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Tony Stewart To Compete In Biggest Sprint Car Race Of The Season Up Next At PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 19)  Racing action returns to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 22, with the running of the biggest sprint car race of the season.  Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will be visiting, and while the NASCAR Icon is the owner and operator of the All Star Tour, he has announced that he will be competing in his own car as a part of this Saturday’s event.  Presented by Falconi’s Moon Township Automotive, the PPMS event is a part of a western Pennsylvania weekend where the group races at Eriez Speedway on Friday night and at Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday.  The feature winner will earn $5,000.

Also in competition Saturday night will be a Sizzler Series event for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, and the RUSH Modifieds will be returning.  The RUSH Late Model Sizzler event will feature the “Christmas draw” for the top 12 starting positions.  The drivers will pull for the starting positions in the order that they are earned, however, the only stipulation is that the driver that pulls the position number cannot keep it.  He must give it away to one of the other drivers that are in the top 12.

Daryl Charlier was the feature winner in last Saturday’s feature event for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, as he now holds a two point lead over Justin Lamb in the division standings.  This will be the second event of the Sizzler Series, the first was on opening night on May 13.  Opening night winner Steve Beatty leads the Sizzler Series points, as Lamb also trails in those standings by two points.

A total of 100 sprint car events have been held at the speedway, as Mike Miller won event number 100 on July 1 in the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series event.   Ed Lynch, Jr. is the all time leading winner with 16 wins, followed by Johnny Beaber with seven.  Among active drivers, Carl Bowser and Danny Holtgraver are tied for third on the win list with five feature wins.  Bowser has the most recent win between the pair, winning an event on September 3, 2016.

The current Winged Sprint track record and qualifying record is held by Jack Sodeman, Jr.  His lap of 14.784 seconds was set in time trials earlier this year on May 27.

Star Sprint sanctioned event held at the track was on August 2, 2015, and was won by Dale Blaney, who has three victories at the track.  Last year’s visit by the All Stars was canceled by a severe thunderstorm and unfortunately was unable to be made up.

“Reserved grandstand seats are available for the July 22, 2017 Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars event,” said Matt Miley of the PPMS ownership group.  “The reserved seating will start with row one and continue up the main grandstand, for as many rows as required to accommodate reserved seating. Reserve seat ticket holders only will be permitted to sit in the PRIME BOTTOM ROW SEAT sections.  They will be required show wristbands upon request to the guard walking up and down in front of the sections. Children under 12, with an adult reserved seat ticket holder may sit with the adults at no additional cost. All others must have the reserve seat ticket band. It will be first come first serve for those with reserve seats in the reserve section, there will be plenty of seats available for the reserve tickets.  They will not be oversold.  If you do not have a reserved seat ticket, please do not sit in the reserve seats, violators may be asked to leave the speedway.”

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I-79 Summer Shootout ahead for Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 19, 2017) - After a weekend break to allow teams the opportunity to compete in the 34th Annual Kings Royal at Eldora (OH) Speedway, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition beginning Friday evening, July 21, with the second edition of the I-79 Summer Shootout in Western Pennsylvania. The three-race swing will feature Arctic Cat All Star action at three different facilities over the course of three straight days, each awarding a $5,000 top prize, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship.

The I-79 Summer Shootout, the final Arctic Cat All Star visit to the western edge of The Keystone State in 2017, will commence on Friday evening, July 21, at the Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pennsylvania. Action will continue on Saturday evening, July 22, at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near Imperial, all capped off with the I-79 Summer Shootout finale on Sunday, July 23, at Tri-City Raceway Park near Franklin, Pennsylvania. All three dirt ovals are hosting the Arctic Cat All Stars for the first and only time in 2017; their first visit since the inaugural I-79 Summer Shootout one year ago.

A weather interruption in 2016 only allowed for two of the three programs to be completed; Dale Blaney secured high honors at Eriez Speedway, with Kraig Kinser earning the victory at Tri-City Raceway Park. The visit to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway would lose to Mother Nature before preliminary action could be completed.

Joining a competitive group of Western Pennsylvania regulars, as well as a talented roster of outside invaders, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will be led by current Series point leader, as well as five-time and defending Series champion, Chad Kemenah. The pilot of the Hunter Racing/DKW Transport/JRC Transportation/Seneca Energy/No. 10H owns a 282 point lead in the current championship hunt, earning three victories thus far in 2017, most recently during competition at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.

The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith finds himself second in the Arctic Cat All Star championship chase, followed by New Castle, Indiana’s Caleb Armstrong. Smith and Armstrong each own five top-five finishes in 2017, separated by a mere- four markers in their battle for the Arctic Cat All Star title.

Findlay, Ohio’s Caleb Helms is fourth in the Arctic Cat All Star point chase, followed by leading Series Rookie of the Year contender, Max Stambaugh. Stambaugh, driver of the familiar Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc./No. 33M, sits on top of the Rookie of the Year standings with four top-ten finishes in 21 feature starts.

In addition, Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, as well as the owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will be joining the Arctic Cat All Stars on Friday night at Eriez Speedway, as well as on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Smoke will pilot his own Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 14 during each night of competition.

Eriez Speedway will open pit gates at 12-noon on Friday, July 21. A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 6:00pm, followed by hot laps at 7:00pm. More news and information can be found live on the Web at www.eriez-speedway.com.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will open pit gates at 12-noon on Saturday, July 22. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30pm, with hot laps to follow at 6:00pm. Fans can find information pertaining to ticket sales and reserved seating online at www.ppms.com.

Tri-City Raceway Park will allow teams to pull into the pit area upon arrival on Sunday, July 23. The mandatory drivers meeting will take shape at 5:00pm; hot laps will follow at 5:30pm. Additional information can be found online at www.tricityracewaypark.com.

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (July 19, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah - 3416
2. Ryan Smith - 3134
3. Caleb Armstrong - 3130
4. Caleb Helms - 3008
5. Max Stambaugh - 2858
6. T.J. Michael - 2742
7. Brandon Spithaler - 2569
8. Tim Shaffer - 2520
9. Brandon Matus - 2504
10. Tyler Esh - 2503

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Jackson Motorplex Paying $10,000 to Win 410 Sprint Car A Main During Jackson County Fair Event

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (July 18, 2017) - Jackson Motorplex officials are excited to announce that the half-mile oval will host an all sprint car show on Friday, July 28, during the Jackson County Fair.

The 410 Outlaw Sprints will pay $10,000 to the winner with the 24-car A Main paying $700 to start. Heartland Steel RaceSaver 305 Sprints and Heartland Racing Association non-wing sprints presented by HitchDoc, which will pay out $500 to win, will also be on the program.

The top six drivers in the 410 Outlaw Sprints Fueled by Casey's General Store division are separated by less than 100 points. Mark Dobmeier holds a 42-point lead with Tim Kaeding, who has won the last two races, two points ahead of Brooke Tatnell for the runner-up position. Matt Juhl is 64 points out of the lead with Scott Winters 76 points behind Dobmeier. Lynton Jeffrey is 98 points from the top spot.

Kaeding and Kerry Madsen lead the way with two victories a piece. Paige Polyak, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown and Brad Sweet also have triumphs at the track this season.

Kaleb Johnson heads into this weekend with a 19-point lead in the Heartland Steel RaceSaver 305 Sprints championship standings over Trevor Serbus. Brandon Geldner is 21 points out of the lead with Shane Fick one point behind Geldner and Colin Smith only 25 points out of the top spot.

Brady Forbrook and Dusty Ballenger each have two wins with Johnson, Geldner, Bruce Anderson, Chris Duffy, Jesse Lindberg and Ben Woods also reaching Victory Lane.

Doug Schenck, Clinton Bruns and Brandon Halverson have recorded wins during Heartland Racing Association non-wing sprints presented by HitchDoc action at Jackson Motorplex this season.

The pits will open on July 28 at 3 p.m. with the main gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 25 AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY, THE JERSEY RUSH VII RETURNS WITH SPRINTS & MODS

NEW EGYPT, NJ (July 16, 2017) – The date is quickly closing in.   

Get ready for the “Rush of the Season” returning to the New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night, July 25 with a spectacular 410 Sprint and Modified doubleheader.  The Jersey Rush VII is again with gates opening at 5 PM and race time set for 7:30 PM.   Don’t forget to come early and take part in the pre-race pit party where you can visit the pits, meet the drivers, see the cars prior to the start of the race.

The 410 Sprint Cars will race for a $4,000 winner’s share, with $1,000 bonus available for the highest finishing pre-registered car. $1,000 will go to the tenth place finisher and $300 to start the A-main.  The area’s fastest Sprint Car drivers will compete in 10 lap heat races – set from time trials, and a 12 lap B-Main before the 30 lap main event.  Only approved Hoosier H-Series tires will be eligible for competition.  

Entry for Sprint Car competitors is $50 and includes 3 FREE pit passes.

Previous Jersey Rush winners Greg Hodnett, Ryan Smith and JJ Grasso are among the first to enter the July 25 event along with Davey Sammons, Kyle Reinhardt and yes, even some interest from at least well known NASCAR star.    All this as popular fan favorites like Danny Dietrich and Lucas Wolfe are chasing their first victories at the Jersey dirt track.

The Modifieds will compete for a $3,000 top prize with $1,000 going to the fifth place finisher and $250 to start the feature event.  The top-12 heat race finishers will redraw for feature starting positions.  Modifieds MUST use American Racer tires with a left rear 44 compound and a right rear 48 compound.  Competitors have the option of running a Big-Block with windows or a spec Small-Block with Sail Panels.   Big-Blocks must weigh a minimum of 2,500 lbs.; Open Small Blocks must weigh a minimum of 2,450 lbs. and use windows; Spec Small Blocks on alcohol must weigh a minimum of 2,350 lbs. and on gas a minimum of 2,275 lbs. and have the option to run sail panels.

Before the racing action, fans will be treated to a special pre-race Meet and Greet from 5:00-6:00 PM.  All race fans are welcome to visit the pit area and get an up-close look at the stars and cars competing in the JERSEY RUSH VII.  Spectators can enter the pit area from the gate behind the fourth turn grandstands.

Adult Admission for Jersey Rush VI is $30, Children (6-11): $10 and Children 5 and under are FREE!  Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

Pit gates open at 3:30 PM, Grandstands open at 5:00 PM, the Driver’s Meeting will be at 6:15 PM, Warm-Ups at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM.

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BUDDY KOFOID SCORES BIG AT THE HOWARD KAEDING CLASSIC WITH $5000 WIN

07/15/17 – Jim Allen – Watsonville, CA … Buddy Kofoid secured his first ever King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series feature victory Saturday night, capturing the exciting 30-lap Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway.

The 15-year old driver pocketed $5,000 for his efforts, a commemorative racing helmet and a permanent spot on the HK Classic perpetual trophy for his nights work.  His winning efforts came aboard the potent Dan Simpson/Gary Silva Ranches sprinter and made him the ninth different winner in 12 events this season.

Kofoid spent the first few laps of the event chasing down Hoosier Tires dash winner Cory Eliason, while holding off a tailgating Shane Golobic at the same time.  The contest got real interesting when the group roared into slower traffic on the sixth circuit, battling inches apart as they fought for position.

Kofoid finally got around Eliason on the 13th circuit, but the red flag came out a lap later for multiple-time series Brent Kaeding, who got tangled up with another car and flipped in turn four.  He was shaken in the accident and went to the hospital after the race as a precautionary measure.

On the restart, Kofoid continued to set a frantic pace, as Eliason and Golobic mixed it up in his shadow using multiple lines on the track.

Fifth starter Justin Sanders entered the fray in the Vontrex Keizer Wheel Maxim and powered past Golobic for third on lap 18.  Eliason and Kofoid were inches apart fighting for the lead on lap 20 when they made contact and Eliason crashed into the front straightaway fence exiting turn four.  He was done for the night.

On the ensuing restart, Kofoid had his hands full dealing with the multiple challenges of Sanders.  At one point, Kofoid made contact and rode down the backstretch wall on two wheels attempting to shake his pursuer.

A final caution came out with six circuits remaining when KWS-NARC point leader Bud Kaeding stopped with a flat left rear tire.  This set the stage for one final showdown for the lead.  Sanders and Kofoid continued to battle and were side-by-side entering turn three on the white-flag lap, but Kofoid held his line to secure the hard fought victory.

“I knew Justin (Sanders) was fast and was going to make a run at me on the end,” said Kofoid.  “However, my team gave me a great car to win tonight.”

One of the best open wheel battles of the night  took place between Golobic, Kyle Hirst and Gio Scelzi who swapped positions on a corner-by-corner basis during the final five laps.  Golobic secured the final podium spot in the Keith Day Trucking/Elk Grove Ford sprint car.  Eighth starter Kyle Hirst finished fourth in the Roth Motorsports KPC, chased by DJ Netto in the Tri-C Machine/AG Netto sponsored ride.  Scelzi was sixth in the H & R Livestock Transport KPC.

Semi-transfer and 20th starter Andy Forsberg earned hardcharger honors, fighting his way to an impressive seventh place finish.  Jonathan Allard, 16th starter Craig Stidham, and 19th starter Chase Johnson rounded out the top ten.

Sean Watts claimed the 12-lap semi.  Heat races were picked off by Sanders, Croft, Scelzi, and Netto.  Kofoid set quick time.

KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (30 laps):  Buddy Kofoid, Justin Sanders, Shane Golobic, Kyle Hirst, DJ Netto, Gio Scelzi, Andy Forsberg, Jonathan Allard, Craig Stidham, Chase Johnson, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding, Willie Croft, Dustin Golobic, Sean Watts, Kurt Nelson, Jarrett Soares, Brent Bjork, Eric Rossi, Cory Eliason, Burt Foland Jr., Brent Kaeding

Lap Leaders:  Eliason 1-12, Kofoid 13-30

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Mark Dobmeier Beefs Up at Knoxville Raceway

Clint Garner Wins 360 Thriller, Rookie Kelby Watt Wins in 305’s

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 15, 2017) – Mark Dobmeier will be taking the beef back to Grand Forks, North Dakota after conquering South Central Co-op Night at Knoxville Raceway and the Marion County Fair Saturday.  In addition to the $4,000 winner’s share, the driver of the Jimco Racing/Polaris #13 took home a half a beef as well for his 14th career victory here.  Clint Garner won an exciting 360 feature that saw four lead changes, while sixteen-year-old Kelby Watt led the distance to score his first career win with the 305 class.  Brad Moyer won a special DTRA Dirt Truck main event.

The 20-lap 410 feature got off to a rocky start to say the least.  After a false start, Sawyer Phillips spun in turn four on the next try.  The third try was not a charm, as Austin McCarl flipped wildly in turn one.  Newcomer Jason Kendrick also flipped against the wall in turn one.  Both were unhurt.

Terry McCarl had gotten the jump on the first few tries, but Mark Dobmeier would sail out to the lead once it counted ahead of Terry, Lynton Jeffrey, Danny Lasoski and Dustin Selvage.  Lasoski would move into third by lap four, and with six laps in, Justin Henderson spun in turn four while running sixth.

Dobmeier pulled away on that restart as well, riding the cushion.  Behind him, McCarl and Lasoski went at it like they have over the last four decades for the runner-up spot.  One last caution for a spun Sawyer Phillips slowed things one more time, but Dobmeier would pull away and had no peer here tonight.

Terry McCarl was second at the line, ahead of Lasoski, Tim Kaeding and Selvage.  Dakota Hendrickson made a last lap pass for sixth, followed by Matt Juhl, Josh Schneiderman, Scott Bogucki and hard-charger Tasker Phillips.  Jeffrey crossed the line fourth, but was disqualified for pulling toward his pit stall, and his crew touching the car before going to the scales.  Dobmeier set quick time, while Brooke Tatnell, who won his heat, but lost a motor in the process.  Schneiderman and Rager Phillips were other heat winners.  The three Phillips brothers made a bit of history, as they were the first trio of brothers to compete here in the 410 class since Bob, Mike and Denny Houseman in the 1983 Knoxville Nationals.

“Perfect!” said Dobmeier in Victory Lane next to his prize steer.  “We like steak!  I appreciated the number of restarts we had.  Terry McCarl is the king of restarts when you’re starting side by side.  He got me the first couple of times, but it was nice to get an opportunity to get him back.  Our crew has been working hard all year long.  We’ve had a strong car wherever we’ve gone…short tracks or big tracks.  We’re just finally getting some wins to prove it.”

Calvin Landis shot out to an early lead in the 18-lap 360 feature, ahead of Tyler Groenendyk and Clint Garner.  Groenendyk would slide in front of Landis to lead lap two, while point leader, Matt Moro snuck into fourth.  By lap three, Jamie Ball had entered the top five as well.

As the leaders got into traffic, Groenendyk hesitated on the low side of three, allowing Landis back by on lap seven.  The following two laps, a blanket could have been thrown over the top three, as Garner moved into second in heavy lapped traffic.  Meanwhile, Ball and Moro were battling for the fourth spot.

Garner reeled in Landis in lapped traffic, reminiscent of their tangle a week ago that took them both out.  This time, Garner was able to slide across turn three and take the point on lap 12.  Four laps later, Ball moved by Landis in turn two for second.  The only caution of the event came with two laps to go, when Devin Kline went up in smoke.  Joe Beaver and Sawyer Phillips also piled their mounts together in turn two.  No one was hurt.

Garner pulled away from Ball on the restart to win his 32nd career 360 feature here.  Ryan Giles, Moro and Landis followed them.  Tim Kaeding, Nate Van Haaften, Groenendyk, hard-charger Jason Martin and Chris Martin rounded out the top ten.  Moro set quick time, while Landis, Giles and Ball won the heats.  Chris Morgan claimed the B.

“We had a long week at the shop,” said Garner, who got upside down with Landis a week ago.  “I didn’t spend enough time last winter getting prepared.  I’ve got great people behind me.  It’s just about putting the time in when it’s cold.  To get results like that with a car that we hadn’t been in, and our second engine was really good.  I can’t say enough about my guys.  We all worked our butts off.”

The 15-lap 305 feature got off to an ugly start.  Brandon Worthington spun, collecting Corey Kautz, while Christopher Scank flipped in turn two.  No one was injured.  Young Kelby Watt was steady from the front row and found the bottom groove to his liking in route to his first career sprint car win.  Once back green, the race went non-stop.

The best battles on the track came from point leader Eric Bridger, who moved up to third by lap three, but was challenged and passed with two to go by Kade Higday.  Tyler Glass tucked in behind Watt and followed him all the way to the checkers, ahead of Higday, Bridger and Ryan Leavitt.  Chris Walraven, Rob Kubli, Evan Epperson, Matthew Stelzer and Chase Rudolf completed the top ten.  Bridger set down quick time and won his heat.  Chris Horton took the second heat.

“It was a fun race,” said the youngster in Victory Lane.  “This is my first season.  I’m only sixteen years old.  I’m proud of my crew.  We work hard on this car every day.  I’m just so happy that we could make it here.  I can’t thank my sponsors enough.”

Brad Moyer passed Tony Moro on lap two and led the rest of the 12-lap distance to claim the DTRA Dirt Truck feature.  It was Moyer’s first win at Knoxville.  Bret Moyer was second, followed by Eric Lundstrom, Tony Moro and Lou Sipolt.

410 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Mark Dobmeier (2); 2. Terry McCarl (1); 3. Danny Lasoski (3); 4. Tim Kaeding (12); 5. Dustin Selvage (5); 6. Dakota Hendrickson (13); 7. Matt Juhl (10); 8. Josh Schneiderman (8); 9. Scott Bogucki (15); 10. Tasker Phillips (20); 11. Bronson Maeschen (14); 12. Rager Phillips (11); 13. RJ Johnson (22); 14. AJ Moeller (9); 15. Bob Weuve (19); 16. Curtis Evans (21); 17. Sawyer Phillips (16); 18. Bobby Mincer (17); 19. Joey Moughan (24); 20. Justin Henderson (6); 21. Carson McCarl (23); 22. Austin McCarl (9); 23. Jason Kendrick (18); 24. Lynton Jeffrey (4).

