory last season, is looking to reach victory lane for the second time in his career while Forrest Southerland has locked up rookie of the year honors.
 
Current NCRA Sprint Point Standings: 1) Don Droud, Jr. 3155, 2) C.J. Johnson 3140, 3) Jeremy Campbell 3005, 4) Jon Freeman 2765, 5) Ray Seeman 2680, 6) Jeff Stasa 2650, 7) J.D. Johnson 2455, 8) Danny Wood 2310, 9) Jake Greider and Forrest Southerland 2275
 
Modifieds: The 19th consecutive season for the series modified division will come to a close and for the sixth year in a row, the division point championship will be decided at the last race of the season. This year finds Scott Green the point leader in his quest for his first-ever championship. Green comes into the final night with a slim 25-point lead over two-time and defending tour champion Dan Powers. Green has gone winless while Powers has one victory on the season. Not to be counted out, Josh Lanterman sits third in the standings and 150-points out of the lead.
 
Former five-time tour champion Brian Franz is 55-points out of the third position and rumblings from the quiet Halstead, Kansas veteran informs this will be his final series event as he will retire at years’ end. Former champion Tyler Davis is looking to take the fifth spot in the standings from Jason McGehee while Kyler Kemp and Clint McFadden will go after each other to see who is 2016 rookie of the year.  
 
Current NCRA Modified Point Standings: 1) Scott Green 2365, 2) Dan Powers 2340, 3) Josh Lanterman 2210, 4) Brian Franz 2160, 5) Jason McGehee 2125, 6) Tyler Davis 2015, 7) Ryan McAninch, 1855, 8) Kyler Kemp 1740, 9) Clint McFadden 1695, 10) Ross Shipman 1690
 
Crate Late Models: The first full season utilizing crate-only motors and the 33rd season over all will see the “gladiators” of the series late model division close out the 2016 season with Chris Kratzer coming into the finale with a 145-opoint lead over veteran Delbert Smith. If accomplished, Kratzer will claim his second straight division championship, first over all, as he and Dan Smith were declared co-champions last year. Dusty Leonard sits just 165-points out of the lead.
 
While eighth in the standings, Lyle Shepard leads with five feature victories, including four in a row to start the season. Adam Popp will be the tours 2016 rookie of the year.
 
Current NCRA Crate Late Model Point Standings: 1) Chris Kratzer 3165, 23) Delbert Smith 3020, 3) Dusty Leonard 3000, 4) Rob Day 2765, 5) Daniel Smith 2755, 6) Jimmy Segraves 2715, 7) Ryan Grit 2545, 8) Lyle Shepard 2475, 9) Adam Popp 1745, 10) Robert Shepard 1685
 
Mod-Lites: While two-time and defending champion Justin Kinderknecht has wrapped up the victories during the 2016 race season however, a good-solid car count for the season finale could make things interesting for the championship as Dustin Forsberg sits just 55-points behind.
 
Current NCRA Mod-Lite Point Standings: 1) Justin Kinderknecht 2285, 2) Dustin Forsberg 2230, 3) Ryan Ayers 2115, 4) Brandon Gray 2095, 5) Trace Ayers 1965, 6) Cody Kretchmar 1915, 7) Owen Edwards 1645, 8) Bryan Ward 1465, 9) Drew Hilt 1370, 10) Jeremy Heim 1330
 
Gates for the all four NCRA championship finale will open at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.
 
For more Salina Speedway race information call Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 and for more information on all things National Championship Racing Association, including current point standings, 2016 schedule, official rules, etc. check out their website www.racencra.com.    

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Wichita Speedway’s Falls Town Showdown, A Fans Guide for Racing and Treats!
 
Wichita Falls, Texas – October 17, 2016 - Halloween is for kids of all ages and dirt track racing is a family sport. On Saturday night, October 29, families can get all that and more as Wichita Speedway (formally Red River Speedway) in Wichita Falls, Texas presents the “Falls Town Showdown” high-lighted by a $2000 to win, $200 to start feature finale for the Racesaver 305-ci sprint cars.

Also running will be the NOW 600 non-wing and restricted “A” class micros and factory stocks.

While parents and dirt track enthusiasts will get their dirt track racing treat, a variety of events are planned for the kiddo’s throughout the evening to keep them occupied.

Bounce houses, Halloween contests and candy call!

For just $2, kids can jump all they want in several bounce houses that will be set-up on the grounds.

