Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Stars ready for weekend road trip to Indiana and Wisconsin
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 17, 2017) - After a two-week hiatus, one of which the result of wet weather and unseasonably cold temperatures in Western Pennsylvania, Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition this Friday through Sunday, this time visiting an area just north of Series headquarters in Indianapolis, followed by a two-night stay in The Badger State. "America's Series" will invade three dirt ovals in three days during their upcoming travels, also battling head-to-head with one of the Upper Midwest's most competitive sprint car sanctioning bodies. Action is set to open on Friday evening, May 19, at the Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana; the first and only Arctic Cat All Star appearance in The Hoosier State this season.
Friday's Kokomo Speedway visit, the 25th in Series history made possible by Ford Performance, will feature many of the nation's elite open wheel competitors, one being Arctic Cat All Star owner and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart. Smoke will join the traveling band of Arctic Cat All Stars during all three weekend programs, searching for his first Series win since 2012.
In addition, competitors in action at the Kokomo quarter-mile will have the opportunity to participate in the #FastFridayBonus contingency award program on behalf of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drivers who participate will battle for multiple money bonuses with the total value reaching $1,000.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions last visited Kokomo Speedway on July 23, 2016. California native Rico Abreu earned high honors, scoring the Dirt Classic Indiana victory worth $12,500 over Jamie Veal and Chad Kemenah. Abreu will look to defend his trip to Kokomo Speedway victory lane on Friday evening.
Once competition in The Hoosier State is complete, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will set the compass due north and venture beyond Chicago just across the Illinois/Wisconsin state line where back-to-back events await in The Badger State. Scheduled to invade Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, respectively, Arctic Cat All Star competitors will battle head-to-head with those of the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Outlaw Sprint Series during their visits to Wilmot and Sun Prairie. The Arctic Cat All Star/IRA co-sanctioned programs will each award $5,000 top prizes, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship. Much like Kokomo Speedway, the Arctic Cat All Star visit to southern Wisconsin will be a first and only occurrence in 2017, with Angell Park Speedway hosting the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for the first time in Series history.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Danny Holtgraver is the last to visit Wilmot Raceway victory lane during Arctic Cat All Star competition, earning the victory nearly one year ago on May 21 aboard the Pete Grove-owned No. 70. "Downtown" started second on the feature grid, ultimately holding off Sheldon Haudenschild and Dale Blaney at the final checkers.
Five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion Chad Kemenah will lead the Series charge into Kokomo Speedway on Friday afternoon. The pilot of the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/DKW Transport/No. 10H sits on top of the championship standings with a demanding 118 point advantage. Kemenah, who owns one victory on the season, has finished inside the top-ten during eight of the 11 contested Arctic Cat All Star programs.
New Castle, Indiana's Caleb Armstrong, a second year Arctic Cat All Star competitor who missed a portion of 2016 due to an injury, sits behind Kemenah in the championship standings, earning five top-ten finishes thus far in 2017, three of which inside the top-five. Caleb Helms will enter the Indiana/Wisconsin road trip third in the title chase, followed by Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Ryan Smith and the "Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer.
"Mad Max" Stambaugh, a former two-time NRA "360" Sprint Invaders championship runner-up, leads the current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year standings entering the three-race swing through the Upper Midwest. The pilot of the familiar Ray Marshall Motorsports entry has earned one top-ten finish in seven main event starts, currently sixth in the overall championship standings out of 17 full-time followers.
Kokomo Speedway will open main gates and pit gates at 3:00pm on Friday, May 19. Hot laps are expected to hit the speedway at 6:45pm with racing to follow. Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway will each open pit gates at 3:00pm, hot laps following at 6:30pm. Those seeking additional news and notes, including ticket prices and reserved seat information, should stay tuned online at www.kokomospeedway.net, www.wilmotraceway.com and angellparkspeedway.net.
Sprint Car Challenge Tour event on May 27 in Stockton to pay $3,500-to-win and feature extra money in B-main
Event to showcase double SCCT points
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – May 17, 2017...Noceti Group Inc. has sweetened the pot for next week's Sprint Car Challenge Tour debut at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the announcement of an extra $1,000 going to the A-main winner and more money added to the B-main during the night.
The Memorial Day weekend extravaganza on Saturday May 27 will now pay a minimum of $3,500-to-win, plus the Kyle Larson Racing Bonus Money. If an Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards regular wins the feature, they'll walk away with $4,000.
In addition to that, the B-main purse has also been inflated for the night. All non-transfer cars in the B-main will be awarded $200. With the Bullard Construction sponsor money factored in, the first non-transfer will earn $300 total. The cars that transfer into the A-main will also receive $100 to help with fuel from running the extra laps.
"We definitely look forward to having the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in Stockton on May 27," said promoter Tony Noceti. "We wanted to add some extra money throughout the field to try and help the teams out. Every single car that supports the event is important to us, so we certainly want to show that. We hope to see a packed pit area and a full grandstand to help commemorate Memorial Day weekend."
The night of racing on May 27 will also feature a double point event for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards, making it a critical piece to the puzzle, as teams vie for part of the $60,000 point fund handed out at season's end.