360 A main, 18 Laps, NT: 1. Clint Garner (3); 2. Jamie Ball (5); 3. Ryan Giles (8); 4. Matt Moro (7); 5. Calvin Landis (1); 6. Tim Kaeding (12); 7. Nate Van Haaften (9); 8. Tyler Groenendyk (2); 9. Jason Martin (16); 10. Chris Martin (13); 11. Tom Lenz (4); 12. McKenna Haase (11); 13. Skylar Prochaska (18); 14. Christian Bowman (17); 15. Joe Beaver (15); 16. Chris Morgan (21); 17. Matt Egel (14); 18. Troy Manteufel (10); 19. Mitchell Alexander (20); 20. Rob Weuve (22); 21. Alan Zoutte (24); 22. Devin Kline (6); 23. Sawyer Phillips (19); 24. John Anderson (23).

305A main (started), 15 Laps, 4:38.0: 1. Kelby Watt (2); 2. Tyler Glass (1); 3. Kade Higday (5); 4. Eric Bridger (6); 5. Ryan Leavitt (4); 6. Chris Walraven (7); 7. Rob Kubli (11); 8. Evan Epperson (14); 9. Matthew Stelzer (13); 10. Chase Rudolf (16); 11. Chris Horton (3); 12. Casey Greubel (15); 13. Mike Mayberry (10); 14. Joe Simbro (8); 15. Jon Hughes (18); 16. Brandon Worthington (9); 17. Christopher Scank (12); 18. Corey Kautz (17) DNS = Kevin Hetrick.

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Bauer's Win Establishes Sprint Points Lead at Mercer Raceway Park

(Mercer, PA July 15, 2017):  Michael Bauer's third win of the season in the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars propelled him into a one-point lead over the defending Mercer Raceway Park Champion, Jack Sodeman, Jr. "We race to win, we don't race for the points, but it is defintely great to have a points battle with Jack (Sodeman, Jr.), I have the utmost respect for Jack, he was one of my heroes when I was in the 305 division, and he still is."

After celebrating a family reunion this afternoon, Jeff Schaffer, Sr., captured the feature win in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds. Gregg McCandless scored his first of the season in the Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprints. Mark Marcucci registered a dominating victory in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Tim Callahan had the nightcap well in hand for the Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks.

Bauer, of Clarion, had the front row, along with All Stars competitor Brandon Matus, of Wampum. Bauer got to turn one first, but it did not take long thereafter for Matus to snare the lead. Matus would go on to lead for the next five laps, before Bauer was able to make a move in lapped traffic to regain the lead.

"Brandon got by me there on the start, but in clean air we were about even," Bauer explained.

"The track started to slicken off up top, and the bottom started to come in, and we got to lapped traffic and I got a lucky break to get around him." Bauer added, "when you start up front you don't want to let it get away from you."

Bauer began to stretch his advantage over Matus, while George Hobaugh, Jr., Rod George, Dan Kuriger, and Jack Sodeman, Jr. diced for positions.

Bauer had nearly a two second margin over Matus when Matus' machine suddenly stopped in turn four. Matus was able to pit and make repairs, rejoining the rear of the field for the final four laps.

Bauer led Hobaugh back to turn one on the restart, and they were followed by George, Kruiger, and Sodeman. In the final rounds, Sodeman got past Kuriger. At the checkers, it was Bauer, over Hobaugh, George, Sodeman, and Kuriger.

Gary Kreiss, Jr. and Jimmy Morris were sixth and seventh. Brandon Matus came back through the pack to get eighth. His father, fellow All Stars regular, Brent Matus was next. Eric L. Williams completed the top ten.

Twenty Precise Racing Products Sprints were on hand. The evening's fastest qualifier was Jack Sodeman, Jr., who toured the speedway in 13.962 seconds. The heat winners were Gary Kreiss, Jr., Rod George, and Jimmy Morris. There was no B Main.

Richard Whitney and Lonnie Riggs paced the field for the start of teh urn 4 Toilets 358 Modified go. Riggs jumped out to the early lead, with Jeff Schaffer, Sr., Whitney, J.R. McGinley, and Sid Unverzagt in tow.

Riggs set a strong pace for the first half of the contest. But, as happens all too often, Riggs slowed coming down the back stretch and he entered the pits on lap ten. That gave the lead over to Schaffer, Sr., who was pressed by McGinley and Unverzagt.

Schaffer and McGinley did have a scary moment on lap 11. While fighting for the lead, they came up on the slower car of Jerry Bowser in turn four. They both made contact with Bowser as the three raced off the corner. Al  were able to keep their cars straight and moving forward, which was fortunate as the other racers were bearing down on them.

As the field was coming through turn four on lap 19, Jeff Schaffer, Jr. spun, delaying his father's trip to victory lane. McGinley was on the senior Schaffer's flank not once, but twice, for green-checkers racing. The second restart was brought about by a four-car tangle that sent the points leader, Jimmy Holden, to the pits on a hook.

Schaffer was able to hold the lead on each occasion, and he did get to the checkers on the third try. Following him across the line were McGinley and Fink, who ran the last lap side-by-side. Unverzagt was fourth, and Tommy Kristyak fifth.

Positions six through ten belonged to Whitney, Jason Sines, Tom Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., and Kevin Green.

Sixteen 358 Modifieds registered for the evening. Top qualifier was J.R. McGinley, at 16.916 seconds. Preliminaries belonged to Jimmy Holden and Kyle Fink. There was no B Main.

Gregg McCandless had the pole for the start of the 305 Sprint feature, with his former pilot, Andy Priest, on his side. McCandless got the lead and was pulling away from the rest of the racers when the action was stopped for the violent crash of Joe Sylvester in turn tree. Sylvester apparently rode up over the wheel of Joe Lockhart. Fortunately, neither driver was hurt in the melee.

McCandless resumed his lead and had a margin of almost 3.2 seconds at the finish. Cody Bova and Darin Gallagher both passed Mike Marano, II, in the waning laps. After Marano came Jeremy Kornbau, Mike Miller, Caitlin Chaffman, Ryan Kent, Jr., Nevan O'Donnell, and Priest.

Thirteen 305 Sprints competed, with Cody Bova the fastes in time trials. The heat victories were scored by Mike Marano, II, and Darin Gallagher. There was no B Main.

410 Sprint Cars:  Micaheal Bauer, George Hobaugh, Jr., Rod George, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Dan Kuriger, Gary Kreiss, Jr., Jimmy Morris, Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, Eric L. Williams, Mike Miller, Clay Riney, Bryan Saulsbery, Zach Morrow, Paul Kish< John McCracken, Jr., Dennis Wagner.  DNS:  Davey Jones, Joe McEwen, Russ Sansosti.

358 Modifieds:  Jeff Schaffer, Sr., J.R. McGinley, Kyle Fink, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Tommy Kristyak, Richard Whitney, Jason Sines, Tom Holden, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Kevin Green, Josh Deems, Jimmy Holden, Ryan Riffe, Ethan Siple, Jerry Bowser, Lonnie Riggs.

305 Sprint Cars:  Gregg McCandless, Cody Bova, Darin Gallagher, Mike Marano, II, Jeremy Kornbau, Mike Miller, Caitlin Chaffman, Ryan Kent, Jr., Nevan O'Donnell, Andy Priest, Joe Lockhart, Joe Sylvester, George Englert.

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KWS-NARC HEADED TO OCEAN SPEEDWAY FOR HOWARD KAEDING CLASSIC

(7/11/17) Sacramento, CA …  The exciting open wheel sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series will be battling for a $5000 winners payday this Saturday, July 15th, when the traveling series invades Ocean Speedway (Watsonville, CA) for the Howard Kaeding Classic.

This will be one of the richest events on the KWS-NARC schedule as sponsors and friends of legendary driver Howard Kaeding have contributed to the purse to support the event.  Second place pays $2500, third place $1900, and just starting the 30-lap headliner is worth $750.

As part of the festivities, the Howard Kaeding Classic BBQ will take place at 1:00 p.m. near the turn four grandstands at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds prior to Saturday’s race.  Race fans will have a chance eat some great barbecue, socialize, take photographs, and get autographs from their favorite drivers.  Admission is $20 with proceeds benefitting the NARC Benevolent Fund.

“The (NARC) Benevolent Fund is something we hope we never have to use,” stated 13-time KWS & NARC series champion Brent Kaeding, who is one of the funds coordinators.  “Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we participate in a dangerous sport and drivers or crew members can get badly injured.  For many, it’s their way of life and if racing stops, so does their family’s income.  This fund provides much needed financial support when medical bills begin to pile up.”

Among the families that have been assisted through trying times during the past decade are the families of David Tarter, Alan Urias, and Peter Murphy; plus drivers Randy Hannagan, Brad Bumgarner, Dennis Moore Jr. and several others.

“What better way to contribute to a great cause than hanging out with your favorite racers and eating some great food,” continued Kaeding.  “It’s events like this that make you proud to be part of the sport and supportive racing community.”

Not only will California’s best 410 sprint car teams be racing for a huge purse, several are chasing championship glory in the tightest points battles in the series history.  This is not just a two-horse race; but a three team slugfest.  Third generation driver Bud Kaeding of Campbell, who is Howard Kaeding’s grandson, holds the slimmest of margins in the point standings over both Cory Eliason of Selma and Gio Scelzi of Fresno.  That margin:  One point … 638-637!  All three drivers have held a share of the lead at one point during this competitive season.

Collectively, they have five victories between them, with the 15-year old Scelzi leading the organization with three.  With only six races remaining on the 2017 schedule, every victory or mistake gets magnified in a big way.  There is a three-point bonus awarded for winning the feature event.

Other’s expected to be in the field include Brent Kaeding, DJ Netto of Hanford, a winner at Calistoga Speedway; two-time winner Kyle Hirst of Paradise; Sacramento area drivers Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft; Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay; Atwater drivers Sean Watts and Nathan Rolfe; Chase Johnson and Michael Kofoid of Penngrove; and Shane Golobic of Fremont.  Golobic captured the thrilling KWS-NARC event at Ocean Speedway on June 23rd.

2017 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(After 11 events in 17-race Series)
Bud Kaeding, Campbell (1) – 638
Cory Eliason, Selma (1) – 637
Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno (3) – 637
DJ Netto, Hanford (1) – 611
Kyle Hirst, Paradise (2) – 558
Michael Kofoid, Penngrove – 532
Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove – 523
Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay – 511
Sean Watts, Atwater – 511
Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 483
Willie Croft, Sacramento – 402
Shane Golobic, Fremont (1) – 341
Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 334
Brent Bjork, Fremont – 278
Matthew Moles, Fresno – 264
Chase Johnson, Penngrove (1) – 251
Craig Stidham, Fresno – 249
Carson Macedo, Lemoore – 230
Sean Becker, Roseville – 196
Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 195

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Fremont's Battle at the Speedway raises funds for local charities

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Monday, July 10, 2017

FREMONT, Ohio – Fans, race teams and drivers will not only have the opportunity to compete against one another in fun events, but will also raise funds for Sandusky County area charities. The first Battle at the Speedway will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 during the Jim Ford Classic weekend at Fremont Speedway.

The Battle at the Speedway will be a triathlon event with teams playing kick ball, dodge ball and whiffle ball. The winner of the entire tournament gets to choose which local charity/cause the entire donation process collects. Along with the triathlon there be a silent auction, a live auction and a 50./50 raffle.

The Battle at the Speedway is limited to the first 10 teams to sign up due to time constraints.

“Our traditional Jim Ford Classic fun events have raised over $160,000 for childhood cancer research. The new twist this year is the winning team chooses the local charity to receive the funds. We have so many great organizations that do phenomenal work to help area residents and we want to help them,” said Shelly Liskai Farmer, organizer of the event.

Teams that want to participate in the Battle at the Speedway should contact Shelly Liskai Farmer at shellyliskaibowe@yahoo.com. Area businesses or anyone that would like to donate items for the silent and live auctions should contact Liskai Farmer as well.

The 10th Annual Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16. The event, which honors the man who brought the track back to life in 2000, will crown the champions in 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 on Friday. The McCullough Industries 602 Late Models and Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints will be in action on Friday as well and on Saturday the 305 sprints will be joined by the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks. The event also brings to town the teams from “down south” that compete in the Ohio Sprint Car Series for both nights of racing.

For more information on Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com

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CHRISTOPHER BELL BECOMES 9TH DIFFERENT "LOU BLANEY MEMORIAL" SPRINT WINNER IN 9 RACES WITH ALL STAR WIN; JEREMIAH SHINGLEDECKER ENDS NEAR 4-YEAR WINLESS DROUGHT AT SHARON WITH BIG-BLOCK MOD WIN

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH July 8, 2017 Sharon Speedway hosted the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" presented by Ollie's Bargain Outlet on Saturday night. A huge crowd watched as Christopher Bell-Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and Jeremiah Shingledecker-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds captured victories. The event celebrated the life and accomplishments of the hall of fame driver, who won more than 600 feature victories during a five-decade career. Blaney passed away in 2009 after battling Alzheimer's. Many thousands of dollars were raised and donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

Christopher Bell became the ninth different "Lou Blaney Memorial" Sprint Car winner in as many events with a stellar performance riding the rim and lapping up to ninth place for the $5,000 victory in what was the 100th All Star Circuit of Champions event in the history at Sharon. The impressive week for Bell saw him win a pair of USAC National Midget Car events in Illinois, capture the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event win on Thursday night in Kentucky, and followed it up with his second career All Star victory on Saturday night.

"It was really tough- the track was really technical up on the wall," explained the 22-year-old Norman, Oklahoma racer. "It was pretty easy to screw up and crash- I'm glad I didn't do that. Some of the lapped cars were going good around the top and as soon as I got to them they dropped down and I was already committed so it was tough. I was glad I got a lead built up because I screwed up a lot and no one was able to show me a nose. Thank you guys for coming out. It's a pleasure to drive in front of a crowd. You guys are the reason why we're here. It's honor to win this- Dave and Dale (Blaney) are great drivers and great guys. I'm really thankful to be able to drive the cars I do. I get in great equipment. This Sprint Car win means a lot. The Sprints have been the downfall of my career so far so I want to prove to all of the fans out there that I can be a great Sprint Car driver too."

Bell instantly flew into the lead from his outside pole position starting spot after winning the second dash event. Pole-sitter Caleb Armstrong settled into second over Joey Saldana, who got by point leader Chad Kemenah for third on the opening lap. A caution for third generation racer, Sye Lynch, who was making his first career Sharon start, slowed action with two laps completed just as Saldana had passed Armstrong for second. When racing resumed, Saldana performed a slider in turns one and two to claim second.

Sixth starting Dean Jacobs, who rebounded nicely after timing just 30th fastest, passed Kemenah for fourth on lap four and one lap later brought Kemenah with him past Armstrong for third and fourth respectively. Bell had a straightaway lead over Saldana when he caught lapped traffic on lap seven; meanwhile, Kemenah reclaimed third on lap eight from Jacobs. By lap 12, Saldana began to close the deficit cutting the lead to a half-straightaway in lapped traffic.

Tim Shaffer started ninth and worked his way forward getting by Jacobs and Armstrong to move into fourth on lap 21 before the event's final caution was displayed for a spin by Brent Matus. With lapped cars moved to the tail, Bell's lead was totally erased and put Saldana on the leader's tail for the first time of the event. Saldana tested the bottom in turns one and two and then again in turn four, but Bell maintained the lead. Over the course of the final nine laps, Saldana stayed within striking distance of Bell. He'd get a last chance in the final laps as Bell maneuvered through lapped traffic, but Bell was too strong taking his first career Sharon win by 1.036 seconds in the Ed Neumeister-owned, Dough-Si-Dough/Linder's Speed Equipment-sponsored #11N.

Fresh off his 72nd career All Star win one week ago at Wayne County Speedway in his debut in the Indy Parts #71, Saldana was a solid second in his first Sharon appearance since a 2008 World of Outlaws event. "There was a little bit on the exit of four and I probably should have waited until the end instead of trying to do it on the restart," revealed the Brownsburg, Indiana star. "That's the way it is though. Bell is pretty good. I think we see that every week- he's winning something. To run second to him is not a bad night. We'll regroup and hopefully Bernie (Stuebgen) and me will have a good shot at racing these things. I really enjoy racing with the All Stars, and I really enjoyed racing here. This is an awesome track. I haven't been here in awhile and it was fun to race on. I just needed a little bit more. I don't think it was the car; I just had to do it driving. This is where I grew up racing with the All Stars and Bert Emick. I love it and hopefully I can continue to do it for awhile."

Kemenah was third as he recorded his ninth podium finish since June 2 and 12th of the season as he closes in on his sixth Series title. Shaffer was fourth. Lee Jacobs, who always has speed at Sharon, came from 11th to fifth. Last year's "Lou Blaney Memorial" winner, Danny Holtgraver, was sixth. Armstrong and Jacobs faded late to seventh and eighth respectively. Dave Blaney was ninth over Justin Barger from 19th.

Local racer, A.J. Flick, set fast time in qualifying with a lap 13.619 over the 45-car field, which was a record high count for the "Lou Blaney Memorial". Heat winners were Bell, Holtgraver, Shaffer, and Saldana. Hunter Mackison and Max Stambaugh won the C and B mains respectively. Armstrong and Bell won the twin dashes to earn front row feature starting spots.

Making his season debut, Jeremiah Shingledecker ended a near four-year winless drought at Sharon after a wire-to-wire win in the 30-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified feature. Shingledecker earned $2,000 as he became the eighth different "Lou Blaney Memorial" winner in nine events on the Modified side as only last year's winner, Jim Rasey, has been able to repeat amongst both divisions.

"Unfortunately our luck hasn't been real good here so hopefully we turned it around," stated the 40-year-old Polk, Pa. driver. "This reminds me of the old Tri-City (Speedway) surface. It's a really nice surface. You guys have done a really great job with it. We went from silty sand and single file racing to this. We've been trying to get the car a little bit better and we were edging on this since last year. I really have to thank my dad. He spends a lot of time on these engines. I'd like to thank the Blaney Family and all of Sharon for putting this race on. It's a very good race. When I first started racing I looked up to Lou Blaney and got to race with him a few years before he got out of the Modifieds."

Shingledecker took off in the lead after an invert four from the heat races over point leader Dave Murdick, Kevin Bolland, Rasey, and Jim Weller, Jr. Murdick clipped an infield tire on lap two and spun to bring out the caution. After a caution for a spin by rookie Modified racer, Colton Walters, Weller got by Rasey for third on the lap five.

Shingledecker began to pull away by lap 10 and two laps later was in lapped traffic; meanwhile, the battle for third was hot and heavy between Weller, Bolland, and eighth starting Rex King, Jr. On lap 15, it was three-wide for the spot as Rasey spun in turn three. This moved King, Jr. to fourth for the restart, but it was short-lived as two laps later ninth starting Brian Swartzlander made the pass.

King, Jr. didn't go away as he got on the top and it was three-wide again for third this time with King, Jr. prevailing over Swartzlander and Weller. Shingledecker had pulled away from Bolland, who sat fairly comfortable ahead of the continual battle for third, before a spin by Murdick with 27 laps completed halted action for the final time.

Bolland was unable to make the pass on the double-file restart, as Shingledecker maintained his lead over the final three laps and went on for his third career Sharon win, but first since September 13, 2013, by 0.560 of a second in his Garage Bar & Grill/RCR Auto-sponsored #37MD.

Like Shingledecker, Bolland also made his Sharon season debut a successful one earning $1,200 for the runner-up spot in just his second race of 2017. Swartzlander completed the podium also in his 2017 Sharon debut, and earned $900. Rex King came all the way from 13th to get by his son, Rex Jr., for fourth on lap 29. King, Jr. dropped to fifth, but did take over the point lead.

Steve Feder was another driving making his first 2017 Sharon start and was sixth. Rasey came all the way back from his lap 15 spin to finish seventh. Weller dropped to eighth over Will Thomas III and Garrett Krummert. Rasey, Bolland, Murdick, and Shingledecker won the heat races over the season-high 32-car field. Skip Moore won the B main.