Tricks and treats. There will be a Halloween-themed candy call at intermission as well as driver introductions consisting of all drivers in all divisions competing.

How scary or creative can you be? A Halloween costume contest will be held for all ages with $100 going to the best costume for ages 18 and up; $50 to win for ages 13-17; $25 to win for ages 8-12; and a free bicycle for the cutest kids costume ages 0-7 years of age.

Pit gates open at 4:00 PM; grandstand gates at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Adult general admission is just $12; Seniors and Military $10; ages 6-12 $8 and kids five and under admitted into the grandstands for free. All pit passes for all ages will be $35.

More “Falls Town Showdown” race information can be obtained by calling (940) 257-7936, the tracks new official website www.wichitaracewaypark.net or their official facebook page Wichita Speedway.

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CRSA Sprints Season Finale $1000-to-WIN at OCFS

The CRSA Sprints will return to the Orange County Fair Speedway this Saturday to close out their 2016 racing season. There were four different winners at OCFS this year, including one to Mother Nature. Eddie Strada, Tyler Jashembowski, and Brian Krummel drove through Victory Lane with the CRSA Sprints this season and will be hunting to add a win to their total.

Orange County is hosting the 55th Annual Eastern States Weekend with three days of racing action ahead. The race for the CRSA Sprints is a Saturday daytime event. Fans and drivers will want to set the alarms early for this one. The driver's meeting is scheduled for 11:00am. Hot Laps will follow very shortly thereafter. A complete schedule of the day's events is available on the official OCFS website at www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net. The winner of the CRSA Sprints A-Main
will pocket $1000 for the effort and bragging rights until next season.

There will be a Pill Draw to place drivers into heat groups. Group time trials will set the heat races.  At the conclusion of the heat races, the overall fast timer will draw a 4, 6 or 8 inversion pill for the "A" main line up.  Everyone else will be heads-up from their heat finishes.  The series will green flag a field of 24 cars strong for the "A" main.

Saturday's race will be $1000-to-Win event. The remainder of the purse will be paid as follows: 2nd - $600, 3rd - $350, 4th - $300, 5th - $250, 6th - $225, 7th - $200, 8th - $190, 9th - $180, 10th - $175, 11th - $170, 12th thru 22nd - $165, Provisionals (2) - $150.

Gates open at 8:00am on Saturday the 22nd.

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All Four NCRA Divisions Ready for Season Point Finale!
 
Park City, Kansas – October 10, 2016 - A season-long chase for the 2016 title for all four National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products divisions comes to an end on Saturday night, October 22, at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas.

This huge one-night event will be the first time in series history that all four NCRA divisions will end their season away from their home track of 81 Speedway in Park City in an event that will be promoted by Speedway’s Inc.

Below is a brief overview of the current point standings for the series sprint, modified, crate late model and mod-lite divisions with drivers throughout each looking to solidify their top ten standings and be invited to the series season-ending banquet in January.

Sprints: Having led most of the 2016 race season, Nebraska’s Don Droud, Jr. has the Ochs Brothers #1x top the point standings and a slim fifteen-point lead over six-time and defending tour champion C.J. Johnson. Droud has amassed three feature victories on the season while Johnson’ consistency has him second in the standings despite being winless thus far this season. Not to be forgot, Jeremy Campbell will come into championship night with a two-race win streak and just 150-points out of the lead.

Current NCRA Sprint Point Standings: 1) Don Droud, Jr. 3155, 2) C.J. Johnson 3140, 3) Jeremy Campbell 3005, 4) Jon Freeman 2765, 5) Ray Seeman 2680, 6) Jeff Stasa 2650, 7) J.D. Johnson 2455, 8) Danny Wood 2310, 9) Jake Greider and Forrest Southerland 2275

Modifieds: For the sixth year in a row the division point championship will be decided at the last race of the season. This year finds Scott Green the point leader in his quest for his first-ever championship. Green comes into the final night with a slim 25-point lead over two-time and defending tour champion Dan Powers. Green has gone winless while Powers has one victory on the season. Not to be counted out, Josh Lanterman sits third in the standings and 150-points out of the lead.