"Tony Noceti and the whole Noceti Group team have been huge supporters of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour," said RMI President Scott Russell. "With the Stockton Dirt Track taking four dates this year we really want the teams to support it as much as possible. Having the extra money added into the purse is a great thing and by doing double points on May 27 it makes the night a very important one. We can't wait to see everyone in Stockton on Memorial Day weekend."
The front gate of the Stockton Dirt Track will open at 4pm on Saturday May 27, with cars on track around 5pm for wheel packing. A full program of racing will follow. All seating is general admission during the night with adult tickets $20, kids 5 to 10 will be $10 and four and under are free.
The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/
The season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track will also pay a minimum of $4000-to-win. Stay tuned for further announcements regarding the prestigious 34th running of the Tribute to GP on Saturday November 4.
FAST ready for first double-header weekend
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
FREMONT, Ohio – For the first time in 2017, the teams chasing the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will compete in back-to-back nights of racing.
It begins Friday, May 19 at AtticaRacewayPark for the Eric Phillips 29th Anniversary Classic presented by Kear’s Speed Shop and American Powersports. The FAST 410 feature will pay $3,000 to win while the FAST 305 feature will pay $1,000 to win thanks to Gressman Powersports. This will be the second appearance of 2017 at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant by the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series. Fremont, Ohio’s DJ Foos scored his first 410 sprint win at the track to open the series’ season in April. Because of rain-outs, this will be the initial appearance of 2017 at Attica for the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 teams.
The FAST teams head to Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 20 for Root’s Poultry Night. It will be the second appearance of the year at “The Track That Action Built” for both the FAST 410 and 305 teams. Four time FAST champion Byron Reed opened Fremont Speedway’s 2017 season with the victory on April 22 with defending 305 FAST champion Paul Weaver also taking home the victory.
The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics travelled south Saturday, May 13 to take on the Ohio Sprint Car Series regulars at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. OSCS driver Brandon Wimmer scored the win in the first North vs. South battle of 2017 with FAST point leader DJ Foos finishing second and OSCS member Danny Smith third. FAST competitor Lee Jacobs scored a fourth place finish with series’ regulars Chris Andrews sixth, Duane Zablocki, seventh, Brian Lay 12, Shawn Valenti, 13, Dan McCarron, 15 and Tyler Gunn 16.
“The FAST teams held their own very well at Atomic. We look forward to the OSCS teams coming to Fremont Speedway on May 27th. Once again, it showcases the incredible talent we have in Ohio,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.
With three races in the books Foos holds a one point lead over Zablocki in the point standings for All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics. Reed and Andrews are tied for third, only eight points out while Gunn sits in fifth just nine points from the title. Sixth through 13th in the standings are Adam Kekich, Stuart Brubaker, Lay, Valenti, McCarron, Jody Keegan, Trey Jacobs and Lee Jacobs.
In the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro, Weaver leads John Ivy, the latest Fremont winner, by just five markers. John’s daughter, Kelsey Ivy, is third only 10 points out with two time FAST champion Nate Dussel fourth and Ricky Peterson rounding out the top five. Another former FAST champion, Bobby Clark is sixth in the standings followed by Kevin Mingus, Jason Keckler, Alvin Roepke and rookie Chase Dunham rounding out the top 10.
Big Trophy Night on tap at Placerville Speedway this Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – May 16, 2017...The Red Hawk Casino championship point season fires back off this Saturday May 20 with an exciting four division program set to commence on "Big Trophy Night" at the Placerville Speedway.
The Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks will all be vying for one of the special five-foot tall perpetual trophies handed out to the winners. In addition to the three speedway regulars the traveling Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association will also be on hand during the night.
A healthy field of Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars is expected to convene at the Placerville Speedway this weekend, including the first start of the season by reigning champion Mason Moore of Princeton. The driver of the Friends & Family Racing X1 captured three victories last year en route to his first career track title. Moore is also the defending winner of Big Trophy Night and hopes to take home the award once again come Saturday.
Five-time track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn will also be in competitionne. "Mr. Excitement" is always a driver to beat whenever he signs in at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter-mile. After coming within inches of a victory last weekend with KWS-NARC, Roseville's Sean Becker will look to find redemption this Saturday at the helm of the M&M Structures No. 35 sprinter. The "Shark" earned a pair of wins last season in the Dan Monhoff owned machine.
Most recent Thompson's Auto Group Winged Sprint Car winner Greg Decaires will be gunning to keep the invaders out of victory lane however. The Elk Grove veteran sits atop the standings with two rounds complete, as he searches for a fifth track title aboard the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa mount. Placerville's own Jimmy Trulli has had a successful start to the season and finds himself second in the standings. Trulli has earned second and fifth place finishes in the first two races respectively.
Additional drivers expected this Saturday will include opening round winner Justyn Cox of Clarksburg, Watsonville's Justin Sanders, Visalia's Steven Tiner, Fair Oak's Jake Morgan, Hollister's Tony Gualda, Calistoga's Mike Benson, Shingle Springs Justin Johnson, Placerville's Andy Gregg, CJ Humphreys and Cody Fendley, Wilton's Matt Peterson, Napa's Kirt Organ and Chris Masters, Citrus Height's DJ and Dustin Freitas, Sacramento's Matt Barber, Oakdale's Shawn Conde and more.