All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars "Lou Blaney Memorial" (30 laps, $5,000 to-win): 1. CHRISTOPHER BELL (Neumeister 11N) 2. Joey Saldana (Indy Parts 71) 3. Chad Kemenah (Hunter 10H) 4. Tim Shaffer (Demyan/Rudzik 49x) 5. Lee Jacobs (Lewis 81) 6. Danny Holtgraver (D4) 7. Caleb Armstrong (7c) 8. Dean Jacobs (Chappel 8) 9. Dave Blaney (Motter 71m) 10. Justin Barger (5) 11. Brandon Matus (13) 12. Caleb Helms (17) 13. Danny Smith (4) 14. Ryan Smith (Leidig 59) 15. Carl Bowser (Chiapelli 98) 16. T.J. Michael (8M) 17. A.J. Flick (2) 18. John Garvin, Jr. (51) 19. Dan Shetler (7K) 20. Brandon Spithaler (22) 21. Jimmy Morris (4N) 22. Tyler Esh (35) 23. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (23JR) 24. Brent Matus (33) 25. Max Stambaugh (Marshall 33M) 26. Sye Lynch (42).

DNQ for the feature: Dan Kuriger (08), Anthony Fiore (91), Hunter Mackison (95), Gary Kriess, Jr. (55), Max McGhee (Indy Parts 171), Trevor Baker (45), Darren Pifer (23), Adam Kekich (5K), Cory Good (X), Roger Campbell, Jr. (9), Michael Bauer (46), Jordan Mackison (1080), Zach Morrow (27), Jeremy Kornbau (27), Joe Kubiniec (19), Eric L. Williams (4w), Paul Kish (4c), Mike Flynn (12x), Sadie Siegel (91).

Big-Block Modifieds "Lou Blaney Memorial" (30 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. JEREMIAH SHINGLEDECKER (37MD) 2. Kevin Bolland (777) 3. Brian Swartzlander (83) 4. Rex King (65) 5. Rex King, Jr. (165) 6. Steve Feder (45) 7. Jim Rasey (32) 8. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 9. Will Thomas III (9) 10. Garrett Krummert (29) 11. Jimmy Holden (68H) 12. Chris Haines (35H) 13. Skip Moore (17M) 14. Rob Kristyak (00) 15. Dave Murdick (61) 16. J.R. McGinley (66M) 17. Erik Martin (29E) 18. Bob Warren (96B) 19. Justin Rasey (21) 20. Jason Sines (38DD) 21. Kevin Green (74) 22. Tom Glenn (83T) 23. Steve Slater (35) 24. Rodney Beltz (64) 25. Colton Walters (18).

DNQ for the feature: Eric Beggs (29*), Josh Deems (82), Ryan Riffe (93), Ethan Siple (12), Kyle Holden (68H), Dave Reges (27R), Tom Mattocks (69).

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Dobmeier Goes Back-to-Back at River Cities

By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (July 7, 2017) – Mark Dobmeier added two more Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car checkered flags to his impressive River Cities Speedway résumé Friday night. Dobmeier began the night by claiming the June 9th make-up feature, albeit with some controversy.
Twenty-one year-old Jordan Adams set a blistering pace to begin the feature and held off Dombeier, Austin Pierce and Wade Nygaard restart after restart.

Adams led the first 21 laps of the event until he and Dobmeier made contact in turn four, which sent Adams hard into the turn four water barrels. The collision ended Adams’ race and forced him to a backup car for the rest of the evening.

“It was a racing deal. Jordan actually got off the backstretch there and got sideways so I shot underneath him,” said Dobmeier in victory lane. “He tried to hang around on the topside where there wasn’t room while I had already made my move. I’m never going to intentionally take someone out. We made the best of it, moved on, and won the race.”

In the second main event of the night, Austin Pierce got out to the early lead until Dobmeier came storming through the field.

Dobmeier took the lead with five laps in the books and survived a couple restarts in the late going to take the win. Behind him, a fierce battle for second through seventh ensued as Chris Ranten, Pierce, Wade Nygaard, Casey Mack, Thomas Kennedy, and Nick Omdahl all vied for position.

At the checkers, Ranten, Pierce, Nygaard and Omdahl rounded out the top five.

“The track was really tricky for that second feature,” continued Dobmeier. “It was fairly smooth and dry and had a cushion around the top. If you really slowed it down you could make that bottom work, but I was running wherever you had to go to get by one of them lapped cars.”

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Henry takes Crown money at Fremont

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – There’s no place like home for Cap Henry. The Bellevue, Ohio native spent a lot of years on the road racing sprint cars, including several weeks in the Midwest this year. He returned home a couple of weeks ago and hooked up with the Lane Racing team and it paid off Saturday at Fremont Speedway. Henry took the lead on lap 17 and drove to his fourth career win at “The Track That Action Built” pocketing $5,000 thanks to Crown Battery.

Henry started 10th in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint feature and steadily worked his way to the front. A tremendous battle involving Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews and Henry ensued as the leaders raced into heavy lapped traffic by lap 11. Henry drove around Brubaker for the lead exiting turn two to lead lap 17. It wasn’t easy for Henry as he encountered heavy lapped traffic with eight laps to go allowing Brubaker to close. Henry navigated through the traffic to earn the win.

Jody Keegan and Todd Heller brought the 410 feature to green with Heller gaining the advantage over Chris Andrews, Keegan, Brubaker, Broc Martin and D.J. Foos. Keegan, who took home $1,000 for winning the Alex Burkett Memorial Pursuit earlier in the night, jumped back into second on lap two and immediately challenged Heller for the lead. Heller and Keegan would tangle on lap three, handing the lead to Brubaker.

Brubaker pulled away slightly on the restart from Andrews, Henry, Foos, Trey Jacobs, Valenti, Byron Reed and Tyler Gunn. The leaders raced into heavy lapped traffic by the 11th circuit and it was a three car battle for the lead involving Brubaker, Andrews and Henry. Henry sliced into second on lap 12 and battled with Brubaker and the lapped cars over the next five laps before driving under Brubaker exiting turn four on lap 17.

Henry pulled away from Brubaker, Andrews, Reed, Jacobs, Foos and Gunn until encountering more heavy traffic with eight laps remaining. Brubaker quickly closed and with three laps remaining was right on Henry’s rear bumper. Henry was able to negotiate through the traffic and drove to the win over Brubaker, Andrews, Reed and Jacobs.

Last week’s winner Steve Rando and Dussel paced the field for the 25 lap 305 sprint feature with Dussel gaining the advantage at the drop of the green. Paul Weaver moved into second on lap two and the battle began for the lead. Dussel and Weaver nose to tail over the next five laps before the caution flew just as they were racing into lapped traffic. After two green flag laps Rando’s run at the front came to an end with mechanical issues. On the restart Dussel led Weaver, Bobby Clark, Alvin Roepke, Matt Foos and John Ivy (from 17th).

Clark would spin on lap 10, collecting Ivy. When the green flew the battle between Dussel and Weaver continued with Roepke, Foos, Brandon Moore, and Jamie Miller giving chase. With 10 laps to go Dussel and Weaver were battling as they caught the rear of the field. Kevin Mingus would spin right in front of them. Dussel avoided the incident but Weaver spun to avoid heavy contact, sending him to the tail.

When the green flew Dussel pulled away from Roepke, Moore, Kyle Capodice, Foos and Dustin Stroup. As he worked his way back to the front, Weaver clipped Chase Dunham on lap 18 with Dunham laying his car on its side. Again when the green returned Dussel pulled away from Roepke with Moore and Foos battling for third. Dussel easily drove to the win over Roepke, Moore, Foos and Weaver.

410 Sprints  A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Cap  Henry; 2. Stuart Brubaker; 3. Chris Andrews; 4. Byron Reed; 5. Trey Jacobs; 6. Tyler Gunn; 7. DJ Foos; 8. Brian Smith; 9. Shawn Valenti; 10. Justin Peck; 11. Brian Lay; 12. Dan McCarron; 13. Broc Martin; 14. Dain Naida; 15. Tony Beaber; 16. Austin Nemire; 17. Jody Keegan; 18. Ayrton Olsen; 19. Ricky Peterson; 20. Tracy Hines; 21. Bobby Distel; 22. -Todd Heller.

305 Sprints A-Main  (25 Laps): 1. Nate Dussel; 2. Alvin Roepke; 3. Brandon Moore; 4. Matt Foos; 5. Paul Weaver; 6. Kyle Capodice; 7. Dustin Stroup; 8. Jamie Miller; 9. Josh Harrison; 10. Dustin Rall; 11. Landon Lalonde; 12. Jimmy Mcgrath; 13. Stuart Williams; 14. Chase Dunham; 15. Kevin Mingus; 16. Tyler Street; 17. Bobby Clark; 18. John Ivy; 19. Jason Keckler; 20. Steve Rando; 21. Matt Lucius; 22. Seth Schneider.

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Attica Raceway Park races cancelled for July 7; Brad Doty Classic up next

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Friday, July 7, 2017

ATTICA, Ohio – Strong thunderstorms hit Attica Raceway Park early Friday, July 7, prompting the cancellation of racing for that evening.

“We got a lot of rain in the morning and more thunderstorms are predicted throughout the day,” said Rex LeJeune, Director of Operations at ARP.

The make-up Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature from the June 16 will be held Friday, July 21.

The next event for Attica Raceway Park will be the 29th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics on Tuesday, July 11 (Wednesday, July 12 is a rain date). Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson, who won six sprint car races in a row recently, will take on the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series along with the always tough ARP weekly competitors.

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River Cities & Devils Lake Speedway

Posted: 06 Jul 2017 03:12 PM PDT

By Mike Spieker

July 6, 2017 – As the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car schedule reaches the second half of the season, each and every event begins to mean more as the points race heats up. This weekend, drivers and race teams will have plenty of opportunity to make some moves in the standings with two complete shows on tap, plus the June 9th make-up feature.
It all begins Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

Last week, Wade Nygaard and Chris Ranten put on the race of the evening as they traded slidejob after slidejob on the high-banks of The Bullring in the closing laps. In the end, Nygaard reigned supreme and parked his Auto Finance Super Center No. 9N in RydellCars.com Victory Lane for the 56th time at RCS.

On Saturday, the tour will head to Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, N.D. for their second of four appearances at the high-banked quarter-mile oval.

The series made their first visit to Devils Lake on June 3rd, where Casey Mack picked up his fourth career Devils Lake victory.

Last Saturday night at Greenbush, Jade Hastings picked up his first career win. Devils Lake has yielded first time winners each of the last two seasons with Brenden Wilde and Nick Omdahl.

Trent Stengl, Blake Egeland, and Jordan Graham, who finished second to Hastings at Greenbush, are the highest drivers in NOSA points without a win and all have been strong throughout the year.

Racing on both Friday and Saturday starts at 7pm.

NOSA Notebook:
Previous Devils Lake Speedway Winners:
2000: Wade Nygaard (2)
2001: Wade Nygaard
          Mark Dobmeier
          Bobby Martin
2002: Wade Nygaard (3)
2003: Mark Dobmeier
2005: Wade Nygaard (2)
2006: Dave Sobczak
2007: Bobby Martin
          Casey Mack
          Lee Grosz
2008: Lou Kennedy Jr.
2011: Wade Nygaard (2)
          Casey Mack (2)
2012: Chris Shirek
          Jeff Brey
2013: Thomas Kennedy
2014: Thomas Kennedy (2)
2015: Wade Nygaard
          Chris Shirek
          Brenden Wilde
2016: Wade Nygaard
          Casey Mack
          Nick Omdahl

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9th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial will highlight 100th Arctic Cat All Star visit to Sharon Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 5, 2017) - For the 100th time in Series history, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will visit Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio; the second of two Arctic Cat All Star appearances in 2017, this time honoring the late National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the all-time leading Sharon Speedway Big Block Modified feature winner, Lou Blaney.

Set to take over headlines on Saturday evening, July 8, the 9th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial will award a $5,000 top prize, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship standings. “Downtown” Danny Holtgraver is the defending Lou Blaney Memorial champion, one of three Arctic Cat All Star victories for the Pittsburgh native in 2017. Holtgraver joined an elite list of former Lou Blaney Memorial champions which includes Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet; Lou Blaney’s son and former World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Dave Blaney; and former NASCAR Cup Series champion, as well as the Arctic Cat All Star Series owner, Tony Stewart.

“America’s Series” most recently visited Sharon Speedway during the 2017 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson scored the $5,000 victory. It was Larson’s second consecutive Ohio Sprint Speedweek win of 2017, also earning $5,000 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville one night prior.

Chad Kemenah, pilot of the Hunter Racing/DKW Transport/Seneca Energy/JRC Transportation/No. 10H, will lead the Arctic Cat All Star charge into Hartford, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon. The five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion sits on top of the current championship standings with a 260-point advantage, also accumulating a Series leading three victories thus far in 2017. Kemenah’s most recent victory occurred during competition at the 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa, ultimately holding off Bill Balog and the “Madman” Kerry Madsen at the end of 30 circuits.

The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith currently sits second in the Arctic Cat All Star title chase, followed by New Castle, Indiana’s Caleb Armstrong; Findlay, Ohio’s Caleb Helms; and former two-time NRA Sprint Invaders championship runner-up, “Mad Max” Stambaugh. Ryan Smith’s efforts during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket propelled the Warko Group/Auto Electric of Jupiter, FL/No. 59 from third to second in the Arctic Cat All Star championship, accumulating 13 top-ten finishes thus far in 2017, five of which inside the top-five.

In addition to being fifth in the overall title chase, Elida, Ohio’s Max Stambaugh is currently on top of the Arctic Cat All Star Rookie of the Year championship, earning four top-ten finishes in 20 main event starts.

Sharon Speedway will open gates at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 8. Racing is set to hit the 3/8-mile oval at 7:00pm, sharp. Those seeking additional information should visit Sharon Speedway live on the Web at www.sharonspeedway.com. If needed, Sunday, July 9, will be utilized as a rain date.

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (July 5, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah  3272
2. Ryan Smith 3012
3. Caleb Armstrong 2994
4. Caleb Helms 2882
5. Max Stambaugh 2756
6. T.J. Michael 2624
7. Brandon Spithaler 2459
8. Tyler Esh 2397
9. Tim Shaffer 2378
10. Brandon Matus 2376

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Hastings Collects First Career Victory at Greenbush, Nygaard gets #56 at River Cities

By Mike Spieker​

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (July 4, 2017) – The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints were back in action last weekend with two events on the schedule. First up was River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, where Wade Nygaard claimed the thrilling victory. On Saturday, the tour headed 90 miles east to Greenbush Race Park, where young up-and-comer, Jade Hastings scored his first career win.

Casey Mack and Chris Ranten led the field of 27 Buffalo Wild Wings Sprint Cars to the green flag for their 25 lap main event Friday night at The Bullring.
 
Mack grabbed the early lead over Ranten, but Ranten came back with a slidejob on lap three to take the point. On the following lap, Mack had a parts failure in turn three, which sent him flying off the banking at a high rate of speed. Mack was able to keep his machine on all fours, but his night had come to an end.
 
On the ensuing Evergreen Insurance restart, Ranten held the lead over Wade Nygaard. Two laps later, third place runner and NOSA points leader, Austin Pierce, spun out in turn four to bring out the yellow.
 
Ranten continued to pace the field as the race went back green.
 
In the closing laps, 24th place starter, Thomas Kennedy, ran in the third position. However, a push in turn one sent him over the banking, ruining his strong run.
 
On the final restart, Ranten and Nygaard put on a show as they traded slidejobs corner after corner. Nygaard cleared Ranten for the lead with three laps to go and hung on to take his first win at The Bullring in 2017 and third overall.
 
Pierce rebounded nicely to steal second from Ranten on the final lap. Jordan Adams and Shane Roemeling rounded out the top five.
 
On Saturday, Greenbush Race Park yielded a first-time winner for the first time since Jordan Adams’ victory on July 5th, 2014 as Grand Forks’ Jade Hastings pulled off the win at the high-banked quarter-mile.
 
After winning his heat race, Hastings started on the pole with Jordan Graham lined up to his outside.
 
Hastings grabbed the lead on the opening lap over Graham, as Wade Nygaard filed into third on lap two. The top three remained unchanged through the midportion of the event.
With 10 laps to go, a hard-charging Austin Pierce secured a spot in the top five as he moved from sixth to fourth on the lap 15 restart. Hastings opened up a comfortable 10 car length lead over Graham shortly after the restart, but the caution flew once more with five laps to go.
 
Just as he did the previous restart, Hastings pulled away from Graham and Nygaard and ran the remaining laps unchallenged as he cruised to his first feature win.
 
Graham, Nygaard, Pierce and Shane Roemeling rounded out the top five.
 
NOSA will be back in action next Friday at River Cities Speedway, which will include double features, and next Saturday at Devils Lake Speedway for their second of four appearances at the Crary, N.D. bullring.

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HIRST EARNS SECOND KWS-NARC VICTORY OF SEASON AT KELLER AUTO SPEEDWAY

(07/01/17) By Jim Allen – Hanford, CA …  Three-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst fought a torrid open wheel battle with Craig Stidham and went on to claim Saturday’s entertaining 30-lap KWS-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series feature event at Keller Auto Speedway.

Hirst, aboard the familiar Dennis & Teresa Roth’s H & R Livestock Transportation KPC, started on the outside of the front row but had a hard time trying to shag polesitter Stidham throughout most of the contest.

Riding the top line against a high curb on the multi-groove 3/8 mile track, Hirst nipped Stidham at the flagstand to take the lead after the first lap, chased by point leader Bud Kaeding and Gio Scelzi.  Hirst extended his lead to about 10-car lengths until he encountered lap traffic on the eighth circuit.  The two frontrunners battled side-by-side in a game of cat and mouse until Stidham powered into the lead firing out of second turn on the 11th circuit.

Teammate Gio Scelzi slid into the hunt and began to pressure Hirst for second in the second Roth Motorsports entry.  Hirst began to reel in Stidham again with Scelzi in tow and barely managed to squeeze past Stidham in traffic going into turn three.  A caution on lap 19 bunched up the field.

Scelzi got around Stidham with nine remaining but then had to contend with sixth starter and fast qualifier Cory Eliason in the potent Antaya Motorsports Fuel Curve-sponsored Maxim.  Hirst would end up checking out but Eliason passed Stidham for third on lap 23 and Scelzi with three remaining to score second.

“It feels good to get back here (victory lane) again,” said Hirst, after claiming his second King of the West-NARC feature of the season.  “The track was really good and the racing was great.  We made a little contact fighting for the lead and I’m just glad we got through it without hurting the car.”

Scelzi was third, chased by Kaeding in the Williams Motorsports Alviso Rock Maxim.  Stidham in his own Don Ott-powered KPC sprinter posted a season best fifth place finish.

The KWS-NARC championship points race was tightened up even more after round 11 of the 17-race series.  Kaeding leads both Scelzi and Eliason by one point each — 638-637.

The remainder of the top ten included Jace Vanderweerd, Buddy Kofoid, Cole Macedo, Jarrett Soares, and DJ Netto.  Kofoid’s efforts were commendable after spinning out on the initial start and restarting at the back of the pack.

KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (30 laps):  Kyle Hirst, Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi, Bud Kaeding, Craig Stidham, Jace Vanderweerd, Buddy Kofoid, Cole Macedo, Jarrett Soares, DJ Netto, Steven Kent, Bobby McMahan, Sean Watts, Michael Cunningham, Mathew Moles, Zane Blanchard, Nathan Rolfe

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Reed gets FAST Fremont win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, July 2, 2017

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed is quickly becoming the driver to beat for the Fremont Speedway 410 sprint car championship in 2017. The Monclova, Ohio driver held off Parker Price-Miller following a restart with just five laps to go to score his second straight win at “The Track That Action Built” during the Open Wheel Shoot Out Saturday, July 1. There were 86 winged sprint cars in three divisions that battled on Willie’s Sales and Service Night at Fremont Speedway. And the huge crowd was treated to very exciting features in all of them.

Paul Weaver came into the night leading the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro points. A fourth place feature finish will keep him ahead of the pack going into the July 1 event at Waynesfield Motorsports Park. However, John Ivy, who came into the night third in the FAST points, scored a runner-up feature finish to close the gap.

For the 30-lap 410 sprint feature Smith and Adam Kekich brought the field to green with Smith gaining the advantage over Price-Miller, Kekich, Brian Lay, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, Byron Reed and Jody Keegan. As Smith pulled away, Lay drove into third on lap three, bringing Brubaker to fourth. On the next lap Reed drove from seventh to fourth while Smith held a comfortable lead over Price-Miller.