Current NCRA Modified Point Standings: 1) Scott Green 2365, 2) Dan Powers 2340, 3) Josh Lanterman 2210, 4) Brian Franz 2160, 5) Jason McGehee 2125, 6) Tyler Davis 2015, 7) Ryan McAninch, 1855, 8) Kyler Kemp 1740, 9) Clint McFadden 1695, 10) Ross Shipman 1690

Crate Late Models: While anything can happen, and generally does, Chris Kratzer is on the verge of locking up his second straight series championship and is first outright. He will go into the final point night with a 145-point lead over former champion and late model veteran Delbert Smith while Dusty Leonard sits just 165-points out of the lead.

Current NCRA Crate Late Model Point Standings: 1) Chris Kratzer 3165, 23) Delbert Smith 3020, 3) Dusty Leonard 3000, 4) Rob Day 2765, 5) Daniel Smith 2755, 6) Jimmy Segraves 2715, 7) Ryan Grit 2545, 8) Lyle Shepard 2475, 9) Adam Popp 1745, 10) Robert Shepard 1685

Mod-Lites: While defending champion Justin Kinderknecht has wrapped up the victories during the 2016 race season, a good-solid car count for the season finale could make things interesting for the championship as Dustin Forsberg sits just 55-points behind.

Current NCRA Mod-Lite Point Standings: 1) Justin Kinderknecht 2285, 2) Dustin Forsberg 2230, 3) Ryan Ayers 2115, 4) Brandon Gray 2095, 5) Trace Ayers 1965, 6) Cody Kretchmar 1915, 7) Owen Edwards 1645, 8) Bryan Ward 1465, 9) Drew Hilt 1370, 10) Jeremy Heim 1330

Gates for the all four NCRA championship finale will open at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.

For more Salina Speedway race information call Speedway’s Inc. (316) 755-1781 and for more information on all things National Championship Racing Association, including current point standings, 2016 schedule, official rules, etc. check out their website www.racencra.com.    
 
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Campbell Makes in Two-in-a-Row in NCRA Sprint Action!
 
Park City, Kansas – October 8, 2016 - Jeremy Campbell took advantage of John Carney II misfortune to claim his second National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products 360-ci sprint car feature win in a row Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City.

Danny Wood and Carney started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature with Wood setting the early pace on the sixteen car starting field. The Norman, Oklahoma veteran and newly crowned Hutchinson Grand Nationals champion quickly opened a ten car field over Carney, third starting Campbell and Don Droud, Jr. by lap three when things went quickly flat for Wood as he would cost to a stop at the top of turn four with a flat right rear tire. He would be able to replace the right rear and restart at the tail of the field.

This would give Carney the lead and the driver of the Scott Brown owned/Lubbock Wrecker #11x would quickly open a half stretch lead over Campbell by lap five. Meanwhile, sixth starting Matt Covington passed Droud for third before the second caution flag waved for a Jay Russell spin at the bottom of turn two.

Carney again paced the field on the restart, with his preferred line down one in turns one and two and up top in three and four while Campbell found success up top all the way around the three-eighths mile oval. Lap eight saw

Campbell get close enough to attempt a slide job entering turns three and four, only to find Carney duck down low and out run the former two-time series champion down the front stretch and hold on to the lead.

The leaders first crack at the slower cars came on lap thirteen with Carney working lapped traffic perfectly, maintaining his six car length lead. His lead would grow to ten on lap eighteen before his bid for a second series career win ended on lap twenty when he would slow to a stop on the backstretch, ending his night.

Campbell would inherit the lead and go unchallenged the final five laps to claim his second straight tour victory in a row and put himself just 150-points out of the point lead heading into the series season finale on Saturday night, October 22, at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas.

Covington came home a strong second while seventh starting Luke Cranston came home third. Current point leader Doud came home fourth to maintain a fifteen-point lead in the standings (over C.J. Johnson) while Wood came back from his lap three flat right rear to round out the top five.

The two, ten lap heat races for the seventeen car field were won by Wood and Carney.

NCRA Sprints
81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
10/8/2016
17 Cars

(25 Laps) A Feature: 1) (3) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 2) (6) Matt Covington (Glenpool, Ok), 3) (7) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 4) (4) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 5) (1) Danny Wood (Norman, Ok), 6) (5) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 7) (9) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 8) (12) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 9) (10) Carson McCarl, 10) (11) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 11) (8) Forrest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS), 12) (13) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 13) (14) Ray Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 14) (14) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks), 15) (2) John Carney (Lubbock, TX), 16) (15) Jay Russell (Elwood, KS), 17) (17) Jason Martin (Lincoln, Ne)

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McCarl & More Set Sights on Short Track Nationals

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2016) – The Short Track Nationals has historically attracted a diverse cast of characters from throughout the land.