Todd Heller would stop on lap six for the fist caution. On the restart Smith continued to lead Price-Miller as Reed got around Lay for third. Price-Miller began pressuring Smith for the lead with Reed edging closer to the front. Cap Henry brought out the caution on lap 14 just as the leaders were preparing to enter heavy lapped traffic. When the green flew Reed drove into second and immediately pressured Smith for the lead.

On lap 16 Smith and Reed would bang wheels in turn two with Smith getting sideways, losing four positions as Reed inherited the lead. With 10 laps to go Reed now led Price-Miller, Lay, Brubaker, Andrews, Smith, Trey Jacobs (from 20th) and Foos. Bobby Distel stopped on the speed with seven laps to go. Reed now had his hands full with Price-Miller on the restart as the pair ran side by side over the next three laps before something broke on Smith’s car, causing him to stop on lap 25.

Reed got an excellent restart and drove away for the victory over Price-Miller, Lay, Brubaker and Andrews.

Mitch Brown and Dussel paced the field for the NRA/GLSS 25 lap feature with Dussel grabbing the lead over Brown, Chase Ridenour, Devin Dobie, Gary Taylor and Todd Heuerman. The event’s only stoppage came on lap four when Shawn Dancer and Tyler Hendricks tangled, sending both flipping. Both drivers were not injured.

On the restart Dussel powered away from Brown, Ridenour, Dobie and Taylor. Dussel quickly built a sizeable lead while Brown ran comfortably in second with Ridenour and Taylor battling for third. Dussel raced into heavy lapped traffic with 12 laps to go allowing Brown to close while Ridenour and Taylor continued their fantastic battle for third. Lapped traffic kept the field close but Dussel was able to pick his way through to maintain the lead.

Dussel sliced through the lapped cars to take the win over Brown, Taylor, Ridenour, and Dobie.

In the 25 lap 305 sprint feature Dustin Rall and Alvin Roepke paced the field with Rall taking the lead when the green flew over Roepke, Dussel, Weaver and Rando. Dussel drove into second on lap two and quickly pressured Rall for the lead while Roepke and Rando battled for third. Dussel was able to drive under Rall for the top spot on lap five with Rando taking third from Roepke two laps later.

Heavy lapped traffic awaited the leaders by lap 10 as Rando took second and closed on Dussel. Meanwhile a tremendous battled ensued for third involving Rall, Roepke, Ivy and Weaver. With eight laps to go the running order was Dussel, Rando, John Ivy, Roepke, Rall and Weaver. On lap 22 as they battled with each other and in lapped traffic, Dussel spun bringing out the feature’s only caution as Rando had got around him for the lead.

Rando held off Ivy the last three laps for the $1,000 win with Roepke, Weaver and 17th starter Jamie Miller rounding out the top five.

Fremont Speedway will be back in action Saturday, July 8 on Crown Battery Night with the 410 and 305 sprints, dirt trucks and 602 late models in action.

For more information about Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FremontSpeedway or on Twitter https://twitter.com/FremontSpeedway.

Those who are seeking additional information regarding the 2017 All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series presented by Ohio Logistics, or the 2017 JLH General Contractors FAST ‘305’ Series presented by Engine Pro, can do so by logging on to the official online home of the FAST Series at www.fastondirt.com. Be sure to stay updated on everything FAST related and ‘Like’ FAST on Facebook at fb.com/fastondirt and follow FAST on Twitter at @FASTseries.

Fremont Speedway
July 1, 2017

410 Sprints A-Main 1 (30 Laps)1. 5-Byron Reed[8] ; 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller[3] ; 3. 45L-Brian Lay[4] ; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker[6] ; 5. 16-Chris Andrews[5] ; 6. 23-DJ Foos[16] ; 7. 3J-Trey Jacobs[20] ; 8. 60-Jody Keegan[7] ; 9. 97-Broc Martin[10] ; 10. 68G-Tyler Gunn[11] ; 11. 1st-Gary Taylor[9] ; 12. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[12] ; 13. 22M-Dan McCarron[18] ; 14. 0-Steve Irwin[15] ; 15. 7-Shawn Valenti[17] ; 16. 2+-Brian Smith[1] ; 17. 5K-Adam Kekich[2] ; 18. 18D-Bobby Distel[19] ; 19. 4-Cap  Henry[13] ; 20. 14H-Todd Heller[14]

NRA/GLSS 360 Sprints A-Main 1 -  (30 Laps)1. 6S-Nate Dussel[2] ; 2. 10-Mitch Brown[1] ; 3. 1X-Gary Taylor[5] ; 4. 11R-Chase Ridenour[3] ; 5. 23-Devon Dobie[4] ; 6. B20-Butch Schroeder[9] ; 7. 18-Todd Heuerman[6] ; 8. 22H-Randy Hannagan[10] ; 9. 1-10-Jake Brown[15] ; 10. 2-Kyle Sauder[7] ; 11. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[11] ; 12. 28-Phil Gressman[16] ; 13. 16B-Ryan Ruhl[12] ; 14. 85-Dustin Daggett[13] ; 15. 49T-Gregg Dalman[18] ; 16. 22R-Kevin Roberts[21] ; 17. 10J-Jarrod Delong[20] ; 18. 11A-Tim Allison[17] ; 19. 49-Shawn Dancer[14] ; 20. 38-Tyler Hendricks[19]

305 Sprints A-Main 1 -  (25 Laps)1. 19R-Steve Rando[4] ; 2. 77I-John Ivy[9] ; 3. 99-Alvin Roepke[2] ; 4. 1W-Paul Weaver[5] ; 5. 66-Jamie Miller[17] ; 6. 9R-Dustin Rall[1] ; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore[12] ; 8. 12-Kyle Capodice[14] ; 9. 2F-Matt Foos[6] ; 10. 21-Dustin Stroup[10] ; 11. 36-Seth Schneider[19] ; 12. 1-Nate Dussel[3] ; 13. 2-Ricky Peterson[7] ; 14. 8-Bobby CLark[15] ; 15. 2L-Landon Lalonde[13] ; 16. 66D-Chase Dunham[18] ; 17. 94K-Kevin Mingus[16] ; 18. 20I-Kelsey Ivy[20] ; 19. 25-Jason Keckler[11] ; 20. 10-Josh Harrison[8]

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Ian Madsen Holds Off Brother Kerry to Win $4,000 at Knoxville!

Calvin Landis Tops 40-car Field in 360’s, Eric Bridger Scores First Win in 305’s

by Bill Wright  

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 1, 2017) – On Pizza Hut/Knoxville Hospitals and Clinics Night, Ian Madsen put on a clinic of his own, leading all 20 laps to record his tenth career feature win at the Knoxville Raceway in the 410 class Saturday.  The St. Mary’s, New South Wales, Australia native earned $4,000 and kept his position on top of a competitive point race.  Calvin Landis stormed to his third career 360 win, over a 40-car field that included representatives of the Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the Upper Midwest Sprint Series (UMSS).  Rookie Eric Bridger won an emotional 305 feature, his first here.

Justin Henderson stormed from the pole in the 20-lap 410 feature, but Ian Madsen crossed under him in turn two to take command.  Two laps in, contact from another car sent Tasker Phillips into a spin in turn three, bringing the only caution of the event.

Madsen led Henderson, Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown and Terry McCarl back to the green.  Kerry quickly picked up second, and began pursuing his brother.  Brown shot under Henderson to take over third.

By lap eight, Ian was entering lapped traffic.  He guided the KCP Racing #18 high and low, but faltered a bit on the 14th lap.  Kerry shot to the low side of turn one on lap 15 to take the lead briefly.  Ian would shoot off the bottom of turn two and storm back by.

Ian would pull away to the checkers for his third 410 feature win here this year, ahead of Kerry, Brown, Henderson and Terry McCarl.  Austin McCarl gained a few spots late for sixth, and Brooke Tatnell, Danny Lasoski, Dakota Hendrickson and Lynton Jeffrey rounded out the top ten.  Brown posted quick time and won his heat race.  Terry McCarl and Josh Schneiderman were other heat winners.

“I knew Kerry and Brian were going to be coming,” said Ian in Victory Lane.  “It’s tough sometimes when you’re leading in lapped traffic.  You don’t get to move around as much.  Kerry got by me and I just had to get up on the wheel and run the top as hard as I could.  I got some good breaks in lapped traffic and was lucky enough to hold on to win.  It’s awesome to get another win here at Knoxville this year, and I can’t thank my team enough.”

With two sanctions joining the 360 regulars at Knoxville the car count swelled to 40.  McKenna Haase flipped several times when the main event began after contact with Chris Martin sent her careening into turn one.  Fortunately, she was o.k.

Brooke Tatnell started on the pole of the 20-lap feature and led lap one.  Calvin Landis was right beside him, however, and had the lead by the first turn of the second lap.  Devin Kline followed Landis into second, but spun in turn four with two laps in the books.

Landis led Tatnell, Jon Agan, Matt Moro and Ryan Giles back to green after Joe Beaver was sent into the turn one wall on the initial restart.  He was uninjured.  Moro and Agan exchanged third, before Agan asserted himself and shot by Tatnell for second on lap five.

At the halfway point, Landis had a 3.4 second lead and was entering lapped traffic.  He continued to pull away, with Agan trailing him.  Disaster came for Agan on lap 18, however, when he went up in smoke.

A green, white, checker finish saw Landis hold on for his third career 360 win here, ahead of Moro, Tatnell, Giles and Cody Ledger.  Clint Garner, Jason Martin, Nebraska 360 Sprint Series Speedway Motors $200 Hard-charger Sawyer Phillips, Jamie Ball and Nate Van Haaften completed the top ten.  Giles and Agan set the standard in qualifying over their respective groups, while Josh Riggins, Christian Bowman, Garner and Ledger were heat winners.  Sawyer Phillips also won the B.

Brandon Worthington spun at the start of the 15-lap 305 feature.  Tyler Glass was the only one to make contact with him, but he continued.  Eric Bridger started on the pole.  The rookie has suffered some bad luck this season, but he’d turn it around on Saturday.

Bridger shot out to a lead early over Brad Comegys and Mike Mayberry.  Chris Walraven moved into the top three on lap two, while Rob Kubli made some moves into fourth.  Bridger had built a 3.7 second lead by the eighth circuit.  Behind him Kubli had a run, taking third from Walraven on lap nine, and second from Comegys on lap 11.

Ryan Leavitt and Kelby Watt contacted on lap 13, sending Leavitt upside down in turn two.  He was unhurt.  The red flag erased a 4.7 second lead for Bridger, but it didn’t matter.  He would coast the last two laps to victory over Kubli, Walraven, Matthew Stelzer and Kade Higday.  Comegys, Kevin Hetrick, hard-charger Glass, Mayberry and Corey Kautz rounded out the top ten.  Higday time in quickest, while Stelzer and Kubli won the heats.

410 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Ian Madsen (2); 2. Kerry Madsen (5); 3. Brian Brown (6); 4. Justin Henderson (1); 5. Terry McCarl (3); 6. Austin McCarl (11); 7. Brooke Tatnell (13); 8. Danny Lasoski (4); 9. Dakota Hendrickson (14); 10. Lynton Jeffrey (7); 11. Josh Schneiderman (10); 12. Matt Juhl (8); 13. Dustin Selvage (15); 14. Scott Bogucki (21); 15. Bobby Mincer (20); 16. Davey Heskin (12); 17. AJ Moeller (9); 18. Phillip Mock (19); 19. Bob Weuve (22); 20. RJ Johnson (16); 21. Rager Phillips (18); 22. Tasker Phillips (17). Lap Leader: I. Madsen 1-20. Hard-charger: Bogucki.

360 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Calvin Landis (2); 2. Matt Moro (6); 3. Brooke Tatnell (1); 4. Ryan Giles (7); 5. Cody Ledger (10); 6. Clint Garner (18); 7. Jason Martin (14); 8. Sawyer Phillips (21); 9. Jamie Ball (16); 10. Nate Van Haaften (12); 11. Stu Snyder (5); 12. Devin Kline (3); 13. John Klabunde (23); 14. Kade Morton (22); 15. Jon Agan (4); 16. Chris Martin (9); 17. Tyler Groenendyk (19); 18. Josh Riggins (11); 19. Mitchell Alexander (13); 20. Seth Brahmer (24); 21. Christian Bowman (17); 22. Ryan Roberts (20); 23. Joe Beaver (15); 24. McKenna Haase (8). Lap Leaders: Tatnell 1, Landis 2-20. Speedway Motors $200

305 A main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. Eric Bridger (1); 2. Rob Kubli (4); 3. Chris Walraven (5); 4. Matthew Stelzer (7); 5. Kade Higday (8); 6. Brad Comegys (3); 7. Kevin Hetrick (6); 8. Tyler Glass (13); 9. Mike Mayberry (2); 10. Corey Kautz (10); 11. Chris Horton (15); 12. Joe Simbro (12); 13. Casey Greubel (16); 14. Blain Petersen (18); 15. Jon Hughes (17); 16. Kelby Watt (14); 17. Ryan Leavitt (9); 18. Brandon Worthington (11) DNS – Jeff Wilke. Lap Leader: Bridger 1-15.

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Joey Saldana earns first Wayne County All Star victory since 1999

ORRVILLE, OH (July 1, 2017) - Despite 18 years separating Joey Saldana from his last visit to Wayne County Speedway, the result remained the same; a victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Saldana, aboard the Indy Race Parts/No. 71, led 15 of the 30 circuits on Saturday night to claim the $5,000 winner’s share at Orrville’s Historic Oval, utilizing a lap 16 restart to slingshot underneath early race leader, Chad Kemenah. The victory, his first Arctic Cat All Star victory since 2014 at Volusia Speedway Park, increased Saldana’s overall Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win count to 72, five of which at Wayne County Speedway which ties “The Brownsburg Bullet” with Sheldon Haudenschild for the most all-time.

Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan charged from seventh to finish second at Wayne County Speedway, followed by Chad Kemenah, Ryan Smith and pole-sitter Dean Jacobs.

“This just goes to show how important it is to be around a great team,” Joey Saldana explained in victory lane. “Sprint car racing is really tough, and it is really easy to get down on yourself. Tonight just goes to show that it’s not just you, it’s a whole team, and tonight I had a whole team. I raced with the All Stars for a long time. It was the feeding ground for the World of Outlaws. Racing with this Series did a lot for me. Luckily for me I was lucky enough to take that next step and move forward.”

Before Saldana made his winning move on lap 16, it was all Dean Jacobs and Chad Kemenah at the front of the running order. Despite a number of cautions halting action, one of which during the opening green resulting in a four car pile-up, Jacobs and Kemenah battled relentlessly, racing side-by-side nearly all the way around Wayne County Speedway.

Jacobs led the first six circuits officially, ultimately losing the lead to Kemenah on lap seven, only to regain control again to officially lead laps eight through 11. Kemenah drove back under Jacobs at the entrance of turn three to solidify himself back on top of the field on lap 12, only to be halted by red flag conditions on lap 13, and another caution on lap 16. By that point, Saldana had already worked his way into second, now setting his sights on the five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion.

When green flag action returned, Saldana chased Chad Kemenah into turns one and two, ultimately setting up a drag race through turn three where Saldana would drove under the Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/DKW Transport/No. 10H. From that point forward, “The Brownsburg Bullet” was the show, and despite one more caution pausing his momentum, Saldana would pull ahead to win by 3.3 seconds.

“It feels really good to be back here, and to be tied with Sheldon Haudenschild is pretty cool,” Saldana said. “He’s the next best thing in sprint car racing. He has a lot of talent.”

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue competition on Saturday evening, July 8, with a visit to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio; the second and final visit by the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2017, as well as the 100th overall appearance since the Series first made the trek to Hartford in 1970.

The 9th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial, honoring the late National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, will headline competition at the state-of-the-art facility on Saturday evening. The Arctic Cat All Stars will battle for a $5,000 top prize.

Sharon Speedway will open gates at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 8. Racing will hit the 3/8 -mile oval at 7:00pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Sharon Speedway live on the Web at www.sharonspeedway.com.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan [5]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 59-Ryan Smith [11]; 5. 8-Dean Jacobs [1]; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [14]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [13]; 8. 16-Danny Mumaw [7]; 9. 33M-Max Stambaugh [10]; 10. 35-Tyler Esh [17]; 11. 17-Caleb Helms [19]; 12. 1080-Jordan Mackison [24]; 13. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [15]; 14. 15H-Mitch Harble [21]; 15. 13-Brandon Matus [23]; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler [3]; 17. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 18. 9M-Jordan Ryan [6]; 19. 57X-Andrew Palker [9]; 20. 56R-Ryan Myers [16]; 21. 4-Danny Smith [18]; 22. 5-Jordan Harble [20]; 23. 45-Trevor Baker [12]; 24. O8-Dan Kuriger [22] Lap Leaders: Dean Jacobs (1-6, 8-11); Chad Kemenah (7, 12-15); Joey Saldana (16-30)

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (July 1, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah - 3272
2. Ryan Smith - 3012
3. Caleb Armstrong - 2994
4. Caleb Helms - 2882
5. Max Stambaugh - 2756
6. T.J. Michael - 2624
7. Brandon Spithaler - 2459
8. Tyler Esh - 2397
9. Tim Shaffer - 2378
10. Brandon Matus - 2376

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410 sprints added to Attica's July 7 program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 30, 2017

ATTICA, Ohio – To give the race teams of the Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints another chance to get prepared for the 29th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics, Attica Raceway Park has added the division to the Friday, July 7 racing program.

Joining the 410 sprints will be the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models who will not only compete in the regular program on Croghan Colonial Bank Night, but will also compete in the 25-lap make-up feature from the June 16 mid-season championship night which will award double points.

“With all the rain-outs we have had this year we wanted to give the 410 sprints another chance to race. Unfortunately we will have to drop the dirt trucks off the schedule for July 7th,” said Rex LeJeune, Operations Director at Attica Raceway Park.

Also, ARP Promoter John Bores will keep the $10 general admission ticket price for the July 7 event along with $1 hot dogs and 50 cent popcorn. With the double features for the late models, unfortunately the open pits for the fans will not take place.

The  305 Sprints will also be in competition Friday, July 7.

Also, late model competitors are reminded a new UMP tire rule is in effect July 1 so this Friday’s event is the final to incorporate the old tire regulations. The new rule is LM 20s on all four corners of the car with a right rear option of LM 20, 30 or 40. There is also no grooving on the right rear tire (effective May 30) and no grooving of any tire after July 30. Tire siping is allowed however.

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Late storms force Attica to cancel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 30, 2017

By Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio – A late thunderstorm hit Attica Raceway Park just as sprint cars were about to put heat in the engines on Baumann Auto Group/Tusing Builders Fan Appreciation Night forcing racing to be cancelled.

Attica Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, July 7 on Croghan Colonial Bank Night. It will be an Attica Raceway Park/Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series Challenge night for the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models. The make-up 25 lap mid-season championship feature for the late models that was rained out on June 16 will also be contested and double points will be awarded. The Fremont Fence 305 Sprints and dirt trucks will be in action as well.

The late model competitors are reminded a new UMP tire rule is in effect July 1 so this Friday’s event is the final to incorporate the old tire regulations. The new rule is LM 20s on all four corners of the car with a right rear option of LM 20, 30 or 40. There is also no grooving on the right rear tire (effective May 30) and no grooving of any tire after July 30. Tire siping is allowed however.

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Sprint Spectacular to be Held at Mercer Raceway Park

Extra Money on the Line for 410 and 305 Sprints, 358 Modifieds, and Mini Stocks

(Mercer, PA June 28, 2017):  Sprint Car fans will see a unique tripleheader this Saturday, July 1, at Mercer Raceway Park. Bonnell's Collision Center will bring to the speedway the Patriot Sprint Tour, a series devoted to winged racers powered by 360 cubic inch engines. Also on the program will be the track's two regular winged sprint divisions, the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprints and the Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprints. Some drivers will compete in two of the classes, and, several seasons ago, young Danny Holtgraver won both the 410 and the 360 races. Will any be bold enough to try all three? Will any be good enough to win all three? You will have to be there to see if for yourself!