That tends to happen when more than $100,000 is dispersed over the course of a weekend with a $15,000 payday earmarked for the winner.

The 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires set for November 2-5 at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway will be no different if the early batch of entries is any indication.

Among the early group of entries are a diverse group including Iowa’s Terry McCarl, Ohio’s Max Stambaugh and New Yorker Coleman Gulick.

Hailing from Altoona, Iowa, seven-time Knoxville Raceway track champion Terry McCarl has enjoyed another double-digit win season in 2016 to push his career win total to a whopping 300 victories after the most recent triumph.

Among T-Mac’s 2016 highlights are a World of Outlaws win at Knoxville, a pair of NSL 410-ci wins, a second career “King of 360s” triumph at East Bay and last weekend’s “Fall Brawl” victory in Nebraska.

McCarl will be making his second STN appearance after ranking as the top event rookie in 2013 with an eighth-place run.

Throwing his hat into this year’s STN rookie ring is Elida, Ohio’s Max Stambaugh.  Just 20 years old, Stambaugh is rapidly developing into one of the top contenders in the Upper Midwest.  Stambaugh finished a close second in NRA Sprint Invader points this year with a pair of wins among his 18 overall top-five finishes.

Along with an established veteran in McCarl and the up-and-coming Stambaugh, Binghamton, New York’s Coleman Gulick makes a return to Little Rock, Arkansas for the Short Track Nationals for the first time since 2007.

Recently returning to Sprint Car action, Gulick recently raced to Rookie of the Nationals honors at Ohsweken’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals by finishing seventh among the field of 65.  A competitor at the 2007 edition of the Short Track Nationals, Gulick has one career feature start at I-30 Speedway during the 2007 Speedweek.

STN entries continue to roll in, with entry forms for the event available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf.  Entries received by October 26 just $150, with entries after that at $250.

The entry fee of $150 will include the driver’s pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The late entry of $250 does not include driver pit pass.

Entry fees may be submitted on PayPal as well with a $5 processing fee just as with paying via credit/debit card.  Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to I-30 Speedway c/o Pit Road Bar & Grill, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay.

The 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on November 2-5 offers up a $15,000 winner’s share with $2,000 just to start the Saturday night finale.  Saturday night STN “B” Main non-transfers will collect $700 with “C” Main non-transfers earning $500.

Now a top contender with the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as the defending STN champion after beating Aaron Reutzel and Brian Brown to the stripe in 2014 to become the youngest winner in event history at just 19 years of age.

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360 Series Points
 
 
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 FINAL
1. Steve Poirier 2340
2. Jason Barney 2204
3. Paul Kinney 1727
4. Matt Tanner 1618
5. Parker Evans 1438
6. Chuck Hebing  1408
7. Jeff Cook 1362
8. Shawn Donath 1256
9. Danny Varin 1133
10. Chad Miller 1114
 
FINAL
1. Davie Franek   2975
2. Curt Michael  2829
3. Troy Betts  2289
4. Josh Weller  2256
5. R. Stillwaggon 2109
6. Adam Carberry 1999
7. Justin Whittall 1767
8. Brett Michalski 1638
9. Mark Sasso   1479
10. Jimmy Stitzel 1403
 
Patriot Sprints
 American Series
FINAL
1. Jared Zimbardi 2213
2. Paul Habeck 1855
3. Dave Just 1776
4. Steve Glover 1762
5. Darryl Ruggles 1530
6. Tyler Graves 1524
7. Dane Lorenc 1477
8. Steve Collins 1407
9.  Dan Bennett 1253
10. P Colagiovanni 1201

Canandian Series
FINAL
1. Jared Zimbardi  740
2. Mitch Brown  651
3. Dylan Westbrook 590
4. Jason Barney  583
5. Lee Ladouceur 578
6. Ryan Turner  558
7. Steve Poirier  495
8. Kyle Fraser 470
9. Chris Jones 443
10. Devin Caron 408
 
Sept. 24
1. Andy Forsberg 1877
2. Mason Moore 1861
3. Michael Ing 1513
4. Sean Becker 1442
5. Justin Sanders 1438
6. DJ Freitas 1395
7. Bradley Terrell 1310
8. Koen Shaw 1262
9. Steven Tiner 1241
10. Shane Golobic 1146
 

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