Jared Zimbardi, of Bradford, is the leading winner on the Patriot Sprint Tour in 2017 and he is the current points leader. He is coming off a win at a New York speedway, and he has other victories at three more tour stops. Can he maintain his momentum? Zimbardi will face stiff competition from racers like Steve Collins, Kyle Drum. Darryl Ruggles, and Jordan Thomas, to name a few. And, because this Saturday's event is part of a mini series, it is quite possible that some other notables will be on hand, like Chuck Hebing, Brian Howland, Robbie Stillwaggon, and Mark Smith. Even some racers familiar to Mercer fans may be there to race with the Patriots, including Dennis Wagner, Joe McEwen, and Cody Bova!

Jack Sodeman, Jr. will be looking to build upon his points lead in the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprints, and a win could net the veteran from North Jackson, OH, a cool $2,000. Michael Bauer may have something to say about that, as he is challenging for his first 410 championship. Another racer to watch will be popular Rod George, who scored a win the last time he went to the post at the track he once dominated. Many others will be on hand, and those less fortunate will earn $200 to start.

Andy Priest and Darin Gallagher will square off for bragging rights and the extra purse money also on tap for the Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprints. The winner's share will be $600, and Gregg McCandless, Mike Marano, II, and others will do their best to grab the glory and the gold.

The Turn 4 Toliets 358 Modifieds will be going for $750 to win. While Jimmy Holden and Lonny Riggs must be considered to be contenders, watch for Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Kyle Fink, and the father and son duo of Jeff Schaffer Sr., and Jr. put them to the test.

Rounding out the card will be the Mini Stocks, presented by Ray's Racing Collectibles, and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking. Bill Fuchs, Tim Callahan, Tyler Fulton, and Isaac Paden will be in the hunt, for sure. But, so will more than a dozen other racers. These guys and gals have been putting on some of the most exciting, wheel to wheel action week in and week out. You will not want to miss them!

The gates will open at 4 p.m. Practice and time trials will begin at approximately 5:45, and heat racing will follow immediately thereafter.

Special event ticket pricing will apply. Adult admission will be just $15 for this program, and remember that Fireworks will be included, courtesy of Pizza Joe's. Seniors (60+) will enjoy the Independence Day celebration for only $13, and students (9-15) for $7. The children (8 and under) will be free, as always. A Family Pass will be available for $35, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minors of any age. Pit Passes will be $35, and that will allow the bearer to get up close and personal while the racers are preparing for the evening's speed contests.

Keep in mind that parking is free at Mercer Raceway Park, and there is plenty of room for free camping. No hookups are available, however.

Mercer Raceway Park will be dark on July 8, but racing will resume on July 15, with a Saturday Night Live! event. That evening will also be Racing for a Cure Night, as the speedway will show its support for the American Cancer Society.

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KING OF THE WEST-NARC SPRINT CARS TO MAKE FIRST 2017 APPEARANCE IN HANFORD

(6/27/17) Jim Allen – Hanford, CA …  The 3/8 mile banked dirt oval of Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA will play host to the exciting 900-horsepower open wheel sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series this Saturday, July 1st.

This marks the 11th stop on the ultra-competitive 17-race KWS-NARC series and the first at Hanford this season.  This year’s campaign has already produced eight different feature event winners compared to only six last year.

Among those competing on Saturday is Hanford’s very own DJ Netto.  The 21-year old driver captured one of the biggest victories of his racing career on June 24th at Calistoga Speedway.  He has also won a weekly show at Keller Auto Speedway this season.  He would like nothing better than to cash out with a $3000 winners payday on Saturday.

“Hanford is normally wide and slick up to a curb, which makes for great racing,” said Netto.  “It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks on the schedule and I’m looking to make up some ground in the (championship) points standings.”

Netto is currently fourth in points, chasing leader Bud Kaeding of Campbell, one of three different drivers to lead the season-long battle this season.  At stake are shares in a year end $62,000 point fund, including $10,000 for the championship team.

Kaeding is currently locked in a torrid battle with a pair of Central California open wheel stars — 15-year old Gio Scelzi of Fresno and Selma’s Cory Eliason.  Kaeding’s lead is just five points over Scelzi and seven markers ahead of Eliason.  Netto is in the running, stalking 22-points behind; an amount which can be made up in a single racing program.

“It’s been a heated contest all season and no one driver has been able to dominate like in previous seasons,”  continued Netto, who drives a car owned by Clyde Lamar of West Sacramento.  “If my team can put together a few more wins and consistently finish in the top five the rest of the year, I can find myself in the thick of things.”

Others expected to compete include three-time series champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise; Michael “Buddy” Kofoid of Penngrove;  Sacramento area drivers Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft; Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay; Atwater drivers Sean Watts and Nathan Rolfe, and Fresno’s Craig Stidham.

The KWS-NARC program includes qualifying, three 10-lap heat races, the six-lap Hoosier Tires Dash; followed by the 30-lap high stakes Fujitsu Sprint Car Series headliner.  Also on the racing card is the Allstar Modified Tour, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini-stocks.

Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m.  Front gates open at 4:30 p.m.

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FAST has 3 huge nights Independence Day weekend racing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – The competitors of the FAST 410 Championship Series FAST 305 Championship Series will get set off their own fireworks during a huge Independence Day weekend that includes huge events at Attica Raceway Park, Fremont Speedway and Waynesfield Raceway Park.

The FAST teams head to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio Friday, June 30 on Baumann Auto Group/Tusing Builders Fan Appreciation Night which includes general admission tickets for just $10 each along with $1 hot dogs and 50 cent pop corn. Also, after hot laps and qualifications, fans will be allowed entry into the pit area to meet the race teams.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. at Attica Raceway Park with racing under way at 7:45 p.m.

Fremont Speedway will play host to the FAST teams on Saturday, July 1 as part of “The Track That Action Built’s” Open Wheel Shoot Out that features all sprint cars on Willie’s Sales and Service Night. Fans will not only be entertained by the FAST 410 and 305 teams but the 360ci sprints of the K&N Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders/Great Lakes Super Sprints all for just $15 general admission. The FAST 410 sprints will battle for $3,000 to win while the NRA/GLSS sprints vie for $2,000 to win and the FAST 305 sprints $1,000 to win.

Gates will open Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing under way at 7 p.m.

Then Monday, July 3, the FAST teams head south to Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio as part of the Summer Sprint Sizzler. The FAST 410 teams will vie for $3,000 to win with the FAST 305 competitors battling for $1,000 to win on the high banked quarter mile track. The event includes the NRA/GLSS 360 sprints battling for $4,000 to win. As an added attraction, the Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) will also share the 410 sprint billing.

Pit gates will open Monday at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates at 4 p.m.

“Fans will get to see a lot of sprint car racing and won’t have to travel very far and the ticket prices are very family friendly. We are excited to continue the ‘North verses south’ sprint car battle with the OSCS…this time on neutral territory at Waynesfield. Our point battles will really heat up this weekend as well,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.

Fremont, Ohio’s DJ Foos continues to lead the FAST 410 Championship Series points. Foos, who has four top five finishes in series competition this year including a win at Attica Raceway Park, is coming off a highly successful Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The Jay Kiser owned team scored four top 10 finishes and a pair of top five runs during speedweek, including a podium finish at Atomic Speedway on June 24.

Sandusky, Ohio’s Chris Andrews is just 21 points behind Foos. The Burmeister Racing driver has three top five finishes and six top 10 runs in FAST competition. Genoa, Ohio’s Brian Lay is third in the points with a series win at Fremont to go with a pair of top five and three top 10 finishes.

Napoleon, Ohio’s Tyler Gunn sits fourth in the FAST points with three top five finishes and four top 10 runs. Duane Zablocki of Tiffin, Ohio is fifth in FAST points with a top five and four top 10 finishes. Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti is sixth in FAST points with Stuart Brubaker, rookie Dan McCarron, Jody Keegan and Pennsylvania’s Adam Kekich rounding out the top 10 in FAST points.

Four time FAST champion Byron Reed, despite missing three series events, sits 11th in the point standings with a series win at Fremont to go with four top five and five top 10 finishes. Dalton, Ohio’s Lee Jacobs is1 12th in FAST points despite missing three series events because of a top five and four top 10 finishes. Back to racing after having to take several weeks off due to engine woes, Wooster, Ohio’s Trey Jacobs is 13th in FAST points.

In the FAST 305 Championship Series, defending champion Paul Weaver holds a 39 point advantage. Weaver has racked all three series wins so far this season. Gibsonburg, Ohio’s Nate Dussel, a two time FAST champion, sits second in the series points, scoring a pair of top five and three top 10 finishes.

Fremont’s John Ivy has three top five finishes in FAST competition to claim the third spot in the series point standings with Sandusky, Ohio’s Kyle Capodice recording a pair of top five finishes to sit fourth in the points. Elmore, Ohio’s Alvin Roepke has one top five finish to hold down the fifth spot in points.

Kelsey Ivy is sixth in series points with a top five and two top 10 finishes. Cody Bova has recorded a top 10 finish to sit seventh in series points with Jason Keckler scoring a pair of top 10 finishes to take the eighth spot in FAST points.

Rounding out the top 10 are Tyler Street, Seth Schneider, Jamie Miller, tied for 10th.

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DJ NETTO IS THE MAN OF THE HOUR AT KWS-NARC HEADLINER AT DIRT CLASSIC

06/24/17  – Calistoga, CA …  DJ Netto drove a solid 25-laps and found himself at the right place at the right time to claim top honors in Saturday’s King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Racing Series Dirt Classic before a capacity crowd at Calistoga Speedway.

The event, which was co-sanctioned by the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, raised an amazing $250,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga.

It was Netto’s first career victory at the half-mile oval and the 16th for longtime car owner Clyde Lamar.  It made the team the eighth different winner in 10 series races this season.

This feature was filled with late race drama as bad luck knocked out the top two frontrunners who managed to dominate most of the contest.  However, Netto had to fight some mechanical challenges of his own, as his sprinter suffered a broken right front shock after tagging the wall on the first lap.

Hoosier Tires dash winner and polesitter Michael Kofoid appeared to be the class of the field from the initial green.  The 15-year old driver jumped out to a commanding lead over Netto, Rico Abreu and Australian Jamie Veal in the early going.  Netto and Abreu locked horns as the pair diced through lapped traffic on the fifth circuit.  Netto maintained that advantage until Abreu took the lead on lap 14 as the pair powered out of the fourth corner.

Abreu began to steadily reel in the leader until he spun out in the second turn on the 20th circuit.  The culprit was a flat left front tire.  As the field slowed for the caution, Kofoid discovered he had cut a left rear tire and pulled into the pit area for repairs.  This handed the point to Netto for the final five lap sprint to the checkered.

Shane Golobic, who started seventh in the Keith Day Trucking/Green 1 sprinter made a couple of attempts to get past the leader on the restart, but had to settle for second.

KWS-NARC championship point leader Bud Kaeding started third, fell back as far as sixth in the early going, before rebounding to finish third.

Veal brought out the only other caution flag on lap 13 with a flat right rear tire.

Eighth starter Kyle Hirst finished fourth chased by teammate Gio Scelzi who tailgated him across the line in the teams other car.

Hirst paced the field in qualifying with a 17.040 second run around the half-mile oval.

The remaining top ten finishers at the line were Cory Eliason, 11th starter Willie Croft, Michael Kofoid, NASCAR star Rickey Stenhouse Jr, and Bobby McMahan.

Heat races wins were claimed by Netto, Kaeding and Veal.

RACE RESULTS:

KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (25 laps): DJ Netto, Shane Golobic, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Giovanni Scelzi, Cory Eliason, Willie Croft, Michael Kofoid, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bobby McMahan, Justyn Cox, Sean Watts, Nathan Rolfe, Jarrett Soares, Scott Males, Cori Andrews, Rico Abreu, John Clark, Jamie Veal, Joey Magaruh, Jim Richardson.

Lap Leaders:  Kofoid 1-20, Netto 21-25

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Cole Duncan earns Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale victory, Tim Shaffer claims third Speedweek championship

CHILLICOTHE, OH (June 25, 2017) - Ending a near-four year drought, Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan is back in All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane, this time earning the 35th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale win at Atomic Speedway over a field of 53 entries.

Helms earned his $5,000 payday from the outside of row three, utilizing a lap 21 restart to take command officially on lap 22 over Muskingum County Speedway winner, Spencer Bayston. Duncan chased Bayston for six circuits before making the winning move, eventually driving under Bayston through turns three and four.

Duncan’s victory caps off an impressive Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign for the second generation All Star winner, finishing tied for second in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship standings on the strength of one victory and five top-ten finishes, three of which inside the top-five. Despite ending in a tie, Duncan will be declared the official runner-up due to having a victory over Chad Kemenah.

Spencer Bayston held on to finish second on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway, followed by DJ Foos, Tanner Thorson and Caleb Armstrong.

“Man, I’ve been waiting to talk to you for a long time,” Cole Duncan explained in victory lane. “I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out tonight. It was a near-perfect night for racing. The track was in perfect shape. I’m so glad Brad (McCown) opened this place back up and did what he did. It feels so good to be in victory lane during an All Star event at my home track. This is the first Speedweek I’ve ever completed. I’m so proud of everyone.”

Cole Duncan won the battle on Saturday night, but it was the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer who won the war, claiming his third Ohio Sprint Speedweek point championship worth $1,000. Shaffer’s Speedweek run ended with two victories, the first at Eldora Speedway and the second at Waynesfield Raceway Park, as well as five top-ten finishes, edging out Cole Duncan and Chad Kemenah in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek title fight by 14 points.

“This was definitely a whole group effort. They did a great job, which made me look even better than I was,” said Tim Shaffer. “We’re running well at a perfect time of the year. I’m having more fun now than I ever have. They gave me a great car here tonight. We have the engines and the parts; everything we need to be better.”

The All Star Circuit of Champions will continue competition with visits to Kokomo (IN) Speedway and Wayne County (OH) Speedway on Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. The Kokomo Speedway program was originally set for Friday, May 19, but was postponed due to Mother Nature. Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and All Star owner, will join the field at Indiana’s baddest bullring; the only All Star Circuit of Champions appearance in the state of Indiana for 2017. Rico Abreu is the most recent winner during Arctic Cat All Star competition at Kokomo Speedway, earning the 2016 Dirt Classic Indiana worth $12,500.

The upcoming Wayne County Speedway appearance will be the third of five for the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2017, most recently during Ohio Sprint Speedway presented by Cometic Gasket on Monday, June 19. Kyle Larson was the Speedweek winner, his first of two Ohio Sprint Speedweek victories with the second coming one night later at Sharon (OH) Speedway.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Cole Duncan; 2. Spencer Bayston; 3. DJ Foos; 4. Tanner Thorson; 5. Caleb Armstrong; 6. Tim Shaffer; 7. Brandon Wimmer; 8. Lee Jacobs; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr.; 10. Carson Macedo; 11. Ryan Smith; 12. Chad Kemenah; 13. Andrew Palker; 14. Max Stambaugh; 15. Danny Smith; 16. TJ Michael; 17. Craig Mintz; 18. Brandon Spithaler; 19. Cale Thomas; 20. Tyler Esh; 21. Duane Zablocki; 22. Caleb Helms; 23. Ronnie Blair; 24. Sean Zemunik; 25. Mitchell Wormall; 26. Cale Conley.

Lap Leaders: Caleb Armstrong, 1-5, Spencer Bayston,6-21, Cole Duncan,22-30.

FINAL Ohio Sprint Speedweek Standings
1. Tim Shaffer 930
2. Cole Duncan 916
3. Chad Kemenah 916
4. Carson Macedo 888
5. Ryan Smith 852
6. Caleb Armstrong 812
7. Lee Jacobs 806
8. Max Stambaugh 780
9. Andrew Palker 774
10. Caleb Helms 772

Win Bonus Count presented by Cometic Gasket:
Tim Shaffer - 2 - Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park
Kyle Larson - 2 - Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway
Spencer Bayston - 1 - Muskingum County Speedway
Cole Duncan - 1 - Atomic Speedway

Current Standings (June 24, 2017)
1. Chad Kemenah  3128
2. Ryan Smith  2870
3. Caleb Armstrong  2856
4. Caleb Helms 2754
5. Max Stambaugh 2624
6. T.J. Michael 2433
7. Tim Shaffer 2378
8. Brandon Spithaler 2341
9. Tyler Esh 2267
10. Brandon Matus 2256

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Hall of Fame Night Has Danny Lasoski Pocketing $5,000 at Knoxville

Clint Garner Scores 31st Win in 360’s, Kade Higday Takes Third of Season in 305’s

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 24, 2017) – It was a great day to be Danny Lasoski at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.  In the afternoon, he was inducted with three others into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.  At night, he led from green to checker to earn $5,000 and his 112th victory on Marion County Farm Bureau Mid-Season Championship Night!  Those joining Lasoski in the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame class included official Craig Johnson, official Jim Roush (accepted by son Bob) and owner/mechanic, Jeff Woodruff.  Clint Garner won his third feature of the season and the 31st of his career in the 360 class.  Kade Higday also won his third main event of the season in the 305 class, and the fifth in his career.

Lasoski shot out to an early lead in a 25-lap feature on a track that would lay rubber early.  Lynton Jeffrey and Ian Madsen were in tow, with Brian Brown moving into fourth by the third circuit.  Rubber was apparent in turns one and two by lap four.  Madsen shot by Jeffrey into second and pursued Lasoski.

The leaders were in lapped traffic by lap ten.  When Jeffrey slipped out of the turn two groove on lap 14, Brown pounced into third.  At that point, a blanket could be thrown over the fourth, fifth and sixth place cars of Jeffrey, Brooke Tatnell and Austin McCarl.  Tatnell was able to move into fourth by the time the first caution of the race came out for Scott Bogucki, who blew his right rear tire.

Jeffrey used the restart to retake fourth, and the race was slowed again when Carson McCarl, who was joining brother Austin and father Terry for his first 410 start at Knoxville, spun on lap 20.  Lasoski pulled away the last five laps to take the win ahead of Madsen, Brown, Tatnell, who reclaimed fourth on the final restart, and Jeffrey.  Austin McCarl, Terry McCarl, Dakota Hendrickson, Tasker Phillips and Josh Schneiderman completed the top ten.  Tatnell set quick time at 15.985 seconds, on a track this scribe has seldom seen slower at that point in the night.  Tatnell also won his heat, as did Brown and Hendrickson.

“(Car owner Mark Burch) is one hell of a person, one hell of a friend, and a great crew chief,” said Lasoski in Victory Lane next to the Burch #1m.  “He and I are the only crew, and I do the fuel.  He does everything else.  He works his tail off, and I want to thank his beautiful wife Mary and his kids, because they’d probably rather have him home.  The yellows started coming out, and you don’t know how much of your tire you need to save, and how much you need to go.  The track was shining up and we had to save our tire.  It worked out for us.”

The 360 feature was an action packed 20-lapper that saw Matt Moro lead early over Clint Garner and Jon Agan.  Garner worked by Agan for second on lap two, and then shot under Moro to take the point heading into turn one on lap three.  Moro would reel the leader in through the middle stages of the race as traffic thickened.

On lap 14, Moro worked by Garner to take the lead briefly on the backstretch.  The two veterans touched wheels but continued on.  By the time they reached the flag stand, Garner was back at the point.  The top five were within ten car lengths of each other as Garner and Moro were joined by Ryan Giles, Agan and Joe Beaver, who made a slide for life on Agan and tagged the wall on lap 16.

Troy Manteufel spun into turn one 16 laps in to bring the only caution.  Garner led Moro, Giles, Agan and Beaver back to green flag racing.  Beaver would take over fourth, but Garner would maintain his lead to the checkers ahead of Moro, Giles, Beaver and Agan.  Jamie Ball, Chris Martin, hard-charger Jason Martin, Cody Ledger and Nate Van Haaften rounded out the top ten.  Moro set quick time over the 29-car field, while Ryan Roberts, Agan and Giles won heat races.  Chris Morgan claimed the B main.

“The track was really slick tonight,” said Garner.  “It was great to get a win there.  It wasn’t easy.  Moro was on me in lapped traffic.  I’d like to thank J&J for participating in our banquet.  This car was the one we won at the banquet last year and it was the second night on it.  I’ve been running Schnee’s my whole career and there’s not a thing wrong with them.  But due to the fact J&J participates in our banquet, I felt the right thing to do was put the car to use.  I really wanted to win for them, so that made us happy.  (Moro) raced me hard, and that’s good.  That’s what we have to do when we race in August.  We have to race fast and hard.  It was a good race.  He squeezed through there, and it ‘elbowed me up’.”

Rookie Brandon Worthington was the early leader in the 17-lap 305 feature, with Chris Walraven and Kade Higday in tow.  Kelby Watt did a 360 spin while running fifth, to bring out the first of two cautions.  Watt recovered in seventh place, where he would restart.  Higday used the cushion to shoot by Walraven for second on the restart.

Laps ten through twelve would see a side by side battle for the lead between Worthington and Higday.  Higday would move by on lap 13, before the last slowdown came for a cone thrown on the track by Worthington, who cruised over the berm in turn four.

Higday would hold onto his lead the last four laps, while Ryan Leavitt climbed from fourth to second after the restart.  Worthington was third, ahead of Corey Kautz, and Walraven.  Watt, Mike Mayberry, Tyler Glass, Eric Bridger and Brad Comegys rounded out the top ten.  Higday also set quick time, while Joe Simbro and Leavitt were heat winners.

“The top was pretty crumbly tonight,” said Higday in Victory Lane.  “There wasn’t much of a cushion.  I knew that Brandon was going to have a good car, but I knew ours was good too.  I just stuck to it and kept going.”

Next Saturday night, July 1 is Pizza Hut/Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Night!  All three sprint car classes will be in action, with the 360 class also hosting the Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the Upper Midwest Sprint Series (UMSS).  For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!

410 A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Danny Lasoski (1); 2. Ian Madsen (5); 3. Brian Brown (7); 4. Brooke Tatnell (8); 5. Lynton Jeffrey (3); 6. Austin McCarl (6); 7. Terry McCarl (4); 8. Dakota Hendrickson (2); 9. Tasker Phillips (10); 10. Josh Schneiderman (12); 11. Rager Phillips (11); 12. Matt Juhl (9); 13. Davey Heskin (15); 14. RJ Johnson (13); 15. Ryan Bunton (18); 16. Chris Martin (14); 17. Austin Johnson (22); 18. Bob Weuve (24); 19. AJ Moeller (23); 20. Carson McCarl (17); 21. Scott Bogucki (16); 22. Dustin Selvage (21); 23. Bobby Mincer (19); 24. Paige Polyak (20).

Lap Leader: Lasoski 1-25. .

360 A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Clint Garner (4); 2. Matt Moro (2); 3. Ryan Giles (5); 4. Joe Beaver (7); 5. Jon Agan (1); 6. Jamie Ball (9); 7. Chris Martin (6); 8. Jason Martin (18); 9. Cody Ledger (10); 10. Nate Van Haaften (3); 11. Sawyer Phillips (12); 12. Calvin Landis (16); 13. Ryan Roberts (8); 14. Tom Lenz (13); 15. Devin Kline (14); 16. Stacey Alexander (22); 17. Tyler Groenendyk (15); 18. Josh Riggins (17); 19. Chris Morgan (21); 20. Ben Woods (24); 21. McKenna Haase (11); 22. Cody Wehrle (19); 23. Troy Manteufel (23); 24. Alan Zoutte (20).

Lap Leaders: Moro 1-2, Garner 3-20.  .

305 A main (started), 17 Laps, NT: 1. Kade Higday (6); 2. Ryan Leavitt (8); 3. Brandon Worthington (2); 4. Corey Kautz (1); 5. Chris Walraven (4); 6. Kelby Watt (5); 7. Mike Mayberry (3); 8. Tyler Glass (10); 9. Eric Bridger (7); 10. Brad Comegys (13); 11. Kevin Hetrick (12); 12. Joe Simbro (9); 13. Matt Stephenson (15); 14. Casey Greubel (18); 15. Evan Epperson (16); 16. Josh Jones (11); 17. Jon Hughes (14); 18. Travis Rewerts (17) DNS – Chris Horton, Jeff Wilke.

Lap Leaders: Worthington 1-12, Higday 13-17.

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SHANE GOLOBIC CONQUERS POMBO-SARGENT CLASSIC FIELD TO WIN KWS-NARC 30-LAPPER

6/23/17 – Watsonville, CA … Shane Golobic survived a couple of epic sprint car battles with Chase Johnson and Cory Eliason to capture Friday’s 30-lap King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series Pombo-Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway.

Golobic became the seventh different winner in nine KWS-NARC races this season after claiming top honors in the Pombo-Sargent for the second consecutive year.

Johnson outgunned Bud Kaeding in a wild first lap to take the point as the field quickly sorted itself out behind him.  Kaeding jumped the cushion in turn two the next time around and the third starting Golobic slid into the runner-up spot, chased by Eliason and fast qualifier Justin Sanders.

A caution period on lap seven for a spun car bunched up the field once again.  The top three battled inches apart before Golobic squeezed past Johnson coming out of the fourth turn, only to lose the advantage in the second corner.  Golobic took the lead for good on the 10th circuit, but not without several challenges by a stalking Eliason.

Another caution slowed the field on lap 16, giving Eliason another solid shot at Golobic.  However, Golobic expertly sliced and diced his way through slower traffic and held on to secure the victory.

“Everything the crew gave me tonight worked perfectly,” said Golobic.  “It was also nice to score this win on my father’s (John Golobic) birthday.

Justin Sanders, who started sixth, powered his way to fourth on lap 14, third on lap 20, and took advantage of Eliason jumping the cushion with four remaining to secure second.  Eliason wrestled the sprinter back into shape and crossed the checkered in third.

Kaeding finished fourth.  In the process, he regained the KWS-NARC championship point lead from Gio Scelzi. Kaeding now has 523 points, followed closely by both Scelzi and Eliason who are both tied up with 519.

Three-time series champ Kyle Hirst rounded out the top five.

Australian Jamie Veal, DJ Netto, Michael Kofoid, Gio Scelzi, and Nathan Rolfe were the next five across the finish line.  It was Rolfe’s first top 10 finish of the season.

Heat races were picked off by Johnson, Eliason and Netto.

RACE RESULTS:

KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (30 laps):  Shane Golobic, Justin Sanders, Cory Eliason, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Jamie Veal, DJ Netto, Michael Kofoid, Gio Scelzi, Nathan Rolfe, Brent Bjork, Koen Shaw, Jerry Bonemma, Jeremy Chisum, Sean Watts, Chase Johnson, Bobby McMahan, Jarrett Soares

Lap Leaders:  Johnson 1-7, Golobic 8, Johnson 9, Golobic 10-30

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All Stars set to revisit Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, July 1

ORRVILLE, OH (June 23, 2017) - A late addition to the All Star Circuit of Champions schedule will see “America’s Series” return to Wayne County (OH) Speedway sooner than expected, now revisiting on Saturday, July 1, for the third of five total appearances in 2017. The event will award a $5,000 top prize, also awarding full points toward the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions season championship.

The Wayne County Speedway visit on July 1 will follow the All Star invasion of Kokomo (IN) Speedway on June 30.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to have the Arctic Cat All Stars back so soon,” Jason Flory explained, promoter of Wayne County Speedway. “Our Ohio Sprint Speedweek program proved to be a success, and with their schedule opening back up right before the holiday, we decided to jump on the opportunity to have them back.”

In addition to a complete All Star Circuit of Champions program, Wayne County Speedway will also host all of their regular racing divisions including super late models, super stocks and mini stocks, each battling for a Mid-Season Championship.

The All Star Circuit of Champions made their most recent Wayne County Speedway appearance on Monday evening, June 19, for round three of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket. Kyle Larson, the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader, earned the Wayne County Speedway victory; his first of two during his short-lived Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign.

Wayne County Speedway will open pit gates at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 1. Main gates will follow at 3:00pm. General admission tickets are $15. Pit passes will be available for $35.

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Rain Washes Out Ohio Speedweek At Limaland

LIMA, OH (June 23, 2017) - A mixture of heavy rains and saturated grounds forced All Star Circuit of Champions and Limaland Motorsports Park officials to cancel round seven of Ohio Sprint Speedweekscheduled for Friday evening, June 23.

Although officials are working together to bring the All Stars back to Limaland Motorsports Park, any potential rain date will not be connected to Ohio Sprint Speedweek; will not count toward the overall win bonus, nor the Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship.

The 2017 Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship will be determined on Saturday evening, June 24, at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Only two markers separate Tim Shaffer and Chad Kemenah in the Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship standings entering the Saturday night finale.

If a tie would occur in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek standings, feature finishes throughout the week will be used as a tiebreaker to determine the champion; number of victories, number of runner-up finishes, and so on.

Atomic Speedway pit gates will open at 2:00pm, followed by main gates at 4:00pm and hot laps at 6:00pm. A rain date of Sunday, June 25, will be used if needed

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Spencer Bayston goes wire-to-wire for Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory at Muskingum County Speedway

DRESDEN, OH (June 22, 2017) - For the second time in 2017, and for the second time in his career, Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston is an All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner, this time scoring $5,000 during round six of Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Muskingum County Speedway.

Bayston led all 30 circuits on Thursday evening at the Dresden-area oval, manhandling multiple waves of intense traffic, as well as an aggressive cushion at the top of the speedway, to clinch his first All Star win since April.

Fellow Indiana native Caleb Armstrong finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer and Cole Duncan.

“I’m going to get most of the credit here tonight, but the people who really deserve the credit are the ones standing behind me,” Spencer Bayston said in victory lane. “This is a brand new race car. We rolled one over the other night at Wayne County Speedway, so we’ve been up until about four in the morning the last few nights working to get this one ready. Kevin and Jordan [Swindell], the whole crew; they all work so hard and make all of this happen. Without them, I wouldn’t be standing up here.”

Bayston’s 30-lap campaign at the front of the field started from the pole position, taking command right from the drop of the green flag over Caleb Armstrong and two-time Speedweek winner Tim Shaffer. Two early cautions, the first on lap five and the second on lap ten, were the only two momentum breakers for Bayston, but neither created any sort of distraction. Bayston’s lead was nearly three seconds on multiple occasions even while racing in traffic, and despite having to deal with dirty air, the Indiana native hardly faltered.

“We got to dirty air in traffic and my whole race changed it felt like,” Bayston said. “I had to kinda drive above [the cushion] a couple times, but it almost didn’t work for me because I nearly looped it. Despite all of that, I never really felt any pressure, so I was able to just cruise and bring it home.”

Caleb Armstrong’s runner-up finish was a season-high for the New Castle, Indiana, native. The second year All Star traveler started second on the feature grid and battled in that position all 30 laps. Chad Kemenah, the current All Star championship point leader, charged from 11th to finish third.

Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, will continue Ohio Sprint Speedweekt with round seven of competition on Friday evening, June 23. Limaland has hosted the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on 30 separate occasions since their first visit in 1983, the most recent during the 2016 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek on June 24, 2016. “The Hurricane” Randy Hannagan scored the $5,000 top prize, his first-ever at the high banked quarter-mile during Arctic Cat All Star competition.  

Limaland Motorsports Park will open main gates at 5:00pm tomorrow afternoon, Friday, June 23. Hot laps should hit the racing surface at 6:30pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Limaland Motorsports Park live on the Web at www.limaland.com.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Spencer Bayston; 2. Caleb Armstrong; 3. Chad Kemenah; 4. Tim Shaffer; 5. Cole Duncan; 6. Ryan Smith; 7. Cale Conley; 8. Tyler Esh; 9. Max Stambaugh; 10. DJ Foos; 11. Brandon Spithaler; 12. Lee Jacobs; 13. Sammy Walsh; 14. Parker Price-Miller; 15. Danny Smith; 16. Carson Macedo; 17. Michael Bauer; 18. Caleb Helms; 19. John Garvin; 20. Bryan Nuckles; 21. Cale Thomas; 22. Jordan Ryan; 23. Brandon Matus; 24. Danny Dietrich; 25. Andrew Palker.

Lap Leaders: Spencer Bayston, 1-30.

Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Point Standings (After June 22):
1. Tim Shaffer 792
2. Chad Kemenah 790
3. Cole Duncan 766
4. Carson Macedo 758
5. Ryan Smith 724
6. Parker Price-Miller 706
7. Lee Jacobs 672
7. Caleb Armstrong 672
9. Caleb Helms 666
10. Cale Conley 662

Win Bonus Count presented by Cometic Gasket:
Tim Shaffer - 2 - Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park [+500]
Kyle Larson - 2 - Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway [+$500]
Spencer Bayston - 1 - Muskingum County Speedway

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (June 22, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah  3002
2. Ryan Smith  2742
3. Caleb Armstrong  2716
4. Caleb Helms  2648
5. Max Stambaugh  2502
6. T.J. Michael  2240
6. Tim Shaffer  2240
8. Brandon Spithaler  2227
9. Brandon Matus 2166
10. Tyler Esh 2157

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All Star visit to Merritt Speedway on July 1 cancelled

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 22, 2017) - A collective decision between All Star Circuit of Champions and Merritt Speedway officials resulted in the cancellation of the Saturday, July 1, visit to Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan. Track officials and Series representatives hope to work together in bringing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions back to Michigan in the future.

The All Star visit to Kokomo (IN) Speedway on Friday, June 30, is still on as planned. If needed, Saturday, July 1, will serve as the rain date for the Kokomo Speedway program.

The one-night All Star return to Kokomo Speedway will be complete with qualifying time trials and heat race competition, headlined with a $5,000-to-win main event. The USAC SpeeD2 Midgets will also be on the evening card, creating a “must-see” experience for any open wheel enthusiast.  

Those who would like to purchase advance tickets for the Cat All Star Circuit of Champions invasion of Kokomo Speedway on June 30 can do so by visiting: http://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1528. General Admission: $25; Reserved seating (top ten rows of main grandstand): $30; Children 10 years and younger will be admitted into general admission for free. All tickets will also be available at the track on the day of the event. Pit passes are $35.

The private Tony Stewart autograph session, slated to be held at the Tony Stewart merchandise trailer just outside of the main ticket booth, will also be conducted as scheduled. An exact time will be announced next week before the event. Only those who purchased one of the first 150 pre-sale tickets will be eligible to attend the private autograph session.

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Tim Shaffer holds back Danny Dietrich for Waynesfield Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory

WAYNESFIELD, OH (June 21, 2017) - A battle that lasted nearly 15 circuits around the Waynesfield Raceway Park high banks, the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer held off Pennsylvania Posse invader Danny Dietrich to earn his second victory in five rounds of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, scoring not only a $5,000 top prize, but also solidifying a $500 bonus on behalf of Cometic Gasket.

The victory, a first-ever at Waynesfield Raceway Park during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, raises Shaffer’s career win total to 58 with “America’s Series.” “Double-D” Danny Dietrich held on to finish second at the conclusion of the 35-lap program, followed by Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan and Parker Price-Miller.

“I just can’t say enough about this race team. Hats off to all of my guys tonight. They did a great job,” Tim Shaffer explained in victory lane. “I’m surrounded by great people. We are having a lot of fun right now. When we win, it’s even better. This is awesome.”

Tim Shaffer’s campaign at the front of the field commenced on lap 16, finally working around early race leader and Aussie visitor Sammy Walsh. After taking command of the top spot, the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native soon entered traffic, eventually tracked down by Danny Dietrich who worked into second by lap 18. Despite Shaffer’s ability to navigate traffic, Dietrich never lost sight, racing within two to three car lengths even while racing through periods of heavy traffic.

By lap 28, traffic intensified and so did the battle for the lead, as Dietrich made several attempts to work underneath Shaffer through both corners of the speedway. After avoiding chaos while racing three wide with a lapped car, Shaffer and Dietrich ended up making contact at the exit of turn four, ultimately ending all of Dietrich’s momentum. Shaffer’s lead quickly opened back up, crossing under the final checkers nearly two seconds ahead of Dietrich.

“I just had to sit up in the seat,” Tim Shaffer said. “The ledge on the race track was really tricky tonight and we had a really tight race car on top of that. We had that delay for the lighting issues, so we used that to talk about how we could make the car better. Cody (Jacobs) made some changes and it felt a lot better. At the end of the day, I got lucky.”

For Danny Dietrich, the runner-up finish increases his top-five streak to two during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, all beginning with a fifth place performance on Tuesday evening at Sharon Speedway.

“The car was really fast tonight,” Danny Dietrich stated. “I need to thank everyone who has been helping us out all week, especially Tom (Buch) for giving me this opportunity to race. We were good. I was trying to run on the curb and sail it through one and two pretty good. I thought I was going to clear (Tim Shaffer), but I didn’t quite get him. I really didn’t expect him to work back around me and that lapped car, but that is what makes Tim such a good racer; he’s clean and he’s fast.”

For the first time since June 27, 2006, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to the Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio, this time for round six of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket on Thursday evening, June 22. “America’s Series” has contested 12 separate events at Muskingum County Speedway since their first appearance in 1984. Of the 12 contested events, three drivers were victorious on more than one occasion; Kenny Jacobs, Dale Blaney and Kelly Kinser each own two wins.

A-Main (35 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer; 2. Danny Dietrich; 3. Chad Kemenah; 4. Cole Duncan; 5. Parker Price-Miller; 6. Carson Macedo; 7. Brady Bacon; 8. DJ Foos; 9. Sammy Walsh; 10. Lee Jacobs; 11. Caleb Armstrong; 12. Brandon Spithaler; 13. Cale Thomas; 14. Jared Horstman; 15. Chris Andrews; 16. Stuart Brubaker; 17. Max Stambaugh; 18. Andrew Palker; 19. Daniel Harding; 20. Trey Jacobs; 21. Jacob Wilson; 22. Ryan Smith; 23. Shawn Dancer; 24. Tyler Esh; 25. Brandon Matus; 26. Tanner Thorson.

Lap Leaders: Sammy Walsh,1-15, Tim Shaffer,16-35.

Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek Point Standings (After June 21):
1. Tim Shaffer 650
2. Chad Kemenah 646
3. Carson Macedo 640
4. Cole Duncan 626
5. Ryan Smith 602
6. Parker Price-Miller 584
7. Caleb Helms 552
8. Andrew Palker 548
9. Lee Jacobs 546
10. Cale Conley 526

Win Bonus Count
Tim Shaffer - 2 - Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park [+500]
Kyle Larson - 2 - Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway [+$500]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (June 21, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah 2858
2. Ryan Smith 2604
3. Caleb Armstrong 2570
4. Caleb Helms 2534
5. Max Stambaugh 2370
6. T.J. Michael 2240
7. Brandon Spithaler 2099
8. Tim Shaffer 2098
9. Brandon Matus 2062
10. Tyler Esh 2023

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KWS-NARC SPRINT CARS TRAVEL TO WATSONVILLE & CALISTOGA FOR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND

(6/21/17) Sacramento, CA … The only thing hotter than the temperatures this weekend will be the exciting wheel-to-wheel racing of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series, which will showcase it’s only two-race weekend of the season.

On Friday, June 23rd, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA will host the King of the West-NARC sprint cars for the 32nd Annual Pombo-Sargent Classic.  The following night, Saturday (June 24th), the series will be joined by the Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Calistoga Speedway for the Dirt Classic; an event benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena & Calistoga.

This marks the ninth and tenth rounds of the ultra-competitive 17-race traveling series. Current KWS-NARC championship point leader Giovanni Scelzi has ambitions to add his name to the coveted winners list at the Pombo-Sargent Classic.  It would not only lock his name into California sprint car history, but it would also make him the youngest winner at 15-years old.

The previous champions of the Pombo-Sargent Classic reads like a “who’s-who” of sprint car racing greatness.  The event, which pays tribute to longtime racing legends Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent, has seen the likes of Jimmy Sills, the Kaeding’s (Brent, Brandon & Tim), Steve Kent, Chuck Miller, Tim Green, and Tom Tarlton enjoy the spoils of victory lane.

Scelzi maintains a slim one-point advantage over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding (467-466) in the standings.  Kaeding is a three-time winner of the event (1997, 1998, & 2012.)

The Dirt Classic at Calistoga is expected to be one of the biggest events of the season, featuring all of California’s best 410 and 360 sprint car talent competing on the big half-mile oval.  Many teams and drivers will be performing double duty, racing in both divisions in different race cars.  That means exactly what it sounds like, a true test of their pit crew’s ability to prepare two near-perfect cars, and the drivers ability to stay sharp through two complete racing programs despite ever changing track conditions.  And the event has a few wild cards thrown in, including former NASCAR star and current sprint car legend Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Rico Abreu who are making special appearances.

Three-time KWS-NARC champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise, CA, who is racing for both sanctioning bodies Saturday, offers this overview of the track. “Calistoga Speedway is a place where you can’t afford to make any mistakes.  It’s a flat out, pedal to the metal racetrack.  If you’re off just a little bit in qualifying, or miss a set up in a heat race, it will be a long night spent chasing the leaders from the back of the pack.”

Dirt Classic Promoter David Abreu is hoping to raise close to $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Club at the event.  Abreu and other local vintners played a major role in helping contribute funds to build the St. Helena Boys & Girls Club 20-year ago.  Approximately 280 boys and girls take advantage and use that facility every day.  Saturday night’s efforts are centered on supporting the new Calistoga facility that is almost completed.  Funds are earmarked to help offset daily operating expenses.

“From what I’m hearing, Calistoga will probably be standing room only and we intend to put on a great show for the fans,” continued Hirst.  “And the fact that we are racing for a good local cause and charity makes it that much better.”

Calistoga Speedway is located at the Napa County Fairgrounds at 1435 N. Oak St. in Calistoga.  The front gates and pit gates open at noon.

Ocean Speedway is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville.  Pit gates open at 2:00 p.m.  Front gates open at 4:30.  This racing card also includes IMCA Modifieds, and Dwarf Cars.

2017 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(After eight events in 17-race Series)
Giovanni Scelzi  467
Bud Kaeding 466
Cory Eliason 461
DJ Netto 443
Bobby McMahan 379
Kyle Hirst 375
Michael Kofoid 372
Jarrett Soares 369
Sean Watts 366
Willie Croft 348
Nathan Rolfe 340
Mitchell Faccinto 334
Carson Macedo 230
Brent Bjork 228
Mathew Moles 218
Shane Golobic 215
Chase Johnson 205
Sean Becker 196
Dominic Scelzi 195
Craig Stidham 146

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Final Tune-up for Sprint Spectacular at Mercer Raceway Park

Coming Soon, on July 1, Will Be a Sprint Tripleheader, Plus Fireworks

(Mercer, PA June 20, 2017):  Mercer Raceway Park will host another Saturday Night Live! program on June 24 as a prelude to the Sprint Car extravaganza coming up on July 1. The Independence Day celebration will include the Patriot Sprint Tour, along with the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars and the Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprint Cars. There will be other action on the track that night as well as Fireworks! The holiday fun will be presented by Bonnell's Rod Shop and Pizza Joe's.

Rod George turned in a spectacular performance last week earning his first Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Car victory in several years. He held off defending champion and current points leader, Jack Sodeman, Jr., to do it. But, Sodeman has to be looking over his shoulder at the Professor, Michael Bauer, who is only thirteen points back in the title chase. These talented drivers, and more, will be fighting for the gold and the glory!

While Jimmy Holden and Lonny Riggs duke it out for supremacy in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, Sid Unverzagt, Jr. is quietly putting together his best season ever at Mercer Raceway Park. Unverzagt has been running consistently, and he just needs a little luck to break through with that first career win at the Park.

Andy Priest had Ted Hull's 305 Sprint Car humming this Saturday, as he captured yet another win in the quest for the crown offered by Bonnell's Rod Shop. His former car owner, Gregg McCandless, turned in another solid run, and he has now cut Darin Gallagher's points lead to just seventeen counters. Gallagher destroyed his primary car a couple of weeks ago, and he had to pull out his back-up machine to continue to compete. The trusty old mount was just a bit off the pace, but Gallagher will burn the midnight oil to get it up to snuff for this week's contest.

In the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, there is a three horse race at the top of the standings. Bobby Springer continues to lead, but Jason Johnston and Shane Webb are both within sixteen points of him. Mark Marcucci remains hot as a firecracker, and Shane Pfeuffer and Doug Stanley are showing some speed, too.

There is another close contest in the Mini Stocks presented by Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking. Bill Fuchs is atop the rankings, but Tim Callahan  is only eleven points out of the lead. Former champion Tyler Fulton has slid back to third due to some engine problems, but he is only 31 points behind the leader, so don't count him out! Isaac Paden is coming off a strong win, so this division continues to be one of the most competitive classes at the track.

The gates will swing open at 4 p.m., with hot laps and qualifications taking to the track at 5:45. Heat races will promptly follow.

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NOSA Northern Outlaw Sprint Association
EVENT PREVIEW: Norman County Raceway
 
By Mike Spieker
 
ADA, Minn. (June 20, 2017) – This Thursday night the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars invade Norman County Raceway for the 12th time in series history. Last year, Austin Pierce picked up a thrilling victory over the late Cory Mack.

After spinning on lap five, Mack was sent to the tail of the field, but he didn’t stay back there long. Mack cracked the top five in the closing laps before moving into second and setting his sights on Pierce for the lead. On the final lap, Mack threw an incredible slide job on Pierce in turns three and four to briefly take the lead.
 
Pierce countered with a crossover move to drive back by Mack coming to the checkers to take the win by the narrowest of margins.
 
For Pierce, that marked his first win of 2016 and set his season back on track.
 
“I’m hoping we can repeat at Norman County Raceway on Thursday. It’s really the only half-mile track we go to all year so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Pierce.
 
Despite running at the unique high-banked Ada oval just once a year, Pierce says they prepare the same way as they do every other race.
 
“We’ll open up our notes and see what we did there last year,” he said. “If there are any big changes with the track surface for moisture, dryness, or rubber, we’ll make the adjustments throughout the night. The track usually widens out towards the second half of the feature, which makes it pretty racy.”
 
Pierce brings in a slim two-point lead over 2015 NCR winner, Casey Mack, atop the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint standings. Young guns, Jordan Adams, who is fresh off a win at Jamestown Speedway, Jade Hastings and Trent Stengl round out the top five in points.
 
Thursday’s event is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and the Norman County Fair.
 
Racing starts at 7pm.
 
NOSA Notebook:
Previous Norman County Raceway Winners:
1996: Wade Nygaard
1997: Wade Nygaard (2)
1998: Brad Pake
1999: Wade Nygaard
2000: Brad Pake
2001: Loren Langerud
2002: Flood
2003: Mark Dobmeier
2004: Mark Dobmeier
2005: Scott McDonald
2007: Lou Kennedy Jr.
2013: Donny Schatz
2014: Lee Grosz
2015: Casey Mack
2016: Austin Pierce

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Kyle Larson leads California podium sweep at Sharon Speedway

second consecutive Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory

HARTFORD, OH (June 20, 2017) - Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson picked up right where he left off on Monday evening, this time scoring a second consecutive Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory during competition at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, ultimately holding off a pair of California natives for a $5,000 top prize.

Larson, who started sixth on the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature grid, wasted no time working his way to the front of the feature field. He moved around early leader Rico Abreu on lap four, eventually withstanding multiple waves of traffic, as well as mid-race and late race charges from Abreu and Carson Macedo. The Arctic Cat All Star victory was the sixth of Larson’s career with all six occurring during Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

“It’s really cool to win this race a year after Bryan Clauson won this race. The Clauson family means a lot to me,” Kyle Larson explained. “Paul Silva really made some big improvements tonight. He tried some things in the dash, but we were really slow. He made some more changes and they really worked out. Hats off to Paul. He’s the smartest guy in the pit area.”

Kyle Larson was in charge, but the battle for second and third may have attracted just as much attention. Rico Abreu and Carson Macedo battled for nearly half of the entire 30-lap distance, exchanging positions and sliders on multiple occasions. Despite lap after lap of position swapping and slide job attempts, Macedo did not officially overtake Abreu for the runner-up position until lap 23.

“I had a lot of fun here tonight,” Macedo said. “This ended up being such an awesome race track. If you would have told me it was going to be that good at the beginning of the night, I would have never believed it. This team gave me a great car. Kyle Larson is the best right now. To run second to him, we’ll take that and move forward. I’m pretty happy. Everything is going pretty well for this team.”

A caution on lap 22 was the only pause during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek program. Despite the sudden stop in momentum, Larson used the restart to his advantage and instantly opened his lead to over two seconds. One last surge by Macedo with a few circuits remaining closed the gap, but Larson still crossed under the final checkers 1.25 seconds ahead of the running order.

“This dirt was great, too,” Larson explained. “You could run from the inside tires to the outside wall. I actually looked up at the scoreboard at one point and noticed that Macedo got around Abreu, so I knew he had to be pretty good because I saw Abreu’s nose a few times racing below me. I thought I was running a pretty good line which was going to make it hard for Macedo to pass me. I have no idea where he was running, whether it was on the top or bottom. Regardless, it’s pretty cool to have a California podium sweep here.”

Negating a prior statement, when the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions return to Sharon Speedway on July 8 for the annual Lou Blaney Memorial, race teams will compete for a $5,000 top prize, not the recently stated $10,000.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will continue on Wednesday evening, June 21, with a visit to the Waynesfield Raceway Park near Waynesfield, Ohio. An event originally scheduled for Sunday, June 18, the fifth round of Ohio Sprint Speedweek will feature the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for the tenth time in Waynesfield Raceway Park history, most recently during the 2016 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek when Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild earned the $5,000 share.

A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Kyle Larson; 2. Carson Macedo; 3. Rico Abreu; 4. Tim Shaffer; 5. Danny Dietrich; 6. Ryan Smith; 7. Cole Duncan; 8. Lee Jacobs; 9. Danny Smith; 10. Chad Kemenah; 11. Dave Blaney; 12. Max Stambaugh; 13. T.J. Michael; 14. Caleb Helms; 15. Andrew Palker; 16. Stuart Brubaker; 17. DJ Foos; 18. Cale Conley; 19. Caleb Armstrong; 20. Roger Campbell; 21. Jim Morris; 22. Brent Matus; 23. Trevor Baker; 24. John Garvin; 25. Travis Philo; 26. Ryan Linder.

Lap Leaders: Abreu,1-3; Larson,4-30.

Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Point Standings (After June 20):
1. Chad Kemenah 502
1. Carson Macedo 502
3. Tim Shaffer 500
4. Ryan Smith 496
5. Rico Abreu 494
6. Cole Duncan 484
7. Caleb Helms 462
8. Parker Price-Miller 444
9. Cale Conley 436
10. Andrew Palker 434

Win Bonus Count presented by Cometic Gasket:
Tim Shaffer - 1 - Eldora Speedway
Kyle Larson - 2 - Wayne County Speedway [+$500]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (June 20, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah 2714
2. Ryan Smith 2498
3. Caleb Helms 2444
4. Caleb Armstrong 2442
5. Max Stambaugh 2254
6. T.J. Michael 2150
7. Brandon Spithaler 1973
8. Brandon Matus 1960
9. Tim Shaffer 1948
10. Tyler Esh 1921

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Kyle Larson climbs from eighth to win Ohio Sprint Speedweek round three at Wayne County Speedway

ORRVILLE, OH (June 20, 2017) - Less than a week after earning his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the 2017 season, and just 24 hours after earning his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the 2017 season, Kyle Larson was victorious with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, this time claiming round three of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket on Monday, June 19, at Wayne County Speedway.

Larson, who started eighth on the main event grid, took command officially on lap 13 over Vienna, West Virginia’s Cale Conley. It was a fifth career victory for Larson during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, his second at Wayne County Speedway. Interestingly enough, all five Arctic Cat All Star victories during Larson’s career have taken shape during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.

“I was a little nervous during our dash tonight, but we were able to gain a few positions and increase our starting position by a few rows,” Larson explained in victory lane, pilot of the Finley Farms/Howard Johnson of Lima/No. 57. “I just tried to be patient the whole race. I knew we had a really good car.”

Larson’s march to the front started right from the drop of the green flag, appearing inside the top-five as early as lap six. A series of cautions, one for early race leader Brad Haudenschild, kept the feature field stacked together on three separate occasions during the first six circuits.

Unfortunately for all of those in attendance, one pause in action was caused by a power outage. The track lighting would soon reappear.

By lap nine, Larson moved his way into third, eventually setting up a pass to take second on lap 11, soon followed by the winning move on lap 13; driving under Cale Conley at the entrance of turn three and having full command by the exit of turn four. From that point forward, Larson was flawless, even surviving one final caution with less than two circuits remaining. Tim Shaffer and Caleb Helms, who were each battling for second and third in the running order, made contact just before the flagstand on lap 29. Their misfortune allowed Kasey Kahne and Chad Kemenah to solidify themselves on the podium.  

“I got to traffic and I started to worry a little bit,” Kyle Larson explained. “I thought I saw the guys racing behind me creep up on my inside a little bit. I saw a ‘4’ and ‘10’ on the scoreboard and I thought Kasey [Kahne] and Chad [Kemenah] both started pretty far back, so I knew they had to be pretty good. Luckily, we hung on those last few laps and got the win.”

With two, full nights in the books, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket competition on Tuesday evening with an appearance at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. It will be the first of two visits by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at the state-of-the-art venue, with the second awarding $10,000 on Saturday, July 8, during the annual Lou Blaney Memorial.

A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Kyle Larson; 2. Kasey Kahne; 3. Chad Kemenah; 4. DJ Foos; 5. Rob Chaney; 6. Carson Macedo; 7. Byron Reed; 8. Cole Duncan; 9. Ryan Smith; 10. Broc Martin; 11. Tyler Esh; 12. TJ Michael; 13. Max Stambaugh; 14.Parker Price-Miller; 15. Caleb Helms; 16. Tim Shaffer; 17. Danny Mumaw; 18. Rico Abreu; 19. Cale Conley; 20. Joe Swanson; 21. Andrew Palker; 22. Caleb Armstrong; 23. Brandon Matus; 24. Brad Haudenschild; 25. Dave Blaney; 26. Dean Jacobs.

Lap Leaders: Brad Haudenschild 1-3; Cale Conley 4-12; Kyle Larson 13-30.

Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Point Standings (After June 19):
1. Chad Kemenah 372
2. Tim Shaffer 358
2. Ryan Smith  358
4. Carson Macedo  356
5. Parker Price-Miller 354
6. Rico Abreu 350
7. Cole Duncan 348
8. Caleb Helms 340
9. Tyler Esh 326
10. Travis Philo 324

Win Bonus Count presented by Cometic Gasket:
Tim Shaffer - 1 - Eldora Speedway
Kyle Larson - 1 - Wayne County Speedway

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (June 19, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah  2584
2. Ryan Smith  2360
3. Caleb Armstrong  2330
4. Caleb Helms  2322
5. Max Stambaugh  2128
6. T.J. Michael  2026
7. Brandon Spithaler 1883
8. Brandon Matus 1870
9. Tyler Esh 1831
10. Tim Shaffer 1806

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Point Standings Heat Up as Mid-Season Championships Loom Saturday

June 20, 2017 – This Saturday night, June 24, the Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series will be back in action for Marion County Farm Bureau Night Mid-Season Championship Night!  There is still plenty to decide in all three sprint car classes at Knoxville Raceway, and the action so far this season has been unprecedented!

In the 410 class, Ian Madsen, of St. Mary’s, New South Wales, Austrlia holds a slim 36-point lead over Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown.  Both drivers have notched two wins and four podium finishes already.  Brown had the lead in the standings heading into last Saturday night before a mechanical issue sent him flipping into the turn one wall during the feature.

Austin McCarl’s partnership with the TKS Motorsports #2KS team has gone well, and he sits third in points, followed by former track champions, Kerry Madsen, who leads the class with three quick time awards, and Terry McCarl.  Brooke Tatnell, Lynton Jeffrey, last week’s first-time winner Matt Juhl, Josh Schneiderman and Davey Heskin round out the current top ten.  Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz were winners during the Brownells “Big Gun Bash” with the World of Outlaws.

Seven-time 360 track champion, Clint Garner, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has won twice this season and is in a familiar spot on top of the standings.  Garner also leads the class with five podium finishes.  Matt Moro is second in the standings, followed by Ryan Giles, Calvin Landis and Jamie Ball.  Last week’s first-time winner, Sawyer Phillips, Chris Martin, Nate Van Haaften, Joe Beaver and rookie Christian Bowman compete the top ten.  Giles, Van Haaften, Wayne Johnson and Ian Madsen join Garner and Phillips as feature winners this season.

Rookies have played a major factor in the 305 class, but veteran, Kevin Hetrick, from Gladstone, Illinois, finds himself on top of the point standings heading into the weekend.  Hetrick has garnered three wins already this season.  Rookie Eric Bridger is second, followed by two-time winner Kade Higday, Chris Walraven and rookie Ryan Leavitt, who has also won a feature event.  Last week’s first-time winner Brad Comegys, Matt Stephenson, rookie Tyler Glass, rookie Kelby Watt and Mike Mayberry round out the top ten in points in the 305 class.

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All Stars Rescheduled for Wednesday

WAYNESFIELD, Ohio (6/18/17) - The rained-out Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket program featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions has been rescheduled for Wednesday night, June 21st.  The rescheduled “best show of speedweek” will be the 5th night of racing for the All Stars on their weeklong tour through the State of Ohio.  Nashville Recording artist Polly Mae will also be on hand entertaining fans during intermission.
 
Pit side gates will open at 3PM; grandstands at 5PM.  Hotlaps will get underway at 6PM with the first green flag of the night flying at 7PM.
 
Adult general admission is $22.  Kids aged 11-15 are $11 with everyone under the age of 10 admitted for FREE.  Pit passes are available for $35.

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Three-peat for Chad Blonde in Butler Bash Win

ERIE, MI (June 18, 2017) – Chad Blonde made it three big Sprints On Dirt wins in two weekends at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night. 

Blonde drove from his sxith place starting position to take the $2,100 win in the Battlegrounds Bash WW III feature.

On a night where strong winds and high temperatures made track preparation a challenge, Butler’s crew was up to it and the race track held up remarkably well.  The action was fast and furious on the smooth, high banked 3/8-mile with the large crowd enjoying plenty of passing.  The SOD feature was over shortly after 10:30 PM.

With 23 cars still in competition after heat race action, Butler promoter Bob Garrett added 3 cars to the feature instead of running a B-Main.

Butler points leader Doug Zimmerman grabbed the early lead in the 25 lap feature from his pole position with Gregg Dalman starting and running 2nd.  Thomas Schinderle started 6th, but was up to 3rd by lap3.  Chad Blonde moved into 2nd on lap 7.   

Zimmerman led the first 14 laps, but contact with a slower car in turn 2 caused him to spin to a stop, turning the lead over to Blonde.  On lap 16, Zimmerman went off turn 3 and by the time he came back on the track out of turn 4, the caution was thrown, and he retired to the pits.  On the restart, Boston Mead spun in turn 2, collecting Dain Naida and Joe Swanson, ending the night for all 3.

Blonde maintained a half a straight away lead for most of the last portion of the race.  Ryan Ruhl took 2nd from Schinderle on lap 18 and looked fast, but couldn’t reel in the leader

Feature
1. Chad Blonde
2. Ryan Ruhl
3. Thomas Schinderle
4. Gregg Dalman
5. Jay Steinebach
6. Josh Turner
7.  Steve Irwin
8. Mark Aldrich
9. Chris Jones
10. Ryan Kirkendahl
11. Andy Chehowski
12. Quentin Blonde
13. Ryan Grubaugh
14. Robert Huisken
15. Nic Rogers
16. Troy Chehowski
17. Joe Swanson
18. Boston Mead
19. Dain Naida
20. Doug Zimmerman
21. Robert Bulloch
22. DJ Lamance
23. Andrew Scheid

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Rain Stops Round 3 of Ohio Speedweek

After waiting out mother nature, Waynesfield Raceway Park, the All Star Circuit of Champions, and NRA Sprint/GLSS officials have been forced to cancel racing for tonight.  Three heavy rain cells hit the race track dumping much more rain than the facility could handle.
 
Please watch www.allstarsprint.com for information regarding rescheduling this event.

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Tim Shaffer conquers Eldora Speedway to officially kick-off Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket

Speedweek action continues Sunday at Waynesfield Raceway Park

ROSSBURG, OH (June 17, 2017) - Dominating in every way possible on Saturday night at the World’s Greatest Dirt Track, the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer launched the 35th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket in incredible fashion; leading all 30 laps around the Eldora Speedway half-mile to score the 57th Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event victory of his career, also claiming $5,000 in the process.

Shaffer not only conquered Eldora Speedway during main event competition, crossing under the final checkers 4.24 seconds ahead of the field. He also set the fastest time of the night during qualifying time trials, won his respective heat race, and won his respective dash. Adding to his long list of career accomplishments, the Eldora Speedway victory was a first-ever for the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition.

“I’ve never won an All Star race [at Eldora Speedway], so this is great,” Tim Shaffer said in victory lane. “I can’t thank this team enough, and for allowing us to put this deal together. My guys worked their butts off tonight. Cody Jacobs does a great job with these race cars. We’ll move ahead and try to do it again tomorrow night.”

After being penalized one row due to being late to the staging area, St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu made an impressive charge from 18th on the main event grid to finish second, earning the MSD Hard Charger award for his efforts. A total of three cautions aided Abreu during his way through the feature field, making his first appearance in a podium position on lap 26.

Cale Thomas, who chased Shaffer from the runner-up position for 22 circuits, was struck with mechanical woes on the final circuit, allowing Abreu to cross under the final checkers second in the running order. Travis Philo finished third after starting from the pole position, followed by Parker Price-Miller and Dave Blaney.

“This is the best track in the country,” Rico Abreu said. “The track is better now than it has ever been. It used to be that you had to pump up your balls to come here and run the top, but now you can run all the way across the surface; top, middle, bottom. Obviously, you can come here and pass cars. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t win this. I made a mistake in my heat race and that put us behind.”

Mother Nature attempted to wash away competition on two separate occasions on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, once just before dash action and once again just before the start of the B-main which caused a 44-minute rain delay.

The 2017 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket schedule will make the transition from a high-banked half-mile to a high-banked third-mile on Sunday evening, June 18, as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions prepare to invade Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield for round three of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.

Arguably the most exciting oval on the Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign trail, Waynesfield Raceway Park hosted 47 entries during the 2016 visit, a field eventually defeated by Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild’s payday did not come easy, having to withstand constant pressure from NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson and the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer to earn the $5,000 winner’s share.

Waynesfield Raceway Park will open pit gates at 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon, June 18. Main gates will open at 5:00pm, followed by hot laps at 6:00pm and racing at 7:00pm. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Waynesfield Raceway Park live on the Web at www.waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer; 2. Rico Abreu; 3. Travis Philo; 4. Parker Price-Miller; 5. Dave Blaney; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Ryan Smith; 8. Dale Blaney; 9. Tony Stewart; 10. Caleb Helms; 11. Carson Macedo; 12. Brandon Wimmer; 13. Cole Duncan; 14. Daniel Harding; 15. Cale Conley; 16. Cale Thomas; 17. Andrew Palker; 18. Shawn Dancer; 19. Tanner Thorson; 20. Paul Nienhiser; 21. Tyler Esh; 22. Brandon Spithaler; 23. Max Stambaugh; 24. Caleb Armstrong; 25. Lee Jacobs; 26. Jacob Wilson.

Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer, 1-30

Current Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Point Standings (After June 17):
1. Tim Shaffer - 240
2. Rico Abreu - 236
3. Travis Philo - 234
4. Parker Price-Miller - 232
5. Chad Kemenah - 228
6. Ryan Smith - 226
7. Dale Blaney - 224
8. Caleb Helms - 220
9. Carson Macedo - 218
10. Cole Duncan - 214

Win Bonus Count presented by Cometic Gasket:
Tim Shaffer - 1 - Eldora Speedway

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (June 17, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah - 2440
2. Ryan Smith - 2228
3. Caleb Armstrong - 2224
4. Caleb Helms - 2202
5. Max Stambaugh - 2004
6. T.J. Michael - 1900
7. Brandon Spithaler - 1793
8. Brandon Matus - 1766
9. Tyler Esh - 1703
10. John Garvin - 1692

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Matt Juhl Headlines Night of Three First-Time Winners at Knoxville

Sawyer Phillips Wins in 360’s, Brad Comegys Takes 305’s

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 17, 2017) – It was fitting on the first Van Wall Equipment Night and a night Knoxville Raceway hosted its “Future Stars”, three first-time winners graced Victory Lane at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” Saturday.  Matt Juhl, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota persevered in traffic to claim his first ever win here in the 410 sprint car class.  Sawyer Phillips held off veteran Clint Garner to finish atop the 360 class, and Brad Comegys led from green to checker in the 305 class.

Before a lap could be completed in the 20-lap 410 feature, Rager Phillips came to a stop in turn two.  He would continue with his nose wing askew.  Matt Juhl shot out from the pole position when the green flag fell again, with Brian Brown jumping up to second from row two, ahead of Austin McCarl, Brooke Tatnell and Josh Schneiderman.

Two laps were completed when Brown entered turn one, and his left rear wheel exited the car.  The two-time track champion flipped into the turn one fence, but was uninjured.  Juhl would lead the field back to green ahead of Austin McCarl, Tatnell, Schneiderman and Terry McCarl.

The rest of the event would go non-stop.  Terry McCarl rode the cushion to get by Schneiderman on the restart, but Ian Madsen was on the move as well, entering the top five by lap five.  Up front, Juhl would enter traffic with nine laps to go.  Despite hesitating behind a couple of markers, he maintained his advantage over Austin McCarl, who closed in on him on occasion.

Madsen would get by Terry McCarl for fourth and reel in fellow Aussie, Brooke Tatnell, in the closing stages.  Juhl would continue on to his first triumph here ahead of a strong Austin McCarl, Madsen, who nipped Tatnell on the last lap for third, and Terry McCarl.  Schneiderman, Danny Lasoski, Dominic Scelzi, Chris Martin and Lynton Jeffrey rounded out the top ten.  Jeffrey posted quick time on the night, with Martin, Tasker Phillips and Schneiderman winning heats.

“This is unbelievable,” said Juhl in Victory Lane.  “I’m literally in shock right now.  We were lucky to be on the front row, and there were a lot of good guys behind us.  When we got to lapped traffic, it was unbelievable how much dirty air there was.  That was a workout!  I was struggling when I got behind cars.  I couldn’t get by them as fast as I wanted.  I wouldn’t be here without the support of my crew, family and sponsors.  I wish we would have run here weekly last year.  It was hard for us to pass up a track fifteen miles away from us, but you get treated so well here.”

Nineteen-year-old Sawyer Phillips had a similar journey to the front as Juhl.  He out-drug fellow front row starter, Clint Garner, and kept the hammer down.  Using the low groove, he led Garner, Ryan Giles, Matt Moro and Jon Agan early in the 18-lapper.

Phillips entered lapped traffic on the sixth circuit, and remained flawless.  On one occasion in turn three, he would split a pair of lappers to extend his margin.  Disaster struck on lap twelve for the third running Giles, when he slowed on the backstretch and coasted to the infield.

Phillips would bobble a bit the last two laps, but he recorded his first win ahead of Garner, Moro, Agan and Jamie Ball, who would later be disqualified for not reporting to the scales.  Calvin Landis, Nate Van Haaften, Chris Martin, Joe Beaver, Troy Manteufel and Tyler Groenendyk would help complete the official top ten.  Landis set quick time over the field, while Martin, Garner and Christian Bowman won heat races.

“It’s still settling in,” said Phillips of his first win.  “I knew the track was good enough that if I could get the nose on Garner going into turn one, I’d at least lead the first lap.  I didn’t know how long I’d hold him off.  I split two cars going into three, and I thought, ‘I better get my game face back on.’  Most of the lapped cars were hanging in the middle, so I could sneak under them.  I got a little impatient the last couple laps and wasn’t hitting my marks.  I knew if I hit the bottom of two and four, that it was going to be tough for Garner to pass me.”

A bit of luck aided Brad Comegys to begin the 15-lap 305 feature.  Chris Walraven slowed on the first attempt and restarted at the tail.  On the second try, Ryan Leavitt jumped the right rear of Kevin Hetrick and flipped in turn four.  The two were starting inside rows two and three.  When pole-sitter, Matt Stephenson was penalized for his third false start, Comegys inherited the pole after being scheduled to start seventh.

He would hit the low side of the raceway in the lead.  Behind him, Kade Higday shot to the cushion from outside row four and took the runner-up spot, ahead of Joe Simbro, Stephenson and Eric Bridger.  Comegys remained out front and entered lapped traffic on lap nine.

A circuit later, he almost turned his car sideways.  Dan Henning was being lapped and spun to avoid the leader, backing his car into the turn three wall.  He was o.k.  Comegys would lead the field back to green.  Stephenson would use the restart to shoot by Simbro into third.

Higday would reel in the leader late, but Comegys would hold on for his first Knoxville win ahead of Higday, Stephenson, Bridger and Tyler Glass.  Simbro, Kelby Watt, Evan Epperson, hard-charger Mike Mayberry and Corey Kautz rounded out the top ten.  Walraven posted quick time, while Stephenson, Higday and Comegys won the heats.

“I noticed that I got Dan (Henning) there a little bit, and I thank him for checking up on me,” said Comegys.  “Kurt Carson had the car awesome.  He works his butt off.  Everyone that helps get us to this point…I can’t say enough.”

410 A main, 20 Laps, NT: 1. Matt Juhl; 2. Austin McCarl; 3. Ian Madsen; 4. Brooke Tatnell; 5. Terry McCarl; 6. Josh Schneiderman; 7. Danny Lasoski; 8. Dominic Scelzi; 9. Chris Martin; 10. Lynton Jeffrey; 11. Davey Heskin; 12. Dustin Selvage; 13. Tasker Phillips; 14. Rager Phillips; 15. Tayler Malsam; 16. RJ Johnson; 17. AJ Moeller; 18. Bobby Mincer; 19. Bob Weuve; 20. Brian Brown.  DNS – Dakota Hendrickson.

Lap Leader: Juhl 1-20.

360 Results A main, 18 Laps, 5:09.2: 1. Sawyer Phillips; 2. Clint Garner; 3. Matt Moro; 4. Jon Agan; 5. Calvin Landis; 6. Nate Van Haaften; 7. Chris Martin; 8. Joe Beaver; 9. Troy Manteufel; 10. Tyler Groenendyk; 11. McKenna Haase; 12. Chris Morgan; 13. Christian Bowman; 14. Tom Lenz; 15. Josh Riggins; 16. Rob Weuve; 17. Cody Wehrle; 18. Ryan Giles; 19. John Anderson; 20. Ricky Montgomery. DQ (Scales) - Jamie Ball. DNS – Mitchell Alexander.

Lap Leader: S. Phillips 1-20.

305 A main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. Brad Comegys; 2. Kade Higday; 3. Matt Stephenson; 4. Eric Bridger; 5. Tyler Glass; 6. Joe Simbro; 7. Kelby Watt; 8. Evan Epperson; 9. Mike Mayberry; 10. Corey Kautz; 11. Kevin Hetrick; 12. Jeff Wilke; 13. Casey Greubel; 14. Brandon Worthington; 15. Dan Henning; 16. Chase Rudolf ; 17. Chris Walraven; 18. Ryan Leavitt. DNS – Travis Rewerts, Rob Kubli, Jon Hughes.

Lap Leader: Comegys 1-15

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Reed gets late race pass for Fremont win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, June 17, 2017
By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed used a restart with just five laps remaining to grab the lead and went on to score his second victory of the year at Fremont Speedway in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints on AmeriGas Night.

The victory for Reed, a six time Fremont champion, is the 34th of his career at “The Track That Action Built,” putting him in a three way tie for 12th on the track’s all-time win list.

Rookie Dan McCarron and Jody Keegan brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature but after a lap was complete Broc Martin took a tumble, walking away okay but very dejected. On the restart McCarron led Keegan, Tyler Gunn, DJ Foos, Stuart Brubaker and Reed.

McCarron continued to lead with Keegan comfortably in second while Foos and Gun battled for third. Keegan drove to McCarron’s outside in turns three and four and took the lead on lap nine with Gunn moving into second three circuits later. Disaster struck for Gunn on lap 13 as the front part of his hood came off, bringing out a debris yellow and sending the second place runner to the tail.

On the restart Foos slipped by McCarron for second and started to close on Keegan as Reed drove into third on lap 16. Foos immediately pressured Keegan for the lead and dove under him in turns three and four to take the top spot on lap 18.

Foos raced into lapped traffic on lap 22 with Keegan, Reed, Chris Andrews (from the tail), McCarron, Brian Lay and Brubaker in pursuit. Reed took second on lap 24 just before the caution flew for an Ayrton Olsen spin.

When the green reappeared, Reed dove under Foos and into the lead. Andrews moved into third with four laps to go. A caution for McCarron who had a broken steering system with three laps to go had the crowd on their feet. Reed got a tremendous restart and drove away for the win over Foos, Andrews, Keegan and Gunn.

Nate Dussel and Rando comprised the front row of the 305 sprint feature and when the green flew Dussel grabbed the early lead over Rando, Alvin Roepke, Kelsey Ivy, Seth Schneider and George Englert. Rando wasted little time establishing himself as the car to beat as he drove around Dussel for the lead on lap two and began pulling away.

Rando encountered lapped traffic by the seventh circuit and that allowed Dussel to close while 12th place starter Paul Weaver drove into third. The lapped traffic really became a challenge with 10 laps scored but Rando picked his way through and by lap 12 had a bit of a clear track as Dussel, Weaver, Roepke and Jason Keckler gave chase.

With 10 laps to go Rando’s lead was nearly four seconds over Dussel, Weaver, Roepke, Brandon Moore, John Ivy and Keckler. That big advantage vanished with seven laps to go as Rando again found heavy lapped traffic.

The race’s first caution flew with five laps to go putting Dussel and Weaver right on Rando’s rear bumper. Another caution a lap later kept the field close. Rando got an excellent restart with four laps to go as Weaver took second but could not close.

Rando drove to the victory over Weaver, Dussel, Roepke and Moore.

Fremont Speedway
Saturday, June 17, 2017
 
410 Sprints  A-Main  (30 Laps) : 1. Byron Reed; 2. DJ Foos; 3. Chris Andrews; 4. Jody Keegan; 5. Tyler Gunn; 6. Brian Lay; 7. Stuart Brubaker; 8. Brian Smith; 9. Todd Heller; 10. Ayrton Olsen; 11. Dan McCarron; 12. Ricky Peterson; 13. Bobby Distel; 14. Broc Martin.

305 Sprints A-Main (20 Laps): 1. Steve Rando; 2. Paul Weaver; 3. Nate Dussel; 4. Alvin Roepke; 5. Brandon Moore; 6. John Ivy; 7. Tyler Street; 8. Jason Keckler; 9. Kelsey Ivy; 10. Matt Foos; 11. Seth Schneider; 12. Jamie Miller; 13. Bobby Clark; 14. Dustin Rall; 15. Luke Daughtery; 16. Rick Donovan; 17. George Englert; 18. Justin Adams; 19. Lane Cecil; 20. Jimmy Mcgrath; 21. Matt Lucius; 22. Josh Harrison.

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George Gets Win After Long Layoff

(Mercer, PA June 17, 2017):  On Twin State Auto Rcing Fan Club Night at Mercer Raceway Park, the Kittanning Comet made a triumphant return to Victory Lane in the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Cars. It was the veteran's 38th career win at a track that he once dominated.

Another veteran, Andy Priest of New Castle, romped to his fourth victory of the season and twelfth overall in the Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprint Cars. Jimmy Holden of Tiona held off Lonny Riggs to capture his fifth of the season in the Turn 4 Toilets 358 Modifieds, building upon his points lead. Mark Marcucci made a clean sweep in the Rock Concrete Supply Mod Lites, setting fast time, winning a heat, and then acing the feature. Isaac Paden took the night cap in the Ray's Racing Collectibles and Eperthener's Auto Wrecking Mini Stocks.

"You know, this deal came together late, late, late," said George."I haven't run for a couple of years. My crew chief, Matt (Turner), he's been helping me for probably the last fifteen years, so we kinda got back together and it's taken a little bit of time to get back up to speed, not him, me for sure, but it was great all night long." George's win, together with a second to his teammate Cory Good a few weeks back, makes George a solid contender once again.

It was a spectacular opening lap to the Precise Racing Products 410 Sprint Car Car feature event, to say the least. Third place starter Gary Kreiss, Jr. popped a wheelie, but maintained control. Michael Bauer, the outside pole man, carried too much momentum into turn three, and he spun wildly off the top of the track. While he let loose a huge cloud of dust, Bauer's car was found safely nosed towards the guardrail, and he was able to restart the race, albeit in last. Then, the field had a bad start waived off before the race got going for real.

Through it all, Rod George maintained his cool. He bolted out to the early lead, with George Hobaugh, Jr. second and points leader Jack Sodeman, Jr. in third. Gary Kreiss, Jr. held down fourth and Mike Miller was in fifth. The racers ran in that oder through the first seven laps. Sodeman broke ranks and slid beneath Hobaugh to take second in turn one on lap eight. By that time, George had a safe lead of more than a half straightaway. While Sodeman tried to reel him in, things were happening behind the leaders.

Kreiss was pressing Hobaugh for the fourth position. His challenge ended on lap 10 when he suddenly turned into the infield entering turn four. Kreiss's car had broken its front suspension. While the field was circulating under the only yellow of the race, Hobaugh darted into the pits. He was unable to make repairs and return.

So, that juggled the restart line-up. When the field fired off again, it was still George and Sodeman out front, but Miller was now in third, with Michael Bauer breathing down his neck. Bauer took the position within a lap or two of the restart.

George was able to maintain about a two second advantage over Sodeman the rest of the way. He swooped under the checkers much to the delight of the Mercer crowd. Sodeman, Bauer, Miller, and Jimmy Morris rounded out the top five. For Morris, it was his first run at the Park in over a month, as he was sidelined with engine problems.

Joe Kubiniec was the final car in the running at the finish. The remainder of the top ten were placed on the basis of laps completed. They were Hobaugh, Kreiss, Davey Jones, and his teammate, Jimmy Fitzwater.

"I don't know about Rod, but I'm sweating," said the happy Bonnell's Rod Shop 305 Sprint winner, Andy Priest on this hot and humid night. "I know that we're not getting very many cars, but it sure is hard to pass anybody becasue these engines are so even," he explained. But, Priest made the only passes that he needed on the opening lap, when he bolted from third to first. Gregg McCandless, a former car owner for Priest, held down the second spot.

Behind them, Darin Gallagher and Cody Bova were fighting for the third spot. Gallagher assumed control of it when Bova entered the pits with a dozen laps in the books.

At the finish, it was Priest by 7.178 seconds over McCandless. Gallagher was third, Bob McMillin and rookie Caitlin Chaffman rounded out the top five. Bova was scored sixth based on laps completed. Joe Sylvester was unable to start the race.

Andy Priest topped the speed charts at 15.381 seconds. However, the heat victory went to Cody Bova.

Upon learning that he was moving up the all time winner's list in the 358 Modified division, Holden remarked, "I sure wish that Gary (Smoker) and Frank (Guidace) were still racing with us, we had a lot of fun back then." Smoker and Guidace were divisional kingpins while Holden was cutting his teeth in the class. Now it is his turn to lead the way, and he did just that despite a constant threat from his nemesis, Lonny Riggs.

Riggs wrestled the second position away from Brian Fink. Brian was substituting for his son, Kyle, who stepped aside to allow his father to race the family-owned hot rod as a father's day gift. Fink did him proud taking home a well deserved third place finish.

Steady Sid Unverzagt, Jr. topped Tom Holden, also subbing for his son Kyle, for the fourth position. It was Ryan Riffe's turn behind the wheel of the car he shares with his brother, and he brought it home in the sixth spot. Jerry Bowser, Ethan Siple, and Jason Sines rounded out the field.

410 Sprint Cars:  Rod George, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Michael Bauer, Mike Miller, Jimmy Morris, Joe Kubiniec, George Hobaugh, Jr., Gary Kreiss, Jr., Davey Jones, Jimmy Fitzwater, Joe McEwen, Vincent Daugherty (DNS).

305 Sprint Cars:  Andy Pries, Gregg McCandless, Darin Gallagher, Bob McMillin, Caitlin Chaffman, Cody Bova, Joe Sylvester (DNS).

358 Modifieds:  Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, Brian Fink, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Tom Holden, Ryan Riffe, Jerry Bowser, Ethan Siple, Jason Sines, Richard Whitney (DNS).

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